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Sempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis

VOLUME 89 NUMBER 47 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 18-24, 2012 50 cents

y D. Kevin McNeir City of Miami Police Department, acknowl-
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com edged that the current trend and death
rates suggest that we are in for "one of the
Liberty City remains ground zero in the bloodiest summers on record."
City of Miami's fight against violence. And The recent drive-by shooting of two
while both law enforcement and City offi- friends last week in Liberty City, that left
cials agree that something must be done toAhmad Mackay, 29, dead and Frank
stem the ominous tide of shootings, many Wiwo, 28, in critical condition, is but the
resulting in death, there are clear differ- latest incident of senseless violence.
ences as to the reasons behind this latest According to reports, a man in a silver- ,
crime wave. In an article published by The colored SUV sped down the block of 110'
Miami Times on June 6, Sergeant Ervens NW 55th Street and opened fire. The two
Ford, head of the homicide division for the Please turn to VIOLENCE 6

FAMU board chooses

an interim president

Provost Dr. Larry Robinson accepts challenge
By D. Kevin McNeir omon L. Badger, III, said
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com they were confident that
In an emergency meet- H Robinson has the skills
ing an em c men needed to clean up the
ing Tuesday morning' problems at FAMU in-
Florida A&M University's cluding but not limited
[FAMU] board of trustees to invoking "sweeping
voted to put their school's change sn certain
future in the hands of Dr. positions of authority."
Larry Robinson, 58. The The emergency meet-
former University provost ing and changing of the
was chosen unanimously guard was needed after
to serve as the interim former President James
president. The majority H. Ammons tenured his
of the board members re- resignation, effective
ferred to the situation as LARRY ROBINSON July 16th. Ammons be-
one requiring "immediate gan his sabbatical leave
action," although some, that was taken, on Tuesday, July 17. He
like Trustee Rufus Mont- However, after an hour- will be paid 25 percent
gomery, were uncomfort- long meeting, the Board, Please turn to
able with the swift action led by Chairman Dr. Sol- ROBINSON 6A

Carroll denies

( sexual liaison

with staff aide
Carroll says "women that look like me
don't engage in relationships like that"
Miami Timnes staff report
Despite making national headlines,-Lieutenant
uovernozi enirder Carroll and Governor Rick Scott's
offices have yet to release any official statements
regarding accusations against Carroll for miscon-
duct and an alleged sexual liaison with a female aide
[Beatriz Ramos]. However. Carroll has
appeared on different news mediums
speaking for herself and maintaining
her innocence. Her most recent com-
ment on the Tampa Bay Channel 10
News has set
Please turn to CARROLL 6A .-

Health Dept. refutes

charges of TB outbreak
By Ju'lia Samuels
'isolilliels (( III it IIIIiIiIIIcsoldille.colli
The Florida Department of licalth ID01-11 is denving ac-
cusations of covering Lip a tuberculosis outbreak in Jack-
sonville. According to a statement released from the State
Surgeon General John H. Armstrong, the people of Florida
weren't properly provided accurate medical details on TB to
properly understand their risk. Armstrong added his per-
sonal personal disappointment with The Palm Beach Post.
However, reports from the Post also suggested that the
outbreak, had spread as far south as the City of Miami. Arm-
strong says that too was based on erroneous information.
Please turn to OUTBREAK 6A

Obama needs high Black turnout to win

Urban League report says we "must mobilize"

By Suzanne Gamboa
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) One of the
country's oldest civil rights groups says
President Barack Obama may have a
tougher time winning at least three bat-
tleground states in November should
Black voter turnout fall at least 5 per-
centage points below the record levels
that helped to put him in the White

Black voter turnout of 64.7 percent
was a significant factor in Obama's vic-
tory in 2008, and Blacks are consid-
ered solidly behind Obama now. But
having achieved the milestone of elect-
ing Obama as the nation's first Black
president, Black votes may be less mo-
tivated to return to the polls in droves
again, the National Urban League said
in a report released yesterday.
Assuming no change in 2008 voting
patterns, Urban League researchers

said, Black turnout at about 60 per-
cent or below could cost Obama North
Carolina and make it difficult for him
to win Ohio and Virginia. In addition to
diminished voter enthusiasm, the still-
ailing economy, persistent high un-
employment among Blacks, new state
voting laws and limited growth in the
Black population could help discourage
"We achieved a high-water mark in
America in 2008," said Chanelle Har-
dy, senior vice president and executive
director of the National Urban League
Policy Institute. "For the first time,

Blacks were at the table with white
America because Black voter turnout
was just 1.4 points below white voters.
Because we achieved so much in 2008,
we have to push even harder to meet
those numbers."
The campaign for likely Republican
nominee Mitt Romney, said he would
compete for Black votes.Tara Wall, a
spokeswoman for Romney's campaign,
said Romney knows he won't get a ma
Please turn to TURNOUT 6A

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Voters must hold

candidates accountable
It seems that more than a few candidates, from Barack
Obama and Mitt Romney at the national level, to sev-
eral of those running for positions like Miami-Dade
County commissioner or state representative at the local
level, have gotten caught up in that popular childhood game
of "finger-pointing." Instead of saying what they bring to the
table and explaining their platform for change, the strategy
is one that blasts the opponent. The problem in most cases
is that voters are forced to choose between the lesser of two
evils. Of course in some cases the two from which we have
to choose are more like three, four, five even seven.
So, what is a rational-minded, self-respecting voter to do?
Perhaps it's time that we all do our homework. Review Lhe
website of the candidates and look at news articles or televi-
sion interviews, both from your favorite media outlets and
others. But read with care and watch for any discrepan-
cies. It would also be helpful if you take a few evenings or
a Saturday morning out of your schedule and attend any of
a number of political forums or debates that continue to be
held in the area.
Some that come highly-recommended include: UP-PAC
[Unrepresented People's Positive Action Council, founded
and moderated by Betty Ferguson], the NAACP [formerly
led by Bishop Victor Curry and now spearheaded by Ronda
Vangates]; the Urban League of Greater Miami [led by T.
Willard Fair] and a host of local churches from Opa-locka
to Miami Gardens.
In addition, The Miami Times has entered the ranks of
sponsoring political forums with its own two-day affair on
July 26 and 27. This will be the first time the Times will
engage the community with a slate of selected candidates.
Those who will speak, we might add, have been chosen
based on the unofficial polling of our readers.
Keep in mind that none of these forums or debates can
possibly serve as a "one-stop-fits-all" event. Given the large
number of seats up for grabs and with the greater than
usual number of Black candidates vying for positions, we
will need a plethora of opportunities to hear their views,
their platforms and their promises that hopefully, they in-
tend to keep.
It's political season once more in, Miami-Dade County.
And it's sure to be full of surprises right up until the pri-
mary election on August 14 and the general election in No-

Florida's gun law morass
federal court has struck down one of the more non-
sensical of Florida's many risky gun laws one
that banned the state's thousands of doctors from
ever discussing firearms with their patients. There was no
evidence that this was ever a problem or a common occur-
rence, yet the law was enacted last year on the strength of
an anecdote from a couple who complained to their gun-ob-
sessed legislator that their physician inquired if they owned
The court wisely upheld the free-speech rights of physi-
cians. Safety-minded Floridians must hope similar judicial
wisdom applies eventually to the state's far less laughable
Stand Your Ground law.
That gravely loosened self-defense statute was invoked
in the shooting death in February of an unarmed teenager,
Trayvon Martin, by a self-appointed neighborhood watch-
man, George Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman initially walked
free, but after a public furor he was charged with second-
degree murder a demonstration of the law's dangerous
vagaries, which have left courts, prosecutors and police
fumbling with contradictory interpretations that abuse jus-
tice, more than ensure it.
In the boom in self-defense claims caused by the 7-year-
old law, some killers in drug shootouts, gang wars and street
brawls have walked free while comparable crimes end with
long prison sentences in neighboring local jurisdictions, ac-
cording to a detailed study of nearly 200 cases by The Tam-
pa Bay Times.
Almost 7 in 10 people who invoked the overreaching law
have not been charged, the study found. In 135 cases, the
slain victim was unarmed; in 157 killings, the accused used
a gun or a knife. In nearly a third of the cases, reporters
found self-defense claimants initiated the fight, shot an un-
armed person or pursued the victim and still went free
under local authorities' conflicted interpretations of the law.
It has become an excuse for mayhem, used at least six times
in drug deals gone lethal, 23 times in barroom fights, 12
times in neighborhood disputes and 30 times in arguments
turned violent.
The racial aspects of the law are far from fully investigated,
but the study found 73 percent of those who killed a black
person successfully claimed immunity compared with 59
percent of those who killed someone white. The law, which
has been copied in more than a score of states, scrapped the
traditional duty to retreat from a threat when possible and
instead allowed a license to kill if a citizen "reasonably be-
lieved" he was in danger of grave bodily harm. Slain victims
like Trayvon Martin, of course, have no chance to tell their
side of the story.
The Florida law reached the level of Wild West farce when
one judge freed two gang members, ruling he had to grant
immunity because it could not be proved that they fired first
- rather than in claimed self-defense when they sprayed
25 rounds outside an apartment complex. No wonder de-
fense lawyers quickly exploited the law, even claiming im-
munity in minor incidents, as in cases in which a man shot
a bear, a protected species, and another beat a dog. The law
is a dangerous disaster that should be repealed if state poli-
ticians could ever muster courage to retreat from the macho
fantasies of the gun lobby. -New York Times

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BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

Joe Paterno's shameful fall from grace

Outside the Penn State foot-
ball stadium stands a statue of
legendary coach Joe Paterno, his
arm raised in victory. Right next
to it, university officials should
erect another figure in bronze: A
young boy crying out in anguish
and being coldly ignored.
Penn State's Board of Trust-
ees commissioned former FBI
Director Louis Freeh to inves-
tigate how child molester Jerry
Sandusky for years one of
Paterno's most trusted and loyal
assistants could have com-
mitted his awful crimes under
the noses of university officials.
The answer is simple and shock-
ing: Those officials, including
Paterno, simply looked the other
way. Almost literally a sainted
figure in the world of big-time,
big-money college sports, Pa-
terno became aware of seri-
ously inappropriate behavior by
Sandusky with young boys at
least 14 years ago, according to
Freeh's report. Paterno's inac-
tion was shameful.
Most damning is Freeh's find-

ing that in 2001, after an assis-
tant coach saw Sandusky raping
a young boy in the showers of a
Penn State locker room, an inter-
vention by Paterno was appar-
ently instrumental in convincing
university officials to sweep the
incident under the rug. The oth-
er three men allegedly involved
in the cover-up former Athlet-

thought and talking it over with
Joe," he had decided he would be
more "comfortable" meeting with
Sandusky, counseling him to get
professional help and telling him
"his guests are not permitted to
use our facilities." Note the word
"guests," which may be one of
the most chilling euphemisms
I've ever heard.

In a letter he wrote before his death, apparently intended as
an op-ed piece, Paterno argued that whatever people might
think of his actions in the Sandusky matter, "this is not a
football scandal." But that's precisely what it is.

ic Director Tim Curley and for-
mer Vice President Gary Schul-
tz, both of whom face perjury
charges and former university
President Graham Spanier -
had decided to notify state child-
welfare officials who had access
to private emails and notes. But
before any action was taken,
Curley wrote to Schultz and
Spanier that "after giving it more

It goes without saying that
Paterno's legacy is forever tar-
nished. He was head coach at
Penn State for 46 years until be-
ing fired last year after Sandusky
was arrested and the charges
against him made public. Pa-
terno's 409 wins are the most of
any Division I coach. His Nittany
Lions won two national champi-
onships and made 37 bowl ap-

pearances. He '.as espe':iaJl
proud of his football program's
record as a model: Penn State
avoided the recruiting scandals
that involved so many other
schools with top-ranked athletic
programs, and his football play-
ers graduated at an admirable
In a letter he wrote before his
death, apparently intended as an
op-ed piece, Paterno argued that
whatever people might think of
his actions in the Sandusky mat-
ter, "this is not a football scan-
dal." But that's precisely what
it is. The truth is that Paterno
was more powerful at Penn State
than any athletic director, more
powerful even than the univer-
sity's president. And the reputa-
tion of the football program was
more important than the safety
and well-being of innocent young
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper, col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Washing-
ton Post.


Coming out of the closet on mental health

Congressman Jesse Jackson,
Jr. (D-Ill) has been away from
Congress on medical leave for
so long that his colleagues have
been clamoring to know what's
wrong NBC's Andrea Mitchell
reported that the congressman
was receiving treatment for ad-
diction. The truth, according to
Jackson's staff, is that the con-
gressman is being treated in a
residential facility for exhaustion
and mood disorders. Why not
say that in the first place?
Because divulging one's men-
tal health status is often the kiss
of death in politics and public
life. It may be okay in Hollywood
to speak of exhaustion, mood
swings and other mental health
issues. In that world, treatment
is often followed by a late night
talk show interview and a career
revival. In contrast, any politi-
cian who has come out of the
closet about his or her mental
health gets anything but a hard
Senator Thomas Eagleton (D-
MO), who had been elected to
local, state, and national office

for more than a decade, briefly
joined the McGovern presiden-
tial ticket in 1972. When his
medical records were leaked,
Eagleton was pushed from the
Democratic ticket, because he
had long-standing mental health
problems. McGovern initially
supported Eagleton. However,
when McGovern learned that Ea-

far less likely to seek treatment
for mental health issues than
women are, Eagleton showed
amazing self-awareness to seek
Fast-forward 40 years to Jack-
son. Many would argue that
we've come a long way on men-
tal health awareness but some
would argue the point. Many

Because divulging one's mental health status is often the
kiss of death in politics and public life. It may be okay
in Hollywood to speak of exhaustion, mood swings and
other mental health issues.

gleton's depression could return,
he asked Eagleton to withdraw
from the ticket and he complied.
Even though 77 percent of the
American people said Eagleton's
medical record would not affect
their vote, Republican opposition
was geared up to attack McGov-
ern because of Eagleton's men-
tal health status and the press
showed their ignorance by rather
cavalierly referring to Eagleton's
"shock therapy." Since men are

health plans do not even bother
to cover mental health, and if
they do, it is covered for a lim-
ited number of sessions. Hav-
ing mental health problems is
still enough of a stigma for some
professionals to pay for men-
tal health out of their pocket
rather than have their mental
health treatment be a matter
of record. Comedians and oth-
ers joke that when someone ap-
pears to behave erratically (or in

some cases, ex-
tremely mindfully), they must
be "off their meds." The stigma
remains and it is stronger in the
Black community than the ma-
jority community. Every indica-
tor we have of mental health uti-
lization suggests that Blacks are
less likely to seek help than their
white counterparts and while
some of it may have to do with
cost, some of it has to do with
stigma. And women are far more
likely to be diagnosed with mood
disorders than men are, which
puts another burden on men.
It is as unfortunate that Jack-
son has been hospitalized for
mood disorders as it would be if
he were hospitalized for anoth-
er illness. The fact that he has
shared his mental health status
may allow Americans, regard-
less of race or ethnicity, to come
out of the closet about mental
Julianne Malveaux is a Wash-
ington, D.C.-based economist and
writer. She is president emerita
of Bennett College for Women in
Greensboro, N.C.


Romney at

As anyone who has followed
me knows, I have been extremely
critical of President Obama's non-
engagement with the Black com-
munity. Obama has deliberately
ignored the plight of the Black
community while giving preferen-
tial treatment to the homosexual
and Hispanic communities.
But I can't in good conscious
criticize Obama and then give
the Republicans a pass when
they display similar behavior to-
wards the Black community. I
can't excoriate Black Democrats
for following Obama blindly and
then remain silent when Black
Republicans do the same to-
wards Romney.
As I watched Romney address
the NAACP, I tried to force myself
to be optimistic about what he
would say. But my years of being
an avid Republican prepared me
for the worst. And that's exactly
what I saw.

NAACP: Missed opportunity R%
Romney had a golden opportu- deacon board of the church. So, ly ignorant of this fact And th'y
nity to make a credible argument if you get the business leader on will remain ignorant of what's
for Blacks to support him. But your side, he or she will bring important to the Black commu-
because he doesn't have experi- along the minister and the con- nity until they have campaign
enced Blacks in his inner circle, gregation. staffs that look like America.
he thoroughly embarrassed him- Business leaders have a vested Am I the only one who noticed
self and deserved to be roundly interest in having an educated the optics of Romney not having
booed. For Romney to speak be- Black community because they photos of any Black Republicans
on his campaign web site? Am I
m I the only one who noticed the optics of Romney not the only one who is puzzled as
having photos of any Black Republicans on his campaign to why Romney has never met
with a group of Black entrepre-
web site? Am I the only one who is puzzled as to why neurs? Where are the voices of
Romney has never met with a group of Black entrepreneurs? Black Republicans who know
better? Their silence is deafen-
fore a Black audience and not have to hire people in order to ing. In this respect, they are just
talk about the Black entrepre- grow their business. Like ev- as bad as the Black Democrats I
neur is like going to church and eryone else, those leaders care have been criticizing. As I often
not mentioning God. Contrary about crime and understand the say, the best way to get attention
to what the White media thinks, cost of capital issues. He or she from the Republican Party as a
the preachers and politicians is more likely to support school Black Republican is to be a Black
are not the leaders in the Black choice and vouchers. The point Democrat.
community businessmen and is, Black business leaders are Raynard Jackson is president
businesswomen are. That Black the most important entry point & CEO of Raynard Jackson & As-
business person is typically head to the Black community and Re- sociates, LLC., a D.C.-public rela-
of the board of trustees or the publicans, of all people, are total- tions/government affairs firm.

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E BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, jet38@bellsouth net

Governor Scott puts our health at stake 19
Florida's population is growing -the largest TB spike nation- was made available to the media Florida's governor's office is be-
but its infrastructure and state wide in 20 years. It has been and the public. When the CDC ing accused of not alerting the
services are crumbling. Governor determined that 13 people have warned the governor and his public and legislatures to a pos-
Scott has a plan to attract busi- died; 99 others mostly among state health office received a re- sible TB outbreak. The head of
nesses and corporations with in- the homeless had contracted the port that tuberculosis was mak- the Florida House health care
expensive state services and low illness. ing a comeback in the state, it appropriations committee, Rep.
state taxes. Last spring the legis- The Governor's office and the was never passed on to the legis- Matt Hudson (R-Naples), said he
lature decided to close A.G. Hol- State Department of Health lature. The report was circulated never would have agreed to close
ley in Lantana, the state's only the hospital if he had known
tuberculosis hospital. about the CDC's report on the
A.G. Holley is one of the last m he CDC estimated that 3,000 people had been exposed outbreak. Again, it appears that
such facilities in the U.S. and at to TB -the largest TB spike nationwide in 20 years. It our governor is hiding and not
the time of its closing it only re- has been determined that 13 people have died; 99 oth- being transparent with informa-
ceived enough money to treat 50 h had ntra th illn tion that is crucial to the health
patients. But on April 5, 2012, of our state. It is time to sound
the Center for Disease Control the alarm bells, make a thor-
and Prevention released a report maintain that alarm bells are to the public in early June, and ough investigation and establish
indicating that Duval County, not needed, because the out- the same strain was appearing who is incompetent and drop-
Florida was suffering one of the break was dealt with in a very in other parts of the state, in- ping the ball in the governor's
largest uncontained TB out- transparent and open manner cluding Miami. office.
breaks in 20 years. by public officials in Jackson- Hundreds, and possibly thou- Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
The CDC estimated that 3,000 ville. But there are conflicting sands of people in Florida, could On Point Media Group in Orlan-
people had been exposed to TB reports on when the information be carrying the TB strain. Now do.


Has the Black one percent failed Obama?
O It's no secret that the ence between the president's fundraising dinners. Progres- tal gains income
Obama-backing Super PAC grassroots support among ev- sives dislike the decision and backs both side
SPriorities USA is lagging miles eryday folks and his support think that the idea of unlim- of the outcome, 1
behind the other side when it among the wealthy Hollywood ited campaign donations to there is no love
comes to the 2012 campaign stars. political candidates is anti- comes to their su

war chest. Mitt Romney-
backing Super PACs, like Karl
Rove's American Crossroads
and Crossroads GPS, are put-
ting up huge numbers month
after month and shelling out
millions on attack ads as if
money is going out of style.
And while the official fun-
draising for the Obama cam-
paign is also less than Romney
of late, the Supreme Court's
Citizens United decision has
shifted the political landscape
for the foreseeable future and
Democrats are struggling to
keep up.
President Obama does have
a solid base of support in Hol-
lywood, which is made up of
a number of rich Democrats
who are not shy when it comes
to hosting high-priced dinners
in support of the cause. But it
seems there is one key differ-

To date, the president's ma-
jor Hollywood fundraisers

thetical to democratic values.
So just because someone is a

To date, the president's major Hollywood fundraisers have
all been hosted by almost exclusively white celebrities.
While singer Mariah Carey did perform at one of the recent
New York dinners there haven't been any "Dinner with Beyonc6

have all been hosted by almost
exclusively white celebrities.
While singer Mariah Carey
did perform at one of the re-
cent New York dinners there
haven't been any "Dinner with
Beyonc6" emails hitting sup-
porters' inboxes, even though
Beyonc6 and her husband,
rapper Jay-Z, have been vo-
cal supporters of the president
since 2008. Perhaps that din-
ner is in the works, but to date
only a select few Black elites
have been the face of Obama

billionaire and a supporter of
President Obama's re-election
doesn't mean they are willing
to circumvent their core val-
ues to win an election. That
impulse doesn't appear to ex-
ist on the right.
And while democratic sup-
porting unions and special in-
terest groups are no stranger
to funding candidates in order
to influence outcomes, those
entities are not normally made
up of a dozen individuals with
millions in disposable capi-

. Wall Street
s, uncertain
but certainly
lost when it
ipport for the

president. Romney's campaign
has even said outright that its
corporate donations like those
from the Koch Brothers that
are the "financial engine of the
Republican party."
With no Black owned corpo-
rations or celebrities opening
up their checkbooks as wide
as David and Charles Koch of
Koch Industries, the Demo-
crats and Obama are at a se-
vere disadvantage come No-
vember. It may be past time for
the upper income Black voters
and Democratic millionaires
who support the president to
step it up. The wealthy do-
nors on the Left who dislike
Citizens United will make its
permanence more certain by
sitting this one out and allow-
ing Obama to be continually
out raised and potentially de-
feated in November.

Miami, retired transit worker

Yes, it's in our power if we

having sex, -
That's the best
way. No sex is
the only true
safe sex. And
that's Bibli-
cally speaking
too. If you put
it another way,
if there was no
fornication then there wouldn't
be any need for any medication.

Miami, retired musician

Yes, it is in
our power.
The virus is
being spread .'
because peo-
ple are not/-
using protec-
tion and they
are not going to the doctor. I'm
71-years-old and I know I'm in
good shape. You have to to get
good health insurance and get
checked out.

Miami, motivational speaker

Yes. Magic
Johnson was
just on TV
talking about
how we have
to become
afraid of the,
virus again
and I agree. People have light-
ened up too much just because
Magic is living with AIDS and
looking good. Now people have
started to think that the illness
can be ignored. But HIV can't
be ignored.

Miami, unemployed

No, because
it was not de-
signed to be
within our
power. In a
way it's like
cancer and
the cancer
treatment in-
dustry. A lot of times cancer
kills you slowly. But before it
does, it requires a lot of money
over a lot of years to treat it. So
whoever created AIDS designed
it to make a lot of money off of

Miami, custodian

Yes, if you
practice safe .
sex that will ,
cut down on ..
the number
of HIV cases.
But right now
that's not go-
ing to happen because people
don't even know when they
have the virus.

Miami, floor technician

Yes, by having safe sex. But
people aren't
safe sex be-
cause of their


Precious ri
Blacks seem to have forgot-
ten the long struggle for vot-
ing rights in our nation and
the importance of the vote to
a vibrant democracy. Hasan
Kwame Jeffries, associate
professor at the Kirwan In-
stitute for the Study of Race
and Ethnicity at the Ohio
State University recently gave
a most enlightening lecture
to remind us. He spoke about
how the fight to control power
by controlling the vote has a
very long history in America.
That struggle is still very evi-
dent in 2012.
Jeffries described a com-
mon narrative about Black
history that woefully sim-
plifies most of the last 150
years. It says all barriers to
voting were settled for good
once President Johnson and
Congress "gave" Black citi-
zens the Voting Rights Act
in 1965 and now that we
have President and First lady
Obama and their two beau-
tiful children in the White
House, we've reached a won-
derful "post-racial" moment

ght to vote is political
in America. But as Jeffries around the 15th Amendment.
explained that this oversim- The result was decades of
plification has always been a new voting laws across the
myth or worse, a lie and South requiring literacy tests,
to ignore current threats to "grandfather" clauses that
voting rights shows an igno- prohibited anyone from vot-

There has never been a safe time in America to drop vigi-
lance about attempts to shut people out of the vote the
lifeblood of democracy. As Frederick Douglass made
clear, "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did
and it never will."

rance of history and a will-
ingness to jeopardize our de-
mocracy and future.
He explained how Freder-
ick Douglass and others in-
sisted on giving Blacks the
vote along with freedom when
slavery was finally abolished,
but the moment of promise
after the 15th Amendment
didn't last long. After the brief
peak of Black elected officials
during Reconstruction right
after the Civil War ended, the
next valley began when Mis-
sissippi called a constitution-
al convention to look for ways

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Your article was much need-
ed. We as parents especially
with boys need to talk more
about this virus and keep it
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doms don't feel good and you
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don't even bother to exercise
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der different policies and new
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Florida A&M president resigns


By Larry Copeland
and Yamiche Alcindor

Florida A&M University, which
has been rocked for eight months
by a hazing scandal after the death
of a drum major in its renowned
marching band, was slammed by
two events last Wednesday.
President James Ammons an-
nounced he would resign, and
the parents of drum major Robert
Champion added FAMU to their
wrongful-death lawsuit.
In his resignation letter, Am-
mons did not mention Champion's
death. "After considerable thought,
introspection and conversations
with my family, I have decided to
resign from my position as presi-
dent in order to initiate my retire-
ment on October 12, 2012," Am-
mons wrote. He will remain at the
university as a tenured professor.
"I don't really know anything
about his resignation, but clearly,
we're saying the same thing we've
said all along, that houseclean-
ing needs to be done," said Pam
Champion, Robert Champion's
The family had sued the com-
pany that owns the bus on which
their son died. Under state law,
they had to wait six months to sue
the university because it is a state
"We're hoping to be able to hold
everybody accountable for what
has happened to our son," Pam
Champion said.
The lawsuit seeks damages
greater than $15,000 but names
no amount, said Christopher
Chestnut, the Champions' attor-
"Right now, we're just concen-
trating on getting the evidence,
getting the answers of how this
happened, and ... preventing this
from happening in the future,"
he said. "Damages is a question
for the jury, and they'll have an
opportunity to see the evidence
and make a determination as to
what's appropriate."
Solomon Badger III, chairman
of FAMU's board of trustees, said,
"I am saddened by President Am-
mons' decision to resign, but it
is his choice to do so. Given all
that has transpired, it seems to
be in the best interest of the uni-


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Florida A&M University President James Ammons

Pam Champion and her husband Robert Champion Sr. speak
out about the death of their son Robert Jr., in Orlando on Jan. 9.

versity and I applaud him for put-
ting FAMU ahead of his personal
Champion, 26, was beaten by
fellow members of The Marching
100 band during a hazing ritual
on a bus outside a hotel in Or-
lando, where the band had just
performed. Witnesses said he
had been vomiting before he was
found unresponsive on the bus.
Florida prosecutor Lawson Lamar
said his death was "attributed
to multiple blows" on his chest,
arms and shoulders.
In May, Lamar announced felo-
ny charges against 11 people and
misdemeanor charges against
two in Champion's death last No-
vember. They have pleaded not

Champion's death shone a
spotlight on a decades-long prac-
tice of hazing by members of the
university's esteemed marching
band. Millions of people tracked
the case on the Internet.
On June 7, FAMU's board of
trustees gave Ammons an 8-4
vote of no confidence. Some
trustees questioned his leader-
ship in several areas, including
what some saw as his lax attitude
toward hazing and management
of the band before Champion's
death. Ammons said then that
he would stay on the job and rec-
ommended stringent new eligibil-
ity requirements for membership
in The Marching 100. The band,

Experts: Racial profiling difficult to prove
By Alan Gomez The court struck down three provisions of the
Arizona law that created state crimes targeting illegal
When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the key provi- immigrants and expanded the power of local police to
sion of Arizona's immigration enforcement law last perform warrantless arrests of people who could be
month, opponents of the measure were encouraged deported.
that the court left the door open for future lawsuits The court upheld a provision that requires state
once the law goes into effect. and local officers to check the immigration status of
But legal experts warn that lawsuits claiming racial anyone they stop or detain if a "reasonable suspicion"
profiling by police officers one of the avenues that exists that the person is in the country illegally..
Justice Anthony Kennedy listed as a way to challenge In the majority opinion, Kennedy wrote that the
the law take a long time to develop and are difficult court's decision to uphold it "does not foreclose other
to win. pre-emption and constitutional challenges to the law."
"The court has all but said, 'We're watching you. Getting those constitutional challenges against the
All the courts are going to be watching you.' But it is law into the court system isn't easy.
difficult to do these cases even in the best of circum- Complaints of racial profiling against Maricopa
stances," says David Harris, a professor at the Uni- County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the Phoenix area
versity of Pittsburgh School of Law who has testified show how difficult the process can be.
before Congress on racial profiling issues. "The proof is In June 2008, the Justice Department initiated a
painstakingly built, and it takes time." civil rights review of Arpaio, who has made immigra-
How much time? tion enforcement a focus of his department and rou-
"At least six months or a year," he says. finely conducts roundups throughout the county.

which has performed at Super
Bowls and presidential inaugura-
tions, is suspended at least until
next year.
The family's lawsuit alleges
that university officials did not
take action to stop hazing even
though a dean proposed sus-
pending the band over hazing
concerns three days before their
son died.
Florida state Rep. Alan Wil-
liams, a Tallahassee Democrat
and FAMU graduate, said he was
"saddened" by Ammons' resig-
nation. "From the outset of his

tenure, President Ammons has
shown strong leadership and has
worked to ensure that FAMU re-
mains a beacon of academic ex-
cellence," he said.
College presidents represent
the values of an institution, and
when scandal occurs, a school
may see its president as either
a strong leader or a scapegoat,
said Judith Ramaley, former
president of Winona State Uni-
versity in Minnesota, now a pub-
lic service professor at Portland
State University in Oregon. In
the cases of Ammons and former

Penn State University president
Graham Spanier, who left in the
wake of the Jerry Sandusky child
sexual abuse scandal, both men
resigned during dark chapters in
their school's histories.
Their departures illustrate the
roles presidents play in the vision
and values of their institutions,
said Gretchen Bataille, a senior
vice president at the American
Council on Education, which
represents presidents and chan-
cellors of more than 1,800 uni-
versities and colleges, including
FAMU and Penn State.

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5A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 18-24, 2012


-, A A look at top Romney donors

-Photo courtesy Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County

Beacon brings more affordable

housing to heart of Overtown

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M.
Edmonson helped inaugurate
The Beacon, 1000 NW 1st Ave-
nue, in Miami on July 11th. Lo-
cated in the heart of Overtown
across from the historic Lyric
Theatre, the 90 LEED-certified
units also offer access to after-
school and youth empowerment
programs, intergenerational ac-
tivities and more programs de-
signed to help working families.
In addition, the public-private
partnership with Carlisle Devel-

opment includes donated space
to the non-profit URGENT, Inc.,
which provides social services,
education, training and afford-
able housing and targets neigh-
borhoods in Overtown, Liberty
City, Little Haiti and Goulds.
URGENT, Inc. initiatives in-
clude pregnancy prevention,
skills development, career in-
ternships, case management
and other programs.
"I am pleased to celebrate the
completion of another afford-

able housing project in District
3," Edmonson said. "Not long
ago I was here, surrounded by
construction workers, marking
the topping off ceremony for the
building. Today's ribbon cutting
is proof that we can continue to
work on public-private part-
nerships to bring additional,
much-needed quality housing.
We are proud that the Beacon
is now open and will become
home to many of our Overtown

Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo (L-R); Chairman Joe A. Martinez; Commissioner
Dennis C. Moss; Ms. Ella Thompson (centenarian); Victoria Fume (AARP); Gail Thompson (Ella
Thompson's daughter); Commissioner Audrey Edmonson; Commissioner Rebeca Sosa; Commis-
sioner Lynda Bell; and Beatriz J. Jimenez, Miami Dade Community Action and Human Services,
during the birthday recognition.

Commissioners recognize and

honor three local centenarians

Miami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Dennis C. Moss, along
with his fellow commissioners
and members of the American
Association of Retired Persons
(AARP) recently recognized three
centenarians from District 9 in
the Commission chambers. Ella
Thompson, 100; Catherine Mitch-
ell, 100; and Agnes Reid, 101,
were each honored with a Miami-
Dade County proclamation sur-
rounded by family, friends and
Thompson, a member of Mar-

tin Memorial AME Church in
Richmond Heights, celebrated
her 100th birthday on June 21.
Mitchell, a member of the Church
of The Ascension in Richmond
Heights, celebrated her 100th
birthday on April 27, but died
June 15, just prior to being pre-
sented with a proclamation. Her
daughter, Evadnie Beckett, and
her son, Hubert Mitchell, accepted
a sympathy resolution on behalf
of their mother. Agnes Reid, also
a member of the Church of The
Ascension, celebrated her 101st

birthday on March 25. Father
Norbert Cooper accepted the proc-
lamation on her behalf.
Over 40 members of the Affirma-
tive Aging Ministry of the Church
of The Ascension, led by Cooper,
were in attendance to express
their genuine love and support for
the celebrated centenarians.
Commissioner Moss comment-
ed, "It's not every day we get to
acknowledge the life and the leg-
acy of a centenarian. Today I am
truly grateful and proud to honor

By Fredreka Schouten
and Gregory Korte

presidential candidate Mitt
Romney has tapped business,
religious, even family ties to
build his fundraising network,
a USA TODAY analysis shows.
His fundraisers include
dozens of current and former
executives of the consulting
and private-equity firms he
ran. Republican stalwarts, in-
cluding former U.S. ambassa-
dor to Belgium Sam Fox, have
joined the fundraising circuit.
Romney's brother, Scott, is a
national finance chairman.
Fox, a St. Louis business-
man, said President Obama
doesn't have the experience to
right the U.S. economy. Rom-
ney, by contrast, has "been
successful at every problem
he's taken on," said Fox, who
said he had his assistants
check Romney's career in 2005
when the then-governor of
Massachusetts sought Fox's
support for his first presiden-
tial bid.

Fox has donated $190,000 to
a pro-Romney super PAC, but
he won't say how much he has
Dozens more Romney fun-
draisers are fellow Mormons,
like JetBlue founder David
Neeleman. He said Romney's
long volunteer service over-
seeing a congregation as a
Mormon bishop and later as a
stake president presiding over
several congregations dem-

onstrates kindness. His duties
ranged from managing budgets
to spiritual counseling.
"As a Mormon, I know what
that entails," Neeleman said.
"You have to be very compas-
sionate and loving. When
people say he's out of touch be-
cause he's rich ... I'd like to see
them give that kind of service."
Among Romney's backers:
a Georgia executive listed as
a host of a fundraising event
for Romney a month after
the Securities and Exchange
Commission accused him of
insider trading. On Jan. 9,
the SEC filed a civil complaint
against Parker "Pete" Petit, al-
leging he tipped off a friend to
the impending sale of Matria
Healthcare, where Petit was
CEO. On Feb. 8, he was on the
host committee for a Romney
fundraiser at the W Hotel in
Atlanta. He gave $2,500 to
Romney on Feb. 6. Petit, who
has denied wrongdoing, did not
return phone calls. His lawyer,
Aaron Danzig, said the SEC
targeted "an innocent business

Israel grapples with influx of Africans

By Joshua Mitnick
and Joel Millman

TEL AVIV-Israel has stepped
up its efforts to round up and re-
patriate South Sudanese migrants
and is building a tent-city deten-
tion center in the desert, as Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
government struggles to stem the
monthly tide of thousands of Afri-
cans crossing illegally from Egypt.
The South Sudanese repre-
sent a fraction of some 60,000
Africans who took advantage of
lax Egyptian border controls in

recent years to slip into Israel.
With human-rights groups call-
ing them asylum seekers and the
Israeli government insisting they
are looking for jobs, the Africans'
growing presence has become a
lightning rod for racial violence in
Tel Aviv and other cities.
In June, Netanyahu began the
repatriation program, a month af-
ter naming the African illegal im-
migrants as a national threat to
Israel-along with Iran and mis-
sile stockpiles in the region. He
warned that their numbers could
reach into the hundred thou-

sands and change the character
of the state of eight million, while
acknowledging that the major-
ity-who hail from Eritrea and
Sudan-can't be swiftly deported.
To deter new arrivals, Israel is
building a fence along its border
with Egypt and detention facilities
in the desert near the border.
"Maybe I sound like a racist, or
unenlightened, hateful of foreign-
ers," said Israeli Interior Minister
Eli Yishai, who has been the most
vocal advocate of deporting the Af-
ricans, in a post on his Facebook

Bain is a losing proposition for Mitt Romney

continued from 1A

February 1999 to run the U.S.
Olympics Committee, before the
outsourcing began. The Obama
campaign has countered with
a television ad that says under
Romney's leadership, Bain ac-
tually pioneered the outsourc-
ing of American jobs. Each cam-
paign has accused the other of

What's certain is that an odor
of mendacity pollutes the air of
this political season. And, with
so much stock being placed in
this ugly war of words, the out-
come of the presidential election
could turn on the exposure of
the fabulist in this matter.
That might not be easily done.
Though TheBoston Globe has
uncovered Securities and Ex-
change Commission documents
that show that Bain said Rom-
ney was the company's "sole
stockholder, chairman of the
board, chief executive officer
and president" until 2002, the
GOP presidential candidate
says he played no role in the
running of the company after

1999. His denial comes even
as the newspaper uncovered a
Massachusetts financial disclo-
sure form in which Romney re-
ported that he earned executive
compensation from the firm in
2001 and 2002.
Seizing on this issue, the
Obama campaign started air-
ing some hard-hitting television
ads in battleground states that
appear to have chipped away at
Romney's support.

Romney's campaign respond-
ed with a TV ad that calls the
president a liar, a claim sup-
ported by TheWashington Post.
Its Fact Checker column con-
cluded after examining the

documents the Globe uncov-
ered "that Romney essentially
left Bain in 1999" and played
no part in outsourcing U.S.
But PolitiFact.com, the Tam-
pa Bay Times' Pulitzer Prize-
winning fact-checking column,
disagreed. The "exact month
that Romney stepped away
from Bain makes little differ-
ence," it concluded this month.
The outsourcing decisions that
came after he purportedly left
his firm were "the kind of move
Romney and Bain expected"
when they invested in compa-
nies that sought to increase
their profits by moving jobs
to countries with lower labor
costs, PolitiFact.com said.


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men were standing outside of
a neighbor's home.
Two other men were shot
and killed while riding together
in Liberty City several weeks
earlier on June 26th. Greyston
Garcia, 26, had just left his job
at a convenience store and was
in his truck when shots rang
out in the 6900 block of NW
15th Avenue. Reports indicate
that he was struck and killed
by a stray bullet. When po-
lice arrived on the scene, they
also found 16-year-old Ron-
ald Dwayne Jones critically
injured on an adjoining side

But deadly gunfire
isn't just occurring in
Liberty City. On July
10th, one man was
killed and another in-
jured in Miami Gar-
dens in a drive-by
shooting on Miami
Gardens Drive and REGAi
NE 18th Avenue. All
of these shootings remain un-
solved and officials continue
to debate whose to blame and
what to do.

City Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones says there have
been several shootings on her'
own block the same street

where her children
play and has "had
"The City of Miami
has a gang problem
for me that's now
a matter of fact," she
said "That's why I met
.ADO with the City of Miami
Police Chief Manuel
Orosa on Monday," she said.
"We are going over strate-
gies to bring all law enforce-
ment agencies together. Frank
[Wiko] was one of the good
guys a Rhodes Scholar and
football standout who came
back home and was coaching
for the Liberty City Optimist
Club. He was shot right here
on my block. With the football

season almost upon ,Regalado said he too
us, we have got to find wants to stop the vio-
some solutions to this P lence. But he was un-
escalating violence. willing to attribute it
We cannot allow this to gangs.
to spill over into our "Before you can find
parks. That's why we a cure you have to
are sitting down with know what the dis-
coaches and other SECE- ONES ease is," he said. "I
volunteers to make SPENCEJONESjust don't have enough
sure we are all on the same evidence to say whether these
page. When people see some- shootings are gang-related,
thing suspicious going on, they drug-related or summer heat-
have to call the police. As for related. But holding marches
all this ducking and dogging and press conferences are not
that some officials are doing, the solution. Nothing is more
let me make it very plain important to me than the safe-
this appears to be gang-related ty of our citizens. A plan is now
violence. And we must put an being formulated by the police
end to it." department in conjunction
City of Miami Mayor Tomas with residents and clergy. It

would be unwise to discuss the
details of the plan, but there is
a plan that we will unfold very
City of Miami Chief of Police
Manuel Orosa was unavailable
for comment.
On Wed., July 25 at 11 a.m.,
Spence-Jones will lead a group
at the Sherdavia Jenkins Peace
Park for a ceremony that will
pay tribute to victims of gun vio-
lence. New initiatives will be an-
nounced that day as part of the
Hot Spot Campaign. Cast mem-
bers of 48 Hours will also be on
hand. And on Sat., Aug. 11, the
11th Annual Miami Peace in Da
Hood Festival will take place on
MLK Blvd, 62nd Street between
7th and 10th Avenue.

FAMU officials appoint Larry Robinson interim president

continued from 1A

of his 2010-2011 base
salary at the minimum con-
tractual level $81,250. Am-
mons had previously planned
to stay at the helm for 90 days
but changed his mind.
He said in his letter to Bad-
ger, "There are new challenges
that must be met head on .
. After considerable thought,
introspection and conversa-
tions with my family, I have
decided to resign . follow-

ing the presidency, I will con-
tinue my work on science,
technology, engineering and
math [STEM] initiatives as a
tenured full professor on our
great faculty."
Some speculate that the
move was made after the
family of Robert Champion,
the Marching 100 drum ma-
jor who died more than six
months ago following a hazing
incident, added the Universi-
ty to their lawsuit last week.
Champion's parents have al-
ready sued the bus company,

saying the driver allowed the
hazing to take place. The band
has since been suspended
with 11 members facing felo-
ny hazing charges; two others
face misdemeanors for their

Robinson's appointment
is subject to confirmation at
the next regularly scheduled
Board meeting which will take
place in August. It was appar-
ent from the comments made

during the Board meeting that
he is both well liked and high-
ly respected. With a Ph.D. in
nuclear chemistry from Wash-
ington University in St. Louis,
he joined FAMU in 1997 as
the director of the Environ-
mental Sciences Institute. He
has served the school twice as
university provost.
"I am grateful for this oppor-
tunity to serve at this critical
time in the University's his-
tory," Robinson said. "There is
work to be done and I stand
ready to do my absolute best

TB cases remain problematic in State of Florida

continued from 1A

"The Palm Beach Post made
a reckless choice to misinform
you by reporting on a cluster
of TB patients that posed no
public health risk and posi-
tioning this as a secret," Arm-
strong stated.
According to Armstrong's
statement, Duval County
Health Department public-
ly addressed the issue and
worked openly with the Cen-
ter for Disease Control and

local leaders via the Jackson-
ville Community TB Coalition.
While the DOH did not deny
that potentially 3,000 people
might have interacted with at
least one person who might
have TB, they insist that infec-
tion is not easily obtained.
TB is caused by airborne
bacteria spread through
coughing or close contact with
those already infected.
"To be at risk, you must be
exposed to the organisms con-
stantly, by living or working
in close quarters with some-

one who has the active dis-
ease," said Dr. Steven Harris,
Department of Health deputy
Harris also noted that most
people who are infected never
have display symptoms, mak-
ing the disease even more eva-
"It is nearly impossible to
catch TB from casual contact
with 'an infected person," :he
According to the DOH, mis-
quoted data pointed to 13
deaths and 99 illnesses asso-

ciated with the a cluster of TB
patients in Duval County. But
that was over an eight-year pe-
riod [2004 to 2012] not in what
many assumed was one year.
The number of infected indi-
viduals in Florida for the 2012
calendar year is 284, which
includes all types of TB, ac-
cording to the DOH. Despite
recent reports, the DOH in-
sists that the presence of TB
in Florida has been declining
since 1994, which reported a
total of 1,764 cases for that

Is Jennifer Carroll a victim or a predator?

continued from 1A

Internet wires ablaze with
commentaries and questions.
In her appearance on Chan-
nel 10, Carroll explained that
the allegations that she en-
gaged in a romantic relation-
ship with her travel aide Be-
atriz Ramos are not possible
for one simple reason: "Black
women that look like me don't
engage in relationships like
that." Carroll said.
People offended by Carroll's
statement took to Twitter to
convey their opinions and to

visually demonstrate their
Inspired by a HuffPost Gay
Voices reader @doriaroberts
women, posted pictures of
themselves with the hashtag
#ThisIsWhatA LesbianLooks-
Like to illustrate that there is
no officially assigned aesthet-
ic for lesbians.
One woman, Jaye, tweeted:
"Black women who are pro-
fessional, well educated, well
spoken and well dressed just
might be lesbians too."


Carletha Cole, the woman
making the allegations against
Carroll, worked as an adminis-
trative assistant for Carroll and
alleges that she walked in on a
sexual encounter between Car-
roll and Ramos..
Carroll emphasizes that a
woman like her in a 29-year
marriage with children does not
typically engage in affairs. But
then, on the other hand, her ac-
cuser is both a grandmother and
a minister. By their positions in
life, it would seem, neither would
have been involved in any mis-
The Miami Times contacted

Governor Scott's and Lieuten-
ant Carroll's office numerous
times via phone and e-mail but
received a response from Carroll.
However, in a late-breaking re-
sponse, Scott's press secretary,
Lane Wright, said the following
as it relates to the accusations
against Carroll: "These accusa-
tions are outrageous we are
focused on creating jobs."
In a late-breaking response,
Scott's press secretary, Lane
Wright, said the following as
it relates to the accusations
against Carroll: "These accu-
sations are outrageous we
are focused on creating jobs."

to keep FAMU on its path of
success. During this period,
I look forward to serving our
students, faculty, staff, alum-
ni and supporters."
Robinson knows he has a
tough job ahead of him. In
recent months, FAMU has
been faced with a number of
problems besides the hazing
debacle including: graduation
rates; retention and enroll-
ment numbers; accounting ir-
regularities; and even allega-
tions of sexual assault at the

University's affiliated elemen-
tary-middle-high school.
Trustee Torey L. Alston said
Robinson was the best person
to help stabilize the Univer-
"With Dr. Ammons no lon-
ger in charge we need to move
swiftly but wisely," he said.
"It's time to do some major
cleaning up while Robinson
serves as our interim presi-
dent. Everyone is looking to
us to get things in order. We
cannot afford to delay."

Obama needs Black vote to secure presidency

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jority of Black voters' support,
but recognizes Obama can't
count on the margins he once
"Every percentage point that
we chip away from President
Obama counts," Wall said.
The reality is that a number of
other changes could affect the
influence of the Black vote, even
if it does fall to 2004 levels. In-
creased turnout of Hispanic vot-
ers, who went heavily for Obama
in 2008, or drops in turnout of

conservative Republicans could
conceivably offset a lower Black-
voter turnout.
Marc Morial, National Urban
League president, said the Black
vote should not be thought of as
static, even if Black voters are
expected to overwhelmingly cast
their ballots for Obama.
"We wanted to point out that
turnout makes a difference and
Black turnout makes a differ-
ence," he said.
Black voter voter turnout has
been on a steady climb since
1996, when turnout was just
53 percent, down from the 1992

turnout of 59.2 percent. How-
ever, such downturns in turn-
out after record highs have been
seen in major cities where Blacks
have been elected mayor, said
Andra Gillespie, an associate
professor of political science at
Emory University. "Usually turn-
out drops on the second elec-
tion," she said. "The incumbent
is usually re-elected easily but
voter participation is smaller."
Gillespie said mobilization will
be key, adding: "You just can't
take anything for granted in this
type of race where you've got this
level of polarization."

Forum promises to be enlightening and exciting

continued from 1A

races up for grabs, it would be
impossible to feature every can-
didate. But based on the inter-
ests and responses of our readers,
some of the selected candidates
that will take to the podium in-
clude: Carlos Gimenez and Joe
Martinez [county mayor]; Kath-
erine Fernandez Rundle and
Rod Vereen [state attorney]; and
candidates for county commis-
sion District 1, 3 and 9: Barbara

Jordan and Shirley Gibson; Ali-
son Austin, Audrey Edmonson
and Keon Hardemon; and Den-
nis C. Moss, respectively.
A meet and greet reception
will be held each night begin-
ning at 8:30 p.m. Every candi-
date on the ballot for the Au-
gust 14th primary is invited to
attend and participate in the
meet and greet for either or both
evenings, even if they are not a
featured speaker. They will also
be introduced to the audience
at the beginning of the program

on both nights.
Readers who wish to get more
involved may submit any ques-
tions they might have to the edi-
tor at kmcneir@miamitimeson-
The political forum will be
moderated by The Miami Times'
senior editor, D. Kevin McNeir, on
Thursday night. MSNBC corre-
spondent and managing editor for
The Grio, Joy-Ann Reid, will join
McNeir as co-moderator on Fri-
day. The public is invited to this
historic event.


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Opa Locka Center, 16425 NW 25th-Avenue, Miami, FL 33054
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South Miami Center, 6125 SW 68th Street, Miami, FL 33143
Liberty Square Center, 6304 NW 14th Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
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County commissioners adopt

new rules that protect cab drivers

Agreeing that taxicab driv-
ers in Miami-Dade County
should be treated fairly, Mi-
ami-Dade County Commis-
sioners recently approved a
law making it illegal for cab
companies to force drivers
to sign unfair lease agree-
ments as a precondition to
driving a taxi.
The measure, which was
sponsored by Commissioner
Jean Monestime, District 2,
was seen as a win for taxi-
cab drivers in the C6unty
who sought to level the ne-
gotiating field between pow-
erful cab companies and
the taxicab operators who
actually provide the driving
services to the County's res-
idents and tourists. Under
the new law, companies can
no longer require a taxicab
driver to lease, purchase or
finance a vehicle from the
company as a requirement
in order to drive for that

More than 30 taxicab driv-
ers turned out to the Board
of County Commissioners
meeting to lend their sup-
port for the new law on July
3, as commissioners consid-
ered the legislation.
"This marks the begin-

ning of a new relationship
between the taxicab com-
panies and drivers," Mon-
estime said. "These drivers
are small business owners
and they provide a crucial
and necessary service to our

Harlem News boy

Schomburg Center

celebrates Gordon Parks

By Felicia R. Lee

This year marks the
100th anniversary of the
birth of Gordon Parks, the
renowned photographer,
writer and filmmaker.
Beginning Thursday, the
Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture
in New York is commemo-
rating the centennial with
an exhibition of 100 of his
images from six decades,
several on public display
for the first time.
The exhibition, called
"Gordon Parks: 100 Mo-
ments," includes some
of Parks's more famous
work, including "American
Gothic, Washington, D.C.,"
which depicts a Black
cleaning woman standing
in front of an American
flag, a broom in one hand
and a mop in the back-
ground. The photographs
getting a new airing are of
children in Harlem in the
1940s, before Parks, who
was born on Nov. 30, 1912,
became famous. He died
in 2006 at 93 and lived in
New York for many years.
The free exhibition, at 515
Malcolm X Boulevard, in
Harlem, continues through
Dec. 1. The International
Center of Photography in
Manhattan is also offer-

ing an exhibition of Parks's
"Gordon photographed the
boys and girls with such
poise and grace, looking
at them with hope for the
future, free of the troubles
caused by segregation,"
Deborah Willis, the guest
curator for the project said
in a recent interview. "They
are newspaper boys, fruit
vendors, girls and boys
playing and posing on the
sidewalks in Harlem." Wil-
lis, the chairwoman of the
Department of Photography
and Imaging at New York
University's Tisch School
of the Arts, said Parks had
been a mentor and inspira-
tion for her own career as a
"He loved children," Wil-
lis said. "The images to me

were able to talk about his
love for the sense of com-
munity. The exhibition is
mostly the '40s and high-
lights his portraiture in the
'40s and '50s he photo-
graphed Marian Anderson,
Langston Hughes, Ralph
Ellison. There is also an
audio component, with an
interview of him talking
about moving to Harlem
and living in the Y and
meeting other photogra-
phers and artists."
Parks's work ranged
from shots of high-fashion
models of all hues to por-
trayals of ordinary Blacks.
He often documented social
struggle and is known for
his two decades of work at
Life magazine, where his
portrait subjects ranged
from Barbra Streisand to
Malcolm X, as well as a
famous photographic essay
of Flavio da Silva, a poor,
malnourished Brazilian
Parks broke new ground
as the first major black
director in Hollywood when
he directed the film adapta-
tion of his autobiographical
novel, "The Learning Tree,"
in 1969. He is also known
for directing the 1971 film
"Shaft," about a cool, sexy
Black detective. It became
a classic of the genre




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THURSDAY & FRIDAY, July 26-27 at 6:30 p.m.
Both forums will be held at The Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church
1750 NW 3rd Avenue

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James Bush, III (unconfirmed)
Ron Saunders
State Rep.107
John Patrick Julien
Barbara Watson
State Rep.108
Daphne Campbell
Alix Desulme
Pat Santangelo
State Rep.109
Cynthia Stafford
State Rep. 117
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Harold James Ford
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Carlos Gimenez
Joe Martinez
Miami-Dade State Attorney
Katherine Fernandez Rundle
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For his 102nd birthday,
, Fred Norman Goodison kept
it simple. Friends, family and
S loved ones traveled from as far
away as his native Jamaica,
London/England or from Port
St. Lucie, to congregate at
Goodison's North Miami home
on Saturday, July 14th to give
best wishes to the birthday
However, the 102-year-old
did not view the day as any
different from previous days -
everyday provides him with an
opportunity to be grateful.
"I am happy because I
couldn't praise the Lord if I
was dead," he said. So, "when
I wake up in the morning I'm
blessed. When I go to sleep
I'm blessed."
Although Goodison is afflict-
ed with some health ailments
including failing eyesight and
loss of hearing, he is other-
wise in solid health.

"Believe you me, he just
stopped driving about three
years ago," said Claris Wyn-
ters. The pair met at their
church, Trinity Church, and
have been close friends for the
last dozen years. Nowadays,
she often visits to check in
on Goodison. "He still gets

around [by walking] and still
does his own banking and
Goodison himself is not
surprised to find himself living
for more than 10 decades. The
secret? Good genes.
"My ancestors have all lived
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By Kaila Heard
kheard@naminuimeonhnli e.com t

Having an idea for a business, pitching your
idea to potential investors, and figuring out
how you intend to market your services to
future customers may sound like the type of
tasks that only eager adults undertake, but
for the youth who attended the 501 c non-
profit organization's Parafruit Education 2012
summer camp, such [tasks] are merely regular
part of their day.
Ray Parris founded the non-profit. Parafruit
Education, to teach children ho\% to win at
On Thursday, July 12th. 15 campers rang-
ing from first through ninth graders, present-
ed their business plans to a panel of judges to
determine whose idea was best.
S: The competition was the culminauon of

Parafruit Education's seven week youth sum-
mer camp.
For the last five years, the camp, which ac-
cepts first through ninth graders, has taught
its students the various aspects of starting
and maintain a business. Campers also took
field trips to local businesses and received lec-
tures from business owners to learn first hand
the hardships and joys of being an entrepre-
This year's business competition winner
included Nlary-um Falin whose art and graph-
ics idea won for best overall business plan and
Ray,hana Parns who presented the best 30
second pitch for her idea for a recycling center
When asked why she came up with the busi-
ness idea. Parris responded "Because it helps
the Earth and I want it to stay clean."
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Episcopalians approve rite

to bless same-sex unions

By Laurie Goodstein

The Episcopal Church on
Tuesday approved an official
liturgy for blessing same-sex
unions, enabling priests who
have the approval of their bish-
ops to bestow the church's
blessing on gay couples whether
they live in a state where same-
sex marriage is legal or not.
The adoption of an official rite,
significant in a church in which
liturgy is central, further solidi-
fies the Episcopal Church's shift
to the left on sexual minorities.
A day earlier, the church voted
to approve a nondiscrimination
policy that will allow transgen-
dered people to be ordained to
the priesthood.
The vote on gay blessings,
which took place at the church's
triennial General Convention in
Indianapolis, was 171 to 50.
The vote was by the House of
Deputies, which includes lay-
people and clergy members.
The church has a bicameral

structure, and its House of
Bishops overwhelmingly ap-
proved the new liturgy on Mon-
day by a vote of 111 to 41, with
3 abstentions.
"This is significant because
it's saying, This is around to
stay this is not a passing fad,'
" said Mary A. Tolbert, founding
director of the Center for Lesbi-
an and Gay Studies in Religion
and Ministry at Pacific School
of Religion, in Berkeley, Calif.
"It's making a statement about
the continued presence of gay
and lesbian people among the
congregations of the Episcopal
Church, and that their lives
need to be marked by liturgy as
At the church's General Con-
vention three years ago, priests
were granted provisional per-
mission to bless gay couples if
their bishops allowed it and
about 30 bishops did, said
Bishop Thomas C. Ely of Ver-
mont, who was among them.
But many bishops, he said,

have been waiting until the
General Convention passed a
specific liturgy to give their per-
The resolution explicitly al-
lows bishops who do not ap-
prove of same-sex relation-
ships to prohibit their priests
from using the liturgy. It calls
the liturgy "provisional," saying
it will be re-evaluated in three
years. It also does not refer to
the liturgy as a marriage rite,
calling it instead "The Witness-
ing and Blessing of a Lifelong
But the liturgy includes many
of the elements of a marriage
rite, said the Rev. Ruth Mey-
ers, a liturgist who oversaw
the development of the same-
sex blessing over the last three
years as chairwoman of the
Standing Commission on Lit-
urgy and Music.
"There are a lot of similari-
ties," she said in an interview.
"The couple give their consent
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For the past 16 of those 32
years, he has been serving
as the pastor of Philadelphia
Evangelical Baptist Church.
With approximately 250
members, the church's con-
gregation has a majority of
youth members ranging in age
from 17 to 32, many of who
are in colleges or universities.
Services are conducted in Cre-
ole and English.
During any weekly service,
it is likely worshippers will
hear Milien preaching about
the importance of love and
"Living in this time
of stress and [econom-
ic] depression, we have
to teach people about
unity and love how to
love themselves, God
and others," he said.
The church promotes
a popular feeding and
clothing ministry that
provides supplies and do-
nations for people current-
ly living in Haiti, where many
people are still struggling to
survive more than two years

after a devastating earthquake
struck the island nation.
"For us living in America, we
are very blessed, so that's why
we say thanks to God a lot,"
he said.
In recent years, churches
from all denominations and
serving various sized mem-
bership have been called on
to provide relief and sus-
tenance to

' com-
munities in several
different ways food, shelter
or economic assistance. When
the Miami Times asked if
people were expecting church-

es to handle too much, Milien
calmly replied: No.
"The church is always will-
ing to serve those in need," he
said. "We have a good church
that is always willing to help
others that's the way it
should be. Milien also believes
that people should treat them-
selves with care as well.
So every year the
church hosts
a health fair
which provides
free screenings
for chronic
s ailments such
tas diabetes,
high blood
pressure and
"The Bible
tells us that our bodies
are the temples of God," he
said. "We as ministers have
to take care of ourselves, we
have to take care of our bod-
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Membership may not be adversely affected

continued from 9B
to being joined in lifelong com-
mitment, they exchange vows.
There's the possibility of ex-
changing rings, or, for cou-
ples who have been together
for some time and already
have rings, to have their rings
blessed. There is a blessing
over the couple.
"But we're clear at this point
that this is not a marriage,"
she said, "because the Epis-
copal Church is not in agree-
ment in its understanding of
Opponents said that the ca-
veats did not assuage their

concerns. Bishop Edward S.
Little, who leads the Diocese
of Northern Indiana, said in
an interview, "The claim is that
this is simply a blessing, but
I do believe in any event it's
going to be understood in the
wider Christian community as
marriage, and in the secular
world as the church having au-
thorized same-sex marriage."
Bishop Little said he would
not allow the blessing in his
diocese, though he knows that
there are priests "of good con-
science and good faith" and
church members in his diocese
who "yearn" for such a liturgy.
He said he would be talking
with them privately about how

to proceed.
Nine years ago the church
took what was then the mon-
umentally controversial step
of approving the consecration
of its first openly gay bishop,
Gene Robinson of New Hamp-
shire. That decision prompted
conservative parishes and
even some dioceses to break
with the church and form a
new conservative alliance.
It also caused an uproar
in the global Anglican Com-
munion, a network of nation-
al churches that trace their
founding to the Church of
England and now claim about
80 million members. The Epis-
copal Church, the American

branch of Anglicanism, has
about 1.9 million members,
down from 2.3 million in 2003.
Bishop Little said he did not
anticipate that Tuesday's deci-
sion would have tremendous
repercussions on membership.
"My instinct is there will be
some departures, but probably
not massive," he said.
The United Church of Christ,
which voted in 2005 to support
marriage for same-sex couples,
already has rites for blessing
such unions. But it does not
have one official version for
the entire church, because
the denomination is more de-
centralized than the Episcopal

Old age prescription: Don't worry, be happy

continued from 9B

a long time," he said. "My great
grandmother lived to be 107."
Goodison was one of four sib-
lings including two sisters and
brothers. Currently, his sister
is his only other living sibling.
Born on July 14th, 1910 in
Richmond, Jamaica, Goodison
permanently moved to the Unit-
ed States 22 years ago to live
with his wife, who was working
as a nurse. When he lived in
Jamaica, Goodison worked as a

worker in the aluminum miners
and as a farmer. Once he was
stateside, he became a ware-
house worker before retiring.
Once he was stateside, he be-
came a warehouse worker be-
fore retiring.
In years past, Goodison, who
has a natural affinity for fixing
various machines, also enjoyed
handling many household re-
pairs from electrical to the me-
chanical, especially fixing his
own car.
Godison, who is still confident
of his own mental prowess, at

one point declaring during the
interview with the Miami Times,
"If I was to go back to Jamaica
right now, I could be directing a
farm or a plantation."
But nowadays, he, enjoys
spending his time painting or
"Some people like to just sit
around," he said. But, "I like to
produce something because it
brings out the [energy] in me.
It proves that I'm not yet gone.
I'm still alive and capable."
During his lifetime, he's ac-
quired several important les-

sons: treat others the way you
want to be treated, loving the
Lord. But one of the most im-
portant is to be slow to anger.
"There is nothing that can-
not be solved with thoughtful-
ness," he said. "Any provoca-
teur or like provocation is not
my problem. It is who caused
the provocation it is their prob-
As proof, of this last ad-
age's effectiveness, Goodison
stroked his smooth cheek, "You
see any wrinkles on this face?"
he asked. "See, don't worry."

Symbol and guide for the life of today's youth

continued from 9B
Meanwhile, Rickey Wright,
Yasin Parris, and Khalid Salim
placed first, second, and third
respectively in the chess com-

"Para means for' in spanish
and fruit is a symbol of life,"
explained Parris. "It's basi-

cally giving life in empowering
young kids with a vision and
dream to do unique things in
With that in mind, Parris es-
tablished Parafruit Education
to teach children using finan-
cial literacy, the fine arts and
technology. The organization
teaches these skills by having
youth learn and master video
production, music production,
internet entrepreneurship,
graphic and web design and

even creative writing. Skills
that Parris knows from per-
sonal experience that can ben-
efit individuals as children and
well into adulthood.
"I grew up drawing as a
young kid and had started my
own business at a young age,"
explained Parris, whose skills
also allowed the Virgin Islands
native to win a scholarship to
Miami's New World School of
the Arts.
Since then Parris has con-

tinued to freelance as a visu-
al and graphic design artist,
while finishing his post gradu-
ate degrees and working as a
renowned teacher in South
"If you find something that
you love to do then you can
turn it into a business. If we
develop this passion [and busi-
ness skills] in our kids then
they can become the self suf-
ficient thinkers in our society,"
Parris said.

Ebenezer Commu-
nity Church to host Back
to School Jamboree. Call

St. Mary's Wesleyan
Methodist Church to host
a Caribbean/Soul food fes-
tival. Call 786-290-3520.

First Baptist Church
Piney Grove to host a
concert. Call 954-735-

Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church to
host a Family and Friends
praise service. Every
week. and a unity prayer
breakfast. Call 305-696-

/*N New Corinth Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
,will celebrate its anniver-
sary. Call 786-350-6221.

Valley Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
to host a community health
fair. Call 305-835-8316.

So. FL Jurisdiction
The South Florida Jurisdic-
tion Church of God in Christ
cordially invites the community
to its 14th Annual Holy Con-
vocation July 23-29 at Gamble
Memorial COGIC, 1898 NW 43
Street, where Bishop Julian C.
Jackson is Senior Minister and
host pastor.
The convocation will com-
mence with a musical extrava-
ganza Monday night at 7:30
p.m. Tuesday through Satur-
day, evening Sessions will begin
at 6 p.m. with Vacation Bible
Classes/Enrichment and wor-
ship services at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday services will begin
with Sunday School at 9 a.m.
and the official morning wor-
ship service at 11 a.m.
The Jurisdictional Prelate
Bishop Julian C. Jackson will

M The True Word of
Life Holiness Church to
host a revival. Call 305-

* Second Chance
istries to host a
study meeting. Call


A Mission With A
New Beginning Church
to host their annual Youth
Convention and their
Women's Department's
provides community feed-
ing. Call 786-371-3779.

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

New Mount Mori-
ah Missionary Baptist
Church holds a summer
baton twirling camp. Call

* Speaking Hands
Ministry's holds a sign
language camp for youth.
Call 954-792-7273.

Holy Convocation

deliver the official day sermon.
For additional information call
305-821-3692 or 305-757-

Jackson North
Jackson Health System

Back to School


Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* Back to School Immunizations, provided by the Miami-Dade
(please bring your child's immunization records)

* Health Screenings

- Mammograms

- Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening

Blood Pressure Screening (for those who experience numbness and
tingling in lower legs and feet)
Glucose Test
Foot Exam Vertigo Screening (for those who
experience dizziness)
* Special Seminars
Weight-Loss Surgery Mini Information Session Noon to 1 p.m.
Breast Health Seminar 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

* Family Safety Activities
Car Seat Check Ups (need to bring your car seat)
University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center
Injury Prevention
Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade
Poison Control

* Food Trucks

* Cooking Demonstrations

* Free Child Fingerprinting



County Health Department




Churches take their message to taverns

People gather to

discuss religious

topics over a beer
By Chuck Raasch

Every Monday night, Uncle
Charlie's bar in Cheyenne,
Wyo., hosts "Bibles and Beer," a
discussion that routinely pulls
in people of all faiths and an
As many as 45 people have
shown up, some toting Bibles.
Some might have a drink; oth-
ers stick to water. Some talk;
others mostly listen. There are
only a few ground rules: Avoid
debate and stick to the text to
be discussed that week.
"There really is not a focus
on drinking," insists Rodger
McDaniel, a Presbyterian min-
ister who organized the weekly
gathering more than a year
ago. "But at the same time, it
is a much more relaxed atmo-
sphere than in a church base-
ment. If I put this on in my
church, I don't think we would
have five or six people."

Across the country, faith is
becoming bar talk. The trend
combines the traditional reli-
gious charge to go where the
people are with the reality that
a lot of them are in bars. Or-
ganizers include those from
mainline churches, those
building churches and bar
owners and brewers. Some
are trying to push the model

nationally, taking an ageless
yearning for meaning and pur-
pose to places where people of-
ten go to try to wash their wor-
ries away.
"It is good to bring the Word
to wherever God is, and God is
everywhere, and people are ev-
erywhere, too," says Joe Beene,
owner of the Drunk Monkey
Tavern in the Tulsa suburb
of Glenpool. Last year, Beene
began live streaming Sunday
morning services from Tulsa's
Celebration Church into his
bar. "The people who come in
here on Sunday mornings are
people who want to hear the
Word but won't go to church."
He got his idea, he says,
from a San Jose minister who
preaches in bars. Beene says
six to eight people regularly
listen and accept his free Sun-
day brunch, and he is talking
to other bar owners to see if
they'll stream the broadcast.

"I see a lot of people that
come in here (with) issues, and
they are trying to solve those
issues or kill the pain with al-
cohol, which certainly works
short term but not so much
long term," Beene says. "I feel
they need to hear what I have
been hearing in this church."
The mixture of spirit and
spirits is not entirely new.
Catholics have sponsored
"Theology on Tap" gatherings
in bars for years.
"It is primarily an outreach
to young Catholics and those
interested in the faith, but oth-

NON-DENOMINATED MEETINGS: Linda Myatt leans over to,
read a Bible passage during a meeting at Uncle Charlie's BaR.

ers do attend," says Michael
Donohue, director of commu-
nication for the Catholic Dio-
cese of Arlington, Va., which
began "Theology on Tap" meet-
ings aimed at young people in
2001. Semi-regular gatherings
attract 150-250 people to Pat
Troy's Ireland's Own in nearby
Alexandria and 100 to the Blue
& Gray Brewing Co. in Freder-
icksburg, Va.

Last year in Raleigh, N.C.,
Cynthia and A.J. Viola began
organizing "Beer and a Bible"
at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub. They
got the idea from friends in
New Mexico doing something
similar. About 15-25 people
gather for Bible study the sec-
ond and fourth Tuesdays of

the month, which coincide
with "pint night."
"We have people who were
born with a Bible in their hands
and people who want nothing
to do with church," A.J. Viola
says. Regular attendees in-
clude a "non-practicing Mus-
lim" and a self-described athe-
ist who comes to support his
churchgoing wife.
The Violas are professional
wedding photographers and
ministers 'who have started
their own church in Raleigh.
She is an ex-bartender, and he
professes to being both "a big
fan of the Bible and also a big
fan of beer."

"There is this kind of desire to
know a little bit more about Je-

sus," A.J. Viola says. "Whether
you are a fan of church or not,
or wherever you are spiritual-
ly, Jesus was a cool guy, right?
He did a lot of good things."
He said the regulars know
that some people struggle with
alcohol, but the session is held
to an hour, and "the whole
point is conversation it al-
lows people to engage in a spir-
itual conversation we are long-
ing to have."
In Richmond, Ind., three
separate church-related
groups gather regularly at the
J&J Brewery and Big Dog Bre-
whaus, co-owner Mike Miller
says. He says people are look-
ing for places to have faith dis-
cussions in more relaxed so-
cial settings.
In Cheyenne, McDaniel's
group began last year with
Genesis and has just worked
its way through Exodus. He
says he has been surprised
and pleased that people of all
faiths have become regular at-
tendees, and that broad mix-
ture has broadened discus-
As an example, he says he
recently told the group he'd
like to skip a section of Exo-
dus on God's instructions in
tabernacle-building, a passage
he says Christians often see
as "intense and boring." Regu-
lar Jewish attendees told him,
"Oh, no, you want to go through
that." What followed, he says,
was "this incredible discussion"
about whether houses of wor-
ship should be functional and
sparse, or ornate and inspiring.

One of the Jewish attend-
ees, Jason Bloomberg, says he
would not have automatically
thought of a bar for a Bible
study, but he says the "genius
of Rodger's choice is that you
can reach out to people not
comfortable in a typical faith
"My theory is based on a very
old Jewish saying: 'Where do
you find God? Where you let
God in,' Bloomberg says.
One regular Uncle Charlie's
attendee is Ed Glaser, a retired
telephone company employee
and atheist. He says he does
not come for the beer but to
understand how religion affects
"This group of people, I think,
are looking at trying to have un-
derstanding and have common
ground," Glaser says. "I think
this group of people is very tol-
erant of different perspectives."
Mohamed Salih, a retired ju-
nior college dean and leader in
the Southeast Wyoming Islamic
Center, attends almost every
week, and he often draws paral-
lels between the Quran and the
"I strongly believe in interfaith
dialogue, and discussion and
conversation is how we are go-
ing to come together as Ameri-
cans and people of different
faiths," he says.
McDaniel says he got ques-
tions in the beginning from
people concerned about associ-
ating alcohol with the Bible. His
answer: "Jesus didn't change
wine into water."

Two Black presidents bump heads


By James A. Smith, Sr.

Fred Luter and Barack
Obama share historical distinc-
tions as Blacks' first Southern
Baptist Convention and U.S.
presidents, respectively, but on
the major political-moral issue
of gay marriage they are on op-
posite sides a disagreement
driven by Luter's commitment
to the Bible.
"I believe that nothing, noth-
ing can be politically right if it's
biblically wrong," Luter said.
"The Word of God says mar-
riage is between one man
and one woman," Luter said,
adding that "no president, no
governor, no mayor, no politi-
cian, no individual can change
that fact."
In light of the Bible's teach-
ing on marriage, Luter said he
is "totally against" Obama's
support of gay marriage.
Luter sat down for a 30-min-
ute interview with the Witness
while in Tampa to preach at
two Florida Baptist churches.
The Tampa events were Luter's
first engagements since be-
ing elected SBC president last


U.S. President
month, although the events
were scheduled even before he
decided to be a candidate for
the presidency.
While Luter disagrees with
Obama on gay marriage, he
was quick to note that it's not
the first time he has disagreed
with a president and he re-
mains committed to pray for
the president and his family.

SBC president
Following Obama's May an-
nouncement of his "evolved"
views in favor of gay marriage,
Luter said many members
of his predominantly Black
congregation, Franklin Avenue
Baptist Church in New Or-
leans, asked for his reaction.
"I told my congregation, I
support our president. I pray
for him, but on this same-

sex marriage deal, I'm totally
against it," he said. "When
I said that on that Sunday
morning, not everybody, to be
honest with you, but the ma-
jority of our members, stood up
and applauded because they've
known me to be a man of the
When others became aware
Luter's comments to his con-
gregation, he received emails
of appreciation, "because not
everybody's taking a stand on
that," he said, apparently refer-
ring to other Black pastors;
"That's one of the things I
have to deal with people feel
that because I'm Black I've got
to agree with everything that
the president says because he's
Black," Luter said.
"My mind is made up and
set on this issue and it doesn't
make me uncomfortable" to
disagree with his fellow Black
president, he said.
Luter said he is willing to
be a spokesman for Southern
Baptists on the issues of the
day with the news media, add-
ing, "I think you cannot avoid
it in this position."

Pastors' concern for others may harm their health

By Chris Lisee

Most members of the clergy
are taught to put the physical
and spiritual needs of others
first, but that self-denial may
be harmful to their own health,
according to a new Duke Uni-
versity study.
Studies of United Methodist
pastors in North Carolina found
high rates of chronic disease
and depression, and research-
ers worry it can be difficult to
convince clergy to seek help.
To address these unique
problems, Duke Divinity
School's Clergy Health Initiative
developed a program to provide
preventative care in a spiritual
"Clergy recognize the impor-
tance of caring for themselves,
but doing so takes a back seat
to fulfilling their vocational re-
sponsibilities, which are tanta-
mount to caring for an entire

community," said Rae Jean
Proeschold-Bell, the initiative's
research director and assistant
research professor at the Duke
Global Health Institute.
The institute's research found
the 40 percent obesity rate
among North Carolina United
Methodist clergy eclipsed the
state average of 29 percent.
Pastors also suffered high rates
of chronic diseases such as di-
abetes, asthma, arthritis and
hypertension. More than 10
percent showed symptoms of
depression, about double the
national rate.
Despite these health issues,
clergy were also more likely to
say their health did not nega-
tively affect their work.
Proeschold-Bell said stress,
which is tied to overeating and
weight gain, comes in .many
forms for clergy.
Pastor's schedules are unpre-
dictable and filled with diverse

activities, resulting in what Pro-
eschold-Bell called "role over-
load." She also points to an in-
ternal pressure to live faithfully
and support the community.
"Pastors have lots of social
ties, but the support goes only
in one direction," she said.
Initiative director Robin Swift
pointed to the prevalence of
food as clergy assume their hos-
pitality roles, a factor leading to
their high rates of obesity and
associated health problems.
"The community expects you to
be grateful for their hospitality,
and community happens a lot
around meals," Swift said.
To address these problems,
the institute created "Spirited
Life," a 23-month initiative that
provides spiritual, physical and
mental counseling to 1,129
pastors, representing 64 per-
cent of United Methodist clergy
in North Carolina.
Spirited Life combines stress

management, a weight loss pro-
gram and a healthy dose of the-
ology. It also links clergy to an
independent "advocate" to help
clergy address concerns.
Proeschold-Bell said Spirited
Life is the first study to combine
weight loss and stress manage-
ment interventions into a single
program lasting more than a
A study by the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America
found similarly higher rates
of physical and mental health
problems in its clergy.
That denomination and oth-
ers have established similar
support networks to enhance
clerical health.
The Episcopal Church's CRE-
DO Institute provides support
for physical, emotional, finan-
cial, vocational and spiritual
well-being of clergy. The Pres-
byterian Church (USA) offers a
similar program.

Tenn. woman hits pastor

with Bible at church

One angry church member
took out her feelings by alleg-
edly hitting the church pastor
on the head with a Bible.
"He's got the demon in
him," Ina Garrett, 63. said
about Pastor Leon Taylor,
after saying she struck the
church leader.
Now, the Tennessee woman
is facing an assault charge
following the incident, which
left the Mount Zion Baptist
Church pastor with welts on
his head.
According to a formal com-
plaint, the incident occurred
after Taylor told Garrett she
was no longer welcome in the
church. Garrett then threw
the Bible at Taylor's face.
The pastor took a swing at
the woman but did not make
contact, the report states.
Authorities witnessed the al-
leged assault.
"Evil is evil, you understand
what I'm saying? And bully-
ing is just bullying," Taylor


Ina Garrett has been ac-
cused of hitting Mt. Zion
Baptist Church's pastor on
the head with a Bible.

The church brawl might
raise a few eyebrows, but it's
not the first time an argu-
ment has broken out in a sa-
cred place.
Last year. monks fought at
the Church of the Natiity in
Bethlehem by shouting and
throwing brooms.

Rev. Jackson fifth pastoral

anniversary at Millrock

Millrock Holy M.B. Church
and Rev. Aaron Jackson, pas-
tor, invites you to his 5th pasto-
ral anniversary on Monday, July
16 at Millrock M.B. Church,
2575 NW 65 St, with Jordan
Grove M.B. Church, Rev. Doug-
las Cook; Tuesday, Holy Spirit
Ministries, Rev. Avery Jones;
Wednesday, Valley Grove M.B.
Church, Rev. Robinson; Thurs-
day, Salem M.B. Church, Rev.

John Graves; Friday, Browns-
ville Baptist M.B. Church, Rev.
Martai McCullough.
Service will start 7:30 p.m.
nightly. On Sunday, July 22
at 3:30 p.m., Ephesians M.B.
Church, Rev. P. Hilton will close
out the pastor's anniversary.
Come out and be blessed as
these men of God bring the
word of God. Everyone is wel-

Southern Echoes singing anniversary

Holy Cross Missionary Bap-
tist Church, Southern Echoes
singing anniversary, 3 p.m.,

Sunday, July 22. Donation $10
at the door. Call 786-337-1848
or 305-609-7513.

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How to love is the message

continued from 9B

For Milien, that often means
he and his wife rise early in the
morning for jogs that can last
up to six miles.
Keeping healthy is important
since the senior pastor of Phil-
adelphia Evangelical Baptist

Church also juggles a number
of other duties from being a
teacher at a seminary college to
being a chaplain at the North
Miami jail, as well as being a
chaplain at a funeral home.
Philadelphia Evangelical
Baptist Church is located at
1000 NW 111th Street in Mi-



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By Shari Motro

For most of human history, a
woman who became pregnant
after sleeping with more than
one partner had no way of de-
finitively knowing the identity
of the man with whom she had
conceived. Likewise, a man
whose lover became pregnant
had no way of knowing for sure
whether his or another man's
DNA was gestating inside her.
Since the 1970s it has been
possible to genetically link a fa-
ther and his baby with increas-

Men pay child support.
They should help pay the
costs of pregnancy, too.

ing levels of accuracy. Then, a
test using amniotic fluid let us
test a baby's DNA before birth,
but the procedure increased
the risk of miscarriage. Now a
prenatal blood test has made
the process far easier. Since a
small amount of fetal DNA is
present in a pregnant woman's
blood, the pregnancy can be ge-
netically linked to her partner
through a simple blood draw
from the woman's arm.
One of the potential ramifi-
cations is that men might be
called upon to help support
their pregnant lovers before
birth, even if the pregnancy is
ultimately terminated or ends
in miscarriage. They might
be asked to chip in for medi-
cal bills, birthing classes and
maternity clothes, to help to

cover the loss of inc
often comes with preg
to contribute to the c
Of course, plenty o
ready treat the costs
nancy as a shared re
ity. But some do no
the woman to shout
burdens alone.
Some version of th
tion already exists. T
lem is that under cui
most states frame me
nancy-related obliga
an element of child s
as part of a parent
which generally kicks
after the birth of a c
is limited to medical
Until and unless the p
produces a child, any
sociated with it are
as the woman's respo
The debate around
technology has, unfor
so far adopted this fi
beling the test a pate:
and the potential obli.

By Laura Saunders

The U.S. Supreme Court has
upheld most of the massive
health-care changes Congress
passed in 2010. Their ulti-
mate fate depends on whether
November's elections provide
traction to a vocal group of
lawmakers who want to repeal
While some changes have
taken effect already, others
haven't-and won't kick in
for years. "For many people,
the most important provisions
are yet to come," says Mark
Luscombe, a tax specialist at
publisher CCH, a WoltersKlu-
wer WKL.AE +0.15 percent
business, which closely tracks
changes in federal laws.
Here's a guide to the status
of some of the most notable
changes affecting individu-
als-and their wallets. [Note:
Some provisions affect older
plans or policies on a different
schedule, or not at all.)

Group health plans are re-
quired to cover the children of
enrolled parents until age 26.
"Child" includes stepsons and
stepdaughters, adopted chil-
dren and ehgible foster chil-
A small-business health-
insurance tax credit is avail-
able to employers with fewer
than 25 employees, or the
According to the Govern-
ment Accountability Office,
only about 170,000 employers
claimed this credit in 2010 out
of an estimated pool of up to 4
million eligible firms, perhaps
because of the complexity of
calculating the credit. Terms
of the credit change in 2014.
New plans and policies are
required to cover certain pre-
ventive services without co-
payments, including unmuni-
zations, routine mammograms
for women age 40 and older.
and colorectal cancer screen-
ing beginning at age 50. For
a partial bst. see HealthCare
funds may no longer be used to
pay for nonprescription drugs
except insulin, but they may
still be used for supplies such

begins at conception

A woman's right to choose is
sometimes eclipsed by an abu-
sive partner who pressures her
f into terminating or continuing
3" oa pregnancy against her will,
and preglimony could exac-
erbate this dynamic. But the
existence of bullies shouldn't
dictate the rules that govern all
of society. In the name of pro-
tecting the most vulnerable,
it sets the bar too low for the
mainstream, casting lovers as
strangers and pregnancy as
only a woman's problem.
It's also possible that preg-
limony could deter a different
come that child support. form of abuse by making men
gnancy, or Rather than focusing on the who pressure their partners
cost of an relationship between the man into unprotected sex, on the as-
and a hypothetical child, the sumption that the woman will
f men al- new technology invites us to terminate an unwanted preg-
of preg- change the way we think about nancy, financially liable for the
sponsibil- the relationship between un- potential result.
t, leaving married lovers who conceive. At the end of the day, preg-
ulder the Both partners had a role in the limony stands to benefit men
conception; it's only fair that too, especially those who want
is obliga- they should both take respon- to help but are turned away.
The prob- sibility for its economic conse- How many well-intentioned
rrent law, quences, men have been dismissed with
men's preg- Former spouses are often "I don't want your money" or
tions as required to pay alimony; for- "You've done enough damage;
support or mer cohabiting partners may now stay away from my daugh-
ge order, have to pay palimony; why not ter"? Preglimony names and in
s in only ask men who conceive with a that way honors the man's role
child and woman to whom they are not in caring for his pregnant lover.
expenses, married to pay "preglimony"? A man and a woman who con-
regnancy Alternatively, we might simply ceive are intimately connected.
costs as- encourage preglimony through They are not spouses, and they
regarded the tax code, by allowing preg- may not even continue to be
onsibility. nancy-support payments to be lovers, but they are not strang-
the new deductible (which is how alimo- ers either.
rtunately, ny is treated). We've known this for a long
rame, la- The most frequent objection I time. Preglimony provides an
rnity test hear to this idea is that it will opportunity for the law to catch
gation as give men a say over abortion. up.

as bandages, contact lenses
and blood-sugar test kits. Ac-
cording to Luscombe, some
health-care providers are writ-
ing prescriptions for over-the-
counter medicines for their
patients to get around the
new requirements.
Indoor tanning parlors
must pay a 10 percent excise
tax on amounts charged to
Beginning this year, most
employers filing 250 or more
W-2 forms must list the cost
of health coverage on each
form. The reporting is for in-
formational purposes only.

A 3.8 percent tax on net
investment income takes ef-
fect for most joint filers with
adjusted gross income above
$250,000 ($200,000 for
singles). It applies to gross
income from interest, divi-
dends, annuities, royalties
and rents-unless the income
is from a business the taxpay-
er actively engages in-and to
net gains from investments. It
might also apply to large net
gains on the sale of a home.
(For more details, see "Get
Ready for the New Investment
Tax," June 30.)
A 0.9 percent Medicare
surtax will apply to most joint
filers' wages and self-employ-
ment income above $250,000
($200,000 for singles).
The threshold for taxpay-
ers claiming an itemized de-
duction for medical expenses
nses to 10 percent from 7.5
percent of adjusted gross in-
come. For taxpayers (and
spouses) 65 or older, however,
the AGI threshold continues
to be 7.5 percent until 2017.
For those subject to the al-
ternative minimum tax, the
threshold remains 10 percent
of AGI.
Contributions to flexible
spending accounts are capped
at $2.500 per employee, down
from $5,000 or more per em-
ployee. The new cap is ad-
justed for inflation beginning
in 2013.
A medical-device excise
tax of 2.3 percent of the sale
price applies to certain prod-
ucts. The tax doesn t apply to
eyeglasses, contact lenses and

hearing aids, but will apply to
items such as pacemakers,
stents and artificial hips. The
House has repealed this pro-
vision, but it's unclear if the
Senate will act.

The first penalties will be
levied on individuals without
insurance. The penalty is a
flat amount or a percentage of
income, whichever is greater,
and it phases in over three
For 2014, the dollar pen-
alty is $95. rising to $695 as
of 2016. The 2014 income
percentage is one percent, ris-
ing to 2.5 percent as of 2016.
This amount is uncapped, says
Luscombe-a fact relevant to
the wealthy who self-insure.
In general, individuals
with employer-provided cover-
age meeting minimum stan-
dards will be exempt from the
penalty, as will people covered
by Medicaid and Medicare and
members of a religion opposed
to accepting benefits.
Large employers (more
than 50 full-time workers or
the equivalent) must pay an
assessment if they don't offer
employees certain minimum
coverage at an affordable rate.
Each state must establish
an "exchange" offering health
plans to individuals and small-
business employers. Coverage
will be classified as bronze,
silver, gold or platinum. Small
businesses are defined as
those with fewer than 25 full-
time employees and average
annual wages of less than
$50,000 for those employees.
If a state doesn't comply, the
Department of Health and Hu-
man Services will operate a
substitute exchange.
Insurers must not impose
exclusions for pre-existing
conditions, or annual or life-
time limits on the dollar value
of health benefits, except in
cases of fraud. (A similar provi-
sion affecting enrollees under
age 19 took effect in 2010.)

So-called Cadillac plans-
employer-sponsored health
coverage exceeding a certain
value-is subject to a 40 per-
cent excise tax. The thresh-


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preventing HIV spread

By Monte Morin

As the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration weighs approval
of a radical new method of AIDS
prevention a pill taken once a
day -- advocates say the results
of experimental trials in sub-
Saharan Africa argue strongly
for the drug's adoption in the
United States.
The pill was developed to
treat people already infected
with HIV. But studies published
Wednesday by the New England
Journal of Medicine demon-
strate that it can also prevent
heterosexual transmission of
HIV, the most common mode of
contagion in Africa.
A growing number of doctors
in the U.S. are already prescrib-

posed to the drug's approval as
a prophylaxis in the U.S. be-
cause it claims the pill has dan-
gerous side effects, is expensive
and will detract from proven
methods of AIDS prevention,
such as condom use. The drug
costs about $10,000 a year.
In all three trials, subjects
were given either Truvada or a
placebo. The treatment's suc-
cess was related to whether
the subjects used the drug as
intended and how strongly they
saw themselves to be at risk of
The study that showed the
highest rate of success involved
4,747 married couples in Kenya
and Uganda. In each case, one
of the spouses had HIV and the
other was uninfected. Truvada

Although 95 percent of test subjects told researchers they
were taking the pills regularly, blood tests suggested that
less than 40 percent of the women actually did so.

ing the drug to uninfected high-
risk patients as an off-label use,
and some insurers are covering
the expense.
"It's not officially monitored,
but its use is on the rise," said
Dr. Robert Grant of the Univer-
sity of California at San Fran-
cisco's Gladstone Institute of
Virology and Immunology, who
worked on one of the studies.
Researchers began studying
the ability of the blue tablets
sold under the brand name Tru-
vada to prevent the spread of
HIV to uninfected gay men and
heterosexual men and women
several years ago; the FDA has
said it will make a determina-
tion on the drug's use for HIV
prevention by Sept. 14.
Publication of the Africa drug
trials comes less than two
weeks before the Internation-
al AIDS Conference starts in
The Los Angeles-based AIDS
Healthcare Foundation is op-
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reduced virus transmission by
up to 75 percent, the report
However, a related study that
focused exclusively on healthy
women in Kenya, South Africa
and Tanzania was discontinued
early because Truvada failed
to significantly reduce infec-
tion rates. Although 95 percent
of test subjects told research-
ers they were taking the pills
regularly, blood tests suggested
that less than 40 percent of the
women actually did so.
The third study involved
healthy single men and wom-
en in Botswana ages 18 to 39.
Half were asked to take Tru-
vada once a day, and the other
half took a placebo. Over three
years, those who got the medi-
cine were 62 percent less likely
to be infected than those who
got the dummy pill, reported re-
searchers from the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-
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MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 18-24, 2012





Summer's warmer temperatures
and longer days give us more oppor-
tunities to be outside enjoying our-
selves. As the temperatures rise and
the humidity soars, you may start
hearing the weather stations talk
about the "heat index." A heat index
tells the temperature your body feels
when the actual air temperature is
combined with the relative humidity.
This means that if the temperature
outside is 900 F, and the humidity
is 70 percent, then it feels like 105
o F. If you're directly in the sun, the
heat index might be as much as 15

degrees higher.
This combination
of heat and humid-
ity makes it harder for
your body to cool itself
by giving off heat. As a
result, your body's in-
ternal temperature will
rise, and heat-related
illnesses might result.
Older adults, young
children, and those
who are sick or over-
weight are most likely
to develop problems


due to heat, but anyone
can have a heat-related
"During the summer,
we typically receive an
influx of patients in our
emergency department
with signs and symptoms
of heat illnesses," said
Genesi Gonzalez, Nurse
Manager of Emergency
Services at North Shore
Medical Center. "In many
cases, these illnesses are
preventable with proper

hydration and early recognition of
the symptoms. I recommend drink-
ing plenty of fluids, especially the
ones that can replace electrolytes
in the body. Drinks such as sports
drinks are essential to maintaining

For most people, there are warn-
ing signs that the heat is beginning
to affect you. The first signs may be
muscle cramps in your stomach,
arms or legs. You may notice swell-

ing in your feet, legs and ankles.
Another early warning sign may be
dizziness or feeling faint. People tak-
ing certain medications including
beta-blockers may be more prone to
heat-related dizziness. If you notice
these early signs of heat illnesses,
here are some steps you can take:
Stop any physical activity and
move to a cooler, shady area.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid
drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
Put your legs up if you notice
swelling or feel dizzy.
Please turn to HEAT 14B

Study: Sitting less

could extend your life

By George Doyle thor of the study, published online looked at several studies that evalu-
Monday in BMJ Open. Smoking also ated sitting and all causes of death.
Do you sit at work? If most people cuts about two years off of life expec- They also reviewed government data
spent less than three hours a day tancy, he says. that show almost half of people re-
sittin'would add two years to the This is the latest in a string of port sitting more than six hours a
avera *(ctancy in this coun- studies looking at the health dan- day. And 65 percent say they spend

is-pent less than
th .sitting, it would
ajaverage life ex-
hitry. And if they
N 'pent on the couch
is than two hours a
out 1.4 years to
% cy, the research
., less than the six
at:..nany people are
rin their seats.
erous risk factor
par with smok-
ese," says Peter
Searcher at the
enri ~ dical Research
in Baton Rouge and lead au-
N.. .:.

Do you sit at work? If
most people spent less
than three hours a day
sitting, it would add
two years to the aver-
age life expectancy in
this country.

gers of "sitting disease," which is sit-
ting too long or too much. Research
has linked it to increased risks of di-
abetes and death from cancer, heart
disease and stroke.
For the latest research, scientists

more than two hours a day watch-
ing TV.
Using a statistical model, the re-
searchers found that if people sat for
less than three hours a day, the av-
erage life expectancy in this country
would be 80.5 years instead of the
current 78.5 years.
This research doesn't prove that
sitting causes early death, but it
shows a link, Katzmarzyk says. "Sit-
ting a lot doesn't mean you'll die ear-
lier, but it increases the risk."
He says many people spend nine
or more hours a day in their seats,
especially those who work long
hours at a desk job, travel frequently
or watch a lot of TV.

Seniors: Too little

mental health care

By Lauran Neergaard
issoc'tued' Pre's

older does not just mean a
risk for ph-sical ailments
like heart disease and creaky
knees: A new report finds as
many as I in 5 American se-
niors have a mental health or
substance abuse problem.
And as the population
rapidly ages over the next
two decades, millions of baby
boomers may have a hard
time finding care and services
for mental health problems
such as depression be-
cause the nation is woefully
lacking in doctors, nurses and

other health %workers trained
for their special needs, the
Institute of Medicine said
Instead, the country is
foctised mostly on preparing
for the physical health needs
of what has been called the
silver tsunami.
"The burden of mental ill-
ness and substance abuse
disorders in older adults in
the United States borders
on a crisis," wrote Dr. Dan
Blazer of Duke University,
who chaired the Institute of
Medicine panel that investi-
gated the issue. "Yet this cri-
sis is largely hidden from the
public and many of those who


Millions of Baby Boomers may have a hard time finding
care for mental health problems because the nation is lack-
ing in doctors, nurses and other health workers trained for
their special needs, according to the Institute of Medicine.

develop policy and programs
to care for older people."
Already, at least 5.6 million
to eight million Americans age
65 and older have a mental
health condition or substance
abuse disorder, the report

found calling that a conser-
vative estimate that does not
include a number of disor-
ders. Depressive disorders
and psychiatric symptoms
related to dementia are the
Please turn to SENIORS 14B

How you cook fish may

affect your risk of stroke
Fish seems to be synonymous with healthy eating. However,
how you cook fish may determine how much benefit you get
from its consumption, and this may be particularly true for
older individuals.
A study conducted by Dr. Daariush Mozaffarian found that
elderly individuals who consumed more tuna and other types
of fish experienced a lower risk of stroke incidence.
However, the level of stroke occurrence varied partly accord-
ing to whether or not the fish was fried or non-fried. Individu-
als who ate tuna and non-fried fish 1-4 times per week lowered
their risk of stroke by 27 percent, while those who consumed
tuna and non-fried fish at least five times per week decreased
their risk of stroke by 30 percent.
Individuals who consumed fried fish did not seem to gain any
advantage from eating fish. Their risk of stroke was actually
forty-four percent higher if they ate fried fish more than one
time per w eek. .
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Can you smell the sweet aroma of love?

By Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen

Aside from looks, there's a
strong link between your at-
traction to a potential mate
and your sense of smell.
You probably already know
the physical features you like
in a mate be it body type,
personality traits or facial hair.
While it's true that you can
be attracted to many different
people and put off by others,
there is some science to the
"finding-the-perfect-mate" pro-
cess. How? Oddly enough, with
your nose!
While your initial attraction
to someone may be physical,
one of the true messengers of
love is chemical. We're attract-
ed to people who have good
smells, and repulsed by those
with bad smells.Yes, we spend
time and money on disguising

our smells with perfume, de-
odorant, shampoo and deter-
gents. But, our brain still cuts
through all of that to detect
the unique scents of different
people. These are micro-smells
called pheromones. They're so
subtle you can't detect them
consciously, and at the same
time, powerful enough to in-
fluence your decisions about
attraction.These odorless ste-
roids float through the air,
stimulating the nerves in your
nose. The nerve signals travel
to your brain, triggering com-
plicated chemical reactions.
This then sometimes ends with
the question, "Can I buy you a
drink?" (These chemicals are
also important because they
help animals distinguish each
other. For example, phero-
mones help a father recognize
his own daughter and decrease

We're attracted to people who have good smells, and re-
pulsed by those with bad smells.Yes, we spend time and mon-
ey on disguising our smells with perfume, deodorant, sham-
poo and detergents.

the chance of their mating and come very interested in this
causing sexual mutations.) "accessory olfactory system."
Scientists have recently be- It's still new and controversial,

Watch out for hot weather health issues

continued from 13B

"If these measures don't work,
contact your doctor.
Heat exhaustion is the sec-
ond stage of heat illness. This
means that your body can't
keep itself cool. Symptoms may
include thirst, dizziness, weak-
ness, lack of coordination, nau-
sea and profuse sweating. Your
body temperature will be nor-
mal, but your skin will feel cold
and clammy. If you start feeling
the signs of heat exhaustion,
follow the steps listed above.
If you don't start feeling better
soon, you should seek emer-
gency medical care.
The final stage is heat stroke,
which requires immediate
emergency care. This is a life-
threatening illness where your
body can't regulate its tempera-
ture by sweating. If this occurs,
your temperature rises so high
that brain damage or death
may occur. During heat stroke,
your internal temperature may

reach 106 F within 10 to 15
minutes. The warning signs of
heat stroke include:
Body temperature of 103
F or more
Skin that is red, hot and dry
Lack of sweating
Throbbing headache
Mental confusion
Remember that if you see
the signs of heat stroke, this is
a life-threatening emergency.
Anyone with these symptoms
should be taken immediately to
the closest emergency facility.
"It is important to remember
to call 9-1-1 if someone is ex-
periencing signs and symptoms
of heat exhaustion," said Gon-

You can prevent most prob-
lems with heat illnesses. If
your home doesn't have air
conditioning, consider getting
a small, window unit to cool

one room so that you have a
cool place to rest during ex-
treme heat. Use fans to circu-
late the air.
"Try to avoid staying out-
doors in high temperatures for
long periods of time especially
during the hottest part of the
day between 1 lam-5pm," Gon-
zalez explains.
Stay indoors during the heat
of the day and limit your ex-
posure to the sun. There are
many public buildings like li-
braries, malls and movie the-
aters where you can go dur-
ing the heat of the day. During
days of extreme heat, many
towns will open special cooling
shelters for people to use.
Drink plenty of fluids, espe-
cially those that don't contain
alcohol or caffeine. Eat light,
well-balanced meals.
Wear loose-fitting, light-
weight clothing. Lighter col-
ors will help reflect heat and
keep you cooler. Wear a wide-
brimmed hat to shade your
face and neck.

Age alters moods, causes more stress

continued from 13B

most common.
* While the panel could not
make precise projections,
those numbers are sure to
grow as the number of se-
niors nearly doubles by 2030,
said report co-author Dr. Peter
Rabins, a psychiatrist at Johns
Hopkins University. How much
substance abuse treatment for
seniors will be needed is a par-
ticular question, as rates of ille-
gal drug use are higher in peo-
ple currently in their 50s than
in previous generations.
Mental health experts wel-
comed the report.
"This is a wake-up call for
many reasons," said Dr. Ken
Duckworth of the National Al-
liance on Mental Illness. The
coming need for geriatric men-
tal health care "is quite pro-
found for us as a nation, and
something we need to attend to
urgently," he said!
Merely getting older does not
make mental health problems
more likely to occur, Rabins
said, noting that middle age is
the most common time for on-
set of depression.
But when they do occur in
older adults, the report found
that they are too often over-
looked and tend to be more
complex. Among the reasons:
People over 65 almost al-
ways have physical health
problems at the same time that
can mask or distract from the

Older adults with untreated depression are less likely to
have their diabetes, high blood pressure and other physical
conditions under control and consequently wind up cost-

ing a lot more to treat.
mental health needs. The phys-
idal illnesses, and medications
used for them, also can compli-
cate treatment. For example, up
to a third of people who require
long-term steroid treatment de-
velop mood problems that may
require someone knowledgeable
about both the medical and
mental health issues to deter-
mine whether it is best to cut
back the steroids or add an an-
tidepressant, Rabins said.
On the other side, older
adults with untreated depres-
sion are less likely to have their
diabetes, high blood pressure
and other physical conditions
under control and conse-
quently wind up costing a lot
more to treat.
Age alters how people's
bodies metabolize alcohol and

drugs, including prescription
drugs. That can increase the
risk of dangerous overdoses,
and worsen or even trigger sub-
stance abuse problems.
Grief is common in old age
as spouses, other relatives and
friends die. It may be difficult to
distinguish between grief and
major depression.
. That also means a loss of the
support systems that earlier in
life could have helped people
better recover from a mental
health problem, said Dr. Paul
D.S. Kirwin, president of the
American Association for Geri-
atric Psychiatry. Adding stress
may be loss of a professional
identity with retirement, and
the role reversal that happens
when children start taking
care of older parents.

Most importantly, avoid
strenuous activities such as
exercise, working in the yard
during the middle of the day.
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call us at 1-888-934-3434.

but the theory stands that the
pheromone system starts with
nerve cells in tiny sacs called
the vomeronasal organ (VNO),
where the signals are first
picked up. Behind the nostrils,
the VNO is a pretty primitive
structure. The nerve fiber at-
tached to these organs ("cra-
nial nerve zero") responds di-
rectly to scents from potential
mates.Conveniently, nerve zero
begins in the nose and ends in
the brain area that deals with,
yep, you guessed it sex. Giv-
en that this nerve contributes
to the sex drive of other ani-
mals (such as whales), people
theorize it plays a big part in
our sex lives too. Why? Phero-
mones and testosterone seem
to directly drive sexual desire

Multi-cultural service
The Faith Community Bap-
tist Church family extends an
invitation to you to join us in
our annual multi-cultural Sun-
day Worship Service on Sun-
day, July 22 at the 10:30 a.m.
Worship Service. Our guest
speaker will be Lauren Book,
who is the founder of Lauren's
Kids and the daughter of prom-
inent lobbyist, Ron Book. Lau-


and activity in long-term rela-
tionships. Conveniently, nerve
zero begins in the nose and
ends in the brain area that
deals with, yep, you guessed
it sex. Given that this nerve
contributes to the sex drive of
other animals (such as whales),
people theorize it plays a big
part in our sex lives too. Why?
Pheromones and testosterone
seem to directly drive sexual
desire and activity in long-
term relationships. Even after
we find a mate, we respond to
different kinds of pheromones
from people-some attract and
others repel us. There's even
some research out there that
says specific pheromones ap-
plied to the skin can increase
the amount of sex we have.

at Faith Community
ren's Kids assist children and
families who have been sexu-
ally abused. Come join us in
celebrating our diversity in the
South Florida Community as
we hear Lauren's courageous
testimony, who was a victim
of sexual molestation, but now
wants to help deliver and liber-
ate other sexual abuse victims
and their families.

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Maria Cole, singer and wife of Nat King Cole, dies at 89

By Daniel E. Slatnik

Maria Cole, a jazz singer
who performed with Count
Basie and Duke Ellington in
the 1940s and who was mar-
ried to Nat King Cole for 17
years until his death in 1965,
died on Tuesday in Boca Ra-
ton, Fla. She was 89.
The cause was stomach
cancer, her daughter Timo-
lin Cole Augustus said. Mrs.
Cole was also the mother of
the Grammy-winning singer
Natalie Cole.
Mrs. Cole grew up in gen-
teel circumstances in North
Carolina, then left college in
Boston to pursue a jazz ca-
reer, moving to New York and
joining Benny Carter's band.
She performed with Count
Basie and Fletcher Hender-
son before Ellington heard a
recording of her throaty, reso-
nant voice in the mid-1940s
and hired her as a vocalist
for his band, Duke Ellington's

Orchestra. In 1946 she began -
appearing solo at Club Zanzi- Nat King Cole and Maria Cole in 1960. They married in 1948.
bar in Harlem as an opening
act for the Mills Brothers. at the Abyssinian Baptist reer to raise their five children
One night the Nat King Cole Church in Harlem. and travel with her husband
Trio had substituted for the "Nat wanted to improve him- as his career flourished. His
Mills Brothers, and as Cole self," Mrs. Cole told The Bos- string of hits included "Unfor-
stood backstage and glimpsed ton Globe in 1989. "I wanted gettable," "Candy" and "Mona
her as she sang, he was smit- to help him improve. What he Lisa," and he became the first
ten. He divorced his first wife, needed, I had. What I needed, Black host of a national vari-
Nadine, and they were mar- he had. That's why our mar- ety show on television, "The
ried in 1948 by Adam Clayton riage worked." Nat King Cole Show," which
Powell Jr., the congressman, Mrs. Cole paused her ca- ran from 1956-57. On tour

James McKinley, businessman, dies

By Ariel Barkhurst

James McKinley, college foot-
ball coach turned prominent
Fort Lauderdale businessman,
died Friday. He was 68.
McKinley died after a pro-
longed illness at the rehabilita-
tion center Heartland of Tama-
rac, his daughter Jacqueline
McKinley said.
Her father was the founder of
Fort Lauderdale's McKinley Fi-
nancial Services, an insurance
firm he started in 1987 with
money from selling his house
and possessions. The business
grew to have more than 50 em-
ployees before the recession.
'He was ver. competitive,"
said Carlton Moore, vice presi-

dent of consulting for MFS and
a former Fort Lauderdale com-
missioner. "1I think it came from
being a coach. He took an idea
from a napkin and made it hap-

The company's clients over the
years were big: Broward Coun-
ty, Broward County Schools,
the State of Florida and the Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood Interna-
tional Airport among them.
McKinley's company even in-
sures the Super Bowl when it is
held in South Florida, providing
auto insurance for cars rented
or purchased by the Super Bowl
Host Committee and liability in-
surance for Super Bowl events.
In the 25 years he spent as
a Fort Lauderdale business-
man, McKinley worked with
the Community Service Council
of Broward County, the Black
Economic Development Council
and Broward Black Elected Of-

He started the McKinley Fi-
nancial Foundation, which gave
out $400,000 in athletic and
academic scholarships in Bro-
ward County.
Despite his frequent 20-hour
days and his many commit-
ments, Jacqueline McKinley
said, he was a fun-loving guy.
The McKinley family moved to
Fort Lauderdale for the weath-
er, Jacqueline McKinley said,
because her father loved boat-
He is survived by his mother
Vivian; wife Judith; son Ray-
mond Jackson; daughter Jac-
quelihne; and two grandchildren,
Raymond Jackson Jr. and Mar-
cus Jackson.

they risked and sometimes
encountered racial violence in
the Jim Crow South; Cole was
attacked onstage in Alabama
in 1956.
Before Cole died of lung
cancer, at 45, Mrs. Cole had
returned to singing, recording
songs with her husband with
Capitol Records, according to
her family. Her best-known
solo album, "Love Is a Spe-
cial Feeling," was released in
Marie Frances Hawkins
was born in Boston on Aug.
1, 1922. Her father, Mingo
Hawkins, was a postal worker;
her mother, Caro Saunders,
died in childbirth when Ms.
Hawkins was 2. Ms. Hawkins
and her sister Charlotte were
sent to North Carolina to live

with their aunt, Dr. Charlotte
Hawkins Brown, who founded
the Palmer Memorial Insti-
tute, a prestigious black pre-
paratory school near Greens-
boro. She graduated from the
institute in 1938.
Hawkins returned to Bos-
ton to attend a clerical col-
lege but began working with
a jazz orchestra by night and
soon dropped out to pursue
her love of music in New York,
much to the chagrin of her
family, who thought jazz an
inappropriate vocation for a
proper young lady.
In addition to her daughters
Timolin and Natalie, and her
sister Charlotte, Mrs. Cole is
survived by another daughter,
Casey Cole Hooker; and six

Card of Thanks Card of Thanks

The family of the late, The family of the late,


would like to thank everyone
who extended their services in
our time of bereavement.
Thanks to family, friends
and a special thanks to Pastor
Sabrina Windsor Bulter and
the New Way of Life Interna-
tional Ministries and Donna
and Greg Shaw.
The Family






would like to thank family,
friends. Range Funeral Home
and Garth Reeves, Sr.
The Albu-., Family

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

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

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

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax 3056850705
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

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

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

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

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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

Order of Services
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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

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I I Sunday School 9 30 a m
I i Morning Worship 11 a m

', Meeting (Tues.) 7Ip m

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

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

Order of Services
Hour of Prayer 6 30 a m Early Morning Worship 7 30 a m
Sunday School 10 a m Morning Worship 11 a m
Youlth Mini ry Study, Wed 7 pm Prayer/Bible Study, Wed 7 p m
Noonday Altar Prayer (M.F)
Feeding the Hungry every Wednesday.... 11 a.m.-I p m
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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 18-24, 2012

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cashier, died
July 11 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

died July 12
at Broward
G e n e r a l
Hospital .
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Bethlehem M.B.

landscaper, died July 13 at Jackson
North Medical Center. Service 9
a.m, Sunday in the chapel.

construction worker, died July 13
at Ft. Lauderdale Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete.

student, died July 14. Arrangements
are incomplete.

ROY HAMILTON, 80, retired
Local 1416, died
July 10 at -.
A v e n t u ra a
H o s p i tal .
include four
daughters, s .
Beverly Gordon,
Patricia Miller, Margaret Miller and
Meka Hamilton-Beasley; ten sons,
Antony McPherson, Paul Allison,
Sean Miller, Hugh Miller, Timpest
Hamilton, Terrance Jones, Dwayne
Jones, Dewight Jones, Rodrick
Hamilton and Michael Hamilton;
one brother, one sister, 35
grandchildren, 19 great grands and
a host of sorrowing family and
friends. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Friendship Fellowship Missionary
Baptist Church.

WARREN JABALI, 65, physical
teacher at North
C o u n t y
died July 13 at
home. Survivors
include: wife,
Mary Beasley-
Jabali; children,
Asha, Tumaini and Kalifia Jabali;
nine grandchildren; sister, Sherri

Armstrong and
siblings. Service 2
at Antioch M.B.

57, housewife,
died July 9 at
Jackson North.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Greater New
Bethel M.B.



Range (Coconut Grove)
died July 14 in
Perrine. Wake
5-7 p.m., July
20 at Christ the -,
King Catholic "--
Church, 16000 .;
SW 112 AVE,
Miami, FL
33157. Service 11 a. m., Saturday
at the church. Interment Woodlawn
South Memorial Park, 11655 SW
117 AVE, 33186. Repast at church
immediately following interment.


Hall Ferguson Hewitt
died July
13 at home. -
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Union Grove.

68, retired clerk,
died July 10 in
Miami. Service
11 a.m., Friday
at New Shiloh
Baptist Church.

retired cafeteria

died July 14.

noon, Saturday
at Hosanna

BaptistmChurch .


died July 10.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Day Spring
Missionary -
Baptist Church. .'

custodian, died July 1
Gardens. Services were

Hadley Davis -

22, student,

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
nurse aide, .
died July 9 I
at Memorial
West Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at St. ,

laborer, died

Aventura a
Hospital. R^
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

died July 12
at Eleanor
Retirement, ,
Home. Service
11 a.m.,
Thursday at
The Church of
the Open Door.
Mama Gurt,
you will always live in our hearts
forever, love always your family
and friends.

ELLEN STEWART, 68, pediatric
nurse, died
July 11 at Mt.
Sinai Hospital.
Service 1
p.m., Sunday
at Northside .
Seven Day '.
A d v e nt i s t


died July 10
at Southern
Hospital .
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Antioch of
Mi/;1m rvi G' rd ,


Wright and Young
' HELEN D. COX, 85, retired bank
teller, died July
10 at Florida _
Medical Center., -.
Viewing, 9:30 ,- ,
55, school a.m.-10:30 ,
in Miami a.m., Saturday.
held. Service 11 a.m., -
Saturday in the
^^ chapel.


an other CHARLIE DAVIS, 82, mechanic,
Saturday died July 14 at
ch Miami North Shore
Medical Center.
YVONNE are incomplete.

Forest Lawn
spiritual advisor, '
died July 10.
Service 12
noon, Saturday i] r,

worker, died
July 8 at Jack-
son Memorial
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Wednesday in
the chapel.

died July 14 at Jackson I
Hospital. Arrangements ar

house supervi- -
sor, died July 9
at Northshore
Hospice. Ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday at \ .'
Jordan Grove
MBC .j

todian, died July 9. Servi
m., Saturday at St. James

iON, 76,
re incom-

in the chapel.

Carey Royal Ram'n
STANLEY SMITH, 56, laborer,
died, July 9 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service, 1 p.m.
Saturday at Mt. Tabor Missionary
Baptist Church.

ALMASRI, 35, cashier, died July
10, at North Shore Medical Center.
Services were held.
78, ware-
storyteller, died July 15 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

82, teacher, died July 15 at
Memorial Regional Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

66, cus- Obituaries are due by
ce 10 a. 4:30 p.m., Tuesday
Call 305-694-6210

entrepreneur, |fr
died July 10 at
Jackson North.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at St.
Mark Missionary
Baptist Church.


retired, died July 11 at No
Medical Center. Service
Saturday at New Gamble
Church of God in Christ.


retired daycare
owner, died July
13. Survivors
include: her son,
Dwight Judson;
daughter, 'te
Dorothy Pratt; .
sister, Gloria '
Williams; a host
of grandchildren; other
and friends. Service
Saturday at Good News L
Baptist Church, 495 N

7 at Hialeah Hospital.
Saturday, July 21. Arrar
are incomplete.

July 14 at Kindred
Service 11 a.m. SaturdayJ
Paradise Memorial Funei

July 13. Service 12
Saturday, July 21 at St
Baptist Church.


70, died July 10 in
Miami. Viewing
2-7 p.m, Friday,
July 20 at
Mitchell Funeral
Home, 8080
N W 22 Ave.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
New Birth Baptis
W 135 Street.

: Eric L.


t Church, 2300 N


died July 9, Mi-
ami. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at New Birth Ca-

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

04/26/55 07/23/08

Four years has gone by and
it seems like only yesterday
you were here with us.
You will forever be missed.
From your loving husband,
Jessie; loving daughters,

parents, Edward and Ella
Jean Smith.

Card of Thanks

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

1/10/1935 7/23/2010

If We Could Get You Back

If tears could build a stair-
way and memories were a
We would walk right up to
Heaven to bring you home
No farewell words were spo-
ken, no time to say good-bye,
You were gone before we
knew it, and God knows why.
Our hearts still ache in sad-
ness and secret tears still
What it meant to lose you,
no one will ever know.
Love always,
The Hicks Family

4:30 P.M., TUESDAY

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

f I
' /


Perhaps you sent a lovely
card or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral
piece, if so we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the
kindest words, as any friend
could say.
Perhaps you were not there
at all, just thought of us that
Whatever you did to con-
sole our hearts, we thank
you so much whatever the
A very special thanks to
Leon Bland and the Royal
Funeral Home staff, Bishop
Billy and Catherine Baskin,
Minister Betty Gabriel, Sister
Loubertha Pollock and Broth-
er Marvin Jones for a memori-
able, memorial service.
The Jackson-Allen

The family of the late,

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IER, 68, would like to extend a heart-
)rth Shore felt thanks to everyone for
11 a. m., their expressions of sympathy
Memorial and acts of kindness during
their period of bereavement.
All your cards, prayers, visits,
S cards, monetary gifts and cov-
ered dishes were greatly ap-
preciated. Every act of kind-
Y LEE ness meant so very much and
brought comfort and strength
to our family.
A very special thank you
to Chief Manuel Orosa and
the Miami Police Department
family, Minister Cecil Duffie
and members of St. John In-
stitutional Missionary Baptist
Church, the South Florida
Club of the Business and Pro-
relatives fessional Women and the staff
1 p.m., of Greg Mason Funeral Home.
little River Special thanks to Major Ian
.W. 77th Moffett, Kha White, Sgt. Chiq-
uita Thomas Butler, Officer
Constant Rosemond, Sebrina
Neal, Nikki Baker, William
Robinson and Jacqueline
died July Sasser for everything.
Services We will be forever grateful.
ngements May God bless each of you.
Let us now rejoice and give
thanks for David . a life so
82, died dear to us.
Hospital. Kathleen Day Thurston,
July 21 at Juanita Thurston and the
ral Home Thurston family.

20, died
Peters 4:30 P.M., TUESDAY



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16B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 18-24, 2012


kebra The Miami Times

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MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 18-24, 2012






Btrame us


Nine-year-old gospel singer's
voice reaches thous nds
By Ju'lia Samuels.
He is the face and voice of a new ministry. He has
performed in front of thousands of people in -some of the
most well-known mega-citarches in the country. And his
first album.garnered the attention of over 600 fans on.
the day of its debut.:But Jaiden Bramelus is not.a typi-
cal nine-year-old child. He began singinl.gW n he:was.
three and wrote his first soVg'atth.e age-of fiy. Hi- ,
music, he says, has'a simple meaning. -
"Music, is just my happy ]place," Bramelus aid..
His love for music andgospel is clearly seei'w en
he closes his eyes and begins to sing. "
S. "You can just tell that he is happy," Bramelus'
mother, Lorna, said. '"It shows every time." Har-
nessing the power-of social-networks, H.. ,..
has wielded Facebook and YouTube to reach
out to the masses with his powerful voice. In
addition to his online, following, residents -
P in Miami-Dade and Bi Ward-County have
.. become well-acquaiinted th his voice. He
recently opened for tH&e PpA-ier of a locally-
l produced play, ".Hoztage.".
S When.I first-feard him sing, I just
cried," Lorna, said. 'Everyone who has
heard him sing has cried."
3 Using his gift to inspire others
Please turn to JADEN 2C

Why Does Love

Hurt So Bad?

Play examines sin of pride in wake
of financial turmoil

By D. Kevin McNeir
Why Does Love Hurt So
Bad?, the second of three
plays that features
the trials and
tribulations of the
Sanders family,
returns to Lib-
erty City's Caleb
Auditorium [5400
NW 22nd Avenue]
on Saturday, July
21st at 7:30 p.m.
It's an encore
performance that MAI
will be taped for
later DVD distribution and
continues to respond to an
ever-growing fan base for No
Jive Productions, Inc. and its
founder, president and CEO,
Nial Martin. He says this
show is particularly timely as
it focuses on one Black fam-

ily's efforts to survive an eco-
nomic storm and how forces
beyond our control often
threaten to tear us apart.
"Pride can sometimes be
our ruin especially
in today's economy
where husbands are
i losing their jobs and
women are becom-
ing the sole bread-
winner," Martin
said. "Love hurts
because we don't
have the power to
control the situa-
TIN tion or someone's
feelings towards us.
I can't make you love me the
way I want or touch me the
way I want. Back in the day,
couples were encouraged to
stay together and work it out.
Today, we just give up -
we've developed into a world
Please turn to PLAY 2C


By Giannella Garrett
Pick an afternoon on any day
of the week, and chances are
you'll find Michaela DePrince
in front of a wall of mirrors.
It's not a vanity thing. "I per-
sonally hate them," says the
seventaeen-year-old rising bal-
lerina, "but they help me focus
on every detail when I'm work-
ing on technique." Whether
she's gliding across the floor
en pointe in class at American
Ballet Theatre's prestigious
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
School in New York City or re-
hearsing for an upcoming gala
performance, she perfects each
movement through the looking

BIRTHDAY: January 6, 1995
HER iPOD: "Paradise" by Cold-
HER DANCING: Powerful differ-

landed a
coveted spot i n
ABT's preprofession-
al division in 2010 after
making an appearance at the
annual Youth America Grand
Prix, the worlds largest stu-
dent ballet competition-and a
camera crew trailed her for an
entire year leading up to the
big event. She's one of the stars
of the new documentary First
Position, which has won mul-
tiple awards on the film festival
For Michaela, however, the
journey to becoming a balle-

ent, unpredictable.
have them everyday."
DANCE IDOLS: Sylvie Guillem
and Misty Copeland. "Misty has
been so supportive of me. One


ina at the aged by civil war between 1991
KO School and 2002. When Michaela was
about just three, her beloved father
ich more was shot and killed by rebels.
n just hard Only a week later, her mom
and sacri- died from starvation. An uncle
e. hers is whisked Michaela away to an
truly an orphanage, where she became
known as Number 27. "We were
all ranked from the most fa-
vored to the least, and I was
at the very bot-
tom for be-

against-all-odds story.
Long before she was on the
path to pursuing her dance
dreams, she lived in a total
nightmare. Michaela was born
in Sierra Leone, a small West
African country that was ray-

day in class she took me aside
and lold me how graceful she
thughl I was. That meant a lot, be-
cause others have told me I'm too
athletic for the ballet world."
in The Sleeping Beauty. "I've done

ing rebel-
lious and
hav- ing a skin
condition called vetiligo, which
produces white freckles on my
neck and chest," she says. She
shared a grass sleeping mat
Please turn to DEPRINCE 4C

one of her variations in competi-
good at rolling my Rs. In Africa,
that was the noise we made to
scare the leopards away."

Does D'Angelo's

body image distract

from his music?

By Javier David
At long last, music lovers
have reason to celebrate:
soul singer extraordinaire
D'Angelo has finally ended
his self-imposed exile. After
years spent battling an ar-
ray of personal demons and
dodging breathless head-
lines that implored, 'What
Happened?' Michael Eugene
Archer is reclaiming his
rightful place as the musical
heir to Marvin Gaye. Fresh
on the heels of a triumphant
performance at the BET
Music Awards his first live

televised show in nearly 12
years D'Angelo is poised
to give the public something
it's awaited for more than
a decade: a third album.
So why does it appear that
people still insist on obsess-
ing about the man's abs (or
lack thereof)?
Lucky listeners across
the country are cheering
D'Angelo's revival, with his
live performances packing
venues and drawing near-
universal acclaim. Yet the
one topic dogging the be-
leaguered singer is the one
Please turn to D'ANGELO 2C

I I II ,



During the interim of the
National Alliance of Black
School Education, it was vot-
ed upon to change the name
to Miami-Alliance of Black
School Education, as well as
being re-visited and becoming
established to carry on from
its beginning. Representatives
have been meeting monthly
since January 2012 planning
for the district-wide inaugural
membership event. Dr. John-
ny Jones, founder, Dr. Tee S.
Greer, Jr., Hyacynth John-
son, William "Bill" Turner
and Dr. Richard J. Strachan
provided classes for those
teachers who needed extra
help in passing the mandated
National Teachers Examina-
tion. They were considered the

pioneers of the or-
Congratulations go out to
Dr. Beverly Carter Remy,
president, and Dr. Valmarie
Rhoden, secretary. Further-
more, the planning commit-
tee is made up of leaders from
the United Teachers of Dade,
teachers current and retired
administrators, and Union In-
stitute, a local growing insti-
tution. The purpose of the or-
ganization is to promote and
facilitate the education of all
students, but Black students
in particular. Miami-Dade
ABSE looks forward to provid-
ing educational support and
mentoring to the faculties,
support staffs and students of
Miami-Dade Public School. as

well as local college/
university students.
The inaugural mem-
bership event will he
held at Miami Lakes
Educational Center
on Thursday, Sep-
tember 20th at 5 p.m.
For more informa-
tion, email miamia- JOt
bsei gmail.com. For
the record. Miami ABSE had
a membership of 350 people
under Dr. Jones. To keep the
organization alive. Jeannie
Reaves changed the name to
Retired Teachers of Dade and
sent out 10-volunteer teach-
ers to teach the basic skills in
kindergarten and elementary\
schools until she passed.
Jumbo's Restaurant became
the place where Blacks were
so in tune with their chicken
and shrimps. They, invari-
ably, went to the kitchen win-
dow to place their orders. The
demand A.D. Moore, founder

of CORE, convinced
owner Bobby Fram to
allow Blacks in Jum-
bos at nights for inside
service. Fram did not
want to lose his white
clientel and was willing
to resolve the problem
In a few months, whites
NES began to leave while
Blacks began to fill up
the seats during the day. Rev.
Wilton Harris. St. Barnabas
Church. and Deacon Aljo
Hamlin. Greater Peace UNIC.
became fixtures meeting ev-
ery da\ for breakfast. lunch,
and supper while discussing
the scriptures until late eve-
ning. Unfortunately, their
hooking up ended on June 30
when Antonio Lawrence was
charged with DUI manslaugh-
ter for crashing into their bod-
ies in the restaurant. Harris
and Hamlin had just returned
from a funeral of a Jumbo's
customer. Harris was buried

on Saturday, June 7th, and
Hamlin was buried, Satur-
day, June 14th. A memorial
was held for Hamlin, Sunday,
June 8th, at Jumbo's featur-
ing Lonnie Young and mem-
bers of the Heavenly Express.
The\ and other participants
comforted Patricia Williams.
ilfe. and sister. Anitra Gray
in Brunswick. Ga. with songs
Hamlin really enjoyed. The
memorial lasted for two hours
as people payed tribute to the
young rmen, especially Arnold
Andrews who went fishing
with Hamli Congratulations
go out to the gang that is pro-
viding the community with
Youth Power Movement which
included entertainment, art.
food. and much people at the
indoor venue. The manipu-
lator behind the scene was
Marcia Jones who brought
in The Psi Phi Band. As the
music stimulated their mood.
Chef Maurice set up the por-

table tent and began prepar-
ing the delicacies of chicken
salad and rice mix. Rich Mil-
homme, emcee, introduced
headliner Shenita Hunt who
wooed the crowd with intrigu-
ing songs, followed by Steve
Monthete rapping. Ronald
Gordon displaying his skill
with Barbara Calixte and
Marmie Coote assisting as
Robenson Belalus and Hans
Klemm displayed the expen-
sive art work and five exqui-
site automobiles. Now. Youth
Movement is preparing for its
second activity to raise mon-
ies for need, students in Dade
County School S\stem. Stay
tuned for more info.
Those looking for Richard
J. Strachan's book "Memo-
ries" %ill find it at Walgreens
on 95th Street and 7th Ave. at
the cashier's counter. How-
ever. the book signing is on
Friday and Saturdays from 3
p.m. until.

Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to each of
you with wishes for an early
Joycelyn Burroughs-
Smith, Gloria Bannister,
Kim Cooper, Yvonne
Johnson Gaitor, Willie
Williams, Dwyane Wade,
Roxie James Williams, and
Rev. Fr. Samuel J. Browne.
Hearty congratulations go
out to Rev. Father Terrance
A.. Taylor who will become
the third rector of The
Episcopal Church of the
Transfiguration Friday, July
20th at 7 p.m. Reverend
Canon Richard M. Barry
will preach Fr. Taylor's
Service of Institution.
Saint Agnes Church will
host a 2012 Political Forum
sponsored by The Miami
Times on Thursday, July
26th and Friday, July 27th
from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
A reception follows both
forums in the church's
Parish Hall. These events
are information gathering
forums to see where the
candidates stand on issues
relating to the well-being of
our community. Mark your
Do plan to be present see
you there!
Congratulations to the
following honorees who are
Past Commander-n-Chiefs


You know your comedy act isn't
going well when someone in the au-
dience throws a drink at you. That's
what happened to Eddie Griffin. But
he threw one back at the woman then
got really aggressive with her. The ex-
change was caught on camera.
Police in Peasanton, CA say they
were called to Tommy T's Comedy
Club last Friday night after a fight
broke out. A woman became offend-

and Past Loyal
Lady Rulers. All
of the following were honored
June 30th, 2012 at Violines
Banquet Hall: Honorary
Past Commanders-n-Chiefs
John Reid, Sam Williams,
Theodis Worthey,
Johnny King, Chauncey
Edgecombe, Willie Powell,
James Brimberry and
Jasper Gore. The honored
Past Loyal Lady Rulers
were: Charlie P. Albury,
Rosebud Byrd, Margaret
Blake, Eliza Bullard,
Louise Dean, Doris Grant,
Elois Johnson, Mildred
Johnson, Ethel Johnson,
Lona Mathis, Aurelia
Major, Ercell Major, Louise
Payne, Classie Perkins,
Mae Thurston, Joyce
Trobidge, Carrie Tutt,
Philistine Ward, Annette
.Williams, and Shirley
My .sister Gayle D.
Sweeting and I were elated
to have her daughters and
their farrmiulies visit with
us for a few days. Coming
down from their adopted
home in Atlanta, Georgia,
Antionette and LaCory
Patterson and their three
sons Damarius, Delvin
and Dashaun also Shalisa
Gee and her two children
Alisa and Cameron also live
in Atlanta and are all in the


ed at Griffin's act and threw a drink
at him on stage. The woman was re-
moved from the venue by security and
the club closed down for the night af-
ter the incident.

The 12th attorney representing
Dwyane Wade's ex-wife, Siohvaughn
Funches-Wade has quit. Siohvaugn
and Dwyane have two sons together
and she is fighting for visitation rights.

school system there. Their
mother, Gayle, returned
home with them to spend a
few days.
Congratulations to Serena
Williams who won her 5th
Wimbledon title defeating
Agnieszka Radwanska of
Poland at 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to
win the championship in
Reatie Miles, spent one
week with her daughter
Patricia Brooks, grand-
daughter Sherry and great-
granddaughter Simone in
Marlsboro, Maryland. Rita
also joined in the happy
birthday celebration of her
sister Ernestine Henley,
who observed her 83rd
Natal Day, while Reatie was
Hearty congratulations
goes out to "BCU Wildcat,"
Elestine McKinney-Allen
who was honored by her
beloved alma mater for her
many years of service and
becoming a life memberof her
college alumni. The following.
Wildcats attended our 44th
annual convention to the
Motherland Daytona Beach:
Local Chapter President:
Wayne Davis, Shirlyon
McWhorter-Jones, Elestine
McKinney-Allen, Robin
Moncur, Barbara Johnson,
Sumner Hutchinson, John
Williams, Gloria Greene,
Audley Coakley, Chiquita
Davis, David Davis,
Chakebia Davis, Larry
Handfield and Gleandeal


The Cleveland Show: Shows new faces

By Latifah Muhammad

Kanye West is ready to get
animated-again. The Chicago
MC, is among the big name
Hip-Hop figures all scheduled
to appear on The Cleveland
Show this fall.
?uestlove, Nicki Minaj, and
Will.i.am will all pop up on the
show's special Menace II1 Soci-
ety episode.
"We have a couple of origi-

nal songs with Kanye and Will
and Bruno [Marsi, I mean, all
of them, it was great," said ex-
ecutive producer, Rich Appel.
The episode in question depicts
the guest stars as members of
the "rap illuminate,." who con-
trol pop culture. "Cleveland
inadvertently breaks into it
and then it's how he will ei-
ther bring them down or they'll
bring him down." Appel added.
This isn't West's first time on

the Fox animated series. He
has a recurring role as aspir-
ing rapper, Kenny West who
lives out of his car, with his
young daughter.
West has been very busy as
of late. Aside from performing
sold out show s at the Revel Re-
sort &, Casino in Atlantic City.
he also appeared on a special
episode of Keeping Up with the
Kardashians July 9, alongside
girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

I lichael Harber cited irreci:onriilatle
dillerences as his. reason for not con-
tinuing to:, represent the basletball
star's former wife. Haber filed a mo-
tion in court to leave the case which
delayed the schedule custody hearing.
Funches-Wade is also fighting mis-
demeanor charges including child
abduction after she refused to re-
turn her sons to Dwyane on time so
he could celebrate Father's Day with
She claimed that she suffered an
asthma attack on that day which
caused her to be late in turning the
boys over to Dwyane.

SHOWTIME: Jaden Bramelus belts one out with fellow singers at Bethel Baptist Church in Ft.
Lauderdale. Photo courtesy Lorna Pierre Paul.

Crowds don't frighten young singer

continued from 1C

Once Lorna discovered her
son's gift, she began to travel
fo different churches, con-
certs and local events so that
others could hear his voice. At
one time they performed to-
gether but he eventually told
his mother he was ready to
step out on his own as a solo-
"He just told me, 'mom I got

this.'" Lorna said.
And while she is no longer
on stage with him, she con-
tinues to write songs that he
performs. Bramelus' album,
"Lakay Bondieu Gin Espwa"
which translates to "There is
Hope in God's House," is the
collective work of English and
Haitian-Creole songs written
by Bramelus and his mother.
His development as an artist
has been a family affair. His
three siblings. Max 18, Robbie

10 and Kayla 6. are very sup-
portive and help him practice
for every performance. More
than anything, the family
stands in awe of Bramelus' gift
of song.
'When his father heard him,
he couldn't say anything," Lor-
na said. "He was speechless. I
think that's a good thing."
For more info on Jaden go
to www.facebook.com/Jaden-
ministry orwww.youtube.com/

Recognize him for talent not body

continued from 1C

that seemingly prompted his
emotional spiral into oblivion.
Some fans just can't seem to
shake their monomaniacal fo-
cus on his physique. More than
a few female wags are lament-
ing the crooner's lack of beef-
cake and noticeably thicker
midsection, which D'Angelo
kept concealed under a sleeve-
less T-shirt and vest for the en-
tire performance

The parlous state of soul mu-
sic. combined with the slow-
fade most neo-soul artists have
done since the genre's heyday
in the early 2000s. should
make people more inclined to
applaud D'Angelo's still-pro-
digious musical talents. We
should all breathe easier now
that one of R&B's biggest tal-
ents is back on the path to re-
So what gives with all the
talk about his appearance? By
most accounts, D'Angelo still
looks in pretty good shape.
Still, his newfound modesty
is an exponent of the years
he spent navigating the rough
shoals of drug abuse and legal
trouble anc the period at
which he allowed his chiseled

body to atrophy.
Indeed, his now iconic video
"Untitled IHow Does it Feell.-
More than any other aspect of
his performances, those five
minutes on the small screen
did the most to propel D'Angelo
into the firmament of musi-
cal sex-symboldom on a par
with Jimi Hendrix or Prince.
But an unfortunate side effect
of becoming eye candy for the
ladies was a near-simultane-
ous denigration of D'Angelo's
unisex appeal: his silky voice
and smooth lyrics. The re-
cent speculation about what
D'Angelo might have going on
underneath his shirt is a com-
mentary on another cultural
phenomenon that makes no
distinction between the sexes.
The entertainment industry
in general, and music in par-
ticular, is notoriously image-
obsessed and youth-oriented
with "sex sells" being more

than just an adage. it's prac-
tically a commandment. In a
world where singers like Ri-
hanna and Usher draw huge
amounts of attention for public
displays of sexuality which,
not coincidentally, helps them
sell records the message
is clear. How else to explain
the success of the aforemen-
tioned stars, while stellar
singers like Anthony Hamil-
ton or Ledisi languish in rela-
tive obscurity? As Maxwell's
BlackSumrner'sNight album
sales showed, music listen-
ers tend to reward artists that
return from an extended hia-
tus. Still, parts of D'Angelo's
fan base thirsty for a shirtless
singer may need to steel them-
selves for disappointment. Let's
hope it doesn't translate into
lower record sales for an artist
who deserves to be welcomed
back to the scene uncondition-

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From Wesley Snipes to Lauryn Hill,

Black celebs who skip IRS

By Kia Miakka Natisse

From 2005 to 2007, while
still relatively hidden from
public view, singer Lauryn Hill
made over $1.5 million. How-
ever she paid no taxes on that
income. Hill joins an infamous
club: Black celebrities who
don't pay their taxes.
Hill's defense for not paying
taxes is honest, though also
a bit dubious: according to a
post on her personal Tumblr
blog, she needed to withdraw
herself from the "climate of
hostility, false entitlement,
manipulation, racial preju-
dice, sexism and ageism" that
is pop culture.
Lauryn Hill should abso-
lutely do what she needs to
protect her family, but not
paying taxes? Perhaps she
was so consumed by the false
entitlement of celebrity that
she believed she could get
out of the responsibility every
other adult American has to
Even despite her effort to
withdraw from society, Hill's
celebrity automatically drew
attention of the federal govern-
ment they were bound to


come for their money at some
point. The Internal Revenue
Service has made it clear that
the wealthy receive greater tax
scrutiny, and making exam-
ples of celebrities is practically
a hobby: it reminds the rest of
us of the penalties of not pay-
ing your taxes.
Unfortunately (and perhaps
to a conspiracy theorist, by
no coincidence at all) Black
celebrities comprise some of
the most frequent examples
of tax evasion. Former A-list
superstar Wesley Snipes is

currently holed up in a Penn-
sylvania federal prison for fail-
ing to pay nearly $17 million
in taxes. Ron Isley finished
a 3 year sentence in 2010 for
tax evasion. Lil' Kim is said
to owe over $1 million to the
IRS. Singer Kelis owes over
$300,000 in taxes. Younger
celebrities aren't immune to
the issue either Rev Run's
daughters Angela and Vanessa
Simmons reportedly owe the
government nearly $450,000.
Unlike Lauryn Hill's elabo-
rate explanation, most celebri-

ties don't pay taxes because
they simply don't plan to.
Unlike us salaried people,
celebrity payouts arrive in
lump sum checks without
taxes deducted. Saving 30
percent from that money for
the eventual tax bill that will
arrive in April would seem like
logical financial planning, but
naturally the lure of big ticket
purchases is often too tempt-
ing to resist.
Another issue is poor man-
agement celebrities trusting
others to stay on top of their
finances instead of keeping
track of it themselves. This is
a common issue that contin-
ues to spring up despite the
numerous cautionary tales
warning against shady money
managers. As the saying goes,
good help is hard to find.
Black celebrities seem to
be disproportionally affected
by tax drama, a byproduct
of Black people simply lack-
ing financial understanding
in general. Unfortunately,
financial savvy is a skill that
we continue to struggle with,
often tempted by lifestyle
purchases instead of lifestyle
savings plans.

Play stresses giving love from the heart

continued.from 2C

of instant gratification and so
when something doesn't work,
we throw it away. Hopefully,
the play will help people real-
ize the importance of learning
how to love and give love from
the heart."

Pembroke Pines resident
Latoya Roberts, 23, [Cheryl
Sanders] has been' performing
since she was two-years-old.
This is her second show with
No Jive. And she has her views
about love.
"Love has different mean-
ings for people and we don't
always end up with someone
whose meaning coincides with
our own," she said. "That puts

us at risk of being
hurt. Sometimes
that pain can
break our passion
and our spirit.
This play speaks
the truth: the best
way to heal is to
Alicia Simpson,
a 40-something
Miami native has
played the role of
Momma' Sanders
[the family matri-

'arch]- since 2006
and she says she
likes the "fit."
"We sometimes feel that our
life is incomplete without some-
one to complete us," she said.
"I believe that the only way for
us not to hurt so bad is to love
ourselves whether we're with
someone or not."

we place the care of our
hearts and trust in others
with the hope that those
things won't be abused
or taken for granted," she
said. "But being imper-
fect creations, sometimes
things get broken in our
care. The alternative would
be not to love or trust and
for some that works. But
honestly, life wouldn't be
as sweet without a touch of
the sour."
h Other actors in the show
includee:' Jhn A. RollF, Jr.,
Andrieve Dacosta, Malcolm
D. Harvard and Ken [aka Mr.
Pooh]. For info go to www.no-
jiveproductions.org. or ticket-

DuVonne T. Moore, a versa-
tile actor that began her stage
pursuits as part of the Coconut
Grove Children's Theater, has
gained a following of sorts in
her role as the zany, bad girl
Wynnika Jones. Acting has be-
come her sole passion.
"Love hurts so bad because

Teen ballerina Michaela Deprince

continued from 1C

with Number 26, a girl named
Mia, who was shunned for be-
ing left-handed; the two be-
came inseparable.
One windy day, a magazine
with a cover photograph of a
beautiful, smiling ballerina in
a tutu and pointe shoes swept
up against a fence in the yard
where Michaela played. She
tore off the cover and hid it
underneath her clothing. it
made me hope that I could be
that happy someday," she says.
When a couple from New Jer-
sey arrived soon afterward to
adopt Mia, they were told that
Michaela would never find a
home, so they adopted her too.
Michaela's parents decid-
ed to enroll her in the Rock
School for Dance Education in
Philadelphia. Following this
dream hasn't been easy. Along
the way, Michaela has had to
battle racism within the bal-
let world. "When I was eight, I
was cast to play Marie in The
Nutcracker, and I prepared

hard for it. But right before the
show, I was told that someone
else would be dancing the part
because 'people aren't ready
for a Black Marie,' she re-
calls. She seriously considered
quitting ballet until she got
the chance to see Black dancer
Heidi Cruz perform with The
Pennsylvania Ballet. She in-
spired me to keep dancing,"
Michaela says.
At five feet four and a half
inches, Michaela is short-
er and more muscular than
the "typical" ballerina, and a
teacher once told her she didn't
have the body to be a profes-
sional dancer-a common
bias against Black ballerinas.
bodies."I was once told Black
dancers don't have good feet,
so I worked hard to make my
feet have a classical line. "
In addition, the lack of di-
versity in the ballet world is,
all too clear whenever she gets
new costumes or shoes. While
pink and white are the stan-
dard colors for balletwear (de-
signed to blend with fair skin),
they clash with Michaela's eb-

ony complexion, so her mom
often hand-dyes her pointe
shoes and costume straps a
deep brown. She also credits
her parents' support for giving
her the courage to go after her
goal. For her performance at
YAGP in 2007, her mom creat-
ed a tutu from an old wedding
gown Oust one of the many
costumes she's made), and
it remains Michaela's favor-
ite piece. "She hand-stitched
1,000 tiny crystals onto it! I felt
like a princess," she says.
Indeed, when Michaela
stands before the mirror, rises
en pointe, and then extends one
leg straight up toward the ceil-
ing, she radiates the quiet con-
fidence of someone who could
be royalty-a far cry from the
defiant little girl known as
Number 27. Today, Michaela
sees her difficult early years
as a source of strength. "I take
what's in my past and put it in
my body," she says. "My life is
proof that no matter what situ-
ation you're in, as long as you
have a supportive family, you
can achieve anything."

L., la-.

Booker T.
Washington Class of
1964 will be holding a
meeting. The class is also
sponsoring its annual "One
Day Fun Trip For Grown
Folks" trip. Call 305-632-

Booker T.
Washington Class of
1965, Inc. to meet. The
class is also sponsoring a
"Scholarship Fund Raising
Trip" trip. Call 305-213-

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

Booker T.
Washington Class of
1967 meets monthly. Call

The Miami Jackson
High School Class of
1967 is holding its 45
year reunion banquet and
dance. Call 786-355-6664.

The Beautiful Gate,
Inc. to host free cervical
cancer education seminar.
Call 305-836-3408 or
e-mail thebeautifulgate@

Seed of Hope
Community Outreach,
Inc. offers free weekly
counseling session. Call

Youth Education
and Athletic Program
(YEAP) hosts a summer
camp. Call 305-454-9546.

Merry Poppins
hosts a summer camp. Call

* The National
Coalition of 100 Black
Women Greater
Miami Chapter accepting
applications for Just Us

Girls Mentoring Program.
Call 800-658-1292.

Range Park offers
free self-defense/karate
classes for children and
adults. Call 305-757-7961
or 786-306-6442.

Chai Community
Servicesfreefood program
is taking applications
from low-income families
and veterans. It's also
sponsoring a school supply
giveaway. 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 305-830-1923.

Resources for
Veterans Sacred
Trust offers affordable
and supportive housing
assistance for low-
income veteran families
facing homelessness.
Call 855-778-3411 or visit
www.411Veterans.com .

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

Evans County High
School Alumni is creating
a South Florida Alumni
contact roster. Call 305-
829-1345 or 786-514-4912

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

Tutoring in Miami Gardens
offers free tutoring with
trained teachers. Call

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By Greg Toppo

Millions of kids simply don't
find school very challenging, a
new analysis of federal sur-
vey data suggests. The report
could spark a debate about
whether new academic stan-
dards being piloted nationwide
might make a difference.
The findings, out today
from the Center for American
Progress, a Washington think
tank that champions "pro-
gressive ideas," analyze three
years of questionnaires from
the Department of Education's
National Assessment of Educa-
tional Progress, a national test
given each year.
Among the findings:
37 percent of fourth-
graders say their math work is
"often" or "always" too easy;
57 percent of eighth-grad-
ers say their history work is
"often" or "always" too easy;
39 percent of 12th-graders
say they rarely write about
what they read in class.
Ulrich Boser, a senior fellow
at the center who co-wrote the
report, said the data challenge
the "school-as-pressure-cook-
er" image found in recent mov-
ies such'as Race to Nowhere.
Although hose kids certainly
exist at one end of the aca-
demic spectrum, Boser said,
"the broad swath of American
students are not as engaged as
much in their schoolwork."
Robert Pondiscio of the Core
Knowledge Foundation, a Vir-

more rigorous academics, says
the pressure-cooker environ-
ment applies only to a "small,
rarefied set" of high school stu-
dents. The notion that "every
American kid is going home
with a backpack loaded with
70 pounds of books that's
not happening."
The data suggest that many
kids simply aren't pushed
academically: Only one in five
eighth-graders read more than
20 pages a day, either in school
or for homework. Most report
that they read far less.
"It's fairly safe to say that
potentially high-achieving kids
are probably not as challenged
as they could be or ought to
be," Boser said.
The center supports new
Common Core standards that
are to be implemented nation-
wide in the 2014-15 school
year. The standards, adopted
by 45 states, are meant to be
"robust and relevant to the real
world," giving schools "a con-
sistent, clear understanding of
what students are expected to
learn," according to the initia-
Gladis Kersaint, a math
education professor at the Uni-
versity of South Florida and a
board member of the National
Council of Teachers of Math-
ematics, said she's not sur-
prised by the findings. "I think
we underestimate students,"
she said. .,
The push for higher stan-

Math too easy?

Percentage of 4th and 8th
graders in 2011 who de-
scribe their math work as
too easy:
National average
4th Alwy. 8th
16% rat B- b

I Source: Center for American Progress
dards and students' willing-
ness to meet those standards
- "suggests that they're ready
to be more challenged in math
classes," she said. "Hope-
fully this can be a motivator
for teachers to say, 'Yes, we're
moving in the right direction.' "
Florida State University Eng-
lish education professor Shel-
bie Witte, a former classroom
teacher, said standardized
tests limit material teachers
can cover. "The curriculum is
just void of critical thinking,
creative thinking," she said. As
a result, students are "prob-
ably bored, and when they're
bored, they think the classes
are easy."
Witte, who trains teachers,
said both their conception and
their students' conception of
school have been heavily influ-
enced by testing. "That's what
they think school is, and that's
really a shame," she said.

FAMU announces Dept.

of Music interim chair

Asst. Professor

Kawachi Clemons

gets the nod

Assistant Professor of Music
and Director of the Institute
for Research in Music and
Entertainment Industry Stud-
ies at Florida A&M University
(FAMU) Kawachi Clemons
will serve as FAMU's Interim
Chair for the Department of
Clemons has a broad and
definitive career in music and
higher education. His decade
of teaching experience in-
cludes posts at North Carolina
Central University (NCCU) as
former director of the Hip Hop
Initiative, assistant director of
bands and visiting assistant
professor of Music at NCCU.
Prior to his work at NCCU,
Clemons was an assistant di-
rector in the Office of Student
Affairs at Florida Internation-
al University (FIU).
"I am honored by the oppor-

tunity to serve as the Interim
Chair of the School of Music,"
he said. "I look forward to
building on the foundation
laid by faculty members, staff,
trustees, students, and alum-
ni under the leadership of
[former] President Ammons."
Clemons has served on
the production staff of The
Academy Awards, Super Bowl
XXXIII Halftime Show, and
has managed numerous spe-
cial events with Walt Disney

"Kawachi Clemons has the
background to be a success-
ful leader," said FAMU Provost
and Vice President for Aca-
demic Affairs Larry Robinson.
"I am very pleased we can call
on such experience to guide
the music department over
the coming period of growth
and transition."
A native of Florida, Clemons
earned his doctorate from the
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. He received
his master's degree from FIU
and his undergraduate degree
from FAMU.
Clemons is a member of
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music
Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Inc., the American
Educational Research Asso-
ciation, the American Edu-
cational Studies Association,
the Music and Entertainment
Industry Educators Associa-
tion, Percussive Arts Society
and the Interlochen Alumni
Clemons assumed his role of
interim chair effective July 2.

Why our kids hate math

By Brandon Dill
The Associated Press

When summer school opened
last Monday at T.C. Williams
High School in Alexandria, Va.,
where I teach, remedial cours-
es in math had more students
than any other subject.
That is because of the high
failure rate not only in math
courses, but also on the state's
standard of learning exams in
math. The summer school pat-
tern is similar in most high
schools around the country
where kids will be trying to
learn the math they never fig-
ured out during the year.
I worry that we're pushing
many kids to grasp math at
higher levels before they are
ready. When they struggle,
they begin to dread math, and
eventually we lose thousands of
students who could be the sci-
entists and engineers of tomor-
row. If we held back and took
more time to ground them in

pronounced in the move to have
younger and younger children
take algebra.
The National Center for Edu-
cation Statistics reports that
from 1990 to 2007, the percent-
age of eighth-graders taking
algebra went from 16 percent
to 31 percent. California has
been in the forefront of push-
ing kids into algebra: By 2009,
54 percent of its eighth-graders
were taking algebra, the result
of an initiative by California's
State Bpard of Education. Why
the early push? It's driven by
the fact that some younger stu-
dents wanted, and were capable
of, more challenging math. But
that's not true for all students.
My colleague Sally Miller has
taught almost every high school
math offering. She lives and
breathes her subject, but she is
the first to warn that too much
math too soon is counterpro-
ductive. When Miller asked one
of her geometry classes what 8
x 4 was, no one could come up

students, especially those stu-
dents who weren't stellar in
math background. ... For what-
ever reason, their preparation
or their confidence wasn't suf-
ficient to let them do well ... and
it knocked them back on their
It's not just policymakers
and school administrators who
are responsible for pushing
too much math too soon. Once
parents who are anxious about
their child's academic success
see an advanced course offered,
they want their child to be part
of it lest he or she be held back,
the victim of "low expectations."
And when those same stu-
dents aren't able to keep up in
their classes, parents increas-
ingly are turning to private
math tutors who get hourly
fees that rival those of doctors
- to get students to under-
stand what they couldn't grasp
in class.
What is needed when it comes
to math, indeed to all school-

MATH SCHOLARS: At a June institute in Memphis, Claire Gerling, 12, covers he
partner, Amara Bryson, 12, adds sand to a bucket suspended below a wooden bridge.

the basics, we could turn them
on to math.
The experience of T.C. Wil-
liams teacher Gary Thomas, a
West Point graduate who retired
from the Army Corps of Engi-
neers as a colonel, is emblem-
atic of the problem. This year,
Thomas had many students
placed in his Algebra II class
who slid by with D's in Alge-
bra I, failed the state's Algebra
I exam and were clueless when
it came to the most basic pre-
requisites for his course. "They
get overwhelmed. Eventually'
they give up," Thomas says.
English and social studies
teachers face the same problem
when school officials, more in-
terested in boasting about the
numbers of kids in higher-level
courses than in what they real-
ly learn, place students without
the requisite skills in advanced
placement classes.

Pushing students to the next
level of math before they are
ready is endemic in schools
across the country, and is most

with the answer without going
to a calculator. "In the lower
grades, more time has to be de-
voted to practicing basic com-
putational skills so that they
are internalized and eventually
come naturally."
Miller, like every math teach-
er I talked to, says schools
are pushing too many middle-
school kids into algebra. "Many
of the concepts in algebra are
abstract," Miller says, "and if
children are not developmen-
tally ready to-deal with -ab-
straction, you can turn them
off to math forever. Even the
best students who can pull off
A's in eighth-grade algebra by
just memorizing eventually end
up realizing they did not really
learn it."

A Duke University study of
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
school district's attempt to
have algebra taught in eighth
grade echoes what Miller says.
Duke professor Charles Clot-
felter, who led the study, con-
cluded that the district's policy
"had a negative effect on most

ing, is a little more common
sense and honesty. I wonder
how many of those members of
the California State Board of
Education who pushed for all
of the state's eighth-graders to
take algebra could come close
to passing an end-of-the- year
Algebra I test?
I suspect very few, unless
they were mathematicians,
and yet they subscribe to the
misplaced belief that algebra is
essential to the future success
of 13' or 14-year-olds, a canard
closely linked to the other great
myth: that every high school
student must go on to college
to be successful. In fact, for the
majority of jobs, math is not in-
cluded in the top five qualities
that employers seek in their
It is time to ensure that all
kids absorb the fundamentals
of math computation, frac-
tions, percentages and deci-
mals first before moving on
to the next level. Otherwise, as
with remedial summer cours-
es, we're teaching them twice
what they should have learned
the first time around.

FAMU Law school awards scholarships

Two Florida A&M University
(FAMU) recent graduates will
not have to shoulder the ma-
jority of costs associated with
their legal education when
they become law students in
the fall. Jasmine Anthony and
Raquel Perry became the first
recipients of FAMU All-Stars
full-tuition scholarships to at-
tend the College of Law.
The FAMU All-Stars Scholar-
ship is based on an initiative
aimed at attracting the most
gifted students from the main


campus to attend the College
of Law in Orlando. The pro-
gram identifies top academic
performing undergraduate stu-
dents who express an interest
in studying law. The academic
All-Stars are encouraged to
participate in a pre-law pro-
gram on the main campus that
culminates with an All-Stars
Tour to Orlando. The College of
Law hosted nine of the FAMU
All-Stars for the two-day intro-
ductory program in February.
Perry was a participant on the

inaugural tour.
The scholarship recipients
were formally presented with
the FAMU All-Stars scholar-
ships by College of Law Dean
LeRoy Pernell during a ceremo-
ny recently held at Jones Hall
on the main campus. Pernell
was accompanied by Karemah
Manselle, assistant director of
Financial Aid; Carlotta Mitch-
ell, Title III program specialist;
and Camille Thompson, assis-
tant director, College of Law

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The Miami Ti



Few apply

to review


Just 3% of homeowners

in Florida responded

By Kimberly Miller

Florida residents wronged during a foreclosure
could receive up to $125,000 in compensation
through a federal program launched in November,
but just 3 percent of homeowners contacted state-
wide have applied to have their cases reviewed.
More than 625,919 Florida homeowners, or previ-
ous owners, were sent letters by the Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency alerting them they are
eligible for a free foreclosure review. If lender mis-
conduct is found during the audit it may result in
financial fixes that range from the correction of a
credit report to $125,000.
As of the end of May, just 20,212 Floridians re-
quested the review. Nationwide, 4.3 million letters
were mailed with about 4.4 percent of recipients -
193,630 asking to be included in the program,

"If you're waiting for the government
calvary to ride in and make everything
all right you'll be waiting a long time."
Roy Oppenheim
Foreclosure Defense Atiorney
called the Independent Foreclosure Review.
The deadline for applications was extended for the
second time last month to Sept. 30 when the comp-
troller's office also announced new monetary guide-
lines that will be used to award damages.
While some of the bank failings eligible for com-
pensation cut a large swath, such as not soliciting
people for a loan modification or not approving a
modification within a specific timeframe, there is
concern that the plan is an empty promise.
"If you're waiting for the government cavalry to
ride in and make everything alright, I'm sad to say
you'll be waiting a long time," said foreclosure de-
fense attorney Roy Oppenheim, of Oppenheim Law
in Weston. "Time and time again homeowners have
looked to government programs for justice, but with
a decidedly mixed bag of results."
In the new compensation framework, a homeowner
whose loan modification was mistakenly denied
could be eligible for $5,000, have their foreclosure
rescinded and a new lower loan payment approved.
A person whose home was repossessed during a
trial loan modification period could receive the full
$125,000 if the lender is unable to rescind the fore-
Bryan Hubbard, a spokesman for the Office of
the Comptroller of the Currency, said the nearly
200,000 applications received is a significant num-
ber and that it's unfair to compare that to the 4.3
million letters sent. The letters, he said, went to
Please turn to FORECLOSURE 8D

Miami bloggers turning big profits

Having fun blogging
and getting paid
By Ju'lia Samuels

When Ria Michelle started her
self-titled blog, "Ria Michelle"
two-and-half-years ago, it was
"just for fun," according to the
25-year-old Miami blogger. But
in less than a year, it evolved into
a whole lot more. As her blog re-
ceived more visits, Michelle be-
gan acquiring advertisers, spon-
sors and began booking freelance

photography jobs. She is
just one of an emerging
group of bloggers who
have turned their blog
into a marketable and
profitable business.
The appeal and busi-
ness of bloggers
The world of blogging BLO<
has evolved over the past
few years and is no longer synon-
ymous with political enthusiasts
or care-free individuals docu-
menting their emotions. Blogging
has become another aspect of
media exposure for large coop-
erations, independently-owned

companies and entrepre-
neurs. One industry that
has been forced to take
notice is the fashion in-
dustry. Bloggers can be
seen at fashion shows,
boutique openings or any
social events. They have
GGER managed to appeal to a
side of consumers that
large companies have struggled
with for quite sometime trust.'
"I'm an influence and my blog-
ging peers are influencers and
we all reach our target audience;
that can be quantified unlike
other types of advertising," Mi-

chelle said.
Companies now routinely reach
out to popular bloggers to sample
and review their products, which
translates to free and effective ad-
vertising. And many department
stores invite fashion bloggers to
events that showcase their inven-
tory for the upcoming season.
Consider the quick rise to fame
by Ashley Lorraine, whose flour-
ishing blog, "A Sassy Woman,"
has developed a working rela-
tionship with Kohl's department
"Having an established online
Please turn to BLOGGERS 8D

Companies get a break on pensions

New law signed

by President

Barack Obama
By Alan Fram
Associated Press

WASHINGTON A new law will
let companies contribute billions
of dollars less to their workers'
pension funds, raising concerns
about weakening the plans that
millions of Americans count on
for retirement.
But with many companies
already freezing or getting rid of
pension plans, many critics are
reluctant to force the issue.
The bill Obama signed into law
on July 6 renews transportation

President Barack Obama on July 6, 2012, signs into law the bill,
that reduces what companies are required to contribute to pensions.

programs and extends low inter-
est rates on student loans. It was
partly paid for by changing pen-
sion laws. It would raise around
$10 billion over the next decade
by gradually boosting the premi-
ums companies pay the govern-
ment to insure their pension
plans, and another $9 billion by
changing how businesses calcu-
late what they must contribute
to their pension funds.
That computation change will
let companies estimate their
pension fund earnings by as-
suming the interest rate will be
near the average of the past 25
years, rather than the past two
years when interest rates have
been extremely low. Since they
will now be able to assume that
Please turn to PENSIONS 8D

Domestic energy boosts U.S. economy

Natural gas finds

have significantly

cut energy costs
By Tim MullaneV

The economic benefits of far-
reaching new finds of domestic
oil and natural gas are fast ap-
proaching $1 billion a day and
may be keeping the U.S. out of
another recession, according to
a new study by Bank of America
Merrill Lynch.
The biggest part of the benefit
is lower utility costs because
natural gas is so much cheaper
in the U.S. than the world aver-
age. That has saved U.S. compa-
nies and consumers an average
of $566 million a day for the

last year, chief of commodities
research Francisco Blanch said.
The U.S., long an energy im-
porter, is now exporting $67.9
million per day of finished pe-
troleum products such as diesel
fuel and $32.3 million worth of
coal, which is being replaced by
natural gas in many domestic
electric plants. While oil imports
remain near nine million barrels
a day, new domestic sources and
a shift to cheaper imports from
Canada rather than the Middle
East and West Africa are saving
another $56.2 million per day,
Merrill says.
Economists have assumed the
new energy finds are helping
the economy, but there has not
been an easy measure to quan-
tify how much new supplies of
gas and oil from shale rock are

adding to output. The gross ben-
efits work out to 2.2 percent of
.gross domestic product, Blanch
said. Since Merrill projects the
economy will slow to a one per-
cent growth pace in the second
half from 1.9 percent in the first
quarter, cheap energy is increas-
ingly essential, he added.
"Energy is beginning to carry
America," Blanch said.
The net benefit to gross domes-
tic product is smaller because
the new, cheaper gas is replacing
other domestic supplies, Merrill
senior U.S. economist Michael
Hanson said. Gas has gotten as
cheap as it has because the soft
economy has restricted demand,
he said. U.S. natural gas prices
are down nearly 90 percent
since 2003.
Please turn to ECONOMY 8D

Temp workers' numbers climbing

By Paul Davidson

A bright spot appeared to
peek through Friday's disap-
pointing jobs report: The num-
ber of temporary workers rose
by 25,000, making up nearly a
third of the total 80,000 pay-
roll gains in June.
The hiring of temporary
employees traditionally augurs
the addition of permanent
staff. As employers grow more
confident about their own
needs and the economy, they
convert contingent workers to
staffers after several months,
or bring on other employees.

By William Reed
NNPA columnist

Whites appear mad as hell,
unwilling to tolerate much
more of the Obama adminis-
tration. But Blacks are willing
to accept business as usual
when it comes to the nation's
economy and opting to main-
tain the political status quo.
In 2012, America's Black and
white voters seem separated
by a simple economic question:
Are you better off than you

While that's still the case,
staffing firms and company
executives say temporary em-
ployees are keeping that status
longer, in part due to ner-
vousness about the unsettled
economy. Also, many busi-
nesses are using contractors
and other temp workers on an
ongoing basis to better meet
fluctuating demand and enlist
workers with specialized skills
for short-term projects. Firms
also can save on benefits costs.
Most of the workforces of
staffing firm Kelly Services'
large clients are made up of
contingent workers, says CEO

were four years ago? the next president,
Don't be afraid to lift including North
the racial veil from Carolina, Pennsyl-
your eyes and track I vania and Mary-
the state-by-state job- land. No matter
less numbers because i where you look, em-
they will probably de- ployment opportu-
cide who will occupy nities under Obama
the White House for are disappointing.
the next four years. Yet he maintains a
Many states' unem- 95 percent approval
ployment rates are REED rating as the unem-
up, including a few ployment problem
pivotal battleground states extends nationwide with low-
that could decide who will be income urban areas and mi-

Carl Camden. Many prefer
moving among jobs, he says.
Partly as a result, the addi-
tion of contingent workers the
past two years hasn't consis-
tently led to stronger perma-
nent job growth. The number
of temp workers placed by
staffing firms is up 20 percent
since June 2010, while total
payrolls are up just 2.3 per-
Manpower CEO Jeff Joerres
says about 30 percent of the
temporary employees his
staffing firm has placed this
year have been converted to
Please turn to WORKERS 8D

norities the hardest hit. The
rate for urban Blacks that no
one wants to discuss is 40.5
percent. Overall, U.S. median
household net worth declined
35 percent between 2005 and
2010 according to the Cen-
sus, down from $102,844 to
$66,740. Whites' median val-
ue of assets totaled $110,729.
For Blacks it was only $4,955.
Black America is in a rut -
an extremely deep rut. At 13.6
percent, Black unemployment
Please turn to OBAMA 8D


BET joins the prepaid

card bandwagon

Move is for worse,

not better, they say
By Ryan Mack

What do Russell Simmons,
Kim Kardashian, Lil Wayne,
Tom Joyner, Suze Orman,
George Lopez, and now BET
have in common? They all
have their own or have en-
dorsed a prepaid debit card.
Yes...they have all jumped
into the prolific market which
targets working class and low
income families promising to
give them all the luxurious
privilege of spending money
to use their own money. BET
has joined the ranks of those
who expect people spend
their money using a "glori-
fied gift card" as they are
called by John Ulzheimer,
President of Consumer Edu-

cation at SmartCredit.com.
The prepaid card is one that
doesn't help anyone establish
credit, costs far too much for
those who have limited bud-
gets, and, because they al-
low those who use them to
remain outside the banking
system, too often insert the
user into a permanent un-
derclass of society, unable to
progress economically.
BET has partnered with
NetSpend (NTSP) to endorse
their Control Card that pro-
motes the following perks.
No credit check
No overdraft or other sur-
prise fees
No interest or late fees ;
No standing in line to pay
A $10 Purchase Cushion
A five percent APY Say-I
ings Account
Please turn to CARD 8D j

Advantage: USA

The U.S. economy benefits from
domestic oil and natural gas
supplies that sell below world
prices and its rising energy ex-
ports. Estimated average daily
benefit for past 12 months in

Natual gas consumption $566
Oil Consumption $56.2
Natural gas liquid exports $4.8
Petroleum products exports $67.9
Coal exports $32.3
Total $727.2
Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

More temps
Temporary help employ-
ment totaled 25 million in

Change since:
May 2012 1.0%
June 2011 10.7%
Aug. 20091 44.7%

1-Reccesscon low
Suurcie. Bureau -l ilor SSl311l'rW

Why aren't Blacks demanding more from Obama?

..M1AMW FLOCRIDA,.JULY 18-24, 2012




What do

By Adriana Gardella Sh
In past posts, the She Owns It -
business group talked about the
challenges of finding good employ- co
ees. But once you've got your team th
in place, how do you keep them lin
motivated? The owners tried to an- Yo
swer that question during a recent
"I've always found it very effective inc
to make sure people can share in wh
the financial success of the com- ing
pany," said Deirdre Lord, who owns of
the Megawatt Hour and helped in
found a previous start-up. "It's not to
just compensation it's giving th:
people equity and making sure the ces
people who work with you really feel
like they are not cogs in the wheel." th:


ie added that giving performance- Mayzler e
ised bonuses in cash or equity rent bonus
could help keep people motivated, on both the
"Do you think everybody in the performance
mpany should be eligible for of the comp
at, or only the people on the front for people; i
ies?" asked Beth Shaw, who owns said. At the
gaFit. the employee
"Everybody." Ms. Mayzlei
"I'm personally a firm believer in great, I got
centives," said Alexandra Mayzler, she said he:
ho owns Thinking Caps Tutor- were closer
g. "Having a husband and lots this money
friends who work in the finance it."
dustry, this idea of bonuses tied "Who are
performance is ingrained in my Shaw.
inking, and it has. had zero suc- "They sai(
ss." preferred to
Some members of the group found going to get
is surprising, over the yea


explained that her cur-
structure was based
employee's individual
:e, and the performance
pany. "It's not inspiring
t's nerve-wracking," she
end of the year, when
ees got their bonuses,
r said, "It wasn't like, 'Oh
extra money.'" Instead,
r employees' reactions
to, "I wasn't planning on
so I couldn't really enjoy

these people?" asked

d that they would have
know that they were
that money distributed
ir," said Mayzler. In

their minds, she said, the payments -*
seemed random." -.
"Are they very left-brained, very
structured people?" asked Shaw,
still trying to process the unusual
reaction Nlayzler described.
"No: necessarily."
"Are they like nonprofit type
people?" Shaw asked.
Mayzler said most of her staff
members %were in their 20s and
don't have extensive work expe-
rience. She said she asked one
employee whether Thinking Caps
should reconsider its bonus struc-
ture. "If you don't feel you work "
harder because there's a.or uq1q d ld
to it, then there's reallytp'oit
she told the employee,',Ifm the
only one excited about 'th, it's, .

Lack of computer access a

major hurdle for the poor

By Alfred Lubrano

Fingering an orange flash
drive like a good-luck totem,
Teisha Reynolds took a break
from the computer class she
hopes will change her life.
At a KEYSPOT computer-ac-
cess center within the Families
First/People's Emergency Cen-
ter in West Philadelphia, Reyn-
olds is enrolled in computer
classes to help get off welfare.
Reynolds, 36, keeps hear-
ing the whole world is online.
That's not entirely true.
"When you're poor and with-
out a computer, there's a big
gap between you and everyone
else," Reynolds said. "For me
and my two sons, it's very hard
not having one."
Throughout the nation, a
stark divide separates those
with access to computers and
computer training, and those

For low-income Americans,
it's akin to being stuck yelling
out a window to communicate
while everyone else is using the

Overall, 90 percent of Ameri-
cans making between $50,000
and $74,999 are online, accord-
ing to a study released by the
Pew Research Center in April.
For those making more than
$75,000 annually, it's 97 per-
Among Americans who make
less than $30,000 a year, how-
ever, just 62 percent are online.
And, only 43 percent of peo-
ple without high school diplo-
mas use the Internet, compared
with 94 percent of people with
college degrees.
"The more people without
access to the Internet get left
behind, the greater the gap be-
tween the haves and have-nots

becomes," said Greta Byrum,
technology expert with the New
America Foundation, a nonpar-
tisan public policy institute in
Washington. "It robs people of
a voice."
Being connected to the Web is
"part of being a fully function-
ing member of our society," said
Curtis Skinner, a family expert
with the National Center for
Children and Poverty at Colum-
bia University.

Most people can't apply for
jobs without being online. And
a growing number of services
for the poor including food
stamps may soon be available
online only.
In Florida, for example, peo-
ple seeking unemployment ben-
efits must apply online. Some
can't, and a large proportion of
Please trn to COMPUTER 10D

Homes still out of reach

Many workers decade. Yet credit and down to $29,653 from $29.611 on
payment issues still are a the median-priced home of
Jace credit and keeping some from home $100,000 home a year ago,
ownership, experts say. according to the report.
downpayment "Fort Lauderdale and West Seventy percent of workers
Palm Beach are doing better in the occupations studied
and other issues than a lot of other places," could afford the median-

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

The American Dream is
elusive for some, despite
lower home prices in many
Though median home
prices fell since 2011 in the
majority of markets, home
ownership still was not,
within reach for one-third of
the 74 occupations studied,
according to a report to be
released by the Center for
Housing Policy.
In South Florida, lower
home prices and record-
low interest rates in recent
months have made homes
more affordable than they
have been in more than a

said Laura Williams, author

"The fact that [some]
teachers and firefight-
ers can'tafford homes
suggests the problem
runs a lot deeper."
-Guy Cecala
publisher of "Inside Mortgage
of the report for the Cen-
ter for Housing Policy, the
research arm of the nonprofit
National Housing Confer-
Income needed to qualify
to buy a median-priced home
of $105,000 in Fort Lauder-
dale in the first quarter rose

priced home, according to
the report. Occupations
included teachers, police of-
ficers, truck drivers, electri-
cians and other commonly
held jobs.
In West Palm Beach,
income needed to afford
the median-priced home of
$120,000 fell to $3.3,800
compared to $35,500 a year
ago, she said. That allowed
61 percent of workers in oc-
cupations studied to afford a
median-priced home, accord-
ing to the report.
But home affordability
has to do with more than
home prices and qualifying
income, said Guy Cecala,
publisher of the newsletter
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Charge it Credit card debt jumps higher than expected
By Yuval Rosenberg was the biggest increase in five billion as lawmakers debated (red) since the start of 2007: otherwise, or they could just the first quarter of the year in
months. It included an $8 billion how to pay for keeping inter- The latest credit data may or feel more comfortable using ten of 11 categories it tracks,
Consumers are racking up rise in revolving credit, the cat- est rates on some educational may not be a sign that Ameri- their credit cards and making including personal loans, car
credit card debt again. Data re- egory that includes credit cards, loans from doubling to 6.8 per- cans are struggling to keep their their monthly payments. Some loans and bank cards. The only
leased by the Federal Reserve That jump was the highest since cent. (President Obama last heads above water as the econ- other data released last week category where delinquencies
last Monday showed that con- November 2007. Non-revolving week signed into law an exten- omy continues to struggle and suggest that consumers made rose was home equity lines of
summer credit soared by $17.1 credit, including student debt sion keeping rates at 3.4 percent unemployment has stubbornly good progress earlier this year credit. "This is another strong
billion in May following a $9.95 and car loans, climbed by $9.1 for another year.) Here's a look stayed above eight percent for in paying down their outstand- quarter of improving delinquen-
billion increase in April. The billion in May. Loans held by at the year-over-year changes nearly 3.5 years. Consumers ing debt. The American Bank- cies," the banking group's chief
May increase was higher than the federal government mostly in outstanding total consumer might be putting charges on ers Association said that de- economist, James Chessen, said
economists had expected and student debt increased by $6.2 credit (blue) and revolving credit their plastic because they can't linquencies payments 30 or in a statement announcing the

afford to make those purchases

more days overdue fell during


Support for president continues

continued from 6D
remains nearly double that of
their white counterparts and
higher than it was in 2008. The
economic situation for Blacks
remains comparatively low to
that of whites as it has been for
the past 50 years. Many whites'
job prospects and their eco-
nomic well-being, have dimin-
ished under Obama and they
hold him responsible. But if the
economic crisis afflicting Black
communities has remained in-
tractable, so has Black support

of Obama. While Blacks are so
accepting of their second-class
economic status, most Ameri-
cans think of the monthly
unemployment numbers as a
clear and definitive statement
about the economy. Blacks
may accept being perenni-
ally down and out, but whites
don't go along with that mind-
set. Should Blacks be as rigid
as whites in their demands of
Obama? Whites will tell you
that. the Obama administra-
tion's gestures to fix American
unemployment are "deplor-
able." For Blacks the employ-

ment outlook "is mixed."
Black men appear to have
gained some jobs since Febru-
ary 2011 in manufacturing,
construction and the service
sector. But deep staff cuts in
state and local government
have hit Black women particu-
larly hard. Indeed, government
agencies, a sector that has
slashed about 500,000 jobs
since February 2010, employed
just over one-quarter of Black
women before the recession be-
William Reed is head of the Busi-
ness Exchange Network.

America is being carried by energy

continued rom 6D
Still, the raw gains surged to
$900 million a day in April, the
latest month for which there's
government data, from $70 mil-
lion in January 2010, Blanch

said. They will reach $1 billion paid by trading partners such
a day by year's end, he added, as Japan. New oil from Canada
The biggest reason is that new has cut the average price the
natural gas finds in 20 states U.S. pays for imported crude to
have pushed the U.S. price of $6 a barrel less than world av-
gas to just more than a fourth erages, and much U.S. crude is
of the average global price and even cheaper than benchmark
about one-sixth of the price prices, Blanch said.

Workers hold on very temporarily

continued from 6D

permanent vs. 45 percent last
year. "They're loath to hire
because they've been burned
too many times" in a halting
recovery, he says.
Chris Ellis, owner of Help-
ing Hands Health Care of

Cincinnati, recently hired
five temporary office work-
ers. While the home care pro-
vider normally would convert
several to full-time after a
few months, Ellis worries the
new health care law will force
him to pay a larger share of
employees' health insurance

Sophelle, a technology con-
sultant for retailers, recently
nearly doubled its temporary
staff to 19, while its perma-
nent staff of 55 has risen just
37 percent the past two years,
says CEO Doug Weich. Tem-
porary workers must be ex-
perts on certain software for
projects, Weich says.
"If. .' I 1 V * 1 ** , 1 ;! P- l ll

Affected homeowners need to check

continued from 6D

everyone who faced a foreclo-
sure during the eligibility pe-
riod of 2009 and 2010 and
not just the number of people
who may have been financial-
ly harmed because of lender
"I would not characterize the
number as a few," Hubbard said
about the applications received.
The audit is part of an agree-
ment reached in April 2011 by
bank regulators and the na-
tion's largest mortgage ser-
vicers after revelations that de-
ficient foreclosure documents
were used to repossess homes.
The program, which is separate
from the $25 billion attorneys
general settlement reached in
February, is also selecting files
on its own to review. The total
number of files slated for review
is 338,447.
Some homeowner advocates
say a lack of awareness as well
as distrust of foreclosure res-

cue schemes could be hurting
Struggling homeowners, al-
ready under a daily mail as-
sault, may unwittingly toss the
review offers, which advocates
said are written in legalese
more appropriate for attorneys
than borrowers. Just 5.3 per-
cent of the letters came back as
"Both the cover letter and
the form appear to have been
written by lawyers for lawyers,"
said Alys Cohen, an attorney
with the National Consumer
Law Center, during congres-
sional testimony last year. "The
name, 'independent foreclosure
review,' sounds like something
dreamed up by a foreclosure
rescue scammer."
Oppenheim said while some
"meaningful forms of restitu-
tion" are offered by the pro-
gram, many scenarios faced by
homeowners are omitted, in-
cluding so-called robo-signing.
Robo-signing, which can in-
clude perjury and forgery on

foreclosure documents used in
court, temporarily halted fore-
closures nationwide in Novem-
ber 2010 as lenders acknowl-
edged paperwork problems.
"In the 14 possible violations
detailed in the framework for
the Independent Foreclosure
Review process, you won't find
the word fraud," Oppenheim
The framework does list the
failure of a bank to have "stand-
ing", or the right to repossess a
home, but the remedy is listed
as "remediation determined on
a case-by-case basis."
"I'm not suggesting you
shouldn't apply for a review,"
Oppenheim said. "But what I
am saying is you can't count on
it to rescue you."
For more information, go
to www.independentforeclo-
surereview.com or call 1-888-
Homeowners wronged dur-
ing a foreclosure could receive
between $1,000 and $125,000
depending on the error.

Warning: Steer clear of prepaid cards

continued from 6D

Life Benefits
That sounds pretty good to
the naked eye, but as I have
done with many prepaid cards
before, let's take a look at each
"perk" to see if they are really
No credit check: This is a
prepaid debit card which is
the same as using cash. You
will never have a credit check
to use your cash so you will
never have a credit check to
use a prepaid debit card.
No overdraft or other sur-
prise fees: I wouldn't know
about that because I couldn't
see what all the fees were un-
less I purchased the card...
surprised To see a complete list
of the fees I could find, see the
end of this article.
No interest or late fees:
These cards are not extend-
ing you a line of credit. Hence,
they are not helping you es-
tablish credit. Therefore, there

is no need to charge you an in-
terest rate or charge a late fee
since you are only using your
own money and not borrowing
any money.
No standing in line to pay
bills: Is this any different from
any other free form of online
A $10 purchase cushion:
If you take the time to read
the fine print in this "perk"
they make it very clear this is
a "non-contractual courtesy
exercised in our sole discre-
tion, by which we may approve
transactions that the Control
Card cardholder requests
from time to time." Transla-
tion they are under no ob-
ligation to give yoion if they
choose not to, so if any user
finds themselves having to use
this cushion frequently, they
can deny youl
A five percent APY savings
account: To have access to
this feature, you must have
deposited at least $500 in one
calendar month. This seems

like a high interest rate until
you remember you are being
charged at least 10 percent
monthly on a deposit of $500
just to earn 5 percent yearly.
Life Benefits: This is ex-
tremely misleading consider,
ing you might think you are
getting life insurance from
the name but are only getting
extremely limited "Accidental
Death and Dismemberment"
Suze Orman, gave good ad-
vice when she spoke out heav-
ily against these cards saying
the following:
"I don't think prepaid cards
are a viable option..."
Let's get smart, build cred-
it the old fashioned way, and
steer clear of these cards. The
more we use them, the more
we will depend upon them.
The more we depend upon
them, the further away we
will be as a community from
those true wealth building
principles which will lead us
towards true empowerment

Blogging is becoming big business

continued from 6D

following has allowed me to
host two fashion events this
year in Miami as well as write
reviews for different products
for Kohl's," Lorraine said.
But make no mistake: Be-
coming a blogger of note is
not a simple achievement.
Blogger Melanie Patterson
didn't notice a pick up in her

following until American Ap-
parel began sponsoring her
blog, "Those Things They
"I was actually posting my
outfit posts to their Facebook
page regularly then one
day they decided to reach out
to me," Patterson said.
Michelle agrees that blog-
ging takes diligence.
"Maintaining my blog is re-
ally a full-time job," she said.

Most bloggers agree that
social networking, in addition
to blogging consistently, is
crucial to building one's rep-
utation and online following.
Networking extends beyond
the territory of Facebook and
Tw'itter. Success rests with
commenting on other blogs,
sending out e-mail updates
about recent posts and blog-
ging daily. There is, they say,
no room for the timid.

Business communities get leverage

continued from 6D

their pension investments are
earning higher profits, they will
be required to contribute less
money from corporate coffers to
make up the difference.
The government makes
money because companies
will make fewer pension con-
tributions, which are tax de-
Some expect the chang-
es, passed by Congress last
month and signed Friday by
President Barack Obama, to
have little impact on the na-
tion's enormous $1.9 trillion
in estimated pension fund as-
sets. And it is more important,
they suggest, to avoid giv-
ing employers a new reason
to limit or jettison remaining
pension benefits by forcing

them to contribute more than
they say they can manage.
The equation underscores a
harsh reality for unions, con-
sumer advocates and others
who normally go to the mat for
workers and retirees: When it
comes to battling over pen-
sions, the fragile economy of
2012 gives the business com-
munity a lot of leverage.
"That wouldn't do our mem-
bers any good" if the govern-
ment forces companies to
make pension contributions
they can't afford, said Karen
Feldman, benefits policy spe-
cialist for the AFL-CIO, the gi-
ant labor federation that sup-
ported the legislation.
AARP lobbyist Debbie Chal-
fie said the seniors organi-
zation was concerned that
companies contribute the
right amount to their pen-

sion funds, but at the same
time, "We want to make sure
employers continue offering
these plans."
Even the Pension Rights
Center, which advocates for
pensioners, was torn. Ex-
ecutive Vice President Karen
Friedman said the group was
"sympathetic to business con-
cerns" that companies have
been hurt by the slow-growing
economy, though still worried
that reducing corporate pen-
sion contributions could hurt
The short-term contribution
cuts worry University of Penn-
sylvania insurance professor
Olivia S. Mitchell, who says
the fact that Congress can
change the formula "does not
mean that pension funds will
be able to defy the laws of eco-
nomics and finance."

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sees what

you don't

By Deborah Porterfield
This weekly roundup takes a look at the practical and
sometimes quirky aspects of tech products. First up this
week is a look at a network camera from D-Link that lets
you monitor things at home when you're not there.
Whether you want to monitor your baby's nap or watch
the dog bark at the mailman, a network camera can
make it happen. The latest network cameras deliver
video to computers as well as mobile devices via home
and cellular networks. The Wireless N Day/Night
Network Cloud Camera from D-Link, for example,
lets you monitor your home from afar on a computer,
an iPad, an iPhone or a compatible Android device
through the mydlink.com site.
As is often the case with network cameras, D-
Link's DCS-932L model can be connected to your
home network wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable.
Unless the area you want to monitor is near an
Ethernet port, wireless makes more sense. If your
router is equipped with WPS (for "Wi-Fi Protected (
Setup"), setting up the connection promises to be
a cinch: Press a button on the camera and then
press a WPS button on the router. If your router is .
set for WEP, the process becomes more complicated.
For starters, the Quick Install Guide doesn't address
this issue, leaving frustrated users to dig around for the
answer. (You can adjust the camera's settings for WEP when
you install the software on your computer.) Set-up also requires
you to link the camera to a personal mydlink.com account,
and if you want to use it with a mobile device, download a
free app.
Doing all this isn't as easy or quick as the "Quick Install
Guide" implies. Nevertheless, once you're done, the payoff
can be rewarding: Depending on .your needs, you can
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Pivothead aQ


The xPrintServer: Home
Edition costs about $100.


Fans of GarageBand can take their
D-Link's DCS-932L model musical talents one step further with
can be connected to your Pix & Stix, a package with two "drum"
home network wirelessly sticks and a "guitar" pick for your.'
or via an Ethernet cable. iPad. Made with conductive rubber
tips, the miniature weighted drum
sticks and moulded guitar pick have
been designed to provide a natural
touch-screen pickup onthe IPad while
playing GarageBand. More important,
they have a soft finish that will leave
L your iPad's screen unscathed. Created
by Studio Proper in Australia, a set
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camera or recording video

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By Edward C. Baig
Ever feel suspicious, if not
downright paranoid, when inter-
acting with a stranger wearing
dark sunglasses? You can't help
but wonder if while listening to
you, he or she is rolling their eyes
under those shades. And absent
the visual cues that come with
eye-to-eye contact, you may even
have trouble determining the true
intent of people you do know.
Now consider how on edge
you'd be if you suspected your
every move was being surrepti-
tiously recorded behind those

specs. That's possible
with the Pivothead video-
recording eyewear that I've
been testing, from a New York
City start-up of the same name.
Partially concealed inside these
pricey $349 sunglasses are a mi-
crophone and camera, capable of
producing high-definition videos
and still images.
The chief purpose of Pivot-
head's eyewear is not to have
neighbor spy on neighbor. The
glasses are positioned as an al-
ternative to the many sports ac-
tion "point of view" cameras mar-
keted by brands such as GoPro,
Contour and Ion, and mounted
onto motorbikes, surfboards and
helmets. Only here, you're wear-
ing Pivothead eyewear just like
any other pair of glasses. The

result is a true first-person
perspective. Suffice it to say,
your head isn't a good substi-
tute for a tripod. What quickly
became evident was how jerky
my head movement often was,
whether I was driving, walking
the dog, or even greeting my kids
coming off a school bus. Still, the
quality of the videos was impres-
People are fascinated by the

$349, www.pivothead.com
PRO: Hides video camera in
normal-looking, easy-to-wear
sunglasses. Good image quality.
CON: Expensive. Changing
settings requires cumbersome
software and access to computer.
idea of putting cameras inside
glasses, as evidenced by the pub-
licity surrounding Google Glass,
which remains a ways off com-

Pivothead is more modest on
features than what Google prom-
ises for Glass. There's no live vid-
eo chat, for instance. Pivothead
envisions the glasses being used
by the likes of coaches training
athletes, surgeons teaching at
medical schools, and dermatolo-
gists documenting skin disor-
ders. Pivothead eyewear is sold
online and soon will be available
at select Sports Authority stores
and specialty retailers.
From a reasonable distance,
the Pivothead glasses resemble
an ordinary pair of sunglasses.
Their polarized lenses are pro-
tected by an anti-scratch coating.
The design won't win any fashion
awards, but the glasses are light,
comfortable to wear and sporty
enough. And they lack the "I'm
a geek" quality that might make
you reluctant to wear them in
The frames are considerably
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Gear to




By Alice Truong
You know the feeling of finishing up a big
project, and suddenly something goes wrong.
You spill a drink on your laptop, the power
goes off or Microsoft Word crashes for the
umpteenth time. Point is: Murphy's Law really
has it in for you.
We aren't able to help you recover that
Powerpoint presentation you spent all month
working on (maybe the IT guy has ideas), but
we can point you to tech solutions to help deal
with these techmageddon-type situations.

Whether it's fires, floods or acts of God,
ioSafe's Solo G3 will safeguard your files. The
disaster-proof external hard drive can with-
stand temperatures up to 1550 degrees Fahr-
enheit for half an hour or submersion in 10
feet of water for three days without data loss.
If you feel inclined to barbecue some gadgets
this summer, this is the drive to do it with.
Unlike typical external hard drives, this
isn't portable by any means. Not only does it
weigh a monstrous 15 pounds, but it can be
bolted down to the ground or secured with a
cable lock to prevent thefts. The other draw-
back is that it requires an external power
supply. The Solo G3 is speedy though, capable
Sof transferring 5 gigabits per second thanks
to USB 3.0.
In the event you can't retrieve old
files, ioSafe's data recovery service
provides up to $2,500 in coverage.
The entry-level I TB model begins

at $299 and includes a three-year
warranty and one-year data-recov-
ery subscription.
SanDisk's Memory Vault isn't
fireproof, nor can it hold more than 16
GB. But it has a couple of things going for
it: 1. It uses in-house technology specifically
designed to prevent data degradation, claim-
ing to preserve photos and other files for up to
a century, and 2. it doesn't weigh 15 pounds.
Unlike the Solo G3, this isn't something you
retrieve after a disaster. Instead, the device
is supposed to be one of the few things you
grab in the event of a fire. After all, you can't
redo your graduation, wedding or child's first
Given how limited storage is, the Memory
Vault is a bit pricey. The entry-level 8 GB
model retails for $49.99, and the 16 GB costs
If you're looking for a solution you don't
have to think about, then it's time to turn to
the cloud.
CrashPlan is a back-up service used by
some of the biggest tech companies, includ-
ing Google, Adobe and Cisco. But it's also for
everyday consumers who want to ensure they
don't lose their photos, financial documents
and other files.
The free version of CrashPlan can back up
files across different computers and attached
external hard drives once a day. This makes
Crash Plan an easy-to-use and comprehensive
option for computer users who want multiple
backups, ensuring they're never stranded in
the event of a disk failure. Once set up, the
service requires no additional thought or
configuration and works automatically in the
CrashPlan+, which begins at $1.50 a month
per computer, has the option to back up
offsite to its cloud server. The more robust
plus version offers real-time and scheduled
backups to multiple destinations. Both ver-
sions encrypt data and run periodic tests to
make sure files haven't been corrupted while
mending any degraded data.



Being cyber-savvy may be difficult for lower income adults

continued from 7D

claims are being de-
nied, Skinner said.
How people get on
the net is changing, of
course. Among smart-
phone owners, for ex-
ample, those with low-
er household income
levels are more likely
than other groups to
say their phone is their
main source of Inter-
net access, accord-
ing to Pew. Experts
suspect that may be
because smartphone
Internet access can
be cheaper and more
convenient than own-
ing a home computer
with broadband ac-
cess an always-on,
high-speed computer
A large percentage of
poor Americans also
get online by using
computers in librar-

In Philadelphia, the
poorest city with more
than one million resi-
dents in the United
States, it is estimated
that 41 percent of peo-
ple lack access to com-
puters in their homes,
according to an anal-
ysis based on 2008
census material. Some
researchers using up-
dated figures, such as
Temple University ur-
ban studies professor
Charles Kaylor, be-
lieve the real number
is closer to 54 percent.
David L. Cohen, ex-
ecutive vice president
of Comcast Corp.,
which has created a
program to get more
low-income Ameri-
cans online, said no
more than 15 percent
to 20 percent of resi-
dents were hooked up
to broadband in poor
By comparison, 85
percent to 90 percent

of residents in better-
off communities get
broadband, Cohen
Overall, the Phila-
delphia metropolitan
area (including Cam-
den and Wilmington)
ranks 35th out of 100
in broadband adoption

rates, according to the
most recent informa-
tion compiled by the
American University
School of Communica-
tion. The Bridgeport,
Conn., metropolitan
area had the highest
rate, at 77 percent of
households. The Phil-

Pivothead glasses: Put on your cameras

continued from 9D

larger than a typical
pair of sunglasses.
Pivothead eyewear
comes in four models
and 16 styles. I had
the Durango Glacier
Blue style. And when
I wasn't capturing
video, I used them as
ordinary sunglasses.
A small hole for the
lens and 8-megapixel
image sensor is situ-
ated above the bridge,
and more visible when
you come up close. In-
side is 8 gigabytes of
internal storage, good
for about an hour of
full HD video.
On thetop side of the
rubberized left arm is
a switch to shoot vid-
eo or capture stills.
It takes some getting
used to, and the only
way to know if you
turned the control on
properly is to take the
glasses off and peek
at the LED lights in-
side the arm.
On the bottom of
the left arm is the tiny
power button next
to a micro-USB port
that you use to con-
nect the glasses to a
computer. The con-
nection serves a few
purposes. It's the only
way to transfer the

Seeing it


continued from 9D

check the kids' play-
room from a computer
in your home office or
look in on your dog
from an iPhone while
at work. Better yet,
because the camera
is equipped with au-
tomatic infrared tech-
nology, you'll be able
to take a peek, even
when the room is to-
tally dark. Too busy
to remember to check?
You can program the
camera to start re-
cording and e-mail an
alert whenever it de-
tects motion.
You can set the cam-
era to display a 640 by
480 video at 20 frames
per second or a grain-
ier 160 by 120 video at
a faster 30 frames per
second. While the vid-
eo quality isn't high-
def, it will be sharp
enough to give you a
sense of what's going
Priced at about $120,
the camera includes a
built-in microphone,
a 4x digital zoom, an
Ethernet cable and an
AC adapter.

video (and stills) you
shoot to a computer.
(Pivothead will soon
come out with a $99
Air Wi-Fi accessory
which, in conjunction
with a smartphone
app, would let you
dump and share data
without tethering the
glasses to a comput-
You also have to con-
nect to a computer for
the not-always-intui-
tive software required
to change multiple, set-
tings and options on
the camera. Without
the computer, I found
it extremely frustrat-

ing, for example, when
the inspiration hit me
to shoot on the fly in
one of the other avail-
able options, black
and white.
Among the func-
tions and settings you
can change from the
Alter the video
resolution from 1080p
HD at 30 frames per
second to 720p at ei-
ther 30 or 60 fps.
Display a Pivot-
head watermark or
time/date stamp.
Choose the image
size, exposure set-
tings and burst cap-

ture mode.
Change to shoot,
say, in action sports,
party mode or "macro"
You also have to
connect to a com-
puter to charge the
Pivothead eyewear. In
typical use, you'll get
about an hour to an
hour and a half of use,
depending on settings
and video quality.
Pivothead glasses
are a potential hit at
parties, on the slopes
or with the kids on the
beach. But it's diffi-
cult to recommend at
the current price.

1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE, ROOM 351
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Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:



Deadline for Request for Additional Information/Clarification: 7/25/2012 at 3:00

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchas-
ing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement, Telephone No.
(305) 416-1917.

NO. 12271.
Johnny Martinez, P.E.
City Manager
AD NO. 008506


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



Deadline for Reauest for Additional Information/Clarification: 7/25/2012
at 3:00 P.M.

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchas-
ing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement, Telephone No.
(305) 416-1917.

NO. 12271.

adelphia metropoli-
tan area registered 64

Interestingly, Skin-
ner said, low-income
students with Web ac-
cess spend more time
than their better-off
counterparts using
online time for games
and social networking
rather than school-
work. That may be
because there aren't
that many low-income
adults with sufficient
computing acumen to
police their kids, ex-
perts said.

To help poor people
get online in Phila-
delphia, the Freedom
Rings partnership
- including city agen-
cies, nonprofits, and
Drexel University -

has used federal grant
money to create 77
KEYSPOT computer-
access labs.
It's not easy for low-
income adults to be
"This new world is
strange for them,"
said Hamidou Traore,
an instructor at the
People's Emergency
Center. "Their read-
ing levels and writing
skills aren't all there.
It's overwhelming."
To help address
such problems, Com-
cast last year cre-
ated Internet Essen-
tials, which offers a
discounted $9.95-a-
month home broad-
band Internet service
to people whose chil-

dren qualify for free or
reduced-price school
lunch. The program
also helps low-income
people buy a comput-
er for $150.
The nation's largest
provider of residen-
tial Internet service,
Comcast agreed to the
program as a condi-
tion of its deal to buy
NBC Universal Inc.,
Byrum said.
"The whole compa-
ny has a passion for
this," Cohen said.
The program has
had mixed results,
with just 463 broad-
band activations in
Philadelphia, as op-
posed to more than
5,000 in Chicago,
Comcast figures show.

South Florida: Lower interest rates

continued from 7D

"Inside Mortgage Fi-
"In South Florida,
you're seeing literally the
best prices you've seen in
more than a decade. The
fact that [some] teachers
and firefighters can't af-

ford homes suggests the
problem runs a lot deep-
er than that. They're
saddled with other debt,
perhaps another house
under water," he said.
He said credit is an
issue for many people
because banks and
mortgage companies are
requiring a credit score

of 700 or above.
But BankRate analyst
Greg McBride said some
consumers have difficul-
ty saving for or secur-
ing the down payment.
"The bigger sticking
point isn't the monthly
mortgage payment, but
do you have the money
for the down payment?"

he said.
On a $150,000 house,
a 3.5 percent down pay-
ment is $5,250, he said,
for example. New ho-
meowners also have to
pay closing costs on the
loan and keep enough
emergency savings to
afford the home's up-
keep, McBride said.


Notice is hereby given of a public hearing to be held by the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community
Redevelopment Agency (the "Agency") on August 6, 2012, commencing at 12:00 p.m. in the City Commis-
sion Chambers at Miami City -Iall,.3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, 33133, to receive comment
on the adoption by the Agency of a resolution entitled:
Upon conclusion of the public hearing, the Agency will consider adoption of such resolution which au-
thorizes the issuance of Tax Increment Revenue Bonds (the "Bonds") by the Agency in the not to exceed
amount stated above for purposes of financing a parking garage to be owned by the Agency to be located
approximately behind the Lyric Theatre which is located at 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida and the
financing or refinancing, through loans or grants to private developers or property owners, the following
community redevelopment projects undertaken in accordance with the Agency's Redevelopment Plan:

Lyric Place Block 25 new construction of a mixed use development containing between
90-100 affordable housing units to be located at the intersection of NW 2nd Avenue and NW
9th Street, Miami, Florida. This project will be owned by or leased to a private developer.
St. John Overtown Plaza new construction of between 90-120 affordable housing unit proj-
ect to be located at NW 3rd Avenue and 13th Street. This project will be owned by or leased
to a private developer.
Island Living new construction of a mixed use development containing between 60-80 af-
fordable housing units to be located at 1201 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, Florida. This project will
be owned by or leased to a private developer.
Culmer Center Housing Development, new construction of not less than 75 affordable
housing units, which property is adjacent to the Culmer Neighborhood Service Center at
1600 NW 3rd Avenue which property is currently owned by Miami-Dade County, Florida and
is leased to a private developer.
Town Park Involves the renovation of: (a) the Town Park Village No. 1 Cooperative Apart-
ment Project which was built in 1970 consisting of approximately 147 affordable units in 19
buildings; (b) the Town Park Plaza South Cooperative Apartment Project which was built in
1971 consisting of approximately 116 units in 17 buildings and (c) the Town Park Plaza North
Condominium Project which was built in 1973 consisting of approximately 168 units in 20
buildings. These projects are owned by private individuals.
If the Agency approves the issuance of the Bonds, the Bonds will be repaid from certain "increment rev-
enues" as such term is defined in Section 163.340(22), Florida Statutes. The Bonds will mature no later
than March 31, 2030. In accordance with Sections 163.358(3) and 163.385, Florida Statutes, the Board of
County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida and of the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida have approved the issuance of the Bonds.

Interested parties or affected taxpayers or property owners are invited to attend said hearing and either
personally or through their representatives, to present oral or written comments and discussion concern-
ing the adoption of the resolution and the nature and location of the Projects. Written comments may be
submitted to, and a copy of the proposed resolution is available for inspection by the public at the Agency's
office at 49 Northwest 5th Street, Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33128.

If an individual decides to appeal any decision made by the Agency with respect to any matter considered
at this meeting, a record of the proceedings will be required and the individual will need to ensure that a
verbatim transcript of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is based. Such person must provide a method for recording the proceedings verbatim.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodations or an
interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the Agency at 49 Northwest 5th Street, Suite
100, Miami, Florida 33128 (305) 679-6800 no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting.

(#15494) Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency
Miami, Florida

Johnny Martinez, P.E.
City Manager

AD NO. 008505

10D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 18-24, 2012


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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 NW1 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 T.V. Call Joel 786-

1245 NW 58th Street
One bedroom and one bath.
$550 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$375. 305-642-7080.

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

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

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

1955 NW 2 Court
Qpe bedroom, one ,ath.
$450 '305-642-7080 .

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

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm one bath $375.
Ms Shony 786-290-1438

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one batn $450
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air. Section 8 Wel-
come. 305-710-2921.
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$595, stove; refrigerator,
central air. free water.

30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
3040 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
Apt., $670 mthly. 786-252-

4107 NW 7 Avenue
Big one bdrm, $525 monthly,
$1000 move in.
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $425.
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 mthly!
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

60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly,
6953 NW 5 Court
Two large bedrooms, one
bath, deposit negotiable.
Section 8 OK. 786-315-3253
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
North Miami
One bedroom. Central air,
new appliances, quiet area.
$750 monthly. 786-356-1722
Two bedrooms, two baths.
Call: 786-210-3375
19 St NW 5th Place
Three bdrm., one and half
bath, $1150; 786-317-2886.
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 Ave,
One bedroom, one bath con-
do in gated community. $800
a month. 770-598-8974
3948 NW 207 Street Rd
Four bedrooms, two baths,
corner lot fenced. Section 8
welcomed. $1200 monthly.
305-450-049p .... .
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
4512 NW 191 Terrace

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
1226 Sesame Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$900 monthly, first, last and
security. Section 8 wel-
comed. 954-770-5952
1235 NW 45 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 a month, more units,
call 305-758-7022
1291 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tiled,
appliances included. Section
8 ok. 786-277-4395
1403 NW 58 Street
Two large bedrooms, one
bath, fenced in, air, appli-
ances included, near school
and bus routes. Ask for
Mary 305-493-2070 or 786-
Call anytime.

1452 NW 14 Avenue
One bedroom, bath, refrig-
erator, stove, $750 monthly,
ready to move in.
Call 305-710-1343
1455 NW 59 ST #A
Large one bedroom, one
bath, $700 monthly. Section 8
preferred. 305-490-9284
1461 NW 46 Street
Huge three bedrooms, two
baths, all appliances,plus air.
Completely renovated $1,200
monthly, plus security. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome.
Call 786-486-3777.
1493 NW 56 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 305-219-2571
1510 NW 65 St #2
One bdrm.,$650 monthly, #3
two bdrms. $850 monthly.
Section 8 okay, 305-490-
1547 N.W 53 Street
Two bedrooms, air, clean.
305-693-9118 or
1610 NW 47 STREET
Newly renovated two bdrms.
$600 mthly. 954-625-5901
2001 NW 89 Street
Two bdms., one bath. Sec-
tion 8 Only. 305-796-5252
2209-2211 NW 58 St
Two bdrms, one bath, Section
8 welcome, 305-761-6558.
230 N.W. 56th Street

Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $875 monthly.

2335 NW 95 Street
Two bdrm, air. $725 monthly,
$1200 move in.
2524 NW 80 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air condition, stove, refrig-
erator, bars. $875 monthly,
$2625 to move in.
3631 N.W 194 Terr.
Two bedrooms. $1100 month-
ly. 754-423-2748.
414 NW 53 Street
BEST VALUE, gorgeous
remodeled two bdrms, spa-
cious, large totally fenced
yard, available now, $875.
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Four bedrooms, one bath.
$1100 monthly. Central air,
all appliances included. Call
786-355-7578 ,

5657 NE 1 Court
Two bdrms, water, air, $700,
No section 8. Terry Dellerson
Broker, 305-891-6776.
6025 NW 24 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$600, appliances.

7000 NW 5 Place
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$895 mthly. 786-312-6641.
7013 NW 21 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, air, large back-
yard, security bars, free wa-
ter. 786-953-3390 or 786-
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
877 NW 77 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
Fenced yard must see.
9533 N.W. 26 Avenue
Large one bedroom, air, tiled,
appliances, big yard, and
walk-in closet. $775 monthly.
Move in by Aug. 5 and re-
ceive $50 off, 305-255-5978.
97 Street NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, $700 monthly.
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
Two bedrooms, one bath.

1814 NW 2 Court
Efficiency, one bath Ap-
pliances, free water and
electric. $375 monthly.

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395.
Appliances, free water.
4760 NW 179 Street
Quiet neighborhood. Stove,
refrigerator. $550 monthly.
First and last and a reference.
6741 N.W. 6th Court
Water and lights included.
Air, utilities, cable, $550/
$1100, 305-751-7536.
Furnished Rooms
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1358 NW 71 Street
Air, cable. $300 to move in,
$150 weekly. 786-286-7455.
1500 NW 183 Street
Cable, air, $140 weekly. $285
to move in. 786-457-2998.
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-3110-7463
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1887 NW 44 Street
$475 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2371 NW 61 Street
Room in rear. 305-693-1017,
2900 NW 54 Street
Upstairs, one room, refrig-
erator and air. Call 954-885-
8583 or 954-275-9503.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrigera-
tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
ble, air and private bath. Call
954-678-8996. 5 A e u
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$365 monthly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue

Clean room. 305-754-7776
Private entrance with cable,
air, light cooking and use of
pool. Call 305-621-1669.

Clean, nice, and air: $400
monthly. Call 786-426-6263.
NW 24 Avenue and 52 St.
and last.
1283 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,300 mthly. 786-328-5878.
1285 N.W. 129th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1250. Section 8 welcome.
786-367-4004 or
12950 W. Golf Drive
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Central heat and air and
fenced in yard. $1400 mthly,
$800 Security. 305-301-1993
1460 N.W. 44 Street
Three bedrooms, two bath.
$1300 mthly. Section 8 OK.
305-305-2474 Luis
1822 N.W. 51st Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 welcome. Call:
1861 N W 166 Street
Three bedrooms, air, laundry
room. $975. 786-306-4839
1940 NW 113 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. First, last and
305-527-6816 or
2010 NW 153rd Street
Three bdrms., air, tile, den,
and bars. $1,200. No section
8. Terry Dellerson, Broker
2122 NW 64 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Four bedrooms, two bath
home, $1650 monthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel:

2246 Rutland Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tile/car-
pet, air, fence. $995 monthly.
Section 8 OK! Call Kenny
2531 N.W. 55 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 welcome. Call:
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1000 monthly. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19"
LCD TV. Call Joel 786-355-

2930 NW 65 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, one
bath, $1050 monthly. All
Appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

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

4644 NW 16 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725 monthly. 954-496-5530.
5320 NW 24 Court
Three bdrms, one bath,
newly remodeled. $1200.

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

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.
840 NW 142 Street
Four bedrooms, one and a
half bath, $1, 400 monthly.
Call 954-914-9166
941 Opa Locka Blvd
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$1,100 monthly. No Sec. 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
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.
Spacious three bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Four bedrooms, two baths.


1416 NW 71 Street
Brand new three bedrooms,
two baths, no down payment,

741 NE 137 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
remodeleij, laundry room,
new central air, carport. Try
only $2900 down and $634
monthly. P and I FHA mort-
gage. NDI Realtors at:
290 NW 183 Street
We have others also.
Se habla espanol.
Pedro: 305-300-4322
Now You Can own Your
Own Home Today
UP TO $65,000
On Any Home/Any Area
Need HELP???
House of Homes Realty

Air Conditioning,TV, refrig-
erator, and all appliances.
Call 786-346-8225
Roof Repair New Roof
Air Conditioner -Plumbing
Electrical Remodeling
New Addition
New Construction
"Our Prices Are Unbeatable"
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Hollywood, FL 33083
Phone: 786-277-3434
Fax: 305-652-6750

1988 Chevrolet GMC pick-up,
work truck.
Call 305-389-3308

We are seeking motivated
individuals to proctor as-
sessment sessions with 4th,
8th and 12th grade students
in schools for the National
Assessment of Educational
Must be available January
28- March 8, 2013. Paid
training! paid time and
mileage reimbursement for
local driving and weekly
This is a part-time,
temporary position in the
North Miami area. To apply,
visit our website at www.
westat.com/CAREERS and
select "Search Field Data
Collection Jobs." Search for
your state, find the NAEP
Assessment Administrator
position and select the "ap-
ply to job" button.
For more information,
e-mail NAEPrecruit@westat.
corn or call Cheryl Martens
at 1-888-237-8036. EOE

Retired English teacher or
a person that has the expe-
rience and skills necessary
for correcting spelling and
grammar. Email kmcneir@
miamitimesonline.com or
call 305-694-6216.

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

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

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

Call 786-548-1051




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Free Credit Consultation
Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565
Handy Man who has your
Carpet cleaning, plumbing,
doors, drywall repair, lawn
service. 305-801-5690
Roof Repairs Plumbing
Call Mike.786-691-6908.

7th Avenue Pain & Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
ABC Bartending Schools
Advanced GYN Clinic
Bobby's Gym
Citizens for a Safer Miami-Dade
City of Miami CRA
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Division of Procurement
Don Bailey's Carpet
Family Dentist
Hadley Davis Funeral Home
Jackson North Medical Center
Kidz Tyme
Miami Dade Community Action Agency
Miami Dade County Health Department
Miami-Dade County GIC
North Shore Medical Center
One United Bank
Robert Levy & Associates
Southern Memorial Funeral Home
Teretha L. Thomas Campaign
Wells Fargo





Banksters (Gangsters)


Are banks paying off
judges and lawyers?
Lehman Brothers
Bank make you sign a
promissory note, then
deposit it in the Feder-
al Reserve like a check.
Then cash the check
(note) then fund your
loan with your cashed
check, but without
your knowledge. This
is illegal! Then charge
you high interest on
money that came from
you. Not the bank.
Then give to MERS
, who then sell your
notes many, many
times. Make millions
off your signature
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Allen: The Heat gethotter
There were various is- Riley, showed Ray Ray how
sues that chased Ray Allen much love he would receive in
away from the Boston Celtics the 305. The big boss of the
and into the arms of the en- Miami Heat convinced Allen
emy. Suddenly, everything ap- on never hearing his name
peared to make sense as the in trade talks and a string of
game's greatest persuader, Pat championships awaiting him.

Yes, even after all these years,
Allen needed to feel wanted
again. So he embraced the re-
cruiting and Riley seized the
opportunity no one does it
better than Riles.
Allen played five seasons
for the Celtics and helped
them win the 2008 title. But
one source close to Allen said
when he came to Miami he got
"respect that he wasn't getting
from [Celtics president] Danny
[Ainge] and [coach] Doc [Riv-
ers] anymore."
The Celtics had offered two
years and $12 million good

cake for someone's who's 37
and coming off ankle surgery
-and it didn't matter to Al-
len. He hated the way Ainge
dangled him in trade talks,
hated that the Celtics told him
he was on his way to Memphis
in a deal at the March dead-
line only to have Rivers later
tell him the trade was dead.
Allen hated that Rivers didn't
give him his starting job back
after he returned from a late-
season ankle injury and hated
that it always felt like he was
the Celtics star made to sacri-
fice above the rest.

Ainge and Rivers talked to
Allen over and over on these
issues in recent weeks, tried to
smooth things over as best they
could, but there was some-
thing that Allen couldn't move
past, something he no longer
wanted to deal with -his trou-
bled relationship with compli-
cated point guard Rajon Ron-
do. The two simply do not like
each other and even though
they played well together on
the court, off the court was a
completely different story. In
South Florida, Allen will feel
quite at home, get lots of love,

and less money but winning
kind of fixes things like that.
Heat fans were giddy to hear
that Allen, the league's best
three-point shooter, is joining
the defending champs. The off
season has just started but
it's already getting interesting.
Free agency is well underway
and guys are switching area
codes daily. However, with the
addition of Ray Allen, the Mi-
ami Heat just got a lot harder
to beat.
The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox
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Michael Vick looks to future




By Robert Klemko

Vick says he didn't want any
"hoopla" when he returned to
the NFL, but three years later,
he has created plenty.
Once bankrupt, he is in the
second year of a lucrative con-
tract with the Philadelphia
Eagles. Three years after be-
ing released from prison for his
role in a dogfighting ring, Vick
has a new "V7" clothing line
that doesn't run from his past,
acknowledging his sins with T-
shirts that read, "It's not how
you start, it's how you finish."
And now there is Michael
Vick, author. His autobiography,
Finally Free, which he started

Michael Vick, in Philadelphia last week to promote his
clothing line, says he wants "to live a low-key life and try to
win a championship."

writing when he was behind
bars for 21 months in Leaven-
worth, Kan., hits bookshelves
Sept. 4.
The starting quarterback for
a Super Bowl contender and re-
covered financially, Vick says he
is "free to do whatever I want to
do, and I couldn't ask for a bet-
ter life right now." He has ac-
cepted that his dogfighting past
holds a permanent place in his
"I've made peace with it, be-
cause I have no control over
it. It's not like I could do it all
over again," he told USA TODAY
Sports. "But at the same time,
I think I made a lot of changes
for the better and I think in my
quest to be an advocate against
dogfighting and working with
the Humane Society, I've helped
more animals than I've hurt,
and I continue to do that."
Michael Vick's autobiography
will be released Sept. 4, five
days before the Eagles open the
season against the Browns.
"People are always going to
have their opinions and feel the
way that they do," he says in an
interview. "You can't change it.
The reason I'm writing this book
is so people can have an un-
derstanding and not just go off
of what they see on TV or what
they heard, the picture that's
been created."
In the book, excerpts of which
were provided to USA TODAY
Sports by Core Media and Wor-
thy Publishing, Vick describes
seeing his first dogfight at eight
years old in Newport News,
Va., and a childhood filled with
nights interrupted by the sound
of gunfire. He also recalls, years
later, when he had to explain his
crimes and impending jail sen-
tence to his son, Mitez, then 5.
"Your job is to be a role model
to your kids and to be the best
father figure you can be," he
says in an interview, "and it was
a situation where I couldn't do
that and I had to confess and
tell him the truth.
"It was probably the hardest
thing I ever had to do. Seeing
him crying, knowing I had no
control over it. It was something
that money couldn't get me out

At the launch of his apparel
line at a Philadelphia store last
week, Vick was surrounded by
family, friends and fans, with
no sign of protesters. Still, Vick
knows another question about
dogfighting is always coming.
"It's definitely a part of who
he is," says his wife, Kijafa. The
two have a pair of daughters:
Jada, 7, and London, 4, who was
born a month before Vick went
to prison. Vick's son is from a
previous relationship with his
high school sweetheart, Tameka
"He can't run from his past all
the time," Kijafa Vick said. "He
has to answer questions about
it. Accept responsibility. And I
think he does a fairly good job
of it. Of course you get tired of it,
because it's a negative thing and
he's trying to get past it. He un-
derstands that it's a part of his
life and he has to try and make
the best out of it."
With his daughters clinging
to his calf-length shorts at a
news conference, Vick held up
a black-and-red shirt that read
"Mental toughness." A portion
of the proceeds from his cloth-
ing line will go to Philadelphia-
area Boys & Girls Clubs, and a
portion of the book proceeds will
go to Philadelphia; and Newport
News-area charities yet to be
In a foreword written for the
book by Tony Dungy, the former
NFL head coach and Vick mentor
discusses the challenge of win-
ning over those who celebrated
his imprisonment. Dungy de-
clined to be interviewed for this
"I had gotten letters and phone
calls vilifying me for even going
to see him, so I couldn't imagine
what he would face once he got
out," Dungy writes. "He was go-
ing to have to do it with actions,
not words."
The first actions came on a
football field, with Vick's return
to NFL stardom that Dungy
wrote even he "didn't have faith
he could accomplish."
Supremely confident, Vick
says he's in better shape than

NCAA won't rule out death penalty for Penn St.

president of the NCAA says he
isn't ruling out the possibil-
ity of shutting down the Penn
State football program in the
wake of the Jerry Sandusky
child sex abuse scandal.
In a PBS interview Monday
night, NCAA President Mark
Emmert said he doesn't want

to "take anything off the table"
if the NCAA determines penal-
ties against Penn State are
Emmert said he's "never
seen anything as egregious
as this in terms of just overall
conduct and behavior inside a
university." He added, "What
the appropriate penalties are,

if there are determinations of
violations, we'll have to de-
The last time the NCAA shut
down a football program with
the so-called "death penalty"
was in the 1980s, when SMU
was forced to drop the sport
because of extra benefits viola-

most of the current rookies and
credits good genes. But Vick's .
freewheeling style has often
kept him out of the game he o "hea
rushed for 589 yards last season .
but missed three games because
of injury. The left-hander has inert oth
started all 16 games in a season
once, in 2006 with the Falcons,
yet he seems unfazed by the
prospect of more punishment,
including concussions.
"I've taken some hard shots,
he says. "Part of the game, the
integrity of the game, the grit. g
the guile that you've got to have,
is getting up. It's a rough game.
It's a man's game. Get up. If you
can't, then lay there; the para-
medics can come get you. And
you get back up, you brush
yourself off and you do it again
in two or three weeks."
Vick says he chooses to play .
and is aware of the "conse-
quences that may come along
with it. For the most part. I
don't even worry about it." '*.' '* ' '*
In a radio interview Friday.
he told fans he would do more
to protect himself this season.
In his book, Vick promises -
devoted Eagles fans an NFL
It all fits into his post-
prison plan. "I just
wanted to live a low-key
life, to play football
and compete every
Sunday and try to
win a championship,"
he says.
If Vick does bring ..
Philadelphia its first
Super Bowl win, low-key
will not be an option.


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The quarterback, 32,
last summer signed a six-
year contract that included
$35.5 million in guaran-
teed money. He wanted to
lay tow after he was rein-
stated in 2009. Vick hoped
some team would give him
a chance. "I just wanted to
fly under the radar. I never
wanted 'The Michael Vick
Resurgence' or the hoopla,"
he says.
The Eagles signed him to
a modest deal, a move that
prompted animal rights ac-
tivists to picket the team's
training facility. Then came
the questions, always about
his past, always focused on
his undoing six years after
the Atlanta Falcons drafted
him No. 1 overall in 2001.
In 2010, Fox News cor-
respondent Tucker Carlson
said Vick should have been
executed for his crimes, a
sentiment that Vick wrote in
the book left him "stunned."
Vick chose not to respond,
and Carlson later backed
off his remarks.
Vick has avoided contro-
versy. He lived up to his
pledge to become an ad-
vocate for animal welfare
and won the NFL's 2010
comeback player of the year
award. He appeared in pub-
lic service announcements
for the Humane Society and
lobbied Congress to pass a
law that would make it a
misdemeanor to watch il-
legal animal fights and a
felony for adults to bring
children to such events.
On the field, Vick earned
the starting job in 2010 and
had the best season of his
career, passing for 3,018
yards with 21 touchdowns
and six interceptions.
"I thank God," he says.
"With success comes a lot
of responsibility. This is my
responsibility. Because it's
not just about me, it's about
every kid that I can affect."


12D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 18-24, 2012