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MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 11-17, 2012


New city


Kelvin L. Baker, Sr.
gets the appointment
By D. Kevin McNeir
It just one week ago that Brian Finnie,
Opa-locka city manager, turned in his let-
ter of resignation during r
the bi-monthly City Com-
mission meeting, saying
that he wanted to be closer
to his family and that he
believed the City was on the
right track and ready for a
new coach. Since then, 19
candidates expressed inter- BAKER
est in the job with seven being interviewed.
Now the dust has settled with the recent
swearing-in of Kelvin L. Baker, Sr., as the
new city manager of Opa-locka. The cer-
emony was held on Monday, July 9th -
Baker's first day on the job.
Baker is the former North Miami Beach
city manager and was most recently the
director of admissions at the Univer-
sity of Ft. Lauderdale. Baker is also the
president/CEO of his own management/
consulting firm and adjunct profes-
sor at Jose Maria Vargas University. An
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First lady v:

School officials try to block
Michelle Obama's visit
By D. Kevin McNeir
First lady Michelle Obama made a brief but
memorable campaign stop in South Florida on
Tuesday, July 10, speaking before an estimated
3,000 cheering students at Barbara Goleman High

-Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

isits Miami
School, located in Miami Lakes. She was here to
help garner support for the President as he seeks :
to be reelected for his second term in office. Presi-
dent Barack Obama is narrowly leading his op- :
ponent, Republican Mitt Romney, in almost every :
national poll. But Florida is important for both :
candidates because of the state's 29 electoral col-
lege votes.
The school's gymnasium was packed with stu- :
dents patiently waiting several hours before the
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for change

Candidates, council
members share views
By Kaila Heard
In less than six weeks, voters across the
state will be lining up at their nearest vot-
ing polls to determine
who should be running
their local governmen-
tal seats. For Miami
Gardens residents, the
march to the polls car-
ries historic significance
as their first and only
mayor, Shirley Gibson, ROBINSON
prepares to vacate the
seat (and is running for
a county commission seat) leaving them
with the chance to choose a new leader.
Seven candidates have stepped up to run
for the office. Meanwhile, five others have
tossed their hats in to be considered for a
Miami Gardens council seat.
Founded in 2003, the 20-mile
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PBS film focuses on AIDS in Black America


- By Ju'lia Samuels and D. Kevin McNeir
"ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America," which premiered
last Tuesday and will continue to be shown, is breaking
the silence on one of the world's most deadliest viruses -
-HIV/AIDS. The documentary is asks a profound question
that many are unwilling to utter: "Why are the rates of
AIDS and HIV-infection disproportionately higher among
According to the new PBS film, someone in the U.S. is
infected with HIV every 9.5 minutes. Half of those new
.'infections are Blacks. At the same time, leaders meeting
n Washington D.C. for the International AIDS Conference
announced an official declaration calling for a renewed
.global urgency for the countless AIDS-related deaths.
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Meanwhile here in Miami-Dade and Broward counues, as
previously reported in The Miami Times [June 20 June 26,
20121, the numbers of new AIDS cases in the Black com-
munity continue to rise in both areas. In fact, Miami-Dade
County [M-DCI holds the top spot for newly-reported HIV
infections. What is even more troubling is that while Blacks
make up 20 percent of the population in M-DC, they ac-
count for 51.5 percent of AIDS cases. Broward's numbers
are equally alarming where Blacks comprise 25 percent of
the population but make up 57.6 percent of AIDS cases. The
odds appear to be stacked against the Black community but
the documentary insists that the epidemic is preventable.
"HIV is entirely preventable and I agree with Dr. Lisa
Fitzpatrick who says'the end of the epidemic is 'within our
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MAGIC CHECKS IN: Earvin Johnson gets a routine blood test.

-. ,
-AP Pihoto' KiustyWigglesvworth
Serena Williams poses with her trophy after defeating Agnieszka Rad-
wanska of Poland to win the women's final match at the All England
Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Saturday, July 7.

Serena is back!
By Diane Pucin
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND It was a gentle drop shot
that finally made Serena Williams raise her arms in almost-
triumph Saturday in the Wimbledon championship match
against Agnieszka Radwanska.
Williams had dominated most of the tournament with her
percussive serve. She hit 24 aces in one match, 23 in an-
other and a record-setting 102 in the tournament.
But that drop shot, on a break point in the seventh game
of the final set, it was the winner. It allowed Williams to feel
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Internet, texting lead

to increase in bullying

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fo.' rms of communication including
the Internet and testing, that have
provided greater opportunities for
young .dults to attack, taunt and
hu rA ate their classmates. Its im-
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only means of escape. According to
the U.S. Department of Justice, vio-
lent crimes committed in schools,
and the rate of homicides in schools
have declined significantly since the
early 1990s. But all is not well ev-
ery 7 minutes a child in bullied in
the U.S.
With these and other contrasting
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Libya holds vote after 40 years

Associated Press It is the first sig-
nificant step in
TRIPOLI, Libya Abdel- Libya's tumultuous
Hakim Belhaj is a former rebel transition toward
commander and a jihadist who democracy after
once fought the Russians in more than 40 years
Afghanistan. More recently, he under Muammar
has replaced his camouflaged Qaddafi's repres-
fatigues with a business suit sive rule.
and founded an Islamist po- The campaign posters plas-
litical party that is among the tering the capital Tripoli are in
front-runners ahead of Satur- sharp contrast to the decades
day's parliamentary election, in which Qaddafi banned polit-

ical parties and con-
sidered democracy a
form of tyranny. He
governed with his
political manifesto
the "Green Book,"
which laid out his
vision for rule by
the people but ulti-
mately bestowed power in his
hands alone.
But Saturday's election, in
which 2.8 million Libyans are

eligible to vote, follows a ru-
inous civil war that laid bare
regional, tribal and ethnic
conflicts and left the country
divided nine months after Qa-
ddafi was captured and killed
by rebel forces in his home city
of Sirte.
While many Libyans hoped
the oil-rich North African na-
tion of 6 million would thrive
and become a magnet for
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2A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 11-17, 2012



America's capacity

for reinvention

The following column is from a column written by Pulitzer
prize winning columnist Pitts Jr. that appeared in the Miami
Herald last week.

By Leonard Pitts Jr.
lpitts @MiamiHerald.com

Can you say why America is the greatest country in the
The question proceeds, of course, from an assumption, i.e.,
that America is, indeed, the greatest nation on Earth. When
it is posed by a chipper college student to Will McAvoy, the
dyspeptic cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels in the
new HBO series, The Newsroom, he gores that assumption
with acid glee.
By no standard or at least, no standard he cares to ac-
knowledge does McAvoy believe America is still the world's
greatest nation. Freedom? That's hardly unique, he says, not-
ing that Canada the United Kingdom, France, Germany and
Japan are all free. And he ticks off a number of other mea-
sures literacy, life expectancy, math, exports, infant mor-
tality by which, he says, America now lags much of the
Therefore, he says, America is, in fact, not the greatest na-
tion on the planet. There is something telling and true in the
crestfallen expressions with which the audience greets that
declaration. It's as if someone has switched off the sun.
America believes in nothing quite so deeply as its own great-
There is something quintessentially us about that belief.
The Japanese, we may presume, love Japan. Surely the Ca-
nadians feel a swelling pride at the sight of their flag and the
Spanish stand a little straighter at the playing of their na-
tional anthem. But does any other nation feel the need to so
routinely assure itself and remind others that it is the most
excellent of them all?
"America," says Sean Hannity with numbing regularity,
is "the best, greatest nation God has ever given man on the
face of the Earth." It might be said, that the seed of American
gfde'atiS li'g irfth'e Vrery'need to- be great; to1'-aise the foam'
index finger and chant "USA! USA!" to live up to our own
Unfortunately, the seed of American self-delusion lies in the
same place. To read the test scores, to watch the clown show
that passes for TV news, to walk the boarded up streets of
downtown Wherever, USA., to talk to a father about his kids'
future, is to take the fictional news anchor's point:
Namely, that there is something sad about yelling, "We're
No. 1!" when you are, in fact, not.
But and a character on the show reminds McAvoy of
this we can be, always. The potential of it lies in America's
endless capacity for reinvention; the path to it in America's
matchless sense of mission. The nation has always risen to
the challenge of greatness when it had a goal, a purpose to
unite behind, a thing to get done. That is the story of the
Revolution, the Union victory, the Great Depression, the Sec-
ond World War, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin airlift, the Civil
Rights Movement, the moon landing.
So what is our mission now? What is the goal toward which
we strive in 2012? And therein lies the problem: you don't
know either, do you? Bill Clinton did mention something
about a bridge to somewhere or other. George W. Bush was
handed a mission fighting terrorism on a golden tray and
bungled it. President Obama, unlike candidate Obama, has
yet to articulate a goal that excites and unites.
Like a knife's blade, greatness requires a whetstone to
sharpen itself against. No whetstone presents itself in a na-
tion where, as McAvoy notes, people define themselves by who
they voted for in the last election, a nation whose depth of
division and lack of unifying principle now poison the very
air, a nation where, to speak of greatness is, increasingly, to
speak of history.
But what of the future?
That will require mission and purpose, the realization that
who we are is bound up in the things audacious and spec-
tacular things we come together to get done. We ought to
spend more time deciding what those things will be, and less
reassuring ourselves of our own wonderfulness.
True greatness, after all, is not declared. It is achieved.

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BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

Do we need a money manager like Mitt?

You can conduct byzantine
transactions through opaque
investment accounts and pri-
vate corporations in offshore
tax havens such as Bermuda
and the Cayman Islands. Or
you can credibly run for presi-
dent at a time of great economic
distress. I don't think you can
do both. Let me be clear that
I have nothing against wealth.
In fact, I have nothing against
great wealth, which is how I
would classify Mitt Romney's
estimated $250 million for-
tune. We can argue about the
social utility of private equity
firms such as Bain Capital, but
Romney isn't responsible for
distorting the system so that
financiers are grossly overpaid.
He just took advantage of the
situation. Increasingly, how-
ever, I have to wonder whether
the achievement Romney touts
as his biggest asset in running
for president his business
success might be seen by
many voters as a liability.
The question isn't whether

people can relate to a candi-
date who has tons of money.
It's whether they will connect
with a man who didn't make
his money the old-fashioned
way by building a better
widget but by sending capi-
tal hither and yon via clicks
of a computer mouse to take
advantage of arcane opportu-

deferred money for their senior
years. It isn't clear exactly what
Romney is using his gargantu-
an IRA for but it's certainly not
what Congress intended.
Then there's the question of
a Bermuda-based company
that Romney and his wife Ann
own, Sankaty High Yield As-
set Investors Ltd. Channeling

Channeling private-equity and hedge-fund investments
through offshore firms in places such as Bermuda and
the Caymans can allow investors to avoid a tax on what
is known as "unrelated business income.

nities most people never even
know about. Most Americans,
for example, do not have an
individual retirement account
valued at between $20 million
and $101 million, as Romney
stated last year in a financial
disclosure report. Individual
retirement accounts were cre-
ated as a way for middle-class
Americans to save some tax-

private-equity and hedge-fund
investments through offshore
firms in places such as Ber-
muda and the Caymans can
allow investors to avoid a tax
on what is known as "unrelat-
ed business income."
Romney's campaign says
that he pays every penny he is
required to pay in taxes but
his income is taxed at about

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15 percent a lower rate
than most middle-class Ameri-
cans pay. Hey, I understand;
if I could get away with pay-
ing less in taxes, I'd do it, too.
But one of the sources of anger
and anxiety in this country -
both on the left and the right
- is the sense that there are
two sets of rules, one for the
rich and powerful and one for
everybody else. I don't think
voters want a "regular guy" as
president; they want someone
who is exceptional. But there
is a point at which opportun-
ism begins to shade into ra-
In making and managing his
money, Romney appears to
take every possible, conceiv-
able, imaginable inch that the
law arguably allows. That's
good finance. But I doubt it's
good politics.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulit-
zer Prize-winning newspaper
columnist and the former as-
sistant managing editor of The
Washington Post.


President Obama needs us to have h

Do you believe President
Obama needs a Congress that
will work together and get our
economy moving in the right
direction? After watching Re-
publican obstruction on nearly
every piece of legislation, it's
time we take a stand to have
President Obama's back.
There is too much at stake
in this election to only vote
for President Obama and skip
Obama will need Democrats
to regain control of the House
in order to move his agenda
forward. We've witnessed the
blatant stall tactics of House
Republicans and the Tea Par-
ty when it comes to moving
our economy forward. House
Republicans have made their
intentions loud and clear: to
make Barack Obama a one-
term president. We cannot al-
low that to happen. Voters
must go to the polls to not only
reelect Obama but to vote down

the ballot to elect House Demo-
crats to support him in his sec-
ond term. If Republicans main-
tain control of the House, we'll
see much of the same political
bickering while Americans fam-
ilies are left to fend for them-
selves. Congress is obliged to
legislate in the best interest of
the public; instead Republicans

members (Attorney General
Eric Holder). House minority
leader, Nancy Pelosi called the
unprecedented vote a "heinous
act," and the New York Times
said, "Republicans shamelessly
turned what should be a routine
matter into a pointless consti-
tutional confrontation," further
proving Republicans obstruc-

Obama will need Democrats to regain control of the
House in order to move his agenda forward. We've wit-
nessed the blatant stall tactics of House Republicans
and the Tea Party when it comes to moving our economy forward.

have been more concerned
with scoring partisan political
points. Under this Republican-
controlled House, we've seen
political games at its best.
For the first time in Ameri-
can history, Republicans over-
whelmingly voted to bring con-
tempt charges against one of
the President's sitting Cabinet

tion and abuse of power. This
Republican Congress has cho-
sen partisanship allegiance in-
stead of tackling the challenges
for Americans facing unem-
ployment, record housing fore-
closures and a slow recovering
economy. They have gone out
of their way to obstruct Obama
at the expense of the economy,

is back
the middle class,
and American families strug-
gling through tough econom-
ic times. It's time for that to
end. In order to have President
Obama's back, we need to elect
more Democrats to the House
of Congress. "Have his Back"
means just that reelect
President Obama but make
sure you 'have his back' by
voting down the ballot to send
Democrats to Congress.
If Obama says it, Republi-
cans in Congress oppose it.
They don't even read important
legislation that affects our lives
before voting on it. Make sure
your family, friends, neighbors,
and others "Have his Back" by
voting Democrat down the bal-
lot on Election Day.
Sheila Jackson Lee is in her
ninth term as a member of the
U.S. House of Representatives,
representing the 18th Con-
gressional District, centered in


Obama is not the first 'Black president'

Professor Fredrick Harris has
written in his op ed, Still Wait-
ing for Our First Black President,
"Obama has pursued a racially
defused electoral and governing
strategy, keeping issues of spe-
cific interest to African Americans
- off the national agenda." Mi-
chael Nutter, mayor of Philadel-
phia, replied in the Huffington
Post, "Barack Obama has fought
every single day to improve the
livelihood and well-being of the
African-American community. We
have our first Black President,
his name is President Barack
Obama." Here's the reality that
must be clearly understood:
Obama is not the first Black pres-
ident; he's the first president who
is Black. A Black president would
have come into office with a "Black
agenda." If he were the first Black
president he would be using his
bully pulpit to champion legis-
lation targeting unemployment
in urban areas, poverty, income
disparity, and other issues. This
in no way should be interpreted

to challenge his "Blackness." It's
about the agenda, not the man.
If Obama were the first Black
president, the prison at Guanta-
namo Bay would be closed. He
would not have signed the 2012
Defense Authorization Act (DAA)
allowing for U.S. citizens to be

American interests abroad" with
no other historical reference to
guide him.
Obama's primary focus has
been on broader national poli-
cies such as the Child Tax Cred-
it, Small Business Jobs Act and
saving the American auto in-

Obama has changed his focus because as Rev. Jeremiah
Wright so adroitly observed, "he's a politician." Nutter is
wrong to challenge Harris' assessment that Obama has

pursued race neutral politics.

indefinitely detained. His Black
attorney general would not have
made the case to assassinate U.S.
citizens abroad without judicial
review. If Obama were the first
Black president, he would not
have supported the assassination
of Libyan leader Muammar Gad-
dafi. Obama is the first president
who is Black and as such oper-
ates as a functionary of the U.S.
government. A president who is
Black focuses on the so-called
"war on terror" and "protecting

dustry. All of these (and other
policies) are policies from which
Blacks have benefitted but do not
specifically target the ills impact-
ing the Black
This is not to suggest that Pro-
fessor Harris' premise is wrong;
he's correct. Obama has changed
his focus because as Rev. Jere-
miah Wright so adroitly observed,
"he's a politician." Nutter is wrong
to challenge Harris' assessment
that Obama has pursued race
neutral politics.

The reality is that N.'Me the un
employment rate for the country
is 8.2 percent, the official un-
employment rate for Blacks is
double that at 16.6 percent. The
president's efforts will not ad-
dress chronic income disparity
or the wealth gap. According to
the Census Bureau, White fami-
lies made 62 percent more than
Black families. White median
household net worth was about
$90,000, compared to a mere
$6,000 for the median Black
What too many in the Black
community refuse to accept is
as Harris wrote, "If he won't do
it (support Black interests) on
his own, Obama will have to be
pressured to act and to keep the
few promises he made to Black
America in 2008. Obama's not
the first Black President; he's the
first President who is Black."
Dr. Wilmer Leon, III, is an edu-
cator, political analyst and media
commentator based out of Wash-
ington, D.C.

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3A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 11-17, 2012


Justice Roberts: Turning over a new leaf?

Chief Justice John Roberts
cast the deciding vote to uphold
the Affordable Care Act, Presi-
dent Obama's signature piece of
legislation and a cornerstone of
his first term in office. In light
of this historic Supreme Court
decision, the question remains
as to whether this is a one-shot
deal on the part of a strictly con-
servative jurist, or whether he
will evolve on the court in the
manner of former Chief Justice
Earl Warren.
Warren, an Eisenhower nomi-
nee to the high court, became far
more liberal than expected. His
court was responsible for the
school desegregation decision
in Brown v. Board of Education
(1954). Warren also mandated
publicly-funded legal represen-
tation for indigent defendants,
kept prosecutors from using il-
legally obtained evidence, and
required that those who are
in police custody be read their
rights, also known as a Miranda
The jury is still out on Rob--
erts, but before we consider him

a new reliable swing vote or a
conservative-turned-liberal jus-
tice, consider the evidence that
this was nothing less than a po-
litical move on his part.
Conservative reactions to his
deciding vote have ranged from
sadness and a sense of betray-
al to cognitive dissonance and
calls for impeachment. This

making a career move to gain
acceptance as an independent
thinker among the Washington
"cognitive" elite.
Now, few in the Black commu-
nity care much about what ei-
ther of these men will say next.
And yet, Trump and Buchanan
make a valid point, which is that
Roberts was likely influenced by

Donald Trump who seems to have an opinion on ev-
erything and reminds the public often called Roberts
a "dummy" for a decision that "makes no sense."

was not supposed to happen,
after all, given that Roberts was
firmly planted in the conserva-
tive bloc of the Supreme Court,
a legacy of the George W. Bush
Donald Trump who seems
to have an opinion on every-
thing and reminds the pub-
lic often called Roberts a
"dummy" for a decision that
"makes no sense." In addition,
Pat Buchanan commented that
Roberts is "moving on up" and

politics. Is chief justice Roberts
turning over a new leaf? Since
Bush v. Gore and the selection
of the president by the Supreme
Court, it has been a downhill
slide for the nation's ultimate
judicial body in the court of
public opinion, that is.
It is no wonder that public
approval of the Supreme Court
stands at historic lows, with a
majority of people believing the
justices make their decisions
based on ideology rather than

the law. Judges are people,
too. And they read the newspa-
pers, and they see the protests
that take place regularly on the
courthouse steps.
Citing his nuanced votes up-
holding Obamacare and striking
down important aspects of Ari-
zona's immigration law, some
legal observers have described
Roberts as a pragmatist.
It is plausible that Roberts'
Obamacare decision was strate-
gic, that he will use this as an
insurance policy to shield him
from critics who accuse him of
political partisanship. If Chief
Justice Roberts resumes his
place among the conservatives
on the Supreme Court, it will
not come as a surprise. On the
other hand, maybe he is evolv-
ing into a liberal. And maybe
President George H. W. Bush
was right when he said Clarence
Thomas was "the best man" for
the job.
David A. Love is the Executive
Editor of BlackCommentator.
corn, where his Color of Law col-
umn appears weekly.


Do you think that George

Zimmerman is a flight risk?
Miami, author Miami, warehouse worker

Yes, I think that he's a flight
risk because
if a man tells
you he doesn't
have any mon-
ey when he
has a whole
lot of money,
there's only
one reason he
does that: to
be able to take off and leave and
buy another identity.

Virgin Islands, unemployed

Yes. Some
people might
want to hurt
him now that
he's out so
that could ji
make him ......
scared enough
to leave the

Miami, unemployed

Yes. Be-
sides, I don't
feel it's right
for him to get
out. If anyone
else had killed
a child, they
would have to
suffer the con-
sequences of
being in jail.

Yes, because
he had all of
that money
that was do-
nated to him.
The thought
has to be on
his mind to
just run away.

Miami, entrepreneur

Yes, he shouldn't
let out of jail
at all. It's not

Miami, unemployed

have been

Absolutely. He lied to a judge
already, so,
what's to
say that he
wouldn't do
anything else.
If he want-
ed to have a
passport or
not, he has
the means [enough money] to
leave the country. If it had been
anyone else, no matter their na-
tionality, they would have been
in jail. But because his father
is a judge and has influence,
[Zimmerman] was let out jail.

Supreme Justice Roberts:
In recent days, much has Foundation, implemented by a
been made over the Supreme "severely conservative" gover-
Court's decision to uphold nor, Mitt Romney. Republicans
Obamacare. President Obama are opposed to the social safety
-- duly elected by a majority of net that is pervasive in devel-
the American people and a ma- oped countries -- and the indi-
jority of the Electoral College vidual mandate was conceived
-- is being denounced as a dic-
tator and a tyrant by the right If there is to be legitimate (
wing. Growing up I certainly that he's a plagiarist. The
missed a few history classesie
here and there. But I was al- servative idea from a cons
ways under the impression Foundation, implemented by a"
that a real dictator wouldn't be Mitt Romney.
all that keen on sending wom-
en to get mammograms. When
a tyrant sends you to a doctor, as their answer. If you buy in-
it's to pronounce you dead un- surance, then your health care

der suspicious circumstances
-- not because he cares about
your health. Obama is being
attacked for delivering on his
promise, something that is
anathematic in modern Ameri-
can politics.
If there is to be legitimate
criticism of President Obama,
it's that he's a plagiarist. The
individual mandate was a con-
servative idea from a conserva-
tive think tank, the Heritage

costs won't be visited upon the
more affluent. Your health and
costs are now your responsibil-
ity. Isn't that Ronald Reagan's
In this debate there is a
theme I see everywhere now-
adays: the absolute hypoc-
risy of our American culture.
We say things that we know
are not true, and we believe
things that we can see are ri-
diculous. Being the world's

A tale of two truths

only superpower, no one can
challenge us to keep our BS
in check. As a result, we keep
running our mouths and de-
scend further into absurdity.
This blowback to the Supreme
Court decision is just par for

criticism of President Obama, it's
individual mandate was a con-
servative think tank, the Heritage
severely conservative" governor,

the course. John Roberts was
nominated by a conservative
President, and approved by a
largely party-line conservative
vote to be the Chief Justice of
the United States. They now at-
tack him for being deceptive in
his confirmation hearings. He
has earned ire for being, like
Barack Obama, a man who
keeps his word.
A President has eight years
at most. Congressmen face the
voters at home frequently. But
the Supremes are there for life.

They are beholden to no one -
and that's why all the iconic
rulings that Republicans hate
were presided over by Republi-
can appointees. They can vote
their conscience without any
electoral repercussions.
Chief Justice Earl Warren
preceded John Roberts by de-
cades, and was even more of an
extreme flip. Warren was such
a political dealmaker that he
agreed to support Eisenhow-
er in exchange for a Supreme
Court appointment -- how "in-
sider" is that?
But once on the Court, War-
ren forgot his party and the
special interests. He became,
like Obama and Roberts would
later be, a man who keeps his
word. He became a judge, not
a I'm not saying Obamacare
is perfect. No government pro-
gram can be. Yet having fewer
sick people today and in the
future is what any American,
Supreme Court justice or oth-
erwise, should want--and what
only partisan ideologues can
possibly oppose.


President Obama and right to work laws

"Right to Work" laws provide
American workers with a choice.
Put simply, it prohibits compul-
sory union membership.
If a worker wants to join a
union, they can. Right to Work
laws mean they cannot be forced
to do so and are protected from
President Obama is against
such laws protecting freedom of
choice. On April 30, at the AFL-
CIO's Building and Construction
Trades Department Legislative
Conference, Obama said Right to
Work laws are a "political" ploy
aimed at "dismantling unions."
He added that he would sup-
port union-favored Project La-
bor Agreements and the David-
Bacon Act "as long as I serve as
your president."
Obama's assertions aren't

For clarity of perspective, the
National Labor Relation Act,
passed in 1935, allows for labor
unions to form and protect them
from employer retaliation. Cur-

ing power. Between 1999 and
2009, according to the report,
real personal income grew 28.3
percent in Right to Work states
as opposed to 14.7 percent in
states with compulsory union

President Obama is against such laws protecting freedom of
choice. On April 30, at the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction
Trades Department Legislative Conference, Obama said Right
to Work laws are a "political" ploy aimed at "dismantling unions."

rently, 23 states have some sort
of Right to Work law in place.
Right to Work laws protect free-
dom and helps workers. A Na-
tional Institute Labor Relations
Institute concluded that Right to
Work states benefit from faster
grown and higher real purchas-

So Right to Work would save
workers money, contrary to
Obama's mocking claim that
these laws should be called "the
right to work for less and less."
Right to Work states are said
to create more jobs, lose fewer

jobs, gain more new residents,
have fewer people on welfare,
and provide more personal in-
come growth than non-Right to
Work States. Additionally, Right
to Work laws also appear decid-
edly beneficial to middle class -
contrary to the assertions of the
In light of the overwhelming
evidence offered by trusted think
tanks, President Obama should
issue a retraction of the mislead-
ing remarks he made about Right
to Work laws. Furthermore, he
should, going forward, acknowl-
edge that Right to Work laws are
pro-business and pro-worker.
Stacy Swimp is a spokesman
for the Project 21 black leader-
ship network, president of the
Frederick Douglass Society and
talk radio host.

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It may not be the Tuskegee
Experiment, but the CDC is
investigating an outbreak of
tuberculosis that has been
exposed by journalists with
the Palm Beach Post. Reports
from the CDC say it's the worst
outbreak that they've seen in
20 years. As of April 2012,
13 deaths and 99 illnesses
had been linked to the strain.

The outbreak reaches as far
north as Jacksonville and as
far south as Miami. According
to the Post, most of the vic-
tims were "poor Black men."
It's believed that because they
were either in homeless shel-
ters, Jacksonville area jails
or a mental health clinic, that
some 3,000 others may have
been exposed. Meanwhile,

Governor Rick Scott recently
closed a state hospital that
specializes in TB. Was the
public informed of this health
crisis? NOI

Did he say that? We don't
want to call any names, but ru-
mor has it that one of the can-
didates for county mayor said
that he will put his "efforts"

into the Hispanic community
because "Blacks won't vote in
the primary." He seems to be-
lieve that we'll only turn out
in November when Obama's
position is on the line. Let's
not fall victim to self-fulfilling
prophecy. And let's not be ig-
nored. We urge all registered
Blacks voters to get to the
polls on August 14th.


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Not all school board members

welcome Michelle Obama to FL
FIRST LADY Superintendent Alberto Cary- "I could not be more proud

-AP Photo/Susan Walsh
President Barack Obama eats lunch at the Kozy Corner diner in Oak Harbour, Ohio, Thursday, July 5. Obama was on
a two-day bus trip through Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Obama takes the offensive

on his healthcare law

Touts its provisions on the road in Ohio, while Romney seems
to stumble and comes under fire from conservatives

By Christi Parsons
and Mitchell Landsberg

MAUMEE, Ohio A week after
the Supreme Court upheld most
of President Obama's signature
domestic policy achievement, the
politics of healthcare held center
stage in the presidential campaign,
shoving aside the economic debate
that has dominated most of the
last several months.
In a notable shift of tactics after
months of talking only minimally
about healthcare in public, Obama
went on the offensive Thursday
and emphasized the law during
a campaign bus trip through the
crucial swing state of Ohio.
As he did so, his Republican
challenger, former Massachusetts
Gov. Mitt Romney, was on the de-
fensive, under attack from leading
conservatives for purported failures
in handling the issue. The criticism

reflected long-standing anxiety
among conservatives that Rom-
ney's history on healthcare would
make him a flawed carrier of the
party's message.
Before a cheering crowd of sever-
al hundred at a rally in northwest-
ern Ohio, Obama declared that the
healthcare law was alive and well
and highlighted elements that have
proved popular with the public -
even as the overall law has not.
"We will not go back to the days
when insurance companies could
discriminate against people just
because they were sick," he said.
"We're not going to tell 6 million
young people who are now on their
parents' health insurance plans
that suddenly they don't have
health insurance. We're not going
to allow Medicare to be turned into
a voucher system.
"Nobody should go bankrupt
because they get sick. I'll work
with anybody who wants to work

with me to continue to improve our
healthcare system and our health-
care laws. But the law I passed is
here to stay."
As he spoke, campaign aides
distributed literature listing the
benefits of the law, defiantly steal-
ing the label that Republicans
have used to attack it. "Because of
Obamacare," the list began.
As Obama waved the healthcare
banner, Romney, vacationing in
New Hampshire, seemed tongue-
tied on the issue.
As governor, Romney's big-
gest achievement was a law that
resembled Obama's in many ways,
particularly in the requirement
that people who could afford to do
so either buy insurance or pay a
fine. During the primary campaign,
his rivals predicted that as the
nominee, he would have trouble
convincing voters that his require-
ment was good and Obama's virtu-
ally identical requirement was bad.

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continued from 1A


alho to cancel the event. He is
now urging new policies that
would ban any political activi-
ties from being held in public
But board member Wilbert
Holloway, a Democrat, said he
welcomed the first lady's visit.

that First lady Michelle Obama
has chosen to speak at Barba-
ra Goleman Senior High School
and believe that our schools
should encourage students to
debate ideas and become en-
gaged in our democratic pro-
cess," he said.

first lady spoke. During her
speech, Mrs. Obama highlight-
ed the achievements of her
husband's first four years in of-
fice, focusing on his signature
health care law, the creation of
more jobs and improvements
in social programs. She asked
everyone present to make sure
they were registered to vote
and to make sure their friends
and neighbors registered as
"With your help, four more
years," she said. "We're do-
ing this for the vision for this
country we all share. Between
now and November, we are go-
ing to need all of you to get out
there and tell everybody you
know that Barack is on our
side, fighting for the values
we believe in [good schools for
all, security for senior citizens
and a safety net for the middle

It may have been Michelle
Obama's first trip to the Miami
Lakes high school but several
Miami-Dade County Public
School board members were
not in favor of the choice of
venue. Renier Diaz de la Por-
tilla said the first lady should
not have been allowed to ap-
pear at the high school since
the district has a policy ban-
ning political activity in tax-
funded County public schools.
His board member colleague,
Carlos Curbelo, sought legal
advice from the board's attor-
In the end, the challenges
from the two Republicans were
reviewed and ruled invalid.
School officials said that the
Obama campaign had rent-
ed the gym, paid the District
$2,300 and that the arrange-
ments were legal in accor-
dance to District policy. Diaz
de la Portilla had even asked



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Edmonson spends July 4th

with local residents

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson (left) began her Inde-
pendence Day celebration talking with residents at the Village of
El Portal's annual Fourth of July Picnic held on the grounds and
lot at Village Hall on NE 87th Street continuing the festivi-
ties in Liberty City at Hadley Park, NW 50th Street and 12th
Avenue, where she hosted her annual Fourth of July barbecue for
area senior citizens. Edmonson, her staff and volunteers served
approximately 200 people.

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5A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 11-17, 2012



By Sarah Maslin Nir

Olivia Cousins can trace her
family in the United States to a
soldier who joined the rebelling
colonists when he was just 17.
But when a friend suggested she
join the Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution, an organization
whose members can prove they
are related to someone who aid-
ed the rebels in 1776, Dr. Cous-
ins nearly laughed.
Dr. Cousins is Black. And the
D.A.R., as it is commonly called,
is a historically white organiza-
tion with a record of excluding
Blacks so ugly that Eleanor Roo-
sevelt renounced her member-
ship in protest.
Yet last week, in a circa-1857
stone chapel in Jamaica,
Queens, Dr. Cousins was named
an officer in a small ceremony
establishing a new chapter. Her
daughter took photos. The pic-
tures documented a singular
moment for the D.A.R., founded
in 1890: 5 of the 13 members of
the new chapter are Black.
Perhaps more strikingly, the
Queens chapter is one of the
first in the organization's nearly
122-year history that was start-
ed by a Black woman: Wilhelme-
na Rhodes Kelly, from Rose-
dale, who is also its regent, or
president. Ms. Kelly traces her
origins to the relationship be-
tween a slaveholder and a slave,
who appear to have considered
themselves married, and her
new position is part of a remark-
able journey for both her family
and the organization.
"My parents understood that
they were Americans and that
they were a real important part
of the American story," said Dr.
Cousins, who, like the other
members, is a passionate stu-
dent of genealogy. Her Revolu-
tionary War ancestor was a free
man of mixed race. "Their whole
thing was that segregation is
unacceptable," she said of her
parents. For her, she said, "de
facto segregation was unaccept-
Racism and the vicissitudes
of history have long kept the
number of minorities in the
D.A.R. low. Only about 5,000
of the nearly 400,000 American
soldiers in the Revolution were
Black, said Eric Grundset, di-
rector of the organization's li-
brary. Some were freed slaves
who joined voluntarily, others
slaves who bartered their ser-
vice against promises of earning
their freedom (which were often
reneged on), and others sent to
fight in place of the men who

owned them.
"To the best of my knowledge,
we have never had both an Afri-
can-American charter regent as
well as this percentage of mem-
bers," said Denise Doring Van-
Buren, the organization's New
York regent, who presides over
the 7,000 members in the state.
Dr. Cousins, a professor of
medical sociology at Borough of
Manhattan Community College,
joined the group with two of her
sisters, who are both substitute
teachers: Collette Cousins, who
lives in Durham, N.C., and Mi-
chelle Wherry, who lives in Lew-
is Center, Ohio. They will com-
mute to the monthly meetings in
Ms. VanBuren said the D.A.R.
tried in recent decades to at-
tract members of diverse back-
In doing so, it had to overcome
as many decades of bad press.
"Because of their reputation,
they are probably not going
to attract very many African-
Americans," said Raymond Ar-
senault, a professor of South-
ern history at the University of
South Florida, St. Petersburg,
and a civil-rights historian. "So
this is quite striking that this is
Dr. Arsenault is the author of
"The Sound of Freedom: Marian
Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial
and the Concert That Awakened
America," a book that chroni-
cles the episode that stamped
the D.A.R. at the time as racist.
In 1939, the group barred An-
derson, a world-famous Black
contralto, from performing in
its Constitution Hall in Wash-
ington, prompting Eleanor Roo-
sevelt, then the first lady, to re-
nounce her membership, and
fomenting a national conversa-
tion about race.
"In the context of the Marian
Anderson story and its com-
plicated legacy, it seems like
something of a milestone," Dr.
Arsenault said of the Queens
Dr. Cousins said, "When most
African-Americans hear about
the D.A.R., we go straight to
Marian Anderson, and we get
stuck there."
Nevertheless, joining was "a
no-brainer," she said. "I'm a part
of this country, and my pres-
ence needs to be recognized."
The group does not know how
many of its 170,000 members
are Black because it does not
ask applicants for their race,
Ms. VanBuren said. As well as
focusing on history and geneal-
ogy, the D.A.R. offers scholar-

-Chester Higgins Jr./The New YorkTimes
Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly, left, and Olivia Cousins, members of a new Queens chapter of the Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution.

ships, literacy education and as-
sistance with the naturalization
process for new citizens, among
other things.
For the past 12 years, Mr. Gr-
undset has led a research team
dedicated to identifying Black
Patriots. Ms. Kelly, the founder
of the Queens chapter, can trace
her heritage to the relation-
ship between a slaveholder and
a slave, but since such unions
were seldom recorded, few
Blacks may be able to link their
family trees to the Revolution as
she has.
High numbers of Black D.A.R.
members "will remain an anom-
aly," Dr. Arsenault said, "just by
sheer demographics."
The first Black woman in
modern times joined in 1977:
Karen Batchelor, from Detroit,
whose membership was con-
sidered such big news that she
was featured on "Good Morning
America." (Before her, a woman
of American Indian and Black
descent joined in the 1890s.)
But as late as 1984, there
were still echoes of the Ander-
son episode when a Washington
chapter resisted admitting Lena
S. Ferguson, a former school
As part of a settlement with
Ms. Ferguson, who died in
2004, the group rewrote its by-
laws to state expressly that it
was open to all types of women.
Today, some promotional litera-
ture even features a photograph
of a Black member: Ms. Kelly's
"Things have changed a great
deal," Ms. Ferguson's nephew,
Maurice Barboza, said. "A large
part of the change in the D.A.R.

Miami Gardens prepares for August elections

continued from 1A

municipality has managed to
become the home to popular
sports franchises the Miami
Dolphins and the Miami Marlins
- and the nationally renowned
two-day concert, Jazz in the Gar-
dens. However, the area has also
garnered its share of tales of cor-
ruption, mis management and

The Miami Times asked a num-
ber of sitting council members
and mayoral and council can-
didates their views on the most
important issues facing their
City. Some candidates noted how
crime and issues of public safe-
ty remain among their top con-
cerns. Statistics have shown that
violent crimes, which by defini-
tion includes robbery and rape,
have risen in the Miami Gardens,
as well as other pre-dominantly
Black areas in South Florida.
"At the core of the crime sta-
tistics in Miami Gardens is the
Black male and his involvement
in crime," explained Katrina Wil-
son, who is running for mayor of
Miami Gardens," Whether this
is because of gang involvement,
cultural origins, economic condi-
tions, or other factors, the Black
male is the sector of our com-

munity that continues to top the
charts and is the common thread
among all of those negative sta-
tistical categories whether it is
murder, assault, robbery, in-
carceration, arrests, unemploy-
ment, dropout rates or FCAT fail-
However, while Councilwom-
an Felicia Robinson agrees that
the area has its share of crime
issues, she cautioned against
overstating the problem.
"Crime has actually declined in
Miami Gardens when you look at
the statistics," she said. "Com-
paring our city with various oth-
er cities within the county, our
crime rate is actually lower."
After crime, nearly all candi-
dates unanimously agreed that
economic development and job
creation by supporting small
business owners and by attract-
ing corporations into the area
must be among the city's top
priorities. However, most candi-
dates disagreed on exactly how
to meet those goals.
Some believe that the at-times
controversial, yet hugely popu-
lar Jazz in the Gardens weekend
music fest stands as an impor-
tant factor towards bettering
economic development.
"Jazz in the Gardens isn't just
about making some money -it's
about helping the community
and helping to making Miami

Gardens a destination spot,"
said Vice Mayor Oliver Gilbert,
another candidate for the mayor.
"We need to have more things in
the city that people want to come
Councilman Andre Williams,
another mayoral hopeful, dis-
"We should not be spending $2
million annually of taxpayer dol-
lars on a 'party' when we have so
many issues in our city a 17
percent unemployment rate and
one of the highest foreclosures in
the state," he said.
Mayor Shirley Gibson has
heard such arguments before,
but she still sees the concert as
a worthwhile enterprise.
"Based on last year alone, the
total investment on the event
was about $2 million, with
the city spending only about
$150,000 overall," she said in a
previous article.
Now as the City prepares to say
its final farewells, those that we
interviewed said that the city will
prosper in spite of the change in
"Mayor Gibson did an incred-
ible job," said Rodney Harris, a
candidate for City Council Seat
3. "But our new mayor will need
the support of the council, the
business community and the
residents of Miami Gardens in
order for growth to continue."

was caused by my aunt, be-
cause she took a stand."
He said the Queens group
proved that "not only would
Black women be able to dis-
cover their Revolutionary War
heritage, but they would be at
some point in time eager to join
the D.A.R. and honor their heri-
The organization published a
second edition of a book called
"Forgotten Patriots" in 2008 to
document the roughly 6,600
Black, Indian and mixed-race
Patriots, whose names a team
of D.A.R. genealogists culled by
cross-referencing military rolls
with census records moldering
in library reference rooms from
Providence, R.I., to Albany.
Though progress has been
slow, Black people have also
made inroads in other, similar

In 2010, Michael Nolden Hen-
derson, a retired lieutenant
commander in the United States
Navy, became the first Black
member in Georgia of the Sons
of the American Revolution. He
became president of 'his chap-
ter last year. "Historically, both
these groups have not reached
out to bring in members of col-
or," Mr. Henderson said. But, he
added, "You can work from the
inside to help improve the mi-
nority numbers."
Last weekend, Ms. Kelly at-
tended the Continental Con-
gress, a yearly gathering of
D.A.R. leaders in Washington.
David H. Petraeus, the director
of the Central Intelligence Agen-
cy, was the keynote speaker.
Few in the audience at Con-
stitution Hall were Black, but
nearly all, like Ms. Kelly, were
amateur genealogists.

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Bullying is a child safety national issue

continued from 1A

yet disturbing statistics in mind,
community leaders, elected of-
ficials and educators recently
participated in a roundtable
discussion following the view-
ing of a new documentary en-
titled "Bully." The documentary
follows high school students
in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Mis-
sissippi and Oklahoma during
the 2009-2010 school year. The
film focuses on the tragic deaths
of Tyler Long and Ty Smalley -
victims of bullying who later took
their own lives.
The documentary highlights
the following:
4.1 percent of students ages
12-18 who were bullied [289,000]
reported bringing a gun, knife or
other weapon to school;
7.4 percent of students who
were cyber-bullied reported
bringing a weapon to school;
About 25 percent of all high
school students were bullied
at least once during the school
About 7 percent of those ha-
rassed were bullied online.
This writer knows full well the
impact that bullying can have on
young minds. As a former high
school instructor at an all-boys
Catholic institution, one of our
students put a gun to his head
after suffering constant harass-
ment by his classmates. All in-

dications show that technology
has taken bullying to a new level.
Just last month, an eighth grad-
er in New York, Kardin Ulysse,
was blinded in one eye during
an attack by seventh graders -
yelling anti-gay slurs and punch-
ing him in the face. Ulysse wore
glasses. And a seven-year-old
boy in Detroit was found with a
belt around his neck he had
hung himself from his bunk bed,
unable to deal with being picked
on and harassed by other chil-

It's difficult to determine if bul-
lying has increased or if more
cases are now being reported.
But according to Suzy Milano,
director of mental health and cri-
sis management services for Mi-
am-Dade County Public Schools
[M-DCPS] and Ava Goldman,
administrative director for the
office of special education and
educational services, M-DCPS,
it's important to look for warning
"The emotional and physical
safety of our students is our first
concern that's why we are look-
ing for as many ways as possible
to raise awareness about school
violence and intimidation," they
said. "A generation ago, bullying
took place in the hallways, class-
rooms or the cafeteria. Today we
have cyber-bullying with which
to contend. Facebook, texting,
the Internet and other forms of

communication allow for bully-
ing to take place faster and at a
much larger scale. The messages
reach more children and more
can get involved. We are clear
that bullying is a detriment to
any child's education."
New counseling initiatives and
requests for parents to report
any suspected cases have as-
sisted County employees in tar-
geting bullies and those who are
"We have a comprehensive
policy and specific procedures
that must be followed whenever
a report comes in about school
violence," Milano said. "There are
actually more resources available
than parents may realize: one
can give tips anonymously; there
are boxes prominently displayed
in every school where one can
report bullying and principals
address it every morning during
announcements. But there are
some signs that parents can look
for: 1) Child is reluctant or upset
about going to school; 2) Child
displays significant changes in
their behavior; 3) Child expresses
constant sadness or depression;
and 4) Child is alone often dur-
ing school and may appear be so-
cially excluded.

State Representative Dwight
Bullard sponsored House Bill
213 in February 2011 an anti-
bullying proposal that redefined
the term "bullying" to include

emotional hurt and prohibited
bullying or harassment of s stu-
dent or school employee by use of
any computer, computer system,
etc. that is physically located on
school property, regardless of
ownership. Bullard participated
in the recent roundtable.
"Everyone needs to see this
documentary as it brings to light
and humanizes the issue of bul-
lying," he said. "The bill that we
passed last year now allows us to
go after those who participate in
cyber-bullying. We have to help
the kids who are being picked on
as well as those who are doing
the bullying."
State Senator Oscar Braynon,
another participant, said he
thinks educators and parents
must be more intentional about
identifying and ending bullying.
"There are some children who
are different due to physical ab-
normalities and birth defects and
that often makes them easy tar-
gets," he said. "But bullying has
become meaner, more violent and
with the social media, it can cast
a much wider net. This is no lon-
ger just an example of kids being
kids. We need all of our teachers
to see this documentary, we need
to talk more with our parents
and we need to ensure that edu-
cators are being trained regularly
so they can detect bullying before
it gets out of hand."
High school intern Calvins
Jean-Son contributed to this

Rangel's opponent gives up;

will halt court challenge

By David W. Chen

Conceding that "the math just
doesn't work," State Senator
Adriano Espaillat on Monday said
that he would drop his legal chal-
lenge to the results of his narrow
primary loss to Representative
Charles B. Rangel.
"I'm here to acknowledge that
we came up short 2 percent,"
Espaillat said, at a news confer-
ence outside his campaign head-
quarters at the northern tip of
Manhattan. "It's virtually
impossible for the results ,a
to be different." (
Espaillat's decision Lds
ends a messy postscript
to the June 26 election,
which attracted wide at- .
tention, partly because
of Rangel's stature as the RAN
dean of the city's Con-
gressional delegation, and partly
as a test of Hispanic clout in a
reconfigured and overwhelmingly
Democratic 13th Congressional
District, long a seat of Black po-
litical power.
Rangel initially declared vic-
tory, leading Espaillat by 1,900
votes in a five-candidate field. But
after the city's Board of Elections
acknowledged that the votes from
some precincts had not been in-
cluded in the tally, Rangel's lead
was whittled to 828 votes, before
increasing somewhat because of
absentee and affidavit ballots. Es-
paillat then went to court to block

the results, as reports emerged
that some Spanish-speaking vot-
ers had experienced difficulties at
the polls.
On Monday, Espaillat said he
was still troubled by the board's
handling of the race. "Is the Board
of Elections a reliable entity?" he
said. "I feel not."
Ultimately, though, any legal
challenge would be "very costly,"
he said. Espaillat said he did
take some solace, however, in the
plans of several Hispanic groups
to continue their efforts to
expose weaknesses in the
,. "Our concern has
been that voters in need
r of bilingual assistance
.^ in Spanish were either
1 turned away from the
GEL polls or forced to use af-
GEL- fidavit ballots which,
as you know, can be invalidated
for the most minor of problems,"
said Juan Cartagena, president
and general counsel of one such
group, LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
Valerie Vazquez, a spokeswom-
an for the Board of Elections,
said the board would certify the
results on Tuesday.
In a statement, Rangel congrat-
ulated Espaillat for running an
"ambitious" campaign and said
he hoped the two could collabo-
rate to "foster reconciliation and
unity across the communities
that became divided during the

PBS documentary targets Blacks and AIDS in our communities
AIDS able. There's something wrong with know nothing about HIV until he
continued from 1A that picture." contracted it; and Nel, a 63-year-

power but we have to have courage
to do the things that are difficult,"
Simone said.
Vanessa Mills, executive director
for Liberty City's only Black HIV/
AIDS counseling service, Empower-
U, Inc. agrees.
"We've known that we could re-
duce the numbers for some time,"
she said. "We can prevent children
from being born HIV-positive with
medication and we can also make
sure that an HIV-positive partner
does not spread the virus to their
significant other. We just haven't
made the medication readily avail-

The film is directed, produced
and written by Renata Simone,
the producer of the award-winning
FRONTLINE series "The Age of
AIDS." In her new film, she makes
awareness her mission, yet again
and equips viewers with their most
valuable asset in the fight against
HIV/AIDS knowledge.
The documentary tracks the his-
tory of the virus and shows stories
of how men and women are living
their lives since being infected.
Vignettes include: a high school
football player named Jovante who

old grandmother who married a
deacon in her church and found
her husband's HIV-positive diagno-
sis hidden in his Bible. NBA great
Magic Johnson and civil rights pi-
oneer Julian Bond also lend their
stories to the film.
"This film is a series of stories
told by people about themselves
and their lives," Simone said. "It's
been a privilege to use my art and
skills to introduce the world to
such memorable men, women and
young people.
On Wednesday, July 11, The Mi-
ami Times live-tweeted the docu-
mentary to readers and featured

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M-D County currently ranks number one in the
nation, logging the highest number of new AIDS
cases per capital in the U.S.
Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) currently
ranks number two in the nation, logging the 2nd high-
est number of new AIDS cases per capital in the U.S.
Florida ranks 3rd in the nation in the number of
persons living with AIDS.
Florida ranks 2nd in the nation in the number
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AIDS cases.

Blacks are 20 percent of the population in M-C
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In Broward County. Blacks compose 25 percent of the
population and 57 6 percent of AIDS cases.
HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for black
females between the ages 25 44 and the 3rd lead-
ing cause of death for black males ages 25 44.
In 2008, the AIDS case rate among black women
was 20 times higher than that among white women.
The AIDS case rate among black males was 6 times
higher than mat for white males in Florida

William sisters triumph at Wimbledon win singles and doubles titles

continued from 1A

free in her final service game
and it helped send her to a fifth
Wimbledon championship and
14th major title with her 6-1,
5-7, 6-2 win.
The victory was the first ma-
jor for the 30-year-old Williams
since she won here in 2010.
Shortly after that title, Wil-
liams suffered severe cuts on
both feet after stepping on glass
in a Munich restaurant. She
eventually needed two foot sur-
geries and also suffered a pul-
monary embolism, a problem
so severe that she ended up in
a Los Angeles hospital and, she
said, briefly feared for her life

and for a longer time for her ten-
nis future.
"There was a moment," Wil-
liams said, "I remember I was
on the couch and I didn't leave
for two days. I was praying like
I can't take any more. I've en-
dured enough, let me be able to
get through this.
"I didn't give up . I had the
blood clot, I had lung problems,
I had two foot surgeries. It was a
lot. I felt like I didn't do anything
to bring on that."
After her match point, a pin-
point-accurate backhand win-
ner that left Radwanska flat-
footed and resigned, Williams
dropped to the ground and then
she raced to the player box,
leaping up and over barriers to

give and get teary embraces.
Williams still has to inject her-
self with blood thinners, and her
mother, Oracene Price, said the
health scares gave Williams per-
"That made her realize where
her life was, really, and where
she really belonged and that
she really loved the game," Price
said. "You never appreciate any-
thing until you almost lose it."
Williams said she consid-
ered the delicate drop shot the
match-winner. It gave her a two-
break lead. "That way," she said,
"if I got a little nervous, I could
serve it out twice."
But she didn't need the sec-
ond chance.
In the final game, Williams

had an ace and a service winner
that brought her to match point.
"It's her weapon, the serve,"
said Radwanska, who was
playing in her first major final.
"That's why she has won the
tournament five times."
And about that drop shot?
"She picked a great moment for
that, for sure."
Williams won the first set in
36 minutes and raced to a 3-1
lead at the start of the second.
But Radwanska became a
real part of the match by break-
ing Williams' serve in the eighth
game and again in the final
game of the set.
"She started playing excellent
grass-court tennis, getting a lot
of balls back, and I panicked

a little bit," Williams said. "I
shouldn't have. I usually don't."
Ultimately, though, Williams
became the first woman in her
30s to win here since 1990,
when Martina Navratilova, then
33, won the last of her record
nine Wimbledon singles titles.
The fifth Wimbledon title ties
Serena with her older sister, Ve-
nus, who is struggling with her
own health issues. At the 2011
U.S. Open, Venus disclosed she
is suffering from an energy-sap-
ping autoimmune disease, Sjo-
gren's syndrome.
Venus, 32, said Serena's win
Saturday was inspirational to
"If she can do that and she
was on her deathbed and I'm

not dying . at the end I can
do it too."
Serena also suggested her in-
terest in winning tennis match-
es was still intense. Asked what
more she might want from life,
she said, "Are you kidding? The
U.S. Open, the Australian Open,
the French Open, Wimbledon
And then Venus went out
with Serena and did do it. The
unseeded sisters from Comp-
ton won their fifth Wimbledon
doubles title by upsetting sixth-
seeded Andrea Hlavackova and
Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Re-
public, 7-5, 6-4. Venus hit the
winning shot. An ace.
Five seems to be the luckiest
number of all for the sisters.


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6A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 11-17, 2012

Mystery deepens on Jesse Jackson Jr.'s health

By Monica Davey

CHICAGO Representative
Jesse L. Jackson Jr., a Demo-
crat from Illinois who has been
on a leave of absence from Con-
gress since early last month, is
dealing with a medical condition
more serious than initially dis-
closed, his representatives said
on Thursday.
A statement from Mr. Jack-
son's office gave few particulars
about his condition, but it noted
that he was undergoing "further
evaluation and treatment at an
in-patient medical facility."
"Recently, we have been made
aware that he has grappled with
certain physical and emotional
ailments privately for a long
period of time," read the state-
ment from Frank E. Watkins,
the director of communica-
tions for Mr. Jackson's office in

It also said, "According to the
preliminary diagnosis from his
doctors, Congressman Jackson
will need to receive extended
in-patient treatment as well as
continuing medical treatment

An earlier, still briefer state-
ment from Jackson's office on
June 25 had suggested a less
dire assessment, saying that
Mr. Jackson, 47, was being
treated "for exhaustion" and
had been on medical leave since
June 10. That statement asked
that his family's privacy be
Since then, many in this
city home to his Congres-
sional district and to his father,
the civil rights leader have
speculated about Mr. Jack-
son's whereabouts, about his
condition and about a series of
events that have battered his
public image in recent years,
including revelations in 2010
about a secret relationship with
a woman from Washington.
Four years ago, Jackson was
seen as one on a list of possible
replacements in the Senate for

Libya holds rare national elections

continued from 1A
investment, a virtual collapse in authority has left
formidable challenges. Unruly militias operate
independently and deepening regional and tribal
divisions erupt into violence with alarming fre-
quency. Human rights groups have documented
reports of wide
spread torture and killings of detainees.
The vote also will be a test of the strength of Is-
lamist parties, which have gained influence in Lib-

ya and other nations following the ouster of secular
regimes run by strongmen like Qaddafi and Egypt's
Hosni Mubarak. Groups vying for power range
from the politically savvy Muslim Brotherhood to
the ultraconservative Salafis and former jihadists.
Flush with money, the Brotherhood's Justice
and Construction party has led one of the best
organized and most visible election campaigns.
Young men and women in white shirts bearing the
party's name and symbol the horse go door-
to-door introducing candidates and canvassing
votes across Tripoli.

Opa-locka's new city manager takes over

continued from 1A

administrative sergeant in
the U.S. Marine Corps, he has
earned an MBA, an M.S. in
public management and two
bachelor's degrees in human
resources management and
Biblical studies.
Baker was unavailable for
comment, but in a press re-
lease he said that he is eager to
do more than just take on the
title of 'coach' he promises

to take lead his new team of di- Opa-locka to several winning
rectors and staff in the City of seasons.

Barack Obama, who vacated
the seat when he was elected
president. Mr. Jackson's po-
litical prospects sank, though,
after Rod R. Blagojevich then
the governor of Illinois, who was
assigned to pick Obama's Sen-
ate replacement was arrested
for trying to gain campaign
donations in exchange for the
Senate appointment.
In court testimony in the trial
of Mr. Blagojevich, who was
sent to federal prison earlier
this year, associates of Mr.
Jackson were accused of offer-
ing contributions if Mr. Jackson
were promised the post. Mr.
Jackson has denied wrongdoing

and of knowing about any illicit
offers, but he remains the sub-
ject of a House Ethics Commit-
tee investigation over whether
he broke rules while seeking the
Senate seat.
Jackson's medical leave came
after he resoundingly won a
primary challenge in March
from former Representative
Debbie Halvorson. Mr. Jackson
was first elected in 1995, and
he has easily won re-elections
since, but he devoted extra time
and resources in this year's
primary, knowing that a serious
Democratic challenge suggested
that he appeared vulnerable.
In a deeply Democratic-lean-

ing district, south from down-
town Chicago, Mr. Jackson is
expected to face a Republican
and an independent challenger
in November, state elections
records show.
The statement from Mr.
Jackson's office asked that
people keep Mr. Jackson and
his family he is married to
Sandi Jackson, an alderman
in Chicago in their thoughts
and prayers. It offered no as-
sessment of when Mr. Jackson
might return from his leave,
saying only, "Congressman
Jackson's medical condition is
more serious than we thought
and initially believed."

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* Created a school that provides free auto
technician training for inner city students.
* Supported the Annenberg Project at Drew
Elementary School to improve education.
* Paid 4 years College Tuition for over 60
inner city students through "I Have A
Dream Foundation."
* Supported The Partnership For Recovery
which repaired roofs in inner city
neighborhoods after Hurricane Andrew.
* Major contributions to: Frederica Wilson's
Role Models Of Excellence, Camillus House,
Project Medishare For Haiti, Overtown.
Youth Center, United Way, Alonzo Mourning
Charitable Organization, Children's Home
Society, Lotus House, Chapman Partnership
for the homeless, Miami Bridge Youth &
Services, Overtown Service Center, Haitian
American Fund, Miami Dade College's
Hospitality Institute, a program that helps
Overtown residents with training to apply
for jobs.


* They gave away tax money to the Marlins,
one of the richest teams in baseball, for a
$634 million dollar stadium.
* They allowed the misuse of millions of
dollars from the Transit Sales Tax increase.
* They wasted millions on 200 cars for the
county that were never driven.
* They allowed millions of dollars designated
for affordable housing to be squandered at the
Miami-Dade Housing Authority.
* They took an $800 a month car allowance
while they were chauffeured around in police
driven SUV'S.
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Miami Gardens' ministry

teaches financial literacy

By Kaila Heard

The mission of El Bethel Temple Outreach Minis-
tries is simple, according to the Miami Gardens'
senior pastor, Rev. Raymond Baker.
"Our mission is to bring people from
merely being religious to having a real rela-
tionship with God," he explained.
Being religious "is just following a bunch
of rules and regulations. But having a
relationship teaches .oLI to connect to
God and then God presses upon your
heart what is wrong and w\.hat is nght." he
To accomplish that goal. the church
focuses upon education, emphasizes health
and wellness and helping people build
healthy relationships.
"Those are the areas that people
N. ..Please turn to BAKER 10B ,"'
..... ......

El Bethel Temple
Outreach Ministries


Black women

most religious

group in U.S.,

study says

New findings detail the spiritual lives of
minority women and cultural influences

By Theola Labb6-DeBose

Nearly nine in 10 Black women
rely on faith, according to a na-
tionwide survey conducted by The
Washington Post and the Kaiser
Family Foundation. The poll,
the most extensive look at Black
women's lives in decades, reveals
that as a group, Black women are
among the most religious people
in the nation. Although Black men
are almost as religious as their fe-
male counterparts, there is a more
stark divide along racial lines.
The survey found that 74 percent
of Black women and 70 percent
of Black men said that "living a
religious life" is very important. On
that same question, the number
falls to 57 percent of white women
and 43 percent of white men.
But in times of turmoil, about
87 percent of Black women -

much more than any other group
- say they turn to their faith to
get through. Black women, across
education and income levels, say
living a religious life is a greater
priority than being married or hav-
ing children, and this call to faith
either surpasses or pulls even with
having a career as a life goal, the
survey shows.
Cultural influences
Clearly, according to the poll, the
majority of white women are also
believers. But cultural influences
probably account for the racial
gap, said Cheryl Townsend Gilkes,
a professor of sociology and Black
studies at Colby College in Maine.
Gilkes, an Black ordained minis-
ter and assistant pastor at a Bap-
tist church in Massachusetts, said
she has even heard as much from
her white academic colleagues.
Please turn to WOMEN 10B

Christmas comes

early to Miami's

homeless population
The Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers helped over
2,000 homeless and hungry men, women and children celebrate
Christmas in July with 400 volunteers at their three campuses in
Miami, Hollywood and Pompano Beach. The Miami and Hollywood
campuses blocked off the street for their Christmas in July Outreach
as the Pompano Beach Campus held their celebration inside for the
formerly homeless that currently call the Broward Outreach Center in
Pompano home.
The Christmas in July celebration included a great barbeque
style picnic/meal, live entertainment that included acts from Trin-
ity Church, The Gunters singing group as well as the Regeneration
Singers, a group comprised of the formerly homeless residents of the
Miami Rescue Mission. A clothing give away for adults as well as a
brand new sneaker give away to each child in attendance was on
Please turn to HOMELESS 10B

Musical Group, The Gunters, perform-
ing at the Broward Outreach Center in
Hollywood for the homeless and needy
during the Christmas in July Festivities.

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10B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 11-17, 2012

Muslim extremists not seeking

world domination,

By Adam Levine

Muslim extremists are more
concerned with defending
against foreign intrusion than
foisting Islam on the world, ac-
cording to a new study of ex-
tremist texts. The study sug-
gests that a Western approach
of claiming extremists are seek-
ing world domination is mis-
directed, and instead should
seek to counteract claims of
"Continued claims to the
contrary, by both official and
unofficial sources, only play
into a 'clash of civilizations'
narrative that benefits the ex-
tremist cause. These claims
also undermine the credibility
of Western voices, because the
audience knows that extremist
arguments are really about vic-
timage and deliverance," write
the researchers, Jeffry Halv-
erson, R. Bennett Furlow and
Steven Corman.
The analysis by Arizona State
University's Center for Strate-
gic Communication looked at
how the Quran was used in
2,000 propaganda items from

ASU researchers highlight one effort to coun
al Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri as a better
fighting extremist rhetoric.

1998 to 2011, though the ma-
jority were from post-2007,
that emanated mostly from the
Middle East and North Africa.
Among the groups analyzed
were al Qaeda and al Shabaab,

as well as anonyi
One result ti
the researchers,
sence" of citation
the most extreme


study finds
"Verse of Swords," that encour-
ages "all-out war against world
*d .' "Widely regarded as the most
militant or violent passage of
the Quran, it is treated as a di-
vine call for offensive warfare
on a global scale," the research-
ers wrote. "It is also regarded
as a verse which supersedes
over 100 other verses of the
Quran that counsel patience,
tolerance and forgiveness."
The study concludes that ex-
tremists, at least based on how
they quote from the Quran,
do not reflect "an aggressive
offensive foe seeking domina-
tion and conquest of unbeliev-
ers, as is commonly assumed.
Instead they deal with themes
of victimization, dishonor and
ter a video by "The verses frequently uti-
r approach to lized by extremists from this
surah address subjects such
as enduring hardships and the
mous postings importance of fighting against
the unjust unbelievers who op-
hat surprised press men, women and chil-
the "near ab- dren," the researchers wrote
as from one of about the most cited chapter
passages, the (called a "surah").


Adoption part of Great Commission

By Adam Miller

Adoption is not for the faint of
heart or for everyone, but every
Christian should be involved,
said panelists at the Adoption
and Orphan Care Panel discus-
sion during the Southern Bap-
tist Convention's annual meet-
ing in New Orleans.
Hosted by the North Ameri-
can Mission Board and Togeth-
er for Adoption, the four-person
panel addressed a biblical and
theological framework for un-
derstanding adoption and what
it means to have a faithful re-
spensenand practice for church-
Panelists spoke to a room
packed with attentive young
families, pastors and other
Evangelism, missions, social
justice and orphan care can't

be considered as distinct activi- serious about the Great Com-
ties of the church, the panelists mission.

"It's about recognizing Jesus
in the faces of those He calls
'the least of these,'" said Russell
D. Moore, senior vice president
for academic administration at
Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary and preaching pastor
at Highview Baptist Church in
Louisville, Ky. "The same im-
pulse that causes you to reach
out with the Gospel to the
lost in your community is the
same impulse that causes you
to reach out to the fatherless
ina your community. It's. about
learning to be a family together.
The family of God."
David Platt, lead pastor of the
Church at Brook Hills in Bir-
mingham, Ala., said adoption
and orphan care are necessary
activities for Christians who are

"As we're making disciples
of all nations, we're going to
come across fatherless chil-
dren," Platt said. "Be prepared
as we're making disciples of all
nations that two-thirds of chil-
dren in the world don't have a
father. I'm often a bit surprised
that orphan care is sometimes
not on our radar."
Panel participants expressed
a hope that adoption and or-
phan care will grow in impor-
tance for SBC churches.
But to plant seeds in hearts of
. families -for- this longrendviing
effort, it takes more than oc-
casional, emotional platitudes
and lofty ideals. It has to be
communicated "through regu-
lar pastoral preaching," Platt
Moore said this is a long-

term, lifetime and lifestyle effort
with the need for perseverance
and an understanding of gifts
and calling.
"Churches often want a cur-
riculum and a program," Moore
said. "But that doesn't work.
And not everyone is called to
be involved in adoption and or-
phan care in the same way. The
Christian is called to care for
widows and orphans in differ-
ent ways according to a variety
of gifts."
Al Gilbert, executive direc-
tor of the North American Mis-
sion Board's LoveLoud minis-
try evangelism efforts, said he
hopes to see the church take on
more opportunities to love ne-
glected children.
For more information on how
your church can become in-
volved in adoption and orphan
care, visit namb.net/loveloud.

Religion offers, relief and more to Black women

continued from 9B

"They say, 'If my parents had
taken me to a church that had
music like yours, I might still
be religious,' "Gilkes said.
Blacks are more likely to
have grown up with gospel
music in the background of
their lives, as well as with a
mother or grandmother who

insisted on all-day church on
Sunday and Bible school in
the summers.
Inextricably woven into
Black culture has been the
sense that devotion and faith
in God more strongly connect
Black men and women to their
slave ancestors, who leaned
on religious faith to help main-
tain their dignity in the face of
discrimination and harsh and

unjust treatment.
Some theologians argue that
women in general and Black
women in particular are more
religious than men because of
their experience with op
"Black women have been the
most mistreated and scandal-
ized in U.S. society and cul-
ture as they wrestle both indi-
vidually and collectively with
the triple jeopardy of racism,

sexism and classism," said
Stacey Floyd-Thomas, an as-
sociate professor of ethics and
society at Vanderbilt Univer-
sity Divinity School. "If that is
the case and I believe it is
- it is no wonder that Black
women, due to their experi-
ence of sexism, would seek out
their faith as a way of finding
relief, reprieve, resolution and

Pastor blends career skills into his ministry

continued from 9B

struggle with the most," Baker
explained. "We teach it all from
a standpoint that these were
the things that [took you away]
from Jesus Christ and we need
to remove these obstacles to re-
connect you to Jesus Christ."
Baker, who at 32-years-old
is a motivational speaker and
a banker, also emphasizes the
importance of financial literacy.
"The Bible says man doesn't
owe man anything except to
love one another," explained

Baker, referring to the impor- not changed since it was found-

tance of not being in debt. So,
"I tell my congregation to pay
your bills, don't give all your
money to me."
After serving as senior pastor
for the last five years, Baker be-
lieves the church will focus and
expand upon it's original mis-
sion in the future.
He explained further,"I see
us continuing to build healthy
relationships and that's where
we're going to do more commu-
nity involvement and even offer
relationship workshops."
The vision for the church has

ed nearly three decades ago,
according to Baker.
The 28 year old church was
organized by his grandmother,
Dr. Deatrice J. Ealey. His uncle
preached the first sermon to the
fledgling church as an estimat-
ed 15 people sat in the kitchen
of a private home. Since then,
those handful of worshippers
have grown to over 90 to 100
attendants every week, accord-
ing to Baker.
After his grandmother died
in 2007 at the age of 75, Baker
was installed as the senior pas-

Centers provide events to give purpose

continued from 9B

each campus as well; a total
of over 600 new sneakers were
given out in anticipation of the
new school year. In addition to
the festivities, homeless and
needy individuals were also
able to receive free haircuts,
showers and health screenings.
"This is such a beautiful
thing the Miami Rescue Mis-
sion has done," said Andre, a
homeless man living in Miami.
"They really make you smile,
make you feel special, like you
are human again. It sounds so

funny to say that it feels good
to be human again, but that's
what they do here."
A 'Children's Corner' was also
located on each campus during
the festivities bounce houses,
slides, snow cone and popcorn
machine as well as other great
activities for the children in at-
tendance. Special appearances
were also made by Mr. and Mrs.
Claus to help give out those
shoes and special treats.
With all of the smiles, laugh-
ter and good times that come
with each wonderful event,
there is also a deeper purpose
to the celebration: helping the

homeless take the first steps
in becoming independent once
again during this Independence
Day weekend.
President of the Miami Res-
cue Mission/Broward Out-
reach Centers, Rev. Ronald
Brummitt, said of the event's
purpose, "We hold these events
to help the homeless know that
they are not forgotten. It is es-
pecially hard for the homeless
to celebrate a holiday when
they have no home. We want
to encourage them in every
way we can to come in off the
streets and get the help they

Episcopal Church of Outreach Youth Ministry's
the Transfiguration to hold Summer Fest celebration.
their new pastor's installa- Call 954-213-4332.
tion service. Call 305-681-


True Word of Life Ho-
liness Church to hold a re-
vival. Call 305-681-4105.

Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church will hold a
Vacation Bible Study and
Youth Revival. Call 305-215-

Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Browns-
ville to hold their Vacation
Bible School. Call 305-635-

. First Baptist Church
of Brownsville to host their
annual revival.

Mt. Hope Fellowship
Baptist Church's 100 Wom-
en in White Celebration. Call

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church's Family
and Friends Worship Service
and Vacation Bible School.
Call 305-696-6545.

Running for Jesus

* True Divine Worship
Ministries' Gospelfest 2012.
Call 305-305-6923.

New Beginning Mis-
sionary Baptist Church's
Golden Bell's singing anni-
versary. Call 786-251-2878.

Bethel Apostolic Tem-
ple's criminal record sealing
and expungement fair. Call

A Mission With A New
Beginning Church's Wom-
en's Department's provides
community feeding. Call

Peace Missionary
Baptist Church's summer
camp. Call 305-778-4638.

New Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
holds a summer baton twirl-
ing camp. Call 786-357-

* Speaking Hands Min-
istry's holds a sign language
camp for youth. Call 954-

Lionel Batiste, brass band

drummer in Treme, dies at 81

nel Batiste, the bass drummer,
vocalist and assistant leader
of the Treme Brass Band and
the face of the Treme neighbor-
hood's bicentennial, died here
Sunday. He was 81.
Benny Jones Sr., the brass
band's leader, confirmed the
death. He said Batiste had been
ill for about a month before he
died, but did not specify the
cause of death.
Jones said Batiste (pro-
nounced buh-TEEST), a fix-
ture on the New Orleans mu-
sic scene known professionally
as, Uncle Lionel Batiste, had

played the bass drum since
childhood and had been with
the Treme Brass Band since it
was formed in 1995.
The clarinetist Michael White,
another New Orleans musician,
said Batiste had used his drum
to stay afloat in the floods after
Hurricane Katrina hit New Or-
leans in 2005.
The "Treme 2012" poster is
a photograph of Batiste. Toni
Rice of the New Orleans Multi-
cultural Tourism Network said
that part of the money from
poster sales would be used to
help with MBatiste's medical
and funeral costs.

God was always in out midst

continued from 9B

grew, larger worship centers
were built or found. Finally, in
1953, the congregation moved
into their current sanctuary
on 160 Northwest 18th Street
in Overtown. Nowadays, the
church has approximately 300
to 350 members, according to
When. asked how the church
has managed to last for 100
years, the pastor explained sim-
ply that "we put God first."
JaMee Davis, the church an-
niversary chairperson, agreed.
"We know that the word of God
is what keeps us together."
She explained further, "We
love one another and we take
care of one another."
Sheila Mitchell, who has been
a member for over 13 years ago,
credits the friendly atmosphere
for why she decided to join. It
was during a low period in her

tor within the same year at the
age of 27. It was a lot of respon-
sibility for a young minister, he
says he was ready to handle it.
"I was raised in the ministry,"
said Baker, who gave his first
trail sermon when he was 14
years old. "I knew the call was
on my life from a young age."
In grade school, Baker would
attempt activities such as
smoking or skipping school -
"the usual teenaged antics" -
like his peers participated in,
but he found he was unable to
find true pleasure in these ac-
"I would try it, but it just
wouldn't feel right," he ex-
plained. "Not that I'm perfect,
but I always had a repentant
heart that led me back to God."

First Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 NW 23 Ave. Miami
July 11-13, 2012
7:30pm Nightly
Revival Evangelist
Dr. Joseph D. Turner
Pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Perrine
Rev. Andrew Floyd, Sr. Pastor/Teacher

life and Mitchell found that
church members' such as Sis-
ters Marva Duhart and Frances
Brown were more than willing
to come to her aid.
"I needed a family oriented
church," she said. And, "here
[at Greater Israel Bethel PBC]
I found that connection. Sis-
ters would come to minister to
me just to get me through that
time and they haven't stopped
The church boasts several
active ministries including an
Evangelistic Ministry, Youth
Ministry, the Brotherhood Min-
istry, the Sisterhood Ministry
and a Scholarship Committee.
In the years ahead, Washing-
ton says Greater Israel Bethel
PBC is looking to be able to help
people find employment, college
financial aid, and other forms of
In the future, "we're look-
ing into becoming a full service
church," he said.

Pastor Lovett to speak at St. John

The Pastor's Care Support
Ministry of St. John Baptist
Church will observe their 62nd
Anniversary on this Sunday
evening starting at 3:30 p.m.
Pastor Larry Lovett and his con-

gregation of the First Baptist
Church of Brownsville will ren-
der service.
Come onel Come alll Deacon-
ess Ida Adkins, President; Bish-
op James D. Adams, pastor.

Summer gospel music conference
Min. Horace Brown and Broth- July 14 and 21 at First Baptist
ers In Christ Gospel Singers Church of Brownsville, 4600 NW
presents their Annual Gospel 23 Ave., Miami, FL 33142.
Quartet and Male Chorus Gos- First prize $100. Booths $25.
pel Music Conference 5:30 p.m., Call 786-443-2519.

Dr. Joseph D. Turner Rev. Andrew Floyd


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How to


the power,

of prayer

Finding strength

while on your knee
By Joyce Meyer

Smith Wigglesworth was
a great preacher. But before
he was a preacher, he was a
plumber who wasn't a Christian
- or a very nice man.
Fortunately for him, he had a
godly wife.
He didn't want her to go to
church, but she went anyway.
When she did, he'd lock her
out of the house, and when she
came home, she'd have to sleep
on the back porch. In the morn-
ing he'd unlock the door and
she'd come in and say, "Good
morning, Smithy!" and make
him breakfast.
She was a godly example for
him. She prayed for him and
God gave her the grace to be
good to him in spite of his rude
behavior. And because she con-
tinued to be so good to him, he
eventually came to know the
Lord and was radically changed.
As a result, he became one of
the greatest preachers who ever
That's the power of prayer.
I think some people don't pray

much because they don't un-
derstand how powerful prayer
really is. The truth is it's one of
the greatest privileges we have
as Christians.
When we pray, we open the
door for God to come into our
problems and situations and
work on them. Prayer makes us
partners with God. And while
we can't really change people
and make them love God, He
can minister to their hearts and
reach them.
I also believe that prayer is
easier than we think it is. And it
can be so much a part of our life
that we don't even realize how
much we pray like breathing.
So what is prayer?
Prayer is simply conversa-
tion with God. It's asking Him
to meet your need or someone
else's. It's praising Him and
thanking Him. It's about com-
mitting things to Him and con-
secrating things to Him. 'We
need to pray about everything
and anything.

What Makes Prayer So Pow-
The Bible teaches us in James
5:16 that "the earnest (heart-
felt, continued) prayer of a righ-
teous man makes tremendous
power available [dynamic in its
working]." Prayer is passionate.
It's about sincerity of heart and
putting your whole heart into it.
Prayer doesn't have to be elo-
quent or long. In fact, the Bible
says we are to be careful about
repeating the same phrases
over and over just to add length
to our prayers. And prayer isn't
better if it's loud or if you're on
your knees, folding your hands
or bowing your head. It's good
to humble yourself and pray on
your knees or fold your hands if
you want, but the point is, it's
not your posture or how long
you pray that makes it effective.
Spend time with God. Talk
to Him sincerely and honestly.
Cast your cares on Him. Find
out what He wants to do and
then follow His lead. It's simple.

Episcopal Church votes to

allow transgender ministers

By Anugrah Kumar about "inclusion." Cuc
"I am pleased that these res- The EpisCOpal Church
A day after a legislative body solutions did pass in that they Welcomes You
of the Episcopal Church voted have the very significant effect
to sell the denomination's of validating, in the eyes of the
New York headquarters amid church, the humanity of those
budget cuts and declining who are transgender," the Rev.
membership, church leaders Carolyn Woodall of the Diocese
on last Saturday adopted of San Joaquin was quoted as
legislation to give transgenders saying. "We are greatly misun-
the right to become lay and derstood and there is a wide-
ordained ministers, spread lack of knowledge about
At the church's ongoing what it means to be transgen-
week-long General Conven- der."
tion in Indianapolis, Ind., the The Rev. Susan Russell, a
House of Bishops approved deputy from the Diocese of Los

proposal that would amend two
canons to prohibit discrimina-
tion based on "gender identity
or expression" in the lay and
ordained ministry discernment
process and in the overall life,
worship and governance of the
church, Episcopal News Ser-
vice reported.
The House of Deputies, the
other legislative body of the
bicameral General Convention
of the Episcopal Church, must
approve the legislation to pass
at the convention.
The bishops' move overlooks
the fact that 200,000 mem-
bers and 300 parishes have
left the denomination in the
past few years partly due to
the church's leftist policies on
social and political issues. Nine
years ago, the church approved
its first openly gay bishop.
For many in the church,
Saturday's resolution was

Angeles and a lesbian, gay, bi-
sexual and transgender activ-
ist, said the resolution brings
the church "another step closer
to making all the sacraments
available to all the baptized."
"The courageous witness of
our transgender brothers and
sisters has been an extraor-
dinary gift to the church as
we continue to grow in under-,
standing and appreciation of
the diversity of God's beloved
human family," Russell added.
Some church leaders op-
posed the resolution.
"I believe we need to have
more discussion in the
church, in our congrega-
tions, in order to be able to
speak in a way that is theo-
logically sound, that gives a
deeper understanding of what
it means to be a transgender
person," said Bishop Andrew
Waldo of the Diocese of Upper

South Carolina.
"We are entering into a time
of individualized eros ... the
freedom of every individual to
self-define every aspect of who
they are in such a way that
we no longer have any kinds
of norms. We are entering into
the chaos of individuality," said
Bishop Mark Lawrence of the
Diocese of South Carolina. "It's
an idol that will break us," he
Leaders of the church are
also scheduled to vote on a
liturgy for same-sex weddings
during the convention, which
concludes on Thursday.
In recent years, the member-
ship of the Episcopal Church,
which is rooted in the Church
of England, has declined to
below two million, and the av-
erage Sunday attendance is as
low as 657,831.

Getting motivated for church
can sometimes be the hardest
thing to do.
Yes, our motivation should
come from our love of faith
and the duty we hold to attend
worship service, but sometimes
getting out of bed can be the
hardest battle of the day.
My church is almost a
30-minute drive from my
apartment and with high gas
prices and other financial obli-
gations, taking that "long" trip
can be quite expensive. But
what motivates me to go on top
of my own responsibility as a
Christian, is my involvement
with the church I attend.
I am a choir member, part

W course not too much, but

Matthew Richardson, this
PK kid knows the importance
of participating in various min-
istries and activities at church.

just enough fit into my already
busy schedule to get me going
in the morning.
. We all need that extra push
in life and sometimes obliga-
tions give you just the nudge
many of us are looking for.
If no one is expecting to see
me at church then no one is
going to text me a reminder
or softly warn me that "hey,
if you're not here, this won't
get done." I hate letting people
down and not keeping my word
causes me to sometimes be
hard on myself... a bit too much
- but that's another post for
another Friday.
Please turn to FAMILY 12B

AME church cries foul

Historic Black

church condemns

attacks against

attorney general
One of the nation's most
influential Black churches
condemned last week's con-
tempt-of-Congress vote against
Attorney General Eric Holder,
likening it to "evil" Reconstruc-
tion-era voter suppression.
The African Methodist Epis-
copal Church (AME) adopted
the resolution last week and
put on its website last Tues-


day. The resolution sought to
draw a connection between the
House vote and Mr. Holder's
plan to look into whether
recent legislation to condemn
voter fraud was driven by an
effort to suppress voter turn-
"Whereas the attack against
Attorney General Holder comes
after his stated intent to de-
termine whether recent laws
passed to combat non-existent
voter fraud are actually ef-
forts at voter suppression that
violate the Voting Rights Act,"
the AME bishops said in the
resolution. "Be it, therefore,
Please turn to AME 12B

FL offers pastors training online
An event designed to train persons to serve T
as interim pastors will be broadcast in four lo-
cations through interactive video during 2012.
The "Interim Pastor" conference, set for Aug.
7th, will be broadcast simultaneously at Olive
Baptist Church in Pensacola, Jacksonville,
First Baptist Church in Orlando, and the Ur-
ban Ministries Center in Hialeah.
Many churches need a qualified and trained
interim pastor, said Lewis Miller, strategist in
the Florida Baptist Convention's Congregation-
al Support Ministries Team, which sponsors
the training.
"If both the church and interim understand
how the interim process is to function the
church can make great strides during this
period and be prepared to receive the new
full-time pastor when he arrives on the field,"
Miller said.
This cooperative program-supported train-
ing is not for everyone, Miller cautioned, but
designed to "train and enable veteran pastors
who have the experience, energy and expertise
to aid the local church in a very crucial time in
Please turn to ONLINE 12B

Want a closer church family?
By Matthew Richardson of the drama ministry, and
Regularly attend a discipleship

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11B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 11-17, 2012

FDA approves quick home HIV test after years






By Donald G. Mcneil Jr.

After decades of controversy,
the Food and Drug Administra-
tion approved a new HIV test on
Tuesday that for the first time
makes it possible for Americans
to learn in the privacy of their
homes whether they are infect-
The availability of an HIV test
as easy to use as a home-preg-
nancy kit is yet another step in
the normalization of a disease
that was once seen as a mark
of shame and a death sentence.
The OraQuick test, by Ora-
Sure Technologies, uses a
mouth swab and gives results
in 20 to 40 minutes. A previ-
ous test sold over the counter
required a user to prick a finger
and mail a drop of dried blood
to a lab.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the
longtime AIDS researcher and
director of the National Insti-
tute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases, called the new test
a "positive step forward" and
one that could help bring the
30-year-old epidemic under
Getting an infected person
onto antiretroviral drugs low-
ers by as much as 96 percent
the chance that he or she will
transmit the virus to someone
else, so testing and treatment

have become crucial to preven-
tion. About 20 percent of the 1.2
million infected Americans do
not know they have the disease,
the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention estimates, and
about 50,000 more get infected
each year.
Dr. Robert Gallo, who head-
ed the National Institutes of
Health lab that developed the
first American blood test for the
virus in 1984, called the FDA
approval "wonderful because it
will get more people into care."
The idea of a home test has
long been mired in controversy.
The first application for one was
made in 1987, and the F.D.A.
has been considering OraSure's
simple mouth-swab test since
But the history of AIDS and
the human immunodeficiency
virus that causes it are unique.
AIDS emerged in the 1980s
wrapped in a shroud of stigma.
It was spread by sex, drug injec-
tions and blood transfusions.
Along with hemophiliacs, hero-
in users and Haitians, the most
vocal group of early victims was
gay men, who were then in the
throes of a loud and defiant lib-
eration movement.
Because merely being tested
for HIV was seen as tantamount
to being publicly revealed as
gay or addicted to drugs, and


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because an HIV-positive result
was a death sentence, groups
like the Gay Men's Health Crisis
and newspapers like The New
York Native advised their mem-
bers and readers to shun test-
ing until ironclad guarantees of
anonymity were put in place.
Alarmists predicted a wave
of suicides if home tests were
made available. At hearings,
advocates for AIDS patients
handed out copies of an obitu-
ary of a San Francisco man
who jumped off the Golden
Gate Bridge after learning he
was infected. CDC officials
warned their FDA counterparts
that home testing could lead
to a surge of new patients that
would swamp overburdened
health clinics, according to an
FDA document.
So, even as tests for other
stigmatized diseases like syphi-
lis were once part of getting a
marriage license and home
pregnancy kits became avail-
able at every corner pharmacy,
HIV tests lived in a special lim-
bo, usually requiring a counsel-
ing session and the signing of a
consent form, adding to the air
of dread.
Even when antiretroviral
drugs emerged in the mid-
1990s, states were slow to re-
write laws governing testing.
Mark Harrington, the execu-

tive director of the Treatment
Action Group, an AIDS advo-
cacy organization, said in an
interview that he thought such
fears were "a thing of the past"
now that it is clear that early
treatment saves lives. "Any tool
that speeds up diagnosis is re-
ally needed," he said.
The new test has some draw-
backs. While it is extremely ac-
curate when administered by
medical professionals, it is less
so when used by consumers.
Researchers found the home
test accurate 99.98 percent of
the time for people who do not
have the virus. By comparison,
they found it to be accurate 92
percent of the time in detecting
people who do. One concern is
the "window period" between
the time someone gets the virus
and begins to develop the anti-
bodies to it, which the test de-
tects. That can take up to three
So, while only about one per-
son in 5,000 would get a false
positive test, about one person
in 12 could get a false negative.
Any positive test needs confir-
mation in a-doctor's office, the
FDA said, and people engaged
in high-risk sex should test
themselves regularly.
The agency does not intend
for the home test to replace
medical testing, but instead to

provide another way for people
to find out their HIV status,
said. Dr. Karen Midthun, direc-
tor of the FDA's Center for Bio-
logics Evaluation and Research.
The home test should be
available in 30,000 pharma-
cies, grocery stores and online
retailers by October, said Doug-
las Michels, OraSure's chief ex-
ecutive. The price has not yet
been set. But he said it would
be higher than the $17.50 now
charged to medical profession-
als because the company will do
more complicated packaging for
the home kit, open a 24-hour
question line, and advertise to
high-risk groups, including gay
men, Blacks and Hispanics,
and sexually active adults. Still,
he said, it will be kept inexpen-
sive enough to appeal to people
who might want to buy several
a year.
Because the FDA approved
the home test only for people 17
and older, retail stores may ask
customers to show ID, he said.
The restriction is not for medi-
cal reasons, but because only a
few subjects age 14 to 16 were
tested, he said, "so that was the
deal we worked out with the
Whether having to show iden-
tification would deter teenag-
ers or young-looking people
from buying a test is unclear.

New optimism
WASHINGTON (AP) An AIDS- infected, instead of w
free generation: It seems an au- til they're weakened o
dacious goal, considering how the world largely has
the HIV epidemic still is raging til now. Staying heal
around the world, makes them less likely
Yet more than 20,000 inter- others.
national HIV researchers and That's a tall order.
activists will gather in the na- ies over the past two y
tion's capital later this month shown what Fauci ca
with a sense of optimism not ing, sometimes bre
seen in many years hope that results," in preventing
it finally may be possible to dra- high risk of HIV from
matically stem the spread of the in some of the hardest
AIDS virus, tries, using this trea
"Wi oweat ailaaie~wumreiwe prow.
don't overpromise," Dr. Anthony tections.
Fauci; the National 1 Institutes Now,-as-dthA-rMn
of Health's infectious disease Conference returns to
chief, told The Associated Press. for the first time in 22
But, he said, "I think we are at a question is whether
turning point." will come up with tt
The big new focus is on try- and the know-how tc
ing to get more people with HIV best combinations of p:
treated early, when they're first into practice, for AIDS

about stemming spread of AIDS virus

waiting un-
ir sick, as
done un-
thier also
y to infect

But stud-
'ears have
lls "strik-
people at
getting it
-hit coun-

the U..S.
years, the
the world
he money
n put the

poor countries and hot spots in
developed nations as well.
"We have the tools to make it
happen," said Dr. Elly Katabira,
president of the International
AIDS Society, which organizes
the world's largest HIV confer-
ence, set for July 22-27. He
points to strides already in Bo-
tswana and Rwanda in increas-
ing access to AIDS drugs.
But Fauci cautioned that mov-
ing those tools into everyday life
is "a daunting challenge," give


the difficulty in getting people to
"take them for years despite pov-
erty and other competing health
and social problems.
In the U.S., part of that chal-
lenge is complacency. Despite
50,000 new HIV infections here
every year, an AP-GfK poll finds
that very few people in the Unit-

Program will aid pastors in mission

continued from 11B

the life of thq. church."
Interim pastors should not
be serving currently in a full-
time role, but have "years of
pastoral experience, a proven
track record and are able to
give several days a week or
full-time service to this type of
ministry," Miller said.
While the conference is de-
signed to train interim pas-

tors, Miller said the mate-
rial presented also will benefit
church leaders involved in a
revitalization process, a pla-
teau situation or a new church
In the past, this training
cost $400 per person for room
and board. Miller said by of-
fering the training through in-
teractive video conferencing,
the event can be provided at a
cost of $25 per person, includ-
ing a light breakfast, materi-

als and resources. Through
the use of the CIV locations
participants will be able to
drive to and from this one-day
The conference is 8:30 a.m.-
4:30 p.m.
Registration deadline for the
conference is Aug. 1st. For
more information and regis-
tration assistance, contact the
Congregational Support Min-
istries Team at 800-226-8584,
ext. 3072, or 904-596-3072.

Find your role and seek involvement

continued from 11B

So many churches today have
activities that anyone can par-
ticipate in and when it comes
to service to God, everyone has
a role; we just simply need to
discover it. Most churches have
choirs and while I am not one
to lead a song, I can harmonize
and besides, church members

don't expect the choir to re-
cord an album, they just want
a group of voices to glorify God.
Ushering in church is a great
way to become involved. Think
of being an usher as a but-
ler during service. Need a fan?
Ushers have that. Need to be
shown to your seat? Right this
way, sir. Minor and temporary
butler duties, yes, but without
ushers within a big church,

who knows how out of order
things could become.
Besides choirs and ushering,
there are many more activities
that churches might have and
if they don't, perhaps we should
make it our task to start new
ones. Being a servant unto God
comes in many forms and in
any talent. Creativity is a given
gift from God that should be

Body believes politics and faith are one

continued fiom 11B

hereby resolved that the 49th
General Conference of the Af-
rican Methodist Episcopal
church condemns the con-
temptible action taken against
the office held by Attorney Gen-
eral Eric Holder, and finds that
action to be political in nature
and designed, as were the evil
strategies employed following
the Reconstruction era, to sup-
press the votes of those who
might change the balance of
political power in Congress and
in the White House."
The resolution was adopted

at the denomination's quadren-
nial conference last week, the
same day the House voted on
the contempt measure and the
day First Lady Michelle Obama
spoke to the AME delegates,
praising the church's role in
fighting slavery and segrega-
tion and pushing the church to
become more involved in poli-
"I want to talk about how
we carry on the legacy that is
our inheritance as Americans,
as African Americans and as
members 'of the AME church,"
Mrs. Obama told the gather-
ing. "I want to talk about what
we can learn from our history

about the power of being an ac-
tive, engaged citizen in our de-
The AME church, estab-
lished in 1787 in Philadelphia,
has been known for its social
justice activism.
"Politics and faith can't be
separated," said the Rev. Regi-
nald Jackson, pastor of St.
Matthew's Church in Orange,
N.J., and one of AME's 21 bish-
ops. "If it hadn't been for the
church, we might not have civil
rights today. Historically the
Black church has always ad-
dressed issues that impact our
community. It's our responsi-
bility to be prophetic."

ed States worry about getting faithfully take their medication.
the virus. "They're also protecting their
Also, HIV increasingly is an community."
epidemic of the poor, minori- A few miles east of the Capitol
ties and urban areas such as and the tourist-clogged monu-
the District of Columbia, where ments, the Community Educa-
the rate of infection rivals some tion Group's HIV testing van
developing countries. The con- pulls into a parking lot in a low-
ference will spotlight this city's income neighborhood with a
aggressive steps to fight back: particularly high infection rate.
A massive effort to find the un- An incentive for the crowd at a
diagnosed, with routine testing nearby corner is the offer of a
in some hospitals, testing vans $10 supermarket gift card for
that roam the streets, even free getting tested.
wtewlM, a a iiltment of etor',~ Ohtietolpher Freeman,. 23, is
Vehicles office,-a.nd then rapidly first in line. He was tested ear-
getting tho!atl'nts int6'fi -lie' this year and says shoinik'
"These are the true champi- off that official paper proclaim-

thing you can show them," he
But that test was months ago,
and Freeman admits he seldom
uses condoms. He climbs into
the van and rubs a swab over
his gums. Twenty minutes later,
he's back for the result: Good
news no HIV. But counselor
Amanda Matthews has Free-
man go through a list of the risk
factors; it's education to try to
keep him and his future part-
ners safe.
"Just try to get yourself in the
habit- of using .condoms," she
said. "Yout say it's hard to use
condoms but what if you do

ons," Dr. Mohammed Akhter, ing him HIV-negative attracts contract the virus? Then you've
director of the city's health de- "the ladies." got to take medications every
apartment, said of patients who "Forget money, it's the best day."

THURSDAY, JULY 26 at 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Historic St. Agnes' Episcopal Church

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Only seven percent of

donors are Black

Robin Roberts' battle against myelodys-
plastic syndrome, or MDS, is just beginning.
The "Good Morning America" anchor will
undergo chemotherapy before having a bone
marrow transplant later this year.
"Bone marrow donors are scarce and
particularly for African-American women,"
Roberts said. "I am very fortunate to have
a sister who is an excellent match and this
greatly improves my chances for a cure."
More than 10,000 people in the United
States are diagnosed with blood-related
disorders every year, according to the Na-
tional Marrow Donor Program. Often the
best treatment is a bone marrow transplant.
During the procedure, a donor's stem cells
are directly transfused into the sick patient's
bloodstream. The patient's new cells multi-
ply over time to create healthy bone marrow.
Unfortunately, the chance of finding a
match on the national registry is as low as
66 percent for Blacks and other minorities,
compared with 93 percent for whites. Be the
Match, the national registry, has 10 mil-
lion potential donors, but only 7 percent are
Black. While the percentage is comparable to
the overall Black population in the U.S. (12
percent), the registry is meeting only about a
third of the needs for Blacks.
It's a disparity that's come up time and
again. The November 2010 death of Shannon
Tavarez attracted attention because doctors
were unable to find a bone marrow match
for the young Broadway star, who had acute
myeloid leukemia. Be the Match tests the
immune system's genetic coding to deter-
mine bone marrow compatibility. The human
Please turn to ROBERTS 14B

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"Once You Know, It's Where To Go"

Vegetables and fruits can
harbor bacteria that can make
you sick. So it's important to
wash any produce before you
eat it even fruits or veg-
gies that you peel. Peeling can
spread germs from the outer
layer to the part you eat.
The Foodsafety.gov website
offers this advice about clean-
ing produce before you eat it:
If you see any portions that
look damaged or bruised, cut
away those areas.
Use running water to rinse
produce, but don't use any
detergent, commercial wash or
Use a produce brush to
scrub firm produce, such as
cucumbers or melons.
Use a clean paper towel
to dry these items after they're

If you're sick or one of your
co-workers isn't feeling well, it's
best to avoid close contact for
The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention offers
these suggestions to help pre-
vent the spread of germs at the
Get a flu vaccine each year.
Avoid close contact with
i o! othefleo iilidho retif!'.t
you're sick limit your contact
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Carefully and regularly
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Father's Day baby celebrated at

North Shore Medical Center

While some dads celebrate
with their families on Fa-
ther's Day, the Bastien family
received a special gift that
will last a lifetime. With joy
and anticipation, the Bastien
family welcomed baby Skyy
Toni Bastien on Father's Day,
June 17 at 1:09 p.m. at North
Shore Medical Center. She
weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces,
19 inches.
"I'm delighted to announce
the arrival of our 2012 Fa-

their's Day baby. Mother,
baby and 'new dad' are doing
well and I wish the Bastien
family many years of health
and happiness." said Manny
Linares, CEO at North Shore
Medical Center. The newly
expanded family plans to en-
joy their new addition to the
The first Father's Day is
always special, that's why
North Shore Medical Center
does everything possible to

make welcoming a baby into
the world joyous and mean-
ingful. The hospital offers ad-
vanced medical care delivered
by skilled professionals who
have the experience to handle
routine deliveries as well as
those more complicated and
high-risk. For more informa-
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at North Shore Medical Cen-
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Winter: Sleep apnea gets worse
Respiration problems in sleep Rio Grande do Sul. the severity of the patients'

apnea which causes people
to momentarily stop breathing
multiple times throughout the
night, for seconds to minutes
at a time, appear to worsen
during the colder months of
the year, according to a study
from Brazil. Changes in weight
and seasonal allergies can af-


fect sleep apnea, and research-
ers writing in the journal
Chest wanted to see if weather
changes might also have an
"More sleep disordered
breathing events were recorded
in wintertime than in other
seasons," wrote study leader
Cristiane Maria Cassol from
the Universidade Federal do

Cassol and her team said it
could be due to several causes,
including winter-related
upper-airway problems that
intensify the severity of symp-
toms and the use of burning
wood to heat homes during the
The team utilized data from

er ha
to 28

sleep clinic patients and
looked at how many times
their rest was disturbed by
breaks in breathing. The study
included one night of sleep for
more than 7,500 patients over
a 10-year-period.
Researchers then compared

apnea to the weather condi-
tions at the time, including
humidity, temperature and air
Patients who came in dur-
ing colder months had more
nighttime breaks in breathing
than those who sought treat-
ment during warmer months.

ut 34 percent of patients
came in during cold weath-
ad severe apnea, compared
8 percent of patients during
ner weather.

During the winter, patients
stopped breathing an average
of 18 times an hour compared
to 15 times an hour during the
Similarly, the sleep clinic
was more likely to see the most
severe cases -people who
stopped breathing more than
30 times an hour during the
colder months.

What could Truvada mean for the fight against AIDS?

By Anita Manning

By late this summer, the
Food and Drug Administra-
tion could approve a widely
used AIDS drug as the first
pill to prevent transmission of
HIV, the AIDS virus. The drug,
Truvada (pronounced tru-VAH-
duh), made by Gilead Sciences
of Foster City, Calif., already
is commonly used in combina-
tion with other drugs to treat
patients with HIV infection.
If approved for HIV preven-
tion, as an FDA advisory panel
recommended in May, it can be
prescribed to healthy patients
who are at high risk, such as
partners of people who have
HIV/AIDS and non-monoga-
mous gay and bisexual men.
Experts offer their thoughts on
the drug.
Q: How effective is Truvada
as a prevention tool?
A: Two large clinical trials in-
volving couples and individuals
found that Truvada significant-
ly reduced the risk of transmis-

sion of HIV from a low of 44%
to more than 90%. The greatest
benefit came for patients who
took the medicine as directed,
as confirmed by blood tests.
Q: Are there dangers as-
sociated with use of this
A: If not taken properly, drug
resistance could develop. In
people already infected with
HIV, Truvada is always taken
in combination with other
anti-retroviral drugs to avoid
that problem. But taken alone,
there's a risk, so doctors will
need to be sure patients are
free of HIV when they begin
preventive treatment.
Making sure anyone who is
prescribed Truvada is tested
first is a critical step, says
Howard Jaffe, president of the
Gilead Foundation, a non-
profit arm of Gilead Sciences.
Truvada is an important tool,
he says, but it doesn't mean
other prevention strategies -
free condoms, free HIV testing,
counseling and other health

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services aren't needed.
"We're lucky we have airbags in
cars," he says, "but they don't
make seat belts obsolete."
Q: What are the obstacles
to using this widely to stop
the spread of HIV?
A: Price is one. The cost
of Truvada has been placed
between $11,000 and $14,000
If approved for HIV
prevention, Truvada
can be prescribed
to healthy patients
who are at high risk
of contracting HIVI
per year. Jaffe says the drug
has been "deeply discounted"
for government health pro-
grams and clinics for use as
treatment, and the same dis-
counts will apply for its use in
"Cost is a hurdle, no doubt
about it," says Carlos del

Rio, co-director of the Emory
Center for AIDS Research and
a board member at HIVMA
(the HIV Medicine Associa-
tion). But "I think the price will
come down." And, he says, it's
cheaper than treating HIV.
Cost is only the beginning,
though, del Rio says. Ques-
tions remain about who will
prescribe the drug and how
long it should be taken. "The
implementation challenges
we're going to face with this
new approach are not insignifi-
Q: Can it be used to reduce
the spread of HIV in develop-
ing countries?
A: "That's the promise,"
says James Loduca of the San
Francisco AIDS Foundation.
"In the U.S., if current preven-
tion strategies were enough, we
wouldn't be seeing the spread
(of HIV) we do. It's the same
in other countries," he says. "I
can't imagine anyone saying
individuals shouldn't have ac-
cess to a tool that, when used

appropriately, has 90 percent
But del Rio, who also chairs
the Department of Global
Health at the Rollins School of
Public Health at Emory, has
doubts. "I don't think, hon-
estly, in the short term, this is
going to have much impact in
the U.S., much less globally,"
he says. "It's a tool, but at the
current price of up to $14,000
a year per individual, it's sim-
ply not possible to think this
will have an immediate impact
in the epidemic globally."
Q: What has been the reac-
tion from the AIDS commu-
A: Marjorie Hill, CEO of Gay
Men's Health Crisis in New
York City, says that overall,
there is a sense of "cautious
optimism and a great deal of
interest in this as another op-
tion people can pursue as far
as HIV prevention. The concern
is about cost and access."
Loduca of the San Francisco
Please turn to AIDS 12B


By Lauran Neergaard
Associated Press

Anyone who's had a hi
stay knows the beeping
tors, the pagers and ph
the hallway chatter, the
mate, even the squeaky
dry carts all make for
so-restful place to heal.
Hospitals need a pre
tion for quiet, and ne
search suggests it ma
be easy to tamp down
noise for a good night's
In fact, the wards wit
sickest patients the
sive care units can 1
"It's just maddening,'

hospitals need

Dr. Jeffrey Ellenbogen, sleep
medicine chief at Massachu- Until hospital
setts General Hospital. He more noise, El
hospital pointed to one study that vises families I
moni- found the decibel level in ICUs for quiet:
hones, reaches that of a shout about
room- half the time. If an IV al
laun- Patient satisfaction surveys edly sounds, "t
a not- are packed with complaints this has got to
that the clamor makes it hard says.
escrip- to sleep. Yet remarkably little Ask if it's 0
Ew re- is known about exactly how the room door.
ay not that affects patients' bodies
all the and which types of noises Request a
sleep. are the most disruptive to room to be "wi
th the shut-eye. So Ellenbogen and that muffles th
inten- researchers from Harvard and ics.
be the the Cambridge Health Alli- Speak up i
ance recorded different kinds pea up
says of hubbub in a community conversations

Rx for quiet

hospital in Boston's suburbs
to try to find out.
Since it wouldn't be appro-
priate to experiment on sick
people by disrupting their
sleep, 12 healthy volunteers
were enlisted. They spent
three nights in Mass Gen-
eral's sleep lab, slumbering
as recorded hospital sounds
blared from nearby speakers
at increasing volumes.
Sure, a toilet flushing, voic-
es in the hallway or the ice
machine woke people once
they were loud enough.
What electronic sounds?
Particularly troublesome was
the beep-beep-beep from IV
Please turn to RX 11B

Anchor shares personal battle with viewers

continued from 13B

immune system has evolved
over thousands of years, which
is why racial and ethic back-
ground is so important. For in-
stance, European-Americans'
ancestors may have survived
the medieval plague while
Blacks could have a natural
immunity to malaria because
of their ancestors' environ-
mental pressures.
If a good match isn't found,
the donor's immune system
will attack the sick patient's
"foreign" cells in a condition

called graft-versus-
host disease.

none of them
matched," Harf

As Roberts' situ- wrote in a state-
ation shows, a sib- ment. "That's why
ling is often the best we started DKMS,
genetic match. But to help other pa-
70 percent of trans- tients in need so
plant patients will no family would
end up using a com- have to go through
plete stranger's bone what we did."
marrow, according Be the Match
to Katharina Harf, wants to encour-
chief inspiration of- age people to sign
ficer of DKMS, the TAVAREZ up for the registry
world's largest dona- by dispelling the
tion center, myth that the donation pro-
"My mother (who had blood cess is complicated or painful.
cancer) had six siblings and The registry has launched a

national campaign in July for
African-American Bone Mar-
row Awareness Month.
But "nothing works as well
as someone who has the cour-
age like Robin Roberts to step
forward and let people know
what she's going through," a
Be The Match spokesperson
said, adding the registry has
received an influx of potential
donors to its site since Roberts'
To sign up to be a donor,
you must be between 18 and
60 years old and be in good
health. Visit BeTheMatch.org
for information.

FL delays implementing

optional portions of

Affordable Care Act

reviewing the impact of the
Supreme Court ruling that gave
Florida the flexibility to legally ,
opt out of implementing one of
the costliest provisions of the
Affordable Care Act, commonly
known as "ObamaCare," Gover-
nor Rick Scott has decided two
major provisions in the law are
inconsistent with his mission to
grow jobs for Floridians, make
sure there is adequate funding
for education and to keep the
cost of living as low as possible.
The Affordable Care Act does
not require states to take any
action before the 2012 general
election and the full law does
not take effect until January 1,
2014, provided it is not re-
pealed before that date. Scott,
like other state governors,
has made it clear that even
though Florida will opt out of
implementing two major, yet
optional, provisions, should
there be any legal obligation
to implement ObamaCare, the
state will follow the law and if
ObamaCare is not repealed by
January 1, 2014, Florida will
implement and comply with
required sections of the Afford-
able Care Act.
Florida will opt out of spend-
ing approximately $1.9 billion
more taxpayer dollars required

to implement a massive entitle-
ment expansion of the Medicaid
program. A second provision in
the Affordable Care Act gives
Scott the flexibility to opt out of
building insurance "exchang-

Are Scott's objections legiti-
"Floridians are interested
in jobs and economic growth,
a quality education for their
children, and keeping the cost
of living low," Scott said. "Nei-
ther of these major provisions
in ObamaCare will achieve
those goals and since Florida
Please turn to ACA 12B

Low-carb diet burns the most calories in small study

By Nanci Hellmich

A new study is raising ques-
tions about the age-old belief
that a calorie is a calorie
The research finds that diet-
ers who were trying to main-
tain their weight loss burned
significantly more calories eat-
mg a low-carb diet than they
did eating a low-fat diet
But some experts say these
findings are very preliminary.
The study, funded by the Na-
tional Institutes of Health., was
designed to see if changing the
type of diet people consumed
helped with weight mainte-
nance because dieters often re-
gain lost weight.
So scientists had 21 obese
participants. ages 18 to 40,
lose 10 percent to 15 percent of

their initial body weight (about
30 pounds. After their weight
had stabilized, each partici-
pant followed one of three dif-
ferent diets for four weeks.
Participants %were fed food that
was prepared for them by diet
experts. The dieters were ad-
mitted to the hospital four
times for medical and meta-
bolic testing.
The diets had the same num-
ber of calories. but the fat, pro-
tein and carbohydrate content
varied. Those diets:
A low-fat diet which was
about 20 percent of calo-
ries from fat and emphasized
whole-grain products and
fruits and vegetables.
A low-carb diet, similar to
the Atkins diet, \with only 10
percent of calories from carbo-

hydrates. It emphasized fish,
chicken, beef, eggs, cheese,
some vegetables and fruits
while eliminating foods such
as breads, pasta, potatoes and
starchy vegetables.
A low-glycemic index
diet, similar to a Mediterra-

nean diet, made up of veg-
etables, fruit, beans, healthy
fats (olive oil, nuts) and mostly
healthy grains (old-fashioned
oats, brown rice). These foods
digest more slowly, helping
to keep blood sugar and hor-
mones stable after the meal.

Findings, published in this
week's Journal of the American
Medical Association: Partici-
pants burned about 300 calo-
ries more a day on a low-carb
diet than they did on a low-fat
diet. "That's the amount you'd
burn off in an hour of moderate

intensity physical activity with-
out lifting a finger," says senior
author David Ludwig, director
of the New Balance Foundation
Obesity Prevention Center at
Boston Children's Hospital.
"Participants burned 150
calories more on the low-glyce-

mic index diet than the low-fat
diet. That's about an hour of
light physical activity," he says.
The reason for the low-carb
advantage is unclear, he says.
"We think the low-carb and
low-glycemic index diets, by not
causing the surge and crash
in blood sugar, don't trigger
the starvation response. When
the body thinks it's starving, it
turns down metabolism to con-
serve energy," he says.
The authors note a downside
to the low-carb diet: It appears
to raise some risk factors for
heart disease.
Ludwig says that restricting
carbohydrates over the long
term may be hard for many
people. If you're trying to lose
weight, "you can get a jump
start with a low-carb diet, but

over the long term, a low-gly-
cemic index diet may be better
than severely restricting carbo-
"The low-glycemic index diet
seems to be the happy medi-
um," says Cara Ebbeling, as-
sociate director of the Obesity
Prevention Center. "It didn't
slow metabolism as much as
the low-fat diet, and it didn't
seem to have some of the nega-
tive effects on cardiovascular
disease risk."
On a low-glycemic index diet,
you would avoid highly pro-
cessed carbs such as white
bread, white rice, many snack
foods, prepared breakfast cere-
als, sugary desserts and sug-
ary beverages, she says.
Experts had different re-
sponses to the findings.

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14B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 11-17, 2012


Jimmy Bivins, top contender,

By Douglas Martin

Jimmy Bivins, a heavyweight
boxer who in the 1940s and
'50s beat eight future world
champions but, to his lasting
regret, never got a shot at the
title himself, died on Wednes-
day in a Cleveland nursing
home. He was 92.
If prizefighting adds up to a
montage of cruelty and cour-
age, fame and fear, Bivins's life
was representative. He realized
the power of his fists early on,
and then glimpsed the heights
to which they could carry him.
But bad luck, bad timing and
perhaps bad people thwarted
him, and near the end of his
life he was a neglected shell of
the warrior he had been.
From 1942 to 1946, Bivins
plowed through the heavy-
weight and light-heavyweight
divisions, going undefeated
before losing to Jersey Joe
Walcott in February 1946. Be-
tween 1940 and 1955, he beat
a parade of fighters who would
go on to become champions,

among them Gus Lesnevich,
Joey Maxim, Ezzard Charles
and Archie Moore.
Playing the villain and stick-
ing his tongue out at opponents,
Bivins became one of boxing's
big attractions, a scrappy,
crouching slugger with a sting-
ing left jab. At one point he was
a top title contender in both the
light-heavyweight and heavy-

A boxer who toppled
future champions but
never got a title shot.

weight divisions. Joe Louis was
among many in the sport who
were puzzled that Bivins was
not given a shot at a champi-
"I can't understand why he
hasn't gotten further than he
has," Louis said in an interview
with The New York Times in
Bivins did not say much at
the time, but in 1999, speak-
ing with The Plain Dealer of

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Bivins, who finished with a
record of 86-25-1, in 1998.
Cleveland, he mentioned a con-
versation with "this mob guy
from New York." The man said
Bivins "should play ball with
him," Bivins recalled. To him,
the message was clear that
he should be willing to throw
fights when told to.
"Shoot, I told him I wasn't a

dies at 92
ballplayer; I'm a fighter," Bivins
For a man who never wore
a championship belt, Bivins,
known as the Cleveland Spider
Man, left a lasting impression.
In 1997, Boxing Digest named
him the No. 16 light-heavy-
weight of all time; in 2002,
Ring Magazine ranked him No.
6 in the same category. He was
inducted into the International
Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.
All that eased his disappoint-
ment but did not erase it. "The
only thing is, I fought my heart
out and didn't get no pay," he
told The Plain Dealer in 1994.
"Now, guys go for two rounds
and come out a millionaire.
They couldn't wipe my nose.
That's the way the fight game
Though he fought Louis in a
six-round exhibition match in
1948 and again in a 10-round,
nonchampionship fight in
1951, he lived the rest of his
life regretting never fighting
him for the title. "All I wanted
Please turn to BIVINS 16B

Is Rick Scott a bad dream or a bad dreamer?

continued from 10B

is legally allowed to opt out,
that's the right decision for our
According to Scott's office,
Florida already has health care
safety net programs for those
with the greatest need, includ-
ing assistance for families with
incomes up to 133 percent of
the poverty line and Florida
KidCare to ensure no child
goes without health care in
Scott says that even though
the federal government has

promised to initially pay 100
percent of the increase in Med-
icaid payments for the first
three years of ObamaCare,
the burden increasingly shifts
to Florida taxpayers in future
years. He asserts that Medic-
aid, which has been "growing
for years at three-and-a-half
times as fast as Florida's gen-
eral revenue," will soon grow
even faster under ObamaCare
and education funding will be
adversely impaired if we do not
control the growth in Medicaid
Another provision in the Af-
fordable Care Act gives Scott

the flexibility to opt out of
building insurance "exchang-
es" that he claims will result
in higher insurance premium
costs and more money out
of the pockets of Florida's fam-
ilies and businesses. The Con-
gressional Budget Office has
said that insurance premiums
available on state exchanges
will rise another 10-13 per-
cent under the rules of Obam-
aCare. In states already oper-
ating insurance exchanges set
up under similar rules, health
care premiums are substan-
tially more expensive.
"The real problem with health

care is that costs continue to
rise," Scott said. "That's why
I believe we need more choice
for patients, more free-market
competition, increased ac-
countability for providers and
incentives for personal respon-
sibility. These are the things
we can do that will hold down
health care costs and make
it affordable for more people.
Unfortunately, ObamaCare
care doesn't do any of those
things. In Florida, we are fo-
cused on becoming the num-
ber one place for businesses
so that Floridians have more

Shhh... it's a hospital

continued from 10B

machines that signals some-
one needs more fluid or medi-
cine, one of the most common
machines in a hospital. Those
alarms are meant to alert hos-
pital workers, of course, so the
finding raises a conundrum.
But some hospitals are test-
ing ways to make at least some
monitors flash signals at the
nurses' stations rather than
sound loudly at the bedside.
The other surprises: The
sleepers' heart rates tempo-
rarily jumped as much as 10
beats a minute as they were
aroused, the researchers re-
ported. If healthy young adults
had a pronounced change in
heart rate, imagine the stress
of alarms sounding all night
long in an ICU full of frail, older
patients with weakened hearts,
he says.
"It clearly has a big impact,"
agrees Dr. Ivor Berkowitz of

Johns Hopkins University in
Baltimore. Regularly getting
too little sleep plays a role in
a number of health troubles,
from drowsy driving to high
blood pressure, obesity, de-
pression, memory problems
and a weakened immune sys-
tem. There's been far less re-
search on how much sleep dis-
ruption interferes with recovery
from illness. But some studies
show patients in noisier wards
require more medications and
sedatives. Delirium a dan-
gerous state of confusion and
agitation is linked to sleep
deprivation and the loss of nor-
mal sleep-wake cycles during
certain hospitalizations, espe-
cially among older people, El-
lenbogen notes.
Noise isn't the only challenge.
He says sometimes patients
are awakened for a blood test
or blood pressure check simply
because the overnight nurse
assigned the task goes off duty
at 7 a.m.

Truvada may spell miracle

continued from 10B

AIDS Foundation says the FDA
advisory committee's recom-
mendation to allow Truvada to
be marketed for HIV preven-
tion is a "watershed moment"
in the 30-year fight against
HIV/AIDS. Despite all efforts
to prevent HIV transmission,
he says, the rate of new infec-

tions remains high, estimated
by federal health officials at be-
tween 48,000 and 56,000 each
"We know this is no silver
bullet, and this isn't going to
be the right prevention strat-
egy for everyone," Loduca says.
"Here's what we as a commu-
nity know to be true: Truvada
won't end AIDS by itself. But
we can't end AIDS without it."

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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

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2300 N.W. 135th Street
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2171 N.W. 56th Street

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

Order of Services
Hour uf Prayer 6 30 a in. [arly Morning Worship 7 30 ai m
Sunday School 10 a m Morning Worship 11 an m
Youtll Miriiry Study, Wed 7 p mr Prayer Bible Study. Wed 7 p m
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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 11-17, 2012


Hadley Davis MLK Royal Grace Reddicks-Clewiston In Memoriam Happy Birthday

borer, died July
3 at Franco
Nursing and
Rehab Center.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Mt. Vernon MB

LEE PEARSON, 85, laborer,
died July 6 at
Jackson North
Hospital. Ser-
vice 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

21, laborer, died
July 1, Service
10 a.m., Sat-
urday at Jor- .
dan Grove MB
Church. .


maker, died
July 2 at home.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

JOHNNY REAVES, 57, retired
janitor, died July ..-
1 at Miami Jew-
ish Hospital.
Services were

died July 9 at
Jackson Main.
are incomplete.

JOHN FOXX SMITH, 64, plumb-
er, died July 2 at .-,-- --
home. Service
12 p.m., Satur-
day at New Cor- .
ner Stone Bap-
tist Church.

CATHERINE ST. VIL, 42, hotel
clerk, died July 4 at Jackson North
Medical Center. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

JOHN SMITH, 64, plumber, died
July 2 at home. Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at New Cornerstone M.B.

Wright and Young
HENRY HILL JR., 63, retired
roofer, died July
5 at Jackson
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Jesus Christ
True Church of
the Apostolic

retired, died July 4 in Detroit,
Michigan. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at St. Mark Missionary Baptist


retired nurse,
died July 4
in Smithville,
GA. Survivors:
husband, Payne
" Benny" Bivins;
father, Johnny
Dukes; mother,


IS, 43,

Rosemary ". Z'A I
Duncan; sister,
Tosha Johnson; daughters, Ashley,
Adrianna and Alexis. Service 1
p.m., Friday at New Zion Hope
Holiness Church, Leesburg, GA.

DOROTHY FOSTER, 80, retired,
died July 4 at

Viewing 4-7
p.m., Friday in
the chapel.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Holy Temple Missionary Baptist

MARTHA RODGERS, 66, retired
medical tech,
died July 6 at
North Shore

attorney, died June 30 in Chicago,
Illinois. Service 2 p.m., Saturday at
Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist

Church, 5946 NW 12 A

22, student,
died July 1 in
Tavares, FL.
Family visitation
4-8 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Opa Locka
Methodist Church.

teacher, died
July 3 in Miami.
Viewing 6-9
p.m., Friday
at St Paul
AME Church.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at the

plasterer, died
June 30. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Vernon Mis-
sionary Baptist

school teacher,
died June 30.
Services were


July 3. Service 12 p.m., Wednes-
day in the chapel.


81, retired
)n Dade County
N LITTLEPublic School
Teacher, died
July 8 at North
Shore Hospital
Vitas. Leaves -:
S to m ourn "'-- :*
her legacy: one daughter,
Cheryl Williams (Jessie); three
sons, Darryl Chipman (Irene),
Vernon Chipman (Arva), Shelby
Chipman (Detrick); two sisters,
Joyce Champion, Beverly Foster
84, retired (Ron); five grandchildren, three
great grandchildren and a host
of relatives and friends. Viewing
3-6 p.m., Thursday in the chapel.
Service 1:30 p.m., Friday at St.
Paul AME Church, 1892 NW 51
Terrace, Miami, FL 33147.

JOHNNIE L. JONES, 84, retired
postal worker, died July 3 at North
Shore Medical Center. Survived by:
wife, Mrs. Areatha Jones. Service
1 p.m., Wednesday in the chapel.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
retired fire
fighter, died July '
6 at North Shore
Medical Center.
William leaves
to cherish '
his memory;
devoted sisters,
Ethelyn Oliver -
from New York and Patricia Moss
(James), from Miami, FL.
Litany service 6 p.m., Friday at
The Church of Incarnation. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at the church.

SAMUEL T. REID, 68, retired
died July 6 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday

Baptist Church.

Funeraria San Jose
CLARA EPHRIAM, 73, computer
teacher, died.
Viewing, 6-11
p.m., Friday,
July 13.

Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at Funeraria
San Jose, 4850
Palm Ave.,
Hialeah, FL


retired, died
July 4 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day at Mount
Olive Primitive
Baptist Church.


June 28 at South Miar
Services were held.

died July 6 at HomesteE
Service 1 p.m., Saturde
Home Missionary Bapti

laborer, died
July 7 in Miami. .;

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

07/01/1956 07/04/2011 07/13/1954 12/20/2011


would like to extend our heart
felt thanks to everyone. Your
calls, prayers, cards, plants
and monetary gifts were deep-
ly appreciated.
A special thanks to Father
Richard M. Barry and clergy,
St. Theresa's Chapter, St.
Cecelia's Chapter, the Men's
Group II and the family and
friends of the Historic St.
Agnes Episcopal Church.
May God bless each and
everyone of you.
The Nicholson, Carroll,
Harris, Idun-Ogde,
Armbrister, Newbold, Pratt,
Davis and Kelly families.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

At this particular time, the
family would like to extend
their gratitude to everyone
that supported us in our
darkest hour.
We can't complain, God
knows what's best. It was He
that said, "come on "Buggie,"
it's time to rest."
Missing your presence are
your two sisters; six broth-
ers; two aunts; one uncle;
your loving husband; four
kids; four grandkids, in laws;
nieces; nephews; great niec-
es; great nephews; and many,
many other relatives and
Love and missing
The Basden, McKay and
Mills families.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens

71, retired
died July 4
at Memorial
West Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the


aka "LENA"
07/11/1971 11/26/2009

70, nurses aide, died July 9th.
Arrangements are incomplete.

Alphonso Richardson
retired truck
driver, died July
6 in the hospital.
Devoted wife
and family with
love. Service 12
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

In Memoriam

08/13/1958 07/06/2011

It seems like yesterday that
you slipped away, but in our
hearts is where you'll stay.
"Buddy", we miss you!
We've shared so many good
memories together and in
many ways you've blessed us
in ways you couldn't begin to
imagine, thank you.
You may be gone, but you
will never be forgotten.
Family Tree Concept

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

In loving memory of,


would like to take this time to
express our sincere apprecia-
tion to all who supported us
during this difficult time.
Your cards, calls, visits, and
prayers have meant the world
to us and we will forever be
Timothy Smith and family

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

WALE, 54,

03/23/1921- 07/09/2011

It has been a year, since
God answered your call for
peace, love, and eternal rest.
Your loving smile and
laughter was like a dose of
IS, 89, died sunshine.
mi Hospital. We cherish the beautiful
memories of you.

LBERT, 44,
ad Hospital.
ay at Sweet
st Church.

You stay on our hearts and
We love and miss youl Love
always, Irvin, Shondrea and
your loving family.

Happy 41st birthday; 41
candle lights of wishes dis-
playing blessings with love
and cherished memories on
your special day.
Love your kids and the fam-

We love and miss you.
You'll forever be in our
Love always, Your family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/17/1951 07/12/2011

You are in our hearts forev-
er. We love you and miss you.
Your wife, Denise Cooper
and family.

continued from 15B

was a chance," Bivins said. "I de-
served a chance."
Bivins dropped out of sight
and was largely forgotten until
1998, when the police discovered
him living in the squalid attic of
his daughter's house, wrapped
in a urine-soaked blanket. His
110-pound frame was covered
with bedsores, and he had sev-
ered a piece of his right middle
finger trying to pry open a can
of beans with a knife, resulting
later in a partial amputation.
During his last years, his sis-
ter Maria Bivins Baskin cared
for him. He liked to play check-
ers, making up his own rules.

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r 7. Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus -
Brandon Mitchell is about to see his dreams come true.
And his audience will be the entire country when he competes
against 19 of the best dancers in the U.S. on the hit Fox reality series,
"So You Think You Can Dance." Mitchell is one of 20 dancers that fought off
shin splits, cramps and sprains in a battery of grueling, nationwide auditions. He will I
show what'he's made of on Wednesday, July 11th [8 p.m. EST] as the show enters its
ninth season.
"When I dance, I'm telling the audience what's going on in my mind," he said "It feels like a rush
like when you are going on a [roller coaster] ride. I'm at my happiest point when I'm on the stage."
For the competition, Mitchell's dance specialty is stepping.
"I love entertaining people and making them happy," said Mitchell, a member of the Beta Nu Chapter
of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. "You never know how you can make someone's day. I feel like this is my
purpose to be out here and to touch people's lives." Mitchell earned his bachelor's degree in computer
information systems in 2009.
A former member of the FAMU Strikers, he has danced with singers that include: Ciara, Kelly Rowland,
Keyshia Cole and Jennifer Lopez and will appear in the upcoming movie, "Step Up Revolution."
Following the weekly airing, viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancers via tele-
phone, text and online. The following week, on July 18, the three lowest vote getters, both men and
women, will be revealed and the judges will decide which two dancers will be eliminated. Mitchell
I hopes to get make it to the end arn be crowned the best male darner fo, season nine. 4



The rise and fall of Detroit's "hip-hop mayor

FAMU gridiron great
chronicles his political

career, prison stint
By D. Kevin McNeir
In 2008, Kwame Kilpatrick, 42, pled
guilty to obstruction of justice charges
after lying under oath about an affair he
had with his longtime gay-pal and chief
of staff, Christine Beatty. It was a sad day
for the economically-troubled city that
had chosen Kilpatrick, the son of former
Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpat-

rick, in a hard-fought elec-
tion in 2001 the young-
est mayor ever elected in
Detroit's history.
Many here in South Flori-
da remember the gregarious
Kilpatrick because of his
skills on the football field.
His connection to Florida
was formed after he attend-
ed Florida A&M [FAMU],
starring on its football team
while also "crossing the
burning sands" of Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In
fact, many young men from
Detroit took the long drive
Please turn to KWAME 2C

David Mamet's "Race" makes its S FL premier


By D. Kevin McNeir
ktncneir@a'iiamimeinc onlie.coni
Does race still matter in
America? When we are po-
litically correct, do we really
have less positive thoughts
about others that we would
prefer not to share? Does rac-
ism cause shame in Blacks
and feelings of guilt in whites?
How far have we really come
in the arduous task of build-
ing better race relations in
the U.S.? These are the kinds
of questions with which one
must grapple both before
and particularly after seeing
"Race" a play written by
Pulitzer Prize-winner David
Mamet that opened last week
at the GableStage at the Coral
Gables Biltmore.
This is the play's Southeast
Florida premier and is direct-
ed by Joseph Adler, Gable-

Stage's producing artistic
director. The actors include:
Ethan Henry, Joe Kimble,
Gregg Weiner and Jade
Wheeler. Adler says the team
of actors is outstanding.
"I'm thoroughly pleased with
all four of the actors -it's a
terrific ensemble." he said.
"I've been privileged to work
with the three [menI before
and Jade is a young Black ac-
tress who just relocated from
Washington, D.C. and is make
her South Florida debut."
"Race" premiered on Broad-
way in December 2009 to
mixed reviews It follows three
attorneys, two Black and one
white, whose job is to defend a
white man charged with rap-
ing a young Black woman. It's
the fifth work by playwright

-Photo credit: George Schiavone
Jade Wheeler, Ethan Henry and Gregg Weiner in "RACE" by David Mamet, directed by Jo-
seph Adler at Gablestage.

Mamet that Adler has directed
and he says it's one of his
"I consider ["Race"] to be
one of Mamet's best works,"
Adler said. "He's always been
able to find the scabs and
then scratch them this play
is a perfect example. It deals
with the fact that almost all of
us still view the world through
the prism of race. Whether
knowingly or subconsciously,
race affects so many of our
ideas, actions, choices, words
and decisions Directing
Mamet is, of course, always a
challenge. It's about collabo-
rating with the actors to find
the rhythm to his dialogue
while maintaining the proper
pacing and tension."
When asked why he thought
now was an opportune time to
bring "Race" to the stage,
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A royal salute goes out to
President Rudolph Meadows,
Chairperson Eunice J.
Davis, Helen S. Boneparte,
Fredericka Stewart and
other members of Booker T.
Washington Class of 1962 on the
occasion of their 50 year
reunion. The celebration
began at New Shiloh
Baptist Church, followed
by a brunch fish fry. trip .-
to the Seminole Casino
and picnic. Kudos go out
to Yvonne W. Harris,
Isabella Rivers, Vera
Barney, Betty Hunter, D

Johnson, Connie
R. Mitchell and Nathalee R.
Poller for putting together
an 88-page commemorative
journal for the class that
included tributes and sponsors
such as Charlie Mae
Alexander, Alonzo
and Joan Puyol
Ballard. Vera Barney,
Richard "Rudy"
Brown, Sr., Yvonne
S W. Harris, Valerie
-" and Keisha, Betty
Hunter. Jarrad
DAVIS Mitchell, Sybel Lee,

Laurastine Pierce, : Jackie Mashac
Roberta Daniels, became the first Blac
Franklin Clark, Dr. Homecoming Que<
Preston Marshall and ,,i-. at Miami Centr
LaResia Golden. M. Senior High after mu<
The celebration i campaigning from Alpl
ended at Ebenezer and Sharon and tl
UMC. Those in twin brothers. Jan
attendance included: "- King became the fir
Solomon Bostic, MEADOWS majorette while tl
Jr., Nathalee Poller, Rockettes were organizE
Susie E. Gardner, Joan Puyol to join the marching ban
Ballard, Jean P. Munroe, members under the leaders
Florence Berry, Yvonne W. of Mr. Kenneth Tolbert.
Harris, Eunice J. Davis, Some of the charter
Gwendolyn Johnson, Joan members included.
M. Washington, Sybel Lee, Pricilla Johnson,
Vera Barney, Youther Eaford, Cherlene Carr, Deborah
Isabella Rivers, Rudolph Walker and Valarie
Meadows, Naomi Myrick, Anderson.
Janie W. Brown, Betty F. They grew to become
Hunter, Helen R. Brown, Rosa Mamie Williams, Brenda
V. Storr and Ralph McGruder Randle, Lila Ragin,

ck Alma Ragin, Jill Matthews,
ck Syble Brown, Vernal Foster,
en Cheree Roberts, Elizabeth
ral Farrior, Lutricia Shaw,
ch Andrea Johnson, Gail Cook,
ha Raenatta Floyd, Sheila Owens,
he Loretta Warner, Marilyn
et Randall, ReginaAndrews,
rst Yvette Knight, Janet Griffin,
he Crystal Weaver, Felice
ed Holmes, Sharon Jackson,
nd Valarie Johnson and Deborah
ip Benjamin.
Sympathy to the
farm i ly of the late King
Markolo/Dr. Carlton
Fisher. History is
replete with three
deaths linked to
Dorsey High: Susie
West Francis, Mary
Albury Ferrell and
HARRIS King Markolo. To

describe Fisher in two words,
I would say "extraordinary
person." As assistant principal
at Comstock Elementary, he
started The African Heritage
Cultural and Art Club. He also
organized the Miami-Dade
Joint Alumni Coalition of Mays,
Carver, Dorsey, Northwestern,
Booker T. Washington and
North Dade Jr.-Sr.
He had the courage of a
warrior, the character of a David
and the heart of a lion. God
gives us men of strong minds,
great hearts and true faith.
Fisher was the epitome of them
all. In the theater of life, he has
taken his final bow and made
his exit. The stage lights are
down and the curtain is closed.
Let us applaud a magnificent

BAnw nS eg

Dr. Roland C. Burroughs
and his beloved mother
Joycelyn Newbold-
Burroughs-Smith returned
home to live after an absence
of 12 years of his mother.
Joycelyn moved to the
Big Apple to live with her
son after the demise of her
husband Henry Smith.
Dr. Burroughs remained
in the north after finishing
dental school at Howard
University. Welcome home
Joycelyn and Roland! They
are now living in Hollywood.
Congratulations go out
to Miami Gardens Mayor
Shirley Gibson who was
honored last Sunday at
New Way Fellowship Baptist
Church. Bishop Billy and
Catherine P. Baskin are
pastor and co-pastor. The
mayor, who will complete
her final term in August, is
to be highly commended for
her excellent dedication and
Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to all of you:
Elouise Bain-Farrington,
Grace Heastie-Patterson,
Thomas Nottage, Marvin
Ellis, Gloria Bannister,
Shane Hepburn, Charles
Mobley, Inez M. Johnson,
Jacqueline F. Livingston,
Princess Lamb, Selma
T. Ward, Wilhelmina S.
Welch, Frankie Rolle,
Oliver Gross, Gail Goring,
and Naomi Allen-Adams
who returned to her adopted
home in Tuskegee, Alabama
where she lives with her
daughter and son-in-law.
Sceiva Adams Holland and
Major Holland.
Popular with Blacks and
whites alike, Overtown
was a center for nightly
entertainment in Miami

at its height |.
in the 1940s
and 1950s and comparable
to Miami Beach. The area
served as a place of rest and
refuge for Black mainstream
entertainers such as Count
Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab
Calloway, Josephine Baker,
Billie Holiday and Nat King
Cole who were not allowed
to stay at white hotels.
Development was spurred in
the are in the late 1980s and
again in recent years.
Overtown is home to
several historic churches
and landmarks: the Lyric
Theater (Miami), Greater
Bethel AME Church, Mt.
Zion Baptist Church and St.
Agnes' Episcopal Church.
Other places of interest
include: the Dorsey House,
the Old Black Police Precinct
Museum, the Overtown
Public Library (with its
exterior walls adorned with
paintings by Overtown's
famous urban expressionist
painter. Purvis Young). and
the L.E. Thomas Building,
home of the first Black
magistrate in Miami.
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to the
following love birds of the
General and Mary J.
Robbins, July 2nd: their
47th; James and Evangeline
C. Rambeau, July 2nd: their
36th; Henry and Shearl
D. Agarrat, July 4th: their
13th; David J. and Normita
Williams, July 7th: their
Hearty congratulations
goes out to Lay minister
Lemuel R. Moncur who
will soon resign from the
committee for Young Adults
Ministry at St. Agnes after

Negro leagues' All-Stai

Kansas City

Buck O'Neil and the Ne-
gro Leagues Baseball Mu-
seum in Kansas City

Players Association after its
$250,000 donation five years
ago. "This isn't just a baseball
museum. It's an American
history museum. Everyone
should go."
Yet the museum runs the
risk of becoming as outdated
as the Negro leagues. The mu-
seum needs about $2 million
to move its cramped facility
down the street to the old Pas-
eo YMCA a 40,000-square-
foot building where the Negro
National League was founded
in 1920 that can house an
education and research cen-

museum needs

funding boost
By Bob Nightengale

is where Philadelphia Phillies
slugger Ryan Howard comes
each year to pay homage be-
fore spring training.
This is where vociferous
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder
Nyjer Morgan was left speech-
less last month, calling it the
coolest moment he's ever spent
in Major League Baseball.
This is where Boston Red Sox
manager Bobby Valentine rode
his bicycle in May, where Chi-
cago White Sox general man-
ager Kenny Williams took his
entire team after winning the
2005 World Series and where
Commissioner Bud Selig will
visit Monday for the first time.
This weekend, the Negro
Leagues Baseball Museum,
in the heart of Kansas City's
historic 18th and Vine Street
District, is hopeful the MLB
All-Star Game provides a spot-
light that attracts a crowd be-
yond the game's aficionados.
"It's the greatest place on
Earth," says Los Angeles An-
gels reliever LaTroy Hawkins,
who represented the MLB

six years of service. He also
served as an advocate for
young adults. Lemuel is the
son of Margaret Moncur
and grandson of Florence
S. Moncur and nephew of
Robin Moncur.
Happy anniversary to Rev.
Father Samuel J. Browne
who marked 53 years
since his ordination to the
Our beloved Priest Richard
Livingston M. Barry will be
honored Sunday, July 15
at 3 p.m. at Mouth Olive
Baptist Church, 400 NW
9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale,
during the Bahamas
Independence church service
and reception. Join us for
a glorious afternoon (watch
for other announcements in
The Miami Times concerning
other related activities this
Crossing the burning sands
into Greekdom, Gamma
Zeta Omega chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
inducted into membership
the following young ladies:
Amira B. Paschal, Tawanna
M. Parker, Clana Ulysee,
DeAndra E. Washington,
Deborah K. Cooper,
Priscilla R. Dobbs, Tykecia
P. Hayes, Gabrielle E. Carey,
Tiffany Starke, Jenai H.
Williams, La-Toya S. Facey,
Janelle Wallace, Nicolette
R. Oliver, Amy Dawkins,
Brittany Robinson, Regina
Bruton, Shebreeceay D.
Lenoir, Janice Spann-
Givens, Syrita L. Murray,
Michelle Dismuke, Saderia
N. Hooks and Sheila
Cohen. Congratulations!
Chapter President Sandra
L. Jackson and Membership
Chairman Janice Spann-
Givens stated that the
inductees underwent a
process of learning about
Alpha Kappa Alpha and
providing community service
at a Miami women's shelter.

r showcase

ter in honor of the late Negro
league legend Buck O'Neil.
"There's a lot riding on this
All-Star Game for us," museum
President Bob Kendrick says.
"The Negro Leagues Baseball
Museum doesn't need to sur-
vive. It has to survive."
Many have come to its aid.
Los Angeles Dodgers All-
Star center fielder Matt Kemp
donated $20,000 this winter.
Geddy Lee, the lead singer of
Rush, donated the largest col-
lection of signed baseballs by
Negro leagues players in his-
Major League Baseball,
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Does race matter?

You be the judge

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Adler had this to say: "I chose
"Race" because it's compelling
theater and because it brings
up issues that are still central
to our thinking in this country."
The play runs through August
5th. It's a show that every adult
should see then discuss later
with friends, family and anyone
who will listen. Does race still
matter in the U.S.? You be the

Aretha, Chaka close 2012

Essence Festival with soul

By Jerry Shriver

18th Essence Music Festival
wrapped up its three-day run
on Sunday by honoring its
soulful past, following Fri-
day night's theme of passion
and Saturday's embrace of
empowerment. Gospel star
Kirk Franklin, former Ameri-
can Idol winner Fantasia and
Anthony Hamilton warmed
up the main stage for highly
anticipated appearances by
soul queen Aretha Franklin
and Chaka Khan. USA TO-
DAY's Jerry Shriver surveyed
the heat in the super-chilled
A cheerleader for God: Con-
temporary gospel singer and
choir leader Kirk Franklin
opened the show displaying


Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festi-
val in New Orleans on Sunday.

the energy and moves of a
man half his 42 years. Wear-
ing a black sport jacket that
covered a white T shirt with

Chaka Khan performs at the Essence Music Festival in
New Orleans on Sunday.

a giant YSL logo, he leaped.
bounced and twirled across
the stage while nominally con-
ducting the very self-directed
singers and band behind him.
He didn't even need to sing
much his speaking voice
sounded hoarse because
the audience and singers
onstage performed that task
admirably on songs such as
Imagine Me, Silver and Gold
and I Smile. His role was to be
a cheerleader for God, and he
succeeded. After mildly com-
plaining several times that
his performing slot had been
halved to 30 minutes, he sat
at an electronic keyboard and
teases the crowd with snippets
of songs "that I was going to
do if I had an hour."
Church of soul: Anthony
Hamilton adopted several
guises during his compact,
potent set including hard-
charging soul man for Cool,
Sucka for You and I'm a
Survivor, and smooth, sexy
crooner for The Point of It All
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Leadership is a very lonely position

continued from 1C

from the Motor City to Talla-
hassee eager to escape the
cold weather and to be part of
the FAMU legacy.

Kilpatrick's greatest asset
was his charisma. It would
catapult him to the Michigan
State House of Representa-
tives and eventually the May-
or's office. But along the way,
perhaps indicative of his age,
Kwame almost immediately
began to be make poor deci-
sions including excessive use
of city funds charging thou-
sands of dollars on city-issued
credit cards for spa massages,
extravagant dining and expen-
sive wines. As he hob-knobbed
with celebrities and became
a frequent visitor at White
House, even addressing both
the 2000 and 2004 Demo-
cratic National Conventions,
he became almost larger than
life. But the "hip-hop" mayor,
as his critics began to call him,
was also surrounding himself
with more and more celebrities
and fewer political allies.
Kilpatrick has since been
stripped of his right to practice
law, sentenced to prison and
incarcerated twice. Now, out
of jail and on parole, he faces
new felony corruption charges.
But as he says in his recently-

released autobiography, "Sur-
rendered: The Rise, Fall & Rev-
elation of Kwame Kilpatrick," I
don't know how all of this will
end, or why I had to come this
way. It's sad that in adversity,
there are no problems to face,
just choices to make. I choose
to remain surrendered, to feed
my soul faith, hope and love,
even while I am doing time [the
words were written before his
parole] because there is one
thing I do know. Time will tell
all. And all is well."

As he prepares for a fed-
eral racketeering trial that is
set to begin in September, re-
ports indicate that the pros-
ecution has a list of 500 wit-
nesses prepared to testify. But
his greatest hurdle may be the
370,000 text messages from
his city-issued cell phone that
will be used as evidence. It will
not be the first time that text
messages were used against
him. Texts between Kilpatrick
and his former Chief of Staff
Christine Beatty, proved that
they had been in an affair [his
lying under oath lost him his
job and landed him in jail] and
that the two had conspired to
fire then-deputy police chief
Gary Brown.
But Detroiters have not to-
tally abandoned their former
mayor. Many have remained

loyal, showing up en masse
at book signing and sending
him notes of encouragement.
Kilpatrick, along with his wife
Carlita and their three sons
have now relocated to Dallas,
Texas. He attributes his spiri-
tual growth and ability to sur-
vive so much adversity to T.D.
Jakes and his church family at
Potter's House Church in Dal-
Words from his mother on
the night that he was first
elected mayor have stayed with
him, proving to be, as he says,
"Leadership is a very lonely
position," she said. "The higher
you go, son, the fewer friends
you're going to have. Remem-
ber this. It might sound harsh,
but I want you to understand.
Right now, while you have
this position, you have all the
friends you're going to have.
And you're going to lose some
of them."
His thoughts afterwards are
telling: 'In those few words,
she emphasized the loneliness,
the realization that the buck
stopped with me and even the
sense of alienation that the po-
sition [mayor] creates.'
Public humiliation, private
damnation and the sensation-
alized series of events that led
to Kilpatrick's fall are shared
in their full detail in this book
that features one of the most
talked-about Black politicians
of the century.



Chad Ochocinco live

tweets his wedding

Miami Dolphins
player invites

Twitter follower
Chad Ochocinco wanted ev-
eryone to know that he got
married on the Fourth of July,
so much so that he live tweeted
his wedding.
The avid Twitter user also
invited one of his followers,
66-year-old grieving widow
Cheryl Minton, to his St. Mar-
tin wedding.
The Miami Dolphins player
. and former "Dancing with the
Stars" contestant married fel-
low reality TV star Evelyn Lo-
zada on last Wednesday.
"Live tweeting from my wed-
ding...should be a first I'm as-
suming, music is playing, can't
see my guests right now but
they're here," he wrote on Twit-
ter early in the evening.
Later he continued on, de-
scribing his pre-nuptial jitters.
"I don't recall sending butter-
flies in my stomach an invite...
and why am I shaking like I'm
in Alaska," he wrote on Twitter.
Before his wedding, Ochocino


Chad Ochocinco and his
wife Evelyn Lozada.
invited Minton to his wedding
after she initiated a conversa-
tion with him on Twitter about
recently losing her husband. At
the wedding the two posed for a
picture that was later posted on
his Twitter page.
In addition to Ochocinco's
tweets, TV cameras also docu-
mented the event for the up-
coming VH1 reality show "Ev
and Ocho," reports People.Chad
Ochocinco wanted everyone to
know that he got married on
the Fourth of July, so much so
that he live tweeted his wed-

Shaunie O'Neal spills the beans

on Chad and Evelyn's wedding

By Shanelle Hamilton

Shaunie O' Neal has opened
up about her BF Evelyn and
Chad's lavish wedding that took
place in St Maarten last week.
The Basketball Wives pro-
ducer revealed to VH1 it was a
beautiful ceremony, admitting
Miami Dolphins player Chad
almost outshined the bride
with his sharp suit.
"When he came down [the
aisle], that boy was sharp! I've
been talking about his out-
fit ever since I left. He look so

good," she confessed.
Adding Chad's navy blue,
"rich looking suit" was "tailored
perfectly," and his shoes were
equally impressive: "They went
with that suit and that wed-
However Shaunie didn't give
much away on Evelyn's dress,
only saying: "She looked so
pretty, and everything was so
beautiful. From beginning to
end, we just had a ball."
Shauni also let it slip that
Tami Roman was a no-show at
the ceremony.


Singer Brandy Norwood, left, and athlete Serena Wil-
liams on the set of Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva.' The stars
will join the long list of celebs who have made a guest ap-
pearance on the show.

By Carol Memmott

The imposing attorney in the
silver gray Hugo Boss pant-
suit, running lines on the set
of Drop Dead Diva, is used to
a different kind of court.
She's tennis great Serena
Williams, one in a long line of

celebrities doing a guest-star
turn on the hit Lifetime series
(Sundays, 9 ET/PT) now in its
fourth season.
"When I was younger, I
thought I'd go back to school
and be a lawyer, but I'm kind
of excited I get to experience it
a little bit behind the scenes,"
Williams says between takes.

Stars drop everything

to be a guest on show

'Drop Dead Diva'

"You get to feel a little power-
ful in your suit."
More than 50 celebrities,
including Liza Minnelli, Delta
Burke, Lance Bass, Rosie
O'Donnell, Clay Aiken, Wendy
Williams and LeAnn Rimes,
have made guest appearances
on the show since it premiered
in 2009.
Kim Kardashian starred
in early episodes of Season
4 since its June 3 premiere.
Other celeb guests this season
will include Patty Duke, Val-
erie Harper, Joan Rivers and
John Ratzenberger.
"It all happened organically,"
show creator Josh Berman
says of Drop Dead Diva's
growing guest roster. "Rosie
O'Donnell and Paula Abdul
and Elliott Gould all joined
so quickly in the first season,

and then Emmy magazine
came out and said we were
one of the best shows to guest-
star on. Celebrities started
tweeting me asking to be on
the show, and then it really
caught on."
Kim Kardashian, left, and
'Diva' regular April Bowlby.
Kardashian played Nikki, the
new business partner of Bowl-
by's character, Stacy Barrett,
in a multiple-episode arc.
For Williams, the role of
family attorney Kelly Stevens
is especially pleasing because
she is doing scenes with her
good friend, singer Brandy
Norwood. She has a recur-
ring role as Elisa Shayne, a
woman who shares a son with
Jay Parker (Josh Stamberg),
a managing partner in the
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A heads up for .

Black beauty
By BlackNews.com

Beauty Supply Institute will be holding its 3rd
annual Beauty Supply Entrepreneurship Sum-
mer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on August
4, 2012.
Beauty Supply Institute, an organization
founded in 2007 as Taking it Back Univer-
sity, is an organization that trains hundreds
of individuals annually on how to get into
the $15 billion dollar beauty supply sector, -
a sector largely supported by Blacks but not -
dominated by them with just three percent of
industry owners being Black while 96 per-
cent of the revenues generated are by Blacks,
instantly propelled to the national stage when
launched. Currently, there are approximately
$13,300 stores nationwide and of those rough-
ly 400 are Black.
The company's first resource was the ... a sector largely supported by Blacks but not
best-selling book, "Taking it Back: How dominated by them with just three percent of indus-
to Become Successful Black Beauty Sup- try owners being Black while 96 percent of the rev-
ply Store Owner" and now has almost .
20 courses, business plan development, enues generated are by Blacks, instantly propelled
location selection services and more. to the national stage when launched.
Beauty Supply Institute will be hold-
ing its 3rd annual Beauty Supply Store
Start-Up Summer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia delivering 6 courses, the How to Become a
Beauty Supply Store book, Beauty Supply Resource book, Product Database file, and a Quick Start
tips audio CD, and a free lunch.
Devin Robinson, the founder of the organization and three-time store owner, decided to get into
the business after being threatened by a golf club wielding Korean store owner as he was shop-
ping for items for his beauty salon. Maggie Anderson, an activist of Black business patronage and
founder of Empowerment Experiment crossed paths with Devin Robinson in 2007 and began work-
ing together on Black business support. Anderson who recently appeared on PBS Special, "Is the
White Man's Ice Colder?" with news correspondent Paul Solman will serve as this year's conference
opening speaker. Anderson has championed Black business support by only supporting Black-
owned business for one year.

Lead-tainted purses sold at retailers

A new investigation by a con-
sumer watch dog group is re-
porting that many handbags
being sold are tainted with
After testing 300 bags, the
consumer group reports it
found 43 bags with lead in it's
The five purses that con-

trained the most lead were
made by Tory Burch, Guess,
House of Harlow, Nine West
and Charlotte Russe.
Out of the purses tested, the
Tory Burch purse had 200
times more lead than the ap-
proved level decided by the
Center for Environmental

The consumer group warns
that purses with bright colors
and plastic portions are more
likely to have lead.
From the top five companies
listed, only Burch and Nine
West responded, agreeing that
they would each do investiga-
tions and pull the contaminat-
ed bags.

Maxwell cancels tour due to vocal swelling
NEW YORK (AP) R&B singer been advised by doctors to rest Maxwell said in the state-
Maxwell has cancelled his short and undergo treatment. Max- ment that cancelling the tour
U.S. tour after developing vocal well's six-date summer tour had "sucks" and he plans to hit
swelling and hemorrhaging. shows planned for Los Angeles, the road when his new album,
A representative for the R&B Atlanta and Newark, N.J. for "blackSUMMERS'night," is re-
singer said recently that he has July and August. leased later this year.

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New-citizen parties accent

nation's 236th birthday

Food, floats, flags -

and some fireworks
By Natalie DiBlasio
Jessica Tully

The nation marked its 236th
birthday Wednesday with pa-
rades, fireworks, an iconic hot-
dog-eating contest and a cake-
and-ice-cream party featuring
new citizens at the home of the
first president.
At George Washington's
sprawling estate overlooking the
Potomac River, 103 immigrants
took the oath of citizenship in
a special ceremony. Afterward,
6,500 people swarmed the sunny
field in front of the mansion for
the reading of the Declaration of

Pedro Lopez, 43. said he put
American flags on his lawn
for the first tirne Wednesday
morning. A few hours later, the
Guatemalan native and his wife,
Siomara, became naturalized
"It feels perfect to be here at
Mount Vernon," Siomara says.
Ariana Lara, 32, originally
from Mexico, says the long jour-
ney to citizenship was worth it,
though she could hardly wait for
the day to come. "I'm excited to
say I'm a citizen," Lara says.
More than 4,000 new citizens
are being recognized at spe-
cial naturalization ceremonies
from June 28 through Tuesday
to commemorate the nation's
About 750,000 people are
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Miami Northwestern 0 Booker T. Washington 0 Range Park offers free
Alumni Classes host their Class of 1967 meets self-defense/karate classes
annual Blue and Gold Dance. monthly. Call 305-333-7128. for children and adults. Call
Call 305-693-1513. 305-757-7961 or 786-306-

* The Beautiful Gate,
Inc. to host free cervical
cancer education seminar.
Call 305-836-3408 or email

Seed of Hope
Community Outreach, Inc.
offers free weekly counseling
session. Call 305-751-8878.

* Urban Partnership
Drug Free Community
Coalition to hold their
monthly meeting.
Call 305-218-0783 or
email vperkinssmith@

* Joseph Caleb Center

Event Hall to host a
candidates' forum and
summer luncheon. Call 305-

The Alumni of Florene
Nichols' Community of
Performing Arts and Inner
City Children's Touring
Dance Company will hold
an anniversary reunion
showcase planning meeting.

* Miami Jackson's
Class of 1975 plans a class
celebrations. Call 305-467-
0146 or 305-965-3885.

* Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. to meet.
Call 305-213-0188.

Youth Education and
Athletic Program (YEAP)
hosts a summer camp. Call.

Merry Poppins
hosts a summer camp. Call

Miami Northwestern
Senior High Class of 1973
will be meeting to plan 40th
reunion. Call 305-575-3143
or 305-215-3911 or email

* Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 is planning
their 45th reunion. Call
786-227-7397 or www.

The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women -
Greater Miami Chapter
accepting applications for
Just Us Girls Mentoring
Program. Call 800-658-1292.

The Miami-Dade
Democratic Party will
host an Independence
Day Celebration and Voter
Registration Drive. Call 305-

The Oldtimers of Miami
will sponsor their annual 'Fun
Trip.' Call 305-626-7500 or

* American Senior High
Alumni Association to hold
a masquerade ball. Call 305-


Chai Community
Services free food program
is taking applications from
low-income families and
veterans. Call 305-830-

Dads for Justice
assists non-custodial parents
through Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office with child
support modifications and
visitation rights. Call 305-

Resources for Veterans
Sacred Trust offers
affordable and supportive
housing assistance for low-
income veteran families
facing homelessness. Call

855-778-3411 or


Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice
Academy offers counseling
services for youth. Call 786-
488-4792 or visit www.

Evans County High
School Alumni is creating a
South Florida Alumni contact
roster. Call 305-829-1345 or

S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) to meet
with young people weekly.
Call 954-548-4323 or visit

* Empowerment Tutoring
in Miami Gardens offers free
tutoring with trained teachers.
Call 305-654-7251.

Hip-hop world gives gay singer support

By James C. Mckinley Jr.

When Frank Ocean, a ris-
ing star in the R&B world, an-
nounced on last Tuesday that
his first true love had been a
man, he seemed to be taking a
giant risk with his career.
After all, Ocean, 24, is a ris-
ing star in the hypermasculine
world of urban music, where
singers cultivate images as
lady-killers. He is a member of
the Odd Future hip-hop collec-
tive, whose rappers are known
for using anti-gay slurs. No
other mainstream R&B art-
ists have acknowledged having
homosexual relationships. For

decades, even the ru-
mor of homosexual-
ity had ruined artists
in hip-hop circles.
But how big a gam-
ble was it? Ocean
has received strong
support from other
artists, his record
label and cultur-
al commentators,
while the negative
reactions have been OC
largely muted and equivocal.
That lack of uproar seems
to echo a broader shift in at-
titudes toward homosexuality
and gay culture: Coming out is
not as controversial as it once

was. Ocean's rev-
elation occurred just
days after Anderson
3 Cooper, the CNN
anchor, acknowl-
.-^ edged that he was
gay. It also comes
just months after
Jay-Z, Russell Sim-
mons and other hip-
hop figures forcefully
supported President
EAN Obama after he an-
nounced his support for gay
"Ten or 15 years ago Frank
Ocean could never have come
out," said Mark Anthony Neal,
a professor of African-Amer-

ican studies at Duke Univer-
sity. "It would have been death
to his career."
It is too early to tell if Ocean,
who declined to be interviewed
for this article, will suffer for
his honesty when his debut
album, "Channel Orange" (Is-
land Def Jam), is released later
this month. Sales of his record
will be viewed as a measure of
how much times have changed.
"It's going to be a kind of lit-
mus test," said Nelson George,
a filmmaker and the author
of the novel "The Plot Against
Hip-Hop." "You can't really
know the real impact of this for
six months to a year."

Shining stars show good example to readers

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law firm of Harrison & Parker,
where much of Drop Dead
Diva's action takes place.
In this episode, which airs
this Sunday, Williams' char-
acter is representing Elisa in a
custody battle with Parker over
their son.
"I'm a huge tennis fan and
player, so I was over the moon
about working with her," says
Stamberg. Asked if Williams
makes a convincing attorney,
he says, "She's great, of course,
because she has so much con-
fidence," although he acknowl-
edges finding her distracting.
"It was hard to forget who she
is because she's gorgeous and

one of the best female athletes
"She's being Serena Williams
as a lawyer," Norwood says.
"We were laughing about it. I
told her, 'You know you're re-
ally good at this. You could do
this, if you wanted to, on the
side.' "
To Diva star Brooke Elliott,
stars are lining up for the same
reason viewers are. Season 3
averaged 2.3 million viewers,
making Lifetime the top cable
network in its Sunday time slot
among young-adult women.
"I think we deal with issues
everyone deals with," Elliott
says. "Jane is trying to figure
out who she is, and I think
women go through that, and
men do, too. So many times

we're told we're just not good
enough, and I think Jane em-
braces the fact that you're just
great. You're beautiful just the
way you are."
The show's plot is a mixture
of comedy, drama and fantasy.
After aspiring model Deb Dob-
kins is killed in a car crash, she
comes back to life in the body
of Jane Bingum (Elliott), a re-
cently deceased plus-sized law-
yer. The series follows Jane's
learning to accept her new body
and new life. Diva also stars
Jackson Hurst as Deb's fian-
ce, Grayson, with whom Jane
works at Harrison & Parker.
In April, Diva received a
GLAAD media award for an
episode last year (with guest
star Clay Aiken) in which Jane

represents two teenage lesbians
fighting for the right to attend
their high school prom as a
couple. The awards honor me-
dia for handling issues affect-
ing the gay community.
"The award goes along with
what our show is talking about
all the time," Elliott says, "who
you really are, and finding out
who people really are. It's look-
ing beyond the outside, at the
actual person."
Says Margaret Cho, who
plays Jane's assistant Teri: "For
women to be shown support-
ing each other is such a great
antidote to a lot of reality TV
with women fighting over men,
fighting over money, fighting
over status. It's a good example
for society."

MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC: Kuk Harrell, a vocal producer
for singers like Justin Bieber and Rihanna, reveals his process for
coaxing superstar performances out of his clients.

Pitched to Perfection:

Pop star's silent partner

By Jon Caramanica

before Justin Bieber's 18th
birthday he was, as usual,
working. He walked into the
main control room at Record
Plant, a recording studio here,
his blue-and-pink high-top
Balenciaga sneakers unlaced,
nodding his head to a sinuous
beat blaring over the speakers.
On this Tuesday night in Feb-
ruary Bieber was a few weeks
into recording his second
full-length album, "Believe"
(RBMG/Island). The studio
was crowded with songwriters
trying to turn that beat into a
hit; with Bieber's relatives, in
town for his birthday; with a
security guard; with various
Then there was Kuk Harrell,
the only person not openly vy-
ing for Bieber's attention, who

moved through the scrum qui-
etly, every so often checking
settings on a computer.
Harrell is Bieber's vocal pro-
ducer, filling a many-layered
and amorphous job: part vocal
coach, part cheerleader, part
sound engineer, part therapist.
At this studio he's a star, too:
the nameplate on a kick scoot-
er at the front desk just says,
Pop music's universe of ce-
lebrities has widened in recent
years to include producers and
songwriters; they're as crucial
to what you hear on the radio
as the stars, and increasingly
known to the public. But there
are deeper levels of highly spe-
cialized talent, just as integral,
that often go unrecognized.
Harrell, 47, is one of those
figures, shaping the sound of
radio from the shadows. His
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"She's been bitten by the writer's bug,

Miami Times intern
prepares for success
By Kaila Heard

With the onset of summer,
many of South Florida's teens ex-
pect to spend their school break
enjoying the area's famed beach-
es, friends' house parties or just
enjoying the beauty of being able
to do absolutely nothing around
the house.
But 16-year-old Janiah Adams
chose a different path. From now

until August, the rising 11th
grader spends several days a
week as an intern in the offices of
The Miami Times office in Liberty
The Muslim teen was offered
an internship at the Miami Times
after she impressed the editor
with her astute questions dur-
ing a class field trip to tour the
building in the winter of 2011.
Her interest in journalism sprung
from her own natural talents.
"My first love is writing," she
said. "When I was younger I
use to write in college-ruled
notebooks and fill them up

with stories."
Her writing ability has allowed
her to be published twice in the
national newspaper, The F i n al
Call. The first time she was only
a fifth grader.
While she is undecided about
what college she wants to attend
two years from now, she's certain
that she will be studying mass .*"
In the meantime, Janiah will
continue to apply herself whole-
heartedly to her studies. Her
dedication and hard work paid
off with her finishing her sopho
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ANTICIPATION: Tomorrow's leaders prepare to take over the reigns in their community by par-
ticipating in leadership workshop sponsored by LEAD.

Youth summit draws 150

kids Theme: "I am change"

By Eric Ikpe
Miami Times writer

Young people need mentors
and more opportunities to de-
velop leadership skills. And to
help them discover untapped
abilities and to work with
seasoned veterans, Leaders
By Empowerment Activist By

Development [LEAD] recently
partnered with Florida Atlan-
tic University, South Florida
Youth Summit and State Farm
to host the "I am Change"
forum. Close to 160 youth par-
ticipated with topics including
purchasing their first automo-
bile, becoming entrepreneurs
and how to be a positive force
in their communities.

"This will help the [youth]
better themselves and their
[communities]," said Shervin
Jones, LEAD founder and
chairman. "We know it starts
inside the home and these kids
are the future."
Speakers included: G. Eric
Knowles, Nancy Wolfe-Smith
and Felecia Hatcher. Knowles
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SALUTING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: BTW Foundation members who were present at the
awards ceremony include: Walter Perkins (1-r), Delores Mathis, Charles Singletery, John Glover,
Pauline Glover, Joyce Moffett, Jackie Sands, Moise Julot [scholarship recipient], Juanita Madison,
James Hunt, Carrie Mickey, Jean Perry, Clement Minnis, Margaret Gatson and Harvey Spencer.

BTW Class of 57 Foundation helps grads

For the ninth consecutive
year, the BTW Class of 1957
Foundation, Inc., awarded
scholarships to graduates of
Booker T. Washington High
School in Overtown.
John D. Glover, Ph.D., Presi-
dent/CEO of the foundation
announced the 10 scholarship
awards at the annual awards
ceremony recently held at the
Three 2012 BTW graduates
received named scholarships,
each in the amount of $1,500:

Angel Cantero, received the
Herman and Wanda Gilbert
Scholarship and will attend
Bethune-Cookman University;
Tanisha Bennett received the
James and Elsa Hunt Commu-
nity Scholarship and is bound
for Florida State University;
Kevon Caffey received the Dade
County Federal Credit Union
Scholarship and will study at
Youngstown State University.
Seven continuing scholar-
ships, each in the amount of
$1,000, were awarded to the

following BTW graduates:
La Angenise Kemp, Molina
Milfort, Tatianna A. John-
son, Moise Julot, Tavarous M.
Parks, Tenetna A. Wallace and
Tianna Lawhorn.
"When asked how the Foun-
dation is able to generate schol-
arship funds in these tough
economic times, Glover said,
"We have a loyal and dedicat-
ed group of contributors who
value education and under-
stand the need to invest in our

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.. I for children ages 1 -4.
,,...-- .--- Accepting enrollment applicallons
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Out of School Services
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Tutoring Services
Accepting applications for tutors and
I service reps for the 2012-2013 school year.

Macy's prepares for annual gala

honoring Florida's top educators

Five finalists vie
for Teacher of
the Year Award
One of five finalists for
Florida's top teacher will
soon be named the 2013
Macy's/Florida Department
of Education Teacher of the
Year. This year's winning
teacher will be announced in
front of an audience of their
peers, family members and
friends at the Hard Rock Live
at Universal Studios in Or-
lando on Thursday, July 12
at 6:30 p.m.

"Macy's is honored to sup-
port Florida's teachers, who
are the backbone of Florida's
educational system," said
Mike Krauter, Macy's presi-
dent of stores. "We congratu-
late each of our incredibly
dedicated and passionate five
finalists for their extraor-
dinary efforts in creating
magical learning experiences
for our youth to reach their
full potential in both school
and life."
The five teacher finalists
are: 9th 12th English and
Technology Teacher Jeffrey
Pribble of Escambia High
School in Escambia County;

4th 5th Grade General Edu-
cation Teacher Megan Crom-
bie of Riversink Elementary
School in Wakulla County;
6th 8th Social Studies
Teacher Dawn Voyer of Cy-
press Lake Middle School in
Lee County; 9th 12th Grade
Reading and College Readi-
ness Teacher Nanci Brillant
of Saint Cloud High School
in Osceola County; Pre-Kin-
dergarden Special Education
Teacher Alexandre Lopes of
Carol City Elementary School
in Miami-Dade County.
In May, these five finalists
were chosen from 72 school
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by reading together every day.
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your child, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org -

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SUMMIT "first impression is the last im- to purchase the car of their
continued from SC pression." choice.
"You have to take the [initia- "Doing the necessary re-
started his presentation by as- tive] and not be told what to do, search is very important," she
suming an alter ego Eric. but doing without asking," he said. "Many [sales] personnel
He spoke in the language of said. "If you're too big to follow, will try to make you purchase
the streets [Ebonics] and then you're too little to lead." a vehicle the day you look at it.
in the middle of his presenta- Wolfe-Smith educated the But you should always shop
tion changed roles, donning a youth on the proper steps for around and check the history
suit and presenting himself as purchasing a vehicle with- of the vehicle so you know your
Eric Knowles using more ac- out having high interest rates product."
ceptable English. The point, and discussed the how credit After lunch, provided by
he says, was to show that the scores impact one's ability Chick-Fil-A, the young people

reassembled for words of en-
couragement from Hatcher.
She told the kids that it can be
fun to work for yourself.
"Working at a job, stands for
just over broke," she said. "I
went from working at a great
place to being honored by the
[White House] as one of the
top 100 entrepreneurs un-
der 30. You have great ideas?
Then don't be afraid to develop

Motivating students bring cash awards

continued from 5C

district nominees.
"I am exceedingly proud of
this year's Teacher of the Year
nominees who have demon-
strated a high level of commit-
ment and dedication to their
students and Florida's educa-
tion system, said Education
Commissioner Gerald Robin-
son. "The innovative and mo-

tivational approach these edu-
cators bring to the classroom
will forever impact the lives of
their students."
The Awards Gala will be
hosted by Emmy Award-win-
ning journalist and anchor,
Deborah Norville. For the
24th year, Macy's will sponsor
and produce the awards cere-
mony. The remaining 67 nom-
inees from around the state
will be recognized for their

achievements and excellence
in teaching. Each of the nomi-
nees will be presented with
a $750 personal cash award
and a $250 grant for their
school, funded by the Macy's
Foundation. In addition to
the $10,000 grant funded by
the Macy's Foundation, the
Teacher of the Year will re-
ceive awards from Macy's in-
cluding an all-expense paid
trip for four to New York City

to attend the Macy's Thanks-
giving Day Parade. The win-
ner will also serve for one
year as the Christa McAuliffe
Ambassador for education,
touring the state to spread
the word about educational
opportunities and challeng-
es in the Sunshine State. To
date, Macy's and the Macy's
Foundation have contributed
over $2 million to teachers
throughout the state.

USA birthday welcomes new citizens

continued from 4C

naturalized every year, and this
year could be a bit higher be-
cause of the presidential elec-
tion, says Bill Wright, spokes-
man for U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services.
"People want to become citi-
zens and vote," Wright says.
Marwan Sadiq, 31, from
Baghdad, plans to register to
vote for this year's elections.
"It is a dream come true,"
Sadiq says. "I'm going to be a
proud American."
Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot
dogs in 10 minutes to claim
a sixth straight win and
the $10,000 top prize at the

President Barack Obama puts on a red, white and blue hat
while visiting with service members during the Independence Day
celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washing-
ton, July 4, 2012.

Fourth of July hot-dog-eating
contest at New York's Coney
Island. Sonya Thomas, 45,
ate her age in hot dogs to win
the women's competition and
claim the $10,000 prize.
President Obama marked
the holiday at the White
House, where he welcomed 25
U.S. servicemembers as newly
sworn American citizens. His
Republican rival, Mitt Rom-
ney, marched in a parade near
his summer home at Wolfe-
boro, N.H.
Holiday fireworks were can-
celed across most of Colora-
do and other Western states
where wildfires continue to
Contributing: The Associated

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and Best of Me. But it was his
final, set closing persona -
manic street preacher that
cemented one of the festival's
finest sets. Hamilton doffed his
gray jacket, grabbed a tambou-
rine, let loose a Wilson Picket
scream and plunged into the
gospel rave up Prayin' for You.
Singing and shouting like a
man possessed, he waded into
the audience, stomping and
contorting his face into a mask
of feral intensity as the band
urged him on from the lip of
the stage.
A grand entrance: American
Idol winner Fantasia was pro-
ceeded on the stage by a high
school marching band in full
uniform which accompanied
her on a rousing and brassy

It's All Good. As they exited
she downshifted the mood into
old-school soul with an Aretha-
style version of Sam Cooke's
Change Is Gonna Come and
a sumptuous Collard Greens
and Cornbread. She sum-
moned an assistant to take her
shoes off for defiant versions
of Free Yourself and I'm Doin
Me. Fantasia displays none
of Mary J. Blige's elegance -
she's more in the sweaty and
combustive James Brown
mode and is not shy about
walking into the crowd but
that serves her harder-edged
material like Bittersweet well.
Queen's quirks: Aretha
Franklin, who had performed
at Essence in 1995 and 2005,
was typically unpredictable
during her much-anticipat-
ed return appearance. The
90-minute, 13-song set was

intermittently satisfying, lum-
bering, transcendent, goofy,
disorganized and moving. Af-
ter her full orchestra teased
the crowd with instrumental
snippets of her hits, she was
led onto the stage wearing a
bright orange, chiffon, floor-
length gown adorned with a
cape. Franklin opened with
Jackie Wilson's (Your Love
Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and
Higher, an inspired choice
that was marred when her vo-
cals were drowned out by her
backup singers and orchestra.
From there she offered fairly
engaging renditions of early
hits, including You Make Me
Feel Like a Natural Woman,
Think, The House That Jack
Built and a particularly strong
I Never Loved a Man (the Way I
Love You). Her voice is a differ-
ent one now than that all-time

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client roster also includes Jen-
nifer Lopez and Rihanna, and
his job is to make sure that the
star's vocal is as powerful and
flawless as it can be.
That happens in parts. In
the studio, rarely, if ever, does
a star sing a song the whole
way through. Instead Harrell
builds a gleaming whole from
granular bits. A singer working
with Harrell covers a few bars
- a line or two, maybe four
- over and over, with differ-
ent emphases and inflections,
until Harrell hears what he
wants. The process repeats for
each section. Only later, after
the singer is gone, does Harrell
stitch the best pieces together,
Frankenstein-like, into the
song you hear.
On this night Bieber retired
to a smaller studio in the back
of the building to work on
"Sunday Morning," an aching


midtempo ballad, warming
up by singing long stretches
of the song. But once Harrell
sat down at the computer,
they broke "Sunday Morn-
ing" down into small vocal
bites, with Bieber sometimes
echoing what Harrell sang to
him moments before. All the

while Harrell's eyes remained
fixed on the computer screen,
where each new take was rep-
resented in ProTools, the pro-
duction software, by a jagged
line, like heart-rate tracings
on an EKG, inside a brightly
colored rectangle. The data
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great instrument of her youth
- not as foreceful or as eager
to snare the high notes but
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more year with a 3.9 GPA.
The drive to do well was nur-
tured by several sources in-
cluding her family and teach-
ers, and also by Janiah,herself.
"I want to make sure that I
get an education and be able to
get into a really good school,"
said Janiah, who comes from a
family of nine.
She advises other students

to be forward thinking and yet
"Stay focused [on your stud-
ies] because there may be times
where you feel that everything
will be okay but you never really
know what is going to happen,"
she. said. "I, think you should
take any opportunity that you
can get even if it's one that you
may not be all that interested in
- it may turn out to be the best
thing you've ever done life is
full of surprises."

THURSDAY, JULY 26 at 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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A 25-year-old Houston man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of
Trae the Truth, that also left three people dead. The incident unfolded on June 20 out-
side of the Diamond's Gentleman's Club in Houston, Texas. Police accuse Feanyichi
Uvukansi of opening fire on a crowd as they were leaving the adult nightclub. Authori-
ties believe Uvukansi was gunning for Coy "Poppa C" Thompson 23, who was among
hre three ildled in the gunfire. Uvukarsi was charged with multiple counts of capital
Tujrdler anid is being held without bo'Ind.

Crunchy Black, a former rapper with The Three Six Mafia, has been shot, according
to reports. The rapper ha,3 been hospitalized for thi. injuries but details have not been
made public. Crunchy, real name Darnell Carlton, came to prominence in the 90 s and
2000 s with Three Six Mafia. He left the coIlective in 2006.

Former Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, whose murder trial
stemming from a 2008 shooting death ended in a hung jury, was recently charged with
three more Los Angeles County slaying from several years earlier. The new complaint
charges Smith, 43, with a total of four counts of first-degree murder, incorporating the
original case against him and the kidnap-killings of three other men one in 1999 and
two in 2001. Special allegations listed in the complaint say the three earlier victims
were tortured before being killed. An arraignment has been set for July 17 on the new
charges, and Smith remains held without bond, according to a spokeswoman for the
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Smith's lawyer, Michael Evans, said his
client would plead not guilty to all the charges and that the new criminal complaint
came as a "surprise to all of us." Smith,.a 'irst-round 1990 draft pick of the Raiders,
then based in Los Angeles and an 11th pick overall for the National Football League that
year, played all seven seasons of his NFL career for the Raiders, first in Los Angeles
and then in Oakland.

Former Bengals linebacker Nate Webster was recently convicted of sex-related
charges involving the teenage daughter of a former assistant coach for the Cincinnatl
team. A jury found Webster, 34, guilty of 'our co:untsi of unlawful sexual conduct with
a minor. Jurors found him not guilty of three other charges: gross sexual imposition,
sexual battery and a filth count cl unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The jury de-
liberated for about s5. hours before reaching the verdict. Prosecutors say Webster had
sexual contact with the girl in 2009 when she was 15 and threatened to harm her if
she told anyone. Webster admits having sex with the girl the ne.t year, when she was
16, the legal age of consent in Ohio, but denies that the sexual relations began earlier
than that. Weaistr was taken into custody alter the verdict. The former Bengals player
turned down a proposed plea deal prior to the trial that would have required him to
serve four years n prison, a prosecutor's spokesman said. He played for the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers from 2000-03 arid for the Bengals in ?004-05. He finished his career with
the Denver Broncos from 2006 08.

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Solar Institute

train jobless


We're almost all

sold out in August

and haven't even

started advertising


Institute founder and president

By Doreen Hemlock

The U.S. Solar Institute,
a Fort Lauderdale school,
has been chosen by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Af-
fairs to train former military
service members without
jobs in how to install solar-
panel systems.
An initial 15 to 20 veter-
ans a month from across

the country are expected at
the school starting in Au-
gust for classes that can be
completed in several weeks
and on-the-job training that
can last weeks longer, said
Ray Johnson, the institute's
founder and president.
The Institute plans to
expand from its current
6,700-square-foot building
serving about 30 students a
month to meet demand from
the Veterans Administration
program aimed to help job-
less veterans.
"We're almost all sold out
in August and haven't even
started advertising yet,"
Johnson said.
The approval comes as
theU.S. militaryplans to
expand its use of renew-
able energy to 25 percent of
its energy needs by 2025,
part of a policy to slash U.S..


U.S. Solar Institute students (fromleft) Daniel Pinto, John Moody, Jr., Justin Waldorf, Leo-
pold Higgins and Ryan Way install solar panels as part of their field training. The institute
plans to expand to help jobless veterans.

dependence on imported fuel
and boost national security.
Veterans could help install
solar panels at military
bases as part of that plan,
Johnson said.
The move highlights the
need for qualified solar-panel
installers as solar industry
expands. In the first quarter,
more than 506 megawatts of
solar energy came on-line,

up 85 percent from a year
earlier and the second high-
est amount ever installed in
a single quarter, according
to the latest quarterly report
from GTM Research and
the Solar Energy Industries
Association, a Washington-
based trade group.
Installations are growing,
partly because the price for
solar panels has plunged.

Florida lags the nation in
solar energy, party because
the Sunshine State lacks a
renewable energy standard
or goal, analysts say. New
Jersey installed the most
solar energy of any state in
the first quarter: 174 MW.
Florida ranked No. 14 for the
quarter, adding less than
3MW, the report showed.
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By Julie Patel

Why are prices for force-placed
-plicies ofteniiiuch highef than
regular home insurance rates -
even though the insurers don't
have to pay costs associated
with attracting and keeping poli-
That was one of the questions
consumer advocates and regula-
tors asked on Tuesday at an Of-
fice of Insurance Regulation rate
hearing for Praetorian Insur-
ance Co.
An insurance company of-
ficial said force-placed policies
those imposed by lenders
on homeowners \who don't have
coverage can cost more be-
cause the policies must accept
all risks, including vacant prop-
erties that are more likely to be
burglarized. In addition, insur-
ers can't determine if the prop-
erties would qualify for lower
prices because of stronger con-
struction or hurricane-proofing
In its proposal, Praetorian said
it expects higher claims costs
and greater regulatory and mar-

ket uncertainty. So it asked for a
2.2 percent decrease instead of
the 15 percent drop indicated by .
its proposal. .
But the claims costs were
questioned. Bob Lee, an actuary
for the-insurance regulation of-
fice, asked why the most recent
non-catastrophe claims data
from the company is from June
2011. Florida Insurance Con-
sumer Advocate Robin Westcott
noted the roughly $550 in aver-
age projected non-catastrophe
losses per policy used in the rate
request is much higher than
the $100 to $200 reported since
Birny Birnbaum, executive
director of the Center for Eco-
nomic Justice, said the expens-
es should be lower since force-
placed policies cover less. He
said Preatorian's overhead ex-
penses -- 29 percent should
be lower than the 23 percent
and 18 percent charged on av-
erage, respectively, by Florida
home and fire insurers.
The Consumer Federation of
America said Praetorian should
decrease rates by 44 percent.

Hospitals continue to 'cash

in' due to rising health costs

By Marc Siegel

Arthur Rosenberg, a 53-year-
old attorney, recently came to
see me for a routine physical.
I sent a blood sample to Quest
Diagnostics for routine lab tests.
When Rosenberg received his
portion of the bill. $196.93, he
also discovered that his health
insurance company. Blue
Cross/Blue Shield, had paid a
whopping $1.060.
My patients are increasingly
shocked when they find out
about the exorbitant charges
for many non-emergency pro-
cedures. And the charges vary
from lab to lab and from hospi-
tal to hospital.
For example, the cost for an
exercise echo stress test in
Manhattan varies from $2 500
to $5,000. The Weill Cornell
Medical Center charges $2.500
for that test. but if a patient is
willing to pay cash, the charge
is only $1.000. This discounted
cash approach is becoming
more commonplace, but with a
hitch. The cash option is only
intended to make care more

affordable for the uninsured
and not to provide an option to
those who are insured. In fact,
hospitals are forced to charge
private insurers more because of
their care of the uninsured and
Medicaid patients, who pay a
drastically reduced rate.
This is hardly good for cost
containment In fact. a new
Health Care Cost Institute
study found that these bloated
charges are. in part. the reason
health care costs have risen
at double the rate of inflation
during the recession, even as
patients used less medical care
than before. It is clear that way
too much of our precious health
care dollars are being spent to
pay for overpriced tests.
The impact is being felt by
employers and their workers.
As man\ companies have seen
insurance coverage for their
employees skyrocket, policies
are Increasingly requiring that
workers pay higher deductibles,
while excluding some tests and
procedures altogether.
Please turn to HEALTH 8D

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Weston resident Johnny Daswani's Kona ice truck in Weston makes a stop Tues-
day at the Paradise Cove in C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. Daswani and his
wife plan for eight trucks.

Ice cream trucks evolving into

interactive mobile businesses

By Justine Griffin

The traditional, music playing ice
cream trucks from the past are being
revamped into bigger, cleaner and more
interactive mobile businesses in South
Florida following the food truck craze.
Ice cream vendors who once only of-
fered pre-packaged frozen deserts from
a cooler, are expanding their offerings
to include shakes, hand-crafted ice
cream sandwiches and even a flavor
station where customers can choose
and pour their own syrup.
Tony Lamb, founder of Kona Ice, a
shaved ice cream truck chain based in
Kentucky, created his business from
the mind-set of a concerned parent.
"I remember taking my own daugh-
ter to get ice cream from a rickety old

truck, where the ice cream was freezer
burnt and the owner wasn't wearing a
shirt and smoking, shouting at people
passing by to get their attention," Lamb
said. "I just started thinking of all the
ways I could improve this."
Johnny and Sabrina Daswani from
Weston, were the first franchisee to op-
erate a Kona Ice truck in South Florida.
The island-themed truck sells shaved
ice and offers a "Flavorwave" on the ex-
terior where customers can choose their
own combinations of flavoring.
"We've had a really warm welcome,"
said Sabrina Daswani, whose truck
first hit the streets of Broward County
two months ago. "It feels like a success
when we have adults and kids waiting
for the truck just as we arrive."
Please turn to MOBILE 8D

By James Clingman
NNPA columnist

Have you noticed all the current ef-
forts to promote business opportuni-
ties in Africa? I sure have. Have you
wondered how now, all of a sudden, so
much emphasis is being placed on Af-
rica by politicians? Have you seen and
heard about conferences and initiatives
taking place across this nation that
stress the importance of business con-
nections with the Motherland? Why is
this happening now? Why is Africa so
vital to our economic interests now?

In 1997, I wrote
a book titled, Eco- .
nomic Empower- |
ment or Economic
Enslavement We
have a Choice, in i '.
which I cited an
article in Black
Enterprise maga-
zine (April 1996)
that featured Black
business oppor- CLINGMAN
tunities and rela-
tionships in Africa. During that same
period, nearly one million Africans had


A failure to

fill the gap

Uninformed recruiters can
miss viable job candidates

By Paul Davidson

Is it a skills gap or a communi-
cations gap that's contributing to
sluggish job growth?
Despite the 8.2 percent unemploy-
ment rate, many businesses have
struggled to find qualified candidates
for an abundance of high-skill jobs
in technology, engineering, health
care and other fields. That, along
with a hesitancy by firms to add jobs
amid global economic uncertainty,
keeps unemployment high.
Yet a Beyond.com survey backs the
view that poor communication often
prevents hunian resource officials
from identifying viable candidates.
Job descriptions are often too
vague or too specific, and HR staff-
ers may rule out qualified applicants
,because they don't understand what
hiring managers want, says Rich
Milgram, CEO of Beyond.com, a job
search Web site. "There's a gap in
posting and relaying the informa-
tion," he says, citing his conversa-
tions with employers.
For example, he says, recruiters
miss nuances, seeking for example
an accountant who's proficient at
bookkeeping instead of deeper analy-
sis. Others mistakenly assume a
candidate must have all the numer-
ous skills listed by a hiring manager.
The recruiter often "has a piece
of paper with skills on it and that's
what they try to get out of you," in-
stead of a more rounded picture,
Please turn to RECRUITERS SD



$253 million

FPL rate cut

By Susan Salisbury

Florida Power & Light Co., which
is seeking a $690 million utility
rate increase, should instead cut its
rates by $253 million, Florida Public
Counsel J.R. Kelly said last Tuesday.
"They're required to provide safe
and reliable electric service to their
customers. We believe they can
do that very well and still reduce
their rates by $250 million and still
recoup all their prudent and reason-
able expenses to operate and earn a
fair and reasonable return on their
investment," Kelly said.
Juno Beach-based FPL is asking
the Florida Public Service Commis-
sion to grant it a $690.4 million base
rate increase in 2013. The case is to
be heard beginning Aug. 20.
FPL says it needs the rate hike to
cover the increased operating costs
and its Cape Canaveral natural gas
power plant now under construction.
FPL officials say the proposed base
rate increase, of $7.09 for a customer
who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours a
month would result in a bill increase
Please turn to FPL 8D

been slaughtered in Rwanda and the
U.S. under the leadership of Bill Clin-
ton, refused to intercede because "we
have no interests there." I am sure they
were talking about economic interests
rather than human interests. Today
this continent where natural resources
flourish has seen a significant increase
in trade and commerce -- it is now
deemed as an "opportunity" by our gov-
ernment officials.
In Cincinnati recently, a U.S.-Af-
rica business conference was held to
"showcase U.S. business expertise to
Please turn to OPPORTUNITIES 8D


Regulators grill insurer over

cost of force-placed policies

.Africa has great opportunities

Africa has great opportunities

i. 11-

I '


Recession has many looking thrift store chic
Shos can offer helping readers shop on a to the mall in favor of thrift where she got her cute bag,
opS can budget. "Now, I proudly tell my stores, says Britt Beemer, she says. But Garner says she
Unique items, let friends that my dress cost 50 s founder and chairman of has never been embarrassed
unqu im l cents." ,,. : America's Research Group, about her passion for thrift

consumers save
By Jessica Tully

For Patrice J. Williams,
shopping at thrift stores
started out as a way she could
dress like other women in her
office without breaking the
Now, she thinks of thrift
shopping as a "treasure hunt"
- one that benefits her closet
and her wallet, says Williams,
a 29-year-old freelance writer
living in New York City.
"I didn't tell people I thrifted
at first," says Williams, who
created a blog dedicated to

With millions of01 people look-
ing for ways to save money
in tough economic times, a
growing number of consumers
have turned to resale shops
to find their clothes, furniture
and household goods, said
Adele Meyer, executive direc-
tor of The Association of Resale
Resale shops are thriving,
popping up across the coun-
try. Within the last year, the
number of resale shops has
increased by seven percent,
Meyer said. Much of the recent
growth can be attributed to
young shoppers, many of
whom are passing on trips

Patrice J. Williams at a Salvation Army thrift store June
30 in New York. Williams is among the rising number of
shoppers headig to the thrift store

which has studied the trend.
About 20 percent of people
shop in thrift stores regularly,
compared with about 14 per-
cent in 2008, Beemer said.
Crystal Garner, 18, said
there aren't many resale shops
where she lives, in Meridian,
Miss., so she often travels a
few hours to the Gulf Coast to
find great deals.
Garner says she loves thrift
shopping because "you can
find unique pieces that you
would normally pay an arm
and a leg for in an upscale
It is sometimes "awkward"
when a friend will ask her

Meyer said some donate mer-
chandise to a non-profit resale
shop, such as Goodwill, The
Salvation Army or school or
church thrift shops, and take
advantage of tax deductions
while helping a charity raise
money. Others may choose to
sell or consign merchandise at
a consignment shop, turning
no-longer-needed items into
Since its start in 1902,
Goodwill Industries has
expanded into 2,700 stores
in 15 countries, said Jim
Gibbons, CEO and president of
Please turn to RECESSION 10D

Mortgage rates slide to record lows

Fixed U.S. mortgage rates
fell again to new record lows,
providing prospective buy-
ers with even more incentive
to brave a modestly recover-
ing housing market.
Mortgage buyer Freddie
Mac said Thursday that the
average on the 30-year loan
dropped to 3.62 percent.
That's down from 3.66 per-
cent last week and the low-
est since long-term mortgag-
es began in the 1950s.
The average rate on the
15-year mortgage, a popular
refinancing option, slipped
to 2.89 percent, below last
week's previous record of

2.94 percent.
The rate on the 30-year
loan has fallen to or matched
record low levels in 10 of the
past 11 weeks. And it's been
below four percent since De-
Cheap mortgages have
provided a lift to the long-
suffering housing market.
Sales of new and previously
occupied homes are up from
the same time last year.
Home prices are rising in
most markets. And home-
builders are starting more
projects and spending at a
faster pace.
The number of people who
signed contracts to buy pre-

viously occupied homes rose
in May, matching the fast-
est pace in two years, the
National Association of Re-
altors reported last week.
That suggests Americans
are growing more confident
in the market.
Still, the pace of home
sales remains well below
healthy levels. Many people
are still having difficulty
qualifying for home loans or
can't afford larger down pay-
ments required by banks.
Mortgage rates have been
dropping because they tend
to track the yield on the
10-year Treasury note. A
weaker U.S. economy and

uncertainty about how Eu-
rope will resolve its debt cri-
sis have led investors to buy
more Treasury securities,
which are considered safe
investments. As demand
for Treasurys increase, the
yield falls.
The average rate on one-
year adjustable rate mort-
gages fell to 2.68 percent,
down from 2.74 percent last
week. The fee for one-year
adjustable rate loans rose to
0.5 point, up from 0.4 point.
The average rate on five-
year adjustable rate mort-
gages was unchanged at
2.79 percent. The fee stayed
at 0.6 point.

Bloated charges double rising health costs

continued from 7D

Some argue that this is a
good thing that forces a pa-
tient to consider the neces-
sity of a test, but it doesn't
change the essential cost
disparity between what a
hospital charges or an in-
surer or individual pays for
a test.

Medical Center charges more
than $4,000 for a CT scan of
the abdomen, according to a
state website. The negotiated
rate that Blue Cross pays is
a little over $2,000. The cash
price is only $250 but
again to help the uninsured
and not to provide an option
to those who are insured,
according to the California
Hospital Association. In fact,
many health insurance poli-

OUT-OF-POCKET LIMIT cies limit the amount you
In California, Los Alamitos can pay out of pocket in a

given year.
What is the solution?
Prices for medical services
should be more consistent
and less inflated. Increasing
Medicare and Medicaid re-
imbursements will help level
the playing field even as the
anticipated Medicaid expan-
sion and the new state ex-
changes in 2014 provide for
more insured customers.
Hospitals also should not
be allowed to inflate health
care prices to compensate for

those bills they have to write
off. In fact, full disclosure of
prices to the public will lead
to more market-based com-
Patients and insurers
across the country, whether
public or private, whether
cash customers or third-
party payers, should pay the
same price for a procedure.
Otherwise, health care
costs will continue to rise
along with the absurdly in-
consistent prices.

Trucks bring icy, cool on hot summer days

continued from 7D

The couple has plans to
unroll a total of eight trucks
throughout Broward County
in the future, Lamb said.
City governments in Palm
Beach and Broward counties
began outlawing ice cream
trucks and other street ven-
dors from their neighbor-

hoods years ago, including
Coral Springs which passed
an ordinance in the early
'80s. Pembroke Pines consid-
ered a similar ban.
Although the trucks are
welcome in Boca Raton, they
must adhere to the city's
noise ordinance, said com-
missioner Constance Scott.
"I can't get in anywhere
without being invited by the

city to an event," said Joseph
Banise, owner of the Fort
Lauderdale-based Big Ka-
huna ice cream truck. "The
summer is a big season for
us, and we can't park on the
beach or go into the neigh-
borhoods. It's a nightmare."
Jose Nieves, owner of the
Joe Snow ice cream truck,
fought the city of Coral
Springs to allow him to do

business there for months.
His truck has a 46-inch flat
screen TV and Xbox system
set up for kids who want to
play games after ordering ice
"I'm planning on driving a
second truck around soon
that will be specifically for
street vending," he said. "But
right now I can only attend
city functions and events."

Blacks: Reconnect with African resources

continued from 7D

African clients and to high-
light trade and investment
opportunities in Africa to
U.S. exporters and inves-
tors." Johnnie Carson, the
assistant secretary of state
for African affairs, was
there to talk about those
"For American compa-
nies, Africa provides a
fast-growing consumer
market, and forecasts an-
ticipate Africa will be home

to seven of the 10 fastest-
growing economies over
the next five year," he said.
Others have called Africa
the "land of opportunity" or
the "last economic frontier."
Ironically, or sadly, Africa,
having been there all the
time and having contained
all the riches and oppor-
tunities imaginable, was
not very important to our
national interests when
hundreds of thousands
were being murdered. Now,
however, it's deemed the
last economic bastion of

the world. One correction:
It was the "first" economic
bastion of the world.
Notwithstanding King
Leopold's veiled attempt
through his International
African Society to "civi-
lize" the continent, and
the Berlin conference in
February 1885, in which
European countries cast
lots for various countries
in Africa, with the excep-
tion of Ethiopia who fought
against them and won, it
is now being held in high
esteem by the U.S. powers-

Although China, Leba-
non, and other countries
have been investing in Afri-
ca for quite some time, be-
lieve me, the U.S. will now
be in the fast lane trying to
catch up and even surpass
them in their efforts to
cast more lots for Africa's
resources. But what about
Black Americans? While
others are trying to make
an African connection, we
have had one for centu-
ries. What will we finally
do with it?

FPL disagrees with recommended rate cut

continued from 7D

of $1.41 a month when pro-
jected lower fuel costs are
taken into account.
Kelly said that a rate reduc-
tion of $253 million would re-
sult in a base rate decrease
of roughly $2.50 a month for
the 1,000 kilowatt hour cus-
tomer. Lower fuel costs would
reduce the bill even more.
Kelly, who represents rate-
payers in the case, said the
bulk of the rate adjustment
would come from a reduction
in the company's rate of re-
turn on equity or profit to 9
percent as well as to adjust-
ments in its capital structure

or debt/equity ratio. Its cur-
rent midpoint is 10 percent,
and FPL is asking for an 11.5
percent profit.
"Public counsel has ap-
peared publicly across the
state and acknowledged the
quality of FPL's employees
and the service they provide
customers yet he is recom-
mending to weaken the com-
pany financially by signifi-
cantly increasing the level
of debt burden and reducing
ROE to quite possibly the low-
est of any electric utility in
the nation," FPL spokesman
Mark Brubriski said. "This
approach lacks credibility
and is bad for customers and
for the state of Florida."

Intervenors in the case,
including the public coun-
sel, submitted filings to state
regulators Monday. The fil-
ings included the rate rec-
ommendation and testimony
from seven witnesses for the
public counsel.
"Our same witness recom-
mended 9.25 percent in the
Gulf Power case a year ago.
He will show the markets
have come down significantly
since then. Gulf got a 10.25
percent midpoint in Janu-
ary," Kelly said.
Kelly said his office thinks
FPL's projection that it will
need to hire 900 more em-
ployees because of customer
growth is overstated.

Steve Chriss, a Wal-mart
Stores Inc. senior manager/
energy regulatory analysis
testifying on behalf of the
Florida Retail Federation,
said a rate hike increases re-
tailers' costs and puts pres-
sure on consumer prices.
Under the current economic
conditions, a rate increase is
a serious concern for retail-
ers and their customers.
"The commission should
consider these impacts thor-
oughly and carefully in en-
suring that any increase in
FPL's rates is only the mini-
mum amount necessary to
provide adequate and reliable
service at the lowest possible
cost," Chriss said.

Communication closes gap

continued from 7D

says Laura Crafton,
23, of Indianapolis,
who's seeking a public
relations job.
Another problem:
employers who do
overly specific keyword
searches that screen
out good candidates.
Companies who are
seeking truck driv-
ers on Beyond.comrn
and recently typed in
"commercial drivers
license" would have
seen 1,200 resumes
but missed out on the
12,800 that use the
shorthand "CDL."

According to the job
network's recent on-
line survey, more than
a quarter of 1,700 job
seekers said their big-
gest frustrations were
that job descriptions
had limited detail and
that they knew more
about job require-
ments than recruiters.
Milgram blames
heavy layoffs in HR de-
partments and staff-
ing agencies in the
recession. As a result,
he says, many new
recruiters are over-
worked and less famil-
iar with the employer.
Kathy Kane, senior
vice president for top

staffing firm Adecco,
agrees. "Fewer HR
people have the time
to ask questions of hir-
ing managers to get all
the intricate details,"
she says. But she says
the bigger issues are a
genuine skills gap and
employers that have
become overly selec-
Abigail Murray, HR
chief for obstetrics at
University of Chicago
Medicine, says she's
involved in business
strategy, payroll and
benefits, leaving her
little time to aggres-
sively recruit. "My
plate is full," she says.

Demand spurs job options

continued from 7D

Training veterans
was not in the plans
when Johnson, an en-
gineer and long-time
construction contrac-
tor, sought to learn so-
lar-panel installation
in 2008 and expand
his business into so-
lar-panel installation.
He took courses at
several schools, but
found none offered
enough practical
skills in how to man-
age an installation
- from meeting with

a client to obtaining
government permits
- to serve the needs
of contractors.
Soon, Johnson de-
cided to start his own
training program,
which he calls the
only all-solar school
licensed by the Florida
Department of Edu-
cation and affiliated
with the prestigious
standards group Un-
derwriters Laborato-
Johnson said his
Institute has trained
more than 500 peo-
ple since opening in

2010, many from the
nearby Caribbean.
That's partly because
electricity costs tend
to be much higher in
the Caribbean than
the U.S., spurring'de-
mand for renewable
options, Johnson said.
Few students come
from Florida.
The Institute's build-
ing uses solar panels
to power its operations
and produces enough
solar energy to also
power two average-
size homes and "never
have to pay an electric
bill," Johnson said.

Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Resolution R-189-12, adopted on February 21, 2012, by the
Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida, notice is hereby given of a
special election on August 14, 2012, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors in
Miami Dade County, for their approval or disapproval, the following proposal:
Repeal of County's Pit Bull Dog Ban
Shall the ordinance repealing the County's 23 year old law prohibiting the ownership of pit bulls
as a dangerous breed of dogs become effective?
YES 500
NO 501
All qualified electors residing within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County shall be eligible to vote
YES or NO for this proposal.
The polls shall be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the day of the special election. This special
election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of general law relating to
special elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter.
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida

F lga *s I n IIt t/g dI I am id gII


Hampton Village Apartments, LLC "Hampton Village" is seeking licensed Sec-
tion 3 Certified demolition contractors to provide bids for the demolition of twelve
(12) concrete block buildings located at the SE corner of NW 43rd Terrace and
NW 29th Avenue in Miami-Dade County, Florida 33142. Hampton Village is
subject to various federal requirements including the Davis Bacon Act and the
regulations set forth in Section 3 (HUD Act of 1968).

Section 3 requires that job training and employment opportunities be directed
to low- and very-low income persons and contracting opportunities be directed
to businesses that are owned by, or that substantially employ, low- or very-low
income persons.

Section 3 Certified businesses ("Section 3 business concern" as defined in 24
CFR Part 135.5) will be given preference. Among other factors to be consid-
ered include relevant experience, background, trade references and bonding

Quotations and qualifications must be submitted along with proof of compliance
with Section 3 requirements.

To obtain bid information, please email your contact information to Wesley Geys
by July 19, 2012 at 5P to hv@landmarkco.net. Mr. Geys can also be reached by
telephone at (305) 538-9552 x 105.


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HOPING TO SCORE: A robot at the March 2012 CeBit com-
puter trade show in Hanover, Germany, sketches a drawing.

HOPING TO SCORE: A mechanical replica of science-fiction writer Philip
K. Dick, who often wrote about robots.

HOPING TO SCORE: Robots in the Mechatronic Foot-
ball Game in South Bend, Ind.

.. .j-

PASTRY GUY: Titan, a 9-foot rental robot, appears in a
promotional capacity at an event for Appirio.


Pace quickens for

march of mechanicals

into the chores of our

everyday lives
By Jon Swartz

_NQtre Dame qprne back from an early
deficit and took the lead over Ohio North-
ern University on a pass. Its defense stiff-
ened in the second half, and it stymied
ONU, 26-7.
But these weren't student athletes on the
gridiron in a spring scrimmage in late April.
Eight robots about the size of big printers
slugged it out for each side in the world's
first intercollegiate football game with ro-
bots on Notre Dame's campus in South
Bend, Ind.
Organizers are comparing the historical
significance of the so-called Mechatronic
Football Game with the first collegiate foot-
ball game between Rutgers and Princeton
in 1869. "A lot of robots were injured," says
Bill Hederman, who helped organize the
competition. "This was a serious bang-up

S. iP -

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I GOT IT!:Robots vie for the ball during a
soccer match at the RoBoCup 2012 in Mexico
City on June 22.
The student-designed robots performed
well on the basketball court-size field, and
organizers hope to create an intercollegiate
mechatronic football league that acceler-
ates innovation in robotics in the same way

that the DARPA Grand Challenge acceler-
ated self-driving vehicles for the military, or
the X-Prize has for private space activity,
Hederman says. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame's
real football coach, attended robot prac-
Robots, it seems, are everywhere -
ranging from microbots, which are tiny
black dots to the naked eye, to bots that re-
semble bees and bats, to gigantic models.
Titapna 9-foot rental robot, is being cart-
ed out at marketing events, even a Rihanna
concert, to mingle with the masses. New
York University graduate student Marko
Manriquez recently built a robot that makes
burritos. And scientists at University of To-
kyo's Ishikawa Oku Labs designed a robot
that specializes in, and wins, rock-paper-
scissors games.
Experts predict that within 10 years,
general-purpose robots at $25,000 to
$30,000 per unit will perform house
chores while consumers are at work; or
serve as butlers at cocktail parties. "We
are putting robots into people's lives,"
says Sarjoun Skaff, co-founder and chief
technology officer of Bossa Nova Robot-
ics, which is developing a robot maid mod-
eled after The Jetsons' Rosie for less than

DO I KNOW YOU?: "Facial expression technology is
very life-like," says David Hanson of Hanson Robotics.


S. ... - - .- ..

SEAGOING: A Wave Glider off the coast of California is
to collect oceanographic data.

Apple is building a smaller iPad

May arrive by
holidays, along
with new the
Kindle Fire
By Scott Martin

Apple is building a minia-
ture iPad to rival Amazon's
Kindle Fire and Google's
new Nexus 7 tablet, as
a battle royal over tablet
computers shapes up
among technology's big-
gest names.

Apple, the world's most
valuable company, is mov-
ing toward mass produc-
tion of smaller iPads, ac-
cording to industry tracker
DisplaySearch. The move
comes as Amazon quietly
preps its next Kindle Fire.
Both are expected to be
released ahead of the
Apple spokeswoman
Trudy Muller declined to
The race to build book-
size tablets is driven by
consumer desire for great-


er portability. But the world
is going bonkers for tablets
of all shapes and sizes.
IDC forecasts that by 2016
there will be 222 million
tablets shipped worldwide,
and 61 percent of those
will be sold by Apple.
Google just last week
launched its 7-inch Nexus
7, available for pre-order,
and expanded the number
of movie, TV, music and
e-books available from its
online Google Play store.
Meanwhile, Microsoft last
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Canon not

much of a


By Liam McCabe

It's a crowded pool for wa-
terproof cameras. The cam-
era industry is counting on
adventure-ready snapshoot-
ers to keep sales of compact
cameras afloat (iPhones
don't swim, after all) and
they've flooded the market
with more than a dozen new
models in the past year.
With so much competition,
today's best tough-cams
need to do more than just
survive the elements they
need to take great photos,
The PowerShot D20,
with a list price of $349, is
Canon's latest rugged snap-
shooter, replacing the D10
from 2009 (an eternity ago
for a compact camera). It's
waterproof down to 33 feet

and shock-proof from 5 feet,
and can withstand freezing
temperatures and dusty or
sandy locales.
Photos are vibrant and
lively-even underwater-
with enough crisp detail for
sharing online and making
modest-sized prints. It's a
straightforward, user-friendly
camera with responsive
controls and reliable perfor-
mance. The in-camera GPS
for geo-tagging is surpris-
ingly accurate and quick to
lock on, too.
Unfortunately, the D20
is hindered by a mediocre
lens. It's too slow for indoor
or low-light shooting, so this
camera is really only suit-
able for outdoor scenes,

not as an all-around fam-
ily camera. The smooth,
rounded design can be hard
to handle, especially when
it is wet, and the bulky body
is even less portable than
most tank-like tough-cams.
With so many solid tough-
cams to choose from, the
Canon D20 gets lost in the
shuffle. It's a great beach
camera, so if you're looking
for a fuss-free, hands-off
snapshooter for playing in
the surf and the sand, it's
one to consider. But there
are hardier cameras for truly
rugged adventures, includ-
ing the Panasonic TS4, and
more versatile cameras for
everyday shooting, like the
Olympus Tough TG-1.

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Debt buries American dream under rising costs

Student wealth disparity makes for

difficult choices. Unless we find a better

way to finance college, the country will

pay a heavy price

By Joseph E. Stiglitz

America has long
prided itself on being
a land of opportunity.
The American dream,
stories of those rising
from rags to riches, is
etched into our sense
of identity. But in-
creasingly, this seems
just a myth.
Message from the
future: Graduating
students at Edinboro
University of Pennsyl-
vania in May. Ameri-
ca's youth unemploy-
ment rate is twice the

national average.
New data released
by the Federal Reserve
and the Department of
Education last month
explain why, in the
midst of this recession,
student debts are be-
coming an increasing
source of concern. The
Fed report shows that
growing student debt
is weighing down more
and more Americans,
even as credit card
debt is falling. Ameri-
cans have partially
- learned their lesson
from abusive credit

card practices and
pulled back.
While student debt is
rising, parents' ability
to pay without resort-
ing to debt is declining.
Fed data show that the
income of the typi-
cal American family,
adjusted for inflation,
declined from 2007
to 2010. Their wealth
was down almost 40
percent back to lev-
els not seen since the
early 1990s. Separate
data show that house-
hold income is back to
levels of a decade and

MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE: Graduating students at Edinboro
University of Pennsylvania in May. America's youth unemployment rate
is twice the national average.

a half ago. released data show-
Meanwhile, the Ed- ing that during the
ucation Department period 2008-10, tu-

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Goodwill. The total
donated goods rev-
enue for the Goodwill
network is more than
$3 billion, he said.
Since 2007, Good-
will has experienced
a compound an-
nual growth rate of
approximately 10
percent, with 2012
continuing on that
trajectory, said Lau-
ren Lawson, media
relations manager at
Gibbons says the
image of secondhand
shops has changed
in recent years, no
longer thought of as
dimly lit stores sell-
ing outdated clothes.
Now, consumers
shop at Goodwill for

its clean, organized
racks filled with great
deals, Gibbons says.
Shoppers are also
flocking to The Sal-
vation Army's more
than 600 stores. In
the last five years,
there has been about
a four percent in-
crease in sales. There
is expected to be a 1.5
percent rise in sales
this year compared
with 2011, said Maj.
Mark Nelson, secre-
tary for business at
the company.
"I think that we do
have more shoppers
on the lower end of
the spectrum," Nel-
son said. "People who
went to larger dis-
count stores are now
shopping wth us."
Beemer said that
because of the reces-

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month unveiled its
Surface tablets sport-
ing a supersize 10.6-
inch screen vs. the
iPad's 9.7-inch one.
"There's going to be a
ton of choices for con-
sumers by the fourth
quarter," says IDC an-
alyst Tom Mainelli.
Yet each company
- Apple, Amazon,
Google and Microsoft
- courts tablet buyers
for different reasons,
besides selling the de-
vices themselves, ana-
lysts say. Microsoft
wants its profitable
Windows operating
system, built into the
Surface tablets, to live
on among the mobile

Google, which de-
pends on ad revenue,
wants the Nexus 7 to
be a magnet for more
Amazon subsidizes
its tablet and uses it
mainly as a way to
sell books and other
products from its on-
line stores. And Ap-
ple uses its popular
iTunes Store as a lure
to sell its iPad at a
Apple's smaller iPad,
sporting a 7.85-inch
screen, is expected to
be assembled in time
for an October stage
debut. "We're starting
to see more concrete
evidence that it's go-
ing to be produced" in
that time frame, says
DisplaySearch ana-
lyst Richard Shim.

Request for Qualifications
For Architect/ Engineer of Record for
the Following Project:
New Beginning Apartments

New Urban Development intends to commission
one consultant team as Architect / Engineer of Re-
cord. The general scope includes the A/E services
for a project including 97 units of affordable housing
targeted as workforce and family housing. Interest-
ed teams must demonstrate past experience with
projects of comparable size, scope and complexity.

RFQ packages can be requested via electronic e-'
mail at: csims@newurbandevelopment.org.

Request for Qualifications
For Architect/ Engineer of Record for
the Following Project:
Superior Manor Apartments

New Urban Development intends to commission
one consultant team as Architect / Engineer of
Record. The general scope includes the A/E ser-
vices for a project including 204 units of affordable
housing approximately 139 units targeted towards
elderly and 65 units of family / workforce housing.
Interested teams must demonstrate past experi-
ence with projects of comparable size, scope and

RFQ packages can be requested via electronic e-
mail at: csims@newurbandevelopment.org.

sion, everyone knows
at least one person
who is unemployed.
Many people are do-
nating old clothes,
or even clothes they
have never worn, be-
cause they know it is
for a good cause. He
added that donors
get a tax deduction,
another incentive for

people to donate.
Irma Zandl, presi-
dent of Zandl Group,,
an agency that
tracks consumer and
lifestyle trends, said
much of the growth is
due to unique items
"People today take
pride in being indi-
vidual and unique,


in setting trends
vs. following them,
and with so much
sameness at malls
throughout the
country, one way to
achieve this kind of
originality is by buy-
ing retro and vintage
items that are no lon-
ger in production,"
Zandl said.

ition at four-year pub-
lic universities was
up 15 percent, and in
some states, such as
Georgia, California
and Arizona, up more
than 40 percent. This
is not a surprise: With
states responding to
slow growth in tax rev-
enues by cutting back
on support for higher
education, universities
had no choice.
With tuition up and
families less able to
help their children,

borrowing is the only
option for many stu-
dents. And they're
stuck with the debt.
Unlike other debt, stu-
dent loans cannot be
discharged through
With jobs so scarce
the youth unem-
ployment rate is twice
the national average -
many students know
that they could face
real difficulties in re-
payment. Worse still,
students who enter the
job market in a year of
. high unemployment,
as today, face the life-
long prospects of in-
come markedly lower
than that of students
entering at a better
The jobs that do exist
go to those with job ex-
perience often from
an unpaid internship.
While the children of
the rich can afford
this, the children of
the rest can't manage
living without a source
of income. Even more
frustrating, many with
talent know that to
get a really good job
one has to have an
advanced degree, and
while the children of
the wealthy can afford
that, others feel that
they simply can't take

on the requisite addi-
tional debt.
Many of the poor,
and increasingly, of
the middle class, will
choose not to take on
these ever-soaring
debts. They have seen
the consequences of
debt for their parents.
They view the risk as
just too high. But they
then face another risk:
Without a college edu-
cation, their job pros-
pects are bleak, espe-
cially for males. While
median income of a
full-time male worker,
adjusted for inflation,
is below that of 1968
- the gap between the
incomes of young men
with a college educa-
tion and those with
just a high school edu-
cation has expanded
some 17 percentage
points since 1995.
Education is the only
road upward.

Even before this de-
pressing batch of news
arrived, America had
the highest level of in-
come inequality of any
of the advanced coun-
tries. What is driving
this is not just mar-
ket forces, which also
are at play in other
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Advertisers urged

S, more Black media

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Note to marketers: Television advertising is
nothat's the message that a newly formed con-
Thats the messae a stAfrican-Amer
sortium of the country largest AfricaAmer-
ican media outlets wants to send to market-
ers, who have largely shunned black media in
favor of placing ads on general outlets.
On Monday, BET Networks, Black Enter-
prise, Johnson Publishing (the publisher of
Ebony and Jet magazines), the National As
association of Black Owned Broadcasters and
others will join with media-buying agencies to
introduce a campaign intended to educate ad-
vertisers about the importance of black media
and its increasingly deep-pocketed audience.
Called #InTheBlack (using the Twitter hash
tag), the campaign will begin with print ad-
vertisements in major newspapers (including
The New York Times) and trade magazines
like Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek. It will
expand to a long-term joint effort that includes
social media and direct outreach to marketers
The initiative comes at a time when advertis-
ers have poured money into Spanishan ag
TV and radio in an effort to reach the grow-
ing Hispanic population. Black audiences,
meanwhile, have largely been overlooked,
despite projected buying power of $1.2 trillion
by 2015, a 35 percent increase from 2008,

according to the Selig Center for Economic
Growth at the University of Georgia.so
In part that is because marketers reason
that ads running during sports programs or a
prime-time drama on a mainstream channel
will reach some black consumers, too, said
Debra L. Lee, chief executive at BET Net-
works. "Any well-developed media plan should
include both," Ms. Lee said. "Black media has
a special connection to black audiences."
BET, a unit of Viacom, has had a particu-
larly strong ratings run in recent years, often
beating cable channels like CNN and Bravo.
"The Game," an original series that started
on the CW network and moved to BET, broke
cable sitcom records with 7.7 million viewers
for the premiere of its fourth season in Janu-
ary 2011.
At the same time, that audience is getting
richer. Black household earnings grew 63.9
s percent, to $75,000, from 2000 to 2009, ac-
cording to a Nielsen study.ideeffort
#InTheBlack is the first industrywide effort
E of its kind and is long overdue, said Donald
A. Coleman, chief executive of GlobalHue, a
multicultural advertising agency. "It's getting
to the point of ridiculousness in terms of the
n budget allocated to the African-American au-
dience," Mr. Coleman said.

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900 NW 54th Street Phone: 305-694-6211

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

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
1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you
in. One bedroom one
bath.$500 monthly. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1241 NW 53 Street
Two bdrm, one bath $950
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

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

135 NW 18 Street
First month moves you
in. One bedroom, one
bath. $400 monthly. Two
bedrooms, one bath, $500
monthly. Free 19 inch LDC
TV. Call Joel

13880 NE 6 Avenue
One bedroom, $700 mthly.
First, last and security.
140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$475 786-236-1144 or

14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650
monthly. 305-213-5013
1525 NW 1 Place
First month moves you n
One bdrm, one bath. $400
monthly Free 19 inch LCD
TV.. Call Joel

156 NE 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. No deposit.
Section 8 Welcome.
1801 NW lest 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.

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.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air. Section 8 Wel-
305-710-2921 or

2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms.
Call Tony 305-213-5013

2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$595, stove, refrigerator,
central air. free water.

2701 NW 1 Avenue
First month moves you in
One bedroom, one bath.
$500 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
48 NW 77 Street
Three bedrooms, two bath
or one bedroom, one bath.
$1100, $585 monthly. Call
after 6 p.m. 305-753-7738
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthlyl
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$675 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $500 to
move in and efficiency
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878
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. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
Two bedrooms and one bath
North Miami
One bedroom. Central air,
new appliances, quiet area.
$750 monthly. 786-356-1722
Business Rentals
Hair salon barber shop. Call
John 305-467-6555.
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,
$1150 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. 786-346-9663
20600 NW 7 Avenue #202
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, gated. Call 770-598-8974.
3000 NW 195 Street
Three bdrms, one bath,
$1150 mthly. A Berger Realty
Inc., 954-805-7612.
3948 NW 207 Street Rd
Four bedrooms, two baths,
corner lot fenced. Section 8
welcomed. $1200 monthly.

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
1412 NW 55 Street
One bedroom, air, bars, $600
mthly. 305-335-4522
1455 NW 59 ST#A
Large one bedroom, one
bath, $700 monthly. Section 8
preferred. 305-490-9284
14870 NE 16 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, washer and dryer.
$1000 monthly, first ,last and
security. 786-303-8496


1510oNW65St#2 467 NW.8 Street. -
One bdrm.,$650 monthly, #3 .Efflciericy,'0 e bath, 395.i
two bdrms. $850 monthly. ..- Efficiancy, ohe bathe 35".
Section 8 okay, 305-490- A lipances,free water
9284. 305-642-7080'
15831 NW 38 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, 5541 NW Miami Court
water and appliances includ- Newly renovated, fully
ed, near two colleges. $900 furnished, utilities and cable
monthly. (HBO, BET, ESPN), from
305-624-8676 $185 wkly to $650 monthly.
1983 NW 50 STREET 305-360-2440
Three bedrooms, two baths. 6715-B NW 5 Court
Price from $1060 to $1260. Air, bath, appliances with
Section 8 only. Will take two utilities. Rent $530 per month
bedrooms one bath, two with lease. Security deposit
bedrooms, two baths, or $800. Call Paul Joseph:
three bedrooms, two baths 305-238-9879
vouchers. 6741 N.W. 6th Court
Call Sylvester 954-275-0436 Water and lights included.
211 NW 41 Street 305-968-6218
Two bedrooms, one bath, 9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
conveniently located, new Air, electric and water includ-
renovation. Section 8 Only. ed. Unfurnished, one person
305-975-1987 only. 305-693-9486.
230 N.W. 56th Street MIAMI SHORES AREA
Two bedroom, one bath,
central air, cable ready, $975 Air, utilities, cable, $550/
monthly. Section 8 OK. $1100, 305-751-7536.
786-543-4579 -
2375 NW 97 Street #B Furnished Rooms
One bedroom, $600 monthly, 1010 NW 180 Terrace
first, last and security. Free cable, air, appliances
786-515-3020 and use of kitchen.
2524 NW 80 Street 305-835-2728
Three bedrooms, one bath, 1120 NW 58 Street
air condition, stove, refrig- Two rooms in a private home
orator, bars. $875 monthly, Two rooms na private home
era$2625 tor, bars. $875 monthly, $150 weekly or $300 bi-
305-232-3700. weekly. Deposit $450.
3190 NW 135 Street 137D8W6o Avn-5412
One bedroom, one bath. Re- 13387 NW 30 Avenue
modeled. Section 8 ok. $675 $85 weekly, free utilities
monthly. Water included. 305- kitchen, bath, one person.
975-0711 or 786-853-6292. 305-474-816, 305-987-9710
3445 NW 191 Street 1358 NW 71 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths. Air, cable. $300 to move in,
Family room. Section 8 only. $150 weekly. 786-286-7455.
$1400 monthly. 1500 NW 74 Street
786-343-4131 Microwave, refrigerator, color
3447 NW 191 Street TV, free cable, air, and use of
Three bedrooms, one and kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
a half bath. Section 8 only. 1527 NW 100 Street
$1400 monthly. Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
786-343-4131 air included. 305-310-7463
3631 N.W 194 Terr. 1541 NW 69 Terrace
Two bedrooms. $1100 month- Clean room, $350 a month.
ly. 754-423-2748. Call 305-479-3632.
414 NW 53 Street 15810 NW 38 Place
BEST VALUE, gorgeous $85 weekly. Free utilities,
remodeled two bdrms, spa- bath, kitchen, one person.
cious, large totally fenced 305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
yard, available now, $875. 1775 NW 151 Street
305-772-8257 New management. Micro-
5130 NW 8 Avenue wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
Four bedrooms, one bath. kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
$1100 monthly. Central air, 7 W 44 Street
all appliances included. Call 1887 NW 44 Street
Joel 786-355-7578. $475 monthly. $650 moves
you-in. 305-303-0156w ,,
542 NW. 92 Street 2371 NW 61 Street
542 N.W. 92 Street Room in rear. 305-693-1017,
Three bedrooms, two baths, 305-298-0388.
new carpet and new appli- 2900 NW 54 Street
ances. $1250 monthly, Sec- Upstairs, one room, refrig-
tion 8 only deposit $1000. erator and air. Call 954-885-
Call 754-204-6788 8583 or 954-275-9503.
335 NW 203 Terrace
5657 NE 1 Court Gated community, refrigera-
Two bdrms, water, air, $700, tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
No section 8. Terry Dellerson ble, air and private bath. Call
Broker, 305-891-6776. 954-678-8996.
6025 NW 24 Court 342 NW 11 Street
One bedroom, one bath, Monthly $400.
$600, appliances. Call 786-506-3067


745 NW 107 Street
Two bedrooms, very clean.
$895 monthly. 786-306-4839.
7806 NW 9 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$950 monthly. $1150 depos-
it. Section 8 Welcome. Call
Deborah 305-336-0740.
7932 NW 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced yard, wa-
ter included, $900. Section 8
Welcome. 305-389-4011
8001 NW 9 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances, $900
monthly. First, last and secu-
rity. Call 305-962-2666.
97 Street NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, $700 monthly.
9956 NW 25 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 per month, Section 8
okay, call 305-652-9393.
Nice, clean one bdrm, 954-
394-0794 or 305-298-0388.
One bedroom, $650 monthly.
Two bedrooms, starting at
$850 monthly. Three Bed-
rooms starting at $1100. 305-
Design Realty
Remodeled, two bdrm, one
bath, Section 8 ok, $925
month, call 305-216-2724.

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1609-B NW 50 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$625 monthly. Free utility.
First, last, security. $1200 de-
posit. Call Phil 305-914-6942.
1814 NW 2 Court
Efficiency, one bath Ap-
pliances, free water and
electric. $375 monthly.

Section 8 Welcome.
305-710-2921 or

6835 NW 15 Avenue
$100 weekly, $200 to move
in, air and utilities included.
Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Little River Drive
Room with air and kitchen
privilege, $125 weekly, $250
to move in. Private entrance.
Call 786-488-3045
Clean room, side entry, patio,
air, 305-688-0187.
Roomy rooms with air, fur-
nished or unfurnished, 786-
991-5849 or 786-955-4490.
NW 24 Avenue and 52 St.
and last.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
1256 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 only.
1283 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,300 mthly. 786-328-5878.
1460 N.W. 44 ST.
Three bedrooms, two bath.
$1300 mthly. Section 8 OK.
305-305-2474 Luis
15941 NW 17 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1300 monthly. Section 8
okay. Call 305-652-9393.
16115 NW 29 Avenue
Miami Gardens, four bed-
rooms, two baths, newly
renovated, $1,250 monthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-788-4123
17231 NW 33 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 Welcomed. Call
Greg 786-537-4179.
19400 NW 23 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 Welcome.
Call Dennis 954-434-1130
2010 NW 153rd Street
Three bdrms., air, tile, den,
and bars. $1,200. No section
8. Terry Dellerson, Broker

3225. Lic#CCC056999

Code Violations, Legalization
and Plans, 305-785-8489.
Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565

Call Mike.


2246 Rutland Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tile/car-
pet, air, fence. $995 monthly.
Section 8 OK! Call Kenny
2401 NW 170 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den and air. $1,350, No Sec-
tion 8, Terry Dellerson, Broker
256 NW 97 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths
and central air. 305-975-1987
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Three bedrooms, two baths,
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2930 NW 65 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1050 monthly. All Appli-
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Three bedrooms, two baths,
tile, air, $1,250, No Section 8.
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Three bdrms, one bath,
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5551 NW 15 Avenue
Section 8 Welcomed
Three bedrooms, two
baths,$1200 per month, all
appliances included. Free
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62 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550. Section 8 okay.
805 NW 50 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1,500 mthly. 305-467-6555.
8200 NE 7 Avenue
Four bdrm, three bath, appli-
ances, central air and heat.
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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. Appoint-
ment only. Refrences.
Four bdrms, two baths. $1350
mthly. 786-286-2540.
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one bath, FL room, central
air, fenced, tiled, bars, $1000
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Two and three bedrooms,
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dryer, air, use of kitchen.
Elderly preferred $440
monthly. 305-392-0989.
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Request For Proposal (RFP)

The South Florida Workforce Investment Board
(SFWIB), the Regional Workforce Board for Miami
Dade and Monroe Counties, is soliciting Request
for Proposal (RFP) for Refugee Employment and
Training Services in Miami Dade County.

The RFP was on released on July 11, 2012, and has
been posted on the SFWIB website (www. south-
floridaworkforce.com). Additionally, the RFP is
available for pick up at SFWIB Headquarters, Suite
500, Receptionist Desk, 7300 Corporate Center
Drive, Miami, FL 33126.

An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for 10:00
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The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on July 26, 2012 to
consider the approval of an amendment to the existing professional services
agreement with DeLucca Enterprises for the continued operations and man-
agement of the City's Melreese Golf Course and facilities, and to consider the
City Manager's recommendation and finding that competitive sealed bidding is
not practicable or advantageous regarding this issue. Inquiries regarding this
notice may be addressed to LaCleveia Morley, Department of Parks and Rec-
reation at (305) 416- 1332.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-85 the Code of the City
of Miami, Florida, as amended. The recommendation and finding to be consid-
ered in this matter is set forth in the proposed resolution and in Section 18-85
of the City Code, which are deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and
are available as public records from the City of Miami. The Public Hearing will
be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting
of July 26, 2012 at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment
on the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of
the City Commission with respect to any matter 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

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC '
(#15492) City Clerk '.. -


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Memorabilia waiting for new museum location

SHOWCASE with the local RBI (Re- people, but we have no nie Banks, Monte Irvin,
continued from 2C giving Baseball in the idea how many. We're Don Newcombe, Minnie

which has donated
$300,000 since 2004,
is scheduled to make
a legacy gift Monday.
There's a $5 million
investment of Negro
leagues memorabilia
waiting if the museum
is able to relocate.
The museum, which
shares space with the
American Jazz Muse-
um, will have a booth
at the All-Star Game's
Fan Fest at Kauff-
man Stadium- to
raise fan awareness.
It will offer cars and
shuttles from Fan Fest
to all the All-Star play-
ers and coaches and
their families. They will
roll out the red carpet
for Selig, who will be

Better educated youth

will define our future

continued from 10D

countries. Increasingly,
we've been shaping pub-
lic policy in ways that
benefit the top. The pe-
culiar provisions of our
bankruptcy law, which
encourage some of the
banks' most risky and
speculative products and
discourage those try-
ing to better themselves
through education, pro-
vide a telling example.
So too, deficiencies in the
regulation of for-profit
schools, give them full
scope to exploit those at
the bottom who aspire to
be part of the American
Our country's future
prosperity depends on
more of our youth get-
ting a better education,
and yet we are falling

behind our competi-
tors in college gradua-
tion rates. And instead
of providing protection
and support for these
young Americans, we
allow them to be ex-
We're paying a high
price for this inequality,
and the data suggest
the price will go up. A
country without oppor-
'tunity is not fully utiliz-
ing a precious resource,
the talents of its youth.
Buried in that bottom
half of our population
that never gets the ed-
ucation necessary for
them to realize their po-
tential may be someone
who could have made a
scientific breakthrough
that would have trans-
formed our economy
and our society. We'll
never know.

Inner Cities) program.
"This is going to be
one of the most signifi-
cant things to happen
to us," Kendrick said.
"The timing of this
couldn't be better. We
feel the spotlight is go-
ing to be on the muse-
um. We expect a lot of

The Field of Legends,
the central feature of
the Negro Leagues
Baseball Museum,
has statues of great
players on a small
baseball diamond.

preparing for the un-
Sharon Robinson,
the daughter of Jackie
Robinson, who broke
the color barrier in
1947 that led to the
Civil Rights movement,
will have a book sign-
ing and charity bar-
becue Saturday. There
will be a celebration
Sunday for the 20 play-
ers who left the Negro
leagues and played in
MLB All-Star Games,
including seven still
alive: Willie Mays (who
played his last All-Star
Game in Kansas City in
1973), Hank Aaron, Er-

Minoso and George Alt-
man. Howard will host
a party at the museum
next Monday, and Ron
Rabinovitz will tell his
childhood story of ex-
changing letters with
Robinson on Tuesday.
"This was a league
anchored in the ugli-
ness of segregation,"
Kendrick says. "But out
of it came this tremen-
dous story of triumph
and conquest. It be-
came the driving force
of integration.
"For the African-
American and Hispanic
players, this is their

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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida on July 26, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the
requirements for competitive sealed bidding procedures and approving the pur-
chase from Foray Technologies for Software Upgrades and On-Site services
to the Department of Police Law Enforcement Digital Photo Lab System in an
amount not to exceed $40,362.00

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a package who feel that they
might be able to satisfy the City's requirements for this item may contact Yus-
bel Gonzalez, Senior Procurement Specialist, at the City of Miami Purchasing
Department at (305) 416-1958.

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

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15491) City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida on July 26, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the
requirements of obtaining sealed bids for the procurement of maintenance and
repair services of Ferno Emergency Ambulance Cots from ERLA, Inc., d/b/a
EMSAR Florida, with headquarters located at 270 Davids Dr., Wilmington, OH,
45177; providing services from 13047 S.W. 133rd Court, Miami, FL 33188,
for the City of Miami Fire-Rescue Department, on a contract basis for one (1)
year period, with the option to extend for two (2) additional one-year periods,
at a first year cost not to exceed $22,000, with optional annual increases not to
exceed five percent (5%).

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a product who feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirement for this item may contact Yusbel Gon-
zalez, City of Miami Department of Purchasing, at (305) 416-1958.

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

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15490) City Clerk

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