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Massachusetts Governor
"It's not going to be simple or easy"
Boston Police Commissioner
Ed Davis said Monday night
that the death toll had risen to
three. Scores were injured at
the scene.
One of the dead was an
8-year-old boy, according to a
state law enforcement source.
Hospitals reported at least
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Injured people and debris lie on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15.

Judge 'disqualifies'

City commissioner gets a re-
prieve in quest for third term
By D. Kevin McNeir
City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones
says don't count her out just yet. She had al-
ready planned to appeal last week's ruling by
Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Jorge C. Cue-
to that said she could not run a third term for

her District 5 seat. Then last
her attorney, Bruce Rogow, f
page document, arguing th
failed to follow rules establish
state Supreme Court that sa
should disclose information
judge believes the parties or
years might consider relevar
question of disqualification, e
judge believes there is no rea
Faced with a motion to c

himself in Spence-Jones case
Monday, just after 1 p.m. last Tues- disqualifies itself from any further ac-
filed a 45- F day afternoon, Cueto sub- tion in this matter."
iat Cueto mitted a four-page document During the proceedings, Cueto add-
ied by the stating the following: "In this ed, "My ruling on the case was solely
stating the folwn:"nti
3y a judge _..,' .r B case, this court did not shirk based on the law and was not in favor
"that the h e ;-'3. its duty to rule. Any failure of Spence-Jones or Dunn."
their law- to disclose any involvement
nit to the with Spence-Jones was pure- HOW WAS CUETO INVOLVED?
even if the ly inadvertent and the writ- Cueto was a state prosecutor from
J basis for ten opinion rendered by this Nov. 1, 2004 to Nov. 26, 2008 and
court speaks for itself. Based was assigned to the public corruption
disqualify, JUDGE CUETO on the foregoing, this court SPENCE-JONES Please turn to JUDGE 11A

Trayvon likeness used as target

for police 'no-shoot training aid'
By John Bacon and Yamiche Alcindor agenda" but said the targets are a valuable

A Florida police officer fired for bringing tar-
gets resembling Tra\'von Martin to a gun range
apologized to the shooting victim'ss family "for
being used as a pawn in somebodYv's political

training tool.
Police Sgt. Ron King denied claims by Port
Canaveral Intenm Chief Executive Officer John
Walsh that King was leading target practice
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UM files aggressive motion to

dismiss recent NCAA charges
By Michael Casagrande Nevin Shapiro. A combative 45-page docu

CORAL GABLES The University of Miami
isn't interested in its day in NCAA court.
The school formally requested a dismissal of
its compliance case involving former booster


prepared by UM attorneys dated March 29 that
outlines the case was posted on the ESPN Out-
side the Lines website.
The request for dismissal and a letter to
Please turn to CHARGES 10A

Beyonce, Jay-Z get unfair rap over Cub" trip

Florida GOP beef all about politics

By DeWayne Wickham

So here's the ugly truth about
the flap over the recent trip to
Cuba by Beyonc6 and Jay-Z.
The whining of three Cuban-
American lawmakers who ob-
ject to the couple's recent visit
to Havana has little to do with
keeping American dollars out
of the coffers of Cuba's com-
munist government and a lot

to do with shameless politics.
Sure, the Florida Republi-
cans who make up this troika
- Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Il-
eana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep.
Mario Diaz-Balart claim
they're concerned that the
popular music icons violated
travel restrictions by going to
Cuba as tourists to celebrate
their wedding anniversary. A
decades-old travel ban denies

most Americans the free-
dom to go to the island
nation, except for some
limited religious, educa-
tion and cultural purpos-
This travel restriction, WIC
ostensibly, is meant to
keep Americans from spend-
ing dollars in Cuba, something
the Cuban American lawmak-
ers contend would undermine
this nation's economic em-
bargo of Cuba. But as Rubio,

I Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz
Balart know, the em-
bargo has no chance of
squeezing the economic
life out of Cuba because
it is ignored by the rest of
HAM the world and undercut
by many of their Cuban-
American constituents.
Of the nearly 580,000 Ameri-
cans who visited Cuba last
year, 476,000 of them were Cu-
ban Americans, according to
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This April 4 file photo shows married musicians Beyonce, left,
and rapper Jay-Z as they tour Old Havana, Cuba.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. He issued his
letter from Birmingham Jail in 1963.

By Henry G. Brinton

The Human Rights Campaign uses a simple equal sign to
make its case for marriage equality, and that approach has
gone viral. Many people recently used the symbol as their
personal profile picture on Facebook while the Supreme
Court was hearing arguments about same-sex marriage. The
popularity of the logo certainly shows widespread support
for gay rights, but I don't think it makes a case for change.
To understand the importance of persuasion in achiev-
ing social justice, let's go back 50 years ago this week. On
April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. issued his "Letter
from Birmingham Jail." King was locked up in the city jail
after being arrested for his
part in a non-violent protest in Making a case for
Birmingham. The civil rights marriage equality
leader wrote his letter on the needs more than a logo
margins of a newspaper, bits
and pieces of which were se-
creted out by his lawyers.
King's letter was in response
to eight white Alabama clergy-
men who had called King's ef-
forts "unwise and untimely."
They agreed that racial seg-
regation was a problem, but
said it should be handled in
the courts instead of in the -Human Rightscampaign
streets. They also questioned the timing of the protests,
wanting King to wait and see whether a new city administra-
tion would improve conditions for Blacks. King responded
that blacks had already been waiting more than 340 years
for their "constitutional and God-given rights."
A similar case is being made by advocates of same-sex
marriage today. But King did not settle for simply display-
ing a symbol to carry the day. In his letter, King said there
are two types of laws: just and unjust. "I would be the first
to advocate obeying just laws," wrote King. "One has not
only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.
Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust
laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that 'an unjust law is
no law at all."'
But how do you know the difference between a just law
and an unjust law? That's the tough part. "A just law is a
man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law
of God," explained King. "An unjust law is a code that is out
of harmony with the moral law." A just law, according to
King, is "any law that uplifts human personality." An unjust
law is "any law that degrades human personality."
Based on this reasoning, he concluded that "all segrega-
tion statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the
soul and damages the personality." King quoted the theolo-
gian Paul Tillich in saying that sin is separation, and then
makes the point that segregation is an "expression of man's
tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sin-
Segregation is sin, according to Tillich and King. In 1963,
blacks and whites were segregated. In 2013, gays and
straights are segregated at least in terms of ability to
marry across the country. To advance King's argument by
50 years, a law prohibiting same-sex marriage is out of har-
mony with the moral law because it "degrades human per-
Although King's family is divided over whether the civil
rights leader would, or would not, have supported gay mar-
riage today, we need this kind of persuasion because it goes
beyond the narrow categories of sexual orientation to help
us see ourselves as equally valuable human beings, as chil-
dren of God. Such a case for change could even have the
effect of uniting Americans in some unexpected ways.
Although we are certainly going to have different politics
and priorities, we should allow each other to fight for laws
that uplift human beings. Some will march in anti-abortion
rallies, believing in an unborn child's right to life. Some will
take a stand for marriage equality, convinced that gays as
well as straights have a right to marry. Some will join dem-
onstrations for comprehensive immigration reform, seeing
our current system as unfair and degrading. Some will act
to end child sex slavery and human trafficking.
The challenge is not to agree on everything, politically or
theologically. Instead, it is to fight for laws that uplift human
beings. Such a case for change is much more convincing
than an equal sign on a Facebook page.
Henry G. Brinton, pastor of Fairfax (Va.) Presbyterian Church,
is the author of The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of
Christian Hospitality.

Margaret Thatcher,
When I met Margaret Thatch- that coursed through soci
er she was out of office, watch- "There is no such thing as
ing with more than a touch of cityy" she said. "There are
amusement as her successor, dividual men and women,
John Major, meandered from there are families."
crisis to disappointment to What she did to advance
sticky wicket. Major seemed cause of female empower
not in command of events, was extraordinary.
Thatcher, who had been ousted She had no wealth or fan
by her own Conservative Par- connections to boost her pc
ty, was feeling vindicated. She cal rise. A shopkeeper's dat
leaned close to deliver a final
verdict on Major: "If only he he led Conservativ
were a man." prime minister in
Thatcher was a towering but p monster n
polarizing figure. Many aspects of British society -
of her legacy the transfor- society, she did speak of it (
nation of Britain into a postin-
dustrial society will long be ter, she relied on brains and
debated. But one of her great- termination to get herself
est contributions is beyond dis- Oxford a traditional spa
pute: She showed that a wom- ing ground for the British
an could be a bold, decisive, and, after graduating,
swashbuckling leader on the unsuccessfully for office se,
grandest of stages, al times before winning a
Thatcher never thought of in the House of Commons
herself as a feminist, she once stand before you tonight in
reportedly told an aide that . chiffon evening gown,"
feminism was "poison", and said in a 1976 speech to
probably would be aghast at party faithful, "my face sc
being considered an icon of made up and my fair hair
the women's movement. She tly waved, the Iron Lady of
didn't believe in movements Western world. A cold-war v

There is this saying that "just
because you are paranoid does
not mean that people are not out
to get you." This saying is very
important in understanding the
dynamics of the North Korea rela-
tionship with the U.S.
Nothing in this commentary is
to serve as an apology for North
Korea. Rather, it is critical that
we have a better understanding
of dynamics in the North Korean
regime in order to avoid a major
military clash.
The Korean peninsula was di-
vided in the aftermath of World
War II when Soviet troops, com-
ing from the north, moved against
the Japanese occupiers I
U.S. troops moved up from ule
South. At the 38th Parallel, the
peninsula was divided. Between
1945 and 1950, rather than the
peninsula being unified, two sep-
arate regimes were established in
the occupation zones (in the North

it came to be known as the "Dem-
ocratic People's Republic of Ko-
rea;" in the South, the "Republic
of Korea". The U.S. remained com-
mitted to not only a divided Korea
but also one that was led by their
friendly dictator in the South.
In June 1950, the formal war
in Korea began when North Ko-
rean troops moved south in what
can accurately be described as a
continuation of the civil war that
had started shortly after the end
of World War II. U.S. troops came
close to winning the war until they
ignored the Chinese warnings to
stay away from the border with
China. From 1953 through today
tensions have flared up at vari-
ous points. The U.S. has regu-
larly threatened the North Kore-
ans and for many years placed
nuclear weapons on the Korean
peninsula. In North Korea, a
fiercely independent Communist
regime was established under Kim

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rior, an amazon philistine, even
a Peking plotter. Well, am I any
of these things? . Yes, I am
an Iron Lady . yes, if that's
how they wish to interpret my
defense of values and freedoms
fundamental to our way of life."
She led Conservatives to an
election victory and became
prime minister in 1979. In ef-
fect, she redrew the lines of

'es to an election victory and became
1979. In effect, she redrew the lines
- despite professing not to believe in

S. "I

British society despite pro-
fessing not to believe in society,
she did speak of it occasion-
ally by painting the working
class, and especially the labor
unions, as an impediment to
middle-class prosperity.
She was shrewd and ruthless.
In 1981, coal miners threatened
a crippling strike. She backed
down, knowing this was not a
fight she could win yet. Her
government began stockpiling
coal and preparing for another
confrontation, which came in

Il Sung. Although there is a po-
litical party-the Korean Workers
Party-that theoretically leads the
country, there has been some-
thing approaching a "red monar-
chy" dominating the North that
began with Kim II Sung and has
been followed by his son and,
now, grandson.
The U.S. and the South Kore-
ans have engaged in a mini-cold
war with North Korea that has in-
cluded both propaganda and mil-
itary actions carried out by both
sides against one another.
Much of what we have been wit-
nessing in the current moment is
a continuation of an almost bi-
zarre effort by the North Koreans
to get the U.S. to speak directly
with them towards an ending of
tensions on the Korean penin-
sula. That may sound odd since
the North Koreans are threaten-
ing war, but at base the North
Koreans want to have direct, one-

1984 when the NafonTaTTa
Board announced plans to shut
down 20 unproductive, money-
losing mines.
When the miners responded
by going on strike, she por-
trayed them as "Marxists" who
wanted "to defy the law of the
land in order to defy the laws of
economics." She showed simi-
lar machismo in responding
to Argentina's invasion of the
Falkland Islands: Rather than
negotiate, she sent warships
and took the islands back. She
insisted on being seen as a lady
- and on using her femininity
whenever it offered an advan-
tage. Former French President
Francois Mitterrand famously
said that she possessed the
eyes of Caligula and the mouth
of Marilyn Monroe. Thatcher
lived by her own definition of
what it meant to be a woman.
That has to be called feminism,
whether she would have liked it
or not.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Wash-
ington Post.


Sexuality is more like
When the Masters golf tour- could significantly alter the way
nament was played this week- we view the controversy and
end, I was among the millions might also help us avoid an
of Americans celebrating the endless culture war. Here's the
fact that the Augusta National question: Isn't sexual orienta-
Golf Club now includes female tion actually more like religion
members. But I'll also be pon- than like race?
during this irony: At the same Same-sex marriage gained
time that Augusta National is its initial foothold in some of
finally welcoming women into America's whitest states -
its membership, the Supreme Maine,Vermont, New Hamp-
Court is being asked to rule that shire, Massachusetts and Iowa.
the most foundational grouping And opposition to gay mar-
in human society a marriage riage remains stronger among
- need not include a woman. Blacks than among any other
Look, I know same-sex mar- demographic group. Freed from
riage is supposedly inevitable the guilt that most whites feel
(given the views of America's about our nation's racial his-
youth). And I want as much as tory, many Blacks appear better
anyone to get to sit at the cool able to see the limitations of gay
kids' table at lunch. But when analogies to race.
I consider ironies such as the Everyone present at a child's
one at Augusta National, I get birth knows the newborn's race
the feeling that all of us cool- and gender. But can any of us
conscious Americans ought to say for certain that we know a
chill long enough to make cer- newborn's sexual or religious
tain that we've thought through orientation? Even the child
this fashionable idea. might experience some confu-
Because there's a question sion about his or her sexual or
surrounding gay marriage that spiritual identity as he or she

religion than race 1I
grows up. This no doubt helps one else's '"reigioLIs" beliefs or,
to explain why some people them.
bounce around religiously or Historically, marriage has
sexually before settling these been reserved for the joining
identity questions, of two human beings who are
Needless to say, people don't fundamentally different (and
bounce around from one race do not share the same chromo-
to another. My purpose here somal patterns). In other words,
isn't to weigh in on the side of prohibitions against same-sex
destiny or free will; it's simply marriage are very much like
to acknowledge that there's an prohibitions against same-kin
element of mystery surrounding marriage. They aren't rooted in
sexuality and spirituality that hate; they're rooted in nature.
doesn't surround race. This ele- And they're designed to forge
ment of mystery ought to engen- unity from diversity at the most
der humility among everyone on basic level of society which is
all sides. And it ought to remind no small thing for a nation that
us that shared beliefs need not celebrates e pluribus unum.
be a condition of genuine friend- Moreover, our historic mar-
ship. riage laws recognize that even
Viewing sexual orientation though all individuals are equal,
like religious identity could go not all social groupings should
a long way toward promoting be considered equal. That is why
tolerance of, but not agreement millions of us viewed Augusta
with, others' beliefs and prac- National's same-sex member-
tices. And it could help us all ship rules as problematic.
better understand why many William Mattox is an award-
Americans remain resistant to winning writer who currently
same-sex marriage: They don't serves as a Resident Fellow at
want the state to force some- The James Madison Institute.

on-one talks with the U.S. where
they-the North Koreans-can be
assured that there will be security
for them on the peninsula.
When the U.S. refuses to have
one-on-one talks with the North
Koreans and refuses to acknowl-
edge the legitimate interests that
North Korea has in national se-
curity tensions inevitably in-
crease. When the North Koreans
start throwing around sugges-
tions of war and missile strikes
they are playing directly into the
hands of those in the U.S. who
would like to turn North Korea
into a cinder. As such, the rheto-
ric is useless, if not outright de-
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior
Scholar with the Institute for Policy
Studies, the immediate past presi-
dent of TransAfrica Forum, and
the author of "They're Bankrupt-
ing Us"-And Twenty Other Myths
about Unions.

bold and decisive


Rodman-styled tactics with North Korea







El BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, i

Scott's focus: FL's top one percent citizens

Miami Times columnist,

Judge Cueto should have

disclosed involvement

Reverend Richard Dunn filed a
lawsuit to prevent City Commis-
sioner Michelle Spence-Jones
from running for office. She has
handily beaten him in two prior
elections, is very popular in Dis-
trict 5 and in a head-to-head
race, she would probably, beat
him again. Dunn, in a brilliant
tactical move, decided to ensure
his chances of winning by knock-
ing Spence-Jones out of the race
through a lawsuit. Spence-Jones

a material and adverse witness
in Spence-Jones cases against
the. State Attorney, Katherine
Fernandez-Rundle. Based on the
.Florida Supreme Court's Ethi-
cal Opinions, 2005-05, Judge
Cueto should have at a mini-
mum disclosed his prior activity
in a case against Spence-Jones,
so the parties could determine
whether he should be disquali-
fied from hearing the Dunn v.
Spence-Jones case. Based on

Jorge Cueto, the judge who heard the Dunn vs. Spence Jones case,
was one of the prosecutors involved in the investigation of Spen-
ce-Jones. He will be a material and adverse witness in Spence-
Jones cases against the State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle...

The people in the State of Flor-
ida may not like or support Gov-
ernor Rick Scott, but his re-elec-
tion campaign has raised $4.6
million in the first three months
of 2013. Republicans control
politics in Florida, even though
there are. more Democrats reg-
istered in the state. Scott's re-
election campaign machine enti-
tled "Let's Get to Work" is raking
in cash and checks at the rate of
$50,000 a day.
At this point our governor is
not worried about the 99 per-
cent of Florida residents. In-
stead, he is concentrating on the
1 percent in the state who are
wealthy or head the major cor-
porations. Scott is spending his
evenings meeting and being in-
troduced to the rich and famous
by Brian Bailard, Charlie C.rist's
ex-chief fundraiser. Scott, the
incumbent, is now considered
an insider and part of the team
and the 1 percent is writing big
Scott has set a goal to raise
$100 million from his political
friends and he will also 'prob-
ably throw in another $50 mil-
lion of his own money. Since our

governor has taken office, he
has raised almost $10 million
for his campaign and the aver-
age check has been $10,000.
His largest check has been from
Bill Edwards, a Treasure Island
businessman and entertain-
ment mogul who operates St.
Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater.

five days.
During this 2013 legislature
session the major corporations
are lining up to make donations
to Scott's re-election campaign.
Florida Blue has contributed
a check 'for $237,500, Florida
Power & Light has donated.
$250,000, and Progress Energy

Many think in a campaign, a supporter can only write a
check for $500, but that does not apply to an "elec-
tioneering communications organization [ECO]."

He gave $500,000.
Many think in a campaign,
a supporter can only write a
check for $500, but that does
not apply to an "electioneer-
ing communications organiza-
tion [ECO]." With an ECO, Scott
can accept checks in unlim-
ited amounts. The only limita-
tion on activities by Let's Get to
Work is that it can't "expressly
advocate" Scott's re-election by
using words such as "vote for"
or "elect" in advertising. ECO's
must have a website and post all
contributions and expenses in

has given $100,000. To many
political experts, these checks
would appear to be a conflict of
interest, but they are being writ-
ten anyway and no one is asking
questions about the money.
It's time that the media and
different political organizations
begin to ask why these Florida
companies are contributing
such large sums of money to the
governor, when he signs bills
that can either hurt or help their
-companies. When Scott receives
a check of $250,000 from Fort
Lauderdale billionaire H. Wayne

Hulzenga, and his son has just
been appointed to the Univer-
sity system's Board of Gover-
nors, there need to be questions
Our governor has also re-
ceived large donations from the
Villages $100,000, Bayfront De-
velopment of Miami $100,000,
Trump $50,000, and developer
Gary Morse, $50,000. As the
money keeps rolling in, maybe
the Ethics Department needs
to determine if these checks are
influencing our governor's deci-
When major companies are
contributing hundreds of thou-
sands of dollar to our governor's
re-election campaign during a
legislation session something
smells and appears to be rotten.
Money can influence people, and
make them change their minds,
because they are only thinking
about the money they are going
to receive. It is very easy to for-
get what is right for the people
and only be concerned about the
signee of the check.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Orlan-


was removed from office ".iecuLis
of three separate charges filed by
the State Attorney's Office. She
beat one charge at trial, and the
two other charges were eventu-
ally dropped because the State
Attorney simply did not have a
viable case. Spence Jones has
filed a mega-lawsuit against the
State Attorney's Office for false
prosecution and misconduct,
because the weak cases brought
against her in effect tarnished
her good name and led to her re-
moval from office.
Jorge Cueto, the judge who
heard the Dunn vs. Spence
Jones case, was one of the pros-
ecutors involved in the investiga-
tion of Spence-Jones. He will be

C:R^H-nmzf,11 'TT^ln 1%,

the Judicial Canon of Ethics, a
judge must maintain an appear-
ance of impartiality. Fla. R. Jud.
Admin. 2.160 allows judges to be
disqualified if they are a material
witness in a case for or against
one of the parties. As a result
of his failure to disclose or re-
cuse himself, the entire opinion
rendered by the Cueto is now
suspect, because it appears that
he has a bias against Spence-
Jones. What should happen now
is that Judge Cueto should re-
cuse himself and a new, impar-
tial judge should be assigned to
hear the case.
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner
at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of
Miami/Fort Lauderdale

Should the Black community

support the Dolphins M-DC deal?

Liberty City, property management

"I'm not interested in the Dol-
phins, they
don't do any-
thing for the
It's all about
the 'green'
with them."

Liberty City, unemployed

"Yeah. If it's _______
for the bet-
terment of
Blacks. If so,
why not? "

Little Haiti, disabled

"Yes. The
Dolphins just
need to bring
in a champi-p
onship and
some Super
Bowls as they

Liberty City, business owner

"No. The money could be
used in a more effective way.
We shouldn't________
subsidize bil-

Liberty City, lead organizer

"I'm an ____
union worker 7
and [the reno-
vations] will ...
benefit union
workers, so
I'm for it."

Liberty City, plumber

"No we

support them. -
What are they
doing for the -

Many hopping on the gay rights bandwagon

You can call it the "bandwag-
on effect," or "political oppor-
tunism," or, the "wake-up-call
effect," or, less cynically, an old
American tradition. Whatever
you call it, in the last month
it seems everybody and their
momma in the political arena
has been expressing support
for gay rights and same-sex
The support has come from
opposite ends of the political
spectrum: from Ohio Repub-
lican Senator Rob Portman,
who also revealed that his son
is gay, to former Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton,
who said she was free to speak
her mind now that she has left
office. Even the Republican
National Committee seemed in
its white paper exploring the
causes and, implications of the
Party's decisive defeat last No-
vember to call for a softening
of the GOP's hard line on gay
rights and same-sex marriage
lest it find itself in "an ideologi-
cal cul-de-sac."

Martin Luther King, Jr.,
whose commitment to jus-
tice for all got him killed 45
years ago this month, would
be pleased. We do know which
side this man, who was becom-
ing ever more "militant" in his
willingness to challenge the
country's fierce dynamic of ex-
clusion, would be on today.

able that the .American public's
support-to-opposition ratio on
the multifaceted issues of gay
rights has shifted significantly.
It's perfectly clear now that the
gay rights movement is this
era's "gateway" tolerance is-
sue that it is the movement
whose successes are most criti-
cal at this moment to advanc-

he support has come from opposite ends of the political
spectrum: from Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman,
who also revealed that his son is gay, to former Sec-
retary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who said she was free to
speak her mind now that she has left office.

Of course, it's not literally
true that the opposition to gay
rights has melted away. We can
still expect plenty of venomous
rhetoric and obstructionist leg-
islative tactics from right-wing
clerics, conservative officehold-
ers (and wannabes) and pun-
dits, and the conservative talk-
show confederacy.
But the signs are unmistak-

ing tolerance and equal op-
portunity in American society.
That isn't to say gay rights has
pushed into the background
the struggle for full equality of
Black Americans or of White
women and other people of col-
or. Rather, it's to acknowledge
what hindsight has made ap-
parent: Because the issue of
gay rights has been the most

contentious issue of tolerance
for the past two decades, the
advances gays and lesbians
have made in gaining their
rights, and the recognition of
those rights by their fellow
Americans have broadened the
boundaries of tolerance for all.
Of course, what has happened
on the same-sex marriage front
over the past month hardly
means that struggle is finished.
Blacks can point to an entire
catalogue of breakthroughs
stretching back to Emancipa-
tion; yet, their struggle for full
citizenship goes on. So it will be
with the gay rights movement.
To be sure, this is a watershed
moment for the movement.
But, as with the Black freedom
struggle, it will be some time
yet before justice rolls down
like waters and righteousness
like a mighty stream.
Lee A. Daniels is a longtime
journalist based in New York
City. His most recent book
is Last Chance: The Political
Threat to Black America.


Blacks still bear the brunt of unemployment

Unemployment rates were
"little changed" in March 2013
- they were either holding
steady or dropping by a tenth
of a percentage point or so. The
unemployment rate dropped
from 7.7 to 7.6 percent rep-
resenting a steady, if pains-
takingly slow, decrease. This
declining unemployment rate
was reported with some cir-
cumspection because even as
the rate dropped, nearly half
a million people left the labor
market, presumably because
they could not find work. Fur-
ther, in March, the economy
generated a scant 88,000 jobs,
fewer than in any of the prior
nine months. An economy
that many enjoy, describing
as "recovering," has not yet
recovered enough to generate
enough jobs to keep up with
population increases.
Of course, there are varia-
tions in the unemployment
rate, which is 6.7 percent for
whites, but 13.3 percent for
Blacks. Hidden unemploy-
ment pushes the actual white
rate up to 13.8 percent and
the Black rate to 24.2 percent.
More than 4.6 million Ameri-
cans have been out of work for
more than 27 weeks.
In the past four years, we have
seen a downward drift in rates,
but it neither been as rapid or

as inclusive as we might like. In
no month have we created the
300,000 jobs we need to "catch
up" and push unemployment
rates down. Those who are un-
employed experience malaise,
displacement and often depres-
sion. This malaise, or worse,
affects dynamics in families,
workplaces and communities.

if we looked at those who bear
its burden.
There are politicians who rail
that people are unemployed
because, they are lazy. The
fact is people are unemployed
because the economy is not
generating enough jobs. The
French'philosopher, Albert Ca-
mus, mused, "Without work all

There are politicians who rail that people are unemployed
because they are lazy. The fact is people are unemployed
because the economy is not generating enough jobs. The
French philosopher, Albert Camus, mused, "Without work all life is

Some workers exhale when
they dodge the bullet of a lay-
off. Next, they inhale when they
realize that, thanks to layoffs,
their workload will increase. In
families and communities, the
unemployment of just one per-
son has a series of unintended
costs for those close to them.
Heretofore, we have mostly
looked at unemployment data
as a reflection of the number
of jobs our economy gener-
ates. We've also looked at those
who hold them, those who lose
them, and what this means in
terms of poverty, education,
and community health. We
could expand our understand-
ing of the employment situation

life is rotten." Everybody wants
to be useful; and until "use"

is defined as r..-rhing .th-r
than paid employment, many
will feel marginalized because
of their vocation situation. We
need to wonder about an econo-
my that has soaring stock pric-
es and robust corporate profits,
while so many individuals are
struggling financially. And we
need to understand that if one
in four Blacks and one in six
of the overall population expe-
riences unemployment, this is
not a personal problem but a
societal one. Will our society fix
it, or let it roll? And who pays?
Julianne Malveaux is a Wash-
ington, D.C.-based economist
and writer. She is President
Emerita of Bennett College for
Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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Civil rights groups say 'No' to more police in schools

By Greg Toppo

As post-Newtown proposals
aimed at making U.S. schools
safer take shape, civil rights
groups are taking an unusual
stand, saying "no thanks" to
more police in school.
Several groups have already
told Congress that more armed
officers in schools won't neces-
sarily make students safer. On
March 28, a coalition of young
people from across the nation
announced its opposition to
"the deployment of additional
armed guards" in schools.
"We don't need more guns,"
said Judith Brown Diannis of
the Advancement Project, a

coalition of civil rights groups
that supports the students. "We
need people who can build rela-
tionships with young people."
She and others are push-
ing for schools to hire more
counselors and social workers,
saying the threat from outside
intruders like the one at Sandy
Hook Elementary School in
Newtown, Conn., is exceedingly
rare. "Unfortunately, when
these tragedies happen, we
never make the choices that are
about the long-term solutions,"
she said.
The Obama administration
has proposed adding 1,000
more school resource officers
(SROs), counselors, social

workers and psychologists. On
Jan. 16, President Obama un-
veiled a "Comprehensive School
Safety" program that would gi'e
schools and local law enforce-
ment agencies $150 million
for new personnel, with the
Department of Justice slated to
develop a model for SROs.
The National Rifle Associa-
tion also recently unveiled its
"National School Shield" plan to
beef up safety. Asa Hutchinson,
a former Republican congress-
man who is leading the effort,
told USA TODAY last month,
"An armed guard is not a 100
percent guarantee of security
- we would never say that.
But it certainly enhances the

response" to a shooting.
The national group that
represents school police officers
notes that the rise of SROs in
the early 2000s coincided with
a 1 percent decline in juve-
nile arrests and a 13 percent
decline in violent crime. How-
ever, civil rights groups point
to recent statistics in places
such as Florida that suggest
cops in school led to more ar-
rests for minor, often routine
disciplinary disturbances, often
tied to district "zero tolerance"
policies for violence,'drugs and
weapons. These arrests, they
say, send kids down a path of
school suspension, expulsion
Sand delinquency.

Obama administration seeks to rebuild international food aid

By Ron Nixon

administration plan to change
the way the United States dis-
Stributes its international food
aid has touched off an intense
lobbying campaign by a coali-
tion of shipping companies,
agribusiness and charitable
groups who say the change will
harm the nation's economy and
hamper efforts to fight global
Proponents of the plan, how-
ever, say it would enable the
U.S. to feed about 17 million
more people each year, while
helping to fight poverty by buy-
ing the crops of farmers in poor
According to people briefed on
the soon-to-be released fiscal
year 2014 budget, the admin-
istration is expected to propose
ending the nearly 60-year prac-.
tice of buying food from Ameri-
can farmers and then shipping
it abroad.
The administration is propos-
ing that the government buy
food in developing countries
instead of shipping food from
American farmers overseas,
a process that typically takes

Zimbabweans waiting for distribution of food donated by the
prolonged drought wiped out crops across the country.

months. The proposed change
to the international food aid
program is expected to save mil-
lions in shipping costs and get
food more quickly to areas that

need it.
The administration is also
reportedly considering ending
the controversial practice of
food aid monetizationn," a pro-

-Howard Burditt/Reuters
U.S. in 2002 after a severe and

cess by which Washington gives
American-grown grains to inter-
national charities. The groups
then sell the products on the
market in poor countries and

use the money to finance their
antipoverty programs.
Critics of the practice say 'it
hurts local farmers by compet-
ing with sales of their crops.
The U.S. spends about $1.4
billion a year on food aid and
is the only major donor country
that continues to send food to
humanitarian crisis spots, rath-
er than buying food produced
In a letter to members of
Congress and the Obama ad-
ministration,. more than 60 or-
ganizations like the USA Rice
Federation and the American
Maritime Congress defended
the way the program is current-
ly run and called on lawmakers
and the Obama administration
to resist changing it.
"Growing, manufacturing,
bagging, shipping and trans-
portation of nutritious- U.S.
food creates jobs and economic
activity here at home, provides
support for our U.S. Merchant
Marine, essential to our nation-
al defense sealift capability, and
sustains a robust domestic con-
stituency for these programs not
easily replicated in foreign aid
programs," the groups wrote.
Twenty-one senators from

farm states also wrote to the
Obama administration last
month, after being lobbied by
the groups, asking that the food
aid program be kept in its cur-
rent form.
James Caponiti, executive di-
rector of the American Maritime
Congress, a trade group, said
the proposed changes to the
food aid program would have
a devastating effect on ship-
pers, because the law requires
that 75 percent of food aid has
to be transported on American-
'flagged ships.
"We are talking about hun-
dreds of jobs lost," Mr. Caponiti
said. "This is a very, very bad
David Evans, the American
president of the Phoenix-based
charity Food for the Hungry,
one of several aid charities
that signed the letter opposing
changes to the food aid pro-
gram, worries that Congress
may cut the food aid budget
altogether if federal dollars-are
used to buy food abroad.'
"This sets a dangerous prec-
edent," he said. "If the money is
not supporting the purchasing
of U.S. commodities, then it will
lose support in Congress.

'Iron Lady' forged a new Britain

Margaret Thatcher

mixed conviction

with the long view

All nations fall on times
when nearly everything seems
off course. In Great Britain,
as in the U.S., the late 1970s
were such a time.
Inflation, unemployment
and budget deficits all were
high and rising, instilling a'
deep, personal sense of inse-
curity that the nation's lead-
ers seemed helpless to allay.
Internationally, the British
empire was long gone, and the
nation's pride was fading along
with its stature.
Such moments are made for
strong-willed, sharply focused
leaders who see solutions that
others don't, and Britain had
the good fortune to find one.
Margaret Thatcher, who died
Monday, came to power as
Britain's first female prime
minister in 1979. By the time
she left 11 years later, her na-
tion was transformed, as were
other parts of the world.
What she did is well known.
Driven by a conviction that
national success is born of
individual liberty, personal
responsibility, limited govern-
ment and stalwart economic
stewardship, she set about
dismantling much of British
Huge and sclerotic gov-
ernment-owned businesses
were privatized. Government
housing was sold to its ten-
ants. Unions that had cozy,
feather-bedded deals with the

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A portrait of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is left
next to floral tributes outside her residence in Chester Square on
April 8, 2013 in London, England.

government, particularly mine
workers, were broken. Deficits
and inflation were painfully
tamed. And, in the end, Britain
was revived. The economy ac-
celerated, employment grew
and the middle class swelled.
Her model was imitated from
South America to Eastern
Abroad, she restored British
pride by retaking the Falkland
Islands from Argentina, and by
linking the new reformist So-
viet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev,
to her friend and ideological
soul mate, Ronald Reagan,
who was leading a conservative
renaissance in the U.S. at the
same time.
It was a triumph of vision
and force of personality that
earned her nickname, the Iron
Lady. But to stop there fails
to recognize another, equally

important aspect of Thatcher's
success and of Reagan's.
Both knew where they
wanted to take their nations.
But both also were smart
enough to play a long game,
knowing there are trade-offs
to be made along the way.
Thatcher, for instance, barely
dented Britain's wildly popular
national health care system,
and she would almost certainly
view the rigid, deficit-driving
policies of U.S. Republicans
with about the same disdain
she'd hold for Democrats' lax
spending. She was all about
responsibility, personal and
governmental, which is so
sorely lacking today.
The strength of Thatcher's
convictions was the key to
her success. But she was also
someone who simply knew
how to get things done.

Davie Boys & Girls Club building new gym

By Scott Fishman

The facility, slated to open in
February, has been in the works
for about two years, said Brian
Quail, president and CEO of Boys
& Girls Clubs of Broward County.
"We're on task and on sched-
ule," he said.
The 11,000-square-foot build-
ing also will include a multipur-
pose room, a storage area for
gym supplies and an office for
the physical education coordina-
tor. Quail said the stand-alone

building will have a breezeway
connecting it to the Boys & Girls
The town will pay for about half
of the almost $2 million project,
and contributions the club has
received for the facility will cover
the rest.
Quail said the new structure
will open up a wealth of possi-
bilities for children at the club,
including expanding healthy life-
style and education programs.
"We're doing training, through
some funding from the Health

Foundation, of South Florida,
an education and nutrition pro-
gram for the kids," he said. "We're
showing them how eating healthy
makes sense. Also, we are show-
ing them how it translates into
physical education and activity.
It's a very exciting project for the
community and for the kids.
"What we also find is that the
gymnasiums also help us be able
to attract the older kids, as well,
because we are able to do more
physical programs for them. It's
a very exciting time."

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Senate adopts key changes to graduation rules

By Leslie Postal

Florida's high-school-grad-
uation requirements would
'be altered considerably to
make a diploma easier for
some students to earn and to
encourage more teenagers to
gain job skills while in school
under a bill the Florida Sen-
ate passed last week.
The bill (SB 1076) was
one of two sweeping educa-
tion measures the Senate
approved. The other aims
to overhaul remedial educa-
tion ,at Florida's state colleg-
es, among other provisions.
Both passed 33 to 7.
The "career and profession-
al education" bill, applauded
by many local school admin-
istrators, changes the tough-
er graduation requirements
the Legislature put in place
in 2010, deleting some must-
pass courses and must-pass
tests for students who want
a "standard" diploma. More-
demanding courses and
more tests are needed,
however, for those who want
a "scholar" diploma.
"Well finally recognize that
college, although great for
some, is not for everybody,"
said Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fer-
nandina Beach. "We finally
give them a path to get the
skills they need . ." "instead
of making them climb Mount
Algebra 2."

Algebra 2 no longer would
be a required course for all
students if the bill becomes
The bill also encourages
more students to take "in-
dustry certification" courses
that can lead to decent-pay-
ing jobs. For example, this
might allow teenagers to
swap a traditional science
course for an information-

technology class that might
be designed by a company.
The legislation is an effort
that "links our education
to the economy," said Sen.
John Legg, R-Trinity, the
bill's sponsor, repeating on
the Senate floor the catch-
phrase he has used since he
introduced the far-reaching
"What this bill does is that
it recognizes the jobs and the
jobs skills of Florida today
are different than they were
in the past, and we need to
prepare students for those
jobs," Legg said.
The House, which devel-
oped a similar bill, set aside
its version with plans to con-
sider Legg's.

The other education bill
(SB 1720) takes aim at tra-
ditional remedial courses at
Florida's state colleges, for-
merly called community col-
leges, which have a "dismal"
track record, said Sen. Bill
Galvano, R-Bradenton, the
bill's sponsor.
For years, students whose
placement-test scores
showed they were not "col-
lege ready" were required to
take remedial courses be-
fore they could start earn-
ing credits toward a degree.
About 70 percent of Florida's
state-college students need
remediation in at least one
subject. But national studies
found that fewer than one in
10 of those students earned
degrees three years later.
The bill requires colleges to
merge remedial work with a
credit-earning course. Those
courses might take longer to
complete or involve an extra
laboratory, but they would
put the student on a path to-
ward a degree, Galvano said.
Some senators worried the
bill would close the colleges'


About 70 percent of Florida's state-college students need remedi-

ation in at least one subject. But national studies found that fewer

than 1 in 10 of those students earned degrees three years later.

"open" door and hurt the stu-
dents they have traditionally
Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-
Tampa, who voted against it,
said she feared "the huge im-
pact it could have on racial
and ethnic minorities as well
as many older, nontradition-
al students who want to at-
tend college but may need a
little help."
But fellow Sen. Bill Mont-
ford, D-Tallahassee, said he
had the opposite take. So
many students who start
college on the remedial track'
"feel overwhelmed" by the
work they must do even be-
fore they begin classes that
lead to a degree, he said.
"I see this as more of an
encouragement to them,"
Montford said. "I think it
helps them to better see the
light at the end of the tun-
The House does not have
identical legislation but does
include similar provisions in
one of its bills.


The career bill creates a
"standard" high-school di-
ploma and then two desig-
nations that students can
also earn.
The standard diploma does
not require that students
take Algebra 2 and chemis-
try or physics, or pass three
end-of-course exams, all

provisions of the 2010 law.
Instead, students must
take Algebra 1 and geometry
as well as biology, with other
math and science courses
left up to them.
They must pass two ex-
ams to earn a diploma -
the state's Algebra 1- end-
of-course exam and the
reading section of the Flor-
ida Comprehensive Assess-

ment Test. The other end-
of-course exams they would
take biology, geometry
and U.S. history would
count for 30 percent of their
final course grades.
Students who want a
"scholar" designation -
presumably those planning
on more-selective four-year
colleges and universities -
would have to take the full
slate of math and science
courses, including Algebra 2
and statistics and chemistry
or physics. They also would
have to pass end-of-course
exams in Algebra 2, biology,
geometry and U.S. history
in addition to Algebra 1 and
FCAT reading.
They would be required to
take at least one Advanced
Placement, dual-enrollment
or International Baccalau-
reate class.
Students who want a
"merit" designation would
have to take and pass an
course and earn the creden-
Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-
Jacksonville, voted for the
bill but said schools need to
be careful the new options
don't mean educators make
assumptions about certain
"What I would not like
to see . ." "is children
forced into certain industry
tracks," she said.
Montford, who is on the
education committee, said
the goal was to allow stu-
dents the flexibility to pick
courses that best suit their
"This will in no way track
a student," he said.
But it does try to change
"the mind-set that if a young
person doesn't go to college,
that person won't be a suc-
cess in life. That's been a
terrible mistake," he added.

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28K guns turned i

More than 60 buybacks held in

aftermath of Connecticut massacre

By Chuck Raasch & Jodi Upton

After the December school
shooting in Newtown, Conn.,
Phil and Judy Rohn dug into
their pockets and offered $2,600
for a gun buyback program
through the police department
in their hometown of North An-
dover, Mass. Last month, 27
firearms were turned in one
more than they had hoped for to
commemorate the 26 dead chil-
dren and adults murdered at
Sandy Hook Elementary.
"We were just so struck by
that tragedy, and you always
say, 'what can we do?,' said
Phil Rohn, 55, a supervisor in
the city electric department in
nearby Peabody, Mass.
More than 60 gun buybacks
resulting in the buybacksof
more than 28,000 guns have oc-
curred across the country since
the Newtown tragedy, and at
least another dozen buybacks
are planned in coming weeks,
according to an analysis by USA
TODAY. Many were created or
moved up on the calendar in

response to that tragedy. Some
offered cash plus perks that
ranged from sports tickets to
According to press reports and
interviews, police or private or-
ganizations shelled out an av-
erage of $130 per gun, mean-
ing that nearly $3.7 million has
been spent on the buybacks. The
largest were in Tampa, Fla., and
Trenton, N.J., where more than
2,500 firearms were turned over
in each location.
The impact of buybacks in a
country in which there are an
estimated 300 million firearms
has long been debated.
"Criminals with a hot gun or
a stolen gun you are not go-
ing to drop that gun off at a gun
buyback unless you are a re-
ally dumb criminal," said John
Firman, director of research for
the International Association of
Chiefs of Police.
But, he said, buybacks raise
awareness about where people
can take unwanted guns, and
they can be a lifeline for peo-
ple who may feel threatened by

[n since Newtown

guns in the home, like those
vulnerable to domestic abuse.
Firman also said police always
seek a "lucky factor" in coming
across a gun that may help solve
a crime.
Rohn, who owns guns and
considers himself a Second
Amendment defender, said he
does not believe more gun laws
are the answer. But if his buy-
back got one unwanted gun
off the streets that might have
been stolen or used in a crime
or resulted in an accident, it
was worth it, he said. "Anyone I
talked to thought it was a posi-
tive thing," he said of his North
Andover neighbors.
In New York City, Police
Commissioner Ray Kelly said
five years of gun buybacks that
have resulted in nearly 9,000
guns being tuned over to dis-
trict attorneys or in houses of
worship have contributed to
the city's lowest murder rate
in 50 years. Hip-hop music ex-
ecutive Michael "Blue" Williams
has added a twist: His "Guns
for Greatness," offers $200 and
mentoring opportunities for
young people who turn in guns.
A late March buyback netted

Sheriff says incriminating jail

video may have
By Kevin McGill small screen. It wasn't much,"
he said when asked how he
NEW ORLEANS (AP) New could-forget such a video. ,
Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman Gusman's remarks came on
suggested Thursday that a lurid the final day of a hearing on
video depicting intravenous drug whether a jail improvement
use and weapon possession in agreement between his office
the jail he oversees may have and the U.S. Justice Depart-
been doctored, ment should be approved.
Gusman made the assertion Mayor Mitch Landrieu opposes
first during testimony at a fed- the agreement, saying the jail
eral court hearing on jail condi- is mismanaged by Gusman and
tions and again during a news that the agreement would force
Conference, the city to spend millions on a
"It doesn't bear any resem- badly run facility. The city wants
balance, in my mind, to what I federal authorities to appoint a
saw," Gusman said after attor- receiver to take over responsibil-
ney Harry Rosenberg asked him ity for running the jail.
if he had any basis to believe, the The Justice Department and
video had been doctored, the Southern Poverty Law Cen-
He later told reporters he ter, which represents inmates
doesn't remember seeing the who sued to improve condi-
explicit images on the record- tions, are urging approval of the
ing when he first viewed it four agreement, noting that funding
years ago. "I saw it on a very issues will be sorted out dur-

been doctored

ing a hearing next month. They
said testimony about sexual
assaults, suicides, and beatings
by guards and among prisoners
is evidence of the need for the
U.S. District Judge Lance
Africk said he hopes to rule in
about a month.
Officials said they only recent-
ly learned that Gusman's office
had the video, which appears to
have been made by an inmate
and is believed to have been
recorded in 2009.
Rosenberg, representing the
city, cast doubts on the idea
that the video had been altered,
noting that testimony indicates
the video had been locked away
in a Sheriffs Office safe for
about four years.
He asked why Gusman
never contacted state or federal
authorities to investigate the

videos, which also show an
inmate apparently wandering
Bourbon Street while he was
supposed to be locked up. Gus-
man said his primary concern
was to find whether any of his
staff had been complicit in the
activity. Although the inmate
seen in the Bourbon Street
video was captured and pros-
ecuted for escaping, Gusman
said no charges were filed over
the drugs because the alleged
contraband was not found in
the cell during a subsequent
Prison consultant Jeffrey
Schwartz, who testified after
Gusman, was incredulous at
the sheriffs answers.
"Most people would have re-
membered every moment of the
video and would have turned
heaven and earth to investigate
it," Schwartz said.

Feds lock up fewer predators

after prison sentences finish

Prosecutors are

not pursuing as

many cases
By Brad Heath

WASHINGTON The federal
government has sharply scaled
back a controversial effort to keep
dangerous sexual predators in
prison past their sentences after
losing more than half the deten-
tion cases it filed.
The U.S. Justice Department
has said its program is critical for
protecting the public, but it has
been beset by problems since it
began seven years ago. Most of its
attempts to keep accused preda-
tors locked up have failed. Along
the way, it kept dozens of men in
prison for years without a hear-
ing, relied on medical determina-
tions that proved faulty and faced
a succession of legal battles over
whether it even has the power to
keep people locked up indefinite-
Even as courts are increasingly
signing off on that power, pros-
ecutors are using it far less.
Neither prosecutors nor prison
officials could explain why that
pace has slowed. Lawyers for
some of the detainees say the gov-
ernment appears to be focused on
bringing stronger cases it's more
likely to win. "They're being much
more careful in the cases they're
certifying," said William Webb,
a Raleigh lawyer who represents
several of them.
In the first two years of the pro-
gram, which began in 2006, court
records show the U.S. Justice De-
partment asked judges for permis-
sion to keep 86 men locked up af-
ter prison psychologists concluded
they were too dangerous and
mentally ill to safely be released.
In the past year, it has tried to de-

The federal government is seeking to detain fewer accused sexual predators
after their prison sentences end The number of cases filed, by fiscal year t2013
data through first half of fiscal year)






2007 2008
.:,C I.I r.jDA .

tain only nine, including or
prosecutors had previously'
and failed to keep in prison
Justice Department le
anticipate filing more cases
Thomas G. Walker, the U.S.
ney in Raleigh, N.C., where
all of the cases are filed, s
expects "a steady flow of ne
es," probably totaling 15 ti
year still less than half th

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

-. when the program began.
S-:i Ed Ross, a spokesman for the
.:.. federal Bureau of Prisons, whose
psychologists and lawyers make
the initial decision about which
prisoners should be detained,
said he "can't speculate as to why
S the numbers have declined." He
said the agency has not changed
the way it makes those decisions,
though he said the process is
guided in part by federal court
S opinions clarifying the diagno-
ses and evidence that the law re-
E quires.
The detention effort targets the
ie man most dangerous and mentally ill
y tried among the thousands of convict-
ed sex offenders serving time in
lawyers federal prison. It allows prosecu-
Ssoon. tors to seek a court order that will
attor- keep them in prison until psychol-
nearly ogists or a judge decides it's safe
3aid he to let them out.
w cas- "This is a very serious matter,
o 20 a and you don't want to do this
ie pace except in cases where it's crys-

tal clear that it's necessary," said
Fred Berlin, the director of the
Sexual Behaviors Consultation
Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hos-
pital. "If we're going to do it, we
have to be very careful about it.
You don't want to just put people
in a place where they stay indefi-

115 guns at a Brooklyn church,
including 89 handguns and one
assault rifle. Kelly said the guns
will be melted into coat hangers.
"The mentoring part is so impor-
tant," Williams said, "because
these young kids out here need
an option they need some-
thing to do besides just do the
right thing (and) turn in a gun."
A buyback in Tampa in Feb-
ruary that offered $75 and tick-
ets to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
hockey team or the Tampa Bay
Rays baseball team brought in
an "overwhelming number" of il-
legal, sawed-off shotguns, said
Hillsborough County Sheriffs
Capt. Chad Chronister. Police
found later that 17 of the guns
had been reported stolen, in-
cluding one that was stolen in
1973, he said.
In Blytheville, Ark., a con-
sortium of local businesses and
ministers sponsored a buyback a
week after the Dec. 14 Newtown
shooting. People who turned in
guns were given $75 and a ham
from private donors. About 15
guns were turned in, including
one that had' been reported sto-
len, which was returned to its
owner, according to City Council
member John Musgraves.

By Kim Severson

ATLANTA A man who the
police said was in deep finan-
cial trouble called firefighters
to his house in a suburb north
of Atlanta and then held them
hostage for almost four hours
until he died by gunfire as the
police stormed the house last
It was not immediately clear
whether the man took his
own life or was killed by the
police, who used a concus-
sion grenade and forced their
way inside the home in Su-
wanee, said Cpl. Edwin Ritter,
a spokesman for the Gwinnett
County police.
He said the police moved in
when they feared for the fire-
fighters' lives. "We didn't want
it this way," Corporal Ritter
said of the hostage taker, "but
he was calling the shots."

One officer was wounded by
a bullet to his hand or arm
in a gun battle with the man,
but his wounds were not life-
threatening, Corporal Ritter
said. The firefighters had su-
perficial wounds from the ex-
plosive, he said.
About 3:40 p.m., the man,
who has not yet been identi-
fied, placed a fake medical call
to 911. When five firefighters
arrived, he took them hostage,
the police said. One was al-
lowed to leave to move the fire
truck, officials said.
During the negotiations the
hostage taker demanded that
his utilities, which had appar-
ently been cut for lack of pay-
ment, be turned back on.
"Apparently, he's going
through financial difficulties,"
Corporal Ritter said. "His de-
mands were he wanted his
utilities back on."

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Burglars ram pick-up truck into shop, steal owner's motorcycle
Burglars rammed a pick-up truck into the gated garage of 3 carpentry shop
early last Friday morning, making off with the owner's motorcycle and more, Mi-
ami Police said.
The business is located in a warehouse area at 2335 NW S Avenue near 23rd
Street, police said.
With the motorcvcle on the 2003 Ford truck's bed, the bandits drove to the in-
tersection or :f IWV 9 Avenue and 30th Street, where they crashed into a street sign
,nd abandoned the truck, police said.
Within hours of the crime, Miami Police recovered items from the truck. Inside
the truck were expensive tools and several bikes, all of w.vhich might belong to the
shop's owner, Renato Medvescig.
According to a neighbor, Medvescig fixes various odds and ends at the carpentry
Medvescig said this is not the first time his shop has been burglarized and
it's always the same thing.

Man pimps and brands minor's eyelids with his name
A Miamii piTp allegedly coerced a 13-year-old girl into prostitution and forced
her to get his street name tattooed on her eyelids when she tried to leave, a:ccord-
ing to-the Miami Herald. Police sa',' Roman Thomas. 26, arid Shariteria Sanders,
23, whose chest is also branded with his street name "Suave," took provocative
tphotos ot the girl and advertised her on, reports 4BC 6.
After one encounter with a john, Thomas reportedly beat the teenagier when
:he provided less money than the agreed-upon charges, the news station reports.
That's when she threatened to leave, according to CBS Miarrmi, so Thomas and
Sanders tookl, her to a Liberty City flea market to Suave tattooed on one of her
eyelids and "Houle" on the other.
Thomas and Sanders face charges of human trafficking, false imprisonment,
lewd and lascivious exhibition and delivery of a controlled substance to a child.
Thomas's bond is set at $35,000 and Sanders', at S32,501].

Caretaker arrested after locking children inside inflamed house
A scary scene greeted rescue workers who entered a home inl flames in Cutler
Bay: t,'.o small children had been locked alone inside the house and were unable
to get out when a fire started in their bedroom.
Their small bodies ivere found in cardiac arrest, but firefighters were able to
resuscitate them.
The children, .3 four-year-old boy and sri"-vear:old cirl, were airlifted to Ryder
Trauma Center -it Ja'ck's;on Mlemorial Hospital arid remain in serious condition.
[heir r.aretaker, 31-year-old Andrew Richard Sepulveda. was arrested last
Wednesday night, charged with two counts cof child neglect with great bodily harm.
Sepulveda also lives at the home at 10241 Mfartinique Drive, anrid confirmed to
police he was watching the kids while their mother was at work.
"The defendant admitted that he was caring for the victims when he left them
alone at the residence and went to the store," reads the arrest affidavit, which
says Sepulveda locked the doors to the house when he lelt. WVhen he returned
home to find the house engulfed in flames, he told authorities the children were
The children's iuncle, Moreese Moise, told reporters outside the hospital thal his
sister pays Sepulveda to babysit.
An investigation by MDPD's Arson and Child Exploitation Units remains ongoing.

Man takes firefighters

hostage and dies in raid



Two Easters in Castro's dungeons

By Mary Anastasia O'grady

It's hard to believe a year has
passed since Pope Benedict XVI
visited Cuba and met with the
Castro brothers. Tempus fugit.
That is, unless you're Sonia Gar-
ro, a dissident who has been sit-
ting in a Cuban jail since then.
For her, time moves painfully
slow. Garro's sister, Yamilet, re-
cently told the independent on-
line newspaper Diario de Cuba
that Sonia "feels she has been
That's exactly how her jailers
want it.
Garro is a 37-year-old moth-
er and a member of a women's
group that supports the Ladies
in White. Both. groups work for
the release of political prison-
ers. Garro just spent her second
Easter in lock-up even though
she has never been charged with
a crime. She is now being held
at the notorious Manto Negro
Her husband, Ram6n Alejan-

Chaos in
By Kurt Zamor

Have you asked yourself th
simple question as to what is re
ally happening in Haiti? This i
in no way intended to bash o
minimize any unseen effort by th
Haitian leaders, but the question
of accountability must be asked
I have been travelling to Hal
frequently during the last couple
of months; this is what I hay
I have seen waste, and a lot o
waste. I have seen a population
that is leaderless. I have seen th
future of Haiti, the youth of Hailt
in serious crisis. I have seen
lot of hunger. I have seen a blac
market like nowhere else in th
world. I have seen a nation trans
forming itself into the unknown

dro Mufioz, who tried to defend
his wife, was arrested at the
same time and also has never
been charged. He is being held
at Havana's maximum-securi-
ty Combinado del Este prison.
Both jails are run down, rat-in-
fested dungeons where neither
international Red Cross observ-
ers nor the United Nations spe-
cial rapporteur on torture are
permitted. Government investi-
gators say they are still mulling
over their cases. The couple's
16-year-old daughter is in the
care of her aunt.
Welcome to the surreal world
of Cuban "reform," where the
more the regime talks of change,
the worse things get for anyone
with a conscience. In the latest
episode, Cuban propagandists
have been flaunting the new
travel policy that has allowed
a few high-profile government
critics out of the country. But
a much larger group has been
left behind. Their inhumane
treatment, rarely covered by the

H ~media, under-
scores how little
progress has
been made.
Garro and
Mufioz were
taken from their
GARRO home on March
18, 2012, a
week before Benedict was sched-
uled to arrive on the island for
a three-day visit. The Ladies in
White and Garro's group, Ladies
in Support, had been refused an
audience with the pope but they
were still agitating to see him in
the hope that the Vatican would
relent. Suddenly armed guards
from the ministry of the interior
descended on the Garro-Mufioz
WSJ's Mary Anastasia O'Grady
discusses Cuban dissident So-
nia Garro, a member of the "La-
dies in White" who was jailed last
year. Cuba claims it is becoming
more tolerant of dissidents, but
Garro is still in prison.
Journalist Ivan Garcid recent-

ly interviewed a neighbor who
was there for a report published
in Diario de Cuba on March 19.
The guards "were dressed like
riot police in American films.
They used rubber bullets. They
employed exaggerated violence;
they detained Sonia and her
husband Ram6n. They took
away almost all their belongings.
It was something tremendous.
They treated them as if they were
terrorists." In a letter written
from prison in February, Mufioz
said 60 armed men invaded his
house that day and one of the
rubber bullets hit Garro in the
left leg.
Cuban dissidents know her
story well, and it is meant as
a warning to them. That you
have probably never heard of
Sonia Garro, put away for dar-
ing to speak about human rights
ahead of Pope Benedict's visit,
is a testament to the power of
regime propagandists and the
weakness of American journal-

Haiti benefits only government
I have seen a lost culture. The the product that is imported? I es inside of it. That is a like an
most heartbreaking is I have seen cannot get the math concept to- engine with many other engines
ie a country managed by a bunch of gether that would explain that inside of it. Think about it: can
e- blinds, phenomenon, an engine run with other engines
is The question I then asked is I know there are Haitians that inside of it.? The police needs to
or where are the children of Haiti. are better qualified then the ones first and foremost professionalize
ie I also asked why is it that no that are calling themselves lead- its basic police duties before any
is one cares about the country of ers. In Haiti, traffic congestion specialty units.
Haiti anymore. All the time you is an epidemic. You can be com- There are Haitians in every
ti hear the international communi- pletely stopped in traffic and here country of the world that have
le ty is not doing anything for Haiti. comes the vehicles with dark strong professional backgrounds.
re I then say really have you been tinted windows with a siren, cre- Why hasn't the Haitian govern-
to Haiti to see the potential the ating a third or fourth line of traf- ment made an bulletin call for
of resources that are wasting. fic in a hurry to go where no one help?
)n Haiti is probably the only coun- knows. The question of what is hap-
ie try in the world where resources I know that traffic control is a opening in Haiti will still be unan-
ti, recycle themselves because they basic police function. The police swered for the simple reason. The
a are not behind exploited. While are doing what they can do with international community and the
;k in Haiti, I discovered the fishing what they are given, but I do not Haitian government are not con-
te industry. This industry is not categorize that as their best. cerned about the welfare of the
s- well structured. Why do the local Haiti has a police force that people, they are benefiting from
n. products in Haiti cost more than has numerous other police fore- the chaos in Haiti.


Zimmerman's mother

pens letter
A .' '% 'ciaate Prei

SANFORD, Fla.- The
mother of Florida neighbor-
hood watch volunteer George
Zimmermarn has \-ritten a let-
ter to the public that criticizes
thejustice system for her
son's arrest in the fatal shoot-
ing of Travxon Martin.
Gladys Zimmerman's letter
was written to coincide \%ith
the one-year anniversary o"
her son's April 11. 2012. ar-
rest He's accused of killing
Martin. who was unarmed, in
February 2012

to public
The letter was written in
Spanish and translated by
her son, Robert Zimmermnan.
He released it on his T%%itter
Glad'. s Zimriermnari savs the
da. will "forever be remem-
bered by, the Zimmerman
lfamily as the day the juLstice
sy, stem failed us as Amen-
cans." She describes what she
calls a "false narrative" that
wvas de\ eloped as the heavily
publicized case unfolded.
Zimmerman is scheduled
to be tned on second-degree
murder charges in June.

, By Anthony Man

Rapper and entertainment
industry mogul Jay-Z re-
sponded last Thursday with
a forceful rejection of the
criticism he's received from
South Florida politicians over
his visit to Cuba last week
with his wife Beyonc6.
And the couple received
support from a Broward
County Commissioner.
In a new music track,
"Open Letter" filled with
words that can't be printed
here, Jay-Z raps about the
trip to Cuba. "I'm in Cuba, I
love Cubans. This communist
talk is so confusing," Jay-Z
raps. The music is online; it
was transcribed by the politi-
cal news site Politico.

"I done turned Havana into
Atlanta," he raps. "Boy from
the hood, I got White House
clearance... Politicians never
did s--- for me except lie to
me, distort history... They
wanna give me jail time and
a fine. Fine, let me commit a
real crime....
"Hear the freedom in my
speech... Obama said, 'Chill
you gonna get me impeached.
You don't need this s--- any-
way, chill with me on the
The line "Boy from the
hood, I got White House
clearance" suggested Presi-
dent Barack Obama was
OK with the trip, something
Press Secretary Jay Carney
disputed in his daily briefing
last Thursday.

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By John M. Broder

President Obama. who was criticized in his first term
for favoring oil and gas development over land con-
servation, recently designated five new national monu-
ments, White House officials said on Friday
They are the First State National Monument in Dela-
ware and Pennsylvania, the Rio Grande del Norte Na-
Stional Monument in New Mexico, the San Juan Islands
National Monument in Washington State, the Charles
Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio
and a monument commemorating Harriet Tubman and
the Underground Railroad in Maryland
The new protected and historical monuments range
in size from the 240,000 acres to be permanently pro- New Mexico and the 1.000 acres in the San
Juan Islands to the small sites honoring Tubman and
Young. the third Black person to graduate from West
Point and the first to attain the rank of colons.
A new national monument will commemorate Harriet
Tubman.Library Of Congress via Abrams Books, via
Associated Press A nevw national monument will com-
memorate Harriet Tubman.
The White House and the Interior Department had
no official comment on Friday

Thtis'ia the first time Obama has acted aggressively
in setting aside public lands and waters for permanent
protection: he has focused instead on increaiing do-
mestic conventional and renewable energy fduc-
tion But in his second Inaugural Address an his
recent State of the Union speech, he said he would
use his executive authority to advance issues, like
measures on climate change and the environment, on
which Congress has refused to act.
Rick Smith. of the Coalition of National Park Ser-
vice Retirees, said the president invoked his powers
because Congress had failed to enact legislation cre-
ating more parks and protected sites. The last Con-
gress was the first in more than 60 years that did not
set aside any lands for protection as a national park,
monument or wilderness area.
"Americans support and want more parks and monu-
ments because they boost local economies, preserve
our heritage and tell our diverse American story," Smith
said in an e-mail. "In particular, all Americans can be
proud that with the establishment of First State Nation-
al Monument in Delaware, all 50 states are now home
to an area included in our National Park System."

Obama is designating the monuments using his
- power under the Antiquities Act, the 1906 law that al-
" :lows presidents to set aside important natural, cultural
and historical sites for permanent protection. The law
was first used by Theodore Roosevelt that year to pro-
tect Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, and
it has been invoked numerous times by 16 succeeding
S presidents.
Among the national parks and monurfients designat-
ed under the Antiquities Act are Grand Canyon Nation-
al Park. Statue of Liberty National Monument and Can-
yons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado.
The president can designate either a national park
or a monument under the Antiquities Act, but Congres-
sional approval is needed to create a national park

Obama created four monuments under the act in his
first term' the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument
in California, the Fort Monroe National Monument in
Virginia, the Fort Ord National Monument in California
and the Chimney Rock National Monument in the San
Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado.
Last month. Bruce Babbitt, the interior secretary
in the Clinton administration, said in a speech that
Obama was falling behind many of his predecessors
in setting aside lands for wilderness, while making vast
tracts available for drilling.
Babbitt noted that President George Bush and Pres-
ident Bill Clinton protected about one acre of public
land for every acre made available for hydrocarbon
development. Under President George W Bush, Bab-
bitt said, industry claimed 7.5 acres for every acre se'
aside for public use, although that figure does not in-
clude the 200 million acres of marine reserve near Ha-
waii that Mr. Bush decided to protect at the end of his
presidency, which would have given him a betteratio

the third African Ameri-
can graduate of West
Point, the first Black U.S.
national park superinten-
dent, first Black military
attache, first Black to
achieve the rank of
colonel, and highest-
ranking Black officer
in the U.S. Army
r ~ until his death
in 1922.

than any of his predecessors
"So far under President Obama, industry has been
winning the race as it obtains more and more land for
oil and gas, Babbitt said 'Over the past four years
the industry has leased more than 6 million acres.
compared with only 2.6 million acres permanently pro-
Although the monuments to be designated are not
large enough to significantly change that balance
the move suggests that Obama may intend to use his
authority in hiS second'term to set aside more public
lands for conservation, recreation and other noncom-
mercial uses






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Obama blasts the

GOP for attempt

to block gun bill

-Photo Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images
President Obama hugs Ian Hockley as his wife, Nicole, watches.
They introduced Obama as he arrived to speak on gun control at
the University of Hartford, in Hartford, Conn. The Hockleys' son
was killed in the Newtown school shooting.

By Jackie Kucinich & Aamer Madhani

WASHINGTON With several
GOP lawmakers threatening to
block a vote on Democratic-backed
gun-control legislation, President
Obama used a speech in Connect-
icut last Monday to charge that
his opponents are threatening to
use "political stunts" to prevent an
overhaul of gun laws.
Obama's stinging rebuke came
as 13 GOP lawmakers sent a let-
ter to Senate Majority Leader Har-
ry Reid last Monday, indicating
they would block legislation "that
would infringe on the American
people's constitutional right to
bear arms, or on their ability to
exercise this right without being
subjected to government surveil-
Late last Monday, a spokesman
for Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell said the Kentucky Re-
publican would join the filibuster
if Reid moves forward with the
gun bill.
"They're not just saying they'll
vote 'no' on ideas that almost
all Americans support," Obama
said in a speech at the Univer-
sity of Hartford, just 50 miles
from the site of the December
mass shooting at Sandy Hook
Elementary School that reignited
the debate over the nation's gun
laws. "They're saying your opin-
ion doesn't matter. And that's not

With the Senate set to begin
debate on new gun measures
as soon as this week, it remains
uncertain how much of Obama's
broad gun-control agenda laid
out less than a month after the
tragedy in Newtown, Conn. -
will be enacted.
The current version of the Sen-
ate gun bill would strengthen
current laws on gun trafficking
and straw purchasers, increase
grants for improvements, in
school safety and expand back-
ground checks to nearly every
gun purchase.
Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-.N.Y.,
Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Mark
Kirk, R-Ill., have been .working
for months to put together sup-
port for compromise background
check legislation that would allow
unchecked purchases for certain
private gun transfers. Sen. Pat-
rick Toomey, R-Pa., is the latest
Republican to consider signing
onto the legislation and contin-
ues to negotiate with Manchin on
the details of the bill. But no deal
has yet been reached
Measures to bar high-capacity
magazines and military-style as-
sault weapons crucial parts
of Obama's original package -
have been left out of the main bill
and are expected to be voted on
as amendments.
Still, the gun bill is facing in-
creasing opposition from the

Justices' concern over gay parenting

Remarks about effect on kids rekindle debate

By David G. Savage & Maura Dolan

During recent Supreme Court
arguments on gay marriage,
Justice Antonin Scalia asserted
that "there's considerable dis-
agreement" among experts over
whether "raising a child in a
single-sex family is harmful or
not." Two other justices agreed
that gay parenting was a new
and uncertain development.
Those comments startled
child development experts as
well as advocates of gay mar-
riage, because there is consid-
erable research showing chil-
dren of gay parents do not have
more problems than others.
"This is not a new phenom-
enon. We have 30 or 40 years
of studies, and there has been
no hint of a problem," said Dr.
Ellen C. Perrin, a professor of

pediatrics at the Floating Hos-
pital for Children at Tufts Medi-
cal Center.
"There is a fundamental,
scholarly consensus that chil-
dren raised by same-sex cou-
ples do just fine," said Stanford
sociologist Michael J. Rosen-
Penin led a committee that
examined research on gay par-
ents and their children for the
American Academy of Pediat-
rics. Its report in March, just
before the court arguments,
concluded that "children and
adolescents who grow up with
gay or lesbian parents fare as
well in emotional, cognitive, so-
cial and sexual functioning as
do children whose parents are
While children benefit from a
stable home with two parents,

she said, the gender of the par-
ents does not appear to make a
The issue arose in the Su-
preme Court when the justices
were arguing over whether there
was a valid reason for barring
same-sex marriage. Scalia cited
the possible harm to children
who were adopted by same-sex
couples. Justices Anthony M.
Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito
Jr. said it might be wise to move
slowly because gay parenting
was still new.
"We have five years of infor-
mation to weigh against 2,000
years of history," Kennedy said.
Evan Wolfson, president of
Freedom to Marry, said the
questions from Scalia and other
justices ignored the testimony
in the initial trial of Proposi-
tion 8, California's 2008 ban on

same-sex marriage.
"That was the most astonish-
ing aspect of the entire two days
[of Supreme Court arguments],
given the trial record in this
case," he said. "There was an
enormous amount of evidence
put in the record that gay par-
ents are fit and loving and their
children are doing well."
Michael Lamb, a develop-
mental psychologist at Cam-
bridge University, testified at
the Proposition 8 trial that re-
search had shown children of
same-sex parents were as likely
to be well-adjusted as those .of
heterosexual parents. Nearly
40,000 children in California
are being raised by gay couples.
Kate Kendell, executive direc-
tor of the National Center for
Lesbian Rights, said she was
surprised to hear Scalia speak
of adoptions by same-sex cou-
ples as an open question.

Outcast gay Arabs struggle with backlash

LGBT group gives salvation to Middle

Eastern Americans

By Natasha Dado

"I'm not afraid. Somebody has
to start the conversation," said
Chris Ramazzotti, who's Leba-
nese and agreed to reveal his
name while discussing homo-
sexuality among Arabs here.
Other gay Arabs didn't dis-
close their identities citing safety
risks as a reason, and to prevent
their families from being criti-
cized by Dearborn's close-knit
Arab community.
Ramazzotti is the executive
director of Al-Gamea, a group
formed in 2006 to address the
growing needs of local gay Mid-
dle Eastern Americans. In 2009
it became a 501c3 nonprofit
organization. Ramazzotti says.
the Arab community's progress
towards having more tolerant
attitudes about lesbian, gay, bi-
sexual and transgender (LGBT)
people has been slow.
Arab Americans comprise
more than 40 percent of Dear-
born's population, which ac-
cording to a 2010 U.S. Census
report was 98,153.
Two Arabs from Dearborn said
in parts of Beirut, Lebanon it
can be less difficult for an Arab
to be openly gay than it's here.
'Lebanon is one of the few Arab
countries on the forefront of
organizing for LGBT rights.
Ramazzotti says a lot of people
living in Dearborn follow con-
servative customs and beliefs

they brought with them when
emigrating from Arab countries
to the U.S., making it more
difficult for second generation
Arab Americans to come out. He
says Dearborn's religious Arab
community has got in the way.
of progressive attitudes about
the LGBT community moving

It's hard for Arabs here to
be openly gay because they're
afraid of being judged, and
disowned by their families,
neighbors and friends in the
Faisal Alam, a nationally
known Muslim gay rights activ-
ist spoke at the University of
Michigan Dearborn last month
where he presented the pro-
gram, Hidden Voices: The Lives
of LGBT Muslims. The lecture
was interrupted by a false
alarm, and Alam along with
other activists were escorted to
their cars by security after their
views were challenged. The pro-
gram attracted more than 200
people, including several Arab
Ramazzotti has been threat-
ened because of his sexual ori-
entation. He says one gay Arab
woman from Dearborn had to
move out of her house after her
brother went through text mes-
sages and emails and learned

she had a girlfriend. He threat-
ened to kill her. She's in college,
and now on her own struggling
to make ends meet.
The founders of Al-Gamea also
wanted to reach out to Chal-
deans, who're Iraqi Catholics,
but don't identify as Arabs. Sev-
eral gay Chaldeans have found
refuge in Al-Gamea. There are
more than 120,000 Chaldeans
in metro Detroit. The community
is very close knit and conserva-
tive as well, making the chal-
lenges of gay Arabs and Chal-
deans parallel.
Al-Gamea hosts weekly gath-
erings, and every month has an
Arabian Night social event where
gay Middle Eastern Americans

In 2011 Al-Gamea raised
money for eight Arab men and
women who were disowned by
their families after coming out.
The group provided money,
food and shelter to all eight who
were from Dearborn except one.
In 2010 the group helped two
Arabs who were kicked out of
their homes. Ramazzotti says
Al-Gamea was able to help more
people last year, because the
fundraising was more publi-
Ramazzotti says people are
afraid of being affiliated with
Al-Gamea because the commu-
nity could find out they're gay,
and a lot of its board members
and volunteers have distanced
themselves from the group for

that reason.
Ramazzotti was living in Dear-
born when he first came out to
his family. His brother chased
him three blocks after finding .
out, and tried to attack him. He
didn't return home until eight
years later.
"Being gay was the last thing I
wanted to be, I tried to suppress
my feelings and make them go
away, but they wouldn't," he
Ramazzotti says he's wit-
nessed gay Arab men and wom-
en marry the opposite sex, and
still struggle with their sexuality.
He's never regretted coming
out, or met anyone who has.

-Miami Times photo Gregory W. Wright
Chief Orosa speaks with activist Georgia Ayers about vio-
lence in Overtown.

The punch heard

around Black Miami

under investigation

Did police use excessive force in

containing distraught family members?

By Gregory W. Wright

The police still have no an-
swers in the recent shooting of
Brandon Walker, 25. But fam-
ily and community members
are incensed after grief turned
into chaos when police fought
with the victim's distraught
relatives who had rushed onto
the crime scene.
Walker, had been shot mul-
tiple times and died on the
sidewalk beside his bicycle in
front of an Overtown apart-
ment [2191 NW Third Ave.] a
week ago Tuesday. But a video
shot from a Total Traffic Net-.
work chopper showed that
as his two brothers, Anthony
and Antwan Walker, charged
the crime scene assumedly to
uncover their brother's body,
they were met with the blows
of homicide detective Fer-
nando Bosch and other City
of Miami police officers intent
on keeping the crime scene in-
tact. In the end, even the vic-
tim's mother, Vernita Mincey,
was handcuffed and arrested,
along with her sons, when she
tried to lift the tarp to see her
son's body.
Activist Georgia Ayers says
her phone has been ring-
ing ever since with calls from
Overtown residents that say
they are angry and fed up. So,
Ayers, 85, invited Miami Po-
lice Chief Manuel Orosa to her
home to discuss the situation
and the possible community
backlash. In their meeting,
Orosa first cleared up earlier
erroneous reports that Bosch's
actions had been cleared as
justifiable by the Miami Police
Department. Orosa explained
that there was indeed an ac-
tive Internal Affairs investiga-
tion currently underway into
the incident.
"I can assure you that there
will be a thorough investiga-
tion, and if the officer was
wrong, he will be punished,"
Orosa said. "I am not afraid
to punish people my record
has shown that."
But according to Priscilla
Dames, chairperson of the
Miami-Dade Black Affairs Ad-
visory Board and a specialist-
in conflict resolution, the prob-
lem goes far beyond a punch
thrown by one officer.

"There is disrespect for our
Black males," she said. "And I
just don't think the police han-
dled the situation properly, es-
pecially in handcuffing and ar-
resting the two brothers of the
Both men were subsequently
charged with "battery on a po-
lice officer."
Arid despite Orosa's prom-
ise for a thorough investiga-
tion, Dames says, "We cannot
continue to have investigation,
after investigation, after inves-
tigation. At some point, there
have to be repercussions."
The Black Affairs Advisory
Board has sent a letter to Mi-
ami Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones, requesting a
meeting with the Commis-
sioner, Miami Mayor Tomas
Regalado and Orosa to dis-
cuss the incident and potential
damage to community rela-
Allegations have been made
that Walker was in the area
conducting illegal transac-
tions. But his family vehe-
mently denied such claims.
"People are losing focus be-
cause they are angry at the
police," Mincey said. "I'm go-
ing to go after the police offi-
cer, there's no joke about that.
For two days both of my sons
were in jail. For right now, if
you want to help us, help us by
going to the police with any in-
formation you have about who
shot and killed my son."
Anthony Walker, a minis-
ter at New Jerusalem Primi-
tive Baptist Church, who re-
ceived several punches to the
face from Bosch, said: "Don't
think that we're sleeping on
the situation, because we are
not. But right now our focus is
on working with the police to
find the killer. A little infor-
mation is better than no in-
formation. And for the record,
Brandon wasn't in Overtown to
sell drugs. He was there to see
his six-month-old son. His son
was his heart."
If you have any information
regarding the murder of Bran-
don Walker, you may call the
Miami Police Department, (305)
603-6640, or Crime-Stoppers
at (305) 471-TIPS (8477). Call-
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killed, many wounded at Boston Marathon

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144 people are being treated,
with at least 17 of them in criti-
cal condition and 25 in serious
condition. At least eight of the
patients are children.
At least 10 people injured had
limbs amputated, according to a
terrorism expert briefed on the
In Washington, President
Barack Obama vowed, "Any re-
sponsible individuals, any re-
sponsible groups, will feel the
full weight of justice."
Boston "is a tough and resil-
ient town," he said, adding that
Americans will stand by Bosto-
nians "every single step of the
Massachusetts Gov. Deval
Patrick warned that Boston
would be on a high security

alert today and that riders on
public transportation could ex-
pect to encounter officers and
have bags searched.
"It's not going to be simple,
easy or regular," Patrick said.

The terrorist attack, near the
marathon's finish line, trig-
gered widespread screaming
and chaos, shattered windows
and barricades and sent smoke
billowing into the air at Copley
The blasts were about 50 to
100 yards apart, officials said,
on a stretch of the marathon
course lined with spectators
cheering runners through the
final yards of a 26-mile, 385-
yard endurance feat. The Fed-
eral Aviation Administration
placed a flight restriction over
the site of the blasts. Other cit-

'We II get to the bottom of this"
ies, including New York and
Washington, tightened secu-
rity as a result. Following stan-
dard protocol, the White House
cleared out an area in front of the
West Wing. Federal authorities

are classifying the bombings as a
terrorist attack, but it's not clear
whether the origin was domestic
or foreign, a federal law enforce-
ment official with knowledge of
the investigation said.
Authorities in Boston found
at least one other explosive de-
vice that they were dismantling,
Boston Police Commissioner Ed
Davis said.
Rep. Bill Keating of Massachu-
setts, meanwhile, said two more
were found one unexploded
device was found at a hotel on
Boylston Street near the bomb
site and another unexploded de-
vice was found at an undisclosed
Davis said no arrests have
been made but added, "We are
talking to lots of people."
In his address to the nation,
Obama did not use the word
"terrorism," but others did.

University of Miami says NCAA charges unfounded

continued from 1A

Committee on Infractions mem-
ber Eleanor W. Myers takes shots
at all levels of the two-year inves-
tigation. A 10-point argument
follows an interpretation of NCAA
bylaws arguing the committee
has the ability to dismiss a case
before a hearing. NCAA president
Mark Emmert previously said
there was no provision for such
an action taken just once in its
The Committee on Infractions,
according to the UM filing, dis-
missed a case from the 1970s
involving the University of Pitts-
burgh when an NCAA staff mem-
ber allegedly fabricated evidence.
Miami isn't claiming anything
that brash, but still attacked the
NCAA's actions throughout the
45-page document.
Faulty investigation meth-
od both publicly known and
new accusations were among
the wrongs committed against
LiM, the filing states. The school

claims investigators
misled UM officials
on multiple occa-
. "Perhaps most
distressing and un-
conscionable, on
multiple occasions,
members of the en-
forcement staff in-
tentionally misled
the university by
withholding key in-
formation, failing to
inform the univer-
sity of scheduled in-
terviews and, most

UM President

egregiously, lying to
the university and its outside
counsel," the document states.
UM alleged "impermissible and
unethical" interview tactics dur-
ing meetings with coaches and
players along with faulty logic
that drove the direction of the in-
"The university is not asking
for a windfall or quick escape,"
the document reads. "To the
contrary, largely because of the

NCAA's misconduct
and mismanage-
ment, this matter
has languished for
twice as long as it
should have, to the
university's detri-
The document
was prepared by two
members of the UM
general counsel and
the outside firm of
Bond, Schoeneck, &
King, PLLC. A letter
from outside counsel
Mike Glazier states

UM retains all legal
rights against the NCAA "for the
wrongs that have been commit-
ted against it."
The 45-page document accom-
panying it says the NCAA blind-
ly accepted Shapiro's claims of
rampant rule breaking. While
it doesn't claim complete in-
nocence, the NCAA's- missteps
make it hard to further prose-
cute, UM states.
"Many of the remaining allega-

tions in the notice are not cor-
roborated by ahy legitimate evi-
dence and are supported only by
the unsubstantiated word a con-
victed felon who orchestrated
a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme
and has an articulated vendetta
against the University, its ad-
ministrators, its former coaches,
and its former student-athletes
- and an investigative record ir-
revocably marred by the deceit-
ful and incompetent investigative
tactics of the enforcement staff
on which no trier of fact can rely
in drawing sound conclusions in
the case."
Voluntarily sitting out two foot-
ball postseasons, including the
2012 ACC championship game,
is punishment enough, UM ar-
The school claims the investi-
gation "was corrupted from the
start." Public statements from
NCAA leadership indicating "the
death penalty" was in play dam-
aged UM's reputation before
completing any real investiga-
tion, UM states.

Parents: Tactics for

anti-bullying failing

By Karen Yi

They're the words no mother
wants to hear from her young
"INMy sono told me he fished
he were dead, and wanted to
leave this place forever,". said
Tracy Rice. of Coral Springs.
She said her 9-year-old is
being bullied at elementary
school: kicked ror being bad
at sports, slammed over the
head with hardcover books
and called girl names for being
When he mustered up the
courage to report it, Rice said,
he was put in a room with four
adults and asked, "What does
bullying mean?" He stayed si-
"A 9-year-old can't always
voice his abuse . you're put-
ting all the responsibility on the
child," Rice said.
While Broward and Palm
Beach County public schools
have touted their ariti-bullying
polices, Rice's complaint, which
she spoke about this week with
the Sun Sentinel, throws into
question how well the problem
is being dealt with. Some say

official policies place too. much
pressure on victims to come
forward, rather than empha-
sizing preventive education to
stop bull' ing before it starts.
"If you are just waiting, you
are being reactive . there has
to be a change in the entire cul-
ture,"' said Jowharah Sanders,
executive director of National
Voices for Equality. Education
and Enlightenment, anl orga-
nization that works to prevent
bullying in South Florida. "Let
students know even-rybody's got
everybody's back, then you
would see a big difference."
She said additional resourc-
es need to be directed toward
training teachers, pushing
anui-bullying messages .,ear-
round and having trained stu-
dents help bullied children.
Sameer Hinduja. co-director
of the Cyberbullying Research
Center'at Florida Atlantic Uni-
versit, said though there's still
work to be done, Broward and
Palm Beach counties lead the
state in addressing school bul-
lying. "We're not going to be able
to prevent every single case," he
said, but both school districts
"are doing a really good job."

Cop makes apology for Trayvon target

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with two other officers and a ci-
vilian earlier this month when he
asked the group if they wanted to
shoot at the targets.
The Port Canaveral Police De-
partment fired King recently fol1
lowing an internal investigation,
according to port officials.
King, a firearms instructor, de-
nied in a video posted on YouTube
that he 'suggested anyone shoot
at the target, which features a
faceless silhouette of a person in
a hoodie holding a beverage can,
a pack of Skittles candy tucked
in a pocket. A bull's eye appears
on its chest -
Trayvon Martin, 17, was wear-
ing a hoodie and carrying Skittles
and a can of iced tea on Feb. 26,
2012, when he was fatally shot
by neighborhood watch volunteer
George Zimmerman, then 28, in
a gated Sanford, Fla., commu-
King, in his video, referred to
the target as "no-shoot training
aid" and said it should be used
only as an example of a situation
where an officer should not fire
his gun.
"Using real-life situations as a
training scenario is not uncom-
mon," King said.
King apologized to Trayvon's
family and to any law enforce-
ment professionals who may
have been embarrassed by the
publicity swirling around the in-
cident. He accused an unnamed
officer of inventing details of the

-Photo: YouTube
Ron King responds via YouTube to allegations that he used Trayvon
Martin targets during a shooting class that he conducts in Florida.

incident to damage the credibility
of the police department's leader-
S"I remain a professional law en-
forcement officer and a profession-
al firearms instructor," said King,
who can appeal his dismissal. "I re-
fuse to sit by while others use the
Martin family and myself as a way
to further their own political and
career agendas."
SWalsh was unmoved. "I found
the entire situation unacceptable,"
he said. "It is not the type of be-
havior that I want a police officer to
have on both a personal and pro-
fessional level."
Walsh also apologized to Tray-
von's family, which has argued
that the Black teen was targeted
and murdered. Zimmerman says
he shot Trayvon in self-defense

after being attacked. Zimmerman,
who faces a second-degree murder
charge, is set to go on trial June
The shooting sparked protests
and national conversations on
race, gun laws, and the meaning of
Benjamin Crump, an attorney
for Trayvon Martin's parents, was
highly critical of King.
"It is absolutely. reprehensible
that a high-ranking member of the
Port Canaveral Police, sworn to
protect and serve Floridians, would
use the image of a dead child as
target practice," Crump said.
"Such a deliberate and de-
praved indifference to this griev-
ing family is unacceptable. The
citizens of Port Canaveral de-
serve better."

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School cheating scandal hits racial nerve

Some in Atlanta say indictments

target Blacks

By Larry Copeland

ATLANTA As dozens of edu-
cators indicted in the Atlanta
Public Schools cheating scandal
prepare for the next phase of the
legal process, some area Blacks
view the indictments as overkill.
The school system indict-
ments which featured the un-
precedented spectacle of Black
educators, traditionally among
the most respected figures in
their community, taking a "perp
walk" on the evening news ex-
posed the racial fault lines in the
city known as the Black Mecca.
"The community is saying this
is wrong. We're treating these
educators like they're criminals,
like they're drug dealers, like
they're gangsters," said Timo-
thy McDonald III, pastor of First
Iconium Baptist Church and a
member of Atlanta's Concerned
Black Clergy. "Yes, fire the ones
who cheated, but this is over-
On March 29, a Fulton Coun-
ty grand jury indicted 35 Atlan-

ta educators, including former
superintendent Beverly Hall, in
what prosecutors call a huge
cheating conspiracy stretching
to 58 schools. The administra-
tors, principals, teachers and
even a school secretary face
charges of racketeering, con-
spiracy and making false state-
ments. Hall, who retired days
before the 2011 release of a
state cheating probe, also faces
theft charges, because her sal-
ary rose with rising student test
scores on standardized'tests.
"I think a lot of, people were
fairly neutral" on the cheating
scandal, said Nathan McCall, an
Emory University lecturer and
writer, "and once they began to
see the visuals of these educa-
tors as criminals, the history of
strained race relations between
Blacks in the city of Atlanta and
whites in the rest of the state,
began to resurface."
The indictments came after
a nearly two-year investigation
that looked at test scores dating
to 2005. Cheating allegations

A state investigation found former.Atlanta schools superinten-
dent Beverly Hall and her top aides either ignored or destroyed
evidence of test cheating across the district.

first surfaced in 2008, when
The Atlanta Journal-Constitu-
tion reported on "statistically
improbable increases" in scores
on the state-mandated Criteri-
on-Referenced Competency Test
(CRCT) at one Atlanta school.
In 2009, the newspaper found
similar increases at a dozen

schools. The stories eventually
led then-governor Sonny Per-
due, a Republican, to appoint
two special investigators, who in
2011 found cheating in 44 of the
56 schools they examined. In
all, they found that 178 educa-
tors had cheated on CRCT tests.
Former Georgia attorney gen-

eral Michael Bowers, one of the
two special investigators, said a
team of investigators conducted
2,100 interviews and reviewed
800,000 documents. He said
that what he heard from some of
the teachers who'd been forced
to cheat left him in tears. "I went
to West Point," he said. "I saw 22
or 23 guys being executed . .
I'm fairly tough.
"We had teachers faint in our
interview room," he said. "The
thing I remember most was
talking to some of the teach-
ers who had been mistreated,
mostly single moms. And it's
heartbreaking. They told of how
they had been forced to cheat.
One told me, 'Mr. Bowers, this
is a big joke. You can't imag-
ine how badly I feel. I cheated.
I was forced to cheat. I had no
choice. I spent my days as a
teacher combing hair, brushing
teeth, making sure children had
something to eat . I taught
third grade, and I cheated. If my
father were alive, he would be
so ashamed he wouldn't know
what to do.'
Subsequent investigations
suggest the Atlanta case may
not be isolated. An investigation
last year by the Journal-Consti-

tution found 196 school districts
across the U.S. with suspicious
test score gains. In 2011, USA
TODAY looked at scores across'
six states and the District of
Columbia and found more than
1,600 cases of improbable score
gains, including several cases in
which educators in D.C. schools
erased student answers on test
The Atlanta cheating scandal
is but the most recent in a series
of cases in metro Atlanta that
have placed public education
squarely at the nexus of race
and politics:
The 35 Atlanta educators -
all of them Black were indict-
ed just weeks after Gov. Nathan
Deal, a Republican, suspended
six elected school board mem-
bers five of them Black in
neighboring DeKalb County.
The DeKalb incident has led
some parents in predominantly
white areas of the county to ex-
plore creating separate school
SThe Georgia Legislature had
granted gubernatorial authority
to replace school board mem-
bers whose systems were in
jeopardy of losing their accredi-
tation in 2011.

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continued from 1A

unit from March 2007 un-
til Nov. 26, 2008. He left
the unit after being elected
However, public docu-
ments indicate that Cueto
investigated Spence-Jones
and questioned nearly a half
dozen witnesses, including
City Commissioner Marc
Sarnoff, in a 2007 case in
which the State was try-
ing to show that Spence-

Jones had sought improper
compensation before a vote
for a development deal at
Mercy Hospital. The case
was dropped and the plan
As part of last Monday's
motion, Rogow included a
three-page signed affidavit
from Spence-Jones in which
she points out that she had
no knowledge of Cueto's in-
volvement in the Mercy Hos-
pital case prior to recently
being contacted by someone
who had read about her re-

cent hearing online.
"Why would I have taken
the chance to have a judge
oversee my case who had
previously tried to hurt
me? she asked. "My attor-
neys and I contend that he
should have disclosed right
up front and certainly before
he ruled on whether I could
run a third term. Because
he did not, it gives the ap-
pearance that he was not
being fair and impartial.
That's simply unacceptable
- for me or anyone else."

As this story went to press,
no determination had been
made as to what judge will
now hear the case. Legal ex-
perts say, however, that the
new judge will have the op-
portunity to make his or her
own decision without having
to consider Cueto's former
Dunn, in a press confer-
ence held before Cueto made
his announcement, said: "I
do not begrudge Michelle
Spence-Jones from pursu-
ing whatever legal means

she can in fact, I encour-
age her to do so because
that's the American way."
Rogow had no comments
but said in a public corre-
spondence, "I have no state-
ment the motion and af-
fidavit speaks for itself."
Rogow has made a name
for himself as an appeals
lawyer, including in 1992
when he argued for former
Ku Klux Klan member Da-
vid Duke seeking to have his
client included on the Flor-
ida Republican presidential

primary ballot. According to
an article posted by The Sun
Sentinel, Rogow argued for
Duke on behalf of an Ameri-
can Civil Liberties Union
team and asked the judge
to invalidate the law and to
order that Duke's name be
placed on the Republican
primary ballot [March 10,
1992]. He offered the same
argument on behalf of four
Democratic presidential
candidates who had been
excluded from the Demo-
cratic primary ballot.

Entertainers' trip to communist Cuba criticized i

continued from 1A

the Havana Consulting Group,
a Miami-based organization
that tracks travel and economic
exchanges with Cuba. That's
because the federal rules that
limit the ability of Americans to
visit Cuba and spend money on
the island don't apply to them.
They can go to Cuba as often as
they want and can take as much
money there as they want. Also,
there is no limit on the amount
of money Cuban Americans can
send to relatives in Cuba. As a
result, Cuban Americans sent
nearly $2.3 billion dollars to
Cuba in 2011, the Havana Con-
sulting Group reported.
So, it is Cuban Americans
who are the major source of
dollars for Cuba's communist

government, not the relatively
small number of non-Cuban
Americans who are allowed to
visit the Caribbean island. This
great imbalance mocks the out-
rage over the short trip Beyonc6
and Jay-Z made to Cuba.
Even so, Diaz-Balart and Ros-
Lehtinen said the music super-
stars were guilty of funding "the
machinery of oppression that
brutally represses the Cuban
people" because they went to
Cuba with the permission of the
Department of Treasury, which
regulates the travel of Ameri-
cans to Cuba. That's because
their goal is only to stop non-
Cuban Americans from going to
Why? Because Cuba is the foil
they use to boost their political
standing in this country. And to
justify the special immigration

Obama forfeits 5% pay in nod

to federal workers furloughs

By David Jackson & Susan Davis

President Obama plans to take
a 5% salary cut in support of
federal workers who are going
to be furloughed, officials said
The decision comes a day after
a similar gesture by Defense Sec-
retary Chuck Hagel.
Obama's move is retroactive
to March 1, the first day the on-
going $85billion in budget cuts
known as the sequestration be-
gan to take effect. The president's
base salary is $400,000 a year;
5% adds up to $20,000.
Because Congress sets the
president's salary by law, his
actual paycheck cannot be re-
duced; Obama will have to honor
the voluntary pay cut by return-
ing money to the Treasury.
Hagel and Deputy Defense Sec-
retary Ashton Carter announced
plans to give up part of their
pay because about 700,000 ci-
vilian workers face mandatory
furloughs this summer. Housing
and Urban Development Secre-
tary Shaun Donovan and Deputy
Secretary Maurice Jones will also
forgo some salary, their office
Two administration officials
spoke about Obama's plan on
the condition they not be named
while discussing the president's
personal finances.
Said one official: "The salary for

the president, as with members
of Congress, is set by law and
cannot be changed. However,
the president has decided that to
share in the sacrifice being made
by public servants across the fed-
eral government that are affected
by the sequester, he will contrib-
ute a portion of his salary back to
the Treasury."
A few members of Congress
also have announced self-im-
posed pay cuts. Lawmakers' sal-
aries are exempted from the se-
questration, so any reductions in
pay are voluntary.
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska,
said Wednesday that hell return
part of his $174,000 salary to the
Treasury. "We need to be mak-
ing responsible cuts wherever we
can, and there is no reason that
members of Congress shouldn't
feel the pinch like everyone else,"
he said in a statement. More than
half of the senator's staff will take
a pay cut this year, he said; his
office began furloughs in March.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.,
also said she will give up part of
her salary.
The Senate approved an
amendment last month to estab-
lish a reserve fund to lessen the
sequestration's impact by allow-
ing members of Congress to do-
nate 20% of their salaries to it.
However, it was a non-binding
vote to the budget resolution and
does not have the force of law.

status that Cuban refugees-
their core constituents enjoy,
they need the rest of us to see
Cuba through' their eyes, not
our own.
Though the vast majority of
Cubans leave Cuba for eco-
nomic reasons, all Cubans who
make it to the U.S. are placed
on a fast track to green card sta-
tus even those who enter this
country illegally. A 1995 law al-
lows any Cuban who manages
to, make it to U.S. territory to
stay in this country.
Not surprisingly, half of this
nation's 1.9 million Cubans ar-
rived here in 1990 or later. Be-

cause nearly 70 percent of Cu-
ban Americans live in Florida,
this unfettered immigration is a
boon for Cuban-American politi-
cians. This growth can continue
only if Cuban-American leaders
are unchallenged in their por-
trayal of Cuba as a brutal, mur-
derous communist state.
And this warped view of
Cuba (which is not supported
by the State Department's an-
nual human rights report) can
be perpetuated only if Cuban-
American politicians succeed in
keeping Beyonc6, Jay-Z and the
rest of us from seeing Cuba for
ourselves. .

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Lord with her life
Balancing it all with God and trust

By Malika A. Wright
Pastor Lydia Goodin,
founding pastor of Just As I
Am International Ministries,
remembers being extremely
ill with a leg condition called
pyoderma gangrenosum,
which caused deep ulcers
and excruciating pain. The
ulcers were so deep that you
could see her bone. There was
even a possibility that Goodin
would lose her leg.
For about 28 days, Goodin
was in a hospital bed, unable
to walk. And many thought
that she would die.
"I was so sick, I prayed to
die," said Goodin.
At that time, Goodin had a
habit of eating ice, and she
would frequently ask the
nurses to bring some to her.
But one day her nurse re-
It was then that Goodin
heard the voice of God say
"get up and get your own ice."
She wasn't supposed to get
out of bed because of her leg

condition, but she repeatedly
heard the voice of God say
"get up and get your own ice"
So she got up.
In many situations, even
those that were life-altering,
Goodin has faithfully lived
by one of her favorite Bible
verses: Proverbs 3:5-9, which
says: "Trust in the Lord with
all thine heart: and lean not
unto thine own understand-
ing. ."
After getting up and walking
in pain, it took Goodin about
10-15 minutes to make it to
the door.
But once she got to the
door, she "felt the anointing of
God," and "strength that she
never felt before," she said.
It was after obeying and
trusting God that He told her
"whoever you pray for and
say I am healed,' they will be
After that she started say-
ing "1 am healed" to herself
and was walking more and
more. She left the hospital
a month later in April 2001,
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7 Organization encourages

community to love thy neighbor

By Malika A. Wright

l| Several young men didn't
know where to go to receive
Bi employment, many families
needed someone to talk to after
losing a loved one and one
young woman was even con-
sidering suicide. However they
all reached out to a pastor an(
S received the help they needed
to continue on.
Call A Pastor [CAP], which
SlS encourages community mem-
bers to contact a pastor in-
stead of engaging in violent
acts, started in December of
I -E last year and has since helped

reduce the crime rates in the
Liberty City area significantly,
while also connecting com-
munity members with social
services, according to Rev. Billy
W.L. Strange, Jr. The program,
er which has expanded its efforts
since its inception, has received
a positive response from the
y community.
d On Good Friday this year, the
organization held a church ser-
vice outdoors in the middle of
the Liberty Square, also known
as the Pork N' Beans. Hun-
dreds of community members-
mostly youth came to the
event, where they were given
free food, while victims spoke

about the negative impact that
gun violence had on their lives.
Several young men who were
nearby stopped and listened
as Rev. Vernon Gillum, pastor
of God's Tabernacle of Deliver-
ance, shared his story. Gillum
lost his son to gun violence
in November on the day after
Thanksgiving. His son was shot
and killed while only five feet
away from him. Gillum was
also shot. He said the cause
became;jmore personal for him
when he became a victim of
gun violence and a parent of a
murdered child.
"This very initiative, we
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Christianity was integral to his

success. You wouldn't know it from

watching '42.'

By Eric Metaxas

A new film about Jackie Rob-
inson, titled 42 the number
he wore during his historic ca-
reer tells the triumphant sto-
ry of how the Civil Rights icon
integrated professional base-
ball by playing for the Brooklyn
Dodgers. But there's a myste-
rious hole at the center of this
otherwise worthy film.
The man who chose Robinson
for his role, and masterminded
the whole affair, was Dodgers
General Manager Branch Rick-
ey, played by Harrison Ford.
In their initial meeting, the ci-
gar-chomping Rickey makes it
clear that whoever will be the
first African American in major
league baseball will be viciously
attacked, verbally and physi-
cally. So Rickey famously says
he's looking for a man "with
guts enough not to fight back."
He needs someone who will re-

sist the temptation to retaliate.
Robinson agrees to go along
with it.
But where did Rickey get that
crazy idea and why did Robin-
son agree? The film doesn't tell
us, but the answers to these
questions lie in the devout
Christian faith of both men.

For starters, Rickey himself
was a "Bible-thumping Meth-
odist" who refused to attend
games on Sunday. He sincerely
believed it was God's will that
he integrate baseball and saw it
as an .opportunity to intervene
in the moral history of the na-
tion, as Lincoln had done.
And Rickey chose Robinson
because of the young man's
faith and moral character.
There were numerous other Ne-
gro Leagues players to consider,
but Rickey knew integrating

Dodgers President Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson in

the racist world of professional
sports would take more than
athletic ability. The attacks
would be ugly, and the press
would fuel the fire. If the player
chosen were goaded into re-
taliating, the grand experiment
would be set back a decade or
Rickey knew he must find
someone whose behavior on
and off the field would be exem-
plary, and who believed "turn-
ing the other cheek" was not
just the practical thing to do
but the right thing. In their his-
toric meeting, to underscore the
spiritual dimension of the un-
dertaking, Rickey pulled out a
book by Giovanni Papini, titled
Life of Christ. He opened to thp

passage about the Sermon on
the Mount and read it aloud.
We know that Robinson's pas-
sionate sense of justice had got-
ten him into trouble earlier in
life. But the patient mentoring
of pastor Karl Downs convinced
him that Christ's command to
"resist not evil" wasn't a cow-
ardly way out but a profoundly
heroic stance.
When he met Rickey, Robin-
son was prepared for what lay
ahead and agreed. But it was a
brutally difficult undertaking.
Robinson got down on his knees
many nights during those first
two years, asking God for the
strength to continue resisting
the temptation to fight back, or
Please turn to FAITH 16B

Christians must oppose torture

By Stephen Mansfield I: .. ':,

In the'Roman mind, crucifix-
ion was an act of state terror.
Torture is not merely an issue
of political left or right. It is not
an issue of military versus civil-
ian opinion.
SIn the 1950s and early 1960s,
trend-setting comedian Len-
ny Bruce often said, "If Jesus
had been killed 20 years ago,
Catholic schoolchildren v.ould
be %rearing little electric chidrs
around their necks instead of
Bruce was right that any de-
vice used to kill Jesus Christ
in any age would have become*
a symbol, of both divine judg-
ment and divine deliverance,
to the faithful. What Bruce did
not get right was his assump-
tion that the cross of the first

Remember the
cross was not
meant just for

century was equal to the elec-
tric chair of the 20th, that both
were meant only to execute. The
truth is that the cross was a Ro-
man tool of torture before it was
a tool of death. It was meant to
inflict such horrible suffering
on a single man that an entire
nation was made to cower.
This is a truth that ought to
condition attitudes toward tor-
ture today, particularly among
those who regard Jesus as
God. It means that there is a
direct connection between the
events of that first Good Friday
and the torture depicted in the
recent film Zero Dark Thirty,
that there is a line to be drawn

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-Photo: Fernando Vergara, AP,
Faithful hold palm fronds and a crucifix during a Palm Sunday Mass at the Baby Jesus
Church in Bogota, Colombia.

between Guantanamo Bay and
Golgotha, between the evils
of Bashar Assad, president of
Syria, and the evils of Pontius
Pilate, governor of Judea.
In the Roman mind, cruci-
fixion was an act of state ter-
ror. By the time of Jesus, the
ancient world had already tried
dealing with its undesirables
by boiling them in oil, stoning
them, strangling them, drown-
ing them and setting them on
fire. All these brought on death
too quickly. Officials wanted
a method of killing that was

so slow and terrifying that no
onlooker missed the implied
Scholars are unsure which
ancient culture introduced the
Romans to crucifixion. What is
certain that once they learned
of it, they improved upon it and
made it a tool of the empire. In
answer to the final slave revolt
under Spartacus in 71 B.C., the
empire crucified 6,000 rebels,
famously lining the road from
Rome to Capua with crosses.
During the siege of Jerusalem
in A.D. 70, the Romans cruci-

fled as many as 500 rebels a
Crucifixion was the perfect
blend of death, vengeance and
spectacle. Victims took days
to expire, sometimes a week.
Soldiers taunted and further
tortured the dying, often driv-
ing stakes through body parts
associated with the victim's
crimes. Wildlife sometimes ate
away at bodies before the mer-
cy of death arrived.
Nearly alone against such
horrors in the ancient world
Please turn to CHRISTIANS 16B

Artist wants murals to reflect Christ's spirit

continued from 12B

hoodie, who is coming out of a
door. According to Weeks, the
mural is showing Christ's resur-
rection. The Bible verse 1 John
4:4 is also painted on the wall,
which states "greater is he that
is in you, than he that is in the
"Black youth, but Black males
in particular, don't see them-
selves as a part of history or
a part of change and develop-
ment," Weeks said. "I wanted
to do something to reflect that
you can see Christ and God in
you. If you see yourself today in
Christ's spirit, then why would
you go out and harm your
brother," he said."
Weeks spoke of the Black
man's struggle, the violence in
the community and the need for
older men to speak to the youth
and remove the generational di-

vide. He believes that because of
the struggles that young Black
males face, they are being cruci-
fied and need to be resurrected.
"Until we eradicate the issues
of the young Black male, we've
got a problem," Weeks said. "So
we have to take him off that so-
called cross and give him life
"As an artist, my work is sort
of like a ministry in a way, and
I want to try to convey a mes-
sage," Weeks said. "Art is a vi-
sion and a direction, so I've
used art since I've been [in Mi-
ami] to try to give direction and
bring a better vision to our com-
Weeks, who is a member of
New Beginning Embassy, said
God gave him the vision of us-
ing spiritual murals and other
forms of art to create dialogue,
to encourage spiritual foun-
dation and to transform the
community into a better place

where more people can commu-
nicate and know their worth. He
said the mural is about letting
people know that we have ev-
erything we need in order to do
what we need to do.
"The scripture says without
vision people perish," he said.
"If enough of us get a different
vision then we can start making
changes in our community and
our lives."
According to Weeks, art is im-
portant because "we have to tell
ourselves who we are through
the art." He said we should al-
low others to tell us that. Weeks
explained that art is also a main
component of economic devel-
opment in Miami-Dade County.
Weeks plans on starting an
art school for the youth some-
time this year.
He said he welcomes church-
es, businesses and institutions
who gives him a temporary
space for creating a mural. He

also welcomes other artists to
collaborate with him.
Rev. Anthony Tate, pastor of
New Resurrection Community
Church, helped Weeks select
the appropriate Bible verse for
the mural. Tate said he was
a small vessel used in the vi-
sion by allowing Weeks to use
his church wall to send posi-
tive messages. He says he has
only received positive responses
about the wall. The youth of his
church took pictures by it and
community members said it
was inspiring.
Tate said the wall is about us.
"Christ opened the door so we
can be what we want to be. .
," he said. "We don't have to be
drug dealers, alcoholics or crack
addicts. We can be doctors,
we can be teachers, we can be
nurses. No matter what society
has said, you can be whatever
you want to be because God is
in you."

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21at 4p.m. Call 954-735-6289.

Bethel Apostolic Temple
will celebrate their 57th church
anniversary with a community
fair on April 20 at noon-10p.m.
and a worship service on April
21 at 11a.m. Call 305-688-
1612 or visit www.bethelatmi-

N The Ephesians District
of Southern Florida Jurisdic-
tion will hold their 2013 District
conference on April 16-19 at
Gamble Memorial C.O.G.I.C. at
7:30p.m. Call 305-506-5623.

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

The Living Word Chris-
tian Center International will
be moving to a new location on
April 21 at 8p.m: Call 305-624-

The Bethune-Cookman
University Concert Chorale
will host a concert at First Bap-
tist Church Piney Grove on April

Rock of Ages Rainbow Tea

Rock of Ages M.B. Church,
Rev. Johnny White, Jr. and
the Deaconess Ministry in-
vites you to our Annual Rain-
bow Tea, 3 p.m., April 21 at
2722 NW 55 St.

The guest preacher will
be Rev. Michael Roam,
Dayspring M.B. Church
For additional information,
call 305-632-7207.

Can't stop eating?
You are not alone. Overeaters Meeting Saturday, April 27 at
Anonymous can help. No'dues, 4 p.m., at North Dade Regional
fees or weigh-ins. Everyone is Library, 2455 NW 183 Street.
welcome! Call 786-237-9844.

Living Word Fun Day
Join Living Word Christian There will be free food,
Center Int'l for family fun day giveaways, entertainment and
on Saturday, May 4th from 2-6 much more.
p.m., at Miami Carol City Park, For more information, call 305-
3201 NW 185th Street. 624-0044. Hope to see you there!

Loving your neighbors

continued from 12B

believe, will serve as a model
for other cities and counties
across the nation," Gillum
said. "They'll see the examples,
they'll see the strides and the
partnerships that's been es-
tablished between the clergy,
the law enforcement and com-
munity. That way in essence
we become a nucleus to mini-
mize if not bring into a com-
plete halt a lot of the senseless
violence that takes place.
There hasn't been any shoot-
ings in the Liberty Square area
in the past month, since they
have launched their Love Thy
Neighbor Campaign, according
to Strange.

"This has been an evolving
process [and] as the needs
become apparent we begin to
address [those] needs," Rev.
Richard Dunn, pastor of Faith
Community Baptist Church,
He explained that the pro-
gram was started to combat
crime, but then they realized
that people needed assistance
with other services, such as
finding jobs. So the pastors

got others involved to help-ex-
offenders gain employment op-
"If you don't have any mon-
ey, that would be a tremen-
dous temptation to revert back
to the streets," he added.
The organization has held
three other church services
outdoors, and it now has 20
pastors who are now involved
with the initiative. The pastors
have recently started to receive
training on how to assist fam-
ily members at a crime scene.
They will hold their first mem-
bership meeting for communi-
ty members who are interested
in joining the initiative on May
6. Other services the organiza-
tion has started assisting with,
includes: restorative living,
grief counseling, foreclosure
assistance, assistance with
medicine and employment
assistance. Their upcoming
outdoor community outreach
event is in June. The organiza-
tion will also evangelize in the
PSU and Lincoln field area on
May 3.
"Consistency is key," Gillum
said. "There have been four
events and the standard has
gone up for each event. The
quantity is not going down,
[rather] it's going to continue
to grow."

Pastor leans on the Lord

continued from 12B

and although she was away
from work until December re-
covering, the flesh on her leg
grew back and she was healed,
she said.
Just as she had while dealing
with an illness, Goodin leaned
on the Lord while going through
other difficult times, such as
the deaths of her daughter and
her mother. And although it
was hard for her she said she
understands that "all things
work together for the good of
those who love the Lord."
Goodin had also obeyed God
when He told her "you will pas-
tor" even though she didn't
want to.
"I'm the last person in the
world that I thought God would
call to be a pastor," she said.
But since she has grown to
love it, she said.

Goodin has a lot of duties, as
a pastor, teacher and a radio
host on WMBM, but she still
leaves them all in God's hands.
"I trust the Lord and he tells
me what to do," she said.
Goodin said she loves every-
thing she does.
Her church, which focuses
on "healing the hurt, hindered,
hopeless and helpless," moved
into their first building last
Goodin encourages her mem-
bers and others to also trust in
God, with the belief that He will
help them to fulfill their person-
al assignment.
"You've got to trust God in ev-
erything," she said. "The more
we trust God, the more we find
out that he's leading and guid-
ing us, even where we don't
want to go. God had an assign-
ment for me pastoringg] and I'm
thankful to God that I listened
and obeyed."


13B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 17-23, 2013


The Bethel Church will
celebrate its 62nd Anniversary
on May 5th at 9a.m. The guest
speaker will be Bishop Derek
Triplett, pastor of Hope Fellow-
ship Church in Daytona Beach.

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

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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Celebrities are growing

old gracefully and wisely

Afew familiar names share tips on

enjoying life's second act



By Laura Hambleton

What are the tricks older
people use to stay wiser, a step
ahead? Here are tips from suc-
cessful people:

Famer: Think about the next
"You don't live each day re-
membering who you were.
Baseball almost seems like
another lifetime ago. You need
to do something that makes
you feel good day-to-day. Just
as you have a sense of accom-
plishment as a baseball player
each and every day you have
a goal to win a game or success
as a hitter or make good plays
in the field I need to feel I am
accomplishing something."

JANE GOODALL, primatolo-
gist: Walk with the dogs.
"When I'm in England, which
is home, where I grew up, where
my sister and her family live,
there are always dogs. There I
get my relaxation walking the
dogs where I used to scramble
as a child."

MAYA ANGELOU, poet: For-
"The most wonderful thing,
as soon as possible, is to forgive

Dr. H. Vincenzo Patone, Dr. David N. Agorvor, Howard Brown, CFO and Dr. Paul R
Fassbach. These awards were determined based on votes by the employees at the

NSMC observed National Doctors' Day

yourself. People do only what
they know to do., not what you
think they should do. Not be-
cause they were experienced or
were exposed- to this and went
to this school and have this de-
gree. We think they know, but
not necessarily. . I forgive
anyone who comes in my ear-

TOM HAYDEN, 1960s radi-
cal: Choose your openings.
"I don't miss the rush of be-
ing a young revolutionary. Peo-
ple who have those feelings at
old age need to get a grip. You
need to play your role, which is

to carefully observe and listen
and see if you have anything to

host: Find young people.
"I think the big key is keeping
young people in your life. I have
some very good friends who are
considerably younger than I am
10 years, 15 years younger.
My son is one of them. He is a
good friend to me, as well as
my child. He's way across the
country, which is part of why I
go out there in the winter. That
keeps me thinking."

ist, ex-film critic: Understand-
Please turn to OLD 16B
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North Shore Medical Cen-
ter celebrated National Doc-
tors' Day by paying tribute to,
its physicians for their ser-
vice, skill and compassion.
Through this year's nation-
al theme of simply, "Thank
You," North Shore Medical
Center's outstanding group
of physicians were celebrat-
ed with various events and
activities at the hospital in-
cluding a luncheon that was
hosted on Wednesday, March
27th. At the event, several

awards were announced in-
cluding the Physician of the
Year, Paul P. Fassbach, M.D.,
along with other physician
"Super Stars" who earned
awards: Most Responsive, H.
Vincenzo Patone, M.D.; High-
est CPOE Performer, Mark
R. Spence, M.D.; Best Bed
Side Manner, David N. Ago-
rvor, M.D.',; Best Team Player,
Carlos Szajnert, M.D. These
awards were determined
based on votes by the em-
ployees at the hospital.

"North Shore Medical Cen-
ter is honored to recognize
the continued dedication and
commitment of our physi-
cians who provide the best
possible care to patients,"
said Manny Linares, CEO at
North Shore Medical Center.
"We take great pride in rec-
ognizing not only these phy-
sicians, but all of our talent-
ed physicians for everything
they do for our patients and
community not only today
but every day."

The socially anxious going out

on a limb with a safety net

The affected practice interactions,

lightheartedness with peers who


By Diana Spechler
"When I get nervous,' says
a young woman named Re-
becca, "I shut dow-n. I go
blank." She sits in a circle of
20 in a dance studio in Man-
hattan. Everone takes turns
introducing himself, explain-
ing what brought him out on
a Saturday evening to a dat-
ing coach's class for the so-
cially anxious.
Rebecca is a college student
who is "obsessed' with the
video game Zelda. She has
long wa%- hair and a sweet
face (although she tells me

Approximate number of
Americans who have
social anxiety disorder,
according to the Na-
tional Institute of Mental
later that when she gets ner-
vous, her eyebrows pull tco-
gether and make her look an-
gry) Despite being one of the
youngest and one of the few
women in the group, Rebecca
quickly establishes herself

among the most candid. By
contrast, several other stu-
den ts fidget, stare at the floor,
and admit nothing.
"Girls feel really comfort-
able around me," one man
tells me.
Another says, 'I used to be
Not all of tonight's partici-
pants have been diagnosed
withL social axiery disorder,
but whether they'll admit it
aloud or not, they all know
that they have something
like it. Most or them learned
about the workshop through
the New York Shyness and
Social Anxiety Meetup: with
more than 2,500 members,
it's the largest social anxiety
meet up in the world, accord-
ing to the,group's leader, Erik
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Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond with St. Jude patientCaleb.

Parents have a full plate with

NBA goes hard for St. Jude kids tackling kids obesity issues

Miami Times staff report

Around the league, teams,
players and fans are going
hard for St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital Feb. 24 -
Mar. 3. Hoops week ambas-
sadors like Grizzlies coach
Lionel Hollins and support-
ers like player Anthony Davis
and more are participating in
Hoops for St. Jude Week, a na-
tional awareness campaign in
partnership with NBA Cares
and St. Jude to help raise
funds and awareness in a
united effort to fight childhood
cancer, sickle cell and other
deadly diseases. Campaigns
like Hoops for St. Jude Week
are important because it costs
$1.8 million a day to operate
the hospital, and more than 75
percent of those funds come

Memphis Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins with St. Jude pa-
tient Ethan.
from individual contributions. The generosity of NBA fans
Families never pay St. Jude for will help St. Jude find cures
anything, and save children.

Eating, TV time,
sleep need proper


By Michelle Healy

Here's some practical advice
to parents who are concerned
about their children's weight:
Serve them meals on smaller
plates, pay attention to what
they watch on TV, and make
sure they get adequate sleep at
These suggestions are based
on three new studies in April's
Pediatrics, released online to-
Nationally, about a third of
kids and adolescents ages two

to 19 are obese or overweight,
government statistics show.
Children are classified as
overweight or obese based on
where they fall on body mass
index (BMI) charts, a measure
based on height and weight.

In a study of 41 first-graders,
researchers found that when
given large, adult-size dinner
plates and bowls, students
served themselves larger por-
tions of food and consumed
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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 17-23, 2013


Higher Alzheimer's risk in Blacks tied to gene mutation
But the study's authors say that doesn't exist in other pop-
Breakthrough suggests many causes, that both ABCA7 and APOE-e4 ulations. In order to find inter-
eLIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S are "major genetic risk factors" ventions, we need to explore all
and thus treatmentsfor.diseaseLVIG:IT .Z IMIn.. in Blacks. the various risks."

By Janice Lloyd

A new gene mutation has,
been identified that nearly dou-
bles African Americans' risk for
Alzheimer's disease, a large,
government-funded report said
The mutation in the gene
ABCA7 is not the first linked
to Alzheimer's disease, but its
discovery is a major break-
through in research, suggesting
there could be multiple causes
of Alzheimer's and therefore
multiple ways to treat the most
common form of dementia, says
the report, published Tuesday
in the Journal of the American
Medical Association.
There is no effective way to
prevent, cure or delay Alzheim-
er's, a neurodegenerative illness

that robs people of memory and
other cognitive and emotional
The predominant late-onset
form of Alzheimer's occurs after
age 65 and is more common in
Blacks than whites. The study
involved almost 6,000 Black
volunteers who received genetic
testing; about 2,000 were diag-
nosed with probable Alzheim-
er's, and 4,000 were cognitively
"The first thing this tells us
is there are probably many dif-
ferent ways to get Alzheimer's,"
says the study's senior author,
Richard Mayeux, chairman of
the department of neurology at
Columbia University Medical
Center in New York.
"It might be'like some forms
of cancer where the type of can-

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cer you have dictates the type of
treatment you receive."
The ABCA7 gene is involved
in producing cholesterol and
lipids, suggesting they may be
a more important pathway in
Alzheimer's disease in Blacks
than in whites, the authors
say. High cholesterol and lipid
levels can lead to vascular dis-
ease, heart attacks and strokes
and are more common in
Blacks. Treatments that lower
cholesterol and lipids might be
an effective way to reduce or

s): "This is a major finding be-
cause it shows that Blacks
2050 13.8 have an additional risk factor
a-- f.-K compared to whites," says Neil
* Buckholtz, director of neuro-

"We're definitely find-
ing that there are lay-
ers to the disease. We
need more research
to find out what these
targets are doing in
the brain."
Heather Snyder,
Alzheimer's Association researcher

science at the National Insti-
tute on Aging, a branch of the
National Institutes of Health.
NIH financed the study.
"It's a highly significant risk

delay Alzheimer's in patients
with the gene variant, Mayeux
A variant, or mutation, is an
abnormal change in the se-
quence of the chemicals inside
a gene. Whites with the ABCA7
mutation are also at increased
risk, but not as significantly as
Blacks, he adds.
Several gene mutations have
been linked with Alzheimer's
risk; the most significant in
whites and Blacks alike has
been APOE-e4, Mayeux says.

APOE-e4 is associated with
an increased number of amy-
loid plaques in the brain,
which form into toxic clumps
that destroy brain cells. Other
processes, such as inflamma-
tion and insulin receptivity,
are also being explored as pos-
sible contributors. ABCA7 also
transports a precursor of amy-
loid plaques.
"We're definitely finding that
there are layers to the dis-
ease," says Heather Snyder, a
researcher for the Alzheimer's
Association. She was not in-
volved in the study.
"We need to do more research
to find out what these targets
are doing in the brain so we
can find treatments and ways
of delaying the disease from
starting," she says.

Blacks have same altered genes as whites, Alzheimer's study finds

By Gina Kolata

Blacks have a slightly high-
er risk of Alzheimer's disease
than people of largely Euro-
pean ancestry, but there is no
major genetic difference that
could account for the slight ex-
cess risk, new research shows.
The results are from one of
the only large'studies ever done
on Alzheimer's in Blacks. Re-
searchers identified the same
gene variants in older Blacks
that they had found in older
people of European ancestry.

But they found that Blacks
with Alzheimer's disease were
slightly more likely to have one
gene, ABCA7, that is thought
to confer risk for the disease.
Another gene, APoE4, long
known to increase Alzheimer's
risk in older white people, was
present in about the same
proportion of Blacks with Al-
zheimer's as it is in people of
European ancestry.
The researchers' paper was
published online last Tuesday
in The Journal of the Ameri-
can Medical Association. In an

accompanying editorial, Dr.
Robert L. Nussbaum of the
University of California, San
Francisco, noted that finding
ABCA7 and APoE4 in African-
Americans as well as those of
European ancestry "strength-
ens the case" that the genes
are important in conferring
susceptibility to the disease.
John Hardy, an Alzheimer's
researcher at University Col-
lege London and a discover-
er of the first gene mutation
found to cause Alzheimer's,
applauded the effort to study

minorities. But, he said, be-
cause the data confirmed what
was already known among
those of European descent, "I
don't think they tell us much
The data for the analysis
came from nearly 6,000 Blacks
who were over age 60 and had
participated in studies at 18
medical centers. About 2,000
had Alzheimer's disease, and
the rest, for comparison, did
not. Dr. Richard Mayeux of Co-
lumbia University was the lead
author of the study.

The researchers calculated
that ABCA7 increased Al-
zheimer's risk by about 80
percent in Black, compared
with about 10 percent to 20
percent in people of European
ancestry. Those are considered
modest increases; a gene that
carries a significant risk would
increase the chances of getting
a disease by well over 200 per-
cent. And ABCA7 was not very
common, still leaving most
Alzheimer's risk unexplained.
About nine of every 100 Blacks
with Alzheimer's had the gene,

compared with 6 out of 100
who did not have the disease.
Dr. Hardy cautioned that
the difference in risk between
Blacks and those of European
ancestry who had ABCA7 was
unlikely to be meaningful. It
is to be expected that genetic
links that are tenuous, like
that with ABCA7, would be
more significant in some stud-
ies and less in others, simply
because populations, purely
by chance, would vary slightly,
he explained.
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A new Medicaid proposal unveiled

House plan would

insure 115,7oo00
By Kathleen Haughney

after rejecting Gov. Rick Scott's
call to expand Medicaid using
federal dollars, Florida House
Republicans released a health-
insurance plan that offers
bare-bones coverage to some of
the state's poorest families, but
falls far short of covering the 1
million adults and children eli-
gible for subsidized health care
under Obamacare or the Sen-
ate's alternative plan.
Under the Florida Health
Choices Plus plan, released
Thursday morning, the state
would attempt to cover 115,700
low-income Floridians by giv-

"I can't figure
that math out."
House Minority Leader Perry Thurston
D-Fort Lauderdale

ing them $2,000 per year -
the recipients must kick in
an additional $300 to pur-
chase what House Speaker Will
Weatherford called "safety net"
"We think that our plan is
sustainable," he said. "It's with
the utilization of state funds,
and it has real components of
personal responsibility and ac-
countability embedded into it
where the person who is receiv-
ing some care also has the re-
sponsibility to participate."
The plan would reject the $51
billion in federal money avail-
able to the state over 10 years


through the Affordable Care
Act and cost the state $237
million a year when it is up and
running in 2014 a decision
Scott immediately challenged.
"The House's plan will cost
Florida taxpayers on top of
what they are already taxed un-
der the president's new health
care law," said Scott, adding
he preferred the Senate's plan.
"This would be a double hit to
state taxpayers."
Over 10 years, the Senate
plan designed by Budget Chair
Joe Negron, R-Stuart, would
cost the state $3.5 billion and
insure about one million peo-
ple. 'The House plan would
cost almost $2.37 billion in
that same time but insure only
The House plan, crafted by
Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land
0' Lakes, seeks to insure peo-
ple who are poor but not poor
enough to be eligible for Medic-
aid under Florida's standards,
which are among the strictest
in the country. Currently, a
family of four can make only a
maximum of $5,181 about

22 percent of the federal
erty line to qualify for
Under Negron's plan ar
Affordable Care Act, thai
ily could earn up to $32,4
138 percent of the poverty
The House plan would
smaller covering mostly
ilies and a handful of dis
people who receive Suppli
tal Security Income. A far
four could earn up to $23
but at least one parent
have to work up to 35 ho
week. Single childless a
would not be eligible.
The plan says the state
put $2,000 per person
so-called CARE accounts
families would draw on t
basic plans that would p
an array of treatment an
ventive services. These
could also be nontradi
health-care coverage su
discount cards or prepaid
ic services. The plans
be sold through Florida I
Choices, a website intend
help small businesses bu
erage that's scheduled to

line by the end' of the month.
According to the House anal-
ysis, the plan would cover 16
percent of uninsured Florid-
ians who earn less than 138
percent of the poverty level. An
additional eight percent would
already qualify for traditional
Medicaid; the remainder, it
said, would be eligible to buy
subsidized coverage under the
Affordable Care Act.
h But the House plan will likely
be opposed by 'Democrats as
well as Scott and Republican
S senators, who have endorsed
Negron's plan to enroll indi-
1 pov- viduals and families in private-
Med- insurance programs. Federal
agencies have promised to pay
id the 100 percent of that cost for
Sfam- three years and at least 90 per-
1-99- cent after that costing that
'level, state three billion dollars over
be far a decade though House Re-
y fam- publicans say they don't believe
sabled that promise will be kept.
emen- House Minority Leader Perry
nily of Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale,
3,550, called the House plan "bare-
would bones" but said he couldn't
ours a understand why the state
adults wouldn't want to insure more
people, especially when the fed-
would eral government is picking up
i into the majority of the tab.
s that "I can't figure that math out,"
to buy he said.
)ay for Negron called Corcoran's
d pre- plan "well-thought-out" and
plans a "step in the right direction,"
itional but said he would like to see it
ch as cover more people. Sen. Aaron
d dclin- Bean, R-Fernandina Beach,
would has floated a plan similar to
-Health Corcoran's.
led to Senate President Don Gaetz,
y cov- R-Niceville, said he has not yet
go on- reviewed the House plan.

Dems protest lack of

Medicaid expansion

By Kathleen Haughney

House Democrats will tr-
to u.I.e what limited muscle
the\ haxe in the legislative
price. ,and \iore i' a ('dLi-
L-1-U t.Ai".n t Lehc E74-billion
House budget plan this week
becauIe it does not uiclude
a plan to expand Medicaid
coverage to roughly 1 nmlion
low-income Floridians.
"We think there are good
things in thle budget, but w\c-
think this is an opportunity
that is so imporlat a
to the state of Flor-
ida that we should
take a stand,' suaid
House Democratic
Leader Pern Thur- Ns
stori. D-Fort Lau- ,a
derdale, told the
The move sig- P
nals an unravel- WEATI
ing of the legislative
goodwill that has been built
up between House Speaker
Will Weatherford. R-Wesley
Chapel. and Thurston. and
could jeopardize Demrocratic
priorities and projects going
But House Democrats said
that health care was too crit-
ical. i think we have a once
in a lifetime opportunity', and
that's what makes it so im-
portant. Thurston said
'I hope they will come
around," 'said Weatherford in
a statement. "But even with-
out their support, we will still
Find ways to work together

on other issues.'
Go\. Rick Scott has called
on lawmakers to accept pro-
visions of the Affordable
Care Act that would have
the federal government pay
100 p-rceint of the three-
-edr"t',-, i ,,i in- urinrg Florid-
ians whose income is up to
138 percent of pov'ertN, and
at least 90 percent of future
costs. But GOP legislators in
both houses ha\e rejected
Senate Budget Chief Joe
Negron. R-Stuart. released
114- a plan that would
Sdraw down $51
billion in federal
S* funds over 10
years but put ben-
eficiaries into pri-
atelv run plans.
# h Sen. Aaron Bean.
R -Jack sonvill e.
has proposed a
HERFORD less-ambitious
plan using state
money to insure a limited
number of people whose in-
comes are below the poverty
Weatherford has said that
the House will introduce a
plan vern soon. but has
been circumspect about de-
tails. A spokesman said that
more information would
likely be released next week,
as the House and Senate en-
ter negotiations on the final
budget for next year
But thus far, it looks like
the House Republicans.
will endorse something like
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Doctors urged to pause before they post, text oTe-mal1

By Kim Painter

Doctors should not "fnend' pa
tients on Facebook, should text
them % ith "extreme caution" and
should use e-mail only with pa-
tients who understand the risks
of lost pniacy., says the latest
set of guidelines to help doctors
navigate the online world
The potential benefits of on-
line contact between patients
and providers are real, say the
experts behind the guidelines
from the American College of
Physicians and the Federation olf
State Medical Boards, published
online today in the Annals of In-
ternal Medicine.
But the risks also are real and
often underestimated or not even
considered, especially by young
physicians or medical students

who grew up in a highly-con-
nected world, says David Flem-
ing, an internist from the Uni-
versity of Missouri He leads an
ethics corrimittee for the physi-
cians' group, %khich represents
internists nationwide.
Among risks, that texts or e-
mails v.ill be seen by people oth-
er than the intended recipients
or that doctors will, purposely
or accidentally, end up giving
online medical advice to people
they don't know in blog com-
ments, tweets, Facebook posts
or other online spaces.
The groups also warn doctors
to look out for their professional
reputations to avoid, for in-
stance, posting vacation pic-
tures or party videos in public
forums. It's-best, the guidelines
say, to maintain separate -pro-

fessional and personal online
personas and to use privacy set-.
tings to maintain boundaries.
The gist of the guidelines,
Fleming says: Think tuv.-ice be-
fore -ou hit the send button and
before you use any, means of
communication other than talk-
ing to patients behind closed
The guidelines are in line
with those previously dissemi-
nated by the American Medi-
cal Association and the medi-
cal board federation. But they
are "more comprehensive" and
give physicians more concrete
advice about "how to avoid get-
ting in trouble," says Humayun
Chaudhry, president and CEO
of the federation.
The advice is sound, but the
truth is that many physicians

already are too timid about us-
ing online communication, says
Kevin Pho, an internist who
practices in Nashua, N.H., and
is well known for his blog Kev-
inMD. He did not work on the
guidelines but is co-author of a
new book, Establishing, Man-
aging, and Protecting Your On-
line Reputation: A Social Media
guide for Physicians and Medi-
cal Practices.
"Social media. can help better
connect doctors and patients,"
he says. "It's a shame that a lot
of doctors are shying away from
Used appropriately, he says,
a doctor's professional Face-
book page or blog can provide
a wealth of information to pa-
tients, including links to repu-
table health websites and the

doctor's take on
health stories that are
in the news. Doctors also need
to use e-mail and other forms of
personal electronic communica-
tion, he says, "because that's
where the patients are."
Some patients are more con-
nected than others. Dave de-
Bronkart, a kidney cancer
survivor who is also from
Nashua and blogs as "e-Pa-
tient Dave," is in the highly- .
connected camp. He says the
benefits of online connection
and collaboration between
patients and providers are
huge and "the risks are <
what any common sense
person should know :
about being online."
Fleming agrees
there's great potential.

16B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 17-23, 2013


Can human genes be patented?



By Richard Wolf

Rumn Limary got the shock-
ing news when she was just
28: breast cancer
Her first decision was sim-
ple. She had her right breast
removed Two 'ears later, af-
ter receiving an inconclusive
test result for a gene mutation
that greatly increases the like-
hlihood of breast and ovanan
cancer, she had her left breast
Limar,'s third decision has
proved harder. Though she
wanted a second, independent
opinion before taking the pre-
ventive measure of having her
ovaries removed, she didn't
have that option because
one company., MYnad Genet-
ics, holds patents on isolated
forms of the tx\o genes in ques-
Now 36 and single. Limary
doesn t \ant to foreclose child-
birth by having her ovaries re-
moved. But her child-beanring
clock may not be the only one
"its so frustrating." says Li-
mary. whose Asian-American
lineage makes her more sus-
ceputible to the "genetic '.ariant
of uncertain significance," the
muddled test result she re-
ceived. "I'm really trying to buy
time until I'm about 40 "
At the root of Limn-ar-'s dilem-
ma is a question that will come
before the Supreme Court on
Monday: Can human genes be
The answer could have
sweeping significance for sci-
entific research and medical
treatments in a broad array
of fields, from agriculture and
animal health to biotechnology


--H' h', fcr,,_li Itrl',l^.ll
Runi Limary is one of the original plaintiffs in a legal dis-
pute that has been fought for four years.

and the environment Myriad
Genetics and a broad array of
industry trade groups argue
that without patent protection.
research and development
would dry up Doctors, geneti-
cists, women's health groups
and cancer patients contend
competition would lower pric-
es. improve outcomes and lead
to more discoveries
Both sides envision the same
future: a world in which the
type and timing of preventive
screenings and prescription
drugs are tailored to each indi-
vidual, rather than relying on
generic guidelines. "It's about
the future of personalized
medicine for ever single hu-
man being on this planet, and
actually animals, too," says
Ellen Matloff, director of can-
cer genetic counseling at Yale
School of Medicine.
Limarv and Matloff are
among the original plaintiffs

in a legal tussle that has been
fought for four years, with
mixed results. A federaJ dis-
trict court in New York sided
with the challengers A divided
court of appeals that handles
patent cases sided with the
Prior rulings have made
clear that "laws of nature, nat-
ural phenomena and abstract
ideas" are not patentable
"Einstein could not patent his
celebrated lav that E = mc':
nor could Newton have patent-
ed the law of gravity," Justice
Stephen Breyer wrote, quoting
from a 1980 decision by Chief
Justice Warren Burger.
But since 1984. the U.S. Pat-
ent and Trademark Office has
granted more than 40,000 pat-
ents tied to genetic material -
including Myriad's patents on
the extraction and isolation of
the BRCA1 arid BRCA2 genes.
Armed %%ith those patents

since the late 1990s. the com-
pany has tested more than one
million women for mutations
that often lead to breast and
ovarian cancer.
The legal, medical and moral
questions boil down to this-
What did Mynriad do to earn its
exclusive patents? The com-
pany's brief to the court cites
its 'hLrman ingenuity" in iso-
lating the gene. A coalition of
doctors, researchers, geneti-
cists, patients and others says
under that theory, "leaves iso-
lated from trees would be pat-
Neal Katyal, the former act-
ing U S solicitor general who
argued against the patent at
the appeals court lekel flatly
calls it 'the most interesting
case I've ever workedd on. bv
far '

The Patent Act of 1952 de-
clared that patents could be
issued for "anything under the
sun that is made b', man" a
phrase M\ riad cites in its brief.
More than 30 years later, the
first gene patents were issued.
In 1990. geneticist Mary-
Claire King discovered an ab-
normality on chromosome 17
that proved to be the breast
cancer gene, leading to its iso-
lation by MNIriad scientists and
the awarding of patents later
in the decade. As a result,
most women who want testing
must pay its price $3,340
for the breast cancer analy-
sis and $700 for an additional
test. called BART, which picks
up a genetic link in about l':C..
of women who test negative
the first ut-ie

Growing in age with style: Various comments

continued from 14B

"I feel like I am smarter than
I was 10 years ago .. I mean
understanding the systems of
governance and culture. I mean
sort of understanding those
things that are worth investing
anger or emotion in and those
things that aren't."

boxer: Give your best, still.
"Don't expect things to be
handed to you. Don't expect en-
titlement, work hard for what

you want, and work 'hard for
what you dream for. Give your-
self every opportunity to make
those dreams become a real-
ity. There are no shortcuts. The
way you age gracefully, as far I
am concerned, is to always give
100 percent."

JANE FONDA: Happiness may
surprise you.
"When I was in my mid-60s
approaching 70, I realized I was
so happy. It took me by surprise
because I come from a long line
of depressives . It turns out
through very extensive stud-

ies of hundreds of thousands
of people that over-50s men
and women, married, doesn't
matter have a sense of well-
They are less stressed. They
are less hostile .... They tend
to see what people have in com-
mon rather than the differ-
ences, which is why we become
good mediators."

Washington Medical Center
surgery department chairman
and founder of the trauma
team that saved President Ron-

aid Reagan's life after a 1981
assassination attempt: Learn
"Next year I will be working
with medical students at the
Uniformed Services University,
helping out with anatomy. I will
probably end up knowing more
anatomy than I did when I was
You learn anatomy from a dif-
ferent perspective when you are
a surgeon. It is very practical.
You know what you are doing
and where it is.
When you study anatomy,
you learn everything."

Practicing social interactions often to feel safe

continued from 14B

Social Anxiety Disorder first ap-
peared in the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders in 1994, and the la-
bel remains controversial: Why
pathologize a trait as lovely as
Still, the Food and Drug Ad-
ministration approved the drug
company GlaxoSmithKline to
market Paxil as the antidote
("Imagine being allergic to peo-
ple," the ad said), and soon,
both Paxil prescriptions and
social anxiety disorder diagno-
ses were on the rise.

So what does render shyness
a pathology? If someone's shy-
ness' "has caused impairment
in his life," then it's a disor-
der, says Barrie Rosen, a clini-
cal psychologist in Manhattan.
Picture the person who can't
ask for directions without suc-
cumbing to a panic attack, who
sweats profusely upon entering
a grocery store, never mind a
party. Picture, in extreme cas-
es, years of isolation leading to
depression, substance abuse,
even suicide. Picture someone
so afraid of social interaction
he can't hold a job or make
friends. Picture a person with
no love life.

Medication and cognitive
behavioral therapy may help
these people, so seeing a doctor
is important.
But 32-year-old dating coach
Chris Luna disagrees: "There's
another way to deal with this."
Luna's dating instruction
company, Craft of Charisma,
has been coaching within the
"social anxiety community" for
years. Now he holds seminars
every Saturday night that teach
his clients topics including how
to approach strangers, how to
seduce women and how to get
out of their own way.
Tonight's class is a general
social skills workshop. Luna

splits the group into pairs and
teaches them a mirroring exer-
cise: Partner 2 should imitate
the body language of Partner 1.
Ultimately, he explains, mirror-
ing builds rapport
So, one pair stands staring at
each other, each touching his
own ears.
A woman holds her own
stomach, and the man she's
partnered with copies.
"Isn't this kind of awkward?"
I ask Luna.
"I just want to get them out
of their own heads focused
on the other person," he says.
"That's their problem. They're
stuck in their heads."

Smaller plates, proper sleep = RX for obesity

continued from 14B

almost 50 percent of the extra
calories they put on their plates.
On average, 80 percent of the
kids served themselves 90 calo-
ries more at lunch when using
adult-sized dinner plates than
when using child-sized plates
(roughly the size of an adult
salad plate).
And when the kids said they
liked the meal, they served
themselves an average of 104.2
calories more.
Although the kids served
themselves more of the fruit
side dish, they did not take a
larger portion of the vegetable
side dish.
"We know large portions have
a pretty consistent effect in
making kids eat more than they

would if the portion sizes were
smaller, says study co-author
Jennifer Orlet Fisher, an asso-
ciate professor of public health
at Temple University in Phila-
"It really seems that offering
kids smaller plates could ac-
tually be potentially helpful in
keeping portion size in check
and maybe appetite in check,"
she says.
In a paper examining the re-
lationship between different
types of "screen" media and in-
creased BMI among young ado-
lescents, researchers find that
not all devices have the same
effect and that television use
appears more problematic.
They compared data collected
from 91 teens, ages 13 to 15,
about TV viewing, computer
use and video game playing,

including the amount of time
and the level of attention given
to the devices and compared it
with BMI scores.
Data about the teens' screen
media habits came from time-
use diaries in which they re-
corded their activities, and
personal digital assistants that
randomly pinged them during
non-school hours requesting
details about their media use.
According to the analysis,
there was a clear association
between teens who paid pri-
mary attention to television
and having a higher BMI, says
study co-author, Michael Rich,
director of the Center on Me-
dia and Child Health at Boston
Children's Hospital.
That association was was
not true for computer use or
video-game playing, nor was

increased BMI associated with
the overall amount of time
spent watching TV, he says.
"It's those kids who told us,
'My primary attention was paid
to television,' even if they say
it was done while doing home-
work or texting," says Rich, a
pediatrician. "They were the
ones that had the most robust
relationship with increased
As has been suggested in oth-
er studies, the potential culprit
may be the attention paid to TV
commercials, Rich says. "TV,
unlike the other screen media,
is supported by advertising,
and much of it is for high-cal-
orie, nutritionally questionable
snack foods.
Advertising works best when
you pay attention to it," he

Breaking the "God line"

continued from 13B

to say something he would re-

But the filmmakers of 42
were evidently uncomfortable
with all this and simply avoided
it. To put it in baseball terms,
they decided to pitch around it.
Of course, Hollywood has
been skittish about faith and
religion since at least the late
1960s. Even when it's almost
impossible to avoid, filmmak-
ers find a way. The Johnny
Cash biopic Walk the Line
omitted the central role Chris-
tian faith played in how Cash
overcame drug addiction. Even
in 2007's Amazing Grace,
about British abolitionist Wil-
liam Wilberforce, the story of
his conversion and the huge
role faith played in his political
efforts is essentially left out.
And now in 42, Hollywood's
done it again, check-swinging
a bloop single past the infield
when a fence-clearing clout -
or at least extra bases was
easily possible.

Omitting the role of faith in
this story does a serious dis-
service to history and to
the memories of Robinson and
Rickey. But it's also financially
foolish. The recent megasuc-
cess of The Bible miniseries and
the cool $600 million earned
by Mel Gibson's The Passion of
the Christ in 2004 are just two
reasons why. The audience for
faith-friendly films is huge and
Which brings us back to an-
other reason Rickey did what
he did. He believed bringing
African Americans onto the
baseball field would bring them
into the stands, too, and ticket
sales would increase. Which is
precisely what happened.
So isn't it time Hollywood
integrated faith into stories
where it rightfully belongs?
Why should such stories be ex-
cluded from the mainstream in
a nation that's filled with peo-
ple of faith?
If filmmakers do the right
thing and break the "God
line"- they'll find there are
countless millions who'd cheer
stories like that. And who'd pay
to see them too.

Homeless given shelter

continued from 12B

located in the downtown Miami
area was demolished. Different
facilities on the new campus
were open about a year or two
ago, but the emergency shelter,'
just opened last Thursday.
On April 11, the FPL Power
to Care Facility opened and will
now be able to meet the needs
of Miami's chronically home-
The new facility has 48 emer-
gency housing beds, a full ser-
vice ambulatory medical clinic,
an energy-efficient rooftop gar-
den, female-only outdoor medi-
tation garden and direct care
"Now that it's open' I think
a lot of people will be very
pleased," Maria Peralta, the
community relations manager,
said. "Also, it will allow people
who are on the streets to have
a taste of what it's like to be
in a structured area versus on
the streets, and then if they're
interested in treatment. Then

they can seek it out."
According to Peralta, some
people were housed in tempo-
rary spaces, while the shelter
was being built, others were
turned away, but now Camillus
House can accommodate them.
George McCandies, a Camil-
lus House client, who has been
apart of one of their programs
for about eight months said he
is excited about the opening of
the facility.
"It's gonna be a lot of people
given the opportunity to come
and get their lives together. .
if that's what they want to do,"
he said. "It's another way for
people to get off the streets and
come to get some help."
McCandies said he is grateful
that he vw-as -ranted the oppor-
tunity to i;e at Camillus Ho_-se
He said he was welcomed with
open arms.
"I lost a lot, but I made a de-
cision that I didn't want to do
it anymore, and I wanted to get
my life together," he said. "I was
blessed with the opportunity to
come here."

Blacks: Risks are slight

continued from 15B

Even before this study, re-
searchers had been work-
ing on the assumption that
ABCA7 has something to do
with Alzheimer's disease. The
gene is involved in facilitat-
ing the movement of choles-
terol in and out of cells and is
thought to play a role in the
development of heart disease,
too. That suggests, Dr. May-
eux said, that it might not be
coincidence that many 'people
get both Alzheimer's and car-
diovascular disease.

ABCA7 also moves proteins
through the membranes that
encase cells. One of the pro-
teins it transports is a pre-
cursor of beta amyloid, the
major component in the brain
plaques found in Alzheimer's
disease. In studies with mice,
Dr. Mayeux said, disabling
ABCA7 results in an accumu-
lation of amyloid in the brain.
But, he said, the gene's func-
tion is not well understood. "We
don't know the mechanism for
amyloid accumulation," Dr.
Mayeux said. The current un-
derstanding of ABCA7 "is just
not there yet."

Medicaid issue critical

continued from 15B

Bean's plan.
Thurston's move risks retali-
ation against Democratic pri-
orities in the budget.
In the House budget alone,
there are several South Florida
projects including money for
the Broward Education Com-
munity Network and funds
for Florida Pregnancy Support
Services both proposed by
South Florida lawmakers.

There's also money to restore
the Addison Mizner Memo-
rial Fountain in Palm Beach
County plus road projects in
Lauderdale Lakes and Oakland
Thurston said their willing-
ness to risk these priorities
underscored the importance of
Medicaid expansion.
"We're always worried about
our issues being protected," he
said. "We think the things we
fought for in the past are still
extremely important."

Cross was torture tool

continued fro 13B

was the teaching of the Jews.
Their law taught that men
were made in the image of God
and thus the human body was
This truth was the ba-
sis for prohibitions against
murder, against cutting oneself
in grief, even against tattoos.
So great a matter was punish-

ment by death that even after
lawful executions, the dead
were removed by sundown so
that the land itself would not
be desecrated.
The Romans had no such
scruples. It is why sometime
about A.D. 30, Jesus of Naza-
reth spent six hours gasping
wide-eyed for breath while sol-
diers gambled for his clothes
and onlookers urged him to get
on with dying.

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Elwin Wilson, who apologized for racist acts, dies at 76

By William Yardley

Elwin Wilson, a former sup-
porter of the Ku Klux Klan who
made repeated apologies late in
life for racist acts he commit-
ted decades earlier includ-
ing the bloody beating of a civil
rights worker who later became
a member of Congress died
last Thursday at a hospital in
South Carolina. He was 76.
He had suffered from heart
and lung problems and recent-
ly had the flu, his wife, Judy,
told The Associated Press in
confirming his death.
In the spring of 1961, the
group known as the Freedom
Riders arrived at the Grey-
hound bus station in Rock Hill,
S.C., as part of their effort to
end segregation in the South.
When two Freedom Riders,
John Lewis, who was Black,
and Albert Bigelow, who was
white, entered a waiting area at
the station that was designat-
ed for whites only, they were

quickly assaulted by a group ,of
young white men. One of them
was Wilson.
Lewis and Bigelow did not
fight back, and they declined
to press charges. Over the next
five decades Lewis became a
prominent civil rights activ-
ist, and in 1987 he became a

President Obama's

election led to an

Democratic congressman from
Georgia; Bigelow, a pacifist
who once tried to sail into a
nuclear testing area near the
Marshall Islands to protest the
testing, died in 1993; and Wil-
son said he had an awakening
after President Obama took of-
Wilson said-in an interview in
2009 that a friend had asked
him, 'If you died right now,

counter sit-ins. Only then did
Wilson learn that one of his
victims had become a member
of Congress.
Wilson traveled to Washing-
ton and met with Lewis, who
quickly expressed his forgive-
"He started crying, his son
started crying, and I started
crying," Lewis said in an inter-
view recently.
The two men made a hand-
ful of appearances together
over the next two years, includ-

-AnUy Burris/fsibsoULiateU rd e
Representative John Lewis, left, with Elwin Wilson in 2009,
after Wilson apologized for attacking Lewis in 1961.

do you know where you would
go?'I said, To hell.'"
.Seeking forgiveness, Wilson
called The Rock Hill Herald in
2009 to say that he was one of

the men who had led the bus
station beating and that he had
committed other, violent acts
- against, among others, civil
rights workers holding lunch

Documents should respect your final wishes

POLST aims to go beyond living wills

By Diane C. Lade

Par I Iol11
You draft a living will, think-
ing it will keep you from ending
Life tethered to a machine.
But even those far-sighted
enough to have advance medi-
cal directives often don't under-
stand in which situations they
work and how. The results can
be traumatic for patients, their
families and caregivers, as
demonstrated by the outrage
and confusion that followed
a recent incident involving an
elderly California woman who
died after being denied CPR.
In Florida, end-of-life care
experts are testing a new docu-
ment called a Physician Or-
ders for Life-Sustaining Treat-
ment, or POLST they say
could better ensure a person's
final wivshes are followed It's a
medical form that covers not
just CPR but a patient's feel-
ings about feeding rubes, ag-

gressive medical treatment,
hospice and pain control.
The best part? It requires
an in-depth conversation with
your doctor, something experts
recommend patients also do
when preparing living wills.
"If people don't speak up,
they might have things done
to them in their final moments
that they don't v.anrt. Or have
things not done that they did
want." said Dr Stuart Bagatell,
ethics committee chairman at
JFK Medical Center near Lake
JFK is one of six places
statewide experimenting with
POLSTs now, hoping to gather
evidence about their effective-
ness. The document usually
is used for people who are ter-
minally ill, or have less than a
year to live
While a 2006 bill to create
POLSTs under state lav. failed,
a statewide coalition of attor-
neys, doctors and ethicists is

hoping to try again next year.
If passed, a state law would
help ensure POLSTs would
be accepted in all care facili-
ties. Still, hospitals and nurs-
ine homes can create and use
them now \within their own net-
Marshall Kapp. director of
the Center for Innovative Col-
laboration in Medicine and Law
at Florida State University's
College of Medicine, said there
is a coverage gap between the
two most commonly used doc-
uments: the living \will and the
"Do Not Resuscitate Order," or
Living wills, which don't re-
quire professional preparation,
can contain extensive details
about patient wishes for treat-
ment and care in and out of a
Ever.' adult should have
one, said Kapp. whose center
is coordinating the stater.-ide
POLST efforts
But because living wills aren't
signed by a physic ian and often

aren't medically explicit, health
care providers sometimes are
reluctant to honor them in an
emergency, Kapp said. espe-
cially given growing legal liabil-
ity concerns
DNROs, medical documents
designed for people who are
seriously ill. are prepared and
signed by a doctor.
In Florida, they must be on
yellow paper so they can be
quickly identified. But these
cover only restarting a pa-
tient's heart and restoring
breathing, Kapp said, meaning
those who survive could find
themselves hooked up to tubes
or machines.
Florida's model POLST form.
by comparison, covers most
medical interventions, not just
CPR. And because it's signed
by a physicians,. it carries more
clout with health care workers.
Oregon created the first POLST
in the 1990s. out of frustration
\with living wills not being hon-
ored, and they now are used in
15 states. ,

ing one on the Oprah Winfrey
show, and received awards
from groups that promote so-
cial reconciliation and forgive-
Wilson, who spoke slowly
and with a thick drawl, once
told CNN: "Well, my daddy al-
ways told me that a fool never
changes his mind and a smart
man changes his mind. And
that's what I've done and I'm
not ashamed of it. I'm not try-
ing to be a Martin Luther King
or something like that."

Pastor's 30th anniversary

at Macedonia M.B. Church

Pastor Rudolph Daniels in-
vites you to celebrate his 30th
pastoral anniversary at Macedo-
nia Missionary Baptist Church
staring Monday, April 22, Bish-
op Willie Leonard of St. Mat-
thews CBC; Tuesday, April 23,
Rev. Melvin C. Dawson, Jr. of
Cathedral of Praise; Wednesday
April 24, Rev. Johnny L. Barber,
II of Mt. Sinai MBC; Thursday,
April 25, Rev. Larrie M. Lovett,
II of Antioch MBC; and Friday,
April 26, Rev. Douglas Cook. of
Jordan Grove MBC.
Celebrations climax on
Sunday at 7:30 a.m.,' Rev.
James Jackson, III of Upward
Way; 11 a.m., Rev. Robert C.
Smith of Macedonia and at
4 p.m., Rev. Ranzer Thomas
of New Generation MBC are

57th church

Bethel Apostolic marks
57 years with Community
Resource Fair and Carnival,
12 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday,
April 20. Health screenings,
amusement rides, food and fun.
Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m.
Worship Service and 3 p.m.
anniversary service, with special
guest, Rev. Connail Johnson of
New Hope MBC: City of Hope,
Hollywood, FL.
Call 305-688-1612, or visit

guest speakers.
Macedonia MBC is located at
3515 Douglas Road in Coconut


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Phillip (Hye-Chi)
and Jeremiah
Sales; sisters, Catherine Sales
Edwards, Lovarna Sales Harrell
(Rogers) and Aretha Sales Smith.
Service 1 p.m., Friday at First
Baptist Missionary Baptist Church
of Brownsville.

chef, died April
11 in Hospice at
Home. Service
2 p.m., Saturday
at 93rd Street

Baptist Church.

25, died April 8.1
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday atm

Church.Prmtv Bialpriste an uil
New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist

Gregg L. Mason
69, clerk, U.S.
Postal Service,
died April 10.

son, Joseph
L. Brown;
sisters, Mattie
Brown, Mary
Henderson and Carolyn Brown;
and a host of other relatives and
friends. Viewing 2-9 p.m., family
hour'5-8 p.m., Friday. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at Bible Baptist
Church. Final rites and burial:
Leesburg, FL.

April 14. Viewing
2-9 p.m., family
hour 6-8 p.m.,
Friday. Service
2pm Saturday 1
at Peace
Baptist Church.

s up er v is or,
died April 10 in
Nashville, TN.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary Baptist

tired nurse aide
for Cedars of
Lebanon Hos-
pital died April
15. Survivors
include her sis-
ter, Willie Bell
Laramore; and
a host of niec-
es, nephews, other relatives and
friends. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

Flagg Serenil
JOHN WEST, 79, retir
April 14 in

Survivors r
sons, Carl .
and Sherman;
Helen, Diane,
Denise and Fay;
three sisters,
one brother, 15 grands,
grands and a host of relal
friends. Service 11 a.m.,1
at Greater Shiloh MBC, Pa

9 at Mercy Hospital. Service
Saturday at St. John AME
of South Miami.

died April 11 at Baptist
Service 11 a.m., Saturda
Moriah Missionary Baptis
of Perrine.

Hadley Davis MLK

mAEL u. sN 22 ccashier,
died April 5.
Service 12 p.m., .. '
Saturday in the

specialist, died
April 12. Service
2 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

JANELLE S. LYNN, 22, cashier,
died April 14.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary MB

died April 6.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday in the

STORR, 28,


truck driver
died April 14:
are incomplete.

March 30. Services were held.

HELLEN BAUGH, 66, du'1A1:. *
5. Services were held.

April 5. Services were held.

died April 8. Services were held.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
truck driver, ,
died April 10
at Jackson
North Hospital. mow%
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Greater Bethel ,
Baptist Church. I,'

died April 9 at
Golden Gates
Nursing Home..
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Grace United

ISIAH SHARPE, 39, died April 3.
Services were held.

SRange (Coconut Grove)
ty MATTHEW J. HOWELL, retired
red, died chauffer, 75,
of Opa-Locka,
died Apri 14
at Jackson
t North Memorial
H o s p it a lI. .... .I

& ., j include wife, "
Eloise; sons:
Julius Nelson (Micheline), Donald
23 great Marion (Linda), Rufus Howell
tives and (Elizabeth), Michael Howell,
Saturday Clarence Howell and James
alatka. Howell (Nakeva); daughters: Lisa
Howell, Lola Cardoza (Ruben),
and Mary McCoy (Jerome); sisters:
Lavada Grant and Mary Sanders;
brother, Bishop William B. Howell
died April (Mary). Viewing 4-8 p.m., Friday
e2 p.m. in the Miami chapel. Services 10
SChurch a.m., Saturday at Apostolic Revival

t Church

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
retired, died ,, -- -
April 11 at North ''
Shore Hospital.,.-
Survived by
three sisters, ,
Deborah P.
Johnson, Mary
A. Henderson,
Johnson-Taylor; a brother, Seabron
Johnson; brother-in-law, Clifford
Henderson; five nieces, three
nephews, four grand nieces and
three grand nephews. Service 12
p.m., Saturday at Trinity C.M.E.


tired teacher,
died April 13 at
home. Service
10:30 a.m., Fri-
day at Church of
the Incarnation.

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

caregiver, died April 13 at Good
Shepard Hospice. Arrangements
are incomplete.

ANA C. BERNAL, 61, manager,
diedApril 11 at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

homemaker, died April 5 at home.
Services were held.

Carey Royal Ram'n
HASSIE BROWN, 88, died April
13 at hom e 1 ..
beilVlle I I a:l. ., I
Saturday at St. ..
James AME -
Church. 'L.-

died April 10
were held.

54, died April1
10 at home.
brothers, Leroy
and William .-
Mullins, Charles "',
and Calvin
Herring and a
host of other '
relatives and friends. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at National Church
of God, 17305 SW 106 Avenue,

Memorial Park Kendall
CHERYL MORRIS, 50, home-
school teacher, died April 5. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday at The Beth-
el Church in Richmond Heights.

y Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


04/16/1968 09/27/2011

Happy Birthday, Mommy,
we miss and love you.
Lekeith and Janquel

Wishing you a Happy
Birthday in Heaven.
From Mom, your beloved
sisters and family.
Your unconditional love
remains forever in our hearts.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

11/23/1963 04/20/2012

We miss you dearly.
Phillip and family.

Death Notice

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g ,..- .:. ,. :-,. "- .."

years old. He was a good
husband, father, brother and
a Marine. Born August 22,
1934 and died April 15, 2013.
He leaves a host of loving
family, relatives and friends.
Funeral services are being

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

A, k.
a ,

4 4

K ,"


gratefully acknowledges your
kindness and expressions
of sympathy. Your prayers,
visits, calls, cards, donations
and other acts of kindness
are greatly appreciated.
Special thanks to pastor,
Rev. George E. McRae, Rev.
Richard Clements, Minis-
ter of Music and the entire
Mount Tabor Missionary
Baptist Church family, Dade
County Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc., Gregg L. Mason Funeral
Home, neighbors and friends.
May God continue to bless
each of you.
The Mack, Wilks, Hopton,
Powell families.






James M. Nabrit, 80, a

fIgEter for. Civil Rights

By William Yardley

In loving memory of,

at home. Services

ARTHUR STITH, 66, died
April 9 at Aventura Hospital and
Medical Center. Service Saturday
in Warfield, Virginia.

ETHEL LITTLE, 70, retired
teacher, died


Wright and Young
died April 5
in California.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Divine Hope
Restoration |Hp'H|
M inistries,
16601 NW 8
Avenue, Miami, FL. 33169.

April 13 at North Shore Medical
Center. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

environmental specialist, died April
13 at Villa Maria Rehabilitation
Hospital. Remains shipped to
Waynesboro, GA for final rites

50, restaraunt manager, died April
10 at Memorial West Hospital.
Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the

Nakia Ingraham
April 8 at North Shore Hospital.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at North
Miami Church of the Nazarene.

04/16/1950 08/09/2008

We love you. Gone, but
never forgotten.
Love, Brian, Julie, Tan,
Cyril and family.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

James M. Nabrit III, a civil
rights lawyer who fought school
segregation before the Supreme
Court and helped ensure that
the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr.'s 1965 march from Selma to
Montgomery, Ala., was allowed
to go forward, died on Friday in
Bethesda, Md. He was 80.
The cause was lung cancer,
said Ted Shaw, a close friend
and the former director-counsel
at the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund.
Nabrit, who worked at the de-
fense fund from 1959 to 1989,

i' -^ ^ 'UB~ S yJ ^ '8 ',^ ^ ^ ^ ^

Legal Defense and Educational
Fund in 1959. Mr. Marshall,
who later became the first black
Supreme Court justice, founded
the fund in 1940.
"When I was hired, he an-
nounced to everyone that my
job title was qlow man on the
totem pole' and that I was to be
addressed as 'boy,' Nabrit re-
called in a 2001 interview with
the magazine The Washington
Lawyer. "He always kept every-
one laughing."
Nabrit's first assignment was
to help write a Supreme Court
brief arguing against an appeal
of a decision that Marshall had

-NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
James M. Nabrit III, second from right, in 1964 with three fel-
low NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund lawyers: Jack
Greenberg, left, Norman Amaker and Michael Meltsner, right.


we deeply appreciate your
kind expression of sympathy
in our time of great sorrow.
Thank you for keeping us in
your thoughts and prayers.
With great appreciation and
The family of Rodney B.

Obituaries are due by
4:30 p.m., Tuesday
Call 305-694-6210

argued 12 cases before the Su-
preme Court and won 9. For
many years he served as the low-
profile but essential second-in-
charge when the group was the
most persistent and prominent
legal voice fighting to enforce
school integration and end Jim
Crow laws in the South.
"Jim was involved in many of
the most important matters of
the civil rights movement," Shaw
said. "The public didn't know
who he was, but civil rights law-
yers knew him."
Nabrit grew up among pillars
of the civil rights movement.
His father, James M. Nabrit Jr.,
helped Thurgood Marshall ar-
gue the cases that led to the Su-
preme Court's landmark Brown
v. Board of Education decision
in 1954 and later became presi-
dent of Howard University in
The younger Nabrit also
worked with Marshall, who hired
him as a lawyer with the NAACP

won in Louisiana. The lower
court ruling was affirmed.
In 1965, Nabrit helped write
a comprehensive plan for a 50-
mile march for voting rights from
Selma to Montgomery that the
Alabama authorities were try-
ing to prevent. It was written to
help bolster a claim by Dr. King
and his associates that they had
a constitutional right to conduct
the march.
The plan was so elaborately
detailed noting how many
marchers could participate, the
route they would take and even
in what farm fields they planned
to sleep along the way that
The New York Times observed
that the march "may take on the
appearance of a biblical wander-
Nabrit, who wrote the plan
with Jack Greenberg, the fund's
director-counsel for many years,
and others, liked to joke later
that it "was my only biblical writ-



19B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 17-23, 2013



20B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 17-23, 2013








"Friends and Foes" a great
mystery featuring sistahs as
amateur sleuths
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Miami Times writer
Not in a hundred years.
There was just no way. From the min-
ute you saw her, you knew everything
you needed to know about that woman.
She was a schemer, she was ghetto, she
was the worst kind of liar, and a friend-
ship between the two of 30 o-% a-a.- Not. Go-
ing. To. Happen. In a hundred years.
Famous last words, ,
huh? Because you
got to know her a
little and danged if
she wasn't okay after
all. But can she be
trusted? As you'll
see in -the new novel
"Friends & Foes" by "
ReShonda Tate Bill-
ingsley and Victoria MURRAY
Christopher Murray,
that's up for discussion.
Rachel Jackson Adams was absolutely
giddy. Her husband, Lester, had recently
snatched the presidency of the American



Baptist Coalition from Hosea Bush in
a big election and it was Rachel's finest
moment. Being First Lady of the ABC
was what she'd wanted for ages. That,
and squashing Jasmine Bush into the
Whenever she thought about Rachel
|IH I Adams, Jasmine Bush
just rolled her eyes.
/S Rachel was back-
w woods and everybody
Z knew it. She wasn't
Very bright, either,
which made it easy
Sfor Jasmine to get the
S' i "- better of the heffa.
BLNG EY Take, for instance,
BILLINGSLEY that election. Jasmine
had rigged it so that
Lester Adams would win because she
knew about some illegal activity going on
with Pastor Earl Griffith and the ABC. If
Lester was president, then he and Rachel
would look guilty by association. If they
got arrested, then Hosea could swoop in
and take over the ABC.
That was what Jasmine had on her
mind when she was scheduled to be
on Oprah to talk about her non-profit
organization. But then Rachel got her
nose in and made a mess, which became
an even bigger mess when she found
Pastor Griffith dead in his hotel room.
Not knowing quite what to do, Rachel
dragged Jasmine back to the room but
the body was gone!
That was just fine with Jasmine. Maybe
even better, because it made Rachel
look like a psycho. But when Rachel
panicked arid Jasmine fell deeper into the
Please turn to BOOK 3C

Tramar Lacel Dillard,
better known by his stage
name Flo Rida, an



Local superstar talks guilty

pleasures, how he stays fit
By Madeleine Marr
If the whole rapping thing doesn't pan out, Flo Rida
could get a job with the tourism folks, no problem
The local superstar really does take advantage o .'here
he lives. Take his video for Let it Roll, off the album
Wild Ones, for example. Poor freezing Northerners .
have to watch a day in the life of the Carol City ra p-
per. There he is roller skating along the Hollywood
Boardwalk, blasting out into the sky from a jet lev
and hanging out at a go-kart track.
"We did some crazy things for that shoot,"
says the 33-year-old chart-topper, who will
headline the Blacks' gala at the Fontainebleau
Saturday night.
"It's fun just living here. It's like two for one:
You get a vacation too. The best spot in the
world." Yes, it's good to live in South Florida,
and good to be Flo, who plans to perform such
crowd rousers as Whistle, I Cry and Low.
I've definitely been a big fan of Jennifer Lo- ,
pez. She's just a great individual. Since the :'"-"'
Please turn to FLO RIDA 3C -'

Lynn Whitfield talks

new film, "King's Faith"

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-- ., .
Sam Moore, left, and Joshua Ledet perform the Sam and
Dave hit 'Soul Man' in the East Room of the White House.

The White House's

East Room gets a

dose of Memphis

Justin Timberlake
and legends play
for the president
and first lady
By Korina Lopez
What: President Obama and
first lady Michelle Obama host
an all-star cast of R&B talent
in the East Room for the latest
iteration of In Performance
at the White House, this time
honoring Memphis soul.
Who: With Booker T. Jones
at the helm as music direc-
tor and band leader, the bill
features Alabama Shakes,
William Bell, Steve Cropper,

Ben Harper, Queen Latifah,
Cyndi Lauper, American Idol's
Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore,
Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis
Staples and, of course, Justin
Missing: Al Green, who was
forced to skip the show when
he suffered a back injury.
Before the show: At a music
workshop, Michelle Obama
tells students, "My husband
thinks he sounds just like Al
Green. Let's just tell him that
he does. He is'the president."
President Obama jokes:
"I'm in my second.term now, so
rather than Hail to the Chief,
we're going with that (Green
Onions by Booker T. & the
MG's) from here on out. A little
Please turn to SOUL 3C

Eve's Bayou
star speaks

on foster care
By Huffington Post
As thousands of
families continue to
welcome neglected
children and teens into
their homes each year,
Lynn Whitfield's forth-
coming role in Nicholas
DiBella's "King's Faith"
aims to highlight those
acts of benevolence by
way of America's foster
care system.
The drama, which is
set to hit select theaters
a week before National
Foster Care Month, tells
the story of a troubled
18-year-old, Brendan

King,(played by Craw-
ford Wilson), who is
trying to leave his past
street life behind before
it jeopardizes his new
relationship with an
adopted family (played

by Whitfield and James
During a recent
interview with the
Huffington Post, the
Howard University
alum turned Emmy
Award-winning actress
opened up about her
role as Vanessa Stubbs
and her thoughts on
the increasing number
of Black women landing
lead roles on network
on your latest film,
"King's Faith." Can
you talk about your
role as Vanessa
The film itself is
about this Caucasian
kid that kind of lived
on the wrong side of the
Please turn to LYNN 3C

Halle Berry, Michael Kors

start Watch Hunger Stop

team up with
United Nations
By Associated Press
Berry says she's a
woman of compassion
and Michael Kors says
he's a man of action.
Together, they want
to make a dent in the
battle against hunger
around the world.
The actress and fash-
ion designer announced
a philanthropic cam-
paign recently called
Watch Hunger Stop that
includes raising money
through the sale of a
version of Kors' best-
selling Runway watch.

-Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris
Michael Kors and Halle Berry attend a din-
ner in honor of Halle Berry as she joins Mi-
chael Kors and the United Nations World Food
Programto help fight world hunger.

For each $295 watch
sold, 100 meals will be
provided to children
through the U,N. World
Food Program.

Berry and Kors are
planning to visit places
together where the
meals will be .sent. They
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By Dr Rih r ,, e .'a,

Gladys Bracy-Smith enjoys
walking, singing and praying
with.all of her "gang" at Arcola
Lakes Park and meeting with
members of the Louie Bing
Athletic Foundation. Last
Friday she met at Sadies in
Opa-Locka along with Treneise
Henderson, Marva and Bartow

Duhart, Dr..
Inez Strachan-
Rowe, Linda Cummings,
Gloria Orr, Barbara Wright,
Virginia Wright, Mother
Mamie Williams, Inez Rozier,
Edward Walker, Rodine and
Frank Strother, Norma Coes,
Luke and Daisy Emmers,

Laverne Roundtree and
Stan Lawson. The group
met to plan a birthday
For the past three
decades, the Dade
County Chapter of
The Charmettes, Inc.
has recognized note-
worthy individuals in DEI
our community. This
year honorees are: Dr. Edwin
Demeritte, Rev. Frances
I. McCray, Dr. Dazelle D.
Simpson, Bea L. Hines, Ivan


Yaeger, Dr.
Rudy Moise
and Rev.
Richard P.
Dunn, II..
They will be
at Shula's in
Miami Lakes on --
ERITTE Saturday, April D
27. If interested,
call Tara Paramore at 305-
Antonio Holley from
Baltimore, MD. was pleasantly

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surprised with a
birthday party given
by Dee Dee Green
and invited families
living on N.W. 89th
Street including
the Strachans,
Alexanders, Kings,
Crawford, Sanchez
and Peeples. Good

food, and lots of
dancing made it a wonderful
celebration. Kameron Marshall
celebrated his first year with
a birthday party given by his

mother Jelecio Marshall.
Grandmother Sadie Marshall
helped to prepare the goodies
and Londe Joyce decorated
with a Happy Birthday Kameron
banner prominently displayed.
To be sure, Kameron was
excited with all of his toys and
enjoyed sharing the ice cream
and cake with the guests
including family and friends
Lisa Watson, cousins Jazmine
and Khalil, godmother
Shantaria Witherspoon, Susan
Bolten and Devonnia Mejia.

Berry, Kors' Watch Hunger Stop goes global

continued from 1C

could land in Africa, in Syria,
perhaps Central America.
The 46-year-old Berry, who
is expecting her first child with
fiance Olivier Martinez, said in
an exclusive joint interview with
Kors: "I hope we go while I'm
pregnant, so I can talk about
prenatal care."
"And I will have time off," she
said, patting her belly and smil-
ing. "I'm not working right now."
Berry, who has a 5-year-old
daughter, said she wanted to
meet and talk with mothers
struggling to feed themselves
and their children while she
was expecting. It will help build
a connection, she said.
"It's so important to me, being
a mom, that I can help educate
women on how important it is
that when you have a healthy

child, it helps set them up for
Kors and Berry hope to in-
volve five million people, either
through donations of time or
Berry, who supports the Je-
nesse Center, an anti-domestic
violence shelter in Los Angeles,
said working with the U.N. "is
the next evolution in my phil-
anthropic world. It puts my
heart and compassion on a
global scale."

Kors is a longtime supporter
of God's Love We Deliver, a New
York-based organization that
delivers meals to those in need.
"The change you saw when peo-
ple going hungry got a meal -
it was an immediate difference.
This isn't about research or a
big political or social change,
this is about giving a meal to
people who need them."
"I go all over the globe trav-
eling, and there are very few
things in the world that are

solvable catastrophes," he said.
"This is one of them."
The designer said he asked
Berry to be his partner in the
campaign because "I'm en-
thralled by fabulous jugglers."
The message would be stron-
gest coming from two well-
known voices, he said. "I want-
ed someone talented, check.
Someone compassionate to the
world, a great mother, someone
incredibly glamorous and chic
- and who makes it all look
"If we can use our celebrity,
I want to. I don't want it to go
waste," Berry said. "If would be
a shame not to use it."
There are many fundrais-
ing products for many good
causes, Kors said, but choose
a watch and it's simple math:
a direct formula that it's 100
meals per watch as a conversa-
tion starter.

Flo Rida divulges some of his celebrity secrets

continued from 1C

first time we met, she's always
been supportive and humble.
Working with her [on Goin' In
and Sweet Spot] was just like a
perfect combination.
Some of the cast from "The
Real Housewives of Miami" is
expected at the gala. Do you
watch the show?
A little. It's very interesting. I
mean, they got Housewives all
over the place, why not in one
of the nation's hotspots? As far

as watching television, I'm so
busy recording I don't have the
time. I might catch a basket-
ball game or something.
What's a typical day like
for you?
My mom moved down here
recently from New York so
I spend a lot of time with my
family. I go to the beach with
my friends; we hit some clubs
like Bamboo, Mansion, LIV,
Dream. Prime 112 is like my
number-one spot. And Barton
G: They've got those great pre-

What are your guilty plea-
sures, food wise?
Prime 112 has this fried red
velvet cake and fried Oreos. I
do get the salads too, though!
What kind of workouts do
you do to maintain your buff
At least five days a week, I
start off with like a 20-minute
run. I'd call it a sprint, just to up
my cardio. After that, a bunch
of sit-ups and pushups, most-
ly core exercises. I do boxing
training as well. When I have
to perform, I really prepare. I

Timberlake performs in East Room

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change in tradition."
After announcing the en-
gagement of a couple of White
House staffers, he said newly-
weds Timberlake and Jessica
Biel, who sat in the front row,
could offer pointers. "Justin,
they are looking for a wedding
singer," he kids. "I'm just say-
Segregated: Earlier in the
day, Moore remembers the dif-
ficult times he faced as a Black
artist in the '60s. "We couldn't
stay, not in the white hotels.
You did your show, you get
paid, and then you leave."
Soul men: In a their rousing
rendition of Soul Man, Moore
and Ledet are dueling voices
who have the audience clap-
ping and laughing.
Watching the tide roll away:

Justin Timberlake took part
in a music workshop with
Timberlake pairs with Cropper
for (Sittin' On) the Dock of the
Bay, which the Stax Records
house guitarist wrote with Otis

Fashion standouts: Show
host Latifah and the first lady,
both clad in one-shouldered
black dresses.
Also spiffy: Moore, wear-
ing a black suit with a silver
beadazzled collar and cuffs,
and Ledet, sporting a snazzy
red bow tie.
Rough around the edges,
in a good way: Musselwhite
and Harper celebrate Charlie's
bluesy Memphis roots, with
I'm In I'm Out I'm Gone, a raw
counterbalance to the night's
smoother soul songs.
Tenderly: Lauper's animated
take on Try a Little Tenderness
teams her with Musselwhite.
She's surprisingly conservative
(well, except for the red faux
hawk) in a black lace jacket.
The big finish: A free-for-
all ensues, as everyone crowds
the stage for the closing num-
ber, In the Midnight Hour.

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continued from 1C

tracks for a long time. Got bust-
ed and put into juvenile deten-
tion and then when he gets out
is in lots of foster care homes.
This kid is taken in by a [Black]
couple who recently just lost
their own son to gun violence.
And Vanessa Stubbs is this
woman who is still grieving for
her own son and is a little bit
resentful that her husband,
Mike, is dead set on taking
in this kid as foster parents.
She's looking in and looking at
grieving and resentment and
wondering what God is doing
with her life. So I just found
her emotional dilemma to be
kind of interesting.
While preparing for the role
did you tap into any friends
or family who had experienc-
es with adoption?
I know a lot of people that
have adopted kids. I read
about kids who are older and

about to age out of the system
and are not the most desirable.
Thank God, I don't know about
grieving the death of a child.
But I know there are grieving
My daughter lost her father
when she was 12 and going
into puberty. So I know that
grieving is a whole thing onto
itself. So I did some research
on that. And then looking at
the set of circumstances that
were written into this charac-
ter and finding a place in my-
self where some of those truths
What are your thoughts on
the significance of the film's
release in honor of National
Foster Care month?
It's something that's a nod to
people who have decided to be
a part of the foster care system
who are doing it well. Let's face
it, there are some people who
are not doing it well, and do-
ing it as a commercial venture.
But there are people who do, it

extremely well and have great
successes. Extend a thank
you to them and perhaps for
families or individuals who've
not only thought about it, who
might be good at it. So I think
it is very significant that way.
In addition to your role in
"King's Faith," you're also
currently a part of the tour-
ing theater production, "My
Brother Marvin." How did
you land the role as Marvin
Gaye's mother?
I was invited to do the role. So
I guess at this point sometimes
I don't have to land something,
it's just that they land me. The
life of an artist is always re-
proving what you can do, and
I feel like there is still so much
more to do. Because I still en-
joy it, and I'm not one of those
actors who feels like, "Oh, I've
arrived and you should worship
at my alter," kind of thing. I still
love the art form and I look for-
ward to new challenges and
new opportunities.

get motivated from the show. I
don't want to go out there and
have no energy. When I start to
get tired on stage, I say to my-
self, 'Hey, let's stop skipping the
gym.' I love working out out-
side. I want to sweat so I wear
long sleeves. I'm trying to make
sure I'm losing body fat.
Do you cook at all?
Um, I don't have to. I have
seven sisters. If they're not do-
ing something for me, it's a res-

Beyonce, Salma Hayek goes

global to promote girl power
Salma Hayek and Be- B^ 1 gether we can change
yonce have teamed up '. the course of history to
with fashion house Gu- i ensure that girls and
cci to launch a new cam- f women are empowered
paign for women's rights. to realise their poten-
The Frida star is front- tial and thrive".
ing Gucci's new global Beyonce adds, "I have
Chime For Change drive BEYONCE always felt strongly
along with the R&B superstar about equal opportunity for
and designer Frida Giannini. women. Girls have to be taught
The initiative aims to support from early on that they are
projects for. women and girls strong and capable of being
across the globe, and share in- anything they want to be.
spring stories through a series "It's up to us to change the
of 10 short films, statistics for women around
Beyonce has provided the the world. I'm honored to be in
music for one of the films, while the company of women who live
Hayek narrates, fearlessly and set an example
Hayek says in a statement, for the next generation of young
"I am proud to be joining the ladies". "
growing international move- Other stars who are backing
ment on behalf of girls and Chime For Change include ac-
women around the world. I tresses Julia Roberts and Meryl
believe that by working to- Streep.

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continued from 1C

situation, she had to admit
that maybe Rachel wasn't
all that bad. They'd never be
friends, but frenemies might
be able to figure out what was
going on...
I wasn't all that thrilled with
"Friends & Foes" when I first
got it. I'm tired of novels where
Christian ladies act un-Chris-
tianlike; I've had too many of
them. I wasn't sure I could fin-
ish this book but I'm very,

very glad I did.
The authors made me laugh
in what turns out to be a rompy
mystery with plenty of comedy
and no profanity. Though I
had a bumpy start, I ended up
really enjoying this book and
its characters, and I can't wait
for the next installment.
If you're looking for some-
thing that's silly in a good way,
give this book a try. It's a se-
quel but you can read it first
- and if you do, you'll love
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Players' education? Not so much

NCAA championship vs. graduation ACADEMIC SUCCESS NOT A SLAM DUNK

rates for all student, student-athletes
h m w r t The graduation rate for NCAA Division I basketball teams
No matter which team wins ting targets during the season l f b , r al s a suet hle
the NCAA championship, one and in the tournament. Fair lag far behind averagesfor all students and student-athletes
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will be extremely well paid
for getting there. Salaries for
the Final Four coaches range
from $1.2 million to nearly

Big bucks don't
translate into

$5 million including some
hefty bonuses for getting to the
So goes big-time sports these
days. Coaches get paid for per-
formance, with bonuses for hit-

remembered that this is college
basketball and that the players
are student-athletes, a point
the NCAA strains to make at
every tournament news confer-
ence. Despite that distinction,
the bonuses overwhelmingly
reward performance on the
court, usually taking little
notice of the classroom.
University of Michigan
coach John Beilein will pocket
$175,000 in bonuses if he wins
the NCAA title. But nowhere in
his contract is a single dollar
encouraging him to improve


line up on their first
day of school at Dr.
Martin Luther King
Jr. Charter School
for Science and


Money and class size

make better education

Rate for all
Source: NCAA

his players' academic achieve-
At Wichita State, just

Rate for all

Rate for Division
men's basketball

$20,000 of coach Gregg Mar-
shall's potential bonus of -
Please turn to RATES 5C

By Kevin G. Welner

Studies of charter schools
have usually shown they
provide no benefits. But stud-
ies of schools run by KIPP
(Knowledge is Power Program)
have'shown strong perfor-
.mance. A new study suggests
that KIPP middle schools

may boost test-score growth
by as much as eight months
to eleven months over three
What sets KIPP apart from
other middle schools? The
core of the formula is clear:
Students learn when they
have opportunities to learn.
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Catholic schools failing to keep up with enrollment

Rising tuition, more competition

siphon off students each year

By Alison Bath

The nation's Catholic
schools, facing increasing
competition, rising costs and
a diminishing core of potential
pupils, continue to struggle to
keep students and find new
ones. But there are some signs
of growth in cities including
Los Angeles and Indianapolis.
Enrollment in Catholic
schools nationwide declined
almost 12 percent for the
2012-13 school year compared
with five years ago, a National
Catholic Education Associa-
tion (NCEA) report says. About
Stwo million children, from
pre-K to 12th grade, attend
Catholic schools across the
U.S. In 2007-08, there were

2.27 million, says the report,
released in February.
That's consistent with other
enrollment drops over the
past 10 years. Since 2003 the
number of students attending
a Catholic school has fallen
nearly 22 percent, according
to NCEA's Annual Statistical
Report on Schools, Enrollment
and Staffing.
Reasons for the decline are
varied, but siphoning of stu-
dents by charter and magnet
schools, steep tuition increas-
es and dwindling numbers
of Catholic students in large
urban areas are to blame, says
Dale McDonald, NCEA director
of public policy and education-
al research.
Average Catholic elementary


Catholic school
enrollment, in millions

Number of U.S. Catholic

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Mateo Velez, 6, left, and Kyle Delgado, 6, first graders at
St. Hugh Catholic School in Coconut Grove, Fla., receive
their ashes on Feb. 6, 2008, from Rev. George Garcia.

school tuition (K-8th grade)
has climbed 69 percent over
the past 10 years, McDonald
says. At Catholic high schools,
it's about double that at 136
percent. The average Catholic
elementary school tuition is
$3,673; the average Catholic
secondary freshman tuition is
$9,622, the report states.
"We are committed to provid-
ing a first-rate education and
the costs of that keep rising,"
said McDonald, who noted
tuition assistance is available
in cases of need.
Catholic school administra-
tors are working to combat
these trends through aggres-
sive marketing efforts and
educational improvements,
such as offering the Apple TV,
individual iPads and smart
boards. They're also reinforc-
ing the idea that a Catholic
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Tech-savvy kids prefer taking

SATs with No. 2 pencil, paper

Standing: Alan Levan, co-chair of NSU Ambassador Board, and Ron Assaf, Chairman
of NSU's Board of Trustees; seated: Ralph Campbell, and Interim Dean Preston Jones,

McKinley Insurance donates

$5oK to NSU for scholarships

- A new scholarship is
now available for under-
graduate first-generation
students studying busi-
ness at Nova Southeastern
University (NSU), thanks
to a $50,000 donation
from McKinley Insurance
Services, announced the
firm's President and CEO
Ralph Campbell. The Jim
McKinley Endowed Schol-
arship Fund, named in
memory of the company's
founder who passed away
last year, will generate
annual scholarships to
support full-time students
of the H. Wayne Huizenga

School of Business Entre-
preneurship (HSBE) who
have grade point averages
of at least 2.5.
"Jim McKinley always
supported students want-
ing to pursue higher educa-
tion," explained Campbell.
"This scholarship preserves
his legacy of helping others
and helps students who
may not otherwise have an
opportunity to attend such
a prestigious university as
"Many minority students
are the first in their fami-
lies to attend college, so
hopefully this scholarship
will help break that cycle

and help prepare the busi-
ness leaders of the future."
The McKinley Fund is
one of the first NSU schol-
arships for minority stu-
"We salute Ralph Camp-
bell and his vision for the
future of education," said
Alan Levan, who chairs
the school's Ambassador
Board, a select group of
business leaders who sup-
port the school with their
financial gifts and experi-
ence. "Scholarships like
this insure that our school
graduates a more diverse
and prepared group of
business professionals."

By Mary Beth Marklein lege entrance exam on a com-
puter, just one in 10 students
Even in this digital age, said yes, according to a survey
college-bound teens say they by Kaplan Test Prep.
would prefer taking the SAT Many parents didn't see that
the old-fashioned way with one coming. In a companion
paper and pencil, survey, nearly two out of
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N'western's Rashad Bethel

keeps his eye
Rashad Bethel, a senior at
Miami Northwestern Senior
High is serious about his
future and has set educa-
tional goals such as attending
college. Rashad is
extremely passion-
ate about his com-
munity and is com-
mitted to identifying
ways in which it can
be improved. He
consistently displays
compassion and a
willingness to help
An honor roll BE
student, Rashad is interested
in the sciences and music.
A member of the 5000 Role
Models of Excellence Project
for three years, he serves
as secretary of his school's
club and is a prospective
2013 Role Models scholarship
recipient. Rashad says he is


on the prize
appreciative of the wonder-
ful experiences afforded to
him as a member of the Role
Demonstrating an ability
to lead, Rashad
is president of the
Epsilon Club and
ei a member of the
College Summit.
S He is also actively
involved in his
church. Miami
4 administrators are
proud of Rashad's
rHEL determination to
succeed academically and
to serve his community and
feel that he will be leader in
the community one day. The
5000 Role Models of Excel-
lence Project salutes and en-
courages Role Model Rashad
Bethel to be the very best
that he can be.

Daniel Clayton,18, a senior
at Uniondale (N.Y.) High School
on Long Island, N.Y., says he
completes multiple-choice
school assignments on an on-
line system for his school but
that doesn't mean he would
welcome an online SAT.
"Taking tests on the com-
puter to me is tedious. Dealing
with a machine, anything can
happen," says Clayton, who did
not take the Kaplan survey.
"After awhile it starts, to wear
on you. It can also affect your
ability to answer questions
later on the exam."
Kaplan Test Prep, which this
month surveyed 302 parents
of kids who took its SAT test-
prep course and 396 students
who took the Kaplan course
and the SAT, asked for opin-
ions on whether the SAT needs
a shake-up. It also asked
whether the format should
change from paper and pencil
to computer-based.
More than four out of five
students (81 percent) said they
would not want to take the SAT
via computer, citing concerns
such as technical difficulties,
typing proficiency and want-
ing to work out math problems
with paper and pencil. Nine
percent weren't sure. Among
parents, 65 percent favored
computers, in many cases not-
ing that most kids are tech-
savvy, and 15 percent were
Parents also were more likely
than kids to say the SAT needs
an overhaul.
David Coleman, the new
president of the College Board,
which owns the test, an-
nounced in February that it
planned to revamp the SAT but
has offered no specifics and no
timetable since then.
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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-

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 305-213-0188.

Progressive Officers
Club is offer academic
scholarships to high school
seniors, apply by April 22nd,
to Progressive Officers Club,
P.O. Box 680398, Miami, FL
33168, Attention: Education
Assistance Award Program.

db- d-h *
Hadley Davis Funeral
Home will host a Stop the
Violence meeting, April
24th, at 2321 NW 62nd St.
Call 305-816-6862.

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-

0 The Booker T.
Washington Alumni
Association invites you to
the 9th Annual 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-

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 Island.

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

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

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

Web viewers lead to Fallon's

By Christopher S. Stewart
and Suzanne Vranica

Jimmy Fallon's recent two-
minute skit "Evolution of Mom
Dancing," featuring the late-
night TV comic and Michelle
Obama performing a series
of funny dance' moves, racked
up more than 15 million views
on YouTube. That is about five
times the average, nightly au-
dience of Jay Leno's "Tonight
Show," the reigning king of late-
night TV.
It also may explain why NBC
is willing to commit to shifting
Fallon into Leno's 11:35 p.m.

slot, perhaps as early as next
year. Like another young late-
night comic, Jimmy Kimmel,
who recently started broadcast-
ing head-to-head against Leno
on ABC, Fallon has a big pres-
ence online.
A prominent part of both
comics' shows are comedy
skits, which then get a second
life online, where they are often
heavily viewed. In contrast, the
shows of Leno and CBS Corp.
rival David Letterman, both
in their 60s, lean heavily on
interviews, which, while also
available online, don't typical-
ly resonate as well, says Brad

NBC's Jay Leno and Jimmy
Adgate, head researcher at Ho-
rizon Media.
Messrs. Kimmel and Fallon
also have built big social-me-
dia-followings., Fallon has more

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 305-455-1059

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

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 305-333-7128.

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.

new time
than eight million followers on
Twitter, for example, whereas
Mr. Leno does not have a per-
sonal twitter account. The To-
night Show's Twitter account
has just over half a million fol-
"These guys get it. But Leno
and Letterman are from anoth-
er generation," Adgate said.
Through their spokesmen,
Messrs. Leno and Letterman
both declined to comment.
Not only does that online ac-
tivity help the younger men
reach young people, it makes
them more attractive to adver-
tisers, media buyers say.

Recording industry enters the digital age

We jam out via

phones, social

media, streaming
By Edna Gundersen

For music fans, a mobile
phone doesn't say "Call me." It
says Call Me Maybe.
Carly Rae Jepsen's viral hit
is one example of how phones,
social media and streaming
have revolutionized music con-
With 119.8 million streams,
Jepsen's viral hit was the
most-streamed song and video
of 2012. The singer has 5.6
million Twitter followers and
5.2 million "likes" on Facebook.

A lot of those admirers con-
nected with her via cellphones,
a crucial conduit between fan
and artist, according to new
Nielsen data.
Via phones, 55 percent of
consumers read artist and
band Facebook posts, 53
percent "like" posts, 30 per-
cent comment on posts and 28
percent click on timelines. In
the Twitterverse, 26 percent of
fans read artist tweets and 14
percent retweet.
"It's the entertainment
portal," says David Bakula of
Nielsen Entertainment. "You've
got a much more engaged
consumer and many more
opportunities for artists and
fans to interact. Word of mouth
used to be one-to-one. Now it's

one-to-many, where each fan
becomes a micro-marketer."
Streaming has proven effec-
tive as a promotional tool: 29
percent of consumers are likely
to buy music after hearing
a stream. Among sites, You-
Tube continues to clobber the
competition with 129.3 mil-
lion screams in 2012, up one
percent; Pandora trails with
14.9 million streams, up 5.2
percent; and Spotify, gaining
ground with a 91.2 percent
spike, tallied 10.2 million
YouTube's slight growth
doesn't portend a plateau. "I
don't foresee any fiat-lining,"
Bakula says. "We've seen
nothing but acceleration.
YouTube has become a more

popular consumption channel
than radio."
Nielsen also notes that one-
third of the U.S. population
falls into a class of "entertain-
ment aficionados," an ethni-
cally diverse group with an
average household income of
$63,000. They account for 78
percent of music sales. The
"low entertainment spender,"
average income $53,000, lis-
tens to more music (6.1 hours
a week vs. 4.3 hours) but at-
tends fewer live events.
Though physical CD sales
fell 13.5 percent to 194 million
albums, overall, music sales in
2012 rose 3.1 percent thanks
to a 14.1 percent jump in digi-
tal albums and a 5.1 percent
increase in digital tracks.

Students outscoring their peers due to class size

continued from 4C

So we would expect to see
that the opportunities to learn
are different at KIPP.
They are. But I doubt it's be-
cause of teaching methods or
some magic charter formula.
The true secret is more money,
something public schools are
starving to get. In 11 districts
in the 2007 school year, KIPP
received, on average, as much
as $5,760 more per pupil than
local school districts, accord-
ing to a recent study. KIPP le-
verages this generous supple-

mental private funding in a
straightforward way: giving
students more time in schools
while placing a reasonable lim-
it on class sizes.
According to a 2012 Math-
ematica report, KIPP schools
provided 192 days of school
each year, nine hours a day.
That's 45 percent more learn-
ing time than conventional
schools provide the equiva-
lent of four added months of
We should not be surprised
when four extra months results
in several additional months of
test-score growth.

Given the additional money,
public schools can certain-
ly emulate this approach. In
Houston, the "Apollo 20" school
project cost about $2,000 ex-
tra per student, 25 percent
more than Houston spent
on its other middle schools.
Whether a school is a charter
or a neighborhood school, re-
sources matter..
But beyond this obvious "re-
sources matter" lesson, there
are few practical KIPP lessons
that are clearly transferable
to public schools. While KIPP
schools, for instance, don't
replace many students who

leave during grades seventh or
eighth, it's difficult to see how
conventional public schools
could do this. The additional
stability is undoubtedly help-
ful to KIPP, but if the neighbor-
hood schools won't take in mo-
bile students, who will?
KIPP provides a good ser-
vice for students who choose
to enroll and to stay. But let's
be honest: It does riot matter
for our children whether their
school is called KIPP or PS 101.
What does matter is that we see
positive results when we make
concentrated and sustained in-
vestments in our children.

Final Four head coaches bring in the big bucks

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$800,000 is for academics.
Such "warped priorities,"
as Education Secretary Arne
Duncan and former basketball
star and Rhodes Scholar Tom
McMillen wrote in USA TODAY
last month, are characteristic
of big-time college football and
basketball programs.
In a survey of 50 football and
basketball coaching contracts,
they found average athletic
incentives of $600,000 per
coach, compared with $52,000
for academic performance.
This 11-to-1 ratio reinforces
the message that winning in
the classroom takes a back
seat to winning games. Which

should be no surprise to any-
one following college sports.
For years, schools have re-
cruited talented young players
who bring riches to their insti-
tutions, allowing coaches to
demand gargantuan salaries.
In return, players get valuable
scholarships. At best, two per-
cent move on to the NBA. But
scholarships are meaningless
unless students graduate. Far
too many leave with no NBA
bid and no degree.
Just 47 percent of Division I
basketball players who started
school in 2005 graduated by
2011, compared with 63 per-
cent of all students. Two of the
Final Four teams couldn't even
manage that. In recent years,
on average, the University of

Louisville and Wichita State
graduated a third of players.
(For all students, Louisville's
graduation rate is 48 percent;
Wichita's is 42 percent.)
Despite these dismal re-
cords, Louisville's Rick Pitino
got compensation of nearly five
million dollars and Wichita's
Marshall nearly $1.2 million.
SJim Haney, head of the Na-
tional Association of Basket-
ball Coaches, argues in the
opposing view that players are
already making substantial
academic progress, pointing to
a 74 percent basketball gradu-
ation rate.
True, the NCAA made prog-
ress this year by enforcing
post-season bans on teams
for failing to meet academic

benchmarks. A ban on the
University of Connecticut, a
basketball powerhouse, is a
wake-up call.
But the 74 percent? Not so
fast. That figure, touted by the
NCAA, is based on creative
math that amps up gradua-
tion rates by excluding all the
players who leave their original
schools. It pretends they never
Players don't need fuzzy
math. They need an education.
With all the money sloshing
around college sports, more
could be spared for academic
bonuses. Giving coaches a big-
ger stake in academic success
could help students winl not
just on the court but also in the

Janelle, Essence cover girl
With her ever pres-. to "redefine what it
ent pompadour and means to be sexy and
hot red lips, Janelle what it means to be,
Monde covers ES- a woman. Showing
SENCE magazine's my skin is not what
May issue. 1 makes me sexy," she
Inside the maga- declares. "I like skirts
zine, the cover girl and dresses just like
dishes on her new everyone else, but I
CD, "Electric Lady," had a message I need-
which is due this ed to put out there. It
Summer. She also was up to me to show
lets readers in on MONAE people and young
her unique style girls there was an-
which, you may have noticed, other way."
doesn't show her tight figure. There's more from the ever
Hmm, what's up with that, thoughtful Monde, who be-
Miss Monde? lives that people who give
"People don't ask Jay-Z to are beautiful. "I think people
take his shirt off when he who give and give their time
rhymes," she says defiantly, are some of the most beautiful
Her refusal to let it all hang out people that I know," says the
is a major part of her attempt ESSENCE Festival performer.

Rapper Gucci Mane was being held in jail on an assault charge after a fan told police
the artist smashed a champagne bottle on his head in a downtown Atlanta nightclub.
Fulton County Jail records show that Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis,
was in custody early recently on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon.
An arrest warrant was issued for the rapper after James Lettley of Fort Hood,
Texas, who is a member of the military, told police Davis struck him at Harlem Nights
Club on March 16. Lettley said he was hoping to get a picture with the rapper when
he was attacked.
It was unclear if Davis has an attorney.

Former NBA player and Atlanta native Javaris Crittenton was indicted last Tuesday
on charges of murder and gang activity.
The Fulton Couhty District Attorney's office said Crittenton, 25, and his cousin,
Douglas Gamble, were charged in a 12-count indictment in the death of an Atlanta
woman and the attempted murder of another man.
Julian Jones a mother of two was shot and killed in southwest Atlanta while
walking with a group of people in August 2011. Authorities say that incident and a
second shooting were gang-related. Officials say the shootings may have been retali-
ation after Crittenton was the victim of a robbery in which $50,000 worth of jewelry
was stolen.

La Toya may soon regret messing with Omarosa on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice."
Three weeks ago, the hot-headed ladies got into an argument on Donald Trump's
NBC reality show in which Jackson alleged that Omarosa "probably pulled the plug" on
her late fiance Michael Clarke Duncan. Now, Omarosa told "The Howard Stern Show"
that she would be suing Jackson.
Stern was dubious about the lawsuit's merit. "I don't think it's actionable," he told
"It is only actionable if she repeats it. It's called a reckless disregard for the truth.
So she said it back in October when she first taped the show. She's repeated it subse-
quently on all of these talk shows," Omarosa said, before clarifying that she would be
suing for emotional distress. Omarosa went on to say that Jackson's attorney wrote
her a letter blaming the comments on the show's producers.
"We gave her the time to retract it, and now we'll both be spending money on law-
yers," Omarosa concluded.

Recently, the rapper (real name: Todd Anthony Shaw) was arrested on the suspicion
of drunken driving and felony drug possession, the Los Angeles Police told E! News.
The rapper was taken into custody shortly after 3 a.m. and held on $10,000 bail.
And while police haven't provided a lot of information about the arrest, LAPD Officer
Cleon Joseph told the Los Angeles Times that Too Short briefly tried to run from police.

Students prefer pencils

continued from 4C

More than a third (39 per-
cent) of students and a little
fewer than half (45 percent) of
parents said the SAT should
be changed; 26 percent of stu-
dents and 37 percent of parents
said they were unsure.
More than 1.6 million stu-
dents in the class of 2012 took
the SAT, one of two major ad-
missions tests that have not
gone digital the other is the
LSAT, for law school. The SAT
was last overhauled in 2005,
when a writing section was
added and analogies were elim-
inated. Based on past experi-

ence, Kaplan Test Prep Vice
President Seppy Basili specu-
lates that the graduating high
school class of 2016 would be
the earliest possible group of
students to be affected by a new
Coleman last fall was critical
of the test's writing portion, the
design of which he said doesn't
encourage fact-based analysis.
"If writing is to be ready for the
demands of career and college,
it must be precise, it must be
accurate, it must draw upon
evidence," he said.
Among students and parents
who favored changes in the
test, a theme emerged: Make it

Catholic enrollment woes

continued from 4C

school education is superior to
that available at another pri-
vate or public facility, says Kev-
in Baxter, elementary schools
superintendent for the Arch-
diocese of Los Angeles.
The Archdiocese of Los An-
geles has increased the length
of the academic year to 200
days and focused on adding
the latest technology to the
curriculum, Baxter says. The
approach is working. After a
decade of dropping figures,
the Archdiocese saw its first
increase 100 students-
in kindergarten through 8th

grade in 2011. The number
grew by 1,400 in 2012, Baxter
says. In all, about 80,000 K-12
students attend Los Angeles
area Catholic schools.
"We've really articulated
clearly to principals that we
want to envision growth," Bax-
ter said.
Strides also are being made
in other cities, including India-
napolis, where a voucher pro-
gram is helping to boost enroll-
In Shreveport, La., enroll-
ment has been steady over
the past few years with some
growth, says Carol Shively, the
Diocese of Shreveport superin-





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By Rem Rieder

Painfully slowly, not all that
surely, but still, a new busi-
ness model for newspapers is
taking shape.
It's hardly time to uncork '
the champagne. The chal-
lenges remain formidable. But

dinosaurs are showing signs
that they may not be leaving
the building anytime soon.
The business will be
smaller. The sky-high "
profits of years past are
as over as the Spice Girls. ,'
But oblivion is not neces-
sarily part of the equa- .
The core question for news-
papers in recent years has
been, where is the money going
to come from? The Internet

of a 2018 busi-
ness model,
S one that is at
least stable
S and at best
shows some

-Ken Doctor
news industry analyst

while newspaper websites
significantly increased the
size of their audiences, digital
advertising, once seen as the
holy grail, has been profoundly
There are two major ele-
ments in the emerging survival
Circulation revenue is
increasing. The key: Charging
for digital content. Newspapers
are now making money
Please turn to NEWSPAPER 10D

Push to make South

Florida a tech hub underwayI

Entrepreneur Manny Medina plans

annual tech conference in Miami Beach

By Doreen Hemlock

One of South Florida's most
successful tech entrepreneurs
Wednesday announced plans
to develop an international
tech conference yearly, part of
a push to make the region a
tech hub.
Manny Medina, who sold
his Terremark data services
company last year to Verizon
for $1.4 billion, helped form the
months-old nonprofit Technol-
ogy Foundation of the Ameri-
-cas to spearhead the tech
* The nonprofit plans its first
eMerge Americas conference
in May next year, aiming
to attract' more than 5,000
people thought leaders, IT
vendors, financiers and more,
many from Latin America and
Medina figures the inaugu-
ral conference in Miami Beach

Entrepreneur Manny Medi-
na, above, who sold his Terre-
mark data services company
last year to Verizon for $1.4
billion, is leading the effort.
will cost at least six million
dollars to produce, and he's
already kicked in $500,000.
He's received early support
from the Miami-based John S.

and James L. Knight Founda-
tion, which has been funding
tech startups and incubators
in the area.
"We're looking to bring bil-
lions of dollars to our commu-
nity and create thousands of
jobs" as a global tech hub, Me-
dina said in an interview. "To
do that, we all need to come
together: Broward, Palm Beach
and Miami-Dade counties" as
well as schools, financiers,
economic development groups
and others.
Medina hopes the eMerge
event can fuel tech activity
in South Florida in much the
same way the annual Art Basel
Miami Beach conference has
spurred an art boom and sat-
ellite fairs and festivals since
"I grew up in Miami, and
I never thought of Miami as
an art capital. Now, 10 years
after Art Basel, we are," said
the Cuba-born entrepreneur.
"I would hope eventually our
conference can become a Tech
Week" full of activities.

Incidents of tax refunds fraud
resulting from identity theft
have quadrupled in the last
four years.

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Believe it or not, there is
something even worse than
having to prepare your tax
return. It's finding out that
someone else already filed a
return in your name, under
your Social Security num-
ber, to collect a fraudulent
And that's just the begin-
ning of your troubles.
At best, it takes about six
months for the IRS to re-
solve an identity theft case.
At worst? It can take more

As identity thieves

thrive, IRS 'moves

slowly to solution

than a year. All the while,
victims wait for their rightful
refunds, and thieves some-
times strike again.
Identity theft is a big and
growing problem, and the
crooks appear to be one step
2,137 tax returns
from one address
ahead of the IRS.
Last year, the number of
incidents reached 1.8 million,
J. Russell George, the Trea-
sury inspector general for tax
administration, told a Senate
panel this week.
One of those victims,
Marcy Hossli, of Lake Worth,
Fla., testified the IRS noti-
fied her 13 months ago that
her identity had been stolen
and that refunds went to a
thief for tax years 2010 and
2011. The agency promised
a resolution in three months

and a special PIN number to
include with her next return.
She's still waiting for the PIN.
Hossli e-filed her 2012 return
on Feb. 21, but soon learned
she was again the victim of
a thief.
SBy now, the IRS ought to
have a user-friendly process
in place to untangle what is
admittedly a complex crime.
No such luck. The agency
knows what's needed and
has set up several ambitious
programs, but the follow-
through is often inept:
In 2008, the IRS created a
specialized unit intended to
provide seamless service to
victims. Since then, though,
the agency has added 21
different units within its 21
"functions" to address such
cases, with no "traffic cop"
to direct efforts, according to
National Taxpayer Advocate
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Checks to be sent in $3.6B loan deal

Payments part



By Julie Schmit

Checks for millions of mort-
gage borrowers are almost in
the mail as a result of a fed-
eral settlement about foreclo-
sure abuses, but they won't be

very big in most cases.
Payments to 4.2 million
mortgage borrowers are sched-
uled to begin Friday under an
agreement between banking
regulators and 13 companies
that service home loans.
The agreement emerged from
the government's investigation
of the so-called robo-signing
scandal, in which mortgage
services sometimes pursued
foreclosures without properly

prepared documents.
The settlement provides
$3.6 billion in cash payments
to borrowers whose primary
homes were in any stage of
foreclosure in 2009 or 2010
and whose mortgages were
serviced by one of the compa-
The payments will range
from $300 to $125,000, de-
pending on how much harm a
borrower potentially suffered

as a result of actions by the
mortgage service.
The largest number of bor-
rowers will get $300, accord-
ing to data released by the
Office of the Comptroller of the
Those borrowers include
more than 900,000 who had
a loan modification request
approved but still ended up in
Please turn to LOAN 8D

-Phto: Alex Wong
People protest cuts to Social Security at a rally Tuesday
in front of the White House.

Stingy cost-of- living

formula harms seniors

By Anna Galland

Joe Merz is a 74-year-old
retiree and MoveOn member
from Fergus Falls, Minn. He
depends on Social Secu-
rity and is organizing other
Minnesotans to protect their
benefits. He just never expect-
ed he'd be protecting them
from this. On last Wednes-
day, in a first-ever move for a
Democratic president, Barack
Obama proposed cutting
Social Security. His plan
would use a stingy formula to
shrink beneficiaries' cost-of-
living increases. According to
the AARP, a typical 80-year-
old woman in 2031, who had
retired this year at 62, would
receive $56 less in monthly
benefits than under the
current formula. That's the
equivalent of one week of food
per month, or three months of
food per year. The plan would
cut more than $100 billion in
the next 10 years alone. And
it's unacceptable.

Most Americans over 65
survive on less than $20,000
a year. Nearly seven out of 10
seniors rely on Social Secu-
rity for more than half of this
income. Others, including
veterans with disabilities,
rely on Social Security, too.
For them, the cuts President
Obama is proposing mean
impossible choices, such as:

Don't mess with
Social Security

Should I skip my medicine or
my next meal?
There's no good policy argu-
ment for these cuts. But Pres-
ident Obama thinks they'll
make him look reasonable,
because they're a concession
to anti-government Republi-
cans who want to go further
and privatize Social Security.
Social Security doesn't add
to the deficit, and there are
better options for its long-
Please turn to SS 8D

Why Americans choose not to save?

By Marty Martin

There are two Americas.
One America is populated by
no- to low-income earners who are
struggling to pay their bills today.
The other America is chock-full of
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Postal Service will delay its
plan to end Saturday mail
delivery in August, in a bow to
mandates from Congress.
The agency said earlier
this year it would end most
Saturday mail starting in Au-
gust, in a cost-cutting move
that was also backed by the "
Obama administration's bud-
get plan released Wednesday.
The U.S. Postal Service will
delay plans to end its Satur-
day mail delivery in August,
bowing to Congress. Eric
Morath reports. ht
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to delay immediate gratification for
the sake of future needs.
For the first Americans, saving
for retirement may be a luxury
they can't afford. But even many
in the high-earning America have
decided not to save enough for
retirement. Becky Yerak profiled

this America in her article in last
Wednesday's newspaper, "three
approaches to savings in a nation
where many aren't doing enough."
Becky and I agree on the impor-
tance of good habits in saving for
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By Steven Greenhouse

The biggest wave of job ac-
tions in the history of Ameri-
ca's fast-food industry began
at 6:30 a.m. last Thursday at a
McDonald's at Madison Avenue
and 40th Street, with several
dozen protesters chanting:
"Hey, hey, what do you say?
We demand fair pay."
That demonstration kicked
off a day of walkouts and
rallies at dozens of Burger
King, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Mc-
Donald's and other fast-food
restaurants in New York City,
organizers said. They said 14

of the 17 employees scheduled
to work the morning shift at
the McDonald's on Madison
Avenue did not part of what
they said were 200 fast-food
workers who went on strike in
the city.
Raymond Lopez, 21, an
aspiring actor who has worked
at the McDonald's for two and
a half years, showed up at
the daybreak protest on his
day off. "In this job, having a
union would really be a dream
come true," said Lopez, who
said his pay of $8.75 an hour
left him feeling undercom-
pensated. "It really is living

in poverty."
Workplace experts said it
was by far the largest series
of job actions at fast-food
restaurants ever part of an
ambitious plan that seeks to
unionize workers and increase
wages at fast-food restaurants
across the city.
The unionization drive,
called Fast Food Forward, is
sponsored by community and
civil rights groups includ-
ing New York Communities for
Change, United and the
Black Institute as well as
the Service Employees Inter-
Please turn to WORKERS 10D

A rally near Times Square
strike in New York City.

on Thursday. Organizers said 200 fast-food workers went on

Superior Aircraft workers say firing was unfair

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Two Fort Lauderdale-Hol-
lywood airport wheelchair
attendants filed a complaint
with the National Labor Re-
lations Board last Thursday
claiming they were fired by
contractor Superior Aircraft
Services in retaliation for
supporting union represen-
tation for workers.
Edson Jocelyn and You-

vens Dervil said they have
been fighting unfair practices
by Superior against wheel-
chair attendants and sky
caps since last fall. Jocelyn,
who said he has been working
at Superior for seven years,
said he has brought issues
to management that include
failing to pay for some work,
not providing vacation days
and not providing a place to
eat their lunch.

"We have to stay on the
curbside to eat our lunch,"
he said.
On March 24, Jocelyn said
he was fired for not perform-
ing his job. He was told to
push two wheelchairs at a
time through the airport for
the passengers to get their
luggage something he
originally was told not to do.
"They expected me to be
Superman," he said.

Superior Aircraft Services,
which lists a Fort Lauderdale
address on its website but no
working phone number, pro-
vides wheelchair attendant
services to the airlines. The
contractor employs about
140 people at the airport, ac-
cording to the complaint.
Superior Chief Executive
Barry Korman did not return
calls left at his Chesterfield,
Mo., location.

Michael Allen, spokesman
for the Services Employees
International Union Local
32BJ, said workers who as-
sist passengers in wheel-
chairs are "vital jobs in the
community and workers
should be better compensat-
ed." He said wheelchair at-
tendants earn $7.79 an hour
while red caps receive $4.77
plus tips.
Jocelyn said he hopes to

return to his job to allay
fears of co-workers. "They
put pressure on these people.
Some are so scared of losing
their jobs," said Jocelyn, who
is married with three chil-
Dervil, a 22-year-old stu-
dent who works part-time at
Superior as a sky cap, also
said he was fired for support-
ing union organization of the

Restaurant chains turn to foreign investors to expand

By Doreen Hemlock

Looking for cash to expand,
restaurant chains in South
Florida are turning to foreign
investors who want to call the
U.S. home.
The New Miami Subs Grill
and local franchise holders
for Voodoo BBQ are among a
growing list of chains tapping
a U.S. visa program that lets
qualified foreigners obtain U.S.
residency with their fami-
lies when they pump at least
$500,000 into a U.S. firm and
create at least 10 jobs, lawyers
Sonic Hamburgers was one
of the first chains in South
Florida to capitalize on the
so-called EB-5 visa program
that offers employment-based
visas to qualified foreigners,
their spouses and children
under 21. It began luring EB-5
investors to the area about
two years ago, said attorney
Fred Burgess, a principal with
Exclusive Visas of Weston, a
consulting firm that special-

I -

Voodoo BBQ & Grill employee Wildine Noel shows off

platter of barbeque ribs and
izes in EB-5 programs.
Among the latest chains to
join the EB-5 push: the South
Florida franchise holder for
Twin Peaks, a sports bar and
grill that will compete with
such chains as Hooters, Bur-
gess said.
Perhaps most successful
so far is the franchise group
bringing Voodoo BBQ of New

chicken at Pembroke Pines

Orleans to South Florida.
They've lured 10 investors
through the EB-5 program -
or a total of at least $5 million
- to help finance four locales,
including the newly opened
Pembroke Pines spot and
three more being developed.
Plus, they're nearly finished
an offer with 10 more inves-
tors for $5 million more -

to fund four more locales, said
EB-5 investors in the new
Voodoo BBQ locales hail from
China, Canada and Nige-
ria, among other countries.
"We had visa approvals for
the project in as little as five
months," said Burgess.
The New Miami Subs Grill,
based in Fort Lauderdale, also
has started to reach out to
EB-5 investors in China and
elsewhere, said Fort Lauder-
dale immigration lawyer Larry
Behar, who leads a team of
12 nationwide specialized in
EB-5 visas. And he's on the
EB-5 trail for a group expand-
ing their high-end restau-
rants, which already include
Scarpetta at the Fontaineb-
leau Miami Beach resort.
The U.S. government
launched the EB-5 program in
1990, but few investors used
it at first. Attorneys com-
plained of hefty paperwork,
bureaucratic delays and tough
requirements for a minimum
$1 million investment.

But the program has picked
up steam in recent years,
partly because investors now
can qualify for a resident's
"green card" with a smaller
outlay: $500,000 in an area
deemed economically disad-
vantaged. The government
also sped up processing and
extended the program through
Sept. 30, 2015, attorneys said.
The upshot: The government
approved 3,677 of the EB-5
visas for investors not count-
ing their spouses and children
- in the year through Sept. 30,
2012. That's up from 1,563
approved in fiscal 2011 and
1,369 approved in fiscal 2010,
according to reports from the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigra-
tion Services.
Approved investors can live
anywhere in the U.S. and can
bring their spouse and chil-
dren under 21.
Restaurant groups are jump-
ing on the EB-5 bandwagon
for several reasons: Many find
it hard to get funding from
U.S. banks after the reces-

sion. And they find officials
more easily approve their visa
requests since their business
and job model is straightfor-
ward, even in areas with high
unemployment, lawyers said.
Franchises also are attractive
for investors, since they tend
to succeed at a higher rate
than stand-alone businesses.
Still, some immigration crit-
ics, including as the Federa-
tion of Immigration Reform,
have decried the EB-5 plan.
They've argued that foreigners
shouldn't be able to buy their
way into U.S. residency and
"pay to play."
But supporters call the
program a "win-win," spur-
ring U.S. jobs at a time when
U.S. credit remains limited
and demand for U.S. residency
is high. Foreign investors
must meet stiff requirements,
including background checks
that show no criminal record.
Burgess is traveling in the
United Arab Emirates and
India this month to meet with
potential EB-5 investors.

My tax accountant is a high school kid Obama says duplicate

Teens become IRS-certified preparers

in new programs

By Oliver St. John

High schools across the
country have turned students
as young as freshmen into
IRS-certified tax preparers and
are having them do free tax
returns for low-income com-
munity members in partner-
ship with the IRS' Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance pro-
gram (VITA).
About 16,000 returns are
prepared each year through
the program and its compan-
ion program, Tax Counsel-
ing for the Elderly. Some 77
schools provide free tax prepa-
ration to their surrounding
communities. The programs
together scored a total of $3.8
billion in tax refunds last year.
"We hear a lot about students
who are getting in trouble.
They make the front page of
the paper, but we have stu-
dents who are doing a lot of
positive things," says Wanda
Brown, director of academies
at A.J. Moore Academy in
Waco, Texas, which was rated
by the IRS as the No.' 1 student
VITA program in the nation.

Over eight years, A.J. Moore
students have prepared more
than 10,000 tax returns, and
as a result, people received
more than $15.4 million in
refunds. The students do such
a good job that some folks
come from more than 100
miles away to have their taxes
prepared, says Angela Reiher,
academies dean who helped
start the program at A.J.
Angelo Ochoa, who teaches
income tax accounting at the
school, says he usually gets 70
to 100 students certified as tax
preparers a year, and last year,
they did more than 1,800 tax
returns. The kids, he says, get
nothing in return for working
after school three days a week,
sometimes until 11:30 p.m.
But they do get free dinner,
work experience and plenty of
community service.
"We have some students who
have over 100 hours of com-
munity service," Ochoa says.
"The work ethic is just tremen-
David Moore, program chief
of the National Academy

plans waste billions

^ Agencies not sharing data, President

S says he'll cut redundancy

By Gregory Korte

-Photo/ A.J. Moore Academ
Samantha Deanda, a senior at A.J. Moore Academy ir
Waco, Texas, verifies a man's documents before he's sent tc
have his taxes prepared by other students.

Foundation, which partners
with high schools to help them
run career-focused programs,
says the kids are "going to
finish high school with a leg
up," because they're working
with communities and seeing
a real-life application of what
they've learned.
Sandra Garcia, an 11th-
grader at A.J. Moore, says she

enjoys doing taxes for people.
She says it's not too hard to
balance the commitment with
all the homework from her
Advanced Placement classes,
even on that one night every-
one had to stay until 11:30. "It
was exciting to see how many
people came in, to see how
many people trusted us to do
their taxes."

dant federal programs are
leading to billions in waste,
congressional auditors say,
and the government is slow
to adopt reforms to li
fix the problem. .
The White House
says President .
Obama recognizes
the problem and
will propose elimi-
nating redundant
y programs in the
n budget plan he re-
0 leases Wednesday.
Among the 31 O0
areas of duplica-
tive spending, spelled out in
a report by the Government
Accountability Office ob-
tained by USA TODAY:
Government agencies
are spending billions on
new mapping data with-
out checking whether some
other government agency
already has maps they could

At least 23 different
federal agencies run hun-
dreds of programs to support
renewable energy.
Each branch of the armed
services is developing its
own camouflage uniforms
n ,_J without sharing
Them with other
The report, to
be released at
a House Over-
sight Committee
_'J11 hearing, caps a
three-year effort
Sto catalog waste-
ful government
MA spending.
AMA "At a time of
increased budget pressure,
American taxpayers cannot
afford to keep buying the
same service twice," said Rep.
Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chair-
man of the House Oversight
Committee, in a statement
prepared for the hearing.
Over the past three years,
the Government Account-
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Retailers urged to pull potentially toxic products

By Wendy Koch

Health and envi-
ronmental groups
will launch a national
campaign recently to.
prod 10 major retailers
- including Walmart,
Target and Costco -
to clear store shelves
of products containing
hazardous chemicals.
Advocates say these
companies have done
some "retail regula-
tion" but argue more
needs to be done and
the U.S. government
isn't stepping up. They
list 100-plus chemi-
cals used in hun-

dreds, possibly thou-
sands, of products
including wrinkle-free
clothes, vinyl floor-
ing, shampoos, sofa
cushions and food
"We've seen the
power of retailers to
change the market-
place," says Andy
Igrejas of Safer Chemi-
cals, Healthy Families,
a coalition advocating
against toxic chemi-
cal use. He notes that
many stores pre-
empted a 2012 federal
biphenol-A (BPA) ban
by no longer selling
baby products con-

s :I. training the hormone-
':.-. disrupting chemical.
S i"But the bites so far
E U are too small for the
.. scale of the problem,"
he says.
H H ''. t.His group and near-
p.o: aty'_, "". a"ly four dozen others,
t ot A, a ho -d is including the Breast
Cancer Fund and the
-r, -.Union of Concerned
"Scientists, are send- a letter recently
e t uto 10 retailers asking
them to develop a plan
-Photo: KatyeMartens within a year to phase
Many stores stopped selling baby products out use of the chemi-
that contained BPA, a hormone-disrupt- include Kroger, Wal-
ing chemical, before the U.S. government greens, Home Depot
banned the use in such products in 2012. and CVS Caremark,

IRS slow to solve their identity theft troubles

continued from 6D

Nina Olson, a public om-
budsman within the IRS.
The agency is "moving back-
ward," she reported to Con-
gress, increasing the chances
that victims will fall through
the cracks.
Though victims can call
one toll-free phone line to
report ID theft, they are not
assigned a single caseworker
and can be bounced among
employees and forced to ver-
ify their identities numerous

times. When George reviewed
theft reports by 17 taxpayers,
he found the IRS had opened
58 separate cases.
The IRS issues PIN num-
bers for victims to use when
they file subsequent returns,
identifying them as the legit-
imate taxpayer. Good.
But the PINs are issued
just once a year. If your case
hasn't been resolved by then,
you're vulnerable to theft
Helping victims, of course,
is just half the equation. Pre-
vention is the best solution

to a crime that costs all tax-
payers billions of dollars in
fraudulent refunds. But even
there, the IRS has missed
obvious warning signs. In
2010, one address in Lan-
sing, Mich., was used to file
2,137 returns. In a separate
case, a single bank account
was used to receive 590 di-
rect-deposit refunds totaling
more than $900,000.
Why didn't IRS computers
flag these oddities? Today,
the IRS says it has better
controls in place. Perhaps,
but the system still isn't

working as it should.
After burglars stole a
computer in December,
tax professional Priscilla
Diggs-Costen in suburban
Atlanta realized that her cli-
ents would be vulnerable to
ID theft. She called several
offices at the IRS, seeking
to flag her clients' accounts.
Sorry, she was told, they'd
have to file separate theft af-
The IRS told one client
she'd have to wait until she
was a victim. Soon enough,
she was.

Saturday mail delivery still active for now

continued from 6D

But Congress passed
legislation last month
to block the planned
cuts of the Postal Ser-
vice, which operates as
an independent gov-
ernment agency. that is
subject to congressio-
nal oversight.
The agency's board
of governors relented
on Wednesday, saying
language in the lat-
est government fund-
ing measure effectively
prevents the cuts to
Saturday delivery.
"Although disap-
pointed with this con-
gressional action, the
board will follow the
law. and . delay im-
plementation of its new
delivery schedule until
legislation is passed
that provides the Post-
al Service with the au-
thority," the board said
in a statement.
Instead of skipping
Saturday, the agency
will look to renegoti-
ate labor contracts
and consider a special
postage rate increase
on money-losing ser-
Congress has spe-
cifically required six-
day mail delivery since
1983 and extended
that mandate through
September in the latest
funding bill.
But there is some
disagreement among
lawmakers about what
exactly the law dic-
tates. Some have said
Saturday letter deliv-
ery could be ended if
the Postal Service kept
delivering packages
and express mail on
the weekends, as was
Rep. Darrell Issa (R.,
Calif.), who supports
ending Saturday deliv-
eries, said Wednesday
that the Postal Service
agreed to keep six-day
mail because of "spe-
cial-interest lobbying
and intense political
pressure" more than
legal barriers.
But Rep. Gerry Con-
nolly (D., Va.) said the
board's decision ends
the agency's "misguid-
ed efforts to blatantly
disregard the will of
The conflict high-
lights the difficulties
the Obama adminis-
tration and Congress

face when cutting
funding in politically
sensitive areas. Skip-
ping Saturdays could
save as much as $2
billion a year at an
agency that lost $15.9
billion last year.
Wednesday's budget
plan from the adminis-
tration urged Congress
to pass legislation to
reshape the Postal
Service. It calls for re-
ducing mail delivery
to five days starting
in June-two months
earlier than the Post-

al Service previously
announced. The plan
would also return
$11.5 billion in over-
payments to federal
retirement funds and
allow a "modest" one-
time increase to post-
age rates. In total, the
changes would result
Sin $20 billion in sav-
ings over 10 years-
numbers that closely
reflect the goals set by
the postmaster gen-
The president's plan
"will allow the Postal

Service to realign its
business plan to bet-
ter compete in the
changing marketplace
of increasingly digital
communication," ac-
cording to the budget
Under the admin-
istration's budget
proposal, the Postal
Service would elimi-
nate the equivalent of
23,579 jobs. The agen-
cy has said to reduce
its headcount, it would
need to scale back op-
erations, including

Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager

changes to Saturday
delivery and closing
processing plants.
The budget would
remove the Postal Ser-
vice's two defaults in
retiree health-care
payments from the
government's books as
part of wider chang-
es to how the agency
funds retirement.

Lowe's, Best Buy and
Some have already
acted. In 2007, Target
and the parent com-
pany of Sears and
Kmart announced
plans to join Walmart

in phasing out poly-
vinyl chloride (PVC)
from products. In
2011, Walmart said
it would stop using a
controversial flame re-
tardant. Kroger, which
phased BPA out of

cash register receipts
in 2011, said in 2012
that its Simple Truth
products would be free
of 101 chemicals and
ingredients. Lowe's
and Home Depot
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Mortgage borrowers get refund

continued from 6D

Regulators set up
12 levels of potential
harm. Servicers slot-
ted borrowers into the
ones most applicable.
Those decisions were
checked by regulators,
OCC spokesman Bry-
an Hubbard says.
The borrowers who'll
get $125,000 pay-
ments include 1,082
borrowers who lost
homes to foreclosure
even though they were
protected because of
their military service,
and 53 borrowers who
lost homes to fore-
closure even though

they weren't in default
on the loan, the OCC
Those borrowers
may also get payments
to cover lost equity.
Almost 1,000 people
lost homes to fore-
closure even though
they successfully com-
pleted a trial loan-
modification plan, the
data show. They'll get
$25,000 to $50,000.
Another 763 will re-
ceive $62,500 because
of completed foreclo-
sures, even though
they were protected
by bankruptcy laws.
Those borrowers had
earlier requested a re-
view of their cases.

A far larger group,
5,075, also lost homes
to foreclosure while
protected by bank-
ruptcy laws. They'll get
Overall, "most peo-
ple will get a fraction
of the amount they
should get," says Alys
Cohen, of the National
Consumer Law Center.
The companies cov-
ered by the settlement
are Aurora, Bank of
America, Citibank,
Goldman Sachs,
HSBC, JPMorgan
Chase, MetLife Bank,
Morgan Stanley, PNC,
Sovereign, SunTrust,
U.S. Bank and Wells

Seniors' SS checks not enough

continued from 6D

term solvency. For ex-
ample, income above
$113,700 a year is cur-
rently exempted from
Social Security taxes.
If the goal were actu-
ally to strengthen the
program, the wealthy
could pay the same
Social Security tax
the rest of us do.
The president and
congressional lead-
ers appear strikingly
out of touch with the

economic realities
facing Americans.
Only in Washington
could a solution that
asks the wealthy to
pay their fair share
be dismissed as fan-
ciful, but cutting So-
cial Security benefits
from seniors be called
a "grand bargain." A
bargain for whom, ex-
There's reason for
hope, though, because
a loud enough outcry
can break through
Washington's myopia.

That's what happened
in 2005, when Presi-
dent Bush threatened
Social Security. A pop-
ulist uprising left his
plan dead in the water.
It's time again for a
mass mobilization in
defense of this pro-
gram that has worked
so well for so many.
Many Americans are
already organizing.
The pundit class may
not see it yet, but in
the rest of the country,
the outrage is grow-

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Starting college this year? A 529 savings plan might help

By Rachel Rosenthal

For parents sending high-
school seniors to college in
the fall, here's a surprising
financial tip: Contributing to
a 529 plan even just months
before the first tuition pay-
ment is due will qualify the
account owner for a tax ben-
efit in many states.
Rosenthal on the benefits
of contributing to a 529 col-
lege savings plan even if your
child is heading to school this
fall with Mathew Passy.
Adding to a 529 can lower
the state taxes you owe-un-
der certain conditions-in
34 states and the District of
Columbia, according to a tally
by college-planning website
Make sure your plan
doesn't require a minimum
holding period before with-
drawals to get the tax break.
While most states don't re-
quire such a holding period,
a handful do-like Michigan.
There, the deduction of up to
$5,000 per year for individu-
als (and $10,000 for a mar-
ried couple filing jointly) is
determined by subtracting

distributions from the total
contributions to the plan
within the same calendar
year. This implies you need
to take the distribution in a
subsequent tax year to get
the deduction.

Joe Hurley, founder of the
says he wouldn't be surprised
if more states add holding-pe-
riod requirements because of
the revenue losses states have
suffered in recent years. It's
possible, he says, that most
states either haven't seen this
as a big issue or that they
remain unaware of it.
Investors can open any
state-sponsored '529, though
most states offer tax incen-
tives only for residents who
enroll in a plan in their home
state. "Always start with your
own state plan" when shop-
ping. for 529s, says Stuart
Ritter, a vice president and
certified financial- planner at
T. Rowe Price Group.
"But don't stop there,"
particularly if you are in-
vesting for the long term, he
says. Some state plans have

high fees, limited investment
options or poor records that
should be weighed against tax
benefits, Ritter says. and sav- offer rat-
ings for 529s based on such
Note that some states-
including Pennsylvania,
Arizona, Maine, Missouri and
Kansas-offer a tax benefit for
contributions to out-of-state
plans. No break is available in
states without income tax.

If a student will apply for
need-based aid, consider fed-
eral aid rules before setting
up a 529 as well. The rules
determine what each student
can afford to pay based on his
or her income and assets and
on the income and assets of
the parents if the student is a

You might be able to

When a 529 is owned by a
grandparent, the assets aren't
counted, but payments from
the account on behalf of the
student count as income for
the student. In light of this,
Keith Bernhardt, vice presi-
dent of Fidelity Investments'
college-planning group, says
it may be better for grandpar-
ents to contribute to a 529
owned by the parents.
In most states, grandpar-
ents residing in the state
where the plan is sponsored
will get the deduction, no
matter who owns the account
or where he lives, says Hurley.
Another tip: If the 529
contribution will be spent in
a few months, the investment
option should be conservative.
College-savings professionals
recommend money-market
and short-term-bond funds.

get a state-tax

deduction for your contribution
even you are going to pull the money
out to pay tuition in a few months.

Housing market growing back after a massive decline

By Dean Baker

the past year, we've
seen solid growth in
house prices in most
areas of the country,
double-digit growth in
both new and exist-
ing home sales, and
a continuing flood of
mortgage refinancing.
While this should not
be cause for breaking
out the champagne,
we can at least say
that things are moving
in the right direction.
Many people might
not appreciate the
extent of the recovery

because they continue
to think of the hous-
ing market as though
the years of the bubble
were normal.
For example, exist-
ing home sales were
4.65 million in 2012.
By comparison, exist-
ing homes sales aver-
aged fewer than 3.5
million in the years
1993-95, before the
housing bubble began
to drive the market.
Even adjusting for
population growth,
the 2012 sales rate
was far above the pre-
bubble pace even if it
is well below bubble

peaks of more than 7
Construction has
also been rising
rapidly, albeit from
a very low base. The
continuing weakness

Credit goes to
the Fed's low
interest policy

in construction should
not be surprising. The
building boom of the
bubble years has left
the country with an
enormous oversupply
of housing. Vacancy
rates are still near

record highs, in spite
of being down from
peaks reached in
This huge backlog of
vacant homes will pre-
vent construction from
returning to normal
(not bubble) levels for
several years.
The Federal Re-
serve's low interest
policy deserves seri-
ous credit here. This
has made it much
easier to buy homes
than would otherwise
be the case. It also
has put money in the
economy through refi-
nancing. If we assume

that the average mort-
gage interest rate has
fallen one percentage
point as a result of Fed
policy, it means that
homeowners have an
additional $80 billion
(0.5 percent of GDP) to
spend each year.
Of course, many
people still can't buy
homes. But this is the
result of high unem-
ployment an area
where the government
has done a very poor
There are serious
grounds for complaint
about the response to
the housing crash. Too

little has been done
to allow underwater
homeowners to stay in
their homes.
The first-time home

buyers' tax credit
was a monument to
misguided policy,
encouraging people to
buy homes at bubble-

inflated prices. Specu-
lative bubbles, driven
by investors, appear to
be growing in several

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No shift in U.S. migration patterns

Age, kids, jobs

affect where

Americans live
By Haya El Nasser

A new website and research
sheds light on parts of the
country Americans move to
depending on age or family
status. The patterns haven't
changed much: Young adults
go to cities, families to sub-
Many cities are thriv-
ing and suburban sprawl is
showing signs of slowing. But
where Americans choose to
live continues to be driven by
the same reasons that have
shaped migration patterns
for half a century: how old
they are and whether they're
raising kids.
Twenty-somethings seek
the fun and excitement of big
cities. When the kids come,
most go in search of bigger
and cheaper homes and bet-
ter schools in the suburbs.
And while most older Ameri-

cans don't move at all, when
they do, they head for warm-
er climates and more scenic
and pastoral areas.
"So far, the traditional pat-
tern at various life stages still
exerts a lot of influence," says
Kenneth Johnson, co-author
of new research presented
this week at the Population
Association of America meet-
ing in New Orleans. "There's
a remarkable continuity in
migration patterns to most
areas. It's always the same
groups leaving or coming in."
The migration data by age,
race and ethnicity is now
available for every county for
every decade from 1950 to
2010 at www.netmigration.
The core of large metropoli-
tan areas cities of at least
one million drew a net 2.7
million young adults in the
decade that ended in 2010.
But they lost a net 1.4 mil-
lion children and family-age
adults (aged 30-49). Their
suburbs gained a net 3.9 mil-
lion people in the same age
groups. Suburbs attracted

Highlights of the
new research
Large Northeastern and Mid-
western metro areas are losing
older Americans while counties
in the Ozarks, North Carolina.
South Carolina, Texas. Arizona
and Florida that are centers of
outdoor recreation are gaining
older and working-age people
Retirees spike the need for
more services, from health care
and restaurants to theaters and
service stations.
Young Hispanics and non-
Hispanic whites have the highest
rate of moving to cities at the
heart of metro areas.
Blacks of every age are
leaving large urban centers At
the same time, blacks of every
age are moving into suburban
Some oil-rich North Dakota
counties such as McKenzie
are expenencing an influx of
young adults and families after
decades of seeing them leave.

people in every age group ex-
cept 20-to-24-year-olds.
Whether the Millennials
- the generation of people
born beginning around 1982
- make a U-turn to subur-
bia when they have kids is
still in question, according

to co-author Richelle Win-
kler, sociology and demog-
raphy professor at Michigan
Technological University in
Houghton, Mich.
"Certainly, the historical
pattern has been for people
to leave . There could be
something different about
the Millennial generation,"
she says.
So far, the needle hasn't
Chicago's Cook County at-
tracted three times as many
young adults from 2000 to
2010 as in previous decades
but "we're still seeing that
pattern of net outmigration
by the time people get to their
30s," Winkler says.
Every year, about 10 mil-
lion Americans move from
one county to another and
up-and-down economic cy-
cles are also affecting migra-
"This illustrates the grow-
ing diversity of large metro-
politan areas," says Johnson,
demographer at the Uni-
versity of New Hampshire's
Carsey Institute.

BP payouts upheld; an appeal is likely
NEW ORLEANS BP can rice mill 40 miles from the Deepwater Horizon Eco- dent on decisions made by
proceed with its appeal of coast, which earned more nomic and Property Dam- Patrick A. Juneau, a Loui-
the way a court-appointed revenue in 2010 than in any ages Settlement, according siana lawyer who admnin-
administrator apportions of the previous three years, to the settlement website, sisters the payments under
payments for claims related The hearing in New Or- and a total of $1.87 billion of complex rules set out by the
to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico leans federal court revisited payments had been made on agreement.
oil spill, some of which BP a part of BP's liability.laun- 27,488 claims. "BP believes today's pro-
has called "absurd," accord- dry list that seemed settled The source of dispute is ceedings and the related fil-
ing to a federal judge's rul- last year when it agreed to the calculation of business ings were necessary steps
ing last Friday. terms on economic, property economic losses, for which on the way to appellate re-
Federal District Judge and medical compensation $743 million has been paid. view," the company said in"
Carl Barbier said he found for individuals and busi- out on 4,461 claims, accord- a statement, confirming it
no reason to reverse his de- nesses that filed a class-ac- ing to the site. had filed a notice of appeal
cision last month to uphold tion lawsuit. BP initially estimated the with the Fifth Circuit Court
the payout process. BP had As of last Friday, more overall settlement bill at of Appeals that is the next
protested payouts including than 160,000 claims had $7.8 billion, but the total is step in the federal judicial
$21 million for a Louisiana been submitted under the uncapped, and it is depen- hierarchy.

Obama's plans for SS attracts criticism

By John D. Mckinnon

Barack Obama's budget plan
to alter federal cost-of-living
adjustments marks a signifi-
cant overture to Republicans,
but risks widening a rift with-
in his own Democratic Party.
Switching to the so-called
chain-weighted consumer-
price index would reduce the
growth of future benefits from
Social Security and other fed-
eral programs.
The proposal, expected in
Obama's budget due to be re-
leased Wednesday, is likely to
solidify Democratic support
in Congress for making the
switch, particularly among
party leaders. Many moder-
ate Democrats and even some
liberals support the idea, ar-

guing it could help stave off
bigger cuts to government
programs in the future.
But many other Democrats,
as well as some powerful in-
terest groups, oppose the
change. Rank-and-file law-
makers said it could stir op-
position among the party's
"This is attacking the mid-
dle class at a time when the
middle class is in great du-
ress," Sen. Bernie Sanders,
a Vermont independent, said
Sunday. For Democrats up for
're-election in 2014, "I don't
think this is going to rever-
berate terribly well with their
base," he added.
Chain-weighted CPI at-
tempts to better account for
consumers" behavior "than
standard CPI in actions such

as switching to cheaper al-
ternatives if a product's price
jumps. Adopting it could
mean smaller annual in-
creases in the size of Social
Security checks, federal pen-
sions and veterans' benefits.
The move also would push up
tax collections, because it af-
fects how income-tax brack-
ets are determined.
Such a change would re-
duce deficits by about $230
billion over a decade, accord-
ing to a White House summa-
ry. That includes $130 billion
in spending cuts and about
$100 billion from higher tax
collections, assuming "vul-
nerable" beneficiaries are pro-
As news of the administra-
tion's move emerged Friday,
AARP, the big seniors' group,

pointed to results of its recent
poll that showed more than
"two-thifds of voters 50 and
older oppose changing the
formula used for cost-of-living
adjustments in Social Secu-
rity, veterans benefits and
other federal programs. Big
unions and some liberal ac-
tivist groups also oppose the
But other left-leaning
groups, including the Center
on Budget and Policy Priori-
ties, say they could accept the
move to chain-weighted CPI
as a way to forestall cuts to
other spending programs-as
long as low-income seniors
and other vulnerable groups
are protected from the change
and it is part of a broader
package that includes reduc-
ing tax breaks for the wealthy.

Copycat federal programs wasting billions

continued from 7D

ability Office .found 162 ar-
eas where agencies are du-
plicating efforts, at a cost of
tens of billions of dollars.
How many billions? No
one knows. "The big problem
the GAO had, if you read
the report, they can't ad-
equately estimate their sav-
ings because agencies can't
tell them how much they're
spending," said Sen. Tom
Coburn, R-Okla., who au-
thored the amendment re-
quiring the annual reports.
"We're a mess."

The Obama administra-
tion says it's making prog-
ress through its Campaign
to Cut Waste, and will pro-
pose more action when the
President Obama's 2014 bud-
get is released Wednesday.
Obama will propose the
cutting or consolidating
215 federal programs, sav-
ing $25 billion next year,
according to an adminis-
tration 'source who, spoke
on condition of anonymity
because the budget hasn't
been released. Two specific
areas Obama may reorga-
nize: the 220 science educa-
tion programs spread over

13 agencies, and the more
than 40 federal job training
"From day one, the Presi-
Sdent has made rooting out
waste and improving the
way government works a
top priority," said a state-
ment from Danny Werfel,
controller of the Office of
Federal Financial Manage-
ment. "The President's 2014
budget will include new pro-
posals to reorganize pro-
grams and streamline and
. strengthen services, building
on the hundreds of proposals
the 'President has proposed
each year to cut, consolidate

or save money on programs
that are no longer needed."
Often, the government
funds the same research'
with different grants. The
GAO found 29 Department of
Homeland Security contracts
that partly or completely
overlapped with research be-
ing done by another part of
the same department. Five
contracts funded research
into the detection of the same
And sometimes, grants
from different agencies are
awarded to the same re-
searchers, allowing them to
"double dip."

NYC fast food workers demand better wages

continued from 7D

national Union. The cam-
paign has deployed 40 orga-
nizers since January to rally
fast-food workers behind
unionization, saying the goal
is to raise wages to $15 an
Rick Cisneros, the franchi-
see who operates the McDon-
ald's at 40th and Madison,
said: "I value my employees.
I welcome an open dialogue
while always encouraging
them to express any con-
cerns or to provide feedback
so I can continue to be an

even better employer."
Several mayoral candi-
dates including Christine
C. Quinn, the City Council
speaker; Bill de Blasio, the
public advocate; John C. Liu,
the comptroller; and William
C. Thompson Jr., a former
comptroller were quick to
voice support for the work-
ers. As those candidates vie
for the Democratic nomina-
tion, they are furiously jock-
eying for union support.
Mary Kay Henry, the ser-
vice employees' president,
said the fast-food companies
could easily afford to pay
their employees more. "Peo-

ple who work for the rich-
est corporations in America
should be able. to afford at
least the basic necessities to
support their families," she
Labor leaders say they see
an uptick in activism among
low-wage workers includ-
ing last week's Walmart pro-
tests as workers grow in-
creasingly frustrated about
pay stagnating at eight dol-
lars or nine dollars an hour,
translating into $16,000 or
$18,000 a year for a full-time
Pamela Waldron, who has
worked at the KFC in Penn-

sylvania Station for eight
years, complained that she
earned just $7.75 an hour
and was assigned just 20
hours a week, meaning in-
come of about $8,000 a year.
She was picketing outside a
Burger King on 34th Street,
as several dozen workers and
their supporters chanted,
"How can we survive on sev-
en twenty-five" $7.25 an
hour is the federal and New
York State minimum wage.
"I'm protesting for better
pay," Waldron, 26, said. "I
have two kids under 6, and
I don't earn enough to buy
food for them."

Options make it easier to

quit paying for TV service

Households that
don't pay for cable
or satellite TV and
use the Internet to
watch shows instead
increased to five mil-
lion this year, up
from two million in
The main reason
people are dropping
cable is we have more
options, not that the
shows aren't better.
My cable contract is
up in July, and it will
be gone I'll replace
with Netflix and Hulu
Plus, which covers 90
percent of the shows I
would watch on net-
work TV. The rest are
covered by iTunes.
Plenty of great shows

are on, and the ones
that I'm missing will
find their way onto
Netflix, and I'll watch
them then.
Timothy Junkins

It also has some-
thing to do with
companies raising
our rates and not
improving or giving
any additional ser-
vice. We had basic
cable and decided we
don't watch it enough
to make it worth the
Mary Knowles

I fall under this cat-
. egory. I didn't have
cable for more than a

My daughter and I
watched Netflilx. Re-
cently, I turned the
cable back on 'be-
cause I was offered a
deal where it would
only add $12 to my
bill. I thought why
not? I figured my
daughter would like
having TV again. I
was wrong. She turns
it on, finds nothing,
and goes right for the
Netflix. I very rarely
turn on the TV.
I'm always on the
Internet or reading.
So when this special
runs oit with cable
I'll be turning it off
again. We won't miss
it at all.
Jennie Wallace

Print media still thriving today

continued from 6D

from digital-only sub-
scriptions and, more
important, bundled
subscriptions that give
readers access to in-
formation in a multi-
tude of ways. .
Newspapers are le-
veraging their skills to
bring in revenue from
activities other than
journalism. Most sig-
nificant is providing
marketing services to
local businesses try-
ing to figure out how
to flourish in a trans-
forming environment.
But newspapers are
also earning money
through e-commerce
and hosting events.
"We are beginning
to see a glimmer of a
2018 business model,
one that is at least sta-
ble and at best shows
some growth," says
news industry analyst
Ken Doctor, author of
Newsonomics: Twelve
New Trends That Will

Shape the News You
Get. He adds, "We have
pieces of the puzzle."
The outlines of the
future are sketched
out in an important
report released Mon-
day by the Newspaper
Association of Ameri-
ca. Commendably, the
study made a concert-
ed effort to, for the first
time, tally up money
flowing in via the new
revenue streams. The
result is a much more
accurate picture of the
industry's health.
It's a sign. of how
grim things have been
that a report indicat-
ing revenue declined
by two percent could
be considered a hope-
ful sign. But it was the
smallest drop in .six
While advertising,
once the lifeline of
newspapers, -contin-
ued to plummet (by
six percent last year),
circulation revenue
was up five percent,
the first year of growth

since 2003. New ven-
tures, such as market-
ing services, brought
in three billion dol-
lars, and revenue
from sources'the NAA
hadn't counted before,
such as niche publica-
tions, brought in near-
ly as much.
The study under-
scores what a huge
mistake it was for the
industry to give away
its content on the In-
ternet for all of those
years. Now about 400
papers are charging,
and many more, in-
cluding The Wash-
ington Post, will start
doing so this year.
"The key is the me-
tered paywall (which
allows readers to ac-
cess a number of ar-
tidcles before they have
to pay), and it works,"
Doctor says. By 2015
he believes such ar-
rangements will be
the default position for
newspapers both in
the United States and

Advocates against BPA products

continued from 8D

have stopped selling'
driveway sealants that
contain coal tar, which
has suspected carci-
nogenic chemicals.
As of last Tuesday
evening, the 10 re-
tailers had not seen
the campaign's letter.
Walmart, Target and
Kroger, asked to com-
ment on their prior ef-
forts and the challeng-
es in expanding them,
declined interview re-
"Our companies go
to great lengths to
help Americans' make
informed decisions
about which products
are best for their fami-
lies," says Anne Kolton
of the American Chem-
istry Council, which
represents manufac-
turers of plastic and
industrial chemicals.
She says the group
does its own "extensive
scientific analyses"

and shares informa-
tion with government
regulators, retailers
and manufacturers on
safe chemical use. She
says six federal agen-
cies oversee chemical
safety via more than a
dozen federal laws.
Igrejas says the fed-
eral government, un-
like some states, is do-
ing little. "It's the Wild
West," he says, adding
the Toxic Control Sub-
stances Act hasn't had
a major update since
its passage in 1976.
He says many chemi-
cals used in consumer
products aren't feder-
ally tested or required
to submit safety data.-
"The federal govern-
ment isn't minding the
store, so the stores
need to mind the
store," Igrejas says.
He's calling on retail-
ers to identify and stop
selling products that
contain chemicals
whose exposure has
been linked to health

problems, includ-
ing cancer, infertility,
learning disabilities
and behavioral prob-
lems. The 100-plus
chemicals include
formaldehyde, para-
bens, phthalates; BPA
and flame retardants.
"The devil is in the
details," says Joe
Schwarcz, director of
Montreal-based Mc-
Gill University's Office
for Science and Soci-
He says a chemi-
cal's toxicity depends
largely on its concen-
tration, not simply its
presence in a product.
He says many chemi-
cals can be toxic at
high enough levels.
Also, retailers and
their suppliers don't
necessarily know ev-
ery chemical in their
products, says Anne
Steinemann, an envi-
ronmental engineer-
ing professor at the
University of Washing-
ton, Seattle.

City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation
ITB No.: 12-13-028
Title: Hadley Park Youth Center, B-35883A
Bid Due Date: May 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference
Hadley Park
1300 NW 50th St., Miami, Florida 33130
April 30, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.

For detailed information, please visit our Capital Improvements Program web-
page at:


DP No.: 009062 Johnny Martinez,'P.E., City Manager


10D THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 17-23, 2013 1


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

1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one
bath, $570 mthly. Includes
refrigerator, stove, central air,
water. $725 move in. 786-
1535 NW 1 Place
$500 a month, one bdrm.
Call 786-506-3067

1540 NW 1 Court
One bdrm $550, three bdrms
$775. free water. Call:

167 NE 59 St-Unit #1
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950. Section 8 welcome.
167 NE 59 St-Unit #5
One bedroom, one bath,
$750. Section 8 welcome.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.

1720 NW 1 Place
One bdrm., $525;
Scall 786-506-3067

1835 NW 2 Court
Two bdrms., $500 a month,
free water, 786-506-3067

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

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

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

2162 NW 5 Avenue
One bdrm., $550; $250
deposit, free water.

30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

5120 NW 23 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
water included. $550
monthly. George 305-283-
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878
7655 NW 4 Court
Beautiful furnished one bdrm
apartment. 305-495-2123
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One an'd 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

NW 2 Ave and 63 Street
Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $575 mthly.

19818 NW 34 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 mthly. 786-290-7333
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms, two baths
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
4512 NW 191 Ter

1411 NW41 Street
One bdrm, one bath, newly
remodeled, large yard, water
included. Section 8 ok. 305-
975-0711 or 786-853-6292 or
1411 NW 55 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath
$950. Three bdrms, one
bath $1,050. Fenced yard
and remodeled. Section 8
1775 NW 47 Street
Updated, two bdrms., one
bath, tiled, water included,
$950 mthly, 305-662-5505.
1832 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
bars, air, free water, Section
8 Welcome, $900 monthly,
appliances, 305-215-8125
2056 Washington Avenue
Two bdrms, Opa-Locka,
$750 monthly. 786-290-7333
2490 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, air, 786-
587-4050 or 954-295-8529
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, free water and
electricity, 305-642-7080.
3190 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
Remodeled. Section 8
ok. $675 monthly. Water
included. 305-975-0711 or
786-853-6292 or 954-899-
324 NE 56 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1025. Free water.

3302 NW 49 Street
Two bedrooms, $825
monthly 786-290-7333
351 NW 48 STREET #A
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Owner pays water. $925
mthly. Call M. Coats.
3651 Oak AvenTie
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$1000 mthly, 786-290-7333.
4320 NW 18 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly. Section 8 welcome.
6055 NW 24 COURT
One bdrm, water included.
$750 mthly. 786-290-7333.
6103 NE Miami Court
Two bdrms, one bath, $850
mthly. Section 8 Welcome.
6832 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, newly
renovated, $1000 monthly.
Section 8 Only, call Ms.
Madline at 305-606-7284.
8451 NW 19 Avenue
One bedroom home, central
air, $800 mthly. No Section
Terry Dellerson, Broker
911 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $950
mthly. utilities free.

5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished; utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
Air, electric and water
included. Furnished, one
person only. 305-693-9486.
Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186 305-987-9710
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.
211 NW 12 Street
$400 a month, no deposit,
utilities included,

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
Northside Area
Senior female with benefits,
one bdrm, utilities, TV
included, with ramp, on bus
line and metro rail. $700
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $500 monthly.
Outreach Program
Move in Special $450. Beds
available, three meals daily.
Share a room. 786-443-7306


1055 NW 100 Terrace
Good location, close to 1-95,
$1,100 mthly. Section 8
welcome. 305-300-1440

provides single room rentals,
$90-$125 weekly,
requirements three months
or more clean with high
motivation for recovery. Call
Tony 786-925-6066.


10360 S.W. 173rd Terrace
Four bdrms, one bath,
$1495. Appliances, central
14410 NW 13th ROAD
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1250 mthly. 786-290-7333
1531b NW 31 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, air, tile, $1,300. No
'Section 8. Terry Dellerson
1563 NW 67 Street
Newly remodeled rooms, ac,
cable, fix income, over 50
years of age. .Also with one
bdrm efficiency in the rear. Ac
and cable. 305-968-3347
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
2443 NW 90 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1200 mthly. 786-290-7333
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:
3310 NW 214 Street
Miami Gardens, three
bedrooms., one bath, Section
8 only, 786-547-9116.
4131 NW 203 Lane
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1300 mthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
5510 NW 1 Avenue
Newly renovated, three
bedrooms, two baths. Section
8 Welcome. 786-306-6515,
954-364-4168, 305-754-3993
651 N.W. 52nd Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1300 monthly. Section 8
preferred. 305-527-8330
6930 NW 6th Court
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1300, 786-623-7903.
.7617 NW 15 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 OK. 786-226-6900
Three bdrms, one bath.
$1550 mthly., one bdrm, one
bath. $500 mthly.
Three bdrms, two baths and
two bdrms and one bath.
Only Section 8.

Three bdrms, two baths.
$1,300 monthly. First and last
to move in. 954-295-8529
NW 60 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
family room. $900 mthly.
Miami Gardens, five bedrooms,
two baths. $1800 mthly. 305-
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Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public Works
Department located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, during regular working
hours. Phone 305-416-1200.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or repre-
sented at this meeting and are invited to express their views. Should any person
desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter
to be considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made including all testimony and evidence upon which
any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
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MIA-South Terminal 5th Floor Mechanical Room 5K502

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

Scope: Furnish and install metal stairs, railings, "EXIT" Signs, and necessary

Packages Bidding: CSBE Trade Set-Aside "A" Misc. Metal, "B" Misc. Work,
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Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory): Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 10:00 AM
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Sealed Bids Due: Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
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For information, please contact MCM's MIA offices (305)869-4563

The Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board will convene at the Office of the Supervisor of Elections,
2700 N. W. 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida. The Canvassing Board is convening on these dates in
preparation to conduct the Miami-Dade County Special Election to be held on May 14, 2013.

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New arena for Jay-Z:

Starts sports agency

By Daniel Barbarisi

Rapper and record pro-
ducer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
is branching into the world
of sports agency, and he has
landed the biggest available
fish as his first client. Rapper
and record producer Shawn
"Jay-Z" Carter is branching out
into the world of sports agency,
and he has landed the big-
gest available fish in all
of baseball as his first
New York Yankees sec-
ond baseman Robinson
Cano, the team's best
player, is hiring Carter
and his partners to rep-
resent him as he heads
for free agency this fall, "J
according to Carter's company,
Roc Nation.
Cano is leaving Scott Boras,
who is considered baseball's
premier agent, to join Roc Na-
tion Sports, Carter's new part-
nership with sports agency CAA
Sports. Boras didn't respond to
an email seeking comment.
While Creative Artists Agency
veterans are expected to take
the lead in contract talks,
Carter is involved in more than
name alone. He is expected to
gradually delve more into the
negotiating side of the business
and may eventually become a
certified agent.
"Because of my love of sports,
it was a natural progression
to form a company where we
can help top athletes in vari-

ous sports the same way we
have been helping artists in the
music industry for years," the
43-year-old, Carter said.
Cano, 30, is earning $15
million in the final year of his
six-year, $57 million Yankees
contract. He could command
a deal of $200 million or more
over multiple years when he
hits the market this winter.
Boras is known for getting
*^ his clients top dollar,
Perhaps most memora-
bly the 10-year, $252
l million deal he won for
former client Alex Ro-
driguez after the 2000
season. But Cano's
move to join Carter
indicates a desire to
AY-Z increase his off-field
"At this point in my career, I
am ready to take a more active
role in my endeavors both on
and off the field," Cano said in
a statement. "I am confident
that the pairing of Roc Nation
Sports and CAA Sports will be
essential in helping me accom-
plish my short- and long-term
For Carter, it expands his
sports portfolio at a time when
the worlds of sports and enter-
tainment continue to merge.
For CAA, joining Carter in-
creases the company's ability
to bring major celebrities and
athletes into its fold, since there
are few figures who have as
much credibility with young
athletes today than Jay-Z.

Sitting players as playoff-
bound teams near the end of
the regular season generates a
modicum of controversy, espe-
cially from paying customers
who doled out money to see a
particular team and some of the
league's best players.
The Miami Heat-have started
that practice since their 27-
game winning streak ended
a couple of weeks back. They
list reasons: LeBron James,
strained right hamstring; Dwy-
ane Wade, sprained right ankle;
and Chris Bosh, sore right knee.
Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen
have also missed recent games.
So should the Heat rest their
guys? The arguments for and

Rest: James, Bosh and Wade
are in the top 60 in minutes
played, and their legs need a
break. In the last 16 months,
since the start of the 2011-12
season, James played in last
season's Finals and the Olym-
pics and plans to play deep into
this season's playoffs.
Healing: Many players have
bumps, bruises and soreness
by the end of the season. If
a team is in good position, it
makes sense. Wade struggled
in last year's playoffs with a
sore left knee that required off-
season surgery. Giving Wade
time off for his ankle to heal is
a no-brainer.

LeBron James (6) could see
games before the playoffs.

Bench: Mike Miller, Joel An-
thony and Rashard Lewis have
received more playing time in
the past week. Miller made 16
of 27 three-point attempts over
four games last week, a sizzling
59 percent, and had games of
12, 18 and 26 points. The Heat
will need hot shooting in the

Rust: Too much time off can
cause a player and/or team to
lose some of the momentum
that got them in position for rest
and recovery. Still, it's rare for
a No. 1 seed to lose in the first
round, and whatever rust needs
to be shaken off, it happens in
the first couple of games. Fur-
thermore, coach Erik Spoelstra
has tried to combat this problem

Has Kobe Bryant met his end?

One of the greatest basket-
ball players of our time Kobe
Bryant was in the midst of
yet another legendary per-
formance last week as his
L.A. Lakers were battling the
Golden State Warriors and
struggling to get in the play-
offs. Logging extremely heavy
minutes the 34-year-old Bry-
ant had just drained consecu-
tive three point shots when
his Achilles tendon suddenly
popped and just like that, his
season was over. Bryant has
suffered many injuries in his
illustrious career but sadly

one could tell by the look on
his face that he knew this was
it. Now one question remains:
Have we seen the last of Kobe
Bryant, is this how one of the
NBA's all-time great careers
ends? Only time can answer
that one. The typical ruptured
Achilles tendon can take nine
to 12 months of recovery, so
there isn't even any guaran-
tee that Kobe will come back
to play next season.
Already the talk has begun
about the future of the Lak-
ers. Should the team consider
using the amnesty clause on

r. Serena Wil-
j liams rallied
past Jelena
Jankovic 3-6,
6-0, 6-2 to
win her 15th
> ,, ..... match and
WILLIAMS second title
in a row in
the Family Circle Cup last
Sunday in Charleston, S.C. It
was the second consecutive
tennis tournament in which
top-ranked Williams dropped
the opening set in the final
before digging in for victory. A
week ago, she lost 6-4 to Maria
Sharapova and then won 12 of
the next 15 games to win the
Sony Open.


The FBI is inves-
tigating whether
Eric Murdock, a
former employee
of the Rutgers
men's basketball
program, tried to
extort the univer-


sity, the Associated Press re-
ported. Mhrdock made public
the video that showed then-
coach Mike Rice kicking and
showing Rutgers players and
spewing anti-gay slurs at them
during practice. This resulted
in the firing of Rice and resig-
nation of atheltics director Tim

more rest time in the final

by sitting players two to three
weeks before the playoffs begin.
Home: Miami has the top
seed in the Eastern Conference
locked up, but it is trying to
get the best record in the NBA,
which would give it home-court
advantage in the Finals. They
didn't have it vs. the Oklahoma
City Thunder in last season's Fi-
nals but won anyway. But given
a preference, all teams want
home court.
Perception: It's not always a
great look for the league, which
has acknowledged that this
practice is acceptable as long as
rules are followed. Yes, it stinks
for fans in Charlotte who bought
tickets to see James and Wade
on Friday, but it's a fine line bal-
ancing the best interests of the
league and the team.

Kobe? Some important facts
to consider are that Kobe
turns 35 in August. He will
be in the final year of his con-
tract. The Lakers could save
an estimated $80 million in
luxury tax and because of the
injury Kobe could miss a part
of or all of next season. Achil-
les injuries are notoriously
difficult to overcome. It would
absolutely be a PR nightmare
for the Lakers to amnesty
Kobe but it makes good busi-
ness sense to at least consider
it: Bryant's salary next sea-
son is $30 million, either way,
he gets his money. He could
take the year off get amnes-
tied and then come back in
2014-15 with a discounted
deal to finish his career with
the purple and gold. There are
so many questions, but very
little answers right now. One
thing that is certain, don't bet
against Kobe Bryant.

-Photo Credit Miami Dolphins
Cornerback Richard Marshall and T.D. with students from Phyllis R. Miller at SpareZ

Phyllis R. Miller school students

bowl with the Miami

DAVIE Miami Dolphins
players Chandler Burden,
Dan Carpenter, Charles Clay,
John Denney, Brandon Fields,
Nate Garner, Josh Kaddu,
Richard Marshall, Rishard
Matthews, Kelcie McCray,
Andrew McDonald, Julian
Posey, Kheeston Randall,
Josh Samuda, Austin Spitler,
Randy Starks, Marcus Thig-
pen, Brian Tyms hosted 50
students from Phyllis R. Miller
Elementary School in Miami-
Dade for a. bowling event at
SpareZ in Davie, Florida.
"I love kids, I love doing
community work and I love to
give back," said Marcus Thig-

pen. "This is something I used
to do when I was a kid. I used
to look up to football players
and just to be in this position
to do it now definitely touches
my heart.
They look happy and that's
how every kid should be, just
happy and carefree and this
shows them that hard work
does pay off."
The 50 students from Phyllis
R. Miller were chosen for their
participation in school pro-
grams, exhibiting good citi-
zenship and being a member
of the school's honor roll.
"Sometimes these organized
field trips and these partner-

ships are the only chances
that they're ever going to have
to do something like this,"
said Mark Zaher, Director of
School Operations for Miami-
Dade schools.
"Every event that we have it
amazes more and more how
much the Dolphins, not just
from the management and
foundation size, but from the
football side are participating.
We're getting more and more
players committed and many
of these players have come
from the same communities
that these kids are from, so
they're paying back. It really
sends a positive message."

Will resting stars help or hurt Heat?
By Jeff Zillgitt ,

12D THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 17-23, 2013]