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By D. Kevin McNeir
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Florida citizens were given their
first opportunity to support or refute
the State's controversial Stand Your
Ground Law which has come un-

der national attention and increased
criticism since the February slay-
ing of 17-year-old Tra'yvon Martin
by 28-year-old George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman, eventually charged with
second-degree murder and recently
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State Attorney sounds off on

By D. Kevin McNeir

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is
one of the few Miami-Dade County officials cho-
sen by Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on
,the Task Force on Citizens Safety and Protec-
tion. Following Tuesday's meeting, which for the
first time also included public testimony, she
spoke with The Miami Times about her views on

what transpired during the day.
"We [she and her chief assistant, Don Horn]
thought this was an enlightening day,.' she
said. "Today's process focused on providing
us with an intensive explanation of the Stand
Your Ground law how it was first developed
and how it has evolved over the last five or six
years. We had a number of experts and law
enforcement people who explained how their
investigations are conducted and how the law

progress of task force
leads them to arrest or not arrest. Here in
Miami-Dade County, we have three times the
volume of cases as anyone else in the State. We I
have more courts and more cases. But that also
means we have more opportunities for a patch- Vo' ..
work of decisions. The same thing is happening :
all over the state in every jurisdiction. Even in '
Monroe County. They have only had two cases
involving the Stand Your Ground law but those
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Miami cop cleared in

Travis McNeil shooting
By D. Kevin McNeir Lounge, has been closed. In documents obtained from the
State Attorneys office, prosecutors
It was February 2011 when Bishop have concluded that Officer Reynaldo
Victor T. Curry, president of the Miami- Goyos committed no crime. It reads,
Dade Branch of the NAACP, ....... "based on. the witness of-
held a special radio broad- p. fricers' testimony, the crime
cast pleading for justice. scene investigation, the
The topic of the show was medical examiner's findings
police-involved shootings ,- and the future testimony af-
and centered on the Feb. forded on behalf of Detective
11th [2011] shooting of Tra- Goyos," our conclusion is
vis McNeil, 28 and Kareem that collectively the evidence
Williams, 30. McNeil would established a "basis for a
die as a result of a single justifiable use of deadly force
bullet Williams required . We cannot in good faith
hospitalization, surgery and proceed with criminal charg-
then faced a long recovery MCNEIL es against Detective Goyos."
after being shot twice. Now, At the time of McNeil's
over a year later, the case involving death, the city was in an uproar follow-
the unarmed motorist, McNeil and his ing a string of police-involved shoot-
cousin and passenger that took place ings of Black men seven ending
shortly after the two left the Take One Please turn to SHOOTING 8A

Guard charged in Club Lexx shooting
Family hires Trayvon Martin attorney contracted to pro-
~vide parking lot se-
By Latoya Burgess Kijuan Byrd, 29, and his friend Mi- k curity at Club Lexx chael Lee Smathers, 30, were sitting B was scheduled
in a Ford F-150 around 10:45 p.m. to work the night
Miami-Dade police arrested security when Kendle allegedly shot the two of the murder. He
guard Lukace Shane Kendle, 26, last men several times killing Byrd and arrived at the club
week and has now been charged with sending Smathers to Jackson Hos- early for his 11 p.m.
fatally shooting one man and wound- pital Ryder Trauma Center in criti- BYRD shift. He told police
ing the other inside the parking lot of cal condition. Kendle, an employee that he first saw Byrd and Smathers
Club Lexx on June 1st. The victims, of Force One Security a company Please turn to SHOOTER 6A

Jesse Jackson rallies to stop Black-on-Black carnage

By DeWayne Wickham

The telephone call came from an ag-
ing activist whose voice lacks the res-
onance it once had, but whose words
still pack a punch.
"Out with guns, in with jobs," the
Rev. Jesse Jackson said to me in his
trademark gravelly voice. "We're go-
ing to march in 20 cities" hard hit by
the gun violence that has made the
streets of America a bigger killing field

for young Black men in the United
States than the wars in Iraq and Af-
ghanistan have been for U.S. troops.
For Jackson, who turned 70 in Oc-
tober, ending the Black-on-Black car-
nage in this country could be his last
big campaign.
"Each year ... about 7,000 African
Americans are murdered, more than
nine times out of 10 by other African
Americans," Jackson said in a pain-
ful acknowledgment of a crisis that

for too long has received "drive-by"
attention from most Black leaders.
But beginning with the marches his
Rainbow PUSH Coalition will hold in
cities from Baltimore to Tulsa the day
before Father's Day, Jackson said
ending this slaughter will be a major
goal for him.
"If a foreign foe took these lives,
we would mobilize armies and arma-

das to stop them. But here, because
much of this violence is contained in
racially concentrated neighborhoods,
there is too much resignation and too
little outrage," Jackson said.
Understanding as he does the
depth of this problem, Jackson has to
know that it will not be solved eas-
ily or quickly. He. sees the roots
of this racial fratricide as crowded
neighborhoods, high unemployment,
bad schools, drug abuse and a prolif-

eration of guns. Jackson wants to use
the marches as a starting point in his
efforts to get the nation to respond to
this problem in much the same way it
has tried to win the wars in Iraq and
"We sent a lot of troops there to end
the violence and then rebuild those
places," he said, referring to the kind
of pacification programs being used
to end decades of bloodletting and
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With voter purges, Florida

will repeat past mistakes
or many, Florida is synonymous with election snafus.
In 2000, the state purged about 12,000 eligible
voters from the rolls while trying to remove persons
with criminal convictions. In 2004, it tried this again, and
slated thousands more voters disproportionately African
American for removal. It is no wonder then that Florida's
Secretary of State Ken Detzner raised eyebrows when he an-
nounced in May that his office was proposing to purge thou-
sands of names from the voter rolls. Haven't we been here
Large-scale voter purges end up disastrous because they
are conducted without the proper procedures and checks to
avoid the erroneous removal of eligible voters. For example,
the 2000 purge process was so imprecise that a Florida voter
named John Michaels could be removed from the voter rolls
because his name was similar to that of Californian John Mi-
chaelson, who had a criminal conviction.
To protect citizens' right to vote and the integrity of our elec-
tions, any process to remove large numbers of names from
the rolls must be conducted in the open, using protocols that
ensure accuracy and allow enough time to correct any mis-
takes. It is not clear that this new round of purges do any of
those things.
For one, Secretary Detzner admits that the purging efforts
were first initiated in 2011, but they are only now coming to
light. Also, reports are that state officials initially used driver's
license and Social Security records to determine who should
be purged, but both those records are flawed and inadequate
for these purposes. Finally, despite these defects, the state
was pushing ahead with this purge process just a few months
before primary elections.
The Department of Justice recently stepped in to remind
Florida of its obligations under the Voting Rights Act. Mainly,
the Sunshine State is required to establish that these purge
protocols will not negatively impact its minority racial and
language communities before undertaking such a program.
The DOJ also reminded Florida that under the federal law
commonly known as the "Motor Voter" law, a large-scale
purge like what is being reported in the state cannot happen
so close to the primary elections in August.
DOJ's intervention is an important step because one group
potentially affected by poor purge protocols for these 2012
purges are new Americans. Detzner's office started a process
last year to check which registered voters are citizens by look-,
ing at who presented proof of citizenship when applying for a
driver's license.
The approach has been strongly criticized because people
can obtain citizenship after their driver's license application
was filed. Recognizing the inadequacy of the process, the
Florida Department of State has reportedly committed to us-
ing a Department of Homeland Security database to ensure
the accuracy of the list of potentially ineligible voters. But
even if that check is available, that will take time to do, push-
ing the purge even closer to elections, without a guarantee
that it will be free from error.
If Florida election officials truly want to ensure that all eli-
gible citizens can vote and that voter registration records are
accurate, they can support a proven, practical solution: mod-
ernization. Paper-based registration systems, designed in the
19th century, are inefficient, costly, and prone to inaccuracy.
Many states are adopting systems that use 21st century tech-
nology to increase the number of eligible voters and remove
ineligible voters with a much higher degree of accuracy.
MNodel legislation developed by the Brennan Center for Jus-
tice, a non-partisan institute, provides for a modern system
that electronically transfers and maintains registration in-
formation, enables secure online registration, ensures that
voters' registration records travel with them when they move
within a state, and creates an opportunity at the polls to cor-
rect any glitches in the process. These reforms have not only
improved accuracy in other states, but also saved millions of
dollars and reduced costly burdens on local election officials.
Full participation and accurate voter lists are essential
building blocks of our election system. Yet, for the 2010 elec-
tion, 37 percent of eligible citizens in Florida were not even
registered to vote. This ranks Florida 38th in the nation.
Florida's policy makers should make voter registration more
accurate and more accessible for those who are eligible by
modernizing the system, not by repeating the kind of discred-
ited and problematic purge programs that have taken place
in the past.
Mymrna Perez is senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Jus-
tice at New York University School of Law, a non-partisan pub-
lic policy and law institute.

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Romney plays his trump card with

Donald Trump has said he
would be "open" to accepting a
Cabinet post if Mitt Romney be-
comes president. Trump would
prefer "a position where I negoti-
ate against some of these coun-
tries, because they are really tak-
ing our lunch." So is he on the
short list, perhaps, for secretary
of state?
Don't laugh. OK, go ahead and
laugh. Point out that Trump is
barely qualified to be secretary of
But then ask Romney why he
chooses to embrace and encour-
age a puffed-up buffoon whose
antic self-promotion, once mild-
ly amusing, has become rabid
and toxic. Ask Romney if giv-
ing Trump a platform doesn't
cheapen what should be a seri-
ous debate about the future of
the country. Ask Romney why he
decided to join a huckster's silly
In a week when Romney
clinched the Republican nomi-

nation, his appearance at a Las
Vegas fundraiser with Trump
- and Trump's doubled-down
insistence that the thoroughly
discredited, insane "birther"
theories about President Obama
have merit dominated the po-
litical news.
When pressed by reporters on
Monday why he continues to

This raises two issues, the
lesser of which is the suggestion
that Romney will accept endorse-
ments and donations froman-
yone who chooses to give them.
One hopes that when he was
running Bain Capital, he took
his obligation to perform due dil-
igence more seriously.
The greater issue is this: Rom-

The idea that Trump cares about anything bigger than
Trump is absurd. In his mind, from all evidence, there is
nothing bigger than Trump.

associate with Trump, Romney
gave an answer that was unin-
tentionally revealing. "You know,
I don't agree with all the people
who support me, and my guess
is they don't all agree with every-
thing I believe in," he said. "But I
need to get 50.1 percent or more,
and I'm appreciative to have the
help of a lot of good people."

ney thinks Trump actually has
the Romney campaign's best irin-
terests in mind? Really? If so,
one has to wonder if Romney is
too gullible to be president.
The idea that Trump cares
about anything bigger than
Trump is absurd. In his mind,
from all evidence, there is noth-
ing bigger than Trump.

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If he really wanted Romney to
win, he wouldn't have done an
interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer
that deserves a prominent place
in the annals of lunacy. Trump
begins by slamming a taped in-
troduction as "totally inappropri-
ate" and "actually very dishon-
est" because it focused on the
birther nonsense. He goes on to
tell Blitzer that Obama "uses re-
verse psychology" and pretends
nonchalance about discussions
of his origins when actually "it's
not an issue that he likes talking
I should interject that back
here on Planet Earth, the Obama
campaign did all it could this
week to focus attention on Trump
and birtherism. The mood of top
advisers seemed to approach un-
restrained glee.
Poor Blitzer notes that Hawaii
has formally certified Obama's
birth certificate. Trump contends
that "many people" do not believe
the document is authentic.

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Freedom summer schools spur achievement

When Kyla was in the third
grade, she failed the state-re-
quired end-of-grade tests at
her Charlotte, N.C. elementary
school. Her grandmother was
worried that summer school
wouldn't be fun, but then she
heard about the Children's
Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom
Schools program, and she
knew Kyla would love the pro-
gram and learn at the same
time. Kyla's principal agreed
that she could participate in the
CDF Freedom Schools pro-
gram on the condition that Kyla
retake her tests in the middle of
the summer. When she did, she
passed with the highest pos-
sible score. Kyla gave her CDF
Freedom Schools experience the
credit, especially the way the
program is designed to foster a
love of reading: "The stories we
read in Freedom School, I could
relate to, and we got to keep our

books at the end of each week
so I could read them again at
Kyla wasn't alone-an evalu-
ation of Freedom Schools run
by Freedom School Partners
in Charlotte found summer
learning loss staunched for 90
percent of the children served
and 65 percent of the children
showed gains in reading, some-
times by one or even two grade
levels. Francisco had his own
transformation: when he began
the Freedom Schools summer
program he was a very shy fifth
grader who wouldn't read aloud,
was reluctant to talk, and would
barely raise his eyes to speak his
name. But the Freedom Schools
instilled a new sense of confi-
dence in him along with a love
for books, and by the end of the
summer he was volunteering to
read aloud. Kyla and Francisco
are just two of the thousands

of children for whom Freedom
Schools has made an enormous
difference. The program pro-
vides summer and after-school
enrichment that helps children
fall in love with reading, in-
creases their self-esteem, and
generates more positive atti-
tudes toward learning. Children
are taught using a model inte-
grated curriculum that supports
children and families around
five essential components: high
quality academic enrichment;
parent and family involvement;
civic engagement and social ac-
tion; intergenerational leader-
ship development; and nutri-
tion, health, and mental health.
More than 90,000 children have
had a CDF Freedom Schools ex-
perience since 1995. Now almost
12,000 children are about to
have their own Freedom Schools
summer at 177 sites across the

'CDF Freedom
Schools sites are safe and re-
storative learning spaces where
children are surrounded by car-
ing adults and college students
from their community who share
their enthusiasm for learning
and reading and are commit-
ted to serving them as authentic
mentors. Each day begins with
"Harambeel" a 30-minute activ-
ity to celebrate and affirm ev-
ery participant's value and pre-
pare for the work and learning
ahead. Throughout the summer
children read high quality books
and are engaged in learning ac-
tivities that match their develop-
mental needs and interests. The
program is free, giving parents
access to high quality child care,
and children receive two nutri-
tious meals and a healthy snack
each day in the summer and nu-
tritious snacks during the after-
school program.


Obama does fight for Black Americ

It's easy to sit back and criti-
cize. Pretty much anyone, any-
where with access to a computer
can spew his/her thoughts on the
day's issues, or worse yet, cre-
ate hysteria where none exists.
When it comes to this president,
we've watched an unfair number
of attacks launched against him
from the moment he decided to
run for office and throughout his
time at the helm. But while vitriol
from the right is expected, it's the
petty denigration from supposed
progressives and those seeking to
make a name for themselves that
is the most troubling and disap-
pointing. The latest installment:
a piece titled Still Waitng For
Our First Black President'. I can't
think of anything more insulting.
In 2008, we made history. Tra-
ditionally marginalized groups
stood in line for hours in many
cases just to cast a vote and par-
ticipate in the process. And yes,
we elected our first Black Presi-
dent. For people to claim that
President Obama's dedication to
the Black community is somehow
in question, is not only an affront
on his personal integrity, but also
an outright misrepresentation for

what he has truly achieved while
in office. Despite facing consis-
tent hurdles virtually every step
of the way including conserva-
tive members of the House that
have attempted to halt his every
move the President has created
immense change, much to the
benefit of the Black community.
And it's time we start recognizing

bankrupt, the president insisted
on saving the auto industry, once
called 'an engine for the Black
middle class'. Today, Detroit is
seeing a resurgence, and GM and
Chrysler are making record prof-
its while hiring thousands of new
workers across the country -
many of them Black.
President Obama's signature

n 2008, we made history. Traditionally marginalized groups stood
in line for hours in many cases just to cast a vote and participate
in the process. And yes, we elected our first Black President.

First and foremost, let's start
with the economy. Inheriting
some of the worst conditions
since the Great Depression, Pres-
ident Obama's commitment to
passing a stimulus package did
in fact avert further financial ca-
tastrophe as many economists
have highlighted. As the first in
the line of fire, people of color
were and are directly impacted by
his efforts to salvage jobs, hous-
ing and this economy. While
many, like current Republican
frontrunner Willard Mitt Romney,
would have liked to see Detroit go

legislation, healthcare reform,
was the first successful step in
rectifying our fractured system.
Creating drastic change that will
allow millions of uninsured to
receive health coverage (includ-
ing some 7 million Blacks) the
president not only understands
the importance of establishing
change within health care, but
he has ardently fought opposi-
tion every step of the way. Even
at the possible cost of his own
re-election, President Obama has
remained steadfast in his resolve
to reform health care so that mil-
lions no longer have to choose be-


tween feeding their amnilies an
going to see a doctor. Let's not
forget all the town hall interrup-
tions, the yelling, the obstruc-
tion, the Tea Party and now the
Supreme Court that may in fact
strike down all of the president's
work to assist Americans unable
to pay for health coverage.
Attempts to argue that the
President has done little to noth-
ing with regards to the criminal
justice system another area
of significant concern within the
Black community are unfound-
ed. Recognizing the unjust sen-
tencing disparity between crack
cocaine and powder cocaine pos-
session, the president signed the
Fair Sentencing Act that for the
first time altered this unjust ra-
cial discrepancy.
As studies show, whites, who
were more likely to be arrested
on powder cocaine offenses, re-
ceived much lighter sentences,
while Blacks received mandatory
tough sentences for crack cocaine
offenses. The president is the first
to pass this sort of legislation that
directly acknowledges and chal-
lenges inequities within the jus-
tice system.

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Has society unfairly given Black

fathers a negative reputation?

Miamni. unemployed

Yes. I'm a lather of nine chil-
dren and I
raised all of
them. Six of

themBlack fathers
are lazy and that we're not roleaduated
frmodels for our children. It'sllege.
just unfair that they're trying
still trying
to say that
Black fathers
are, lazy and that we're not role
models for our children. It's
just unfair that they're trying'
to stigmatize us.

Miami, unemployed

No, not re-
ally because
guys out here
don't know
how to act.
Half of them
aren't fathers
- they're not
taking care of their kids. They
have these babies with these
young girls and they're still
buck wild. When I was com-
ing up, there wasn't this type
of violence either. But now
there's just s6 much violence
perpetrated by young folks that
it's ridiculous. They don't care
about life at all.

Miami, unemployed

Well, I don't
think that I
ever heard
that anything k
was wrong.,,
with Black
fathers. Any-
way, all the "-
Black fathers
that I know are good fathers.

Miami, adminisiratiie assistant

I don't want to say anything
bad about a
brother, but
they haven't
been doing
what they're
suppose to do.
So, no, I don't
think the ma-
jority of Black
fathers have been given a bad
reputation. I think that most of
them have earned the reputa-
tion that they have.

Miami,food service worker

I think that
they have un-
fairly been
given a bad
reputation. A
lot of Black
fathers have

been to pris-
on or are in
prison, so they can't be there
for their kids. And if the fathers
aren't there, then their sons
and daughters will roam the
streets and do want they want
to do.

Liberty City, retired bus driver

Yes. I raised my three kids and
my youngest
child has just
one more year
of college to
complete be-
fore graduat-
ing. See, I am -
a Black father,
not a daddy.
The difference is that daddies
don't take care of their chil-
dren. Fathers do.


s Political newcomers need some scrutiny
Finally, we are seeing cam- woman Fredericka Wilson, Hopefully the voters in Mi- voters excerised their rights
paign signs with familiar who has proven her support ami-Dade County are as moti- and were successful in un-
names and faces going up for this community' time af- vated in August 2012 as they seating former Strong Mayor
everywhere. New contenders ter time, is being challenged were during the Presidential Carlos Alvarez. Later that
are being showcased and wel- by Dr. Rudy Moise for Flor- Election in 2008. Voters must same year voters elected Mi-
corned as well. However, we ida Congressional District do their homework on the ami-Dade Commissioner Car-
need to scrutinize their expe- 24 seat. Fortunately for vot- candidates and question the los Gimenez as Mayor. What

rience, record and their plat-
form. Will their platform solve
issues which are important to
you? Democracy means par-
ticipation by the many and if
the candidate is backed by big
businesses, they will be serv-
ing businesses and not the
Several important races will
take place in the August 2012
election and every vote will
count. Miami Gardens Mayor
Shirley Gibson is challeng-
ing incumbent Miami-Dade
County Commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan for the District
1 Commission seat. Defense
Attorney Roderick Vereen has
also thrown his hat in the
race in an attempt to unseat
Miami-Dade State Attorney
Katherine Rundell. Even my
favorite incumbent Congress-

several important races will take place in the August 2012
election and every vote will count. Miami Gardens May-
or Shirley Gibson is challenging incumbent Miami-Dade
County Commissioner Barbara Jordan for the District 1 Commis-
sion seat.

ers, most of these candidates
come with years of experience
and service to our communi-
ty. Hopefully we will let that
be the determining factor of
who gets our vote. Before you
go out and vote ask yourself
among all the candidates that
are running for office, who
has best represented your is-
sues and the will of the peo-
ple. Mama said it best when
she sang," May the work I've
done speak for me."

candidates and their motives
as to why they are running for
a particular office. Remember
things are a lot easier said
than done. Unfortunately,
people run for office for vari-
ous reasons, some are self-
serving and some are there to
serve special interests.
Voters throughout the
Country exercised the power
of their vote by going to the
polls and making changes in
2011. Miami-Dade County

voters need to assess careful-
ly is whether merely -chang-
ing representatives make our
County and our lives better.
Things are a lot easier said
than done. In 2012, many
new people were elected to
serve with promises ofjob cre-
ation, but the opposite hap-
pened. Many people were laid
off. Some of the newly elected
made things worse such as
the Governor of Wisconsin.
Voters must keep in mind that
our power lies in the voting
booth. Check to make sure
you can still vote as people
are being purged from voters'
lists. Even if you are a regis-
tered voter and you do not ex-
ercise your right and vote, you
are as powerless as those who
cannot vote. So, please: Get
out and vote.

BY ROER .CALDWELL, Mian"i Time.s contributor,

Scott takes
There is something wrong
with the Scott administration,
when the judicial system con-
tinues to strike down laws the
Florida legislature has passed.
It was always my belief that
voting was the essence of our
democracy, and every political
office holder believed they had
a responsibility to extend this
right to the largest number of
But in Florida, it appears
that our political leaders be-
lieve that a select few should
have the right to vote and the
system should be restrictive.
In a highly-publicized decision,
a federal judge in Tallahassee
ordered that the state stop en-
forcing part of a new elections
law that he said puts "harsh
and impractical" restrictions
on voter registration in the
The League of Women Vot-
ers of Florida, Rock the Vote
and the Florida Public Inter-
est Research Group Education
Fund filed "the Tallahassee,
suit" in December, after the

State Attorney Katherine Fer-
nandez Rundle is making sure
she doesn't do what Alex Sink
did in her failed attempt to se-
cure the position of Florida State
Governor taking the Black
vote for granted. Rundle is ap-
parently courting the Black
community that is made up of a
lot of Democratic votes. Unlike
Sink, who other than one brief
rallv in Liberty City. ignored our

voting rights away
League halted voter registra- strategists want to 1
tion drives out of concern that number of new vote
volunteers could receive fines 2012 election.
up to $1,000. It was obvious "The short deadline
that this bill was designed to with substantial pen
eliminate new minority voters, compliance makes vo
and new young voters, tration drives a risky
U. S. District Judge Robert If the goal is to discoiu

n 2008, there was the largest number of new voter
in a presidential election in the history of the cou
many of the Republican strategists want to lower t
ber of new voters in the 2012 election.

Hinkle's order said, "The part
of the 2011 election law rewrite
that requires third-party voter
registration groups to turn
in registration forms within
48 hours of signing up a new
voter or face up to $1,000 in
fines put a virtually impossible
burden on groups engaging in
voter sign-up."
In 2008, there was the larg-
est number of new voters to
vote in a presidential election
in the history of the country
and many of the Republican

brothers and sisters in the hood
while also connecting with the
press and radio. Her opponent,
Rod Vereen, will need his "A-
game" if he hopes to upset the

Liberty City's "Big-E Mama,"
an ardent grassroots activist who
is known for having a big bark,
is having a tough time with City
of Miami Police after filing com-

er-registration drives
also to make it harde
voters to register, the
deadline may succeed
Instead of moving
our governor is taki
to move backward. TI
nor and his administi
pear to violate the 19
Rights Act and theI
tional Voter Registra
[n the short time that
administration and th
lican Florida Legislat

r from us

lower the, been in office, they have passed
rs in the many ridiculous and unconsti-
tutional laws that have been
coupled geared to hurt minorities.
ialties for The 1965 Voting Rights Act
ter regis- was enacted to protect mi-
business. norities and the 1993 National
rage vot- Voter Registration Act was en-
acted to protect citizens from
rs to vote voter purges. But Scott has
intry and ordered his administration to
go on a voter hunt and purge
the num- Florida voters from the voter
rolls. Scott's administration
has flagged 2,700 voters as po-
tential non-citizens; 58 percent
and thus are Hispanic and the other
r for new largest minority is Black.
S48-hour Racism is still alive today and
d," Hinkle don't think because there are
Black politicians everywhere,
forward, that racism has disappeared.
ing steps Voting is all about power and
he gover- the Republicans in power want
ration ap- to maintain control. Hispanics
65 Voting and Blacks have the potential
1993 Na- to be a powerful voting bloc, if
xtion Act. we work together.
Scott, his Roger Caldwell is the CEO
ie Repub- of On Point Media Group in Or-
ture have lando.

That's really tough to swallow,
given how much this sister has
done to stir up the troops and
bring needed change to the com-
munity. But she may not be the
only one. We hear that Brother
Brian Dennis was also pulled in
by the City of Miami Police but
aren't sure why. Is this another
case of police intimidation or
have some of our Black activ-
ists gotten themselves into hot

a break these days. At least that's
what Rev. Creflo Dollar must be
thinking after his daughter filed
charges against him for alleg-
edly striking her during an argu-
ment. What's all the commotion
here? It's not like he followed in
the footsteps of Rev. Eddie Long.
Parents should be able to disci-
pline their children, shouldn't
they? For those of us who are
"old school" we still jump at our

community until the llth hour, plaints against them. Now she's water? parents' commands even if
Rundle has made it her busi- been accused of assault and ******** they're 90-years-old and walking
ness to promote her platform to battery against a senior citizen. Seems like preachers can't get with a cane.

IOmega Psi Phi awards $9000 in scholarships

The scholarship program
of Sigma Alpha Chapter of
Omega Psi Phi, Inc. received a
surprise infusion of funds this
year. An anonymous donor
gave $5000 to our scholarship
program to ensure that all of
the program objectives could
be met. As a result, three de-
serving graduates received
Mr. Courtney Johnson, a
graduate of Miami Carol City
Senior High received the high-
est award of $4000. John-
son ranked number one in
his class with a GPA of 6.58.
His outstanding scholastic
achievement was matched by
his'community service and
extra-curricular activities. He
founded a Diabetes Aware-
ness organization in honor of
his grandmother, was a direc-
tor of the Silver Knights and
a junior member of the City
of Miami Gardens executive

board. Johnson will be attend-
ing Northeastern University in
Mr. Elisha S. Clarke, IV, a
graduate of McFatter Techni-
cal and Senior High School was
awarded the second highest
award in the amount of $ 3000
with a GPA of 3.9. Community
service included volunteering
at the Miramar Community,
serving as the lead acolyte at
St. James in the Hills Episco-
pal Church, and volunteering
at the Jubilee Center of South
Broward, where he assisted
with meals for the homeless.
He also found time to work
with computer- aided design
programs to create 3D models
and assemblies. Clarke will be
attending Florida Atlantic Uni-
Mr. Phillip Wells, another
Miami CarolCity Senior High
School graduate, received the
Willie (Louigi) Lewis award of

$2000. Lewis earned a 4.06
GPA and placed in the tenth
percentile of his graduating
class. He held leadership po-
sitions in the African Alliance,
Key Club, marching band,
Quest Club Royal Court and

held the title of Mr.Carol City
Senior High. After school,he
worked at the Cold Stone
Creamery. He will be attending
either the University of Florida
in Gainesville or Howard Uni-
versity in Washington, D.C.



By John McAuliff

Overseas forgers from as far
away as China are shipping fake
driver's license and other IDs to
the United States that can by-
pass even the newest electronic
digital security systems, accord-
ing to document security experts.
-~ The new IDs are "an affront to
the very sovereignty and dignity
of the states that issue them,"
says David Huff, a senior special
agent in enforcement for Virgin-
ia's Department of Alcohol and
Beverage Control, which has in-
vestigated some of the frauds.

Most troubling to authori-
ties is the sophistication of the
forgeries: Digital holograms are
replicated, PVC plastic identi-
cal to that found in credit cards
is used, and ink appearing only
under ultraviolet light is stamped
onto the cards.
Each of those manufacturing
methods helps the IDs defeat se-
curity measures aimed at identi-
fying forged documents.
The overseas forgers are bold
enough to sell their wares on
websites, USA TODAY research
finds. Anyone with an Internet
connection and $75 to $200 can

-Getty Images
Today's fake IDs have attained a level of sophistication that
can fool even the most-trained eye.

order their personalized ID card
online from such companies as
ID Chief. Buyers pick the state,
address, name and send in a
scanned photo and signature to
complete their profile.
ID Chief, whose website is
based in China, responds per-
sonally to each buyer with a
money-order request.
Brian Zimmer, president of the
Coalition for a Secure Driver's Li-
cense, said the ease with which
people can get fake documents

is alarming. "If the ID buyers are
terrorists, the list of protected
targets they can now access is a
Homeland Security nightmare,"
he said.
In August of 2011, federal pros-
ecutors uncovered a counterfeit
ring of Chinese foreign nationals
in Albuquerque forging New Mex-
ico IDs for illegal Chinese immi-
grants. They ran advertisements
in Chinese-language newspapers
in New York offering false identi-
fication for $1,500.

Broward school district

to add new teaching jobs
t :,l. ,: 2,,: ,'-. -a~" ,.--, a; ,

- The Broward County school
district plans to add teaching
In a departure From recent
years, when drastic layoffs
loomed as school ended for the
summer, new teaching jobs will
be created for the next school
year. Last Wednesday super-
intendent Robert Runcie said
there Mill be about new 678
teaching positions.
The South Florida SunSen-
tinel reports many of the new
hires will teach specialty class-
es like physical education and
music classes. Specialty pro-
grams suffered big cutbacks
over the past few years.
The district announced 395
layoffs, but 380 of those will
be non-instructional positions.
Runcie previously said there
would be administrative cuts to
redirect funds to the classroom.
Part of the reason for the new
jobs is so Broward County can
meet state mandates limiting

FAMU officials say no band at 2012 Florida Classic

By Denise-Marie Balona
and Stephen Hudak

The former chief of Florida
A&M University's police depart-
ment and the school's dean of
students recommended that
FAMU not allow its- famed
marching band to perform at the
Florida Classic in Orlando last
fall because of concerns over
hazing, the former chief told the
Orlando Sentinel on Monday.
Former band director Julian
White quashed the idea when
it came forward during a brief
staff meeting Nov. 16, saying
the band was a main feature of
the annual fundraising event,
said Calvin Ross, who recently
retired from the FAMU police
department. A spokeswoman

for White, however, said his death.
the former band director Brooke Hobbs empha-
actually agreed with the sized that White was
recommendation, but no summoned to the Nov.
one at the meeting had 16 meeting by his "supe-
authority to suspend the riors" after he had sus-
band. pended 22 members of
"The consensus of ev- the trombone section for
eryone in that meeting WHITE hazing. Because of those
was that no one in the suspensions, she said,
room had the power to make that "that was a red flag."
decision," said Brooke Hobbs, Since Champion's death, a
spokeswoman for White's attor- string of allegations involving
.ney, Chuck Hobbs. hazing and other misconduct
Three days after the meet- within the FAMU music depart-
ing, FAMU drum major Robert ment have surfaced. Critics have
Champion was beaten to death argued that the band, with its
by his fellow band members dur- history of hazing, never should
ing hazing rituals after the en- have been allowed at the Classic.
semble performed at the Classic. White, who recently decided to
Eleven people are charged with retire after months of fighting to
felony hazing in connection with keep his job, has repeatedly in-

sisted since Champion's im,, there be a strong mes-
death that he worked sage sent with the
hard to fight hazing suspension of the en-
through the years and tire band," Ross said.
that his requests for help "But none of the others
were largely brushed off s' '." agreed to that as a rem-
by university adminis- V -'- edy to ending or impact-
trators. ing hazing."
But Ross said that it ROSS Kirby, who would not
was he and Dean of Stu- comment Monday, had
dents Henry Kirby who made the wanted to send an even stron-
recommendation Nov. 16 to sus- ger anti-hazing message to band
pend the band and that White members by suspending the
opposed the proposal during a band for an even longer time,
meeting held in former Provost Ross said.
Cynthia Hughes Harris' office. But that idea was rejected,
Hughes Harris returned to Ross said.
her former post as dean of the Before the meeting, the uni-
School of Allied Health Sciences versity had been dealing with
earlier this year. She could not numerous reports of hazing,
be reached for comment, including the beating of band
"He [Kirby] and I both agreed member Bria Hunter weeks ear-

lier in which three people were
later charged. White also had
suspended about 30 clarinet
and trombone band members
because of hazing.
Just that morning, a woman
who lives near FAMU called Kir-
by to warn that someone "could
have received serious injuries" if
she had not interrupted a com-
motion involving band members
at a nearby house at about 2
a.m. The woman believed "haz-
ing activities were occurring ...,"
Kirby wrote in an email to uni-
versity officials.
The critical Nov. 16 meeting at
FAMU was outlined in an email
addressed to the Florida Board
of Governors,' the Orlando Sen-
tinel and Tallahassee Democrat
on Sunday night.






Broward school superintendent

class size. The county was fined
$66 million by the state for fail-
ing to meet those requirements.
but was able to reduce the pen-
alty to $8.5 million.
"We cannot continue to re-
ceive penalties for not meeting
state mandates on class size,"
Runcie said.


LEGAL NOTICEzon Oil spill

Economic and Property Damages Settlement

Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses

If you have economic loss or property damage because of the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get money from a class action
settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America
Production Company ("BP"). Go to DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.
corn for more information, including information on how to file a

The Economic and Property Damages ("E&PD") Settlement
Class includes people, businesses, and other entities in the
states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain
counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil
spill. The website has
detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may be included in the E&PD Settlement.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@ to find out if a
geographic location is included.

The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types
of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage,
(3) Loss of Subsistence, (4) Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels
of Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property
Damage, (7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property
Sales Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the
E&PD Settlement; all qualified claims will be paid.

You need to submit a Claim Form to request a payment. You
can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted online or
by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you
should call the toll-free number for assistance.

The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be
April 22, 201.4 or six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes
effective (that is, after the Court grants "final approval" and any
appeals are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier
deadline to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The
earlier deadline to submit Seafood Compensation claims will be
30 days after final approval of the Settlement by the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless
of appeals). Actual claim filing deadlines will be posted on the
website as they become available. Valid claims will be paid as
they are approved, beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised
Settlement Program commences. It is highly recommended that
E&PD Settlement Class Members complete and submit their claim
forms promptly. Please read the Medical Benefits Settlement notice
because you may also be eligible for benefits from that settlement.

If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement,
you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or you
won't be able to sue BP over certain economic and property damage
claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may object to it by
August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude
yourself or object.

The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider
whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer
may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The
Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses
including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards
equal to 6% of class claims and benefits paid. Class Counsel fees,
costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages
Settlement Agreement and the Medical Benefits Settlement
Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members'
payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of
Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately
pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.

Medical Benefits Settlement

Providing Benefits to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents

If you have a medical claim related to the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill, you could get benefits from a class action settlement with
BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production
Company ("BP"). Go to
for more information, including information on how to file a

The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and
(2) certain people who resided in specific geographic areas in
coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf Coast during specific
periods in 2010. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.
corn has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine
whether a geographic location may be included in one of these
zones. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail to find out if
a geographic location is included.


The benefits of the Medical Benefits Settlement include:
(1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-
term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring after
exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision of periodic
medical examinations to qualifying people; and (3) creation of
a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, consisting of projects
to strengthen the healthcare system. Benefits (1) and (2) will
be provided only after the Court grants final approval and any
appeals are resolved.

You need to submit a Claim Form to request benefits. You

can get a copy of the Claim Form by visiting the website or by
calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted by mail. If
you have questions about how to file your claim, you should
call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline for filing a Claim Form is one year after the
Medical Benefits Settlement becomes effective (that is, after
the Court grants "final approval" and any appeals are resolved).
The exact date of the claim filing deadline will be posted on the
website. It is highly recommended that Medical Class Members
complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read
the Economic and Property Damages Settlement notice because
you may also be eligible for a payment from that settlement.

If you do not want to be legally bound by the Medical
Benefits Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by
October 1, 2012 or you won't be able to sue BP over certain
medical claims. If you stay in the Medical Benefits Settlement,
you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice
explains how to exclude yourself or object.
The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to
consider whether to approve the Medical Benefits Settlement.
You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the
hearing at your own cost. Class Counsel will ask the Court
to consider an award of fees, costs, and expenses of 6% of
the value of the benefits actually provided under the Medical
Benefits Settlement Agreement. Class Counsel fees, costs, and
expenses under the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement and
the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement
jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members' payments
will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class
Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately
pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.

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5A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 13-19, 2012

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Which way will your pressure meter blow?

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Water and gas pipes are built
to withstand a fixed amount
of pressure. When more pres-
sure is applied, eventually it
will come apart, oftentimes in
a sudden,violent explosion.
A man's emotional state can
be likened to a pipe. When
too much adverse pressure is
conveyed through his emo-
tional tubes,at some point or
the other, the build-up will
lead to an explosion. When
an overwhelming increase
of anxiety,fear, resentment
or anger passes through his

emotional system and
the pressure does not
decrease, the system is
bound to crack.
But how does one
come apart,crack into
pieces or explode? How
does an emotional i
breakdown manifest it- HA
self? Perhaps it can be seen in
ways ranging from continuous
crying to becoming completely
mute, immobility or pursu-
ing an end with the ardor of a
zealot, displaying outlandish
behavior or committing sense-
less acts of violence.
Pressure is also a two-edged

b sword. It can bring
About change when a
large number of voices
are lifted together in
persistence to make
their voices heard. In-
deed, in the form of
an intensely organized
LL movement, pressure
has a way of grabbing the at-
tention and winning favorable
results from those in power.
It happened in Missis-
sippi with the Scott sisters.
They received life sentences
for an eleven dollar robbery
and spent nearly 18 years in
prison before the governor of

that state finally yielded to
the pleas of thousands of sup-
porter and commuted their
It happened in Sanford,
Florida. Public outrage beat
a dead horse back to life in a
case involving the suspicious
killing of a Black teenager, an
incident that otherwise would
have been under the rug by
the Sanford police department
and made a dead issue.
Civil pressure demonstrated
by massive crowds of angry,
malcontent citizens citizens
can also send a dictator into

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Couple's fight turned deadly in Coral Springs
A domestic dispijte turned deadly in Coral Springs Sunday evening after a man re-
portedly went alter his on-again, off-again girlfriend, but she got the upper hand.
When police arrived at the home they found a man, Glenroy Jacobs, dead in the
street from a gunshot wound. Jacobs' girlfriend, who was injured, was taken to North
Broward Medical Center where she was questioned by police.

Smash and grab thieves drive van into clothing store
A handful of thieves made a smashing entrance into the fashion world when they
used a van as a battering ram to break into a designer's Miami store.
According to Fred Mclendon, the co-owner of Tanya Marie Design Avenue, the van
smashed through the store's tront door, sending hundreds ol pounds ol glass and
concrete flying. As many as five people then ran through the store and snatched up
approximately O$50,000i in couture dresses.

Coral Springs man found shot
Coral Springs police are investigating after a man was found shot to death last
Authorities say a woman on scene had to be rushed to the hospital.
Coral Springs Police spokesman Lt. Joe McHugh says after receiving a call they
found a man dead in the street from a gunshot wound.

Man charged with 45 counts of sexual attacks
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) happened outside and the people came forward, Roland
- A suburban New York man other two occurred in apart- said.
has been charged with 45 ments that Taylor had access The indictment includes two
counts of rape, sexual assault to, Mount Vernon Chief John felony counts of predatory sex-
and unlawful imprisonment. Roland said. ual assault, 11 of first-degree
Authorities say Tyrell Taylor .l Information about the addi- rape, eight of second-degree
of Mount Vernon is accused '' tional two victims, including rape, 10 of first-degree crimi-
of raping at least five teenage their ages and dates of the al- nal sex act, five of second-de-
girls over a four-year period ". leged attacks, was not imme- gree criminal sex act, four of
after meeting them online. diately available Friday. third-degree criminal sex act,
He was arrested on March """" Police began searching for two of third-degree rape and
30. He pleaded not guilty at ':''.. ^ Taylor after the first victim one of sexual abuse. He is also
his arraignment on Tuesday. came forward, Roland said. charged with child endanger-
Prosecutors told the Journal f She was able to identify Tay- ment and unlawful imprison-
News that Taylor intimidated lor, who has a record of 32 ar- ment, misdemeanors.
his victims by stalking, chok- 1. ,rests with nine convictions in Taylor's lawyer said it was
ing, restraining and threaten- TYRELL TAYLOR Westchester County and New too early to say if his client
ing them. York City. As police were try- would ultimately plead guilty
The attacks happened March 9, 28 and 30. One incident ing to locate him, two other to the charges or go to trial.

Thinking people need to rally to Jackson's cause

continued from 1A

stabilize those places with the
construction of new schools, the
creation of work opportunities
and the rebuilding of civil society.
Jackson, who is fond of noting
that the hands that once picked
cotton have now picked a presi-
dent, believes that an energized
Black electorate can bring about
these changes, too.

For many people in this country
who still believe Barack Obama's

election as president
ushered in the post-
racial era, Jackson is
a relic of a bygone era
of racial protest and
social activism. He is
a guy whose time has
come and gone. He is
an annoying reminder -,-.,.
of things they want to '
forget. So for them, it t
is easy to blow off his JACI
new campaign. J
But for the think-
ing people among us, it would
be a mistake not to rally to his
cause just as it would be an

error for Jackson not
to also attack one of
the root causes of
S Black-on-Black ho-
micides that Black
leaders usually duck:
the broader problem
of Black criminal be-
havior that makes so
S many Black neighbor-
. hoods unsafe.
Jackson's cause
SON ought to resonate
with anyone who un-
derstands that a major ripple
effect of this carnage is that
more money will have to be

poured into the criminal jus-
tice system, funds that could be
spent on improving education
and creating jobs. And Jackson
must speak as fervently for the
need to combat those Blacks
who gun down other Blacks as
he does for ways to keep guns
out of their hands.
If it turns out that ending the
pandemic of Black-on-Black
killings is Jackson's last cru-
sade, history, I'm sure, will re-
member that it was his biggest
challenge. And if he succeeds,
it will be remembered as his
greatest triumph.

Black judges needed: Blacks under-represented

continued from 1A

not something they pay attention
to; it's also something that is not
as publicized as other races so
they are not educated about it,"
she said.
There are currently three local
Black lawyers all women -
running for county court judge
this year: Greer Elaine Wallace;
Tanya Brinkley, and Teretha
Lundy-Thomas one of the
first Black female city attorney's
in the state of Florida. Lundy-
Thomas, running for re-election
in group 33, serves as the first
Black female administrative
judge in the 11th circuit. Han-
dling administrative matters for
20 county court judges in six
Miami-Dade County courthous-
es, Lundy-Thomas was re-elect-
ed without opposition in 1996,

Longwood, Fla., The wife of
George Zimmerman now faces
perjury charges for allegedly ly-
ing about the couple's finances
at her husband's bond hearing
in connection with the killing of
17-year-old Florida teen Trayvon
Shellie Zimmerman, 25, was
arrested and briefly jailed Tues-
day by the Seminole County
Sheriffs Office before posting a
$1,000 bond. In a court filing,
State Attorney Angela Corey
said Zimmerman, 25, perjured
herself before Judge Kenneth
Lester at an April bond hearing.
George Zimmerman, a neigh-
borhood watch volunteer, has
been charged with second-de-
gree murder in connection Mar-
tin's death.
Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded
innocent, contending he acted in
self-defense after getting into a
fight with the unarmed Martin.
He was released on $150,000
bond April 22. Lester revoked
the bond June 3 and ordered
Zimmerman back to in jail when
authorities learned that he had

2000 and 2006.
Smith, who runs her own law
firm Kymberlee Curry Smith
P.A., added that having minority
judges in the court room can be
beneficial for certain communi-
"You need Black judges be-
cause you want a judiciary
that reflects the community it
serves," she said. Judges do
have to follow specific guide-
lines, but they do have discre-
tion so you want a judge that
can use their experience to help
them in their discretion on how
to implement the law." Former
president of the GSCBWLA,
Shirlyon McWhorter, ran for re-
election for county court judge
in 2006. Some deemed the elec-
tion as controversial when Mc-
Whorter's opponent, Patricia
Marino-Pedraza added her His-
panic surname during the elec-

s wife charged
collected more than -P
$100,000 through In-
ternet donations. Ac-
cording to a court affida- ,
vit, Shellie Zimmerman L .
transferred more than
$74,000 to her personal
account days before the
bond hearing. ZIMMER
Taped phone calls between
the couple revealed that they
had discussed the money trans-
fers in code to hide the funds,
according to the affidavit. The
calls also revealed that George
Zimmerman had instructed his
wife to "pay off all the bills,"

tion season and defeated Mc-
Whorter by more than 10,000
"That is a sore spot in our
community but the bottom line
is our community needs to be-
come more educated about who
is running," Smith said. "We
need to become aware of who
those African-American women
are running for judge."
McWhorter, director of Office
of Equal Opportunity Program
and Diversity at Florida Inter-
national University, declined to
comment about the 2006 elec-
tion, but concurred with Smith
about having diversity on the
"From the perspective of a for-
mer County Court Judge and
the director of diversity at FIU,
it is very important that we have
a mixture of people at the table
in Miami-Dade County because

with perjury
including payments
to American Express
and Sam's Club. Near-
ly $50,000 was also
transferred to an ac-
count held by Zimmer-
man's sister.
In his bond revoca-
IMAN tion order made pub-
lic Tuesday Lester concluded
that Zimmerman's wife had
"testified untruthfully" about
her husband's finances at his
initial bond hearing and that
Zimmerman had failed to tell
the court about one of his two

S hrrir tin-

we live inside a global communi-
ty so it's important that we get
that representation from these
judges," she said. "Many Black
[residents] are unrepresented. It
is crucial that the judge is fair
and firm, but also has his or her
pulse on the community."
There are 122 judges presiding
in Miami-Dade County 10 are
Black including: Lundy-Thom-
as; Jerald Bagley; Daryl Tra-
wick; Orlando Prescott; William
Thomas; Darrin Gayles; Wendell
Graham; Eric Hendon; Rodney
Smith; and Fred Seraphin.

Florida mom shot children 18 times before killing herself
A Port St. John mother who killed her four children shot them 18 times before taking
her own lile.
The Brevard Counrty's medical examiner wrote in the report that a revolver was fired
against the chest of at least two children. There were 19 gunshot wounds found on
the victims, including the sell-inflicted wound to 33-year-old Tonya Thomas. The report
says one child was shot seven times. The youngest, who was 12, vas shot five times
from more than two feet away.

Beating of Oakland Park teen
posted in social media, four arrested
Before it was yanked away, a cell phone video of a Broward County teenage girl be-
ing punched to the ground was widely viewed on YouTube and Facebook.
Celina Bennett is the girl seen in video being attacked by a swarm of girls, girls she
said she barely knew.
They all attend the Alternative Lie Skills Charter School on Oakland Park Boulevard.

Two killed at Club Lexx

continued from 6A

rolling what appeared to be
marijuana cigarettes. After at-
tending a meeting with his co-
workers, Kendle went back to
his car to get cigarettes and said
he noticed the two victims look-
ing at him "menacingly" before
swinging open their car doors
yelling, "I'm going to kill that
Kendle says fearing for his life
he repeatedly shot into the ve-
hicle. When Byrd fell out of the
vehicle and began crawling on
the ground, Kendle admits he
shot twice more, in the back.
Both victims were unarmed.
Miami-Dade County medical
examiners ruled Byrd's death
as a homicide last Friday and
determined the cause of death
was a result of a total of eleven
gunshot wounds.

Kendle would remain free for
one week before being arrested
and charged sparking an
outcry from Byrd's parents Ar-
lene and Donald Byrd and other
family members. They, along
with legal counsel Attorney Ben-
jamin Crump, spoke at a press
conference inside Range Funer-
al Home. Before the Byrd Fam-
ily caught wind of kendle's ar-
rest they were fearful he would
cite the Stand Your Ground law

which could have prevented him
from ever being charged in the
murder case. "My family wants
answers," said Byrd's mother,
Arlene. "We don't understand
how someone can cite the Stand
Your Ground law when [Kijuan]
was shot two times in the back.
Kijuan was my only child and
now he's gone. My baby is dead
and it's senseless. I don't know
what I'm going to say to my
grandbabies when they ask me
where their father is."
Crump, who also counsels the
family of Trayvon Martin, spoke
about the Stand Your Ground
law at the conference. "A lot
of people compare this case to
the Trayvon Martin case, but
the difference is we know that
Smathers is alive and we may
have a version from somebody
who was actually there," he
Byrd, a Miami Norland Senior
High 2001 graduate, attended
Wells Hills College in California.
He worked as an electrician to
support his children: a three-
year-old daughter and one-
year-old son. "
Byrd's grandfather, Conley
Johnson, fought to hold back
tears at the conference.
"They need to amend this
[Stand Your Ground] law be-
cause now anybody can kill
someone and get away with it,"
he said. "People are taking ad-
vantage of that law."













The Georgia historical marker for Gilbert Memorial Cemetery
says the grounds were used by churches and fraternal lodges in
the neighboring black community during the 19th century and be-
ginning of the 20th century.

Gilbert Cemetery near 1-75 and a Cleveland Avenue exit ramp
survived a fight surrounding a DOT project in the 1980s.

By Steve Visser

ATLANTA The 53 headstones
represent most likely only a fraction
of the slaves buried on 1-75.
The graves are what is known as
the Gilbert Cemetery, once an acre of
land at the Cleveland Avenue bridge.
Thousands of commuters'catch a
glimpse of the headstones daily on a
plot ofDepartment of Transportation .
land, cut off from any visitors by the
ramps of cloverleaf.
More than a few drivers must won-
der who they are, but on a day when
many people visit the graves of their
deceased relatives, it seems timely
to reflect on Gilbert Cemetery, where
descendants are denied that chance.
But the truth is that most of the
dead there had been forgotten a long
time ago. It took a road project and a
controversy over Jesus to revive the
The property once belonged to
plantation owner Jeremiah Gilbert,
who in 1861 set aside a portion for a
cemetery for slaves and their fam-
ily members, according to a federal
court opinion. In the 1950s, the

cemetery was destroyed by persons
unknown, according to a historic
marker, and by the early 198os, it
was holding up a major DOT project
on 1-75 and the Cleveland Avenue
The DOT takes the position today
that the concrete headstones don't
necessarily even represent a burial
site. Spokeswoman Jill Goldberg
Said the department isn't even sure
that there are any dead either under
the grass or the pavement.
"It is something of a mystery,"
Goldberg said. "They are ceremonial
Lawyer Jeff Bramlett, who repre-
sented the descendants of the dead
in the 1980s, said the DOT tried to
run roughshod over the cemetery.
He noted that road builders circum-
navigated a white cemetery near the
1-85 and Cleveland Avenue intersec-
"To me, the juxtaposition of those
.two decisions by the DOT is really
odd," he said. "Why didn't they just
bend the road where the land had
a burial ground. The answer is that
they thought they could get away

with it. They acted like the cemetery
didn't exist even though the evidence
is pretty strong that they knew the
cemetery was there."
Goldberg said the department
halted the project after a contractor
discovered a few headstones.
A federal court opinion, however,
said that an investigation revealed
that more than 1,000 people were
buried there.... -
The investigation concluded
burials took place for 100 years,
but there were few headstones in
1980 to mark the graves, the court
opinion said. Thirty-six families
were identified as taking up lots,
but "the names and descendants
of those buried there generally were
unknown," the opinion said.
The DOT had a good case for its
claim of ignorance in some respects.
A motel-liquor store had occupied
the land until the department seized
it. The owners believed the cemetery
hurt their business and removed
most of the headstones, said Senior
Assistant Attorney General Charlie
Richards, who represented the DOT
on the case.

Richards said many of the graves
had not been marked, but the DOT
did find headstones inside the mo-
tel's basement. He suspected family
members had been powerless to
protect the cemetery.
"The people who were buried
there were poor and they were
black, and in the 1950s, you didn't
question the white man," Richards
Both Richards and Bramlett ended
up on the case after the DOT tried
to placate the families with plans to
erect a 7-foot granite statue of Jesus
over the graveyard. The ACLU ob-
jected to the religious symbol, U.S.
District Judge Marvin Shoob ruled
the statue unconstitutional and
the headstones with metal plates of
known dead were erected instead.
Some descendants were satisfied
with the "expressway Jesus" as a
a memorial for the dead, Richards
said; news stories indicated others
objected to it being a "white Jesus,"
the controversy happening in the
era in which Jesus' Ethiopian roots
were front and center in the racial
politics of the time.

Scholars look at Civil War anew during anniversary

By Chris Carola
associatedd Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Nearly
150 years after the last fusil-
lade of the Civil War, historians,
authors and museum curators
are still finding new topics to
explore as the nation commem-
orates the sesquicentennial of
America's bloodiest conflict.
Even the long-accepted death
toll of 620,000, cited by histon-
ans since 1900, is being recon-
sidered. In a study published
late last year in Civil War His-
tory, Binghamton University
history demographics professor
J. David Hacker said the toll is
actually closer to 750.000.
"That number just sat there
_ 620,000 for a century," said
Lesley Gordon, a professor at
the University of Akron and edi-
tor of the journal, a 57-year-old
publication considered the pre-
eminent publication in its field.
Now, that figure "'doesn't feel
right anymore," said Gordon.
The buzz Hacker's new esti-
mate has created among aca-
demrnic circles comes in the sec-
ond year of the nation's Civil War
sesquicentennial, a five-year
period during which new ways
to educate and inform America
about its most devastating war
are being presented in various
forms, including fresh exhibits
and living history events that
highlight the role Hispanics.
blacks and American Indians
played in the war.
Among the published mate-

rial are articles and books that
look at guerrilla warfare in the
border states, an overlooked
battleground where civilian pop-
ulations often fell victim to the
fighting. Such work represents
"the new direction" some are
taking in an effort to offer fresh
Civil War topics for Americans to
examine, Gordon said.
"They think about Lincoln,
they think about Gettysburg,
they think about Robert E. Lee,"
Gordon said. "They don't think
about this often brutal warfare
going on in peoples' backyards."
The National Parks Service
is featuring some of the lesser-
known stones of the Civil War in
its commemoration plans. The
parks agency has published a
41-page booklet on the role of
the nation's Latino communities
in the war. with another planned
from the Native American per-
These stories, and those of
escaped slaves and free-born
blacks who fought for the Union,
are an important part of the na-
tion's history, according to Bob
Sutton, chief historian for the
National Parks Service
He pointed to the recent 150th
commemoration of the heroics
of Robert Smalls, who comrnman-
deered a Confederate ammuni-
tion steamboat along with sev-
eral other fellow slaves, picked
up their families, sailed out of
Charleston's harbor and surren-
dered the ship to the Union fleet
blockading the South Carolina

In this April 27 photo, a flag and marker are with grave stones for soldiers who died in action
or after the Civil War at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, N.Y.

"The impact of this one inci-
dent went well beyond the inci-
dent itself," said Sutton. "'It was
a major catalyst for the Union
to recognize the value to start-
ing to raise black troops. Even
that story was downplayed until
relatively recently. The impact of
200,000 black soldiers and sail-
ors in the Union war effort was a
critical boost."
As for the death toll, many
historians have fully embraced

Hacker's higher number, among
them James McPherson, the
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
"-Battle Cry of Freedom."
"-It drives home even more
forcefully the human cost of
the Civil War, which was enor-
mous," said McPherson, profes-
sor emeritus in Princeton Uni-
versity's history department.
"And it makes it more under-
standable why it took the South
so long to recover."

Hacker, an expert in 19th-
century demographics, said he
was studying the steady decline
in United States birthrates when
he kept bumping into the Civil
War and its impact on the na-
tion's population growth in the
1800s. He decided to recalcu-
late the war's mortality rate for
males, using recently digitized
Census results from the two na-
tional population counts before
the war and the two after.


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New apartment helps vets get back on their feet

Barbara Carey Shuler Manor offers affordable housing to vets, elderly

By Kaila Heard
kheard(@niamitimeosnline. corn

If Gwendolyn Cutler-Isom had
to describe her one-bedroom
apartment in one word it would
be "great."
"I love everything about this
place!" she said.
Since April, the 54-year old
Army veteran has been living
in the recently-opened Barbara
Carey-Shuler Manor in Liberty
The $30 million apartment
building is one of the newest
completed projects by the non-
profit organization, Carrfour
Supportive Housing, which is
dedicated to providing perma-
nent housing and support ser-
vices to former homeless resi-
dents of Miami-Dade County. In
addition to providing affordable
housing, the apartment build-
ing has also been outfitted with
a fitness center, library, com-
puter lab and children's play

Barbara Carey-Shuler Manor
also houses one of only two of-
fice locations for the Opera-
tion Sacred Trust (OST) initia-
tive. The local program was
launched last year by a group of
non-profit organizations includ-
ing PAIRS Foundation, Carrfour
Supportive Housing, Neighbor-
hood Housing Services of South

Florida and Citrus Health Net-
work to help very low income
veterans and their families
combat homelessness. The pro-
gram offers case management,
outreach and assists veterans
in obtaining their VA and public
"Carrfour offers a wide range
of supportive services for our
residents," said Cedric Halyard,

U.S. Army veteran Gwendolyn Cutler-Isom enjoys everything about
her new apartment at the recently-opened Barbara Carey-Shuler Manor.

the veterans outreach director
for OST program. "The most
popular are the PAIRS resiliency
workshops that help veterans
build strong bonds with each
other, reconnect with family,
learn to communicate, under-
stand their emotions and prob-

According to Halyard,
also a veteran that we
homeless, "While aff
housing is an important
dation, helping our v
have easy access to oth
port [services] is vital

A former homeless veteran, Cedric Halyard, now serves as the
outreach director for Operation Sacred Trust, a program dedi
helping vets find housing and reintegrate into society.

who is

long-term success."

it foun- Even with all of the effective
veterans supportive services nearby, many
ier sup- of the veteran residents are most
to their pleased by the program's staff
members, says Floyd Glenn Mer-
S ryman. Merryman, 58, had been
S homeless for nearly a year-and-a-
W half before moving into his apart-
ment at the manor in February.
"I felt like I was the lowest
person in the world when I was
homeless," he recalled. "But
here they care about you and
they .even check on you every
few weeks just to make sure that
you're alright."
Halyard agrees that there is a
feeling of camaraderie among the
building's residents and staff.
"It's a common bond with all
of us, regardless of the color of
our skin or if we were homeless,
that's there because we were will-
veteran ing and able to put our life on the
cated to line when our country needed
us," he said.

Opinions vary on necessity of controversial Stand Your Ground

continued from 1A
ordered back to prison after his
bond was revoked, claimed self
defense in the shooting. But be-
cause of the wide discretion that
the law allows and amidst a bevy
of recent shootings in which
people, like Zimmerman, have
attempted to invoke the Stand
Your Ground law as a means of
legal defense, Scott was persuad-
ed to put together a task force
that would examine the merits of
and problems with the law.
But while citizens were tak-
ing to the microphone to provide
public comment to the 19-mem-
ber Task Force on Citizens Safety
and Protection, outside the par-
ents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy
Martin and Sybrina Fulton,
joined a contingency led by New
York Mayor-Michael Bloomberg
ande-erl cirig.iRMbtanlza-
tions in a march and rally. Ironi-
cally, both the task force meet-
ing and the rally were held in
the Longwood community--just

a few miles away from Sanford
where young Martin was shot
and killed.
Public views vary on the law
During the first phase of the
all-day public hearing, law en-
forcement officials testified how
the law impacts their jobs. State
Attorney Katherine Fernandez
Rundle and Miami-Dade Police
Department Sergeant Thomas
Hixon, Homicide Bureau, were
among those who gave reports.
Critics of the task force ques-
tion if any changes will be rec-
ommended, even with the inclu-
sion of public testimony, given
the fact that the majority of the
members support the Stand Your
Ground Law, including its chair-
person, Lt. Governor Jennifer
Carroll. Carroll voted in support
of the law during her stead as a
state representative as did fellow
task force member State Senator
Garn Sip in [Orlando|. '" 7
"When I voted for the bill, four
hurricanes had hit Florida in
2004 and people were looting
and taking advantage of folks,"

Siplin said. "Every member of
the Senate, Blacks, whites, Dem-
ocrats, Republicans, Jews and
Catholics, voted for the bill. We
[the task force] will reexamine
the law and others to see if there
is a racial trend. If so, we're going
to have to address it."
Siplin was referring to claims
that the law has been used in the
defense of whites more so than
Blacks. According to FBI statis-
tics, 34 percent of cases that in-
volved a white shooter killing a
Black person between 2005 and
2009 were deemed justifiable
under the law. But when a Black
shooter killed a white victim, the
killing was deemed justifiable
only three percent of the time.
Carroll was unavailable for
comment but when the task
force was first convened said, "It
is a mischaracterization for any-
one to presume that this ,task
force is not balanced." Her com-
ment was made after she stated
that she did not know the views
of 15 of the 19-member panel's
position on the law or if they fa-

State attorney discusses task force
STATE ATTORNEY did not go into any deliberations von's parents were there and
continued from 1A today it was just about input, what really struck a chord were
The panel asked a lot of pro- the final words of his father, Tra-
two are reflective of the lack vocative questions, particularly cy Martin. He asked us to please
of continuity in how the law is the sheriff from Orlando [Jerry review this law carefully to
applied. Don [Horn] observed L. Demings, Orange County, make sure it's right and just.
that when you look at the cases member of the task force]. The Then he reminded us that Sun-
throughout the state, the law afternoon was devoted to public day is Father's Day. While many
is interpreted in a number of comment including the family fathers will be enjoying the day
ways." of Trayvon Martin who attended with their children, he'll be visit-
"For the most part the panel and spoke, along with their at- ing his son's grave. It's a huge
seemed to be open-minded. We torney Mr. Crump. Both of Tray- loss for him and his family.

Officer cleared in McNeil shooting

continued from 1A

fatally out of a total of nine. All
but two of the victims, includ-
ing McNeil as it was later deter-
mined, were unarmed. It was in
this heated environment that
Curry spoke to Miami's Black
community, pleading for calm
but also allowing them to vent
their anger and frustration. .
While McNeil, testimony re-
ports, did reach under his seat,
he apparently was trying to re-
trieve one of two cell phones that
had fallen. The prosecution stat-
ed that they would not be able
to disprove that the officer had
"reasonable fear that Mr. McNeil
was reaching for a weapon" be-
cause other officers said McNeil
ignored commands by Goyos to
show his hands.
Sheila McNeil, Travis's moth-
er, said that she is "not satisfied"
with Goyos' clearing.
Two other police-involved
shootings remain open cases:
Joelle Lee Johnson and Tarnor-
ris Tyrell Gaye.

Meanwhile, the shooting of
22-year-old Brandon Foster,
who was shot and killed on
Dec. 16, 2010 by City of Miami
police after witnesses reported
that he was carrying what ap-
peared to be an AK-47, has also
been closed. The State Attor-
ney's office has concluded that
the shooting officers were legally
justified in their use of force and

no criminal charges will be filed
against the subject officers.
Foster was first seen in front
of Allapattah Middle School and
was then seen walking in the
area of NW 13th Avenue and NW

46th Street.
Then-Police Chief Miguel Ex-
posito said, "We know nothing
about the individual; we don't
know what he was doing carry-
ing the shotgun."

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vored or disfavored gun laws. sage that the public is voicing
Derek E. Bruce, a highly-re- outrage over reckless shoot-first
spected Black attorney from Or- laws in Florida and across the
lando and another member of country," he said. "We hope they
the task force, says he believes either repeal it or reform it to
Scott and the state legislation make it a rational law."
will listen closely to its recom- To that end, in early April
mendations. State Senator Chris Smith [Ft.
"I wouldn't want to invest the Lauderdale] formed an indepen-
type of time and energy into this dent panel to review the law. The
if I didn't believe something fruit- panel, comprised of prosecutors,
ful and beneficial would come defense attorneys, police chiefs
from it," he said. and law professors, took a closer
look at the 2005 law and its am-
PROTESTORS CALL biguous language. It allows citi-
FOR REPEAL OF LAW zens to use lethal force anywhere
Chris Brown, spokesperson they are legally allowed to be to
for the Second Chance on Shoot prevent "death or great bodily
First campaign that sponsored harm."
Tuesday's march and rally, says In a 21-page report, the panel
he hopes members of the task pointed to "overwhelming docu-
force and legislators alike will mentation of the law's use and
take heed to increased criticism more importantly, its abuse."
of the Stand Your Ground law. The panel also urged a strict re-
"We would d like to send a rnes- visionn Lhat would have sen, im-

merman into immediate police
"Our goal is to prevent a sys-
tem tantamount to lawlessness,
where any person can, within a
matter of seconds, render him-
self investigator, judge, jury and
executioner, all in one," Smith
Smith wanted his panel's rec-
ommendations to be reviewed
by the task force, but a spokes-
person for Scott said it was not
the place for "public comment."
Smith says he will sponsor a bill
during the 2013 Florida Legis-
lation that will make sure his
group's recommendations get
fair consideration.
According to Brown, the Sec-
ond Chance campaign has col-
lected 340,000 signatures on
petitions that ask for the Stand
Your Ground law to be either re-
ised or repealed.

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Caribbean Americans celebrate heritage in June


SBy Kaila Heard
Friday, June 1st marked the first day
the of seventh annual National Carib-
bean-American Heritage Month.
"Caribbean-Americans have made
numerous invaluable contributions to
our nation through areas such as the
Starts, politics, armed forces and sci-
S'ence," said Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson, who is of Bahamian descent.
The term Caribbean American is a
R broad term and encapsulates a wide
variety of people who hail from coun-

tries including the Bahamas, Jamaica,
Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Mar-
tinique and the Cayman Islands.
According to the Miami-Dade Coun-
ty's Office of Black Affairs, nearly one
third of the county's Black population
are Caribbean immigrants. Meanwhile,
in Broward County, an estimated 10
percent of the county's population
identifies as having West Indian an-
cestry (a large portion of that includes
Haitians and Jamaicans), according to
the 2000 Census.
The Institute of Caribbean Studies
(ICS) was one of the major organiza-

tions who helped to raise awareness
about officially recognizing June as
Caribbean American Heritage Month.
According to the Institute of Carib-
bean Studies, the month was founded
to [raise awareness] about the contri-
butions that immigrants of Caribbean
descent have made to American history
and society.
Although it took a long struggle to
have Caribbean Heritage Month be
nationally recognized, Rhoda Jackson,
the Bahamian consulate general in Mi-
ami, believes that the holiday benefits
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ENJOYING THE GOSPEL GROOVE: Timmy Timmons (I-r), County Commissioner Audrey Ed-
monson and Bobby Stringer.

Overtown celebrates

gospel in grand style

By Eric Ikpe
Miami Times writer

Miami's civic and community
heroes recently came together
to commemorate one of Mi-
ami's oldest communities -
Overtown and to celebrate
its second 2nd annual gospel
brunch. The event was held
at the historic Bethel AME
Church a longtime fixture in
the Overtown community.

"OvertoWn was like Harlem
and everybody wanted to be
here," said Amy Rosenberg,
who directed the program.
"This city was built by an
invisible workforce and while
the music is now faint, it's not
dead. We can bring it back to
Once recognized as the
epicenter of music in Miami,
the place where Langston
Hughes graced us with his

poetry and Thurgood Marshall
often vacationed, Overtown has
been reduced to a shell of its
former greatness. But for just
a moment, during the gospel
music and brunch, people were
jettisoned to a more inviting,
distant past.
Guests and worshippers
enjoyed an inspirational, non-
denominational service com-
plete with full gospel choirs
and special musical guests.
Guests included: Tree Top,-
Cina and community favorite
Bobby Stringer, who performed
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To Reverend Melvin Payne of the Adams
Tabernacle of Faith African Methodist Episco-
pal (AMEI Church in Pembroke Pines, one of
the most important issues for our communities
today are relationships.
"All of our relationships are really all about
how well you relate to God," he explained. "When
your relationship with God is great you instantly
recognize that you are no better than anyone
else because you recognize your ow-n deficiencies
and shortcomings.
The church is also dedicated to helping to
mend the relationships between people and
will offer classes about marriage, parent-
ing and child rearing through their recently
founded Family and Marnage Institute
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By Kaila Heard

One of the most popular statistics about
the Black family that is currently being
touted is how 72 percent of Black children
are being raised in a single parent house-
hold. The prevailing assumption being
that because of the lack of wedded cou-
ples, children from these unions are being
raised without their fathers.
However, does the dearth of marriages
in Black communities means that there is
also an epidemic of missing, uninvolved
Recent research suggests that this is
not necessarily the case, according to
Dr. Waldo Johnson, a professor at the
University of Chicago who studies the

Black family.
"One thing that we don't give young
African-American fathers credit for is that
even when they don't get married they are
still more involved with their children than
white and Latino fathers," he said.
However, "It is certain across the board
that there are perhaps far fewer fathers in-
volved in their children's lives than ideally
we would like it," he said.
One of the groups of fathers that may
have the biggest uphill battle to be in-
volved parents are young fathers, teens
and young adults who become fathers
when they are between the ages of 13-to-
"For young African-American fathers,
they are much less likely to get jobs, and
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In Chicago, Project Dovetail has provided parenting and life skills classes to nearly 80 young fathers
since it was created two years ago.

Historic Bethel AME hosts second
annual musical and brunch



Memorial Temple Mis-
sionary Baptist Church is
hosting their Women's Con-
ference/Revival 2012, June
14 15 at 7 p.m. nightly and
it culminates on June 17th at
7: 30 a.m. and 11 a.m. For
more information, call 305-

SThe Women in the Min-
istry Network invites you to
their next fellowship meeting
on June 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at
the CCA Deliverance and Con-
ference Center. For more in-
formation, call 561-385-8306
or 954-292-4891.

New Mount Pleasant
Community Baptist Church
is hosting their annual Youth
Explosion, June 13 15 at 7
p.m. and a Community Rally
June 16th, 12 p.m. 4 p.m.
which will include free food,
.blood drive,.and children ID

New Providence Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
be hosting a Vacation Bible
School, June 25 29 and ev-
eryone is welcome to attend.
For more information, call

New Christ Tabernacle
Missionary Baptist Church
invites the community to their
revival service on June 18th
at 7:30 p.m. and their prayer
meeting on June 13th. For in-
formation, call 305-621-26.

The Living Word Com-
munity Church is hosting a
'Podium of Stars' festival on
June 30th, 5 p.m. 11 p.m.

For more information, call

Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Liberty
City is hosting a fair offering
free financial counseling and
rapid HIV testing on June
16th. For more information,
call 786-863-0920.

0 Centurion Apostolic
International Ministries
is hosting a relationship em-
powerment workshop on
June 23rd at 4 p.m. RSVP by
June 15th. For more infor-
mation, call 305-638-9700.

Running for Jesus
Outreach Youth Ministry
invites the entire commu-
nity to attend their Job and
Health Fair on June 17th at
4 p.m. For information, call

0 Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites
everyone to their Family and
Friends Worship Experience
every Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
and 11a.m. For information,
call 305-696-6545.

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ
of the Apostolic Faith
Church, Inc. offers person-
al, bereavement support to
all bereaved families, signifi-
cant others, and friends. The
death can be recent or in the
past. For more information,
please call 786-488-2108.

* New Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
is hosting a summer ba-

ton twirling camp. For more
information, call 786-357-

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

* Grace and Truth Out-
reach Ministries invites the
community to their first Lib-
erty Fest on August 18th. For
more information, call 305-
297-7041 or 786-278-9382.

*Speaking Hands Minis-
try is now accepting applica-
tions for their "Camp Hands:
Sign Language Camp" for
8 to 15 year olds. For more
information, call 954-792-

* Immanuel Temple wel-
comes everyone to their wor-
ship services held every Sun-
day at 10 a.m. at the Miami
Carol City Senior High School
auditorium. For more infor-
mation, call 954-674-2492 or
visit www.immanueltemple.

* The Mattie Nottage
School of Ministry now of-
fers free sessions every Sat-
urday at 10 a.m., at Broward
College's Central Campus
Building 15, Room 102. For
more Information, call 954
237-8196 or visit www.mat-

Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida Gospel
Festival at Amelia Earhart Park
on Saturday, June 30th from
11 a.m.- 6 p.m. For informa-

Project promotes father-friendly training

continued from 7B

for all fathers across the board,
that is considered a very im-
portant part of being a fa-
ther," Jackson explained.
''Ain'Th reasSg awrKess of
the need to educate fathers
about essential parenting
and life skills has led to fa-
therhood supportive services,
initiatives and classes being
offered in local communities.
In Miami, the Fatherhood
Task Force of South Florida,
Inc. promotes the importance

of fathers and advocates for
"father-friendly" training,
programs and even market-
"We're a hub for resources
and we were developed to
help and guide them because
all fathers need some kind of
guidance," said J. Phillip Tav-
ernier, a founding member of
the task force's board of di-
Sheldon L. Smith, 23,
founded Chicago's Dove Tail
Project in 2010, when he no-
ticed the lack of support for
himself and other young fa-

others in his neighborhood.
"The first lesson of father-
hood that I learned was that
fatherhood didn't come with a
manual," said Smith, who be-
came a single father when he
was 20 years old. "Everything
was really like a test pilot, I
had to learn how do you hold
the baby in your arms and how
would I provide for her."
His experiences helped him
develop the Dove Tail Project,
a voluntary 12-week course
where young fathers meet once
a week to learn more about
topics such as parenting, life

skills and even job training. So
far, the program has had 79
Over the course of the two
years that his program has
been in operation, Smith has
learned a profound lesson
Rbout Black fathers. .. -
"I really learned from [my
students] is that society has it
wrong about African American
fathers," he said. "It's not that
they don't want to be fathers
because we're lazy, it's be-
cause of our upbringing and
not having our own fathers

tion contact Constance Koon-
Johnson at 786-290-3258.

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

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

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

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

New Mount Moriah Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
host the Habitat for Humanity of
Greater Miami's Homeownership
Application Meeting on the sec-
ond Saturday of every month at
9:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary.

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

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

7 p.m. 954-963-1355.
New Beginning Church
of Deliverance invites every-
one to their free weight loss
classes Saturdays at 10 a.m.,
but enrollment is necessary.

Memorial Temple Bap-
tist Church holds worship
services nightly at 7:30 p.m.

New Canaan Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes the community to Sun-
day Bible School at 9:30 a.m.
followed by Worship Services
at 11 a.m. 954 981-1832.

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

1Glendale Baptist Church
of Brownsville invites every-
one to morning worship every
Sunday at 11 a.m. and Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7

Exhibiting cultural pride

continued from 7B
Caribbean Americans and non-
Caribbean Americans alike.
"I think that for Caribbean
nationals, [the holiday] serves
as an impetus to go out there
and make a meaningful contri-
bution to society because they
can say, 'we can do this; we can
be a part of the economy and
the local culture," she said.
Jackson further explained,

"On the other hand, for [non-
Caribbean nationals] the cel-
exposes them to other cul-
tures, it promotes tolerance to
some extent and it creates a de-
sire to want to visit these other
Notable Caribbean-Ameri-
cans include a list of statesman
Colin Powell, actress Sheryl Lee
Ralph, activist Marcus Garvey,
Congresswoman Shirley Ch-
isholm and poet Claude McKay.

A real old-time celebration

continued from 7B
despite having been hospital-
ized the evening before the
"I had to come in order to
show my appreciation to. the
people of Overtown," he said. "I
remember Overtown being like
a little [New York] it'stoo bad
it won't ever be like that again.
But then who knows? Just to
be able to see white and Blacks
come together at this event is
definitely great progress. I re-
member when we all were sepa-
rated in our own areas."
Following the service, guests

enjoyed breakfast while lis-
tening to some soulful gospel
performed by Tree Top. They
sampled delicacies including
Miss Vivian's homemade sweet
potato pie, Mama's chicken and
biscuits and red velvet waffles.
"Overtown was like the
[Goombay] back in my times
- there were many good times
had here," said Dr. Sharon
Lovett said. "When someone
died, we celebrated; when
someone graduated, we cel-
ebrated. And through greater
community involvement and
events like this, Overtown will
revive itself again." -ericikpe@


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Lifeline Outreach
Ministries invites everyone
to their roundtable to discuss
the Bible every Saturday, 6
p.m. 305-345-8146.

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

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


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The Ansha Group and
DejA vu Theatre Production
is hosting the original play,
"Divided We Fall," an adaption
of the West Side Story, on
July 21st at 4 p.m. at the
African-American Research
Library at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd
in Ft. Lauderdale. RSVPs are
required. For information,
ca11954-557-7491 or 954-478-

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. will meet
on June 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. For more information,
call Lebbie Lee at 305-213-

The Vision to
Victory Human Services
Corporation is hosting a free
Homeownership Community
event to allow homeowners
to meet one-on-one with
mortgage companies and
a HUD certified housing
counselor to find options for
their housing needs. The event
will be held on June 16th, 9
a.m. 2 p.m. Homeowners
must bring several documents
proving their identification and
their financial situation. For
a complete list of acceptable
documents and free help to
put them together, please call

E Miami Alumni Chapter
Tennessee State University
will hold its monthly meeting
at 6:30 p. m. on Friday, June
29th at the Omega Activity
Center 15600 N.W.42nd
Ave. A free fish fry will be a
part of the meeting and all
TSU graduates and friends
are invited. For information
contact Charles C. Stafford at

Miami Northwestern
Alumni Classes are hosting
their annual Blue and Gold
Dance at the Hialeah Race
" 'YracR'22006 ,`1k4i AV eriue in-
Hialeah on July 7, 8 p.m. 2
a.m. For tickets and additional
information, please call John
L. Cheever at 305-693-1513.
The Opa-Locka

Panthers spring cheerleader
camp at Ingraham Park, at
2100 Burlington Street, begins
May 22 June 7th, 6 8 p.m.
For more information contact
coach Keisha at 305-318-3876
or Mashanda at 305-318-2213.

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

IN Youth Education and
Athletic Program (YEAP)
Summer camp June 11th -
August 10th, Monday-Friday,7
a.m. 6 p.m. For more
information call 305-454-

Merry Poppins Daycare/
Kindergarten will have open
enrollment for VPK class now
and summer camp June 11th-
August 17th. For information
call Ruby White or Lakeysha
Anderson at 305-693-1008.

Urban Partnership Drug
Free Community Coalition
monthly meeting will be held
on Thursday, June 21st at
the Jessie Trice Family Health
Center, 5607 N.W. 27th Ave.
from 10 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Miami Central High
School Class of 1992 is
celebrating their 20-year
reunion June 22nd June
24th. For information contact
786-258-3450 or email

Miami Northwestern
Class of "72" presents an
"Old School Dance" on June
22nd, 8 p.m. -1 a.m. at the
Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale
Airport Hotel-1825 Griffin Rd,
Dania. For more information
contact Don Williams at 954-
376-0656 or Rosylen Sutton-
Cox at 786-390-7478.

BookerT. Washington's
1962 Alumni Class is
planning their 50th reunion
June 24th- July 1st. All are
invited to upcoming meetings

held every month at the
African Heritage Cultural
Center, 6161 NW 22 Ave. For
more Information, contact
Helen Tharpes Bonaparte 305-
691-1333 or Lonzle Nichols

Miami Alumni Chapter
Tennessee State University
will hold its monthly meeting
at 6:30 p. m. on Friday, June
29th at the Omega Activity
Center 15600 N.W.42nd Ave. A
free fish fry will be a part of the
meeting and all TSU graduates
and friends are invited. For
information contact Charles C.
Stafford at 305-624-3663.

Northwestern Alumni
Scholarship Fund-Raiser
presents live entertainment
at Happy Hour, 6 9 p.m. at
Legends Cafe 2029 Harrison in
Hollywood every first Friday of
the month beginning June 1st.
For information contact John
"Rick" Ziegler at 305-332-

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

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

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 plansforour
50th reunion. For information,
call Evelyn at 305-621-8431.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets the 3rd
Saturday of each month at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. For information
contact Luciu's King 'at 305-

The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women -
Greater Miami Chapter is

accepting applications for
girls ages 12-18 to participate
in Just Us Girls Mentoring
Program. Monthly sessions will
be held every 3rd Saturday
at the Carrie Meek Center at
Hadley Park. Call 800-658-
1292 for Information.

The Miami-Dade
Democratic Party will be
hosting an Independence
Day Celebration and Voter
Registration Drive on
Wednesday, July 4th 11a.m.
-3p.m., at Legion Memorial
Park, 6447 NE 7th Ave.
Admission is free and open
to all. For more information,
contact (305) 477-4994.

The Oldtimers of Miami
are sponsoring their Annual
Fun Trip to historic Savannah,
Georgia July 16- 20. For more
information call John Williams,
305-626-7500 or 786-423-

American Senior High
Alumni Association is
hosting a masquerade ball, "An
Evening of Fun and Fantasy"
on July 27th at the Hillcrest
Country Club. For information
call 305-458-4436.

New Beginning Baptist
Church of Deliverance of All
Nations invites you to weight
loss classes the 1st and 3rd
Saturday of every month. Call
Sister McDonald at 786-499-

0 Range Park is offering
free self-defense/karate
classes for children and adults
each Monday and Wednesday
from 6 8 p.m. The location
is 525 N.W. 62nd Street. For
more information call 305-757-
7961 or contact Clayton Powell
at 786-306-6442.

Chai Community
Services food program is
taking applications from low
income families and veterans.
All services are free. For
applications call 305-830-

Dads for Justice,
a "program under Chai
Community Services assists
non-custodial parents through
Miami-Dade State Attorney's
Office with child support
modifications and visitation

rights. For Information call

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

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 for
more information.

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

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

Looking for all Evans
County High School Alumni
to create a South Florida
Alumni contact roster. If you
attended or graduated from
Evans County High School
in Claxton, Georgia, contact
305-829-1345 or 786-514-
4912 ... .

S.AV. (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.

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

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

Looking for all former
Montanari employees to
get reacquainted. Meetings
are held on the last Saturday
of each month at 9 a.m. For
information contact Loletta
Forbes at 786-593-9687 or
Elijah Lewis at 305-469-7735.

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

Miami Jackson Senior
High class of 92 is currently
planning a 20th year reunion.
Call committee president
Herbert Roach at hollywud3@

The 5000 Role Models
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
contactthe Role Models's office
by e-mail: 5000RoleModels@
dadeschools.netor or call 305-
995-2451ext. 2.

The Expert Resource
Community Center (HUD
approved Counseling
Agency) ,.locate&- at-,60 ,-NW
183 Street, Suite 202, Miami,
Gardens, every Wednesday
at 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. For
more information call Lou
Green at 305-652-7616.

Herb Reed, last of the original Platters, dies at 83

By Paul Vitello

Herb Reed, the last surviving
member of the Platters, one of
the first pop groups to break
the color barrier in the 1950s
with crossover hits like "Only
You," "The Great Pietender"
and a soaring street-corner
version of "Smoke Gets in Your
Eyes," died on Monday in Bos-
ton. He was 83.
The cause was lung disease,
said his manager, Fred Balbo-
Reed was credited with nam-
ing the group in 1953 ("plat-
ters" was disc jockey lingo for
vinyl records) when he and a
group of friends in Los Ange-
les began singing a cappella in
amateur contests. The core of
the original group Reed, Da-
vid Lynch and the lead singer,
Tony Williams later joined
with Paul Robi and a 15-year-
old girl named Zola Taylor to
form the quintet that recorded
"Only You" in 1955, the first in
a string of hits.
Reed became the group's
most enduring presence. As
original members were re-
placed, he remained, singing
bass on all of the 400 record-

ings the group made during
its peak years, including four
that reached No. 1 on the Bill-
board singles chart: "The Great
Pretender" (1955), "My Prayer"
(1956), "Twilight Time" (1958)
and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"
(1958). He continued perform-
ing until 2010, and a year later

Close harmony on hits
like 'Only You' and
'The Great Pretender.'

he won a court battle over the
rights to the Platters name.

In the tradition of Black sing-
ing groups like the Mills Broth-
ers and the Ink Spots, the
Platters used highly polished
harmonies and had a musi-
cal sophistication that helped
their records gain acceptance
on mainstream radio at a time
when racial divisions, though
loosening, were still being ob-
served in the record business.
The Platters' early records, like
those of many Black artists,
had color-coded labels usu-

ally orange, sometimes purple
- to alert D.J.'s that they were
"race records," something that
effectively barred them from
the air in parts of the South.
(The term was later changed to
"rhythm and blues.")
Jay Warner, in "The Billboard
Book of Singing Groups," cred-
ited the group's songwriter
and manager, Buck Ram, with
persuading its label, Mercury
Records, to market the Plat-
ters without regard to the race
divide. MRam's persistence,
Warner wrote, "convinced Mer-

cury to continue promoting the
Black group as if they were a
pop white act."

Still, Reed told interview-
ers, he found conditions on
the road difficult during the
'50s and early '60s, especially
in the South, where the Plat-
ters had to perform separate-
ly for white and Black audi-
ences and were often baited
or threatened by white thugs.
He spoke poignantly in a video

taped interview in 2010 about
his mixed feelings about the
wealth and professional suc-
cess he achieved in the '50s,
when the Platters were touring
the country, appearing on tele-
vision and in the movie "Rock
Around the Clock" (1956), with
Bill Haley and the Comets.
"In those days, when you
had all these gigs, and the TV,
and the movies, honestly, it
didn't mean anything," he said.
"There was still so much prej-
udice everywhere. How could
you enjoy it? You couldn't go
anywhere but your intimate
circle. What you did is, you had
your own world that you lived
in, with friends and food, you
had your own nightclubs. So
you could survive."
Herbert Reed was born into
poverty in Kansas City, Mo., on
Aug. 7, 1928, and lost both his
parents when he was about 13,
living afterward in the homes
of various relatives. He left for
Los Angeles when he was 15
and began singing in church
gospel choirs while working
odd jobs. Singing in amateur
contests, he discovered he
could make money doing what

he liked best.
Reed's survivors include one
son, Herbert Jr., and three
The Platters continued to
record and tour in various in-
carnations until the late '60s.,
In the '70s Reed began touring
with a new ensemble of sing-
ers, which he called the Plat-
ters. But as years passed, more
and more groups calling them-
selves the Platters began to ap-
pear. By the 1990s, when he
began waging a legal battle to
gain some control over the use
of the name, there were about
80 of them.
Reed, who once said he spent
over $1 million in the legal ef-
fort, finally won a federal court
decision in 2011 giving him, as
the sole surviving member of
the original group, preferential
rights to the Platters name.
"You know, a lot of people tell
me to just hang it up," Mr. Bal-
boni, his manager, recalled Mr.
Reed saying earlier this year.
"But I just cannot do that. It's
not right to have someone steal
your name. It's just not right.
We were cheated back then,
but that's how things were
done then."

Pete Cosey, experimental guitarist with Miles Davis, dies at 68

By Ben Ratliff

Pete Cosey, a guitarist who
played on many blues and
R&B records in the 1960s but
who became best known for his
work in Miles Davis's electric
band of 1973-75, contributing
a sound drenched in distortion
and punctuated by the wah-
wah pedal, died on May 30 in
Chicago. He was 68.
The cause was complications
of surgery, said his daughter
Mariama Cosey.
Cosey was working in Chica-
go nightclubs in the mid-1960s
when he was hired by Chess Re-

cords, which was trying to emu-
late Motown by forming a studio
band of its own. As a member of
that ensemble, Cosey played on
Fontella Bass's Top 10 hit "Res-
cue Me" and on Chess sessions
by Etta James, Little Milton and
others. He also played on Mo-
town records by the Four Tops
and the Marvelettes.
Cosey's best-known work for
Chess was on Muddy Waters's
album "Electric Mud" (1968)
and Howlin' Wolfs "Howlin' Wolf
Album" (1969).
Both records were released
on a Chess subsidiary, Ca-
det Concept, founded to focus

on heavier and more psyche-
delic sounds. They put two of
the greatest blues voices into
a harder blues-rock context,
including long, vivid solos by
Cosey. Both Muddy Waters
and Howlin' Wolf disliked the
results, but the records made
their point: over time they were
defended and eventually cel-
Meanwhile, Cosey was work-
ing widely. He was a member of
the Association for the Advance-
ment of Creative Musicians, the
cooperative Chicago organiza-
tion devoted to experimental
improvisation; he toured with

Aretha Franklin and the jazz
saxophonists Gene Ammons
and Sonny Stitt; he played with
Philip Cohran and the Artistic
Heritage Ensemble in 1968, on
the album "The Malcolm X Me-
morial," a cult classic of soul
In the spring of 1973, Cosey
joined Miles Davis on tour. At
the time, Davis was looking for
"a deep African-American grove,
with a lot of emphasis on drums
and rhythm," as he put it in
his autobiography. Cosey, he
wrote, "gave me that Jimi Hen-
drix and Muddy Waters sound
that I wanted."

11B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 15-19, 2012




Malcolm X's home, MLK

n'hood listed as 'endangered'

By Adelle Banks

The boyhood home of civil
rights leader Malcolm X and
the neighborhood where the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
was born have been named
"endangered" historic places by
the National Trust for Historic
The Malcolm X-Ella Little-
Collins House in Boston's
Roxbury neighborhood dates
to 1874 and has deteriorated
due to water leaks. Malcolm X
was a black nationalist in the
Nation of Islam until a trip to
Mecca changed his views on
race and religion.
The trust, which relies on
private contributions, hopes to
assist in raising $750,000 to

Malcolm X's home will require costly repairs including work
to rebuild the roof.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's home is in the heart of the
Sweet Auburn Historic District of Atlanta, a neighborhood
whose buildings are continuing to deteriorate.

revamp the building into living
quarters for graduate students
studying civil rights or social
Rehabilitating the Mal-
cohnlm X house into housing

for students studying black
history "is both an appropri-
ate tribute to Malcolm X's life,
and an innovative model for
dynamic new uses of historic
sites across the country," said

Stephanie Meeks, president of
the National Trust for Historic
Also on the trust's list of 11
Most Endangered Historic Plac-
es is the Sweet Auburn His-
toric District of Atlanta, which
includes the birthplace of King
and which flourished as a
segregated Black neighborhood
during the Jim Crow era. While
residential areas have been
revived, the commercial district
- including churches and the
headquarters of the Southern
Christian Leadership Confer-
ence needs revitalization to
prevent further deterioration
that "may gravely impact its
historic character," the trust
Among the nine others on the
list is the Village of Zoar, Ohio,
which was settled almost 200
years ago by religious separat-
ists who fled Germany seeking
religious freedom. It is threat-
ened by the possible removal
of a levee that could cause
massive flooding or demolition
much of the village.

Expandmore-responsible fat-fhooed-

continued from 9B

of Miami's Field House, 1245
Dauer Drive in Miami. The fes-
tival will include building proj-
ects, dancing, drumming, fit-
ness activities, games and face
painting. The Fatherhood Task
Force of South Florida was cre-
ated to promote the involvement
of fathers in their children's
lives and provides information
and resources about father-
hood, workshops, and support
groups for fathers. For more
information, call 305-812-4000
or visit


The National Partnership for
Community Leadership (NPCL)
is hosting their 14th annual In-
ternational Fatherhood Confer-
ence June 12th 15th, at the
Westin Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.
This year's theme is "Expand-
ing Responsible Fatherhood
and Healthy Family Program
Connections." The event in-
cludes a variety of workshops
including how to develop future
fathers, strengthening families
through asset building and
access and visitation rights.
NPCL is a non-profit organi-
zation dedicated to building
strong families. For more in-
formation or to register for the
Fatherhood Conference, visit

Mt. Pleasant Missionary
Baptist Church will be host-
ing a Father's Day Gospel
Concert on June 17th begin-
ning at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion, call 305-253-2905.

Dads for Justice, a program
under Chai Community Ser-
vices, assists non-custodial
parents through Miami-Dade
State Attorney's Office with
child support modifications
and visitation rights. For
information call 305-830-

Church provides faith, hope and health

continued from 9B

situation only 35 percent of
our people are getting married
and only 50 percent of those
couples are staying married -
our families are crying out for
help," he said. "Our children
are struggling with their rela-
tionships at home as a result
they grow up only to continue
the same dysfunctional behav-
ior and relationships in their
He further explained, "That's
why family and marriage is a
part of our ministry because we
want to teach how to get mar-
ried and stay married."

Ordained in ministry in 1987,
Payne was given his first senior
pastoral position at St. Ste-
phens AME Church which is
located in a small, agricultural
community in Okeechobee,
"They called me the walking
preacher because on the week-
end I would walk from one end
of the county to the next," he
said. "I went from door to door

and I knew everyone by name."
His weekend excursions in-
cluded stops everywhere from
the corner grocery store to a lo-
cal drug den.
The minister explained, "Peo-
ple need to feel comfortable
with the preacher and learn
that we're no different from
then, so I feel comfortable going
out and meeting the people and
going to many places that many
wouldn't bother to go."
To Payne, who was raised in
Overtown, getting to know ev-
eryone in the local community
was his duty as a Christian.
"I think that there is a man-
date by God for us to go out into
the world and that means that
you need to go out and touch
the people," he explained.
And Payne brought that phi-
losophy with him when he was
assigned to found the Adams
Tabernacle of Faith in Pem-
broke Pines. But the new com-
munity required a new strategy.
"I had to come up with a dif-
ferent model because what
worked in Okeechobee didn't
necessarily work in Pembroke
Pines because here you have
gated communities," he said.

Yet Payne was able to slowly
reach more and more people
until a church that had begun
with three worshippers grew to
over 100 members. The grow-
ing church moved into a new-
ly renovated warehouse with
state-of-the-art classrooms and
sanctuary last year. Now, the
AME church offers several oth-
er ministries including a Youth
Ministry, Family and Marriage
Ministry and Health and Well-
ness Ministry all founded to
provide holistic care to its mem-
"I love Bible study and it is
essential," explained Payne,
"However, we must also teach
families about the importance
of healthy relationships, proper
behavior, nutrition and exer-
The church's motto' is "pro-
viding hope, faith and health to
hurting families for the King-
Adams Tabernacle of Faith
AME Church is located at The
church is located at 28051
Johnson St., Suites 115 -116 in
Pembroke Pines. For more infor-
mation about their ministries,
please call 954-431-2486.


CALL 305-694-6214

Pastor Creflo Dollar arrested

for beating teenaged daughter

Telling thousands of parish-
ioners that he should never
have been arrested, Pastor
Creflo Dollar said at his Sun-
day morning service he nei-
ther choked nor punched his
15-year-old daughter, as she
claimed in a report to police.
Dollar, senior pastor of World
Changers Church Interna-
tional in suburban Atlanta,
told congregants in the sprawl-
ing megachurch and listening
at one of more than a dozen
satellite churches that when
the facts of the case come out,
they will be "appalled."
"The truth is, she was
not choked. She was not
punched," Dollar said.
On Friday, deputies respond-
ing to a 911 call photographed
a scratch on the daughter's
neck and arrested Dollar on
charges of simple battery, fam-
ily violence and child cruelty.
Dollar said the mark on his
daughter's neck is more than
10 years old, the result of ec-
zema, a skin condition.
"I want the church family
to know that all is well in the
Dollar household," he said,
in his first public comments
since spending more than 12
hours in jail. He immediately
addressed the issue upon tak-
ing the pulpit Sunday, speak-
ing for nearly eight minutes
about the challenge of raising
children and denying he had
hurt to his daughter.
After Dollar told the crowd
about the skin abrasion, one

man yelled, "Case dismissed!"
Dollar's daughter said she
argued with her father over
attending a party, investiga-
tor Brent Rowan of the Fayette
County Sheriffs Office told
CNN on Friday.
Rowan said the daughter
told the deputies that her
father charged her, put his
hands around her throat and
began to choke her, accord-
ing to a police report. She said
he then slammed her to the
ground, punched her and beat
her with his shoe.
Deputies also spoke with
another daughter, 19, who cor-
roborated her sister's account
of what happened.
Dollar blamed the devil
for causing the controversy,
saying that to discredit his
message of "prosperity gospel,"
the enemy must discredit the
Prosperity ministers preach
that God rewards the faithful
with wealth and spiritual gifts.
Pastors such as T.D. Jakes,

Dollar and Joel Osteen have
become the Prosperity Gos-
pel's most well known preach-
ers, building megachurches
and business empires with a
message equating piety with
Dollar's church claims about
30,000 members and has an
$18 million, 8,500-seat sanc-
tuary about 15 miles from
downtown Atlanta.
Friday's incident was emo-
tionally charged and escalated
from an argument, Dollar said
Sunday. But he never intended
bodily harm to anyone, he as-
sured the audience.
"I love her with all my heart,"
he said, shaking his head with
He later, during his sermon,
also joked about the arrest,
saying that being a religious
man sent to jail "upped my
"Paul ... Jesus ... and Creflo,"
he said to a huge cheer.
The pastor, known for his
pinstriped suits, laughed at
being clothed in a yellow jump-
suit and sandals while being
handcuffed and being held in
a cell.
At the end of the more than
hourlong appearance, he
said that he was persevering
thanks to God's love.
"And we couldn't do it with-
out the love of you brothers
and sisters."
After the service, congre-
gants declined to comment on
Dollar's appearance.


Muslim students hold girls-only prom

By Suzan Clarke

Because of religious and
cultural beliefs that restrict
interaction with boys, many of
the Muslim students at Ham-
tramck High School in Michi-
'ot b no-ave been able
to attend their senior prom,
so they decided to hold one
just for themselves no boys
The event unfolded with the
theme "Once Upon a Time,"
and it was a hit, Tharima
Ahmed, one of the organizers

of the school's first girls-only
prom. told in
an interview.
Ahmed, who is Muslim,
formed the Princess Project
committee with other stu-
dents to raise funds and plan.
"We \'ahned to aBide by the
rules but still have fun," the
17-year-old said of the April
28th event held inside a ban-
quet hall in Hamtramck,
Among the estimated 120
girls who attended were Mus-
lim students from the school's
other grades, those who had

graduated without going to
their own proms and non-
Muslim students who were
there to enjoy the evening
with their friends.
Hamtramck is a diverse civy.
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ties of Middle Easterners. Na-
tive Americans. Blacks. South
Asians and Eastern Europe-
ans, among other ethnicities
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ties were in attendance at
the prom, where the partiers
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By Kim Painter

Humans are good at spreading bacteria around
- but men may be better at it than women, at
least at work, a new study suggests.
Surfaces in men's offices are covered in 10
percent to 20 percent more bacteria than those
in women's offices, say researchers who swabbed
chairs, phones, computer mice, keyboards and
desktops in 90 offices in New York, San Francisco

and Tucson, Ariz.
The 500 types of bacteria found were exactly the
sort researchers expect to find any place humans
hang out and included those commonly found
on skin, in noses and mouths, in digestive tracts
and, yes, in feces. Bacteria found in soil (which
we all carry from place to place on our shoes and
clothes) were also in the offices. Phones and chairs
were the germiest spots.
Please turn to GERMS 10B

Dehydration occurs when the body
doesn't have enough fluids to continue work-
ing properly.
If you don't drink enough fluids or have
diarrhea, your risk of dehydration rises.
This can be especially dangerous for older
people or those with weaker immune sys-
t-ems. ,
The U.S. national Digestive Dse3ses
Information Clearinghouse says anyone with
these warning signs should see a doctor
as soon as possible to be evaluated for
Feeling thirsty.
Not urinating often or noticing that
urine is very dark.
Having dry skin.
Fainting or feeling dizzy.
Being tired.
Having skin that doesn't quickly return
to normal after being pinched.

Aquatics, another name for water exer-
cises, are a low-impact way to strengthen
muscles and burn calories.
The American Council on Exercise men-
tions these potential benefits of water
Reduced stress on trhe muscles and
joints, often lowering the risk of injury and
soreness after a workout.
The water itself adds resistance, pro-
viding for a better workout.
Offering greater flexibility of perform-
ing exercises that wouldn't always be pos-
sible out of the water. This is especially true
for people with arthritis and other condi-
tions that can limit range of motion.


Researchers found that having a positive attitude and a sense of humor could play a role in living
a longer, healthier life.

Centenarians' positive

attitude linked to long life

By Kim Carollo

Living to very old age may be "in the genes" as
the saying goes, and a recent study published
in the journal Aging suggests that certain per-
sonality traits make up a major part of the mix
of longevity genes.
Researchers found that having a positive at-
titude and a sense of humor could play a role
in living a longer, healthier life. They developed
a questionnaire designed to identify certain
genetically-based personality traits and'used it
to assess 243 Ashkenazi Jewish adults between
95 and 107 years of age. The investigators

chose this population because their genetic
similarity would make it easier to account for
genetic differences in personality.
"The results indicated they had two things -
a positive attitude for life, meaning they are op-
timistic, easygoing, extraverted, laughed more
and expressed emotions rather than bottling
them up," said Dr. Nil Barzilai, a study co-au-
thor and director of the Albert Einstein College
of Medicine's Institute for Aging Research.
The study participants also were less neurotic
and more conscientious than a representative
sample of other Americans.
Please tur to LIFE 10B

Go on: Eat your heart out

V By Bruce Horovitz
BETHESDA, Md. There are few
things parents are more passionate
about than the food and drink that
their kids consume.
So its no accident that Honest Tea, the
organic tea maker recently swallowed-up by
Coca-Cola, is revamping its wildly suc-
cessful Honest Kids beverage line into
one that this fall will be sweetened with
fruit juice instead of cane sugar. A white
blaze on the front of the pouch will pro-
S claim: Sweetened only with fruit juice.
S "They're nutritionally the same," con-

cedes Seth Goldman, co-founder of Honest Tea.
"But parents don't want to see added sugar. They
can get very emotional about this."
What Americans eat and drink has become such
an emotional roller coaster for so many of us that
it's utterly changing the way the nation's biggest
restaurant chains, foodmakers and grocery chains
do business. Food used to feed our bodies. Now it
also needs to feed our brains. Our egos. Our nos-
talgic memories. And maybe even our social-media
"While we have always had an emotional re-
lationship with food, what's different is we talk
about it more, and the discussion is much louder,"
Please turn to DRINK 10B

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A transient ischemic
1 a tc,',(TW iis a r1i.i -
stroke that has thLe same
symTnptoms of a stroke
but does not cause
any permanent dam-
age. However, even if
the numbness, confu-
sion, slurred speech or
sudden headache are
fleeting, that doesn't
mean you should ignore
it. Those could be the
warning signs of stroke.
Approximately one-third
of people who have had
one or more TIAs even-
tually have a stroke.
A TEA occurs when
blood supply to the brain
is interrupted briefly.
This can happen be-
cause of a clot or due
to the buildup of fatty
deposits called plaque
in an artery. TEAs typi-
cally last less than five
minutes. Symptoms ap-
pear quickly but do not
last long, usually less
than an hour. Warning
signs of a TUA or stroke
Sudden numbness
or weakness in the face,
arm or leg, most often on
one side of the body.
Sudden confusion,
slurred speech or dif-
ficult, understanding
Sudden blindness,
double vision or prob-
lems with vision.
Loss of balance or
coordination, dizziness
or trouble walking.
Rapid onset of a
severe headache for no
known reason.
It is important to seek
medical help immediate-
ly if you or a loved one
has a TIA. An evaluation
done within an hour of
the onset of symptoms

can help identify the
causof thepjtcka anO ,.
determine appropriate
treatment. Tests done to
confirm a TIA diagnosis
include carotid ultra-
sound, computerized
tomography scanning,
magnetic resonance
imaging, transesopha-
geal echocardiography or
After the cause of the
TLA has been identified,
treatment will focus on
correcting any abnor-
mality and preventing a
stroke using medications
or surgery. Medications
commonly prescribed
to decrease the likeli-
hood of a stroke include
anti-platelet drugs, such
as aspirin, and anti-
coagulants, including
heparin and warfarin. A
carotid endarterectomy
may be recommended to
surgically remove fatty
deposits in the carotid
artery in the neck. Some
patients may require
the placement of a stemn
in the carotid artery to
keep it open.
Certain factors can
put you at risk for hav-
ing a TLA or stroke.
These non-controllable
risk factors include hav-
ing a family history of
the condition, as well
as being male, older
and Black. Control-
lable risk factors for TEA
and stroke include high
blood pressure, diabe-
tes, high cholesterol and
homocysteine levels,
blood disorders (such as
sickle cell anemia), sleep
apnea, migraine head-
aches, as well as cardio-
vascular, carotid artery
and peripheral artery
Please turn to TIA 10B



walks fine line on

NYC drink proposal

lady Michelle Obama says
banning big servings of sug-
ary drinks isn't anything she'd
want to do at the federal lev-
el, but she offered some kind

words last Tuesday for New
York Mayor Michael Bloom-
berg's effort to do just that.
She later issued a statement
backing away from taking a
stand on New York's contro-

versial proposed ban.
It was a telling example
of the fine line the first lady
walks as she tries to improve
Americans' health and eat-
ing habits without provoking
complaints that she's part of
any "nanny state" telling peo-
ple how to eat or raise their
Asked about Bloomberg's
proposal during an interview
with The Associated Press.
Mrs. Obama said there s no
'one-size-fits-all" solution for
the country's health challeng-
es. But she said. "We applaud
anyone who's stepping up to
think about what changes
work in their communities.
New York is one example."
And asked whether the
nation's obesity epidemic
warrants taking a more ag-
gressive approach, such as
Bloomberg's, she said: 'There
are people like Mayor Bloom-
berg who are, and that is per-




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First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Newseum in Wa
ington on Tuesday, where she joined the Walt Disney Compa
to announce that Disney will become the first major me(
company to introduce new standards for food advertising
programming targeting kids and families.

fectly fine.'
Mrs. Obama later issued
a statement saying that she
hadn t intended to weigh in
on the Bloomberg plan "one
way or the other."
"I was trying to make the
point that every community
is different and evern, solu-
uon is different and that I
applaud local leaders includ-
ing mayors, business leaders,
parents, etc.. who are taking
this issue seriously and work-
ing towards solving this prob-
"But this is not something
the administration is pursu-
Sing at a federal level and not
something I'm specifically en-
dorsing or condemning."
,A P In the interview, Mrs.
sh- Obama said she's "trying to
any create a big tent for people.
1dia Our motto is everyone has a
role to play in this and I think
on it's up to communities and
Please turn to OBAMA 11B

HIV today: Successes and concerns

By Jose G. Castro, MD

There is no doubt how much
progress has been accom-
plished since the early days of
the HIV epidemic! I still have
vivid memories from my in-
ternship in Internal Medicine
in Baltimore during the early
90s when hospitals were over-
whelmed with so many young
people dying; when it was be-
coming way too common to
know someone who was dying
of HIV.
By the mid-nineties the first
rays of hope arose when new
medications called antiretrbvi-
ral or "the cocktail" came out
on the market. These medica-
tions were proven effective to
treat but not eliminate the in-
fection. Taking these first life-
saver "cocktails" was an ordeal:
lots of pills (some required more
than 20 pills a day; three times

a day) with common and nasty
side effects. But as the years
went by, newer medications or
"regimens" became more po-
tent, but also at the same time
more user-friendly with little or
no side effects, taken only once
a day, as a combined medica-
By the early 2000s and with
the widespread use of antiret-
roviral, mortality from HIV de-
creased and people infected
with HIV are living healthier
lives. Along with this success,
the terrible fear of AIDS as it
was felt in the 80s and early
90s also decreased.
But make no mistake; getting
HIV is still a big deal! Despite
all the progress, HIV infections
and its complications remain
one of the top causes of death
in the United States. People still
die of HIV because in many cas-
es they are not aware they have


the infection and are diagnosed
when it is too late. It is impera-
tive that people be tested regu-
larly. This is especially true in
cities such as Miami which had
the highest rates of HIV among
large metropolitan areas in the
country in 2010. And if you
have the infection, you need to

be on treatment, otherwise, it is
like living in the 80s when no
treatment was available. Only
if you are successfully treated,
"undetectable", can you ex-
pect to have an almost normal
life. I say almost because there
seems to be evidence that cer-
tain conditions may be more
common in people with HIV
infections, even if successfully
treated, such as certain can-
cers, heart problems and even
accelerated aging.
So, protect yourself, even if
you already have HIV. There
are many other sexually trans-
mitted infections going around
that you don't want to catch!
And you need to be sure to pro-
tect your partners. I strongly
recommend you to avoid get-
ting HIV by practicing safe sex
and a healthy lifestyle; to get
tested; and if positive, to seek
treatment and adhere to it.

Purrell donates to The Children's Trust

More than 250 Purell dispens-
ers will be installed with refills
for one year throughout local
childcare centers within Quality
GOJO Industries, Inc., the
maker and global distributor
of Purell Hand Sanitizer, the
#1 hand sanitizer in both home
and professional settings, and
proponent of wellness is giving
back to the South Florida com-
munity with a donation of more
than 250 dispensers and one
year's worth of Purell Advanced
Hand Sanitizer to 250 child-
care centers within the Quality
Counts Program, a collabora-
tive effort between The Chil-
dren's Trust, The Early Learn-
ing Coalition of Miamni-Dade/
Monroe, Ready Schools Miami,
The Early Childhood Initiative
Foundation and the W.K. Kel-
logg Foundation.
"Viruses and infections typi-
cally spread very rapidly in
child care centers and schools,

so donations such as this one
from Purell help reduce the
spread of illness, contributing
to improved attendance and
more learning," said Modesto E.
Abety-Gutierrez, President and
CEO of The Children's Trust.
Quality Counts is a voluntary

rating and improvement sys-
tem that is currently benefit-
ing 30,400 children in child-
care across Miami-Dade. The
program reviews early learning
programs according to clearly
defined, high quality standards

related to teacher qualifica-
tions, teacher/student ratios,
curriculum, learning environ-
ment, parent involvement, and
program administration. It
uses a five-star method of eval-
uation and offers support and
incentives to help child care

programs reach high quality.
"Through the Quality Counts
Program, we know how impor-
tant it is to attain high stan-
dards, something we see re-
flected in this partnership,"
said Evelio C. Torres, President

and CEO of the Early Learn-
ing Coalition of Miami-Dade/
Monroe. "Thank you, Purell,
for helping us promote healthy
standards within our childcare
According to The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), proper hand hygiene is
the single best way to prevent
infection and illness. When
soap and water are not avail-
able, the use of alcohol-based
hand sanitizers is recom-
mended to reduce the spread of
germs that may cause illness,
especially after shaking hands
and before touching your face.
"We are very pleased to make
this commitment to enhance
the health and well being of
South Florida's children and
couldn't have found better
partners than The Children's
Trust and Quality Counts,"
said Brad Helfman, Business
Development Director of GOJO
Industries, inventors of Purell.

Key is in being optimistic and extraverted

continued from 9B

Based on census data, cente-
narians make up about .2 per-
cent of the U.S. population, but
the number has been rapidly
increasing, the authors wrote.
Previous research has sug-
gested that the oldest adults
may be genetically predisposed
to living longer and healthier
both physiologically and psy-
chologically and that personal-
ity can affect a person's physi-
cal health.

"There's an interaction be-
tween personality and physiol-
ogy," said Dr. Gary Small, di-
rector of the UCLA Center on
Aging. Small was not involved
in ,Barzilai's study, but has
done research in this area. "It
makes sense that being more
positive causes less stress and
seems to get people on the right
track to live better."
The genes, it turns out, play a
less important role in determin-
ing longevity.
"Several studies have found
that genetics accounts for only

about one-third of how long and
well we live," said Small, who is
also co-author of "The Alzheim-
er's Prevention Program."
Barzilai added that it's still
not known precisely how per-
sonality influences longevity.
"We still need to find out what
the cause-and-effect relation-
ship is," he said. "We don't
know if we can change longevity
by having a positive attitude, or
if achieving longevity causes a
positive attitude."
They also hope to determine
whether centenarians' positive

outlook persisted throughout
their entire lives, or if their per-
sonalities changed between the
ages of 70 and 100, as some
data have suggested.
Regardless of the unknowns,
they wrote, the study "adds to
a growing body of knowledge
which suggests that centenar-
ians may share particular per-
sonality characteristics and
suggests that genetically-based
aspects of personality may play
an important role in achieve
positive health outcomes and
exceptional longevity."

Make lifestyle changes now

continued from 9B

diseases. Fortunately, you can
make certain lifestyle changes
to prevent a TIA.
Quit smoking.
Cut back on high cholesterol
and fatty foods.
Eat more vegetables and
Limit amount of sodium.
Exercise on a regular basis.
Drink alcohol only in mod-
Stay at a healthy weight.
Don't use illegal drugs.
A TIA is your body's way of
warning you that you may be

at risk for having a debilitating
stroke. Listen. A future stroke
could be avoided by treating
underlying risk factors.
North Shore Medical Cen-
ter's stroke program has been
awarded certification from the
Joint Commission as an Ad-
vanced Primary Stroke Center.
North Shore Medical Center's
stroke program has also been
placed in the top 10 percent in
the nation for stroke treatment
by HealthGrades.
To learn more about stroke
care at North Shore Medical
Center, please call 305.835-
6000 or for a physician referral
please call 1-800-984-3434.

Wash your hands, please

continued from 9B

That sounds icky. But there's
no reason to freak out or to
start going to the office (or your
male colleague's office) in a
hazmat suit. The whole point of
the study, researchers say, was
to take a- bacterial snapshot
of normal, healthy workplaces
- so that they can recognize
abnormal bacterial invasions
when they see them (when, for
example, investigating an, ill-
ness outbreak in a workplace).
But why the male/female dif-
ference? Are guys just dirtier?
That's one theory: "Men are
known to wash their hands
and brush their teeth less fre-
quently than women, and are
commonly perceived to have a
more slovenly nature," the re-
searchers write in the journal
PLoS One.

But lead researcher Scott
Kelley, a microbiologist at San
Diego State University, tells the
Canadian Press that he favors
a less insulting explanation:
Guys are just bigger, so they
carry a bigger, but mostly be-
nign, bacterial load.
Though the researchers are
playing down the ick factor, it's
worth noting that this study
was partly funded by Clorox, a
company that makes disinfect-
ing wipes and other products
you might be tempted to use on
those germy phones and chair
rests. And if the findings sound
familiar, it might be because
one of the researchers was busy
just days ago publicizing an-
other study funded by another
cleaning products company
that found lots of germ-friendly
gunk coating the faucets, mi-
crowave handles and refrigera-
tor doors in office break rooms.

Feed on nostalgia and ego

continued from 9B

says Harry Balzer, food guru at
researcher NPD Group. "Food
is fashion. You wear your diet
like you wear your clothes."
Talking about food has be-
come so fashionable that we
may be doing more of it than
ever. Social-media chatter
about food which is where
we do much of it is up more
than 13 percent over the past
year, says Nielsen Media In-
cite, which tracks buzz across
social networks, blogs, forums
and consumer review sites.
That's millions of additional so-
cial morsels just on food. The
hunger for food news seems in-
satiable. Food Network, which
had 50,000 viewers per night
in the mid-'90s, now averages
more than 1.1 million.
Foodmakers are listening
in. They know that one of the

strongest emotions that many
American consumers feel to-
ward the food they eat is fear.
One week the fear is over pink
slime. Then, it's about chemi-
cals in milk. Or mad cow dis-
ease. Or too many calories
stuffed into a large, sugary
drink. Or even some worker's
fingertip getting chopped into
an Arby's roast beef sandwich.
"Every week, something
raises distrust for our indus-
trialized food system," says
Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of
Stonyfield Farms. "There's a
real-time awareness that our
food may be making us sick."
The emotional hits or misses
that people feel toward the food
they eat can determine every-
thing from what Whole Foods
stocks to the thickness of
Stonyfield's next yogurt to the
look, taste and smell of a new
appetizer that Applebee's will
add to its menu this fall.

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14B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 13-19, 2012


Holy confirmation at St. Agnes'
On Sunday, June 17, Fa-
ther's Day, The Right Reverend
Leopold Frade, D.D., S.T.D.,
Bishop of the Episcopal Dio-
cese of Southeast Florida, will
make his visitation to Saint Ag-
nes' Church for Holy Confirma-
There is only one service at
10 a.m. Father Marquess-Bar-
ry will present his last class as
Rector of St. Agnes Church for
Holy Confirmation.
An invitation is extended to
all to worship and fellowship
with us at this time. BISHOP LEOPOLD FRADE

Father's Day Program at Mt. Pleasant

Father's Day gospel legends
concert, Sunday June 17 at
Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church,
11591 SW 220 Street, Goulds,
Fl 33170. Dr. James C. Wise,
The Smiling Jubilaires, Ft.
Lauderdale, FL, George Daw-
son, The C. Lord C's Miami, FL,
St. Mary's Male Chorus, Co-

conut Grove, FL, Lil Rev, The
Second Generation, Miami, FL
and Mt. Pleasant M.B.C. Male
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and
service starts at 6 p.m. All tick-
ets sold at the door. Adults,
$15, students 13-17 years $8,
children 5-12 years $5.Ticket
information 305-258-8207.

service for Rev.
John P.Williams
On Sunday, June 24 at 4
p.m., Pastor H. B. Johnson and
Friendship Baptist Church, Al-
bany, Georgia will ordain Rev.
John Paul Williams.
The candidate is the son of
Rev. and Mrs. P. W. Williams
and received his tutelage at St.
Luke Baptist Church during
his father's tenure as pastor.
Bus service will be available at



Muslims: No boys allowed

continued from 12B
crowned a duchess, princess
and senior princess. Ahmed
was crowned prom queen.
She is gratified by the sup-
port she has received in
the school and from the

wider community.
"By the end of the night, the
girls were just amazed at how
fun it was," she said. "They just
kept thanking me throughout
the whole, entire event for put-
ting it together and I was just
so happy. It made it all worth-

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

06/15/38 05111108

Our Lord the Potter has
called you to exit the clay to
reestablish your essence in His
sacred place . .
And give the substance of
your flesh as vitamins and
minerals to replenish the
earth, to give the soil a greater
worth. .
As long as I live you will for-
ever and always dwell in the
kingdom of my heart, like the
stars and planets that inhabit
the universe ...
Even though you are gone,
your spirit shine forth from the
sun keeping me strong.
Granny, I love and miss
you very much, mentally and

spiritually. Well always be in
With love,
Your grandson, Mike and the
Johnson family.

Some feel proposed ban on soda sales absolutely goes way too far

continued from 10B

families to figure out what role
they can play, what role they
should play."
Last week, Bloomberg pro-
posed limiting portion sizes of
sugary drinks to 16 ounces at
the city's restaurants, delis,
food trucks, movie theaters
and sporting arenas. Regular
soda and sports drinks would
be affected but not diet sodas.
The proposal is unpopular
with most New Yorkers, ac-
cording to a NYl-Marist poll
conducted Sunday. A major-
ity of New York City residents
said the proposal was a bad
idea and 53 percent said it was

more government going too far
than good health policy to fight
the problem of obesity. The ban
is expected to win the approval
of the Bloomberg-appointed
Board of Health and take effect
as early as March.
Mrs. Obama spoke about
the Bloomberg plan during
an interview promoting her
new book, "American Grown:
The Story of the White House
Kitchen Garden and Gardens
Across America." The $30
book, which came out last
week, traces the story of the
garden on the South Lawn and
of gardens around the country
as the starting point for a na-
tional conversation "about the
food we eat, the lives we lead,

and how all of that affects our
children," as Mrs. Obama puts

New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the
large sodas.

The first lady, wearing a print
dress and periwinkle cardigan,
enthused over green peppers
coming into their own and a
fig plant that's finally standing
* tall after a perilous infancy as
she offered a walking tour of
Sthe garden. She ducked under
some evergreens to point out a
row of logs nailed to a post that
will soon be sprouting shitake
Then, seated at a picnic table
dressed up with a yellow check-
ered tablecloth, the first lady
spoke of the progress that's
sale of been made in offering people
healthier food choices and bet-


ter nutrition information.
Mrs. Obama had just come
from an appearance with Dis-
ney executives, where the
company announced it would
become the first major media
company to ban junk food ads
from its TV channels, radio
stations and websites intended
for children, starting in 2015.
Later in the day, she was
scheduled to present a garden-
related Top 10 list on CBS'
"Late Show With David Letter-
An example from her list, ac-
cording to a CBS preview: "No.
7: In his lifetime, the average
American will .eat half a rad-
ish," she said, speaking from
the White House Map Room.

The Miami Times

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
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SMornming SrreI 11 c m
Sun ,o woar.i.p 1 lop,,
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STemple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services
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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

.mwm Order of Services
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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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

10:45 n.m. I
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

r- i Order of Services
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(hurl h 4,hoil 830I o ,Tin
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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

S Order of Services
a[rly Sundr.ay Wilyhip l il an T
,undI y SihoWl q "11am
Sunday Mormg Wriship II a m
Sunda EwEinn berer p 6pm
Tunyday Prayer Maei,"ri 3 / T,
edneday Biblu Siudy 130 p m

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

Order of Services
S Sunday Bible Study 9 a.m Morning Worship 10a.m.
j Evening Worship 6p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
Order of Services
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v '' h,'i and Third Sunda1y
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11 Tuu.diyI/p m

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Order of Services
Sunday 7 30 & I Ia, n
Sunday Si tal loma
Ehurday p rn Bibli
Study. Prayer Mewing 8 I1U
BapirIm Thurs before
F-r. Sun I p .


St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

. Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

Order of Services
SB1 Sunday School 9'45 a m
Worship II a.m.
Ilble Study, Ihursday /:30 p m
S(aoulh Mirlisry
Man .Wed. 6p.m.

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


Order of Services
Hour of Prayer 6:30 a.m. Early Morning Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10 a.m. Morning Worship 11am.
SYouth Ministry Study, Wed 7 p m. Prayer/Bible Study, Wed 7 p.m.
I Noonday Altar Prayer...(M-F)
S Feeding the Hungry every Wednesday.......II a.m.-i p.m.
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

| Order of Services
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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 13-19,.2012


74, retired
died June 8
at Aventura
Though nothing
can bring back
the hour of S
splendor in the
grass or glory in the flower, we will
grieve not, rather find strength in
what remains behind . You will
be forever in our hearts and minds.
We love you always, Mom.
Marvis is survived by life partner,
Robert Cunningham; her three
children, Noel Laverne Bryant,
Marcia Shevawne Bryant Francis
and Zane Raefeiel Thompson
(LaTonya); one sister, Veronia
Bredetta Morgan; special niece,
Trey Charisse Blatch; seven
grandchildren, Ikelia Francis,
Ikeira Francis (Atlanta, GA),
Derrick Jackson, Zane Thomspon,
Jr., Marvin Thompson, Schae
Thompson, and Zarah Thompson;
two great grandchildren, Amaria
Thompson and Marvin Thompson,
Jr., and a host of nieces, nephews
and friends.
Marvis Mingle's life celebration
will be held 2:30 p.m., Saturday
at Mitchell Funeral Home Cha-
pel, 8080 NW 22 Ave., Miami, FL

66. caregiver, H
died June 4 at
Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 1 0a.m.,
Saturday Mt.
Calvary Baptist

mental health
worker, died -
June 5 at
Jackson North.
Service 7 p.m.,
Wednesday at
Miracle Valley
PWC, 1930 NW
70 Terrace, Miami, FL. Home going
service 1 p.m., Thursday at New
Gamble Memorial COGIC, 1898
NW 43 Street, Miami, FL.

died June 6 at
North Shore
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Bible Baptist
Church. {

CAROLYN MOORE, 57, social
for over 30
years. died June
6 at Select
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Rock of Ages M.B. Church.

Vista Memori
social worker,
died June 4 in
Dallas, Tex-
as. Survivors:
eight sons; four
daughters; fifty
.forty six great
grands and nine
great great grands. Se
a.m., Saturday at Immacul
ception Catholic Church,


35, retired

nutritionist, died
June 7 at North
Shore Hospital.
Services were


Jof Miami, retired I . I


died June 8 at
North Beach
Rehab Center.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the


school teacher,
died June 8 at
home. Service
will be held 1
p.m., Satur-
day at Martin
Memorial AME

a native of Rich-
mond Heights,
retired school
teacher died
June 9 at Kin-
dred Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday in
the Chapel.

environmental Princeton, died June 5. Service 1
services, died n p.m., Saturday at Kingdom Cov-
une 6 at North rF enant Ministries.

Shore Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

are inc

Hadley Davis
Miami Gadens
June 8
Hospital. L
complete .

died June 10
at University of
Miami Hospital.
are incomplete.

GAINEY, 56 of
Boynton Beach,
Fla., employed
with Broward
College, died
June 6 at
H ea lthca re

Miacility.---- ganchlden
She was born July 31, 1955
in Jacksonville, FL to the late
Leonard and Carmen Gainey. She
was a member of Boynton Beach
Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Survivors include: daughters,
Shirdell Mi (Maurice D.) Dollar-
Long, Ashlee D. Dollar both of
Miami Gardens, FL; grandchildren,
Demari R. Fortune, Shamar J.
Long and Maurice D. Long, III all
of Miami Gardens, FL; sister, Kiota
Gainey of North Carolina; brothers,
Leonard D. Gainey, II of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL, Sherman (Beverly)
Gainey- of Indiana and Charles
McQueen of MiamiGardens, FL.
Further arrangement and
memorial service will be scheduled
for Sunday ,June 17. There will be
no visitation at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by the north
chapel of Chattanooga Funeral
Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401
highway 153, Hixson, Tennessee.
Please share your thoughts
and memories at www.

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Hialeah, 98, homemaker
died June
1. Survivors
include: her
sons, Van R.
RKnhinrtn Sr

TACIUS JEUNE, 67, died May
19. Service 12 p.m., Saturday at
Notre Dame Catholic Church.

JULIEN MAX, 78, died May 29.
Service will be held in Haiti.

34, died May 17 in Miami. Service
was held Saturday June 9 at
Primitive Church Of God.

died May 25 in Miami. Service
was held Saturday June 9 at First
Haitian Baptiste Church.

DDS (Ann\U UI I,.
DDS (Ann\

JOANNA KEESE, 85 of Rich-
mond Heights, died June 9 at Bap-
tist Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday the Chapel.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
JOHN C. COOPER, 77, con-
struction laborer,
died June 5 at
Jackson North
Vista. Survivors:
wife, Rosa Coo-
per; children, -
John, Geraldine,
James, and4&
Howard; grands,
great grands and a host of relatives
and friends.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist

86, retired,
died June 10 at
Aventura Hosp-
tial. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Second Ca-
naan Missionary
Baptist Church.

head custodian, died June 6 at
home. Survivors
include: wife,
mother, Ida
Lawler (Billy);
three sisters,
Shawn and
Tweety; ten sons, Travaris,
Ronnie, Antwan, Tyqwan, Damaris,
Micah, Larry, Eric, Lonzo and
Lorenzo; five daughters, Andrea,
Brandy, Shakira, and Ericka;
eight grandchildren, Larry, Laniya,
Ronnie, Terron, Jahiel, Taniseh,
Trey and Treyciah. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at New Birth Baptist

countant, died
June 9 at Ken-
dall Regional
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
Wiltz Placious
and David
Clark, Sr. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday at Mt. Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church.

Nakia Ingraham

TESSIE NEVILS, 86, homemaker,
died June 8 at Hollywood Hills
Range Nursing Home. Service 11 a.m.,
NE SPENCER Sunday at Trinity United Church of
S_______ Christ, Chicago, Illinois.

and Alvin J. --
Robinson (Leila); sisters, Gladys
Barnes, Mary Thompson, and Erma
Muldrew; brothers, Verner Spencer
and Russell Spencer; three
grandchildren; four great-grands; a
host of other relatives and friends.
Service 11 a.m.,Wednesday, June
20th at St. Paul A.M.E.Church.

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

JOHN ELARANT, 15, student,
died June 4. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at New Macedonia Baptist

retired, died May 28. Services will
be held in West Moreland, Jamaica.

AJ Manuel
June 3rd at Hospice By The Sea.
Service 12 p.m., Saturday at Star
of Bethlehem.

WILLIE L. WALKER, 76, died
June 2nd at Memorial Regional
Hospital. Service 1:30 p.m.,
Saturday at New Jerusalem
Missionary Baptist Church.

Hadley Davis MLK

In loving memory of.


01/15/1979 06/17/2010

Had an angel not for eyes
to see, for he was deep within
him and this I do believe.
He appeared when he was
born, stayed with him all the
while. You asked me how I
know? I saw him when he
smiled, his angel was ad-
mired, loved by one and all.
So now when I need to talk
to him, it's his angel that I
His angel was a gift sent by
the king of kings, for he knew
the day would come that his
soul would need his wings.
He carried him up above
where there's peace and love
for now he's with our father
covered in Jesus blood.
Today, tomorrow and for-
ever, Love your family.
Happy Father's Day

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/15/1916 06/11/2011

You have been gone for one
year and yet it seems like it
was just yesterday.
We find comfort in these
words; weeping may endure
for a night, but joy come in
the morning. Psalms 30:56.
Loving and missing you
Your daughter Roslyn, son
Roderick, grandsons, great
granddaughter and family.

Death Notice

Home going Memorial ser-
vices for the late LATAVIA
GOLPHIN 1 p.m., Saturday,
June 16th at Now Faith Min-
istries, 9275 NW 32nd Ave,
Miami, FL.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Card of Thanks

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


acknowledges the sincere ex-
pressions of sympathy and the
acts of kindness expressed by
their friends, loved ones and
neighbors during their time of
Special thanks to the Lib-
erty Temple, 724 and The
Liberty Lodge 1052 for their
Thanks to Hadley Davis Fu-
neral Home for their efficient,
professional and caring ser-
vices provided. From the fam-
Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


I Carmel Blue and Trisha,
would like to thank all of you
from the bottom of our hearts.
Also, special thanks to gordon
food service, family, friends
and RDP biker's club.
A special thanks to Terry
Wright and Young funeral
staff for taking special care of
my baby.
Your support has truly been
a blessing and for that we
thank you. The family.

extends sincere gratitude for
every expression of sympathy
during our bereavement.
Many thanks to the staff
of Wright and Young Funeral
Home Inc., Reverend Tracy
McCloud, Peace Mission-
ary Baptist Church, fam-
ily, friends and colleagues for
your thoughtfulness, your
generosity and support dur-
ing this difficult time.
Mildred Williams-Phillips
and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


11/28/57- 06/13/04

We will always cherish fond
memories of you.
Love forever, mother, Mable
Mulkey and family.


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January 7, 1957
in Opa-locka,
FL, youngest
daughter to the
late William and
Charlie Mae
Reed, found
peace to re st
eternally with
our Lord and Savior on Thursday,
June 7, 2012 surrounded by her
She will be sadly missed by her
son, William B. Reed; sister Neva
Reed; brother Napoleon Reed of
Opa-locka, FL; devoted nephew
Dwight Mizell; devoted nieces
Tonya Hightower (Roderic), Raquel
Reed; and a host of other devoted
relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family would
like to "In Loving Memory of Man-
gernett Reed" send donations to
the Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.;
1336 Vickers Road; Tallahassee,
FL 32303; 850-222-2355.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at Paul
Russell Road Church of Christ, Tal-
lahassee, FL.

In Memoriam


12/11/1916 05/23/2005

03/13/1923 12/08/2010

We're Free -

Well always miss and love you, both.
Your children, grands, great grands, great great grands.

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joins son Mario in gospel project

"Got Gospel?" CD
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By D. Kevin McNeir

My son Mario produced this
smoking hot remix of my
song 'How I Got Over' and
that's how this song made it
onto the CD."


Vickie Winans was in Miami re-
centl, singing at a rally for peace that
honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and Trayvon Martin. And the Gram-
my-nominated and Stellar Award-
winning gospel singer showed that
she can still bring a crowd to
their feet with songs of inspira-
tion She is perhaps best known
for her version of Dottie Rambo's
-We Shall Behold Him" and "First
Trumpet Sound." Now, along
%with her son Mario Winans,
she's back with a oIbot-stomp-
ing. tambourine-shaking
release entitled "Overcomer"
Remix one of several
songs on a project that
showcases the best in
indie gospel.
"Got Gospel? The Best
Indie Tracks, Yes-
terday, Today & For-
ever" also features Lisa
Paige Brooks, Bryan
Wilson, Youthful Praise,
R icky Dillard and New G,
The Rance Alien Group and
Man rvin Winans, Vickie's for-
mer husband. The new 14-track
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By Brian Mansfield

The Roots combined show-
manship and musical inten-
sity during their Saturday
evening set at Bonnaroo last
week. The band moved be-
tween songs as seamlessly as
they switch styles from hip-
hop to jazz to soul to rock.
The band members played
to the crowd at the same time
that they challenged each
other. Sousaphonist Damon
"Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson
and guitarist "Cap'n Kirk"
Douglas spent parts of the
show off the stage and down
by the audience playing.
Even Bonnaroo attendees
unfamiliar with the band
outside of their gig on Late
Night With Jimmy Fallon had
plenty to latch onto, as the

DeAngelo performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.,
Sunday, June 10, 2012.

group worked parts of songs
like Guns N' Roses Sweet
Child 0' Mine, Bo Diddley's
Who Do You Love and the In-
credible Bongo Band's version
of Apache into their set.
Tariq "Black Thought"
Trotter dedicated the band's
final number to "the late,
great Last Poet Gil-Scott
Heron,"before playing a med-
ley of Heron's The Bottle and
Curtis Mayfield's Move On
Early Sunday morning, The
Roots drummer ?uestlove
put together Bonnaroo's an-
nual SuperJam. The nearly
two-hour jam session fea-
tured R&B singer DAngelo,
making his first American
appearance in 12 years. He
was backed by a nine-piece
band that included ?uestlove,

Douglas, The Time guitarist
Jesse Johnson and bassist
Pino Palladino. The set list
included Jimi Hendrix's Have
You Ever Been (to Electric
Ladyland), Band of Gypsys'
Power of Soul, Funkadelic's
Hit It and Quit It, The Bea-
tles' She Came in Through
the Bathroom Window and
Led Zeppelin's What Is and
What Should Never Be.
Even after the lights went
up, the audience remained,
chanting, "One more song!
One more song!" After a min-
ute or so of that, ?uestlove
got a microphone turned on
and said: "We don't know any
more songs. We crammed
all those songs into, like,
six hours (of rehearsal). The
dinner break was The Roots'
main set."



2C THE MIAMI TIMES. JUNE 15-19. 2012


Congratulations to Dr. Enid
C. Pinkney for having the
Johnson-Ward Auditorium at
South Miami Middle School
named in her honor. The
name Pinkney replaced
Johnson. Dr. Pinkney rose
and and took to the mike:
"Thank you for inviting me
to the re-dedication of the
Pinkney-Ward Auditorium
where I spent 20 Years as
assistant principal from 1971-
1991. Some of my meaningful
experiences included having
several signs on my wall in
my office to help students
predict which one I would use
according to the reason they

were sent to the
office. One that I
used often was a sign with a
fly above the open mouth of a
fish. The fish mouth was open
in a position as to swallow
the fly. The motto beneath
the picture said -open mouth
catch fly." It was a Bahamian
expression. Students that
were sent to the office for
excessive talking were asked
to interpret the picture and
the words.
Another sign on the wall was
"Your Attitude Determines
Your Altitude." This sign had
a picture of a thermometer.
Students who were sent

to the office for repeated the mottoes
underachieving were ,.. I. to her son and he had
asked to interpret memorized them to live
that sign. Some by their meaning.
students said that Another meaningful
they would rather be E experience I had
sent to Mr. Ward and at South Miami
get the whacks than Nliddle School was
go through all of that my relationship with
discussion with me PINKNEY the faculty and staff,
and still get whacked, especially Mr. Ward,
Others would predict what my co-worker and the other
they thought I was going to assistant principal. When I
say and said it before I got came to South Miami Junior
around to saying it. They had High integration had been
committed them to memory, mandated by the county. I
One of the outstanding became known as a Black
families in South Miami is the militant which was not hard
Scrivens family. When Mrs. for me to do but I refrained
Majory Scrivens died, the from what was expected and
post office was named in her kept my cool. I really enjoyed
honor. During her wake. many the 20 years I spent at the
of the adults were present and school and my militancy
quoted the signs from memory, moved into another level,
Mrs. Scrivens' daughter had when I invited my white

friends, such as Ward,
Margaret and son, Steve, to
spend some time at my resort
on Exuma, Bahamas several
times with my husband and
cousins. Everyone enjoyed it
It was commencement
time for the 8th graders and
graduating 12th graders at
RJW The Academy of Arts and
Science located at Church of
the Open Door. last Thursday,
before a filled center of
anxious parents cheering
on their sons and daughter,
specifically, the Baker family
founders of the private school:
Louise E. and Mr. Baker;
executive manager. Shemica
Neely: principal. Walter
Dennis; Teacher of the Year,
Jean Tienne. Other members
of the family included Chasity
Baker. Khrystyan Baker and

Wilnard Baker, a student
at Miami-Dade. Put them
all together and you have a
musical family that sings and
plays instruments.
Among them is Walter
Dennis, a seasoned teacher
with 30 years in Miami-
Dade schools. His skills are
commemorative to raising
the educational standards of
the students and prompting
them for the commencement
exercises. With the playing of
Pomp and Circumstance, the
graduating 811 graders moved
with confidence, followed by
the graduates completing 12
years of schooling.
The highlight was the
monetary scholarships
awarded to Khrystyan,
Chasity and Wilnard Baker
and the youngest elementary.

Everyone who joined
the Saint Agnes Chapter
of the Daughters of King
on their annual outing
Memorial Day weekend
to New Orleans enjoyed
themselves immensely. Ted
Abraham, Bobbi Brown,
Flora Brown, Martha
Dortch, Janet Brown,
Lynda Cook-Taylor, Gail
Roberts, Shirley Moore,
William and JoAnn
Park, Kendra Clark,
Ardie Edwards, Janelle
Hall, Phillip Simmons,
Hillary Simmons, Beverly
Simmons, Terri Lynn
Kelly, Sandra Wallace,
Malvern Mathis, Doris
Hunt, Pamela Smith and
Daphne Sumpter.
Congratulations to
Stephanye Johnson
(mother) whose two sons
who are maintaining high
GPA's at their respective
schools. Kraig is a senior

at FAMU (4.0 |
GPA) and wii '-wiJ
Alexander is a freshman
at the University of
Pennsylvania (3.5 GPA)
Their grandmother is the
late Cynthia Clark.
Our get-well wishes and
prayers go out to all of you!
Gloria Bannister, Peggy
Greene, Thomas Nottage,
Elouise Bain Farrington,
Marvin Ellis, Shane
Hepburn, Inez McKinney-
Johnson, Edythe Jenkins-
Coverson, Jacqueline
Frankie Rolle, Princess
Lamb, Kim Cooper, Ted
Moss, Louise H. Cleare,
Larcenia Bullard, Bennie
Norwood and Sheri Futch-
A very happy wedding
anniversary (belatedly) to:
Lorenzo and Shatawn
L. Daily, June 4th: their
18h; Horace and Bertha

Johnson, June 6th: their
471h; Lemuel R. and Diona
S. Moncur, June 7th: their
4"'. May all of you enjoy
many more as you strive to
keep the vows and covenant
of your marriage.
Cyril Lloyd "Tank"
Johnson was laid to rest
in his beloved adopted
home in Daytona Beach.
Fla. "Tank" as he was
affectionately known was a
sports legend in his time. He
loved Bethune-Cookman
University ("College" during
his day) with a passion). He
is credited with creating
the Florida Classic Football
game in 1978 with FAMU
Athletic Director Hansel
Tookes. He was a great guy
to know and will certainly
be remembered by "All"
Cookmannites." Our
sympathy to "all" family
Father Bernard
M. Griffith and his
congregation at Christ
Episcopal Church in
recognition of the church's
1111h anniversary and its

designation as a historic
site held their celebration
on MIay 20th. Rev. Barbara
Williams, former rector of
Transfiguration Episcopal
Church whose family are
pioneers of Coconut Grove
and Christ Episcopal
Church since the early
1900s, was their speaker.
Hearty congratulations
to our former president
of Delta Sigma Theta
Shirlyon McWhorter-
Jones who received the
Broward County- Business
and Professional Women's
Professional Achievement
MVlore persons who went
to New Orleans, Louisiana:
Doris Hunt, Pamela
Smith, Margaret Moncur,
Daphne Sumpter, Steven
and Lucy Newbold,
Dorothy Joseph, Betty
Spence, Gwendolyn
Franklin, Winston Grant,
Paula Campbell-Stone,
Ryan Everette and
Patricia Denagall.
Hear congratulations
go out to one of our former

Delta Debutantes. Kristen
Harris, who graduated from
Howard University with her
Pharm-D degree. Kristen
was a recipient of a Delta
Sigma Theta Scholarship
for $5,000 in 2006.
Sharon Heath was
recognized by Miami Beach
Chamber of Commerce
2012 Elayne Weisburd
Excellence in Education
Award as a finalist at
Feinberg-Fisher K-8
Center. Additionally, she
was recognized for the
Special Judges Award for
18 years of dedication and
commitment to special
needs students. Heart
D. Kevin McNeir, my
favorite writer and the
senior editor of The Miami
Times, did a stellar job as
the inspirational speaker
for Horace Mann Middle
School's promotional
exercise last Wednesday.
He teamed up with
Channel 10 News Anchor
Neki Mohan who served as
the keynote speaker. Both

did an outstanding job
encouraging our children.
Kevin will also be one of
this month's honorees
after being sponsored for
recognition by Dr. Dorothy
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools school board
member. His award will be
presented today, June 13'h,
prior to the start of the
board's meeting. Keep up
the good work.
In the fall of this year,
Miami Alumnae Chapter
will have a new president
of Delta Theta Sorority.
I wish to congratulate
our outgoing president
Shirlyon McWhorter-
Jones for an outstanding
job she and her cabinet
did. "Well Done, Thy Good
and Faithful Sernant!"
Our newly-elected
president is Brenda Bryant
our former financial
secretary' who did a superb
job as our financial leader.
Best wishes as you take
the helm of leadership for

Usher's all grown up and mature

By Steve Jones

(* 1/2 stars out of four)
Usher has spent the past
couple of years helping teen-
age Justin Bieber on the path
to pop stardom. It's a road he's
traveled himself, having start-
ed his journey in 1994 at age
Now, on his seventh studio
album, the self-assured veter-
an confidently steps out of his
sonic comfort zone.
Helped by producers/collab-
orators Max Martin, Swedish
House Mafia,, Diplo
and Luke Steele of Empire of
the Sun, his brand of R&B re-
lies more on electronic music
sensibilities than hip-hop.

/' plicit sex throughout (the sa-
lacious Lemme See featuring
Rick Ross), though Climax is
made powerful by delivering
something other than what the
title suggests.
Elsewhere, on the soulful
f i jSins of the Father, he won-
S.S ders how his fatherless child-
shood will affect how he raises
:^ his two boys. The mature Les-
v,, ' :sons for the Lover, on which he
; 1 sings, "Just because he hurt
,i- , you doesn't mean he's not the
-III' one," acknowledges that rela-
USHER tionships aren't always easy.
Where he once filled the Coming on the heels of 2010's
dance floor with the crunk- Grammy-winning Raymond v.
fueled Yeah, he achieves the Raymond, Usher could have
same effect with synth-driven just milked that momentum.
Scream and energetic Eupho- Instead, he's chosen to keep
ria. There is also plenty of ex- growing and moving ahead.

Listen and get your good gospel on

continued from 1C

compilation hits the streets
just in time for Black Music
Month and is on the Habak-
kuk Music label.
The CD is the brainchild of
Veda Brown who has success-
fully utilized online media
marketing for over a decade
to reach the Black gospel con-
"Indie labels and artists
have become a major force in
music and many of my friends
in the industry have stepped
up and allowed us to use
their songs for this project,"

Brown said.

"'Veda Brown and [ go way
back," Vickie Winans said.
"When she told me she was
putting this project together,
I said I have the song for you
because Veda has overcome
a lot in her life. My son Ma-
rio produced this smoking hot
remix of my song 'How I Got
Over' and that's howv this song
made it onto the CD."
"I've weathered some thun-
derstorms in my life in recent
years," Wilson said. "I woke
up one day with the feeling of

depression and said to myself
I'm still young so why am I go-
ing around with all this weight
on me? So the issues that
were going on, I just surren-
dered them to God and start-
ed declaring that this is the
best time of my life and that's
where this song came from."
Brown adds that gospel mu-
sic is the best music in the
world and hopes that by listen-
ing to this new release, those
who need to be encouraged or
just want to praise the Creator
will be able to "get their gospel
We listened to every song
and . we did!

Jakes overwhelmed by many tributes

continued from 1C

others singing Jakes' praises,
reports the Dallas News. Perry
ad-libbed for awhile, then gave
"I need a drink," he said. "I
already gave all my jokes. What
you want Madea out here?"
Oprah stepped in, entering
the stage in an orange gown
to the roar of the crowd. "The

whole idea was I was going to
be on the videotape, and then
step out as a surprise," she ex-
Jakes, senior pastor of the
30,000-member Dallas-based
church The Potter's House,
was moved by the all the trib-
"1 have been blown away,"
said Jakes. "I love God and
I've always loved people. Your
presence here tonight says you

love me back. It's hard to over-
whelm me, but you've done it
this time!"
The night included perfor-
mances by Jordin Sparks,
Ledisi, BeBe Winans, Pastor
Shirley Caesar, Fred Ham-
mond, Israel Houghton and
Karen Clark Sheard. Gospel
duo Mary Mary sang Yesterday
and Chaka Khan serenaded
Bishop Jakes with a medley of
her greatest hits.



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4C THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 15-19, 2012


05/06/1927- 05/11/2005

Dad, you are forever in our
hearts. Phil,Twins and Family.

It's been four years and we still
miss and love, Pookie.
Always and forever, your kids
and family.

05/13/1947- 11/21/2010

You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide;
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.
Love always,
Your wife, Geno, the Days and
Tyler Family.

We love and miss you. Rest in
peace. Love always, The Family.

Never a "step" -
just a great dad.
-D. Kevin McNeir


We love you.
Jeanette, Natasha, Timothy
and Jeremiah.

We miss you.
Virginia and children.

09/09/1946 05/26/2012
We miss you.
Wife, Mildred and Family.

We miss and love you. Love,
Mom and your son, Crick.


To the best father a young
women could ask for. You are
smart, dedicated and I'm glad I
have you for a dad.


We love and miss you Daddy.
RIP. Jarmeisha and Jamayiah.

08/23/1955 07/21/2006

We miss and love you.
Debra, Darrell and Marquis.

S94427/7,941 09/13/199?9,
You will forever remain in our
hearts. From your wife and the
Brown Family.

10/08/1926 02/07/2008

Gone but never forgotten. We
miss you. The Joseph Family

.08/13/1945 o3_/2,,/2012.

We love and miss you deeply.
love always, The Mosely Family.

08/03/1948 11/25/2011

Our first Father's Day
without you hurts, because
we are apart; but we are
comforted by the love and
precious memories that will
forever be in our hearts.
We love you and miss you.
Love, Regina, Jqzmine,
Jamaal, Jameesha, Ji'yah,
Kierra, De'Yahni
and Rabbit.

We love and miss you.
Love always, your Family.

02/01/1896 08/19/1968

Forever in our hearts.
We love you.

,., .08/02/32,-1 2/17/709,
We love and miss you dearly.
Your Family.

Sunday, June 17 is Fathers Day!
Send that specialdad a nice dish garden, some
autif'-'G e Lr^ ket/snack or gift
lI I 'aloons and chocolate. :"


A wonderful pastor and teacher
New Mt. Sinai M.B. Church.

Is a wonderful man of God 8
a.m. Deliverance Tabernacle.
Your church family.


A wonderful man we admire and
love. Daughter and kids

Happy Fathers Day! .
Love, Rachel and Garth.

06/12/31- 05/22/02

Happy Birthday. We miss you.
Wife, Louise and sons.

08/29/1964 08/21/1987

Missing you.
Carolyn, Shoney and Duane

09/03/1951 06/08/2008

Sadly missed. Love, Carolyn,
Duane and Shoney.

06/17/07- 09/01/90

You are not forgotten, son.
Forever loved and missed.

02/13/1938- 11/24/2010
We miss you and love you.
Jimmie, Jr., Mitzi and Jamal;
and grandkids.


You are sadly missed by
Your Family

We sure love you.
From, Laura, Michael and
Millicent Smith, Jakarri, James,
IV and Jasmine Gibson.

You've been away for 13 years
and bounced back. Continue to
do good and remain free. Love,
your fiance, Wanda; children,
stepdaughter, family and friends.

We love you always.
Your daughter and grandkids,
Marchere, Shani, Stevie
and Kiara.


5C THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 13-19, 2012


Young Men's Prep celebrates achievements

The Miami Times intern, Calvins" .got to talk toan actual Flori-

Jean-Son, among the graduates -J J '07 just a regular person."
Prior to working at The Mi-

By Latoya Burgess

Calvins Jean-Son, 18, who
was amongst the very first
graduating class at Young
Men's Preparatory Academy
in Liberty City, recalls his re-
cent experience of interning
at The Miami Times.
"I wanted to intern at The
Miami Times because I like
to write," Jean-Son said. "I
wanted the basic knowledge
of working for a newspa-
per The Miami Times is a
real, functioning newspaper
and has been here for almost

90 years!"
Jean-Son, who begin work-
ing at The Miami Times in No-
vember, graduated from the
Academy on June 7th. He said
he plans to attend Miami-
Dade College next fall to ma-
jor in mass communications.

"It [writing and researching
for The Miami Times] was very
new for me and at first I felt
intimidated and uncomfort-
able," he added. "But then I
met some of the writers and
it was like a little family and

it was cool because they all interviewed Florida State Rep-
worked around my schedule resentative Dwight M. Bullard
and I got to do interviews." about the bullying epidemic
In recent weeks, Jean-Son currently plaguing the nation.

"The interview was all on
me and [the editor] wasn't
here," Jean-Son said. "He had
to rely on me to ask the ques-
tions and to articulate well. I

ami Times, Jean-Son's only
brush with the media was
with his high school year-
book. But he says this new
experience is one that will
serve him well as he moves on
to college and hopefully a ca-
reer as a journalist.
"I felt I got a good under-
standing of how a newspa-
per works from the writing
aspect, how people get good
stories and the true way to in-
terview," he said. "I learned to
be on time and especially dis-
covered that deadlines have to
be met that is really impor-

National organization leads Miami s youth

College students

receive grant

for community


By Latoya Burgess

One-hundred local commu-
nity college students got the
chance to join Former Senator
Bob Graham and other com-
munity leaders in a nation-
wide program that promotes
civic engagement.,
an outreach organization that
helps "millennials" people
ages 18 to 30 find ways to
solve social problems, recently
held a' three-day su'mtirimit from
June 1st to June 3rd that in-
cluded students from Miami-
Dade, Broward Community,
and Palm Beach State Col-
leges. As part of the summit,
students were asked to submit
projects highlighting ways to
solve issues unique to south
Florida such as: low college
graduation rates, low voter's

Ajah Mcpherson, Crishell Bautista, Albert Hourie and Serge Michel from Broward Com-
munity College were among the five teams who won a $7,500 grant and fellowship for their
idea on how to solve an issue unique to South Florida.

regifstratiofi rates and' immi- tion. "The summit gives these

gration; the top 5 ideas chosen
were funded with $25,000 in
grant money from the Knight
"Knight wanted to support
the development of young lead-
ers in Miami and across the
United States," said Damian
Thorman, national program
director of the Knight Founda-

young leaders an opportunity
to put their ideas to the test
and build a strong network."
The summit revealed a lo-
cal study that shows: only
12 out of every 100 local col-
lege students will graduate
with a post-secondary within
four years; only 24 of those
students will graduate within

More young Americans out of

high school are also out of work

By Catherine Rampell

For this generation of young
people, the future looks bleak.
Only one in six is working full
time. Three out of five live with
their parents or other rela-
tives. A large majority 73
percent think they need
more education to find a suc-
cessful career, but only half of
those say they will definitely
enroll in the next few years.
No, they are not the idle
youth of Greece or Spain or
Egypt. They are the youth of
America, the world's richest
country, who do not have col-
lege degrees and aren't getting
them anytime soon.
Whatever the sob stories
about recent college graduates
spinning their wheels as baris-
tas or clerks, the situation for
their less-educated peers is
far worse, according to a re-
port from the John J. Heldrich
Center for Workforce Develop-
ment at Rutgers University
scheduled to be released on
Wednesday. The data comes
from a national survey of high
school graduates who are not

High school students filling out job applications.

enrolled in college full time, a
notoriously transient popula-
tion that social scientists and
other experts had been hav-
ing trouble tracking. (In the
two months since the survey
was conducted, a large share
of participants have had their
phone numbers disconnected
and could not be reached.)
For this group, finding work
that pays a living wage and of-
fers some sense of security has
been elusive.
"I want more money, and

I really don't like what I do,"
said Walter Walden, 24, of
Wenatchee, Wash., one of the
lucky members of this group
who has a full-time job, in this
case, at a restaurant. "I had
to go back to school." He now
lives with, his mother so he
can take nursing classes part
Workers just a few years
younger than Walden have
been thrust into a daunting
combination of a temporarily
Please turn to WORK 8D

New FCAT call center open for business

State helps parents'
voices be heard
The Florida Department of
Education now has a website
and a call center aimed at as-
sisting parents that have ques-
tions or concerns about the
Florida Comprehension Assess-
ment Test [FCAT]. Parents can
ask questions about any recent
changes made to the FCAT and

how these changes may impact
teachers and students. Experts
from the call centers do not
provide test scores for individu-
al students. All scores are sent
home with students as they
become available. The Depart-
ment has also set up Florida's
Path to Success website (www. of-
fering more information about
the now tougher standards on
the state standardized exam.

Finally, the Department plans
to establish Parent Portal -
an online forum that features
a parent blog and discussion
board where parents can voice
The call center can be reached
at 866-507-1109. E-mail the
Department of Education with
any FCAT questions at justfor- The toll free
number is available from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m. five days a week.

eight years; less than 26 per-
cent of students will receive an
associate degree within four
"The diagnosis of these
young adults is not good," said
Graham. "Too few students are
continuing their education to
Graham said he believes ed-
ucation is the key to being able
to rally together a more civical-
ly engaged community.
"Young people don't feel they
have a role or the skills to be
involved, but they have a great
ability to contribute to the com-
munity," he said.
President of Miami-Dade
College Dr. Eduardo Padron,
agreed with Graham as he
warned the students with a

'sign-of-the-times' speech em-
phasizing the importance of
higher education and keeping
up with the technology boom.
"It wasn't too long ago where
you can work in a office, work
with your hands -not your
mind- and still make a de-
cent salary to support your
family. Those days are gone,"
Padron said. "Most people who
stay there continue the cycle of
poverty because their salary is
just not enough."
The top 5 ideas chosen by
Mobilize included an editorial
magazine thought up by stu-
dents from Broward College -
south campus including: Ajah
Mcpherson; Crishell Bautista;
Albert Hourie; Serge Michel.
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HUD makes salary cap permanent I HAR.P
: Home Ardaoble

By Jamie Goldberg

ment of Housing and Urban Devel-
opment is instituting a permanent
salary cap of $155,000 for top
officials at public housing authori-
ties, following reports of oversized
compensation packages that
included roughly $600,000 for the
top official at the Atlanta Housing

"It just creates public cyni-
cism about the federal govern-
- Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpay-
ers for Common Sense, on public housing
executives'pay packages

Atlanta Housing Authority
President and Chief Executive
Renee Glover and top executives at
housing authorities in Los Angeles,
Philadelphia and Chelsea, Mass.,
received excessive salaries in 2010,
according to data from a national
compensation survey conducted
by HUD. It said Glover received
"When Americans across the
country are struggling to make

Increase links pay

to inflation
The minimum wage hasn't kept
pace with inflation, according to
three Democratic U.S. Congress-
men. They want to correct the
situation by boosting the federal
standard to $10 an hour.
Reps. John Conyers, Jr. (D-
Mich.), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.)
and Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)
announced the introduction of
The "Catching Up To 1968 Act of
2012" at a press conference in
Washington, D.C., Wednesday.
The proposed bill would bump
the minimum wage up from $7.25
an hour and require an annual

Renee Glover, CEO and president
of the Atlanta Housing Authority
disputed reports on her pay.
ends meet and then they turn
"around and see public officials
making hundreds upon hundreds
of thousands of dollars, it just
creates public cynicism about the
federal government," said Steve
Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers
for Common Sense, a nonpartisan
budget watchdog organization.


Lack of transparency in govern-
ment spending allows "hijinks like
this to occur," Ellis added.
The plan and survey data were
first reported by the Associated
Glover released a statement late
Monday saying that her compen-
sation had been misrepresented.
She said that in 2010 she earned
a salary of $312,500, a one-time
payment of $126,000 for 12 years
of accrued vacation, $135,000 in
bonuses, $11,250 for unused paid
vacation and $4,100 for unused
paid sick leave an amount
that totals $588,850, more than
$55,000 less than what was re-
ported in the national compensa-
tion survey.

Glover added that in 2011 she
received a total salary of $325,000.
"I was disappointed to learn that
'anonymous government officials'
have apparently spokenwith the
media and misrepresented the
facts related to my compensation
agreement with Atlanta Housing
Authority," Glover said.
Other housing authorities also
paid their top officials extremely


well. Los Angeles' housing au-
thority paid its executive director
$606,320 in 2010, while executive
directors at the Philadelphia Hous-
ing Authority and Chelsea Housing
Authority earned $417,688 and
$357,635 respectively. These com-
pensation packages included sala-
ries, bonuses and other benefits.
In December, members of the
Los Angeles City Council pushed
for more direct control of the Los
Angeles Housing Authority after
reports of lavish taxpayer-funded
spending at restaurants and a
$1.2-million payout for the author-
ity's former top executive, Rudy
Montiel, who was fired in March

UP AT $155,500
These highly compensated of-
ficials, however, appeared to be
outliers. The median compensation
for the 449 top officials at agen-
cies with 1,250 HUD units or more
was $115,615. This data included
salaries and bonuses but excluded
other benefits.
Earlier this year, HUD an-
nounced a $155,500 cap on top
executive salaries at larger public
Please turn to HUD IOD

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Congress votes

$145M for Glades

'River of Grass" is major project

By William E. Gibson

today is expected to pass a bill
that would pour $145 million into
Everglades restoration projects
from the Kissimmee Valley south
of Orlando to a series of reservoirs
in Palm Beach and Broward coun-
Despite tight budgets, Congress
continues to pay for the massive
re-plumbing of the "River of Grass"
to nourish wildlife, preserve water
supplies and save what's left of the
ancient Everglades and its water-

The expected flow of money from
Washington along with a state
plan released this w'eek to clean
phosphorous and other pollutants
from stormwater runoff--shores
up the federal-state-local partner-
ship needed to sustain the huge
"Yeah. it's real high priority.
We've made a big effort to bring in
federal funding." said Don Jodrey,
a senior adviser in the U.S. Interior
Department. "Why? There is only
one Everglades in the world. It's
a unique ecosystem, a landscape
unlike any' other. And wehave a
good partnership with state and


local stakeholders."
The House bill would provide the
U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineerswith
Everglades restoration money
for the fiscal year that starts in
October. A Senate version, not
yet passed, would provide a little
more $153 million, in line with
President Barack Obama's budget


The two chambers will have to
resolve their differences and agree
on a final bill. Obama also has
requested another $70 trillion of
4nteFior Department spending on
the Everglades, including main-
tenance of Everglades National
Park, which will be considered in a
separate spending bill.
State and local governments are
expected to pay half the cost of
restoration, estimated at $11.5 bil-
lion over three decades. Florida's
$1.5-billion plan to reduce phos-
phorous pollution helps remove
federal concerns about the state's
commitment to clean water and
paves the way for continued fed-
eral spending.
"That helps me and others in the
Florida [congressional] delegation
when it's time to get the federal
government and Congress to also
respond. And Congress has been
Please turn to GLADES 10D

increase tied to inflation.
The congressmen said that even
at $10 an hour, the minimum
wage would still be below 1968
levels when adjusted for inflation.
"This legislation is long-overdue
and sorely needed," said Conyers.
"More than 30 million Americans
would see their wages increased,
which would provide an immedi-
ate boost to the economy."
Congress hasn't passed legisla-
tion raising the minimum wage
since 2006, when it put in place a
series of increases that ended in
Consumer advocate and for-
mer presidential candidate Ralph
Nader helped announce the legis-
lation at the Wednesday press
Please turn to WAGE 10D



receive help

Revised HARP program

aids underwater owners
By Paul Owers

Pembroke Pines resident Carl Andrietta is
among a growing number of "underwater"
homeowners nationwide who are refinancing
their mortgages through a revised government
The original Home Affordable Refinance
Program reduced fees and loosened eligibil-
ity requirements starting in January, but the
changes were not fully available until March.
The program debuted in 2009, but many ho-
meowners couldn't qualify because they owed
Sfar more than their properties were worth.
Even with the revisions, borrowers must be
.current on their payments and the loans have
to be originated by May 31, 2009, and backed
by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, the government-
run companies that own about half of all home
loans nationwide.

More than 180.000 homeowners across the
country have refinanced through the program
in the first quarter of 2012, up 38 percent from
a year earlier, according to the Federal Housing
Finance Agency. It credits the program changes
Sfor the increase.
Please turn to HARP 9D

Will Obamacare

kill jobs? A new

study says no
One of the key arguments made by opponents
to the Affordable Care Act, better known as
Obamacare, is that it will kill jobs. The reason-
ing is that forcing employers to provide insur-
Sance for their employees will raise their costs,
and that they'll cover those costs by cutting
Swages and other compensation, and ultimately
by shedding jobs. But is that true?
The nonpartisan Urban Institute decided to
find out. It did so by looking at what has hap-
pened in Massachusetts, whose health reform
law, passed in 2006, is broadly similar. It found
Sno evidence whatever that health care reform,
and mandated coverage, killed jobs:

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ths cot by cuting wae&,m

"There is no evidence of a more pronounced
decline in overall employment in Massachusetts
Than in the rest of the nation over the 2006-
2010 period, nor is there evidence of a more
pronounced decline among the small firms,
industries, and workers, where such declines
would be predicted if health reform had damp-
ened economic growth in the state. Although
there are differences in the details between
the Massachusetts health reform and the ACA,
There are broad similarities that indicate that
the impacts could be roughly similar under the
Please turn to JOBS 10D

Black businesses need proper planning and more solid marketing

By James Clingman
NNPA columnist

Often we hear that most
small businesses fail because
of a lack of capital. They failed
because they could not get a
loan from the bank and be-
cause of cash flow problems.
While all of those reasons
are legitimate and valid, in
many cases small businesses
fail because of improper plan-
ning and marketing, as well as
a lack of adequate research.

Too many business owners
are unwilling to invest some
of their limited resources in
the very things that will make
them successful. Many of us
are unwilling to hire other
Black professionals to advise
us on things such as account-
ing, legal, marketing and other
very necessary functions to
any successful business.
Perhaps that's why less than
2 percent of the Blacks are
are entrepreneurs. In 2007,
there were 106,824 Black-

owned employer B ......---- Black-owned firms
firms; these firms .. had no paid employ-
employed 921,032 ees. These non-em-
persons and had ployer firms generated
a total payroll of $38.6 billion in re-
$23.9 billion and ceipts and accounted
generated $98.9 for 94.4 percent of the
billion in receipts total number of Black-
but accounted for owned firms and 28.1
just 5.6 percent of percent of gross re-
the total number of ceipts.
Black-owned firms CLIN AN This scenario, cou-
and 71.9 percent CLINGMAN pled with the rate of
of Black-owned firms'gross re- failure among Black-owned
ceipts. In contrast, 1.8 million businesses, suggests a need

for better management of
those businesses. Just as im-
portantly, the data indicate a
tremendous need for growth
and job creation among Black
businesses. The value of prop-
er marketing and advertising
cannot be overstated when it
comes to the success of a busi-
ness, especially a small busi-
ness. For some reason we seem
to shy away from spending
money on advertising, mar-
keting and research. In many
cases we even fail to allocate

money for these services in our
initial budgets. That's a pre-
scription for failure or, at a
minimum, a business that will
not likely reach its full poten-
The handwriting is on the
wall for the workers of this
country. Downsizing, rightsiz-
ing, re-engineering, or what-
ever you want to call it, are the
orders of the day. Ownership
and mutual support are keys
to the success of Black people
Please turn to MARKETING 8D

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Minimum wage bill aims for $1o an hour



Protections for investment advice?

Proved standards see

transparency in

performance data

By Christine Dugas

Consumers seeking
investment help are of-
ten clueless about the
different types of fi-
nancial services avail-
able, experts say. And
it's not easy for them
to compare advisers
and make an informed
Unfortunately, the
industry and regula-
tors do little to help
consumers, the ex-
perts say, sparking
a call for industry
Investment advisers,
financial planners and

broker dealers each
have different obliga-
tions, but their stan-
dards have blurred,
says a 2011 study by
the Securities and Ex-
change Commission.
Investors clearly
need to be better pro-
tected when receiving
investment advice, the
SEC says.
And the need is in-
creasing as more mid-
dle-class Americans,
who invest primarily
through 401(k) plans,
are going to investment
advisers for retirement
advice. "You're not
talking about people

with a lot of financial
sophistication," says
Barbara Roper, direc-
tor of investor protec-
tion for the Consumer
Federation of America.
"And it is one of most
important decisions
they will ever make."
When consumers
want to select a mu-
tual fund, they can get
information, such as star
ratings. "But when you
go to an adviser, what
do you get?" says John
Rekenthaler, vice pres-
ident of research at
Morningstar. "You get
promises and stories.
Some of them are good
and true, but how do
you know?'
To help address that
issue, a new industry
performance stan-
dard has been pro-

Prepaid wireless competition heats

No-contract market has
room to grow
By Roger Yu

Verizon Wireless, AT&T and
other major wireless carriers are
focusing on a class of customers
they once largely ignored: bargain
hunters with a fear of commit-
With the market for two-year-
contract phones saturated, large
carriers are marketing aggressive-
ly to those who seek to prepay for
minutes and data without a con-
Smaller carriers that specialize
in no-contract plans are stepping
up to the competitive pressures
with better devices and faster net-
works. Cricket and Virgin Mobile
USA both announced in the past
week that they will start selling
no-contract iPhone 4 smartphones
later this month.
Major carriers "are focusing on
prepaid as a growth engine." says

analyst John Weber of IDC. The
research firm estimates the pre-
paid market will grow 7.4 percent
a year on average until 2016.
The marketing shift comes as
growth plateaus among customers
who lock in long-term contracts
in return for phone subsidies. The
number of those customers fell in
the first three months of this year
vs. the fourth quarter, the first
quarter-over-quarter decline in in-
dustry history, says research firm
Recon Analytics.
Recent moves in the prepaid
Verizon Wireless launched a
prepaid plan in April with unlim-
ited voice and text and 1 gigabyte
of data for $80 on its 3G network.
AT&T started selling in April a
new plan that offers 1 GB of data
for $25 a month, doubling the data
amount offered in previous pre-
paid plans.
T-Mobile added a no-contract
plan last Please turn to PREyear
Please turn to WIRELESS 9D
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posed by BrightScope,
a provider of indepen-
dent retirement plan
ratings and invest-
ment research, and
the Spaulding Group,
which offers perfor-
mance measurement
products and services.
While some invest-
ment advisers provide
performance data,
they do it in ways
that are a little decep-
tive, says Mike Alfred,
CEO and co-founder
of BrightScope. The
new standard is sup-
posed to give investors
a transparent way to
compare and contrast
"Imagine a database
and you can see advis-

ers' track record, how
long they have been
doing this and what
are the results for a
moderate portfolio or
a conservative portfo-
lio," says Rekenthaler,
a member of the per-
formance standard's
advisory board.
The performance
standard's advisory
board is still working
on its basic principles.
And it is setting up a
non-profit entity so the
SEC will review the
proposal and provide
feedback. "This defi-
nitely won't happen
overnight," Alfred says.
"These kind of stan-
dards typically take 10

The Public is advised that the NW 7th Avenue
Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
will be holding its general meeting on Monday,
June 18, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at the Arcola Lakes
Library located at 8240 NW 7th Avenue Miami,
Fl. 33150 atwhich time the CRAwill be discussing
future plans for the development of the NW 7th
Avenue Corridor.
All interested parties may appear and be heard at
the time and place specified above.
A person who decides to appeal any decision
made by the Board, Agency or Commission with
respect to any matter considered at this meeting
or hearing will need a record of the proceedings.
Such person may need to ensure a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, including the
testimony and evidence upon which appeal is to
be based. Miami-Dade County provides equal
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Miami-Dade County Government, through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is
requesting applications from qualified public or private non-profit service providers for the
following homeless housing and service programs:
1. Emergency Housing: Approximately $1,390,200 for short-term housing placement and
case management services for individuals, families, and with a set-aside for homeless
2. Revenue Maximization Funding: Approximately $704,200 to be utilized as matching funds
for Federal, State and Local grants. These funds will provide not-for-profit service providers
with expanded capacity to provide additional emergency and transitional housing beds for
our homeless system of care.
3. Coordinated Homeless Outreach Services: Approximately $412,000 to provide behavioral
health outreach and approximately $50,000 for hotel placement services to individuals
experiencing chronic homelessness. This program engages chronic homeless persons
on the street who are hardest to serve and places them into appropriate housing with
supportive services.
4. Housing Placement: Approximately $1,000,000 to provide housing placement services
to individuals who are experiencing chronic homelessness with mental health and co-
occurring disorders that frequent jails, hospitals, and emergency rooms.
5. Hotel Placement- Approximately $500,000 available only for homeless outreach teams for
short term placement of homeless families with children, who due to a lack of capacity, can
not be accommodated in existing shelters.
The County will evaluate all applications to determine the best qualified service providers to
perform the outlined scope of services. Interested parties may pick up a copy of the Request
for Applications (RFA) beginning June 18, 2012 at the following location between the hours
of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
111 NW First Street, 27th Floor, Suite 310
Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-1490
Due Date for Applications: 4:00 p.m. July 16,2012
Location: Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
Stephen P. Clark Center
111NW First Street, 17th Floor, Room 17-202
Miami, Florida 33128
Pre-Application Workshop: 2:00 p.m. June 20,2012
Location: Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW First Street, CITT Conference Room, 10th Floor
Miami, Florida 33128
Attendance at the Pre-Application Workshop is strongly recommended. In order to maintain
a fair and impartial competitive process, the County can only answer questions at the Pre-
Application Workshop and must avoid private communication with prospective service
providers during the application preparation and evaluation period. Miami-Dade County is not
liable for any cost incurred by the applicant in responding to the RFA, and it reserves the rightto
modify or amend the application deadline schedule if it is deemed necessary or in the interest
of Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity in
employment and services and does not discriminate against persons with disabilities. A person
who decides to appeal any decision made by any board, agency or commission with respect
to any matter considered at its meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings. Such
person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including
the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Sign language interpreters are
available upon request. The contact person for this RFA is Elizabeth Regalado, Assistant
Director, Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust (305) 375-1490.


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Youth aspire to make an impact and change the world

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The group will receive up to
$7,500 to launch the student-ran
magazine either at their campus, in
the community, or online. The pub-
lication My College Guide will
serve to help students find credible
resources to complete his or her
college education.
Maya Enisto-Smith, chief execu-
tive officer at Mobilize, said the top
projects were chosen by other stu-

dents who are a part of the organi-
zation and were selected based on
certain criterion.
"We instructed them to vote for
the projects that would have the
highest likelihood of success at the
issue they were tasked with ad-
dressing, which in south Florida
was increasing the community col-
lege completion rate," Enisto-Smith
said. "The criteria that we provid-
ed them included: the creativity
and innovation of the project, as
we wanted to make sure that their

projects addressed an unmet need
in a unique way and also use of
new technology given the tech-
savvy of this generation." is an all-partisan
group started in 2002 by UC Berke-
ley student David B. Smith and 10
other students who met elected of-
ficials about increased tuition fees.
It would later take a total of 109
meetings before officials granted
the students a tuition decrease well
as a $30 million housing bond sav-
ing the students a total of $112 mil-

lion in savings.
Those students eventually be-
came, a group that
now boasts a network of more than
50,000 millenials working to pro-
mote social progress in education,
voting and volunteering.
Padron told students that in order
to now live the American dream it
takes more than just a high school
"At your age, if you don't aspire
to change the world," you're in big
trouble," Padron said.

Young Americans want to work to reach the American dream

WORK worse: only 16 per- clothing store in Med- "My mother is my These young people reaching some of the
continued from 5C cent of the classes of ford, Ore., "more edu- day care," McClour worried about get- milestones that make
2009-11 had full-time cation is definitely im- said. "We can't move ting left behind and up the American


feeble economy and
the longer-term elimi-
nation of traditional
middle-class jobs.
Americans who
graduated from high
school just before lay-
offs started to swell -
in this report, defined
as 2006-8 were
having trouble mak-
ing ends meet. Just 37
percent employed were
full time and another
23 percent were work-
ing part time, usually
because they could not
find full-time work.
But among those
who graduated after
the financial crisis,
the numbers are far

Planning is


continued from 6D

in this country. We
must be willing to
support one another's
businesses and we
must be smart when
starting new business-
Place high priority
on getting the proper
assistance with your
business plan. Hire
a Black professional
to'guide you through
the maze of research,
management, and
marketing needs. Yes,
we know how to do
those things, too.
You know the saying:
"Everybody wants to go
to heaven, but nobody
wants to die." This is
a case of many people
wanting to be entre-
preneurs but few are
willing to do what it
takes to be success-
ful. Recognize and
understand the rules
of the entrepreneur-
ial game, and learn to
play them well. Money
follows good planning
and good management
- no matter what color
you are.

jobs. An additional 22 portant." that far away." were pessimistic about dream.

percent were working
part time, and most of
them wanted full-time
* Despite the continu-
ing national conver-
sation about whether
college is worth it given
the debt burden it en-
tails, most high school
graduates without col-
lege degrees said they
believed they would be
unable to get good jobs
without more educa-
"If I ever want to
get out of retail," said
Bethany McClour, 21,
a part-time worker at
The Children's Place

Getting it is chal-
lenging, though, and
not only because of
formidable debt levels.
McClour and her
husband, Andy, have
two daughters under
three and another due
next month. She said
she tried enrolling in
college classes, but
the workload became
too stressful with
such young children.
McClour works at a
gas station. He hates
his work and wants
to study phlebotomy,
but the nearest school
is an hour and a half

Others surveyed
said college was out of
reach because of the
cost or family respon-
Many of these young
people had been ex-
pecting to go to college
since they started high
school, perhaps antici-
pating that employers
would demand skills
high schools do not
teach. Just one in 10
high school graduates
without college degrees
said they were "ex-
tremely well prepared
by their high school to
succeed in their job af-
ter graduation."



The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida (Board), intends to select one (1) or more firm(s) to pro-
vide professional services to the Board for:


The firm(s) will be contracted for a period of four (4) years, with extensions at the Board's option. Work will
be assigned on the basis of the firm's workload, qualifications for the task, and performance on previous
assignments. The Board does not guarantee any minimum number of projects or any specific dollar value.

MANDATORY PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE: Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. local time, at
the South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union located at 1498 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida.

RESPONSES DUE: RFQ responses must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. local time,
Thursday, June 21, 2012 at:

Department of A/E Selection, Negotiations & Contractor Prequalification
Ms. Nazira Abdo-Decoster, Executive Director
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 305
Miami, Florida 33132

REQUIREMENTS: This is an abbreviated ad; the complete legal ad with instructions for response to
this solicitation including revised selection procedures and required U.S. General Services Administration
SF330 form will be available at the above address or at

In accordance with Board policies, a Cone of Silence, Lobbyist requirements, Local Vendor Preference and
protest procedures are hereby activated. These, and all Board policies, can be accessed and downloaded

Failure to comply with requirements of this legal ad and Board policies shall be grounds for disqualification.



The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, intends to award four (4) Construction firms the follow-
ing projects:

PROJECT NO. 00390000
Maximum Initial Value $200,000

PROJECT NO. 01204900
Maximum Initial Value $1,500,000

Sealed bids will be received by The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the project listed
herein, until 2:00 P.M. local time, Tuesday, the 19th day of June, 2012, at 1450 N.E. Second Ave, Room
351, Miami, Florida, following which time and place, or as soon there after as the Board can attend to
the same, the said bids will be publicly opened, read and tabulated in the Board Auditorium, Miami-Dade
County School Board Administration Building, by an authorized representative of the Board. Award of the
contract will be made to the lowest, pre-qualified responsible and responsive bidder for the actual amount
bid considering base bid and accepted alternates (if any) as listed in the bidding documents. Bidders must
be pre-qualified by the Board for the actual amount bid and may not exceed pre-qualified amounts for a
single project and/or aggregate prior to submitting their bid in response to this solicitation. Bids which ex-
ceed the pre-qualified amounts shall be declared non-responsive to the solicitation. The Board will award
the contract based upon the results of the tabulations as covered by applicable laws and regulations.


This Project may be funded in whole or in part under the provisions of the American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act of 2009 and/or other Federal funding program. Therefore, the Bidder shall comply with all
applicable provisions of 40 U.S.C. 276a-276a-7, the Davis-Bacon Act, as supplemented by the Depart-
ment of Labor regulations (29 C.F.R., Part 5 "Labor Standards Provisions Applicable to Contracts Govern-
ing Federally Financed and Assisted Construction" and Subpart 5.5 (2) "Contract Provisions and Related
Matters"), as may be further supplemented or amended from time to time by the Department of Labor, and,
any other regulations applicable to the sourceof Federal funds. Accordingly, the Base Bid and Alternate
Bids for this Project shall be in full compliance with the aforementioned provisions as further described in
the Contract Documents and all bids shall be calculated in compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act wage de-
termination applicable to this Project. Under the Davis-Bacon Act, contractors are required to pay laborers
and mechanics not less than the minimum wages specified in a wage determination made by the Secretary
of Labor, which wage determination will be attached to and incorporated into the Contract Documents.


A Cone of Silence, Pursuant to Board Rule 6GX13- 8C-1.212, shall be applicable to this solicitation. The
Cone of Silence shall commence with the issuance of this Legal Advertisement and shall terminate at the
time the School Board acts on a written recommendation from the Superintendent to award or approve a
contract, to reject all bids or responses, or to take any other action which ends the solicitation and review
process. Any violation of this rule shall be investigated by the School Board's Inspector General and shall
result in the disqualification of the potential vendor from the competitive solicitation process, rejection of
any recommendation for award to the vendor, or the revocation of an award to the vendor as being void,
rendering void any previous or prior awards. The potential vendor or vendor's representative determined to
have violated this rule, shall be subject to debarment. All written communications must be sent to Project
Architect/Engineer- Landera Associates, PA 8800 SW 85 Terrace, Miami, Florida 33173 and
a copy filed with the Clerk of The School Board at 1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 268, Miami, Florida 33132
(or via e-mail at Martinez( who shall make copies available to the public upon request.
Board Rule 6Gx13-8C-1.21, Lobbyists, shall be applicable to this solicitation and all bidders and lobbyists
shall strictly conform to and be governed by the requirements set forth therein.


Failure to file a protest within the time prescribed and in the manner specified in Board Rule 6Gx13- 3C-
1.10, and in accordance with 120.57(3), Fla. Stat. (2002), shall constitute a waiver of proceedings under
Chapter 120, Florida Statutes. Any person who is adversely affected by the agency decision or intended
decision shall file with the agency a notice of protest in writing within 72 hours after the posting of the notice
of decision or intended decision. Failure to file a notice of protest or failure to file a formal written protest
within the time permitted shall constitute a waiver of proceedings. With respect to a protest of the terms,
conditions, and specifications contained in a solicitation, including any provisions governing the methods
of ranking bids, bids, or replies, awarding contracts, reserving rights of further negotiation, or modifying
or amending any contract, the notice of protest shall be filed in writing within 72 hours after the posting of
the solicitation. In either event, the protest must include a bond in accordance with the provisions of F.S.
255.0516 and Board Rule 6Gx13-'3C-1.10. The formal written protest shall be filed within 10 days after the
date the notice of protest is filed. The formal written protest shall state with particularity the facts and law
upon which the protest is based. Saturday, Sundays, and state holidays shall be excluded in the computa-
tion of the 72-hour time periods established herein.


The successful Bidder shall fully comply with 1012.465 (the "Jessica. Lunsford Act",) and 1012.32 and
1012.467 and 1012.468 Florida Statutes (2007), School Board Rules 6Gx13- 3F-1.024 and 6Gx13- 4C-
1.021, all as amended from time to time and all related Board Rules and procedures as applicable.


The Pre-Bid Conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 5th, 2012 at 10:00 AM at MDCPS Div.
of Roofing, 12525 NW 28th Avenue, Opa-Locka, Florida



Pre-qualified bidders may obtain one or more sets of bid and contract documents from the office of MD-
CPS DIVISION OF ROOFING. 12525 NW 28 Avenue. Miami. FL 33167 (305) 995-7955 on or after May
30th, 2012, contact no. (305) 995-4076 -,Ivan J Gonzalez with deposit of $100.00 Non Refundable
per set, (Cashier's Check or Money Order, payable to The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida).

School Board Rules can be accessed on the M-DCPS website at

The Board reserves the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

By: Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools




The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority ("MDX" or
"Authority"), requires the services of a qualified Design-Build
Firm for the design and construction of SR 836 Infrastructure
Modifications for Open Road Tolling ("ORT") (East Section).
For a copy of the RFP with information on the Scope of
Services. Pre-qualiflcation and submittal requirements, please
logon to MDX's Website: to download the
documents under "Doing Business with MDX: Vendor Login",
or call MDX's Procurement Department at 305-637-3277 for
assistance. Note: In order to download any MDX solicitation,
you must first be registered as a Vendor with MDX. This can
only be facilitated through MDX's Website;
under "Doing Business with MDX: Vendor Registration". A
Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled for June 19,
2012 at 10:00 AM. The deadline for submitting a Technical
Proposal is August 28, 2012 by 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time and
the deadline for submitting a Price Proposal is September 26,
2012 by 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time.


Advanced GYN Clinic
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Epiq Systems
Florida Power and Light
Miami Dade County Homeless Trust
Miami Dade County 0SBM
Miami Dade Expressway Authority
Miami Dade Health Department
MDCPS Division of Procurement
New Birth Baptist Church
North Shore Medical Center
Sayblee Darsae Salon
Sister Nova
Suffolk Construction
The Children's Trust
Wells Fargo


Hiring veterans is good business, study

By Gregg Zoroya

Most companies canvassed
in a study published Monday
say it's good business to hire
veterans because of their lead-
ership and teamwork skills,
but some negative perceptions
about veterans persist among
business leaders.
Company executives say they
sometimes struggle to under-
stand the skills an infantry-
man could bring to a civilian
job, for example. And some
cite a fear that many veterans
might suffer from post-trau-
matic stress, according to the
study released by the Center
for a New American Security, a
non-partisan group that stud-
ies defense policies.
The study involved in-depth
interviews with 87 business
leaders representing 69 com-
It offered both good and bad
news for Iraq and Afghanistan
veterans, of whom an esti-

First Lady Michelle Obama's "Joining Forces" initiative. Our goal: get American compa-
nies to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014. As part of that, we're launch-
ing a grassroots campaign to engage the small business community and we need your help.

mated 263,000 were jobless in
May, according to the Bureau
of Labor Statistics.
Their unemployment rate
was 12.7 percent, slightly high-
er than for the same month of

2011. Among 18- to 24-year-
old veterans, nearly one in
four were out of work in May, a
higher rate than for their civil-
ian peers.
Persistent high unemploy-

Consumers have many choice options

continued from 7D

that lets customers use
any phone in its lineup.
Sprint said in April
that its two prepaid
service subsidiaries,
Virgin Mobile USA and
Boost Mobile, will de-
liver voice and data on
WiMax, its fastest net-

Such moves "will
further tip the scales
in the (large) carri-
ers' favor," says Deepa
Karthikeyan, an ana-
lyst at Current Analy-
But smaller prepaid-
plan providers aren't
standing pat. Cricket,
a prepaid brand owned
by Leap Wireless,
launched Muve Music

service last year, giv-
ing customers unlim-
ited song downloads
for a monthly fee. Its
iPhone 4 goes on sale
June 22 and will cost
$399.99 with a $55-a-
month plan.
Virgin Mobile USA's
iPhone 4 goes on sale
June 29 and will cost
$549 with a $30-a-
month plan.

MetroPCS launched
its 4G LTE network in
2010 and in August
begins selling its first
LTE-capable smart-
phones. They are
priced below $150.
"Prepaid carriers are
more nimble 'and can
experiment with new-
er pricing and service
models," Karthikeyan

Qualifications may still exclude some

cotninued from 6D

Florida has more than
12,600 refinancing
from January through
March. The housing
agency did not release
figuresrs for ,Florida
from 201.., ...,
Andrietta has lived
in his home for 27
years but found him-
self underwater after
refinancing near the
peak of the housing
bust in 2007 to pay
for his daughter's col-
lege education.
He qualified for
a refinancing that
lowered his $1,595
monthly payment to
"That $300 allows
us to pad our savings
for the future," said
Andrietta, a 59-year-
old mailman and col-
lege baseball coach.
While South Florida
home values are re-
covering, underwater
mortgages continue to
plague Broward and
Palm Beach coun-
ties, according to first
quarter data from real
estate website Zillow.

Nearly a third of the
260,803 homes with
underwater mortgag-
es are worth only half
of what's owed, Zillow
Those homeowners
now can qualify for
the revised program,
which eliminates a
provision that re-
quired mortgages be
within 125 percent of
the value of the home.
"If someone owes
$300,000 on a
$100,000 home, we
could still look at re-
financing that," said
Doug Leever, mort-
gage sales manager
for Miramar-based
Tropical Financial
Credit Union. "They
could get reduced in-
terest rates and re-
duced payments. It's
Fort Lauderdale
resident Kurt Moritz,
saved nearly. $400 a
month. The refinanc-
ing was timely he
and his wife had a

son last year, and the
couple is temporarily
getting by on one in-

"We can live a little
S.riore comfortably,"
said Moritz. 35. "It's
great to be saving
money because ex-
penses go up with a
In some cases, his-
torically low mortgage
rates are helping hom-

owners refinance 30-
year mortgages to 15
years, said Ryan Pa-
ton, president of Capi-
tol Lending Group in
Fort Lauderdale.
Their monthly pay-
ments may go up by
$100 or $200, but the
homeowners can get
out from being un-
derwater within a few
years, he said. They
can avoid foreclosures
or short sales and not
be forced to wait a de-
cade or more for val-

ues to increase, Paton
Still, the qualifi-
cations will exclude
many borrowers who
need help, said Alex
Pool of Academy Mort-
gage in Boca Raton.
And some lenders
impose their o\\n re-
strictions, he said.
"You'll have some
people falling through
the cracks," Pool said.
"It's better than (the
first program), but it's
not the final solution."



Pursuant to Section 2-33 (I) of the Codeof the City of Miami, Florida, as amend-
ed, Chair Francis Suarez has scheduled a special meeting of the Miami
City Commission on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 9:00 AM, at Miami City
Hall located at 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida. The purpose of
this meeting is to discuss the future of Jungle Island. No other business will be
conducted outside of that indicated above.

All interested persons may appear at the meeting. At the discretion of the Chair,
public input may be heard with respect to this matter. Should any person desire
to appeal any decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter to be
considered at this meeting, 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.

(#15481) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


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



Deadline for Request for Additional Information/Clarification: 6/22/2012
at 3:00 P.M.

Detail for this Proposal (RFP) is available at the City of Miami, Purchasing De-
partment, website at, Telephone No. (305)

NO. 12271.
Johnny Martinez
City Manager
AD NO. 008121

meant among these new combat
veterans has led to a raft of fed-
eral initiatives tax incentives
for employers and retraining
programs and job preparation

courses for veterans to help
integrate them into the work-
The Center for a New Ameri-
can Security study found that
nearly 30 percent of companies

The VA launched a pro-
gram in January to help
veterans recast their resu-
mes to highlight acquired

hire veterans because it's the
"right thing to do." But the ma-
jority are driven by what is best
for their bottom line, the study
Fully 70 percent said veter-
ans had leadership skills, pur-
pose, direction and motivation
that made them attractive job-
seekers. About half the execu-
tives said they were impressed
with veterans' character -
trustworthiness, dependabil-


ity, integrity and maturity.
On the downside, company
executives say they have a hard
time translating what they see
in someone's military resum6
into skills a company can use.
The study recommends that
the Pentagon and Labor De-
partment do a better job help-
ing new veterans explain the
skills they acquired in the mili-
tary. Those include abilities to
plan and execute tasks under
stress and respond to unfore-
seen problems, and being safe-
John Garcia, a deputy assis-
tant secretary for the Depart-
ment of Veterans Affairs, says
the VA launched a program in
January to help veterans re-
cast their resumes to highlight
acquired skills.
Between 50 percent and 60
percent of employers say there
are negative stereotypes about
veterans, including concerns
about post-traumatic stress.



The Miami Science Museum is a world-class, state-of-the-art, six story, 250,000 s.f. science and technol-
ogy facility for education and tourism in Museum Park on the Miami waterfront, to include an approximately
20,000 s.f. aquarium, seeking minimum LEED Gold certification.

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., the Construction Manager, is seeking competent and qualified Sub-
contractors for the purpose of providing construction services for the Miami Science Museum. This request
for prequalification is being solicited by Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. on behalf of the Miami Science
Museum. The selected Subcontractor will ultimately be under Subcontract with Suffolk Construction Com-
pany, Inc., who will oversee the entire construction of the Project in the role as Construction Manager.

This project is supported by the Building Better Communities Bond program and the Mayor and The Board
of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County.

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is requesting Prequalification Applications from qualified Subcontrac-
tors to meet minimum established criteria in order to submit bid proposals for the new Miami Science
Museum. Prospective bidders are required to demonstrate previous experience on completed or ongoing
projects of similar size, scope and complexity. All prospective bidders are required to submit a completed
pre-qualification statement to demonstrate that the Subcontractor can meet the necessary Insurance Re-
quirements, Bonding Capability, Financial Capability, Arbitration and Litigation History, Safety Rating, Re-
sources and Performance, BIM Capabilities, and Experience on Past Projects of a Similar Magnitude and
Nature. If two or more companies intend to submit as a Joint Venture for this project, each individual entity
must be prequalified prior'to submitting a bid proposal? b-,.' c "' r *r ,,.,r

The complete prequalification instructions and 50% complete construction document plans and specifica-
tions for the Museum Phase and other project requirements are available for review at ftp;//,
which are intended to provide an overview of the project, demonstrate the minimum general requirements,
and all relevant information and forms necessary for Subcontractors to become Prequalified and to Submit
a Proposal for this project. Note the foundation and:garage packages have already been bid.

All Prequalification Package Information must be submitted
NO LATER THAN 7/2/2012.

This project is being administered by the Miami Science Museum, a non-for profit organization, and per
the Miami-Dade County Board approved Ordinance No. 06-88 amending Section 2-8.2.10 of the Code of
Miami-Dade County will be allowed to use it's (Miami Science Museum) own procurement methods for this


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami, Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 1st Floor, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133-5504, until Friday. June 29. 2012 at 11:00 a.m., for the
project entitled:


Scope of Work: The project consists of the installation of a Cellunetics Monitoring System, or approved
equal from a sources) of supply that will give prompt and efficient service fully compliant with the terms,
conditions and stipulations of the solicitation, at the storm sewer pump stations of Lawrence, Overtown,
Antonio Maceo, and West End Pump Stations #1, #2, #3 and #4. Also, any additional storm sewer pump
stations that will be transferred to Public Works will also require the installation of this monitoring system.
These proposed pump stations are Belle Meade (pending transfer to Public Works), Brickell Avenue (under
construction) and Mary Brickell Village (under design), as specified herein. The contract also calls for the
yearly maintenance of the existing and installed Cellunetics Monitoring system. The City will provide its
own telephone service provider to be compatible with the proposed equipment installation.


A 5% Bid Bond will be required for this Project.

A 100% Payment and Performance Bond will be required for this Project.

Bid packages containing complete instructions, plans (for reference only) and specifications may be ob-
tained at the Public Works Department, 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, Miami, Florida 33130, Telephone
(305) 416-1200 on or after June 13, 2012. Bid packages will be available in hard copy form and a non-
refundable fee of $20.00 will be required. A bid package can also be mailed to bidders upon written request
to the Department, and shall include the appropriate non-refundable fee plus $10 for shipping and handling
using regular U.S. Mail.

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




9D THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 13-19, 2012

I s

Urban Institute study validates Obamacare_____

continued from 6D

ACA. The evidence
from Massachusetts
would suggest that na-
tional health reform
does not imply job loss
and stymied economic
The Urban Institute
first studied whether

the Massachusetts
law and the federal
one were alike enough
to draw conclusions
from the state's ex-
perience. It deter-
mined they were. It
then looked at trends
between 2001 and
2010 in both health
insurance coverage
and employment, in

Massachusetts and
in four similar states
and in the nation as a
whole. It also looked at
employment in small
businesses as well as
large ones, and found
no great differences
at any level. And it
found that "there is no
evidence that young-
er and lower-skilled

workers have been
more likely to lose em-
ployment under health
reform in Massachu-
setts relative to trends
in the rest of the na-
tion," nor has there
been any dispropor-
tionate shift to part-
time work. All major
employment trends
looked pretty much

the same in Massa-
chusetts as elsewhere.
Nonetheless, as
Talking Points Memo
notes in a report on the
study, Mitt Romney,
the father of the Mas-
sachusetts law, issued
a statement just last
week saying "We can't
afford job-killing poli-
cies in Obamacare."

Project hopes to bring more jobs to S. Florida

continued from 6D

very responsive," said
U.S. Rep.Mario Diaz-
Balart, R-Miami, a
member of the Appro-
priations Committee.
"Also, the fact that
there's a large local
and state match adds
to the credibility of
Florida in this pro-
"It's a big pot of
money, and I wouldn't
doubt that it becomes
a target," Diaz-Balart
said. "But fortunately
there's a lot of support
in Congress, and we'll
fight those battles as
they come."

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hast-
ings, D-Miramar, is
pressing for the Sen-
ate version to prevail.
"I would imagine there
will be an uptick in
the amount," he said.
"In the meantime, this
[House bill] is a good
start, and it comes

Bill aims

to catch up

continued from 6D

"At a time when the
issue of income in-
equality has been el-
evated in political dis-
course, it is surprising
that a plight of millions
of workers through-
out the country hasn't
been addressed," he
said. "A single Wall
Street executive's com-
pensation of $15 mil-
lion would pay the an-
nual wages of over 700
workers working at a
minimum wage of $10
per hour."
Two thirds of the
American public in-
cluding a majority of
Republicans sup-
ported raising the
minimum wage in a
October 2010 poll by
the Public Religion Re-
search Institute.
While running for of-
fice, President Barack
Obama promised to
raise the minimum
wage to $9.50 an hour
by 2011. Both the
president and his 2012
campaign opponent
Republican Mitt Rom-
ney have supported
the idea of adjusting
the minimum wage to
keep up with inflation.


disputes pay

continued from 6D

housing authorities for
the 2012 fiscal year.
The new plan would
make the limits per-
manent and apply
them to all forms of
compensation paid for
with federal money.
The regulations
would cap salaries
for top officials at
$125,926 at housing
authorities with be-
tween 250 and 1,249
units and at $88,349
for agencies with fewer
than 250 units.

about at a time when
all water projects
throughout the coun-
try are being impacted
[by budget cuts.]"
The bill would al-
low the Corps to com-
plete its work in the
Kissimmee Valley,
where putting natural
bends back in the river
brought almost imme-
diate regeneration of
vegetation and wildlife.
It would also pay to
complete work at Pica-
yune Strand in Collier
County and continue
restoration of the se-
verely polluted Indian
River Lagoon along the

Treasure Coast.
And it will provide
planning and design
money for a new Bro-
ward County water
preserve at the edge
of the 'Glades, includ-
ing a levee and a series
of reservoirs similar to
one already being built
in south Palm Beach

The reservoirs are de-
signed to contain wa-
ter now sent through
canals out to sea, fil-
ter it with submerged
vegetation to naturally

remove pollutants and
release it into the Ev-
erglades. The projects
also are designed to
provide water supplies
for south Palm Beach
and western Broward
The Everglades
money has not drawn
controversy, but other
parts of the $32-bil-
lion energy-and-water
appropriations bill
will be contested. The
White House threat-
ened to veto the House
version, citing cuts
to proposed clean-
energy spending and
limits on clean-water

The Everglades
money could be held
hostage by a standoff
on these other mat-
ters, but environmen-
talists are encour-
"We think it is
enough to provide con-
siderable progress on
moving our projects
forward," said Julie
Hill-Gabriel, director
of Everglades policy
for Audubon of Flori-
da. "It's important to
get projects underway
and hopefully bring
more jobs to South
Florida's economy."

The Florida Public Service Commission has scheduled nine quality of
service hearings as part of its decision-making process in Docket No.
120015-El, regarding Florida Power & Light Company's request for a
base rate increase, At these hearings, residential and business customers
of FPL are invited to share their views of FPL's service quality with the

FPL filed its rate request on March 19 and updated its projection for
the total bill impact on April 27 due to revised estimates for fuel prices
and costs for ongoing construction of upgrades at nuclear facilities, as
well as other data adjustments. Per the revised estimates, the base
portion of a typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is expected to
increase by 23 cents a day or $7.09 per month in 2013, Offset in part
by adjustments to fuel and other charges, the actual 2013 net increase
on a typical customer's total bill is projected to be $1,41 a month or
about 5 cents a day.

For business customers, the increase to the base portion of the bill is
expected to be about 3 percent for most non-demand customers. For
most demand customers, the increase is expected to range from 16 to
28 percent depending on rate class and usage, with less than 1 percent
(only about 3,500) larger businesses experiencing the higher end of
that range, Because of projected fuel savings and other adjustments, it
is anticipated that the net impact to business customers' total bills would
range from a decrease of 4 percent to an increase of 3 percent, with
most business customers projected to see a decrease in their bill or no
change at all in 2013,

Service Hearing Schedule
The quality of service hearings will be conducted by the PSC at the
times and locations indicated below:

Thursday, May 31,2012 9:30 a.m.
City Commission Chambers, City Hall
1565 First St,
Sarasota, FL 32436

Thursday, May 31,2012 6 p.m.
School Board of Lee County
Board Room, Lee County Education Center
2855 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33966

Tuesday, June 12,2012 4 p.m.
Sunset Harbor Yacht Club and Conference Center
861 Ballough Road
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4 p.m.
Brevard County Government Center
Commission Room, Building C, 1st floor
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Melbourne, FL 32940

Thiursdayune 14, 2012 -, 4,p.mW, ,., ........ ....
Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Auditorium
"7501 \N Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33412

Tuesday, June 26,2012 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W, Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33135

Tuesday, June 26,2012 4 p.m.
Florida Memorial University
Lou Rawls Auditorium
15800 NW 42nd Ave,
Miami Gardens, FL 33054

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9 a.m.
Plantation City Council Chambers
400 NW 73 Ave,
Plantation, FL 33317

Wednesday, June 27,2012 4 p.m.
Broward County Main Library, Auditorium
100 S. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

The purpose of the hearings is to give customers an opportunity to speak
before the PSC on the quality of service they receive from FPL and other
matters related to FPLs petition for a rate adjustment. Those who wish to
speak are urged to arrive at the start time, as hearings may be adjourned
early if no witnesses are present to testify.

Customer comments regarding FPL's quality of service may also be
submitted to the following address:

Commission Clerk, Office of Commission Clerk
Rorida Public Service Commission
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0850

Such comments should refer to Docket No, 120015-EI. In addition,
customers may submit questions or specific concerns directly to FPL
by visiting

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any
person requiring special accommodation at these hearings should call
the Office of Commission Clerk at (850) 413-6770 at least 48 hours
prior to the hearing. Any person who is hearing- or speech- impaired
should contact the PSC by using the Florida Relay Service, which can be
reached at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

If a named storm or other disaster requires cancellation of a customer
service hearing, PSC staff will attempt to give timely, direct notice to
parties. Notice of cancellation of the meeting will also be provided on the
PSC's website,, under the Hot Topics link found on
the homepage. Cancellation can also be confirmed by calling the Office
of the General Counsel at (850) 413-6199.




10D THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 13-19, 2012



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

1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath, $350.
Appliances. 305-642-7080.

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$400. Appliances.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1231 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you
in. One bedroom one
bath.S500 monthly. Free 19
inch LCD T.V. Call Joel

1241 NW 53 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $1000
monthly All appliances
included Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1245 N.W. 60 St. #2
One bedroom, one bath, Ital-
ian tiles, bars 786-210-5644
1245 NW 58th Street
First month moves you in
One bedroom and one bath.
$550 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$495. 305-642-7080
12675 NE 13 Avenue
One bedroom in quiet one
story building, central air. new
appliances $700 monthly.
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
Twp bedrooms, one bath
$475 786-236-1144 or

1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom one bath.
$570 mthly. Includes relriger-
ator. stove, central air. water
$725 move in. 786-290-5498
14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646.
1490 NW 69 STREET
Three barms, one bath, cen-
tral air $750 mthly Mr Wash-
ington 305-632-8750
167 NE 59 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1100 Section 8 welcome
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $395.

1760 NW 1st Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$550. All appliances included
1801 NW 1st Court
First month moves you in.
Two bdrms one bath. $600
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

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

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $450

1905 N.W. 115th Street
Large furnished one bed-
room. Utilities included plus
cable. $800 monthly. Section
8 welcome. Call:
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

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450
2365 NW 97 Street
One bedroom, $600 monthly,
$1200 moves you in. Call
305-691-2703 or


2701 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$500 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578

411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
One bdrm one bath $495
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm.. one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
48 NW 77 Street
Three bedrooms, two bath.
$1100 monthly. Call after 6
p.m. 305-753-7738
4801 SW 18 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 754-224-8206.
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
8261 NE 3 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$550 monthly. All applianc-
es included. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Joel 786-355-7578
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate From
$400 100NW 11 St
Ovenown, 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
Two bedrooms and one banth
One bedrooms air. utilities in-
cludedcl. $595, 786-227-1088
NW 14 Ave near 59 St
Nice large one bdrm in small
bldg ref 305-754-5728
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air $900 monthly.

13725 NE 6 Avenue
One bedroom available. $600
monthly. 786-797-0225
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
194 Terrace and 27 Court
Two story, two bedrooms,
one and a half baths, Florida
room, central air, appliances,
$1250 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 786-346-9663
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome. -
.. , -Duplexes- -'

1087 NW 52 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. 305-758-4517
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms. one bath. $450.

1749 NW 40 Street
Two bdrms. one bath
Appliances $725. 305-642-
1867 NW 42 Street
Move in special. One bed-
room, one bath. Central air.
2120 NW 42 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$795. Appliances.

3070 NW 91 Street
Two bedrooms, two complete
baths. $850 monthly.
3658 Grand Avenue
Coconut Grove
One bedroom, one bath du-
plex apartment, central air,
ceiling fans, security windows
and doors, private entrance
and parking, private front
porch and yard, nice kitchen.

Section 8 Welcome.
Call 305-696-2825


40 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
4520 NW 13 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floor, central air, washer
and dryer. Call 786-237-1292
540 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1100 monthly plus $900 se-
curity. 305-301-1993
5526 NW 4 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air. FREE water! Section 8
OK! $825 monthly.
771 NW 52 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950 a month, 954-704-0094
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
Miami Shores Area
Renovated, two bedrooms,
one bath, central air, govern-
ment employee discount,
lawn care and water free,
One bedroom, $650 monthly.
Two bedrooms, $850 month-
ly. Three Bedrooms starting
at $1200. 305-757-7067
Design Realty
Three bdrm, two baths, $1300
and two bedrooms, one bath,
$1000. Section 8 welcome.
S 1963-65 NW 50 St
954-303-3368 or

1814 NW 2 Court
Efficiency, one bath Ap-
pliances, free water and
electric. $395 monthly

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395.
Appliances, free water.


1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TVi,free.cable, air,.and use of
k.icnen Call 3:'5-835-2728
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included 305-310-7463
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable air, and use of
kicnen. Call 305-835-2728
1877 NW 59 Street
Clean room. air. bath, tile,
$395 monthly. 786-953-8935
2010 NW 55 Terrace
No Deposit Required. $140
moves you in Aircable.
utilities included. 786-487-
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
2900 NW 54 Street
Upstairs, one room, refrig-
erator and air. Call 954-885-
8583 or 954-275-9503.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrigera-
tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
ble, air and private entrance.
Call 954-678-8996.
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$365 monthly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $350 monthly
7000 NW 21 Avenue
Utilities included, $395 mthly.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Roomy rooms with air, fur-
nished or unfurnished, 305-
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $110 to
$125 weekly. Male preferred.
H ouses

10240 SW 171 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
1308 NW 83 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
brand new. Section 8 ok.
1417 NE 152 Street
Section 8 welcome. Three
bdrm. One bath $1000
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578.
1460 NW 175 Street

Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1600, call 954-704-0094.
1737 NW 49 Street
Three bdrms., two bath, Sec-
tion 8, 786-477-0531.

17625 NW 37 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1400, A Berger Realty Inc.
1865 N.W. 45th Street
Three bdrms, one bath.
$1050. 305-525-0619
1950 NW 60 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 only. Excepting two
bedroom vouchers.
20 NE 50 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths
built in 2004, tiled floors, cen-
tral air, Section 8 only,
2401 NW 170 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
tile, air, $1,350, No Section 8,
Terry Dellerson, Broker
2791 NW 197 TERRACE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, washer and dryer. $1100
monthly, $900 security.
2930 NW 65 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms one bath.
$1100 monthly. All Appli-
ances included Free 19
inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578

310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, three
baths, with two dens $1200
monthly Central air. all
appliances included, free
19 inch LCD TV Call Joel

3770 NW 213 Terr
Lovely four bedrooms, two
baths, end unit, fenced yard,
tile flooring, central air close
to shopping, churches, at
Broward/Dade border. Avail-
able now! CALL 954-243-
3810 NW 173rd Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
tile, air, $1,250, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker
5320 NW 24 Court
Three bdrms. one bath,
newly remodeled $1200

5551 NW 15 Avenue
Section 8 Welcomed
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$ 1200 per month, all
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV Call Joel

5740 NW 5 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, air. fenced, bars.
Call 786-953-3390 or
62 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach tvnshe, new
four bedrooms, two batrns
$1550. Section 8 okay.
735 N.W. 49 Street
Two bedrooms one bath in
nice neighborhood Section 8
Call 305-696-2825
7504 NW 21 PLACE
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gee 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and din-
ing room,Near Calder
Casino,Turnpike, and Sun-
light Stadium. First and se-
curity. $1400 mthly. Section
8 OK 305-623-0493 or 954-
374-8561 .Appointment only.
Newly remodeled five bed-
rooms two baths, electric
gate. $1,500 monthly. 3440
NW 212 St. 786-285-6092.
Spacious three bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three and a half bedrooms,
two baths, central air and
alarm. $1300 monthly

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Bathrooms, Kitchens, Dry-
wall, Hurricane Shutters and
more. Lic. and ins. 786-320-

45 Years Experience!
Shingles, roofing, and leak
repairs. Call 305-491-4515

Prior experience as an
Editorial Assistant, strong
organizational skills, must
be assertive and self-di-
rected Must have AA or AS
Degree Email kmcneir@
miamimmesonline com or
call 305-694-6216.

Part-time Handyman/
for a private home in North
Miami. Three to four days.
Must have transportation with
valid driver's license. Left a
message at 305-694-6227,
we will return your call asap.
Retired English teacher or
a person that has the expe-
rience and skills necessary
for correcting spelling and
grammar Email kmcneir@
miaminimesonline corn or
call 305-694-6216

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

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

We are seeking a driver to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 4 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

Applying for position as a
nurses aid. Delores


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Drain clean outs, $129.00
Pressure cleaning, $99.00
Security cameras installed
Kitchens Roofing
Bathrooms Electrical
Plumbing A/C repair
Septic Tanks- Painting
Drain Fields Stucco
Windows Plaster
Doors Drywalls
Locks Painting
Ask for Mike: 786-308-8281

Tenants not paying. Don't
stress, call 786-357-5000.
Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565
Handy Man with a Golden
Carpet cleaning, plumbing,
doors, drywall repair, lawn
service. 305-801-5690

Our deadlines have changed
We have made several changes in our deadlines
due to a newly-revised agreement between The
Miami Times and our printer. We value your pa-
tronage and support and ask you to adjust to these
changes, accordingly. As always, we are happy to
provide you with excellent customer service.

Lifestyles Happenings (calendar): I
Submit all events by Friday, 2 p.m.
Phone: 305-694-6216; fax: 305-757-5770
e-mail- .
Classified advertising:
Submit all ads by Tuesday, 4 p.m.

For classified and obituaries use the
following: Phone: 305-694-6225; I

BE celebrates Black companies

Black Enterprise will
celebrate their 40th
year of listing Ameri-
cas top-earning Black
companies in Chicago
this week. The Black
Enterprise list of 100
component companies
has been lauded as
the foremost respected
analysis and rank-
ing of the nation's top
grossing Black owned
companies. BE be-
gan compiling its list
in 1973. At that time,
the combined sales for
the 100 companies on
the list totaled $473.
In the forty years that
the magazine has been
ranking business, that
number has grown to
$18.7 billion.
The list has made
the June Issue one
of Black Enterprise's
most anticipated pub-
lications of the year.
"While a monumen-

tal undertaking, it's
truly is a labor of love
for us 'to report the
state of Black busi-
ness success in the
U.S., highlighting the
achievements of in-
trepid entrepreneurs
at the helms of top-
flight organizations
while informing our
audience exactly how
these BE 100s CEOs
and their teams build

and maintain sus-
tainable enterprises,"
says Black Enterprise
president & CEO Earl
"Butch" Graves Jr.
"Year after year,
while reporting on the
moves of the best of the
best, we are constantly
surprised and awed
by their boundless in-
genuity. They ideate
[sic] and innovate and
then execute and ex-
cel, and we're proud to
celebrate this achieve-
ment," he continued.
An Awards dinner,
hosted by Dell, will be
held in Chicago this
weekend. The dinner is
expected to draw more
than 1000 Black exec-
utives, business own-
ers, and professionals.
Black Enterprise has
become the leading
source in business,
investing and wealth
building for Blacks.

Minority digital use needs new direction

By Yolanda Young

For too many years,
Blacks have spent
more time watch-
ing television than
any other group. So,
I guess it was just a
matter of time before
Blacks took a similar
ignominious role in the
new digital age.
While Blacks (54
percent) and Hispanics
(51 percent) have less
access to the Internet
than all Americans
(66 percent) from com-
puters at home, these
two groups use their
mobile phones more
than whites to access
the Internet, visit so-
cial media sites, and
send e-mails and text
messages,according to
polling by the Pew Re-
search Center. And the
concern is that these
devices are being used
more for entertainment
than for educational
The issue has led
the Federal Commu-
rnications Commission
to consider a $200
million proposal that
would send trainers
to hundreds, perhaps
thousands, of public
schools and libraries
to teach constructive
uses of computers for
parents, students and
job seekers. This fall
Connect2Compete, a
non-profit supported
by groups such as Mi-

crosoft and Goodwill,
is also getting into the
act by working with
the Boys and Girls
Club and 4-H and"
other organizations to
teach \word processing.
keyboard functionality
and 'online job search-
Ronald Ferguson, di-
rector of the Achieve-
ment Gap Initiative at
Harvard University ,
has studied the nega-
tive impact of televi-
sion and other digital
devices on students. In
an essay, he said his
research found that
"Black and Hispanic
students reported less

leisure reading at home
compared with whites,
watched television
more . and (perhaps
as a consequences were
more prone to. bec-ep
sleepy at school."
Ferguson has been
calling for integrating
the type of training
proposed by the FCC
into our national edu-
cation strategy, which
should be aimed hot
only at minorities but
at the poor as well. The
FCC notes that only 40
percent of households
with less than $20,000
in annual income have
access to the Internet
at home.


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The very dirty fight game

Just when you thought the
sport of boxing could not sink
any lower. Just as it appeared
that maybe there was still
some hope for the sport that
once stirred the soul of this
country and the world alike,
boxing again reminded us all
this past Saturday night what


a joke it has become. For a few
years now fight enthusiasts
have been clamoring for Pac-
quiao-Mayweather, we have
been begging for it, the super-
fight, the mega fight with mil-
lions upon millions of dollars
to be made and all we ever got
was teased by the possibility of

what if. Now we have to won-
der no more as the mega fight
may never happen after Manny
Pacquiao lost his title to Timo-
thy Bradley by split decision
in what has to rank as an all
time worst decision in boxing
history. We have seen these
kinds of things from the sport
of boxing before, so one can
not be all that surprised. This
however was bad, as blatant
a robbery of a decision as you
will ever see. Even Floyd May-
weather Sr who was at ring-
side told ESPN he thought Pac
Man was an easy winner, so
did the announcers and any-
one else on earth who watched

the fight except two judges who
saw something completely dif-
ferent. Boxing has always been
shady since its early days, in-
filtrated by the mob, dirty judg-
es and referees, fighters on the
take, drugs and corruption,
yeah we have seen it before. Yet
because we cannot let go of the
glory days of Ali-Frazier, Leon-
ard-Hearns, Arguello-Pryor,
Tyson and anybody we keep
looking for the next big one.
The next big one was supposed
to be Pac Man vs Money May-
weather, but with Floyd about
to spend all summer in the big
house on domestic issues and
Pac Man being robbed in plain

sight, that fight in all prob-
ability will never happen, so
what do we have left? Pac Man-
Bradley part two? Really? How
convenient for promoter Bob
Arum that with Floyd being
in jail, Pacquiao just happens
to lose in a controversial fight
to some guy named Bradley
who barely knocks out any of
his opponents, indeed this is a
complete joke. Suddenly talk
of a rematch with Bradley is
what Arum is pushing and the
boxing starved public is ex-
pected to ante up the cash for
Pac Man-Bradley 2 with May-
weather's absence from the
scene. Yes, how things fall so

perfectly into place. After all
by the time we ever see May-
weather (35) and Pac Man (33)
it may be in some boxing ver-
sion of the seniors tour. Box-
ing is dirty, always has been
dirty and always will be dirty
but we all loved it and in some
sick twisted way i think we
all still love it. Deep down in-
side boxing fans yearn for the
days of yesteryear, days i am
afraid that are long gone and
will never come back again. Ah
well, there's always those fight
classics on TV whenever your
flipping the channels, that is
as close to the glory days as we
will ever get it seems.

signs with Dolphins

By Doug Farrar

Well, that didn't take long. Unlike his old
buddy Terrell Owens, former Cincinnati Ben-
gals and New England Patriots receiver Chad
Ochocinco found a new team very quickly after
his recent release from his old one.
Chad will jump AFC East franchises from the
Pats, who released him last week, to the Miami
Dolphins, who agreed to terms on a one-year
deal with the productive and mercurial receiver
on Monday. The move was made after Ocho-
cinco worked out with the team.
The news was officially released on Chad's
own website, OCNN (The Ochocinco News Net-
work), with the following statement:
We just got confirmation from Chad Ocho-
cinco that he has just signed with the Miami
Dolphins. The 6-time Pro Bowler will now get a
chance to finish his career in his home state.
More details as they arrive.
Ochocinco, one of the more adept tweeters in
any field (in April of 2011, CNBC namedhim
the most influential athlete in social media),
has already adjusted his Twitter profile with
"Miami Dolphins WR" in his profile and a new
cartoon version of himself, wearing the Dol-
phins' uniform.
[Related: Michael Vick gets chance that he
lacked in previous offseasons with Eagles]
The Dolphins later confirmed the signing.
Ochocinco didn't do much in one season with
the New England Patriots after the Bengals
traded him up north -- he caught just 15 pass-
es for 276 yards and one touchdown. It is be-
lieved that he struggled with the team's compli-
cated system of option routes, and he wouldn't
be the first player to do so. With the Dolphins,
things are likely to be different -- there's a
three-way quarterback battle with a relatively
inexperienced rookie at the head (first-round

pick Ryan Tannehill,
who played quarterback
for less than two years in col-
lege), so it's doubtful that every route will have
four or five possible permutations right away.
In addition, Chad brings his expertise to
perhaps the most receiver-starved team in

the NFL. With former No. 1 receiver Brandon
Marshall off to the Chicago Bears in an offsea-
son trade, the Dolphins' leading receiver, from
last year's roster is possession man Davone
Bess, who caught 51 balls for 537 yards and
three touchdowns. Before his relative drought

in New Eng-
land, Chad had
caught at least 53
passes in each
of the last nine
seasons. In seven
of those seasons,
he gained at least ,,
1,000 receiving
yards, though he last
did that in 2009. But 1
even if Chad can't bring
himself in his prime to
Miami, what he has left -
in the tank should help'an
offense desperate for as-
New Dolphins head
coach Joe Philbin said that
the acquisition was not
an indictment of any of the
players that we have," but
there's no doubt that the
current receiver corps has U
underwhelmed in the 2012
preseason, just as it had a
before. "I think we have to
catch the ball more con-
sistently at every position on offense, because
it's not quite where it needs to be," the coach
"I definitely feel like he can be a help, just
from a veteran standpoint, with his wisdom
and his knowledge," running back Reggie Bush
said of Ocho after Monday's practice. "I person-
ally think he still has a lot left, and knowing
him, he would still want to prove that he can
do it at his age and that he can still play the
The 34-year-old Ochocinco, a Miami native,
had recently been working out with T.O. in

the Sunshine State. The move is certainly a
media bounty for a team in need of a national
awareness upgrade. The Dolphins agreed to
appear in this year's "Hard Knocks" show after
a half-dozen other teams turned NFL Films
down. Chad appeared in the 2009 version
of the popular program when the Cincinnati
Bengals were profiled. He also hosted his own
show ("The T.Ocho Show") on the Versus Net-
work, played himself in the latest iteration of
the "American Pie" movie franchise, and did a
star turn on the VH1 dating show, "The Ulti-
mate Catch." So, he'll be able to show the more
camera-averse players how to ham it up.

Chicago's Anthony Davis' Michael Vick on Eagles: This

dreamaboutto come true is the best team' I've been on

By Bryan CraWiford -

SIt's not often, you see a basketball player go
.- fioriobtiscurity to being a- household name
overnight'but that's what happened to-Chi -
-cago native Anthony Davis.
.. .. Davis-is .a lock for the first draft
pick on June 28, but just two
years ago, the Eniglewood native
,-- .. ever-thought it would get this
p t'~nf.*ar..,:'' ^:: '':' .

"[used to look :at SLAM
Magazine and all types of
.1,1W.. . magazines and think, 'I wish
it was me on this cover,' but.
as far as playingin the NBA,
no. Thad no thought of ever be-
-. ing here-right now," said Davis
S last Friday 'during the media'
-"" session of the NBA Draft
-" combine held on the
4 University of Illinois:
at Chicago cam-

Davis first
'got people
i -talking after

summer of
AAU ball
with the
famed Mean
club, the

same one Derrick Rose played with when he
. was in high school. Davis dominated on the
Summer circuit against elite-level talent but
- his high school team, Perspectives Charter
School, wasn't very good.
Still Davis emerged as everybody's AllU-
American by the time he was ready to gradu-
ate and he then accepted a scholarship from
the University of Kentucky and proceeded to
take the college basketball world by storm
just like he did at the prep level.
The Wildcats won the National Champion-
ship, and in one year Davis won just about
every award an individual can snag at the level. Now he's on to the next chapter
of his life, playing professionally in the NBA
every kid's dream.
"[June 28th] is going to be great night,"
said Davis. "Draft night, sitting at the table
with me and my family just waiting to hear
my name get called. I'm just going to enjoy it
because I'm finally in the league now and it's
time to work harder now so I can stay in the
league. But it's going to be a great night and
a great moment."
When he gets picked, he could be the sec-
ond player from Chicago and Englewood
since Derrick Rose to be taken first overall.
It's a great accomplishment for a city that
prides itself on turning out some of the most
elite basketball talent in the country and who
knows, Simeon's Jabari Parker might be the
next Chicago native to go first in the NBA
Draft behind Rose and Davis.

By Nate Davis

The Philadelphia Eagles
played the entirety of their dis-
appointing 2011 season under
the "Dream Team" label since-
departed backup QB Vince
Young regrettably (if innocently)
affixed to them during training
However starting QB Michael
Vick doesn't seem content to
let this team fly under the ra-
dar heading into what could be
a make-or-break 2012 season
for him and head coach Andy
Reid, who's still pursuing his
first Super Bowl ring heading
into his 14th campaign with a
franchise that hasn't won a title
since 1960.
"This is the best team that I've
been able to play with my entire
career," Vick said on 97.5 The
Fanatic. "We've just got talent
stacked all over the place, so
that's one of the main reasons
why we feel like we got a good
chance at it. Chances like this
- teams that are built this way
don't come around too often -
and you've gotta feel blessed
that you're in a position to play
with a team with so much tal-

ent. So I just wanna
take advantage of it."
Vick had his best -A
statistical season
ever in 2010 after tak-
ing over as the starter
(62.6 percent comple-
tion rate, 3,018 pass-
ing yards, 21 TD passes/6 INTs,
100.2 QB rating, 676 rushing
yards with 9 TDs) as Philly won
the NFC East, but came back
to earth in 2011 (59.8 percent,
3,303 yards, 18 TDs/14 INTs,
84.9 rating, 589 rushing yards
with 1 TD) with the rest of an
8-8 outfit even though it added
CBs Nnamdi Asomugha and
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie,
DE Jason Babin, DL Cullen Jen-
kins, G Evan Mathis, WR Steve
Smith, RB Ronnie Brown and
Young, who struggled in three
starts when Vick was sidelined.
(Smith, Brown and Young have
already moved on after making
negligible impacts.)
In fairness, there was a ton
of meshing to do in the com-
pressed offseason, especially for
a defense operating under new
coordinator Juan Castillo. But
Vick clearly believes the mix is
now right for a championship

run, tweeting, "Super Bowl
S#thatisall" on Monday.
"We just feel like we're in
a position to accomplish a
Slot," said Vick. "That's what
we wanna do. And I think
if you don't shoot for the
stars, then what are you
in it for? And I think if that's
everybody's mindset, then you
feel like you can accomplish
it and start believing that you
can do it."
And from the glass half-full
department, the Eagles seemed
to jell while winning their fi-
nal four games of 2011 while
finishing just one game back
of the eventual champion New
York Giants in the division.
Vick cites the full offseason
for what he believes is a far
superior squad. He also views
his No. 70 ranking on NFL Net-
work's The Top 100 Players of
2012 as a slight but seems to be
using it as fuel.
"Thank you," he said to the
peers who voted on the list,
becausee they've motivated me
to become a better player this
year, so I'll have that in the
back of my mind as I go out and
play this year as well."


12D THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 13-19, 2012