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Bullard leads way in demand '

for more diverse task force

But it may be too little, too late



By D. Kevin McNeir
State Representative
Dwight Bullard and sev-
eral of his colleagues are
demanding answers in the
method that was employed
to select members for
Governor Rick Scott's Task

Force on Citizen Safety and
Protection. Citing a lack of
diversity on the task force
and the obvious omission
of any Black representation
from South Florida, Bullard
held a press conference last
Thursday in an effort to
update the community and
to strategize how to per-

suade Scott to rethink his
Bullard was joined by
State Representatives Bar-
bara Watson and Cynthia
Stafford. But their dis-
gruntlement may be a moot
point as the task force met
on Tuesday, May 1st in
Please turn to BULLARD 6A

Is "Stand Your Ground" racist and sexist?

By Maurice Garland
Nowadays the words
"Stand Your Ground"
have almost become syn-
onymous with "no fair"
and "unjust," due most-
ly to the non-arrest of
George Zimmerman the
night he shot Trayvon

Martin and that law that
protected him up until
just a few weeks ago.
But the cases of John
McNeil and now Marissa
Alexander of Jackson-
ville, Fla., have highlight-
ed the inconsistencies
in the law's application.
Currently, the 31-year-

old mother of three is sit-
ting in jail and awaiting a
minimum 20-year prison
sentence for using a gun
to defend herself against
her estranged husband,
who has a well-docu-
mented history of domes-
tic violence. No one was
Please turn to LAW 6A

Vereen: First Black St.

Miami lawyer to challenge incumbent
for lith Judicial Circuit of Florida "

By D. Kevin McNeir
Roderick Vereen, 50, has
hinted that he might want
to run for state attorney for
Miami-Dade County, primar-
ily because of his dissatisfac-
tion with the job that the cur-

rent officeholder, Katherine
Fernandez Rundle, has done
since being elected [she ran
unopposed in 2008 to win her
fifth term]. On Tuesday, he of-
ficially declared his candidacy
and has hit the ground run-
ning with his sights squarely
placed on the August 14th


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primary. The Carol 'City High
School [1979], Florida State
University and Southern Uni-
versity Law Center graduate
knows firsthand the political
climate and personal challeng-
es facing the citizens of South
He was the first Black as-
sistant federal public defend-
er for the Northern District of
Florida, is a former president of
Please turn to VEREEN 6A

Blacks still being

victimized by

racial profiling

Wilson, Dotson, testify before
House Judiciary Committee

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@ miamitimesonline.com
Racial profiling has become
a hot topic in the U.S. follow-
ing nationwide protests on
how Sanford, Florida police
handled the shooting and
death of Trayvon Martin by
self-appointed watch cap-
tain, George Zimmerman. It
has been a practice employed
by many law enforcement of-
ficials for decades that began
to be seriously questioned
after 9/11 when hosts of Ar-
ab-Americans and Muslims
became targets of profiling.
Now, with Martin's senseless
death, the spotlight has once
again been placed on racial
profiling including the young
Black men who are often its

target as well as the impact
it has on illegal immigrants.
Several weeks ago, the Ju-
diciary Democrats held a fo-
rum, "Protecting a "Suspect
Community: Racial Profiling
and Hate Crimes," and in-
vited Congresswoman Fred-
erica Wilson (D-Fla.), Albert
Dotson, Jr., chairman of the
100 Black Men of America,
Inc. and Robert Parker, for-
mer director of the Miami-
Dade Police Department and
community liaison for the
5,000 Role Models of Excel-
lence to testify.
"I wanted the commit-
tee to hear from Al Dotson
and Robert Parker because
they have experienced and
survived racial profiling,"
Please turn to PROFILED 6A

I N orl nd The boy's football team of Miami Norland
S N or lan participated in last weekend's parade and
Sc ebrs is celebration marking the athletic prowess of the
celebrate its school's student-athletes. Pictured here is the 2012

champ onship FHSAA State Championship football team.
1 p 0P Congratulations on an outstanding year. -MiamiTimesphoto/Levi Matthews

Edwards the victim of political Puritanism

By DeWayne Wickham
1925, a trial in Dayton, Tenn., a
far-more sanctimonious part of the
Bible Belt than this place, trans-
fixed the nation.
In that farce of a legal proceeding,
John Scopes, a high school in-
structor, was convicted of teaching
his students the theory of human
evolution. The so-called Monkey
Trial was more a tug of war between
backers of a scientific explanation of

the beginning of life
and fervent believers
in the literal word of
Genesis, than it was
a search for justice.
John Edwards,
the former U.S.
senator and Demo-
cratic Party presi-
dential candidate, is now on trial
here ostensibly for violating federal
campaign-finance rules. And as
with Scopes, the charges against
Edwards have the rank smell of

political Puritanism.
The essence of this
case is undeniable,
even if the charges
against Edwards sug-
gest otherwise. The
onetime golden boy of
North Carolina politics
cheated on his wife and
tried mightily to keep
that moral failing from

T he decision to prosecute Edwards makes the Justice
Department lawyers look more like morality police
than defenders of the American political system.


being publicly exposed. Ed-
wards' dalliance with Rielle
Hunter was, for a time, a
syndicated secret. His wife
knew about it. And so did
Andrew Young, the former
chief political aide to Ed-

wards, and his wife. Young is now
the star witness against Edwards.
An admitted liar and lawbreaker,
Young has been granted immunity
from prosecution in return for his
testimony. That's more than a bit
Please turn to EDWARDS 6A

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Leaders are elected to

represent not rule over us
It was the French ruler Marie Antoinette who once said
while reflecting on the struggles of the working class,
"Let them eat cake." Many believe that her words reflect-
ed her insensitivity to the needs of the poor. It looks like our
own leader of Florida, Governor Rick Scott, may have both
studied and taken her views to heart. The only difference for
the citizens of South Florida is that we have the unenviable
position of begging for crumbs. And Scott clearly is not listen-
Recently he chose politicians, preachers and police offi-
cers to be members of his task force. Their aim, or so we
are told, is to examine laws like "stand your ground," which
have come under fire and heated criticism since the mur-
der of Trayvon Martin by wanna-be-cop George Zimmerman.
The 19-member committee has been charged by Scott to hold
public meetings, take testimonies, solicit ideas and review all
matters of safety. Few would stand in their way.
We're keeping our fingers crossed and hope that Scott's
Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, who will serve as one
of the chairs, will make a difference and rid our state of laws
like "stand your ground" that allow for vigilante-like actions
and criminals to claim self-defense. But we doubt much, if
anything, will change. We would like to say that we antici-
pate seeing a list of tough, well-conceived recommendations
for changes in some of our self-defense-related laws. We'd
like to believe that Scott and his group have the interests of
all Floridians at heart. But it's hard to believe when not one
Black voice from South Florida, the place where Martin was
raised and lived, was deemed appropriate for Scott's august
crew. What's more, our governor has padded his task force
with mostly conservative-minded, gun rights activists. Those
who were in office in 2005 voted in support of the stand your
ground law all of them. Scott has shown that he thinks
very little of the minds or talents of Blacks anywhere south
of Palm Beach. And in this case all we can do is eat cake.

Charter schools

are not one size fits all
It's great to hear that several charter schools in Miami-
Dade County are providing quality education to Black
youth. It's been an uphill battle for them as they have
tried to accomplish what many traditional public schools
have been unable to do raise school grades on the FCAT
and graduate a more respectable percentage of their stu-
dents. And they have had to do it with fewer dollars than the
traditional public institutions.
Still, it would be wise to remember that charter schools are
not a panacea for all that is wrong in the traditional public
school system. In addition, while it's good that Black parents
now have more options in terms of school choices, without
doing the proper research about what charter schools offer
and how they differ from one's community school, it's almost
like playing darts or Russian Roulette.
The bottom line is that because of their often specialized
curriculum and alternative modes of instruction, charter
schools are not one size fits all. Many parents have run to
the hills, dumping their children in charter schools because
it has become the fashionable thing to do. But for some chil-
dren they simply are not the answer. Perhaps what we really
should be doing is holding all of our schools charter and
traditional public schools alike more accountable. Maybe
what's needed is a willingness by parents to get more involved
in PTAs, tutoring programs and other volunteer options that
allow them to see what's really going on in their children's
Teachers are not meant to babysit or to to police our kids.
That's our job. And unless we know the real deal what's re-
ally going on behind those closed doors of learning we are
just placing our children in schools with blinders on and our
fingers crossed. They deserve better than that.

Gov. Scott rounds

up the usual zealots
It is outrageous that some of Florida's most gun-friend-
ly legislators are on a task force appointed by Gov. Rick
Scott to examine the Stand Your Ground law at issue
in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. While Governor
Scott has promised a full and fair review, his appointments
raise serious doubts about that commitment.
The task force's chairwoman, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, co-
sponsored the law when she was in the Legislature. And
three of the four legislators on the 17-member task force
co-sponsored or voted for the bill's passage in 2005. The
fourth arrived in office later but -lost no time in sponsoring
a pro-gun law signed by Governor Scott that bans doctors
from asking patients about gun ownership.
There were no appointments for lawmakers who favor gun
controls. But the task force does include a cross section of
legal, religious and civic leaders. They will have to work dili-
gently to ensure the public understands the law's full record
for mayhem. Stand Your Ground allows the use of lethal
force in public with no duty to retreat from someone the
shooter says presented imminent danger. It puts the burden
on police officers and prosecutors to disprove such claims.
It is undoubtedly a factor in the tripling of "justifiable homi-
cide" findings in Florida since the law was passed.
An examination of 130 Stand Your Ground cases by The
Tampa Bay Times found that a majority of shooters who
used the law to claim self-defense did not stand trial. These
include drug war shootings, bar fights and road rage where
there's no rebuttal possible by slain victims.
Any task force proposals to appease nationwide outrage
by merely tweaking the law will not pass public safety mus-
ter. Repeal is the only responsible course. -New York Times

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the
world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race. creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Hating no person, fearing no person,
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i BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

Beware of Republican "good intentions"

Republicans are waging the most
concerted campaign to prevent or
discourage citizens from exercising
their legitimate voting rights since
the Jim Crow days of poll taxes and
literacy tests. Four years ago, Dem-
ocrats expanded American democ-
racy by registering millions of new
voters mostly young people and
minorities and convincing them
to show up at the polls. Apparently,
the GOP is determined not to let
any such thing happen again.
According to the nonpartisan
Brennan Center for Justice at New
York University, which keeps track
of changes in voting laws, 22 stat-
utes and two executive actions
aimed at restricting the franchise
have been approved in 17 states
since the beginning of 2011. By
the center's count, an additional
74 such bills are pending. The
most popular means of discourag-
ing those young and minority vot-
ers who, coincidentally, tend to
vote for Democrats is legislation
requiring citizens to show govern-
ment-issued photo ID before they
are allowed to cast a ballot. Photo
ID bills have been approved by
Republican-controlled legislatures

in Alabama, Kansas, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
and Wisconsin and by referendum
in Mississippi. Only one state with
a Democratic-controlled legislature
- Rhode Island -passed a law
requiring voters to produce iden-
tification and it does not mandate
a government ID with a photo. In
Virginia, Republican Gov. Bob Mc-

won 95 percent of the Black vote
and 67 percent of the Hispanic
vote. It doesn't take a genius to do
the math: If you can reduce the
number of Black and Latino vot-
ers, you improve the Republican
candidate's chances. If photo ID
laws were going to be the solu-
tion, though, Republicans had to
invent a problem. The best they

f course, there are other potential kinds of electoral fraud:
crooked poll workers, for example, could record votes in
the names of citizens who actually stayed home. Election
officials could design ballots in a way that worked to a specific
candidate's advantage or disadvantage

Donnell has not decided whether to
sign a voter ID bill the legislature
sent to his desk.
In theory, what could be wrong
with demanding proof of iden-
tity? In the real world, plenty. As
Republican strategists are fully
aware, minorities are overrepre-
sented among the estimated 11
percent of citizens who do not
have a government-issued photo
ID. They are also painfully aware
that in 2008, President Obama

could come up with was "the men-
ace of widespread voter fraud."
It's a stretch. Actually, it's a lie.
All available evidence indicates
that fraudulent voting of the kind
that photo ID laws would presum-
ably prevent someone shows
up at the polls and votes in some-
one else's name -just doesn't
Of course, there are other po-
tential kinds of electoral fraud:
*crookqed-:,oipol workers, for ex-

ample, could record votes in the
names of citizens who actually
stayed home. Election officials
could design ballots in a way that
worked to a specific candidate's
advantage or disadvantage (see
Florida, 2000). But none of this
would be prevented by photo ID,
which still hasn't found a problem
to solve except, perhaps, an ex-
cess of Democratic voters. Even
more sinister are new laws, such
as in Florida, that make it much
more difficult for campaigns
- or anyone else -to conduct
voter-registration drives. If you
thought Republicans and Demo-
crats agreed that more Americans
should register to vote, you were
sadly mistaken. In the name of
safeguarding the sanctity of the
ballot, Republicans are trying to
exclude citizens they consider
likely to vote for Democrats the
young, the poor, Black and brown.
Those who love democracy cannot
allow this foul subterfuge to suc-
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper columnist
and the former assistant managing
editor ofThe Washington Post.


President Obama needs to solidify his base

In 2008, Senator Barack
Obama was elected president
by beating Senator John Mc-
Cain by six points, 52 percent
to 46 percent of the popular
vote and carrying the Electoral
College by a margin of 364-to
174. The Illinois senator cam-
paigned against the failed do-
mestic and foreign policies of
the George W. Bush adminis-
tration. Americans had become
disillusioned with tax cuts for
the wealthy and two misman-
aged wars that contributed to
out-of-control budget deficits.
Candidate Obama cam-
paigned with a populist mes-
sage. He promised to return
America and its government
to the people with a "transpar-
ent government" and "change
we can believe in." He champi-
oned a collective spirit of hope
with the slogan "Yes, we can!"
According to The Economist,
in 2008, America was ". .. un-
happy, divided and flounder-
ing both at home and abroad."
Many voters feared that a Pres-

ident McCain would just sup-
port more of the same Bush
policies that took America to
the brink of disaster.
Now, four years later under
President Obama, Americans
are still unhappy, unemployed,
underemployed, divided, and
floundering both at home and

Some say the president's
$787 billion stimulus bill saved
the American economy from
falling into a full-scale depres-
sion. He saved the auto indus-
try and passed the Lilly Led-
better Fair Pay Act for women.
But why did the Obama ad-

candidate Obama campaigned with a populist message.
He promised to return America and its government to the
people with a "transparent government" and "change we
can believe in."

abroad. In 2008, the message
was "Hope" and "Change." The
Obama buzz phrase for 2012 is
"Are you in?"
Yes, we're in we are in
trouble. To be fair, the Obama
administration has done a
number of things right. How-
ever, in spite of all the things
the Obama administration
has been able to accomplish,
even with a divided govern-
ment, his base on the left is
raising some very important

ministration back away from
eliminating the Bush era tax
cuts? While President Obama
deserves credit for ending
military involvement in Iraq,
killing Osama bin Laden and
either capturing or killing oth-
er high ranking terrorists, he
also signed the 2012 Defense
Authorization Act that allowed
the government to indefinite-
ly detain American citizens.
Maybe most important, why
are some of the same people

who advocated
deregulating the financial in-
dustry that contributed to
causing the fiscal crisis, now
serving as the president's key
economic advisers? Many of
the people who once believed
in the Obama administra-
tion now say that he is more
'Bushesque' than Bush.
The president will need to
address these concerns if he
wants to reassure his base
that their support for him was
not misguided. Even against
a weak and damaged Mitt
Romney, the Obama cam-
paign needs to develop and
articulate a clear direction, a
powerful theme and cohesive
message. People need to un-
derstand what they are voting
for, not against.
Wilmer Leon is the producer/
host of the nationally broad-
cast call-in talk radio program
"Inside the Issues with Wilmer
Leon," and a teaching associate
in the Department of Political
Science at Howard University.


ALEC should support voter measures

Last week, the civil rights
community and Americans of
conscience won a major victory
against the corporately-funded
conservative policy group that
supported the "Stand Your
Ground" law responsible for
delaying the arrest of Trayvon
Martin's killer. This same group
is behind dozens of voter ID laws
that are jeopardizing the voting
rights of millions of Americans.
On April 17, after an exodus
of major corporate sponsors,
prompted by pressure from a
coalition of progressive and civil
rights organizations, including
the National Urban League, the
American Legislative Exchange
Council (ALEC) officially ended
its involvement in these issues,
saying in part, "We are eliminat-
ing the ALEC public safety and
elections task force that dealt
with non economic issues."

Corporate support, which
ranges from $7,000 to $25,000
in annual dues to the orga-
nization, began to wither in
the wake of the public outcry
against Florida's Stand Your
Ground law, which shields a
gunman from prosecution sim-
ply by claiming a suspicion that
his or her life was in danger.
George Zimmerman made that
claim to Sanford, Fla. police of-
ficers who incredulously did not
arrest him following the Feb-
ruary 26 shooting death of the
unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin. While presenting itself
as an organization that pro-
motes legislation that serves
the financial interests of its
corporate funders, ALEC has
used its close ties to conserva-
tive state legislators to sponsor
similar "Kill at Will" laws in 30
states and the tragic body

count is growing. In Florida
alone, since the law was passed
in 2005, that state's "justifiable
homicide" rate has jumped 300
The organization has also
supported dozens of unneces-
sary voter ID laws across the
country that may keep as many
as 5 million citizens from exer-
cising their right to vote in this
all important election year. In
rallies, letters and social media
outreach, the civil rights com-
munity reminded ALEC's corpo-
rate sponsors, including Coca-
Cola, McDonald's, PepsiCo and
Kraft, that significant numbers
of consumers found their asso-
ciation with the organization's
extreme agenda offensive. When
a growing number of business-
es began severing their ties with
ALEC, the group backed away
from supporting these "no-

economic" issues. But we urge
ALEC to go one step further.
Now that ALEC has acknowl-
edged that its activities led it far
beyond the bounds of reason-
able commercial legislative ac-
tivity, we call upon the group to
devote its considerable resourc-
es to redress the harms caused
by the "Public Safety and Elec-
tions" task force dangerous
policies that armed civilian
vigilantes and disenfranchised
seniors, people of color and the
disabled by the millions.
The full impact of these mea-
sures has only begun to be felt.
We call upon ALEC to actively
support our "Occupy the Vote"
campaign to repeal these oner-
ous laws.
Marc H. Morial, former mayor
of New Orleans, is president
and CEO of the National Urban

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Justice appears doubtful for Trayvon

As you know George Zimmer-
man has been charged with sec-
ond degree murder, granted bail,
posted $150,000 bond, then left
to an undisclosed location. Gov.
Rick Scott announced a task
force and appointed Lt. Gov.
Jennifer Carol with the task
of reviewing Florida's citizen
safety laws including the Stand
Your Ground Law. In response
to the governor's task force,
Sen. Chris Smith launched a
Stand Your Ground task force
of his own right back at you
Governor Scott. A group of State
legislators subsequently called
a press conference in Miami on
the selection process of the task
force members they are still
waiting for an answer from the
Governor's office. But the truth
of the matter is that there will

probably be no official hearing of
any substance from either task
force. Scott is not calling for a
special hearing, special session
or anything else for that matter.
So, that takes us to next year
when the Republican-controlled
legislature is back in session-

Zimmerman Legal Fund was
raising a ton of money up un-
til recently and from 'mostly
conservative donors. As of the
today, an estimated $200,000
has been raised to help pay
Zimmermans's legal fees.
Ironically, during the bond

Group of State legislators subsequently called a press
conference in Miami on the selection process of the task.
force members they are still waiting for an answer
from the Governor's office.

I doubt that the NRA will allow
any House or Senate commit-
tee to entertain amendments
or repeals to the Stand Your
Ground Law. By the way, let's
not forget that the Real George

hearing Zimmerman's attor-
ney lied to the judge and said
that Zimmerman did not have
any money to pay a bond. But
in fact, some of the funds were
used by Zimmerman to fund a

BY ROGER CALDWELL, jet38,'5bellsouth.net

Scott foiled for second time in drug
Governor Scott will continue a bill when the sponsor wants for workers with drug prob-
to challenge the justice system the members of both Houses, lems. Our governor has a hard
in Florida and cost the taxpay- the governor and his adminis- time understanding that the
ers millions of dollars. This is tration exempt from the rules of government cannot arbitrarily
the second time that our gover- the law. Basically the sponsor, search people just because he
nor has lobbied the legislators Rep. Jimmie Smith, is telling thinks it is a good idea and it
in both Houses and pushed to the workers to do as I say, don't will be popular.

get the drug testing bill passed.
In 2011 and 2012, the gover-
nor has signed a bill for random
drug testing for state employees
-both times the courts have
ruled that the bill is unconsti-
"The governor can't order the
state to search people's bodily
fluids for no reason the Con-
stitution prohibits that sort of
government intrusion," said
Howard Simon, executive direc-
tor of the ACLU of Florida. "And
the governor can't demand that
people surrender their consti-
tutional rights for the privilege
of working 'for the state or re-
ceiving some other government
There is something wrong with

-The governor can't order the state to search people's
bodily fluids for no reason the Constitution prohibits
that sort of government intrusion," said Howard Simon,
executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

follow what I do and don't ex-
pect us to follow the law.
Scott is determined to imple-
ment drug testing bills and it
appears that he will use taxpay-
ers' funds to test his policies.
During committee meetings,
the drug testing bill was posi-
tioned as a way to raise state
workers to the same standards
as employees of private compa-
nies as a preventive measure

Once the government is al-
lowed to search bodily fluids of
employees, the government can
hypothetically search employ-
ees' homes and cars for drugs.
Once our leaders begin to go
down this slippery slope there
is no telling to what extent they
will go.
It is ironic that our governor
was initially against a computer
network to track the distribu-


Do you think charter schools provide

better opportunities for Black students?

Miami, sound engineer

Whether it's a public school
or a charter
school, hov.
good a school
is depends
on the effec- ,, '-
tiveness 'of
their teach.- K '--.
ers. They are --
in charge of
teaching their
subjects and making sure
,that it remains interesting to
the kids.

Miami, nurse

I think I
charter ?
schools are -
better be- -
cause they
have smaller
class sizes,
so teachers
can listen to
the students more and answer
their questions. Basically,
charter schools can provide
individual students with the
necessary attention.

Miami, unemployed

Yes, because
charter ,
schools have
inore time for
their teachers
to spend with ,.
the students.

City of Miami, grocery worker

I don't know much about
schools, but
I do know
about Catho- .'
lic schools .'
and they cer- : "
tainly do well '
for their stu- ._
dents. And
not just Catholic schools, but
all religious schools tend to do
right by their students. Their
students talk better, behave
better and they dress better.

Liberty City, unemployed

I don't think --
so because
schools are
basically all
the same. ,.
The teachers '.-" .'a '.
are the same.
The only dif-
ference re-
ally is class size since charter
schools do tend to have small-
er classes. It's really going to
depend on the students and
how much they desire to learn.

Brownsville, truck driver

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think so. I
just think
that charter ,
schools are a
little bit more '
than pub- *
lic schools as far as teaching
and with having smaller class

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There have been at least
three or four protests down at
the 111 Building where con-
cerned citizens and commu-
nity activists have demanded
that Miami-Dade Fire Captain
Brian Beckmann either step
down or be removed from of-
fice. That's in light of his in-
flammatory and highly-preju-
diced comments about Black
youth and their parents on his
Facebook page. Sometimes,

social media is not our friend.
Moreover, those who serve the
community should be cogni-
zant of the words they say and
write. P.U.L.S.E. Executive Di-
rector Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox
and a group of like-minded
folks, said they recently met
with County Mayor Carlos
Gimenez and made it clear to
him that they were unwilling to
tolerate such conduct and pay
the salary of one who would

use such insidious words.
Looks like Beckmann could be
looking for a new gig real soon.

A strange development has
occurred in the case of George
Zimmerman, charged with
second-degree murder and
now awaiting trial for the mur-
der of 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin. Zimmerman has set
up a Twitter account, a Face-

book page and a website. It's
said he even has a PayPal ac-
count and has gotten close to
$200,000 in donations to help
him pay for his defense. Did he
really use some of this money
to pay his bond? That's what
the word is. Is that legal? Is
it ethical? Either way, looks
like the former wanna-be-cop-
has some friends with a lot of

What our readers are saying online

The Miami Times encourages
discussion and dialogue. Here
are some of the things people
have recently said about of
our stories. Voice your opinion
by leaving comments on our
website, Facebook or Twitter.

Comment on "Was FIU's
firing of Thomas really
about winning?"
This is typical FIU . The
last five or six firings at FIU
have been of Black coaches.
The AD has shown that he
discriminates against Blacks.
On any given day, you can go
onto the campus of FIU and
not one person has anything
nice to say about Garcia.
Truth be told, he is an absen-

tee AD who is out of touch
with student athletes and the
student body period. John
April 19th.
We in the community know
why Coach Thomas was re-
ally fired. Everyone from
FIU to Boca Raton is talking
about Garcia telling people,
"he hired a coach, not an ac-
tivist." The AD flat out dis-
criminates against Blacks.
It's a public institution. Re-
quest the records for Garcia.
All of his last firings within
the last months have been
of Black staff members and
what is shocking, is the Uni-
versity sees nothing wrong
with it. FIU is gonna get ex-
actly what they deserve. They

hire 29-year-old Patino who
the NCAA knows has a father
that cheats.. But hey, Garcia
cheats as well so the NCAA is
going to have a field day with
FIU. Mr.Big April 19th.
I worked for FIU for 30
years. Now I'm retired. I
worked closed with Pete Gar-
cia. For the last eight years
FIU has been firing and laying
off personnel. But the Athlet-
ics Dept. is the only depart-
ment that has been excluded.
Only athletics has its own
budget, which is controlled
by Pete Garcia. When Thom-
as came to FIU as a coach,
the first year he worked for
free even though he was still
being paid by the New York

Knicks. His contract was for
more than the FIU president.
The State Florida needs to
investigate the sports depart-
ment and its budget. Rich K
April 19th.

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Twitter: @TheMiamiTimes
By Kallan Louis

I Letter to. ES t Or

Captain Beckmann should be demoted for his actions
Dear Editor, It is my understanding that from employees of authority This type of behavior is uri-

I read in disbelief the article
published in Grio.com, as well.
as the Miami Herald, regarding
a recent social media posting
by one of the highest-ranking
Miami-Dade County fire cap-
tains, Brian Beckmann. The
unconscionable words the fire
captain used were both shock-
ing and outrageous.

the County Mayor said he
would investigate the situa-
tion in order to determine, if
in fact, Mr. Beckmann violated
any County policies relating to
public conduct. However, it is
my opinion that there should
be a zero tolerance policy for
biases and prejudicial state-
ments and/or opinions about
other genders and cultures

who govern those individual
employees and have a direct
supervisory position over
County staff and, equally as
important, have direct contact
with our constituencies.
I am calling for an immedi-
ate resolution to this matter by
releasing Mr. Beckmann from
his official duties or by demot-
ing his rank of Captain.

acceptable of any Miami-Dade
County employee. I hold Fire
Captain Brian Beckmann to a
higher standard of conduct by
the sheer nature of his position
and his title.

Audrey M. Edmonson
Vice Chairwoman, Miami-
Dade County Board of County


portion of his bail. request
by the Martin family's attorney
Ben Crump, called for Zim-
merman's bail to be revoked,
however it was denied by the
judge presiding over the case.
And to add injury to insult, the
Sanford City Manager negoti-
ated Police Chief Lee's resigna-
tion only to be upstaged by the
Sanford City. Commission who
rejected the Chief's resigna-
What is my point? Based on
the series ofevents surround-
ing this case, I believe we are
fooling ourselves if we think
that Trayvon will get any real
The struggle continues ..
Henry Crespo, Sr., is vice
chairman of outreach for the
Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

tion of prescription d rugs. Flor-
ida was considered the largest
pill mill factory in the country
and eventually a computer net-
work was incorporated in the
state system to control phar-
maceutical and prescription
In 2011, 'Governor Scott
signed a law to test welfare re-
cipients and the Florida courts
issued an injunction to stop the
law. There is no way that I can
understand our governors' logic
with fighting the drug epidemic
in Florida.
Fighting drugs is a local,
state, national and interna-
tional problem. But searching
workers and arbitrarily search-
ing welfare recipients is an
intrusion on civil rights. The
courts are correct when they
rule that "suspicion-less" drug
testing is unconstitutional.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Orlan-


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Tabou Combo leads Big Night in Little Haiti

-Miami Times photos/Marvin Elliot Ellis
The kings of konpa for more than 40 years, superstars Tabou Combo, took to the stage on Friday, April 20th for the monthly celebration of Big Night in
Little Haiti. Haitians and friends also kicked off the national celebration of La Semaine de la Diaspora. Opening act for the evening was Tradisyon Lakou
Lakay Dance Ensemble. From the pictures it's clear that everyone had a wonderful time!

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NANA grant to help feed

the Red Land's needy

Rene Enfante, owner of Red Land
Market Village, Congresswoman
Frederica Wilson and Leroy Bones,
of Neighbors and Neighbors Asso-
ciation [NANA] joined to present
a new federal program called the
Healthy Food Financing Initiative.
NANA was awarded $759,374 in
funding from U.S Government.
The grant will facilitate the expan-
sion of Red Land Market Village's

farmers market to overcome bar-
riers in bringing healthy foods to
underserved, low-income urban
and rural communities. The fund-
ing will be used for physical reno-
vation, construction of a food court
and business training for vendors
to help them grow their revenue as
a method to encourage residents
to eat fresh produce and healthy

Scott's drug testing

By Tim Kephart senting government workers,
who were also backed by the
Miami federal judge Ursula American Civil Liberties Union.
Ungaro has ruled that Gover- The union said drug testing
nor Rick Scott's order requiring should only be done if there is a
drug testing for state workers is suspected problem and in safe-
unconstitutional. Ungaro said ty-related and high-risk jobs.
the blanket testing of 85,000 Scott's attorneys said the work-
workers violated the Consti- ers who objected are free to quit
tution's ban on unreasonable and future job applicants could
search and seizures contained to find employment elsewhere.
in the Fourth Amendment. The Scott suspended his order last
ruling could eventually impact June because of the lawsuit.
another .Scott law to permit Scott issued the following state-
random worker drug testing, ment after the decision was
Scott's order was originally handed down.
challenged by a union repre- "As I have repeatedly ex-

policy ruled illegal

plained, I believe that drug test-
ing state employees is a com-
mon sense means of ensuring
a safe, efficient and productive
workforce. That is why so many
private employers drug test and
why the public and Florida's
taxpayers overwhelmingly sup-
port this policy. I respectfully
disagree with the court's ruling
and will pursue the case on ap-
It's the latest setback for Scott
and the legislature in their
push to drug test state work-
ers and welfare recipients. The
New York Times investigated

the drug testing of welfare re-
cipients and found it saved no
money and didn't change the
According to the Times, dur-
ing the four months testing
took place, just 2.6 percent of
applicants failed the test or 108
of 4,086 tested. But, because
those who passed the test are
reimbursed for the test costs,
Florida had to pay $118,140.
In the end, combined with the
costs Florida had to pay back
and the number of people who
failed, the testing cost the state
an extra $45,780.

Delray's city beach integrated 50 years ago

By Maria Herrera

Delray Beach Fifty years
ago, a group of nearly 100 young
Black people gathered at the pa-
vilion on State Road A1A and
Atlantic Avenue for a dip in the
ocean and nothing happened.
There was a heavy police pres-
ence, but there was no counter
protest from white people.
The event marked the begin-
ning of the city's municipal
beach integration, and the end
of a seven-year battle that in-
volved "wade-in" protests, ar-
rests of Black beachgoers, and
even cross burnings.
Alfred Straghn, 82, was among
the young Black beachgoers at
the pavilion that day. He said
that even after being repeatedly
taunted by whites and arrested
by police, Black youths kept
staging "wade-ins" and boycot-
ting local businesses until their
opponents simply gave up.
"It was some touchy times," he
said. "The integration effort was
done by different groups in co-
operation. It had an affect in the
whole community."

The fight for the integration of
Delray Beach's municipal beach
began in 1955, when a group of
young men decided to stage a
"wade-in." They were met by op-
position from white residents,
who drove them off the beach by
circling around them and shout-
ing at them to leave. To avoid
confrontation, police closed the
"In the beginning there was no
segregation of the beach," said
Dorothy Patterson, the archivist
of the Delray Beach Historical
Society. "Then after World War II,
there were two important orga-
nizations the Nasaremas Club
and the Delray Voters League
- and they were formed to fight
for civil rights for [Black people],
including the use of the beach."
It was only practice, not law,
that separated the races. Whites
used the area from a half-mile
north of the pavilion at Atlantic
Avenue and State Road A1A to
a half-mile south, while Blacks
gathered south on a beach in
Boca Raton, said Dennis Mur-
ray, a resident who said he was
the first Black lifeguard hired in

Miami Dade College honors civil

rights activist Renee Kilpatrick
Miami Dade College (MDC) .became its first Black cashier
professor and civil rights activ- -at first patrons refused to go
ist Renee Kilpatrick has made through her lane. Through col-
a distinct mark in history and lege, she participated in.marches
inspired generations of women and lunch sit-ins, some of which
who followed in her footsteps. resulted in jail time.
Recently, she was honored at the "It was a harsh time, but it was
annual Women's History Month also a learning time," Kilpatrick
luncheon at the InterAmerican said. "I did not realize at the time
Campus (IAC). The theme this that I was making history."
year was education and empow- Kilpatrick moved to Miami 21
erment. Born and raised in Al- years ago and teaches English
bany, Ga., Kilpatrick came of age at MDC. The "country girl" who
amidst segregation and Jim Crow dreamed of being a teacher since
laws in the deep South. In high the first grade said she still cries
school, as the civil rights move- at every graduation ceremony.
ment pushed forward, she was "As educators, we are empow-
part of the first Black class to in- ered to make a change, not just
tegrate an all-white high school. in the lives of our students, but
She also took a part-time job at also the lives of each other," she
a local grocery store, where she said.

Delray Beach.
"We had to work our way
through the mangroves and
work our way to an unprotected
beach, and set up our little spot
and go swimming like that," said
Murray, 66, of the Boca Raton
spot Black people used at the
After several wade-ins and
confrontations between whites,
Blacks and police; a group lead
by George McKay, of the Del-
ray Beach Civic League, and C.
Spencer Pompey, asked the city
to integrate the beach. When the
city refused, they filed a lawsuit.
But federal District Court
Judge Emmett Choates dis-
missed it, saying Delray Beach

had no laws barring Blacks from
the beach, according Pompey's
Empowered by the fact the
city had no laws against Black
people using the beach, they felt.
they could take a swim immedi-
Some white people put up a
fight, but emboldened Black res-
idents got officials to back down
by boycotting local businesses
and threatening the burgeoning
tourism business in the area.
Murray said some of the town's
Black residents are still bitter
about those days, when walk-
ing east of Swinton Avenue after
dark was prohibited to Blacks.

Dawson facing six-year prison term
By D. Kevin McNeir when she was serving as a state
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com senator. He also testified that
maintaining payoffs to legisla-
The 16-year, former Ft. Lau- tors.in exchange for favors were
derdale Democratic legislator, what was expected in Tallahas-
Mandy Dawson, who .. .,, see and that it tended
became ensnared in a '.' ri'' to occur with great
U.S. Justice Depart- regularity.
ment probe pleaded Dawson must now
guilty on Monday in file complete tax re-
Miami federal court turns with the Inter-
for tax evasion and nal Revenue Service
failing to file a tax re- for the years in ques-
turn. She now faces tion and must also
up to six years when pay back taxes, penal-
she is sentenced on ties and fines.
July 20th. DAWSON 'Up to a dozen of-
Dawson's plea ficials were initially
brings an end to a five-year-old charged but they vere eventu-
investigation that also landed ally cleared everyone except
Hollywood physician Dr. Alan Dawson and Mendelsohn.
Mendelsohn in jail. Mendelsohn Dawson maintained outside
was a Republican lobbyist and the courtroom following her
fundraiser. When he was con- conviction that she is "no differ-
victed in 2010, he said that ent from any other person walk-
he had given Dawson $82,000 ing the streets of America" with
through her legislative aide tax problems.

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Warmth of campus spotlight beckons Obama back
By Peter Baker ing to subsidize people who want troduce a bill on the interest rates, speech, full of straw men and vil- to give Obama the benefit of the termine her vote.
to go to school." and Democrats said it would offset lains who stand in the way of their doubt. Alex Zaczek, 26, a junior Still, dismal job prospects hung
BOULDER, Colo. The are- Without naming Mr. Romney, its cost by preventing some indi- dreams," Mr. McConnell said. "I'm at the University of Colorado, over the campuses. "It's just so
nas are rocking, the students are Obama mocked his statement. viduals from paying taxes as cor- sure hell also express his strong Boulder, who volunteered for Mr. scary to hear my classmates who
whooping and President Obama is "Everybody will give lip service to portions. support for things that all of us Obama in 2008, credited him for are so smart having trouble find-
feeling the love. this," he said. "You'll hear a lot of Senator Mitch McConnell of agree on. But what he won't talk affordable loans. ing a job," said Becky Bush, 20, a
"I love you back, I really do!" he folks say, Yes, education is impor- Kentucky, the Republican leader, about is the extent to which the Taia Butler, a freshman, said junior at North Carolina. "Whether
calls out to thousands of young tant it's important.' But it re- said Obama was trying to dis- decisions he's made are limiting many students were excited by it's the president's fault they can't
people packed to the rafters. When quires not just words but deeds." tract from economic policies that their opportunities in the years Romney because he was wealthy find a job, I don't know. I do know
one shouts, "We believe in you!" he Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, had made it harder to find jobs. ahead." and unlikely to be corrupted. But he's making a conscious effort to
veils back. "I believe in you!" When the Democratic leader, plans to in- "I'm sure hell give a very rousing Some students were willing she said women's rights would de- fix that."

he emphasizes a point, he calls
out, "Can I get an amen?"
For a president facing a tough
re-election and a stubborn econ-
omy, there is no better amen cor-
ner, no more invigorating audi-
ence, than on campus. For a few

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exuberant moments, it can feel
like 2008 all over again, when the
youth vote actually showed up
and helped propel an unlikely out-
sider to the White House.
But the cheers Mr. Obama heard
on Tuesday as he opened a two-
day, three-college swing masked a
more daunting reality as he seeks
to mobilize young voters to his
side once again. Mr. Obama is no
longer the avatar of promise and
possibility; he is the incumbent
presiding over an anemic job mar-
ket awaiting future graduates. He
is a figure of compromised ideals
asking for forbearance as he seeks
to live up to the sky-high expec-
tations he inspired the first time
"It's definitely not the same as it
was in 2008," said Ariana van den
Akker, a 22-year-old senior at the
University of North Carolina, the
president's first stop orn Ti.esda..
"You saw it a lot more o:,n c.i:rripu
then. I feel like the reali, 1:-f the
economy has set i in I :Ou looik .at
the pictures of hen he listeded in
20T,;]U vhen he \vasTrojkjr, at t.-,i!
Democratic bid. I rhink a lot more
people were excited then -than
College students face an intimi-
dating job market. Nearly 54 per-
cent of graduates under 25 years
old last year were unemployed or
underemployed, "They bought into
the message of hope and change
four years ago; now they think
it's time for something new," said
Beaumont Allen, a spokesman for
a Republican youth group called
Concord 51.
That does not mean that young
people are shifting in large num-
bers to Romney. A new Web-based
survey by Knowledge Networks
for Harvard University's Institute
on Politics found that Mr. Obama
leads Mr. Romney 43 percent to
26 percent among those 18 to 29
years old, six points higher than
last winter.
But surveys and interviews sug-
gest that enthusiasm for the presi-
dent has waned, and his challenge
will be rousing young people to
actually turn out. Among 18- to
34-year-olds surveyed by land
line and cellphone by NBC News
and The Wall Street Journal, 45'
percent expressed high interest
in the election, compared with 63
percent in April 2008.
That remains critical in swing
states like those-Mr. Obama visits,
this week, North Carolina, Colo-
rado and Iowa. In such states, the
Obama campaign has recruited
students as volunteers with the
possibility of becoming paidfield
organizers as it focuses on 15 mil-
lion people, 6 million of whom
are registered, who were not old
enough to vote last time.
The policy focus of Obama's
swing termed an official trip,
financed by taxpayers is the
cost of federally subsidized stu-
dent loans. Interest rates for 7
million students are set to double
to 6.8 percent on July 1, and the
president has called on Congress
to prevent that. It was an issue
stoked by Democrats to put Mr.
Romney on the defensive.
Romney tried to defuse the is-
sue on Monday by supporting an
extension of the interest rates be-
cause of "the extraordinarily poor
conditions in the job market" un-
der Obama.
Democrats said Romney's posi-
tion contradicted his support for
the budget by Representative Paul
D. Ryan, Republican of Wiscon-
sin, and his previously expressed
skepticism about "taxpayers hav-

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Racial profiling: Indifference to sanctity of life

PROFILED suspended at much higher rates cially profiled under the guise of us in the minority." man think he was suspicious as
continued from 1A than white boys. Trayvon Martin citizen or neighborhood watches," For the moment, Parker says CHANGE BEGINS WITH we walked in his own neighbor-

Wilson said. "This is something
that dates back to the days of
slavery. Today it affects our com-
munity more than we can imag-
ine. Every Black boy and man at
one point in their lives have been
viewed as suspicious, feared by
the larger community [whites]
- even reviled. Women grab
their purses, people lock their
car doors and our boys and men
are routinely followed in stores
or stopped by police. We cannot
pretend that this doesn't exist.
We see the impact even in our
schools where Black boys are

was with his father because he
had been suspended. Just think
if our policies were different and
more just perhaps Trayvon
would still be alive."

Parker, 58, has been in law
enforcement for most of his life.
He says that profiling happens
everyday based on race, gender,
ethnicity or particular factors to
a person.
"Sometimes profiling targets
a specific action and as a police
officer I have seen citizens ra-

he said. "In the case of Trayvon
Martin, neither his conduct or the
way he was walking should have
led Zimmerman to be concerned.
But that's what happens with
racial profiling. America has not
gone far enough in protecting its
citizens. We have legislation and
statutes to prevent it, but there
is something that is engrained in
the minds of many Americans. We
have to deal with this as a priority
issue and address it. Why haven't
we seen real change? Because it
doesn't happen to the majority of
Americans. They are the majority
but profiling happens to those of

talking to young boys on a rou-
tine basis may be one way to help
keep them alive if and when they
are profiled.
"I tell boys how to conduct
themselves in certain encounters
and while it may enrage them at
that moment, they should remain
calm and refrain from getting into
a verbal or physical altercation,"
he added. "When the person that
confronts them is an authority
figure, like the police, they should
say as little as possible and follow
their orders. Confronting the is-
sue should come later, after they
are safe from potential harm."

Dotson believes every conversa-
tion designed to eradicate racial
profiling and other prejudgments
based on ignorance is a move-
ment in the right direction.
"So long as we recognize and
conclude during these discus-
sions that our society cherishes
life . no law should find such
behavior [like that of George Zim-
merman's] to be acceptable," he
said. "The 100 Black Men mentor
young men ages 8 to 18 through-
out our 116 Chapter fietwork.
Scenarios like [Trayvon Martin]
in which clothing made Zimmer-

hood with candy in his hand dur-
ing inclement weather, continue
to happen to far too many other
boys they are evidence that ra-
cial profiling can lead to murder
and injustice. We have attempted
to use this tragic incident to make
sure our young people fully ap-
preciate the danger of ignorance."
Wilson later testified, along
with other members of Congress,
mostly minorities, before the U.S.
Senate Judiciary Sub-committee
on the Constitution, Civil Rights
and Human Rights about prob-
lems with racial profiling in their

Vereen's quest begins for state attorney ;

continued from 1A

the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar
Association and opened his own
law firm in 1995 concentrat-
ing on criminal defense. Notable
cases to his credit include: Lionel
Tate, the Liberty City Seven, the
Liberty City Six and Edison High
students charged with battery
on law enforcement officers and
Paul Hill. He says he's running
for three reasons.
"We need leadership in the
state attorney's office," he said.
"I want to focus on the true mis-
sion that should be followed by
the top law enforcement official
in Miami-Dade County. There

are good prosecutors within the
office but they lack a leader with
extensive, actual trial experience
and a complete grasp of the inner
workings of the courtroom."
"Safety has become optional
based on one's address. Black
communities are often the hard-
est hit by crime. The State At-
torney has chosen politics over
keeping our communities safe.
Resources must be directed to
prosecute violent and economic
crimes that negatively impact the
quality of life for all residents of
our county.
"We can no longer allow for
rogue prosecutions of Black poli-
ticians something that goes
back to the late Arthur Teele.

Recently, we have seen charges
brought against Michelle Spence-
Jones which under the lights of
justice were found to be frivolous,
vindictive and lacking any viola-
tion of Florida laws. The duty of
the state attorney's office is to
seek justice. Spence-Jones's civ-
il rights were infringed upon as
were the rights of the'people who
went to the poll and twice elected
her city commissioner. I will en-
force all the laws of the State but
only within the ethical bounds
of the office of the state attorney
which requires a good faith belief
that a crime has been committed
by the person charged and that
it can be proven beyond a rea-
sonable doubt."

-Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Wilcox
VEREEN OFF AND RUNNING: Roderick Vereen officially kicked off his candidacy for Miami-
Dade County's state attorney on Tuesday and picked up the endorsement of the Police Benevolent
Association, among others. He is pictured here (center) along with several community and elected
leaders who have pledged their support of the longtime Miami resident. He has made a name for
himself as one of the State's more prominent criminal attorneys.

Not everyone benefits

from Stand Your Ground

continued from 1A

hurt in the incident.

It is reported that in 2010, Al-
exander found herself in a vio-
lent confrontation with her hus-
band. He had a history of abuse
towards her and other women in
the past, causing Alexander to
place an injunction for protec-
tion against violence on him. On
one day in particular, she said
her husband, unprovoked, as-
saulted her in the bathroom of
her home. She managed to get
out of his grasp and ran to her
car in the garage to leave, but
realized that she didn't have her
keys. She was also unable to
open the garage door to get out
because of a mechanical mal-
At this point, she was very fear-
ful for her life, but knew that she
had to at least get her cell phone
to call for help. That's when she
grabbed a gun, for which she
had a concealed weapon permit.
When she walked back into the
kitchen area, she saw her hus-
band again, who was supposed
to be leaving through another
door with his two sons (her step-
sons). When he saw her, she says
he screamed "Bitch, I'll kill you"
and charged at her. She then
pointed her weapon at the ceil-

ing, turned her head and shot in
the air. That scared her husband
But, he promptly called the po-
lice and told them that she shot
the gun at him and his sons. She
was taken to jail where she has
been sitting ever since.

Alexander has been trying to
use Florida's Stand Your Ground
laws to defend her actions, but to
no avail. A judge ruled that Alex-
ander was actually in the wrong,
saying that she could have exited
to safety through one of the other
doors or windows in the house
instead of crossing paths with
her husband in the kitchen.
"I am a law-abiding citizen and
I take great pride in my liberty,
rights and privileges as one," she
said. I have vehemently pro-
claimed my innocence and my
actions that day. The enigma I
face since that fateful day I was
charged through trial, does the
law cover and apply to me too?"
The Florida attorney on her
"Stand Your Ground" case will
reportedly make final arguments
on a retrial motion. But without
a new trial, it's likely Alexander
will await the appeals process in
state prison. The case has quick-
ly become another example of
how unequal the justice system
can be, for minorities and vic-
tims of domestic abuse.

Edwards faces federal charges

continued from 1A

ironic because it was Young and
his wife, Cheri, who received
and doled out nearly $1 million
from two wealthy donors to help
Edwards conceal his extramari-
tal affair. Some of those funds
- all of which went into a bank
account controlled by Young's
wife, not Edwards' presidential
campaign were used to help
build a house for Young's family.
The money that Rachel Mellon,
a wealthy philanthropist, and
Texas attorney Fred Baron gave
Young's wife far exceeded the
$2,300 any single donor can give
in federal campaigns.

Using that money to keep his
adultery secret during the 2008
presidential campaign meant
that the funds served a political
purpose, prosecutors argue, and
thus constituted a violation of
federal campaign-finance laws.
Still, only Edwards has been
charged with a crime.
Attorneys for Edwards con-
tend that the money was used to
keep his wife from learning that
he had not ended his relation-
ship with Hunter as promised
and that the relationship had

produced a love child.
Usually, the government
leaves something this sordid to a
husband and wife to resolve. It's
not a matter for a federal judge
and jury to sort out. But Ed-
wards faces charges that could
send him to prison for 30 years.
The decision to prosecute Ed-
wards makes the Justice De-
partment lawyers look more like
morality police than defenders of
the American political system.
The stretch they are making to
link the money from Mellon and
Baron to Edwards' presidential
campaign seems to be a thinly
veiled effort to criminalize the
adultery of a high public figure
- for no good reason other than
moral outrage.
It's easy not to like Edwards.
Only 3% of respondents in a ie-
cent CBS News/New York Times
poll said they have a favorable
view of him. Thirty percent said
the first thing that comes to
mind when they think of him is
that he cheated on his wife, who
died in 2010 after a long, public
battle with cancer.
But my gut tells me that the
case against Edwards springs
from the worst intentions of Pu-
ritanism, rather than the best
values of the American legal sys-


FL legislators angry over task force choices

continued from 1A

Tallahassee to deal with "house-
hold matters."
Scott continues to say that he
has no preconceivedd notions"
on what the task force will rec-
ommend but he wants it to look
at the Florida law that allows cit-
izens to defend themselves with
deadly force.
"While it is a good first step
launching the Task Force on
Citizen Safety and Protection
which is set to examine Florida's
"Stand Your Ground" law, there
are some names boldly miss-
ing," Bullard said. "I express my.
disappointment that Rep. Wat-
son (D-Miami Gardens) and/or
Sen. Oscar Braynon II (D-Miami
Gardens) were not assigned to
the task force. We know that
Florida's "Stand Your Ground"
law has gained national atten-
tion due to the outrage over the
Trayvon Martin case. Therefore,
I believe that the elected offi-
cials who represent the district
in which Trayvon lived with his
mother Sybrina Fulton, should
be named to the governor's task
Bullard has sent a letter to
Scott, criticizing him for choos-
ing individuals that "represent

a singular viewpoint having
all voted and/or co-sponsored
the bill that would become the
"Stand Your Ground" statute.

Bullard and Watson both ex-
pressed interest in being part
of the task force. Watson says
she even sent formal correspon-
dence to the Governor with her
request. But when the task force
was chosen, Lieutenant Gover-
Snor' Jennifer Carroll went on re-
cord saying that those who made
Sthe final cut had submitted ap-
plications. Both representatives
say they don't believe Carroll.
"I never received a response
from the Governor's office or
from Carroll it was like a slap
in the face, especially when the
final selections didn't have one
person from Miami Gardens
[the district that Watson and
Braynon represent]," Watson
said. "It's despicable and a crime
that Scott would completely ig-
nore the citizens of South Flori-
da and also ignores Blacks who
could have greatly contributed
to the task force. Four-out-of 19
members are Black. That's not
good enough!"
Stafford says the public can-
not allow Scott to get away with

"Our governor went all the way
to Leon County to find a Black
that he thought should be on the
task force I guess no one in
South Florida had what he was
looking for," Stafford said. "But
too much is at stake for us to
simply be quiet and accept his
decision. This law is threat to ev-
eryone. And Scott was elected on
the premise that he would rep-
resent' all Floridians not just
those who shared his views. The
landscape that he proposes is
questionable. It looks like his in-
tention was to clone himself and
get like-minded folks on the task
Bullard says he was incensed
when he realized that George
Zimmerman [the murder of Tray-
von Martin now on trial] had two
people from his district chosen
to serve on the task force.
"It looks like Scott wants to
make sure Zimmerman's rights
are protected but he sure doesn't
seem to care about the rights of
Trayvon," Bullard said. "We will
be requesting a copy of the so-
called applications that were re-
ceived by Carroll. No one I know,
including State Senator Gary
Siplin, ever received or turned in
an application for the task force.
I don't believe such a document

ever existed.

Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis, pas-
tor of The Church of the Open
Door, whose sanctuary served
as the venue for the meeting,
says the church needs to orga-
nize around the issue of racial
profiling and make its opinions
"In the last several years we
have witnessed subtle but sig-
nificant changes in our envi-
ronment and in the laws of the
land," he said. "If we remain si-
lent these changes will become
storms that blow us away. This
is reminiscent of the things I ex-
perienced in the 1960s. I thought
all of that was over but it's clear
that the attitudes that divided
our county back then have been
Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox, execu-
tive director for P.U.L.S.E. says
he has little faith that the gover-
nor will even respond to the let-
ter that Bullard sent to him.
"We need our leaders to show
some righteous indignation," he
said. "Community leaders must
galvanize the troops the peo-
ple will follow."
At the time this story went to
press, neither Bullard or Watson
had heard from Scott's office.


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Terri McMillan featured at

annual Book and Author Luncheon

By Kaila Heard.

New York Times' best-selling au-
thor Terri McMillan was the featured
author at the Greater Miami Chapter
of the Links, Inc.'s 2012 Book and
Author Luncheon at the Hilton Miami
on Saturday, April 21st.
"I have a lot of respect for what the

Links (Links, Inc.) do in education,
as organ donors and their efforts in
Africa," McMillan said. "So, I'm happy
to support the Greater Miami Chapter
because I like what they stand for."
McMillan read from one her latest
fictional work, "Getting to Happy," a
sequel to "Waiting to Exhale." After-
wards, she answered a few of the au-
dience member's questions. For those

individuals who wanted to learn how The Links also donated 50 desks to

they themselves can "get to happy,"
McMillan replied, "At the top of my
list is learn how to say 'no' to other
people and say 'yes' to yourself."
In conclusion to her presentation,
the author joked, "I'm 60 years old,
I'm getting ready to sell my house,
move to New York and find myself a

McMillan's favorite charity in Africa.
In years past, the luncheon has fea-
tured other notable authors includ-
ing Edwidge Danticatt, Bebe Moore
Campbell, Craig Marberry and Valerie
Boyd. So the decision to feature Mc-
Millan was an easy one for the local
Links chapter.
"We (the Greater Miami Chapter of

the Links, Inc.) like her work and we
thought that the crowd would really
enjoy hearing from her," explained
chapter President Renee Jones. "My
personal favorite is 'How Stella Got
Her Grove Back,' because I just really
like the romance and the
tropical feel of the novel."
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Catholic icon concludes religious

lecture series at Florida Memorial

Florida Memorial University (FMU), South
Florida's only historically black university,
recently concluded its inaugural season of
r the Lectures and Arts Series for Enrichment
in Religion (L.A.S.E.R). LASER is FMU's
weekly community and university worship
service. Father Michael Pfleger, noted civil
rights activist and priest at the Faith Com-
munity of St. Sabina in Chicago, served as
.this season's final speaker., Pfleger encour-
aged the audience to, "develop an angry in-
tolerance of evil and injustice."
The priest challenged attendees to join
the figurative race for equality and to pick
up where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and
other civil rights leaders left off. He passed a
baton to University Chaplain Wendell Paris,
Jr., inviting FMU to lead a new leg of the
LASER hosted scores of local and national
notables including Bishop Victor T. Curry,
Reverend Walter T. Richardson and others*.
Led by Chaplain Paris, LASER is a part FMU
President Henry Lewis III's "communiversi-
ty?' philosophy of the university meeting the
needs of the community.

Rev. Mary Edwards reveals

faith that heals everyone

By Kaila Heard

Pastor Mary E. Edwards
established her own
church, the Greater First
Church of Deliverance, Inc.
in 1995 for a simple reason.
"I wanted to gather the peo-
ple together and bring them t:,
Christ," she explained.
Within a few months, word of
mouth about Edwards' power-

prayer meetings and church services
held in her own home attracted more
Sand more worshippers. Soon the
fledgling congregation needed to
host their services at a hotel be-
fore finally establishing them-
-.. ""- selves at their current sanc-
':' tuary on Seventh Avenue
jf and 77th Court all within a
few months.
SThe membership increased to
over 300 members and. currently, is
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Nationally acclaimed founder of the
Amachi Mentoring Program, a faith-
based mentoring model for children
with incarcerated parents, Rev. W. Wil-
son Goode, was the featured speaker
at a recent symposium.


teaches how to

help kids with


By Kaila Heard

Much attention has been shed upon
the effects of imprisonment upon Black
men and women and the issues that they
face both prison or jail and once they re-
turn home.
However, less focus has been placed
Supon how their long absences affects the
children that they leave at home.
The effects that are known about tend
to be very negative.
In addition to increasing the chances
That their child will likely enter the adult
Criminal justice system themselves, hav-
Sing an incarcerated parent often leads to
stress, stigmatization, trauma and even
separation issues for the youth, accord-
ing to the Administration for Children
Sand Families.
In 2007, 2.3 percent of all U.S. chil-
dren under the age of 18 had a parent in
prison. According to a Bureau of Justice
Statistics' special report, 6.7 percent of
those children were Black.
Aware of the broad reaching effects that
a parent's incarceration has upon chil-
dren, the Service Network for Children
of Inmates hosted a recent symposium,
"Rebuilding Lives and Restoring Hope."
The symposium was held at the Trinity

Church's Peacemakers Family Center in
Miami on Thursday, April 26th and Fri-
day, April 27th.
The Service Network for Children of
Inmates brings together community,
professional and faith organizations to
provide better care coordination and ad-
vocacy for children and families of incar-
cerated parents.
The symposium offered a wide range
of presentations, roundtables and work-
shops about the mental, physical and
emotional issues children of inmates
face. Among some of the sessions includ-
ed were how to help families and inmates
bond over time, enhancing parenting
skills for incarcerated parents, and even
the role that religion and faith can play
in addressing this special youth popu-
lation. The event also provided sessions
discussing ways that community and
professional organizations can better en-
gage. and offer services and activities to
families that have incarcerated parents.
Among the event's keynote speakers
were Rev. W. Wilson Goode of the Amachi
Mentoring Program a faith-based men-
toring model for children with incarcer-
ated parents, Florida Department of Cor-
rections' Secretary Ken Tucker and the
United Nations Committee for the Rights
of the Child's Dr. Maria Herzcog.

Hosanna Community Foundation

welcomes FL Virtual School students

By Kaila Heard
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Pastor Charles Dinkins of the Ho-
sanna ComrrTmunity Baptist Church
has always believed in the importance
of education. The church's non-profit
organization. Hosanna Comrmunitny
Foundation, is also the site for an after
school tultcring program that services
local children from the ages of kinder-
ga rten on up.
in keeping iv.ith the foundation's vi-
sion of expanding educational oppor-
tunities for youth. the church also be-
came a site for a Florida \'rtu.a School
(FLV'S) on Saturday, April 2 1st.

he believe education is like an anti-
poverty and anti-drug ke\ for youth."
explained Dinkins So, for us [the
FL\SI is just another opportunity to
help kids "
The FL'VS. vhich provides courses for
students in kindergarten through 12th
grade online. was established in 1997.'
The e-le-arning school currently offers
more than 110 classes in subjects from
computer progra.mmnii to basic math
to FCAT test preparations.
Although students can attend Flor-
ida Virtual School ani place where a
computer has internet access. Dinkins
no-ted that Hosa-nna can provide them
,\-ith additio nr.d ser-nies.

Currently. the center has three certi-
fied teachers who are able to assist the
students with any questions they may
have about their course work.
Dinkins also explained that within
the neighborhood surroMunding the
church's community center which
includes areas such as Liberty City and
Brownsville man, students do not
have access to computers with internet
"We want to say to the community
that there is a service and computers
for yoL to: use here.' Dinkins said. "be-
cause in this com-niunirty, many people '-
are victims of the digital divide so tihe,, :i-:
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* New Seventy-Ninth
Street Word Church,
International is hosting
a "Cultured Pearls" Wom-
en's Conference on May
11th at 7 p.m. and May
12th at 10 a.m. For in-
formation, call 305-693-

* Christian Fellow-
ship Missionary Bap-
tist Church is hosting
a comedy night on May
19th at 7 p.m. For more
information and tickets,
call 305-693-1301.

* Florida Memorial
University is hosting
their Spring Baccalaure-
ate Ceremony on May 4th
at 6 p.m. at the Susie C.
Holley Religious Center.

* The Women in the
Ministry Network wel-
comes everyone to their
annual Conference Cel-
ebration on May 26th, 9
a.m. 4 p.m. at Pompey
Park. Call 954-292-4891
for more information.

The Golden Bells, a
singing ministry, invites
the community to their
musical program on May
12th at 7:30 p.m. at New
Beginning Missionary
Baptist Church. For in-
formation, call 786-251-

New Covenant
Presbyterian Church is
hosting the Zeta AMICAE
of Miami's Tom Thumb
Wedding Celebration
Scholarship Fundraiser
on May 27th, 5 p.m. 10
p.m. For tickets or infor-
mation, call 786-315-

The T.C. Kelley Jr.
Nurses Ministry is host-
ing their annual Health
Fair on May 5th, 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m., at the St. James
AME Church. For informa-
tion, call 305-691-4984
or 305-345-5015.

Little Rock Primi-
tive Baptist Church will

celebrate their annual ral-
ly on May 20th at 3 p.m.
Dinner will be served fol-
lowing the event.

* Greater Harvest
Baptist Church Fam-
ily invites the community
to join them at their Pre-
Mother's Day Service on
May 5th at 11 a.m.
* Peace Missionary
Baptist Church wel-
comes everyone to their
Deacon and Deaconess
Annual Program on May
20th at 3:30 p.m. For in-
formation, call 786-357-

Beulah Missionary
Baptist Church invites
the community to their
Youth and- Young Adult
Revival, May 9 11, 7:30
p.m. nightly. The church
is also hosting a Com-
munity Awareness Fair
on May 5th, 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. For more informa-
tion, please call 786-556-
3965, 305-742-5344, or

Bright Morning Star
Freewill Baptist Church
invites everyone to their
Sunday worship services
at 11 a.m. and to their
Bible study class every
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For
more information, please
call 305-751-8167.

Wings of Faith Min-
istries is hosting a Wom-
en's Conference, April
30th May 4th, at 7:30
p.m. nightly. For more
information, please call

Historic Mt. Zion
Missionary Baptist
Church welcomes every-
one to their Mother's Day
worship service on May
13th at 9:45 a.m. For
more information, call

Grace and Truth
Outreach Ministries in-
vites the community to
their first Liberty Fest on
August 18th. For more in-

1M i 0P.rf&
1(11( r

formation, call 305-297-
7041 or 786-278-9382.

Speaking Hands
Ministry is now accept-
ing applications for their
"Camp Hands: Sign Lan-
guage Camp" for 8 to 15
year olds. For more in-
formation, call 954-792-

Immanuel Temple
welcomes everyone to
their worship services
held every Sunday at 10
a.m. at the Miami Carol
City Senior High School
auditorium. For more in-
formation, call 954-674-
2492 or visit www.im-

The Mattie Nottage
School of Ministry now
offers free sessions every
Saturday at 10 a.m., at
Broward College's Cen-
tral Campus Building 15,
Room 102. For more In-
formation, call 954 237-
8196 or visit www.matti-

Great Crowd Min-
istries presents South
Florida Gospel Festival
at Amelia Earhart' Park
on Saturday, June 30th
from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. For
information contact Con-
stance Koon-Johnson at

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

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

Greater Harvest
Baptist Church fam-
ily invites the community
at large to come worship
with them. Sunday School
begins at 9 a.m. and wor-
ship service is held from
. 10 a.m. to noon.

Black pastors and
ministers with earned
doctoral degrees, please
contact 786-231-9820

Church closes past racial divide

Black congregation and new white

deacon learn about each other in N.J.

By Tom Krattenmaker

Lawrence and Trenton are
adjacent. But given the dif-
ferent racial demographics of
these two New Jersey towns
- the former is predominantly
white and the latter 52 percent
Black- they might as well be
a hundred miles apart. Such
is the magnitude of the chasm
crossed by Lawrence's David
Moriah and Trenton's Shiloh

Baptist Church, where Moriah
is not only the sole white male
member but also has been ac-
cepted into the highly respected
rank of deacon.
Credit goes to the Black con-
gregation in Trenton and the
new white deacon for their com-
mitment to racial reconcilia-
tion. Too bad a story like this
stands out as such an anom-
aly. The Christian church in
this country remains disturb-

ingly segregated. But as Moriah
has learned, connecting with
the Black church tradition can
transform your perspective on
race whether you're religious
or not.
Like most evangelicals, Mo-
riah, 61, attended heavily white
churches until relocation to
New Jersey set him and his
wife, Deborah, on a quest for
a new church home. Shiloh
Baptist was where they found
it. One of Moriah's fellow dea-
cons at Shiloh, George Poole,
describes the church's worship
experience in moving terms.

"We (Black members) come out
of a past, and even a present,
that bears so many injustices,"
he says. "Because of that, our
worship experience is different.
The church is where we can go
to be free and lay our burdens
on the altar."

Moriah says those Sunday
mornings, plus his fellowship
with Poole and the other church
members, have given him a dif-
ferent view on race. The killing
of three Blacks and wounding
of Please turn to RACIAL 11B

for a conference this

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, Wom-
en/Men's Group or events
like birthdays or wed-
dings. 786-238-3838,

Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes everyone to their
Mother's Day service at
7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on
May 13th. For informa-
tion, call 305-696-6545.

Running for Jesus
Youth Outreach Minis-
tries invites all youth and
families to their Moth-
er's Day Kickoff Gospel
Concert on May 20th at
4 p.m. 954-213-4332,

New Life Fam-
ily Worship Center
hosts Bible study every
Wednesday at 7 p.m.

New Mount Mo-
riah Missionary Bap-
tist Church will host the
Habitat for Humanity of
Greater Miami's Hom-
eownership 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.

Christ's Kingdom
Life Center Interna-
tional welcomes the
community to their Sun-
day worship service at
10:30 a.m. and their Bi-
ble study and Prayer ses-
sions 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-

Redemption Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
welcomes everyone to
their 'Introduction to
the Computer' classes
on Tuesday, 11 a.m- -
12:30- p.m. and Thurs-
days, 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
305-770-7064, 786-312-

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

Christ's Kingdom
Life Center Interna-
tional invites the com-
munity to their Sunday
Praise and Worship Ser-
vice at 10:30 a.m.

Glendale Baptist
Church of Browns-
ville invites everyone
to morning worship ev-
ery Sunday at 11 a.m.
and Bible Study every
Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ
of the Apostolic Faith
Church, Inc. will be
starting a New Bereave-
ment Support Group be-

McMillan shares advice

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book, "Getting to Happy," in-
troduced her work to a new
generation of potential fans.
Kalyn James, Adrienne Arsht
Center's corporate sponsorship
coordinator, was so inspired by
the presentation that she pur-
chased the book onsite.
"I really thought it was a
great glimpse into the real life
sister-girl experience where you
can just be yourself with your
friends," James said.
The 57-year-old Greater Mi-
ami Chapter of the Link sup-
port of the literary works of au-
thors such as McMillan springs
from their commitment to sup-
porting creativity. On a national
as well as a local level, chapters

provide service to the commu-
nity through their five "program
facets:" the arts, international
trends and services, health
and human services, national
trends and services, and servic-
es to youth. And under those
guidelines the chapter has sup-
ported and led a number of ini-
tiatives from donating $15,000
to establish a teen fitness room
to establishing a program to
help immigrant women to host-
ing financial workshops for se-
nior citizens.
Their commitment to the arts
even led the local chapter of the
Links to write and publish their
own book in 2010, "Linkages
and Legacies," a book about
50 local Blacks who pioneered
a variety of industries, services
and communities.

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continued from 7B

don't have computers with
internet access at home."
With the availability of 10
personal computers and 10
laptops, the Hosanna Commu-
nity Foundation can allow up to

20 students to take their FLVS
courses online at once.
The Hosanna Community
Foundation's computer lab is
open to students taking classes
at Florida Virtual School Mon-
day through Friday, 6 p.m. 9
p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. 2

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continued from 7B

approximately 100. Of those
faithful, 25 percent are elderly
while the remaining are chil-
dren, youth and young adult.
Among the church's more
popular programs are its Va-
cation Bible Study School,
Prayer. Meetings and Youth
Ministry. The church's Youth
Ministry provides field trips,
mentoring, arts and crafts and
music events. Edwards is -not
surprised that the church has
such a large youth and young-
er adult membership.
"I was a youth leader at my
previous church for several
years," she explained. "So, I've
always worked with youth be-
cause I can take the time to
reach them at their level. I lis-
ten to them and pray for them."
The 71-year-old minister un-
derstands the importance of
having guidance personally.
Her role model in ministry is
Apostle Cora Cato, whom she

credits with helping her a great
"She was such a great leader
and I learned so much under
her," she explained. "She is
just a great woman of God."
Under Cato's influence, Ed-
wards learned that she had
musical talents and she began
playing the organ when she
was in her early 30s. Her favor-
ite songs to play include "The
Lamb of God" and "Sweet Hour
of Prayer."

Edwards has lived through
the usual trials that many oth-
er people experience. However,'
it has been her health that
tested her faith the greatest.
One of the most severe test oc-
curred recently.
"I had shortness of breath
and I went to the hospital,"
she recalled.
She was later diagnosed
with congestive heart failure.
However, Edwards was not

"The doctors told me me one
thing, but I knew God had al-
ready healed me," she said.
Edwards had experienced
seemingly grave heart trouble
before earlier in 1972. Inspite
of the doctor's initial prognosis,
she was later given a "clean bill
of health."
Edwards faith again turned
out to be well founded when
she was told that she had been
misdiagnosed she was fine af-
ter all. Presently, Edwards says
she is doing fine. And while
some people at her age look
forward to retirement, Edwards
has no plans of slowing down.
"I want to work until the Lord
says my time is done," she ex-
plained. "I want to continue
being who I am."
Greater First Church of De-
liverance, Inc. is located on
7640 NW 7th Avenue in Miami
and holds Prayer and Praise
Service on Wednesdays at 7:30
p.m.; Bible Study on Fridays at
7:30 p.m. and worship service
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Young people's health is not keeping pace

Health of adolescents and young

adults is lagging around the world

By Michelle Healy

Although the health of the
world's infants and children
has improved significantly in
the past 50 years, that same
success has not been achieved
for adolescents and young
adults, say reports out today.
According to a UNICEF re-
port, 1.4 million adolescents
(ages 10-19) die each year from
traffic injuries, complications
of childbirth, suicide, violence,
AIDS and other health-related
And a synthesis of inter-
national data for the medical
journal The Lancet finds inju-
ries are the leading cause of
death (40 percent) among 1.8
billion young people ages 10-
24. About 10 percent of deaths
in the general population are
from injuries, researchers say.
"We've done a terrific job in

both developing countries and
the U.S. at reducing infant and
under-age-five mortality and
improving all kinds of things
like prematurity, safe deliver-
ies and immunizations, but
we haven't seen those same
declines with older teens and
young adults," says adolescent
medicine specialist John San-
telli of Columbia University in
New York.
The reason: "Young adults
and older teens die from very
different conditions" than do
children. "We haven't done
enough thinking about the
health behaviors that emerge
during adolescence," says
Santelli, who will help chair a
symposium on the subject in
New York this week focused on
The Lancet articles.
There has been "a long his-
tory of not recognizing adoles-
cence as a specific population

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in'need of targeted intervention
.th in a number of areas, including
health," says Judith Diers, di-
rector of UNICEF's Adolescent
Development and Participation
les Unit. "In many countries you
52% move very quickly from child-
hood into adulthood. There
isn't even a period that's un-
derstood as adolescence."
Publication of the reports
coincides with a U.N. Com-
mission on Population and
Development session this week
2 in New York focused on adoles-
cents and young people.
According to the UNICEF
report, 1.2 billion adolescents
and account for nearly one-fifth of
the world's population.
Their mortality rate increases
with age, jumping from 95
deaths per 100,000 for ages
olence, 10-14 to 139 for ages 15-19 to
224 for 20-24.
ase, But mortality rates alone
don't show the full story of
ease adolescence "as a time of
transitions when young people
without opportunities can drop
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"paperless" hospital with all
patient records converted
to computerized files. This

technological advancement
will not only increase the
reliability of patient records,
but will also make them
easily accessible to physi-
clans and clinicians.
"We live in a digital world,
and that includes health
care," said Manny Linares,
chief executive officer of
North Shore Medical Cen-
ter. "North Shore Medical
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Census data show 28 percent growth in number of interracial couples

Households with

partners of a

different race
By Sharon Jayson

Households with interracial
opposite-sex married couples
grew by 28 percent in the past
decade, according to new Cen-
sus data released Wednesday.
Numbers show an increase
from seven percent of married
couples' households in 2000 to
10 percent in 2010.
The percentage of interra-
cial opposite-sex unmarried
partners also increased, as did
interracial same-sex unmarried

partners. In 2010, 18 percent
of heterosexual, unmarried
partners were of a different
race or ethnicity and 21 per-
cent of same-sex partners were
interracial or interethnic.
Among interracial married
couples, "the most frequent
combination is a non-Hispanic
married to a Hispanic," says
Rose Kreider, who oversees
family statistics at the Census.
Data show that 45 percent
of interracial married couple
households are that combina-
tion, she says.
Kreider says this comparison
over the past decade is particu-
larly significant because the
same definitions and questions
were used in 2000 and 2010.


Amy and Jamie Wise, who have been married 19 years, along
with their daughter Tatiana, 17.

More interracial

Interracial or interethnic
(Hispanic) opposite-sex married
couples are up 28% from 2000;
percentages are even higher for
unmarried couples:

Opposite-sex married

Opposite- sex unmarried

Same-sex married

Source: U.S. census, 2010

That had not been the case in
the past, and it "allows us to
compare the changes in the
makeup of interracial couples
and growth in interracial
couples over time."
The report also showed other
trends in households across
the USA from 2000 to 2010,
The number of non-family
households increased 16 per-
cent, from 34 million in to 39
million, while family house-
holds increased eight percent,
from 72 million to 78 million.
The percentage of house-
holds containing just one
person increased from 25.8
percent to 26.7 percent; among
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By David Crary
Associated Press

many HIV-positive Americans,
and those who advocate on
their behalf, these are days of
anxious waiting as the Su-
preme Court ponders President
Barack Obama's health care
This loose-knit community
- made up of activists, health
professionals and an esti-
mated 1.2 million people living
with HIV has invested high
hopes in the Affordable Care
Act, anticipating that it could
dramatically improve access to
lifesaving care and treatment.
The act is now in limbo as the
high court deliberates on its
constitutionality, notably its
requirement that most Ameri-
cans obtain health insurance.
A ruling could come in June.
"The HIV treatment commu-
nity sees the act as a critical
step in our fight against the
AIDS epidemic," said Scott
Schoettes of Lambda Legal,
a national gay-rights advo-
cacy group. "People have been
counting on it, making plans
based on its implementation,
so for it to be pulled out from
under their feet at this point
would be a tremendous loss."
Among its many provisions,
the health care law has two
major benefits for HIV-positive
people: It expands Medicaid so
that those with low incomes
can get earlier access to treat-

ment, and it eliminates limits
on pre-existing conditions that
have prevented many people
with HIV from obtaining private
Under current policies, low-
income HIV-positive people of-
ten do not qualify for Medicaid
if they are not yet sick enough
to be classified as disabled.
In the view of advocacy
groups, this creates a cruel
Catch 22 at a stage when
they are still active and pro-
ductive, these people can't
'afford the antiretroviral treat-
ments that could help them
stay that way. Only when their
condition worsens are they
able to qualify for Medicaid and
get treatment that might have
prevented the deterioration.
The health care act would
remove the disability require-
ment and makes Medicaid
available to a broader range of
low-income adults.
"It will prolong life potentially
by decades for literally hun-
dreds of thousands of persons,"
said the National Minority
AIDS Council in its Supreme
Court brief. "Individuals can
continue to work and go about
their daily lives as productive
members of society."
According to the Department
of Health and Human Ser-
vices, only about 13 percent of
people with HIV have private
health insurance and about 24
percent have no coverage at all.
As a group, HHS says, these
people "have been particularly

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try abuses" and face barriers
to obtaining care from qualified
Under the new law, insurers
cannot rescind existing cover-
age to adults unless there's
evidence of fraud. As if 2014,
when the law is scheduled for
full implementation, insur-
ers will not be allowed to deny
coverage to anyone with HIV/
AIDS or impose annual limits
on coverage.
. oSchoettes, who is Lambda
Legal's HIV Project director
and is HIV-positive himself,
says this part of the law would
curtail harmful insurance
"Most private insurers have
refused to provide affordable
coverage to those with HIV,"
he and other Lambda Legal
lawyers wrote in a brief sub-
mitted to the Supreme Court in
"This market failure has
caused serious consequences
both for individuals with HIV
who suffer unnecessary
illness and premature death
and for society generally in
higher overall health care costs
and lost productivity," the law-
yers wrote. "Virtually all this
suffering is avoidable: medical
care is available that can turn
HIV into a chronic, manageable
America's Health Insurance
Plans, which represents major
private health insurers, op-
Sposed Obama's health care

Aromatherapy: More than just a pleasant scent?

By Dennis Thompson

Aromatherapy is beginning to enter
the medical mainstream, with groups
as diverse as the American Cancer
Society and the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs touting the use of fra-
grance as a therapy that can comple-
ment traditional health care.
There's little evidence to suggest
that aromatherapy can directly cure
illness, but research has found it can
help reduce a wide range of symp-
toms and side effects in some people.
"Many specific ailments can ben-
efit from aromatherapy blends and
treatments," said Monika Meulman,
president of the Canadian Federation
of Aromatherapists. "For example,
insomnia, nausea, headaches and
migraines, and aches and pains are
often improved with aromatherapy -
just to name a few."
Aromatherapy involves the use of
what are called essential oils, which
are very potent distillations of the
fragrant portions of plant life such
as flowers, roots and bark, said Dr.
Hal Blatman, medical director of the
Blatman Pain Clinic in Cincinnati
and a past president of the American
Holistic Medical Association.
These oils are either applied topi-
cally to the body, through a cream or
a soaking bath, for instance, or are
inhaled after they've been diffused
into the air in a room, Meulman ex-

Aromatherapists recommend
Using different oils for different
For example:.
Lavender and.rosemary oil,.
Share suggested for relieving muscle
,:"tension and anxiety. ... -

Researchers believe that the oils
trigger smell receptors in the nose,
prompting the transmission of chemi-
cal messages along nerve pathways
to the brain's limbic system, Blat-
man said. The limbic system is a part
of the brain closely associated with
moods and emotion.
"It's easy to see smells have an
effect on the body," Blatman said.
"Smells have deep emotional triggers
in people."
"There are all kinds of specific
conditions and specific remedies," he

said. "There are a number of refer-
ence books for how to use the oils."
The potential plusses of aroma-
therapy, however, come with possible
drawbacks, too.
For instance, people who decide
to pursue aromatherapy on their
own need to be careful because the
essential oils' used are very strong,
Meulman and Blatman said. The oils
can cause an allergic reaction when
touched or inhaled and can prompt
an asthma attack in some people.
The quality of essential oils also can
change over time.

Peppermint and gingeroil
may relieve nausea and help perk
up a fatigued person.

Eucalyptus oil is considered
helpful in treating respiratory ail-
ments something known by the
legionsof kids who've had Vicks
VapoRub smoothed onto their
The oils also can be layered on
to get a combination of effects,
Blatman said.

Study the facts: Some diets maybe in appropriate

continued from 9B

allows you to look forward to
each meal, even if it means
losing weight slower than your
friend who's doing another
quick-fix diet."
The biggest mistake dieters
make: "Under-eating. Starva-
tion or extreme diets make
you feel lousy and backfire,
prolonging the roller-coaster
ride of weight ups and downs.
If you want to lose body fat,
keep it off, and feel great every

step of the way, you have to
think of your diet as a blue-
print for building the body you
want the right raw materials
have to show up to the con-
struction site."
One thing she wishes every-
one knew about weight loss:
"It's all about quality and bal-
ance. Newer studies show the
notion of calories in, calories
out is outdated. You can weigh
less eating more, even eating
more calories, if you choose
nutrient rich, whole foods.
Sustainable weight loss is not

about eating processed diet
foods it's about eating natu-
ral foods in combinations that
support optimal metabolism."
DASH Diet for Weight Loss
by Thomas Moore and Megan
Murphy with Mark Jenkins
It is based on the highly
touted DASH Diet. Moore is a
professor of medicine at Bos-
ton University School of Medi-
cine and chaired the DASH
(Dietary Approaches to Stop
Hypertension) Diet Research
Group, which developed the

His best advice: "A healthy
rate of weight loss is about 1
to 2 pounds a week. Accept
the fact that, if you want to
lose 40 pounds, it will take
you 5 months or more. It's im-
portant for you to pick an eat-
ing plart that allows you to eat
foods that you really enjoy."
The biggest mistake dieters
make: "Setting huge, unat-
tainable goals and then get-
ting discouraged when they
One thing he wishes every-
one knew about weight loss:

"Studies have shown th
most people who lose weig
regain it within one year.
avoid that trap, the diet th
you eat while you're losii
weight should be one that y(
can stay on and enjoy for tl
rest of your life. That way, on
you've lost your weight, y(
don't go back to your old w;
of eating. Instead, you co
tinue your new way of eating
and you continue the health
habits you learned while yc
were losing weight. And you
keep the weight off."




, F Older people are particularly prone
S to malnutrition because of chronic dis-
ease, having to live on a fixed income,
or the unmet need to provide their
aging bodies with the proper vitamins
and nutrients.
Some 3.7 million American seniors
are malnourished, the American Acad-
emy of Family Physicians estimates.
The academy mentions some of the
potential side effects:
Feeling fatigued.
Losing weight without trying.
Losing muscle strength.
Feeling depressed.
Having memory loss.
Getting sick frequently.
Developing anemia.



Everyone should eat a healthy,
balanced and nutrient-rich diet,
especially seniors, who have special
nutritional needs.
The Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics says these nutrients are
especially important as we get older:
Vitamin D and calcium, through
at fortified foods, low-fat dairy products,
ht leafy green vegetables and fish.
at Vitamin B12, through fish, sea-

ng food, lean meats and vitamin 812-
ou fortified cereals.
he Fiber, through fruits, vegetables
ce and whole grains.
ay Potassium, through fruits, veg-
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law. The trade group says it
supports expanding coverage
to most Americans but believes
key provisions in the law are
poorly designed and will raise
costs and cause disruptions.
The organization's spokes-
man, Robert Zirkelbach,
acknowledged that under the
current system, individuals
with HIV or AIDS do find it
hard to obtain private coverage
if they already had the dis-
ease. "If people wait until after
they're sick, they're often not
able to get it," he said.
However, he said health
plans were active in trying to
improve treatment and care for
HIV-positive Americans, both
their own clients and others.
He said insurers did sometimes
rescind coverage on grounds
that a patient had not fully
disclosed required information,
but that such instances were
Among HIV-positive people
without private insurance,
many rely on public pro-
grams such as Medicaid and
Medicare, but others are not
eligible. As a last resort, if they
meet the low-income criteria,
they can seek financial assis-
tance through the federal Ryan
White Care Act.
However, advocates say
the result is often patchwork
health care or no care at all.
Many uninsured people don't
get tested, don't know their HIV
status and unwittingly trans-
mit the infection to others.

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Conflict arises between secular, religious folks

continued from 8B

two others in Tulsa this month
by two white suspects "would
have barely registered for me
before my Shiloh experience,"
Moriah told me in an e-mail. "It
would have seemed like some-
thing far away, happening to
folks who weren't 'my people.'
Not so anymore. I prayed for
the community in Tulsa, now
'my people,' and I found myself
thinking of my brothers and
sisters at Shiloh and realizing
they we? could be simi-
larly victimized by the evil of
Moriah and his pastor, Dar-
rell Armstrong, express disap-
pointment that so few white
Christians belong to racially
mixed or predominantly minor-
ity congregations. An estimated
five percent of U.S. churches
are racially integrated a real-
ity hard to square with Chris-

tian teachings like this from the
apostle Paul: "There is neither
Jew nor Greek, slave nor free,
male nor female, for you are
all one in Christ Jesus." Mo-
riah's journey has put him in
touch with another dimension
of Black church isolation -
the separation from white pro-
gressives. The secularism that
tends to prevail in those ranks
is part of the growing tension
between African Americans, on
one hand, and white liberals
and progressives, on the other.
Not up on this rift? Consider
the argument that broke out
when the Occupy Wall Street
movement got involved in the
Million Hoodie march in New
York last month. Instead of fo-
cusing on racial injustices and
the killing of Trayvon Martin-
the purpose of the demonstra-
tion the largely white Occupy
forces introduced many of their
own grievances, rendering the
march less coherent and irri-

More adolescents dying

from preventable diseases

continued from 9B

off the track and never fully re-
cover," Diers says. Evidence of
those challenges:
An estimated 2.2 million
adolescents are living with
HIV- 60 percent of them girls.
Most do not know their HIV
About 11 percent of all
births worldwide, an estimated
16 million, are to girls ages 15-
19; the youngest mothers are
the most likely to experience
complications and die of preg-
nancy-related causes.
Each year, an estimated 20
percent of adolescents experi-
ence a mental health problem;

most common are major de-
pression or other mood distur-
Suicide is among the lead-
ing causes of death for ado-
lescents worldwide; rates are
highest in Belarus, Kazakhstan
and the Russian Federation.
Thirty-one percent of the
world's homicides in 2010
were in the Americas, where
the rate for all ages was 15.6
per 100,000 people, more than
double the world average. Ho-
micide is a leading cause of
death of boys 15-19 in many
Latin American countries, in-
cluding El Salvador (157 per
100,000) and Brazil (83 per
100,000). The rate in the USA
is 18 per 100,000.

stating many of the Black dem-
onstrators in the process.

Here in the progressive un-
churched mecca of Portland,
Ore., white gentrification of the
city's northeast quarter has se-
verely strained the area's Black
churches. Portland Monthly,
in a wrenching report on the
phenomenon earlier this year,
documented the bitterness of
Black church members and
pastors forced to move their
congregations, or struggling to
hang on in their old neighbor-
hoods even using vans to
transport displaced members
from parts of the city where
they have been pushed.
Wilbert Hardy, pastor of
Highland Christian Center in
northeast Portland, noticed
that when gentrification set in
around his church, the gener-
ally white newcomers showed

no interest in connecting with
the Black congregation. As he
told Portland Monthly, "They
did not want religion."
An overstatement perhaps,
but not a bad assessment of
the view of many white progres-
sives. Shunning religion is their
right, but it's a shame when
you realize the role faith played
in the civil rights struggle a
chapter in history that progres-
sives acclaim and when you
realize how much the church
still means to many Blacks to-
Shiloh's embrace of the Mo-
riahs furnishes an uplifting
example of how this relation-
ship-building can, and must,
go both ways. As pastor Darrell
Armstrong puts it, "Our church
doors are always open to any-
body who wishes to seek out a
deeper relationship with God."
By embracing the Moriahs,
the congregation members has
shown that they mean it.

St. Matthews announces new pastor

St. Matthews Missionary
Baptist Church is proud to
announce that we have a new
pastor, Rev. Vincent Brown a
native of the Bahamas. Rev.
Brown is married to Sis. Roberta
Lane-Kinnel Brown; a native of
Statesboro, GA. They are the
proud parents of three children
to which have been blessed
with a grandchild. He is a
very passionate and concerned
about how we instill the Word
of God in our daily walk of life.
"The mind is a powerful thing
to waste, those that thirst for
knowledge open doors." Rev.
Brown has preached to many,
through out the Bahamas,
South Florida, Georgia,
Chicago, and Philadelphia.
He enjoys reading the Word of
God and serving the Lord. He is
committed to the belief that the
Church is the salt of the earth


and the light of the world. "To
whom much is given much is

Annual Mother's Day celebration

at Bethel Apostolic Temple

The community is invited
to join Rev. Annie L. Temple
and The Word of Wisdom
Ministry as we celebrate our
Senior Mothers in our Com-
munity in Dade and Broward
Counties with special guest
recording artist, Debra Snips
and the Angels, also appear-
ing on the program is Shara
Anderson-Rollins from Wild-
wood, FL.
This event will take place

on Saturday, May 12 at Beth-
el Apostolic Temple, 1855 NW
119 St, Miami, FL, Dr. Carol
Nash-Lester, Senior Pastor/
Doors open at 4 p.m. Con-
cert starts at 5 p.m. Tickets
are $25 and can be pur-
chased by calling WMBM ra-
dio station, 305-769-1100.
For additional information,
call 305-754-7635 or 786-

Marriage on the decline

continued from 9B

places with 100,000 or more,
Atlanta and Washington, D.C.,
had the highest percentage of
one-person households, both
44 percent.
Unmarried partner house-
holds grew from 5.5 million or
five percent of households in

2000 to 7.7 million or 6.6 per-
cent of households in 2010.
Multigenerational house-
holds containing three or
more parent-child genera-
tions rose from 3.9 million in
2000 to 5.1 million in 2010;
nine percent of households in
Hawaii were multigeneration-
al, the highest percentage 'of
any state.

NSMC prepares for the future

continued from 9B

Center has been preparing to
implement the IMPACT Proj-
ect and new Electronic Health
Record System for quite some
time; now, we are putting our
plan into action. This advance-
ment in both technology and
patient care is critical to bring
North Shore Medical Center's
service to the community to the

next level."
Having the right information
at the right place and time can
lead to improved patient care
and experience at North Shore
Medical Center. The IMPACT
Project involves a very struc-
tured timeline for North Shore
Medical Center to make the digi-
tal transition. This process in-
volves detailed staff training and
practice before "going live" with
the new digital system in May.


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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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Temple I
1723 N.W.

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3rd Avenue

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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Order of Services
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8 1le 1t d2 iur ipI m
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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

Order of Servires
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 oa.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 o.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Order of Services
Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

Order of Servries
Hour of Provaer 6 30 a m Early Morning Worship / 30 a m
S Sunday ihool 10 a m Morning Worship II a m
Youth Min,.rry Sludy Wed 7 p m Proaer Bible iludy Wed 1 p m
Noonday Allor Prayer (M.F)
Feeding ihe Hurigry every Wednesday.. ...II o.m I1 p m
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

Order of Services

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Sund.tdffLac kRle tkdvd5 p a
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

--- ------ Order of Services
Sunday SIhol 930 oT

i \ tacA11 Ta 'Prayer nd Bible Sludv
Meeting (lue.)7pmn

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of Yahweh Male & Female
(Hebrew Israellites) Dan. 2:44

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

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Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr.

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11B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 2-8, 2012

I'lie M11iami T iines


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homemaker, -
died April 26
at Jackson
Memorial I
H o s ptial I
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at St.
Paul A.M.E.

died April 28
at Jackson
Hospital .
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Greater New
Baptist Church.

roofer and
inspector, died
April 23 in
Jackson North.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove




Hadley Davis
died April 19 at
home. Services
were held.

died April 21 at
home. Services
were held.

4 months,
died April 20
at Kindred
Hospital .
Services 2
p.m., Saturday
at Apostolic .
Worship Center.

bus driver,
died April 30 at
Jackson North.
Service 12 p.m., .
Saturday in the

VERA LEE HALL, 67, cook, died
April 30 at North I
Shore Hospital. ,, f f,
AP It : !ariiy m

are incomp

April 30 a

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
died April 27 at
home. Service:
1 p.m., Satur-
day at Trinity

JR., 40, inde-
pendent entre-
preneur, died
April 26 at Me- ,
morial West.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at St.

Gregg L. Mas



SR., 80, died
April 26 at
home. Survivors
include: wife,
Juanita; nine
Car leetha ,
Carnell, Jr. Lalar,
Janet, Judie,
Valerie, Elease, Arnita and Vincent;
two brothers, Willie and Larry; four
sisters, Lalar, Mamie, Vera and
Daisy; 24 grandchildren, 21 great
grandchildren, 5 grandchildren- in
-laws; a host of nephews, nieces
and friends. Memorial service, 6-8
p.m., Friday at New Providence
MBC, 760 NW 53 Street. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at New Birth
Cathedral, 2300 NW 135th Street.
Interment: Dade Memorial Park.

Carey Royal Ram'n

56, cafeteria
worker, died
April 22 at
home. Survivors
i n c I u d e:
Kenya Brant
and Keya Brifil; *
sons, Kavaris
Brant, Jabari Mowatt and Akeem
Brant. Viewing 4 p.m.-8 p.m.,
Friday, May 4 at Gibbs Chapel
A.M.E. Church. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Gibbs Chapel A.M.E.


48, Horizon
Tools Rental
and Equipment
a n d


Limited, died
April 20. Leaving
wife, Georgia; children, Ryan,
Rolan and Shania; two brothers,
iF;*I P., nri l dPhfllin fiv, e'lt re

I ents itzroy an inip; live sisLers,
ilete. r Cecelyn, Pamela, Senora, Donna
and Sydonnie; nieces, nephews
and other relatives and friends.
SViewing 5-9 p.m., Friday, May 4
at the Royal Funeral Home. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at Fellowship
New Testament Church of God,
Mitchell 4140 SW 54th Ave, Davie, FL
33314 and then in Jamaica a
DRUMMOND, SR., service 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12
retired at Immanuel United Church, Tower
action ,Isle, St. Mary. Interment
died Meadowrest Memorial Gardens.
at Mt. ,

Sinai Hospital.
include three
sons, Earl Jr.,
Ronald and
Derrald Drummond. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at First Baptist
Missionary Church of Brownsville.

died April 26.
include her
sons, Lawrence
Tyler, Coleman
Tyler; daughter,
Charlie Mae
Oliver; sister,
Etta Mae Royster; 22 grandchildren,
38 great grandchildren, 28 great
great grandchildren, and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins, other
relatives and friends. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at Antioch Baptist
Church of Brownsville.

Nakia Ingraham
LENA GRIFFITHS, 56, died April
19 at Westchester Medical Center
of New York. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
orday atAntioch Missionary Baptist

ROSA LEE BELL, 82, janitorial,
died April 26 at Miami Gardens
Care Center. Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at The Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah Witness.

Eric S. George
West Park, 66, retired, died April 27
in West Park, FL. Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday in the chapel.

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


died April 24
in Covington,
GA. Viewing
11 a.m-7 p.m.,
Saturday, May
5 at Community
Funeral Home,
166 Industrial
Drive, Zebulon,
GA 30295. Service
Saturday at Corinth
Baptist Church, 53
Rover, GA 30224.

Card of Thanks

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12 p.m.,


LOIS", 57,
died April 24
at Jackson
Ho s p i t a I.
Viewing 4 p.m.-
8 p.m., Friday
May 4 at Mt. Olivet F
Holiness Church of Go
12 p.m., Saturday at the



are thankful to everyone sym-
pathy, love, and kindness
shown to us during our time
of bereavement. Also thank
you for phone calls, flowers
and dishes.
Special thanks to Antioch
Fire Baptist M.B. Church of Brownsville,
od. Service Rev. Larrie M. Lovette II, Pas-
Schurch. tor Yvette Hemphill, Berkshire
Manner Nursing and Dietary
Department and the staff of

Wright and Young
JULIA MAE ALLEN, 81, retired
CNA nurse,
died May 1
at Hampton
Court Nursing
Home. Survivors
include: Ivory
Allen III,
Cynthia, Veronica, Vanessa,
Gerald, William and a host of grand
and great grandchildren. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Peaceful Zion
Missionary Baptist Church.

ESMILDA SHAW, 79, clerical
worker, died April 26 at Margate
Health Care Center. Service 4 p.m.,
Sunday at Ft. Lauderdale Seventh-
Day Adventist Church.

JUNE LUMINOSO, 70, cashier,
died April 22 at Boca Hospice
By The Sea. Arrangements are

waiter, died April 25 at Florida
Medical Center. Graveside service
10 a.m., Friday.

paralegal, died April 24 at Kindred
Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Thursday
in the chapel.

died April 13. Private service with
friends and family.

salesperson, died April 19 at home.
Private service with family and

mason, died April 23 at home.
Arrangements are in complete.

seamstress, died April 24.
Arrangements are incomplete.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

03/01/1977- 05/01/2011

It has been one year, since
God called our precious jewel
Jon, we love and miss you
so much!
Mom, dad, brothers, sis-
ters, nieces, nephews, aunts,
uncles, cousins, and friends.

Grace Funeral nome.
May God bless each of you
is our prayer.
From the Strong family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of.

04/22/1954 12/10/2011

You are forever in our hearts,
as God has you in His care.
Happy Birthday from the

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


08/20/1942 05/03/2011

Loving and missing you for-
Forgetting you never.
Beloved wife, Deloris;
daughter, Lashawn; and son,

Happy Birthday

06/27/1938 05/01/2011

Gone but not forgotten, for-
ever in our hearts.
We love you, from your wife,
your children, son-in-law,
grand and great grand chil-
Continuous thanks to
Greater New Macedonia, New
Mt. Calvary and Dr. A. Jack-
son moderator of the Sea-
board Association.
The Family.

Card of Thanks

We the family of the late,

"Queen Bee"

would like to extend heartfelt
thanks to St. Mark (Rev.
G. Wayne Thompson); New
Jerusalem PBC; Rev. T. T.
Shellman, Sr., Rev. W. M.
Ramsey, Rev. R. J. Roundtree,
Sr., Rev. Benjamin H. Parrott,
Sr., Rev. Randy Hicks, Rev.
Johnny L. Barber II, Rev.
Jack P. Leland, Sr., Bishop
B. F. Carter, Sr., and Elder M.
Dennard Huggins.
Special thanks to the Miami
Northwestern class of 1959,
F.E.C.B. Association, Inc. and
the Baptist Women's Council
of Greater Miami and Vicinity.
Thanks to all our family
members, neighbors and
friends for all your unselfish
acts of benevolence and
kindness shown to us during
our time of bereavement.
Elijah Leland, Victor and
Valerie Brown Thompkins,
Lisa Wilson.

Card of Thanks

We the family of the late,

In loving memory of,

04/27/1969 11/14/2006

Happy Birthday Short.
We love you and miss you.
Mom, dad and the rest of
the family.


would like to take this oppor-
tunity to say, thank you for
your love and support during
our time of bereavement.
Words can not express
the gratitude we feel in our
hearts for each of you, for
your prayers, visits and loving
May God bless you. The
Knight, Conley and Brown

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/09/1926 05/04/2011

You are forever in our
hearts, and your memory is
our keepsake.
We love you, your children,
grands, great grands, nieces,
nephews, and god daughter.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/06/1964 05/04/2011

It has been one year since
you departed this life and en-
tered into God's kingdom.
Not a day goes by that you
aren't missed by your love
ones. We continue to talk
about you as if you are still
here with us.
Daily we are reminded of
memories of something you
said or something you did.
Peaceful journey my son,
brother, father, and friend.
From your loving family.
The Hyman family

Enoch Williams,

N.Y. councilman,

dies at 84

By Douglas Martin

Enoch H. Williams, a former
New York City councilman who
used his leadership positions to
pass a law banning smoking in
most public spaces and to help
stop the Giuliani administration
from selling city-owned hospitals,
but who also came under fire
from gay rights groups, died on
recently at his home in Heathrow,
Fla. He was 84.
Williams was a moderate Dem-
ocrat who represented the largely
minority Brooklyn
neighborhoods of
ant, Brownsville,
East Flatbush and
Crown Heights for
five terms, from
1978 to 1997. As chairman of the
Council's Health Committee dur-
ing his last term, he was a prin-
cipal force behind the law that in
1994 banned smoking in restau-
rants, offices and many outdoor
The same year, when Mayor
Rudolph W. Giuliani proposed
selling city hospitals to private
companies, Williams was a leader
in taking the administration to
court. In its lawsuit, the Council
argued that the mayor had over-
stepped his authority in propos-
ing the sale of hospitals in Coney
Island and other neighborhoods.
The Court of Appeals, New York
State's highest court, agreed.
Williams, who had opposed
a series of gay rights bill in the
1980s, drew protests from gay ac-
tivists after being quoted by The
New York Post as saying that the
city had helped spread AIDS by
"condoning homosexuality." De-
spite Williams's insistence that
he had been misquoted, activists
interrupted a Council meeting
with demands for his resignation
and shouts of "Help me! I'm dy-
ing" and "You are killing us!"







The MiamiTimes

Lifesty e




London's troupe sizzles in spring dance showcase
Ailey standout Jamar Roberts makes IPLGDTI and showcasing them in their in- special contributions of women in the arts:
ey standout Jamar Roers kes ural performance. he has choreographed the majority of the
debut Witl rfor'mer illstructolry He returns with his talented voung danc- dances to reflect those themes. As a spe-
debutwith foI er instructorI ers on Saturda,. May 5th at the Little Haiti cial treat, he will be joined by Miami native

Trinidad-born Peter London has made
a name for himself in the world of dance
from his days at Julliard where he was
the first to receive the Martha Hill
Prize for Outstanding Leadership and
Achievement in Dance, to becoming
a principal dancer with the Martha
Graham Dance Company. In recent
years, he has turned his attention to
choreography and dance instruction,
mentoring hundreds of students at the
Miami Dade College/New World School
of the Arts. Last fall, after years of
contemplation, he achieved another
milestone launching the Peter
London Global Dance Theater, Inc.

Cultural Center Theater for the Spring
Dance Showcase. The curtain goes up at 7
"My dream has been to create a world
class contemporary dance company, that
will highlight and celebrate South Florida's
vibrant, multicultural heritage." he said.
"We are still in our infant stage so -.we are
combining both students and professional
dancers, it's a big job but we're getting
the word out in the funding arts network
and with people like Terri Schecter. Debbi
Hoffman and the Center'sAnita Darbonne,
things are moving along wonderfully. It's
been non-stop ever since we were awarded a
grant from the Knight Arts Challenge."

London says the themes for the show
include justice and social change and the

Jamar Roberts, 29, a former student who
took command of the stage last year while
dancing with the Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater.
"He is the first commissioned choreog-
rapher to join us and as an added treat he
w ill perform a solo piece which will be
stunning," London said.
"Peter taught me the Gra-
ham technique and has
been both an inspiration
and mentor to me," Rob-
erts noted. "I've been
teaching dance since I
was 18, but now I am
experimenting with
some new techniques
and I'm ready to put
Please turn to


'Think Like a Man' repeats

as box-office champ

A strong weekend

for 'Pirates,' 'Lucky

One,' too
By Scott Bowles

There's less turnover at the
top of the box office.
After toppling The Hunger
Games from its month-long
No. 1 perch, Think Like a Man
claimed the top spot again this
The Steve Harvey comedy
made $18 million, according
to studio estimates from box-
office tracking firm Hollywood.
The encore weekend lifts the
$12 million film's overall rev-
enue to $60.9 million, more
than twice what analysts an-
Arong the weekend's new-
comers, the biggest surprise
was The Pirates! Band of Mis-
fits, which took second place

with $11.4 million, almost $2
million above projections.
Also turning'in a strong sec-
ond weekend: the Zac Efron ro-
mance The Lucky One, which
was third with $11.3 million.
The Lucky One has made $39.9
million in 10 days.
And though The Hunger
Games has slowed its break-
neck pace, the film took fourth
place with $11.25 million, lift-
ing its box-office total to $372.5
The Jason Segel comedy The
Five-Year Engagement didn't
get far down the aisle. The
movie made $11.2 million for
fifth place. Analysts expected
Engagement, which got solid
reviews, to be the top film with'
about $15 million.
Think Like a Man was "the
worst thing that could have
happened to The Five-Year En-
gagement," says Tim Briody of
Boxofficeprophets.com. He says
Think Like a Man became "the
date movie of choice this week-

Obama, Kimmel have comedy

' faceoff at White House dinner

THINK LIKE A MAN: Kristen (Gabrielle Union)
Harvey's book in Steve Harvey's film.

reads Ste

end as opposed, to the newer son Statham's action film, Sa
release." took sixth with $7.7 million
The only other major releases followed by John Cusack's T
couldn't crack the top five. Ja- Raven with $7.3 million.

By Arienne Thompson

WA'SH INGTON President
Obama got the first and
biggest laughs at the
White House Correspondents'
Dinner on Saturday night.
He poked fun at some
of'Hollywood's top stars,
including Kim Kardashian,
the cast of Glee and Donald
4 Trump, 'sending him up with
S a seemingly serious allusion
to the attack on Osama bin
Laden, which took place dur-
ing last year's dinner.
"My fellow Americans, we
gather during a historic an-
niversary. Last year at this
time, in fact on this very
weekend, we finally delivered
justice to one of the world's
Ve most notorious individuals,"
Obama told the audience of
fe, journalists and celebs before
n showing an unflattering
he photo of Trump on the big
screens inside the ballroom

of the Washington Hilton.
The gag got huge laughs,
as did a bit where Obama
said he'd look like Morgan
Freeman in a few years and
poked fun at himself and
Mitt Romney and their rela-
tionships with their respec-
tive dogs.
He ended his clever speech
by saying he had even more
material to share, but there
was just one catch. "I have to
get the Secret Service home
in time for their new curfew,"
he joked, referring to the
agency's recent prostitution
Even the entrance to
his speech was part of his
shtick. The president walked
off the stage just before he
took the podium with an al-
leged "hot mike," making fun
of getting caught last month
on an open microphone with
Russian President Dmitry
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Lilly Queen Odom.
president, and
members of North Dade
Jr/Sr. High celebrated
their 50th anniversary
last Wednesday at the
newly-renovated Rusty
Pelican in Key Biscayne.
Present were: Winifred
Beacham, registrar; PIN
staff members Wallace
RileyTinnie, Michelle Tinnie,
daughter, Ethel Ingram,
Dr. Harold Guinyard, Dr.
Edwin T. Demerittee, Lois
H. Oliver, Margaret Miller;
Agnes McCoy, PTA president;
Juanita Matthews, Barbara
Anders, Octeon C. Tullis,
Alzeta Wilson; and coaches:
John "Bo" Arnold, Vernon
Wilder, Percy Oliver
and Melvin Fox.
Classmate Dr. Walter
T. Richardson blessed
the food. Dr. Lionel
Reckley, Dr. John
Johnson, Charles
Stafford and Miami
Gardens Mayor Shirley
Gibson assisted. GIl

Odom commended the
teachers for preparing
them to make an
impact on society.
The class of '61 gave
everyone a bag of
goodies and a copy of
Reckley's book, "On
KNEY One Accord."
Kudos to other
classmates, Maria Reckley,
Dr. Raymond Dunn,
Bernard Thomas, Charles
McCoy, Fr. Willie Sims and
wife, Gwendolyn, Charles
Sweeting and wife, Irene,
Yvonne Barnes, Diane
Simmons' and President
Odom. Sigma Gamma Rho
Soronty, Inc. was
pleased with Dr.
Enid C. Pinkney's
con mmemorative
sen ice held last
Sunday. Hostesses
from the Buds of
Spring were: Dosia
Smith, Kyra Davis,
Joy Ware, Chelsea
BSON Clark, Kamry

Morency, Iranique
Martin, and Kayla
Harrell. Rhoer
Club members
present were: Bream
McBride, Timya
Taylor, Kiannia
Mack, W. Doris
Neal, Annette
Brantly and Irene HANDF

Handsford. Presentation of
Buds of Spring is Saturday,
May 2 beginning at 11 a.m. at
the Gusman Center, University
of Miami. For information, call
A special salute to City of
Opa-locka Commissioner Gail
E. Miller, Deborah Sheffield-
Irby and committee for the
continuation of the
Helen L. Miller Second
Annual Scholarship
Banquet last Saturday
at, the Don Shuler's
Golf and Ballroom in.
Miami Lakes. Students
receiving awards were:
Bria Brown, Monsignor
Pace High School with a RICHA
4.8 GPA and the Helen
Miller Scholarship Living
The Dream in the amount of
$1,500; The Senator Oscar
Braynon Scholarship of
Excellence went to Avery

Jacobs, William H.
Turner Technical
Arts School with 3.8
GPA. Jacobs plans
to attend Miami Dade
College one one year
and then hopes to play
ball at the University
of Virginia; Kandace
IELD Newry, Michael Krop
High, received the
Commissioner Barbara
Jordan scholarship
with a 4.6 GPA; The
Waste Management
Service received the
Co r p o r a te
Humanitarian Award
for 2012; Annie Ruth
West received the
Award of W
S Inspiration;
a n d
Frederica S. Wilson
received the Lifetime
A c Achiev ein e n t
S Award She was in
Washington. D.C. at
protests supporting
RDSON the family of Trayvon
Martin. Substituting
for her were RME James
Brown, Mark Beckford and
Katrina Wilson. Others
in attendance included:
Obi Nwesia. State NAA.CP

secretary, Rev. Rogery
Adams, Regina Miller
who introduced her
brother, the former
Mayor Alvin Miller,
who was the keynote
speaker. Others
included: Diane C.
Darden, Bryan K.
Finnie, Shamecea Al
Lawson, Anita Harrell,
Beverly Johnson,
Town Center
Properties, Opa-Locka
Hialeah Flea Market,
All Jap-anese Engines.
Michelle Famil- LLLP.
Hanrey. Covingtpn
and Thomas. City
Commissioner Oliver
Gilbert, III,
ILSON Citrin Financial
Group and
Choice Environmental.
Retirees meet between a
the hotrs of 5.30 and
a m., Mon. Fri. at Arcola
SLakes Park. Gladys
Bracy Smith volunteers
as secretaryntreasurer j
Other members are
Mothers Mamie Williams and
Ruby Allen. Marva and Bartow
Duhart. Annie and Clint
Harris, Daisy and Lucious
Emmers, Inez and Roosevelt
Rozier, Louise Rozier,

Edward "Rug"
Walker, Norma Coes,
Sally Green, Brenda
Hadley, Harry
Jeffrey, Walter
Kinsey, Caroline
King, Stan Lawson,
Josephine Morton,
Gloria Orr, Deacon
DAMS Robert Parker, Inez
Rowe, Vandene
Samuel, Dorothy Singleton,
Rodine Strother, Robert
Willis, Barbara Wright,
Donald Wright, Virginia
Wright, Millie B. White,
Mozell Horn, Jimmie Harrell,
Joe Down, Priscilla Rutledge,
Bea Davis, Joe China and
Clyde Witherspoon. The
group celebrates
birthdays quarterly
at local restaurants.
This past Friday.
a fish fry was held
at the park with
Treneice Henderson
as manager.
Exclusive news
ORDAN from Deborah
Cidcelli. B-CU
writer, \vho announced that
the former board chairman for
the university's Trustee Board.
Alumnus Larry Handfield,
was retained as chairman
effective May 13th.

y Ana!.

There are many
people, especially non-
Floridians who do not have a
clue about our "Sunshine
State." For those who call
Florida home, here is some
useful information that you
might not know.
Florida became a state on
March 3, 1845. Our state
bird the Mocking bird; our
state flower the Coreopsis;
Florida produces about
75 percent of the oranges
in the U.S. and accounts
for about 40 percent of the
world's orange juice supply;
Key West has the highest
average temperature in the
U.S.; Orlando attracts more
visitors than any other
amusement park destination
in the country: we have
36 species designated
as threatened, including
the Florida Panther, the
American Crocodile and
the West Indian Manatee:
our parks are the most
significant breeding ground
for tropical wading birds in
North Amerca and contain
the largest mangrove
ecosystem in the Western
Brenda Hepburn-Eaddy of
Burlington, North Carolina
and son Rodrick Knowles
and Roland Sands are

visiting their l -
mothers Joyce
Major-Hepburn and Helen
Ward Sands-McCoy and
their families.
Wedding anniversary
greetings to our love birds:
Anthony and Lakeshia
R. Taylor. 8 years. April
24: Ltc. Anthony P. and
Juanita W. Armbrister, 43
years. April 25; Edwin and
Gaile M. Holland. 25 years.
April 25: Alex and Kenyatta
B. Jaramillo, 9 years, April
26. Some Miamians and
Saint Agnes Church were
saddened by the death of
William Pinder, Jr. and
extended our sympathy to
his wife "Jessie" and their
The King of Clubs of Greater
Miami will bestow the honor
of "'Man of the Year 2012" to
Shedrick Gilbert, president
of the Algonquin Club on
Sun., May 6' at the Double
Tree Hotel' (downtown) at 1
Our get-well wishes and
prayers go out to "all" of the
sick and shut in members
of our community. Among
them are: Philip Wallace,
Lemuel Moncur, Princess
Lamb, Frankie Rolle. Cecil
Stanley Newbold, Louise
H. Cleare, Wilhelming


me Bullied
Every morning he wakes up crying That tortures kids by
He is crying because he is afraid being so angry
He walks around the school Stuff them in lockers and
always hiding give them nuggies
Is it surprising that he is dismayed? You bully him because he has acne
Are you the type of person You take advantage of your
that bullies? height and weight

S. Welch, Elouise B.
Farrington, Fredricka
Fisher, Artie Bell Edwards,
Lottie M. Brown, Shayne
Hepburn, Tiffany Sholtz,
Jacqueline Finley-
Livingston, Anthony
Armbrister, Joycelyn
Newbold-Smith and
Benjamin Addison, Sr.
I attended Saint Veronica
Chapter of Episcopal
Church Women where my
sister, Gayle Sweeting, is
president. Last Saturda-y,
The Church of The
Transfiguration (Episcopal)
and the Reverend Father
Terrance A. Taylor (Rector)
held their beautiful fashion
show: their theme was,
"Spring is in the Air." All
enjoyed a wonderful time.
Present were: Alicia Casey,
Patricia Lynch, Meisha
Davis, Patricia Davis, Alyce
Martin, Bloneva Taylor,
Thelma Newton, Althea
Sample, Sylvia Sands, Ruth
Williams, Althea Woods,
Monique Woods and Clara
Traveling buddies who
made the trip to the islands
of Saint Thomas, Puerto
Rico and the Turks for a
week of fun and relaxation
were: Father and Mrs.
Richard L.M. Barry, Tellis
and Doris Ingraham, Gloria
McPhee, Sharon Anderson
and Carolyn Spicer Mond
They report having had a
wonderful trip.

You're on the football team
and he's a "nerd"
Poor kid thinks to be
bullied is his fate
Now tell me don't you
think this is absurd?
If you bully you are
breaking the law
And if you do not, tell
them what you saw!
-By Gleyder Gonzalez
Southwest Miami High School

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the Amateur Athletic Union.
When he arrived in New York,
he was unable to find lodging
- no one would allow a Black
man to stay in their hotel. Fi-
nally, he persuaded one owner
to let him and his .wife stay,
but they had to use the service
Owens showed that he could
beat any man when on the
field. But once he removed his

track shoes, he forever remind-
ed that the only thing America
cared about was the color of
his skin. Sadly, Owens turned
to everything from running
against horses to operating a
dry cleaning business in order
to provide for his family.
"Jesse Owens was able to
Scarve out his own path and
sustain himself, his fam-
ily and his legacy during very
troubling and limited times for
Black men," Grant said. "There
were no endorsement deals for

Black athletes. It's incredible
that he was able to achieve,
survive and remain positive
through it all."
What does it feel like to be
a Black man in America? Ow-
ens's tale will answer that
question. On one day he is ac-
cepting the Gold Medal to the
roar of the crowd. The next, he
is pushed to the margins as a
nation plagued by prejudice
turns its back on him.
That is his story -it is our
story to remember.

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my work out there for all to
see. The kids are challenged
but they've really stepped
up to the plate and it is fun
watching them. Dance is a

big part of who I am."
Roberts will return to New
York City in June to re-join
the Ailey dancers.
London hopes that the
public will turn out to sup-
port and enjoy his new ven-
ture. A VIP reception is

planned for 6 p.m. before the
performance and there are
special prices for tickets if
purchased by May 4th. For
information call 786-953-
6824 or go to the website,

Happiness is overrated. You can bank on it.

By Craig Wilson

The news out of Yale Uni-
versit\ last week was that
the pursuit of happiness can
sometimes make you less
happy. This could not have
made me. well. happier.
Off with their smiling heads!
I have ranted before about
my distrust of Liber-happy
people. And that bouncing yel-
low happy face people put at
the end of their e-mails? Don't
get me going.
That's why i love the title
of Jeanette Winterson s nen
memoir: Why Be Happy When
You Could be Normal?
Yale psychologist June
Gruber, who headed up the
just-released study, compared

happiness to food. Too much
can cause problems. It can
even lead to bad outcomes.
Tell me about it. Just last
week, as the study was being
released, I was being inter-
vieved over the phone by a
perky woman who works for
Gallup. She was surveying me

about the service I get at my
bank. I \wanted to hang up.
M-, favorite question: Did I
feel "special" v.hen I left the
bank? Special?
No I felt poor. It would take
an interest rate oter I':' to
make me feel special
1 rarely go into the bank
anymore, since everyone there
is so happy to see me. Its
Wilson this, Wilson that. it's
like Cheers, but unfortunately.
they don't serve drinks.
I use the ATM as much as
possible now It doesn t talk to
me. It doesn t tell me to have a
nice dav or ask if there's any-
thing else it can do for me. it
hums and groans, spits out a
few bills and is done with me.
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International recording
artist Francine Ealey
Murphy will headline
a special Mother's Day
concert, "A Night of
Worship with Mother"
on Sunday, May 13th at
6 p.m. at the Rehoboth
International Faith Center,
2451 NW 79th Street in

Florida Memorial
University is holding their
Spring Commencement
Ceremony on May 5th at
8:30 a.m. at the A. Chester
Robinson Athletic Center,
15800 NW 42 Avenue in
Miami Gardens.

0 Booker T.
Washington Class of
1965, Inc. will meet
May 26th at 4:30 p.m.
at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. For
information, call 305-213-

The Miami Central
Rockets Alumni
Association presents
their first Inner-City Cook
off Challenge to benefit
their Laptop/Scholarship
Initiative on May 5th, 3 to
7 p.m. at the Miami Central
Senior High School. There
is $5 entry fee to eat.The
contest is also open to the
public with a $25 or a $75
fee. For more information,
call 305-342-5864.

E On May 25th, there
will be an Old Timers Pep
Rally and Old School
Dance at the American
Legion Hall. On May 26th,
their will be a picnic at the
American Legion Hall. For
more information, call
Debbie Ingraham Walker

at 786-541-7988.

E The Old Dillard
Museum, 1009 NW 4th
Street in Ft. Lauderdale,
is hosting a Florida
Emancipation Day Mini-
Festival on May 19th, 1
p.m. to 5 p.m.

Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc.'s Dade
County Alumnae
Chapter will host
their annual May Week
Celebration with the free
children's "Red Reading
Night" at the North Dade
Regional Library, 2455 NW
183rd Street, and South
Dade Regional Library,
10750 S.W. 211th Street,
on May 16th, from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m. RSVP by May 12.
For more information, call
Vandetta Thomas at 786-

Miami International
Mall hosts national Mom's
Nite Out on May 10th, 5
- 8 p.m. at 1455 N W 107
Ave., Miami. For more
information call- Llessir
Mendoza 305-593-1777.

SBookerT. Washington
Class of 1964, will meet
Thursday, May 26, at the
African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center at 4:30 p.m.
For more information
contact Gladstone Hunter
at 305-632-6506.

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


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
beginning to make plans
for our 50th Reunion.
Contact Evelyn at 305-

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.

N .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 at
the Carrie Meek Center at
Hadley Park. 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
2012. For information call
954-235-2601 or 305-751-
1295 ext. 107.

* New Beginning
Baptist Church of
Deliverance of All
Nations invites you to
weight loss classes the
1st and 3rd Saturday of
every month. Call Sister.
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 N.W.
62nd Street. For more
information call 305-757-
7961 or contact Clayton
Powell at 786-306-6442.

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 call

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

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

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.

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

0 Looking for all Evans
County High School
Alumni to create a South
Florida Alumni contact
roster. If you attended
or graduated from Evans
County High School in
Claxton, Georgia, contact
305-829-1345 or 786-514-

I 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 info call Minister Eric
Robinson at 954-548-4323
or www.savingfamilies.

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

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

* 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 305-688-3322.

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.

E 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 7,86-
419-5805, Bulls call 786-
873-5992, for information.

Miami Jackson
Senior High class of
92 is currently planning
a 20th year reunion. Call
committee president
Herbert Roach at

Great Crowd
Ministries presents South
Florida Gospel Festival
at Amelia Earhart Park
on Saturday, June 30th
from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
For information contact
Constance Koon-Johnson
at 786-290-3258.

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

Obama: One-night comedian

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"What am I doing here?" he
asks offstage. "I'm opening
for Jimmy Kimmel and telling
knock-knock jokes to Kim Kar-
The official. comedian of the
evening, Kimmel got plenty of
big laughs of his own. He took a
number of jabs at the president,
opening with: "Remember when
the country rallied around you
in the hopes of a better tomor-
row? That was hilarious," Kim-
mel said as Obama smiled on.
"That was your best one yet."
Pop culture targets such as
Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan,
Keith Olbermann and Rush
Limbaugh were not spared in
Kimmel's lengthy routine, ei-
ther, as he advised heroic air-
plane pilot Chesley Sullenberg-
er to be careful when giving
Lohan a ride home. "Make sure
you don't run into a goose a
Grey Goose," he said.
Before the dinner, Kelly Ripa
(one of USA TODAYs guests)
said she was thrilled to be in
D.C. and was surprised at the
magnitude of the event. "It's.
much bigger than I anticipated,"
said the petite star, who was
wearing Peter Som. "I thought
we'd be in the Obamas' kitchen,
sitting around with just a few
USA TODAY reporters and us,
but it really is very glamorous."
The Big Bang Theory star
Johnny Galecki, another USA
TODAY guest, said that his first
time at the Correspondents'
Dinner was special because of

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Jimmy Kimmel bragged about high-fiving President
Obama during the White House Correspondents' Dinner on
Saturday night.

his family history.
"It's absolutely surreal. For
me, honestly, it's incredibly
touching to call my mother in
the car on the way here, and
tell. her, 'Mama, I'm going to
the presidential dinner.' It's re-
ally amazing," said Galecki,
who brought Pan Am actress
girlfriend Kelli Garner along as
his date. "My parents were very
political and did a lot of pro-
testing in Chicago and Detroit
and raised me with an idea that
dissent is not only your right,
but your obligation when you're
passionate about something. I
hope I've done them proud."
Kardashian sat at the front of
the ballroom with her mother,
Kris Jenner, who was clad in
Yves Saint Laurent and said
she was having the time of her
life at her first Correspondents'
Dinner, where she looked for-

ward to rubbing elbows with
plenty of Washington movers
and shakers. "I would love to
see Colin Powell; I think he was
my dinner partner when (hus-
band) Bruce and I came to the
White House iA the '90s," Jen-
ner said.
The intersection of Wash-
ington and Hollywood came
into sharp focus, as members
of Congress, governors and
the president hobnobbed with
stars such as Kerry Washing-
ton, Mary J. Blige, Reese With-
erspoon, Claire Danes, Daniel
Radcliffe, George Clooney and
many more.
"It's very interesting; I like
the mesh of people," said Ali-
cia Keys, who stayed close to
her husband, Swizz Beatz. "The
convergence of all politics and
entertainment, it's very inter-

Is happiness really overrated?

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,Neat and clean.
I'm not sure when this let's-
all-be-happy-together trend
Not that I'm a curmudgeon.
I've been known to be happy on
occasion. And I'll confess that
I'm miffed when people don't
at least say hello when I say

hello to them. It happens ev-
ery morning when I'm walking
my dog, Maggie. I see the same
people because we're all on the
same schedule. Think Truman
"Hello!" I'll say, and get noth-
ing in return, not that I want
an actual conversation at that
hour. But is a simple "Hello!"
too much to ask?
So now, I've started answer-

ing myself. "And hello to you!"
I'll respond within earshot of
the passing person. I suspect
most of these people by now
think I'm just a crazy person
talking to himself.
That's fine. Just as long as
they don't think I'm some re-
lentlessly happy guy who works
at a bank.
That would not make me hap-




Petit takes "fashionista" to a whole new level

New business offers

styling, shopping ideas

at a minimal price

By Zachary Rinkins
Miami Times writer

At first glance, Styling Purpose,
LLC, may seem like a typical busi-
ness. But after conversing with
LaShannon Petit, you will soon dis-
cover that her wardrobe styling and
personal shopping company merges
industry with ministry.
"God assigned me to do Styling
Purpose and since it's a gift from
God, I try to do business with a spirit
of excellence," Petit said. "We want
our customers to feel empowered,
confident and look awesome."
After three years in the accounting
industry, the FAMU graduate [MBA]
decided to become a full-time busi-
ness woman. Her company offers a
variety of services including: per-
sonal shopping; fashion show pro-
duction; and client stylings for photo
shoots, job interviews and marketing
campaigns. Her prices, she says,

are reasonable and she doesn't force
clients to follow trends.
"Everyone wants to look nice," she
said. "I help people present the best
package of themselves for their in-
tended audience for every occasion."
Those occasions include weddings,
social affairs, faith-based events
and professional settings. Dre Mar-

ALL DRESSED UP: Tatyana Ali (R) is one of many stars that have used
Petit's skills.

shall, a gospel recording artist and
songwriter, hired the firm to give him
that "special look" for performances
and promotional tours.
"LaShannon understands my
brand and my message," he said.
"She took time to know me as a cli-
ent and as a person. I have learned
to trust her because she is gifted,
stylish and knowledgeable of her
And if you're on a tight budget
Petit says she can help you make the
best out of items, that you already
"I can help clients update and re-
brand themselves with the clothes
they have in their closet without
making a lot of new purchases," she
said. "We can mix and match items
and suggest new combinations and
colors that look awesome on them. At
first, I did not think that this could
be a business I was only styling
friends and family. But they believed
in me and pushed me to do this pro-
fessionally. And I'm glad that I did."
Styling Purpose will celebrate its
first anniversary with the Summer
Reign fashion show on June 2 at the
Haitian Heritage Museum. Log on to
www.StylingPurpose.com for more

Consumer spending slowed in March

Incomes grew

0.4 percent
By Martin Crutsinger
Associated Press

increased their spending
more slowly in March than in
" The Com mere DFepa rt In r
said Mlionda, that consumer
spending increased just 0.3
percent last month after a
0.9 percent gain in February.
Incomes grew 0.4 percent fol-
lowing a 0.3 percent gain in
Still, after-tax income
when adjusted for inflation

increased just 0.2 percent in
March. The tiny gain followed
two months of declines.
Consumer spending ac-
counts for 70 percent of eco-
nomic growth. It rose 2.9 per-
cent in the January-March
quarter fastest pace in
more than a year. Consumers
could be cutting back be-
cause of weak income gains
and a slo4vdo' n in hiring
: The government report ted
Friday that the overall econo-
my grew at an annual rate of
2.2 percent in the January-
March quarter, a slowdown
from growth of three percent
in the October-December
period. That was mainly be-
cause of government budget-

cutting and weaker business
Some economists worry
consumers can't keep spend-
ing as freely as they did the
first three months this year
without bigger pay raises.
After-tax income rose just
0.6. percent in the first three
months vs. a year earlier.
That was the smallest in-
S'crease in .two years.
: 'People spent more in part
because they saved less.
Some economists worry that
people won't keep spending
more unless.their income
A healthy job market could
change that. But the econo-
my created just 120,000 jobs

in March half the pace of
the previous three months.
The government will release
the April jobs report Fri-
day. Economists predict the
economy added 173,000 jobs,
slightly better than March's
figures but well below the
pace from December through
One positive change since
winter: gas prices appear to
have peaked. That would give
consumers more money to
spend elsewhere.
The nationwide average for
a gallon of regular gasoline
stood at $3.82 Monday, down
10 cents from a month ago,
according to AAA's fuel gauge

Is racism affecting home maintenance?

By John W. Schoen

Banks are doing a much
better job maintaining homes
seized in foreclosures in pre-
dominantly white neighbor-
hoods than in mostly Black
and Latino neighborhoods, ac-
cording to an investigation by
an advocacy group.
The National Fair Hous-
ing Alliance said it inspected
more than 1,000 foreclosed
properties in white and minor-
ity neighborhoods in nine ma-
jor U.S. metro areas and found
a wide disparity in the level
of upkeep. Houses in white
neighborhoods were generally
well maintained while those
in minority neighborhoods
typically looked abandoned
and were in various stages of
disrepair, the report said.
The group, a consortium of
more than 200 groups, agen-

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cies and individuals, said it
plans to file complaints with
federal housing authorities,
alleging discrimination under
the Fair Housing Act, against
banks that are not maintain-
ing properties. The group did
not identify the banks.
"The blight that these
neighboi-hoods have suffered

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from is all the responsibility
of the banks who own and
have an obligation to market
and maintain these proper-
ties," NFHA President and
CEO Shanna Smith told re-
porters on a conference call to
discuss the findings.
The investigation, conducted
between May 2011 and Febru-

ary 2012, was funded in part
by a grant from the federal De-
partment of Housing and Ur-
ban Development. The report
compared white and minor-
ity neighborhoods in Atlanta;
Baltimore; Dallas; Dayton,
Ohio; Miami-Fort Lauderdale;
Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia;
Phoenix; and Washington.
Smith said government mort-
gage agency Fannie Mae is
providing additional funding
to extend the inspections into
other area.
The reviewers looked at 39
criteria in rating the level of
property maintenance, in-
cluding accumulated trash,
overgrown weeds, damaged
windows, steps or roofs, graf-
fiti, peeling paint, missing
shutters or gutters, and oth-
er visible signs of disrepair.
Homes surveyed in minority
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Oprah loses millions in

ad sales for '0' magazine

In spite of the billionaire's founding tireless efforts,
her magazine is loosing millions of dollars

By Chris Witherspoon

Just when we thought things
were beginning to look up for
Oprah Winfrey, her highly suc-
cessful magazine takes a fall.
According to a new report, 0,
The Oprah Magazine is down
millions of dollars in advertis-
ing sales in comparison to last
The Association of Magazine
Media reports that ad sale rev-

enue for O, The Oprah Maga-
zine was $48.8 million in 2011.
However, this year ad sales are
at a low of $34.2 million, which
translates to a decrease of 24.1
percent. The magazine's news-
stand sales have also been de-
clining as of late.
According to the Audit Bu-
reau of Circulations, in the sec-
ond half of 2011, sales declined
by a whopping 32 percent, while
Please turn to OPRAH 6D

How the Affordable Care Act impacts small businesses

By Alexis Taylor
Special to NNPA

"Right now my employees
don't have healthcare," said
William F. Wingo, president
of Power Magazine. "I had
healthcare for them, but it
just became too expensive,"
said Wingo, who for years
provided benefits for employ-
ees of the Christian monthly
that is circulated in the Bal-
timore and Washington D.C.
But like many entrepre-
neurs nationwide, Wingo
found himself unable to offer
health benefits to the work-

ers that have helped grow
his company over the past 22
"If you want to keep your
employees you have to give
them healthcare. Hopefully,
the Affordable Care 'Act will
enable us to do that."
Wingo was one of several mi-
nority business owners that
gathered for The Affordable
Care Act: Impact and Oppor-
tunities for Small, Minority
and Women-owned Business-
es forum, which was held by
the President's Roundtable
(PRT) and REACH Founda-
tion. By far one of the most
critical pieces of law signed

into legislation under the
Obama administration, the
Patient Protection and Afford-
able Care Act (PPACA) partly
went into effect on March 23,
Under the PPACA, tax
credits for nearly four mil-
lion small businesses have
become available. Already in
effect, the Small Business
Health Care Tax Credit in-
centive covers up to 35 per-
cent of the health care costs
incurred by employers. The
credit can also be applied
to insurance costs for small
non-profit organizations, with
those that are eligible receiv-

ing a 25 percent discount.
The legislation will take ef-
fect in stages and by 2015 all
sections of the PPACA will be
in place. By that time, eligible
business owners could have
up to half of their health in-
surance expenses covered,
with non-profits receiving 35
percent off.
Though benefiting some, op-
ponents of the law say the tax
credits are temporary and do
nothing longterm for the larg-
er number of small business-
es that do not meet require-
ments.te they want, at the
price they want, from what-
ever company they see fit.

To date, 26 states have
joined with Florida to file a
multi-state suit, with Virginia
and Oklahoma filing indepen-
dent motions. Supreme Court
justices began hearing argu-
ments on March 26 to decide
whether to keep the portion
of the bill that mandates all
Americans have health insur-
ance by 2014 or pay a penal-
ty, which would be collected
in the same manner as taxes.
"The impact of either the
court invalidating the Afford-
able Care Act or some sub-
sequent Congress repealing
the Affordable Care Act would
be devastating to small busi-

nesses," said Maryland Lt.
Governor, Anthony G. Brown.
"We would just continue on
this same unsustainable path
that we've been on for the last
few decades.
The Act has already made
preventative care free of
charge for Medicare recipi-
ents. Children can now be
covered on their parent's
health insurance up to age 26
and citizens 19 and younger
can no longer be excluded
from coverage because of pre-
existing conditions.
Arguments closed after
three days and a decision is
expected by the end of June.

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Thieves using debit cards to get bogus IRS refunds
Thieves using debit cards to get bogus IRS refunds

Stealing your tax

By Donna Gehrke-White

They may just look like regu-
lar gift cards, but more of South
Florida's identity thieves are us-
ing prepaid debit cards to help
steal your tax refunds.
Posing as legitimate taxpay-
ers, some ID thieves have asked
the Internal Revenue Service to
wire refunds directly into pre-
paid debit cards that they have
set up in advance.
The thieves or their repre-
sentatives then take the pre-
paid cards to stores or ATMs to
withdraw cash or buy merchan-
dise, said authorities who moni-
tor the trend.

North Miami Beach Interim
Police Chief Larry Gomer said
it's a growing problem that
needs to be addressed "just
for the sheer number of cases"
his department is handling.
South Florida leads the nation
in number of identity thefts re-
ported. Victims have filed more
than 1,000 identity theft re-
ports just to Sheriff's Offices in
Broward and Palm Beach coun-
ties. In North Miami Beach, a
majority of the tax-return iden-
tity thefts now are being fun-
neled through the debit cards,
Gomer said.

"It's faster and easier for the
fraudsters," said L.T. Lafferty, a
former federal prosecutor and
now the lead attorney for the

statewide, white-collar crime
law firm of Fowler White Boggs
that has an office in Fort Lau-

The criminal doesn't have to
bother with banks or check-
cashing stores that may become
suspicious when one person
brings in multiple tax refund
checks, Lafferty said. Financial
institutions are legally required
to turn in suspicious financial
transactions, he added.
The IRS "can't speculate on
how someone obtained prepaid
debit cards," agency spokesman
Dan Boone said in an e-mail.
"The fact that debit cards are in
an individual's possession does
not necessarily mean that they
originated from a tax preparer
or a tax preparation or tax soft-
ware company.
Last week, a Miami Gardens
woman pulled over for speed-
ing on Alligator Alley and was

found with multiple tax-return
prepaid cards in her car, ac-
cording to a Collier County
Sheriff arrest report.
Each card was in an envelope
that had the account holder's
name, account number and
card's PIN number, along with
receipts of cash withdrawals,
according to Collier Sheriff's re-
The woman, who also had a
list of dozens of names, Social
Security numbers and dates
of birth, was arrested on eight
counts of identity theft after
eight taxpayers said they had
not given her their personal in-
formation for federal tax filings.
Next month, Ralph Celes-
tin, 26, of North Miami Beach,
is scheduled to go on trial for
identity theft and fraud, after

police accused him of being the
mastermind that stole dozens of
identities for IRS refunds that
ended up on the prepaid cards.
Celestin is not guilty, said his
attorney, Yehuda Bruck.
Bruck said North Miami Po-
lice had arrested several other
young men the defense at-
torney called them "foolish
kids" and charged them with
tax-refund identity theft. But
in reality they are only repre-
sentatives getting cash out of
the prepaid cards to give to the
mastermind for a "small cut,"
Bruck claimed.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is pro-
posing in a bill that the Comp-
troller General conduct a study
on how prepaid debit cards are
helping facilitate fraudulent tax
returns through identity theft.

Chatty, useful money tips

'All the Money'

can help you

come to terms

with finances
By Kerry Hannon'

"You Have More Money
Than You Think" the ti-
tle of the introduction sets
the tone for this upbeat and
money-wise book, All the
Money in the World, by au-
thor Laura Vanderkam.
Vanderkam writes about
finding inner peace with
your finances, looking at.
money as a tool to bring joy
to your life.
Not so easy. "Money is a
powerful thing. It is also
complicated," she writes. You
A journalist by trade, she
examines the way we earn
and spend money, and how
we can all do better, at least
in terms of how it makes
us feel. She started asking
people via her e-mail list: "If
you had all the money in the
world not literally, but all
you wanted what would
you change about your life?"
The answers were -a mixed
bag They ranged from "I
would never empty the dish-
washer again" to "I would
work less and travel more" to
"I would buy a couple of net-
works and cable shows and
cancel all reality shows."
So what will it be for you?
Vanderkam gets your mental

money wheels spinning. She Vanderkam has done a
comes to the conclusion that thorough job of reporting
people who are "happiest both via her own interviews
about money operate under and pulling from a range of
three premises of wealth, a studies. She goes the next
word that has less to do with step to put it all into a friend-
quantity than with outlook:" ly, chatty perspective that

I have enough. There
are some people in
this world who have
more, but also plenty
who have less.
If I want more :
than I have now to
achieve big goals, I
can figure a way to
get it.
Every dollar is a
choice. How I earn it
and spend it are up
to me. VAI
Her chapters have
whimsical tinges: In "What
Else Could That Ring Buy?"
she discusses the somewhat
ludicrous expense some peo-
ple take on for weddings. The
average couple, for example,
spends $5,392 on an engage-
ment ring. With that amount
of money, "a set of new par-
ents could pay a babysitter
$50 a night for 107 nights
so they could have time to
themselves or go neck in
their car like teenagers," she
Vanderkam's voice is com-
pelling. She pulls you into
her world with kids and the
choices she and her husband
make in terms of where they
live, whether to spend on
swim lessons for those kids,
or splurge on frozen king
crab legs for dinner, and so

readers can relate to.
Instead of
keeping a mon-
ey log of what
you spend each
day, she sug-

-i aboytracking those
figures, but
writing down
what you en-
joy and value
about those ex-
IDERKAM penditures.
Find ways to
generate income apart from,
or, in addition to, a regular
salary. The culture of moon-
lighting has taken hold with
a vengeance, she writes. And
that's OK if it is something
"more flexible or creative or
fulfilling, and possibly even
an opportunity to explore a
new career path if you're suc-
Her mantra: Train yourself
to think like an entrepreneur.
What skills do I have or
can I learn that I enjoy using?
Doing calligraphy, playing an
instrument, proofreading?
Which of these skills will
people pay me to use?
How can I find these peo-
"If you start thinking this
way, you're bound to come
up with some way of making
a little extra on the side, or

potentially finding something
you'd like to try as a full-time
gig," she advises.
There's plenty of positive
discussion of parenthood
here. In fact, she devotes a
chapter to the cost and hap-
piness involved with rais-
ing children and another on
teaching kids about the value
of money.
Not everyone will buy en-
tirely into her thinking. While
tips on helping kids get a
money sensibility is spot on,
other bits may not resonate
with everyone. For example,
"Parenthood may not make
people happy, but looking in
the rearview mirror, few peo-
ple think not having children
was the right choice," she
Her evidence is based on
a 2003 Gallup poll that sur-
veyed childless adults over
age 41, who found that if they
had to do it over again, only
24 percent would have had
no children. She and her
husband have three.

Corporate profits come in unexpectedly strong

By Matt Krantz

Investors who doubt-
ed that companies
could keep delivering
profit growth are get-
ting schooled on just
how wrong they were.
Going into first-
quarter earnings re-
porting season, com-
panies were expected
to deliver essentially
zero profit growth.
But with more than
half the companies in
the Standard & Poor's
500 now having re-
ported first-quarter
results, they've instead
delivered 6.7 percent
growth, on average, for
the 10th-consecutive
period of profit in-
Such unexpected
profit growth comes at
a critical time for Wall
Street, as investors

look to justify the stock
market's momentum,
which is pushing near-
ly back to bull market
highs. Friday, the S&P
500 closed just 1.1
percent shy of its 2012
high. The Dow Jones
industrials came even
closer, off just 0.3 per-
Investors' low expec-
tations set companies
up for a good quarter,
says Sam Turner at
RiverFront Investment
Group. "We're seeing
the impact."
Investors, who large-
ly expected a ho-hum
quarter for corporate
profits, are seeing pos-
itive signs in the form
Banner number
of companies beat-
ing expectations.
So far, 81 percent of
companies have beat-

O's income declines

continued from 5D

on average the decline
in other major maga-
zines was merely 10
Just last month,
Oprah's struggling
television network,
OWN, announced
that they were be lay-
ing off one-fifth of
their workers and "re-
structuring the way
they operate."
Winfrey said the de-

cision was a "tough"
one, but the econom-
ics of a start-up cable
channel didn't fit with
OWN's cost struc-
ture. In March the
'Queen of Talk' also
pulled the plug on
The Rosie Show, Rosie
O'Donnell's nightly
talk show, due to low
No word yet as to
whether O, The Oprah
Magazine will be do-
ing any layoffs in the
near future.

en expectations, says
John Butters at Fact-
Set. "That's unusually
high," topping the 72
percent of companies
that, on average, beat
estimates the past four
Strength from sec-
tors closely linked to
the economy. Nearly
all the corporate profit
growth is being driven
by three sectors -
technology, financial
and industrials with
23.4 percent, 12.9 per-
cent and 10.4 percent
growth, respectively,
Butters says.
Evidence com-

panies are beyond
just cutting costs.
Companies have re-
ported 6.2 percent
revenue growth, says
S&P Capital IQ. While
down from 10 percent
revenue growth in the
fourth quarter, it's still
healthy at this point
Please turn to PROF-
ITof the economic cy-
cle, says Jack Ablin of
Harris Private Bank.
There are, though,
more troubling signs.
Without Apple and
financial, the S&P
500's growth would
be 0 percent, Butters

Even so, investors
are encouraged that
analysts are stand-
ing by forecasts call-
ing for accelerating
growth the rest of
the year. Corporate
profits are expected
to jump 16.4% in the
fourth quarter, But-
ters says.
If companies deliv-
er, stocks have more
upside, says Alan Sk-
rainka, strategist at
Cornerstone Wealth
Management. Ana-
lysts predicted faster
profit gains in the sec-
ond half. "That's how
it's going," he says.

Banks smile on improving homes

continued from 5D

neighborhoods were
82 percent more likely
to have boarded-up or
broken windows, for
The group said lack
of adequate main-
tenance can have
a lasting impact on
neighborhoods be-
cause potential home
buyers considering
living there are put off
by streets lined with
run-down houses.

"The proper mainte-
nance and marketing
of [foreclosed] proper-
ties is a key factor in
the-sale of homes to
families rather than
to investors," Smith
The lack of mainte-
nance also puts a bur-
den on municipalities
with high concen-
trations of homes in
disrepair, the report
The city of Detroit,
for example, spent
some $20 million be-

tween May 2009 and
November 2011 to de-
molish almost 4,000
vacant properties, ac-
cording to a report
last fall by Govern-
ment Accountability
Office. That report
cited complaints from
local officials and
community groups
that said more funds
and tougher oversight
federal regulators are
needed to force banks
to comply with local
property maintenance


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



A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held on Friday. May 11. 2012
at 10:00 AM at 444 S. W. 2nd Avenue. 1st Floor Training Room. Miami. FL
33130. The purpose of this conference is to allow potential Bidders an oppor-
tunity to present questions to staff and obtain clarification of the requirements
of the Bid documents. It is mandatory that a representative (s) of the bidder
attend in order to qualify to bid.

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification:
Monday, May 14, 2012 at 5:00 P.M.

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

Johnny Martinez, P. E.
City Manager

AD NO. 008502



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flori-
da on May 10, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall,
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the re-
quirements of obtaining sealed competitive bids for the procurement of replace-
ment parts/equipment for the Lightning Rear Steer Trash Cranes repaired at the
Fleet Management Garage located at 1390 NW 20th Street, Miami, Florida, for
the Department of General Services Administration, sole source provider, on
an as-needed contract basis for one (1) year, with option to extend for four (4)
additional one-year periods.

The Lightning Rear Steer is proprietary and its sole source supplier in the South
Florida area is Petersen Industries, Inc.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-92 of the City Code,
of the City of Miami, as amended, and requires a 4/5th affirmative vote of the
Miami City Commission after a duly advertised public hearing. The recommen-
dation and findings to be considered in this matter are set forth in the proposed
resolution and in this Code Section, which are deemed to be incorporated by
reference herein and are available as public records from the City of Miami.
The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled City
Commission meeting at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami,

Inquiries from other potential sources who feel that they might be able to satisfy
the City's requirements for this item may contact Terry Byrnes, Procurement
Supervisor, at the City of Miami Purchasing Department, at (305)'416-1917 or
e-mail: TByrnesf(miamiaov.com.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning the
proposed sole source determination. Should any person desire to appeal any
decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be
based (F.S.286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC




A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flori-
da on May 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall,
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving require-
ments for competitive sealed bidding methods for the provision of Virtual Part-
ner Proprietary Software Maintenance and Support Services, from Advanced
Public Safety, Inc., retroactively for the period of January 1, 2010 through De-
cember 31, 2010.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning such
proposed transaction. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the
City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that per-
son shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

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

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NEW YORK An infusion
of money from Microsoft sent
Barnes & Noble's stock zoom-
ing Monday, as the software
giant established a way to get
back into the e-books busi-
The.two companies are
teaming up to create a sub-
sidiary for Barnes & Noble's
e-book and college textbook
businesses, with Microsoft
paying $300 million for a mi-
nority stake.
Shares of Barnes & Noble
jumped $10.41, or 76 percent,
to $24.09 in morning trading.
The opening price of $26 was
a three-year high. Microsoft's
stock rose 2 cents to $32.

The deal gives Barnes &
Noble ammunition to fend
off shareholders who have
agitated for a sale of the Nook
e-book business or the whole
company, but the companies
said Monday that they are
exploring separating the sub-
sidiary, provisionally dubbed
"Newco," entirely from Barnes
& Noble. That could mean a
stock offering, sale, or other
The deal puts to rest con-
cerns that Barnes & Noble
doesn't have the capital to
compete in the e-book busi-
ness with market leader Ama-
zon.com Inc. and its Kindle,
said analyst David Strasser at
Janney Capital.
For Microsoft, the invest-

ment means that it will.own
17.6 percent a company that
sells tablet computers based
on Google Inc.'s Android, one
of the main competitors of
Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's
smartphone software.
Microsoft also said the deal
means that there will be a
Nook application for Windows
8 tablets, set to be released
this fall. The app is likely to
get a favored position on Win-
dows 8 screens.
There's already a Nook ap-
plication for Windows PCs,
but none for Windows phones.
William Lynch, the CEO of
Barnes & Noble, said Nook
software will continue to be
available on devices like the
iPhone that compete with

Windows Phone.
Barnes & Noble has had
some success ..:th its e-boh.k
sales and the Nook line of
e-readers, and is estimated to
account for about 25 percent
of the U.S. e-book market.
Microsoft has a long-stand-
ing interest in the e-book
field. It launched e-book soft-
ware in 2000, but was never
able to build a substantial
library of books. It's discon-
tinuing the software on Aug.
Barnes & Noble, based in
New York, currently runs 691
bookstores in 50 states. The
companies said that the sub-
sidiary will have an ongoing
relationship with Barnes &
Noble's retail stores, but what

that relationship -.' ll be is
'The w,.hol.uI reason the ioouk
business is expanding so
rapidly is because book stores
are committed to it and know
how to market the product
in that-environment," said
Michael Norris, an analyst at
Simba information.
The possibility of a sepa-
ration of Barnes & Noble's
digital and college businesses
has been brewing recently.
In March, private investment
firm G Asset Management, a
Barnes & Noble shareholder,
offered $460 million for a 51
percent stake in the com-
pany's college bookstore unit,
Banes & Noble College Book-
sellers LLC.

Under that plan, the college
bookstore unit was proposed
to begin as a private business
but bec :orme public within a
reasonable amount of time.
G Asset's offer was contingent
upon Barnes & Noble keeping
current management in place
and separating its Nook e-
business from the rest of the
company. At the time the offer
was made, Barnes & Noble
declined to comment.
In 2009, Barnes & Noble
Inc. bought the college
bookstore unit from Chair-
man Leonard Riggio in a deal
worth $596 million..The deal
ended up costing Barnes &
Noble $460 million after ac-
counting for the unit's cash
on hand at the closing date.

Smartphones: Replace your camera

By Sarah Gilbert

In terms of smartphone
technology, we've (mostly)
got the basic features of
calling, texting, and even
e-mail to an acceptable lev-
el of speed and clarity. The
real innovation in smart-
phones now comes from
the extras that are becom-
ing the new standards, in-
cluding a brilliant screen,
a p rocessor fast enough for
gaming, and a great cam-
era. The five smartphones
here, featuring some of
the best cameras avail-
able right now, are capable
of actually replacing your
standalone camera.
We've listed our choices
by phone type (iPhone,
Phone 7)
S than any
| 1. of qual-
Sw ASity. Don't

kn s i forget to

ate the
S r phones'
other fea-
tures when
your de-
1. iPhone 4S
Apple's current smart-
phone offering, the iPhone
4S, contains a much-
improved camera over
what was released with the
iPhone 4. Apple's phone is
one of its best sellers, and
with its price tag, Apple
knows it has to provide
a top-quality product
in order to outshine its

competitors. What can't
be overlooked either are
the improvements to the
iPhone camera app. The
hardware and the soft-
ware work together to help
you achieve high-quality
photos. Your shots not
only look good on your
phone screen right now,
but they'll look great when
displayed proudly at home
or shared widely around
the web.

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2. HTC One X
News, how-to guides and
more at tecca.com to help
you get the most out of
your technology.
HTC has just released
three shiny new Android
phones as part of its flag-
ship HTC One series, the
One X, the One S, and the
One V. Of these three beau-
ties, the HTC One X and
the One S share some ex-
tremely good camera hard-
ware packed into these
top-range phones. The One
X and S have an 8-mega-
pixel camera with an f/2.0
aperture and a 28-millime-
ter lens, to provide a more
than acceptable balance
of speed, light, and focus,
even compared with some

dedicated compact cam-

3. Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S
II (known as the Samsung
Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
on Sprint, the Samsung
Galaxy S II Skyrocket
on AT&T, and simply the
Galaxy S II on T-Mobile)
is Samsung's current
leading Android device.
Whichever carrier you
buy it from, you'll get an
8-megapixel rear-facing
camera capable of record-
ing 1080p video and an
LED flash. If you like
the Samsung Galaxy S.
smartphone as a whole, it
might be worth hanging
on a few months before
you make a purchase. The
Samsung Galaxy S III is
expected soon, naturally
bringing the same (or bet-
ter) camera hardware to
go with improved specs all
5. HTC Titan II
The second smartphone
running Windows Phone 7
to make it into our round-
up is the new HTC Titan
II, which as you might

suspect is the successor
to the HTC Titan. One of
the biggest changes from
the HTC Titan to the HTC
Titan II is an upgrade to
the camera, from an al-
ready impressive 8 mega-
pixels to a scene-stealing
16 megapixels. The HTC
Titan II also supports
720p video recording and
has dual LED flash and an
f/2.6 lens with autofocus.
Although more megapixels
don't necessarily mean
better images, the combi-
nation of camera hardware
on this phone should re-
sult in shots that will look
great for years to come.
Coming Soon: Nokia 808
Announced at this year's
Mobile World Congress,
the Nokia 808 PureView
has garnered a lot of at-
tention, for good reason.
Nokia has included a new
type of sampling technol-
ogy to allow it to capture
41-megapixel images,
reportedly with excellent
low-light performance and
lossless zoom. Lossless
zoom allows you to zoom
in and emphasize crops
from your photos that will
retain the same sharpness
and clarity as the original


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101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting at
$800 monthly. One bed-
room starting at $725, De-
posit is $500 if you qualify.'
Appliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1140 NW 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $5256.
free water.

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 305-642-7080.

1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath, $350.
Appliances. 305-642-7080.
1215 NW 103 Lane.
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in: 305-696-7667
12400 NE 12 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
laundry room, Section 8,
$650 mthly. No security!
305-498-2266, 954-744-6841
1245 NW 58th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 per month. $750 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$495. 305-642-7080

1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$400. 305-642-7080.

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

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$475. 786-236-1144 or

14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646.

1450 NW 1 Avenue
Efficiency, one bath $395,
one bdrm one bath $425

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $350
monthly. $575 move in.
Three bdrms. two bath.
$550 monthly. $850 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

1540 NW 1 Court,
Studio $425, one bdrm
$525, two Dedrm 5625. free
water call 786-506-3067

1600 NW 7 Court
One bedroom $725, two
bedrooms $800, free
water, no credit check.
Call 786-506-306

1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $395.

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

186 NW 13 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $525.
Stove, refrigerator ,

1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$425 Appliances.

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $395.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

S210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.

215 NW 16 Terrace
Remodeled, central air,
quiet gated building, one
bedroom $450 monthly..
Call 786-506-3067

341 NE 77 Street
One bdrm apt. $600 a month;
$1200 to move in; call 305-
758-6133 or 786-514-5535.

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750.
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750.
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $450,
three bdrms, two baths
$725. 305-642-7080
6229 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 55 and older pre-
ferred. 305-310-7463.
8261 NE 3 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$550 monthly. All applianc-
es included. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Joel 786-355-7578
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-77776
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
.$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and,
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
No deposit required. One
or two bedroom, water
included, qualify the same
day. 305-603-9592, 305-
600-7280, 305-458-1791 or
visit our office at 1250 NW
62 Street.

Remodeled one' bedroom,
one bath, 305-753-0544.
1730 NW 1st Court
Ohe or two bedrooms, near
Downtown, $450 or $600 to
move in. No deposit required.
Only $350 to move in! No
deposit. Water included.
Gated building complex.
Call 305-603-9592, 305-
600-7280 and

19336 NW 53 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 ok. Excellent condi-
tion. 786-384-9774.
19613 NW 29 Place
Three bedrooms, one bath,
beautiful townhouse. Section
8 Welcome. 954-614-0280.
6113 S.W. 69th Street
Three bedrooms, one and
half bath, one block from Me-
trorail,$1,000 monthly, Sec-
tion 8 welcome. Call 786-556-
9425 or 786-210-0421.
Three bdrms, two and a half
bath. Upstairs and down-
stairs, appliances, washer,
dryer and air. $1400 nego-
tiable. Section 8 OK!.
Call 305-926-8019
Three bedrooms units. Rudy'
17942 NW 40 Court
1055 NW 114 Street
Two bdrms., one bath, utili-
ties included. $1100 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome.
11960 SW 212 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, Sec-
tion 8 okay, $950 monthly, de-
posit required, 786-210-7666
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1330 NW 46 Street
Two bdrms. one bath, tile,
$900 mthly, 305-219-2571.
1337 NW 102 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$700 monthly. Call Reggie
142 NW 71 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, yard,
tiled, washer/dryer hookup,
bars, .air, $950 mthly. Section

8 ok!. 305-389-4011 or

1867 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air. Section 8 welcome.
Call 786-356-1457.
1963 NW 50 Street
Three bdrm, two baths, cen-
tral air, tile, laundry room.
$1350 monthly. $1350 depos-
it. Section 8 welcome. 954-
303-3368 or 954-432-3198.
2001 NW 89 Street
Two bdms, one bath. Section
8 only. 305-796-5252
211 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
conveniently located, new
renovation. Section 8 Only.
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air, $750
monthly. 786-877-5358
3495 NW 11 Court.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air condition and appliances.
$950 monthly. Section 8 only.
Call 786-287-9966.
38 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
416 N.E. 59 Street
Large one bedroom, very
clean, air, water is included.
$700 monthly.
5548 NW 9 Avenue
Two bedrooms and one bath,
central air and security bars.
Section 8 welcomed.
305-219-0421 or 786-251 -
5603 NW 15 Aveune
Two bedrooms, free water
$775 305-992-7503
5801 N. Miami Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$825 monthly. 305-758-7022
6028 NW 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths.
$950 monthly and three
bedrooms, two baths. $1200
monthly. 786-444-6002.
6800 N.W. 6 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1150. Free water/electric.
7735 NW 6 Avenue
Two bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, washer/dryer. Section
8 OK! 786-277-4395
8201 NW 6 Avenue
Newly remodeled two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
laundry room, free water.
$875 monthly. 786-299-4093
9357 NW 31 AVENUE
Three bdrms, two baths, air,
tiled floors, washer and dryer
hookup. $1175 mthly. $1175
security. Call 305-625-4515.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-467-8784
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
One bedroom, $650 month-
ly; three bedrooms, $1300
monthly. 305-757-7067
Design Realty
Section 8 Welcome!
351 NW 48 STREET #B
Two bedrooms, one bath apt
B and three bedrms, two
baths apt A. Call Mr Coats.
1168 NW 51 Street
Large efficiency, partly fur-
nished, quiet area, utilities in-
cluded. $675 monthly, $1000
to move in. Mature person
preferred. Call 305-633-1157.
2106 NW 70 Street
Furnished, no utilities, $1000
to move in, $750 monthly.
3325 NW 82 Street
Free water and gas. $550
monthly. 786-256-2275.
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395.
Appliances, free water.

5422 NW 7 Court
$600 mthly includes electric
and water. No Section 8. Call
62 Street NW First Avenue
$550 monthly. $1100 move
in. Call 305-989-8824
77 Street and 15 Avenue
Utilities, private bath, air, ca-
ble. $595. 305-218-4746
Large, nice area, utilities
included. 786-587-7479
Furnished Rooms
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 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.

2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
3370 NW 214 Street
Clean rooms, $100 Weekly.
Jay, 305-215-8585.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Private entrance and bath.
$565 mthly, 786-269-9855.
Furnished room in a private
home. Light kitchen privileg-
es. 305-621-1017,
Furnished room with living
room, 786-663-5641
Nice spacious rooms with ex-
tras. $120-$150 weekly. 786-
290-1268 or
Miami Lakes Area
Gated community. 954-665-
Private entrance. Call 954-
854-8154, 305-974-5822.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
10201 NW 8 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Appliances. $1195.
1299 NW 51 Street
New renovation, four bed-
rooms, two baths, central air.
Section 8 only.
Call 305-975-1987
1541 NW 174 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1400. 786-853-1834.
1785 N.W. 67 Street
Three bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 welcome. Call:
1860 NW 53 Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
new renovation. Section 8
only, call 305-975-1987.
1950 NW 60 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
Section 8 only. Excepting two
bedroom vouchers.
20513 NW 39 Court
Lakefront, three bedrooms,
one bath, appliances, $1300
a month, Section 8 okay,
drive by, then call:
310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, two
baths, with two dens. $1200
monthly. Central air, all
appliances included, free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

3251 NW 212 Street
Miami Gardens, four bedrms,
two baths, completely updat-
ed single family home. $1600
3261 NW 132 Terr
Three bdrms, two bath, cen-
tral air. $995 monthly.
3420 NW 96 Street
Totally updated, four bdrms,
two baths. Tile, central air, se-
curity bars, $1500 mthly.
3520 NW 194 Terrace
Four, bedrooms, two baths,
renovated, $1,395 monthly,
central air, security bars, Sec-
tion 8 okay, 305-454-7767.
363 NW 59 street
Four bedrooms, two baths
with two bedrooms and one
bath cottage. $1395 month-
ly. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.
62 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550. Section 8 Preferred.
6550 NW 24 Court
Renovated two bedrooms,
one bath, new tile and bath-
room. Section 8 okay. $900
obo, 305-409-7015.
6743 NW 5 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
large, renovated. $1500
monthly. Section 8 ok.
786-356-9843 Shyan.
710 NW74th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
fenced, air, bars, $725, call
Rod 786-290-4625.
8301 NW 23 Avenue
Single family home. Three
bedrooms, two baths. $1300
first and last. The house will
be available in May. For more
information call
Three bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 O.K. 786-399-5143
Spacious three bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.



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Saturday and Sunday May
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City Drivers
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weeks only. Come'in and
apply at 900 NW 54 Street
on Wednesday, Thursday
or Friday.

Outside Advertising Sales
Great opportunity for
three personable and
driven individuals. The
ideal candidate has an
aggressive approach to
sales with an emphasis on
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great employee benefits.
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900 NW 54 St

Retired English teacher or
a person that has the skills
necessary for correcting
spelling grammar. Email
line.com or call 305-694-

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade, Bro-
ward and Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only

You must be available be-
tween the hours of 6 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
able, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

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I Buy Old Records! Albums,
LP's, 45's, or 12" singles.
Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae,
Caribbean, Latin, Disco,
Rap. Also DJ Collections! Tell
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kitchens and bathrooms at
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Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:



Deadline for Request for Additional Information/Clarification: 5/10/2012 at 5:00

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchas-
ing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement, Telephone No.
(305) 416-1909.

NO. 12271.

Johnny Martinez, P.E. 7- '
City Manager
AD NO. 18353


South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB), the Regional Workforce
Board for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (also known as Region 23), is
issuing a Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the supply and delivery of desktop
computers and monitors from vendors experienced in conducting business
with governmental entities that receive sizable federal and/or state funding.

The ITB will be released on or about May 7, 2012 and will be posted on the
SFWIB website (www.southfloridaworkforce.com). Additionally, the ITB will
be available for pickup at the SFWIB Headquarters, Suite 500, Reception
Desk, 7300 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, Florida, 33126.

An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.,
at the SFWIB Headquarters, Suite 500, Conference Room Three, 7300 Cor-
porate Center Drive, Miami, Florida, 33126. Bids must be submitted no later
than 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012, Bids not received by that deadline
will not be accepted.

Please direct all procedural inquiries, including questions regarding the for-
mat of the Offerors' Conference and the Public Review Forum, to SFWIB
Buyer, Marisol Martinez via email, mmartinez02(a)southfloridaworkforce.
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The Lady Bulls honors three teammates who will have signed to play college hoops.

Three seniors

receive college


By D. Kevin McNeir

The Lady Bulls of Miami
Northwestern finished the
girls' basketball season for
2011-2012 with a tough loss
to undefeated McArthur High
(37-0) in the regionals. But

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according to first-year coach,
Clyde Glover, 61, it was still
a pretty good year next
year, he predicts, will be even
better. Two weeks ago, the
team got back together, not
for a scrimmage but instead
to celebrate three of their
graduating seniors signed let-
ters of intent to further their
Shameka Pratt, 17, shooting
guard and Nefertina Brad-
shaw, 18, power forward, will
move on to Webber Inter-
national University [NAIA,

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Diamond Colebrook (bottom right) will join the FIU team.
She is with her mother, (left, front) and her new coaches.


Shameka Pratt (second left) and Nefertina Bradshaw (far right) sign on the dotted line
while their coaches and staff member look on.

Babson Park]; Diamond Cole-
brook, 17, point guard, has
signed with Florida Memorial
University [Sun Conference,
Miami Gardens].
"Our goal and promise to all
of our girls and their parents
is that if they maintain their
academics, we will find a way
for them to attend college,"
Glover said. "Everyone may
not be able to go to Florida
State or University of Miami
but with our talent we know
there is a place for all of our

players. And for those who
want to go to college but
stay close to home, there are
plenty of options. It's all about
exposing the girls to the many
opportunities that exist and
to prepare them to take ad-
vantage of them."

Glover is well known in
girls' basketball. For 16 years
he led Miami Pace High
School as their head coach,
capturing the state champion-

ship three times. He plans to
do that and more for the Lady
"The three young ladies that
have received college scholar-
ships are all very special,"
he said. "Shameka lives with
her father and he's done great
things with her. She's humble,
hard-working and an amaz-
ing student/athlete. Nefer-
tina had had to learn how to
survive, first in foster care
and now under the direction
of an older sister. She wants

to get away from Miami and
grow as a young woman. She
definitely has the skills. As
for Diamond, she comes from
a great support team that in-
cludes her mother and grand-
parents. Going to college was
,really important for all of
them and so they decided to
have her transfer to us for her
final year of high school so
we could get her ready. She's
more than ready and I know
she's going to shine."

Glover will have his team,
criss-crossing the U.S.
throughout the summer -
sometimes playing in tourna-
ments or running camps for
middle school girls other
times visiting college cam-
puses to get a taste of what
life will be like for them in
the not-to-distant future. But
they will also give back to
their community, feeding the
hungry, cleaning up streets
and parks and learning how
to lead by example. Twelve
players will return next
season, including a six-foot
sophomore center.
"By the time the season
starts in November, we will
have played close to 85
games. That's like three sea-
sons. We want to be ready to
roll. Trust me it's going to
be a Bulls stampede."

Miami Norland celebrates its victorious year

Parade honors

champion teams
By Eric Ikpe
Miami Times writer

Miami Norland knows how
to win. And in honor of a stel-
lar season in which both boy's
basketball and football cap-
tured the 2012 FHSAA State
Championship trophies, facul-
ty, staff, students and the com-
munity gathered last Saturday
for a parade. The girl's basket-
ball team, former back-to-back
state champs, was the runner-
up this year in the state cham-
pionship game.
"This is great for the com-
munity and the school," said
Athletic Director Ira Fluitt.
"This will attract many more
students to want to come here
because everyone wants to be
part of a winning team."
Norland has the distinction of
being the first school in Miami-
Dade County to win state titles
in boy's basketball and football
in the same school year. The
girl's basketball team lost a

heartbreaker in the title game
to Edgewater [46-36], ending
their season with a 26-8 re-
cord. Not only is Norland best-
ing its opponents in sports, but
it is also currently ranked as a
"C" school which is 82 percent
higher than the national aver-
age and they anticipate a high-
er grade once the recent FCAT
results are released.
"It starts in the classroom -
we want to show that not only
are we gifted on the court but
we are also gifted in the class-
room," said Head Basketball
Coach Lawton Williams III. "To
be able to send my guys to col-
lege is great; this parade in it-
self is historic."

Norland's football team
capped off their season with a
perfect 15-0 record including
the state championship. Two of
their standout' players gradu-
ated early and are taking their
skills to the next lever: offen-
sive lineman Ereck Flowers,
who is currently practicing at
UM and Keith Brown.
"It's great to see those guys
start early; we want to contin-




New Dolphin QB has swagger
If I told you the least popu- tion. Ireland has drawn the ire
lar general manager in the of Dolphin fans for the way this
NFL was the Miami Dolphins' team has underperformed the
Jeff Ireland, chances are that past few seasons. No one, in-
would be a pretty safe assump- cluding coaches or free agents,

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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Norland's winning sports teams were toasted during

celebration and parade last Satur
ue to work hard for next sea-
son," said Head Football Coach
Daryle Heidelburg said. "I have
guys that have been with us for
years and they see how hard
we work and they want to du-
plicate that next year."
The Vikings football team is
ranked 7th in the country and
15 players were offered college
scholarships. Randy "Duke"
Johnson, the team's most cele-
brated player, joined the festivi-
ties. He will continue his career
at the University of Miami.
"I remember having a 2.0 as
a freshmen and worked hard

seem to be interested in the
aqua and orange. Ireland even
has the audacity to ask po-
tential draft picks about their
mother's alleged line of work.
There was even a protest at
the teams facility while planes
,with signs flew above the sta-
dium. But Ireland seemed
uninterested in smoothing
over his relationship with the
media or fans. That could be
changing. He has been making
the rounds along with owner
Stephen Ross to reach out to

to improve my grades to a 3.0,"
he said. "It's great to see our
school honored our girls.
team almost pulled it off too
but they still had a great year."
Johnson's former teammate,
Keith Brown, who is headed
for the University of Louisville,
said success came with plenty
of hard work.
"Grades are first, then comes
hard work and dedication," he
said. "It's very exciting to see
this happening for our school.
I transferred from Southridge
and with the hard work I put
in, we ended up with a cham-

fans and media, saying things
are about to change. In the re-
cent draft, the Dolphins went
for Ryan Tannehill from Texas
A&M the first time they've
selected a QB in the first round
since Dan "what's his name"
back in 1983. There are ques-
tions of whether Tannehill was
worthy of a number eight pick
in the draft but at least this
team for once seems to have
a plan. Ireland is finally mov-
ing away from the prehistoric
style of Parcell's football and is

"Many people
much faith in us b
them wrong," said
Basketball Coach
ris-Curry said. "We
continue to work h
in the gym."
Two of her play
moving on to th
level: Kyla Durant,
tend Miami Dade
Denisha Bennett v
Air Force team. Th
ketball team won s
2006 and 2008 an
those results this

ing Leesburg 64-36 and ending
their season 29-3.
"Talent wise, we will be even
better next year," Williams
said. "Making history is a great
achievement but we want to
continue making strides next
year. That means more hard
Cleon Roberts has signed
with GSU (Georgia Southern
University); Gino Fils-Aime will
attend NGU (North Greenfield
Times photo/Eric Ikpe University). Both say they're
g a fun-filled excited.
"It's great to see your hard
work pay off, and my experi-
ence here helped me" Fils-Aime
didn't have said. "It's not easy and I would
ut we proved tell the guys under me to keep
Girl's Head at it and work hard."
Carla Har- Roberts added, "You have
e just have to to be really focused and never
ard; it starts give up."
The bar has been raised even
yers will be higher for Norland but Fluitt
ae collegiate says his kids are up for the
who will at- task.
College and "Now that the community
who join the has seen what we have done,
ie boy's bas- everybody wants to be a part of
state titles in it," he said. "My philosophy is
d duplicated the ring is the thing and every-
year, defeat- body wants one."

doing things his way. This is a
welcome sight to Dolphin fans
that want to see big plays on
both sides of the football. Ex-
plosive players too often have
worn the jerseys of opponents
rather than the home team at
Sun Life Stadium. The new
fins include Tannehill, tackle
Johnathan Martin, tight end
Michael Egnew and former UM
standout running back Lamar
Miller. We saw some of Ire-
land's plan begin to take shape
a year ago with the selection

of speedy wide receiver Clyde
Gates and playmaking H-back
Charles Clay. Stranger things
have happened, but maybe he
is on some sort of mission to
redeem himself in the eyes of
the Dolphin faithful. If this
plan of his begins to jell and
this team can start winning
again, maybe we'll find that
Ireland isn't such a bad guy at
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