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Creator: Miami times
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Subjects / Keywords: African Americans -- Newspapers. -- Florida
Newspapers. -- Miami (Fla.)
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General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
General Note: "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis."
General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
General Note: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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High stakes

for first


By Jim Malone
The U.S. presidential elec-
-. tion campaign switches into
debate mode on Wednesday,
SOct. 3rd with the first of
three debates between Presi-
dent Barack Obama and his
OBAMA Republican challenger, Mitt
IRomney. The two candidates
have been taking part in
mock debates and trying to
,r ,-1 lower expectations for their
first encounter in Denver,
Coming into the debates,
political analysts say there
ROMNEY is more pressure on Romney
to do something to alter the
current political landscape. Polls show the
president with a narrow lead nationally and
in several key states where both campaigns
are battling for electoral votes that will likely
decide the race. Quinnipiac pollster Peter
Brown expects the president to be cautious
and to protect his lead.
"Clearly the president is ahead and so
what he needs out of these debates is noth-
ing," Brown said. "He just needs nothing to
happen that would change the status quo."
Brown says Romney may see the debates
as his final opportunity to shake up the race.
"Romney needs something to change," he
said. "A tie goes to Obama in these debates.
So Romney needs to convince voters who
are not for him to be for him. He needs to
change votes because the three debates are
Please turn to DEBATE 10A

Will Blacks

get their fair

share of the

$1.2B bond

~ 'pie?'
By D. Kevin McNeir

CELEBRATION BEGINS: Priscilla Thompson cuts a step during her retirement party.

Me 0e 0 0
Miami's City clerk retires,

no sign of slowing down

Priscilla Thompson steps
down after 32 years of service
By D. Kevin McNeir

Retirement isn't something that sneaks up
on you, so says Priscilla Thompson, who cel-
ebrates her 61st birthday on Oct. 29th and
cleaned out her desk last Friday after serving
10 1/2 years as the city clerk for the City of

Thompson was appointed
nearly 22 years of service to

to the job after
the City. And by

her own admission, while being a City employ-
ee wasn't her immediate goal after graduating
from Barry College in 1978 [now Barry Univer-
sity], she's "grateful that people saw skills in
me that allowed me to get in the door and move
up the ladder."
"In those days, Blacks here in Miami were
looking for companies from which you could
eventually retire companies like PanAm or
Bell South," said Thompson, who complet-
ed her high school studies at Miami Central.
"What mattered for me was being able to pay
my mortgage and take care of other basic ne-
cessities. I was a divorced woman with a son
Please turn to CLERK 10A

Since it was first reported in August that
a huge percentage of Miami-Dade County
Public Schools [M-DCPS] are in deplorable
condition, in need of repair and lacked the
needed technology to prepare students for
an ever-changing job market, M-DCPS Su-
perintendent Alberto Carvalho has been
pushing for voters to approve a $1.2B bond
referendum that will appear on the Novem-
ber ballot. His greatest challenge, however,
has been to address a 1988 bond that voters
approved, with great support from the Black
community, that by many estimates failed to
live up to its promises.
Specifically, Blacks were told that their
schools would get. needed repair and up-
grades but very few of the schools in the
County's "urban core" actually benefited.
A coat of paint or a new front door simply
did not make up for years of wear and tear
on buildings that were in some cases 40- or
even 50-years-old. Now with the election less
than five weeks away, Blacks are still unsure
- even unconvinced that this time around
their schools and children will get their fair
share of the pie. That said, one has to wonder
if time is running out for Carvalho and his

M-DCPS School Board Member Dr. Dorothy
Please turn to BOND 10A


By Jose Perez
Miami Times writer

What do James Weldon John-
son, Zora Neale Hurston and cur-
rent Florida Lieutenant Governor
Jennifer Carroll all have in com-
mon? The same thing as 7,746
others in Miami-Dade County
[M-DC] they are all Black Flo-
ridians and they're card-carrying
members of the Republican Party.
To say they are a distinct minor-
ity would be an understatement,
given the fact that at last count
there were 371,000 total members
in the M-DC Republican Party.

But who are they? How do they
think? And, what pressures do
they face when asked to defend
their political bent particularly
with the first Black in history a
Democrat serving as our na-
tion's president?

Ted Lyons, for instance, has
been a registered member of the
"Grand Ole Party" since 1978
- long before Barack Obama's
march to the White House began.
A proud graduate of Florida's only
historically Black college, Florida
A&M University, Lyons describes
Please turn to REPUBLICAN 10A

GOP change of heart on Akin very hypocritical

With control of the Senate up for grabs,
Republicansflipflop on their objections
to Missouri candidate

By DeWayne Wickham

The resurgence of support for
Todd Akin's U.S. Senate cam-
paign proves, at least among
the current crop of Republican
leaders, that "enlightenment
... is very narrowly dispersed."
H.L. Mencken, the acerbic

Baltimore columnist, used
those words 87 years ago to
describe another group of
mindless conservatives. Back
then the unenlightened were
primarily southern Demo-
crats who put John Scopes,
a high school science instruc-
tor on trial in Dayton, Tenn.,

for teaching
the science
Sof evolution.
4 en would,
-.1 no doubt,
brand in
much the
WICKHAM same way
the current
crop of GOP right wingers who
are rallying behind Akin.
The Missouri politician's
chances of winning the Sen-
ate seat now held by Democrat

Claire McCaskill seemed to
have suffered a fatal, self-in-
flicted wound back in August.
At the time, he had explained
his opposition to abortions for
rape victims by saying that in
the case of a "legitimate rape,
the female body has ways" to
prevent a woman from getting
pregnant. No, really, that's
what he said.
Initially, his troglodyte-like
thinking caused a lot of lead-
ing Republicans to distance
themselves from Akin. Many

called on him to shut down his
campaign so another Republi-
can -- someone less offensive
to female voters and common
sense -- could take on Mc-
Caskill. But now that the with-
drawal deadline has passed,
and Akin remains as the GOP's
candidate in a race whose out-
come could give Republicans
control of the Senate, a grow-
ing number of party leaders
are returning to his side.


Akin eventually apologized
for his "legitimate rape" re-
marks after much of the intel-
ligent world blasted him. But
anyone who knows his legisla-
tive history understands just
how hollow and insincere that
mea culpa was.
But the prospect of a Mc-
Caskill victory allowing Dem-
ocrats to hold onto control of
the Senate is more than some
Republicans can bear. They'd
prefer a sexist in that Senate
Please turn to GOP 10A


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Liberty City Village

plans need revamping

Thefollowing letter to the editor by Harlan E. Woodard
strikes at the very heart of one of the most important is-
sues facing this community today.
When first hearing about the Liberty City
Transit Hub (now Village), there was antici-
pation that the site where this project is to
be placed would potentially showcase a unique mix
of increased commercial activity coupled with public
transportation and other amenities.
Yet, even against the focused opposition of local busi-
ness owners and community residents, county officials
are still pushing what is essentially just another mega
housing project that is sorely inappropriate for this
specific commercial location.
What's still very curious is that the word "transit" is
still featured as part of this project's name.
And the Carver signage featured in the rendering,
which may or may not be included in the final product,
doesn't disguise what is really being proposed.
What county officials continue to ignore, with specific
disregard to socially sensitive areas like Liberty City, is
the direct correlation between how the built environ-
ment is developed and its longstanding impact on the
area's social and resultant economic potential.
The social aspects the much too frequent and se-
vere criminal behavior have a clear, yet unspoken,
psychological root.
Unemployment issues aren't lost in this equation as
these issues have a direct bearing on the community's
psyche as well.
The degree of sensitivity to which the built environ-
ment is developed can assist in foundationally remedy-
ing many of these ills, if given proper exploration.
Given the complexity of this site's context, the tan-
gible and intangible issues surrounding this site and
area, housing shouldn't be its focus.
Housing projects, new and not so new, are already
peppered in abundance throughout the area with no
real balance of creative amenity that the overall area
It's not too late for considering adjustments here.
Ground hasn't been broken and will not likely happen
until 2014, so there is time. And before the grounds are
occupied, maintenance and safety should be required.
The question is this:
Do those individuals of influence currently occupy-
ing County Hall have the appropriate courage and ad-
equate concern for the long-term betterment of Liberty
City, and Miami overall, to consider some degree of re-
assessment where the development of this site is con-
If the answer is yes, which it should be, then a truly
win-win situation can be established, even if the inclu-
sion of housing is, for whatever reason, a necessity.

No one hopes for food stamps

no matter what their color

itt Romney may believe it's okay to dis-
count 47 percent of the voting community
because they pay little or no taxes, but we
know that his position is just plain wrong. Such a
view tends to hold fast to stereotypes about people
who are battling chronic unemployment, long-term
layoffs, defaults on their mortgage payments or un-
able to even purchase groceries for themselves and
their families. But as we continue to assert, things
like hunger, poverty and unemployment do not have
color they are part and parcel of the lives of people
from every ethnic group.
To be clear, no one wants to be in the position that
forces them to need food stamps. But that's the real-
ity of life for some 651,613 people in Miami-Dade and
Monroe counties 30,000 more than just one year
ago. Add to that figure the 11,568 recipients who
have been awarded funds from TANF to handle short
term but dire emergencies and one can readily see
how dire things are for a growing number of families.
When you add up the numbers for South Florida it's
almost staggering. In the past 26 months, the num-
ber of Floridians on food stamps has almost doubled.
The question to pose is why are more people needing
to apply for food stamps if indeed the unemployment
rate is dropping. Sometimes statistics can me ma-
nipulated somethings they're just plain wrong.
What's not in error is that there are long lines of
people who are in need of food at soup kitchens, at
food pantries and at our churches throughout the
Black community. A spokesperson for the Depart-
ment of Children and Family says he is confident that
the food stamp numbers will level off soon and begin
to decrease. We wonder what he advises folks to do
in the mean time. Maybe they should send a note to
Romney or even Governor Rick Scott. Both will tell
you that things are looking better and that the future
is bright. Hmmn. It really all depends on your per-
spective and your bank account.

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Don't allow
Many of America's top compa-
nies continue to take advantage of
Black consumers while providing
little, if anything, in return. But
they are not the only ones at fault
- so are we. People treat you the
way you allow them to treat you.
The same can be said of corpora-
tions, though they are not, as Mitt
Romney contends, people. The
Nielsen report notes that Black
spending power, which totals
$695 billion a year, is expected to
soar to $1.1 trillion by 2015. And
very few of those dollars are rein-
vested by advertising in the Black
It's a matter of respect. As Black
publishers point out, if a company
advertises in the Washington Post
or the New York Times, it could
be speaking to anyone. However,
when it advertises in the Black
media, we know they are speaking
directly to our audience and are
taking us seriously as valued con-
sumers. For the most part, that's
not happening.
When Nielsen lists the top com-
panies advertising with Black

corporate America to insult us
media, some familiar names are To add insult to injury, $182.5 bil- and the NAACP oi
nowhere to be found. Eight of lion of our tax dollars went to bail lic grading system
the top U.S. 10 banks are not on out American International Group America. But that
the list of top 10 financial/insur- or Notorious AIG., as comedian has been abandon
ance companies advertising in the Bill Maher calls them but they reinstate it. Inste
Black media. JP Morgan Chase have not reciprocated with the ing with one anot
has overtaken Bank of America Black media. AIG, the largest in- excellent opportu
as the top bank in the U.S., with surance company in the world, is that our civil right
assets of $2.2 trillion. Don't shed MIA. You can't turn on the televi- have what they c
any tears for second-place Bank sion without seeing commercials unity" and join t(
of America, which has assets of about GEICO. Yet, GEICO is mon- duce an annual E,
$2.13 trillion, or CitiGroup with keying around with us by also Card. Given its ti(

As Black publishers point out, if a company advertises in
the Washington Post or the New York Times, it could be
speaking to anyone. However, when it advertises in the
Black media, we know they are speaking directly to our audience
and are taking us seriously as valued consumers.

$1.8 trillion. Neither of them is
among the top 10 entities adver-
tising with the Black media.
But Blacks hold checking or
savings accounts at all three
banks. Let's put them on notice.
If banks can disregard us, we
can disregard them by closing our
accounts and moving them to a
bank that shows its appreciation.

being absent from the list of top
Blacks over index on mobile
phones. Verizon is a top adver-
tiser with the Black media but
not AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile. If
they haven't joined the list by next
year, we should pull the plug on
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton

nce h: .1 .1 pll.,-
i for corporate
t measurement
led. It's time to
*ad of compet-
:her, this is an
nity to prove
:s organizations
all "operational
together to pro-
conomic Report
es to Corporate

America, perhaps Marc Morial
and the National Urban League
can take the lead on this. It's time
for leaders to lead. Perhaps we
should stop boasting about our
spending power and closely exam-
ine what companies spend with
us. And based on those findings,
we should do what the lady who
reads the church announcements
each Sunday admonishes gov-
ern ourselves accordingly.
George E. Curry, former editor-
in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
editor-in-chief of the. National
Newspaper Publishers Association
News Service (NNPA) and editorial
director of Heart & Soul magazine.


Looking at
During this election, most of
the focus is on the top of the
ticket. Can President Obama
maintain, or increase his nar-
row lead over Republican nomi-
nee Mitt Romney? Will the deep
pockets of Romney and his al-
lies be enough to turn the tide?
Recent news suggests fundrais-
ing for Mr. Romney has recently
faltered. That, too, is the fodder
for national news as the super-
PACS decide how to spend their
money. How will the debates go?
What about those battleground
states of Ohio, Pennsylvania,
and Florida, among others?
Further down the ticket are
some interesting races that will,
perhaps, both determine the
direction of the United States
Senate and allow those with
progressive views a platform for
their work. In Massachusetts,
for example, Harvard University
Professor Elizabeth Warren is
challenging incumbent Republi-
can Scott Brown for his Senate
seat. Brown was elected to serve
the unfilled term of Edward Ken-

less-publicized political races

nedy after his tragic death more
than two years ago years ago.
Brown's win was something of a
surprise in a state that is mostly
Democratic, but he faced a tepid
challenger and was able to pull
out a victory. Even in Democrat-
ic Massachusetts, it is difficult to
unseat an incumbent. Still, Eliz-

Warren has done on consumer
protection. I'd love to see her
serve on the Senate Committee
on Banking, Housing and Urban
Affairs so that she can continue
the work she started when she
designed director of the new
Consumer Financial Protection

Regardless of whether you live in Massachusetts, this is a
key race to watch. First of all, those who support Presi-
dent Oba ma's agenda understand that a Democratic
majority in the Senate will assist in the realization of that agenda.

abeth Warren is doing her best.
Regardless of whether you live
in Massachusetts, this is a key
race to watch. First of all, those
who support President Obama's
agenda understand that a Dem-
ocratic majority in the Senate
will assist in the realization of
that agenda. Brown pledged,
when he was elected in 2010, to
block that agenda. More impor-
tantly, is the work that Elizabeth

President Obama wanted
Elizabeth Warren to lead the
Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau. Warren's advocacy for
consumers is often portrayed as
hostility toward banks, which
isn't necessarily the case unless
banks are ripping their custom-
ers off. Given the number off
people who have been hurt by
banking chicanery, the Senate
should have embraced, not es-

chewed Warren. It -;l : Lr ir'-nir
if the Senate, now, l -II '.e- to
work with her as a colleague.
And it will be amazing and up-
lifting to see Professor Warren
continue her passionate advoca-
cy for consumers. After watch-
ing both the Democratic and
the Republican conventions, I
got a bit tired of people trying
to use biography as a substitute
for public policy. The fact that
someone is a "good man" does
not make him a good candidate
unless character is connected
to a political agenda. The fact
that Brown has a wife and two
daughters is neither commend-
able nor despicable. It's a fact,
just as his vote against pay ec-
uity is a fact.
This is a race to watch as
closely as the presidential elec-
tion because it has far-reaching
Juianne Malveaux is a Wash-
ington, D.C.-based economist
and writer. She is President
Emerita of Bennett College for
Women in Greensboro, N.C.


Islamists, Israel and freedom of speech

The response in the Muslim
World to the display of the anti-
Muslim video mocking the Proph-
et Muhammad stunned many
people in the U.S. The brutal
murders of Ambassador Chris
Stevens and his staff in Libya,
blamed on the anger over the dis-
play of the video, now appears to
have been a premeditated murder
by terrorists. That said, the antip-
athy toward the U.S., illustrated
by widespread demonstrations
after the release of the video, for
its long-standing treatment and
demonization of the Muslim world
should not be downplayed.
In addressing both the video
and the response, the Obama
administration, as well as other
members of the political estab-
lishment, condemned the violence
but also distanced themselves
from the video. At the same time,
they offered the view that as ab-
horrent as is the video, in the U.S.
there is the First Amendment that
guarantees freedom of speech.

The message, and one that the
Republican Party screamed as
loud as they could, was that in
the U.S. one can say whatever one
wants and that this is guaranteed
by the Constitution. Except when
it comes to the matter of Israel.
A recent resolution of the Cali-

of millions of Jews over time. It
has been associated with identi-
fying Jews, as a people, with the
execution of Jesus Christ. It has
been associated with the notion
that there is some sort of global
Jewish conspiracy to dominate
the world. That is anti-Semi-

Anti-Semitism has a long, ignominious history, particu-
larly in Europe. It has been associated with the persecu-
tion and murder of millions of Jews over time.

fornia State Assembly, introduced
in August that covers anti-Semi-
tism has sent chills up the spines
of many people who actually be-
lieve in freedom of speech. The
resolution expands the definition
of anti-Semitism to virtually any
criticism of Israel. However, this
is a tremendous expansion of any
legitimate definition of anti-Sem-
itism. Anti-Semitism has a long.
ignominious history, particularly
in Europe. It has been associated
with the persecirion and murder

tism. That is the sort of irratio-
nal, racist thinking and behavior
that must be fought.
But to link the struggle against
anti-Semitism with the ques-
tion of Israel is nothing short of
duplicity. It completely ignores
the manner in which Israel was
formed (over the objections of the
people who were living there);
Israel's constant violations of
United Nations resolutions; the
establishment of the apartheid
wall that destroys entire Pales-

tinian communities; as well as
Israel's pre-1994 collaboration
with apartheid South Africa in
the creation of weapons of mass
destruction. As such, speaking
out on Israel is political criticism
and should not be confused with
The U.S. needs to have one
standard. If it is going to claim
that a hideous mocking of the
Prophet Muhammad is protected
by freedom of speech it cannot, at
nearly the same moment, suggest
that those who criticize the racist
and expansionist policies of Isra-
el are anti-Semitic and not sub-
ject to the protections contained
in the U.S. Constitution. Doing so
helps to explain why the motives
of the U.S. are so often ques-
tioned around the world.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior
Scholar with the Institute for Pol-
icy Studies, the immediate past
president of TransAfrica Forum
and the co-author of "Solidarity

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The closer it gets to Election
Day, the more Mitt Romney
sounds like a desperate man.
Consider this: Even before the
S first presidential debate, Rom-
ney is already planting the ri-
diculous notion that President
Barack Obama will lie during
the debates.
"I think he's going to say a
lot of things that aren't accu-
rate," Romney said in an inter-
view ABC News' "Good Morning
America" anchor George Stepha-
"I think the challenge that I'll
have in the debate is that the
president tends to, how shall I
say it, to say things that aren't
true," Romney added. "And in
Attacking his opponents, I've
looked at prior debates. And in
. that kind of case, it's difficult to
say, well, am I going to spend
:: my time correcting things that
aren't quite accurate? Or am
I going to spend my time talk-
Sing about the things I want to

talk about?"
Romney is running scared.
He's not known for his sharp
debating skills so he's trying to
fire a shot at the Obama cam-
paign before the two men face-
off in Denver.
In fact, I'm hearing that Rom-
ney has been preparing for this
debate for weeks, memorizing
statistics, filling his head full of
facts, and plotting perfect mo-
ments to blast Obama. Word
among political strategists is
that Romney's had five mock
debates recently. And with most
major polls showing Obama
widening his lead, Romney is
starting to clutch at straws.
Truth be told, Romney always
plays fast and loose with the
facts; he misrepresents issues
and he misleads the public on
a daily basis. But now, Romney
has his own factual miscues to
answer for. He should be wor-
ried about explaining the com-

is running s
ments he made to a group of
wealthy donors where he said
incorrectly that "47 percent" of
Obama's supporters are "depen-
dent upon government" and are
"victims" who don't pay income
In a race that's still considered
tight, the three presidential de-
bates in October take on added
significance for undecided vot-
ers and puts pressure on Rom-
ney to clearly define his vision.
Is Romney a public servant for
all Americans or just the wealthy
Jim Lehrer, the PBS mod-
erator for the first presidential
debate, should ask Romney
to explain his comments on
the secret video. And Romney
should also be asked to clarify
his "victims" remark. Was Rom-
.ney talking specifically about
Blacks, Latinos and other vot-
ers of color?
I believe so.
The Romney campaign has ex-


perienced several v,-:ek, .-.f baid
press as Romney seems to man-
gle every domestics and foreign
policy issue that comes his way.
And when Romney gets his
facts twisted as usual, he re-
sponds in a predictable way: he
blames the media.
"It's unfortunate when some-
thing gets misinterpreted like
this or it's taken out of context
because if you really do listen to
everything that he does say, he's
talking about what we're fac-
ing in America right now," Ann
Romney told Fox News.
So it's come to this: The Rom-
ney campaign is now forced to
dispatch Romney's wife to de-
fend her husband and explain
his warped reasoning.
I hope America is listening
Michael H. Cottman is an
award-winning journalist and
educator writing about politics
history and multiculturalism. He
is the Senior Editor for BlackA-
mericaweb. corn

I BY OLIEEIJ BROWN, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, queenb202dL,-bbellsouth nel

Romney doesn't want or expect Black votes
President Barack Obama, Vice America's poorest. No middle of the 47 percent in essence In fact he calls 47 percent of
President Joe Biden, presiden- class or poor person should be writing off millions of citizens. American voters moochers who
tial hopeful Mitt Romney and voting for Romney after his dec- The people he was referring to see themselves as victims and
his running mate Paul Ryan laration at a recent fundraiser are the elderly, the disabled, will vote for Obama. Why would
all have frequented the State of in Florida, saying he does not veterans and families who re- anyone want to vote for a candi-
Florida in recent weeks. With care about 47 percent of people ceive income credits. If you date who runs a company that
29 electoral votes up for grabs, and folks that he considers "free haven't done so already, please prides itself in driving compa-

the State of Florida is crucial in
deciding who will be the next
president. That said, we can
expect a lot more visits from
the candidates before Election
Day. The candidates are wooing
Florida voters by weighing-in on
immigration, Medicare and the
economy all issues that are of
particular importance to Flori-
da voters.
South Florida is home to some
of America's wealthiest residents
who will be voting for Mitt Rom-
ney. However, it is also home to
the middle class and some of

South Florida is home to some of America's wealthiest
residents who will be voting for Mitt Romney. However, it
is also home to the middle class and some of America's

loaders [that] don't earn enough
to pay income taxes."
This is in stark contrast to
Romney and his cronies who
earn millions but still don't want
to pay their fair share of income
taxes. The truth is Romney has
written off the votes and voters

take the time and register to
vote by October 9th so that you
are eligible to vote in the Gen-
eral Election on November 6,
Romney doesn't want our
votes and according to him he
is not expecting to get our vote.

I B't ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, jet38@bellsouth.net

FAMU says the hazing-related death
of drum major Robert Champion was Florida's economy not getting any
his own fault? What do you think? Governor Scott is now brag- The unemployment rate Thousands of minorities in
MELIABRADLEY, 43 DEE-DEE WILLIAMS, 23 going that the Florida economy in the Black community is the state are dropping from
Caregiver, Miami Cashier, Liberty City is rebounding and the picture hovering at 16 percent with the unemployment rolls and
is sunny. On his weekly radio Black youth unemployment they are not being counted.
"He did it "I don't know much about address he recently said that rate at 30 percent. In certain As a result of the Great
all in fun. He the incident, in August, we found 28,000 cities in Florida, I would not Recession, people are tak-
didn't do it to but I going more private-sector jobs and be surprised to find the Black ing whatever kind of job they
die. We all do to have to say the economy is on the mend. male unemployment rate at can get to pay their bills. Flo-
, ,,-h +ff,,fn n-, He added that housing prices 50 percent, ridians are underemployed,

but not to die."

Restaurant owner,'Liberty City

"It's been going on for some
time. It's tradi- .
tional but it's ..
not his fault.
It just got out
of hand."

Retired, Little Haiti

"When dealing with a cul-
ture or a tra-
dition there
is a line that
should not be
crossed. So
when it comes
to physical
and emotional
abuse the line
is crossed."

in the state have been ris-
ing in recent months and the
stock market has held on to
the gains made in the last two
The University of Florida
has just released a survey
that says Floridians are feel-
ing better about the econo-
my. Since Scott has taken
office in the last 20 months,
the unemployment rate fell
faster in Florida than in any
other state. But in the Black
community very few residents
are talking about all the work
they are finding nor are they
proclaiming how great the
last 20 months have been.

The University of Florida has just released a survey that
says Floridians are feeling better about the economy.
Since Scott has taken office in the last 20 months, the
unemployment rate fell faster in Florida than in any other state.

Many economists don't
share Scott's sunny perspec-
tive. They believe that much
of the governor's great unem-
ployment numbers are due
to a shrinking Florida work-
force. The decline in the labor
force is due to Floridians giv-
ing up looking for a job and
departing from the workforce.

families are working extra
jobs and their homes are still
going into foreclosure. Flori-
da is the second state in the
country with the highest rate
of foreclosures leading me to
wonder who was sampled in
that survey.
Florida ranks last in the na-
tion when it comes to long-

nies into bankruptcy and loves
to fire people? It's obvious to
most Americans that Romney
is oblivious to the issues con-
fronting most Americans. With
the election less than 35 days
away there is no time to teach
him the American way of life.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Rom-
ney declares he won't be getting
our votes and we need to make
sure he is right.
Queen Brown is a freelance
writer, a motivational speaker
and a trained crime victim's ad-

term unemployment and
more of the 816,000 jobless
have been looking for work
for six months or more a
national record. Scott says
that in 20 months he has cre-
ated 150,000 jobs but the Of-
fice of Economic and Demo-
graphic Research says in the
last 12 months only 69,000
jobs have been created. He is
bragging about the success
he has had but it seems he
only see part of the picture.
Florida's economy is suffer-
ing as are both the minority
and middle class communi-
ties. There is an economic
storm brewing in Florida and
the State may be unable to
pay its bills. The residents in
the State may find that we are
in deeper debt and that the
governor was not telling the
Roger Caldwell is the CEO
of On Point Media Group in Or-

Retired, Liberty City

"No, I do not
think so. He
could have de-
fended himself
against it, but
it's not all his

Store Director, Weston

"As an adult, he probably took
some part
in it, but he
didn't think it
through. He
just trusted
the wrong

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Groups target Senate

Third parties spend millions on political ads

By Fredreka Schouten

ads have hit hard: In one,
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is
slammed as an out-of-touch
politician who saddled his
state's manufacturers with
higher taxes by voting for Pres-
ident Obama's health care law.
In another, he is savaged for
his "failed record on energy."
The attacks are not coming
from his opponent, state Trea-
surer Josh Mandel, but from a
constellation of outside groups.
In all, Brown has tallied more
than $19 million spent against
him more than three times
the amount that third-party
groups have pumped into the
race on his behalf. And all but
roughly $600,000 of the anti-
Brown advertising has come
from groups, such as the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce and the
Karl Rove-backed Crossroads

GPS, that don't have to dis-
close their donors' identities.
Between June 1 and Sept.
8 alone, third-party groups
spent $51.3 million to influ-
ence Senate races compared
with $19.8 million spent by
such groups in Senate con-
tests two years ago, according
to data compiled by the Wes-
leyan Media Project.
At stake: Control of the U.S.
Senate, where Democrats are
battling to retain their 53-vote
majority, which includes two
independents who caucus with
their party. Of the 33 seats up
for this year, 21 are held by
Democrats, 10 by Republicans
and two by the independents.
"It used to be that incum-
bents had the big financial
advantage, but outside groups
can now drop into a race
where they think they can get
a candidate more favorable
to their interest, propping up

a challenger who otherwise
wouldn't have the money to
compete," said Bill Allison,
who tracks political money
for the non-partisan Sunlight
"Having a pro-business ma-
jority in the House and Senate
will help economic growth,"
said Scott Reed, a top political
strategist with the U.S. Cham-
ber of Commerce, which is
currently advertising in nine
closely contested Senate races.
It plans to spend $50 million
on congressional elections by
Nov. 6.
There is increasing debate,
however, about whether all the
spending much of it on at-
tacks ads will resonate with
voters. (A Sunlight Foundation
tally shows that negative ads,
phone calls and mailings made
up 87 percent of the last-
minute spending reported to
the Federal Election Commis-
sion by anonymously funded
independent groups.)

.~ ^. . .

Report says FAMU Law School

improves but lags in academics

By Denise-Marie Ordway

Florida A&M University's law
school in Orlando is "well po-
sitioned to thrive" but still falls
short in academic quality and a
number of other areas, according
to a new report from the Ameri-
can Bar Association.
One key conclusion from the
report: More than 30 percent of
the students entering the FAMU
law school do not graduate or
pass the Florida Bar exam, even
after multiple attempts. And
those who borrow money to pay
for their educations leave with
about $96,000 in debt, on aver-
FAMU's law school already
ranks last among Florida's 11 law
schools in the percentage of stu-
dents who pass the bar exam on
their first try. Last week, the Flor-
ida Board of Bar Examiners an-
nounced that 68 percent of FAMU
students passed the most recent
exam the first time around, com-
pared with 91 percent of students
at the University of Florida and
89 percent at Florida State Uni-
-versity, two of the more estab-
lished state-funded law schools.
While the 68-percent passage
rate is low, it does indicate sig-
nificant improvement. Just three
years ago, when the law school
in downtown Orlando earned full
accreditation from the American
Bar Association, the rate was less
than 53 percent.

FAMU law school dean

The 84-page report released by
the American Bar Association of-
fers insight into how the school
has grown and changed. A team
of experts who visited the pro-
gram earlier this year compiled
the report as part of a regularly-
scheduled review of its accredita-
The bar association's Accredi-
tation Committee will meet in
January to discuss the report
and FAMU's accreditation.
It's tough to say whether the
report could impact the law
school's accreditation, but long-
time FAMU trustee Bill Jennings
of Orlando thinks the program's
accreditation is not 'in jeopardy.
Jennings, who helped lead the
push to bring the law school to

Orlando, hesitated to comment
further because the report was
not supposed to be released to
the public.
The American Bar Association
would not comment on the report
or the accreditation process. But
its report contains a lot of criti-
cism of FAMU.
The report, obtained by the
Orlando Sentinel through a pub-
lic records request, also cites as
concerns the school's low faculty
morale and continuing cuts to
In addition, at the time the re-
port was written, two of the four
associate deans were planning
to leave and several administra-
tive positions were either vacant
or had been eliminated to reduce
LeRoy Pernell, the law school's
dean, pointed out that the Ameri-
can Bar Association's report is a
gathering of facts not findings
related to violations or a lack of
compliance to accreditation stan-
He also stressed that such re-
ports are designed to highlight
weaknesses as a way to help law
schools improve.
"The reports are often very help-
ful in pointing out areas we will
need to work on," said Pernell.
"The accreditation standards are
quite extensive and we want to
make sure that the [FAMU] law
school is doing everything it can
to meet those."

By Nicholas Confessore

James Simons, a Long Island
investor and philanthropist,
has not given a cent to Presi-
dent Obama's re-election cam-
paign this year.
But Simons has given at least
$2 million to Priorities USA Ac-
tion, the "super PAC" aiding Mr.
Obama, and $2 million more to
-two allied groups supporting
Democrats in Congress, mak-
ing him the biggest Democratic
super PAC donor in the coun-
With the election just weeks
away and millions of dollars
in advertising time booked but
not yet paid for Democratic
super PACs are finally drawing
the kind of wealthy donors who
have already made Republican
outside groups a pivotal force in
the 2012 campaign.
More than 40 individuals
and couples had given at least
$250,000 to the leading Demo-
cratic super PACs through the
beginning of September, ac-
cording to a New York Times
analysis of campaign finance
records, and dozens more have
given $100,000 or more.
But the money is not coming
from the expected places. Few of
the wealthiest men and women
closest to MObama have donat-
ed, even as the super PAC back-
ing Mitt Romney raises millions
of dollars from his friends and
former colleagues. Only a few
gay donors are among the big-
gest givers, despite Obama's
embrace of same-sex marriage
last spring. Most of the wealthy
liberals who financed the par-
ty's last major outside spending
effort, in 2004, remain on the
super PAC sidelines.
In their place, the Democratic
groups are raising heavily from
the party's traditional, pre-
Obama sources of campaign
cash: trial lawyers, unions and

James Simons is the biggest donor to Democratic "super
PACs" in the country.


Hollywood. And at a time when
Mr. Obama's own big donors of-
ten complain about his indiffer-
ence and inattention to them,
Priorities USA has had more
luck outside the president's in-
ner circle than inside it.
Simons is more typical of
the emerging large Democratic
donors giving to super PACs,
which can accept and spend
unlimited contributions in the
wake of the Supreme Court's

Citizens United decision and
other court and regulatory rul-
ings. A mathematician who
founded one of the world's most
successful hedge funds, Mr.
Simons is politically tied most
closely to Senate Democrats,
and until recently he was bet-
ter known for his donations to
higher education, including a
$150 million gift last year to the
State University of New York at
Stony Brook.
Now he is a volunteer fund-
raiser for Priorities USA and
other Democratic super PACs,
and he hosted an event in
Charlotte, N.C., for prospective
donors during the Democratic
convention. In an e-mail, Mr.
Simons declined to be inter-
viewed about his role.
"The fact is that I am not
seeking any publicity in this
matter," Mr. Simons said. "The
donations can speak for them-
Another emerging donor is
Peter G. Angelos, a Baltimore
trial lawyer and majority owner
of the Baltimore Orioles, who
has given more than $1.2 mil-
lion to Priorities USA and other
super PACs.

U.S. extends temporary

status for S.F1 Haitians

By Mike Clary

Tens of thousands of Haitians
who came to South Florida fol-
lowing the 2010 earthquake
will get extra time to live and
work here while the struggle to
rebuild their shattered Carib-
bean nation continues.

Citizenship and Immigra-
tion Services announced that
Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano has extended
temporary residency and em-
ployment benefits for eligible
Haitian immigrants through
July 2014.
Under the program offering
temporary protected status,
eligible Haitians have 60 days
to re-register for the extension
after Napolitano's decision is
published in the Federal Regis-
ter this week.
The immigration benefits

had been set to expire in Janu-
ary. Only Haitians living in the
United States before January
2011 are eligible.
Immigrant advocates hailed
the decision.
"Clearly they have done the
right thing," said Cheryl Little,
executive director of Ameri-
cans for Immigrant Justice in
Miami. "This is well-deserved.
Now eligible Haitians won't
have to be worried about being
Haiti was rocked by a
7.0-magnitude earthquake
on Jan. 12, 2010, that killed
more than 200,000 and left the
capital city of Port-au-Prince in
shambles. Hundreds of thou-
sands of Haitians who lost
their homes continue living in
tent cities.
A cholera epidemic has
dogged the impoverished coun-
try, and Tropical Storm Isaac

in August caused flooding that
hampered the recovery effort.
Nicolas Laham, a North Mi-
ami immigration lawyer, said
that while the extension is wel-
come, some of his Haitian cli-
ents worry that an 18-month
reprieve from deportation is
not enough.
"They want to know what
happens in 2014?" said La-
ham. "You look at other coun-
tries where TPS is renewed
automatically, whereas for Hai-
tians there always has to be a
major announcement and jus-
"So when is a temporary so-
lution going to be converted to
a permanent solution?"
Foreign nationals granted
TPS receive an employment au-
thorization. TPS is not granted
to those who have been con-
victed of a felony or two misde-

'Super PACs' finally a

draw for Democrats




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Fall-ing in love: Tips for fall wedding bliss

(NewsUSA) Caterers, event
halls and wedding planners are
gearing up for fall wedding sea-
son, one of the busiest times
of the year for hopeful couples.
Fall guarantees exquisite photo
opportunities without the heat
of summer and the wealth
of in-season decorations are
beautiful and affordable.
In fact, September and Octo-
ber are the most popular and
third most popular months for
weddings, respectively.
If you're planning a fall wed-
ding this season,.read on for
some helpful tips:
1. Keep warm. Since outdoor
fall weddings have the poten-
tial to get chilly, keeping your
guests warm is a must. Offer
hot cocoa and homey baskets
of soft blankets or cozy shawls.
Set up fire pits or outdoor
heating stations where guests
can shake of the chill.
2. Location, location, loca-
tion. Select a locale that is
known for its fall scenery.
For example, as much as it's
known for history, Valley Forge
and Montgomery County, Pa.
is celebrated for its brilliant
autumnal hues and stun-
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perfect place for memorable
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Super PAC


falls short

of aims
By Neil King Jr.

Big outside political groups
armed with an unprecedented
river of money had appeared
poised to be pivotal players in
the 2012 elections.
So far, these super PACs are
looking less than super.
Freed of any constraints on
the size of donations, political
action committees have since
April poured more than $250
million into the presidential and
select congressional races-
more than what the two 1996
presidential candidates spent
in total on their campaigns, re-
cords show.
But signs are few that super
PACs have had the major impact
that both supporters and critics
predicted. The flood of spending
doesn't appear to have signifi-
cantly influenced voter opinion
in key states in the presidential
contest or in top congressional
On the presidential front, con-
servative outside groups back-
ing Republican candidates say
they already have played their
most significant role, and that
their influence will fade as the
candidates themselves present
their closing arguments to vot-
"We believe we have kept
a number of races competi-
tive and put important issues
on the table. But at this stage
of the game, we are no longer
the market leader," said Ste-
ven Law, who directs two of the
biggest right-leaning outside
groups, American Crossroads
and Crossroads GPS.
Those two groups, along with
Republican allies, including
Americans for Prosperity and
Restore our Future, have spent
nearly $18 million on largely
negative TV spots trying to put
Pennsylvania and Michigan into
play for GOP presidential nomi-
nee Mitt Romney. The Romney
campaign has spent $1,000 in
Pennsylvania and nothing in
Still, President Barack Obama
leads in Pennsylvania by nearly
10 percentage points and in
Michigan by eight. The largest
pro-Obama super PAC, Priori-
ties USA, spent about $3.2 mil-
lion in those states-$3 million
went to Pennsylvania, where
the Obama campaign spent an-
other $5 million on media buys
that included negative ads.

In North Carolina, which the
GOP believed it could retake
easily after losing to Mr. Obama
by a sliver in 2008, conserva-
tive super PACs have spent $23

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Tenants fed up with conditions at Liberty City dwelling

No running water just the tip of the iceberg

By Gregory W. Wright

Frustration and anger is running
high at 1255 NW 58th Street, twin
three-story apartment buildings in
Liberty City. Tenants are angry at
the deplorable condition of their
apartments and frustrated over
their requests for repairs repeated-
ly ignored by the buildings' owner.
The final straw came when Mi-
ami-Dade Water and Sewer shut off
the water to all 36 apartments.
That was over one month ago but
there is still no water a sign that
the owner is not concerned about
the wellbeing of the tenants. But
there's more. Tenants say the ceil-
ings have caved-in due to leaking
roofs and there are rats, roaches
and the strong odor of mold and
For Michael Sumler, 54, and his
wife, Joyce, tenants since 1995, say
the scary part is the "wild cats," -
homeless people and drug addicts
who take over empty apartments.

"If they are not going to rent out
the empty apartments, then board
them up," said Michael, adding that
he's been unable to get anyone to
respond to his demands for repairs.
Then there's Tiffany Gainous, a
mother of four, who has a large hole
in her ceiling; and Anita Gause, a
tenant for 12 years who lives with
her 63-year-old mother, Mable
Andrews, that only has two work-
ing burners on her stove, kitchen
cabinets that need replacing and no
screens on her windows.
Tenant after tenant will show you
how they dutifully they have made
their rent deposits. Then with no
repairs and conditions steadily de-
teriorating, one-by-one, each ten-
ant stopped paying, hoping to force
some changes. County property re-
cords show the building is listed as
owned by Global Approach, Inc., a
company shown in county records
as owning over 65 properties in
Miami-Dade County whose primary
address is 9559 Collins Avenue.
Property records also show that

Global Approach owes Miami-Dade
County nearly $95,000 in unpaid
property taxes dating back to 2007
for the Liberty City property alone.
Tenants fear they may soon be
without a home.
Miami Code Enforcement In-
spector Anishka Anderson says a
call has been placed to the city's
Building and Zoning Department
to send someone out to investigate.
Building and Zoning, is the depart-
ment with the authority to deem
the buildings unsafe and have the
remaining tenants removed.
Audrey Jackson, a 15-year-res-
ident, has already rented a truck
to start moving. But for 63-year-
old Margaret Brown, still recover-
ing from a stroke and wheelchair-
bound, there are few options.
"I have no place to go," she said.
"I can't go nowhere. I can't even get
a glass of water."
As we went to press, we learned
that the City has worked with the
property owner and been able to
get the water turned back on for the
tenants. No word, however, about
the other conditions.

Beatings mar L.A. police overhaul I

Department's decades of strides in

building community ties jeopardized

by charges of using excessive force

By Tamara Audi

Jordan was on her way to pick
up her grandmother for sur-
gery last month when she was
stopped by Los Angeles police
officers who suspected she was
using her cellphone while driv-
ing. Minutes later, officers hand-
cuffed Jordan, and one of them
slammed her to the ground face-
first, according to video surveil-
lance of the incident.
Los Angeles Police Chief Char-
lie Beck ordered internal inves-
tigations, removed the officers
from patrol and their command-
ing officer from his post. "Ev-
ery Los' Angeles Police officer,
regardless of rank, will be held
accountable for their actions,"
Beck said.
That might have been the end
of a difficult summer for the Los
Angeles Police Department, but
the next day news emerged that
Alesia Thomas, a 35-year-old
mother, died in custody after an
officer allegedly kicked her geni-
tals and put her in restraints.
After a decades-long effort by
the LAPD to rehabilitate its im-
age and practices, a string of
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receive augmented scrutiny
from the Police Commission, a
civilian oversight body, as well
as the commission's Office of the
Inspector General.
In all the cases, police officials
said, the civilians were resisting
arrest or disobeying officers' in-
struction. The civilians, or their
families, have disputed police
Benjamin Crump, a lawyer
representing two of the families
involved in the recent LAPD in-
cidents, said he asked the U.S.
Department of Justice to inves-
tigate the incidents. The depart-
ment declined to comment.
"The question we need to ask
is are these just isolated inci-
dents or does this really reflect
continuing underlying problems
in the department?" said Er-
win Chemerinsky, dean of the
University of California, Irvine,
School of Law, who analyzed the
department's handling of the
so-called Rampart affair, a wide-
ranging corruption scandal that
hit the department in the mid-
1990s. "The history of the LAPD
shows us when these kinds of
things happen they usually re-
flect a deeper problem."

A photo of Alesia Thomas is held up during a news confer-
ence in Los Angeles on Friday, August 31.

high-profile cases in which po-
lice have been accused of using
excessive force is raising ques-
tions about whether the depart-
ment will be able to sustain the
progress it has made.
Days before Ms. Jordan's ar-
rest, four LAPD officers pinned
down and one punched a college
student who was skateboarding
on the wrong side of the road,
according to video from bystand-
That followed a $50 million
suit filed in mid-August by a
Deutsche Bank executive who
claimed police beat him so badly
in May he had to be hospitalized.
Police officials say all the in-
cidents are being investigated
internally, and some-especially
the death of Ms. Thomas-will

For decades, the police de-
partment had a reputation in
some quarters of the city as a
paramilitary-style organization
that made little effort to develop
community relationships, par-
ticularly in minority areas. The
image dogged the LAPD through
the 1990s after the Rodney King
beating, which sparked riots in
the city, and the Rampart affair.
That scandal ushered in an era
of federal oversight to ensure re-
forms were made.
In 2002, the city brought in
a new chief, William Bratton,
a former New York City police
commissioner, who-helped by
a nearly decade-long federal
consent decree-is credited with
transforming the department
into a more community-friendly

The Los Angeles Police Department's decadelong effort to
rehabilitate its image and practices is being marred by a string
of high-profile cases in which police have been accused of using
excessive force.Tammy Audi has details on The News Hub.

force. Mr. Bratton retired in 2009
and was replaced by Beck, a de-
partment veteran. Union leaders
have criticized some of his com-
ments and actionsas unfair to
officers under,investigation.
Police officials, as well as civil-
rights leaders who were once the
department's harshest critics,
say the LAPD has made signifi-
cant progress, developing closer
relationships with minority com-
munities, reducing crime and
lowering the number of police-
brutality complaints.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Vil-
laraigosa said Monday that rela-
tions between residents and of-
ficers have generally been calm.
Since the consent decree, "we've
really changed the culture in the
police department to work with
the communities," he said.
"Things have changed, pro-
cedures have changed, leaders
have changed. You have a new
LAPD, no doubt about it," said
Connie Rice, a civil-rights lawyer
and longtime critic of the depart-
ment. Ms. Rice says the depart-
ment has come a long way from
the days when "there was no in-
vestigation, just exoneration" in
brutality complaints."The ques-
tion is, is it a permanent change,
or could the LAPD slip back?"
Ms. Rice said.
The department now has a
system to investigate and hold
officers accountable when ac-
cusations of brutality surface.
When a civilian is hospitalized
or shot, officers involved under-
go an investigation process that
can involve multiple investiga-
tive bodies and oversight of the
Police Commission, said Richard
M. Tefank, executive director of
the Board of Police Commission-
Incidents involving serious use
of force had been on the decline
since 2007, but last year rose to
115 from 85 in 2010, reaching
their highest level in five years,
according to the Office of the In-
spector General. This year, po-
lice officials say such incidents
are on the decline, with 59 re-
ported as of Sept. 4, compared
with 79 a year earlier.
About 1,600 use-of-force in-
cidents are reported each year
that are considered less serious.
and don't typically receive the
same intensive reviews as the
serious cases.In 2010, 4,384 of-
ficers were involved in some type
of use-of-force incident-99.57%
were found to have acted with-
in department policy for using
force, according to department
"We've got the most thorough

force-investigation protocol of
anyone out there. We don't tol-
erate excessive force in this de-
partment," said Andrew Smith,
Los Angeles police commander
and spokesman. When people
see video of the recent incidents,
"They ask, 'Are we seeing the
Rodney King days back again?'
The answer, I say, is no," he said.
Some people warn that the
department's hard-won trust
especially among minority com-
munities, can be easily undone
if officials don't act quickly to ex-
plain incidents and hold officers
accountable. Two of the victims
in the recent high-profile cases
are black, including the dead
woman, and two are white. Mr.
Beck has told officers to discuss
use of force at regularly sched-
uled community meetings.
"It takes a lot of work to undo
a bad history and it's very easy
to ruin a good run," said Chris-
tine Cole, executive director of
the criminal justice program at
Harvard University's Kennedy
School of Government.

Baby dies after father leaves her in car all day
A six-month-old baby girl died after her father forgot she was in his car. and
left her there all day. The unidentified father says he dr,,rpped an older ,ihling
off at the Doral Academy Elementary school and then went about his day He
didn't realize she was in the car until 5 p.m. when he pi:l'ed up the other :hild
and both discovered that the baby via-c unretlpncnie. Temperatures yesterday
lit a high of SS degrees. The child w as transported to M.iarmi Children's Hos-
pital where she was pronounced dead. tico charges have been filed as of yet.

A fugitive wanted for shooting at officers in Hialeah
Andy Roman 23. apprehended in Satety Harbor, in the Tar3pa Bay. area, is
being returned to Miami-Dade County, and 'will iace at iea:t five counts oi
attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and other charg-
es related to eluding authorities. Hialeah Police said. Driver Oi.mirn I'viar:el
Oleda, 22, 'was arrested on live counts of attempted first-degree murder of a
law enforcement officer and other charges, police said. He is being held iith-
out bitind after his appearance in bond court las.t IMonday It ,was not known
'..hether has an attorney.

Man uses Facebook to find the two suspects that robbed him
Adidd by hs computer and armed with the phone number of the man wrho
lured him to a Lantana trailer part and robbed him, 26-year-old Sam Drum-
mond plugged the digits into 3 Facebook search. U IJo iped a profile page,
and there, spreading out a wad of cash for the camera, was the man r ho
robbed him. A comment on the picture said: "crime pays Dete,:tives called
Drunmmond back to the office to look at a photo line-up. Without hesi-tation,
he identified both 20-year-old Jonathan Coleman and 19-year-old Billy Jean
Jacques, as the men who robbed him. Last Tuesday, deputies caught up ,with
the duo and booked them in the Palm Beach County Jail on robbery charges.
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Former air traffic controller takes to fashion

By Mike D. Smith

(AP) After serving in the
Navy and several years in the
high-stress world of air traffic
control, Corey Risper wanted a
new course.
He moved back to Corpus
Christi, where he once was
assigned at the Naval Air Sta-
tion, and was working odd jobs
when he came across a box of
his old flight charts.
The find would have him
taxiing toward takeoff in an
entrepreneurial career he nev-
er imagined.

brand," Risper said.
The line was unveiled on a
runway at an American Bank
Center fashion show in 2010.
Risper recently picked up
his first retailer, Benjamin's,
which has devoted an inte-
rior table to his shirts, hung
a sign displaying his logo and
created a storefront display at

La Palmera.
Nell Thompson, with Ben-
jamin's, said Risper's designs
achieve something others only
have attempted with a simple
one-color scheme that comes
off complex and authentic.
"There's something about
these shirts that are differ-
ent and way cooler than that,"

Thompson said. 'It just comes
off looking cleaner. It's got
more edge to it."
As word spreads, orders
rise. An air traffic control flight
school in Oklahoma City or-
dered 200 shirts for its stu-
Risper said he is most sur-
prised by the reaction of non-

aviators. He will keep pitching
to other retailers and expand-
ing the brand from T-shirts to
long sleeves and sweatshirts.
The design is what will keep
his business in steep ascent,
he said. Even to the untrained
eye, the approach plates speak
a universal language. Shirts
for Corpus Christi, Houston or

San Diego have the same sym-
bols but are arranged in differ-
ent patterns.
That quality lets people de-
cide where his business grows,
he said.
"That's why I can say with
confidence this will compete
with major brands_ because
I'm everywhere," Risper said.


"Fashion designer was not
on my radar," Risper, 39, said
with a laugh.
It was 2009.
Risper played around with
the maps and charts and got
an idea: Bags, totes and back-
packs with map-themed de-
A seamstress made his vi-
sion reality.
But it'wasn't practical.
Even with his friends send-
ing him discarded charts from
across the country, he'd need
tons of maps to make the idea
He also had approach plates
he studied as a student pilot.
The plates are diagrams giv-
ing pilots the name of a city,
runway locations, approach
angles and where and how tall
obstructions are when land-
The result is a complex net-
work of numbers marking de-
grees and heights, dots, trian-
gles and nearby airfields.
"For pilots, they were func-
tional," Risper said. "I looked
at them and said they can be
way bigger than that."
He took a plate for Corpus
Christi's air space and had it.
silk screened onto a T-shirt.
When he picked up his proto-
type, "that's when the wheels
started turning," he said.
Pilots use the plates daily to
land airplanes. The old plates
would now get a second life as
a fashion centerpiece.
The Corey Risper clothing
line was born.
He pitched the idea to former
Coastal Bend Business Inno-
vation Center Director Richard
Bell, who accepted him into
the business incubator's pro-
gram in 2009.
"It was really, really nice be-
cause it gave me access to oth-
er resources I wouldn't have
had on my own," Risper said.
Those resources were tools
to help him form a business
plan, understand the financial
side of running a business and
learn what it takes to bring
money and jobs to the area.
He also got a patent attorney
to help navigate his startup
through infancy with items in-
cluding an all-important copy-
right. There also was checking
with the Federal Aviation Ad-
ministration to ensure there
were no issues with using ob-
solete maps.
"All of the research I've done,
all the feedback I've gotten ...
everything suggests this is go-
ing to be a big, big clothing



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caust survivor comes to speak,
and they learn what Hitler
wanted to do," Dixon said. "I
have to make a lot of rules for
discussion. They start to want
to talk."
Teachers said there are few
opportunities for dialogue
when they are required to fo-
cus on academics and cover
lots of material in limited time.
Still, they said they yearn for
a way to have productive dis-
cussions that encourage free
speech but also tolerance and

These teacher challenges
and potential misunderstand-
ings can result in destructive
school experiences for many
students, especially minori-
A study released in March
by the U.S. Department of Ed-
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found that 1 in 5 African-
American boys and 1 in 10
African-American girls were
suspended from school in the
2009-10 school year, more
than three times the rate of
their white peers.
Kitty Oliver, director of the
Race and Change Initiative,
a dialogue and oral history
project based in Fort Lauder-

dale, told the teachers there
are many reasons educators
steer clear of discussions on
race, including not wanting to
offend, lacking the vocabulary
for discussion and hesitancy
to tap into painful subject
matter. But she encouraged
them to let students have the
freedom to share their experi-
ences and use the stories pro-
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scheduled to discuss racism
and school discipline, crimi-
nal justice, current events and
the law.
Maria Roberts, guidance
counselor at S.D. Spady El-
ementary School in Delray
Beach, said she rarely sees
racism in younger students
but watches it emerge as they
"I am so big on respect,"
said Roberts, who has worked
at the school for 13 years. "I
want to do everything right for
them so they just see another
person when they meet some-
one of a different race."

Gender gap divides economists

By Dennis Cauchon

A new study shows a large gender gap on
economic policy among the nation's profes-
sional economists, a divide similar -- and
in some cases bigger -- than the gender di-
vide found in the general public.
What does an economist think of that?
A lot depends on whether the economist
is a man or a woman. A new study shows a
large gender gap on economic policy among
the nation's professional economists, a di-
vide similar -- and in some cases bigger --
than the gender divide found in the general
Differences extend to core professional
beliefs -- such as the effect of minimum
wage laws -- not just matters of political
Female economists tend to favor a big-
ger role for government while male econo-
mists have greater faith in business and
the marketplace. Is the U.S. economy ex-
cessively regulated? Sixty-five percent of
female economists said "no" -- 24 percent-
age points higher than male economists.
"As a group, we are pro-market," says
Ann Mari May, co-author of the study and
a University of Nebraska economist. "But
women are more likely to accept govern-
ment regulation and involvement in eco-
nomic activity than our male colleagues."
Opinion differences between men and
women are.well-documented in the general

public. President Obama leads Mitt Rom-
ney by 10 percentage points among wom-
en. Romney leads Obama by 3 percentage
points among men, according to the latest
Gallup Poll.
The survey of 400 economists is one of
the first to examine whether gender differ-
ences matter within a profession. The an-
swer for economists: Yes.
How economists think:
Health insurance. Female economists
thought employers should be required
to provide health insurance for full-time
workers: 40-percent in favor to 37 percent
against, with the rest offering no opinion.
By contrast, men were strongly against the
idea: 21 percent in favor and 52 percent
Education. Females narrowly opposed
taxpayer-funded vouchers that parents
could use for tuition at a public or private
school of their choice. Male economists
love the idea: 61 percent to 14 percent.
Labor standards. Females believe 48 per-
cent to 33 percent that trade policy should
be linked to labor standards in foreign
counties. Males disagreed: 60 percent to
23 percent.
"It's very puzzling," says free-market
economist Veronique de Rugy of the Mer-
catus Center at George Mason University
in Fairfax, Va. "Not a day goes by that I
'don't ask myself why there are so few wom-
en economists on the free-market side."

A native of France, de Rugy supported
government intervention early in her life
but changed her mind after studying eco-
nomics. "We want many of the same things
as liberals less poverty, more health
care but have radically different ideas
on how to achieve it."
Liberal economist Dean Baker, co-found-
er of the Center for Economic Policy and
Research, says male economists have been
on the inside of the profession, confirming
each other's anti-regulation views. Women,
as outsiders, "are more likely to think inde-
pendently or at least see people outside of
the economics profession as forming their
peer group," he says.
The gender balance in economics is
changing. One-third of economics doctor-
ates now go to women. The chair of the
White House Council of Economic Advis-
ers has been a woman three of 27 times
since 1946 -- one advising Obama and two
advising Bill Clinton. The Federal Reserve
Board of Governors has three women,
bringing the total to eight of 90 members
since 1914.
"More diversity is needed at the table
when public policy is discussed," May says.
Economists do agree on some things.
Female economists agree with men that
Europe has too much regulation and that
Walmart is good for society. Male econo-
mists agree with their female colleagues
that military spending is too high.

Scouts to review

files on suspected

sexual predators

By Jason Felch

The Boy Scouts of America
says it will conduct a com-
prehensive review of files on
suspected sexual predators,
marking the first time it will
thoroughly study its own
confidential blacklist meant to
keep predators out of scout-
The review will examine alle-
gations of abuse in the last 47
years to ensure all have been
reported to law enforcement,
the organization said.
The announcement comes
nine days after The Times
published an investigation
that found officials did not
report hundreds of cases of
alleged sexual abuse between
1970 and 1991 to law enforce-
ment. The findings were based
on a review of 1,600 files en-
tered into evidence in a 1992
court case.
Documents: A paper trail of
For decades, the Boy Scouts
have argued the confidential
files contain no information
of value to the public or for
protecting youth in general
against pedophiles.
Asked to explain why the
Scouts were now analyzing
their files, a Scout spokesman
said in an email: "While we
believe the files are an incon-
clusive record, the BSA will
undertake a new review and
analysis ... to ensure that all
good-faith suspicion of abuse
[from 1965-present] have been
reported to law enforcement."

In announcing the review
Tuesday, the Boy Scouts also
released a summary of a more
limited study it commissioned
that suggested the confiden-
tial files had helped protect
Scouts from abuse. The analy-
sis covered 1,200 files dating
from 1960 to 1995 and was
conducted for the Scouts by
Janet Warren, a University of
Virginia psychiatrist.
Warren concluded the
blacklist "functioned well in
helping to keep unfit adults
out of Scouting."
Warren testified as an expert
witness for the organization in
a 2010 civil lawsuit brought
by,a victim of abuse. Now
an adult, he ultimately was
awarded nearly $20 million
in a jury verdict against the
The Scouts did not respond
to a Times request to review
the Warren study, but the
newspaper obtained a copy of
a preliminary 2011 study by
Warren from another source.
The study looked at Boy Scout
files on 829 men who were
expelled after they allegedly
abused about 1,300 children
between 1965 and 1985.
That study found that the
number of men expelled from
scouting for alleged sexual
abuse each year represented a
tiny fraction of the more than
1 million adults who volun-
teered for the Scouts. Warren
did not address alleged abuse
that may not have been re-
ported to the Scouts' national
office during those years.

Deportation deferrals put employers of immigrants in a bind

By Julia Preston

Manuel Cunha has been fight-
ing for three decades to persuade
the federal government to provide
more legal immigrant workers for
farmers in California's verdant
San Joaquin Valley. So he was
initially excited when President
Obama announced in June that
he would suspend the
deportations of hun-
dreds of -thousands
of young illegal immi-
But after reading the
program's fine print,
Cunha is telling the
growers and small-busi-
ness owners he organiz-
es to proceed with cau-
Immigrants applying
for two-year deportation
deferrals can ask em-
ployers to verify their job
status as one way to meet ~a
a requirement show-
ing that they have lived
for at least five years in
the United States. But
employers who agree to Manu
those requests could be
acknowledging that they Farmers
knowingly hired an un- immigra
authorized worker a
violation of federal law. Cunha
fears that the enforcement au-
thorities could one day use the
information in their files to pros-
ecute the employers.
The Department of Homeland
Security "is not friendly at all to
us," said Cunha, the president of
the Nisei Farmers League, which

is based in Fresno, Calif. "We have
seen agriculture being audited
and targeted. For the workers, af-
ter two years this program could
end. And then the agency could go
after the employers for hiring ille-
gal aliens."
Cunha said the message from
Obama administration officials
was "Just trust me." His reply:

el Cunha, left, president of the N
League, updates Matt Melkoniar
ition issues.

"No, no, there is no more trust."
The minefield for employers is
one of the hazards-that have ap-
peared in the deferred deporta-
tion program since the agency in
charge, Citizenship and Immigra-
tion Services, began receiving ap-
plications on Aug. 15. In the first
month, the agency, which is part

of the Homeland Security Depart-
ment, logged in more than 82,000
applications, a figure that officials
say shows that the program is ad-
vancing at a fast pace.
But with more than 1.2 million
young immigrants estimated to
be immediately eligible, some im-
migrant organizations say the ap-
plication numbers are lower than
they expected, in part be-
cause of unexpected pitfalls.
To qualify, illegal immi-
grants must have been un-
der 31 years old on June 15,
when Obama announced the
program. They must show
that they came to the United
States before they were 16,
have been here for at least five
years and were in the coun-
try on June 15. They must
also be enrolled in school or
have a high school diploma
or be honorably discharged
from the military, and pass
criminal background checks.
If approved, immigrants
are granted what is officially
known as deferred action,
and separately they receive
legal work permits. But they
iseio not gain any legal immi-
1 on gration status.
A particularly tricky dilem-
ma is facing farmers and oth-
er businesses nationwide that rely
on low-wage labor. Many young
immigrants work part time to help
pay for college. Others are work-
ing after dropping out of college,
unable to get tuition discounts or
financial aid because of their sta-
tus. According to the Migration
Policy Institute, a research group,

about 740,000 immigrants eligi-
ble for deferment are in the work
"If you have actual knowledge
that an employee is not authorized
to work, you can't employ them,"
said Greg Siskind, an immigra-
tion lawyer in Memphis who has
advised businesses on how to re-
spond to job verification requests.
A lot depends on how an em-
ployee poses the question, said
Tamar Jacoby, the president of
ImmigrationWorks USA, an orga-
nization of small businesses that
employ immigrants. Those who
ask for verification for deportation

deferrals are admitting to being
unauthorized workers. They might
eventually obtain a permit to work
legally, but in the meantime, the
employer might have to fire them,
Ms. Jacoby said.
The immigration agency issued
new guidelines this month con-
firming that businesses could
provide verification for deferred
deportation applicants. This in-
formation will not be shared with
the enforcement authorities "un-
less there is evidence of egregious
violations of criminal statutes or
widespread abuses," the guide-
lines say.

Peter Boogaard, a Department
of Homeland Security spokesman,
said the agency is seeking to focus
enforcement resources on threats
to public safety. He said officials
would investigate if workers' ap-
plications pointed to "widespread
patterns and practices of unlawful
hiring" or "abusive employers who
are violating other criminal laws."
Neither Ms. Jacoby nor Cunha
was comforted. "That's a safety net
with a lot of holes in it," Ms. Ja-
coby said. She urges advocates to
tell applicants not to mention the
deferment program when asking
for job verification.

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M ANCI PATION right, speaks about freedom


Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, left, greets Rep. John
Lewis, D-Ga., on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Monday,
Sept. 17, in Washington.

Lesser-known slave

document gets spotlight

By Brett Zongker
Associated Press

years ago this week, President
Abraham Lincoln's initial proc-
lamation that he would free the
South's slaves is enjoying a public
showcase to match its increased
profile among scholars.
Lincoln released his lesser-
known preliminary Emancipation
Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862 -
100 days before the final version.
The first of the two documents has
gained importance among histori-
ans as a turning point in the Civil
War because of a change in think-
ing over the past 50 years.
Slavery and its abolition were
once treated by historians as
minor parts of the story behind
the Civil War, but that began
to change after the Civil Rights
movement of the 1960s, said his-
torian Edward Ayers, president of
the University of Richmond. Since
then, the steps that led to eman-
cipation have been recognized for
their importance with the Sept.
22 proclamation being a prime ex-
"All our thinking about this has
undergone remarkable recasting
over the last 50 years," Ayers said.
"People begin now with slavery as
the fundamental fact and emanci-
pation and less with union as be-
ing the sole focus of attention."
Commemorations began last
Monday with a forum moderated
by Ayers at the Smithsonian Insti-
tution discussed the steps leading
to emancipation. The discussion
was broadcast to 100 schools,
museums and libraries. The Na-
tional Endowment for the Human-
ities also organized readings at the
Lincoln Memorial.
Meanwhile, the only surviving
version of the preliminary Eman-
cipation Proclamation in Lincoln's
handwriting will make an eight-
city tour of New York state this
fall. The official government copy
from the National Archives will be
shown beginning Saturday in New
York City at the Schomburg Cen-
ter for Research in Black Culture.
Other exhibits will feature cop-
ies of the final version in the
months preceding the Jan. 1 an-
niversary of its issuing.
The preliminary proclamation
served as a warning that if the
Confederacy did not end its "re-
bellion" against the United States
and voluntarily abolish slavery,
then Lincoln would order the
slaves freed on the first day of
1863. Lincoln believed it was a
way to use his military powers to
push to end slavery.
Lincoln drafted the preliminary
proclamation over the summer
of 1862 but held off on releasing
it because of Union defeats. He
felt there was enough of a victory
when Confederate forces turned
back after the Battle of Antietam
in late August that he went ahead.
There was once skepticism
among historians about Lincoln's

at an event sponsored by
the National Endowment
for the Humanities and
Howard University to
commemorate the 150th
anniversary of Abraham
Lincoln's preliminary
Emancipation Proclamation,
on the steps of the Lincoln
Memorial Monday, Sept. 17,
in Washington.

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deliberate approach. For example,
neither version of the proclama-
tion covered five slave-holding
Union border states that were
freed in separate federal actions.
But Ayers says most scholars now
view Lincoln as shrewd.
"What we used to see in some
ways as a kind of political calcula-
tion, we now recognize as a neces-
sary political ability to get things
done," Ayers said.
Slaves also had decided by the
time Lincoln was drafting his
proclamation in the summer of
1862 that they had a role to play
in the war, said historian Thavolia
Glymph of Duke University. They
were flocking to Union soldiers to
declare allegiance with the North.
"The preliminary Emancipation
Proclamation essentially confirms,

Christen Williams does an interpretative dance at event to commemorate the 150th anniver-
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affirms what the slaves have been
saying all along that you can't
win it without us," Glymph said.
"Lincoln agrees."
Even before the preliminary
emancipation, Lincoln floated
several ideas about how to end
slavery. In 1861, he put out a
plan for Delaware and other bor-
der states that would pay people
to free slaves they owned, though
it was never enacted. He also was
studying ideas about encouraging
slaves to return to Africa or Cen-
tral America to separate the races,
historian Eric Foner of Columbia
University said.
His declaration that slaves
would be freed was a turning point
in a long process, Foner said.
No one person or one moment
is responsible for the end of slav-
ery," he said.
The government issued min-
iature copies of the preliminary
emancipation that were distrib-
uted widely to soldiers in the field.
Some survive and have been trad-

ed by collectors.
The official U.S. copy with Lin-
coln's signature was a paper book-
let held together with a ribbon. It's
in relatively good condition at the
National Archives but is rarely
shown. It has been handled less
than the final proclamation, which
has endured long-term exhibition
and exposure to light in the past,
said Catherine Nicholson, an ar-
chives conservator.
In recent years, researchers vis-
iting the National Archives have
become increasingly interested in
seeing records related to emanci-
pation, from the federal govern-
ment's Freedman's Bureau and
pension records for U.S. Colored
Troops, said archivist Reginald
Views on the history and im-
pact of emancipation continue to
evolve, Ayers said, while at the
same time many people still sepa-
rate black history and white his-
"What historians have shown us
over the past 50 years is that these
are all part of the same history,"
Ayers said. "Listening to just one
of those stories is like listening to
half a conversation. You can't un-
derstand what was going on."
Visitors to the National Mall on
a recent day, though, generally
didn't know much about Lincoln's
initial warning on slavery.
Ray Morrison, a 64-year-old ar-
chitect from Irvine, Calif., said he
was familiar with the final version
of the document but not its pre-
"I do recall that it was a tactic to
focus the Civil War, because there
were some defeats, to make it not
a war of rebellion but a moral is-
sue," he said of the Jan. 1 docu-
Daniel Smith, 21, a student at
Winston-Salem State University in
North Carolina, said he had only
been taught about emancipation
coming in January 1863.
"Nobody really knows what
caused Lincoln to do the emanci-
pating, so this gives more insight
that he was planning on doing
this," Smith said. "This is just
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City clerk retires after years of stellar service

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and I had to make sure I took
care of us both."

Thompson remembers filling
out a lot of applications. When
she got a favorable response,
she began her career as a pub-
lic school teacher a position
she held from 1978 to 1992.
Prior to being appointed as
city clerk in 2002, Thompson
served in the following capaci-
ties: administrative assistant
to the executive director of
the Civil Service Board; senior
staff analyst in charge of bud-
get for the Fire Rescue Depart-
ment; and executive director of
the Civil Service Board.
She notes that she has had
wonderful opportunities but
laments the fact that many
Blacks in Miami have not been
as fortunate.
"Are we [Blacks] disenfran-
chised when it comes to po-
litical representation and eco-
nomic opportunities here in
Miami?" she asks. "Of course!
Most of our young people, in-
cluding my son and several

Thompson shares a tender moment with family.

--Pnolo couIresy
Top executives from the City of Miami give Thompson a warm farewell.

of my nephews, are graduat-
ing from college and have no
desires to come back home.
There's not a lot here for them,
they say. Look at the political
structures in each municipal-

ity in Miami-Dade County.
Look at the employment fig-
ures or better yet the unem-
ployment figures. I no longer
represent the City. Now I am
a community member, a Delta

and a member of The Church
of the Incarnation. In each of
those roles I would say the
same thing: there is no reason
why we should not be doing a
better job of preparing our chil-

dren for the future and making
sure there are plenty of oppor-
tunities awaiting them.

Thompson says she is just
as busy now as when she was
working and has no plans to
sit down or slow up.
"We are all in this thing to-
gether and I realize that I go as
my brother and sister go," she
said. "Just because one per-
son makes a six-figure salary

doesn't mean everything is all
good. It's about making sure
the community of all races is
healthy. When I was small, I
thought my mother and grand-
mother were the meanest two
women on earth. They put the
fear of God in me and raised me
the old school way. I remember
them saying if I landed in jail
there would be no care pack-
ages coming. Because of them
I can go anywhere in the world
and know I will survive. That
was wisdom."

American accuses pilots of slowdown

By Hugo Martin

A heated labor dispute be-
tween American Airlines and its
pilots got uglier this week, pos-
sibly setting the stage for more
flight delays and cancellations
over the weekend.
American, whose parent com-
pany AMR Corp.filed for bank-
ruptcy protection last year, got
approval earlier this month
from a Bankruptcy Court judge
to throw out the pilots' previ-
ous contract. The airline said it
wants to cut labor costs up to
20% companywide.
But contract negotiations
with the pilots have not gone
The airline has charged that,
beginning last week, pilots have
been calling in sick and submit-
ting maintenance work orders
in unusually high numbers,
leading to thousands of flight
delays and cancellations.
The Allied Pilots Assn., the
union that represents Ameri-
can's 10,000 pilots, said it had

-Associated Press photo/M. Spencer Green
More than 200 American Airlines pilots marched on a picket line at Chi-
cago's O'Hare International Airport last week.

not called for an organized work
slowdown. The group's leaders
say its members are worried
about possible cuts to pensions
and increases in healthcare
costs and outsourcing, among
other contract issues.
The two sides seemed ready
to relaunch contract nego-

tiations earlier this week until
American fired off a letter to
the union, urging the group to
denounce slowdown tactics or
face a legal injunction.
"We do not want to pursue
this legal remedy; however,
with the operation continuing
to suffer for more than a week

now, we must take appropriate
steps to protect the company
and the many constituents who
depend upon it," said the Sept.
26 letter from Denise Lynn, a
senior vice president for the
Pilots union spokesman
Gregg Overman said the group
was ready to schedule a meet-
ing with the airline but the let-
ter came "like a bucket of ice
water on the process."
For now, he said, the union
has no plans to meet with the
airline, but union leaders will
meet on Tuesday to discuss
how to proceed.
In the meantime, the union
posted a message on its website
urging pilots to stop any slow-
down tactics.
On Thursday, the on-time ar-
rival rate for the carrier's flights
was 53%, far below its histori-
cal rate of nearly 80%.
Overman said he didn't know
how the latest developments
would affect flight delays and
cancellations over the weekend.

Hard to believe flip-flopping Republicans

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seat rather than lose control of
that body. The most recent of
these converts is Kit Bond, a
former Missouri governor and
senator. A month ago, Bond
called Akin's Senate campaign
"tragically unfortunate" and
led an effort to get him to quit
the race. Now he and former
Missouri senator Jim Talent
have reversed themselves and
are urging voters to elect Akin.
Additionally, the National

Republican Senatorial Com-
mittee -- whose leader, Texas
Sen. John Cornyn, a few weeks
ago called on Akin to get out of
the race -- is now hinting that
it will give him some financial
support in the closing days
of his campaign. Last week,
GOP Chairman Reince Priebus
seemed to warm up to Akin,
saying he was "absolutely"
preferable to McCaskill.

This flip-flocking comes in
the wake of yet another dem-

onstration of Akin's sexism.
Following the candidates' first
televised debate, Akin said her
performance was like that of a
"wildcat out of a cage" and said
she hadn't been "ladylike."
And just what does he mean
by that?"
Whenever a woman is asser-
tive, some men consider her
to be not ladylike. I think that
was his closest way of calling
her the B-word," lyanla Van-
zant, the frank-talking host
of lyanla, Fix My Life," on the
OWN Network told me. "He

couldn't just say it, but I think
conscious women will pick
up on what he meant by that
By reversing their decision
to withdraw their support of
Akin, Republican leaders are
putting partisan gain ahead of
Akin's warped views of a wom-
an's reproductive process -
and exposes a level of political
dishonesty that's more insidi-
ous than that of wronghead-
ed Democrats who dragged
Scopes into a courtroom in


Miami's Black Republicans

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himself as "one of the happiest
persons in America to have a
Black family in the White House."
And he knows a little more about
the White House than most: Ly-
ons served in the federal govern-
ment for eight years during the
Reagan administration as did
another prominent Black Re-
publican from Miami the late
Arthur Teele. Lyons says one's
party affiliation shouldn't be an
"We have to participate in
both parties," said Lyons, who
currently serves as the public
relations chair for the Miami-
Dade County Republican Party.
T. Willard Fair, longtime chair
of Miami's Urban League says
plainly, "I sympathize with what
is best for my community."
The notion that being a Re-
publican undermines one's
"Blackness" is one that rankles
many. Barbara Howard says
she has been painted as a "per-
sona non grata . public en-
emy number one in the com-
"Why do you call me names?"
she asks. "I thought we were
Howard believes she has a
right to her own views, especial-
ly having come of age just out-
side of Montgomery, Alabama
- ground zero for nation's civil
rights movement.

It was not so long in U.S. his-
tory that all of the states south
of the Mason-Dixon Line (includ-
ing Florida) were Southern Dem-
ocratic strongholds, controlled
for generations by the so-called
"Dixiecrats." White men like Or-
val Faubus in Arkansas, James
Eastland in Mississippi and
George Wallace and Bull Connor
both from Alabama were proud
and prominent members of the
Democratic Party.
Conversely, people like Ida B.
Wells, James Meredith, Freder-
ick Douglass and Martin Luther
King, Sr. were just a few of the
more notable Blacks that were
part of the Republican Party.
Fair, Howard, and Lyons all
point to synchronicity of views
on families and family values
with the Republican Party as key
reasons why they each believe
that the GOP has the answers to
what is ailing Black Miami.
"There is nothing broken in
Liberty City that can't be fixed
with whole families," said Fair,
who is a long-time registered in-
dependent voter.
Lyons argues that "there is no
real debate in our community
and is critical of the belief that
we are "just supposed to vote
"This is a democracy a sys-
tem that allows you to speak
your mind," he said. "We need to
be able to share our opinion."

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Bendross-Mindingall, District
2, says she favors the bond
referendum but she does have
some concerns.
"Some of our schools in the
urban core are over 60-years-
old so repairing them won't be
a solution they'll need to
be totally rebuilt," she said. "I
fear we may have more work
that needs to be done than
there are dollars with which
to do it. Many of our schools
have been ignored for far too
long and there's only so much
money to be spread across
the entire school district. That
means the entire community,
including parents and those
with influence, need to make
their voices heard. I was here
in 1988 when promises were
made. We may be poor but
we're not stupid. We didn't get
what we were promised the
last time. We cannot undo the
past but this time I am not

just going to trust what's be-
ing said. This time I have to
Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway,
M-DCPS school board mem-
ber, District 1, said, "I have
no doubts that the priorities
identified by the Superinten-
dent will be among the first
schools that see repairs."
But he admits that appre-
hension is still running high
in the Black community.
"Until our community is
completely satisfied that our
schools and our children
will be first in line this time
around, we should remain ap-
prehensive," he added.
Elizabeth Judd, 71, an active
member and former treasurer
of the Miami-Dade Democrats
and current president of AF-
SCME, retirees, chapter 45,
says in her circle she's hear-
ing that Blacks want a more
concrete commitment.
"Many of my colleagues
would feel better seeing a res-
olution passed by the school

board that clearly delineates
the schools that would first
see upgrades, or be rebuilt,
assuming the bond were to be
approved by the' voters," she
said. Goodwill just isn't good
enough this time. We remem-
ber before that our community
did not benefit from the bond."

Carvalho says he recognizes
that he has to convince Blacks
that promises made this .time
will be kept. And he's holding
court with as many commu-
nity leaders and parents as he
can to answer questions and
to address their concerns.
"There is an historical per-
spective that I refuse to accept,"
he said. "We have a 23-year
cycle of broken promises. But I
don't want to linger we need
solutions. Those broken prom-
ises didn't happen under my
watch. In my four years, trust
has been rebuilt and it's get-
ting better, I believe. One need
only look at my record and my

accomplishments. I adhere to
the motto that a promise made
is a promise kept."
As this story went to press,
County Mayor Carlos Gimenez
was unavailable for comment.
But City of Miami Mayor To-
mas Regalado was able to
speak to the bond issue and
share his views.
"I support the bond because
of the condition of our schools
and the need for technological
upgrades," he said. "We have
some of the oldest schools in
the City and it's time that we
see parity between those who
live in the western areas ver-
sus other parts of Miami. But
there has to be a strong over-
sight committee to monitor
expenses so that no one com-
munity is left behind. Given
this bond referendum being on
the same ballot as the race for
president, we can anticipate
a lot of Blacks and Hispan-
ics coming out to vote. They
may well decide the fate of the

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his best opportunity over the
next five weeks to change the
status quo."

But the polls suggest many
voters have already decided
on a candidate for November
and analysts say the debates
do not always have a major
impact on the campaign.
"I think it is very risky,"
said Allan Lichtman, a presi-
dential historian at American
University. "Debates have not
been turning points for elec-
tions. John Kerry, who lost to
George W. Bush in 2004, won
every one of the presidential
debates, but still lost the elec-
Historically, the debates
have produced some pivotal
moments. In 1980, Republi-

can Ronald Reagan used his
only debate with President
Jimmy Carter to pose a key
question to voters: "Are you
better off than you were four
years ago?"
Debate mistakes can also
take a toll. President Gerald
Ford's assertion in 1976 that
Eastern Europe was not un-
der Soviet influence may have
contributed to his defeat at
the hands of Democrat Jimmy
Non-verbal moments can
also provide lasting memories
for voters, such as Vice Presi-
dent Al Gore sighing in ap-
parent frustration in 2000 or
President George H.W. Bush
looking at his watch during
a 1992 debate. In addition
to three presidential debates
this year, there will also be
one vice presidential debate
between the incumbent, Joe
Biden, and Republican candi-
date Paul Ryan.



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By Joyce Purnick

I HAD expected to keep mum
about my problem with Michelle
Obama until after the election,
but my frustration has gotten the
better of me. I can contain it no
I refer not to her politics, but
to her arms her bare, toned,
elegant arms. Enough!
The first lady has made it unac-
ceptable for women to appear in
public with covered arms. How-


We fee oad aut ou r arms

taunts square.
This I know because I am sig-
nificantly beyond the age of 50
or even 50ish, and began antici-
pating upper arm betrayal many
years before reality struck. I spent
untold hours swimming (em-
phasis on the backstroke), lift-
ing weights, struggling through
bench dips, perfecting triceps
push-ups, speed-walking with
flexed hands pumping backward
- all in a very determined effort
to keep my arms looking as they

a powernli swimmer all of her life
who had hoped to compete in the
1936 Summer Olympics until
Hitler made that a most unwise
aspiration for a Jce\ ish New York-
Aging as one's mother did is a
fact of life, and I should have ex-
pected it. I guess I did. Years ago,
a physical therapist predicted as
much when I asked her to recom-

mend especially rigorous exer-
cises for my recalcitrant triceps.
"Did your mother have, forgive
the phrase, flabby upper arms?"
she asked. "Did your grandmoth-
er? Then, sorry, you will."
O.K., not the worst thing in the
world, not by a long shot. But
still, hard to take in this world
of nonstop arms. Bare arms now
often trump cleavage, have you

noticed? What woman on the
red carpet at this year's Emmys
dared hide her shoulders? (Other
than Julianne Moore for rea-
sons known only to her and her
stylist and Mayim Bialik, an
observant Jew who covered up
pretty much everything.)
TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress,"
an ode to wedding-dress angst,
is a virtual parade of arms, some

well-cut, some not even close. I
did not even have to look at the
current issue of Vogue to know
that arms would dominate it -
in this case belonging to Keira
Knightley. Surely Lady Gaga al-
lowed herself to be pictured on
the September cover wearing a
semi-sleeved gown just to under-
score her fondness for being dif-

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Michelle Obama often shows off her toned arms by going sleeveless.
Many have followed her lead; some, the author would argue, not wisely.

ever innocently, however unwit-
tingly, that is what she has done.
Those bare, toned, elegant arms
of hers have spawned an epi-
demic of sleevelessness, exposing
arms, arms, arms, and not all of
them toned and elegant.
This should not come as a sur-
prise. Not all women are blessed
with the first lady's workout dis-
cipline or genetic gifts. That is
especially true of most of us over
the age of, say, 50, or, to be more
liberal, 50ish. Or, to be more can-
did, older.
To us, the naked arm taunts
- as tall taunts short, as lithe

did when I was 20. In fact, I start-
ed doing all of the above when I
was about 20. Once, I let my en-
thusiasm spill over and shouted
"Yay!" when a workout instructor
announced she was moving from
biceps curls to triceps kickbacks.
My outburst drew several be-
mused looks.
Of course, you know where this
is going. My triceps have not tak-
en kindly to my disciplinary re-
gime. Let me put it another way:
my exercises have failed. A bona
fide boomer, I now have the very
same arms I remember seeing on
my mother, even though she was

Bernard Jennings, Judge Rodney Smith, State Representative Cynthia Stafford, State Representative Barbara Watson, Sena-
tor Oscar Braynon, II, Judge Andrea Wolfson, William Johnson, Polemarch of Miami Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and
Treska Rogers, Miami-Dade County NAACP Branch Coordinator.

Community gets Voter 1ol lessons

The City of North Miami's
new Joe Celestin Center, lo-
cated in Claude Pepper Park,
was the site of the "My Vote
My Voice" voters registration
rally and block party held on
Saturday, September 29th.
Local fraternities and sorori-
ties joined with the NAACP,
elected officials and the Mi-
ami-Dade Department of Elec-
tions to answer questions and
help residents register to vote.
When the serious business of
voter registration was taken
care of, the food and music
insured that a good time was
had by all.

Def uent Yourselt

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By Malika A. Wright

While relentlessly battling breast cancer, Adrian McClenney,
42, started the Sister's Network Miami, an affiliate chapter of
the national African American breast cancer organization, to
help save lives, unite Black women in the fight against breast
cancer and bring a broader scope of education in the Black
McClenney is proud to now be cancer-free. But only a year
and a half ago, her diagnosis of stage three inflammatory
breast cancer left her in a state of confusion. At first, she
was misdiagnosed because her rare breast cancer type was
Please turn to SURVIVOR 2B

McClenney poses with Karen Jackson, the president and founder
of Sister's Network, Inc. and Vice President of Sister's Network
Miami Keisha Clayton at The 13th Annual National African Ameri-
can breast Conference in Houston,Texas on April 15.

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SPIRITUAL LEADERS: Ebenezer's ministers and guest preacher, Dr. Walter T. Richardson cel-
ebrate after last Sunday's FRANK Day. Pictured are: Rev. David Abraham Staples (I-r), Rev. David
Larmond, Rev.T. Eileen Robinson, Rev. Gregory Robinson, Dr.Walter T. Richardson, guest speaker,
Rev. Purnell Moody and Rev. Lillian Thomas.

Church turns

focus on


Family and friends join
Ebenezer at FRANK Day
By Malika A. Wright
It started out as a great idea: holding a wor-
ship service that includes friends, relatives,
associates, neighbors, children and those who
are not members of the body of Christ. But as
members of the ministerial staff at Ebenezer
United Methodist Church said last Sunday,
"sometimes Satan gets in the way."
Still, as many Christians know, it's those


Church members hold hands, as they sing,"I
need you to survive."
times when God often "shows up and shows
out." And the event last Sunday, Friends,
Relatives, Associates, Neighbors and Kids
(FRANK) Day, turned out to be a perfect ex-
ample of Christians overcoming obstacles to
praise God.
According to comments from the ministerial
staff, there were changes made in the pro-
gram, in the selection of music and even in
the speaker for the day, despite their best
Please turn to FRANK DAY 2B

Pastor teaches church to

forgive and love everyone

Church survives despite break-ins and robberies

By Malika A. Wright
When walking into Jordan
Grove Missionary Baptist
Church, the alarm immediate-
ly signals your presence.
It has not always been
that way. Three years ago,
the church was robbed and
burglarized in the same week,
which is the reason for the
alarm system.

During the robbery, eight
church members were robbed
at gun point, while attending
an usher board meeting. The
robber stole the pastor's car
and the church's money. There
haven't been any robberies
since the security system has
been set up. Although, just a
year ago, a criminal vandalized
the church bus after unsuc-
cessfully trying to break in the

Through it all, Rev. Douglas
Cook, Sr. has continued to
boldly lead his congregation of
more than 200 members for
nearly 45 years. The Bible says
things like that would come,
according to Cook.
"[We] can't leave [the violence]
but [we] have to cope with it,"
Cook said. "[We] have to keep
praying, talking to God and
Please turn to COOK 2B

Christians discuss the Godly

importance of each relationship

What is God's plan for our .
love relationships? .. -.
By Malika A. Wright \: '

The Lively Stones Outreach Ministry kicked
off its first Relationship Conference on Sept. 26-
28 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Shandett Cage, minister of
New Birth Faith Tabernacle and the director of
the event, said her vision was to educate people
about the biblical standards concerning rela- -
"A lot of people don't know that there are
standards you should go by when choosing a
mate and that God has a plan for their lives,"
Cage said. "If we do it God's way, we will Pastor C. J. & Deacon John Kelly of New Birth Faith Taber-
have a greater success and be happier in nacle and Pastors Camille and Windsor Ferguson of King-
Please turn to RELATIONSHIP 7B dom of God Ministry(l-r).

-Photo courtesy Maud NewooId
OVERCOMING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Recently,the Dade County members of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., met with the "Women in Transition" women
who live in a safe place away from the domestic violence that once dominated
and haunted their lives.The women joined together to express themselves cre-
atively by decorating T-shirts. It was an effort to bring awareness to domestic
violence and to reduce the problem in the Black community.



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By Alesha Davis

When we hear about
Forbes lists, citing the rich-
est and highest paid among
us, typically, Christian
artists, pastors, and lead-
ers of the faith community
are absent from such lists.
Measuring Christians' cash
flow isn't exactly a regular
hot topic. But EUR Web re-
ports that Kirk Franklin is
gospel's "richest" man with
a net worth of $8.5 million.
Franklin, arguably the
genre's most recognizable
name and face, has been in
the music business since
the 90s. His catalog of hits,
tour de force performances
in venues across the nation,
high-profile television ap-
pearances, and work with
other greats within the in-

s riches

dustry, have kept the pint-
size ball of energy very ac-
tive in ministry all these
years later.
Though Franklin's esti-
mated net worth released
by richest.com will become
water cooler chat for many,
Christians know money
isn't the focal point of our
1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)
warns, "For the love of mon-
ey is a root of all kinds of
evil. Some people, eager for
money, have wandered from
the faith and pierced them-
selves with many griefs."
There is nothing inher-
ently wrong with the ac-
quisition of wealth, but
Believers are not to fall in
love with material posses-
sions-something the Bible
says corrupts and corrodes

t man

Even with all the suc-
cess Kirk Franklin's
career has brought to
him in life, these days,
his thoughts seem to
be on the afterlife.
Gospel's richest re-
cently tweeted, "Our
greatest day here is
just a blink compared
to what we SHALL be
when we see Him. Call
me old fashioned.. But
I still believe."
A great accompany-
ing scripture for Frank-
lin's Twitter message
would be Colossians
3:1 (KJV): "If ye then be
risen with Christ, seek
those things which are
above, where Christ
sitteth on the right
hand of God."


BET program targets faith viewers

By Vanessa Atkins

Has the Viacom-owned cable
network BET suddenly fallen
in love with Jesus? If you look
at the way their primetime line-
up is shaping up this year you
might be inclined to believe so.
With additions like Bishop T.D.
Jakes' talk show and Detroit's
royal family, the Sheards' new
reality show, one thing is sure:
BET is aiming to reel in lots
more of the Black faith audi-
At this point, it seems like
a pretty smart move for BET
executives to include more
religious programming, espe-
cially after "Sunday Best," the
gospel singing reality competi-
tion hosted by Kirk Franklin,

just wrapped its
5th season with its
highest season fina-
le ratings ever-2.6
million viewers.
Though those
numbers are
dwarfed by main-
stream shows like
Fox's "American
Idol," which drew in
approximately 21.5
million viewers for
its season finale in


May, Viacom still
recognizes that BET performs
well within the minority faith
Based upon research, this
new push makes perfect sense.
A recent study by the Kai-
ser Foundation and the Wash-



ington Post reveals that Black
are among the most religious
group of people in America. 74
percent of Black women and 70
percent of Black men polled
revealed that living a religious
life is very important to them.
It appears that Viacom is

working to combine program-
ming that highlights elements
of Black culture, as well as
faith, to generate huge ratings
Higher ratings mean more
advertising revenue, which is
the primary focus and concern
of any major cable network.
According to Variety, Charlie
Jordan Brookins, BET's Senior
VP of original programming
said, "We are trying to bring
(spiritual themes) into the fab-
ric of our programming in gen-
Bishop T.D. Jakes and the
Sheard family certainly have
strong influence in the black
faith community and are ex-
pected to deliver significant
ratings for the network.

Friends, family worship and fellowship

continued from 1B

intentions and planning. But
in the end, like the ram in the
bush, Dr. Walter T. Richardson,
well known in the Miami Chris-
tian community, stepped in as
the guest preacher at the ser-
vice. He spoke in place of the
Rev. Gregory James, an ardent
advocate for ex-felons based out
of Tallahassee, who was hospi-
talized on Friday and unable to
According to Rev. David Lar-

mond, staff minister at Ebene-
zer, Richardson's sermon per-
fectly addressed the FRANK
Day theme.
"He preached from the story
of Joseph in Genesis 51 saying
'It had to be like that to turn
out like this.' He illustrated how
each experience and person
he faced helped to prepare Jo-
seph for his inevitable future.
Even though there were times
when people let Joseph down,
he could always turn to God.
It was just what we needed to

"It's Biblical to [fellowship]
with those we know," said Rev.
Purnell Moody, associate min-
ister. "That's the first place we
should go to share our faith. If
our example is Christ-like we
believe it will influence others
to desire what we have."
Moody invited his grand-
daughter and others but invi-
tations were sent out to people
throughout the area.
Malika Moody, 23, Moody's
granddaughter, said the event
was nice.
"It was good to see people of

different religions come togeth-
er to worship God," she said.
As for Richardson, the last-
minute speaker, he said this
his being chosen was not due
to circumstance. Rather, it was
part of God's plan.
"I'm just glad to be a part of
God's plan," he said.
Larmond, who was one of the
planners, hopes to make these
kinds of services a regular part
of the church's ministry a
ministry that includes taking
the word into the streets of Mi-

Survivor fights cancer as a role model

continued from 1B

undetectable on mammograms.
But she didn't let the doctors
turn her away because the pain
that she felt let her know that
something was wrong.
"If I would have went by what
they said, I would not be here
[today]," McClenney said.
Even though she didn't know
how to react when she was di-
agnosed with cancer, she knew
that she was ready to fight.
"I asked the doctor what's
next," McClenney said. "I kept
thinking about my children.
There was no way I would leave
my children here."
She said her 10-year-old
daughter, her college-aged son,
her husband, other family mem-
bers and friends really support-
ed her during her most difficult
times, when she was getting
chemotherapy treatments.

"They didn't allow me to lay
down and feel sorry for myself,"
McClenney said.

She tried her best to cook and
do some of the things that she
would normally do. Along with
McClenney's family and other
survivors who motivated her to
unwaveringly fight breast can-
cer, it was also the memory
of her grandmother and great
grandmother, who both died
from breast cancer, that en-
couraged her every day.
"I am fighting for them and
others, as well," she said. "And I
will not lose."
They were not fortunate to
have the new medicine and
technology that is available to-
day, which now gives women a
greater chance at surviving, ac-
cording to McClenney.
Although she had the support
of her family, McClenney said

it is also important for breast
cancer survivors to have the
emotional support and encour-
agement from a group of people
who also have breast cancer.
McClenney struggled for
about six months to find that
support system, so she started
Sister's Network Miami on Feb.
8 because she didn't want it to
be as hard for others as it was
for her. McClenney said she felt
God telling her that He wanted
her to help other women who
were battling with breast can-

Today, Sister's Network Miami
has about 16 members. Mc-
Clenney has learned that not all
people who have breast cancer
want to be a part of a breast
cancer survivorship organiza-
tion. She said some survivors
don't like to discuss it at all. But
she knows that by speaking up

about it they can help others.
According to McClenney, black
women need to be more united
in the fight against breast can-
cer because then they will be
able to increase the survival
"We have to fight, educate
ourselves and stop being silent,"
she said.
The group meets monthly to
discuss their lives and encour-
age each other to keep fighting.
They also reach out to the
community and recruit mem-
bers by giving out information
to people at different stores.
McClenney said she speaks
out to everyone she comes in
contact with to let them know
that education and early detec-
tion is key.
"You don't have to die from
breast cancer," she said. "It's
not a death sentence. I just
want people to know that you
can live."

Michael Ealy stars in

new faith-based film

The new independent faith-
based film, "Unconditional"
starring actor Michael Ealy
(Think Like a Man) and Lynn
Collins (True Blood) opened



in theaters recently and is
garnering high praise. Have
you seen it yet?

Samantha Crawford is liv-
ing a storybook life: she's
happily married, she lives
on a ranch where she keeps
her beloved horse, and the
stories she's told and illus-
trated since childhood have
become published books.
When her husband Billy
is killed in a senseless act
of violence, Sam loses her
faith and her will to live. But
a death-defying encounter


Gabby Douglas releases

inspirational memoir

People Magazine has re-
ported that everyone's fa-
vorite superstar, Gabby
Douglas is writing an inspi-
rational memoir that goes
on sale during the holidays,
while the 16-year-old is en-
joying the spoils that come
from her outstanding perfor-
mance at this year's Olympic
The memoir is set to be
called "Grace, Gold and Glo-
ry, My Leap of Faith." The
book is going to talk about
Gabby's life, and how she
overcame her obstacles to
become an Olympic champi-
on. She describes the move
to Iowa at the age of 12 and
how this was instrumental
in her ability to become the
great athlete that she is to-
Gabby also goes into the
challenges that her family
experienced along the way,
especially the financial ones.

There's no word on whether
she is going to touch on the
controversial matter of her
father's involvement. Both
sides have disputed this is-
Gabby says that she wants
people to read the book and
believe that "anything is pos-
sible." We agree Gabby, it
certainly is.

Soul Saving fall revival

Soul Saving M.B. Church,
Rev. Jodie Alexander, pastor
invites you to our fall revival.
Our services will be held at Jor-
dan Grove M.B. Church, 5946
N.W. 12 Ave. Our evangelist for
the week is Rev. E. Charles Co-
chran, pastor of Floyd Chapel
Baptist Church of Stockbridge,
Georgia. Beginning October 8
thru 12 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
There will be local choirs from
the city rendering our song ser-
vice. On Friday night, Pastor
Cochran and his congregation
from Floyd Chapel Church of
Stockbridge, Georgia will be
in charge of the services. We
invite you to worship with us.
For more information contact
Pastor Jodie Alexander at 305-


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Jordan Grove's pastor overcomes all obstacles

continued from 1B

The violence has quieted
down a bit, Cook said. He and
all members pray that God
"keeps" him, the church, the
neighbors and all of the com-
munity safe.
He said they must remember
to "pray and not faint." Through

the years, no obstacle has
stopped Rev. Cook from wisely
leading his church.
"It's like life; there's ups and
downs, but you keep on hold-
ing it and keeping it together,"
he said. "It all works out good
if you have people praying and
asking God to keep [the church]
together and keep us close knit-

Cook has led by example and
taught many church mem-
bers to forgive those who have
wronged them and has also
taught them to love their ene-
mies, according to several Jor-
dan Grove church members.
The church members know
that their pastor is a God-sent

man and they believe that the
church is covered because of
their faith and their prayers.
Cook said it is the devil's job
to try to stop us from doing
what we are supposed to do.
The devil can't get into heaven
so he doesn't want us to get in
either, according to Cook.
"Rev. Cook won't let the devil
win." a church member said.


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with two children leads to
a reunion with Joe, her old-
est friend. As Sam watches
"Papa" Joe care for and love
the kids in his under-re-
sourced neighborhood, she
begins to realize that no
matter life's circumstances,
the love of God is always
reaching out to us.

The real-life Joe Bradford
serves seven at-risk com-
munities in Nashville, TN
through his Elijah's Heart
ministry. Elijah's Heart is
a non-profit organization
whose purpose is to show
love to underprivileged chil-
dren and their families, to
assist them with practical
needs and to raise aware-
ness about their desperate
"My dream is that Uncon-
ditional inspires cities to
unite in love to rescue one of
our most precious commodi-
ties: thousands of at-risk
and fatherless children torn
by poverty and oppression,"
Bradford said.
The ACT Campaign was
launched alongside "Uncon-
ditional" and encourages
moviegoers to serve their
communities. Audiences are
welcome to sign up to be-
come partners with the film
and its message at uncondi-

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Runcie says suspend mandate, make changes

Schools need time to 'digest and

implement' chang
By Karen Yi

School districts need time
to digest new laws on teacher
merit pay and would be hard-
pressed to deal with more leg-
islative changes, said Broward
Schools Superintendent Robert
Runcie, chosen as one of sev-
en school chiefs to advise Gov.
Rick Scott on how cut red tape,
said he plans to request a break
in state mandates, a better bal-
ance between accountability
and rewards, and the same flex-
ibility and ability to innovate
that charter schools are given.
He said the state imple-
mented a lot of initiatives, but
without enough money to fund
them. "So what happens is we
end up taking dollars away

from some of the more strategic
uses of those dollars in order
to address the mandate that's
there," he said.
The seven superintendents
are expected to issue their rec-
ommendations by the end of
next month. Here is how Run-
cie says he plans to address the
governor's concerns.
Q: In what areas is there too
much regulation for teachers?
A: There's two big things -
testing and performance pay.
There's big concerns as how
that's going to be implemented.
There's a concern not around
accountability, we need some
tests, we need measures, we
need monitoring but what's
the appropriate level?
It's really trying to have a
more rational set of testing poli-

cies and not, really in some cas-
es, having a one size fits all.
We're very concerned about
the convergence of a number
of things: FCAT, common core
state standards, end of course
exams. You have all those
factors ccn' r 1'- : I:, r
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us a couple years to digest and
implement what we have and be
able to effectively measure out-
comes. It's hard to figure out
where you're going if the street
signs are changing every other

look at the 2014 date where
we're going to see the intersec-
tion of FCAT, common core,
assessments, end of course ex-
ams and pay for performance.
How we're going to integrate all
those things which are moving
parts is a serious concern.
The other piece is doing some
general analysis on the vol-
ume and quantity of testing
that's out there and figure out
if there's a way to minimize it.
Q: How do all these changes
at the state level filter down to
the teachers?
A: It results in more paper-
work, more regulations, more
compliance-related things. In
general, what I've seen in this
district and others is a culture
of compliance, really. We've
moved away from the art and
science of teaching to where it's
very rigid and controlled and
regulated. That's absolutely
having a detrimental impact on

our ability to ... give our stu-
dents the critical thinking skills
that they're going to need to be
Q: How can merit pay be im-
plemented in a way that will
A: We're moving so fast that
we don't have time to put the
right level of support, training
and infrastructure in place.
I'd rather take a little bit more
time, if possible, to pilot it with-
in the district and then take the
learning from that and move
forward. If we could take some
portion of the district and say,
look we'll phase this thing in,
we'll do like a third of the dis-
trict by this year and we'll take
some learning from that, and
we'll make some modifications
and we'll have a future date,
like 2016 for example, where
we'd go to full implementation.
It's just a lot that's going on in a
very short period of time.

Parkwood Baptist Preschool Director Judy Leonard, third from left, prays with
her staff and over 100 of her students Wednesday as they gather around the flag-
pole while participating in See You at the Pole, an.annual day of prayer held on the
fourth Wednesday in September.

Over a million students

prayed at school flagpole

By Alex Murashko

Millions of students across the country
and globally participated in a "See You at
the Pole" event at their schools on Sept.
26, praying for a spiritual awakening, the
theme chosen for the 22nd annual prayer
"If two or more people join together and
pray for something, that can move moun-
tains and I love that," Illinois high school
student Lasha Lobo told The Christian
Post on Tuesday. "I love that I can go to
school without feeling like I'm drowning in
the sea of high school."
See You at the Pole, the global day of
student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass
roots movement with ten students pray-
ing at their school. More than two decades
later, millions around the world pray on
their campuses on the fourth Wednesday
in September.
Organizers say SYATP is simply a prayer
rally where students meet at the school
flagpole before school to lift up their
friends, families, teachers, school, and na-
tion to God. SYATP is a student-initiated,
student-organized, and student-led event.
The See You at the Pole theme this year
is "Awaken" and the Scripture is Ephe-
sians 3:14-21, which reads:
"For this cause I bow my knees unto the

Father... I pray that out of his glorious
riches he may strengthen you with power
through his Spirit in your inner being so
that Christ may dwell in your hearts...And
I pray that you... grasp how wide and long
and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and...that you may be filled to the mea-
sure of all the fullness of God. Now to him
who is able to do immeasurably more than
all we ask or imagine..."
SYATP organizer Doug Clark told CP this
year's event is critically important.
"Our nation, with all the division that we
have right now, really needs a moral and
spiritual awakening. Part of See You at the
Pole is a call to the Body of Christ, includ-
ing parents to be involved in an extraordi-
nary commitment to pray," Clark said.
He urges parents, teachers, and other
Christian leader to continue encouraging
students to,consider and pray about how
they can reach their campus and be mis-
sionaries at their school.
"Any place that God puts a believer is a
mission field. The fact that students are
spending so many hours a week at their
school it should be self-evident to them
that God has put them in that place to
minister," Clark said.
See You at the Pole provides an opportu-
nity for students to enter into a whole year
of ministry, he said.

Excellence is the motto

Quandell Torrence, a
sophomore at Miami North-
western Sr. High, has high.
expectations of fulfilling the
5000 Role Models of Excel-
lence Project's mission of
following a carefully char-
tered path to manhood and
attending college. Commit-
ted to excellence in and out
of the classroom, Quandell
lives by the credo failure
is not an option. As a re-
sult of his commitment to

achieving his educational
goals, Quandell has been
recognized as an academic
honor roll student. In ad-
dition to his active involve-
ment with the 5000 Role
Models, Quandell is a mem-
ber of the 93rd Street Bap-
tist Church Youth Ministry.
Miami Northwestern
school administrators firm-
ly believe Quandell will be
successful in whatever en-
deavor he undertakes and


in partnership with the
5000 Role Models of Excel-
lence Project, will provide
the support necessary to
ensure his educational suc-
cess and personal develop-

Skills la

Reports show

grads dip in SAT,

ACT scores
By Mary Beth Marklein

More than half of 2012 high
school graduates who took a col-
lege entrance exam did not have all
of the skills they will need to suc-
ceed in college, a pair of recent re-
ports conclude.
Findings released Monday by the
non-profit College Board show that
57 percent of 2012 graduating se-
niors who took the SAT, which it
owns, earned a combined score

''^: -'

king foi
Fair & Open Testing, said Monday
that the dip in SAT scores shows
that high-stakes testing programs
such as the federal No Child Left
Behind law "have been a colossal
The SAT and ACT reports attri-
bute the relatively flat scores partly
to an increasingly diverse pool of
students taking their tests. The
College Board, for example, reports
a 61 percent increase since 2008
in the number of low-income test
takers, based on requests for fee
College Board Vice President Jim
Montoya said Monday that aver-
age scores can increase if more
students have access to a rigorous

* college
reflects a growing emphasis among
states on preparing students for
college. Nine states require high
school students to take the ACT.
Two states require the SAT; a third
will require it starting next year.
Moreover,. by the 2014-15 aca-
demic year, 46 states will have put
into place some or all of a set of
common core state standards de-
veloped by the Council of Chief
State School Officers and the Na-
tional Governors Association Cen-
ter for Best Practices.
"The expectation will no longer
be just to graduate students but
to really be preparing students for
college," says Chris Minnich, se-
nior membership director of the


States require high school students to take the ACT.Two states require the SAT; a third will require
it starting next year.

below what it says is necessary to
show that students can earn a B-
minus or better in the first year of
study at a four-year college.
A report released last month by
the Iowa City-based ACT found
that at least 60 percent of 2012
high school graduates who took its
test are similarly at risk of not suc-
ceeding in college.
The tests measure different
skills, but colleges that require
standardized admissions tests
generally accept scores from either
test. Among details:
SAT. Average critical reading
and writing scores have declined
since 2008, to 496 and 488, re-
spectively, while average math
scores have remained stable at
514. The highest possible score is
2400. The College Board says stu-
dents must earn at least a 1550 to
succeed in college.
ACT. Reading and English
scores have dipped slightly since
2008, to 21.3 and 20.5, respective-
ly, while math and science have in-
creased, to 21.1 and 20.9, respec-
tively. The average composite score
is 21.1 out of a possible 36.
Bob Schaeffer, spokesman for
FairTest, the National Center for

college-prep curriculum. "This re- council. "We don't think every stu-
port is a call to action," Montoya dent is going... to college, but we
said. do think students should have the
The increased participation also opportunity, have the option."

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Breast cancer can strike anyone, young or old,
male or female, from all ethnic backgrounds and
walks of life Actor Richard Roundtree, "Good
Morning Amenca" anchor Robin Roberts, former
first lad- Betty Ford ard singer Olivia Nwe-ton-
John are all breast cancer survivors. Their breast
cancer experiences began when the disease was
diagnosed because a symptom or screening test
suggested breast cancer.
The most common sign of breast cancer is a
lump or mass. Other common symptoms include
breast s:aelling, skin irritation, the nipple turn-
ing inward, nipple discharge (not breast milk.
and breast or nipple pain. These signs may be
nouced during a breast self-exam, routine clini-
cal breast exam or screening manmogram. If a
suspicious-looking area is detected, additional
testing \ill be used to either confirm a breast
cancer diagnosis or identify a benign condition.
Three tests used to diagnose breast conditions
are diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound and
magnetic resonance imagine MRII. A diagnostic
mammogram. which generates X-rav images, fo-
cuses on a specific area. of the breast and takes
more detailed images of the areas that look ab-
normal. An ultrasound, which uses sound waves.
can help doctors determine if an abnormality is a
benign fluid-filled cyst or a potentially cancerous
solid mass. MRI, which uses radio waves and
strong magnets. is sometimes used to look for
tumors that did not appear on a mammograms.
Imaging tests can help locate a suspicious
breast mass, but they cannot confirm a breast
cancer diagnosis. This is done dunng a biopsy
to remove cells or tissue samples for laboratory
testing. "Depending on the individual patient's
history, I will usually recommend an image
zuidded minimally invasive core biopsy," said Dr.
Charles-Harris the Medical Director of the new
Breast Center at North Shore Medical Center
which will open in early 2013.
Dr. Charles-Harris explains-
SUltrasound Guided Biopsy uses ultrasound
to locate the breast abnormalitL under local an-
esthetic and an ultrasound probe. It's quick and
virtually pain-free.
Stereotactic Guided Biopsy, is usually the
chosen method w.hen there are calcifications or
distorted breast tissue. This is performed on a
special table where a mammogram is used to lo-
cate the abnormality
An open biopsy mav also be done.. During an
incisional biopsy. a sample is removed from the
abnormal area. An excisional biopsy involves re-
moving the ensure mass as well as a surrounding
margin of normal tissue.
Dr. Charles-Harris recommends: "After the
biopsy, the next step is discussing the pathol-
ogy results with your surgeon. Having a fam-
ily member or friend with you provides support
and another ear for understanding the diagnosis
and treatment options. Ask questions and work
together with your surgeon in tailoring the right
treatment plan to your diagnosis."
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Several Steelers' players were
cooking up a storm last Friday.
not to feed their teammates, but
instead to help women who are
either in treatment for breast
cancer or are survivors so the\
can learn more about the impor-
tance of proper nutrition as a
part of their treatment.
Tackle Max Starks and line-
backers Chns Carter and Mar-
shall McFadden helped prepare
a meal at Magee-Womens Hospi-
tal of UPMC's "Cooking and E.it-
ine for a Healthy Life" class.
"It means a lot to be here."
said McFadden, who was first
up making a pan seared chick-
en panini. "It's great to come
out in the community and show\
love and your sense of humor so
hopefully you can make them
feel better. Plus. football player,
are competitive so you give their
an\ kind of task and they think
they can do it. It's fun going up
there and showing I have a mix-
ture of skills."
Carter's cousin and aunt and
Starks' mom are breast cancer
survivors, so taking part in the
class was special for them as
"It rnea-ns everything to me
beca3Lse my family that experi-
enced this is very close to me,"
said Carter. "They have been
there for me and for me to sup-
port something that affects them
means a great deal. I am in a po-
sition where 1 can affect others
in a positive manner, so why not
take advantage of it."
The players also prepared
pumpkin chili and quinoa pud-
ding with pistachio, pears and

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Participants take part in the Susan G. Komen Foundation's 2012
Race for the Cure in Washington June 2, 2012. The Susan G. Komen
Foundation raises awareness and funding for breast cancer research
and services.

clark chocolate, all v.hich they
served to the ladies after mak-
'ng it.
"The patients idolize the Steel-
ers." said Judy Herstine, ad-
ministrator of women's cancer
services at Magee Womens Hos-
pital. -Nutrition is important to
everyone and they can show with
h u mor that you can make nutri-
tious, healthy meals with fresh
ingredients quickly. It's great,
the patients love it and I think
the Steelers enjoy as well."
The Steelers will celebrate
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
when they host the Philadelphia
Eagles at Heinz Field on Oct. 7
and the most noticeable aspect
will be players wearing pink
apparel, from sideline hats, to
shoes, chinstraps and more.
"Its important to promote ear-
Iy detection, making sure ',ou
take care of yourself and knor w-
ing the proper steps if you do
find something." said Starks. "I
am glad the NFL takes this nmi-
tiative. I look forward to wearing
the pink stuff during October to
shove. my support for everyone.
more so mi,y mom.
"It's important to give back. Ml
mother is now 21 years in remis-
sion and she is still around be-
cause people cared to help her
through the process so it's my
duty to give back "
The group all took part in a
pink Temble Towel twirl after
the class ended, which was spe-
cial for Elissa Ashwood of Pitts-
burgh who was diagnosed with
breast cancer in January.
"It w\as moving to hear the
players talk about their personal
relationship with cancer." said
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Retired military leaders battle junk food

Retired officers say today's kids are

too chunky to serve as needed

By Nanci Hellmich

Several hundred retired
military leaders are raising
red flags about childhood obe-
sity in the USA and its impact
on finding qualified recruits.
They want junk food to be
booted out of schools.
Mission: Readiness, a group
of more than 300 retired
generals and admirals, says
in a report out today that the
40 percent of students who
buy high-calorie, low-nutrient
junk food from school vending
machines and cafeteria a la

carte lines consume an aver-
age of 130 calories a day from
those types of foods (candy,
chips, cookies, pastries).
That's roughly five percent to
10 percent of the calories kids
and teens should eat in a day.
Three-quarters of those ages
17 to 24, or about 26 million
young people, cannot serve
in the military, a quarter of
them because they are over-
weight or obese, says retired
Air Force lieutenant general
Norman Seip, a spokesman
for Mission: Readiness.
"We look at childhood obe-

A new analysis by the organiza-
tion Mission: Readiness has that
the junk food kids buy in schools
add up:

400 billion
"empty" calories a year
-The calories in almost 2
billion in candy bars.

90,000 tons
the weight of that many
candy bars more than the
weight of aircraft carrier
Midway (70,000 tons).
Source: Mission: Readiness

sity not only as a health crisis
but a national security issue,"
Seip says.
The report says, "While
there has been a near dou-
bling of obesity rates world-
wide since 1980, no other ma-
jor country's military forces
face the challenges of weight
gain confronting America's
armed forces."
The retired-military group
based its caloric intake es-
timates on a survey of junk
food and sugar-sweetened
beverages in schools conduct-
ed in 2005 by the U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture. That
survey found that about 40
percent of elementary, middle
and high school students -

Less-than-golden years Poverty facts

For women,

retirement brings

added challenges

By Christine Dugas

Even before the housing
bubble, the country was facing
a retirement crisis, with most
Americans saving too little, if
anything, for their post-work-
ing years. The housing bubble
- and subsequent bust -
have made that bad situation
As house prices surged
through the middle of this de-
cade, the already low savings
rate turned negative. Many
Americans were living beyond
their means, in part, because
swelling home values created
an illusion of wealth. Now, with
house prices falling, nearly 10
million people have lost all of
their home equity. Millions
more have given up all of the
gains of the boom years a
wipeout totaling $3.5 trillion,
so far.
Millions of Americans will not

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caring for her parents and siblings and paying for several
funerals she lost her home and now lives at BrooklynA??s

be able to recover their equity
or build their savings in time to
have a secure retirement. The
sooner lawmakers and employ-
ers respond to this crisis -
with legislation and education
- the better the chances for
limiting the damage.
The first goal should be to
keep the bleak savings picture

from getting much worse, and
for that education is crucial.
Studies show that employees
- unable to borrow against
their homes are increas-
ingly taking loans or withdraw-
als from their 401(k)'s, often to
cover medical bills or mortgage
payments. They may have no
choice, but tapping a retire-

The poverty rate among
women in 2011 the highest
rate in 18 years

Men's poverty rate in 2011

The poverty rate for
elderly women
living alone.


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living in poverty in 2011
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ment plan early can be costly.
When employees borrow
from their 401(k)'s, they are
borrowing from themselves.
They pay themselves back
through payroll deductions, at
an interest rate that is set by
the plan. Even with full repay-
ment, however, 401(k) borrow-

16 million school children -
bought and consumed these
foods and beverages on any
given day.
Mission: Readiness focused
on junk foods, which are
called "competitive foods," and
factored out sugar-sweetened
sodas because major bever-
age companies have largely
stopped selling high-sugar
sodas to schools since the
survey was conducted.
The retired-military group
is urging the government to
move quickly in releasing
updated nutritional stan-
dards for competitive foods
in schools as required by the
Healthy Hunger-Free Kids

ers still tend to end up with
less because the interest they
pay is usually less than what
they would have earned if the
money had remained invested.
Employees that can't pay are
charged tax and, in most cas-
es, a 10 percent penalty on the
unpaid balance.
Early withdrawals do even
more damage. Employees owe
tax and, usually, the 10 per-
cent penalty, and are barred
from contributing to the plan
for six months. Years of sav-
ings and compounded growth
are lost.
In tough times, employ-
ees must have access to their
401(k). But employers should
ensure that workers under-
stand the true cost of tapping
those accounts.
Congress, for its part, needs
to guard against undue leak-
age from retirement accounts.
A case in point is the 401(k)
debit card, a new form of plas-
tic that lets plan participants
borrow from their 401(k) with
every swipe. Congress should
move quickly to ban the cards.
Daily access to one's 401(k)
violates the whole point of
government-encouraged retire-
ment savings.
Lawmakers should also in-

The law directed the USDA
to update nutrition standards
for all food served in schools.
The updated standards for
school meals are being imple-
mented, but the standards
for competitive foods served
in a la carte lines, vending
machines and stores have not
been released.
Justin DeJong, a USDA
spokesman, says, "Secretary
Tom Vilsack has asked for
additional time to review the
proposed standards for com-
petitive foods to ensure that
we do what is right for kids
in a way that is workable to
the school districts that will
be charged with implementa-

stitute automatic rollovers, in
which 401(k)'s are automatical-
ly transferred to a new retire-
ment account when workers
change employers. Currently,
employees can take the money
when they leave, and many do,
despite having to pay taxes and
a penalty. Automatic rollovers
would temper the urge for early
Congress must do a lot more
to help Americans have more
secure retirements. Modest tax
increases and modest benefit
cuts, phased in over decades,
could put Social Security on a
firm financial footing, if only
Congress would act. A modern-
ized system of unemployment
compensation and universal
health care coverage would al-
lay the potentially devastating
financial setbacks of jobless-
ness and illness. Both would
help to ensure that money that
is put in a retirement account
stays there.
Even if all these issues were
addressed right away, some
people would still come up
short unable to rebound
from years of undersaving and
the bursting of the bubble.
Timely repair work could go a
long way to averting a wider di-

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Hospitals to be fined for readmitted patients

The Associated Press

or an elderly relative have been
hospitalized recently and no-
ticed extra attention when the
time came to be discharged,
there's more to it than good
customer service.
Medicare will start fining
hospitals that have too many
patients readmitted within 30
days of discharge due to com-
plications. The penalties are
part of a broader push under
President Barack Obama's
health care law to improve
quality while also trying to save
taxpayers money.
About two-thirds of the hospi-
tals serving Medicare patients,
or some 2,200 facilities, will
be hit with penalties averaging
around $125,000 per facility
this coming year, according to
government estimates.
Data to assess the penal-
ties have been collected and
crunched, and Medicare has
shared the results with individ-
ual hospitals. Medicare plans to
post details online later in Octo-
ber, and people can look up how
their community hospitals per-
formed by using the agency's
"Hospital Compare" website.
It adds up to a new way of do-
ing business for hospitals, and
they have scrambled to prepare
for well over a year. They are

working on ways to improve
communication with rehabili-
tation centers and doctors who
follow patients after they're re-
leased, as well as connecting
individually with patients.
"There is a lot of activity at the
hospital level to straighten out
our internal processes," said
Nancy Foster, vice president for
quality and safety at the Ameri-
can Hospital Association. "We
are also spreading our wings a
little and reaching outside the
hospital, to the extent that we
can, to make sure patients are
getting the ongoing treatment
they need."
Still, industry officials say
they have misgivings about
being held liable for circum-
stances beyond their control.
They also complain that facili-
ties serving low-income people,
including many major teaching
hospitals, are much more likely
to be fined, raising questions of
"Readmissions are partially
within the control of the hospi-
tal and partially within the con-
trol of others," Foster said.
Consumer advocates say
Medicare's nudge to hospitals
is long overdue and not nearly
stiff enough.
"It's modest, but it's a start,"
said Dr. John Santa, direc-
tor of the Consumer Reports
Health Ratings Center. "Should





we be surprised that industry
is objecting? You would expect
them to object to anything that
changes the status quo."
For the first year, the penal-
ty is capped at 1 percent of a
hospital's Medicare payments.
The overwhelming majority of
penalized facilities will pay less.
Also, for now, hospitals are only
being measured on three medi-
cal conditions: heart attacks,
heart failure and pneumonia.
Under the health care law,
the penalties gradually will rise
until 3 percent of Medicare pay-
ments to hospitals are at risk.
Medicare is considering holding
hospitals accountable on four
more measures: joint replace-
ments, stenting, heart bypass
and treatment of stroke.
If General Motors and Toyota
issue warranties for their ve-
hicles, hospitals should have
some similar obligation when
a patient gets a new knee or a
stent to relieve a blocked artery,
Santa contends. "People go to
the hospital to get their prob-
lem solved, not to have to come
back," he said.
Excessive rates of readmis-
sion are only part of the prob-
lem of high costs and uneven
quality in the U.S. health care
system. While some estimates
put readmission rates as high
as 20 percent, a congressio-
A nal agency says the level of

preventable readmissions is
much lower. About 12 percent
of Medicare beneficiaries who
are hospitalized are later read-
mitted for a potentially prevent-
able problem, said the Medicare
Payment Advisory Commission,
known as MedPAC.
Foster, the hospital associa-
tion official, said medication
mix-ups account for a big share
of problems. Many Medicare
beneficiaries are coping with
multiple chronic conditions,
and it's not unusual for their
medication lists to be changed
in the hospital. But their doc-
tors outside sometimes don't
get the word; other times, the
patients themselves don't un-
derstand there's been a change.
Another issue is making sure
patients go to their required fol-
low-up appointments.
Medicare deputy adminis-
trator Jonathan Blum said he
thinks hospitals have gotten
the message.
"Clearly it's captured their at-
tention," said Blum. "It's galva-
nized the hospital industry on
ways to reduce unnecessary
readmissions. It's forced more
parts of the health care system
to work together to ensure that
patients have much smoother
MedPAC, the congressional
advisory group, has produced
Please turn to HOSPITALS 10B

Men have more options in prostate cancer treatments

Drugs can cost

$35K-$looK a

year without

By Karen Weintraub

Jim Kiefert of Olympli l.
Wash., has been battling pros-
tate cancer for 23 years. The re -
tired school administrator. 74.
has never been more optim-istic
about his prospects than h-e is
For the first time ever, than k
'to a handful of drug appro'.als
over the past 2/2 years, there
are now multiple options for
treating advanced pros-
tate cancer.


The newest drug, enzaluta-
mide, which goes by the brand
name Xtandi, came on the mar-
ket last week with the best sur-
vival data ever seen in prostate
None of the new drugs is a
cure. Enzalutamide extends
life by just five months, ac-

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cording to research. But they
work extremely well for some
patients and have far fewer side
effects than most predecessor
drugs, said Stuart Holden, who
practices at Cedars-Sinai Medi-
cal Center in Los Angeles and is
medical director of the Prostate
Cancer Foundation.
The only downside, Hold-
en said, is that he now has a
choice of drugs to prescribe for
the first time, but no way of de-
ciding which drug is best.
"It's a far better problem to
have than when we had no op-
tions," he said.
Prostate cancer is the most
common non-skin cancer in
America, with 242,000 cases
expected to be diagnosed this
year, and 28,000 deaths. Al-
though not all prostate cancers
turn lethal, there is no way yet
to distinguish between the be-
nign ones that will stay put in
the prostate, and the danger-
ous ones that will start creep-
ing into the bones, the mostly
likely place they spread.

Overnight dementia care

gives caregivers some rest

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Just af-
ter 10 p.m., when most people
their age are going to sleep, a
group of elderly folks suffering
from dementia are just getting
started, dancing and shaking
tambourines and maracas in a
raucous version of La Bamba.
"It's a party," says an 81-year-
old woman, among dozens of
patients brought to a Bronx
nursing home every night for a
structured series of singalongs,
crafts and therapy sessions
that lasts until dawn.
The program, which appears
to be rare, is kind of a "night
camp" for dementia victims who,
don't sleep at night or tend to
wake up agitated or become
frightened or disoriented by the
fall of darkness.
It's meant to provide care and
activity lots of activity to
fill the wee hours for people
with Alzheimer's and simi-
lar diseases who live at home.
And it's meant to provide their
caregivers usually a son or
daughter with a treasured
night's sleep.
"Without this program, my fa-
ther would be lost, and I would
be crazy," said Robert Garcia,
whose 82-year-old father, Fe-
lix, is in the program at the He-
brew Home at Riverdale called
ElderServe at Night. "He doesn't
sleep. At night he's wide awake,
and he needs activity."
Garcia, who lives in a Bronx

apartment with his wife and
three of their children, said that
before his father went into the
program he would wake up in
the night, loudly, and keep ev-
eryone else from sleeping.
"We would all wake up, and
my daughter would ask, 'Why is
Grandpa screaming? Why is he
so grumpy?'" Garcia said.
"Now he comes home in the
morning, shows me his draw-
ings, tells me what they did all
While many nursing homes
offer temporary "respite care"
so caregivers can catch up on
sleep or go on vacation, the
overnight-only program at the
Hebrew Home fills a niche.
But costs are high, and such
programs are rare. An official
at the Alzheimer's Association
said she knew of no other.
Daniel Reingold, president

and CEO of the Hebrew Home,
said the nonsectarian over-
night program was started in
1998 because anecdotal stud-
ies found the biggest reason
people gave for admitting loved
ones into the nursing home was
sleep deprivation of the care-
"Someone with Alzheimer's
can be getting up at 3 a.m.,
banging the pots and pans,
thinking they were making
dinner, even v. kingg out of
the house," Reingold said. "We
heard stories of caregivers who
were sleeping on mattresses
across the front doorway so
their loved one couldn't get out."
Most patients' care is covered
by Medicaid, which pays the
Hebrew Home $140 a night,
plus $74 for transportation to
and from home.
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Jim Kiefert's cancer had al-
ready spread by the time it was
discovered shortly before his
51st birthday. After surgery
and 35 rounds of radiation, he
was told he had one to three
years to live.
He gave up his beloved red
meat, and began an exercise
routine he still follows three
days a week, including 200 sit-
ups, 200 push-ups, 1.5 miles
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a recumbent bike. He also
started taking Lupron, a drug
that deprives the body of most
testosterone, a process that is
known as chemical castration.
It's the standard of care for
advanced cancers that have
spread beyond the prostate be-
cause most prostate cancers
feed on testosterone. But its
side effects are legion: erectile
dysfunction, loss of energy and
libido, urinary problems and

others. Kiefert said he didn't
feel like himself.
For decades, men who re-
lapsed while on Lupron or simi-
lar drugs were usually given
chemotherapy, and, if that
failed, told to wait for death.
Back when Kiefert got sick,
there was little money for pros-
tate cancer research, and no
new drugs reaching the mar-
ket. Patients didn't want to talk
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It is really the

BOMB program
By Dr. Boyce Watkins

The story of the Black male in
America is as complex as any
other demographic. Some of
them are headed to the heights
of heaven and others have been
condemned to the depths of
Although there are reasons
to celebrate, we'd be lying if
we didn't admit that the back-
drop of mass incarceration,
mis-education, unemployment
and explosive amounts of vio-
lence poisons stories of Black
male success. For too many
Black men, the principles nec-
essary to build these men into
adequate husbands and fa-
thers later on down the road
are missing, leading to a deadly
imbalance in the Black social
ecosystem that is ripping our
community at its core. Many
Black women can't find hus-
bands because the man who
would normally be raising her
kids is in prison, uneducated,
financially destitute or dead.


That's why the Building
Outstanding Men and Boys
(BOMB) family empowerment
series was created. Their goal
is to visit as many cities as pos-
sible to allow experts to share
tools and tips that help par-
ents and mentors to build and
develop strong boys that will
grow into empowered and re-
sponsible men. They are also
seeking to help grown men be-
come better men and for all of
us to accept our responsibility
to lead other men toward posi-
tive choices, rather than nega-

tive. The greatest deterrent to
a Black man's success should
not be another Black male.
The series tour will kick off
in Louisville, KY on October
27th, where Dr. Boyce Watkins,
professor at Syracuse, will be
joined by Pastor Kevin Cosby,
Dr. Ricky Jones, Dr. Mary Stod-
dard and also Watkins' father
(a 25-year veteran of the police
force, who will speak to Black
male interactions with police),
where they will discuss the
principles necessary for men
to be strong leaders of their

families, their communities and
their own destinies. They are
also scheduled to visit More-
house College in Atlanta Oct.
8 and 9. They want parents
and mentors to understand the
critical importance of raising,
teaching, training and structur-
ing their boys to become strong
and reliable men later in life.
The bottom line is sim-
ple: Too many Black boys
are being taught the wrong
things. Too many are taught to
dribble basketballs and throw
footballs, but never get the ed-
ucational tools to succeed. Too
many are taught how to puff
weed at the age of 15, but nev-
er learn how to get a job. Too
many are taught how to "make
it rain" at the strip club, but
never taught how to start their
own business. Finally, too
many are taught how to mur-
der one another, but never
learn how to protect, lift, build
and be accountable to those
they love.
Many of our boys lose their
future before it even begins,
and it's up to us to say, "Not
anymore." That's what this
tour is all about.

Biblical parenting: Explaining holiness

Any great parent teach-
es their children to believe
in themselves and strive to
be their best. But Christian
moms and dads have a great-
er task: teaching our children
to be holy. This is not always
an easy job in such a secular
world where truth is relative
and anything goes.
To be holy means to be righ-
teous, set apart, distinct or dif-
ferent from the world. As Believ-
ers, we don't exhibit the same
behaviors, attitudes, or manner
of living. At least, we shouldn't.
So how can we teach our chil-
dren to live up to God's stan-
dards of holiness set forth in
His word beyond modeling it in
our everyday living? We have to
literally tell them what it means
and let them know that God ex-
pects them to live that way!
In an article published by
Shepherd Press, the author

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does a great job explaining holi-
ness in a simplified way, which
is perfect to pass along to our
children (ourselves too).
"A Christian is to follow the
teaching of Scripture and not
follow the basic teaching of hu-
man tradition and philosophy.
A Christian is to be sensitive,

not sensual. A Chr
see Jesus Christ as t
truth, and the light
a truth, and a ligh
SP article. "In short
is to be distinct fror
A Christian is to be
The word of God i:
He not only told th

Let intuition guide you to

make better, wiser decisions

How often have you chas-
tised yourself for ignoring an
intuitive message? Maybe you
found yourself in a situation
that could have been pre-
vented if only you had listened
to your intuition. There are
many names used to describe
the meaning of intuition:
Heart Mind... Indwelling In-
telligence... The Conscious...
Inner God...
My mother called it using
That First Mind. "Always lis-
ten to that first mind," she
would say to me. What my
mother expressed to me (and
anyone else that happened to
be within ear shot) was the
importance of centering your-
self long enough to allow in-
tuition to guide you.-Regard-
less of what you call it, there
is absolute value in attending
to the messages that come by

way of your own indwelling
intelligence. We have been af-
forded, as a condition of our
birth, this gift that connects
us to the source and keeps us
in alignment to what we are
doing at any given moment
in life. When your heart-mind
is ignored or dismissed, then
your life experiences become a
reflection of the deviated path
that you chose to take.
There are many cultural
sayings that emphasize the
importance of relying on your
indwelling intelligence. In Yo-
ruba Cosmology, this inborn
intelligence is called the Ori, or
the head. It is said that the Ori
is the personal aspect relating
to individual destiny and the
guiding principle for a per-
son's life. Dr. Balogun recog-
nizes the spiritual relationship
between a person's Ori when

he states, "The Ori or destiny
is that which determine every
significant event during a par-
ticular life time."
Other familiar quotes refer-
ring tao the immaterial mind
or a person's indwelling intel-
ligence are:
If you study long, you
study wrong. This concept
emphasizes the power of one's
first mind as an intuitive tool
when faced with decisions.
You talking like a person
whose head is on backward.
or His head ain't right. Both
sayings would appear to have
its roots in the traditional Af-
rican thought as described in
the Yoruba concept of the Ori.
The meaning of both sayings
emphasizes the strong link
between the immaterial mind
indwellingg intelligence) and
the human life of people.

Put God first in all relationships

continued from 1B

our relationships."
One of the first things that
was taught at the conference
was that your relationship with
God is the most important, fol-
lowed by your relationship with
yourself and then with others.
The conference began on
Sept. 26. Hattie Lamb, a mem-
ber of New Birth Church, was
the speaker of the night. She
focused on the single life and
referenced the scripture Jer.
29:11. On Sept. 27, Rev. Sabri-
na James, pastor of Tag Team
for Jesus Ministry focused on
marriage, her title was "The
Right Relationship" and her
scriptural reference was Ruth
On Sept. 28, there was a pan-
elist discussion and attendees
were able to submit questions

for the panelists to answer.
The panel included married
couples: Pastor C. J. & Deacon
John Kelly of New Birth Faith
Tabernacle, who were married
for 43 years and Pastors Ca-
mille and Windsor Ferguson of
Kingdom of God Ministry, who
were married for 27 years.
Diamonique Dixon, 17, a stu-
dent at American High School
and a member of the Lively
Stones, said that she enjoyed
Friday the most.
Seeing the panelists who were
married for several decades in-
spired her. It made her think of
the future of her current rela-
"Maybe I could do that one
day," she said. "Maybe I can be
[like] them."
Dixon said she also learned
that she should talk more with
"I should talk to Him more,

see what He has for me and just
wait," she said.
Charles Valon, 38, a member
of Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church in Miami Gardens, said
the conference was a great and
uplifting experience. His girl-
friend, Tiffinay Cage, 37, who is
a member of Lively Stones, in-
vited him.
He said he would use what he
learned about relationships in
his relationship with God, his
girlfriend and everyone else.
He said he enjoyed the confer-
ence night on Sept. 27 the most
because it made him feel that
there was hope in Black rela-
-According to Valon, even
though many people assume
that Black relationships are
not sustainable, he has learned
otherwise at the conference.
"There is hope that we can
make it," he said.

Israel to be holy in the Old Tes-
tament, but His word gives the
same command to the New Tes-
tament church. That includes
us. 1 Peter 1:15-16 says, "But
just as he who called you is
holy, so be holy in all you do; for
it is written: 'Be holy, because I
am holy."'
SSadly, many Christians these
days don't understand what. it
means to live holy. So how can
we pass something along to our
families that we do not our-
Sselves grasp?
A 2006 study by Barna, a
research group that studies
ristian is to trends within the faith commu-
the way, the nity, showed that, sadly, most
,not a way, Americans are baffled by the
t," says the concept of holiness.
a Christian
n the world.
s very clear. ;'-
ie nation of

Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church to
host a Unity Prayer Break-
fast. Call 305-696-6545.

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

f Bethany Community
Center will host a lunch for
retired people and senior
citizens on Oct. 4. Call 305-
634-2993 to RSVP.

a Mt. Olivette Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
host its Centennial Home-
coming Luncheon on Oct. 6
at 2p.m.

0 Bethany Communi-
ty Center will hold a gos-
pel event on Oct. 7 from
12p.m.-5 p.m. Call 305-

R Second Chance Minis-
tries to host a Bible study
meeting. Call 305-747-

Churchgoers hold back cash

By David Briggs

Churchgoers like to think of
themselves as generous and
cheerful givers, but for many
the flesh appears to be weak
when it comes to living up too
their own standards for chari-
table giving.
A quarter of respondents
in a new national study said
they tithed 10 percent of their
income to charity. But when
their donations were checked
against income figures, only 3
percent of the group gave more
than 5 percent to charity.
Like the Gospel parable
of the rich young man who
refused to give up his pos-
sessions, parting with their
personal treasure is one of
the greatest challenges fac-
ing people of faith, research
indicates. There is "in many
American Christians ... a kind
of 'comfortable guilt' -- that is,
living with an awareness and
feeling of culpability for not
giving money more generous-
ly, but maintaining that at a
low enough level of discomfort
that it was not too disturbing
or motivating enough to actu-
ally increase giving," Smith,
Michael Emerson and Patricia
Snell report. "Many Christians
did not have clean conscienc-

es about money. But neither
did they seem prepared to
change their financial dealings
in ways that would eliminate
their modest levels of guilt."
Several studies have shown
charitable giving is important
to religious individuals, and
people who are active in their
faith tend to give more than
those who are inactive. Find-
ings from the Science of Gen-
erosity Survey, a 2010 study
of 2,000 adults ages 2.3 and
older, also revealed support
for the ties between faith and
generous giving. Several Notre
Dame researchers shared re-
sults at the sociology meeting.
Religion can be a positive fac-
tor for blood donation, Kraig
Beyerlein found in a survey
study attempting to measure
altruistic behavior.
And in-depth interviews with
40 families who participated in
the survey revealed the most
generous self-reported giv-
ers, those donating about 3
percent to 12 percent of their
incomes, were in the category'
Hilary Davidson called "sacred
These individuals said their
giving was related to their
faith, and that generosity ben-
efits their own spiritual devel-
opment, Davidson said.



Painkiller abuse declines


usage is lowest

in a decade

By Donna Leinwand Leger

Prescription drug abuse in the
USA declined last year year to
the lowest rate since 2002 amid
federal and state crackdowns on
drug-seeking patients and over-
prescribing doctors.
Young adults drove the drop.
The number of people 18 to 25
who regularly abuse prescrip-
tion drugs fell 14 percent to 1.7
million, the National Survey on
Drug Use and Health reported
Monday. In 2011, 3.6 percent
of young adults abused pain re-
lievers, the lowest rate in a de-
The survey, sponsored by the
Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration,
collects data from interviews
with 67,500 people age 12 and
Administrator Pamela Hyde
said the decrease in abuse in-
dicates that public health and
law enforcement efforts to curb
abuse of prescription drugs,
such as the powerful painkillers
oxycodone and hydrocodone,
In 2011, 6.1 million people
abused narcotic pain pills, tran-
quilizers, stimulants and seda-
tives, down from 7 million peo-
ple in 2010, the survey found.
Pain pill abuse dropped from
2.1 percent of the population in
2009 to 1.7 percent in 2011.
Still, the number of people

addicted to pain relievers grew
from 936,000 in 2002 to 1.4
million in 2011. About a third
of the addicts are 18 to 25, the
survey found.
Most states operate prescrip-
tion drug monitoring programs,
which can identify doctors who
prescribe excessive doses of the
drugs and patients who seek
multiple prescriptions from
different doctors, said Gil Ker-
likowske, director of the White
House Office of Drug Control

"Despite prog-
ress, teens "are
getting a bad
message on pot"
Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White
House Office of Drug Control Policy
In 2011, 22.5 million Ameri-
cans 12 or older, nearly nine
percent of the population, said.
they regularly used illicit drugs
such as marijuana, cocaine,
heroin, hallucinogens and in-
halants or abused prescription
drugs, including pain relievers,
tranquilizers, stimulants and
sedatives. While cocaine abuse
has dropped from 2.4 million
regular users in 2006 to 1.4
million last year, heroin abuse
is rising, the survey found. The
number of people who reported
regular heroin use grew from
161,000 in 2007 to 281,000 in
2011, the survey found.
Marijuana remains the most
commonly abused drug at all
Among youth, while drinking
and smoking declined, mari-
juana use grew steadily since


Interviews with 67,500
people 12 and older

Percentages of Ameri-
cans use alcohol


of young adults 18 to 25
use illicit drugs

of all Americans use il-
licit drugs


of Americans use mari-
juana, up from 6.2% in


use painkillers from non-
medical reasons, a 10-
year low
Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health

2008, the survey found. An-
other study, Monitoring the Fu-
ture, which surveys students
in eighth and 10th grades, has
also noted increasing marijuana
use. That study found 12.4% of
eighth- and 10th-graders had
used marijuana in the previous
month, the highest rate since
"Marijuana is still bad news,"
Kerlikowske said.
Just 44.8 percent of teens
think smoking marijuana is
risky, down from 54.6 percent
in 2007, he said. Voter initia-
tives to legalize and regulate
marijuana send a message that
marijuana is medicine, Ker-
likowske said.
"I think they are getting a
bad message on marijuana," he
said. "I think that the message
that it's medicine and should be
legalized is a bad message.
Ethan Nadelmann, executive
director of the Drug Policy Alli-
ance, which advocates legalizing
marijuana and treatment over
incarceration, says the U.S.
should focus on public health
initiatives to curb drug use,
reduce overdoses and halt the
spread of HIV and hepatitis.
"It's good to see problem-
atic use of alcohol and tobacco
among young people continuing
to decline and worth noting
that this good news has little to
nothing to do with arrests, in-
carceration or mandatory drug
testing," Nadelmann said. "Con-
trast this with marijuana use,
which has increased somewhat
notwithstanding the fact that
almost 800,000 people are ar-
rested each year for marijuana

Big firms overhaul health coverage

By Anna Wilde Mathews

Two big employers are plan-
.ning a radical change in how
they provide health benefits to
their workers, giving employ-
ees a fixed sum of money and
allowing them to choose their
medical coverage and insurer
from an online marketplace.
Anna Mathews has details on
Lunch Break. Photo: Getty Im-
Two big employers are plan-
ning a radical change in the way
they provide health benefits to
their workers, giving employ-
ees a fixed sum of money and
allowing them to choose their
medical coverage and insurer
from an online marketplace.
Sears Holdings Corp. SHLD
-1.54 percent and Darden Res-
taurants Inc. DRI -0.29 percent
say the change isn't designed
to make workers pay a higher
share of health-coverage costs.
Instead they say it is supposed
to put more control over health
benefits in the hands of em-
The approach will be closely
watched by firms around the
U.S. If it eventually takes hold

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Two big employers are planning a radical change in how they
provide health benefits to their workers, giving employees a
fixed sum of money and allowing them to choose their medi-
cal coverage and insurer from an online marketplace.

widely, it might parallel the
transition from company-pro-
vided pensions to 401(k) retire-
ment-savings plans controlled
by workers and funded partly
by employer contributions. For
employees, the concern will be
that they could end up more
directly exposed to the upward
march of health costs.
"It's a fundamental change ..
Sthe employer is saying, 'Here's
a pot of money, go shop,' "
said Paul Fronstin, director of
health research at the Employ-
ee Benefit Research Institute,.

a nonprofit. The worry for em-
ployees is that "the money may
not be sufficient and it may not
keep up with premium infla-
Neither Sears nor Darden
would say how much money
employees would receive to buy
health insurance. Darden says
its sum would rise as health-
care costs rise. Sears declined
to disclose details of its contri-
butions strategy.
Darden did say that employ-
ees will pay the same contribu-
tion out of their own pockets

Most forgo flu shots

Vaccine advocates their communities.
About 85 million doses of flu
warn of unpre- vaccine have been distributed,
part of a total of 135 million
dictable virus doses for this year, accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease .
By Liz Szabo Control and Prevention (CDC).
"Influenza is predictably unpre-
WASHINGTON There are dictable," said Howard Koh, as-
plenty of flu shots available sistant secretary for health at
this year, and health officials the Department of Health and
urged Americans on Thursday Human Services, who spoke at
to roll up their sleeves and get a news conference in Washing-
vaccinated if not for their own ton organized by the National
sakes, then for the health of Please turn to FLU 10B

that they currently do for ap-
proximately the same level of
coverage. Employees who pick
more expensive coverage will
pay more from their paychecks
to make up the gap. Those
who opt for cheaper insurance,
which may involve bigger de-
ductibles or more limited net-
works of doctors and hospitals,
will pay less.
"It puts the choice in the em-
ployee's hands to buy up or buy
down," said Danielle Kirgan, a
senior vice president at Darden.
The owner of chains including
Olive Garden and Red Lobster
will let its approximately 45,000
full-time employees choose the
new coverage in November, to
kick in Jan. 1. Darden says
that employees with families to
cover will be given more money
to buy insurance than employ-
ees covering just themselves.
The hope is that insurers will
compete more vigorously to get
workers to sign up, which will
lower overall health-care costs.
Darden and Sears are both
currently self-insured, mean-
ing that the cost of claims each
year comes out of company

despite push

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Ms. Haas shows X-rays of titanium supports
several vertebrae in her neck.

that surround

Crawling around

the pharmacies

Painkiller crackdown forces patients to shop
around to fill their prescriptions

By Timothy W. Martin

Robin Haas, who has chron-
ic pain from two car accidents
that required 16 surgeries, con-
veys her frustration to a Florida
pharmacist after learning her
pain medicine isn't in stock.
Robin Haas used to visit just
one pharmacy a month to get
the painkillers she needs to re-
lieve the chronic aching in her
injured neck and back.
Now the 40-year-old resident
of North Port, Fla., has to criss-
cross five towns, making at
least 30 visits to a half-dozen
pharmacies every month to get
her prescriptions filled. Many
pharmacies in the state have
curbed their supplies of the
so-called opioid drugs and put
new restrictions on dispensing
them in the face of a govern-
ment crackdown on painkiller
"I'm considered a drug addict
wherever I go," said Haas, who
began taking pain pills after a
traffic accident left her disabled
in 2008.
The clampdown by Florida
and at least seven other states
has left some pain-sufferers
struggling to get their medicine.
That has put drug-enforcement
and public-health officials at
odds with some doctors and
patients legitimately prescribed
the pills.
Several states now make doc-
tors criminally liable and re-
voke their licenses for writing
prescriptions for painkillers
that lead to overdoses, prompt-
ing many to stop prescribing
them at all. Other states have
tightened regulation of pain
clinics, forcing so-called pill
mills to close but leaving peo-

Drug Toll
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related deaths in the U.S.
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ple in need of pain medications
with fewer doctors.
Backers of the laws say they
are needed to counter a pre-
scription-drug epidemic. More
people died from prescription
painkiller overdoses in 2011
than from heroin and cocaine
combined, according to the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.
"The efforts to crack down
on pills mills and irresponsible
pharmacies and wholesalers
are really appropriate and nec-
essary," said Andrew Kolodny,
president of Physicians for Re-
sponsible Opioid Prescribing, a
consortium of pain experts who
advocate treatments beyond
the pills.
In Florida, where the Drug
Enforcement Administration
shut part of a Walgreen Co. dis-
tribution center Sept. 14 over
Please turn to DRUG 10B

Memorial Healthcare

cuts taxes by 20 percent

By Nicole Brochu

For the third year in a row,
south Broward County public
hospitals that make up the
Memorial Healthcare System
are cutting their tax rate.as
part of a continuing effort to
ease the burden on taxpayers,
officials said.
South Broward Hospital
District commissioners voted
Monday to reduce their prop-
erty tax rate by 20 percent, to
60 cents per $1,000 of taxable
value the lowest in the hos-
pital system's history.
That means that the owner
of a $200,000 home with, a
$50,000 homestead exemp-
tion would pay $90 in prop-
erty taxes, compared with

$112.50 during the last bill-
ing cycle.
Last year's rate of 75 cents
per $1.000 of taxable value
represented a 41 percent de-
crease from the previous year.
Ten years ago, the rate stood
at $1.73 per $1,000 of taxable
"The board has been asking
us repeatedly to keep taxes
down because of the econom-
ic times," said Frank V. Sacco,
president and CEO of Memo-
rial Health System.
None of that tax money goes
to support the system's hospi-
tals. Instead, it goes to offset
the cost of medical services
provided to the uninsured at
the system's five primary care



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FAMILY FIIAIURIS ment programs. While 75 p(
U.S. treatment centers are m
t's just a few drinks with dinner, or some wine women, according to the Na
to unwind at the end of the day that's not a Abuse and Prevention (NIA
problem, right? For some women, it's not. But "Women face some signif
it's estimated that 5.3 million women in the treatment," said Molly O'Ni
U.S. drink in a way that threatens their health, of First Call, (www.firstcalll
safety and general well-being. It's a significant NCADD based in Kansas C
women's health issue that more people need to be and limited financial resour
made aware of. practical issues women face
and Alc l paying for treatment costs a
Women and Alcohol need in order to attend. And
When it comes to how the body responds to alcohol, caregivers, women have add
men and women are decidedly different. Women are at make it harder to participate
greater risk for developing alcohol-related problems, sessions."
and some of that is due to simple biology. The stigma of alcoholism
When alcohol passes through the digestive tract, it women seeking help. "Then
gets dispersed in your body's water. The more water expectations for women," sa
available, the more diluted the alcohol gets. Alcohol substance abuse problems ai
also gets stored in body fat. Pound for pound, women harshly than men. If a drunk
have less water and more body fat than men do. So by a man, it's seen as unfort
even with equal consumption, women's brains and by a woman, particularly a r
other organs are exposed to more alcohol and more 'How could she do that? She
of the toxic byproducts formed when the body breaks can help these women is to
down and eliminates alcohol. stand that alcoholism is not;
This means that women get intoxicated faster than an addictive disease that can
men do. Women also develop alcohol-abuse problems,
as well as alcohol-related physical health problems, at Getting Help
lower doses and in less time than men. The good news is that once
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug are more likely to stick with
Dependence (NCADD) says that women who develop opportunities available throu
alcoholism have death rates nearly 75 percent higher Alcoholics Anonymous (AA
than male alcoholics. Death from alcohol-related offer programs in most cities
accidents, heart disease, stroke, cirrhosis of the liver many women take their first
and suicide happens more frequently in women. talking with their healthcare
Addiction to alcohol does
Barriers to Getting Help it affects their families, sign
Even with such high risk factors and such dire conse- "Children of alcoholics have
quences, fewer women than men are in alcohol treat- emotional and behavioral pr


percent of alcohol clients in
ien, only 25 percent are
itional Institute on Alcohol
icant barriers to getting
eill, president and CEO
kc.org) an affiliate of
ity. "Lack of child care
ces are two of the biggest
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nd the child care they
as the primary family
led responsibilities that
c in regular treatment
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re treated much more
k-driving accident is caused
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nom, people tend to think,
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make sure people under-
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be treated."

in recovery, women
it. There are plenty of
igh organizations such as
) and the NCADD, which
s across the country. And
steps toward recovery by
n't just affect the user -
ificant others and friends.
Greater physical,
oblems than children of

non-alcoholics, said O'Neill, "and they're three to
four times more likely to abuse alcohol or other drugs
themselves. That's why at First Call we offer programs
for family members and friends impacted by a loved
one's abuse, in addition to help for the one who is
To make getting access to help easier, and to help
other human services agencies manage client care,
First Call developed Community CareLink. This online
program helps people connect with substance abuse
professionals in a safe, secure way, and helps them
stay on track with treatment plan goals and get the
help they need. "We've found that women and children
have trouble getting coordinated care," said O'Neill.
"Community CareLink helps facilitate referrals and
evaluations, and it gives people access to care they
might not otherwise receive. We're very excited to
share this program with agencies all across the
country." (Learn more about Community CareLink at
Alcohol addiction is a serious health issue, particu-
larly for women. If you even suspect a problem, don't
wait to reach out. There is hope, help and healing for
you and the women you love.

What is a drink?
Do you really know how much you're drinking?
You may think you only have a little wine with
dinner, but you could be drinking more than what is
recommended. Here is how the NIAAA defines "a
One 5-ounce glass of wine
One 12-ounce bottle of beer
1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits

Help for women alcoholics

and their families

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discussion and get the facts about prevention, early detection, symptoms and treatment as we

celebrate Breast Cancer Aw'areness Month.


October 9, 2012

7pm 8pm

North Shore Medical Center
1100 N.W. 95 Street
Miami, FL 33150

featuring: introducing:
Hakan Charles-Harris, MD, F.A.C.S. Atara Kane, MD

Medical Director, NSMC Breast Center
Breast Surgeon & Breast Cancer Speaker

Breast Radiologist
Chief Mammographer, NSMC

a healthy dinner will be served.


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Nightime care provides activities

Readmissions studied

continued from 6B

Dr. Robert Abrams, a geri-
atric psychiatrist at NewYork-
Presbyterian Hospital, said
sleep problems are typical in
dementia and include the syn-
drome known as "sundown-
ing," in which the fall of dark-
ness causes confusion and
fear. At the Hebrew Home,
shades are kept closed.
Abrams says an overnight
activity program like the He-
brew Home's is preferable to
"fighting nature by insisting
that participants try to sleep."
Ruth Drew, director of fam-
ily services at the Alzheimer's
Association in Chicago, said,

"Many family members want
to care for relatives with Al-
zheimer's at home, but in or-
der to do that, the caregivers
themselves have to remain
healthy. You cannot stay
healthy if you don't get a good
night's sleep."
Many patients sleep a few
hours at home during the day.
As the night passed at the
Hebrew Home, other activi-
ties were offered to the 34 pa-
tients, who were in their 60s
to 90s. Most moved on to a
"cooking" program, where they
were asked to peel and slice a
banana, then add grapes and
blueberries for a fruit salad.
During the slow process, the
patients were asked, in Eng-

lish and Spanish, about colors
and shapes. Several downed
the fruit as it came their way,
before salads could be com-
Other nighttime activities in-
clude walks through the near-
ly empty halls of the nursing
home and "movie nights" with
popcorn. Patients who are up
to it are sometimes taken on
field trips, for example to see
the neighborhood's Christmas
In quiet rooms, patients with
more profound dementia were
guided in simple puzzles like
putting a peg in a hole. Oth-
ers had sand or water poured
over their hands to stimulate
tactile sensations and perhaps

"They haven't been to the
beach in years," said program
director Deborah Messina.
"Maybe it's a fond memory."
One darkened room was
filled with recorded sounds of
nature, a pleasant aroma and
twinkly lights, all meant to
provide gentle stimulation.
On occasion, a patient would
nod off. There are "resting
rooms" for patients who want
to sleep, but half-hour naps in
their chairs are more common.
"It's like a sleepover," Mes-
sina said. "It's a little bit of
a party, and like a sleepover,
when they come home in the
morning, they haven't slept

Laws to aid efforts to reduce prescriptions

continued from 8B

the issue of opioid drugs end-
ing up on the black market,
some pharmacies have stopped
stocking the drugs or can't get
them from wholesalers, which
fear law-enforcement scrutiny.
Patients have given the result-
ing hunt for medication a nick-
name: the pharmacy crawl.
About 8.8 million people in the
U.S. are on chronic opioid ther-
apy, according to the American
Academy of Pain Management,
a professional group of doctors
and others who treat pain.
More than two out of three
pain patients in Florida have
had prescriptions for immedi-
ate-release oxycodone refused
at a pharmacy, according to
an online survey of 170 Florida
patients conducted from Janu-
ary to August by the American
Academy of Pain Management.

Some 37% said they had gone
without their medications for
more than a week.
Problems can occur when
doctors underestimate how ad-
dictive the drugs can be and
the limited evidence support-
ing long-term use, Dr. Kolodny
said. "These groups pointing at
the DEA and others should look
in the mirror. They only have
themselves to blame for the
prescription-drug epidemic," he
But chronic-pain patients and
physician groups argue the laws
have overreached. "Physicians
are not police officers," said Eric
Voth, chairman of the Institute
on Global Drug Policy, a non-
profit subsidiary of the Drug
Free America Foundation.
David Caraway, a pain phy-
sician in Huntington, W. Va.,
said he has seen a 20 percent
to 30 percentrise in patient re-
ferrals since the state enacted

several laws in March restricting
pain-clinic ownership to medi-
cal professionals and stiffening
penalties for doctors who write
prescriptions for pills that end
up on the streets. Some patients
travel several hours to Dr. Car-
away's clinic, explaining that
their family doctors have balked
at writing painkiller prescrip-
tions out of fear of prosecution.
"I'm not sure we've struck
the right balance with making
an impact on rampant overpre-
scribing of opioid drugs with
maintaining patient access. In
many cases, the laws are too re-
strictive," Dr. Caraway said.
Whether the crackdowns are
having an effect on illegal pre-
scription-drug sales is unclear.
In Texas, a law enacted two
years ago requires any pain clin-
ic writing more than half of its
prescriptions for painkillers to
register with the state's medical
board. Shortly after it passed,

shady operators tried circum-
venting the law by calling them-
selves wellness clinics or diet
centers a move that didn't
work long-term because a state
database revealed that the ma-
jority of prescriptions their doc-
tors were writing were for pain.
But now, some Texas pill mills
are demanding that pain-medi-
cation customers bring people
with them to buy other types of
drugs, to help keep the facilities
from surpassing the law's 50
percent threshold for reporting
painkiller prescriptions, state
officials said.
In Ohio, laws passed in 2011
and an intensification of law-
enforcement efforts haven't re6-
duced painkiller prescribing in
the state. In 2010, an average
of 68 opioid pain pills were pre-
scribed per Ohio resident, ac-
cording to state data, compared
with 67 opioid pain pills per
resident in 2011.

continued from 6B

research findings that back up
the industry's assertion that
hospitals serving the poor,
including major teaching fa-
cilities, are more likely to face
penalties. But for now, Blum
said Medicare is not inclined to
grade on the curve.
"We have really tried to ad-
dress and study this issue," said
Blum. "If you look at the data,
there are hospitals that serve a
low-income patient mix and do

very well on these measures. It
seems to us that hospitals that
serve low-income people can
control readmissions very well."
Under Obama's health care
overhaul, Medicare is pursuing
efforts to try to improve quality
and lower costs. They include
rewarding hospitals for qual-
ity results, and encouraging
hospitals, nursing homes and
medical practice groups to join
in "accountable care organiza-
tions." Dozens of pilot programs
are under way. The jury is still
out on the results.

More workers need shots

continued from 8B

Foundation for Infectious Dis-
While 2009-10 saw a pan-
demic, last year's flu season
was the mildest on record, Koh
says. Still, 34 children died of
the disease last year. The CDC
recommends flu vaccines for
everyone over age 6 months.
Yet most Americans choose to
skip the flu shot. Forty-two per-
cent of Americans got a flu shot
last year, about the same rate
as the year before, according to
the CDC. Vaccination coverage
fell sharply with increasing age,
peaking at a high of 75 percent
of babies ages 6 to 23 months
but falling to 39 percent of
adults and 34 percent of teens
ages 13 to 17. Forty-seven per-
cent of pregnant women were
vaccinated against the flu last
Pregnant women are five
times as likely as other people

to become severely ill if they get
the flu.
Each year, five percent to
20 percent of Americans get
the flu, causing up to 200,000
hospitalizations, Koh said. Yet
even health care workers aren't
getting recommended vaccines.
Sixty-seven percent of all health
care providers get flu shots, in-
cluding 87 percent of doctors.
"It's a patient safety issue, so
we do not transmit our influ-
enza infection to patients," said
William Schaffner, past presi-
dent of the infectious disease
foundation. "It's also so that
when influenza strikes, we are
vertical and not horizontal."
Schaffner predicts more hos-
pital workers will become vac-
cinated once the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Servic-
es requires those vaccination
rates to be published. The flu
shot currently protects against
three strains of virus, but next
year's vaccine will protect
against four, Schaffner said.

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Keep pulpit politicking out t .

Pastor endoresments
send wrong message
to parishioners

By Gerald ZelizerShare

Clergy are becoming more
aggressive in publicly endors-
ing political candidates in this
year's election, a trend that has
no place in our churches.
On Sunday, many pastors
will endorse political candidates
from their pulpits. They will be
part of Pulpit Freedom Day,
sponsored by the conservative
non-profit Alliance Defending
The objective is to overturn
the Internal Revenue Service
statute that prohibits all tax-
exempt institutions, including
religious ones, from "directly
or indirectly" endorsing politi
cal candidates. The first Pulpit
Freedom Day began in 2008,
when 33 pastors participated.

This year, more than 1,000 have
enrolled to take part.
Not to be outdone, more
than 600 rabbis have enrolled
in Rabbis for Obama. Rabbis
for Romney is now organizing.
And black pastors met in early
September in Chesapeake, Va.,
to discuss ways to encourage
their flocks to vote for Obama,
in spite of his support for same-
sex marriage.

Why is this sudden upsurge
in pulpit politicking?
Some say the 1954 amend-
ment to the tax code that pro-
hibits all tax exempt organiza-
tions, including churches, from
"directly or indirectly" endorsing
candidates was politically moti-
vated and unconstitutional.
Other clergy will endorse can-
didates because they say that
in today's secular society, is-
sues such as abortion, mar-
riage, and end of life originate in

scripturai s-,itrces.
And then there is the Firsi
Amendment. Rabbis and pas-
tors are citizens. too. Why
should they alone be muzzled
from expressing their opinion,
even from the pulpit?
Regardless, my colleagues
should stop flaunting their po-
litical muscles. Doing so gets us
and our churches into hazard-
ous territory.
Sure, definitions of marriage,
life and death in the public
sphere have moral and religious
nuances. But diving into politics
also brings '7.:,r:,;r inli trade-
offs and compromises, which
are a part of politics. What we
gain politically, we will lose mor-

Within a church or synagogue
membership, even those as-
sumed to be monolithic, are la-
ity with different political views.
Consider, for example, that in

He 200W i:: ':identiai "'CLil1.
-_ rrnt of ev.ngelicais voted
for Ooama while 21 percent oi
Jews voted for John McCain. A
minister or rabbi who endorses
a candidate misrepresents the
views of significant minorities
within his church or synagogue.
Then there is the growing
number of non-believers. Ac-
cording to a recent Pew Center
survey, the number of Ameri-
cans younger than 30 who har-
bor some doubts about God's
existence is growing: 32 p-
cent, up 15 percentage pc ,
since 2007.
At a time when doubts about
both God and the need for re-
ligious institutions are increas-
ing, clergy should not get side-
tracked by politics.
Instead, they should spend
time focusing on how to recast
their church and explain God
more effectively to ease the
doubts of the young and to draw
more people through the doors.

Doctor visits down; are we healthier?

Are we cutting costs?

By Janice Lloyd

Americans have reduced
the number of times they vis-
ited doctors over the past 10
years a time when the cost of
health insurance, deductibles
and co-pays soared, a Census
Bureau report said Monday.
Among people ages 18 to 64,
the average number of visits to
physicians and hospitals de-
creased from 4.8 visits in 2001
to 3.9 in 2010. The report ex-
amines the relationship be-
tween medical usage, health
insurance, and health and eco-
nomic status.
"We imagine this is due to
several things, including high-
er co-pays and not being able
to find a physician," says Glen
Stream, president of the Ameri-
can Academy of Family Physi-
cians. "There is a severe doctor

shortage. It could
also be that people
have to decide be-
tween going to the
doctor and buying
gas they lost a
job or are worried
they'll lose a job."
The report found
that people report-
ing "poor," "fair" or
"good" health were
more likely to be
uninsured than
those in "excel-
lent" or "very good"
health. "We know
for a fact insur-
ance status is a
very strong predic-
tor of health," says
Stream, who is not
associated with the
report. "If you have
coverage, you're go-

Nearly 66% say
their health is
'excellent' or

'very good'

Percentage of people
in poverty who did
not visit a medical
provider in 2010

Percentage of
people who did
no visit a medical
provider in 2010
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

ing to be healthier;
you have access to
medical services."
More than one-
third (38.6 percent)
of the people liv-
ing in poverty did
not visit a medical
provider in 2010.
The percentage
of the uninsured
who received rou-
tine checkups de-
creased from 13.5
percent in 2001
to 11.7 percent in
"If you're unin-
sured or on Medic-
aid, it's not easy to
find quality care,"
says Andrew Sama,
president of the
American College of
Emergency Physi-
cians. But he says
that "with the new

health care law, there will be
more services." What remains
to be seen is "if they'll have ac-
cess to the important primary
care, though."
Good news: Most Ameri-
cans consider themselves very
healthy. Nearly 66 percent re-
ported their health as "excel-
lent" or "very good." An ad-
ditional 24 percent said it is
"good." A greater percentage
of men (33.9 percent) reported
excellent health than women
(31.6 percent).
Hospital stays are rare: 92.4
percent of the population did
not spend a night in the hospi-
tal in the past year. More than
half (56.9 percent) took no pre-
scription medications in the
past year. Age is strongly relat-
ed to prescription-medication
use: 80 percent of older adults
report regular prescription use,
compared with 12.5 percent of

The goal is to have early detection

continued from 4B

If cancer cells are found af-
ter a biopsy, the pathology re-
sults can determine the cancer
type and whether it is invasive
(likely to spread) or in situ (lo-
calized). "Additional tissue may
need to be taken for a more
conclusive diagnosis and addi-
tional surgical options may be
discussed with your surgeon
depending on the type of can-
cer, how much it has spread,
your family history of breast

cancer, your age, and other
medical factors, he adds.
According to Dr. Charles-
Harris, "Statistics show that
8 out of 10 biopsies are be-
nign (not cancerous), but I
have seen in our community a
higher percentage of advanced
cancer. The goal is catching it
early! Breast cancer is not a
death sentence! Be proactive
in seeking treatment and turn
to family, friends, and support
groups for help. You are not
Dr. Hakan Charles-Harris

is Board Certified by both the
American Board of Surgery
and the American Board of
Vascular Medicine Endovas-
cular. Caring for the North
Miami community since 2000,
Dr. Charles-Harris has served
three consecutive terms as
Chief of Surgery at North Shore
Medical Center, and one term
as Vice-Chief of Staff at North
Shore Medical Center. He is
a Professor of Surgery at the
Florida International Univer-
sity School of Medicine and has
been appointed Medical Direc-

tor of the new Breast Center
at North Shore Medical Center
which will be opening in early
North Shore Medical Center
invites you to join Dr. Charles-
Harris and North Shore Medical
Center's Chief Mammographer
Dr. Atara Kane for a dinner dis-
cussion on Tuesday, October
9th at 6:30 p.m. at North Shore
Medical Center where they will
be talking about preventing and
treating breast cancer. Call to-
day at: 1800-984-3434 to make
your reservation!

Fans say NFL's support is totally awesome

continued from 4B

Ashwood. "You forget how many
people are affected. It's nice to
know they are doing something
"Support means everything.
That is why we are wearing our
Steelers stuff, because we sup-
port them. To feel like our favor-
ite sports team is supporting us
is awesome."
In support of the NFL's Breast
Cancer Awareness Campaign in
partnership with the American
Cancer Society, the Steelers will
recognize Breast Cancer Aware-

ness Month during the team's
game against the Philadelphia
Eagles on Oct. 7. The 2012
campaign, A Crucial Catch: An-
nual Screening Saves Lives, is
targeted at encouraging annual
mammograms for women over
The Steelers will be sell-
ing breast cancer awareness
merchandise at the game and
through the team's online store.
A portion of the proceeds will be
donated to breast cancer re-
Breast Cancer Awareness ele-
ments will be seen throughout
Heinz Field, including special

game balls with pink ribbons,
pink coins for the coin toss, pink
apparel worn by players includ-
ing cleats, wristbands, gloves,
sideline caps, chin straps and
quarterback towels. In addition
coaches and sideline personnel
will wear special hats.
Breast cancer survivors will
be honored at the game and ev-
ery fan entering Heinz Field for
the game will receive a pink Ter-
rible Towel, sponsored by Ford
and UPMC Cancer Centers.
Ford and UPMC Cancer Cen-
ters will also be presenting a
check to the Susan G. Komen
Pittsburgh Affiliate.

On Saturday, October 6th
the Steelers will be a sponsor
of the American Cancer Soci-
ety's Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer Walk, starting at
the North Shore Riverfront Park
across from Heinz Field. Indi-
viduals can take part by calling
1-800-881-2345 for more infor-
Heath and Katie Miller will
host Bid For Hope XI on Mon-
day, October 29 as they raise
money and awareness to fight
breast cancer through the
Glimmer of Hope Foundation.
For more information visit Bid
For Hope.

New drug touted as best innovation in years

continued from 6B

about their disease, and when
men went to Washington to
lobby, they were usually going
to support their wives' effort to
raise funds for breast cancer
That began to change in the
early '90s, when troubled fi-
nancier Michael Milken began
publicizing his own prostate
cancer battle and bringing
attention to the lack of fund-
ing for research. In 2005, the
Department of Defense began
investing heavily in prostate
cancer research, and phar-

maceutical companies, which
had largely ignored the dis-
ease, began to get interested,
said Howard Scher, chief of the
Genitourinary Oncology Ser-
vice at New York's Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Cen-
ter. That collaboration among
activists, academics, the gov-
ernment and drug companies
has led to more than 100 clini-
cal trials and was instrumen-
tal in most of the new drugs
reaching the market, he said.
Kiefert is the beneficiary of
two of them.
By the time Lupron stopped
working for him about six
years ago, Kiefert, who leads a

local prostate cancer support
group for the advocacy group
Us TOO, was able to join a tri-
al for Provenge, the first can-
cer vaccine. It ramps up the
body's immune system and
aims it at the cancer.
Provenge bought him 2v2
years without any cancer
growth -- long enough for him
to qualify for a trial of enzalu-
tamide late last year. Now,
Kiefert's prostate-specific anti-
gen number, a measure of the
progression of the disease, is
down from 30 to 4.5 as good
as it's been in decades.
Enzalutamide is "the best
innovation in prostate cancer

therapeutics in two to three
decades," according to Les-
lie Michelson, chairman and
CEO of Private Health Man-
agement, an agency that coor-
dinates medical care for high-
er-income clients.
Prostate cancer drugs -
both new and established
- can easily cost $35,000-
$100,000 a year without in-
Scientists are now trying to
understand who is likely to
respond well to the drug, and
why some patients fail to re-
spond, said Scher, the princi-
ple investigator on the enzalu-
tamide trials.

In Memorial

In loving memory of,

01/ /07/953-10/01/2006

Dear Jr., our anniversary,
birthdays and holidays are
As the years pass by, some
more than others still makes
them rough.
We wish Heaven had a
phone so we could hear your
Not able to talk to you; you
know is not our choice.
We thought of you today,
but that's nothing new.
We thought of you yesterday
and days before that too.
We thought of you in silence
and often speak your name.
All the children are grown
up. The legacy you left was
not in vain.
All we have are the golden
memories, and your pictures

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


wishes to express sincere ap-
preciation and gratitude for
every act of kindness shown
during their time of bereave-
Special thanks to the Rever-
end Billy W.L. Strange, Jr., the
Mt. Calvary M.B. Church fam-
ily and the Wright and Young
Funeral Home staff for an ex-
cellent service.
May God continue to bless
you all.
The Family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


gratefully acknowledges your
kindness and expressions of
Your visits, prayers, cards,
telephone calls, monetary do-
nations and covered dishes
were appreciated.
Thank you, the family.

in the frames.
I have a new man in my life,
and His name is "God"
I thank Him for the years we
shared together.
And blessing you and I with
"A Endless Love"
Brenda "Ms Bull" and
mother, Ruth; Redd, Trevin,
Ernest"BJ", Shakia, Zina,
Ernesto, Ernesha and grand-
children, especially Kennedi,
Khloe, Ernesto Jr and Emari.

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DAVIS, 27, hair-

MARTHA BYARS, 81, died Oc-
tober 1 at home.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
New Beginnings I
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

died Septem-
ber 30 at North
Shore Hospice.
are incomplete.

EASTER WILSON, 84, secre-
tary, died Sep-
tember 25 at
Miami Shores '
Nursing Home. ff -
Viewing 1-8 ..
p.m., Friday in
the chapel.

RUTH BOWIE, 81, homemaker,
died September
23 in Lakeland,
Fl. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at Apostolic Re-
vival Center.

died September
15 at Jackson
Memorial Hos- _i
pital. Service 10
a.m., Saturday ;
in the chapel.



Hadley Davis MLK

"Jo hnny
Smoke", 54,
retired, died
Sept. 26 in
North Carolina.
Service 11.a.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel, 4500
NW 17 Avenue.

stylist, died
September 29
at North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
vice 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
MINNIE SIMON, 83, home maker,
died September
12 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Holy
Temple Baptist

assistant, died
20 at North
Beach Rehab.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

pastor, died
25 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Viewing 1-6
p.m., Thursday
in the chapel
and 7-9 p.m,
Thursday at Fountain of New Life
Church. Service 11 a.m., Friday at
the church.

driver, died
25 at Kindred
Ho s p i t a I.
Services were .

Carey Royal Ram'n

Wright and Young
SR., retired
worker, died
26 at Jackson
Me m o r i a I
Hospital .
Celeste, Eddie (BJ) and Todd
Fitzpatrick. Viewing 12-6 p.m.,
Thursday in the chapel. Service 11
a.m., Saturday in Montrose, GA.

died September
28 at Aventura
Service 10a.m.,
2, laborer, Saturday at
Greater Peace .,
M is Missionary
Baptist Church.


DENINA HAYES, 41, home
aker, died
september 26.
service 2 p.m.,
aturday in the
,- . .

42, died Sep-
tember 29 at
Baptist Hospital.
are incomplete.

61, died September 30 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service 1 p.m.,
Thursday in the chapel.

September 28 at home. Service 10
a.m., Friday in the chapel.

died September 28 at Imperial
Point Medical Center. Service 11
a.m., Thursday in the chapel.

September 27 at home. Service 3
ANN KEELS, p.m., Tuesday in the chapel.

LEROY TORRENCE, 51, restau-
rant manager,
died September
28 at Grady Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

farmer, died September 24 at
home. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at First Church By Faith.

78, died September 20 at UM Med-
ical Center. Service 2 p.m., Satur-
day at New Mount Calvary.

75, died Sep-
tember 25 at
North Shore
Hospital. View-
ing 4-7 p.m.,
Friday in the
chapel. Service
11 a.m., Sat- '
urday at Saint ----
Mark Missionary Baptist Church,
1470 NW 87 Street, Miami, FL

student, died J
September 21 in
Ft. Lauderdale,
FL. Viewing
5:30-8:30 p.m., ,
Friday in the "
chapel, 315
West Pembroke
Road, Hallandale, FL 33009.
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Services 1:30
p.m., Saturday
at the Kingdom
Hall Jehovah

engineer, died
28 at Kindred
Medical Center.
sons, Wilson,
Sr., William
and Alexander
Rolle, Jr.; daughters, Leola Rolle-
Gordon and Thelma Rolle-Smith;
daughter-in-law, Vernia Walthour-
Rolle; brother, Jimmy Lee Mack;
sisters, Mildred Ingraham and
Carlie Jones. Services 2:30 p.m.,
Saturday at New Providence
Missionary Baptist Church.



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Sr. and mother, Marchelle Thomas.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New
Mount Oliva Baptist Church, 400
NW 9th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Eason and Benton -
SR., 70, retired -
audio visual :-
technician for
Miami Dade
College, died
September 28 at

home. Viewing "
5-8 p.m., Friday ,,
at New Hope Church of God in
Unity in Naranja, FL. Service
11a.m., Saturday at Mt. Pleasant
Missionary Baptist Church in
Goulds, FL.



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September 27 at
Jackson North.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Triumph the
Church and
Kingdom of God
in Christ.

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although we don't see your
smiling face.
Your memory is a keepsake,
with which we will never part.
We have hopes of seeing you
in the resurrection.
We love you always,
Mom, Dad and family.


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Kerry Washington more than a love interest on 'Scandal'

Actress says,

"I've been lucky"

By Alicia Rancilio

When it comes to playing the
girlfriend or wife in a Holly-
wood role, Kerry Washington
has been there, done that.
Not that she's complaining.
She's played the love interest of
some noteworthy characters.
"I've been pretty lucky,"
Washington' said in a recent
interview. "I've played the
wife of some pretty incredible
people. Two men who have Os-
cars." (She was Forest Whita-
ker's spouse in "The Last King
of Scotland" and the wife of
Jamie Foxx in "Ray," the life of
Ray Charles.)
Washington moves front and

center as the star of the ABC
series "Scandal." Or, as Wash-
ington puts it: "not the love in-
terest but has a love interest."
She plays Olivia Pope, a
professional "fixer" in Wash-
ington, D.C., who helps people
in crisis. Think'the premise is
contrived? The role is based
on one of the show's executive
producers, Judy Smith, who is
a professional problem solver.
"When some scandal un-
folds, if I hear that it's in an-
other state or another country,
I'm like, 'Where are you, Judy?
Are you ir Italy?' She's like, 'I
cannot say.' I'm like, 'Come on!
Are you in Texas?' 'I can't tell
you!' So it's fun to play 'Where
in the world is Judy Smith'
sometimes," said Washington,
with a laugh.
"Scandal," which premieres
its second season next Thurs-

L Ui

Kerry Washington and Columbus Short in "Scandal".

day, debuted on ABC last April
as a midseason show.
Washington, 35, spent the
time between production on
the show's first and second
seasons shooting the slavery
movie "Django Unchained,"
which opens Christmas Day.
Written and directed by Quen-
tin Tarantino, the film reunites
Washington with her "Ray"
co-star Foxx in the role of (you
guessed it) his wife.
That irony isn't lost on Wash-
"It's been a really fascinating
year because in the film I play
a woman who according to
our Constitution is described
as only being three-fifths a
human being and she's prop-
erty. She can't own prop-
erty because she is someone's
property. And on 'Scandal,' I
Please turn to SCANDAL 2C

Chris Brown caught

By Evelyn Diaz.

Chris Brown and
Nicole Scherzinger
are going to have
some explain-
ing to do to their
significant others.
The rapper and the
former Pussycat;
Doll were snapped
in a compromising
position at a Holly-
wood nightclub on
last Tuesday night,
and the.pictures
have surely caused
concern to Brown's
girlfriend, Kar-
rueche Tran, and
boyfriend, Lewis
Hamilton. Grainy
photographs of the
were posted on TM;
In one they appear
standing close to e8
and talking, and in
they look as though
kissing. A spy for tl
site also reports "ey

-es"' saw Brown and Scherz-
inger making out.
SAep for Scherz-"
inger tells TIMZ ''there
is absolutely no truth
to the ridiculous
Sstory...the photos that
have surfaced are old
friends who were try-
irig to talk at a very
loud club." The rep
SCHERZINGER adds, "Iguarantee
S there will be no pho-
tos of them kissing."
Brown hasn't yet
issued his own denial,
likely because he's
busy trying to clarify
things to-his-own
lady love. Tran, the
f rapper's girlfriend of
BROWN nearly two years, has
had to deal with near-
sexy pair constant rumors that Brown
Z recently.; is rekindling his romance
to be with his exRihanna, and
ach other recently.becaihe "very pissed
Sthe other off," according to sources,
They are that the exes shared a
he gossip. friendly kiss on the lips on
'ewitness- stage at the MTV VMAs.

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One of the most anticipated
games of last week was the
Miami Northwestern Bulls
against the Miami Carol City
Chiefs with much pomp and
circumstance. It started with
the Bulls marching band
waiting to bring out the team
through a makeshift tunnel
filled with smoke, followed by
the national anthem played
with a quartet of trumpets and
trombones. The coaching staff
was introduced by announcer,
Willie Wilcox: Coach

Stephen Fields,
Principal Wallace
Aristide of Northwestern,
Coach Harold Barnwell and
Principal Ja'Marv Dunn of
Carol City.
Since it was Northwestern's
home game, the booster
clubs took advantage of
the time by selling football
programs, collecting monies
for the cheerleaders, selling
paraphernalia and soul food
and constantly reminding
everyone to register and vote

Actress has powerful
in November. Joseph
Robinson scored first f
for NW in the first
quarter and Akeem ;'
Jones tied the score in '
the second quarter as
the 6,000 fans awaited
the brewing half-time
show by the opposing
bands. Both bands Al
were colorful in their
new uniforms, especially the
dancers for NW and the flag
staff for CC. Even "the Bulls"
gave "the Chiefs" an ovation
for their style of presentation.
NW's last hope came in the
fourth quarter that resulted
in a one-yard loss. The alumni
of NW left feeling bitter and
disgusted with talk of making

F changes in the
coaching department.
... However, among
the fans were Ken
." '4 Washington, Peggy
S Bouille and Patrick
Jones 2004's
"Man Of Tomorrow"
and a teacher at NW.
)AMS Louise Lowe,
a culinary artist
of pigeon peas and rice,
celebrated 90 years of living
last week before 600 church
and family members at the
Vision of Victory Banquet
Room, with Mabel Wilson as
the emcee. Lowe was escorted
after arriving in a limousine
as the guests sang "Happy
Birthday" with the Clarke

family giving a new beat
consisting of Emily Clarke,
Iris Strachan, Anquette
Wray and Carmel Clarke.
Eugene and Alexander Lowe
took over as floor managers
during the serving of the
food while Wilson supervised
a video of the honoree and
kept the guests amused with
her lovable style. Also Edwin
Demeritte's table boosted the
program with conversation,
laughter and camaraderie.
Some of the guests were
Martina Sanders, Hazel
Rolle, Dorcas Bain Marion
Pratt, Winifred Beacham,
Dorothy Hanna, Mary
Cunningham, Wilbert
McKenzie, Sherman Mills,

Kenshann Ferguson,
Lynette McKenzie, Phil
Edgecomb, Ebony, Leena
and Vincent Sturrup, Bryant
Williams, Sybil and Rev.
Herschel Johnson, Brandon
Glover, J. Adderly and
Rodney Cox.
Something special is in the
air. Save the date for the 50th
anniversary celebration re-
uniting Shirley-Ann Edwards
and Weston Edwards,
Saturday, October 27th.
Also, Bethune-Cookman
University alumni are required
to support the appearance of
the Gospel Choir at Opa-locka
UMC located on Obama Ave.
beginning at 6:30 p.m. Be
ready to show love.

The committee for the
retirementcelebration of our
beloved priest is requesting
tributes and ads for the
souvenir book to be turned
in as soon as possible. See
or call Carolyn Spicer-
Mond, Harold Meadows or
Doris Ingraham. With the
help of parishioners, family,
and friends we hope to help
our priest accomplish his
goal of giving to the UNCF.
Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church still has a
kindergarten, now located
at 321 NW 20th St. Free
V.PK enrollment for
children to 4 years old.
Our kindergarten provides
excellent carewhich is our
number one goal!
The Theodore R. Gibson
Chapter of the Union of
Black Episcopalians is
sponsoring a trip to Atlanta
for the ordination of Rev.
Robert Wright as the

10th bishop l ,o
of the Diocese
of Atlanta. The service will
take place on Saturday, Oct.
13th at the Martin Luther
King, Jr. International
Chapel on the campus
of Morehouse College,
beginning at 10:30 a.m..
A charter bus will be your
means of transportation.
See Cupidine Dean, Kathy
Walker or Arnett Hepburn.
A very happy birthday
(belated) to Frederick Dean-
Wanza, who celebrated her
94th birthday Sept. 28th.
Happy natal day to you!
Do hope you enjoyed every
golden minute of your day!
Peggy G. Green was
elated to have her three
daughters and her grands
to be home with her on
her birthday and to attend
the football game between
"the Wildcats" and "the
Hurricanes". Also her

children and grandchildren
helped her to have a
beautiful birthday bash
with them Sept. 15th and
16th Happy! Happy! Dear
Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to all sick
and shut-ins: may all of
you soon return to good
health! Gloria Bannister,
Lottie M. Brown, Naomi
A. Adams, Evangeline
Gibson, Veronica
O'Berry, Ted Moss, Inez
M. Johnson, Maureen
Bethel, Grace Heastie-
Patterson, Princess
Lamb, Frankie Rolle,
Shirley Bailey, Geneva
Bethel-Sands, Thomas
Nottage, Wilhelmina S.
Welch, Donzaleigh "Lisa"
McKinney and Gwendolyn
Green-Dickson (former
Chief of the Miami Police
Dept.'s wife). Very happy to
see Deacon Doris Ingraham
feeling much better.
Miamians were saddened
to learn of the demise of
Mildred "PI" Ashley and
soror Vera Smith Wyche.

Jay-Z, Simmons feud over politics

By Abdul Sada

The legendary rapper Jay-
Z has revealed that he was a
never a fan of the Occupy Wall
Street movement because he
had no idea what they stood
In an interview with Zadie
Smith of New York Times, the
rapper spoke candidly about
the Occupy movement and
his belief that the movement
lacked focus, adding:
"I think all those things need
to really declare themselves a
bit more clearly. Because when
you just say that 'the 1 percent
is that,' that's not true. Yeah,
the 1 percent that's robbing
people, and deceiving people,
these fixed mortgages and all
these things, and then taking
their home away from them,
that's criminal, that's bad. Not
being an entrepreneur. This is
free enterprise. This is what
America is built on."
Although the rapper's cloth-
ing company, Roc A Wear, sold
'Occupy Wall Street' message
t-shirts, none of the profit was
donated to the Occupy move-
ment, which drew a lot of criti-
cism from the protest leaders.
Occupy Wall Street spokes-
man Patrick Bruner was quot-
ed as saying in response to
the t-shirts: "Naturally there
will be some bloodsuckers who
come out of the woodwork."
The backlash led his com-
pany to change the message to
'Occupy All Streets.'
Prior to yanking the shirts
from the website, Rocawear re-
leased a statement which read
in part:
"Rocawear strongly encour-
ages all forms of constructive
expression, whether it be ar-
tistic, political or social. 'Oc-
cupy All Streets' is our way of
reminding people that there is
change to be made everywhere,
not just on Wall Street. At this
time we have not made an offi-
cial commitment to monetarily
support the movement."
In response to the Jay-Z

Queens without changing our
government to have our politi-
cians work for the people who
elect them and not the special

interview, Russell Simmons
wrote an open letter address-
ing the rappers' stance on Oc-
cupy Wall Street. Here is an
excerpt from that letter where
Simmons calls out Jay-Z to
rethink his stance on the Oc-
cupy movement:
"So, Jay, here's the deal.
You're rich and I'm rich. But,
today it's close to impossible
to be you or me and get out
of Marcy Projects or Hollis,

interests and corporations that
pay them. Because we know
that these special interests are
nothing special at all. In fact,
they spend millions of dollars
destroying the fabric of the
Black community and make
billions of dollars in return."

Actress has powerful role

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play somebody who is arguably
the most powerful woman in
the country....
It's been pretty phenomenal
to jump two centuries back
and forth and play these two
black women on complete op-
posite ends of the spectrum,"

she said.
Turns out, Tarantino is a
fan of Shonda Rhimes, an ex-
ecutive producer on "Scandal,"
"Grey's Anatomy" and "Private
"He was like quoting season
one of 'Grey's Anatomy' to me
on set one day," Washington
said. "I was like, 'Are you kid-
ding me right now?'"

Is offering Drama, Motivational Speaking,
and TV Interviewing classes
starting September 8.

cee 305-904-9200

Lupe showcases social views

continued from 1C

a variety of topics from his per-
spective, such as poverty, reli-
gion, politics and corruption.
After a spoken word intro
from his sister Ayesha, setting
a tone reminiscent of his ear-
lier and more celebrated work,
he starts off the with "Strange
Fruition," a track that delves
into how institutionalized rac-
ism plagues our country and
how the result in turn reflects
our community and hip-hop
On "Around My Way" the
emcee lays out his issues with
government and our fixation
on being a military superpow-
er that in his eyes perpetuates
the cycle of more violence and
international hatred, and begs
for peace instead. The high-
light on the America-themed
section is without a doubt the
album's second single, 'B*tch

Bad' A play on words, Lupe
creates a discussion piece
about power and perception
that the word, often romanti-
cized in hip-hop culture, has
over children and the highly
The second half of the album
trades in the social commen-
tary slightly in favor of show-
casing himself as the lyrical
technician we've known him
to be. This intent is quickly
demonstrated on '"Form Fol-
lows Function." Lupe removes
the typical song structure of
hooks and cadences, and spits
free of any restriction, deliver-
ing one of the album's stron-
gest cuts.
"Cold War" finds Lupe in a
deeply personal state reflecting
on the loss of one of his clos-
est friends, seemingly pour-
ing out his pain and confusion
over the track for the listener
to digest. 'Hood Now' appro-
priately brings the album to

a close with a light-toned cel-
ebratory record describing the
ascendance of Blacks and ur-
ban culture now being deemed
popular or at the forefront of
Unlike Lasers, this album
lacks the need to cater towards
rnainstreamil radio, providing
Lupe the creative freedom to
create an album that is argu-
ably one of his best.
Obviously refreshed, Lupe
makes good on pt. 1 of his
last two albums on Atlantic
records by creating a product
that his core fan base will be
proud and a casual listener
can be proud of.
Filled with his anti-estab-
lishment remarks, stark view
on society, and loAe for social
uplift, Food & Liquor II: The
Great Anmrican Rap Album
proves that Lupe Fiasco is
back ... that is until he threat-
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Fine cuisine authorities share recipe

secretsfor the seas
By Ju'lia Samuels

The flavorful fall season
offers an abundance of veg-
etables and spices that most
chefs and food lovers tend to
capitalize on. With fall follow-
ing closely behind the sum-
mer season, family gatherings
and casual cookouts are still
pretty common. Having the
ideal dish to entertain your
family members or guests is
the key ingredient that keeps
a well-seasoned host from hav-
ing a bitter experience. A few
Food Network familiars and
a local Miami-based culinary
chef who specializes in spices
shared a.few of their favorite
fall recipes that are perfect for
entertaining and easy to make
with The Miami Times.
"Fall is my favorite time of
year," Aaron Sanchez of the

Booker T. Washington
1962 Alumni Class will
meet Oct. 6th at the African
Cultural Heritage Center at 4
p.m.. Call 305-691-1333.

Senator Oscar Braynon
presents its Help for
Homeowners, Oct. 11th at
the North Miami Library, 835
NE 132nd St. from 4-8 p.m..
Contact Katia at 305-654-

Institute invites you to its
Family Wellness Health Fair
Oct. 13th from 11-3 p.m. at
1201 W Cypress Creek Rd.

Senator Oscar Braynon

Food Network said. "As a chef,
I can't get enough of all the
different flavors that come
with the season the veg-
etables, herbs and spices. You
can make so many delicious,
flavorful dishes by letting the
ingredients speak for them-
selves and manipulating them
as little as possible."
Sanchez shared the ingredi-
ents to one of his latest recipes,
crab dip with ranch tortilla
Pop chips. The dish is ideal for
a casual snack or entertain-
ing a few guests. Another Food
Network familiar, Candice Ku-
mai of the first season of "Top
Chef" shared her recipe for
her orange and avocado citrus
salad on warm flatbread with
The Miami Times. The dish is
ideal for a light and wholesome
snack. Local Miami chef Aaron
Jones also chimed in with his
sun dried tomato wrap with

presents its Help for
Homeowners, Oct. 17th at the
City of Miami Gardens Council
Chambers, 1515 NW 162nd
St. from 4-8 p.m.

Booker T Washington
Alumni Association Inc will
meet Oct. 18th at 6 p.m. in the
BTW High School Cafeteria.
Contact Lebbie at 305-213-

SUrban Partnership Drug
Free Community Coalition
will host its monthly meeting
Oct. 18th at 10 a.m.

The BTW Alumni
Athlete Club will have a
banquet/induction Hall of

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and balsamic drizzle.
"Fall is all about light and
flavorful dishes," Jones said. I
am all about taking a dish and
making it as heavy in flavor
but as light as possible."

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1 8-ounce package cream

Fame ceremony Nov. 10th
at the Doubletree Hotel. Call

Miami Jackson Class of
1982.celebrates 30 years on
Nov. 23-25th, 2012. Contact
Stephanie van Vark at 305-

Acupuncture and
Massage College (AMC)
will hold an open house for
prospective students Oct.
20th at noon at 10506 N.
Kendall Dr. Call 305-595-

Miami Art Museum will
house the Rashid Johnson:
Message to Our Folks exhibit
until Nov. 7th at 101 West
Flagler Street. Call 305-375-

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets

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1/4 cup buttermilk
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeno, finely minced
1 pound lump crab meat,
picked over, any shells dis-
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 scallion, white and green

monthly. Call 305-333-7128.

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 will resume
class meetings in Sept. Call

Seed of Hope
Community Outreach, Inc.
offers free weekly counseling
session. Call 305-761-8878.

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

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

Alumni of Raines and
New Stanton Sr. High of

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parts thinly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 350
degrees and grease a 1-quart
baking dish.
2. In a mixing bowl, blend
the cream cheese and mayon-
naise with an electric mixer on
medium speed. Blend in the
buttermilk, lime juice and salt
until the mixture is smooth.
3. Using a wooden spoon or
rubber spatula, gently fold in
the crabmeat. Turn the mix-
ture into the prepared baking
dish. Bake for 30 minutes,
until the mixture is golden and
4. Sprinkle with the cilantro
and scallion and serve warm
with ranch tortilla popchips to
scoop up the dip.

5 cups wild arugula
1 orange, segmented
1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 oz. Goat Cheese

Jacksonville will cruise in
May 2013 for a joint 45th class
reunion. Call 305-474-0030.

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

Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice
Academy offers counseling
services for youth. Call 786-

Evans County High



1 oz. Olive Oil (to taste)
Sea Salt
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons 0% Greek yogurt
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to

Wash and dry the arugula.
Toss it with the orange, avo-
cado and red onion and set
aside. In a large mixing bowl,
combine the lime juice, honey,
olive oil, Greek yogurt chili
powder and sea salt. Wisk
well then lightly drizzle over
the salad. Portion salad on to
grilled flatbreads and top with
goat cheese, drizzled olive oil
and sea salt serve!

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound store-bought pizza

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

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

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

N Opa-Locka Community
Development Corporation
is having Free Homebuyer
Education Workshops bi -
monthly. Call 305-687-3545.

Zion Ministries will
be holding auditions for a
community drama group at
13146 W. Dixie Hwy at PAN
Studios in North Miami. Call


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Dru Hill's Sisqo
performing at the
"Forever R&B"
concert at the Bank
United Center in
Coral Gables on
September 24th.

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Kar:ue that concertt tour, s. r-h .as the
. For,-r er R.':.B toul. r p.-.ss'.- s the -abilr,
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oIn ''! inteib -r 2-4th ,at
the Bank i.inited Cent,-r
trgh-t t,,gett r some
Sof the great R&iB ic.i :S
1- 3 eenrieratio*n Dru Hill
and Shirle', MC.irdock v'ere
amrn,-g those artists.
Kell:, Price and Carl
Tho:mas are alsU, fea-
tured on ihe tor.ir.
D-periding on

v,:,u ask. ther,: i alv.-.D s o -r,- a rtitr ._.r
,:,rn _ur'uLip .h I--. e '.- at ap luring i
Ip. ce i ,'-ner..ti.-,n s lI,'.'e li-,. pr':-blemr
r' d if'- i- L.:... er jfI i.heir re .p.:_ t'rd L-ei
i--ation's mur-it -. r, .rn-.i-,nstanlt, speIk-
in ., th I,_,r-g I,,s.t irt o "r- eal m ,i.ts
_'!-ir.as,'- s .h- h ,as Ba k ,r- ir-. ,j;-, ,..r
lii.ten-r-d ro' real musi-.l, -e.-rnmted t:, roll
Off the ton.g-ue .,f an. munti-:."l i:sp- ttjlor
,-s-. another 2enerrti.-.r ns tI'I-i i.-' tide
: .,-dulhT.II,:,od, th-e starinda-rd tfo:r "',-Id
sh"' .larnm-" and I' al m t-.'" hi' ,
I-,renr redeind ', a..g- a ir,
Drui Hill ir- Ia L..i r -n th :ir rer.rn t':' t[he
n siir c:l stC n -rer prommrriin or t,:, n1,:t chlan!e
the ,-rmrriL].. 'thich i' the .urpp:,se ,:,f
the tiur, acc:.i-rdinir' t.-. roup rn: iriI,_-r.
N :,k :,. "\\''- .,. .n ed t,., let peo. -ple
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there are still pe,.F'ple,- ut there I'ke u.is.
Nokio said The. Fore' -r R;.n" t:our ihas
called Markl: is.-I," Andrev.s, Larry
"Jazz" ."nthin-. Tairrnr "l'okio' Puffin
anid .\1 .-, iir n T.-. [: imp':-r.m on. b.a k t.:,
the sta.'Le

The latest .-r'p :of arti-,ts t.-. a:s.cei-d to
popularitI, are ofil'ten .ubje'-ted rt: their
I. ri's. s.t, Ie rand e.er their t.aleii be-
int ,:'ritiC zerd To: '.:: -dl elants like Dru
Hill. the iteit .:hart toppers like ._ustin
Bleber and Mill-', C%, ri.ius h:hould appF'ar
to, be easr y pre-, Ho:.we'.er, the group
rem alins as the', .'.ere- rr-nli_ Io'.ers at
heart ;,'. h,_, ,:,rnl,, cr-.ve .:reati.e e'.xpres-
si:',n SiS:!: evn admitted tL.O V.atchine
Biebe r';.s d'1u.rrimentar:i, i rn.
"I didln-'t e.en l:nr:,. thaI t Ihe .'. a
that talented," Si sq.c: said. "Thl.at's
the thing 'yci.i hai.e t. realize- a
lot of these artist- are drj:)int a lot.
of stuff No :.ne knO:v.s that all I
listen t': is classical music That's
all the ibackgrc:.iund rri.msic to the
"Thoiig Sonr" is. butr i'. one really
FluoticeS that.
In the end the group reco:gnizes
Sthe inev gener-tioin oif arti-ts as
kindred spirits
"The', ar,:- just the ne\ generation
(of artists %;.ho ,.ant to express thern-
selvches," Nokio said

Shirley Murdock and Kelly Price
perform at the "Forever R&B"

Liberty City

gets a

t. "Miami Rocks our

S. Troops" concert

Concert fundraiser

benefits non-profit


It's in style to eat healthy foods

By Ju'lia Samuels

Knowing exactly what you
are eating is in style accord-
ing to "Top chef" contes-
tant and ambassador of the
"Woodbridge by Robert Mon-
davi: Giving Through Grow-
ing" program, Candice Kumai.
The organic cuisine trend is
expanding as more consum-
ers realize the benefits of
healthy eating in their every
day lives.
"We are going back to our
origins- planting and harvest-
ing is what we do, it's what we
come from," Kumai said. "You
are seeing more and more
people jumping on board."

The Giving Through Grow-
ing program provided the
necessary grants to have a
total of five gardens planted in
communities that could ben-
efit from the harvest. Liberty
City was one of those selected
locations. The program part-

nered with Urban Greenmorks
in selecting the conmmunir,
that ouiLlld reap the benefit: of
the garden's harvest
"They did an incredible job."
Kumai said -That couldn't
have been an easr, decilson
to make, biut -e only \-ant tol:
plant \ here \e can make an
impact. We want to introduce
this to people who need it the
The garden, which is lo-
cated at 1590 NW 54th Street,
Miami FL, is now the home to
peach trees, papaya and an
array of spices.
"It is necessary for all com-
munities to have a green
space environment," said Di-
rector of Corporate and Exter-
nal Affairs at Fairchild Tropi-
cal Botanic Garden, Leslie
Bowe. "It helps educate kids
with understanding where
vegetables come and it can
save people a lot of money."
Those who are interested in
the gardening program can go
to the Urban Greenworks site

By Ju'lia Samuels

-.The "Miami Rocks Our Troops"
concert, which was held at the
: Bank United Center in Coral
Gables, housed heroes and musi-
cal masters on Saturday night.
Countless people gathered to
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to the non-profit organization,
HonorVet.org an organization
dedicated to helping veterans
survive life after service.
The musical line-up included
the'best of the best. Rock and
roll hall of famer Billy Gibbons,
multi-Grammy award winning
Jose Feliciano, the most popular
R&B group on YouTube, Ahmir,
who has recently scored a record
deal with Robbins Entertainment
and Billy Ray Cyrus were among
the many artists who came out


Roger Horne direc-
tor of community
food security initia-
tives with Urban 2.
Greenworks planting
a tree in Liberty City

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hear great songs and celebrate
the sacrifices that men and wom-
en have made for their country.
Proceeds for the concert went

to perform.
"It was our way to give back,"
said Honorvet.org co-founder
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Student debt hits

By Hope Yen

With college enrollment growing,
student debt has stretched to a record
number of U.S. households nearly 1
in 5 with the biggest burdens falling
on the young and poor.
The analysis by the Pew Research
Center found that 22.4 million house-
holds, or 19 percent, had college debt
in 2010. That is double the share
in 1989, and up from 15 percent in
2007, just prior to the recession -
representing the biggest three-year
increase in student debt in more than
two decades.

The increase was driven by higher
tuition costs as well as rising col-
lege enrollment during the economic
downturn. The biggest jumps oc-
curred in households at the two
extremes of the income distribution.
More well-off families are digging
deeper into their pockets to pay for
costly private colleges, while lower-
income people in search of higher-
wage jobs are enrolling in commu-
nity colleges, public universities and
other schools as a way to boost their
Because of the sluggish economy,
fewer college students than before are

a major
able to settle into full-time careers
immediately upon graduation, con-
tributing to a jump in debt among
lower-income households as the
young adults take on part-time jobs
or attend graduate school, according
to Pew.
As a share of household income,
the debt burden was the greatest for
the poorest 20 percent of households.
or those making less than $21,044.
In all, 40 percent of U.S. households
headed by someone younger than
age 35 owed college debt, the highest
share of any age group.
"Comparing the debt to their

economic resources, the
lowest-income fifth of
households are the ones
experiencing the greatest
stresses," said Richard
Fry, a senior economist
at Pew who analyzed the
The study released last
Wednesday is based on
the Survey of Consumer
Finances, conducted every
three years and sponsored
by the Federal Reserve. The
numbers are as of 2010,
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Disabled workers struggle to find employment

Quality job

opportunities are

hard to come by
By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Stroke victim Cynthia
Cannon, 55, once worked at
a Winn-Dixie store bagging
groceries. But she was laid off
and said she had trouble find-
ing another job until she went
to Goodwill Industries of South

Florida, which specializes in
employing those with disabili-
ties and special needs .
While she likes her job,
which involves weighing cinna-
mon sticks for a Badia Spices
product, she hopes for other
"I hope to get a better job. I
tried, but it's hard to find one
right now," said Cannon, who
works at Goodwill in Fort Lau-
Worse off are the many
disabled and special needs

residents in South Florida who
can't find a job or can only
find part-time or jobs paying
minimum wage. Workers with
disabilities have always had
the largest unemployment but
during the recession, it got
even worse. Many were laid off
just like other workers in the
recession and the employment
has been slow to return.
Four years ago, Goodwill
Industries once placed about
1,800 disabled workers a
year with private employers;

in 2011, that numbers fell to
1,200. This year, executive, di-
rector Dennis Pastrana doesn't
expect to place more than 900

Moreover, "the availability of
good jobs has really been re-
duced dramatically," Pastrana
In Broward, Miami-Dade and
Monroe counties, there are

more than 532,000 adults with
a disability and 43 percent
of them are unemployed. In
Broward County, nearly 37
percent of disabled workers
were unemployed, according to
the 2010 Census.
Gulfstream Goodwill In-
dustries, which serves Palm
Beach County and the Trea-
sure Coast, helped about 2,900
workers with employment,
according its 2011 annual re-
port. Of those, 532 were placed
at private employers includ-

ing Boca Resort, St. Mary's
Hospital and Joseph's Classic
Market, said Marvin Tanck,
Pam Heyer, director of adult
programs for The Arc in Palm
Beach County, which has a
smaller employment program
for mentally challenged indi-
viduals, said its employment
program is about half of what
it was a few years ago, but
she's seeing some improve-
ment. The Arc has placed
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USPS defaults on $5B payment



Ashleigh Shelby Rosette of Duke University's Fuqua
School of Business.

Black women

in business

face rocky road

In the corporate world,
it looks like women are
making significant strides.
This year's Fortune 500
list.boasted 18 female
CEOs, more women to
make the list than ever
before. But despite those
gains, Black women aren't
faring quite as well, facing
harsher penalties than
other leaders when orga-
nizations fail. It's a reality
that professors Ashleigh
Shelby Rosette of Duke
University's Fuqua School
of Business and Robert W.
Livingston of Northwestern
University's Kellogg School
of Management say exists
whether an organization
is performing negatively or
not. In a study conducted

by Rosette and Livingston,
228 participants read ficti-
tious news articles about
a company's performance,
including permutations in
which the leader was Black
or white, male or female
and successful or unsuc-
cessful. What they found
was that Black women who
failed were viewed more
critically than their under-
performing white or male
counterparts even those
of the same race.
The findings, which were
published in the Journal
of Experimental Social
Psychology this month
represent a case of "double
jeopardy," the study au-
thors say, or the product
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Will 'snail mail' get even

slower? We sure hope not.
By Hope Yen
Associated Press

Service, on the brink of default on a second
multibillion-dollar payment it can't afford
to pay, is sounding a new cautionary note
that having squeezed out all the cost savings
within its power, the mail agency's viability
now lies almost entirely with Congress.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says
the mail agency was forced to miss the $5.6
billion payment due to the Treasury last Sun-
day, its second default in as many months.
Congress has left Washington until after the
November elections, without approving a post-
al fix. For more than a year, the Postal Service
has been seeking legislation that would allow
it to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and re-
duce its $5 billion annual payment for future
retiree health benefits. Since the House failed
to act, the post office says it's been seeking to
reassure anxious customers that service will
not be disrupted, even with cash levels run-
ning perilously low.
Donahoe says the two missed payments
totaling $11.1 billion for future retiree health
benefits payments ordered by Congress in

2006 that no other gover ne ntr age !nc.
business is required to rrmake -- i long
with similar expenses make Lip the
bulk of the annual loss. The remainder
is nearly $3 billion in losses he said.
which would have been cf'srs t bT-
savings if the service had been
allowed to move to five-dal irn..ll de-

Donahoe said the post offl:c ill
hit a low point in cash next
month but avert immediate
bankruptcy due to a series of
retirement incentives, emprlee re-
ductions and boosts in produce rl\ it,
among remaining staff that sa. .ed
nearly $2 billion over the past .
But the post office has
few tools left to build its
revenue, he said, without .
either having to pay up-
front money it lacks or
get approval from postal
unions or Congress.
"We've done a lot to
reduce cost out of our
system," Donahoe said.
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Black youth account for most unemployed

By Ann Brown

It isn't a myth that Black
youth are being left behind. It
is a reality and a new study,
"One in Seven: Ranking Youth
Disconnection in the 25 Largest
Metro Areas," has the evidence.
The study looked at the number
of youth who are disconnected
in America. We aren't talking hi-
tech disconnected, but socially

disconnected. The government
defines a disconnected youth
as one who is not in school or
"One in Seven" found that
youth disconnection is highest
in the largest metro areas of the
U.S., meaning that Black teens
are the 'most impacted. Ac-
cording to "One in Seven," 5.8
million young adults or one in
seven young adults, ages 16 to

24, are socially adrift. The
study was conducted by social
scientist Sarah Burd Sharps,
who said in a press release for
the study she co-authored with
Kristen Lewis, "One in Seven is
a wake-up call to this country.
Disconnection can affect every-
thing from earnings and finan-
cial independence to physical
and mental health, and even
marital prospects."

AOL reports, that the study
discovered "Blacks between the
ages of 16 and 24 have the high-
est rate of youth disconnection
at 22.5 percent, a figure that
holds significant monetary im-
plications beyond any one ra-
cial or ethnic group. Last year
alone, youth disconnection cost
taxpayers $93.7 billion in gov-
ernment support and lost tax
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Diversity has replaced legalized discrimination Jim Crow

By Harry C. Alford
NNPA columnist

We have come a long way in
diversity management. This
is really a fancy name for
affirmative action, which
was introduced by Arthur
A. Fletcher under the Nixon
administration. Jim Crow,
which was legislated discrimi-
nation, seems so long ago.
Actually, it has been only two
generations since the very
bad days. Let's take a look at

this successful venture.
Jim Crow laws and prac-
tices were implemented soon
after the end of the Civil
War. Blacks were consid-
ered second-class citizens
and in many places so were
Hispanics. Our Jim Crow
system was so bad that when
South Africa created their
apartheid system they used
American Jim Crow as the
model. Restaurants, hotels,
jobs, parks, state fairs, movie
theaters and many public fa-

cilities were racially
segregated. In the
southern states,
Wednesday was the
designated "Colored 4
Day" at some public
facilities. Blacks
were forbidden to
attend on the other
six days.
America was
ugly, but things A
would soon change. Veter-
ans were eligible for the GI
Bill of Rights as World War

II ended. All veter-
ans, regardless of
race, were entitled to
college assistance, a
home mortgage and
other benefits. Soon a
rising class of Black
college graduates and
homeowners would
S"* evolve. This was the
first step to economic
ALFORD empowerment for
Blacks but still Jim Crow was
formally in place. One day in
Montgomery, Ala., Rosa Parks

decided she wasn't going to
take Jim Crow any longer.
This defiance ignited mass
strikes and demonstrations. A
young preacher new to Mont-
gomery by the name of Martin
Luther King, Jr. decided it
was time to change it forever.
This gave birth to the mod-
ern civil rights movement. The
movement was successful.
It culminated into the pas-
sage of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964. This brought Blacks
and others into the Consti-

tution of the U.S. in a real
sense. Shortly thereafter, the
Voting Rights Act of 1965 was
passed. This gave Blacks po-
litical clout and served notice
on elected officials that things
must change or their political
careers would be shortened.
These two laws would kill and
bury Jim Crow once and for
Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act was the beginning of
enforcement. This dealt with
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Disabled have difficulty in finding jobs

continued from 7D

workers at Publix Supermar-
kets, McDonald's, Macy's,
T.J. Maxx and other retailers.
"Our folks have stayed on
the job but a lot of them have
had their hours cut," Heyer

Another problem is that
employers expect workers
today to multi-task, she
said. In retail, an employee
may work behind the scenes
but also be called upon to
run a cash register. "That
has an impact on the peo-
ple we serve. They're good

at learning a repetitive task
but employers are bringing
in additional responsibilities
that may be beyond the abil-
ity of some folks."
At Goodwill, workers do
tasks that accommodate
their disability, often one re-
petitive task that they can
Goodwill Industries of
South Florida has contracts
with the federal government
to make military uniforms
and flags designed for the
caskets of fallen soldiers.
Workers make an average of
$9 an hour, Pastrana said.
Terry Newmones, who is
blind from an accident when
he was a child, has been

trained to stitch military
uniforms at Goodwill. The
sewing equipment has been
adapted to sew automatical-
ly once it is placed by New-
mones, who uses his fingers
to-position the garment. He
uses his foot to operate the
sewing machine.
Now 50, Newmones has
been working at Goodwill for
12 years and is proud that
he is able to do work to sup-
port his country.

"It helps to have a pay-
check and it helps out our
Department of Defense,"
said Newmones, who is one
of the more than 950 work-

ers with a disability who
make garments and flags
at Goodwill's Miami center.
In a separate room, other
workers place inserts in the
feature section of The Miami
In Fort Lauderdale, work-
ers pack spices for Badia
Spices, destroy documents
for the IRS, and codify and
sell donated books on Ama-
Kevan Cooper, 38, is para-
lyzed on his right side but he
is able to work at Goodwill
by sitting down while work-
ing in spice packaging. "My
social worker found the job
for me," said Cooper, who
adds that he likes the work.

Congress needs to act on postal reform

continued from 7D

"The problem now is
this: There's nowhere
to go."
Postal unions also
say Congress is most-
ly to blame for losses,
but disagree that a
reduction to five-day
delivery is an answer.
"What is needed is
for Congress to undo
the harm it has done
with the pre-funding
mandate and for the
Postal Service to de-
velop a balanced plan
moving forward," said
Fredric Rolando, pres-
ident of the National
Association of Letter
Carriers. He said cut-
ting Saturday delivery
would in particular
hurt rural residents
and the elderly who

depend more heavily
on the mail for pre-
scription drugs and
other goods.
The Postal Service
last month failed to
pay $5.5 billion, its
first default ever on a
payment. While it will
miss a second pay-
ment Sunday, it ex-
pects to make a $1.4
billion payment due to
the Labor Department
on Oct. 15 for workers'
compensation. Cash
levels are expected
to hit a low after that
labor payment before
rising again due to in-
creased volume from
holiday and election
mail, including ballots
for early voting.
The mail agency
said the two payment
defaults will not af-
fect day-to-day opera-

tions. Post offices will
stay open, and suppli-
ers and employees will
get paid. Longer term,
however, Donahoe has
cautioned that a "cri-
sis of confidence" over
postal solvency could
damage growth.
The post office also
remains vulnerable
to shifts in the econ-
omy that could sup-
press mail volume.
Both FedEx Corp. and
UPS recently have cut
their earnings fore-
casts, citing in part
slow global economic
Congress will have a
full agenda of pressing
fiscal issues when it
returns in November,
and some lawmakers
have raised the possi-
bility that postal legis-
lation will get pushed

over to the next Con-
gress. The Postal
Service originally
planned to close low-
revenue post offices
in rural areas to save
money, but after pub-
lic opposition it now is
moving forward with
a new plan to keep
13,000 of them open
with shorter operat-
ing hours. The Postal
Service also will be-
gin closing more than
200 mail processing
centers next year, but
the estimated annual
savings of $2.1 billion
won't be realized until
the full cuts are com-
pleted in late 2014.
The Postal Ser-
vice, an independent
agency of government,
does not receive tax
dollars for its day-to-
day operations but is

subject to congressio-
nal control.
Art Sackler, co-co-
ordinator of the Co-
alition for a 21st Cen-
tury Postal Service, a
group representing the
private-sector mailing
industry, said many
businesses are pre-
paring their budgets
for next year and have
no idea whether to
expect disrupted ser-
vice or higher postage
"Congress needs to
act quickly on compre-
hensive postal reform,"
he said. "These de-
faults, mounting debts
and declining reve-
nues aren't just going
to hurt the Postal Ser-
vice; they're going to
hurt the eight million
Americans whose jobs
depend on the mail."

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Blacks have progressed, but slowly

continued from 7D

hiring, training and
promotion. No busi-
ness could discrimi-
nate in these areas
and the U.S. Depart-
ment of Labor would
police this through
the Office of Federal
Contract Compliance
Programs. Black fac-
es started to grow
within work places
at a rapid rate. The
perfect model would
come from the mili-

tary. Title VI states
that if you are doing
business with the
federal government
or benefiting from
a federal program
you cannot discrimi-
nate in your busi-
ness practices. En-
trepreneurship in the
Black community is
the fastest growing
segment of Ameri-
can small business,
thanks to this law.
Title IX emulated
Title VII from a fe-
male perspective and

increased female par-
ticipation immensely.
The OFCCP monitors
this as well. It also
created women col-
lege sports programs.
We have had two
generations under
these laws and it has
been truly a suc-
cess in a collective
sense. It has become
the envy of many na-
tions. Thus, our ma-
jor corporations that
do business glob-
ally have brought
the above practices

to these nations and
these nations have
greeted them warm-
ly. A diversity man-
agement officer usu-
ally holds the rank
of vice-president or
senior vice president
and reports direct-
ly to the president/
CEO of the corpora-
tion. This officer is
constantly looking
for good minority and
female talent and
makes sure there is
representation from
top to bottom, includ-

ing the board of di-
Corporations such
as Xerox, Johnson
and Johnson and
AT&T are fine exam-
ples of good diversity
management. Per-
haps the best is the
French company
Sodexo. There is a
complete saturation
of diversity amongst
its 414,000 employ-
ees. Yes, we are off
to a great start but
remember it is still a
"work in progress."

Sexual disparity still the face in business

continued from 7D

black women held just
1.9 percent of board
seats in the Fortune

of being neither white 5bU compared to 12.7
nor male. Accord- percent for white wom-
ing to a report called en, numbers that The
"Risk and Reward" re- Huffington Post said
leased by the League compounds overall
of Black Women Glob- dissatisfaction among
al Research Institute Black women in cor-
last year, professional porate jobs.
Black women made The disparity, along
up only one percent with limited opportu-
of U.S. corporate of- nity for upward mo-
ficers, despite the fact ability might also ex-
that 75 percent of plain the shift Black
corporate executives women have been
believed that having making from corpo-
minorities in senior rate America to en-
level positions enables trepreneurship, with
innovation and better Black women starting
serves a diverse cus- their own businesses
tomer base. Similarly, at three-to-five times

Youth need training

continued from 7D

The study didn't just
leave it at present-
ing the statistics; it
also gave recommen-
dations for stopping
youth disconnection.
It suggests providing
"meaningful support
and guidance both to
young people aiming
for a four-year bach-
elor's degree and to
those whose interests
and career aspirations
would be better served
by relevant, high-
quality career and

technical education
certificates and asso-
ciate's degrees." Lewis
concluded in the press
release, "In today's
economy, everyone
needs some education
beyond high school,
but as a society, we
need to rethink the
'college-for-all' man-
tra that devalues and
stigmatizes career and
technical education.
Instead, we should
provide robust path-
ways to postsecondary
certificates or associ-
ate degree programs
for those who choose
this route."

the rate of all busi-
nesses. In July, the
Executive Leadership
Council (ELC), an in-
dependent, non-profit
organization designed
to aid in the advance-
ment of Black corpo-

rate leaders at Fortune
500 companies, hosted
more than 200 Black
female executives at
the annual Women's
Leadership Forum in
Minneapolis. On the
agenda: The ELC's

plan to work with com-
panies to promote and
hire at least one Black
woman to a CEO or se-
nior level executive po-
sition at every fortune
500 company for the
next five years.

A meeting of the Value Adjustment Board (the "VAB") will be held on Wednesday,
October 17, 2012, 10:00 a.m., Commission Chambers Conference Room, Stephen P. Clark
Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street, Miami, to consider the following:
1. Convene the 2012 VAB and implement Department of Revenue Rules governing VAB
Organizational Meetings.
II. Initial certification of the 2012 unadjusted tax rolls under Section 193.122(1), Florida
Statutes (i.e. unadjusted by subsequent VAB changes).
Ill. Approval of VAB forms for tax year 2012.
IV. Approve administrative procedures, filing fees, and rescheduling guidelines for the
2012 tax year.
V. Discuss and provide for the employment of special magistrates for tax year 2012.
VI. Such other business as may properly come before the Board.
A list maintained by the Property Appraiserof all applicants for exemption who have had their
applications for exemption either (a) denied or (b) wholly or partially approved, is available for
inspection by the public at the Department of Property Appraisal, Suite 710, 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Miami, Florida, during regular business hours (i.e. from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays). The types
of exemptions included in the list are: homestead, Sr. Citizen, widow(er), disability, educational,
literary, religious, charitable, governmental, health and care facilities, renewable energy source
devices, historic properties, homes for the aged, low-income housing propFer-n-, labor organization
properties, community centers, and economic development (enterprise zone) properties.
A person who decides to appeal any decision made by any board, agency or commission with
respect to any matter considered at its meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings.
Such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
Anyone with a disability needing a special accommodation to participate in these proceedings
should call (305) 375-5641. TDD users may contact us via the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-
8771. Note: Sign language interpreter services must be requested at least five (5) days prior to an
appointment date. Transportation is not provided by the Clerk's office.

For ega ad. onlnego o hfp:/Seglad.miamidad.gov9

for Humanity'

Request for Proposals

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc. is requesting proposals for
complete construction of Eight (8) Single Family Residences. Site specific
drawings for each unit are provided on the ftp: website below. Proposals shall
be received by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc. electronically as
per below email addresses. The proposals shall be clearly marked as per
each separate unit. Cost Breakdowns shall be preferred. Participating bidders
may or may not receive all units. Project locations are determined as per RFP.
Late submittals shall not be accepted or considered. All proposals are due
8-15-2012, 12:00 noon promptly.

These Projects are federally assisted and are funded, in part by a Self-help
Homeownership Opportunity Program. Bidders must comply with Presidential
Executive Order 11246 clause, as amended; the Copeland (Anti-Kickback)
Act; the contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and all other appli-
cable federal and state laws, and local ordinance.

This is also a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires that job training,
employment and contracting opportunities be directed to low and very-low
income persons or business owners who live in the project's area.

Full General Liability and Workman's Compensation insurance is required
for all trades. Worker's Compensation exemptions will not be accepted. No
bonding is required. Activities are Davis Bacon rules exempt.

Habitat for-Humanity of Greater Miami is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Em-
ployer) and invites proposals from small businesses, Section 3 businesses,
minority business enterprises or woman-owned businesses.

Selection of contractors will be made based on price, contractor's qualifica-
tions, experience, references, the ability to meet schedules, budgeting, licens-
ing, and insurance requirements. HFHGM reserves the right to waive any in-
formalities or minor irregulations; reject any and all bids/proposals which are
incomplete, conditional, obscure, or which contain additions not allowed for;
accept or reject any proposal in whole or in part with or without cause; and
accept the proposals which best serves HFHGM and community residents.

Bidders must obtain a pre-bid package containing the Scope of work by down-
loading it at:
ftp://ftp.miamihabitat.net and entering: constructionguest as password and

Download Files:
Habitat RFP (8 SFR Units Scattered Sites) 08-15-12

Please download all items and submit all forms required by Scope of Work.
Please be aware of due date for proposal.

All responses and proposals are to be submitted electronically only and
emailed to:
Kia.Hernandez(@miamihabitat.org and auotes@miamihabitat.org

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No relief at the gas


problems leave

supply depleted
By Gary Strauss

Gasoline prices could
soon jump by as much as
15 cents a gallon along the
West Coast and Northeast
corridors, where motorists
already are paying some of
the nation's highest prices.
The unexpected surge is
coming at a time when over-
all gasoline prices, which
typically slump after peak
summer driving season,
are at their highest autumn
levels ever.
The culprit: record-low in-
ventories due to production
woes at several U.S. refiner-
Nationally, gasoline aver-
ages $3.78 a gallon, down
from $3.83 last month
but still 35 cents higher
than Oct. 1, 2011's $3.43.
Through September, gasoline
is averaging $3.64 a gallon,
easily eclipsing 2011's record

Oakland pastor Kendall Guy, left, and Rocky Twyman
say prayer for lower gas prices after filling Guy's fuel
tank at a Chevron station.

"The two coasts are obvi-
ously the biggest sore spots,"
says Denton Cinquegrana,
editor at the Oil Price Infor-
mation Service. "Refineries
are not operating at 100 per-
cent; there are still nagging
issues with shutdowns and
seasonal maintenance that
are likely to continue and
keep prices at a plateau for
much of October."
While supply shortages

on both coasts could lift the
national average by a nickel
or more, California, where
prices now average $4.17 a
gallon, could see the biggest
increase. AAA spokesman
Michael Green also expects
higher near-term prices in
New York, Massachusetts
and Connecticut, where
gasoline averages $3.91 to
$4.12 a gallon.
"Time to get the anti-de-

The strings attached
to layaway programs
at some of the nation's
largest retailers have
loosened a bit -- just
in time for consumers
to .snatch up big-tick-
et items such as TVs,
jewelry and cartloads
of toys for the holidays.
At Toys R Us, there
are no upfront fees to
start a layaway from
now until November.
Same goes for Kmart.
Pay off your account
on time at Walmart
and you'll get a gift
card as a reward. If
you cancel your order,
there's no penalty.
These are a few of the
changes retailers have
made as they revamp
layaway policies, offer-
ing a more consumer-
friendly approach to
programs that have
long been criticized by
some as taking advan-
tage of people who can
afford it the least.
As should always
be the case, "beware
and know what you
are getting into," says
Bill Thomas, president
and CEO of the Better
Business Bureau serv-
ing central Indiana.
The BBB has filed

. i' i i

plenty of consumer
complaints on lay-
away, "but it appears
(stores) are trying to
make layaway pro-
grams more shopper
friendly," Thomas say.
"That's good for the
Good, but not void of
all layaways' pitfalls.
There is plenty of fine
print buried in most
policies complicated
payment schedules,
sometimes hefty down
payments and differ-
ing refund policies.
Most layaway plans
impose fees when con-
sumers fail to comply
with a store's layaway
policies, says Richard
Feinberg, a retail pro-
fessor at Purdue Uni-

pressants out," says Pat-
rick DeHaan, senior energy
analyst for gasbuddy.com,
a Web-based price tracker.
"Not only will 2012 be the
highest-ever yearly average
for prices, but it sets up a
perilous start for 2013."
Benchmark West Texas
Intermediate crude oil closed
up 29 cents to $92.48 a bar-
rel Monday, highest since
Sept. 21. But crude is down
more than six percent year-
Based on the cost of do-
mestic crude and seasonal
driving patterns, gasoline
should be averaging about
$3.50 a gallon, DeHaan
says. Prices could still dip
to those levels by year's
end, but DeHaan and other
industry analyst expect
most motorists to pay $3.60
to $3.80 a gallon through
"People were predicting $3
gas by the end of the year,"
Green says. "But no one
was expecting hurricanes
and major refinery problems
to still affect production.
Obviously, it's frustrating for

More calling downtown 'home'


growth in

some cities

By Haya El Nasser

After decades of decline,
America's downtown once
again are attracting new
residents- not just workers
and shoppers.
In many of the largest cit-
ies in the most-populous
metropolitan areas, down-
town populations grew at
double-digit rates from 2000
to 2010.
Chicago had the larg-
est numerical increase -
48,000 in its downtown,
according to fresh Census
Bureau data. The Census
defines downtown as an
area within 2 miles of city
Other downtown that at-
tracted more people to live,
not just work: New York City,
Philadelphia, Salt Lake .City
and Washington.
Not all downtown thrived:
New Orleans and Baltimore
recorded the biggest loss-
es (35,000 and more than
10,000 respectively).
"This is not just a change
in people picking downtown

to live," says Robert Lang,
who teaches urban affairs'
at the University of Nevada-
Las Vegas. "It's a revolution
in how we identified, built
and financed downtown
housing. ... A lot of bets were
made, spurred in parts by
more creative financing."
Government incentives
such as giving land away
to encourage redevelopment
lured investors.
At the same time, the Mil-
lennial generation of young
professionals and empty-
nester Baby Boomers cre-
ated powerful marketing de-
mand for housing in urban
neighborhoods where they
could walk to work or enter-
tainment. In cities such as
Salt Lake City, new rail lines
created pockets of develop-
ment around transit stops.
"People recognize the low-
er cost of living near things,"
says Ilana Preuss, vice
president and chief of staff
at Smart Growth America,
a national group that fights
suburban sprawl. "The trend
toward downtown living is
both in big cities and small
cities. ... Suburban tracts
have lost a huge amount of
their values."
Downtown populations
grew 13.3 percent in the


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Laurie Sheinkopf moved into a 1,00-square-foot condo
in downtown Nashville after selling her 3,500-square-

foot home in the suburbs.
largest metros. But down-
towns remain a small part of
overall populations in metro
"The areas farther out
grew 10 times as fast as
those closest to the core,"
says Joel Kotkin, presiden-
tial fellow in urban futures
at Chapman University in
Orange, Calif. The Census
report, he says, is "a big to-
do about a fairly small sec-
tion of the population."
The Census data show
that the downtown residen-
tial revival may be altering

the racial mix. In Wash-
ington, for example, the
number and share of non-
Hispanic whites went up in
neighborhoods downtown
and near downtown. At the
same time, the share of the
white population dropped
by 10 or more percentage
points in many Washington
The Black population in-
creased in most metro areas
but mostly outside the cen-
tral city. Hispanic growth
was greatest in pockets clos-
est to cities.

easier layaway plans
Customers will get
a refund on what pay-
ments they've made,
but it's almost never
cash. Typically, it's in
the form of a gift card
that must be used at
the retailer.
A k. It's a good idea to get
a copy of the store's
V layaway policy and
S"'f staple it to the receipt
you get when you put
i 1 an item on layaway.
Retail analysts point
Please turn to PLANS 10D

Most layaway pro-
grams require 10 per-
cent to 25 percent of
the purchase be paid
upfront. Then, cus-
tomers are typically
required to make pay-
ments on a biweekly
schedule although the
purchase can be paid
off early with no pen-
Canceling can be
costly. For consum-
ers who don't pay on
time or decide to back
out, there is a lot to
lose. First, they don't
get their merchandise.
They also don't get
their service fee back
and, in most cases,
they are charged a
cancellation fee of $10
to $20. Wal-Mart is the
exception this year.

Former Scott/Carver Residents
We do not currently have sunriicer i ualified candidates
to fill the new 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units at Northpark at
Scott/Carver. To be considered for a public housing unit at
Northpark you must; (1) be a former Hope VI Scott/Carver
resident, (2) complete and return a Request for Transfer
Form, (3) complete the "good standing" verification by
the Applicant and Leasing Center and (4) complete the
management company (MBR) application process. We
want to fill all available public housing units with qualified
former Scott/Carver residents. If there are not sufficient
qualified candidates from the Scott/Carver waiting list
however, MBR will proceed with filling available units with
residents from our general waiting list. We urge you to
hurry and complete items indicated above no later than
November 19. 2012 so that qualified applicants can be
processed in time for available units. For inquiries, call
786-469-4115 or 786-469-4119.

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Pursuant to School Board Resolution 12-133, adopted on August 15, 2012, by the School Board
of Miami-Dade County, Florida; pursuant to Miami-Dade County Resolution R-254-12, adopted
on March 8, 2012; Resolution R-647-12, adopted on July 17, 2012, and Resolutions R-653-12,
R-654-12, R-655-12, R-656-12, R-657-12, R-658-12, R-659-12 and R-660-12, adopted on
August 23, 2012, by the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida, notice
is hereby given of a special election on November 6, 2012, for the purpose of .iubrrn.rg to the
qualified electors in Miami Dade County, for their approval or disapproval, the 'lli:...irg proposals:
Funding Modernization and Construction of Public School Facilities Through Issuance of
General Obligation Bonds
Shall the School District of Miami-Dade County fund a plan for modernization and construction
of public school facilities -hrujjghou. the district, including educational technology upgrades, by
issuing general .':-biiQ i rji bonds in an aggregate amount not exceeding $1,200,000,000, in one or
more series, bearing interest at market rates, maturing within thirty years, and secured by the full
faith and credit and ad-valorem taxing power of the district?
Home Rule Charter Amendment Relating to Term Limits of County Commissioners
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that County Commissioners shall serve no more than two
consecutive four-year terms in office excluding terms of service prior to 2012?
YES 224
NO 225
Technical Amendments to Home Rule Charter
Shall the Charter be amended to clarify the titles of subsections, correct and update
cross-references between provisions, and delete references to offices and agencies which have
been abolished?
YES 226
NO 227
Charter Amendment Requiring Extraordinary Vote to Include Additional Land within the
Urban Development Boundary
Shall the Charter be amended to require a two-thirds vote of County Commissioners then in office
to include additional land within the Urban Development Boundary established by the County's
Comprehensive Development Master Plan?
YES 228
NO 229
Charter Amendment Pertaining to Changes in Municipal Boundaries and Creation of New
Shall the Charter be amended to:
* Require the County Commission to consider the benefits of any proposed annexation of
commercial areas, when approving or authorizing an annexation
Establish alternative procedure for creation of new -riuni~.ipaiiiie~ in unincorporated areas of
the County by petition which pr,'idei: :':rndilorin. for creation of new municipalities and a single
election to approve the cre'aiIon of a new TiJu,,:paIllr' and approve its Charter, instead of two
elections for these purposes?
YES 230
NO 231
Charter Amendment Regarding Penalties and Enforcement of Citizens' Bill of Rights
Shall the Charter be amended to eliminate the provision providing for forfeiture of office if a public
official or employee .illtIIuiy violates the Citizens' Bill of Rights and allow, in addition to suit in
circuit court, the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust to enforce the Citizens' Bill of Rights with
penalties authorized by the Code?
YES 232
NO 233
Charter Amendment Related to Option for Filling Mayoral or County Commissioner Vacancy
Shall the Charter be amended to:
* Extend the time to conduct an election to fill a mayoral or commissioner vacancy from 45 to 90
days from the decision to call such election and provide a timeframe for qualification and any
necessary runoff;
*Temporarily transfer, during a mayoral vacancy or incapacity, certain mayoral powers to the
Commission Chairperson, Vice Chairperson or Commissioner chosen by the Board?
YES 234
NO 235
Charter Amendment Regarding Mayoral Conflicts in County Procurement
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that when the County Mayor declares a conflict of
interest in a particular procurement of a County contract, the chairperson of the Board of County
Commissioners shall exercise all authority provided by the Charter or the County Commission to
the Mayor with regard to such procurement including the authority to recommend a bid waiver?
YES 236
NO 237
Referendum Regarding Structures and Modification of Existing Agreements for the Tennis
Center at Crandon Park
In accordance with Article 7 of the Home Rule Charter, do you approve as set forth in Resolution
* Erection of permanent structures and expansion of existing structures at Crandon Park Tennis
Center for public park and tennis tournament use, which shall be funded solely by tennis center
and tournament revenues and private funds; and
* Modification and extension of agreements with operator of Sony Open Tennis Tourament or its
YES 238
NO 239
Non-Binding Straw Ballot on Funding Improved Animal Services Programs
Would you be in favor of the County Commission increasing the countywide general fund millage
by 0.1079 mills and applying the additional ad valorem tax revenues generated thereby to fund
improved animal services, including:
* Decreasing the killing of adoptable dogs and cats (historically approximately 20,000 annually);
* Reducing stray cat populations (currently approximately 400,000 cats); and
* Frijrdin free and low-cost spay/neuter programs, low-cost veterinary care programs, and
responsible pet ownership educational programs?
YES 240
NO 241
Non-Binding Straw Ballot on Contracting with Companies Doing Business with State
Sponsors of Terrorism
Would you support, to the extent permitted by law, prohibiting further the use of taxpayers' dollars
to procure services or capital improvement projects from companies actively doing business in
countries that are on the U.S. Department of State's list of state sponsors of terrorism?
YES 242
NO 243
All u aiiie-.j electors residing within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County shall be eligible to vote
YES or NO for these proposals.
The polls shall be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p m. on the day of the special election. This special
election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of general law relating to
special elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter.
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida

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Beware fine print on
By Dana Hunsinger



Upperclass faces decrease in wealth

Are the rich

getting richer?
Many millionaires got
poorer in the last year, but
billionaires did just fine,
using their heavyweight
money management teams
to ride out market and eco-
nomic turmoil that hit the
lesser rich, research com-
pany Wealth-X said recent-
ly. The ranks of people with
at least $30 million edged
up to 187,380 but their to-
tal wealth fell 1.8 percent to
$25.8 trillion still a sum
bigger than the combined
size of the U.S. and Chinese
economies, Wealth-X said in
a report. Hardest hit globally
were those in the $200 mil-
lion to $499 million range,
whose numbers dropped 9.9
percent and whose fortunes
shrank 11.4 percent, the

World Ultra Wealth Report
said, using data for the year
through July 31.
But the really, really rich
got even richer as the num-
ber of billionaires rose 9.4
percent to 2,160 people and
their wealth grew 14 percent

that mid tier, the $100- to
$500-million risk land. I
don't think it appears these
guys employ enough talent to
help their own portfolios plus
their holding companies to
be successful."
As Europe struggles and

The ranks of people with at least $30
million edged up to 187,380 but their

total wealth fell 1.8

to $6.2 trillion.
"Even at a billion or two bil-
lion, they have a much larger
entourage, they have much
more in the way of invest-
ment advice. They certainly
get the attention of every ma-
jor bank," Mykolas Rambus,
Wealth-X's chief executive of-
ficer, told Reuters.
"This was the issue about

percent to $25.8

the U.S. economy recov-
ers fitfully, the affluent are
shifting away from specula-
tive investments into private
companies, commodities and
property, said Wealth-X, a
Singapore-based firm that
provides intelligence on the
ultra-rich to banks, fund-
raisers and luxury retail-
ers. Asia suffered the worst

regional loss of wealth, with
a fall of 6.8 percent to $6.25
trillion due to weaker equity
markets and lower export de-
mand from the West, it said.
While wealth also shrank in
Europe, Latin America and
the Middle East, the rich saw
their fortunes grow in North
America (up 2.8 percent to
$8.88 trillion) and Oceania
(up 4.4 percent to $475 bil-
lion) much of that in Aus-
But Asia's rich cannot be
discounted, Wealth-X said,
as the fall in wealth in Japan,
China and India home to
75 percent of ultra high net
worth (UHNW) Asians -
will reverse, based on the
strength of the region's finan-
cial systems and economies.
"Total Asian UHNW wealth
is forecast to surpass the U.S.
combined wealth by 2020," it

Layaway pitfalls buried in most policies

continued from 9D

out that the changes
are aimed at enticing
consumers to use lay-
away and shop at the
stores that offer the
most convenient lay-
"What is striking is
that these changes are
happening so soon,"
says Purdue's Fein-
berg. "The desperation
of retailers to get the
consumer dollar is ex-
tremely clear in these
early efforts lower or
no fees and penalties."
One of the changes
at Walmart this year
includes offering lay-
away 30 days earlier.
They'll begin allow-
ing layaways starting
Sept. 16, giving con-
sumers an extra 30
days to pay off their

Besides the earlier
start, Walmart this
year did away with its
$10 fee for consumers
who canceled orders.
And instead of pock-
eting the $5 opening
fee, it is giving it back
to shoppers who pay
off their accounts on
time, in the form of a
gift card.
Staying the same is
Wal-Mart's required
down payment of 10
percent or $10 (which-
ever is greater), due at
the time of purchase.
Missy Perry perused
the toy aisle of the
Greenfield Walmart
last week, surprised,
but glad, that she
could already put
items on layaway. She
is a first-time grandma
this Christmas and
plans to buy plenty.

"To me, it's a good
way to budget your-
self," she said. "It's
great as long as you go
in knowing the rules.
And it's been around
Layaway programs
have been around for
decades, but their
popularity faded as
credit cards became
more accessible to
more consumers.The
sluggish economy the
past several years has
prompted retailers to
spruce up or heavily
market layaway pro-
grams, and that has a
new generation of con-
sumers trying layaway
for the first time.
Toys R Us this year
lifted its $5 open-
ing fee through Oct.
31.The retailer wanted
to encourage custom-
ers to layaway early,

Concert loved by Miami vets

continued from 4C
Jesse Canella.
The concert had
something for every-
one from country to
R&B. The line-up was
reflective of HonorVet.
org's innovative and
hands on approach to
assisting veterans.
"There is a new gen-
eration of veterans
who use the Internet,"
Canella said. "We de-
cided to create an on-
line platform that can
help them adjust to
life after service." The
non-profit provides
online mentoring, net-
working, job opportu-
nities and numerous
services for veterans to

R&B group, Ahmir,
is very familiar with

the benefits of Internet
use. The group is the
most popular group
on YouTube averaging
over 65 million video
views and comments.
The group has been
gaining consistent mo-'
mentum within the
past year especially
with the Huffing-
ton Post naming the
group's cover of P!nk's
song "Perfect" as one
of the top anti-bully-
ing PSA.
"These guys are a
YouTube sensation
their involvement with
the concert embod-.
ies the concept of the
organization and the
show," Canella
The group performed
a total of five songs for
the evening. Group
member Mark Robert-
son said that there is
just something differ-
ent about the Miami

"Everyone is just
ready to have a good
time," Robertson said.
While the group got to
sing a few songs, Rob-
ertson said that his fa-
vorite song to perform
on the Miami stage
was the group's new
song, "War," which will
be released on iTunes
on the singer's birth-
day [October 23].
The right place at
the right time
Canella, whose cen-
tral location for his
non-profit is based in
mid-town Manhattan,
said that Miami was
the ideal location for a
show like the "Miami
Rocks Our Troops"
"Miami has a big
military presence,"
Canella said. "We
wanted to show vet-
erans that they are
cared for, with this

College debt continues to rise

continued from 7D

the latest available for
that survey.
Both President
Barack Obama and
his Republican chal-
lenger in this year's
election, Mitt Rom-
ney, have been seek-
ing to court young
voters with differing
visions on how to ad-
dress rising tuition
and growing college
debt. Obama wants
to make tax credits
for college expenses
permanent and ex-
pand Pell grants for
lower-earning fami-
lies. Romney says that
making government
the direct source of
federal student loans

has not worked and
simply drives tuition
higher. He stresses
the need to curb col-
lege costs.
The Pew report
found that the rich-
est 20 percent of
households, or those
with annual income
of $97,586 or higher,
owed the biggest share
of outstanding stu-
dent debt 31 percent,
up from 28 percent in
2007. The poorest 20
percent of households
also saw their debt
grow, to 13 percent
from 11 percent.
Across all house-
holds, the average
outstanding college
debt increased from
$23,349 to $26,682.
For the poorest 20

percent of households,
the average debt
rose from $19,018 to
In recent years,
Americans have cut
back on several oth-
er types of borrow-
ing such as credit
card use, with aver-
age household indebt-
edness falling from
$105,297 in 2007 to
$100,720 in 2010. Bro-
ken down by income
levels, however, aver-
age total indebtedness
for the bottom 20 per-
cent of households by
income actually rose
from $17,579 in 2007
to $26,779; for the
higher income groups,
average indebtedness
either was unchanged
or declined.

giving them the maxi-
mum amount of time
to pay. All Christmas
orders must be paid off
by Dec. 16.
"They have the op-
portunity to make a
series of small pay-
ments over time and
ensure those items are
paid for and ready to
be put under the tree
Christmas morning,"
said Katie Reczek,
Toys R Us spokeswom-
Customers still must
pay 20 percent down
and have 50 percent
of the total cost of
the order paid within
45 days. Kmart, too,
removed its layaway
service fee both online

and in stores through
Nov. 17.
"We understand the
excitement holidays
bring and the budget
concerns that come
with them," said Jai
Holtz, vice president
of financial services at
Sears Holdings, which
owns Kmart. "By pro-
viding free layaway,
we want to help make
holiday shopping less
The most impor-
tant thing of all when
considering layaways,
Thomas says, has
nothing to do with the
retailer and everything
to do with consumers
and their personal fi-


Feeling snack? Try these

Feeling snacky? Try these

continued from 3C

Heat a charcoal or gas grill to
medium-high heat. Sprinkle your
work surface with flour and roll
the dough into a 1/2 -inch-thick
circle. Brush the grill grates with
1 teaspoon olive oil and gently
lay the dough on the grates. Grill
until the underside of the crust
is golden, 1 to 2 minutes, and
then use a spatula to flip the
dough over. Brush the remaining
teaspoon oil over the top of the
dough and sprinkle with sea salt.
Grill until the underside is golden
and then set aside.

1 cup salsa
1 medium ripe mango, peeled,
pitted and diced




1 tablespoon ketchup
1 envelope reduced-sodium taco
1 tablespoon olive oil
half a cup of red onion
1 pound uncooked medium
shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 flour tomato tortillas (10 inch-
es), warmed
Handful of arugala lettuce

In a small bowl, combine the
salsa, mango and ketchup; set
aside. In a large resealable plas-
tic bag, combine taco seasoning
and oil; add shrimp. Seal bag and
shake to coat.
In a nonstick skillet or wok,
cook shrimp over medium-high
heat for 2-3 minutes or until
shrimp turn pink. Top tortillas
with arugula, salsa mixture, red
onion and shrimp. Fold bottom
third of tortilla up over filling; fold
sides over. Serve with sour cream
and a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar.


Advertisers urged

.. -re Black media

Note to marketers: Television advertising is
not postracial.
That's the message that a newly formed con-
sortium of the country's largest African-Amer-
ican media outlets wants to send to market-
ers, who have largely shunned black media in
favor of placing ads on general outlets.
On Monday, BET Networks, Black Enter-
prise, Johnson Publishing (the publisher of
Ebony and Jet magazines), the National As-
sociation of Black Owned Broadcasters and
others will join with media-buying agencies to
introduce a campaign intended to educate ad-
vertisers about the importance of black media
and its increasingly deep-pocketed audience
Called #InTheBlack (using the Twitter hash
tag), the campaign will begin with print ad-
vertisements in major newspapers (including
The New York Times) and trade magazines
like Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek. It will

expand to a long-term joint effort that include
social media and direct outreach to marketers
The initiative comes at a time when advertise
ers have poured money into Spanish-languag
TV and radio in an effort to reach the grow-
ing Hispanic population. Black audiences,
meanwhile, have largely been overlooked,
despite projected buying power of $1.2 trilli
by 2015, a 35 percent increase from 2008,

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

e of its kind and is long overdue, said Donal
A. Coleman, chief executive of GlobalHue, a
multicultural advertising agency. "It's getting
to the point of ridiculousness in terms of the
)n budget allocated to the African-American au-
dience," Mr. Coleman said.

-New York Times June 25, 2012

Are you getting your share?

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




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Section 8. One and two bed-
rooms. $199 security. 786-
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting at
$800 monthly. One bed-
room starting at $725, if you
qualify. Appliances, laundry,
QUIET. Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 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

1317 NW 2Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$375. 305-642-7080.
1341 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air and
appliances, light and water.
$725 monthly, first, last and
security. 786-399-7724
1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $375

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

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$425 Ms. Pearl #13 or

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425 one bdrm
$525, free water. Call 786-
1610 NW 59 Street
Spacious two bedrooms,one
bath, totally renovated, se-
curity camera. Section 8 OK!
$800 mthly. 305-409-7776
186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

1943 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, $500. Very
quiet, gated building. Call

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

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath

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

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, 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.
2945 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800. Call Mr. Perez:
3040 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
Apt., $670 mthly. 786-252-

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
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
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$675 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

55 NE 59 Street
Move In Special. Cozy, clean
one bedroom, one bath, air.
$500 monthly. 305-757-8596
5650 N. Miami Ave. #3
Two bedrooms. Free water.
$600 monthly. 305-757-8596
60 and 61 Street

One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.

Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call:
8295 NE Miami Court # 2
Large one bdrm, one bath,
central air, new kitchen and
bath. Walk in closet, $650
monthly. 305-793-0002.
833 NW 77 Street Rear
One bedroom, all utilities in-
cluded. $850 monthly and se-
curity. 305-490-9284
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.

Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
Two bedrooms and one bath
North Miami
Large studio, central air, new
appliances, quiet area. $700
monthly. 786-356-1722


8025 NW Miami Court
Please call Esther


13480 NE 6th Avenue
One bedroom available.
$625 monthly.
Call 786-797-0225
20600 NW 7 Ave
One bedroom, one bath con-
do in gated community. $800
a month. 770-598-8974
3948 NW 207 Street Rd
Four bedrooms, two baths,
corner lot fenced. Section 8
Welcome. $1200 monthly.


10257 NW 10 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $950
mthly, Section 8 Welcome.
1255 NW 100 Terrace
Two bedrooms, air, bars, tile
$1,000. No Section 8
Terry Dellerson Broker
1410 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Safe area. $800 monthly.
1415 NW 58 Terrace
Newly remodeled one and
two bedrooms, one bath, air,
appliances, water included.
Section 8 Ok. 954-558-9218
1510 NW 65 St #1-2
One bedroom, $650 monthly.
Air, water and bars. Section 8
okay, 305-490-9284.
156 NE 58 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$675. Free Water.

167 NE 65 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
$750 mthly. Section 8 or
Voucher! 786-303-2596
1732 NW 41 Street
One bedroom, *one bath,
appliances, includes, air,
fenced, private parking. $575
mthly. Call 754-581-6302.
1747-1749 NW 40 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
Appliances. $725. 305-642-
1850 NW 42 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, central air, water
included. Call 786-290-6750
1874 NW 74 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Bars, fenced, stove, refriger-
ator, air and includes washer
and dryer. $875 monthly.
$2625 to move in. Section 8
welcome. 305-232-3700
1894 NW 74 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
bars, fenced, stove, refrigera-
tor, air. $750 monthly. $2250
to move in. 305-232-3700
2357 NW 81 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances. $795 monthly.
2401 NW 95 ST #B
Two bdrms, one bath,
washer, dryer, central air.
Section 8 OK. $1,175 mthly.
Matthew 954-818-9112
2490 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, air, 786-

587-4050 or 305-763-5574.

2550 NW 68 Street
Large two bdrm, $900 mthly.
Ask for Mr. Johnson.
3358 NW 51 Street
Two bdrms., one bath, water
included, Section 8 welcome,
$850, 754-214-2111.
3358 NW 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 monthly, 754-214-2111
338 NW 53 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, security bars, water in-
cluded, $900.
Call 786-256-6124
3503 NW 8 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tile, air, Section 8 preferred.
40 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
4130 NW 22 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1195. Includes water.

4427 NW 24 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$900 monthly. Appliances.

4630 NW 16 Avenue
One bedroom with applianc-
es. $650 monthly.
5947 N. Miami Avenue
One bedroom. one bath.
$450 mthly. 305-642-7080
6101 NE Miami Court
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly. Section 8 Welcome.
643 NW 75 Street
Two bdrms., one bath, secu-
rity bars, tile, carpet, fenced
and appliances. Section 8
Welcome. $875 monthly.
6801 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
stove and refrigerator.
6832 NW 2 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1100 mthly. 786-277-0302.
7817 NW 10 Avenue
Two bedroom, two bath, $950
monthly. Call 305-336-0740
Section 8 OK.
8090 NW 5 Court
Two bedrooms, central air,
fenced, $800. 305-992-7503
92 94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath, central
air, bars, $900 monthly. Sec-
tion 8 only. 305-490-9284.
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
Miami Area
Two bedrooms, one bath. Air,
bars, tile, and stove. First and
security. $900 monthly.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
near all facilities, free water.
$900 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635


2100 NW 93 Street
Furnished, utilities, air includ-
ed, $550 mthly, $650 to move
in. 305-213-4510
47 NE 80 Terrace #4
One person, $400 monthly,
$1200 to move in.
Call 305-621-4383
5028 NW 23 Avenue
All utilities included, $400
monthly, first last and $200
security. Gigi 788-356-0487,
Lo 786-356-0486

Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1950 NW 60 Street
New rooms $100 weekly. Call
D 786-366-5930,Big E
1973 NW 49 Street
Air, cable, $500 mthly, $300
to move in. 786-286-7455
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
2900 NW 54 Street
Upstairs, one room, refrig-
erator and air. Call 954-885-
8583 or 954-275-9503.
2915 NW 156 Street
Free utilities. $135 weekly,
$300 move in. 305-624-3966
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
Rooms for rent, call 9 a.m. to
10 p.m. 305-896-6799
With air, $100 weekly, $200 to
move in. 305-993-9470
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594

Clean, nice, and air. $100 a
week. 786-426-6263.


1022 NW 52 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1195 mthly. Section 8
Welcome. All appliances
included, free 19" LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578
1071 NW 106 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Huge back yard, under reno-
vation, Section 8 only. $1500
monthly. 786-547-9116
1310 NW 99 Street
Totally updated, three bdrms,
two baths, garage, $1300
mthly. 305-662-5505
14740 NW 15 Drive
Totally updated, four bdrms,
three baths, central air, $1525
mthly. No Section 8.
1490 NE 152 Street
Three bedrooms, tile, air,
den, $1,100. No Section 8
Terry Dellerson Realtor
15410 NW 32 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1,250, air, tile, bars. No Sec-
tion 8. Terry Dellerson Broker
15930 NW 17 Place
Newly remodeled, three
bdrms, one bath, central air,
washer/dryer connection.
$1200 monthly.
169 NE 46 Street
Five bedrooms, two and
a half baths, appliances,
fireplace and private drive.
$1595 mthly. 305-642-7080
17231 NW 33 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 Welcome. Call
Greg 786-537-4179
17415 NW 17 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1700 monthly. Section 8
welcomed. 786-942-2248
1777 NW 69 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, all
new, $1100 mthly. Section 8
Only. 786-366-5930
1816 NW 62 Terrace
Nice and clean four bed-
rooms. 786-426-6263
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1100. Stove, refrigerator,
air 305-642-7080
2010 NW 153 Street
Three bdrms, den, tile, bars,
air, $1,100. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker
2061 Lincoln Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
.central air and tile floor.
$1000 monthly. Section 8 ok.
21324 NW 40 Circle Ct
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
221 NW 82 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 No Section 8. Call
2266 NW 63 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths
$1000. 305-642-7080
2791 NW 197 TERRACE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, washer and dryer. $1100
monthly, $900 security.
2825 NW 163 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile, $1,300. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$895 monthly. All Applianc-
es included. Free 19" LCD
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

295 NW 55 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1,195 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

3030 NW 163 Street .
Three bedrooms, one bath,
fully tiled, central air. $1150,
first, last and security. Section
8, HOPWA, New Horizon.
Ms. Johnson 786-506-1245
310 NE 58 Terr
SECTION 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, three
baths, with two dens. $1100
monthly. Central air, all
appliances included, free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

3221 NW 11 Court
Four bedroom, two baths, ga-
rage, central air. Section 8.
3512 NW 176 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, den, $1,300. No Section
8, Terry Dellerson Broker.
3552 NW 194 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
wash room, central air,
fenced yard, appliances, Sec-
tion 8 okay. $1150 monthly.
Call 305-749-6810


3809 NW 213 Terrace
Lovely three bedrooms, two
baths, fenced yard, tile floor-
ing, central air, close to shop-
ping, churches, at Broward/
Dade border. Available now!
Call 850-321-3798
400 Opa Locka Boulevard
(NW 136 Street)
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, family room, $1,250. No
Section 8. Terry Dellerson
Broker. 305-891-6776
4320 NW 137 Drive
One bedroom, one bath, air.
Call 786-447-5734
500 NW 81 Street
Four bdrms., two baths, cen-
tral air, $1350, 754-214-2111
5024 NW 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
52 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1550. Section 8 okay.
5530 NW 18 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1300, Section 8 Ok.
305-926-2839, 954 284-9291
6240 N Miami Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$895 monthly. All appli-
ances included free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel:

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After two highly suc-
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program begins accept-
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next class on Friday,
September 28th via
shop. With an aim of
mentoring and foster-
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and-coming minor-
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businesses, The Work-
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help these enterprises
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positive and success-
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graduates, who have
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Macy's stores across
the nation.
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to kick-off the applica-
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Booker T. Washington pummels Edison

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

The Booker T. Washington
Tornadoes pummeled the Mi-
ami Edison Red Raiders in a
53-0 district win last Thursday
night at Curtis Park.
The Red Raiders (0-3),
who were hopeful to compete
against the nationally ranked
Class 4A state runner-ups,
were met by the Tornadoes'
nearly perfect offense and ag-
gressive defense.
Despite the Tornado's now
4-1 record, Red Raiders' head
coach, Trevor Harris, believed
his team was prepared for an
all out battle.
"We understand and respect
our opponents, but [we were]
preparing to win this game,"
Harris said. "These are the
types of games we want to play
in. We've been in these situa-
tions before."
Harris referred to winning

a jamboree during the spring
against Coral Reef and Coral
Gables, two teams that were
projected to defeat the Red
Unfortunately, that out-
come was not to be against
the Tornadoes, who delivered
Edison their second shutout
of the season. In the last nine
seasons, Booker T. has won
all nine meetings with the Red
Raiders, including four shutout
losses, the largest by 60.
BTW's junior quarterback,
Treon Harris, perfectly threw
eight completions for 200
yards, amassing almost half of
the Tornadoes' total offensive
yards. Harris connected with
senior receiver Nicolas Norris
on a 54-yard pass-his longest
of the night, with junior receiv-
er Deltron Hopkins on a 14-
yard pass, and junior receiver,
Lamar Parker on a 42-yard
pass. Parker finished with 122
yards and two touchdowns.
"I'm really proud of him,"

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said Tim "Ice" Harris, Booker
T. head coach and father of
Treon Harris. "He's matur-
ing well at that position and
is starting to understand the
High percentage part of the
The Tornadoes scored 39
points in the first half and
Early in the third, subbed in
sophomore quarterback, Malik
Atkins, for Harris. Atkins
threw a 28-yard touchdown
pass to senior receiver, Karim.
Bryant, to close the third.
Booker T. heads into a bi-
Sweek, where Harris said they
Swill not be on the field for three
days, but focus on study hall,
film, and weights.
"We will focus on what's
important, but keep that same
intensity," Harris said.
Next, Edison faces district
rival Doral Academy (2-3) at
Doral, Friday, October 5th, at
7 p.m.
Booker T. will face Jackson
in two weeks.

Ray Allen

adds to the


Miami Heat

By Jeff Zillgitt

With the addition of guard Ray Allen
and forward Rashard Lewis, Miami Heat
forward LeBron James believes the Heat
can be "scary good."
"We can be better than we were this
past season," James said. "Are we better
right now than we were just a couple of
months ago? Of course not. But we've got
time to get better. We have the potential to
be better. We have the potential to be a lot
better, and that is scary."
And problematic for the rest of the
league. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra learned
a lesson from the 2006-07 Heat. After
winning a title in 2005-06, Miami made
no significant changes for the following
season and lost in the first round of the
Knowing the rest of the league would
be active in free agency in the summer,
Spoelstra understood the Heat needed to
make changes, too.
"We really wanted to commit to improv-
ing our roster," Spoelstra said.
The Heat are an even deeper team this
season, with Allen and Lewis expected to
come off the bench though there could
be times when they start this season.
"We wanted to add some depth, not

Ray Allen, with Miami Heat president Pat Riley, left, and head coach Erik

to be able to rest guys, but to be able to
withstand the rigors of a very competitive,
physical 82-game season, and keep guys
fresh especially when it counts during the
playoffs," Spoelstra said.
Allen gives Miami a component it has
not had the past two seasons a top-
notch catch-and-shoot three-point shoot-
er. Sure, the Heat have others, such as
Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Mario Chalm-
ers and James Jones. But Allen is the
league's all-time leader in three-pointers
made and attempted.
"There are only a handful of players
in this league who absolutely strike fear
when they raise and, in particular, in the
fourth quarter of tight games," Spoelstra
said. "There's a collective 'Oh no,' coming

from the coaching staff, the bench and
the players on the court when he breaks
free for a three-pointer."
It does take a few minutes to get used
to Allen wearing Miami's white uniform
instead of Boston's green and white. But
the Heat are thrilled to have him. It was
difficult enough for opponents to defend
James, guard Dwyane Wade and forward
Chris Bosh. Now, throw Allen into the
"I look forward to that because you have
some of the players in the NBA here who
can make plays, can score, can play off
the ball,can pass, can do so many dif-
ferent things," Allen said. "That becomes
contagious for the rest of the team."
That's the scary part.

Michael Vick has blown 29 million

The folks at TMZ have gotten
their hands on legal documents
related to Michael Vick's bank-
ruptcy case, which is great
news for those of you who close-
ly follow the details of Vick's fi-
nancial situation.
According to TMZ, Vick has
banked $31 million since he
filed for bankruptcy in 2008,
and has spent nearly all of that.
Don't get too excited, it's not like
he blew all the money on Bent-
leys or mansions or building a
llama fighting pit in his back-
yard. Most of the money went to
boring stuff. Quoth TMZ:
The math is pretty simple -
Vick had to pay a total of $29.6
mil of that, $10.9 went to
taxes, $9.2 mil went to credi-

tors, $2.7 went to lawyers and
accountants, and the rest is for
various things, including child

Can't wait for this game
Gone are the days of the anything. Unranked UM will
Catholics versus the Con- visit the 9th ranked Irish
victs. However don't tell fans at historic Soldier Field this
of the University of Miami and weekend and all of the old
Notre Dame that this Sat- school memories are sure
urday's game doesn't -mean to be stirred up. The truth

support and living expenses.
All of which leaves Vick with
about $1.5 million* currently,

is we could care less about
what the rest of the coun-
try thinks. For the first time
in 22 years it is Notre Dame
week for Canes fans and boy
do we have an opportunity to
make a statement You could
sense the big game feel as the
canes had a little more pep in
their step around the Hecht
Athletic Center last Sunday.
Folks around here are start-
ing to believe. The baby canes
have produced a couple of
wild high scoring wins in the
last couple of weeks. The lat-

which isn't bad for a guy who's
bankrupt. And, as TMZ points
out, things will turn up for
Vick. In 2011, he signed a con-
tract with the Eagles that guar-
anteed him $35.5 million.
He can make substantially
more than that if he stays with
the Eagles past this year, but
there's no guarantee that will
happen. He didn't have a great
year in 2011, and his 2012 isn't
off to a great start, either. At his
salary, no one would blame the
Eagles if they wanted to let him
go, unless he quickly regains
his form from 2010. His Sun-
day night performance against
the Giants was a good start, but
that's got to happen with more

est being this past Saturday's
44-37 win against NC State
when quarterback Stephen
Morris had the game of his
life. Morris tossed 5 td's on
his way to a school and ACC
record of 566 yards passing
on the day. The feeling leav-
ing the stadium was surreal
with canes fans chanting and
singing. It's been a long time
since I have sensed that type
of excitement surrounding
this football team.
So as fate would have it,
here we go, another chance

Central defeats Columbus

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

The Central Rockets de-
feated the Columbus Explor-
ers 28-17 last Friday night in
a ground game powerhouse
battle at Traz Powell.
Both Columbus (3-2) and
Central's passing game
struggled; both teams
finished with less than 90
yards and were left to rely on
their run game.
It would be to Central's
advantage with fresh legs
coming off of a bi-week and
with the explosive tandem of
junior running backs Joseph
Yearby and Dalviri Cook-who
were integral to Centrals
comeback victory against
Booker T. and combined for
251 yards against Columbus.
Both teams were score-
less in the first quarter, but
Cook and Yearby each ran
for a touchdown during the
second to give Central a 14-0
lead. Columbus who never
made it to the end zone dur-
ing the first half finished the
quarter on a 37-yard field
goal by senior kicker, Matt
Freixa. However the momen-
tum did not swing as the
Central defense forced a fum-
ble that led to a touchdown
by senior defensive line-
backer De'Vante Duclos in
the third quarter stretching
the lead to 21-3. Columbus
fought back at the hands of

Kobe Bryant

says Lakers

belong to him

By Reid Cherner

The Lakers have added to
their sled in the offseason but
let there be no mystery as to
who remains the big dog in
Los Angeles.
Dwight Howard will man
the middle. Two-time MVP
Steve Nash will set the tempo.
But everyone will dance to
Kobe Bryant's tune.
"I got a question earlier
about whose team this is,"
Bryant said at Lakers me-
dia day. "I don't want to get

to ruin a Notre Dame season
. The canes now stand at 4-1,
3-0 in ACC play and will have
undoubtedly the seasons big-
gest test thus far against the
Irish. Notre Dame boasts the
nation's third ranked scoring
defense and 15th ranked total
defense. They are stingy. The
last time Miami saw them was
in the 2010 Sun Bowl when
the canes got smoked 33-17.
Today that seems like a very
long time ago. South Florida
is buzzing, it may seem a bit
premature to some but we're

their senior running backs,
Lorenzo Woodley and Daryl
Chestnut who combined for
157 yards, including a late
touchdown by Chestnut in
the fourth, but.it would be to
no avail.
Cook scored again giving
Central (2-2) an insurmount-
able edge.
"We are just starting to
gel," Central head coach,
Telly Lockette said. "The
boys should be commended
for their effort, but we're still
grinding." Both Lockette and
Cook commended Columbus
for their aggressive play. "I
had a smile on my face dur-
ing the game," Cook said,
"[but] they wore the defense
"Their running game is in-
credible," Lockette added. "It
wore us down; we got tired."
Central has been off tp
an unusually slow start
with two losses early in the
season, but they have faced
three nationally top ten na-
tionally ranked teams.
Lockette said that his team
did a lot of soul searching
during their off week that
helped them against Colum-
"We try to get ready for
the unknown and unseen,"
Lockette said. "We got back
to the basics."
Central faces district rival
Homestead Friday night
October 5th at Traz Powell at
7:30 p.m.

into the 'well, we
share...'no it's my
team. But I want
to make sure that
Dwight, when I j
retire, this is go-
ing to be his. I want to teach
him everything I possibly
know so that when I step away
this organization can ride on
as if I never left."
Nash says "I think this
is Kobe's team. For the me-
dia's perspective, this is Ko-
be's team." But he adds that
"anyone who's ever played on
a basketball team, it's also
our team. The team needs to
share in that responsibility.
Kobe can't do everything...we
got to be there for him every

talking night game (7:30pm
kickoff) UM vs Notre Dame.
How can we not be excited?
The way this Hurricane of-
fense has been piling up the
points lately and with the pro-
pensity to make the big play
, the anticipation will be high
leading into this Saturday's
monumental match up. In the
immortal words of Bart Scott,
"Can't Wait" .
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