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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 38 MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 16-22, 2012 50 cents

Overtown gets $50M for redevelopment
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Spence-Jones heats up

in four-hour marathon

By Kevin McNeir

It took nearly four hours of
public testimony and heated de-
bate but in the end, City of Miami
commissioners approved a high-
ly-contested plan to infuse $50
million into the Overtown com-
munity. The proposal, sponsored
by Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones,

will finance four mixed-use proj-
T- ects and help with $15 million in
renovations to Town Park resi-
The money comes from a loan sup-
'' ported by property tax revenue and is
S backed by Community Redevelopment
Agency funds. Controversy arose,
however, when city officials sug-
>NOFF gested that the loan might hurt their
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Overtown seniors storm City Hall
By Kevin McNeir once vibrant Black community. Residents
kli.'inndi',ituuliiil tie'.I' OImI who have remained say they have been pa-
tient and believed in the promises of City
Overtown residents have seen their corn- of Miami officials to help them rebuild their
munit\ torn apart and left to fend for itself neighborhood. But those promises have con-
following construction projects in the 1980s sistently been delayed their hopes and
that ran highways through the heart of the Please turn to CITY HALL 10A

FCAT writing scores

Only 27 percent of 4th graders pass

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@ mianmitimesonline.coin

Florida's commissioner of education,
Gerald Robinson, led the recent push to
raise minimum passing scores on the
state-administered FCAT saying it was
necessary so that we have "students who
are ready to take the reins of government
and industry in the State." And while he

predicted that the newer standards would
result in an increase in the number of
F's for school grades, the FCAT writing
scores released last weekend have put
state educators and parents in a clear
state of panic.
Robinson called for emergency talks
after discovering that nearly two-thirds
of Florida students failed the new and
"improved" writing portion of the Florida

Comprehensive Assessment Test [FCAT].
Callers from across the state, including
parents, teachers and administrators
flooded phone lines early Tuesday morn-
ing anxious to receive greater clarity on
the statewide numbers released by the
Department of Education. Many callers
were concerned because they still are not
sure how individual districts have done.
On Monday, Robinson suggested that
the rules be changed again reducing
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FCAT writing scores preliminary results
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PULSE continues Blacks' fight

By Kaila Heard

For the past 31 years, the civ-
il rights organization, PULSE,
which stands for People United
to Lead the Struggle for Equality,
has been fighting to ensure that
Blacks and other minorities re-
ceive fair treatment.
At their annual convention at
Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist
Church this Saturday, the civil
rights organization will be asking

the community and its own mem-
bers exactly how it should best
the fight for equal treatment for
Blacks and other minorities.
PULSE was founded in 1981 in
response to the McDuffie riot to
deal with discriminatory treat-
ment that Blacks received when
dealing with law enforcement.

"There seems to be a compla-
cency in the community that we

have arrived now, but the issues
of the Black community have
pretty much remained the same
[since PULSE was founded]," said
Executive Director Rev. Nathan-
iel Wilcox. "We must continue to
make this community better one
day at a time."
The theme for the convention
will be "People United to Save Our
"Our future is our youth and if
we don't work with them then the
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NAACP leads drive for voters

First Lady urges grads to seek change
First lady Michelle Obama served as the commencement speaker last Saturday on
the campus of North Carolina A&T University. Her comments focused on graduates
seeking and being the initiators of change in the world. Her words reminded many of
the four university freshmen that put their lives on the line and sat down at a Wool-
worth lunch counter in February 1960, starting what would become a nationwide sit-
in movement. Mrs. Obama addressed a crowd of about 15,000, including more than
1,200 graduates of NC A&T, one of the state university system's historically Black

By Melanie Eversley

Voter registration among Blacks
is down from 2008, prompting the
NAACP and other civil rights or-
ganizations to launch registration
drives two months earlier than:in
past presidential election years.
Leaders of the NAACP and other
groups blame the decline on new
state laws requiring people to pro-
duce identification to register or
placing limits on who can run a

voter registration drive. *[17f
They also say the foreclo-
sure and job crises have af-
fected Black Americans in
large numbers.
Another likely factor, said *,, '
Melanie Campbell, presi- 'lOB
dent and CEO of the Na-
tional Coalition on Black .. -
Civic Participation: The ex- JEA
citement over the prospect
of electing the first Black presi-
dent has faded.

SThe NAACP said
registration by Black
voters is down almost
7 percentage points,
based on 2010 Cen-
i/" sus figures.
The Obama-Biden
re-election campaign
says registration
ALOUS may be up since then
in anticipation of the
coming election.
Please turn to NAACP 10A

Gay GOP group bashes Obama, not Romney

By DeWayne Wickham

To defend their claim to a
smidgen of space in the GOP's
ideological pup tent, the Log
Cabin Republicans- a gay
and lesbian group are at-
tacking Barack Obama for do-
ing what Mitt Romney won't:
say he supports same-sex
Under other circumstances,

the president's statement
might have moved the group
to respond with high praise.
Gay marriage, is after all, a
top Log Cabin goal. But in this
political silly season, rational
behavior is the first casualty.
"That the president has
chosen today ... to finally
speak up for marriage equality
is offensive and callous," the
organization said in a news


release. Obama
his position a
day after North
Carolina voters
amended their
state's constitu-
tion to define
marriage only as

a union between one man and
one woman.
While the GOP gay men and

lesbians were angered by the
timing of the president's an-
nouncement, they voiced no
such rage over the position
of Romney, the presumptive
Republican presidential nomi-
nee, who opposes legal unions
among same-sex couples.

"Marriage is a relationship
between one man and one

woman," Romney said Satur-
day during a commencement
address at Liberty Univer-
sity, an evangelical school in
Lynchburg, Va., that teaches
that his Mormon faith is a
cult. By siding with evangeli-
cals on gay marriage, he seeks
to weaken such concerns.
A few days earlier, Romney
told a Denver TV station: "I do
not favor marriage between

people of the same gender,
and I do not favor civil unions
if they are identical to mar-
riage." But even as Romney
throws gays and lesbians
under his campaign bus, the
Log Cabin Republicans offered
only a dithering response to
Romney's opposition to legal
status for same-sex couples.
"What we said is consistent
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2A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 16-22, 2012

Battle rages for the future

of young, Black males
Almost 30 years ago, two noted psychologists,
Jawanza Kunjufu and Haki Madhubuti, were
sounding the warning bell fearful of the future
that awaited Black boys. They were convinced that there
was a conspiracy afloat to destroy Black boys and there-
fore to eliminate the Black race. But with so many gains
made during the civil right era and then as great strides
were achieved by Blacks in part because of affirmative
action, their words fell on mostly deaf ears.

Now, with more Black males in prison and being sus-
pended from school than any other race, the writing is
on the walls. Men like Kunjufu and Madhubuti were not
crying wolf they were speaking as prophets. Today
there is no secret conspiracy there's an all-out fight to
eliminate so-called troubled Black boys from American
society. It's done by locking up their bodies, locking up
their minds and locking them out from their hopes and

A new task force will study the troubling trend that
shows Black males nationwide now being suspended
from school three times that of white males Black
girls' rate is four times that of white girls. But do we re-
ally need a task force to tell us what's going on?
Education in the 21st century is the great equalizer.
And as long as those in power and with privilege con-
tinue to thwart the small steps forward made by Black
boys and girls, they will always be on the bottom rung.
Sure, a few will somehow beat the odds and rise to the
top. But for the masses, life will be little more than a
new age form of slavery.

We can change the future and the fate of our Black
children but only if we act swiftly and on one accord.
And that's no conspiracy.

FAMU deserves a

chance to clean up its act
With the recent indictment of 13 band mem-
bers held responsible for the hazing-related
death of drum major Robert Champion last
fall, the sun continues to set on the once mighty March-
ing 100. Last weekend's retirement of former band di-
rector Julian White and President James Ammons' deci-
sion to suspend the band for the next school year might
seem to some like the final nail in the coffin. But there
are some other equally important issues that must still
be addressed.

We believe that the tradition that has made FAMU
great and its Marching 100 known around the world
should not be destroyed. But things must change -
hopefully that change has already begun. Many young
men and women have learned how to work as a team,
have mastered their instrument and have gone on to
careers as band directors, musical teachers or other
related positions because of the training they received
while at FAMU.

But as we know, some chose to hold on to ways of
the past that were illegal, dangerous and in some cases
deadly. Those who are responsible for the death of Rob-
ert Champion or the injuries of others should admit to
their crimes. They will have to pay the price. Then there
will need to be a day of reckoning and a new way of do-
ing things at FAMU.

One thing that we hope won't change is the magnifi-
cent marching prowess of FAMU's precision-minded
high steppers. Many of you may recall wonderful days
of the brothers and sisters of FAMU taking to the field
decked out in their green and orange.

FAMU may be at one of its lowest points in its history
but Blacks are accustomed to rising from the ashes like
the phoenix. It's time for FAMU's alums and Blacks who
truly care about our historically-Black colleges to stand
firm. Hazing has no place in the future but we pray that
FAMU's Marching 100 will one day see the light again.

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M BS' EUGENE ROBl.JSON. eugenerobirison'@washrigtonpost com

Obama makes bold leap towards eq

President Obama's evolution-
ary leap on same-sex marriage
is a historic advance in the na-
tion's long march toward equal-
ity and justice. It is also a bold
political gambit that sacrifices
some votes in exchange for po-
tentially renewing his image as
a leader of vision and hope. The
truth is that it should not have
taken Obama so long to rec-
ognize that gays and lesbians
should have the right to marry.
I'm one of the many observers
who never understood how his
former opposition to same-sex
marriage could be squared with
the worldview that emerged
from his speeches and actions.
Ultimately, history will care
only that Obama was the first
president to acknowledge that
same-sex marriage is a na-
tional issue involving the civil
rights of millions of Americans.
The astonishment and joy ex-
pressed by so many gays and
lesbians nationwide following
Obama's announcement last
Wednesday showed what a big

deal this is.
We all know where this is
heading. Obama said that while
he now supports same-sex
marriage, the decision should
be left up to the states. That
would seem to bode ill, since 30
states have amended their con-
stitutions to prohibit gay mar-
riage. But polls show that pub-

ognized in some states but not
in others. It may be a long pro-
cess but eventually a day will
come when same-sex marriage
is considered unexceptional
and only historians appreciate
that once upon a time it was
controversial. Obama's pro-
nouncement hastens that day.
It also has shorter-term impli-

We all know where this is heading. Obama said that
while he now supports same-sex marriage, the deci-
sion should be left up to the states. That would seem
to bode ill, since 30 states have amended their constitutions to
prohibit gay marriage.

lic opinion on gay marriage has
been shifting rapidly across the
country. Same-sex marriage is
already allowed in Connecti-
cut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New York, Vermont
and the District of Columbia.
As more and more couples wed,
courts around the country will
have to rule on questions in-
volving marriages that are rec-

It seems clear that his posi-
tion on gay marriage will cost
Obama some support in what
promises to be a tough battle for
re-election. The crucial impact
will be in the swing states. But
it was interesting that Obama's
all-but-certain GOP opponent,
Mitt Romney, reacted to the
president's shift on gay mar-

quality Al
riage with a re.it.r.el, s-ibdued
statement reiterating his oppo-
sition but acknowledging that
the issue is a "tender and sensi-
tive topic." The risk for Romney
is that while his position he
wants a federal constitutional
amendment banning same-sex
marriage is popular among
Republican primary voters, it
might be seen as mean-spir-
ited and punitive by the inde-
pendents who will ultimately
decide the election. Politically,
Obama may have taken a big
step toward reclaiming the fu-
ture. He could have kept si-
lent on gay marriage and frus-
trated progressives still would
have voted for him. Instead, he
spoke out when he didn't have
to and took a stance that might
hurt him in key states in the
process reminding us of how he
can surprise and inspire.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Wash-
ington Post.

B VILF.IER J ".EOf- 11, NNPA CJLUI.I.l[IST, '"'JL3jUS'' HOO ld COI''

If Obama loses, Blacks must have a plan B ,

As the country moves into the
full scale presidential election
process, a troubling pattern is
developing within certain seg-
ments of the Black communi-
ty. There's a concerted effort by
some to silence those who are
offering honest, valid, and well
thought out analysis and criti-
cism of the Obama administra-
I've written about individuals
such as Tom Joyner, Steve Har-
vey, Al Sharpton and others who
have attempted to label honest
policy debate as betrayal. But
the 2012 election will be much
different than the 2008 elec-
tion. President Obama is not
running against a failed Bush
administration; he's running on
his own record. He's running
against subtle and sometimes
obvious bigoted rhetoric as well
as the usual voter suppression
tactics. As Nobel laureate econ-
omist Paul Krugman recently
stated, the same thieves who
backed Bush are backing Rom-
ney. President Obama is run-
ning against 8.3 percent unem-

ployment and a shaky economy.
Hope and change will not carry
him to victory in 2012.
Senator Obama received 96
percent of the Black vote in
2008 and it is expected that as
president he will receive close to
the same percentage this time
around, although the turnout

cut food stamps by $134 bil-
lion over 10 years and would
remove 280,000 from a free
school lunch and breakfast pro-
gram. One in four Blacks lives'
below the federal poverty line,
compared to about one in eight
Americans overall. More than
one-third (35.7 percent) of all

While I, too, celebrated the election of this country's
first Black president, without substantive and mea-
surable policy outputs that benefit the Black com-
munity, the ethnic makeup of the president is irrelevant.

may be lower.
The issue for the Black
community is what's the "B-
Plan"? What will we do in the
event that Obama loses and
they have to deal with a Presi-
dent Romney? What will hap-
pen if Blacks have to get away
from the politics of personality
and actually decide to deal with
the politics of policy?
Mitt Romney has endorsed
House Republican Budget
Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-
Wis.) budget plan that would

Black children lives in poverty,
compared to one in five children
living in poverty in the country
as a whole.
If Romney tried to imple-
ment the Ryan budget in its
current form, the Black com-
munity would be outraged. Al
Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and
other leaders would be calling
for marches. Talk show hosts
Joyner, Harvey, and others
would be begging their audi-
ences to write, call, and petition
their elected representatives to

restore funding to
social programs.
Under the Obama admin-
istration, Blacks are worse
off economically, but where's
the outrage? Too many in the
community are silent or be-
ing attacked and summarily
dismissed as traitors, haters,
crazy, and misinformed for call-
ing for targeted solutions and
policy initiatives to address the
suffering in the Black commu-
nity. It must be clearly under-
stood that having a Black in the
Oval Office is not in and of itself
a victory.
While I, too, celebrated the
election of this country's first
Black president, without sub-
stantive and measurable policy
outputs that benefit the Black
community, the ethnic makeup
of the president is irrelevant.
In 1857 Fredrick Douglass
said, "Power concedes nothing
without a demand." Obama is
the one in power and the Black
community has failed to de-
mand from him the policy out-
puts it needs.


It's time to pardon the

Of the seven years I was edi-
tor of Emerge: Black America's
Newsmagazine in the 1990s,
I am proudest of our national
campaign to win the release of
Kemba Smith, a 24-year-old
former Hampton University
student who was sentenced
to a mandatory 24 V2 years in
prison for her minor role in a
drug ring. The original Emerge
story caught the attention of
Elaine Jones, then director of
the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund. She began
representing Kemba in court
and eventually filed a peti-
tion for clemency. In late 2000,
President Bill Clinton granted
LDF's request and Kemba was
released after serving 7 /2 years
in federal prison. I've said all
along that Kemba wasn't the
only victim of our criminal in-
justice system. Add the Wilm-
ington Ten to that list.

Most Black newspapers are
carrying a NNPA News Service
story this week by Cash Mi-
chaels of the Wilmington Jour-
nal describing a national cam-
paign to win pardons for the
Wilmington Ten nine Blacks
and a white female unfairly
convicted in connection with ur-
ban unrest. The NNPA is help-
ing spearhead this movement.
In a nutshell, racial strife ac-
companied the desegregation
of New Hanover County, N.C.
schools. The all-Black high
school was closed under the
desegregation plan and its stu-
dents were transferred to the
previously all-white high school,
where they received a hostile re-
ception. In February 1971, the
United Church of Christ as-
signed Benjamin Chavis Jr., a
native of Oxford, N.C., to help
students organize a school boy-

Wilmington Ten
Amid the racial turmoil, some- violated due
one firebombed Mike's Grocery, failing to tur:
a white-owned business located was favorable
a block away from Gregory Con- cluding infot
gregational Church, where Cha- have impeac
vis had set up headquarters. A of its chief
riot erupted the next day that Despite mor
resulted in two deaths and six requests fr
injuries. neys, the pr
Chavis and nine others were turn over a
charged and convicted of arson made by Alle
and conspiracy in connection tradicted at
with the firebombing incident lier charges.
from sentences of 29 to 34 failed to turn
years. All nine maintained that uation of Ha
they were innocent. In 1980, This was 1
a federal appeals court over- system at it
turned their convictions, noting North Caro
that the trial judge restricted Perdue shou
defense attorneys from cross- overdue pai
examining witnesses who had apology to th
received special treatment in George E.
exchange for their testimony in-chief of E
against the Wilmington Ten. editor-in-chie
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Newspaper
also ruled that the prosecution tion News Se

Sp'ro':ess rights b1
n over evidence that
e to the defense, in-
rmation that would
ched the testimony
witness, Allen Hall.
e than a half-dozen
om defense attor-
osecutor refused to
second statement
en that directly con-
least 15 of his ear-
The prosecutor also
over a mental eval-
the criminal justice
:s worse. The least
lina Gov. Beverly
ld do is issue a long
-don and heartfelt
he Wilmington Ten.
Curry, former editor-
merge magazine, is
ef of the National
Publishers Associa-
.rvice (NNPA).

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3A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 16-22, 2012



Equal opportunity for
.I held the traditional Chris- Still, I have mixed feelings
tian belief about marriage being about gay marriage. I recall a
between a man and a woman news story about a gay couple
but have a civil rights view to- that had become foster par-
wards gay rights. Gays should ents to three Black babies all
not be discriminated against born HIV-positive and addicted
due to their sexual orientation, to crack. The babies were not
They should not be denied jobs wanted by anyone, because
or housing and should not have of their HIV status and obvi-
to face ridicule. I do not like dis-
crimination and have fought for have witnessed the unfair
equality based on race, gender, have witnessed the unfair tr
national origin, religion and in the workplace and it rem
age, because the. law protects ,discrimination faced by Blac
these classes of people. There Rights Act of 1964
should be a federal law protect- Rights Act of 1964 . .
ing people from discrimination
based on their sexual orienta- ous neurological and physical
tion. I have witnessed the un- problems. But a white gay cou-
fair treatment that gay people ple took in the three boys and
suffer in the workplace and it paid for their medical attention,
reminds me of the open and schooling, clothes, food and
hostile discrimination faced by most importantly they provided
Blacks in the 1960's before the love. The Department of Health
Civil Rights Act of 1964, when and Human Services in its in-
people could be fired based on finite wisdom decided to take
their race. In fact, many civil the boys away from their foster
rights activists were fired in- parents because they were gay
cluding Rosa Parks. and Florida law did not permit


gay community 27
gay couples to adopt children, to give each other health ben-
in part because gays could not efits?
get married. Some people object to gay
The injustice of this situa- couples because they feel that
tion made me rethink my tra- they will notraise children with
ditional views on gay marriage the proper morals. But straight
and completely made me a couples who are members of
supporter of changing the law the Ku Klux, Klan can raise
to support gay adoptions. If children and everyone thinks
it is great. Gay couples are just
as capable as anyone else' of
treatment that gay people suffer giving love and instruction to
nds me of the open and hostile children. I have a cousin that
ks in the 1960's before the Civil is a school teacher. She has
more education on early child-
hood learning, child psychology
and practical experience than
two people love each other and most straight couples I know.
want to make a lifelong com- Yet, she cannot adopt a child
mitment to each other, why because she is gay. President
should society bar this union? Obama has made a bold step
Perhaps, we don't have to call forward to insure the rights of
it "marriage" but use another all citizens of this country and I
word like "union contracts." In applaud his courage. As Jesus
traditional marriage, couples said, "Let he who is without sin
can file joint tax returns, get throw the first stone."
health benefits and can enter Reginald J. Clyne is a partner
into mortgages. Why should at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of
gay couples be denied the right Miami/Fort Lauderdale.

BY QUEEN BROWN, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, Queenb2020@bellsoutrh.net

Obama takes a stand for gay marriage I l
President Barack Obama his opposition to marriage Blacks. According to most re- we begin to question and even
made an unprecedented move or civil unions for gay and search, Blacks are more likely challenge some of our tradi-
by announcing his support lesbian couples. He believes to oppose same sex marriages tional beliefs and customs.
S for same sex couples to mar- that marriage should be be- and civil unions of gay cou- President Obama was will-
0 ry. Previously, the president tween a man and a woman. ples. Marriage is a custom ing to reevaluate his belief on
had opposed the idea of same However, if you believe that that is deeply rooted in most same sex marriage and sub-
sex marriages and only sup- all men [women] are created of our cultural and religious sequently evolved on the is-
Sported civil unions. However, sue. We too must be willing to
with much thought and con- re-examine our beliefs about
sideration he now supports f you believe that we all, regardless of gender, race, creed others.
same sex marriages. However, or religion, are created equal and are entitled to the same If you believe that we all, re-
his support does not mandate equal and are entitled to the sam gardless of gender, race, creed
that each state must follow his unalienable rights, than you must allow for the president to or religion, are created equal
lead. Hopefully, Obama's bold have his own opinion, and are entitled to the same
stance will garner bi-partisan unalienable rights, than you
support and increase toler- must allow for the president
ance for same sex couples and to have his own opinion. And
their families. For now, it re- equal and are entitled to the doctrines. Therefore, most of you must vote to give him four
mains unclear as to how his same inalienable rights than what we believe about mar- more years to represent the
announcement will impact you understand why the pres- riage has been passed on to needs and views of those who
his efforts for reelection. ident's opinion has evolved in us through our ancestors and are often relegated to the mar-
Shortly after Obama stated support of same sex couples our religion. For that reason gins of society.
his support for same sex mar- being allowed to marry. we are often unwilling to re- Queen Brown is a freelance
riage, Mitt Romney, the pre- The idea that the president assess what we believe to be writer, a motivational speaker
sumptive Republican presi- supports same sex marriage the truth. Still, there must and a trained crime victim's
d ,til ,nominee- reaff-irmed will not set well with most come a time in our lives when advocate.

Will Obama's support of same-sex

marriage cost him Black votes? P dAdJ1 p(OtpoU

Miami, cleaning technician

No, I don't think it really
will affect our
votes. He did
a lot for us.
He's changed
a lot brought
home the
troops from
Iraq, kept the
taxes on the
rich and put
people back to work.

Miami, retired nurse's aid

No, I don't think so. He doesn't
have any busi-
ness getting
in anybody's
bedroom any- i ..
way. That's '
not his job.

Miami, unemployed

I think he made a bold state-
ment about
same sex x
marriage, but
I didn't think
it will affect
Black vot-
ers too much. ,
I think that
old voters will
be kind of concerned, but the
young voters are kind of for
same sex marriage.

Miami, educator

He'll still get my vote. Be-
sides, who am
I to judge any
individual as
long as they
don't impose t
on me and -

Miami, author

No, I don't think so because it
was all a polit-
ical move. Ev-
erybody has to
pay attention
to how Obama
uses his
words. All he i
said was that
he is not God
and he doesn't have the right
to judge anyone. In a nutshell,
he's still leaving it up to states
to decide if they'll recognize
[same sex marriages]. Whose
going to be mad at the person
who gave them more power? I'd
still vote for him.

Miami, tire technician

Yes, because people believe
that God,
didn't cre-
ate Adam for
Steve, he cre-
ated Adam for
Eve. Many
aren't going
to overlook that fact to vote for
Obama. But I'm going to vote
for him.

Sometimes it pays to keep
your mouth shut. At. least
that's what Brian Beckmann
discovered after recently be-
ing demoted from his post as
a Miami-Dade fire captain for
his offensive online remarks
that he posted on Facebook.
Readers may recall that he
had some not-to-kind words
including several expletives

that he launched against
Black parents and Black
youth after George Zimmer-
man was charged with the
murder of Trayvon Martin.
Personal or not, somethings
just should not be said or
written by the leaders of our
community. Beckmann will
be on leave it's said and will
probably file an appeal. Bet

this time hell keep his com-
ments to himself.

District 108 is going to be
one of the more interesting
races this August. So far there
are three candidates includ-
ing the incumbent who are
seeking office. But State Rep-
resentative Daphne Campbell
had better be careful. Some

are saying that she may have
over-inflated the numbers
while bragging about how
much money she has brought
to the district. We're having a
tough time getting our hands
around the final numbers but
one thing is for certain. At
the end of the day, you can't
count dollars for projects that
were delayed or vetoed.

What our readers are saying online

The Miami Times encour-
ages discussion and dia-
logue. Here are some of the
things people have recently
said about of our stories.
Voice your opinion by leaving
comments on our website,
Facebook or Twitter.
Comments on "Justice
appears doubtful for Tray-
von Martin"
Here in NYC they closed
down Kiss FM -the only ra-
dio station that has kept the
Black community informed
of the latest events in the
Trayvon Martin case. I think
it's going be a long time be-
fore we see any justice. -
Robert Knolle May 3rd
I think it's too soon for neg-
ative, hopeless statements.
The truth is out regarding
George Zimmerman, every-
one knows him to be a liar.
It will be a quiet year. I think
it's important to check our
facts. Another article said
the money taken out of Zim-
merman's $204K was for
family living expenses and
the rest in a trust. You say it
was used to pay his attorney

- I think Trayvon will win
as long as we stay on a true
path. We must put out hope
in the strongest way instead
of pessimism. Your article
is one of hopelessness and
defeat and the trial hasn't
even started. It's too soon to
give up. -Barbara Jay May
I certainly agree with you.
It's a shame that we look de-
spair in the face and give up
without a fight. Now's not
the time to give up. Every
moment of that bond hear-
ing should be played and
dissected through the me-
dia just as those 911 calls
were. The 911 call contra-
dicts the statement he made
in court. There were other
lies that he told as well,
but nobody's bringing that
to the public's attention.
Now's not the time to give
up. They won the battle (he
was released on bond), but
the war is far from over! RIP
Trayvon Scherika May 9th
Comment on "Beckman
under fire for insult to
Black parents"

As long as he is paid by
taxpayers he does not have
the right to bite the hand
that feeds him. Private mon-
ey, private comments. -Do-
reen Grace May 3, 2012
Comment on "Changing
the stereotype"
...I still get a lot of feed
back from, Changing the
Stereotype, the write up
you guys did on Royden
Sampson, every time I post
it on Facebook. I also do it
to keep bringing attention
to the Miami Times. I am
trying to get more youth
into the Miami Times and
let them know The Miami
Times was the first paper
to write about me which
helped me to tour interna-
tionally... and helped me to
get so much attention. I will
always help bring attention
to The Miami Times. -Terry
Fernando Newton May 5th
Facebook: This week
marks 20 years since the
Los Angeles riots. Are race
relations in America's large
urban cities any better than
they were in 1992? Do you

believe rioting like that will
ever happen again in the
History is always destined
to repeat itself because hu-
mans take a minute to learn
some simple laws of coexis-
tence Marcia Magenta May
Facebook comments:
Just in case anyone needs
just a little more motivation,
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A 4 THE MIAMI TIMES MAY 16-22 2012

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Director retires after

FAMU band questions

By Denise-Marie Balona

ORLANDO, Fla. Florida
A&M University band director
Julian White, who has been
under intense criticism since
the hazing death of drum major
Robert Champion in Orlando
last fall, retired unexpectedly
Thursday after more troubling
revelations surfaced about the
embattled band.
White's attorney, Chuck
Hobbs, announced the decision
Thursday afternoon. White, 71,
chairman of the university's
music department and director
of bands since 1998, had been
fighting for months to keep his
Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott
and the chancellor of the State
University System said Thurs-
day that FAMU's famous March-
ing 100 band, which is under
indefinite suspension, is not
ready to resume performances.
White's retirement comes
days after FAMU revealed that
at least two band members
charged in Champion's death -
and possibly a third should
not have been in the band, and
that nearly 100 others may not
have been eligible to join the
Percussionists Caleb Jackson
and Brian Jones, both charged
with felony hazing for taking
part in Champion's beating Nov.
19, were allowed to travel with
the band and be on a parked
charter bus where the attack
took place.
Alisia Adamson, an attorney
for Jones, acknowledged Thurs-
day that Jones was not eligible.
But he had been authorized to
be in the band, stay with the
band at a hotel in Orlando and
perform at the Florida Classic
football game, she said.
"I dcn't know if they bend the

By Ingrid Arnesen

rebellion from ex-members of
Haiti's disbanded army is adding
uncertainty to the poor country
one year after President Michel
Martelly began his term with a
pledge of renewal in the wake of
a devastating 2010 earthquake.
For three months, the troops
have occupied their former bar-
racks in at least five cities, set up
a general headquarters just out-
side the capital here and trained
hundreds of new recruits. In
some cases, the ex-military
men have patrolled the capital's
streets, dressed in makeshift
green camouflage uniforms.
The leaders, noncommis-
sioned officers in Haiti's former
army before it was disbanded
in 1995, at first demanded 18
years of back pay. But now they
are also insisting on being a part
of a proposed Haitian army.
"If anyone tries to dislodge us,
it will be all out-war," said Noel
Edmond, a 48-year-old former
sergeant, as he peers down at
the capital from a camp perched
on a mountain peak. Mr. Ed-
mond said he has been training
with his recruits for six months.
The issue is shaping up as a
yet another challenge for Mr.
Martelly, a former pop star
turned politician who was in-
augurated on May 14, 2011, in
the aftermath of the quake that
killed hundreds of thousands
and devastated this capital city.

1. ..:. 4

.-Jacob Langston
decision to terminate him.

decision to terminate him.

rules for some students or it's
a rule they don't enforce," Ad-
amson said. "The band director
knew he was there. He was par-
ticipating in the Classic because
he was allowed to."
The university confirmed
Thursday that of the 100-plus
band members whose eligibility
is in question, about 60 traveled
to the Classic and received per-
diem payments for the trip.
Those developments led to
further criticism that White and
other university officials were
not in control of the band.
White's retirement also comes
two weeks after the forced res-
ignation of two FAMU music
professors who were present at
a party in 2010 where the haz-
ing of band members occurred.
Reached by telephone Thurs-
day. White said his retirement

would take effect "as soon as
But he did say recent devel-
opments affected his decision to
"I wouldn't say it was forced,"
he said. "It had something to do
with it."
White also mentioned his
leaving had more to do with
his family, which includes an
8-year-old son and a 2-year-old
granddaughter. He has been on
paid administrative leave since
shortly after Champion's death.
On Thursday evening, FAMU
announced that trustees will
meet with university President
James Aminons via teleconfer-
ence on Monday to discuss the
status of the band..
"The board needs as well as
everybody else information
regarding the band," Chairman

'bid for r

on strengthening the police force
and democratic institutions.
Haiti's army dominated this
country's politics for two centu-
ries before it was disbanded in
1995 by former President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide after he was
ousted by a violent military coup
in 1991 only to return to power
in 1994 when U.S. forces helped
dislodge Haiti's military rulers.
Aristide kept 1,500 members
of the 7,500-strong army to
serve in a newly created Haitian
police force under Swiss advis-
ers' supervision. Most of the
other troops fled to neighboring
Dominican Republic or quietly
melted into Haiti's vast popula-
But the former military men
have resurfaced every few years,
usually asking for back pay and
trying to revive their long-dor-
mant military careers.
In December, the Martelly
government unveiled a plan to
re-create an army at a cost of
about $30 million a year, or 1%
of Haiti's annual budget, to help
protect borders, assist in natu-
ral disasters and patrol its wa-
ters and airspace. "We have an
army, we have the money and
we have the arms," he said on
Haitian radio.
That emboldened the former
military men to come down
from remote mountain camps
and take over their former bar-
During March, the govern-
ment twice gave them deadlines
to leave. Twice the deadline
passed. Finally, the justice min-
ister ordered Haiti's National

Solomon Badger said. "We want
to hear from the horse's mouth
... and then we will have an in-
telligent discussion."
Ammons said earlier this
week that he's talking to fac-
ulty, students and others about
whether to reinstate the band.
Also on Thursday, University
System Chancellor Frank Bro-
gan sent Ammons a letter urg-
ing FAMU not to lift the band's
suspension yet.
Brogan warned that bringing
the band back too soon be-
fore the school's new commit-
tee of anti-hazing experts com-
pletes it work, for example, and
before the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement finishes
an investigation into financial
irregularities related to band
operations could affect its

lew army
Police to forcibly remove them.
About 100 armed soldiers re-
sponded by descending on Par-
liament, causing panic. National
Haitian police and U.N. troops
surrounded the premises until
the group left, without incident.
So far, Police Chief Mario An-
dresol, himself a former ex-army
captain, has balked, saying he
doesn't want to provoke blood-
shed by confronting what the
U.N. estimates are about 2,500
lightly armed troops.
"I'm up against the wall with
the order to go after these ex-ar-
my guys it would be suicidal," he
said in a recent interview.

Last month, Mr. Martelly's
government said it would com-
pensate the ex-officers. But it is
unclear if that will satiate them.
Martelly has so far struggled
in power. He has had a func-
tioning government for only four
months, partly due to a combat-
ive Parliament that has blocked
his choices for prime minister.
The power vacuum has derailed
crucial municipal elections and
constitutional reforms meant to
foster foreign investment.
Martelly may have inadver-
tently sown the seeds for the
current troubles during his cam-
paign, when he openly called for
a new modern army to replace
United Nations peacekeeping
forces in Haiti. His proposal is
strongly opposed by the U.N. and
the international community in
Haiti, which prefer him to focus

i ,
.. ..

Augustin Fabienne held her certificate of completion after re-
ceiving military training from veterans of Haiti's disbanded army
in Port-au-Prince in 2011.

Famed FAMU marching

band suspended

another year

By Gary Fineout
As.socioled Presi

ida. A&M University's [FAMU
famed marching band is being
suspended until 201.3 FAMUI
President James Ammon-s told
the school's board of trustees on
Monday that he .'ill keep The
Marching 100 off the field for
the upcoming schl.ol 'Iea.
Ele',en FAMLiU brand rnem-
bers face felon, hazztng 'hacges
stemming from the death of
drum maIo'r Robert Champiron
in NoI'vember. Twon others face
misdemeanor counts 4Lmmons
suspended the band soon after
Champin it's death but his.
death exposed a culture of h._'-
ing within the band Amm':ons
said he could not allo.v the band
to return until-the unv'.ersit-
hars hired a nei" band diree-
tor and has adopted new roles
regarding homA the band ".ill
operate including 'ho sh.:,u.ild
be eligible to perform
"I think there is a period o.
shoiuJd take that Lhesc mea-
sures are in place aid 'we h.avc
addressed all the institutional
issties," he saJd
Last week it was r-vealded that
101 band members v. ere not
FAMLi students at the iume of
Champion's death. Longiume
band director Julian White. v. h,
had been fitihtitl- to keep his
,-b abruptly, decided to retire
Lasl TliursdaL. l[,-'.trrie~ s aIn-
nounced the 71-',ear-'-r.ild V i-rtc
w,_uJd retire instead itf train tLu
fight lto keep his job
Top state ,fficiaJs iinludnto
Gou Rick Scott and th-e uni.cr-
sit, system .chancellor sa-, the
Marching 100 should remain
sidelined until other ongoing
ini 'estigations into the band are

The Marchtne 100 h's h.-id a
rich histUly as it has played ait
Supei Borl s sand in in augura-
tion parades The band hias
been one of the main drank -i
dunn FAMU football eames.
and so.ime boaJd members on

Mondav '.'.anted to know if the
decision to:) keep the bind off the
field this fall .,.ould mpnict ticket
Afmm:irns tried to fire White
last- No'.vember Bu.lk \ hite's
dismrrssa-1 i as placed on hold
whilee the cnminal tn.estiauton
unfolded He insisted that he
did nothing wrong ard fought
for muoniths to get reinstated.
That changed last .e.ek after
Amiriions tc.ld tnstei s that three
of thics're h urged d in Chamrrpion'i
deith \.,r,--n't FAMUi students ,t
the time
Il n.:,..hlle, statl aot ,l-n'n-
LieS continiie to inI.'eSlg3atie the
band's fin a]-nces
Frank Broga-i. the chan.,iclloir
olf the Srtae Linu ersirv Sstem
of Fiorinda .-rote a blunt letter
last wAeek urging, Ammons to
keep the band suspended 'wlle
the Lti'.rsueation.i conunntle. 'The
state uni'.ersit, s, stem lha- its
o..n probe into whetherhe r FAiMU.I
cltici.ls ignored past '.\irnings
about hai.ne
Br,-.ga-n told Ammon-i s that "re-
instatting th-e baind prior to these
*l'f'j!ts bem r ,_l, d .would
side-step effturts under ':a .
'.i lch IC Ould tiLpcth i-i':- bind'
lone-term su.i r.ial
He added that both he ind
thie tate pariel Ihat o,.ersees
the o.er..l un,.-erstty st, tm
herc worried ithat "h:an:erns
conriLuiiic to mt,.ount re-ardirni the
e'.' r -inr, .i',sinC b.Ld', of i-' Liue
Lh1t. hairn the ris tituti., i,_-i
s;tudent- in d tl-,ieel:,rc our &sr.ate
untr'.ersil, .'sytem as a v.hole
Pam Champion the mother o4
Robert Chaimpi.-.n has said that
the band should be disbarded
So the unti.erit;, ,:an "cleanr
house." She and the lanily's
attorney contend tl-iere is a a.st
effort among stiudeints ard othji-
ers to iove.r 'up v.'ho' is rspon-
sible for her .son's death.
The Chamiipio, family has
lreiad, told F MiiU it plans to
sue thle .iun.erstt', FMULI set 'ip
a task orice t. look at hazing,
alth,,ui'-i the pan-e1 has n'otl. met
;since a flare-up o.,ver whetherr it
sh,-'uld fol-low the stat''s open
meetings la'.s Se,.errJ members
have since rs irned

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In Haiti, ex-troops

Ex-soldiers looked on during the April press conference.


5A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 16-22, 2012


A 6 THE MIAMI TIMES MAY 16-22 2012


You never know what someone is going through

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.
Miami Times contributor

When every inmate is sitting up
on their bunk during the after-
noon count procedure, sergeant
Bates, a very large Black correc-
tional officer, uses that time as an
opportunity to preach to inmates
whether they want to hear what
he has to say or not. After blowing
his whistle and demanding atten-
tion from the whole dormitory, he
once quoted from the book of Prov-
erbs 14:13 which states: "Even in
laughter is sorrowful; and the end
of that mirth is heaviness."
A sometimes comical and often
dramatic character, Bates also
has a profound way of translating
scripture. This time, his delivery
was rather awe-inspiring, almost

dismal when explaining strong enough to prevent a
how you never can really well of tears from gushing
tell what a man is go- out in a flood.
ing through judging by -. The exterior of those
his outward appearance. who refuse to be read like
As he further explained an open book can lead ob-
it, throughout the day, servers into believing that
the face of the human u everything is fine. There
soul may display a smile HALL are no signs of sorrow to
bright enough to illuminate the be seen and friends, family mem-
whole room, but under a blanket bers and associates are clueless
of darkness is dimmed by a pil- as to the intense emotional suffer-
low soaked with tears. Alone and ing occurring below the surface.
away from the rest of the world, Similar to a mirage, happiness
the mask is then removed, reveal- is an image thrown forward, but
ing untold grief in private, standing far off into the distance
Some people are able to conceal where visibility is impossible to
pain more than others. Even when reach are naked feelings of pain
vexed by a wounded spirit, they and misery.
can still manage to laugh out loud A cheerful conversation shared
in the public eye. Some have spent by two people can hide the fact
years building an internal levee that one of them has been sad-

ly tormented by the loss of a
dear loved one for many years.
A pleasant moment with a co-
worker at the office water cooler
can muffle the screaming pres-
ence of severe depression until
the shocking news of an appar-
ent suicide is reported days later.
And then there is the once placid
prisoner who suddenly goes hay-
wire, stabbing another prisoner
to death without giving even the
slightest warning.
Bates made it a point at the con-
clusion of his sermon to caution
everyone on how we treat others.
"Be careful," he said, "you might
pull a wretched spirit from out
of isolation, from out of a hidden
corner of the heart where it has
laid hopelessly in fetal position,
weeping in silent desolation."

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After four hung juries, Miramar

murder defendants found guilty

Phillips Pierre and Leon Reid

sentenced to life in prison

By Rafael A. Olmeda

four hung juries, the mother of
a murder victim asked Broward
County prosecutor Gregg Ross-
man how many trials it would
take to bring her son's killers to
"As many times as it takes," he
It took five.
Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey
Levenson on Friday sentenced
Phillips Pierre, 25, and Leon
Reid, 24, to life in prison for the
murder of Anthony Elias and the
attempted murder of his friend,
Andrew Allen.
Elias, 18, of Miami Gardens,
was shot and killed while visiting
Allen in Miramar on Jan. 4, 2007.
Elias was dead at the scene. Now
28, Allen survived the shooting
but will never walk again.
Trials were held in April 2008
and May 2009 before Levenson

and in October 2009 and Febru-
ary 2011 before Broward Circuit
Judge Ilona Holmes. Each time,
the jury deadlocked, unable to
reach a unanimous verdict.
The most recent trial began
with jury selection last month
and ended with the guilty ver-
dicts Thursday afternoon.
Allen, seated in a wheelchair,
did not speak at Friday's sen-
tencing hearing and did not
make a public statement outside
the courtroom.
But Elias' mother, Bridget
Elias, told Levenson about the
pain of sitting through five trials
and reliving the loss of her son.
"I have sat through each trial,"
she said, "having to go through
the hurt and the pain. ... Who
gave you the right to put some-
one's life in your hands? You will
be held accountable."
Elias was a graduate of Car-
ol City High School, where he
played football, she said. "I was


Phillips Pierre and Leon in court room

very proud of him," she said.
He had wanted to enlist in the
Coast Guard but could not be-
cause he had asthma, she said.
The victim's brother, Antonio
Allen (no relation to Andrew Al-
len), lashed out at the defen-
dants for their demeanor during,
the trial. He said they appeared
to be laughing and smiling at
their own family members, not
taking the proceedings seriously.
"It was a slap in the face,"

Scume Semne

Man arrested after child abuse posted on YouTube
A 19-year-old man was arrested on child abuse charges after police
obtained a video which allegedly showed him beating up two teens in
the street.
Baron Ewing and another man, Jaraun Jarvis, from Orange County,
are suspected of punching several teens on Kentwood Circle near For-
est City Road earlier this month.
The incident was recorded with a cell phone camera and the video
was posted to YouTube, investigators said. The video shows the two
men approaching the teenagers who are unaware of the imminent at-
tack. One of the men punches one of the teens in the face. The men
throw more and more punches and kicks and the teens do not fight

Baby found alone in motel, mom charged with neglect
A Miami mother has been charged with child neglect and her nearly
year-old son has been placed into state custody after police said she
left her child in a motel room all alone for several hours.
According to the police arrest affidavit, Marline Mieses, 23, left her
11-month old son, Ismael in a room at the Seven Seas Motel, located
at 5940 Biscayne Boulevard on Saturday, May 13th.
A housekeeper at the motel called police after she found the baby
in the ioom all alone. The baby was in a playpen with blankets and a
bottle of milk, according to the police report.
About two and a half hours later, Mieses returned to the motel where
police were waiting for her. Police said she told detectives she left the
motel around 11:00 a.m. and went to several stores in North Miami in
an attempt to sell her food stamps. She said she didn't want to take
the baby with her because it was raining and she didn't want him to
get wet.

SOne dead in police-involved shooting
One person is dead after a police-involved shooting in West Miami.
-'.. The shooting took place in the 6800 block of SW 21st Street early Sat-
r urday morning. It all started when South Miami Police had a confron-
tation with a man at SW 80th Street and 66th Avenue. The suspect
took off in his car and attempted to run over the South Miami Police
officers, according to Miami-Dade Police. Miami-Dade police joined in
the chase which came to a stop at SW 6Sth Avenue and 21st Street..
At that point, police shot the suspect and he subsequently died on the
scene. A total of three Miami-Dade police officers and one South Miami
officer were involved in the shooting. Miami-Dade Police are investi-
gating which officer fired the deadly shot.

he said.
No one testified on behalf of
the defendants, though family
members were in court Friday.
The men did not address the
"This is probably one of the
, more senseless, cases I've ever.
seen," Levenson said after impos-
ing the life sentences. "There's
nothing I can do to bring the
victim back, nothing I can do to
heal Mr. Allen."

Boom Boom Room owner sentenced to life

By Paula McMahon

The man convicted of run-
ning an Oakland Park brothel
called the Boom Boom Room
was sentenced to life in federal
prison Monday.
James "Red" Mozie, 35, was
convicted of eight counts of
child sex trafficking, one count
of conspiring to commit child
sex trafficking and one count of
producing child pornography
by taking cell phone photos of
an under-age girl.
Prosecutors said he recruited
eight girls between the ages of
13 and 17 to give lap dances
and have sex with customers.
Mozie also made the girls go
through what he called "orien-
tation" or "testing the merchan-
dise" which involved having sex
with him after filling out an ap-
plication form about what sex
acts they would perform.
To signal 'to customers that
he was open for business,

Mozie would turn on a green
light on the porch and send out
texts inviting clients to attend
his "parties" and fish nights.
He was busted after a tip was
called in to Crime Stoppers and
business owners on the indus-
trial street where he ran the
bordello in his home gathered
a petition complaining about
what they saw.

Ignoring the advice of his
lawyer, Mozie gave an articu-
late 23-minute speech to U.S.
District Judge William Dimi-
trouleas during the sentencing
hearing in federal court in Fort
Lauderdale, alleging numerous
violations of his rights and mis-
conduct by authorities.
"What's happening here to-
day is a travesty of justice,"
Mozie said. He called the inves-
tigation a "witch hunt" though
he did not actually deny that he
ran the brothel and recruited
the girls.
Mozie's wife, Laschell "Shelly"
Harris, 38, is serving 13 years
in federal prison in Tallahas-
see. She admitted she helped
him run the brothel and was
involved in the sex-trafficking
of a child. Witnesses also testi-
fied that she acted as a kind of
"house mother" to the workers.
She admitted that she watched
when Mozie had sex with the
girls and that she was involved

Suspect in Jennifer Hudson

family slaying convicted
By Michael Tarm tory life prison sen-
The Associated Press tence, showed no emo- M
CHICAGO A Chicago jury Jurors deliberated -I ,-.
on Friday convicted Oscar-win- for three days before
ner Jennifer Hudson's former reaching their ver-
brother-in-law of murdering dict against Balfour, -
her mother, brother and 7-year- a 31-year-old former -
old nephew in what prosecu- gang member who was /
tors described as an act of ven- the estranged husband BALFOU
geance by a jilted husband. of Hudson's sister at
Hudson, who expressed her the time of the triple
undisguised disdain for William murders, to

Balfour when she took the wit-
ness stand and who endured
weeks of testimony about the
October 2008 killings, was vis-
ibly overcome with emotion as
the verdict was read. Hudson's
eyes filled with tears and she
shook her head and bit her lip.
Afterward, she looked over at
her sister, Julia Hudson, and
Balfour, who faces a manda-

With no surviving witnesses
to the Oct. 24, 2008, slaying or
fingerprints, prosecutors built
a circumstantial case against
Balfour by calling 83 witness-
es over 11 days of testimony.
Witnesses said he threatened
to kill the entire family if Julia
Hudson spurned him.
Balfour's attorneys pro-
posed an alternate theory: that
someone else in the crime-




of murder
ridden neighborhood
on Chicago's South
Side targeted the fam-
ily because of alleged
crack-cocaine dealing
by Jennifer Hudson's
brother, Jason Hud-
son. During the 30
minutes in which they
IR called just two wit-
nesses, however, they
presented no evidence
support that theory.
Public defender Amy Thomp-
n said she would appeal the
'It has always been our posi-
on and it still is that William
four is innocent of these
murders Thompson said.
The verdict came shortly af-
r jurors sent the judge a note
ying they were split. The jury
d not say it was giving up,

in running the business.
Mozie asked to be allowed to
continue to have contact with
Harris, though the Bureau of
Prisons does not allow conjugal
visits. The judge said it was up
to prison authorities to decide
if they can communicate.
Dimitrouleas also criticized
the Miami-Dade criminal jus-
tice system for its lax sentenc-
ing of Mozie for prior crimes,
including armed robbery, pos-
session of a gun by a felon,
and drug charges, after serving
short jail terms.

Miami girl fondled by gun-toting robber
Miami Police are searching for a man who robbed a home in the
middle of the night and fondled a girl in the process. According to po-
lice, a man wearing a mask and gloves broke into an apartment located
in the area of NW 44th Avenue and 11th Street at 3:30 a.m. on May
'11th. Once inside, the suspect went-into the first-bedroom and pointed
a silver revolver at the man sleeping in the bed. He demanded the man,
the father of the home, lay face down on the bed where the suspect
tied him up and covered his face.
The suspect then began to ransack the apartment. He also went into
another bedroom where a brother and sister were sleeping. He tied
them both up but the girl attempted to use her cell phone. The gunman
grabbed the cell phone and began to fondle her over her clothing. The
girl's father managed to free himself from his binds in the other bed-
room and confronted the suspect who ran out of the house.

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was a pioneer of U.S. Olym ic4

By Richard Goldstein

LeRoy T. Walker, a leading Ameri-
can track and field coach who was
the first African-American to coach
a United States men's Olympic track
team and to serve as the president
of the United States Olympic Com-
mittee, died Monday in Durham,
N.C. He was 93.
His death was announced by
North Carolina Central University,
where he gained coaching renown
and was later the chancellor.
When he marched into Atlanta's
Olympic Stadium as U.S.O.C. presi-
dent at the head of the 645-mem-
ber American delegation to the

for the 1996 Atlanta Games, with
a six-figure salary, a post he gaAe
up when he was named the unpaid
president of the LU.S O.C. in October
Beyond his technical knowledge
of track, Walker was respected for
his insistence on discipline and his
motivational skills. He was known
as Doc or Dr. Walker.
"Not that other coaches didn't
have Ph.D.'s, but Dr. Walker's ti-
tle had become a handle over the
years," Vince Matthews, the 1972
Olympic 400-meter champion, once
said. "He looked more like a busi-
ness executive than a track coach,
with glasses and distinguished

Walker was born in a segregated Atlanta, the youngest of

13 children. He was the only member of his family to attend

college, receiving a bachelor's degree from a historically

Black college, Benedict College of Columbia, S.C.

1996 Summer Games, Mr. Walker
achieved a celebrated homecoming
in an America far removed from his
He was born in a segregated At-
lanta, the youngest of 13 children.
He was the only member of his
family to attend college, receiving
a bachelor's degree from a histori-
cally Black college, Benedict College
of Columbia, S.C. He was thwarted
in his hopes of becoming a physi-
cian because medical school spots
for Blacks were severely limited and
his family was poor.
Nonetheless, he received a mas-
ter's degree from Columbia Univer-
sity and a doctorate from New York
University in physical education
and allied fields.
As the head track and field coach
at the historically Black North Car-
olina Central in Durham, known
as North Carolina College when he
arrived there in 1945, Walker de-
veloped Olympic medalists and nu-
merous national champions and all-
Americans. (He was the chancellor
of the college from 1983 to 1986.)
The best known of those athletes,
Lee Calhoun, won gold medals in
the 110-meter hurdles at the 1956
Melbourne and 1960 Rome Games,
and Larry Black, Julius Sang and
Robert Ouko won gold in relay
events at the 1972 Munich Games.
When Walker was named the
Olympic men's track and field coach
in 1974, in anticipation of the 1976
Montreal Games, he looked back on
an era in which black coaches re-
ceived limited exposure.
"We didn't get to the major track
meets and we were living in a sepa-
rate world," he said. "In 1956, when
Lee Calhoun won a gold medal, they
thought of Calhoun as a great ath-
lete but not necessarily of LeRoy
Walker helping to produce a Cal-
Walker coached his 1976 Ameri-
can squad, featuring the hurdler
Edwin Moses. and the decathlete
Bruce Jenner, to gold medals irl six
events at Montreal.
He was treasurer of the United
States Olympic Committee from
1988 to 1992 and a senior execu-
tive who helped lead preparations

streaks of gray in his dark hair." -.
"I like to think of the Doc tag as
something in terms of closeness,
Mr. Walker said. "not something dif-
ferent from everybody else."
LeRoy Tashreau Walker was born
on June 14, 1918, the son of a rail-
road firefighter. When his father
died, his mother, MaN, sent him to
live in Harlem With a brother who
owned a window-cleaning business
and restaurants, and who became
his surrogate father. Returning to
the South, he played football and
basketball and sprinted at Benedict
College, graduating in 1940. He re-
ceived his master's degree from Co-
lumbia the next year.
Walker was named the football
and basketball coach at North Caro-
lina College in 1945 and developed a
track team as a means of condition-
ing his athletes. He received a doc-
torate in biomechanics from N.Y U.
in 1957 while continuing to coach.
He was president of the Athlet-
ics Congress Inow LISA Track &.
Field), the national governing body,.
from 1984 to 1988. He adLised or
coached Olympic teams from Ethio-
pia, Kenya, Israel, Jamaica. and
Trinidad and Tobago; helped or- .
ganize an American-Pan African '
meet; and took an American track .
squad to China.
Walker is survived by his son,
LeRoy Jr.; his daughter, Carolyn
Walker Hoppe; three grandchil-
dren; and three great-grandchil- ..
dren. His wife, Katherine, died in "
Before he drew national atten- .
tion, Walker often faced dispirit- .."
ing times in the South, especially
when he took his teams on the
road. "We would go down intoA
rural Alabama, and I'd have to
drive 200 miles before I could find .
somebody who would serve us,"
he told Ebony magazine.
When he was named the presi-
dent of the U.S.O.C., he told The
New York Times that he marveled a y
at the road he had taken as "a guy
born in Atlanta, where segregd -Associated Press
tion was rampant."
He added, "It sounds Holly- At North Carolina Central, LeRoyT.Walker coached Olympic medalists, including Robert Ouko,
woodish, yet there it is." left, and Julius Sang.

Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony

By Wes Duplantier
Associated Press

- Dred Scott, the former slave
who sued for his freedom in
a St. Louis court and helped
galvanize anti-slavery ef-
forts around the nation in the
19th century, was inducted
Wednesday into the Hall of Fa-
mous Missourians.
A bust of Scott, who died a
year after the landmark Su-
preme Court decision that
bears his name, now will be
part of a display in the state
Capitol's third-floor rotunda.
In an 1857 decision on
Scott's case, the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled that Black peo-
ple were not citizens and did
not have the right to sue. The
court also said the Missouri
Compromise was unconstitu-

tional and said Congress
could not regulate slavery
The decision angered
anti-slavery advocates and
pushed the U.S. closer to
the Civil War.
On Wednesday, lawmak-
ers and Scott's descendants
said Scott's case helped
spur the passage of consti-
tutional amendments that
ban slavery and recognize
black people as citizens in-
stead of property.
"Even in losing, he won,"
said state Rep. Tommie
Pierson, who is black and
from St. Louis. "None of
the freedom that we expe-
rience would be realized
had not someone stood up,
had not someone sacrificed
Born a slave in Virginia in

Former slave
1795, Scott moved with his
owners to St. Louis in 1830
and then later to Illinois, a free

state, and what was then
the territory of Wisconsin,
where slavery was illegal.
After unsuccessfully try-
ing to buy his freedom from
his owner, Scott filed suit in
St. Louis Circuit Court in
1846 claiming he should be
freed because he had previ-
ously lived in a free state.
The St. Louis court ruled
Scott was a free man, but
Missouri's state supreme
court ruled two years later
that he was not. Five years
after that, the U.S. Su-
preme Court ruled against
Scott, who was later given
his freedom and worked in
St. Louis until his death in
Lynne Jackson, Scott's
ter and the founder the Dred
Scott Heritage Foundation,

said Scott and his wife made
considerable sacrifices to keep
their case going through the
courts, even sending their two
daughters to live with other
people while the cases were be-
ing heard.
House Speaker Steven Til-
ley, of Perryville, who selected
Scott for induction into the
hall, praised Scott for his per-
severance in pushing on with
the case through 11 years of
legal wrangling.
"Today I ask that everyone
see Dred Scott not just as a
name on a famous court case
or a symbol for a chapter in
our nation's history that I'm
so glad that we're far beyond,
but instead simply (as) a hu-
man being," said Tilley, who is
white. "After all, that's what
Scott wanted to be perceived

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Obama out to limit risk on same sex marriage





By Peter Baker & Rachel L. Swarns

hours after declaring his sup-
port for same-sex marriage last
week, President Obama gath-
ered eight or so Black ministers
on a conference call to explain
himself. He had struggled with
the decision, he said, but had
come to believe it was the right
The ministers, though, were
not all as enthusiastic. A vocal
few made it clear that the presi-
dent's stand on gay marriage
might make it difficult for them
to support his re-election.
"They were wrestling with
their ability to get over his theo-
logical position," said the Rev.
Delman Coates, the pastor of
Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in
Clinton, Md., who was on the
In the end, Coates, who sup-
ports civil marriages for gay men
and lesbians, said that most of
the pastors, regardless of their
views on this issue, agreed to
"work aggressively" on behalf of
the president's campaign. But
not everyone. "Gay marriage is
contrary to their understand-
ing of Scripture," Coates said.
"There are people who are really
wrestling with this."
In the hours following
Obama's politically charged
announcement on Wednesday,
the president and his team em-
barked on a quiet campaign to
contain the possible damage
among religious leaders and
voters. He also reached out to
one or more of the five spiritual
leaders he calls regularly for re-
ligious guidance, and his aides
contacted other religious fig-
ures who have been supportive
in the past.

The damage-control effort un-
derscored the anxiety among
Obama's advisers about the
consequences of the president's
revised position just months
before what is expected to be
a tight re-election vote. While
hailed by liberals and gay-rights
leaders for making a historic
breakthrough, Obama recog-
nized that much of the country
is uncomfortable with or op-
posed to same-sex marriage, in-
cluding many in his own politi-
cal coalition.
The issue of religious freedom
has become a delicate one for
Obama, especially after the re-

But he said that some religious
leaders wanted to hear Obama
say that explicitly. "We hope
the president will reach out to
people who disagree with him
on this," Wallis said. "The more
conservative churches' need
to know, need to be reassured
that their religious liberty is go-
ing to be respected here."

Obama has reached out to
Wallis, Hunter and three other
ministers for telephone prayer
sessions and discussions about
the intersection of religion and
public policy. '
Wallis would not say whether
he heard from Obama as Hunter
did. The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell,
another of the 'five and the se-
nior pastor of Windsor Village

-AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza
In this photo released by The White House, President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's
Good Morning America, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 9, in Washington. Obama declared his unequivocal
support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the
2012 race for the White House.

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cent furor over an administra-
tion mandate that religiously
affiliated organizations offer
health insurance covering con-
traceptives. After complaints
from Catholic leaders that the
mandate undercut their faith,
Obama offered a compromise
that would maintain coverage
for contraception while not re-

quiring religious organizations
to pay for it, but critics re-
mained dissatisfied.
In taking on same-sex mar-
riage, Obama made a point of
couching his views in religious
terms. "We're both practicing
Christians," the president said
of his wife and himself in the
ABC News interview in which
he discussed his new views.
"And obviously this position
may be .considered to put us at
odds with the views of others."

He added that what he
thought about was "not only
Christ sacrificing himself on
our behalf but it's also the gold-
en rule, you know? Treat others
the way you would want to be
After the interview, Obama
hit the phones. Among those he
called was one of the religious
leaders he considers a touch-
stone, the Rev. Joel C. Hunter,

the pastor of a conservative
megachurch in Florida.
"Some of the faith communi-
ties are going to be afraid that
this is an attack against reli-
gious liberty," Hunter remem-
bered telling the president.
"Absolutely not," Obama in-
sisted. "That's not where we're
going, and that's not what I
Even some of Obama's friends
in the religious community
warned that he risked alienat-
ing foll',wers, particularly Afri-
can-Americans who have been.
more skeptical of the idea than
other Democratic constituen-
The Rev. Jim Wallis, another
religious adviser to Obama and
the president and chief execu-
tive of Sojourners, a left-leaning
evangelical organization, said
that he had fielded calls since
the announcement from pas-
tors across the country, in-
cluding African-American and

Hispanic ministers. Religious
leaders, he said, are deeply di-
vided, with some seeing it as
the government forcing clergy
to accept a definition of mar-
riage that they consider anath-
ema to their teachings.
Wallis said that it was clear
to him that the president's de-
cision was a matter of personal
conscience, not public policy.


United Methodist Church in
Houston, said he did not. "He
doesn't need to talk with me
about that," Caldwell said.
The other two pastors, Bishop
T. D. Jakes, a nationally known
preaching powerhouse who fills
stadiums and draws 30,000
worshipers to his church in
Dallas, and the Rev. Otis Moss
Jr., did not respond to messag-
es Friday.
Obama began reaching out
within hours of his announce-
ment on Wednesday. At 4:30
p.m., he convened the African-
American ministers on the call.
"It was very clear to me that he
had arrived at this conclusion
after much reflection, intro-
spection and dialogue with fam-
ily and staff and close friends,"
said Coates, who remains confi-
dent that the undecided pastors
on the call will ultimately back
the president in November.
"There are more public policy
issues that we agree upon than
this issue of private morality in
which there's some difference."

Food stamps, unemployment benefits

supplement personal income in S Florida

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Government assistance -
from food stamps to unem-
plo-yment benefits became
a significant part of personal
income in South Florida dur-
ing the recession.
New data from the Bureau
of Economic Analysis shows
that by 2010, government
assistance made up nearly 1 7
percent of personal income in
Broward County and 15 per-
cent in Palm Beach Countr, in
2010 That's up from 12 per-
cent in Broward and nearly 11
percent in Palm Beach County
four years earber.
Unemployment was the
primary cause, said Patrice
Schroeder. spokeswoman for
the 211 Help Line m Palm
Beach County and the Trea-
sure Coast

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"The middle-income bracket
has been' self-sufficient all
their lives. and now. they 're
having to turn to social ser-
vices," she said.
The :.Inount Iof go'.ernm-enlt
assistance Iloving intu Bro-

wxard increased to $12.07 bil-
lion from $.-7 billion between
2006 to 2010.
In Palm Beach County.
government assistance rose to
$10 4 billion from $7.. billion
io.er the sa-rne period

Go'%ernment assistance
includes retirement and dis-
ability benefits, food stamps.
supplemental Social Secunrity
benefits, medical benefits. un-
employment insurance com-
pensaton, veterans benefits,
and federal education and
Jorge Salazar-Carrillo. an
economics professor at Florida
Interim national University in
Miami, said that. without gov-
ernment assistance, personal
income levels would be even
Per-capital income for Bro-
ward residents in 2010 was
$41.146. down 0 5 percent
from in 2006. In Palm Bcach
County, per-capital income in
2010 was $52,526, down 5.9
percent since 2006.
Nation% ide. nearly half the
nation's households, or more

than 148 million Americans,
received some government as-
sistance in 2010, according to
an analysis of census data by
the Mercatus Center at George
Mason University
Schroeder said the need
for government assistance is
shown in the increase in num-
ber of emergency calls to 2 11.
In Palm Beach County, there
were 1 77,000 calls in 2008
In 2011. the number fell to

"We're not sure if people
have become apathetic or giv-
en up, or doubled up they're
sharing costs." she said "The
highest needs we're getting
are rent. utilitN assistance and
help with the mortgage."
Broward had more than
130.100 help-line calls in
2009. up 34 percent from
97,262 in 2008. Half were for
basic needs such as shelter. in
2010. the calls fell slightly to

Half of Florida voters favor 'Stand Your Ground' law

By Anthony Man

Florida voters especially
men and Republicans sup-
port the state's Stand Your
Ground law, an opinion poll
has found.
A Suffolk University/
WSVN-Ch. 7 poll released
Thursday shows 50 percent
of Florida voters support the
law that allows people who
feel threatened in the street
or most other public places
to use deadly force to defend
themselves. Just 32 percent

oppose the law and 18 per-
cent are undecided.
Stand Your Ground has re-
ceived intense scrutiny since
the February shooting death
of Trayvon Martin, a Miami
Gardens 17 year old, in the
central Florida city of San-
The shooter, Neighbor-
hood Watch volunteer George
Zimmerman, who has been
charged with second-degree
murder, said he felt threat-
ened by Martin.
The 2005 law says a person

has "the right to stand his or
her ground and meet force
with force, including deadly
force if he or she reasonably
believes it is necessary to do
so to prevent death or great
bodily harm."
The poll uncovered dramat-
ic differences among different
demographic groups, said
David Paleologos, director
of the Boston-based Suffolk
University Political Research
There's a significant gen-
der gap, with 61 percent of

men supporting Stand Your
Ground and 24 percent op-
posing the law. Women are
split with 39 percent in favor
and 39 percent opposed.
Republicans love Stand
Your Ground and Democrats
hate it, the poll found. Among
Democrats, 33 percent sup-
port the law and 51 percent
oppose it. Among Republi-
cans, support is 70 percent
and opposition is 12 percent.
Independents favor the law,
but not as dramatically. It's
supported by 47 percent of

independents and opposed
by 30 percent.
A committee appointed by
Gov. Rick Scott and headed
by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Car-
roll is examining Stand Your
Ground. Another committee,
appointed by state Sen. Chris
Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, fa-
vored repeal, but Smith said
there wasn't enough of a con-
sensus to recommend that
course and the panel instead
wants revisions.
The poll also found 71 per-
cent of Florida voters said

sheriffs offices should more
closely monitor Neighbor-
hood Watch groups and vol-
unteers. Another 23 percent
said more oversight isn't
needed and 7 percent were
Paleologos said the Martin
shooting "appears to have
awakened concerns about
citizen responders."
The Suffolk/WSVN poll of
600 Florida voters, conduct-
ed Sunday through Tuesday,
has a margin of error of plus
or minus 4 percentage points.



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NAACP pushes for more

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NAACP President and CEO Ben-
jamin Jealous said that increas-
ing Black voter registration is an
urgent concern.
"We're starting earlier, work-
ing harder, making more use of
technology this year, because this
year we are witnessing the ugli-
est environment we have seen in
a long time," Jealous said.
He and others say new state
laws affecting voter registration
are intended to sway the election
against Obama.
The Brennan Center for Jus-

tice, a New York University re-
search organization, reports that
since the beginning of 2011, two
states have enacted laws requir-
ing proof of citizenship for regis-
trants and four states have added
requirements for groups conduct-
ing voter registration drives.
One measure in Florida calls
for newly signed forms to be filed
within 48 hours. One in Texas
requires those who register vot-
ers to be deputized and undergo
"We've seen state after state
make it harder for people to sign
up to vote, to register and to vol-
unteer," Jealous said. "This is by

Black voters

The Kansas House voted Tues-
day in favor of a law requiring
proof of citizenship. The state
Senate must still vote on it.
Some people might think they're
registered when they're not, said
Barbara Arnwine, executive di-
rector of the Lawyers' Committee
for Civil Rights Under Law.
The NAACP is contacting peo-
ple in the membership databases
of the Church of God in Christ
and the National Baptist Conven-
tion. It is mailing pre-filled-out
registration cards to young peo-
ple who will be 18 by the general

Results: Dismal FCAT writing scores
FCAT dropped 82 percent with only a covered on the FCAT. Robinson
continued from 1A 33 percent passing rate. As for squashed such sentiments and
10th-graders, they suffered an said his office would investigate
the FCAT writing passing score 80 percent drop with 38 percent her complaint.
from 4.0 to 3.5 a reduction he passing the writing exam. The In terms of test assessment,
says would increase the number emergency meeting was called this year the State increased the
of students receiving passing by Robinson, he says, in order to number of scorers from one to two
scores. determine how to minimize the readers and put them through a
"Even with this change, how- damage. more rigorous training module
ever, the number of passing "We have to now figure out to prepare them. The State will
scores would still be significantly what needs to be done to improve also release assessment results,
less than the 2011 scores," he our students' resulting scores," including anchor papers, to all
said. "The data is statewide per- he said. districts so that they can better
formance only but we are see- Last summer the state in- coordinate "professional develop-
ing a significant drop across the creased expectations for proper ment efforts."
board. Even if the passing score use of punctuation, spelling, cap- Roberto Martinez, vice chair-
was reduced to 3.0 there would italization and sentence struc- man, State Board of Education,
be a big impact although not as ture. Administrators, including says he supports "raising the bar"
severe if the score was 3.5 or the State Association of District but is worried that more children
4.0." Superintendents are asking for may be set up for failure.
It should be noted that the an audit of the test itself before Miami-Dade County School
writing portion of the FCAT has the State makes any final moves. Board member Dr. Dorothy Ben-
long been considered the easier "I received a memo from several dross-Mindingall agrees.
of the tests. With that in mind, superintendents in Central Flori- "I foresee that a feeling of dis-
callers said they were even more da but I can assure you that an appointment will start to hover
concerned about the results on audit is already in place," Robin- over the minds of our children -
other sections that have not yet son added, this will lead them to believe that
been announced. they are not progressing," she
What changes were made to PARENTS ANGRY, CONFUSED said. "This is a direct affront to
the test? Other callers, particularly par- the community leaders, parents
Statewide, only 27 percent of ents, asked Robinson and his and teachers who have worked
fourth-graders earned a four or staff how they should explain tirelessly to educate their chil-
better the required score for the dismal numbers to their al- dren in the midst of high-stakes
passing based on a six-point ready anxious children. One par- testing. We need to take a closer
scale. That is an 81 percent drop ent said her child was told that look at what our teachers are
in the number of students who the only courses that mattered doing instead of a yardstick cre-
passed last year. Eighth-graders were those whose subjects were ated by the state."

City commission approves plan for Overtown

continued from 1A

ability to fund other projects.
This happened after the pro-
posal had been approved by the
Southeast Overtown/Park West
CRA last month.
Many residents were under
the impression that the funding
marked for Overtown would be
taken from them and used for
the Port of Miami tunnel project.
But commissioners clarified that
point saying that their hesitancy
in moving forward was to ensure
that "banks would not interpret
the [two] loans as a dilution of
our creditworthiness," as one
city finance officer wrote in a
memo to the commissioners.
Specifically, commissioners
wanted clarity on its having al-
ready committed to providing
$45 million towards the Port of
Miami tunnel costs through the
issuance of bonds. The bonds
are based on CRA tax revenues.
"We [the City] have a legal ob-
ligation to pay $45 million we
have to pay Wells Fargo in June
2014," said Commissioner Marc
Sarnoff. "If we don't pay or refi-
nance, we can be in default."
Finance officials from the city
as well as the city attorney, testi-
fied during the meeting that they
had spoken with lenders and be-
lieved that the Overtown project
would not cause the City to suf-
fer. They also, said that it 'would

not impact funding for the tun-
nel project.
"No matter how much Over-
town residents try to remain
patient, they keep seeing ob-
stacles placed in their way,"
Spence-Jones said. "I am proud
to see my community come out
in force for Overtown and know
this is a tough decision for us.
And while Commissioner Sarnoff
has asked us to defer our vote, I
believe the people here today il-
lustrate that this is an issue of

Commissioner Frank Carollo,
following public testimony, said
he wanted more time so that he
could do "my due diligence."
Carollo's comments focused
on his need to have more time
to understand the financial im-
plications of the proposal. But
after lengthy debate, particularly
between him and Spence-Jones,
he voted along with the other
commissioners in favor of the
proposal. The city commission
voted 4-0 to move forward with
the investment plan for Over-
The $50 million bond initiative
still has several roads to travel.
It now goes to the Miami-Dade
County Commission and will
eventually need' to go before the
CRA for a final vote.
Other city and county officials

PULSE still, fighting

continued from 1A

future of the Black race is
bleak," he said.
In addition to concerns
about local youth, the con-
vention will also highlight the
"Miami 8" a title that refers
to the eight Black men who
were shot and killed in police-
involved shootings in Miami-
Dade County.
Currently, the shootings
are being investigated, but
"we want to keep them in the
minds and hearts of the com-
munity because we don't want
those young men to seem like
they died in vain; we don't
want their families to think
that we have forgotten them,"

Wilcox said.
Other resolutions that
PULSE will be considering for
the upcoming year include:
decreasing the high unem-
ployment rate among Blacks;
increasing quality education
opportunities; ensuring that
minority and Black business-
es receive a fair distribution of'
community development grant
funds; and addressing the
need for adequate garbage dis-
posal systems in lower-income
neighborhoods. The organi-
zation hopes to reinvigorate
a "Hot Spot" campaign to en-
courage local citizens to anon-
ymously report crime they wit-
ness in their community.
The convention kicks off at
9 a.m.

that testified, pledging their sup-
port for the Overtown project,
included County Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson and M-DCPS
board member Dr. Dorothy Ben-
A CRA is a special district that
uses a portion of property tax
revenue in blighted neighbor-
hoods to fund redevelopment.
The proposal includes: a park-
ing garage; a mixed-use project
called Lyric Place; a residential
project known as St. John Over-
town Plaza; rehabilitation of the
Town Park townhouses and gar-
den apartments; and an eight-
story residential building on
NW Third Avenue that would be
called Island Living.
Gregory Wright contributed to
this story.

Edmonson welcomes Deltas to County Hall

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M.
Edmonson took a point of per-
sonal privilege to introduce the
ladies of Delta Sigma Theta So-
rority, Inc. at the Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners meeting of
May 15th at the Stephen P. Clark
Center, 111 NW First Street, in
Miami. Delta Sigma Theta So-
rority, of which she is a proud
member, is a public service so-

rority with chapters throughout
the U.S. and the world. It is a so-
rority of college-educated women
with a sisterhood of more than
200,000, throughout 900 Chap-
ters worldwide.
The sorority and its members
are committed to improving the
community by promoting eco-
nomic development, education-
al development, international

awareness and involvement,
physical and mental health, po-
litical awareness and involve-
ment. The members of the Dade
County Alumnae Chapter, the
Miami Alumnae Chapter, Iota Pi
Chapter and other local mem-
bers of the sorority celebrated
Delta Day at Miami-Dade Coun-
ty, promoting political aware-
ness and involvement.

Seniors flex muscles at city commission meeting

continued from 1A

dreams deferred.
Meanwhile, other projects have
gotten the green light, including
the AmericanAirlines Arena and
the Marlins Stadium. But when
word recently got out that the city
commissioners might delay their
vote that would push back a $50
million redevelopment project
for an indefinite amount of time,
residents took to the phones and
to the streets. By the time the
commission meeting convened
last week, the chambers were
packed to capacity mostly
with men and women well over
65 years of age. Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones said she
had never seen the chambers so
full with interested residents -
residents who remained calm,
civil and took their time, when
allowed, at the microphone.
"We keep seeing money go to
other communities and projects
- this has been going on for
decades," said Rev. Eddie Lake,
senior pastor, Greater Bethel
AME Church, Overtown. "My
people have said -that they are

tired of waiting. I came today
and brought a van filled with se-
nior citizens who have supported
this city for their entire lives. But
there comes a time when enough
is enough. Overtown deserves
better. The people who live .in
Overtown deserve better."
More testimonies from sea-
soned warriors
It's been more than 25 years
since the CRA was created with
the purpose of wiping out slum
and blight and we've waited to
see a change," said Dr. Dorothy
Jenkins Fields. "We keep hear-
ing that there isn't any money
- then we see money appear
for parks and sports arenas and
stadiums. With the bat of an eye
somehow other projects get the
funding they need. We don't want
to wait any longer. Our commis-
sioners need to be statesmen not
politicians and do what's right."
"I can go back 50 years ev-
ery time our hopes are raised we
are told there has to be another
delay," said Jackie Bell. "We saw
our community torn apart in
1982. How much longer must
we wait to see things made right

"My grandmother lived in a
three-room shotgun house in
Overtown," said Lovette McGill.
"I have long been a member of
Greater Bethel and I have hoped
to see better days in this commu-
nity that I love so dearly. Many of
my friends are gone. Some have
moved others have died. I am
old now and too tired. I don't
care about tunnels or parks or
stadiums or arts centers. I just
want to see the city do right by
us. We helped build Miami. We
deserve to be treated like we
In a written statement sent
by Bishop James Adams, senior
pastor, St. John Institutional
Missionary Baptist Church and
read by his board chairman, he.
said, "I applaud the good work
of the city commission but good
work is not enough we need
your best. Now is the time to
move forward."
"History will show that there
are no signs along the road that
say 'wait' we have waited pa-
tiently at the back of the line.
But we are not willing to remain
there," said Attorney Keon Har-

Gay Republicans still anti-Obama

continued from 1A

with where we've been on Gov.
Romney for some time," R. Clarke
Cooper, the Log Cabin Republi-
cans' executive director, told me,
Yes, consistently tepid.

The GOP didn't always ap-
pear to be this insensitive to the
interests of gays. Twenty years
ago, the Republicans' slide to the
right seemed to slow a bit when
Mary Fisher, a former aide to
President Ford who contracted
HIV from her second husband,
was allowed to address the GOP

convention. "I bear a message of
challenge, not self-congratula-
tion. I want your attention, not
your applause," Fisher said. She
asked the GOP to treat victims of
AIDS, then widely thought to be
a gay disease, with compassion.
"We cannot love justice and ig-
nore prejudice."
Now, as the GOP's presidential
candidate tries to do just that,
the Log Cabin Republicans lack
the courage to forcefully chal-
lenge him. Instead, the group
bashes Obama because it doesn't
like the timing of his support of
their cause. In an offering of faint
praise, Cooper said Obama's an-
nouncement "is starting to make
lawmakers on my side of the aisle

who haven't done so take a posi-
tion" on gay marriage.
The Log Cabin Republicans
are outcasts within the GOP.
The marital equality they seek is
opposed by Romney and many
right-wingers whose votes he
hopes will help him defeat Obama
in November. The gay and lesbian
group seems bent on subjecting
its members to an unyielding
brand of political flagellation.
It is apparently willing to pay
any price, bear any burden and
endure any insult to maintain a
toehold in the GOP ranks a
political obsession that is as oxy-
moronic as a black joining the Ku
Klux Klan, or a Jew becoming a
follower of Hamas.

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Study: More people living

in 'blended family' status

Family counselor"'
gives advice on
strengthening today's
By Kaila Heard ,-H
According to popular por-
trayals, the American family
is a small unit that consists of
a married husband and wife
who have at least one biologi-
cal daughter and one biological
However that ideal is not the
way many U.S. households are
now living.MtrA
According to a Pew Research .
Center survey, more than 40
percent of adults have either a Mt. Hermon AME
stepchild, a step or half sibling ...
or a stepparent. AmongBlacks appeals to all ages

By Kaila Heard
Gudel es for new age cou e : kheard@miaminitimesonline.com
Pastor Michael K. Bouie has led 10 congregations throughout
SIX RULES FO R BETTER LIVES Georgia and Florida in his pastoral career. But coming to Miami
Gardens' Mt. Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church over
By Jeannette Lofas ties are. Generally, in the beginning, we tions. a month ago proved to be a new experience even for this sea-
suggest that the biological parent does Step Five: The conflict of loyalties soned minister.
Step One: Recognize the hard fact the disciplining as much as is feasible. must be recognized right from the be- "The thing that stands out most about Mt. Hermon is that it
that the children are not yours and they Step Three: There are no ex-parents ginning. The pulls of 'Who am I loyal is more diversified than many of the churches that I served and
never will be. We are stepparents, not . only ex-spouses. Begin to get infor- to first?" go all the way around in the it is also younger than any of the churches that I served," said
replacement parents. We are steppar- mation on how to best handle the prior stepfamily. the 52-year-old minister.
ents, a step removed, yet in this posi- spouse. Step Six: Guard your sense of hu- With a congregation of approximately 2500 members, the
tion can.still playa significant role in Step Four: Be prepared for conflicting, mor and use it. The step situation is 60-year old church draws a variety of parishioners from senior
the development of the child, pulls of sexual and biological energies filled with the unexpected. Sometimes citizens to the middle aged and young adult as well as youth
Step Two: The couple needs to imme- within the step relationship. In step, we don't know whether to laugh or to members.
diately and specifically work out what blood and sexual ties can polarize a cry. Choose to laugh most of the time. When asked how one church can meet such a diverse set of
the children's duties and responsibili- family'in opposite energies and direc- It helps. Please turn to BOUIE 14B

"Lord help me to understand

Local author reveals how that instead of living to
eat. I eat to live"

to 'stay slim God's way S
By Kaila Heard son recalled.
kheard@miamitimesonline.com After his death, Johnson knew that Isl*
she was facing a long period of grief 41
One way that many weight loss attempts or weight loss So she decided to rededicate herself
maintenance plans have been derailed is because of per- to her studies. At the time, Johnson E
sonal pain and loss of a loved one. was working towards her Phd. Part of :
Yet for Shirley Johnson, it was personal tragedy that her requirements required her to cre- .
triggered path to health and wellness. Eventually, she ate a personal development project.
wrote a book, "Stay Slim God's Way," detailing her prog- - For the project, "I decided that I did '
ress. JOHNSON not want to lose the relationship that
"We were having what I would almost call a perfect life I had with the Lord because he was . . _
- loving life and loving the lord and our children were out really a comforter to me and I wanted to keep that rela-
of the house when my husband was on the basketball tionship," she explained. "And another thing that I
court and he had a massive heart attack and died," John- Please turn to SLIM 14B



By Kaila Heard" from Miami Northwestern Senior High
kheard@miamitimesonline.com School's Performing and Visual Arts Cen-
ter (PAVAC), dancers from the New World
Another spring has come. and the sea- School of the Arts and the SWA perfor-
son would not be complete without the mance ensemble.
entertainment and fun provided by the The Pink Tea consciously chose to high-
Church of the Open Door's free annual light youth performers, according to Vic-
Pink Tea celebrauon which will be held at toria Beatr,. the 44th annual Pink Tea's
the Liberr,-Cir, based church on Satur- chajr,'.ormanr
day. May 20th "in light of Tra\.on Martin and in light
This vear the 44th annu.aJ Pink Tea's of incidents that really dim the light of t.
theme \-ill be Harmon,, of the Arts: A young, we wanted to,-" event thj
Youthful Celebrati,:n" and features atrusts celebrated youth in 0odI_ Beat

explained. "We say a 'Harmony of the Arts'
because we wanted to show the synergy
between drama, music and dance and
how it's the young Black folks in South
Florida that have really captured true art."
The prominent Pink Tea was inspired by
a similar event hosted in Illinois. The tra-
dition was established in Miami's Church
of the Open Door b, a former pastor. Har-
old Long, in 1969.
. e then the celebrauon has grown
tri and prominence and has
ed such national figures such as

Maya Angelou, as well as local celebrities,
in years past.
"The Church of the Open Door is lo-
cated in the heart of Liberty City and [the
Pink Tea] is a way to open doors to the
neighborhood and bring the community
together," Beatty said.
The Church of the Open Door's senior
pastor is the Rev. Joaquin Willis
The 44th annual Pink Tea for the
Church of the Open Door, 6001 N.W Sth
Avenue in Miami, will begin at 4 p m. on
Saturday, May 20th.

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TD Jakes launches discount prescription campaign

By Ivana Kvesic

Bishop T.D. Jakes has
started a new campaign offer-
ing free prescription drug dis-
counts that will purportedly'
give patients up to ,5 perceri-t
off medications at thousands
of pharmacies across the
Jakes, who leads The Pot-
ters' House in Dallas. Texas,
is promoting a pre-activated
RxRelief Card that he argues
can save struggling families
hundreds of dollars a year on
prescription medications
"1 am offering a FREE phar-
macy discount card to you
and your family. This is an,
opportunity you do not wAant
to miss," the megachurch
pastor said in a public letter.
"With discounts on virtually ,

every medication sold at over
500,000 pharmacies nation-
wide the R.\Relief Card can
sa'.e .ou and \our family. an
a erage of $400
in a promotional '-ideo for
the campaign Jakes says that
the negati'.e effects of the
e'?onumy shOLuld not cause
fan- lies to suffer preventable
'The rising cost of health
care and prescription drugs?
has taken its toll on Arneri-
canis around the nation Manyl
families are forced to pick
between paying bills and buy-
ing household necessities, or
purchasing their prescription
medicines 1 no longer want to
see our community, succumb
to illnesses that could've been
avoided had thev been able to
afford their pre.-entative rnedi-

cations.' the pastor said
Ar estimated 46.3 million
Americans. or 15.4 percent of

the population, ate currently
living nwthout medical insur-
ance, according to the Centers

for Disease Control and Pre-
vention; however, the pastor
makes no mention of health
insurance in the video.
In a 2009 interview vith
CNN's Larn- King, Jakes told
the television host that the
health care system in the
United States needed to be
rev iewed.
"Well, you knov.. the thing
about it. I think that health
care in this country really
needs to be overhauled,' he
said. "We have millions of peo-
ple who are dying of leukemia
and diabetes and and other
diseased because they can't
get the care they need."
The RxRelief Cards pro-
moted by Jakes have no fees.
There is no charge to use the
cards and they can be utilized
at major pharmacies across

the country such as Duane
Reade. CVS, and RiteAid. ac-
cording to the website of 'Con-
necutons by T D Jakes." which
features what appears to be a
cross in its logo.
"Its my prayer that we are
all able to have life and have
it more abundantly May this
Rx\Relief Card get us one step
closer to that mission." Jakes
said in the promotional video
for the prescnption drug dis-
count card. 'Do a good deed
and tell vour friends you can
save a lot of money, but more
importantly you may be able
to afford to save a life, even
your own.
Jakes church is home to
about 30.000 members and
his popular sermons are
broadcast both nationally and

Black churches conflicted on Obama's gay marriage decision

By Dennis Cauchon

The pulpits of the nation's
Black churches took measure
recently of President Obama's
decision to support gay mar-
riage, and the result was
Some churches were silent
on the issue. At others, pas-
tors spoke against the presi-
dent's decision last week but
kindly of the man himself. A
few blasted the president and
his decision. A minority spoke
in favor of the decision and
expressed understanding of the
president's change of heart.
Bishop Timothy Clark, head
of the First Church of God,
a large Black church with a
television ministry in Colum-
bus, Ohio, was perhaps most
typical. According to Clark, his
church's members had a vari-
ety of reactions.
"Some were powerfully agi-
tated and disappointed. Others
were curious why now? to
what end? Others were hurt.
And others, to be honest, told
me it's not an issue and they

Rev. Enoch Fuzz, who supports gay marriage, preaches to his Nashville congregation Sunday. Enoch Fuzz preaches to his congregation Sunday at Corin-
thian Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville.

don't have a problem with it,"
he said. Clark himself opposes
gay marriage.
Yet he asked his church "to
pray for the president and pray
this will not become a political
football with uncivil language
and heated rhetoric. We can
disagree on this, as we do on
many things, and still love

each other."
The conflicted sentiments
within Black churches re-
flect a broader struggle in the
American public. A USA TODAY
Poll showed that slightly more
than half of Americans agreed
with the president's decision. A
scientifically valid breakdown
of Blacks was not available,

but past polls have shown
Blacks generally opposed to
gay marriage.
Blacks are a key voting bloc
for the president this Novem-
On the opposite side of the
issue, pastor Enoch Fuzz of
Corinthian Missionary Baptist
Church of Nashville, said last

week that he understood why
many pastors opposed gay
marriage, but he planned to
discuss Sunday why he sup-
ports gay marriage. "I know
many in the Black community
have trouble accepting gay
marriage," he said. "But all of
us have gay friends or family,

and we love them."
Fuzz said he thinks the
president's comments won't
hurt him politically, although
some Black Christians may be
upset with him. "There's really
no better option. People are
not going to go out and vote for
Mitt Romney."

More Christian books relying on sex to sell

By Jeff Schapiro

There's been no shortage of
Christian books on the topic
of sex in recent months, and
Christians across the United
States are buying them up in
order to spice up their mar-
DeeperCalling Media (DCM),
an online Christian bookstore
supplier and Christian product
retailer, reports "sizzling sex
book sales" among Christian
bookstores, indicating that
Christians are not as "prude"
as they are sometimes thought
to be.
"We have been astounded
by the marked increase in the
sales of Christian Books on the
topics of Sex. It's clear that in
tough economic times people
are seeking ways to improve
their lives through better re-
lationships with those closest
to them," said Joe Kerr, mar-
keting manager for.DCM, in a

"People often think of Chris-
tians as being prudish and
wanting to avoid open talk
about sex. But nothing could

"Intended for Pleasure: Sex
Technique and Sexual Fulfill-
1menlt in Christian Marriage"
is just one of many top selling
Christians tackling issues of
sex and sexuality.

be further from the truth," he
added. "Christians are demon-
strating a healthy interest in
the topics of sex and marriage."
Among the top-sellers for
DCM are the books Intended
for Pleasure: Sex Technique
and Sexual Fulfillment in
Christian Marriage by Ed and
Gaye Wheat, and Red Hot Mo-
nogamy: Making Your Marriage
Sizzle by Bill and Pam Farrel.

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"Christians are uniquely
qualified to address the sub-
ject of human sexuality," Kerr
said in an email to CP. "We
have [the Bible], written by the
foremost expert on the subject.
In the book He outlines the
origin of human sexuality, the
reasons for human sexuality,
the outcome of the abuse of

human sexuality, and the proof
of the results when His plan is
Jon Sanders, lead pastor of
The Rescue Church in Flan-
dreau, S.D., is in the middle of
teaching a five-week sermon
series called, "Let's Talk About
Sex." He read Young's book
as part of his research on the
topic, and he thinks it is posi-
tive that pastors are talking
more about biblical sex.
"I think that's a good thing
because God was not embar-
rassed to create sex and say a
lot about it in His Word," Sand-
ers said in an email to The
Christian Post on Friday.
He later added, "MTV, Holly-
wood, and Oprah aren't afraid
to talk to us about sex. It's
pretty much been the Church
that has remained silent for
far too long while we've allowed
the world to shape our think-
ing on a subject that God has
spoken to."

Can science prove the healing power of prayer?
By Candy Gunther Brown tercessory prayer. Intercessors
are given the first name and
condition of someone they do
When sickness strikes, people conduit on of someone tp do
around the world pray for heal- not know and told to pray. Re-
ing. Many of the faithful claim searchers set up double-blind-
that prayer has cured them of ed trials because this is how
blindness, deafness and me-they are accustomed to study
tastasized cancers, and some ing health interventions -fand
believe they have been resur- base conclusions on the efficacy
reacted from the dead. of prayer solely on whether sub-
Can, and should, science test ..jects in the experimental group
such claims? A number of sci- exhibit better health than those
dentists sayno,. concerned that in the control group.
empirical studies of prayer will pray for hen people acthey usually
be misused to advance religious pray for healing, they usually
agendas. And some religious get up close to someone they
practitioners agree with this re- know, touch the person and
straint, worrying that scientific empathize with their sufferings
testing could undermine faith. what I call proximal inter-
If prayer affects health for cessory prayer, or PIP. Double-
better or for worse then pa- blinded, controlled trials are
tients, doctors and policymak- not the only or even the best
ers should all want to know. way to gauge the effects of
Scientific research has returned . this kind of prayer practice.
mixed results. Some studies -have spent the past eight
conclude that prayer improves years studying PIP by Pente-
health, while others show no costal and Charismatic Chris-
effect or suggest that prayer I .. tians the groups most likely
may lead to worsening health. to pray for healing and claim
Part of the confusion stems that their prayers work in the
from how prayer is studied. United States, Canada, Brazil
from how prayer is studied.n and Mozambique.
Most research is on distant in- "

Rosa Parks statue placed

in National Cathedral

Washington National Cathe-
dral is preparing to dedicate a
new carving of civil rights pio-
neer Rosa Parks in a section of
the church devoted to human
The Episcopal cathedral for-
mally installs the new sculp-
ture Thursday with a ceremony
of evening prayer songs. The
carving of Parks will join oth-
ers on the cathedral's Human
Rights Porch that celebrates
those who struggled to bring
equality and social justice to all
people. Other figures include
former first lady Eleanor Roos-
One of Parks' nieces, Rhea
McCauley, will join the cere-


mony, along with Elaine Eason
Steele, co-founder of the Rosa
and Raymond Parks Institute
for Self Development.
Parks' refusal to give up her
Montgomery, Ala., bus seat to a
white passenger in 1955 is con-
sidered a key moment in the
movement against segregation.

Alice Day in concert


Metropolitan A.M.E.
presents, Alice Day in
4 p.m., Sunday, May

The admission is free, and of
course the Madhatter will be on

hand to check out those gor-
geous hats again.
Please join us for an afternoon
of blissful music. For detailed
information, please call 305-
691-4572 or 305-693-8890.

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14B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 16-22, 2012

Bethel African Meth-
odist Episcopal Church
is hosting the second an-
nual Overtown Music Proj-
ect's Gospel Brunch on May
19th, 11:45 a.m. 1:30
p.m. The brunch is free to
Overtown residents. Oth-
erwise, tickets are $25. For
information and tickets, vis-
it http://www.eventbrite.

The Historic St. Ag-
nes Episcopal Church in-
vites the entire community
to their 40th Feminine Em-
phasis Day service on May
20th at 10:45 a.m.

Jordan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
welcomes everyone to their
Pre-Women's Day services
on May 20th at 7 a.m. and
11 a.m. For information,
call 305-633-2561.

Bright Morning Star
Freewill Baptist Church
invites the community to
their Sunday school service
at 9:30 a.m. and worship
service at 11 a.m. For in-
formation, call 305-751-

Greater Holy Cross
Baptist Church is hosting
a Gospel Extravaganza on
June 10th. For information,
call 305-332-2402 or 954-

The Apostolic Reviv-
al Temple will be celebrat-
ing the church's and their
pastor's 16th anniversary,
May 16 18 at 7:45 p.m.
nightly and on May 20th at
5 p.m. For information, call

* Zion Hope Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
celebrate their pastor's
seventh anniversary, May

18th 25th, 7:30 p.m.
nightly. For more informa-
tion, call 786-541-3687.

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 awaken-
ing spiritual revelations in
each person. The lecture,
"The Way of Discipleship,"
begins at 10 a.m. on May
19th. For more informa-
tion, call 305-624-4991.

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 Cel-
ebration on May 26th, 9
a.m. 4 p.m. at Pompey
Park. Call 954-292-4891
for more information.

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

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-

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 Se-
nior High School auditori-
um. For more information,
call 954-674-2492 or visit

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 Min-
istries presents South
Florida Gospel Festival at
Amelia Earhart Park on
Saturday, June 30th from
11 a.m.- 6 p.m. For infor-
mation contact Constance
Koon-Johnson at 786-290-

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

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

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

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

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 Con-
cert on May 20th at 4 p.m.
954-213-4332, 305-696-

New Life Family
Worship Center hosts
Bible study every Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.

* New Mount Mori-
ah Missionary Baptist
Church will host the Habi-
tat for Humanity of Great-
er Miami's Homeowner-
ship Application Meeting
on the second Saturday of
every month at 9:30 a.m.

No RSVP necessary. 305-

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 Internation-
al welcomes the commu-
nity to their Sunday ,wor-
ship service at 10:30 a.m.
and their Bible study and
Prayer sessions on Tues-
days at 7 p.m.954-963-

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

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

Redemption Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
welcomes everyone to
their 'Introduction to the
Computer' classes on
Tuesday, 11 a.m. 12:30
p.m. and Thursdays, 4
p.m. 5:30 p.m. 305-770-
7064, 786-312-4260.

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

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

* Glendale Baptist
Church of Brownsville
invites everyone to morn-

Stepfamilies often encounter many obstacles

continued from 12B

at least 60 percent have at
least one step relative.
"Blended families are very
common in today's world,"
explained Miami-based mar-
riage and family therapist Ra-
fiah H. Prince. "This can be at-
tributed to high divorce rates,
separations, and people being
open to finding love again."
According to the Step Family
Association, one of the most
important facts stepfamilies
must accept is that they must
not try to impose "expecta-
tions and the dynamics of the

intact or [nuclear] family onto
the step family."
Each blended family mem-
ber will has their own histo-
ries and behaviors and each
will thus act and respond in
their own way. Having an ide-
alized fantasy of how a parent
or child believes their families
should behave puts unneces-
sary pressure on individuals.
"We all want the story-
book ending where everyone
lives happily ever after. [But]
be mindful that it may take
time," Prince said. "All the
love and hard work will pay
off, but be aware that there
will be challenges."

Step families also face dif-
ficulties caused by not plan-
ning enough, poor commu-
nication and just moving too
soon. Black blended families
often have their own particu-
lar issues and concerns.
"Many Black families have
estranged fathers, so when
male figures enter the home
and assume the role of Dad,
there need to be clear defi-
nitions around what that
means," explained Prince.
"The children have to adjust
to the new roles in the home."
Above all, Prince recom-
mends that "open commu-
nication" is the best tool for

blended families.
"It is important that all
members be able to express
their concerns and feel vali-
dated," she said. "In addition,
remember that for all mem-
bers of the family that this is
a "change" and with change
you have to allow for adjust-
To ease some of the ten-
sions that blended families
face, Prince recommends that
they attend family therapy
sessions, visit www.blended-
families.com or even just read
"Smart Stepfamily: The Seven
Steps to a Healthy Family" by
Ron Deal.

Johnson: Our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit

continued from 12B

didn't want to do was gain
weight because I just wanted to
remain healthy."
For Johnson, who has been
a lifelong Christian, the Bible
was the natural resource to
turn to for nutritional and
spiritual advice.
"I believe that our bodies are
the temples of the Holy Spirt
and because it is the temple of
the Holy Spirit we cannot de-

file it and we have to take care
of it," she said.
The program she developed
for herself eventually became
the book, "Stay Slim God's
Way," a diet and weight loss
program that relies on faith
and biblical understanding.
"It's a very simple program
- all you need is a journal, a
tape measure, a scale and the
Bible," she explained.
Every day Johnson recites
eight affirmations which she
repeats 50 times. Her affirma-

tions include sayings such as
"Lord help me to understand
that instead of living to eat, I
eat to live" and "Lord you are
my light and my salvation,
food has no power over me."
She also keeps a journal of
everything she eats being
mindful of eating more fruits
and vegetables and makes
sure to exercise regularly by
jump roping.
"Even today at 66 years old,
I jump between 300 to 600
jumps a day," she said.

However, her weight loss
goal is only a secondary prize
compared to her real success,
according to Johnson.
She explained, "I feel won-
derfully healthy, but most
importantly my relationship
with Jesus Christ continues
to grow."
Currently, Johnson is
teaching her course at the
Bible Emporium at 564 NE
125th Street in North Miami.
For information, call 305-

Local pastor provides leadership training to other churches

continued from 12B

expectations and needs, Bouie
replied, "It's a challenge, but
I think what makes it work is
a continuing education about
what each [group] brings to the
He further explained, "If we
ever stop appreciating the dif-
ferent generations, then we're
going to have problems."
In June, the church will adopt
the theme of "Generation Next,"
and services and activities will
be planned and executed by the
church's youth members.
The church also provides an
all-boys charter school, the
Richard Allen Leadership Acad-

emy, as well as several popular
ministries including outreach,
youth and music.
Such activities are familiar to
Bouie, who in addition to hav-
ing a ministerial career that
spans 30-plus years, also has
been attending church regular-
ly since he was a child.
"Unfortunately, my best
church memory was during
the days of segregation in Mi-
ami because at that time the
church provided more fellow-
ship opportunities than we do
today," he explained. "It kept
the church strong because we
needed the fellowship to bind us
together and keep us abreast of
what was going on in the com-

However, "I'm not saying that
times are not good nowadays,
but now churches have to work
to [teach] that belief that we are
responsible for each other since
we just don't have segregation
to deal with," he said.

Most times when Bouie is be-
hind the pulpit, he finds him-
self passing along messages
meant to offer encouragement
to everyone. The minister even
started "Majestic Inspiration,"
regular emails he sends to over
3000 subscribers that offer
biblical and sometimes person-
al lessons about hope.
The pastor also provides his

insight and services to other
churches and ministries with
his consulting business where
he is frequently called upon to
offer leadership training.
"A lot of time, pastors don't
devote as much time on the
development of the persons
we bring into leadership and I
think in many churches people
learn with on the job training,"
he said. But, "the church is
starting to get away from that
thinking where the pastor is
wearing all of those hats and
I think today [churches are]
more respectful of the gifts of
Mt. Hermon AME Church is
located at 17800 NW 25th Av-
enue in Miami Gardens.

Wycliffe's Bible translations

for Muslims editions criticized

By Tom Breen

One of the largest Bible
translators in the world is
undergoing an independent
review after critics claimed lan-
guage in some of their trans-
lations intended for Muslim
countries misses the essential
Christian idea of Trinity: the
father, son and the holy spirit
or ghost.
Critics argue that using
words like "Messiah" instead
of "Son" and "Lord" instead of
"Father" badly distorts the doc-
trine, in which God is said to
be one being in three persons.
"If you remove 'son,' you
have to remove 'father,' and if
you remove those, the whole
thread of the scriptures from
Genesis to Revelation is unrav-
eled," said the Rev. Georges
Houssney, the president of Ho-
rizons International, a Chris-
tian organization that works
extensively with Muslims and
himself a translator of the
Bible into Arabic.
Orlando, Fla.-based Wycliffe
Bible Translators argues the
translations have never been
about avoiding controversy,
but choosing words that most
accurately reflect the Gospels:
Some concepts relating God
to family members don't make
sense in some cultures, so the
language needs to reflect that.
"People are saying we're
trying to do translation work
that's not offensive to Mus-
lims, and that's just not true,"
Wycliffe CEO Bob Creson said.
"We are committed to the accu-
rate translation of God's word.
That is our highest value."
Translating the collection of
ancient documents assembled
together as the Bible has never
been easy. Disputes over bibli-
cal language date from the
early centuries of Christianity
when the original Hebrew and

Greek texts were brought to
new countries, to making the
Shakespearean language of
the King James Version more
understandable to modern
Last month, Wycliffe agreed
to an independent review of its
policies by the World Evangeli-
cal Alliance, which plans to ap-
point a panel of experts to de-
termine whether Wycliffe and
affiliated groups are improperly
replacing the terms "Son of
God" and "God the Father."
The decision comes after a
growing number of critics de-
cried the materials as attempts
to avoid controversy that fun-
damentally altered Christian
theology. The dispute moved
from Internet forums and on-
line petitions to concern from
large Christian bodies. The
Assemblies of God one of the
largest Pentecostal fellowships,
with more than 60 million
members in affiliated churches
worldwide announced it
would review its longstanding
relationship with Wycliffe.
Wycliffe, an interdenomina-
tional group that works with a
wide variety of churches and
missionaries, says it won't
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Little Rock annual rally
Little Rock Primitive Baptist Church, 1790 Ali Baba, Opa Locka
will celebrate their annual rally and fundraiser on May 20, evening
service at 3 p.m. Dinner following. Pastor Austin.

ing worship every Sunday
at 11 a.m. and Bible Study
every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-638-0857

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ
of the Apostolic Faith
Church, Inc. will be
starting a New Bereave-
ment Support Group be-
ginning on the 2nd and
4th Wednesdays of each
month from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

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
second Saturday of the
month, from 10 a.m. until
all the food has been given
out. For location and ad-
ditional details, call 786-

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

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

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


15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 16-22, 2012





By Stephanie Banchero

The Common Core national
math and reading standards,
adopted by 46 states and the
District of Columbia two years
ago, are coming under attack
from some quarters as a fed-
eral intrusion into state educa-
tion matters.
The voluntary academic
standards, which specify what
students should know in each
grade, were heavily promoted
by the Obama administration
through its $4.35 billion Race
to the Top education-grant
competition. States that insti-
tuted changes such as com-
mon learning goals received
bonus points in their applica-
Supporters say the Common
Core standards better prepare
students for college or the
workforce, and are important
as the U.S. falls behind other

nations in areas such as math
A 2010 report from the
Thomas B. Fordham Institute,
a right-leaning educational-
research group, said the
Common Core standards "are
clearly superior to those cur-
rently in use in 39 states in
math and 37 states in English.
For 33 states, the Common
Core is superior in both math
and reading."
But conservative lawmak-
ers and governors in at least
five states, including Utah
and Alabama, recently have
been pushing to back out, or

Backers say the
educational goals
will better prepare
students for

slow down implementation,
of Common Core. They worry
that adoption of the standards
has created a de facto national
curriculum that could at some
point be extended into more
controversial areas such as
Critics argue that the stan-
dards are weak and could, for
example, de-emphasize litera-
ture in favor of informational
texts, such as technical manu-
als. They also dislike that the
standards postpone teaching
algebra until ninth grade from
the current eighth grade in
many schools.
A study released this year by
a researcher at the Brookings
Institution think tank projected
Common Core will have no ef-
fect on student achievement.
The study said states with high
standards improved their na-
tional math and reading scores
at the same rate as states with

A third-grade class in Greensboro, N.C.The state is among 46'that adopted national educational
standards that some states are now questioning.

low standards from 2003 to
But mainly, critics of Com-
mon Core object to what they
see as the federal government's
involvement in local-school
"The Common Core takes
education out of the hands of
South Carolina and parents, so
we have no control over what

happens in the classroom,"
said Michael Fair, a Republican
state senator who plans to in-
troduce a measure that would
bar his state from spending
money on activities related to
the standards, such as train-
ing teachers and purchasing
South Carolina Gov. Nikki
Haley, who took office after

the state adopted Common
Core, wrote in a letter to Mr.
Fair that the state should not
"relinquish control of educa-
tion to the federal government,
neither should we cede it to the
consensus of other states."
Common Core could take
another hit Friday when the
23-member board of the
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Colleges look at immigrants Are FCAT camps a "secret

More institutions look at policies to

handle qualified student candidates

who happen to be here illegally

By Mary Beth Marklein

Social justice is central to the
mission of Dominican Univer-
sity, a small private Catholic
college in suburban Chicago.
Serving poor immigrants is
part of its history.
So as the school began to get
more applications where Social
Security numbers weren't
provided, there was never a
question of turning qualified
undocumented students away,
President Donna Carroll says.
This year, the school pulled
together $274,000 in financial
aid for 17 undocumented stu-
dents. Despite pushback from
some donors and alumni, Car-

illegal immigration and higher
education has centered on
whether undocumented stu-
dents should be allowed to pay
lower in-state tuition rates at
public schools, but as undocu-
mented students become more
visible and vocal about their
status, some higher-priced pri-
vate colleges are being pressed
to consider policies to make tu-
ition more affordable for them.
The Association of Catholic
Colleges and Universities, of
which Dominican is a member,
is urging its schools to enroll
and assist undocumented
students. On many campuses,
though, students are leading
the charge.

Jessica Hyejin Lee is an undocumented Bryn Mawr College
student from South Korea and co-founder of Students for Un-
documented Dreams & Decision Equity Now.

roll says her only regret is that
she can't help more students.
"Is it controversial? Yes," she
says. But "it's against the law
to discriminate against any
student group. You need to
start from that premise."
Each year, about 65,000 un-
documented students graduate
from U.S. high schools, says
a report by the College Board.
The American Association of
State Colleges and Universi-
ties estimates that between five
percent and 10 percent go on
.to college.
Most of the debate about

At Cornell University in
Ithaca, N.Y., where tuition
alone will run about $43,000
next year, a student group this
spring raised $10,000 to help
an undocumented classmate
pay tuition. It's also calling
on its administration to offer
scholarships, work-study op-
tions and advising for undocu-
mented students.
At Haverford College, just
outside Philadelphia, students
recently passed a resolu-
tion asking the school to give
undocumented students "fair,
need-blind admissions consid-



Fewer incoming college fresh-
men agree with the state-
Ient: "Undocumented stu-
dents should be denied access
to public higher education."

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eration." Similar campaigns
were launched at nearby
Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr.

Organizers say such policies
would encourage more un-
documented students to go to
"Our most important goal
is to empower and liberate
undocumented students, so we
can come out of the shadows,"
says Jessica Hyejin Lee, 20,
an undocumented Bryn Mawr
student from South Korea and
co-founder of Students for Un-
documented Dreams &8 Deci-
sion Equity Now.
The non-profit Federation
for American Immigration
Reform, an advocacy group
that opposes tuition breaks for
undocumented students. "Just
because there's an absence of a
legal prohibition does not mean
it is ethical," says spokes-
woman Kristen Williamson. "It
still encourages illegal aliens to
remain in the country."
Raj Kannappan, 21, presi-
dent of Cornell's College Re-
publicans, says that if Cornell
offers financial aid for undocu-
mented students, "there's going
to have to be a justification for
why that aid can't go to stu-
dents who are enrolled legally."
But he doesn't expect much
to happen in favor of undocu-
mented students. "There's a lot
of talk about it, but no one's
really doing anything about it

because a lot of people would
not be in favor," he says.
Many college officials aren't
resisting student demands, but
they're not exactly embracing
them either.
"We don't have any philo-
sophical objection to what the
students are proposing and
in fact agree with them," says
Jess Lord, Haverford's dean of
admissions and financial aid.
But "we have limited funds
available to provide financial
aid, which dictates how many
students with need we can
take." To Lord's knowledge,
Haverford doesn't enroll un-
documented students.

A study last year involving
447 colleges found that 57 per-
cent of private and 29 percent
of public schools provide un-
documented students with aid.
That suggests some schools
"are trying to work with stu-
dents to resolve this problem,"
says John Burkhardt, direc-
tor of the National Forum on
Higher Education for the Public
Good, based at the University
of Michigan.
Even so, of 2,650 institutions
surveyed for the study, just 17
percent responded, suggesting
to Burkhardt that "institu-
tions feel they can serve more
students and take care of more
cases by staying under the
In Illinois, lawmakers and
activists have approached the
issue from another angle. A law
passed last year allows immi-
grant families to contribute to
the state's two college savings
programs, authorizes private
donors to create a government-
backed scholarship for undoc-
umented students and requires
that high school counselors be
trained on college options for
undocumented students.
For students at Dominican,
the word is out. "When un-
documented students apply to
a school it's because they've
already heard that it's welcom-
ing," says freshman Arianna
Salgado, 19, an undocumented
student who was born in
Mexico and has lived in the
USA since age 6. "It makes
you really comfortable with the
whole application process."

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory,
_-- or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate

S.. between what you know and what you don't.;
-Anatole France

weapon" to success?

By Latoya Burgess
, le/ t tll T/ ,I,.. 'i ti l '

Two weeks of another
grueling FCAT cxainria-
tion period are novw oe-r for
Nliami-Dade County Puibhc
School students. And while
some. students may be
relieved others are still on
pins and needles, .vaitugn
for their scores which won't
be released until the end of
the school year. However.
there are a few schools
v, ho have benefited from a
"secret weapon" FCAT
carrps And they say they,
anticipate better marks
because of those camps arnd
other helpful pre-test prepa-
ration strategies.
Archimedean Charter.
George Washington Carver
Middle and Herbert A.
Middle schools all ranked in
the top 20 in all of Flnrda
based on several factors
that include added paints'
deri, ed from the Florida
Comprehension Assess-
ment Test [FCATI. Assistant
Principal Christina Briz
at Arch-miinedean Charter
in West Klendall believes
their middle school kids
performed well because
of special factors includ-
inig implementing Satturday
school often referred to as
FC.VT Caimps At the camps..
teachers or n'. en cominunirt:,
leaders can volunteer on
Saturd..i0 or after school to
help studentst s with test-tak-
ing skills and FCAT practice

"We ha'.e had Saturda',
school to prepare for the
FCAT since the school first
opened 10 years ago," Brtz
said. "All of our students at-
tend and teachers volunteer.
If we need extra help, we go
to one of our board mem-
bers who is a college profes-
sor at Florida International
University or our I.T who is
a math teacher."
As an incentive Brit allows
teachers two personal days
for teaching at Saturday
school or for tutoring up to
half a dozen students dur-
ing teacher-planning days
to help kids prepare for the
state standardized exam.
"We have tutoring for
30 minutes every Monday
through Thursday during

school _hours." said Assis-
tant Principal Shelton Riv-
ers at George \Washington
Carver Middle school. Rivers
noted that the schoc'l's ad-
ministrators target students'
'.ae.knes'es, b, mon-itori, lg
each students' pre'-tous
FCAT scores. Can-er does
not haxe FCAT camps. bLit
"our advanced courses are
taulghit at a r-.-r: high le vel
and .ve meet the same aca-
demic criteria as all magnet
schools," Rivers said

But somretnimes it takes
more than FCAT camps to
help kids make the wrade.
Charles Drew Middle in
Liberty Cit, also a
magnet scl-hool- has held
its Saturday FCAT Camps
for the past several years.
Nonetheless, last year onl',
1.S percent of its. sixth grad-
ers scored at or abo'e math
l..ve-l Officials from Charles
Drew Middle were unable to
comment before -we went to
De.ui of Discipline Phaion
1Hicks at Edison Middle
School said he beheves it
v.ill take more than FCAT
canips for local inner city
schools to catch up to oi-r
suburban ,countc parts.
"There are a lot of differ -
ent va-riables that go into it
such as parental inivol'e-
ment but the- more co,'ntadct
*,ou have with rutoi-s arind
teachers the higher your
test scores will probably be."
he -'.aid
Thirty-tfouir percent of Edi-
son's 6th graders scored at
or abome rnath level in 201 1.
Hicks says Edison Mid-
dle does have Saturda,,
FCAT tutorring and he can
see small, but significant
improvements '.ithii the
student body. Miami Edison
has recently gone from a "D"
to a "C" school.
"I anticipate the test
scores looking better than
last year's and hopefully
our becoming a "B" school,"
Hicks added.




focus on



New effort aims

to improve scores
By Greg Toppo

New educational science standards due out Fri-
day give teachers hope that they can turn around
U.S. students' lackluster science performance.
The effort to boost science skills comes one day
after the federal government released findings
showing that eighth-graders' science scores were
nearly flat from 2009 to 2011.
The scores aren't the only bad news. Several
international comparisons over the past decade
have painted a bleak picture. In one, 15-year-olds

Eighth-grader work in science lab work.

ranked average among dozens of industrialized
nations in science, above the Czech Republic and
below Hungary.
"Science has been pushed into the background,
especially in elementary school," said Gerry
Wheeler, who heads the National Science Teach-
ers Association, one of four groups developing
the standards along with the National Research
Council, the American Association for the Ad-
vancement of Science (AAAS) and the school stan-
dards group Achieve.
The standards were written by science teach-
ers, scientists, engineers, state policy staffers and
business leaders. Twenty-six states have agreed
to help develop them. Wheeler and others hope
educators in all 50 states adopt the standards,
then develop assessments that push teachers to
take a more comprehensive approach to science.
"Schools are going to pay more attention to the
things that get tested," said George DeBoer of
Project 2061, a long-term effort by AAAS to im-
prove science education.
Test results from the 2011 National Assessment
of Educational Progress, released today, show
that eighth-graders' knowledge of basic science
rose, but only slightly, from 2009 to 2011. The
percentage of students rated "at or above profi-
cient" also rose slightly, from 30 percent to 32
Wheeler said the results were "no cause for
A physicist and former instructor at Montana
State University, Wheeler hopes the new stan-
dards, due in final form by the end of the year,
get families talking about science and technology
careers much as his family did after the launch
of the Soviet-era Sputnik satellite in 1957.
"My father was a milkman, and he said, 'You
don't have to carry milk bottles around,' Wheeler
The draft science standards are available online
at nextgenscience.org. The NAEP results are avail-
able online at nationsreportcard.gov.

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Home health care profits healthy

Caregiver overtime

under consideration
By Kelly Kennedy

A new report lists home health
care as one of the top five most
profitable franchises in the U.S.,
even as the industry fights new
Department of Labor rules call-
ing for mandatory overtime and
minimum wage requirements for
home health employees.
Franchise Business Review, a
market research firm, found that
the median amount paid for a
new franchise in 2012 was about
$66,000, and the "potential
return on investment is signifi-
cantly higher than many other
franchise businesses."
The company surveyed home
care owners two years ago and
found the fairly new industry
was growing fast, but this report,
company President Michelle
Rowan said, shows it's not just a
trend. "It's a very strong busi-
ness," she said. "It was neat to
come back two years later and
see that they're still performing
The surveys also showed owner

satisfaction was high.
"In senior care, they're more
involved in the day-to-day op-
erations," Rowan said. "That's
opposed to someone who owns a
fast-food franchise who might be
dealing with lower-end employ-
ees who make $10 an hour."

"I find it really hard to
reconcile that one of the
most profitable sectors is
pinching pennies when
it comes to workers.".
Dorie Seavey

Many home care givers are "do-
ing what they want to do for the
rest of their lives."
The survey, released last week,
showed top franchises grossed
$1 million or more, with gross
margins at 30 percent to 40 per-
cent. As a comparison, opening a
food or retail franchise can cost
$500,000 in initial investments
while operating with slim mar-
The report found owners kept
their costs low by operating
out of their homes, and that
the economy did not affect the

industry as much as others
because the number of seniors
needing care continues to grow.
Rowan said more families have
adults who both are employed,
so there's no one to stay home
with an aging parent.
Home care representatives
have appeared before Congress
to argue that overtime pay would
force them to charge seniors
more -, and that home care
workers already make minimum
wage and above.
One of the industry's leading
companies, Home Instead Senior
Care, spent at least $362,000 in
2011 fighting the proposal.
Sheila McMackin, president of
the National Private Duty Asso-
ciation, said her group has asked
the Labor Department to consid-
er that home care often includes
overnight care, and seniors won't
be able to afford that if workers
receive overtime.
And, she said, industry num-
bers have shown revenue growth
has gone down overall since
Net profits, she said, typically
average 12 percent to 15 percent.
New companies average first year
revenue of $248,000, she said.

But Dorie Seavey, director of
policy research at the Parapro-
fessional Healthcare Institute, an
employee training and advocacy
group, said that 15 states al-
ready require overtime payment
and minimum wage for home
health workers, and that the
businesses in those states are
still making a profit.
And, according to a 2009
National Private Duty Associa-
tion survey, businesses charge
clients twice as much as they
pay employees. She said there's
not enough overhead to justify
not paying employees more.
"I find it really hard to recon-
cile that one of the most profit-
able sectors is pinching pen-
nies when it comes to workers,"
Seavey said.
The Department of Labor re-
ceived 26,000 comments about
the proposed rules, three-quar-
ters of them positive, she said.
The department now will decide
if any changes need to be made
and then send the rules to the
Office of Management and Bud-
get, where the rules will be made
official. Seavey said she hopes
that will happen by the end of

Health care costs rising for retirees

Many Americans are

planning to work

well past age 65

By Christine Dugas

The golden years are losing
their luster as health care costs
continue to outpace income and
many Americans are not saving
for retirement.
Retiree health care costs have
increased an average 6% a
year since 2002, according to a
study by Fidelity Investments. A
65-year-old couple would need
$240,000 to cover medical ex-

penses during their retirement
years, it estimates. That amount
could eat up 35% of the couple's
annual Social Security benefit.
And it doesn't even include any
long-term care costs.
"Today's workers must under-
stand that the cost of health care
is expected to continue rising
significantly in future years," said
Brad Kimler, executive vice presi-
dent of.Fidelity's benefits consult-
ing business, in a release.
Even though American workers
are worried about rising health
care costs, that does not mean
they are preparing by saving
more for retirement. Nearly half of
Americans (49 percent) say they

are not contributing to any retire-
ment plan, according to a new
survey by LIMRA, an industry-
sponsored group. And 56 percent
of Gen Yers, ages 18 to 34, are
more likely to not be saving.
That's forcing many Americans
to plan to work beyond age 65.
"A number of clients have had
to postpone retirement simply
because of their health care cost,"
says Sheryl Garrett, a financial
planner at Garrett Planning Net-
work. "Continuing employment is
probably their best choice, as well
as staying as healthy as possible."
A quarter of middle-class Ameri-
cans even say they need to work
until 80 in order to live comfort-

ably in retirement, a November
2011 survey by Wells Fargo found.
Older Americans who have lost
their jobs are unemployed for lon-
ger periods of time. "I have some
friends who are about 70 and
, can't find jobs, and they're will-
ing to do anything," Garrett says.
"And they don't even have health
Many pre-retirees wrongly as-
sume that when they reach 65
and can apply for Medicare it will
cover most of their health care
expenses. But Medicare is not as
generous as most employer plans.
For example, Fidelity calculated
how the 65-year-old couple's
Please turn to RETIREES 18B

More sacrifice medical care as costs rise

Many postponing

medical care or

going without

By Donna Gehrke-White
Marni Jameson

One in four Floridians skipped
getting health care they needed be-
cause of cost, according to a report
released Tuesday from the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation.
That's up from less than 16 per-
cent in 2000, the foundation said.
Florida has the third-highest share
of residents whose medical needs
went unmet because of cost, the
report said.
Those without health insurance
were hard-hit, the report said. Al-
most a third of working-age South
Floridians went, without health
insurance in 2010, a record high
and well above the national aver-
age, U.S. census figures show.
The report "demonstrates how
profoundly a lack of insurance
translates into a lack of medical

care," said Dr. John Lumpkin, se-
nior vice president and director of
the Health Care Group at the Rob-
ert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In South Florida, residents put
off dental work and orthopedic
surgery, such as knee replace-
ments, said Linda Quick, presi-
dent of the South Florida Hospital
& Healthcare Association.
Nick Angelides of Fort Lauder-
dale said he had a toothache but
postponed seeing a dentist, figur-
ing it would cost $500 to $1,000.
"It wasn't very painful until it got
inflamed," he said.
When Angelides finally went to
the dentist, he ended up paying
$1,600 for a root canal and other
work. Luckily, he said he had a
CareCyedit card that allowed him
to pay off his dental work on in-
stallments in full without interest
- as long as he paid the bill on
Some seniors on Medicare are
scrimping on medication, said
Edith Lederberg, executive direc-
tor of the Aging and Disability Re-
source Center of Broward County.
"Medicare doesn't cover every-

The three

worst states
Percentage of people who
went without medical care
because of cost in 2010:








thing, especially medicine," she
said. "Even average people can't
completely afford medical care.
They've got to eat, pay rent and all
those other bills."
The report indicates that the
ability of Americans to get basic
health services declined in nearly
every state, especially among peo-
ple without insurance.
Researchers at the Urban Insti-
tute gathered data from Americans
ages 19 to 64 about how often they
had not had their medical needs
addressed because ofcost, as well
as whether they had had a routine
physical or dental visit in the past
year. The study covered 2000 to
Over that time, rates of unmet
medical needs rose in 42 states.
Meanwhile, the share of adults re-
ceiving routine check-ups fell in
37 states, and the share of those
who saw their dentist dropped in
29 states.
Floridians who lost health
coverage in the recession and
Medicaid patients are increasingly
turning to emergency rooms for
Please turn to COSTS 18B

States seek to maintain own school standards

continued from 15B

American Legislative Exchange
Council, a group of more than
2,000 state lawmakers and busi-
ness members who back limited
government and free markets,
among other conservative goals,
is set to vote on a resolution to
formally oppose the standards.
The resolution was passed by the
ALEC education task force in De-
cember.Model legislation often is
drafted from the group's resolu-
tions and taken by ALEC members
to their state legislatures.
Common Core evolved from a
drive by the National Governors
Association and the Council of
Chief State School Officers to de-
lineate world-class skills students
should possess. The standards,
created with funding from, among
others, the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, set detailed goals,
such as first graders should un-
derstand place values in math and

eighth graders should know the
Pythagorean Theorem.
"We brought the best minds
in the country together to create
international benchmarks that,
once mastered, would make our
students more competitive, glob-
ally," said Gene Wilhoit, executive
director of the Council of Chief
State School Officers. He said his
group has no plans to create na-
tional science standards.
As the standards were being de-
veloped, the Obama administra-
tion launched Race to the Top in
July 2009, which awarded points
to states that adopted "a common
set of K-12 standards" that are
"substantially identical across all
states in a consortium," according
to the grant's policies. The depart-
ment didn't specifically mention
Common Core, but it was the only
common set of standards being
As a result, most state's legisla-
tures or state boards of education
adopted Common Core.

The standards have yet to show
up in many classrooms as states
are just beginning to implement
them. But in Kentucky, where
Common Core rolled out this
school year, teachers are altering
instruction and searching for new
classroom reading materials.
Jahn Owens, a teacher in Ow-
ensboro, Ky., said the more rig-
orous standards require her to
teach her fifth-graders how to
multiply and divide fractions. Pre-
viously, that was taught in sixth
grade. First-grade teacher Heidi
Dees has added more nonfiction
books to her classroom.
"These standards take students
much deeper into the subjects
and force them to do more critical
thinking," Owens said. "It's been
hard work for the teachers be-
cause the implementation was so
quick, but we are now more pur-
poseful about student learning."
The Obama administration has
awarded more than $360 million
to two groups to create student

assessments aligned to Common
Wireless Generation, an educa-
tion-technology company owned
by News Corp., which also owns
The Wall Street Journal, recently
purchased Intel-Assess, a com-
pany that creates student assess-
ments aligned to Common Core.
Justin Hamilton, a spokesman
for the U.S. Department. of Edu-
cation, called Common Core a
"game changer" but said the ad-
ministration didn't force states
to adopt it. "A bipartisan group
of governors created these stan-
dards and states collectively ad-
opted them," he said.
But Emmett McGroarty, execu-
tive director of American Princi-
ples in Action, a conservative lob-
bying group that wrote the ALEC
resolution, said states were "herd-
ed" into adopting the standards
with no time to deliberate on their
worth. He called the standards
"mediocre" and costly to imple-


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MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 16-22, 2012


Graduates unable to fill

Hospitals try to

retain veterans
By Maria Sonnenberg

Yvonne Yacoub has been a
nurse for half a century.
Yacoub, 72, who has worked
at Cape Canaveral Hospital
here for 36 years, is decades
older than the 46-year-old
average age of employed reg-
istered nurses. Some veteran
nurses continue to work, but
many more have hung up the
scrubs for good or are count-
ing the days until retirement.
"In several years, we will see
many nurses semi-retire or
retire completely," said Bonnie
Rudolph, vice president/chief
nursing officer for Holmes
Regional Medical Center in
Melbourne, Fla., and Health
First's chief nursing officer.

"Nursing is a very physical
job, and many nurses cannot.
continue to stand, lift patients
and continue to work the re-
quired shifts."
As baby boomers age, the
need for nurses will increase.
Even though the number of
licensed registered nurses in
the United States has grown
from 1.7 million in 1980 to 3.1
million today, the total is not
enough to meet the expected
demand. Registered nurses
remain at the top of the list
when it comes to employment
growth, so hospital systems
are being proactive in trying to
retain older employees.
Recruiting more male nurs-
es, now only seven percent
of the work force, could help
ease the shortage.
Most male nurses, such as
baby boomer Jim Carberry, a
nurse supervisor in the inten-
sive care unit at Holmes, enter

S. -

Cordella Thorney, right, a veteran of the nursing profession,
works with Rebecca Madore, at Wuesthoff Hospital. While nurs-
ing schools are graduating highly skilled individuals, the experi-
ence of older workers is impossible to teach in a classroom.

the field as a second career.
Carberry was a respiratory

therapist for 20 years before
becoming a nurse.

irse shortage
"I wouldn't say it's harder to Registered nurse Rebecca
be a nurse today. It's just dif- Madore, 23 on her third day
ferent," Carberry said. on the job at Wuesthoff Medi-
"With so much specialty cal Center Rockledge, Fla.,
nursing, we all have had to acknowledges that the reality
learn so many new ways of of nursing can be daunting.
doing things," he said. "It's not "I learned a lot at school,
just one nurse doing all of a but it's totally different when
you're actually working the
"I know how impor- floor," she said.
tant my job is, and I Madore knew she wanted
consider it an honor to be a nurse since she was a
little girl, but for many of her
to care for patients colleagues, the profession is a
the way I would career, not a calling.
want my family to be "Each group's work ethic
taken care of." is different," said Suzanne
-Allison Rogers Woods, vice president and
chief nursing officer for Health
First's community hospital
patient's care in a day. It can division.
be several with special skills." "The veterans and baby
While nursing schools are boomers feel almost total re-
graduating highly skilled sponsibility for the workplace
individuals, the experience of and will come in on short no-
older workers is impossible to tice and cover difficult shifts.
teach in a classroom. Please turn to NURSES 18B

'Time' cover uncovers

a parenting taboo?


photo has some

'up in arms'

By Natalie DiBlasio

A Time magazine cover
story that shows a mother
breast-feeding her 3-year-
old son is drawing criti-
cism for breaking social
Jamie Lynne Grumet,
the 26-year-old Los Ange-
les mother pictured breast-
feeding on the cover of
Time magazine, spoke on

NBC's Today program this
"We knew exactly what
we were going to get into,"
Grumet says. "I do under-
stand why Time chose this
picture because ... it did
create such a media craze
to get the dialogue talking."
Grumet says breast-feed-
ing advocates are upset
about the cover because
the image does not "show
the nurturing side to at-
tachment parenting."
"This isn't the way we
breast-feed at home," she
said. "It's more of a nurtur-
ing, cradling situation."
Grumet says she plans

to breast-feed until Aram
self-weans, but she hopes
the fourth year will be the
final year. Grumet was
breast-fed by her own
mother until she was six.
"It's a big commitment
and its not right for every-
body," she says. "You need
to do what is best for your
baby and for your own
The story has drawn
many critics on social
media, and from noted
celebrities such as ac-
tress Alyssa Milano. The
controversy stems from
the graphic nature of the
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Drug that prevents HIV gets panel's OK


The Associated Press

The first drug shown to pre-
vent HIV infection won the en-
dorsement of a panel of U.S. fed-
eral advisers Thursday, clearing
the way for a landmark approval
in the 30-year fight against the
virus that causes AIDS.
In a series of votes, a Food and
Drug Administration advisory
panel recommended approval of
the daily pill Truvada for healthy
people who are at high risk of

contracting HIV, including
gay and bisexual men and
heterosexual couples with
one HIV-positive partner.
The FDA is not required
to follow the panel's
advice, though it usually
does. A decision is likely by
June 15.
Gilead Sciences, based
in Foster City, Calif.,
has marketed Tru-
vada since 2004 as
a treatment for

people who are infected with
mthe virus. The medication
is a combination of two
older HIV drugs, Emtriva
and Viread. Doctors usually
prescribe it as part of a drug
cocktail to repress the virus.
Although panelists ulti-
mately backed Truvada for
prevention, Thursday's
12-hour meeting high-
lighted a number of
concerns created by
the first drug to pre-

vent HIV. In particular, the panel
debated whether Truvada might
lead to reduced use of condoms,
the most reliable defense against
HIV. The panel also questioned
the drug's effectiveness in wom-
en, who have shown much lower
rates of protection in studies.
Panelists struggled to outline
steps that would ensure patients
take the pill every day. In clinical
trials, patients who didn't take
their medication diligently were
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Advisory panel: Give OK to new diet drug

Two obesity

treatments wait

FDA approval

By Nanci Hellmich

The diet drug choices avail-
able to desperate dieters may be
expanding soon.
A Food and Drug Administra-
tion advisory committee voted
(18 to 4) Thursday to recommend
approval of the new prescription
diet drug lorcaserin.
It marks the second obe-

sity drug this year that the FDA
advisory committee has recom-
mended for approval. The agency
often follows the panel's advice
but doesn't have to. If both get
the final green light, they could
become the first obesity drugs ap-
proved in more than a decade. A
decision on locaserin is expected
by or on June 27.
Locaserin works on brain chem-
istry to create a feeling of full-
ness. It is supposed to be used in
combination with a healthy diet
and exercise.
Patients who started the loca-
serin trials lost an average of five
percent of their weight; those who

completed the studies lost an av-
erage of eight percent, says com-
pany spokesman David Schull.
Another diet drug waiting for
possible FDA approval is Qnexa
(kyoo-NEK-suh) from Vivus. On
this medication, obese people
lost 10 percent of their weight in
combination with diet and exer-
cise. The agency will announce its
decision on Qnexa sometime on
or before July 17.
Locaserin was rejected by an
earlier FDA advisory panel in
2010 over safety concerns. The
advisory committee that met
Thursday discussed heart valve
concerns but decided that the

benefits of the drug outweighed
the risks.
"There is concern about heart
valve problems because of the
way the drug works, but the pre-
liminary trials show no increased
risk," says Abraham Thomas,
chairman of the second advisory
committee and an acting chair
of the first committee. Thomas is
head of endocrinology at Henry
Ford Hospital in Detroit. "But
there will need to be a larger
study to confirm that the drug is
Sidney Wolfe, director of the
health research group at Public
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Probiotics could

ease digestive

distress from


By Liz Szabo

Probiotics or live microorganisms intended to
boost health, such as the bacteria in some yogurts
- have become popular items in vitamin stores
and even many supermarkets. One of probiotics'
most popular uses is in preventing and treating
digestive problems.
A new analysis of 82 earlier studies finds that
probiotics have potential in alleviating the diarrhea
that afflicts about one-third of people treated with
antibiotic medications. Probiotics reduced the risk
of antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 42 percent,
according to the analysis in today's Journal of the
American Medical Association. Diarrhea is more
common with certain antibiotics, particularly at
high doses needed to treat serious infections.
Probiotics are sold as supplements at vitamin
stores and supermarkets. Other foods, such as
yogurts with active bacterial cultures, also market
themselves as probiotics.
But the new study provides little specific guid-
ance to patients or their doctors, says study
co-author Sydne Newberry, a nutritionist and
researcher for the Southern California Evidence-
Based Practice Center at the RAND Corp. in Santa
The studies she reviewed didn't provide enough
details such as the specific strain of bacteria
- for consumers to know exactly what to take
and how often, Newberry says. Scientists need to
conduct much more targeted clinical trials, testing
particular doses of individual probiotics against
one another, to give patients and their doctors bet-
ter guidance, she says.
But the study underscores the importance of
maintaining a proper balance of microbes in the
digestive tract, says Roshini Rajapaksa, a gastro-
enterologist at the NYU Langone Medical Center
who wasn't involved in the study. When people
take antibiotics, the drugs kill not only the bad
bacteria that cause illness but also the good mi-
crobes that help regulate the intestines, she says.
In the meantime, people should be careful about
what they buy, especially when considering pro-
biotics for children, says David Bernstein, chief of
hepatology at North Shore University Hospital in
Manhasset, N.Y.
Though foods such as yogurts are safe, probiot-
ics could pose risks for children with weak im-
mune systems, those who are chronically debili-
tated or those who are seriously ill, the American
Academy of Pediatrics says. In rare cases, probi-
otics are associated with dangerous bloodstream
Dietary supplements such as probiotics are not
approved by the government for safety and effec-
tiveness before they are marketed, the Food and
Drug Administration says.

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Childhood obesity needs more aggressive attention

By Judith Graham

Part II

Jeffrey Koplan, former head
of the CDC and vice president
for global health at Emory Uni-
versity in Atlanta, remembers
smoking a pipe while writing
up patient notes at a presti-
gious New York hospital in the
1970s. (He gave up the habit
more than 30 years ago.)
Today, that would be incon-
ceivable: Smoking rates have
been cut by more than half, in-
tolerance of smoking in public
places is widespread, and anti-
smoking policies are in place

at hospitals, workplaces and
venues across the country.
Koplan is convinced the same
shift in social norms is called
for and achievable when
it comes to childhood obesity.
"Our (eating and physical ac-
tivity) tastes, our preferences
and our behaviors are learned
and can be changed," he said.
It isn't going to be easy and it
isn't going to be fast, but "we're
dealing with a population that
would like to be thinner and
that works in our favor," he

"Tobacco we can get rid of
entirely. We don't need it. It

has no intrinsic value. But we
have to eat to live and make
terms with food as the ene-
my," said David Katz, director
of Yale University's Prevention
Research Center.
That makes curbing child-
hood obesity a 'much more
complicated issue than to-
bacco use, Katz and other ex-
perts agree. The message to
kids and their families can't be
"stop, don't do this," which is
clear and easy to understand.
Instead it has to be "make good
choices, do this in moderation,
set boundaries," a message
that is considerably more dif-
ficult to convey.
Our biology works against us
Throughout most of history,

humans lived in an environ-
ment where food was scarce
and hard to get. As a result,
we're primed, biologically, to
eat food when it's available
and "we're very good at storing
calories and defending calories
once we've got them," said Ste-
phen Daniels, chair of the de-
partment of pediatrics at the
University of Colorado School
of Medicine. "In some ways,
you could say that our biology
is our own worst enemy when
it comes to being overweight or
While smoking is highly ad-
dictive, the biological respons-
es attached to eating food are
even more deeply rooted in hu-
man evolution, Katz and other

experts said.

People's self-image is inti-
mately associated with their
body weight in a way that isn't
true of smoking.
"When you talk to kids who
are excessively heavy and
break through their protective
shells, what you find is that
they feel terrible about their
weight they feel in many
ways that they've failed," Dan-
iels said.
"Obesity is seen as a pejora-
tive term that people don't con-
nect with. They think 'I'm just
30 or 40 pounds overweight,
but I'm not obese,' said Dietz

of the CDC. That suggests the
entire way of talking about the
issue may need to be reframed
before personal and social
change becomes possible, he

Tobacco is a single sub-
stance, with a limited set of
companies that produce ciga-
rettes and related products.
By contrast, the food and
beverage industry is enor-
mous and makes a huge ar-
ray of goods that extend into
every home, restaurant, con-
venience store and grocery
store in America. "That makes
Please turn to OBESITY 19B

Depression at higher risk of sleepwalking

By Janice Lloyd

To sleep, perchance to
sleepwalk, ah, that is not un-
usual after all, according to a
study in Neurology.
People with depression
were 3.5 times more likely to
sleepwalk, according to the
Sponsored Links
About 8.5 million adults
in the USA have experienced
nighttime wanderings and
those with sleep apneas and
psychiatric disorders, depres-
sion or obsessive compulsive
disorders are at higher risk,

says the study of 19,136
Americans ages 18 and older.
Antidepressants,. over-the-
counter sleeping pills and cer-
tain other medications can in-
crease the risk, but they bring
on events in people with a his-
tory of sleepwalking.
"I would like to correct the
impression that this phe-
nomenon is rare," says study
author Maurice Ohayon,
professor of psychiatry and
behavioral sciences at the
Stanford Sleep Epidemiology
Research Center. "This is a
huge number of people."
Participants were asked

in telephone surveys about
their sleeping habits, gen-
eral health, medications and
mental disorders. People who
wandered at night at least
once during the year were
more likely to have a family
history of sleepwalking and
they often tread on quality
sleep for household members.
Ohayon says that's how most
of them reported knowing of
their somnambulism.
"Their partners will wake up
in the morning and tell them
about it," Ohayon says. "It can
be very disruptive to others,
while the person walking at

night can be quite unaware."
Ohayon says this is the first
study to determine how many
somnambulists exist, how
often they wander and why.
Men and women both experi-
ence it at the same frequency.
Other findings:
Lifetime prevalence is 30
percent of all participants.
Among those, 3.6 percent
reported sleepwalking at least
once in the past year.
2.6 percent had between
one and 12 episodes in the
past year.
one percent reported two
or more episodes in a month.

Breast-feeding cover offensive to some

continued from 17B

photo, and from concern from
some that the child in the pic-
ture is too old to be breast-
Milano tweeted that she feels
the cover "is exploitive and ex-
"You missed the mark," the
actress wrote. "You're sup-
posed to be making it easier for
breastfeeding moms."
The picture on the Time cover
shows a 3-year-old boy stand-

ing on a chair to nurse on his
mother's exposed breast.
Parenting expert Joani Gelt-
man says she isn't surprised
that people are upset about the
"People have an issue with
nursing in public anyway, even
with an infant. Here they add a
three-year-old child when most
children are weaned between
6 months and a year," Gelt-
man says. "People are up in
arms simply because it depicts
such an intimate act between a
mother and child."

The cover story is about "at-
tachment parenting" a trend
that, Time reports, has been on
the rise over the past two de-
Attachment parenting in-
cludes extended breast-feed-
ing, co-sleeping and "baby
wearing," in which infants are
physically attached to their
parents by slings.
"To me, the whole point of a
magazine cover is to get your
attention," Time's managing
editor, Rick Stengel, said in an
interview with Forbes. "From

the moment that we started
talking about this story as a
cover possibility, it was like I
couldn't get out of the meet-
ings. There was so much opin-
ion and passion about it and
discussion. What that told me
is, boy, this is a story that peo-
ple care a lot about."
Stengel said he hopes stores
don't cover the magazine or re-
fuse to carry it altogether.
"I would hope they wouldn't
cover it up in any way," Stengel
says. "It's certainly a possibil-

Company's Bible stirs religious controversy

continued from 14B

publish any disputed materi-
als until after the WEA panel
issues its findings.
Creson said that in some cas-
es, what are known to scholars
as the "divine familial terms"
- God the Father and the Son
of God don't make sense in
translation in some cultures.
Islamic teaching, for example,
rejects the notion that God
could be involved in a relation-
ship similar to a human fam-
ily, and Creson argues that
people in such cultures might
be immediately put off by those
"Translation is a very labori-

ous process, because you have
to understand the culture of
the community, and you don't
understand that overnight," he
Houssney, along with other
critics on the Biblical Missiolo-
gy website, helped launch a pe-
tition online calling on Wycliffe
to drop the disputed transla-
The Most Rev. John Har-
rower, Anglican bishop of Tas-
mania, was an early signatory
of the petition. He argues the
inaccurate translations make
missionary work more difficult
in the very communities where
they're used.
"Changing fundamental
words of Scripture such as

'father' and 'son' will also fuel
the Muslim claim that the Bi-
ble is corrupted, full of errors
and has been abrogated by the
Quran and example of Muham-
mad," he wrote in an email.
For critics like Houssney, the
changes aren't simply a matter
of word choice, but theological
"God says, 'This is my Son,'
and we can't put other words
in his mouth," he said.
The issue is at least partly
philosophical, something that's
long been an issue when it
comes to presenting the Bible
in new languages.
Wycliffe, which is involved in
more than 1,500 Bible trans-
lation programs in roughly 90

countries, generally prefers a
method known as "dynamic
equivalent translation," Creson
said, in which a literal, word-
for-word approach is less im-
portant than conveying the es-
sential meaning of a text.
"If you've got a culture that
doesn't have sheep, and you
want to translate the word
"sheep,' you either explain
sheep or you find an equivalent
term," Creson said.
The other major approach
is generally known as "formal
equivalent translation," said
Timothy Beal, a professor of re-
ligion at Case Western Reserve
University. That approach that
strives for as close to a literal
match as possible.

Demand for nurses on the rise in some cities

continued from 17B

This has always been their
practice. The Gen X and Mil-
lenniums are more cognizant
of home-and-life balance and
strive to keep this in check."
Each generation also brings
different skills, all needed to
best serve patients.
"The younger nurses are
very technologically ad-

vanced, but the older nurses
are more connected with the
patients," said Rosemary Wal-
ter, director of the medical/
surgical unit at Wuesthoff in
Technological savvy, a given
for new nursing grads and
necessary for survival in the
health care field today, can
be difficult for older nurses to
"I feel we have an advantage

over older generations in the
new advancements of paper-
less systems, computer chart-
ing and the new diagnostics,"
said Michele McCray Miller,
26. "Throughout nursing
school, we were constantly
using simulated mannequins,
computer programs and other
electronic devices to master
skills such as NG (nasogas-
tric) tubes, catheters and IV
skills. Older generations were

not as lucky to have those re-
sources in the classroom."
Allison Rogers has been a
nurse for two years. Rogers'
mother was a nurse. This
member of Generation X had
no doubts about her career
"I know how important my
job is, and I consider it an
honor to care for patients the
way I would want my family to
be taken care of," Rogers said.

Health costs keep rising

continued from 16B

$240,000 health care costs
would .be spent:
23 percent for out-of-pocket
costs for prescription drugs.
32 percent for Medicare
supplemental insurance.
45 percent for out-of-pocket
expenses, such as co-pays, co-
insurance and deductibles.
"This sheds a lot of light, be-
cause for many Americans, So-
cial Security is a primary source
of their income in retirement
and they probably don't real-
ize what a large percentage of

it could go just for their health
care services," Sunit Patel, se-
nior vice president in Fidelity's
benefits consulting business,
Americans need to take a
harsh look at their retirement
future and their options. In ad-
dition to saving more and work-
ing longer, they also may have
to spend less.
"They may need to cut back
expenditures in some other
category," Patel says. "If health
care went up six percent but
their income only went up by
two percent, they have to make
up that gap somehow."

Will new pill cure obesity?

continued from 17B

Citizen, a consumer group,
says he plans "a very strong
letter" to the FDA advising
the agency not to approve
this drug. "We've already had
a weight-reduction drug (fen-
fluramine) taken off the mar-
ket because it damaged heart
valves, and it would seem
reckless of the FDA to vote to

approve another drug when
there is concern about heart
valve damage."
But given the nation's obe-
sity crisis, with 42 percent of
adults projected to be obese by
2030, "There's a crying need
for more obesity medication,"
says Patrick O'Neil, president
of the Obesity Society, a group
of weight-control researchers.
"No single medication is going
to be the answer ..."

New HIV drugs approved

continued from 17B

not protected, and patients in
the real world are even more
likely to forget.
"The trouble is adherence,
but I don't think it's our
charge to judge whether people
will take the medicine," said
Tom Giordano of Baylor College
of Medicine, who voted for the
drug. "I think our charge is to
judge whether it works when
it's taken and whether the risks
outweigh the benefits."
Panelists stressed that peo-
ple should be tested to make
sure they don't have HIV before
starting therapy with Truvada.
Patients who already have the

virus and begin taking Truvada
could develop a resistance to
the drug, making their disease
even more difficult to treat. The
experts grappled with how to
protect patients while avoiding
hurdles that could discourage
them from seeking treatment.
"If we put up too many hoops
to jump through, there will
be people who don't make it
through those hoops," said
Daniel Raymond, the panel's
patient representative.
Truvada first made headlines
in 2010, when government re-
searchers showed it could pre-
vent people from contracting
An estimated 1.2 million
Americans have HIV, which de-

Medical care remains costly

continued fro 16B

dental care, driving up costs for
the uninsured and taxpayers,
according to a study by the
Florida Oral Health Coalition.
More than 115,000 people
went to the hospital last year
for dental care that could have
been prevented or done at a
much lower cost in a dentist's
office, the coalition found.
That's up nine percent since
2008. More than 15,500 of them
were children.
"Even people who have medical
insurance don't necessarily have

dental insurance," said Quick,
of the healthcare association.
South Miami dentist Stanley
Krugman said fewer patients
are coming in. "Everyone is
struggling," he said.
"Medical care, especially for
adults, takes a back seat," said
Erin Gillespie, spokeswoman
for the Florida Department of
Children & Families.
Parents will pay for their
children's care first, she said.
Children in many struggling
families qualify for Medicaid,
which in Florida also provides
for the disabled and elderly
poor, Gillespie said.

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FDA panel favors arena obesity drug

By Thomas M. Burton

A Food and Drug Administra-
tion advisory committee recom-
mended on Thur-z.i ai, che agency
approve a drug to treat obesity,
the second time this year agen-
cy advisors have backed a fat-
fighting medication.
Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc.
ARNA -8.32 percent makes the
drug, called lorcaserin. The ad-
visory committee voted 18-4,
with one abstention, that the
weight-loss benefits of the med-
ication outweigh any possible
risk. Research showed signs the
medicine might be linked to a
small risk of cancer and heart-
valve disease.
Lorcaserin is the latest in a
group of possible new obesity
drugs that the FDA could al-
low on the market after years
in which no new obesity medi-

cations had been approved. In
February, an advisory commit-
tee recommended the agency
approve Vivus Inc.'s VVUS -0.08
percent Qnexa drug for weight
loss. The agency hasn't acted on
it yet.
Lorcaserin was rejected in
2010 by the federal agency,

rado professor Daniel Bessesen,
who voted for approval. But, he
said, "we have almost no thera-
peutic options" for obesity.
This time, the company pre-
sented the FDA panel with in-
formation showing that 38 per-
cent of patients on the drug had
weight loss of five percent or

contended the cancer effect
was "rat-specific," not likely
meaningful in humans, and
that evidence "mitigates hu-
man risk."
Kate Ryan, program coordi-
nator of the National Women's
Health Network, said the re-
cent Arena research "doesn't
resolve the picture when it
comes to effectiveness," and
that questions about the drug's
safety remain unanswered.
Companies are required to
present data about possible
cancer and heart-valve risk in
obesity drugs in part because
of problems with other weight-
loss drugs. The medicines fen-
fluramine and dexfenfluramine,
marketed under names includ-
ing Pondimin and Redux, were
removed from the U.S. market
in 1997 after they were linked
to heart-valve disease.

which cited "modest weight loss"
and concerns about a study that
linked the drug to mammary tu-
mors in rats. Arena returned to
the FDA with new data.
The drug provides "a modest
weight loss, and it's not what
we would like," said committee
member and University of Colo-

more in a year, compared with
16 percent of patients on a pla-
Overall, neither Arena nor
the FDA officials who testified
presented data that were de-
finitive about safety concerns.
Dr. William R. Shanahan Jr., a
senior vice president at Arena,

Obesity forces us to choose healthier meals

continued from 18B

the (struggle against childhood
obesity) much more difficult
than the fight against tobacco,"
Dietz said.

The American public was
alarmed when it learned that
the cigarette smoke that non-
smokers breathed in airplanes,
bars and restaurants was dan-
gerous, and that no amount of
second-hand smoke was safe.
"The notion that my behavior
as a smoker can have an effect
on you and can make you sick
was critically important in ac-
celerating people's intolerance of
smoking and their willingness to
see the government take action,"
said Michael Eriksen, director of
the Institute of Public Health at

Georgia State University.
There is no equivalent in the
fight against obesity. "Your be-
ing obese does not affect me in
the same direct way," Eriksen
The best argument might be
that obesity consumes enor-
mous health care resources,
driving up the cost of medical
care for everyone, suggested
Robert Lustig, a professor of
pediatrics and director of the
Weight Assessment for Teen
and Child Health Program at
the University of California-San
Francisco. But others think that
is too abstract and will never
yield the same sense of personal
outrage that the second-hand
smoke issue created.

In the anti-tobacco fight, to-
bacco companies were painted

as an enemy willing to lie and
manipulate the American public
for the sake of profits. In turn,
the demonization of Big Tobac-
co made possible by bitterly
fought lawsuits and the release
of thousands of company docu-
ments cultivated a common
sense of threat.
By contrast, public health
advocates aren't willing to turn
food and beverage into enemies
in the fight against obesity.
"With obesity (as compared to
tobacco), there's a much more
nuanced relationship with in-
dustry," said James Marks, di-
rector of the health group at the
Robert Wood Johnson Founda-
tion. Food and beverage manu-
facturers, restaurants, and gro-
cery stores all have -a vital role
to play in making healthier food
more widely available, he noted.
"We can't regulate our way out
of this," said Jeff Levi, executive

director of the Trust for Ameri-
ca's Health. "We need to work
with industry cooperatively to
help change consumers' tastes
and habits."
Others are much less certain
that the food and beverage in-
dustry can be trusted to be help-
ful partners.
"Some companies are making
huge profits off obesity," said
Stan Dorn, a senior fellow at the
Urban Institute, a public policy
research center in Washington,
D.C., "and I worry that people
who are focused on anti-obesi-
ty strategies aren't being tough
enough on them."
Kaiser Health News is an edi-
torially independent program
of the Henry J. Kaiser Family
Foundation, a non-profit, non-
partisan health policy research
and communication organiza-
tion not affiliated with Kaiser

Zion Hope M.B. Church

Seventh pastoral anniversary

Reverend Dr. Edward
Mitchell's Seventh Pastoral
Anniversary. will be held at
Zion Hope Missionary Bap-
tist Church, of Miami, Inc,
5129 NW 17 Avenue, Mi-
ami, May 21-27, all nightly
services began at 7:30 pm.
May 21, Rev. Marvin Mc-
Intyre; May 22, Rev. Paul
Kelly; May 23, Rev. Dr. An-
thony Tate; May 24, Rev.
Randy Hicks; May 25, Rev.
Barbara Boyce; May 27,
Rev. John Floyd at 11 am
and on May 27 the Climax
Service will be at 4 pm with
Rev. Kenneth McGhee.
For more information,
please call 786-541-3687.


The grandson of Simeon
Humes Jr., formally of Browns-
ville, signed a letter of intent
in February to play football for
Saint Augustine College, locat-
ed in Raleigh, North Carolina.
He has been granted a four
year athletic scholarship by the
institution. Two other schools
were also interested.
Sharif also received recogni-
tion as a high school wrestler
at the state tournament held in
Greensboro, North Carolina.
He sends his love and regards


to all the family in the Miami

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1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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2300 N.W. 135th Street

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astor Douglas Cook, Sr.

19B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 16-22, 2012


20B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 16-22, 2012


LAMON B. BROOKS, 81, retired
died May 9 at V.
A. Hospital.
daughter, Tonia Bf
"Lynn" Brooks;
son, Andra
Brooks ;
grandsons, Bryan Brooks, Jr. and
Trenton Brooks; great
granddaughter, Bryana Brooks.
Viewing 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday,
May 18 at Range Funeral Home.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New
Birth Baptist Church.

teacher "for
Dade County
Public Schools,
died May 11.
include: her son,
Charles F.
mother, Elodia Preston; brother,
Clyde E. Preston (Marva) and a
host of other relatives and friends.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday at First
Baptist Church of Bunche Park.

retired mail
carrier for
United States
Postal Service,
died May 10.
include: his wife, .
Flore ncee
M o n c u r ; :-.. '
Margaret Rose Moncur, Robin
Glenese Moncur; grandson,
Lemuel Renard Moncur (Deanna);
great granddaughter, Kai Moncur
and a host of other relatives and
friends. Litany service 6:30 a.m.,
Wednesday at Church of The
Incarnation. Service 11 a.m., at the

96, homemaker,
died May 11.
Surviv orss
include: her
dau g h terss,
DoLores S.
(James) and
Carolyn J.
Smith; sons, Charles
Wright(Catherine), and Kenneth
Wright (Linda); 15 grandchildren;
12 great-grandchildren; one great-
great grandchild; 'companion, Mr.
Billy Lomas and a host of other
relatives and friends. Viewing at
Range Funeral Home 4-8 p.m.,
Friday. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at 93rd Street Community M. B.

homemaker, died May 8 at North
Shore Hospital. Service 12:30
p.m., Wednesday at Bethany
Seventh Day Adventist Church.

THOMPSON, 90, retired, died May
6. Service 2 p.m., Saturday in the

house clerk,
died May 7 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the -

CHARLES E. BASS, 57, opera-
tions rep. died May 11 at Jackson
South Community Hospital. Ser-
vice will be held in Fort Myers, FL.

Eric L. Wilson

10 in Pembroke
Pihes. Service
2 p.m., Saturday
at House of God
Miracle Revival


Nakia Ingraham
JASON WISDOM, 33, died May
5. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Hallelujah Worship Center.

Hadley Davis
died May 11
at Hialeah
Arrangements i
are incomplete.

FINCHER, 23, .
warehouse .
w o r k er
died May 6.
Survivors: :
fiance, Yearnett
Brown; father,
Jean Fulton
Fincher; mother,
Patricia Barrett Wilcox; brothers,
Calvin Wilcox Ill and Marshall
Upson of West Palm Beach, FL;
sisters, Brantaysha and Aaliyah
Wilcox, Moniquye Fluker of Atlanta,
GA; grandmothers, Margie Barrett
and Daisy Davidson. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at Bethel AME
of Hialeah 2275 West 5thWay
Hialeah, FL 33010.

setter, died May -
5 at Jackson- '
North Hospital. .,
Arrangements -
are incomplete. ,''

worker, died
May 10 at Home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday at
New Providence
Baptist Church.

died May 9
at Aventura
Hospital .
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at St.
James AME.

Alfonso M. Richardson
79, retired 35
year Dade
County Public
School Teacher,
died May 9 at
Kindred Hospital
of Hollywood. 3..
Survived by: ,
husband, Willie
James King; daughter, Kesha
Bush; sons Joey and Dwayne
King; brothers, Earnest, Joseph
and Issac Cogdell Jr., and sister,
Thelma Brown. Viewing 5-8 p.m.,
Friday in the chapel. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at New Shiloh
Missionary Baptist Church.

died May 7 at
home. Survived
by: mother,
Linda Stephens;
children, Torrey
Jr., Shantorria
and Shacarria;
sister, Jada
Stephens; brother, Vincent Jr.,;
grandmother, Evelyn Cooper
and grand father, Jimmie Harris.
Viewing 5-8 p.m., Friday at
Mizell Kurtz Funeral Home in
Ft. Lauderdale. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New Mount Olive
Church, 400 NW 9 Street, Ft.

Wright and Young

COOPER, 93, "RITA," 55
Dade County
School Board,

at Aventura
Service 1 p.m.,
SSaturday at
Good News
Little River Baptist, 495 NW 77
Street Miami, FI 33150.


Hall Ferguson I
died May 10
in Jackson
North Hospital.
being taken -
care of by Hall
Ferguson and
Hewitt. Service 1p.m., F
James A.M.E. Church,
65 Street.

51, caregiver,
died May 5
in Jackson
Hospital .
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at St.
Matthews MBC.


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JR., 41, self-
laborer and D.J.,
died May 8 in
Miami Gardens.
Surviv orss
include: wife,
Portia; sons,
Andre and
S Emmett III; daughter, Trenitty;
tt step-daughter, Danielle. Viewing
10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, May 18 at
80, Wright and Young Funeral Home.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday at Bethel
Apostolic Temple, 1855 NW 119
St., Miami.

73, electronics

t / technician ,
'- died May 12
at home. She
riday at St. is survived by
1845 NW three daughters,
Barbara Anne
Fussell, Marilyn
PATRICIA E. Killings and
Seniko C. Killings; four sons,
James Killings, Jr., Anthony B.
Killings, Phillip G. Fussell, Frederic
R. Killings; grand and great
grandchildren. Viewing 10 a.m.-7
p.m. and the Wake 6 p.m.-8 p.m.,
Thursday atthe church. Homegoing
Bservice 2 p.m., Friday at New Birth
Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith

LARUE GARLAND, 73, retired
nurse, died %" ,
May 12 at North
Shore Hospital,
Survived by:
Keith Moss,
Sheila, Jeffery,

and Eugene
Garland ;
proceeding by death. Viewing at
Hall and Ferguson Funeral Home
1- 8 p.m., Friday May 18. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at Mount Tabour
Baptist Church.

died May 12.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
Baptist Church.


DENISE R. DAVIS, 64, regis-
tered nurse, died May 6 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

LARA, 87, seamstress, died May 3
at home. Private service with family
and friends.

DAVID KATZMAN, 50, cook,
died May 5. Private service with
family and friends.

retired truck driver, died May 4.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday in the

31, cashier, died May 9. Service 3
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.



4:30 P.M., TUESDAY

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

07/19/1941 05/10/2011

We cannot believe its been
a year since our heavenly Fa-
ther called you home. There's
not a day that goes by that we
don't think of you.
Our love for you will always
remain in our hearts.
Your father, sisters, the rest
of your family and friends.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,
fT'r N..I-1- -1.te -,

,'f '. / : '

:^ .1,


would like to take this time to
thank each and everyone who
assisted us in marking counni-
butions, prayers and all other
acts of kindness shown dur-
ing our time of bereavement.
We are truly grateful.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

05/20/1915 05/26/2002

Dear Mom,
On your 97th natal day, and
the 10th anniversary of your
death, Nothing can ever take
away the love, a heart loves
Fond memories linger every
day, a remembrance keeps
them near.
We love and miss you.
Your family.


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These notices include:
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Stacy Robinson, 50, wide

receiver for the Giants

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Stacy IRob-
inson, a wide receiver who won
two Super Bowls with the New
York Giants before working
with the players' union, has
died after a battle with cancer.
He was 50.
"We are deeply saddened
by the passing of Stacy Rob-
inson," Giants co-owner John
Mara said in announcing the
death late Tuesday. "He was a
good man who was loved and
respected by his teammates
and everyone in this organi-
zation. His work on behalf of
the players association was of
great benefit to many players.
He will be missed. His family is
in our thoughts and prayers."
The Giants did not release a
cause or place of death. Robin-
son, who was born in St. Paul,
Minn., was diagnosed with
cancer in 2009, according to
a family statement posted on
the caringbridge.org hospice
site. He underwent chemo-
therapy, a stem cell transplant
and a bone marrow transplant
provided by his son, Stacy,
but entered hospice care on
May 3.
Robinson played all six of
his NFL seasons for the Gi-
ants after he was drafted 46th
overall out of North Dakota
State in 1985. Just 5-foot-11
with blazing speed, he wasn't
unlike another receiver on the
roster, Phil McConkey.
The lion's share of Robin-
son's 48 career receptions
came in his second and best
season, when he finished with
29 catches for 494 yards. His
careers totals were modest -
749 yards and seven touch-
downs in 43 games but he
did have three catches for 62
yards in New York's Super
Bowl win over the Broncos
and won another champion-
ship with the Giants in the
1991 Super Bowl.
Robinson retired six months
later even after his agent was
working out a one-year deal
for $275,000.
"I really don't have the desire
anymore," he told The New
York Times. "I wish I could
have taken that zest I had the
last two or three years."
He was just 29, but didn't
want to go through the "appre-

hension" of training camp and
wanted to complete the final
requirements for a master's
degree in business adminis-
tration from Fairleigh Dickin-
"I could get a job next week if
I wanted to," he said. "I'm go-
ing to take my time.
He worked in recent years
for the NFL Players Associa-
tion, overseeing steroids and
drug policy issues and includ-

ing a stint as director of player
"Stacy Robinson mentored
and supported countless NFL
players and helped me transi-
tion into the NFLPA," tweeted
George Atallah, a spokesman
for the players' union. "A friend
to many. I'll miss him dearly."
Robinson was on the North
Dakota State team that won
the 1983 Division II nation-
al championship. In all, he
played in 31 games, catching
88 passes for 1,626 yards and
13 touchdowns for the Bison.
Robinson was in the final
year of a three-year term with
the North Dakota State Alumni
Association Board of Directors
and was selected to serve an-
other three-year term, accord-
ing to The Forum newspaper.
A battle with cancer, he had
told fellow board members,
gave him a different perspec-
tive on life and that he was go-
ing to make NDSU a priority.
"So young, such a wonderful
man," former teammate Mike
Favor told The Forum. "An in-
credible Bison."
Funeral details were not dis-
closed. According to the car-
ingbridge.org site, survivors
include his wife, Nadine and
three sons.

Memorial service for Minister Allen
The 23rd life celebration
memorial service for Minis-
ter Shahmaal D'Angelo will be
held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 26
at Peaceful Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 2400 NW 68 -
Street, Miami, Fla. T
Reverend Dr. C.P. Preston is
the pastor/teacher.
Sons of The House of the late
Reverend Dr. Arthur Jackson,
Jr., are welcome to attend.
Minister Allen was a past
musician and organist for Mt.
Aaron MBC and New Macedo-
nia MBC.
Parents, Minister Bobby and
Sister Iris Allen.
Wright and Young is in charge
of the memorial service. SHAHMNIAAL D. ALLEN

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Show inspired by one woman's te women ri, seeral
runway scenes that
personal experiences are actuaI part' t f
a larger play that V
By D. Kevin McNeir hopes to build self-
k .I,. Ir''Il. i 'l ;t111 _1..1 /i. '.... *'i esteem in plu s-size
girls. women and
When "Color Me Thick" takes to the stake next even -en. COPPADON BYRD
Sunday, May. 20th at the Joseph Caleb Audito- "- once did com-
r:ium in Liberty City. it v. ill feature ,30 women mercials and modeling gigs and rocked it in a
ranging in age from IS tr, 50-,,ears-old v.ho have size eight but I picked up a. lot of weight after
at least one thine in cormmon they are all plusI- having three children." said Passion "'P-Sa"
size sisters The unique production w,.ill shov.case Please turn to COLOR ME THICK 2C

The women of

"Color Me Thick"

Bobby Brown:

New album



By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
41 %S'c..nthd Prc

Bobby Brow n says it took him a long time to come
out with a new album because he s spent so much
time try ing to get his life on track.
Now on tour with bandmates New Edition. Bro%%n
says he's ready to return to his solo career %with the
album "N'asterpiece," due out June 5.
'It's what i've been through throughout my life,
and just trying to heal myself through my
music," the 43-year-old singer said
in a recent interview% .
"Masterpiece" is Brown's first
album in 14 years. He w.as a
multiplatinum star with New
Edition and later developed
his solo career. But his
%1ell-documented battle
.with drugs and his legal
.oes led to his musi-
cal decline. His tur-
bulent marriage to
Whitnev Houston
further eroded
is image.
In a recent
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'Battleship' premiere

By Andrea Mandell

When: Thursday night
Where: Nokia Theater L.A. Live, Los
Who: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skars-
gird, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadan-
obu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Jesse
Plemons, Col. Gregory D. Gadson, Rico Mc-
Clinton, Adrian Bellani, Stephen C. Bishop
and Liam Neeson; director/producer Peter
Game on: Your childhood recollections
of Battleship are about to be invaded by
a lethal alien force. What can you expect
from the silver screen version of the popu-
lar game (out May 18)? Classic war strat-
egy used against an entirely new species,
with a healthy dose of hot celebs getting in
on the action. Most stars on Battleship's
blue carpet had fond memories of playing
the board game. Decker played "a little
bit of Battleship but mostly Scrabble and
Monopoly. I'm still pretty good," she said.
Kitsch said as a kid he, too, loved Mo-
nopoly and still does. "I like Monopoly on
the iPad. I play that on these tours (around
the world)." Skarsgard had a different
go-to game. "I liked Trivial Pursuit as a
kid," he said. Meanwhile, Malin Akerman,
who came out to support pals Kitsch and
Skarsgard, admitted defeat at Battleship.
"I was horrible at it," she said. "I was into
Around the world in ... two big movies:
"It's a whirlwind," said Kitsch, of promoting
two big international movies, John Carter
and Battleship, back to back. "But I love it.
I'm excited to work again." His plans this

summer? "I'm sleeping for a r-ont h and
then I'm going to prep for the Lone
Survivor (also to be helmed by Berg.
who last directed Kitsch in the hiit
show Friday Night Lights. Berg in-
troduced Kitsch prior to the Battle-
ship screening as "like my little
brother, our star, our anchor. '
So. did doing two back-to-back
,movies about aliens make Kitsch
a believer in extraterrestrial hli'- :
"I did before and I even more so do or
believe now," the actor said with a
Busy Brooklyn: While Riha nrna's
been busy balancing promot-
ing her new album and her first
foray into acting, Decker, too, has
been serving double-duty. The
model-turned-actress is currently
promoting two films: Battleship
Sand What to Expect When You' re
Expecting (also due May 18).
What was tougher for Decker
(who is married to tennis player
Andy Roddick) battling aliens
or donning a prosthetic baby
bump? "There's something
hard about hiking in the
Hawaiian mountains with a
gun strapped to your back
when it's pouring down rain
and you're supposed to be
fighting aliens," she said.
"It's a little bit more tough.
The baby bump was a breeze.
Walking in a baby bump, you
get used to it quite quickly."
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Viola Davis in 'Won't Back Down'

Star says the classroom drama is ..

her first official leading role .

By Susan Wloszczyna

Viola Davis is influential.
Or so Time magazine has de-
clared by placing her on a list.
of 100 people in the world who
share that quality. But she's
not buying it.
"Oh, Lord," says the actress,
46, calling from the New Or-
leans set of Ender's Game, a
sci-fi film due next year. "Tell
my family that."
At the very least, the honor
is more than justified by Da-
vis' r6sum6, which will soon
include Won't Back Down, her
follow-up to her Oscar-nom-
inated role as a quietly rebel-
lious maid in the civil-rights-
era South in last year's The
The Sept. 28 release finds
her tackling a hot-button edu-
cation issue and joining forces
with an ensemble of actresses
that includes Holly Hunter,
Rosie Perez and Marianne

But in the classroom drama,
Davis is a dedicated if fed-up
teacher who joins Maggie Gyl-
lenhaal's single mom of a dys-
lexic second-grader in back-
ing a push for parents to take
control of a failing elementary
school. Meanwhile, Davis'
Nona faces the wrath of peers
who fear for their tenure.
The subject matter is close
to her heart. Davis has been a
vocal supporter of education-
al services in the struggling
community of Central Falls,
R.I., where she grew up. She
encouraged Oscar rival Meryl
Streep to make donations to a
charter school and a scholar-
ship fund that Davis helped es-
tablish as payback for winning
the trophy.
"What I like about my char-
acter is that she puts a human
face on these teachers," says
Davis, whose sister Deloris
teaches at Central Falls High,
which underwent a headline-
grabbing overhaul. "Nona has

.- ,

Setting out to transform a school, Viola Davis, Maggie
Gyllenhaal and Emily Alyn Lind will not back down.

been in the system for 20 years
and has lost her passion for
teaching. That is pretty preva-
lent in school systems today. A
lot start off gung-ho but then
come up against a wall of bu-
But Davis' primary reason
for taking the part is personal.
Declaring it her first "official"

film lead, she credits director/
co-writer Daniel Barnz for pro-
viding her with a fleshed-out
"He wrote someone not based
on race, message or image,"
she sAys. "I am finally able
to use my talent to develop a
character, not just do five or
six scenes."

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By r.Rihar -
A golden salute to Roberta Willie Warren .
Thompson Daniels, president, (Entrepreneurial);
Booker T. Washington, Inc. Henry Weatherspoon
Alumni Association, (Law Enforcement);
executive board and Charlie M. Culpepper
members of the orange (Philanthropy) and
and black scholarship General White (
committee for 2012. Sports).
Members include: Scholarship
Rose D. Moorman recipients include:
(Community Service); David Green
Dr. Dorothy Fields (GPA5.68), son of
(Cultural); Marcia BULLARD Marcia Thomas

J. Saunders (Public
Service); Dr. George K. Sands
(Health Care); Dr. Whittington
B. Johnson (Education);

received $2,000,
University of Florida; Jahkaia
Brooks (GPA 3.91), received
$1,500, daughter of Toni

Brooks, University of
West Florida; Charlie
Harris, son of Timothy
and Chonita Harris
received $1,500,
FIU; Wilhelmina F.
Jennings (GPA 4.9),
daughter of Marie
S. Byron, U of F; :
Tysheera Lemon HANDFIELD
(GPA 4.6), daughter of
Ternice Sykes, U of West FL; Rodne
Larry Mathis (GPA 3.9), son of Hot 1
Tawanda Briggs, FIU; Tanisha were:
Bennett (GPA 4.18), daughter Willie
of Chaquita Bennett, U of FL ; Atwell
Amirrashid Ali (GPA 3.00), sofn LauraJ
of Rashida Ali, South Carolina Frankl
State; Kevon Caffey, son of Presto
Patricia Caffey, Youngstown to Dr.
State U; Kenia Potosme (GPA music;
5.33), daughter of Roger and invocat
Martha Potosme, U of F; welcorr

Famous McKinnon
(3.93), son of Louie and
Angelica McKinnon;
Callean Arvelo, (GPA
4.15), son of Ana Pena,
U of F.
Kudos to chairperson
Eunice Davis, co-
chair Cora White,
M. C. Derrick Baker
(WEDR-FM 99.1) and
y Baltimore (WHQT-
05 presenter). Present
Roberta T. Daniels,
Warren, Madeline
, Kathryn Hepburn,
Jones, Mary Simmons,
in Clark, and Dr.
n Marshall. Thanks
Edward G. Robinson,
Vicar Leggett,
ion; Phyllis Myers ,
ne; Treva B. Harrell;

William Aristide; principal
Laura Jones; Freddie "Jabo"
Johnson; Tornado roll call and
Ebony DJ Ralph Williams.
Wayne A. Davis, president
Bethune-Cookman U, Miami-
Dade chapter appointed
Sumner Hutcheson, A
111 as vice-chair of the :.0
gala. Two hundred '-'
and seventy-five i '
people attended the ll'.
event which took
place at the Rusty
Pelican, Key Biscayne.
Calvin Hughes (WPLG
Channel 10 anchor) JOHN
was M. C. Honorees
were: Karen Aronowitz, UTD
president; Senator Larcenia
Bullard (represented by her
son) Dwight; Rev. Carl A.
Johnson, Yvette McKinney

and. Larry Handfield, Esq.
chairman of B-CU board
of trustees. Psi Phi Band
entertained attendees: William
and Dr. Cynthia Clark, John
and Annette Williams, Gloria
Green, Charlie and Dorothy
,. |Davis, Earl and Alice
Daniels, Anita Harrell,
Beverly Johnson,
,"- Lamar Johnson, Dr.
'" Malcolm Black, Audley
Coakley, Dewey
Knight 11, Vera Purcell,
Stephenia Willis and
Dr. Willie J. Wright and
4SON wife. Also present was
Patricia Garette who
sang "You are the best thing
to happen." Pastor Cleveland
Roberts gave the invocation
and Shirlyon McWhorter-
Jones, the occasion.

i Anna'ti9 ,,- : -"" -'

.Hearty congratulations
to all graduates; your hard
work paid off and I am very
proud of you. Among the
many graduates is Jasmine
Lofton, from FAMU. Family
members attending the
graduation were: Barbara
Burrows, Kim and Ronald
Wright, Luria Davis,
Zamriah Wadley and Ronald
Wright 11, Chaz Wright and
Savaughn Wadley.
Last week was "Nurses
Week" a little late, but
"Nurses Week" is very
important to all of us and we
wish them well.
Get well wishes to sick and
shut-ins and may good health
return to you soon. Inez Mc
Kinney-Johnson, Thomas
Nottage, Frankie Rolle,
Wilhelmina Stirrup-Welch,
Ted Moss, Princess Lamb,
Iva Dell Miller-Hepburn,

Sue Francis, Iris Paramore,
Lemuel Moncur
and Winston
Scavella .
to Betty
Ferguson and -
her daughter
Tawnicia Ferguson-Rowan
who will be honored this
month at the Women of
Distinction and caring
mothers/daughters luncheon
sponsored by Plaza Health
Network Hebrew Homes
Featured in the
documentary "The Historic
Black Church Oral Historyv
Film George W, Carver
Community School" are
Thelma Gibson. Dr. Dazelle
Simpson and Dr. Mona
Bethel- Jackson.
Soror Larcenia Bullard
was honored by Delta Sigma

Theta at our "Jabberwock"
for service in the Florida
Legislature. After 20 \ears of
public serv-ice she is retiring
due to term limits. Lakitsia
Gaines of Lakitsia Gaines
insurance Agency Inc, State
Farm was selected as Gamma
Alpha's business firm of the
year by Iota Phi Lambda
Sorority inc.. for outstanding
accomplishments in the
Miami-Dade County
community. Dr. Tangier
Scott's son, Michael Scott,
is graduating with JD from
FAMU Law School. Carol
Weatherington's daughter,
Argontonia Weatherington,
is graduating with a JD from
Georgeto\wn University Law
Congratulations to Kesha
Wilson-Rochelle w\\ho
was appointed principal
of Scott Lake Elementary.
Kesha's brother Paul and
his wife Sarah Wilson are
assistant principals in
Broward County. The elated
mother and grandmother

Production empowers thick women

coni'tirtnued from 1C

Roosev-elt. the show's producer
and creator. "i was one of the
girls that all the guys "anted.
Then 1 w\as suddenly sitting on
the couch and my conversations
kept focusing on women and
weight "
Eventually two close friends.
DeLeon CoppaDon and Rich-
ard "Jiffy" B',rd. persuaded
P-Say to get up and to use her
creative skills. Together they
put together a production that
includes a fashion show, sing-
ing, speeches and spoken word.
it's taken them about a year to
put the show together but the
talented trio believe they, have
a % inner on their hands.

"It s a real theatrical adven-
ture that has never been coor-

donated in this manner." she
adds "- I anted t,:o do it v.ith
piLiS-SiZe v.omen because \we
are used to seeing show-s that
on 'ly feature small women.
Even though I had picked up
weight I still believed that I
was beautiful and had worth.
But so many other woren and
girls kept coring up to me and
were discouraged because they,
.were thick girls and felt that
they didn't fit society's view of
beautiful. That's when I knew
'we had to do something to
educate, empower and inspire
plus-sized girls and womener."
According to P-Say, one of
the things that have corner out
of the rehearsals for the show,.
is a bonding of the women and
a kind of "family atmosphere "'
"It's a great outlet for them
because they know they can
talk about their lives and
dreams without being criti-
cized or demeaned." she said.

"There is no end to the great-
ness that can from these ''ornm-
en. Son-etimes it's hard to ,get-
them Lto go home after rehears-
als the positive energy is
jist that strong."
The three producers are
working on de eloping a. pro-
grain or organization that is
an extension of the shove. that
they, can take to others in the
Black community, particularly
\ Iout
"Y'oung girls Im their teens
who are plus-sized kids are
often really picked on by their
peers." P-Say said "We have to
help them loie themselves and
no be ashamed of who they
are From Miarni and Jackson-
ville to Atlanta and be-ond we
warnt to plus-sized sisters to
say, "color me thick."
"Color Me Thick" begins at 7
p.m. and will also feature Lil
Rock and Larry Dogg. For in-
forrration call 786-355-4557

Get up and going to Rye Rye's 'Go!'

By Steve Jones

Rye Rye, Go! Pop! Bang!
* * (out of four) RAP

The 21-year-old Baltimore
rapper has been rocking clubs
since she was 16, and after five
years :'f paying dues and tour-
ing with mentor M.I.A., she
unleashes her booty-shake-in-
ducing rhymes on mainstream
Once you put it on, there is
no point in sitting dov. n Rye
Rye's (Ryeisha Berrain) rapid-

fire boasts
flow over a
stream of
bass-heavy _'
beats is
guaranteed .
to get the ,
feet of the
most recal-
citrant wall- RYE RYE
flowers mov-
ing to the dance floor.
Guests include Akon, Porce-
lain Black and Tyga, but the
aggressive Rye Rye never gives
up center stage. On the pop-

flavored Never Will Be Mine fea-
turing Robyn, she aggressively
declares: "Question: what hap-
pened to forever?/me and you
always together/Too bad I was
too much clever, can't be played
a fool, That's never."
She even gives Bang! a little
old-school bombast by sam-
pling Ethel Merman (Ethel
Merman?!) singing Irving Ber-
lin's Anything You Can Do on
Better Than You, one of two
tracks (Sunshine is the other)
featuring M.I.A. How much fun
is that?

Bobby's "Masterpiece" provides healing

continued from 1C

wi.th the "Today" show's Matt
Laiuer. Brown denied that he
got his late ex-wife addicted
to drugs. Houston's career
v.'as derailed by her drug use,
which came to the public's at-
teruon during her marriage to
Brown The superstar drov.ned
in February in Be'.erly Hills,
California. her death was com-
plicated bh heart disease and
cocainee use, according to au-
"The'- MaTtt T ai er inter. ie.
'Aas just fori rmc to, cle-ar the air
abouIt vhat everyone vwas feel-

ing about my ex-wife's death,"
Brown said.
Although he was arrested for
driving under the influence in
March, Brown insists he has
been drug-free for more than
seven years. He said his at-
tempt t.:o get his life in order is
part of the reason why the al-
bum took so long to make.
"When ou re workingn g on
yourself., you ha.e to really con-
:entrate on working on :,our-
self, anird it takes a back seat to
what you -%.ant to do' and what
I'm gonna do,.' he said
Br, ,',. ri sa, "M..-sterp'ie.e."r
%'hirh he started workingg ,on
last ',ear. is "the best album

I've done so far.
"But I'm going to do better in
the near future," he said. "I j Lst
want to get back to what I do,
which is entertainment. and
this is the start to tme getting
back to v,.hat I uanrt to do'
Bro wn is engaged to his man-
ager. Alicia Etheridge. with
wlhomin he has a young son. He
also has older children, includ-
ing 19-,ear-old Bobbi Kristina
his only, child %%ith Hustorn.
Br'.. r said he and Etheridge
plan a private wedding and de-
scribed his life as content.
"Tr' hi app v ri. ht nr-Ow iV r
life, im conmifrtable v\'th wvho
I am." he said "it's just better'

Battleship's star-studded opening

continued from 1C

Tales from Tokyo: This
crew has traveled all around
the world together promotiigg
Battleship. But the:,, still got to
cut loose on occasion. "We had
one night of karaoke in Tokyo
that xwas fun, where we got to
celebrate." dished Decker. But
with a pop' star like Rihan-
na in their midst. ... "Yeah.
I iean. come on. (Karaoke)
was my idea and it was a hor-
rible idea," she laughed, ad-
mitting she only dared to sing
Rihanna's songs before she
arrived. Kitsch had a differ-
ent take on that night. "I am
horrific (at karaoke)," he said.
"That's what I really learned
through the whole experience.
I hit Bruce Springsteen, and
of course I hit Garth Brook's
Friends in Low Places." "I out-
shined Rihanna like there's no
tomorrow," joked Skarsgard. "I
floored her with those songs.
No, I'm not good at that stuff."

Friday Night Lights re-
union: It was "Texas Forever,"
on the blue carpet, with FNL
veterans Berg, Kitsch, Ple-
mons and even Connie Britton
making an appearance. What
was the main difference being
directed by Berg on FNL vs.
Battleship? "There definitely
are similarities there," said
Plemons, who, like Kitsch,
has a role in both projects.
"We had a small family in
Austen," he said. "What we're
seeing now is just a huge, ex-
travagant sort of spectacle."
Decker said she brushed up
on FNL before hitting the
Battleship set. "I was a big
fan of Peter's films, and I had
watched Friday Night Lights a
couple of times but I wasn't an
avid viewer of the show. Once
I started auditioning for him
- I auditioned for him over
the span of three months I'
watched every season and be-
came a huge fan."
News you can use: Has-
bro president and CEO Brian

Goldner shed some light on
why aliens ended up invad-
ing the Battleship in the first
place. "Early on as we thought
about making the movie we
thought it would be antiquat-
ed to think about countries
going up against on another."
said Goldner. "So early on
Pete had this idea., hat hap-
pens if this alien reconnais-
sance team came to the sea,
met up with this force, and
then we had to in' estimate?"
Which board game will next
hit the silver screen? It's an-
other otherworldly one. "We're
working right now on Ouija
with Universal," he said.
Fashion notes: The girls of
Battleship hit the red carpet
looking more feminine than
ever. Rihanna took a spotless
note from the Navy with her
snow white, backless Adam
Selman dress, and Decker got
girly in pale pink Dior. "I never
wear pink," Decker said. "This
is weird for me, I feel like I'm
a girl."


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using eggs as a topping.
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4C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 16-22, 2012

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

Miami Northwestern
Senior High School
football team will travel to
Vero Beach on Saturday,
May 19th for a varsity
football game. A bus will
take interested fans for a
fee to the game. Contact
for more information.

R Gen44.Florida
Finance Committee and
DJs for Obama present
2012: The Block Party on
Saturday, May 19, 2 8 p.m
at Wynwood Walls, 2528 NW
Ave. Tickets on line http://

The Beautiful Gate
Inc. presents a free
breast cancer educational/
screening seminar on
Saturday, May 19th, at the
Austin Hepburn Community
Center, 750 NW 8th Ave.,
Hallandale Beach. For info
call 305-758-3412.

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

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

Spirit of the Lord
Ministries invites everyone
to their mission day service,
May 20th at 3 p.m. at 835
NW 62nd St. For info call

Florida House of

Jay-Z plans for


music festival
By Ann Oldenburg

Music mogul Jay-Z is planning
to rock Philly with a two-day
music festival, slated for Labor
Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2.
At a press conference today
the music mogul announced
plans to feature nearly 30 acts
"that embody the American
spirit" at Fairmount Park. He
will be one of the acts.

Representative Cynthia
Stafford (D-109) presents
a town hall meeting and
update on the legislative
session on Tuesday, May
22nd at 6 p.m. at the Carrie
P. Meek Center Hadley Park,
1350 NW 50 Street.

0 On May 25th, Miami
Edison will have their Old
Timers Pep Rally and
Old School Dance at the
American Legion Hall. On
May 26th, there will be a
picnic at the American Legion
Hall. For more information
call Debbie Ingraham Walker
at 786-541-7988.

S 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-

IN Booker T. Washington
Class of 1964 will meet May
26th at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center at 4:30
p.m. For information contact
Gladstone Hunter at 305-

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

E North Miami Pioneer
Athletic Hall of Fame
presents its 6th annual
induction ceremony, special
recognition for the class
of 1955 on Saturday, June
2nd, at 9 a.m. at FIU north
campus, Koven Center
banquet hall, 3000 NE
151st Street.

* Leglise Church invites
you to the ordination and
installation of their Pastor
Mathieu Pierre, and Overseer
Bishop Daisy Williams on
June 10th at 3 p.m. For info
call 786-355-1605.

* Miami Rescue Mission
is hosting their fourth annual

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Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter smiles
in between interviews, after a
news conference at Philadel-
phia Museum of Art.

Lifetime to show Whitney

Houston family docuseries

By Arienne Thompson

Exactly three months after
Whitney Houston was found
dead in a Beverly Hills hotel
bathtub, Lifetime has an-
nounced that it will chronicle
the lives of her remaining
family members in a new .
docuseries called The Houston
Family Chronicles.
"In this series, the multi-
generations of the Houston
family will bravely reveal their
lives as they bond together to
heal, love and grow," says Life-
time's exec vice president of
programming Rob Sharenow.
The show will follow Hous-
ton daughter Bobbi Kristina
Brown; mother Cissy Hous-
ton; brother Gary Houston;
sister-in-law Pat Houston;
and Gary and Pat's daugh-
ter Rayah. Houston Family
Chronicles will center around
Pat, who was developing a
televised reality project before
Whitney died suddenly at age

Whitney Houston died
Feb. 11, in California at the
age of 48.
"The unexpected passing of
Whitney certainly affects the
direction of the show. How-
ever, it is my hope that' others
will be enlightened as they
watch our family heal and
move forward,"Pat says in a

Alumni Picnic at Crandon
Park Beach, 6747 Crandon
Blvd. in Key Biscayne, on
June 16th, 8 a.m. 4 p.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. Call

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

0 Miami Northwestern
Sr High Class of 1973
meets the 3rd Sunday of
each month.We are planning
our 40th reunion in 2013.
For more information call
Gloria 305-635-3015 or
Louise 305-215-3911.

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 planning our
45th reunion. Call Elaine
at 786 227-7397 or www.

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1962 meets on the
2nd Saturday of each month
at 4 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. We are beginning
to make plans for our 50th
reunion. Contact Evelyn at

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

* The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women -
Greater Miami Chapter
is accepting applications
for girls ages 12-18 to
participate in its 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.

* 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-

E Range Park is offering
free self-defense/karate
classes for children and
adults each Monday and
Wednesday from 6 8 p.m.
The location is 525 NW 62nd
Street. For more information
call 305-757-7961or 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
families facing homelessness
or challenges maintaining
housing stability in Broward
and Dade counties. Call
855-778-3411 or visit
www.411Veterans.com for
more information.

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

488-4792 or visit www.

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.

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

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

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

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

N Booker T.
Washington's 1962
Alumni Class is planning
their 50th Class Reunion,
June 24th July 1st and
is inviting all members to
upcoming meetings that will
be held the first Saturday of
every month at the African
Heritage Cultural Center,
6161 NW 22nd Avenue.
For additional information,
contact Helen Tharpes
Boneparte at 305-691-1333
or Lonzie Nichols at 305-

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

Michael Jackson costumes to be exhibited, sold

Glove, jacket

among items in

high demand

By Sandy Cohen
Associated Press

Michael Jackson's glittery
gloves, spangled jackets and
stage-worn costumes are
going on a world tour before
being sold to the highest
bidder in December.
Celebrity auctioneer Dar-
ren Julien says clothing cre-
ated by Jackson's longtime
costume designers will be
exhibited in South America,
Europe and Asia.
The exhibit opens May
18th at the Museo de la
Moda in Santiago, Chile. It

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features items such as Jack-
son's Captain EO shirt, the
black spandex outfit from
his "Scream" video and the
breakaway suit he wore dur-
ing his BAD tour in the late

The items will be sold by
Julien's Auction on Dec.
2nd.The only other major
releases couldn't crack the
top five. Jason Statham's

action film, Safe, took sixth
with $7.7 million, followed
by John Cusack's The Raven
with $7.3 million.
Final figures are due to-

Movie Night

Saturday, May 19, 2012
7 p.m.

Ives Estates Park
20901 NE 16 Ave, Miami, FL 33179

Bring your blankets and chairs
for a FREE movie at the park!

FREE popcorn, hot dogs and refreshments*
*while supplies last

For more information, call 305-474-3011.

Family travel: How to entertain kids on the road

By Candyce H. Stapen

Think of road trips with your
children as rare opportunities.
When else do you have a long
stretch of time with your kids
uninterrupted by television,
homework, phone calls, their
friends or other distractions?
Especially with kids along, get-
ting there can be half the fun.
To make sure, plan ahead
and follow the cardinal rule of
family travel: maintain a sense
of humor. After all, sometimes
cars break down, babies spit
up, traffic crawls and attrac-
tions get crowded. Here are
some suggestions, oriented to
age groups, to make your road
trip memorable for all the right

Talk with them. Get the
conversation going by telling
tales of your childhood. Kids
love to hear about their parents
at their same age.
Listen. A car provides an
ideal venue for older children
to open up about their feelings.
Since the driver looks straight
ahead and the passengers often
do too, conversation feels much
less judgmental than a face-to-
face talk. On a long stretch of
highway when it's dark, you're
likely to find out what it really
felt like to come in third at the

swim meet.
Let teens pick aspects
of the trip. The ultimate pro-
crastinators, most teens won't
have given your journey much
thought, although they will ex-
press definite opinions. Once on
the highway, hand your teens
guidebooks and travel apps so
they can choose a few activities
and restaurants.
Share music. Music really
can soothe the soul. Ask your
teens to share songs from their
personal iPods or MP3 players
that the family might like. Use
your car's stereo system or tote
a portable speaker.

Healthy snacks and plenty
of water
Extra batteries for head-
phones, DVD players and hi-
tech toys
Extra notepads, pens and
pencils for doodlers
A flashlight to find the lost
crayons and toys when it's dark
Physician-approved, anti-
motion sickness medication.
Typically, these must be ad-
ministered about one hour be-
fore you tackle the switch-back
mountain road.
An emergency medical kit
containing band-aids, ther-
mometer, aspirin or aspirin
substitute, allergy medicine

and any other medicine you
may need.

Vary the seating. After
miles on the road, it's common
to hear such backseat cries
as "His foot is on my side." To
manage a meltdown, divide
and conquer. Switch places so
that the child old enough to sit
in the front moves next to the
driver. If there's another adult,
have him sit in the rear. That
not only stops squabbles, but
gives each child important one-
on-one time with a parent or

Use the baby to mark a bor-
der. With three children, place
the littlest one in the middle of
the car's backseat. That creates
a buffer zone between fighting
older siblings and positions two
kids to play with the tot.
Think picnic. Tweak the
tried-and-true rule of taking
a bathroom and snack break
every two to three hours: pack
a lunch and pause for a picnic
and a Frisbee game at a local or
state park along your route.
Bring games and toys.
Bring the movies, portable
electronic games and other hi-
tech toys your brood favors.

But think low-tech, too. Pack
pipe cleaners for making crazy-
shaped critters, as well as col-
oring books, crayons and stick-
er games, plus a few new toys
as a surprise.
Arrive by late afternoon.
After a day on the road, every-
body looks forward to an out-
of-car experience. Plan to ar-
rive at your daily destination
well before dinner so that you
and the kids can take advan-
tage of the swimming pool or
play area.

Understand your family's

VIRGIN ISLANDS: A glimpse at the activities for May and June

JUNE 2 & 20
Story Hour, St. George
Village Botanical Garden,
St. Croix
This children's event is host-
ed by different presenters each
month from 10 to 11 a.m. For
more information: (340) 692-
2874, www.sgvbg.org

Annual Women's Race,
St. Croix
Women and girls of all ages
from throughout St. Croix run,
walk, talk and have fun as they
participate in this event. The
race has traditionally drawn
over 500 participants and takes
place in downtown Christianst-
ed at 4:45 p.m. For more infor-
mation: (340)773-9272, www.

Second Saturday,
St. George Village Botanical
Garden, St. Croix
These educational work-
shops are hosted every month
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. In this
session, children will learn how
to make natural dyes. For more
information: (340) 692-2874,

Sunset Jazz,
Frederiksted, St. Croix
One of the island's most
popular musical events, this
is a monthly Friday concert
on the Frederiksted Water-
front featuring local jazz musi-
cians. Admission is free and
food and drinks are available
for purchase at neighborhood
bars and restaurants. For more
information: (340) 690-0617,

Ridge 2 Reef Beneficial
Farmer Training, St. Croix
Path of the Natural Mentor
The Virgin Islands Sustain-
able Farm Institute hosts three
series through August 5th,
which teaches how to develop
a practical skill for creating
productive agricultural com-
munities, while maintaining the
health of the ecosystem. This
hands-on class will teach stu-
dents everything they need to
know about sustainable farm-
ing. Path of the Natural Mentor
is the third and final session
and lasts through August 5th.
For more information: www.

Organic Act Day
This local holiday, which oc-
curs the third Monday in June
every year, commemorates the
adoption of what is considered
the U.S. Virgin Islands' Consti-

Art Thursdays, St. Croix
Visitors and residents are
invited to join the fun as Chris-
tiansted art galleries, retail
shops and restaurants stay
open late for a series of gallery
walks. The purpose of the event
is to strengthen and invigorate
the St. Croix art community.
Visitors can explore the art ven-
ues, shop, and enjoy dinner or
drinks in Christiansted from 5
p.m. until 8 p.m. For more infor-
mation: www.gotostcroix.com

JUNE 22-24
International Optimist Regat-
ta, St. Thomas
Young sailors ages 8-15 from
around the globe are able to
test their skills in this week long
Youth Regatta. For more infor-
mation: www.styc.net

Grow and Learn, St. George


Village Botanical Garden, St.
These educational work-
shops are hosted by different
presenters each month. Work-
shop topics center on how par-
ticipants can use their garden
most efficiently. For more infor-
mation: (340) 692-2874, www.

Red, White

and Blue Golf

Tournament, St. Thomas
The Red, White and Blue
Golf Tournament is hosted by
Mahogany Run on St. Thom-
as. The event welcomes both
amateurs and pros to join in to
play, participate in a raffle, and
auction off great prizes. All pro-
ceeds will benefit the Humane
Society of St. Thomas. For
more information: (340) 777-
6006 ext.3, www.mahogan-

St. John Festival
Carnival in St. John (known
as St. John Festival) is a com-
bination of celebrating the tra-
ditions of Carnival with emanci-
pation and independence. The
two and a half week festival
includes music, food fairs and
more, culminating with a pa-
rade and fireworks on the 4th
of July. For more information:

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rhythms of the road. Some
families prefer putting little
ones in pajamas and starting
the drive after dinner when
traffic diminishes and kids
sleep. Others find that early-
morning departures enable
them to be at their destination
before the late-afternoon, kid-
cranky hours.
Work with a tot's sched-
ule, not against it. Maximize
little ones' nap time by driving
when they sleep and stopping
for meals when they are hun-
gry. Don't expect your three-
year-old not to be tired when
it's her nap time just because
you've arrived at the children's
Know what your child
can drink in a moving ve-
hicle.Some children can down
a bottle of juice or milk in the
car, but then upchuck it two
miles down the highway. Best
to give some thirsty tots only
water until you pull in to a rest
Be prepared. Keep lots of
wet wipes, paper towels, and
diapers as well as a few trash
bags and extra clothes within
easy reach.
Dress for the drive. Make
sure the baby's. wearing easy
to undo, comfortable cloth-
ing. Save the "grandma dress"
with the lace and frills for after
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Cities encourage banks to invest in minority communities

By Caryn Freeman

City leaders are advocat-
ing for so called "responsible
ordinances" to evaluate bank
investment strategies and en-
courage banks to lend to tra-
ditionally under-served com-
munities, low income families
and to invest in low income
neighborhoods with these "re-

sponsible banking ordinanc-
es," Governing Magazine re-
ported earlier this month.
Local governments are try-
ing to build upon the Commu-
nity Reinvestment Act of 1977
that was designed to boost in-
ner-city investment by requir-
ing banks to report their lend-
ing and investment practices
to the federal government and

to help meet the credit needs
in communities where they do
business. Banks struggling
in the slow economic recovery
have been closing branches
across the country, particu-
larly in low income areas.
Laws like this could require
that banks outline what per-
centage of their investment
and lending will be steered

toward low income communi-
ties. Cities like Boston, Los
Angeles and Philadelphia have
already begun drafting legis-
lation. Some city leaders in
Los Angeles have vehemently
pushed back against these
types of municipal bank-
ing ordinances, arguing pri-
vacy, concerns and the risky
practice of requiring banks

to disclose important invest-
ment strategies in highly com-
petitive city contracts. Qity
leaders are hoping this type
of legislation will encourage
competition amongst banks to
have the most positive city re-
investment record.
Some cities have already
adopted practices similar to
this. In Cleveland Ohio a bank

is not eligible for a city contact
unless they have a city-ap-
proved plan for reinvestment
in local communities. Bankers
in some cities are suggesting
they would likely pass on city
contracts rather than comply
with a new set of municipal
regulations requiring them to
meet investment goals outside
of their initial strategy.

Chase's loss could top $2oB

based on 'account share price'

Minnis shares advice with new entrepreneurs.

Minnis Group: Layoff leads to

advocate for fledgling firms

By Zachary Rinkins
Miami Times writer

After nearly three decades of
success in the public sector,
Catherine Minnis found her-
self a casualty of the massive
pink slips issued by her mu-
nicipal employer. Minnis was
laid off despite a stellar track
record, leading two popular
charity fundraising campaigns
and serving three times as the
public face of the National
Football League's Super Bowl
Emerging Entrepreneurs pro-
gram. Despite the slight, the
FIU MBA graduate realized she
"could do this" for herself and
launched The Minnis Group
"My layoff forced me into en-
trepreneurship," she said. "It

has been a great journey filled
with blessings and challenges."
TMG helps small busi-
ness and not-for-profit orga-
nizations optimize profits by
helping them attract grants,

contracts and procurement op-
portunities. The firm also helps
groups strengthen their public
relations, community outreach
and agency compliance efforts.
During her time on the Super
Bowl host committee, Minnis
noticed many minority- and
women-owned business could
not take advantage of the op-
portunities set aside for them
because they were not certi-
fied. This revelation gave her a
mission and a customer base.
"Many of these aspiring busi-
nesses were not prepared and
could not handle the capacity
to work with these partners,"
she said. "Our firm is here to
help people understand the
importance of compliance and
gain access to and win the bid-
ding process."
Please turn to MINNIS 8D

By Donna Gehrke-White

Bank of America is send-
ing out letters to potentially
thousands of struggling
South Florida homeowners
to let them know they may
be eligible for a reduction in
their loan balance that may
save them up to 30 percent in
monthly payments, the lender
announced Tuesday.

The letters will go out to
more than 200,000 mortgage
holders nationwide, with the
first to arrive this week, the
bank said. However, most of
the letters will be mailed by
the third quarter, that starts
July 1.
The latest loan modification
offer is part of a $25 billion
settlement involving Bank
of America, four other major

banks, 49 state attorneys gen-
eral and federal officials.

Bank of America officials
said they had no immediate
number of how many South
Florida mortgage holders
would be sent the letters.
"What I can tell you is that
Please turn to BofA 8D

Bad trade

results in $2

billion blunder

By Mark Gongloff

By now you may have heard
that JPMorgan Chase lost $2
billion on a bad trade. Mul-
tiply that by 10, and you're
starting to get a better idea of
how much it has really lost.
That's because the share
price of the biggest U.S. bank
by assets has tumbled by
more than 11 percent since
it announced the trading
loss, shaving about $17.5
billion from its market value.
JPMorgan shares were down
another two percent, follow-
ing.a nine percent tumble on
Shareholders aren't neces-
sarily upset about the $2 bil-
lion loss itself. The bank has
lost more money than that at
different times in other busi-
nesses, the New York Times
noted, without causing much
of a ruckus. Though the loss
could grow to $4 billion or
more, by some estimates,
that's still a far cry from the
$90 billion or so in revenue
the bank has raked in over
the past year.

The real worry for investors

Why exactly is that mega-
brand mergers never quite
live up to their grandiose
expectations? The question
has been asked hundreds of
times in the last decade, but
is more relevant than ever as
woes deepen for Oprah Win-
frey's ill-fated cable venture.
In a landscape littered with
the carcasses of discarded
corporate names like Hewlett
Packard-Compaq, Citigroup,
and AOL-Time Warner (the
forerunner to the now equal-
ly-troubled AOL-Huffington
Post marriage), Discovery
Communications' conversion
of its Health channel into
the Oprah Winfrey Network

is the damage the episode
has done to JPMorgan's
previously sterling reputation
for managing its risks, the
increasing heat of the water
around CEO Jamie Dimon
and maybe most impor-
tantly the fact that this
debacle comes at the worst
possible time for the bank,
JPMorgan's huge goof
makes it more likely that
regulators will slap fetters
on all the big banks when it
comes to trading with their
own money. The murky mar-
kets for credit derivatives,
which JPMorgan invented,
could be exposed to a little
more sunlight, which always
seems to make bank profit-
ability wither.
Such regulations could
have helped save JPMorgan

(OWN) is hemorrhaging cash.
Alas, media watchers are
already warning that the
splashy joint project with the
former queen of daytime tele-
vision stands a real possibil-

from its current embarrass-
ment. but they could also
make it less likely the bank
will be able to win a big
jackpot on further gambling

JPMorgan's huge goof
makes it more likely that
regulators will slap fetters
on all the big banks when it
comes to trading with their
own money.

Meanmvhile, the debacle
also shines a light on the
fact that there are still big,
lumbering banks out there
that are a constant threat to
tip over and crush the entire
U.S. economy. That will lead
to more calls to break up the
big banks, to take away the
government's implied back-
ing for them, or at least make
regulators more determined
to force them to hold more
capital against future losses.
All of that will make it harder
and more expensive for the
banks to do business. As
Peter Cohan pointed out at
Forbes, further credit-rating
downgrades like the one Fitch
Ratings delivered last week
could also add to the bank's
cost of doing business.
Considering all this, the
bank and its shareholders
might end up finding that
this episode has destroyed a
lot more than just $20 billion.

ity of being put out to pasture
within a year.
When the network an-
nounced its first quarter
earnings this week, its
Please turn to OWN 8D

Andrew Brimmer: Black economist who went against the grain

By Yussuf Simmonds
Special to the NNPA

The history of the Board
of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System would not
be complete without refer-
ence to economist Andrew
Brimmer -the same ap-
plies to economics in Black
America. Brimmer was the
first Black to be appointed
to the Board of Governors of
the Federal Reserve System,
the group that controls the
system that serves as banks
of reserve and discount for
all national and most state
banks and trust companies.

The Federal Reserve is loose-
ly referred to as the nation's
bank and the Board of Gover-
nors, its bankers. And Brim-
mer, as one of the governors
really had his hands on mon-
ey, real money.
Brimmer was born in New-
ellton, Louisiana on Septem-
ber 13, 1926. His parents were
sharecroppers. As a young
man, he worked as an electri-
cian's helper in a naval ship-
yard, before he went into mili-
tary service. After his tour of
duty, he earned a B.A. in eco-
nomics, an M.A. and then re-
ceived a Fulbright grant to do
post graduate work in India

in 1951. He earned
his Ph.D. at Harvard
in 1957.
While working on
his doctorate, Brim-
mer worked for the
Federal Reserve ,
Bank of New York as
a young economist
traveling to Sudan, ,..
Africa to help that
country establish SIMA
a central bank. He
joined the Kennedy admin-
istration in the early sixties
and became the assistant
secretary of economic affairs
in the Department of Com-
merce. He remained there


through part of
the Johnson ad-
Sministration until
S 1966 when he was
appointed to the
Board of Governors
of the Federal Re-
AL serve System. He
was the first Black
to be so' appointed
and stayed there for
ONDS eight years. After
that, he returned
to Harvard as a professor of
economics before forming his
own consulting company -
Brimmer & Associates in
1976. Brimmer's expertise
has been in great demand in

the private sector providing
strategic investor counseling
to major U.S. and interna-
tional corporations. In addi-
tion, he has done other spe-
cialized work in developing
and implementing corporate
positioning and communica-
tions programs for public and
private corporations.
According to news reports,
he was considered the most
scholarly spokesman for
Blacks in the economic field
and he recommended that
Blacks assimilate into the
American white economy
rather than trying to go into
business on their own. This

was during the Civil Rights
Era of the sixties. Brimmer
also saw integration as the
best possible route to Black
economic self-sufficiency and
dismissed Blacks' efforts at
entrepreneurship, including
the acquisition and operation
of Black banks.
In addition to his duties
as economic consultant and
spokesman for the Black eco-
nomic community, Brimmer
serves on the board of direc-
tors of a number of American
corporations and banks. He
continues his work to encour-
age Black Americans to suc-
ceed and prosper.

Bank of America offers U.S.

homeowners a better option

Oprah: A league of her OWN?
By Javier E. David

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continued from 6D

the heaviest concen-
tration is in California
and Florida, the larg-
est of the hardest hit
states," said Jumana
Bauwens, a spokes-
woman for Bank of
America Home Loans.
About 19,000 South
Florida homeowners
with Bank of Ameri-
ca mortgages were at
least 60 days late, Jes-
sica Garcia, vice presi-
dent for the bank's
national mortgage out-
reach, said last month.

To be eligible for the
new loan modification,
the South Florida ho-
meowners must have
been at least 60 days
behind on their pay-
ments on Jan. 31,
2012. They also must
owe more on the mort-
gage than their home
is worth today.

Their monthly pay-
ment principal, in-
terest, property taxes,
insurance and any ho-
meowner association
fees also has to total

more than 25 percent
of the family's gross
household income.
"A key goal of mort-
gage modifications is
to provide an afford-
able monthly payment,
based on borrower's
ability to pay," accord-
ing to a Bank of Amer-
ica statement released.
And to be eligible for
the latest loan modifi-
cation offer, homeown-
ers should have loans
owned and serviced by
Bank of America or
serviced for another
investor that has given
the bank the authority

to make the modifica-
Bank of America be-
gan reducing the prin-
cipal on some home
loans in March, first
granting the reduc-
tions to homeowners
already in a modifica-
tion review

"So far under this
early initiative, about
5,000 trial modifica-
tion offers have been
mailed, providing a
potential total of more
than $700 million in

forgiven principal,"
Bank of America offi-
cials said in a release.
The homeowners are
required to make at
least three payments
on time before the
modification can be-
come permanent, the
bank said.
"To the extent princi-
pal reduction and oth-
er modification tools
help us turn mort-
gages headed for pos-
sible foreclosure into
long-term performing
loans, it will be posi-
tive for homeowners,



OWN faces up-hill battle in media ratings

continued from 6D
bottom-line excluding
OWN was a picture of
financial health that in-
vestors would otherwise
have welcomed. Sadly,
the fledgling chan-
nel's modest subscriber
growth is being dwarfed
by its massive financial
losses, news that sent
its stock reeling.
According to Bloom-
berg News, the net-
work's cumulative loss-
es may have exceeded
$300 million since it
first started.
Although Discovery
CEO David Zaslav re-
cently predicted OWN
would break even by
next year, financial real-
ities have a bad habit of
undermining the most
optimistic projections.
For sure, not all the
news is this grim. OWN
recently unveiled a slate
of new programming,
and has aggressively
slashed costs includ-
ing Rosie O'Donnell's
talk show, which earned
anemic ratings. Oprah's

Next Chapter, Winfrey's
news-maker interview
show, debuted to record
ratings in January, and
scored a major coup
with a show featuring
the late Whitney Hous-
ton's family shortly after
her untimely demise. It
underscores what some
observers insist is the
network's ace-in-the-
hole: Winfrey herself.
Despite giving up her
talk show, the Cult of
Oprah retains a pas-
sionate following. The
self-made media queen's
estimable personal nar-
rative resonates with
huge swaths of the
population, making her
name alone a potent
draw for advertisers and
Yet some of the prob-
lems dogging OWN are
rooted in the rough-
and-tumble world of
corporate media, which
is in a state of perpetual
evolution beyond Win-
frey's ability to control.
Oprah's biggest issue
appears to be that she
was a late entrant to the
fiercely competitive con-

test for female viewers.
In a roost ruled by wom-
en's networks like Life-
time and WE Television,
OWN was always likely
to have an uphill climb
-- especially in a field
that tends to cannibal-
ize upstarts, regardless

of how big a name is be-
hind it.
The media queen's
crown may be tar-
nished, but, at least for
the moment, it still has
all its jewels. Oprah
herself recently called
OWN the "climb of her

life," and she's absolute-
ly right. One thing ap-
pears certain: she has
a limited window of time
to recover her poise, or
she will end up crash-
ing down upon the crag-
gy rocks that lie at the
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clarification of the requirements of the RFP documents. It is mandatory that a
representative (s) of the proposer attend in order to qualify to propose.

Detailed for this Proposal (RFP) is available upon the City of Miami, Purchasing
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new fleet of

Showing on the big screen in your car

devices grow
along with

By Chris Woodyard

Automakers have discov-
ered the big screens -- not
in movie theaters but in their
cars as a way of exciting
tech-crazed customers.
They're installing increas-
ingly larger displays in new
models as they roll out
increasingly sophisticated
infotainment and navigation
Screens are growing as
customers opt for ever-larger
flat-panel TV screens in their
living rooms. Showing how
priorities are changing, few
automakers are jockeying to

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YOU ARE HERE: Dash screen on a 2013 Lexus GS 350
shows a map.

make new models longer or
wider on the outside. They
are, rather, competing with
bigger high-definition dash-
board displays.
The most vivid example is
the screen in the new Lexus
GS, one of the largest among
luxury cars at 12.3 inches
measured diagonally, up

from 8 inches in the previous
One reason to go bigger
was to create a display with
a split screen, Lexus spokes-
man Bill Kwong says. One
side shows maps and other
navigation information, while
the other shows climate con-
trol or audio settings. "Why

go to play the radio if it kicks
you out of the map?" he asks
in explaining the split screen.
Other examples:
Ford. The screen in
the 2013 Escape compact
crossover has grown to 8
inches, up from 6.5. It's going
into 2013 Taurus and Fusion
sedans, too.
Hyundai. The screen in
the 2013 Santa Fe crossover
was boosted to 8 inches
from 6.5 to add "as much
screen space as possible so
that drivers can easily find
what they need at a glance,"
spokesman Jim Trainor says.
BMW. The flagship 7
Series sedan got a 10.2-inch
screen, up from 8.8, in 2009,
and that screen now has
come to the 5 and 6 Series.
It "makes it easier to see
and makes things like cam-
era views for the rear- and
top-view cameras better,"

This Sony's 10x zoom range works just as
at indoor birthday parties as it does from
sidelines of a soccer field.

By Liam McCabe

Every click is like instant happiness,
recreated for years to come every time
the scrapbooks get pulled off the shelves
and shown off. A new camera is guaran-
teed to bring a smile to your mom's (or
wife's) face. We've picked a few of our

P favorites for the most caring
person in the world.
Mama-dukes might use her
smartphone for taking quick
portraits, but there's still room
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-. .. point-and-shoot, especially one
'' as versatile as the Sony Cyber-
shot WX150. The 10x zoom
range works just as well at in-
well door birthday parties as it does
he from the sidelines of a soccer
field. It's as quick and easy to
use as any camera we've seen,
and the photos look great for
making prints and sharing online. $249,
available in blue, red, black, and silver.
Sometimes the best memories are
made where regular cameras can't go-
that's why the tough-cam market has
blossomed over the past few years. Our
favorite at the moment is the Nikon Cool-

pix AW100, built to withstand a dip in the
pool, a day in the sand, or an accidental
drop. It shoots the best-looking pictures
of any tough cam we've tested. Mom can
even give it to the kids to play with, worry
free. $269 street value, down from $379,
available in orange, black, and blue.
For truly great image quality, there's no
substitute for an interchangeable-lens
camera. Bulky DSLRs from Canon and
Nikon used to be the only affordable op-
tions, but now plenty of smaller, more
approachable cameras are available
too. The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is a solid
bet for simple shooting with excellent
results. With the 14mm "pancake" lens,
it's small enough to fit into a coat pocket.
It can cost as much as $599, but with
a replacement due out in a few weeks,
we've seen the GF3 kit going for as low
as $395. Available in black, red, brown,
and white.

Samsung to sell OLED

TVs in second half of year
By Brett Molina

Electronics giant Samsung plans on selling its super-thin OLED
television sets during the second half of 2012, the Associated
Press reports.
The 55-inch high-definition TV will sell for more than $9,000,
which the AP notes is double the price-of sets of the same size.
The Wall Street Journal reports it will launch in Asia first before ar-
riving in other markets including the U.S.
Engadget has a few more details from the 2012 World's Fair in
South Korea, where Samsung trotted out its OLED TV.
It will include Smart Interaction for voice and gesture controls
and a Dual View so users can watch two programs simultaneously.
Samsung first introduced its OLED TV at January's International
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as did competitor LG,
which is expected to launch its version later this year.

Apple's Siri no longer a

fan of Nokia Lumia

By Brett Molina

It seems Siri's admiration of the Nokia Lumia 900 did not sit well
with Apple.
As of Friday, whenever an iPhone user would ask Siri "what's the
best smartphone ever?", it would pull up search results pointing
them to the Windows smartphone from carrier AT&T. The same
answer applied when using "cell phone" instead of smartphone.
Ask Siri that same question today, as we did, and here are
some of the answers you might get:
"The one you're holding." ..
"You're kidding, right?"
CNet was among the first o
spotting the change, add-
ing Apple hasn't publicly
confirmed Siri's new line of"
Siri originally based her
answer on search results
from Wolfram Alpha, which
used customer reviews to
conclude the Nokia Lumia
as the best smartphone
(or cell phone) ever. In
fact, the search engine is
sticking by its claim, based
on results from their Web

Sprint unveils


Tri-Fi hotspot
By Taylor Hatmaker

Here at CTIA Wireless 2012, even the CEOs of the major U.S.
carriers agree that 4G is just too confusing for consumers to
make sense of. Since it began its ascendance in 2010, the term
"4G" has been slapped onto a grab bag of wireless networks and
devices, to spur sales often at the cost of clarity. After driving
home this point in a keynote address yesterday, Sprint has just
announced the 4G LTE Tri-Fi hotspot, a handy little gadget that
can convert LTE, WiMAX, and 3G alike into a Wi-Fi signal for
web-hungry devices like laptops and tablets.
After launching its WiMAX 4G network back in 2010, Sprint
is now opting to shift its weight toward LTE, a new 4G standard
pioneered by Verizon in 2011. With Sprint's new hotspot, you don't
need to worry if you're traveling to a city that doesn't yet have a
4G LTE network or even a 4G network at all. The device can flit
between 4G flavors and even hook into 3G, taking the guesswork
out of the entire process.
Sprint's LTE network won't be rolling out until this summer, but
that isn't stopping the carrier from readying its hardware arsenal
now: The Tri-Fi hotspot, manufactured by Sierra Wireless like
Sprint's Overdrive 4G hotspot, will go on sale for $99.99 with a
2-year contract (and a $50 rebate) on May 18. If being away from
the web gives you separation anxiety, a cleverly signal-agnostic
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1140 NW 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
free water.

1150 NW1 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 bdrm., one bath $375

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

14130 NW 14 Avenue
Furnished one bedroom
apartment, rear, all utilities
included. $700 monthly. Call
305-431-8981 between 5 pm
and 9 pm.
14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bidrm one bath $425
Ms. Jackson 7866267-1646.

1450 NW 1 Avenue
Efficiency, one bath $395.

1490 NW 69 Street, Apt. 4
Two bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air. $675 mthly. Call Mr.
Washington, 305-632-8750.
1556 N.W. 62 TERR
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances and water included.
$600 monthly. $1000 to move
in. 786-663-0322
1648 NW 35 Street
One and two bedrooms, tile
floors, central air.
786 355-5665.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $395.

1801 NW 2 Court
First month move you
in! Two bedrooms, one
bath. $595 monthly.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1927B NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms. $700 mthly,
first and last. Free Water.
1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

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

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

2040 NE 168 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
water included, washer, dryer
facility. Section 8 Welcome!
210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.
305-642-7080 '

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 Metrerail. 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
Three bedrooms, two
baths. $695 monthly.
676 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome. 305-431-8981,
call between 5 pm and 9 pm.
6832 NW 5 Place

Studio $110 weekly, $500 to
move in. 786-286-2540
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 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

191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
19336 NW 53 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 ok. Excellent
condition. 786-384-9774.

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
155 NE 82 Street -
Three bedrooms, one bath;
two bedrooms, one bath,
marble floors, 786-237-1292.
1811 N.W. 84th Street
One bedroom, one bath, den,
tile, air,carpet, $475/month +
security. Call 305-389-2765.
1867 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air. Section 8 welcome.
Call 786-356-1457.
1963 NW 50 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 Wel-
come! $1,350 monthly.
954-303-3368, 954-432-3198
211 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
conveniently located, new
renovation. Section 8 Only.
217 NE 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air, $725
monthly. 786-877-5358
2524 NW 80 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air condition, stove, refrig-
erator, bars. $875 monthly,
$2625 to move in.
3495 NW 11 Court

Section 8 welcomed.
Call 786-287-9966.
4911 NW 15 Ct(rear)
Two bdrrns., one bath, Sec-
tion 8 ok, 786-362-3108.
6800 N.W. 6 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1125. Free water/electric.
7735 NW 6 Avenue
Two bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, washer/dryer. Section
8 OK! 786-277-4395
8160 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath and a
half, central air, patio, walk in
closet and large living room.
Section 8 ok.
9357 NW 31 AVENUE
Three bdrms, two baths, air,
tiled floors, washer and dryer
hookup. $1175 mthly. $1175
security. No Section 8. Call
94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central

air, bars, $900 mthly. Section
8 OK. 305-490-9284

9552 NW 20 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, tile,
appliances, air, $600 monthly
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
One bedroom, $650 month-
ly; three bedrooms, $1200
monthly. 305-757-7067
Design Realty
1168 NW 51 Street
Large efficiency, partly fur-
nished, quiet area, utilities in-
cluded. $675 monthly, $1000
to move in. Mature person
preferred. Call 305-633-1157.
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395.
Appliances, free water.

7742 NW 2 AVENUE
One person. Appliances,
$500 a month. 786-287-9011
Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1761 NW 84 STREET
Private entrance, cable. $500
monthly. 305-244-4928
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
2169 NW 49 STREET
$75 weeli cable, air.
Call 786-234-5683

2010 NW 55 Terrace
No Deposit Required.
$140 mrnove.i you in
2373 NW 95 Street
$90 weekly,
call 305-450-4603
2525 Opa Locka Blvd
Free room and board for
female 40 years plus in ex-
change for 90 year female
companionship, NO DRUGS.
Call Larry 786-458-1929.
2831 NW 159 Street
In quiet, clean house, call
Phyllis 754-214-9590.
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean room, $375 monthly.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Private room. 305-625-2918
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to
. $125 weekly. 305-696-2451.
Call Mr. Daniels at
In walking distance of
137 St. and N.W. 27
Private entrance.
Call 786-380-7967

2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.

1014 NW 61 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 Welcomed.
10201 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Appliances. $1195.
1121 NW 75 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$950, 305-688-5002
1256 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 only.
1510 NE 154 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, den, air
condition units, tile floor. $900
monthly. 786-489-4225
19400 NW 23 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 Welcome.
Call Dennis 954-434-1130
20700 NW 25 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated, central air,
huge fenced yard. Easy com-
mute. $1100 monthly.
2168 NW 60 Street
Four bedrooms, one bath,
bars and air condition. $850
monthly. Call Ceola,
2236 NW 59 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1100 monthly. Option to buy
possible. Section 8 ok. Avail-
able June 1.
Call 305-491-7522.
2611 NW 55 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths.

$1350 monthly. Section 8 ok.
Call A.T. Smith

2921 NW 174 Street
Four bdrms, two baths, newly
remodel Section 8 welcomed.
305-975-0711 or
310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, two
baths, with two dens. $1200
monthly. Central air, all
appliances included, free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

3141 NW 57 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
363 NW 59 street
Four bedrooms, two baths
with two bedrooms and one
bath cottage. $1395 month-
ly. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.
3770 NW 213 Terr
Lovely four bedrooms, two
baths, end unit, fenced
yard, tile flooring, cen-
tral air, close to shopping,
churches, at Broward/
Dade border. Available now!
CALL 954-243-6606
5510 NW 10 Avenue
Three bdrms, one bath,
fenced backyard, driveway,
laundry room, appliances,
central air $650 monthly.
Call 305-915-6557.
62 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550. Section 8 okay.
6320 NW 21 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Three bedrooms, one bath.
No Section 8. $875 monthly.
$1550 move in.
Four bedrooms, two bath.
Spacious three bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Miami Gardens Area
Three bdrms, one bath, Flori-
da room, central air, fenced in
yard. $1,350. Section 8 Wel-
come. 305-336-6816.
One Four Bdms., No Sect 8.
Broker: 786-955-9493.
Newly renovated, Section 8
home with custom kitchen,
tile floors, central air, laundry
room, family room and more.
Ready to go. Move in Spe-
cial! Call 754-444-6651.

5722 NW 17th Ave
Commercial space, 1000 sq
feet with kitchen and two
restrooms, adjacent parking.
$600 monthly. 305-300-9764

2236 NW 59 Street
Only $9,800 down.
No qualifying.
No credit check.
Three bedrooms, one.bath,
$85,800, great opportunity,
6% owner financing, closing
cost included, $456 monthly.
Call 305-491-7522.

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Roof repairs, painting, water
proofing, lawn and hauling.
Call 786-260-4722
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types of roofs. Roof repairs
starting at $75. Call Thomas
786-499-8708 or
45 Years Experience!
Shingles, roofing, and leak
repairs. Call 305-491-4515

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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on May 24, 2012, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning this
item. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC ,i l !
(#15476) City Clerk ,


Sealed proposals 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 fol-



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

NO.12271. t
Johnny Martinez
City Manager
AD NO. 12546


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the
Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency is sched-
uled to take place on Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 12:00 pm, or thereafter, at City
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Nothing but a ring matters
Just like the rest of us, LeBron celebrating after James and the
James has heard the jokes after Miami Heat fell short of their
last year's NBA finals. It seemed championship quest. Everyone
like the rest of the country was wondered how would he would

respond. Now the answer is
clear. King James has taken his
game to an all-time level and
this past weekend was award-
ed the game's highest honor -
NBA Most Valuable Player. It
was the third time in his career
that he has been so honored
yet there was something dif-
ferent this time around. He let
everyone know while receiving
the award that he is on a mis-
sion and that his job is not yet
done. It had to be great to be

among just eight players to win
the award three times, but that
was not his focus. He wants it
all, one of the reasons, those
other names on that list have
all been fitted for champion-
ship rings. James wants to be
the next one to add a ring to his
resume and nothing it appears
will stop this runaway locomo-
tive from Akron, Ohio. James
has never been been sharper in
his career but despite impres-
sive numbers this year, the de-

tractors remain. They wonder
aloud if winning the MVP puts
more pressure on James, they
point out that the other multiple
winners all have championship
rings, they continue to search
for ways to somehow cast a
shadow or doubt on the great-
ness that is LeBron James. The
road to redemption continues
for James and his Heat team-
mates, currently in an Eastern
Conference semi-final battle
with the Indiana Pacers. They

are determined and focused
like never before and despite
the fact that James is the first
South Florida athlete since Dan
Marino in 1984 to win an MVP
award in his sport, that re-
mains an afterthought. There
is only one thing that matters
to James and the Miami Heat
- winning it all. The journey
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Former Knicks player Patrick Ew-
ing is a candidate for the Bobcats'
coaching vacancy. The Bobcats are
working to set up a meeting with
Ewing once the Magic are finished
in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Ewing is a close friend of Char-
l.. otte owner Michael Jordan and
!several sources believe the Hall
T of Fame center will turn out to be
a serious candidate for the open-
ing. Charlotte will make pitches to
Golden State Warriors assistant
Mike Malone and former Portland
Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan.
but will likely hire its next coach
from a pool of candidates like Ew-
,^ ing who have been less in demand
"'' .('for head-coaching jobs.
Ewing has worked eight seasons
as an NBA assistant, including
the past five on Stan Van Gundy's
staff with the Magic. Detroit Pistons
get~i;I manager Joe Dumars in-

terviewed Ewing for his franchise's
head-coaching job last spring and
was impressed with him.
Charlotte officials flew to the Bay
Area to meet with Malone on Tues-
day. Malone is a coveted candidate
who will likely be on the short list of

most coaching openings this spring.
He was the runner-up for the War-
nors' lob that went to Mark Jackson
last year. The Warriors then made
Malone the league's highest-paid
assistant at $750,000 a year, hiring
him to lead Jackson's staff.
Charlotte has to sell candidates
like Malone and McMillan that Jor-
dan is willing to make the financial
commitment to build a winning
organization. Charlotte will have to
commit money to coaching salaries,
as well as sell a plan to stock the
franchise with talent.
Most ot the better candidates will
want to wait until the May 30 draft
lottery to see if Charlotte will win
the No. 1 overall pick to take Ken-
lucky center Anthony Davis. The
Bobcats parted ways with coach
Paul Silas after a season that saw
them finish with the lowest winning
percentage (.106) in NBA history.

Heat win game 1 Chris

Bosh out indefinitely

The Miami Heat announced Monday morning that
forward/center Chris Bosh is "out indefinitely"
after suffering a lower abdominal strain after a
second-quarter slam over Indiana Pacers center
Roy Hibbert in Miami's 95-86 Game 1 win on
After driving from the right elbow and finish-
ing with a left-handed slam over Hibbert late in
the second quarter, Bosh fell to his knees on the
floor of the AmericanAirlines Arena, reeling in
pain. He exited the game and did not return, finish-
ing with 13 points and five rebounds in just under 16
minutes of action. In six appearances this post-
season, Bosh has averaged 14.7 points and
6.8 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game for
the Heat.
Postgame speculation on Bosh's in-
jury ran rampant ahead of a scheduled ..
Monday MRI to determine its extent
and severity.
Without Bosh, Miami rallied from a
six-point halftime deficit behind huge
performances from stars LeBron James
(32 points, including 16 in the fourth
quarter, to go with 15 rebounds, five assists
and two steals) and Dwyane Wade (29 points,
including a 13-of-14 mark from the free-throw
line and four assists) to down Indiana and
take a 1-0 lead in the series.
"Indefinitely" is a deliberately vague term
befitting an injury that can be a harsh,
tricky beast. Abdominal strains limit range
of motion, sap explosiveness, screw with
mechanics and make reaching or contest-
ing on defense an awful chore players
who try to come back from them too quickly
can wind up injuring themselves much more
seriously and for a much longer period. If
the strain's minor enough, a player can be
back on the court in a week; if it's a more
significant strain, he might be sidelined for
two months.

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"Indefinitely" is a
deliberately vague
term befitting an
injury that can be a
harsh, tricky beast.

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