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Future far from

Blacks could see 75 percent drop in
Bright Futures scholarships
By D. Kevin McNeir
Sometimes the decisions that the Florida Legislature makes
quietly become law and then change our lives in surrepti-
tious, less obvious ways. But other times there are laws
enacted that impact both present and future generations
in profound, life-altering ways. Such is the case in a 2011
decision made in Tallahassee that hiked the SAT/ACT test
score requirements for Bright Futures scholarships. But as
the effective date of those changes looms near, a University of
South Florida [USF] report indicates that poor and minority
students, particularly in Miami-Dade County, will suffer the
When Florida's Bright Futures program was launched in
1997, its goal was to encourage student achievement and to
persuade promising students to attend college in the state.
The scholarships are funded by state lottery games, which
according to most data, are more likely to be played by those
who are poor, uneducated or minority. However, as the report

bright for Blacks
compiled by USF administrator J. Robert Spatig shows, the
recipients of the awards even under its current rules are
more likely to come from upper-income, college-educated
white households.
Legislators say they had no choice but to raise the require-
ments due to budget constraints, adding that they had to
reduce the number of scholarships that would be awarded
each year. Florida students and their families are bracing
for changes that go into effect beginning July 1, 2013. Other
changes will be phased in over a two-year period. Spatig
highlights several consequences that will make it even
more difficult for Black. Hispanic or poor students
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Dolphins, M-D County

agree on stadium deal

Miami Times staff report
The Miami Dolphins have come to terms with Miami-Dade
County [M-DC] regarding Sun Life Stadium renovations with
time running out for the Dolphins' goal to have a stadium
referendum go before County voters in May. After Dolphins
CEO Mike Dee and M-DC Mayor Carlos Gimenez reached an
agreement late Monday evening, including $7.5M in hotel
taxes going to the team each year. The next step was for
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Sanford's new police ..-
chief, Cecil Smith, smiles
during his swearing-in "

ceremony at the Sanford ,,:,
City Commission ..

Chambers in Sanford,
Monday, April 1.
-GaryW.Green, Orlando Sentinel

Sanford swears-in new chief

By Martin E. Comas

Cecil Smith was sworn in as Sanford's new
police chief Monday, vowing to spend time in
the community to rebuild trust lost after the
shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Smith, the former deputy police chief in Elgin,
Ill., took the oath from Mayor Jeff Triplett at
City Hall. About 100 people attended the event,
including city commissioners, Seminole Sheriff

Don Eslinger and dozens of police officers.
His wife, Vicki Smith, pinned the badge on his
uniform as his four children watched.
Smith, 52, said he will focus on improving re-
lations between residents and the police depart-
ment. And he said he plans to spend lots of time
in the field, "walking and talking" and standing
"shoulder to shoulder" with community groups.
"Building trust is like climbing a mountain,"
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Martin family settle with

homeowners association

Zimmerman had been empowered by
Sanford residents "
By Lizette Alvarez

The parents of Trayvon Martin.
the unarmed teenager who was
shot by George Zimmerman last
year, have settled a wrongful-
death lawsuit against the
homeowners' association
in the gated community 11
where he was killed. I
At the time of the shoot-
ing, Zimmerman was the .4 i
neighborhood watch cap-
tain at the development. .
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Mr. President, it's time to pardon boxer Jack Johnson

By DeWayne Wickham

Both houses of Congress
have approved a resolution
urging you to use your pardon
power to right the awful wrong
that was done to Johnson, this
country's first Black heavy-
weight boxing champion. In a
rare show of bipartisanship,
Arizona Republican Sen. John

McCain, your big-
gest political nem-
esis, and Nevada
Democrat Harry
Reid, your party's
majority leader in
WICKHAM the U.S. Senate,
agree that John-
son deserves a presidential
Even Rock Newman, the leg-

endary boxing promoter and
impresario, has weighed in to
urge you to right the wrong
the U.S. Department of Jus-
tice heaped upon Johnson 100
years ago, when it charged him
with transporting a woman (his
white girlfriend) across state
lines for immoral purposes.
President Obama "should
do it because the prosecution

of Johnson was so profoundly
unfair and rooted in raw rac-
ism," Newman told me.
Johnson's real crime was
that he was a Black man who
openly dated white women in
the age of Jim Crow. In 1913,
when Johnson was accused
of violating the Mann Act and
was eventually imprisoned for
one year, the administration

of President Woodrow Wilson
segregated all federal agen-
cies in Washington, D.C., in-
cluding the lunchrooms and
bathrooms inside government
It was against this backdrop
that the nascent FBIscoured
the country for a white woman
who would say she traveled
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Most of Dr. King's dream has

been conveniently forgotten

tributes, memorials and special editorials went out
across the U.S. last week in remembrance of the
day on which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was as-
sassinated: April 4, 1968. Adding to the list of activities
was a conversation between celebrated talk show host Bill
Moyers and his guests award-winning authors James
Cone and Taylor Branch. Both men have written exten-
sively on King and the civil rights movement. The con-
text of the interview focused on something that we tend
to forget in our haste to talk about King's contributions.
All three men agreed that there is much about King and
his message that America has yet to appropriate and has
conveniently overlooked specifically, economic justice.
While King fought for racial equality he believed that it
could not be separated from the need for economic equity
- that is, fairness for all, particularly for the working
poor and poor. He spoke truth to power, blasting the U.S.
for allowing conditions that made it possible for some 40
million people to wallow in poverty while being citizens
in the world's richest nation. He challenged the powers
that be to address the lack of jobs for those willing and
able to work and the rat-infested, dangerous slums in
which millions are forced to live. Finally, King's fight was
not just for Blacks. His agenda included all citizens and
demanded a radical revolution of values seeing people
first and not passing them by out of apathy, insensitivity
or greed.
King has been dead for 45 years. In that time little has
changed for those who are the most oppressed. One has
to wonder, how many years must pass before our leaders
begin to push for true economic justice for all. That was
King's vision. To speak of him in any other terms is sim-
ply an effort to romanticize the past and to pat ourselves
on the back something that few of us really deserve.

Wakt -ohAC Edito r s yZ:

An illegal cellphone search
A student called G.C. at Owensboro High School in Kentucky
had a thick file of disciplinary infractions: tardiness, fighting
in the locker room, walking out on a meeting with the school's
prevention coordinator and more.
But in September 2009, when he was caught sending text
messages in class and school officials took his cellphone and
read the messages, the conflict escalated. The school super-
intendent barred G.C. from school. G.C. sued in federal trial
court and lost.
On appeal, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last month correctly ruled that
G.C. was improperly denied a hearing required by a Kentucky
statute before he was expelled and that school officials violated
his rights when they read text messages on his phone without
reasonable suspicion.
The first issue was straightforward: G.C. did not get the hear-
ing required by law. The second issue was knottier. Even under
what the court called the Supreme Court's "relaxed" standard
for searches in a school setting, the lawfulness of a search de-
pends on whether it was reasonable. The Sixth Circuit wisely
interpreted that to mean the search is justified "if there is rea-
sonable suspicion that a search will uncover evidence of fur-
ther wrongdoing or of injury to the student or another." There
is no unlimited right to search any content on a phone.
In G.C.'s view, the school had no basis for searching his
phone. The school claimed the search was partly for his own
good because there were confessions of drug use in his file and
the school said it wanted to make sure he did not intend to
hurt himself or engage in illegal activity.
But the appeals court found "no evidence in the record" that
"the school officials had any specific reason" to believe that
G.C. was about to do anything else wrong. He was texting and
simply got caught. -New York Times

The tests made them do it
The great Georgia teacher cheating scandal is by now well
known, but we can't let it pass without noting the reaction of
the teachers unions and public-school bureaucracy. They say
the fault lies less with the teachers than with the testing.
"Tragically," says American Federation of Teachers chief
Randi Weingarten, "the Atlanta cheating scandal harmed our
children and it crystallizes the unintended consequences of
our test-crazed policies."
"When test scores are all that matter, some educators feel
pressured to get the scores they need by hook or by crook,"
adds Robert Schaeffer of the National Center for Fair & Open
Testing. "The higher the stakes, the greater the incentive to
manipulate, to cheat." He adds that "politicians' fixation on
high-stakes testing is damaging quality and equity."
So the pressure of "high-stakes testing" made dozens of
teachers gather from 2005-2010 at what the indictment calls
"cheating parties" or use exacto knives and lighters to secret-
ly open and reseal plastic-wrapped test booklets. And it must
have been the test craze that caused the defendants to erase
incorrect student answers on state standardized tests and fal-
sify the results.
As it happens, the much-maligned test craze also meant that
the inflated test scores helped administrators accumulate per-
formance bonuses as valuable as $580,000 in the case of At-
lanta schools chief Beverly Hall, according to the indictment.
The accused teachers deny the charges, but somehow we
doubt their lawyers will be using the test-made-them-do-it de-
fense in court. More than 80 educators have already confessed,
and some of them will testify for prosecutors. Meanwhile, if

your kids are ever caught cheating and blame the tests, you'll
know where they got the excuse. -Wall Street Journal

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- BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, jet38@bellsouth.net

Scott plans keep his job, no matter what

The Republican mantra is
that government does not create
jobs. But Governor Scott has of-
ficially started his campaign and
he is bragging to everyone that
he has created 290,000 jobs.
According to the latest report
from the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics more than 250,000
jobs have been created since he
took office.
This doesn't mean things are
better in the Black community
and that we have more jobs. In
our community, there was a de-
pression as jobs were taken by
poor Hispanics and many small
Black businesses went under. In
the Florida Legislature there are
more Black lawmakers, and our
communities are expecting more
jobs and more resources.
Florida is one of the states
that the economic forecasters
predicted that a million jobs
would be added to the economy
in eight years, no matter who
became governor. Scott's timing
is perfect because he can take

responsibility for creating al-
most 300,000 jobs in two years.
As times and conditions get
harder, our governor keeps tell-
ing us that things are getting
better. He is telling the citizens
that his initiatives are working,
but it appears that the rich get
richer and the poor get poorer.

everyone should be a Republi-
But three weeks ago his Lieu-
tenant Governor was forced to
resign, and the previous Repub-
lican chairman was sentenced
and given prison time for cor-
ruption. In two years, our gov-
ernor has lost 15 department

Florida is one of the states that the economic forecast-
ers predicted that a million jobs would be added to the
economy in eight years, no matter who became governor.

The unemployment numbers
keep getting lower in the state
but people are working two jobs
for less money, when they were
working one.
Scott is struggling with his
lowest approval rating at 36 per-
cent, according to Quinnipiac
University's recent poll num-
ber. Our governor would like the
state's residents, community
leaders and political leaders to
believe that everything is won-
derful in his administration and

heads in his administration and
he has spent millions of state
taxpayers' money in state and
federal courts to push his agen-
da through the legislature and
judicial system. Our governor
has embarrassed the state with
his election debacle, he refused
millions of dollars from the fed-
eral government and he turned
down $1.3 billion for high speed
Scott keeps telling Florida
residents that one of his top pri-


Black Republicans who broke dowr

The top Black Republicans in
the country recently joined Re-
publican National Committee
Chairman Reince Priebus as
he honored "Black Republican
Trailblazers" in his latest at-
tempt to make inroads into the
Black community. During the
event at the National Republi-
can Club of Capitol Hill, Prie-
bus put the party's strong suit
on parade.
In saluting "Black Enter-
prise," Priebus paid homage
to Republican role models Wil-
liam T. Coleman and Robert
J. Brown, chairman and CEO
of B&C Associates, Inc. Cole-
man is a former U.S. secretary
of transportation under Gerald
Ford and Brown is a former
presidential aide to Richard
Nixon. Both trailblazers have
made immeasurable contribu-
tions toward Blacks doing busi-
ness in America. When it comes
to the business of America, the
GOP has no political peer. Cap-
italism is a key Republican
Party pillar and these trailblaz-

ers made great marks on Black
Americans' businesses and op-
During President Richard
Nixon's tenure in office, Brown
served as the White House's li-
aison in Black communities.
In ways not occurring today,
Brown dealt with issues re-
lated to civil rights legislation,
funding for jobs, Black col-
leges and inner-city housing.
As Blacks became frustrated
with economic conditions that
didn't improve despite advance-
ments in civil rights, the Nixon
administration addressed eco-
nomic empowerment by spon-
soring strong minority business
initiatives. Before and after
his stint at the White House,
Brown retained his standing as
a successful businessman. He
founded B&C in 1960.
During the 1950s, Coleman
helped President Dwight D.
Eisenhower increase minor-
ity hiring in the government,
something he also did while
serving as secretary of trans-

portation. He co-authored the
NAACP Legal Defense and Edu-
cational Fund's brief on Brown
vs. Topeka Board of Educa-
tion. He successfully argued
cases that compelled the ad-
mission of Blacks into segre-
gated universities.
The event's keynote speaker
happened to be the owner of
the country's largest Black-
owned business. David L. Stew-
ard, is chairman and founder
of World Wide Technology, Inc.
(WWT), a top Black Enterprise
business. WWT is a systems in-
tegration company based in St.
Chairman Priebus is set on
"taking the Republican message
to the streets." The question is:
How receptive will Blacks be?
Republicans like and applaud
entrepreneurs. The GOP hierar-
chy appreciates job generators
and creators. Historically, the
Republicans believe in person-
al responsibility and actions,
and that all material things
are earned, not owed. They be-

orities is to bring more jobs and
more companies to the state. Yet
he keeps refusing money from
the federal government, and
hurting job creation. Democrats
and Independents have not for-
gotten the cuts to the schools
and universities and his total
disregard for Blacks and other
minority communities.
As our Governor begins to
spend $100 million of his own
money for his campaign re-
election, the question must be
raised, "Does he care about Flo-
ridians?" The governor can tell
us that he is working to help
Florida families but we know
differently. The reality is that
Scott has his own personal
agenda and anyone who gets
in the way will be eliminated.
He's investing in his own future
to the tune of $100 million and
only a victory will yield a positive
return on his investment.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Orlan-

lieve private spending is usu-
ally more efficient than public
spending and that the private
sector and/or the individual
are better suited to control their
own lives. There should be a
way for Blacks and the Repub-
licans to get together.
A Black Republican in per-
sonal and political ascent is
conservative commentator and
entrepreneur, Armstrong Wil-
liams. A protegee of Brown,
Williams emphasized that GOP
values mirror those of many
enterprising Blacks in America
who support: "safe families,
good education and economic
empowerment." Williams com-
mented that "There are many
conservative Blacks . dis-
gruntled with President Obama
. We need to hook up with
them to initiate business prin-
ciples and practices that work."
William Reed is head of the
Business Exchange Network
and available for speaking/
seminar projects through the
Bailey Group.org.


Republicans may have learned their
Several of my readers of have throughout the Republican nity. I have known Cantor for
questioned why I am writing National Committee (RNC). My many years and we have al-
positive articles about my Re- writings have reflected my sup- ways enjoyed stimulating, hon-
publican Party. The simple an- port for some of these changes est conversations.
swer is that they deserve it. In and a continued willingness to Last month, Cantor accepted
the past, I have been very criti- work with the party to help it the opportunity to go with civil
cal of my party because they get back on track, rights icon and fellow congress-
have ignored the Black com- People need to remember that man, John Lewis, to attend the
munity, disrespected our cur- Priebus and the RNC are not annual march across the Ed-
rent president with incendiary policy making entities. Rather, mund Pettus Bridge in Selma,
language and strayed away they are responsible for the ex- Ala. Cantor grew up in segre-
from our core principles and ecution of the principles advo- gated Richmond, Va. during
values. cated by the members of the the 60s. Somehow the hatred
Since last November's elec- RNC board and GOP members of Blacks in the 60s didn't seep
tions, my party has seemed to of Congress. The Congressional into him and his family.
have reflected on what hap- side of this equation leaves a lot I hope Cantor will let me put
opened during last year's elec- to be desired, but one person together a town hall meeting
tions and have been open to on the Congressional side who with him to give him a forum to
positive criticism on how to really understands this issue share with the public his reflec-
learn from the past. So, it's is House Majority Leader, Eric tions from Selma. He brought
not so much that my writing Cantor. his son along with him and
has changed as the facts have I was happy to receive a there is a fascinating event that
changed. phone call from Cantor two happened as a result of this
Current party chair, Reince weeks ago to discuss some of trip, but I will let Cantor share
Priebus has begun to change his recent activities to engage that story.
the makeup of the party by with the minority community, What is fascinating and em-
beginning to hire minorities specifically the Black commu- barrassing at the same time is

that Cantor has c..me t. under -
stand that education is the civil
rights of the 21st century for
the Black community; not ho-
mosexual marriage as claimed
by Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous
and Marc Morial.
I find it astonishing that a
white, southern Congressman
is more in tune with my com-
munity than the media ap-
pointed Black leaders. Cantor
is working through a series of
policy issues that I hope will
lead to legislation that will ben-
efit the Black community.
Cantor is a man that de-
serves, at a minimum, more
engagement from within the
Black community and I plan on
working with him to make that
Raynard Jackson is president
& CEO of Raynard Jackson &
Associates, LLC., a Washington,
D.C.-based public relations/
government affairs firm.







- BY EUGENE ROBINSON. eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

Is this the best that the GOP could offer?

I think I've figured it out. Repub-
licans must be staging some kind
of fiendishly clever plot to lure
Democrats into a false sense of se-
That's the only possible expla-
nation for some of the weirdness
we're seeing and hearing from the
GOP. The party must be waiting to
come out with its real candidates
and policy positions at a moment
when unsuspecting Democrats are
in the vulnerable position of being
doubled over with laughter.
Why else, except for the enter-
tainment value, would the party
nominate former South Carolina
governor Mark Sanford he of
Appalachian Trail fame, or infamy
- in next month's special election
to fill a vacant seat in Congress?
Sanford, you will recall, made
news in 2009 when he went miss-
ing for a week, which is rarely a
good idea for a sitting governor.
Upon reappearing, he acknowl-
edged he hadn't been hiking in the
mountains but rather was visiting

his mistress in Argentina, which is
never a good idea for a sitting gov-
ernor, especially one who is mar-
ried and preaches sanctimoniously
about family values.
Sanford's wife, Jenny, refused
to play the role of dutiful spouse,
basically telling interviewers that
her husband was, in fact, a heel;
they divorced the following year.
After his term ended in 2011, he

first in the GOP primary against
a weak field. Last week, he won a
runoff. Since South Carolina's 1st
Congressional District is solidly
Republican, Sanford's victory on
May 7 should be a foregone con-
clusion. Even the fact that Demo-
crats are running an unusually vi-
able candidate Elizabeth Colbert
Busch, the sister of late-night sati-
rist Stephen Colbert ought to

hy else, except for the entertainment value, would the
party nominate former South Carolina governor Mark
Sanford he of Appalachian Trail fame, or infamy -
in next month's special election to fill a vacant seat in Congress?

went slinking into the wilderness.
But a toppling of political domi-
noes former senator Jim DeMint
resigned; then-Rep. Tim Scott was
appointed to replace him; Scott's
seat in the House thus had to be
filled in a special election gave
Sanford the opening for a come-
Last month, Sanford finished

make little difference. But the GOP
establishment is worried.
So far, it appears that Sanford
is less interested in victory than
personal redemption. He had
the nerve to ask Jenny Sanford
to manage his campaign; she, of
course, declined. As he gave his
victory speech after last Tuesday's
runoff, his fiancee Maria Belen

Chapur, the former mistr.s 'd0r1.o
lives in Buenos Aires stood be-
hind him. If Sanford ends up mak-
ing this contest a referendum on
his personal life, some loyal Re-
publicans may hold their noses as
they vote for him. Others will just
stay home.
You'd think the national GOP
would try to avoid potential give-
aways like this. But leading Re-
publicans are too busy tying them-
selves in knots over issues that
much of the country considers
settled and done with gay mar-
riage, immigration reform, back-
ground checks for gun purchases
and a balanced approach to debt
A party can be out of step on any
of these issues and still win elec-
tions. But on all of them? I'm tell-
ing you, this has got to be some
kind of trick.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper columnist
and the former assistant managing
editor of The Washington Post.


----^ Obama's comment on Harris crossed the line

California Attorney General
Kamala Harris is brilliant, ac-
complished, and by all accounts
has a very promising political
President Barack Obama and
Attorney General Harris are
close personal friends, so when
he reportedly said at a Demo-
cratic fundraiser about Harris,
"She's brilliant and she's dedi-
cated, she's tough . She also
happens to be, by far, the best
looking attorney general," the
president certainly meant it as
a harmless compliment about a
friend. But his comments about
Harris' looks in a public space
are not appropriate.
President Obama is a feminist
ally which is why it's important
to call this remark out, with
love, in order to bring aware-
ness to the issue of sexism in
The focus on Harris' looks is
not new. Harris' run for district
attorney in 2003 was wrought

with sexism.
Salon's Joan Walsh wrote yes-
terday, that while covering Har-
ris' race in 2003, she received
calls from Democrats who want-
ed to comment on how Harris'
success was in part because she
was physically attractive and
had a past personal relation-
ship with former San Francisco
mayor Willie Brown.
Harris' physical appearance
is not relevant, in terms of how
she does her job. Harris is the
chief law enforcement officer
in the state of California and
should be judged on her creden-
'tials and nothing more.
Adding her looks to a list of
adjectives describing her tal-
ent diminishes her accomplish-
ments, even if the president
said it in an off-the-cuff pass-
ing comment. Harris should be
praised for her record, not her
physical allure. Women are not
objects who simply exist for
male commodification.

Harris is by all accounts a
very serious person, tackling
important issues, including sex
trafficking and the death pen-
alty. That's all that matters. Her
looks are not relevant to her
skills and performance as at-
torney general and they don't
matter when she is evaluated
for how she does her job.
The president's remarks,
while mild mannered and with
no malicious intent, are still
problematic because they come
in the context of a culture which
more often than not values how
a woman looks above everything
else. The context of the presi-
dent's comments matter both
in terms of the public setting
with which they were made, and
the sexist culture with which
they permeate in our collective
.Calling out the president for
these remarks doesn't mean
he's a bad person or even that
he is sexist.


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South Beach, retail

"Yes, there
are more im-
portant things
like bullying !
in schools and

Kendall, student

"I don't
think so. It's
going to open
the door for
other issues."

Miami Gardens, facilitator

"No, I just think it's more or
less relevant
to older gay
men who are
at that place
in their lives.
It's just not
important to
me not right

Palm Beach, program coordinator

"There are other issues within
our communi-
ty like sexism
and racism
that are more
paramount E
than same-sex
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Brownsville, student

"No, it's just
an issue that
most of us
deem to be
important at '
this time. We
can still fight
for this and
other issues
as well."

Liberty City, retired

"Yes. My
son was killed
by four men
because he '
was gay, but
people aren't
fighting as .
hard for stuff
like that."

August 2013 represents
the 50th anniversary of the
historic March on Washing-
ton. Publicly associated with
Dr. King's famous "I have a
Dream" speech, this 'march
brought more than 250,000
people to Washington, D.C. to
demand freedom and jobs. Ini-
tiated by Brotherhood of Sleep-
ing Car Porters' president, A.
Philip Randolph, this became a
joint project with the Southern
Christian Leadership Confer-
ence (SCLC), and went down
in history as a powerful show
of force against Jim Crow seg-
It is barely remembered that
the March was for freedom and
jobs. The demand for jobs was
not a throwaway line in order
to get trade union support but
instead reflected the growing
economic crisis affecting the
Black worker.

A contingency of erstwhile
preachers from South Florida,
50 or more so we are told, have
banded together to challenge
the University of Miami on be-
half of the Chartwell Dining
Service workers at UM. Fac-
ulty and staff at the "U" may
be making big money, but the
dining service workers say they
can barely make ends meet
due to low pay and unafford-
able health care benefits. We
hear that some even supple-
ment their income with public
assistance. The ministers have

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ne this great march the March. But, should any one
to levels of near my- constituency claim that legacy
'he powerful speech it is a group that does not ap-
g, replayed in part pear to be at the table: Black
every King Day has labor.
ill else, so much so Randolph and other Black
.any people believe labor leaders, particularly
y that the March those grouped around the Ne-
s march rather than gro American Labor Council,
as a major player in responded to the fact that the
that was much larger Black worker was largely be-
3elf. ing ignored in the, discussions
ist 2013 approaches, about civil rights. Additionally,
Noticeable that there the economic situation was be-
very limited public coming complicated terrain for
a regarding an anni- Black workers. As writer Nancy
larch, to commemo- Maclean has pointed out, the
963 event. What has elements of what came to be
y been taking place known as "de-industrializa-
es of closed door dis- tion" were beginning to have
regarding some sort its effect in the U.S., even by
:ory action. What has 1963. As with most other di-
ticularly disturbing sasters, it started with a partic-
uggestions that any ular and stark impact on Black
on, organization or America.
a claim the legacy of In 2013 the Black worker

given UM President Donna
Shalala a petition demanding
change. Stay tuned!
Democratic Black Caucus's
West Palm Beach branch presi-
dent, Lynn Hubbard, has sent
a communique to the state
president, Dr. Bruce Miles,
voicing the concerns of many
Caucus members throughout
the state. It seems that when
the members gather in late
April to vote for their new lead-
ers, there's a kind of "poll tax"
that they'll have to pay in order

to vote. Really? We thought that
once you were a member you
had all rights and privileges of
membership. Seems like some
of our Black leaders are taking
a page out of the political she-
nanigans of white racists that
we've been fighting against for
centuries. Stay tuned!
Controversy seems to be
commonplace in North Miami
and as eight candidates vie for
mayor, things are naturally
bound to get a bit heated. But
according to candidate Anna

As I said beforee, Pesident
Obama is an ally. This past
weekend, Melissa Harris-Perry
laid out a number of rules on
how to be a good ally, which in-
cluded, "be[ing] open to learn-
ing and expanding your con-
sciousness by listening more
and talking less."
There are many allies and
Obama supporters who don't
think what the president said
is problematic and who think
this is all much ado about
nothing. But it's important to
remind people that Attorney
General Harris is a smart and
successful person based on her
merits and there are plenty of
other compliments the presi-
dent could have offered up in
that public setting that would
not have been inappropriate.
The hope is that Obama is lis-
tening and the next time he will
simply say, "She's brilliant and
dedicated. She's tough," and
stop talking.

has been largely abandoned in
most discussions about race,
civil rights, etc. As National
Black Worker Center Project
founder Steven Pitts has re-
peatedly pointed out, with the
economic restructuring that
has destroyed key centers of the
Black working class strength,
much of the economic develop-
ment that has emerged has ei-
ther avoided the Black worker
altogether or limited the role of
the Black worker to the most
menial of positions. Thus, un-
employment for Black workers
remains more than double that
of whites and hovers around
Depression levels in many
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior
Scholar with the Institute for
Policy Studies, the immediate
past president of TransAfrica
Forum, and the co-author of
"Solidarity Divided."

Pierre, someone has invoked
rituals associated with the
Haitian Vodou religion and is
attempting to curse her. Can-
didate Kevin Burns has filed
five police reports saying his
signs are being stolen. And
candidate Dr. Smith Joseph
has asked police to watch his
medical office which was re-
cently vandalized. He says he
believes he's in danger and
believes he's being targeted by
his opponents. The election is
on Tuesday, May 14th. Stay

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Black dads work to reclaim their

families and redefine their lives

Committed fathers from Liberty City recently gathered for the monthly fatherhood empowerment series, sponsored by
Fatherz in the Hood at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The topic in March was restoring your rights and redefining
your life. Speakers included Michelle Brown-Campbell, a graduate of Miami Dade College who turned her life around
after being incarcerated and facing a felony charge that could have kept her behind bars for 20 years.The growing group
of fathers meets every fourth Thursday and is led by the organization's CEO, Nathaniel Jones.

Medicaid plans to see changes

By Diane C. Lade

If you or an elder relative is re-
ceiving nursing home, assisted
living or in-home care through
Medicaid, start watching the
State health-care officials are
mailing notices about changes
to Florida's new Medicaid Long-
term Care Managed Care Pro-
gram changes that will dra-
matically alter how people will
get this assistance and what
their choices may be.
While seniors and disabled
adults currently receiving care
shouldn't lose benefits, advo-
cates are concerned the letters
may puzzle or frighten them.
"The technical language can
be difficult to understand unless
someone explains it to them,"
said Edith Lederberg, executive
director of the Aging and Disabil-
ity Resource Center of Broward
County, a nonprofit that plans
and monitors senior services.
"My guess is a certain amount
of confusion will reign, as it al-
ways does," she said. "The tran-
sition will be a bumpy road."
One major difference: Medic-
aid participants often seniors
whose medical care has deplet-
ed their resources and are fac-
ing nursing home placement -
could apply for Medicaid on their
own in the past and shop for
their own care centers or agen-
cies. Now all Medicaid adults

needing long-term care must go
through the state's managed-
care system and use providers in
their plan's network.
Palm Beach County letters
should start arriving next month,
and services in September. Bro-
ward County residents should be
getting their letters in July, with
services starting in November.
Seniors in the Orlando area,
the first region being switched
to the new program, were mailed
letters this month and will begin
starting in August.
The transition to the new sys-
tem will run through March
Here are answers to basic ques-
tions about the $3 billion Medic-
aid long-term care program.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: Seniors and disabled adults
age 18 or older who have been
certified as frail enough to qual-
ify for nursing home care. They
also must meet income require-
ments: No more than $2,000 in
assets and $2,130 in monthly in-
come. The new program will have
the same Medicaid financial lim-
its that are in place now.
Q. What's the first step after
I get my letter?
A: You need to pick one of the
HMOs or provider networks serv-
ing your area that will manage
your services. You will not need
to be re-evaluated to see if you
are eligible for Medicaid and will
not lose your coverage. You will

be receiving a second letter pro-
viding more details about your
local plans. In the meantime,
you can call counselors under
contract with the state at 877-
711-3662 after May 20 for more
Q: What happens once I pick
a plan?
A: The plan will assign you a
care manager, who will help you
figure out what services you.
need and find providers for you.
You must use care facilities or
companies that are in the plan's
network, just like with most pri-
vate Medicare Advantage plans
offered as an alternative to tra-
ditional Medicare.
Q: What services do the
plans cover?
A: Managed care focuses on
putting people in the least re-
strictive setting possible. So
while some will go to nursing
homes, those with less serious
medical conditions may qualify
for assisted living or at-home
care. Other services include
hospice, home-delivered meals,
caregiver training, adult day
care and personal emergency re-
sponse systems.
Q: I am not receiving long-
term care through Medicaid
now but think I might qualify.
What should I do?
A: Call the Elder Helpline
number at 800-963-5337 and
schedule an appointment. Be
aware that if you qualify, there
may be a waiting list for at-home
care or assisted living.

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-Photo courtesy David Norris

Opa-locka celebrates Dominican

Republic Independence Day

"Today I am Dominican," said
Mayor Myra L. Taylor as she
welcomed Consulate General
of the Dominican Republic Am-
aury Rios, dignitaries and rep-
resentatives from the 1,200 Do-
minican residents of the City of
Opa-locka to Historic City Hall.
The ceremony was recently held
in honor of the 169th anniver-
sary of Dominican Republic In-
dependence Day and sponsored

by Commissioner Luis B. San-
tiago, the Mayor and the Com-
The anniversary observes
the day Dominicans celebrate
their independence from Haiti.
In the 1830s, Juan Pablo Du-
arte (1813-1876) known as
"the father of Dominican inde-
pendence" organized a secret
society, called La Trinitaria, to
lead the fight against Haitians

in order to gain the Country's
independence. After a long
struggle, independence was fi-
nally declared on February 27,
1844. Taylor and Rios pre-
sented the American and Do-
minican flags to one another,
before raising both to the top of
the flag pole, in front of Historic
City Hall. Former Vice Mayor
Terence Pinder served as mas-
ter of ceremony for the event.
Pictured are Santiago (1-r), Tay-
lor and Rios.

Q. I have been on the Med-
icaid in-home care waiting list
for a while and just got a letter
about this managed-care pro-
gram. Does that mean I am in?
A: No, you will be placed on a
new waiting list but not guaran-
teed a slot, according to state of-
Q: Am I stuck with a plan if I
don't like it?
A: You have 90 days following
enrollment to switch plans for
any reason. After that, you must
stay with your plan until the
next annual open enrollment pe-
riod, about nine months, except
for certain situations.



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Santiago invites Consulate General to the City



Ashley Parker, The Caucus
blog, The New York Times:
"As several of the senators
taking part in a bipartisan
effort to overhaul to the na-
tion's immigration laws ap-
peared on the Sunday talk
shows to sound an optimis-
tic note, Sen. Marco Rubio .
. offered a strongly worded
note of caution . 'Reports
that the bipartisan group of
eight senators have agreed on
a legislative proposal are pre-
mature.' Rubio was referring
to news reports on Saturday
saying that the nation's lead-
ing business and labor groups
had reached an agreement on
a guest-worker program . .
Rubio's statement called for
a healthy debate if and when
the group does introduce an
immigration bill."
Paul Mirengoff, Power
Line: "It's nice that . Big
Business and Big Labor have
come together to do the na-
tion's business for us. It
would have been nicer if all
other relevant interests had
been included. One such in-
terest is that of the officers
who enforce our immigra-
tion laws on the front line....
Unfortunately, as Sen. Jeff
Sessions has pointed out,
(Immigration and Customs
Enforcement) has asked re-
peatedly to be given a chance
to participate in White House
discussions ... but has been
unable to get a meeting."
Sy Mukherjee, Think-
Progress: "Sens. Chuck
Schumer, D-N.Y., and Jeff
Flake, R-Ariz., (said on) NBC's
Meet The Press that an (im-
migration) bill could be intro-
duced as soon as next week
in light of a tentative deal
on guest-worker programs
struck by the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce and the AFL-
CIO . Under the tentative

deal . the U.S. would is-
sue anywhere from 20,000 to
200,000 guest-worker visas
annually ... Labor and busi-
ness groups also reached a
tentative agreement on wage
levels. ... But despite the sen-
ators' optimism, the politi-
cally charged nature of many
of the bill's provisions could
present snags as actual legis-
lation works its way through
the committee process."
Rafl Labrador, GOP rep-
resentative from Idaho, Los
Angeles Times: "While I am
optimistic that Republicans,
including Tea Party' mem-
bers, will support reform, it
must be done right. We must
create a system (that) pro-
vides a fair path for those
seeking to come to.the United
States and fixes our broken
borders. ... We must also cre-
ate a robust guest-worker
program to match willing
workers with employers ac-
cording to flexible free-mar-
ket forces. In 2006 and 2007,
then-Sen. Barack Obama
and other Democrats sided
with the labor unions in an
effort to water down such
legislation. Reform will not
go forward if the Democrats
again resist the need to cre-
ate a guest-worker program."
Penny Lee, U.S. News and
World Report: "In the past,
a majority of unions have
been unwilling to compro-
mise and allow for tempo-
rary guest visas, but they
now acknowledge that the
undocumented workers are
both their current members
and key to their future mem-
bership growth. So they have
dropped their opposition in
hopes that their softer posi-
tion will help them attract
and organize more Hispanic
workers instead of alienating


Rally at Northwestern confronts

youth violence in Liberty City

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

During the 60's Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. always utilized
students to advance the non-
violent approach, but before his
dream became a reality he was
assassinated in Memphis, Ten-
nessee on April 4, 1968.
To remember King's legacy a
rally was held at Miami North-
western Senior High School to
hear solutions from kids and
members of the community on
how to stop the senseless blood-
shed that's occurring in
Liberty City.
"These drive-by shoot-
ings are not taking place
in Aventura or the white
neighborhoods," said
Thema Campbell, presi-
dent of Girl Power dur-
ing the rally. "They are
occurring in the Black SPENCI
She says sometimes
the community in which a per-
son lives places them at risk of
getting shot.
Liberty City has had a large
amount of drive-by shootings
and this frightens many of its
residents, which prompted
City of Miami Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones to col-
laborate with the City of Miami

Police Department, the
Liberty City Trust, the
newly formed Stand
Up Against Violence Al-
liance and WEDR 99
JAMZ to host the stu-
dent gathering.
"We want to [learn]
from the kids how to
stop the violence," Spen- KI
ce-Jones said. "We are
out here dealing with crime,
drugs and guns every day."
One female Northwestern stu-
dent pointed out to the audience
that there are not enough pro-
grams or positive things
to do in her community
and that's why kids are
getting into trouble.
"We need more things
to do to occupy our
time," she said. "We
have nothing to do but
run the streets."
-JONES A male student sug-
gested that there's a lot
of carnage because the
rap industry is glorifying vio-
"We are trying to put pres-
sure on entertainers to stop rap-
ping about violence," said Uncle
Luke, rap artist and Northwest-
ern football coach, "They talk
about what they see but at the
same time they have a social re-
sponsibility to the community."

Foreign students gobble

By Cindy Chang

American companies are so ea-
ger to hire highly skilled foreign
workers that a cap on new visas
has been reached within a matter
of days.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immi-
gration Services announced Fri-
day that it has received more than
85,000 applications from employ-
ers seeking visas for computer
programmers, engineers, physi-
cians and other educated work-
ers with specialized skills. Of the
total visas, 20,000 are set aside
for people with graduate degrees
from American universities.
Because the 85,000 limit was
exceeded within five days of the
April 1 opening date, a lottery will
be held to distribute the visas. A.
superstar software engineer spon-
sored by Microsoft has the same

chance of landing an H-1B visa as
does a person hoping to work for
a lesser-known company.
"It basically shows the main
problem of this system, which is
that there's no way of prioritizing.
When this takes place, it'll cause
a big frenzy," said Neil Ruiz, an
associate fellow at the Brookings
Last year, the cap was reached
in slightly more than two
months. As the country emerged
from recession in 2010, the cap
was not reached for 10 months.
The last time a lottery was used
was 2008.
The flurry of H-1B applications
is a sign that the economy is im-
proving, according to Ruiz. It is
also a sign that the demand for
highly skilled workers is far out-
pacing the supply of visas.
High-tech companies such as


Rev. Dr. Gaston E.
Smith, senior pastor of
Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church in Lib-
erty City says if we want
entertainers to stop
rapping about violence
there's only one alterna-
"All a person

has to do is
stop buying their mu-
sic," said Smith. "Then
they'll get the point and
start rapping about the
positive things in the
Numerous crimes in
the Black community
are never brought to
court because the "code of the
street" says don't snitch.
But Judge Orlando Prescott
has another focal point when it
comes to snitching.
"If the KKK drove through
Liberty City and shot up ev-
erybody's house somebody will
get the tag number and report
the crime," Judge Prescott said.
"But when we have a drive-by
in our neighborhood nobody
knows anything."
Pierre Rutledge, chairman,
The Stand Up Against Violence
Alliance says the coalition was
formed in order for Liberty City
to survive so that residents

up tech-visa
Google and Microsoft are sup-
porting a bill that would increase
the cap depending on how many
applications were submitted in
previous years. The bill would
also give green cards to foreigners
with advanced science and engi-
neering degrees from American
universities. With comprehensive
immigration reform a realistic
possibility this year, changes to
the H-1B program may become
part of a larger package.
An H-1B visa allows a worker
to stay in the U.S. for three years
and possibly more, with exten-
sions. Employers often submit
permanent residency applica-
tions for the same employees. For
those from India and China, who
make up the bulk of H-1B scien-
tists and engineers, the wait for
a green card can last more than
a decade.

Gun control can come with love

What we've learned since losing our daughter in the Newtown shooting

By Jimmy Greene and Nelba

Our daughter, Ana Grace
Mdrquez-Greene, would be 7
e ars old today if she hadn't been
murdered less than four months
ago at SandN Hook Elementar,-
School. We named her Ana after
the praying widow in the Gospel
of Luke. and Grace for the char-
acteristic we most hoped her life
would embody
nea was an infectiously happy
Child loved by everyone equal
parts her passionate Puerto Ri-
can therapist mother and her
African-American jazz musician
father. She danced rather than
walk. She danced from room to
room and place to place. She
danced to all the music she
heard, whether in the air or in
her head
And she sang, in that un-self-
conscious way kids often have, in
a loud purposeful voice, always
in tune and with perfect rhythm.
She sang to the radio; she sang
to the music at the mall. She
would sing Tomorrow from An-
nie to cheer us up on rainy days,
and she loved to sing in church,
the Beatles and Stevie Wonder.
Ana loved to read the Bible,
and she sang and danced as acts
of worship. With her love of life
and everyone around 'her, with
her talents and compassion, she
was already making her mark.
Until Dec. 14, Ana's future had
no boundaries.
We somehow missed the con-
nection before, only realizing
last week that Ana was born on
the anniversary of Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr.'s death. When
we think of all that Dr. King ac-
complished before he was taken
away, we are all the more bereft
that Ana's limitless potential will
never be realized. Like the thou-

AP Photo/Jessica Hill
Jimmy Greene and Nelba MArquez-Greene with a portrait of their daughter, Ana, who was

killed Dec.14.
sands of children we lose every
year to gun violence. How many
might have grown up to cure a
disease, write a symphony, or be
the next Dr. King?
Our message on Ana's birth-
day is simple: Let's stop squan-
dering this potential. Let love win
by valuing human life.
Our family has strong faith,
and our faith is based on love.
Love the Lord your God with
all your heart, soul, mind and
strength. Love your neighbor as
yourself. How many lives would
be saved if we could all commit
to just these two commands.
We don't need new laws to be-
gin strengthening the bonds of
family and community. We can
be more giving, loving parents,
friends and neighbors. We can
offer love to those who are out-
casts or alone. We can look to

God and form an eternal rela-
tionship built from nothing but
But we must do more. Today,
the governor of our home state
of Connecticut will sign historic
bipartisan legislation designed
by legislators to make our com-
munities safer. Their cooperative
spirit should be a model for Con-
gress, when the Senate consid-
ers legislation next week to re-
duce gun violence.
We. must look to our elected
leaders and demand that they
act, with love, to protect every
citizen from gun violence. There
is no one easy solution. Our
mental health system needs an
overhaul, and that will take time.
No one knows this more than I
do, as a licensed marriage and
family therapist. But there are
several steps that Congress can,

and must, take now to save in-
nocent lives.
We want to see background
checks for all gun sales. Why are
only some required now when
we know they make it harder
for criminals and those deemed
mentally ill to get their hands on
guns without inconveniencing
anyone who is law-abiding?
We want to see sales of maga-
zines no larger than 10 bullets.
Is the ability to buy a 30-bullet
magazine worth the life of even
a single child? The shooter at
Sandy Hook Elementary carried
30-round magazines and emp-
tied more than 150 bullets into
20 children, including our Ana,
and six educators in about four
minutes. Eleven children es-
caped when the shooter stopped
to reload. What if he had to re-
load 10 more times?


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could come together for the
common goal of saving the lives
of their children.
"Dr. King stood for non-vio-
lence and I want to know where
did we get off track," asked
Rutledge. "As we start listening
to our kids, they will tell us how
to fix the problem."
The event was hosted
by Ms. Kimmie of 99
JAMZ and she conclud-
v *- ed the panel discus-
-. sion by asking everyone
r in attendance to take
a pledge to stand up
against violence.
H The commemora-
tion finishedwith a
press conference at the
Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park
located in Liberty City to an-
nounce anti-violence and safe-
ty initiatives that's in progress
throughout the community.
"We have a lot of drive-by
shootings in the Liberty Square
Housing Projects, and initia-
tives such as cameras have
been placed throughout the
projects to stop the violence,"
said Sara Smith, president of
the Liberty Square Resident
Council during the press con-
ference. "The whole develop-
ment will be closed off and
there will be only two main en-

A Microsoft executive said in a
recent blog post that the company
has 3,400 unfilled openings for
high-tech workers.
"These open positions are a di-
rect loss to the U.S economy today
and risk forcing companies to look
to base these positions in other
countries permanently remov-
ing them from the U.S. economy,"
wrote Brad Smith, general coun-
sel and executive vice president
for legal and corporate affairs.
The shortage of skilled workers
extends to the nation's interior
and to companies not typically
viewed as high-tech. Caterpillar,
based in Peoria, Ill., employs more
than 10,000 engineers to design
its bulldozers and other heavy
machinery. Several hundred of
those engineers, many from Chi-
na and India, are in the country
on H-1Bs.


On March 14th, School
Board Member, Dr. Doroth-i
Bendross-Miindingall was
awarded the Julia Tuttle
Award for exemplary comrmu-
nitv service to the citizens of
the Cit, of Miami. Superin-
tendent Alberto M. Carvalho
along with Mayor Tomas P.
Regalado and the City of li-
ami commissioners were all
on hand to congratulate the
School Board Member
As a classroom teacher,
principal, adult education
administrator arid public ser-
varnt. Dr Doroth:y Bendross-
Mindingall has rnmade a lifetime
of using education to unlock
the doors of opportunir,.
She founded the first state-
chartered male role model
program in Florida She has
also opened a learning center
vi.ithin a Miarmi-Dade Housing
project. designed to educate
and provide opportunities for
parents to get off of welfare.
After serving as State Rep-
resentative of Distnct 109
of Florida she Was elected
to serve as the Miami-Dade
County School [M-DCPSI
Board Member for District 2
on No\. 2. 2010. Since then
she has proffered police\ legis-
lation that streamlined Minor-
ity/Women Business Enter-
prise NIM'WBEI certification.
improved safety on school
buses, lead to M-DCPS' ab-

Desmond Tutu wins

2013 Templeton Prize

By Jaweed Kaleem

Desmond Tutu, the former
AngliLcan ar-hbhshop of Cape
Tu.'.n ii ho rose to interarauinal
fame as he helped lead the fight
against apartheid in South Af-
rica in the 70s and 80s. was
named the 2013 Templeton
Prize winner last Thursday
The honor. which comes with
a $1.7 million award, is gunen
annually by the West Con-
shohocken. Penn.-based John
Templeton Foundation It has.
in recent years, been awarded
to academics who work at the
nexus of religion and science
Tutu. is being awarded for his
promotion of what the founda-
tion calls "spiritual progress,"
including love. forgiveness
and human liberation, espe-
cially after the fall of apartheid
\\hen he chaired South alrica s
Truth and Reconciliation Com-
mission The Commission ad-
dressed tensions between per-
petrators of the apartheid state
and reformers, and granted
amnesty on both sides to hun-
dreds of requests out of thou-
sands that were submitted It is
considered ke_ to the nation s
democratic transition in the
"When you are in a crowd and
you stand out from the crowd
it's usualI because you are be-
ing earned on the shoulders of
others," Tutu said in response
to receiving the prize in a vid-
eo on the Templeton website.
"i want to acknowledge all the
wonderful people who accept-
ed me as their leader at home

F.-,rrr n,g .:orn Arr:hb-.rs',.p 'C ape To"n

and so to accept this prize. as
it were, in a representative ca-
Tutu. 81. has not said what
he will do \wth the award mon-
e,, although past winners have
used it for charitable causes.
Giving the annual award to
a person v. hose life's work has
revol'.ed around fighting rac-
ism. poverty and government
corruption continues a shift
that began last ',ear when it
was given to the Dalai Lama,
the spiritual leader of Tibet.
That award marked the first
time in more than a decade
that the Templeton Prize was
given to an International spiri-
tual arid political figure, rather
than a theologian or physicist.
The award also has been given
to the Rev. Billy Graham and
Mother Teresa, its first recipi-
ent in 1973.

Zumba instructor admits to

running a prostitution ring

By Katharine Q. Seelye

A Zumba instructor in Ken-
nebunk, Me., pleaded guilty on
Friday to using her dance stu-
dio as a front for a prostitution
ring that involved scores of men
in New England. The plea means
that the instructor, Alexis Wright,
will avoid a trial, as will the nu-
merous clients who might have
been called as witnesses.
Wright, 30, appearing in Cum-
berland Superior Court, pleaded
guilty to 20 charges related to
prostitution. Prosecutors said
they would ask that she be sent
to prison for 10 months when
she is sentenced May 31; she was
fined $57,000.
The revelation that Wright was

running a prostitution ring in
the small coastal community not
far from the summer home of
the first President George Bush
caused a sensation. Residents
speculated about the identity of
her clients; those charged so far
have included a former mayor, a
high school hockey coach and a
Investigators said Wright had
conspired with Mark Strong, 57,
to run the ring. She used a hid-
den camera to record her encoun-
ters while Strong watched them
live over Skype on his computer
and recorded them. Hundreds of
videotapes, e-mails and text mes-
sages between Wright and Strong
provided a mountain of sexually
explicit evidence for prosecutors.


,hnill Titc iat h ) it prn



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sorption of Head-Start cen-
ters throughout the country.
explored licensing a-d broad-
castine avenues for NM-DCPS
and brought utansparency to
M-DCPS' contract renewals
arnd the 21st Century Schools
General Obhgation Bond. all
while student performance in
Distinct 2 continues to rise.
The Julia Tuttle Award is
awarded to someone who
exemplifies the unwavering
support and work on behalf
of the people of the City of
liami that is known of the
Miami pioneer by the City of
lMiami, Commission on the
Status of %omen. Past win-
ners include: Georgia Ayers,
Dorothy Quintana. Jennifer
Valoppi and Alberta Batchelor



Ingram: "Underserved kids being cut out"

REDUCTION Futures today qualify for it to- I
continued from 1A morrow. It's grossly unfair -

to pursue their dreams of higher

The total number of college
freshmen receiving scholar-
ships would drop from 30,954
to 15,711, a decrease of about
50 percent.
Black scholarship recipients
would plummet by more than
75 percent; Hispanics would
see a 60 percent decrease.
Miami-Dade County would
be impacted the most from the
changes with scholarship re-
cipients dropping by close to
64 percent. Broward County
would see a decrease of 55 per-
Among middle-class stu-
dents who are financially in-
eligible for federal Pell Grants
but still often struggle to pay
for college, 50 percent would
qualify for the new Bright Fu-
tures. Sixty percent of wealthy
students would continue to

"The report makes it plain
that those who voted on these
changes intend to yank educa-
tion out of the grass from those
who need it most," said Dr.
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall,
M-DCPS school board member.
"This is another civil rights is-
sue that must be fought and
we will. We cannot sleep on it. I
look at it as a dream destroyer.
We must make sure that stu-
dents that qualify for Bright

they keep moving the goal post
for children who have already
reached it. They want them to
grovel and slip backwards. No.
We are going to fight for our
Recently-elected president of
the United Teachers of Dade,
Federick Ingram, voiced similar
"Tallahassee tends to look at
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s as numbers ana of the Legislature say they rare-
gnore the fact that ly hear from our community
ures is one avenue and therefore assume that we
minorities, particu- are pleased with the decisions
:s, are able to go to they're making on our behalf."
e said. "When you "It's unfortunate that the
ig away the differ- Legislature would stoop so low
.s that will give stu- as to reduce the opportunity
iave the opportuni- for attending college for those
that need it the most," said Dr.
GES TO BRIGHT Wilbert T. Holloway, M-DCPS
iS SCHOLARSHIPS school board member. "I am op-
posed to using any one source
Then Now 2014 of data [ACT or SAT scores] as
the means of determining eli-
3.0 3.0 ?? gibility. Some students don't
test well but their grades con-
21 22 26 firm that they have the ability
and endurance needed to move
980 1020 1170 on to higher education. GPAs
should be thrown into the pot
and financial need as well, to
they've worked hard determine if a student quali-
Sjust not fair. These fies."

students have done everything
we've asked of them but they
don't have the money to attend
college. Our legislature con-
tinues to do the wrong things.
We must get our community
involved have them call or
write the chairman of the Dade
delegation [Eduardo Gonza-
lez, eddy.gonzalez@myflorida-
house.gov., 305-364-3066] and
voice their concerns. Members

State Representative Cyn-
thia Stafford says she thought
the bill was problematic when
it was first introduced and she
still believes the same. She sug-
gests that since Democrats do
not have the numbers to con-
trol the vote in Florida, it's vital

that they work on having their
voices heard.
"I don't know if we can reach
their consciences but we will
continue to advocate for the
minority and speak to the ma-
jority," she said. "Under the
guise of balancing the budget,
we have legislation that takes
the entire state in the wrong
direction. Like in the case of
the 'stand your ground' law, we
have to work towards mending,
molding or getting rid of such
discriminatory legislation."
M-DCPS Superintendent Al-
berto Carvalho, has amended
next week's board meeting
agenda to include conversation
about the pending changes and
their potential impact. In a pre-
pared statement he said, "The
time is now for Tallahassee to
mitigate impacts by embracing
a more reasonable set of crite-
ria that results in greater ac-
cess to minority students and
those who live in lower socio-
economic environments."
"We've done better than any
other county in Florida," In-
gram added. "We cannot allow
this vicious cycle of changing
the rules in the middle of the
game it's not playing fair."

Dunn says Comm. Spence-Jones's "Time is up"

continued from 1A

from running again. His attor-
ney, former State Representa-
tive J.C. Planas, 52, argued last
Monday that City Attorney Julie
Bru's decision allowing Spence-
Jones, 45, to run another term
because she was not allowed to
fulfill two full terms was in er-
ror and goes counter to the City
of Miami charter. Plans further
said that if the commissioners
who drafted the charter amend-
ment had wanted an exception
for terms limits, they would have
included one.

Attorneys for both sides pre-
sented arguments before Miami-
Dade Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cue-
to who said he understood the
serious ramifications of his even-
tual ruling. Incidentally, Cueto,
a former state prosecutor, was
part of the team of attorneys that
reviewed the case lodged against
Spence-Jones by State Attorney
Katherine Fernandez Rundle.
Communications received by The
Miami Times indicate that both
attorneys have discussed this
fact. We were unable to ascertain
if there was any stated objection
on behalf of the defense to Cueto
serving as the judge or whether
it could become an issue in the

"I have reviewed all of the docu-
ments and studied all of the legis-
lation pertaining to this matter,"
said Cueto during Monday's 6:30
a.m. hearing. "Whatever I do will
have consequences."
Cueto told both parties that he
was ready to rule from the bench,
but had decided to hold off from
making an announcement until
later in the week.
The lawsuit was recently filed
by Dunn .arguing that because
the District 5 commissioner has
already been financially compen-
sated for two terms in office, that
she should not be allowed to run
for a third term.
"This case is about the City
Charter, which dictates term
limits that are based on consec-
utive elections," Planas argued.
"This is a slippery slope."
Planas pointed out to the
judge that if he ruled in favor
of Spence-Jones the case could
set a bad precedent because an
elected official could very well
exceed their term limits by tak-
ing a leave of absence on several
occasions and then returning.
Bruce Rogow, attorney for
Spence-Jones, fired back and
said the case was not a slippery
slope. He added that Spence-
Jones's receiving an estimated
$200,000 in compensation for
back pay and benefits was being

used as a smoke screen by the
"There's no express provision
that disqualifies my client from
seeking office again," Rogow
said. "My client was not in office
for the full term."

Spence-Jones's trouble began
when two felony charges were
lodged against her that involved
the misuse of office. She was
suspended by Governor Char-
lie Crist and absent from office
for 21 months. Dunn was ap-
pointed by city commissioners to
,complete her term. After charges
were dropped against Spence-
Jones, she was restored to office
and Dunn was forced to vacate
the seat.
But other details merit being
In the late 1990s, Dunn had
been appointed to the District
5 seat, replacing City Commis-
sioner Miller Dawkins when
he was suspended from office.
Dunn and Spence-Jones first
squared off in 2p05, making it
to a run-off that Spence-Jones
easily won. For a short time,
Dunn even gave his support to
Spence-Jones but after her 2009
suspension, he announced his
intention to run in a special'
election scheduled for January

2010. She won again and was
again suspended by Crist. Dunn
was appointed by the commis-
sioners to replace her his sec-
ond time being appointed to the

"Anyway you slice it the com-
missioner was suspended and
could not perform her duties,"
said John Greco, attorney for the
City of Miami. "We have a strong
case here. The only outcome is to
look at the charter and say the
commissioner is eligible to run
for another term."
Neither Dunn nor Spence-
Jones approached the bench to
make any remarks to the judge
about the case. However, both
spoke with the press as they ex-
ited the court hearing.
"I will continue to trust in
God," said Spence-Jones. "In the
midst of all this the truth will
shine. I will prevail as I continue
to serve my community."
At first Dunn relegated his
thoughts to his attorney, but
later recanted.
"I'm hoping for a victory,"
Dunn said. "I'1 be humble on
what the judge will decide."
Jimmie Davis can be contact-
ed at gemjuledavis81@yahoo.
D. Kevin McNeir contributed to
this story.

Chief says he won't make any major changes

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Smith said. "It tiakes ttme .to Lt to,
the top. And building trust takes
He succeeds Bill Lee, who was
fired in June following n-atr-.ni.il
outrage about the way Sanford
police handled the investigation
of last ear's shooting death of the
17-', eir-old Trayvon.
Although shooter George Zim-
merman was not arrested by
Sanford police, he eventually was
charged by a special prosecutor
with second-degree murder and is
awaiting trial.

Lifelong Sanford resident Ver-
noin Johnson, 5., said he's op-
timi til.. Smith -ill succeed in
mending nfts between officers and
"I think he will do very well.
He seems to be very personable,"
Johnson said. "But he's going to
have to earn re sidents'trust "
After the swearing-in, Smith
said he realizes that he is novw
Sanford's third police chief in .just
over two years. He said he will
meet with his officers, top com-
manders and community leaders
to assure them he's here to stay.
Smith added that he plans to put
together a five-year plan for the

police department
Smith said he .dol.s not plan a
major rei'amprnie of the depart-
ment, but one ol his first tasks will
be hiring a deputy chief, a position
that Sanford's police department
has not had in years. The depu-
t, chief would handle day-to-day
lun.: tio.ns of the department, free-
ing the clhiel to spend rrre time in
the community,'.
Smith said he undertairids that
many in Sanfoird's poor black
neighborhoods distrust police of-
ficers because of past racial inci-
"I can't tolerate racism by the
police." he said. "And I can't toler-

.ate hiara-mrcnt by police officers."
Sritih sild s.anford has a bright
lut'tre and l-dt as po!ii., chief,
his j'tb w-ill irinlude attracting new
businesses and residents.
"When people understand that
a community is safe, then they
will want to come here and spend
money," he said.
Smith will be paid $114,757 a
year and will oversee a depart-
ment with 132 sworn officers.
He started his law enforce-
ment career in January 1988 as
a patrol officer with the Elgin po-
lice department. In 2008, he was
named deputy chief. The depart-
ment has about 180 officers.

Will voters go with the Dolphins stadium proposal?

continued from 1A

the Commission to approve
the deal which they did dur-
ing a specially-held commis-
sion meeting last Tuesday
morning. The commission
must move quickly as any
special election must be ad-
vertised by April 13th.

The election will cost be-
tween $3 and $ 5 million and
will be paid for by the Dol-
County officials say the
deal will yield favorable re-
sults for M-DC given that the
team will: pay 70 percent of
costs related to construction;
repay the County and the
State approximately $167M;

pay 100 percent of costs if the
project goes over budget; and
commit to staying in M-DC
for.the next 30 years. In ad-
dition, there will be penalties
if they fail to secure multiple
Super Bowls, college cham-
pionships and international
soccer matches.
Once the special election is
advertised, the Florida Leg-

islature must vote on the
stadium deal no later than
May 3rd the last day of
the 2013 legislative session.
Next, on May 14th, County
voters will go to the polls and
have their say on the refer-
It has not been determined
how many days will be allot-
ted for early voting.

Government honors couple

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County naming of the Moore
Justice Center in Viera and the
state Legislature funding the de-
velopment of the Moore home-
site in Mims.
"Every layer of government has
recognized, respected and hon-
ored the legacy of the Moores,"
Posey said at the Harry T. and
Harriette V. Moore Post Office on
Florida Avenue.
Harry T. Moore began teach-
ing in Cocoa as its orily Black el-
ementary school in 1925 before
accepting teaching and admin-
istrative positions in North Bre-
vard. Moore was then promoted
to principal of the Titusville Col-
ored School.
In 1934 the Moores found-
ed the first NAACP branch in
Brevard, organized other state
branches and registered more
than 100,000 Black voters. In
1937, in conjunction with the
all-Black Florida State Teach-
er's Association, and backed by
NAACP attorney Thurgood Mar-
shall in New York, Moore filed
the first lawsuit in the Deep
South to equalize Black and
white teacher salaries.
By 1941, NAACP work had

Lawsuit settled against HOA

continued from 1A

the Retreat at Twin
Lakes in Sanford,
where he lived with
his wife. A home-
owners' association
newsletter sent to
residents in Febru- -
ary 2012, the same
month as the shoot-
ing, cited Zimmer-
man as the person to
contact for neighbor-
hood watch issues. MAI
The newsletter sug-
gested that if concerns arose,
they should first call the police
and then alert Zimmerman.
After Martin's
death, his parents,
Tracy Martin and
Sybrina Fulton,
sued the association
for wrongful death. y S
The amount of the
settlement was not '
revealed. As is cus-
tomary in such settle-
ments, the associa-
tion admitted no guilt
in Martin's death and
all parties are bound ZIMMI

to confidentiality. The
Orlando Sentinel obtained the
portion of the settlement that
was made public Friday at the
Seminole County courthouse.
The Martin family's lawyer,
Benjamin Crump, has said he
plans to file a separate lawsuit
against Zimmerman at a later
The Martin family and the as-
sociation tried to settle the law-
suit through mediation earlier
in the year but talks fell apart


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after Martin's parents rejected
a $1 million offer, said Mark
O'Mara, Zimmerman's crimi-
nal lawyer. Negotia-
tions later resumed
and the two sides ul-
timately reached an
agreement. The Trav-
elers Casualty and
Surety Company of
America is the asso-
ciation's insurer.
Zimmerman, who
":i, is charged with sec-
ond-degree murder
TIN in the death of Mar-
tin, is scheduled to go

on trial in June. Zimmerman
has said that he shot Martin,
17, in self-defense.
On Feb. 26, 2012, Zim-
merman saw Mar-
tin walking inside
the Retreat at Twin
Lakes, with a hoodie
pulled over his head
to ward off rain. Zim-
, merman called the
police and described
r Martin as suspicious,
adding that it looked
like "he was up to
no good." The police
RMAN told him to stay put,
but Zimmerman got
out of his S.U.V. and followed
Martin as the teenager walked
toward his father's girlfriend's
house, where he was staying.
Soon after, Martin tackled
him and started to punch him
and slam his head against the
sidewalk, Zimmerman told the
police. Zimmerman reached
for his gun and shot Martin in
the chest, killing him with one
bullet. Martin did not have a

It's time to right the wrong

continued from 1A

from one state to another for
the purpose of having sex with
Johnson, who won the heavy-
weight crown in 1908.
During the seven years that
Johnson held the title, the fight
game tried mightily to find a
"great white hope" to defeat him.
But before Jess Willard knocked
out Johnson in the 26th round
of their 1915 title fight in Ha-
vana, the Black champion was
badly battered by the federal
government's unrelenting, racist
pursuit of him.
Now it's time to right that
But Obama hasn't answered
calls for him to pardon Johnson,
who died in a 1946 car crash at
the age of 68. Obama's reluc-
tance to act, while dishearten-
ing, is not surprising. Since tak-
ing office in 2009, he has issued
just 39 pardons, far fewer than
any of his recent White House
predecessors, according to Pro-
Publica, the first online investi-
gative news service to win a Pu-
litzer Prize.
Obama has pardoned only one
of every 50 people who asked
him for this constitutional grant
of mercy. At this point in their
presidencies, Ronald Reagan
pardoned 1 of every 3 appli-

cants, Bill Clinton pardoned 1 of
8, and George W. Bush forgave 1
of 33 people who sought a par-
don from him.
Admittedly, presidents haven't
always made the best use of
their pardon power.
The night before he left of-
fice in 2001, Clinton pardoned
Marc Rich, a fugitive billionaire
financier whose ex-wife made
a sizable donation to Clinton's
presidential library. Shortly af-
ter Richard Nixon resigned the
presidency in 1974, his succes-
sor, Gerald Ford, granted him a
"full, free and absolute pardon"
for any crimes he committed
during the Watergate affair.
A month before his presiden-
cy ended in 1993, George H.W.
Bush pardoned former Defense
secretary Caspar Weinberger
and five other former high gov-
ernment officials who were be-
lieved to have played key roles in
an illegal scheme to sell weapons
to Iran and use the profits to buy
weapons for American-backed
rebels in Nicaragua.
Sure, these ill-advised pardons
produced a big public outcry.
But they went to living recipients
whose alleged misdeeds violated
sensible legal norms, not a rac-
ist social policy. With broad sup-
port from a politically divided
Congress that has agreed on
little else, Obama should do the
right thing.

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ties that tI
to earn, it's

become Moore's driving obses-
sion. He would organize the
Florida State Conference of the
NAACP and eventually become
its unpaid executive secretary.
He began churning out eloquent
letters, circulars and broadsides
protesting unequal salaries, seg-
regated schools and the disen-
franchisement of Black voters.
However, tragedy struck on
Christmas Day 1951, when
Moore was killed after a bomb
was placed beneath the floor
joints directly under his bed, ex-
ploded. Moore died on the way
to the hospital; his wife, Harri-
ette, died nine days later.
The protests over the Moores'
deaths rocked the nation, with
dozens of rallies and memorial
meetings around the country.
President Truman and Florida
Governor Fuller Warren were
inundated with telegrams and
protest letters.
Despite an extensive FBI in-
vestigation, however, and two
later investigations, their mur-
ders have never been solved.
Harry Moore was the first
NAACP official killed in the civil
rights struggle, and he and Har-
riette are the only husband and
wife to give their lives to the



FAU instructor on paid leave .

By Scott Travis

The Florida Atlantic University
instructor involved in the con-
troversial "stomp on Jesus" class
assignment has been placed on
paid leave, with the school citing
concerns for his safety.
Communications instructor
Deandre Poole, who is Black, has
had death threats and racially
charged messages left on his
voice mail and in his email, said
Chris Robe, president of the FAU
chapter of the faculty union.
"I've never seen anything like
it on campus, the vitriol that has
been released on this guy,". said
Robe, an assistant professor of
Poole, who could not be reached
for comment Friday, has been the
subject of numerous derogatory
postings on blogs and Twitter,
many of which give out his FAU
email address.
"As a result of the reaction to
a recent exercise in Dr. Poole's
intercultural communications

class, the instructor's personal
safety has been compromised,"
according to a university state-
ment released last Friday. "In ad-
dition, this decision will prevent
further disruption to the day-to-
day operations of Florida Atlantic
During a March 4 class on the
Davie campus, Poole asked stu-
dents to write Jesus on a sheet
of paper, throw it on the floor and
then step on it. It was part of a
lesson on the impact of words in-
cluded in the instructor's guide of
the class textbook, written by a
professor at St. Norbert College in
The exercise attracted national
attention after Ryan Rotela, a
student in the class, informed the
media. FAU apologized March 22
and said the assignment wouldn't
be used again. Last Tuesday,
Gov. Rick Scott asked the State
University System to investigate
the matter and called Rotela to
Rotela, reached last Friday,

said he was shocked to learn
Poole may be facing threats to his
"Leave the poor guy alone. I'm
pretty sure he's been through
enough," Rotela said. "People
make mistakes. He shouldn't be
demonized or killed for it."
No reports of threats against
Poole have been filed with FAU
police, but "other agencies may
have them," university spokes-
woman Lisa Metcalf said.
Poole is also an adjunct profes-

sor who teaches a speech commu-
nication class at Broward College
in Davie. A college spokeswoman
couldn't be reached last Friday
evening as to his status there.
It's unusual but not unprec-
edented to place an instructor on
paid leave over safety concerns,
said Jenn Nichols, of the Wash-
ington D.C.-based American As-
sociation of University Profes-
"If there's a threat of immedi-
ate harm, the university has to
act on that," Nichols said.
Poole is a non-tenured fac-
ulty member and FAU won't say
whether his one-year contract
will be renewed next year.
Faculty are concerned about
FAU's reaction to the incident,
Robe said. After first defending
the assignment, the university
promised not to use it again. But
professors don't vet their class
assignments with administra-
tors, he said, and academic free-
dom is included in the collective
bargaining agreement.

Broward school boundary changes imminent

By Karen Yi

The Broward School Board
was expected to give final ap-
proval last Wednesday to more
than 20 boundary changes
and school repurposing plans
slated to begin this fall.
Among the major changes
being proposed by Superin-
tendent Robert Runcie: Add a
grades 6-12 magnet program
to Dillard High School in Fort
Lauderdale. and repurpose
the district's two F-rated mid-
dle schools.

Under the plan, Arthur Ashe
Middle in Fort Lauderdale
would be converted into an.
adult workforce development
center and Lauderhill would
partner with Broward College
to become a grades 6-12 labo-
ratory school.
Dillard, which is C-rated,
would gain more than 500
middle school students -
about 150 from Arthur Ashe.
The rest of the 400 Arthur
Ashe students would be shift-
ed to Parkway in Lauderhill,
Sunrise Middle and William

E. Dandy m Fort Lauderdale.
"We wanted solutions that
would create good solid aca-
demic options for students,"
said Runcie.
During the previous public
hearing in February, parents
protested boundary changes
that would move 171 stu-
dents from McNab Elemen-
tary in Pompano Beach to two
nearby schools Floranada
in Fort Lauderdale and Lloyd
Estates in Oakland Park.
"McNab is just right down
the street ... I think it's stu-

pid to take kids that ride their
bikes, that walk." said Shawn
Paulus, who has a first grader
at McNab. "I don't understand
why our community was
District officials said those
changes were necessary to
help balance enrollment at
the schools and meet class
size requirements The dis-
trict will have to pay $1.3 mil-
lion in fines this year because
only 87 percent of their class-
es complied with the state

Scott and Crist to battle over

position as Florida governor

Former Republican Gov.
Charlie Crist has received plen-
ty of attention as he ponders
another run for governor as a
newly minted Democrat.
But the current occupant of
the governor's mansion, Re-
publican Rick Scott, is leaving
little question that Crist should
be ready for a tough campaign.
Scott signaled that a major
line of attack would juxtapose.
his economic leadership to
Crist's tenure, when the nation
tumbled into a recession that
caused widespread job losses.
"We're going to show that
there's a stunning contrast (be-
tween) the economy I inherited
and the economy today," Scott
said last Tuesday.
He also added: "In the four
years before I became governor,
the state had lost 832,000 jobs,
unemployment tripled from 3.5
to 11.1 percent, state debt had
increased by over $5 billion,
and, you know the housing
market collapsed."
Is it fair to pin all of that on
Crist? Nah, probably not.
But here's one translation:
Scott will not be Jim Davis,
the Democrat who Crist steam-
rolled during the 2006 guber-
natorial race.
Need more evidence? Scott
this week jumped on Crist af-
ter the release of an inspector
general's report about Digital
Domain Media Group, a com-
pany that received $20 million
from Florida in 2009 but later
failed. Scott tried to tie Crist to
the deal.
"This Inspector General re-
port shows two things first,
our current economic project
vetting process is in place for a
reason, and second, that pro-
cess was clearly circumvented
by the previous administration
for the Digital Domain deal,"
Scott said in a release.
Despite all the media atten-
tion and a stream of pre-emp-
tive Republican Party attacks,
Crist has not formally an-
nounced he will run next year.
And even if he does, 2010 Dem-
ocratic gubernatorial nominee
Alex Sink has indicated she
is thinking about entering the
race, and former Senate Dem-
ocratic Leader Nan Rich has
been trying to build support for

Former Florida Governor
Rumors also surfaced that
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nel-
son might take on Scott. But
Nelson, who was in Tallahas-
see last Wednesday, said he
doesn't have plans to run for
At this stage, Crist appears
far more popular than Scott. A
Quinnipiac University poll this
month gave Crist an edge of
50 percent to 34 percent in a
head-to-head matchup.
A group that is a fund-rais-
ing arm for Scott began run-
ning the campaign's first ad
this week on the Internet. Scott
also has taken steps to try to
shore up his popularity, such
as calling for $2,500 raises for
teachers and objecting to col-
lege tuition increases.
But Democrats appear ready
to portray Scott as a Johnny-
come-lately to such issues.
The Florida Democratic Party
website touts Scott's "state of
denial" and says he is "running
away from everything he cam-
paigned on to get reelected."

Crist might be persona non
grata with many Republican
leaders. But for months, they
probably shared a hope that
former party Chairman Jim
Greer would head off quietly
into Florida political history.
It remains to be seen wheth-
er Greer will stay quiet. But
a judge last week sentenced
Greer to 18 months in prison
after he pleaded guilty in a
scheme that involved creating
a fund-raising company and
steering party business to it.
Crist installed Greer as GOP

Florida Governor
chairman, but a trial threat-
ened to expose a pile of dirty
laundry about the party. Greer
argued before pleading guilty
that he was being punished for
his support of Crist, who split
from the party to run in 2010
as an independent for U.S.
Greer's attorney, Damon
Chase, contended that the
former chairman should get
a short sentence and that he
was being punished because
of who he was and the high-
profile nature of the case.
"If this weren't Jim Greer,
this would be probation,"
Chase told Circuit Judge Marc
Lubet before the sentencing.
"Mr. Greer wants to move on,
he wants to make amends, he
is contrite for everything that
Prosecutors sought a lon-
ger term for Greer, but Lubet
handed down the 18-month
sentence because he noted
that Greer had paid $65,000
in restitution and because his
former partner in the fund-
raising company wasn't pros-
ecuted. The former partner,
Delmar Johnson, served as ex-
ecutive director the party and
later wore a wire to help pros-
ecutors make the case against
"A court has responsibility to
see that there's justice when-
ever it sentences, tempered
with some sort of mercy if that
mercy is deserved," Lubet told
Greer at the sentencing in Or-
lando. He added that Greer,
who had no prior criminal his-
tory, had "egregiously violated
a position of trust for your em-


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-Photo by By Linda Trischitta
Miguel Dotel watches his son, Angel, 10 last Thursday in the
pediatric intensive care wing at Joe DiMaggio Childrens hospital
in Hollywood.

Boy doesn't recall his

fall onto spiked fence

By Linda Trischitta

HOLLYWOOD A bandaged
and calm Angel Dotel was sit-
ting up in his hospital room last
Thursday after surviving a fall
from a mango tree onto a spiked
metal fence two days before.
His father, in contrast, tried to
hold back tears while thinking
about what might have been af-
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ner of Southwest 44th Avenue
and Southwest 18th Street in
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"I thought maybe he was go-
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in the pediatric intensive care
unit at Joe DiMaggio Children's
Hospital in Hollywood. "The
drama is passed. In the mo-
ment, I was very scared. Thank
God everything came out right."
While in pursuit of man-
goes Tuesday afternoon, Angel
said he remembered a branch
breaking in the 17-foot tree. He
told his father he doesn't recall
landing on the sharp-tipped
fence belonging to homeowner
Dwayne Parrish.
With his stuffed turtle tucked

into a corner of his bed at the
hospital, Angel said he was
looking forward to returning to
The child's left side was punc-
tured in several places; his face
is swollen and scraped. If he
continues to improve, his fa-
ther said he may be discharged
in a week or so.
For now, Angel doesn't want
any mangoes. Instead, he is
eating Jello and soup under the
watchful eyes of his father and
mother, Filgian Encarnacion.
After Angel fell, Parrish and
a friend, Prince Moore, applied
pressure to the child's wounds
until Broward Sheriff Fire Res-
cue arrived.
The elder Dotel, a chef at a
Hialeah restaurant, said he
could not find the words to
thank the men.
"These people, they're doing
[something] so great, some-
thing nice for my kids," Dotel
said. "Thank God they were
To prevent another near
tragedy, Parrish hired a com-
pany to take down his neigh-
bor's tree.

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High court poised to

upend civil rights policies

By Hope Yen
Associated Press

nation lived down its history of
racism and should the law be-
come colorblind?
Addressing two pivotal legal
issues, one on affirmative ac-
tion and a second on voting
rights, a divided Supreme Court
is poised to answer.those ques-
In one case, the issue is
whether race preferences in
university admissions under-
mine equal opportunity more
than they promote the benefits
of racial diversity. Just this
past week, justices signaled
their interest in scrutinizing af-
firmative action very intensely,
expanding their review as well
to a Michigan law passed by
voters that bars "preferential
treatment" to students based
on race. Separately in a sec-
ond case, the court must decide
whether race relations in the
South, particularly have im-
proved to the point that federal
laws protecting minority voting
rights are no longer warranted.
The questions are apt as the
U.S. closes in on a demographic
tipping point, when nonwhites
will become a majority of the
nation's population for the first
time. That dramatic shift is ex-
pected to be reached within the
next generation, and how the
Supreme Court rules could go
a long way in determining what
civil rights and equality mean
in an America long divided by

The court's five conservative
justices seem ready to declare a
new post-racial moment, point-
ing to increased levels of voter
registration and turnout among
Blacks to show that the South
has changed. Lower federal
courts just in the past year had
seen things differently, blunting
voter ID laws and other election
restrictions passed by GOP-
controlled legislatures in South
Carolina, Texas and Florida,
which they saw as discrimina-
The legal meanings of "equal-

ity," "racism" and "discrimina-
tion" have been in flux since at
least 1883, when justices struck
down a federal anti-discrimina-
tion law, calling it an unfair ra-
cial advantage for former Black
slaves. Today, justices face the
question of whether the na-
tion has reached equality by a
1960s definition or some new
By some demographic mea-
sures, America has reached a
new era. But the latest census
data and polling from The Asso-
ciated Press also show race and
class disparities that persist.
President Barack Obama, the
nation's first Black chief execu-
tive, was re-elected in Novem-
ber despite a historically low
percentage of white supporters.
He was aided by a growing bloc
of Blacks, Hispanics, Asian-
Americans and gays, and a dis-
proportionate share of women,
who together supported him by
at least a 2-to-1 margin.
Another sign of shifting times:
Among newborns, minorities
outnumbered whites for the
first time last year, the Cen-
sus Bureau reported. "The end
of the world as straight white
males know it," one newspaper
headline said on the morning
after the November election.
To Bradley Poole, 21, a senior
at the University of Texas at
Austin, racial progress is mea-
sured by the little things. An
advertising major, Poole became
a member and then president of
the school's Black Student Alli-
ance, seeking camaraderie after
noticing he often was the only
Black in his classes.
"I definitely feel the differ-
ence," he said.
The university automatically
grants admission to the top 10
percent of students in each of
the state's high schools. That
helps bring in students of differ-
ent backgrounds because Texas
high schools are highly racially
segregated, reflecting decades
of segregated neighborhoods.
Outside class, Poole says his
organization has experienced
racial incidents. One white stu-
dent ran up in "blackface" to
where members were gathered
on campus, daring them to re-
spond. A legal brief filed by the

-AP Photo/Eric Gay
In this March 5, photo, University of Texas senior Bradley Poole poses for a photo on campus near the Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. statue in Austin,Texas. Poole, an advertising major, became president of the school's Black
Student Alliance, seeking camaraderie after noticing he often was the only Black in his classes.

National Association for the Ad-
vancement of Colored People
on behalf of Poole's group lists
other racial incidents in recent
years, some of which led to sus-
pensions or public apologies.

"Racial diversity is a conver-
sation we need to have," he
Not since the tumultuous
1960s have U.S. ideals of equal-
ity been more closely contested.
Legal analysts say a Supreme
Court holding of a colorblind
Constitution, either as a matter
of law or practical effect, could
begin to emerge in two rulings
on voting rights and affirmative
action due out by late June. A
third ruling in the Michigan af-
firmative action case will come
next term.
The five conservative justices
who make up a majority could
overturn the 2003 opinion or
take a less dramatic step. The
court may opt for tighter re-

strictions that make it difficult
for colleges to consider race or
rule narrowly that in a situa-
tion like Texas, its unique top
10 percent plan is enough on
its own to achieve diversity.
In the court's other racial
case, a conservative major-
ity may declare the 1965 Vot-
ing Rights Act constitutionally'
flawed for its focus on racism
in the South but leave it up to
lawmakers to sort it out.

Has the country put its racist
past behind it? That question is
at the core of the challenge to
the Voting Rights Act. The argu-
ments before the court raised
questions about whether new,
more subtle forms of voting
discrimination have taken the
place of Jim Crow laws.
In 1870, the Constitution
guaranteed Blacks the right
to vote. But for many decades
afterward, whites in the post-
slavery South used poll tax-
es and literacy tests to block

Blacks from voting.
That changed in 1965 with
enactment of the Voting Rights
Act, which let minorities file
lawsuits against voter dis-
crimination. Section 5 of that
law went even further, requir-
ing nine states, mostly in the
South, and scores of counties
and townships in seven other
states, all with histories of dis-
enfranchisement, to get federal
approval before making any
election change. Changes can
include everything from a dif-
ferent poll location to a new po-
litical redistricting map.
The voting act was renewed by
Congress in 2006 for another 25
years. The Justice Department
and the federal courts last year
used Section 5 to block voter
restrictions in South Carolina,
Texas and parts of Florida. That
saved hundreds of thousands
of votes that would otherwise
have been lost in November,
according to the Brennan Cen-
ter for Justice. Many were cast
by Blacks and Hispanics who
turned out for Obama.

Work underway to digitize 1500s Fla. records

By Tamara Lush
A ot lied Pre s

side a Cathoic convent deep in
St. Augustine's historic district,
stacks of centuries-old, sepia-
toned papers offer clues to what
life was like for early residents of
the nation's oldest permanently
occupied city.
These parish documents date
back to 159-4. and they record the
births, deaths, marriages and bap-
tisms of the people who lived in St.
Augustine from that time through
the mid- 1700s. They re the earli-
est written documents from any
region of the U.S., according to J.
Michael Francis. a history pro-

fessor at the University of South
Francis and some of his gradu-
ate students in the Florida Studies
department have spent the past
several months digitizing the more
than 6,000 fragile pages to ensure
the contents last beyond the pa-
per's deterioration.
"The documents shed light on
aspects of Florida history that are
very difficult to reconstruct.' Fran-
cis said.
Francis' project is timely because
the state is celebrating its 500th an-
niversary this year.
The documents are yellowed with
age and many have worn edges that
resemble lace. Francis said that in
previous decades, someone tired to

preserve the documents by essential-
ly shrink-wrapping them in plastic
- but it's destroying the paper faster
due to acids and the plastic used.
While the parish there began in
1565 the same year St. Augustine
was founded by, Spanish explorer
Don Pedro Menendez de A\iles
records from its first 29 \ears are
missing for unknown reasons. The
documents are continuous from
1594 through 1763. which is the
year the British took over the city.
Spanish colonialists shipped the
records to Cuba and they remained
there for more than a century. A
Catholic bishop had all of the re-
cords sent back to the St. Augustine
by 1906
Francis said the documents

surprised him by revealing what a
diverse place St. Augustine was in
the late 16th and early 17th Cen-
turies. By reading the records in
Spanish, Francis has pieced to-
gether tales of Irish priests. Span-
ish missionaries, Nautve Americans.
He's discovered family tragedies
and stories of freed slaves.
"Slaves who escaped plantations
in Georgia, South Carolina, North
Carolina, slaves in fact who had
come all the way from New York
City, to come to St. Augustine," he
said. "And when you read those,
one immediately begins to imag-
ine a situation in which they're in
these plantations, and they decide,
one day, to try to escape and make
their way to St. Augustine."



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By Aaron Deslatte

Legislature is halfway through
a 60-day session that has al-
ready debated everything from
ethics, elections and education
reforms to banning Internet ca-
fes, expanding health care and
allowing 2-quart jugs of beer.
But most of the major is-
sues and the final decisions
on winners and losers from
Medicaid expansion to state-
pension reform and auto- and
home-insurance changes, are
heading for down-to-the-wire
finishes in the final weeks be-
fore the May 3 adjournment.
So far, Central Florida po-
litical leaders are big winners,
with millions of dollars for con-
struction projects stuffed into
the budget, That might not ex-
tend to Orlando Mayor Buddy
Dyer, who's being edged off the
board of a new regional trans-
portation authority in order
to appease Osceola, Seminole
and Lake counties fearful of too
much Orange County control of
toll dollars.
And as usual in the Re-
publican-controlled Capitol,
Democrat-rich Broward and
Palm Beach have again come
up short when it comes to
earmarks otherwise liberally
strewn along the Interstate 4
corridor, Miami-Dade and the
Panhandle district of Senate
President Don Gaetz, R-Nicev-
It's been a mixed bag for Gov.
Rick Scott, who is getting the
teacher pay raises he lobbied
for but not the business-tax
breaks or incentives.
And it's been a loser for the
uninsured, who are watching
their political leadership punt
on a federally funded Medic-
aid expansion that would have
added one million more people
to the Medicaid rolls.
Though it's possible House
and Senate Republicans may
devise a private-sector alterna-
tive to draw down $51 billion in
federal dollars available during
the next decade, Scott has all
but abandoned his headline-
grabbing decision to push for
expanding Medicaid.
"I have not heard from the
governor on Medicaid expan-
sion," House Speaker Will
Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel,
said last week.
House Democrats who are
withholding support for the
budget over the Medicaid
standoff said the governor was
compromising his credibility by
not being more engaged on the
"The governor probably does
need to work harder from his
bully pulpit to make sure that
it happens if he thinks it's im-
portant," said House Minority
Leader Perry Thurston, D-Plan-
tation. "I can tell you this: We
think it's important."
Here's a summary of who's
winning and losing at the ses-
sion's midpoint:

Public universities got ham-
mered last year with $300
million in cuts to their budget
reserves. This year, the gover-
nor and lawmakers have made
good on their pledge to return
that money plus some.
The Senate's $74.3 billion
spending plan gives $45 million
in new "performance funding"
for high-demand academic pro-
grams and an additional $30
million in "pre-eminence" fund-
ing to help the University of
Florida and Florida State Uni-
versity improve their national
rankings among research uni-
The House goes even bigger.
Once a six percent tuition in-
crease that would raise $37
million is included, funding
would increase 17 percent ver-
sus the current year, or $200
The House also includes $65
million in "performance" fund-
ing and $42.5 million in "pre-
eminence" funding for FSU and
The Florida College System
would get a 3.3 percent state-
funding boost and an addition-
al $52.8 million from the tu-
ition hike equaling.an overall

funding increase of 4.5 percent.

The Legislature is poised to

pass an elections-reform bill
that will expand early voting
and allow more locations for
casting early ballots. The Sen-
ate bill (SB 600) drew Demo-
cratic scorn last week because
it doesn't mandate 14 days of
early voting but leaves it to
counties. The House bill (HB

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Florida and other civil-rights
groups support it, and its final
passage is assured.

With increased numbers
come more leverage to influence
budget and election reforms,



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arts education. But the good
vibe could unravel over Medic-

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the plug on the old-school "de-
fined benefit" pension system
for new hires, though the Sen-
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employees now enrolled in the
state's $127 billion pension fund
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By Malika A. Wright
mwright@miaintimesonime .com

Hundreds of Miami residents came
together on April 4 to honor Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr., at Reclaim the
Dream: Building on the Future, the
10th annual MLK march and candle-
light memorial service in Liberty City,

which recognized the 45th anniversary
of King's assassination.
King once said "no person has the
right to rain on your dreams" and
although the forecast predicted a rain
storm, residents, organizations and
community leaders, came together to
prove that his dream still lives on.
The event sponsored by Martin


Luther King Economic Development
Corporation, the City of Miami, the Be-
lafonte Tacolcy Center and Miami-Dade
County started with a ceremonial
march led by the Beta Beta Lambda
Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
a prayer and a recital of King's famous
"1 Have A Dream" speech. And although
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Featured poets are photographed at the spoken word experience for women.

Spoken word event honors

Women's History Month

Mentoring program raises funds 1 O N

By Malika A. Wright
Words of truth, self-love,
strength and beauty, spoken
in honor of women, filled the
dimly-lit Bohemia Room, which
was packed with "fly" young
professionals recently.
The Bohemia Room and
Honey Shine, Inc., a girls men-
toring program, sponsored the
spoken word experience called

"To Her, With Love," which
celebrated Women's History
Month and raised funds for
Honey Shine. The event was
hosted by Tracy Mourning, the
founder of Honey Shine; Ingrid
B, the organizer of the Bohemia
room; and the ladies of Ethnic-
ity Models.
"I think it's beautiful that
we have Women's History
Month, but I think we should
celebrate women all year long

Founder of Honey Shine Organizer of Bohemia Room

. because if we take care of
our women, we take care of our
world," Mourning said.
While acknowledging the
"amazing women" in her life
who have helped her embrace
her life experiences and under-
stand her self-worth, Mourning
also spoke of the importance of
educating and exposing young
girls to different aspects of
life to empower their futures,

which is the mission of Honey
"It is because of those amaz-
ing women that I am able to
stand before anyone, presi-
dents, whomever it may be and
be OK ... because I know my
truth and my truth is some-
thing bigger than anything
anyone could ever tell me and
that's what I want our girls
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Church celebrates

6oth anniversary
Westview finds encouragement
from past experiences

By Malika A. Wright
Four years ago, when Rev.
A.D. Lenoir, Sr., 30, became
the pastor of Westview Bap-
tist Church, it had at most
seven members. The church
that was around for decades
had undergone a trying time
and a great period of strug-

gle because of issues that it
faced in the past.
Although Lenoir was only
26 years old at the time, he
was selected from a group of
more than 10 other minis-
ters to lead the church.
Since then, Lenoir has
watched the church grow,
physically, spiritually
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and financially.
Last month, the church cele-
brated its 60th Anniversary. It
is during the church's anniver-
saries that Lenoir and church
members reflect on "what the
Lord has done for them" and
"how the Lord has brought
them from then to now." Re-
flecting on the church's past
experiences inspires and mo-

tivates Lenoir and members of
[Our anniversary] is a very
serious time for us, but it is
also a time of great praise be-
cause although we've gone
through ups and downs and
we've gone through trails and
tests, we still come out trium-
phant," Lenoir said.
At the church's 60th anni-
versary celebration they invit-
ed former and founding mem-
bers, including guest speaker

Pastor Joe Adams, who leads a
church in Athens, GA.
Adams told the church of
their history, describing the
church members and the area
that the church had been
located in since 1955. The
church and a nearby elemen-
tary school were the only build-
ings that were in the area at
the time.
Lenoir has recognized that
although the church building's
surroundings had changed, the

spirit of the members hasn't.
The founding church members
were described as praisers and
givers, who not only gave their
time, but they also gave their
talent and treasure.
"The same spirit that was
there remains," Lenoir said.

Presently, the church has fo-
cused on bringing more people
to Christ, by setting a goal to.

have 100 people baptized this
year, which will increase the
number of people who were
baptized at the church to
1,000 people.
Another method of evange-
lizing is the church's "drive
to five" campaign, which has
helped the congregation grow
seven times greater. That is
when church members are en-
couraged to invite five friends
to church each week.
Lenoir's goal is for Westview

to become a community church
and for him to be a community
pastor. He also believes to tru-
ly impact the church and the
community, he must also be a
community leader. Therefore,
he is running for Miami-Dade
commissioner of District num-
ber 2 in 2014.
"When you better the com-
munity, you don't only
strengthen it alone, but you
also better the church," Lenoir

"To her, with love" was a motivational celebration of womanhood

continued from 10B

to know."

Attendees were able to sign
up to volunteer or to become a
sponsor for the program.

"We can get our nails done,
we can get our hair done . .
and do all of that great stuff,
us, girls like, but it really is
about service," Mourning said,
to the crowd. "It's about mak-
ing a difference in somebody
else's life and that's what to-
night is all about."
The audience showed an ap-

preciation for spoken word as
much as they did for service.
They intently listened to the
stories that the poets told,
which included topics, such
as: embracing natural hair, liv-
ing a life led by faith in God,
leaving an unfulfulling partner
and domestic violence.
"I'm just glad I caught this

ahead of time or I could of been
dead in time and this rhyme
would of never reached you .
. So I use this piece to teach
you/ that you don't need him to
complete you," the poet named
Red Writing Hood, proclaimed
in her poem about surviving an
abusive relationship.
The event featured other po-

ets, such as: Maha Adachi,
Flow Diva, Poettis and Anta-
li. Some attendees also per-
formed. The music that was
played between performances
was provided by DJ OHSO.
Many of the women who vol-
unteer for the program were in
the audience. Marsha Augus-
tin, 23, a Honey Shine mentor,

regarded the event's success.
She was grateful that it had
targeted and given apprecia-
tion for Honey Shine's mentors
and young professionals. She
started volunteering for Honey
Shine in November, and since
then, she has witnessed the
impact that the program is

Reclaim the Dream: Building on the future

continued from 10B

more activities were scheduled
to take place including a
Gospel concert, featuring Kar-
en Clark Sheard and Malcolm
Hawkins due to the weather,
which brought about technical
difficulties, the show did not go
Yet, attendees continued to
celebrate the life of King through
"We do this event each year
to bring the community to-
gether, to honor Dr. King, to re-
member what he stood for, why
we're here and to help everyone
have a renewed spirit of what
his dream was," said Christine
King, esq., the director of the
event and the president/CEO
of the Martin Luther King Eco-
nomic Development Center.
She recognized that there's

still a lot of work to be done,
there's a lot of violence going on,
however King shares that there
were no violent incidents at any
of the services for the past ten
years. She also describes the
event as a holistic and unifying
experience that is held to uplift
the community.
"We lock arms and come to-
gether, which shows that we as
a community are more than vio-
Anderson Eldridge, president
of the Beta Beta Lambda chap-
ter, said that recognizing Dr.
King is important to his chapter
because of King's impact during
the civil rights movement and
because he was also a part of
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.'
"Every- year when we see the
people smile and clap during
our procession, it is always
a good feeling and it shows
[us] that the community is

coming together."
Leora Whitaker, 72, who at-
tended the beginning of the
event with a couple of friends,
said she was thankful for King
for many reasons, including the
love he had for all people, his
dream of different races coming
together, his Christian faith and
his righteous lifestyle.
"We needed somebody to
show us the way and help us,
because no matter how much
we know we don't know it all
and I thank God for Dr. Martin
Luther King."
Other community members,
including LaTousha Daniels,
Rev. Hariette Wilson-Greene
and Angela Canty, attended
the event, to commemorate the
life of Dr. King and to enjoy the
scheduled Gospel concert.
Karen Clark Sheard, four-
time Grammy Award-winning
music artist, described the

event as great, even though it
was cut short.
"I was honored to be asked to
be involved and I'm always open
to be a part of a worthy cause
because MLK paved the way
for everybody in all facets of life
and . of ministry."
Rev. Robert Jackson of St.
Paul A.M.E. Church, who was
scheduled to speak at the
event, believes that the effort,
although there was an inter-
ruption brought on by rain, was
"Well it's important just to
make the sacrifice because of
the sacrifice that Dr. King made
for all of us," he said. "Even
though it was an unwitting sac-
rifice, it was a sacrifice nonethe-
less and part of our community
has to begin to understand how
important sacrifices are, ,even
in the midst of things that may
come up against us."

First Thessalonians Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
celebrate Pastor Quinton C.
Pinkston's 10th pastoral anni-
versary. Call 305-754-0405.

- New Corinth Baptist
Church will host a Gospel Pro-
gram on April -13 at 7:30p.m.,
featuring special guest Gos-
pel Excitement. Call 786-447-

M Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church will hold the
Seaboard Baptist Association
Christian Education Depart-
ment Annual Luncheon on April
13 at 12a.m.-2:30p.m. Call

I Joel Osteen Ministries
will hold an evening of celebra-
tion and hope at Marlins Park
on April 20.

a The Bethune-Cookman

University Concert Chorale
will host a concert at First Bap-
tist Church Piney Grove on April
21 at 4p.m. Call 954-735-6289.

M Sweet Home Mission-
ary Baptist Church will hold
a Christian entertainment com-
edy showcase, featuring Lina
Michelle Davis on May 10. Call

Second Chance Min-
istries to host a Bible study
meeting. Call 305-747-8495.

A A Mission With A New
Beginning Church Women's
Department provides com-
munity feeding. Call 786-371-

0 Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist Church will host
a bereavement sharing group
at 3 p.m.-4:30p.m. every 2nd
Sunday. Call 305-634-2993.

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Making sense of Social Security and Medicare

By Jennifer Waters

Social Security, Medicare and
other earned benefits make up,
by far, the largest portion of the
federal government's expenses.
They also are among the most
We are starting an occasional
series to help you better un-
derstand your benefits. We'll
answer your specific questions
related to Medicare, Medicaid,
estate taxes, retirement dis-
bursement accounts, pensions
and how government interven-
tion, inaction or overreaction
will affect the rest of your life.
Q: Will I receive Social Secu-
rity benefits?
A: That's a big "It depends."
If you're over 65, no sweat. If
you're 45-65, you might see
some changes from the relative-
ly generous benefits enjoyed by
your parents. If you're under 45,
you have plenty to worry about.
The problem is more money
is being paid out of the system
than is going in. The shortfall,
now about $200 billion a year,
is being made up by drawing on
the $2.73 trillion Social Security
Trust Fund.
The fund is U.S. government
bonds that have been bought
by the Social Security Adminis-
tration for 30 years with money
paid by baby boomers. They
have spent most of their work-

ing lives paying more into the
system than it spent.
The extra money was lent to
the government, which used it
to offset some of the huge defi-
cits of the 1980s and 2000s.
(Without the overpayments,
the government surplus in the
late 1990s wouldn't have hap-
Now, the retiring boomers are
taking out more than younger
workers are putting in. Accord-
ing to current estimates, the
trust fund could be fully tapped
as soon as 2033.
Q: So what's going to hap-
A: Time is running out, and
the gridlock in Washington isn't
Among possible solutions?
Changing the way cost-of-living
adjustments are figured, reduc-
ing benefits slightly now, but far
more over the long haul. Other
suggestions range from rais-
ing the eligibility age.to 70, to
reducing benefits for wealthier
retirees, to raising taxes.
Count on Social Security,
in one form or another, being
around for a long, long time.
But don't count on it to be as
generous as it was in the past.
Q:What can I do about that?
A: Save. Save. And save some
more. Social Security was al-
ways meant to be a supple-
ment to savings, family support

and pensions. A recent survey
from Banker's Life and Casu-
alty found that two-thirds of
middle-income wage earners
believe Social Security will pay
at least half and some as much
as 75 percent of their retire-
ment costs. Some Americans
consider Social Security their
major income stream during re-
tirement. Bad idea.
Social Security alone isn't go-
ing to cover the lifestyles they
are accustomed to not in-
cluding health-care costs.
Q: Speaking of health care.
I understand Medicare is in
worse shape than Social Secu-
A: You bet it is. The Govern-
ment Accountability Office es-
timates the 75-year funding
gap will be a staggering $76.4
trillion. The Medicare Secu-
rity Trust Fund could run dry
as soon as 2016, according to
a 2011 report from the trust-
ees. And the system is rife with
fraud and abuse, costing us
nearly $100 billion a year-yes,
a year-according to some con-
gressional estimates.
To make matters worse, the
government can't seem to get
its long-term projections in line.
Just last month, the Congres-
sional Budget Office slashed its
10-year budget projection by
$143 billion, or 2.2 percent. It
noted that spending was "signif-

Research shows ADOLESCENT
Research shows SEXUAL ACTIVITY

sexual activity

amongst young

teens unlikely

Incidence is "minuscule' but many

think otherwise

By Michelle Healy

The notion that the youngest
adolescents ages 10 to 12 -
are more sexually active today
than in the past is greatly ex-
aggerated, says a new report in
the April issue of Pediatrics, re-
leased online.
It finds that among both boys
and girls, only 0.6 percent of
10-year-olds, 1.1 percent of
11-year-olds and 2.4 percent
of 12-year-olds, have had sex,
and the incidence of pregnancy
among girls age 12 or younger
"is minuscule."
The study also finds that sex
among very young adolescents
is frequently involuntary; 62
percent of girls who had sex by
age 10 say their first encoun-
ter was coerced. Coercion was
also cited by 50 percent of those
who had sex by age 11 and 23
percent who had sex by age 12.
"When you look at some poll-

ing data of the general public,
there are chunks of Americans
who believe most (young teens)
are having sex," says lead au-
thor Lawrence Finer, director of
domestic research for the Gutt-
macher Institute, a non-profit
that studies reproductive and
sexual health. "But it was never
the case .. and these are long-
term patterns," he says. At no
time in the past 50 years did
more than 10 percent of girls
have sex by their 14th birthday,
he adds.
Although the number of teens
who have sex at the very young-
est ages is small, the finding
that it is very often coerced
points to an additional public
health concern that.health care
providers should be aware of,
Finer says.
Other studies have also found
that younger teens are not as
sexually active as popular opin-
ion sometimes suggests. But

Contrary to popular belief,
sexual activity among very
young adolescents is not
more prevalent today than in
the past, says a report in Pe-
diatrics magazine The study
also finds that sex among
the same group is frequently

of 12-year-olds

of 14-year-olds

of 16-year-olds
SURCE rFEOi ml -:r

"there's more detail here in this
new study, with numbers going
back to age 10, and (the data) is
much more recent, which is im-
portant," says Bill Albert, chief
program officer of the National
Campaign to Prevent Teen and
Unplanned Pregnancy. He was
not involved in the study.
The analysis uses newly
available public data on sexual
initiation (defined as vaginal
intercourse), contraceptive use
and pregnancy among ado-
lescents ages 10-19 from the
2006-2010 National Survey of
Family Growth, conducted by
the National Center for Health
Statistics, and other sources.
It shows that by middle ado-

More foster families needed

By Tonya Alanez

During the past 17 years,
Dorothy Alvarez has opened her
West Palm Beach home to near-
ly two dozen foster children.
She adopted one, but the ma-
jority move on. Many maintain
regular contact, she says, but
others reappear out of the blue
years later by way of graduation
invitations, holiday cards, and
requests for lunch dates.
"They're always in your heart,"
said Alvarez, 52. "Just remem-
ber, whatever you give them,
they'll take with them and they
will use it in lifetime."
To address the need for foster
families, state child-welfare of-
ficials have kicked off an aware-
ness and recruitment cam-
paign designed to demystify the
training and licensing process.
The campaign includes a com-
munity outreach blitz of radio
and television public service
announcements, newspaper in-
serts and grass roots efforts.

About 400 children in Bro-
ward and Miami Dade coun-
ties are currently in state care
awaiting placement in loving
homes. Statewide the number

stands at nearly 2,100. More
than 5,500 children currently
live with foster families across
the state.
"Here in the southeast region
we are lagging in foster-par-
ent recruitment," said Dennis
Miles, the state Department of
Children & Families' managing
director for the Treasure Coast,
Broward and Palm Beach coun-
ties. "For whatever reason, we
have a net loss in how many
foster parents we have avail-
Broward, Palm Beach and Mi-
ami-Dade counties because
they encompass large urban
areas are among the state's
regions with the highest count
of foster children needing place-
It takes between four and six
months to complete the train-
ing and licensing process.

"It isn't something that can
be done really quickly, but it is
something that is very doable
and it is not a path that they
have to walk alone," said Wendy
Smith, director of foster home
recruitment and qualityfor
ChildNet, the nonprofit agency
responsible for managing Bro-

ward and Palm Beach counties'
child welfare systems.
In a tandem effort to decrease
the number of hoops foster par-
ents must jump through, a state
bill (SB 164) dubbed the "Per-
mission to Parent" or "Normal-
cy" bill was approved Wednes-
day by the Florida Senate. The
bill was approved weeks earlier
by the House.
The bill would relax the rules
that restrict foster-child partici-
pation in after-school and extra-
curricular activities, including
sports, baby-sitting, part-time
jobs, dating and sleepovers. It
would give foster parents more
autonomy and foster children
more opportunities, advocates

Approval from caseworkers or
the courts is often required now
if a foster child wants to take
part in such activities. The new
law would allow foster parents
to decide without prior consent.
"Foster parents will stay if
they're valued and trusted to
make these day-to-day deci-
sions, what we call parent-
ing," said Alan Abramowitz,
executive director of the state's
Guardian Ad Litem program.

lescence, sexual activity is more
common among teens but only
for a minority (5.4 percent of
13-year-olds; 11 percent of
14-year-olds; 20 percent of
15-year-olds; 33 percent of
16-year-olds ). Although more
than half of older teens (ages 17
to 19) have had sex, 25 percent
of both males and females have
not had sex by age 20.
The report also finds that
contraceptive use is common
among sexually active teens.
Usage rates at the time of the
first sexual encounter among
girls as young as 15 (80 per-
cent) are similar to those for 17-
to 18-year-olds (85 percent).

Medicare will not cover long-
term care, in a nursing facil-
ity or at home, for those who
are disabled or unable to care
for themselves.
Part C is called Medicare Ad-
vantage and allows you to re-
ceive all your medical services
through a certain provider,
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some form of Medicare will be
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Governor does about-face on Obama

But a divided Legislature could still

make it a losing situation for millions

By D. Kevin McNeir

Republican governors like
Florida's Rick Scott are slowly
realizing that opposing Presi-
dent Barack Obama's health
care law the Affordable Care
Act may be both political sui-
cide and bad for hundreds of
thousands of citizens who lack

health care.
If a state accepts, the feder-
al government will pay the full
costs of newly eligible Medicaid
beneficiaries for three years,
beginning in 2014. After that,
the percentage would eventu-
ally drop to 90 percent. If states
don't expand Medicaid, millions
of people earning less than the
poverty line who aren't eligible

for the program may be left
without health insurance.
Enter Governor Rick Scott
- Florida's self-appointed pied
piper who scoffed at the Afford-
able Care Act in 2010. Scott,
a former health care execu-
tive and multimillionaire, has
berated the President and his
plan time and time again, vow-
ing in typical tea party fashion
that he would never "accept
Obamacare in his state," even
describing the health care plan
as a "job killer." Readers may

' -r Voters rejected it hands down.

L 1But then, that was his posi-
S tion two years ago. Today as he
Prepares for a tough reelection
campaign that will almost as-
l *suredly pit him against former
NEASMAN SCOTT Florida governor, Charlie Crist
the Republican turned In-
recall that Scott led the charge dependent turned Democrat
for a constitutional amend- Scott seems to have finally
ment that aimed to undermine gotten the memo. During his
the implementation of the plan. first run for governor, besides

t's plan
spending millions of his own
money to fund his campaign,
the novice politician Scott sided
with those who were willing to
fight the Affordable Care Act.
Now Scott, along with the gov-
ernors of Ohio, Michigan, New
Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and
North Dakota, has agreed to ex-
pand the Medicaid program in
Florida. Other Republicans are
studying it too. The shift from
their staunch conservatism
is in direct contrast to their
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Residents may be eligible for

health-care tax credits in 2014

Tax breaks could help

pay for health policy

By William E. Gibson

WASHINGTON Having trouble
finding affordable health insurance?
You may be one of 1.7 million low-
to middle-income Floridians eligible for
tax-credit subsidies worth thousands
of dollars a year to help you pay for
health care coverage under the Afford-
able Care Act, starting in 2014.
These tax credits will be available to a
wide range of Floridians, most of them
working families who make $32,500 to

"So individuals don't have to front the full premium and
then wait for.reimbursement.
"That's a huge benefit for the consumer."
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

and Florida Democrats in Congress
are spreading the word about these
often-overlooked tax credits, hoping to
reassure consumers and rouse public
support for the controversial law, com-
monly known as "Obamacare," that re-
quires most adults to purchase health
insurance by Jan. 1. They say the tax
credits will make coverage affordable

fect Jan. 1. Many of those not insured
through their employers are expected
to use an online "exchange," or market-
place, to compare policies and prices
and select a package of benefits.

Uncle Sam will send tax credits to
insurance companies to partially pay
for policies that eligible individuals or
families select, and the policyholders
will pay the remaining premium.
The 1.73 million consumers in Flori-
da who will be eligible include 163,430
in Broward County and 106,900 in
Palm Beach County, the group esti-
mated. Miami-Dade County and Mon-
roe County combined will have the
most eligible: 262,710.
About 87 percent of the potential
beneficiaries statewide, are working
families in which at least one person
has a full or part-time job, the report
"We all know these neighbors," said
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. "They
are young people starting new careers.
They are families where maybe they do
offer insurance at the office, but it is so
astronomical right now that they can't
afford it and decide that paying the rent
and grocery bills are more important
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$94,200 a year. Individuals who make
$15,860 to $45,960 a year also will
be eligible.
More than a half-million consumers
in South Florida and about a quarter-
million in Central Florida will be able to
use the tax credits to cover significant
portions of their premiums starting
Jan. 1, according to a report released
last Tuesday by Families USA, an ad-
vocacy group.

Promoters of the new health care law

for many who today earn middle-class
incomes, but are uninsured or strug-
gling to pay for insurance.
"It's important to note that these tax
credits are immediate, and they trans-
fer directly to the insurance provider,"
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
D-Weston, told reporters. "So individu-
als don't have to front the full premium
and then wait for reimbursement.
"That's a huge benefit for the con-
Enrollment begins Oct. 1 for coverage
under the health care law that takes ef-

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Alfayate with the President's Award.

NSMC's Jaime Alfayate

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North Shore Medical Center's Di-
rector of Facility Management and
Safety Officer Receives Hospital
President's Award
North Shore Medical Center Chief
Executive Officer Manny Linares
recently recognized Jaime Alfayate,
the hospital's director of facility
management and safety officer, as
the 2012 recipient of the hospital's
annual President's Award for his
outstanding work and accomplish-
ments throughout the year.

In his leadership role at North
Shore Medical Center as director of
facility management and safety of-
ficer, Alfayate is responsible for the
management of construction proj-
ects, the bio medical department,
as well as the overall maintenance
and security of the facility. Alfayate,
who has been with North Shore for
nearly 11 years, is also a licensed
Healthcare Risk Manager as well as
a Certified Healthcare Safety Pro-

Obama has ambitious, $looM brain mapping project

Treatments for autism, Alzheimer's,

paralysis all stand to see progress

By Associated Press

Barack Obama last Tuesday
proposed an effort to map the
,brain's activity in unprec-
edented detail, as a step to-
ward finding better ways to
treat such conditions as Al-
zheimer's, autism, stroke and
traumatic brain injuries.
He asked Congress to spend
$100 million next year to start
a project that will explore de-
tails of the brain, which con-
tains 100 billion cells and tril-
lions of connections.
That's a relatively small in-
vestment for the federal gov-
ernment less than a fifth of
what NASA spends every year
just to study the sun but
it's too early to determine how
Congress will react.
Obama said the so-called
BRAIN Initiative could cre-

ate jobs, and told scientists
gathered in the White House's
East Room that the research
has the potential to improve
the lives of billions of people
"As humans we can iden-
tify galaxies light-years away,"
Obama said. "We can study
particles smaller than an
atom, but we still haven't
unlocked the mystery of the
three pounds of matter that
sits between our ears."
Scientists unconnected to
the project praised the idea.
BRAIN stands for Brain Re-
search through Advancing
Innovative Neurotechnolo-
gies. The idea, which Obama
first proposed in his State of
the Union address, would re-
quire the development of new
technology that can record
the electrical activity of indi-
vidual cells and complex neu-

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President Obama unveiled a $100 million proposal for a
new project to map the human brain in hopes of finding
cures for diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and to
reverse the effect of traumatic brain injuries.

ral circuits in the brain "at the
speed of thought," the White
House said.
Obama wants the initial
$100 million investment to
support research at the Na-
tional Institutes of Health, the

Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency and the Na-
tional Science Foundation.
He also wants private compa-
nies, universities and philan-
thropists to partner with the
federal agencies in support of

the research. And he wants a
study of the ethical, legal and
societal implications of the re-
The goals of the work are
unclear at this point. A work-
ing group at NIH, co-chaired
by Cornelia "Cori" Bargmann
of The Rockefeller University
and William Newsome of Stan-
ford University, would work on
defining the goals and develop
a multi-year plan to achieve
them that included cost esti-
The $100 million request is
"a pretty good start for getting
this project off the ground,"
Dr. Francis Collins, director
of the National Institutes of
Health told reporters in a con-
ference call.
While the ultimate goal ap-
plies to the human brain,
some work will be done in
simpler systems of the brains
of animals like worms, flies
and mice, he said.
Collins said new under-
standings about how the brain

works may also provide leads
for developing better comput-
Brain scientists unconnect-
ed with the project were en-
"This is spectacular," said
David Fitzpatrick, scientific
director and CEO of the Max
Planck Florida Institute for
Neuroscience in Jupiter, Fla.,
which focuses on studying
neural circuits and struc-
While current brain-scan-
ning technologies can reveal
the average activity of large
populations of brain cells,
the new project is aimed at
tracking activity down to the
individual cell and the tiny
details of cell connections, he
said. It's "an entirely different
scale," he said, and one that
can pay off someday in treat-
ments for a long list of neuro-
logical and psychiatric disor-
ders including schizophrenia,
Parkinson's, depression, epi-
lepsy and autism.


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14B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 10-16, 2013

1.7M eligible for tax credit in FL

continued from 13B

priorities. They are folks in the
tourism industry who often
don't have affordable health
care available."
The tax credits are intend-
ed to help those who make
138 percent to 400 percent of
the federal poverty level. For
this year, that's $32,500 to
$94,200 for a family of four
and $15,860 to $45,960 for in-
Those who make less than

those ranges will be eligible for
Medicaid, but the Florida Leg-
islature is still debating wheth-
er and how to expand its rolls.
The amount of tax credits
will be determined on a slid-
ing scale based on income
and family size. The credits
presume purchase of a mid-
range-coverage plan; subsi-
dized consumers would need
to pay more out of pocket if
they choose a more expensive
Total subsidies could mount
to $11,000 and beyond.

Here are some examples cit-
ed in the report:
A single woman with no
children and an annual in-
come of $23,000 would pay
about $1,450 for a relatively
low-cost insurance plan or
$121 a month. The remainder
of her premium would be cov-
ered by a tax credit of $3,550.
A family of four with an an-
nual income of $35,300 would
pay about $1,410 or $118 a
month and the remainder of
its premium would be covered
by a tax credit of $11,090.

Scott sides with Obama's stance

continued from 13B

party's base that won seats in
2010 by opposing Obama's
health plan, immigration and
voting rights.

It's tough to pinpoint why
Scott has suddenly switched
teams and decided that the
Obama health care plan is a
good one and makes sense for
Floridians. However, some crit-
ics say that given his experi-
ence in the health care industry
- an industry that is the larg-
est employer in many states -
even if Scott should lose in next
year's election, taking federal
Medicaid dollars can't hurt his
chances of getting a lucrative
position in his former profes-
Here's what Scott says:
"I think this is* a common-
sense solution to dealing with
this for the next three years
where it will give us the time
to think about how we can im-
prove the system. The state is
obligated to help the poorest
and weakest among us. While
the federal government is com-
mitted to pay 100 percent of
the cost, I cannot, in good con-
science, deny Floridians the
needed access to health care."
But even with this recent re-
versal, Scott points out that

the Republican-controlled Leg-
islature will ultimately decide
whether or not his proposal
should be implemented. That
seems to be his way of hedging
his bets because unlike gover-
nors like Arizona's Jan Brewer
who has changed her position
and is now pushing legislators

to follow suit, Scott seems re-
luctant to go on the offensive.
Already partisan bickering
has erupted in Tallahassee over
competing proposals to pass up
billions of federal dollars all to-
gether or to accept the money
but redirect it into private in-

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue.

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Hour of Prayer 6:30 a .m. Early Morning Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Youth Ministry Study, Wed 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study, Wed 7 p.m.
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3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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21/I1 N.W. 56th Street
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Dr. George Simpson
Dr. Dazelle Simpson

Meharry Medical College Students

Friday, April 19, 2013 :: 7-11 pm

Hyatt Regency Miami
400 SE Second Avenue :: Miami, FL

Call 301-385-0872 or
240-205-1746 for tickets $150

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retired clerk-
tax assessor
for Miami-
Dade died April
5. Survivors
include her
daughter, Alice
N. Kelly; sons;
Gerald C. Reed
(Mae); Robert B. Bradley (Mary);
and a host of other relatives and
friends. Service 12:00pm Saturday
at Greater New Macedonia M. B

died April 6.
include her
Jerrie Allen
and Gale
Leonard Rolle;
son, Raymond
Leon Leonard Jr.,(Florient);
six grandchildren; eight great
grandchildren; one great, great
grand; brothers, John, Bill, Bennie
and Caries Allen; sisters, Mary
Holloway, Eloise Davis, Regina
Slaughter, and Ann Robinson.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New
Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of

GERARD CENNITUS, 74, tailor,
died March 31. Final rites and
burial in Newark, New Jersey.

computer specialist, died April 1.
Final rites and burial in Philadelphia,

Hadley Davis MLK
laborer died I
March 30.

died April 5 at
North Shore
Medical Cente
Service 11 a.m
Saturday in the

died April 5
at Aventura
Ho s pital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

07I-.- i

TUFF, 65,

engineer, died
April 8 at home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at The
House of God
Miracle Revival

March 28. Services were held.

SYBIL HARRIS, 89, died March
28. Services were held.

March 26. Services were held.

JAMES McGRAW, 81, died
March 23. Services were held.

March 28. Services were held.

April 2 at Hialeah
Ho s p it a I .
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at New
Mt. Zion M.B.C.

Nakia Ingraham
April 1 at Memorial Hospital Pem-
broke. Service 10 a.m., Sunday
at North Miami Seventh Adventist

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
ISIAH SHARPE, 39, laborer,
died April 3
at Jackson
North Hospital. -
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

March 25. Services were held.

FRANCES MACK, 85, died
March 24. Services were held.

March 28. Services were held.

Wright and Young
restaurant cook, .
died April 4 at St.
Mary's Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Rock of Ages H .

26, died April
5 at. Baptist
H hospital. .
Service 1 p.m., -.
Saturday at 93rd
St. Community
Baptist Church.

26, correctional
officer, died April
5.. Survivors:
p a r e n t s,
E a r nesting
Thompson and
Jeremy, Amari,
Peter, Kassandra; aunt, Marie
Thompson and a host of other
relatives. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Antioch ".F:'.:r.., .
Church of Miami Gardens

30, truck driver, died April 2.
Arrangements are incomplete.

Casey Myers
54, retired,
died April 1
at University
Miami Hospital.
children, -
Kanethea and
Eaton (Lydia)
Haughton; siblings, Charlene,
Rebecca, Kim, Rubin, Charles, Jr.
McDowell; godchildren, Brianna,
Bernard Harris and a host of other
relatives and friends. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Gospel Arena
International Ministries, 7511 NW
7th Avenue, Miami, FL.

Eric L. Wilson

Thomas Sr.,;
children, Tonya,

Jr., Drew and
Calvin; grandchildren, Branden,
Natayah, Nathaniel Ill, Rakyla,
Jaylah, Taisyn and Tailah. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at New Way
Fellowship Baptist Church.

correctional of-
ficer, died April
3 at North Shore II
Hospital. Memo-
rial service 11 r
a.m., Saturday a

nesses King-
dom Hall, 6900
NW 27 Avenue.

Obituaries are due

by 4:30 p.m.,


Call 305-694-6210

Grace In Memoriam In Memoriam Deke Richards,

died April 7
at Jackson
North Hospital.
service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Dade Memorial

JAMES PARHAM, 79, teacher,
died March 18 at Broward Gen-
eral Medical Center. Services were

PATRICIA GRAY, 79, teacher,
died March 18 at North Broward
Medical Center. Services were

caregiver, died March 24 at Indian
River Medical Center. Services
were held.

FRANK MATWA, 66, logistics
manager, died March 26 at Flori-
da Medical Center. Services were

DONALD FUNK, 90, pilot, died
March 25 at Places at Vero Beach
ALF. Services were held.

BRIAN BROWN, 57, tile layer,
died March 24 at Florida medical
Center. Services are incomplete.

RIXON RAFTER, 78, manager,
died March 22 at Hospice by the
Sea. Services are incomplete.

todian, died March 22 at Jackson
Health Systems. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Miami Shores Chris-
tian Church.

JANET SHAW, 74, appliance
store manager, died March 29 at
home. Services are incomplete.

retired mail man, died March 28
at Ft. Lauderdale Health. Services

homemaker, died April 5 at home.
Services are incomplete.

JOSEPH DELER, 66, security
officer, died April 6 at Memorial
West. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
April 20 First Baptist Church of SW

Death Notice

LEWIS, 50, restaurant
manager, died April 7 at
Memorial West Hospital.
Service 12 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel. Arrangements
entrusted to Grace Funeral

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
'- ._ -^.. t UT

05/15/1924 04/15/2012

Carolyn Moma, I miss you
and love you abundantly.
It's been one year, Mama. I
have your features, wisdom
and your grace. It keeps me
strong from day to day.
Elizabeth Moma, it's only
been one year, but it seems
so long. Thinking of the good
times and the laughter along
with God's help that's what
keeps me strong.
Shirlene Moma, seems like
your presence is always near.
I did what you told me to do
- keeping the family together,
It is so true Moma, what you
said "only the strong will sur-
vive" and God knows I strive.
Aaron Moma, God have
you in His keeping and I have
you in my heart. My strength
and courage from God, keeps
me strong in that part.
Alma not a day goes by
without loving thoughts
of you. Memories keep me
strong and that so true, and
I thank God for blessing me
with you.
Bert Thinking of you, es-
pecially that day when God's
angels ease you away. I took it
hard, but it made me strong.
I'm Bert, your youngest son.
I understand that God called

From your children with ev-
erlasting love.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

04/10/1975 02/04/2013

Gone, but never forgotten.
The love for you will be in
our hearts forever. Love and
miss you.
Your entire family and
many, many friends.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

08/03/1935 04/12/2012

We love and miss you dearly.
The Family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


04/09/1931 -01/19/2001

You may be gone from this
earth, but you will forever be
in our hearts and thoughts.
We love and miss you.
Your wife, Ora; children,
Carolyn, Terrance, Ricky,
Michael; and family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

:. '

01/24/1940 04/11/2012

On April 11, 2012 at 10:15
a.m. you took your final stroll
around the neighborhood.
You look back and saw all
your love ones.
You looked ahead and saw
King Jesus. Your departure
from earth to glory has left
an indelible void in our lives.
One that only time can heal.
We will forever cherish your
Your loving husband,
Elijah, the Thompkin, Wilson
and Miller families.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,


08/29/1955 04/05/2012

We miss you painfully, but
love you continuously.
From your husband, family
and friends.

04/12/1988 09/16/2012

We miss and love you.
Your parents.




04/15/1957 -04/15/2003

To some you are forgotten,
to some you are of the past.
But to us, the one who loved
and lost you, your memories
will always last.
The family.

creator of

Motown hits
By Peter Keepnews

Deke Richards, the leader of
the Motown songwriting and
producing team responsible for
some of the Jackson 5's biggest
hits, died on Sunday in Belling-
ham, Wash. He was 68.
The cause was esophageal
cancer, his family said.
In 1969, Richards teamed in
Detroit with Berry Gordy Jr.,
the founder of Motown, and the
songwriters Freddie Perren and

Deke Richards, center,
flanked by the late Alphonzo
Mizell, left, and Freddie Per-
Alphonzo Mizell, to work with
the Jackson 5, a virtually un-
known brother act from Indiana
that had recently signed with
the label. Collectively billed as
the Corporation, the four struck
gold immediately.
The Jackson 5's first three
singles, "I Want You Back,"
"ABC" and "The Love You Save"
all written and produced by
the Corporation, and all featur-
ing the vocals of a very young
Michael Jackson reached
No. 1 on the Billboard singles
chart. The Corporation went
on to write and produce other
hits for the Jackson 5, includ-
ing "Mama's Pearl" and "Maybe
Richards later worked, both
with the Corporation and on his
own, with Diana Ross, Martha
and the Vandellas, the Four
Seasons and others.
He had already reached the
top of the charts before work-
ing with the Jackson 5. He was
briefly a member of another
four-person Motown collec-
tive, the Clan, which wrote and
produced "Love Child," a No. 1
single for Diana Ross and the
Supremes in 1968.
Deke Richards was born Den-
nis Lussier on April 8, 1944,
and grew up in Los Angeles,
where his father, Dane Lussier,
worked as a screenwriter.
He played guitar in local
bands before he began doing
production work for Motown in
1966. After Gordy named him
the Jackson 5's producer, he
brought in Perren and Mizell
to work with him and, he later
recalled, asked Gordy for song-
writing and production advice.
Gordy, who had begun his ca-
reer as a songwriter but had not
done any writing or producing
for several years, eventually be-
came a full-fledged member of
the team.
The Corporation developed a
distinctive sound for the Jack-
son 5 that some have called
"bubblegum soul," blending up-
beat pop melodies with rhythm-
and-blues grooves. The formula
was designed to reach a wide
audience, and it did, bringing
the group international star-
In later years Richards's pri-
mary focus was the Poster Pal-
ace, a company he operated
that sells vintage movie post-
Sers, but he continued to take
on occasional musical projects.
SLast year he produced "Come
and Get It: The Rare Pearls," a
compilation of previously unre-
leased Jackson 5 recordings.
Survivors include his wife,
Joan Lussier, and a brother,
SDane Lussier.







15B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 10-16, 2013



The Miami Times

Lifesty e

Enter intent


Film shares survivors' tales of the Tulsa Race Riots

Deltas bring documentary's producer
to Miami Jackson Senior High School

By D. Kevin McNeir
For two days in the late
spring of 1921, whites attacked
the Black community of Tulsa,
Oklahoma in the City's Green-
wood District. The racially-mo-
tivated conflict was partially
fueled by jealousy because
at that time, the Greenwood
District, also known as "the
Black Wall Street," was the

wealthiest Black community in
the U.S.
From May 31 to June 1,
whites burned the community
to the ground, leaving an es-
timated 10,000 Blacks home-
less, over..1,200 homes de-
stroyed and up to 300 Blacks
dead. A reported 800 whites
were admitted to white hospi-
tals the Black hospital was
burned down. Officially only
39 Black fatalities were re-

ported but many would dispute
such low numbers.
The question is why such a
heinous series of events has
been given so little attention in
U.S. history books, classrooms
or even in private discussions.
As the numbers of remain-
ing survivors declined to single
digits, and after a report com-
missioned by the Oklahoma
State Legislature recommend-
ed compensatory actions be
made to the few living survi-
vors and their descendants,
real conversations about the
Tulsa tragedy began to spread

in Black communities through-
out the U.S.

Now the true story told by
those who survived that ter-
rible time in history and their
quest for justice will be pre-
sented in a new documentary,
"Before They Die!," at Miami
Jackson Senior High School
[1751 NW 36th Street] on Sat-
urday, April 13th at noon. The
screening, sponsored by Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
Dade County Alumnae Chap-

ter, will be followed by a panel
discussion with the film's
producer, Dr. J. Denise Clem-
ent. Funds raised through
donations and the sale of the
DVD after the forum will help
support the Tulsa Project -
organized to assist the living
survivors and their families.
Clement's college roommate
at the University of Miami and
a fellow Delta soror, Marsha
Jackman, says it's the kind of
event that Blacks and whites
alike should attend.
"She [Clement] went to school
together and have remained

friends ever since," she said.
"I knew that she had been
working on this documentary
for a while and as the sorority
approached its centennial, we
thought that this was the kind
of story our history that
needed to be shared here in
Miami. Florida and the rest of
the country now know about
Rosewood, but only a hand-
ful of people are aware of what
happened to Blacks in Tulsa."
For more information contact
Maud Newbold, 305-635-8767
or visit www.BeforeTheyDie.




Black Archives presents
"Expressions" at The
Ward Gallery
.i tir :!'tf rm,r r:

April is JNationAil Poetr, iriLrnith and to h-,,-Ip
',,ou -et into the proper m,:,od. The Bl-,k Ar-
chiwe is raking its final preparatir'rin. fjr "Ex-
pressions" 311 e'.eririg :, pCti e:.:pre'ssi'j n
live jazz and neo-soul music.
The event takes place on Saturday,
April 13 at Overtown's Historic Ward
Rooming House Gallery [249 NW
9th Street] and will be hosted by
Miami's own spoken word artist
Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughns. "But-
terfli, .'ill be joined by local spoken
'.i o:rd ar usts Amali and Germaine
"F 'i" C':'leman. The evening will
also c.r-.nsist of open mic (poets must
pre-regisrer with the hostess) and
live rmsi.: by DJ Sco and Jody Hill's
Deep Fried Funk Band. With your
admissi rin, patrons will get a taste
,- le i ertown's famous Jackson's
-.. Soul Food Restaurant, of-
'' *' fering fried chicken and
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By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Miami Times writer
Throughout your life, you've
dodged a lot of bullets.
By accident or design, you were
in the wrong place at the wrong

Man's memoir reveals

his sense of gratitude

Sometimes second chances are all we need

time but somehow remained un-
scathed: the almost-hazard while
driving, the near-miss at work, the
moment you caught yourself just in
time from falling. Things could've
been worse much worse but
you dodged a bullet. So did it make
your heart pound, or did it change
your life? For author Sampson
Davis, it was the latter because, as
you'll see in his new memoir "Liv-
ing and Dying in Brick City" (with
Lisa Frazier Page), the bullets were
sometimes real.

Sampson Davis hid his intelli-
gence from his friends. He was an
A-student and had, in fact, landed
a college scholarship and was on
his way to becoming a doctor. But
since it wasn't cool to be intel-

ligent, he hid his smarts until he
did something dumb: at age seven-
teen-and-a-half, he gave in to the
streets, participated in a robbery,
and was caught.
Because he was a juvenile with

Th e,

no prior record, he got off easy
with scholarship intact but it was
a sobering wake-up call. Grateful
for a second chance, Davis buck-
led down and went to med school.
When given the chance to intern in
the emergency department at New-
ark's Beth Israel Hospital, Davis
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"Motown" actors discuss their roles

Both youth play
Michael Jackson
and others
By Mark Kenndedy
If making your Broadway debut
at age 12 doesn't sound scary
enough, imagine doing it in an
iconic role. Now triple it.
That's what Raymond Luke Jr.
and Jibreel Mawry are facing.
They're taking turns portraying a
preteen Michael Jackson, a young
Motown founder Berry Gordy and
an adolescent Stevie Wonder in
"Motown: The Musical."
"It's a big step," acknowledges
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Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York, where their show "Motown:
The Musical," is playing.







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Thomas, Bobbie Stringer,
Ike Woods, Sherman Hunter,
Joey Gilmore, Charles Wright,
George Lane, Jimmy Harrell,

Aaron Johnson, .
Willie Granger,
Dr. Malcom Black and more.
The community applauds her
numerous performances and
will certainly miss'her talent.
Dr. Enid C. Pinkney and
members of the African
American Historical

Committee have completed the
agenda for the 20th Annual
Commemorative Service.
Entertainment will be provided
by The Egelloc Civic and Social
Club featuring the winners of
this year's Talent Search. They
are: Dwayne Holloway, Isaiah
Williams, Gregory Wright,
Troy A. Duffie, Sean Watt
and Pinkney who will render a
saxophone solo.
Interested readers may call
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Thandie Newton's leading role

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.

Thandie Newton doesn't shy
away from the idea that she
might be a role model.
As she takes on a leading
television role, she hopes to
empower women like the stars
who have come before her -
Kerry Washington, Regina
King and Anika Noni Rose
among them.
"They have empowered
many," said Newton, a racially
mixed actress who is of British
and Zimbabwean decent. "Em-
powerment anywhere leads to
empowerment everywhere. The
world is changing at a pace
where it needs to be. That's
how I feel, and I'm proud to be

a part of this move-
The 40-year-old
actress will star in
the dramatic series,
"Rogue," which pre-
mieres Wednesday
night on DirecTV's in-
house channel Audi-
ence Network. It'll be

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into original programming,
and the third series to air on
Audience along with "Friday
Night Lights" and "Damages."
On the 10-episode "Rogue,"
Newton plays Grace Travis, an
undercover detective who takes
on a gangster after her son is
killed in a drive by shooting.
"It's the most time I've had

to explore a charac-
ter. It was a luxury,"
she said. "I had a
chance to explore the
settled details of what
this person is going
through. That's why
TV is so great. You
get to see deeper than
you would if it was

an hour and a half,
although it felt like we were
making a 10-hour movie."
Newton, who has starred in
movies such as "Crash" and
"The Pursuit of Happiness,"
said the show's creator Mat-
thew Parkhill told her before
taping "Rogue" to prepare
herself mentally and physically
for the filming process.

Overtown is venue for night of poetic magic

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Black pioneer community,"
said Timothy A. Barber, execu-
tive director of The Black Ar-
"We are creating the pro-
gramming that will be trans-
ferred to the new Lyric Theater
complex once it is completed.
The Lyric will become a plat-
form for new, undiscovered,
and up-and-coming talent. It
will also serve as a Mecca for
national and international art-
istry, thus transforming, reviv-
ing and ultimately strength-
ening the economics in the
Overtown community and its
The Ward Gallery will be

transformed into a chic lounge
space, creating a stylish night-
club vibe indoors and a cool,
resort-like feel outdoors. All
indoor performances will be
projected onto a large outdoor
screen, allowing all the guests
to be able to enjoy the perfor-
mances from whichever van-
tage point they choose.
Miami native Vaughns is a
local spoken word legend in
her own right. She has been
a poet since the age of 10 and
has been working her craft as
a full-time spoken word artist
and performer since 2002.
"In time, a city of rich history
in the arts and entertainment
will resume its place," she said.
"An evening of "Expressions" is
ready to bring Overtown back

to life. Granted, a vibe where
good art, music, and perfor-
mance have taken place should
never die."
The Black Archives History
and Research Foundation of
South Florida, Inc. is a non-
profit organization founded in
1977 by Dr. Dorothy Jenkins
Fields. Its mission is to pre-
serve the documentary and
photographic history of Black
South Florida and to enrich
the present and protect the fu-
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seized it. He wanted to do some-
thing good for his community
and working at the hospital
where he drew his first breath
seemed extraordinarily right.
He felt that he could empathize
with the patients who were
brought to "Beth," and he was
correct. Too correct, as it turns
out. Time and again, Davis dis-
covered to his dismay that he
knew the people who lay on the
tables in front of him; gunshot
victims, domestic violence sur-
vivors, addicts, smokers, the
sexually active, and the men-
tally ill. He knew them or
he knew he might've been one

of them, if not for a youthful
near-miss and a bullet dodged.
No doubt about it, "Living and
Dying in Brick City" is one of
those books you want to read
slowly, not because it's difficult
to understand but because it's
difficult to accept that it will

But long before that happens,
readers are treated to a heart-
racing memoir filled with guns,
blood, violence and life's un-
fairness. Rising above all that,
though, is Davis's amazingly
powerful sense of gratitude:
he fully realized that he could
very well have been a man on

a gurney, rather than the man
caring for the man on the gur-
But that's not all. At the end
of many chapters, Davis of-
fers brief, helpful information
and stats on STDs, heart at-
tacks, AIDS, domestic violence
and other issues of particular
interest to Blacks and inner-
city residents. This information
and the accompanying stories
pretty much glued me to my
chair. As memoirs go, this
one's a stunner and if you're
a medical professional, fan of
medi-dramas, or if you just
want a fast-paced book to read,
don't miss it. Grab "Living and
Dying in Brick City" . .and
fire away.

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a soft-spoken Jibreel backstage
at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
"We went from local perfor-
mances around town to Broad-
The musical portrays Mo-
town's first 25 years through
the eyes of Gordy and is punc-
tuated with a stunning collec-
tion of vintage hits and ener-
getic dance numbers.
Jibreel, from Detroit, and
Raymond, from Los Angeles,
beat hundreds of hopefuls in
a national search and now
find themselves sharing a tiny
dressing room in New York, jug-
gling schoolwork and keeping
up with last-minute changes to
the show.
"I don't think either one of
them had ever seen a Broadway
show prior to this," says direc-
tor Charles Randolph-Wright.
"So to all of a sudden be star-
ring in this show where you
can't get a ticket, in a theater
with 1,500 seats, it's quite a

different thing from You Save."
being in your high- They've studied foot-
school auditorium age of Jackson as well as
or the mall." his influences, including
A recent visit Jackie Wilson and James
backstage revealed Brown. "Michael is some-
two happy, polite one who felt the music.
and remarkably tal- .. He WAS the music," says
ented youngsters. Raymond.
The door of Room 14 JACKAdds Jibreel: "He was
has both an official JACKSON always so smooth on-
sign with their names in type- stage. He held back when he
set letters and a homemade one was offstage, but then when
just below with the word "Mo- that spotlight hit him onstage,
town" in bright colored-in let- he was a whole different per-
ters and their signatures. son."
Just as a visitor knocked, Jibreel was introduced to
the sound of the boys singing Jackson's music at age 5 by his
was heard. They weren't belting mother and has made several
out Katy Perry or Kanye West. appearances mimicking the
It was a pretty great version of King of Pop. He helped teach
"You Can't Stop the Beat" from Raymond the finer points, in-
"Hairspray." cluding to keep smiling and to
"We have a lot of fun in here," keep moving.
says Raymond. "I wasn't comfortable with
Of the three roles they play, smiling. I was the kind of sing-
Michael Jackson is the tough- er that just stands still," says
est, requiring the most singing Raymond. Of his co-star, he
and dancing, including several adds admiringly: "When he's
classic Jackson Five hits like "I Michael, he's like a whole other
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Study says most

don't apply despite

skills, hurting


By David Leonhardt

Most low-income students
who have top test scores and
grades do not even apply to the
nation's best colleges, accord-
ing to a new analysis of every
high school student who took
the SAT in a recent year.
The pattern contributes to
widening economic inequality
and low levels of mobility in
this country, economists say,
because college graduates earn
so much more on average than
nongraduates do. Low-income
students who excel in high
school often do not graduate
from the less selective colleges
they attend.
Only 34 percent of high-
achieving high school seniors
in the bottom fourth of income

distribution attended any one
of the country's 238 most
selective colleges, according
to the analysis, conducted by
Caroline M. Hoxby of Stan-
ford and Christopher Avery of
Harvard, two longtime educa-
tion researchers. Among top
students in the highest income
quartile, that figure was 78
The findings underscore that
elite public and private col-
leges, despite a stated desire to

A pending Supreme
Court ruling could
increase pressure on
campuses to recruit

recruit an economically diverse
group of students, have largely
failed to do so.
Many top low-income stu-
dents instead attend com-
munity colleges or four-year
institutions closer to their
homes, the study found. The


A new study found that a majority of high-achieving high school seniors from low-in-
come families did not apply to any selective colleges.


Students who follow the
recommended strategy of
applying to a range of col-
leges, including "reach,"
"match" and "safety."

Less than $41,472


$120,776 an up

Students who follow idiosyn-
cratic strategies, like apply-
ing to just one very selective
college and one nonselective
local college.

Students who apply to no
schools that are a fit for
them academically.




*In the study, students were considered high-achieving if they could very likely gain admission to a selective college, which translates into roughly the top four
percent of high school graduates, based on scores and grades.
Source: "The Missing 'One-Offs': The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low Income Students," by Caroline M. Hoxby and Christopher Avery; National Bureau of
Economic Research

students often are unaware
of the amount of financial
aid available or simply do not
consider a top college because
they have never met someone
who attended one, according
to the study's authors, other
experts and high school guid-
ance counselors.
"A lot of low-income and
middle-income students have
the inclination to stay local, at
known colleges, which is un-
derstandable when you think
about it," said George Moran, a
guidance counselor at Cen-
tral Magnet High School in
Bridgeport, Conn. "They didn't
have any other examples, any
models who's ever heard of
Bowdoin College?"
Whatever the reasons, the
choice frequently has major
consequences. The colleges
that most low-income students
attend have fewer resources
and lower graduation rates
than selective colleges, and
many students who attend a
local college do not graduate.
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Millennials demand facts

about the youth jobs crisis

ti.iu, Times staff report

As Floridians brace for
national policies like seques-
tration to take effect, Forward
March, the North Miami
Beach Career Center and
Young Invincibles [YI] work
for young adults who are fac-
ing high unemployment.
Last Wednesday, YI, local
workforce leaders and youth
facing unemployment woes
highlighted The Paxen Learn-
ing Corporation's Forward
March program housed in the
Washington Park Community
Resource Center. This com-
munity outreach initiative

provides much needed entry-
level training for job seek-
ers, in an effort turn them
into thriving members of the
workforce. YI continued their
tour of North Miami's jobs
programs by visiting the new-
ly-opened North Miami Beach
Career Center the following
day, where young Floridians
learned skills from how to
create a resume, how to find
employment opportunities for
veterans and even how teens
can find employment that fit
their academic schedules.
These young people are ben-
efiting not only by learning
basic skills, some are turning

their lives around, gaining
confidence and escaping a life
of poverty.
Amazingly, these social
benefits come at very small
cost to taxpayers, and the
return on the investment is
* Over the past decade,
Washington has cut more
than $1 billion from the job-
training sector and then
the Great Recession struck.
Unsurprisingly, the propor-
tion of young people with jobs
has fallen almost 10 percent,
and young workers are unem-
ployed at a
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Goodbye FCAT and hello PARCC

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times staff writer

The good news is the Florida
Department of Education [FL-
DOE] is phasing out the FCAT,
which means students don't
have 'to worry about passing
this particular test in order to
graduate from high school.
The bad news is during the
2014-2015 school year the
state will be implementing a
more comprehensive set of re-
quirements to complete gradu-
ation called the Partnership for
Assessment of Readiness for
College and Careers [PARCC].
"My concern is that these
new policies means that the
bar has been raised and some
students may fall short," said
Alberto M. Carvalho, superin-

tendent of Miami-Dade County
Public Schools during the
Community Accountability
Summit held at the School
Board Administration Build-
ing. "This is fundamentally
There was a time in Florida's
school history where students
just went to high school for
four-years and graduated with
their diploma but since the
inception of the FCAT and now
the PARCC, high school gradu-
ation is measured in a different
For example, computer-based
testing has become the new
way of accessing student's
intellectual capacity.
"More and more computer-
based test are being taken,"
said Gisela F. Feild, adminis-

trative director for assessment,
research and data analysis
for Miami-Dade County Public
Schools. "This is a very differ-
ent mindset for kids to sit at
a computer, taking tests for
several hours."
Additionally, there are socio-
economic issues that need to
be addressed because minority
kids don't have access to com-
puters, which clearly leaves
them at a disadvantage.
New regulations will require
that students in the third
grade start taking exams in
English and will take exams
in Language Arts and Math on
Middle school acceleration
component calls for seventh
grade students to be enrolled
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College groups connect to

fight sexual assault cases

By Richard Perez-Pefia

Frustrated and, angry over
the handling of sexual assault
cases at Occidental College
in Los Angeles, a group of
students and faculty members
recently decided to take the
matter to the federal govern-
ment as a civil rights case.
Few people had explored this
legal terrain, so the Occidental
group reached out to women
at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, who
had filed a similar complaint
- which this month prompted
a federal investigation for
insights on how to press their
In the past year, campaigns
against sexual assault on col-
lege campuses have produced
an informal national network
of activists who, while some-

times turning for advice to
established advocacy groups,
have learned largely from one
another. They see the begin-
nings of what they hope is
a snowball effect, with each
high-profile complaint, each
assault survivor going public,
prompting more people on
more campuses to follow suit.
"I have received hundreds of
letters, Facebook notes, phone
calls from students, profes-
sors, administrators, survivors
saying, 'Here's what's going
on here, what do we do about
it?'" said Annie Clark, a 2011
North Carolina graduate,
and a primary author of the
complaint filed against that
college in January. "I've heard
so many times from survi-
vors, 'You're the first person
I've ever told.' Once you create
a space for people to talk,

they will."
Activists contend that col-
leges fall short in educating
students about sexual assault,
encouraging victims to seek
help, counseling survivors,
reporting the frequency.of
such crimes, and training the
people who investigate and ad-
judicate cases. Advocates for
people brought up on charges
tend to agree that campus
disciplinary systems are
amateurish, but they contend
that the result is inadequate
protection for the rights of the
When confronted, the colleg-
es often agree, to some extent,
with the critiques, and several
have overhauled their systems,
but they rarely go as far as the
critics would like. At Occiden-
tal, the college president,
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Progressive Officers Club
(POC) is comprised of Police
and Correctional Officers as
well as civilians in Miami-Dade
and Broward counties.
A historically African-Amer-
ican non-profit organization,
the POC has grown and diver-
sified, now having members
from various ethnic and racial
POC scholarships of
$1000 will be awarded from
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African-American high
school students residing in Mi-
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ties who are in good academic
standing and will be receiving
a high school diploma during
a commencement ceremony for
the 'Class of 2013' are eligible
to apply.
Applicants must have been
accepted to an institution of
higher learning as a full-time
student for the upcoming fall

semester (2013).
POC members with gradu-
ating high school seniors may
also apply for a scholarship
from the Roslyn McGruder-
Clark Scholarship Fund.
Applications for scholarships
can only be requested via mail
(letter or postcard) no later than
Monday, April 22, 2013 to: Pro-
gressive Officers Club, P.O. Box
680398, Miami, FL 33168, At-
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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.

The BTW Alumni
Association will meet April
18th, at 6 p.m., in the BTW
High School cafeteria.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet April
20th, at 4:30 p.m., at African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
Contact Lebbie at 305-213-

Progressive Officers
Club is offering academic
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to Progressive Officers Club,
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Assistance Award Program.

Hadley Davis Funeral

Home will host a Stop the
Violence meeting, April 24th,
at 2321 NW 62nd St. Call

Florida Department
of Health in Miami-Dade
will have their Immunization
Coalition "Kick Off", April
24th, at 1 p.m., at 8323 NW
12 St. RSVP with Monica at

Commissioner Jordan
and the Sunshine Jazz
Organization invites you to
Music in the Park, May 3rd, at
6:30 p.m., at 20901 NE 16th
Ave. Call 305-474-3011.

The Booker T.
Washington Alumni
Association invites you
to the 2013 Living Legends
Orange and Black Gala
Ball, May 4th, at 7 p.m., at
Biscayne Bay Marriot Hotel,
1633 N. Bayshore Dr. Contact
Kathryn at 786-443-8221.

The Florida State
Foster Adoptive Parent
Association, Inc. would
like for you to join them for
their Duffels for Kids Walk,
May 18th, at 9 a.m., at Jungle

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

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-

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

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-

i 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.

Sexual assault campaigns spring up in colleges

continued from 4C

Jonathan Veitch, has accused
some activists of using damag-
ing tactics to make their case.
The victims' advocates have
talked of creating a formal na-
tional organization, but much
of their success so far stems
from their use of modern me-
dia, allowing them to connect,
collect information and draw
attention in a way that would
have been impossible a few
years ago.
Andrea Pino, a North Caro-
lina junior and the other main
author of that complaint, said
she was moved by what she
saw online last year from Am-
herst, including a series of pho-
tos of sexual assault survivors..
Through Twitter, she contacted
Dana Bolger, one of the leading
activists at Amherst, and she
and Ms. Clark had their first
conversation with her through
Some activists are conscious
of speaking to the broadest of
audiences, as ivhen Clark, Pino
or Alexandra Brodsky, one of
the women behind a complaint
filed against Yale, write for Web
sites like The Huffington Post
or Slate. But more often, they


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Andrea Pino, left, and Annie Clark filed a Title IX com-
plaint with the federal government against the University

of North Carolina at Chapel
assault cases on campus.
are addressing just their cam-
puses, and then are stunned
to find that people far away are
"We really started to get stu-
dent buy-in when we started our
blog, and started using Tumblr
and Facebook and Twitter," said
Audrey Logan, a senior at Oc-
cidental and a co-founder of the
Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition.
"Then all of a sudden we were
getting messages from other

Hill for its handling of sexual

schools, even other countries."
The most extreme example
came last October, when An-
gie Epifano, a former Amherst
student, wrote an essay for a
student newspaper saying that
she was raped there, and then
treated poorly by the college.
The article has drawn millions
of hits from around the world,
and helped spur an overhaul of
Amherst's handling of sexual

Top students skipping out on college

continued from 4C

Those who do graduate can
miss out on the career oppor-
tunities that top colleges offer.
The new study is beginning
to receive attention among
scholars and college officials
because it is more comprehen-
sive than other research on
college choices. The study sug-
gests that the problems, and
the opportunities, for low-in-
come students are larger than

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previously thought.
"It's pretty close to unim-
peachable they're drawing
on a national sample," said
Tom Parker, the dean of ad-
missions at Amherst College,
which has aggressively re-
cruited poor and middle-class
students in recent years. That
so many high-achieving, low-
er-income students exist "is
a very important realization,"
Parker said, and he suggested
that colleges should become
more creative in persuading
them to apply.
Top low-income students in
the nation's 15 largest metro-
politan areas do often apply to
selective colleges, according to
the study, which was based on
test scores, self-reported data,
and census and other data for
the high school class of 2008.
But such students from small-
er metropolitan areas like
Bridgeport; Memphis; Sacra-

mento; Toledo, Ohio; and Tul-
sa, Okla. and rural areas
typically do not.
These students, Hoxby said,
"lack exposure to people who
say there is a difference among
Elite colleges may soon face
more pressure to recruit poor
and middle-class students, if
the Supreme Court restricts
race-based affirmative action.
A ruling in the case, involv-
ing the University of Texas, is
expected sometime before late
Colleges currently give little
or no advantage in the admis-
sions process to low-income
students, compared with
more affluent students of the
same race, other research has
found. A broad ruling against
the University of Texas affir-
mative action program could
cause colleges to take into ac-
count various socioeconomic
measures, including income,
neighborhood and family com-
position. Such a step would
require an increase in these
colleges' financial aid spend-
ing but would help them enroll
significant numbers of minor-
ity students.
Among high-achieving, low-
income students, six percent
were Black, eight percent La-
tino, 15 percent Asian-Ameri-
can and 69 percent white, the
study found.
"If there are changes to how
we define diversity," said Greg

W. Roberts, the dean of admis-
sion at the University of Virgin-
ia, referring to the court case,
"then I expect schools will re-
ally work hard at identifying
low-income students."
Hoxby and Avery, both econ-
omists, compared the current
approach of colleges to looking
under a streetlight for a lost
key. The institutions continue
to focus their recruiting ef-
forts on a small subset of high
schools in cities like Boston,
New York and Los Angeles that
have strong low-income stu-
The researchers defined
high-achieving students as
those very likely to gain ad-
mission to a selective college,
which translated into roughly
the top four percent nation-
Students needed to have at
least an A-minus average and
a score in the top 10 percent
among students who took the
SAT or the ACT.
Of these high achievers, 34
percent came from families
in the top fourth of earners,
27 percent from the second
fourth, 22 percent from the
third fourth and 17 percent
from the bottom fourth. (The
researchers based the income
cutoffs on the population of
families with a high school
senior living at home, with
$41,472 being the dividing line
for the bottom quartile and
$120,776 for the top.)

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For more information, contact Engalue Caldwell, 305-388-

Activists say the most iripor-
tant change the Internet has
made is allowing victims to
tell their stories remaining
anonymous if they choose, and
reaching vast audiences.
"You don't need to be in a
survivors' group meeting to
hear these stories anymore,"
Bolger said. "The human con-
nection is the same, but social
media lets you do it on a com-
pletely different scale."
Another change came in
2011, when the United States
Department of Education's Of-
fice of Civil Rights sent a letter
to all colleges about a legal pro-
vision against sex-based dis-
crimination, commonly known
as Title IX. The letter changed
interpretation of parts of the
law; it reminded colleges of
obligations that many of them
had ignored, and signaled that
there was a new seriousness
in Washington about enforcing

DHT honors late Lee Bryant

Miami Times staff report

In honor of the late Lee Bry-
ant the African American City
of Miami incorporator, the Af-
rican American Committee of
Dade Heritage Trust will put
sponsor a parade of youth talent
at their 20th Annual Commem-
orative .Service. Featured acts
will include: Dwayne Holloway
as mega-pop star Michael Jack-
son; and musicians: Gregory

Wright, Troy Adan Duffie and
Keya Curtis. The City of Miami
was incorporated in 1896 with
several Blacks, including Bry-
ant, as part of the incorpora-
tors. The service will take place
Sunday, April 14th at 3 p.m. in
the Miami City Cemetery, 1800
NE 2nd Avenue and Biscayne
Park (next to the cemetery). The
free event is open to the public
and will include free refresh-
ments as well.

FCAT to be replaced by PARCC

continued from 4C

in Algebra, as well as take and
pass Civics and History.
Algebra, Geometry and Biol-
ogy will replace the standard-
ized Mathematics and Science
components of the senior high
school grades.
The school grading scale is
certainly of inferior quality,
because every time the per-
centage of 'A' and 'B' schools
reaches 75 percent in a cur-
rent year, the minimum re-
quired points for grades of
A, B, C, and D would be in-
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall, School Board Member
(D-2) is very concerned about
the PARCC and the negative
implications it may have on

the Black community.
"The community can look for
several meetings we are plan-
ning concerning these new
changes," Bendross-Mindin-
gall said. "We look forward to
educating our community."
The purpose of PARCC is to
have a common set of state-
endorsed standards and as-
sessments to prepare students
for college and 21st century
Furthermore, it's designed
so that American students
will be held accountable, and
able to compete globally with
other nations that are scoring
better on achievement tests.
Now schools must have a
minimum of 25 percent of
their students proficient in
reading in order to avoid a one
letter.grade drop.

Miami's job crisis reaches youth

continued from 4C

rate more than twice the na-
tional average.
These trends are evident in
Florida where:
The unemployment rate for
young adults ages 18 to 24 is
15.6 percent
For Black young adults un-
employment is 23.4 percent
For Hispanic young adults
unemployment is 11.3 percent
In comparison, the state un-
employment rate is 7.8 percent
Since 2008 the median in-
come for young adults in Flor-
ida ages 25 to 34 has fallen
These statistics paint a bleak

picture. Studies show that lack
of early work experience leads
to dimmer career prospects and
that young people who graduate
college during a recession have
lower wages for over a decade.
In other words, the challenges
facing Florida's youth could de-
press economic opportunity for
all Floridians for years to come.
Young people in Florida need
government, the private sector,
non-profits and educational
leaders to work together to help
this generation get back on
track and grow our economy.
Since the issues affecting un-
employment rates among young
people in America are vast, it is
essential to invest in youth job
training programs.


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U.S. is investing -

some job seekers

on secret blacklist

By Stephanie Clifford and
Jessica Silver-Greenberg

Facing a wave of employee
theft, retailers across the
country have helped amass
vast databases of workers
accused of stealing and are
using that information to keep
employees from working again
in the industry.
The repositories of infor-
mation, like First Advantage
Corporation's Esteem da-
tabase, often contain scant
details about suspected thefts
and routinely do not involve

By Doreen Hemlock

A court case involving
boxing promoter Don King
holds a lesson:
When buying and
selling real estate
in Florida, keep it
in writing. -
That's what the
Florida Supreme
Court affirmed
Thursday in ruling
on a failed prop-
erty sale in Palm DOh
Beach County by
one of King's ventures.
The court said terms of a
written contract for a prop-
erty sale are enforceable, as
King's lawyerargued. King


criminal charges. Still, the
information can be enough
to scuttle a job candidate's
Some of the employees, who
submit written statements af-
ter being questioned by store
security officers, have no idea
that they admitted committing
a theft or that the informa-
tion will remain in databases,
according to interviews with
consumer lawyers, regulators
and employees.
The databases, which have
tens of thousands of subscrib-
ers and are used by major
retailers like Target, CVS and
Family Dollar, are aimed at
combating employee theft,
which accounts for a large
swath of missing merchan-
dise. The latest figures avail-

contends the interested
buyers, EB Acquisitions,
breached those terms.
But the court did not rule
on other issues,
including a verbal
agreement that the
A potential buyers
say King breached.
A lower court
now must decide
the key sticking
point: who gets the
An $1 million deposit
G that has been sit-
ting in escrow in
King still owns the 55-
acre parcel in Mangonia
Park that includes a Tri-Rail
commuter station.

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turned down by Dollar Gener-
al, partly based on a database
of retail thefts.

By Julie Schmit

More Americans appear to
be moving as a better econ-
omiy and a stronger housing
market take hold.
In January and February,
5.4 percent more households
moved this year than last,
based on data from the nine
largest moving companies,
says the American Moving &
Storage Association.
For the same period a year
ago, household moves were
up 2.9 percent from 2011, it

able, from 2011, put the loss
at about 44 percent of miss-
ing merchandise, valued at
about $15 billion, according
to a trade group, the National
Retail Federation.
Retailers "don't want to take
a chance on hiring somebody
that they might have a prob-
lem with," said Richard Mellor,
the federation's vice president
for loss prevention.
But the databases, which
are legal, are facing scrutiny
from labor lawyers and federal
regulators, who worry they
are so sweeping that innocent
employees can be harmed.
The lawyers say workers are
often coerced into confessing,
sometimes when they have
done nothing wrong, without
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The industry data under-
score broader the govern-
ment's data.
An estimated 36.5 million
people one year and older
moved in 2012, up from 35.1
million in 2011, the Cen-
sus Bureau says. It put the
mover rate last year at 12
percent, up from a record
low of 11.6 percent in 2011. '
Economic instability and
weak home values have de-
layed moves.
Survey data from Mayflow-
er, a large moving company,
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Florida's rate dropped to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in

South Florida sees

spurt in new jobs

Recovery lifts

most industries
By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Broward County's unem-
ployment rate dropped to 6.2
percent. It was 6.7 percent a
month ago and 7.8 percent
in February 2012. Broward
added the most jobs in trade,
transportation and utilities
and ranked first in the state
in construction job growth, up
4,100 jobs.
The unemployment rate
continues to decline thanks to
job growth in most industries,
even in the hard-hit construc-
tion sector. Job gains were pri-
marily in professional business
services, which includes con-
tract and temporary workers,
and local government. Unem-

ployment was at eight percent
last month and 9.1 percent in
the county a year ago.
"That's a meaningful decline
from the year-ago level," said
J. Antonio Villamil, economist
and business dean for St.
Thomas University in Miami.
He said a change of 1 percent
in the unemployment rate is
considered significant.
Palm Beach County's un-
employment rate dropped
substantially in February to
7.4 percent, its lowest rate
since July 2008, the state an-
nounced Friday.
South Florida's tri-county
area has added 36,600 jobs
since February 2012 and and
has led the state in over-the-
year job gains since November
2010, according to Jesse Pa-
nuccio, executive director of
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Payday lending draining U.S.

Payday lending draining U.S.

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

One of the worst ironies of
the nagging economic reces-
sion is that consumers with
the fewest financial resources
have lost the most. Now, a new
report finds that payday loans
not only strip much-needed
income from low-income fami-
lies, but harms the economic
viability of the communities
where they operate, drain-
ing nearly $1 billion a year.
Written by the Insight Center
for Community Economic De-
velopment (Insight Center), it
also reveals other net nega-

tive impacts of these
small-dollar, high d
cost loans on eco-
nomic growth and
personal bankruptcy
The Insight Cen-
ter examined the net
economic impact of i .
the $3.3 billion in
interest that borrow-
ers paid to non-bank CRC
payday lenders in
2011. The study found that if
consumers collectively had an
additional $3.3 billion in dis-
cretionary spending, it would
have resulted in $6.34 billion
in economic activity and cre-



ated 79,000 jobs. In
comparison, pay-
day lending activity
added $5.56 billion
to the national econ-
omy and created
65,000 jobs.
Combining these
figures shows a net
loss from payday
lending of $774 mil-
WELL lion in economic
growth and more
than 14,000 jobs. That's in
addition to $169 million lost
through Chapter 13 bank-
"This nearly $1 billion loss
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By Nancy Blair

ends in Tech here at USA
TODAYbring a w.-ealth of
great reads about the latest
tech products and tips to
help you be more efficient,
savvy and secure. Highlights
for some of the great content
you might have missed if
you spent the weekend un-

r; .

By Kim Komando

Many folks bring them-
selves and their homes out
of the winter doldrums with
a frenzy of spring cleaning
and organizing. One area of
your house you might neglect,
however, is your computer.
Fortunately cleaning and
de-cluttering your PC is easy
to do and doesn't take much
time. It'll prolong the life of

your machine and help you
get more work done faster.
That means you can spend
more time outside, enjoying
the longer, warmer days!

Your PC has collected some
dust bunnies since its last
cleaning. These trap heat
and shorten the life of your
There there's your key-

board, which probably has
a fair amount of bread and
potato chip crumbs lodged
between the keys. Don't even
get me started on the germs
your keyboard, mouse and
touchpad collect!
Time for some do-it-yourself
First, turn off your comput-
er or laptop andunplug it. If
your keyboard and mouse are
Please turn to PC 10D

HTC One phone a

formidable rival

Cell phones make big leap since '73

Forty years ago, on April 3, 1973, inventor Martin Cooper made the first call on a mo-
bile phone. He used a prototype Motorola DynaTAC. Here, students at Granite Elemen-
tary School display their colorful cellphones in Sandy, Utah.

T-Mobile finally catches up

to competition, with iPhone

By Brett Molina

Nearly six years after
making its debut, the
IPhone will finally be avail-
able on the T-Mobile wire-
less network.
The carrier confirmed
it will start carrying the
iPhone 5 under its new%,
no-contract plans starting
April 12.
The Simple Choice plan
drops two-year contracts for
subsidized mobile devices in
favor of wireless plans and
full-price phones paid over
The IPhone 5 will sell for
$99.99 down. plus $20 a
month for 24 months. T-
Mobile will also carry the
iPhone 4S for $69.99 down
and $20 monthly for two
years. The iPhone 4 will go
for $14.99 down and $15 a
"This is an important day
for people who love their
iPhone but can't stand
the pain other carriers
put them through to own
one," John Legere, CEO
of T-Mobile USA, said in

a statement.
The announcement is
part of T-Mobile's unveil-
ing of its new smartphone
plans, where users pay the
full price of a phone over
two years, but aren't under
contract. Plans start at $50
a month for 500 MB of 4G
data, plus unlimited talk
and text. Consumers can
also choose a 2 GB plan. for
$60 monthly, or unlimited
4G for $70 a month.
Customers are able to
pre-order the iPhone 5
through T-Mobile.

The company announced
its expanding its 4G LTE
network to seven areas:
Baltimore, Houston, Kansas
City, Las Vegas, Phoenix,
San Jose, and Washington,
T-Mobile says more than
100 million Americans will
have access to the 4G net-
work by midyear, and reach
200 million by the end of
the year.
T-Mobile also confirmed
it's carrying another hot
smartphone, Samsung's
Galaxy S4, on May 1.

By Edward C. Baig

NEW YORK To the casu-
al observer, the smartphone
slugfest has come down to
two main combatants, Apple
with its iPh':n. S; ramsung
with its Galaxy line The re-
ality though is that there are
other muscular heavyweights
vying for contention, includ-
ing the Taiwanese handset
manufacturer HTC. HTC
hasn't been able to duplicate
the strong commercial suc-
cess of its rivals, despite pro-
ducing Android phones that
generally have been critically
well received.
Now, HTC is punching
away again with the thin
and stylish new 5-ounce
HTC One that reaches U.S.
consumers on April 19, pre-
sumably a week or two ahead
of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
In many respects, HTC One
is, well, one knockout of a
device, though I also found a

HTC's latest flagship. And
HTC One has a splendid full
high-definition screen (468
ppi resolution), robust Qual-
comm quad-core processor,
powerful speakers (backed
by Beats Audio) excellent
for not only for listening to
music but also for using the
The HTC One also has a
camera capable of producing
fine quality photographs even
when you're shooting in low
light. And the "living" Gallery
for showing off those photos
reveals not only stationary
pictures but moving images
too. It's a very cool special
HTC One even doubles as
a universal remote control,
and can serve up TV recom-
mendations of what to watch
based on your designated
In lieu of a traditional
home screen layout with
icons and apps, HTC is mak-

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few things in my tests that I
wasn't wild about.
It will initially be sold at
AT&T, Sprint, HTC, and Best
Buy and cost $199.99 for a
version with 32 gigabytes of
storage or $299.99 for 64GB,
under customary two-year
contracts. It will also be sold
later this spring at T-Mobile,
which recently announced its
intention to ditch traditional
wireless contracts. You'll
be able to get the T-Mobile
version for a downpayment
of $99.99, after which you'll
be responsible for 24 equal
monthly payments of $20.
HTC One certainly boasts a
long list of positives, starting
with a handsome all metal
unibody design that speaks
to the premium quality of

ing much of an alternate
interface called BlinkFeed,
a live and constantly up-
dated stream of customiz-
able social feeds from your
Facebook friends and the
folks you follow on Twitter,
as well as feeds from any
number of news sources. The
feeds appear as pictures in
squares and rectangles of
different sizes, and brings to
mind the Flipboard app. Tap
on a square or rectangle to
read the underlying content,
which HTC says can come
from more than 1400 content
providers in a dozen catego-
ries. You can drag down to
refresh the screen.
The idea is that your HTC
One home screen would look
Please turn to HTC ONE 10D

Sony's water-resistant Xpe-
ria Z tablet will be showing
up on store shelves in just a
few weeks. Get a first hand
look courtesy of USA TODAY
contributor Jennifer Jolly.
Key takeaways: This Sony
Android tablet is priced in
the same range as the iPad
and can take a soaking in up
to three feet of water for as
long as 30 minutes.' If you're
cool with Android and have
a mind to surf the web in the
tub, this could be up your

Wearable computing will,
very soon marry the worlds
of fashion and technology,
Scott Martin writes in a
comprehensive post look-
ing at the near-term future
of Google's Glass, a raft of
smart watches and more.
Google will first dispatch
Glass to developers who
signed up to be the first to
purchase the computer-
ized headgear, which sticks
smartphone functions on a
tiny screen in front of one
eye, And Apple is filing pat-
ents suggesting it is at work
on a computerized watch to
bring iPhone func-
tions to the
A smart
watch is just
a glimmer in
a patent for
now from Ap-
ple, but smart
watches will
be a hot topic this
spring as new models
from several companies start
hitting the market.
You don't have to be an
extraterrestrial to appreci-
ate the high-tech gimmickry
found in the Martian G2G
watch, writes USA TODAY
contributor Deb Porterfield.
The stylish and surpris-
ingly comfy Bluetooth watch
can communicate with both
iPhone and Android phones.
The G2G is shipping soon,
with two other Martian mod-
els to follow shortly.
More of our top stories
from the weekend:'
Get more secure in two
steps. Rob Pegoraro walks
you through two-step verifi-
cation log-in procedures from
Google, Yahoo and others.
With just a little fuss, you
can make your online life a
whole lot more secure.
Sherlock Holmes
adventure bows on iPad.
Please turn to TECH 10D




Hospital group touts job boost

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

South Florida would gain
20,000 health care jobs,
more than any other region
in the state, if Medicaid is
expanded, according to a
report released last week by
University of Florida re-
Commissioned by the
Florida Hospital Association
to urge the state legislature
to accept the federal funds
to expand the Medicaid
program in the state, the
report notes that jobs in
health care as well as other
industries would be given
a big boost if Florida ac-
cepts $51 million in federal
funding to cover its more
than one million uninsured
Demonstrating job cre-
ation is one way to sell the
Legislature and even

perhaps the public on
accepting the federal funds,
admits Bruce Rueben,
president of the hospital
"It has a tremendously
positive impact not just
on health care, but on the
economy." he said.
About 13,000 of the jobs
would be in Broward and
more than 8.400 in Palm
Beach County, according
to the report by UF's Food
& Resource Economics
Department. Statewide, the
expansion would result in
more than 121,000 per-
manent, high-wage jobs
in Florida over the next
10 years, according to the
Forty percent of the jobs
would be direct health care
jobs at physicians' offices,
hospitals, nursing centers,
medical labs and home

health care agencies, ac-
cording to the report. Sixty
percent would be indirect
Jobs in other sectors of the
economy, due to multiplier
Steven Ullmann, director
of health sector manage-
ment and policy programs
at the University if Miami.
said an uninsured popula-

tion increases the cost of
hospitals that have to treat
the individuals for free.
When health care providers
are getting paid by insur-
ance or Medicaid that
means they can hire more
workers. And those workers
are consumers who eat at
restaurants and buy hous-
ing, further boosting the
"The multiplier effects
are t\o-and-a-half to three
times the initial increase."
he said.
But the Legislature so
far has rejected the state's
plan to expand traditional
The Senate is working on
alternative proposals, but
the House has expressed
reservations about taking
the federal money at all.
A bill by Sen. Joe Negron.
Please turn to GROUP 10D

Stolen grates draining city funds

Thefts imperil safety, but as scrap,

they're hardly worth the weight

By Larry Copeland

ATLANTA This is heavy
Thieves in communities
around the US are stealing
metal storm drain grates,
costing local governments
-thousands of dollars and
imperiling the safety of
motorists, bicyclists and
The steel or iron grates,
which weigh 200-300
pounds apiece, cover storm
drains that are sometimes
four-five feet wide with a
drop of 10 feet or more,
says Mark McKinnon of
the Georgia Department of
Authorities here and else-
where worry that motorists
pulling over could damage
their vehicles by driving
into an uncovered storm
drain. Or that someone

stopping alongside a high-
way and getting out of a car,
especially at night, could
tumble into one.
"We can't let this go or
put it off, the way we can
with something like litter
pickup," McKinnon says.
"This is a safety issue.
When these things turn up
missing, we've got to replace
It's happening in other
places, too:
In recent weeks; thieves
have stolen storm grates
from several communities
in the Philadelphia area.
In New Garden Township,
police are investigating
the theft of 16 grates, says
interim township man-
ager Spencer Andress. "It's
a real safety hazard," he
says. "There are three other
neighboring communities
that have experienced this."

Factoring in transportation,
installation and labor costs,
replacing each grate costs
$700-$800, he says.
One morning in February,
the people of Perry Village,
N.Y., about 50 miles east of
Buffalo, found seven storm
drain grates missing, says
village administrator Terry
Murphy. The village of-
fered a $1,000 reward, but
there were no takers. "My
fear is it was somebody not
in the immediate area,"
he says. "If it was a local,
somebody would've ratted
them out." It's going to cost
about $3,500 to replace the
grates, he says.
Thieves in Gresham, Ore.,
stole 18 storm grates in the
past few weeks that will
cost an estimated $7,500 to
replace, Watershed Division
manager Jennifer Belknap
Williamson told KOIN Local
6 television.
In Atlanta, about 600
storm drain grates have
been stolen over the past

few months across the
metro area, mostly along
expressways. Investigators
are checking junkyards
but the grates, which fetch
only $15-$20 when sold for
scrap, have not turned up,
McKinnon says.
With such a small return
on investment as scrap and
with a two- or three-man
crew required to steal each
grate, McKinnon says of-
ficials speculate that the
grates are being sold out-of-
state to developers who are
unaware that they're stolen.
"If somebody comes to a
developer or developers and
says, 'We can get you these
for $200 instead of $350 or
$400,' they would see that
as a good deal, not realizing
they're stolen," he says.
McKinnon says investiga-
tors also are probing the
possibility that the Atlanta
thieves are posing as utility
workers or road department
personnel while doing their
heavy lifting.

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continued from 6D

understanding that they will
be branded as thieves.
The Federal Trade Commis-
sion has fielded complaints
about the databases and
is examining whether they
comply with the Fair Credit
Reporting Act, a federal law
aimed at curbing inaccurate
consumer information and
giving consumers more con-
trol, said Anthony Rodriguez,
a staff lawyer at the agency.
Screening for suspected
episodes of shoplifting is one
part of a background check,
as companies scour for evi-
dence of criminal convictions
or sex-offender registration.
Almost all retailers perform
background checks, accord-
ing to a 2011 survey from the
federation. But some back-
ground-check companies are
wary of the theft admissions,
which retailers submit to

the databases.
"That is not a product that
we sell, because I think it's
a product fraught with risk
and inefficiency," said Wil-
liam Greenblatt, the chief
executive of the background-
check company Sterling Info-
Federal authorities have
zeroed in on background-
check data. Last summer, the
F.T.C. settled charges with
HireRight, which provides a
retail-theft database along
with other types of screen-
ings. Among the accusations,
the agency said that some
records were inaccurate and
that the firm made it too diffi-
cult for consumers to dispute
LexisNexis agreed last
week to pay $13.5 million to
settle a class-action suit on
behalf of 31,000 people that
accused the firm of violating
consumer protection laws by
selling background checks to

debt collectors. The company
did not admit wrongdoing.
As the economic recovery
limps forward, consumer
lawyers say, the consequenc-
es of the retail theft databas-
es' can be particularly dev-
astating. With so many job
applicants, employers have
little incentive to hire some-
one with a tarnished back-
Since the recession, law-
suits have proliferated
against the companies that
operate retail theft databas-
es, like LexisNexis, which
owned Esteem until this year,
HireRight and GIS, according
to a review of court records.
In the last year, the nature
of the lawsuits has changed,
too, as lawyers try to build
class-action cases. HireRight
did not return calls for com-
ment, and the other firms de-
clined to comment.
Stores carefully train loss-
prevention officers to ensure

the admissions are accurate,
Mellor said, and the data-
bases reverify information.
But with an inaccurate state-
ment, he said, "your options
for getting it out of a database
are slim." Some retailers are
moving away from the data-
bases. Home Depot, which
just stopped using Esteem,
said the decision followed a
general review of "systems
and services."
For Keesha Goode, $34.97
in missing merchandise was
enough to destroy her future
in retailing.
Goode, 28, was a clerk at
the discount store Forman
Mills in 2008, when she was
accused of not ringing up a
former employee's purchas-
es. During a nearly two-hour
examination, Goode, who
maintains her innocence,
said she had agreed to write
out a statement because she
worried she would be sent to

South Florida's job report shows an increase

continued from 6D

the Florida Department of
Economic Opportunity.
Florida's rate dropped to
7.7 percent from 7.9 percent
in January, the state said. A
year ago, the rate was nine
percent in Florida. There's
more good news to come, ac-
cording to a new report by TD
Bank economists, projecting
jobs will be added at about a
2 percent higher rate than a
year ago, with construction
activity expected to grow.
"The South Florida region
seems to be recovering the
fastest," said TD Economist
Michael Dolega. That pace
is likely to increase as the
tricounty area draws more
manufacturers seeking to
export their goods to South
America, he said.
Sean Snaith, an economist

for the University of Central
Florida, said the recovery has
been "fairly strong in South
Florida," for a variety of rea-
sons. Leisure and hospital-
ity jobs have been strong and
the housing market is getting
on better footing.

"We're seeing declining in-
ventory. There's a lot of posi-
tive data coming out of hous-
ing that we haven't seen for
years," he said.
Villamil said Florida is now
outpacing the nation in add-
ing jobs, but said mandated
government cuts under se-
questration in defense, medi-
cal research and other areas
could slow the state's growth.
Congress "has got to get
their act together and put
this country on a growth
path," he said.
Florida is on track for fu-

ture growth as its popula-
tion continues to grow. That
will boost demand for hous-
ing and increase consumer
spending, which will gener-
ate construction, retail and
other jobs, economists say.
Construction jobs will be
added mostly in residential,
with housing starts expected
to rise by nearly one-third
this year, TD Banks report
says. Other hiring will come
from infrastructure projects,
and transportation spending
is expected to rise by 11 per-
Florida housing starts are
up a staggering 39.1 percent
over February 2012.
MetroStudy economist
Brad Hunter recently said
there's an urgency to buy
as people who had moved in
with family or roommates are
buying homes again and oth-
ers are "moving up" to larger

homes. Housing demand is
expected to grow as a new
wave of baby boomer retirees
move to Florida from other
Florida is on track to be-
come the third-most-popu-
lous state in 2013, surpass-
ing New York, according to
the TD Bank forecast, which
said 200,000 people moved
to the state in 2012. By 2014,
population growth will accel-
erate to 360,000.
TD says that revised job
numbers for 2012 show Flor-
ida added 80,000 more jobs
last year than originally re-
ported, for an annual gain
of 135,000 jobs in the state.
Florida's Department of Eco-
nomic Opportunity reviews
year-ago job numbers at the
beginning of the new year to
see if they're accurate. For
2012, they were higher than
originally reported.


brtttos iP planning a move in the next year, the most common
reasons were to get to a new or better home or neighborhood.

Spike in US relocation rates

continued from 6D

show that the average
American moves six
times in their adult
life, but 49 percent of
those recently sur-
veyed said they put
off moving since the
housing bubble burst.
Of those who had
delayed a move, 37
percent cited econom-
ic instability as the
main reason, while 31
percent blamed the
declining real estate
Millennials those
between the ages of
18 and 34 are most
likely to consider mov-
ing, the Mayflower
survey says.
About half of them
say they'll consider it
in the next year. Near-

ly a third of the 1,020
respondents said
they'd consider mov-
ing in the next year.
Of the Millennial re-
spondents, 34 percent
said they'd be more
likely to rent today,
down from 55 percent
five years ago.
For those planning a
move in the next year,
the most common rea-
sons were to get to a
new or better home or
Rising home val-
ues make it easier for
some people to move.
Home prices were up
8.1 percent in Janu-
ary from a year prior,
according to the Stan-
dard & Poor's/Case-
Shiller index. Existing
home sales were also
up 10 percent in Feb-
ruary from a year ago,

the National Associa-
tion of Realtors says.
As the economy re-
covers, people are
moving longer dis-
tances, says Jed
Kolko, economist of
real estate website
All of last year's in-
crease in household
moves involved re-
settlements in another
county or state, he
Meanwhile, there
was little change in
the number of moves
to another house with-
in the same county.
New jobs often re-
quire longer-distance
moves, so the increase
in cross-county and
cross-state moves is a
sign that more people
are moving for jobs,
Kolko says.

Former realtor turns hair salon

into a profitable business venture

continued from 6D

become her closest
ally. She says being
the single mother of
two children, six and
three, made her even
more determined to

Guruhabits corn
offers these sugges-
tions among its list
of considerations
before giving up
on your goals and
Instead of giving
up, trust that you
will find a way. Ev-
eryone wants to see
the entire route be-
fore they begin their
Eliminate the es-
cape routes.
Don't let difficul-
ties derail you
Remember that
awkwardness comes
before skillfulness

"I am a single moth-
er and I almost quit,"
Parson said. "I tried
some of everything
but it didn't work," she
said. "I live in Home-

Shekeila Parson, owner of Shek Hair by
Keila with TV star Sherri Shepherd.

stead but I come to Mi-
ami to wofk."
Her hair business,
Shek Hair by Keila is
located at 7541 Bis-
cayne Blvd which
means she commutes
more than 100 miles
each day. As for the
definition of persis-
tence-Parson's fulfills
the steadfast compo-
"I struggled at first,
but then it started
happening for me," she
said. "Just as I was
about to give up, my
cousin (who is a pro-
moter) placed me on
a service directory for
celebrities." "My first
call came from come-
dian Sherri Shepherd
[of ABC's The View],"

she says. "I sent in
photos of my work just
like everyone else -
then I got the call."
She shares a similar
story of doing K. Mi-
chelle's hair record-
ing artist and actress
on BET's Love and Hip
"With her [K. Mi-
chelle] it happened the
same way," she said.
"Now she calls me
whenever she's in Mi-
Shek Hair by Keila
provides a variety of
services including: col-
or treatments, natural
styles and her special-
ty, hair extensions.
Contact Shekeila at
305-684-4771 for an

Payday lending drains $1B a year

continued from 6D

in economic activ-
ity should serve as a
strong signal that, in
addition to the well-
documented harm to
the families direct-
ly receiving payday
loans, payday lending
harms local communi-
ty economies and the
overall economy," the
report states.
"Payday lending drains
over $2.5 million from
the economy each day.
In addition, we esti-
mate that more than
38 people lose their
jobs each day due to

the economic drain of
payday lending."
Payday lending has
been a centerpiece
of the Center for Re-
sponsible Lending's
research and policy
efforts over the past
decade. CRL also sup-
ported the new re-
port's development.
Earlier CRL research
determined that
each year 12 million
Americans become
entrapped in payday
loans, taking out an
average of nine loans
per year.
With more than
22,000 locations,
there are more than

two payday stores for
every Starbucks coffee
CRL has also docu-
mented how storefront
payday lenders tend to
concentrate locations
in low-income and
communities of color.
The Southern states
of Alabama, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Tennessee
and South Carolina
had the highest num-
ber of payday stores
per 10,000 residents.
Outside of the Deep
South, Missouri and
Nevada were the only
states with compara-
ble density of payday




Pepsi's sure it has the right one, baby

Beyonce stars in

new ad for soda

By Bruce Horovitz

Goodbye, Pepsi Genera-
tion. Hello, Beyonce Genera-
Pepsi, launched its
brand and hired hand
Beyonce into the pop-
culture stratosphere with
a 60-second commercial
featuring the wildly popular
pop singer. The spot, by ad
agency 180 LA, launched
on Pepsi's YouTube channel,
features Beyonce reliving
her past and exploring her
future while watching herself
in a mirror dance to her new
song, "Grown Woman".
The move comes at a time
when top-draw celebrities
are increasingly calling the
sponsorship shots as they
reach for more creative
control and push harder to
embellish their own brands,
even as they get paid mil-
lions to hype sponsor
Recently, rapper Jay-Z
announced he's opening his
own sports agency to repre-
sent top athletes includ-
ing Yankees star Robinson
Cano. LeBron James, whose

4 t:stm lm SY ';- ,, A"T, ,
Beyonce's new Pepsi ad features her new single
"Grown Woman."

brand is global and who even
has part-ownership of a Brit-
ish soccer team, has said
he became a businessman
the first day he stepped onto
an NBA court. And Justin
Timberlake now considers
only wide-ranging sponsor-
ship deals with a chunk of
creative control.
"We're entering the age of
the celebrity industrial com-
plex," says Patricia Martin,
author of Renaissance Gen-
eration: The Rise of the Cul-
tural Consumer and What
it Means to Your Business.
"It's no longer about taking
a fee, but about two brands

coming together so they both
move product."
Martin traces the be-
ginnings of this evolution
back several decades to the
heydays of basketball legend
Michael Jordan and singer
Michael Jackson. Since
then, she says, the power
of the celebrity has grown
multidimensional with the
rise of social-media celebrity
"Celebrities don't just want
creative approval anymore,"
says Noreen Jenney Laffey,
president of Celebrity En-
dorsement Network. "They
want creative control."

Beyonce will have much of
that, and more, including:
Song power. Her new
song, Grown Woman, will
be seen and heard by more
than 1 billion people world-
wide by the time the cam-
paign ends.
Design power. Beyonce
will help design the new
cans with her image that
will be handed out at special
Pepsi-sponsored events -
but not sold in stores. Pepsi
will sponsor her upcoming
concert tour.
Content power. Beyonce
will play a role in establish-
ing the Pepsi Creative Devel-
opment Fund, which will be
devote to the co-creation of
innovative consumer con-
"She is at the epicenter
of pop culture," says Brad
Jakeman, president of
PepsiCo's Global Beverages
Group. "We couldn't have
asked for a better creative
But there are risks at both
ends, Martin notes. For Be-
yonce, it's about embracing
a brand that is losing cachet
with a generation of Millen-
nials less infatuated with
sugary drinks, Martin says.
Pepsi's risk, however un-
likely, Martin says, is this:
"Will the entertainer go off
the reservation?"

Oasis will mix pleasure, business

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of
the Seas will launch its first
cruises in Europe during a
skip across the Atlantic for
routine maintenance.
Royal Caribbean Interna-
tional said the 5,400-pas-
senger Oasis would offer two
cruises to and from Europe
and three within Europe,
starting in September 2014.
The Oasis, which shares the
title of world's biggest cruise
ship with its younger sister,
Allure of the Seas, has been
operating Caribbean cruises

from Fort Lauderdale since its
debut in December 2009.
While in Europe, the Oasis
will offer three sailings: two
round-trip, five-night Western
Mediterranean cruises from
Barcelona and a seven-night
cruise calling at Malaga and
Vigo, Spain.
The five-night itineraries
will be detailed before the
cruises open for sale on April
11. Oasis will enter dry dock in
Rotterdam, then cruise back
to Florida from Rotterdam and
Southampton, England.

With the goal of advanc-
ing the City of Miami
through the support of mi-
nority businesses and edu-
cation, the Miami Bayside
Foundation is hosting a
Minority Business Round-
table event on Wednesday,
April 17th at the Bayside
Marketplace [401 Biscayne
Blvd., Miami]. There will
be opportunities to learn
about: business loans;
technical assistance; and

networking. There will also
be an informative panel
discussion moderated by
M-D Chamber of Com-
merce President Bill Diggs.
Get tuned into the strat-
egies that will help you
strengthen and grow your
For more info go to www.
org ibaysidefoundation.org> or
call 305-379-7070.

Coming up: Job fair, networking
More than a dozen chamber partners and
business organizations have joined to pres- J
ent a mega event. .J
The Broward County Chamber of Corn-
merce South Florida Business Expo 2013, A
International Trade Show & Job Fair will be FA IR
held April 11 at War Memorial Auditorium in
Fort Lauderdale from 3-9 p.m.
The event will'include networking semi-
nars and an international business pavilion.
The cost to attend is $10. Bring plenty of business cards.
For more information, call 964-565-5750 or visit browardbiz.com.

Most S. FLs have bank accounts
S ;-'. Nearly two-thirds of people in Broward and Miami-
Dade counties have bank or credit untion accounts,
S according to the consumer website NerdWallet.com.
Some 64.7 percent of people in the two counties are
fully banked and don't need to use alternative financial
services such as payday lenders or pawn shops,
which can charge expensive fees, the website said.
South Florida is slightly below the national aver-
,.-! age of 100 cities with 64.46 percent of people having
bank accounts, NerdWallet found.

Serena supports Sun Life
After coasting through her Sony Open semifinal
match earlier in the week, Miami Dolphins limited .. .
partner and top seed Serena Williams, right, was
asked if she would help the franchise's efforts to gain
public financing for renovations at Sun Life Stadium '
in order to land future Super Bowl.
"We definitely want the Super Bowl," Williams said.
"We know we have to make some changes in the WILLIAMS
stadium in order to have it back. I'm definitely for
having a great stadium for the awesome fans that we have."


buyback program

Pompano Beach will become the latest city to of-
fer a gun buyback program to get unwanted or unneeded
weapons our of people's homes.
The program, funded with $10,000 in confiscated funds, is set for
April 6 at the E. Pat Larkins Civic Center, 520 Martin Luther King
Jr. Blvd. Participants will get a $100 gift card to such businesses as
Publix, Walgreens or Wal-Mart.
Commissioner Rex Hadin voted against the program calling buybacks
"political feel good measures" that don't reduce gun violence.

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Bayside Foundation to host

Minority Business Roundtable


Together we'll go far



Payday loans might act as debt traps for residents

Short-term loan pointers

By Susan Tompor

For someone who
can't pay a cellphone
bill or the rent, it might
seem perfectly reason-
able to dish out an ex-
tra $42 to get a $300
two-week advance on.
a -paycheck in Michi-
After all, you'd be
able to pay the bills,
keep your service and
avoid extra late fees.
No doubt, borrowers
may be able to afford
to pay $15 or $20 in
fees for each $100 bor-
rowed for some payday

But the real ques-
tion is can they actu-
ally afford to repay the
payday loans? Come
up with $300 or $500
in just two weeks? Or
even in a month? It's
not a small issue, es-
pecially as regulators
examine whether bor-
rowers can afford to
repay mortgages and
student loans, too.
Payday lending is
receiving more scru-
tiny. Richard Cordray,
director of the federal
Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau,
noted in a speech in
February that the fees

may seem small for
quick cash, but con-
sumers in a financial
jam could fall into debt
traps if the fees pile up
and consumers must
borrow again to avoid
defaulting and to keep
making ends meet.
About 19 million
Americans use pay-
day loans each year,
according to the Com-
munity Financial
Services Association
of America, a trade
Some services, such
as Check 'n Go, have
online calculators that
can make the loans
seem doable. Plug in
a $300 amount to cal-

culate the payback in
Michigan and you'd
see there's a $42.45
finance charge. You'd
pay back $342.45,
and the annualized
interest rate would be
368.91 percent.
The payback would
vary significantly by
state. In Texas, that
$300 payday loan
would have a finance
charge of $76.15; you'd
pay back $376.15 and
the APR would be
661.78 percent.
But the small print
notes that this is based
on a 14-day loan term.
Frankly, this is
where the grab-mon-

there mess starts.
"It is highly unre-
alistic for borrow-
ers to think that they
will repay the loan on
their next payday," ac-
cording to Pew's latest
"Payday Lending in
America" report.
Alex Horowitz, re-
search manager for
Pew Charitable Trusts
in Washington, D.C.,
maintains that many
people end up getting
trapped in a payday
loan cycle that lasts
closer to five months
or more.
About 27 percent of
those surveyed in the
Pew Report said a pay-
day lender making a

PIP system could get scrapped

Fla's auto insurance may allow

suits against at-fault drivers

By Kathleen Haughney

makers took the first steps
Tuesday to do away with the
state's no-fault auto insur-
ance system and replace it
with a coverage that would
let accident victims sue
an at-fault driver to cover
medical bills and property
At a Senate hearing
recently, lawmakers took
testimony from the Office
of Insurance Regulation,
industry lobbyists and
lawyers about the impact of

scrapping the 41-year-old
personal injury protection
system, which pays for the
first $10,000 of medical bills
and lost wages regardless of
who is at fault in an acci-
"We are warming up to
this idea," said Michael
Carlson, executive direc-
tor for the Personal Injury
Federation of Florida, which
represents State Farm, All-
state and Progressive.
Florida lawmakers last
year spent months work-
ing on a revamp to the PIP
law, which insurers say is

beset by fraud. But with a
recent court ruling calling
into question the constitu-
tiohality of those changes,
lawmakers are debating
whether to scrap the whole
system and allow victims to
sue at-fault drivers.
State Sen. David Sim-
mons, R-Altamonte Springs,
said that the Legislature
has "dealt with" PIP changes
every four to five years in
hopes that costs would de-
crease for drivers. But that's
never happened, he said.
Simmons' proposal would
scrap PIP for bodily-injury
coverage, requiring a policy
with limits of $25,000 for a
single person and $50,000
per accident medical care

and damages. It would also
have a $10,000 limit for
property damage.
Sandra Starnes, direc-
tor of Property & Casualty
Product Review for the Of-
fice of Insurance Regula-
tion, told lawmakers' that 90
percent of motorists already
buy bodily-injury coverage.
Simmons is hoping that
the BI system would root out
the fraud that has plagued
PIP by making people go
through the court system
- though rampant fraud is
what prompted the switch to
no-fault in 1972.
But it's unclear whether
lawmakers will approve the
change by the May 3 end of
the legislative session.

Cleaning your personal computer for spring

continued from 7D

wired, unplug them from the
computer. If they're wireless,
shut them off and remove the
A few blasts of compressed
air should take care of any
dust on 'the keyboard and
debris stuck between keys.
Next, swab your keyboard
and mouse with bleach-free
disinfecting wipes to remove
grime. You can also use cot-
ton swabs dipped in isopro-
pyl alcohol for a deep clean
between the keys.
For your monitor screen,
use a soft, slightly damp lint-
free cloth. Don't use cleaners
that contain ammonia.
If you're confident enough
to open up the inside of a PC
desktop case, now's a good
time to remove dust buildup
on the case fans, air vents,
motherboard and CPU heat-
sink and fan.
On a laptop, blow com-
pressed air into the intakes
along the side.

In addition to compromis-
ing your privacy, spyware
and viruses bog down your
PC's performance.
Scan your machine with
reputable anti-virus and an-
ti-spyware programs to com-
bat this threat. Run the scans
and remove any threats that
pop up.
Remember to update your
security programs often so
you can stay protected from
emerging threats. Weekly
scans help, too.

Windows uses free hard
disk space for extra memory.
A hard drive that's nearly full
will slow down your comput-
First, get rid of tempo-
rary Internet and Windows
files with the free program
Two more free programs
help. Grab Revo Uninstaller
to thoroughly remove any
programs you don't use any-

more. Zap trial software and
other unwanted bloatware
with PC Decrapifier.
Still bumping up against
your hard drive's storage
limit? Consider moving your
photo, video or music library
to an external drive. Use a
free disk-visualizing program
such as WinDirStat to see
what other applications and
files are taking up the most
If your PC or laptop has a
conventional hard drive not
a solid-state drive it can
benefit from defragmenting.
In Start>>Control Panel, run
Disk Defragmenter (Optimize
Drives in Windows 8) to con-
solidate fragmented files and
folders and speed up reading
and writing to the disk. Also
run the Error Checking util-
ity, which scans the drive for
bad sectors and file system

The second Tuesday of ev-
ery month is sort of a holi-

day for Windows users. It's
called Patch Tuesday, and
it's the day Microsoft releases
updates for Windows. Other
tech companies often release
patches to coincide with this
date, too.
These updates help you
keep drivers and service
packs up to date. They also
fix security holes in Windows
and programs like Office
and Internet Explorer, which
hackers can exploit by sneak-
ing malware onto your PC.
Go to Start>>Control
P a n e 1 > > A 1 1
Programs>>Windows Update.
It will tell you what updates
need to be installed on your
computer. Make sure you
click the "Check for updates"
link to see if the computer is
up to date.
If you haven't done so, turn
on automatic updates so you
get hassle-free protection in
the future. You can do this
by clicking "Change settings"
and choosing "Install up-
dates automatically" in the
drop down menu.

HTC's new cell phone joins elite tech-brawl

continued from 7D

different from mine,
though I suspect some
users will find Blink-
Feed a bit overwhelm-
ing. If so, you can go
with HTC's alternative
Sense Android layout.
My main gripe with
the HTC One has to do
with usability.
For example, the
decorative HTC logo
that sits below the
4.7-inch display is in
precisely the location
where you'd expect a
home button to be. I
kept inadvertently hit-
ting that logo to no ef-
fect, because the actu-
al onscreen home icon
that you're meant to
tap is off to its right. A
poor design choice.
As I indicated, the
HTC One's camera
can produce top-
notch picture quality
and features a suite
of clever photographic
stunts built around
a feature called Zoe.
When Zoe is turned
on, for example, you

can capture not only a
still photograph when
you tap the camera
icon but also grab a
few seconds of video.
Through an "always
smile" retouch feature
inside Zoe you can
drag a circle that ap-
pears around a face
until you get a pose
you can live with. Zoe
can also automati-
cally produce a little
themed highlight reel
put together from
some of your shots.
But too often I found
the Zoe software con-
fusing. It was not al-
ways intuitive how to
dig down to get to the
various features, clev-
er though they may
The camera itself
is built around what
HTC claims to be
the largest and most
light-sensitive pixels
you'll find on a smart-
phone-so while there
are fewer pixels than
on other phones, HTC
says the ones on board
her capture more than
300 percent more light

than other cameras.
I was really im-
pressed with how mu-
sic sounded on the
phone. And HTC had
demonstrated to me a
fun karaoke software
feature with lyrics
fetched from Grace-
note, but it didn't work
with the music that

was loaded on my test
I didn't do a for-
mal battery test but
did notice low bat-
tery warnings late in
the day, so its some-
thing to watch. And be
mindful that the bat-
tery, like the iPhone, is
not removable.

HTC One is a solid
phone well-sculpted
device that belongs
in the conversation of
heavyweight smart-
phone contenders.
You'll appreciate many
of its features even as
you wish some of the
software was more in-

withdrawal from their
bank account caused
an overdraft, accord-
ing to Pew's report.
Lenders are able to
automatically with-
draw payments from
borrowers' bank ac-
Only 14 percent of
those surveyed in the
Pew report said they
can afford to pay more

than $400 toward
their payday loan debt
in a month, the report
Amy Cantu, a
spokeswoman for the
Community Financial
Services Association of
America, disputed sev-
eral areas of the Pew
report, noting that the
typical customer uses
the product for weeks

or months, not years.
A consumer may use
the product seven
times over the course
of the year for a short
period of time, and not
all uses are consecu-
tive, she said.
But do consumers
have other options?
Maybe, but they aren't
exactly cheap or obvi-

New items in technology

continued from 7D

It's elementary
One of the highest-
rated PC adventure
games over the last
decade has made Its
debut on the iPad.
Contributor Marc
Saltzman says Frog-
wares' "Sherlock Hol-
mes: The Awakened"

that is a successful
PC port that looks,
sounds and plays
great on the iPad -
especially if you If
you enjoy a slower-
paced, story-driven
and puzzle-filled
Vinyl makes
a comeback. Alice
Truongs surf report
takes a spin with

an exceedingly cute
$100 turntable for
those who want to
dabble in old school
without a huge in-
vestment. The Cruis-
er. from turntable
maker Crosley, won't
exactly wvow audio-
philes. but it'll do for
those on a budget
and curious about
invyl. she sa\ s

Medicare to usher in FL jobs

continued from 8D

R-Palm City, has the
support of senators.
Gov. Rick Scott and
the medical commu-
The legislation would
create a state-based
health insurance

program that could
make Florida eligible
for the associated
federal funding
Last Tuesday. Sen.
Aaron Bean. R-Jack-
sonville. introduced
a compromise plan
that would subsidize
low-income individu-
als. but would not

make Florida eligible
for the federal funds
'I'm open to every
good idea as long as
it results in people
getting health care.
Rueben said.
Tallahassee report-
er Kathleen Haugh-
ineu contributed to
this report.




The City of Miami's Omni and Midtown Community Redevelopment Agencies
(CRA) 2012 Annual Report is available.

In accordance with section 163.356(3)(c), Florida Statutes, the City of Miami's
Omni and Midtown Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA's) have devel-
oped the annual report of their activities including a complete financial state-
ment setting forth assets, liabilities, income, and operating expenses as of the
end of Fiscal Year 2012. This report has been filed with the City of Miami's
Office of the City Clerk and is available for inspection during business hours
in the Office of the City Clerk, located at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American
Drive. In addition, the report is available in the Omni and Midtown CRA office,
located at 1401 North Miami Ave, 2nd floor, Miami, FL. It can also be found on
the CRA's website, www.miamicra.com/omnimidtown.

For further information, contact the Omni and Midtown CRA at (305) 679-6868.

(#19311) Pieter A. Bockweg
Executive Director




RFQ NO: 13-002

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (the
"CRA") is seeking the services of an experienced and qualified individual to
provide professional services in credit underwriting, grant/loan closing, and con-
struction grant/loan servicing relating to the development of certain multifamily
housing projects within the redevelopment area. The Proposer must be able to
perform every element of the scope of services as outlined in this RFQ package.

Completed Responses must be delivered to the City of Miami City Clerk's
Office, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 no later than 2:00 pm,
on May 7th, 2013 ("Response Submission Date"). Any Responses received
after the above date and time or delivered to a different address or location will
not be considered.

RFQ documents may be obtained on or after April 9th, 2013, from the CRA of-
fices, 1490 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Suite 105, Miami, Florida 33136, or from the CRA
webpage: http://www.miamicra.com/seopwcra/pages/procurement.html

The CRA reserves the right to accept any Responses deemed to be in the best
interest of the CRA, to waive any minor irregularities, omissions, and/or techni-
calities in any Responses, or to reject any or all Responses and to re-advertise
for new Responses as deemed necessary by the CRA without notice.

1490 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Ste. 105 | Miami, FL 33136
Tel (305) 679-6800 I Fax (305) 679-6835 I http://www.miamicra.com-

MIA-Building 896 40 Year Re-Certification

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

Scope: Update to the electrical system and other miscellaneous work to com-
ply with the 40 re-certification requirements.

Packages Bidding: CSBE Trade Set-Aside "A" Site Work, "B" Concrete, "C"
Miscellaneous Metals, "D" Fireproofing, "E" Roofing, "F" Waterproofing, "G"
Doors/Hardware, "H" Drywall, "I" Painting, "J" Plumbing, "K" HVAC, "L"

Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory): Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
Location: MCM 4301 NW 22nd Street, Building 3030, 2nd Floor
Sealed Bids Due: Thursday, May 2, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
Bonding required for bids of $200,000 or higher

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


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Section 8. One and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080

135 NW 18 Street
Move in Special
First month moves you
in. One bedroom, one
bath $395 monthly. Two
bedrooms, one bath. $495
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel

1500 NW 69 Terrace
Beautiful one or two bdrms.
Section 8 OK. 786-282-8775
1525 NW 1 Place
First month moves you in.
One bedroom, one bath,
$400 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.

1612 NW 51 Terrace
$500 moves you in.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.

1801 NW 1st Court
First month moves you in.
Two bdrms one bath. $550
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1801 NW 2 Avenue
First month move you in!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. Free, 19 inch
LCD TV. Call: Joel 786-355-

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

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

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.

2121 NE 167 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Appliances, free

2365 NW 97 Street
One bedroom, $625 monthly,
first and last. 786-515-3020
or 305-691-2703
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
3185 NW 75 Street
Move in Special. One
bedroom, close to metro rail.
$650 monthly. 305-439-2906
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

5101 NW 24 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 monthly. 305-717-6084
7600 NE 3rd Court
One large bdrm.
7645 NE 4 Court
Efficiency, one bath. $495.

8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
One or two bedrooms,
qualify the same day. 305-
603-9592 or visit our office
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280

1055 NW 100 Terrace
Good location, close to 1-95,

$1,100 mthly. Section '8
welcome. 305-300-1440


142 NW 71 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, yard,
tiled, washer/dryer hookup,
bars, air, $900 mthly. Section
8 ok!. 305-389-4011 or
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $475,
free water. 305-642-7080
1832 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
bars, air, free water, Section
8 Welcome, $900 monthly,
appliances, 305-215-8125
1879 NW 73 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Bars, fenced, stove,
refrigerator and air. $750
monthly. $2250 to move in.
230 N.W. 56th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $875 monthly.
2490 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, air, 786-
587-4050 or 954-295-8529
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850, free water and
electricity, 305-642-7080.

324 NE 56 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1025. Free water.

4625 NW 15 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, $795.
$1900 move in.
5619 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 monthly. Free water,
all appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV, call Joel

745 NW 101 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$1100. 786-306-4839
812 N.W. 61st Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$900 monthly. NO
Section 8! First, and security.
Call 305-244-6952,
881 NW 107 Street
Three bdrms, one bath.
$1200 mthly. 305-825-1444

1672 N.W. 116th Terrace
Lights, water and central air.
Dish TV 200 channels, $650
monthly Call 305-688-9068.
2230 Fillmore Street
Refrigerator, stove, ceiling
fan, bath and shower.
305-816-6992, 786-262-4701
Furnished, $550 mthly, water
and electric included, first
and last. 786-269-9415

Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186 305-987-9710
1430 NW 68 Street
Seniors. Handicapped
accessible. Free cable. $400
monthly. 786-366-5930 Dee
or 305-305-0597 Big E.
1448 NW 69 STREET
$400 mo., $100 to move in.
$100 Deposit. 305-934-9327
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1709 NW 62 TERR.
Newly renovated rooms. Near
bus lines. Priviledges like
home, central air and heat.
One person $550 monthly,
two people $650.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community,
refrigerator, microwave, TV,
free cable, private entrance
and air. Call 954-678-8896
567 NW 94 Street
Nice area, cable, air,
renovated, big yard. $450
monthly. For Seniors. 786-
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776 .
2170 Washingtori Avenue
Clean rooms, $500 monthly.
provides single room rentals,
$450-$500 per month,
requirements three months
or more clean with high
movation for recovery. Call
Tony 786-925-6066.


10360 S.W. 173rd Terrace
Four bdrms, one bath,
$1495. Appliances, central
1283 NW 55 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $ 625
mthly. water included.
1473 NW 68 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath.
Section 8 welcome.
1701 N.W 152 TERRACE

Three bedrooms. $2000 to
move in. $1000 monthly.

1740 NW 46 Street
Totally updated three bdrms,
one bath, tile, central air.
$1,175 mthly. 305-662-5505
2186 NW 47 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths,
big yard, $1495 monthly.
Section 8 only. 786-547-9116
2343 NW 100 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $825.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

2730 NW 10 Place
Ft. Lauderdale
Three bdrms, one bath,
$895. Stove, refrigerator,

2732 NW 199 Lane
Section 8 OK! Three bdrms,
one bath, central air, tiled
floors, fresh paint. $1295 a
month. Call Joe:
3037 NW 49 Street
Three bdrms., two baths,
family room, garage, central
air, Section 8 ok. Call:
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
3810 NW 186 Street
Three bdrms, two bath, with
florida room. 786-356-2000
5510 NW 1 Avenue
Newly renovated, three
bedrooms, two baths. Section
8 Welcome. 786-306-6515,
954-364-4168, 305-754-3993
S 651 N.W. 52nd Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1400 monthly. Section 8
preferred. 305-527-8330
6930 NW 6th Court
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1300, 786-623-7903.
Miami Area
Five and six bedrooms.
Section 8 ok. 305-218-5151
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
welcome! Others available.
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1,300 monthly. 954-295-
North of Palmetto Expressway
and. 37th Avenue, three
bdrms., two baths, central
air, washer, dryer, Section 8
welcome, 786-543-3029 or
10935 Perry Drive. Three
bdrms, one bath. Section 8
OK. $1000. 305-528-3570
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 305-731-3591

Office Space

4200 NW 7 Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
From $400-$600 monthly,
office furniture, local phone
service and WIFI included.
Virtual office options are
available starting at $75
per month. Call today for
information 305-758-1770.


1312 NW 68 Street
Owner Financing
Low down payment
More to choose from
Molly 305-541-2855
225 NW 103 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
remodeled. Try only $3900
down and $866 monthly P&l-
New FHA mortgage. NDI
Realtors 305-655-1700
3421 NW 213 Street
Two bdrms, one bath,
remodeled. Try only $1900
down and $498 monthly P&l-
New FHA MTG. NDI Realtors
741 NE 137 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1400. 305-300-4322

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45 Years Experience!
Shingles, roofing, and leak
repairs. Call 305-491-4515
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License Barber Wanted
4420 NW 7th Avenue.
Call Shorty 786-597-7290

with credentials and
background clearance for
Sheyes of Miami Daycare.
All interested call:

Human Resources
The HR Coordinator
will assist with the
administration of the day to
day operations of The Miami
Times HR Department. The
individual will also assist in
managing human resources
polices, procedures,
payroll, insurance and
other pertinent programs.
The ideal candidate should
have a minimum of an
AS/AA degree or three
years work experience
in Human Resources.
Please fax resume along
with salary history to 305-
758-3617 or email to hr@

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in Broward and
Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only
You must be available
between the hours of 6
a.m. and 3 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

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

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FPL, Boost, T-Mobile, Direct
TV and Comcast, prison
commissary payments and
2973 NW 62nd Street
Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565
Handyman Special
Carpet cleaning, plumbing,
doors. 305-801-5690

By Tim Mullaney

Consumers' confi-
dence has wobbled in
March but econo-
mists' confidence is ris-
ing quickly.
Even as the Confer-
ence Board reported
last Tuesday that bud-
get fights in Washington
dragged down its con-
sumer confidence index
for March, economists
are quietly raising fore-
casts for first-quarter
economic growth to as
much as a three percent
annual clip.
That's well above the
1.8 percent median in
a USA TODAY survey of
economists last month.
Economists' improv-
ing outlooks also come
despite the increases
in middle-class payroll
taxes and top-bracket
income-tax rates on Jan.
1 and the beginning of
sharp federal spending
cuts on March 1.
The conflict is about
watching what people
do, not what they say.
Forecasts have been
raised both because

consumers have spent
more than expected and
because business execu-
tives who had reported
being rattled by the un-
certainty from Washing-
ton have raised invest-
ment anyway.
The latest evidence
was the 5.7 percent
gain in durable-goods
orders for February an-
nounced last Tuesday,
said Michael Hanson,
an economist at Bank of
America Merrill Lynch.
Faster jobs growth has
also helped, said UBS
economist Drew Matus.
"Jobs trump Wash-
ington folly," Matus
said. "The primary driv-
er is that people aren't
worried about being
laid off any more."
The government es-
timates the economy
grew only 0.1 percent
in the fourth quarter,
but a new estimate due
Thursday is expected to
be as high as 0.7 per-
The Conference
Board said. its con-
sumer confidence index
fell 8.3 points to 59.7

this month, on a scale
in which 100 reflects
the level of confidence
in 1985. But the in-
dex rose 9.6 points last
month, leaving confi-
dence about the same
as two months ago.
Consumers are wa-
vering between worry-
ing about Washington
Sand feeling better about
their own finances amid
recovering housing and
job markets.
An example of the
latter is last' Tuesday's
Standard & Poor's/
Case-Shiller Index re-
port, showing Janu-
ary home prices staged
their biggest 12-month
gain since 2006, said
Conference Board econ-
omist Ken Goldstein.
Consumers who have
been replacing worn-out
cars as that industry re-
covers from the reces-
sion need furniture and
appliances too, he said.
"I'm not sure they've
really made up their
mind," Goldstein said.
"If it was just about
the economy, and about
economic indicators,

IRS warns about 'dirty' tax scams

Watch out for unsolicited emails

By Kevin McCoy

Identity theft, phishing
scams, return-preparer
fraud and offshore tax
evasion head the annual
IRS list of'"dirty dozen"
tax scam's issued.
Tax fraud by use of
identity theft to claim
federal tax refunds
topped the 2013 list of
scams. Hundreds of
thousands of unsus-
pecting Americans con-
tinue to be victimized
by thieves who've gained
access to the taxpayers'
names, Social Security
numbers or other identi-
fying information.
The IRS said it pre-
vented the issuance of
$20 billion in fraudulent
refunds last year, in-
cluding those related to
identity theft. That was
up from $14 billion in
Despite IRS crack-
downs, the problem
continues to grow.
The agency's identity-
theft caseload soared
to 449,809 in 2012, up
more than 80 percent
from 2011, National Tax-
payer Advocate Nina O1-
son reported to Congress
in January.
About 3,000 IRS em-
ployees are assigned to
work on identity-theft
cases, more than double
the number in late 2011.
And the tax agency has
a special section on its
website, irs.gov, to help
taxpayers and victims.
What's on the list?

Are your kids spoiled?

Keep spending in

Miami in top four "spoiled kids" cities

By Regina Lewis

According to a U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture
report, it's estimated a
middle-income family will
spend roughly a quarter
million dollars to rear a
child. The number shoots
up to nearly half a million
for higher earners.
Bundle.com analyzed
spending at children
stores by ZIP code to
determine which cities
tend to spoil their kids
the most. Fancy strollers,
designer kids' clothes and
even "babycinnos" a
decaffeinated espresso for
kids can really add up.
According to their
informal analysis of the
data available, here are
some of the top "spoiled
kids" cities: Manhattan,
Brooklyn, Miami and
Spending money on
your child does not, of
course, automatically
equate to spoiling them.
But, a survey of 6,000
moms by Parenting.
com revealed 75 percent
of mothers think their

kids are at least "a little
So, what can you do to
keep spending and the
spoiling factor in check?
1. A little adversity
goes a long way. One of
the bright spots of hard
economic times is more
families are hunkering
down and dealing with
current financial realities
- together. Parents forced
to scale back often end up
re-prioritizing their time.
Coaching one of their
kids' teams (free). Going
to church (free).
2. Reward resource-
fulness. There's no telling
what the job climate will
be when our kids grow
up. But, one thing's
for sure, it pays to be
resourceful. So start
rewarding that now.
3. Don't assume
they'll outgrow expen-
sive taste. The luxury
trend doesn't end with
toddlers. The penchant
for high-end goods seems
to just strengthen with
age. Look no further than
the high-end college dorm
room market.

Other scams on this
year's "dirty dozen" list:
Phishing, which typi-
cally involves an unso-
licited email or fake
website designed to lure
potential victims into
providing personal or fi-
nancial information that
thieves use in identity-
theft crimes.
fraud by unscrupulous
tax professionals who file
for unwarranted refunds
or deductions or who use
client information for
identity theft scams. Al-
though most return pre-
parers are honest, the
IRS urged taxpayers to
choose their tax profes-
sional carefully.
Off-shore tax evasion
involves Americans who
fail to declare and pay
taxes on income gained
on assets hidden in for-
eign bank accounts. The
IRS has collected $5.5
billion since 2009 from
American owners of for-
eign accounts who have
participated in voluntary
disclosure programs.
Ads or flyers that
purportedly offer "free
money" from the IRS or
Social Security Admin-
istration. The IRS said
to beware of potential
scammers who use these
false promises to victim-
ize the elderly and oth-
Rounding out the
"dirty. dozen" scams
were: tax fraud through

impersonation of chari-
table organizations for
donations; filing tax re-
turns with false or in-
flated income and ex-
penses; falsely claiming
tax deductions or cred-
its to which you're not
entitled; making frivo-
lous arguments to avoid
federal taxes; falsely
claiming zero wages;
using disguised corpo-
rate ownership entities
to under-report income
or avoid filing tax re-
turns; and misusing
trusts in an improper
effort to cut or eliminate
tax liability.

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Louisville beats

By Paul Newberry
Associated Press

ATLANTA What a week
for Rick Pitino! He's elected to
the Hall of Fame. His horse is
headed to the Kentucky Derby.
His son gets a prominent head
coaching job. Then he caps it
off with what he wanted most
- another national champion-
For that, he can thank 13
of the grittiest guys he's ever
Luke Hancock produced an-
other huge game off the bench,
scoring 22 points, and Pitino
became the first coach to win
national titles at two schools
when Louisville rallied from
another 12-point deficit to beat
Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA
championship game Monday
The Cardinals (35-5) lived up
to their billing as the top over-
all seed in the ,tournament,
though they sure had to work
for it. Louisville trailed Wichita
State by a dozen in the sec-

ond half before rallying for a
72-68 victory. This time, they
fell behind by 12 in the first
half, then unleashed a stun-
ning spurt led by Hancock that
wiped out the entire deficit
before the break.
While Pitino shrugged off
any attempt to make this
about him, there was no doubt
the Cardinals wanted to win a
national title for someone else
- injured guard Kevin Ware.
Siva added 18 points for
the Cardinals, who closed the
season on a 16-game winning
streak, and Chane Behanan
chipped in with 15 points and
12 rebounds as Louisville
slowly but surely closed out
the Wolverines (31-8).
Michigan wasin the title
game for the first time since
the Fab Five lost the second
of two straight championship
games in 1993. Players from
that team, including Chris
Webber, cheered on the latest
group of young stars.
But, like the Fab Five, na-
tional player of the year Trey


Burke and a squad ith three
freshman starters came up
short in the last game of the
"A lot of people didn't ex-
pect us to get this far,' sa id
Burke, who led the Wolverines
with 24 points. "A lot of people
didn't expect us to get past the I!l1
second round. We fought. We
fought up to this point, but
Louisville was the better tea rn
today, and they're deserving of
the win." y
Louisville has a chance to
make it two national titles in
24 hours.
The surprising women's team n- i
faced Conrnec tic Lt Tuesday
night in the championship
game at New Orleans.
Burke, who played only six ,
minutes in the first half be-
cause of the foul trouble, did
his best to give Michigan its '1
first championship since 1989.
But he couldn't do it alone.-
Albrecht was held scoreless af-
ter the break, and no one else
posted more than 12 points for Louis
the Wolverines. pionshi

82-76 for NCAAtitle

ville celebrates defeating Michigan to win the NCAA Division I National Cham-
p on Monday, April 8, in Atlanta. Louisville beat Michigan 82-76.

Competition heats up in Miami's billiards league

Will last year's,

the Assassins,

repeat their win?

By Kevin Hicks
Miami Times writer

There are many hobbies
people tend to play and as
they get a little older, some
sports, like basketball and
football, may become too
physical. But children, young
adults and senior citizens can
enjoy one game that requires
precision, dexterity the abil-
ity to compute mathematical
angles. The game, which is
called billiards or sometimes
"pool," has been around since
the 15th century. Men and
women enjoyed this fast paced
game worldwide. And there
are plenty of pool leagues that
have competition for any type




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Last season's men's champ The Assassins.

of player from the novice ama-
teur to the professional.
Miami has its own pool
league although some may not
know it. It's called the Ball-
in-Hand Pool Tournament
League, Inc. and it's members
have been shooting pool for
over 20 years.
Here's how the game works.
In ball-in-hand, when a player

that commits certain fouls,
the opponent can placed the
cue 'ball (white) anywhere on
the table in play. Some pool
shooters consider this type of
pool play as "Dirty Pool."
How did the league start?
Penny Roma of Fast Times
Bar thought it would be fun
to schedule friendly matches
among the other inner-city

Rutgers' Coach fired for abusing players

By Kevin Dolak and
Anthony Castellano

Rutgers University fired men's
basketball coach Mike Rice this
week after ESPN aired video of
his shoving and kicking players
while berating them with gay
"Based upon recently re-
vealed information and a review
of previously discovered issues,
Rutgers has terminated the
contract of Mike Rice," Rutgers
Athletics tweeted this morning.
Rice, 44, apologized for his
behavior in an interview outside
his house in Little Silver, N.J.
"I've let so many people down:
my players, my administration,
Rutgers University, the fans,
my family," Rice told WABC-TV.
"There's no explanation for

what's on that
film. There's
no excuse for
it. I was wrong.
And I want to
tell everybody
who's believed
in me that I'm
deeply sorry for


the pain and hardship that I've
Rutgers Director of Intercol-
legiate Athletics Tim Pernetti
released a statement, saying, "I
am responsible for the decision
to attempt a rehabilitation of
Coach Rice. Dismissal and cor-
rective action were debated in
December and I thought it was
in the best interest of everyone
to rehabilitate, but I was wrong.
Moving forward, I will work to
regain the trust of the Rutgers

Clippers make moves out west

Year after year it pretty
much has been common
knowledge that NBA teams
had to be aware of a great
team in Los Angeles. This
season is no different except
that this season that team is
the LA Clippers not peren-
nial favorite the Lakers. This
past Sunday the Clipper
players sported t-shirts that
read "Can't Stop Los Ange-
les, 2012-13 Pacific Division
Champions," in honor of the
team's first Pacific title fol-
lowing another convincing
victory over the rival Lakers.

The many years of suffering
and being the ugly step child
is over for the Clippers. Fi-
nally. From 1984-2011, the
Clippers made just four post-
season appearances, advanc-
ing past the second round
just once. This is a very tal-
ented and deep basketball
team and that depth will
only get better after guard
Chauncey Billups comes
back back in a few days from
a groin injury. Despite their
success, the Clippers sit
fourth in the Western Con-
ference and are in danger

The video caused outrage
across social media after it was
aired, with thousands, includ-
ing New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie and NBA star LeBron
James, chiming in.
"If my son played for Rutgers
or a coach like that he would
have some real explaining to
do and I'm still gone whoop on
him afterwards! C:mon," James
tweeted last Tuesday.
Christie said he supported
the school's action.
"This was a regrettable epi-
sode for the University, but I
completely support the decision
to remove Coach Rice," he said
in a statement. "It was the right
and necessary action to take in
light of the conduct displayed
on the videotape."

of slipping to fifth because
they have struggled against
the top teams in the Western
conference. Lob City has gone
3-7 this season against the
San Antonio Spurs, Oklaho-
ma City Thunder and Denver
Nuggets. Some prognostica-
tors think the Clippers may
be a fraud because of those
said struggles and the ques-
tion must be asked: Are the
LA Clippers a legitimate title
contender? Can they do it? If
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and
DeAndre Jordan can avoid
the rumors of internal dis-
sension and can step up the
intensity on defense, then Lob
City has as good a chance as
any of the other teams out
west of playing deep into
June. Stay tuned.
The Sports Brothers, Jeff
Fox &.Ed Freeman, can be
heard daily on WQAM 560

bars. After some planning,
the pool league was formed
on April 29, 1990. Its found-
ers include: Charles "Cowboy"
Sippio, former school teacher;
Larry Jackson, manager of
Past Times Bar; and Viola
Bolden, manager of Tiny's Bar.
The six original teams were:
Paradise Bar & Lounge, Tiny's
Liquor & Lounge, Past Time
Bar, Ebony Bar, M&M Bar and
House Rockers Bar. The first
champions of the Pool league

back in 1990, were Tiny's Bar
for the women and the House
Rockers Bar for the men.
"We don't play for prize
money, it's just bragging
rights and for the love of the
game, said league commis-
sioner, Ricky "Sarge" Jackson,
who has been running the
league for the last 18 years.
"It's the only league in town
that has a women's and a
men's team.".
'It has reasonable member-

ship fees and two seasons of
play winter and fall. There
are.currently 16 men's teams
and nine women's teams. The
best teams receive trophies
and there's a banquet at the
end of each season. There's
also a playoffs system similar
to the selection of teams for
the college basketball tourna-,
For more information about
the league. call Ricky "Sarge"
Jackson, 305 519-5306.




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