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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 48 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 25-31, 2012 50 cents

Black men team up: Safer, healthier lives is their goal

Roundtable to focus on challenges

facing fathers, husbands, brothers, sons

By D. Kevin McNeir
There's something happening to young Black
men and it's something that we can no longer
ignore. At least that what recent studies are
saying about the state of Black men in America.
But you don't have to go look at a survey or report
to understand the numerous crises facing the
Black community. Here in Miami-Dade County
[M-DC], we only need to look around us. Blacks in

general and Black men in particular, are dispropor-
tionately effected by unemployment, incarceration,
lack of education and health problems. More than
half of our young men in M-DC do not complete
high school an even greater percentage find
themselves eventually shackled by felony records.
With these kinds of odds facing Black men, the
Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation will
host the 2012 Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Mini-Expo
and Black Men's Roundtable on Saturday,
Please turn to BLACK MEN 6A




Colo. killer makes

court appearance

By Jack Healy and Dan Frosch

James E. Holmes sat impas-
sively through his first court
appearance on Monday, a
starkly different figure from
the once-promising student re-
called by acquaintances or the

black-clad gunman accused of
striding into a crowded movie
theater and fatally shooting 12
Sitting next to -one of his
publicly appointed defense
lawyers, Mr. Holmes, 24,
gave little outward sign of
Please turn to HOLMES 6A

An unknown assailant fired
approximately 30 shots into
a crowd of peaceful revelers
last Saturday evening, turn-
ing a birthday celebration into
a night of despair. In the end,
five people were struck by the
barrage of gunshots two of
the victims died.
The two men killed, Xavier
Bodie, 27 and Clifford Hill, 30,
Please turn to PARTY 6A


Greene Dreams wins,

County's plans delayed

Edmonson remains advocate for Transit Village


By D. Kevin McNeir

Some call it a battle be-
tween "David and Goliath"
and with the recent deci-
sion of an appellate panel
in the Circuit Court of the
11th Judicial Circuit that
ruled in favor of Greene

Dreams Shoe Care Center,
Inc. [668 NW 62nd Street],
the description might just be
apropos. The owner, Tyrone
Greene, 50, was issued a
final judgment in August
2011 in his case against
Miami-Dade County. He was
awarded the sum of $13,000
and was allowed to remain

in the location that has been
the site of the family-owned
business for almost 50
years. Greene says he was
angry because a proposed
County project sponsored
by Vice Chairwoman Au-
drey Edmonson the NW
7th Avenue Transit Village
Please turn to APPEAL 4A

-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
Greene Dreams owners, Paulette and Tyrone Greene, in their Liberty City store.

Political unknowns: Clerk of the court, property appraiser

Two jobs that greatly
By Ju'lia Samuels
isaimue'ls'sianua itii nline cotn
Despite the growing popularity of some
elected public officials, in the world of politics
there still remain many mysteries. That is, po-
sitions that bring with them little fanfare but
still impact our lives in more ways than we can
imagine. Two such positions, both of which %will
be decided in the August 14th primary elec-

impact citizens' lives
tion, are the clerk of the court in Miami-Dade
County and the County property appraiser.
"The office is very unusual there is no other
one in the U.S. that has the same functions
that we have." said Harvey Ruvin, the longtime
clerk of the court.
Unlike most offices, the clerk in Miami-Dade
is responsible for a number of operations
that effect Miami residents. The Clerk's office
maintains and operates the marriage license

bureau. In addition, the holder of the office
is the ex-officio clerk for the Board of County
Commissioners, county auditor, custodian of
county funds and custodian of all records filed
with the court. The office has a total of 1,300
employees who are collectively responsible
for maintaining confidential Miami resident
records. Ruvin has made it his goal to take Mi-
ami's record keeping to the next level.
"My goal is to make information more acces-
sible online so people don't have to stand in
long lines," he said.

Property appraiser sees the ups and downs
Pedro Garcia, the County's current property
appraiser [his opponent in August is Carlos
Lopez-Cantera] says that while the job is less
than glamourous, there is quite a lot to do -
and what he does matters.
"We determine the value of about one million
properties in Miami," Garcia said. "It is very
important to be fair and to be a servant. You
must be a complete public servant with heart
above all else."

Obama travels to Colorado with words of encouragement

By Julie Pace
Associated Press

Despair all around him, President
Barack Obama offered hugs, tears and
the nation's sympathy last Sunday to
survivors of the Colorado shooting
rampage and to families whose loved
ones were shot dead. He looked for
hope in the heartbreak, insisting a
brighter day will come for the grieving
and declaring that "much of the world
is. thinking about them."
In dramatic detail, Obama offered

a glimpse inside the horror that took
place in the Denver-area movie the-
ater early last Friday, relaying a story
he said spoke to the courage of young
Americans. With two fingers pressed
to his own neck, Obama recalled how
one woman saved the life of a friend
who had been shot by keeping pres-
sure on a vein that had "started spurt-
ing blood" and by later helping carry
her to safety.
In private, Obama visited one by one
with anguished families gathered at
a hospital and wounded patients re-


covering in intensive care. He would be to have somebody
emerged before the TV cameras we love taken from us in this
and kept his focus on the lives fashion."
and dreams of the fallen and the For a president nearing the
survivors, not the sole shooting end of his term and seeking
suspect or his "evil act." a second one, it was anoth-
Obama speaks as a father, er grim occasion for him to
husband serve as national consoler in
"I come to them not so much chief, a role that has become
as president as I do as a father a crucial facet of the job. The
and as a husband," Obama OBAMA massacre in the Aurora mov-
said. "The reason stories like ie theater left 12 dead and
this have such an impact on us is be- 58 wounded. The shooting rampage
cause we can all understand what it Please turn to OBAMA 6A


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If not Medicaid,

then what?
Governor Rick Scott may believe that 'Medicaid' is
a four-letter word a demon from hell that will
swoop down on Floridians and eat up every ves-
tige of public and private funds but that's only because
our "commander-in-chief' has little concern for the work-
ing poor. Nor does he have any regard for the middle class
who sometimes find themselves cutting out coupons, eat-
ing value meals and working two jobs just to make ends
Medicaid is an important component in the national
health care debate. What's more, if we are going to expand
health insurance so that more citizens are represented -
those other than the elderly, the disabled, pregnant wom-
en and children it will be essential that we increase
our State's Medicaid budget. Under the new reform law
and using federal dollars, we could make an immediate
impact on the millions of citizens who have no insurance.
Whether, Scott likes "Obamacare" or not, we can ill-afford
to pass up $24 billion dollars the amount Florida could
add to its coffers simply by agreeing to move forward with
Medicaid expansion. However, the law allows states to opt
out in favor of their own plan. Scott says he has one but so
far that has proven to be more of an illusion that a reality.
Why Scott continues to balk at the inevitable is beyond
us but clearly he is uninterested and appears to be more
interested in blowing his own horn. The real deal in all of
this pontificating is simple people do and will get sick
whether they have insurance or not. If we continue to
ignore the working poor and those working without insur-
ance due to the rising cost of coverage, we are only sentenc-
ing those who become ill to flood our hospital emergency
rooms. The sick will have but one option to continue
to rely on Florida's public facilities like Jackson Health
System in order to take advantage of unreimbursed care.
Where hospitals like Jackson will get the funds to cover
patients who can't pay their bills is any one's guess. Mean-
while, those who are already uninsured will see more blips
on their credit report for yet another debt that they cannot
pay. We need wiser politicians to step up to the plate. Scott
is not one of them.

Carroll's witty remark

belittles sisters regardless

or orientation
We haven't seen or heard much from Florida's
first Black, female, Lieutenant Governor, Jen-
nifer Carroll at least not since she was hand
picked by Rick Scott in the heat of a very close election
against Alex Sink a few years ago. After he successfully
"purchased" the Governor's mansion, Carroll was allowed
to make the rounds so that citizens could meet her. We
were led to believe that she would be given an opportu-
nity to make a difference in our lives. We thought that she
would be a spokesperson for Blacks and women in Florida.
We were wrong.
Scott quickly muzzled a talented, efficient administrator
- only allowing her to make public comments on rare oc-
casions. But then, given her recent statement in which she
denied having a sexual liaison with her female staff aide,
saying "Women that look like me don't engage in relation-
ships like that," maybe Scott knew what he was doing after
It is not our intention to pass judgment on Carroll or to
determine whether she is guilty or innocent of adultery.
She has said she is innocent. We must believe her until
she is proven otherwise. The stain of the accusation may
remain far longer however. Add to that the insensitivity of
her comment lodged against women who love other women
and one cannot help but be disappointed.
Of course there are some who are just plain angry and
want to chop off her head. But that's perhaps a bit too
extreme. One would think that being a public servant, a
former leader in the armed services and a well-traveled
woman of means, that Carroll would have better sense.
Or at least more of a heart than to lump all lesbians or
anyone else into one category.
What does a lesbian look like? What does a gay person
look like? What does a poor man or a poor woman look
like? What does a person with AIDS or cancer look like?
Really Jennifer? Are you just another person that checks
off identity boxes without realizing that the box represents
a living, loving person? If so, once again we have the wrong
person in office.

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BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

A brave and intrepid pi
Bill Raspberry wore his eminence was unfailingly approachable and Angi
well. In a city full of preening, self- always did more listening than Ame
centered journalistic royalty, he was preaching. Perhaps that curiosity Rod:
a warm and generous prince who was what kept him at the top of his lice
never deluded himself into thinking game for so long. Raspberry wrote it w
he knew all the answers. He is des- his opinion column over four de- hear
perately missed. cades, appearing via syndication in wha
William James Raspberry, who more than 200 newspapers. didn
died last Tuesday at 76, will be re- I once asked him how he worked. ica E
membered by history as a brave Did he have some kind of system? resp

and intrepid pioneer. In 1966, when
he wrote his first column for The
Washington Post, there was really
no model for him to imitate. Young
Black men did not speak their
minds in the pages of the nation's
leading newspapers.
Black readers were first stunned,
then thrilled, to see their lives and
views reflected in what had been a
white male bastion. Raspberry was
in the first wave of an invasion of
outsiders -- minorities and women
-- who transformed American jour-
Anyone looking at his resume
would have expected a forbidding
man -- a Pulitzer Prize that crowned
his many awards, a distinguished
teaching position at Duke Univer-
sity, enough honorary doctorates
to paper a wall. But Raspberr,


Black readers were first stunned,
and views reflected in what ha
Raspberry was in the first wave
minorities and women who transformE

Choose his topics in advance? Not
really, he replied. He just came into
the office, thought for a while and
got a sense of what was the right
column for that day. I think those
were the columns he enjoyed most,
because they allowed him to look at
his subject from all sides. He knew
that holding an opinion did not au-
tomatically make all other opinions
illegitimate. He could also let out
a mighty roar, however, as he did
when he wrote about the 1992 Los

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pioneer has died
eles riots. It wasn't just Black just at the Post but also througthe
rica that saw the videotape of National Association of Black Jour-
ney King's beating by four po- nalists and other organizations. He
officers, Raspberry wrote, and was a great teacher. The one thing
wasn't just Black America "that Raspberry never quite mastered
rd a Simi Valley jury tell us that was the art of being idle. "Retire-
t we saw with our own eyes ment" meant nothing 'more than ex-
i't actually happen. White Amer- changing one all-absorbing mission
saw it, too, and I'm waiting for for another: an ambitious project to
)onsible white leaders to tell me make a difference in his hometown
of Okolona, Miss., where many
families were mired in multigenera-
then thrilled, to see their lives tional poverty and dysfunction. He
d been a white male bastion, decided that early childhood educa-
of an invasion of outsiders tion was where he could have the
S greatest impact, so he formed a
ed American journalism. nonprofit organization called Baby
Steps to work with low-income fam-
ilies in preparing their young chil-
Wednesday's incomprehensible dren for school. The program grew
ict outrages them as much as and evolved -- supported by grants,
outrages us; that the glib ratio- donations and money from Rasp-
zation of the Simi Valley jurors berry's own pocket -- to become a
isn't reflect white America's view potent and successful mechanism
that this whole business is an for change. Bill Raspberry's friends,
ration, an isolated miscarriage colleagues and readers will all miss
istice. White America needs to him terribly. But along with his
a fence around this case, to family, it may be the children of
rantine it before it infects the Okolona who miss him most of all.
le of American justice." What a tremendous legacy for an
raspberry was a mentor to gen- extraordinary --- and extraordinari-
ons of young journalists, not ly good -- man.
* .-.

Big Republican lies about small businesses _K
Two things always happen when Times reported, "Polls also show gus." watchdog group,
there is a debate about whether that Republicans do better when Among the examples cited by pointed out, Fox News makes a
Congress and the president should they frame upper-income tax in- FAIR: habit of letting hosts and guests
extend the George W. Bush tax creases as a threat to small busi- USA Today (7/10/12) Headline: impart inaccurate information
cuts: 1) Republicans drag out the nesses, a group that voters tend to "Obama Seeks to Extend Tax Cuts about the plan to let the Bush tax
tired and misleading argument that like." Fairness & Accuracy in Re- to Middle Class; GOP Critics Say cuts expire on the richest 2 percent
any effort to return the tax rate to porting, the media watchdog group, Plan Will Hurt Small Business." of Americans.
the pre-2001 levels amounts to "a stated: "The corporate media's bias Washington Post (7/10/12) Re- Obama agreed to a deal with Re-
job-killing tax hike." and 2) The cor- toward giving credence to official ported that Republicans "charged publicans to extend them until the
porate media fails to cite evidence claims from both political parties that the president's plan would end of this year. The Tax Policy
that the popular GOP talking point Center, a joint project between the
is, in fact, a lie. Urban Institute and the Brookings
President Obama has reignited resident Obama has reignited the debate by proposing Institution, stated, "Most small
the debate by proposing yet again yet again that we return to the pre-Bush tax rates. In- businesses report their income on
that we return to the pre-Bush . t r r individual tax returns, either on
tax rates. Individuals earning up dividuals earning up to $200,000 and couples making Section C (for self-employment or
to $200,000 and couples making $250,000 would be exempt from returning to the higher rate, sole proprietorships), Schedule E
$250,000 would be exempt from (for S corporations) or schedule
returning to the higher rate. But F (for farms.) We don't know how
Republicans are opposing Obama's means you have to treat that ques- raise taxes on small-business own- many of these businesses are really
proposal because they are doing tion of facts as a matter of opinion ers." small."
what they always do best pro- which, of course, is a problem, Los Angeles Times (7/11/12) Approximately 36 million taxpay-
tect the wealthy. But instead of ac- if you think that separating facts Said Obama's plan "would ex- ers report business income on their
knowledging the truth, they prefer from misinformation is a key part tend George W. Bush-era tax cuts 1040s, the Tax Policy Center found.
to use the disguise that they are of a journalist's job." for those making up to $250,000 And not all of them own small busi-
acting on behalf of small business FAIR added, "And the failure to a year but not for upper-income nesses some receive income from
owners, although we know their challenge Republican distortions Americans." As FAIR noted, "That side jobs or from rental property.
main interest is protecting big busi- gives them no reason to stop mak- is incorrect; wealthy Americans will In its report on the small business
ness. ing them...This is especially true also receive a tax cut on income smokescreen, FAIR summed it up
There's a reason the GOP takes when media don't tell the public they earn up to the $250,000 level." correctly in its headline: "Small
this approach. As the Los Angeles that the claim is almost entirely bo- As Media Matters, another media Business Baloney."


Dear Lt. Governor, you do look like a ]

"I am invisible, understand, simply
because people refuse to see me. Like
the bodiless heads you see sometimes
in circus sideshows, it is as though
I have been surrounded by mirrors
of hard, distorting glass. When they
approach me they see only my sur-
roundings, themselves or figments of
their imagination, indeed, everything
and anything except me." -Ralph
Ellison, Invisible Man

As a Black lesbian who also heads
Equality Florida, the state LGBT ad-
vocacy group, I initially wasn't going
to write about the accusations that
our lieutenant governor Jennifer
Carroll was caught in her office hav-
ing sex with a female subordinate.
The tabloid-ready scandal involv-
ing a married, mother of three who
is an anti-gay conservative naturally
piques the imagination of our voyeur
culture. In fact, as I scrolled past the
story in my email queue, my first re-
action was "Oh that's right. Florida
has a lieutenant governor."

There is no way for Carroll's story
to have a good ending. Either her
accuser is using homophobia as a
political weapon, or the lieutenant
governor is abusing her power with a
subordinate, or she is living a huge,
sad and complicated lie.
I was content to steer clear of com-
menting, but then the Lt. Governor
went on TV and spewed her rebut-
tal: Black women who look like me
don't engage in relationships like
I'm not sure what kind of exten-
sive research she has done to come
to that conclusion about Black les-
bians but perhaps shell publish her
There are many ways for a person
to deny accusations, but Lt. Gov.
Carroll reached into her anti-gay
bag of tricks and ended up hurling
a series of stereotypes about women,
lesbians and Black people in one fell
swoop. The hyper, nervous giggling
didn't help matters.
What did and didn't happen in

her office Ill leave for others to suss
out. But let's get to the coded lan-
guage Lt. Gov. Carroll was tossing
about and why it has to be chal-
Saying that women who "look like"
her aren't lesbians renders a whole
lot of lesbians invisible. And that in-
visibility has consequences.
We live in a culture that contin-
ues to ignore the lives, needs and
health of Black lesbians by render-
ing us invisible. Carroll reinforces
that invisibility by perpetuating the
misconception that all lesbian and
same-gender loving women look
and act the same, virtually eras-
ing the diverse array of Black lesbi-
ans. And if lesbians look a certain
way, Lt. Gov. Carroll, tell us, what
do straight Black women look like?
In putting a fence around what les-
bians are supposed to "look like" she
corrals acceptable Black heterosexu-
al women' appearance as well.
And in case you didn't buy the
"just look at me" defense, she adds


the motherhood gambit because
of course we all know that lesbians
aren't mothers.
Oh, the irony. Jacksonville, part
of Carroll's district as a legislator is
literally one of the largest concentra-
tion of Black lesbian mothers in the
US according to census data. Surely
Carroll, who spent 20 years in the
military, and supported "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell" understands a world
in which gay people try to pass for
straight. A world that during her
tenure, told lesbians and gay men
to hide and lie to protect their liveli-
Yes Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll,
you do look like a Black lesbian. You
also look like a bisexual Black wom-
an and a heterosexual Black woman
too. And yes, some Black lesbians are
gym coaches and some are models
or elected leaders. Some are home-
less and some anchor the news. We
come in all shapes and sizes and
political and religious persuasions.
Many of us look a lot like you.


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and vote: Exercise your
power of Blacks during recon- tion of sports, boardrooms and
struction, a series of laws were every segment of society.
passed stripping Blacks of the With the advent of a Black
right to vote. Segregation laws President, a latent racism is
were instituted and for close to sweeping the country. Repub-
100 years; we were second class lican governors in step with Re-
citizens. In the late 50's, Martin publican Legislatorss in twelve
Luther King, Jr. and other civil swing states, including Florida,
rights activists began to fight have changed the voting laws to
to end segregation and they suppress the Black, young and

With the advent of a Black President, a latent racism is
sweeping the country. Republican governors in step
with Republican Legislatorss in twelve swing states,
including Florida, have changed the voting laws to suppress the
Black, young and other minority voters.

Fight back
President Obama made his-
tory; he was the first Black man
elected President of the United
States of America. It was a his-
tory that my father and many
in his generation did not be-
lieve they would ever see hap-
pen. You see my father grew up
in the days of segregation, when
Black people sat in the back of
the bus, when you had separate
bathrooms for white and Black,
separate water fountains, and
the races did not eat in the
same restaurants. For him, it is
amazing to see Black people in
starring roles on the television,
iAflAuie % .because when he grew up the
,..... w only Blacks on television were
steppin' and fetchin'.
,.r- ..uni km aIt appears that history is re-
p re j*,ial eating itself. After the Civil
Oan Sl War, the former freed slaves were
able to vote, and amazingly we
had Black congressmen, state
representatives, and a bur-
geoning middle class made up
of Black merchants and crafts-
men. In response to this growing

other minority voters. Without
any evidence of fraud, they have
used "alleged election fraud" to
justify reducing the number of
days of early voting. Why? Be-
cause Black, young and minor-
ity voters supported President
Obama, and they came out in
droves during early voting. The
Republicans cut Sunday vot-

rights "
ing the weekend before Election
Tuesday. Why? Because tradi-
tionally Black voters would go
to church and head to the polls
in "Souls to the Polls." Blacks
enjoy more freedom, politically
and economically, at this mo-
ment than we have ever en-
joyed in this country. If we
let the Republicans suppress
our vote, and do not turn up
at the polls, then we will lose
our Black president, Senator
Nelson, and several good con-
gresspersons. Once the Repub-
licans gain the White House,
and control both the Senate
and the Congress, then cur-
rent voter suppression laws
will go nationwide, and we will
see history repeating itself as
we lose right after right. If you
care about yourself, about your
community, about your chil-
dren, then register to vote, and
more importantly vote. Do not
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Do you believe Zimmerman's statement
that Trayvon's death was "God's plan?"

Miami, delivery worker

No, I can't say it was God's
plan because
he was shot.
Now, I could
believe him
if [Trayvon's
death] was a
natural death
like from an
illness or
something like
that, but he
was shot. And God doesn't want
you to shoot anybody.

Miami, retired farmworker

No because
God isn't a
thief or a
gangster and
God doesn't
tell you to
shoot any-
body. I think
shot Trayvon
because he was Black.

Miami, retired bus driver

No, I defi-
nitely don't
believe him.
God is a God
of love not

Miami, retired domestic worker

I don't believe that. I think
death was a
part of [Zim-
plan. Really,
it's just an ex-
cuse for what
he did. He
knew he was
wrong and
now he's coming up with rea-
sons for what he did.

Miami, entrepreneur

No. Is he God? How else can
you make that i
statement .
about God's ',
plans then? .

Miami, retired insurance worker

No, I don't believe that. I think
Trayvon Mar-
tin was an in- W
nocent person
and George
was a trigger
happy man,
ready to kill.

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Miami-Dade County employ- of living increases, cuts in ben- increase in property values and as well as the seat for Dade
ees are to be commended for efits and some even lost their a slight growth in new construc- County State Attorney will be
providing excellent service to positions in order to balance tion increased the tax base by on the ballot. If it is justice we
our community during a tur- the county's' budget. nearly 2 per cent. Hopefully want for our children and the
bulent fiscal year. During the While county employees are this additional tax revenue will community then it is impera-
2011-2012 fiscal year thou- also homeowners, residents be used to reinstate employees' tive that we get out and vote.
sands of county employees lost The Office of the State Attorney,
approximately 20 per cent of o n August 14, there will be some very important races Circuit and County Court judg-
their base salary and benefits. on the ballot. Several judges seats as well as the seat es are in charge of our crimi-
Employee salary reductions Sa e will e the t If nal justice and judicial sys-
were made in order for home- for Dade County State Attorney will be on the ballot. If tem. Therefore we must know
owners to receive a tax saving it is justice we want for our children and the community then it is how their legal decisions will

and for 'the county to deliver.
basic services. This move af-
I fected not only the 1 per cent
RF of county employees who are
* making 6 figure salaries, it
also affected the thousands of
county employees making be-
low a living wage. Everyone
was forced to forfeit their cost

imperative that we get out and vote.

and tax payers during budget
discussions act as though they
are different groups of people.
However, there is a bit of good
news from the Miami-Dade
Property Appraisers Office; an

lost wages and benefits as well
as restore funding to programs
for the needy.
On August 14, there will be
some very important races on
the ballot. Several judges seats

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Scott, entou
"Encouraging business in-
vestment and diversification
is vital for Florida's future,
and that's the goal of Gover-
nor Scott's business missions,"
said Florida Realtors President
Summer Greene. In Scott's first
year-and-a half as Florida's
governor, he has visited Brazil,
Canada, Israel, Panama, and
There has always been a
question about how the state
can afford such a large expen-
diture, but the answer has al-
ways been the bills are covered
by Enterprise Florida, private
donations, and the remainder
of the delegation paid their own
expenses. Governor Scott's
85-member entourage included
business leaders, tourism exec-
utives, lobbyists, a few mayors,
and First Lady Ann Scott. From
the governor's office on the
trip included press aide Jackie
Schutz, Scott's travel aide Brad
Piepenbrink, and Ann Scott's
aide Sarah Hansford.
I am sure that not a penny of
taxpayer's money was wasted
on the trip, but I am also sure
that everyone on the trip had a

rage visit United
good time. Governor Scott and ty and Miaj
his 85 person entourage had a Baker Avial
series of meetings with busi- The mani
ness leaders and executives in cluded whc
many different industries in and outgoir
the United Kingdom. The trip Mike Harid,
included a visit to the world's ey, chairm<

mi-based George T.
tion School.
fest for the trip in-
o's who in Florida,
ig Senate President
opolos, George Zol-
en and CEO of the

There has always been a question about how the state
can afford such a large expenditure, but the answer has
always been the bills are covered by Enterprise Florida,
private donations, and the remainder of the delegation paid their
own expenses.

leading market for specialist
insurance, Lloyd's of London,
and the Farnborough Interna-
tional Air Show.
At the International Air
Show, Florida hosted a pavil-
ion and discussed with leading
professionals and executives
why they should expand their
business to Florida. Florida is
the home to 12 aviation mili-
tary bases, three spaceports,
and dozens of academic insti-
tutions that offer aerospace
and aviation training, such as
Daytona Beach-based Embry-
Riddle Aeronautical Universi-

GEO Group Inc., and 13 em-
ployees of Embry Riddle Aero-
nautical University were also
members of the delegation.
Lobbyists who accompanied
Scott included Marc Dunbar
(Parimutuals), Robert Hawken
of FCCI insurance group,
Tom Van Berkel, chairmen
of the Jacksonville Chamber
of Commerce, Fred Karlinsky
(insurance and health care),
and John Sebree of the Flori-
da Association of Realtors.
"The United Kingdom is
Florida's largest foreign di-
rect investor employing over

impact our lives and our com-
munity. Now is the time that we
must vote and vote for our best
interest, otherwise things will
only get worse. We must not
become disillusioned by things
of the past and not vote in this
election. The power to change
things is in your vote.

39,000 Floridians, and Flor-
ida is the largest long haul
destination for U.K. nationals,
with 1.3 million visiting the
state every year," said Gov-
ernor Scott. During the week
certain members of the del-
egation met with U.K. officials
to help increase more busi-
ness for the state.
At this trade mission the
governor made real estate a
main selling point for anyone
coming to the state to do busi-
ness. For someone looking for
investment property, a second
home, or a primary residence,
the weather is great, and pric-
es will fit any sales range. The
real estate contingent in the
delegation met with the lead-
ership of Hamptons Interna-
tional, the largest real estate
company in the U.K.
This was a very successful
trade mission and it is essen-
tial for Florida to have a global
perspective to grow the state's
economy. As the governor con-
tinues with his goal of global
economics, it is important to
be transparent with the cost
of these trade missions.

fought to get us the vote. As
a consequence civil rights laws
were passed ending segregation,
and the Voting Rights Act was
passed. Through these. laws,
Blacks were able to integrate
white neighborhoods, attend
white schools, sit anywhere
they wanted to in a restaurant.
Gradually, we saw the integra-


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AIDS-free generation within reach

Success hinges on political 'will,'

conferees told: "Make no excuses"

By Liz Szabo

are no scientific reasons the
world can't chart a path, al-
beit a difficult one, toward the
world's first AIDS-free genera-
tion, a top federal health offi-
cial said Sunday.
"There is no excuse scientifi-
cally to say we cannot do it,"
said Anthony Fauci, director
of the National Institute of Al-
lergy and Infectious Diseases,
speaking to the media at AIDS
2012, an international AIDS
conference, which began here
Sunday. "What we need now is
the political and organizational
will to implement what science
has given us."
The challenges of the AIDS
pandemic are great, Fauci
said. Worldwide, the disease
has claimed more than 30 mil-
lion lives, and 34 million people
today are infected with HIV, the
virus that causes the disease.
About 2.5 million people world-
wide still die each year, Fauci
Yet scientists are talking en-
thusiastically about recent dis-
coveries that, when combined,
have the potential to dramati-
cally curtail new infections.
Last week, leading researchers

called for a new push to cure
the disease. In another land-
mark finding that Fauci de-
scribed as a "slam-dunk, out of
the ballpark," researchers last
year showed that getting an
HIV-positive patient's virus un-
der control makes that person
virtually non-contagious.

Athony Fauci
National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases director
That suggests that getting
proper treatment to more peo-
ple with HIV 20 percent of
whom don't know they are in-
fected could be a powerful
tool to stop the spread of the
disease, Fauci said. Most new
infections are spread by people
who do not realize they have
the disease, he said.
Turning the tide "is not go-

ing to happen spontaneously,"
Fauci said. "It's going to require
purpose and commitment."
Bill Gates, co-founder of the
Bill & Melinda Gates Founda-
tion, a major founder of AIDS re-
search, is more skeptical. "We
don't have the tools" to end the
AIDS pandemic today, Gates
said at the conference Mon-
day. While he's impressed with
research toward a vaccine, he
said the best prevention strat-
egy available today is voluntary,
medical male circumcision,
which can reduce a man's risk
of infection by 60 percent.
His foundation also has fund-
ed research into microbicide
gels for women to use before
sex. And he said he was enthu-
siastic about microbicidal rings,
which could potentially provide
long-lasting protection.
A mantra among AIDS advo-
cates now is "seek, test, treat
and retain," said Nora Volkow,
director of the National Institute
on Drug Abuse. Public health of-
ficials want to test undiagnosed
patients for HIV, treat their dis-
ease and retain them in care.
And while those challenges
are daunting, Fauci noted that
the USA has always led in the
fight against AIDS. The National
Institutes of Health has spent
$50 billion on AIDS since 1982.
And the USA has succeeded
in other difficult circumstances
before such as providing AIDS
drugs to Africa. Fauci noted

Greene wants store to remain

in his Liberty City community
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Project did not include existing
small businesses.
However, the ruling was ap-
pealed by the County,, thus de-
laying the project and putting
Greene and his business in lim-
bo. Now, after the appellate panel
has had its say, it seems that
Greene has achieved a victory.
Still, one has to wonder at what
"Our lease doesn't end un-
til 2014 but we don't feel like
we have been treated right," he
said. "The place next to me had
mold and the County didn't do
anything to clean it up. If they're
our landlords they have certain
responsibilities. I just couldn't
see giving up easily after my fa-
ther started this business and
gave his blood, sweat and tears to
keep it going. We are more than
a business we are a service
to this community. This is more
than just a $13,000 settlement.
What we're looking at here is a
multi-million dollar corner. Even
my father once told me that."
Edmonson says that the Coun-
ty will still move forward but
they will be forced to initiate their
plans around Greene Dream
"I think it is a sad thing when
you have one person that is al-
lowed to stop progress, especially
when there has been such an out-
cry from the community to initi-

ate economic development along
this 62nd Street hub," she said.
"Greene wanted more money
than we could offer under federal
guidelines. As for the building,
yes the County does own it and
we do want to demolish it. But
we're going to move forward and

demolish the buildings around
him. This is a huge project with
$10 million alone provided by the
federal government. It is what
this community has been saying
they need for many years. Now
we are at the starting point.
And we are going to proceed."

that "naysayers" were doubtful
about PEPFAR, the President's
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief,
a $15 billion effort launched in
2003 by George W. Bush, after
consultation from Fauci.
At that time, only 50,000
people in the developing world
had access to anti-retroviral
therapy, the drug cocktails
credited with transforming

AIDS from a death sentence
into a chronic disease. Since
then, PEPFAR which re-
ceived an additional $48 bil-
lion in funding in 2008 has
provided AIDS therapy to
nearly 4 million people. The
program also is credited with
preventing HIV infection in
200,000 babies by providing
drugs to 660,000 HIV-infected

PEPFAR must be reautho-
rized by Congress next year.
And while many are focused
on cutting the federal budget,
Fauci said PEPFAR has always
had support from both Repub-
licans and Democrats. "I can't
imagine not authorizing an
overwhelming success," Fauci

GZO Chapter of Alpha Kappa

Alpha Sorority recent inductees
Continuing a legacy that began in 1940 in Miami, Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority recently inducted 21 dynamic young ladies as members in the sisterhood. Under the
direction of chapter President Sandra L. Jackson and Membership Chairman Janice Spann-Givens,
the 21 ladies underwent a process of learning about the organization and providing community ser-
vice at a Miami women's shelter. The process culminated with their induction on June 10, 2012 and
a luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton.
Back row (left to right): Tawanna M. Parker, Amira B. Paschal, Ciana Ulysse, DeAndra E. Wash-
ington, Deborah K. Cooper, Priscilla R. Dobbs, TyKecia P. Hayes, Gabrielle E. Carey, Tiffany Starke,
Jenai H. Williams, La-Toya S. Facey, Janelle Wallace, and Nicolette R. Oliver. Front row (left to right):
Brittany Robinson, Amy Dawkins, Regina Bruton, Shebreeceay D. Lenoir, Janice Spann-Givens
(Membership Chairman), Syrita L. Murray, Michelle Dismuke, Saderia N. Hooks, and Sheila Cohen.

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Office of the Chair

Board of County Commissioners

The Office of Community Advocacy,
and affiliated Advisory Boards
wish a Happy Ramadan
to South Florida Muslims
May the peace and blessings of this season enrich
the South Florida community.



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Women in Hats salute Wilson

On Friday, July 13, women from across
South Florida came together to show their
support for Congresswoman Frederica Wil-
son, District 24. While Wilson is known as
a voice and fighter for her constituents, she

may be even better known for her signature
hats that have become her trademark. The
event was called "100 Women in Hats for
Wilson" and most wore their favorite hat to
the event.



-Photos courtesy Frederica Wilson
All smiles in their favorite "bonnets" are: Dr. Freddie Young (1-r), Congresswoman Frederica Wil-
son, Laurestine Porter and Florence Greer.

Don't just imagine a better world, make it a reality. RECYCLE!
The Public Works and Waste Management Department's curbside service
makes it as easy as tossing recyclables into your blue cart.


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Forum seeks solutions for Black men's many hurdles

continued from 1A

July 28. The event takes place at
the Joseph Caleb Center 15400 NW
22nd Avenue] from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Topics will tackle issues that
include: defining manhood, crimi-
nal justice and domestic violence,
jobs and wealth and physical, spir-
itual and mental health.
"The goal of the expo and round-
table is to bring together national
and local experts to educate and
uplift underserved men and boys,"
said Desmond Meade, chair; Black
Men's Roundtable. "The latest re-
port by the Sentencing Project re-
veals that 1-in-every-4 Black males
in Florida is disenfranchised. Be-
cause our Black males are being
incarcerated, killed and dropping

out of school at an alarming rate,
we are an endangered species.
That's why we put this forum to-
gether to be a tool that can em-
power our men by encouraging
dialogue among us."

Featured speakers include sev-
eral Black leaders from the Coun-
ty, including Isiah Thomas, for-
mer coach of FIU and NBA Hall of
Famer; Circuit Court Judge Daryl
Traywick; City of Miami police of-
ficer and head of the homicide di-
vision, Sgt. Ervens Ford; and ac-
tor/producer Charles S. Dutton
(Rock). They'll be joined by a host
of community activists and politi-
cians all determined to change
the way Black men are viewed and .
how they live.

The Ten biggest problems facing Blacks today -
ranked in order of the despair they cause

1. Lack of opportunity and safety
2. Breakdown of the family
3. Black anti-intellectualism
4. Failure of urban K-12 schools
5. High incarceration rate of Black men
6. Reduced respect for human life.
7. Licensing requirements
8. Victimology
9. Radical relativism
10. Excessive race-consciousness
Survey taken by FrontPageMagazine.com
"These are desperate times and one or two brothers take our words
a day like this can only help to to heart, then we will have suc-
change things for the better," Ford ceeded. Black men put too much
said. "But we have to do more responsibility on the women in our
than just talk we have to go to lives our wives, our mothers. We
the next phase, develop an action can and must do more and must
plan and then get moving. If only more of the load on our own shoul-

Traywick says he will share his
observations from serving as a
judge in domestic violence cases.
"A man that beats a woman is
not a man not really," he said.
"And while domestic violence
crosses all ethnic boundaries,
in the courtroom there is still a
larger and unacceptable percent-
age of black and brown. Much of it
stems from the financial pressures
placed on families today. The ham-
mer has clearly fallen much heavi-
er on minorities. Men often take
their frustrations out on members
of their own family."
Kionne McGhee, a panelist and
co-sponsor, says it's time to dispel
negative myths about Black men.
"Society tells us that Black men
aren't educated enough to make

sound decisions that will benefit
us and those we love," he said.
"We want to show brothers of all
ages that this just isn't true. There
are men in our community here in
Miami that are excellent examples
of overcoming the odds and follow-
ing the right roads. We have the
resources but have never really
put them on the table before. The
road map of hope, determination
and second chances is one that I
followed myself. The men that will
speak on Saturday all bring differ-
ent ingredients but I believe that
together they can provide the po-
tion we all need to ensure suc-
For information call 305-809-
6260. Churches are encouraged
to sponsor the men and boys
from their communities.

President Obama said he came more as a husbanandnd a father

continued from 1A

occurred minutes into a premiere
of "The Dark Knight Rises" Bat-
man movie early Friday in the
Denver suburb.
The alleged shooter, 24-year-
old James Holmes, made his first
court appearance last Monday.
Witnesses say he entered the the-
ater, then exited and re-entered
through a side door before toss-
ing smoke bombs or canisters of
tear gas and firing several weap-
ons, including an AR-15 rifle with
a magazine that reportedly held

as many as 100 rounds.
The incident comes 12 years
after a mass shooting at the Col-
umbine High School on Colorado
where two seniors fatally shot 12
students and one teacher, injur-
ing dozens of others.
Obama said he assured the
families that even though the
suspect behind "this evil act has
received a lot of attention over the
last couple of days, that attention
will fade away. And in the end,
after he has felt the full force of
our justice system, what will be
remembered are the good people
who were impacted by this trag-

Hearings gave no motives

continued from 1A

recognition as a district court
judge here informed him of
his rights and of the likelihood
that he would face charges of
first-degree murder. Prosecu-
tors are expected to file charg-
es formally next Monday.
The proceeding offered the
first public glimpse of Mr.

Holmes since he was arrested
outside the Century 16 mul-
tiplex in Aurora early Friday,
just minutes after the shoot-
ing. But the hearing answered
none of the questions about
his state of mind, his motives
or his decline from neurosci-
ence graduate student to the
sole defendant in Colorado's
worst mass shooting in more
than a decade.


While no Blacks were killed in
the shooting, one Black Colorado
teen, Jarell Brooks, 19, was shot
in the leg after going to the as-
sistance of a woman and her two
children. The woman, who had

been attending the movie with
her boyfriend, young child, and
4-month-old infant, found herself
abandoned when the shooting
began. Her boyfriend dropped the
infant on the floor, jumped from
the balcony and drove himself
home as Patricia Legarreta strug-
gled to escape with her children.

"At the end of the aisle, I ran
into a woman," Brooks said. "She
yelled, 'My kids!' and I saw she
had two young kids with her,"
he told ABC News. "I made sure
they got in the aisle and pushed
behind her to make sure she got
out of there."
That's when both Brooks and

Legarreta were shot.
"We fell together," Brooks said.
"I picked myself back up and con-
tinued to the back exit door, on
one leg."
"I was thinking, I have to get
this family out, without getting
hit myself," Brooks said. "I man-
aged to do one."

Police seek motive in Opa-locka shooting

continued from 1A

according to Antonio Sanchez,
spokesperson and a deputy
chief with the Opa-locka Police
Department, had both been ar-
rested and imprisoned numer-
ous times. But on Saturday,
they were simply on hand to
honor the memory of a friend
who had recently died.
Those wounded include:
Quinton Toombs, 34, and Wil-
lie Thompkins, 18, both from
Opa-locka and Cedric John-
son, 39, a Miami resident. Ac-
cording to reports from wit-
nesses, around 10:45 p.m. last

Saturday, a car pulled up on a
peaceful crowd having fun at
151st Street and NW 18th Av-
enue often referred to as The
Triangle an area in the City
bordered by NW 151st Street,
Ali Baba Avenue and NW 22nd
Street historically known for
high levels of drug trafficking
and other crimes. Witnesses
say someone got out of the car
and began firing at random.
An 'investigation into what
led to the shooting and who
is responsible continues with
both Opa-locka police and the
Miami-Dade Police homicide
bureau seeking answers. San-
chez says the event while cer-

tainly tragic, is out of charac-
ter given what has taken place
in The Triangle over the past
"Without question in the past
it has been an area of great
concern and has a reputation
for being extremely violent,"
Sanchez said. "But over the
last year we have made great
strides. This is the first real
act of violence that has fak-.
en place there since the year
started. That's been possible
because of our work with the
community. Most of the folks
here are hard-working people
who are facing tough financial
realities that make it impos-

sible for them to move. But for
some this has been their home
for generations and they want
to stay right here. Our po-
lice chief, Cheryl Cason, was
raised in The Triangle."
Sanchez admits that things
are far from rosy and that drug
sales are still a problem. But
he notes that through strategic
efforts and with more resourc-
es things are getting better in
Police ask that those with
information call M-D Crime
Stoppers at 305-471-8477
or Opa-locka investigators at
305-681-1033. Callers may
remain anonymous.


6A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 25-51, 2012


Anyone who objects to giving Miami-Dade County Voters

a choice or spreads lies about Norman Braman


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


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

* They have been in office
for 7-19 years!

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Former Scott Carver resident Jacquelyn Blackmon sits with an estimated 800 families, to move explained Grant, who moved into her ho e ern atm t in
her grandchildren,Timothy Statum, 7, and Timeria Statum. away from the community. But she new apartment in March of 2012. Grant, who moved into her new apartment in
They along with Blackmon's daughter have moved into a four never lost hope. Grant is among approximately 56 March of 2012.
bedroom townhouse at the Northark at Scott Carver."I knew it was coming back, but I Please turn to HOME 10B Ophelia Grant
bedroom townhouse at the Northpark at Scott Carver.

Liberty City and Little Haiti's drug free coalition met on Thursday,
July 19th.

Partnership works to

reduce community's teen

drug and alcohol usage

By Kaila Heard

Often times one of the areas of
greatest concern for community
members is the youth and how
they are faring.
In Miami's urban areas, there
were causes for concern.
Liberty City and Little Haiti
youth are using marijuana and
alcohol in increasing numbers,
according to data collected by
the Urban Partnership Drug Free
Community Coalition, a drug
free community funded by the
Substance Abuse Mental Health
According to Vivalora Perkins
Smith, the program's coordina-
tor, "The missions of the Coalition
to reduce alcohol and marijuana
usage with underage youth in two
targeted communities Little Haiti
and Greater Liberty City and in six

targeted schools including Miami
Northwestern, Miami Central,
Miami Edison Senior High and
Charles Drew, Horace Mann and
Edison Middle schools."
For the past eight months, the
coalition, which consists of volun-
teers from the surrounding com-
munity, has been meeting through-
out the neighborhood.
So, far approximately 123 people
have registered as volunteer mem-
bers of the coalition and meetings
attract 40 to 50 people on average,
according to Perkins Smith. "They
represent 12 sectors of the commu-
nity including religious/fraternal,
youth, parents, government, law
enforcement, schools, health care/
mental health, substance abuse,
youth organizations, media and
businesses and elected officials."
Perkins Smith explained further,
"It is a community commitment to
Please turn to TEEN 10B

Bringing the youth

back to church

To many people, the fact that many youth church goers
tend to drift away from the church and sometimes stop
attending altogether has almost become an accepted part
of the cycle of church attendance.
To combat this drift, Elder Kenneth Lee Washington of
Greater Bethel Israel Primitive Baptist Church believes
the best remedy is a life long devotion to
church going.
"You just have to bring them up in the
church," he said.
And that means that their parents should
also be attending church with them rather
than just sending them. Washington found that '
this approach worked for him.
"All my life I loved church," said Washington who has
also been senior pastor of Greater Bethel Israel for nearly
14 years. "I guess it was embedded in me by my grandfa-
ther and mother."

l'"" his experience in the church, there are
a few things that he has learned as an adult that he
wished he had known as a teenager.
"In the ministry, it looks glamourous, but I found that
you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work,"
Please turn to WASHINGTON 10B

S. Fla Muslims celebrate Ramadan

By Kaila Heard

Friday, July 20th marked the
beginning of Ramadan, the 30 day
month long of fasting observed by
millions of Muslims world wide.
Ramadan is considered one of
the holiest months of the Islamic
calendar because the Qur'an was
revealed to the prophet Muhammad
during this month. Because of this,
Ramadan is also called the 'month of
the Qur'an' and Muslims attempt to
recite as much of the Qur'an as they

can during the month.
Believers are obligated to abstain
from eating, drinking and sexual
relations during day light hours.
It is thought that fasting is way to
practice self-discipline, sacrifice and
empathy for the less fortunate.
Muslims believe that all good deeds
are more generously rewarded in
Ramadan than in any other month
of the year, according to Fred Nurid-
dein, the iman of Liberty City's Al-
Ansar Mosque.
"And this charity is to be given to
everybody, not just to the members

of the Muslim community, but to all
persons regardless of their faith and
ethnicity," he explained.
Already Nuriddean and members
of Al-Ansar have charitable activities
"We feed the poor, we help those
who are in financially difficulties with
their mortgage or rent," he said.
Therefore, in many Muslim com-
munities, it is not uncommon to see
people giving more food to the poor
and the homeless, and even to see
large public areas for the poor to
come and break their fast.



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Elton John: Compassion can help defeat AIDS

By Liz Szabo

new therapies or vaccine, what
the world needs now to end
the AIDS epidemic, says musi-
-cian. Elton John, is love.
-i.zd-Ia'1 j.ust-been to the AIDS
quilt arid"'Phave seen to much
love for the dead," said John,
after visiting the National Mall
in Washington, where panels
of the AIDS Memorial Quilt,
created to honor victims of
the disease, stretch between
the Washington Monument
and the U.S. Capitol. "What
we need is more love for the
The singer, whose Elton
-John, AIDS Foundation gives
away $18&nillion a year, spoke
-afAIDS-2012, ari international
gathering of more than 21,000
researchers, activists and poli-
cymakers John and others
applauded a message by Sec-
retary of State Hillary Clinton,
who set a goal "for a genera-
tion that is free of AIDS.'
Yet the best science in the

world is useless if it doesn't
reach poor people, John
said. "Maybe you think I'm
naive." he said at the confer-
ence. "Maybe you think I'm off
my rocker. Here I am telling
an audience of 7,000 global
health experts that you can
end AIDS with love."
Yet he noted that landmark
American legislation to pro-
vide AIDS relief to developing
nations was based, funda-
mentally, on carinng for other
people "Thanks to all this
compassion, all this love, more
than 8 million people are on
"Thanks to people who have
chosen to act, who have cho-
sen to care, we can see an end
to this epidemic, but it's going
to take a lot more compassion
to get us there, a hell of a lot
John noted that "shame and
stigma" prevent many people
From getting help and "from
protecting themselves in the
first place."
He added, 'We have inexpen-

Sir Elton John speaks at the 19th International AIDS Con-
ference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on
July 23,2012 in Washington, DC.

sive and accurate take-home
tests for HIV. But we can't
convince people to get tested
if they think their lives don't
"Millions of people around
the world feel ashamed be-
cause of who they are. They
feel subhuman, worthless, like
they don t. matter at all."
John described his recov-
ery from cocaine addiction,
and how he was inspired by
the young AIDS activist Ryan
White to get clean. "I felt that
shame before and it almost
killed me," John said. "It's
killing people all around the
world. We have to replace the
stigma with compassion. "
Others conference speakers
Phill Wilson, founder of the
Black AIDS Institute, said
some of the risky behavior
seen in today's young people
stems from a lack of love, and
a sense of hopelessness.
"When you have young men
who have been denied love
their entire life, they will give

anything to be loved, including
their lives," Wilson says
Families can help to turn
the AIDS epidemic around,
Wilson says, simply by sup-
porting their children. Young
people who feel accepted and
respected are more likely to
form healthy relationships,
Wilson says.
"People ask me. 'What is the
most important thing we can
do to help young black gay
men?"and 'When do you begin
AIDS prevention?' Wilson
says. 'My answer to both is
the same You start the first
time you hold that child to
your breast after they're born.
You start every time you tell
them you love them. when you
remind them they are valu-
able. When you remind them
that there is someone who has
their back. that they are not
John also called on the USA
to address its own HIV epi-
demic. More than 1.1 Ameri-
cans are infected with HIV.
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Cohabiting women having more babies

By Sharon Jayson

As more unmarried couples in
the USA move in together, more
also are getting pregnant, a new
government report suggests.
The number of births overall to
cohabiting women increased from
14 percent of all births in 2002
to 23 percent in 2006-10, accord-
ing to the first-federal report on
inteidtied and unintended births
since 1990.
Data released today by the
National Center for Health
Statistics show that more than
three-quarters of all births to'
married women were intended,
compared with about half of
births to cohabiting women and a
third of births to women who are
unmarried and not cohabiting.
Unintended pregnancies include
those that are both mistimed
and unwanted, according to the
definition in the National Survey
of Family Growth.
The data are based on in-per-
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births to cohabiting women has increased.

ages 15-44 between 2006 and
2010. Pregnancies ending in
miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion
were not counted.
"Because there's an underlying

shift in the population that more
people are cohabiting, that leads
to more unintended pregnancies
and unintended births," says
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New guidelines urge annual wellness visits

By Kim Painter

. Obstetricians' and gynecolo-
gists want women to keep com-
ing to them for annual exams.
even though women are no
longer advised to get yearly
Pap tests to screen for cervical
In new guidelines published
Monday, the American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
makes the case for an annual
'well-woman' visit and contin-
ues to recommend annual pelvic
exams for women older than age
21. But the doctors' group also
says "no evidence supports or
refutes," the value of the internal
exam for finding signs of cancer
or other problems in women
with no symptoms. So the final
decision is up to women and
their doctors, the group says.
The guidelines come a few
months after it, the American
Cancer Society, the U.S. Preven-
tive Services Task Force and
several other groups said most
women need a Pap smear only



The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecol
courage women to get annual checkups.

ever' three years, starting at age
21, and can get them even less
frequently after age 30 if they
also get tests for the cancer -

causing human papilli
Women with no history
lems can stop Pap test
the groups say.

But a Pap smear, in which
cells are scraped from the cervix,
is just part of a pelvic exam and
a pelvic exam is just part of a
preventive visit, the gynecolo-
gists' group says.
"Many women refer to going to
see their gynecologist as going in
for their Pap smear," says Gerald
F. Joseph Jr., vice president of
practice activities for the col-
lege. "But there are many other
things involved."
An annual visit can be used
to check blood pressure and
S weight, update immunizations,
counsel patients on healthy
lifestyles, screen for sexually
transmitted infections and other
health problems, perform breast
exams and build relationships
N, between doctors and patients,
..... the group says.
logists en- But many experts now ques-
tion the use of special annual
appointments for such pur-
omavirus. poses, says Ateev Mehrotra, a
y of prob- professor at the University of
ts at 65, Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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NSMC Offers new

maternity tracker

North Shore Medical
Center now offers new
features for its mobile
app to further connect
new and expectant
mothers with health-re-
lated information. The
hospital app, powered
by WorldLink, is avail-
able as a free down-
load for iPhone, iPad,
iTouchTM, Android and
Blackberry products.
One of the app's new
features, Maternity
Tracker, offers the fol-
lowing capabilities:
Appointment tracker
and notes
Countdown timer
based on due date
Journal entries
Contraction timer
Labor techniques
and delivery methods
Body changes
Baby name ideas
Tips for both mother
and father for the dura-
tion of the pregnancy
The other feature,
Baby's First Year, offers
the following:

Appointment tracker
and notes
Lullaby music
Baby's weight and
height tracker
Immunization re-
Journal entries
Baby feeding timer
Information on
childproofing the home
Information on solid
A breastfeeding
Maternity Tracker
and Baby's First Year
complement the features
of North Shore Medi-
cal Center app, which
ER wait times
Map and directions
First Aid Guide
Health Library
Physician Finder

"We are excited to of-
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mobile app including
the Maternity Tracker
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Women: Check-ups will prevent checking out

continued from 9B

who has studied annual pre-
ventive visits to gynecologists
and other doctors.
In a study published in 2007,
he found 17% of U.S. women,
about 19 million, had a yearly
preventive visit with a gynecolo-
gist, accounting for 26% of all
visits to gynecologists. Average
cost for each visit: $136.
"We estimate that about $8
billion a year is spent on pre-
ventive yearly physical of all
kinds," he says. "The question is
whether we could spend those
$8 billion more wisely." Studies
do show people who get annual
check-ups are more likely to get
needed tests and other services,
he says, but it may be more ef-
ficient for patients to get those
services when they come in for
other reasons or for computer

systems to remind patients and
doctors when they are needed.
Judy Norsigian, executive di-
rector of Our Bodies Ourselves,
a nonprofit group that pub-
lishes health advice for women,
says: "I don't believe the value of
the annual gynecological exam
has ever been proven," and that
there's no reason for women
without abnormal bleeding or
other problems to get pelvic ex-
ams every year.
Yet Joseph says a woman of
reproductive age benefits from
building a relationship with a
doctor who may do everything
from treating vaginal infections
to delivering babies to counsel-
ing on sexual difficulties.
He says he does not expect
the regular pelvic exam to dis-
appear soon: "Many women
are not going to feel comfort-
able unless they have the tra-
ditional pelvic exam they have

grown up with, even though the
studies don't show in general
that it makes a huge difference
to their health." He says "it's a
ritual," and many women are
reassured when a doctor finds
no obvious abnormality, which
is what usually happens.
The exam, done with a specu-
lum and a doctor's hand, does
sometimes lead to the discovery
of cancer or other problems,
he says. But it also can lead to
false alarms and unneeded fol-
low-up tests or procedures, he
says. Studies have not shown
whether the benefits outweigh
the risks, the group acknowl-
The guidelines say pelvic ex-
Are not recommended for
girls and women younger than
age 21 who have no symptoms.
(Girls ages 13 to 15 are urged
to come in for counseling and

Are not needed to get a pre-
scription for birth control pills.
Are not needed to screen
for sexually transmitted infec-
tions, because urine samples
and external vaginal swabs can
be used.
Are always appropriate
when patients have menstrual
disorders, vaginal discharge,
infertility, pelvic pain or meno-
pausal problems such as ab-
normal bleeding or vaginal dry-
The group also recommends
women have their breasts ex-
amined by a doctor every one
to three years starting at age
20 and then every year after
age 40. That's in line with rec-
ommendations from several
other groups, though the U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force
says evidence for such exams is

Reach out to care for and love everybody

AIDS "Show compassion for those living with HIV here at home, they won't feel so alone.
continued from 9B with HIV in Washington, D.C., then it could do so in a heart- He said he's been heartbro-
most of whom are poor and beat." ken to hear of kids committing
"Do you want to end the epi- Black. Americans has shown In an interview with USA TO- suicide because of bullying.
demic in America? Then show so much love for those living DAY, John said he also had a "Look, if you're being bullied,
some compassion for those with HIV in the developing message for young people be- the Internet is not the place to
who can't afford treatment," world. If Americans wanted ing bullied. These kids need to go," John said. "Reach out to
John said in his speech. to show compassion for those get support, he said, so that another human being."

Pastor: Church should offer more than prayer

continued from 8B

according to Washington. "It's
more than just wearing a suit
on Sundays"
He has also learned that pas-
toring requires a great deal of
sacrifice from spending less
time with his family, to the re-
quired early morning or late
evenings required to visit the
church's members who are in
need or suffering through a cri-

"But I love it though," he
Washington also balances his
responsibilities as pastor with
working as the coordinator
that prepares students for col-
lege at Booker T. Washington
Senior High School. In some
ways, the roles of pastoring
and teaching overlap, as some
of his students are also attend
Greater Bethel Israel Primitive
Baptist Church.
"There have been times when
some of the youth, instead of

calling their parents, they will
call me," he said.

Now after being in ministry
for 38 years, Washington noted
how the office of pastoring and
even the role of the church has
changed to adapt to modern
"You have to do a lot of out-
reach ministry now," he said.
Greater Bethel Israel Primi-
tive Baptist Church offers tra-

ditional ministries such as
youth groups, men and wom-
en's groups, and Bible study
- but it has also offered hom-
eownership workshops, differ-
ent career seminars and even
health fairs.
"People come to the church
with all kinds of ailments," he
said. And "the church needs to
be prepared for all those types
of things. It's alright to sing
and pray, but you need to have
some other things to offer peo-
ple as well."

UPDCC urges focusing on family bonding

conitnued from 8B

help decrease and eliminate
these problems that plague our
community that draws together
this group of dedicated people."
To encourage greater com-
munity involvement, meetings
are held throughout the Liberty
City and Little Haiti in places
such as the Arthur Teele, Jr.
Community Center, the City of
Miami Police Station, the Jes-
sie Trice Family Health Center,
the Christ Community Church-

Gang Alternative, Inc. Cen-
ter. and even in private living

Perkins Smith believes that
there are a number of reasons
to account for the rise from the
increasing glorification of drink-
ing and getting high in movies
to the creation and promotion
of substances that have flavors
with "kiddie appeal" such as
grape and strawberry.
One of their annual efforts to

reduce youth substance abuse-
is their Family Day events to be
held in September a day that
was created to raise awareness
about the importance of fami-
lies spending time together.
A great opportunity for fam-
ily bonding time is when fami-
lies eat together whether it is
around the table, in the car or
at a fast food restaurant, ac-
cording to Perkins Smith.
"This is where the dialogue of
family affairs can take place and
represents a common ground
that fuels conversation," she

explained. "That's the moment
when you can go and start talk-
ing about the use of marijuana
drug use or whatever issues
that are impacting your family."
The Urban Partnership Drug-
Free Community Coalition
meeting on the third Thursday
of every month. The next meet-
ing will be held in September.
For more information about the
coalition or to volunteer, please
call Vivilora D. Perkins Smith
at 305-398-5985 or 305-218-
0783 or email vperkinssmith@

There's absolutely no place like new housing

continue from 8B

former Scott Carver residents
who currently live in the apart-
ment community, according to
Stefan Lashley, the area man-
ager for McCormack Baron
Ragan Management Services,
Inc., one of the developers that
built the Northpark apart-
The apartment homes rep-
resent Phase II of the Scott
Carver Hope VI project. The
Hope VI project is an initiative
designed to revitalize lower in-
come neighborhoods and cre-
ate a mixed-income commu-
said Sandra Seals, executive
vice president for the Reliance
Housing Foundation, Inc., the
Northpark apartments' co-de-

Part of the Phase II of the
Hope VI development proj-
ect to revitalize the area, 354
rental apartments, including
a variety of one bedrooms up
to four bedrooms townhouses
and apartments, and ranging
in prices from $651 to $1065.
At least 177 or half of the
units have are to be saved for
former Scott Carver residents,
according to Lashley.
"The priority is for former
Scott Carver residents who
lived here," he explained.
Former Scott Carver resi-
dents like Jacquelyn Black-
mon, 52, who had lived in the
old housing project for over 10
years before being forced to
"I enjoyed living there, that's
why a lot of people want to
come back," she said. "I mean
we had a lot of problems, but

as far as people knowing each
other and protecting each oth-
er, it was good sense of com-
munity," Blackmon said.
Blackmon eventually found
herself living in the Liberty
Square Housing project.
On May 8th, Blackmon,
along with her daughter and
her daughters two children
moved into a four bedroom
apartment with two bathrooms
at Northpark at Scott Carver.
Their new apartment included
new appliances and amenities,
of particular importance to
Blackmon was the central air
conditioning system.
"Right now, everybody is still
just so happy and excited to be
here," she said. "We're pinch-
ing ourselves to make sure it's
real because it's so amazing."
For the remaining units 107
are to be for low to moderate

income people and the remain-
ing 70 units are open to all in-
come levels.
The idea is to create a mixed-
income neighborhood, accord-
ing to Seals.
"we believe that a healthy
community is a mixed commu-
nity with people from all walks
of life," explained Seals. "Back
in the day, you didn't have to
create that sort of neighbor-
hood, that's just how neighbor-
hoods were and that's exactly
what you have in North Park."
Lisandro and Carmen San-
tiago had never lived in the old
Scott Carver community. But
Lisandro knew about the area's
history and was impressed with
the new units at first sight.
"They're not built like homes
in Florida are usually built,"
he said. "Everything is built to

T~1k~ Th~4~

Holy Ghost Assem-
bly of the Apostolic
Faith to host Family and
Friends Day service.

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

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

Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church to
host a unity prayer break-
fast. Call 305-696-6545.

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

Second Chance Min-
istries to host a Bible

study meeting. Call 305-

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

Peace Missionary
Baptist Church's sum-
mer camp. Call 305-778-

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.

Little Rev Appreciation
Appreciation 3 p.m., Sunday at New Christ Tabernacle Baptist
Church, 8400 NW 25 Avenue.
Featuring; Doe family, Ft. Lauderdale and Smiling Jubilees, Ft.
Call Lil Rev. 786-447-6956.

Sorority Convention
Alpha PI Chi National Sorori- Cypress Creek, Sheraton Hotel
ty, Inc. National Board of Direc- in Ft. Lauderdale.
tors Meeting, July 31- August Hosted by ATTX Sorority, Inc.,
2 and Southeast Regional Con- Florida State Council, Shirley
vention, August 3 August 5 at Walton, President.

Helping mommies to connect

continued from 9B

and Baby's First Year that pro-
vide new and expectant par-
ents with a one-stop shop for
important information they
need to prepare for pregnancy,
childbirth and parenting," said
Manny Linares, chief executive
officer of North Shore Medical
Center. "We're pleased to offer
such comprehensive health re-
sources to new and expectant

parents in our community."
Existing hospital app users
will be notified by their app
store when the new features are
available and the latest version
can be updated. New app users
can download the hospital app
for iPhone, iPad or iTouch, by
searching for "North Shore Med-
ical Center" on the iTunes App
Store. To download the hospi-
tal app for Android, search for
"North Shore Medical Center"
on the Google Play store."

Why not use contraception?

continued from 9B

Larry Finer, director of do-
mestic research at the non-
profit Guttmacher Institute in
New York. Finer has seen the
new report and used similar
data for a report last year.
Researchers thought unin-
tended births overall might
drop with the introduction of
longer-acting contraceptive
methods, says statistician Wil-
liam Mosher, the report's lead
author. But they're not used by
enough people to make a dif-
ference. "If they are used by
larger proportions of people, we
might see a decrease," he says.
The report found that about
37 percent of births in the USA
were unintended at the time of
conception, a percentage that
hasn't changed since 1982.
The proportion of unintended
births declined among mar-
ried white women, but those

accounted for a smaller pro-
portion of births. Meanwhile,
births to single or cohabiting
women rose.
The report also reveals more
details about contraception.
In 2008, for example, 19 per-
cent of births were unintend-
ed; 36 percent of women who
had an unintended birth said
they didn't use contraception
because they thought they
couldn't get pregnant. But 23
percent of those women said
they "didn't really mind if I got
"A lot seems to have to do
with the fact people are in-
creasingly ambivalent about
whether or not to have a child,"
says Karen Guzzo, a sociologist
at Bowling Green (Ohio) State
University. "They're in this
committed relationship and
are often cohabiting and not
trying hard to avoid having a
child, but they're not trying to
have one, either."




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Death in the pulpit

Pastor dies after

delivering sermon
It was an exhilarating Sunday
service, one congregant recol-
lected. Rev. Jerome McNeil, Se-
nior Pastor of Christian Chapel
CME Church, had the rhythm
in his tone, and the
spirit in his message,
during a morning ser-
"He walked down the .
aisle, like he always .
does", church member
Cherry Bullard said.
But that walk would
be the final steps of Rev.
McNeil's life. The veter-
an pastor collapsed and
died in front of crowded
sanctuary of churchgoers.
"All of a sudden I heard a thud
and I didn't know what it was.
I looked around, and he was
gone," Bullard said from her
church office desk on Tuesday.
"It hurts to even think about it,
but he's in a better place."
McNeil, the leader of the
church known as the Temple of
Faith, was a 21-year pastor for
the church. Christian Chapel
has a 150 year history in Dal-
las, but the church's history is
longer and richer.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

10/28/1943 06/30/2011

It's been a year and we
miss you dearly.
Love always, your wife,
Corrine and the Melton

Now surrounded by res-
taurants, apartments, town-
homes and retail centers, the
church was the centerpiece of
an African American settlement
known as White Rock Creek.
The smaller Christian Chapel
building still sits behind the
much larger Temple of Faith,
built under McNeil's
"He was just a great
man", assistant pas-
tor Linda Curry said.
to Curry said McNeil
never met a stranger,
and was tied to the
larger Dallas com-
munity well before
NEIL his church calling.
CNEIL He was the first black
administrator for a
Dallas County agency, second
in command for the Juvenile
Department in 1981.
"We are hurting, but we are a
family," Curry said of Sunday's
Added Bullard: "It's just hard
to have sit here on Sunday lis-
tening to his sermon, not think-
ing that it was going to be his
last sermon that I was going to,
be able to hear from him. It's
just been hard to accept this,
and yet I know he's gone, but I
know he's in a better place."

11B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 25-31, 2012

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Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


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would like to thank all the
care givers who cared for Mr.
Davis during his illness.
Thanks to the Church of
the Incarnation family, you
did not forget him, to his
class BTW 1947, St. Mat-
thew M.B. Church family,
you are so good to us, to all
for your acts of love, compas-
sion, kindness, love, expres-
sions of love, visitations, food
and especially your prayers all
served as a source of strength
for each of us.
May God continue to bless
each of you is our prayer.
To the Hall Ferguson Hewitt
Mortuary for a job well done.
You gave Mr. Davis and our
family the best care. Thanks
Mr. Hall!
Ethelyn Davis Oliver, Patri-
cia Davis Moss and the family.


Happy Birthday

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

In Memoriam

07/25/1970 06/29/2009 01/29/1940 07/26/2011

There's magic in a mother's
touch and sunshine in her
There is kindness and com-
passion to be found in her
embrace and we see the light
of heaven shining from our
mother's face.
Happy birthday mommy, we
love and miss you.
Your husband and kids.

A year ago I watched you
suffer, I saw you die, but all I
could do was sit close by and
you went away and we had to
God eased your pain, but
broke my heart.
Your husband Rodney E.
Poitier, Fields and
Robinsons families.


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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services

Fri nM. dy 11) I IiP-T,,

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

Order of Services

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

Order of Services
Mon. thu Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Wible Sludy, Thurs 7 p.m.
SundayWorship 7-11 a~m.
Sunday Sclsoo 9:30 am.

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 Wuiship 7 o.m I (800) 254.-NBB(
Sam I pm 7305.685-3700
Sunday School q 30 a m Faor 305 685 0705
tuesday (Bible Study) 6 45p m. vww newbirlhboapisimiaini org
Wednesday Bible Study

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

..----- Order of Services
Early Worship 7a.m.
Sunday Slol 9 a.m.
fNOC 10:05 a.m.
orship II a.m. Worship 4p.m.
I Mission and Bible
oClss Tuesday 6:30 p.m.

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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

SOlder of Servi(ce
Sunday Bible Study 9 am Morning Warhp 10 am
Evening Worship 6 pm
Wednesday General Bible Study 7.30 p ni
Television Program Sure Foundation
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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

Order of Services
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

.- -. Order of Services

St. John Baptist hurchO.m

1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services
i Sunday Srhoo 9 '30 a m

Prayer and BibleSr udy i

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our the Royal Family of Christ Heb. 7:14

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 561h Street

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

Order of Servicel
ou'Lir Player 6 30 an m Early Morning Worship 7 30 a m
Sunday Sthool 10 a m Morning Worship II a m
Youthili M.ii'iy Sudy Wed 7 p m Prayer Bible Study. Wed 7 p m
Noondny Allar Prayer (M F)
Feeding the Hungry every Wedierdny 11 a m I p mn
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Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

07/30/1953 07/24/2011

It's been a one year since
you been gone, and though
you are no longer with us,
we want to wish you a Hap-
py Birthday.
We love and miss you.
Love, your family.

~~ ~


305-836-4555 1tT


Rev Mihae



would like to extend a
heartfelt thanks to everyone
for their expressions of sym-
pathy and acts of kindness
during their period of bereave-
ment. All your cards, prayers,
visits, cards, monetary gifts
and covered dishes were greatly
appreciated. Every act of kind-
ness meant so very much and
brought comfort and strength
to our family.
A very special thank you to
Chief Manuel Orosa and the Mi-
ami Police Department family,
Minister Cecil Duffie and mem-
bers of St. John Institutional
Missionary Baptist Church, the
South Florida Club of the Busi-
ness and Professional Women
and the staff of Greg Mason Fu-
neral Home.
Special thanks to Major Ian
Moffett, Kha White, Darlene
Cordero, Sgt. Chiquita Thomas
Butler, Officer Constant Rose-
mond, Sebrina Neal, Nikki Bak-
er, William Robinson and Jac-
queline Sasser for everything.
We will be forever grateful.
May God bless each of you. Let
us now rejoice and give thanks
for David ... a life so dear to us.
Kathleen Day Thurston,
Juanita Thurston and the Thur-
ston family.





12B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 25-51, 2012

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janitor, died July
14. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary
M.B. Church.


five months,
died July 17 at
Joe Dimaggio
Children Hos-
pital. Service 3
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel. -

construction worker, died July 12
at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ser-
vices were held.

laborer, died July 17 at Jackson
North Hospital. Services were held.

construction worker, died July 23
at North Shore Medical Center. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

copier clerk, died July 18 at Univer-
sity of Miami Medical Center. Final
rites in St. Georges, Grenada

Eric L. Wilson
housewife, died
July 19 in Hol-
lywood, FL.
Service 1 p.m,
Saturday in the

SR. 56, retired,
died July 17 in
Hollywood, FL.
Service 11 a.m.,
at Friendship
Baptist Church

for Fountain
Head Nursing
Home, died July
23rd. Survivors 4
include: wife,
June McGruder;
mother, Anita
McGruder; son,
Devin Petty;
daughters, Ashley Vangates,
Jasmine Grant, Taylor McGruder,
Sydney McGruder, Autumn
Williams, and Kyra Ringo: brother,
Basil A. Binns II; a host of other
relatives and friends. Viewing
4-8p.m., Friday at Range Funeral
Home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Antioch M. B. Church of Miami
Gardens. In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to The
David McGruder Legacy Fund,
90 N.E. 42 Street, Miami, Florida

Phillips Riley
Miami Gardens,
died July 17
in Dothan,
Alab ma .
Survivors: wife,
Stella Patterson;
children and one
sister. Service .
11 a.m., Friday
in Montgomery, Alabama.

music produc-
tion and educa-
tion, died July
19. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

keeper, died July 17. Services were

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MELISSA C. COOPER, 43, busi-
ness owner,
died July 17,
in Miami. Sur-
vivors: three
dauug hIter s;ter
Shayla, Tomia
and Enca and
one grand-
daughter. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday in the cha-

sales associate,
died July 19. ,Q
Service 12:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

CHARLIE DAVIS, 82, laborer,
died July 14.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at Val-
ley Grove MB

died July 22.
Service at St.
Agnes Anglican

Church in Nas-
sau, Bahamas.

85, nurse, died
July 23 at home.
Service 11 a.m.
at Myrtle Grove

borer, died July --
22. Service 3:30
p.m., Saturday I
in the chapel. L


60, laborer,
died July 18 at
Jackson North.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, in the


Carey Royal Ri
died July 18 at

Regional. Service 11 a.m.,Thursday
in the chapel.

DAVID CARTER, 65, retired,
died July 18 at Memorial Regional.
Final disposition will be in Teaneck
New Jersey.

HORACE SMITH, 90, retired,
died July 21 at home. Service 2
p.m., Friday in the chapel.

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

student, died July 14 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Greater Fellowship

homemaker, died July 12 at
Broward General Medical Center.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist

homemaker, died July 16 at
Broward General Medical Center,
Arrangements are incomplete.

ENA CLARK, 73, business
owner, died July 20 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
PATRICK SMITH, 45, laborer,
died July 20 at
North Shore

Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

TIMMIE WILLIAMS, 36, laborer,
died July 15.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

LARRY HOBBS, 44, truck driver,
died July 17 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
are incomplete.

attendant, died
July 21 at home.
are incomplete.

ROUSE Wright and Young
80, retired, July
17 at home.
Survived by:
husband of 64
years, Rudolph
Brown, Sr.,;

Nina White,
Ellen Haywood;
57, Ia- deceased son,
Rudolph,Jr.; sister, Elizabeth Kirby;
brothers, Alphonso and Rudolph
Sawyer and other family and
Viewing 10 a.m.-7 p.m.,
Thursday in the chapel, 15332 NW
7th Avenue, Miami, FL. Service
11:30 a.m., Friday at St. Agnes
Espiscopal Church, 1750 NW 3rd
Avenue, Miami, FL.

Boyd Panciera
retired, died July
21 at Jackson .
North Hospital. '
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at
Calvary Chapel
Plantation, 0.
11801 West ..
Broward Blvd.
am'n Plantation, FL. 33325.
Memorial EH Zion

died July 22.
Viewing 4 p.m.,
Friday in the
chapel. Service
12 p.m.,
Saturday at
Walker's Temple

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to thank the fami-
lies, friends, Hall Ferguson
funeral home and the New
Shiloh Missionary Baptist
The Grissom family

WILL MAE HOOD, died in
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Services will be held 11 a.m.,
Friday at Second Baptist Church.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would love to thank the many
friends, relatives and neigh-
bors on 74th street who sup-
ported us during his illness
and death.
All of your prayers, cards,
phone calls, visits, monetary
gifts and covered dishes were
greatly appreciated.
Special thanks to Holy Re-
deemer Church Reverend
John Cox OMI pastor, Cor-
nerstone Christian Center
Church Reverend Henry D.
Daniels pastor,Greater New
Macedonia Missionary Bap-
tist Church Reverend Sher-
man Mungin pastor/teacher,
Range funeral home and staff.
May God continue to bless
all of you this is our prayer.
The Fisher family.

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Frank Ocean:

Poet challenges

today's norms

New writer for Beyonce Knowles and
Kanye West is 'out' and proud

His handle of melody and
written words have created
chart-topping songs believed
to be capable of standing the
ultimate test of time, if you
ask any Ocean fan. However,
recent headlines about the art-
ist's words were not related to
his music but to his sexuality.
Ocean penned what many crit-
ics have declared to be a poi-
gnant and unapologetic letter
about who he loves and why.
In the letter, Ocean confesses
that his first love was a man.
The letter has been viewed as
a bold and daring gesture from
the singer.
atel', fol-
lo ring the t
release of
ter. ..'

speculations began to fly about
the future of the artist's career.
Despite being the man behind
some of music's greatest and
most influential artists' hits,
many feared that Ocean be-
longed to a culture and musi-
cal sect that would not em-
brace his sexual orientation.
The stigma that homosexuality
has in the R&B and hip-hop
culture even saw fit to predict
that Ocean's fans would not
support him. But that has not
been the case. In fact, Ocean
has been met with support
from his musical peers, clients
and fans.
Beyonce released an image of
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\ couraging gords
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the picture The
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By Veronica Miller
Did you ever really think that Tyra
Banks was going anywhere?
It's been a quiet few years for the media
mogul and supermodel, ever
,' since she ended her Emmy-
,1 winning talk show in 2010.
While the ever-popular America's
Next Top Model developed a cult-
like following, The Tyra Show put
a camrera-ready Banks in front of millions
of home iewers every weekday, raising the
model's profile like never before.
The Tyra Show ran for five seasons, won

two Daytime Emmys and provided us with
some memorable if not outright bizarre
- television moments.
In her five years as a talk show host,
Tyra managed to go "undercover" as a
350-lb-woman, strip down to be searched
as she was "booked" for prison, and pres-
ent Beyonce with a life-size cut-out of
Jay-Z (before either music star publicly
discussed their relationship). Who could
forget Tyra having an on air ultra-sound to
prove that her breasts were not implants,
or stripping herself of extensions and
makeup? And of course there was that
Please turn to TYRA 2C



scuffles at

mom's home

By Anthony Castellano
The Los Angeles County
Sheriffs Department responded
to a "family disturbance" at
the Jackson family home.after,
sources said, Randy, Jermaine
and Janet Jackson showed up
and appar-
ently tried to
take Michael
Jackson's kids A
Steve Whit- /
more said /
Monday there JACKSON
was a "scuffle"
between two family members at
the Calabasas home of family
matriarch Katherine Jackson,
but no arrests were made. TMZ
posted a picture of siblings
Janet and Jermaine Jackson
standing outside the home
around the time police were
called, according to the website.
Katherine Jackson's laywer,
Sandra L. Ribera, issued a
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son family members ambushed
Katherine Jackson's home
after their vehicle tore through
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2C THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 25-31, 2012

aI.ttr. 31 ]

People Acting for Commu-
nity Together (PACT) celebrated
an Investment Drive Kick-Off,
Monday, June 25, 2012. Rev.
Dr. Joreatha Capers, pastor,
Ebenezer UMC, was given the
honor of calling the forum to
order and acknowledging the
attendance of: Antioch MBC,
Carol City Opa Locka UMC,
Church by the Sea, Cathedral
of St. Mary, 1st UMC of Miami,
Holy Family Catholic Church,
Holy Rosary, St. Richards, Kerr
UMC, Masid Al-Ansar Mosque,
New Birth Cathedral, Perrine
Peters UMC, St. James Catho-
lic, St.Monica CC, Temple Beth
Shalom, Florida Memorial Uni-
versity and 16-more including
St. Thomas' University. Others
reporting included Neighbor-
hood Safety by Dr. Wilbert T.
Holloway and Dr Dorothy
Bendross Mindingall, School

Board Members
Joining them were
Sybil Wilson, St. Monicas, Re-
gina Johnson, Kerr Memorial
and Marie Sampuer speak-
ing in creole and spanish,
while Commissioner Barbara
Jordan was recognized for her
time, energy and dedication for
the referral firing ordinance,
along with Ragin and Rochelle
Awards were given to Fr.
Bill Mason, Christ The King,
KeTia Harris, Sellers Memo-
rial, Claudette Armbrister,
Holy Redeemer, and Consue-
lo Vasquez, Cathedral of St.
Mary. And, of course, other
issues were self sufficiency
by Steve Horsford, St. Moni-
cas; Investman Drive Awards
for those exceeding their goal:
Church by the Sea, Masjid Al-
Ansar, St. Mary's Cathedral

and St. Louis Church and Con- bay Festival to the Bahamian

gregational Caucus
by Velonda Hope. Be-
fore leaving members
of the Research Com-
mittee were identified
as Roy Wasson, Rev.
W. Sendell Paris, Gin-
nie Cronk, Rev. Ted '
Wilde, Fr. John Cox,
Iman Mika Hamin,
Regina Johnson, Ma- FRA
ria Irizarry, Melvin
Sabree, Sybilk Wilson, Rev.
Guillermo Marquez, John
Hopkins, Elliot Ajerhahn, Ta-
mara Donnenfeld, Rev. Diane
Shoaf Cedrick Cope, Marva
Hill, Bea Hudnell, Maria Jer-
kins, Opal Womebremmer,
Rev. Purnell Moody, and Rev.
JoeAnn Brookins.
Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson issued a statement on
Bahamian Independence Day
July 10, 2012. With a signifi-
cant Bahamian population in
South Florida, including her
district, we have been blessed
to share in their vibrant cul-
ture. From the Annual Goom-




cultural celebration be-
ing held in West Park
and Ft. Lauderdale,
Bahamians have had
a significant impact in
the lives of many from
Sidney Poitier to Rick
Additionally, in com-
memoration of the
Thirty-Ninth Anniver-
sary of Independence

of The Commonwealth of the

Bahamas, The Honor-
able Rhoda M. Jack-
son, Consul General
the Bahamas Consulate
General invited South
Florida to hear The Hon-
orable Fred Mitchell,
M.R. Minister of For-
eign Affairs & Immigra-

tion of The Bahamas, ARMBR
last Sunday, at New
Mount Olive Baptist Church,
Fort Lauderdale. The keynote
speaker was Rev. Angela Bos-
field-Palaious. Others in atten-
dance included Canon Richard
M. Barry, Rev. John T. Roker,

President Emeritus James
Moss, Learl Miller, NAB, Dr.
Enid C. Pinkney, Dr. Ever-
lina Bestman, Dr. Gershwin
Blyden and wife, Rev. Vincent
Brown, Minister, St. Matthews
MBC, Pastor Michael Bren-
nen, Bishop Norwood Dean,
Bernard Stuart, and Patricia
Moss. Take a little girl, crown
her with beauty, intellect, tal-
ent, and personality, and you'vee
got Laina Nichole Armbrister,
a 4-year product of Redeeming
Word Christian Acad-
emy in Ft. Lauderdale.
She's a lover of mu-
sic and attends dance
classes under the di-,
rectorship of Rockette
Dance Academ\. Coral
Springs performs an-
nually. She also has a
ISTER special love for mother,
Tameka, Father Gerald
& baby sister Sara Congratu-
lations go out to Gamma Zeta
Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Links
of South Florida for the trib-
ute given for Susie West Fran-

Commemorating the 39th In-
dependence of the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas was
observed on Sunday. Julyl15
in Ft. Lauderdale at the New
Mount Olive Baptist Church.
The honorees: our beloved Rev.
Canon Richard L.M. Barry,
Rev. John T. Roker, Associate
Pastor, New Mt. Olive Baptist
Church and Mr. James Moss,
Former president Bahamas
American Fderation. Hearty
Congratulations! Among those
attending from Miami: Eles-
tine Alien, Rochelle Allen,
Catherine Armbrister, Virla
Barry, Erna Beckles, Ellen
Bethel, Anita Bivins, Mother
Mary Bivins, Betty Blue, Jes-
tina Brown, Cynthia Brown,
Lena Canty, Carolyn Clear,
Joyce Deberry, Cassandra
Duncan, and Ardie Edwards.
Get well wishes and our
prayers goes out to all of
you! May you soon return to
good health: Elizabeth Betty

Browne, Joyce-
lyn N. Burroughs-Smith,
Gloria Bannister, Inez M.
Johnson, Thomas Nottage,
Nathaniel Gordon, Louise H.
Cleare, Selma T. Ward, Oliver
Grass, Marvin Ellis, Charles
Mobley, Harry Dawkins, Jac-
queline F. Livingston, Prin-
cess Lamb, Frankie Rolle,
Naomi A. Adams, Shane Hep-
burn, Wilhelmina S. Welch,
Grace Heastie-Patterson,
Edyth Jenkins- Coverson,
Mildred Ashley. also, Sara
Mark your calendar! Fri-
day, August 10, 2012, join the
gang, in St.Agnes Pans Hall as
we dance the night away! Bring
your favorite native dishes or
you may purchase conch frit-
ters and, qonc-sqlpqd!, Bring
your family and friends. Come
join the fun!
Francina L. Robinson re-
turned home from Orlando af-
ter spending a few days with

her son and daughter-in-law,
Gilford and Etta Robinson.
Henderson and Sandra
Wilson returned for Sandra's
50th class reunion. She along
with classmates celebrated
their class reunion having
graduated from "not the larg-
est, but the best in 1962."
Sandra and her hubby now
live in Atlanta, Ga. She is the
cousin of Vivian Johnson.
More Bahamian Indepen-
dence travelers to Fort Lau-
derdale: Deacon Doris In-
graham, Fredericka Fisher,
Evangeline Gibson, Eddrea
Goodmond, Antionette Gor-
don, Delores Gordon, Rode-
riqua Gordon, Joyce Hep-
burn, Janelle Hall, Betty
Jones, Dorothy Joseph,
Juanita Kelly, Terri Kelly,
Herma Jean Larkin, Roder-
ick McGee, Florence Mon-
cur, Margaret Moncur, Rob-
in Moncur, Rondrea B. Bar-
ry, Willa Mae Barry, Sylvia
Sands, Angel Sears, Major
Leroy Smith, Melvipn .Stra-r
chan, Elaine Symonette,
Gwen Thomas, Sheryl Trout-
man, Garnell Williams, Da-
vid Wilson and Gloria Lynch

Is money the root of the fight?

continued from 1C

Ribera said Prince, Paris and
Blanket Jackson were taken to
safe location. "An altercation
ensued shortly thereafter and
law enforcement arrived at the
scene," according to the state-
ABC News consultant How-
ard Bragman said, "This is
truly an escalation of what's
been going on. There's a lot of
private security, so to actually
have law enforcement called is
a big step up."
It was the latest drama that
has plaqued the Jackson fam-
ily in the past few weeks. Kath-
erine Jackson was reported
missing last Saturday only
to be found "resting" with her
daughter in Arizona. X170n-
line obtained a photo of Jack-
son smiling and playing Uno
with her family in Arizona. Her
children released a statement
Monday saying the missing
person's report was 'created by

the very person and persons
we are trying to protect our
mother from."
Trent Jackson. Katherine
Jackson's nephew and confi-
dante who reported her miss-
ing, tweeted Michael Jackson's
14-year-old daughter, Paris: 'I
know it's completely unfair for
them to do this you and your
brothers. We will keep try-
ing. I love you." Paris Jackson
tweeted Monday '8 days and
counting. Something is really
off, this isn't like her at all.
I wanna talk directly to my
Katherine Jackson is the le-
gal guardian of her late son's
three children and there is no
word on who is watching them
in Jackson's absence.
Jermaine Jackson released
a statement earlier this week
about his mother's where-
abouts, saying this is all "a
conspiracy to deflect attention
away from a letter' xe w rote
asking for the resignation of
executors" of Michael Jack-

son's will.
Five of Michael Jackson's
siblings last week said his will
was fake and the executors of
his lucrative estate, John Mc-
Clain and John Blanca, should
step down. Jackson's entire
fortune was left to his mother
and three kids.
"They executors of the willI
will not stand down because
the siblings who were left out
of Michael's will want them to,"
said Zia Modabber, who is the
attorney of the Jackson estate.
Howard Mann. Katherine
Jackson's business partner.
believed money is pulling the
family apart. I believe that
Katherine and the children
who are benefactors of the es-
tate fall on one side, and then
Randy, Jermaine and Rebbie
and Tito fall on the other side,"
Mann said.
Modabber said, 'I can't speak
for them. I don't know what's
motivating Je'raiane a nid Ran-
dy and some of these others,
but money is not a bad guess."

Models see new opportunities

continued from 1C

waited cuts and halter tops
and that really compliments
pear-shaped women," said
model Jazzma Kendrick when
discussing the upcoming
swim suit season.

The 22-year-old model
made a splash at this year's
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Swim held at the Raleigh
Hotel. Vibrant colors were the
stars of every show. Orange,
turquoise and yellow were the
show-stopping colors in prac-
tically every show. Kendrick
says she feels these hues com-
pliment women of color very
well. Just three months ago
the model signed with a mod-
eling agency and appeared in

three of the most notable de-
signer's fashion shows during
the week. But her favorite gig,
she says, was being featured
in the Mercedes Benz Pres-
ents Vitamin A Show. Very few
designers are selected to be a
"Mercedes-Benz Presents" de-
signer. Amahlia Stevens for
Vitamin A was the chosen de-
signer for the year, which made
Kendrick's inclusion all the
more impressive to the model.
"Vitamin A was my favorite
line," Kendrick said. "1 abso-
lutely loved the tropical col-
ors and the suit designs were
amazing. And being the finale
girl in Red Carter was unreal."

The week featured several
models of color leaving their
mark on the catwalk and
brought out an impressive col-
lection of designers of color.

Among the impressive design-
ers was Vanessa Simmons.
She designed a presentation
of her new swim line Rose by
Vanessa Jean. The collection
offered something for women
of all sizes, which was Sim-
mons' goal.
"I wanted to offer a variety of
colors and styles," Simmons
said. "1 wanted to make sure
I caught all the different sizes
that women come in and I am
happy that people are liking
The presentation featured
sparkly earth-toned vintage
cut swim suits. The goal for
the line, according to Sim-
mons. was to create an af-
fordable avant-garde look for
women to enjoy. Other note-
worthy designers of color fea-
tured included: Keva J, Kevin
Fitzpatrick and Veronique De
La Cruz.

Tyra still moving and shaking

continued from 1C

moment in 2007, when she told
the world to "Kiss. lMy. Fat.
A'I" It wasn't hard to admit
that Banks was adept at cre-
ating a show that was must-
see TV for some. and a guilty
pleasure for others.
But it's been rather quiet
in TyraWorld in the two years

since the show w%'rapped -
or has it been? Even though
she continues to host Amer-
ica's Next Top Model. Tyra's
remained largely off the ra-
dar. Paparrazzi photos would
show her frolicking during
a beach getaway with her
(now-former) boyfriend, and
other shots would reveal a
30-pound-weight-loss since
that seminal "kiss my fat ass"

Some may have thought
that Tyra was taking an ex-
tended break from the spot-
light, but in actuality, the star
has been (relatively) quietly
working on what seems to be
her ultimate goal world-
wide media domination. But
if you've been looking for Tyra
on TV, then you've missed a
lot of her moving and shaking.

S Coming soon, daycare services
T- lfor children ages I -4.
Accepting enrollment applications
for opening day of August 20. 2012
Out of School Services
(after school core, summer camp. etc.)
T luloring Services
Accepting applications for tutors and
r'-riTr service reps for the 2012-2013 school year



cis, recently, at Range Funeral
Home. where 40-Links and
75-members of Alpha Kappa
Alpha were attired in all white
to commemorate Ivy Beyond
the Wall Memorial Service with
Sandra L. Jackson is GZO/
AKA basileusp.
Link sisters and sorors Dolo-
res S. Washington, Geneva K.
Woodard, Eunice Davis and
Linda Johnson also participat-
ed in the ceremonies
The Book Memories, written
by yours truly, can be seen at
Walgreens at the corner of 95th
and 7th Avenue. So come on
by to discuss the contents and
pick up a Miami Times xvhile
you visit.
All Omeea retired and mem-
bers are reminded of the U.G.
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the Mlarriott Hotel, West Palm
Beach. Call 800-376-2292 and
use control code for $99 a night.
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By Kia Miakka Natisse

Season 12 of American Idol
is turning out to have some
very difficult hurdles to over-
come before they even start
auditioning hopefuls sagging
ratings and no judge panel.
Could recruiting new star
power like Mariah Carey or
Aretha Franklin be the key to
reviving this dying brand?
Though American Idol does
exceptionally well in compari-
son to other competitive reality
shows, its legacy has been fad-
ing for a few years now. At its
peak in 2006, the fifth season
of the show had an average
viewership of nearly 30 mil-
lion. This past season saw a
23 percent drop in ratings,
despite the artificial boost in
viewership that Jennifer Lopez
and Steven Tyler brought when
they became judges in season
Lopez and Tyler joining Idol
bought a temporary influx in
viewers out of sheer curiosity,
but their judging style was not
ratings gold. Both are leaving
to focus on their own careers,
though certainly another
influencing factor may be at
work; judging can be a diffi-
cult task, and the Idol sched-
ule is extremely grueling.
With those two out, and
Randy Jackson also reportedly
seeking an exit, Idol produc-
ers are frantically searching
for celebrity judges to not only
fill the seats, but also provide
the ratings boost they oh-so-
desperately need. Names like
Mariah Carey and Aretha
Franklin have been floated,
both of whom could prove to
be formidable judges. For one,
for the first time in the history
of American Idol, they would
be two judges who have actu-
ally had extremely successful
recording careers based upon

their (gasp!) singing talent.
Sorry Paula and J-Lo, but lets
be honest you both are danc-
ers who lucked out with a few
recording hits. But respected
singers they are not, and the
two doling out singing advice
lack the credibility the panel
In the personality category,
Mariah and Aretha also have
the potential to hit it big. Fact
is, judging isn't only about
delivering credible advice and
criticism, it's about deliver-
ing it with a punch. As mean
as Simon Cowell was, viewers
loved to tune in for the hor-
rible insults he would hurl at
contestants. Mariah Carey's

known for her quirky, some-
what self-absorbed personal-
ity, which could prove to be

quite entertaining on-screen.
Aretha would fall nicely into a
"tell-it-like-it-is" grandmother
stereotype, which is really
what the show needs an
experienced veteran who can
dole out tough but fair advice
and criticism.
However, even the addition of
these two divas can only take
the show so far. It's not 2005
anymore Idol faces tough
competition from big brands
like The X Factor, where Cow-
ell is currently lowering self-
esteems. Plus there's NBC's
The Voice, which has injected
the singing competition reality
TV show with some much-
needed innovation.
Twelve seasons in, the Idol
machine has definitely become
more predictable just look
at the preeminent White-Guy-
With-A-Guitar trope that has
ruled the past five seasons,
and also the dominance of
winners from the South.
Beyond the judges, it's going'
to take better contestants, and
that means a better carrot to
dangle than signing away your
life to a management com-
pany. Mariah Carey or Aretha
Franklin as judges could help,
but it's going to take more
than a couple of pop stars to
revive American Idol.

Ocean breaks new ground

continued from 1C

Honest, Be Generous, Be Brave,
Be Poetic, Be Open, Be Free, Be
Yourself." Jay-Z even went so
far as to post an article on his
site, "Life and Times," called
"Thank You, Frank Ocean."
Russell Simmons released a
blog entitled, "The Courage
of Frank Ocean" and Solange
Knowles took to Twitter to show

her support.
The songstress tweeted: "I
salute you, brave soul. Inde-
pendence Day."
Society as a whole appears to
be on the brink of openly dis-
cussing the topic of homosex-
uality instead of holding one-
sided discussions that only
question the morality of the
sexual orientation. Could such
acceptance only happen in the
entertainment industry?

Can R&B divas Mariah Carey and

Aretha Franklin keep "Idol" alive?

E 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

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 305-333-7128.

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

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

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

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-

Range Park offers free

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self-defense/karate classes
for children and adults. Call
305-757-7961 or 786-306-

Chai Community
Services free food program
is taking applications from
low-income families and
veterans. It's also sponsoring
a school supply giveaway.
Call 305-830-1869.

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

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

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

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

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

Tutoring in Miami Gardens
offers free tutoring with
trained teachers. Call 305-


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candidates for Miami-Dade County's

August 14th Primary Election

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
Forums wIll be mnodenated byv
D. Kevin McNeir,
Senior editor, The Miami Times

Managing editor, the grio;,
MSNBC correspondent
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State Senate 39
Dwight Bullard
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
M I. Kionne McGhee
Harold James Ford
County Commissioner 9
Dennis C. Moss


FL Congress District 24
Frederica Wilson
Miami Gardens Mayor
Oliver G. Gilbert
John Pace, Jr.
Katrina Wilson
County Mayor
Carlos Gimenez
Joe Martinez
Miami-Dade State Attorney
Katherine Fernandez Rundle
Roderick Vereen
County Commissioner 01
Barbara J. Jordan
Shirley Gibson
County Commissioner 03
Alison D. Austin
Audrey M. Edmonson
Keon Hardemon




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Learning gets real at Dukeville


Dukeville Mayor Aniesa
Edmond, a 7th grader this
fall at Faith Lutheran, doesn't
waste time or energy worry-
ing about reelection. Her term
ends when the New Jerusa-

daily letters are written and
postal workers deliver the
mail; that the bank is solvent;
and that the kitchen crew
has prepared a healthy snack
for the day. Her top priority?

Things Are Possible program
since the nonprofit opened
in 2004 and began receiving
funding from The Children's
Trust. The initiative encourag-
es independent, self-motivated

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lem Community Development
summer camp finishes-in
August, and she'll set aside
her mayoral duties to focus on
school. But until then, Mayor
Edmond continues to serve
as a model public servant.
She wants to make sure her
micro-city runs well: that
Dukeville citizens have good
jobs, workers receive their sal-
ary, the $8 taxes are paid on
time, complaints are consid-
ered carefully, and infractions
handled fairly. She tours the
city to make sure Peacekeep-
ers are at their posts; that

The well-being of Dukeville's
citizens at the summer camp.
A church member first told
Sabrina Bouie-Floid,'tebutive'"
director at New Jerusalem,
about MicroSociety, an inno-
vative learning environment
for children K-8 that models
civic and community life. "It
sounded like one of the things
that give children a real-life
experience. We look for ways
to do that, and we wanted
something that was credible,"
Bouie-Floid said. MicroSociety
has operated as a core com-
ponent of New Jerusalem's All

learners and was designed for
use in the public schools. New
Jerusalem and other pro-
g'rahm 'have adA1ted it for use
in after-school programs and
summer camps. "The program
gives children a chance to
learn what it means to live in
a community to learn the
importance of working, pay-
ing taxes, about payroll and
banking a whole lot of things
they're going to have to learn
as adults. It gives them a
glimpse as to what life will be
or could be for them," Bouie-
Floid said.

District of Miami

grade holds steady

County maintains
consistency despite
tougher standards
By Ju'lia Samuels

According to information
released from the Florida
Department of Education
(FLDOE), Miami-
Dade County public
schools have main-
tained a "B" dis-
trict grade, while
nearly 60 percent
of other Florida
school districts
have dropped, at
least one letter
grade. The news of
an over-all consis-
tent district per-
formance comes
after reports of in- CAI
creased standards
and tougher standardized
tests like the Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT) this year, had damp-
ened hopes of seeing an in-
crease in individual school
grades. Nevertheless, MD-
CPS appears to have every
right to be very proud of the
achievement, according Mi-
ami-Dade's superintendent
of schools.
"In the face of both a
more difficult FCAT and
higher cut scores, our dis-
trict managed to hold its
own and actually did bet-

ter than many of Florida's
large school districts," Mi-
ami Dade Superintendent
of Schools, Alberto M. Car-
valho, said. "Our teachers,
our students and our com-
munity have much to be
proud of."
Last year, the FLDOE
transitioned from the FCAT
to FCAT 2.0, which intro-
duced a whole new test for
the reading
and math-
ematical por-
tion. Accord-
ing to the
S Administra-
tive Director of
and Data
Analysis for
Miami Dade
County Publihc
Schools, Is-
VALHO ela Seild, the
county knew
about the anticipated nega-
tive effects that came with
changing the test.
"The test was harder we
knew that," Seild said. "We
prepared teachers as much
as we could."
It is safe to say, given the
district's consistent grade,
that the preparations ap-
pear to have paid off. Addi-
tional information released
from the FLDOE reports
that district grades for
28 districts remained the
same, while grades for the
other 39 districts declined.


Teachers dissatisfied

with FL merit pay law

V 0
irtual charter

schools rejected

By Aura Ise nsee deserve a solid virtual char-
ter option. These are not
The state Board of Educa- it," said Mindy McNichols,
tion rejected appeals last an assistant Miami-Dade
Tuesday from three virtual school district attorney.
charter schools that wanted She argued that the virtual
to open in Miami-Dade. At its charter school applicants
meeting in Fort Lauderdale, -- Mater Virtual Charter
the board upheld the previ- School, Mater Virtual Acad-
ous decision by the Miami- emy Charter Middle/High
Dade School Board to reject School and Somerset Virtual
their applications and fol- Academy Charter Middle/
lowed the recommendation High -- did not meet the
by the charter school appeal state's basic legal applica-
commission to deny the tion requirements, includ-
appeals. "Our students do ing a contract with a virtual

By Huffington Post

Florida's new teacher eval-
uation system has come un-
der fire by teachers across
the state, the Orlando Senti-
nel reports. As part of a con-
troversial teacher merit-pay
law adopted by the Florida
Legislature last year, half of
a teacher's evaluation is now
based on student test score
data, and the other half on a
new, more detailed method of
observing teachers in action.
The law took effect last July,
which means the new assess-
ment system was put to use
during the 2011-12 school
year. It requires that test-
score information be used
to help judge teacher quality
and eventually help deter-
mine pay. Despite recently be-
ing honored in Washington,
D.C. as one of the nation's
best math and science edu-
cators, high-school chemis-
try teacher Steve Fannin was
identified as a beginning"
teacher by a mid-year evalu-
ation. The mediocre review
stemmed from Fannin eras-
ing the day's "learning goal"
from his board while teach-
ing a chemistry lesson. Some
teachers who spoke to the
paper said they felt they were
being judged primarily on
whether their students used
hand gestures to indicate
how well they had learned
something, and on whether

they wrote "learning goals"
on the board every day. "It's
been humiliating for a lot of
extremely accomplished peo-
ple," said Mary Louise Wells,
who was one of five finalists
for the state teacher of the
year award in 2002. Florida
allocated $4.7 million of its
federal Rce to the Top to
design its evaluation model,
which was developed by ed-
ucation researcher Robert
Marzano and has been ad-
opted by 31 school districts.
The move in Florida is among
a growing number of states
across the country that have
adopted teacher evaluation
systems heavily weighted in
student testing. For the first
time in Indiana, student
test scores will be factored
into teacher pay raise deci-
sions. In Tennessee, a new
report has found that the
state's schools "systemati-
cally failed" to identify low-
performing teachers through
their evaluations system,
which includes measure-
ments of student test score
improvement and principal
assessments, according to
Statelmpact.U.S. Secretary
of Education Arne Duncan
has also repeated his sup-
port for merit pay, noting that
educators should have start-
ing salaries of $60,000 and
the opportunity to earn up to
$ 150,000 annually based on




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The Miami Tme



Obama team: Millions face tax hikes '

Bush tax cuts are

allowed to expire
By David Jackson

Some 114 million families
would see average tax hikes
of $1,600 next year if all the
George W. Bush tax cuts are
allowed to expire, says a new
White House report.
"A typical middle-class
family of four would see its
taxes rise by $2,200," says
the report from President
Obama's National Economic
Council, released as Congress

a series of
votes on the
Bush-era fim 0
tax cuts.
tax rates
are due to
expire at
the end of BUSH
the year, but
are the subject of a political
dispute between Obama and
congressional Republicans.
Obama wants to extend the
Bush tax cuts for middle-
class Americans, but end
them for Americans making

more than $250,000.
"So far, the only reason
the middle-class tax cuts
have not been extended is
that Republicans in Con-
gress continue to insist on
cutting taxes once again for
the wealthiest few," says the
White House report.
Republicans say ending the
Bush tax cuts on the wealthy
would amount to a tax hike
on job creators in a bad
"With our economy as weak
as it is, stopping the presi-
dent's massive tax increase
on nearly a million small

businesses and then over-
hauling our burdensome tax
code is how we'll get America
moving again," said Sen. Or-
rin Hatch, R-Utah.
Brendan Buck, a spokes-
man for House Speaker John
Boehner, R-Ohio, said the
White House report "states
the obvious: Raising taxes is
bad for the economy. That's
why it's troubling that the
President would be willing to
destroy more than 700,000
jobs by allowing taxes to go
up on so many small busi-
nesses and families."
Please turn to to TAX 8D


Healthcare reform bringing more work rates rise

By Cindy Krischer Goodman

When the economy soured,
the practice of labor and em-
ployment law exploded.
Corporate law firms re-
sponded by adding attorneys
to their labor and employment
practices to defend lawsuits
waged at employers. Plaintiff
firms, too, saw their caseload
increase as laid-off workers
initiated discrimination and
employment-related lawsuits
against their former employ-
Now, another event appears
likely to make the legal spe-
cialty even more in demand

- healthcare reform.
"All of a sudden, health in-
surance is an employee ben-
efit that's being mandated,"
says Cheryl Wilke, a partner
with Hinshaw & Culbertson
in the firm's Fort Lauderdale
office. "Employers see it as

something that increases
their overhead and they want
to know if there's any way
around it."

Wilke says clients such
as restaurant owners, car

... most of the lawsuits she files are
against employers failing to pay required
wages, or for misclassifying managers as
exempt and failing to pay them overtime.
Kelly Anriir
Law Offices ofRobert Rubenstein

dealers and employers with
commissioned sales staff are
concerned, and are turning
to her for legal advice. They're
asking questions about how
to avoid having to pay the
newly required health insur-
ance benefit.
Kelly H. Kolb at Fowler
White Boggs in Fort Lauder-
dale says there is speculation
that labor lawyers could get
a boom in business as com-
panies tweak their benefits
plans to comply with the com-
plex healthcare law. But he
says it's still too early to know
how healthcare reform will af-
fect employers and what role

labor lawyers will play.

For now, Mark Neuberger, of
counsel with Foley & Lardner
in Miami, says his clients,
mostly human resources
directors, are perplexed and
looking to him for general
legal guidance on healthcare
reform. Even without the new
legal business the Affordable
Healthcare Act could gener-
ate, labor lawyers say they
are seeing more emplck'ment
cases involving overtime
disputes, prevailing wages
complaints, discrimination
Please turn to REFORM 8D

Do attractive people get

preferential treatment?"

By Viren Swami, Ph.D

Imagine you've just witnessed
a traffic accident. There are two
victims, one you find attractive,
the other less so. Which of the two
victims would you help first?
Or, imagine you have to hire
someone to work for your company.
They both have identical qualifica-
tions and experience, but one you
find attractive, the other less attrac-
tive. Who would you hire?
Or, imagine you have to hire
someone to work for your company.
They both have identical qualifica-
tions and experience, but one you
find attractive, the other less attrac-.
tive. Who would you hire?

These are very simplified versions
of experimental studies that psy-
chologists have run, but there is a
point to them. Well, it turns out we
not only perceive them differently,
we also treat attractive people more
favorably than we do less attractive
Consider this classic study from
the mid-1970s: Peter Benson and
his colleagues left what appeared to
be a lost completed college applica-
tion form, stamped envelope and
all, in a phone booth at an airport.
The forms included a photograph of
the supposed applicant, which was
used to convey information about
the applicant's physical attractive-
ness (attractive or less attractive).

Then they waited to see what would
What they found was that people
who'd found the forms were _iore
likely to mail them or take them to
an airport official if the person de-
picted in the photo was attractive.
Now, this might sound harmless
enough, but things get a bit more
serious when we start talking jobs
Studies have consistently show n
that attractive people get favorable
treatment even before
they've landed the job:
attractive individuals are
more likely to be recom-
mended for a job, cgnsid- J'-s
ered more qualified for
Please turn to PEOPLE 8D

Filthy rich create their own economy

By Derek Thompson

What's there to say about
an economy where half-price
Mercedes can't find a buy? Or
one where $5,000 earrings
can't sell, but $58,000 gold
bracelets won't stay in stock?
The ultra-rich have prac-
tically bought themselves
out of the normal economy,
Bloomberg reports, and while
the rest of the top 10 per-
cent (those making between
$150,000 and $250,000) re-
mains hunkered down with
the rest of the country.

But why shouldn't the rich
have their own economy? For
many reasons economics
of superstars, global capital
markets, and- so on the
wealth of the top 0.X percent
increasingly has nothing to
do with the wealth of every-
body else. In April, Scott Win-
ship presented this awesome
chart explaining the incred-
ible wealth of the world's bil-
lionaires by plotting them
along Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
Here's what you get. The up-
shot is that the world's 0.01
percent are so much richer

than the 1 percent that the
pictures on the right make it

look like Mitt Romney is join-
ing the rest of the of the 99.9
percent in the lobby.
The Atlantic's Matt O'Brien
graphed this phenomenon a
few months ago when he cal-
culated how the 0.1 percent
compared to the one percent
and GDP per capital.
Conservatives argue that
income inequality doesn't
pose a direct threat to the
fortunes of the typical fam-
ily. That might be true. But
pictures like this make you
wonder why, if we're going to
have marginal tax rates, it

makes sense to stop under
$400,000. The real explo-
sion of wealth takes off in the
millions and billions of dol-
lars. The ultra-rich can afford
their own exosphere of luxury
stores. They can't afford even
tropospherical taxes? I've got
nothing against super-duper
wealthy people effectively cre-
ating their own shadow econ-
omy. They're earned it rather
literally. But it's weird to wit-
ness this breakaway wealth
and determine that the way
to fix public finances is to ask
them to pay less.

in 27 states

By Christopher S. Rugaber
Associated Press

ment rates rose in 27 states last
month, the most in almost a
The Labor Department said
Friday that unemployment rates
fell in 11 states and Washington,
D.C. the fewest declines since
August. Rates were unchanged
in 12 states.
Nationwide, employers added
only 80,000 jobs last month, the
third straight month of weak job
growth. The national unemploy-
ment rate stayed at 8.2 percent.
Still, 29 states added jobs in
June, up from 27 in May. Un-
employment rates can rise when
jobs are created because more
"people w ho are 'but bf work start
looking for jobs. That increases
the size of the labor force. The
number of Americans searching
for jobs nationwide increased
last month.
Nevada recorded the high-
est unemployment rate, at 11.6
percent, same as the previous
month. It was followed by Rhode
Island at 10.9 percent and Cali-
fornia at 10.7 percent
North Dakota had the low-
est unemployment rate at 2.9
percent, followed by Nebraska at
3.8 percent.
Several states reported big in-
creases in unemployment. Rates
rose 0.4 percentage points in
Alabama and New Jersey, to 7.8
percent and 9.6 percent, respec-
Some states kept hiring at a
healthy pace in June. Califor-
nia added 38,300 jobs and Ohio
added 18,400, after similar gains
in both states in May. And North
Carolina rebounded after losing
jobs in May, adding 16,900 jobs
last month.
Still others lost jobs. Wiscon-
sin shed 13,200, the most of any
state. It was followed by Tennes-
see, where employers cut 12,100
The economy is struggling to
generate enough growth to boost
hiring and consumer spending
from subpar levels.
Job growth slowed to 75,000
a month April through June,
down from healthy 226,000 pace
in the first three months of the
Please turn to RATES 8D

Making results match rhetoric: Put your money where your mouth is

By James Clingman
NNPA Columnist

"Talk is cheap!" "Talkin'
loud and sayin' nothin'l"
Black folks do a lot of talking,
rappin,' espousing, pontificat-
ing, and philosophizin'. No
matter the subject, we seem to
know all about it and are more
than willing to get engaged on
any topic at hand. God gave
us only one mouth, but He
gave us two eyes, two nostrils,
two ears, and two hands; we

should get the hint that talk-
ing should not be the domi-
nant of the five senses.
Talking is what we do after
using our other four senses.
So why is rhetoric so high on
our agenda? Why do we hold
in such high esteem a speech,
for instance, that brings with
it no action? Why are we so
enthralled with leaders who
only talk, albeit very well, but
have never established an en-
tity, built a business, or start-
ed an initiative related to their

rhetoric? Shouldn't
we at least measure
them by the results of
their rhetoric? Loqua-
ciousness is very over-
rated among Black
folks. You can hear it
on talk radio, callers
and sometimes even
by hosts who have lit-
tle if any information
on the topic, talking
on and on as though


is the fact that they
give out erroneous
information that
others take and
run with, thereby,
perpetuating the
ignorance of a cer-
tain issue among
our people. Their
favorite thing is
to say what oth-
ers "need" to do or
what "we as a peo-

they know everything there is ple" need to do, all without of-
to know about it. Even sadder fearing one thing they are will-

ing to do or have done.
I am also tired of seeing
Black folks on television (legit-
imate news journalists not in-
cluded) who only "talk" about
the issues, usually telling us
what we already know, and
never having done one thing to
contribute to our economic up-
lift. You ask them for a few dol-
lars to help with a cause or to
invest in a Black-owned busi-
ness and you can't find them
with a search warrant. Politics
is the best example of this phe-

nomenon among Black people.
Ain't nothing like an arousing,
emotional, down-home speech
to get us wound up. But if
all we get is wound up, and
the speaker walks away with
thousands of dollars for his
or her rhetorical gymnastics,
wowing the audience with big
words and provocative quotes,
what good is it? Another thing
we do is call "Town Hall Meet-
ings." Nothing wrong with
that, but it sure would be nice
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Survey: Americans worried about retirement

By Christine Dugas

One big change in the last
15 years is hardly a surprise:
Americans face more economic
uncertainty and financial
Many more households are
struggling to make ends meet
than in 1997, when consumer
confidence was high and un-
employment was low, says a
survey released recently by the
Consumer Federation of Ameri-
ca and Certified Financial
Planner Board of Standards.
"Today the economy is in a far
different place, and Americans
are worried about their finan-
cial future," says Kevin Keller,
CEO of the CFP's Board.
And now they have to de-
cide how to use their limited
resources to save for retire-
ment and fund their children's
college education, while main-
taining an emergency fund
and keeping out of debt.
Although attitudes have
changed and concerns have
risen over time, there is one

constant. "People who have
a financial plan feel more
confident about their financial
future and report more suc-
cess managing money, saving
and investing," Keller says.
And when low-income fami-
lies have a financial plan, they
are more likely to pay their
credit card bills in full and
avoid debt, the survey found.
Yet only 31 percent of Ameri-
cans have put together a finan-
cial plan, whether on their own
or with a financial adviser, the
survey says. And that was the
same percentage as in 1997,
when a similar survey was
conducted. Among other find-
38 percent of Americans
live paycheck to paycheck, vs.
31 percent in 1997.
48 percent of families with
college-bound children are
saving for their education,
down from 56 percent in 1997.
55 percent are worried
about losing money if they
invest it, compared with 45
percent in 1997.

Seniors gather to learn about Medicare, senior center

*About half of Americans are
behind in retirement savings,

compared with 38 percent in

programs and other retirement

34 percent of Americans
say they can retire at 65, vs.

50 percent in 1997.
Older workers are in more
dire financial straits. Another
survey out today from Allianz
Life found that 28 percent of
Baby Boomers ages 55 to 65
are worried that they won't be
able to cover basic living ex-
penses in retirement, it found.
And 43 percent of them don't
plan to focus on retirement
income strategies until they
are fewer than five years away
from retirement.
Although 30 percent expect
to work part time after they
retire, studies show that they
may have difficulty doing so,
says Allianz, adding that the
lack of basic retirement finan-
cial information is alarming.
Financial planning "requires
one to think seriously about
their finances, and many
Americans would prefer not to
and then don't," says Stephen
Brobeck, executive director of
CFA. "But having a personal
financial plan helps both rich
and poor achieve their finan-
cial goals."

DirecTV, Viacom settle dispute Credit check for job

By Shalini Ramachandran
and John Jannarone

DirecTV DTV -0.63 percen-
tended its nine-day blackout
of Viacom Inc. VIAB -0.57
percent channels early last
Friday morning, but the pros-
pect of more blackouts looms
as Fox and CBS are soon to
renegotiate their own distri-
bution agreements.
And a central issue in the
Viacom-DirecTV dispute-
the availability of Viacom
shows on the Web and its im-
pact on TV viewership-could
recur even more intensely in
those negotiations, industry
executives said.rrBoth -Fox,,
and CBS put many of their
shows online.
Both Viacom and DirecTV
emerged somewhat bruised
by their clash, with Viacom's
channels suffering ratings
declines during the dispute
and DirecTV losing some
subscribers. Each company
claimed satisfaction with
the final outcome, however,
which was reached after an
all-night negotiating session.
DirecTV and Viacom set-
tled a program-fee dispute,
restoring Viacom channels
to the satellite TV service's
20 million subscribers after
a nine day blackout, Shalini
Ramachandran reports on
Precise financial details
of the seven-year agreement
weren't disclosed. But people
familiar with the situation
said Viacom won an increase
of more than 20 percent in
the fees paid by DirecTV,
which previously had totaled
around $500 million annu-
ally, lifting the amount to

above $600 million.
DirecTV earlier had said
that Viacom was asking for
a 30 percent increase in fees,
though Viacom said its exist-
ing agreement paid it below-
market rates and it was just
asking for a fair deal. Direc-
TV will now pay roughly what
Viacom receives from other
big distributors, said people
familiar with the deal. Via-
com owns MTV, Nickelodeon
and Comedy Central.
DirecTV didn't agree to add
Viacom's partly owned pre-
mium channel Epix, which
analysts said was significant.
Getting Epix added would
have been an "unequivo-
cal victory" for Viacom, RBC
Capital Markets analyst Da-
vid Bank said.

"They recognized that we
were not going to blink," said
Derek Chang, executive vice
president of content strategy
and development for DirecTV.
"At the end of the day, we feel
comfortable with the deal we
did because it reflects a fair-
ness in terms of what the
market rates are," he added.
"We are satisfied with all
aspects of the deal," a Via-
com spokesman said. In an
internal memo, Viacom Chief
Executive Philippe Dauman
said "even the strongest part-
nerships occasionally hit
rough patches...it is impor-
tant that our distribution
agreements reflect the value
of our content."
One investor in both Via-
com and DirecTV noted that

Viacom "got a decent bump
and it'll be fine, but it takes
some of the wind out of the
sails of programmers." He
added that "it shows that
ratings matter," a reference
to the steep ratings declines
that Viacom's best-known
channels, particularly Nick-
elodeon, had suffered in re-
cent months, which became
a central issue in the dis-
pute. The "days of automatic
increases above market" can-
not be "counted on," the in-
vestor said.
Viacom shares, after ini-
tially rising on the news,
were down 24 cents to $46.41
in 4 p.m. composite trading
on the Nasdaq Stock Market,
while DirecTV shares fell 62
cents to $48.33.

may be thing of past

By Sheiresa Ngo

Depending on your
state of residence,
you might no lon-
ger be subjected to
a credit check when
applying for a job.
Th i s is welcome news
for many job seek-
ers, as the downturn
in the economy has
had a negative im-
pact on the house-
hold finances of
., Arnican .workers.
Although credit re-'
ports were designed
to help lenders pre-
dict loan repayment,
some employers (es-
pecially those in the
financial services
industry) use one's
credit history to deny
or offer employment
or to grant a promo-
tion. According to
a poll conducted by
the Society for Hu-
man Resource Man-
agement, 60 percent
of employers use in-
formation in a poten-
tial employee's credit
report when making
a hiring decision.
Fifteen states and
the District of Co-
lumbia will vote this
year on how employ-

ers can use your
credit report when
making an employ-
ment decision. Such
legislation has al-
ready been enacted
in the states of Cali-
fornia, Connecti-
cut, Hawaii, Illinois,
Maryland, Oregon,
and Washington.
Here are some fast
facts about credit
checks and employ-
Under tie Fair
Credit, Reporting
Act, an employer
must obtain your
written permission
before conducting a
background check.
When checking
your credit report,
know that employers
can't see your credit
score, only your his-
tory. Employers re-
ceive an adjusted
version of your cred-
it report (called an
employment report)
from the three ma-
jor credit reporting
If you apply to a
job with a salary of
$75,000 a year or
more, your employ-
ment report may in-
clude bankruptcies

more than 10 years
old, accounts placed
in collection more
than seven years
old, and records of
arrest more than
seven years old.
After you've been
hired, employers are
allowed to run pe-
riodic credit checks
when deciding to
keep, transfer, or ter-
minate an employee.
They do not need to
ask :, pur,.pRermission .
Your best bet is to
obtain a copy of your
credit report before
applying to your
next job. That way,
you can check for er-
rors and be prepared
to give answers for
anything that might
appear question-
able. If you are ap-
plying for a job that
involves driving,
you should also get
a copy of your driv-
ing record from the
Department of Motor
Vehicles and check
for mistakes. Avoid
surprises and pre-
pare yourself for any
and all questions
about your back-

Mobile devices lift electronics sales

KIp*^ nHa

Industry group

expects growth

of5.9% this year
By Mike Snider

Americans have officially
gone mobile.
Sales of smartphones,
already in more than half
of U.S. homes, and tablet
computers, in one-third
of homes, are expected to
drive annual consumer
electronics sales to $206.5
billion this year -- the first
time above the $200 billion
Overall consumer elec-
tronic sales will grow 5.9
percent this year, the Con-
sumer Electronics Associa-
tion said today. That's up
from the group's estimate
earlier this year of 3.7 per-
cent growth from 2011.
"These devices are the
catalysts, the new means of
interacting, that are really
changing our relationship

with technology," says Steve
Koenig, director of industry
analysis for the CEA.
Sales of smartphones are
expected to top 108 million,
a 24 percent increase over
2011, and amount to $33.7
billion in revenue, the CEA
estimates. Tablet sales will
more than double to 68.5
million, up 115 percent from
2011, and account for $29.2
billion in sales, an 83 per-
cent increase from 2011.
Combined, smartphones
and tablets are expected to
account for 30 percent of
all electronics revenue this
The CEA's estimates echo
recent data from Nielsen
that find smartphone own-
ership rising to 54.9 percent
of mobile phone users and
that of research firm eMar-
keter's projections that 90
million Americans will use
tablets by 2014.
Sellouts of Google's new
Nexus 7 tablet, brought to
market last week, are the
latest sign of consumer

Leading the way

Sales of smartphones
and tablets are expected
to account for 30% of
the $206.5 billion in es-
timated consumer elec-
tronics sales in 2012

Product 2011 2012

Smart 27.5 33.7
phones billion billion
(up 22%)

Tablets 15.9 29.2
billion billion
(up 83%)
Source: Consumer Electronics Association,
factory sales to U.S. retialers

interest in new mobile de-
vices. "We have got the three
heavyweights Apple,
Google and Microsoft all
in play this year," Koenig

While most traditional
gadgets and home audio
categories are trending
downward, sales of one-
piece sound bar speakers
have become a sales bright
spot. Consumers looking for
a more immersive sound ex-
perience to accompany flat-
panel displays are expected
to drive sales of sound bars
up 30 percent this year to
$314 million.
As TVs get thinner, there's
no room for built-in speak-
ers. One-piece speaker bars
"will be front and center" for
years to come, Koenig says.
Another highlight: tech-
nology in autos. Spending
on gadgetry included in ve-
hicles is expected to account
for $7.9 billion in revenue,
up 25 percent, the CEA
estimates. "It is pretty much
ubiquitous across all makes
and increasingly available
on all models," Koenig says.
"It's being driven by safety
and by consumer demand to
bring in content and music."

Michelle Obama with Stephen Colbert on Viacom's Coedy Central in April.
Michelle Obama with Stephen Colbert on Viacom's Comedy Central in April.


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Airfare prices go

It's the fourth boost

of the year
By Nancy Trejos

A three-month break from airfare
increases has ended, with South-
west Airlines raising fares by $4
to $10 round trip on most routes
inside the U.S.
United Airlines led the latest

price increase late last week. Jet-
Blue Airways and Virgin America
started raising fares Thursday.
Southwest followed over the week-
Typically, when Southwest goes
along with a fare increase, travel-
ers can expect it to stick. And it
didn't take long for network car-
riers Delta, American and US
Airways to follow its lead.
The latest increase comes even

up: Will you
as airlines have moved up fall fare and they fe
sales that traditionally weren't balk," says
available until the beginning of FareCompc
the school year. Starting Aug. from time t
20, many airlines are planning competitors
to slash fares on their cheapest pears for n
domestic seats by 10 percent to 20 with forwa:
percent on some routes for the fall, This is th
typically the slowest time of the year. Last 3
year for air travel, fares nine
"Airlines only raise fares when Kevin Sc]
the competition does the same Please t

;el consumers won't
Rick Seaney, CEO of
are.com. "They attempt
to time to test both
s and consumers. (It) ap-
ow they are comfortable
rd-looking bookings."
he fourth increase this
year, airlines raised
horr of Campbell-Hill
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Law firms getting huge employment boosts with AHA

cotninued from 6D

and retaliation charg-
Attorneys say much
of their legal work
comes from a dramat-
ic increase in workers
suing employers un-
der federal and state
wage and hour laws.
Last year, 7,006 wage-
and-hour suits, many
of them class actions,
were filed in feder-
al court nationwide,
nearly quadruple the
total in 2000.
Florida's courts are
ranked among the
highest in the coun-
try for the number of
filings of Fair Labor
Standard Act (FLSA)
cases involving unpaid
overtime. Not only are
FLSA lawsuits on the
rise, but the plain-

continued from 6D

Over the next two
weeks, both the Dem-
ocratic-run Senate
and the Republican-
run House have large-
ly ceremonial votes
scheduled on the Bush
tax cuts.
The Senate plan
would extend the Bush
rates for individuals
and families making
up to $250,000 annu-
The House plans a
vote on extending all
the Bush tax cuts for
a year.
If Congress cannot
agree on a specific
plan, all of the tax cuts
will expire after Dec.

continued from 6D

a job, considered more
likely to succeed at a
job, and are more like-
ly to be hired for a job.
And the bias doesn't
stop once they've been
hired. Attractive peo-
ple are also more likely
to be paid more for a
job, are more likely to
be promoted, and less
likely to be fired. All
that just for looking
attractive. Of course,
attractiveness isn't
the only factor that
determines whether
someone will be hired,
promoted, or fired, but
that it even matters
at all might surprise
some people.

continued from 6D

Recently, a survey by
the nation's 12 Federal
Reserve banks said
hiring was "tepid" in
most of its districts in
June and early July.
And manufacturing
weakened in most re-
Retail sales fell in
June for the third
straight month, the
government said this
week. That led many
economists to down-
grade their estimates
for growth in the April-
June quarter. Many
think it will be even
slower than the first
quarter's scant 1.9
percent annual pace.

tiff's bar has had a
penchant for turning
these suits into class
action complaints.
Kolb says a prepon-
derance of relatively
highly skilled workers
employed by health-
care businesses in
Florida such as hos-
pitals and elder care
facilities, coupled with
aggressive regional
plaintiffs' attorneys,
has made for a "perfect
storm" for such litiga-
tion here.

In addition, Kolb who
has defended employ-

ment claims for over
20 years, says as em-
ployers expect more
efficiency from exist-
ing staff, overtime law-
suits are rising.
Kelly Amritt of the
Law Offices of Robert
Rubenstein in Miami
is one of the increas-
ing number of lawyers
in South Florida who
initiate suits on behalf
of workers. Amritt says
most of the lawsuits
she files are against
employers failing to
pay required wages,
or for misclassifying
managers as exempt
and failing to, pay them

overtime. At the same
time, claims of em-
ployment discrimina-
tion are at an all-time
high. The Equal Em-
ployment Opportunity
Commission reported
that 2011 saw the
highest level of new
discrimination cases
ever recorded.
Florida ranks sec-
ond in the country in
workplace discrimina-
tion complaints filed
with the (EEOC). New
data for 2011 released
by the commission
shows that Florida
workers filed 8,088
complaints last year -

nearly 32 complaints
filed on average every
working day of 2011.
Florida employment
attorneys say they are
inundated with retali-
ation related suits, due
largely to a recent U.S.
Supreme Court ruling
that made it easier for
employees to prove re-
taliation by employers.
Diane Katzen, a
shareholder with Rich-
man Greer in Miami,
says the increase in
lawsuits also has gen-
erated legal work as-
sisting companies in
preparing and revising

employee manuals and
negotiating separation
Layoffs a factor
From where she sits,
Katzen says layoffs are
continuing and that
ensures more legal
work. Recent calls are
from higher ranking
executives who have
employment agree-
ments but want her
help negotiating sev-
erance packages, she
says: Fisher believes
the dynamic land-
scape in labor and
employment law will
continue to keep this
practice area booming.


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the Supervisor of Elections and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If you have any questions pertaining to this matter, please contact
the Supervisor of Elections at 2700 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida or call 305 499-8363.
Conforme a F.S. 98.075(7), por el present se notifica a los electores enumerados a continuaci6n que segun informaci6n provista por el Estado de la Florida, se cuestiona
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la fecha de este Aviso, con el fin de que se le informed sobre el fundamento de la possible falta de idoneidad y sobre el procedimiento para resolver el asunto. Si usted no
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Miami, Florida, o por telefono, al 305-499-8363.
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MW 87th Avmenun. Miami. Flori n.,m ra in ln,39-QQ_'6a

Adams, Ue aJ 1 610 UNW 111Th Ave De Paula, Joao Z 6205 SW 104Th Ave
Adams, Denny R 750 SW 108Th Ave Apt 108 Decuir III, John P 18680 SW 376Th St
Agostini, Mark F 9925 SW 196Th St Di Pietro, Teresa 13105 Ixora Ct #109
Aguirre, Jean M 1240 NE 83Rd St Diaz, Femando J 53 NW 44Th St
Alexis, Anthony 80 NE 174Th Dr Douglas, Adacia H 8030 Crespi Blvd #4
Allen, Matthew M 2020 NW 1StAve Dowd, Erin M 1951 SW 107Th Ave #402
Allendes, Oswaldo 320 Collins Ave Apt 413 Ducksworth SR, Marvin 8500 Harding Ave #A102
Amigo, Kiomy 53 NW 44Th St Echemendia, Dora 740 NW 25Th Ave #107
Anderson, Donald K 1470 NW 51st Ter Edwards, Muriel M 9354 NW 102Nd St
Apullengi, Jessie 12482 SW 8Th St Eresom, Eric L 1247-NW 103Rd St
Ashley, Joshua A 217 SW 109Th Ave Escarza lll, Alberto A 1334 Alton Rd #B7
Atchison, William L 840 NE 199Th St#B107 Eslava, Cesar 832 NW 77Th St
Avariano, Alexander J 10352 SW 208Th Ln Exantus, Lherison R 4508 NW 1St Ave
Avellana, Barbara C 4345 NW 169Th Ter Ferguson, Leon A 3523 Day Ave
Barfield, Cynthia 80 NE 64Th St Ferrell, James 1459 NW 60Th StApt 6
Barrera, Adisleydy 2510 W 56Th St 2408 Figueroa-Coca, Lucy 2855 SW 68Th Ave
Barroso, Carlos A 810 SW 129Th PI #201 Ford, Alvin E 1348 NW 95Th St Apt 207
Bartley, Donnell T 1011 NW 46th St Fortunet, Milton S 944 Meridian Ave #10
Bell, Shaqueta S 802 SW 9Th St Foster, Gabrielle M 18680 SW 376th St
Bella, Estanislado 21615 SW 187Th Ave Fowler, LeeA 9300 Fontainebleau Blvd #109
Bernard, Marie J 7300 NE Miami Ct Freeman SR, Eric A 222 NW 22Nd St Apt 207
Billups, DeborahV 10270 SW 173Rd Ter Garces, Gladys B 1450 NE 170Th St #202
Bojorge, Maria 135 SW 19th Ave #6 Garcia, Allen 14599 SW 11OTh Ter
Braceras, Adelina B 5880 Collins Ave #907 Garcia, Armando J 2448 SW 137Th Ct
Brewer, Calvin G 6541 NW 12Th Ave #1 Garcia, Maria M 7171 SW 3Rd St
Brown JR, Leon 36 NW 42Nd St APT 2 Garcia, Steve M 8724 SW 107Th Ave
Brown, Richard E 1360 Sharazad Blvd # 9A Gomez, Biviana 15746 SW 104Th St
Bryant, Jo A 3347 NW 48Th Ter Gomez, Raul 111 SW 11Th Ave Apt 1
Burroughs, Clarese 16201 NW 18Th Ct Gonzalez, Abelardo 2260 NW 27Th Ave Apt C-327
Caballero, Lennin 14242 SW 23Rd Ln Gorme, Robert 8911 Froude Ave
Calixte, Victor 157 NW 48Th St Grant, Marcus L 2020 NW 1StAve
Carrera Justiz, Lourdes M 2321 SW 15Th St Gray, David A 1331 NW 180Th Ter
Chisolm, Moses 1864 NW 175Th St Griffin, Eddie C 12401 NW 27Th Ave Apt G-208
Chrispin, Reginald S 3309 San Remo Cir Gumbiner, Pearl 435 NE 34Th St
Clark, William A 3550 NW 107Th St Haedo, Hilda 5555 SW 60Th Ct
Coleman, David L 8450 NE Miami Ct Haibi, Zenaida F 6450 Collins Ave #208
Concepcion, Juan C 53 W 22Nd St #1 Hall, Rickey L 2437 NW 41St St
Cruc, Ceearitra 8696 SW 107Th Ave Harden, William E 18420 NW 29Th Ct
Cruz, Edwin 1602 SE 16Th Ave Harrell, James M 6870 NW 14Th Ave
Cruz, Norger 1260 SW 10Th St Hawkins, John W 1610 NW 52Nd St
David, Richard 1250 NE 207Th Ter Hernandez, Danny D 11962 SW 212Th St

Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections, Miami-Dade County
Supervisor de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade
SipBviz6 Eleksyon, Konte Miami-Dade

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Talk is cheap

continued from 6D

if we owned a Town
Hall or two in which
to hold our meetings.
And let's not forget
about the charlatan
preachers and their
prosperity gospel that
always ends up pro-
viding for them but
seldom if ever trickles
down to those whose
dollars enriched them
in the first place. Why
are we so weak? Why
are we so vulnerable
to mere rhetoric? Are
we so lazy that we sim-
ply refuse to research
or study to see if what
someone says is true?
It's one thing to risk
your money; it's anoth-
er thing to risk your
The point here is

that Black people can-
not afford to be drawn
into the euphoria of
rhetorical nonsense or
rhetorical excellence.
We must not fall prey
to those who only talk
a good game but never
get into the game. Be-
fore you believe, follow,
or praise anyone sim-
ply because you heard
them speak eloquently
or share some infor-
mation, find out what
they have done and/or
what they are doing.
Beware of bloviat-
ing rhetoricians and
self-absorbed, self-
proclaimed know-it-
alls. We must have
authentic leadership
among Black people,
not sideline coaches
and Monday morning

Notice is hereby given of the following temporary polling place
changes. These changes have been made by the Supervisor of
Elections pursuant to Section 101.71, Florida Statutes.

BP lrecinctNewLocation


Miami Beach Fire Station #1
1051 Jefferson Avenue

6 Fulford Elementary School
16140 NE 18th Avenue

146 W. J. Bryan Elementary School
1201 NE 125th Street

218 New Way Fellowship Baptist Church
16800 NW 22nd Avenue
251 Arcola Lake Elementary School
1037 NW 81st Street

252 Arcola Lake Elementary School
1037 NW 81st Street
258 Poinciana Park Elementary School
6745 NW 23rd Avenue
Greater New Macedonia Missionary
260 Baptist Church
3167 NW 56th Street
John F Kennedy Library
190 West 49th Street
331 John F. Kennedy Library
190 West 49th Street
3 Chinese Baptist Church of Miami
595 SW 124th Avenue
Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition
4171458 Center.
10901 SW 24th Street
Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition
418 Center
10901 SW 24th Street
Rockway Middle School
9393 SW 29th Terrace
4 4 E.W.F. Stirrup Sr. Elementary School
44 4 330 NW 97th Avenue

601 Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 Desoto Boulevard
6051610 Coral Gables Sr. High School
450 Bird Road
Kendall United Methodist Church
5 7600 SW 104th Street

63 0 Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center
1241 Dickinson Drive
71 Southwest Miami Sr. High School
8855 SW 50th Terrace
Devon Aire K-8 Center
10501 SW 122nd Avenue
745 Riverside Baptist Church
7 10775 SW 104th Street
7 Continental Park/Dice House
10001 SW 82nd Avenue
7 Kendall Church of God
8795 SW 112th Street
Howard McMillan Middle School
13100 SW 59th Street
SBowman Ashe/Doolin K-8 Academy
6601 SW 152nd Avenue
Robert Morgan Vocational Technical
776 School
18180 SW 122nd Avenue
Herbert A. Ammons Middle School
17990 SW 142nd Avenue
Frank C. Martin K-8 Center
1 14250 Boggs Drive
7 Colonial Drive Elementary School
10755 SW 160th Street
Perrine-Peters UTD Methodist Church
18301 South Dixie Highway
Redlands Middle School
2 16001 SW 248th Street
Redlands Middle School
9 4 16001 SW 248th Street
South Dade Sr. High School
945 28401 SW 167th Avenue

981/ Malcolm Ross Senior Center
2800 NW 18th Avenue
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Mlaml-Dade County, Florida

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8D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 25-31, 2012


Housing crisis poses an increasing

risk and worry for older Americans

By Josh Lederman

More than 1.5 mil-
lion older Americans
already have lost their
homes, with millions
more at risk as the
national housing cri-
sis takes its toll on
those who are among
the worst positioned to
weather the storm, a
new AARP report says.
Older African Ameri-
cans and Hispanics are
the hardest hit.
"The Great Reces-
sion has been brutal
for many older Ameri-
cans," said Debra
Whitman, AARP's pol-
icy chief. "This shows
that home ownership
doesn't guarantee fi-
nancial security later
in life."
Even working' two
jobs hasn't been
enough to allow Jewel
Lewis-Hall, 57, to make
her monthly mortgage
payments on time. Her
husband has made lit-
tle money since being
laid off from his job at
a farmer's market, and
Lewis-Hall said her
salary as a school cook
falls short of what she
needs to make the pay-
ments on her home in
Lewis-Hall and her
husband have been
making their payments
late for about a year,
but panic didn't set in
until recently, when
the word "foreclosure"
showed up in a letter
from the bank.
"You're used to living
a certain way, but one
thing leads to another,"
Lewis-Hall said. "It's
not like I have a new\
car or anything. I'm
driving one from 1991."
According to AARP:
About 600,000 peo-
ple who are 50 years or
older Americans are in
About 625,000 in
the same age group are
at least three months
behind on their mort-
About 3.5 million
16 percent of older
homeowners are un-
derwater, meaning the
home value has gone
down and homeowner
now owe more than
their homes are worth.
AARP said that over
the past five years, the
proportion of loans
held by older Ameri-
cans that are seriously
delinquent jumped by
more than 450 percent.
Homeowners who are
younger than 50 have
a higher rate of serious
delinquency than their
older counterparts. But
the rate is increasing at
a faster pace for older
Americans than for
younger ones, accord-
ing to AARP's analysis
of more than 17 million
Americans who are
50 or older are hard-
pressed to recover

from the collapse of the
housing market that
started in 2006 and
was compounded by the
recession that started
in 2007. Eight in 10 of
them own homes, but
many live on fixed in-
comes, have little sav-
ings or have already
burned through much
of their retirement sav-
ings. They also have
fewer working years left
to build back what they
may have lost.
And those who are
forced to re-enter the
workforce often find
they can't command
the same salary that
they did in the past.
Older minorities
are facing foreclosure
rates that are almost
double those faced by
white borrowers of the
same age, mirroring a
nationwide trend seen
in other age groups as
well. Among older Af-
rican Americans, 3.5
percent were in fore-
closure at the end of
2011, and the rate was
3.9 percent for Hispan-
ics. Just 1.9 percent
of white homeowners
were in foreclosure.
The issue has be-
come so dire in Rep.
Elijah Cummings'
Maryland district that
he has assigned one of
his 20 staffers to work
fulltime to help strug-
gling homeowners, and
his office holds regular
foreclosure prevention
workshops. He said the
federal government can
do its part by promot-
ing principal reduction
and loan modification
"These are people
who in many instances
have never missed a
payment in 20 years,"
Cummings, a Demo-
crat, said in an inter-
view. "You see grown
men crying because of
the potential loss of a
Among older hom-
eowners, those who are
75 or older are in the
worst shape when it
comes to foreclosures,
the report showed. In
2007, one out of every
300 homeowners 75
or older was in foreclo-
sure. Five years later,
about one in 30 face
that same fate.
Many of those oldest
homeowners may have
lost income they were
counting on, such as
the retirement benefits
of a deceased spouse.
In the meantime, their
mortgage payments
have stayed the same.
The situation is likely
to get worse before it
gets better, AARP of-
ficials predicted, be-
cause of a housing
market that is recover-
ing at a snail's pace.
"This crisis is far
from over," Whitman
said. "We need to think
about more creative
solutions now that we
have this data."

Notice is hereby given of the following permanent polling
place changes. These changes have been made by the
Supervisor of Elections pursuant to Section 101.71, Florida

016 North Bay Village
1700 Kennedy Causeway, #132
224 Miami Carol City Senior High
3301 Miami Gardens Drive
782 Cypress Club of Kendale
782 14250 SW 62nd Street

Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida
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Monday, 7/30/12
10:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

1. Logic and accuracy test of the touch
screen and optical scan voting systems
to be used for early voting, absentee, and
precinct ballots
2. Public inspection of absentee ballots

Tuesday, 7/31/12 1. Pre-count logic and accuracy test of the
10:00 a.m. through Tuesday, 8/14/12 optical scan system used for absentee and
provisional ballots
2. Absentee ballots opening and processing
(as needed)
3. Duplication of ballots (as needed)
Friday, 8/3112 1. Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee
Canvassing: ballots (as needed)
10:00 a.m. to completion (as needed)
Wednesday, 8/8/12 1. Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee
Canvassing: ballots (as needed)
10:00 a.m. to completion (as needed)
Friday, 8/10/12 1. Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee
Canvassing: ballots (as needed)
10:00 a.m. to completion (as needed)
Monday, 8/13/12 1. Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee
Canvassing: ballots (as needed)
10:00 a.m. to completion (as needed)
Tuesday, 8/14/12 1. Canvassing of presumed invalid absentee
Canvassing: 3:00 p.m. through ballots (as needed)
Friday, 8/17/12 to completion 2. Tabulation of results
3. Preliminary Election returns (Unofficial) to
Friday, 8/17/12 1. Provisional ballots processing (as needed)
Canvassing: 2. Certification of Unofficial Results, including
9:00 a.m. to completion provisionals (Deadline-Noon)
3. Post-count logic and accuracy test of the
optical scan system used for absentee and
provisional ballots
Tuesday, 8/21/12 1. Certification of Official Results
Canvassing: (Deadline-5:00 p.m.)
10:00 a.m. to completion 2. Race/question and precincts selection for
manual post-election State audit
Friday, 8/24/12 1. Audit process starts to completion
10:00 a.m. through
Tuesday, 8/28/12 to completion
All proceedings will be open to the public. For a sign language interpreter or other accommodations,
please call 305-499-8405 at least five days in advance. In accordance with Section 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, a person who appeals any decision by the canvassing board with respect to any
matter considered at a meeting, he or she will need a record of the proceedings and therefore will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made.
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida
Forlegl.as. nlie, o t htp:/eglad.miamidad.gov

Cancellation can also be confirmed by calling the Office of
the General Counsel at (850) 413-6199.



PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of The
Midtown Community Redevelopment Agency is scheduled to take place on
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 12:00 pm, or thereafter, at City Hall, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please con-
tact the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.

(#15495) Pieter Bockweg, Executive Director
Omni and Midtown
Community Redevelopment Agencies


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the
Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency is sched-
uled to take place on Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 5:00 pm, at Frederick Douglass
Elementary, 314 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33136.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please con-
tact the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.

(#15496) Clarence E. Woods, Ill,-Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency

The Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board will convene at the Office of the Supervisor of Elections,
2700 N. W. 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida. The Canvassing Board is convening on these dates in
preparation to conduct the Primary Election to be held on August 14, 2012.


9D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 25-31, 2012

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 9 a.m.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 4 p.m.
Florida Memorial University
Lou Rawls Auditorium
15800 NW 42 Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 9 a.m.
Plantation City Council Chambers
400 NW 73 Avenue
Plantation, FL 33317

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 4 p.m.
South Regional/Broward College Library
7300 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

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

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

Commission Clerk, Office of Commission Clerk
Florida Pubhl: Service Ciiimmissiijn
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0850

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

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

If a named storm or other disaster requires cancellation of
a customer service hearing, PSC staff will attempt to give
timely, direct notice to parties. Notice of cancellation of the
meeting will also be provided on the PSC's website, www.psc,
state.fl.us, under the Hot Topics link found on the homepage,

China offers Africa billions in new loans






By Wayne Ma

pledged billions of
dollars in new aid to
Africa and said Chi-
nese companies doing
business there would
act responsibly, as the
country seeks smooth
relations with the re-
source-rich continent
despite emerging trade
and social tensions.
China will offer $20
billion in loans to Af-
rican countries to de-
velop infrastructure,
agriculture, manufac-
turing and small and
midsize enterprises,
Chinese President Hu
Jintao said Thursday
during a gathering
of African leaders in
Beijing. That figure
is double what China
committed in 2009.
Chinese officials
also stressed deepen-
ing economic ties with
Africa, a major source
of China's oil, metals
and other commodi-
ties. Mr. Hu said trade
between China and
Africa doubled in the
past six years and to-
taled $166.3 billion in
2011, while its direct
investment there has
reached $15 billion.
But South Africa
President Jacob Zuma
said China's trade
with African nations

should be better bal-
anced. While Africa
ships large volumes
of raw materials to
China, China's ex-
ports often include
manufactured goods
such as machinery
and textiles.
"Africa's commit-
ment to China's
development has been
demonstrated by the
supply of raw materi-
als, other products
and technology trans-
fer," Mr. Zuma said,
addressing Mr. Hu at
the gathering follow-
ing the aid pledge.
"As we all agree, your
excellency, this trade
pattern is unsustain-
able in the long term."
China pledged that
its companies could
help address the
imbalance. "Chinese
companies have ex-
pressed their willing-
ness to undertake
social responsibility,"
said Yu Ping, vice
president of the China
Council for Promotion
of International Trade,
at a news conference.
He said that effort
would include answer-
ing African calls for
help in upgrading
local industries so
countries can export
finished products, as
well as having China
pay greater attention

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Benin
President Yayi Boni during a welcoming
ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in

Beijing on Thursday.

to the environment.
In recent years,
China has moved ag-
gressively into Africa.
Unlike the U.S. and
other countries, China
hasn't attached politi-
cal or environmental
strings to much of its
Though China has
gathered political clout
in Africa as a result,
some have begun to
question the country's
role there.
"This trend in Sino-
African trade benefits

China, which enters
African markets to
sell its manufactured
goods and buys pri-
mary products with
little added value for
Africa," said Daouda
Cisse, a researcher at
the Center for Chinese
Studies at Stellen-
bosch University in
South Africa, in a
note. "With the ris-
ing purchasing power
among Chinese and a
shift towards consum-
er-driven growth in
China, opportunities

are presented to move
towards a more bal-
anced trade between
China and Africa."
Chinese companies
have also been criti-
cized for their envi-
ronmental and labor
practices in Africa.
"China's central
government is very
limited in what it can
do to control the huge
proportion of Chinese
activity in Africa," said
Ian Taylor, a professor
at the University of St.
Andrews in the U.K. "A
lot of Chinese cor-
porations don't take
into account environ-
mental sustainability
in China itself-why
should they be any
different in Africa?"
Labor tensions have
risen to the fore in
recent years, particu-
larly in Zambia, where
13 miners were shot
and wounded by some
Chinese managers at
a Chinese-owned mine
during a wage dispute
in 2010. The mine has
been under scrutiny
since over safety and
labor issues, and ear-
lier this year a govern-
ment official threat-
ened to close it.
Responding to a
question about how
social responsibil-
ity would be enforced
by Chinese officials,

Mr. Yu, the Chinese
trade official, said it
is a "matter of ethics
rather than law, so the
best way to strengthen
social responsibility
is through education
and guidance." He
also referred to what
he said were "incorrect
news reports" about
Chinese business
Africa has provided
huge opportunities
for Chinese compa-
nies, especially those

involved in energy.
Sinohydro Corp.,
which built most of
China's Three Gorges
Dam, has capitalized
on the continent's vast
hydropower resources
by developing projects
in 21 African coun-
Big companies such
as China Petrochemi-
cal Corp. and China
National Petroleum
Corp. have major oil
and gas investments
in Angola, Sudan and

Libya, all of which are
important exporters of
crude oil to China.
The two-day gather-
ing in Beijing also in-
cluded leaders such as
Kenya Prime Minister
Raila Amollo Odinga,
Equatorial Guinea
President Teodoro
Obiang Nguema Mba-
sogo, Niger President
Mahamadou Issoufou,
Ivory Coast President
Alassane Dramane
Ouattara and Benin
President Yayi Boni.

Rising prices in the skies

continued from 8D

Aviation Group, a
Virginia, consulting
firm, says airlines
haven't been able to
raise fares in recent
months because of the
economic uncertainty
surrounding the presi-
dential election and
He says airlines are
cutting the number of
flights they're mak-
ing available. "By do-
ing that, they're able

to raise fares if there's
less supply," he says.
That doesn't mean
travelers should ex-
pect to...se. ,sales go
away. "There's still
times of the year when
they have more capac-
ity than they need,
and they need to fill
planes," Schorr says.
Paul Flaningan, a
spokesman for South-
west, says the airline
raised fares on non-
sale tickets and ex-
cluded routes shorter
than 500 miles.

"It continues to be a
very competitive mar-
ket," Flaningan said.
"With costs rising and
continued fuel cost
fluctuation, the de-
cision was made to
match on all non-sale
fares, excluding short-,
haul markets."
Jet fuel prices have
gone down from their
peaks, taking away
one justification for
higher prices. George
Hobica, founder of
points out.


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Herrera, Emesto 2931 NW 31St St Neustadt, Rita 5066 NE 2Nd Ave #520
Hidalgo, Olga 8638 Harding Ave #512 Newson, Clarence 2166 SW 14Th Ter
Higuera, Olayne 14051 SW 104Th St Apt #22 Norfleet, Delan'No D 1468 NE 118Th Ter
Hill SR, Robert L 18970 NW 27Th Ave #205 Offord, Simmie L 2285 NE 172Nd St Aptl4
Hobbs, Sherry 184 NW 97th St Patterson, Derrick 2135 NW 52Nd St#A
Hodges, Anthony J 12750 NW 27Th Ave Apt 103 Pender, Jerry L 17377 SW 100Th Ct
Holloman, Ronald C 361 NW 50Th St Perez, Esor L 745 Jefferson Ave Apt 11
Holmes, Eddie L 829 NW 3Rd St Perez, Femando 16350 SW 94Th St
Holstan, Samuel D 35303 SW 180Th Ave Perez, Giancarlo 4330 SW 107Th Ct
Hughes, Alfonso 3301 NW 11Th Ct Putti, Gary R 2837 SW 126Th Ave
Hyatt, Steve W 3930 NW 187Th St Quezada, Erika I 7025 SW 104Th StApt E-101
Hylton, Esmine D 1810 NW 188Th Ter Ramirez, Pedro R 490 NE 2Nd Ave Apt 1007
Ingham, Abdul 731 NE 107Th St Reyes Rivas, Felipe 776 NW 114Th St
Jackson, Azzie L 20621 NW 24Th Ct Riley, Sarah 1610 NW 52Nd St
Jackson, Connell 415 NW 58Th St Rivera, Michael 2020 NW 1StAve
Jackson, Tondalecia A 28205 SW 125Th Ave Riveron, Sergio 0 442 E 24Th St#4
Jacobsen, Violet B 1240 NE 83Rd St Roberts JR, Cal 12245 SW 220Th St
James, Quintin A 1830 Opa Locka Blvd Rodriguez SR, Juan J 11840 SW 212Th St
Jimenez, Maria DJ 3530 NW 95Th Ter Rodriguez, Emma M 1950 SW 2Nd St #3
Jinks, Tracy 523 NW 67Th St Rodriguez, Juan A 57 NE 11Th St Eastwing
Johnson, Dontai L 1913 NW 86Th St Rodriguez, Raul T 785 E 52nd St
Johnson, Lettrice D 14720 SW 105Th Ct Rodriguez, Rosario 301 SW 109Th Ave Apt 203
Johnson, Trevor M 4001 NW 191St St Russell II, Edgar N 7800 NE Bayshore Ct #7
Jones JR, Alvin N 244 NW 72Nd Ter Apt 912 Saint Gerard, Rosario 18916 NW 80Th Ct
Jones, Clevan J 3066 NW 46Th St Salazar, Josefina E 8638 Harding Ave #612
Juarez, Gregg D 18236 NW 41St Ct Segundo, Julio A 4110 SW 69Th Ave
Knight, Sonya A 20816 NW 41St Avenue Rd Sherman, Edward N 12482 SW 8Th St
Lasser, David 445 NE 195Th St #326 Sherman, Roby 1166 NE 182Nd St
Laurence, Tina J 8233 Harding Ave Apt 507 Silva, Christian T 412 SW 42Nd Ave
Leon, Yolanda M 2520 SW 18Th St Sjostrom, Sharon A 2462 SW 36Th Ave
Levy, Michael 12236 SW 8Th St Small Ill, Willie E 2481 NW 95Th St
Lopez, Carlito 1929 NW Flagler Ter 2 Smith, Christopher M 15915 NW 21st Ave
Mackey, Dynza C 14901 NW7Th Ave APT 101C Smith, Kevin M 1921 NW 59Th StApt 2
Margarini, Jonathon J 1951 NW South River Dr Apt 1106 Smith, Lucaury A 2401 NW 58Th St
Martinez, Armando 34 E 21st St #8 Svetanoff, Audrey E 1239 Marseille Dr#105
Martinez, Eliesel 4311 NW 31St Ct Torres Colon, Edgar M 346 NW 33Rd St
Mc Cray, Rosie L 1917 NW 51St Ter Townsend, Nancy V 2001 SW 21St St
Mejia, Jose G 650 NE 149Th St #A501 Valdes, Carmen M 3831 NW 12Th St
Mirabent SR, Geymanica 3485 SW 103rd Ave #C115 Valenzuela, Diana A 12380 SW 8Th ST
Miranda, George G 14333 NW 87Th PI Vanriel, Christopher L 6396 Manor Ln Apt 10
Moise, Livens 14175 NW 5Th PI Verdeza, Jeffrey 10800 SW 84Th St Apt E2
Monroe, Keith 6608 NW 2Nd PI Vickers-Mc Duffie, Anna D 2961 NW 159Th St
Montes, Marta T 1222 SW 107Th Ave #302 Vizcaino, Jose D 245 SW 20Th Ave #5
Montoya, Ricardo J 4804 NW 79th Ave White JR, Daniel V 2920 NW 191St St
Moore, Myrtle 1256 NW 58Th Ter Apt 16 Williams, Gregory V 1907 NW 38Th St
Morales, Maria 1750 James Ave #8G Wilson, Robert L 17520 Homestead Ave
Morgan JR, John 6816 NW 15Th Ave Unit 10 Wise, Fred D 5255 NW 29Th Ave Apt 804
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PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of The
Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency is sched-
uled to take place on Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 12:00 pm, or thereafter, at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please con-
tact the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.

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10D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 25-31, 2012


SECTION D MIAMI, F'i:F': IR J0: 5r31, 25 3 1 202


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

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 305-642-7080.
1192 NW 65 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$600 monthly. 305-751-3381
1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath, $350.
Appliances. 305-642-7080.

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom. One bath.
$400. Appliances.

1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you
in One bedroom one
bath.$500 monthly Free 19
inch LCD TV Call Joel 786-

1245 NW 58th Street
One bedroom and one bath
$550 monthly Free 19 incn
LCD TV Call Joel

13150 Aswan Road #4
$700 monthly! Opa Locka.
Renovated one bedroom,
one bath, appliances includ-
ed, gated. Move in special
$699! Section 8 welcome.
Call: 786-229-6567
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom one bath.
$375 305-642-7080

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm one bath $375

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

1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$570 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 move in. 786-290-5498
1510 NW 58th Street
One bdrm, one bath, $475.
Call 786-797-6417
1612 NW 51 Terrace
Utilities included, $550 moves
you in. 786-389-1686.
186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm. one bath $450

1943 NW 2 Court
One bedroom $500, two
bedrooms $650 Very quiet
Call 786-506-3067

1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom. one bath
$450 305-642-7080

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

200 NW 13 Street
One borm one bath $375
Ms Snorry 786-290-1438

210 NW 17 Street
One barm. one bath $450
2162 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, free water,
very quiet building, gated
building, laundry machine on-
site, $575 a month, $250 se-
curity deposit, 786-506-3067.
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$595, stove, refrigerator,
central arr free water.

2565 NW 92 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
stove, refrigerator, water and
lights included. Nice neigh-
borhood. $800 monthly,
$2400 move in or $400 bi-
weekly, $1200 move in.
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
3040 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
Apt., $670 mthly. 786-252-


3119 NW 133 STREET
Large, one bedroom, newly
remodeled. Section 8 wel-
come! 786-374-6658
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
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.
621 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 with water. Section 8
Welcome. 786-444-6002.
676 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome. 305-431-8981,
call between 3 pm and 9 pm.
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
825 N W 96 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
range, air, tenant pays utili-
ties, $635 monthly.
Call 1-386-6271554
8261 NE 3 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$550 monthly All applianc-
es included Free 19 incn
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.
Ovenown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apanments, Duplexes
SHouses 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
NW 14 Ave near 59 St
Nice large one bdrm in small
quiet bldg. Air. Water free.
References. 305-754-5728
South Miami area, near Metro
Rail. Two and three bedroom
apartments for rent.
CALL 786-543-3872

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.
20600 NW 7 Ave
One bedroom, one bath con-
do in gated community. $800
a month. 770-598-8974
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
4512 NW 191 Terrace

1226 Sesame Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
$900 monthly, first, last and
security. Section 8 wel-
comed. 954-770-5952
1290 NW 44 Street
Newly remodeled, two bdrms,
one bath, central air. $875
monthly. 786-299-4093
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.

1519 NW 58 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, $850, water included. Call
Mr. B 305-632-8750.
15721 NW 38 COURT
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8. $1,400 monthly.
1610 NW 47 STREET
Newly renovated two bdrms.
$575 mthly. 954-625-5901
1861 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, water included. Call

1986 NW 56 STREET
One bedroom, one bath, ap-
pliances. Section 8 Ok. 305-
335-5544 or 305-624-6953
2001 NW 89 Street
Two bdms., one bath. Sec-
tion 8 Only. 305-796-5252
2022 NW 104 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Light and water included.
$950 monthly.
211 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
conveniently located, new
renovation. Section 8 Only.
2357 NW 81 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances. $850 monthly.
2484 NW 81 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, tile floors, central air,
$900, Section 8 Welcome!
4001 N W 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, new:
carpet, paint, counter tops,
wood blinds, like new appli-
ances washer, dryer, refriger-
ator and stove. $900 monthly.
Call Jesse Black 305-303-
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 monlnly. Central air,
all appliances included. Call

5657 NE 1 Court
Two bdrms, water, air, $700,
No section 8. Terry Dellerson
Broker, 305-891-6776.
6740 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, central
air, tile, appliances, $775,
$1,550 down. 954-522-4645
7929 NW 12 Court
Three bdrms, one bath, $900
monthly. Call 305-757-2632
877 NW 77 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
Fenced yard must see.
Nice, clean one bdrm, 305-
298-0388 or 954-394-0794.
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845-&
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light,'water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
One bedroom, $650 monthly.
Two bedrooms, starting at
$800 monthly. Three
bedrooms starting at $1100.
305-757-7067 Design

.' ,/Effiiencies '

1814 NW 2 Court
Efficiency one bath Ap-
pliances, free water and
electric $375 monthly
1865 NW 45 Street Rear
Small efficiency, $145 wkly,
utilities include. 305-525-
350 NW 45 Street
Furnished efficiency. Utilities
included. $575 monthly. First
and last. 786-718-5223
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395.
Appliances, free water.

Air, utilities, cable, $550/
$1100, 305-751-7536.

Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 wkly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrigera-
tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
ble, air and private bath. Call
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$365 monthly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Large room, use of pool,
cable, air and light cooking.
$550 monthly. Call
Free cable and air

Private entrance, security
bars, large rooms for rent,
$75 and up weekly.

1256 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 only.
1283 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,250 mthly. 786-328-5878.
1860 NW 53 Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
new renovation. Section 8
only, call 305-975-1987.
1861 NW 166 Street
Three bedrooms, air, laundry
room. $975. 786-306-4839
1925 NW 183 Street
Updated four bedrooms, two
baths, office, all tiled, central
air. $1,575 monthly.
1940 NW 111 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. First, last and
security. 305-527-6816 or
20061 NW 14 PLACE
Two bedrooms one bath
appliances 786-356-1686
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, $1500 monthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel:

235 N.W. 53rd Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, newly renovated, Section
8 okay, 305-975-1987.
256 NW 97 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths
and central air. 305-975-1987
2726 NW 59 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. 786-797-6417.
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

375 NW 189 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1400, A Berger Realty Inc.
3802 NW 213 Terrace
Lovely three bedrooms, two
bath, fenced yard, tile floor-
ing, central air, close to shop-
ping, churches, at Broward/
Dade border. Available now.
Call 954-243-6606
4644 NW 16 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$700 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.
6320 NW 21 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
8150 NW 13 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, near bus route,
fenced yard. $1,200 monthly.
Call Troy 954-638-8842.
941 Opa Locka Blvd
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$1,100 monthly. No Sec. 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
Two, three, four bdrms avail-
able. 786-468-0198
Spacious three bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, fenced. 1955 NW 153
Street. $1,400 mthly.


Three bdrms, two baths, nice
location, 1-866-257-0466.

Private entrance. Call
305-384-8421, 954-854-8154

740 NE 137 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
remodeled, 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
940 NW 199 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage. Try only $2900 down
and $589 P&I monthly FHA.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700.
Owner financing CBS
Homes. 505 N 17 St. $3,000
down and $292 monthly for
$35,000 balance 20 year
amortization. Also Two
bedrooms, one bath home at
1015 Ave I. 3K down and $17
K balance at $344 monthly
five years and its paid off.
Call owner Jack 954-920-
9530 for appointment to see
on Tuesday or Saturdays.


Retired English teacher or
a person that has the expe-
rience and skills necessary
for correcting spelling and
grammar. Email kmcnelr@
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


Sewing fabrics, tools, baby
items etc. at 3151 NW 44
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Custom-made cabinets for
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affordable prices.
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Robots, t
By Jeff Greene

Candidates stumping
for our votes have been
talking a lot about cre-
ating jobs, often with a
focus on manufactur-
ing. Whenever I hear
this, I'm reminded of
a fellow named Gil Ap-
pel who has become

my go-to guy for every
kind of product you
can imagine. Working
with a camera and a
computer, Gil can cap-
ture the dimensions
and design of virtually
anything, from doors
and windows to kitchen
cabinets and chande-
liers. He then sends the
specs to Asia, where
low-wage manufactur-
ers are able to make
whatever he wants in
short order. Even after
shipping, their prices
are a small fraction
of what any domestic
source would charge.
Gil reminds you of a
character from the old
Broadway classic I Can
Get it for You Whole-
sale, you're right. The
difference is that in the
past, most of the stuff a
gifted deal-getter found
was made in America.
Today, the sources are
truly global. Indeed,
even when the raw ma-
terial can be found only
in the U.S., it's almost
always cheaper to ship
it abroad for finishing
and then transport it
back. This is exactly
what some big apart-
ment developers are
doing these days. They
buy granite slabs at the
cheapest price on the
world market and ship
them China to be cut
and polished into top
quality countertops.
High-end builders are
purchasing limestone
in France and sending
it to Asia to be carved
into detailed moldings.
Builders wind up with
the best materials at
less than half price.
Not doing enough on
Technology, like Gil's
camera and computer,
is the main driver be-
hind the long term de-
cline in American man-
ufacturing jobs, which
is a reality our politi-
cians must confront.
Although we might see
occasional growth in
certain sectors, such
as aircraft assembly,
low and medium-skill
jobs will continue to
migrate overseas. One
might argue that no
one could have foreseen
the astounding pace of
innovation in commu-
nication and logistics
that allowed China and
other countries to be-
come industrial powers
and capture so many
jobs from America and
Western Europe. How-
ever, we cannot deny
that when we saw the


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trade and your job
trends developing and First, we need a gov-
accelerating, we did ernment-funded infra-
much too little in re- structure, an Obama-
sponse. style idea that would
I know that it's make loans to rebuild
tempting to avoid hard bridges, tunnels, roads,
truths when you are a hospitals, schools and'
candidate. Struck by research centers. Al-
his sincerity, I delayed though it will take time
my departure for the to gear up, the program
next event to offer this would create a surge
gentleman a detailed in employment for
response. "I don't think construction workers,
we want those jobs who now suffer from a
back," I told him. "If nearly 13% jobless rate.
we do things right, our Aided by a require-
kids will be so well edu- ment that, whenever
cated and innovative possible, supplies be
that they'll have much American-made, this
better jobs than that. activity would ripple
If we fail, our grand- through the economy,
children will wind up creating more business
working at sewing ma- opportunities and more
chines." work.

We will fail if, under
the pressure of our eco-
nomic crisis, we join
the race to the bottom
of the wage spectrum.
The market pressure
moving us in this direc-
tion can be countered
by some deliberate
steps, inspired by both
President Obama and
GOP candidate Romney

Besides revving up
the economy, the in-
frastructure spending
would also address the
deficiencies in facili-
ties that pose a serious
threat to future genera-
tions. I think of these
delayed repairs and
upgrades estimates
peg them at $2 trillion
- as an infrastructure
deficit that we will leave
our children if we don't
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NCAA lays down hammer
Finally we all have a reason defensive coordinator Jerry
to pay homage to the brass that Sandusky's conviction on child
run the much maligned NCAA. molestation charges the NCAA
On the heels of the Freeh re- has laid down the hammer on
port and former Penn State Penn State Football. We all

have our opinions on what the
late Joe Paterno and the uni-
versity officials should have
done when they got word of
Sandusky's reign of terror over
those poor children. So today
I find it hard to believe that
anyone would have a problem
with what transpired at the
beginning of the week when
the NCAA took action against
the university. As penalties go
for Penn State, death would've
been much easier to digest.
Penn State was hit with stiff

penalties and unprecedented
fines that will hurt in ways
that suspending play for a sea-
son or two might not have.
They include:
A $60 million fine, with the
money going to an endowment
to benefit the welfare of chil-
A four-year ban on postsea-
son play, including the Big Ten
championship game, bowls or
the playoffs coming in 2014.
A reduction in the maxi-
mum allowance of scholar-

ships offered to incoming play-
ers from 25 to 15 a year for the
next four years.
Any entering or returning
player is free to transfer with-
out restriction (such as sitting
out one season). Others can
maintain their scholarship at
Penn State and choose not to
The vacating of all victories
from 1998-2011, which strips
Paterno of his title as the win-
ningest coach in college foot-
ball history (now Grambling's

Eddie Robinson) and Division
I-A (now Bobby Bowden). Pa-
terno, for the record, loses 111
wins and now ranks fifth with
298. A fitting: punishment if
you ask me, though nothing
can ever completely cure San-
dusky's victims of the torture
that was allowed to go on for
the betterment of 14 years.
Those victims had to start over
and find a new beginning. Now
and fittingly so, Penn State
University will have to do the

Jordan: 1992

Dream Team

better than 2012

USA squad

By Steve Reed

Michael Jordan
said there's no
way Kobe Bryant
and this year's
USA Olympic
basketball team
could've beaten
the 1992 Dream
Team. Jordan _
told The As- '
sociated Press
Thursday that
he laughed "I BRYANT
absolutely laughed"
when hearing Bryant's comments
that the squad training in Las Vegas
could take Jordan and company.
Jordan said there's "no comparison"
which team is better. "For him to
compare those two teams is not one
of the smarter things he ever could
have done," Jordan said prior play-
ing in a celebrity golf tournament
in Charlotte. Jordan said the 1992
team, which included 11 future Hall
of Famers and won its six Olympic
games by an average of more than
43 points en route to capturing the
gold medal, was a better overall team
largely because of the experience it
put on the floor
."I heard Kobe
say we were not
athletic," said a
smiling Jordan
as he sat in a golf
cart puffing on
his cigar while
waiting to tee
off. "But we were
smart. He said we
were too old, but
JORDAN I was 29 and in
the prime of my
career. Pip (Scottie Pippen) was 26 or
27, (Charles) Barkley was 29, Patrick
(Ewing) was 29 and Chris Mullin
was 29. Almost everybody was still
in their twenties."Jordan's response
came after Bryant told reporters in
Las Vegas that this year's team could
pull out a win against the Dream
Team if they faced each other in their
primes. Bryant said this year's team
has a bunch of racehorses, players
who are incredibly athletic while the
Dream Team consisted mainly of
players at the tail end of their ca-
reers." Bryant's comments received
immediate and
sharp rebut-
tal from some
members of the
Dream Team,
including Bark-
ley. Jordan joined
in last Thursday.
"Most of us were
in the prime of
our careers, at
a point where
athleticisnt doesn't BARKLEY
really matter," said
Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte
Bobcats. "You have to know how to
play the game." Jordan shook his
head when asked why he thinks Bry-
ant made the comments. "I imagine
he's trying to say it to legitimize his
own Dream Team," Jordan said. "But
to me it's not even a question what
team is better." Jordan said Bryant
is certainly entitled to his opinion
even though he said it's just plain

think that we had 11 Hall of Famers
on that team and whenever they get
11 Hall of Famers you call and ask
me who had the better Dream Team.
Remember now, they learned from us.
We didn't learn from them."

Serena and Venus Williams hold up their trophies after winning their Ladies' Doubles final match on
day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet
Club on Saturday (July 7) in London, England.

Williams sisters discuss

their Wimbledon victory

By Mattias Karen

One Wimbledon title wasn't
enough for Serena Williams.
About five hours after Williams
won her fifth singles title by beat-
ing Agnieszka Radwanska, she and
sister Venus were back on Centre
Court to beat Czech duo Andrea
Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka
7-5, 6-4 last Saturday in the dou-
bles final. It was their fifth Wimble-
don doubles title together, and
came shortly after Venus watched
her little sister win the singles
final. "I was definitely inspired by
Serena's singles performance,"
Venus said. "Obviously it's wonder-

ful to play on the court with her. I
couldn't have done it without her,
so it's great."
Both sisters have battled health
issues over the last two years, with
Venus having been diagnosed with
an energy-sapping illness and
Serena overcoming blood clots in
her lungs and two operations after
cutting her feet on glass in 2010.
This was their first doubles tour-
nament together in two years, and
they looked as if they hadn't missed
a beat. "She's such a fighter, you
never say die," Venus said about
her sister. "I don't think either of
us believe that we can be defeated
by anything. Nothing has defeated

us yet, so we're going to keep that
track record."
Serena was the last woman to win
both the singles and doubles titles
at Wimbledon, in 2009.
Playing under the closed roof, Ve-
nus Williams served out the match
less than 15 minutes before the 11
p.m. deadline for the end of play on
Centre Court. Had the match gone
to a third set, they probably would
have had to come back and finish
it off on Sunday. "I told Venus on
the court, it doesn't matter," Ser-
ena said. "We weren't really racing
the clock, we were just playing our
opponents who were playing really
tough and really good."

Penn State's Silas Redd 'still sifting

through' decision on future with USC

By Erick Smith

The father of Penn
State running back Silas
Redd told a reporter that
his son has not made a
decision about where he
will play football this
David Jones of the The
Harrisburg Patriot-News
contacted Silas Redd
Sr. via text message and
asked about the possibil-
ity of his son transferring
to Southern California.
Jones posted the re-
sponse on Twvitter: "Still
sifting through it allI"
The NCAA's Stacy Os-
burn told USA TODAY
Sports that the rule bar-
ring coaches from com-
menting on specific play-
ers they are recruiting
still applies.
Redd, like all other Nit-



Penn State running back Silas Redd leaves the
Lasch Football building after a team meeting
explaining the ramifications of the NCAA sanc-
tions against the football program.

tany Lions player%, can
transfer immediately in
the wake of the JNCAA
sanctions impose on
the football program.
The team's leading

rusher from 2011 might
be the most-sought-after
option for other schools
that would consider add-
ing a player just a few
days before training

Redd ran for 1,241
yards and seven touch-
downs as a sophomore.
He would have two sea-
sons of eligibility if he de-
cides to transfer.
As much as he might
help another school such
as USC that could make
a run for a national title,
Redd's departure from
Penn State could be
more damaging.
It would send a signal
to other players in the
program and potential
recruits about the future
of the program that won't
be eligible for a bowl un-
til the 2016 season and
will be reduced to 65
scholarships during that
same time.
That could encourage
more transfers and keep
recruits away.

Tiger Woods

is just not the

same golfer
By Tim Dahlberg

Lytham St. Annes, England- The
enduring image of Tiger Woods from
this British Open will be of him bent
over on one knee, his other leg angled
to the side, as he desperately tried to
save his day with a miracle shot from
deep in a bunker off the sixth green..
His adventure in the sand proved
costly, though perhaps even more fatal
to his chances were ethe three succes-
sive bogeys he made on the back nine
when his mind appeared to wander.
He once seemed able to figure out
ways to win majors as no other player
could. Now Woods figures out ways
to lose them, including two within
the space of the last month or so that
the Tiger of old might have run away
with. Another wasted opportunity,
another weekend blown. He is stuck
at 14 major championships, and if he
can't find a way to break through in
the PGA Championship'next month it
will be almost five years and count-
ing between major titles by the time
the Masters rolls around next spring.
We judge him too harshly, yes, but
only because he was once so great.
He still could be if all the stars align,
though there still seems to be some-
thing missing from this version of
Tiger Woods. He is not the same golfer
who won on one leg at Torrey Pines in
2008, a time that must seem so long
ago for him. He analyzes things more
than the Tiger of old, who simply went
out and played golf. Blame it on stub-
bornness, or the arrogance that comes
with being the only golfer who will
ever chase Jack Nicklaus in the record
book.Ernie Els reached out Sunday
and grabbed this Open, snatching it
from Adam Scott. Woods tried to win
and lost by playing it safe. While
Els was banging his driver to set up
birdies on the back nine, Woods was
hitting approach shots from 200 yards
or more, and wasn't getting them any-
where close. For some reason, he saw
no need to change what he was doing.
Unfortunately, the essence of links
golf is adapting to what the course
gives you and what the weather takes
away. It added up to a flawed game
plan and yet another championship
attempt gone awry. He has pretty
much given up trying to explain it.
Now he philosophizes about it.
"It's part of golf. We all go through
these phases," Woods said. "Some peo-
ple, it lasts entire careers." There may
be some truth to that, even if it's hard
to imagine Woods playing 40 or 50
years. Then again, there was a time it
would have been hard to imagine him
in the stretch he is in now.

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