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"Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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VOLUME 90 NUMBER 30 MIAMI, FLORIDA, MARCH 20-26, 2013 50 cents


Larcenia Bullard

As recently as two weeks ago, former Florida
State Senator Larcenia Bullard was back on the
Senate floor in support of her son, Sena-
tor Dwight Bullard. She was there, de-
spite battling health problems including a
heart attack in 2011 to continue what she
has done for over two decades fighting
for justice for all people But last Saturday,
the popular Bullard, while vacationing with her
husband in her hometown of Allendale, South
Carolina, became ill and was taken to the hospi-
tal where she died She was 65
Bullard, a Miami Democrat who was replaced
..:- In the Senate last fall by her son, Dwight, first
ptered politics as a state representative in 1992,
eting the 118th District for four terms She
0ht election to the Florida State Senate,
ct, where she served with distinction until
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Civil rights attorney State Representative CEO Urban League of Greater Miami

Florida's prison rates rise

Blacks get 20% longer sentences than whites

By D. Kevin McNeir

For the first time in nearly
40 years, the number of state
prisoners in the U.S. has de-
clined. Data compiled by The
Pew Center on the States indi-
cates that as of Jan. 1, 2010,
there were 1,404,053 per-
sons under the jurisdiction of
state prison authorities. The
decrease, which is the first
year-to-year drop in the state
prison population since 1972,

is significant as state inmate
numbers had risen a whop-
ping 708 percent between
1972 and 2008 before drop-
ping in 2009. Experts had
attributed the rise to stiffer
sentencing and release laws
meaning that more offenders
were being sent to prison and
kept there for longer terms.
However, the report also
shows that when factoring in
federal prisoners and local jail
inmates, the overall incarcer-
ated population in the U.S. as

of 2008 had reached an all-
time high 1 in 100 adults
in the U.S. were living behind

The Pew survey revealed
great variation among the
states. In 26 states, the popu-
lation dropped in states like
Michigan, Maryland and Mis-
sissippi posting substantial
declines of more than
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Showdown: Judge to hear Spence-Jones's suit

April hearing hinges on interpretation of "term limits"

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline. corn

Michelle Spence-Jones has
declared her candidacy and
hopes to hold on to her city
commission seat. The Rev.
Richard P. Dunn II has also
filed as a candidate. But be-
fore they can begin to battle

it out for the support of the
voters, there's one hurdle
that the incumbent must
face. Dunn recently filed a
lawsuit arguing that because
the District 5 commissioner
has already been financially
compensated for two terms in
office, that she should not be
allowed to run for a third.

The hearing will take place
on Monday, April 8 at 6:30
a.m. and will be heard by
Judge Jorge Cueto. An earlier
hearing had to be resched-
uled after it was determined
that Spence-Jones's attorney
was unavailable. The lawsuit
hinges on terminology as
expressed in the City charter

that allows for a city
commissioner to serve
"two full consecutive
Bruce Rogow, whose
law firm in based in
Ft. Lauderdale and is
a professor of law at
Nova Southeastern [
University, has taken
over legal representation for
the city commissioner.


"The case turns on
the meaning of 'serve,"'
he said. "If we are cor-
rect, it means to have
the opportunity to legis-
late and make decisions
affecting one's district.
She [Spence-Jones] did
not have that oppor-
tunity because of the

charges against her. The
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Police avert massacre

plan of Florida student

By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A University of Central
Florida student who pulled a dorm fire alarm in
the middle of the night had a more sinister plan
than sending students scurrying out into the
night, authorities said.
Campus police said last Monday that 30-year-
old James Oliver Seevakumaran who shot '
himself in the head as officers arrived, before
any other students were hurt was armed with
two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition,
a backpack filled with explosives and a plan to -

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Portman picks gay son over faith on marriage

Senator's tough decision probably will
have little short-term effect on nation

By DeWayne Wickham
When I heard of Ohio Sen.
Rob Portman's conversion on
same-sex marriage, my first
reaction was to declare an
ideological victory for the po-
litical left and wrap him in the

same arm'slength embrace the
British gave Benedict Arnold.
My plan was to compare
Portman, a longtime opponent
of gay marriage who now says
he supports such unions, to
the first caveman who crawled
out of the darkness in which

he had lived for so long
into the sunlight.
But then during an af-
ternoon on a golf course
- my escape to a place
more conducive to ra-
tional thinking than the
political spaces of the WI
District of Columbia and
its environs I thought
better of that idea. It would
be a mistake, I concluded, to

treat the conservative
Republican like a sun-
struck caveman, or Ar-
nold, the great traitor of
0 the Revolutionary War.
SPortman at least in
this matter is neither.
CKHAM Nor is he a victory of the
left wing's power of per-
suasion. More than any-
thing else, I think, Portman is
a father who was confronted

with the dueling commitments
to faith and family a man
challenged by a tortured com-
mitment to political ideology
and the love of a son. In the
end, he chose family and son
over faith and ideology.
Two years ago Portman's
son Will, the second of his
three children, revealed to his
parents that he is gay.
"At the time, my position on

marriage for same-sex couples
was rooted in my faith tradi-
tion that marriage is a sacred
bond between a man and a
woman. Knowing that my son
is gay prompted me to con-
sider the issue from another
perspective: that of a dad who
wants all three of his kids to
lead happy, meaningful lives
with the people they love,"
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Women still the backbone

of the Black community
From filling the pews in our churches, leading the
way in protests for civil rights and demanding
their political voice, to bandaging wounded knees
and packing a lunch filled with love, Black women have
been at the forefront often serving without recognition
but still making a difference. That's why we pause this
month to honor mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts
and even "adopted" mothers that are the real backbone
of the Black community.
Unlike during Black History Month, when we invoke
the memories of more-familiar women, including Coretta
Scott King, Harriet Tubman and Mary McLeod Bethune,
Women's History Month tends to be that time when we rec-
ognize the contributions of ordinary, relatively-unknown
women. That is how it should be. The truth is, while
Black men, from the corporate world to the hood, tend to
perpetuate notions of male dominance, we all know that
it's the sacrifices of women that really matter. Some may
treat women as if they were second-class citizens, born
to serve meals, bare children and take care of our homes.
But in today's world, more sisters are rightfully finding
their way into boardrooms, pulpits and political offices of
leadership. Some doors stayed tightly shut until women
like Gwen Cherry, Carrie Meek, Larcenia Bullard, Athalie
Range and Frederica Wilson knocked them down, paving
the way for many others to follow.
These women and many more like them, were deter-
mined to find a way to use their gifts, to raise their voices
and to show other women that gender should never be
condoned as an excuse for denying anyone the chance to
fulfill their dreams.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Black women everywhere
women who often come to the battle with little more
than sheer determination and yet somehow find the
way to tip the scales for the betterment of the entire com-
munity. Indeed, Black women still "rock."

To reduce youth violence

we need to start at home
Record number of police chiefs and mayors
from across South Florida recently gathered for
an historic roundtable discussion on youth vio-
lence that offered an action plan for safety. With it be-
coming increasingly dangerous for our children to even
walk to and from school, officials are keenly aware of
how important their next steps will be.
In the last several months, two high school boys have
become victims of senseless drive-by shootings. One
was paralyzed while riding his bicycle after studying
with friends. The other was shot while waiting for the
bus to take him to school. And yet they were the lucky
ones because both at least survived their injuries.
However, other youth have not been as fortunate.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Al-
berto Carvalho has shown signs of wearing down as
the number of shootings and murders have risen 99
in the last three years. He admits that when he first
promised to attend every funeral, viewing and burial of
a child killed, and to visit each injured student in the
hospital, that he had no idea how many times he would
have to keep his word. He, like many of us, says there
has been too much pain and grief. Something must be
done to radically change the course on which we are
So, as good as this newly-proposed safety plan may
be, it must now be implemented. And not just by law
enforcement. We need parents, mentors, even the man
or woman next door to step up to the plate. The lack
of regard for human life by our youth and the violence
that tends to go along with it, can be curtailed if we be-
gin to take charge of our homes. For some, reestablish-
ing order might be an impossible feat since you your-
selves are contributing to the chaos. That means you
too must change. Others may just need a helping hand
or an ear to listen after having a particularly tough day
with the kids. Before we get on our soapbox to address
problems raging in our communities, let's take inven-
tory at home.



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The era of Jennifer Carroll ends horribly
When then-gubernatorial can- an expansive federal probe into House, Carroll sent a bill to the ing Nelson Cuba, theeao e
didate Rick Scott selected Jen- Allied Veterans of the World an floor that would have legalized Jacksonville Police Benevolent
nifer Carroll as his running-mate ostensibly charitable organiza- the operations, but the legisla- Association, his first vice presi-
in 2010, it seemed like a stroke tion based in Jacksonville, which tion was withdrawn after Carroll dent, Jerry Bass, the commander
of genius. Carroll, 53, ticked a authorities allege defrauded vet- admitted to an apparent conflict Allied Veterans, and Kelly Mathis,
number of boxes that were miss- erans to enrich a small group of interest her consulting firm, an attorney who represented
ing for Scott, and for the Repub- of people involved in the alleged 3M-JC, had Allied Veterans as the organization and the alleged
lican Party. mastermind, were indicted on

immigrant, Carroll allowed Scotter immigrant status also provided Scott cover, as he accused of excessively profit-
to tout the diversity of his poten- both supported Arizona's controversial law allowing law ing from the business, including
tial administration. Her immi- enforcement to inquire about the immigration status of money that went to the princi-
grant status also provided Scott people questioned for other potential offenses... pals, and the purchase of real
cover, as he both supported Ari- estate and other amenities. It is
zona's controversial law allowing not clear how much money the
law enforcement to inquire about scheme. Allied Veterans operated a client. Federal authorities, in- organization paid Carroll's firm,
the immigration status of people a string of "internet cafes" fa- cluding the IRS and the Secret and authorities have not stated
questioned for other potential of- cilities where patrons can play Service, have been probing the what her alleged involvement in
fenses, such as traffic stops, and "sweepstakes"-style games using group across 6 states including the investigation might be.
for his and the tea party's push online terminals also capable of Florida, and have so far issued A source close to Carroll's fam-
for a similar law in the Sunshine accessing the Internet. 57 arrest warrants in the case. ily fears she will be indicted too,
State. The gaming centers, several In 2010, Carroll recorded a TV however, and they are consulting
Now, with Scott facing re-elec- of which were raided and shut PSA for Allied Veterans of the with attorneys and bracing for
tion amid record low approval down by law enforcement officers World, which took in some $290 the worst.
ratings, Carroll is proving to be this week, fall under a murky million over five years from the Joy-Ann ("Joy") Reid is the man-
more of a liability than an asset. area of Florida law, and the city Internet gaming cafe operations, aging editor of TheGrio.com and
She resigned last Wednesday, of Jacksonville, along with some while donating just two percent an on-air contributor on MSNBC.
two days after being questioned members of the state House, have of the proceeds to charity. Last She is also a political columnist
by Florida Department of Law sought to ban them outright. Wednesday, five people connect- for the Miami Herald and editor of
Enforcement officials as part of When she was a member of the ed with the organization, includ- the political blog The Reid Report.


The affluent are treated different, better

F. Scott Fitzgerald got it right
when he said the rich are differ-
We are witnessing that in the
sequester fiasco and we heard it
in another form last week when
Attorney General Eric H. Holder
offered an asinine reason for not
prosecuting bankers/gangsters
known as banksters.
Testifying before Congress,
Holder said, "I am concerned
that the size of some of these in-
stitutions becomes so large that
it does become difficult for us
to prosecute them when we are
hit with indications that if you
do prosecute, if you do bring a
criminal charge, it will have a
negative impact on the nation-
al economy, perhaps even the
world economy."
Holder is not the Secretary of
Treasury. While he, like all of
us, might be concerned about
the economy, that's not his area
of responsibility. His job as the
nation's chief law enforcer is to
enforce the law. And that should
apply to banksters like it applies
to gangsters. But, as we know,
the rich and institutions they

control are treated differently.
This variation of banks being
"too big to fail" is essentially tell-
ing us their CEOs are "too big
to jail." If banks are too big to
fail, we should remind ourselves
who allowed them to grow that
large. Each time big banks gob-
bled up smaller ones like ATMs
suck in your check deposit, they
had to first win approval from
the federal government. That

of HSBC, which signed a $1.9
billion settlement with the U.S.
after CEO Stuart Gulliver ac-
knowledged the bank's failure
to catch at least $881 million in
drug trafficking money that was
laundered through the institu-
tion's accounts. Officials admit-
ted their bank had facilitated il-
licit financial transfers on behalf
of rogue nations, including Iran
and Libya, as well as Mexican

older is not the Secretary of Treasury. While he, like all
of us, might be concerned about the economy, that's
not his area of responsibility.

is the same federal government
that bails them out when they
get in trouble and the same
federal government that now
whines that their CEOs are two
big to jail. Try explaining that
to a first-time, non-violent drug
user who is rotting away behind
Even in clear-cut cases of
gangster behavior, there is a
double-standard. Take the case

and Colombian drug cartels.
Their punishment? A fine that
equaled 11 percent of last year's
profits and a promise to do a
better job of monitoring their
accounts. And they avoided
criminal prosecution.
Like other banks, HSBC will
continue to benefit from Ameri-
can taxpayers underwriting its
deposit insurance.
President Obama and his ad-

visers have already stated that
they are amenable to a "grand
bargain" whereby the White
House and Republicans will
reach an agreement on budget
So far, 107 of the 200 House
Democrats have signed a letter
to the president threatening to
vote "against any and every cut
to Medicare, Medicaid or Social
Security benefits including
raising the retirement age or
cutting the cost of living adjust-
ments that our constituents
earned and need."
In the alternative, they want
the grand bargain to "rely on
economic growth and more fair
revenue-raising policies to solve
our fiscal problems." Those poli-
cies should include putting an
end to subsidies for big busi-
nesses and raising the taxes on
the wealthiest Americans.
George E. Curry, former editor-
in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Associa-
tion News Service (NNPA.) He is
a keynote speaker, moderator,
and media coach.


Priorities: Where is the American Dream?

Once upon a time, the "Ameri-
can Dream" was thought to be life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happi-
ness, as defined by an adequate-
paying job, a house, and equal
opportunity for a higher standard
of life. In 2013, recent public
policy decisions have sounded
the alarm clock of unthinkable
unemployment, home foreclo-
sures, and a national feeling of
regression for most Americans.
New words such as "sequester"
have added incomprehension to
injury. Where did the American
Dream go?
In short, too few Americans
have profited too much, at the
expense of too many in the last
60 years. Tax policy has permit-
ted "American" corporations to
virtually pay no taxes while ex-
porting jobs to low-paying coun-
tries around the world. "Ameri-
can" banks have been allowed
to receive free "bailout" funding
with no requirement to make new

loans (or restructure them) to or-
dinary people who were targeted
for sub-prime loans to generate
more profits for the banks. More-
over, little regulation of hedge
funds let them make huge sums
of money by essentially betting
against the American economy,
which opened the door of despair
for many.
However, the adage "knowledge
is power" prevails in understand-
ing how our nation's spirit of
growth for all sectors of economy
has been weighted to the wealthy.
One excellent source is the "Peo-
ple's Guide to the Federal Budget"
by the National Priorities Project.
The People's Guide provides ba-
sic information in plain language
for ordinary Americans to follow
their tax money through the fed-
eral budget, separate substance
from the "spin" of politicians,
compare policy priorities in feder-
al budget to those of most people,
and increase citizen involvement

in how government works at the
national, state, and local level.
The familiar phrase of "power to
the people" is now example by
the rise of the Tea Party in 2009
and Occupy Wall Street in 2011.
In a similar way, the People's
Guide prepares people to affect
progressive public policy.
Another informational re-
source is Who Stole the American
Dream by Hedrick Smith. In the
book, Hedrick Smith lays out a
historical timeline which reveals
how the "American Dream" was
built and how it was decimated.
For example, Smith's timeline
traverses Henry Ford's common
sense idea in the early 1900's
to pay workers a good wage in
order to afford American prod-
ucts such as Ford automobiles.
Ford's policy led to the American
auto industry providing annual
wage increases, health benefits,
and merit promotions that other
American industries followed.

One result was a CE I to work-
er income ratio of 40:1 in 1950.
From 1945 to 1973, employee
productivity and pay rose over
90 percent.
Smith's timeline goes on the re-
veal the agreed personnel policy
of leading American CEO's in the
1960's, commonly known as the
"virtuous circle of growth," or, in
other words, a happy worker is a
productive worker.
Simultaneously to progres-
sive public policy formation,
Republican Presidential nomi-
nee Barry Goldwater reversed
progressive partisanship and
planted the seeds to what would
become today's Tea Party. In
1971, conservative attorney Lew-
is Powell (from my hometown of
Richmond, Virginia) issued the
infamous "Powell Memo" calling
for increased corporate policy
activism to benefit the wealthy,
thereby reversing the progress
for ordinary Americans.

TOe Itiami Cimes
One Family Serving Dade and Broward Counties Since 1923


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Lt Gov. Jennifer Carrol joins Blacks are wealthier than you may know

a select group few remember The estimated net worth of zant of when it comes to wealth: when she was very young so she is worth about $4 1
the ton twelve Black tycoons in Africans. Those of you who still would not grow up like I did females, Foloruns

Being relegated to historic
footnote status can be painful.
In the case of Jennifer Carroll
and the job she once held as
lieutenant governor, it's down-
right ugly.
Carroll resigned due to her
role in Allied Veterans of the
World, an alleged illegal gam-
bling operation fronting as a
charity. If her name rings no
bells, you're probably in the
majority. It's the price one
pays for being Florida's first
sidekick, a job state leaders
rank somewhere between test
dummy and anthropologist.

than scandal. Nobel Andrew
Hull took office in 1877, but
left a year later to serve in the
U.S. House of Representatives.
Perhaps Congress had higher
approval ratings, maybe a bet-
ter health plan.
Voters abolished the post
in 1889, but brought it back
in 1968, with the lieutenant
governor simply serving at the
pleasure of the governor. The
office re-settled into obscu-
rity until 1973, when Lt. Gov.
Thomas Burton Adams Jr. was
caught using a state employee
to manage Adams' 1,000-acre

igns of trouble first surfaced in 1868 when William Henry
Gleason, Florida's second lieutenant governor, claimed
the governor's office for himself during an attempted im-
peachment of then-Gov...

The former Republican leg-
islator from Clay County joins
a select list of officeholders
whose 15 minutes of shame
in a position most Floridians
don't care much .about soon
will be forgotten.
The position was first created
in 1865. Back then, the lieu-
tenant governor stood a heart-
beat away from being governor
and presided over the Florida
Signs of trouble first sur-
faced in 1868 when William
Henry Gleason, Florida's
second lieutenant governor,
claimed the governor's office
for himself during an attempt-
ed impeachment of then-Gov.
Harrison Reed. Note the word,
attempted. The Florida Sen-
ate adjourned without decid-
ing Reed's fate, and the Florida
Supreme Court sided with the
governor, too. Guess who got
the boot?
Gleason's successor didn't
fare much better. For months,
Edmund C. Weeks served as
lieutenant governor without
pay because the state comp-
troller didn't recognize his
appointment to an elected
position. On Weeks' first day
presiding over the state Sen-
ate, a majority of the members
walked out on him. Awkward!'
The sixth lieutenant gover-
nor's tenure was more insult

farm on government time.
The uproar forced then-Gov.
Reuben Askew to drop Adams
like a bad habit.
Since then some of the of-
fice's occupants most nota-
bly, Lt. Gov. Buddy McKay -
actually did enough to bring
validity to the job. Aside from
the dust-up Lt. Gov. Jeff Kott-
kamp had during his attempt
to justify his use of state air-
planes, things seemed fine.
Carroll came along and
seemed to have the right stuff
- a Black conservative, a mili-
tary background and a life-
time membership in both the
NAACP and the NRA and the
potential to transcend the of-
fice itself. Note the word, po-
She became the 18th lieu-
tenant governor in 2010 and
began with the high hopes of
using her legislative experi-
ence to help Gov. Scott, a po-
litical outsider whose multi-
million dollar campaign bested
better-known Republicans.
The space program, defense
contracting, Black business-
es, even handling an examina-
tion of the state's Stand Your
Ground law Carroll oozed
"I want to be remembered as
a person who came in to do the
job, and did it excellently," she
told me during happier times.

Is the president's focus on

Hispanics leaving Blacks out

of the immigrant debate?
Liberty City, dietician Brownsville, bus operator

"No, I don't
see that."

"Yeah, a
lot of the is-
sues haven't
been catered
to Blacks.
It's like we're
being over-

Liberty City, civil worker

"I don't think so. I think he
focuses on all -

North Miami, clerk

"No. I think
he's being fair
to everybody."

Liberty City, retired

"I don't believe that. He's
and focuses
on everyone
regardless of
their race."

Little Haiti, officer auxiliary

"I think it's equal. All of the
will benefit
if the law is
passed; it's
good for all

this country is approximately
$10 billion, with Oprah leading
the pack at a robust $2.7 bil-
lion. Following are athletes, en-
tertainers, corporate execs, and
entrepreneurs not necessarily
in that order, which comes to an
additional estimated $10 billion.
That's a lot of "jack" as they say;
makes thQse folks who are "only"
millionaires look poor.
Now most of us know that War-
ren Buffett and Bill Gates alone
have more than $100 billion in
net worth. What does that tell
us about the so-called "wealth
gap" disparity between Blacks
and Whites that has once again
raised its ugly head? What it tells
me is that we had better not go
for the distraction of trying to get
even, which would be an exercise
in futility. Closing the wealth gap
is a worthwhile cause, but get-
ting even is out of the question.
There is. another group of
Black folks we should be cogni-

have images of Tarzan movies
in your mind, and those of you
who picture Africa as "the Dark
Continent" are in for a pleasant
surprise. While we know about
all the natural resources Africa
possesses, despite it being called

cheering for Tarzan.
To add even more positive in-
formation about the land from
which we came, there are three
men and two women whose col-
lective wealth is more than $37
billion. According to the latest

Now most of us know that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates
alone have more than $100 billion in net worth. What
does that tell us about the so-called "wealth gap" dis-
parity between Blacks and Whites that has once again raised its
ugly head?

by some the "poorest" continent,
we should learn more about its
"official" 54 countries. Pull up
some photos of the cities in vari-
ous countries and you will no-
tice they look just like American
cities. Prior to his transition,
Brother George Subira would
bring large posters of African cit-
ies to any conference he attend-
ed. I bought one for my daughter

Forbes calculations, Aliko Dan-
gote of Nigeria tops the list with
a net worth of more than $16
billion. Mohammed Al-Amoudi,
with a net worth of $13 billion,
is said to own more than 70
percent of all the oil in Ethiopia
and produces four tons of oil per
year. Mike Adenuga, a Nigerian
who made his fortune in oil, tele-
communications, and banking,

tllion Afr'can
ho Alakija of

Nigeria, and Isabel dos Santos of
Angola, billionaires themselves,
also stand out as some of the
wealthiest people in the world
with more than $5 billion in net
Our images of Africa and Afri-
cans must be couched in reality,
not myth and certainly not ste-
reotypes promulgated by those
who want us to think Africa is
not worth anything. Black Af-
ricans are leading the world in
wealth creation and growth, and
we should be proud of the broth-
ers and sisters who have turned
the tremendous natural re-
sources of Africa into billions of
dollars for themselves and their
Jim Clingman, founder of the
Greater Cincinnati African Ameri-
can Chamber of Commerce, is the
nation's most prolific writer on
economic empowerment for Black
people. He is an adjunct professor
at the University of Cincinnati.


The Black Freedom struggle
of the 50s and 60s, popularly
referred to as the Civil Rights
Movement, tore down Jim Crow
segregation in law and in many
cases in practice. With these vic-
tories, Black organizations and
activists focused on advancing
economic opportunity to end in-
equality based on generations of
discrimination. President John-
son launched a "War on Poverty"
which advanced social programs
such as Job Corps and Head
Start and provided overall more
support for those in poverty.
Both Democrats and Republi-
cans supported and implement-
ed affirmative action policies.
And for a brief period, there was
a recognized responsibility that
federal intervention was neces-
sary to advance racial equity in
the country.
Though there was always
some disagreement with federal
intervention to advance racial
equality; it would take until the
election of Ronald Reagan for
the federal government to de-
construct the programs, regula-
tions and policies that had been
in place specifically to advance
equal opportunity..
Reagan was elected at a time


in Vi
tic c.
il Ri

past racial equality
n America was still reeling rights workers were murdered in
self-doubt over its defeat the sixties) made it clear to many
etnam. Though his optimis- that President Reagan would
campaign message promised work to turn back many civil
*r days ahead for the coun- rights gains.
his positions on civil rights President Reagan even tried to
es looked backward, not for- veto the Civil Rights Restoration
[. Act of 1988, which stipulated
opposed the landmark Civ- that publicly funded institutions
ghts Act of 1964 and also had to comply 'with civil rights

Reagan was elected at a time when America was still reel-
ing with self-doubt over its defeat in Vietnam. Though
his optimistic campaign message promised better days
ahead for the country, his positions on civil rights issues looked
backward, not forward.

sought to limit the Voting Rights
Act, claiming that these laws
were an infringement on states'
rights. He was also an outspo-
ken critic of affirmative action,
condemning racial quotas as
a form of reverse racism even
though his Republican prede-
cessor, Richard Nixon, ,is often
credited for affirmative action's
institutionalization. While Ron-
ald Reagan vehemently denied
all charges of racism, his dec-
larations for support of states'
rights in Philadelphia, Missis-
sippi (the place where three civil

I Spreadamg Lwiy

The Democratic Black Cau- treasurer really resign because
cus of Florida appears to be in he did not want to follow or-
self-destruct mode at a time ders to misuse Caucus funds?
when they need to be 'getting And when will the Black Cau-
their house in order for the cus be ready to choose a new
next season of elections. Re- president? The Governor's race
cently the Caucus found itself is looming in 2014. We wonder
without both a president and a how long it will take this group
treasurer. But the real mystery of depleted members to turn
is why former President Dr. H. things around. Stay tuned.
Bruce Miles, a Tampa dentist, ********
left his post. One source says Rumor has it that the City
he was ousted from office, while of Opa-locka has a new police
another says he left on his own chief and deputy chief. At least
accord, disgruntled with the according to a communique
direction in which the group rifled off by North Miami Mayor
was headed. Did the former Andre Pierre to a group of his

laws in all areas of their organi-
zation. Despite his efforts, Con-
gress had enough votes to pass
the measure.
President Reagan did find suc-
cess in cutting funding for the
Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) and the
civil rights division of the Justice
Department both organiza-
tions designed to crack down on
discriminatory practices in edu-
cation, housing, and the work-
place. His cuts rendered both
agencies toothless, causing the
EEOC to file 60 percent fewer

constituents. That means we
should be congratulating North
Miami Police Commander Jef-
frey Key and Officer Peter
Cruz for being promoted to
the one-two slots. But wait a
minute last week Opa-locka
Mayor Myra Taylor said Pierre
had it wrong. And her city
manager, Kelvin Baker, said
he hadn't fired current chief,
Cheryl Cason, or the deputy
chief, Antonio Sanchez. So
just who is running things
in Opa-locka's police depart-
ment? Did Cason really retire
late Sunday evening? And why


gains A
cases, and virtually ensuing
that most cases of segregation
in schools or housing at the Jus-
tice Department went uninvesti-
Blacks seen record levels of
unemployment, poverty, in-
creases in incarceration and
steep slowing in socio-economic
gains during the Reagan era and
The 1980s represents a time
of regression in the U.S. as it
relates to racial equity similar
to the time of the 1880s and the
following. decades when racial
inequality was re-established
following the Civil War and Re-
construction. Over 30 years lat-
er, the U.S. has yet to re-embrace
the activist role of the govern-
ment deemed necessary by civil
rights activists to create greater
equal opportunity. Since the
Reagan era, even in strong eco-
nomic times, economic inequal-
ity for all Americans grew and for
Blacks in particular, the racial
economic divide remains wide
and in some ways has deepened.
Dedrick Muhammad began his
professional career working in
higher education. He worked in
multicultural affairs at Williams
and Oberlin College.

should Pierre care?

With the recent decision
of the longtime president/
CEO for Miami-Dade County's
Children's Trust, Modesto
E. Abety-Gutierrez, to re-
tire in April, there are a lot of
people who would enjoy tak-
ing over the helm and its pro-
jected 2012-2013 budget of
$103,409,690. We hear that
Jacqui Colyer, former regional
director for Miami's Depart-
ment of Children and Families,
may have the inside track for
the job. Stay tuned.






Retired nurse on battlefield for Black lives


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@ miamitimesonline.com

Agnes Rolle Morton, 75, is
intimately familiar with the
history of Overtown. After all,
it was where she was born and
raised, attended school [Dun-
bar Elementary and Booker T.
Washington Senior High, class
of 1955] and is now the com-
munity where she volunteers
much of her time. She has trav-
eled the world and lived in San
Francisco for a number of years.
And like Dorothy in the "Wizard
of Oz," when Morton talks about
Overtown, it's clear that "there's
no place like home."
A retired registered nurse
and health educator, Morton
earned a B.S. in nursing from
Florida Agricultural & Mechani-
cal University [FAMU] and then
joined the U.S. Army. In fact, it
was the Army that helped her
complete her college degree.
"I knew I wanted to be a
nurse as far back as elementary
school and remember the public
health nurse, Miss Grace Higgs,
who was one of my earliest role
models," she said. "But she
was just one of many because
in Overtown you had doctors,
nurses, teachers all kinds
of occupations represented
and living right there in the
same community. When I got
to FAMU, my family struggled
to pay tuition so I signed up for
the Army in order to get finan-
cial help with school."

Morton is a wonderful story-



teller and history buff, describ-
ing the world in which she
entered after college with vivid
detail. Some of her adventures
illustrate just how far Blacks,
women in particular, have come
since the early days of the civil
rights movement.
"I came back to Miami to
study for my nursing boards
and then entered the Army in
December 1960," she said. "A
lot of the Black nurses who
came from the South like me
were stationed in the South,"
she said. "I guess they figured
we understood the southern
way of life best since we had
grown up here., I was assigned
to Ft. Jackson in South Caro-
lina. Was racism alive and well?
Of course! Even though we were
in the midst of the civil rights
movement, we were still in the
South. Racism was still the
prevailing order. When I was
sent to Korea for 13 months,
I was the only Black nurse in

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Morton assists an Army physician with a young solider in Korea.

my unit. Imagine the TV show
M.A.S.H. and you'll have an
idea of what it was like."

Morton continued her edu-
cation, earning two master's
degrees. She is now a doctoral
candidate at the Western In-
stitute for Social Research in
Berkeley, California. She made

San Francisco her home for
40 years, retiring from the San
Francisco Department of Public
Health in 1998 and being cited
as a community pillar by the
San Francisco Foundation in
1995. She would continue her
work as a community health
nurse, education and activ-
ist until she felt the calling to
return home to Overtown.
But Morton says she didn't

return home to rest on her
"I was away from Miami but
I read my Miami Times ev-
ery week except when I was
assigned overseas," she said.
"My father was a Bahamian
carpenter who built his home
in Overtown in 1917 with his
own hands. He was devas-
tated when the City took his
home by eminent domain.

The people of Overtown have
lost their homes, suffer from
poor health and often feel like
they've been abandoned. Our
history is rich and needs to be
shared and respected. Histo-
rian Marvin Dunn predicts that
in 10 years Overtown will be
primarily white and Hispanic
- in 20 years he says it will be
hard to find a Black-face at all.
That's why I am so passion-
ate about working on behalf
of those Blacks trying to hold
on in Overtown. People like
Georgiana Johnson Bethel [one
of the last living teachers from
BTW], Miss Willie Pearl Porter
[a RN that was a mentor and
is now 101], Lena Collier and
Mizie Hanna [two other RNs
that were role mentors] were
committed to improving the
lives of children and families
in Overtown. I'm on that same

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The Basilica of Our Lady
of Peace in Yamoussoukro,
Ivory Coast, is the larg-
est Catholic Church in the
world, eclipsing St. Peter's
in Rome, which inspired
it. Catholicism has been
growing in Africa over
the past decade.

AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, of Ghana, celebrates
Mass at St. Liborius Church in Rome.Turkson, archbishop of Cape
Coast, is among those considered to have a shot at the papacy.

4n Africa

Ivory Coast has largest Catholic church in the world

By Robbie Corey-Boulet

- On the day Pope Benedict XVI
gave his final weekly address,
Catholics who came to pray at Ya-
moussoukro's Our Lady of Peace
Basilica had no problem finding a
The basilica is one of the larg-
est churches in the world larger
even than St. Peter's in the Vati-
can. The sanctuary alone seats
7,000, and the entire space can
accommodate 150,000 people
As the number of regular
churchgoers drops in Europe and
the U.S., the number of faithful
in Africa has risen dramatically,
greater here than anywhere else in
50 years.. In Africa, between 1.978
and 2007, the number of Catho-
lics grew from 55 million to 146
million, according to the Vatican.
A recent study by Pew Forum on
Religion and Public Life show the
continent's Catholic population at
more than 175 million.
"(Previous popes have) seen a
church that is incredibly vivacious
and lively and exciting which is
what I think some popes. have
certainly lamented about the de-
cline of the church in Europe and
the rise of secularism," said Mark
Faulkner, a senior teaching fel-
low at the University of London's
School of Oriental and African
Studies. "They see the opposite in
Africa where they do see a very vi-
brant Christian community.
Which is one reason why for the

first time in memory, a cardinal
from Africa is a serious consider-
ation for pope.

Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turk-
son, 64, is the head of the 'anl-
can's peace and justice office He
helped calm his flock folli,,.inc
contested Ghanaian electicrs i. s
known for his efforts to alle'.it-_-
poverty and kept to the church s
teachings that faithful re: ation-
ships and not encouraging con-
dom use is the moral way -.:d end
Africa's AIDS epidemic.
Benedict called Africa "an im-
mense spiritual lung" for humarn-
ity, naming a higher percentage of
Africans as cardinals than his pre-
decessors. He went to Cameroon
and Angola in 2009 and to Benin
in 2011, at age 84. His retirement
became official on Feb. 28.
There are many reasons why
Black Africans have been attract-
ed to the Catholic faith. One is the
stand the church takes on modern
The Catholic Church's values
"are in accordance with what
might be called African values,"
including when it comes to social
issues such as homosexuality and
contraception,, says Paul Gifford,
the author of multiple books on
Christianity in Africa.
But Gifford, who is based in
Senegal, says there is an even
stronger reason for the church's
popularity, which is rooted in its
tradition of justice for the poor.

A woman attends Mass at the
Yamoussoukro on Feb. 28.

The church has tens of thou-
sands of schools across the conti-
nent, he says, that provide free ed-
ucation and religious instruction.
In several African nations, half
of the population is Catholic and
the church is perhaps the big-
gest non-government aid agency.
Continentwide, the church runs
55,000 schools and 20 universi-
ties that provide degrees for hun-
dreds of thousands of Africans
.who would have little chance at
an education otherwise.

When'some African leaders were
refusing to acknowledge that AIDS
existed their countries, or refused

-Photo: Issouf Sanogo, AFP/Getty Images
Our Lady of Peace Basilica in

to treat the disease, the mission-
aries and nuns of the Catholic
Church were moving through the
most impoverished regions of the
continent providing medical treat-
ment and pastoral uplift.
Gifford says anecdotal evidence
suggests the Roman Catholic
Church provides half of the conti-
nent's AIDS care.
All of the assistance provided by
the church is generally available
to the entire population not
just Catholics. Gifford said' this
burnished the church's reputa-
tion for developing Africa.
"Anywhere you go, the hospi-
tals aren't just for Catholics, the
schools aren't just for Catholics -

the1,, .rc s,~-rious contribution to
the n.diiun." he said. "And people
see th._t, respect that and really
like that "
Faulkner attributes the
church's growth in Africa partly
to demographics as well.
"I think it's less to do now with
adult conversions and more to do
with the increase in the church
based on families reproducing,"
he said.
He agreed though that the
church's schools and hospitals
"often have a very good name,
taking people into the orbit of the
mission of the parish."

In Ivory Coast alone, as many
as five million of the nation's 17
million people are Catholic. As in
other African nations, the church
gained converts at the expense of
Muslim faiths and indigenous be-
lief systems such as voodooism or
animism, in which spirits are be-
lieved to inhabit objects in nature.
In his prayer consecrating the
Yamoussoukro basilica in 1990,
Pope John Paul II said, "Allow the
faithful of Ivory Coast to be tire-
less peacemakers, in union with-
their brothers and sisters in this
land and throughout the conti-
Still, the case of Ivory Coast
shows how the narrative of con-
tinued Catholic growth in Af-
rica does not apply everywhere.
Church leaders in the commercial
capital of Abidjan say national
membership has declined in the
past decade, with a considerable
number converting to Protestant
denominations, especially evan-

gelical faiths.
Some say the church may have
lost converts because of the way
some church members were in-
volved in strife and violence.
In Rwanda in the 1990s, a hand-
ful of Hutu Catholic and Protes-
tant church members, including
priests and nuns, had roles in
massacres in which Hutus killed
more than a half-million Tutsis
and moderate Hutus in a genocide
orchestrated by the Hutu govern-
ment. In Ivory Coast, Jean-Parfait
Yapo, a priest at St. Paul's Cathe-
dral in Abidjan, said the church
provided extensive humanitarian
services to victims of the political
violence in Ivory Coast in 2011
but did not stand up to the perpe-
trators of the violence.
"Many people accused us of be-
ing silent," Yapo said. "And they
thought this meant that we were
being partisan."
Ivory Coast is not the only Af-
rican country to lose members to
Protestant faiths. Faulkner said
the Catholic Church's continent-
wide growth figures masked sig-
nificant variation among different
African countries.
"It hasn't grown everywhere," he
In Kenya, Faulkner said, the
Catholic Church gained cred-
ibility for standing up to former
president Daniel arap Moi, whose
regime became notorious for hu-
man rights abuses during his 24-
year reign that ended in 2002. Al-
though the church's role in Ivory
Coast's recent crisis was less dra-
matic, it nonetheless amounted to
something of a black eye for the
institution, he said.

Michelle Obama comes on strong

By Maria Puente

She's already danced on TV
with Jimmy Fallon. She's dropped
in .at the Oscars, worked out on
the White House lawn, sparkled
at state dinners, become a fash-
ion trendsetter. She's even gotten
Americans to think more about
what they eat. What's next for first
lady Michelle Obama?
From her new bangs-and-bob
hairstyle to her dance moves to
her couture gowns, people can't
stop talking about her and she
kind of can't be avoided' She's a
master of Twitter, a star of TV talk
shows, a drowd-pleaser wherever
she goes.
But is she overexposed? Are
we going to see even more of her
on our screens in the next four
Granted, she did not attend
Saturday night's Gridiron Din-
ner with the president and the
Washington press corps. But no
less than Saturday Night Live is
joking about her ubiquity, teasing
in a recent skit that the seques-
ter budget cuts would force her to
make "four television appearances
a week, down from her usual 75."
Obama, who just turned 49, is
fully aware of the intensity of at-
tention to everything she does.
"My bangs set off a national con-
versation," Obama told reporters
on a recent trip, after she had
joked that the bangs were her
"midlife crisis." "We've got a lot
of talking going on. Everybody's
kitchen-table conversation is now
accessible to everybody else. It's
absolutely not surprising."
According to the White House,
she and her staff are in the midst
of strategizing how the next four
years might differ, or might not,
from her first term as FLOTUS,
generally hailed as a rousing suc-
cess with her clever blending of

conventional and unconventional.
"I can't think of too much to
criticize," says Anita McBride, for-
mer chief of staff to Laura Bush
and now director of first-lady
studies at American University
in Washington. "Is she pushing
the envelope? Not for her. I think
she's clearly found her footing."
It's not as if Obama had a lot of
training. A lawyer and non-profit
executive, she was not a' long-
time political wife, never lived in
Washington, didn't do politics,
didn't even much want her hus-
band to run for president.Syndi-
cated columnist Kathleen Parker

writes that Obama is having fun
as the star of her own movie. "She
isn't just breaking the mold; she's
shattering the good china. The
Madonna of first ladies, she is
emerging as an iconoclastic, self-
reinventing woman who clearly
doesn't mind shaking the firma-
Since 2009, her East Wing has
undergone typical staff upheav-
als: She is on her third chief of
staff, her second press'secretary,
her second communications di-
rector and her third social secre-
tary (who is, for the first time, a

But she adapted to the unde-
fined job of first lady like a pro,
say those who have 'watched her.
Polls show she's become one of the
most popular, admired women in
the world, able to persuade kids
to eat their vegetables or make an
unknown fashion designer like
Jason Wu, a global star.

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"Evolution of Mom-Dancing" with
host Jimmy Fallon during a 'Late
Night' appearance in February.

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57 charged in Internet cafe scam

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigns

By Amy Pavuk & Rene Stutzman

Calling their actions "callous"
and "despicable," authorities on
Wednesday said the nonprofit
Allied Veterans of the World -
which operates Internet cafes
throughout Central Florida -
is a sophisticated, $300 million
criminal enterprise.
A three-year, multi-agency
investigation into the contro-
versial strip-mall casinos cul-
minated this week with the
arrests of roughly 50 people,
including law-enforcement of-
ficers and a Jacksonville at-
torney on hundreds of charges
ranging from racketeering to
money laundering. In total, 57
people were charged in "Opera-
tion Reveal the Deal."
Florida's. Lt. Gov. Jennifer
Carroll, who was questioned by
law-enforcement about her link
to Allied Veterans this week, re-
signed in the wake of the probe.
At a news conference in Or-
lando, the state's top law-en-
forcers and prosecutors de-
tailed their case against Allied
Veterans, but would not dis-
cuss how Carroll was tied to the
group or what she told agents.
The non-profit Allied Veterans
held itself out to be a charity for
veterans, overseeing dozens of
store-front "electronic sweep-
stakes" centers that it called
"fund-raising centers," accord-
ing to a federal search warrant
affidavit prepared by an Inter-
nal Revenue Service agent.
"In fact, the 'fundraising cen-
ters' were nothing more than
Internet casinos that operated
slot machines in violation of
Florida's gambling laivs," the
affidavit said,
The company claimed to do-
nate 70 to 100 percent of its
proceeds to charity, according
to the affidavit, but in reality,
gave away about two percent.
Allied Veterans grossed $290
million between 2007 and
2012, the affidavit said, but do-

nated just $6 million to charity.
Attorney Kelly Mathis, identi-
fied as a key player and center
of the organization, is accused
of making $6 million from the
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement Commissioner
Gerald Bailey said Allied Vet-
erans spent large amounts of
money on lobbying efforts and
political campaigns.
In a statement released last
Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott's
chief of staff, Adam Holling-
sworth, said Carroll consulted
for Allied Veterans while serv-
ing as a member of the Florida
House of Representatives in
2009 and 2010.
"She was interviewed by
Florida Department of Law En-
forcement officers regarding
her work with the company,"
the statement said. "Lt. Gov.
Carroll resigned in an effort to
keep her former affiliation with
the company from distracting
from the administration's im-
portant work on behalf of Flori-
da families. She made the right
decision for the state and her

In addition to Mathis, au-
thorities arrested other key
players in the group, identified
as: Chase Burns whose Okla-
homa company International
Internet Technologies provided
the software for the games;
Jerry Bass, a "national com-
mander" for Allied Veterans;
and Johnny Duncan, a former
"national commander."
Nelson Cuba, president of
the Fraternal Order of Police in
Jacksonville, and Robbie Frei-
tas, first vice president for the
FOP, were among the arrested.
Of those charged, 36 are from
Florida. The remainder are
from South Carolina, Georgia,
Alabama and Pennsylvania.
Fifteen suspects, including

Florida's Lt. Gov.

Mathis, Cuba and Freitas, ap-
peared at a raucous hearing
last Wednesday afternoon at
the Seminole County Jail.
Typically, defendants are
given a probable cause hear-
ing within 24 hours of their
arrest, but Circuit Judge John
Galluzzo, who had signed ar-
rest warrants for each, left his
courtroom, walked into the
one with the Internet casino
defendants, and interrupted.
Seminole County Judge James
There, Galluzzo .ordered the
hearings halted and said. the
suspects could appear last Fri-
day in front of another judge,
Kenneth Lester Jr., if they
wanted to argue over bail.
Dekleva later told defense at-

torneys that by mid-day last
Thursday, Lester would assign
bond amounts to each of the
15, ranging from $100,000 to
$500,000. If they want to chal-
lenge those amounts, Dekleva
said, they can show up in front
of Lester last Friday.
Defense attorneys were in-
censed, said they would file
an appeal, and described what
had happened as illegal and an
"This is not fair. What the
government is doing is com-
pletely unconscionable," said
attorney Mitchell A. Stone, who
is representing Mathis.
Among those arrested were
Aamir Waheed and Tony Park-
er, businessmen who operat-
ed their own Internet cafes in
Central Florida.
Orlando defense attorney
Mark NeJame said Allied Veter-
ans is a benefactor of the busi-
"Whatever issue the govern-
ment- has with Allied does not
affect us. These operators are
extremely legitimate business
people," said NeJame, who
noted some customers are law-
enforcement officers.
"To now,. all of a sudden
claim that there is question-
able activity after being open
for many years, is simply out-
rageous," he said.

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Los Angeles Archdiocese to pai

$10 million in sexual abuse casm

By Jennifer Medina

LOS ANGELES While its for-
mer leader, Cardinal Roger M.
Mahony, gathered with cardinals
in Rome to choose the new pope,
the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
reached a $10 million settlement
with four men who say they were
abused by a former priest who has
been criminally convicted in a sep-
arate case.
The former priest, Michael Bak-
er, has been accused of molesting
at least 23 boys over a 30-year pe-
riod and was convicted of abusing
.two boys in 2007, The cases that
were settled last Tuesday had been
set for trial early next month.
The settlement is the first since
the release of thousands of in-
ternal church documents show-
ing that Cardinal Mahony and
his top aides assisted priests ac-
cused of abuse and helped protect
them from law enforcement. The
documents showed that Cardinal
Mahony approved of sending Mr.
Baker to a treatment center in
New Mexico and later allowed him
to return to the ministry. Church
officials defrocked Mr. Baker in
2000 after learning that he was
performing baptisms without

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony
Two of the men involved in the
most recent settlement will each
receive $4 million and are broth-
ers of a third man Mr. Baker was
convicted of abusing. That man
received an earlier $2 million set-
tlement. Two other men received a
nearly $1 million settlement.
The Los Angeles Archdiocese
currently has about a dozen abuse
cases with active litigation, said
J. Michael Hennigan, a lawyer for
the church. It is difficult to know
whether the release of documents

Michael Baker
earlier this year will produce a
large number of lawsuits. Howev-
er, church officials say they believe
most of the victims have already
come forward and were part of a
record $660 million settlement in
2007 with more than 500 victims.
"If we were going to pick a single
molester out of all the allegations,
Michael Baker is No. 1," Mr. Hen-
nigan said. "He is probably our
worst example of an offender, and
we have accepted full responsibil-
ity for everything that he did. We
never should have put him back
in the ministry."

Report criticizes justice unit

By Devlin Barrett
& Melanie Trottman

Problems with unprofessional
conduct in the Justice Depart-
ment's voting section that erupt-
ed during the George W. Bush
administration have continued
in recent years, according to an
internal investigation that could
complicate the Obama adminis-
tration's plans to nominate the
section's boss, Thomas Perez, as
labor secretary.
Justice Department Inspector
General Michael Horowitz issued
a 258-page report last Tuesday
describing an often dysfunction-
al work environment at the vot-
ing section, which is part of the
department's Civil Rights Divi-
sion. Investigators concluded the
section is split into two hostile,
ideologically opposed camps that

have spent years undermining
each other over liberal and con-
servative 'views of election laws.
The investigation found "a dis-
appointing lack of professional-
ism by some department employ-
ees over an extended period of
time, during two administrations,
and across various facets of the
Voting Section's operations," ac-
cording to the report.
Criticism of the section is not
new. The same office has issued
scathing reports documenting
improper hiring practices and
other misconduct during the ad-
ministration of President George
W. Bush. But last Tuesday's re-
port also looked at controversies
that emerged during the Obama
administration, and it concludes
the problems still exist.
The person with the most at
stake in the report is Mr. Perez,

who took the job as assistant at-
torney general for the Civil Rights
Division in 2009 with a pledge
to restore integrity to the office.
Now, with Mr. Perez expected to
be nominated for labor secretary,
according to people familiar with
the president's plans, his nomi-
nation could be jeopardized if Re-
publicans use the report to chal-
lenge Mr. Perez.
In an eight-page written re-
sponse to the inspector general,
made public lastTuesday, Mr.
Perez said the voting section he
inherited had "low morale and an
unacceptable degree of staff con-
flict, which we believe were large-
ly a product of the illegal hiring,
transfers, case assignments" dur-
ing the previous administration.
He said the division has over-
hauled hiring procedures and im-
proved management practices.

Mr. Hennigan said that the
cent release of the docume
would have resulted in a "h-
media storm" at a trial.
Vince Fanaldi, a lawyer for
plaintiffs, said the docume
proved that Cardinal Mahl
knew more than he had ackno
edged about Mr. Baker.
The documents show that C
dinal Mahony signed off on a p
proposed by his top adviser
abuse cases in 1987 to send
Baker to a psychiatrist, who
also a lawyer, so that he would
have to be reported to law enfor
ment authorities. At the bottom
a memo outlining the plan, Ca
nal, Mahony wrote: "Sounds go
- please proceed!!"

Naked man found dead on the beach
An investigation is underway after the body of nude man washed ashore on
Miami Beach. Since the man, described as being in his 20s, was naked he didn't
have any identification on him, according to police spokesman Bobby Hernandez.
The body was found on the beach at 25th Street around 2 a.m.
Hernandez said investigators don't think the man was homeless and are walt-
ing lor the results of an autopsy which will determine how he died. They are also
checking to see it anyone has reported him as missing.
Investigators don't know if the man lived here or was just visiting for Spring
Break or possibly the upcoming Ultra Music Festival, according to Hernandez.
As to how he ended up in the water, Hernandez said there are a number of
possibilities including he may have gone for a late night swim n. the nude; he
may also have fallen or been pushed off a bridge or boat.

Two drunk TSA agents fire guns out hotel window
Two TSA agents were arrested last Tuesday night after police say they went on
a drunken rampage in which they fired a gun out of the window of a South Beach
hotel room arid threw furniture to the ground below
Jeffrey Piccolella, 27, and Nicholas Puccio, 25, are charged with criminal mis-
chief and using a firearm under the influence ol alcohol or drugs thanks to the 11
p.m. incident at the Hotel Shelley at 808 Collins Avenue.
According to Miami Beach Police, Piccolella confessed the Palm Beach County
pair returned to their hotel room after consuming "several" alcoholic beverages.
at which point they decided to open the window and shout Piccolella's .380-cali-
ber semi-automatic pistol.
A front desk clerk and security guard told police they heard one gunshot,
then another 3-5 before a guest at the Shelby reported that furniture was being
tossed from a room on the second floor.
Responding Miami Beach police officers set up a perimeter around Piccoiella's
and Puccio's room before taking them into custody without incident. According
to the arrest report, the pair both had 3 strong odor of alcohol and bloodshot,
watery eyes.
Police say Puccio denied any involvement in the incident, but both men were
booked into Miami-Dade County Jail on matching charges and $5,500 bond each.

Man in wheelchair opens fire in Lincoln Road eatery
A man angry over seating opened fire Monday night inside a restaurant and
bar on popular Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Reportedly a suspect in a wheel-
chair fired two shots into the air at Finnegan's Road near Michigan Avenue, with
one bullet ending up in a second floor apartment. The man was identified as
Ernesto Velazquez.
According to witnesses, Velazquez and his brother arrived at the bar and
asked for a table. A waitress told police that Velazquez became irate after being
directed to a table outside.
She said he then grabbed a pistol that he had under a shirt he had on the right
side of his wheelchair. The waitress told police that she suggested the outside
table because it is lower and would be more comfortable.
Jail records show the 29-year-old Velazquez has been charged with aggra-
vated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm in public felony poS-
session of a weapon, and disorderly conduct.

Website claims to post celebrities' data

J By Miriam Jordan
ntinel A website that apparently
originated in Russia has posted
What it claims is personal and
financial information of several
celebrities, law-enforcement
officials and first lady Michelle
Obama-documents whose au-
thenticity the Federal Bureau
of Investigation said it was
working to verify.
The site features what it says
re- are past home addresses and
:nts links to the credit histories of
uge Mrs. Obama and Vice President
Joe Biden, as well as Social
the Security numbers for others,
nts such 'as singer Beyonce and
ony former Alaska Gov. Sarah Pal-
iwl- in. FBI Director Robert Mueller,
Los Angeles Police Chief Char-
a lie Beck, former Secretary of
lan State Hillary Clinton, actor Mel
on Gibson and Paris Hilton also

n of

had apparently private infor-
mation posted to the site.
An FBI spokeswoman said
the agency is investigating.
"We can't tell if the informa-
tion posted is true or not," she
It isn't uncommon for public
information that is available
on the World Wide Web to be
compiled to form dossiers
about individuals, a practice
called doingng" However, it
would be illegal to access pri-
vate information. For example,
Social Security numbers aren't
readily accessible to.the public
at large.
The website, exposed.su, is
titled "The Secret Files" and
shows a girl with raccoon-like,
dark makeup around her eyes
holding an index finger over
her lips. The suffix of the site
stands for "Soviet Union."


A business article in last week's edition titled "Women move towards the front in
Today's businesses" stated that DaVenya Armstrong worked with clients that included
the Miami-Dade Housing Authority. Armstrong has actually worked with the Miami-
Dade Homeless Trust. We apologize for the error.



Miami Times helps find lost man

By D. Kevin McNeir

Readers may recall our
recent front page story [Feb.
27 March 5], "Disappeared:
A tale of falling through the
cracks," that described the
fears of one local family whose
brother, 59-year-old Willie Lee
Newman, disappeared after
being taken to the University
of Miami Hospital's emergency
room on Wednesday, Nov. 21,
2012. Newman's two sisters
and closest relatives, Geral-
dine Murray, 60 and Everlena
Brown, 55, were even more
concerned because their
brother has long been treated
for schizophrenia. In fact, he
was residing in a state-ap-
proved assisted living facility

[ALF] when he complained to
the site manager, Sivia Me-
dina, that he was feeling ill
and was subsequently sent by
ambulance to the hospital.
But there is finally good

news for the family and
friends of Newman. According
to Murray, he had been seen
on a Miami bus stop, unable
to walk, but he was alive.
"I got a call from the police
a few weeks ago and they told
me that Willie was in the hos-
pital," Murray said. "We had
gone to The Miami Times, the
police and our church asking
for help. That story you wrote
really helped get the word out
- more people kept an eye out
for my brother."
Murray anticipates her
brother remaining hospital-
ized for sometime, as both of .
his feet are swollen and in-
fected due to exposure. In the
meantime, she and her sister
are making sure he won't get
"lost" again.

Tension built before Caroll

the annual press corps political
roast unfolded here last Tues-
day evening, Gov. Rick Scott
stared stone-faced, holding a se-
cret, while he watched a reporter
spoof his strained relationship
with his lieutenant governor,
Jennifer Carroll.
Donning gold stilettos and a
gold sequin dress a nod to Car-
roll's eye-catching style the re-
porter belted a version of Aretha
Franklin's anthem "Respect."
"You're leaving me? Rickie, I
doubt it," she sang. "Made some
mistakes, but I pulled through,"
she intoned. "All I'm asking is for
a little respect for ya girl (just a
little bit)."
What nearly everyone in that
room did not know was that Car-
roll, the first Black woman to
serve in the state's No. 2 spot,
had only hours earlier signed a
resignation letter, while seated at
a small conference table in her
office, and then handed it to the
governor's general counsel. Her
resignation came shortly after
she was questioned by state law
enforcement officials conducting
a three-year criminal investiga-

tion into accusations of
illegal gambling, fraud
and racketeering involv-
ing a nonprofit organi-
zation she once repre-
sented as a consultant.
"I offered everything
that I could to the ad-
ministration," Carroll
said last Saturday, in
her first interview since CAR
resigning. "I believe I did
a fantastic job."
Despite a tumultuous week,
Carroll said in a 25-minute inter-
view that she was ready to move
on and that she viewed her resig-
nation as a setback rather than
a catastrophe. She said she was
already fielding offers and was
weighing a jump into corporate
life, community service and, per-
haps later, a return to politics.
"People are calling me asking
me to run for this, that and the
other thing," said Carroll, 53,
who is married with three grown
children. "I say, you know what?
First of all, I am going to spend
time with my family, because for
the last two years it's been very
Asked later about the appro-

priateness of the skit,
Carroll, whose earthi-
ness helped charm Flo-
ridians and lawmakers,
quipped, "I'm glad she
had the stilettos and
was looking good."
Carroll's resignation
came after a political ca-
reer that began in 2003
RROLL when she won a special
election for a seat in the
State House, becoming the first
Black Republican woman to do
Carroll has not been charged
with a crime and said she was
cooperating fully with investiga-
tors, who accuse the nonprofit
organization, Allied Veterans of
the World, of running dozens
of quasi-gambling operations,
called Internet "sweepstakes" ca-
fes, and bilking veterans groups
of most of the proceeds.
Nearly 60 people have been
arrested in the case. Carroll did
public relations work for Allied
Veterans in 2009 and 2010.
Friends and colleagues said
they would be astonished if Car-
roll, a retired lieutenant com-
mander who spent her -career

S"We were disappointed that
we had to tell the police that
Willie had been found instead
of them getting the word first
and alerting us," Murray
added. "Maybe they have too
many people like him to look
for. We definitely won't be put-
ting him back in an ALF, es-
pecially the one he was living
in. They have yet to call and
ask our family if he was found
or is alive they just didn't
seem to care. Places like that
need to be forced to do a bet-
ter job and pay more attention
to their residents. Willie has a
social worker that is handling
his case and we're looking
for a nursing home for him. I
am serving as his proxy. This
time, he won't fall through the

supporting veteran and military
causes, had been aware of the al-
leged fraud. She would not com-
ment on the investigation and
agreed to be interviewed only
about her personal and profes-
sional life.
"Everybody was hoodwinked,"
said Cindy Graves, the head of
the Florida Federation of Repub-
lican Women, who is a friend of
Carroll's and shares a hometown,
Jacksonville. "I'm sure that she
was appalled, as so many of us
were who were taken in by this
But as the skit made plain,
Carroll's relationship with Scott
was seen as troubled well before
news of the investigation. Rum-
blings had surfaced in recent
months that he might replace
her in the 2014 campaign. Her
connection to Allied Veterans
was seen in Tallahassee as the
latest in a string of missteps that
Scott had come to view as trou-
blesome, political consultants
said, among them, excessive
travel expenses and the firing of
an aide who later made embar-
rassing accusations about her
and the governor's office.

Analysis: New pope likely to cling to core doctrine

By Laurie Goodstein

When Benedict XVI became
pope eight years ago at the age of
78, many Roman Catholic schol-
ars predicted that he would be
a caretaker. He would keep the
ship sailing in the same direction
as his beloved predecessor, John
Paul II. And as the rare theolo-
gian who knew how to write for
a broad audience, Benedict would
keep the crew inspired and the
sails billowing.
If written words alone could
keep the church on course, Bene-
dict would likely be viewed as a
solid success. His encyclicals on
love and charity and his three
books on the life of Jesus were
widely praised for their clarity and
contribution to Catholic teaching.
But when it came to the major
challenges facing the church in
the real world, Benedict often ap-
peared to carom from one crisis
to the next.
He inadvertently insulted Mus-
lims on an early trip to Germany,
which resulted in riots across
the Islamic world and the mur-
der of an Italian nun in Somalia.
He welcomed back a breakaway
bishop who had just recorded an
interview denying the facts of the
Holocaust. He told reporters on
the papal plane winging toward
Africa that condoms had helped
spread AIDS.

-Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Associated Press
During a trip to Turkey in 2006, Pope Benedict XVI was guided by Mustafa
Cagrici, the mufti of Istanbul, gesturing at center, during a visit to the Blue

When the clerical sexual abuse
scandal spread across Europe
and exploded at Benedict's door
in 2010, Benedict met with abuse
survivors and oversaw the devel-
opment of new-church policies to
prevent abuse. But he was de-
nounced by survivors and their
advocates for never moving to dis-
cipline bishops who were caught
in the cover-up.,
Among the cardinals expected
to vote in the conclave to elect the
next pope is Roger M. Mahony of
Los Angeles, whose decades of
mishandling sexual abusers in
the priesthood was recently ex-
posed by the court-ordered re-
lease of thousands of internal
church documents.

Even Pope Benedict's attempt to
reach out with a pastoral letter to
the church in Ireland, worn down
by revelations of widespread cler-
gy sexual abuse, left many there
infuriated when he appeared to
blame the nation's spiritual disil-
lusionment on the Irish Catholics
"It's been the tin-ear papacy,"
said Christopher M. Bellitto,
chairman and associate profes-
sor of history at Kean University
in Union, N.J., who studies the
papacy. "It's been a very small,
introverted papacy because that's
who he is. The pope is an intro-
One of the defining moments,
Dr. Bellitto said, was the speech

Pope Benedict gave in September
2006 at Regensburg University
in Germany, in which he quoted
the words of a medieval Byzan-
tine emperor speaking of Islam:
"Show me just what Muhammad
brought that was new, and there
you will find things only evil and
inhuman, such as his command
to spread by the sword the faith
he preached."
Dr. Bellitto said: "Every profes-
sor in the universe knew exactly
what he was doing, which was
to start a lecture with something
provocative and work off of that.
But it didn't play out that way."
Pope Benedict later apologized
for the reaction, explaining that
the totality of his address was in-
tended as "an invitation to frank
and sincere dialogue, with mu-
tual respect," with the Muslim
He followed that up by coming
out in favor of admitting Turkey
to the European Union, a reversal
of his previous position. He later
visited Turkey and prayed at the
Blue Mosque in Istanbul along-
side the head mufti, a significant
gesture that helped to calm the
Benedict's biggest challenge
was to set a course for a church
that is still divided over the mean-
ing and legacy of the Second Vati-
can Courcil in the 1960s, which
'opened the door to modern re-

County leaders give an

ear to victims of violence

in the Liberty City area

Miami Times staff report

Miami-Dade [M-D] County
Commissioner Audrey Ed-
monson, M-D Mayor Carlos
Gimenez and M-D Police Di-
rector J.D. Patterson were
joined by elected officials,
faith leaders, criminal jus-
tice personnel and a crowd
of close to 200 in a Walk-
ing One Stop initiative in
Liberty City. The anti-gang
strategy, held last Monday,
had the participants knock-
ing on the doors of citizens,

allowing them to share their
stories about violence that
they have encountered. Ed-
monson said the walk was
intended to listen to the
needs and issues of citizens
so they can be addressed.
The walk took place near
Bannerman Park [48th
and NW 24th Avenue], just
across from Brownsville
Middle School. Police say it
has one of the highest crime
rates in the County. Photos
courtesy Marta Martinez-

'Not necessarily a reformer'

Olga Khazan, The Atlantic:
"Those who hoped for 'a pro-
gressive pope might be disap-
pointed that Bergoglio once
said that homosexual adop-
tion discriminates against
children, and he's also op-
posed to contraception and
abortion. But while he's not
necessarily a reformer, Ber-
goglio has passionately taken
up the Jesuit call to reach out
to common people and treat
the poor with compassion..
. Perhaps his largest flaw is
that he's somewhat frail for a
new pope. Bergoglio is a low-
key, slow-moving 76-year-old
with one lung at a time when
the church needs a vibrant
Michael Potemra, National
Review: "People who worry
that, as a Jesuit, he might be
too liberal, should relax: . .
Bergoglio is a solid conserva-
tive on the hot-button social
issues that agitate American
laity, but that would have
been true of just about any of
the cardinals who might have
been elected. The story here
is that he is an outsider who
is the consensus choice to fix
what's wrong with the church
administration, but all in a
Franciscan spirit of love and
humility, to wipe the face of
the church so that its inner
beauty can radiate."
Amy Davidson, The New
Yorker: "It might matter a
good deal that Bergoglio chose
Francis, evoking the saint of
Assisi and his commitment to
the poor. He will be the first
pope with this name. If that
symbol will have to be proven
out, the selection of a pope
from Latin America is a more

immediate one. It affirms the
church's transformation, and
may give it better footing in
the world, if not a grasp of it."
Frances Kissling, Mother
Jones: "He was ordained a
priest in 1969 and by 1973 he
was a bureaucrat almost
no history of serving ordinary
people in parish life. He was
a midlevel Jesuit functionary
and then worked for many
years in the Curia in Rome.
His profile fits those of many
bishops and cardinals ap-
pointed by the last two popes
- youngish when appointed,
little pastoral experience.
Working as a Jesuit provincial
doesn't tell you much about
the lives of women or chil-
dren, of working and starving
families. Vamosa ver; we will
see. The job of pope can turn
the most humble man into a
elitist. After all, you are infal-
lible. I expected little; I think
my expectations have been
Mike Barnicle, MSNBC.
corn: "Pope Francis' mission
is to re-focus that hierarchy
on what Catholicism is all
about: forgiveness, compas-
sion, helping the poor, social
justice, humility, the victims,
and the disenfranchised. He
must .be willing to open the
windows of the Vatican to the
life around us, to the reality
that the church, to grow and
prosper, must be an inclu-
sive vehicle ministering to all
who need it. To people of all
color, to gays, to the divorced,
to women, to those who feel
distant from the faith they ac-
quired at birth and baptism,
or the faith they found and
perhaps lost."

Latest 1-395 bridge design for downtown selected

By Janie Campbell

The Florida Department of
Transportation has tossed a
wrench into Miami's plans for an
iconic, wishbone-arched "flying"
bridge that could help revitalize
The sleek, super-elevated span
is meant to eventually replace the
grim, structurally deficient 1-395
bridge that rudely cuts off parts
of Downtown and Overtown as it
carries cars from 1-95 past the
Arsht Center to Biscayne Bay.
But though the soaring wish-
bone design was just selected by
a high-powered advisory group
from among five striking final-
ists in a lengthy public process,

FDOT administrators surprising-
ly popped two more options into
a presentation after the fact: a
decidedly more dowdy "segmen-
tal box" option that costs $114
million less, and that same seg-
mental bridge topped by a lotus-
shaped "aesthetic viaduct" with
County, city, and commu-
nity officials who sat through
75 meetings to choose a finalist
are reportedly furious withFDOT
District Secretary Gus Pego, who
told the Miami Herald he just
wanted "people realize what the
difference in cost is. My thought
process is, 'Why is this being
thrown off the table?' What I'm
trying to do is, let's get the dia-

logue going on how we can afford
the project."
The catch, of course, is that
neither the $673 million wish-
bone bridge nor any cheaper
option can be built before more
funding is acquired. Some funds
will be available in 2021, but the
project remains short on cash.
"We're looking at options that
allow us to go to construction
sooner," FDOT project manager
Vilma Croft told The Huffington
Post, noting that the remainder
of the 1-395 bridge the sec-
tion over Biscayne Bay to South
Beach is itself segmental, with
supports at regular intervals.
"FDOT's plans for 1-395 will
play a critical role in Miami's abil-

ity to reshape the urban
core and reunite Down- l
town, Parkwest, Omni,
and Overtown districts,"
writes Transit Miami's
Gabriel Lopez-Bernal
adding, "Imagine what
could become of the corner of N.
Miami Avenue and 14th Street
if the neighborhood were united
with Downtown to the South or
the Arsht Center to the east? The
Citizens Bank Building, built
during Miami's boom years in
1925, could serve as a catalyst
for growth in a neighborhood
that has largely remained aban-
doned since urban renewal gut-
ted Overtown."
Then there's the group's desire


S for something iconic, a
bridge that symbolizes
the district's resurgence
and Miami's bright fu-
"This is the picture
that everyone will see of
Miami," Diaz told the Herald "It
should be something special."

Breaking News
Late Monday night, the City of
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado
and Commission Chairman Marc
D. Sanoff are filing a lawsuit in
Miami-Dade County Circuit Court
against the Florida Department
of Transportation and FDOT Sec-
retary Ananth Prasad, seeking to
force the state to keep its promise

to build a "signature bridge" on
Miami's Interstate 395.
The suit, being filed in the
eleventh judicial circuit court by
Regalado and Sarnoff as class
representatives on behalf of all
citizens of Miami, details how
FDOT and its administrators
perpetuated a "bait and switch"
in order to gain the community
support it needed to obtain gov-
ernment funding for the project.
Government officials, community
leaders and citizens were prom-
ised a signature bridge but once
federal funds were secured FDOT
switched the design to a plain,
segmental box that carried none
of the characteristics signature
bridges are known for.










N.Y. community promotes ties

to Harriet Tubm

Harriet Tubman spent 50 years in Auburn, N. Y,

after her work as an Underground Railroad

conductor and Civil War spy. Now the city hopes to

draw visitors by promoting her legacy.

By Melanie Eversley

AUBURN, N.Y. This small
city in Upstate New York is ready
to promote the story of Harriet
Tubman, the Underground Rail- 4
road conductor who led hun-
dreds of slaves to freedom.
Tubman spent the last 50
years of her life in Auburn, set-
tling here with her second hus-
band and running a home for
the aged.
Now, city leaders are mark-
ing a century since Tubman
died here at 93 or so histori-
ans aren't suie of her age on
March 10, 1913. There will be
a symposium at Cayuga Com-
munity College, a wreath-laying
at her grave, a pilgrimage to the
site where she lived and more.

Local Tubman supporters are
hoping they can move people
to see her as they do strong,
fearless, compassionate and
in the process bring visitors to
this Finger Lakes community of
28,000 people about 30 miles
southwest of Syracuse. They're
also hoping to broaden what the
public knows about the escaped
slave who also served as a Civil

an leg

her parents, deceased by then,
had followed a long-standing
practice of not discussing older
relatives who may have been es-
caped slaves.
"She says, 'Hasn't your mother
ever told you you were related to
Aunt Harriet?' I said, 'No,' and
she said, 'My heavens,' Copes-
Johnson recalls.
The retired office worker trav-
els the globe speaking about
Tubman. She says that after
her conversation with her aunt,
she began doing research at the
library and the Cayuga County
Courthouse. She learned that
Tubman was a 4-foot-10 spit-
fire who sold vegetables to op-
erate her home for the aged and

struggled to pay Seward the
note on her property.
"She was a compassionate
person," Copes-Johnson says.
"She said it wasn't right for one
race to own another. I resent
how they treated her. It was like
a living hell," she says of Tub-
man's time in slavery.
Rosemarie Romano, a mem-
ber of the boosters club and co-
chair of the planning committee
for the Harriet Tubman Centen-
nial Symposium scheduled for
Nov. 8 and 9 at Cayuga Com-
munity College, says people
should remember, "She never
gave up, and she started out
with so many obstacles against

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Dear Tri-Rail,

Sometimes I feel bad for people who don't have what we have. I see them stuck

in traffic, and I think if only they knew how great it can be. Saving money on gas

and tolls, not dealing with traffic ... relaxing on the way to work. But then, I like

that you're my little secret.

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A sign hangs at the entrance to Harriet Tubman Home

War spy. anyone who threatened to back
"We really want to do things out.
that will really raise people's While she was away from
levels of awareness,"i Maryland, her first
says Laurel Ulyette, 'husband took another
organizer of the Har- wife.
riet Tubman Boosters She organized a net-
Club, a 60-year-old work of Union Army
Auburn group that / ' scouts and spies
fell dormant but came .. during the Civil War
back to life a couple and led troops in the
of years ago. "I just Combahee River ex-
believe it's the right COPES-JOHNSON petition in a raid that
thing and it's some- freed more than 750

thing that has to happen."
The group wants to draw visi-
tors to, among other places, a
site with ties to Tubman that is
owned by the AME Zion Church.
The site includes Tubman's
house, the building that was
the residence for the aged and a
visitors' center. Also in Auburn
is a one-room church building
where Tubman worshiped after
she moved to the city in 1857.

Tubman grew up in slavery
on Maryland's Eastern Shore; a
brutal beating at 12 left her with
a permanent seizure disorder.
As a young woman, she escaped
with the help of a white neighbor
who gave her names of people
who would hide her during her
travels north.
From a base in St. Catharines,
Ontario, Canada, Tubman went
back for members of her family
and other slaves, making the
trip about 20 times to lead more
people to freedom. They traveled
at night along back roads and
waterways, and historians say
Tubman would pull a gun on


1857, she put down roots in
In 1857, she put down roots in
Auburn. Local resident William
Seward, President Lincoln's sec-
retary of State, was an admirer
who had helped house fugitive
slaves. He sold her the property
for a small price. She is buried in
the city's Fort Hill Cemetery.
"Harriet Tubman is an inter-
national inspiration, and she's
from here," says William Berry,
publisher of Aaduna, a literary
magazine. "She's somebody that
everybody is willing to embrace."
"She's been largely admired
but still a bit overlooked" be-
cause her accomplishments af-
ter the Underground Railroad
are less well-known, says Karen
Hill, president and CEO of the
Harriet Tubman Home. "We're
hoping this 100th anniversary
will shine a bright light on Tub-
man's leadership, her deep abid-
ing faith and her belief in the
promise of America."
"Harriet Tubman was an
American hero," says Auburn

resident Donny Alger, 48.
At a recent meeting of Auburn
leaders whose organizations are
hosting events to promote the
anniversary, Paul Carter, site
manager of the Harriet Tubman
Home site, said the plans should
generate tourism dollars.
"This should be a mecca for
tourists," Carter said. "Be-
lieve me, we need the economic

Tubman's story is just a piece
of a long history of abolitionism
and activism in this area. Aboli-
itionist and writer Frederick Dou-
glass ran his newspaper, The
North Star, in Rochester, where
he is buried. The 1848 Seneca
Falls Convention launched the
women's rights movement.
In modern times, Auburn has
been divided over Tubman. Pro-
posals to name streets or public
schools after her went nowhere.
Alger says some of the divisions
come from the dynamics of the
Auburn Correctional Facil-
ity, a maximum-security prison
that, like many such facilities
throughout Upstate New York,
houses many Black men from
New York City but is staffed
mainly by whites.
"That builds a lot of genera-
tional racism at the dinner ta-
ble," Alger says.
Pauline Copes-Johnson, Tub-
man's 85-year-old great-grand-
niece, is a life-long Auburn resi-
dent but says she knew nothing
of Tubman or their connection
until she was 25, when an aunt
told her about their ancestor.
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Pope Francis begins his ministry


Pope Francis was installed as
the 266th pope and as the first
from South America last Tues-
day in a Mass simplified to suit
his style, but still grand enough
to draw thousands to St. Peter's
Square to witness history.
The Vatican said between
150,000-200,000 people attend-
ed the Mass, held under bright
blue skies after days of chilly
rain and featuring flag-waving
fans from around the world.
Francis said the role of the
pope is to open his arms and
protect all of humanity, but "es-
pecially the poorest, the weakest,
the least important, those whom
Matthew lists in the final judg-
ment on love: the hungry, the
thirsty, the stranger, the naked,
the sick and those in prison."
"Today amid so much dark-
ness we need to see the light of
hope and to be men and wom-
en who bring hope to others,"
he said. "To protect creation,
to protect every man and every
woman, to look upon them with
tenderness and love, is to open

up a horizon of hope, it is to let a
shaft of light break through the
heavy clouds."
Francis, 76, thrilled the crowd
at the start of the Mass by taking
a long round-about through the
sun-drenched piazza and getting
out of his jeep to bless a disabled
man. It was a gesture from a man
whose short papacy so far is be-
coming defined by such sponta-
neous forays into the crowd and
concern for the disadvantaged.
For nearly a half-hour before
the Mass began, Francis toured
the square in the open-air jeep,
waving, shouting "Ciao!" to well-
wishers and occasionally kissing
babies handed up to him as if he
had been doing this for years. At
one point, as he neared a group
of people in wheelchairs, he sig-
naled for the jeep to stop, hopped
off and went to bless a man held
up to the barricade by an aide.
Some 132 official delegations
attended, including more than
a half-dozen heads of state from
Latin America, a sign of the sig-
nificance of the election for the
region. Francis has made clear
he wants his pontificate to be

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focused on the poor, a message
that has resonance in a poverty-
stricken region that counts 40
percent of the world's Catholics.
In the VIP section was Ger-
man Chancellor Angela Merkel,
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden,
the Argentine President Cristina
Fernandez, Taiwanese President
Ying-Jeou Ma, Zimbabwe Presi-
dent Robert Mugabe, Prince
Albert of Monaco and Bahrain
Prince Sheik Abdullah bin Ha-


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Attorneys say case will land in appellate court

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ultimate acquittal of her re-
quired as a matter of law that
she be compensated for the
time that she was deprived of
and importantly, that the de-
privation was determined to be
invalid by the jury by virtue of
their acquitting her. So, con-
trary to the double-dipping ar-
gument, it really requires one to
view her as being a victim. The
compensation [an estimated
$200,000 in back pay and ben-
efits] is irrelevant to the issue
of whether she was entitled to
As would be expected, Juan
Carlos Planas, the attorney rep-

resenting Dunn's suit, which
incidentally, is against the City
of Miami and not Spence-Jones,
believes that the City has inter-
preted its charter incorrectly.
"We believe that in every area
of the law, the city commissioner
is term limited and may not run
for a third term, said Planas, a
lawyer with Kurkin Brandes in
Aventura. "I can't explain why
City of Miami Attorney Julie O.
Bru has made the opinion that
Spence-Jones could seek re-
election in 2013 [a decision Bru
first made public in 2011 and
then later reaffirmed during
a January 2013 commission
meeting]. And there's no way to
get inside Bru's rationale except
to look at the opinion. In both

its holding and its rationale, the
opinion is incorrect."

Both Planas and Rogow agree
on one thing: whenever the
judge makes his ruling, the case
will assuredly go to the Third
District Court of Appeals. Both
men also say that as judges
tend to expedite election cases,
that they are confident that this
issue will be resolved long be-
fore the qualifying date for can-
didates comes up in September.
But will voters have enough
time to make their decision?
"Voters will have plenty of
time to chose the candidate

they prefer," Rogow said.
As for the two candidates,
Dunn says he's pleased that
things are proceeding so quick-
"The election isn't until No-
vember so we still have a small
window," he said. "But things
are moving faster than we had
expected. Since Spence-Jones
filed as a candidate, it opened
the door for the lawsuit. This
is not about the court of public
opinion. Many people in District
5 agree that I'm doing the right
thing. Politics is always a con-
tact sport."
Spence-Jones was more re-
served in her comments.
"I continue to put my trust in
the Lord," she said.


man bin Isa Alkhalifa, among
others. All told, six sovereign
rulers, 31 heads of state, three
princes and 11 heads of gov-
ernment attended, the Vatican
Among the religious VIPs at-
tending was the spiritual leader
of the world's Orthodox, Chris-
tians, Bartholomew I, who be-
came the first patriarch from
the Istanbul-based church to
attend a papal investiture since
the two branches of Christian-
ity split nearly 1,000 years ago.
Also attending for the first time
was the chief rabbi of Rome.
Their presence underscores the
broad hopes for-ecumenical and
interfaith dialogue in this new
papacy given Francis' own work
for improved relations and St.
Francis of Assisi.
But it is Francis' history of liv-
ing with the poor and working
for them while archbishop of
Buenos Aires that seems to have
resonated with ordinary Catho-
lics who say they are hopeful
that Francis can inspire a new
generation of faithful who have
fallen away from the church.

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1,000 inmates. [Michigan's
numbers dropped by 3,260
state inmates.] But among the
24 states where the prison
population increased, more
than half of the increase oc-
curred in just five states:
Pennsylvania (2,122), Florida
(1,527), Indiana (1,496), Loui-
siana (1,399) and Alabama
(1,053). Analysts say the tre-
mendous variation among
growth rates points to the role
that state policy plays in de-
termining the size and cost of
the prison system,

But there are other glaring
statistics that should be of
particular interest to Blacks.
According to the Sentencing
Project, while the incarcera-
tion rates for Blacks dropped
sharply from 2008 to 2009,
Blacks still account for an es-
timated 40 percent of the U.S.
prison population despite
comprising only 12 percent of

disparity between Blacks and
whites decreasing," he said.
"That's the .good news. But
the bad news is that while
the gap was once 40 percent
[1980], Blacks are still sen-
tenced for the same crimes at
a rate 20 percent greater than

T. Willard Fair, 74, CEO Ur-
ban League of Greater Miami
says things still look bad for
Blacks and with good rea-
"When you look at the
people doing the arresting,
the juries that we tend to
face and the judge who is re-
sponsible for the sentence,
it should not surprise us
that Blacks are, getting lon-
ger sentences or that Blacks
make up the largest percent-
age of those incarcerated," he
said. "You have to wonder,
when we will wake up? This
has less to do with politics
and more to do with the in-
ability of the Black family to
function in a healthy, posi-

Est. number of inmates held in custody in state,
federal prison or local jails, 2009


A change of heart on the rights of gays 2009

FAITH brother was gay. My enlight- man says at least a portion mind on the question of mar- Year
continued from 1A 'enment derived from an un- of the Defense of Marriage riage for same-sex couples," 2009

Portman said recently in an
opinion column he wrote for
The Columbus Dispatch.
This concession to his son's
happiness has caused some to
snipe at Portman for his flip-
flop on gay marriage. Some
claim his change is the result
of selfishness, not conviction.
Maybe. But a person's willing-
ness to do the right thing isn't
always driven by altruism, is
I used to call gays "faggots"
until I learned that my oldest

derstanding that gays and les-
bians are people deserving of
equal treatment, too came
when I was just 14. But Port-
man's awakening at age 57 is
no less timely. Don't take my
word for it, ask his son.
Sure, Portman voted in
1996 for the Defense of Mar-
riage Act, which defined mar-
riage as between a man and
woman. Three years later, he
voted to deny gay couples in
the nation's capital the abil-
ity to adopt a child. Now he's
had a change of heart. Port-

Act, which denies same-sex
couples many rights and pro-
tections that married hetero-
sexual enjoys should be
repealed by Congress. His
public reversal comes just
days before the Supreme
Court is scheduled to hear a
challenge to the marriage act.
Portman is now the only
Republican in the U.S. Sen-
ate to take a position against
the law. "I've thought a great
deal about this issue, and
like millions of Americans in
recent years, I've changed my

Portman said in his column.
"As we strive as a nation to
form a more perfect union,
I believe all of our sons and
daughters ought to.have the
same opportunity to experi-
ence the joy and stability of
Portman's tough deci-
sion probably will have little
short-term effect on this na-
tion's ideological tug of war.
But its ripple effects ulti-
mately might help make this
nation a better place for peo-
ple like his son.

Student massacre plan thwarted by police

STUDENT enough. Multiples would have any violent behavior. The busi- planned an attack and "laid
continued from 1A been unthinkable. So, anybody ness major, who held a job at out a timeline of where he was
armed with this type of weapon an on-campus sushi restau- going to be and what he was
attack other students as they and ammunition could have rant, had never been seen by going to do," Beary said.
fled the seven-story dorm where hurt a lot of people here, par- university counselors and had "His timeline got off," Beary
he lived, ticularly in a crowded area as no disciplinary problems with said. "We think the rapid re-
His plans were thrown off by people were evacuating." other students, said university sponse of law enforcement
campus police officers' quick Some 500 students were spokesman Grant Heston. may have changed his ability
response to the fire alarm and evacuated from the building Police shed no light on a mo- to think quickly on his feet."
a 911 call from Seevakuma- just after midnight, unaware tive, but Heston said that the In his room, investigators
ran's roommate, who hid in a how narrowly they had escaped school had been in the process found four makeshift explo-
bathroom after Seevakumaran what could have been another of removing Seevakumaran sive devices in a backpack,
pointed a gun at him, UCF Po- Virginia Tech-style bloodbath. from the dormitory because he a .45-caliber handgun, a
lice Chief Richard Beary said. Morning classes were canceled hadn't enrolled for the current .22-caliber tactical rifle and a
"It could have been a very bad but most campus operations semester. He had attended the couple hundred rounds of am-
day here for everybody," Beary resumed around noon. university from 2010 through munition, police said. Beary
said. "All things considered, I Roommates told detectives the fall semester. said it appears his weapons
think we were very blessed here that while Seevakumaran .Detectives found notes and and ammunition purchases
at the University of Central showed some anti-social ten- other writings that indicated began in February locally in
Pl-I-l, h-r_ i t i,_ n drencies he had never expressed Seevakumaran had carefully Orlando.

Military sex assault victims come out of the 'shadows'

By Gregg Zoroya

Four former servicemem-
bers described to Congress
on Wednesday how they were
raped, molested or sexually ha-
rassed while in the service and
their commanders did little or
nothing about it.
Rebekah Havrilla said she was
raped while serving on a bomb
squad in 2007, the attack occur-
ring at Salerno Forward Operat-
ing Base in eastern Afghanistan.
The soldier responsible was
never punished and, Havrilla
said, when she sought counsel-
ing from an Army chaplain, "he

told me that the rape was God's
will and that God was trying to
get my attention so that I would
go back to church."
She later found photographs
of the assault posted on a por-
nographic website.
USA TODAY doesn't name
victims of sexual assault, but
Havrilla and other victims have
come forward publicly to tell
their stories.
"The issue of sexual violence
in the military is not new," said
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.,
chair of the personnel subcom-
mittee of the Senate Armed
Services Committee, where the

testimony occurred. "And it has
been allowed to go on in the
shadows for far too long."
She noted that nearly half of
sexual assault victims in the
military say they are too afraid
to report the crime. She also said
that only about 10 percent of
cases brought to military pros-
ecutors result in charges being
filed. The military estimates that
19,000 sexual assaults occur in
the military each year, although
only about 2,500 cases were re-
ported in 2011.
The testimony occurs at a crit-
ical juncture on the issue of sex-
ual assault in the military. Even

as combat roles have recently
been opened up to women, there
are scandals including sexual
assaults of dozens of recruits at
Lackland Air Force Base in Tex-
as from 2009 to 2012, and the
recent decision by an Air Force
general to throw out a pilot's
sexual assault conviction with-
out explanation.
A growing number in Con-
gress are calling for change in
the law that would require sex-
ual assaults to be prosecuted
outside the military's chain of
command, something the ser-
vice branches vehemently op-

Total White, Black Hispanic
2,096,300 693,800 841,000 442,000

Total White Black Hispanic
201,200 92,100 64,800 32,300

Totals include persons under age 18. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics

the U.S. population.
Over a 10-year period,
Black women saw the most
significant decline, drop-
ping 30.7 percent. In 2000,
Black women were impris-'
oned at six times the rate of
white women; by 2008, they
were 2.8 times more likely to
be in prison. For Black men,
the rate of imprisonment de-
creased by 9.8 percent. And
while you may not know it
from watching the evening
news, white men and women
are now being incarcerated at
greater rates, rising 47.1 per-
cent for white women and 8.5
percent for white men. His-
panic women were next with
an increase of 23.3 percent.
But what do the numbers
mean and do they justify rea-
sons for Blacks to celebrate?
Civil rights attorney H.T.
Smith, 65, believes that de-
clining numbers have more
to do with the economy than
an effort to reduce sentencing
"People in power do not see
Black women as a threat so
we see fewer of them going to
prison," he said. "On the oth-
er hand, Black males 13-29
are viewed as a real menace
to society. They get involved
in the system earlier through
field interrogation cards that
include their name, address,
tattoos and other data. The
Black male is still viewed as
the most dangerous creature
on the planet. In the early
1990s, Haki Madhubuti wrote
"Black Men: Obsolete, Single,
Dangerous?, and addressed
the critical issues facing the
Black family. We ignored
him then but his words have
proven to be prophetic."
As for disparities in sen-
tencing, Smith says that
things are getting better but
have a long way to go.
"Judges still have discre-
tion in their sentencing, but
with federal guidelines now
in place, we are seeing the

tive manner. We have more
women having children out
of wedlock and we have fewer
Black men actively engaged
in the lives of their children.
In Liberty City, it isn't whites
who are doing the killing. It's
Blacks shooting other Blacks.
Our response is to have a
meeting or a press conference
which does nothing. Why do
we have one woman having
children by three or four dif-
ferent men? If things are bad
for Blacks we have to start
pointing the finger at our-
selves and examine the deci-
sions we're making."
State Representative Cyn-
thia Stafford says we must
continue to demand greater
parity in sentencing until the
difference between Blacks
and whites is zero.
"Florida and other states
have moved towards priva-
tizing the prisons and that
means it's now an industry
- the prison industrial com-
plex," she said. "The purpose
of any industry is to make
money and in this case the
product is our own people.
Once Black boys get involved
in the system, even as early
as elementary school when
they are suspended or put in
the juvenile detention system,
they become labeled. By the
time they're adults, they can't
vote, they can't get a loan for
college and they can't qualify
for a number of jobs. What
options do they have left? In
Florida, we have all but elimi-
nated the effective programs
that once helped inmates
turn their lives around. What
we need are more treatment
and diversion programs in-
cluded in our prison system.
We need to bring back GED
programs and college-level
courses. Instead of invest-
ing in prisons, we should be
working on enhancing reen-
try programs for former in-
mates. We're spending our
money on the wrong things."


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Pastor says her past

experiences help her

relate with members


Clergy discuss the

significance of Palm Sunday


By Malika A. Wright

Contrary to the difference in church
attendance on Easter and other Sundays,
Palm Sunday, which commemorates the
entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, also
carries significance in the Christian com-
On that day, branches were placed in
Jesus' path which were a symbol of
victory and goodness before Jesus' ar-
rest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion
on Good Friday.
Palm Sunday also marked the begin-
ning of Holy Week, which is the final
week of Lent.
It is recognized in many different ways
among Christians.
"This is so important to me because
before dying, Jesus proved his divine

authority and destined assignment, to
do the work of God without fear," Rev. A.
D. Lenoir, Sr., pastor of Westview Baptist
Church, said. "Every Christian has been
tasked with this significant assignment,
to set our face and not lose focus on win-
ning souls for the kingdom."
Westview has a special service on Palm
Sunday called 'Victory Day' emphasizing
their need to be victorious in spite of the
knowledge of eminent danger, doom, de-
spair and depression. They strive to face
it knowing God's going to give them the
victory in the end, according to Lenoir.
On that day, parishioners and visitors,
of Westview wear palms in the shape of a
cross. Palms are also placed at the alter
and at the rostrum to serve as a remind-
"It is a day to reflect on the final week
of Jesus' life and to prepare us as Chris-

S. F1. Woman receives

Living Legacy award

for her trailblazing

Dorothy Jones honoredfor leading the
development of Collier City
By Malika A. Wright
Dorothy Jones, 79, vividly
remembers moving to Collier
City in 1960 which in the
1990s became a subdivision of
Pompano Beach.
Shewas greeted with dirt
roads; water wells instead of
running water; no street lights;
and a lack of nearby stores.
"When I moved to Collier
City, I cried," Jones said.
It was then that she made up
her mind that she would help
with the community's develop-
And over the last 40 years, as
a spearhead, Jones has helped
the neighborhood transform
Please turn to JONES 11B DOROTHY JONES

tians to focus on the greatest show of
sacrificial love towards us as sinners,"
Rev. Joseph Toles, Jr., senior pastor
of Greater Berea Missionary Baptist
Church, said. "It is significant to me
because as a preacher of God's Word, it
allows me to share with the sinner, as
well as the saved, about the goodness
and grace of our Father God, through His
son Jesus Christ."
Greater Berea does not have any spe-
cial services for Palm Sunday but it is
recognized through their worship, the
sermon which is based on the Scriptures
about Palm Sunday and the teaching of
applying it in 2013, according to Toles.
"The palm branch is a symbol of victo-
ry, triumph, peace and eternal life and all
those attributes can be found in the Mes-
siah our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so
we put our focus on Him," Toles said.


year old

B becomes

Najee Thomas, 13, was
recently licensed as a
minister of the Gospel
by New Birth Baptist
Church Cathedral of
Faith International.
Although Thomas has
preached at churches
throughout the com-
munity for years, he
delivered his official
"initial" sermon at New
Birth on March 10, his
message was entitled "I
believe in God," and it
was based on Daniel 3.

y Malika ,A Wright
E ,',:,,",' '
'"idday,, Pastor Monique .
li4istet of Tree of Life Bethes-
i. 39lis.ipown as a role model,
according to onre of
her church mem-
'bers. .. ,.,
She's a woman '"'
'who has gone from
:door-to-door evan-
gelizirig and hld-
ing Bible studies
at others' homes,
saying "I can come ~ 4
to you, you don't :
always have to
come-to the church.I'll bring
the church to you."
But about 15 years ago,
she was a woman who was
in a relationship with a drug'
dealer and had become a
drug trafficker. She was a
woman who was almost sen-
tenced to five years in prison,
and had even tried commit-

Local woman
becomes centerian
By Malika A. Wright
Birthday wishes are sent
out to Antoinette M. McPhee,
who turned 100 March 13.
"Ms. Nette," as she is lovingly
called by her family, neighbors
and friends, is a woman of
faith, which is evident through
her lifestyle and past church
Involvement. Over the years,
she was greatly involved at
St. Peters African Orthodox
Cathedral Church, where she
attended for more than six
decades, until five years ago
when she was no longer able to
attend because of her health.
"She always had a passion
for God," her niece and care-
taker, Vivian J. Gatlin George,
said. George remembers visit-
ing her aunt as a girl, and wit-
nessing her kneel on the floor
and pray each day from 5 a.m.
until 10 a.m.
"I don't know who could talk
to God for five hours, but she
did," George said. "I think she
still does."
Father James A. McPhee,
"Ms. Nette's" nephew and
a priest at St. Peters, said
she never missed any Sun-
days at church or any of the

ting suicide.-
Then her drug.dealer-
boyfriend who was also the
*father ofher children was
murdered, Hester wap almost,
shot while being iobbed, and ;
she eventually lost
-, everything, her .
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Turned 100 on March 13
church's events.
"She gave 100 percent of her
time because she loved the
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Family and friends

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Pope charms press in media address

By Marco della Cava

ROME The magnetic "Pope
Francis Show" continued Satur-
day, as the newly minted pontiff
met with thousands of report-
ers in a modernist media center
flanking St. Peter's Basilica.
Although the former cardinal
Jorge Mario Bergoglio displayed
a growing ease with his lofty
post, it was evident he had no
intention of shedding his pop-
ulist manner. At one point he
broke from script, looked up
and smiled.
"You have been working hard,
eh?" Francis said in flawless
Italian with a noticeable Pied-
montese accent. The delighted
reaction was immediate.
Laughs and applause in fact
interrupted much of the half-
hour audience, the bulk of
which was taken up by promi-
nent Vatican-affiliated reporters
queuing up in a reception line.
Many bowed and kissed the
pope's ring; all were met with
smiles and some with hugs.
When Pope Francis left, the
applause and popping flash-
bulbs brought to mind a glitzy
Hollywood event.
The new leader of the world's
1.2 billion Catholics shares
such charismatic traits not with
his recently resigned predeces-
sor, the .theologian Benedict,
but with the late John Paul II.
"(Pope Francis) has a genu-
ine warmth to him that is very
compelling, very attractive.
Pope Benedict was very straight
forward, even cbld or academic.
It's a huge contrast," said Eric
Reguly, Rome correspondent
for the Toronto Globe & Mail.
"It's the first time I ever heard

-- nmoto: Alessanura raidllllnuo,
Pope Francis receives a gift a glass to drink the tradi-
tional South America beverage "mate" Saturday during a
meeting with the media at the Vatican.
a pope cracking jokes. Even when things became danger-
John Paul, who had a connec- ously close (to Bergoglio's se-'
tion with people, didn't show a election a few archbishops who
sense of humor like this. I think sat next to me comforted me.
this is something the Vatican "Then, when the (conclave)
needs right now." vote reached two-thirds, they
But while John Paul once was hugged me and one said, 'Don't
photographed greeting Italian forget the poor.' That entered
crowds from the back of a red my head. The poor. I thought of
Ferrari convertible, Pope Fran- Saint Francis of Assisi. That's
cis on Saturday made it clear when it entered my heart."
he wants to lead the church The pope revealed that some
down grittier roads, of his fellow cardinal-electors
"I'd like a poor church, for the suggested other names, includ-
poor," Francis said, after ex- ing Pope Adriano, after a re-
plaining to the assembled me- former pontiff, and Pope Clem-
dia the Vatican credentialed ent. But by then he'd already
some 5,000 reporters from 81 settled on his choice.
countries how he had come "I think the man we saw here-
to settle on a papal name hon- was a pastor. That is his style .
oring St. Francis of Assisi, a .it's like a breeze of fresh air.
rich man who gave away every- It's still too early to tell how ef-
thing to work with the poor and fective he will be. But people
animals. connect with him," said Paolo
"Let me tell you a story," he Rodari of La Repubblica.
said softly. "During the election, Although Francis has a global

flock, here at the Vatican any-
thing Italian tends to go over
well. So both the selection of a
name honoring one of their own
saints as well as a last name
that results from having Ital-
ian parents who, immigrated
to Argentina has helped make
Francis the first Jesuit and
first Latin American pontiff -
as Italian as a non-Italian pope
can be.
Outside in St. Peter's Square,
a sizable crowd stood under a
brilliant blue sky the first
sun after weeks of rain to
watch the event on four giant
TV screens.
A much larger gathering is
expected here Sunday, when
Francis will conduct his first
public Angelus, or prayer, from
his still-under-refurbishment
apartment adjacent to St. Pe-
ter's Basilica.
On Tuesday, there is yet an-
other Mass, a formal instal-
lation ceremony that will be
attended by world dignitaries
including Vice President Biden,
who is Catholic.
After that, the pontificate of
Pope Francis will officially get
underway, as clergy, laity and
media all watch to see how the
new heir to the throne of St. Pe-
ter will tackle vexing problems
ranging from Vatican financial
scandals to controversial social
"What I want to see is how
he will reform the Vatican bu-
reaucracy because it needs very
badly to be cleaned up," said
Bernard Warner, a Rome-based
journalist for Bloomberg/Busi-
nessweek. "I hope he will be ef-
fective, but it will be an enor-
mous challenge."

The Bible miniseries takes the TV spotlight

By Shemeka Daniels

SMove over Lady Gaga, Be-
yonce, and Kim Kardashian.
You've been upstaged. In our
celebrity-obsessed culture
where paparazzi follows every
single move the most popular
entertainers of our day make,
there is a refreshing shift tak-
ing place.
The.Bible, the world's best-
selling book, is completely
stealing the show.
The History channel's five-
part miniseries, "The Bible,"
produced by actress Roma
Downey (Touched By An An-
gel) and her producer husband,
Mark Burnett (Survivor, The
Voice, Celebrity Apprentice),
premiered to a whopping 13.1
million viewers, making it ca-
ble's most-watched entertain-
ment telecast this year.
If that's not enough, the sec-
ond season of the Game Show
Network's hit show "The Ameri-
can Bible Challenge," hosted by
Jeff Foxworthy, is expected to
attract an even broader audi-
ence with the addition of gospel

Roma Downey portrays Mary,
on the History cable network.

powerhouse, Kirk Franklin, as
In a time where opponents of
the Holy Scriptures have tried
numerous ways to discredit the
sacred book, the Bible contin-
ues to stand the test of time,
and make new inroads in to-
day's contemporary culture.
The mastermind behind "The
Bible," Burnett, who is very
pleased and excited about the

-Casey Crafford
mother of Jesus, in "The Bible"

turnout, told Entertainment
Weekly "It will be,' over the
next 40 or 50 years, the most
watched thing that Roma and I
have ever made."
From the looks of things,
-he's absolutely right. "Today,
more people are discussing
God's chosen people Moses
and Abraham in one day
than ever before," he said after
the impressive ratings reports

came in.
"The hand of God was on
this," Burnett told EW. "The
edit came together perfectly.
The actors came together per-
fectly. It just comes to life."
Speaking of life, Franklin is
hoping to bring even more of
that to "The American Bible
Challenge" on GSN.
In an interview with Essence.
com, the self-described Je-
sus freak said, "i swagged out
the choir, made it a little more
fresh. I put a little Franklin
juice on it. It's really entertain-
ing. I'm just really glad to be a
part of it."
Leave it to the "Smile" song-
writer to add his unique flair
to the Bible, the age-old book
of truth that has evolved and
adapted to the new technology
era. He said, "I got my Bible on
my phone. I have the Bible on
my iPad. And I keep a physical
Bible in the backseat of my car.
Jesus is my dude, I rock with
Apparently, a whole lot of
others rock with Him and
His Holy Word too.

Church members call pastor a role model

continued from 10B

house, cars, hair salon and all
of her money. This series of
tragic events had eventually led
Hester to seek God and start
living a righteous life.
She joined Tree of Life Minis-
tries and under the leadership
of Apostle E. Scott, she was
trained to live a godly life. She
then became very involved in
the church going from a mis-
sionary to an evangelist and
then to an assistant pastor.
Eight years ago, she became the
pastor of Tree of Life Bethesda.
Hester believes her past ex-

periences have helped her re-
late to her church members,
especially the women, who have
dealt with similar situations,
such as domestic violence and
infidelity. She wants to moti-
vate women to move past their
issues and walk in the success
that has already been ordained
for them by God.
"I believe that there are a lot
of women in church even
though they. are hurting -
they've got dreams, so if we
could just push them to go
forth in the midst of their pain,
they'll come out of what they're
going through."
Hester has ministered to

women at the church's recent
women's conference and at the
monthly women's group meet-
ing, where women who are deal-
ing with hurt, emotional pain,
self-pity or depression are en-
,Hester, who has watched her
members grow, as Christians
say, it was through love, listen-
ing, praying and fasting.

"She loved me back to Christ,"
Shatoya Linton Thornton, 29,
said about Hester.
In the past, Thornton had a
bad experience at a church in

an unwelcoming manner, which
had even made her considered
It wasn't until attending Tree
of Life Bethesda that Thornton
had began to grow as a Chris-
"I came there and said 'this is
the place for me' in the very first
visit," she said.
Since joining, Thornton has
watched God work in her life.
She has gotten married and
went back to school to receive a
certification to teach preschool-
"A lot of us came in hurt, but
we leave out feeling more pow-
erful and equipped," she said.

Jones working to help people of Collier City

continued from 10B

from a former migrant farm
area with substandard hous-
ing and a lack of resources, to
a community of new single fam-
ily homes, a fire department, a
public library, community rein-
vestments and residents full of
neighborhood pride.
On Feb. 23, Jones was hon-
ored by the Association for the
Study of African-American Life

and History [ASALH] as one
of the organization's first re-
cipients to receive the "Living
Legacy" award at ASALH's 87th
Annual Black History Month
Luncheon in Washington D.C.
Jones performed many of her
efforts through the Collier City/
Pompano Beach Community
Development, an organization
that has created and managed
social programs, affordable
housing, the first Black cable
system and other businesses

for the Collier City/Pompano
Beach community, which was
organized by Jones and her late
husband Syd Jones.
"I did it because I needed to
do it," Jones said. "I wanted to .
. make a better place for peo-
ple to live and for our children."
Although there have been
many changes made in Col-
lier City, Jones believes there
is still more to be done to help
community members. Current-
ly, she is planning and gather-

ing funds for the development
of an affordable 20-unit senior
citizen housing complex for for-
mer migrant workers, who don't
have much money for housing.
While Jones was recently
honored for her service by AS-
ALH, she gave thanks to those
who have helped her, over the
"I didn't do it by myself," she
said. "It takes a team and a
community working together to
get something done."

Seven ways religion

can after your life

By Stephanie Papps

Mlany people adhere to reli-
gion for the sake of their souls,
but it turns out that regular
participation in faith-based
activities is good for the bod,
and mind, too.
Here are some of the ways
that religion can make people
happier and healthier.

Giving people religious re-
minders makes them feel like
they have less control over
their lies but it also gives
them extra abilities to resist
the temptation of junk food. In
a study published in Januar.
2012 in the Journal of Person-
ality and Social Psychology,
researchers exposed students
to references of God in tests
and games. Compared with
students who saw references
of pleasant but non-religious
objects, the rehgiously cued
participants felt they had less
control of their future careers,
but were also better prepared
to resist the temptation of un-
healthy treats. In other %words,
the researchers wrote, think-
ing of God could be either a
burden or boon for self-con-
trol, depending on what part
of your life you're trying to

If you're religious, thinking
about God can help soothe the
anxiety associated with mak-
ing mistakes. In other words.
believers can fall back on their
faith to deal with setbacks
gracefully. This trick does t
work for atheists, though. The
study also found that nonbe-
lievers were more stressed out
when they thought of God and
made mistakes.

Thinking of God. could help
'ou avoid a researcher s junk
food temptation, but willpower
in the lab might not trans-
late to healthy habits in real
life. According to a study pre-
sented at an American Heart
Association meeting in March
2011, youngg adults who fre-
quently attend religious ac-
tivities are 50 percent more
likely to be obese by riddle
age than those who stay away
from church. The culprit is
likel Sunday potlucks and
other comfort foods associated
,with worship, according to the

Religious people tend to be
happier than non-believers
According to research pub-
lished in December 2010 in

the journal American Socio-
logical Revievw, this happiness
boost comes not from any par-
ticular denomination or belief,
but from the social jo*s of be-
ing part of regular services.
Getting together with others
at a church, temple or syna-
gogue allows people to build
social networks, closer ties
and. ultimately. more life sat-

Depending on where you
live, ieliaion ma\ also make
you feel better about yourself
by making you feel part of your
larger culture People who are
religious have higher self-es-
teem and better psychological
adjustment than people who
aren't, according to a January
2012 stud\. But this religion
benefit onl' holds for people
living in countries where reli-
gion is widespread and impor-
tant. The findings. reported m
the journal Psychological Sci-
ence, suggest that a religious
person would get a happiness
boost in devout Turkey, but
see no benefits in secular Swe-

Depression recovery pro-
ceeds better against a back-
drop of religion. According to
one 1998 study published in
the American Journal of Psy-
chiatry. older patients who
nere hospitalized for physical
problems but also suffered
from depression recovered
better from their mental strug-
gles if religion was an intrinsic
part of their lives. Belief in a
caring God improves response
to psychiatric treatment in
depressed parents. Interest-
ingly. this increased response
wasn't tied to a patient s sense
of hope or any other factor
that might be bestov.ed by re-
ligion, according to stud', re-
searcher Patricia Murphy of
Rush Universiry
"It ias tied specifically to
the belief that a supreme be-
ing cared.' Murphy said.

in fact, religion is linked to
health in general. possibl- be-
cause religious people have
more social support. better
coping skills and a more posi-
tie self-image than people who
don't join faith-based commu-
nities. In one study published
in the journal Health Educa-
tion & Behavior, researchers
at the University of California.
Los Angeles. found that regu-
lar churchgoers are more like-
ly to get preventative care, in
this case mammograms

A 9l B

House of Bethlehem
Place of Bread Ministries
will hold a Shoe-A-Tube pro-
gram on March 24 at 4p.m.
Call 305-638-2330.

The Apostolic Reviv-
al Center will celebrate its
43rd Church. Anniversary
Celebration on March 19-24
at 7:30p.m.

a Second Chance Minis-
tries to host a Bible study

meeting. Call 305-747-8495.

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

E Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist Church will host
a bereavement sharing group
at 3 p.m.-4:30p.m. every
2nd Sunday. Call 305-634-

Miami-native turns 1oo

continued from 10B

church," he said. "She always
encouraged people to put their
trust in God."
And her love spread from the
church to the community, as
George describes her aunt
as a friendly, optimistic and
charismatic person, who has
no problem giving money to the
church or donating to children.
She was a live-in maid for most
of her life, but she also made
clothes, did reupholstery for

others and got along with ev-
George said her aunt used to
give mangos and pears from her
fruit trees to her neighbors. She
was apart of the Nurse's Guild
and the Love and Charity orga-
"Ms. Nette" was married to
Leonard Clifford Bethel and had
a son, who was named after his
father. Both are now deceased.
She has a host of nieces, neph-
ews, grandchildren, great
grandchildren and great great
grandchildren. Happy belated
birthday Antoinette M. McPhee.




Mediterranean diet shown to

ward off heart attack, stroke

By Gina Kolata

About 30 percent of heart at-
tacks, strokes and deaths from
heart disease can be prevented
in people at high risk if they
switch to a Mediterranean diet
rich in olive oil, nuts, beans,
fish, fruits and vegetables, and
even drink wine with meals, a
large and rigorous new study
has found.
The findings, published on
The New England Journal of
Medicine's website on Mon-
day, were based on the first
major clinical trial to measure
the diet's effect on heart risks.
The magnitude of the diet's
benefits startled experts. The
study ended early, after almost
five years, because the results
were so clear it was considered
unethical to continue.
The diet helped those follow-
ing it even though they did not
lose weight and most of them
were already taking stations,
or blood pressure or diabetes
drugs to lower their heart dis-
ease risk.
"Really impressive," said
Rachel Johnson, a professor of
nutrition at the University of
Vermont and a spokeswoman
for the American Heart As-

Rise due to an

increase in

By Cathy Payne

The growing toll of dia-
betes cost .the nation a
record high $245 billion
in 2012, a-41 percent in-
crease from $174 billion
in 2007, according to new
research released.
The study Economic
Costs of Diabetes in the
U.S. in 2012, commis-
sioned by the American
Diabetes Association, es-
timated the health care
and work-related costs of
diagnosed diabetes. The
full study will be pub-
lished in the April issue of
Diabetes Care.
John Anderson, the as-
sociation's president of
medicine and science,
says the cost of diabetes


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foods like olive oil and beans.

sociation. "And the really
important thing the coolest
thing is that they used very
meaningful endpoints. They
did not look at risk factors like
cholesterol or hypertension or
weight. They looked at heart
attacks and strokes and death.
At the end of the day, that is
what really matters."

Until now, evidence that the
Mediterranean diet reduced the
risk of heart disease was weak,
based mostly on studies show-
ing that people from Mediterra-
nean countries seemed to have
lower rates of heart disease -
a pattern that could have been
attributed to factors other than

And some experts had been
skeptical that the effect of diet
could be detected, if it existed
at all, because so many people
are already taking powerful
drugs to reduce heart disease
risk, while other experts hesi-
tated to recommend the diet to
people who already had weight
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has risen primarily be-
cause of the higher num-
ber of people with the
disease. "When you look
at the per-patient cost of
diabetes, it has remained
roughly flat," he adds.
Matt Petersen, the as-
sociation's managing di-
rector of medical informa-
tion, says, "Overall, we're
not seeing that each per-
son with diabetes is cost-
ing us more." Medication
costs did not increase
significantly and hospital-
ization costs, percentage-
wise, decreased, he adds.
The study estimated
22.3 million people in the
US were diagnosed with
diabetes in 2012. An ear-
lier study by the associa-
tion estimated that nearly
17.5 million people in the
US were diagnosed with
type 1 or type ,2 diabetes
in 2007.
Diabetes is a disease
in which blood glucose,

The annual cost of diabetes
has risen 41 percent since
2007, according to a new

or sugar, levels are above
normal. It can cause com-
plications such as am-
putations of lower limbs,
blindness and kidney
failure. Diabetes is the
seventh leading cause of
death in the US, accord-
ing to the Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Preven-
The study found that di-

rect medical costs totaled
$176 billion, reflecting
hospital and emergency
care, office visits and
medications. Indirect
costs added up to $69
billion, which includes
absenteeism, reduced
or lost productivity, and
unemployment caused
by 'diabetes-related dis-

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Katherine Bouton is deaf in
one ear and hard of hearing
in the other.

The hard of hearing don't

need you yelling at them

By Kim Painter

Katherine Bouton is out of
the hearing-impaired closet
"I lied and faked it for years,'
says the author of the new
book Shouting Won't Help-
Why I and 50 Million Other
.Amencans Can't Hear You
Now\, Bouton, 65. a former
editor at i77i ,cNew York Trnies.
routinely lets people know she
is profoundly deal in one ear
and hard of hearing in the
other. Even -ith a hearing aid
and a cochlear implant, sher
struggles to hear many con-
She recoimenids such hon-
esty t,: others \~ho have hear-
ne loss "Once i started talking
about m' hearing loss. people
were not ,-onli understanding
but releed.' she says in an
e-mail inten-ev.. People \lho
thought she was rude kwhen
she ignored therm found out
she sometimes couldri t hear

them. People also wanted to
know how to help.
So her book includes advice
for the rest of us co-work-
ers, friends and family who
want to better communicate
\; itl- someone who can't hear
well Among her tips:
Look at the person when
you speak. 'our instinct may
be to lean into an ear. But then
the person can't see your lips
noei. Most hearing-impaired
people read lips or "speech-
read, Bouton sa' s "The',
don't ha-.e to be trained The\
just pick it Lip as their hearing
starts to o "
Get their full attention. \
hearimn-irrpair"ed person ico'-k-
ing dinner is not likely to pick
up much kitchen chatter, she
Don't shout. it doesn't
usually, help to talk louder un-
less you've been talking in a
whisper or hae a -er.- quiet

By Liz Szabo

A new study suggests that
hardening of the arteries is
an old problem.
Researchers have found
clogged arteries, or what's
left of the arteries, in mum-
mies from nearly 4,000 years
ago. The findings from
humans who lived long be-
fore before the intentio.n of
Twinkies and curly fries -
are leading some doctors
to reconsider their notions
about the causes of heart
Doctors have long assumed
that hardening of the arteries
- or atherosclerosis, which
can lead to heart attacks and
strokes was a disease of
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lion Americans have athero-
sclerosis, the leading cause of
death in the de eloped world.
The stud, suggests that
hardening of the arteries may
be a common, natural part of
aging, says -co-author Janet
Monige. an anthropologist at
the Unikersity of Pennsylvania
More than one-third of 137
mummies sent through a CT
scanner had calcification in
their arteries, according to
the study, published online
Sunday in The Lancet and
presented at a meeting of the
American College of Cardiol-
ogy in San Francisco.
The mummies came from
Egypt, Peru, the southwest-
ern U.S. and the Aleutian Is-
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By Dennis Cauchon

Health care spending last
year rose at one of the lowest
rates in a half-century, partly
the result of cost-saving mea-
sures put in place by the 2009
health care law, a USA TODAY
analysis finds.
Spending for medical care has
increased modestly for five con-
secutive years, the longest pe-
riod of slow growth since Medi-
care began in 1966. This respite
comes just before a massive
expansion of health insurance
starts Jan. 1, 2014. Another
21 million people will get insur-
ance, adding about $100 bil-
lion a year to total health care
spending in 2014, according to
the government's actuary.
Health care spending hit a re-
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its share of the overall economy
shrank, from 17.12 percent of
gross domestic product in 2011
to 17.04 percent, because oth-
er parts of the economy grew
faster, an analysis of Bureau of
Economic Analysis data found.
Cost-saving. measures under
the health care law appear to
be helping keep medical prices
flat, according to health care
providers and analysts. Also,
weak demand may linger from
the recession, which ended in
June 2009, especially for op-
tional care such as cosmetic
In 2012, the average price
paid for medical care a doc-
tor's visit, an operation, a pair
of glasses rose at about the
same rate as other prices in the
economy, an inflation rate of
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top secret meal options

By Bruce Horovitz

SPsst. Wanna know what
your favorite fast-food joint
will secretly sell you that's
not on the menu?
Of course you do and so
do millions of others who are
hungry to be in-the-know.
That's why "secret menus" -
stuff you can order that's not
posted on menu boards are
picking up steam as more
restaurants are linked to the
trend, including In-N-Out-
Burger, Taco Bell, McDonald's
and, most recently, Panera
Panera has rather quietly
started to sell Power Bowls at

breakfast, lunch and din-
ner filled with things such
as chicken, spinach and
hummus -.never mind that
they're not on the menu
board. Panera mostly spreads
the word via social media.
"Secret menus allow us
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administer mental health screenings

during an annual checkup

By Jessica Contrera

A new study from the Univer-
sity of Cambridge suggests ev-
eryone should get their mental
health checked as often as they
have an annual physical.
Essentially, treat your brain
just like any other organ.
"Unfortunately, most people
don't address mental health is-
sues until they are drastically
interfering with their lives,"
said Dr. Nizar El-Khalili, medi-
cal director of Alpine Clinic in
Lafayette, Ind. "If they were just
more aware of mental health
from the start, problems could
be avoided long before it com-
plicates their lives and costs
them thousands of dollars."
Mental health screenings
can be administered during
most annual checkups. Some
doctors always screen their
patient's mental health, but
El-Khalili recommends that all
patients, no matter their age or
family medical history, ask for
a screening during their check-

for low-income families. The
federal sequester, recent forced
government spending cuts that
will make mental treatment
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ingly difficult to access, is like-
ly to affect that group.
These impending budget cuts
will slash $168 million from
the the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Ad-
ministation, according to Pew
Charitable Trusts. The Obama
administration estimates that
more than 373,000 mentally ill
adults and seriously emotion-

ally disturbed children will lose
mental health services.
Along with improving qual-
ity of life and saving money,
health professionals say annu-
al mental checkups would help
reduce the stigma attached to
mental illness.
The National Alliance on
Mental Illness works to change
people's views of what it means
to be mentally ill. The organi-

zation's executive director in
west central Indiana, Pattie
Wollenburg, said recognizing
that mental illness could hap-
pen to anyone is key to cultural
"People shouldn't be 'appre-
hensive about going to a psy-
chiatrist," Wollenburg said.
"Mental health is just as im-
portant as physical health. You
just need to take care of both."

Symptoms that could turn
into a mental illness later in
life, according to Dr. Nizar El-
Khalili, medical director of Al-
pine Clinic in Lafayette, Ind.
Overeating, drinking or us-
ing recreational drugs as a way
to deal with stress
Fears for no apparent rea-
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Mental health screenings
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questions about lifestyle, eat-
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mental wellness designed to
check for potential mood or
anxiety disorders, including
depression substance abuse
and post-traumatic stress.
If a doctor finds that a pa-
tient shows symptoms of a
mental illness, he or she might
recommend the patient see a
psychiatrist or psychologist.
These brain doctors also are
more than qualified to admin-
ister a mental checkup.
It's estimated that 25 percent
of American adults suffer from
some form of mental illness
each year. But many attempt
to cope with the illnesses for
an average of 10 years before
seeking treatment, accord-
ing to Mental Health America,
formerly the National Mental
Health Association.
El-Khalili said that trend
needs to change. Common
mental health disorders such
as depression, anxiety and
substance abuse in their early
stages often are highly treat-
able through basic coping
Prompt recognition of an ill-
ness can also help patients
avoid large medical bills down
the road, he said.
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Favorite fast food eateries have secret menu First Baptist Church

continued from 12B

to speak to one audience with-
out the investment and infra-
structure of putting an item on
the menu," says Ron Shaich,
founder of Panera. In this case,
he says, the latest hidden menu
is aimed at Panera fans who
can't eat or don't want to eat
the chain's most basic product:
bread. All six of these items are
Beyond that, Shaich says of

secret menus, "They've very
Ah, yes, the coolness quotient.
"It's there to build an elevated
level of affinity to a select few,"
says restaurant PR guru Derek
Farley. But, he says, there can
be a downside. "You may build
buzz about your brand," he
says, "but I'd rather sell some-
thing that appeals to a lot than
a few."
Among other secret menu of-
"Protein Burger" at In-N-

Out: First things first: In-N-
Out doesn't have a real "secret
menu," says Carl Van Fleet,
vice president of planning and
development. But it does have
a not-so-secret menu, he says,
that's not posted on store menu
boards but is posted on the
chain's website.
Protein Burger from In-N-Out
Burger. Among those items:
the Protein Burger that is two
cheeseburger patties wrapped
in lettuce but no bun. "We
never set out to create or pioneer

a secret menu,,' says Van Fleet.
"Some of the names for these
variations just stuck."
"Mc10:35" at McDonald's.
While McDonald's insists it
doesri't have a secret menu, so-
cial media insists otherwise. And
the best-selling."secret" item can
only be purchased when Mc-
Donald's is changing grill shifts
from breakfast to lunch. That's
when some folks like to concoct
the Mc10:35 (named after the
approximate time of the shift

Heart risk lowered by Mediterranean meals

continued from 12B
problems, since oils and nuts
have a lot of calories.
Heart disease experts said the
study was a triumph because it
showed that a diet was powerful
in reducing heart disease risk,
and it did so using the most rig-
orous methods. Scientists ran-
domly assigned 7,447 people
in Spain who were overweight,
were smokers, or had diabetes
or other risk factors for heart
disease to follow the Mediterra-
nean diet or a low-fat one.
Low-fat diets have not been

shown in any rigorous way to
be helpful, and they are also
very hard for patients to main-
tain a reality borne out in the
new study, said Dr. Steven E.
Nissen, chairman of the depart-
ment of cardiovascular medi-
cine at the Cleveland Clinic
"Now al6ng comes this group
and does a gigantic study in
Spain that says you can eat a
nicely balanced diet with fruits
and vegetables and olive oil and
lower heart disease by 30 per-
cent," he said. "And you can ac-
tually enjoy life."
The study, by Dr. Ramon Es-

Health spending at lowest

continued from 12B

less than two percent.
Total health care spend-
ing still rose 1.7 percentage
points faster than inflation in
2012 because of an increased
use of medical services, such
as hospitals, home health
care and drugs. However, even
this extra demand for care
was modest compared with
past years, especially for an
aging population.
"We're beginning a long pe-
riod of adjustment in health
care," says Dan Mendelson.
CEO of Avalere Health, which
advises health care companies
and investors. "Institutions are
taking both cost control and

quality improvement more seri-
He predicts modest cost
growth is a long-term trend,
not a short-term blip. "There's
a lot more to squeeze without
hurting quality," he says.
Also keeping costs lower:
Government insurance.
More' people are getting health
insurance from, Medicare and
Medicaid, which pay less to
doctors and hospitals than pri-
vate insurers. Medicaid, which
pays the least, covers 56 mil-
lion poor people, up 10 million
from five years ago. It will add
nearly 20 million enrollees next
Generic drugs. About four of
five drugs used today are less
expensive generic medicines.

truch, a professor of medicine
at the University of Barcelona,
and his colleagues, was long in
the planning. The investigators
traveled the world, seeking ad-
vice on how best to answer the
question of whether a diet alone
could make a big difference in
heart disease risk. They visited
the Harvard School of Public

Health several times to consult
Dr. Frank M. Sacks, a professor
of cardiovascular disease pre-
vention there.
In the end, they decided to
randomly assign subjects at
high risk of heart disease to
three groups. One would be giv-
en a low-fat diet and counseled
on how to follow it.

Honoring Rev. Cleophus Hall,

Sr. for his pastoral leadership
We invite you to come and
fellowship with us as we give
honor to our pastor for his two
years of pastoral leadership.
The worship service will
begin at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday,
March 20. with Rev. A.
Jackson of Mill Rock MBC;
7:30 p.m., Thursday with Rev.
McCullough of Brownsville
MBC; 7:30 p.m., Friday with
Rev. Tracy McCloud of Peace
MBC; and 11 a.m. Sunday,
March 24 at Mt. Vernon MBC,
1323 NW 54 Street, Miami, FL
with Reverend Fisher of Mt.
Zion Freewill Baptist Church.
Reverend Johnnie White REV. CLEOPHUS HALL, SR.
and Rock of Ages MBC family If further information is
will climax this celebration needed, please call 786-838-
at 3:30 p.m. 7277.

Mothers Day Bus Trip
Mother's Day Celebration and Historical Pilgrimage to Holy
Land in Orlando, FL and St. Augustine, FL Saturday, May 11
and Sunday, May 12.
Two days and one night hotel stay $275.
Call Wilhelmina at 786-277-5263

honors Deacon Brooks

The First Baptist Church of
Brownsville invites you to join
us as we honor Deacon Over-
ton Brooks as he retires from
his duties as Chairman of the
Board of Directors and Dea-
Deacon Brooks has been a
dedicated and compassionate
chairman for the past 13 years
and has led First Baptist with
the great leadership ability. He
has been a member for more
than 40 years.
He will be honored at 4 p.m.,
Sunday, March 24 at First
Baptist Church of Brownsville,
4600 NW 23 Avenue, Miami,
We invite the community at
large to join us on this grand


occasion. Reverend Andrew
Floyd, is the pastor.

Adams Tabernacle of Faith

celebrates loth anniversary
Come and celebrate with 1l
us! It's our anniversary '
celebrating 10 years of
God's faithfulness at Adams
Tabernacle of Faith AMEC.
9:30 a.m., March 24 at 20851
Johnson St., Pembroke Pines,
FL 33029, Suite 115.
The guest preacher will be
Bishop .John Hurst Adams,
retired AMEC Bishop.
The Reverend Melvin Payne,
Jr. is the pastor.


Apostolic Revival celebrate 43 years
The congregation of the. .
Apostolic Revival Center invites
you to join us as we celebrate
43 years in the ministry of the
Lord. We will be rejoicing in the "Q'.
Lord Starting Tuesday, March
19 through Friday, March 22
at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Sunday
will conclude the celebration.
We're inviting everyone to
share this joyous occasion with .
us each night.
The Theme is "Dress for .-
Battle; Waging War on the DR. AND FIRST LADY

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Service

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

Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

Order of Services.
OdaI Wiluq 8 a.m.
u,,d r" -,lh,., 10 a.m.
%,,daya ii,,r, 6 p.m.
'. B-bl- (0.) -0:30 p.m.
i .ii,'rl, hip 10 a.m.

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

Order of Services

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

S Order of Services

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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Order of Services
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are the Royal Family of Christ Heb. 7:14

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

Order of Services
Hour of Prayer 6 30 o m Early Morning Worishp 7.30 a m
i Sunday School 10 a rr, Morning Worship II a m
Youlh Ministry Siudy Wed 7 p m Prayer Bible Srudy Wed 7 p m
'! Noonday Allar Prayer (MF)
Feeding ihe Hungry every Wednesday II a m .I p m
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

Older of Services
Sunday Worhip 7 a m
SIlm 7pm
Sunday Sihool 9 30 a m
Tuesday (Bible Sludy) 6 45p m
Wednesday Bible Sludy

i (800) 254-NBBC
For 305.685-0705
www newbirfhbapli'.trmiamr org

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

Order of Services
Sunday Bible Study 9 a m Morning Worship 10 a m
Evening Woihip 6 p m
SWednesday Ceneral Bible Study 7 30 p m
Ielevi',ion Program Sure Foundaionii
My33 WBFS Comcail 3 Saturday 7 30 a m
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Gregg L. Mason
86, retired
worker and
loving father,
died March
13 at home
surrounded by
his loving family. -. .
Visitation, 2-9
p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church, 740 NW 58 St.
Interment: Southern Memorial

ALICE C. WIGGINS, 74, died
March 14. .
Survivors r
mother, Lula ..
Mae Grissom;
sons, Abraham
(Cathy), William
Horace Wiggins
(Opal) and Cedric Wiggins;
daughters, Gail Holmes (Larry)
and Michelle Wiggins (Kiedrick).
Viewing 5-8 p.m., Friday at New
Corinth Missionary Baptist Church,
1435 NW 54th Street. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at the church.

Carey Royal Ram'n
JULIAN GREEN, 22, died March
10. Service 1
p.m., Saturday.
at Peaceful
Zion Missionary
Baptist Church.

died March
17 at home.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Temple
Missionary on ary
Baptist Church.

March 17 at home. Services were




Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
CONSUELO STAPP, 50, retired
educator, died
March 13 at
North Shore
Ho s p i t a l.
Services were

73, retired .
died March
14 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 11:30
a.m., Saturday
at Mt. Herman

March 1. Services were held.

NELLIE M. HORNE, 93, died
March 9. Services were held.

died March 10. Services were held.

65, died
suddenly in
South Carolina
on March
16. Survivors
include her
Honorable Edward B. Bullard;
sons, Vincent Booker andState
Senator Dwight Bullard; daughter,
Edwina B. Bullard-Simms(Gavin);
four grandchildren; six brothers;
four sisters; Viewing Friday at The
Episcopal Church of the Ascension,
11201 S.W. 160 Street with Omega
Omega Services of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority beginning at 5 p.m.
Litany services at 7 p.m. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at South Dade
Cultural Arts Center, 10950 S.W.
211 Street.


PAUL LAWRENCE GIBSON, 67, 79, retired
ied March 11 at Jackson Health court clerk for
system. Services were held. Miami Dade
County Courts
died March
Hadley Davis MLK 12. Survivors
ied March 18 Norman F. Palacious and Newell
t University of Franklin Palacious (Charmaine);
liami Hospital. daughters, Norma F. Palacious-
rrangements Brown(Anthony), Nadine Palacious
re incomplete. .- Mosley (Reginald), Althea J.
Palacious, and Adrianne J.
Palacious; seven grandchildren;
four great-grands; brother, Kelsey
E. Collie(Joyce); sisters, Delores
ELLIOT PRINCE, 49,Collie Lockett, Constance Collie
ELLansmissioBlackman, and Princess Lee
ansmisson Jones; a host of other relatives and
specialist, friends. Litany Service 7 p.m. at
ed March The Historic St. Agnes Episcopal
2 at Mount Church. Service 10 a.m., Friday at
inai Hospital. the church.

Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Northwest
Baptist Church.

March 6. Services were held.

TONI BROOKS, 50, died March
8. Services were held.

53, died March 10. Services were


52, hospital
rep., died March
16 at Jackson
Memo rial
Hospital .
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

cook, died March 11
Shore Medical Center.
were held.

Nakia Ingraham
landscaper, died March 10 at
home. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Star Bethlehem Baptist Church.


SON, 64,
at North

entrepreneur of
grocery store,
died March 12.,
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the


85, retired .
mechanic, -. ic"

died March
14 at home
in Cumming,
GA. He was a
former resident
of Miami, FL
for over 50 years. Services were
held. Any questions contact Wilbur
"Cowhoon" Harris, Jr. 770-888-


BENNETT, 92, retired ni
March 8 at home. Servi


JW TRAVIS, 55, disable, died
March 11 at Unity Health Rehab
Center. Services were held.

Wright and Young
died March 13.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at First
Baptist Church
of Brownsville,
2300 NW 46
St., Miami, FL

supervisor, died
March 15 at
UM Hospital.
Survivors are:

sister, Mrs.
Robyn Preston;
brother-in-law, Rev. C. P. Preston,
Jr.; fiance, Regina Bell and a
host of sorrowing relatives and
friends. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, 2400 NW 68 Street.
Repast is at the church.

died March 15. Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at Antioch MBC Miami

supervisor, died March 15 at UM
Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Peaceful Zion MBC.

77, commercial
long distance
driver, died
March 10 at
Miami Shores
Rehab Center.
Services were

died March
15. Service 11 .
a.m., Friday 1
at Bethany
Seven Day

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

a "- ,
10/19/1921 03/19/2012

Dad, it's been a year since
God called you home.
You are forever in our
We love and miss you.
Carol and Audrey Smith.

Death Notice

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Native Miamian, Dr. James
SKING- Kenneth Johnson, Sr., 102,
urse, died pioneer medical doctor, died
ices were last week.
Services will be held Friday,
March 22 in Maryland.
Former patients and friends

may send expressions of
sympathy to Jewyll Johnson-
Wilson, 7216 V.iit.rli.J
Terrace, Laurel, MD 20707.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

03/23/1959 07/26/2000

This time of the year is
when your missed the most.
Although you'll never be
We would like to wish you a
Happy 54th Birthday.
Love always, Annie, Phon
and family.

In Memoriam

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

*, ': ^
,,,, ,^

03/22/1964 11/27/2009

03/16/1986 03/28/2009

Happy Birthday angels,
We love and miss you all so
much, but we know you are
resting in the arms of Jesus
and you are at peace.
Love you forever, Mama
Dottie, family and friends.

In Memoriam

09/10/1945 -03/21/2010

Your presence I miss,
Your memory I treasure,
Loving you always,
Forgetting you never.
Love your niece, Latesha.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


In loving memory of,

03/21/1935 04/05/2011

Mom your son, Lonzo
Williams and daughter,
Carleen Smith, will always
cherish your memories
and your love will never be
Until we meet again "Love".
Your loving kids.

Simpson, painter

in African Art

dies at 84
By Bruce Weber

Merton D. Simpson, an artist
who became a trailblazing col-
lector and gallery owner spe-
cializing in African art, died
on Saturday in Manhattan. He
was 84.
Simpson had had several
strokes and suffered from a
number of prolonged illnesses,
including diabetes and demen-
tia, said his son Merton Jr. and
Alaina Simone, director of the
Merton D. Simpson Gallery, in
confirming his death.
Simpson's work as a painter
was largely in the Abstract Ex-
pressionist mode. It grew more
political after he joined the Spi-
ral group, a collective of Black
artists founded in 1963 by Ro-
mare Bearden, Hale Woodruff
and others, who met to discuss
the role of Black artists in the
art world and, given the grow-
ing civil rights movement, the
larger world as well.

We love you.
Your family.

Death Notice

07/03/1929- 02/27/2013


to extend sincere
for your prayers,
cards, foods and

gifts during our hours of
bereavement. Your presence
during this time meant a lot
to the family.
Special thanks to Rev.
Rogerty Adams, Mt. Zion AME
Church, Rev. Vernon Miller,
St. John AME Church of
Pompano Beach, FL, Horace
Mann Middle School and In
Touch Logistic.
Thanks to the staff of Hall
Ferguson Hewitt Funeral
May God continue to
bless you all, Sampson,
Jr., Michael, Tracy and the
Gibson Family.

Death Notice

MOORE, 69, of Miami, died
March 13 at Jackson South
Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
March 23 in the chapel of
Paradise Memorial Funeral

Death Notice

BROGDON, 62, domestic,
died March 11. Service 1
p.m., Saturday in Richardson
Memorial Chapel.

SR., 84, died March 19.
Survivors include: his wife,
Clara Kelly McKoy; daughters,
Deborah Hearn and Phyllis
Wilcox; son, Moses Michael, Jr.;
sister, Sylvia McKoy; and seven
Viewing 6 p.m., Monday at
the church. Service 10 a.m.,
Tuesday, March 26 at Episcopal
Church of the Transfiguration.
Arrangements entrusted to
Range Funeral Home.


Have you forgotten so
soon about your departed
loved one? Keep them
in your memory with an
in memorial or a happy
birthday remembrances in
our obituary section.


-Bill Cunningham/The New York Times
Merton D. Simpson in 2002.

Influenced by Bearden's col-
lages and the Spiral discus-
sions, Simpson, after witness-
ing a standoff between Harlem
residents and the police in
1964, produced a series he
called "Confrontations," ab-
stract renderings of masklike
faces, white and black, seem-
ingly in hostile opposition.
Simpson began collect-
ing African and tribal art in
the late 1940s. His interest
grew through the next decade,
spurred by the influence of Afri-
can sculpture on the paintings
of Picasso, Mir6 and others.
"I was so taken with them,
with the forms, you know," he
said in a 1968 oral history in-
terview for the Smithsonian
Institution's Archives of Ameri-
can Art about the figures he
had seen in the collections of
Mr. Woodruff (who had been
his teacher), Paul Robeson and
others. "People talked about
Picasso, Mir6, and I used to
say, 'What about African sculp-
ture?,' which these people sort
of got this idea from."
He began dealing in art in
the early 1950s to support his
painting and to help his family,
at first working out of a studio
apartment and later from a gal-
lery in Manhattan. (The Merton
D. Simpson Gallery is now at
38 West 28th Street.) Over de-
cades of traveling in Africa and
Europe, Simpson established a
reputation for taste and exper-
tise that many aficionados in
the field consider unmatched.

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'War Witch' brings plight of

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Former high schoolfriends now

making beautiful music together

By D. Kevin McNeir

\Most young Black men in
their early 20s are still try ing
to figure out what they w~ant tii
do with their li'es. Manri have
big dreams but don't have a
realistic plan to achieve those
goals But then again, the
four friends .. hoe make up the
group Linselfish are far fr.om
ordinary And after putting on
a show -stopping performance
last \week at Jazz in the Gar-
dens it appears that the skv,'s
the limit f:r Miari's newest

singing sensation.
Opening for both the Satur-
day and Sunday shows, the
group belted out songs that
even seasoned vocalists might
not atternpt. including hits by
Adele. Maxwell and Boy\z II
Men performed to a cappella
But how did they meet and
\vhat's uip next for Unselfish'-
-fter all. they' weren't child-
hood friends and lived in
different neighborhoods Each
sang in a different church
choir and each graduated from
a different area school: Miami

Springs, Northwestern, Cen-
tral and Booker T. Washing-
ton. Antwan Jackson, 23, who
often speaks on behalf of the
remaining members, Brandon
Jackson, 21, Kevin Taylor,
22 and Anthony Frazier, 24,
"We were a11 dancing either
at :'jur schools ,:r with oth-er
groups here in Miami and
each of us had dreams of beinte
entertainers." he said. "We had
seen each other around anid
liked each other's vibe. We re-
alize' th at there were very fe\w
r-aie groups that couLld both
sirn and dance Anrd after we
started singing together and
sav, ho,.- ell our voices blend-
ed. we began to belie-e that we
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Newcomer Rachel Mwanza is

brilliant in story
By Claudia Puig

T.velve-year-old Komona is
kidnapped from her sub-
Saharan African village by
rebels and forced to become
a soldier. She is handed a
gun almost as big as she
is and ordered to kill her
With that premise. War
Witch paints a powerful and
upsetting portrait of a young
girl compelled into unimag-
inably horrific circumstanc-
When Komona (Rachel
Mwanza) is taken by the
rebel army, she and 10 other
kids are given AK-47s and
admonished: "Respect your
guns. They're your new
mother and father.
Then, as part of their
training, she and her fellow
recruits are regularly beaten
and starved.
As disturbing as the plot
is, this foreign-language
Oscar nominee is somehow
not unremittingly bleak.
Komona finds tender solace
with a boy soldier. But later
she is raped by her com-
mander and impregnated.

offorced violence
She speaks to her unborn
child, concerned about
whether she will have the
strength to love a baby who
could resemble the man who
violated her.
Canadian director Kim
Nguyen does a superb job of
conveying the terrifying lives
of African children forced
into unspeakable violence.
Inspired by actual events.
It's a beautifully shot Imostly
in the Democratic Republic
of the Congol and deeply
moving film, \with evoca-
tive African music that
helps to lighten the
story's subject matter.

It's impossible not to em-
pathize with Komona, whose
serene off-camera narration
provides emotional perspec-
tive. Somehow she holds
on to her dignity\ and moral
decency, even after being
made to repeatedly commit
terrible acts.
It's deeply disturbing to
watch what these children
are compelled to do at the
behest of adults who beat
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Spiced Grilled Ham with Citrus Glaze
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Yield: 12 to 14 (4-ounce) servings
6 to 7-pound fully-cooked bone-in ham, trimmed
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup lemon marmalade (or other citrus marmalade)
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
Preheat gas or charcoal grill to medium-hot (3750F to 4250F).
Prepare grill for indirect cooking: For gas grill, turn off center
burner; for charcoal grill, bank coals on either side; place a drip pan
under grate between heat sources.
Score a diamond pattern into ham, about 1/8 inch deep into any
fat. In small bowl, combine coriander, paprika, cumin, cinnamon
and cloves. Rub spice mixture over all sides of ham. Place ham, flat
side down, in center of grill over drip pan. Cover and cook, adding
briquettes as necessary to maintain heat, until internal temperature
of ham reaches, 1400F, 1 1,2 to 2 hours or 15 to IS minutes per
Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine marmalade, orange juice and
Brush marmalade mixture over ham. Cover'and grill 5 minutes.
until glaze is lightly caramelized. Remove ham from grill, transfer
to cutting board, and let rest 15 to 30 minutes.
(Oven-roasting instructions can be found at n \v. porkbeinspired.

Caramel Frozen Yogurt Pie
with Grilled Peaches
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
2 pints premium vanilla frozen yogurt
1 9-inch prepared graham cracker pie crust, or
8 indi' idual graham cracker pie crusts
1 1/4 cups caramel sauce, store-bought
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
6 ripe medium sized peaches,
halved and pitted
Transfer 1 pint of frozen yogurt from freezer to refrigerator to soften
for 30 to 40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 3'5F. Bake pie crust until lightly browned and
crisp, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
To assemble pie, spread softened yogurt evenly over pie crust.
Place in freezer and chill about 1 hour. When firm, spread about 3/4
cup caramel evenly over frozen ogurt.
Return pie to the freezer, and transfer second pint of frozen Nogunr
to refrigerator. Allow pint to soften for 30 to 40 minutes.
Spread second pint of yogurt evenly over caramel, making
decorati\ e iris.
if possible. Freeze until firm. Remove from freezer 10 minutes
before serving.
To grill peaches, prepare medium fire in a charcoal grill or preheat
gas grill on medium. Melt butter and stir in brov.n sugar until
dissolved. Toss peaches with butter mixture until wll1 coated.
Grill peaches directly over medium fire, cut-side up, until grill
marks are visible, about 5 minutes. Turn peaches over and grill until
grill marks show and peaches are tender, about 4 minutes longer. Set
aside to cool. When cool, cut peaches into thick wedges.
When ready to serve, cut pie into wedges and serve with peaches
on the side. Drizzle a little of remaining caramel sauce over top.

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Rev. Darryl Baxter,
coordinator; Rev. Carol
Nash-Lester, pastor;
Robert Phillips; and
Deacon Wilson provided the
community with an HIV/AIDS
concert last Saturday, at the
Apostolic Temple located on
N.W. 119th Street. Vendors
were allowed to sell various
items at the event. Performers

included: Pat aL
First Baptist Church of
Brownsville, Bethel Temple
Children's Choir, Praise Team
from Emanuel Temple, R.
Jackson and Codered, Cathy
Johnson, J. God's Baby
Girl, Lil Reb, Rev. MakeLue,
Jr., David Smith, Herman
Banister, Juanita Smith,

Ruby Rayford, Claudia
Slater, W. Doris Neal,
and Lea Armbrister.
The Singing 'Angels
of Arcola Lakes Park
are back on the scene
with Gloria Pacely,
president, Samuel
"Chase" Williams,
vice president, and LE
Mary Simmons,
directress. The group took
their Black History Program
to Parkview Elementary,
Hadley Park, and to the Lyric
Plaza in Overtown. Kudos go
out to soloists and dancers

Mamie Williams, etiquette luncheon at the newly
Ruby Allen, Lonnie built Pilgrim Village, where
McCartney, Daphne Stirling McMurray was emcee
S- Johnson, "Slim" and Gregory Wright presented
Jackson, Henry a piano solo. The young men
Williams, Carolyn were shown proper table
Fraizer Ted etiquette and dating behaviors.
Abraham, Fred The swearing in of certified
Brown and Ruby lateral police officers was held
ESTER Allen. recently at the Miami Police
John McMin, College auditorium at 350
band director at Miami NW 2nd Avenue. The program
Central Senior High School, included Officer Kenia Reyes,
received a donation of $1,000 Honor Guards, Officer Hope
from membership of the Jones, Pastor Razz Vazquez,
King of Clubs. The 2013 Men Chief Manuel Orosa, keynote
Of Tomorrow attended an speaker. Cedric Philippe, a

Miami Times fan was honored.
Maevis Kerr, president,
and Janet Moss Williams,
secretary announced that
members participated in
a clothing give away with
members Sherri Moss, Godfrey
Bastian, Dejah Walker and
Greta Telemazue helping to
keep the organization alive.
A salute goes out to Jontavia
Dykes along with Carmen
Jackson, track coach at Miami
Northwestern on their trip
to the Bill Wilson relay in
Sebastian, Florida. Dykes took
first place at the event.

Chaka Khan covers Billboard magazine I
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Icon is the face

of special 'Stars

Tribute' issue
By Huffington Post

On the cusp of her 60th birth-
day on March 23, Billboard
magazine is celebrating Chaka
Khan's career with the release
of their "Stars Tribute" issue.
Labeled as the first-ever "Aug-
mented Reality" cover for the
glossy, readers will have the op-
portunity to access special fea-
tures via the mobile app (pow-
ered by Printergize), by simply
scanning the magazine's cover
which will then connect to the
10-time Grammy Award-win-
ner's official site.
"Chaka has always been an
innovator as an artist," Tammy
McCrary of Chaka Khan Man-

agement said in a press release.
"In today's market, it is just
as important to be innovative
technologically. This is why we
chose to partner with Printer-
In addition to being featured
on the innovative magazine
cover, the world renowned mu-
sic icon's is set to release a se-
ries of projects to commemorate
her milestone year including
her July 2 CD/DVD album,
"The iKhan Project: Alive! The
Commemorative Edition," and
host three exclusive events held
New York, Los Angeles, and Mi-
"I want to experience the
magic I felt 40 years ago when
I recorded my first record," she
said in a press release. "The
-thrill of recording with all the
musicians in one room, the in-
teraction with the producer and
the spontaneous moments of

the experience."
"I'm excited and looking for-
ward to celebrating my 60th
birthday in all the cities I love,"
she added. "I will also have a

rare opportunity to spend time
with my old and new friends,
business associates and family.
I am especially happy about my
Billboard Tribute issue.

Prince delivers funk-filled finale at SXSW

Artists plays to

small crowd,

sans guitar

By Paul J. Weber

AUSTIN, Texas How did
Prince close out South by
Southwest Music Festival's
weeklong showcase of rock n'
By naturally throwing a to-
tally different kind of party: a
grooving, brass band-backed
funk fest that stretched to 3
a.m. and outlasted many fans
lucky enough to get inside the
exclusive show that also fea-
tured A Tribe Called Quest.
AsJustin Timberlake and
the Smashing Pumpkins
headlined other SXSW wrap--
ups nearby, Prince prevailed
as the toughest ticket last
Saturday night by perform-
ing for only 300 people in his
first appearance at the annual
music festival that drew 2,200
bands and artists this year.
Prince towered over them
all but his concert at
the tiny La Zona Rosa club
that sits on the fringe of


Prince closed out the South by Southwest Music
Festival a weeklong showcase of rock n' roll? He per-
formed and played as bandleader instead of superstar
for this funk-filled SXSW finale.

the SXSW mayhem was
no grandiose spectacle. He
performed for 2/2 hours on a
spartan stage behind a giant
video board. He contentedly
played bandleader instead of
superstar, often disappearing
backstage for stretches as the
band jammed.
"They called our people and
said they wanted some funk
in Austin," said Prince, before
belting out the last bars of
a gentle rendition of "Purple

A 12-piece brass band
joined the latest incarna-
tion of Prince's New Power
Generation for a run of hits
like "19990 and "Cool" that
jammed with a soulful back-
bone. The show began with
the band making a Mardi
Gras-style march onto the
stage, only to have their horn
blasts drowned out by shrieks
upon fans sighting Prince in a
magenta, high-collared shirt
and snug black blazer.
Organizers warned the

crowd three times before the
show that taking pictures was
forbidden. Fans who flouted
the rule were scolded by se-
curity or told to scram. Even
simply using a cellphone was
banned at the concert thrown
by phone-maker Samsung,
though promoters worked the
crowd beforehand, offering
customers fresh phone batter-
ies or device test-drives.
Prince never played guitar
during the set. Nor did he per-,
form his new single "Screw-
driver" that debuted earlier
this year, opting instead for
funk covers: Curtis Mayfield's
"We're a Winner" and Michael
Jackson's "Don't Stop Until
You Get Enough" ainong them
as the night dragged on and
weary fans made their way to
the exits early.
"Don't make me hurt you.
You know how many hits I
got?" Prince said during the
first of several pseudo-set
closer, before launching into
another encore.
Green Day, Dave Grohl,
Vampire Weekend, the Yeah
Yeah Yeahs and Natalie
Maines of the Dixie Chicks
also starred at SXSW this

'The Voice' closing in on 'Idol' for fans and ads

continued from 1C

release a full-length album
was season one's Javier Colon,
who since has been dropped
from Universal's Republic la-
bel. Cassadee Pope, the show's
most recent victor, is working
on her debut.
But while Idol might still be
the music king, there's little
doubt its TV monarchy is be-
ing threatened.
On March 7, Idol was bested
by CBS' The Big Bang Theory
and Two and a Half Men in
18-to-49 ratings. And even

though Voice and Idol air on
opposite nights, should the
newcomer (whose most recent
run averaged 13.9 million
viewers) unseat the veteran
(averaging 16.1 million so far
in season 12), you can bet Idol
brass will be singing a differ-
ent tune..
Idol still commands an aver-
age of $340,825 for a 30-sec-
ond spot, higher than the
$239,866 Voice charges, ac-
cording to Ad Age. But Idol
spots are down from $502,900
last season and likely will dip
again. Idol insiders have been
working to lower ratings ex-

pectations all season, citing
untested judges Mariah Carey,
Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
Still, Minaj's no-nonsense
opinions probably have
brought the most attention
(and younger viewers) to the
veteran show.
"Three of this year's judges
look like mannequins star-
ing absently at the same old
songs we've heard many times
before, wishing they were else-
where. The exception is Nicki
Minaj, who has become the
only reason to watch the show,"
says Stephen Winzenburg, a
communications professor at

Grand View University in Iowa.
Of course Voice also faces
uncertainty this cycle with
Shakira and Usher replacing
Christina Aguilera and Cee-
Lo Green as coaches. Veteran
judge Randy Jackson blames a
crowded market.
"You turn on the TV, and
somebody's singing on some
channel," he said. "I equate it
to food: You go to dinner, get
to the table, you're the only one
there, and there's a lot of food
going around. By the time 12
years have gone by, your table
is packed. It's hard just to get
a seat."

'War Witch' reflects brutal world in child's eyes

continued from 1C

them with sticks, stab or shoot
them if they don't comply. But
Nguyen avoids excessive gore.
Mwanza, a non-professional
actress, is terrific. Natural and
expressive, her face is etched
with wariness, grief and trepi-
Komona is set apart from
the others forced into the rebel
militia because of her ghostly
visions. The supreme leader,

Great Tiger (Mizinga Mwinga),
considers her a witch and relies
on her to spot government sol-
diers hiding nearby. Meanwhile,
she is haunted by the memory
of her parents and worries that
she needs to return to her vil-
lage and bury them.
She forms a friendship with
an albino boy called Magician
(Serge Kanyinda) and he per-
suades her to escape with him.
He asks her to marry him, and
she repeats something her fa-
ther told her: "First, you must

find a white rooster" a crea-
ture that's believed not to ex-
ist. Komona experiences the
joyful sense of peace that a
child should have while the two
are on the run. They are later
rounded up by soldiers. But for
a while, their lives are carefree.
Director Nguyen worked on
the film for a decade, research-
ing children's reactions and
perspectives, since the story
is told from Komona's point of
view. It's a startling achieve-
ment. We understand her in-

tense emotions in this night-
marish world. Nguyen avoids
any hint of condescension or
artifice. Actual politics are left
vague, no doubt intentionally.
He artfully juxtaposes carnage
with scenes of dreamlike magi-
cal realism, providing a path
for the viewer to get into Komo-
na's head.
War Witch exquisitely shines
a light on the brutal world of
child soldiers, a devastating
subject profoundly worth ex-

Anna Grace Sweeting will be taking some time for rest and
recuperation for the next several weeks. We look forward to her
return and her lively comments about the local church community
in People.

Talented local boy group

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had something special."
And so, in the style of their
favorite groups, which they say
include The Manhattans, Take
6 and of course, Boyz II Men,
the four became one just over
a year ago.
"Like our name implies, we
want to do all kinds of music
while combining an old school
flavor with a contemporary
style," they said.
"We think we can bridge the
gap. When people hear us they
say we take them back. But we
want to reach folks from our
own generation too."
The four say that their re-
hearsals are intense and that
they run every morning while

singing so that they're ready
when it's time to go onstage.
And they're taking voice les-
sons to improve on their innate
vocal abilities. And they've
been getting noticed too.
"The guys won Showtime at
the Apollo last August, have
appeared on 106 & Park, won
the local radio competition
that secured their place as the
opening act at this year's Jazz
in the Gardens and have also
made it to the regional finals
for the X Factor," said group
manager, Donovan White.
"They are really good, hon-
est, hard-working young men
and they're ecstatic about
how well things are going. It's
somewhat surreal for all of us.
But I think God has ordained
us for this."

Mosley creates a thriller

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who wanted to talk with her, a
lot of people who figured that
she knew where the rest of the
cash was. They figured McGill
did, too, because he was sud-
denly involved with Zella and
he was not known for being
What they didn't know -
and neither did Zella was
that McGill was also the one
who sprung her from prison.
But in the midst of sorting out
the mess, and while trying
to keep Zella protected from
thugs, McGill's biggest neme-
sis warned him that he wasn't
safe. Three other men suspect-
ed of planning the heist were
all dead, and it appeared that
someone wanted McGill to join
them. That notion was under-
scored when two professional
gunmen broke into his house
in the middle of the night with
assassination on their mYinds.
Through the years, Leonid
McGill had annoyed a lot of

people in New York City. Sure,
he had enemies. But this time,
he wasn't sure who the enemy
was.There's something about a
Leonid McGill mystery that I
truly do love.
Maybe it's.that author Wal-
ter Mosley strongly reminds
his readers of trench coats,
black-and-white movies, rainy
streets, and Maltese falcons,
even though this book is. set
in modern-day New York. Or
maybe it's that his main char-
acter is smart, wise and cooler
than a polar bear's nose. Then
again, I might love this series
because, each time, Mosley
gives his readers a little more
about McGill and his (un-
der)world, which only makes
us want to visit it again and
Now out in paperback, "All
I Did Was Shoot My Man" is
the latest in the McGill series
but it can be read as a stand-
alone novel. If you're a fan of
noir, you'll want it ... because
missing this book would be a
dirty shame.

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Michelle Obama lands Vogue cover

First Lady says

family comes first

in interview

By Maria Puente

First lady Michelle Obama's
second Vogue cover will get the
close attention of the world-
wide fashion tribe, but the
Washington insiders tribe will
snap it up, too, for the joint in-
terview with President Obama
The April cover shows FLO-
TUS glowing in an electric
blue-and-black Reed Krakoff
dress, next to the headline,
"Michelle Obama: How the
First Lady and the President
Are Inspiring America." Inside,
she appears in a stunning
Michael Kors black two-piece
gown cinched with a wide
leather belt. The photographs
are by celebrated photographer
Annie Leibovitz.
Right away, you know this
piece won't be a hit job.
The interview at the White
House last month, by writer
Jonathan Van Meter, focuses
less on fashion and more on
family, which the Obamas
insist is still their top priority,
even if their stay-at-home hab-
its are annoying to the Wash-
ington chattering classes.
"What is truly unusual about
the Obamas is that, in their
own quietly determined way,
they have insisted on living
their lives on their terms: not
as the First Family but as a
family, first," declares Van


Most of their conversations
are about their girls, Malia,
14, and Sasha, 11, she says.
"What are they doing? And
who's got what practice? And
what birthday party is coming
up? And did we get a gift for
this person? You know, I mean,
it is endless," Michelle Obama
Of course, now that the girls
are growing up, they joke the
kids won't want to spend as
much time with them.
"Maybe you'll see us out in
the clubs," he grins. "Saturday
night!" says the first lady. "The
kids are out with their friends.
Let's go party!" -
'The Obamas are out in the
club again?'" adds the presi-
dent, laughing.
The couple talk about par-
enting, politics and polariza-
tion, their teamwork marriage,
what they like about and learn
from each other, and how they
manage to survive in the White
House despite their "zip-line
arrival" with virtually no prep-


S Commissioner Barbara
J. Jordan presents the 8th
Annual Women's International
Film & Arts Festival, March
20th, at the Adrienne Arsht
Center of the Performing
Arts. Call 305-653-9700.

E Miami Northwestern
Class of 1973 will have their
reunion planning meeting,
March 24th, at 4 p.m. at
17312 N.W. 9th Ct. Contact
Louise at 305-212-3911.

S The Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation is
now accepting applications for
the CBCF Spouses Education
Scholarship, the deadline is
June 6th. Visit cbcfinc.org for
more information.

Booker T. Washington
Association Inc. will meet
March 21st, at 6 p.m., in the

BTW High School cafeteria.

8 Miami-Dade Youth
Commission invite you to
a Youth Summit to Promote
Non-Violence, March 28th,
at 1 p.m., at the Stephen P.
Clark Government Center,
111 NW 1st St. Call 305-375-

City of Miami Beach
is holding a Gun Buy Back,
March 30th, at 10 a.m., at
1901 Convention Center Dr.

Miami-Dade Public
Library System is inviting
teens, ages 12-19, for its
annual National Poetry Month
Contest, from April lst-30th.
Call 305-375-2665.

invites you to the
Opa-locka Women's Summit
'13, March 22nd, at 6 p,m,

President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama shares
a laugh with daughter Malia, 14.

aration for the high-scrutiny
They also talk some fash-
ion it's Vogue, after all.
He explains the big change
in his life is that now he has
more than two suits and it's
all down to her and the girls.
They "upgraded" him, he says.
He's the kind of guy who brags
about having the same pair of
khaki pants since he was 20;
she's the kind of wife who tells
him, "You don't want to brag
about that."
As a woman who exempli-

and March 23rd, at 11 a.m.,
at 780 Fisherman St., 2nd
floor. Call 786-338-6087.

m New Stanton Sr. High
Class of 1968 will host their
45th class reunion, May 24-
26th. Contact Audrey at 305-

E Miami Northwestern
Class of 1963 will have their
50th Reunion Celebration,
June 7-9th. Contact Claudette
at 305-793-8131.

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1973 will be
celebrating their 40th Class
Reunion, June 27 30, 2013.
Contact Louise at 305-212-

The City of Miami
Gardens presents a Farmer's
Market held every Sunday,
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St.
Philip Neri Church, 15700 NW
20th Ave. Call 786-529-5323.
FSVU Softball Alumni
The Fort Valley State

fies what Van Meter calls a
"modern definition of effort-
less American chic," she tells
women to wear whatever
makes them feel good about
themselves. "I also believe that
if you're comfortable in your
clothes it's easy to connect
with people and make them
feel comfortable as well," she
says. "In every interaction that
I have with people, I always
want to show them my most
authentic self."
The April issue will be on
newsstands March 26.

alumni and former
residents softball team
are in need of help. Contact
Ashley 786-356-9069

E Miami Jackson High
School Class of 1971 meets
the first Saturday of each
month, at 3 p.m., at 4949 NW
7th Ave. Contact Gail 305-

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1979 make a
connection. Call 786-399-

E Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets every
third Saturday of the month,
at 7 p.m., at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
6161 NW 22nd Ave. Call 305-

Urban Greenworks
hosts a Farmers' Market
every Saturday until April
8th, from noon to 3 p.m. at
Arcola Lakes Library, 8240
NW 7th Avenue.

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Miami Times staff report

Happy Birthday to the "Q"
- the musical icon and pro-
ducer more formally known
as Quincy Jones who
celebrated his 80th birthday
on March 14th. Jones first fell
in love with music when he
was in elementary school and
started playing the.trum-
pet. As a teen he befriended
the then-young pianist Ray
Charles in Seattle, Washing-
ton, and embarked on a path
that "saved his life" and made
him one of the world's great-
est musicians. Jones has won
more Grammy Awards than
any other artist in history (he
was nominated for 79 and
won 27). He scored a myriad
of films and TV themes, re-
leased dozens and dozens of
records, founded Vibe maga-
zine, and worked with Michael
Jackson, Frank Sinatra,
Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin
and Amy Winehouse, among
others. He's also a renowned
philanthropist who has done a
lot for poverty-stricken Africa
and founded the "Quincy
Jones Listen Up Foundation,"
intended to help troubled


youth through technology
and music. He's been married
three times and has seven
Next month, AXS TV will
air Jones' joint birthday gala
with Michael Caine, who also
turns just turned 80. Numer-
ous A-list stars are expected
to appear, among them
Bono, Carlos Santana, Stevie
Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg,
Terrence Howard and Barbra

African line EDUN pairs

with Diesel for fashion

By Julee Wilson

Africa is slowly but surely
making its presence in the
world fashion. The continent
has provided endless inspira-
tion for designers, celebrities
and virtually anyone who
has come in contact with its
beauty, which includes us. Af-
ter visiting Johannesburg this
past October for Mercedes-
Benz Fashion Week Africa, we
were hooked.'
So, it was a pleasant sur-
prise to learn that EDUN,
Bono's "fashion brand bring-
ing about positive change
through its trading rela-
tionship with Africa," was
teaming up with Diesel for
a 25-piece capsule collec-
tion called Diesel+EDUN.

particularly excited about the
Diesel+EDUN's Studio Africa
Studio Africa is described
as "a virtual loudspeaker for
a new generation of creative
talents from across the conti-
nent." Diesel+EDUN rounded
up a team of tastemakers
from fashion, photography,
music, film, music and litera-
ture to provide dynamic first-
hand accounts via a Tumblr
page filled with photo galler-
ies and videos that demon-
strate the power of African art
and culture.
The collaboration's official
launch was feted last Sunday
during Paris Fashion Week
with a party attended by
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian,
Nicole Richie and Jessica

Di e ,1 E DUN

Diesel+ EDUN

Each piece from the line is
crafted from Ugandan cotton
and manufactured entirely
in Africa a feat that Diesel
founder Renzo Rosso says has
never been done before.
"With this project we want
to show to consumers, and
to industry alike, that it is
indeed possible to source,
produce and generate sus-
tainable trade in Africa,"
Rosso told ElleUK.com.
And while the raw, un-
treated denim and dresses
embellished with Kenyan
metalwork will no doubt
become must-haves, we're

Alba, to name a few. A special
performance was given by
Solange Knowles, who serves
as an ambassador for the col-
"My love for African fashion,
music and art runs deep to
my core and has been a sig-
nificant source of inspiration
to me as an artist," Solange
told ElleUK.com. "I'm con-
stantly being exposed to such
innovative Africantalent so
I'm excited that Diesel + Edun
is celebrating that extraor-
dinary creativity through
Studio Africa and taking me
along for the journey!"

Andre Leon Talley, joins

Numero Magazineranks

By Julee Wilson

Andre Leon Talley is one
busy guy and shows no
signs of slowing down.
At the ripe age of 63,
the Vogue contribut-
ing editor and former
"America's Next Top
Model" judge is a go-to
guest correspondent TA
for "Entertainment
Tonight," recently signed a
late-night talk show deal and
is also adding editor-at-large
of "Num6ro" magazine to his
never-ending resume.
Yes, that's the same Nume-
ro magazine that's currently

in the middle of a blackface
debacle although Talley
will be joining the glossy's
Russian edition.
Perhaps he'll bring a
much-needed diverse
perspective to the
publication. Fingers
And lest you believe
S that all these gigs and
ALLEY a closet full of tent-
sized Chado Ralph Rucci
Escapes and custom Manolo
Blahnik shoes signal a fat
bank account, think again.
Talley tells Women's Wear
Daily (WWD) that "financial
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Young performers hope to realize thei dreams

Auditions continue as hundreds of Youngdrummer
Antwane and

youth take to the stage program emcee

By Michael Malone

When number 449 was
called, 9-year-old Antwane
shuffled down the aisle and
stepped up onto the stage to
perform as one of the Young
Talent Big Dreams contestants.
He settled behind the gleaming
Ludwig full drum set, unzipped
his black bag and slid out a pair
of drum sticks. Then he stared
out towards the judges and
the huge Actors' Playhouse
"Go ahead and get warmed
up, make some noise," said
Earl Maulding. emcee for
the show. Antwane hesitated
briefly, then began to pound

away, performing his audience
piece with gusto.
While Antwane needed some
prompting, few of the sing-
ers. dancers and musicians
for Young Talent Big Dreams,
a county-wide talent search
sponsored by The Children's
Trust and run by Actors' Play-
house at the Miracle Theatre,
needed urging to launch into
their 1-minute performances
Most were eager to show off
their talent.
Approximately 100 young-
sters ranging in age from 8 to
17, turned out a few weeks ago
for the fourth of six total audi-
tions held as part of the talent
search, the largest of its kind in

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Obama administration sued by

historically Black universities?

Lawsuit stems

from new student

loan rules
By Tyler Kingkade

Historically Black colleges
and universities are not rul-
ing out a lawsuit against the
Obama administration over
new federal financial aid poli-
cies that disproportionately af-
fect their students, the Wash-
ington Times reports.
New underwriting standards
enacted in Oct. 2011 to PLUS
loans made it tougher for par-
ents with lackluster credit to
borrow money from the federal
government for their child's
college expenses. Families of
students at HBCUs were twice
as likely to use the program,
according to the Associated
Press, but previous borrowers
were not grandfathered in with
the old standards,
The change meant borrow-
ers who currently hold loans
would have their credit evalu-
ated retroactively to cover the
previous five years, rather than
the previous 90 days, Inside
Higher Ed reports.
With the policies now in ef-
fect and forcing some students
out of college, HBCUs are con-
sidering legal action over the
new rules.
"We're going to continue to
pursue the legislative pro-
cess to find a better solution,"

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US President Barack Obama shakes hands with students during a visit to the Dr. Martin
Luther King Charter School Oct. 15, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Johnny C. Taylor, president
and CEO of the Thurgood Mar-
shall College Fund, told the
Washington Times. "[But] if at
some point we determine that
there is no agreement, then we
may have to consider going to
the courts."
HBCUs typically don't have

sufficiently robust endowment
funds to offer their own finan-
cial aid to replace loans. The
combined endowments of all
HBCUs is $1.6 billion, which
is less than Ohio State Univer-
sity's $2 billion fund and far
below Harvard's $19 billion,
according to The Grio.

At the same time, the Pell
Grait currently covers the'
smallest portion of college
costs in the program's history.
A 2011 FastWeb analysis found
that Pell Grant recipients are
more likely to be minorities
making every other source of
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Billions needed to update schools

Most buildings in

U.S. more than

50 years old
By Philip Elliot

America's schools are in
such disrepair that it would
cost more than $270 billion
just to get elementary and sec-
ondary buildings back to their
original conditions and twice
that.to get them up to date, a
report released last Tuesday
estimated. In a foreword to
the report, former President
Bill Clinton said "we are still
struggling to provide equal
opportunity" to children and
urged the first federal study of
school buildings in almost two
Clinton and the Center for
Green Schools urged a Gov-
ernment Accountability Office
assessment on what it would
take to get school buildings up
to date to help students learn,
keep teachers healthy and
put workers back on the jobs.
The last such report, issued
in 1995 during the Clinton
administration, estimated
it would take $112 billion to '

To update and modernize the buildings, the figure doubles,
to $542 billion over the next decade.

bring the schools into good
repair and did not include
the need for new buildings
to accommodate the growing
number of students.
The Center for Green
Schools' researchers reviewed
spending and estimates
schools spent $211 billion on
upkeep between 1995 and
2008. During that same time,
schools should have spent
some $482 billion, the group
calculated based 6n a formula

included in the most recent
GAO study.
That left a $271 billion gap
between what should have
been spent on upkeep and
what was, the group reported.
Each student's share? Some
$5,450. .
To update and modernize the
buildings, the figure doubles,
to $542 billion over the next
"We have a moral obligation,"
said Rachel Gutter, director

S of the group
with the U.S.
Green Build-
ing Council.
"When we
talk about
a quality
education, we
CLINTON talk about
the 'who' and
the 'what' teachers and cur-
riculum but we don't talk
about the 'where.' That needs
to change."
Gutter's organization is
urging the Education Depart-
ment to collect annual data
on school buildings' sizes and
ages, as well as property hold-
ings. The group also wants the
Education Department's sta-
tistics branch to keep tabs on
utility and maintenance bills.
"It's a secret that we're keep-
ing because it's shameful and
embarrassing to us as a coun-
try," Gutter said.
Horror stories abound about
schools with roofs that leak,
plumbing that backs up and
windows that do little to stop
"Would you send your kids
or grandkids to one of these
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Dr. Denise Barrett-Johnson poses with the commissioner
of education, Dr. Tony Bennett.

Dr. Denise Barrett-

Johnson wins big at

education summit

Lake Stevens faculty member named

Assistant Principal of the Year

Miami Times staff report

An administrator from
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools won top honors for
her superior leadership skills
during the eighth-annual
Commissioner's Summit for
Principals. Dr. Denise Bar-
rett-Johnson, assistant prin-
cipal at Lake Stevens Middle
School, was named Florida
Outstanding Assistant Princi-
pal of the Year.
Commissioner of Education
Dr. Tony Bennett presented
Dr. Barrett-Johnson with a
check for $2,500 and $600
for her school.
Dr. Barrett-Johnson has
used her leadership skills
to create a safe, positive
and academically-enriching
learning environment for

her students.
Over the past two years,
she has worked to build a
successful literacy program
at Lake Stevens Middle
School, which contributed to
improving the school's rating
to a "B" Her most noteworthy
accomplishments as an assis-
tant principal include: creat-
ing literacy programs; social
studies education; build-
ing family and community
partnerships; and motivating
faculty, staff and students.
She believes that educa-
tion is a community effort
requiring the investment and
resources of all stakeholders.
Dr. Barrett-Johnson is the
recipient of this prestigious
award and will now compete
for the National Assistant
Principal of the Year Award.

Miami Times staff report

A Youthful Soul, Inc. [AYS]
will host its first Celebrity DJ
Football Flag Football Charity
Tournament next week with
the proceeds being used to pro-
vide quality educational, rec-
reational and cultural events
for youth in North Miami and
surrounding communities.
The Tournament takes place
on Saturday, March 23rd at
Ben Franklin Park, 13400 NW
12th Avenue in North Miami.
Featured will be local DJ's and
athletes from Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach
Counties. There will also be
live performances by local art-
ists, as well as youth recre-
ational activities. The event is

free to the public.
AYS is a nonprofit, communi-
ty-based, youth outreach qrga-
nization that was established
to empower youth through aca-
demic enrichment, life skills
lessons and advocacy. Since its
inception, AYS has hosted an
FCAT Pep Rally for students
in grades 3 to 10, coordinated
fashion shows sponsored by
T.J. Maxx and Bealls Outlet
Stores and created "A Soulful
Turnaround" a teen dropout
prevention program for high
school students in grades 9-12
to re-engage and re-enroll in
school. For more information,
contact Gayle McDonald, presi-
dent/CEO and founder at (786)
487-1488 or go to www.ayouth-

AYS to throw charitable

event benefiting youth



Williams sisters star in documentary "

'Venus, Serena'

narrates duo's

struggles in


By Veronica Wells

If you ask me, I'm surprised
it's taken this long for the
phenomenal Williams sisters
to get a documentary. Their

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story is the stuff of legend.
They overcame obstacles like a
dangerous environments, lack
of access and racial discrimi-
nation to go on to become the
greatest female tennis players
the game has ever seen.

Despite their public success,
the Williams sisters have man-
aged to keep certain details
about their personal lives and
secrets to their immense suc-
cess on the low. Now, in a 100
minute documentary, directed
by Maiken Baird and Michelle
Major and edited by the two
will share the complexity of
their lives. According to Ten-
nis Now, the documentary will
shed light on their remarkably
inspiring story:
"Venus and Serena takes an

unfiltered look into the re-
markable lives of the greatest
sister-act professional tennis
has ever seen. In a sport where
they were not welcomed, the
indomitable Williams sisters
faced the opposition with grace
and courage not only break-
ing new ground for female and
Black athletes everywhere,
but dominating the women's
game for over a decade. The
film tells the inspiring story of
how these two women, against
all odds, but with the help of

visionary parents, made it to
the top."
And while the film is going
to uplift you, it's also going to
expose some of their personal
hardships and even controver-
sies associated with their lives
and careers, like the affair,
divorce and second marriage of
their father Richard. The film
will also include interviews
with everyone from Bill Clinton
to Chris Rock to Anna Wintour
speaking about the sisterly

Lil Wayne recovers in hospital after seizure

By Associated Press

Rapper Lil Wayne is recover-
ing in a Los Angeles hospital,
although his exact medical
condition continues to remain
CNN reports that a friend
said last Saturday night after
visiting Lil Wayne: "He's good,
just resting."
Also last Saturday, at a
surprise SXSW appearance at
the Afghan Whigs show, Usher
asked fans to pray for his pal.
"One of my fellow artists,
good friend, Lil Wayne is going
through a real hard time right
now, y'all," he told the crowd.
"And I just want to send a lot
of positive attitude about his
state. And a lot of positive en-
ergy out there right now. Can

you guys make some noise for
Lil Wayne one time? You know
it's ultimately about positive
energy. You believe in that? So
one time make some noise."
TMZ had reported the star,
30, was in a medically induced
coma, causing a flurry of con-
cern over the rapper's health
last Friday night.
But Mack Maine, president of
Lil Wayne's Young Money label,
downplayed the seriousness
of the visit, tweeting, "Dont
believe the nonsense about
comas and tubes to breathe .
that's false!!"
Maine added, via Twitter,
that he and Lil Wayne had
been watching the Syracuse
University Orange play the
Georgetown Hoyas in the Big
East men's basketball tourna-


' TMZ also reported that
Wayne's medical issues may
have stemmed from going "on
a Sizzurp binge," because ddc-
tors found high amounts of

codeine in his system.
.The Daily Beast says in a
new story that Weezy (as he is
called) has had a "ong habit of
sipping 'syrup, sizzurp, lean,
or Texas tea' as the real cause
of his ailing health." It's an
addictive habit, which involves
sipping prescription-strength
cough syrup laced with co-
deine and other extras that
can increase the high.
No one has explained exactly
what the rapper's health prob-
lems are; publicist Kia Selby
told CNN, "Lil Wayrie is doing
Through it all, Lil Wayne
has had a parade of stars visit
him at Cedars-Sinai, includ-
ing "American Idol" judge Nicki
Minaj, who was spotted at the
hospital last Saturday night.

Dave Chappelle hints at tour with Chris Rock

By Ross Luippold

Could Dave Chappelle be
preparing for a return to the
Since his infamous 2006
departure from the mega-hit
Comedy Central sketch se-
ries, "Chappelle's Show," the
stand-up comedian and actor
has only made a handful of
TV appearances. Occasionally
he has performed stand-up
comedy on the road, to varying
But signs seem to point to
Chappelle's interest in reclaim-
ing his throne as one of com-
edy's most innovative minds.
In late February he performed
a string of drop-in performanc-
es at New York's The Comedy
Cellar, most notably with Chris
Rock, where he seemed open to
the idea of returning to com-
edy and perhaps even going on
tour with Rock.

Audiences have sometimes
sighted Chappelle at the Cellar
over the last year or so working
on material that was often hit
or miss. But audiences in at-
tendance to these recent shows
can attest that he appeared to
be comedically rejuvenated.

The first night, as reported
,by The Comic's Comic, includ-
ed Chappelle and Rock riffing
about touring together as soon
as November.
"After next Tuesday, I'm free
for like 11 years," Chappelle

Over the next two nights,
SChappelle dropped into the
Comedy Cellar with more
comedian friends, includ-
ing Rock, Kevin Hart, Marlon
Wayans, Bill Bellamy and
Paul Mooney. Chappelle again
teased the idea of going on tour
- while joking that he had "no
material," he performed rough-
ly 45 minutes of new comedy,
including bits about the Pope
and Oscar Pistorius.
Of course, Chappelle has had
an uneasy relationship with
fame and may be reluctant to
return to the public eye. He
unceremoniously quit "Chap-
pelle's Show" after just two-
and-a-half seasons against the
stern and public warnings of
Comedy Central, and lives a
life of relative obscurity with
his family in Ohio. Even an
official Twitter account was
abandoned after just a few

Young artists audition for local talent search

continued from 5C

"Everyone who came out and
participated was thankful,"
said Melody Fakhourie, talent
coordinator for the competition
and education outreach man-
ager at Actors' Playhouse. "To
step onto a professional stage
was really major for them.
Those that moved forward were
excited for the opportunity of-
fered by this special project."
Violist Zaria Graves, who at-
tends Southwood Middle's mu-
sic magnet and plays in Great-
er Miami Youth Symphony's
concert orchestra, awaited her
chance to audition surrounded
by her family father Gade
Graves, mother Sharolyn and

sisters Ciera and Laney. For
the judges, Graves performed
a sophisticated classical piece.
Learning to bow correctly, she
told them, was the most chal-
lenging. And "oh, yes," she
definitely sees herself perform-
ing on stage in the future, she
The cadre of judges includ-
ed performance artist Chris-
tina Alexander and actor Don
Seward. Alexander was named
New Times' 2012 Best Actress
and recently opened a one-
woman show. Seward was
himself once a finalist for a Na-
tional Foundation for the Ad-
vancement of the Arts, a simi-
lar completion held nationally.
"I was once there, like these
kids," he said. "This is my

chance as a judge to help and
guide others," he said.
"After teaching for so many
years, I really want to see
what's coming out of our
schools these days," Alexander
said. "There's some real tal-
She could have been referring
to Jaquan Greene, a 16-year-
old student from American
High, who owned the stage, de-
livering an inspiring rendition
of Cristine Perri's "Who Do You
Think You Are?"
The judges, obviously im-
pressed, had questions for the
singer when he finished.
"Who are your inspirations?"
"Michael Jackson and Chris
Brown," said Greene, who cut
a striking resemblance to a

young M.J.
Greene added that he was in
the music program at Ameri-
can until it was cut. While
schools, themselves facing
tough budget reductions and
stringent requirements to meet
testing standards, have been
forced to trim arts programs
and activities, Young Talent of-
fers a venue for performance,
experience and the opportu-
nity for training and support..
Prizes for semifinalists and
finalists range from master
classes with professional art-
ists, to scholarships and at-
tendance at concerts and show
- all part of the important
exposure that young artists
need, especially those with
limited means.


Sony is bringing a Good Times remake to the big

'Good Times' just might

head to the silver screen

By Lilly Workneh

The '70s brought us bell-bot-
tomed pants, enormous Afros
and plenty of the laughs from
the hit sitcom Good Times.
Now, according to Deadline,
those memories may have a
chance to be revived as uncon-
firmed reports claim.that the
TV show is being adapted into
a full-length movie.
Sony productions has report-
edly teamed up with Wreck-It
Ralph producer Scott Rudin,
along with the animated film's
co-writer Phil Johnston, to re-
vive the CBS sitcom that went

off air in 1979.
Although it has been over
three decades since the show's
finale, its characters have
become iconic, thanks to
unforgettable performances
from the likes of John Amos
(as James Evans, Sr.), Jim-
mie Walker (as J.J.) and Janet
Jackson (as Penny). The show
distinguished itself by tackling
issues that faced working-
class black families. So far the
producers have declined to
comment. But if this concept
becomes a reality, who would
you like to see cast for the
retro roles?

Modernizing our schools

continued from 5C

schools?" asked National Edu-
cation Association President
Dennis Van Roekel, who sup-
ported the report along with the
21st Century School Fund, the
American Federation of Teach-
ers, the American Lung Asso-
ciation and the National PTA.
Schools' app.:,.a ran. rce alone,,,
of course, do not guarantee stu-
dents' success but it is certain-
ly more difficult to teach and
learn when water is coming in
through the ceiling, pipes are
growling or rooms are frigid.
The report does not assign
blame for schools' disrepair but
the problems often start at the
local and state levels. In most
cases, schools are funded by
local property taxes and they
are reliant Qn their neighbors'

wealth and willingness to fund
their schools. A National Cen-
ter for Education Statistics
found large disparities between
schools in areas of high poverty
and those in more affluent ar-
The green schools' report -
and price tag takes those
into account but also expands
the definition to include ener-
gy-efficient heating and cool-
ing systems, sufficient electri-
cal outlets in classrooms and
enough energy to power equip-
ment such as computers.
"As sad as it sounds, that's a
realistic number," said Barba-
ra Worth, director of strategic
and private development at the
Council of Educational Facility
Planners International. "Most
of the buildings in this country
are over 50 years old and they
were not built to last."

HBCUs sue government

continued from 5C

financial aid even more critical.
HBCUs have long been con-
cerned that rules, proposed to
rein in for-profit colleges, will
inadvertently harm students at
Black colleges.
Many students at HBCUs
rely on student loans to go to
college, and often end up with
more debt upon graduation.
Under federal law, schools that
fail to keep down loan default
rates could lose eligibility for
federal financial aid programs.
According to U.S. Department
of Education data, three of the
10 schools with the highest

graduate default rates are his-
torically Black: Clinton Junior
College, Southwestern Chris-
tian College and Concordia
College Alabama. A vast major-
ity of schools with the highest
default rates, however, are for-
profit colleges.
Mark Kantrowitz, publisher
of FinAid.org, predicted to the
Times that if HBCUs did want to
settle the PLUS rules in court,
they'd have a good chance of
winning due to the speed with
which the rule was changed.
"We are not itching for a fight,
[but] we need to do what is nec-
essary to protect what is the
most vulnerable and fragile in
our society," Taylor said.

Andre Talleyjoins Numero

continued from 4C

security" played a big part in
his decision to ink the "Numero"
Russia deal.
"I took the job because I love
Russia and the salary was
something fabulous,: Talley told
WWD. "Money isn't everything,
but it is when you start think-
ing about putting money away
for your retirement days . .
Anna was very sympathetic and
understood and she decided we
remain on good terms and that
I do the digital and the online.
And I'm very happy to do it."
We're happy Talley's 30-year
stint at Vogue isn't coming to
an end and that we can still
look forward to his entertaining
"Mondays With Andre" videos
And Talley isn't known to bite

his tongue, a quality that has
made him one of the most inter-
esting figures in fashion. With
that said, WWD made sure to
ask about his thoughts on last
week's Academy Awards red
carpet. And in classic ATL style,
this is what Talley had to say:
"Last night was one of the
dullest, saddest moments of the
history of the Oscars and the
red carpet was the dullest, sad-
dest moment for many reasons."
Ouch. Talley believes that
stars need to break away from
their controlling stylists and
take some fashion risks. How
risky? The fashion expert points
to Cher's crazy getups and Bi-
jork's infamous swan dress as
examples of sensational looks.
"Then we thought it was bad
taste, now I think it should have
been the best dress,because
she stood out.




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Your dream retirement home takes planning

Whether it is a picket fence or

glamorous condo?

By Janice Lloyd

When Tom and Lyn Dear-
dorff would dream about
retirement, they kept a list of
their must haves: a location
that would allow them to walk
to restaurants and the farm-
ers market, and quick access
to Atlanta's international air-
port. The new digs also had
to be located in a diverse area
rich in history.
That list grew over 10 years
while they were looking, but

then they hit the jackpot.
They found a loft-style condo
a mile from downtown Atlanta
in a converted cotton mill
that's on the National Historic
Register and was within their
"We have it unbelievably
good," says Tom. "This is it.
We look at each other and say,
'Is this how lucky people can
be?' "
"We've had no regrets," says
Lyn. They moved there in
2006. 'It has all the things we

"We have it unbeliev-
ably good. This is it.
We look at each other
and say, 'Is this how
lucky people can be?"'
Tom uearaorff, owns a loft in Atlant.i

wanted and more."
Finding the right home for
retirement, whether it means
moving to a new location or
renovating a current home so
you can age in place, involves
being realistic about your
long-term physical needs,
your financial resources, and
what kinds of facilities are
nearby to support you, finan-

Tom and Lyn Deardorff downsized from a five-bedroom
home to a loft.

cial and aging experts say.
It's important to align "the
emotional, social and finan-
cial parts of retiring," says
Denise Leish. a financial
adviser in Silver Spring. Md.
"Very often my clients will
tell me they want to stay in
their home, but they haven t
thought about how their
health needs might change.
They haven't thought about
the stairs they have to take
to get into the house and the
additional stairs they have
to take to get up to the foor
where the shower is '
The Deardorffs added a
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Having a longer

workweek could

mean more jobs

By Tim Mullaney

The 236,000 jobs the economy
added in February lifted markets
last Friday and hidden in the
details of the jobs report may
have been the equiva-
lent of 300,000 more.
That's because the
average workweek
inched up to 34.5 hours
last month, up from
34.4 in January and
33.8 in 2009. It's also
within sight of the 34.7
hours per worker per
week when the economy
peaked in 2006..
In some industries,
especially construction
and manufacturing, the average
workweek is now longer than it
was at the economy's last apex,
Moody's Analytics economist
Marisa Di Natale said.
That means employers are

near the end of their ability to
get more work done by extending
workweeks, said Drew Matus,
an economist at investment
bank UBS.
If demand keeps rising not
a certainty with
federal budget cuts
that began March
I 1 hiring should
accelerate through
the year, he says.
"If people work-
ing hourly get more
hours, it's more
money in their
pocket," said Matus,
who estimated that
)BAMA the gain in hours,
multiplied by all
private-sector workers, was the
equivalent of 329,000 new jobs.
"It leads to more demand, more
retail hiring and eventually more
hiring generally."
Indeed, bosses are running.

:*: IRS shouldn't

SI stop plans to

; revive the news
- .- By Steven Waldman

-Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt AP
Assembler Barry Austin works on a golf car production line at
the E-Z-GO plant last year in Augusta, Ga.

short on both major tools they
use to delay hiring, said Rich-
ard Moody, chief economist for
Regions Bancorp.
In addition to near-peak work-
weeks, employers are seeing
productivity growth slow, he said.
The government reported last
week that productivity fell at an
annual rate of 1.9 percent in the
fourth quarter, the sharpest drop

since late 2008.
Many economists have ex-
pected sequestration to slow
job growth by midyear, unless
Congress and President Obama
reach an agreement to resolve
the automatic cuts. Moody's fore-
casts the economy will add about
135,000 jobs a month at midyear,
down from the 205,000 a month
Please turn to JOBS 10D

From "National Geographic" to "Consumer Re-
ports," non-profit media outlets have provided an
important supplement to commercial news media
for many years. More recently, as newspapers
around the country have contracted, a new wave
of non-profit news outlets has emerged created
by concerned journalists, citizens and communi-
ties to help plug the growing gaps in reporting
caused by the shrinking budgets of traditional
for-profit news sources
In 2009, the Investigative News Network, a con-
sortium of 60 non-profit news organizations, was
formed to help these news start-ups survive. So if
was unsettling when INN had trouble getting its
tax exempt status approved by the IRS, and it is
more appalling when the IRS offered the network
a Faustian bargain: It would approve INN's tax
exempt status if the network removed the word
"journalism" from its statement of purpose.

INN is among non-profit media groups that
have had their non-profit status delayed. The San
Francisco Public Press, a non-profit newspaper,
waited 32 months for approval. The Newspaper
Tree, which does investigative reporting in the El
Please turn to IRS 8D

-o,0oo income tax

returns may be delayed
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6.6 million returns filed with
Mj. SUy O form 8863 are affected, the
S.' -I-' -RS says, but it wouldn't -
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c --.t '- .. the faulty returns came from
i.-60()OO,000 tax returns H& R Block. The government
j..f y--HR Block and pos-: -tax agency is helping to re-
Ss! l.-1'brths could be delaved_- ducewait time, according to
b1'uip to six weeks because of MarketWatch.com .
-A. 6bpputet, glitch. "For those clients who re-
-' iThe probleit- Form 8863, ceived the IRS notice regard-
S' *~ icfi yoq ti-st fi.lLout-to get, ing form 8863 that said it :
thiestudenf tax credit. The would take six to eight weeks
credit is'equal'to 100 percent to receive a refund after this
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fieldd betweien-Feb, 14 and Feb. H&R Block clients have
2 2 02; 013, were affected. Please turn to TAX SD
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Homes for sale remain in low supply

As spring buying

season starts,

prices likely to

keep rising

By Julie Schmit

The supply of homes for sale
is still unusually tight as the
spring buying season opens,
helping sellers by turning up
the heat on already-rising pric-
The number of homes listed
for sale on real estate website
Zillow was down almost 17 per-
cent in late February vs. a year
earlier. In some California mar-
kets, they were down more than
40 percent, Zillow data show.
The supply crunch is likely
to last all year, says IHS Global
Insight economist Patrick New-
port. "We're still not building
enough homes."
While the U.S. is creating
about 1.1 million new house-

Change in number of homes
listed for sale in selected mar-
kets on Feb. 24 vs. Feb. 24,
Los Angeles -45.7%
Minneapolis, St. Paul -36.7%
Atlanta -32.1%
Denver -32.1%
Las Vegas -16.6%
Source: Zillow

holds a year, housing starts in
January came in at an 890,000
annual rate, the government
But as prices rise, more own-
ers will be motivated to sell,
easing supply shortages, econ-
omists say.
Home prices were up 7.3
percent in the fourth quarter
from a year before, Standard &
Poor's Case-Shiller data show.
That was a much faster rise

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A "for sale" sign hangs
than most economists expected
for 2012.
Nationwide, the supply of
homes for sale based on the
pace of sales fell in Janu-
ary to 4.2 months, the National
Association of Realtors says.
That's an almost eight-year low.

Photo: Nam Y. Huh, AP
outside a home Jan. 5.
A six-month to seven-month
supply is considered balanced
between buyers and sellers.
The availability of the most
expensive homes in the mar-
kets Zillow tracks has tight-
ened more than those at lower
Please turn to SUPPLY 8D

Obama Administration needs a federal job guarantee program

By Alan A. Aja, William Darity
Jr. and Darrick Hamilton

In the late 1970s, after near-
ly a decade of rising unem-
ployment rates and high infla-
tion, Congress passed the Full
Employment and Balanced
Growth Act, better known as
the Humphrey-Hawkins Act
of 1978. The Act empowered
the federal government to
spend proactively to increase
consumer demand, with the
ultimate goal of full employ-
ment for every able American.

A lesser-known provi- Vv]r .
sion of the act, how- J
ever, noted that if the
private sector failed 'i
to respond adequate-
ly, the public sector 1
would take respon-
sibility for providing
the missing work.
More than 30 years
later, the U.S. sits at
the supposed edges DA
of the "Great Reces-
sion," triggered by the housing
crisis of 2007. Despite claims
of economic recovery, mass

long-term unem-
ployment remains
high for skilled and
unskilled alike, with
Blacks and Latinos
bearing a dispro-
portionate burden.
According to the
Bureau of Labor
Statistics, the Black
and Latino unem-
RITY ployment rate for
Jan. 2013 was es-
timated at 13.8 percent and
9.7 percent respectively, com-
pared to 7.0 percent for whites

and the overall na- P..-
tional rate of 7.9
percent. This comes
amidst a barrage of
reports underscor-
ing the economic
fall-out of the last
decade: homeless-
ness is at an all-time
high in many U.S.
urban centers, wag-
es on average are HAM
the lowest they've
been on record, and income
and wealth disparities have
widened to levels they reached



during the Great De-
-.' pression.
Despite these bla-
tant inequities, there
is no current discus-
Ssion in Washington
D.C. over a basic
right to employment,
nor has Congress
nor the president
-raised the possibil-
TON ity of actually imple-
menting a national
policy based on the national
law (Humphrey-Hawkins Act)
that empowered them to do

so. Instead, President Obama
and Democratic members of
Congress have succumbed to
a Tea Party driven narrative
that deficit reduction, or cut-
ting spending, will revitalize
the economy and lessen the
national debt. This formula,
known as "austerity econom-
ics," involves cutting spending
on essential social safety nets
and public services, while
raising taxes on the working
poor and middle class to pay
back creditors. But if we've
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5 1F o


Three deadly career traps,

and how to shake them off

By Bruce Kasanoff

One minute a business leader
is master of the universe, and
the next no one returns his or
her calls. How can you avoid
this sort of nightmare?
While there are no guarantees
in life, there are classic er-
rors that cause smart people to
self-destruct., f you avoid these
traps, you can protect your ca-
reer and preserve your ability to
be effectwie.
These principles don't just
apply to CEOs. If you are hir-
ing others, you have some
degree of power over them. If
you purchase goods from other
businesses, you have a degree
of influence over those vendors.
But. yes, the more responsibili-
ties you take on, the more these
traps need to concern you.

Like the rest of us. you are
not perfect. One of the big-
gest challenges to acquiring
power is that fewer and fewer
people are willing to give you

objective feedback.
If you suddenly are praised as
a genius, your internal alarms
should sound You're not smart-
er than ever. you're just sur-
rounded by people who dare not
point out weak points in your
reasoning. Everyone has flaws,
and it is crucial that you both
understand and monitor your
own weaknesses.

Successful people tend to
repeat the strategies that made
them successful. While this
often makes sense for a time,
the only constant in our world is
change. It is difficult to name a
company that has had the same
level of success for ten years'
running. Likewise. over a five to
ten year period, your access to
information and the sophistica-
tion of your technology changes
radically; you have to adapt as
these fundamentals shift.
I'm not suggesting you follow
every fad. Hype and overblown
promises abound. But never
stop testing your own skills

and strategies, even in ways
that may seem silly to you. For
example, I'd encourage even top
executives to invest a little time
in learning to code You are not
going to become a programmer,
but you won't be able to under-
stand the detail that underlies
most businesses unless you
understand the details involved
in programming.

It would be futile to count the
number of leaders who fell from
grace because they crossed a
line and used power to have an
affair or otherwise feed their
own desire for pleasure This
may be the biggest trap of all.
If you want to not only main-
tain a successful career, but
also help lead your company
in the right direction, then use
power for the benefit of others.
The harsh reality is that ca-
reer traps are just as common as
career opportunities.
Remain confident but humble.
and don't step into an obvious

Ads out of closet,

into mainstream

with gay themes

LGBT-geared commercials multiply

By Associated Press

A new TV commercial
features a good-looking
young woman on a beach
vacation lounging next to
a good-looking young man.
He bemoans the glare on
his iPad and she fills him in
on the Kindle Paperwhite's
sun-friendly screen.
He clicks to buy one
himself and suggests they
celebrate with a drink.
"My husband's bring-
ing me a drink right now,"
chirps she.
"So is mine," smiles he
as they turn and wave at
their male loved ones sitting
together at a tiki bar.
Welcome to the latest in
gay imagery in mainstream
advertising, where LGBT
people have been waiting
for a larger helping of fair-

ness, or at least something
other than punchlines and
While there are still plen-
ty of those, something has
happened in advertising
over the last two or three
years, nearly two decades
after Ikea broke ground
in the U.S. with a TV spot
featuring a gay couple shop-
ping for a dining room table
- a spot that ran only once
in New York and Washing-
ton, D.C., and was pulled
after bomb threats to Ikea
Today, gay and lesbian
parents and their kids
are featured along with
pitchwoman Ellen DeGe-
neres in J.C. Penney ads.
Same-sex couples have
their own, advertised wed-
ding registries at Macy's
and elsewhere and Presi-
dent Barack Obama offered
his seal of approval by
evolving into a supporter of

gay marriage.
Two happy young men sit
together eating at a dining
table, with wine and roman-
tic candlelight, in a section
of a Crate & Barrel catalog
marked "Us & Always." And
we made it through a Super
Bowl without any gay jokes
at commercial breaks -
like the Snickers ad of sev-
eral years ago featuring two
men freaking out after kiss-
ing by accident while eating
one of the candy bars.
Traditionally lagging
behind TV and film content
in terms of LGBT inclusion,
advertisers in this country
are facing considerably less
trouble than they used to
when taking on gay themes,
observers said. Penney's re-
buffed critics and launched
a lesbian-focused catalog
ad for Mother's Day that
the company followed with
a two-dads family a real
family for Father's Day.

Finding a new home for your retirement

continued from 7D

master bedroom on the
main floor to their search
criteria, as well as wanting
elevators in their building
and wheelchair access.
"When I had both knees
replaced at the same time
a couple years ago, it was
very easy to get in and out
of our condo while I was re-
"habbing," says Tom.
The Deardorffs admit
they're fortunate. They
could buy the condo with
money they made on a home
they'd lived in in Decatur,
Ga., for 31 years, and where
they raised their children.
They sold right before the
housing bubble burst. They
downsized, moving from
a five-bedroom bungalow
with 3,000 square feet into
a 1,500 square-foot space.
Downsizing got them clos-
er to many of the amenities
they sought, but it doesn't
always pay off, Leish says.
In today's economic climate,

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. .

Finding the right home for retirement involves being
realistic about your long-term physical needs, your fi-
nancial resources, and what kinds of facilities are near-
by to support you.

housing prices are start-
ing to rebound in much of
the nation, but many peo-
ple still don't have the eq-
uity they'd need to finance
a new home outright. Plus,
downsizing isn't necessarily
a cheaper option.

More than 40 percent of
Americans ages 50 to 64
plan to move within the
next five years, according to
Nielsen's Demand Institute.
If you're among them, here

are three common mistakes
to avoid, Leish says:
Seeking states with
no or low state income
taxes. You can look in
these states, but they might
not mesh with your social
needs, or the climate might
not suit you. "So you have
more- money to spend, but
what then?" she says.
Thinking you're lock-
ing into low condo fees.
These have remained stable
during the recession, but
she predicts they'll soon
start rising. "It's how the
owners make money and
offset the costs of inflation.
Maintenance of the out-
door areas costs more these
days, even though some ex-
perts say inflation is non-
existent. Just look at the
cost of gasoline."
Making home improve-
ments before selling. You
rarely get the money back
on improvements, she says.
"It's better just to sell the
house as an older house
and hold onto your cash."

IRS' old rules shut out new non-profits

continued from 7D

Paso/Juarez area, has been
waiting since April 2011. The
Chicago News Cooperative
never got its non-profit sta-
tus approved and went out of
IRS agents are no doubt
doing the best they can to
interpret the agency's anti-
quated rules written in the
1960s and 1970s. Under
these rules, the IRS may
deny tax exempt status to
non-profits that have opera-
tional similarities to com-
mercial enterprises as-
suming that "journalism"
means commercial journal-
ism, and therefore anything
that performs the news

function is inherently com-
For instance, in a 1977
ruling, the IRS denied an
exemption to a non-prof-
it newspaper because its
paid staff had "no special
skills and abilities other
than those that are gener-
ally found on the staff of any
other newspaper." Imagine if
the IRS applied that logic to
health care: Hospitals could
be non-profit only as long as
they didn't have doctors.
A report on the state of the
news media landscape com-
missioned by the Federal
Communication Commis-
sion (of which I was lead au-
thor) raised questions about
the .IRS approach to non-

As a result, the Council on
Foundations, under a grant
from the Knight Foundation,
convened a group of founda-
tion leaders and non-prof-
it media entrepreneurs to
study the issue.
The group recommended
that the IRS shift its focus
from operational- distinc-
tions between non-profit and
for-profit journalism and in-
stead look at the core of non-
profit status whether the
organization's primary mis-
sion provides a community
An organization should
meet the "educational" test
of current non-profit law,
with the understanding that
repor-ting of news is useful
and educational to the com-

munity. In addition, a non-
profit should be organized
around providing that bene-
fit, not toward enriching pri-
vate interests, shareholders
or investors.

As for revenue, non-profits
should continue to be taxed
on advertising, but the mere
existence of such revenue
should not be a reason to
deny tax exempt status.
Millions of Americans get
news from non-profit outlets
already, and this new wave
of non-profit news outfits
should be allowed to help fill
the emerging gaps in the me-
dia landscape and keep the
citizens of our democracy
well informed.

H&R Block causes massive tax refund delay

continued from 7D

started a page of their own,
called "Club 8863," which
has earned 2,950 "likes."
When asked if it was con-
templating rebates to affect-
ed customers, an H&R Block
spokesman said only, "Right
now we are resolutely focused
on ensuring the returns are
processed on behalf of our
Students and their fami-
lies are probably quite eager
to get their credits, which are
far more valuable than de-
ductions. Unlike deductions,
which reduce the amount

of income you pay taxes on,
tax credits reduce your taxes
dollar for dollar. For someone
in the 25 percent tax bracket,
a $1,000 deduction would re-
duce your taxes by $250; a
$1,000 tax credit would re-
duce your taxes by $1,000.
The American Opportunity
Tax Credit, the official name
for the student tax credit, is
available to full-time under-
graduate students. The full
credit is available to families
that earn up to $160,000
a year; it's phased out for
those that earn $160,000 to
$180,000. It's not available to
families earning more than
$180,000. (For single filers

and heads of household, the
credit starts disappearing
.at $80,000 and vanishes at
H&R Block notes that de-
laying return processing
may cause additional head-
aches for those completing
the Free Application for Fed-
eral Student Aid, or FAFSA.
If your return has not yet
been processed by the IRS,
you can manually enter the
tax return data on the appli-
cation. You can then return
to the online FAFSA to up-
date the information when
your return has been pro-
Those who filed form 8863

have already had to wait to
file, thanks to budget bicker-
ing in Congress. Resolution
of the so-called fiscal cliff, a
mix of tax hikes and budget
cuts that could have sent the
economy reeling, delayed the
processing of tax returns.
The IRS didn't accept re-
turns with form 8836 until
Feb. 14.
The Kansas City Busi-
ness Journal reported that
the company prepared 22.2
million tax returns through
April 18 of 2012, a 4.5 per-
cent year-over-year gain.
Shares of the ,company,
based in Kansas City, rose
1.4 percent Tuesday to $27.

J&J must pay hip patient

$8.3 million, says

By Peter Loftus

A court jury in Los
Angeles last Friday
awarded $8.3 million
in damages to man
who said he was. in-
jured by Johnson &
Johnson's all-rinetal
hip implants, which
the jury found were
designed defectively.
The verdict ended
the first case to go to
trial of about 10,750
product-liability law-

suits against J&J's
DePuy unit, -which
manufactured the
ASR XL hip-replace-
ment devices.
After a five-week
trial, the jury in Cali-
fornia Superior Court
in Los Angeles Coun-
ty also rejected the
plaintiff's claim that
DePuy failed to ad-
equately warn of the
risks associated with
ASR XL, J&J said last
Friday. The jury de-

the jury
dined to award puni-
tive damages.
J&J's DePuy unit
believes the ASR XL
"was properly de-
signed, and that
DePuy's actions con-
cerning the prod-
uct were appropri-
ate and responsible,"
said Lorie Gawre-
luk, a spokeswoman
for DePuy.
DePuy plans to ap-
peal the decision on
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U.S. housing supply is low

continued from-7D

price levels.
Homes for sale in
what Zillow defines
as the top price tier
in each market fell by
almost 21 percent in
February compared to
a year ago. By com-
parison, the inventory
of homes in the middle
tier dropped 17 per-
cent and those in the

bottom tier fell nine
The price tiers vary
by market, based on
local prices.
Five California cities
in Zillow's survey are
among those seeing
the biggest inventory
drops, ranging from a
48 percent decline in
Sacramento to a 36
percent falloff in Riv-
erside. But other cities'
are also seeing signifi-

cantly fewer listings.
New York is down al-
most 19 percent, Dal-
las-Fort Worth, nearly
21 percent, and Orlan-
do is off 27 percent.
Only five of 99 metros
showed an increase in
listings, led by El Paso,
up 19 percent, and Al-
buquerque, up eight
percent. Little Rock,
Fort Myers, Fla., and
Youngstown, Ohio,
also saw increases.


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the
Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW
CRA) is scheduled to take place on Monday March 25, 2013 @ 5:00 pm, at
Camillus House, 1603 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.

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

(#19305) Clarence E. Woods III, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency

City of Miami
Notice of Request for Qualifications

Title: Architectural Services for Miscellaneous Projects

Due Date: April 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

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Jobless last year? Five need-to-know tax tips

Job hunting as a


By Jeff Reeves

Despite a generally improv-
ing labor market in 2012, there
are still many Americans who
have been out of work or lost
jobs in the last year.
And while you may think not
having an employer means not
having to file income taxes,
think again.
For starters, unemployment
benefits are technically an
income source and must be re-
ported to the Internal Revenue
Furthermore, if you are un-
employed there may be some
credits or tax breaks that can
reduce your overall tax bur-
den. Being jobless is no picnic,
but keep in mind the tax code
is sympathetic in many ways
- if you know what to look for
and what to file.
Here are five important tax
tips for the recently unem-
Report all compensation.
If you received unemployment
benefits, there should be a
Form 1099-G in your posses-
sion to report your "income."

Benefits include not just state
disbursements from the Fed-
eral Unemployment Trust, but
also any disability payments
or assistance that falls under
the Disaster Relief and Emer-
gency Assistance Act. Also
keep in mind that if you are
in a union, certain dues paid
back to you as an unemployed
member can also apply. Ask
your union rep for specifics,
since circumstances vary.
Earned Income Tax
Credit. The tax code is struc-
tured to benefit very low wage
earners, so losing your job may
qualify you for the Earned In-
come Tax Credit. The ceiling of
$13,980 is very low for a single,
childless taxpayer. But with
two children you can qualify
for the EITC with less than
$41,952 in 2012 earnings.
Check the IRS guidelines on
the Earned Income Tax Credit
for more info and thresholds.
And remember, unemployment
benefits do not count toward
eligibility only your regular
wages. That may make this
credit within reach.- For more
information, check out the IRS
EITC Assistant to find out if
you can claim the credit.
Hardship retirement
withdrawals. If you had a
particularly bad year that in-

-Photo/Shannon Stapleton
People wait in line to enter the UJA-Federation of New York's Connect to Care job fair in
New York, March 2, 2010.

cluded a host of unreimbursed
medical expenses or more
than 12 consecutive weeks of
unemployment compensation,
chances are you dipped into
your IRA retirement account.

Typically these savings plans
penalize any early withdraw-
als 10 percent, but you can
claim hardship with the IRS
to waive this fee. Furthermore,
a workplace retirement plan

such as a 401(k) can be tapped
if taxpayers can show the
IRS "an immediate and heavy
financial need" typically
threat of foreclosure or evic-
tion or unavoidable medical

expenses. Obviously, accessing
retirement funds early is never
ideal, but at least you can
avoid paying a harsh penalty
for the act. For more informa-
Job hunting costs. Did
you pay a babysitter to watch
the kids so you could go to an
interview? Did you pay dues in
a trade association to network?
Did you travel significantly
to visit a career fair or attend
an interview? Well, I hope
you kept the receipts for all of
these transactions, because
they are tax deductible even
if the job offer never came to
fruition. For more information:
Think ahead. Unless you
filed a Form W-4V, a voluntary
withholding request, there may
not be any income tax with-
held from your 2012 unem-
ployment benefits. That could
mean a tax bill instead of a
return in some cases. If you're
still on unemployment and
concerned about what your
burden will be next April, then
file the W-4V to withhold up
to 10 percent from your future
payments. Granted, this will
result in smaller regular pay-
ments, but can spread out the
impact across a longer period
of time so the tax burden is
easier to bear.

Escalating gas prices causes 0.7 percent rise in wholesale costs

By Christopher S. Rugaber
AP Business Writer

measure of U.S. wholesale.
prices rose in February by the
most in five months, pushed
higher by more expensive gas
and pharmaceuticals. But
outside those increases, infla-
tion was mild.
The producer price index
grew a seasonalIy adjusted 0 7
percent in February from Jan-
uary, the Labor Department

said recently. That's up from
0.2 percent in the previous
month. Wholesale gas prices
increased7.2 percent.
Even with the increase,
Wholesale prices have risen
just 1 7 percent in the past
12 months. That's below the
Federal Reserve's two percent
inflation target. Mild inflation
gives the Fed more latitude to
continue with its aggressive
policies to spur more econom-
ic growth
The index measures the cost

of goods before they reach
consumers. Wholesale prices
are what manufacturers
and farmers receive for their
products from retailers and
Excluding volatile food and
energy costs, core \whiolesale
prices rose only 0.2 percent
last month. in the past 12
months, core prices have in-
creased 1.7 percent.
Higher pharmaceutical costs
accounted for 20 percent of
the increase ii- core prices last

month. Car and pickup truck
prices also rose
Wholesale food prices fell
0.5 percent last month, led by
an 18 percent drop in vegeta-
ble costs, the most in nearly
two years. The price of broc-
coli, caulirlow\er and lettuce all
fell sharply.
Gas prices have soared this
year after falling at the end
of 2012. The national aver-
age price for a gallon of gas
jumped from $3.42 on Jan. 31
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Employers add 236,000 jobs in Feb.

By Paul Davidson

Employers added a much-
236,000 jobs in February as
the labor market continued
to shrug off a recent payroll
tax hike and the prospect of
big federal spending cuts.
The unemployment rate fell
to 7.7 percent from 7.9 per-
The consensus forecast of
economists had estimated
the economy added about
160,000 jobs in February.
Businesses added 246,000
jobs, while federal, state
and local governments cut
10,000. Professional and
business services, construc-
tion and health care led
broad-based job gains.
The Labor Department
revised down job gains for.
December and January by
15,000. December's net
payroll jobs were revised up
to 219,000 from 196,000,
while January's were re-
vised down to 119,000 from
Some economists had
been looking for strong
gains after a report showed
the number of Americans
applying for unemployment
benefits.for the first time fell
7,000 to 340,000 in the lat-
est week, and the four-week
average of claims dipped to
the lowest level in five years.
Also, private payroll pro-
cessof ADP estimated that
businesses added 198,000
jobs last month.
Monthly job gains of
200,000 or more are typi-
cally needed to quickly bring

A pedestrian walks by a "now hiring" sign that is post-
ed in the window of a Chase bank branch on Jan. 4, in
i- S66


A pedestrian walks by a "now hiring" sign that is post-
ed in the window of a Chase bank branch on Jan. 4, in

San Rafael, California.
down the unemployment
rate. Job growth picked
up last year to an average
monthly pace of 181,000.
"We're slowly and steadily
accelerating," says econo-
mist Joel Naroff of Naroff
Economic Advisors. "The
private side of the economy
is in good shape. It's the
public sector that's holding
up" even stronger payroll
Naroff expects aver-
age monthly job gains of
200,000-plus this year if
the White House and Con-
gress can agree to put off
the budget cuts.
If all the reductions occur,
it likely would mean month-
ly gains of about 165,000,
he says.
Business sentiment re-
mains mixed amid the un-
certainty in Washington.
Thirty-three percent of ex-

Public works project

continued frdm 7D

learned anything from
recent events in Eu-
rope, "austerity eco-
nomics" yields disas-
trous consequences,
plunging countries
into worsening unem-
ployment, record pov-
erty rates and growing
civil unrest.
More job loss means
less tax revenue for the
essential public servic-
es families and busi-
nesses depend on to
thrive. Quite frankly,
the U.S. cannot afford
to follow suit.
A national program
of job assurance (in-
stead of unemploy-
ment insurance) would
provide meaningful
employment in a va-
riety of "public works"
projects, while po-
tential serving as the
stimulus for the types
of innovative, green
technologies Obama
has often touted.
The cost of a Nation-
al Investment Employ-

ment Corps would be
less than the first stim-
ulus package enacted
by Congress and vast-
ly less than the $10-30
trillion awarded by the
Federal Reserve to the
very same investment
banking community
that caused the eco-
nomic crisis in the first
Obama holds the
mandate, given over-
whelming support'
from Blacks and La-
tinos during his 2012
re-election bid, to
combat persistent un-
employment in these
By ignoring the dan-
gerous narrative of
austerity economics
and moving people to-
ward full, permanent
employment as man-
dated by the Act, we
not only begin to ad-
dress structural barri-
ers perpetuating inter-
group disparities, but
we also eliminate the
threat of unemploy-
ment for all Ameri-

Wholesale inflation

continued from 9D

to $3.78 on Feb. 28.
Since then, however,
gas prices have come
down a bit. They av-
eraged $3.70 a gallon
Higher wholesale
prices don't always
mean consumers will
soon pay more. High
unemployment and
weak pay gains are
making it difficult for
retailers to pass on
higher costs to con-
Low inflation means
consumers can spend

Drive Mor

more on other goods
and services, which
helps the economy.
'It also gives the Fed-
eral Reserve room to
keep interest rates low
and buy bonds to help
boost the economy.
If prices were to be-
gin rising rapidly, the
central bank might be
forced to raise rates to
try to slow inflation.
As long as the infla-
tion outlook stays mild,
the Fed said it plans to
keep the short-term
interest rate it controls
near zero until the un-
employment rate falls
to at least 6.5 percent.


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ecutives plan to grow their
staffs this year, 38 percent
plan to reduce them and 29
percent expect no change,
according to a first-quarter
survey released this week by
business group CEB.
In February, a broader
gauge of distress in the job
market the underemploy-
ment rate which includes
discouraged Americans who
have stopped looking for
work and part-time workers
who want full-time jobs, also
fell in February to 14.3 per-
cent from 14.4 percent.
Other signals were posi-
tive, too. The average work-
week edged up to 34.5 hours
from 34.4 hours in January.
.Employers often increase
hours for existing employees
before hiring. And average
hourly earnings rose four
cents to $23.82
Employers added 16,000

temporary workers. They
typically add contingent
workers before bringing on
more permanent staff.
Less encouraging was an
increase in the number of
Americans out of work at
least six months; that num-
ber rose to 4.8 million from
4.7 million. They now make
up 40.2 percent of all those
Professional and business
services led job gains, with
73,000. Construction added
48,000 jobs and has added
151,000 since September
on the housing-industry re-
bound. Health care added
39,000 jobs.
Leisure and hospitality,
meanwhile, added 24,000
and manufacturers added
Some economists still ex-
pect payroll additions this
year could be slowed by
Washington's recent failure
to renew a payroll tax cut,
plus $85 billion in across-
the-board federal spending
cuts that started to take ef-
fect March 1.
But the economy has
proved resilient so far. Mea-
sures of manufacturing and
service-sector activity both
showed growth in February.
And the housing rebound
is sparking job gains in a
range of industries, from
construction to furniture
sales and mortgage lending.
Rising home and stock pric-
es are making consumers
feel wealthier, helping offset
the effects of the payroll tax
increase and higher gasoline


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



Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the City
of Miami, Purchasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement
Telephone No. 305-416-1958.

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification:
Monday. April 1. 2013 at 10:00 A.M.

Johnny Martinez, P.E.
City Manager
AD NO. 10664


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



Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the City
of Miami, Purchasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement
Telephone No. 305-416-1958.

Deadline for Receipt of Reauests for Additional Information/Clarification:
Friday. March 29. 2013 at 10:00 A.M.

Johnny Martinez, P. E.
City Manager
AD NO. 14926

Employees are working longer

continued from 7D

average since Novem-
Hours worked
haven't changed much
in the last year, said
Nigel Gault, chief
U.S. economist at IHS
Global Insight.
It's not clear they
will accelerate enough
to make employers
hire more, especially
with sequestration
reducing spending by
federal workers and

contractors, he said.
"The same argu-
ment could have been
made last winter, but
employment growth
then fizzled in mid-
year," Gault said. "All
will depend on the
strength of growth in
That's where the
economy could sur-
prise people. One rea-
son construction add-
ed 48,000 jobs is that
the average workweek
in that industry is
now 39 hours, Di Na-

tale said.
If housing demand
keeps up, that will
translate into more
hiring, she said, in
a pattern that could
also play out in other
"The private econo-
my is on much firmer
ground than it was a
year or two ago," Di
Natale said.
"If the private sector
is really heating up,
(sequestration) might
not be that notice-

Johnson & Johnson loses case

continued from 8D

design defect, pend-
ing the outcome of
post-trial motions.
DePuy said one ba-
sis for appeal is that
the court didn't let
the company tell the
jury about the U.S.
Food and Drug Ad-
ministration's review
and clearance of the
In 2010, J&J re-
called hip replace-

ments implanted in
about 93,000 people
because an excessive
number needed a sec

ond hip-replacement
The recall sparked
lawsuits, with some
patients alleging
that, potentially toxic
metal particles wore
away from their all-
metal hip parts, en-
tering patients' blood-
J&J has since

taken hundreds of
millions of dollars
in charges to cover
medical and litigation
costs related to the
recalled products.
J&J recently dis-
closed that the U.S.
Justice Department is
investigating whether
DePuy's marketing
practices for the ASR
products caused false
claims or statements
to be submitted to
government health

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



A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held on Wednesday. March 27.
2013 at 10:00 AM at Fire-Rescue Garage, located at 1151 NW 7th Avenue.
Miami. FL 33136. The purpose of this conference is to allow potential Bidders
an opportunity to present questions to staff and obtain clarification of the re-
quirements of the Bid documents. It is mandatory that a representative (s) of the
bidder attend in order to qualify to bid.

Deadline for Request for Additional InformationiClarification: 3/29/2013
at 3:00 P.M.

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

NO. 12271.
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City Manager
AD NO. 19831



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on March 28, 2013, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning these
items. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105)..

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

Todd B. Hannon
(#19303) City Clerk

RFP No. CRA 13-001

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency
(SEOPW CRA) is seeking Proposals from qualified and experienced auditing
firms to provide External Auditing Services to the SEOPW CRA.

The Request for Proposals is available at the City of Miami, Office of the City
Clerk, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133. Sealed Proposals must be
received by the City of Miami City Clerk, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami,
Florida 33133 by Monday, May 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm.

Deadline for Requests for
Additional Information: Monday, April 15, 2013

For more information, please contact the SEOPW CRA offices at (305)



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Two bedrooms, one bath,
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Section 8 preferred. $1000
17 Avenue and 62 Ter.
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1500 to $1600 monthly.
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1814 NW 93 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1200 monthly.
2457 NW 81 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one
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4128 NW 22 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850. Appliances, free
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4601 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, den, $900.$2300
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48 NW 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600,Call after 6 p.m.
676 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$775. Appliances.

6922 NW 2 Court
Updated two bedrooms, one
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monthly. 305-662-5505.
7520 N.W. 8th Avenue
Large two bedrooms, central
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$975 call 305-490-9284
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Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$900 monthly. NO
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One bedroom, one bath.
Large fenced yard. Centrally
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64 street, two bedrooms,
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Furnished, no utilities, $700
to move in, $650 monthly.
9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
Air, electric and water
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$85 weekly, free utilities,
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1430 NW 68 Street
Seniors. Handicapped
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Four bdrm, one bath, $1350.
Section 8 ok! 305-642-7080.

1172 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1300 mthly. 305-993-8227
1478 NW 43 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, air,
tile floor, Section 8 OK.
1591 NW 56 Street
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Three bedrms, one bath. Call
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$1150 mthly. 305-993-8227
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2343 NW 100 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $825.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

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Three bedrooms, one and
half bath, great location
$1,250 monthly. 954-638-
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Three bdrms, one & half bath,
Section 8 OK. 954-243-8193
290 N. W. 48 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, all
tile floors, nice carport. call
2901 NW 158 Street
Updated four bedroom, two
bath, tile, central air $1500
monthly, 305-662-5505.
2947 NW 57 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths
$950 mthly. No Section 8.
Call 305 267-9449
3310 NW 214 Street
Miami Gardens, three
bedrooms., one bath, Section
8 only, 786-547-9116.
3422 NW 99 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath. $750
monthly. 678-615-4370
3777 NW 213 Terrace
Lovely two bdrms, two baths,
fenced yard, tile flooring,
central air, close to shopping,
churches at Broward/Dade
border. Available now. Call
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Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1600 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 786-306-6515,
954-364-4168, 305-754-3991
5947 N. Miami Avenue
One bedroom. one bath.
$475 monthly. Appliances,
free water. 305-642-7080

6320 NW 21 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 only. 786-556-4615
800 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths, central air, Section 8
welcome, call 786-800-8123.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
shopping, parks, beaches,
schools within five miles.
Section 8 Welcome
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Three bdrms, two baths.
Newly remodeled. $1100
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By Donna Gehrke-White

Pro football players are used
to getting hit hard. But inves-
tigators say 31 NFL players
took an unexpected financial
pounding totaling about
$40 million after relying on
a Broward financial adviser.
Jeffery Rubin of Lighthouse
Point, who operated Pro Sports
Financial in Fort Lauderdale,
persuaded the players' to make
high-risk and now worthless
- investments in an Alabama
casino, according to the na-
tional agency that regulates
brokerage firms and securities
Former University of Florida
star Fred Taylor, who played
for the Jacksonville Jaguars
and New England Patriots,
acknowledged Monday that
he had been an investor with
Now living in Broward, Taylor
was an All-American running
back when Rubin was also at

UF in the 1990s. But
Taylor declined further
comment. "I'm not
interested in talking ;
about Jeff," he said.
NFL players, includ-
ing several like Taylor
with South Florida
ties, reported that Ru-
bin was recommend-
ing they invest in the Regulatn
have bai
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entertainment com- from t
from the
plex for more than ties i
three years through
March 2011. His reward: Rubin
received a four percent owner-
ship stake and $500,000 from
the project promoter for these
referrals, investigators said.
Ten months later, the casino
filed for bankruptcy, owing
$68 million.
The Financial Industry Reg-
ulatory Authority (FINRA), the
largest independent securities
regulator in the U.S., barred
Rubin last week from the secu-
rities industry.


"Jeffrey Rubin took
S advantage of profession-
S al athletes who placed
their trust in him," said
Brad Bennett, execu-
tive vice president and
chief of enforcement of
Other current or
former NFL players in-
clude Plaxico Burress,
Terrell Owens, Roscoe
u- Parrish, Santana Moss,
SSantonio Holmes, Clin-
ton Portis, Mike Peter-

son and Duane Starks.
Former Baltimore Ravens
cornerback Samari Rolle was
one of the first to complain
about Rubin. In Feb. 2011,
Rolle said his investment of
millions of dollars "are unac-
counted for and inaccessible,"
according to FINRA docu-
"Many unsuitable and mis-
represented investments and
services were provided by Jef-
frey Rubin," Rolle added in a

r "--

Played for the New York Jets
written complaint.
FINRA officials said Rolle
lost about $3 million after
Rubin had made "unsuitable
recommendations" to invest
in "illiquid, high-risk securi-
ties issued in connection with
the now-bankrupt casino in
Rubin could not be reached
for comment but in its state-

ment FINRA said Rubin
neither admitted or denied the
charges but consented to the
findings. Several telephone
numbers listed to him were
disconnected. His attorney, A.
Patricia Morales Christiansen
of West Palm Beach, was un-
available for comment Monday,
according to her office, and
could not be reached for com-
As early as 2004, there was
at least one concern expressed
signs about Rubin: An NFL
client had complained several
of his signatures on a life in-
surance application had been
forged, according to FINRA
But other pro football play-
ers continued to go to Rubin
and open new investment ac-
A New York securities fraud
attorney says he is also look-
ing into whether the compa-
nies Rubin was working for at
the time, Alterna Capital Corp.

and International Assets Advi-
sory LLC, can be held respon-
sible for the huge losses in-
curred by the football players.
FINRA investigators, however,
said Rubin didn't tell his for-
mer bosses about the casino
investments. Rubin later went
to work for the casino's parent
But "we think the brokerage
firms have a responsibility for
Rubin's acts," Jacob Zaman-
sky said last Monday. "They
should be held accountable for
his misconduct."
He noted that some of the
players can't go back to the
NFL and earn back the money
they lost and face other issues
like former cornerback Rolle,
a former FSU star, who was
released by the Ravens in 2010
after he was diagnosed with
"It's devastating with such
a short earning career to lose
this kind of money," Zamansky

Miami Hurricanes win their first ACC Tournament Title

Hurricans scores

victory with 87-

77 over UNC
By Aaron Beard

Jim Larranaga snipped the
final strand of net hanging
from the rim, then faced his
players and cheering fans to
twirl it in the air before drap-
ing it around his neck.
There's no mistaking Univer-
sity of Miami for just a football
school anymore. Not after Lar-
ranaga guided the once-strug-
gling Hurricanes to the top of
the Atlantic Coast Conference
with a team that looks like it
can make a deep run in the
NCAA tournament.
Shane Larkin scored eight
of his career-high 28 points
in the final 2 1/2 minutes to
help No. 9 Miami pull away
and beat North Carolina 87-77
in Sunday's ACC tournament
Trey McKinney Jones added
a career-high 20 points for
the top-seeded Hurricanes
(27-6), including the go-ahead
3-pointer with 6:27 left that
started Miami's final push to-
ward its first tournament title.
It came one week after Miami
completed its surprising run
to its first ACC regular-season
title in program history. And
just as Larkin had promised,
the Hurricanes weren't satis-
"We want more," senior
Julian Gamble said. "After we

University of Miami players celebrate after they won their first Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence tournament championship last Sunday. The Canes, who beat the UNC Tar Heels 87-77
at Greensboro Coliseum, were rewarded with a No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament, joining No.
3 seed Florida and No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast (both in the South Region).

clinched the outright regular-
season title at home and we
(cut down the nets), we were
like, 'Wasn't that the funniest
thing you've ever done?' We
wanted to go to Greensboro
and do it again."
Miami ended up getting the
No. 2 seed in the NCAA tour-
nament's East Region. The
Hurricanes will face 15th-
seeded Pacific this Friday in
their tournament opener in
Austin, Texas.
Larkin was chosen the tour-


UM's dream season rolls on
The incredible season for NCAA tournament beginning
the University of Miami's men this week. Not long ago, Canes
basketball team continues fans spent selection last Sun-
its magic carpet ride in the day wishing and hoping, know-

nament's MVP after finishing
as runner-up for league player
of the year. But he was at his
best when the Hurricanes
needed him to complete their
climb from being picked fifth
in the preseason poll to ACC
In a terrific back-and-forth
game filled with big shots, the
Hurricanes finally slowed P.J.
Hairston and the third-seeded
Tar Heels (24-10) enough
down the stretch to secure
what amounted to a road win

ing deep down their team prob-
ably hadn't done enough to
warrant an invite to the March
Madness tournament. The
Canes got invited only once
in the last 10 years. However,
this year the debate was not
if Miami would get in but how
high they would be seeded. Af-
ter winning the school's first
conference title with an 87-
77 victory over a game North
Carolina squad in a great At-
lantic Coast Conference [ACC]

in front of UNC's home-state
It was an emotional moment
for Gamble and fellow seniors
Durand Scott and Reggie
Johnson who were all part
of the team that was a last-
place seed in the 2010 tourna-
ment that made the program's
first run to the semifinals.
As the confetti fell from the
rafters after the final horn,
Scott leapt into Gamble's
arms, then shared a big hug
with Johnson as he fought

championship last Sunday, the
Canes earned a No. 2 seeding
heading into the tournament.
Every team that previously
had won the ACC regular-sea-
son title outright and the ACC
tournament had earned a No. 1
seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Fans were up in arms about
this but Coach Jim Larranaga
has encouraged his squad to
embrace the moment, enjoy
this run and have fun while
doing it. Many feel that the

back tears. In the locker room,
Johnson talked with report-
ers with his left arm wrapped
around the championship
trophy in his lap.
Then there was Larranaga,
the second-year coach taking
over a program that hadn't
come to the ACC tournament
seeded better than fifth before
this year. He lost in the ACC
final in 1982 and 1983 as an
assistant at Virginia but finally
earned the elusive title.
"From day one, these guys
have embraced our approach,"
Larranaga said. "That doesn't
mean that every day was great.
It means we went through a
transition of learning. Once
they did learn, they felt good
about it. And they kept trying
to get better."
Miami won its first 13 league
games to drain the suspense

from the regular-season race,
though they stumbled by los-
ing three of five coming into
"I don't know about the other
guys on the team, but I do a
lot of research online, seeing
what people are saying about
us individual players on our
team, and I just kept seeing
that everywhere: 'They peaked
too early, they're not going to
do anything, they're finished,'"
Larkin said. "And that just mo-
tivated me to go out there and
play as hard as I could."
Miami shot 51 percent and
made 12 of 22 3-pointers six
from McKinney Jones, four
from Larkin. Miami used its
size advantage against North
Carolina's four-guard lineup
to take a 36-28 rebounding ad-
vantage that led to 13 second-
chance points.

Rev. Thomas: A die-hard Heat fan
The Rev. Abraham J. Thomas
says he was inspired by The Mi-
ami Times Publisher Emeritus
Garth C. Reeves when he was
a small boy growing up in Mi-
ami. Now the Miami Gardens
native, who is an ardent Miami
Heat fan, has penned a novel
that shares his excitement and
recaps the team's march to the
NBA title last year. Thomas,
often referred to as "The Heat
Man," attends practically every
game and dresses for the occa-
sion. His book, also called The REV. ABRAHAM J. THOMAS
Heat Man, is dedicated to Hen- who died of cancer at the age of
ry L. Wright III a local youth 15.

Canes can make a deep run
in the tournament with player-
of-the-year candidate Shane
Larkin leading the way. The
backcourt combo of Larkin and
Durand Scott, the versatility of
forward Kenny Kadji and big
man Julian Gamble's tenacity
may cause a real migraine for
opposing teams in this year's
tournament. Miami (27-6)
opens its run against Pacific
(22-12), the automatic quali-
fier from the Big West confer-

ence. After struggling down the
stretch the Canes appear to
have regained their groove just
in time. They are lethal offen-
sively and can throttle a team
on defense. With no clear cut
favorite in this year's tourna-
ment, and the way the Canes
looked in the ACC title game,
this team is primed for a run
to win it all.
The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox
& Ed Freeman, can be heard
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