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MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 9-15, 2012

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Black boys and girls in pub-
lic schools located in urban cities
throughout the U.S. are in a state
of crisis losing valuable time in
the classroom because of a dispro-
portionate number of out-of-school
suspensions. Based on a recent
study, "Suspended Education: Urban
Middle Schools in Crisis," in many
of the nation's middle schools, Black
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Florida Dems

elect delegates

for convention

Next stop: State convention June 2-3

By D. Kevin McNeir
Last Saturday, President
Barack Obama officially kicked
off his re-election campaign,
asking his supporters to "stick
with me we will finish what
we started." But before voters
go to the polls in November,
Democrats from every state
must elect delegates for their
state conventions. Delegates
chosen at the state level will go
on to the Democratic National
Convention [DNC]. That's why

over 500 Miami-Dade County
voters showed up at five loca-
tions, including the American
Legion Post, last weekend -
to vote for those who will rep-
resent the County at the June
2-3 state convention.
What's at stake? The DNC
which beings Sept. 3rd in
Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ronald Fulton, 49, has been
active in the process to elect
delegates for the last seven
years and says the race for
the White House starts at the
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and Jackson

get out the vote
Voters in Miami-Dade County
took center stage on Sunday,
April 29th when Rev. Jesse L.
Jackson joined County Com-
missioner Jean Monestime at a
voter motivation and mobiliza-
tion rally. The event was held at
93rd Street Community Baptist
Church. County residents were
urged to vote and make their
voices heard at the ballot box
during local and national elec-
tions. Monestime said, "If we
want change, we have to partici-
pate in the process we must

--StocK pnoto

Thirteen face

felony counts

in death of

FAMU student

But none face murder charges
in hazing ofRobert Champion
By D. Kevin McNeir
The continued practice and tradi-
tion of campus hazing was thrust on
the national scene last November when
Florida A&M University [FAMU] drum
major Robert Champion, 26, died af-
ter an alleged violent episode in which
several other band members physi-
cally assaulted him after the Florida
Classic football
game in Orlando.
His tragic death
has changed the
mindset of stu-
dents, alumni and
alike at FAMU -

Sfuture of the band
in jeopardy.
CHAMPION Last Wednes-
day, Orange-
Osceola State Attorney Lawson Lamar,
in a nationally-televised news confer-
ence, filed charges against 13 defen-
dants, each of whom allegedly took part
in Champion's beating and subsequent
death. However, rather than facing
murder for their participation, the de-
fendants have been charged with haz-
ing resulting in death, a third-degree
"[This was ] an event that some early
on mistakenly called a rite of passage,"
Lamar said. "I have come to believe
that hazing is a term for bullying. It's
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-AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch
Towering over his classmates, former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, gestures before
the graduation ceremony, Saturday, May 5 at the James L. Knight Center.

Shaq earns his

doctoral degree

By Lateef Mungin
(CNN) Shaquille O'Neal has donned
many monickers during his basketball
career, including Shaq Fu, the Big Ar-
istotle, Superman and Shaqtus. Last
weekend, he added "Dr. O'Neal" to that
The former NBA player graduated from
Florida's Barry University on Saturday
with a doctorate degree in education fo-
cusing on organizational learning and
"This is for my mother, who always

stressed the importance of education,"
O'Neal said. "I am proud to have achieved
a doctoral degree and wish to thank my
professors and Barry University for help-
ing make this dream a reality. I'm smart
enough to know that, even at my tender
age, my pursuit of education is never fin-
The 7-foot-1 retired basketball star
and NBA analyst was one of 1,100 stu-
dents who donned graduation gowns at
the ceremony in Miami.
"For the past four-and-half years,
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Political pandering trumps debate

By DeWayne Wickham

TAMPA Maybe if the request to expand the
no-concealed-weapons zone in this city during
the Republican National Convention had come
from someone less conflicted over this issue, it
might have generated a different response.
Maybe if that request had gone to someone
less inclined to engage in political pandering, it
would have been approved.
But it was Tampa Democratic Mayor Bob
Buckhorn who sent a letter to Florida Repub-
lican Gov. Rick Scott asking him to ban the
carrying of concealed weapons in areas of this
city's downtown where protests are expected

.-. during the four-day meeting
Aug. 27-30.
In his letter, Buckhorn, who
S'.jg- has a permit to carry his .38-cal-
ji iber revolver, told the governor
that people who legally carry
hidden weapons usually don't
"pose a significant threat to the
WICKHAM public." But in "the potentially
contentious environment surrounding the (Re-
publican convention), a firearm unnecessarily
increases the threat of imminent harm and
injury to the residents and visitors of the city,"
the mayor said.

During the convention, thou-
sands of protesters will descend upon T amn-
pa, which expects as many as 50,0010 people
to be drawn to the GOP's quadrenni al atihcr-
ing. City officials hope to herd prot,-:ter- int:O
an "event zone" where demonstrat.:rns ...11 be
limited to 90 minutes.
The City Council also is considering an
ordinance that would ban people from bring-
ing a long list of things that could be used as
a weapon into this area. Among the items on
the list are hammers, sticks, switch blades,
nunchucks, BB guns and containers with
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The obvious
intent of the gun
ban you requested
was to stop people with
concealed weapons permits from
bringing their guns downtown
during the GOP convention.




2A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012


Is racial profiling

the new Jim Crow?
Since at least 1619, men, women and children of
the African Diaspora, collectively referred to now
as Blacks, have fought for equality, respect and
justice. In a word, we have remained on the battlefield
simply asking to be treated as human beings. We have
witnessed significant change and improvement yet we
still find ourselves in the unenviable position of being the
least respected and most discriminated of all races in the
U.S. Maybe it's time that we stop asking and begin to de-
mand our fair share and an equal place at the table. The
question is where do we begin?
One solution might be to enforce some laws and change
others so that Blacks can live, work and play without the
possibility of being singled out by store owners, police of-
ficers or zealous bigots because of the color of our skin
or the clothes that we wear. It's called racial profiling and
in more cases than we may ever know, it can be life-al-
tering if not life-ending. Trayvon Martin is one example
but most Black men and boys can share their own tales
of how they have been humiliated, harassed and even in-
jured all because they were "walking while Black."
Respected Black businessman and community leader
Al Dotson Jr., who recently testified before the House
Judiciary Committee, says profiling is nothing less than
"indifference to the sanctity of life." Blacks serve in the
armed forces, we pay taxes, we teach children and protect
citizens we even lead this nation in the White House.
We cannot allow ignorant men and women to succeed in
turning back the clock to the "good old days" of Jim Crow.
As the poet Langston Hughes reminded us, while we
may be the "darker brother," we, too are America.

Blacks must keep pressure

on Scott's so-called task force
tate Representative Dwight Bullard and a few of
his colleagues made a valiant effort to challenge
the selections of Governor Rick Scott for his Stand
Your Ground Task Force. But as we all know, the words
of our Black representatives were once again dismissed.
That's right Scott did not listen or perhaps and even
worse, Scott did not seem to care.
Okay, so what's a brother or sister to do? If the adage
that "there is strength in numbers," is true, then may-
be what Bullard and company needed were a few more
members of the legislation standing with them and giving
their support. After all, they were only asking for what's
fair equal representation on the task force committee
as they look at our State's self-defense-related laws. They
were only asking that South Florida be equally represent-
ed with a few appointees on the task force.
Meanwhile, the task force moved forward with what
Scott referred to as "house keeping items." Bullard said
during his press conference that as long as the task force
had not met, the governor could make changes to its
makeup. Maybe that's the reason that the committee's
initial meeting was moved up by a few weeks.
There is still the hope that the few Blacks on the task
force will do the right thing despite their having been
in favor of the legislation when it first went to the floor.
But this is not an issue of Black or white, is it? This is
a matter of justice or injustice. And once again, Blacks
are left with the bitter taste of injustice stuck in our
mouths. Some may expect great things from the Stand
Your Ground task force. We do not.

Norland gets it

together on all fronts
You have to give it to the leadership at Miami Nor-
land Senior High School. They seem to have the
Midas Touch turning everything they touch
into gold. After snagging state titles in football and boy's
basketball, and nearly taking the girl's basketball state
title, they just brought home another trophy the state
title for girl's track and field. But that's not all. It gets
even better.
Last weekend, Norland's music department achieved
superior ratings by their concert and jazz bands a feat
that no other Miami-Dade County Public School was able
to equal. In fact, Norland has been bringing superior rat-
ings back to its humble halls for the past 15 years. And
that's for a school that once faced significant behavior
problems and abysmally low FCAT scores.
The community surrounding Norland showed up re-
cently for a parade to salute their students and their ath-
letic achievements. Now, the students have even more
of which they can be proud. There's nothing better than
seeing our children smile because they have done the un-
thinkable and snagged that which only few can capture
- state titles and other top honors.
As the school year winds down, we felt it was only fitting.
that we take time to salute the outstanding efforts of the
principal, faculty, administration, parents and of course,
the students that represent Miami Norland High. Way to

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" B'Y EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washlrngtonpost.com

Are we in Afghanistan for the long haul?

Does anybody really under-
stand the U.S. policy in Af-
ghanistan? Can anyone figure
out how we're supposed to stay
the course and bring home the
troops at the same time? I'm
at a loss, even after President
Obama's surprise trip to the
war zone. The president's tele-
vised address from Bagram air
base raised more questions
than it answered. Let's start
with the big one: Why?
I would argue that U.S. and
NATO forces have already done
all that is humanly possible
toward that end. The Taliban
government was deposed and
routed. Al-Qaeda was first dis-
lodged and then decimated,
with "over 20 of their top 30
leaders" killed, according to the
president. Osama bin Laden
was tracked to his lair in Paki-
stan, shot dead and buried at
sea. To the extent that al-Qae-
da still poses a threat, it comes
from affiliate organizations
in places such as Yemen and
from the spread of poisonous
jihadist ideology. Al-Qaeda's
once-extensive training camps

in Afghanistan have long been
obliterated and the group's
presence in the country is mini-
That smells like victory to me.
Yet 94 American troops have
lost their lives in Afghanistan
so far in 2012, U.S. forces will
still be engaged in combat un-
til the end of 2014, and we are

cidents such as the burning of
Qurans by allied soldiers have
generated increasing resent-
ment in a country that has
never taken kindly to foreign
occupation. These friendly-fire
killings are not just isolatd.d
incidents, the report says' but
a "continuing pattern" that is
leading to a "crisis of trust" be-

To the extent that al-Qaeda still poses a threat, it comes
from affiliate organizations in places such as Yemen and
from the spread of poisonous jihadist ideology. Al-Oaeda's
once-extensive training camps in Afghanistan have long been oblit-
erated and the group's presence in the country is minimal.

committed to an extraordinary
- and expensive level of in-
volvement there until 2024.
Why? Of the U.S. troops who
died this year as a result of
hostile fire as opposed to ac-
cidents, illnesses or suicide -
at least one of every seven was
killed not by the Taliban but by
ostensibly friendly Afghan se-
curity forces. Policies such as
nighttime raids, in which civil-
ians have beer- killed, and in-

tween allied and Afghan forces.
It should be noted that U.S.
commanders in Afghanistan
strongly disagree. They ex-
press confidence that the Af-
ghan army is becoming a much
more competent and profes-
sional fighting force. But they
acknowledge that the process
requires time and a continu-
ing commitment of troops and
As Obarma, knows, howev-

er, polls indicate .lhat. Ameri-
cans are weary of this war.
He says we will leave behind
just enough personnel to sup-
port the Afghan government
in counterterrorism operations
and provide continued training
for Afghan forces. At present,
however, we're in the midst of
a counterinsurgency campaign
of the kind that takes decades,
at best, to succeed. If we're go-
ing to switch to counterterror-
ism in a couple of years, why
not just make the switch now?
Also, Obama says we will es-
tablish no permanent bases
in Afghanistan. But the agree-
ment he signed with Afghan
President Hamid Karzai gives
the U.S. continuing use of bas-
es that we built and intend to
transfer nominally to Afghan
control. What's the difference?
Does this sound like nation-
building to you? Because that's
what it sounds like to me.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Wash-
ington Post ,


Mitt Romney leads a real 'circle of clowns'

I recently saw a fascinating
commentary where a right-
wing pundit, while discussing
the purported strengths of Mitt
Romney, indicated that Romney
had no strongly held beliefs. He
went on to say that contrary to
other candidates who have been
described as flip-floppers, Rom-
ney did not change from one
strong view to another strong
view. He never had a strong
view in the beginning.
My mouth dropped. I could
not believe that this right-wing-
er was trying to portray the fact
that Romney, the presump-
tive Republican nominee for
president, essentially believed
in nothing this was a good
thing. This has turned the Re-
publican primary race, which
had been described as a "cir-
cle of clowns," into a stand-up
comedy routine. Can they pos-
sibly be serious that the candi-
dacy of someone who believes
in nothing should be support-
ed by the electorate?
On one level, this should not

surprise any of us. Romney has
been lusting for the nomination
and clearly has been willing to
say or do anything in order to
secure it. This has to be linked
with the manner in which both
ignorance and irrationality are
being celebrated by the Repub-
lican Party's staunchest sup-

win. And if that means shifting
one's opinions, so be it.
The November elections hold
many potential perils. Disap-
pointment with what Obama
has not done; disagreement
with some of what his admin-
istration has done; and unease
over our economic situations,

he November elections hold many potential perils. Dis-
appointment with what Obama has not done; disagree-
ment with some of what his administration has done;
and unease over our economic situations...

porters. Attacks on President
Obama for suggesting that it
would be great for U.S. chil-
dren to attend college matched
with continual denial of climate
change (have you checked the
weather recently?) all points
toward an enhanced cynicism
that has entered the electoral
realm. Political leaders, partic-
ularly on the right, will appeal
to the worst instincts within
the electorate and play on
fears or prejudices in order to

all of which could lead many
voters who would otherwise
vote in a liberal or progressive
direction to sit out the election.
This could mean not only that
someone as vacuous as Rom-
ney could be elected, but in
some ways, more importantly,
it could mean that very bad
and bankrupt right-wing politi-
cians at the Congressional and
local levels could also win. For
this reason, while you may be
tempted to laugh at Romney

and his empti-
ness, you do so at your own
While I am certainly one
who has had significant dis-
agreements with the Obama
administration, the question I
keep asking is: What would a
Romney administration look
like? I am not as comfortable
as former President Jimmy
Carter who recently suggested
that he could be content with
a Romney presidency. It seems
to me that a rich man who
has no significant or strongly
held views is the equivalent
of a cartoon character. In this
case a cartoon character wait-
ing for someone from corporate
America to prepare his script.
We have too much to lose to let
that happen.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a senior
scholar with the Institutefor Pol-
icy Studies, the immediate past
president of TransAfrica Forum,
and the co-author of Solidarity
Divided. He can be reached at
papaq54@hotmail. com

Bi' GAR) L FLOWERS, NNPA Columnist

War on Drugs' is a 'War on

Contrary to public opinion,
white people in the U.S. ac-
count for more arrests for drug
use than do people of color. Yet,
the widely-held and erroneous
belief that 1) most drug crimes
are committed by people of col-
or, and 2) most people of color
commit drug crimes that result
in the disproportionate impris-
onment of non-whites. How did
America become come to tar-
get people of color for so-called
"war on drugs"?
Most Americans have no
idea that drugs such as opi-
ates, cocaine and marijuana
were not always illegal in the
U.S. In fact, in the early 1900s,
many wealthy people com-
monly used such drugs recre-
ationally, peaking with 250,000
American addicts among the
nation's 76 million citizens.
During the 20th century, while

some Americans were addicted
because of doctor-issued pre-
scriptions, drugs used by the
wealthy whites was considered
a medical problem. For oth-
ers, addictive drugs were con-
sidered chic. So much so that
Congress enacted the first Food
and Drug 'Safety Act in 1906,
requiring drug companies list
contents in drugs on their la-
bels. Accordingly, largely due to
economic status, the rich were
given rehabilitation rather than
By 1909, the phrase "war
on drugs" was first used and
targeted Chinese, Black and
Mexican people as drug users.
Similarly, Blacks were and
are today the primary target
of discriminatory drug laws.
In 1910, Dr. Hamilton Wright,
considered by many as the fa-
ther of American anti-narcotics

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Black People' FE

ted that White em- white people.
e Black workers co- By the 1980s Congress had
stimulate for harder passed mandatory minimum
ew York Times pub- sentencing guidelines that dis-
)ry on February 11, proportionately impacted Black
ng "most of the at- and brown people. Legislators
white women are who supported such laws ar-
;sult of the 'cocaine- gued that they would target
ro brain . Negro high-level drug offenders. In-
ds are now a known stead, drug kingpins were al-
nenace." Therefore, lowed to plea bargain down
thern police depart- their sentences and small time
ched to .38 caliber drug possessors went to jail for
be more of a lethal longer periods.
,ainst Black males. Today, American jails more
ans living in Ameri- of its citizens than any indus-
ern of blaming peo- trial nation, an overwhelming
for drug use contin- majority of whom are Black and
7 the Marijuana Tax Latino. In fact, Latino children
passed by Congress are three times as likely to have
lexican Americans. a parent in prison than White
ors for agricultural children. Similarly, Black chil-
t by poor whites, dren are nine times more likely
ere blamed for mar- to have an incarcerated parent
ced violence against than white children.



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ST L oo many Blacks are leading from

Alexander the Great, perhaps
the greatest military leader of
all time, led his army from the
front. He did not cower in the
rear and send his men to face
the enemy -instead he led
the charge against the Persian
Army which was 10 times the
size of his own with a personal
ferocity that encouraged his
troops to share his personal
conviction of invincibility.
But there are others that
tend to lead from the back.
It was demonstrated most
shamefully in the lack of sup-
port shown to Presidential
candidate Barack Obama. A
majority of the "Black leader-
ship" did not support Obama
for a variety of pitiful reasons:
1) he could not win; 2) Clinton
was a strong supporter of the
Black community; 3) Clinton
asked for my support years

ago; and 4) he is not ready to
be president. While the old,
national Black leadership
did not support Obama, the
young who are still indepen-
dent thinkers flocked to his
side and were soon followed
by grandmothers and then
98 percent of the Black popu-

seats at the inauguration.
Now we are seeing the same
phenomena playing out in the
Black legal community where
elder leadership is afraid to
support some or all of the
three Black women running
for judge and Rod Vereen who
is running for state attorney.

Many on the front line are concerned about seven un-
armed Black men shot by the police, the perception of
unfair treatment for poor vs. the rich, the unfair treat-
ment of Blacks in the criminal justice system ...

lace. Finally, the "Black lead-
ership" started falling all over
themselves to support Obama
as each Black leader bragged
about their endorsement.
This claim for credit reached
a crescendo after the election,
when everyone wanted prime

In contrast, the Black popu-
lation, young people, young
lawyers, pastors and police
chiefs and union members are
flocking to support Vereen. In
my mind, if you are on the
front line and not close to the
seats of power, you are ready

for change. Many on the front
line are concerned about sev-
en unarmed Black men shot
by the police, the perception
of unfair treatment for poor
vs. the rich, the unfair treat-
ment of Blacks in the criminal
justice system, the suicide of
Commissioner Art Teele and
what caused him to take his
own life and the desire for
more diversity on the bench
and in the state attorney's of-
fice. What will be amusing to
watch is the elite flocking to
make nice after the election
of the judges and new state
attorney. Perhaps, the Black
elite should take a lesson from
Alexander the Great and lead
from the front for a change.
Reginald J. Clyne is a part-
ner at Clyne and Associates,
P.A. of Miami/Fort Lauder-

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Florida's higher ed system under attack

Lawmakers this year reduced
Florida's System of Higher Edu-
cation funding by about $300
million, because of statewide
revenue shortfalls. Florida is
among the lowest-paying states
with respect to faculty salaries.
This means that Florida's ma-
jor research institutions could
have a harder time recruiting
top faculty that universities in
other states are also trying to
There have been major fund-
ing problems in Florida's Sys-
tem of Higher Education back
in 2008, when Governor Charlie
Christ was trying to find money
to fund the university system.
During that administration the
educational leaders were ask-
ing some difficult questions
about how many students can
the system afford to enroll and
educate. The 11 universities
agreed to cut overall enrollment
and freeze freshman enrollment
This meant that more stu-

dents would be forced to enroll cies and enhance the system's

into a community college for
their first two years. This would
put added pressure on the two-
year community colleges and
the students might not get into
a four-year Florida university to

effectiveness as an economic
catalyst," Scott said.
Florida Chamber Founda-
tion President Dale Brill will
chair the seven-member group.
Board of Governors Chairman

here have been major funding problems in Florida's Sys-
tem of Higher Education back in 2008, when Governor
Charlie Christ was trying to find money to fund the uni-
versity system.

finish the degree they started.
Many experts are beginning to
believe that the system is bro-
ken and there is a need for re-
Governor Scott has decided to
issue an executive order to cre-
ate a "blue-ribbon task force"
to recommend changes to the
State University System. "It's
time to assess the progress of
prior reform efforts and identify
strategies to improve efficien-

Dean Colson, Vice Chair Mori
Hosseini, University of North
Florida President John Delaney
and board member Joe Carun-
cho of Miami have been selected
to be on the task force. Leaders
from the House and Senate will
appoint the last two members
to the task force.
It will be very interesting to
see what the panel recommends
what is needed to improve the
quality of Florida's System of

Higher Education All around
the country governors are cut-
ting funding for state universi-
ties and community colleges,
because of the limited resourc-
es, the downturn in the econ-
omy, and less federal funding.
The Black and minority com-
munities have been hit the
hardest by the university cuts
around the country. Scott has
ordered the state Board of Gov-
ernors which runs the universi-
ty system to develop a clear and
distinct mission plan to identify
cost-savings at each university.
It appears to me that the cut
master [Scott] will make it more
difficult for everyone and es-
pecially Blacks to get a college
education. Without a college
education, it will be harder for
poor people to find a well paying
job, and more difficult to ma-
triculate into a higher economic
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Orlan-

Should Zimmerman be allowed to raise

money online for his legal defense?

Miami, funeral director

No, because of the circum-
stances sur-
what was done
to the young
man [Trayvon
Martin]. Zim-
merman is a
free man, so
it's like he's
making a liv-
ing off of what happened.

Miami, retired bus driver

No, it shouldn't be allowed
because crime ----
shouldn't pay.

Miami, sound engineer

The only thing I can say
about that is
that every-
body has the
right to defend T
themselves in .-
court by any
means neces-
saiy. So you
if you have to
do anything to raise funds for
that defense, then it should
be allowed. Just think if the
situation had been reversed. If
Trayvon Martin's parents were
broke and they needed to raise
money for a lawyer would we

have a problem with that?

Washington, D.C.,floor technician

No, I don't believe they should
let him. He -i- -,--
killed Tray-
von [Martin]
in cold blood,
that's reason
enough not to
let them raise

Miami, unemployed

No, [Zimmerman] was arrest-
ed for what he
did, so it had
to be wrong.
He commit-
ted a crime.
So why should
people back .
him up when
what he did-
was wrong?

Miami, retired

No, I don't think it should be
allowed be- "
cause Tray-
von [Martin's]
family didn't -. '
do that. And
they had to
come up with
lawyers to .''
defend their
case too. So, no, I don't think
Zimmerman should be solicit-
ing contributions from anyone

It looks like the gloves are off
in what stands to be a knock-
down, drag-out, winner-takes-
all election between Congress-
women Frederica Wilson and
Dr. Rudolph Moise. Both hope
to represent the 17th District
in Congress. Moise has report-
edly pumped $2 million of his
own money into his political
campaign. And he has gotten
the endorsement of Haitian
President Michel Martelly,
much to the chagrin of Wilson.

This race is going to be one for
the records.

Residents of the Golf Park,
Tri-Community and Little Riv-
er Farms homeowners' asso-
ciation are bracing for a "battle
royal" with the owners of the
former Westview Country Club.
It seems that the residents are
concerned that their property
will lose value while also expe-
riencing increased traffic and
a diminished quality of life if a

proposed industrial park is al-
lowed to go through. Angered
residents say they've been ig-
nored long enough. The prop-
erty was sold to investors who
want the land to re-designated
and rezoned. County commis-
sioners will have their ears
filled with complaints during
the May 16th meeting. Is this
another example of David vs.

Attorney Roderick Vereen

is off and running his bid to
become the first Black state
attorney in Florida's history.
The question is whether he will
stick to his agenda or make this
a slug fest because of previous
questionable "persecutions" of
Black elected officials. No one
knows where this will end up
but his opponent has quite a
few bucks stowed away. Ver-
een had better do some fast
hustling for funds if he wants
to make a decent showing.

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Kent State tragedy: 42 years

and still no justice for victims
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BY Kim Palmer

CLEVELAND (Reuters) The
U.S. Justice Department refused
to reopen an investigation into the
deadly 1970 shooting of student
protesters at Kent State Universi-
ty, one of the seminal moments of
the anti-Vietnam war movement,
saying new audio evidence of an
order to fire was inconclusive.
Kent State students were pro-
testing the war in Vietnam and
the U.S.-led invasion of Cambodia
when Ohio National Guard troops
opened fire, killing four students
and wounding nine others. After-
ward, student strikes closed down
schools across the nation, and
divisiveness intensified over the
Assistant U.S. Attorney General
Thomas Perez sent a letter to Alan
Canfora, one of the wounded stu-
dents and now the director of Kent
May 4 Center, saying the depart-
ment was "unable to re-prosecute
this case."

Canfora requested the reinves-
tigation after discovering a copy of
a 29-minute recording from Kent
State student Terry Strubbe, who
recorded the demonstration on a
reel-to-reel machine from his dor-
mitory room.
A digital enhancement of the

recording appeared to reveal "a
verbal command to fire," followed
by 12.5 seconds of firing, Canfora
said. The volleys were preceded by
what sounded like four gunshots,
possibly from a handgun, he said.
"This is the most significant dis-
covery in the investigation. It has

was there a command to shoot?"
Canfora said in a recent interview.
"Only now through modern digital
technology can we finally answer
that question," he said.
Canfora asked the Justice De-
partment in 2010 for a new inves-
tigation in light of the audio evi-
Eight guardsmen were original-
ly charged in October 1974 with
depriving the students of their
civil rights. But after the prosecu-
tion presented its case, U.S. Dis-
trict Judge Frank Battisti granted
the defendants' motion for acquit-
tal, ruling the government had not
proven the charges.
Canfora said he was not looking
to prosecute individual guards-
men but wanted instead "a histori-
cal pronouncement of truth about
the massacre at Kent State." He
said he was upset that it took two
years to decide not to go forward.
"We have modern digital foren-
sic science on our side," he said.

Why parenthood needs some merit badges

By Laura Vanderkam

In March, the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foun-
dation announced winners
of a curious prize: grants of
$25,000 to $175,000 for groups
that would sponsor the digital
equivalent of merit badges. Or-
ganizations such as the Smith-
sonian and Intel pledged to de-
velop badges that people could
display, potentially on r6sum6s,
to show they had mastered cer-
tain skills, such as Boy Scouts
have done for decades.
As the foundation noted, re-
sum6s don't show the full range
of knowledge and skills that
people master. Badges are a
visible representation of prac-
tical accomplishment, such as
learning a programming lan-
guage. They "present a more
nuanced picture of what an in-
dividual knows and can do" -
ideally spurring life-long learn-
It's a great idea. But as we
celebrate Mother's Day (and Fa-
ther's Day, too), with the usual
trope of platitudes, it strikes me
that professional skills aren't
the only area of life where a
little external validation of ac-
complishment would be useful.
Parenthood, likewise, involves
all sorts of practical skills. Hav-
ing a way to show, publicly, that
we've mastered them would not
only honor the hard work par-
ents do it also might actually

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spur us to do a better job.

Certainly, as the millions of
cards exchanged this month
say, parenthood is the most im-
portant job on earth. In the long
term there might be validation,
ideally in the form of grown chil-
dren who become productive,
happy citizens. But in the short
run, no one notices you man-
aged to get three kids under the
age of 5 dressed, fed and into a
car by 8:45 a.m. without raising
your voice.
Eyeing this gap, every year
Salary.com attempts to cal-
culate what you'd have to pay
a mom for her services on the
open market. The figure this
year is $112,962 for stay-at-

home moms, though putting a
price on parenting seems mis-
Merit badges are a different
matter. Imagine displaying on
your Facebook page a visual
representation issued by a civic
organization, school or library
for something important you
had accomplished in child de-

A library-issued "Little Read-
ers" badge could involve check-
list items such as getting your
kids a library card, sticking
with a bedtime story routine for
the month to make reading a
habit, and helping budding lit-
erary types write and illustrate
their own first books. A pedi-

atrics practice could design a
"Healthy Kids" badge for tack-
ling the unsung work of push-
ing fruits and veggies when
you'd rather order pizza and
bread sticks yourself. These are
the things we know we should
do but are easy to let slide. Vis-
iting the library will never be
as urgent as getting a load of
laundry done because no one
has clean clothes; McDonald's
will always be tempting so that
I won't have to cook!
As the Boy and Girl Scouts
have long known, a small exter-
nal reward can move something
up the priority list, even if you're
mostly relying on the honor
system. Years ago, the prospect
of earning a Girl Scout badge
for my musicality spurred me
to learn songs I might not have
otherwise. Likewise, knowing
that your doctor is giving merit
badges for making your house-
hold soda-free and fast food a
once-a-week treat might just
inspire you to do it. And then
show your accomplishment to
your entire social network.
Of course, parts of parenting
- smiles, snuggles are re-
warding in their own right. But
if we really do think parenting
is the most important job on
earth, then there's no reason
not to apply the same rigor
we're considering for re-imag-
ining other types of learning.
A few merit badges proudly
displayed could do just that.

Health care costs worry near-retirees

Workers underestimate expenses under Medicare

By Christine Dugas

Health care costs are a top re-
tirement fear, and that's even
though many older workers vastly
underestimate how much they'll
have to pay.
"Americans even those who
have diligently saved for their
golden years are not prepared
for the reality of health care costs
in retirement and don't really un-
derstand how Medicare works,"
says John Carter, president of Na-
tionwide Financial Distributors.
Nearly half of affluent Ameri-
cans, who have at least $250,000
in household assets, say they are
scared that rising health care
costs will deplete their retirement
savings, according to a Harris Poll
released today by Nationwide Fi-
And 43% of the affluent older
workers don't know how much
they will spend for health care in

retirement, the survey says.
The pre-retirees who expect
health care to be their biggest re-
tirement expense estimated that
their average annual health care
cost will total $5,621. But that is
a drastic underestimate. Citing a
2011 Fidelity study, Nationwide
says out-of-pocket health care
expenses will average as much as
$10,750 a year.
One big reason is that pre-re-
tirees often wrongly assume that
Medicare covers the cost of long-
term care, Carter says. That is a
wake-up call that Americans need
good financial advice to prepare
for their future health care costs,
he says.
"There are a lot of things that
are not covered" by Medicare such
as most eye care, dental and hear-
ing, says Henry "Bud" Hebeler, a
former Boeing executive who de-
veloped the retirement planning
website analyzenow.com. "I've

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had to have two pairs of hearing
aids so far and they cost me over
$5,000 each time, says Hebeler,
People also don't realize that
Medicare will be financed partly
by premiums deducted from So-
cial Security checks, Hebeler says.

"Depending on a retired couple's
income, their annual Medicare
cost could be over $9,000 a year,"
he says.
Last month, a government
trustee report said that Medicare
will be exhausted by 2024 and So-
cial Security by 2033.

-Photo by Mario Villafuerte
In Tyler, Texas: Students recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Don't mix Black

and brown stats

By Richard Whitmire

In late March a panel of ten
education experts gathered in
Washington to nominate four
most-improved urban school
districts for a national educa-
tion prize. What should have
been a routine review of stu-
dent data, however, suddenly
took a new direction.
First one member on the
review panel for the annual
Broad Prize for Urban Educa-
tion, then another, noticed the
same thing: Plenty of large ur-
ban school districts nationwide
were making solid progress
with Hispanic students closing
achievement gaps with white
students, but not with Black
In theory, the experts should
not have been seeing what they
were seeing.
The federal data tracking
Hispanic and African American
students shows they are mak-
ing roughly the same progress
(not much) in closing learning
That left the review panel
members puzzled. Was this an
- It appears the Broad Prize,
panelwas seeing something
very real that suggests Lhat
Hispanic and Black students
should be taught differently.
One reason the trend doesn't
appear in federal data is the
Broad panel was looking at
different indicators, such as
"college readiness" data.
The ACT college admis-
sions test, for example, weighs
student college readiness on
a scale: Between 2002 and
2011, the percentage of Black
students taking the ACT who
met all the readiness bench-
marks rose from 3 to 4 percent.
Among Hispanic students, that
rose from 8 to 11 percent.
The College Board,'home of
the SAT college admissions
test, has similar revealing
figures about their Advanced
Placement courses: In 2010,
Black students made up 14.6
percent of high school gradu-
ates but only 8.6 percent of
AP test takers. By contrast,
Hispanics made up 17 percent
of graduates and 16 percent of
test takers.

This Hispanic-Black sepa-
ration can be seen in many
school districts, and not just
in the college readiness data.
Take San Diego as an example:
Regardless of the measure
used state reading and
math tests or the district "exit"
exams students need to pass to
graduate Hispanic students
in recent years have been mak-
ing faster progress than Black
This revelation comes as no
surprise to Amy Wilkins from
The Education Trust, an advo-
cate for poor students. "Afri-
can-American students are
more socially and economically
isolated than Latino students,"
said Wilkins. "Black kids are
less likely than Latino students
to get strong teachers," said
Wilkins. "They are less likely to
go to the better funded major-
ity white schools."
This observation matches
my own reporting over the
past two years. While report-
ing a book on how former
Chancellor Michelle Rhee was
faring in Washington, DC, I
spent months observing the
schools serving Black students
in the city's poorest neighbor-
Then, while researching an-
other book on what's working
in American public education,
I traveled nationally and visited
several all-Hispanic schools. In
Houston, I toured an "Apollo"
high school where a reform
principal, given fresh resources
and the power to pick her own
staff, had turned around a
school in just one year.





5A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012


Exotics becoming everyday item with upscale style

By Samantha Critchell
Associated Press

NEW YORK Fashion moves in
waves, and in today's easier, un-
fussy stage, glitz and gold might
seem over the top. But boring isn't
the only way to do a pared-down
look. Exotic skins and many
more faux exotic skins can
bridge the gap between too much
and not enough.
Choices go from neon embossed
leathers that mimic python and
ostrich to rare and very expensive
tree frog skin. It's mostly acces-
sories, but there are a lot of skin-
inspired printed fabrics out there,
People are drawn to the look
because it's "discreet luxury,"
says Colleen Sherin, senior fash-
ion director at Saks Fifth Avenue.
She sees consumers pulling back
from ostentatious embellishment
in favor of pieces with a longer
life, and that goes for the wealthy,
"If we're talking about the real
thing, they're investment pieces.
You buy them for quality and lon-
gevity a croc, alligator or ostrich
shoe or bag you'll truly have it
forever, and you'll be able to pass
it down to your children, nieces
and nephews. Even the rich are
thoughtful about how they spend
their money," Sherin says.
And for those who cannot af-
ford the real thing, the mimicking
leathers and quite sexy prints are
good stand-ins, she says.
"It's a trend because it's avail-
able to everyone," she says.
In its May issue, Harper's Ba-
zaar features Penelope Cruz in a
croc-embroidered gown and croc
sandals by Givenchy; Salvatore
Ferragamo's emerald croc beau-
ty case; croc boots from Calvin
Klein; and a Reed Krakoff croc
luggage piece.
Yes, exotic skins and their less
expensive cousins are widely
available, agrees Jana Matheson,
creative director of Judith Leiber,
but it's still an "insider" look,
which, of course, seems to make
it all the more desirable.
The leather bags at Leiber run
$195-$f705, while, ,genuie, sing,
can cost several thousands of dol-
"Exotics are a secret luxury. It's
an insider club," she says. "If you
understand skins and know what
you're buying, you don't have to
show off. If you have a brown,
beaten-up piece of luggage that
happens to be croc, an innocent
bystander wouldn't know it, but
you would and your friends
Some of the most exotic exotics
she's worked with include tegus
lizards, stingrays, tree snakes
and frogs, which, she explains,
are so small they're used for small
pieces and even then they need
to be pieced together. "They are
pretty inconvenient," she says.
Matheson says there isn't a
single customer for the look be-
cause there is so nqph variety:
suitcases, evening 'bags, belts
and shoes. You can have any col-
or of the rainbow, turn them me-
tallic, paint them or bleach them
so there are no natural markings,
just the texture.
So far the only thing she hasn't
figured out how to do is get crys-
tals to adhere to the bumpy sur-
California-based designer
Heather Belle made it a mission
to craft leather versions of exotic
skins not because she was tak-
ing an environmental position,
she says, but because the faux
versions look as good as the real
thing for a much lower cost.
(Also, she notes, python-
skin products, for example, are
banned in California.)
She's also working with a plas-
tic that's almost like a galvanized
rubber. "My background as artist
and painter has allowed us to de-
velop a handcrafted replica with-
out destroying or killing animals.
I'm not maligning those who do,
but we have a choice and that
choice is of the highest quality
and standards at a better price,"
Belle says.
She adds, "I love this process.
... I'm playing with recreating el-
ephant skin right now, but it's
hard getting the painting process
down to create something really
luxurious and beautiful."
Skins and skinlike leathers
take color so well, allowing peo-
ple to participate in the season's
other big trends: big, bold, bright
and neon hues.
The trend in handbags has been

clean, simple silhouettes, but
now there's a bit of a backlash,
says Shelby Kruzhkov, director of
merchandising for handbags and
small leather goods for retailer

Henri Bendel. "I think we're even-
tually going toward embellishment
again, but now, in the interim, in-
teresting materials have become
the most important thing."
Bendel's uses mostly lookalike
leathers because they mimic the
real thing so well while keeping
down costs. The embossed ver-
sions of ostrich and stingray look

"very luxe and classy" and in-
stantly elevate an otherwise sim-
ple outfit, Kruzhkov says, while
snake, croc and lizard skins can
easily be incorporated into a
24-hour wardrobe, from day to
night. The wearer can treat them
as a seasonless "basic," even
though they are eye-catching and
fashion-forward, she says.

bag made
of croc
1, [leather
. '

Clutch handbags are probably
the most popular "exotics" ac-
cessory, but a satchel, suitcase
or tiny evening bag are popular,
Leiber's Matheson suggests a
fold-over lunch-bag style, while
Saks' Sherin says a belt is a good
baby step into the look. Or, she
adds, a silk blouse covered in a

skin pattern can go under almost
any jacket or blazer.
She says she likes seeing this
creative evolution of a classic; it
makes for "wise shopping" as a
trend now and closet workhorse
later. Her own brown crocodile
suitcase which belonged to her
grandmother still gets regular

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6A THE MIAMI TIMES. MAY 9-15. 2012


A serpent is waiting for wandering wolves

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

While wandering aimless-
ly through the forest, a big
bad wolf happened upon a
large serpent. The careless
wolf would have been quickly
struck by two vicious fangs
and injected with poisonous
venom. What saved him from
joining other dead wolves was
the fact that the serpent was
too busy at the time, snack-
ing on a frog that was in his
In the past, some of us have
carelessly strayed into dan-
gerous situations that could

have cost us our lives.
Lucky for us, some-
thing or someone inter-
fered. Was it the mercy
of some divine entity
that saved us from im-
minent death or was it
just not our time to go?
I once wandered HA
recklessly through the streets
of Miami, like a hungry wolf
in search of dirty money to on
which to feast. My personal
experience came as a surprise
- a loaded gun held at my
head. The defective gun gave
me time to make a quick es-

In a city where the
streets have claimed the
lives of too many young
Black males, that fate-
ful day could have been
my last. Some may call
it luck for me to still be
Alive, but I prefer to be-
ALL lieve that a higher pow-
er had a hand in the matter,
allowing me to continue to live
so as to fulfill a greater pur-
Remembering the wolves
who were murdered at Alonzo
Mourning's barber shop al-
most 10 years ago is a harsh
reminder of what can happen

to those who wander danger-
ously in places where the toxic
bite of the serpent waits. One
of the wolves who was brutally
slain was released from county
jail just days before his death.
He was set free to the streets,
only to come face-to-face with
an undistracted serpent ready
to strike at any time. Ironical-
ly, at the time of his murder,
the State had somehow ob-
tained evidence needed for his
prosecution and had issued a
warrant for his arrest. Unfor-
tunately for him, his demise
came through the serpent who
got to him first.

First criminal case in oil spill



HOUSTON A former engi-
neer for BP PLC was arrested
Tuesday and accused of destroy-
ing evidence relating to the 2010
Deepwater Horizon explosion and
oil spill, the first criminal case to
arise from the incident.
Federal prosecutors charged
Former BP engineer
Kurt Mix leaving a federal
courthouse Tuesday.



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A file picture released by the U.S. Coast Guard on April 22, 2010, shows the fire aboard the drill-
ing rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, with
two counts of obstruction of jus-
tice for deleting from his iPhone
hundreds of text messages about
the spill that he exchanged with
a co-worker and a contractor, ac-
cording to a criminal complaint
unsealed Tuesday.
Mix didn't enter a plea when he
appeared in a federal courtroom
here Tuesday wearing a purple
dress shirt, khaki pants and
handcuffs. A lawyer represent-
ing him at the proceeding, David
Gerger, declined to comment after
Tuesday's hearing.
The government said the de-
leted texts included estimates of
how much oil was gushing into

the Gulf of Mexico as BP tried
to stem the flow, including some
estimates that were significantly
higher than BP was publicly ac-
knowledging at the time.
Investigators have long been
looking into whether BP inten-
tionally withheld or played down
the size of the spill, while the
company has said it gave its best
estimates at a time when its pri-
ority was to stop the leak. A tally
of the flow rate-which the gov-
ernment eventually said was be-
tween 53,000 and 62,000 barrels
of oil a day-is significant because
any criminal fines under the U.S.
Clean Water Act would be based
on the number of barrels spilled.
BP said it wouldn't comment on

the charges against Mr. Mix but
that the company had clear poli-
cies requiring preservation of evi-
dence in the case. The company
said it was "cooperating with the
Department of Justice and other
official investigations into the
Deepwater Horizon accident and
oil spill."
Prosecutors said Mix was part
of an internal team BP set up to
estimate the amount of oil leak-
ing from the well and to work on
stopping the leak. The spill went
on for 87 days after the initial
explosion that killed 11 workers
aboard. the Deepwater Horizon
drilling rig.
Magistrate Judge Stephen
Smith approved Mr. Mix's re-

lease Tuesday on a $100,000
unsecured bond. He is to appear
before a federal judge in New Or-
leans, where the charges were
filed, a week from Thursday.
Gerger, the attorney, said he
was standing in on behalf of Mr.
Mix's Boston-based lawyer, Joan
McPhee. Mr. Gerger also repre-
sents Robert Kaluza, one of two
BP engineers stationed on the rig
at the time of the accident.
McPhee didn't respond to mes-
s..-gs3 seeking comment.
A.. cording to a Federal Bureau
':. in -estigation affidavit filed with
ihe criminal complaint, BP sent
sie. eral notices to employees re-
quniring them to save all electronic
rec',-rds concerning the well, in-
:l.iddng text messages. But in
O,_t.,.ber 2010, Mr. Mix allegedly
delreed about 200 messages he
S:cX hanged with a supervisor, and
in August 2011 he deleted more
th.-In 100 texts that he had ex-
Ich;nged with a contractor, the
,ji. ernment said.
i though some of the texts
: r n'tr recovered, the gover~-
rncnt said, others were through
LthI use of "forensic tools."
Among those texts, according
to the government, was an analy-
sis of how much oil was flowing
from the well as BP tried to plug
the gusher by flooding the well
with high-pressure drilling mud,
an effort known as "top kill."
On May 26, 2010, the first
day of the top-kill effort, Mr. Mix
wrote, "Too much flowrate-over
15,000," the affidavit said. That
was at a time when the company
was saying publicly it estimated
5,000 barrels a day were flowing
from the well.
What BP knew about the size
of the spill and whether it was
hiding that information from the'
government has been a major
question surrounding the post-
accident response, said David
Uhlmann, a University of Michi-
gan law professor and former
head of the Justice Department's
Environmental Crimes Section.

Five-year-old boy, family injured in car crash
A five-year old boy was killed and two other people were serious-
ly injured in a three-vehicle crash MIonday morning in Homestead.
According to police the boy, Jason Santamaria, was in a red Toy-
ota with his mother's 72-year old aunt heading east on Campbell
Drive when they were clipped by the driver of a pick truck as it tried
to make a turn at Kingman Road.
The impact sent the car the boy was in into the westbound lane
where it collided head on with an oncoming Kia. Police said Santa-
maria was not in a car seat at the time of the accident, but rather
sitting in the front passenger seat. He was airlifted to Miami Chil-
dren's Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to po-

Former Miami cop accused
of embezzlement to take deal
The former president of the Miami Community Police Benevolent
Association (MCPBA) accused of stealing hundreds of thousands
of dollars of the Association's money will have his time in feder-
al court. Forty-six-year old Vernell Reynolds is expected to plead
guilty as part of a plea deal which could send her to prison for
only 3 few years. Last January, Reynolds was indicted on 16 counts
of wire and tax fraud, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
The alleged theft of took place from several police benevolent fund
bank accounts dating back to 2008. Reynolds allegedly embezzled
more than $210,000 of the association's funds before her arrest.
The MCPBA is a private association of Miami law enforcement offi-
cers. As an advocacy group, they speak out for Black officers if they
feel like they've been treated unjustly. In 2005, Reynolds became
the president of the MCPBA. As president, Reynolds possessed and
used an ATM/debit card that accessed the MCPBA credit union ac-

Florida Patrol searches for driver in fatal hit and run
The Florida Highway Patrol is trying to find the motorist that fa-
tally struck a pedestrian on the Julia Tuttle Causeway early Satur-
day morning and then fled the scene.
Sgt. Thomas Pikul said a woman, who has not been identified,
was standing on the side of westbound Interstate 195 just after
3:30 a.m. when she was struck. The victim has not been named
pending notification of relatives. Pikul said the woman was not car-
rying identification.
It was raining at the time of the accident, but it is not known if
weather conditions were a contributing factor.

Dolphins' Koa Misi pleads
not guilty to assault charges
Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi pleaded not guilty
in a Santa Barbara, California courtroom to battery charges stem-
ming from an alleged fight last year. According to the Santa Barbara
Independent, Misi pleaded not guilty on Friday to battery with seri-
ous injury, residential burglary, and dissuading a witness. All are
felonies. Misi was arrested on an outstanding warrant at his home
in Weston by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies on March 30th.

Judge allows $7.8 billion Gulf

oil spill settlement to proceed
Associated Press would compensate other cat- damage and damage to vessels
egories of losses, including that worked on the spill clean-

judge on Wednesday prelimi-
narily approved a proposed
class-action settlement that
would resolve billions of dol-
lars in claims against BP BP.LN
-3.11 percent PLC over the 2010
oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. District Judge Carl Bar-
bier's ruling allows the settle-
ment process to proceed, but he
will hold a "fairness hearing" on
Nov. 8 before deciding whether
to give his final approval to the
deal between London-based BP
and a team of plaintiffs' attor-
The proposed settlement
doesn't have a cap, but BP es-
timates it will pay about $7.8
billion to resolve more than
100,000 claims by people and
businesses who blame the spill
for economic losses.
The deal announced March
2 was spelled out in hundreds
of pages of documents filed
last month. Judge Barbier also
heard an outline of the proposal
during an April 25 hearing.
BP has agreed to pay $2.3 bil-
lion for seafood-related claims
by commercial fishing vessel
owners, captains and deck-
hands. The settlement also

lost business, wages, property up.


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Fanaka moved 'Blaxploitation'

to Black filmmaking

By Paul Vitello

Jamaa Fanaka, a filmmaker
who had considerable success
in 1979 with "Penitentiary," a
feature-length movie he made
while still in film school, but who
claimed to have been blacklisted
afterward for raising questions
about a dearth of jobs for black
directors in Hollywood, died on
April 1 in Los Angeles. He was
The cause was complications
of diabetes, his family said.
Fanaka was part of what film
scholars called the L.A. Rebel-
lion, a small group of black
U.C.L.A. film school graduates
who came of age in the late
1970s, near the end of the so-
called blaxploitation era. The
group's defining aesthetic was to
move beyond pimp stereotypes
and funk soundtracks in film
portrayals of blacks.
Unlike most of the others, in-
cluding the avant-garde film-
makers Charles Burnett ("Killer
of Sheep," "My Brother's Wed-
ding") and Julie Dash ("Daugh-
ters of the Dust"), Mr. Fanaka, a
Billy Wilder fan, wanted to make
movies that were both serious
and popular.
"Penitentiary," starring Leon
Isaac Kennedy as a wrongfully
imprisoned man who finds re-
demption as a prison boxer, re-
ceived mixed reviews but became
the most financially successful
independent movie of 1979. As
luck would have it he released it
during the first boom in afford-
able VCRs and movies on vid-
eocassette. He made sequels to
"Penitentiary" in 1982 and 1987.

The film was also considered
an artistic breakthrough. Ally-
son Nadia Field, a professor of
cinema studies at U.C.L.A. who
last year helped organize a retro-
spective featuring the movies of
the L.A. Rebellion, called "Peni-
tentiary" "the transition moment
between blaxploitation and inde-
pendent Black filmmaking."
"People think the beginning
of independent black filmmak-
ing was 'She's Gotta Have It,' "
she said, referring to Spike Lee's
1986 watershed hit. "But really,
it was Fanaka's 'Penitentiary.' "
Fanaka became one of the few
black members of the Directors
Guild of America, but he found
the guild to be insular pretty
much like the rest of the film
industry, he told interviewers
- saying it rarely acted on its
promises to encourage studios to
hire more women and members
of minority groups.
When his attempts to change
that quietly were ignored, Mr. Fa-
naka became dogged. He brought
a series of class-action lawsuits
against the guild in the early
1990s, claiming that its word-of-
mouth system of alerting direc-
tors about job opportunities wvas
inherently discriminatory and a

violation of the Civil Rights Act of
The suits sought a more trans-
parent system of notification and
the establishment of minority
training programs. But a fed-
eral judge later threw them out
on technicalities, and Mr. Fa-
naka was termed "a vexatious
litigant." (The directors guild de-
clined to comment.)

"He wrote the briefs himself;
he paid the court costs; it be-
came his mission for future film-
makers, was how he saw it," said
Jacqueline Stewart, a professor
of radio, television and film and
African-American studies at
Northwestern University, who
interviewed Mr. Fanaka for the
L.A. Rebellion retrospective.
"It was very upsetting for him
to talk about it," she added. "He
said he felt like he had been
erased from history. It's hard to
prove these things, but I think
it's safe to say at the very least
that his career suffered."
Fanaka rejected some movie
opportunities after "Penitentia-
ry" because he considered them
to be in the blaxploitation mold,
Stewart said.
Jan-Christopher Horak, di-
rector of the U.C.L.A. film and
television archive, said of Mr.
Fanaka: "In a way his major ac-
complishment was a kind of a
failure to have tried and failed
to significantly change the racial
politics of his profession. He was
punished for it. The guild, the
studios, they treated him like a
crank. But he was not a crank.
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Fanaka was born Walter Gor-
don on Sept. 6, 1942, in Jack-
son, Miss., one of five children of
Robert and Beatrice Gordon. His
parents moved to the Los Ange-
les area when he was a boy. His
father was an electrician.
After serving in the Air Force,
he told interviewers, he was
adrift until he entered a commu-
nity college film program, which
led him to the U.C.L.A. film

school. He made three commer-
cial feature films before gradu-
ating: "Welcome Home, Brother
Charles" (1975), "Emma Mae"
(1976). and "Penitentiary." He
graduated summa cum laude
and by then had changed his
name to Jamaa Fanaka, derived
from the Swahili for "together we
will find success."
His survivors include three
daughters, Tracey Gordon,
Twyla Louis and Katina Scott;
a son, Michael Gordon; his par-
ents, Robert and Beatrice Gor-

don; two brothers, Joseph and
Robert Gordon; a sister, Carmen
Sanford; and nine grandchil-
At his death Mr. Fanaka was
working on his eighth film, a
documentary about hip-hop
culture. He told the film blogger
Jeff Brummett recently that he
wished he had made more films,
but that he was proud of what
he had accomplished, both as a
filmmaker and as an activist.
"I exposed the Achilles' heel of
Hollywood," he said.

Street renamed for MLK in once-segregated NJ town

By Angela Delli Santi
Associated Press

hardly news for a town to honor
Martin Luther King Jr. by nam-
ing a street after him. But when
the municipality was off-limits to
black families until the New Jer-
sey Supreme Court ruled other-
wise, the rededication takes on
special meaning.
The Burlington County com-
munity of Willingboro renamed
Salem Road for King on Sunday,
adding another to the roughly
900 MLK streets, roads, boule-
vards and circles honoring the
slain civil rights leader in the
United States as of 2010, includ-
ing more thar a dozen in New
Barbara Chaney, the sister
of murdered civil rights activist
James Chaney, was on hand for
the dedication. So was Olympic
track icon Carl Lewis, who grew

up in Willingboro, and Jesse
Epps, the workers' rights ad-
vocate who helped get King to
Memphis during a 1968 sanita-
tion workers' strike, where he
was assassinated.
"I didn't notice that street sign
for days, and all of a sudden I
saw it there," said Chaney, who
was a year older than James
and has lived in Willingboro
nearly 30 years. "I was so ex-
cited, I stopped my car I think
I stopped it in the middle of the
street and people were looking
at me and blowing their horns,
but I was saying, 'Look at the
sign, look at the sign."'
Lewis, who developed his
early track skills at Willingboro
High, where he was coached by
his dad, said in his dedication
speech there is still work to do
to end racial profiling and make
educational opportunities equal
for all.
"Our parents left a wonderful

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Jessie Epps, center right, a civil rights activist who was a close
friend and confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attends a
march to commemorate the renaming of a street with the name
of Dr. King, Sunday, April 22, in Willingboro, N.J.

opportunity for their children,
which is us," Lewis said. "It's
our responsibility to keep those
expectations high. We have an
opportunity to keep Dr. King's

dream alive by encouraging the
best in all of us."
Epps, 75, who also lives in
Willingboro, urged that the street
renaming serve as a reawaken-

ing to those willing to carry out
King's vision.
"To have that name and not
carry out his principles is spit-
ting on his grave," Epps said.
Willingboro became a subur-
ban enclave when it was built up
as a whites-only Levittown com-
munity in the 1950s. A Black
Army officer stationed at nearby
Fort Dix sued, and ultimately
won a state Supreme Court case
in a ruling that upheld anti-dis-
crimination law in federally sub-
sidized housing. Levittown was
getting mortgage insurance from
the Federal Housing Administra-
Before the plaintiff moved to
town, however, another fam-
ily took advantage of the deci-
sion and bought a home there
in 1960. A half-century later, 73
percent of the town's residents
are black and 17 percent are
white, according to data from
the 2010 census.



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FAU to honor 3 local Tuskegee Airmen


By Scott Travis

Seventy years after battling
foreign enemies abroad and rac-
ism at home, three local Tuske-
gee Airmen are receiving a spe-
cial honor from Florida Atlantic
President Mary Jane Saunders
on Thursday will issue her Dis-
tinguished Service Medallion to
the World War II veterans re-
tired Judge Richard B. Rutledge,
90, of Plantation; Lt. Col. El-
dridge F. Williams, 94, of Miami,
and Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray, 87, of
Dania Beach.
"They fought heroically for

their country and for the pres-
ervation of worldwide freedom at
a time when their own freedom,
as citizens of the United States
in the era of racial segregation,
was being shamefully denied to
them," Saunders said.
The Tuskegee Airmen were
named for the Tuskegee Institute,
a historically black university in
Alabama. They've received nu-
merous honors in recent years,
including Congressional Gold
Medals in 2007. Movie producer
George Lucas told the story of
the airmen on screen earlier this
year in the movie, "Red Tails."
While an estimated 16,000 to

19,000 military personnel and
civilians served at Tuskegee Air-
field during the 1940s, only a few
hundred are believed to still be
"Overseas, we were treated like
human beings, no different than
anyone else," said Gray. "Then
you go back to the states and
it's the same old, same old, be-
ing forced to sit in the back of the
But that frustration didn't
lessen his commitment to ser-
vice. "It was still my country. I
didn't want to speak German or
Japanese," he said. "I was fight-
ing for my family."

After the war, he earned his
bachelor's and master's degree
and became an executive with
the U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture until his retirement in 1984.
Rutledge enlisted in the U.S.
Army Air Corps in 1941, went to
the South Pacific and took part
in the invasion of the Palau Is-
lands. He later graduated from
New York University and Brook-
lyn Law School.
Rutledge said he's not sur-
prised the Airmen continue to
receive attention after all these
"When you're the first of any-
thing, it's historic," he said.

"There hadn't been any black
men trained by the government
to fly an airplane, and the Tuske-
gee Airmen made a name for
Williams never flew during
the war. As a Howard University
student, he filed a lawsuit chal-
lenging the legality of the mili-
tary's policy on segregation. In
response, the War Department
announced plans to establish
the experimental program at Ala-
bama's Tuskegee Army Airfield to
train African American aviation
Williams applied but was re-
jected, according to his bib. He

was later assigned to Tuskegee
Army Airfield, where he taught
physical fitness and survival
skills to the airmen. His book,
titled "Without Wings I Soared,"
recounts his experiences. He
became an educator, spending
his last 20 years as a teacher
and administrator for the Dade
County School District. He re-
tired in 1985.
Saunders said it's important
for FAU graduates to hear their
"This is a generation we are
losing," she said. "And they have
such remarkable stories of cour-
age and overcoming adversity."

107 charged in Medicare

fraud crackdown nationwide

U.S alleges they made $452 million in bogus claims

By Richard A. Serrano

nurses and social workers from
across the country, 107 in all,
were charged in what federal
officials in Washington called a
"nationwide takedown" of medi-
cal professionals accused of
fraudulently billing Medicare
out of nearly half a billion dol-
The amount of bogus Medi-
care claims, totaling about
$452 million, was the highest
in a single raid in the history of
a federal strike force combating
rising fraud in the medical in-
dustry, according to the Justice
Department. Arrests were made
in seven major cities.
The Obama administration
said it was toughening its at-
tack on those who filed bills for
ambulance rides never taken
and medical procedures never
In addition, officials in the

Federal agents take away
Health Agency Inc. in Miami.
Health and Human Services
Department suspended or took
other administrative actions
against 52 medical providers
after analyzing billing requests
and finding additional "credible
allegations of fraud."

-Alan Diaz, Associated Press
computers from Willsand Home

U.S.Attorney General Eric Holder speal e kirtS Force law enforcement actions at the Department of Justice May 2 in Washin DC.

In the Los Angeles area, eight
people, including two doctors, Latay Medical Services in Gar- backs to recruiters to find "pa-
were charged with fraudulent- dena, was charged with billing tients" who were perfectly fine,
ly billing about $20 million for Medicare for power wheelchairs and then have doctors know-
services never provided. "OereN,,l w ere. nevePwpurciaq@ magy write wophny.prescriptions
Bolademi Adetola, owner of Greatcare Home Health in Los for them.
healthcare equipment provider Angeles allegedly paid kick-i:, Dr. Augustus Ohemeng and

Dr. George Tarryk, who treated
patients at the Pacific Clinic in
Long Beach, were among four
individuals who allegedly falsely
billed for feeding tubes for pa-
tients who did not need them.

Norland's music department

continues its winning tradition

Concert, jazz bands .
both claim superior
ratings at State

By D. Kevin McNeir

Good things continue to happen
for the students at Norland Se-
nior High School. But it's not just
sports in which they are achieving
success. According to Band Di-
rector Darryl Baker, 35, last Sat-
urday the concert band received a
superior rating the highest level
possible during the State music
competition. Just a few weeks ago
the jazz band did the same. Thirty
students over the past three years
have gotten music scholarships
to college. And despite not being
a performance arts school, Nor-
land's band program has earned
a superior rating for the past 15
years. Quite a coup!

79% of couples
who separate
will get divorce
Among married couples who
separate, 79% likely will end
up divorced. "Separation is very
common and is more common
than immediate divorce," says
researcher Dmitry Tumin of Ohio
State University, who presented
findings at the Population As-
sociation of America meeting,
which ended here Sunday. "Most
separations last one year or less.
But a few drag on a decade or
more before ending in divorce.
Others stay unresolved."
"The decision to separate is
driven by time spent in the first
marriage, and for women, by
the presence of young children."
Those with kids under 5 are more
likely to separate first. The analy-
sis was based on data from 7,272
people ages 14 to 22 in 1979 who
had ever married. Of those, 51%
were still married. Among the
rest, 60% report having separat-
ed; 79% ultimately divorced.

CRA gives $65K to Black Film Festival

In efforts to bolster Mi-
ami's film and entertainment
industry, the Community
Redevelopment Agency [CIRA
recently contributed $65.000
to this year's American Black
Film Festival [ABFFI. The
event runs from June 20-24
on Miami Beach and is an
international film festival
intended to strengthen the
Black filrmmaking community,
to create new opportunities
and to introduce Black youth

to an industry in which they
can one day par-
ticipate and lead.
Formerly known
as the Acapulco
Black Film
Festival. ABFF
was founded in
1997 and moved
to Miami Beach
in 2002. During
the four-day event, the CRA
in concert with the Greater
Miami Convention Visitors

Bureau. will hold screenings
of movies by local
filmmakers and fea-
Sure shopping and
dinining excursions.
Film Life Inc., the
business that owns
the festival, will
team up with festival
founding sponsor
HBO cable channel
and the Southeast Overtown/
Park West redevelopment.
among others.



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(CAHSD) is currently seeking program sites for the County's 2012
Summer Food Service Program. Program sites may be public or
private facilities, such as community or recreational centers, summer
camps, cultural workshops or churches that provide services for
children. Selected program sites will receive meals to serve the
general public in addition to the children participating in their
The Summer Food Service Program will operate from Monday,
June 11, 2012 through Friday, August 10, 2012.
Applications for the Summer Food Service Program can be
downloaded from.the Miami-Dade County web portal at:
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Candidates preparefor August

battle at the polls

By Kaila Heard

After several months of contro-
versy and legal battles, Florida's
new redistricting maps have fi-
nally been approved. This cer-
tainty comes after the U.S. De-
partment of Justice recently
determined that the Congres-
sional, Senate and House maps
do not violate the federal Voting
Rights Act.
The maps will be used for the
upcoming August 14th primary
and Nov. 6th general elections.
Now candidates vying for one of
the 27 congressional seats, 40
state Senate seats or the 120
House seats can move forward
and file their election papers us-

ing the new district.bound

The redrawn maps hav
under contention since the
originally redrawn accord
new set of reforms meant
vent election manipulatic
keeping with the "Fair D
reforms, the new district
to balance several comp
including: ensuring that
ity voters would be able t
candidates; paying atten
existing political and geog
cal boundaries; not intent
keeping ruling parties in
and making sure district
more compact.
Under these guideline

maps approved
based upon voter performance National Council of L
data, new boundaries have been and Florida Common
created where five districts are have come out in oppos
likely to elect Black candidates; the maps, saying that t
Laries. five Hispanic seats including one boundaries are still not
in Osceola and Orange counties; cordance with the "Fair I
E and two seats to go to minority reforms.
candidates that will possibly be The groups argue th
'e been Black or Hispanic. The new map redistricting allowed an
ey were secures 23 seats for Republicans. shaped appendage" in
ng to a Currently, the GOP holds a Orlando in order to keep
to pre- majority of seats in the House Republican state Senato
ons. In and Senate [28 12] and in the safe. Meanwhile, even
district House [81 38]; one formerly- on the Florida Supreme

ts had
:o elect
tion to
:ts are

-s and

Democratic seat remains vacant.
Meanwhile, six Democrats hold
Congressional seats compared to
19 Republicans.

Even with the ruling of the
courts, groups such as the Flori-
da Democratic Party, the League
of Women Voters of Florida, the

by Florida courts

a Raza
sition to
he new
in ac-

at the
a future
r's seat
e Court

have found issue with the new
maps. The two Black judges on
the court, Justices Peggy Quince
and James Perry, noted that the
change in Senate District 8 would
split up a Daytona Beach's Black
community in order to make the
Senate seat more viable for Re-
publican candidates.
However, other legislators have
supported the redrawn district

Bahama's Perry Christie regains control
By Jeff Todd Ingraham, who has served in lenging for residents of the ar- ignored social needs and the
Associated Press parliament for 30 years, won chipelago of 700 islands off long-term growth of the is-
his seat, but said he would re- Florida's east coast. lands' tourism dependent
NASSAU, Bahamas For- tire anyway and return to pri- The unemployment rate has economy.
mer Bahamian Prime Minister vate life. risen to nearly 15 percent in His party has vowed to safe-
Perry Christie led the main op- Thousands of jubilant op- the country of about 350,000 guard the vital tourism sector,
position party to vic- position supporters, people and foreclosures have double the nation's investment
tory on Monday, oust- many decked out in increased. There were a record in education and job training,
ing the ruling party in the party's color of 127 murders last year, rough- reduce energy costs and effec-
elections dominated yellow, massed in a ly 30 more than the previous tively battle crime.

by unhappiness over
rising crime and job-
Prime Minister Hu-
bert Ingraham, who
was seeking a second
consecutive term,
conceded defeat
Monday night after
exit polls projected a CHR
win for the opposition
Progressive Liberal Party.
"The Progressive Liberal Par-
ty has won the election," Ingra-
ham told supporters at party
headquarters. "I want to pub-
licly congratulate (Christie's)

park in the capital
where Christie was
expected to speak.
S Christie served as
prime minister from
2002 to 2007. His
Progressive Liberals
and Ingraham's Free
National Movement
LISTIE have dominated
political life in the
country since it won indepen-
dence from Britain in 1973.
Ingraham, who had been
in power since 2007 and pre-
viously led the islands from
1992 to 2002, said before the
vote that times have been chal-


When Ingraham defeated
Christie's party in 2007 elec-
tions, he seized on scandals
involving Christie's Cabinet,
including the resignation of
the immigration minister over
claims he fast-tracked the res-
idency application of the late
Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole
During this year's cam-
paign, Christie and his party
colleagues asserted that In-
graham's administration had

Christie, who was Ingra-
ham's law partner early in their
careers, has also said he sup-
ports oil exploration in its terri-
torial waters. Ingraham said in
April that he opposed oil drill-
ing because a spill would pose
a threat to the environment
and the tourism and fishing in-
dustries. He later backtracked,
saying he would consider it un-
der certain conditions.
A new party, the Democratic
National Alliance, also fielded
candidates Monday in the 38
parliamentary districts, but it
appeared the party did not win
a seat.

Shaquille O'Neal earns his doctorate degree

continued from 1A

O'Neal pursued his doctoral de-
gree in education while juggling
the roles of athlete, student and
entrepreneur," Barry University
said in a statement. "He com-
pleted the requirements of the

continued from 1A

bullying with a track
tradition that we can
So far, Aaron Golso
leb Jackson, 23 and I
24, have been taker
tody. Officials say th
release the names c
charged until they a

Based on the adv
President for Legal A

doctoral program while adher-
ing to the grueling NBA schedule
prior to his retirement last year
as well as fulfilling commitments
in broadcasting and business."
O'Neal graduates with a 3.81
grade point average and he com-
pleted 16 courses mostly using
satellite classrooms and video

charges lodged i
General Counsel Avery McK-
night, FAMU officials have de-
clined any interviews at this
edition a time. But they did issue a state-
not bear in ment on behalf of Solomon Bad-
ger, FAMU Board of Trustees
on, 19, Ca- chairman and Dr. James H. Am-
Rikki Willis, mons, FAMU president.
n into cus- "We are vigorously working to
ley will not eradicate hazing from FAMU and
if all those doing everything within our pow-
re in police er to ensure an incident like this
never happens again," they said.
"Our hearts and our prayers are
IESPOND with the Champion family and
ice of Vice the extended FAMU family as we
Affairs and continue to deal with this trag-

conferencing, the university said.
In addition to the champion-
ships under his belt, O'Neal has
a bachelor's degree from Louisi-
ana State University and an MBA
he received in 2005.
He won three titles with the
Los Angeles Lakers after forming
a devastating partnership with

Kobe Bryant and added a fourth
in 2006 with the Miami Heat.
With 28,596 points, O'Neal is
fifth on the all-time NBA scoring
list and is second only to Michael
Jordan on the all-time list of
NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
Awards. He retired last year after
playing 19 NBA seasons.

n FAMU hazing scandal

According to school officials,
the following steps have been
taken by FAMU in the past five
months in their goal to eradicate
- Indefinite suspension of
the FAMU Marching Band and
cancellation of the 2012 FAMU
Summer Band Camp for High
School Students.
Suspension of induction,
enrollment, initiation, member-
ship intake and recruitment for
all student clubs and organiza-
tions until the Fall 2012.
Amending FAMU anti-haz-

ing regulations to include a 24-
hour reporting rule for faculty,
staff and students, as well as a
provision against retaliation.
Formation of an indepen-
dent FAMU Anti-Hazing Com-
Announcement of FAMU
Anti-Hazing Research Initiative
- a $50K grant for faculty mem-
bers to conduct research that
will study the nature and extent
of hazing behaviors among cam-
pus organizations and groups.
Students have also been en-
couraged to sing an anti-hazing

Task force to examine suspensions of Black students

continued from 1A

boys were suspended almost three
times more than white boys -
Black girls were suspended four
times the rate of white girls. The
data was based on a federal study
of four decades of suspensions
and was drawn from 9,220 of the
nation's 16,000 public middle
Now, on the heels of
the murder of Trayvon
Martin, the 17-year-
old Krop Senior High
located in North Mi-
ami-Dade County,
who was away from
school because of a
10-day suspension, of-
ficials from the Coun-
ty's school board have MINDI
launched a task force
to examine their current disciplin-
ary policies. School board member
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall
says the Martin case served as the
impetus to more carefully scruti-
nize the number of outdoor sus-
pensions and the district's stance.
"Superintendent Alberto Car-
valho assembled this task force
so that we could provide recom-
mendations for improving the way

we handle student suspensions,"
she said. "Overrepresentation [of
Black males] might be evidence
for bias and prejudice.but I know
that the poverty that surrounds
our predominantly-Black schools
breeds numerous opportunities
Sfor young men to get into trou-
ble. As a former principal, I know
the amount of latitude we had in
making the decision to suspend
a child. The statistics
would lead me to be-
lieve that Black males
are not benefitting
from that."
has appointed former
City Commissioner
Richard P. Dunn and
attorney Roderick Ver-
| Z ~een to the task force
because of their "expe-
NGALL rience in dealing with
issues that affect District 2."

Bendross-Mindingall says the
community needs to be involved in
the creation of more innovative ap-
proaches to student discipline.
"Students who are suspended
cannot afford to lose class time,"

she said.
Vereen adds that it's not just
Blacks who are being hurt by cur-
rent policies.
"I am more in favor of after-
school suspensions because when
students are sent home for extend-
ed periods of time, they often are
unsupervised and have no adult
figure or role model
to monitor their be-
havior," he said. "That
means,they have more .
opportunities to en- :
gage in inappropriate '.- '
behavior. If Trayvon -i'
Martin had been in
school, even held after
school for the infrac-
tions he committed, he .
would not have been VER
the victim of a sense-
less crime. Given my experience
in the juvenile criminal justice
system, I have seen just as many
Hispanics as Blacks who are be-
ing prosecuted and direct filed
[charged as adults]. It all starts
from middle school or high school
suspensions. In Florida we have
boys as young as 14 who have
been sentenced and sent to state
prisons where there are hardened
criminals. Those boys' lives are de-
stroyed forever. We cannot give up

on our children."
According to Bendross-Mindin-
gall, the task force will review data
documenting outdoor suspen-
sions, propose alternatives and
then present their findings to the
school board in the near future.
Then, "we will then bring this dis-
cussion to the community so they


have the chance to
voice their concerns,"
she said.
Federal law requires
schools to expel stu-
dents for weapon pos-

sessions and incidents
involving the most seri-
ous safety issues. But
many suspensions, ac-
cording to the report,
EEN were a result of fight-
ing, abusive language
and classroom disruptions in-
fractions that school administra-
tors can apply at their discretion.
"These are kids, not adults, and
there will always be certain kinds
of disruptions and student ruck-
uses our job is to find better
ways to correct' their behavior,"
Vereen said. "The justice system
is already overburdened we
need to create better in-roads to
prepare them to be productive

maps. Last week, three-of-four.
Black members of Florida's Con-
gress and three Hispanic state
representatives signed a letter
urging that the assistant U.S.
attorney give pre-clearance to

the Congressional maps. Among
those Black representatives who
signed were Miami Gardens'
Frederica Wilson, Jacksonville's
Corrine Brown and Miramar's Al-
cee Hastings.

Dems chose convention delegates

CONVENTION process in its totality for grant-
continued from 1A ed," he said. "But we need to
become engaged at all levels -
local level, from the election of delegates
"People say they're busy and to the primary to the national
don't have time but the truth is election in November. Blacks
we cannot afford to be compla- must see themselves as part-
cent," he said. "One thing that ners in this process. Then we
Democrats have to do is im- need to hold our elected officials
prove our communication. We accountable. We have to make
have to get the word out about sure those who we elect are rep-
the opportunities for folks to resenting our specific needs.
represent their communities at Eufaula Frazier, 87, has been
the state and national conien- on the frontline for political ac-
tions. As for voting, even if you tivism for over 40 years and was
don't have a state ID, you can one of the first Blacks to inte-
still apply for an absentee bal- grate the State's Democratic
lot and make sure your vote Party. She says there is no ex-
counts." cuse for Black apathy.
"We didn't have computers
CAN BLACKS FIND REGAIN years ago we went door-to-
THE ENERGY OF THE CIVIL door with fliers and passed
RIGHTS ERA? them out to everyone eligible to
Minnie Mickens-Jones, 72, vote,' she said. "We had real foot
and her husband, Henry Earl soldiers back then. We need to
Jones, 67, have been communi- 1 understand that next to the No-
ty activists for many \ears. She vember 2008 election when we
says Blacks have to plan and put the first Black man in the
execute much better. White House. August's primary
"We [Blacks] have to get our will serne as our biggest test.
act together," she said. "We are Blacks have come a long way
allowing one or tv.o people to in this country but now there's
determine our future. That's way too much 'me, I, you.'This
not the way it used to be. We've is about -us. "
lost something over the last According to State DNC of-
few years. The energy that was ficials, leading vote getters
evident during the protests for last weekend included: Doro-
Trayxon Martin made me proud thy Bendross-Mindingall [\\ho
to be a Black woman. That's topped all candidates;: Dais.
what well need to regain con- Black, Jean Monestime: Ronald
trol of the House, Senate and to Fulton: Preston Marshall; Ml-
keep the White House." chelle Spence-Jones; Joyce Da-
Miami Gardens Vice-Mayor vis; and Cynthia Stafford. The
Oliver Gilbert, 39; agrees. Haitian community was also
"We tend to take the voting well represented.

Republican pandering wins

continued from 1A

fecal matter, urine, blood and
other bodily fluids.
But any of the more than
900,000 Floridians with a con-
cealed weapons permit will be
allowed to bring a gun into the
event area.
Although the Secret Service
won't allow anyone with a con-
cealed weapons permit to bring
a gun inside the security zone
it will throw up around the
convention site, Scott rejected
Buckhorn's request to expand
the ban to areas of the city
where local police might en-
counter protesters.

"The short answer to your
request is found in the Second
Amendment to the U.S. Con-
stitution," which protects the
right "to keep and bear arms,"
Scott wrote Buckhorn. His
public response to Buckhorn
panders to the GOP's right
wing. His failure to challenge
the Secret Service's gun ban is
a concession to good sense.
But before anyone could ac-
cuse Scott of waffling, Buck-
horn issued a wavering state-
ment of his own.
"My job as mayor first and
foremost is to protect the peo-
ple of my city, and the law en-
forcement (officers) who serve
on the front lines," the mayor
said. "I believe that there is no
reason to have a concealed fire-
arm in downtown Tampa that
week. And, to be clear, I am far

less concerned with those who
have concealed weapons per-
mits than the ones who may
somehow acquire a weapon
and use it to create mayhem."
No, Mr. Mayor, you are not
being clear. The obvious intent
of the gun ban you requested
was to stop people with con-
cealed weapons permits from
bringing their guns downtown
during the GOP convention.
To say now that your real con-
cern is to stop those who might
"somehow" illegally possess a
gun and "use it to create may-
hem" is to suggest that those
who are intent on causing
trouble would abide by a gun
All this suggests that, more
than anything else, what's
needed to safeguard this city
during the GOP convention is
a ban on pandering politicians.

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In Brooklyn brownstone, future president

found a home on the top floor with "sweetheart"

By James Barren
& Peter Baker

There is no plaque on the
brownstone half a block
from Prospect Park that
says, "Barack Obama slept
here." Not yet, anyway.
The fact that Obama and
his girlfriend at the time lived
on the top floor in the mid-

house is one in a handsome
line of homes stretching to-
ward Eighth Avenue.
The residence was men-
tioned in an excerpt from a
new biography of the presi-
dent that was posted on
the Web site of Vanity Fair
magazine on Wednesday. It
offers revealing glimpses of
Mr. Obama's dating life in
New York.
But Roscoe Robinson, who
now shares the top floor of
the house with his brother,
had not heard about it until
a reporter rang the doorbell
and showed him a printout
of the excerpt.
"You're kidding," Robin-
son, 21, said.
The revelation would give
the block claim to a bigger
celebrity than the ones oth-
ers on the block talk about
- the novelist Jonathan
Safran Foer, who lives a

couple of doors from where
President Obama used to
live; and former Gov. Hugh
L. Carey, who once lived on
Prospect Park West.
And it would add to Pros-
pect Park's claim that a fu-
ture president used to run
"I'm flabbergasted," said
Mary Alice Martinez, a re-
+i-t d choolteaPchePr who

ken with mentioned him.
No one ever mentioned, 'He
looks familiar.'"
Robinson's father, Mi-
chael D. Robinson, said
there had been "a little
apartment on the top floor"
when he bought the house
in 1994. And as they led the
way to where Obama had
lived with the girlfriend,
Genevieve Cook, Roscoe
Robinson said, "Is it pos-
sible that Barack walked on
these stairs?"
The biography, "Barack
Obama: The Story," by Da-
vid Maraniss, to be pub-
lished next month by Si-
mon & Schuster, says
Cook moved there in 1984.
The excerpt in Vanity Fair
said Obama moved in with
Cook, toward the end of the
year, after quitting his job
at Business International,
a firm whose offices were

-Photo by Michael Nagle
Barack Obama spent time with a girlfriend in a town house in
Park Slope, Brooklyn, after he graduated from Columbia.

near the United Nations.
They met at a Christmas
party in 1983, after Obama
graduated from Columbia
University. The book quotes
from Ms. Cook's journals,
which describe a long effort
to understand Obama.
"How is he so old already,

at the age of 22?" she wrote
in one entry. Later, she
added, in what sounds like
a description of the appar-
ent emotional coolness that
would come to confound
some of his supporters,
"Distance, distance, dis-
tance and wariness."

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"The sexual warmth is
definitely there but the
rest of it has sharp edges,
and I'm finding it all un-
settling and finding myself
wanting to withdraw from
it all," Ms. Cook wrote in
another entry, in February
"I have to admit that I
am feeling anger at him for
some reason, multi-strand-
ed reasons. His warmth can
be deceptive. Tho he speaks
sweet words and can be
open and trusting, there is
also that coolness and I
begin to have an inkling of
some things about him that
could get to me."
Obama made a reference
to Cook in his memoir,
"Dreams From My Father,"
but did not identify her by
name, saying she was a
white woman he had met in
New York.
He described taking an
unnamed girlfriend to a

play by a Black playwright,
and later quarreling with
her. "She couldn't be Black,
she said," Obama wrote.
Cook told Maraniss that
this was not a reference
to her. Mr. Maraniss wrote
that when he asked Mr.
Obama about it, the presi-
dent said it was not Ms.
Cook but was "an example
of compression" because
"I was very sensitive in my
book not to write about my
girlfriends, partly out of re-
spect for them."
The advance reading copy
of Maraniss's book said the
brownstone was owned by
an employee of the Brook-
lyn Friends School in Park
Slope, where Ms. Cook had
been an assistant teacher.
The Vanity Fair excerpt said
that in the fall of 1984, she
was to start "teaching on
her own for the first time,"
at Public School 133, about
a mile away.

Drum major's parents urge

FAMU to dismantle band

By Gary Fineout
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Now that 13
people have been charged in the
hazing death of a Florida A&M
University drum major, the fu-
ture is murky for a famed march-
ing band that has performed at
the Grammys, presidential inau-
gurations and Super Bowls.
The band was suspended im-
mediately after Robert Champi-
on's death in November, and even
the governor says it's far too soon
for the Marching 100 to take the
field again. Champion's mother,
Pam, took that even a step fur-
ther: She said the band should
be disbanded so the university
can "clean house." She and the
family's attorney contend there is
a vast effort among students and
others to cover up who is respon-
sible for her son's death.
"If you don't clean the filth
out it just stays there," she said
Thursday. "You can't move for-
ward as business as usual."
Eleven people all band mem-
bers have been charged with
felony hazing resulting in death,
said Gretl Plessinger, a Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
spokeswoman. Eight of them had
been arrested by Thursday. Two
others face misdemeanor charg-
Much like its renowned band,
questions remain about the fu-
ture of the school in Florida's
capital city. There is still an on-
going criminal investigation into
the finances of the band, as well
as a probe by the state univer-
sity system into whether top of-
ficials at the university ignored
past warnings about hazing.
The Champion family has al-
ready told FAMU it plans to sue
the university. FAMU itself set
up' a task force to look at hazing,
although the panel has not met
since a flare-up over whether it
should follow the state's open
meetings laws. Several members
have since resigned.
Whatever happens, it's too
soon for the band to start play-
ing again, said Florida Gov. Rick
Scott. He said he doesn't believe
the school is yet in a position

-AP photo Erik S. Lesser
Robert Champion Sr., left, and his wife, Pam Champion, partici-
pate in a news conference on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.

to make sure the same thing
doesn't happen again.
"The band's got a great history,
but we can't afford to lose anoth-
er individual like Robert Cham-
pion," Scott said. "So I think they
ought to continue the process
they've been going through with
their task force, but I don't think
it's ready yet."
FAMU President James Am-
mons who did not respond to
multiple phone calls requesting
comment the past two days has
still not said publicly what he
plans to do about the band.
Several members of the board
that oversees FAMU have also
declined comment this week,
deferring questions to the chair-
man of the board.
Chairman Solomon Badger,
citing the other investigations,
said he was hesitant to discuss
the future while the other inveb-
tigation remains pending.
Marjorie Turnbull, who is also
on the board of trustees, said
FAMU should not even consider
reinstating the band until uni-
versity officials are certain haz-
ing has been stamped out.
"We've got to know this isn't
going to happen again," Turnbull
Hundreds of pages of records
reviewed earlier this year by The
Associated Press showed years
of repeated warnings about
brutal hazing passed without

any serious response from the
school's leadership until Cham-
pion's death. Police files show
that since 2007, nearly two doz-
en incidents involving the band,
fraternities and other student
groups had been investigated.
In the wake of Champion's
death, band director Julian
White was fired. But his dismiss-
al was put on hold at the urging
of the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement. Ammons claimed
White had not done enough to
prevent hazing, but White's at-
torneys produced thick stacks of
letters that showed he routinely
suspended band members and
he forwarded the letters to top

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Girl Power founds all-female youth choir

By Kaila Heard

The local mentoring organization, Girl Power,
has long advocated that the girls in the com-
munity have a plethora of unused talents from
business, to the sciences and the arts.
Recently, the community based non-profit
organization decided to help girls delve further
into their performing arts talents by forming
the Girls Choir of Miami (GCOM).
On Saturday, May 5th, the second of two au-
ditions were held to find the 11 to 17 year olds
who will become members of the budding choir
at the Girl Powers office in Liberty City.

"We decided to launch this choir because
girls love to sing and there's a lot of musical
talent in this community which needs to be de-
veloped," said Thema Campbell, the CEO and
founder of Girl Power. "[Girls] need a venue and
an outlet where they can develop this talent."
The organization recently received a $4,000
grant from the Women's Fund of Miami to form
the choir.
The concept for GCOM was one that Camp-
bell was inspired to do years ago.
"The reason that I wanted to [create GCOM]
because there's so much power in music it's
universal, it's something that brings people to-
gether and it's healing."

For the girls who are being considered for
GCOM, there are certain criteria that they
must all meet to be admitted to the choir. ac-
cording to Girl Seay, the program's, -iusic di-
"I'm just looking for girls who love to skiing
and who believe that they have been
called to sing," Seay admitted.
"And some girls who have
a little ear for the
music to at least
be able to tell their .'._- 1
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Day 201

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By Kaila Heard
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Thejoys of motherhood have been pra d
countless times. From the gift of bringing
life into tlus world. to the prospect of molding
a person into a useful member of society to
finally the peace of mind brought by hav-
ing someone dedicated to looking after you
in your old age are all among the "perks" of
However, along with great benefits of being
a mother, there is also unimaginable pain
and stress that are part of the bargain. From
losing a child to worrying about family fi-
nances to the burden of being responsible for
a person's ever- need. "mamas" have a hea%;
load to bear.
The ihami mines spoke with a few women in
the community who have had to overcome the
sorrows that motherhood can bring.

Forty-eight year old Loretta Lorene Crews
had always wanted to be a mother.
"I love kids." she said. -1 wish I had had a
lot more kids because I always wanted them."
Cre\ws eventually had four children. Over
the years, she enjoyed teaching them about

"the right thing to do, to finish
become a
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school, to

:::o:DoY1 Holy Faith MBC

celebrates 1st anniversary

By Kaila Heard j er 350 m -rembers. H and his wife, assis-
/,, '.,nie ....,, .. tant Pastor MIllcenit \willianms now lead a
% c. con.g'regarion of over .350 rernbers.
T le-Re'.ererN Gregor, Willia nd "ne take ak tremernd-ui.s an-iount of pride
Sthe lariii Gar ns-based Ho iith Nlis- in that eri made -our church the prioritize
si. ar Baptis church i I cut of i outreach and tal:ing the gospel beyond the
"gsipref reac j)ut toUi f tlour ,atiltthe said.
"\e ioug h ld be able lo "a a, .The outreach eft:rt s ha\te become more
v alue to the ji lit., and to: make a'dif-; a.nd more difficult in reci-ent ,ears, accord-
ference jir- rld by creating a chuLch-.' ing to the reverend
thai e open for peo'pie t) :''--me and "e have a generation of people who have
ad seek God \Vilhlias sdaid so n-al\ other alternati'.es to coming to
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%worshippers mi the home oI Wiillia.ms has "Tlhe, I:an. sit hiome a.ind, haei church on
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Local schools get

$3,000 from

Immanuel Temple

Local schools benefit from church's promise to donate 10 percent of their proceeds to the community.

Representatives from Gold-
en Glades Elementary School,
Parkway Middle School and
Miami Carol City Senior High
School received $1,000 from
the newly formed congregation
Immanuel Temple on Sunday,
April 29th.
Despite the wind and heavy
rain, some 250-plus mem-
bers and guests of Immanuel
Temple, including Miami-
Dade School Board Member
Wilbert Theodore Holloway,
gathered in the Miami Carol
City Senior High School audi-
torium to worship and witness

the $3,000 disbursement as
part of Immanuel Temple's
iRep Sunday.
"iRep" was the brainchild of
the Reverend John F. White
II. White, along with his wife,
the Reverend Maria Mallory
White, are the servant-leaders
of Immanuel Temple, which
was launched Easter Sunday
morning and to date over 280
people have united with this
Kingdom Movement.
The new fellowship is wor-
shiping Sundays at 10 a.m. in
the Miami Carol City Senior
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Randallstown, MD

Presidential Ambassador, North Director, African
American Mission Board American Minsitires

Black church starter strategist,
Baptist State Convention

Black Baptists Network plan annual awards

By Diana Chandler

The Black Southern Baptist
Denominational Servants Net-
work will focus on "The Father's
Business" and issue its annual
awards June 17 in conjunction
with the 2012 Southern Baptist
Convention annual meeting in
New Orleans.
The network's theme, drawn
from Luke 2:49, is aimed to
encourage its members as vi-
tal servants in Kingdom build-
ing, network President Willie
McLaurin said.
"Everyone who is engaged in
the Father's business is ... sig-
nificant," said McLaurin, strat-
egist for leadership develop-
ment/seminary extension with

How toes

By Pastor Duke Taber

It is important that we lead
our families in worship. We
need to model to our spouses
and to our children that wor-
ship is not just something that
is done 'on Sunday and maybe
Wednesday night. Do you want
your home to be a place where
the.pirit of God is welcome,
Wealth e'n start a family worship
time. God inhabits the praises
of His people. Do you want your
children to experience more of
the presence of the Lord in their
lives? Then establish a practice,
of worshiping at home. Here are
some basic tips on how you can

Not many of us are profes-
sional musicians. So here are
some ideas how you can get
over the need for music. Use
Worship CD's There are both
CD's available with vocals and
without vocals. If you can sing,
then I suggest that you use the
ones without the vocals, but for

Tennessee Baptist Convention.
"I really want to remind our net-
work that our journey is not a
journey to find significance."
The group's June 17 meet-
ing, from 2-5:30 p.m., will be
at Suburban Baptist Church,
10501 Chef Menteur Hwy., with
Jeffery Friend as host pastor.
"The Father has chosen each
of us for such a time as this to
transact business on His be-
half," McLaurin said in refer-
ence to the focus of his sched-
uled, presidential address. The
Holy Spirit has authorized, en-
dowed and entrusted the net-
work members to conduct the
Father's business of spreading
the Gospel, McLaurin said.
The network will honor sev-

eral Southern Baptist Conven-
tion servants, presenting the
awards at both the network
meeting and the June 19 Na-
tional African American Fellow-
ship banquet.
Jay Wells, director of African
American ministries in LifeWay
Christian Resources' church
resources division, will receive
the Sid Smith Denomination-
al Leadership Award, given
in honor of the network's late
Robert Anderson and Dex-
ter Hardy will receive Denomi-
national Appreciation Awards.
Anderson is pastor of Colonial
Baptist Church in Randall-
stown, Md., and a member of
the SBC Executive Committee;

Hardy is a Black church starter
strategist with the Baptist State
Convention of Michigan in Fen-
Ken Weathersby, North Amer-
ican Mission Board presidential
ambassador for ethnic church
relations, will receive the Ken-
nedy-Boyce Award, named
for the pastors of the first two
Black churches to join the SBC
in 1953.
McLaurin said he hopes the
network's June fellowship will
give members an opportunity
to reenergize and reconnect in
advance of the annual Black
Church Leadership and Family
Conference in July at LifeWay
Ridgecrest Conference Center
in North Carolina.

tablish a family worship time

-* Use some silly kids songs
in your repertoire. Use some
Y' songs that come with body
motions. Get the young hero's
moving. They will find it fun
: .,.. L rather than just a religious ex-
ercise that mom and dad make
them do. You will find they
S,. / start asking you to have a fam-
,,. ...... -I i y wqr, hiptime.
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the majority of the world, just
sing along with the vocalist in
the music.

It all depends on your sched-
ule and your convictions on
how many times a week you

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worship the Lord together as a
family. You can do it once a day
or once a week. It all depends
on you, however it should be
at least once a week in order to
have the desired effect and in-
fluence on your family to show
them that worship is not just
something that you do on Sun-
day but it is a lifestyle.

End your family worship time
with a time of allowing God to
work in the hearts of everyone,
yourself included. God inhab-
its the praises of His people
and when praise and worship
goes on, there is also the pow-
er to see Him do miraculous
things! If there are any family
members sick, now is the per-
fect time to pray for them. If
there are any family members
that have not given their life to
Jesus, now is the perfect time
to lead them to Jesus. Use the
end of this time as a channel to
seeing God move in your fam-
ily's life.

Fantasia exonerated

of $15K church theft

By Christine Thomasos

Fantasia Barrino, Americaii
Idol season 3 winner, and her
manager Brian Dickens, were
recently exonerated from accu-
sations that they took $15,000
from Harvest Family Church
and failed to honor a scheduled
appearance at the place of wor-
In March, Barrino and
Dickens made headlines after
Matthew Herman, Music
Ministry Team Organizer for
Harvest Family Church, made
accusations about the singer's
absence from a scheduled ap-
"Fantasia's Manager agreed
on the $15,000 contract and
then magically became un-
available. Just like he's done
with other people in the past,"
Herman tweeted in March.
"I only dealt with Fantasia's
manager because she won't
do business without him. Very
unfortunate. Such a sad career
for herwith him."
Dickens, president of BD
Management, publicly respond-
ed to the accusations after they
were made by Herman.
"These accusations are
without merit and are false.
BD Management and Brian
Dickens have been completely
ethical and professional in
every interaction with The Har-
vest Family Church," Dickens'
representatives told The Urban
Daily in March. "Addition-
ally, Dickens has never met or
communicated directly with
Herman. Dickens is devastated
by these false and unfounded
accusations from Herman."
Months after Dickens said he
would seek legal action against

Herman, the employee of Har-
vest Family Church in Fayette-
ville, NC., offered an apology to
Fantasia and her manager on
"On March 14,2012 I posted
false and harmful statements
about Fantasia's manager Bri-
an Dickens, BD Management
and Fantasia to my @Matthew-
writes twitter account. Neither


Fantasia's manager Brian
Dickens or BD Management
ever confirmed an appearance
date for Fantasia to appear at
the Harvest Family Church,"
Dickens tweeted on Friday.
He continued: "Neither Fan-
tasia's Manager Brian Dickens
or BD Management were ever
paid by or took any money at
any time from Harvest Family
Church. I regret that certain
blogs picked up on my state-
ments and added to them to
create additional misstate-
ments about Dicks and BD

Do women hear God

more than men do?

By Tanya Luhrmann

Women pray more than men
do. The 2008 Pew U.S. Rbli-
gious Landscape Survey found
that two-thirds of all women
surveyed pray daily, while less
than half of all men surveyed
But why do women pray
more? Some argue it's because
women are more conserva-
tive, that they stick more to
tradition, while others believe
it's because women feel more
responsible for their families'
health and well being than
men do.

As an anthropologist study-
ing religious behavior, I have a
different explanation: Women
pray more because women are
more comfortable with their
imaginations, and in order to
pray, you need to use your
Let me be clear. I am not
suggesting that God is a prod-
uct of the imagination. I am
instead noting that to know
God intimately, you need to
use your imagination, because
the imagination is the means
humans must use to know the
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Trust in the Lord ... but check out the church

By Veronica Dagher

Heaven help us.
Jim Bakker, the disgraced
1980s televangelist whose
'PTL Club" television empire
was laid asunder by dual sex
and money scandals, is out
of prison and renouncing the
prosperity gospel he once
There are scammers even in
church. Veronica Dagher dis-
cusses how you can make sure
your church donation goes to
the right place. Photo: Getty
But churches, unfortunately,
still provide fertile ground for
scammers and con artists-
from the secretary in the U.K.
who was reported to have em-
bezzled church funds to pay for
a stamp collection, to a bank-
rupt Southern Baptist-affiliated
foundation in Arizona that
bilked elderly investors out of
millions of dollars. Last month,
the Securities and Exchange
Commission filed charges
accusing a businessman of
targeting church congregations

in a giant Ponzi scheme.
Of the $569 billion that
churchgoers and others are
expected to donate to Christian
causes this year world-wide,
about six percent, $35 billion,
will end up in the hands of
money launderers, embezzlers,
tax evaders or unscrupulous
ministers living too high on the
hog, according to the Center for
the Study of Global Christianity
at Gordon-Conwell Theological
Seminary in South Hamilton,
So how can you make sure
your donation goes to the right
place and what else should you
consider before giving to your
church or other house of wor-

One of William Riley's clients
recently called the Fort Worth,
Texas, financial adviser won-
dering if she should donate to
a new church in her commu-
nity. She was already a regular
contributor to her own church
and she was solicited from her
church directory to provide

financial help with the new
organization. The client took
Riley's advice and let him con-
tact the person requesting the
gift. When Riley started asking
about the church's mission
and how it planned to use the
funds, the solicitor ended the
phone call.
"We never heard from him
again," says Riley.
Whether it's a new or estab-
lished church, donors have a
right to ask how their donation
will be used. But churches,
unlike many other nonprofit or-
ganizations, aren't required to
file 501(c)(3) tax forms, which
make it easy for donors to
look up information outlining
finances and management. So
it's important for donors to ask
questions and request to see
the church's audited financial
statements, says Laura Fred-
ricks, a New York fundraising
While it probably won't be
appropriate for doors to walk
up to the head of their church
and "demand to know where
the money is going," there are

other places theN can turn,
says Randy Wolverton, a retired
FBI agent and forensic accoun-
tant in Kansas City, Mo.
Members may want to start
with their church s finance
committee and ask to see the
church's financial reports or
attend a finance-committee
meeting. They also could ask
about the church's procedures
for collecting. depositing and,
accounting for the money.
"One person shouldn't have
corn ple .e control of the money,"
says Wolverton. Churches
should have professional
accounting systems to help
ensure donations are prop-
erly received and disbursed.
Organizations lacking such
safeguards are more vulner-
able to abuse, he says.
Defensive or evasive behav-
ior and an unwillingness to
answer questions on the part
of the minister or whoever
is in charge of the church's
finances may indicate funds
aren't being used as the
donor intended, says Victoria
Collins, a certified financial

planner in Corona Del Mar,
Calif She also recommends
that donors see if their own
pastors and other ministers
donate to the church. "Lead-
ers should take their own giv-
ing seriously," she says.
"Shun manipulation and
run if you hear 'God told me
how to spend your money and
don't ask questions,' says
Calvin Edwards, an Atlanta-
based philanthropic adviser.

When one of Steve Blanken-
ship's clients wanted to in-
crease a tithe, the Grapevine,
Texas, certified financial plan-
ner suggested waiting. While
the couple were very commit-
ted to their church, they were
also putting themselves in
financial jeopardy by racking
up debt by tithing on a credit
card they weren't able to pay
in full every month, he says.
So Blankenship compli-
mented the couple on their
generosity and turned to the
Bible for counsel. "I argued
that the debtor is a slave to

the lender, which the Bible '
clearly calls into question,"
says Blankenship, referencing
Proverbs (22:7).
Beware of easy giving. Blan-
kenship says electronic giving,
whether it be automatically
charging pledges to a credit
card or texting a donation, can
make it easier for donors to
keep up with pledges. But they
should be mindful of their over-
all financial situation so they
don't put themselves in debt.
Whatever the amount donors
decide to give, advisers say
setting a budget for their giving
can help the donor and the
Financial adviser Clarissa
Hobson in Colorado Springs,
Colo., sits down annually with
some clients to help them de-
termine how much they'd like
to pledge to their church. That
amount is a personal decision
and varies by donor, she says,
but determining the number
early in the year can help the
client plan their cash flow
more accurately.
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13B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012



Opa Locka United
Methodist Church is host-
ing a yard sale on May 12th
beginning at 7 a.m. For
more information, call 786-

SZion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church will cel-
ebrate their pastor's sev-
enth anniversary, May 18th
- 25th, 7:30 p.m. nightly.
For more information, call

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center's Let's Talk
Women's Ministry will be
meeting on May 19th at 1
p.m. The topic will be "The
Silent Woman."

The Universal Truth
Center for Better Living
will host a Kriya Yoga in-
structor who will lecture on
discipleship and awakening
spiritual revelations in each
person. The lecture, "The
Way of Discipleship," begins
at 10 a.m. on May 19th. For
more information, call 305-

New Vision for Christ
Ministries is having their
annual "Mother & Daugh-
ter Brunch" at the Don
Shula Hotel in Miami Lakes
on May 12th at 9 a.m. For
more information, please
call 305-899-7224.

Christian Fellow-
ship Missionary Baptist
Church is hosting a com-
edy night on May 19th at 7
p.m. For more information
and tickets, call 305-693-

The Women in the
Ministry Network wel-
comes everyone to their
annual Conference Celebra-
tion on May 26th, 9 a.m. -

4 p.m. at Pompey Park. Call
954-292-4891 for more in-

The Golden Bells, a
singing ministry, invites the
community to their musi-
cal program on May 12th
at 7:30 p.m. at New Be-
ginning Missionary Baptist
Church. For information,
call 786-251-2878.

New Covenant Pres-
byterian Church is host-
ing the Zeta AMICAE of Mi-
ami's Tom Thumb Wedding
Celebration Scholarship
Fundraiser on May 27th, 5
p.m. 10 p.m. For tickets
or information, call 786-

Little Rock Primitive
Baptist Church will cel-
ebrate their annual rally on
May 20th at 3 p.m. Dinner
will be served following the

Peace Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes
everyone to their Deacon
and Deaconess Annual Pro-
gram on May 20th at 3:30
p.m. For information, call

Beulah Missionary
Baptist Church invites the
community to their Youth
and Young Adult Reviv-
al, May 9 11, 7:30 p.m.
nightly. 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 in-
formation, please call 305-

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Historic Mt. Zion Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
welcomes everyone to their
Mother's Day worship ser-
vice on May 13th at 9:45
a.m. For more information,
call 305-751-6607.

Grace and Truth Out-
reach Ministries invites
the community to their
first Liberty Fest on August
18th. For more informa-
tion, call 305-297-7041 or

Speaking Hands Min-
istry is now accepting ap-
plications for their "Camp
Hands: Sign Language
Camp" for 8 to 15 year
olds. For more information,
call 954-792-7273.

Immanuel Temple
welcomes everyone to their
worship services held ev-
ery Sunday at 10 a.m. at
the Miami Carol City Senior
High School auditorium. For
more information, 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 Central
Campus Building 15, Room
102. For more Information,
call 954 237-8196 or visit

Great Crowd Minis-
tries presents South Flori-
da Gospel Festival at Amelia
Earhart Park on Saturday,
June 30th from 11 a.m.- 6
p.m. For information con-
tact Constance Koon-John-
son at 786-290-3258.

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

The McIntyre Insti-

tute presents the Called to
Dance: Forgive and Live To-
day campaign, a liturgical
dance concert on May 12th
at 7 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call 954-345-3949.

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

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

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

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 information,
call 305-696-6545.

Running for Jesus
Youth Outreach Minis-
tries invites all youth and
families to their Mother's
Day Kickoff Gospel Concert
on May 20th at 4 p.m. 954-
213-4332, 305-696-6545.

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

New Mount Mori-
ah Missionary Baptist
Church will host the Habi-
tat for Humanity of Greater
Miami's Homeownership
Application Meeting on the
second Saturday of every

month at 9:30 a.m. No
RSVP necessary. 305-634-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glendale Baptist
Church of Brownsville

Research your future church and its past activities

continued from 13B

A budget also can help donors
feel confident to agree to or turn
down additional requests for
money from their church that
may arise throughout the year,
she says.

Flexibility in a charitable-
giving budget is also important,
says Hobson. That helped one
of the couples she works with

who had committed to giving
each year but had to reduce
their tithe when the breadwin-
ner husband lost his job.
While the couple had to re-
duce their financial contribu-
tion in the short term, they
planned to increase their giving
again when he found a job. In
the meantime, the couple de-
cided to volunteer more at the
"A direct donation isn't al-
ways the best option," says Hel-
en Huntley, a St. Petersburg,

Fla., certified financial planner.
Ms. Huntley frequently recom-
mends clients donate .appreci-
ated securities to their church,
especially when they have, a
very low cost basis, as it's often
more tax advantageous than
giving cash.
In addition, donors may
want to consider giving to their
church through a donor-ad-
vised fund such as the National
Christian Foundation or Fidel-
ity Charitable, says Mike Wal-
ters; chief executive of Portfor-

mulas Investing, based in Ada,
And for donors who want to
continue or even begin their
legacy of giving from beyond
the grave, it may make sense to
name their church as the bene-
ficiary of their individual retire-
ment account or include their
church in their estate plan,
says Heidi Schmidt, a wealth
manager at USAA in Dallas.
"You can give to your church
and potentially reduce your es-
tate taxes," she says.

Williams: Not all Christians know about salvation

continued from 12B

their iPods."
The reverend further ex-
plained, "When I look around I
see that people are really hurt-
ing in our society, we want to
direct people to Jesus and let
them know that he is a person
of help in a time of trouble."

The 54-year-old minister was
not raised in the church. How-
ever, it was not until after he

was married with a young child
that Williams felt a desire to
learn about the Lord.
"I went to the church and I
was attracted to something that
I had never experienced before
- the healing word of God was
talking to my heart," he re-
called. "I was so inspired that it
made me hungry for more of his
That desire not only lead Wil-
liams to become an active mem-
ber, but also he began studying
with the deacons of the church.
According to Williams, sal-

vation is "based on a person's
confession and believing that
they are saved, and then [Holy
Faith MBC] encourages them
to be active in ministry and use
their gifts to glorify God."
It's a simple answer, yet the
reverend believes that not many
people among the churched or
unchurched are certain about
those facts.
"I think that a lot of people
don't know because of a lack of
teaching and a lack of under-
standing God's word," Williams

With that in mind, Holy Faith
MBC's goal is religious educa-
tion and one of its most thriv-
ing ministries is its Bible study
He concluded, "One of the
number one jobs of the pastor is
to edify and to feed the sheep."
Holy Faith Missionary Baptist
Church, 17001 NW 20th Avenue
in Miami Gardens, will be cel-
ebrating its 21st church anni-
versary with 7:30 p.m. evening
services May 14 19, and culmi-
nates on May 20th with services
at 11 a.m. and 4p.m.

Moms share stories of their sorrow and triumph

continued from 12B

professional and to respect
their [elders] and their peers."
For years, Crews along with
her husband and her children
enjoyed celebrating the second
Sunday in May every year.
"Normally, we'd go out to din-
ner or I'd just cook for the fam-
ily," she recalled.
However, this year's Mother's
Day will be different. In August
2011, Crews' youngest child,
18-year-old son Miquelle Whis-
by, was shot and killed.
"Not a day goes by that I
don't miss him and think about
him," she said. This Mother's
Day, "well probably just go out
to the beach and say a prayer
because [Miquelle] liked to go
out to the beach all the time."

While losing a child is one of

the greatest tragedies that a
mother can experience, what
can be equally devastating is
realizing that you may not be
around any longer to raise
your children.
When Adrian McClenney
was diagnosed with stage
three breast cancer in .May
2011, she immediately wor-
ried about her family. The
mother of two was married
with a son and daughter, ages
20 and 10 respectively. After
a long grueling treatment that
included a double mastectomy
and several rounds of chemo
and radiation therapy, Mc-
Clenney was finally declared
cancer free earlier this year.
With the help of her family
and friends, she always tried
to remain optimistic through-
out her ordeal.
"From the time that I got
[the diagnosis] until the end of
treatment, I just thought that

as each day goes on I will just
get stronger and become the
same mother, the same wife
and the same friend that I was
before," she said.
Beyond the traditional
Mother's Day celebration,
McKinney, who is also the
president of Sisters Network,
a breast cancer survivor sup-
port group, is looking for-
ward to hosting an upcoming
Health Fair.
"As mothers, we have to
learn how to take care of our-
selves to take care of our
bodies first and then take
care of our kids and our fami-
lies," she explained.

Queen Brown's child was
shot and killed in 2006. The
first Mother's Day after his
death, she visited his grave
and brought him flowers. In
the year's since her 24-year-

old son's death, Brown has
become an outspoken anti-
violence advocate and public
But the pain has not truly
subsided for Brown, who has
three other children.
"What my children do now is
embrace the day with me and
'they go with me to the ceme-
tery," she explained. "It's a del-
icate balance since you have to
go pay respects to your child
that is now deceased but at the
same time you have children
who are still alive and they
want to share you as well."
Brown explained further that
she has had to discover more
wisdom in her loss.
"In some ways, I feel that I
may not have protected my
child enough, but then I have
to regroup and realize that I
did what I could," she said. "I
don't have any regrets because
I did my best."

New choir creates leaders

continued from 12B

something to work with.
Once final cuts are made, the
members of GCOM will be pro-
vided vocal lessons, choreogra-
phy lessons, music theory les-
sons as well as seminars hosted
by professional musicians and
singers. The program also aims
to expose the youth to a wide
variety of musical styles.
"It won't be just a certain
type of sound because well be

singing a cross- cultural mix
of songs including some music
that well sing in Spanish and
Creole," Seay explained. But,
"we're going to do mostly uplift-
ing music including some origi-
nal music written by the girls."
However, the choir will pro-
vide more than just music les-
sons. Seay said,"[The music
program] will not only build
leaders but it will also make
them come together as women
to do team work and cheer
each other on."

Jackson reflects on life, faith

continued from 12B

a loaf of bread cost just $.15,"
Bostic explained. Determined
to find better employment,
the couple reunited with their
daughter and settled in Miami
in the mid-1940s. Jackson
was able to find employment
as a live-in house keeper and
worked six days a week for a
family in Sunny Isles until she
retired in 1965.
According to Bostic, her
mother eventually provided day
care services to working par-
ents for several years until her
failing health forced her to stop.

Throughout her life, Jackson
has been a loyal church goer, a
place she has always enjoyed. "I
love it," she said. "Listening to
the preaching and the singing
help you and it lifts you up. It's
Currently Jackson is a mem-
ber of New Christ Tabernacle
where the Reverend Harold
Marsh is pastor.
The aging matriarch was
gravely ill and had to be hospi-
talized earlier this year due to
kidney problems, however, she
has managed to "completely re-
cover" although she is no longer
able to use her legs, according
to Bostic.

Local church invest in schools

continued from 12B

High School auditorium.
"We are God's people de-
termined to share the love of
Christ Jesus in a tangible way,"
explained White, a Tuskegee
University alumus, who wore
a jersey from the historic Ala-
bama HBCU to the service.
"As a foundational principle
of our fellowship, Immanuel
Temple is committed to tithing
back into the community 10
percent of the monies we raise.
We will be a church not only in
the community but one that
gives back to the community."
During iRep Sunday, White
preached the morning sermon,
"How To Be Delivered from Me-

Clad in casual attire, wear-
ing the paraphernalia of their
sororities, fraternities, lodges
and high school and university
alma maters, worshipers were
treated to a Spirit-filled service.
"While we celebrate the diver-
sity of our various affiliations
and backgrounds," noted Mal-
lory White, who, as a member
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Inc.'s South Broward Alumnae
Chapter, wore a sorority T-
shirt to the service. "We share
the responsibility to serve our
community and be a blessing
to our children. This effort rep-
resents our love for our neigh-
For more information on Im-
manuel Temple, visit its Web
site at www.theimmanueltem-

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invites everyone to morn-
ing worship every 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 start-
ing a New Bereavement
Support Group begin-
ning on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month
from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-

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

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

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

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

The Heart of the City
Ministries invites every-
one to morning worship ev-
ery Sunday at 9 a.m. 305-

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


band ,

wins Ellington Competition

By Robert Nolin and Ariel Barkhurst

The Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble
is quickly becoming a melodious force to be
reckoned with in the competitive world of high
school jazz.
And that ain't just whistlin' Dixie. The band
last Sunday won the Essentially Ellington Jazz
Band Competition and Festival, which has been
called the "Super Bowl" of high school jazz.
That makes two wins in a row for the 26-mem-
ber band, made up of high school students from
across Broward County at the competition that
is closely watched by scouts from top-tier music
schools such as the venerable Juilliard School.
This year, Dillard performed three pieces, "Se-
pia Panorama," "Oop Bop Sh'Bam" and "A Night
in Tunisia," bringing the house to its feet with
a rousing standing ovation at no less a storied
venue than New York's Lincoln Center.
"It feels awesome. It's such an incredible ex-
perience to be a part of something bigger than
yourself," said bass player Russell Hall, a senior
who received a full scholarship to Juilliard
where he will be attending in the fall.
"Every time I come to Ellington it's like a new
experience with new challenges and new ways
to grow as a musician and a human being," Hall
The previous year, Dillard came in second at
the Ellington competition. The ensemble has
recei-r.d -uLrperi,-,r-atirgs .4t district jazz band
ass~ merts 'i:>,r sL: ,:,'!, "eciu' ", years, as well
as superior ratings on the state level each year it
has participated.
The Fort Lauderdale school accepts students
from grades 9 through 12 who are willing to be-
bop till they drop. They take classes, meet daily
and, of course, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
Unlike more affluent schools, which often pay
for private lessons and new instruments for
band members, the Dillard gang falls squarely
on the hardscrabble side of musical competition.

-Photos by Mike Stocker
Dillard Center of the Arts wins the Essentially Ellington competition for the second year
in a row.

They solicit parents, hustle private donations,
and play fundraising gigs to amass enough cash
for *"oTeJ t t r-nirip. f rt; ion 5,.* -r tn.,-i[,.:,i^ .
The Miami Marlins and Gold Coast Jazz
Society have kicked in thousands of dollars so
the students can take the stage in out-of-town
tourneys. So far they have been able to meet
their funding goals.
This year, the band is one of 15 high school
ensembles to compete at the Ellington's 17th
annual contest. They were culled from more
than 100 that applied.

Members of the

Dillard High School

jazz band celebrate

after winning big

at the recent Es-

sentially Ellington

competition in New

York City.

Will Allapattah Middle be closed?


By Latoya Burgess
Miami Times writer
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An ordinance proposed by
the Miami-Dade County Public
school board that calls to re-
zone students in public schools
- of all grade levels has out-
raged several local alumni asso-
ciations who have now started a
petition to shut down the com-
mittee's new recommendations.
The Attendance Boundary
Committee sent a notice out
last week to nine elementary,
middle and high schools in-
forming faculty members about
the possible. changes. Students
including those in the 6th, 7th
and 8th grades from Allapat-
tah Middle could be transferred
to Miami Jackson Senior High

"We are the first inner-city
school to earn an "A" and this is
the thanks we get," said Carol
Whitehead-Sutton, president of
Miami Jackson Generals Alum-
ni Association. "Plans that look
good on paper do not always
work in reality and once the
committee sees this is detri-
mental they shouldn't do it."
Sutton, who has prepared
a petition to fight against the
school board's advisory, said
merging middle school students
with high school seniors tar-
nishes the 'high school experi-
ence' for the upper classmen.
"Seniors are asking, 'do I
have to babysitt' now'?" This
diminishes the high school ex-
perience for seniors who have
earned their right to be here,"

What: Miarni-Dade County School Board officials will hold a
special town hall meeting to address the concerns of students,
parents and teachers about recommended attendance boundary
When: Thursday. May 9th, 7-15 p.m.
Where: Miami Jackson Senior High School. 1751 NW 36th Street

said Sutton, who has presided
for more than a decade. "We be-
lieve that 6th, 7th and 8th grad-
ers are not prepared to cope
with the presence of high school
life and the presence of consid-
erably more mature teenagers."
Sutton's colleagues, like Larry
Williams of Miami Northwest-
ern High School Alumni Associ-
ation, have joined her in her ef-
forts by supporting the petition.
"All of our alumni associa-
tions are very close and we
always support each other
on different issues," said Wil-
liams, who added that merging

schools without considering
a students' grade level can be
"I don't think this is a good
idea from a security perspec-
tive to house kids that young
with 19-year-olds," he said.
"I'm adamantly opposed to that
recommendation because there
is the possibility of bullying in
that kind of environment and
sexual problems."
Sutton's petition will be pre-
sented to community residents
at a special town hall meeting
at Miami Jackson Senior High
School on May 9th at 7:15 p.m.

McArthur's dance team wins nat'l title

The McArthur High School
dance team recently claimed
the national champion title
competing for the first time at
the Champion Dance National
Competition held at the Univer-
sity of Central Florida in Orlan-
do on March 3rd. The McArthur
dance team competed against
teams from performing arts
high schools, private, parochial
and public schools that were
best in their region from across

the country.
The McArthur High dance
team of 15 students competed
in the Open category and the
Hip-Hop category.
The team won first place in
the Small Team Open (variety of
dance styles) category and the
overall award in the Open cat-
egory for the entire competition.
The McArthur High dance team
also received a rating of supe-
rior in the Hip-Hop category.

BCPS launches peer program for disabled students

Buoyed by the posiuv'e ef-
fect and proven success of the
lonrstan dini Play Pals pro-
gramr at Coral Park Elemen-
tar, School. Brow..rd County
Pubic Schools is partnering
with Flonda inclusion Net-
work and the Youth athletics
Programn- ISpecial Ol-ympics
of Broward Countypl to intrco-
duce a Peer Pals program in
element-ry schools across
the district that also targets
"differcnrtly-abled" .tuLidents -
students 'vith disabilities arnd
special needs
Like its model the Play Pals
program, the Peer Pals pro-
gram v.nll ha.c sile.cted stu-
dernts. in fifth grade paired as
buddies with kindergarten
students. The program aims

to integrate a-nd help students
v-ith disabilities to receive ath-
l'ti'. academic and social p'er
support. Tlih gao,- l of the pro-
gram is to tap into the poters-
tnal of young people to im.ake a
difference in their schools and
Students helping other stiu-
dents has been pro',en to
boost aicademniiic chie'.vmMnt
and social skills in studclents
'with an-rd ,'.ithour disabilities.
The Peer Pal- program empha-
sizes s.milanties not differ-
ences, bet'.reen, student- .-ith
disabiltes and those V.-ith-
oi.t. For students '.',ith- disalbil-
ities their n:on-dri.abl'.-d peers
'.ili ser-e as role models, saca-
demically, behaviorally and
socially. Peer helpers learn to

see these students as typical
individuals and friends.

Ten years ago, autism spe-
cialist Caryl Panzarella. with
the help of an actih parent iof
a student \v.th aultism, spear-
headed the Play Pals program
at Coral Park Elementar\ .
"Through this program. wV-''
are building a.n acceptance
within the c,:,mmrunit', for stu-
dents with disabilities." scid
Panzarella. This project hias
definitely helped students
with autism impro.,:- ph-sicai
arnd so..cial skills
A Coral Park Elementar,'
parent of three children i'.'.ho
have participated in the Play
Pals program says the pro-

gram helped her children un-
derstarnd that e.ery individual
is unique and different
"These are concepts we
teach to all children, but the
Play Pals program allows them
to see this with their o\'w
eyes. As my children worked
and played side by side with
their Play Pals, they learned to
appreciate and celebrate their
differences," said the parent.
With an eye on the proven
success of the Play Pals pro-
gram at Coral Park, District
administrators have extended
an invitation to expand the
Peer Pals Program to more
than 40 elementary schools.
Training for elementary
schools participating in the
fall will begin July 9, 2012.

Participants \till learn about
the program and approaches
that encourage students with
and without disabilities to
understand and respect each
District ESE Exceptional
Student Education) Director
Denise Rusnak, says that the
program benefits the ESE stu-
dents by improving their so-
cial and commrrunicication skills
as well as boosting their self
"We believe that it will help
with addressing bullying is-
sues. More importantly, it can
increase the level of accep-
tance of our children in the
community. We are v'orlkng
very hard to make this pro-
gram a reality."






16B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012

Is your 'doctor' a nurse






By Scott Travis

Many of your health care
needs may soon be handled
by a "doctor" who has actually
been trained as a nurse.
Advanced registered nurse
practitioners are increasingly
performing duties once re-
served for physicians, includ-
ing diagnosing illnesses and
prescribing medicine. It's a
trend that's likely to continue
as the state grapples with
escalating health care costs
and a shortage of primary care
And they'll be better trained,
because of higher standards
for nursing school accredita-
tion that could go into effect as
soon as 2015. In Florida and
around the country, schools
have been adding "doctor of
nursing practice" programs,
which they expect will soon
become the standard degree
for practitioners. They won't
be physicians, but you can call
them doctor.

Nurse practitioners, who
are registered nurses with a
specialized master's degree,
used to be found mostly in
rural areas where physicians
were scarce or in public health
settings where most patients
were poor. But in recent
years, private physicians have
increasingly been hiring them
to help manage their patient
Patient care isn't suffering,
according to several national
studies, which have credited
nurse practitioners for spend-
ing more time with patients
and properly treating most
routine medical conditions.
"Nurses often tend to have a
holistic approach. They try to
get to know all aspects of the
patient, not just the medical
condition," said Susan Folden,
a retired nursing professor
of nursing at Florida Atlantic
There are nearly 18,000
nurse practitioners in the

state, twice as many as a
decade ago. They can handle
more than 90 percent of a
patient's primary health care
needs at a lower cost, so it
makes sense they're becoming
more prevalent, said Sheldon
Fields, an assistant dean at
Florida International Univer-
sity's College of Nursing.

"If you have a common cold,
you don't need to see a physi-
cian for that," Fields said. "If
you need a routine check for
high blood pressure or diabe-
tes or if a child needs a physi-
cal for camp, a nurse practi-
tioner is well trained."
They often perform a simi-
lar role as physician assis-
tants, although the training
and approach are different.
Physician assistants receive
specific medical training to
diagnose conditions and serve
the needs of a physician,
while nurse practitioners are
trained foremost as nurses

and tend to focus more on
preventative and maintenance
care, experts say.
Nursing educators say pa-
tient care will further improve
as nurse practitioners receive
doctoral level training. They
say practitioners will learn
more about clinical research,
health policy initiatives and
technology, giving them new
tools to solve problems.
The American Association
of Colleges of Nursing, which
sets the standards for nursing
schools, wants all nurse prac-
titioner students to graduate
with a doctor of nursing prac-
tice degree by 2015, although
that could be delayed to 2020,
experts say. Nursing schools
around the state have started
adding doctoral programs in
recent years, the latest being
Florida International Universi-
ty, which opened its program
in January.

Some fear these new ad-

vanced degrees may lead to
patient confusion.
"When someone calls them-
selves doctor, there is an
assumption on the part-of
many that they are talking to
a medical doctor," said Re-
becca O'Hara, vice president
of governmental affairs for the
Florida Medical Association,
which represents physicians.
But nurse practitioners
argue that many health care
professionals who are not
physicians already use the
title "doctor", including psy-
chologists, podiatrists and
There are also disagree-
ments about whether the
scope of nurse practitioners
should be expanded.
Florida is one of only two
states, the other being Ala-
bama, where nurse practitio-
ners are not allowed to pre-
scribe controlled substances
such as pain killers. It's also
one of a dozen that requires
nurse practitioners to be su-

pervised by a physician, mak-
ing it difficult for the nurses to
open their own practice.
A state Legislature report
from December 2010 said the
state could save up to $339
million a year to Florida's
health care system if nurse
practitioners and physicians
assistants could prescribe
these substances.
But physicians groups fear
it could increase prescrip-
tion abuse in a state already
known as the pill mill capital
of the United States.
Regardless, of whether nurse
practitioners get more auton-
omy, experts say it's unlikely
that they will replace physi-
"We very much work in col-
laboration with physicians
and other health professionals
to find ways to provide for the
optimal health and wellness of
patients," Fields said. "There
is plenty of space and need for
primary health care for all of

Long-term discharge rules loose

Assisted living

centers evicts

with little notice
By Diane C. Lade

Assisted living facilities often
market themselves as "just
like home," cozy places where
people will live just like they
did in their houses or condos.
But many don't realize their
new lifestyle has the equivalent
of a month-to-month lease.
Under Florida regulations,
assisted living operators need
give residents little more than a
45-day,written notice.in order
to evict them. The discharge
rules are among the least
restrictive in the nation, ac-
cording to the National Senior
Citizens Law Center.
"Florida is an outlier on the
wrong side of the curve. It al-
lows people to be forced out at
will," said Eric M. Carlson, the
law center's directing attor-
ney and long-term care policy
Florida advocates' ongoing
efforts to change eviction rules
failed again this year, with leg-
islators not acting on reforms
proposed by an assisted living
task force. The group com-
posed of assisted living admin-
istrators, legislators, policy

experts and advocates was
convened last year by Gov.
Rick Scott to examine care cen-
ters' oversight and regulation.

Florida's Long-term Care
Ombudsman Program, which
protects the rights of nurs-
ing home and assisted living
residents, said it will continue
to push for discharge policy
changes when the group begins
meeting again next month.
An assisted living facil-
ity doesn't need to document
specific reasons for a discharge
and its residents have no right
to appeal the decision, unlike
in nursing homes. Thestaff .
isn't required to help residents
find another place to live -
even if the evictee is alone, sick
or very elderly.
State Ombudsman Jim
Crochet said assisted living
discharges should be handled
similarly to those in nurs-
ing homes. Proposed changes
include requiring the ombuds-
man program be notified when
an eviction notice is issued,
and that residents be entitled
to a state-supervised appeals

The ombudsman's office in-
vestigated 75 complaints about
inappropriate evictions last

.yVar,,4nd,7aconi plaii-,ts rr,:,r.
residents whc said the' Icea rc.j'
retaliation including being
discharged for being too
demanding or questioning staff
One reason that discharge
regulations aren't uniform
is that nursing homes are
governed by federal laws, and
assisted living facilities by
state regulations. And assisted
centers, unlike nursing homes,
are not allowed to house
people with complicated medi-
cal conditions or advanced
So discharges often happen
when a resident's health dete-
riorates and the facility can no
longer legally or safely care for

the person, said Pat Lange, ex-
ecutive director of the Florida
Assisted Living Association, an
industry group.
Passing more extensive rules
could tie the facilities' hands "if
they feel they need to relocate
someone in order to meet the
resident's needs," Lange said.

Jean Merget, a family con-
sultant with the Memory Dis-
order Center at North Broward
Medical Center, said most of
the discharges she's encoun-
tered are sensible and handled
properly. "I tell my caregivers
not to fight discharge deci-
.sjrp," she said.
Some geriatric care manag-
ers, who coordinate services
for elders, say families some-
times hear nothing about dis-
charge policies when they sign
their contracts then sud-
denly, the resident is asked to
leave, said Rona Bartelstone,
the senior vice president of
care management for Senior-
Bridge. "The family feels they
have been bait-and-switched,"
said Bartelstone, of Fort Lau-
Bartelstone said assisted liv-
ing centers should do a better
job telling residents up front
about eviction policies and
consumers should educate
themselves before moving in.

Medicare touts cost savings for seniors

By Bob LaMendola

Seniors in South and Central
Florida saved about one-third
on medical equipment last
year under a controversial ex-
periment that makes firms bid
for the right to sell the items,
federal officials said Wednes-
Medicare set up the new
system to combat fraud and
abuse in the sale of oxygen,
diabetic supplies, wheelchairs,
walkers and other "durable
medical equipment." The
program has run for a year in
nine areas, including South
Florida and Orlando.
After a year, Medicare re-
ported saving $202 million
- 42 percent due to lower
prices and a drop in compa-
nies peddling items to patients
who don't need them.
The 900,000 Medicare re-
cipients in South Florida and
500,000 in the Orlando area
saved through lower co-pay-
ments. For example, oxygen
costs $23 a month, down 33
percent, while co-pays for
power wheelchairs have fallen
almost 30 percent.

At the same time, the new
system caused few problems
for seniors, according to Jona-
than Blum, deputy administra-
tor for Medicare.
"Beneficiaries have not expe-
rienced any disruption in sup-
plies that are needed," Blum
says. "They have not seen any
health care consequences. And

will decline as companies cut
costs to compete on bidding,
said Sylvia Toscano, owner
of a Boca Raton medical firm
and a board member of the
Accredited Medical Equipment
Providers of America.
Toscano doubted that recipi-
ents were saving much money
because many have insurance

in supplies that are needed."-
I -Johnathan Blum~111

there have been absolute price
But leaders of the medical
equipment industry, which has
been fighting the new bidding
system for five years, called the
report a whitewash designed to
persuade Congress to expand
the system in 2013.
Many law-abiding suppliers
were driven out of business
because they didn't win bids or
couldn't survive under the new
prices, said Rob Brant, a Davie
owner who closed his oxygen
The quality of equipment


to cover their co-pays. She said
the government is the main
winner in the new system.
Owners also said some pa-
tients ran out of supplies or
had to pay out of pocket after
their longtime suppliers lost
out on the bidding.
Miramar retiree Joan Berger
said she couldn't find a com-
pany to supply portable oxygen
tanks last summer for her
husband Allen, until his doctor
persuaded a company to take
them. Her husband has since
"We were quite upset,"

Berger said.
Medicare says it has received
only 150 complaints about the
system all year, but companies
said callers with complaints
were being ignored.
"They're wearing their rosy
colored glasses," said Brant,
who is president of the sup-
plier association.
Other price savings reported
by Medicare: diabetic supplies:
down 30 percent in South
Florida, 31 percent in Orlando;
breathing devices, down 31
percent in South Florida, 36
percent in Orlando; walkers,
down 39 percent in South
Florida, 35 percent in Orlando.
Medicare plans to expand
the bidding program next
year to 91 more cities, includ-
ing New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago, Baltimore, Hartford,
Virginia Beach and Allentown.
The government also plans to
set up a national mail-order
system for diabetic test strips.
Medicare says it expects to
save $25 billion over 10 years
and recipients to save $17
billion if the system eventu-
ally expands nationally, as


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Commuters wio spend more time in traffic like this weigh more, have
higher blood pressure and have lower fitness levels, new research shows.

Long commutes harm your

health; zinc may shorten colds

By Kim Painter

Commuting and health:
Long commutes don't just suck
up your time; they also may
hurt your health. As commutes
lengthen, weight "arid"' :.d''
pressure rise, while fitness lev-
els fall, say researchers who
looked at the medical records of
4,300 drivers in Texas. People
who spend hours behind the
wheel each day may have less
time to exercise and suffer more
traffic-related stress. One rem-
edy: Fit some movement into
your work day. "Even if it's no
more than walking up three
flights of stairs and back down
again, it's going to be good for
your physiological and psycho-
logical health," a researcher
tells ABC News.
Zinc and colds: Folks who in-
sist zinc works to 'shorten their
colds get some support from
the latest research. The supple-
ments may speed relief from
sniffling and sneezing by a cou-
ple a days, at least in adults,
say researchers who pooled
data from 17 studies. But that
relief comes at a cost: nausea
and a nasty taste.
Depression and dementia:
Researchers attempting to sort
out the links between depres-
sion and dementia have some
new clues. People who suffer

depression at midlife have an
increased risk of eventually
developing a non-Alzheimer's
form of memory loss known as
vascular dementia especially
if they also are depressed in
* Lr, life, resiEthers a~.'Jtt
depression that appears only in
late life may be an early warn-
ing sign of Alzheimer's. It's un-
clear whether treating depres-
sion reduces dementia risk.
Moms and weight: The moms
of many chubby toddlers think
they look just fine -- or could
even stand to put on some more
weight, a new study shows.
That's a problem, researchers
say, at a time when childhood
obesity is a growing crisis.
Today's talker: In the immor-
tal words sung by Toby Keith,
"I wanna talk about me, wanna
talk about I, wanna talk about
number one, oh my me my...
But why? A new study suggests
that when we talk about our-
selves, we light up the same re-
ward centers in our brains acti-
vated by food, sex and money.
"It may have something to do
with forming social bonds," a
researcher tells HealthDay. The
study does not draw the line
between healthy bonding and
oversharing but research-
ers do say typical humans talk
about themselves 30 percent to
40 percent of the time.

Women pray more often

continued from 13B

In my research I that people
who felt comfortable with a
back-and-forth conversation
with God had learned to have
that conversation by using their
imaginations. At the beginning,
they often said that they were
confused by what it meant to
listen for God.
But then these Christians
did what their pastor suggest-
ed: they set out a (real) mug of
hot coffee for God in the morn-
ing, and sat down with their
own mug, and imagined that
they were talking to God. Most
of them knew that this was ar-
tifice, at least in part, and par-
ticularly at the beginning, they
were cautious about how seri-
ously to take it. Yet after a few
months, people would say that
they recognized God's voice in
their minds the way they rec-
ognized a voice on the phone.
But some people said that
they never heard God in this
way. They asked people to pray
for them in a house group so

that they would be able to hear
God speak. Most of these peo-
ple were men.
That's because men of our
time are-generlly speaking-
less comfortable with their
imaginations than women are.
Our culture raises men to take
less joy in the imagination.
Men read fewer novels. They
play with children less than
women do. It is important to
understand this difference in
socialization because some-
times men who cannot hear
God feel like bad Christians.
They can feel that God does
not love them as much as he
loves their wives, even if they
know that sounds silly. My
work suggests that this has
more to do with they way our
culture teaches them to use
their minds than it does with
their inherent worth. It sug-
gests that Christians should
nurture men's imaginations,
and that this nurturance will
help them to pray more read-
ily, and to know God more in-
timately as God the Father de-

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tripled in

a decade

3.4 out of 1,000 suffer

painkiller withdrawal

By Liz Szabo

The number of babies born addicted to the class
of drugs that includes prescription painkillers has
nearly tripled in the past decade, according to the
first national study of its kind.
About 3.4 of every
Born into addiction 1,000 infants born
in a hospital in 2009
Babies exposed to drugs in suffered from a
the womb have more health type of drug with-
problems than other newborns. drawal commonly
seen in the babies
Drug-exposed of pregnant women
S Other who abuse narcotic
Breatpain medications,
Breathing the study says. It
problems was published in
The Journal of the
American Medical
= 9S% Association.
Low birthrate That's about
S13,539 infants a
19% year, or one drug-
addicted baby born
every hour, says the
Feeding problems study's lead author,
SStephen Patrick, a
^B^IBimlB:!, *"''' P' fellow ih neonatal-
S.. perinatal medicine
0 at the University of
Seizures Michigan.
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0.1% 1-under most of whom are
S 512 pounds covered by the
Source: Journal of the American publicly financed
Medical Association Medicaid program,
cost $720 million in
2009, the study says.
The country has an obligation to help these
newborns, who "have made no choices around drug
abuse and addiction" and are "the most vulnerable
and the most blameless" members of society, says
Marie Hayes, psychology professor at the University
of Maine, who was not involved in the study.
Unlike in the 1980s and 1990s, when hospi-
tals saw a surge in babies born addicted to crack
cocaine, many newborns today arrive hooked on
powerful prescription painkillers, such as Vicodin
and Oxycontin, Patrick says. The type of with-
drawal Patrick studied, called neonatal abstinence
syndrome, produces different symptoms from
those caused by cocaine. The syndrome also can be
caused by illegal opiates, such as heroin, Patrick
says, but this surge in addicted babies probably is .
explained by the national "epidemic" of prescription
drug abuse.
The number of pregnant women who used or
abused narcotic painkillers increased fivefold from
2000 to 2009, his study found. These mothers now
account for 5.6 out of 1,000 hospital births a year,
the study found. The findings also were presented
at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic
Societies in Boston.
"The prevalence of drug use among pregnant
women hasn't changed since the early 2000s," says
Andreea Creanga, a researcher with the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, noting about 4.5
percent of pregnant women use illegal drugs. "But
the types of drugs that women are using is chang-
The CDC has flagged prescription painkiller
abuse as a major health threat, noting that these
drugs now cause more overdose deaths than heroin
and cocaine combined. And the problem is getting
worse. The death rate from overdoses in 2007 12
deaths per 100,000 people was roughly three
times higher than in 1991, a CDC report in No-
vember showed. Most of that increase came from
prescription drugs.
Many of these mothers tell their doctors they
didn't realize prescription painkillers could harm
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forecast on America's obe-
sity crisis has health experts
fearing a dramatic jump in
health care costs if nothing
is done to bring the epidem-
ic under control.
The new projection, re-
leased here Monday, warns
that 42 percent of Ameri-
cans may end up obese by
2030, and 11 percent could
be severely obese, adding
billions of dollars to health
care costs.
"If nothing is done (about
obesity), it's going to hinder
efforts for health care cost
containment," says Justin

ing more may help you fight a genetic predisposition
weight, a new study says.
ess sleep you get, the more your genes contribute
much you weigh. The more sleep you get. the less
nes determine how much you weigh," says lead au-
thaniel Watson, a neurologist and co-director ot the
*ty of Washington Medicine Sleep Center in Seattle
ous research has shown the connection between
nd weight, but this study looks at the role of genetics.
on and his colleagues analyzed sell-reported data
ht, weight and sleep duration of 604 pairs of identi-
s and 484 sets of fraternal twins in the Universit of
gton Twin Registry.
e were considered to get short sleep if they slept
In seven hours a night; normal sleep if they slept
o 8.9 hours, long sleep if they slept nine hours or
'he average age of participants was about 37 years;
e sleep duration was 7.2 hours a night.
ig findings published online today in the journal
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of Americans

Trogdon, a research econo-
mist 1..iit,. RTI Intpernational,
a non-profit research orga-
nization in North Carolina's
Research Triangle Park.
As of 2010, about 36 per-
cent of adults were obese,
"The obesity problem is
likely to get much worse
without a major public
health intervention."
-Eric Finkelstein
Health Economist

which is roughly 30 pounds
over a healthy weight, and
six percent were severely
obese, which is 100 or
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Percentage of obese adults;,:
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Obesity fight needs ambitious

campaign, health leaders say

By Judith Graham
Part I

Since first lady Michelle
Obama made childhood obe-
sity her signature project al-
most two years ago, the issue
has had the kind of highly
visible national leadership
that it previously lacked.
But that isn't enough, say
public health leaders frus-
trated with the slow progress
in stemming America's obe-
sity epidemic.
Something more ambi-
tious is needed, they argue
- something modr like the
anti-tobacco movement.
The similarities between
the two public health chal-
lenges are compelling. To-
bacco use is the nation's No.
1 cause of preventable death
in the U.S., killing 467,000
people in 2005, according to
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Swimming, biking and running are just
three of the many sports in which the winner
has the fastest time. In other sports such as
football, basketball or volleyball, the win-
ners are determined after a set period of time.
When it comes to having a stroke, the person
who seeks treatment in the fastest time possi-
ble can be a winner in the game of life. That's
because the faster blood flow is restored to the
brain, the lower the risk of disability or death.
A stroke, also known as a brain attack, oc-
curs when blood flow to the brain is interrupt-
ed or blocked. When this happens, brain cells
in the immediate area start to die because
they do not get the oxygen and nutrients they
need to function properly. Disabilities that can
result from a stroke include paralysis, cogni-
tive deficits, speech and emotional problems,
pain and numbness. Approximately 80 per-
cent of strokes are ischemic1, which means
they occur when a clot blocks a blood vessel or
artery in the brain. The remaining 20 percent
of strokes are hemorrhagic. These strokes
are caused by a blood vessel that breaks and
bleeds into the brain.
Symptoms of a stroke are easy to spot be-
cause they happen quickly. It is important to
act F.A.S.T. in these situations because the
most effective treatments for stroke are avail-
able only within the first three hours after
symptoms start. Look for the following signs of
a stroke:
Face Does one side of the person's face
droop when you ask them to smile?
Arms Does one arm drift downward when
you ask the person to raise both arms?
Speech Does the person slur speech
when asked to repeat a simple phrase?
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Childhood obesity needs more aggressive attention

continued from 17B

a landmark study by Harvard
University researchers.
Being obese or overweight
caused an estimated 216,000
deaths from heart disease, dia-
betes and other conditions, re-
searchers estimated, while an-
other 191,000 deaths resulted
from being physically inactive
another key contributor to
expanding waistlines.
In terms of health care costs,
obesity is now the larger con-
"cern, accounting for $147 billion
to $190 billion in yearly expen-
ditures, compared with $96 bil-
lion for tobacco.
After decades of lawsuits,
damning reports about indus-
try practices, and stop-smoking
campaigns, smoking rates have
plummeted, from a high of 42
percent of adults in 1965 a
year after the surgeon gener-
al's first report on smoking and
health to just over 19 percent
today. Meanwhile, obesity has
been soaring since the 1980s
and only last year reached a
plateau, which experts say may
be only temporary. Currently,
45 million American adults are
smokers, while 78 million adults
and almost 13 million young-
sters are counted as obese.
Some public health advocates

see other parallels.
"When I look at what's going
on with obesity, it reminds me
of what was going on with to-
bacco in the '50s, '60s, and '70s,
when there was a lot of empha-
sis on personal responsibility,
voluntary self-regulation, and
trying to make safe cigarettes,"
said Stanton Glantz, director
of the Center for Tobacco Con-
trol Research and Education at
the University of California-San
That approach didn't work,
and efforts to reduce smoking
didn't really have much suc-
cess until advocates shifted
their emphasis from changing
individual behavior to commu-
nity-based activism and hold-
ing cigarette manufacturers
accountable for harmful prod-
ucts, Glantz said.
A similar shift is needed today
in the fight against America's
expanding waistlines, many
experts believe. Instead of ap-
proaching obesity as a personal
issue, it needs to be redefined
as a community challenge that
calls for collective action and
wide-ranging policy changes
such as more informative food
labels, limits on marketing
to children, and taxes on un-
healthy products, they argue.
But there are many hurdles.
The scope of the obesity prob-

The First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Initiative."

lem is much larger than tobacco
ever was: It touches on the food
we eat, the beverages we drink,
the amount of television we
watch, how much we exercise,
the way our cities are designed
and more. While the variety of
policy changes proposed are
therefore broader, the political
will to enact them has not mate-
rialized, in part because "people
don't yet perceive a significant

personal threat," said William
Dietz, director of the division of
nutrition, physical activity and
obesity at the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
The issue will take center
stage in the nation's capital this
coming week, as the Institute of
Medicine releases a report on
strategies to combat the obe-
sity epidemic, the CDC hosts a

major conference highlighting
efforts to control obesity, and
HBO prepares to air a four-part
documentary on the obesity cri-
As public health experts com-
mitted to stemming obesity
study the history of the anti-
tobacco movement and look
to it for guidance, it is helpful
to consider' some key similari-
ties and differences between

these issues.

The vast majority of people
who use tobacco take up the
habit as teenagers, and one-
third of kids who smoke daily will
eventually die prematurely of to-
bacco-related illnesses, according
to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free
The health impact of obesity is
similar: Seriously overweight chil-
dren are at greater risk of develop-
ing a multitude of health problems
that can continue through adult-
hood, including' diabetes, liver
disease, heart disease, joint prob-
lems and asthma, and are more
likely to become obese adults, a
wide body of research has demon-
Preventing harm to young peo-
ple is a central goal of both anti-
tobacco and anti-obesity cam-
"First, let's protect our children,"
said David Ludwig, a child obesity
expert at Harvard Medical School,
noting that the calorie-laden foods
and drinks that kids consume in
abundance "are not just neutral
- they actively undermine our
health by overwhelming funda-
mental biological pathways that
regulate appetite and body weight
and, by manipulating dietary
preferences that may be difficult
to change over a lifetime."

More infants face addiction to multiple drugs

continued from 17B

their babies, perhaps
because the drugs are
technically legal, says
Mark Hudak, a spokes-
man for the American
Academy of Pediatrics
who wrote the group's
2012 clinical report on
newborn withdrawal.
Other mothers are ad-
dicted when they be-
come pregnant and sim-

ply unable to quit, he
Babies born in with-
drawal are often born
small and are at a higher
risk of death than other
infants, Patrick says.
Doctors try to relieve the
pain of surviving babies
by treating them with
methadone, a narcotic
painkiller commonly
used to treat heroin ad-
dicts. Doctors reduce
the dose slowly over

weeks to avoid caus-
ing sudden withdrawal
symptoms, Patrick says.
Doctors and nurs-
es sometimes can tell
which babies are go-
ing through withdrawal
from the hallway, with-
out even seeing them,
simply by hearing their
cries, Patrick says.
These babies are irrita-
ble and hard to console,
with stiff, rigid muscles
that won't relax. They

have tremors, seizures
and breathing prob-
lems. They have trouble
feeding and resist taking
a bottle. They throw up
frequently and produce
watery diarrhea. "It's
like a colicky baby times
10," Patrick says.
Sometimes, these ba-
bies are exposed to mul-
-tiple drugs in the womb,
from tobacco and alco-
hol to antidepressants
and other psychiatric

drugs, says Howard Hei-
man, associate chief of
the neonatal intensive-
care unit at Cohen Chil-
dren's Medical Center of
New York. Researchers
need to find better ways
to treat drug-addicted
mothers and to identify
and treat addicted ba-
bies as early as possible.
Some states have been
hit harder than others,
Hayes says, particularly
those with high rates of

rural poverty, such as
Maine and Kentucky. In
Florida, the number of
babies with withdrawal
syndrome soared from
354 in 2006 to 1,374
in 2010, according to
the Florida Agency for
Health Care Adminis-
tration. In response,
Florida's attorney gen-
eral has convened a
task force to address the
problem of drug-addict-
ed newborns.

Adults in U.S. still struggle with weight issues

continued from 17B

more pounds over a
healthy weight.
"The obesity problem
is likely to get much
worse without a ma-
jor public health in-
tervention," says Eric
Finkelstein, a health
economist with Duke
University Global
Health Institute and

lead researcher on the
new study.
The analysis was pre-
sented at the Centers
for Disease Control and
Prevention's "Weight
of the Nation" meet-
ing. The study is being
published online in the
American Journal of
Preventive Medicine.
The increase in the
obesity rate would
mean 32 million more

obese people within two
decades, Finkelstein
says. That's on top of
the almost 78 million
people who were obese
in 2010.
Extra weight takes a
huge toll on health, in-
creasing the risk of type
2 diabetes, heart dis-
ease, stroke, many types
of cancer, sleep apnea
and other debilitating
and chronic illnesses.

Sleep impacts weight loss

continued from 17B

Sleep, from the American Academy of
Sleep Medicine:
Those who slept longer at night
had lower body mass indek (BMI),
based on weight and height, than
those sleeping less.
People who sleep less increase
their genetic risk of an elevated BMI,
Watson says,
For twins averaging more than
nine hours of sleep, genetic factors
accounted for about 32 percent of
weight variations; for those sleeping
less than seven hours, genetic factors
accounted for 70 percent of weight
variations. For those sleeping seven
to nine hours, 60 percent of the varia-
tion was due to genetic factors. Other
factors that affect BMI include envi-
ronmental ones.
Both sleep need and BMI are inher-

ited traits, Watson says. "But we see
differences in how much twins weigh
based on their sleep duration," he
He says researchers don't know
which genetic pathways involving
weight are influenced by sleep, but
they might include those involving
hunger, satiety, fat storage, metabo-
lism or other physiological functions.
Scientists have known for years that
sleep deprivation increases levels of a
hunger hormone and decreases levels
of a hormone that makes you feel full.
The effects may lead to overeating and
weight gain.
The new findings are another good
reason to be sure you get enough
shut-eye every night, says sleep ex-
pert Jodi Mindell, a psychology pro-
fessor at Saint Joseph's University in
Philadelphia. "If you're trying to lose
weight, getting enough sleep gives
you a fighting chance."

"Obesity is one of the
biggest contributors for
why healthcare spend-
ing has been going up
over the past 20 years,"
says Kenneth Thorpe, a
professor of health poli-
cy at Emory University
in Atlanta.
The obesity rate was
relatively stable in the
USA between 1960 and
1980, when about 15
percent of people fell

into the category. It in-
creased dramatically in
the '80s and '90s and
was up to 32 percent in
2000 and 36 percent in
2010, according to CDC
data. Obesity inched
up slightly over the
past decade, which has
caused speculation that
the obesity rate might
be leveling off.
Finkelstein, Trogdon
and colleagues pre-

dicted future obesity
rates with a statistical
analysis using differ-
ent CDC data, includ-
ing body mass index, of
several hundred thou-
sand people. Body mass
is a number that takes
into account height and
weight. Their estimates
suggest obesity is likely
to continue to increase,
although not as fast as
it has in the past.

Ways to prevent stroke

continued from 17B

any of these signs.
If you or someone you know is having
a stroke, be prepared to act promptly if
there is sudden:
Numbness in the arm, leg or face,
especially if it is on one. side of the body.
Confusion, difficulty talking or
problems understanding speech.
Trouble seeing out of one or both
Difficulty walking, dizziness, or loss
of balance or coordination.
Intense headache for no known rea-
It is important not to wait for symp-
toms to go away or worsen. Ischemic
strokes can be treated with a clot-bust-
ing drug called tissue plasminogen ac-
tivator, or t-PA. However, for the treat-
ment to be effective, the stroke patient
must get to a hospital within one hour,

and be evaluated and receive the drug
within three hours of the onset of stroke
symptoms. A study by the National In-
stitute of Neurological Disorders and
Stroke found that some patients receiv-
ing t-PA within the three-hour window
were at least 30 percent more likely to
recover from a stroke after 90 days.
Risk factors that can increase the
chances of having a stroke include high
blood pressure, heart disease, smok-
ing, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle and
elevated cholesterol. For more informa-
tion about treating strokes, talk with
your doctor or visit the National Stroke
Association website at www.North
Shore Medical Center's stroke program
has been awarded certification from the
Joint Commission as an Advanced Pri-
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Blisters form when something
presses and rubs on the skin. While
you should monitor the area for signs
of infection, such as pain or redness,
experts say the best way to care for a
blister is to leave it alone.
The University of Michigan Health
System offers these suggestions: ....-...
Avoid popping a blister. But if it is
large or a source of constant pain or
discomfort, use a sterile needle and
carefully drain it.
Don't cover the blister unless
you have to. If something is rubbing
against the area, cover it with a loose
bandage, which should be changed
If possible, avoid the activity that
caused the blister to form.
Always wash your hands carefully
before touching a blister.
Apply an antibiotic ointment to
help prevent infection.



If you have lower back pain, sitting
at an office desk all day can aggravate
your symptoms.
The University of Michigan Health
System offers these suggestions for
managing back pain at work:
Make sure your feet are flat on
the floor, either by adjusting the seat
or using a footrest.
If your chair doesn't offer suf-
ficient lower back support, place a
rolled towel or small cushion behind
Make sure your reading materials
are at eye level.
Set up your desk so all supplies
are easily reached; don't lean, bend or
twist at the waist.
Take regular breaks to stand up,
stretch and move around.


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On May 5, at the Title One
District Chess Championship,
Dr. Cheryl Powell Polite' re-
ceived top honors by being se-
lected as "Coach of the Year."
Year after year, her students
at Scott Lake Elementary were
able to showcase their talent
and love for the game of chess,
winning many championship
Last year her students were
State winners and Co-national
champions in the U900 divi-
This week her students will
be competing in Nashville, Ten-
nessee at the USCF National
She is the proud wife of Dr.
Rodney Polite and daughter of
Mrs. Laura Powell.

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Fathers Inc. launches nat'l campaign

Inspired by President Barack
Obama's 2010 Father's Day
address, Fathers Incorporated
(FI) has launched its Ties Never
Broken campaign. Fathers In-
corporated, a not-for-profit or-
ganization based in New York
is committed to eliminating fa-
therlessness and increasing the
commitment of men to become
Over the last several months,
the campaign has garnered in-
ternational attention and is sup-
ported by The White House and
several major urban cities. The
Ties Never Broken campaign is

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

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Although it has been five
years, it seems like only
yesterday that you were called
home to be with our Heavenly
The memories we will
forever cherish. We miss you
and we love you
Forever in our hearts,
Shirley, Yetunde, Lushaunda
and family.

symbolized by the social mar-
keting icon of a "blue bow tie."
New to the team in champion-
ing the mission of responsible
fatherhood is Fred Hammond,
Grammy Award and multiple
award-winning performer, pro-
ducer and writer. Hammond
joins fellow co-spokesperson
Chris Broussard, journalist and
sports analyst for ESPN.
"I am excited to serve in this
honorable capacity of saving
our children," states Hammond.
"I've spent my life striving to be
a responsible father and man,
and I find it unacceptable what's

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

happening to our children be-
cause of the disengagement of
fathers and able bodied men."
"For years, FI has been work-
ing in the field of responsible
fatherhood, with the goal of
creating effective service mod-
els to serve men," says Kenneth
Braswell, executive director of
Fathers Incorporated. "Our big-
gest struggle in combating both
father absence and the lack of
viable mentors is our inabil-
ity to raise the societal level of
conciseness regarding the im-
portance of responsible male in-

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In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

It's been five long years and
it feels like yesterday.
Hope you know how much
we miss and love you.
Your family and friends.

Evergreen Memorial
Park Cemetery
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Time has swiftly passed.
It's hard to believe that a year
has come and gone since you
went away. Happy Mother's
We will always love you.
Penny, Michael, Della, Car-
olyn, and Tony.


The family of Raven Drayton,
would like to congratulate her
on her graduation on May 12,
from Bethune Cookman Uni-
versity with her Bachelor's of
Arts in Sociology.
We are proud of you: May God
continue to bless you as you go
The Drayton's, Por-
ter's, Burke's, Marshall's,
Mcknnion's, Williams's, Dash-
er's and Garrison's families.

Mothers Day

program at

Mt. Zion

You are invited to join Women
of Zion at the Historic Mt. Zion
Missionary Baptist Church,
301 NW 9 Street, Miami Florida
Come to worship on Mother's
Day, 9:45 a.m., Sunday, May
13. The speaker for the morn-
ing, shall address the theme: "A
Virtuous Woman."


ster JaNyce Sippio-

Free Food at Holy Cross
Dade County Outreach As- Wright, Smiley Jubiliars, Dy-
sociation, Inc. is sponsoring a namic Stars, Miami Rescue
Mother's day Feast 3 p.m., Sun- Band, Golden Bells, Spiritua-
day, May 13 at Holy Cross M.B. lets, Freeman Singers, Gospel
Church, 1555 N.W. 93 Terr. Messengers and many many
On program The Wimberly more.
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2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
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20B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012

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Eric L. Wilson
ELIZA E. GREEN, 69, retired
nurse, died May
3 at Memorial
West Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Sierra Norwood
Calvary Baptist

worker, died May
3 at Jackson

Ho s p i t a I .
Viewing 5 p.m.-
8 p.m., Friday at
Jordan Grove
Baptist Church. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church.

Gregg L. Mason
MARILYN ROLLE, 63, banking,
Reserve, died
May 2. Survivors
dau g h ters,
Edmonia Laster
(Derek), Marilyn
Mendez Oden
( Ronald ),
Tamele Mendez and Nicole
Wesley; brothers, Rufus Chislom
(Linda), T.C. Terry (Valeria) and
Willis Johnson; sister, Gritzella
Jones (Eddie); grandchildren and a
host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial service 2 p.m., Saturday
at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's
Witnesses, 300 West 40th Street,
Miami Beach, FL.


CARMEN WHITE, 72, 67, died May 3
homemaker, died May 4 at Broward at Florida Medi-
General Hospital. Service 2 p.m., cal Center. Ser-
Saturday in the chapel. vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Bethel Apostolic
Royal Temple.

died April 23 at
home. Service
11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

retired Dade
County School
teacher and
principal for 38
years, died May
4 at home.
During his
tenure, he was
recognized for
outstanding leadership and service
at the Middle School level. He was
the husband of Yvonne Grice and
father of Sonia Grice. Services
were held.

72, registered
nurse, died May
3 at home.
From Reva,
Aaron Jr., Lisa I
and Sibian.
When you stand
with the
blessings of
your mother and God, it matters not
who stands against you. Yoroba
Proverb. Service 10 a.m., Thursday
at Greater New Bethel Missionary
Baptist Church.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
cashier, died
May 3 at
University of
Miami Hospice
C e n ter r
Surviv ors
include: mother,
children, Joseph Clarke, Joneisha
Clarke, Deshuan Sanders. and
Jameisha Barber; sisters, Sabrena
Jones and Chantavia Sanders;
brother, Criss Sanders, Jr. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at 93rd Street
Community Missionary Baptist

85, homemaker,
died May 5 in
Orlando, FL.
Service 11
a.m., Friday at
Porch Advent
Ministries Faith
World Center
in Orlando,
FL. Arrangements handled by
Golden's Funeral Home, Inc., 210
North Pennsylvania Ave., Winter
Park, FL 32789, 407-740-6784.


JENNEAN F BRITT, 83, retired
school teacher, died May 6 at
North Shore Hospital. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Bethel Baptist
April 22. Services were held.

April 30 at Coral Springs Medical
Center. Services were held.

warehouse clerk, died May 7 at
North Shore Hospice. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

died May 1
at Jackson
Memorial I
Ho s p i t a I .
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
Baptist Church.

DAVID A. NEWELL, 65, died
May 1 atAventura Hospital. Service
1 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

died May 1 at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Services were held.

BERNADINO LOUIS, 22, loader,
died April 23. Services were held.

Wright and Young

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include: sister,

Willie Frank
Bowens, Sr., Leroy Tillman;
daughter-in-law, Annie Bowens
and Carolyn Bowens; adopted
daughter, Roberta Young;
grandchildren, Willie Frank Bowens,
Jr., Katie Michelle Bowens, Roscoe
Tillman Jr., Latoya Tillman, Antinori
Harris, Deanna Harris; host of
great grandkids, family members
and love ones. Viewing 3-7 p.m.,
Friday at the church. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Gethsemane of
Hollywood, FL.

Eric S. George
tired, died May 3rd at Avante of
Boca, Boca Raton, FL. Services
are entrusted to McClendon Funer-
al Home in Washington, GA.

ALTON HOBBS, laborer, died
April 27th in Hollywood, FL. Service
4 p.m., Thursday in the chapel.

laborer, died April 26 in West Park,
FL. Services were held.

RUBY MILLER, died May 6th.
Service 11 a.m., Friday at Ebene-
zer Baptist Church of Hallandale


Nakia Ingraham
personal assistant, died April 27
at Plantation General. Service
12 p.m., Thursday at Pentecostal
Gospel Temple Ministries.

Hadley Davis
month, died
April 30 at
Jackson North
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the


WINSTON REAVES, 54, laborer,
died May 1.
Service 12:30
p.m., Saturday
at Liberty City
Church of God.

died May 3
at St. Mary's
Medical Center.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Herman AME

service, died
May 4 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at -
Jordan Grove '"

Missionary '
Baptist Church.

a i r p I a n e
mechanic, died .
May 5 at home. .'
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday in the


warehouse worker, died May 6.
Arrangements are incomplete.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

04/09/1931 05/14/2011

Southern Memorial
retired, died
April 26 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 10:30
a.m., Saturday
at Church of the . *.

Harmon -
died May 1,
Service 11
a.m., Sunday
at Philadelphie
Adventist ,

In Memoriam

Miami native dies

In loving memory of,


Carey Royal Ram'n
JACK BROWN, 53, laborer,
died April 28.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

Happy Mothers
In loving memory of,

05/07/1948 05/04/2011
Happy Birthday

To our cherished mother,
grandmother, founder, loved
one and friend.
It has been a whole year
since your earthly life came
to an end, not a day goes
by that you are not sorely
missed,your warm hugs,
endless love and gentle kiss.
As an entrepreneur, you
demonstrated morality, dig-
nity and courage conquering
all things by faith on your
natural voyage.
We are humbled and hon-
ored to continue your lega-
cy through your business,
which "God has blessed to
serve, support and help our
community at Business-X-
Love, your family, friends
and customers.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

09/24/1934 05/13/2011

It has been a year now, that
my love has flown to the one
we love..the Great Jehovah!
You are not forgotten. Your
wife, Adell; sisters, nieces,
nephews and friends

Card of Thanks

The family of the late.


wishes to thank our friends
and supporters for your many
expressions of kindness dur-
ing our bereavement.
A very special thanks to
Dr. Frederick Morley, his
early B.T.W. clarinet student
mentor, devoted friend, Kappa
Alpha Psi fraternity brother,
and fellow FAMU "Marching
100" alumni band member;
B.T.W. Alumni Association,
and fellow Washingtonians;
Mrs. Georgiana Bethel, former
teacher at B.T.W.; B.T.W.
Classes of 1955 and 1960; The
Church of The Incarnation,
and Dade County Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
May God continue to bless
and keep you.
The Rolle, Harrison, Morton,
Williams and Scott families.

One year has come and we
are without you. Your birth-
day and now Mother's Day.
We love and miss you so
very much.
Your daughter, Carolyn
Boyce and grandson, Tony.

11/19/1950 05/06/2010

It has been two years since
God called you home. You are
always on my mind, because
you were one of a kind.
You are sadly missed-and
no one can ever replace you.
We will always love you,
Sincerely your mother,
Easter Maycock Troy;
children, sisters, brothers,
and family.

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daughter of Gwendolyn
Jennings Kidney and the
late Calvin E. Jennings died
suddenly on Tuesday, May
1. Tiffany attended public
and private schools in Miami,
Florida, graduating from
Miami Northwestern Senior
High School. She received
a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Business Administration
from Clark Atlanta University
in Atlanta, Georgia; and
completed graduate courses
in Human Resources and
Information Technology.
Tiffany lived in Snellville,
Georgia for many years and
worked as a Tax Examiner for
the Internal Revenue Service
since 2006. She also worked
for Miami-Dade County Public
Schools from 1998 to 2005.
Tiffany is survived by
her daughter, Ta'tiana
Nicole Rae Perry, age 3, of
Snellville, Georgia; mother,
Gwendolyn Jennings Kidney
of Fort Pierce, Florida; former
husband, T. Ray Perry of
Newman, Georgia; uncle,
Jerry Jennings of Miami,
Florida; aunts, Winifred
Graham (Henry) of Hollywood,
Florida, Ida Lou Jennings
of Lake Wales, Florida, Alice
Moore (Gary) of Miami,
Florida, Yvonne Milton (David)
of Greenville, Florida, Peggy
Jennings of Miami, Florida
and Annie Rose Jennings of
Stockbridge, Georgia; mother-
and father-in-law, Ernestine
and Thurna Perry of Albany,
Georgia; a host of cousins;
and several godchildren.
Viewing and family visitation
4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May
11 at Range Funeral Home,
5727 N.W. 17th Avenue,
Miami, Florida.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Fulford United Methodist
Church, 1900 N.E. 164th
Street, North Miami Beach,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

05/09/1940 06/19/2010

Happy Birthday, Mother's Day
After two years, you are still
alive in our hearts.
Love your magnificent
seven children.







to have

more kids

By Ann Oldenburg
We're not sure which was more dazzling
- the front of Beyonce's Givenchy couture
sheer gown or the back, as the star stole
the show at last night's Met Gala parade of
amazing dresses and famous faces.
Beyonce said she hasn't been working out
to get her post-baby figure back, but instead
has just been working. "I've been rehears-
ing, I have a show coming up and it's my
first show in a year," she tells ET. And when
asked by Nancy O'Dell if she's thinking
about more kids, Beyonce replied, "I defi-
nitely want to have more," she proclaims.
"I don't know how many. God knows I don't
know yet."
Among those joining her to walk the
famous red staircase were Gwyneth Pal-
trow (who bared a lot of skin), Cameron
Diaz (sporting There's Something About
Mary hair), Jessica Biel (who showed off her
engagement ring), Kanye West (minus Kim
Kardashian), Sarah Jessica Parker, Katha-
rine McPhee, Heidi Klum, Tim Tebow and
dozens more.

Filmmaker Ronny Cush (left)
is supported by his number
one fan, daughter Nadia.
He will be among those
showcasing their films
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makes its debut in Liberty City

Black filmmakers get needed

exposure in competitive industry

Beyonce Knowles attends the 'Schia-
parelli And Prada: Impossible Conver-
sations' Costume Institute Gala at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art on Mon-
day in New York City.

By D. Kevin McNeir
Filmmaking is one of the
fastest-growing and most lu-
crative industries in the world
and Miami has become one
of the top choices for settings
both because of its beautiful
environment and its multicul-
tural pool of actors. But Black
filmmakers are still struggling
to gain access to the industry
and to become noticed for their
own quality work. That's why
a team of committed vision-
aries from Miami have come
together to produce the first
annual Miami Inner City Film
Festival, which opens at the
Joseph Caleb Auditorium on
Thursday, May 10 and runs
through Saturday, May 12.
The goal of the Festival is
to bring greater attention to
a niche market that has long
been ignored by the main-

stream industry Black
filmmakers. Other festivals
abound in Miami, includ-
ing the Miami Jewish, Gay &
Lesbian, Latin and Women's
International, but none give
credence or attention to Mi-
ami's inner city population or
the filmmakers that live and
work there.

Curtis Ballard, 37, the
writer, producer and director
of "Baghdad" which will be
featured during the three-day
event [it premiered last sum-
mer], is one of the co-founders
of the Festival.
"Our goal is to bring aware-
ness to the public of the ins
and outs of the film business,"
he said. "We are catering to
younger minds interested in
filmmaking and wanted to
bring this to our community
at an affordable price so they

can get really get involved and
talk to directors, actors and
Ronny Cush, another co-
founder, will premier his film
"Brianna," a suspense-filled
feature that tells the tale of a
young girl who is kidnapped,
forced into a brothel and then
finds that her first client is
none other than the pastor of
her church.
"When the ABFF [American
Black Film Festival] comes to
Miami every summer, we tend
to get left out," he said. "We
have a lot of talented direc-
tors and actors that make
Miami their home and deserve
the same kind of exposure.
We shouldn't have to wait for
Hollywood to give us their
approval. We can create our
own market. That's why this
Festival is so important."
Eddie Brown, a Opa-Locka
entrepreneur, is another co-
founder. He says bringing art
and culture to the inner city
in the form of film projects has
long been his dream.
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Jazz fest:

The mojo


in New


By Jerry Shriver
NEW ORLEANS Before the 43rd an-
nual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festi-
val began it appeared as though a curse
might be at work as an unusually large
number of scheduled acts, including Ed-
die Vedder, Dianne Reeves, John Mayer,
Jill Scott and the recently-deceased
Levon Helm, were unable to appear.
But JazzFest mojo prevailed. Those
musicians' substitutes, who included
Jimmy Buffett and the Warren Haynes
Band, performed abl,. Bruce Spring-
steen eventually found room in his
schedule to appear last week; and the
country's premiere roots music festival
passed the si.-da, |of seven mark on
SatuLrdm y by rernainine essentially' rain-
The lucky attendees soaked up the sun
and some of these highlights on Satur-
HOLY COW!: Alien Toussaint made
quite the sartorial statement during his
early-afternoon set at the Acura Stage.
The beloved elder statesman of New'.
Orleans pop songwriting sat at a grand
piano clad in a sport coat made of wide
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Allen Toussaint performs Saturday at
the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fes-

Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury

(AP) After popping
up in cameos during
the credits of Marvel
films as the authori-
tative, eye-patch-
wearing Nick Fury,
Samuel L. Jackson
steps fully into his
role as the head of
peacekeeping agen-
cy S.H.I.E.L.D. in
"The Avengers." JAC
He assembles the
super-crew of Iron Man,
Thor, Captain America, Black
Widow, the Incredible Hulk
and Hawkeye as part of his
"Avengers Initiative" to help
fight Thor's brother, Loki, who
threatens to wipe out human-
ity. The film hits U.S. theaters
"It's great to stand there and
look around and go OK, these
guys are actually here so we
do have the Avengers," Jack-

son said during a
recent interview.
"(Director and writ-
er) Joss (Whedon)
is so savvy about
the genre and how
f ~ to flesh characters
out so it's not just
a set piece fest of
J ." stuff blowing up
and people chas-
: .tf' ing each other .
KSON There's sadness,
there's joy, there's
fear, there's all this stuff that
goes into making this film
that makes it sort of special,
way more special than it could
have been."
Jackson will reprise his
character in the next "Captain
America" film, which starts
shooting in January, but he's
unsure of Nick Fury's fate be-
yond that. Could his origin
story be in the works?
"I have no idea," he said. "I

had a nine-picture deal, I've
only done five of them, so I
guess so. It's possible."
The 63-year-old actor took
a break from working with
Quentin Tarantino on "Django
Unchained" to promote "The
Avengers." And while he stayed
mum on the project ("It's an-
other non-disclosure thing"),
he said he has no problem
shifting gears from Taranti-
no's dramatic Western tale to
the superhero world.
"It's like this: When I go to
work in the morning, I'm this
guy. And when I come out of
the makeup trailer and I have
a big scar on my face and a
patch on my eye and I've got a
whole goatee, I'm a whole new
person. I don't even have to
think about it," he said. "And
when I go to work for Quentin,
the same thing happens: I go
in the makeup trailer and I
come out another guy.


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Eric Benet

rn-ity Gocdheart makes feature

film debut

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Grammy-nominated R&B singer/
songwriter Eric Benet recently scored
a thumb's up in his feature film debut
as the father of a precocious 12-year-
old girl in "Trinity Goodheart." The
movie is a modern-day parable of lost
love and regained family values and is
now available on DVD. Trinity, played
by Erica Gluck, is convinced that her
long-lost mother is in trouble after an
angel leaves her a pendant that once
belonged to her mom. She goes in
search of her mother, risking her own
life and in the end reuniting her family.
One Village Entertainment, a division
of Image Entertainment, produced the
film. They are quickly becoming an
industry leader with films that target
Black families, consumers and the
urban market.

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to Vice-Chairwoman District 3
Audrey M. Edmonson residents.
for zeroing in on an Miami-Dade County
affordable housing has more than 50 active
for her District 3 boards and committees
constituency. She that advise the
has championed 39 County Commission
affordable housing on a variety of
deve 1 opments EDMONSON issues. Edmonson

throughout the district,
Liberty City, Little Haiti,
Overtown, Brownsville and
Allapattah. Edmonson has
supported private investment
projects which have created
more than 15,000 quality
affordable units for senior
citizens and families. This effort
has resulted in the creation
of 4.000 jobs. according to
the National Association of
Builders, most of the jobs went

relies on constituents'
input and encourages you to
become a committee member.
Edmonson currently serves
as Internal Management
and Fiscal Responsibility
Committee and is a member
of the Regional Transportation
and Public Safety and
Health Care Administration
Committees. She represents
the county on the Children's
Trust. Miamni-Dade County

Canvassing Board, .1
chairs the Census "
Redistricting .
Committee and the
Value Adjustment
C r o w n i n g
experience for Teresa
Eilene Martin-
Robinson, member PINK
of Egelloc Civic and
Social Club and Director of
The Men Of Tomorrow, now
president emeritus. Veronica
Rahming is now president.
Robinson's leadership was
outstanding. Kudos to parents
of Alfred W. Allen, Jr. and
Jamesha Mitchell (female
escort), Antonio D. Harden
and Jasmine Howard (female
escort. James L. McKenney,
Jr., and Jessica Hampton,
Leroy E. Parker and Raven
James (female escort), Koran
M. Robinson and Jazmine
Savage (female escort).
Maxwell B.Sampson and
Neysa Harris Ifemale escort.

Melvin L. Tooks, II and
Sydney Green (female
escort), Bakari J. Wilder
and Ashley Cash
(female escort), Paris
C. Webb, II and Janey
Washington (female
escort), President
Michael J. Williams
NNEY and Candice Madison.
Robinson introduced
the mothers who pinned
boutonnieres on their sons'
lapels. The fathers knighted
their sons with a black and
white cane. Cora S. Johnson
presented 1st prize to LeRoy
Parker in the talent category;
Gloria H. Clausell presented
Black Heritage 1st prize to
MichaelWilliams; Vera Purcell
presented winner Bakari
Wilder for Essay: and Nadine
Baxter-Atkins presented 1st
prize to Maxwell Sampson for
Business Ingenuity. Sonya W.
Garden recognized each Men
Of Tomorrow .vith a certificate
uf participation The Christina

Eve scholarship went
to: Curtis Hollland,
1st place; Imir Hall,
2nd; Charleston
Jenkins, 3rd; and
honorable mention,
Vernon T. Kineard
and Khambrel T.
Dawkins. Special
recognition went
to MOT Dishon


Carey, Lawrence N. Collier,
Ezell Gordon, Christopher
Wallace, and Darius Albury-
T he- 43rd a-nn.ial presentation
"Celebrating our Heritage and
Fulfilling the Dream" members
include: Dr. Joreatha
Capers, Senior Pastor,
Ebenezer UMC. Larry Mitts.
Dr. Richard J. Strachan.
Ricardo Shaw, MOT Andre
Gainey, Fredrick Ingraham,
LarMarc Anderson. The
Honorable Patrick A. White,
Phyllis Williams, Drabina
Washington. Charlezette
Chavis-Dunn. Eddye Gay,

Sherwood Dubose,
Michael Emmanuel,
Garry Mason, and
Ebony Thomas.
S Congrats Rahming!
Deacon Gerald
Armbrister. told
iis Elder Herman
Henderson, Jr. was
SON born the second son of
13 children to the late
Herman and Lillie Henderson,
July 16, 1928 February 17,
2012. Educated in Douglas,
GA., gave his life to Christ in
1960. He married Beatrice
V. Armbrister and worked
for 40 years. He is missed by
his wife, Beatrice, Herman,
Jr., Kenneth Cartwright,
Gloria Cartwright, Leola
Gamble, Pamela Faulkes,
Ruth, Jasmin and Telietha
Strachan from Nassau,
It is an honor to share with
readers "From Bahamas
to Miani" by Dr Enid C.

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By Anna S w eeting:.: .

Please join St. Agnes Guild
at our 10:45 a.m. service
on May 20 as we observe
Annual Feminine Emphasis
Day. Miranda Albury and
Julie Edwards are our chair
persons. A gala reception
will follow in the parish hall.
Don't miss our dynamic
speaker,our own Velma
Happy wedding an niversary
to the following "love birds"
of the week: Tellis and the
Rev. Doris Ingraham. April
30, 29 years; Roosevelt and
Yvette E. Meadows. May 2,
14 years.
Get well wishers ad
prayers for all sick and
shut-ins of our community:
Thomas Nottage, Naomi
Adams, Shayne Hepburn,
Iva Dell Miller-Hepburn,
Cecil Stanley Newbold,
Ernestine Ross-Collins,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Elouise Bain-Farrington,
Yvonne Johnson-Gaitor,
Wilhelmina Stirrup-Welch,
Frankie Rolle, Frank
Cooney, Jr., Lemuel A.
Moncur, Phillip R. Wallace,
Sue Francis, Princess
Lamb, Jacqueline F.
Livingston, and Grace
Congratulations to all our

high school M7lj l
graduates, as
well as those from various
colleges and universities.
La Darius Nottage
visited Bethune-Cookman
University to witness the
graduation of her son. Other
family members attending:
Calvina McKinney-Parks,
Ellestine McKinney-Allen.
Pauline Browne-McKinney
and all of his aunts and
cousins. Last Saturday,
another McKinney-Newton
Wilson had her fantastic
retirement affair. She and
hubby Barry Wilson will
sing their swan songin June
and bid the educational
system "adios" after 35
years each. He was a math
teacher and she a media
specialist. Welcome to the
land of relaxation.
The Business and
Professional Women's Club
held their 35th annual
Founders Day luncheon
on April 28 at the Miami
Shores Country Club.
Chairperson for the occasion
was Adrian Alexander.
Honorees included:
Annette K. Williams
(Education); Dr. Edward
G. Robinson(Leadership);
Ms. Wilhelmina Carter

(Humanitarianl: Dr.
Luvernice Croskey
(Social Action): Re\.
Raymond Carvil Sr. (Law
Enforcement): William
"DC" Clark (Communit,
Actvism); Kha White Davis
(Business); Ms. Willie Mae
Williams (Community
Service); and Ms. Gloria 'J.
Green received the national
organization's highest
award, the Sojourner Truth
Award, presented by her
sister Gwendolyn Robinson.
The scholarship committee,
Ms. Martha Day and
Bernadine Bush presented
awards and scholarships
to Maya Thurston and
Kyra Williams. Maya will
attend Bethune-Cookman
University and Kya will
attend University of Miami.
Both recipients attained
4.0 GPAs during their
high school careers. Other
members present were:
Clemente Pitts, Regina
Hudson, Aquilla Lee, Anna
Cohen, Ericka Sasser,
Jacqueline Glaze, Leroya
Pitts, Jacqueline Sasser,
Nikki Cannon, Alice
Harrell and Nikki Baker.
Kathleen Day Thurston is
Love never fails. Love is
unconditional, jewelry will
be lost and money can't
buy love; but giving love
and kindness to everyone
endures forever.

Jazz festival prevails despite odds

continued from 1C

swatches of black, yellow,
green and orange material.
Beneath was a pale yellow
shirt and burgundy tie. He led
a small army of brass players
and backup singers in an ar-
ray of eas.-rolling tunes that
included a medley of hits Holy
Cow, Something You Got (cov-
ered by Springsteen on Sun-
day), Working in a Coal Mine,
A Certain Girl and Mother-iri-
Law. Special guest Cyril Neville
"from Planet Soul," said Tous-
saint, tried to outdo the mas-
ter by showing up in a lime-
green leisure, suit and shirt for
his turn on Old Treme, but lost
out by a thread or two.
HEAVY DUTY: Anders Os-
borne isone of the city's reign--
ing rocd' guitar heroes and he
backed up that title repeatedly
during his afternoon set on
the Gentilly Stage. Influences
ranging from Jimi Hendrix to
fellow JazzFest performer Son-
ny Landreth and Neil Young
echoed in his playing. The
Swedish-born, New Orleans-
based vet drew largely upon
his new Black Eye Galaxy al-
bum which contains fiery an-
thems and dark confessional
songs that reference his past
drug addiction, recovery and
loss of friends. "The entire Fest
for me goes out to Coco Ro-
bicheaux," he said of the leg-
endary New Orleans "hoodoo
blues man" who died in No-
vember. With that he launched
into his stormy new Mind of
a Junkie, punctuating it with
incessant, penetrating guitar
runs. He switched to acoustic
guitar for the new Louisiana

Gold and was backed by a cel-
lo, violin and viola for the new
Higher Ground, which sound-
ed like a cry of thanks from
a rescued man. It was heavy,
tumultuous music to present
at an outdoor festival, but the
substantial crowd didn't seem
Steve Earle made clear from
the beginning that he would
spare no one his withering as-
sessments during his set at the
Fais Do Do Stage not even
the festival itself. He greeted
the crowd by sa\ !rig "It's taken
me 25 (expletive) years to book
this gig!," a reference to what
he says has been a reluctance
by organizers to invite him
because of his wayward past.
In introducing other songs he
profanely took various mem-
bers of the Bush Administra-
tion to task, as well as oil-spill
culprits BP and Halliburton.
"I believe in forgiveness, and
I aspire to it," he said, "but it
takes me awhile."
Backed by his longtime
group The Dukes, he offered
a blend of new songs (includ-
ing one specifically about the.
post-spill Gulf of Mexico) and
chestnuts from his trouba-
dour catalog, including My Old
Friend the Blues, Someday,
Guitar Town and Copperhead
TAKIN' IT EASY: For their
first-ever Fest appearance,
country-rock titans the Eagles
opened with a near-a capella
version of Seven Bridges Road
to send the message that their
gorgeous harmonizing voices
were still intact as they entered
their fifth decade of perform-
ing. Then a countrified guitar

line arose during the intro to
How Long and it was clear the
instrumental chops were still
functioning as well. The group
followed that opening with two
hours of hits from their vast
catalog, most done in arrange-
ments familiar to the fans. A
Spanish-inflected trumpet
solo led into Hotel California,
but that was about as out-of-
the-box as it got. Early high-
lights included Peaceful Easy
Feeling, I Can't Tell You Why
and Witchy Woman, and they
closed the show with an encore
of their first hit, Take It Easy.
Rock's hardest working guitar-
ist, Warren Haynes, who has
his own band and plays for sev-
eral others, didn't coast for a
moment during his Blues Tent
show to close out Saturday.
His current Warren Haynes
Band, which includes a horn
section and feisty backup sing-
ers, is more soul/jazz-oriented
than blues-jam inclined, but
they blended all of those ele-
ments during the powerful set.
Original songs River's Gonna
Rise and Sick of My Shadow
and the cover of Steely Dan's
Pretzel Logic (all from the new
Live at Moody Theater album)
featured lengthy duels be-
tween Hayne's stinging guitar
and Ron Holloway's squalling
tenor sax. After 'acknowledg-
ing the passing of friend Levon
Helm (Haynes' band subbed
for Helm), he brought out Dr.
John and members of the
Dirty Dozen Brass Band for
the Dr.'s classics Walk on Gild-
ed Splinters and Such a Night,
then referenced Helm with the
Band classics The Weight and
It Makes No Difference.

Will Smith has 'no problem' with
By Ann Oldenburg

Happenring rnot\: \ 11 Smith l .
and a ife Jada Pinkert Sinlth
are walking the red carpet in .
Tokyo to promote his new Men
in Black ill rnovie.
Smith has been charming
the media 'ro:,ind the world.
.,ccordine to Asiaone con-.
a smile never left his face. Will Smithli and wife Jadla
during a press conferencee in Pinl(elt Smitll pose at the Japan
Seoul. preimere of his nev film.

Obama tax plan
"Playing a character three
times for me feels like home."
Smith told reporters of the
mo ie that comes 10 years af-
ter its last sequel and is his
first film in four years
Smith told AP in an interview
that he is supporting President
Obama's call for higher taxes
on the countr\ys top earners
America has been fantastic to
me I have no problem paying
whatever I need to pa, to keep

Local film industry on the rise

continued from 1C

'There w-ill be a variety .of
shorts antd feature films that
will demonstrate that Blacks
in Miarni have equal proficien-
cv in cinematography', acting.
directing and script w writing "
he said "We hope that this
venture \1ll attract produc-
tion companies. investors and
industry insiders to the inni er
Ballard believes that given
the exposure, lesser-known
Black actors and filmmakers

from Miami's inner city. will il-
lustrate that the-, have just as
much talent and creativity as
Hollywood's "A-team."
"Somettimes you have to ex-
plore other markets in order
to promote .,our product," he
said. "That's \hat i'm doing
with nmv ow\n film. We know
we're just as good as the folks

"I'm Single and
i'm Sin le ,nild N-i',-d A Man
is a closet packed w ith lies, se-
crets, drama, and deception.
The play will be performed 8

in LA. And %e intend to prove
Other co-founders of the
Festival include. Perry Cassa-
gnol [director. "The Forgotten
Father"] and Serae Jean Iline
producer. "Baghdad").
For the complete schedule go
to vw.miciff.net or call t76-

I Need a Man"
p.nm Saturday. .Ma, 'Ith li t
Joseph Caleb Center. Tickets
are $20 at all ticketmasters and
the Joseph Caleb Box office.


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There's nothing quite like the taste of fresh berries and
crisp, juicy apples. And when those mouthwatering flavors
get paired with just the right spices in some delicious
dessert favorites, it's even better.
You can enjoy fresh fruit flavors any time when you
preserve your favorite fruits. With the perfect blend of all-
natural spices from Mrs. Wages mixes, you can cook, then freeze or can
your favorite fruits and they'll be ready for baking any time you're ready
- it's like having a dessert in ajar.
These recipes for Spiced Applesauce Cake and Forest Berry Cobbler
get their great taste from spiced fruit mixes use them right after
cooking, or can them so you can make these blue ribbon-worthy desserts
long after fruit season is over.

Spiced Applesauce
Makes 3 quarts
8 to 10 pounds apples*
Granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 pouch Mrs. Wages Spiced Apple Mix
Prepare and process home canning jars and lids according to
manufacturer's instructions for sterilized jars.
Wash, core and peel apples. Cut into halves
or quarters.
Combine prepared apples with 2 cups water in
a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover pan; reduce heat and simmer
for 30 minutes or until apples are soft.
Puree apple mixture and measure number of cups before returning to
pot. Add 1/4 cup sugar
per 1 cup puree. Stir to dissolve sugar. Stir in contents of spiced apple
mix and heat just to a boil. Remove from heat.
To can applesauce: Carefully ladle hot mixture into sterilized hot jars,
filling evenly. Leave
1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rims and cap each jar as it
is filled.
Process in a boiling water bath canner, 15 minutes for pints and 20
minutes for quarts. Test jars for airtight seals according to manufacturer's
directions. If jars do not completely seal, refrigerate and consume within
2 weeks. Applesauce is ready to eat after 24 hours.
*Suggested apple varieties: Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Winesap,
McIntosh, Yellow Delicious, Mutsu, Pink Lady and Honeycrisp.

Spiced Applesauce Ca
Yield: 24 pieces
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes
Cake .
1 1/4 cups Mrs. \\ages Spiced- :-"
1 package (15 to 18 ounces) spice
cake mix '' -,
3 large eggs ..'
1 cup water, .
4 cups pondered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract ft'
Preheat oven to 350:'F ,
Spray a 9 x 13-inch cake pan \ith non-stick spra\ and lightl coat \ 'ith
flour. '
Combine applesauce. cake mi\. eggs
and water in a large mixng bol Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Pour batter into prepared pan
Bake for -10 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out '..-:-.
clean. Cool completely on a \\ire rack. "
To make frosting: Combine all ingredients and beat on medium speed '
until smooth and flu ff Spread frosting o\er cooled cake and cut into 24
pieces. '- . i

Yes, You Can
Home canning is a great %iay to presence your favonte fruit,
\ whether it's from the farmers market or your on back Nard.
Just about an\ fruit can be canned. Here are some ups to help
Sou make your canning experience successful:
Choose fresh. npe, firm fruits. Undernpe apples. for
example. \ ill make hard sour slices, while ovempe
apples will be mush. and bland.
To ensure even cooking, son fruits for size and ripeness.
If slicing fruits, slice e\enlN.
Rinse and clean fruit thoroughly dirt can harbor
To take the skin off peaches, dip them in boiling water
for 30 to 60 seconds. Remove them %ith a slowed spoon
and immediately dip into cold afterr Slip off the skins.
To keep apple slices from browning, put them into %later
containing ascorbic acid until you're read 1to use them.
Get more canning tips and recipes, as nell as Mrs. Wages
Home Canning Guide, at w\v\\.mrs\wages.com.

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3C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012

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The Miami Inner City
Film Festival 2012 will
hold its fist annual weekend
of short films and feature
movies that are produced,
written and directed by
Blacks from Thursday,May
9- Sunday, May 12 at the
Joseph Caleb Auditorium,
5400 NW 22 Ave. For more
information call 786-558-
3323 or go to www.micff.

The 5000 Role Models
of Excellence Project will
be celebrating 20 years of
mentorship at their 2013
5000 RoleModels Reunion.
All role models members,
mentors and students
are urged to contact the
Role Models's office:e-
mail 5000RoleModels@
dadeschools.netor call 305-
995-2451ext. 2.

* The Coalition of
African Queen Mothers in
America is hosting Mothers
March on Starvation on May
12th at the Sherbondy Park,
777 Sharazad Blvd. in Opa-
locka beginning at 10 a.m.

* American Senior High
Alumni Association is
hosting a masquerade ball,
"An Evening of Fun and
Fantasy," on July 27th at the
Hillcrest Country Club. For
information call 305-458-

* Miami Rescue Mission
is hosting their fourth annual
Alumni Picnic at Crandon
Park Beach, 6747 Crandon
Blvd in Key Biscayne, on
June 16th, 8 a.m. 4 p.m.

* The Miami Jackson
Senior High Class of
1973 is having their 40 year
reunion June 14 16, 2013.
For information, call 305-

* The Gamma Alpha
Chapter of Iota Phi
Lambda Sorority, Inc. is
calling all former Gents and
Gems to be honored at the
30th anniversary of Iphila
Phantasia, the presentation
of Gents and Gems, on May
12th at Florida Memorial
University, 15800 NW 42nd
Avenue. For information and

to RSVP, call 305-836-8048
and 305-624-6795.

* 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 Miami.

* 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-

* 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

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

* 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.9211th Street, on
May 16th, from 6 8 p.m.
RSVP by May 12th. For more
information, call Vandetta
Thomas at 786-229-7885.

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

* Booker T. Washington
Class of 1964, will meet
May 26th, at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts

Center at 4:30 p.m. For
more information contact
Gladstone Hunter at 305-

* Miami Northwestern
Sr High Class of 1973 will
meet the 3rd Sunday of each
month.We are planning our
40th reunion in 2013. For
more info. contact Gloria
305-635-3015 or Louise

* 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.

P-SAY Entertainment
in association with De'Leon
CoppaDon and Jiffy Ent.
presents 'Color me Thick'
on Sunday, May 20 at 7
p.m at the Joseph Caleb
Auditorium. For information
call 786-317-1980 or 786-

Finance Committee and
DJs for Obama present
2012: The Block Party on
Saturday, May 19, from 2 -
8 p.m. at Wynwood Walls,
2528 NW 2nd Avenue. For
tickets to go http://iOBA.

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

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

The National
Coalition of 100 Black
Women Greater Miami
Chapter is accepting
applications for girls ages
12-18 to participate in Just
Us Girls Mentoring Program.
Monthly sessions will be
held every 3rd Saturday 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 786-499-2896.

Range Park is offering
free self-defense/karate
classes for children aid
adults each Monday and
Wednesday from 6 8 p.m.
The location is 525 NW 62nd
Street. For more information
call 305-757-7961 or contact
Clayton Powell at 786-306-

Chai Community
Services food program is
taking applications from
low income families and
veterans. All services are
free. For applications call

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 786-273-

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

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

Solid Rock Enterprise,

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

* 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.

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-

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.

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

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

City of Miami Gardens
Commission for Women
presents voter information
town hall meeting on
Wednesday, May 16, 6:30-.
8:30 p.m. Location- Miami
Gardens City Hall, 1515
NW 167th St, Bldg. 5, Suite

Florida House of
Representative Cynthia
Stafford, D-109, presents
Town Hall meeting, update
for Legislative session 2012.
Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m.
at Carrie P. Meek Center
Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50th

A local softball team
for healthy ladies who are
50+ years old is ready to
start and only needs 15
more players. Many different
experience levels are
welcome. For information,
call Coach Rozier at 305-
389-0288 or Gloria at 305-

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

Miami Jackson and
Miami Northwestern
Alumni Associations are
calling all former basketball
players and cheerleaders
for the upcoming 2012
Alumni Charity Basketball
game. Generals call 786-
419-5805, Bulls call 786-
873-5992, for information.

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

*Great Crowd Ministries
presents So uth 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

Miami Northwestern
class of 1959 is sponsoring
a i 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,

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 will elect
officers at the regular
meeting May 9, at the home
of Queen Hall, 870 NW 168th
Drive. For additional info.
contact Elaine 786-27-7397.

World's greatest mom. We
love you. Tarsha, Chyna, Keke,
Chris, Tyeisha, Tiera, Gary,
Momo and Nuk.


We love you, Church Mother!
Community Tabernacle COGIC


We love you, First lady!
Community Tabernacle COGIC


Our rock, teacher,
strength and guide.


Mother, we will love
you for eternity.
Love, your Family.

SA Poem For My Mother

You are the sunshine in my day,
You are the moon I see far away.
You are the tree I lean upon,
You are the one who makes
trouble be gone.
You are the one who
taught me life,
How not to fight and what is right.
You are the words inside my song,
You are my love, my life, my Mom.
You are the one who cares for me,
You are the eyes to help me see.
You are the one who
knows me best,
When it's time to have fun

and time to rest.
You are the one who
has help me dream,
You hear my heart you
hear my scream.
Afraid of life and looking for Love,
I'm blessed for God sent
you from above.
You are my friend, my heart,
my soul,
You are the greatest friend I know.
You are the words inside my song,
You are my love, my life, my Mom!
-Happy Mother's Day
Love Sabrina, Debra, and Sheila

Wishing you a Happy Mothers
Day. From, your kids, grands
and greatgrands.


Happy Mothers Day!
From your children.


We honor you. Blessings
and favor.
Love your family.


You are a wonderful mother
and a dedicated woman.
Love, Rico

4t,,I ,E II I I VILO, IM I 7-1, VI II





07/09/1916- 12/13/2010

We love and miss you.
Love from your family.

04/24/1928 02/04/2011

World's greatest mother.
Love the family

Happy Mother's Day to.the
greatest Mom and Grandma.

"- .

05/23/1923 10/04/2011

We love and miss you.
The McGhee Family

02/19/1934 09/05/2011

Love and miss you so much.
Love, Missy

11/11/1924 08/21/2010

We love you beyond words!
Love Fat Tony, Ruby Sharon
and Pee Wee Red


09/24/1927 09/04/2007

We love and miss you,
love, Punkin and Sandra

01/09/1948 11/11/2007

Sherrianne, Willie, Shirlenia
and Willie Jr.
I _________

11/28/1922 04/27/2004

Mama, we love you.
Your children

02/15/35 12/30/08

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Your love as a mother to
us will be remembered
forever and a lifetime
to be true.

Love, The Family

07/11/71 11/26/09

Today and always

your on our mind

as a mother and sister

You were one of a kind

Love, The Family

To our Queen, you are always
and forever in our hearts.
The Family


06/06/1938 10/26/2011

We love and miss you.
Love from your family.

01/31/38 12/04/08

12/09/56 07/25/10

Happy Mother's Day "Diva"
Love your family.


We miss you so much, but
God has you in His hands.
With love, the Frazier Family
^ _ ^_ ^ ^ _ _

12/04/44 01/30/11

We miss you with a broken
heart. Marcia, Rachel
and Family

02/19/1934 09/05/2011

Mom, your love is to big for our
heart to hold. We miss you so
much. Love, your kids and Lee.

03/23/1912 04/29/1997

From Minnie Williams
and Family

We love and miss you so
much. Your children.

09/16/1941 04/29/1998

We love and miss you.
The family.

08/14/1935 06/25/2011

Words can not express how much
your family and friends miss you.
Much Love, Celeste and Family

09/25/1927- 09/16/2010

We love and Miss you. Your
love is always in our hearts.
Sandra and family.

11/24/1926 08/11/2011

Mother you are gone, but never
forgotten. You're forever in our
hearts. Paulette Rolle and Family.

06/10/1942 01/06/2003

Our Rose is gone
but not forgotten.

05/03/1951 08/09/2009

Whenever a door closes,
God opens a window.
With love, the family

You were a great mom.
We love and miss you.
Larry and Joann

02/28/1931 05/10/2009

To our mother dearest, A woman
of color, courage and conviction, that
* raised us all.
She taught us how to love and get
r up when we fall. She left us memories
of comfort and surrounded us with her
warmth touch. She encouraged us to
keep the faith and never give up.
And although, it's been three years,
we can't help but still shed tears as we
try to understand that God has taken
her by the hand and placed her where
He wants her to be and left us with a gift
"Her Sweet and Loving Memories." You
are greatly missed, Love your family

01/27/1949 02/16/2012

Forever in our hearts.
We'll love you for always.
Your children.

12/16/53- 11/06/08

Although you are gone your
loving precious memories
still lingers on; the loving care
you gave us will be cherished
throughout eternity.

Your Loving husband,
Carroll and daughter,
Chelsea Storr.

06/11/1925- 12/24/2001

I miss you more than I can say.
Daughter, Barbara Gardner

12/31/1949 02/05/2012

We miss you and love.
The Family


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6C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012

Mother, thanks for all the times
you've ever prayed for me so of-
ten in my life and the most un-
expected times I've felt a spe-
cial grace surround me, helping
me through a tough spot I think
at times like this. It must be you
praying for me and God strength-
ening me. Mother, your faith has
always been an inspiration to
me and your birthday, also this
day will never be the same. And
though I know I can never hear
you say, "Thank you God for wak-
ening me up cause you didn't

have to do it," that famous quote
will be with me always, my chil-
dren your grandchildren and their
children, children for eternity. Has
your son-in-law, Willie Bell once
said I am my mother's keeper and
I know he's doing a good job up
there in heaven.
Love, your daughter, Ishmay,
Rickie; your sons, Antone and
Jihad; grandchildren, Tammie,
Sharntayvia, Frank, Venesia,
Keisha, and Conitha and great-
We will forever miss you.

03/23/1921 07/09/2011

We miss and love you.
The Family


Mama, nine months ago, you
swept away from us to go with the
Lord. There's not a day that goes by
that we don't think of you. Your mem-
ories will never be forgotten.
The world's greatest mother,our
hearts have been broken. We've
shed many tears. Happy Mother's
Day and Birthday mama, it's your
special day.
We hope you know how much we
miss and love you too. Love you
daughter, Deneise, grandson, Sha-
var and Tarsha.

Happy Mothers Day and Happy
Birthday. From Amp and

10/19/1965 03/21/2012

Gone, but not forgotten.
Son Chavez Grant;
mother, Bettey Williams;
three brothers, Thomas,
Albert and Theodore
and one granddaughter,
Chaniyah Grant.


1 :


To my dear Godmother,
I thank God for you.
Love, Carwell Sims

03/03/33 12/22/10

We love you, Lolita, Harriet,
Angela and grands.

04/26/1929- 11/18/2009

To our beautiful rose, we miss
you dearly. Always, the family.

01/10/35 07/23/10

We miss you.
Love, The Hicks Family.

08/21/1945 04/07/2007

It's the fifth Mother's Day
that you are not here in the
flesh. But, you are always
here with us in our hearts
and spirit. Happy Mother's
Day Mom. Love always,
Khristi, Tremmell, Ellis
grandchildren, great-grans
and Sweet Heart Herbert.


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12/13/1930 11/12/2007

We miss you and we love you.
Bennette and the Family

01/28/1940 08/30/2007

From your kids and grandkids.
Love you mom.

01/05/1940 08/25/2005

We miss and love you, always.
Ruth and Denitra Henry.

04/01/1912- 12/27/2006
Gone, but not forgotten.
We miss you. Love, the family.

; .: :I-

1/12/1969 04/13/1999

Greatly missed by your kids.
Family and granddaughter.

05/28/2011 09/01/2011

10/24/1926 12/29/2006

Richard, Judy, Caron, Cheryl,
Kenneth and family.

12/06/1976 09/13/2011

We love and miss you.
From your Family.


-- -',- ~ ~-r -----------.. ... ..

06/10/1923 09/25/2007
Miss you..
Your sons and Family.


12/09/1962 01/20/2010
We love and miss you. Your
smile and your voice. Love
always, by family and kids.


,*'. .' ..

01/05/1956 09/20/2011
From your husband, children
and grand kids.
Missing you on this
Mothers Day.

06/11/1955 02/29/2012

We miss you and love you.
Jan, Ron, Shawn



03/05/1934 05/22/2011
You gave me true love and guid-
ance. Love, Rennie and family.


We love and miss you.
The Family


01/20/1922 12/31/1999

You are truly missed by your
family. Loving you forever.

1 - i

02/17/1928 05/14/2011

Forever in our hearts.
The Family.

01/20/1934 01/02/2012

The greatest love.
Your Family.

-_ _

02/29/1940 02/19/2007

We love and miss you. From all
the children, grandchildren
and goddaughter.

.' -.-.. .

07/11/1925 07/14/1992

In our heart and mind, forever.
The Watkins Family


04/07/21 02/22/10

We miss you.
Love, The Porter Family.

05/04/1930 10/11/2007

We love and miss you.
From your sons and daughters.

11/21/1935 07/17/2009

We love and miss you.
From family and love ones.


k --.j


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In loving memory on Mother's
Day. We love you, Your Family.

,. . . S

-.. ..

03/31/1924 02/22/1995

Mama, we love and miss you.
Your sons and grandkids.

10/01/1954 01/15/2011

We love and miss you.
From love ones.

.. >. -

11/19/1959 06/05/2008

Mama, we love and miss you
so much. Love, your children.

- -.

06/30/1934 01/12/2008

We miss you and love you.
The Family.

07/17/1924 12/29/2010

We love and miss you.
Your children.

*-. . ,

02/14/1951 07/04/2011

We love and miss you.
The Family.


09/24/1937- 02/13/2011

We will forever miss you. Love
your children and grands.

12/09/1956- 11/10/2003

We love and miss you.
Your Family.

10/15/1933 04/04/2010

Still loving and missing you
dearly. Your children.

-. -: .,..

Through my triumphs and
failures, you remain my
very best friend.
Love, Kevin (Nicky), O.A.O.S

t* C--i

02/20/1938 06/18/2010

In loving memory of the
greatest Mom ever.

03/17/1931 07/2020011

We love and miss you.
Julia Burton and family.

06/24/1920 06/09/2000

MaDear, Nothing but the truth!
Miss you!

1204/1936 02/15/2010

You will always be remem-
bered in our hearts.
Love, the family
bered in our hearts.

S.ir '- ..i.. . .

,'- .


01/13/1934 02/19/2012

In loving memory of.
The Browns Lounge Matriarch.

05/11/1911 07/16/2002


We think of you always,
especially today.
Love, Crick

11/25/1920 03/22/2005

Loving and missing you like
crazy. Trish and family


My heart still aches in sadness
and tears still easily flow. Love
has no end. Love, LaWanda

04/28/1942 01/18/2012

Mom, we miss you dearly.
Sharon and Renee.


You're sadly missed and loved,
but not forgotten.

4.C,-X *.

02/14/1924 02/07/2007
We think of you always, espe-
cially today. Love always,
The Carr Family.

.._ -- _^__ "___L'_ - ":f__ ... I
09/01/1916 11/03/2003

You will always be in our
hearts. Michelle and Family

07/12/1947- 08/15/2011

We love you and miss you.
The Family.

06/04/1931 02/10/2011

Miss and love you always. Joi,
Kathy and the grands.

07/22/1936 02/11/2011

You are truly missed.
Your sons.

02/03/1933 09/16/2006

You are truly missed.

* t.-l-~I.Y:*
?; ~

01/28/1957- 06/16/1986

World's Greatest Sister!
SWe Love You!


02/23/1936 08/30/2009
To the best Mom, Grandma
and Mother-in-Law
in the world.

01/10/1940 06/07/1998

Loving Mother, Aunt, Grandma,

10/22/1918- 08/22/2011

I w A Poem For My Mother

A wonderful mother,
Matched by no other.
The absolute best,
now you can rest.
Safe from all harm,
S: in God's loving arms.
. I A job well done.
From your loving son,
_-__- ....__ Jimmie Cheever.



We love you very much.
Your Diane, Greg and Karen
and grandchildren.

i ;--" '",


The world's greatest mom. love
you. From Marrie, Kiara,
Shani and Stevie.


You are a loving, caring, shar-
ing, and sacrificing Mother. We
Love You. Jimmie, Jr., Mitzi,
Jamal, Rodney and grandkids.




7C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012

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Chamber honors Miami's top non-profits

NOVO winners:

Posse Miami,

Strong Women

Strong Girls

By D. Kevin McNeir

Two of the city's leading non-
profit organizations were pre-
sented with the NOVO Award
by the Greater Miami Chamber


category, beating two strong
competitors: Miami Art Muse-
um and URGENT Inc.
"The six finalists we have
chosen all bring light, love and
hope to the Miami community
and go where others will not,"
said Sam Tidwell, CEO, Ameri-
can Red Cross, South Florida
Region. "And while they oper-
ate as businesses, they exist
for one reason: their specific
and particular missions."
The NOVO Award gives con-
siderable bragging rights to
those businesses chosen as

V ri...

-Photo courtesy Roberto Valladares/Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
NOVO WINNERS: Nadine Dalrymple (1-r), Posse Miami; Rich-
ard Brilliant, FIU Foundation, Inc., and Rhea Beck, Strong Wom-
en, Strong Girls with their trophies of excellence.

of Commerce last week during
the Chamber's annual trustee
luncheon. The Posse Founda-
tion was chosen over Miami
Jewish Health Systems and
The Foundation for New Edu-
cation Initiatives, Inc. in the
$2 million and above in rev-
enue category. Strong Women,
Strong Gils was selected in the
under $2 million in revenue

finalists and winners. A cash
award is also given to the win-
ner in each category.
A closer look at the winners
Posse Miami is a part of a
nationwide foundation estab-
lished in 1989 that identifies
public high school students
with academic and leadership
potential that may be over-
looked by traditional college

-Photo courtesy SWSG
GIRL POWER: The annual jump into spring event this year attracted 250 girls all eager participants in the Strong Women,
Strong Girls Miami [SWSG] program. Countywide there are close to 400 active girls.

selection processes.
"Posse started because of
one student who said he would
never have dropped out of col-
lege if he had [had] his posse
with him," said Nadine Dal-
rymple, Posse Miami director.
"That simple idea, of sending
a group of students to college
together so they can support
one a nor,: rhI, became t'he rimptp-
tus for a program that now has

chapters in Atlanta, Boston,
Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami,
New Orleans, New York City
and Washington, D.C. This
year, Posse's partner colleges
and universities awarded $9
million in scholarships to Mi-
ami students. The Posse Miami
scholars are high school se-
nirJrs v.Iho have dem.:n-strated
lx i- d orl.thirlcr acs' di.-r l-td
leadership potential.

A New York merger causing

shift in Black radio industry

On its surface, the
rnerrer last week of WRKS
arnd WBLS, longtime
rv !ls in the R&B radio
forniar in New York, was
business as usual for the
broadcast industry. Two
strug gling competitors
co:i-mbined operations,
a nd a deep-pocketed
third party Dis-
ney came along
to lease the leftover
But radio execu-
tives and analysts
said the deal
also reflected a
broader trend
in the business
S that has taken a
toll on black and
other minority sta-
io-ns. Since the in-
tr:,(oduction five years ago
ne,". technology for track-

ing audiences, many such
broadcasters have experienced
shrinking numbers, forcing
radio companies to consolidate
stations or switch to general-
audience formats.
Arbitron, the standard radio
ratings service, has long had
sample audiences record their
listening in a diary. In 2007,
it began using the Portable
People Meter, or P.P.M., a
small electronic device that
tracks radio signals, offering
broadcasters far more precise
listening data.

The technology, now used in
48 markets, has already had
significant effects for in-
stance, increasing ratings for
news and oldies stations. But
many black stations have suf-
fered under the new scheme,
including WRKS, known as
Kiss-FM, (98.7 FM) and WBLS
(107.5 FM). While both were

once ranked-near the top of
their desired demographic -
adults ages 25 to 54 since
P.P.M.'s arrival they have
slipped to between sixth and
11th place, said Jeff Smulyan,
chief executive of WRKS's par-
ent, Emmis Communications.
"The recent economic down-
turn has affected the profit-
ability of everyone in radio,"
Mr. Smulyan wrote in an
e-mail, "but the decline has
been much more pronounced
in adult African-American tar-
geted stations, largely because
of the impact of P.P.M."
The deal to merge Kiss-FM
and WBLS involves several
broadcasters. Emmis sold
Kiss's intellectual property for
$10 million to YMF Media, an
investment group that is tak-
ing over WBLS. Disney, eager
to expand its ESPN franchise,
will lease Kiss's old frequency
for 12 years, paying a fee that
Please turn to RADIO 10D

Strong Women, Strong Girls
is a South Florida-based men-
toring program that works to
empower low-income, at-risk
girls in grades 3 5, helping
them develop skills that they
will need to ensure lifelong
success. Their mentors come
from colleges located through-
ou.t the state
Exe,:-LUit.e Dire t;-.:,r Rhef a
Beck s:-, s it's all abo-it helpnlg

Barbara J. Jordan
Commissioner, District 1

the next generation of women.
"We are honored to be this
year's recipient of the NOVO
Award," she said. "This is re-
ally a testament to the dedi-
cation and commitment of the
college, women who dedicate
over 12,000 hours of volunteer
[service] annually to elementa-
ry school girls in Miami-Dade
County They are the backbone
of the work that ',.e do."

- . .. ; -. .: ..

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Jean Monestime
Commissioner, District 2

Referral program

will help job seekers

Commissioners take proactive stance

Miami-Dade County com-
missioners recently passed an
ordinance creating the First
Source Hiring Referral Pro-
gram, designed to give quali-
fied Miami-Dade residents a
first crack at available County
contract jobs. The ordinance,
sponsored by Commissioner
Barbara J. Jordan, District

1, establishes a databank of
job seekers and their skill
sets that businesses awarded
County contracts can tap into
in order to fill positions neces-
sary to fulfill that contract.
Commissioner Jean Mones-
time, District 2, co-sponsored
the legislation.
Please turn to JOB 10D

Blacks can ride the automobile industry and enjoy profits

By William Reed
NNPA columnist

"Osama Bin Laden is dead
and General Motors is alive"
should be the Obama 2012
campaign slogan. President
Barack Obama's role in the
death of Bin Laden troubles
some, but his decision early in
his presidency to extend bil-
lions in loans to General Mo-
tors and Chrysler has paid
off. Just months ago, the U.S.
auto industry was on the brink
of collapse. Now, it has re-
bounded and begun to making
vehicles of, and for, America's

Plants are hiring more work-
ers, manufacturers are return-
ing to profitability, exports of
U.S. vehicles are increasing
and some of the most techno-
logically advanced vehicles are
now being designed and pro-
duced in this country. The $80
billion bailout was Obama's
"bet on the American worker"
and there have been ample
signs of success in the auto-
motive industry since Obama's
The news coming out of the
U.S. automotive industry has
been good for Blacks. The au-
tomotive industry's financial
crisis was more devastating for

Blacks than any other
community and erod-
ed a half-century's
economic gains by the
Black middle class.
From Blacks who left
behind subsistence
jobs in the South for
high-paying factory
jobs in the North dur-
ing the Great Migra-
tion, to entrepreneurs
and contractors in

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automotive businesses, the au-
tomotive industry has been a
major factor in formation of the
Black middle class. In 1945,
Blacks comprised 15 percent of
the automobile industry work-

force, by the late
1970s, one of ev-
ery 50 Blacks was
working in the auto
sector. From 1979 to
2007, Black employ-
ment in the auto in-
dustry fell to about
one in 100.
Now, after a 30-
year low in 2009,
U.S. auto sales are
poised for a second

straight year of growth the
result of easier credit, low in-
terest rates and pent-up de-
mand for cars and trucks cre-
ated by the Great Recession.
Black groups and activists

should move to forge increased
employment, contracting and
community partnerships with
U.S.-based carmakers as they
crank up their factories and
add thousands of jobs. In ad-
dition to the expanded plant
operations and employment
opportunities occurring among
Detroit's Big Three, foreign-
owned auto companies such
as Toyota, Honda, Nissan,
Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen
and BMW have invested $44
billion in their U.S. operations
to account for 80,000 direct ve-
hicle-manufacturing jobs and
500,000 dealer and supplier

Automotive manufacturing
can again help Blacks. The in-
dustry is addingjobs at a faster
pace than airplane manufac-
turers, shipbuilders, health
care providers and the federal
government. Americans spent
$40 billion more on new cars
and trucks in 2011 than in
It's time Blacks take Obama's
bold "bail-out move" to the
next level. Innovation through
education and research is vi-
tal to building a manufactur-
ing economy. Black leaders and
teachers must make sure work-
ers have the skills they need for
today's and tomorrow's, jobs.



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Verizon unveils


By Brett Molina
HTC's popular Droid Incredible smartphone is entering 4G territory.
The device manufacturer and carrier Verizon Wireless announced the Droill
Incredible 4G LTE, which will be available in the coming weeks.
The Incredible 4G will feature a 4-inch, super LCD qHD touchscreen
display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and mobile hotspot support that
allows user to share a 4G Wi-Fi connection with up to 10 other devices.
It will run on Google's Android 4.0 operating system (Ice Cream Sand-
wich), Beats Audio integration and a cool feature called Video Pic, which
lets users shoot HD video and snap pictures at the same time.
The phone also supports near-field communication and the Google
service Android Beam. The app allows users to share info by tapping
two compatible phones together.
Verizon did not provide details on how much the smartphone will

Brand names coming to

'Draw Something'
By Brett Molina

Normally, when players
enjoy the mobile hit Draw
Something. they focus on
depicting basic words such
as "balcony" or "necktie."
But the game could soon
add brand names such as
"Doritos" among word selec-
tions as a way to make adver-
tising dollars, reports Ad Age.
The National Hockey
League is among advertisers
paying Zynga for hockey-re-
lated words that appear in the
game, including "puck" and
"Zamboni," says the report.
Draw Something is avail-
able in two varieties: a paid
version with no ads and a

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A scene from 'Draw Somethin
free download with banner
ads running on the screen.

The rumors were true. At a press event in London. Sam-
sung unveiled the Galaxy S III, the latest device in its line of
smartphones and tablets.
The S III feature a 4.8-inch H-D Super Amoled screen, an
8-megapixel camera and up to 64 gigabytes of storage.
The smartphone will also run on Google's "Ice C(Oam
Sandwich" operating system, Android 4.0.
Available in blue or white, the S III will make its debut in
Europe on May 29 before hitting other locations. Samsung
did not say when the S III will land in the U.S.
Scroll down for our live recap of the London event:
2:55 p.m.: The S III will run on Google's Android 4.0 op-
erating system, code-named "Ice Cream Sandwich." The
phone will be available with either 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of
storage, with an SD slot for users who want to expand.
The S III launches May 29 in Europe. It's not clear when it
hits the U.S.
2:50 p.m.: Other accessories: a flip cover, similar to the
one Apple offers for the iPad, and a docking station. It looks
Please turn to GALAXY S II 10D

Will audio files kill

my hard drive?

By Rob Pegoraro
Question: If I use my new iMac mostly for home studio re-
cording, will the extra burden on its hard drive shorten the com-
puter's lifespan? What other risk factors should I worry about?
Answer: Saving and editing audio requires writing a great
deal of data to a computer's hard drive and reading it back, but
even a computer used for little more than Web browsing and
e-mail will run up read/write cycles.
For that, you can credit "virtual memory": the practice of using
a portion of the hard drive to supplement a computer's memory.
Modern operating systems manage this so artfully that you
shouldn't notice that data is being "paged" from RAM to disk
and back all the time unless things get so overloaded that
the computer starts thrashing, essentially grinding its gears as it
struggles to keep enough memory free.
So I don't expect that using a computer as a home studio -
roid or for video editing, another data-intensive proposition would
make a meaningful difference in the drive's lifespan.
4G But if you keep a laptop or desktop long enough or you're
just plain unlucky the hard drive probably will die before any
*E. other component. It's a tiny mechanical device packed with
precision-engineered parts that must function within precise
tolerances, and eventually some will break.
(You've backed up your data lately, right? On a Mac, use
Apple's Time Machine with any external drive: on a PC, go with
the backup software Microsoft built into Windows Vista and in
Windows 7.)
Replacing a drive can be a five-minute procedure, unless it's
not. On my year-old ThinkPad, I only have to undo a handful of
screws to unplug the drive. (I've already had to do that once -
not to swap out the drive, but to replace the keyboard). On my
iMac, I hope I never have to try: It apparently involves removing
the entire screen, and then things get even more interesting.
On smaller laptops such as the MacBook Air, solid-state flash
memory has replaced the hard drive. "Solid-state drives" (SSDs)
are not just less fragile but are also faster, smaller and consume
less electricity.
As the price of flash memory keeps dropping; I expect that
trend to accelerate the odds of me buying another laptop
with a hard drive are approaching zero, and I wouldn't be too
shocked if my next desktop ships with an SSD as well.
a To me, the biggest risk factor for a computer's early demise
is not the programs it runs but whether it's a laptop. Portable
S computers get bumped and dropped all the time. Their screen
S hinges can start to weaken over time. Spilling a Coke in a
S desktop keyboard only takes out the keyboard; on a laptop, the
lg.' motherboard lies underneath it. Plus, laptops are far easier to
lose through oversight or theft.
(You've backed up your data lately, right?)


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Merger causes major shift in Black radio industry

continued from 8D

starts at $8.4 million
and increases 3.5 per-
cent each year. The
changes were sched-
uled to take effect at

Political figures,
broadcasters and oth-
er industry observers
have expressed con-
cern over how the loss
of stations will affect
minority communities.
"I am saddened that
an important Black
voice is going silent in
New York City, espe-
cially during this im-
portant election year,"
Tom Joyner, thesyndi-
cated talk-show host,
said in a statement on
Friday. "Although so-


continued from 9D

as if that wireless
charging station will
be a separate item.
2:47 p.m.: A wire-
less charging kit will
be available for the S
III, although Samsung
doesn't say whether
that's a se, ate pur-
chase oi included
with the package. It
also includes an in-
call sound equalizer
to boost the sound of
voice calls.
2:44 p.m.: Among
the features of the
camera: face zoom and
face slideshow, which
lets users double-tap
on a face to zoom in
or take a series of up
close photos and turn
them into a gallery.
The S III will also
support 4G wireless'
2:40 p.m.: The
phone will be available
in two colors: marble
white and pebble blue.
2:33 p.m.: The
smartphone includes S
Beam, which combines
near-field communica-
tion and Wi-Fi to of-
fer one-touch sharing
with a nearby device.
2:30 p.m.: Another
cool feature: face rec-
ognition that knows
your friends, and even
links to their social
media profiles on Face-
book or other outlets
direct from the images.
2:26 p.m.: More

cial media currently
gets a lot of credit and
rightfully so, nothing
can replace the role
Black radio plays in
empowering, inform-
ing and entertaining
Black people." Joyner's
show was on Kiss-FM
in New York but will
not be on WBLS.
Last year, Radio
One, which owns 53
stations, mostly in so-
called urban formats
- hip-hdp, R&B, gos-
pel and other genres
popular with black
audiences changed
stations in Houston,
Cincinnati and Co-
lumbus, Ohio, from
black to more general-
interest formats, large-
ly because of P.P.M.
results, said Alfred C.
Liggins III, the chief

In response to com-
plaints that P.P.M. un-
dercounted minority
listeners, Arbitron has
settled lawsuits in New
York and California,
and pledged to improve
its methods to find di-
verse sample audienc-
es. But the company
also stood by the accu-
racy of its ratings.
"Arbitron's point of
view is that P.P.M. is
a more reliable and
granular look at the
marketplace," Thomas
Mocarsky, a spokes-
man, said on Friday.
"Unlike the diary,
which depended on
recall, P.P.M. records
what people are actu-
ally exposed to."
Whether Arbitron's
new system will re-

ng's newest 'toy'

on S Voice: You can The other fascinat- 2::
personalize wake-up ing feature: smart the
commands to get the stay. Instead of the axy
smartphone to turn phone going to sleep by
on. Again, very similar when you're not touch- carv
to Siri. You can ask to ing the screen, the S III bles
"take a picture," and will stay awake as long 2::
the camera automati- as you're looking at axy
cally launches. S Voice the screen. Using the Sup(
understands 8 lan- front-facing camera, inch
guages. it watches your eyes 8-mi
2:24 p.m.: It looks to know when to go with
as if the S III has a into sleep mode. Kinda burs
Siri-style assistant. A creepy, but really cool. Up
user says "wake up," 2:17 p.m.: Shin pulls ET:
and the device turns the S III out of his jack- tive
on. Simple prompts et pocket. Sleek device, firm
such as "play music" He says a 4G version Gala
executes other actions, will launch in the U.S. Sa
It's called S Voice. this summer. ting

Alfred C. Liggins, III

sult in more changes
for Black stations is
unclear. Emmis still
owns WQHT-FM, (97.1)
known as Hot 97, a top
hip-hop station in New
York, and Smulyan,
the chief executive,
said it had no plans to
sell. Paul Heine, a se-
nior editor at the trade

publication Inside Ra-
dio, noted that some
urban stations had
been thriving under
the system.
"There are a number
of cities where we have
two well-performing
urban stations," He-
ine said. "I don't know
if there's going to be a
domino effect."

The companies be-
hind WRKS and WBLS
have also had troubles
beyond simple rat-
ings. Inner City Broad-
casting, the previous
owner of WBLS, went
bankrupt last year.
(YMF, the company
buying it, is a new
investment group in-
cluding Ron Burkle
and Magic Johnson.)
WRKS's revenue fell

Galaxy S III

14 p.m.: Shin says
design of the Gal-
S III was "inspired
the round and
'ed lines of peb-
and leaves."
13 p.m.: The Gal-
S III will boast a
er Amoled, 4.8-
screen and an
egapixel camera
.features such as
it shot.
date at 2:11 p.m.
Samsung execu-
J.K. Shin con-
s the rumors: the
ixy S III is legit.
.msung is get-
ready to kick off

its Mobile Unpacked
event in London,
where it is expected
the company will
share the first details
on its next Galaxy de-
Although Tech Live
isn't in the U.K. for
the event, we will be
following Samsung's
live-streaming cover-
age. If you're by a com-
puter, you can watch,
too, in the player post-
ed above.
Tech Live will also
post key updates from
the event as they be-
come available.

32 percent in the last
three years, accord-
ing to a recent regula-
tory filing by Emmis
Communications, and
Smulyan said the sta-
tion's profit had fallen
90 percent.
Emmis, which has
sold off a number of
stations as it struggles
with a heavy debt load,

said its deal in New
York to sell Kiss-FM
and lease 98.7 to Dis-
ney was worth at least
$96 million, and that it
would help stabilize its
balance sheet.
Some broadcasters
rued the loss of black
stations and the re-
duction of services to
Black communities

that would result, but
said the change had
simply become an in-
Sevitable part of busi-
"The economics of
this business have
changed so drastical-
ly," said Liggins, of Ra-
dio One. "It is a shame.
But something's got to

County touts job program

continued from 8D

"This was a collab-
orative effort between
People Acting for Com-
munity Together and
my office," Jordan said.
"We must exhaust all
efforts to get this com-
munity back to work.
Now that the Commis-
sion has green-lighted
this legislation, we can
move forward on iden-
tifying other initiatives
that will increase em-
"Commissioner Jor-
dan did an excellent
job in creating this
historic legislation and
steering it towards
adoption by the full
Board of County Com-
missioners," Mones-
time added.
The First Source
Hiring Referral Pro-
gram will be facili-
tated by the South
Florida Workforce In-
vestment Board (SF-
WIB) through any one
of their career cen-
ters, refugee centers
and community- and

faith-based partners.
The contractor, prior
to hiring for vacan-
cies arising under a
County contract, must
first notify the SFWIB
of the vacancy and list
the job opening with
the agency. All job
postings must contain
a detailed description
of the job responsibili-
ties and qualifications,
and be posted during
the referral period.
The SFWIB would then
provide a list of quali-
fied candidates, if such
candidates are avail-
able, to the contrac-
tor within 24 hours of
receiving the vacancy
"These contracts are
paid for with taxpayer
dollars and should be
used to promote job
growth in Miami-Dade
County, where many
residents are strug-
gling to find employ-
ment," Jordan said.
"This referral program
will not only assist res-
idents in finding jobs,
but also address other
issues caused by high

unemployment rates,
such as foreclosure,
dependence on costly
social services, and
"If you want profes-
sional and social mo-
bility in our commu-
nity, the first step is to
find jobs," Monestime
said. "That's why the
First Source legisla-
tion is so important
- this is an added tool
to ensure that County
residents have access
to jobs."
With the creation of
this program, M-DC
joins other jurisdic-
tions such as Wash-
ington, D.C., Berkeley,
California and San
Francisco, Califor-
nia, which have all
created similar "first
source" programs to
ensure their' local resi-
dents have access to
jobs. For the nearest
employment center,
call the South Florida
Workforce Investment
Board at 305-594-
7615. Visit the website
at www.southflorida-

Clarence Woods, SEOPW Executive Director


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 questions: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

VOLUNTARY Pre-Proposal conference Friday. May1 8. 2012 at 10:00 am.
Location: Fire Station No. 1. 144 NE 5th Street. Miami. FL 33132. to be followed
directly to the three other locations.

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. 16296

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP 12-001) May 1st, 2012


Property Address: 1490 NW 3rd AVENUE '.
Folio: 01-3136-064-0010 ..
Total Lot Size: 2.15 Ac
Total Building Size: 33,455 SF (adjusted): .
Current Use: Existing Commercial Property iiia.'. iC

General Information and Requirements:
The Southeast Overtown Park West Redevel- i
opment District Community Redevelopment *_ : ii
Agency (CRA) is seeking proposals from quali-
fied commercial building management compa- -i. ''
nies to operate, maintain and provide the leas--'
ing for a retail shopping strip center on CRA "
owned property located at 1490 NW 3rd Av-
enue. The selected company will be required 1".,i '
to provide the staff and resources for the day to
day operations, marketing, leasing and mainte- ,
nance of the facility. All proposals must provide "
background information on the company, years -,
of experience and operation, marketing/leas- '
ing references, client references and portfolio .:
samples of properties of similar management,
size, location and zoning type. Proposals must also demonstrate the financial and legal ability of the man-
agement company, including information on the financial status of the management company, a property
budget consisting of a detailed pro forma demonstrating sources and uses of funds, including funding for
operations/maintenance, marketing and a detailed statement of all financial assistance needed from any
source. Successful respondents will be expected to enter into a Management Agreement with the CRA.

Background and Existing Conditions: The CRA has recently acquired this property from the City of
Miami with the intent to provide for a grocery store operation to occupy the large retail space (14,000 SF)
and to lease out the remaining space to smaller retail tenant opportunities. Currently, the building has one
existing tenant, Regions Bank that will continue to occupy their space within the facility (copy of lease to
be provided upon request). The building previously held a grocery store operation some years back but
has primarily remained vacant. The building will require on-site maintenance of the landscaping, parking
areas and general building maintenance including roofing, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, etc. The building is
located in the Overtown commercial district along NW 3rd Avenue just north of NW 14th Street. Substantial
redevelopment of the area has taken place and continues to take place including the development of several
new retail operations, park rehabilitation and residential building renovations. There is residential density
within close proximity to the property and no other large grocery store operation exists to accommodate the
residential base.

Additional Information: All available information on the referenced Property may be obtained from the
CRA at 49 N.W. 5th Street, Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33128. For further information, please contact Mark
Spanioli, P.E., Director of Construction and Engineering, at (305) 679-6800 or submit inquiries by email to
mspan(amiamigov.com. All interested parties are invited to inspect the property. The "cone of silence"
does not apply to this RFP, and thus, communication with the staff of the CRA and the City of Miami is

Submittal Deadline: Respondents must submit two (2) copies of their proposal to the City of Miami Clerk's
Office, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133, by 2:00 p.m., on Friday, May 31, 2012. Late propos-
als and/or proposals submitted at any other location will not be accepted.

The CRA reserves the right to accept any proposal deemed to be in the public interest and in furtherance of
the purposes of Florida's Community Redevelopment Act of 1969, to waive any irregularities in any proposal,
to cancel this Request for Proposals, to reject any or all proposals, and/or to re-advertise for proposals.




RFQ NO: 12-001

The CRA is seeking the services of an Architecture firm(s) to provide professional services for the devel-
opment of Architectural plans, specifications and construction administration/inspection services for the
rehabilitation of Town Park Village, North and South. The Proposer and its Sub-consultants must be able to
perform every element of the scope of services as outlined in the RFQ package.

Completed Responses must be delivered to the City of Miami City Clerk's Office, 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 no later than 2:00 pm, on June 1st, 20'12 ("Response Submission Date").
Any Responses received after the above date and time or delivered to a different address or location will
not be considered.

RFQ documents may be obtained on or after May 1st, 2012, from the CRA offices, 49 N.W. 5th Street, Suite
100, Miami, Florida 33128, or from the CRA webpage (www.miamicra.com). A non-mandatory pre-submit-
tal meeting will be held at the CRA offices on May 15th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. It is the sole responsibility of all
firms to ensure the receipt of any addendum and it is recommended that firms periodically check the CRA
webpage for updates and the issuance of addenda.

The CRA reserves the right to accept any Responses deemed to be in the best interest of the CRA, to waive
any minor irregularities, omissions, and/or technicalities in any Responses, or to reject any or all Responses
and to re-advertise for new Responses as deemed necessary by the CRA.




10D THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 9-15, 2012



Clarence Woods, Executive Director



1140 NW 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
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
1241 NW 53 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $1000
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
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 Ddrm 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 Dath $395,
one Ddrm one bath $425

1490 NW 69 Street, Apt. 4
Two bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air. $675 mthly. Call Mr.
Washington, 305-632-8750.
1525 NW 1 Place
SOne bdrm. one bath $350
monthly. $575 move in
Three arms two bathr
$550 monthly $850 move
in. All appliances included
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call

1612 NW 51 Terrace
Utilities included, $550 moves
you in. 786-389-1686.
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 borm. one bath $525.
Stove rehgerator

190 NW 51 Street
One bedroom. $775 to move
in. 786-389-1686
1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 305-642-7080

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

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

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

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
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
6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $500 to
move in. 786-286-2540

7736 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath ap-
pliances, washer and dryer.
$600 monthly. 786-287-9011.

8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
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.

One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
One Bedroom, one bath, utili-
ties included, air condition.
$625 monthly. 786-203-0152.
One bdrm, one bath. Special
$550. 305-717-6084
Two bedrms, one bath. $650
monthly. Section 8 Wel-
comed. 305-717-6084.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$795 monthly. Section 8 wel-
Only $350 to move in! No
deposit. Water included.
Gated building complex.
Call 305-603-9592,;305-
600-7280 and

Business Rentals

1-95 AND NW 79 ST
Broker 786-553-3127


2858 NW 203 Lane
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
17942 NW 40 Court


1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath $450.
125 N.W. 73rd Street
Newly renovated, three
.bedrooms, one bath, Section
8 welcome. 305-751-4241 or
142 NW 71 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, yard,
tiled, washer/dryer hookup,
bars, air, $900 mthly. Section
8 ok!. 305-389-4011 or
1884 NW 74 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $850
monthly, $1200 move in. Sec-
tion 8 OK! 786-457-2998.
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
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air, $750
monthly. 786-877-5358
2524 NW 80 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air condition, stove, refrig-
erator, bars. $875 monthly,
$2625 to move in.
3067.NW 92 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
3495 NW 11 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air condition and appliances.
$950 monthly. Section 8 wel-
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.

4911 NW 15 Ct (rear)
Two bdrms., one bath, Sec-
tion 8 ok, 786-362-3108.

540 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1100 monthly plus $900 se-
curity. 305-301-1993
6800 N.W. 6 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1150. Free water/electric.
70 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550 monthly, 786-985-3079.
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. No Section 8. Call
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-467-8784
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled with updated appliances.
Ready in May. Call:
One bedroom, $650 month-
ly; three bedrooms, $1200
monthly. 305-757-7067
Design Realty

1756 NW 85 Street
$525 move in 786-389-1686.
2106 NW 70 Street
Furnished, no utilities, $1000
to move in, $750 monthly.
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency. one bath, $395
Applances. tree water

5422 NW 7 Court
$600 mthly includes electric
and water. No Section 8. Call

Furnished Rooms

1358 NW 71 Street
Air, cable. $300 to move in,
$150 weekly. 786-286-7455.
1500 NW 183 Street
Cable, air, $140 weekly. $285
tomTove in. 786-457-2998.
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.
1887 NW 44 Street
$475 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2373 NW 95 Street
$90 a weekly, call 305-450-
6816 NW 15th Avenue
Refrigerator, cable $100
.weekly. 305-627-3457
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$340 monthly. First and last
to move in. 786-515-3020.
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Furnished room with living
room, 786-663-5641
Clean, nice, and air. $400
monthly. Call 786-426-6263.
Clean, quiet room with
security bars. $65 weekly.
Call 305-769-3347
Private entrance, private
bath, $700 to move in.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.

10201 NW 8 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Appliances. $1195.
1785 N.W. 67 Street
Three bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 welcome. Call:
1800 Rutland Street
Newly remodeled three bdrm,
one bath, central air, Section
8 welcome. 786-356-1457
1950 NW 60 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
Section 8 only. Excepting two
bedroom vouchers.
20700 NW 25 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated, central air,
huge fenced yard. Easy com-
mute. $1100 monthly.
2782 NW 196 St
Three bdrm, one and half
bath, $1100, 954-243-8193
2921 NW 174 Street
Four bdrms, two baths, newly
remodel Section 8 welcomed.
305-975-0711 or


310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
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March job openings were the highest in almost four years

By Martin Crutsinger
Associated Press

U.S. companies in
March posted the
highest number of job
openings in nearly
four years, a sign that
hiring could strength-
en after slowing this
The Labor Depart-
ment said Tuesday
that employers adver-
tised 3.74 million job
openings in March.
That's up from a re-
vised 3.57 million in
February.. The March
figure was the highest
since July 2008, just
before the financial
crisis erupted.
The increase in job
openings suggests that
weaker hiring gains in
March and April could
be temporary. It usu-
ally takes one to three
months for employers
to fill openings.
Even with the in-
crease, roughly 12.7
million people were
unemployed in March.

That means an aver-
age of 3.4 people com-
peted for each open
job. While that's far
better than the nearly
7-to-1 ratio when the
recession ended, in a
healthy job market,
the ratio is around two
to one.
Last week the gov-
ernment said em-
ployers added just
115,000 jobs in
April and 154,000 in
March. That was a

sharp decline from
December through
February, when the
economy added an av-
erage of 252,000 jobs
per month.
Some of the slow-
down in job growth in
March and April may
reflect a payback for
unusually warm win-
ter. The warmer weath-
er probably exagger-
ated job growth in the
winter months and is
now making spring

gains look smaller.
Jared Franz, an
economist at T. Rowe
Price in Baltimore,
said that increase in
job openings was evi-
dence that "steady la-
bor market healing
Steven Ricchiuto,
chief economist at
Mizuho Securities,
said the report was
consistent with gains
of 175,000 jobs per

Recent report,
known as the Job
Openings and Labor
Turnover survey, or
JOLTs, also showed
that more people quit
their jobs in March.
More people quitting
is a good sign because
most people quit to
move to a new job. The
rising number of peo-
ple quitting suggests
workers are finding
more opportunities in
the job market.
Nearly 4.36 million
people were hired in
March, slightly fewer
than in February. The
JOLTs report mea-
sures gross job gains,
while the monthly jobs
reports are net figures
calculated after sub-
tracting layoffs and
the number who quit.
The increase in
openings reflected
gains in two sectors
vital to the economy's
health: manufactur-
ing and construction.
In March, factories ad-
vertised 55,000 more
openings, while con-

CEO: Leaders still need people skills to get ahead

By Anita Bruzzese

If you could eaves-
drop on a conversation
among chief execu-
tives discussing their
business concerns,
what do you think you
would hear?
Not only is he a chief
executive, but his
company, Korn/Ferry
International, is the
world's largest execu-
tive recruiting firm.
"The most common
theme I hear from
CEOs is that it's less
about the product
made or the technol-
ogy used, arid that
it's much more about
the people," he says.
"CEOs are asking more
out of people with less
people to do-the work.
So, what I found that
it's much less about
the strategy and set-
ting forth a purpose
and much more about
empowering, motivat-
ing and inspiring peo-
CEOs are focused on
inspiring workers to be
more innovative to be
able to compete glob-
ally, Burnison says.
They understand that
no employee will stay
for 20 years in one job
and is more likely to
stay just a few years.

The best chief executives and their managers
empower, motivate ard inspire their workers.

Yet CEOs say if they
can motivate workers
to stay another two or
three years with an
employer, that can be
critical to business
Part of getting top
talent to stick around
depends on leadership.
Because many com-
panies lost potential
leaders during the eco-
nomic downturn, the
demand is on for man-
agers who can inspire
and motivate workers,
Burnison says.
If you're interested in
being one of those fu-
ture leaders, what are
some of the manage-
ment skills you need?

"The No. 1 predictor
of success is learning
agility. In other words,
knowing what to do
when you don't know
what to do," he says,
adding that those
seeking leadership
positions also should
show humility and au-
Some young work-
ers haven't learned the
importance of face-to-
face communications,
a hallmark of success-
ful managers, Burni-
son says. He believes
they and people in oth-
er generations spend
too much time staring
at their palms as they
use smartphones or

other gadgets.
"Ultimately, leader-
ship is about mak-
ing others believe," he
says. "They (workers)
have to be able to look
into your eyes and see
your soul."
Burnison, author of
The Twelve Absolutes
of Leadership, (Mc-
Graw Hill, $28), has
some advice for those
who want to become
Make it count. "I
was counseled a long
time ago that as a
leader, you need to
make the other person
feel better than before
with every interaction,"
he says.
"That's actually tax-
ing and very difficult,"
Burnison says. "But
when you're a leader,
you can't have a bad
day. What you project,
others feel."
Manage the first 3
minutes. More than 50
percent of communi-
cation is visual, which
is why it's key that you
take note of your tone
of voice, facial expres-
sion and body lan-
guage when meeting
Leaders always
must be aware of what
they're projecting to
others, such as confi-

Boomer retirements drive down jobless rate

By Paul Davidson

Last month's drop in unem-
ployment to 8.1 percent from
8.2 percent resulted from a
shrinking labor force, suggest-
ing that many discouraged
workers gave up job searches.
But analyses by two econo-
mists show growing Baby
Boomer retirements were be-
hind most of thl decline in the
labor force those employed
and looking for work.
That's key because some
fear the unemployment rate
will rise again when better job
prospects draw discouraged
workers back to the market.
A Boomer exodus could more
than offset the re-entry of.dis-
couraged workers.
Payroll growth was disap-
pointing for a second straight
month in April, at 115,000
jobs, far less than the 200,000-
plus pace in January and Feb-
ruary, the Labor Department
said Friday. Yet the jobless
rate dipped as the share of
adult Americans employed or
seeking work the labor force
participation rate fell from
63.8 percent in March to 63.6
percent in April, lowest since
December 1981.
Many more employed than
unemployed Americans
dropped out of the labor force

last month, likely indicating
that most were retirees rath-
er than discouraged workers,
says Mark Zandi, chief econo-
mist of Moody's Analytics. Of
the 6.7 million people who
dropped out of the labor force
last month, about 60 percent
were employed.
That's been the pattern since
at least 2010. The number of
employed Americans leaving
the job market has risen, while
the ranks of unemployed drop-
ping out have fallen.
Dean Maki, chief U.S. econo-
mist of Barclays Capital, cites
more evidence from govern-
ment data. In the first quarter,
18.8% of Americans who were
not in the labor force and said
they didn't want jobs were 55
or older, up from 17.8% when
the recession started.
He says that closely tracks.
the rise in Social Security
recipients. Maki says the in-
crease in Boomer retirements
likely means job growth of only
75,000 to 100,000 a month is
needed to keep the unemploy-
ment rate steady.
One factor helping nudge
more older workers into re-
tirement is the expiration of
extended unemployment ben-
efits, Zandi says, because
states require recipients to
actively look for work. Fifteen

states ended extended benefits
in April, the National Employ-
ment Law Project says.
Others simply tire of a harsh
job market. Jean Coyle, 67, of
Alexandria, Va., lost her job as
a minister in 2007 and finally
stopped looking for full-time
work in the past year: "You
get tired of being rejected, dis-
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dence or optimism.
Be fully present.
"Don't be looking at
your BlackBerry.
"Don't read some-
thing. You have to be
in the moment," he
says. "Fully engage the
other person."
Have an "outside-
in" perspective. "Find
out what others are
thinking," Burnison
"You have to be able
to listen, learn and
lead," he says. "Ask
Finally, as a leader
looking to hire new
talent, Burnison says
he always will "choose
hunger over pedigree
any day."
"Why? Because
while pedigree is im-
portant, performance
is the great equalizer,"
he says. "I know that
person who is hungry
will work harder, will
try harder and will
wake up v.ithput the
alarm clock. 'The, re
going to want it, taste
it, live it and breathe

struction firms posted
23,000 more openings.
However, govern-
ment job openings
decreased by 26,000.
The majority of the de-
cline was at the state
and local level, where
governments contin-
ue to face budgetary
The unemployment
rate has fallen a full
percentage point since

August to 8.1 percent
last month lowest
level since January
Still, 8.1 percent un-
employment is painful-
ly high. And part of the
reason for the decline
is more people gave up
looking for work. Peo-
ple who are-out of work
but not looking for jobs
aren't counted as un-

The employment re-
port on Friday showed
the average worker's
hourly pay rose just
one penny in April.
Over the past year, av-
erage hourly pay has
ticked up 1.8 percent
to $23.28. Inflation
has been roughly 2.7
percent, which means
the average consumer
isn't keeping up with
price increases.


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



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

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification: Tues-
day. May 15. 2012 at 5:00 P.M.

Johnny Martinez, P.E.
City Manager
AD NO. 002121

A meeting of the Value Adjustment Board (the "VAB") will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012, 10:00
a.m., Commission Chambers Conference Room, 2nd floor, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st
Street, Miami, to consider the following:
I. Consideration and adoption of recommendations of Special Magistrates
as the written decisions of the VAB for the remaining uncertified property
assessments (folios) for tax year 2010.
II. Final certification of the 2010 tax rolls (i.e. as to all assessments initially
certified on an unadjusted basis on October 15, 2010 and for which hearings
were held and Special Magistrates' recommendations submitted prior to
May 18,2012).
Ill. Such other business as may properly come before the Board.
A list maintained by the Property Appraiser of all applicants for exemption who have had their
applications for exemption either (a) denied or (b) wholly or partially approved, is available for
inspection by the public at the Department of Property Appraisal, Suite 710, 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Miami, Florida, during regular business hours (i.e. from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays). The types
of exemptions included in the list are: homestead, Sr. Citizen, widow(er), disability, educational,
literary, religious, charitable, governmental, health and care facilities, renewable energy source
devices, historic properties, homes for the aged, low-income housing properties, labor organization
properties, community centers, and economic development (enterprise zone) properties.
A person who decides to appeal any decision made by any board, agency or commission with
respect to any matter considered at its meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings.
Such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
Anyone with a disability needing a special accommodation to participate in these proceedings
should call (305)375-5641. TDD users may contact us via the Florida Relay Service at
1-800-955-8771. Note: Sign language interpreter services must be requested at least five (5) days
prior to an appointment date. Transportation is not provided by the Clerk's office.



Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami, Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 1st Floor, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133-5504, until Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., for the project en-


Scope of Work: The project consists of complete landscaping services for the Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard lo-
cated along N.W. 62 Street between N.W. 5th Place to N.W. 12th Avenue, the east and west embankments of
1-95 ramps intersecting N.W. 62nd Street, and the Butterfly Gardens located east and west of 1-95 and N.W.
54th Street. The work consists of mowing, weed trimming, litter pick up (cups, paper trash, bags, bottles,
etc.), mulching, planting shrubs (3 gal.) trees and palms (30 gal.), herbicide and insect spraying, etc. and
pressure cleaning the brick plaza areas semiannually. In addition, furnishing all labor, material and equip-
ment for bi-weekly inspection and repair services to the irrigation system at the Butterfly Gardens. NOTE:
Additional locations for landscaping and irrigation services may be added to this contract as the mainte-
nance responsibilities are transferred to the Public Works Department.


A Bid Bond will NOT be required for this Project.
A Payment and Performance Bond will NOT be required for this Project.

Bid packages containing complete instructions, plans (for reference only) and specifications may be ob-
tained at the Public Works Department, 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, Miami, Florida 33130, Telephone
(305) 416-1200 on or after May 8, 2012. Bid packages will be available in hard copy form and a non-refund-
able fee of $20.00 will be required. A bid package can also be mailed to bidders upon written request to the
Department, and shall include the appropriate non-refundable fee plus $10 for shipping and handling using
regular U.S. Mail.

All bids shall be submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Bids must be submitted in dupli-
cate originals in the envelope provided with the bid package. At the time, date, and place above, bids will
be publicly opened. Any bids or proposals received after time and date specified will be returned
to the bidder unopened. The responsibility for submitting a bid/proposal before the stated time and date is
solely and strictly the responsibility of the bidder/proposer. The City is not responsible for delays caused by
mail, courier service, including U.S. Mail, or any other occurrence.


ADD. No DP-17119