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General Note: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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Black elected officials

growing in numbers

More now seeking office since

breakthrough in 1974 election

By Jose Perez

In 1974, history was
made when, in winning the
race for a seat on the Bro-
ward County School Board,
Dillard High social stud-
ies teacher Dr. Kathleen
Cooper Wright became the
first Black person to win a
countywide election in Bro-
ward. Twelve years later,

Sylvia Poitier became the
first Black person elected
as a Broward County Com-
missioner, a year after being
appointed to the commis-
sion by then-Governor Bob
The number of Black
elected officials in Broward
County has grown signifi-
cantly since those days with
the current number stand-
ing at 33 according to Dania

Beach Vice Mayor Bobbie H.
Grace. Those ranks include
political figures at the mu-
nicipal, county, state and
federal levels. Among that
active number are people
that include: U.S. Congress-
man Alcee Hastings, County
Supervisor of Elections Dr.
Please turn to BROWARD 8A

Is breast cancer still a

death sentence?

Two medical experts trace history of the disease

By D. Kevin McNeir

Most of us have heard about breast can-
cer and probably know someone from our
family or circle of friends who has faced
this dreaded disease. But how much do
we really know about breast cancer? And
should those who are
diagnosed with breast
cancer have any hope
of survival or are they
still facing an inevitable
."death sentence" as was
the case just a few de-
cades ago?
SDr. Hakan Charles-
COOPERWOOD Harris, who has cared

for the North Miami
community since 2000
and has been appointed
medical director of the
new Breast Cancer Cen-
ter at North Shore Med-
ical Center [slated to
open in early 2013] and
Dr. John Cooperwood, a
Florida A&M University CHARLES-HARRIS
[FAMU] researcher and
an associate professor of basic sciences in
the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuti-
cal Sciences, spoke with The Miami Times
about changes in the treatment of breast

-Miami Times photo/Craig Uptgrow

Trinidadian masquerader sported the colors of her country as part of last
weekend's 3rd Annual Carnival at Sun Life Stadium.

Please turn to CANCER 8A

Mitt Romney needs to shake 'rich guy' image

Despite culpa, do 47percent believe him?

DeWayne Wickham

Mitt Romney's biggest Etch A
Sketch moment came not during his
debate with President Obama but
on his victory lap on Fox News a day
On the debate stage, the former
Massachusetts governor did a good
bit of obfuscating, revising and dis-

torting of his positions on the issues.
But at the desk of Sean Hannity,
the GOP presidential nominee did a
full-throated reset of his dismissal of
47% of Americans a reversal that
sounded more contrived than con-
Last month, Mother Jones, a
liberal magazine, released a secretly
recorded video of Romney being

more revealing in a
closed-door meeting
with wealthy support-
ers than he has ever
been while publicly
stumping for votes.
When asked how he
WICKHAM would convince "every-
body" that they have
to be less reliant on government
support (a common theme among
rich right-wingers), Romney spoke

contemptuously of a large segment
of the American electorate.
"There are 47% of the people who
will vote for the president no matter
what. ... There are 47% who are with
him, who are dependent upon gov-
ernment, who believe that they are
victims, who believe that government
has a responsibility to care for them,
who believe that they are entitled
to health care, to food, to housing,
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An unhelpful debate
The first debate between President Obama and Mitt Rom-
ney, so long anticipated, quickly sunk into an unenlight-
ening recitation of tired talking points and mendacity.
With few sparks and little clarity on the immense gulf that truly
separates the two men and their policies, Wednesday's encoun-
ter provided little guidance for voters still trying to understand
the choice in next month's election.
The Mitt Romney who appeared on the stage at the University
of Denver seemed to be fleeing from the one who won the Repub-
lican nomination on a hard-right platform of tax cuts, budget
slashing and indifference to the suffering of those at the bottom
of the economic ladder. And Mr. Obama's competitive edge from
2008 clearly dulled, as he missed repeated opportunities to chal-
lenge Mr. Romney on his falsehoods and turnabouts.
Virtually every time Mr. Romney spoke, he misrepresented the
platform on which he and Paul Ryan are actually running. The
most prominent example, taking up the first half-hour of the
debate, was on taxes. Mr. Romney claimed, against considerable
evidence, that he had no intention of cutting taxes on the rich or
enacting a tax cut that would increase the deficit.
That simply isn't true. Mr. Romney wants to restore the Bush-
era tax cut that expires at the end of this year and largely ben-
efits the wealthy. He wants to end the estate tax and the gift tax,
providing a huge benefit only to those with multimillion-dollar
estates, at a cost of more than $1 trillion over a decade to the
deficit. He wants to preserve the generous rates on capital gains
that benefit himself personally and others at his economic level.
And he wants to cut everyone's tax rates by 20 percent, which
again would be a gigantic boon to the wealthy.
None of these would cost the Treasury a dime, he insisted,
because he would reduce deductions and loopholes. But, as
always, he refused to enumerate a single deduction he would
erase. "What I've said is I won't put in place a tax cut that adds
to the deficit," he said. "No economist can say Mitt Romney's tax
plan adds $5 trillion if I say I will not add to the deficit with my
tax plan."
In fact, many economists have said exactly that, and, without
details, Mr. Romney can't simply refute them. But rather than
forcefully challenging this fiction, Mr. Obama chose to be polite
and professorial, as if hoping that strings of details could hold
up against blatant nonsense. Viewers were not helped by a series
of pedestrian questions from the moderator, Jim Lehrer of PBS,
who never jumped in to challenge either candidate on the facts.
When Mr. Romney accused the president of supporting a "trick-
le-down government," Mr. Obama might have demanded to know
what that means. He could then have pointed out that it is Mr.
Romney whose economic plan is based on the discredited idea
that high-end tax cuts trickle down to the middle class and poor.
Mr. Romney said he supported the idea of regulation but re-
jected the Dodd-Frank financial reform law because it was too
generous to the big "New York banks." This is an alternative-uni-
verse interpretation of a law that is deeply despised and opposed
by the banks, but Mr. Obama missed several opportunities to
point out how the law limits the corrosive practices, like deriva-
tives trading, that led to the 2008 crash and puts in place vitally
important consumer protections.
On health care, Mr. Romney pretended that he had an actual
plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and that it covered pre-
existing conditions. He has no such plan, and his false claim
finally roused the president to his only strong moment of the eve-
ning. The country doesn't know the details, he said, of how Mr.
Romney would replace Wall Street reform, or health care reform,
or tax increases on the rich because Republicans don't want peo-
ple to understand the hard trade-offs involved in these decisions.
There are still two more presidential debates, and Mr. Obama has
the facts on his side to expose the hollowness of his opponent. But
first he has to decide to use them aggressively. -New York Times

Is home ownership an

impossible dream?
Quick look at the meaning of the word "afford,"
gleaned from the World English Dictionary, tells us
that it is a verb [action word] meaning "to be able to
do or spare something, especially without incurring financial
difficulties or without risk of undesirable consequences." In
other words, when we talk about our ability to afford it is
a relative term because what one person can afford, another
Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? Well, consider the dilemma
facing many South Floridians that are employed and are able
to pay their bills but can't afford to buy a house.
In economic circles, these people are referred to as the
workforce. And because of things like poor credit histories,
wages that have remained constant, previous foreclosures -
even student loans that are now in default while they can
pay rent on a swanky two-bedroom apartment they can-
not afford to buy a home. They cannot qualify for the needed
mortgage. That is even while home prices in South Florida
have dropped in recent years.
Communities are strengthened or weakened based upon
the total amount of property taxes that are collected each
year. But if more working folks must rent property as op-
posed to purchasing homes so that they become owners, the
outcome will be fewer dollars collected in taxes for schools, for
public services and other essentials.
Sure there has been a surge of affordable housing for the
unemployed, those living near or below the poverty level and
the elderly who have already paid their dues to society and
their taxes. But now we are seeing a growing class of people,
working class people, that simply cannot purchase a house -
at least one that is within a reasonable distance of their jobs.
Let's just hope that our local financial wizards, real estate
gurus and community advocates can put their heads together
to propose solutions.
Miami we have a problem and it appears that it may
get much worse before it gets better.

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world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
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BY EUGENE ROBINSON eugenerobiiinsonir,.iashingtonpiost.com

Obama gives Romney a clear opening
I would be careful about de- ened to become a rhetorical al- vided by the remaining debates, he was taking notes, bUt th- el-
claring the presidential contest batross. Anyone who wondered I don't know why Lehrer decided fect was to make him seem to
"a whole new race" following last how Romney would explain his to take such a laissez-faire ap- withdraw. Romney, on the other
Wednesday's debate. Polls show cold dismissal of nearly half the proach, but he gave both can- hand, looked straight at Obama
that most voters have made up country is still wondering. No didates the same latitude. Only when the president was talking.
their minds, and some, due to one pressed him on that, not de- one took advantage. Obama is a reflective speaker
early voting, have already cast bate moderator Jim Lehrer and Perhaps many people, like me, who pauses frequently to find the
their ballots. One good night for not Obama. I'm still shaking had forgotten that during the right word. Romney just spits it
Mitt Romney does not turn the out. Either style can be effective.
world upside down. But make n any event, the gloom that had enveloped the Republican The real problem last week was
no mistake, it was a very good camp has suddenly lifted. Now it's Democrats who are an- what went unsaid, or unasked.
night for Romney and a bad ri i ir i rr Obama had to anticipate that
one for President Obama. This swring questions about their candidate's performance on Romney would try to draw him
election wasn't a done deal be- the stump. into a brawl, and may have de-
fore the debate, and it certainly cided to be presidential, to re-
isn't now. my head. There's only so much 2008 campaign Obama never main above the fray. It's possible
The immediate impact of last ground that can be covered in showed the kind of mastery in to maintain such a posture on
Wednesday's encounter was a 90-minute debate, but you'd debates that he routinely dem- the campaign trail, but I don't
to buoy the spirits of Republi- think a controversy that has so onstrated in campaign speeches. think you can bring it off in a de-
cans who feared their chances dominated recent weeks of the He out-debated John McCain, bate. Even if the debate had been
of taking the White House were campaign might deserve a men- but during the primaries he was no better than a draw, Obama
irretrievably slipping away. tion. often bested by Hillary Clinton. probably could have spent the
Blunders by Romney and his In any event, the gloom that She wasn't able to use those de- rest of the campaign running out
campaign advisers had begun had enveloped the Republican bate performances to move the the clock. Now Romney and the
to unnerve GOP bigwigs and camp has suddenly lifted. Now needle. Now we'll see whether Republicans have a new spring
depress the party faithful. Con- it's Democrats who are an- Romney can. Much has been in their step.
servative commentators won- swering questions about their made of the contrast in body Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
dered whether Romney had it candidate's performance on language. Obama, frankly, did Prize-winning newspaper col-
in him to recover from his mis- the stump, Democrats who are all the things they tell you not umnist and the former assistant
steps, the worst of which his somewhat anxiously looking to do when you're on television, managing editor of The Washing-
"47 percent" rant threat- forward to the opportunity pro- He looked down a lot. Perhaps ton Post.

E Bi JULIAflrJ] i.ALVEAU UY lNPA Colurnnist

Polls don't decide elections -voters do

In late September, the "non-
partisan" Web site Real Clear
Politics reported that President
Obama leads Republican nom-
inee Mitt Romney in several
battleground states. According
to the polls, President Obama
leads by 5.2 percent in Ohio,
4.5 percent in Virginia, 4.2
percent in Nevada, 4 percent
in Iowa and 3 percent in Flori-
da. Do we believe the polls? I'm
not so sure. But I surely don't
believe these polls should alter
an aggressive effort to re-elect
this Democratic president.
There are lots of ways to do
voter suppression. One is to
deny people ballots, or to change
the rules on voting. Mandatory
state-issued ID, new and more
distant polling places and all
of the shenanigans document-
ed by the Lawyers Committee
for Civil Rights Under Law are
methods of voter suppression.
In some cities and states, po-
lice cars have been parked out-
side polling places, intimidating
those who may have minor in-

fractions of law, including un-
paid parking tickets.
Another ways to suppress
the vote is to attempt to influ-
ence voter attitudes. For ex-
ample, in the 2008 election, a
Republican operative did robo-
calls to the Black community
telling people they didn't need

Tuesday, and another that said
polls were open until 10 p.m.,
although they closed at 8 p.m..
Well-informed voters repel
these shenanigans, but some
voters fall for them. That's why
it also makes sense to encour-
age early voting, especially for
the elderly and others who may

Iam wondering if these polls showing Obama in the lead
in key swing states represent another form of subtle voter
suppression. If we think the president is leading, then some

will pull back on their efforts.

to vote because Democratic
candidates President Obama
and Gov. Martin O'Malley of
Maryland had already won. He
was convicted of four counts of
fraud last year and faces jail
Other communities have ex-
perienced similar pranks, in-
cluding one that crudely told
people that the election was
on a Wednesday instead of a

have challenges getting to the
I am wondering if these polls
showing Obama in the lead in
key swing states represent an-
other form of subtle voter sup-
pression. If we think the presi-
dent is leading, then some will
pull back on their efforts. And
that's exactly what some Re-
publicans are counting on.
My grandmother used to say,

"Don't feed me fat meat and tell
me it ain't greasy." Or, "Don't
spit on me and tell me it's rain-
ing." In other words, don't be-
lieve the hype.
Polling results are both good
news and provisional news.
The good news the polls tell
us that an Obama win is not
only possible but likely. The
provisional news Obama
won't win unless we work for
it. These polls ought to be a
motivator for those who sup-
port Obama. The goal ought to
be to make these poll results a
reality by ensuring that Demo-
cratic enthusiasm increases,
not recedes and that Demo-
cratic turnout does hit record
numbers. It ain't over til it's
over and the outcome of this
election will depend on the
work that is done in the next
several weeks.
Julianne Malveaux is a Wash-
ington, D.C.-based economist
and writer and President Emeri-
ta ofBennett College for Women
in Greensboro, N.C.


Sizin up the candidates
I am not a big reliever in polls, then maybe he would be ahead.
but I do think it is safe to con- The second thing to look for
clude that Obama is ahead by with this election is the debates,
some measure one can argue the first of which was held last
with the spread, but not with Wednesday. Debates cannot help
the fact that Obama has a lead. you, they can only hurt you. The
My rule of thumb when it comes problem with the Romney cam-
to polls is, if you are trying to paign isn't that enough people
explain why and how a poll is have not heard him speak. The
flawed, then you are admitting
you are behind in the race. The he final thing to look for
past two weeks the Republicans the electorate is not hap
have been all over the media the electorate is not hap
talking about how all the polls especially his mishandlir
are skewed towards Obama, try- inely like him.
ing to explain the methodology
behind polling and how previous
Republicans were in similar posi- problem is people have heard him
tions to Romney. speak and they don't like what he
To my good Republican friends, is saying.
stop while you are behind. No On paper, Romney should
one believes your spin and Rom- have demolished Obama by now.
ney has run the worst presiden- Obama has been very inept in
tial campaign in history. If Rom- his handling of the economy and
ney and his campaign had spent this election is well suited for
as much time laying out a clear someone with Romney's back-
vision for his election as he has ground. But Democrats decided
trying to explain away the polls, to "Swift Boat" Romney. They

in president
have been masterful in taking
Romney's strength his busi-
ness experience and turning it
into a huge liability. This is what
happens when you nominate
a candidate with absolutely no
core beliefs. Romney has never
told the American people why he
wants to be president of the U.S.

in this election is likability. A lot of
py with the job Obama has done,
ig of the economy, but they genu-

If you have no core beliefs, it's
impossible for you to convince
the public that you are the best
man for the job.
The final thing to look for in
this election is likability. A lot of
the electorate is not happy with
the job Obama has done, es-
pecially his mishandling of the
economy, but they genuinely like
him. Romney has effectively been

al race ,
portrayed as a rich, oiut -r. touch
elitist who doesn't care and can't
relate to the average person.
Therefore, he has very high neg-
atives when it comes to likabil-
ity. This is the biggest problem
Romney is facing. A good perfor-
mance during a debate will not
change this dynamic. Romney
coming out with a big, bold, de-
tailed set of policy papers, won't
help turn his campaign around.
The only thing that can help
Romney is for him to drive
Obama's negatives sky high. The
problem with this approach is
that it will be filtered through a
racial lens since Obama is the
first Black president in the his-
tory of the U.S. Unfortunately,
I have already seen signs of Re-
publicans going down this road
and it's only going to get worse.
Raynard Jackson is president
& CEO of Raynard Jackson &
Associates, LLC., a Washington,
D.C.-based public relations/gov-
ernment affairs firm.





Miami Times columnist, ric'@clynelegal.com

Republican Party seeks to

politicize the Florida Judiciary

The general rule is that judg-
es should be apolitical. A judge
should make their rulings based
upon the facts and law, and at
all times be fair and seek jus-
tice. Judges do not run based
on party affiliation, and in fact
the party affiliation of a judge is
not known when they are run-
ning or appointed for office.
In a John Grishman novel,
a conservative business group
targets a moderate judge to
change the balance of pow-
er on a State Supreme Court
bench. The conservative busi-
ness group pours millions of
dollars into a campaign against
the Justice who loses. The end
result is that a horrible pol-
luter wins its case before the
Supreme Court. It seems that
fantasy is now becoming reality.
The Florida Supreme Court,
an apolitical body, is now un-
der attack by the Republican
Party. They have targeted Jus-
tice Quince, Justice Lewis and
Justice Pariente. All of the Jus-
tices are widely respected by
attorneys because of their fair-
ness and pursuit ofjustice. This
opinion is held by Republican
and Democratic attorneys, lib-
eral and conservative attorneys
and even by the conservative
Florida Bar Association. No self-
respecting attorney wants the
judiciary politicized; we want
judges who will base their deci-
sions on the law and facts and
not on party doctrine. The Flor-
ida Bar Association which nor-
mally is not involved in politics
has taken a position against the
Republican Party's open attack
on the judiciary and strongly
opposes it.
Our founding fathers felt that

in order to have a balance of
power in government that there
should be three equal branches
of government: the Executive
Branch (governor or president),
the Legislative Branch and the
Judiciary. What we see is an
attack on the underpinnings of
the constitutional foundation of
our government. The Republi-
cans now control the Executive
Branch in the person of Gover-
nor Scott and hold a majority
in the House and Senate of the
Florida Legislature. The only
Branch of government not con-
trolled by the Republican Party
is the Judiciary. The Judiciary
to its credit serves as a check
on the power of the other two
branches by making sure that
they comply with the Constitu-
tion and the laws. of this State.
The conservative groups that
want to take over the judiciary
and politicize it want to do so
to ensure that they control all
branches of government and
there is no check on their pow-
er. They intend to pour millions
of dollars into advertising to
misconstrue the record of three
justices and thereby get them
out of office, so that Governor
Scott can pick judges that fol-
low his agenda instead of judg-
es who follow the law.
I strongly recommend all
three justices. When you get in
the ballot box vote YES to retain
SJustice Fred Lewis, Justice Peg-
gy Quince and Justice Barbara
Pariente. Do not let our judicia-
ry become politicized. Keep the
balance of power as our found-
ing fathers desired.
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner
at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of
Miami/Fort Lauderdale.

After watching the presidential

debate do you have more confidence

in Obama or Romney? Why?

Academic advisor, Miami Gardens

"Obama. My
mind is pretty
much already
made up. Al-
though I'm
in the Green

Music professor, Broward County

"I don't have confidence in ei-
ther one. However, I have hope
that Obama
will continue
the job he has
done, he was
just thrown
off by Rom-
ney questions
from the de-

Student Success Coordinator, Liberty City

"I have great
confidence in
Obama. Many
people think
he should
have attacked
Romney, but I
have faith that
he'll win."

Tile installer, West Palm Beach

"Obama .
still. I saw the -
path he is go-
ing and he's
building up'
He's gradu-
ally getting
to where he
wants to go. It.takes time."

Full-time student, Coconut Grove

"The presi- i'
dent was in a -
bad situation,
he was given a
wrecked ship
that he had to
fix. I think he's
doing a superb
job for the country. It's just go-
ing to take more time."

Lab manager, Ft. Lauderdale

"I have con-
fidence in
Obama, Rom-
ney has flip-
flopped too
much and is
often caught

BY DR. WILBERT T. HOLLOWAY, District 1, M-DCPS, school board member

My view on the school bond referendum

Miami-Dade County voters
will go to the polls on Novem-
ber 6 to vote in what may be the
most important elections in this
century. As responsible citizens
and taxpayers, Miami-Dade's
voters will have the opportunity
to approve $1.2 billion in Gen-
eral Obligation Bonds for the
construction and maintenance
of school buildings. The pro-
ceeds will improve the physical
condition of our schools and
install new technology that will
provide our students with new
knowledge and skills that will
enable them to compete suc-
cessfully and energetically in
the competitive job market of
the 21st century.
For many years, the educa-
tional level of Florida's schools
was different, varying accord-
ing to the community where the
schools were- located. Location
determined the quality of edu-
cation of our learning institu-
tions. However, since the 1954
Supreme Court ruling of Brown
vs. Topeka Board of Education,
the enactment of the 1964 Civil
Rights Bill and ensuing legisla-
tion in the 1960s and 1970s,
the implementation of the Flor-
ida Education Finance Program
in 1973 and the creation of the
Full-Time Equivalency formula,
Florida has stood out for its
commitment to equality in pub-
lic education.
While the battle for equal edu-
cational opportunities remains
a viable and worthy cause, we
must also make sure that ex-

isting inequalities in public
schools are eliminated in build-
ing facilities and technologi-
cal equipment. To accomplish
equality in facilities, the school
district needs additional funds.
Unfortunately, for the past
several years, our State Leg-
islature has placed on the
back burner the financial sup-
port needed to keep our pub-
lic schools in a viable and safe
state for our children. During
the past two years, the state of
Florida has provided zero dol-
lars to the structural needs of
our educational facilities at a

tioning systems, has become
a big challenge that we must
meet if we want our students
to stay ahead of the curve. Or-
ganizations such as the Beacon
Council and the Greater Miami
Chamber of Commerce have
highlighted in their forecasting
plans the need for a world-class
education system as an integral
part of their economic growth
blueprint for our diverse and
resourceful South Florida com-
Twenty-four years have
passed since the voters ap-
proved a bond for public

While the battle for equal educational opportunities
remains a viable and worthy cause, we must also
make sure that existing inequalities in public schools
are eliminated in building facilities and technological equipment.
To accomplish equality in facilities, the school district needs ad-
ditional funds.

time when we have desperately
needed their financial support.
It should be noted that in
terms of student population,
our school district is the fourth-
largest in the nation. Half of its
buildings are over 40-years-
old and over a third of them
are exceeding 50 years since
construction. The task of edu-
cating students today has be-
come much more complex. The
need to install new technology
in the classroom and to repair
the physical wear of the schools
by replacing outdated electri-
cal, plumbing and air condi-

schools. However, there are still
many new needs and challeng-
es that remain to be addressed.
The time to act is now. With in-
terest rates and construction
costs at historically-low levels,
the expected cost for the aver-
age homeowner will be mini-
mal. It is estimated that in the
first year, a homeowner would
pay about $5 per $100,000 of
taxable value. In addition, the
local economy would greatly
benefit from the creation of new
jobs especially in the construc-
tion industry. This injection of
new funds would cause mul-

tiple benefits that would revive
our local economy.
We have been assured by Su-
perintendent Alberto M. Carv-
alho that there will be transpar-
ency in the way the incoming
revenue will be used. A com-
mittee will be appointed and
approved by the School Board
consisting of professionals and
community leaders that will su-
pervise and oversee the bidding
process of all projects, their
unit cost and utilitarian effec-
tiveness. This committee will
establish controls on how the
funds will be used and deter-
mine if they conform to estab-
lished budgetary procedures.
This underscores the School
Board's interest in having full
transparency throughout the
entire process.
Approval of these bonds is
needed to realize our goal of
equality in our school facilities.
For a moment, just imagine a
re-built Norland Senior High
School with work improve-
ments performed similar to
the ones at North Dade Middle
School where brand new build-
ings were built to complement
recently-built facilities that
have been retained and prop-
erly maintained and one would
need no other additional reason
for voting in favor of the Gen-
eral Obligation Bond.
The time is now! We owe it to
our students to have schools
that will foster the proper envi-
ronment for learning and excel-
ling in life beyond expectations.


White Republicans, welcome to our world

When Mitt Romney was bust-
ed boasting to wealthy support-
ers that he has no use for the 47
percent of the American voters
who don't pay federal income
tax, the former governor further
hobbled his already -limping
presidential campaign. But he
may also have unwittingly bro-
ken the bond between the GOP
and the White Republicans who
make up a large part of that 47
percent, paving the way for an
interesting potential political
We also now know, thanks to
his obtuse and incoherent triple
conflation, that logic isn't Rom-
ney's strong suit. How does the
fact that 47 percent of voters
support the president and 47
percent of households don't pay
federal income tax and some
people who don't pay federal in-.
come tax are irresponsible, add
up to nearly half of all American
voters being lazy, government-
dependent, non-taxpaying
Obama-supporting victims?
Romney defended his com-
ments by claiming they were

."off-the-cuff," as if,that means
they shouldn't be taken seri-
ously. But the fact that they
were spontaneously and spo-
!ken when he didn't think he
would be overheard by anyone
outside of his narrow station
makes Romney's comments all
the more telling. After all, char-
acter is who you -are when no

during to white voters, the party
and its candidates have long
shown very little interest in us.
But at least, until recently, they
made an effort to pretend to
seek our support, even though
they knew that we knew that
they really didn't mean it. And
while they don't care whether
we vote for them, Republican

It is no secret what the Republican Party thinks of Black vot-
ers when it bothers to think of us at all; it is one of the
reasons that support for Romney among Blacks is so infini-

one is looking. To those folks
who have been so callously cast
aside, I say, welcome to our
In our world, where we Black
voters are dismissed and de-
meaned by the Republican
Party as a matter of policy and
practice, Romney's comments
come as little surprise. While
the Republican Party falls all
over itself catering to and pan-

officials across the country are
now using every lever of power
at their disposal to try to keep
us from voting at all. No matter
how much these modern-day
poll taxers claim "voter fraud,"
and "ballot integrity," the re-
cord shows that the voter ID
requirements, early voting re-
strictions and other voter sup-
pression measures they have
forced into law are designed for

one purpose 'and one purpose
only: to keep minorities, wom-
en, the disabled, the elderly
from voting because they think
they'll vote for Obama and other
Democrats. Period.
It is no secret what the Repub-
lican Party thinks of Black vot-
ers when it bothers to think of
us at all; it is one of the reasons
that support for Romney among
Blacks is so infinitesimal that
pollsters can't even measure it.
But now, Romney has slipped
up and showed us all of us that
he thinks much the same thing
about a whole lot of white Re-
publican voters, too. Imagine
how our shared experience of
being treated as others/outsid-
ers/less-than could empower
us to recognize, build upon and
leverage our shared political in-
Stephanie Jones is president
of Stephanie Jones Strategies,
a Washington, DC public affairs
firm. She is an attorney and
former executive director of the
National Urban League Policy


Child poverty is epidemic for all races

The U.S. Census Bureau's
new poverty data for the states
show millions of families strug-
gling mightily to keep their
heads above water in the wake
of the Great Recession. Four-
teen states saw statistically sig-
nificant increases in their child
poverty rates but the morally
scandalous bottom line is clear:
16.1 million children are poor
in our rich nation with more
than 7 million living in extreme
poverty often scared, hungry
and homeless.
Although there are more
poor white than Black or His-
panic children, Black and His-
panic children suffer most. In
25 states and the District of
Columbia, at least 40 percent
of Black children were poor;
in four states, Iowa, Maine,
Michigan and Ohio, 50 percent
or more of Black children were
poor. Thirty-three percent or
more of Hispanic children were

poor in 32 states.
In 2011, more than one-in-five
children were poor in over half
the states and the District of
Columbia. In half of these states
more than one in four children
were poor. Children are the

income of less than $11,511 for a
family of four.
The 13 states and the na-
tion's capital with child poverty
rates 25 percent or higher are:
Mississippi 31.8, New Mexico
30.7, District of Columbia 30.3,

although there are more poor white than Black or His-
panic children, Black and Hispanic children suffer most.
In 25 states and the District of Columbia, at least 40
percent of Black children were poor...

poorest age group in America
and the younger they are the
poorer they are. More than one-
in-four children under six were
poor in 21 states and the District
of Columbia during their years
of greatest brain development.
In 30 states and the District of
Columbia, 10 percent or more of
infants, toddlers and kindergar-
teners lived in extreme poverty
which means an annual family

Louisiana 28.8, Arkansas 28.1,
South Carolina 27.8, Alabama
27.6, Kentucky 27.4, Arizona
27.2, Texas 26.6, Georgia 26.3,
Tennessee 26.3; West Virginia
25.8, North Carolina 25.6.
These shameful child poverty
levels call for urgent and persis-
tent action. Citizens must de-
mand that every political leader
state what they will do now to
invest in and protect vulnerable

children from hunger, homeless-
ness, and poor education and to
prepare them to be competent
future workers. It's way past
time to eliminate epidemic child
poverty and the child suffering,
stress, homelessness, and mise-
ducation it spawns.
A number of leading econo-
mists and researchers agree
that investing in children to-
day is the best way to prepare
and create a strong America
tomorrow. Do most Americans
really want our children to get
poorer while the rich get richer
and to allow our budget to be
balanced on the backs of poor
babies while millionaires and
billionaires receive hundreds of
billions in more huge tax cuts
they do not need? If you do not,
speak up and vote for a more
just America for every child.
Marian Wright Edelman is
president of the Children's De-
fense Fund.


Campaigns re-set after first debate showdown

By Gregory Korte

dent Obama and Mitt Romney
return to battleground states
across the country for a fi-
nal month of campaigning, as
elated Republicans predicted a
post-debate shift in momentum
for their candidate after weeks
of polls showing a widening lead
for the incumbent.
Romney, the GOP presidential
nominee, was widely praised
for his performance Wednes-
day night in the first of three
presidential debates. He sent
an e-mail to donors Thursday
proclaiming "victory is in sight."
Republicans said they be-
lieved the debate had improved
Romney's standing in the race.
Obama's campaign acknowl-
edged that they would adjust
their strategy for upcoming
Romney made a brief un-
scheduled stop at a conservative
conference in Denver, where one
of the organizers, Conservative
Union Chairman Al Cardenas,
called the boost in enthusiasm
"A presidential race is like a
horse race, if you are backing a
particular horse and you don't
think yours is in first place, you
get disillusioned after all your
hard work," he said.
Patty Walls, 68, of Charlot-
tesville, Va., said as she waited
for Romney's speech that the
debate "was fantastic. But I, felt
that way before -- last night was
10 times better."
Fishersville was deluged with
traffic, and more than 1,000

President of

museum to

quit her post

By Patricia Cohen

After 15 years of working to
build a permanent home for the
Museum for African Art in Man-
hattan, the museum's presi-
dent, Elsie McCabe Thompson,
announced on last Friday that
she was stepping down "to pur-
sue other career opportunities."
The decision comes after more
than three years of financial
troubles that have repeatedly
delayed the museum's opening
of a new site at Fifth Avenue
and 110th Street, on the north-
ern tip of what
is known as
Museum Mile.
The museum
Seeds an addi-
Stional $10 mil-
lion to finish
THOMPSON construction of
its new space in
the bottom of a 19-story condo-
minium designed by Robert A.
M. Stern. A statement released
by the museum announcing
Ms. Thompson's departure said
it was "in discussions with sev-
eral funders to ensure that the
project is completed success-
The space was originally
scheduled to open in 2009,
and no new opening date has
yet been set. Since its estab-
lishment in 1984, the museum
has occupied a variety of tem-
porary spaces, most recently
a gallery in Long Island City,
Queens, that closed in 2005.
Ms. Thompson, who has been
president since 1997 and who
referred to the museum as "my
baby," said in the release that
she planned to join the mu-
seurri's board of trustees. She
could not be reached for addi-
tional comment.
The deputy director and chief
operating officer, Kenita Lloyd,
will temporarily oversee the mu-
seum, while a committee that
will include trustees, advisers
and Ms. Thompson undertakes
a nationwide search for a re-
placement, the statement said.
Ms. Thompson's husband,
William C. Thompson Jr., is
running for mayor in next year's
election. This year he resigned
as chairman of the Battery Park

City Authority to focus more on
his campaign. A former city
comptroller, Mr. Thompson was
the Democratic nominee for
mayor in 2009.

people gathered on a bluff
outside the fence to listen to
Romney and Ryan speak at a
local outdoor concert center.
"Last night was an important
night for this country," Romney
told the crowd before recapping
his plan for economic recovery.
Romney next heads to Florida,
another critical swing state
where polls before the debate
had shown him trailing Obama.
Obama returned to Wisconsin
Thursday, where his lead has
dwindled since the addition of
home-state Rep. Paul Ryan to
the GOP ticket.
Obama said the "real Rom-
ney" did not appear at the de-
bate, only a substitute one who
changed his positions. "I don't
know who's going to show up at
the next debate," Obama said.
"Gov. Romney may dance

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama laugh after the
first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Oct. 3, in Denver.

around his positions," Obama
told 30,000 backers in Madison.
"He may do a tap dance and a
two-step -- but if you want to
be president, then you owe the
American people the truth."
Romney spokesman Ryan
Williams said in a statement:
"The Obama campaign is ...
desperate to distract from the
President's widely panned
debate performance with more
flailing, dishonest attacks."
Obama will be in Virginia
today, but the new monthly jobs
report is likely to be the domi-
nant story of the day. A good re-
port could give Obama a boost.
He heads to California over
the weekend, courting a key
constituency there, dedicating
a national monument Monday
in honor of Hispanic civil rights
icon C6sar Chavez.

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Cultures reflect on past tale of genocide Broward School

Border of Lights

shines light on

massacre, 75

years later

By Jose Perez
joseperez.miamoitiimes @ gnmail.coin

An old adage says that "his-
tory is written by the victors"
but what of an unwritten, hid-
den history? Who writes that?
Many different people, appears
to be the answer. One example
is Proof is in the gathering this
week of many, different people
at a place called the Massa-
cre River, which serves as the
border between Haiti and the
Dominican Republic on the
Caribbean island traditionally
known as Quisqueya since be-
fore Columbus landed there
in the late 15th century. That
piece of history is commonly
known to even the youngest of
children but that is not what
is brought those many differ-
ent people to the towns of Qua-
naminthe, Haiti and Dajabon,
Dominican Republic last week.
The group, converged there
under the umbrella of "Border
of Light," making the pilgrim-
age to the river to mark the
75th anniversary of one of the
worst acts of genocide in the
history of the Western Hemi-
sphere. Over the course of
a few bloody, harrowing days
in early October 1937,-tens of
thousands of innocent people
- men, women, children, el-
ders were slaughtered under
the order of the dictator of the
Dominican Republic at that

time, Rafael Trujillo. All of the
victims had one thing in com-
mon: they were targeted as
part of a systematic campaign
to eliminate Haitians from the
Dominican Republic, even if
that meant butchering Domin-
icans who were either of Hai-
tian descent or merely "looked"
Haitian enough to the bands of
murderers rounding up help-
less victims.
Jan Mapou, owner of the
Mapou Bookstore in Little Haiti
and local radio host, says that
the massacre is also known as
the Parsley Massacre because
soldiers would summon would-
be victims with a sprig of pars-
ley in one hand and a machete,
bayonet, or long knife in the
other. If a person questioned
could not properly pronounce
the Spanish word for parsley
(perejil), his or her "guilt" as a
Haitian was therefore immedi-
ately proven and the sentence
of death was quickly executed,
often via beheading. Known in
Kreyol as kout kouto-a, or the
cutting, approximately 20,000
people were killed in little more
than five days, says Mapou,
who dedicated his weekly radio
show on RadioMega recently
to the discussion of this event
with local historian, Dr. Jean-
Claude Exulien.
The response to the radio
show was overwhelming espe-
cially from "younger Haitians
who had no clue that this even
happened," says Mapou. The
discussion carried over from
the studios over to his shop
in Little Haiti. "One man who
was listening," says Mapou,
"told us that he was born on
the border because his mother
was literally running for her

life while she was pregnant
with him."
The Border of Light move-
ment is built upon a broad
base of grassroots activism,
says Dr. Ed Paulino, a history
professor at the City University
of New York. This is evident
by the active planning and
participation of Haitians, Do-

by Mapou, Paulino, and a pal
of courageous sisters from
of all places Kokomo, Indi
ana. Rana Dotson and De
Andra Beard, co-founders o
the non-profit Organization o
Dominican Haitian Coopera
tion (OCDH), see undeniable
connections between the Pars
ley Massacre and the migran

SBoard goes against

ff Amendment 8
By Karen Yi
e -----------
The Broward school district will move to officially oppose a
t ballot initiative on Tuesday that they say will funnel money
away from public education to fund religious schools.
The board \ ill voile on a resolution opposing Amendment 8,
an initiative that would eliminate the section of the state con-
stiLution that bans funding for religious programs.
"This is not extending relige-ous free do:m," board member
Maureen Dinnen tjld the Sun Sentinel "'It'i giing to drain
funding from public schools a- d tunnel it to private schools "
In August. the board passed a res:.llutio n merely explaining
the impact of the amendment but did not formally oppose it.
Dinnen said a recent change in the leinslati,: 1 .-'ill allot. the
district to take an official stance against the ire as,.re.
If the resolution passes. Bro\nard .'.ill loin the Florida School
S Boards Association anrd several districts in the state that op-
pose the measure.
The FSBA said the amieridment 'Aill 'remo,.e a.n essential
portion of the state consuttution that scenes to protect our
rCitzens including our children from slate I,_inded religious
indoctrination. according to the resolution
n Jim Frankoiiak. a ca-npajign mnacrger for the a.maenrdment
S a.nd a member of the Citizens for Religij:'s Fret-domn and
y Non-Discrirunmaton. said h didn't understand the concern
as the amendment was meant only, to project social service
s programs.
"It's simple, these programs are at risk: ,' e d ron't giantn t thel
n religious providers to be discnmiriated againstt" Frankowiak
s said.
r But Dinnen said she ,,\omed the arrendnmernt .\ouild carve
e out a path for the state's pn'.are sch.rols that sen i'ce
s 200.000 students to obtain public funding.
d She also said the amendment :ouldl possibly re-vi-e the
- voucher system, "this could really get mess', it's just a hi.,r-
s, nble thing.'

1 In Florida, swing state wary of

. both campaigns' courtship
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minicans, African-Americans
and many others in Haiti, the
Dominican Republic, the Unit-
ed States and beyond. One
such person is Sady I. Diaz,
a public relations specialist
for the City of Sunrise and a
Dominican-American. "This
is important to me because I
am them," says Diaz who grew
up in a home that embraced
its diverse heritage of African,
Native American, and Euro-
pean roots. "Had I been living
then, that could have been me,
it could've been someone in my
The determination and mo-
tivation to bring more atten-
tion to this atrocity via what
Diaz calls "education, experi-
ence, and exposure" is shared

workers they grew up with ii
the cornfields near their child
hood home, and their family
members who lived as share
croppers in Arkansas. "It i
an instant connection for us,
says Dotson, a connection
that Beard, an educator, say
is a "shared experience." Fo
them, the fact that they ar
African-American heighten
their sense of duty to "buil
awareness about ... these peo
ple that were forgotten," say
Dotson. A public policy expert
Dotson says that, as Blacks ii
the United States, "we have th
responsibility as a people t
look outside and see our global
community connected by his
"...and blood," added Beard

Davie park statue honors Gandhi

By Robert Nolin

The stooped figure was clad in
loincloth, sandals and carrying a
staff. But there was no mistak-
ing the benign smile.
Mahatma Gandhi, who
sparked India's independence
in 1947, made his Florida debut
Tuesday evening in the form of
a 7-foot-tall bronze statue in a
Davie park.
It was the first such statue
of the revered leader in Florida.
Five other statues have been
erected in Atlanta, Houston,
Chicago, San Francisco and New
"In this day and age, we need a
role model for peace and nonvio-
lence, and there is no better role
model," said Davie Mayor Judy
Paul, whose town dedicated the
property for the monument at
Falcon's Lea Park on west Stir-
ling Road.
"It has been an honor," she
The $50,000 statue was paid
for by the Kerala Samajam, a
local Indian cultural group.
The group will also manage the
statue's upkeep. The ceremony
marked the 143rd anniversary
of Ghandi's birth. He was assas-
sinated in January 1948.
"It represents a population,"

By RicardoAlonso-Zaldivar

Mitt Romney's Medicare
won't try to control costs by
iting the payments that fi
retirees would use to buy pi
health insurance, aides say,
ing detail to. a proposal front
GOP presidential nominee
has both intrigued and conf
many Americans.
Reining in costs is vital to 1
ing Medicare affordable, an
their plans both President Ba
Obama and Romney's rur
mate, Paul Ryan, set limits o:
growth of future spending.
Independent experts say
doubt that Romney's Med
plan can succeed without
kind of hard spending limit; i
ney campaign officials say the
ings will come through compe
among health insurance plan
"It sounds like Romney is t
to have it both ways," said R
Bixby, executive director ol

-Ginny Dixon
Kerala Samajam, a local Indian cultural organization, unveiled a 7-foot
statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Tuesday evening at Falcon's Lea Park in

Davie. The $25,000 statue will be
broke Pines-based group.

said Town Administrator Rich-
ard Lemack. "It's a wonderful
opportunity for the entire com-
South Florida's Indian-
American population is indeed
swelling, with about 23,000 in
Broward County and 10,000
each in Palm Beach and Miami-
Dade counties. Florida's Indian-
American population has also
grown, according to 2010 cen-

paid for and maintained by the Pem-

sus figures, to about 178,000,
up from some 70,000 in 2000.
The reason is simple. "The
weather is the ideal weather,"
said Assissi Joseph Nadayil, a
member of Kerala Samajam.
"It's similar to South India."
But it was what Gandhi
represents that fired the Indian-
Americans' loyalty. "Indians
believe in nonviolence," Nadayil
said. "Nonviolence is the best

A crowd estimated at about
200 by Police Chief Patrick
Lynn joyfully chanted Gandhi's
name as Paul and Abdul Kalam,
India's president from 2002 to
2007, unleashed a golden cord
to unveil the bigger-than-life
Women were draped in color-
ful saris and many men wore
kurtas, overlong shirts, or dho-
tis, similar to lengthy togas.
National pride was evident as
the crowd sang India's national
anthem and the U.S. national
"Everybody knows Mahatma
Gandhi," said spectator Maya
Kirpalani. "He's the father of our
nation. It's definitely something
to bring our friends to come and
Sculptor Matt Glenn of Provo,
Utah, was on hand to see his
work dedicated. The eight-
month project required special
care for Gandhi's eyeglasses
and sandals. But there were
also less mundane artistic con-
"We wanted to make sure we
gave him a very pleasant look,
and evoke a bit of emotion at the
same time," he said. "The emo-
tions we were striving for were
honor, tradition and peace."


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Concord Coalition. "It's a really
important point whether there will
plan be a cap. It will help determine
lim- whether the health care savings
future he's touting are credible." Compe-
-ivate tition alone is very speculative and
add- it alone has not solved the health
1 the care cost problem for employers,
that who increasingly have been shift-
fused ing costs to workers and their fam-
ilies in the form of higher premi-
keep- ums and copays.
id in
n the Medicare covers nearly 50 mil-
lion retirees and disabled people.
they Since its creation in 1965, it has
icare been an open-ended benefit pro-
some gram, with taxpayers basically
Rom- paying all the bills that come in.
Ssav- Obama's health care law begins
tition to change that, creating a board
s. with the power to force payment
trying cuts on the health care industry if
obert Medicare costs rise above certain
f the limits. Ryan's budget, passed by

the House this year, also would
limit the growth of total Medicare
spending, using a formula that
links to economic growth.
Romney has charged that
Obama's approach would eventu-
ally lead to rationing. Romney calls
his own plan "premium support."
Critics say it would amount to a
cost shift.
Aides to the GOP candidate say
the plan would rely on competition
- without caps or a cost-cutting
board to control spending and
avoid cost shifts to seniors.
Retirees entering the program
in 2022 and later would have the
choice of private insurance or a
government plan modeled on tra-
ditional Medicare.
The private plans would bid to
provide health care to seniors in
a given part of the country. The
government's payment would be
pegged to the second-lowest bid,
or the cost of the government plan,
whichever was lower.

Seniors who chose a higher-cost
plan would pay the difference.
Those who picked lower-cost cov-
erage could keep the difference
for medical expenses. Low-income
retirees and people in poor health
would get a more generous govern-
ment payment.

The Romney campaign refused
repeated requests for an on-the-
record explanation of the Medicare
Former U.S. Comptroller Gener-
al David Walker, now a deficit-re-
duction advocate, said it's hard to
understand how the Romney plan
would work because so much of it
remains fuzzy.
"I just don't know that we have
enough details to meaningfully
evaluate it at this point," Walker
said. "People are trying to evaluate
what the cost would be, but they
just don't have enough facts to ef-
fectively evaluate it."

TAMPA BAY TIMES, editorial: 'Ar.meircans heard tov.:
starkly different approaches to fiaxin the e-cinomrmn, and
cutting the federal deficit in the first presidential debate.
President Obaia offered the realistic approach o f nixing
spending cuts with ne,\ revenue Republican rnomoin..!-' Mitt
Romnine, stuck vi-th thrl fanitas', that ev:-r-IthIn -ne:'a: b:- made
right with tax cuts and spending reductions The first debati-
broke no ne'w ground and had rn clear ". innr. but it reaf-
firmed the clear differences bet:. een the candidates in a tight
race v.ith fev. undecided voters left
ORLANDO SENTINEL, editorial \\ ith Florida once again
considered a must- in state in this year's presidential race.
space police, is finaJll lifting off as an issue for the. candi-
dates Romney's campaign issiiCd a policy, sdtterntnt promis-
ing he'd make space a priority as president, but it included
tle' details Flondians, %iho hate seen the state lose thou-
sands of space jobs. should be hopeful but skeptical about
the candidates' proposals In 2008, Obarnra o-owed to narro\v
the gap between the end of the shuttle arid the next manned
program. After he was elected. he canceled the next program
and replaced it \lth another one that ill pr,.bab'tly vnden the
JAC VERSTEEG. i>r The Palm Bea-ch Piost Editorial Broard-
"Foremost is Obama s claim that Rorrmnei has called for a
$5 trillion vealthy-skened tax cut over 10 years that .would
balloon the deficit. Wrong. Romne\ sa. s, b,:Cause he would
pa' for the cuts bx reformine the tax cole But \v.here w-ould
Ronney-, find the $5 trillion in dedrictiorns and loopholes? He
hasn't said. because he can t.
THE MIAMI HERALD, editonil. It s the moochers vs the
1 percent, the patriots .s the peacerniis, real Amrenaris vs.
other Americans Unless our candidate_ ',v-rins. '.'e re doomed.
We don't buy it. This electoral season, the first presidential
race sin-ce the Citrzens United decision, has produced more
di.'sit.e campaiie ads than exer before, anid the frustratingly
,'..eak economy has i-aised the an.xet', le'. i o.'er rlhe nation's
future Rurnney has been sio vaguqe on spe:ics::f that it s hard
to know '-hat he really behle.es Obairia suill has to. sho\v
exactly how he w\.ould change his approach to make a second
term better than his first term. At this point, neither candi-
date has this election in.the bag."
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER, Sarasota Herald-Tribune: "One
of the reasons Florida has become much more competitive
for Democrats in presidential races in recent years is be-
cause of the state's growing Hispanic population. A new poll,
from a liberal immigration advocacy group, shows Latino vot-
ers could help (the president). Obama's support was boosted
by his endorsement of the DREAM Act, which provides a
pathway for some young Hispanics who are illegally in the
country to obtain citizenship. Romney was hurt by his com-
ments in favor of 'self-deportation' and his support for immi-
grations laws similar to what Arizona has passed."
gardless of how one feels about either man, this is now a
changed race. Millions of Americans got their first extended
look at Romney and he clearly made a favorable impression.
With his performance last Wednesday, (he) raised the stakes
for the next presidential debate and for the upcoming vice-
presidential battle between Vice President Biden and Rom-
ney's running mate, Paul Ryan. By all means, .stay tuned."


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For punishment inmates are sent to the box

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

On the streets, lawbreak-
ers are hauled off to jail
and may possibly wind up
in prison. If they get sent to
prison and decide to break
any institutional rules while
in open population, they will
be promptly escorted to a
confinement unit a build-
ing that both inmates and
officers call the prison jail-
house, also known as "the
Making a transition from
being allowed to roam around
freely in an open population
setting to suddenly being
confined in a two-man cell
may strike him as an awk-
ward experience reminiscent
to a scene straight out of the
Twilight Zone.
Since every cell in the unit

is furnished with two
banks, there may al-
ready be a cellmate
inside of the cell upon
his arrival, probably a
familiar face from the
compound, yet some-
one who he has never
spoken to before being HW
sent to confinement.
Experience has taught me
when you are forced to live
with them. And more often
than not, when there is a
moderate level of compat-
ibility between two prisoners
who have gotten themselves
in a jam, the peaceful coex-
istence of two human beings
in a confinement cell can
certainly help to alleviate the
feeling of doom and despair,
trumpeting the old saying
that misery loves company.
When inmates are placed

into confinement, the
first few days may
seem to move at a very
slow pace. As more
Sand more days go by,
time will gradually
start to have no mean-
ing and the inmate,
ALL his cell partner and
everything about the cell in
which they have been placed
in will all become as one.
After the days have turned
into weeks and the weeks
have turned into months, an
officer will appear at their
cell door perhaps a few
days before their sentence
in the box is set to expire -
ordering them to "pack up,
you're being released back
to the compound." Although
they may have loss a couple
of pounds and their complex-
ion may have gotten a few

shades lighter due to lack if
exposure to the sun, most in-
mates are still excited about
knowing that they are be-
ing released back into open
population and will soon
have the liberty of going the
inmate canteen, barbershop,
calling home and drinking
a strong hot cup of coffee -
things that they could not do
while in confinement.
When the cell door is final-
ly rolled open and the time
has come for the inmate to
be expelled from his confine-
ment experience, the feeling
of being reinvented and re-
energized will surely come
upon him as he steps out of
the confinement unit, and he
will indeed take with him a
new attitude, hopefully one
that will keep him out of the
box for a very long time.

States get tougher on metal theft

By Rick Neale

COCOA When a thief
swiped three air-conditioning
units over the Memorial Day
weekend and caused $15,500
in damage to one of the 19 com-
mercial buildings Ralph Per-
rone owns along Florida's Space
Coast, he became so frustrated
he formed a scrap-metal theft
task force with law enforce-
The task force is studying how
to implement a new metal-theft
law. In July, Florida became
one of the most recent states
to adopt legislation aimed at
stopping scrapyard sales of ev-
erything from stolen beer kegs,
A/C coils and catalytic convert-
ers to utility wires and other
metal items.
Under the new Florida law,
secondhand dealers must ob-
tain signed statements, thumb-
prints and photographs from
sellers; purchase metal via
check or bank transfer; and
transmit transaction records to
law enforcement officials.
Forty-eight states have some
form of law requiring scrap
metal dealers to maintain docu-
mentation of sales, said Dani-
elle Waterfield, assistant coun-
sel with the Institute of Scrap

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-AP Photo/Warren Ruda
This photo taken on April 30 shows a cast iron radiator that
was broken off by thieves at a property in Plains Township,
Pa. More states are adopting legislation aimed at stopping
metal theft.

Recycling Industries. Monday,
North Carolina enacted a law
requiring recyclers to take digi-
tal photos or video of custom-
ers posing with the metal items
they are selling. The two states
without laws are North Dakota
and Alaska, she said.
The National Insurance Crime
Bureau reported this spring
that metal theft claims have in-

creased 81% from Jan. 1, 2009,
to Dec. 31, 2011. States gen-
erating the most claims were
Ohio, Texas, Georgia, Califor-
nia and Illinois. The bureau re-
ported the increased thefts were
driven by rising prices for base
metals-especially copper.
Waterfield .likened the rise of
state laws boosting punishment
for metal thefts to tougher state

laws combating drunken driv-
"We're seeing thieves rip off
the air-conditioning units off lo-
cal churches. We've seen them
steal manholes, leaving gaping
holes in our streets. And we're
seeing thieves who are show
ing disregard for their own lives
cutting into electrical stations,"
she said.
The institute has established
an online metal-theft notifica-
tion system to alert scrapyards
of "hot" ,materials. Among the
recent listings:
Someone stole more than
100 aluminum heavy-truck
wheels in Wyoming, Mich.
Someone stole 10 to 12 500-
foot rolls of copper wire valued
at $2,200 from a city vehicle in
Fort Collins, Colo.
Even states with existing laws
are looking to get tougher. The
New Jersey Legislature is con-
sidering a bill that would re-
quire recyclers to record sellers'
license-plate information and
buy metal via non-transferable
check, among other stricter reg-
The California Department of
Justice will spend the next year
funding and developing an on-
line database of scrapyard met-
al transactions.

Women sue Wal-Mart for discrimination

By Ariel Barkhurst

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pays
women less than men for the
same work and doesn't give
women equal chance for pro-
motion, says a class action
lawsuit filed in federal court
on last Thursday by 11 Flori-
da women, including one each
from Palm Beach and Broward
The women want cash com-

Save money. Live better.

pensation and a court order
telling Wal-Mart to end its
gender discrimination.
The case, filed in U.S. Dis-
trict Court in Fort Lauderdale,
is similar to cases filed in Cal-
ifornia, Texas and Tennessee
in the last year.
All four cases are region-
alized versions of a national
class action suit struck down
by the U.S. Supreme Court
last summer. The case was
struck down not based on its
merits, but because the class
of female Wal-Mart employees
was too large and diverse.
The smaller class sizes
might get the case upheld at
the Supreme Court level, said
Ted Leopold, managing part-
ner at Leopold Law P.A. in
Palm Beach Gardens. He is
representing the 11 women.
"Wal-Mart has a conscious
indifference to women em-
ployees, where it's part of their
policies at the company to not
treat female employees the
same as male employees," he

The new case is a "recycling
of the old case struck down
by the Supreme Court," said
Wal-Mart spokesman Randy
Hargrove. Wal-Mart has an-
tidiscrimination policies, he
said. The claims in the case,
he pointed out, are only al-
leged at this point.
The case bases its claims on
interviews with women who
worked or work for Wal-Mart.
It claims the company has
shown a "pattern and practice
of making pay and promotion
decision on the basis of gen-
The case cites research that
found about 90 percent of Wal-
Mart and Sam's Club stores in
Florida and other parts of the
southeast have fewer female
managers than male manag-
ers and pay women less than
men in the same jobs.
Some examples of the dis-
crimination Florida women
working at Wal-Mart have ex-
perienced, according to the
Christina Going, the Palm
Beach County plaintiff, quit
her job at Wal-Mart after four
years because she was passed
over for promotion many times
in favor of less experience male
applications. She also noticed
she was making less than
men with less experience, and
her manager told her it was
because, "Single mothers like
you don't deserve to make as
much, you should be in a two
income household."
Daven Miller, the Broward
County plaintiff, still works at
Wal-Mart and has since May
2007. She has been paid less
than her male co-workers with
equal or less experience the
whole time, the case says.

A woman was told by her
male manager men. should
make more than women, be-
cause "they have families to
support." In this woman's
case, she had a family and her
male co-workers making more
'money didn't.
Some women have been
told that the automotive,
electronic and sporting goods
departments, which pay
higher, are "not for women"
or that each of those depart-
ments "is a man thing." One
woman was told cosmetics
would be more "appropriate"
and another that the jewelry
department would be more
A woman applying as
manager of the pet depart-
ment was told "a woman is
not suited for the job."
One woman heard from
a male manager that women
could not be supervisors be-
cause they "were married ...
and had children" and "their
responsibilities were to their
home life, not being promot-
ed at Wal-Mart." Another was
told she "was not cut out for
Assistant Manager because
she had children."
One of the plaintiffs, Gail
Lovejoy of Pasco County,
routinely heard her manag-
ers comment, for example,
that it's best to "keep women
barefoot and pregnant-that
is-where they belong."
Another woman applying
for overnight work was told
by her manager she was re-
jected for the job because
"she couldn't do any over-
night work because she was
too busy being too pretty."
The case also describes a
meeting of district managers

in 2004 presided over by CEO
Thomas Coughlin, where the
managers were told to hire
managers with "single focus."
They were also told to keep
in mind that men are better
at "single focus to get the job
done" while women are better
at "information processing."

Popular minister

charged with theft

of 70K dollars

Rev. Larrie Lovett accused of taking

dollars intendedfor Brownsville

Community Development Corporation

Miami Times staff report

A local minister, well known
in the Brownsville community,
has been charged with grand
theft and organized scheme to
defraud by Miami-Dade County
prosecutors. The Rev. Larrie
Lovett, 48, minister at Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of
Brownsville, was arrested last
Friday on charges that he alleg-
edly stole more than $70,000
dollars, funneling the money
through a community nonprofit
agency that he directed.
The Brownsville Commu-
nity Development Corporation
[BCDC] had received money
from the Children's Trust in
order to coordinate programs
for children in the Brownsville
and Liberty City communities
as part of a violence-prevention
initiative. But according to
documents from the Miami-
Dade Inspector General's Office,
Lovett had redirected money
by submitting fake invoices to
the Children's Trust. Payments
were actually never made to
vendors and Lovett transferred
money from the nonprofit to his
personal bank account. Records
indicate that Lovett used the
money for such things as car
payments, rent on his home
and numerous trips.

91 charged
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
Ninety-one people including
doctors, nurses and other medi-
cal professionals were charged
criminally after an investigation
of Medicare fraud that involved
$430 million in false billing in
seven cities, officials said on
It was the government's sec-
ond big raid in recent months
after a similar investigation in
May involving $452 million in
possible fraud in Medicare, the
health program for the elderly
and disabled.
The accusations include
billing the government for un-
necessary ambulance rides in
California, writing prescriptions
for patients in Dallas who did
not qualify for them and paying
kickbacks like food and ciga-
rettes to patients in Houston
if they attended programs for
which a hospital could bill.
The investigation is part of an
effort by the Obama administra-
tion to find health care savings.
Indictments against the 91
defendants were unsealed on


In total, Lovett took more
than $112,000 but was charged
with taking about $70,000
because the statute of limita-
tions had lapsed on some older
crimes, according to the arrest
report. The thefts occurred
between 2007 and 2009. When
vendors began to complain
that they had not been paid,
the Children's Trust canceled
its contract with the BCDC in
January 2010 and asked for
officials to launch an investiga-
The Trust has since added
additional safeguards in order
to ensure that payments are
made to vendors before reim-
bursing providers for the costs.

with fraud
Thursday after a coordinated
investigation led by the depart-
ments of justice and of Health
and Human Services, officials
said. Most of the 91 surrendered
or were arrested.
Those charged were trying
to make a living by defrauding
Medicare and its sibling pro-
gram, Medicaid, which insures
the poor, the officials said.
Of the 91 people charged this
week, 33 were involved in false
billing in the Miami area. In
separate cases, people were ac-
cused of improperly billing the
government for home health and
mental health services.
Officials said they had found
an additional $42 million in
improper claims at a Houston
hospital, Riverside General,
where they earlier said they had
found $116 million in fraud.
In those cases officials said
patients had received cigarettes
and other kickbacks if they at-
tended a partial hospitalization
program. Some patients watched
TV instead of receiving services
there, the government said.



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By Campbell Robertson

OXFORD, Miss. There still
may be a few bullet holes in
the stately white columns of
the Lyceum, the Greek Revival
building here that symbolizes
the University of Mississippi,
but most were unintentionally
plastered over during a renova-
tion years ago.
So a new historical marker
now serves as the physical re-
minder of the night of Sept. 30,
1962, when hundreds of fed-
eral marshals and thousands
of Army and National Guard
troops met a violent mob of
segregationists from all over
the South and the campus
became a battleground. Two
people were killed, hundreds
were wounded and the vicious
realities of a racist society were
broadcast around the world.
The following morning,
James Meredith enrolled in
classes, and Ole Miss was ra-
cially integrated.
In recent weeks, the univer-
sity has been commemorating
that tumultuous period with a
program called "Opening the
Closed Society." The sched-
ule has included lectures by
prominent figures like Attorney
General Eric H. Holder Jr. and
the singer and activist Harry
Belafonte, movie screenings,
panel discussions and a "walk
of reconciliation and redemp-
Mr. Meredith said he would
not attend, but he has shown
up unexpectedly at similar
events in the past.
The program's name is a
reference to "Mississippi: The
Closed Society," a 1964 book
by James W. Silver, an Ole Miss
history professor, about the
strict orthodoxy of white Mis-
sissippi. (Professor Silver, who
died in 1988, was hounded by
white supremacists and left the
university a year after the book
was published.)

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Correl Hoyle of Walnut, Miss., at the plaque commemorating James Meredith's enrollment

University of Mississippi.
Though Ole Miss officials
are quick to say there is more
work to be done, much of the
program's emphasis has been
on the university's undeniable
progress in matters of race: the
president of the student body
is a Black woman and, even
more notably for a school that
has long prided itself on beauty
queens, so is the homecoming
But in an address last week,
Charles W. Eagles, an Ole Miss
history professor and, the au-
thor of "The Price of Defiance:
James Meredith and the Inte-
gration of Ole Miss," created a
minor stir when he questioned
the tenor of the celebration.
Professor Eagles asked whether

an institution of higher learn-
ing should be acclaiming an
event that was imposed on it
after a century of institutional-
ized racism, rather than focus-
ing more intently on the history
that preceded it.
"The doors were open for
50 years yes, but they'd been
closed for a century," he said.
"We don't want to talk about
.that do we?"
Professor Eagles's comments
reflect the South's continuing
struggle over memory and its
racial legacy a half-century af-
ter the most heated period of
the civil rights movement and
150 years after the Civil War.
Several Southern states sup-
port attempts to overturn por-

tions of the Voting Rights
the grounds that they are
of an unfortunate past,
debates over voter identify
and immigration enforce
laws have led some to
that the South has never
reckoned with that past.
Bryan Stevenson, the c
tive director of the Equa
tice Initiative in Montgo
Ala., argues that unlike
Africa and apartheid or
many and the Holocaus
United States has never
confronted the legal oppr
and widespread violence
occurred between Recon
tion and the civil rights er
"If you only talk
the moment when soi

achieved something, you look
at this history as infrequent pe-
riodical achievements, as if that
S was just the only thing going
* "' on," said Mr. Stevenson, whose
. 8 group is working on a campaign
Sto mark lynching sites and pub-
licize the legal features of the
South in the Jim Crow era.
Ole Miss officials say they
h are confronting the univer-
sity's history head-on. Daniel
S W. Jones, the chancellor, said
he recognized that Ole Miss
would be criticized for not go-
ing far enough in its commem-
oration, just as he has heard
complaints that the university
is paying any attention at all.
He said he was satisfied that
the program struck a balance
between acknowledging the
disgraceful past while honor-
ing the progress since.
"There have been many oc-
/ casions during the celebration
of the success of integration to
also commemorate the difficult
and sad events of the time," he
said, adding that "our univer-
sity is still an imperfect place,
our state is imperfect, our
ociated Press country is imperfect."
at the This semester, Marvin P.
King Jr., a professor of politi-
cal science, and Curtis Wilkie,
Act on journalist who teaches at Ole
relics Miss, have led a special hon-
while ors course on the university's
cation history on matters of race.
ement Professor King, who is 39 -
insist and like more than half of all
r truly Americans was born after Mr.
Meredith enrolled at Ole Miss
execu- said he was troubled by how
1 Jus- little his students knew about
)mery, Mississippi's history. There is
South nothing wrong with celebrat-
Ger- ing accomplishments, Profes-
3t, the sor King said, but he added
r fully that Ole Miss has an obliga-
ession tion to do much more.
e that "You have your memorials
struc- and you have your markers,"
ra. he said, "but you need to ask
about the harder questions. And
meone that's what a university's for."

Civil rights

is a way of life

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) En-
tertainer Harry Belafonte says
civil rights is a way of life, not
just a moment in history.
The 85-year-old singer
spoke last Monday night at a
convocation marking the 50th
anniversary of James Mer-
edith's enrollment as the first
Black student at the Univer-
sity of Mississippi.
Meredith, who is 79 and
lives in Jackson, did not.at-
tend the event on the Oxford
campus, but some of his rela-
tives did.
Belafonte recalled his own
first trip to Mississippi dur-
ing the Freedom Summer of
1964. He recruited longtime
friend and fellow actor Sidney
Poitier to help him deliver
$100,000 to support the
Student Non-Violent Coordi-
nating Committee for voter
registration and other activi-
ties in Greenwood.
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them, and Belafonte says they
were followed by members of
the Ku Klux Klan.
"There was nothing attrac-
tive about it," Belafonte said,
noting that three civil rights
workers had disappeared in
June 1964 in Philadelphia,
Miss. 'We were caught in
a very critical crossroads of
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others with voter registration
while fearing for our personal
Belafonte shared memories
of the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr., Nelson Mandela, what
the civil rights movement in
the South meant to South
Africa and around the world,
and why the movement never
"People say civil rights is
past or today is a different
day, and I am saddened by
that definition or conclusion,"
Belafonte, said. "Nothing can
be further from the truth. Civ-
il rights is not just a moment.
Civil rights is a way of life."

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A look at Broward's Black politicians Romney has no plan

continued from 1A

Brenda Snipes, State Repre-
sentative Hazelle Rogers, State
Senator Christopher Smith and
Mayor of West Park Eric Jones
[also the current chair of Bro-
ward Black Elected Officials,

State Representative Perry
Thurston, Jr., incoming leader
for the House Democrats, says
he's trying to to improve his
party's super-minority status
in Tallahassee and is involved
with 12 different campaigns
across'the state. Dems need at
least 42 seats in the upcoming
legislative session to achieve
their goal but with 38 seats at
present, Thurston says that the
prospects of shifting the scales
of power are "looking very fa-
"We are anticipating signifi-
cant gains," he said.
County Commissioner Bar-
bara Shariefs district covers
all of the Broward communities
that border Miami-Dade Coun-
ty. Her primary focus, first as
a city commissioner in Miramar
and now in the county commis-
sion is housing, specifically
"For some time I've wanted
to make sure that people who
were being foreclosed had a re-
source," Sharief said. "This is
one issue that transcends the
three counties' boundaries and
my duty as an elected official is
to help the people affected."

Housing is also important to
Grace who was summoned out
of retirement in 2010 to come
back to the city to help with
housing and CRAs.
"The most astonishing ac-
complishment for me was de-
veloping affordable housing in
Dania Beach," she said.
Specifically, 82 single family
homes and a pair of buildings
for older adults are the prod-
ucts of those effort all part
of a larger community develop-
ment initiative.
Dale V. C. Holness, who sits
on the Broward County Com-
mission with Sharief, focuses
on minimizing economic dispar-
"My focus has been on eco-
nomic development and job cre-
ation," he said.
For instance, he cites recent
efforts to increase diversity
within Broward County's Fire
Department as fruits of his la-
bor and focus.
"At the beginning of this year,
out of 840 firefighters, only

26 were Black," he said, while
pointing out that the newest
class of recruits has six Blacks
out of a total class size of 15.
Recognizing the potential
for international opportunities
for growth to address sober-
ing figures like the 30 percent
of people in the 33311 zip code
in Broward living below federal
poverty levels, Holness wants to
take advantage of location and
demographics in his commu-
nity to improve circumstances.
A recent forum that focused on
trade with Colombia with may-
ors of 12 different cities from
that South American country
and a successful international
cricket match in Lauderhill that
resulted in a $3M injection of
funds into the local economy
are two examples of combating
poverty that he has spearhead-
Grace, who is excited about
the creation of community gar-
dens growing organic foods "for
the benefit of all residents" in
her city, cited people like Robert

Ingram, Carrie Meek, as well as
Wright and Poitier for guiding
her rightly as she embarked on
her political career.
Following more directly in the
footsteps of Wright is Benja-
min Williams, who is ending his
tenure on the Broward County
Public School Board. Williams'
most important project now is
one that reflects upon all of to-
day and tomorrow's Broward's
elected officials: a sculpture of
Wright to be erected in front of
the same school board building
named in her honor. With help
from the Links of Fort Lauder-
dale, the Broward Education
Foundation and the school
board, Williams says "we hope
to finalize [the funding of the
project] by November." With
the total goal of $75,000 al-
most within reach, Williams
is optimistic and motivat-
ed by Wright's memory.
"She was an outstanding
leader and educator and we
must continue her work," he

continued from 1A

to you name it," Romney an-
swered. "These are people
who pay no income tax" and
"I'll never convince them that
they should take personal
responsibility and care for
their lives."
Romney's 47 percent dia-
tribe became an ugly storm
cloud over his campaign that
threatened to hover there
until the last vote is cast on
Election Day. So probably no
one was more surprised than
Romney when neither Presi-
dent Obama nor Jim Lehrer,
the debate moderator, raised
the issue, especially because
Romney apparently was
ready with a well-rehearsed
But the next day, Fox
Nev. s gave Romney an un-
contested chance at dam-
age control. Pointing out
that the president hadn't
raised the 47 percent is-
sue. Hannity askrd Romney
-what he \wouLild have said
had the president brought it
up. "Well, clearly in a cam-
paign 'it-it hundred ds. if not
thousands, of speeches and
question-and-answer ses-
siOls., nowl andl then, -,ou are
going to sav something that
doesn't come out right. In
this case, I said something
that was just completel-
w\rong.' Roninev- a-nswered.
To \\nw this election. Rolm-
ne\ has to shed the image of

a rich guy who speaks con-
temptuously of those who
don't see life as he views it
from his privileged perch.
He has to convince enough
people that he misspoke in
that secretly recorded vid-
eo when he labeled 47% of
Americans as moochers be-
cause some of them get gov-
ernment subsidies that dif-
fer from those handed out to
the rich.
Romney is disdainful of
the earned income tax cred-
it that leaves some poor
workers with no federal in-
come taxes to pay. But he
expresses no dislike for the
low capital gains tax rate
and obscure tax rule that
allows the rich to pass on
assets to their heirs with-
out paying taxes on their in-
creased value.
Romney ought to be made
to explain in great detail
how something that seemed
so right for him to say in the
confines of a private fund-
raiser with his wealthy bud-
dies is completely wrong
now that it has been leaked
to voters.
Otherwise, the GOP presi-
dential wannabe leaves peo-
ple to question whether he
has found his political soul
- or simply thinks it was
wrong to have spoken so
freely in a place where cell-
phones and cameras weren't
collected at the door, as they
are now\ at his private cam-
paign events.

Can we save today's Black youth from incarceration and death?

continued from 1A

witnessing is the slow death of an
entire generation most often at
their own hands.
Miami is following the example
of other large U.S. cities, most
notably, Los Angeles, New York
City and Chicago with body bags
piling up in record proportions.
One question that has arisen in
the wake of the constant car-
nage is whether we the adults
who are supposed to be ushering
these young men into manhood
- are actually unable to find
alternative paths for our young
men or if we are simply afraid of

Lt. Bernard Johnson, deputy
commander for community rela-
tions for the City of Miami Police
Department, believes that Mi-
ami's recent increase in youth
violence has a lot to do with the
failure of the community to en-

gage with young people in a more
positive manner.
"We need to get involved in our
youth's lives again like we used
to," he said. "And when I say 'we'
I mean the community, schools,
parents and the police depart-
ment all of us. Violence hasn't
erupted over night it's been in-
creasing gradually. Today youth
have so few options, especially
during the summers. We've seen
cuts in employment programs
that once gave them a few dol-
lars, constructive activities and
a reason to stay out of trouble.
Now, too many young people are
unsupervised and see the streets
as their only means of entertain-
ment and activity."
As for the increase in gang
violence, something that Miami
police have previously acknowl-
edged, Johnson says the goal is
to identify and dismantle them
before they become too large and
"A few years ago it was just
some guys hanging out now
they've become much more orga-

nized with specific traits like
the gangs we see in L.A. or Chi-
cago. Our numbers aren't close to
those reported by police in those
cities but if we're not careful, we
could see ourselves reaching an
equal amount of shootings and

Dr. Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., as-
sociate professor of the School of
Social Services, University of Chi-

Breakthroughs in breast cancer

continued from 1A

Charles-Harris, board certified
by both the American Board
of Surgery and the American
Board of Vascular Medicine -
Endovascular, says that due to
various improvements in treat-
ment, the biggest difference he
sees today is that most patients
no longer succumb to the dis-
"Medical and surgical break-
throughs have made a huge dif-
ference in the overall survival
rate of patients with breast
cancer," he said. "If you take all
patientsand all stages, some
studies indicate that 88 percent
survive 20 or more years. We're
really making progress because
in the first two-thirds of the.
20th century, only 60 percent
of patients survived 20 or more
He says early detection is the
major reason for the longer
period of survival. As for why
Black women are among those
most impacted by breast can-
cer, he says, "detection tends
to be later in the Black cohort
because they have the great-
est difficulty accessing medical
care and are less educated re-
garding the disease."
Charles-Harris notes that in-.
novative approaches in surgery
have benefited both women and
men as both sexes can fall
victim to breast cancer.
"In the past, surgical options

were limited a :naste torm
was very disfiguring and it was
hard on the patient ph\lvsally
and psychologically," he said
"One of the significant innova-
tions called breast-conserning
surgery involves removing the
cancerous lump and leaving
the breast behind with much
less scarring and deformity.
Now, with early detection and
partial-breast radiation, which
we have at our medical centers,
there's a much greater chance
to save the breast."
He notes that diet, particularly
in young girls, is very important
in lowering one's chances of de-
veloping breast cancer. Overall,
he says we have seen signifi-
cant progress in treating breast
"Many women with breast can-
cer have said that with certain
surgical procedures, they didn't
feel fully like a woman," he
said. "Now with the new forms
of surgery, we are seeing less
of an impact on a patient's sex
life, more patients can eventu-
ally return to work and there's
less scarring of the chest wall.
More are seeing their self-image
remain pretty much intact."

Studies indicate that triple-
negative breast cancer tends
to be one of the most aggres-
sive forms of the disease and
that it is more likely to spread

beyond the breast and to re-
cur .after treatment. And it is
more likely to affect Black and
Hispanic women and young-
er people before age 40 or 50.
L\rongi those doing noteworthy
research in order to better arm
the medical world in its treat-
ment of this form of breast can-
cer is Cooperwood. He recently
secured a patent for a drug that
may be the missing link to vic-
"I have been interested in breast
cancer since I was a teenager
and the disease took the life of
my aunt," he said. "But I never
thought my research would in-
volve breast cancer as my Ph.D
dissertation dealt with HIV. I
was always concerned with dis-
eases that affected the Black
population. And FAMU is the
kind of university where the
mission is to address health
disparities such as triple-nega-
tive breast cancer."
.Cooperwood says he believes
that he and his team are getting
close to developing a compound
that bears close resemblance to
estrogen chemical structures.
"From there we would be much
closer to developing estrogen
receptive blockers," he added.
If it all sounds quite technical
that's because it is. But what
readers need to understand is
that Cooperwood and his team
of research assistants feel that
they are very close to discover-
ing a drug that could one day
effectively treat triple-negative

cago, has been a leading force for
over 25 years with projects geared
towards young Black men that
are also fathers. As Chicago reg-
istered its 400th, murder for the
year in late September, a 25 per-
cent jump over last year, he says
that the problems facing young
Black males are becoming more
complex and more insidious.
"Black males have fared poor-
ly since first arriving on these
shores," he said. "We have to ad-
dress their access to education,
health and human capital devel-
opment all at the same time if we
want to change things and really
help young brothers. You can't
address one issue without deal-
ing with the others. Sadly, Black
youth are more likely to become
entangled in juvenile justice and
incarceration than they are men-
toring programs, business intern-
ships or college. That's their real-
ity. Boys struggle to become men
and have few positive models so
any act of disrespect can result in
their picking up a gun and using
it. Because many are not efficient
marksmen, their bullets strike
innocent bystanders more often
than their intended targets."


Matthew Howard, 42, is an
optimistic businessman that
has teamed up with his fian-
cee, Charlene, to sell affordable
women's clothing at M&C Fash-
ions in the Village Flea Market on
NW 27th Avenue. But he's been
in prison twice most recently
for 17 years and 10 months after
being convicted of conspiracy to
distribute cocaine base [he was.
released last March]. The Liberty
City native points to his father's
death when he was 12 as the mo-
ment that his life began to spiral
out of control. Two other brothers
would go to jail first before he too
was locked up.

"I'm the youngest of five and
dealt poorly with one brother's
death in 1980 and my dad's death
in 1982," he said. "Mom did her
best, everything she could, but
she wasn't a man and I need-
ed a man in my life. I did petty
crimes, like stealing cars, and
dropped out of of Miramar High
so I could run the streets with my
boys. But my heart was never re-
ally in it. But it took time in feder-
al prison to convict my spirit and
to make me realize that if I didn't
change, I'd never be free."
He earned his GED behind bars
and since his release has made it
a point to engage young men in
frank conversation.
"They think going to the fed
is sweet I tell them the hard
truth," he said. "Extortion, rape
and murder is what they'll face
behind bars. The hardest thing
for me is that my only son, 20, is
now in prison. Thank God he isn't
facing a 30-year sentence like I
did. But I can't help but believe
that if I had been there for him,
he wouldn't be locked up now.
I've gotta show him there's a bet-
ter way. He has a short sentence
so hell be home soon. Maybe this
will show him the light. If not, I
sure plan to."
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Frederick S. Humphries (I), eighth president of Florida A&M University [FAM U], gave the keynote address for the
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Humphries was joined by James H.Ammons (1-r), tenth president of FAMU; Fred Gainous, ninth president of FAMU;
and Larry Robinson, interim president of FAMU. Humphries concluded his message by challenging the audience that
it was their responsibility to respond to FAMU's needs.
"We are survivors; FAMU will be greater than it is today because of you, Humphries said."

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Children from I.S.318 in during a Saturday morning chess class Sept. 15.

Rethinking what spurs success

Optimism, grit

and perseverance

are success key
By Greg Toppo

In the late 1960s, Stanford
University psychologist Wal-
ter Mischel sat preschoolers at
desks with a marshmallow, a bell
and a bargain: Eat the marsh-
mallow any time you want, but
if you wait 15 minutes, you'll get
two marshmallows.
Mischel intended the experi-
ment merely as a look into how
children resist temptation, but
when he began tracking down
the marshmallow kids in the
early 1980s, he found that those
who'd waited for two marshmal-
lows at age 4 had much higher
SAT scores and better academ-
ic records as teenagers. Could
something as simple as self-con-
trol predict who got into a top-
flight college?
After decades of failed educa-
tion policies, scientists, econo-
mists and educators are begin-
ning to rethink their basic ideas
about what it takes to succeed in
school. They're beginning to look
at non-cognitive skills grit,
perseverance, conscientiousness
and optimism, for instance -
and wondering if they might be
as important as cognitive skills.
The idea comes at a key time
for U.S. education. A decade af-
ter Congress passed the No Child
Left Behind law, educators are as
divided as ever on the law's key
goal: how to improve educational
outcomes for poor children. On
,one side, an influential group of
educators says the stresses and
deprivations of poverty doom
kids' aspirations -- cure poverty,
they say, and education will fol-
low. On the other side are educa-
tors who say a more competitive,
focused and accountable educa-
tion system will lift kids out of
poverty by giving them a ticket to
college and the middle class.

So far we haven't cured pov-
erty, and the results from sev-
eral "no excuses" experiments
are mixed. Alumni of the highly
regarded KIPP middle schools
for low-income students, for
instance, boast excellent high
school graduation rates. But few
make it through college.
New research suggests that a
third way might be more practi-
cal: alleviate the effects of pover-
ty by helping parents raise more

James Black, left, and Azee;
resilient kids and helping kids
develop habits of mind to perse-
vere through difficulty.
"We haven't been able to solve
big problems because we've been
looking in the wrong places,"
writes author Paul Tough, whose
new book, How Children Suc-
ceed, is reigniting interest in the
topic. Among those heeding the
new research: David Levin, a
KIPP co-founder who adopted a
24-item "character report card"
in the face of the poor college-
going results. After more than a
decade of no-nonsense academ-
ics and harsh discipline, "He
(Levin) had created the perfect
middle school student, but he
hadn't created the perfect college
student," Tough said. KIPP stu-
dents now sit for parent-teacher
conferences that detail not just
how they're doing in history and
algebra, but how well they score
on zest, curiosity, social intelli-
gence and optimism.
"When we think about the
word 'character,' we often think
of something that is not at all
changeable -- it's just like what
you're born with," Tough says.
"But these strengths are things
that are absolutely changeable.
Individuals can change them
themselves. Teachers and par-
ents can have a huge impact on
how they're developed."

A former editor of The New York
Times Magazine, Tough says the
need to develop grit doesn't just
occupy educators of low-income
kids. He writes that many elite
schools offer students not so
much a chance to succeed as "a
high probability of non-failure"
- and connections that ensure

Romney tries to soften

stance on immigration

Camp aims to keep


appeal as it courts

undecided voters

By Jackie Kucinich

Mitt Romney told a Denver
newspaper he would not revoke
temporary visas for some young
illegal immigrants in what ap-
pears to be the latest attempt to
soften his tone on key issues as
the general election nears.
Romney told the Denver Post
in an interview Monday that
those who qualify for the de-
ferred action program created by
President Obama in June would
be permitted to stay for the al-
lotted term.
"The people who have received
the special visa that the presi-
dent has put in place, which is
a two-year visa, should expect
that the visa would continue to
be valid. I'm not going to take
something that they've pur-
chased," Romney said. "Before
those visas have expired we will
have the full immigration reform
plan that I've proposed."
In a statement, the Obama
campaign dismissed the "pivot"
as a response that "raises more
questions than it answers."
Romney's decision to take a
nuanced position on the issue
comes nearly two weeks after he
dodged a question about wheth-
er he would keep the policy in
place during a Florida candidate
forum organized by Univision.
Asked several times whether
he would continue the program,
Romney responded, "Well, we're
not going to -- we're not going
to round up people around the
country and deport them."
Romney said a long-term solu-
tion is needed and reiterated his
support for granting permanent
residence to illegal immigrants
who serve in the military.
The Romney campaign has

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits a Chi-
potle restaurant in Denver on last Tuesday.

recently pledged to give more
details about their policies in
response to voter demand for
more information about what a
Romney administration would
In a conference call Monday,
Romney advisers Ed Gillespie
and Kevin Madden said while
they are targeting voters who
are undecided or have "very soft"
support for Obama, they were
doing so with an agenda that
still appealed to conservatives.
"There are also a number of
voters out there who may be
registering some level of sup-
port for President Obama that
is very soft, and the charge for
us, the question is what are we
going to do to make the case to
them that governor Romney has
a better vision for the future,"
Madden said.
Gillespie said Romney's con-
servative bona fides would be ev-
ident in the debate. "This choice
is a choice about going forward
with a stagnant, government-
centered economy that results
in greater government ... or a
dynamic, free enterprise-based
economy that's pro-growth and
fosters our economic opportu-


,nity," he said.
But Romney's most recent an-
swer on the immigration issue
is the latest in a series of shifts
by the candidate that began af-
ter he defeated a large, conser-
vative Republican field of con-
tenders in the primary.
Within the last month Romney
has ditched some of the tougher
rhetoric on health care in some
appearances as well as other
topics like teachers unions even
if his policies have stayed large-
ly the same.

z Alade play fast and furious

a student never falls out of the
upper class.
Indeed, says Dominic Ran-
dolph, headmaster of Riverdale
Country School in the Bronx, "In
most highly academic environ-
ments in the United States, no
one fails anything."
Tough also details the efforts of
Elizabeth Spiegel, a chess teach-
er at a Brooklyn middle school
who develops master players.
She does it, Tough discovers, by
teaching her students to reflect
on every move of every game --
mistakes included. Her players
write out each move and review
them afterward, drilling down to
figure out why they made a mis-
take and how to fix it. "Teach-
ing chess is really about teach-
ing the habits that go along with
thinking," Spiegel tells him.
She likens the process to psy-
chotherapy, saying her players
often make the same mistakes
repeatedly. In the end, she says,
they must find a way to separate
themselves from their mistakes
and losses. "I try to teach my
students that losing is some-
thing you do, not something you
are," she says.
The results speak for them-
selves: Spiegel's teams and play-
ers both consistently rank among
the best nationwide, and a few
students achieve grand mas-
ter status before age 13. After
one young player, James Black,
beats international chess mas-
ter Yuri Lapshun, the defeated
Ukranian sits down 'with James
and Spiegel to analyze the game.
Move by move, the teacher real-
izes, James has outplayed one of
the world's best players. In the
end, she tells James he'd played
"exceptionally deep chess."

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Left, Pool photo by Chris O'Meara; center and left, Reuters
The Republican Party wants voters in Florida to oust State Supreme Court Justices Barbara Pariente, left; Peggy Quince, center;
and R. Fred Lewis for their "judicial activism."

Republicans aim to remake

Florida Supreme Court

By Lizette Alvarez

In a bid to remake Florida's
judiciary, Republicans are ask-
ing voters to oust three state
Supreme Court justices and give
the Legislature greater power
over Supreme Court appoint-
ments and judicial rules of pro-
The campaign against the jus-
tices by Republican state party
officials, a conservative group
founded by the Koch. brothers
and a grass-roots group is simi-
lar to the successful push by
conservative activists in Iowa
during the 2010 election. Voters
there defeated three Iowa Su-
preme Court justices over a rul-
ing that allowed same-sex mar-
riage in the state. A fourth Iowa
justice who also ruled in the case
is being targeted for ouster this
In Florida, the issue is not
same-sex marriage but another
politically divisive matter: Presi-
dent Obama's health care law.
In a 2010 ruling, the Florida Su-
preme Court removed from the
ballot a nonbinding amendment
allowing Floridians to refuse to
buy mandatory health insur-,
ance. The justices ruled that the
required ballot summary con-
tained "misleading and ambigu-
ous language" and asked the
Legislature to fix it. Lawmakers
did, and it is back on the ballot
this year.

The initial ruling was one of
several, including decisions on
redistricting and property taxes
and, going back to 2000, the bal-
lot recount in Bush v. Gore, that
have displeased conservatives in
the state and in the Republican-
dominated Legislature, which
has tried since then to exert
greater control over the court.
"I am very, very stressed at
the entire circumstance," said
Justice R. Fred Lewis, one of
the three judges targeted in the
campaign. "What is going on now
is much larger than any one in-
dividual. This is a full-frontal
attack .that had been in the
weeds before on a fair and im-
partial judicial system, which is
the cornerstone and bedrock of
our democracy."
The other two justices being
targeted are Peggy A. Quince
and Barbara J. Pariente. Justice

Lewis and Justice Pariente were
named by Gov. Lawton Chiles, a
Democrat. Justice Quince was
chosen by both Mr. Chiles and
Jeb Bush during the 1998 tran-
sition. No justice has ever lost
a retention battle. All three of
these justices were returned to
the bench in 2000 and again in
Florida Supreme Court jus-
tices appear on the ballot every
six years as part of a system of
merit retention. Floridians are
asked to vote yes or no on wheth-
er the justices should remain on
the bench. The system of select-
ing and retaining justices and
appellate judges based on com-
petence, and not politics, was
put into place in the 1970s af-
ter a series of scandals involving
popularly elected partisan judg-
es. Until recently, the process
was widely praised and
largely free of politick- '
ing. But in 2010 that
began to change.

This year, the cam-
paign in Florida is con-
siderably more intense
and organized. For the
first time, the Florida B
Republican Party's executive
board announced last week it
would oppose the retention of'the
three justices because of their
extensive "judicial activism."
It singled out a 2003 case in
which the court reversed the
murder conviction of a man who
tied a woman to a tree and set
her on fire, and ordered a re-
trial on technical grounds. The
United States Supreme Court re-
versed the decision, saying the
justices had applied the wrong
standard, and remanded the case
to the Florida court. Ultimately,
the conviction was affirmed, and
the man remains on death row.
By announcing its opposition to
the three justices, the Republican
Party avoids clashing with a law
that prevents political parties from
endorsing judicial candidates. In
its statement, the party said the
justices were "too extreme not just
for Florida, but for America, too."
Typically, decisions to remove a
justice are based on misconduct
or incompetence, not disagree-
ments over particular decisions.
The party's decision to take sides
surprised even some Republicans,
who said it set a bad precedent.

"I think it's a mistake for a
party, as a party, to state a posi-
tion that a certain judge should
be thrown out, because then you
are introducing partisanship into
a system that is supposed to be
nonpartisan," said Bob Martinez,
a prominent Republican lawyer
who was once the United States
attorney for the Southern Dis-
trict of Florida. "And when you
have elected officials, on the right
or left, criticizing judges publicly
it can become very dangerous
and it can undermine the pub-
lic's faith in the judiciary."
Democrats say the campaign
is really about giving Gov. Rick
Scott, a Republican, the chance
to appoint three new justices.
The Florida Legislature also
wants greater control of the ju-
diciary an effort that began
last year with House
S Speaker Dean Cannon
and is continuing with
a proposed amendment
on the ballot this year.
"All of this is an at-
S tempt to hijack the
court," said Dick
Batchelor, a Democrat
and former State House
SH member who is work-
ing with Defend Justice From
Politics, one of several counter-
offensives. "This is all about raw
politics. It has nothing to do with
Americans for Prosperity, an
organization founded by the
Koch brothers, recently joined in
the battle and began broadcast-
ing television advertisements in
several cities highlighting the
health care amendment ruling.
The group also plans to highlight
other cases.
"The Florida Supreme Court
removed the amendment from
the ballot, denying us a voice and
a vote on a historically important
issue," the ad states. "Shouldn't
our courts be above politics and
protect our rights to choose? You
be the judge."
Slade O'Brien, the Florida di-
rector of Americans for Pros-
perity, said the television spots,
which do not explicitly take sides
in the retention battle, focus at-
tention on cases in which the
court has acted as "judicial activ-
Spearheading the battle over
the justices is Restore Justice
2012, a grass-roots campaign

that began its initial shoestring
effort in 2010 and is taking its
message to Tea Party activists
around the state. The group re-
leased a video on the murder rul-
ing this week.
The three justices said in inter-
views that the decisions in ques-
tion, including the nine-year-old
murder conviction reversal, have
been misconstrued to score po-
litical points. Critics disagree.
But the justices, while novices
on the stump and restricted by
judicial rules on campaigning,
are amassing their own support-
ers. Sandra Day O'Connor, the
retired United States Supreme
Court justice, made a video for
the Florida Bar Association's Web
site about the retention battle's
significance in Florida. (Under
"Know the Facts,"

"Judicial independence is very
hard to create and establish, and
easier than most people imagine
to damage and destroy," she said:
Other supporters include the
fire and police unions, which
spoke out this week; the 23 past
presidents of the Florida Bar As-
sociation; and a number of prom-
inent Democrats in the state.
To counter the campaign,
judges are being forced to raise
money, which could lead to the
perception they are beholden to
donors. The justices' three sepa-
rate political committees have
raised a total of about $1 mil-
lion so far. They also could be
accused of ruling on politically
sensitive cases for the wrong rea-
sons. Judicial rules also restrict
what they can say in a campaign.
"It's like getting into a fight
with two hands behind your back
tied and one leg," Justice Parien-
te said. "We are trying to keep the
high road."
The Legislature is also involved
in efforts to influence the judi-
ciary. A ballot initiative, Amend-
ment 5, would give the Senate,
not the governor, final approval
over the choice of State Supreme
Court justices similar to the
federal system. It also would al,
low the Legislature to repeal
court rules with a majority vote,
not the two-thirds now required.
And it would grant the House
speaker access to confidential
judicial misconduct investigation
files before charges actually be-
ing filed.

Red states see a swell in income

By Dennis Cauchon

Income is growing much
-faster in Republican-leaning "red
states" than in Democratic-tilting
"blue states" or the pivotal swing
states that will decide the 2012
presidential election, a USA TO-
DAY analysis finds.
Personal income in 23 red
states has risen 4.6 percent since
the recession began in December
2007, after adjusting for infla-
tion. Income is up just 0.5 per-
cent in 15 blue states and Wash-
ington, D.C., during that time. In
the dozen swing states identified
by USA TODAY that could vote
either way Nov. 6, income has

inched ahead 1.4 percent in 4 '/2
The big drivers of red state in-
come growth: energy and govern-
ment benefit payments such as
food stamps.
By contrast, Democratic blue
.states are more affluent but were
hit harder by the downturn. Con-
necticut, dependent on the finan-
cial industry, suffered the largest
income drop except swing-state
Nevada. Yet Connecticut resi-
dents still make $10,000 a year
more on average than people in
fast-growing North Dakota.
When averaged nationally,
the robust gains in red states
and meager gains in blue states

produced a national growth rate
remarkably similar to that in the
swing states.
USA TODAY analyzed income
data released this week by the
Bureau of Economic Analysis
to compare how red, blue and
swing states have fared through
June 30. The difference in
income gains is partly because
blue states are richer and more
populated than red states 42
percent of the nation's income
vs. 30 percent in red states. Also,
the economic recovery since the
recession officially ended in June
2009 has been distributed un-
equally around the country.
North Dakota, a red state, tops

the nation in income growth
thanks to an oil boom. Other
major energy states Alaska,
Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas
- are solidly Republican, polls
show. Poor, southern red states
depend heavily on government
transfers for income and ben-
efited from increases in Medicaid
and other federal programs.
The 12 swing states are di-
verse, but combined, they are
remarkably average. Annual
income per person is closer to
the U.S. average than that in red
or blue states. Last year, income
rose 1.5 percent in swing states
and 1.6 percent in the USA.
Since Obama took office, income

A study released this month by Fairness and Accuracy In
Reporting found that news coverage of poverty from January
through June comprised no more than 3 percent of election
stories compared with the 18 percent that reported on the
"debt" or "deficit."

Poverty: The election's

invisible, hot topic

President Obama and Mitt Romney ignore
the problem. For the sake of the poor, and the
country, they need to take action

By David Person

Last week's first presidential
debate was largely about the
economy, but I didn't hear either
President Obama or Mitt Romney
say how they would help the poor.
Until recently, in fact, the
poor have barely been an after-
thought during this presidential
campaign. A study released this
month by Fairness and Accura-
cy In Reporting found that news
coverage of poverty from Janu-
ary through June comprised no
more than 3 percent of election
stories compared with the 18 per-
cent that reported on the "debt" or
Then former governor Mitt
Romney dragged the poor into the
campaign with his inaccurate,
sweeping indictment of the 47
percent of Americans who don't
pay federal income tax. (He admit-
ted Thursday he was wrong.) But
even that gaffe hasn't prompted
him or Obama to engage in a more
substantive debate about poverty.
We've heard precious little about
how either candidate would help
the 15 percent of Americans living
below the poverty line. The lat-
est Census figures show that 17
states saw an increase in poverty
rates from 2010 to 2011.
Romney may assume that fo-
cusing on the poor will not win
him votes. But a Pew Research
Center poll this year showed that
57 percent of lower-income Re-
publican voters say the govern-
ment does not do enough for the.
Obama cannot take low-in-
come voters for granted, either.
They might not show up at the
polls for him as they did in 2008.
The poor, like many in the mid-
dle class, are hurting, and many
blame the president for not doing
more to address poverty, pump
up the economy and create more

"We knew that the old perma-
nent poor were catching hell, but
it was the new middle class that
hit us hard," said Princeton pro-
fessor Cornel West when I inter-
viewed him and PBS talk show
host Tavis Smiley during their
"Poverty Tour 2.0" in September.
"(We've seen) folks who had been
making $150,000 a year and
(were now) living in their cars."
The progressive think tank
Center for American Progress
found that from 2001 to 2007,
profits and productivity went up

growth is up 1.9 percent in swing
states and 2.0 percent in the
Michael Ettinger of the liberal
Center for American Progress,
says, "Polls show more people
blame former president Bush for
a recovery that hasn't been sat-
isfying and Mitt Romney is very
Jonathan Williams at the
conservative American Legislative
Exchange Council says income
growth in red states shows that
low taxes and business-friendly
regulation produce economic
Columbia University statisti-
cian Andrew Gelman, author of
Red State, Blue State, Rich State,
Poor State, says local conditions
matter less than people think.

but poverty increased. During
the past three years, the poverty
rate hasn't improved and middle-
class income has declined.
"Poverty is threatening our de-
mocracy, our very way of life,"
Smiley said. "This is an American
The conservative Heritage
Foundation doesn't think so. It
published research this sum-
mer that suggested the federal
definition of being poor should
be changed. The study ques-
tioned whether families have a
place to live, aren't hungry and
enjoy various amenities refrig-
erators, microwaves, televisions,
air conditioning are actually
But amenities, which can be
gifts, second-hand purchases
or rented, don't reflect financial
stability or a safe environment.
As for hunger, it can be quelled
by inexpensive, unhealthy foods.
And merely having a place to call
home doesn't mean the living
conditions are healthy or safe.
Income equality Instead of pov-
erty, Obama and Romney have
dueled over the tax rates of the
wealthy and middle class as
they did Wednesday night of-
ten packaged as a debate about
income inequality. Obama has
called it "the defining issue of our
time." Though it certainly mat-
ters to the middle class, and ar-
guably is integral to the nation's
overall economic health, it hard-
ly seems "defining" when one in
seven Americans are suffering
at or below the poverty level.
Romney dismissed the income
inequality debate as more of the
"politics of envy," a canard that
ignores the huge income dispari-
ties and stark distinctions in the
financial realities of those he
cavalierly calls the makers .and
Both campaigns need to pledge
to move beyond political rhetoric
and help the poor through gov-
ernment programs and by fos-
tering entrepreneurship through
microloans, training and part-
nerships with businesses,
churches and non-profits.
What troubles me is if Rom-
ney is elected president because
he has said that he isn't "con-
cerned about the very poor."
And if Obama wins, the former
community organizer for the
needy has said the middle class
is priority No. 1. What we need
in these tough economic times is
leadership for all the people.
So who will speak for the poor?

"People vote based on what they
think is good for the country, not
what's good for themselves."
Key swing state findings:
Declines. Four of the 10 slow-
est growing are swing states: New
Hampshire, Michigan, Florida
and Nevada. The Silver State's
income plunge is in a class of its
own, down 10.8 percent because
of its real estate collapse.
Gains. Eight of the top 10
states in income growth lean
Working. Compensation has
fallen 2.1 percent in swing states
and 1.8 percent in blue states
since December 2007. It's up 1.7
percent in red states. Keeping
income afloat everywhere: a 25
percent increase in government
payments nationwide.






Supreme Court retui to race

Richard Wolf
and Mary Beth Marklein

WASHINGTON The spirit of
the late Heman Sweatt will be
inside the Supreme Court this
week when the justices consider
whether the University of Texas-
Austin campus that he first in-
tegrated in 1950 has carried its
system of racial preferences too
That's the argument posed by
Abigail Fisher, who contends that
her application for admission in
2008 was rejected because of her
skin color: white.
Sweatt probably could relate to
that. He sued the university after
being blocked from admission in
1946 because he was Black. To-
day, his descendants say, racial
preferences are still needed to
guarantee equal opportunities for
Both sides will be in court this
Wednesday when the justices
take up Fisher v. University of
Texas and the underlying issue
of affirmative action that still di-
vides the nation more than a
half-century after Sweatt made
civil rights history.
"Fisher gives the Supreme
Court the opportunity to clarify
the boundaries of race prefer-
ences in college admissions or,
perhaps, eliminate them altogeth-
er," says Edward Blum, director
of the Project on Fair Representa-
tion, which fights in court against
the use of racial and ethnic pref-




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The court has taken a turn
to the right since its last ruling
upholding affirmative action in
2003. Five justices are on record
opposing the practice. That could
mean defeat for the university -
and, possibly, a sweeping dec-
laration that racial preferences
are unconstitutional, not only at
public universities but also at pri-
vate schools such as Harvard and
Yale because they receive federal
"I would hate to see that hap-
pen," says Heman Marion Sweatt
II, 62, a nephew of Heman Sweatt

and a University of Texas gradu-
ate. "A lot of people feel that af-
firmative action is not needed
anymore. I would love to see the
day when affirmative action is not
needed, but realistically, it still
has to be dealt with."
On the flip side of that argu-
ment is Fisher, a plain-spoken
young Texan denied entry into
her father's and sister's alma ma-
ter. She says racial preferences
made her a victim of discrimina-
"There were people in my class
with lower grades who weren't
in all the activities I was in who

ere being accepted into UT, and
the only other difference between
us was the color of our skin,"
she says in a video posted by the
Project on Fair Representation to
make its case. "For an institution
of higher learning to act this way
makes no sense to me."
The vast majority of higher
education groups say it makes a
great deal of sense. In brief after
brief submitted to the Supreme
Court in support of the Texas
flagship university, organizations
representing nearly all facets of
higher learning including pu1
research universities, Ivy League
schools, undergraduate and law
students, even college basketball
coaches argue that colleges
and universities must be allowed
to consider race and ethnic-
ity in admissions to achieve the
educational benefits of a diverse
student body. Some say nothing
less than the nation's future is at
The United States "is in the
midst of a perfect storm of eco-
nomic crisis, rapidly shifting de-
mographics and lagging educa-
tional achievement compared to
other nations," says University of
Missouri higher education profes-
sor Roger Worthington, editor of
the Journal of Diversity in Higher
Education. "If we do not fix the un-
derlying educational disparities
that exist in this country, there is
no path forward to regaining our
competitiveness on educational
or economic grounds."

Death penalty for Joel Lebron

By Diana Gonzalez
and Ari Odzer

A jury has recommended the
death penalty for a man con-
victed in the brutal rape and
murder of a Miami teen and the
attempted murder of her boy-
After two hours of delibera-
tion, the jury voted nine to three
for the death penalty for Joel
Lebron, 33.
Prosecutor Reid Rubin had
urged jurors to recommend the
death sentence for the man.
Lebron was convicted last week
of first-degree murder, rape,
attempted first-degree murder,
robbery and kidnapping in the
"This man knew what he was
doing, he knew how he was do-
ing it, he enjoyed it," Rubin said.
He continued to describe
18-year-old Ana Maria Angel's
death to the jury.
"And then he began to fire his
gun while she pleaded for her life
and pleaded for her life until she
was dead," he said.

Jessica Gutierrez, a friend of
Angel, said that the 18-year-
old's mother was fighting for
justice for her daughter.
"This is her only reason right
now for living," she said. "Mak-
ing sure all the men get pros-

The final decision on death or
life in prison is up to a judge,

who set a Nov. 9 hearing date.
Police said Lebron and four
other Orlando men kidnapped
Angel and her boyfriend, Nelson
Portobanco, at gunpoint while
the couple was taking an eve-
ning stroll on South Beach.
The men gang-raped Angel and
then Lebron executed her on the
side of 1-95 in Boca Raton with
a gunshot to the head, prosecu-
tors said. Lebron also stabbed
Portobanco multiple times in an
effort to kill him but Portobanco
In court last week, a social
worker in Puerto Rico testified
for the defense, arguing Lebron
lived in poverty and was picked
on by his brothers.
"They used to fight each other
and smack him and they were
kind of physical and verbally
abusive to him," Jose Lopez said.
But two doctors who took the
stand later showed brain scans
of Lebron. They said a head
injury he sustained when he
was 4-years-old had nothing to
do with the April 2002 killing.
During the first day of the sen-

tencing phase last Wednesday,
prosecutor Reid Rubin painted
a heartrending portrait of Angel,
who was a school leader, athlete
and beautiful.
"But sadly this is the last-
ing memory that they will have
because of what the defendant
did to her," Rubin said, showing
jurors an evidence photo.
The just-concluded trial was
the second for Lebron; the first
one ended in a mistrial earlier
this month because a detec-

BELLEFONTE, Pa. Jerry San-
dusky will spend the rest of his
life behind bars. The 68-year-old
former Penn State defensive co-
ordinator was sentenced to 30 to
60 years in prison last Tuesday.
Judge John Cleland delivered the
sentence in a packed courtroom
of the Centre County Courthouse.
Sandusky was found guilty in
June of 45 counts of sexually mo-
lesting 10 boys over a 15-year pe-
The maximum sentence was
442 years. Sandusky has cur-
rently served 112 days.
"You will serve not less than
30 and no more than 60 years in
prison," Cleland told Sandusky.
"That has the unmitigated impact
of saying 'the rest of your life in
prison.' "
The state prison system of
Pennsylvania generally forces in-
mates to remain behind bars long
beyond the minimum sentence,
Sandusky's attorney Joe Amen-
dola said.
"Realistically, even if Jerry was
to survive the 30 years, he won't
be released," Amendola said.
Deputy attorney general Joseph
McGettigan took no issue with the
"The defendant will remain in-
carcerated for the rest of his life,"
McGettigan said.
Sandusky spoke for about 15
minutes in court and remained as
defiant about his conviction as he
did Monday when he released an
audio statement that lashed out

at the victims and their families.
He again promised to appeal his

abuse occurred.
That combination often kept

conviction. preteen
"They can make me around
out to be a monster," even as
Sandusky said in ing abus
court. "They can treat On
me as a monster. court, M
But they can't take scribed
away my heart. In my as a "vic
heart, I know I did not "It wa
do these alleged and yond
disgusting acts." "' McGetti
Three of Sandusky's Sandu
victims spoke directly SANDUSKY continue

to him in court. State-
ments from another victim and a
victim's mother were also read in

Sandusky was a talented as-
sistant coach at Penn State from
1969-99 under legendary coach
Joe Paterno, helping the Nittany
Lions win two national champi-
onships. In 1977, he founded the
Second Mile charity to aid at-risk
Prosecutors built their case on
Sandusky using Second Mile to
draw out vulnerable kids, who
were often poor and without a fa-
ther, to prey upon them. He also
used his fame and access to the
Penn State football program to
lure them. Victims not only re-
ceived game tickets, they went on
road trips, attended practice and
worked out in the team weight

the nex

they were be-
Tuesday in
cGettigan de-
Second Mile
tim factory."
as cruel be-
gan said.
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county jail, where he has been
in solitary confinement since the
verdict. His defense team believes
he'll end up in a minimum-secu-
rity prison because of his age and
lack of a violent history. While
Sandusky has been in isolation
at the Centre County Detention
Center, he has expressed an inter-
est in serving out his prison time
among the general population.
Prison officials will consider
what risk Sandusky a con-
victed sexual predator would
be under if left alone among the
other inmates, even at one of the
less-violent facilities.
Sandusky released an audio
statement via a Penn State radio
station Monday that promised a
continued legal battle as he blast-
ed what he believed were oppor-
tunistic and lying accusers and a
conspiracy between overzealous
police and the media to railroad

President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication of the Cesar E. Chavez
National Monument to honor the late farm labor activist in California.

President established

Cesar Chavez monument

By David Jackson

Dedicating a new national
monument Monday to Cesar
Chavez, President Obama said
the migrant farmworker who
became a civil rights champion
continues to inspire those who
want to make America "a little
more just" and fair for all.
"Our journey is never hope-
less," Obama said during the
ceremony in Keene, Calif., near
Bakersfield. "Our journey is
never done."
Obama made only allusions
to his ongoing presidential
campaign against Republi-
can Mitt Romney, a contest in
which the Hispanic vote could
prove decisive. (At the start of
his speech, a friendly crowd
began chanting "Four more
years! Four more years!")
The economy is recovering,
Obama said at one point, but
the deep recession he inherited
"is still taking a toll, especially
in Latino communities, which
already faced higher unem-
ployment and poverty rates."
Obama also said that "too
many workers are still being
denied basic rights and sim-
ple respect.," but added that,
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Obama said, who fought for
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higher wages, safe drinking
water, workman's compensa-
tion, and pensions, through
tactics that included protest
marches, boycotts and politics.
"Every time somebody's son
or daughter comes and learns
about the history of this move-
ment," Obama said, "I want
them to know that our journey
is never hopeless, our work is
never done."
He also said: "Our world is
a better place because Cesar
Chavez decided to change it.
Let us honor his memory. But
most importantly, let's live up
to his example."
Obama spoke after a tour of
the memorial gardens at the
monument, which includes
Chavez's former home and the
headquarters of the United
Farm Workers of America.
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en Chavez, Obama laid a sin-
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of God

Valley Grove
pastor uses different\
skills to help others

By Malika A. Wright

A man stood on the side of the road
with his jumper cables, a few days ago.
He hopelessly watched as several cars
passed by, wishing that someone would
stop and help him jump start his car.
Finally a man did. He thanked the
good Samaritan and said "you must be a
man of God?"
Rev. John Robinson, pastor of Valley
Grove Missionary Baptist Church, said
"I'm a servant of God."
Robinson's church members would
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Donata Joseph and Marilande Emile, her cousin, shed tears while Maha Adachi recited a
poem about an abusive relationship.


-Miami Times photos/Craig Uptgrow
By Malika A. Wright I

-Miami Times photo/Craig Uptgrow

Church pioneers Elexezenia Humes Williams, Elry Taylor Sands, Charles Adderley, Joyce
Roach Jones and Chairwoman Cecilia Hunter pose at Mount Olivette's Centennial An-
niversary Celebration on Oct. 6 at the Courtyard Marriott. Pioneers shared their church
memories and spoke of the many contributions that their family members made for their
church and the City of Miami. As the stories were told there were generations of family
members who stood to be acknowledged.

"Freedom looks good on me,"
a young woman proudly sang
at the Women's Empower-
ment Expo on Saturday, while
women and even some men
clapped and sang along.
The event, which was held at
the Overtown Youth Center and
sponsored by the Adding Doses
of Hope Daily (ADHD) Foun-
dation, was created to bring
awareness to domestic violence
and to also encourage, empow-
erment and elevate women.
Donata Joseph, director of
the event and of the ADHD
foundation, survived a 7-year
physically abusive marriage
and was proud to share that
"she made it out."

Attendees smiled and laughed as Tragil Wade encouraged
the crowd.

"I'm taking my mess and
turning it into a message," she

said to the audience.
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Winners of the 2nd Annual Gospel Explosion and Performing Arts Competition in Opa-
locka pose with Commissioner Rose Tydus at Sherbondy Park on Sept. 29. First place win-
ners the Stanton Memorial Baptist Church Echo of Praise Choir, were awarded a $500
check and a trophy. The second and third place winners,the New Generation dance ministry
and the Holy Dove praise dancers from Christ Crusade Church, were also awarded trophies.

without works is dead.
On the inspiration behind
his documentary Producer
Paul V. Grant says his father
was a reverend in South Caro-
lina who suffered from a heart
condition but believed his faith
could cure him, and therefore
he didn't take his medication.
"Subsequently, his ailment de-
teriorated to the point that my
sisters and I had to stage an
intervention to urge that tak-
ing his medicine as prescribed
would not disrupt or challenge
his faith," says Grant. "I be-
came interested in producing
a project that looked at how
churches were actively re-
sponding to the epidemic."
The BET project provid-
ed valuable lessons that led
to identifying churches and
learning about the local mod-
els used in their AIDS minis-



Filmmaker explores the Black

church's response to HIV/AIDS

By Jamila Aisha Brown

With HIV/AIDS infection
rates reaching pandemic lev-
els within the Black commu-
nity, and some Black churches
have stepped in to fulfill a role
greater than spiritual guid-
ance. Merging science and
religion, AIDS ministries serve
both body. and soul as cap-
tured by the documentary film
"The Gospel of Healing Volume



By Twania Griffin

Our children are our future
and education helps mold their
future. That's why pastors are
being urged to become a part
of a national movement to help
transform public education.
Recently, faith leaders from
across the country attended
"The Stand Up Education Pol-
icy Summit" in Atlanta, Geor-
gia, to discuss the dire need for
education reform.
CNN reports the daylong
conference was hosted by edu-
cation organizations Students-
First, founded by Michelle
Rhee and Stand Up, led by her
husband, Sacramento Mayor
Kevin Johnson.
Though Black churches come

1: Black Churches Responc
The film, "The Gospel
Healing" debuted in Washi
ton, D.C., which boasts
the highest rates of HIV/A
in the nation. Aptly screen
during the 2012 Internatic
-AIDS Conference, the forem
gathering of HIV/AIDS mE

to help
in all sizes and varying degr
of organization, and cannot
pact education at the same
el, Rev. DeForest Soaries,
a senior pastor at First Bap
Church of Lincoln Gard
in Somerset, New Jersey 1
CNN every church needs to
Rev. Soaries believes chur
es should be involved on th
levels: creating programs
causing on things like liters
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focused on impacting scho
as well as the school board i
ing process; and advocate
for policies that will enha
the likelihood of success
Bishop Charles Blake, I
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cal professionals, scientists,
and activist in the world, the
film chronicles Black Christian
community responses to the
growing need for primary care
and prevention services.
We talked with the film's di-
rector, writer, and producer
Paul V. Grant about "The Gos-
pel of Healing" and how faith

celebrates 2
By Todd Shearer

Celebrating the 20th anni-
versary of his popular women's
conference, "Woman, Thou Art
Loosed!," Bishop T.D. Jakes
hosted the annual event at Phil-
lips Arena in Atlanta, last week-
Some 25,000 women from
around the world, attended the
event in Atlanta to learn how
they can use their strengths,
gifts and abilities to overcome
any obstacle and transform
their lives in a positive and ex-
citing way. "Woman, Thou Art
Loosed!" is an annual three-day
conference. This year's line-up
included: Jakes himself, First
Lady Serita Jakes, Pastor Sh-
eryl Brady, Cindy Trimm and
Pastor Paula White.
Musical guests included:
Grammy Award-winner Ann
Nesby, Joy Hill, Gaye Arbuck-
le and The Woman Thou Art
Loosed Praise Team. The theme
from this year's conference
was taken from Pastor Sheryl
Brady's new book, You Have It

education reform
tees West Angeles Church of God
im- "' .in Christ in Los Angeles stress-
lev- es the importance of the lo-
Jr., i cal church's knowledge of the
tist educational landscape in its
ens community. "I think churches
told should become acquainted
"do [with] the schools that are in
their community," said Blake.
ch- He also recommends that
[ree churches recruit members of
fo- its congregation to volunteer at
acy; educational facilities in order
tics to evaluate the overall health
ols, and well-being of schools.
vot- "I think that if churches work
ring holistically into the lives of the
nce people in the community, then
in the community will produce
REV. DEFOREST SOARIES, JR. better children more capable
Pre- Senior pastor at First Baptist Church and able to excel education-
of of Lincoln Gardens ally," said Blake.

Uninsured join fight for breast cancer

continued from 1B

there," she said. "It's here.
It's real and people need to be
Within a six-week time frame,
she started the Hope 4 L.Y.F.E.
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/
Run-A-Thon last year. There
were 1600 participants and with
the help of those walkers, run-
ners and donators she was able
to give 500 uninsured people in
the South Dade area free mam-
mograms last year.
This year, Roberts is expect-
ing three times as many par-
ticipants and wants to be able
to raise enough money to give
5,000 mammograms. The walk/
run-a-thon will take place at the

Homestead Air Reserve Base
Park Oct. 20. 2012 at 8 a.m.
Roberts said the reason why
the proceeds of the walk/run-a-
thon are used to fund the mam-
mograms of uninsured people
is because when her best friend
was diagnosed with cancer, she
had just been laid off and was
But since her best friend knew
that cancer was prevalent in her
family she paid for the mammo-
gram and her breast cancer was
detected at an early stage, and
since she has had surgery and
had the cancer removed.
Roberts said that even as a
business owner she is unin-
sured and finds mammograms
to be expensive. She said mam-
mograms are $150-$180,

"I know there are other in-
dividuals out there who need
one," she said "They may be in-
dividuals who don't have health
insurance, who have been laid
off their jobs, or are just going
through tough times right now."
She said she wants the walk
to get bigger and better and she
encourages other organizations
to partner with her. She plans
on the walk becoming national
in 10 years and eventually to
use proceeds to help fund breast
cancer research.
According to Roberts, when it
comes to breast cancer, Black
people perish the most because
of a lack of knowledge, resourc-
es and finances, when we don't
have to.
She said this free mammo-

gram could lead to early detec-
tion, which can save lives.
"I just need the public to come
out and support," she said.
"There is no limit to what we
can do when everyone comes to-
The event is sponsored by: Mi-
ami-Dade Parks and Recreation
Dept., Community Health of
South Florida, Inc., and Chicks
N' Wings, Mercedes-Benz of
Cutler Bay, Miami-Dade Medi-
cal College, Living For Health,
Dwight Bullard State Senate
candidate of district 39, Beauty
Schools of America, Commis-
sioner Dennis C. Moss of District
9 and Restaurant Depot.. For
more information, contact Ro-
manita Ford at 305-252-4853.
All donations are tax deductible.

M Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church to host a
Unity Prayer Breakfast. Call

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

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

Church of Christ Writ-
ten In Heaven, Inc. will
have a guest speaker on

Oct. 11 and 12th. Call 305-

The Greater Harvest
Baptist Church will hold its
pastor's 3rd Anniversary cel-
ebration on Oct. 9th-12th at
7:30 p.m.

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church will cel-
ebrate their 41st Choir Anni-
versary on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.
Call 305-978-5079.

M New Life Christian
Center will host a "Com-
munity Block Party" on Oct.
27th at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

o years
In You!: Em-
powered to
do the Im-
Like the an-
nual "Wom-
an, Thou
Art Loosed!"
Brady's book JAKES
encourages readers to embrace
their gifts, .muster up courage,
define their purpose and pursue
it heartily. A special 20th anni-
versary edition of Jakes' best-
selling book, Woman, Thou Art
Loosed!, was also available at
the conference.
The conference also featured
the annual "Girl Talk" panel
discussion, which was held that
Friday at Phillips Arena. This
"for ladies only" session used
"real talk" to address various is-
sues relating to women such as
health, mental wellness, empty
nest syndrome, career mapping
and starting anew. The "Wom-
an, Thou Art Loosed!" confer-
ence seating in Phillips Arena
was sold out.

Oprah partners with pastors
We love to see Christians get- retired, running around,
ting so much airtime on Oprah hanging out," but instead the
Winfrey's OWN Network. The network CEO is doing her best
iconic media mogul teamed with to enhance the lives of others.
two mega church As Winfrey and
pastors, Joel Osteen .. Osteen laughed, talk-
and Rick Warren, for .i ed, and completed
an inspirational Life interviews together,
Class Friday focused -- it was clear that they
on how to dream and "' had both grown fond
live big-something of the other.
they all know a thing Ms. Winfrey even
or two about. defended Osteen,
The Lifeclass was author of new book I
recorded at the Hob- Declare:31 Promises
by Center in Hous- WINFREY to Speak Over Your
ton, TX and is set to Life, against some of

air Oct. 28.
In an interview with Hous-
ton's KHOU, Osteen, pastor of
the 43,000-member Lakewood
church ir Houston, TX said of
Winfrey, "She has such a deep
desire to help others be the best
that they can. She could be do-
ing anything else in the world

his detractors by tell-
ing the media, "He's as nice as
he appears to be. That's what
people can't stand."
There was also a second Life-
class taping with Pastor Rick
Warren of Saddleback Church
in California that boasts over
20,000 weekly attendants.

Organization focuses on domestic violence Pastor teaches service

continued from 1B

Her message was informative
and helpful to numerous at-
tendees. Jacqueline M. Dawson,
M.S., mental health and sub-
stance abuse therapist, spoke
of warning signs of abusive re-
lationships, saying that abu-
sive relationships are all about
power and control. She shared
alarming statistics of domestic
violence, such as 1 in 4 women
have been affected by domestic
Dawson spoke of different
types of abuse, like physical,
verbal, sexual and financial.
She encouraged women who
were in abusive relationships
to call 211 for help on escaping.
She said when leaving an abu-
sive relationship women must
have a safety plan.
Natacha Alabre, 29, an el-
ementary school teacher who
attended, said she was encour-
aged to continue trying to help
her loved one who is current-
ly in an abusive relationship,
even though trying to help her
loved one has been difficult.

Audience members applaud as Donata Joseph shares her

She said the event has taught
her that she should keep trying
and possibly try a different ap-
While sharing her story, Jo-
seph, said domestic violence
victims go through "vicious cy-
cles" when they want to leave
but end up going back.
"One day between your posi-
tive words and prayers you may
help the person," Joseph said.
Another attendee, Jessica
Dorsainvil, 31, human resourc-
es manager, said she enjoyed
seeing her good friend, Joseph,
make it out of the abusive re-
lationship. Joseph has even
helped her end a relationship
that had the potential to be

Marie Joasil, 33, a member of
ADHD, said she learned to nev-
er judge victims of abusive re-
lationships. She said from now
on she will try to see it from the
victims' eyes and try to help
them by being empathic.
The host of the event, Tragil
Wade, the president of the
Wade's World Foundation and
also the sister of NBA bas-
ketball player Dwayne Wade,
shared her story of how she es-
caped an abusive relationship
as teenager. She also sadly dis-
cussed that her cousin wasn't
as fortunate to make it out of
an abusive relationship. Her
cousin, who was a "beautiful"

model, was murdered by her
abuser at the age of 29.
The event was full of emo-
tions, there were people crying
and even moments of laughter,
according to Wade.
"Those emotions represent
that something was being done,"
she said. "I'm big at saying if one
person was changed that's good.
But I had more than one per-
son who came up and said [the
event] was big for them."
While sharing her story, Jo-
seph said her father was her
rock and he helped her get out
of an abusive relationship. She
said he provided a safe space
for her and her children. He
encouraged Joseph to leave her
home in Tampa and live with
him in Miami.
Her father, Serge Joesph,
64, said she was in a situa-
tion where only God could help
her. This is why he encouraged
her to pray and he prayed and
fasted for her and helped her as
much as he could.
"If you are helping someone in
that position, you have to do it
in a smart way, with love," he

continued from 1B

agree. Not only does he focus on
serving others, but he preaches
"the truth" and goes where God
leads him.
"He's a well-rounded pas-
tor," Deaconess Sarah C. Collie,
said. "He's out of the pulpit, in
the kitchen, outside and in the
Church members said he is
a" jack of all trades" and has
helped them fix things around
their homes and has even
helped to fix their cars.
Along with mechanical work
and carpentry, sometimes the
pastor, a former restaurant
owner, cooks for church events
and fulfills other duties.
"God blessed me with many
different gifts and talents,"
Robinson said. "As a servant, I
use them to help other people
that need them."
Robinson, who was born in
Gaines, Georgia, moved to Flor-
ida after serving in The United
States Marine Corps. He re-
ceived his minister's license
in 1977 under the leadership
of The Holy Ghost Church of
Christ, Inc. After getting mar-
ried, he started worshiping at
Valley Grove Missionary Bap-
tist Church, where his wife
was a member. He and wife,
Patricia, are the parents of five

adult children and have two
grandchildren. After working
as associate minister under
the late Rev. Artis Perkins, four
years ago, he became the pas-
tor at Valley Grove.
Robinson's desire is to get
people saved, do the Lord's will
and to teach them "the truth."
He said when you know the
truth, you know Jesus Christ,
what He died for and you un-
derstand His written word.
Robinson teaches his con-
gregation to serve God and love
their fellow man and remind
them that Jesus told us to keep
the first and second command-
ments, "for on these two com-
.mandments hang all the law
and the prophets.".
He believes that everyone
should know the truth and
have the choice of whether to
live by it or not. He said men-
tioning Luke 12:47-48.
"A lot of people in the church
are bound and don't really
know the truth," he said.
"That's the only thing that can
set us free."
Who's your pastor? Has he
biblically led your church and
mentored you as a spiritual fa-
ther? Should he be The Miami
Times next Pastor Of The Week?
Tell us why. Contact Malika A.
Wright, Faith and Family edi-
tor, at Mwright(amiamitimeson-
line.com or 305-694-6216.

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Boy scouts assert 'good faith effort' to protect youths

By Kirk Johnson

The Boy Scouts of America,
facing what could be an ava-
lanche of unfavorable atten-
tion in coming weeks from the
court-ordered release of in-
ternal files about inappropri-
ate sexual behavior by youth
leaders, issued a report on
Tuesday by a professor who
reviewed the files and found
what she called "a good faith
effort" to protect boys from
The group's senior leader-
ship team also issued "an
open letter to the scouting
community" that included an
apology for past wrongs, but
also a strong assertion that
decades of efforts to internally
document deviant behavior
within the Scouts to purge
bad leaders had worked.

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"Where those involved in
scouting failed to protect, or
worse, inflicted harm on chil-
dren, we extend our deepest
apologies and sympathies,"
the letter said.
The Oregon Supreme Court
ordered in June that thou-
sands of pages of so-called
"perversion files" be opened to
public inspection, as part of an
abuse case by a former Scout
leader in Portland. The release
was delayed by a court motion
from the Boy Scouts request-
ing redaction of certain infor-
mation, including the names
of victims. One of the lawyers
in the Portland case, Paul
Mones, said the files would be
available online when the re-
dactions were completed.
The review of the files was
conducted by Janet Warren,
a professor of psychiatry and

Plastic women vs. cardboard men

Women write about

world offailing men
By Richard Whitmire

Over the past decade, hundreds of ar-
ticles and scores of book have chronicled
"boy troubles," the odd phenomenon of
boys failing in school and men adrift in life.
That'is so yesterday's story. Today's sto-
ry is about what happens to women when
men fail, and the'storytellers are women.
Look no further than The End of Men and
the Rise of Women, by Hanna Rosin, and
The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of
Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex,
Love, and Family, by Liza Mundy.
Why shouldn't women be the ones to write
about the world of failing men? Women ac-
tually read books (Checked out the men's
vs. women's section in your local bookstore
lately?). You can't argue with the market.
If women are ruling our colleges and tak-
ing over fields such as veterinary medicine,
clinical psychology and pharmacy, and
well, pretty much everything other than
plumbing, they might as well chronicle the
demise of men.

Rosin and Mundy certainly get all the
facts right about how this affects women.
But I'm not sure they are right about what
caused this dilemma.
A quick summary of Rosin's work: Plastic
women and cardboard men. That means
women are proving themselves flexible
enough to bend with the fast-changing
market forces, while cardboard-like men
keep waiting in vain for the return of the
economy that once favored them.
A quick summary of Mundy's work: Plas-
tic women, plastic men. Mundy seems very
sure that men really will adjust to their

Boys pick up literacy skills later than
lesser status, that they really will start sep-
arating whites from colors as they do the
family laundry.
Where I differ is that both writers leave
readers with the impression that vast, im-
mutable economic upheavals are the sole
causes of these setbacks for men. My re-
porting, in contrast, points to a trigger that
is reversible. Roughly 20 years ago, na-
tional leaders launched education reforms
designed to steer more students to college.
The first step was pushing stiffer literacy
skills into the earlier grades. That made
sense. The common' denominator of any
college class is the ability to read quickly
and accurately and write quickly and ac-

So how's that turning out? At the eighth-
grade level, 37 percent of girls scored profi-
cient or above in writing on a just-released
federal test, compared with 18 percent of

What happened? Educators somehow
overlooked the fact that boys pick up lit-
eracy skills later than girls. When boys get
slammed with early academic demands
they can't handle, Please turn to WRITERS
they tune out. They assume school is for
girls, and they move on to more interesting
activities, such as video games.
Now we're stuck with an education sys-
tem where many males end up in their se-
nior year of high school unprepared and
unmotivated for college work. And we're
surprised about the scarcity of males on
the campuses of community colleges and
four-year schools? We're surprised that
college-educated women are taking over.
field after field?
Global economic changes truly are huge
players. But if educators adjusted their
early-grades literacy practices, a lot more
boys would arrive in 12th grade ready to
compete in the new economy. What educa-
tors have done can be un-done.

Christians congregate to pray for the
nationExactly 40 days before the na-
tional election, nearly 25,000 individuals
gathered over two days on Independence
Mall in Philadelphia, Sept. 28-29th, for
America for Jesus 2012 (AFJ). The pur-
pose of this solemn assembly that gath-
ered Christians representing all races,
parties and denominations from across
the United States, was to pray for the
healing of our nation and call America
back to God.
"Today we have come to a historic place
to make spiritual history in America,"

"Nothing could he more urgent
than for God's people to come to-
gether and pray for our nation and
our world." -Billy Graham

said the Rev. Billy Wilson, co-chair for
America for Jesus 2012. "Today we have
come back to this place because we be-
lieve America is in a spiritual drift that
must be turned around.
"This is not a political rally; we have
come today as the people of God," Wil-
son continued. "The destiny of our nation
does not rest in Washington, D.C.; it does
not rest in the White House, the congres-
sional house or in the court house. We
believe that the destiny of America rests
in the church house and in your house
and in my house."
State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf noted that
America was founded by God-inspired
individuals like William Penn, telling the
crowd, "Today has been designated by
the Pennsylvania State Senate as William
Penn Day, and we pray that our nation
will continue to be a beacon to the world."

Deputy Philadelphia Mayor Richard
Negrin brought greetings from City Hall,
saying, "You are standing on holy ground.
In that building behind you, there are
three words, 'We the people.' WATe have a
right to worship ... to exercise our reli-
gion, our free speech and all our rights in
the Bill of Rights." "Today, you stand here
with faith in your heart and a burning de-
sire to worship just like William Penn did
all those years ago," says Negrin.
The program incorporated a diverse ar-
ray of influential Christian leaders, in-
cluding Bishop Harry Jackson, Vonette
Bright, Rev. Jim Garlow, the Rev. Cindy
Jacobs and author Jonathan Cahn.
Recently, Tom Phillips, director of the
Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, read
a letter of greeting and solidarity from
the 93-year-old evangelist, whom he said
was burdened for America and plans to
preach one more time on his 95th birth-
day next year.
"Nothing could be more urgent than for
God's people to come together and pray
for our nation and our world," Graham
wrote. "Our only hope is to turn to the
Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and
faith and to seek to obey Him in every
area of our lives, as individuals and also
as a nation. ... As you gather in this his-
toric place, which gave birth to our na-
tion's Declaration of Independence, may
your presence give birth to a new decla-
ration for our nation, a declaration of de-
pendence upon almighty God."
According to Samuel Rodriguez, the
next great movement in America will not
be the Tea Party nor the Occupy Wall
Street movement, but a Christ-centered,
Bible-based righteousness and justice
movement. "I am convinced that America
is not done with God and God is.not done
with America," he said.

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More than 60 people marched in Selma, Ala., on Tuesday to
protest the rebuilding of a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest,
a Civil War general and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux
Klan.The original monument vanished from a cemetery in March.

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neurobehavioral sciences at
the University of Virginia. She
said in a statement that part
of what emerged from her
analysis was that there was
no single pattern and that the
stereotypical "profile" of a child
sex offender was elusive.
"In reviewing the entirety of
these files, I was struck by the
wide range of individuals," she
Professor Warren, who
had also testified on the Boy
Scouts' behalf in the Portland
case, said that in the context of
scouting's huge numbers, the
relatively small number of vol-
unteers about 2 per 100,000
or 0.002 percent who came
to the attention of the organi-
zation in one year she looked
at, 1980, suggested that youth
were safer in the Boy Scouts
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:-I liahrnin'. c-ancer and raising three
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professor at the University of Colorado
in Denver.
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pletely understand, a woman's risk of
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Study divides breast cancer into four distinct types

By Gina Kolata

In findings that are fun-
damentally reshaping the
scientific understanding of
breast cancer, researchers
have identified four geneti-
cally distinct types of the
cancer. And within those
types, they found hallmark
genetic changes that are
driving many cancers.
These discoveries, pub-
lished online on Sunday in

the journal Nature, are ex-
pected to lead to new treat-
ments with drugs already
approved for cancers in
other parts of the body and
new ideas for more precise
treatments aimed at ge-
netic aberrations that now
have no known treatment.
The study is the first
comprehensive genetic
analysis of breast can-
cer, which kills more than
.35.000 women a year in

the United States. The new
paper, and several smaller
recent studies, are electri-
fying the field.
"This is the road map for
how we might cure breast
cancer in the future," said
Dr. Matthew Ellis of Wash-
ington University, a re-
searcher for the study.
Researchers and patient
advocates caution that
it will still take years to
translate the new insights

:ir-o transformative new
treatments. Even withinn
the four major types of
breast cancer, individual
tumors appear to be driven
by their own sets of genetic
changes. A wide variety of
drugs will most likely need
to be developed to tailor
medicines to individual tu-
"There are a lot of steps
that turn basic science into
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Can weigh

Researchers at the University of Il-
linois at Chicago's Institute for Health
Research and Policy have designed a
novel community-based weight loss
intervention designed for African
American breast cancer survivors.
Under a five-year, $3 million grant
from the National Cancer Institute,
researchers will determine if the pro-
gram, called Moving Forward, is ef-
fective in decreasing body mass index
and weight and improving diet and
physical activity habits. They will also
evaluate the effect of weight loss on
blood pressure, cholesterol and qual-
ity of life.
Black women exhibit higher breast
cancer mortality rates than white
women; in Chicago the breast cancer
mortality rate for Black women is 116
percent higher than the rate for white


: loss help Black breast cancer survivors?

women, says Melinda Stolley, princi-
pal investigator of the study and insti-
tute researcher.
Poor diet, lack of physical activ-
ity and obesity contribute to breast
cancer progression and may intensify
other conditions such as hyperten-
sion, diabetes, and heart disease, she
"One of the cruel things about
being diagnosed with breast can-
cer is that most women gain
weight post-treatment on
average 5 to 7 pounds -
which is not fully under-
stood. We want to target
Black women because
nearly 78 percent of Af-
rican American women
are overweight or obese."
Physical activity has

been shown to improve survival in
breast cancer patients, Stolley said,
but there has been very little research
on weight loss in African American
breast cancer survivors.
UIC will partner with the Chicago
Park District to implement the study
in the Roseland/Pullman, Englewood,
Austin, South Shore and Lawndale
The randomized study will recruit
240 Black breast cancer survivors
who have completed treatment at
least six months prior; are overweight;
are physically able to participate in
moderate physical activity; and are
not currently in a structured weight
loss program.
The goal of the weight loss inter-
vention is to address health behavior
change at an individual level while

acknowledging the importance of
culture, family lifestyles, community
traditions and social support, said
Stolley. A pilot study "was effective
in significantly reducing dietary fat
and significantly increasing vegetable
intake, vigorous activity, and social
support." Women in the pilot study
lost five and a half pounds during the
six-month intervention.
Women in the program will receive a
free 12-month membership to a par-
ticipating park district location where
they will attend twice weekly exercise
and educational sessions. Partici-
pants in the control group will meet
weekly to learn about general health
topics. At the end of the program all
participants will receive a 12-month
free membership to the Chicago Park

High breast density

does not predict death

By Nicole Katze, MA

A study conducted by
researchers from the Na-
tional Cancer Institute, part
of the National Institutes
of Health, found that high
mammographic density in
women with breast cancer
was not associated with
an increased nsk of death
from the disease. Mammo-
graphic density refers to the
amount of white area seen
on a mammogram the
more white, the higher the
density of the breast.
Breasts with higher mam-
mographic density typically
have more glandular and
connecuve tissues. called
fibroglandular tissue, than
fatty tissue (which looks
black on a marnmogramrl.

Fibroglandular tissue
blocks the passage of x-rays
used in mammograms, pro-
ducing the white areas The
darker areas of the mam-
mogran., where the x-rays
pass through the breast
more completely, are due to
fatty areas.

High mammographic
density is a recognized risk
factor for developing breast
cancer. Researchers sought
to explore whether the same
high density xas associated
with an increased risk of
death nm women already di-
agnosed with breast cancer.

Researchers at NCI
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Cancers on the rise in pregnant women

Among 1oo,ooo pregnant women,

over 19o diagnosed with cancer

By Kerry Grens

NEW YORK The number
of pregnant women diag-
nosed with cancer has in-
creased over the past couple
of decades. a ne\w study from
Australia suggests.
In 2007, the most recent
year studied, research-
ers found 192 out of every
100,000 pregnant and post-
partum women received a
cancer diagnosis up from
112 per 100,000 women in
Researchers could t
determine what was behind
that increase in risk. but
said it could be due in part
to the older average age of
expectant moms combined
with better cancer detection.
Another explanation could
be the increased interaction
w ith health services during
pregnancy, said Chrnsune
Roberts. an obstetrics re-

searcher at the University of
Sydney who worked on the
Roberts said some doc-
tors in her department had
seen a few cases of expect-
ant moms with cancer arid
wanted to know whetherr
this was indicative of any
increase in risk.
To try to answer that ques-
tion, her group collected
information from three large
databases on births. cancer
cases and hospital admis-
sions it, New South W'ales.
Australia. That included
data on roughly 760,000
rnomen who gate birth more
than 1.3 million rimes be-
tween 1094 and 2008.
During the same period,
there were about 1.800 new
cancers diagnosed in moms-
to-be and those who'd given
birth within the last year.
As diagnoses became
more common over the

years, pregnant women also
got older, on average, the
researchers noted in the
obstetrics and gynecology
journal BJOG.
For example, in 1994, 13
percent of pregnant women
were o\t-r age 35, compared
to almost 24 percent in
The risk of cancer is
knov.,n to increase with age
- and 35-plus women in the
stud\ v ere over three times
more likely to get cancer
compared to those under 30
in 2007
But age :nly accounted for
a fraction if the miLre.ased
cancer risk o.er time. the
researchers !found.
Dr. Llo:,,d Smith. v ho
treats g.n-net ol:og'ic ca:;.n:e r at
the Uni' e rrsit, of California,
Davis. agreed that improved
detection likely accounts for
some portion of the increase
in cases.
He pointed out that mela-
noma \ivas the !rnoit cc-,ommon
cancer diagnosed. affecting
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Percentage of severely obese adults skyrockets

By Nanci Hellmich

The percentage of American
adults who are 100 or more
pounds over a healthy weight
has skyrocketed since 2000,. a
study shows.
In 2010, about 6.6 percent
of adults in this country were
severely obese about 15.5
million people up from 3.9
percent in 2000, says the study
from the RAND Corp., a non-
profit research group.
"There is no question that
severe obesity is going up very
fast," says lead author Roland
Sturm, a senior economist at
RAND. "Severe obesity has se-
vere effects on quality of life,
chronic conditions and health
care costs."
Extra weight increases the

risk of type 2 diabetes, heart
disease, cancer and other
chronic and debilitating health
About two-thirds people in
the U.S. are either overweight
or obese. People are con-
sidered obese if they have a
body mass index (BMI) of 30
or higher, roughly 30 or more
pounds over a healthy weight.
People are severely (or extreme-
ly) obese if they have a BMI (a
height-weight ratio) of 40 or
higher. That's roughly 100 or
more pounds overweight.
"Moderate obesity (a BMI of
30 or more) has adverse health
effects, but severe obesity is in
a different league," Sturm says.
Severely obese people have far
more complex health issues
and create different challeng-

Findings, published online by
the International Journal Obe-
* Severe obesity is about
50% higher among women
than men.
m It is about twice as high
among Blacks as Hispanics
and whites.
* The percentage of severely
obese who are under 40 is
similar to those who are over

es for the health care system,
he says. "Moderate obesity in-
creases health care costs by 20

percent to 30 percent compared
to those at a healthy weight,
where severe obesity more than
doubles health care costs."
Sturm and colleagues write
in the paper: "Physician offices
and hospitals require addition-
al resources for severely obese
patients, who exceed limits on
standard measuring and lift-
ing equipment and may not fit
standard imaging equipment,
operating tables or wheel-
The new study is based on
results of a telephone survey
of about 3 million people over
a decade from the Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
tion. Because people tend
to under-report their weight
(more so for women) and over-
report their height (more so for

men), the researchers adjusted
the findings for that potential
The research, published on-
line by the International Jour-
nal of Obesity found:
Severe obesity is about 50
percent higher among women
than men.
It is about twice as high
among Blacks as Hispanics
and whites.
The percentage of severely
obese who are under 40 is sim-
ilar to those who are over 40.
"The younger group should
normally be less overweight
or obese," Sturm says. "Yet for
severe obesity, the young age
group is already similar."
Sturm speculates that one
reason for the overall increase
in severe obesity may be that

"there is some genetic vulner-
ability among people, and in
this environment where there's
an overabundance of food ev-
erywhere, people have become
severely obese instead of just
Gary Foster, director of the
Center for Obesity Research
and Education at Temple Uni-
versity in Philadelphia, says,
"It's troubling that those most
likely to experience the adverse
effects of obesity are increasing
so quickly. This has significant
economic and public health
These data suggest the need
to engage those with extreme
obesity in evaluating bariatric
surgery options, Foster says.
"We also need more treatments
aimed at this group."

Study: Free birth control programs cut abortions

Women chose

IUDs, implants

as methods

By Kim Painter

An experimental project that
gave free birth control to more
than 9,000 teen girls and wom-
en in one metropolitan area re-
sulted in a dramatic decrease
in abortions and teen pregnan-
cies, a new study shows.
It wasn't just the "free" part
that led to rates far below na-
tional averages, researchers
say. They also credit the long-
acting highly effective methods
of contraception chosen by 75
percent of the participants -
namely intrauterine devices
(IUDs) and hormonal implants.
The findings come as cost-
free birth control is becoming
available to more women un-
der a much-debated provision
of the federal health care law.
The provision was supported
by many women's health advo-
cates but strongly opposed by
the Catholic Church and many

6.3 per 1,000

Teen birth rate in study

34.1 per 1,000

Teen birth rate in USA
in 2010
Source: Obstetrics & Gynecology

social conservatives. Dozens of
lawsuits have been filed around
the country. The study also
comes weeks after the Ameri-
can College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists declared
IUDs and implants front-line
contraceptive choices for sexu-
ally active teen girls.
The study, published on-
line in Obstetrics & Gynecol-
ogy, was carried out in the St.
Louis area from 2007 to 2011
and included participants ages
14 to 45 who said they wanted
to avoid pregnancy for at least
a year.
All were told about various
methods of birth control and
allowed to choose among them
- but they did get counseling
that stressed that IUDs and im-

plants are much more effective
than birth control pills and oth-
er methods, says lead research-
er Jeffrey Peipert, professor of
obstetrics and gynecology at
Washington University School
of Medicine.
Data suggest IUDs and im-
plants fail up to 20 times less
often than pills, which failed at
a rate of about 4.5 percent in
this study. Yet just 8.5 percent
of U.S. women used IUDs and
implants in 2009, says Megan
Kavanaugh, senior research as-
sociate at the Guttmacher Insti-
tute in New York.
So the St. Louis researchers
were stunned when 58 percent
of the participants' chose IUDs
and 17 percent chose implants,
Peipert says: "We found that
when cost is not an issue, what
is really important to women is
that a method work really well."
Among the results:
A teen birth rate of 6.3 per
1,000 in the study, compared
with 34.3 per 1,000 nationwide.
Annual abortion rates rang-
ing from 4.4 to 7.5 per 1,000
women in the study vs. 13.4 to
17 per 1,000 in the region and
to 19.6 per 1,000 nationwide in

Medicare prescription drug

program is very popular

By David Jackson by Medica
day, an in
Here's one program can- of the I
didates aren't likely to mess .care Leac
with: The Medicare prescrip- Council.
tion drug plan. The .
A new poll sponsored by say that
a health care group shows "feel pea
that 90 percent of seniors are mind" wil
satisfied with the program prescription
known as Medicare Part D, program,
and approval has constantly gard it as
risen since the plan came on ty net."
line in 2006.
"Nearly seven years
later, 9 in 10 Medi-
care beneficiaries
have prescription
drug coverage," says
the poll. "Satisfac- -2
tion among those j ..-. gg %
with Medicare Part D
has grown 12 points
from 78 percent to

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very satisfied with
their coverage and say their
plan offers excellent value,
reasonable costs, and conve-
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out Part D
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th the
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Neither Presi-
dent Obama nor
Mitt Romney
have criticized
Medicare Part D,
though Obama
has noted that
the Bush admin-
istration pushed
the plan without
new revenues to
help finance it.
Among other
gs show that with-

ercent report that
ket drug costs

61 percent
would be unable to
fill all of their pre-
53 percent
would be more
likely to cut back
or stop taking med-
icine altogether.
The survey did
note that seniors
could be better in-

formed about the open en-
rollment plan for Medicare
Part D that starts Oct. 15.
Said the poll:
"Each year during open
enrollment, seniors have the
opportunity to assess their
situation, compare plans,
and choose one that best
meets their needs. This year,
most say they will not shop
around during open enroll-
ment because they are sat-
isfied. Some, however, find
comparing plans difficult.
There are opportunities to
raise awareness of Medicare's
Plan Finder tool and other
sources of help."

Ads put obese people in spotlight

Nike, Subway,

others take

different spin

By Bruce Horovitz

Obese people are showing up
in the very place that's mostly
excluded them for decades: ads.
Some of the nation's largest
brands from Nike to Subway
to Blue Cross Blue Shield -
are featuring images of obese
or overweight folks in their
advertising in a bid to change
consumer behavior. (Obesity
is considered to be anything
20 percent or more over ideal

The move comes at a time
when almost two in three adults
are overweight or obese, and
diseases caused by obesity cost
Americans $145 billion last
year. In the past, when obese
folks showed up in ads, they
were often the butts of jokes.
Now, they're visual images for
Why is it now acceptable to
show obesity? "More of us are
overweight, so it's a shared
problem," says Valerie Folkes,
marketing professor at Univer-
sity of Southern California.
It's a generational thing, too,
says brand consultant Erich
Joachimsthaler. "The new gen-
eration doesn't see (obese peo-
ple) as different. There is a new,

democratic world view: Every-
one can be a star."
Among those showing obe-
Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Minnesota. The health provider
has two new ads with obese
actors. In one, an obese fa-
ther with a tray full of fast food
thinks twice when he overhears
his large son arguing with a fat
friend over whose father can
eat more. The second features a
young girl following her mother
in the grocery store and picking
up the same junk food and put-
ting it in her kiddie cart.
"People have to make choic-
es about food every day," says
Marc Manley, chief prevention
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2008, the most recent national
data available.
Falling rates of repeat abor-
tions in the entire St. Louis
region but not nearby Kansas
City. The researchers say this is
linked to their study, which re-
cruited some women from abor-
tion clinics.
"These findings really show
promise for what could hap-
pen on a national level," with a
combination of free birth con-

trol and promotion of the most
effective methods, Kavanaugh
Jeanne Monahan of the con-
servative Family Research
Council suggested contracep-
tive use can encourage riskier
sexual behavior. "One might
conclude that the Obama ad-
ministration's contraception
mandate may ultimately cause
more unplanned pregnan-
cies since it mandates that all
health plans cover contracep-
tives, including those that the
study's authors claim are less
effective," Monahan said.
The devices and insertion can
cost several hundred dollars.
An IUD, which contains copper
of a progestin hormone, is in-
serted in the uterus and lasts
five to 10 years. Hormone im-
plants, the size of a matchstick,
are placed in the arm and last
three years.
Cost is not the only barrier to
more widespread use, says Tina
Raine-Bennett, research direc-
tor at the Women's Health Re-

search Institute at Kaiser Per-
manente Northern California.
Many doctors don't suggest the
long-acting methods, she says,
because they are not trained
to insert them or remember
outdated information about a
faulty IUD discontinued de-
cades ago.
Raine-Bennett led the com-
mittee of obstetricians and gy-
necologists that recently rec-
ommended IUDs and implants
for teens. "They are as effective
as sterilization, but they are re-
versible," she says.
Under provisions of the Af-
fordable Care Act that went into
effect in August, insurers must
cover birth control as well as
many other preventive health
services for women. Colleges,
non-profits and other employ-
ers affiliated with religious or-
ganizations that object to the
rule have been given an extra
year to comply. A number of
legal challenges by states and
employers are underway; one
was dismissed this week.

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How parents, teens handle talking about sex

By Michelle Healy

Think that parents are the only ones
who get stressed when talking to their
teens about sex and relationships?
Think again.
Just over 50 percent of moms and
dads express some level of unease,
compared to 82 percent of teens, a
survey out today finds.
And on issues such as how to say
no to sex, teen pregnancy and sexting,
nearly 90 percent of teens say they
don't want additional discussions
with their parents. And one in six say
their parents have never spoken to
them about anything sex-related.
The findings, from a nationally rep-
resentative survey of 2,000 parents
and their kids ages 15-18, also show
that being comfortable does not guar-
antee being informed: 81 percent of
those who have sexually active teens
know that their teens have had inter-
course. But only 45% of those whose
teens said they have had oral sex
knew it.
Parents may underestimate their
teen's sexual activity, but overall the
new findings show that parents con-
sider talking about sexual health an
important part of their parenting job,
says Leslie Kantor, vice president of
education for Planned Parenthood

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Teenagers are even less comfortable talking with their parents about sex
than their parents are.

Federation of America. The health
care provider and advocacy group
co-sponsored the survey, along with
the Center for Latino Adolescent and
Family Health at New York University
and Family Circle magazine, as part
of the nationwide Let's Talk Month
Parents "absolutely want to be the
primary sexual educators of their own
teenagers, and they are indeed try-

ing," says Kantor. But many get anx-
ious addressing these issues and, as
a result, "their good intentions don't
always reach kids," she says. "That's
where we have some work to do."
According to the study's findings:
42 percent of parents say they've
talked to their teens "many times"
about how to say no to sex. But just
27 percent of teens say parents have
talked that often.

48 percent of parents say they've
talked "many times" to their teens
about when sex should or shouldn't
take place; 29 percent of teens agreed.
29 percent of parents say they've
talked "many times" to their teens
about birth control methods; 35 per-
cent of teens say their parents "never"
or just "once" discussed the issue.
39 percent of parents say they've
discussed the risks of sexting (send-
ing sexually explicit text messages);
41 percent of teens say their parents
"never" or "just once" discussed the
Embarrassment, to some degree,
may explain why teenagers are less
comfortable than parents talking
about anything sex-related, but also,
with so much exposure to sexual con-
tent in the media, entertainment and
popular culture, teens often feel like
they know more than they do, says
Linda Fears, editor-in-chief of Family
Circle. "They may think they have a
handle on it all when they don't," she
The bigger issue isn't simply
whether these conversations are hap-
pening, but what's being conveyed
through them, says Sinikka Elliott,
an assistant professor of sociology
at North Carolina State University
in Raleigh and author of Not My Kid:

What Parents Believe about the Sex
Lives of Their Teenagers. Elliott was
not involved in the Planned Parent-
hood study.
Most of the parents she spoke with
for her book said they had talked
about birth control with their teen,
"but this was more likely to be a one-
time conversation, not an ongoing
one," says Elliott. "And parents ex-
pressed concern about having this
conversation worrying that it might
give the impression they were giving
their teens permission to have sex."
Such concerns are unfounded, says
Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, who stud-
ies the role of families in promoting
adolescent health as director of New
York University's Center for Latino
Adolescent and Family Health.
A number of reliable studies show
that talking to teens about these is-
sues helps delay the start of sexual
activity, says Guilamo-Ramos. "When
teens are making important deci-
sions about their lives, like whether
or not to have sex, they actually want
guidance, and are absolutely inter-
ested in their parents providing them
perspective," he says. "Parents are
influential. Somehow we've missed
that. "
The study's findings appear in No-
vember's Family Circle, out today.

Doctor visits decline, uninsured less healthy

Medical doctor visits decreased over the past o1 years and

spending a night in the hospital is a rare event

By Janice Lloyd

People made fewer visits to
the doctor over the past 10
years a time when the cost
of health insurance, deduct-
ibles and co-pays soared, ac-
cording to a report from the
U.S. Census Bureau out last
Among people between the
ages of 18 to 64, the average
number of visits to medical

services (physicians and hos-
pitals) decreased from 4.8 vis-
its in 2001 to 3.9 in 2010. The
report examines the relation-
ship between medical usage,
health insurance, and health
and economic 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 Amer-
ican Academy of Family Physi-

cians. "There is a severe doctor
shortage. It could also be that
people are having to decide be-
tween going to the doctor and
buying gas because they've
lost ajob or are worried they'll
lose a job."
Among the findings: Peo-
ple who reported they were in
"poor," "fair" or "good" health
were more likely to be unin-
sured than those in "excellent"
or "very good" health.

"We know for a fact that
insurance status is a very
strong predictor of health,"
says Stream, who is not asso-
ciated with the report. "Jf you
have coverage, you're going to
be healthier because you have
access to medical services."
More than one-third (38.6
percent) of the people living in
poverty did not visit a medi-
cal provider in 2010. The per-
centage of the uninsured who
received routine checkups de-
creased from 13.5 percent in
2001 to 11.7 percent in 2010.
"If you're uninsured or on

Medicaid, it's not easy to find
quality care," says Andrew
Sama, president of the Amer-
ican College of Emergency
Physicians. "But I think what
we're finding with the new
health care law is there will be
more services. The question
remains to be seen if they'll
have access to the important
primary care though."
Good news: Most Americans
consider themselves to be very
healthy. Nearly 66 percent re-
ported their health being ei-
ther "excellent" or "very good."
Another 24 percent said their

health was good. A greater
percentage of men (33.9 per-
cent) reported excellent health
than women (31.6 percent).
Hospital stays are rare:
92.4 percent of the popula-
tion never spent a night in the
hospital in the past year. More
than half of the population
(56.9 percent) did not take pre-
scription medications during
the past year. Age is strongly
related to prescription medica-
tiori usage: 80 percent of older
adults report regular prescrip-
tion use compared with 12.5
percent of children.

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Universal appeal:

Unitarian faith

growing nationwide

By Bob Smietana

For Nathan De Lee, going to church as
a kid was an ordeal.
De Lee, a Unitarian Universalist, grew
up in rural Kansas, where members of
his faith were few and far between. At-
tending services meant an overnight trip
to Kansas City, where the
nearest Unitarian Univer-
salist congregation was.
Today, getting to church
is easy for De Lee, an as-
tronomer at Vanderbilt.
He's a regular in the choir .r
on Sunday at First Unitar-
ian Universalist Church in
Nashville, which has a con-
gregation of about 500.
De Lee is one of a growing
number of Unitarian Uni-
versalists, a group of people
who believe in organized
religion but are skeptical GAIL SE
about doctrine. The denomi-
nation grew nationally by 15.8 percent
from 2000 to 2010, according to the As-
sociation of Statisticians of American Re-
ligious Bodies.
Although they remain small in total
numbers with about 211,000 adher-
ents nationwide, Unitarians believe their
open-minded faith has a bright future as
an alternative to more exclusive brands
of religion.

They might be right, said Diana Butler
Bass, author of Christianity After Reli-
gion: The End of Church and the Birth
of a New Spiritual Awakening. Bass, who
has studied thriving progressive church-
es, said Unitarian Universalists can fill a
niche in conservative religious cultures
such as the Bible Belt.
"I think there is a role for these kinds of
more open and liberal spiritual groups,"
Bass said. "They provide a nice counter-
cultural community."

The denomination, which started in
New England, has been growing more
in the South than in other parts of the
country, said Rachel Walden, a public
witness specialist from the Boston-based
Unitarian Universalist Association.
The church hopes to appeal to the ris-
ing number of noness" those with no
specific religious identity. A re-
cent poll from the Pew Center for
the People and the Press showed
that about one in five Americans
falls into that category.

S Lee Barker, president of
Meadville Lombard Theological
School in Chicago, said Unitar-
ian Universalists are in the right
place at the right time.
"We are at a time when the
',* values of our church and the
kVEY values of our culture are inter-
secting," he said. "I don't see that
going away any time soon."
Gall Seavey, minister at First Unitarian
Universalist in Nashville, said some of
her more conservative neighbors aren't
sure what to make of her faith. Some
think that inclusive means anything
goes but that's not the case, she said.
Instead of a common theology, Unitar-
ian Universalists have a set of common
values. They believe in the worth and
dignity of every human being, she said.
That belief in the individual choice in
faith can been seen in a practice known
as water communion. In most churches,
communion bread and wine start in a
common vessel and then are passed out
to church members. In water commu-
nion, everyone starts with a cup of water
and pours it in a common bowl.
"We are bunch of individuals finding
our own path but we are doing it as a
group," De Lee said.
In Tennessee, Unitarians grew by 20.8
percent from 2000 to 2010. During the

same time frame, they grew by 22 per-
cent in Georgia and by 42.5 percent in

Anthony David of the Unitarian Univer-
salist Congregation of Atlanta, which has
about 1,000 members, says that Unitar-
ians would rather be kind than right.
"In our tradition, you get to be wrong,"
he said. "God is big. God is magnificent.
You can't tell me that we know every-
thing there is to know about God yet."
First Unitarian Church of Denver,
where Sunday attendance has increased
by 10% a year for the past three years,
Uses an approach called "passive evange-
lism" to reach newcomers.
That means helping people with their
spiritual journey, not on persuading
them to become Unitarians, said Kirk
Loadman-Copeland, the church's senior
"People come and they are compelled
by what they experience, so they come
back," he said.
Mark Coppenger, professor of Christian
apologetics and director of the Nashville
campus of Southern Baptist Theologi-
cal Seminary said he wasn't surprised
to hear that Unitarians Unitarians are
Coppenger said he's sure that those in-
clusive groups are made up of nice peo-
ple who would be good neighbor.
Even so, their take on faith is wrong,
he said.
"Just because you are drawing a crowd
doesn't mean you are saying something
that is true," he said.

Millions of elderly face empty pantries

Death toll from outbreak

of rare meningitis up to 5

Tainted steroids

traced, to facility

in Massachsetts

By Liz Szabo

Five people have died and
35 ha- e developed a rare fun-
gal meningiis in a widening
UI. S outbreak caused by con-
tamirnated -vials of injectable
steriid medications for back
pain. the Centers for Disease
C',ontrol and Prevention said
The 35 reported I.ases so
far have been in SL\ states.
Tennessee has been hardest
hii.. wtvh 25 cases and three
deaths. Other cases are in
Virginia, Mar.laind. Flo'rida,
North Carolina and indiania.
Deaths were also re-ported in
\'rginia and rl ar. land
\ ials of the steroid rnedi-
catc'ris ':ere shipped to 23
states: Ca-lifornia. C'onnect-i
Cut. Florida. Geoigia. Ida.hj.
Illinois. Indiana, Marlnland.
Michigan. hlinne-sota. North
Carolina, Nev Hampshire,
Nev'. ..lerse. Nevada. Newv
'iork. Ohio. Pennslvania,
Rhode Island. South Caroli-
na. Tennessee. Virginia, Tex-
as and West Virginia
The first case began in Ten.
nessee in September The
state health d-pa.rtment re-
p..rted it Sept. 21 in a patient
'.-hrjo got the injections and
confirmed a fungal infec-
tion on Sept 2S. said phvysi-
cilma Beniamin Park. v.ith the
CDC's National Center for
Emerging and Zo'onotic infec-
tious Diseases
Doctors plan to call pa-
tients 'who got contaminated
InjecLions, but CDC officials
said the; don t knoi. ho,.
man'y gat them About 75 fa-
tiliies got shipments of three
recalled lots of the steroids.
officials said
The suspected source of the
outbreak is a Massa,'lchui- t
pec:ialt-, phardinrac, the Ne'a

England Compounding Cen-
ter, which has voluntarily
shut down production, said
pharmacist Ilisa Bernstein of
the FDA's office of compliance
at the Center for Drug Evalu-
ation and Research.
The pharmdac has a history
of ree.ilator? violations and
has voluntarily surrendered
its lceinse
Doctors iaunchied the in-
vestigation alter learning that
a patient who developed fun-
gal meningitis a potentially
life-threatecnine inflaiirnation
of the lining of the brain -
had received steroid injec-
tions prepared b, the phar-
rnac'. last month, Park said.
Steroids were injected near
the spinall hflild to relihe'. low.-
tr-back pain.
Tre.tiing patients earl', with
da-ti-fungal drugs, before they
de,'.lop s. mptomis af menin-
gitis. iould help avoid compli-
cations. Park said.
inspectors from the Food
and Dnrug Administration
found fungus growing in
sealed containers of the drug.
preservative-free methYlpred-
nisolone acetate. Inspectors
found foreign material in
other products but haven't
i,et had time to test them
to see what those materials
are, Bernstein said. 'There
is a possibility that it Ifungal
contamination could be else-
\ here not just in this prod-
uct. but other products they
Patients w ho received the
inic.eCtir.ns also should call
their doctors if the\ have a
new o:r .worsening headache
or nausea. Park said S,mTp-
torns similar to a stroke also
c.-uld indicate this type of
fungal infection
Fungal meningitis doesn't
spread from person to per-
son. Park said. It s extremelyy
rare and de'-veluips largely
in people .with compromised
mnlulline systems, such as
those.- with HIV'. the virus that
rci.iuss AIDS

Some face choice


and medicine

By Alesha Williams Boyd

About twice a week, when
the arthritis in her legs al-
lows it, Judy Slover rises in
her one-bedroom apartment at
the Rug Mill Towers in Free-
hold and makes the six-block
trek on foot to the food pantry
here, Freehold Area Open Door.
Sometimes the walk takes a
half-hour, sometimes more, all
depending on how much pain
she feels, she says.
At Open Door, she picks up
bread and pasta, apples and
oranges, onions and potatoes,
maybe some frozen chicken
and hamburger; thanks the vol-
unteers; then journeys home.
Some days, she can't make the
trip at all, says Slover, 60, who
also copes with diabetes and
"I've been homeless," she
said. "I have no support team.
They call me the bag lady, but
I gotta do what I gotta do, you
know? Nobody's been there for
me but Open Door."
Slover is among about 9 mil-

Judy Slover, 60, receives food from volunteer Mike Lacks of
Freehold Township and Director Jeanne Yaecker at Freehold
Area Open Door.

lion people 50 and older living
at risk of going hungry every
day, a 79 percent increase in a
decade, according to the AARP.
As they desperately fall be-
hind even more in the wake of
job losses and obliterated re-
tirement investments and sav-
ings, advocates say it will take
more aggressive and creative
approaches to help the nation's
eldest citizens get food on the

Carlos Rodriguez, executive
director of the FoodBank of
Monmouth and Ocean Coun-
ties, says there are multiple
reasons for the rise in seniors'
food insecurity: unexpected ex-
penses and investment losses
can bring those on fixed in-
comes to the brink of financial
disaster, he said.
"So many households have to
make choices between paying
for utilities, paying for housing

or putting food on the table,"
Rodriguez said. "Seniors have
perhaps the added expense -
'Do I take care of my prescrip-
tion drug or health needs?'"
As a result of the escalating
problems, senior health and
social services agencies have
turned their sights to supply-
ing food; likewise, anti-hunger
organizations have turned their
sights to seniors. But obstacles
to those efforts range from bud-
get cuts to seniors' own reluc-
tance to accept help, organizers
The Meals on Wheels Associa-
tion of America delivered 241
million meals nationwide in
2010 with the support of feder-
al funds, but proposed budget
cuts to the Older Americans Act
could bring that figure down to
about 219 million for senior nu-
trition programs a reduction
of 22 million meals from 2010,
said Meals on Wheels spokes-
woman Mary McNamara. That's
before a proposed 8.2 percent
across-the-board cut via se-
questration that organizers es-
timate could result in the loss
of an extra 17 million meals
served nationwide.
And last year, the Supple-
mental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) also known
Please turn to ELDERLY 1 1B

Caregivers must make tough choices

Prostate cancer patients

have good reason to hope

New treatments

show promise in

slowing disease
By Karen Weintraub

Jnn Kiefert of Olympia.
Wash., has been battling
prostate cancer for 23 ,years
The retired school admin-
istrator. 74, has never been
more optimistic about his
prospects than he is now.
For the first time ever.
thanks to a handful of drug
approvals over the past 2'_
sears, there are noiw multiple
options for treating ad. anced
prostate cancer. The ne-west
drug. enzalutarmide. which
goes by the brand name
Staiidi, care on the market
last week 'with the best sur-
vi\al data ever seen in pros-
tate cancer
None of the new drugs is a
cure. Enza-lutamnide extends
life by just five months, ac-
cording to research. But
they work extremely well for
some patients and have far
fewer side effects than most

predecessor drugs, sid Stu-
art Holden. \.ho practices at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
in Los Angeles and is medical
director of the Prostate Can-
cer Foundation.
The onl', downside. Holden
sald, is that lie now has a
choice of drugs to prescribe
for the first time, but no way
of deciding which drug is
'It's a far better problem to
have than when we had no
options. he said.
Prostate cancer is the most
common non-skin cancer in
America. '.'.%th 242.000 cases
expected to be diagnosed this
year, and 28,000 deaths. Al-
though not all prostate can-
cers turn lethal. there is no
wa''y et to distinguish be-
tweien the benien ones that
will stay put in the prostate.
and the dangerous ones that
will start creeping into the
bones, the mostl. likely place
the' spread.
Jim Kiefert's cancer had
already spread by the time
it was discovered shortly be-
fore his 51st birthday. After
Please turn to HOPE 11B

By Janice Lloyd

Carol Blackwell says she's
still at war with herself. She
made the wrenching decision
two months ago to move her
husband into an to assisted liv-
ing facility for people with Al-
zheimer's disease.
Her adult children supported
the move, yet, her 37-year-old
son, Rob Blackwell, says many
.days he and his mother still
want to go get his dad and take
him home.
This confusing, guilt-ridden
stage of the Blackwell family's
battle against incurable, mind-
wasting disease is one that mil-
lions of other caregivers are
going to face, says Sandy Mark-
wood, chief executive officer of
the National Association of Area

Agencies on Aging.
"Families need to know it's
OK to make this decision," says
Markwood. "Everyone wants to
age at home, but it comes to a
point when it's no longer pos-
sible and it's necessary, as hard
as it is, to make that move to
the next level of care."
Bob Blackwell was diagnosed
six years ago at age 64; he was
recently retired from the CIA,
where he was an analyst for
30 years on the Soviet Union
and Europe. He is among more
than 5 million people struggling
with the disease, and numbers
are expected to triple by 2050
as the Baby Boomers age. His
grandmother and mother also
had dementia. Current drugs
treat symptoms but are only
mildly effective. Researchers

at this week's American Neu-
rological Association meeting
in Boston will discuss upcom-
ing drug trials designed to de-.
lay the onset of the disease. The
government announced a bold
goal last year to find a way to
prevent Alzheimer's by 2025.
"Doctors would tell us a cure
would come soon," says Carol
Blackwell. "I signed up Bob for
several trials, and we were con-
fident we'd never see the day
when we'd have to move him
into assisted living."
She continues to live in their
Great Falls, Va., home, a mile-
drive to the secure facility
where he lives. Locked doors to
the outside world are important
for Alzheimer's patients. The
tipping point for moving him
there? Carol returned inside

after gardening in their back-
yard this summer and couldn't
find him. She jumped in the car
and spotted him running down
a neighborhood street. She
coaxed him to get into the car.
"I knew then we had to make
a change," says Carol. "It was
really frightening. It could have
been much worse."
She was taking care of him
24-7, Rob says. Bob wandered
around the house at night
when Carol was trying to sleep.
He also was unhappy at home,
says Rob: "The world there
seemed to be too large for him.
He'd get lost in it. He would call
me and talk about this woman
in the house he didn't know. He
didn't know my mom anymore."
She visits him daily, walks with
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Ads won't exclude obese

continued from 6B

officer. "We want to give them
encouragement to make
healthier choices."
Nike. The shoemaker
launched an ad this summer
showing ar obese runner jog-
"It's not just championship
athletes that aspire to push
their limits," spokesman Ke-
Juan Wilkins says.
Subway. In March, the
sandwich chain will cel-
ebrate the 15th anniversary
of Jared as its spokesman by
congratulating him for keep-

ing svelte. The ads will fea-
ture old photos of him at 425
pounds. "It's hard to lose the
weight, but it's even harder to
keep it off," says Tony Pace,
head of Subway's marketing
But the message can get
murky, says James Zervios,
spokesman for the Obesity
Action Coalition, a non-profit
representing obese people.
"It's a fine line," he says, not-
ing that marketers need to be
careful of stereotypes link-
ing all obesity to overeating.
"So far, they're staying on the
positive side of the line, but
it's easy to cross over."

~ I



Alzheimer's drug shows positive results in mild cases

By Janice Lloyd

BOSTON Researchers
announced last Monday that
an experimental Alzheimer's
therapy has shown it slows
the progression of the disease
in people with mild cases,
bringing them a "step closer"
to finding the first treatment
and to understanding a cause
of the complex disease.
Academic researchers dis-
cussed the results of large
studies on solanezumab,
funded by Eli Lilly, and bap-
ineuzumab, funded by Jans-
sen Alzheimer Immunothera-
py and Pfizer, at the American
Neurological Association's
2012 Annual Meeting. The
aim of both therapies is to re-
move beta amyloid from the
brain. The sticky protein has
long been thought to be a tox-
ic substance that affects func-
tioning of the brain similar
to how high cholesterol levels
damage the heart.

The findings on solanezum-
ab were presented by the Al-
zheimer's Disease Cooperative
"Alzheimer's research is very
complicated," said Rachelle S.
Doody, chair in Alzheimer's
disease research at the Baylor
College of Medicine in Hous-
ton and member of the ADCS.
"But our committee is.encour-
aged by the results of the so-
lanezumab studies. They sup-
port amyloid as a target for
future Alzheimer's research."
Until now, researchers have
only been able to theorize
about the mechanisms of the
disease. Research is also be-
ing conducted on other pos-
sible causes, including in-
flammation and tau, tangles
of proteins thought to disrupt
communication among neu-
rons' pathways.
"We are encouraged by the
results," said Maria Carrillo,
vice president of medical and
scientific relations for the Al-

zheimer's Association, an ad-
vocacy group. "It's not the
home run we wanted to see
but this is the first time we've
seen.a slowing of cognitive de-
A total of 2,052 patients
were randomized to receive
either solanezumab or a pla-
cebo every four weeks for 18


months. The data in the so-
lanezumab studies showed
positive results among sub-
groups ofpatients with milc
Alzheimer's, reporting im-
provements of 34 percent ir
cognitive skills (memory anc
orientation in space and time)
In daily functions householdc
chores), the improvement wa,

17 percent, considered not
statistically significant. Lilly
officials are discussing how to
proceed with federal regula-
tors. More detailed results will
be reported at the end of this
month, Lilly officials said. The
FDA requires improvements
be made in both cognitive
g and daily functioning skills
in order to approve a drug for
In August, findings on bap-
ineuzumab failed to show sig-
nificant improvement in cogni-
tive skills or daily functioning.
Manufacturers have halted
development of the drug while
academic researchers continue
to examine the data.
S On last Monday, Reisa Sper-
- ling, director of the Center
I for Alzheimer's Research and
- Treatment at Brigham and
Women's Hospital in Boston,
I reported positive results in
bapineuzumab's ability to re-
d duce beta amyloid, compared
s to those on the placebo.

Officials seek people exposed to a tainted drug

By Denise Grady

As the case count continued
to rise in a multistate outbreak
of meningitis linked to a taint-
ed drug, federal health officials
emphasized on last Friday
that it was absolutely essen-
tial to find everyone who may
have been exposed to the drug,
which was.used in spinal injec-
tions for back pain.
"All patients who may have
received these medications
need to be tracked down im-
mediately," Dr. Benjamin Park,
a medical officer at the Centers
for Disease Control and Pre-
vention, said in a statement.
"It is possible that if patients
with infection are identified
soon and put on appropriate
antifungal therapy, lives may

be saved."
Health officials said they
were concerned that some pa-
tients who initially had mild
symptoms did not realize they
needed medical attention. But
this type of meningitis, caused

A meningitis outbreak
worsens among
back-pain patients

by a fungus, can become very
severe, so there is an urgent
need for early treatment.
SDoctors urged anyone who
had a spinal injection for pain
in the last few months to con-
tact a doctor if they became ill,
particularly with symptoms
that include a new or worsen-

ing headache, fever, stiff neck,
sensitivity to light, nausea,
slurred speech or loss of bal-
ance. The medical name for the
injections is a lumbar epidural
steroid injection.
Fungal meningitis does not
spread from person to person.
By last Friday, there were 47
cases in seven states, includ-
ing five deaths an increase
of 12 cases. Health officials say
they expect more cases to oc-
cur because the illness has an
incubation period that can be a
month or possibly longer. The
contaminated medicine, a ste-
roid called methylprednisolone
acetate, was still being used in
the third week of September,
so there may be people who are
infected but have not yet fallen

Doctors want to treat sick
people as 'soon as possible,
but they say it is not appropri-
ate to give antifungal drugs as
preventive medicine to people
who have been exposed but
are not ill because the side ef-
fects of the drugs, which may
include kidney problems, are
too harsh.
Hundreds and possibly thou-
sands of people have been
exposed to the fungus-laden
drug. The pharmacy that made
it, the New England Com-
pounding Center in Framing-
ham, Mass., shipped 17,676
vials of the potentially contam-
inated product to 75 pain clin-
ics in 23 states. The disease
centers posted on its Web site
a list of all the clinics that re-
ceived the drugs.

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"Hopefully, these new (bio-
marker) results from the bap-
ineuzumab studies together
with the clinical results from
the solanezumab studies
may provide a potential path
forward for Alzheimer's re-
search," said Sperling.
Treating patients with mod-
erate disease symptoms might
ultimately be. ineffective in
slowing the disease, research-
ers are finding. An August
study in the New England
Journal of Medicine reported
that changes in the brain from
Alzheimer's appear to begin
as early as 25 years before
symptoms appear. Upcom-
ing research is designed to be
conducted on people who are
"The jury is still out," said
Carrillo. "It could be that daily
functioning would have im-
proved at a higher percentage
if given more time to improve.
It makes sense the cognitive
change has to come first. "




Risk of breast cancer rises after delivery

continued from 4B
breast cancer actually goes up
in the five years or so after she
has a child, Schedin says.
It's likely that the hormones of
pregnancy play a role, says Eric
Winer, director of breast oncol-
ogy at Boston's Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute. For example,
hormonal surges and fluctua-
tions may speed up the growth
of a pre-existing cancer, leading
a woman to be diagnosed soon-
er than she might have been if
she had never been pregnant.
But the causes of these tu-
mors are also likely to be com-
Miller, for example, has a
strong family history of breast

cancer. Her mother and grand-
mother both had it; Miller and
her mom were even diagnosed
at the same age. Her grand-
mother died from the disease.

Miller says she's grateful that
her tumor belonged to a spe-
cific subtype that responds to,
a newer, targeted drug called
Herceptin, which has dramati-
cally improved the outlook for
early cancers like hers.
Yet something about the
postpartum body appears to
give these tumors some com-
mon features, Schedin says. In
general, women who develop
breast cancer within five years

of giving birth tend to do worse
than those who have never
had kids, or even those whose
tumors are diagnosed during
pregnancy, she says.
Miller's oncologist, Claudine
Isaacs, notes that many factors
can affect a patient's outcome.
She says she's impressed by
Miller's strength and ability
to convey a sense of calm and
hope in front of her kids.
"There's never a good time
to get breast cancer, but the
postpartum period is particu-
larly challenging," says Isaacs,
a professor at Georgetown Uni-
versity's Lombardi Compre-
hensive Cancer Center. "With
a baby, you're so protective,
and you're supposed to be this
even, comforting presence. Yet

now, you have to wonder about
your future."
Miller, who was still breast-
feeding Nora when she was di-
agnosed, says her toddler now
has no memory of her mom
being anything but bald. And
while their lives might be dif-
ferent today, Miller says she
tries not to let her disease take
Her 5-year-old, Alex, "sees
things in terms of the here and
now and doesn't seem to worry
about the future. She asks,
'How many more treatments
until your hair grows back?' I
don't sense fear," Miller says.
"What I want them to remem-
ber is that Mom might have
looked different, but she was.
still involved in our daily lives."

SCAR Project doesn't camouflage the reality

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research into breast cancer, in-
cluding $120 million in 2012.
That money has produced
some promising new vaccines,
among other research, but,
perhaps ironically, very little of
it has been used to investigate
breast cancer within the mili-
tary itself.
"It is a well-documented fact
that one of the highest forms
of cancer among our ser-
vice members and' veterans is
breast cancer," says Rep. Leon-
S ard L. Boswell, D-Iowa. What's
not clear is why, he says, so
he's been trying since 2009 to
pass legislation to look into the
A 20-year Army helicopter
pilot with two tours in Viet-
nam, Boswell says he decided
to take up the cause when one
of his staffers, an Iraq veteran,
returned from a five-year unit
reunion with alarming news.

The staffer pieced together
that six of the 70 women who
had deployed downrange with
the unit all between 25 and
35 years old had developed
breast cancer within five years.
Another half-dozen women
from the unit had developed
worrisome new lumps in their
Boswell has repeatedly called
for a Pentagon study on the is-
sue, but his bills have stalled
in committee. He reintroduced
legislation again in April, how-
ever, that he hopes will force
the Pentagon "to dig deeper
in order to discover whether
there is a service-related cause
for the alarming rate of those
members who are diagnosed."
If his suspicions are confirmed,
he wants officials to classify
breast cancer as a service-
connected disability, allowing
veterans to receive Veterans Af-
fairs Department medical ben-
efits to treat it.
In recent years, breast can-

cer has been as brutal on wom-
en in the military as combat.
While more than 800 women
have been wounded in Iraq and
Afghanistan, about the same
number have been diagnosed
with breast cancer. From 2000
to 2011, 874 military women
took a hit from breast cancer,
according to the Armed Forces
Health Surveillance Center. A
2009 study found that female
deployers were evacuated from
combat zones because of sus-
pected or confirmed breast
cancer more "than for any oth-
er condition."
That's exactly what hap-
pened to one servicewoman
recently featured in the SCAR
Project, an exhibition and on-
line gallery of jarring topless
portraits of breast cancer sur-
vivors baring their scars.
"The dog tags and camou-
flage are real. I am still active
duty," a soldier identified only
as Barbie writes in a blog post
under her portrait. "I have been

in for over 17 years and 2 com-
bat deployments. In February
2011, I was diagnosed with
Stage IIIB Breast Cancer, four
months after being deployed to
"At my own risk, I wanted to
participate in the SCAR Project
because it is important to me
that people understand and
know anyone can get breast
cancer. In my experience, it's
not something that's often paid
particular attention to due to
the overwhelming male popu-
lation" in the military.
"I don't believe most people
actually 'see' Breast Cancer,"
she writes. "They hear about it
but they don't listen. It is just
a terrible thing that happens to
everyone else but could never
happen to them. I hope that
when they look at my photo-
graph, they open their eyes and
allow themselves to absorb and
take it all in and really think
about why this is happening to
so many young women."

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him and reads him the paper.
"He always introduces me now
as his wife," she says."They told
me he'd be more relaxed there,
and I believe that he is. We get

along.better now."
When caregivers no longer
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Markwood. "You no longer are
that mean person making them
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R. B. Greaves, pop singer, dies at 68 Frank Wilson, songwriter

By Daniel E. Slotnik

R. B. Greaves, an R&B singer
whose 1969 hit "Take a Letter,
Maria" reached No. 2 on the
Billboard pop chart, died on
Thursday in Los Angeles. He
was 68.
His death was confirmed by
his son, Shiloh Greaves.
"Take a Letter, Maria," which
Mr. Greaves wrote, is about a
hard-working man who dic-
tates a "Dear Jane" letter to his
secretary after coming home to
find his wife "in the arms of an-
other man."
He sings, more in acceptance
than in anger: "So take a letter,
Maria, address it to my wife/
Say I won't be coming home,
gonna start a new life."
Despite its theme of betrayal,

the song remains upbeat and
ends with the husband asking
Maria out to dinner.
The song, which was recorded
at the hitmaking Muscle Shoals
studio in Alabama, went gold,
selling more than a million cop-
Greaves was a nephew of the
gospel and soul singer Sam
Cooke, who was shot and killed
by a Los Angeles motel manager
in 1964.
Greaves's 1970 version of
Burt Bacharach and Hal Da-
vid's "Always Something There
to Remind Me" reached No. 27
on the Billboard chart. (A ver-
sion by the synth-pop group
Naked Eyes hit No. 8 on the
chart in 1983.) Among his oth-
er recordings were covers of
James Taylor's "Fire and Rain"

R. B. Greaves, about 1970. He
wrote "Take a Letter, Maria."

and Procol Harum's "Whiter
Shade of Pale."
Ronald Bertram Aloysius
Greaves was born on Nov. 28,
1943, at an Air Force base in
Georgetown in what was then
British Guyana. He was raised
on a Seminole reservation in
California. In 1963 Greaves
moved to England to perform
and record as the frontman for
Sonny Childe and the TNT's.
He returned to America to
record "Take a Letter, Maria"
on Atco Records and "Always
Something There to Remind
Me," both of which appeared on
his album "R.B. Greaves."
Greaves moved to Los Angeles
and began to work in the tech-
nology industry after a failed
attempt to revive his recording
career in the late 1970s.

Study gives genetic analysis of breast cancer

continued from 4B

clinically meaningful results,"
said Karuna Jaggar, executive
director of Breast Cancer Ac-
tion, an advocacy group. "It is
the 'stay tuned' story."
The study is part of a large
federal project, the Cancer
Genome Atlas, to build maps
of genetic changes in com-
mon cancers. Reports on simi-
lar studies of lung and colon
cancer have been published
recently. The breast cancer
study was based on an anal-
ysis of tumors from 825 pa-
"There has never been a
breast cancer genomics proj-
ect on this scale," said the at-

las's program director, Brad
Ozenberger of the National In-
stitutes of Health.
The investigators identi-
fied at least 40 genetic altera-
tions that might be attacked
by drugs. Many of them are
already being developed for
other types of cancer that have
the same mutations. "We now
have a good view of what goes
wrong in breast cancer," said
Joe Gray, a genetic expert at
Oregon Health & Science Uni-
versity, who was not involved
in the study. "We haven't had
that before."
The study focused on the
most common types of breast
cancer that are thought to
arise in the milk duct. It con-
centrated on early breast can-

cers that had not yet spread
to other parts of the body in
order to find genetic changes
that could be attacked, stop-
ping a cancer before it metas-
The study's biggest surprise
involved a particularly deadly
breast cancer whose tumor
cells resemble basal cells of
the skin and sweat glands,
which are in the deepest layer
of the skin. These breast cells
form a scaffolding for milk
duct cells. This type of cancer
is often called triple negative
and accounts for a small per-
centage of breast cancer.
But researchers found that
this cancer was entirely dif-
ferent from the other types of
breast cancer and much more

resembles ovarian cancer and
a type of lung cancer.
"It's incredible," said Dr.
James Ingle of the Mayo Clin-
ic, one of the study's 348 au-
thors, of the ovarian cancer
connection. "It raises the pos-
sibility that there may be a
common cause."
There are immediate thera-
peutic implications. The study
gives a biologic reason to try
some routine treatments for
ovarian cancer instead of a
common class of drugs used
in breast cancer known as an-
thracyclines. Anthracyclines,
Dr. Ellis said, "are the drugs
most breast cancer patients
dread because they are asso-
ciated with heart damage and

Drug hailed as "best innovation" in years

continued from 6B

surgery and 35 rounds of ra-
diation, 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 on a treadmill, and 5
miles on a recumbent bike. He
also started taking Lupron, a
drug that deprives the body of
most testosterone, a process
that is known as chemical
It's the standard of care for
advanced cancers that have
spread beyond the prostate
because most prostate can-
cers feed on testosterone. But
its side effects are legion:,erec-
tile 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
similar drugs were usually
given chemotherapy, and,
if that failed, told to wait for
Back when Kiefert got sick,
there was little money for,
prostate cancer research, and
no new drugs reaching the
market. Patients didn't want
to talk about their disease,
and when men went to Wash-
ington to lobby, they were
usually going to support their
Swives' effort to raise funds for
breast cancer research.
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 trial
for Provenge, the first cancer
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 Leslie
Michelson, chairman and CEO
of Private Health Management,
an agency that coordinates
medical care for higher-in-
come clients.

High density results don't mean higher risk

continued from 5B

collaborated with peers at the
Breast Cancer Surveillance
Consortium, an NCI-sponsored
registry of mammography fa-
cilities in the United States.
Using data from BCSC, the in-
vestigators analyzed the cases
of 9,232 women diagnosed with
primary invasive breast cancer
between 1996 and 2005.
The women included were
age 30 or older at diagnosis.
Their progress was followed
for an average of 6.6 years.
Breast density was measured
using the Breast-Imaging Re-
porting Data System Score, a
score ranging from 1 to 4 used
by radiologists in interpreting
mammograms. Other factors,

such as personal and health
factors, body mass index and
tumor characteristics were also
tracked during the study.

The data analysis showed
that women with high mam-
mographic density were not
at higher risk of death from
breast cancer than women with
lower mammographic density,
independent of other issues
that may influence the risk for
death, such as health factors
and tumor characteristics.
Further analysis found an
association between low mam-
mographic density and risk
of death from breast cancer
among women who were clas-
sified as obese or had tumors
2.0 centimeters or larger. Re-

searchers suggest that women
with lower breast density who
are obese have breasts with a
higher percentage of fat, which
may provide a better' environ-
ment for tumor growth.

The study results suggest
that risk factors for developing
breast cancer may not always
increase the risk of death from
breast cancer in women already
diagnosed. It is important to
note that the participants were
followed for about six-and-a-
half years, which may not be
long enough to track their long-
term outcome after treatment.
The findings should prompt
further study of the reasons
some breast cancers are more

likely to lead to death than oth-
Despite the results of this
study, high breast density
does make it harder for doc-
tors to detect breast cancer
using mammograms. Current
research is exploring better de-
tection techniques for women
who are at high risk of breast
cancer because of high breast
If you have low mammo-
graphic density and are over-
weight, talk with your doctor
about maintaining a healthy
weight. No matter what your
health status, getting exercise
and eating well can improve
your overall health and sense of
well-being. For ideas to discuss
with your doctor, visit our sec-
tion on quality-of-life issues.

and producer, dies at 71

By Leslie Kaufman

Frank Wilson, a Motown
producer and songwriter who
wrote or co-wrote some of the
label's biggest hits, including
"Love Child," performed by the
Supremes, "All I Need" by the
Temptations and "Castles in
the Sand" by Stevie Wonder,
died on Sept. 27 in Duarte, Ca-
lif. He was 71.
The cause was complications
of a lung infection, his daugh-
ter Tracey Stein said. He had
been treated for prostate can-
Wilson, who later became a
born-again preacher, started
his career as a performer and
had one single, "Do I Love You
(Indeed I Do)," which became
an underground hit long after
he recorded it. But he had his
greatest success behind the
After joining the Detroit-
based Motown in the mid-
1960s at its newly opened
Los Angeles office, he was in-
volved in composing numerous
other pop hits,, among them
"Chained," for Marvin Gaye,
and "You've Made Me So Very
Happy," for Brenda Holloway.
She recorded the song in 1967,
and it went on to become an
even bigger hit for Blood, Sweat
and Tears two years later.
In 1968, with the Supremes
struggling to remain at the top
of the Billboard charts, Mo-
town's founder, Berry Gordy,
gathered Mr..Wilson and a few
other confidants to develop a
bolder approach for the group.
They came up with "Love
Child." Its taboo-breaking lyr-
ics, about having a child out-
side marriage, helped propel
the song to No. 1 on the pop
charts in late 1968.
After 'the Supremes' lead
singer, Diana Ross, left to start
a solo career a year later, Wil-
son produced the group's next
album and came up with sub-
sequent Supremes hits like "Up

, "

Frank Wilson started his
career as a performer and
had one single, "Do I Love
You (Indeed I Do)."
the Ladder to the Roof' (1970),
which he co-wrote, and "Stoned
Love" (1970).
But in 1974 he had a born-
again experience and began
holding Bible-study sessions
for singers at his house. In
1976 he quit Motown and went
on to form a ministry for enter-
tainers. With his second wife,
P. Bunny Wilson, he founded
a church, New Dawn Christian
Village, in Los Angeles in 2004.
Frank Edward Wilson was
born on Dec. 5, 1940, in Hous-
ton to James Wilson and Sa-
manther Gibbs. His uncles had
a singing group, and his moth-
er taught him to play the piano
by ear.
Wilson attended Southern
University in Baton Rouge, La.,
but dropped out after his schol-
arship was revoked for join-
ing a civil-rights protest in his
sophomore year. He got a one-
way bus ticket to Los Angeles,
his daughter Tracey said.
Besides Stein, a child from
his first marriage, to the singer
Barbara Jean Dedmon, who
died in 1966, he is survived by
his wife and their four daugh-
ters, Launi King, Fawn Weaver,
Christy Meeks 'and Gabrielle
Wilson; a son from another re-
lationship, Frank Wilson Jr.;
three brothers, James, Leon-
ard and Floyd; and a sister,
Barbara Jean Hightower.

Post partum cancer rare

continued from 5B

45 out of every 100,000 preg-
nant or postpartum women.
Australia claims the highest
rate of melanoma diagnoses in
the world.
Given increasing awareness
of the problem of melanoma in
Australia, "they probably also
have ramped up their surveil-
lance of melanoma, so they're
going to detect more," Smith,
who wasn't involved in the new
study, told Reuters Health.
Roberts said that despite
the increase in cancer risk, it
is still considered a rare event
among pregnant or postpar-
tum women.
Women in the study with
cancer were more likely to plan

an early birth, but "importantly
there was no evidence of harm
to the babies of women with
cancer they were not at in-
creased risk of reduced growth
or death," Roberts wrote in an
email to Reuters Health.
She said more research on
cancer treatments for pregnant
women is needed.
'Smith said that in his expe-
rience, treating pregnant pa-
tients has been extremely dif-
"When you have a pregnant
woman who has cancer, the in-
fant's at risk, the woman's at
risk, the family is in extreme
distress and they're 'seeking
the best advice, which is of-
ten confused because no one
knows quite what to do," Smith

Elderly face empty pantries

continued from 6B

as the food stamp program -
in the United States spent $7.4
billion more than it did the year
before. A House vote on a farm
bill that would cut $16 billion
from the program is awaiting a
vote after the November elec-
tions, legislators say.
The AARP has developed a
Drive to End Hunger, a multi-
year initiative to raise aware-
ness about and find solutions
for hunger among struggling

Americans ages 50 and up.
The drive has donated more
than 13 million meals and
raised private commitments
worth more than $17 million.
The AARP Foundation this
year has granted more than
$2 million to 10 organizations
that focus on food security and
sustainable food systems for
those 50 and older, Jenkins
"For the past few years, un-
certainty has been the new
normal for too many Ameri-
cans 50-plus," he said.


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Hadley Davis MLK
54, died Octo-
ber 2 at Univer-
sity of Miami.
Service 1 p.m.,
Wednesday at
Mt. Carmel Bap-
tist Church.

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

died September
30 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
2:30 p.m.,
Saturday in the

September 29. Services were held.

MARTHA BYARS, 81, died Oc-
tober 1. Services were held.

RUTH BOWIE, 81, homemaker,
died September 23. Services were

ALLEN BEAL, JR., 82, died
September 15. Services were held.

DENINA HAYES, 41, died Sep-
tember 26. Services were held.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
48, Sears
auto center
manager and a
past worshipful
master of New
Ma s o n i c
Lodge #365,
died October
5 at North Shore Hospital. He
is survived by: his wife, Denise;
daughter, Rasharia; son, Ronald
II; grandmother, Christine; mother,
Jean McKnight (Stanley); sister,
Cheryl and brother Vincent.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at Mt.
Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.

91, retired
certified nursing
assistant, died A
October 6 at .
North Shore
Vitas Hospice.
Survived by:
grandchildren, ,
Monique Hewitt Robinson
and Desiree F. Hewitt; great
grandchildren, Andreas (Dre)
Hewitt, Jasmine Hewitt and
Ashlynn Robinson; great great
grandchild, Naeshawn Hugger
and daughter-in-law, Wanda B.
Hewitt. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at St. John Institutional Missionary
Baptist Church.

ROLLE, 94,
retired from
Miami Dade
HUD, died
September 26
at Aventura
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Historic Saint Agnes Episcopal

died October
2 at Jackson
North. Service
10 a.m., Sat-
urday, at New
Providence MB

EH Zion
GASSNO OWENS, 29, died
September 19. Services was held.

STEVE NELSON, 46, died Sep-
tember 30. Services was held.

Gregg L. Mason
BEULAH B. AYERS, 75, died
October 4th
at home.
She leaves
to mourn her "
eight children:
Jackie, Carl
(Deloris), Diane
Christopher, Claudette, Joy,
Tracy and Jimmy Spry (Michelle);
15 grandchildren, six great
grandchildren, five sisters: Mavis
Bowen, Marilyn Bowen, Jennifer
Bowen, Phyllis Bowen, and Monica
McCleod. As well as a host of
friends and love ones, to include
Mark and Susan Farber and
family that will always cherish her
Viewing from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.,
Thursday, October 11 at Gregg L.
Mason Funeral Home, 10936 NE
6 Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33161.
Funeral 10 a.m., Friday at Visitation
Church, 19100 North Miami Ave.,
Miami, FL 33179. Repast will be
announced at a later date. Burial at
Southern Memorial Park, 15000 W.
Dixie Hwy., North Miami, FL 33181.

62, bus driver,
Public Schools,
died October
6. Survivors
include: sons,
Tyrone Meek
and Sedrick
Ha r r e I I
daughters, Brunetta Rolle and
Melanie Miller, a host of other
relatives. Viewing 2-9 pm., Friday
and family hour 5-7 pm. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Greater
Love Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment: Dade Memorial Park.

SR.,57, waste
worker, died
October 7. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

68, construction worker, died Octo-
ber 3 at Jackson Memorial Hospi-
tal. Services were held.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
died October
3 at Hollywood
Hills Rehab. .
Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday in
the chapel. ,.

September 20. Services were held.

PARRETT, 71, died September 25.
Services were held

GEORGIA G. LEWIS, 100, re-
tired church secretary, died Sept 24
at home Remains shipped to
Jacksonville, FL for final rites.

Richmond Heights, died Sept 27 at
Jackson South Community Hospi-
tal. Services were held.

Goulds, died Sept. 27 at Jackson
South Community Hospital. Ser-
vices were held.

Perrine. Arrangements are incom-

JOHN HENRY, 68, of Miami.
Services 10 a.m., Saturday at The
Church of Ascension.



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condition and
refrigeration en-
trepreneur, died
October 6 in
Port St. Lucie,
FL. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Bethel Apos-
tolic Temple.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

04/23/1951 10/14/2008

"Nancy," a day never goes
by without thinking of you.
We miss you so much.
Always remembering your
vision: Seek truth in order to
know myself better.
Respectful and supportive
of children, parents, siblings
and others.
Strive to leave this world a
better place than it is!
Love always,
Mother, Mary Alice
Smith; son, Robert
(Chaneice); grandson, Malik;
granddaughter, Za'Nyah
Ivonni; brothers and sisters,
Carl, Kenneth, Lillian, Alice,
Joyce, Steven and Timothy.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


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kindness and expressions of
Your visits, prayers, cards,
telephone calls, monetary do-
nations and covered dishes
were appreciated.
May God bless each of you.
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Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

10/08/1980 02/27/2012

We think of you always, but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in His keeping;
we have you in our hearts.
From your loving mother,
Geneva; precious daughter,
Kayla; fathers; Ben and Larry;
aunt, Janet; circle of sisters
and brothers.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

-. '

06/11/1992 10/15/2011

It seems like only yesterday
that we saw your face and
heard your voice.
Not a minute, hour or day
goes by that we don't think of
You will always live forever
in our hearts.
From Your Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

05/04/1925 -10/09/2008

It's been four years since
you left us, but you live on in
our hearts!
The Hill and Thomas

Death Notice

71, retired waitress at Jim-
my's Restaurant died Octo-
ber 7. Survivors include .her
husband, Charlie Lewis; six
sisters; four brothers; a host
of other relatives and friends.
Viewing 3-7 p.m., Wednes-
day, October 10 at Range
Final rites and burial in
Phenix City, Alabama.
Arrangements entrusted to.
Range Funeral Home.

In Memoriam

No Religion

is increasingly

popular choice for Americans

By Jaweed Kaleem

According to a new report
from the Pew Forum on Religion
and Public Life, Garrison has
plenty of company in her spiri-
tual beliefs and practices.
One in five American adults
now have no religious affilia-
tion, according to the report
released Tuesday. They include
self-described atheists and ag-
nostics, but also a much larger
number of people who have no
interest in labeling themselves
in any way when it comes to
their faith or lack thereof. The
group, which the report also
called the noness," has shot up
to 19 percent from 15 percent of
American adults in a Pew sur-
vey five years ago.
The latest Pew report, which
used data from a summer sur-
vey of the nones and crunched
numbers from earlier Pew sur-
veys, found there are 46 million
religiously unaffiliated adults
in the U.S., including 13 mil-
lion self-described atheists and
agnostics and 33 million people
who don't identify with any re-
ligion. More than two-thirds of
the nones said they believe in
God, more than half said, they
frequently feel a deep spiritual
connection with nature and the
Earth, more than one-third see
themselves as "spiritual but not
religious," and one in five pray
Describing the findings to re-
porters ahead of the survey's
release, Pew senior researcher
Greg Smith said the growth in
nones can be largely attributed
to the gradual replacement of

older, generally more religious
generations with younger, gen-
erally less religious generations.
The survey found that one-
third of adults under 30 do not
see themselves as members of
any religion, compared to one in
10 among people 65 and older.
"Young people are also more
likely to be nones than previ-
ous generations were at simi-
lar stages in their lives," said
"People are not looking for
religion. They are not seekers,"
added Pew senior researcher
Carey Funk. "When we asked
people who describe their reli-
gion as 'nothing' whether they
were looking for religion, only
10 percent said they were," she
But most of the nones said
they believe churches can do
good in society by bringing to-
gether communities and help-
ing the poor, according to the
report. A significant majority of
the nones also believe that re-
ligious institutions are too fo-
cused on money, power, rules
and politics.
"The rise of the nones [coin-
cides] with the fall of American
Protestantism," said Smith.
He noted that for the first time
since Pew begin conducting re-
ligion surveys, fewer than half
of Americans (48 percent) now
identify as Protestant.
To be sure, the U.S. is still
one of the most religious devel-
oped nations. The number of
Americans who say religion is
very important in their lives (58
percent) is double that of many
European nations.

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Opa-locka to Carver Ranches

she tells her people's history
By D. Kevin McNeir

Sultry jazz vocalist Cynthia Strachan A iU n- 1 .
ders has a real message in her music, tie- I'f..rn-
dation of which comes from her Georgia- E.B h. -
mas roots. Born in Opa-locka, she spent mr:-rt
of her time in Carver Ranches and lives ther-e -
today in the home that her grandmoth-r r
first purchased back in the early 40s. She
says music was always present in the hou ,u
but until high school she was the quiet .: tilld
"Integration came to South Florida and I
found myself being sent to brand new WMi ra- .
mar High," she said. "It was still under ::i:n--
struction when we started classes I wa s part
of the first graduating class in 1972. I did n'r
want to go there but it was a blessing in dis-
guise. I discovered that I had a voice and
began to spread my wings. I joined girl
groups modeling The Supremes. But then
reality.set in and I went to Miami-Dade
Community College to study physical

After answering ad in a paper, Cyn-
thia found herself on the road with
a funk band called October Road,
belting out Chaka Khan tunes. Then,
seven months into their gig she lost
her voice, was subsequently fired and
had to remain completely silent while
her vocal chords healed.
"What good is a singer that can't
sing?" she joked.
In a chance meeting, she met a vo-
cal student from Bethune-Cookman
University that helped her learn how
to sing correctly and led her to the
school's Concert Chorale Director Dr. Re-
becca Walker Steele. Soon Cynthia was on
Please turn to CYNTHIA 4C

Music fan sites

to pay privacy

fine to settle

Data on children allegedly

collected, violated COPPA
By Erica E. Phillips

A division of Access Industries Inc.'s Warner
Music Group that operates online fan clubs for
pop-music stars will pay $1 million to settle
charges it illegally collected personal information
from the sites' child
The Federal Trade
Commission filed
charges in New York t h
federal court last Tues-
day against Warner
division Artist Arena
LLC for violations of
the Children's Online -
Privacy Protection Act,
or Coppa, a law that
forbids websites from
collecting personal -
information from us-
ers under 13 years of
age without parental A fan site for Rihanna
consent. is among the those in
According to the question.
filing, more than
100,000 users' information was gathered ille-
gally through websites for fans of four pop stars:
Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber and Selena
The four websites "attracted a significant num-
ber of children under age 13," according to the
lawsuit, and "failed" to meet the requirements
provided in Coppa.
In a proposed settlement filed the same day,
Artist Arena agreed to pay a $1 million civil pen-
alty, delete any information it collected in viola-
tion of the law and post a bold-faced link on all
of its websites to FTC information on children's
privacy protection. A judge has yet to approve the
Artist Arena didn't admit or deny wrongdoing
in the filing, and a spokesman for the company
declined to comment.
Please turn to MUSIC 2C

Dorsey Park mural program makes finals

Director Emily Gunther shows

Overtown in a positive new light ,

By Christopher Rosen

The strangely awesome cast
of "The Hunger Games: Catch-
ing Fire" just got a little bit more
strange and awesome. Lionsgate
announced recently that world-
class actor Jeffrey Wright has
been cast as Beetee in the second
installment of the franchise. Back
in July, Variety had reported that
Tony Shaloub was the front-run-
ner for the role.
In "Catching Fire," the second
book in Suzanne Collins' best-
selling trilogy, Beetee is a former
Hunger Games victor from District
3. He is known as "Volts" because
of his prowess with electron-
ics equipment and helps Katniss
Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)
during the Quarter Quell the
75th Hunger Games which brings
together past champions.
Wright is the latest prestigious
actor to join "Catching Fire." In
addition to Lawrence, the cast
includes Phillip Seymour Hoff-
man, Woody Harrelson, Donald
Sutherland, Jena Malone, Liam
Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks,
Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin.
Hoffman and Wright appeared
together in last year's "Ides of
Francis Lawrence is set to direct
"Catching Fire." The film arrives in
theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.

By D. Kevin McNeir

. When Emily Gunter, 64, first
arrived in Miami in 2011, she
says she asked people where
games were held for the Negro
League years ago and no one
seemed to know. With that she

began to do her own.
research and found
that Overtown's Dors-
ey Park was the venue
for those historical
games. Working with
her son, Kadir Nelson,
an internationally-
acclaimed fine arts
illustrator, she got the
idea for painting a
mural. With Nelson's
help, Gunther turned

a group of eight young people
from the Overtown community
into an exuberant collection of 45

kids. And because of her dedica-
tion to "building literacy through
arts and culture," she is one of
five finalists for the first Knight
Arts Challenge People's Choice'
The winner will be announced
on Dec. 3rd, but in order to take
home the $20,000 first prize, fans
will need to watch each

nominee's video [Knight-
and then text to support
their favorite.
"As part of my work
with both an afterschool
and mural program, my
role is to get kids to want
i, to read more and to learn
;i the benefits of doing
GUNTHER research," Gunther said.
"When you know more

you can do more. This is about
transforming the Overtown
Please turn to MURAL 2C

-Photo courtesy Emily Gunther
-Photo courtesy Emily Gunther

Budding artists put their mark on mural.

Tyler Perry signs exclusive deal with OWN

Producer to

produce, write,

direct shows
By Brian Stelter

Tyler Perry, the prolific tele-
vision producer behind sit-
coms like "House of Payne,"
will soon start to produce
shows exclusively for OWN,
Oprah Winfrey's cable net-
The partnership be-
tween Perry and Winfrey,

Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey are partners

announced last Monday,
amounts to the biggest pro-
gramming bet made by OWN
since its premiere in Janu-
ary 2011. The network has
struggled to define itself and
draw an audience since then,
though it has started to show
some progress in the ratings
in recent months. Winfrey's
partner, Discovery Communi-
cations, expects the network
to turn a profit in late 2013.
Perry will take a small eq-
uity stake in OWN, though
the amount and the other
financial details of the deal

were not disclosed on Mon-
day. OWN called it a "multi-
year deal."
In the future, OWN will be
Perry's "singular destination
for all new television series
and projects," the network
said Monday in a news re-
lease. The network plans to
premiere two new scripted
series made by MPerry some-
time in mid-2013.
The deal with OWN signals
that Perry has ruled out the
creation of a cable channel
of his own. Last year, The
Please turn to PERRY 2C





Dr. Enid C. Pinkney of the
Historical Hampton House
Trust and her committees
are commended for providing
the community with the
second annual fundraiser
luncheon and recognition of
Dr. Harry Coaxum, -
the general manager
for McDonald's
Atlanta Region;
Ronald Blocker of
the Orange County
School System; and
Mayor John Marks
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graduate of Miami
Accepting the request from
Pinkney, D. Kevin McNeir
assumed the responsibility of
standing out as the EMCEE.
McNeir has a unique style of
making the audience
relax and mix with
the program with a
touch of humor or
sincerity. It was ironic
when Mayor Carlos
Giminez presented a
Proclamation to Mayor
John Marks who was
UM asked to come back

home now. McNeir
stated how he arrived on
the set early to interview
the honorees under the
blinking eyes of Garth
Reeves owner of The .
Miami Times.
Others on the
program that were
called upon to entertain EDM(
were "Just" Cynthia,
author, playwright and
singer; Keya J. Curtis
who thrilled the audience
playing her saxophone;
and the incomparable Dr.
Mary Hylor performing
the Hampton House "oldie-
goldies" to a standing ovation.
Furthermore, the honorees left
words of wisdom to the youth
relative to their planning for
the future and getting an


education during the
Some of the
"Chatter That
Matters" regulars
in attendance were
Mabel Wilson,
A'' Winifred Beacham,
Dr. Edwin T.
'NSON Demeritte, Margaret
O. Rayford, Barbara
Johnson, Tee S. Greer, Jr.,
Cecelia Steward, Dr. Larry
Clapp, Dana Moss, Charlayne
Thompkins, Dr. Ralph
Ross, Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson, Rev. Jesse
Martin, Bishop Noward Dean,
Vice Mayor Dottie Johnson
and a group of "Line Dancers"
that found space on the floor
to really get down.
Congratulations go out

to Norma Mims,
founder of the Orita
Program that has
been established for
11 years and to the :
teenage "Pilgrims" ..
selected to follow
the script prepared V
by the late Nettie
Dove and guidance PINI
by Jean Henry,
Iva Major, Isaiah Taylor
(deceased), David Roddy and
Rev. Jimmie L. Williams
III, Pastor. The "Pilgrims" for
2012 include Devon Ahmad
Daniels, Lamar Kordeli
Hudson, Lawrence Lamar
Mims, Deyonne Daniels, and
Keith Lenard Thomas Jr.
There were Closing remarks
delivered by Norma Mims, a
recessional to "This Little Light

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of Mine", followed by the
feasting of vegetables
and fruits until closing
as everyone's family
members critiqued the
project prepared by the
"Pilgrims". Meanwhile
Mims continued to cry
over joy from her new
family members.
Attention supporters
Bethune Cookman

University, Audley Coakley,
student trustee rep. has
negotiated to purchase a piece
of property near the campus
that will be owned by alumni.
For detail info please call at
You are also reminded of
the gospel choir performing
at Opa-locka UMC, Oct. 27th..
Bring a love offering.

-Photo courtesy Emily Gunther
TEEN SENSATIONS: Overtown youth pause to admire their hard work.

Overtown takes pride in mural

continued from 1C

community and empowering
young minds. The city .gave
us all of Dorsey Park to use
as our canvas and our kids
are researching, drawing and
painting the mural. We've
gathered about 33 individual
paintings into about 15 pan-
els [located along 1st Avenue
and 17th Street]. They are

It's been a family affair for

Gunther, who besides her son,
Kadir, has had the help of one
of her daughters, Saliha Nel-
son, who directed the summer
intern program that focused
on the mural project all un-
der the Urgent, Inc. umbrella.
Alexandri Douyon also assist-
ed as artist-in-residence.
"Many of our kids don't
know how Blacks and Cu-
bans, dark Cubans to be ex-
act, were not allowed to play
in the major leagues and how
they decided, to form their
own league," she said. "They
got so good that whites finally
opened their doors to them.

That decision to integrate
major league baseball spilled
into other parts of American
society. The mural helps our
kids to understand their his-
tory, their ancestors and to be
proud of where they live and
their roots. This is special to
everyone in Overtown and
people are invited to put their
input on the walls so that they
all have a sense of ownership.
Not one piece of graffiti has
been put on these walls or on
the murals. People in Over-
town tell me they're, proud to
get a chance to tell a positive
side of their history."

Websites attracted under age kids

continued from 1C

Warner Music Group acquired
Artist Arena in December
2010. The sites in question
all launched before that date.
Artist Arena no longer owns
the Rihanna, Selena Gomez
and Demi Lovato fan sites.
The Justin Bieber site has
since changed its registration
process to better comply with
The sites in question were
RihannaNow.com, DemiLo-
vatoFanClub.net, BieberFe-
ver.com and SelenaGomez.

In a similar action last year,
Walt Disney Co. subsidiary
Playdom paid $3 million to
settle FTC charges that 20 of
its websites illegally collected.
kids' information without pa-
rental consent. That was the
largest penalty to date in a
Coppa case.
It is common for websites to
collect personal information
from visitors. Congress out-
lawed that practice for users
under'13 with Coppa in 1998:
Since then, advances in mo-
bile and other online technol-
ogy have opened loopholes in

the law. The commission is
expected to adopt new rules
to close those loopholes by
the end of the year.
Jeff Chester, an advocate
for online consumer protec-
tion who led efforts to get
Coppa passed, said compa-
nies are increasingly getting
the message that this is a line
they don't want to cross.
"Being named in a com-
plaint or in a settlement is
a digital badge of dishonor,"
Chester said. "Advertisers
will certainly think twice be-
fore they'd want to see their
brand on those pages."

Perry will write exclusively for OWN

continued from 1C

New York Times reported
that Perry and the distributor
of his films, Lions Gate Enter-
tainment, were considering
creating such a channel, ten-
tatively called Tyler TV. One
option for carriage at the time
was a takeover of the TV Guide
Network. Winfrey and Discov-
ery Communications created
OWN the same way, by tak-
ing over the Discovery Health
Instead, Perry is collaborat-
ing with a fellow media mo-
gul and friend, Winfrey. The
partnership is certain to con-
sume a large portion of OWN's
annual programming budget,
particularly, because it in-
volves scripted shows, which
are more expensive to produce
than unscripted shows. Until
now, OWN has broadcast only
unscripted series.

"You have one of the most tal-
ented producers in Hollywood
who has walked away from
other opportunities, and he is
betting his television future on
OWN," said David Zaslav, the
chief executive of Discovery,
in an e-mail. "In a business
where content is king, that is
a huge endorsement and no
question that Tyler Perry and
Oprah Winfrey make a pretty
powerful consumer and brand
OWN will most likely give

Perry two nights of the net-
work's prime-time schedule;
Winfrey's shows also take up
two nights of the schedule. The
other nights will have other
unscripted shows and various
repeats from Discovery-owned
Perry's current home on
cable, TBS, will continue to
broadcast repeats of his shows
"House of Payne," "Meet the
Browns" and "For Better or

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February group as we travel
to Key West for Bahamian
Goom Bay Oct. 20th. Buses
will leave from St. Agnes
parking area at 8 a.m. Join
us for a wonderful outing
for one day. Call Carolyn
S. Mond, Elizabeth Blue or
Florence S. Moncur if you
are interested in going.
Very sorry to have heard
the sad news of Athea
Wake-Hayling's demise.
Athea lived in Lauderhill for
quite sometime and taught
school there. Athea expired
in Missouri, where she lived
with one of her daughters.
She is survived by her three
daughters: Robin, Tamara
and Crystal, also her two
sisters Wilma W. Gilbert
and Marjorie W. Sharpe
and one brother Warren
Get well wishes and our
prayers goes out to all

shut-ins and j -^,
those who are
bedridden. May good health
return to all of you in our
community soon. Father
Richard L. Marquess
Barry, Pauline McKinney,
Inez M. Johnson, Norma
Mims, Shirley Bailey,
Harry Dawkins, Evangeline
Gibson, Robert Taylor,
Naomi A. Adams, Woodard
Clark, Lottie Brown,
Juanita Armbrister,
Geneva Bethel-Sands,
Wilhelmina Brown and
Gloria Bannister. Glad to
see Marvin Ellis up and out'
again after being quite ill.
Dr. Roland Burroughs
and his wife Barbara are
down from NYC enjoying
the Florida sunshine and
visiting old friends of his.
Dr. Burroughs has retired
and is living in their palatial
home together soon.
Darryl Bethune; BCU
graduate, is the first Black

head football coach at
Miami Springs Senior High
School, his Alma Mater.
Darryl was head coach at
North Miami Senior High for
the past three years. Harold
Williams WR coach is the
nephew of BCU-alumni
Bertha Sharpe-Jackson.
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to the love
birds of the week: Darryl
and Gail (Strachan) Moses
Sr., Oct. 3rd: their 20th.
All roads led to BCU last
weekend for Homecoming.
The Wildcats -hosted A&T
of North Carolina, Oct. 6th.
Among those who attended
the game: Martha Day, her
daughter Kathy Thurston
and her aunt Nancy
Miami International
Airport and the Port of
Miami are among the
nation's busiest ports of
entry,. especially for cargo
from South America and
the. Caribbean. As of 2011,
the Port of Miami accounts
for 176,000 jobs and has an
annual economic impact in
Miami of $18 billion.


Jay-Zs influence widely felt in many industries

H-lip-hop star had hand in Nets' logo "He brings a vision. a good opinion on so On a conference call with
He brings design acu- many different things." deputy commissioner Adam
uniform colorS and rena'S SUiteS men. '" When the Nets ex- Silver, NBA executive vice pres-
orm olors a d aren s suites Jay-Z is on the Bar- plored a new logo ident of global merchandising
By Jeff Zillgitt from where they ball and breed clays Center board of and color scheme, Sal LaRocca and Yormark, Jay-
---....-rhyme stars" is about bas- directors his title is Jay-Z pushed for the Z listed the reasons for going
black ana wnite.1 ^-mon tne1

Jay-Z loved basketball long
before he became a hip-hop
legend, music mogul, entrepre-
neur, global icon and NBA
In his book Decoded, Jay-
Z wrote of his childhood in
Brooklyn when he was
young Shawn Carter: "My fa-
ther set up a little basketball
hoop in our apartment and
we would all sweat it out right
there in the living room like it
was Madison Square Garden."
He also explains the lyric in the
song Where I'm From "I'm

Sen. 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.

Miami Northwestern
class of 1963 will have a
memorial service Oct. 14th at
11 a.m. at St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church; 1470 N.W.
87th St.

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

SUrban Partnership Drua

ketball and rappers.
Now, he's shaping the Nets
in the move from New Jersey
to Brooklyn's Barclays Cen-
ter. Jay-Z has been influential
in such decisions as the new
black and white logo to the de-
sign of his 40/40 Club & Res-
taurant, a high-end sports bar
and lounge. (The flagship is in
"He's a tastemaker," Barclays
Center and Nets CEO Brett
Yormark said of Jay-Z, who de-
clined an interview for this sto-
ry through his spokeswoman.

Oct. 18th at 10 a.m.

The Central Leadership
Committee will host their
Voter's Education Forum Oct.
18th at 7p.m. at Brownsville
Middle School. Contact Eufola
at 305-691-5971.

EThe Miami MBDA Center
will have its MEDWeek 2012 -
Business Matchmaker & MBE
Growth Conference Oct. 18-
19th from 7:30 a.m to 8 p.m.
at 3000 N.E. 151st. Call 305-

The OLCDC invites you
to The Art of Transformation
starring En Vogue, Oct 19th
at 7 p.m. at the Opa-locka
Executive Airport, 15001 NW
42 Ave. Call 305-576-3790.

W.I.N. (Women in the
N.A.A.C.P.) will meet Oct.
20th at 10 a.m. at First Baptist
Church of Bunche Park. Call

Free Community Coalition
will host its monthly meeting N B.T.W class of 1961

director of the arena -
- and his imprint is
all over the Nets and
the arena.
He helped create JA
11 exclusive suites
at Barclays Center, named The
Vault, at $550,000 annually.
His apparel store, Rocawear,
will open at Barclays Center.
"As we've come across the
river to Brooklyn, his contribu-
tions have grown for obvious
reasons," Yormark said. "I just
didn't know that he is
as talented as he is and had

will meet Oct. 20th at 3 p.m.
at the African Cultural Arts
Heritage Center. Call 305-

0 B.T.W class of 1965
will have their meeting Oct.
20th at 4:30 p.m. at AHCAC.
Contact Lebbie at 305-213-

B 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-

N Miami Jackson Alumni
Class of 1969 will be
celebrating their 3rd Annual
69'ers Birthday Bash on Oct.
20th at 8 p.m. at 15600 N. W.
42nd Ave. Contact Sharon at

B BTW.1958 Alumni Class
will sponsor a Pre-Halloween
Swing on Oct. 26th, at 8'p.m.
at the Athalie Range Social
Hall. Contact Leotha at 305-

0 BTW class of 1965 will
host their 2013 Spooktacular
Dance Oct. 27th at 6001 NW

straightforward black
and white logos with
"B" on the basketball.
Jay-Z also had to
'-Z convince the NBA the
colors were right. The
NBA already has teams with
black uniforms the San An-
tonio Spurs, plus others with
black alternate road jerseys
and has turned down other
requests for black uniforms.
The NBA likes that teams are
identified by colors: the Boston
Celtics' green, the Los Angeles
Lakers' purple and gold.

8th' Ave. Contact Lebbie at

BTW class of 1965
will take their Seminole
Immokalee Trip Nov. 3rd.
Contact Lebbie at 305-213-

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

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

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets
monthly. Call 305-333-7128. :

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

black and white. Among them,
he said, it represents Brook-
lyn's diverse population, even
the NYC subway signs dating to
"He is a true virtuoso in terms
of his crossover abilities in both
entertainment and sports busi-
ness," Silver said. "It's clear
why he is the culture icon he's
"When we heard his passion
for the design and his commit-
ment to get behind it, he con-
vinced us this was the right
road for the Nets to take."

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
Jacksonville will cruise in
May 2013 for a joiht 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.

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

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

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

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

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

N 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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Taking a stance in.style

By Ju'iia Samuels
jsamuelsc 'miamitimesonline.com

A total of 26 of Miami's most well
known loggers have come together in
a fight against Breast Cancer The biog-
gers have made it a point to fight the dis-
ease in style
Blogger Dionne Dean of "Prissy Shop-
per" is among the 26 bloggers who ac-
cepted the invitation to inform her follow-
ers about the initiative
Minority women are dying of Breast
Cancer at an alarming rate, Dean said
"My goal is to be part of a movement to
help raise awareness and funds for this
great cause We can't allow this disease
rake another life'
The campaign against Breast Can-
cer is being spearheaded by one of Mi-
ami's most well known bloggers Annie
Vazquez The custom designed shirts
will be sold in select boutiques through-
out Miami-Dade and Broward county
The selected boutiques are: Lilac and
Lillies. Guy and Girl Boutique and Bran-
dOneThree corn Proceeds will be go-
ing to The Florida Foundation for Breast
"This year. I wanted to do something
to raise awareness and funds for breast
cancer Vazquez said "So I came up
with the idea to infuse my fashion sense
by designing a tee to sell with my friend.
photographer Alexander Tamargo and

having my blogger sister's unite with me
on the cause I reached out to various
bloggers and proposed the idea of doing
a photo campaign where we could show
the world that this lee is for all shapes
sizes and ages and that buying it helps
saves lives Alexander photographed us
over a three day shoot at the Shelborne
[the hotel sponsored us] He and I are
putting together a photo exhibit at Wyn-
wood Squat during Wynwood Art Wall
on October 13
This year alone 27,000 African Ameri-
can women are expected to be diag-
nosed with Breast Cancer. which makes
this fight extremely personal for some of
the loggers who are a part of this initia-
"This is near to my heart and truly hits
close to home because my grandmoth-
er is a 17-year Breast Cancer survivor.
Malka Moulite of "GLAM Life Blog" said
"When she was first diagnosed my fam-
ily didn't know how to deal with it. There
wasn't a lot of information about this
disease and the doctors said that she
only had three to six months to live. As a
woman of color I know that most Black
women find out what is ailing them when
the disease has already reached an ag-
gressive stage. I hope this campaign en-
courages someone to self-test, or go to
the doctor it they have any suspicions or
concerns In my grandmother's case we
got very lucky and we are so thankful"

Senior MAC Pro Team artist, Fatima Thomas gives a presentation on the classic Marilyn
Monroe look and the new MAC line.

Black beauty make-up

myths debunked


make-up line

revisits classic
By Ju'lia Samuels
jsamuels@ mnamitimesonline.com

Contrary to popular
belief, no color is off limits
to people of color when it
comes to make-up. The days
of accepting that a certain
lipstick color or eye shadow
is not ideal for certain
complexions are phantoms
of the past. According to
the senior artist of the MAC
Pro Team Fatima Thomas,
it's all about finding the
right shade with .right
undertones to compliment
you. Once that is achieved
any color is possible.
Nothing is off limits for any
ethnic group.
Thomas offered a handful
of valuable make-up
tips that amateurs and
make-up professionals
alike could use, while
giving a presentation at
Aventura Mall in honor of

the make-up company's
new Marilyn Monroe line.
The line is a celebration
of the reemergence of
classic beauty. Winged out
eyeliner, rich ruby red lips,
flesh toned lipstick, silvers
and pale beiges have made
a triumphant return with
today's consumers and all
are key fixtures in the new
Marilyn Monroe line. The
look can work for anyone,
according to Thomas
despite preconceived
notions about certain looks
being off limits.

The Myths
Smokey eyes do not
look good on Black people
Thomas offered the
attentive crowd some advice
on the smokey eye mystery.
"When you go for a smokey
eye the go to color is black. I
use any color except black.
It allows -to do more with
the shading," Thomas said.
"I use colors like grey, and
even browns to achieve that
look, but never black"
Not all Black can not
wear red lipstick

"There was a time when
there was really only one
color that was out and
everyone had to wear that
same color," Thomas said.
"That color was red. So
don't believe the nonsense
that says you can't wear the
color red.
Finding the perfect red
for your lips is all about
"There are some reds that
have a yellow or orange
undertone and then there
are others with a blue
undertone," Thomas said.
According to the seasoned
artist, trial and error is still
the most effective approach.
But there is no color that
should be considered off
limits, especially for a
historical staple like the
color red.
The return of classic
While the Marilyn Monroe
look may be an old classic,
it is new to the younger
generation and with every
timeless beauty trend, there
is room to take the trend
and make it your own.

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Opa-locka En Vog

By Ju'lia Samuels

Musical chart-topping female group En Vogue
making a return to Miami to light up the stage w
beautiful harmonies and melodies on Friday, Oc
19th at the Opa-locka Executive Airport [14201
42nd Ave] from 7 to 11 p.m.
An anticipated evening of hors d'oerves, drinks
great music are expected to occupy the night. Tl
ning is intended to kick off the Opa-locka "Comr
Getaways" program, which is a revitalization pla
is sponsored by the Opa-locka Community Deve
ment Corporation.



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Mickalene Thomas takes

over Brooklyn Museum
By Roberta Smith

Organized by the Santa Monica Museum of Art in
California, and substantially expanded in Brooklyn,
"Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe" is a show
of broad appeal, free of dumbing down. It has examples
of the large, color photo-portraits and clusters of the
small, truculent collages that function as studies for
Ms. Thomas's paintings while being works of art them-
selves. But it is dominated by her big, collagelike paint-
ings, which often depict voluptuous, imperious black
women amid swaths of brightly patterned fabrics. The
unabashed visual richness of these works attests to the
power of the decorative while extending the tenets of
Conceptual identity art into an unusually full-bodied
form of painting. Enhanced by burning colors; outra-
geously tactile, rhinestone-studded surfaces; and frac-
tured, almost Cubist perspectives, these images draw
equally from 19th- and 20th-century French modern-
ism, portrait painting, 1970s blaxploitation extrava-
gance and an array of postwar pictorial styles.

-Photo credit: Lib
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Univers
traits by this artist in this Brooklyn Museum

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Linda Niali's

cosmic love

is caught

on canvas

Artistic expression

and the universe

By Ju'lia Samuels
jsaciiiiel.s@ iamiitimesontline.co

Artist Linda Niali debuted her new col-
lection of artwork at a private preview in a
chic and cozy villa in Miami last Thursday

Naili who is known for her clothing line
"Testefy" describes her paintings as cel-
ebrations of the universe. Her acrylic works
are uniquely painted on snake skin and
alligator skin as well. The artist says that
she draws inspiration from her culture,
quantum physics and astronomy to name a
few. The artist's background is a mixture
of Indian, Italian and Persian.
"The colors of my paintings evoke a mix-
ture of elements, the matching of Helium,
Hydrogen and Methane, Naili said. "These
tracks of asteroids and shooting stars that
disappear into the ocean, their adventures
in the Milky Way excite and inspire me."
Niali's rapid ascent into artistic popular-
ity is the stuff that dreams are made of and
should serve as inspiration to those who
only have their dreams to stand on. Naili
is a self-taught artist who has been paint-
ing for less than a year, but the price of her
paintings start at the three thousand dollar
mark. For Naili it's all about painting what
comes naturally to the artist.
"I paint do mostly abstract'and nature
inspired pieces because that is what I am
comfortable with," Naili said.
The artist is expected to show at Art
Week 2012 in Miami Beach. Naili's master-
piece has been valued at $40,000.
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Linda Naili's masterpiece, which is
valued at $52,000, was displayed at
her private art show.

"Jus" being real

continued from 1C

scholarship. She learned how to use her
voice correctly but she says she also caught
the jazz bug.
"I sang with a jazz combo for a short stint
on the weekends to hustle up dollars that
was until Dr. Steele caught wind of it and
ended that," she said. "But I was hooked.
Jazz found me and it's been my passion
ever since. Ella, Billie, Nina, Cassandra,
Dianne and my favorite, Shirley Home.
They were the pioneers."
While she has recorded several CDs, done
studio work and performed with some of the
top jazz artists including Jon Lucien, today
her focus is on telling the history of Blacks
through the written word and in song. She
has written an historical documentary,
"Promises From the Palmetto Bush," that
tells the story of those early Black pioneers
[including her grandmother]that moved to
Carver Ranches during the 40s. She has
released a CD and written and produced an
historical-musical play that is based on her
"We've performed the play, "Their Story is
Our Story" a few times in the area and plan
to do it again during Black History Month
next year," she said. "And I'm working on
another play based on the history of Blacks
in the Village of Lincoln Heights, Ohio. But
first having my grandmother's home desig-
nated an historical landmark. Then I will
really have something to sing about."




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SAre these

st strategies failing our youth
H% Past strategies failing our youth

By Suzanne Gamboa

More than half the young
Black men who graduated high
school in 2010 earned their
diploma in four years, an im-
proved graduation rate that
still lagged behind that of their
white counterparts, accord-
ing to an education
group's report released
The Schott Founda-
tion for Public Educa-
tion, which has tracked .
graduation rates of
Black males from pub-
lic schools since 2004,
said 52 percent of
Black males who en-
tered ninth grade in (.'
the 2006-07 school JA
year graduated in four
years. That compared with 78
percent of white non-Latino
males and 58 percent of Latino
males.The foundation releases
its report every two years. In
2008, the black male gradua-
tion rate was 47 percent.
The progress among Blacks
closed the racial divide on
graduation rates by 3 percent-



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age points over nine year<- r..- .
26 percentage-point gap
"At this rate it would ti.lk
nearly 50 years for Black m. rle s
to graduate at the sanr- ri-te
as white males," said J:.hn H-
Jackson, president and C EUJ .,I'
the foundation. "I don't rlr-lI;



country can wait. I do:n r
think an., .par-
ent or stri.ilen
can wait l'f:r hba!l
a century; tc.
have the same
education, jobs
as their white

The founda-
tion said im-
)N proving the

rates of Black and Latino stu-
dents has become more urgent
now that the majority of babies
born in the U.S. are minorities.
"These outcomes are not evi-
dence of flaws of young men,
but evidence of willful neglect
by federal, state, local elected
policymakers and leaders,"
said Jackson, who is partici-

pating in this week's Congres-
sional Black Caucus legislative
conference, which includes edu-
cation access on its agenda.
With the release of the report,
his organization is calling for a
moratorium on school suspen-
sions, which have been shown
to be used disproportionately on
minority children and children
with disabilities. The group also
wants more support for stu-
dents through individual plans
that offer help such as tutoring,
mental health and health care,
tutoring and mentoring so they
can catch up in school.
Such support can help chil-
dren reach the bar that has been
set by the standards-driven ed-

ucation approach the country
has taken for the past decade,
which emphasizes raising stan-
dards, assessment and teacher
evaluations, Jackson said.
States use different meth-
ods to calculate high school
graduation rates. The Schott
Foundation said it is aware of
the differences and calculates
graduation rates as the number
of students receiving diplomas
divided by the number of stu-
dents in ninth grade four years
earlier. It counts only diplomas
accepted by post-secondary in-
stitutions, not GEDs or local di-
plomas, offered in some districts
for students who are not college-

Dropout signs spotted early

By Joy Resmovits

Early first impressions
dictate who comes to school
and how often, a question
that influences who gradu-
ates, who goes to college and,
ultimately, who gets a job.
Students who miss 20 days
of school have a 20 percent
chance of dropping out, re-

cling how often students miss
school. Conducted by Johns
Hopkins University professor
Robert Balfanz, it found that
between five and seven mil-
lion students are chronically
absent. Chronic absentee-
ism defined as missing at
least 10 percent of all school
days is prevalent among
high-poverty students, but

"SKIPPING TO NOWHERE: Students Share Their
Views About Missing Schools," students skip school
primarily because they're bored.

search shows.
That's why two years ago,
advocates and experts fund-
ed partially by the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation
formed the "Get Schooled"
foundation to raise aware-
ness about chronic absentee-
ism, and to stress to families
and students the importance
of attending school consis-
In the spring, the founda-
tion released a report chroni-

common among all racial
and socioeconomic groups.
"This is how poverty im-
pacts kids' performance in
school," Balfanz said when
the report was released.
"They have to get their sister
to school, and that makes
them late, so they just pre-
tend to be sick rather, than
getting in trouble. Or they
need to earn money to help
the family. Or there's gang
violence they're avoiding."

Now, Get Schooled is re-
leasing a report that tries
to flesh out the question of
why students skip school.
"We decided after that study,
we needed to dig a little bit
deeper to understand why so
many students were missing
so much school," explained
Marie Groark, Get Schooled's
executive director.
According to that report,
titled "Skipping to Nowhere:
Students Share Their Views
About Missing Schools," stu-
dents skip school primar-
ily because they're bored.
Get Schooled commissioned
Hart Research's Geoff Garin
to lead a team that conduct-
ed 516 interviews in 25 cities
in June with students who
reported skipping school a
few times a month or more.
When asked why, 49 percent
said "school is boring." The
next most important rea-
sons were "classes or sub-
jects I don't like," "more fun
spending time with friends
outside school," and school's
early start-time. Sixty-five

percent of students i .1ih
ditch said that v'.her,
they're missing sch,:-_,l.
they're hanging ,o,.t
with friends; 36 per-
cent are sleeping.
Many reported -heir
absences were unn:,-
ticed. "The percep-
tion of students is
that it's far from cer-
tain that adults v. ill
know that they re
missing school," Go- .
rin said. Thirty-two
percent reported
teachers often
don't notice
when they skip,
and 42 percent re-
ported that parent i ..
often don't notice.
It's harder to de-
tect absenteeism
as class sizes
swell to 40 stu-
dents, Peterson
said. "We run
into the issue
of whether
teachers no-
tice," he said.

New York city schools look

at new disciplinary rules

By Al Baker

New York City public-school students can no
longer be suspended for one-time, low-level infrac-
tions, and the youngest pupils can be suspended
only for 5 days for midlevel offenses, down from
10, according to new disciplinary rules posted by
the Education Department this week. With an aim
of reducing punishments that keep students out
of the classroom, the department's new disciplin-
ary code also guides teachers to intervene quickly
with misbehaving students and to try counseling
before moving to punishment.
Under the new code, which is reviewed and re-
vised annually, students in all grades will no lon-
ger face any form of suspension for transgressions
like being late for school, being absent without an
excuse, talking back to teachers or school leaders,
or carrying prohibited items like smartphones
,and beepers. They can still be punished in other
ways, including being kept from extracurricular
activities or being sent to the principal's office.
And students repeatedly removed from the class-
room for low-level offenses can still, in limited in-
stances, be suspended.
For those in, kindergarten through third grade,
the new code reduced the maximum suspension
to 5 days from 10 for certain midlevel infractions,
Please turn to RULES 10D

Is education

a privilege

for the elite?

By Samreen Hooda

Earlier this year, American Civil Liberties Union
of Michigan, along with eight students, filed a
lawsuit against the state and the Highland Park
School District for failing to see that children were
reading at their grade level.
One student, Quentin, a 14-year-old boy who had
completed seventh grade but still reads at a first-
grade reading level, Wrote: "My name is Quentin
- and you can make the school gooder by getting
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Quentin attends a school that is strug-
gling to balance its books, where poverty
is rampant and little innovation is tried to
get it back on track.
Nearly 60,000, or three-quarters of the
,; nation's schools reported not being in good
condition as they needed "repairs, renova-
r' tions, or modernization. Not surprisingly,
most schools in bad condition are in cities
where at least 70 percent of students are be-
oi:' the poverty line." Poverty among children in
-\rierca is shamefully high. According to a UNI-
C EF report, U.S. child poverty rate is 23.1 percent
higher than any other economically advanced na-
tion except Romania.
In March 2010, America's Promise Alliance, the
nation's largest partnership dedicated to improv-
ing the lives of children and youth, launched their
"Grad Nation Campaign" to research and ensure
more students complete their education. According
Please turn to EDUCATION 8D

Non-educated youth fall between cracks

By Tyler Kingkade

One in seven people be-
tween the ages of 16-24 are
not in school or working, a
new report finds, and it cost
taxpayers $93.7 billion in gov-
ernment support and lost tax
revenue in 2011 alone.
Measure of America, an ini-
tiative of the Social Science
Research Council, released a
report recently titled "One In
Seven: Ranking Youth Discon-
nection in the 25 Largest Met-
ro Areas." The report found 5.8
million young people fall into
this "disconnected youth" cat-
egory nationwide. The rate is
even higher for the Black com-

munity, where 22.5 percent of
young Blacks are out of school
and not working, nearly twice
the national average.
"Disconnection can affect
everything from earnings and
financial independence to
physical and mental health,
and even marital prospects,"
Sarah Burd-Sharps, co-au-
thor of the study, said in a
The solution doesn't neces-
sarily lie in shoving everyone
into a four-year university,
the report's co-author Kristen
Lewis argued.
"In the next five years, more
than 29 million job openings
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would create

Jobs, group says

SSees $329 billion boost to economy

over 20 years

SBy Alan Gomez
Doyle Rice
-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
TEAM EFFORT: Boss Lounge co-owners, Joe Richards (1-r), Cuthbert Harewood and James Hill (far right), along with two of Ifillegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children were
given legal status, their improved access to college and bet-
their top comedians, Rayzor (c) and show host, Larry Dogg (second from right) are all smiles during last week's Thursday night terjobs would add $329 billion and 1.4 million jobs to the
comedy show premier. nation's economy over two decades, according to a report set
for release today.
IB The report found that up to 223,000 of the 2.1 million
young illegal immigrants eligible for the DREAM Act would
LIERTY CITY WELCES NEW have an easier time enrolling, paying for and
finishing college, which would lead to the
GET READ Y FOR COMEDY SPORTS increased economic gains.
The study was released by the Center for
A N D G RO W N FO L KS M U S I C American Progress, a Washington-based, r
left-leaning think tank that supports
By D. Kevin McNeir yards, Phyllis Johnson, James are hard-working people who Last Thursday, they kicked the DREAM Act, and the Partnership for
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com Hill and Cuthbert "Broadway" live in this community doc- off a new feature that may be a New American Economy, which was ,
Harewood. They say they tors, lawyers, teachers, busi- the key to making the club a created by independent New York Mayor
There's a new club in Liberty believe that "something good ness owners, construction popular hot spot a weekly Michael Bloomberg and News Corp. CEO
City that's right Liberty City can come out of Liberty City." workers, everyday folks and comedy show. Rupert Murdoch The center has
- that has brought old school Their goal, they add, was to they deserve the same kinds pushed Congress to pass
music, grown folks comedy change the former lounge of entertainment venues as LARRY DOGG BRINGS the DREAM Act and i
and a safe, newly-designed where troubled youth gathered people who live in the Design HIS CREW AND PLENTY other bills that v.wLuld
space where adults can let into a place of which the com- District or on South Beach." OF JOKES grant more visas to
down their hair and for a munity could be proud. The club has a number of Local comedian-made-good, foreign students that
while, forget about the troubles "The building had been shut amenities including a VIP Larry Dogg, hosts a comedy specialize in science.
of the world. down for a while and had a" lounge, big screen televisions, show every Thursday night technology, engineer-
The Boss Lounge, located at negative reputation but we a DJ, an extensive collection .which begins around 8:30 ing and mathemat-
5757 NW 22nd Avenue, is the were confident that we could of "beverages," plants and p.m. Last week, besides shar- ics.
brainchild of business part- revitalize this space and the other foliage on the exterior, ing his own comedic genius, "This report
ners that include: Joe Rich- area," Richards said. "There and soon, an upscale kitchen. Please turn to CLUB 8D Please turn to DREAM 8D




More Americans

working from home

By Haya El Nasser

Good news for harried commut-
ers: Working from home is becoming
increasingly common.
An additional 4.2 million work-
ers did their jobs from home at least
one day a week in the last decade,
according to a new Census Bureau
report. The biggest jump happened
from 2005 to 2010, when the share
of all workers who were home-based
went from 7.8 percent to 9.5 percent
those five years.
"As communication and informa-
tion technologies advance, we are
seeing that workers are increasingly
able to .perform work at home," says
Census analyst Peter Mateyka, one
of the report's authors. "Researchers
and policymakers, including those
in the fields.of technology, transpor-
tation, employment, planning and
housing, will find this report helpful
in future transportation and com-
munity planning, as well as techno-
logical trends."
People who worked exclusively
from home earned more than those
who worked only outside the home.
Median household income was
$74,000, compared with $65,600 for
on-site workers. The biggest earners:
Those who do both ($96,300).
The government has encouraged
telecommuting, and it's had an ef-
fect, producing the biggest increase
in home workers among government
Home-based state workers soared
133 percent, and federal workers, 88
percent. There was a 67 percent in-
crease in employees working at home
for private companies.
Almost half of at-home workers
were self-employed.
Other highlights:
About one in 10 who worked only
from home were 65 and older.
About one-fourth were in manage-
ment, business and financial fields.
Home-based workers in computer,
engineering and science occupations
increased by 69 percent between
2000 and 2010.

Health care jobs now booming

Dentist poses with patient after teetl

Biggest demand is

for home aides
By Hadley Malcolm

As Baby Boomers age into retire-
ment by the millions each year,
their growing health care needs
require more people to administer
that care.
That makes fields such as nurs-
ing one of the fastest-growing oc-
cupations, and hospitals are hiring
now to prepare for what's to come.
Central Florida Health Alliance
has 140 to 170 open positions a
week, and almost 90 percent of
them are for jobs that include
registered nurses, pharmacists,
physical therapists and pharmacy
technicians, says Holly Kolozsvary,
human resources director.
h The two-hospital system based in
Leesburg and The Villages is hiring

for its peak season from January
to April, when many retirees seek
winter refuge in the Florida sun.
But it's also managing a trend
that requires it to employ more
people year-round: More retirees
aren't leaving at the end of spring,
Kolozsvary says.

Reports on the job outlook in
key industries show good news
for health care workers.

"It's kind of a domino effect,"
she says. "They move here, they're
well, they get sick, they're left here
through their cancer or heart dis-
ease, and we have to take care of
Job postings on Monster.com
for positions including registered
nurses, physical therapists and
physician assistants rose 13 per-

cent from June 2011 through June
2012, according to a 2012 health
occupational report by the job site.
The additional demand could be
due partly to hospitals preparing
for the retirements of many older
nurses as the economy gets better,
increasing the need for new skilled
workers. Scripps Health, a group of
five hospitals and 23 outpatient fa-
cilities in San Diego, plans to hire
about 400 nurses a year over the
next three years but might need
to increase that by 200 annually
because of retirements, says Vic
Buzachero, senior vice president
for human resources. About 30
percent of the hospitals' nurses are
older than 50.
Jamie Malneritch applied for a
part-time job as a registered nurse
with Scripps in March and heard
from the hospital the same day
she submitted her application. She
Please turn to HEALTH CARE 10D

No welcome mat for house renters

Homeowners' hands

tied by restrictions
By Brian Eason

Neighborhoods across the country
are hiding the welcome mat from
renters in a bid to protect property
values, a trend that has put a strain
on renters and homeowners alike.
Some homeowners complain local
laws and neighborhood association
covenants are becoming too restric-

tive on renting in an economy that al-
ready makes it tough to sell a home.
"It's really bad here in Florida, and

Managers. "Some areas
have more associations
than others, but for those

Tiana Patterson can't sell her home even after a
$30,000 price cut and the homeowners association
won't let her rent it. So she and many others are

I've talked to a lot of property manag-
ers all across the country,"' says Jayci
Grana, president of the National
Association of Residential Property

that do, they're just tightening
down ridiculously hard on ten-
Please turn to RENTERS 8D

Consumer Bureau is having a positive impact

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA columnist

Last month, Richard Cordray, di-.
rector of the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau [CFPBj, delivered
an encouraging report to Congress.
From data and information shared,
the Bureau's mission to make con-
sumer financial markets work for
American consumers, honest busi-
nesses and the economy as a whole
is making significant inroads.
Since the enactment of financial
reform, more than 5 million con-

sumers have looked to the
CFPB for information and as-
sistance. As of the beginning
of this month, 72,297 con-
sumers went a step further
to file consumer complaints
with the CFPB; some of the
complainants received mon-
etary compensation for their
Although mortgage issues
such as loan modifications,




plaints received the high-
est median amount of re-
lief. In all, 26 percent of
all complaints received -
better than one in four -
received some amount of
financial compensation,
including complaints on
mortgages and credit
Once a complaint is
filed with CFPB, con-

collections and foreclosures continue sumers are given the option to re-
to be the most frequent complaints, view and dispute all company clo-
consumers filing student loan com- sure reports. Even if a complaint is

closed, consumers retain the option
to dispute the finding for 30 days.
Not only is CFPB asking financial
service providers questions, busi-
nesses are swiftly responding. As of
June 30, approximately 90 percent
of all complaints filed were closed.
Since last December, CFPB offered
companies the option to report an
amount of financial relief where ap-
Four of the most frequent com-
plaint issues are: managing loans,
leases or lines of credit; inaccuracies
Please turn to EFFORTS 8D



Jobs in restaurants, hotels pick up Club owners hope to bring

Hospitality industry is recovering

as the economy recovers

By Nancy Trejos

Recruiter Arie Ball is look-
ing for executive chefs, cater-
ing managers, concessions
managers and more. She's
got 1,197 managerial posi-
tions to fill for food services
management company So-
"We aren't recession-proof,
but recession-resistant," she
says. "There are opportuni-
ties out there."
As the economy rebounds,
many people are still reluc-

tant to take big vacations,
but they are treating them-
selves to meals and drinks
outside of their homes. As a
result, food and drinking es-
tablishments are doing the
most hiring within the lei-
sure and hospitality indus-
try, according to the Bureau
of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Each month since hitting a
low point in February 2010,
there's been an average of
21,000 new jobs in the sec-
tor, accounting for 85 percent
Please turn to INDUSTRY 10D

Black female waitress serving lunch.

Homeowners not encouraged to rent

continued from 7D

The rise in restrictions
comes at a time when renters
already are being squeezed.
With apartment vacancies
at a 10-year low, according
to real estate research firm
Reis, the cost of renting has
been on a steady incline
since 2010 as more families
choose renting over buying a
Nearly a year has passed
since Tiana Patterson put
her three-bedroom home in
Madison, Miss., on the mar-
ket, but even after a $30,000
price cut, there's still a "for
sale" sign in the yard. She
and her husband can't rent
their home because of strict
rental prohibitions, so in-
stead they spend $36,000 a
year to maintain it and pay
their mortgage and property
Patterson thinks fewer
restrictions might make it

easier to find a buyer, too. "If
covenants are too restrictive
it's so difficult," she said.
Madison, an affluent sub-
urb of Jackson, Miss., has
some of the strictest restric-
tions in the state, but the
broader trend is not confined
to the city's limits. The trend
is nationwide, says Madison
lawyer Mike Maclnnis, who
draws up covenants for hom-
eowners associations. "Stud-
ies show that when you have
a lot of rental properties,
people are more transient
and don't care about upkeep.
That makes property values
go down."
In 2009 in the midst of the
housing crisis, the Madison
neighborhood of Brisage saw
four of its 57 houses go into
foreclosure. One was rented
out, and the people didn't
even move in furniture, said
Carl Crawford, president of
the Brisage Homeowners
Association. They slept on
mattresses they plopped on

the floors. Crawford said the
neighbors ended up paying
another $3,000 into the as-
sociation to cover the main-
tenance costs on that rental
Consequently, the neigh-
borhood amended its cov-
enants in 2009 "to prohibit
leasing unless it was to the
immediate family and for
a limited amount of time,"
Crawford said.
Grana acknowledges those
concerns, but says restric-
tions go too far.
"You know, it's kind of a
Catch-22," she said. "If you
make it difficult for hom-
eowners to rent out their
properties, they're not going
to have the income to keep
up with their mortgage; it's
going to go into foreclosure,
and that's also going to drive
down property values."
Others complain that it's
unfair for all renters to be
branded as neglectful or
unwilling to maintain their

properties. Barbara Van
Poole, who operates a real es-
tate .firm in the Dallas/Fort
Worth area, said she's wor-
ried that the trend is flour-
ishing in an economy that
has left many people unable
to buy a home.
She said Plano, a Dallas
suburb, is considering not
only inspections before oc-
cupancy but periodic checks
afterward for as long as
someone rents one. That's
something Madison already
does. Grana said other cash-
strapped municipalities are
trying to monetize the rise in
renters by charging property
managers for new permits
and other fees.
"Most of the covenants for
brand new neighborhoods
within the last few years have
leasing restrictions," MacIn-
nis says. He says neighbor-
hood associations are just
trying to protect homeown-
ers. "That's what covenants
are all about."

Supporters of DREAM Act sell the bill

continued from 7D

contributions of immigrants
to the American economy: we
absolutely need them to con-
tinue our economic growth,"
Bloomberg said 'in a state-
The report provides an
argument in favor of the
DREAM Act, which would
grant legal residency to il-
legal immigrants brought to
the country as children and
have completed some college
or served in the military.
When the DREAM Act was
first introduced in 2001, it
was a bipartisan effort spon-

scored by Sen. Dick Durbin,
D-I1l., and Sen. Orrin Hatch,
R-Utah. It has since become
more partisan. The House of
Representatives passed it in
2010 with minimal GOP sup-
port, and it failed in the Sen-
ate when only three Republi-
cans voted for it.
President Obama has sup-
ported the bill and used his
executive authority to give
some relief to DREAMers.
He created the Deferred Ac-
tion for Childhood Arrivals
program that does not grant
legal residency or U.S. citi-
zenship but gives young ille-
gal immigrants deferred de-
portations and work permits

for two years. Republican
presidential nominee Mitt
Romney said that he would
veto the current version of
the DREAM Act if it came
before him but that he sup-
ports legalizing young illegal
immigrants who have served
in the military.
In recent years, supporters
of the DREAM Act have tried
to sell the bill by personaliz-
ing the people it would affect.
Durbin has told stories on
the Senate floor of individual
DREAMers, and young ille-
gal immigrants have increas-
ingly "outed" themselves in
recent years, revealing their
status to draw attention to

their situation.
That argument is one
that even opponents of the
act find persuasive. Steven
Camarota, director of re-
searcher at the Center for
Immigration Studies, which
opposes the DREAM Act,
said the moral argument is
one that "carries weight with
most Americans."
Camarota says he's con-
fused why supporters would
push an economic argument
that opens the DREAM Act
to criticism. He says it draws
attention to how many new,
young, college- educated
people would be fighting na-
tive-born Americans for jobs.

Financial reform offers consumers relief

continued from 7D

in credit card bill-
ing statements; mort-
gage loan servicing;
and confusing disclo-
sures, fees, interest
and denials on either
checking and/or sav-
ings accounts. Beyond
processing consumer
complaints, CFPB has
also issued more than
100 subpoenas, solic-
ited public input on a
number of issues and
created initiatives that
target specific constit-
For example, after
requesting informa-
tion and comments

on financial exploita-
tion of senior citizens,
CFPB received more
than 1,000 replies that
included consumers,
business and trade or-
ganizations, elder ad-
vocates and financial
Recognizing the spe-
cialized needs of mili-
tary families, CFPB
has visited 27 military
installations and Na-
tional Guard units to
discuss the financial
challenges they face,
such as foreclosure
while on active duty
and predatory lenders
located near military
For students and

faniilies seeking to
make better-informed
decisions on student
loans, CFPB offers
an interactive finan-
cial aid comparison.
CFPB's Office of Mi-
nority and Women In-
clusion has a two-fold
purpose: to promote
diversity in the work-
place and among its

Despite these and
other initiatives, ef-
forts continue to
weaken if not totally
eliminate CFPB. The
struggle continues to
ensure that all con-
sumers receive fair
and honest financial
transactions. Many
would argue that it

was a lack of regu-
lation, fairness and
transparency that
contributed to the
longest and deepest
recession since the
Great Depression.
Charlene Crowell
is a communications
manager with the Cen-
ter for Responsible

new spark to Liberty City

continued from 7D

he brought two of his
colleagues, Rayzor,
who is a master of
accents and another
funny brother from
Miami, Cole. They
were all part of the
"Backyard Comedy"
show and were a big
hit with the audience.
Incidentally, the club
was filled to capacity.
"It's time we brought
urban comedy to the
urban community
and stopped acting

like we have to go to
the Improv or to Bro-
ward for a good, safe
time," Larry Dogg
said. "This is where I
was born and raised
and I'm proud to say
I'm from Liberty City.
I'm bringing my bud-
dies here so we can
bring laughter back to
the hood."
"I hope to see this
place become the new
Cotton Club," Broad-
way said. "I doesn't
make sense for Blacks
to keep going to plac-
es where they really

don't want us. It's
time we had our own
venues and then sup-
ported them. Blacks
must start support-
ing Black-owned busi-
The Boss Lounge
will start Super Sun-
days on Oct. 14th
with televised foot-
ball games and grilled
foods. And they'll be
holding watch par-
ties for the remaining
presidential and vice-
presidential debates.
Call 786-391-2147 for
more information.

Education affected by income

continued from 5C

to the report:
...nearly all of the
high-poverty urban
school districts that
have improved still
have graduation rates
below the national av-
erage. Too many grad-
uates are still unpre-
pared for the need of
college and high-wage
Poverty continues to
be the No. 1 impedi-
ment to educational
success, as children of
poor families are more

likely to drop out than
wealthy children, and
the report suggests
that solutions have yet
to be found for high-
poverty school dis-
tricts: School budgets
are tied to property tax-
es. This is why schools
in poor neighborhoods
get about half as much
money per student
than schools in afflu-
ent neighborhoods.
To make genera-
tional progress for stu-
dents from low-income
families and prepare
them to be successful
in secondary and post-

secondary education,
many say change must
be student-centered.
But nationally, educa-
tion standards are inti-
mately tied to income.
According to a
Newday Article, a
Standford University
professor Linda Dar-
ling-Hammond points
out, "U.S. 15-year olds
in schools with fewer
than 10 percent of kids
eligible for free or cut-
rate lunch "score first
in the world in reading,
outperforming even
the famously excellent

Youth need more job training

continued from 5C

will need to be filled
by workers with some
college or a certificate,
but not necessarily
a four-year degree."
Lewis said. "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 edu-
cation. Instead, we
should provide robust
pathways to postsec-
ondary certificates or
associate degree pro-
grams for those who
choose this route."
Lewis noted many
of them drop out of
school because they
don't see the point of
it, and didn't believe
it'd help them get a
job. Education Week

points out Phoenix
had the highest rate
of disconnection at 19
percent, while Boston
had the lowest, with
nine percent.
The report recom-
mends increasing
preschool opportuni-
ties for three and four
year-olds. Research
Shows preschool at-
tendance increases
the likelihood of chil-
dren graduating high

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Purses by Lizzie

benefits victims .,

of breast cancer

Rachel Larmond-Holmes shares

profits to find "the cure"

By Marcus Parramore
Miami Times writer

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but so are purses and
other personal effects. Rachel Larmond-Holmes capitalizes
off the preceding creed with the philosophies of entrepreneur-
ship, profit and philanthropy.
Larmond-Holmes, 48, is a consultant for Beijo Inc.- a
10-year-old fashion brand based in Santa Clarita,tA The es-
tablishment markets a variety of accessories and purses that
are designed in a variety of unique colors, styles and textures
according to its web site. To distribute the items, the com-
pan',' solicits compassionate sales-professionals nationwide.
Larmond-Holmes is one of those professionals she is the
CEO of her own business under the affiliation. Her task is to
purchase the products from Beijo inc and sell them for profit.
"I really love to sell the products." Larmond-Holmes said
"At the same time. having this business on the side provides
the extra income that I need in this struggling econonmyv.
Larmond-Holmes said that women purchase purses and el-
fects based on style not just the brand or a high price
Part of her profits goes to breast cancer
"I have a flare for fashion. she said. lote the styles that
come along with looking good. People love mi purses because
they are beautiful and unique. You won't find an, of myn
Please turn to LIZZIE 10D




Backyards are highly overrated

By Laura Vanderkam

After a dreary few years,
the housing market is show-
ing signs of life. A mid-Sep-
tember report from the Na-
tional Association of Realtors
found that home resales rose
7.8 percent in August from
a year before. New housing
starts are up, too, which has
people thinking about what
kind of space they'd like to
live in. One major focus of
this question? The great out-
According to a survey by
the American Institute of
Architects (AIA), 64 percent
of architecture firms are re-
porting increased interest in
outdoor living spaces: places
for adults to relax; places for
the kids to play. People want
"a luxurious outdoor world,
to get away from their ev-
eryday lives at home instead
of having to go somewhere,"
says Janet Bloomberg, with
KUBE Architecture.
There's just one problem:
Evidence shows that for all
we lust after outdoor sanc-
tuaries, such retreats .have
little to do with the lives we
actually live. Neither adults
nor children spend much lei-
sure time outdoors, and in
making the trade-offs to have
private outdoor space, we
could be making ourselves
less happy overall.

Anyone who studies how
Americans spend their time
eventually comes to a stark
conclusion: Impressions and
reality differ a great deal. A
fascinating book published

With the housing market perking up, we're mostly in
search of the home with outdoor space. Problem is we
spend more time indoors.

this summer, which came
to a similar discovery, was
Life at Home in the Twenty-
First Century, the result of
an anthropological study
of middle-class Los Angeles
families. Researchers from
UCLA's Center on Everyday
Lives of Families recorded
hours of footage, document-
ed possessions, and clocked
how people spent their days
to. the minute.
Few of those minutes turn
out to be spent outside.
Children averaged fewer
than 40 minutes per week in
their yards. Adults spent less
than 15 minutes of time per
week in their yards. These
families had sunny South-
ern California weather. They
had nice porch furniture,
trampolines, even pools.

They just didn't use them.
Many families told research-
ers that they used their
backyards all the time, but
then were rarely observed
out there in this multiyear

Jeanne Arnold, one of the
lead researchers, pinpoints
two main culprits: first, gen-
eral busy schedules (work,
school, activities); but sec-
ond, the prevalence of me-
dia options, which "seem like
magnets, whether it's televi-
sion or computers or video
game consoles." Rather than
use their outdoor retreats,
people would retreat by turn-
ing on a screen. People don't
like this image of their lives.

So they don't acknowledge
it to researchers, or with
their budgets.
"They're willing to spend to
sort of perpetuate that illu-
sion," says Arnold. By having
nice yards, pools and decks,
they could "attempt to project
something that's fiot neces-
sarily going on, but is clearly
ideal" a family that spends
time together outside.
All this would be humor-
ous, except that yards come
with externalities. A family
moves to the exurbs for a
private patch of green. But
to buy less than six minutes
a day of play and 2 minutes
of adult leisure, the parents
pay with increased com-
mutes. The Census reports
that the average commute
is about 50 minutes a day,
and battling traffic seldom
makes people happy. One
2004 study in Science of Tex-
as working women found that
commuting ranked at the ab-
solute bottom of the happi-
ness scale on any given day.
To be sure, even if a back-
yard isn't used, it can still
bring happiness. Leonard
Kady, chairman of the AIA's
Small Project Practitioners
group, notes that "you're al-
ways looking into the space."
But the broader point is
that, while a private, beau-
tiful yard seems part of the
American dream, Americans
spend little time using those
yards we pay dearly to get
and upgrade. If the kids are
just going to play Nintendo,
or you're just going to watch
TV, better to live close to
work, even if there's no yard,
so you can be home more to
enjoy the screens.

Preparing for the unexpected

You need two

things: Savings

and insurance
By John Waggoner

Ken Campbell of Lubbock,
Texas, knew something was
wrong last year when experi-
enced bouts of severe itching
and his eyes began to turn
yellow. His doctor suspected
a blocked bile duct, but an
ultrasound didn't show a
The doctor initially recom-
mended a stent to keep the
duct open. "I've been around
enough to know that prob-
ably wasn't a solution," says
Campbell, a licensed surgi-

cal assistant. He called a
specialist who gave him the
news: In all likelihood, it was
pancreatic cancer.
Campbell, 58, didn't hesi-.
tate: He called physicians
he knew and even got one
to come out of retirement to
treat him. After a long peri-
od of chemotherapy and ra-
diation, his scans have been
Campbell was more pre-
pared than most people, who
don't know which surgeons
to choose. But he took steps
that helped nearly as much
- particularly, in handling
the financial strain of a pro-
cedure that cost between
$750,000 and $800,000.
You can't prepare for every-
thing. But to prepare for the

unexpected, you need two
things: insurance and sav-
You need insurance to cov-
er the things that savings
never will, such as a major
illness, an accident or a law-
suit. You need savings to cov-
er the things that insurance

The four types of insurance
you need: property/casualty;
life; medical; and disability.
Property/casualty. Pro-
tects you against things that
go bump in the night -and
from other people suing you
if you're the thing that went
bump against them. You
need property insurance to
make sure your home and

auto can be repaired or re-
placed. You need casualty in-
surance if you inadvertently
cause harm to others say,
by running your car into
You may also need an um-
brella liability policy to pro-
tect your assets, says Mark
Bass, a financial planner in
Lubbock. Say you get into
an auto accident, and have
$50,000 in liability protec-
tion. But the person who was
in the other car sues you for
$1 million. The umbrella pol-
icy should pay whatever isn't
covered by the auto policy.
Life. Benefits your loved
ones if you die. The cheapest
form is term life insurance. If
you live, the company keeps
Please turn to PREPARE 10D

Citizens gets 10.8

percent i

Some policyholders

4' f irate after coverage

; 'j cut and rates rise
By Doreen Hemlock

Citizens Property Insurance
Corp., the state-backed company
that ranks as Florida's largest
home insurer, has been approved
for an average 10.8 percent rate
increase statewide.
That's just below the 11.8 per-
cent rate hike sought by the state's
insurer of last resort. It marks
three straight years of rate in-
creases for Citizens, the Office of
Insurance Regulation said Tues-
The higher rates follow a furor
over home re-inspections for Citi-
zens that removed credits for wind
mitigation, depriving thousands of
policyholders of discounts they'd
had on their home insurance.
"Citizens started out as a great
idea to benefit Florida. But at this
point, Floridians have become the
victims, instead of beneficiaries,"
said policyholder Merritt Kanner,
80, of Boca Raton. "They're not
giving their policyholders a fair
The Citizens approval follows
recent rate increases for private
home insurers too: Universal, Flor-
ida's second-largest home insurer,
up by an average 23 percent; State
Farm Florida, the third largest, up
an average 6 percent; and Allstate,
ranked fourth through its com-
bined companies, up an average
14.9 percent for Castle Key Insur-
ance and an average 8.2 percent
for its Castle Key Indemnity unit.
Insurers say they need increases,
because claims and expenses ex-
ceed the premiums they take in.

MIA-Central NTD Marketplace, Phase II & III
Project MCC-780K-D22A

MCM is soliciting bids for this project under the MCC-8-10 Program at Miami-
Dade Aviation Department:

Scope: Provide shell space and utility-build-out for future tenants on 2nd
Floor of Concourse "D".

Packages Bidding: CSBE Trade Set-Aside "A" Misc/General Work, "B" Mis-
cellaneous Metals, "C" Roofing, "D" Doors & Hardware, "E" Terrazzo Floor-
ing, "F" Painting, "J" Fire Protection, "K" Plumbing, "L" HVAC, "M" Electri-
cal. Packages without contract measures: "G" Specialties/Signs/Banners/
Trellis, "H" Kiosks

Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory): Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
Location: MCM 4301 NW 22nd Street, Building 3030, 2nd Floor, Miami, FL
Sealed Bids Due: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 @ 2:00 PM
Bonding required for bids of $200,000\ or higher

For information, please contact MCM's MIA offices (305)869-4563


McCormack Baron Salazar Development, Inc. (MBS) is inviting qualified con-
tractors to bid on the demolition and abatement of the Scott Carver Phase
III, Sector II Remaining Housing Ancillary Complex. The project is located at
7200 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33147. This is a Section 3 covered activ-
ity. Section 3 requires that job training and employment opportunities be di-
rected to low- and very-low income persons and contracting opportunities be
directed to businesses that are owned by, or that substantially employ, low- or
very-low income persons.

The scope of work generally consists of the installation/maintenance/close-
out of a SWPPP and a Soil Management Plan, the removal and protection
of existing trees, the abatement and proper disposal of ACM, lead, and haz-
ardous materials, and the demolition and proper disposal of (4) four existing
buildings and one monument sign.

Bid documents will be available for purchase on Thursday, October 4, 2012,
(after 9:00 a.m. EDT) at Print Pro Shop, 1036 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL
33130, (305) 859-8282 or email ordersaprintproshop.com. Payment for all
bid documents is the responsibility of the Bidder.

Documents will also be available at: Broward County Minority Coalition,
(954)792-1121; Contractors Resource Center, (305)372-8890; Miami Dade
County, Division of Small Business Development, (305)375-3121; and MDBA
Business Center (305)576-7888.

MBS has scheduled a Pre-Bid conference for October 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
EDT at the site, 7200 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33147. This Pre-Bid meet-

Bids will be received October 31, 2012 until 2:00 p.m. EDT at the offices of
McCormack Baron Salazar, attention: David Dumey, either by overnight de-
livery to McCormack Baron Salazar, 720 Olive St., Ste. 2500, St. Louis, MO
63101; or by facsimile to (314) 335-2849, or by email to

McCormack Baron Salazar Development, Inc., or any of its affiliates reserves
the right to waive irregularities, to reject any and all bids or to accomplish this
work by means determined to be in the best interest of McCormack Baron
Salazar Development, Inc. and the Miami Dade Public Housing and Com-
munity Development.


'ate hike

Citizens said its new increases
will help reduce "the financial
burden of assessments for all Flo-
ridians." It's also following orders
from the governor to reduce risk by
shedding up to 300,000 custom-
ers, partly by providing loans to
private insurers to help them take
on new customers.
Many policyholders in Florida
are irate. There's special frustra-
tion with Citizens, because most
homeowners with Citizens can't
obtain home insurance elsewhere
and the company has slashed dis-
counts and cut coverage in some
Kanner said a recent inspection
stripped his home of many long-
time wind mitigation discounts de-
spite his presentation of documen-
tation. Inspectors denied credit for
one item, even with seven pages of
manufacturers' backup, because
the item lacked a sticker.
"And how can you say my sky-
lights are not protected when you
don't even get up on the roof?"
Kanner said of inspectors who
visited his home. He's appealing
the inspection report and filing
Walter Feuchs, 78, of Palm
Beach, said he's frustrated that
Citizens did not respond to his ap-
peals to help trim hurricane losses
with a wind-resistant, energy-
efficient building product called
"They're interested in rais-
ing rates, not mitigating losses,"
Feuchs said.
Rate increases for Citizens
policyholders could vary widely
from the nearly 11 percent average
increase approved. Rates vary by
county and by type of policy, such
as house or condominium cover-
Please turn to RATE 10D



. . ..




Employment in hospitality jobs rises Citizen increases

continued from 10D

employment gains in
leisure and hospitality,
the BLS reported.
"It's not easy to go
buy big-ticket items, to
buy cars or take trips,"
says Andy Snitz, vice
president of talent ac-
quisition for Darden
Restaurants, which
owns such chains as
Red Lobster and Olive
Garden. "A trip to the
restaurant is not that
hard to do."
Darden has been
hiring about 2,000
managers a year in ad-

edition to 90,000 hourly
employees, from bar-
tenders to hosts, Snitz
Sales at the nation's
nearly 1 million res-
taurants will reach
$632 billion this year,
up 3.5 percent over
last year, according to
Hudson Riehle, senior
vice president of re-
search at the National
Restaurant Associa-
The states that had
the highest percentag-
es of job growth among
food and drinking es-
tablishments from Au-
gust 2010 to August

2012 were Texas, New
York, Hawaii and Loui-
siana. Washington,
D.C., rounded out the
top five, according to
the association's anal-
ysis of BLS data.
Restaurants are
looking to hire manag-
ers as well as hourly
employees such as
waiters. "It runs across
the full spectrum,
from the dish room to
the board room," Rie-
hle says.
Nate Redner scored
multiple job offers
when he graduated
from The School of
Hospitality Business

at Michigan State Uni-
versity this spring. He
chose a job as a man-
ager at Shaw's Crab
House Chicago. His
starting salary is in
the high $30,000s,
typical for the indus-
try. But he sees poten-
tial for upward move-
ment. "It was a great
move for me," says the
Hotels are also now
starting to do more
hiring, say career cen-
ter directors at some
of the best hospitality
schools in the country.
In 2008, when people
stopped traveling so

much, many hotels got
rid of people and had
remaining staff take
on extra duties. But
now, hotels are filling
up again.
"All of a sudden in
the last three months
I've had a lot of people
reach out to me from
hotels, and that hasn't
happened since 2008,"
says Kirsten Tripodi,
director of professional
development at the In-
ternational School of
Hospitality and Tour-
ism Management at
Fairleigh Dickinson
University in New Jer-

Preparation is always a good rule of thumb

continued from 9D

your premium. If you
expire before the poli-
cy does, the insurance
company pays your
heirs. Your premium
will rise every year in
a plain-vanilla term
life policy, but you
can get level-payment
term for a higher ini-
tial premium.
You can also buy
whole life policies,
which have a cash
value, but premiums
are much more costly,
and returns are often
mediocre. If you're
young and don't have
a mortgage, a spouse
or children, you can
get along fine without
life insurance, unless
you're worried about
burial costs.
If you have depen-
dents, however, you'll
need enough life in-
surance to cover
your family's needs if
you,get called to the
Choir Invisible. Bear
in mind that you're

attempting to replace
your income over a
certain period not
make your survivors
fabulously wealthy.
Medical. A seri-
ous illness could wipe
out your life savings
- and more. About
29 percent of bank-
ruptcies are directly
attributable to health
bills, according to
FactCheck.org, and
62 percent of those
surveyed in 2009 cit-
ed medical costs as a
contributing factor.
Campbell was for-
tunate to be covered
by his wife's insur-
ance policy. He es-
timates his out-of-
pocket share at about
$2,500, but he still
has ongoing costs,
such as regular PET
scans, which require
a co-payment.
Disability. "Dis-
ability is an economic
death," Bass says. It's
the death of your in-
come. And it's a con-
dition that health in-
surance and Medicare

won't cover. A basic
disability policy will
ensure that you can
at least buy food and
make other basic pay-
ments without having
to sell everything you

The typical rule of
thumb: Have three
to six months' worth
of expenses in short-
term, highly liquid
accounts in case of
"I hate rules of
thumb," says Ray
Ferrara, a financial
planner in Clearwa-
ter, Fla. "Obviously, if
a person has no debt
and (is) in good health
and retired, he may
not need that much
in cash reserves. And
a young person just
starting out in life will
be lucky to have two
weeks' reserves."
Nevertheless, you
should have access
to enough money to
pay bills for a period
of unemployment or

Nursing field is growing

continued from 7D

started working a
month later.
The 31-year-old, who
has worked as a nurse
for four years, says
the job security and
growth opportunities
were primary drivers
in her decision to go
to nursing school in
"It seems like we
always need more
hands," she says.
"Nursing is flourish-
With an average sal-
ary of $64,690 a year,
according to 2010 data
from the Bureau of La-
bor Statistics, regis-
tered nursing may be
the more desired pro-
fession, but lower-paid
home health aides are
actually in higher de-

An industry shift
that puts more em-
phasis on outpatient
care and home health
services makes home
health and personal
care aides two of the
fastest-growing occu-
pations in the country.
Employment in both
positions, which have
an average salary of
about. $20,000 a year,
is expected to grow by
about 70 percent by
2020, BLS data show.
Registered nursing is
expected to grow 26
ResCare HomeCare,
a national provider
and employer of home
health and personal
care aides, who work
primarily with seniors
with chronic illnesses
or disabilities, has re-
ceived 32,000 applica-
tions this year, a 23.3
percent jump from

last year, and it hired
6,000 of the people
who applied, about
five percent more than
in 2011, says Shelle
Womble, senior direc-
tor of sales.
Home health and
personal care aides
are generally the
same, providing ser-
vices such as check-
ing vitals, prepping
meals and bathing
and grooming the pa-
tient. But home health
aides are funded by
Medicare and, in some
states, require more
training, while per-
sonal care aides are
funded privately and
may require less train-
ing, Womble says.
ResCare, where
aides make $22,000 to
$30,000 a year, is an-
ticipating the need for
more workers in the
near future.

New code is reviewed

continued from 5C

like shoving, engaging
in minor altercations
or drawing graffiti on
school property. More
serious misbehavior
like bullying, violent
fights or starting fires
can still lead to lon-
ger suspensions, as
much as 90 days in
some cases or a year if
a firearm is involved.
In severe cases, a stu-
dent can be moved to

a school that special-
izes in students with
disciplinary problems.
The rules on expulsion
from the system have
not changed. Accord-
ing to the most recent
report, 73,441 suspen-
sions occurred in the
2010-11 year, 'com-
pared with 71,721 in
the previous year a
2.4 percent increase. It
was unclear how many
of those cases would
not have resulted in
suspensions under the

new policy. "The over-
arching message is
that students belong
in the classroom," said
Donna Lieberman, ex-
ecutive director of the
New York Civil Lib-
erties Union. "This
change in the disci-
plinary code would re-
sult in more students
in the classroom, more
often, and teachers
having the mandate
to discipline students
with positive educa-
tional approaches."

disability. (Most dis-
ability policies have
a waiting period be-
fore they start paying
benefits). The amount
of money you need to
keep depends on how
confident you are that
you'll be able to get a
new job. A nurse or a
network administra-
tor, for example, may
be able to get a new job
much more quickly
than a French teacher
or a journalist.
If you own a home,
you should consider
opening a home-eq-
uity line of credit as a
source of emergency
funds. The line will al-

low you to borrow up
to a certain .amount
against the paidoup
portion of your home.
You won't be able to
get a home-equity line
if you're unemployed,
so do it while you have
a job.
And be aware that
sometimes, the un-
expected is good -
which is why it's im-
portant to have, an
emergency fund. "If
someone offers you a
special vacation op-
portunity, or tickets
to the World Series,
you'll have the money
available to do that,"
Ferrara says.

continued from 9D

Policyholder advo-
cate Sean Shaw said
he hoped Citizens and
regulators would do
a better job realizing
that rate increases
are not just about
data sheets but affect
real people: The se-
nior citizen on a fixed
income who can't af-
ford an extra $500 a
year for insurance or
the young family who
can't afford a new roof
to cut their premi-
"This isn't just a
rate hike of more than
10 percent, it's a rate

hike of more than 10
percent after Citizens
changed the rules
- taking away miti-
gation discounts, re-
ducing coverage, and
changing replacement
values," said Shaw, a
Tampa lawyer who
leads Policyholders
of Florida. "Citizens
is getting away with
charging more for
less, and policyhold-
ers and our economy
are worse off because
of it."
To avert future rate
hikes, Shaw urged
policyholders to at-
tend public hearings,
write letters to the
company, regulators

and elected officials
and mobilize more
officials to speak out
against the increases.
Florida Sen. Mike
Fasano, R-New Port
Richey, and Rep.
Frank Artiles, R-
Miami, spoke out
against Citizens rate
increases, but few
other elected officials
did, said Shaw.
The approval for
Citizens covered only
some types of policies.
Regulators said they
expect to approve Cit-
izens rate increases
Monday for mobile
homes and Oct. 19 for
commercial proper-

Purses come with pinky

continued from 9D

purses in any store."
The CEO started her
business last Febru-
ary and is optimistic
about the dollars she'll
earn by year's end.
"I am not where I
want to be right now,
but I am confident
that I will do well,"
La rm ond-Holmes
One product of
purses that Larmond-
Holmes sells is the
Pinky Promise. After
a Pinky Promise purse
is purchased, she do-

nates 20 percent of
the proceeds to the
breast cancer charity
Susan G. Komen for
the Cure.
"My mom passed
away with cancer," she
said. "Cancer is out
there nowadays and
the Pinky Promise is
a great way to make
women aware of it."
I The Pinky Prom-
ise purse is pink and
distinct with handles
that are shaped like
the Breast Cancer
Awareness symbol.
Charlesetta Lovett, a
customer of Larmond-
Holmes, purchased a

Pinky Promise purse.
"I love the purse,"
Lovett said. "It's very
durable, it lasts long
and it's unusual. I
have a sister who had
breast cancer, but I
purchased it for wom-
en who suffer with
cancer as a whole."
advertises through her
web site and word of
mouth. For more in-
formation or to host
a gathering at your
home, call 786-515-
5423, go to her website,
com or e-mail: holmes-




Advertisers urged

- nnre Black media


Note to marketers: Television advertising is
not postracial.
That's the message that a newly formed con-
Ssrtium 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 willjoin 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 adlong-term joint effort that include
-social media and direct outreach to marketers
The initiative comes at a time when advertis
ers have poured money into Spanish-language
TV and radio in an effort to reach the grow-
ing Hispanic population. Black audiences,
meanwhile, have largely been overlooked,
despite projected buying power of $1.2 trillion
b', 2 1 a .-5 : ,ercet-nt ir ease 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
prime-time drama on a mainstream channel
will reach some black consumers, too, said
Debra L. Lee, chief executive at BET Net-
works. "Any well-developed media plan should
include both," Ms. Lee said. "Black media has
a special connection to black audiences.
BET, a unit of Viacom, has had a particu-
larly strong ratings run in recent years, often
beating cable channels like CNN and Bravo.
"The Game," an original series that started
on the CW network and moved to BET, broke
cable sitcom records with 7.7 million viewers
for the premiere of its fourth season in Janu-
ary 2011.
At the same time, that audience is getting
richer. Black household earnings grew 63.9
s percent, to $75,000, from 2000 to 2009, ac-
cording to a Nielsen study.
#InTheBlack is the first industrywide effort
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Section 8. One and two bed-
rooms. $199 security. 786-
1130 N.W. 80 St
One bdrm. one bath, $375,
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156 NE 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. No deposit.'
Section 8 Welcome.
1610 NW 59 Street
Spacious two bedrooms,one
bath, totally renovated, se-
curity camera. Section 8 OK!
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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:
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
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48 NW 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600,Call after 6 p.m.
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 i

5550 NE Miami Place
One bedroom. $600 monthly,
first and last. 786-277-0302
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 786-486-2895.

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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:
833 NW 77 Street Rear
One bedroom, all utilities in-
cluded. $850 monthly and se-
curity. 305-490-9284
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776


Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.

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
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
Senior citizen special. Two
bedrooms and one bath
Located Near 90 Street
and 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486
North Miami
Large studio, central air, new
appliances, quiet area. $700
monthly. 786-356-1722

8025 NW Miami Court
Please call Esther

20600 NW 7 Ave
One bedroom, one bath
condo in gated area. Cen--
tral air, dishwasher, micro-
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.

1152 NW 76 Street
Adorable, quiet area and
clean two bedrooms, one
bath. Appliances with washer
and dryer, central air, huge
closets, tiled, and freshly
painted. 786-357-5000
1255 NW 100 Terrace
Two bedrooms, air, bars, tile,
$950. No Section 8
Terry Dellerson Broker
13315 Alexandria Drive
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$875 monthly,washer and
dryer provided. Section 8 OK!
1415 NW 58 Terrace
Newly remodeled one and
two bedrooms, one bath, air,
appliances, water included.
Section 8 Ok. 954-558-9218
1492 N.W 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, re-
modeled, central air, located
on quiet street. Section 8 pre-
ferred. $1069 monthly.
1510 NW 65 St #1-2
One bedroom, $650 monthly.
Air, water and bars. Section 8
okay, 305-490-9284.

167 NE 65 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
$750 mthly. Section 8 and
City Voucher! 786-303-2596
170 NW 58th Street
Large three bdrms, two baths,
central air and tiled. $1150
monthly! Section 8 Welcome!
Rick 305-409-8113
1732 NW 41 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
appliances, includes, air,
fenced, private parking. $575
mthly. Call 754-581-6302.

1867 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air. Section 8 welcome.
Call 786-356-1457
2242 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
First, last and security. Two
units. Call Chris
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.
2585 NW 165 STREET
Near N. Dade Health Clinic.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air and heat. $1100
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
2744 NW 49 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, lawn service.

290 N.W. 59 Street
Beautiful duplex, two bed-
rooms, one bath. Section 8
Welcome. 954-446-4971
3189 NW 59 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath re-
modeled water included $850
monthly. Section 8 OK.
305-975-0711 or
3358 NW 51 Street
Two bdrms., one bath, water
included, Section 8 welcome,
$850, 754-214-2111.
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
412 NW 59 STREET
Three bedrooms, central air.
Section 8 OK! 786-269-5643
4110Q NW 22 Court
_.Four bedrooms, two baths,
.$1195 Includes water.

: Four'bedrbbms, two 'aihs, ,
$900 monthly Appliances
490 NW 97 Street
One bedroom, one bath,$700
Call 954-430-0849
5947. N. Miami Avenue
SOne bedroom, one bath.
$450 mthly. 305-642-7080,
643 NW 75 Street
Two bdrms., one bath, secu-
rity bars, tile, carpet, fenced
and appliances. Section 8
Welcome. $875 monthly.
7912 NW 12 Court
Two and one bdrms avail-
able, tile, carpet, appliances,
fenced, water included. $900.
Section 8 OK. 305-389-4011
840 NW 108 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Central air and tile floor. 203-
or 305-934-2060.
92 94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath, central
air, bars, $900 monthly. Sec-
tion 8 only. 305-490-9284.
Nice, clean one bdrm, 305-
298-0388 or 954-394-0794
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
Little River Area
Christian home. Two bed-
rooms, one bath. Utilities in-
cluded. 305-608-6598
Remodeled, two bdrms, one
bath, Section 8 Ok, $925
mthly, Call 305-216-2724

47 NE 80 Terrace #3
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
62 Street NW First Avenue
$550 monthly. $1100 move
in. Call 305-989-8824
NE 84 Street
El Portal area. $550 monthly.

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.
1973 NW 49 Street
Air, cable, $500 mthly, $300
to move in. 786-286-7455
2371 NW 61 Street
Room in rear. 305-693-1017,
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $110 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451.

10128 NW 25 avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$725 monthly. 305-987-4705.
1071 NW 106 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Huge back yard, under reno-
vation, Section 8 only. $1500
monthly. 786-547-9116
1151 NW 105 Terrace
Three bdrms., one bath,
$1150 mthly, Section 8 okay,
1172 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1200 mthly. 786-262-9114

1310 NW 99 Street
Totally updated, three bdrms,
two baths, garage, $1300
mthly. 305-662-5505
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,
$1,200, air, tile, bars. No Sec-
tion 8. Terry Dellerson Broker
169 NE 46 Street
Five bedrooms two and
a half baths, appliances,
fireplace and private drive
$1595 mthly 305-642-7080
17231 NW 37 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile, $1,400. No Section
8, Terry Dellerson Broker.
17415 NW 17 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1700 monthly. Section 8
welcomed. 786-942-2248
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1100. Stove, refrigerator,
air 305-642-7080
1880 NW 68 Street
New three bdrms, two baths,
Section 8 Only. 305-525-4644
2010 NW 153 Street
Three bedrooms, 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
S2266 NW 63 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths
$1000. 305-642-7080'.
2515 NW 162 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
garage and fenced. $1200
monthly. 786-285-6092
3512 NW 176 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, den, $1,200. No Section
8, Terry Dellerson Broker.
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, $1,200. No
Section 8. Terry Dellerson
Broker. 305-891-6776
4320 NW 137 Drive
One bedroom, one bath, air.
Call 786-447-5734
4970 NW 32 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly, move in
$1600. Section 8 Welcome!
5024 NW 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
5024 NW 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
512 NW 99 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$600 monthly. First and Last.
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
719 NE 86 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8. $199 security.
7501 NW 4 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$725 monthly. 786-523-8140
840 NW 179 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air,family room, $1400
mthly, asking $1500 deposit
'Section 8 Welcome.
Call Deborah 305-336-0740.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, Section 8 OK. $1,350
monthly. 786-251-2744.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
shopping, parks, beaches,
schools within five miles.
Section 8 Welcome
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section .8
Welcome! Others available.
Three bdrm, one and half
bath, central air and heat,
Section 8 ok! 305-742-6520
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1175 monthly
Call 407-497-8017
Two bedrooms, one bath,

large family room. $1,100.
Section 8 welcome. Call 954-
450-6200 after 5 p.m.

Three bdrms, two baths,
fenced, carport and near
schools. Section 8 OK. $1300
monthly first last plus $1000
security. 305-965-7827
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916

Three bdrms, two baths, nice
location, 1-866-257-0466.
Three bdrms, two baths,
central air, big fenced yard
and tool shed. $1350
monthly. No Section 8.


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to schools city-wide on
Wednesday only. Come
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current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
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Cleaning up your

credit report

By Susan Tompor

Many younger con-
sumers are trying to
figure out how to clean
up their credit. Are there
ways to get those bad
marks removed? "No
guaranteed ways, but
there are ways," sug-
gests Gerri Detweiler,
director of consumer
education for Credit.
Detweiler says that
in some limited cases
it can work to try to
negotiate on your own
behalf with creditors
to get items removed.
If an item on a report
is accurate, generally
you're out of luck and
won't be able to negoti-
ate it off a report. Where
might a consumer have
some negotiating room?
Detweiler said a creditor
would be more likely to
remove a single late pay-
ment that appears to be
an isolated incident.
The consumer might
request a "goodwill
adjustment," pointing
out they otherwise had a
perfect payment history
for several years, she
said. But a consumer
would have to make
repeated requests before
getting such an adjust-

Detweiler said it's
worth trying."You have
to get it in writing," she
said. "If you don't get
it in writing, you don't
have an agreement."
Don't bet on this strat-
egy working, though,
according to other credit
More often, you're
going to be out of luck
if you offer to pay a col-
lector and demand that
an item be removed from
a credit report in ex-
change for your money.
Credit-reporting agen-
cies, such as Experian,
frown on this one big
Sure, plenty of con-
sumers try to make a
deal, said James Angelo,
president of J.J. Mar-
shall & Associates. But

he said it doesn't work.
It's an issue of fair-
ness and integrity of
"How fair is it to
the guy who pays his
debts?" Angelo said. A
paid collections account
would be reported as
paid but not deleted
from a credit report.

As some people have
returned to work in
Michigan, there is more
focus on paying off bills
and rebuilding credit,
says Kathryn Moore,
financial counselor. "If
you owe the debt, the
best thing to do is figure
out a plan to pay it
back," she says. Typical-
ly, most accurate items,
including late payments,
can remain on a credit
report for seven years
and bankruptcy infor-
mation can remain for
10 years..
What consumers don't
understand is that some
information such as
late payments can
gradually take on less
importance a couple
of years after an event
even if it's still listed on
a credit report. So one
way to build up a posi-
tive score is to actively
pay future bills on time
and hold down borrow-
ing. To build a better
credit score, you can do
such things as making
sure to use a small per-
centage of the available
credit on a card.

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companies Equifax,
Experian and Tran-
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free copies of your credit
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But consumers must
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reports. See www.an-
or call 877-322-8228
to order a free-annual
report. Do not contact
the agencies individually
or via another number,
because you could end
up paying for the report.

Blackworkers awarded

money from racist company

By Tonya Garcia

Meyer Tool, an en-
gine parts manufac-
turer based in Cincin-
nati, has agreed to pay
$325,000 in back wages
and interest to 60 Black
workers who were re-
jected for entry-level
machinist positions.
The company reached a
settlement with the U.S.
Department of Labor's
Office of Federal Con-
tract Compliance Pro-
grams, putting an end
to the race-discrimina-
tion case.
In addition to the
cash payment, the com-
pany will offer 11 of the

applicants positions
and training to all em-
The coinpany still
hasn't copped to doing
anything wrong, and
continued to defend it-
self through its legal
"Meyer Tool has made
changes to its record-
keeping procedures
and carefully moni-
tors those procedures
to ensure this does not
occur again," said Col-
leen Lewis, a partner at
Dinsmore. "As always,
Meyer Tool Company
remains committed to
Equal Employment Op-
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South Dade Bucs stop undefeated Killian Cougars

By Akilah Laster
Miamii Time. writer
Akilahlalter3@ aol.comn

The South Dade Buccaneers
defeated their longtime rival,
the Killian Cougars, in a back-
and-forth 23-21 district battle
last Saturday night at Harris
The Cougars (4-1, 1-1) fresh
off of a bi-week entered the
game undefeated and tied for
first place in District 16-8A,
alongside South Dade (5-1,
2-0). Killian head coach, Cory
Johnson, expressed concerns a
couple of weeks ago about his
team's dismantling after last
year's bi-week, where they loss
three out of four remaining
games and had to participate
in a district tie-breaker.
"There's no added pressure,"
Johnson said before the game.
"I'm just waiting to see how
things unfold."
Unfortunately, those same
ghosts seemed to be back as
Killian was unable to main-
tain a lead after Cougar senior

quarterback, David Felipe-
who finished with 93 passing
yards-was sacked three times
and threw two interceptions
during the game.
However, South Dade, under
first year head coach Nathaniel
Hudson, Jr., came out ready
to wipe away last year's 22-7'
loss to the Cougars and last
season's 5-5 overall record.
"These guys are tough,"
Hudson said. "We had to keep
focused, but we'd been through
this before."
South Dade got off to a quick
start, taking a 14-0 lead in
the first quarter led by senior
quarterback Bryant Stewart,
who connected on a 16-yard
pass to junior receiver C.J.
Worton and 22-yard pass to
senior running back Terry Ed-
wards, both for touchdowns.
Stewart finished with 94
yards (79 yards in the first
half) on 7 of 11 completions
and an interception but was
removed from the game af-
ter an injury on a sack. And
though Dade's running game

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South Dade Bucs staunch Killian's undefeated season, 23-21
struggled during the first led them in the second half Killian fought back in the
half, only earning 16 yards, it amassing 112 yards on 19 car- second quarter to tie the
was-their ground game that ries. game at 14 by halftime after

a huge end zone interception
by sophomore middle line-
backer, Bruce Davis, who then
pitched the ball to sophomore
strong safety, Jaquan John-
son, who ran all the way down
the field for a touchdown.
Felipe added a touchdown on
a 30-yard pass to Johnson.
Killian came out strong in the
third quarter scoring again
on a 4-yard scamper by Felipe
that put them ahead 21-14
and held the Buccaneers to a
field goal.However, a punt fake
on a fourth down during the
final quarter earned receiver
Devontay Keaton and the Bucs
47 yards and led to a 2-yard
scurry into the end zone by
senior running back, Willie
Cortes, for the win.
"[This win] was real emotion-
al," said Hudson, whose team
is now first in the district. "I'm
proud of these guys."
South Dade faces Miami
High (1-4) on Thursday at Har-
ris Field at.7p.m. and Killian
faces Sunset (1-5) on'Friday at
Tropical Park at 7:30p.m.

Central defeats

Homestead: A

district battle

Central can brag about

district win

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

The Central Rockets (3-2) may have felt
like they were traveling back to Grayson,
Georgia, when they headed to Harris Field
in Homestead to face the district rival
Homestead Broncos last Friday night.
But this time, the distance did not dic-
tate the play as Central's hardnosed play
jolted them to a 38-20 victory over the'
Broncos (4-2) that may have staunched the
Broncos' hope of being competitive in the
16-6A district.
"This is where it all counts," said Telly
Lockette, Central head coach. "The nation-
al games are great for bragging rights, but
this is where it matters."
Central will definitely be able to brag
about their first district win, that was
spurred by the Joseph YearbyDalvin Cook
tandem- with a touchdown a piece and
combined for 84 of the teams 124 yards.
But it was senior running back, Keron Bell,
who dominated the scoreboard with two
touchdowns accumulated by several short
runs and assisted when both Cook and
Yearby were removed after being banged up
a bit.
"They have scrappy athletes and a
unique defense," Lockette said of Home-
stead players. "We're in the toughest dis-
trict in the state."
Homestead displayed just how tough they
could be with junior running back Johnnie
Hankins' touchdown that put them ahead
7-0. But Central proved to be unfazed by
Hankins or Homestead quarterback, Mau-
rice Alexander, who finished the game with
132-yards and two touchdown passes.
Central scored on four consecutive and
unanswered occasions and finished with
164 total offensive yards. Central showed
why they are still a state contender in spite
of a slow start to the season.
"We are still gelling," Lockette said. "But
we have the heart of a champion team."
Central heads into a bi-week and will
face district foe Carol City (5-1) in two
weeks. Homestead will face Palmetto (3-2)
on Friday, October 12th at 7:30p.m. at
Harris Field.

Dwyane Wade

leaves Jordan for

Chinese brand

Chicago-bred NBA MVPs Michael Jordan and
Dwyane Wade will share one less commonality:
the reigning world champ has jumped ship to
Chinese shoe brand Li-Ning.
Following three years sport-
ing Nike's Jordan brand and
a previous six with brother
label Converse, Wade shock-
ingly opted out of his relation-
ship with Jordan and Nike
when his contract expired in
September, according to the
Portland Business Journal. WADE
"It's just at that time," Wade
told reporters at Miami Heat training camp in
advance of the Heat's preseason opener against
Boston. "We went our separate ways. But I'm
still honored to have represented my favorite
player of all time and his brand."
Wade was secretive when asked about part-
nering with the embattled Chinese footwear
company, but did cop to a "new deal." Teammate
Shane Battier, who already had a deal with Li-
Ning rival Peak, promptly revealed all.
"I told him, 'Let the friendly competition
begin, Peak vs. Li-Ning," Battier told the Sun
Sentinel, which noted Wade coyly removed his
shoes before media at practice could see. "I
stand by my brand. I was a pioneer over there,
so it's good to have a fellow brother over there."
Wade is expected to officially confirm the new
partnership with Li-Ning, by far its highest-
profile signing, when the Heat arrive in Shang-
hai this week to take on the Los Angeles Clip-
pers. But Miami's favorite no. 3 couldn't resist
a tease: he later posted a sneak preview of his
new signature kicks to Twitter via Instagram.

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Dolphin fans: The good

times may be rolling again
The team that we all used the right direction. This past
to love, the Miami Dolphins, Sunday the fins did not blow
are slowly making a turn in a fourth quarter lead as they

have in the past two games.
They held on, and after a pair
of excruciating defeats it was
the guys in teal and orange
who were doing the postgame
dancing and shouting in the
locker room. The Dolphins 17-
13 road win over the Cincin-
nati Bengals was hard fought
and inpiring for a variety of
reasons. Firstly the young
quarterback Ryan Tannehill
has folks around here turn-
ing their collective heads and
saying "Hey, this kid is not so

Tannehill played a very sol-
id game, and while he did not
have the spectacular numbers
of the previous week at Arizo-
na, he didn't turn the ball over,
he was extremely calm in the
pocket, and extended plays
with his feet. Playing against
a pretty solid Bengal defense,
Tannehill was 17of 26 for 223
yards. His quarterback rat-
ing has steadily increased in
his first five games from 39.0,
to most recently 92.3. That is
reason to be excited. After just
five NFL games young Tan-

nehill may be the second best
QB in the AFC east behind
Tom Brady.
Another reason for opti-
mism is the continued out-
standing play of the fins de-
fensive unit. Cameron Wake
is one of the best pass rush-
ers in all of football, Kar-
los Dansby has been solid.
Paul Solai and Randy Starks
have been brutal punish-
ing opposing running backs.
I have also seen outstanding
play in the Dolphin second-
ary particularly from the one

time maligned Sean Smith
who has held his own against
some of the league's best wide
receivers the last couple of
games. This team has fought,
scratched clawed and did
what ever they had to do to
win. As a fan, that is all you
can ask for and it means that
the good times may be roll-
ing again at Sun Life stadium
in the not too distant future.
Please note. The Sports
Brothers show can now be
heard on Sports Radio 560am
WQAM. Sunday nights 7-9pm.


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