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Tempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis

VOLUME 90 NUMBER 35 MIAMI, FLORIDA, APRIL 24-30, 2013 50 cents

UM criticized for poverty-like wages

Food service workers say $10,ooo ulty, and nemhers of the Florida District of the
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hearing g buttons that said.
"\e Are Worth More." and hold
ing iconic civil rights placards
saying "I am a Maan." food
service \workers at the Univer-

sity of Miamrii I|UMI recently. led
a protest against Chartwells
Dining Ser'ice the company\
that is in charge of most food
sen ices at the Universit' The\
\\ere joined b, a contingency
of religious leaders from South
Florida. UM students and ac -

M-DC unemployment

rate nears double-digits

ri Broward's drops to 5.7 percent

Miami Times staff report

While Florida can boast a
drop in its unemployment
rate, from a revised 7.8 per-
cent in February to 7.5 in
March, Miami-Dade County
[M-DC], the largest county
in the state, saw its jobless
rate rise to 9.9 percent in
March the highest since
Nov. 2011 and a rise froi';
9.8 in February.
The numbers indicate
that while M-DC employers
added approximately 10,500
new payroll positions in
March, the boost equates to
only half of the job growth
recorded last summer. Ac-
cording to data from Flori-
da's Department of Econom-

ic Opportunity, it was, in
fact, the smallest number of
jobs added by Miami-Dade
since October 2010.
M-DC's poor job report
was released last Thursday,
the same day that healthier
and more promising num-
bers were released state-
wide. Florida's unemploy-
ment rate dropped to
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-Photo courtesy J.A. Alex

Building named to honor Carrie Meek
From now on, any juvenile or adult seeking assistance from the Alternative Program will need
to go to the Carrie P. Meek Comprehensive Center. Last Friday, the home of the inmate assistance
program, located at 151 NW 60th Street in Miami, held a dedication ceremony to unveil the new
name of the facility, honoring retired Congresswoman Carrie P Meek. Though restrained to her
wheelchair due to recent medical challenges, Meek was still able to express how humbled she was.

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face more

flight delays
U.S. hit by budget cuts
By Scott Mayerowitz
Associated Press

Flight delays piled up across the
country last Monday as thousands
of air traffic controllers began taking
unpaid days off because of federal
budget cuts, providing the most vis-
ible impact yet of Congress and the
White House's failure to agree on a
long-term deficit-reduction plan.
The Federal Aviation Administra-
tion [FAA] kept planes on the ground
because there weren't enough con-
trollers to monitor busy air corridors.
Please turn to DELAYS 9A

Scouts: Accept gay

boys but not leaders

Nationwide council to vote in May

-AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International airport in Los Angeles Mon-
day, April 22. It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays
piled up Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an

By Jason Felch
and Kim Christensen

Top officials of the Boy Scouts
of America have unanimously
recommended allowing gay boys
into the ranks of one of the na-
tion's oldest and most traditional
youth groups while continuing
to exclude homosexual adults as
leaders. Scouting s executive com-
mittee described the proposal as
an effort to acknowledge changes
in society while respecting the re-
ligious organizations that spon-

sor many Scout troops across the
country. It also aims to move the
organization beyond a controversy
that has rocked its foundation in
the last several months.
"We believe the BSA can no lon-
ger sacrifice its mission, or the
youth served by the movement,
by allowing the organization to
be consumed by a single, contro-
versial, and unresolved societal
issue." National President Wayne
Perry said in a statement.The rec-
ommendation is set for a vote at
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'Mirandizing' Boston suspect was wise decision

Denying rights fosters bomber's beliefs

By DeWayne Wickham

Initial denial of right stokes
terrorists' beliefs.
After interviewing Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev for hours without
giving him his Miranda warn-
ing, federal officials were res-
cued from their bad judgment
by a U.S. magistrate who ad-
vised the Boston .Marathon

bombing suspect of his con-
stitutional rights.
By questioning Tsarnaev at
length before he was informed
of his right to remain silent
and to have an attorney, the
FBI gave a victory to Ameri-
ca's enemies who argue that
our talk of justice masks a
willingness to be unjust when
we fear our judicial system

won't produce the
results we want.
The delay in tell-
ing Tsarnaev of
his Miranda rights
strengthens their
Let's assume WICKHA
all the damning
things about the
19-year-old and his brother,
Tamerlan, 26, are true. Let's


accept that these brothers,
who were born in Chech-
nya and Kyrgyzstan, re-
spectively, and immigrated
here more than a decade
ago to escape ethnic and
religious persecution, are
responsible for the Boston
SMarathon bombings and
the subsequent terror that
took the lives of four people
and wounded nearly 200 oth-

Let's stipulate that Tamer-
lan, who was killed in a shoot-
out with police, dreamed of
becoming a member of a U.S.
Olympic boxing team, and
Dzhokhar, who was wounded
and captured, was as friends
described, "as American as
anybody." Let's accept that
radical Islamists turned these
men, one a naturalized U.S.
citizen and the other a perma-

nent resident, into anti-Amer-
ican jihadists.
If all this is to be believed,
then it is fair to assume the
goal of these homegrown ter-
rorists was not just to harm
us, but also to strike a blow
against our system of govern-
America's enemies say the
democracy that we champion
cloaks a U.S. hegemony that
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Many college-hopeful Blacks

facing darkened futures
When you're running a race, one of the last things you
want to hear is that you have to begin thousands
of yards behind the starting line or that the field
is uneven and that you have to somehow compete while ne-
gotiating a turf that requires you to run uphill. But that's the
message that Florida's Republican-dominated lawmakers have
basically sent to our youth with the latest changes that have
been made to the State's Bright Futures scholarship program.
The original concept was to help high school graduates with
good grades receive financial assistance so that anyone inter-
ested could attend college in their home state of Florida. But
because the cost of the program has continued to climb each
year since its inception, the Legislature has had to make some
adjustments to the requirements of the lottery-funded schol-
arships. And given their typical wisdom, the Legislature has
changed the requirements so that students must score higher
on ACT or SAT exams.
Analysts say the new criteria won't hurt middle-class, non-
minority students but for minority students and the poor, the
future looks far from bright. Blacks, for example, are expected
to see a decline in scholarships by as much as 75 percent. And
instead of the emphasis being on the grades of students, the
majority of scholarships will go to those who can ace standard-
ized tests.
One more thing that's wrong with this picture is the fact that
low-income families play the State's lottery games at much
higher numbers than more affluent families whose kids are
already getting the greatest percentage of the Bright Futures
Lawmakers say their sole purpose in making the changes is to
save money. But from our view, it's just another smoke screen
that places a greater burden on the backs of deserving minority
and low-income students. Once again, they're being required to
run the race from a distinct unfair starting position. How they
can expected to succeed?

The old adage is still true:

All politics is local
As voters prepared to go to the polls last November,
they faced a host of last-minute tactics from the
right, aimed at keeping senior citizens, college stu-
dents and minorities from exercising their right to vote or
at least making it as difficult as possible. However, the spirit
of our ancestors, from Fannie Lou Hammer and Sojourner
Truth, to Malcolm, Martin and Medgar, prevailed.
But in trut th, most political battles tend to be waged at the
local level. And that's what voters can anticipate both in the
heavily-contested mayor's race in North Miami early next
month and then in the City of Miami in November. North Mi-
ami voters have a few weeks to decide who's best to run their
City from among over a half-dozen candidates. However, no
clear leader has emerged so far.
Meanwhile, voters still don't know who the candidates will
be for the City of Miami District 5 commissioners race. City
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones achieved a reprieve in
her bid for a third term after Judge Jorge Cueto disqualified
himself from the hearing that was to have determined her
eligibility last week. Of course, in hindsight, Cueto probably
should have done that from the beginning. That means a new
judge will take over her case and well have to wait to see if it
there will be a Spence-Jones vs. Dunn repeat this Fall, or not.
Casting caution to the wind, her colleague, Marc Sarnoff,
has thrown down the gauntlet against Miami Mayor Tomas
Regalado. Some political experts had predicted that Sarnoff
would yield to the senior statesman and allow him to run for
one final term. But Sarnoff clearly has other plans.
Both races illustrate the truth of one political adage that we
should not forget: All politics is local. And change, in some
shape or form, is about to happen on the local scene.
If you thought last Fall was exciting, just wait.

From poverty to a top college

upward mobility, it is distressing that low-income stu-
dents who qualify for top-tier colleges rarely end up
there. Flummoxed by the admissions process and scared off
by what they think will be unmanageable costs, many of these
students settle for lesser colleges with lower graduation rates,
less financial aid (which means more debt) and less marketable
The good news is that the problem is easy to fix and can be
done at very low cost, according to a compelling new study by
The University of Virginia. The study focused on nearly 40,000
students from the high school classes of 2010 to 2012 who had
earned grades and SAT scores that qualified them for more than
200 of the nation's most selective colleges. About 80 percent 'of
these students were mailed customized information packets and
follow-up information explaining application deadlines, admis-
sions criteria and costs. The packets spoke directly to anxieties
about debt, showing that low-income students often pay signifi-
cantly more to attend lower-tier schools than selective colleges,
which have the resources to offer larger scholarships.
The students who received a packet were significantly more
likely to apply to colleges matching their abilities than those
who did not. They also achieved first-year grades as good as the
students who went to lesser schools.
Distributing the information was remarkably inexpensive,
about $6 per student. The study has impressed the College
Board, which oversees SAT tests, which are taken by nearly
three million students a year. The board has now committed
itself to making sure that talented low-income students get the
information they need to make informed choices. If it follows
through, these students could see their lives and career pros-

pects markedly improved.

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world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to i_ n i
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Hating no person, leanng no person, .
the Black Press strives to help every person in Ihe firm belief 1 ~
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back

SBY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

Nation is resolute, but with an asterisk

The nation demonstrated again
last week how resolute it can be
when threatened by murderous
terrorists and how helpless
when ordered to heel by smug
lobbyists for the gun industry.
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsar-
naev's deadly rampage through
the Boston area provoked not
fear but defiance. Even before
one brother was killed and the
other captured, the city was
impatient to get back to nor-
mal eager to show the world
that unspeakable violence might
shock, sadden and enrage, but
would never intimidate. There is
also the unanswered question of
whether the Tsarnaev brothers
had contact with some terror-
ist organization or acted alone.
I have no doubt that authorities
will find out. Can their motive
be described as "Islamist," and
would that be in a religious or
cultural sense? When Russian
security officials flagged Tamer-
lan Tsarnaev for scrutiny, did
the FBI drop the ball? Are there
telltale patterns of behavior that
hint at dangerous self-radical-
ization? Or is this tragedy more

like Columbine, an unfathom-
able orgy of death? It may be, in
the end, that there simply was
no way that authorities could
have anticipated and prevented
the bombing of the Boston Mara-
thon. But rest assured that we
will move heaven and earth look-
ing for answers. Since the 9/11
attacks, we have demonstrated
that when alienated young men

ed near-universal background
checks for gun purchases na-
tionwide legislation prompted
by the massacre of 20 first-grad-
ers and six adults last Decem-
ber at Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown, Conn. Gun
violence costs 30,000 lives in
this country each year. Other
steps proposed after Newtown -
such as reimposition of bans on

here are lots of explanations for the failure of legislation
on background checks, but no good reasons. Imagine
what our laws would be like if the nation were losing
30,000 lives each year to Islamist terrorism.

who are foreign-born and Mus-
lim kill innocents, we will do
anything in our power to keep
such atrocities from happening
Shamefully, however, we have
also shown that when alienated
young men who are not foreign-
born or Muslim do the same, we
are powerless. It is inescapably
ironic that while Boston was
under siege last week, the Sen-
ate was busy rejecting a mea-
sure that would have mandat-

military-style assault weapons
and large-capacity magazines -
were deemed too much to hope
for. But expanded background
checks once had the support of
the powerful National Rifle As-
sociation and experts consid-
ered them potentially the most
effective way of keeping dead-
ly weapons out of the wrong
hands. They might not have pre-
vented the last senseless mass
shooting, but might prevent the
next. The NRA changed its po-

sition on background cThcks
to "never" and dug in its heels,
however, threatening to punish
senators who voted in favor. And
so, despite polls showing that
up to 90 percent of Americans
support universal background
checks, Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid could not muster the
60 votes needed to move the leg-
islation forward.
There are lots of explana-
tions for the failure of legisla-
tion on background checks, but
no good reasons. Imagine what
our laws would be like if the
nation were losing 30,000 lives
each year to Islamist terror-
ism. Would the NRA still argue,
as it essentially does now, that
those thousands of lives are the
price we must pay for the Sec-
ond Amendment? When we say
"never again" about terrorism,
we really mean it. When we say
those words about gun violence,
obviously we really don't.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Washing-
ton Post.

B'i LEE M D-'., lE[L ;;jr-A Ciluurnist

Robinson: "Too bad he'

Jack Roosevelt Robinson, born
in 1919, grew up in an America
where the words "Too bad he's
the wrong color" were often the
kindest remarks white Ameri-
cans would say about Black
A Boston Red Sox scout said
that in April, 1945 during the
now-infamous sham tryout at
which that storied team passed
on signing the future Hall of
Famer despite his impressing
Sox officials with his hitting and
fielding. (A few years later, the
Sox would also pass on signing
Willie Mays. They would be the
last team in baseball to add in
1959 a Black player to their
Of course, the scout was
wrong. As would become evident
two years later, beginning on
April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson
was the right color, and of the

right character, after all, to help
ratchet up the pressure that had
been building for decades among
Black Americans in the North
and South to confront the coun-
try's great sin. To repeat, that
wrong wasn't merely Blacks' 50-
year exclusion from the playing
fields of Major League Baseball.
Even as white America was
boasting that its victory over
Germany and Japan in World
War II had made the world "safe"
for democracy, Black Ameri-
cans could see in every sector of
American society -- higher edu-
cation, the movie industry, the
civil service, residential housing,
the military, large corporations
and small businesses alike, the
labor unions, collegiate and pro-
fessional sports, and so on -
that bigotry, not democracy, was
The South's apartheid system

s the wrong
had its explicit "whites only" and
"no colored allowed" signs. But,
although the signs were absent,
the same noxious sentiments
existed almost everywhere in the
North and West, from Boston
to Pasadena, Calif., where the
Georgia-born Robinson grew up.
In the immediate postwar en-
vironment, Robinson's signing
by the Branch Rickey-led Dodg-
ers was the thunderclap that
heralded the massing of new
forces in the domestic fight to
make America itself safe for de-
By then, Black Americans
had the diverse organizational
strength at the national and lo-
cal levels to field multiple chal-
lenges to racism. By then, a still
very small but growing number
of white organizations and in-
dividuals like Branch Rickey -
were actively looking for ways to


break the numerous "color barri-
ers" that characterized American
society. And by then, America's
position of global leadership was
beginning to exert pressure on
it to live up to its boasts about
loving freedom by extending it to
Black Americans, too.
Jackie Robinson's story was
but one facet of the diamond of
Black determination that in the
20 years after World War II would
dismantle the legalized structure
of racism. But he an extraordi-
narily-gifted, fiercely-competitive
athlete who possessed a deeply
spiritual, disciplined character
- was superbly suited for the
challenge he, and America, con-
The wrong color? Not on your

Lee A. Daniels
journalist based

is a longtime
in New York










U.S.'s inconsistency with foreign p(
Two years ago, President based on our own national in- to prohibit job bias for LGBT
Obama instituted a policy to- terests. Our policy towards Af- employees and other workers.
wards Africa that most Ameri- rica vis-a-vis the Middle East is Then British Prime Minister,
cans are totally unaware a case in point. David Cameron was even more
of. The policy sent shock waves On Dec. 6, 2011, Obama direct, stating that the "UK
throughout the continent of Af- had Hillary Clinton give a pro- would reduce some aid to coun-
rica that are still reverberating homosexual rights speech. The tries that refuse to recognize
:o this day. speech took place in Geneva gay rights."
This policy was a direct af- at the United Nation's Human These not so subtle threats
ront to African sovereignty and Rights Day conference. In that by both Clinton and Cameron
very few voices in America stood speech, Clinton said "gay rights were directed specifically at Af-
up for African countries and are human rights." Clinton ba- rica. Culturally, Africa is one of
heir sovereignty. Yet, America sically codified homosexual the most conservative regions
doesn't have the guts to rep- rights as an official part of our anywhere in the world and it
icate this policy in any other foreign policy. Obama is the absolutely do not support ho-
)art of the world except Africa. first president in U.S. history to mosexual rights.
I have been traveling back make such a linkage. This is one area where I am
nd forth to Africa for decades In another unprecedented very proud of Africa. It is not
and have learned that the only move, the Obama administra- easy to stand up to super pow-
way to understand foreign poli- tion went on to direct U.S. gov- ers such as the U.S. and the
:y is by traveling. Yes, I have a ernment agencies to consider U.K., but this issue goes to the
3.S. in accounting and a M.A. gay rights when making aid core of Africa's moral fiber and
n International Business, but and asylum decisions. In Octo- they refused to be bullied. Gha-
ny understanding of foreign ber of 2011, USAID the U.S. na, Uganda and Zimbabwe are
policy came only with travel, government agency providing just three of many of the Afri-
One must understand that economic and humanitarian can countries that took a very
foreign policy often times is assistance around the world public stand against the impe-
lot logical or even consistent. announced that it "strongly en- rial powers of the U.S. and the
'here can be two countries with courage" businesses contract- U.K.

similar issues, but we have dif-
ferent policies towards them

ed with USAID to go beyond
non-discrimination protections,

Ugandan presidential adviser,
John Nagenda told the BBC,


)licy r... .
"that fellow [Cameron] said the
same thing. Now this woman
[Clinton] is interfering. If the
Americans think they can tell
us what do, they can go to
hell." Touch6l
The Obama administration
has tried to lecture African
countries because of their op-
position to homosexuality, but
will not say a word about the
human rights violations going
on in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or
Egypt just to name a few. The
Middle East in particular is one
of the most repressive regions
of the world when it comes to
women and homosexual rights.
So, why lecture Africa while re-
maining silent on the Middle
East? The answer is obvious:
Because the Middle East is
deemed to be more important to
our national security interests
than Africa, (though that bal-
ance is slowly changing).
Raynard Jackson is president
& CEO of Raynard Jackson &
Associates, LLC., a Washington,
D.C.-based public relations/gov-
ernment affairs firm.

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SwThe ever changing sands of sequestration
Sequestration is like the sand no pressure on their side to Yet, with sequestration some that reality.
in an hour glass. When the sand end this. strange things started to hap- Sequestration
starts falling, it does not seem to The second danger is pre- pen. An excellent example has terity plans are
amount to much. The full sec- cisely the hour glass problem. been the closing of airport con- gling the govern
tion of the hour glass seems not In the beginning, there seemed trol towers around the country. ing an end to va
to change, at least at first. Yet to be little damage. Federal In one story from the Midwest, that have been v
at a certain moment it becomes workers, of course, were upset, pro-sequestration citizens century. This is
clear that the sand is disappear- but many people are prepared were shocked to discover that is meant when
ing and that what was once full to write off federal workers. sequestration meant that the suggests that it

is now approaching empty.
When sequestration began,
it began with a whimper. Dis-
cussions took place for months
about the dangers of seques-
tration. We were led to believe
that it was not very likely that it
would actually happen because,
after, all, neither side really
wanted to court such a poten-
tial disaster. We were wrong on
a number of counts.
The first danger that we have
to acknowledge is that seques-
tration actually is to the advan-
tage of the Republicans. They
are the ones looking for cuts.
Yes, some of them are com-
plaining about this or that cut,
but the reality is that they are
seeking cuts. In that sense,
they can live with sequestra-
tion, or at least they think that
they can. There is, as a result,

The third danger is that no one seems to have a clear
sense as to how to arrive at a budget that would actually
end sequestration.

In fact, too many people have
thought about sequestration
as punishing federal workers
for any number of alleged evils.
So, large segments of the pub-
lic have been willing to let it
The third danger is that
no one seems to have a clear
sense as to how to arrive at
a budget that would actually
end sequestration. That is the
punch line: there are vastly
different views on what gov-
ernment should look- like and
what it should fund.

airport control tower in their
home town was going to be
Sequestration, as with other
austerity measures, is a re-
sponse to an imaginary crisis.
The notion that the main prob-
lem facing the U.S. is debt is ir-
rational. The main challenge is
job creation and income. With
job creation and income one
gains tax revenue. Continuous
cutting means fewer people on
the payrolls and deeper levels of
debt and poverty. One does not
need to be an economist to see

and other aus-
aimed at stran-
.ment and forc-
Irious programs
ion over the last
precisely what
the right-wing
wants to return

government to the size that it
was under President McKinley
(1898), i.e., to return govern-
ment to the size that it was pri-
or to regulations to protect our
food, prior to unemployment
insurance, prior to programs for
the homeless, etc.
While many people have
watched and yawned as se-
questration has 'unfolded, the
reality is that the sand is drop-
ping faster and faster, and soon
enough we will all find that we
have been touched by further
unnecessary, and frankly im-
moral, cuts.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior
Scholar with the Institute for Pol-
icy Studies, the immediate past
president of TransAfrica Forum
and the author of "They're Bank-
rupting Us" And Twenty Other
Myths about Unions.



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Are deaths in Black communities

given the same coverage as

national tragedies

Political maneuvering over nation's budget g|
There has been much dis- cluded $400 billion.in revenue austere caps set in the 2011 constrain this area o the ud-
cussion about the big picture increases beyond what policy- Budget Control Act (BCA)," the get. In fact, under the BCA
items in President Obama's makers enacted at the start of Center on Budget and Policy caps, spending for non-de-
proposed budget for fiscal the year. They now brand any Priorities report states. fense discretionary programs
2014. If the devil is in the de- new revenues as unaccept- "The $200 billion in proposed is on track to reach, by 2016,
tails, as politicians like to say, able. The contrast between the cuts are evenly split between its lowest level on record as
some parts of Obama's budget President's approach and that defense and non-defense pro- a share of the economy (this
will mean hell for some needy of Republican leaders is strik- grams, consistent with the data go back to 1962). This
citizens. ing." President's December offer to area of the budget, which has
Given President Obama's Beyond the political wran- Speaker Boehner. Non-defense been cut significantly in re-
overtures, one would think cent years and is not a driver
reasonable people would meet here are plenty of good things in the president's proposed of longer-term deficits, would
him halfway. But the operative budget, including his plan to expand early education and be cut still more deeply under
word is "reasonable." Instead infrastructure investments, but Obama needs to break his the president's budget."
of also making concession, Re- There are plenty of good
publicans have become even addictive habit of making major concessions to Republicans before things in the president's pro-
more recalcitrant. sitting at the bargaining table with them. posed budget, including his
"When it comes to deficit re- plan to expand early educa-
duction, the playing field is not gling, there is plenty to be con- discretionary programs include tion. and infrastructure in-
level," Greenstein stated. "The cerned about. a broad set of government func- vestments, but Obama needs
President is sticking with his "The budget proposes to re- tions, such as education, pub- to break his addictive habit
final offer to Boehner despite place sequestration for all years lic health, law enforcement, of making major concessions
the anger that it's creating in 2013 through 2021 with veterans' health care, housing to Republicans before sitting
his party and his political base, other deficit-reduction mea- supports for low-income fami- at the bargaining table with
due to the chained CPI and sures. While most of the pro- lies, and scientific and medical them.
other proposals." posed deficit reduction is in the research." George E. Curry, former ed-
"The speaker and other Re- form of higher revenues and Calling the non-defense dis- itor-in-chief of Emerge maga-
publican leaders, however, lower entitlement spending, the cretionary program funding zine, is editor-in-chief of the
have buried their last offer to budget also reduces funding "ill-advised," The center's re- National Newspaper Publish-
Obama in December and are for discretionary programs by port noted, "The BCA fund- ers Association News Service
ignoring the fact that it in- $200 billion below the already ing caps already significantly (NNPA.)


Liberty City, retired

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of thing comes -
along with be-
ing Black."

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so many more ., WN
deaths hap- ,,
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nity compared '|
to others. But
they still need
to pay closer
attention to

Miami, cosmetologist

"No, the
[media] cares
about [Bos-
ton] because
of what was
and the type
of people who
were there.
They don't care when some-
thing happens to my [peers]."

Liberty City, retired

"No, I see local coverage but it
hardly ever reach the national

Liberty City, property manager

"No, there
are plenty
of killings
around here '
and they
aren't even
covered on
a local level.
There are so
many deaths it's just not that
important to [the media]."

Liberty City, bishop

"I think so, -
our communi-
ties respond .
than white

The left wing's use of "Obama" as a

The right wing seems deter-
mined to associate President
Obama with any government
program that helps people on
the bottom. Thus, the term
Obamacare was used to attack
the health care program that
President Obama fashioned
and worked with Congress to
approve. While Obamacare
is not perfect, it brings more
people into the health care
system, and further solidifies
the safety net that many have
attempted to fray.
Now these folks are running
with the term "Obamaphone,"
which speaks to the fact that
President Obama has simply
extended a lifeline plan that
was authorized by Republican
president, Ronald Reagan,
when it was clear that those
who were either isolated by
poverty or by their rural sta-

tus needed telephones to con-
nect themselves to the world.
Until the Tea Party began to
hold sway on our national con-
sciousness, Republicans were
among those who embraced
the notion that every Ameri-
can should have -basic tele-
phone service. Now, anything
associated with government
assistance is associated with
President Obama, despite the
fact that both Democratic and
Republican presidents have
attempted to assist people at
the bottom, albeit with differ-
ent levels of energy.
Associating President
Obama with government sup-
port to the poor is a subtle
way of associating people of
African descent with public
assistance, and with the pe-
jorative term "welfare." This
is a most understated form

of racial coding, a coding that
enabled former Congressman
Newt Gingrich to describe
President Obama as a "food
stamps" president and to
falsely assert that President
Obama "put" more people on
food stamps than any other
president in history. Does
Gingrich remember the Great
Recession that the scion of
his party, former President
George W. Bush, enabled, or
is he too busy purchasing
jewelry for his blushing bride
of a decade to pay attention to
our nation's economic situa-
One in six Americans lives
in poverty. More than one in
four Blacks and Latinos live
in poverty. One in 10 of all
whites live in poverty. The
Great Recession and econom-
ic restructuring have kicked

prefix J
these diverse gr,_ups o oor
people, many who are grate-
ful for food assistance, to the
curb. President Obama has
been responsive to this group
of people to the extent that a
hostile Congress has allowed
If I were President Obama,
I'd be flattered by descriptions
of Obamacare and Obama-
phones. I would not even
mind having food stamps be-
ing described as Obamafood.
Make it plain. Associating
President Obama with health
care, lifeline telephones and
healthy eating is to his credit,
not his detriment.
Julianne Malveaux is a
Washington, D.C.-based econ-
omist and writer. She is Presi-
dent Emerita of Bennett Col-
lege for Women in Greensboro,

I Lett r to u Edit aor

It's wrong to add more hurdles for Black students

Changing the requirements
of the Florida Bright Futures
scholarship is a racial stratifica-
tion process under the guise of
academic excellence. Some pro-
lific educational and legislative
entities would have the general
public to believe that in addition

to budget cuts, this change is
necessary in order to maintain
academic competitiveness on a
national scale. This academic
austerity measure will thwart
the dreams of college atten-
dance among patrons of histori-
cally disenfranchised schools in

Miami-Dade County. There are
very few pathways to college for
many of these students other
than academic achievement and
athletics. As such, these new
Florida Bright Futures schol-
arship requirements as a part
of 1009.531, will indefinitely

complicate if not totally bar dis-
enfranchised students from at-
taining the most basic human
right education.

Ellita T. Williams, BSN, RN
Recipient of Florida Bright Fu-
tures Scholarship, 75%

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West's Tea Party supporters fill up for more battles

Defeat at the polls has not silenced the tea party darling

By Anthony Man

South Florida voters removed
Allen West from Congress, but
loyal supporters continue to fi-
nance his efforts, contributing a
stunning $ 479,000 to his politi-
cal action committee during the
first three months of 2013. That
works out to more than $ 5,300
pouring in every day to the Allen
West Guardian Fund, a political
action committee that's part of a
multi- faceted effort to keep theW-
est brand vibrant.
An analysis of reports filed this
week with the Federal Elections
Commission also showed:
The Guardian Fund's haul is
more than double the average $

185,000 raised by the seven mem-
bers of Congress from Broward
and Palm Beach counties.
The West PAC isn't depending on
well-heeled donors writing large
checks at fancy fundraisers. More
than three- quarters of the money
came from donors who contrib-
uted less than $ 200. Few of the
larger donations that have to be
itemized under federal law hit four
figures; most were relatively small
by political standards: $ 250 from
the general sales manager of Lone
Star Chevrolet in Katy, Texas; $
250 from a FedEx Pilot in Beaver-
creek, Ohio; $ 250 from an artist
in Falmouth, Maine.
Most of the money is coming
from outside the territory he used

to represent in Broward and Palm
Beach counties. Dating back to
before his time in Congress, West
has enjoyed a national follow-
ing among tea party members,
who've backed up their support
with money.
Retreat isn't inWest's DNA, and
the former Army lieutenant colo-
nel has stayed on the verbal offen-
sive since his single term in the
U. S. House of Representatives
ended in January. On Friday,
he wrote on Facebook that "the
terrorist attack in Boston and
evolving events indicate we have
a domestic radical Islamic terror
problem in America. We must no
longer allow the disciples of politi-
cal correctness and the acolytes

of the Muslim Broth-
erhood ... to preach to
us some misconceived
definition of tolerance
and subservience."
Earlier this week,
he referred to student
protesters at Florida
Atlantic University,
where his wife is a
trustee, as "animals,"
and warned them to


stop what he called harassment
of her or "you will face me, the
side of me that you do not want
to see."
Charles Zelden, a professor
of history and legal studies who
specializes in politics and voting
at Nova Southeastern Universi-
ty, credited "true believers" with
disposable income forWest's fun-
draising success. "A lot of them

are willing to put their
money where their be-
liefs are, and he's play-
ing to that."
Raising the money
wasn't cheap. West de-
voted a huge share of
the Guardian Fund's
income to fundrais-
ing expenses, mostly
to pay for direct mail
efforts. The PAC's re-

port shows it spent $ 262,887 -
more than half the cash it took in
from Jan. 1 through March 31 -
with more than 98 percent of the
spending going to cover fundrais-
ing expenses.
The political action committee
isn't West's only endeavor. Out of
office, he is also: presiding over
two new Boca Raton political en-
tities; hosting an Internet video

talk show; continuing as a Fox
News regular; using social media
to speak out.
West, who owns a home in Plan-
tation and is registered to vote in
Palm Beach Gardens, couldn't be
reached for comment. His media
representative said by email he
was too busy every day this week
to discuss his current endeavors.
Last month, he told theWashing-
ton, D. C., news organization The
Hill that he has no plans to run
for office again "in the near fu-
Palm Beach County Republican
Chairman Ira Sabin said West,
even out of office, continues to
resonate with many people. "Peo-
ple listen to him and they listen
to the message," Sabin said. "He's
going to be a force. There's no
question about it."

UCF receives $55 million grant from NASA

By Denise-Marie Ordway

UCF has been awarded a
$55 million grant from NASA
to build and launch an instru-
ment into space to capture
"unprecedented" images of the
Earth's upper atmosphere, the
university announced last Fri-
The. instrument, about the
size of a microwave oven, will
take pictures and collect data
that will help scientists bet-
ter understand the weather in
space and how it affects such
things as communication sat-
ellites and GPS signals.
While the University of Cen-
tral Florida has been involved
in some capacity with at least
a dozen high-profile NASA mis-
sions in recent years, this will
be the first one that it will lead.

By Jennifer Leclaire

Gov. Rick,Scott has signed
a bill that empowers law
enforcement officers to crack
down on illegal gambling ma-
chines in arcades and strip
malls across Florida.
"The Legislature did the
right thing to crack down
on illegal gaming operators,"
Scott said. "We look forward
to turning our focus back on
jobs and education in this
session." .
The law offers new defi-
nitions of illegal gambling
machines, places new re-
strictions on arcade games
and bans electronic casino
look-alikes in all forms.-Local
law enforcement officers are
charged with enforcing the
"No matter what your posi-
tion is on gambling in Florida,
there are important reasons

In fact, with this grant the
largest in UCF history the
university will become the first
in Florida to lead a NASA mis-
sion, officials said.
Richard Eastes, a research
scientist with UCF's Florida
Space Institute, said he had
been working on the proposal
for years before applying to
NASA for the grant in 2011.
After a year and a half of wait-
ing and fine-tuning the idea,
Eastes learned that NASA will
spend $55 million over five
years to help him turn it into
"It shows that other scien-
tists think what we're planning
to do is some of the most im-
portant science in the world,"
he said. "And for UCF, it's a
chance to demonstrate that
the university can play a more

Florida Governor
why these gambling cafes
have no place in Florida,"
said Scott Plakon, a Republi-
can politician who served as
the representative for Dis-
trict 37 of Florida's House of
Representatives from 2008 to
2012. "Those who profit from
these shady businesses argue
that the state should regulate
them-not shut them down."
Plakon introduced a bill

significant role in space re-
The location of the launch,
scheduled for some time in
2017, has not yet been deter-
mined. But Eastes said that
the Kennedy Space Center is a
A commercial satellite com-
pany will launch the device
upon one of its communication
satellites an arrangement
meant to save UCF the high
cost of launching the device
into space on its own.
While Eastes will lead the
project, a team from the Lab-
oratory for Atmospheric and
Space Physics at the Univer-
sity of Colorado will build the
50-pound instrument, which
will use two specialized camer-
as to take photos of the Earth.
The cameras will capture

banning Internet cafes in
2012. The Simulated Gam-
bling Prohibition and Com-
munity Protection Act was
well received by Scott and
Florida's Cabinet members.
The signed law comes after
a three-year state and federal
probe into illegal gambling at
Internet cafes run by Allied
Veterans of the World. The
operations have since been
shut down and non-affiliated
Internet cafes are also closing
The issue has hit Scott's
administration close to home.
Jennifer Carroll resigned
from her position as lieu-
tenant governor soon after
the arrests because she
had previously worked as a
consultant for Allied Veter-
ans. Fifty-seven owners and
operators associated with Al-
lied Veterans were arrested as
part of the sting.

More women in military report sex abuse

By Gregg Zoroya

Roughly one out of five mili-
tary women say they were vic-
tims of unwanted sexual con-
tact by another service member
since joining the military, ac-
cording to a Pentagon health
survey conducted in 2011 and
released Monday.
The highest rate of sexual
abuse was in the Marine Corps:
Nearly 30 percent of women
said they suffered unwanted
sexual contact by another mili-
tary member. Close behind
were the Army and Navy, each
with about 24 percent of wom-
en raising the issue.
The sexual abuse rates ap-
pear to be significantly higher
than similar survey findings
from the 2008, although the
Pentagon changed the way it
conducted the 2011 survey of
34,000 troops, so comparisons
are difficult.
Still, questions about un-
wanted sexual conduct were
virtually identical in both sur-
veys and in 2008, 11 percent
to 12 percent of female soldiers
and sailors said they were vic-
tims of unwanted touching,
along with 17 percent of wom-
en who were Marines. About
29,000 troops were surveyed in
The survey results, combined

with other recent research,
"shows sexual assault is a per-
sistent problem in the military,"
said Army Maj. Gen. Gary Pat-
ton, director of the Pentagon's
sexual assault prevention of-
fice. "We realize we have more
to do."
The results surface at a.time
when a growing number in
Congress are concerned about
sexual assault and harassment
in the military, and the low
rate of criminal complaints vs.
a high rate of sexual assaults
recorded in anonymous sur-
veys such as the one released
"Obviously, this report is very
alarming," says Sen. Kirsten
Gillibrand, D-N.Y., chair of the
personnel subcommittee of the
Senate Armed Services Com-
She is working on legislation
that would remove from the
chain-of-command the decision
to file charges in a felony case,,
including rape or other sexual
Gillibrand says that victims
of sexual assault in the military
hesitate to complain because
they fear retribution or skepti-
cism from commanders. "This
(survey) report highlights the:
need for legislation," she says.
Military leaders oppose the
changes she is seeking.

The Pentagon has launched
several initiatives in the last
several month aimed at assist-
ing sexual assault victims in-
cluding expanding reporting
options and prevention and re-
sponse support services, says
spokeswoman Cynthia Smith.
The Pentagon surveys tens
of thousands of troops every
three years on dozens of health-
related issues. The 2011 survey
came at the 10-year anniversary
of the nation going to war in the
wake of 9/11, offering a means
to track the impact of the con-
flicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
with results from surveys con-
ducted in 2005 and 2008.
However, the Pentagon elect-
ed to change how the 2011 sur-
vey was conducted, said Mark
Mattiko, a Coast Guard official
discussing the survey at press
briefing Monday. As a result,
some questions were worded
differently and some problems
were defined differently.
In addition, the 2011 survey
was conducted less expensive-
ly online rather than in per-
son. There was a higher rate of
troops declining to participate,
increasing from 28 percent for
the in-person surveys of 2008
to 78 percent in 2011 survey.
The Pentagon, however, stands
by the validity of the 2011 re-

digital images of wavelengths
of light that are shorter than
the human eye can see. The
pictures will allow scientists
to study the changes in the
Earth's upper atmosphere and
temperature over time and
across the Earth's surface.
The information collected
on the GOLD Global-scale
Observations of the Limb and
Disk mission will help sci-
entists better understand the
weather in space, where tem-
peratures can change by hun-
dreds of degrees within a few
Researchers want to know
more about how such dramat-
ic changes in space weather
might, for example, affect a
satellite's altitude or how radio
frequencies travel through the
Such information can help
scientists predict how radio
waves and communication sig-
nals will behave, which could
lead to advances in areas such
as how airline traffic is direct-
ed, UCF officials said.
"GOLD's imaging represents

-Jacob Langston, Orlando Sentinel
The UCF marquee displays school spirit in September 2012.

a new paradigm for observ-
ing the boundary between
Earth and space," said Bill
McClintock, a senior research
scientist at the University of
Colorado who will be working
on the project. "It will revolu-
tionize our understanding of
how the sun and the space
environment affect our upper
UCF officials said work on
the project will begin immedi-

ately. After the instrument is
launched in 2017, it will relay
data to the UCF team and sci-
entists worldwide for at least
two years, according to UCF.
Eastes said the mission
could be extended for another
several years, allowing for the
collection of more data over
time. Such instruments, he
said, should be able to func-
tion well in orbit for eight years
or more.

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A small fence separates densely populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol's San Diego Sector.
Construction is underway to extend a secondary fence over the top of this hill and eventually to the Pacific Ocean.

Immigration bill tackles borders

Republicans say

enforcement plans

may not be enough

By Alan Gomez

- The immigration bill filed by
a bipartisan group of senators
Wednesday would flood the na-
tion's southwest border with more
Border Patrol agents, National
Guardsmen and fencing to hold
back illegal immigration.
It also calls for additional im-
migration judges, more horse
patrols and 24-hours-a-day and
seven-days-a-week surveillance
by drones.
But the 844-page bill does not
require that any measurement of
border security be reached before
the nation's 11 million unauthor-
ized immigrants can become U.S.
citizens, and that is an issue with
some lawmakers.
"That's not enforcement," Sen.
Jeff Sessions, R-Ala, said. "That's
the honor system."
Ever since the Senate's "Gang
of Eight" announced they were
crafting an immigration bill in
January, Republicans in the
House and Senate have said that
they need to ensure the border is
secure in order to support grant-
ing legal status to the nation's
unauthorized immigrants.
Many are fearful of a repeat of
1986, when Washington passed a
law that allowed up to three mil-
lion unauthorized immigrants to
become legal, but did not secure
the southwest border with Mexico
as promised.
The Senate bill requires several
things to happen before unau-
thorized immigrants can get their
green cards, which would then al-
low them to apply for U.S. citizen-
ship. Among the requirements:
All U.S. business owners
would have to use the federal
E-Verify program to check the im-
migration status of new hires.
The government would have
to establish a system to track ev-

John Moore
U.S. Border Patrol ranch liaison John "Cody" Jackson (R) and
cattle rancher Dan Bell ride through Bell's ZZ Cattle Ranch at
the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday, March 8 in Nogales, Arizona.

ery time an immigrant enters and
exits the country.
The Department of Home-
land Security, with the help of
$6.5 billion, an additional 3,500
Border Patrol officers and Na-
tional Guardsmen, would have
to develop and implement a plan
to add more fencing and secure
the border. It would set "goals"
of monitoring 100 percent of the
border, and intercepting 90 per-
cent of people trying to illegally
cross in high-risk sections of the
"They all three work together
to ensure that this is the most
effective enforcement system that
this country has ever had," Sen.
Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member
of the Gang of Eight, said while
outlining the bill Sunday.
But as long as border security
plans are implemented, that 90
percent benchmark does not have
to be reached for unauthorized
immigrants to continue on their
road to citizenship. That upset
conservatives as they delved into
the bill Wednesday.
Some law enforcement officials
along the border were concerned
that the security provisions don't
go far enough.

The bill sets a goal of inter-
cepting 90 percent of border-
crossers in "high-risk" sectors,
defined as one where more than
30,000 people were apprehended
in the previous year. In 2012,
that would include three border
sectors the Tucson sector in
Arizona, and the Laredo and Rio
Grande Valley sectors in eastern
Donald Reay, executive direc-
tor of the Texas Border Sheriffs
Coalition which includes the
chief law enforcement officer
of all Texas counties within 25
miles of the border said an
intensified focus on those sec-
tors would simply lead would-be
immigrants to other points along
the border.
"It's kind of like squeezing a
hose you're shutting off the
water, but eventually it's going to
burst out somewhere else," Reay
Reay said he was happy to
see increases in grants issued
to local law enforcement agen-
cies, and was thrilled that the bill
would provide satellite phones to
some people who live and work
in remote border regions with
intermittent cellphone access

Immigration enforcement is key

'Gang of Eight' plan strikes a balance

By USA Today

Americans are naturally suspi-
cious of any immigration plan that
promises to stop undocumented
workers in the future while grant-
ing normal status to those already
There's good reason for that sus-
picion. The last major overhaul of
immigration law, in 1986, granted
amnesty with little enforcement.
Within 20 years, the number of
people in the U.S. illegally had
swelled from 3 million to 11 mil-
That failure helped torpedo a
fresh effort, six years ago, to fix the
nation's broken immigration sys-
tem. And it explains why enforce-
ment is the linchpin to the latest
effort, announced Tuesday by a
bipartisan group of eight senators.
Like the failed effort of 2007,
the new measure would enhance
efforts to stem illegal immigration

while creating an arduous route
to citizenship for the estimated 11
million. The "Gang of Eight" plan
also changes rules for legal immi-
gration and creates a guest-worker
plan for labor-intensive industries
that have relied on undocumented
All these elements are impor-
tant, but enforcement is the key.
Politically, it is needed to get a law
passed. Practically, it is needed
to ensure that today's 11 million
aren't followed by another 11 mil-
Evidence from the past few
years suggests that better en-
forcement is already having an
impact. Demographers have been
struck by the rapid decline in il-
legal immigration as Washington
has beefed up its presence on the
Mexican border and increased
deportations. Also playing a part:
the soft economy in the U.S. and
the declining birth rates in Latin

The proposal released Tuesday
includes a number of enforcement
targets to be met before undocu-
mented workers could apply for
permanent residency:
It would require that all of the
border with Mexico be under sur-
veillance and that law enforcement
agencies apprehend at least 90
percent of those trying to cross il-
legally in areas designated as "high
risk." The most dubious part of the
plan would provide $1.5 billion for
more fencing, which has proved
to be something of a boondoggle.
But if this one-time expense is the
price of comprehensive immigra-
tion overhaul, so be it.
It would take on the most prom-
ising area of enforcement by crack-
ing down on illegal immigration at
the workplace. Employers would
be required to participate in E-Ver-
ify, a federal program that matches
a prospective employee's Employ-
ment Eligibility Verification form,
or 1-9, with government records.

that limits their ability to call for
help. But he said the increases
in manpower along the border
wouldn't be nearly enough to
stem future tides of unauthorized
"Three thousand, five-hundred
more agents is not going to cover
that entire void that exists along
the border," Reay said.
But others, such as the Border
Network for Human Rights ex-
ecutive director Fernando Garcia,
said he feels that the massive
increases in manpower along the
border are already more than
enough. The federal govern-
ment has boosted the number of
Border Patrol agents from just
over 4,000 in 1993 to more than
21,000 in 2012.

Medgar Evers'

assassination to be


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A scenes of events in
Washington, D.C., Jack-
son, Miss will commemo-
rate the 50th anniversary of
the assassination of Medgar
Evers, the NAACP's first na-
tional field director in Mis-
The Medgar & N MTllhe
Evers Institute, which is
based in Jackson, will host
the events, scheduled from
June 5-12.
The first event, will be a
June 5 memorial service, at
Arlington National Ceme-
tery, near Washington, D C.
Evers, a sergeant in the U S.
Army who fought in Europe
during World War II, is bur-
led in Arlington
Other events include civil-
rights site tours, a film fes-
tival. a day of commitment
and day of remembrance
The da\ of remembrance
will include a hterac,, festi-
val and a food fair. Most of
the events will be held in
Byron De La Beckwith,.
a fertilizer salesman and a
member of the White Citi-
zens' Council. shot to death
the 37-year-old Evers in the
driveway of his Jackson.
Miss., home, on June 12,
1963. A year after his as-
sassination, President Lyn-
don Johnson signed a com-
prehensive civil-rights bill
All-white all male juries
refused to convict Beckwvith
during two tnals. On Feb
5, 1994. 30 years after the
first two trials, prosecutors
presented new evidence and
convicted Beckwith. He died
in prison in January 2001.
Evers' wife. Myrlie Evers-

Civil Rights activist

Wiliams, was elected chair-
person of the National Asso-
ciation for the Advancement
of Colored People [NAACPI
in 1995 after working in the
comrmun ity-affairs depart-
ment at Atlantic Richfield
Co. in Los Angeles. In 1998,
she founded the Medgar
Evers Institute, which is
based in Jackson. The in-
stitute's goal is to advance
her husband's life work
The institute's board of di-
rectors changed its name in
2012 to reflect M-rlie Evers-
Williams' contributions.
Evers-Williams lives on the
campus of Alcorn State Uni-
versity, in Lorman, Miss..
where she is distinguished
She and her former hus-
band both graduated from
Alcorn State University.
Their former home is now a
On January 21, Evers-
Williams delivered the in-
vocation at the second in-
auguration of President
Barack Obama.

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Trayvon's father reminds me of minr

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

No matter how in control we
aim to be sometimes our emo-
tions can have a mind of their
own. It happened to me the other
day after being deeply touched
by a heart-wrenching newspa-
per cover story that painted a
portrait of the close father/son
relationship once shared by Tra-
cy and Trayvon Martin, the un-
armed 17-year-old who was shot
to death by George Zimmerman,
a former neighborhood watch
volunteer, Feb. 26th, 2012 in
Sanford Fla. As I read through it,
I felt like a an inconsolable rela-
tive of the slain teen and even
more like a man who was being
reminded of his own relationship
between he and his father.
Aside from the belated mourn-
ing that overtook my heart, the
story revealed a number of strik-
ing similarities that drew vivid
memories of my father and I,
causing a mixture of both pleas-
ant and troubling episodes re-
garding our relationship to flash
before my very own eyes. Snip-
pet details of who Trayvon was

and what he and his fa-
ther meant to each other
made me look back at
myself as well as the man
whose loins I derived
from with renewed in-
terest, evoking thoughts
that projected long ago e
images of my past across H|
the silver screen in my mind.
No, I am not Trayvon Martin
as those who rallied for justice
on his behalf had proclaimed to
be. However, according to what
was reported about his short-
lived life, it appears as though
we had enough in common to
give me a reason to believe that
we could have indeed bonded
as pals at the same age living
in the same neighborhood. We
both played recreational team
football, added gold teeth and
tattoos to our bodies, have been
suspended from school before
and both come from loving fami-
lies. Unlike myself, though, but
like many of my friends who
I grew up with in Miami Carol
City, Trayvon never had any
run-ins with law. 'i
But what really floored me is

how we compared in stat-
ure: I stopped growing at
5 feet 11 inches Tray-
von was the same height
at time of his death, but
I'm almost certain that
he was just beginning to
S sprout and still had a lot
ALL more growing to do in his
development as a young man,
one aspiring to attend college
with dreams of learning how to
fix and fly airplanes.
To my surprise, I also discov-
ered that his father is a truck
driver like mine and acts of
heroism between father and son
have occurred in both our lives.
When I was seven years old, my
father came running in a hurry
to whisk me away from my el-
ementary school, racing me to
the nearest hospital after I broke
my arm playing football. When
Trayvon was nine, he pulled
his immobilized father from a
burning apartment before call-
ing 911. Eight years later, Tracy
was trying to avert his son's at-
tention away from a path which
all typical teens often drift onto
y taking him to his home in

Sanford, Fla. after he had
ten into minor trouble in Mia
Sadly, only after five days a'
from Miami, far away from w
he thought was a perilous
vironment, instead of being
hero and best friend that he I
always been in Trayvon's life
found himself on the teleph
with the police reporting his
missing when he never retur
home from his trip to a nea
7-Eleven the night before. W
in a hour later of making
call, he viewed Trayvon's life
The greatest disappoint
for my father and I, is that
incarceration has made
miss each other for more tl
20 long years. But for Tr
and Trayvon Martin, the de
of one has caused the othe:
come to face-to-face with a ti
edy they must learn how to
with, forever. What I think
never change, though, is
sorrowful feeling that grip
Tracy the moment he reali
his baby was gone. And I do
that the wailing in his heart
ever end.

By Associated Press

state of Florida filed a lawsuit
last Saturday against oil com-
pany BP and cement contractor
Halliburton over the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, becoming the
fourth state to seek damages
for the 2010 disaster.
The suit, among other things,
faults BP for not changing the
batteries on the rig's blowout
preventer. Halliburton was
blamed for installing faulty
cement barriers that were sup-
posed to gird the well against
oil pressure.
The 40-page complaint by
Florida Attorney General Pam
Bondi was filed in U.S. District
Court in Panama City. The
federal court has jurisdiction
under the Oil Pollution Act of
Bondi filed suit on the three-
year anniversary of the tragedy
that killed 11 rig workers in
the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is
now the fourth state to sue
over the Gulf of Mexico oil
spill; Mississippi sued last
Louisiana and Alabama sued
BP earlier and are participat-
ing in a federal trial that is
ongoing in New Orleans to
determine the liability of BP
and others. Cities and counties
along the coast also have filed.
A BP spokesman declined
comment and Halliburton
spokespeople were not imme-
diately available.
A note on BP's website from
BP America Chairman and
President John Minge said,
"On the third anniversary of
the tragic accident in the Gulf
of Mexico, our thoughts and
prayers are with the families
and friends of our 11 col-
leagues who died and those
A battery-operated blowout
preventer, powered by "a series
of 9-volt battery packs," was
supposed to activate automati-
cally but didn't, according to
the suit, because BP didn't




-AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File
U.S. Coast Guard fire boats battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon
on April 21, 2010. The resulting oil spill caused billions of dollars in damage and a fair amount

tax revenues, including sales
taxes, gasoline taxes, cigarette
surcharges and beer, wine and
liquor taxes.
About 85 million people visit
Florida each year, generating
$80 billion of business in the
state, according to the com-
"Without this level of tour-
ism, Florida suffers, as do
many of the local people and
communities who are sup-
ported by it," the complaint
said. Moreover, BP "publicly
acknowledged that it would
cover or otherwise make funds
available for damages . as a
result of the spill."
The state also seeks puni-
tive damages, calling it ". ..
the worst oil spill in American
history, with the unfettered
release of millions of gallons
directly into the Gulf of Mexico
(that went) unchecked for
Warnings of a leak prior to
the blowout went unheeded
by BP's and Halliburton's rig

employees for nearly an hour,
the suit said, adding that fire
prevention and alarm systems
on the rig also failed.
Florida's suit is based on
the legal doctrine of "res ipsa
loquitur," which presumes
defendants' negligence even
without first-hand evidence -
if they had exclusive control of
whatever causes an accident.

of fraud.
replace the batteries.
"BP knew or should have
known that the manufacturer
recommended replacement
of the batteries in the battery
packs at least once per year,"
the suit said. Divers later
couldn't manually turn it on,
either. The suit also blames
BP for installing a defective
valve on the same blowout
The spill fouled 1,100 miles
of beaches and marsh along
the Gulf coast, keeping away
waves of summer tourists who
swim and fish in-the waters.
"Indeed, Florida relies on the
pristine nature of the Gulf of
Mexico as the source for much
of the attraction of patrons,
tourists and visitors," the suit
The suit focuses on the
state's economic losses and
includes negligence and other
claims under federal, state and
maritime law.
Bondi argues that the 2010
spill cost the state a variety of

Bomber interrogation reaffirms enemies

continued from 1A

coddled dictators such as
Saddam Hussein and Moam-
mar Gadhafi when it served
our purpose and undermined
democratically elected govern-
ments in places such as Chile
and Venezuela when they run
counter to our national inter-

The delay in informing Tsar-
naev of his rights was an un-
warranted stretching of the
Supreme Court's Miranda rule
exception. In 1984, the top

That wide-ranging excep-
tion, which is subject only to
.Justice Department approval,
effectively renders the Miran-
da ruling moot for suspects in
domestic terrorism cases -
though in some cases it may
be subject to judicial review.
The FBI's supersized appli-
cation of the Supreme Court's
narrow Miranda exception re-
duces the Constitution's Fifth
Amendment protection against
self-incrimination to a pile of
empty words. And it causes
people around the world to
question whether this nation's
democratic ideals are etched
in stone or written in sand.

court created an exemption to
Miranda in cases when there
is an immediate threat to pub-
lic safety. But two years ago,
the FBI in a secret memo told
agents they can go further
when interrogating terrorism
suspects apprehended in this
"There may be exceptional
cases in which, although all
relevant public safety ques-
tions have been asked, agents
nonetheless conclude that
continued unwarned interro-
gation is necessary to collect
valuable and timely intelli-
gence not related to any imme-
diate threat," the memo said.

0 UCe

Travis Trenard Harris shot by man
e he allegedly robbed at gunpoint
A man whro had his cell phone stolen at gun point at a downtown Burger King
mi. followed the robber outside and shot him with a concealed weapon, City of
way Miami police report. Travis Trenard Harris, 36, allegedly walked into a Burger
'hat King at 17th and Bl cayne Boulevard, pointed a black revolver at a family of
en- three, and said "no disrespect but I need to tape these phones," according to
the the arrest report.
he Harris reportedly grabbed the phones and walked to his silver pick-up truck
, he
one outside.
son Police say one of the victims opened the front door of the restaurant and
ned fired several rounds at Harris before he got inside the vehicle.
Lrby A witness saw what occurred, and followed Harris and his accomplice in
ith- their truck and directed police to their location.
tess Police say Harris suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was transported
to Jackson Mlemorial Hospital.
lent Three hours earlier Harris allegedly approached a woman on the street
my at Second Avenue and 26th Street, struck her across the face, and stole her
us iPhone.
han Police say he got away in the some silver truck. The dr,.er has been identi-
*ath fled as Ranon Smalls, 33.
r to Smalls was charged with one count of strong arm robbery for the morning
rag- incident and possible pending charges for the afternoon incident.
live Harris was charged with three counts of armed robbery with firearm.
the Police chase ends in Biscayne Bay
sized Authorities wished a suspect from Biscayne Bay aftei he lumped from his
ubt crashed car on the Venetlan Causeway, Miami Beach police said last Tuesday.
will Officers scoured the bay, seawalls and causeway looking for the occupants
of a car that menaced police officers as they tried to stop the driver on Ocean
The late-night drama began on Monday as a traffic stop. An officer noticed
that the 2005 Mercedes-Benz was obstructing traffic and the driver was not
I wearing his seatbelt.
The driver, identified as 26-year-old Glovanno Raffo, didn't cooperate and
appeared to be reaching for a weapon under the seat, according to a police
report. The car then took off north from the 1400 block of Ocean Drive, sending
the officer rushing out of the way.
The car then headed north on Collins Avenue and sped onto the Venetian
Causeway. As the drawbridge rose for boat traffic, the car struck the 'warning
gates and came to rest on a side street curb.
The driver was seen jumping into the bay. Police called in Miami and Miami-
Dade K-9 units and marine patrol officers from Bal Harbour and Indian Creek.
Raffo was found hiding under a dock at the Sea isle Marina. He was taken
into custody by a U.S. Coast Guard boat.
Raffo was charged with fleeing, aggravated assault on a police officer and
resisting without violence. Police said they found X3na: and marijuana in the
car. The passenger got away.

Woman gets infections from

butt injections in Detroit, Mich.

There are thousands of wom-
en in America willing to pay
whatever they need to whom-
ever in order to get a more at-
tractive rear end. The move
is becoming more and more
popular, but it has some very
serious and dangerous health
consequences. Keke Onpoint
decided to give $1,100 to a to-
tal stranger to get injections
that would give her the kind of
round figure that some are lit-
erally willing to die for.
But this turned out bad for
her, since she got very sick
shortly after the injections. In
fact, the Detroit mother went
into septic shock from the con-
tamination and could have
easily died. She was injected
with a foreign substance that
should never have been put
into a human body and it al-
most cost her her life.

Keke is now out to warn
other women about these pro-
cedures. Even sadder is that
rather than getting a larger
backside, she is actually going
to have to get part of her rear
end removed in order to treat
the infection.
A woman in Philadelphia
known as "The Black Madam"
was arrested for injecting wom-
en with foreign substances dur-
ing what she called "pumping
parties." One woman had to go
to the hospital for severe lung
damage. Doctors found sili-
con particles in her lungs that
made the woman sick. The
injections contained silicone
from Thailand and Crazy Glue.
The madam (aka Padge Win-
slow) was charged with aggra-
vated assault, practicing medi-
cine without a license and theft
by deception.

State of Florida sues BP oi

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Sarah Collins Rudolph on the right.

Bombing victim not

interested in medal

Seeking restitutionfor injuries, sister's

death in '63 blast at Alabama church

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Above: U.S. President Barack Obamna and first lady Michelle
Obama attend an interfaith memorial service at the Cathedral of
the Holy Cross for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing
in Boston, Massachusetts April 18.

Obama, again, offers words of solace


By David Jackson

Another city in mourning,
more families in agony.
President Obama fulfilled a
sad and all-too-familiar duty
Thursday, comforting the
victims of a deadly act just
three days after the Boston
Marathon bombing attack that
killed three people and injured
more than 170 others.
"We come together to pray
and mourn and measure our
loss," Obama told the crowd
at Cathedral of the Holy Cross
in downtown Boston, but also
to "reaffirm that the spirit of
this city is undaunted, and
the spirit of this country shall
remain undimmed."
Just as George W. Bush did
after the 9/11 attacks in 2001,
and Bill Clinton did after the
Oklahoma City bombing in
1995, Obama sought to pro-
vide comfort, pledge retribu-
tion and proclaim a better day
for a shaken city and nation.
Like his predecessors, he
represented the nation as a
whole in times of tragedy.
Saluting Boston and its
people and speaking to a
crowd that included former
Massachusetts governor Mitt

Romney, his opponent in last
year's election fight Obama
said: "Every one of us has been
touched by this attack on your
beloved city. Every one of us
stands with you."
In recalling the Monday
marathon scarred by a pair of
bombings, Obama cited some
of the iconic monuments of the
city: the gold dome atop the
Statehouse, the blooms of the
Boston Common and Public
Garden, baseball's Red Sox
and the city's annual celebra-
tion of Patriots' Day.
"Your resolve is the greatest
rebuke to whoever committed
this heinous act," Obama said.
The president also provided
sketches of the three people
who died in Monday's bomb-
ing: Krystle Campbell, 29, of
Medford, Mass.; Lu Lingzi, 23,
a Boston University graduate
student from China; and Mar-
tin Richard, an 8-year-old boy
from Boston.
As for the still-unknown per-
petrators, Obama said: "Yes,,
we will find you and, yes,
you will face justice."
In paying tribute to the resil-
ience of both the city of Boston
and of Americans in general:
"You've shown us, Boston, that

in the face of evil, Americans
will lift up what's good. In the
face of cruelty, we will choose
In remarks filled with run-
ning and marathon metaphors,
Obama said: "We may be
momentarily knocked off our
feet, but well pick ourselves
up. Well keep going -- we will
finish the race."
During his visit to Boston,
Obama also met with first
responders, survivors of the
attack, and relatives of victims,
including the family of Krystle
It has often fallen to presi-
dents to speak for the nation
in times of turmoil.
It can be during an existen-
tial crisis, such as Abraham
Lincoln memorializing the
dead at Gettysburg in 1863
or Franklin Roosevelt's call
to arms after Pearl Harbor in
1941. It can be after a sudden
and shocking tragedy, such
as Ronald Reagan's eulogy
after the 1986 explosion of the
space shuttle Challenger.
Such speeches have become
especially prominent and
more plentiful in the tele-
vision years. From Lyndon
Johnson's consoling comments
after the 1963 assassination of
John F. Kennedy to Obama's
efforts on Thursday, presi-
dents have been called to fill
the role of "comforter in chief."
"After every major crisis,
presidents are supposed to

make speeches and try to calm
the nerves of a jittery nation,"
said Stephen Wayne, professor
of government at'Georgetown
University. "That's what being
a president is all about."
They generally seek to con-
vey three major messages,
Wayne said: "You are not
alone ... well try to provide
some help ... well pull together
as a people."'
Ellen Fitzpatrick, a history
professor at the University of
New Hampshire, noted that
Obama's Boston remarks came
four months after his eulogy
for the children and teachers
who lost their lives in the Con-
necticut school shooting.
In both cases, she said,
Obama "balanced very well'
a statesman-like message to
the nation and the world with
moving words of compassion
for families and the local com-
munity. It's a wrenching task."
Obama, who often employs
Scripture and seeks to interact
with his audience, gets good
reviews even from political op-
Brad Dayspring, commu-
nications director for the
National Republican Senato-
rial Committee, said Obama
gave "a really good speech in
Boston." An official during the
George W. Bush administra-
tion and 9/11, Dayspring said
he understands how difficult
these days can be for a presi-

Boston bombing suspect opening up to police

By Kevin Johnson, Donna
Leinwand Leger and Aamer

BOSTON The surviving
suspect in last week's Boston
Marathon bombings began
responding to investigators'
questions Sunday evening,
marking a dramatic turn for law
enforcement officials trying to
piece together why two brothers
born near war-torn Chechnya
allegedly carried out an attack
on their.adopted country.
Investigators had been unable
to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,
who was badly wounded and
unable to talk since he was
captured last Friday night. But
less than 48 hours after he was
taken into custody, the 19-year-
old suspect who remains
hospitalized in serious condition
- began responding to ques-
tions in writing, according to
a law enforcement official who
was not authorized to discuss
the matter and spoke on the
condition of anonymity.
The official declined to offer
any details about the exchanges
but said Tsarnaev was providing
"substantive" information, even
as investigators prepare to levy
charges against him as soon as
today. Authorities also said that
the suspect's neck wound may
have been self-inflicted and an

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19

attempt at suicide sometime
prior to his capture.
The latest turn in this case
comes on a day when U.S. law-
makers raised questions about
whether authorities missed
warning signs about the immi-
grant brothers and as Boston
regained a semblance of nor-
malcy nearly a week after the
horrific attack and the ensuing
manhunt that locked down the
Reps. Michael McCaul, R-
Texas, chairman of the House
Homeland Security Commit-
tee, and Pete King, R-N.Y., said

Sunday that they want federal
officials to explain why the elder,
brother was not pursued further
after he was questioned by au-
thorities in 2011. The Russian
government had asked for an
investigation of Tamerlan Tsar-
naev, who died in a shootout
Friday, out of concern that he
had ties to militant separatist
groups in southern Russia.
McCaul and King noted in a
letter to the heads of the FBI,
Department of Homeland Secu-
rity and the Office of the Direc-
tor National Intelligence that
the Boston bombings marks the

fifth time in recent years that
someone under FBI investiga-
tion has gone on to be involved
in a terrorist attack. Other
suspects that the FBI have
questioned but not detained
- that have gone on to take
part in violence include U.S.-
born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki,
who would become al-Qaeda in
the Arabian Peninsula's chief
propagandist, and Nidal Hasan,
the U.S. Army major charged
with killing 13 people in 2009 at
Fort Hood in Texas.
"They raise the most serious
questions about the efficacy
of federal counterterrorism ef-
forts," McCaul and King wrote.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.,
chairman of the House Intel-
ligence Committee and a former
FBI agent, defended the bu-
reau's work.
"They had information from a
foreign intelligence service that
they were concerned about his
possible radicalization," he said
on the NBC's Meet the Press.
"The FBI did their due diligence
and did a very thorough job of
trying to run that down, and
then asked for some more help
from that intelligence service to
try to get further clarification,
and unfortunately that intelli-
gence service stopped cooperat-
ing." Rogers did not identify the
intelligence agency.

By Verna Gates

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Re-
uters) A woman who sur-
vived a 1963 Alabama church
bombing that killed her sister
and three other Black girls in
one of most heinous crimes of
the civil rights era said she will
not accept a medal that Con-
gregs may award posthumously
to the victims.
Instead, Sarah Collins Ru-
dolph says she wants millions
of dollars in restitution for her.
sister's death and for the in-
juries she herself suffered as
a result of the Sept. 15, 1963
bombing at the 16th Street
Baptist Church in Birming-
ham, which was carried out by
the.Ku Klux Klan.
Rudolph, 12 at the time of
the bombing, lost an eye after
being hit with shattered glass
in the church basement and
spent two months in a hospi-
tal. She said she was nearly
blinded in the other eye and
has post-traumatic stress and
memory loss.
"I am not going to go get the
(medal) until justice has been
fulfilled," said Rudolph, now
62, during an interview on Fri-
day at her home in a Birming-
ham suburb.
Two U.S. representatives
from Alabama, Democrat Terri
Sewell and Republican Spencer
Bachus, introduced legislation
in January to give Congress'
highest civilian honor to the
girls who lost their lives in the
The lawmakers said awarding
the Congressional Gold Medal
would recognize their sacrifices
as well of those of others in Bir-
mingham in the quest for equal
rights for blacks.
The church bombing shocked
Americans and .helped spur
the passage of the 1964 Civil
Rights Act, which prohibits
discrimination on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex or na-
tional origin.
"We should never forget those
who marched, prayed and died
in the pursuit of civil rights and
change," Sewell said in a state-
ment. "The four girls were em-
blematic of so many who suf-

fered and lost their lives."
The measure has received
backing from two-thirds of
House members, or 290 signa-
tures, as required to bring it for
a vote, Sewell said.
Addie Mae Collins, Carole
Robertson and Cynthia Wes-
ley, all 14, and 11-year-old
Denise McNair were in a base-
ment washroom with Rudolph
preparing for a service when
the bomb exploded just after
McNair asked Collins to tie her
sash, Rudolph recalled.

Rudolph and family mem-
bers of the other girls are di-
vided over the appropriate way
to mark the deaths, for which
three Klansmen were convicted
decades after the crime.
McNair's family is hoping
Congress will approve the med-
als to bring attention to the
tragedy. More than 20 other
members of the church congre-
gation were also injured in the
"We feel that this honor given
by Congress means that our
great country recognizes the
sacrifices made for freedom in
our country," said Lisa McNair,
49, the sister of Denise McNair.
The Congressional Gold Med-
al was last awarded to those
who died in the Sept. 11, 2001
attacks on the U.S.
Wesley's brother, 61-year-old
Fate Morris, agrees with Ru-
dolph that the families deserve
restitution instead.
"That medal won't do us any
good. Only the politicians will
get anything out of it," said
Morris, who remembers helping
to pick through the rubble af-
ter the bombing to look for his
Morris also wants his sister's
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with a family whose surname
was Wesley at the time of her
death, but her real last name
was Morris.
He said a price cannot be put
on death. Rudolph suggested
$5 million would be fair com-
pensation for her sister's death
and the injuries and medical
bills that she has incurred.


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teammates in 1885.This is one of two known images of Fowler.

By Hillel Kuttler

When the mayor of Coo-
perstown, N.Y., Jeff Katz,
searched for an appropri-
ate street to dedicate in Bud
Fowler's memory, he decided
on one that led to Doubleday
Field, the quaint brick stadium
a baseball's throw from the
Hall of Fame. An old survey of
the village indicated that the
street had not been named,
Katz said.
Like the street itself, Fowler
had gone largely unnoticed,
despite being the first African-
American known to have
played for a white professional
baseball team. That happened
when Fowler pitched for the
Lynn, Mass., Live Oaks of the
International Association in
He played 10 seasons and
batted .308 as a pitcher, catch-
er and second baseman for
integrated teams in the high
levels of the minor leagues.
Fowler played for teams in 21
states and territories, as well
as in Canada, said Jeff Laing,
whose biography of Fowler will
be published in June.
The dedication of Bud Fowler
Way last Saturday comes the
same week as the anniversary
of Jackie Robinson's debut
with the Brooklyn Dodgers in
1947, when all major leaguers
will wear Robinson's No. 42.

DIED IN 1913
Laing and others who have
studied Fowler's life hope that
the dedication will encourage
baseball fans to learn about
his legacy as a trailblazing
player and, later in his career,
as an organizer, entrepreneur
and marketer of Black teams.
The street naming will "raise

the profile of the Negro leagues
and Black baseball in gen-
eral," said Bobby Kendrick, the
president of the Negro Leagues
Baseball Museum in Kansas
City, Mo.
"And Bud Fowler is a key fig-
ure not only in Black baseball
but also baseball history over
all," Kendrick said.
Kendrick spoke from the mu-
seum last week before heading
to the premiere of "42," the
feature film about Robinson.
Some baseball historians
believe that Fowler deserves
acclaim and should join
Robinson as a member of the
Hall of Fame for his record
and for prevailing in the face of
consistent discrimination. Sev-
eral white teams forced Fowler
off their rosters, sometimes
before he had even played a
"Even though he never
played major league baseball,
he deserves to be in as a pio-
neer of baseball," Laing said.

The spotlight now on Fowler
coincides with the recent cen-
tennial of his death on Feb. 26,
1913, in Frankfort, N.Y. An an-
nual conference on 19th-cen-
tury baseball that the Society
for American Baseball Re-
search will hold at the Hall of
Fame this weekend will include
the presentation of a paper on
Fowler by Hugh MacDougall,
the Cooperstown historian.
He researched Fowler because
Fowler grew up there, under
the name John W. Jackson.
While Robinson is consid-
ered to have broken baseball's
color barrier, the first Black
player on a major league team
was Moses Fleetwood Walker,
a catcher with the Toledo Blue

Stockings of the, American As-
sociation in 1884. The lega-
cies of Robinson, Walker and
Fowler are intertwined.
The so-called gentlemen's
agreement among team own-
ers in 1887 which barred
Blacks from playing on white
pro clubs, until Branch Rickey
signed Robinson to a contract
in 1945 can be traced to
Fowler. Playing for the Bing-
hamton, N.Y., Bingos in 1887,
he was second in batting
average in the International
Association when the team
released him, ostensibly so he
could join an all-Black team,
Laing said.
Newspaper reports subse-
quently revealed that Fowler's
white teammates had threat-
ened to strike over his pres-
ence on the Bingos, and the
association decided after the
season to refrain from signing
other Black players and from
re-signing those already under
contract, Laing said. The two
major leagues the American
Association and the National
League soon followed suit.
"I think the reason they
did it was they thought that
Blacks were more trouble than
they were worth," Laing said.
Fowler would play through
1895 with integrated teams
in leagues that did not adhere
to the ban. He also played for
all-Black teams, attempted to
organize an all-Black league
in Texas and even formed a
business-sponsored team,
the Page Fence Giants, in
Michigan in 1895. The play-
ers traveled in parlor cars,
and at each destination, they
mounted bicycles to lead
bystanders on a parade to the
ballpark, MacDougall wrote in
his paper.

Much of Fowler's life, includ-
ing his reasons for adopting
a new name, is shrouded
in mystery. What is known
comes from newspaper ac-
counts of the day, because
Fowler left behind no letters,
diaries or other papers. He did
not marry or have children;
his sister, Harriet, in whose
home Fowler died, was also
childless, and no family have
been located. Only two images
of Fowler are known to exist;

both are photographs of him
with his teammates.
He died in poverty, and his
grave in Frankfort's Oak View
Cemetery was unmarked
until 1987, when a committee
with the Society for American
Baseball Research sponsored
a memorial stone and held a
dedication ceremony there.
The ceremony in Cooper-
stown on Saturday will, in its
own way, help to bring Fowl-
er's legacy back to life.

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Local clergy target graduation day for next protest at UM

continued from 1A

benefits offered by Chartwells.
During the protest that took
place on the anniversary of Dr.
M.L. King's assassination [April
4th], the workers, whose num-
bers were estimated at several
hundred, gathered at the inter-
section of Stanford Drive and
U.S. 1. Fliers were distributed
with the salaries of several top
UM administrators and employ-
ees, including: Al Golden [head
football coach]; Jim Larranaga
[head basketball coach]; Pas-
cal Goldschmidt [dean of the
Medical School]; and Donna E.
Shalala [UM president] to illus-
trate the inequity in pay at the
University. All four earned more
than $1M each in 2010.
Following the rally, which fea-
tured speeches from the Rev.
Richard P. Dunn, the Rev. Gas-
ton Smith, the Rev. Gregory
Thompson and The Rev. Ma-
rie Garthner, a petition with
the signature of more than 50
concerned clergy from South
Florida was delivered to Shalala
calling for change and asking
for her assistance in what some
describe as "poverty wages."
According to Eric Brakken, re-
gional director, 32BJ SEIU [the
largest property service union
in the U.S.], Shalala has yet to

"We have been involved with
UM's workers for almost two
years and have been reaching
out to a broader portion of the
community like the Black
clergy that have recently joined
our efforts," Brakken said. "The
Faculty Senate recently passed
a resolution supported by over
200 faculty members calling on
the University to increase the
wages of food service workers
on campus and to make sure
there is a fast and fair process
for workers to resolve their de-
sired status to form a union.
Chartwells has not agreed to
recognize a workers union and
while the faculty has spoken to
the President on our behalf, we
have been denied access to her."

Brakken adds that many of
the food service workers are
currently signing petitions that
may result in a strike. [The
school term will end in several
weeks]. He points out that in
2006, when the University's
janitorial staff [90 percent His-
panic] faced similar working.
conditions, they went on a hun-
ger strike, shut down U.S. 1
and eventually chose to form a
union. He's not sure how things
will play out this time around.

"This fight is reminiscent of
the issues that workers faced in
2006 except this time we have
mostly Black women that are
employed that can barely pay
their bills," he said.
While Chartwells would not
release the number of employed
food service workers, Brakken
estimates that there are ap-
proximately 275 workers; 80
percent are Black and 60 per-
cent are women. Workers were
reluctant to speak on the record
but two finally agreed to share
their views.
"I'm upset about the low pay
we receive that keeps us in pov-
erty, not having a voice at the
workplace and working in fear
of losing my job," said Betty
Asbury, a Black woman in her
mid-50s. She has been em-
ployed by Chartwells for two
years and works on the salad
"UM can tell Chartwells to do
the same that they told Unicco
to do for the janitors count
the [signed] union cards to see
that we have a majority and
start bargaining with us for im-
Nicole Berry, 35, has worked
on the grill for the past three
years. She too is concerned
about the future.
"$10,000 per year is not
enough to live on in Miami," she

Boy Scouts of America embrace

continued from 1A

the Scouts' 1,400-member na-
tional council meeting in May.
Dramatic shift from former
ban on gays
Though a dramatic shift from
the Scouts' outright ban on gays,
the proposal left many on both
sides of the debate unsatisfied.
It comes after months of intense
pressure inside and outside the
organization, whose leadership
has sent mixed signals on the
issue. Last Friday, some who
have pushed for change were no
happier than those who want to
keep the status quo.
"If this is what the proposal is,
I think it's trash," said Howard
Menzer, 76, a longtime leader
who left Scouting in 1999 to

protest the ban. He now heads
Scouting for All, a San Diego ad-
vocacy group.
"What is the purpose of allow-
ing gay children in if gay adults
are excluded? We're not pedo-
philes," he said. "In the 23 years
I was a scoutmaster, never did
I talk about sexuality and be-
ing gay. Why would they want to
keep me out? I think it's strict-
ly the religious people saying,
'They're terrible people, they're
not moral.'"
Tony Perkins, president of the
conservative Family Research
Council, called the Scouts' pro-
posal "incoherent" and "an af-
front to the notion that Scouts
are brave, reverent and 'morally
The U.S. Supreme Court up-
held the Scouts' policy in 2000,

but it has continued to draw
protests. As of Friday, the web-
site for Scouts for Equality said
that petitions against the ban
have more than 1.6 million sig-
natures. Last July, Scouting of-
ficials announced that after a
two-year, 'confidential review,
the organization had decided to
keep the no-gays policy, which is
essentially "don't ask, don't tell."
In September, Intel Corp.'s foun-
dation pulled its sponsorship of
Scouting, citing the company's
anti-discrimination policy. The
UPS Foundation followed suit
in October, and the foundation
of the pharmaceutical giant
Merck in December.
Some California legislators
have threatened the Scouts
with legislation that would
revoke exemption from state

Massive flight delays occur due to FAA cut

continued from 1A

Cascading delays held up flights
at some of nation's busiest air-
ports, including New York, Bal-
timore and Washington. Many
operations were more than two
hours behind schedule.
At Miami International Air-
port [MIA] and Fort Lauderdale-
Hollywood International Airport
[FLL], officials at mid-day said
they had seen no appreciable ef-
fect. Some delays did occur as
the day progressed but at MIA, it
wasn't clear whether those were
related to the FAA cuts or other
causes such as weather. Delta
Airlines warned about the pos-
sibility of future delays at FLL.
Elsewhere, the delays were so
bad that passengers on several
Washington-New York shuttle
flights could have reached their
destination faster by taking the
At airports, Monday is typi-
cally one of the busiest days,
when many high-paying busi-
ness travelers depart for a week
on the road. The FAA's control-
ler cuts a 10 percent reduc-
tion of its staff went into ef-
fect Sunday. The full force was
not felt until Monday morning.

One thing working in fliers'
favor Monday was relatively
good weather at most major

airports. A few wind gusts in
New York, snow in Denver and
thunderstorms in Miami add-
ed to some delays, but gener-
ally there were clear skies and
no major storms.
However, the furloughs will
continue for months, raising
the risk of a turbulent summer
travel season. And the lack of
controllers could exacerbate
weather problems, especially
spring and summer thunder-
There's no way for passengers
to tell in advance which airport
or flights will experience delays.
FAA officials have said they
have no choice but to furlough
all 47,000 agency employees
including nearly 15,000
controllers because .the
agency's budget is dominated
by salaries. Each employee
will lose one day of work every
other week. The FAA has said
that planes will have to take off
and land less frequently, so as
not to overload the remaining
controllers on duty.
Critics have said the FAA
could reduce its budget in
other spots that wouldn't delay
"There's a lot finger-pointing
going on, but the simple truth
is that it is Congress's job to fix
this," said Rep. Rick Larsen,
a Washington Democrat and
member of the House avia-
tion panel. "Flight delays are
just the latest example of how

the sequester is damaging the
economy and hurting families
across the country."
Some travel groups have
warned that the disruptions
could hurt the economy.
"If thes6 disruptions unfold
as predicted, business travel-
ers will stay home, severely
impacting not only the travel
industry but the economy
overall," the Global Business
Travel Association warned the
head of the FAA in a letter Fri-
United Airlines said there
were "alarming pockets" of de-
lays and warned that if a so-
lution isn't found, the problem
could "affect air travel reliabil-
ity for our customers."
Delta Air Lines cautioned
travelers to expect delays in
New York, Philadelphia, Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., Chicago, San
Francisco, Los Angeles and
San Diego.
Many flights heading to Flor-
ida were seeing delays of up to
an hour. By late Monday, de-
lays into Los Angeles were ex-
pected to average three hours.
Prior to the furloughs, if a
controller called in sick, there
were enough people to take on
the extra work, or somebody
could be asked to work over-
time. Now that isn't possible.
The FAA has also furloughed
other critical employees, in-
cluding airline and airport
safety inspectors.

said. "Chartwells don't respect
us or acknowledge our hard
work. UM can hold Chartwells
accountable they did it when
the janitors faced the same kind
of hardship. Maybe if we get a
union, we can have better wages
and a better future for our fami-

The Miami Times sent a list of
questions to Chartwells High-
er Education Dining Services
[partnered with UM since 1994],
addressing issues that includ-
ed: charges of employee harass-
ment; whether they felt there
was a problem at UM; whether
they had been in communica-
tion with workers and/or UM's
administration; and how much
workers were paid.
Here is a summary of their
response from their representa-
tive, Kristine Andrews, Compass
USA [the parent firm of Chart-
wells]: "Financial terms regard-
ing contracts with our partners,
associate wages and personnel
information, including personal
financial situations, are con-
sidered confidential. Chartwells
has an obligation to provide un-
interrupted dining services for
the campus and ensure that
the safety of our associates and
guests is our number one prior-

gay youth
taxes for any nonprofit that
excludes members by sexual
orientation, gender identity or
religious affiliation.
In January, word leaked out
that the Scouts might retreat
from the ban and allow local
groups to decide. A week later,
however, the group's national
board, buffeted by the furor
that had erupted, put off a
vote until May. Support for the
gay ban among parents has
dropped from 57 percent three
years ago to 48 percent today,
the Scouts found. A majority of
youth in Scouting oppose the
ban and say the policy does
not represent a core value of
Scouting, the survey found.

I Took The

A list of questions was also
sent to the University of Miami
addressing issues that includ-
ed: whether UM administra-
tion had attempted to persuade
Chartwells to negotiate with
food service workers; why UM
had allegedly intervened in
2006 with disgruntled janitors
but has not done so in this case;
whether UM was concerned
with the significant number of
women of color who as employ-
ees and the sole source of in-
come for their families say their
pay is less than adequate; and
whether UM was concerned
about a potential strike.
Here is a summary of their
statement from Elizabeth
Amore, executive director of
media relations: "We under-
stand that SEIU has been, over
the past months, seeking to or-
ganize Chartwells operations,
particularly at UM . Accord-
ingly, the University is not tak-
ing a position other than to
strongly request of both sides
to abide by the rules, which,
most importantly includes no
harassment or intimidation of
workers so that they may make
a decision in an atmosphere
free from coercion or pressure."

The Rev. Rhonda Thomas, a

Jobless rate
continued from 1A

7.5 percent for the month of March
down from a revised 7 5 percent
in February.
In neighboring Broward County,
14.500jobs were added in March,
equating the average job growth
as reported for the past two
years. The addition in jobs indi-
cates an expansion in just about
ever major industry but profes-
sional services and government.
Broward's raw unemployment
rate for March was 5.7 percent -
down from 6 2 percent in Febru-
it should be noted that the

community organizer and em-
ployee of SEIU, has been work-
ing with local clergy for the past
several months. She says she
doesn't understand why UM"s
administration won't at least
meet with the community's re-
ligious leaders.
"Our recent activities mirror
what Dr. King was doing when
he was assassinated advo-
cating for better treatment of
workers," she said. "Shalala
spoke with the Miami Herald
but she won't speak to Black
clergy. Why won't she speak to
our community? We take this
personally. The workers we rep-
resent live in Coconut Grove, in
Overtown and in Liberty City.
It seems like they're being ig-
Thompson, one of the speak-
ers at the April 4th rally and the
pastor of New Harvest Baptist
Church, is asking South Flor-
ida clergy and members of the
community to come together
on Friday, May 10th [the date
of commencement exercises at
UM] at 5 p.m. for a march and
rally in support of the food ser-
vice workers. They plan to meet
at the intersection of Stanford
Drive and U.S. 1. Thompson,
president of the AACCC [Afri-
can American Council of Chris-
tian Clergy], can be reached at

rises again
State of Flonda ard NM-DC receive
seasonally adjusted unemploy-
ment rates considered to be
more accurate indicators of hiring
trends. Broward and other coun-
ties in the state receive raw unem-
ployment rates
In M-DC, fewer new hires were
reported in healthcare, hospitality
and the cargo industry hlule con-
struction hiring remained flat. Lo-
cal government payrolls in 2013
were reported down by 5.400 po-
sitions in comparison to last year.
Meanwhile. temporary workers in
both Miami-Dade and Broward
saw an increase in demand dur-
ing March but that demand was
described as inconsistent.


I Will Do What It Takes

To Raise My Kids 1

Het ry, and


It all starts



* Educate my children
* Be a good role model
* Set clear and firm rules
* Remind myself that:
I AM the #1 influence
in their lives
* Make time for family meals
* Stay connected to my kids
via texts, Facebook and
their other social sites
* Talk and listen more
to them
* Surround
myself with
moms and dads
* Transform
MY community into a
safe, healthy & drug-free




Mr. Mom more common in America

Mother and father roles intersect

By Oretha Winston

The way mothers and fathers
spend their time has changed
dramatically in the past half
century. Dads are doing more
housework and child care;
moms more paid work out-
side the home. Neither has
overtaken the other in their
"traditional" realms, but their
roles are converging, according

to a new Pew Research Center
analysis of long-term data on
time use.
At the same time, roughly
equal shares of working moth-
ers and fathers report in a new
Pew Research Center survey
feeling stressed about jug-
gling work and family life: 56
percent of working moms and
50 percent of working dads
say they find it very or some-

what difficult to balance these
Still, there are important
gender role differences. While
a nearly equal share of moth-
ers and fathers say they wish
they could be at home rais-
ing their children rather than
working, dads are much more
likely than moms to say they
want to work full-time. And
when it comes to what they
value most in a job, working
fathers place more importance

on having a high-paying job,
while working mothers are
more concerned with having a
flexible schedule.
However, mothers' attitudes
toward work have changed
considerably in recent years.
Mothers with children under
age 18, who would prefer to
work full-time has increased
from 20 percent in 2007 to 32
percent in 2012.
Tough economic times may
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Last year in October, a cross-generational crowd
came together for the centennial celebration of The His-
torical Mt. Olivette Missionary Baptist Church.
The historic church is known for having entire
generations of families being dedicated members and
even having supporters who may no longer attend the
church, but still feel very connected to it. Those sup-
porters hold on to their roots and memories from afar.
And Mt. Olivette, their home, remains.
Rev. Franklm R. Clark, 71, who has pastored the
church for 33 years. believes the church's sustainabil-
ity and former members' dedication to Mt. Olivette goes
back to their senior saints passing their values on to
younger generations.
-They have to see it modeled," Clark said. "Some-
things are better caught than taught." He used
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Detroit poet acknowledges National Poetry Month

Faith and family

discussed in his

By Malika A. Wright

"It is very clear/ as days draw
near/ we were sent here / to
change the atmosphere," Poet
Keir Jackson says in his poem
called Atmosphere, which is
about living your life with the
objective of positively impact-

ing the world.
Poetry seemed to be recited
more than usual during April,
in observance of National Po-
etry Month.
The national recognition of
poetry inspired Jackson, a De-
troit native, to encourage oth-
ers to pursue their dreams by
promoting positivity in his po-
etry and music, which fights
against drugs, sexual promis-
cuity and violence.
He has been urging others to
use the job cutbacks and the
layoffs that the economy has

mandated as an opportunity to
do something they have always
been passionate about doing.
"Many people did not have
time in the past to pursue their
dreams, because they were
working too many hours."
Jackson is a former automo-
tive engineer who followed his
dreams to pursue poetry and
music production. In response
to his efforts, he has received
Over the years, he has
opened for Bill Cosby, R&B art-
ist Dwele and the Last Poets.

Keir Jackson

He has also released four po-
etry and music CDs. The music
behind his poetry is a fusion of
jazz, neo-soul and gospeland
is for all ages.
Jackson said he formerly
worked for one of Detroit's "big
three" automobile companies
as a supervisor and industrial
engineer. After he was laid-
off, he devoted his attention to
writing poetry and music pro-
He said he is grateful to now
have the freedom to follow his
'dreams, share his Christian

faith and promote good fam-
ily life through his poetry. He
discussed the importance of
poetry, stating that many of
the Bible's books have poetry
in them listing Ecclesiastes,
Songs of Solomon, Psalms and
"My poetry is comforting for
anyone dealing with unemploy-
ment, layoffs, worries, hard
times, or bad days in general"
Jackson said.
"It's also inspirational for
people who desire to follow
their dreams, love, and peace."

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tics pointing to a wealth of dis- girls
advantages children face in a being
single parent home, 72 percent father'
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homes in the U.S.,more than 80 as muc
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has reached epidemic propor- figure.
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the absence of a father in the of influx
household to a spike in crime, daughi
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boys and men between the ages always
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post about his purpose
will say Black boys "es- makes sense now. Short story- got home, i gave her a juice box
y" need their father in this weekend I took my wife and packed her in the car to
usehold, indicating that and daughter to the park. As run some errands. As we drive
:and a better chance of we were walking I stopped and off she fell asleep, she dropped
successful without their picked up three little flowers the juice box (all over my fresh-
s presence. Statisti- from the grass for each of us. ly cleaned carpet, may I add)
peaking, that's not true. After the ahh's were exchanged I but she held the flower tight
girls may not engage in thought my glory was over. But even though she was knocked
:h violence as boys, there here's where it gets interesting, out. Before I took her limp
er emotional, education- after a few seconds I shoved my body out the car, I tried to pry
financial obstacles they flower in my sweatshirt pocket the flower out her hand. She
th the absence of a father and forgot about it. My wife put groaned as if to say I got this,
Rodney Jones, a dedi- her flower in her hair, and my just get me out this car and
husband and father of daughter twirled her flower all laid her head on my shoulder
n, TX, wrote a touching the way to the park. When we flower in hand. Being the man
ok status last Wednes- got there she made me hold her I am, I went on not thinking
at exudes the magnitude flower as she got on the swing. anything of it. Here it is 3 days
ence a father has on his Carelessly I attempted to set later and it finally dawns on
er. Read the touching the flower down on a number me how significant that small
below: of occasions, but she would exchange was for my daughter.
'B, I had a revelation this scream if she saw I wasn't hold- Girls cherish and hold on to the
ig. I finally realize why ing the flower. Periodically she special things we do for them,
lled me to raise a girl! I would run back to check on no matter how small. Guys with
thought I would have a her flower as she played. When daughters remember that, and
nd couldn't understand it was time to go, she asked make sure you don't carelessly
the guys I ran wit grow-- for the flower back and twirled drop or push your little flower
had little girls. But it it all the way home. When we to the side! God bless!!

Relay for Life takes place in Miami Gardens

continued from 10B

so did the music. That was the
quitest moment of the night.
The same event that had si-
lently recognized those who had
passed, energetically celebrated
those who have prevailed over
"Here I am/ I survived/I'm
still standing," the lMa.r-irn Sapp
song, blared from the speakers
across the track as Johnson
expressed her gratitude to be
"It's a blessing to celebrate
another birthday,? she said.
"I'm just thanking God I made
another one."
Johnson, was one of the hun-
dreds of cancer survivors, care-
takers, family members and
friends, who had participated
in the Relay For Life, where 30
teams walked around the track
from 6 p.m. Friday night until 8

a.m. Saturday morning to raise
funds for cancer research. Team
members took turns walking
around the track given that at
least one member of each team
needed to be on the track at a
Johnson, who is also a teach-
er at North Dade Middle School
was the team leader of North
Dade neighbors. Several-of her
students and colleagues were
apart of the team. Two of her
students Brianna Williams, 13,
and Calah Laidaer, 14, raised
about $i00 each and were ex-
cited about spending the night
at the event. They were ea-
ger to walk during the themed
laps, which included "Funky
Hats/ Funky hair" at at 3 a.m.
"DJ says" lap at 4 a.m. and
then a "freestyle" lap at 5 a.m.
Some of the other teams were
churches, organization, frater-
nities, sororities and many oth-
er unions. The overall goal of

the relay was to raise $55,000.,
"We have to take care of
one another because cancer
is affecting our community at
alarming rates," said Alandria
Davis, event chair, 'who has
been a dialysis patient for 1.1
Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Miami Gardens was
one of the teams that partici-
pated in the relay. The church,
who had 180 pre-registered
members and a goal of $5,000,
recently lost a minister to brain
cancer, according to Rashika
Carrington, team leader.
"It's very dear to our church,"
she said. "That was a big
She said the minister's wife
and family participated in the
relay. The City of North Miami
Beach was another relay team.
They held 'the lead during the
relay, by partnering with their
police department and also

having bake sales, raffles and
other fundraisers.
Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert of
Miami Gardens shared how he
lost two aunts to cancer. He
said "cancer basically touches
everyone we know."
"A lot of [the] time we don't
like to talk about it, but not
talking about it won't get us a
cure. . it won't bring aware-
ness, so we're talking about it,
and we're here to celebrate life."
Although the 2013 Relay for
Life of Miami Gardens/ Opa-
Locka's goal of raising $55,000
has not been met yet, the teams
will not stop fundraising until
August, according to Chiara C.
Clayton, the American Cancer
Society Staff Partner.
Money can be donated at
www.relayforlife.org/mgolfl or
mailed to the American Cancer
Society office. For resources on
dealing with cancer, call 1-800-

Osteen lends hand to Liberty City food bank

continued from 10B

together to make an impact in
different communities through
volunteering. Their goal was to
leave a lasting impact and re-
mind people that there is hope
and change is possible.
One volunteer, Refilwe Pitso,
42, had traveled from South
Africa to help out.
Osteen who pastors the
largest congregation in the U.S.
- also visited the two Liberty
City sites, where he and volun-
teers extended helping hands.
He said it felt great to meet the
people of the community and
to help.
The idea of making a garden
was an idea of the youth minis-
try of The Church of the Open
Door, according to R. Joaquin
Willis, pastor of the church.
As the youth maintains the
garden, they will also study ten
principles from the Bible, he

said. According to Willis, it is
gardening and classroom theo-
ry coming together.
"The idea is not to only learn
from it, but take it out and do
something else with it [such
as] feeding people or a farmer's
market," Willis said.
Since Joel Osteen Ministries
wanted to assist with a sustain-
able project and The Church
of The Open Door wanted to
make a garden, they agreed to
"It turned out what he want-
ed to do matched perfectly with
what I was going to do," Willis
Phyllis Carswell, a local land-
scaper, designed and came up
with the concept for the gar-
"Being able to do something
to show my creativity and then
to have someone of this mag-
nitude to honor it, has been a
blessing," she said.
While at the food bank and

the garden Osteen stoppedto
pray, share kind words and
take pictures with people of the
Laverne Holiday, the assis-
tant director and Lavern Elie-
Scott, the executive director
of Curley's House, were both
grateful that they received
some assistance from Joel
Osteen Ministries, who gave
200 vouchers to Curley's House
clients for the 'food give-away
and has arranged for some of
the food from the garden to be
donated to Curley's House.
"It's been a blessing for the
community to have someone
of his stature to choose us to
do this project," Holiday said.
"It's really overwhelming and
a blessing because-it's going
to change the lives of people
in our neighborhood and our
Joel Osteen Ministries con-
tinued to share their message
of hope Saturday by drawing

together nearly 37,000 people
at the Marlins Park Stadium
Saturday night for "America's
Night of Hope."
Overcoming various types of
adversity including death in
the family, feelings of guilt, and
sickness were discussed by
Osteen; his mother, Dodie; and
wife, Victoria, throughout the
At one point, more than 10
local pastors, joined Osteen on
the stage to encourage audi-
ence members.
Osteen, shed tears as he
spoke about trusting God af-
ter the death of his father, who
was his "best friend."
"Life is not always fair, but
God is fair.
Every day of your life is
written in God's book. Be en-
couraged, God will bring you
through it," Osteen said.
"What God started, He will
finish. Even sickness and
death cannot stop it."

Pastor instills Christian longevity into members

continued from 10B

marriage as an example, saying
younger Christians who want
to get married should be able
to look to older Christians who
are married to receive some
The church's focus is on evan-
gelism and trying to prepare
sheep for the work of the min-
istry, which is evident in their
weekly community outreach
initiatives. Every Wednesday

they "leave the seats and hit
the streets," according to Clark.
In efforts of continuing the
church's longevity, one of its
top priorities is reaching out to
the youth, without neglecting
their senior saints.
"We try to keep a balance,"
he said. "It's important that we
link the past with the present
or well tend to forget the past."
The church has a very strong
youth group, according to
Clark. Clark compared the
church to a hospital, saying

that every hospital has a ma-
ternity ward.
"If you're not having babies
born in the maternity ward,
then that means you're dying
out," he said. "Somebody has
to be groomed."
This is why the older con-
gregation members have been
teaching the youth the church's
focus and values, while also
learning new methods for fi-
nance and technology from the
Clark said he is aware that

many of the youth will leave
Miami after graduating high
school to go off to college and
other members may leave
someday also.
But regardless of where they
go their spiritual growth is what
is most important to Clark.
"What I try to do, as a pastor,
is to instill in them when they
leave no matter what direction
might carry them," he said.
"Theyll have something solid to
draw from, where they still can
cope as a Christian individual."

New Jerusalem Primi-
tive Baptist Church will hold
a prophetic summit on April
24-26 starting at 7p.m. Call

M 'World Deliverance
Church will host its annual
women's conference on April
25-27 at 8p.m. Call 786-409-

New Corinth Missionary
Baptist Church started their
celebration of their 41st pas-
toral anniversary on April 14.
There will be services held at
7:30p.m. It will end on April
28 at 3p.m.

0 Allen Chapel A.M.E.
Church will celebrate its An-
nual Unity Day on April 28 at
10a.m. The messenger will be
Rev. Wendell Paris. Call 305-

M St. Matthews Commu-
nity Church will hold a Com-
munity Re-entry Fair on April
29 at 9a.m.-2p.m. It will be
conducted by The Prisoner Re-
Entry Support Program. Call

Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church will host its
2nd Annual Prison Ministry
Seminar and Volunteer Cer-
tification Training on May 3
at 4p.m.-7p.m. and May 4 at
8a.m.-4p.m. Call 305-759-

The Living Word Chris-
tian Center International
will host a family fun day on
May 4 from 2p.m.- 6p.m. at
Miami Carol City Park. Call

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

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

M Second Canaan Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
host their 19th pastoral an-
niversary on May 18 at 6p.m.
Call 954-296-1867.

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

E 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.

Young Believers anniversary
The Young Believers first singing anniversary 3 p.m., April 28 at
St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 1470 NW 87 St.
The gospel program will include special guests, Sons of Gospel,
Brothers from Ft. Lauderdale and the Second Chapter.

Mom and dad roles mesh

continued from 10B

have ushered in a new mindset,
as women in the most difficult
financial circumstances are
among the most likely to say
working full-time is the ideal
situation for them.
With so many demands on
their time, many parents won-
der whether they are spending

the right amount of time with
their children. Overall, 33 per-
cent of parents with children
under age 18 say they are not
spending enough time with
their children. Fathers are
much more likely than moth-
ers to feel this way. Some 46
percent of fathers say they are
not spending enough time with
their children, compared with
23 percent of mothers.

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Statin side effects can be managed

By Janice Lloyd

Don't be too quick to stop
taking cholesterol-lowering
station drugs because of un-
pleasant side effects.
That's the recommenda-
tion of a study out recently
in Annals of Internal Medi-
cine about stations. one of the
most widely prescribed drugs
in the U.S. But despite their
proven benefits, some people
stop taking them, citing fa-
tigue, muscle pain, confusion
and concerns about diabetes.
A very rare life-threatening
side effect is called rhabdomy-
olysis, which causes liver and
kidney damage.
In a nine-year study of re-
cords of 107,835 patients at
Brigham and Women's Hospi-
tal in Boston. 11.124 had dis-
continued stations because of a
side effect. Among that group.
half started again at a lower
dose or used a different station
drug; 90 percent had stayed
on the drug 12 months later.
"This is important news be-


cause of the beneficial effects
of stations said physician Al-
exander Turchin, the study's
lead author. "There are poten-
tially millions of patients who
could take stations again."
About one in four Americans
45 and older take a station
drug, according to the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention. Doctors expect pa-
tients to stay on them for life
- along with eating a low-fat
diet and exercising regularly.
Stations lower bad cholesterol,
helping to lower risk of devel-
oping heart disease They also
improve survival in patients

who already have heart dis-
ease, the No. 1 killer in the
Researchers set out to de-
termine why there are more
complaints of side effects in
clinical practice than m clini-
cal trials. "It could be that pa-
tients hear about the side ef-
fects in news reports," Turchin
said. "It's very common in
clinical practice to hear com-
plants about them. Some of
these complaints are just due
to aging and have nothing to
do with the statun "

That wasn't proven in the
study, however. An accompa-
nying editorial said "most 1-
pidologists believe that stations
can, in fact cause myalgia or
muscle weakness." These side
effects have been disputed
by some clinical investigators
because muscle symptoms in
trial participants on stations
were no greater than those on
a placebo.
Researchers at Brigham

and Women's Hospital who
analyzed electronic medical
records found out who had
side effects, whether people
stopped taking their stations,
whether they later restarted a
station and what happened if
they did Among the findings
about the side effects:
They may be caused by
something other than the
station drug
They may be caused by the
station drug but are tolerable.
They may be caused b% one
station drug but not others.
Each year. more than two
rmllion Americans suffer from
acute cardiovascular events
that account for approximate-
1, one-fourth of the total cost
of inpatient hospital care, ac-
cording to the CDC
"This (research) is more evi-
dence we can use when talk-
ing with patients about the
ability to stay on these drugs,"
said Donna Arnett, president
of the American Heart Associ-
ation. Arnett was not involved
with this study.

Is the 'morning-after' pill suitable

for the consumption of all ages?

NBC: "President Obama has
been a 'stalwart supporter of
women's health, and women
have rewarded him richly for it
... But in December 2011 ...
his Health and Human Services
secretary (Kathleen Sebelius)
overturned an FDA approval of
the morning-after pill for non-
prescription sale to people of all '
ages ... On Friday, . federal
District Court Judge Edward
Korman said the administra-
tion's meddling with FDA had
been arbitrary, capricious and
unreasonable. . Women's
health advocates are cheering
the ruling, and FDA officials
must surely be savoring the

TIONAL REVIEW: "This is an
absolutely outrageous decision,
clearly driven by the politics of
Big Abortion, that has serious
implications for the health of
young girls . After the FDA
recommended (over-the-coun-
ter) provision of the drug in
2011, Sebelius overruled them.
A media firestorm ensued, but
the president defended her . .
At the time, he made this state-
ment: 'The reason Kathleen
made this decision is that she
could not be confident that a
10-year-old or an 11-year-old
going to a drugstore should be
able alongside bubble gum
or batteries be able to buy a
medication that potentially, if
not used properly, could have
an adverse effect.' Frankly,
that's just common sense re-
gardless of your position on the
distribution of drugs with life-
ending properties."

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works up to 72 hours after intercourse.

with 'Plan B,' which include
nausea, headaches and men-
strual changes. While menstru-
al change in a 13- or 14-year-
old girl is very common, if you
introduce Plan B into the equa-
tion, it could make the effects
even worse. Plan B can stop a
period from happening all to-
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by the way, emergency contra-
ception is not 100 percent effec-
tive . So to this judge, I say:
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merous doctors' groups and
medical professionals who have
all confirmed that Plan B is

safe for teens to use . Even
though Americans tend to be
squeamish when it comes to
teen sexuality .. that isn't an
acceptable basis for a federal
policy. Pretending that Plan B
is somehow 'dangerous,' even
when all the scientific evidence
says otherwise, isn't an accept-
able basis either."

CYMIC: "(The judge) called the
Obama administration's ac-
tions 'political interference'
and explained that 'the moti-
vation for action was obviously
political. ... It was an election
year decision that many public
health experts saw as a politi-
cally motivated effort.' ... If you
didn't sprinkle any truth in your
oatmeal this morning, there's a
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PSA test leads to further

procedures, harms: study

By Genevra Pittman

Most older men with prostate
cancer found by prostate-spe-
cific antigen (PSA) tests and
biopsies opted for treatment
in a new study even if signs
pointed to their disease being
slow-growing and not immedi-
ately life-threatening.
Still, among men with high
PSA levels, only about one-
third ended up getting a biopsy
to determine if they had cancer
at all, researchers found.
They said those findings
point to the difficult decisions,
anxiety and side effects that
can come after a seemingly
simple choice to undergo pros-
tate cancer screening.
"A lot of times older men just
think, It's a blood test, how
bad can it be?'" said Dr. Lou-
ise Walter, a geriatrician from
the San Francisco VA Medical
"It's not just a simple blood

test and then you're done and
you know if you have cancer
or not and you know what to
do. It's one test in a cascade of
tests that can lead to increas-
ingly intensive interventions,"
Walter, who led the new study,
told Reuters Health.
The value of screening older
men for prostate cancer has
been in question for years.
Last year, the U.S. Preventive
Services Task Force (USPSTF),
a government-backed panel,
recommended against PSA
tests in all men, regardless of
Data have been conflict-
ing about whether screening
saves any lives. It's clearer that
treatment after a positive test
and biopsy can cause side ef-
fects such as impotence and
incontinence, and that some
cancers picked up on screen-
ing would never have caused
symptoms because they are so

For their new study, Walter
and her colleagues analyzed
insurance claims and medi-
cal records for almost 300,000
men, age 65 and older, who
were screened for prostate can-
cer through the VA in 2003. Of
those, just over 25,000 had a
PSA level above the typical cut-
off of four nanograms per mil-
liliter of blood.
The typical next step after a
high PSA test is a biopsy, to
show more clearly if a man has
cancer and how serious it is.
But over the next five years,
just one-third of men with high
PSA levels underwent biopsies,
the study team reported in
JAMA Internal Medicine.
"We should talk with our pa-
tients before we send a PSA
test to see if they would even
remotely consider a prostate
biopsy," she said. "You should
definitely not be screening men
who say, I would not want to
get a prostate biopsy.'"

B will help reduce the number
of abortions by preventing un-
wanted pregnancies just doesn't
wash with anti-choicers . .
They claim Plan B is abortion,
precisely the same in its mor-
al significance as infanticide.
Aside from giving frightened
teenagers a 'plan B' in cases of
unprotected or underprotected
sex, willing or unwilling, the
good thing that could come out
of this court decision is better
public understanding of the ex-
tremism and consequences of
S the definition of 'life' the anti-
choice movement and its wholly
owned subsidiary the GOP have

By Alice Park

Promising trials hinted that
circumcision could lower rates
of HIV infection, but until now,
researchers didn't fully under-
stand why.
Now, in a study published
in the journal mBio, scientists
say that changes in the popu-
lation of bacteria living on and
around the penis may be partly
Relying on the latest technol-
ogy that make sequencing the
genes of organisms faster .and
more accessible, Lance Price
of the Translational Genom-
ies Research institute (TGen)
and his colleagues conducted a
detailed genetic analysis of the
microbial inhabitants of-the pe-
nis among a group of Ugandan
men who provided samples be-
fore circumcision and again a
year later.
While the men showed similar
communities of microbes be-
fore the operation, 12 months
later, the circumcised men har-
bored dramatically fewer bacte-
ria that survive in low oxygen
conditions. They also had 81
percent less bacteria overall
compared to the uncircum-
cised men, and that could have
a dramatic effect on the men's
ability to fight off infections like
HIV, says Price. Previous stud-
ies showed that circumcised
men lowered their risk of trans-
mitting HIV by as much as 50
percent, making the operation
an important tool in preventing
infection with the virus. Why?
A high burden of bacteria could
disrupt the ability of special-
ized immune cells known as
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the foreskin, says Price, since
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signaling molecules that im-
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By Betsy Mckay

Researchers said recently
they have mapped an "arms
race" in the human body be-
tween the AIDS virus and
powerful antibodies that fight
it off the latest of several
recent scientific advances ac-
celerating the pursuit of a
A team of researchers has
mapped how the AIDS virus
and antibodies to it evolve in
the human body, a finding
that could help further the
quest to develop an AIDS vac-
cine. In a study published in
the journal Nature, research-
ers showed how a virus that
had recently infected an Afri-
can patient battled powerful
proteins called "broadly neu-
tralizing antibodies," which
few HIV patients have but
which can target thousands
of strains of HIV.
The virus and antibodies
changed and evolved time and
time again in the patient, try-
ing to outwit one another.
The fascinating back-and-
forth one-upmanship between
the virus and the antibod-
ies, which the researchers
documented by examining
more than three years' worth
of blood samples from the
patient, is akin to an "arms
race," said Barton Haynes,
a leader of the research and

director of the Duke Human
Vaccine Institute at Duke Uni-
Following that battle allowed
them to pinpoint how the pow-
erful antibodies develop and
evolve a question that sci-
entists have been seeking to
answer for years.
The research could help in
the development of a vaccine
that would mimic the anti-
bodies' evolution and ward
off HIV, the virus that causes
AIDS, Dr. Haynes said. "We
have a full blueprint now for
ho\v those antibodies were
made. he said.




The quest for an AIDS \ac-
cine is one of the most vexing
in all of science because uin-
like other viruses, H[V mu-
tates frequently\ even over
the course of a week in a sin-
gle patient to outnianeu er
anubodies that fight against
About 34 million people were
living with HIV in 2011, and
1.7 million died, according to
the Joint United Nations Pro-
gramme on HIV/AIDS. About
2.5 million were newly infect-

First AIDS vaccine ca
found to be ineffective.

w .- -: -

AZT is shown to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmis-
sion of HIV. Devin Butts, one of the first children to receive
AZT while in the womb, draws as a videotape of his mother
plays in the background.

is Another major HIV vaccine trial is halted after preliminary
results show no benefit.

ed with HIV that year.
Scientists have also been
perplexed as to how broadly
neutralizing antibodies de-
velop a critical question be-
cause they are able to target
most strains of HIV.
Dozens of antibodies have
been identified over the past
few years. Yet only 20 per-
cent of people infected with
HIV ever develop them natu-
rally., The researchers gained
insight into how broadly neu-
tralizing antibodies progress
by studying blood samples
from a very early stage of the
patient's infection. That al-
lowed them to pinpoint a part
of the virus that triggered the
beginning of their develop-
By laying out how both
the virus and the antibodies
evolve, the research "opens

up a very interesting strategy"
for "a vaccine that mimics the
evolution of the virus," said
Anthony Fauci, director of the
National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases, the
arm of the National Institutes
of Health that oversees AIDS
research. NIAID provided
funding for the research.
The strategy would involve
sequentially vaccinating a
person with boosters designed
to mimic the way the virus
evolves, he said.
Broadly neutralizing anti-
bodies take up to four years
to develop in people who nat-
urally develop them now.
They don't rid an already
infected person of HIV. Scien-
tists hope a vaccine that in-
duces these antibodies would
protect uninfected people
from the virus.

Sleep apnea was shown to be higher among Black men
under 40 years old and between 50 and 59 years old.

Sleep apnea symptoms

vary by race, study says

By Huffington Post

Risk factors for obstruc-
tive sleep apnea the sleep
disorder in which breathing
repeatedly stops and starts -
run the gamut, from smok-
ing and high blood pressure,
to the most common. high
body mass.index (BMI). But
a recent study by research-
ers at Wayne State University
School of Medicine reveals
that even with BMI accounted
for, one key risk factor re-
mains race.
In the study of 512 patients
observed at the Detroit Re-
ceiving Hospital Sleep Dis-
orders Center between July
1996 and February 1999, the
severity of sleep apnea was
shown to be higher among
Black men under 40 years old
and between 50 and 59 years
old. No difference was found
between Black and white
women, however.
Lead researcher, James

Rowley, PhD, professor of
medicine at Wayne State
Medical Director of the sleep
disorders center, says that
the mechanism for a racial
difference in sleep apnea se-
verity is unclear, but potential
mechanisms include anatom-
ic differences that affect the
way the upper airway open
and close, as well as differ-
ences in the neurochemical
control of breathing.
According to the Mayo
Clinic, there are two main
types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep ap-
nea, the more common form
that occurs when throat
muscles relax
Central sleep apnea,
which occurs when your
brain doesn't send proper
signals to the muscles that
control breathing
Rowley's research isn't the
first to identify differences in
how race affects the quality of

New heart-risk finding Extra upside with hip/

for men is a hair raiser knee replacements

If there is a baldness/
cardiac link, it's minor,
combined studies show
By Kim Painter.

Good hair, strong heart?
The long-studied idea that
balding men have a higher risk
of heart disease gets some new
support in a study out last
Wednesday but experts say
hair-challenged men need not

rush to the doctor's office.
The study, published re-
cently in the British medi-
cal journal BMJ Open, pools
results from several previous
studies with inconsistent
results. It concludes that the
link probably does exist, but is
modest far weaker than the
link between heart disease and
well-known risk factors such
as smoking, obesity and high
blood pressure.
Please turn to HAIR 16B

Survey of patients says sex lives improve

By Janice Lloyd

The rise in hip and knee
replacements among Baby
Boomers is doing more
than putting a spring in
their step. It's also making
life in the bedroom better.
Nearly one million people
a year have a total hip or
knee replacement; numbers
have soared in the past 10

.-I .I

years and are expected to
keep growing as Boomers
refuse to accept the seden-
tary life that besets some-
one with painful arthritis.
In 90 percent of patients
surveyed, total hip or total
knee replacement improved
overall sexual function,
including frequency and
duration, says lead author
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14B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 24-30, 2013


The sex lives of baby boomers makes increase

continued from 14B

Jose Rodriguez, director of
the Center for Joint Preser-
vation and Reconstruction
at Lenox Hill Hospital in New
York. He will present findings

today in Chicago at the annual
meeting of the American Acad-
emy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
"Sexual function needs to be
discussed with patients when
we make routine evaluations,"
he says. "I've found most pa-
tients to be very receptive to

talking about it."
Patients' average age was
56.8 years. One limitation of
the study is its size: Just 147
of 392 patients enrolled in the
preoperative study, and 116
returned post-op question-
naires about their overall and

sexual well-being before and
after surgery.
Some newer implants come
with "guarantees" that they'll
last two to three decades. If
an implant wears out, a more
complicated revision surgery
is required.

Unhealthy hair linked to male heart disease

continued from 14B

.The findings might give bald-
ing young men one more good
reason to work on reducing
such known risks, says re-
searcher Tomohide Yamada
of the University of Tokyo in
Japan. He responded to ques-
tions by e-mail. A bald scalp,
he says, may be a "marker"
for some underlying condi-
tion that contributes both to
hair loss and to coronary ar-
tery disease. That could be
anything from high blood
pressure to high sensitivity to

testosterone, the researchers
Yamada and his colleagues
looked at six previous observa-
tional studies, including four
done in the USA. The stud-
ies included a total of 36,990
men. On their own, four of the
six studies found some statis-
tically significant link between
baldness and indicators of
heart disease, such as having
a heart attack or needing by-
pass surgery.
The researcher combined
the studies in several different
Combining three of the

studies that followed men over
time, for at least 11 years, they
found that men who had lost
all or most of their hair had
a 32 percent greater chance
of developing heart disease.
The link was a little stronger
among bald or nearly bald
men younger than 55 or-60.
When they combined three
other studies, which compared
balding men with non-balding
men at one point in time, they
found balding men were 70
percent more likely to have
heart disease. Again, the link
was a bit stronger in younger

Guys with receding hair-
lines may have less to worry
about: Studies that assessed
severity found that the balder
a man was at the top .of his
head but not in front the
more likely he was to have
heart disease, the researchers
But the findings don't mean
guys with bald crowns should
be lining up for cardiac stress
tests, either, Yamada says.
With baldness affecting up to
40 percent of the adult male
population, that's not likely to
be practical or good medicine,
he says.

South FL's homeless gets medical attention

continued from 14B

difference in my life," said Ev-
ans-Martin, who is now clean
and working a part-time cus-
tomer service job.
The Alicki Health Center and
the clinic at Homeless Resource
Center are among several fa-
cilities that help the homeless
across South Florida. In south
Broward County, Memorial
Healthcare System operates
five primary care clinics, in-
cluding one at 4105 Pembroke
Road in Hollywood that serves
many homeless.
There is demand for them.
In Broward and Palm Beach
counties, at least 6,000 men,
women and children are home-
less, according to recent counts,
and many rely on public clinics
to treat common health prob-
lems. Often those problems
precipitated the downward spi-
ral that left them on the streets.
This year, Broward Health
will spend $3.4 million and
Palm Beach County more than

$750,000 to provide health
care to homeless people. Bro-
ward has about three times the
homeless population of Palm
Beach County, accounting for
some of the budget difference.
The money comes largely from
federal grants.
The Alicki Health Center has
six examining rooms, show-
ers and a pharmacy where
prescriptions can be filled

right away.
Named after Bernard P.
Alicki, the center honors the
longtime manager of the health
care district's homeless servic-
es who died in 2007. The clinic
has been operating for more
than two months but was offi-
cially opened Thursday with a
ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
The expanded facility -
which some on the street have

begun calling Bernie's Place
- means the staff doctor and
two nurse practitioners will
be busy. Patient visits are ex-
pected to rise by 2,600 over the
10,000 recorded last year, said
Portia Anderson, the clinic ad-
The public health clinic at
Homeless Resources Center,
at 1000 45th St., opened last

Seven ordained at 93rd St.

Community M.B. Church

"For they that have used the
office of a deacon well purchase
to themselves a good degree, and
great boldness in the faith which
is in Christ Jesus." (I Timothy
SPastor Carl Johnson and the
93rd Street Community Baptist
Church cordially invites you to
the ordination service for the
following brethren: Bro. Derrick
Armstrong, Bro. Willie Bean, Bro.
Willie Oliver, Bro. Henry Ross,
Bro. Ron Smith, Bro. Cedric
Reeves and Bro. Lee Hill all who
will be ordained as Deacons.
The service will commence 4
p.m., Sunday, April 28 at the
93rd Street Community Baptist
Church, 2330 N.W. 93rd Street.
The guest speaker will be
Pastor Anthony Brown, Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church,
Miami, Florida.

Senior Pastor/Teacher
Come out and witness this
noteworthy occasion. For more
information, please call the
church at 305-836-0942.

Bishop Adams celebrates three years
St. John Institutional Missionary In addition to the service this
Baptist Church will continue Tuesday, St. John will host
it's Pastor's Anniversary with a "Bishop's BBQ", a community-
worship service this Tuesday, April oriented function, which will be
30th. Bishop James D. Adams, held at the church on Saturday,
senior pastor, will welcome Pastor May 4th at 12 noon. St. John is
Eddie Lake and the'Greater Bethel located at 1328 NW 3rd Avenue in
AME Church at 7 p.m. Miami.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

wish to thank Hadley Davis
Funeral Home for making such
a difficult time comfortable
and treating my dad with such
Your patience, understanding
and compassion were so
gratefully appreciated.
Your artistry in preparing
my dad made him look as he
did two years ago and it was
so comforting for my family.
Everyone in the family was
very pleased with the way
everything was organized and
carried out.



Your professionalism and
kindness won't be forgotten.
Thanks again.
With love, The Martin,
Bethune and Lawson families.

The Miami Times

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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

Order of Services
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,,,' I School 9 a.m.
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W I,, hi, Ii.m. Worship 4 p.m.
M. 'on and Bible
la. i, edloAy 6:30 p.m.

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

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services
1 i ni.~ ISunday Shool 930 a m
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Prayer ad [Bible Siudv
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are the Royal Family of Christ Heb. 7:14

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Hour of Prayer 6 30 a m Early Morning Worhiip 7.30 a m
Sunday School 10 a m Morning Worihip II a m
Youlh Minisry Study Wed 7 p m Prayer Bible Study Wed 7 p m
Noonday Allar Prayer (M-F)
Feeding Ihe Hungry every Wedne.day I1 a m.i p rr
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worshp 7 a m
11 o m 7 p.m.
Sunday S(hool 9 30 a.m
SrTuesday (Bible Sludy) b:45p m
Wednesday Bible Sludy
10'45 a m

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Fao 305-685-0705
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
Sunday Bible Sludy 9 o m Morning Worship 10 o m.
4. Evening Worship 6 p m
Wednesday General Bible Sludy 7 30 p m
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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





Rev. Dr. W. Edwar


TIMOTHY WHITE, SR., 84, land-
scaper, died
April 15. Service
10 a.m., Sat-
urday at New
Shiloh Baptist

retired medical -"
technician, died |
April 16. Ser-

Saturday at
Christ Episcopal
Church. i

retired custo-
dian, died April
17. Service 10 i
a.m., Saturday
at True Fellow-
ship Holiness

ROSLYN TERRY, 52, instruc-
tor, died April
19. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Ebenezer UM .1
Church. -

foremen, died
April 20. Service
3 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

died April 16.
Service 11
a.m., Thursday .!
in the chapel
Survivors: wife,
Edna Taylor;
scns, Kelvin and
Anthony Taylor, Jr.,; two sisters,
Dr. Mae Taylor Christian and Ms
Harriet Taylor Roberts.

salesman, died April 21. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

27, laborer,
ments are ir

died April 21

87, houses
died April
Service 11 a
April 30 at I
Birth Cathed

Service 10

April 15 at N
Shore Med
Center. Serve
noon, Satur
at Chi
of God
Prophecy, 5
NW 22nd /
Interment Sc

musician, di
Memorial, 2


87, died April
16. Survivors
include: son,
Howard Betties;
Caroly n
Laverity and
Wanda Betties;
16 grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church.

61, teacher of
County Public
died April
16. Survivors
include: son,
Calvin Adderly,
II; daughters,
Chantelle and
Clara Love; six grandchildren;
seven sisters; four brothers and
former husband, Calvin Adderly, Sr.
Viewing 2-9 p.m., Friday. Service
1 p.m., at New Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church. Interment: Dade
Memorial Park.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
died April
17 at home.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday "
at Central
Church of The
Nazarene. .

April 12 at VA
Hospital. Sur-
vived by: daugh-
ters, Sheila,
Frankkeitha and
Fancy Hanks;
Linda Roberts I j
and Cassandra -
Duncans; brothers, Fr
Herbert Hanks; sisters,
of Los Angelos Califor
Owens and Bertha Coch
ing 1-8 p.m., Friday in t
Service 11 a.m., Saturd
Providence Missionar
Church, 760 NW 53 Str
FL 33127.

aka "Nunie
and Steak, 21,
security guard,
died April 19

known as
"Nana," 56, died
April 17 after
a short Illness
at North Shore
Hospital. William
is survived by
brothers, Leroy
eddie and (Geraldine), Lawrence (Nancy),
Inez Hardy Larry (Myrtle), and Sparkman
nia, Cortel Cunningham; sister, Suzette
hran. View- Cunningham; and sister-in-law,
:he chapel. Alma (Leon).
lay at New Cremation, followed by a private
y Baptist family service with burial at sea is
eet, Miami, planned. Additional information is
available on William's memorial
website at never-gone.com/
ANDREW memorials/nana or by contacting
0%aAm Lawrence at Ilafleur3@hotmail.com.

at Jackson
Ho s p i t a I .
Viewing 5 p.m.-
8 p.m., Friday in
the chapel. Wake at 3433 NW 181
Street. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Antioch MBC of Carol City.

Hadley Davis MLK
driver, died April
14. Service
12:30 p.m.,
Saturday in the

entrepreneur, -. supervisor, died
ed April 15. April 21 at home.
e 12 -.. Arrangements
service, Satu are incomplete.
.m., Saturday*- i

died April 10. Services we

April 9. Services were held

Stone (Cocoa
90, presiding
elder of AME
Church, died
April 19 at Hol-

.D D. WILLIAMSTON, mes Hospital in
died April 21. Arrange- Melbourne, FL.
complete. Elder Jenkins
was actively
EYMOUR, 47, laborer, involved in the
Miami community. He
I. Arrangements are in- Miami community. He
Assigned to Mt. Hermon in 1
a membership of 592 di
Grace pastorate the congregati
to over 1900. Elder JenI
LOUISE involved politically with t
ND, M system amongst he had
wife, Asst. State Attorney Jan
19. Elder Jenkins was the
a.m., -4 .1 Board for the Alternative
New (children at risk) and inca
Iral. adults, and several diffe
sociations: NAACP, Nat'l
Sof Ministers in Miami-Dz
Chamber of Commerce. E
H ERIC FORD, 48, kins received several ce
laborer, died April 16. of appreciation, letters of
a.m., Saturday in the modation, from mayors, s
also Gov. Lawton Chiles.
work with Congresswoma
ia r Meeks and worked dilige
Althea Range and Georgi
4 DAILEY, 56, bus Ayers for civil rights.
died Service 11 a.m., Friday
north Chapel AME Church in Me
dical FL. In lieu of flowers, d
lice, my be sent to the Tucker
rday Scholarship Fund c/o Gr
urch len Chapel AME Church,
of Lipscomb Street, MelboL
1910 32901. Please make che
Ave. able to "Tucker-Jenkins
Authern Memorial Park. ship Fund."

ed April 18 at home. Donaldson Fry

p.m., Thursday in the


retired business
owner, died
April 18 at
Caring Hands.
are incomplete.

April 17 at-I
home. Viewing
6-8 p.m.,
Friday at Grace
Funeral Home,
770 NW 119
Street, Miami,
FL. 33168.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Antioch Mi
Baptist Church of Bro
2799 NW 46 Street, Miami

JR., 70,
re held.

32, died

Sl'e" EL R r'-, .,
April 5. Services were held.

April 12. Services were held.

JANELLE S. LYNN, 22, died
j April 14. Services were held.

NACOLE STORR, 28, died April
ENKINS, 6. Services were held.

laborer, died April 18 at Jackson
Health Systems. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

was as- retired, died
982 with April 21 at
during his Jackson North.
on grew Service 2 p.m.,
kins was Saturday at
:he legal Saint Matthews --
ties with Freewill Baptist
et Reno. Church.
Chair of
arcerated Tranquility
rent as DAVID L. FAULKNER, 75,
ade anc stone mason. Arrangements are
ade and
Ider Jen- incomplete.
older Jen-
senators, carpenter. Arrangements are
He also incomplete
ntly with
a Jones- 65, caregiver. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at New Hope Missionary

at Allen Baptist Church.
elbourne, ANA C. BERNAL, 61, manager.
onationsService 1 p.m., Saturday at Bethel
atr-Jens A.M.E. Church.
eater Al-
2416 S.
urne, FL Trinity
cks pay- FRITZ CODIO, 56, mechanic,
Scholar- died April 20 at North Shore
Medical Center. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Saint James Catholic
59, died

of Richmond Heights, died April 17
S in Live Oak, FL. Arrangements are

missionary 83, domestic worker, died April
wnsville, 14 at Viera Hospital. Services were
i, FL. held.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

would like to thank each
and everyone for their acts of
kindness during our moment
of sorrow. We all carry our good
memories of her in our own
special way.
Special thanks to Range
Funeral Home, Rev. Dr. Gaston
E. Smith and Friendship M.B.C.
family; the entire Booker T.
Washington family, Mount
Sinai Medical Center, City of
Miami Beach, J,...ki.-,n *!Il:
Posse, rUon.cu l ,i ub, .... -,,..
Cove Condo, Eastern and Pan
Am Airlines, Endeavor and A-1
Bus Line.
Leave the Gate Ajar
Echoes of laughter still
lingering in the air
Your imprint on my sofa
To remind me you were there

Our pictures in my
Navigating life's valleys
and peaks
All those living kisses
We planted on each
other's cheeks

Chit-chatting on
the telephone
Catching up on the 411
Either B.B. King Blues
Or the countless times we had
big fun

Reflections of a life
When time had no more
time to spare
Yesterday you answered
your phone
Today I called, but you weren't

Your earthly sojourn has
come to an end
To start a new life
all over again
No more pain and agony
The One Most High
has set you free

Free to return, to the
halcyon days of yore
To the tranquility of still
waters that existed before
Before the chaotic episode you
experienced at birth
Those first steps you took
upon this bitter earth

Life is just a pit stop
A drive by peek-a-boo
Like reruns of old movies
We just keep passing through

So long for now
sweet Betty
Leave the gate ajar for us
Well spread our
wings at sunset
Ashes to ashes,
dust to dus
By: Blase' Michael Lizzmore

Your thoughts and acts of
kindness will never be forgot-
The entire Smith and Ross

In loving memory of, In loving memory of,
')^WSS^^ EE ^ ,?lTmKIi'

04/25/1988 04/29/2006

Heaven has a beautiful
Angel. We love and miss you.
Dad, mom (Dr. Clarence
and Sherry Jones) and family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

.-, .

t 7 :."

04/30/1996 07/15/2000

Although it's been 13 years,
you will forever be in my
I truly miss and love you
With love from your dad
and family.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


wish to express our most sin-
cere gratitude to our many
friends and love ones for their
acts of kindness during our
hour of bereavement.
Special thanks to Jessika
Wilson and Hadley Davis
From the family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,
/ .r \ -,

12/02/1929 04/28/2011

It's been two years and you
are still missed!
Your Girls and Family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

"Big Hand Dan"
05/18/1928 04/24/1999

We think of you always, but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in His keeping;
we have you in our hearts.
Lois, wife; Cheryl, Penny,
Allison, Carlton, Sherman,
Victor, Brenda and Patricia,

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


04/24/1958 08/12/2004

Even though you're not
here to celebrate, we're still
celebrating for youl
Happy 55th birthday.
Love, your mom, Ruby;
your sister, Mommeyo; and
all of your family and friends.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

04/27/1940 04/25/2002

Eleven years has passed
away "Dear Mama".
We love and miss you still
Phyllis, Kimberly, Tanya,
Tyeisha (Lonnie), Darrell
(Natrell), Tavarius (Niya),
Alexae, JVari, Kahmarri,
Se'maj, Wooten, Pace and
William families.

08/15/1922 04/26/2012

Gone, but not forgotten.
From your family and loving
granddaughter, Rosa Darling.

Gregg L. Mason Hall Ferguson Hewitt Eden Happy Birthday In Memoriam


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Anne & Emmett: Play depicts the evil of humanity

AAPACT raises bar with provocative

conversation between two
murdered teens
By D. Kevin McNeir

The lives of two young people
tragically cut short because of
hatred and racial intolerance
- Anne Frank and Emmett
Till have become part of the
world's conversation illustrat-
ing the worst in humankind.
Frank died in 1945 at the age
of 15 in a German concentra-
tion camp, her body ravaged
by typhus. But her thoughts as
penned in a diary during the
two years she and her family
were in hiding from the Nazis,
were published in 1947 and
became an immediate best-
seller. Till was murdered in
1955 at the age of 14. He had
been beaten, tortured and shot
to death before his body was


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thrown into the Tallahatchie
River by a group of white men
in Money, Mississippi.
But what if these two youth,

-Photo Credits: Juan E. Cabrera
Kandace Crystal (Mamie Till) and Shawn Burgess (Emmett Till).

who suffered and died on
opposite ends of the planet,
could have had the chance to
share their thoughts, fears
and frustrations about dreams
that would never come true?
That is the premise behind
AAPACT's newest production
"Anne & Emmett," written by
Janet Langhart Cohen and
directed by Teddy Harrell, Jr.
[AAPACT's founder/artistic
The play stars Shawn Bur-
gess [Emmett], Zasha Shary
[Anne] and also features Kan-
dace Crystal, Sheldon Cohen
and Tommy O'Brien.
"We are one of only seven
theater companies that were
given permission by the play-
wright to produce this play
and the only one this year
that's doing 14 shows with a
full cast so we're quite hon-
ored," Harrell said. "So much
happens in this one-act play in
just over 90 minutes. It's been
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Four of the ~entrat Park Five: Yusef Salaam (I-r), Kevin Richardson, Raymond San-
tana and Kharey Wise. (Antron McCray not pictured)

Film depicting Central

Park Five airs on PBS

Story of five men
falsely accused
of raping a white
Miami Times staff report

The Central Park Five, a
new. film from award-winning
filmmaker.Ken Burns, aired
April 16, on PBS. The film
tells the story of the five
Black and Latino teenag-
ers from Harlem who were
wrongly convicted of raping
a \ihite woman in New York
City's Central Park in 1989.
Directed and produced by
Burns, David McMahon and
Sarah Burns, the film chron-
icles the Central Park Jogger
case, for the first time from

The Central Park Five faces sentencing in 1989 case.

the perspective of the five
teenagers whose lives were
upended by this miscarriage
of justice.
The full film will be also be

streamed online at pbs.org
through May 1.
On April 20, 1989, the body
of a woman barely clinging to
Please turn to FILM 3C

Rapper Jay-Z will take

music label to Universal

The twitterverse is alive

with the sound of #Music

Trending performers and songs
are featured

By Edward C. Baig

NEW YORK New york
Twitter last Thursday
launched a new music dis-
covery service on the Web
and as an application for
Apple iOS devices. (Android
comes later.)
The famous and almost-
famous performers and
songs that surface through
the new Twitter #Music are
based on tweets and the

kind of attention they gener-
ate on Twitter.
Twitter first tested #Music
on celebrities such as Wiz
Khalifa and Blake Shelton.
Now it's letting the rest of
us past the velvet rope. The
company says that many of
the most-followed accounts
on Twitter are musicians,
with half of all users follow-
ing at least one musician.
The iPhone interface is
sweet, with an animated disc

of the tune that's playing
spinning on the bottom left
corner. The Web display is
How it works: Tap a pic-
ture from a grid of artists to
find songs. Tap the spinning
platter to summon volume
controls and to make the
animated disk appear larger.
Drag your finger on the disk
to fast forward or rewind.
If you swipe left or right on
the screen, you can play the
next or previous tune.
You must sign into Twit-
ter #Music with your Rdio or
Please turn to TWEETS 3C

By Hannah Karp

Vivendi SA's Universal Music
Group said recently it had
inked a multiyear deal with
rapper Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
to house his music label Roc
Nation, snagging the cov-
eted rights to release Carter's
next album along with the

The move is a re-
turn to Universal
for the 43-year-
old Mr. Carter

forthcoming records of other
top-selling artists including
Unlike Jay-Z who made
the transition this week from
hip-hop mogul to sports agent

- most people aren't well
enough established in one
vocation to simultaneously
venture into another. Jon-
nelle Marte has some tips for
aspiring Renaissance men aind
Carter said the deal allow ed
his five-year-old Roc Nation
to "continue to operate as a n
independent label with th-
strength, power and reach ...
the best major." Universal
didn't disclose the financial
terms of the deal.
The move is a return to
Universal for Carter, 43
years old, who served as
president of Universal's Is-
land Def Jam Music Group
- in addition to being
one of the label's record-
ing artists from
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By D. Rihar Strcha

The Greater Miami Chapter of
Continental Societies, Inc. held
their Twenty-fifth Anniversary
Gala last Friday. The event
chaired by Margaret H. Moss
and Dr. Gloria Brown was
in support of children and
the community was indeed
The prepared journal was a
memorial for Senator Larcenia
J. Bullard and also included
the charter members installed
in 1988 by Dr. Lois Harrison-
Jones, national president; Edna
Calhoun, national membership

chairperson; and f___
Jeanne Byrd,
Atlanta chapter president.
Also, Vashti Armbrister and
Earlene P. Dotson were credited
for organizing the Greater Miami
Chapter. They recruited a group
of enterprising and innovative
Christian women who wanted
to make a positive impact in the
lives of children. These thirteen
women of varied professional
background, representing noble
character and unrelenting
determination, pledged to
foster, promote and develop the

welfare of disadvantaged
and underprivileged
children in the greater
Miami area. Mattie
J. Williams presently
serves as president.
Past presidents include:
Dr. Earlene P. Dotson,
Jewel Thomas-Walker,
Christa Dotson Dean, M
Barbara Carr, Juanita
Franklin and Charlene
Hill. Their programs include:
HEER- Health Education
Employment-Arts and
Humanities, Space Camp at the
Kennedy Center, Scrabble Club,
Annual Toy Giveaway, Annual
Backpack/Supplies Giveaway,
Shoe drive and the Continental
Leadership Academy. Some of
the- distinguished guests were:

Al Dotson,
S Commissioner
Dennis Moss,
SJames Moss,
E1 d r i c k
"Fred" Ingram
and Dr. Gail
IOSS Brown. N

Congratulations go out to
Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder,
African American Committee
of Dade Heritage Trust; Leome
Culmer and Angela Culmer,
historians; Anita McGruder
and Retha Boone-Fye; Maude
Newbold; and membership
for providing the Twentieth
Annual Commemorative Service
and The Fifth Youth Talent On

Parade honoring
Lee Bryant,
an African
Incorporator; .
City of Miami/
Biscayne Park,
DSS Spence-Jones TA
and Audrey M.
Edmonson; Beckey R. Matkoa
and Ronnie Hurwitz.
Winners of the essay contest
were: Kara Powell, Jasmine
Johnson, Milayla Mims, Keona
Ashley, Jerry Jean Baptiste,
Tonya Dollard, Wayne
Holmes, Shamaccus Carr,
Evans Ellison and Antonisha
Johnson. Talent winners were:
Jacquan J. Cannon, guitar;

Franklin F. Sands
III, trumpet; Deyonn
Daniels, reading;
Kayla J. Curtis, piano
,-^ j selection; Sean Watts,
trumpet, Dwayne
Holloway; Isaiah
A Williams, liturgical
dance; and Troy A.
YLOR Duffie, keyboard.
Two important
activities coming up that
you shouldn't miss: Egelloc
Social and Civic Club, Men Of
Tomorrow Sat., April 27, 11
a.m. at Parrot Jungle. And,
The King Of Clubs Of Miami
Scholarship Banquet, Sunday,
May 5th, at the DoubleTree
Call 305-691-3209 for more

The AAPACT's new play is superb

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both a challenge and an honor
to work on it."

Harrell says he thinks more
youth know about Frank
than Till because her diary
is required reading in pub-
lic schools. He adds that some
Blacks want to forget about Till
because it is "so painful."
"I think Blacks have pushed
the story of Emmett Till out of
their minds, but it's part of our
history and is something that
we should never forget," he said.
"As a Black theater company,
this is the kind of play that we
should be doing. We are cre-

ating awareness about young
Emmett and at the same time
presenting a central character
that is Jewish on our stage.
The depth of this work is quite
profound and is sure to touch
those who see it."
Both of the lead actors are in
their early 20s and according to
Harrell, share an incredible on-
stage chemistry.
"Zasha has been acting in
South America in film and TV
soaps but this is her first time
on stage," he said. "Shawn is
a senior at Barry University
where he's majoring in theater.
Emotionally, they really hit the
mark. As the director, my job
was to help them relate to the
historical essence of the play
and then to let that emotional
bear out on stage. That's not

an easy task for any actor but
they both were able to do it su-
The two youth meet in a place
called Memory in a series of
flashbacks. As they talk about
what they personally experi-
enced in their final days, they
realize that their lives were not
as different as one might have
originally believed.
"This .play is timely given the
Trayvon Martin murder and the
bombings in Boston," Harrell
added. "We need to begin talk-
ing again about the Holocaust,
Jim Crow and the limits often
placed on one set of humans by
"Anne & Emmett" runs
through Sunday, May 12 at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center [6161 NW 22nd Avenue].

Twitter will now feature hit songs

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Spotify subscription to hear full-
length tracks. Otherwise, you're
limited to half-minute previews,
supplied by Apple's iTunes. If
you like a song, you can go to
iTunes to buy it. Twitter is look-
ing to add other music services.
To help you discover material,
Twitter segregates selections
into categories or charts, high-

lighting the most popular ma-
terial or songs from emerging
artists. If an artist doesn't pop
up in any of the charts, you can
search for them by name.
You can share via your own
tweets whatever strikes your
fancy, with a link to the track
pre-populated inside your tweet.
Even in the 140-character uni-
verse that is Twitter, you have
room to voice whether a given
track deserves an audience.

Twitter's push into music is
part of its attempt to broaden
its appeal to its user base and
advertisers. In January, Twitter
launched a mobile service, Vine,
that lets you capture and share
six-second videos.
On the Web, you can check
out the #service at music.twit-
Twitter announced the service
on ABC's Good Morning Amer-


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Truth behind the Central Park Five

continued from 1C
life was discovered in Central
Park. Within days, Antron Mc-
Cray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef
Salaam, Raymond Santana
and Korey Wise confessed to
her rape and beating after
many hours of aggressive in-
terrogation at the hands of sea-
soned homicide detectives. The
police announced to a press.
hungry for sensational crime
stories that the young men had
been part of a gang of teenag-
ers who were out wildingg," as-
saulting joggers and bicyclists
in Central Park that evening.
The ensuing media frenzy was
met with a public outcry for
justice. The young men were
tried as adults and convicted of
rape, despite inconsistent and
inaccurate confessions, DNA
evidence that excluded them
and no eyewitness accounts
that connected any of them to
the victim. The five served their
complete sentences, between
six and 13 years, before an-

other man, serial rapist Matias
Reyes, admitted to the crime
and DNA testing supported his
Set against the backdrop of a
city beset by violence and fac-
ing deepening rifts between
races and classes, The Central
Park Five intertwines the sto-
ries of these five young men,
the victim, police officers and
prosecutors, and Matias Reyes,
unraveling the forces behind
the wrongful convictions. The
film illuminates how law en-
forcement, social institutions
and media undermined the
very rights of the individuals
they were designed to safe-
guard and protect.
"This is a radical departure
for me as a filmmaker," said
Ken Burns. "Eschewing nar-
ration, bringing in many new
stylistic elements I think the
intensity of the circumstances,
and the political and tragic im-
plications absolutely demanded
that we implement an intensi-
fied discussion. What I think
adds to our story is the human-

ity of the five young men who
are at its center, especially be-
cause no one was willing to do
that during the original media
coverage and trial."
"This case is a lens through
which we can understand the
ongoing fault-line of race in
America," said Sarah Burns,
who also wrote The Central
Park Five: A Chronicle of a City
Wilding, (Knopf, 2011). "These
young men were convicted long
before the trial, by a city blind-
ed by fear and, equally, freight-
ed by race.
They were convicted because
it was all too easy for people to
see them as violent criminals
simply because of the color of
their skin."
In 2002, based upon Matias
Reyes's confession, a judge va-
cated the original convictions
of the Central Park Five. A year
later, the men filed civil law-
suits against the City of New
York, and the police officers and
prosecutors who had worked
toward their conviction. That
lawsuit remains unresolved.

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Who's to blame for state of schools? :

Recently, 35 Atlanta school teachers
and officials were indicted in what has
become known as the biggest test cheat-
ing scandal in the country's history.
Comments from Facebook:
What pathetic examples these children
have been given. Teachers should not

The tragic cheating

incident in the Atlanta
school system shouldld remirinld us that
rhetoric in high places cannot improve
our educational system. Of course no
child should be left behind.
But, until education is valued among
culturally deprived students, neither test-
ing nor any amcunt of politic-1l .indowl '
dressing is going to help.
The teachers ard school adminiistrators.
who cheated on the tests actually, lid the
students- an iniusIj ti:e. Being pfromroted iii
school without attendant competence sets
a child up for failure 'n the long run.
John L. Indo

iReports of a high
number of erasures on
standardized tests in 2009
prompted then-Georgia
--. Gov. Sonny Perdue to ap-
point a special investigative
panel in 2011.
Son ri' P:D.P E
-O .District Attorney
S Paul Howard then led a
21-month criminal invesh-
a nation that found instances
of cheating, concealing
Cheating or taking action
against whistle-blowers to
S raise test scores.

lBeverly Hall, Atlanta
schools superintendent
from 1999 to 2011 is among
-z 35 educators indicted in a
S cheating scandal at more
than 40 schools.


be cheating. School boards should not be
cheating. Many children are graduating
with minimal reading abilities. This does
not surprise me. This is glaring evidence of
ethical decline in society!
In my local school system, I was not their
sweetheart. My children were in special
education to help them overcome reading
problems. I went to observe on several oc-
casions and was appalled when a child got
something wrong and the response was:
"Good! Good! You did good!" The school
is afraid to tell children when they have
failed. We all fail! It's a fact of life.
No Child Left Behind is an illusion and a
joke. Our children are being left behind at
record rates.
Dwin Dykema

The current standardized tests might
not be perfect, but at least they are a real
measurement that reveals how badly our
schools are failing too many students.
Don't blame the tests for what they re-
Mathew Andresen

The schools are not failing our students.
Bad parenting is failing our schools. There
Please turn to SCANDAL 5C

More doubt is cast to D.C. test scores

Memo warns of possible cheating in

70 schools

By Greg Toppo

District of Columbia Pub-
lic Schools officials have long
maintained that a 2011 test-
cheating scandal that gener-
ated two government probes
was limited to one elementary
school. But a newly uncovered
confidential memo warns as
far back as January 2009 that
educator cheating on 2008
standardized tests could have
been widespread, with 191
teachers in 70 schools "im-
plicated in possible testing
The 2009 memo was writ-
ten by an outside analyst, Fay
"Sandy" Sanford, who had
been invited by then-chancel-
lor Michelle Rhee to examine
students' irregular math and
reading score gains. It was
sent to Rhee's top deputy for
The memo notes that nearly
all of the teachers at one
Washington elementary school
had students whose test pa-
pers showed high numbers of
wrong-to-right erasures and
asks, "Could a separate person
have been responsible?"

DCPS officials have said they
take all cheating allegations
seriously, but it's not immedi-
ately clear how they responded
to Sanford's warnings. Only
one educator lost his job be-
cause of cheating, according to,
DCPS. Meanwhile, Rhee fired
more than 600 teachers for low
test scores 241 of them in
one day in 2010.
The cheating issue first
came to light in 2011, after
USA TODAY reported that,
between 2008 and 2010,.103
schools had test-erasure rates
that surpassed districtwide
erasure-rate averages at least
The USA TODAYinvestiga-
tion found that, as far back as
2008, the Office of the State
Superintendent of Education
(OSSE), D.C.'s equivalent of a
state education department,
asked for an erasure analysis.
Among the 96 schools flagged
for wrong-to-right erasures
were eight of the 10 cam-
puses where Rhee handed out
so-called TEAM awards "to
recognize, reward and retain
high-performing educators and
support staff." In all, Rhee be-

stowed more than $1.5 million
in bonuses based on increases
in 2007 and 2008 test scores.
The USA TODAYinvestiga-
tion led to inquiries by the
D.C. Office of the Inspector
General and the U.S. Depart-
ment of Education's Inspector
General. Neither found evi-
dence of widespread cheating,
but both primarily focused on
just a handful of schools.
The 2009 memo was ob-
tained by veteran education
journalist John Merrow, who
has been covering Rhee since

her arrival in D.C. in 2007. His
documentary on her legacy
ran on PBS' Frontline in Janu-
Merrow provided a copy of
the memo to USA TODAY on
Thursday. Its findings stand in
stark contrast to public state-
ments made both by Rhee and
her onetime deputy, Kaya Hen-
derson, now D.C.'s chancellor.
In a Jan. 8 statement coincid-
ing with Merrow's broadcast,
Henderson noted, "All of the
investigations have concluded
in the same way that there is
no widespread cheating at D.C.
Public Schools." She added,
"We take test security incredi-
bly seriously and will continue
to do so even after our name
has been cleared."
In a statement, Rhee said
she didn't recall getting San-
ford's memo: "As chancellor
I received countless reports,
memoranda and presenta-
tions. I don't recall receiving
a report by Sandy Sanford
regarding erasure data from
the (DC Comprehensive As-
sessment System), but I'm
pleased, as has been previ-
ously reported, that both
inspectors general (DOE and
DCPS) reviewed the memo and
confirmed my belief that there
was no widespread cheating."

Local DJs give students pearls of wisdom

Miami Times staff report

Popular Radio DJs from
Y100 and 93.9 MIA teamed
up with the Gamma Zeta
Omega Chapter of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, In-
corporated to emphasize the
importance of reading and
success in media.
Nearly 50 students from
the Citywide and Carol City
Middle School EYL clubs
along with parents and soror-
ity members descended upon
Clear Channel Media + Enter-
tainment Miami Studios last
Saturday. Their day began
with an informative presenta-
tion on CCM+E Miami local
radio stations, media facts
and the importance of read-
ing in entertainment. The
students were then given an
intimate tour of the 100,000
square foot facility which

Students from

houses all eight local CCM+E
Miami stations and Total
Traffic Network.
After writing and producing
promos in the newsroom, the
students visited the Y100 and
WMIA studios and interacted
with DJs Nathalie Rodriguez,

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ii i i i
Citywide and Carol City Middle School EYL gather for picture.

Chris Cruz and Dre, who em-
phasized how serious reading
is in producing their wildly
popular radio shows.
"Clear Channel Media and
Entertainment Miami is com-
mitted to supporting our local
community," stated Lonny

Anger, Clear Channel Miami's
Market President. "Teaming
up with Alpha Kappa Alpha to
educate and mentor students
on the importance of reading
to this industry was a great
experience for both our sta-
tion staff and the students."

Car crashes are

the leading cause of death for teens.

Northwestern to host

eye opening mock DUI

Organizers bring realism to

prom-ready youth

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Prom season is approach-
ing and the recurring issue
of drunk dri. ing is rearing
its head .1cCordihg to the
Nation a H igeh v. .a' Traf-
fic Safety Ad mi nist rat ion
[NHTSA], car crashes are the
fadingg cause of death for
:eens and about one-third
of those are alcohol r elated
And parents of students
have an obligation to etnsulre
that their child is practicing
safety at all times even in
celebratory, circurnstanrces.
No due to a collaboration
between the Urban Partner-
ship Drug Free Conmmunit,
Coalition. Iirban LeWgue O:f
Grieat'r MNami and a host of
others, a different tactic is
available to influence stu-

dent-, to make better choices.
On Friday vMa.v 3rd at
Mia [n, jNorth\iesternr Senior
High School [1100 NW 71st
Street), there will be an event
geared toy. yards students and
their fanrlies emphasizing
th'- dangers of drunk driv-
i rn The event kicks off at
9:30 a m
The MI-ick Di I is intended
tot "shock" stud -nts nri:l
')Luth to think of the deathly
conseqLen:ces. -:,f drinking
and dri irie There will be
police officers, firefighters
and morticians to give near-
realistic activities to make
the impact of DUI fatalities
all the more real.
For rmoire information
contact \'. iltlora D. Perkins
Smith at 7S'6-424-5117 or

-Photo: Jacob Langston
Horex Saintjuste and other students in Migdalia Gar-
cia's 5th grade gifted class work on an exercise at Aza-
lea Park Elementary.

A push to expand gifted

education to more youth

By Leslie Postal

As principal of Millennia
Elementary, Anne Lynaugh
surveyed her campus several
years ago and saw more
than 700 students, but so
few "gifted" youngsters that
she could count them on her
It troubled but didn't sur-
prise her.
"I just felt we had more
kids out there," she said.
About 90 percent of Millen-
nia's students live in low-
income families, and more
than 80 percent are black
and Hispanic. Gifted enroll-
ment, in Florida and across
the nation, skews white and
But Lynaugh knew her
school off Vineland Road
in Orange County enrolled
some very smart kids. Teach-
ers simply weren't referring
them for gifted evaluations.
So they had no shot at the
gifted program, which re-
quires certain scores on an

intelligence test.
In 2009, the school made
changes and in the next
several years, Millennia's
gifted enrollment more than
"I get to do more advanced
stuff on my level," said Kris-
tian Davey, a fifth-grader
who entered Millennia's gift-
ed program a year after his
school began its new push.
To identify students such

"The complicating
factor here is poverty."
Tracy Cross, of the College of
William & Mary in Virginia

as Kristian, the school
beefed up teacher train-
ing on gifted kids and
introduced new "universal-
screening" tests designed
to judge intelligence in a
"culturally neutral" way that
is fair to youngsters learning
English. Millennia enrolls
Please turn to YOUTH 5C




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-

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

Housing Services of
South Florida invites
Liberty City residents
to their Let's Invest For
Tomorrow! event, April
27th, at 11 a.m., at 1350
NW 50th St. Call 305-751-

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-

BookerT. 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 305-474-0030.

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

Family is notifying all
family members for their
reunion, July 26-28, in
Valdosta, Georgia. Contact
S. Browning 678-896-0059

Miami Jackson High
School Class of 1971 will
meet every first Saturday,
at 4 p.m., at 1540 NW
111th St. Contact Gail 305-

S.E.E.K., Inc. will feed
the homeless in the City
of Overtown every first
Saturday, at 2pm, at 14-15
St. and 1st Ave. Call 678-

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

Celebrating Black beauty and diversity

By Andrew Adam Newman

Typically, cause-marketing
efforts involve profit-making
companies partnering with
charities to raise money. But
Procter & Gamble, with its'sev-
en-year-old My Black Is Beau-
tiful initiative; is introducing.a
project that is surprisingly am-
bitious even by the consumer
goods giant's standards.
Last Sunday, Procter &
Gamble presented a screening
of "Imagine a Future" in con-
junction with the Tribeca Film
Festival. The film, which aims
to empower Black women, fea-
tures Janet Goldsboro, a teen-
ager from Dover, Del.
"I didn't look like what I saw
in a magazine," Goldsboro says
about her childhood in the doc-
umentary. "I look different from
all my cousins. I had dark fea-
tures, dark hair, dark eyes, big
nose and big lips, and I used to
get made fun of because of how

I looked."
She says that she is "into
boys" and that their remarks
can sting.
"Boys say, 'I like the light-
skinned girls,' or, 'I like white
girls because I want my baby
to come out pretty,' Golds-
boro says. "And that hurts you
because it makes you feel like
you're ugly looking."
The documentary is co-di-
rected by Shola Lynch, whose
documentary "Free Angela and
All Political Prisoners" about
Angela Davis is in theaters
now, and by Lisa Cortes, who
also produced the documen-
tary and who was an executive
producer for the Oscar-win-
ning movie "Precious."
The filmmakers found their
subject through Black Girls
Rock!, a Brooklyn nonprofit
with programs including a
summer leadership camp that
SGoldsboro attended last year.
Procter & Gamble supports

Procter & Gamble on Sun-
day will present a screen-
ing of "Imagine a Future" in
conjunction with the Tribeca
Film Festival.
the organization financially
through My Black Is Beautiful.
Interspersed with footage of
the teenager, who visits South

Africa, are interviews with
women including Michaela An-
gela Davis, the writer and cul-
tural critic; Gabby Douglas,
the Olympic gymnast, and Me-
lissa Harris-Perry, the MSNBC
Lynch, the director, was du-
bious when Cortes first ap-
proached her about the docu-
"Lisa came to me and I was
like, come on, Procter & Gam-
ble is going to let us tell this
story the way we want to tell
it?" Lynch said.
"It was known that this
wasn't going to be a puff piece,"
Cortes added of the 30-minute
documentary, which explores
how media images of rail-thin
white women as a standard of
beauty can make Black wom-
en, particularly curvy ones, feel
inadequate. "P.& G. has not just
been a supportive collaborator,"
Cortes said, "but has really giv-
en us creative freedom."

New film: Free Angela, All Political Prisoners

continued from 1C

was key to the government's
1972 murder conspiracy case
against her. "Emotional re-
lationships are really impor-
tant when your freedom is so
restricted," Davis says of the
bond she shared with Jackson.
"So that relationship was very
important to me."
George Jackson was one
third of the Soledad Brothers, a
cause celebre for 1970's leftists.
Among their many supporters
was Davis, then 26, a profes-
sor who had been fired from
UCLA. Her crime? Being a com-

munist. Davis became friendly
with George Jackson's teenage
brother Jonathan, who worked
security for her at rallies. One
day in August 1970, he decid-
ed to take justice into his own
hands. First he obtained guns
registered in Davis's name
without her knowledge.
He then carried them into
a Marin County, California,
courtroom, where he attempted
to kidnap a judge, a prosecu-
tor and three jurors to negoti-
ate for the release of the Sole-
dad Brothers from prison. Four
people, including Jonathan,
were killed in the resulting

Davis said she owned the
guns because of threats to
her life, but she had no role in
planning the kidnapping. Fear-
ing she would never get a fair
trial, Davis fled California and
became one of the FBI's Most
Wanted. The film tells her im-
probable story:
Her middle-class roots in Bir-
mingham, Alabama; her phi-
losophy studies in Germany;
the 2,000 people who packed
her first UCLA lecture; the FBI
hunt; people all over the world
rallying to "Free Angela"-and,
most unbelievable of all, an all-
White jury acquitting her of all

"We were up against the
most powerful forces around
the world and we built a move-
ment that eventually led to my
freedom," says Davis, now 69,
speaking from her home in
Oakland. Davis never publicly
admonished the younger Jack-
son or the plan some in the
movement described as a "slave
rebellion.". I tried to under-
stand why he tried to do some-
thing like that," says Davis.
"Like so many young people,
[Jonathan Jackson] was just
really impatient," Davis says
wistfully. "He was not willing
to wait to see the results of the
movement we were building."

Deficiency of Black students in gifted programs

continued from 4C

some students who are native
Haitian Creole and Spanish
Other schools and districts
are making similar changes,
looking to chip away at the
long-standing problem of gifted
classes that don't mirror the
general population. Based in
part on Millennia's success, the
Orange County school district
recently expanded "universal
screening" to 67 more schools
with large numbers of disad-
vantaged youngsters.
The result: nearly 370 new,
potentially gifted students in
Orange schools. Educators ex-
pect about half of them, after
taking a full IQ test, will qualify
for gifted classes to. meet their
"superior intellectual develop-
Such changes are long over-
due in Florida, which is "archa-
ic in terms of identifying gifted
students," said Donna Ford,
a special-education professor
at Vanderbilt University who
has worked with Miami-Dade
County schools to help increase

gifted enrollment.
Florida school districts typi-
cally have used teacher recom-
merdations and then an IQ test
to identify gifted children. But
teachers as "gatekeepers" are
problematic, Ford said, because
most teachers aren't trained to
spot gifted kids and often over-
look the poor, minorities and
those still learning English, as
they don't fit their notion of the
very bright.In Ford's view, tra-
ditional IQ tests also are biased
against those groups, exacer-

bating the problem.
In wealthier communities,
parents sometimes step in and
request a gifted evaluation for
their children or even pay for a
private psychologists to do the
testing. That rarely happens in
poorer neighborhoods, educa-
tors said.
Districts can admit to gifted
programs students from low-in-
come families and those learn-
ing English even if they don't
have the IQ scores other stu-
dents need. More than a third

of Florida's 145,500 gifted stu-
dents qualified for the program
under that option.
Still, Florida's overall public-
school population is 55 percent
poor, and its* gifted population
is 34 percent poor, data from
the Florida Department of Ed-
ucation show. There are other
stark differences. The overall
population, for example, is 23
percent Black and 43 percent
white, while the gifted .group is
nine percent Black, 55 percent

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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
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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.

continued from 1C

2004 until late 2007 when his
contract to do so expired.
Shortly after departing from
Universal, Carter joined forces
with concert promoter Live Na-
tion to launch Roc Nation-an
entertainment company that
includes the Roc Nation music
label as well as management,
publishing, merchandising
and other business ventures.
To release Roc Nation records,
Carter struck distribution
deals with both Warner Music
Group's Atlantic Records and
Sony Music Entertainment. As
those deals approached expi-
ration, the competition among
the industry's big labels over
Roc Nation became fierce, ac-
cording to a person familiar
with the matter.
The deal with Universal
comes a week after the launch

of Carter's new sports agency,
Roc Nation Sports-a collabo-
ration with the Creative Artists
Agency that has already lured
New York Yankees veteran sec-
ond baseman Robinson Cano.
Cano, who said last week
he was parting ways with top
baseball agent Scott Boras to
join the new venture, could
garner a multiyear deal worth
more than $200 million when
he becomes a free agent next
Boras couldn't immediately
be reached for comment.
Carter is also a minority
owner of the National Basket-
ball Association's Brooklyn
Universal Chief Executive
Lucian Grainge said Roc Na-
tion has swiftly become "one of
the most successful brands in
music with a reputation for de-
veloping some of today's most
influential and popular talent."

Atlanta cheating scandal

continued from 4C

is a reason why predominate-
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do poorly. It is not because
they all have bad teachers. I
am sick of the phrase "failing
schools." I could send my chil-
dren to the school with the low-
est test scores and they would
still do fine because they have
parents at home who care and


are involved.
How do you expect teach-
ers to fix 18 hours of crap with
five to six hours of education?
Stop saying failing schools, and
start a conversation about what
to do with failing parents.
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Proceedings are heating up between Kordell Stewart and Porsha Williams, who
have been married less than two years. Stewart reportedly claims, in new court docu-
ments that Williams frequently stays out late partying and ignores her stepson, Syre,
Stewart's son from ex-girlfriend Tania Richardson. The Pittsburgh Steelers star is
looking to block Williams from receiving spousal support.
Williams Courtered by alleging her e> had recently locked her out o0 their home
because he had another woman inside, vhile Stewart claims it was lust i nanny hired
to care for Syre because Williams is "neglecting her responsibilities to her stepson."
The reality star was said to have been blindsided by the divorce papers, despite
rumblings on the last ;eason of Real Housewives of Atlanta of marital discord between
the couple.

The divorce trial between kim Kardashiri an d :Krns Humphrie: hadn't even started,
and the reality starlet already has the upper hand.
Vardashiran won a significant victory in the battle with her e. recently, when a judge
ruled her Derscrnal emails could not be subpoenaed by Humphres' legal team. Report-
edly, Fardashlan'r oppi:iiltion wanted to comb through the private correspon dence for
evidence that the former couple's brief marriage was a Iraud engineered tor reality
Meanwhile, Kim is expecting her first child with boyfriend kanye West. due in July.
Her request to skip the trial was denied by the rudge several weel's ago.
The trial is set to begin on May 6.

rVvin Hart was arrested on susoDIcion o driving under the influence last Sunday
and now the A-list comedian is admitting to drintrng before getting behind the wheel.
in an on-lhe-fly interview with TMZ, Hart was honest about hi. condition when he
was arrested for a DUI on a Los Angeles freeway Cops allege he was speeding and
nearly hit a gas tanker on the freeway, which Hart denies. They ~ 1;i say the Real
Husbands of Hollywood star resisted arrest, which Hart explains was also not Irue.
He insists he simply asked ohicer:. to wait until he could remove his wristwatch before
they handcuffed him. Hartsaid via Twitter, "This is 3 wake up call for me, i have to be
smarter .5 last right i wasn't... everything happens tor a reason..."
No word on whether Hart plead guilty to the charges in court.

The mother ol two of Sean "Diddy" Combs' children is taking Dawn Drago to court
for allegedly lying.
A, we reported, the ex-nanny .sued Kim for wronglul-tiring, claiming that .,he smoked
weed and did cocaine around her own kids.
i'm says thal's not so and the nanny s a liar and a convicted shopiiiter.
Porter says what Dawn is really mad about is that she got named for lying on her time
sheets. So because she's bitter that she got caught in a lie, she filed a suit.

Jay-Z back with old label



The Miami Times




Are you a minority entrepreneur needing a loan?

The Bayside Foundation is here to help eligible for loan programs and

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.

Reaching out to local minor-
ity communities to identify po-
tential/small business owners
and connecting them with the
loan services they need was
the focal point at the recent
Minority Business Roundtable
Event that was hosted by the
Miami Bayside Foundation.
Scores of minorities can now
receive a lucky break to fulfill
the American dream by start-
ing their very own business
with finances and technical
assistance offered by various
of agencies that participated
in the seminar.
"We are helping minor-

ity businesses in the city of
Miami to get started," said
Kathleen Murphy, executive
director of Miami Bayside
Foundation. "Minority busi-
nesses are an intrinsic part of
the city."
Minority business owners
are underrepresented econom-
ically, not only in Miami but
practically every major city
throughout the U.S.
Marie R. Gill, operator/exec-
utive director of the Minority
Business Development Agency
[MBDA] has devoted her life's
work to diversify corporate
America by lending a hand to
minority business owners to
get them a piece of the pie.
"Small business owners are

-Photo courtesy of Miami Bayside Foundation
The panelists from left to right: Marjorie Weber, Valerie Crawford Moderator, William
Porro, Louis McMillian, Marie Gill, Leticia, Lucy, and Joel Pollock.

aro.l.Us LtCL;IhIIcda is1 Vices,,
Gill said. "We help them to
find contracts and submit
their bid proposals."
Gill has managed to pull off
very impressive numbers -
over $1.2 billion in financial
and contract procurement for
small/minority businesses
since 2002.

Featured business owners
Leticia and Joel Pollock, own-
ers of Panther Coffee were on
hand to share their story of
SLeticia says that she and
Joel had plenty of experience
in the coffee industry, but
Please turn to BAYSIDE 8D

Successful entrepreneur gets start in Overtown

Kenneth L. Perry, owner of PKL

recalls career growth

By Tanya Jackson
Miami Tunes staff wvriier

Urban environments or
ghettos as they are com-
monly referred to, can take
their toll on an individual's
dreams. Lack, blight and
hopelessness may be mere
images to some as they are
portrayed on the evening news
but are far too real to oth-
ers. Kenneth L. Perry, a native

of Overtown refused to allow
these realities to become bar-
riers to his dreams.

Perry is presently the
founder and CEO of PKL Int'l
Holdings Inc., a computer
consulting firm with national
contracts."Walking down
unsafe streets; seeing trash
piles as the background in
photographs; knowing how to

outmaneuver a drug addict
or dealer should not be
normal to a kid," said Perry.
"Although we were poor, my
family consistently demanded
that I spoke proper English.
said please and thank you,
went to church and func-
tioned at a high standard in
everything. It worked."
Perry who is barely 30 years
old, had a vision for a com-
pany and called it PKL. PKL
provides systems engineer-
ing, infrastructure design, IT
management consulting and
general consulting on short
and long-term projects nation-


wide. Past and current clients
include FPL: INTECH Invest-
ments LLC. an investment
bank in West Palm Beach;
and AFNI. an insurance sub-
rogation and debt collection
agency in the mid-west.
PKL manages computer
systems infrastructures for
companies with assets in
excess of $40 billion. PKL also
provides regulatory service
consulting in the areas of
server hardware. Windows,
Security Systems, Statisti-
cal Systems. TCP/IP, network
maintenance and several oth-
er systems. PKL is also able

to provide service on a remote
basis. Landing these contracts
clearly steered Perry out of the
dangerous streets of Overtown
to the well-manicured ones of
Weston, FL.

"When I was eight, my dad
made a sacrifice and bought
me a computer, I was over-
joyed" Perry said. "I was so
fascinated that I had to find
out how it worked. I've dab-
bled at different job assign-
ments and am also currently
the lead systems center
Please turn to PERRY 8D

College becoming trivial

Kids skip school to say to higher ed. Instead, get much better, this trend
some are starting their own could shake the foundations (
to blaze different businesses, working for free at America's 7,000-plus colleges
c mnanines to erpt ex nriPnce nd n1uniTveriti-es hih cur-

Anything but college to try to
get a job.
College no longer guarantees
success or even a good enough
job to pay back student loans.
Thanks, but no thanks, some
high school grads are starting

and flying out to conferences
to network.
This comes at a time when
unemployment for recent bach-
elor's recipients was still up to
12.6 percent as late as 2011,
the most recent year available
from the Bureau of Labor Sta-
tistics, a far cry from 2007's
rate of 7.7 percent. If post-
grad unemployment doesn't

rently take in over $147 billion
each year in tuition and fees,
according to the Department of
Christopher Dalton is the
20-year-old owner of D Detail-
ing, an auto care business he
started in high school. He gave
Middle Tennessee State Uni-
versity, based in Murfreesboro,
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-Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Nearly 100 exhibitors are expected to attend Hollywood's Expo Alfresco at Holly-
wood's ArtsPark at Young Circle.

Expo unites businesses

with future customers

By Miriam Valverde

Hollywood's 18th annual
Expo Alfresco, showcasing
nearly 100 businesses from
restaurants to lawyers to
plumbers will take place to-
day in Hollywood. This year's
highlight: a Firehouse Cook-

Off Showdown.
Firefighters from the Holly-
wood, Fort Lauderdale, Davie,
Hallandale Beach and Bro-
ward Sheriff's Office depart-
ments will cook up their "mag-
ic recipes." The dishes will be
judged by a panel of television
and radio personalities, said

Anne Hotte, executive direc-
tor of the Greater Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce.
"It's a true community
event," Hotte said. People will
have "the experience of getting
to know their local business-
es," she said.
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By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

The old saying, "The check is
in the mail," is often a ruse not
worth heeding. But beginning
April 12, checks will begin go-
ing into the mail for 4.2 mil-
lion mortgage borrowers who
were in the foreclosure process
in 2009 or 2010 and who like-
ly experienced robo-signing
or other deficiencies by their
mortgage service.

Initially, the Of-
fice of the Comp-
troller of the Cur-
rency (OCC) and the
Federal Reserve re-
quired services to
hire consultants to
do detailed reviews
of borrower case
files and determine
specific harms that CRO
borrowers received
to qualify for monetary re-
wards. This process ultimately

Became unwieldy, slow
and expensive without
producing timely ben-
efits to borrowers.
Earlier this year,
L the OCC and the Fed-
eral Reserve negoti-
ated a settlement with
13 mortgage services.
S They agreed to pay a
ELL total of $3.6 billion in
cash payments rang-
ing from $300 to $125,000 to
Please turn to MAIL 8D

Investing to sustain people

and the planet, not just profit

By Doreen Hemlock

Impact investing. Triple
bottom-line. Benefit corpora-
These may not be household
phrases in South Florida to-
day, but they're part of a grow-
ing global movement to develop
enterprises that aim to have a
long-term, positive impact on
The socially-responsible
ventures often look at a trio
of bottom-line measurements:
people, planet and profits.
And some even are setting up


as "Benefit" corporations that
specify the community benefits
that their managers and own-
ers must consider.
Fort Lauderdale-based event
organizer Sustainatopia kicked
off an impact-investing confer-
ence recently in Miami Beach,
drawing attendees from places
as varied as Silicon Valley,
Haiti and Cuba. They dis-
cussed investing in ventures
as diverse as organic shrimp
farms and women's coopera-
Among the group's aims: to
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Newspaper. Glass. Plastic. Cloth?

This Earth Day,

you'llfind more

curbside bins to

recycle textiles
By Wendy Koch

Clothes recycling is going
curbside in more U.S. towns
as global prices rise for the
used apparel, shoes and lin-
ens that Americans often toss
in the trash.
Since September, more
than a dozen local govern-
ments in Arizona, Massa-
chusetts, New Jersey, Penn-
sylvania and Washington
state have begun curbside
pickup of textiles, often in
special bags next to bins con-
taining paper and cans. New
York City has put clothing
collection bins in nearly 250
apartment buildings in the
past two years.
Businesses, too, are plac-
ing collection bins in parking
lots and gas stations.. In the
past year, The North Face,
H&M and other retailers have
begun using in-store bins to
offer customers store vouch-
ers for donating clothes.
As the U.S. celebrates
Earth Day today, the nation's
robust recycling industry
is increasingly targeting
clothes even those that are
stained, ripped, mismatched
or out of fashion. Companies
and non-profit groups are
partnering with cities eager
to reduce landfill costs. They
pick up the clothes, sell or
reprocess them into wiping
rags and other goods, and
give the cities or local chari-
ties a cut- often pennies per
"It's a trend more cities
are considering," says Tom
Watson, a recycling official in
Washington 's King County,

where the Seattle suburb of
Issaquah has teamed up with
waste collector CleanScapes
for curbside pickups. As a
result, he says, non-profits
such as Goodwill Industries
International and the Salva-
tion Army face more competi-
tion for donations.
Queen Creek, Ariz.,
launched a curbside pilot
project in September that
collected 27,000 pounds of
material in four months and
earned nearly $3,000 for
both the city and its Boys
and Girls Club. It partnered
with United Fibers, a com-
pany that turns textiles into
"This is stuff I wouldn't

What a waste
of material
U.S. production of textiles'

25 billion
pounds a year (82
pounds for each U.S.

donated or recycled

goes to landfills

Growth in textile wast

increase in waste, from
18.2 billion pounds in 199
to 25.4 billion in 2009, bu
the share of the total that
recycled grew only 2%.

35.4 billion
pounds of waste project
by 2019

V ~ v~

i --' lClothes



... or you can drop
: them in yellow bins
placed by Planet
Aid in many cities

)9 want to give away," says
t Ramona Simpson, the
is town's environmental pro-
grams supervisor.
The Salvation Army
partnered this year with
Brockton and Worcester,
%d Mass., to pick up clothes
curbside. Community
Recycling, a for-profit that
sells clothes for reuse,
CES- started pickups in October
in Newtown, Pa., -and a




Natasha Wiggins donates
clothes in a bin outside a
Goodwill near Falls Church,
Va. Unlike some bin collec-
tors, Goodwill has a great
record of using its dona-
tions to help the needy.
dozen nelihborin, e c mii-
r-,ites and .'.Iill do the same
next mrontr h in \\West ille. N .J
An', thine that s cle-an
and dr;, can be reus'-d or
rec cled, says Jackie King,
executive director of Second-
ary Materials and Recycled
Textiles Association, an
industry group. She says
nearly half of donated clothes
are sold for reuse, mostly
overseas, where demand and
prices have risen.
Goodwill's Michael Meyer
says per-pound interna-
tional prices vary but have
increased from a low of about
three cents to 20 cents. He
says his non-profit, which re-
quests "new and gently used"
items to finance job training
programs, sells only a small
share of donations abroad
because it sells the "vast
majority" at its stores, outlets

or auctions.
King says the average
American throws away 70
pounds of clothing, linens
and other textiles each year.
Only about 15 percent of
such materials are.recycled
- compared with 72 percent
of newspapers and 50 percent
of soda cans, the U.S. Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency
"There's a lot of room for
improvement," says Jenni-
fer Berry of Earth911.com,
a website that lists, by ZIP
code, places where items can
be recycled.
"Clothes clog our landfills.
They don't decompose," says
Kelly Jamieson of Planet Aid,
a non-profit organization with
bright yellow collection bins
in many metro areas.
Her group placed bins on
college campuses nation-
wide last week as part of
the "OneShirt Challenge" for
Earth Day, which is aimed
at educating students on the
need to recycle even the ratti-
est T-shirts.
"My friends just let things
pile up in their rooms, which
is a pretty big waste," says
Jan Nguyen, a University of
Maryland student. She says
she rarely throws anything
away and uses socks that
have lost their mate as chalk-
board erasers.
With super-cheap manu-
facturing, clothes are falling
apart and being thrown away
at a faster rate, says Heather
Rogers, author of Green Gone
Wrong: How Our Economy Is
Undermining the Environ-
mental Revolution.
Watson, the recycling of-
ficial, says consumers should
consider buying fewer but
higher-quality items that will
last longer, noting that the
average American buys at
least twice as many pieces of
clothing as 20 years ago.

Leaked records reveal vast hidden wealth

By Andrew Higgins

BRUSSELS They are a large and
diverse group that includes a Spanish
heiress; the daughter of the former
Philippine dictator Ferdinand Mar-
cos; and Denise Rich, the former wife
of the disgraced trader Marc Rich,
who was pardoned by President Bill
Clinton. But, according to a trove of
secret financial information released
recently, all have money and share a
desire to hide it.
And, it seems safe to say, they -
and thousands of others in Europe
and far beyond, in places like Mongo-
lia are suddenly very anxious after
the leak of 2.5 million files detailing
the offshore bank accounts and shell
companies of wealthy individuals and
tax-averse companies.
"There will be people all over the
world today who are now scared wit-
less," said Richard Murphy, research
director for Tax Justice Network, a
British-based organization that has
long campaigned to end the secrecy
that surrounds assets held in offshore
havens. The leaked files include the
names of 4,000 Americans, celebrities

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili of Georgia, center, is listed as an
owner of a secret offshore firm, according to The Guardian.

as well as more mundane doctors and
It is not the first time leaks have
dented a thick carapace of confi-
dentiality that usually protects the
identities of those who stash money in

the British Virgin Islands, the Cay-
man Islands, Liechtenstein and other
havens. Nor, in most cases, is keeping
money in such places illegal.
But the enormous size of the data
dump obtained by the International

Consortium of Investigative Journal-
ists, a Washington-based group that,
along with affiliated news media
organizations, announced its coup on
Thursday, has punched a big hole in
the secrecy that surrounds what the
Tax Justice Network estimates are
assets worth at least $21 trillion held
in offshore havens. "This could be a
game-changer," said Mr. Murphy, the
author of a book about offshore tax
shelters. "Secrecy is the key product
these places sell. Whether you are a
criminal laundering money or just
someone trying to evade or avoid
taxes, secrecy is the one thing you
want." Once this is gone, he added, "it
creates an enormous fear factor" and
has a "massive deterrent effect."
And lifting the curtain on the iden-
tities of those who keep their money
offshore is likely to cause particular
anger in austerity-blighted Europe,
where governments have been telling
people to tighten their belts but have
mostly turned a blind eye to wealthier
citizens who skirt taxes with help
from so-called offshore financial
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Treatment woes can bolster hospitals' profit

By Christopher Weaver

Hospitals have faced pressure for
years to make visits to their wards
safer. But their investments in every-
thing from hand-washing campaigns
to infection-fighting robots have done
little to curb the thousands of yearly
injuries and deaths caused by avoid-
able medical complications.
New research suggests one ob-
stacle: Treatment complications and
infections can inadvertently bolster
the bottom line.
Surgical complications such as
infections and procedure-related
strokes were on average twice as
lucrative as operations that went
smoothly at one large hospital sys-
tem, researchers from Harvard Medi-
cal School, Boston Consulting Group
and Texas Health Resources, re-
ported Tuesday in the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
The study underscores the chal-
lenges of improving the safety of
medicine when few hospitals have
financial inducements to do so, the
researchers said. Texas Health, a
Dallas-based hospital network, which
made medical and financial re-
cords of more than 34,000 surgeries

available for the study, said it would
discuss the results with insurers in
hopes of better aligning payments to
reward successes.
"The conundrum tells us that
payment reform has to be central to
health-care reform," said Mark Lester,
a senior quality executive at Texas
Health and an author of the study.
"We will always work as hard as we
can to reduce surgical complications,
[but] the economics say, 'You're not
helping your contribution margin,' "
he said, using an industry term for
per-procedure profits, excluding fixed
Like many hospital systems, Texas
Health has adopted a surgical check-
list to cut back on mistakes. The
checklist requires surgeons to en-
sure infection-preventing antibiotics
are administered before picking up
the scalpel, among other things. Dr.
Lester said it wasn't yet clear whether
the effort which began in 2011 -
has reduced complications but that
early data were promising.
The new research found private-
insurance and Medicare payments
soared when surgeries went awry,
outpacing extra treatment costs. In
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A new study found complications can boost a hospital's bottom line.

an intestinal surgery performed on
a Medicare patient could lead to an
extended intensive-care stay, boost-
ing payments fivefold.
"You have a situation where it's
clear that if hospitals invest resourc-
es to reduce complications, it's going
to hurt them financially," said Paul





Rotten surprises

that can derail

By Rodney Brooks

You're all set for retirement.
You've been planning and saving
for years. You're just two years
away from the big day, and ev-
erything's on track.
Then, boom! Something hap-
pens. An unexpected legal or
medical expense. A grown child
moving back home after a di-
vorce. If it happens when you're
about to retire or are already
retired, it can throw your well
thought-out retirement plan into
So, what should you do? Some
financial advisers say an emer-
gency plan should always be part
of your retirement planning.
Kent Caldwell-Meeks, senior
director of investment and fi-
duciary services at Wells Fargo
Wealth Management Group, says
even in retirement, you must
have an emergency fund.
"Most people think an IRA and
Social Security are enough,"
he says. But they aren't. "They
should have an emergency fund
that covers their. expenses for
three to six months. That's both
pre-retirement and in retirement.
Those are dollars that are not
part of your budget. It is to miti-
gate that unexpected shock."
Here are some retirement
"shocks" or surprises, and how
to plan for them if you're not yet
retired; or how to deal with them
if you are retired.
Job loss/loss of benefits.
"What if something weird hap-
pens, like if they lose a job," says
John Gajkowski, financial plan-
ner at Money Managers Financial
Group in Chicago. "What cripples
them is loss of benefits. All of
sudden they are 62 and their
wife is 62 and you have no medi-
cal insurance. What you used
to pay $500 a month for is now
$2,500 and with fewer benefits.
How do you plan for that? You
need to stockpile money away."
Curt Knotick, investment
adviser at Accurate Solutions
Group in the Pittsburgh area,
says his clients who were union
members come in expecting the
health care coverage for life that
was negotiated by the union will
last forever. "So many have lost
some or all of these benefits that
they thought would always be
there," he says. "And they did
not plan for that expense." One
recent client said his monthly ex-
penses rose by $800 as a result.
"You need to take that into
consideration now," he says.
"When budgeting for income
needs in retirement, allow for
an additional $500 to $1,000 a
month of fixed expenses to offset
this threat."
Unexpected medical ex-
penses. "I think one of the four
most significant shocks that I've
seen that devastate people in re-
tirement is unanticipated medi-
cal expenses or health issues,"
says Caldwell-Meeks.
"For health-care-related
shocks, as part of the overall
plan, individuals need to consid-
er that people are in retirement
longer, 20 to 40 years. They have
to go in to their planning ac-
counting for that period of time.
And they need to start saving
"In order to prepare for a
medical-type shock, they should
review certain types of insurance
planning," he says. "Long-term
care may be important. You may
have a medical situation that
is more grave. You may have to
extend that long-term care policy
or get a broader policy."
You end up raising your
grandchildren. "So many of my
clients who are grandparents


Ginsburg, president of the Center for
Studying Health System Change in
Washington. Dr. Ginsburg, whose de-
gree is in economics, wasn't involved
in the study.
On average, procedures with com-
plications netted $15,700, compared
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are taking care of grandkids,"
said Knotick. "Most of time it is
unexpected. You expect you are
an empty nester, and you think
you will travel. All of sudden the
family of two is a family of four
because you have two grand-
children. That can run up utility
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Forgoing college for quick success

continued from 6D

the old college try before leav-
ing after a semester to continue
building his business. He says
he now makes $150 an hour
doing what he loves, and has
nothing but big plans for the
"I said, why not take the same
money that I'm spending in
college and spend it on learn-
ing what I want to learn?" says
Dalton, who has spent his time
since he left school in January
running his business and going
to conferences to learn how to
make it even better. He recently
returned from a San Diego con-

ference where he learned how to
take dents out of cars, a service
he'll now be able to offer at D
Detailing. He felt happy about
his decision to forgo school af-
ter connecting with other ambi-
tious dropouts.
Peter Thiel, billionaire
founder of PayPal and entre-
preneur extraordinaire, wants
more kids to be like Dalton, so
much so that he pays 20 kids
$100,000 not to go to college ev-
ery year. Jonathan Cain, presi-
dent of the Thiel Foundation,
says a college degree no longer
makes a resume unique, and
kids' time and money are best
spent elsewhere.
That's not the point, says Jeff

Selingo, author of forthcoming
book College (Un)Bound, which
argues why college is still im-
portant, and comes out in May.
"Even if you don't get that first
great job, it's the fifth job that
matters. You really want an ed-
ucation that's going to get that
fifth job, because that's the one
that's going to make your ca-
Selingo's advice to graduat-
ing seniors who might be on the
fence about going to college: Go,
but don't take on $100K of debt
that you might never pay off.
Sure, 'a college degree doesn't
guarantee success like it used
to, but most folks who don't
have one are even worse off.

Expo seeks to build consumerism

EXPO in a way that helps build busi- While the event welcon
continued from 6D ness and build relationships tourists, one of the goals is

At least half of this year's
exhibitors are repeat partici-
pants, according to the Holly-
wood chamber.
This will be the fourth year
John Liguori sets up a booth for
his pizza and Italian specialties
restaurant at the Hollywood
expo, tagged "The Ultimate
Food Wine and Tradeshow Ex-
"It showcases my restaurant

with patrons," said Liguori,
owner of Liguori's Fired Up! in
Liguori typically sees a 10
percent customer increase as a
result of the event, he said.
It's evident they are expo
customers because they either
write it in comment cards or
point it out to his staff, he said.
They also bring with them dis-
count and gift cards offered at
the expo, Liguori said.


attract local residents to busi-
nesses during the summer
months when tourism slows
down, said Marie Suarez, chief
operating officer of the cham-
Expo Alfresco is ultimately a
way for businesses to introduce
themselves their next loyal
customer," Suarez said.
The event will take place from
5 to 8 p.m. at the ArtsPark at
Young Circle.

Harmed borrowers get rewarded

continued from 6D

all affected borrowers.
More than 90 percent
of the payments due
borrowers are expect-
ed to be paid by the
end of April. Remain-
ing 'borrowers are ex-
pected to be paid no
later than mid-July.
Borrower payments
will be based upon the
stage of foreclosure
and in some cases,
gravity of service er-
rors. The largest pay-
ments will go to bor-
rowers with completed
and wrongful foreclo-
sures. The vast major-
ity of checks payable to
borrowers will be for
less than $1,000.
The spring 2013
payments will include
all but two of the ser-
vicers Goldman
Sachs and Morgan
Stanley agreeing
to the settlement. A
second and separate
announcement in the
near future will ad-
dress payments for the
two holdouts
In the meantime, for
the other 11 services,
a payment schedule
includes eligible blor-
rowers in any stage of
foreclosure in 2009 or
2010 with one of the
following services, af-
filiates or subsidiaries:
Aurora, Bank of Amer-
ica, Citibank, HSBC,
JPMorgan Chase,
MetLife Bank, PNC,
Sovereign, SunTrust,
U.S. Bank and Wells


Ken Perry

continued from 6D

engineer for Broward
PKL has opened
plenty of doors around
the country but I'm
awaiting an interna-
tional break," he says.
Perry is a philan-
thropist as well and is
adamant about giving
He has helped to es-
tablish state-of-the-art
computer labs and of-
fers on-call consul-
tations to those who
prove that they are ad-
vocates for the needy
- especially children.
Perry can be con-
tacted at klperry@
gmail.com or by phone
at 954-400-8330.

The largest pay-
ment of $125,000 is
reserved for one of two
types of completed
foreclosures: military
families covered by the
Servicemembers Civil
Rights Act (SCRA) and
loans that services
foreclosed when bor-
rowers were not in de-
In cases where bor-
rowers were completely
foreclosed despite, ful-
filling all requirements
during a trial loan
modification plan, or
if a service failed to
convert borrowers to a
permanent modifica-
tion after successfully
completing the trial
period, a $25,000 pay-
ment will be issued.
According to the

schedule, additional'
payments will be made
to borrowers experi-
encing one of the fol-
lowing errors:
Modification re-
quest denied;
Modification re-
quest received; but no
underwriting decision
Interest rates
charged in excess of
SCRA limits;
Foreclosures begun'
while borrowers were
protected by federal
bankruptcy laws;
Service failure to
engage borrowers in
loan modification or
other loss mitigation.
Eligible borrowers
were recently notified
of their eligibility for
payments under the

settlement. Any bor-
rower who believes he/
she may be covered by
the agreement should
call toll free at 1-888-
952-9105 to verify
their inclusion and
also update their con-
tact information.
Payment acceptance
does not remove any
borrower's right to pri-
vate legal actions. The
agreement explicitly
denies services per-
mission to ask borrow-
ers to sign a waiver of
any legal claims in ex-
change for payment.
Any borrower need-
ing foreclosure pre-
vention assistance is
encouraged to con-
tact the Homeowner's
HOPE Hotline at 888-
995-HOPE (4673).

City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation
ITB No.: 12-13-039
Title: District 3 Roadway, Traffic & Drainage Improvements Part III
B-40301, B-40307, B-40308, B-40309, B-40315
Bid Due Date: May 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference
City of Miamir
444 SW 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor Main Conference Room
May 6, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.

For detailed information, please visit our Capital Improvements Program
webpage at: www.miamigov.com/capitalimprovements/pages/Procuremen-


DP No.: 009065 Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager

Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Resolution R-278-13, adopted on April 10, 2013, by the
Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida, notice is hereby given of a
special election on May 14, 2013, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors in
Miami-Dade County, for their approval or disapproval, the following proposal:
Modernization of Sun Life Stadium Used by Dolphins and Hurricanes
Resolution 279-13 proposes using 7,500,000 dollars a year, adjusted annually for growth,
from additional tourist room taxes to be levied to modernize stadium conditioned on:
* Dolphins' remaining long-term in County;
* Private funding for majority of costs;
* Stadium owners paying County at least 112,000,000 dollars in 30 years;
* Stadium owners paying penalties up to 120,000,000 dollars for not bringing premier
football and soccer events to stadium; and
* Award, in May 2013, of Super Bowl.
All qualified electors residing within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County shall be eligible to
The polls shall be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the day of the special election. This special
election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of general law relating to
special elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter.
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida

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Carnival invests in fleet upgrades

By Joan E. Solsman

After a spate of high-profile
ship mishaps, Carnival Corp.
plans to invest $600 million
to $700 million on emergency
safety and hospitality systems
across its fleet.
It is a significant investment
for the world's No. 1 cruise
operator, its largest in opera-
tional enhancements that ap-
proaches the cost of its biggest
ship order ever. But the chief

benefit of the heavy spending
isn't how much it repairs ves-
sels but how much it repairs
Carnival's public image after
multiple mechanical snafus,
analysts said.
"At some point, percep-
tion becomes reality, and the
perception right now is that
Carnival's cruise lines are out
of date," said James Hardi-
man, a Longbow Research
analyst who covers Carnival.
The investments could mean

fewer incidents and a higher
standard of safety and secu-
rity, he added.
With as much as half the
spending dedicated to its 24
namesake Carnival ships, the
program will install power
backups so that elevators,
fresh water and toilets con-
tinue to operate if electricity is
knocked out.
Carnival's Dream ship expe-
rienced mechanical problems
last month.

Bayside group helps entrepreneurs

continued from 6D

when they moved from
Oregon to Miami they
didn't know a lot of
"We applied for
loans on several occa-
sions but were turned
down by the bank,"
Leticia said. "No one
wanted to look at us."
Things dramatically
turned around for the
Pollock's once they

met Valerie Crawford,
managing director of
Consult 121.
"Some people tend
to give up before their
break comes through,"
Crawford said. "That
wasn't the case for Le-
ticia and Joel."
Once companies
are open for business
in Miami they look to
the Beacon Council to
bring employees to the
"This is all about

the creation of jobs,"
said Stephen Beatus,
associate executive
vice president for eco-
nomic development for
the Beacon Council.
"We are here to help
small minority busi-
nesses on finding the
right location for their
Passage to India is
a retail outlet that's
owned by Trovel Wil-
liams that's been at
Bayside Marketplace

for 26-years.
He says that Blacks
don't know about the
resources that are
available to them in
starting a business
and he's glad that
Bayside is reaching
out to the minority
"I'm the longest te-
net here," said Wil-
liams. "There are
people here at today's
event to guide us all
the way."

Making responsible investments

continued from 6D

move impact investing "from
the margins to the main-
stream," said Melissa Bradley,
chief executive of the Tides
Foundation, which has helped
fund two billion dollars in proj-
ects to date.
The outlook for such social
ventures is bright, according to
a recent survey by financial gi-
ant JPMorgan of top impact in-
vestors. The investors pumped
roughly $8 billion into social
ventures last year and expect
to shell out about $9 billion
this year, the survey found.
Around one-third of that in-
vestment now goes to social
enterprises in Latin America

that range from micro-finance
banks or family-owned firms
that are setting up education
-funds to help employees pay to
send their children to school,
participants said in a panel on
Latin America.
Yet challenges to growth
For one, social entrepreneurs
still need more sources of cash.
Some small firms are turn-
ing to crowd-funding sites on
the Internet, but others need
larger amounts of capital to
scale up operations, said David
Schacht, who heads up con-
sulting firm Impact Markets of
Still, some small .ventures
also are so focused on their
social mission that they lack

strong enough business or
strategic plans to convince
investors to commit major
funding, said Jose Mantilla,
a consultant with Shore Bank
International, part of a Dutch
financial group.
In addition, laws in some
Latin American nations hin-
der impact investing, provid-
ing little protection for minor-
ity shareholders in companies,
said Jocelyn Cortez-Young,
who runs Minerva Capital
Group in Miami.
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runs through Friday, part its
annual eco-celebration that
include films, concerts, a Haiti
conference and this year even
a lionfish dinner in Fort Lau-

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Fort Lauderdale airport planning major makeover

More than $1.5 billion worth of work

on tap over five years

By Arlene Satchell

The Fort Lauderdale-Holly-
wood International Airport is
in the midst of a major make-
over, with more than $1.5 bil-
lion worth of work on tap over
the next five years, according
to airport officials.
This includes the construc-
tion of the new $791 million
south runway currently under
way and on target for comple-
tion in September 2014 and
the modernization of Termi-
nals 1, 2 and 3.
A six-year, $450 million
expansion and redesign of the
Terminal 4 has also started
and is expected to be finished
in 2017.
Much of the work is aimed
at updating the 84-year-old
airport, which is now handling
significant levels of passen-
ger traffic beyond its original
design capacity.
In 1985 the airport wel-
comed 16,000 passengers
daily, today it sees 65,000
travelers a day, officials said.
In 1959 it had 134,773 travel-
ers, according to historical

data on its website.
Today, some of the airport's
issues include outdated pas-
senger processing technology
and insufficient post-security
food and beverage outlets and
news and gift kiosks in its
Terminals 1 and 2, for exam-
ple, haven't had any new food
and beverage offerings since
As for the runway, airport
officials have said the south
runway really needed to be
operational in 2004 because of
increasing flight delays there.
Although there'll be growing
pains during the terminal ren-
ovations as some concessions
will be closed and relocated in
the process, the end result is
expected to increase the air-
port's customer experience.
"When finished the fi-
nal results will be a greatly
enhanced experience for the
traveling public," airport
spokesman Greg Meyer said
Broward County Aviation
Department officials high-
lighted some of the airport's

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-Courtesy, Broward County Aviation Department
This is part of multiple modernization projects that will take place over the next 5 years
to upgrade, improve and beautify terminals 1, 2, 3 and their concourses at a cost of about
$200 million.

construction and improvement
projects at an event earlier
this month as part of a Fifth
Annual Economic Engine Per-
formance Report presentation.
Here's a snapshot of work
planned over the next five
years to upgrade, enhance and

beautify terminal 1, 2, and 3
at a cost of $200 million.
Terminal 1: Enhanced
security checkpoint; new ter-
razzo floor in Concourse B;
Concourse A to get five ad-
ditional gates (work is in the
planning stages).

Terminal 2: Expanded con-
course, new mezzanine and
more concession space.
Terminal 3: New food and
beverage outlets including
a food court that's nearing
opening and is set to have Pei
Wei, Steak & Shake Signature

and Jamba Juice outlets. The
terminal recently added Blue
Bar and the Food Network
Kitchen to its lineup.
"There will be many more
food choices in the area,"
noted Meyer.
New carpeting and terrazzo
flooring is also in the works for
the terminal. An area of the
terrazzo floor in Concourse E
should be completed Monday
and another in Concourse F
by end of June, Meyer said.
Other portions of the terrazzo
floor near security checkpoints
expected to be done in 2014.
Terminal 4: Will undergo
a $450 million expansion,
remodel and redesign that
include a gate replacement
project, expanded interna-
tional facilities, four new gates
and new terrazzo floor design
connecting to Terminal 3. The
improvements are aimed at
boosting international traf-
fic and enhancingtravelers'
airport experience. There'll
also be more restrooms, res-
taurants and an interactive
walkway art project. Two new
"grab and go" kiosks recently
opened in the terminal: Caffe
Sienna and Fresh Selections,
offering a selection of sand-
wiches, salads, fruits dishes
and beverages.

Runcie's contract: Too much severance

By Scott Travis

Superintendent Robert Runcie's
contract promises him a year's
worth of severance if the Broward
County School Board fires him
without cause seven months
more than the state says he's al-
Runcie received a three year,
$275,000-per year contract in Oc-
tober 2011, three months after the
state Legislature passed a law seek-
ing to eliminate golden parachutes
for public officials. It doesn't specify
whether there are any penalties for
The state Auditor General's office
cited the district in a March audit,
which recommends the district en-
sure future employment agreements
adhere to the law. It also suggests
the district amend Runcie's agree-
ment, but district officials haven't
indicated they plan to do so.
The district disputes that the con-

tract is in violation, saying there
was a conflicting law also on the
books in 2011 that specifically per-
mitted school districts to pay super-
intendents up to one year of sever-
ance pay. That law was revoked in

"In interpreting statutes, a more
specific statute governs over a more
general" one, district spokeswoman
Tracy Clark said.
The state auditors disagreed, say-
ing the 2011 law applied to all levels
of government and would supersede
the older law. Auditors recommend-
ed district officials seek an opinion
from the state Attorney General,
which the district has not done,
Clark said.
"When the current contract is up
for renewal, we'll obviously adjust
it," Runcie said. "I'm not planning
on going anywhere."
State lawmakers passed the law
after a string of cases in which pub-
lic officials exited with extremely
generous severance pay. One of the
most notable was a $1.7 million
package given to former Daytona
State College President Kent Shar-
pies in December 2010.
In South Florida, former Palm

Beach County Superintendent Art
Johnson received a $428,000 pay-
out in February 2011, a year's sal-
ary plus an additional 90 days pay.
Former Broward County Super-
intendent James Notter received
$241,149 for unused sick and vaca-
tion days in addition to an annual
$103,000 state pension. Florida At-
lantic University was at the center
of controversy in 2007 for giving
Vice President Lawrence Davenport
two years worth of severance, or
School Board member Nora Ru-
pert said she doesn't think a year's
severance is out of line.
"When you ask about what other
severance packages other school
boards are giving superintendents
around the state, most of them are
easily giving at least a year," Ru-
pert said. "But when we negotiate
his contract again, we'll go through
current law, unless we negotiate
less than that."

Gasoline, food prices subdue consumer inflation

By Lucia Mutikani

Consumer prices fell
in March for the first
time in four months
as the cost of gasoline
tumbled, providing
scope for the Federal
Reserve to maintain
its monetary stimulus
to speed up economic
growth. Other data
last Tuesday sug-
gested the housing
market recovery was
losing momentum,
even though hous-
ing starts jumped in
March to their highest
level since 2008.
The Labor Depart-
ment said its Con-

summer Price Index
slipped 0.2 percent,
unwinding some
of the 0.7 percent
increase in February.
Economists had ex-
pected a flat reading
last month.
In the 12-months
through March, con-
sumer prices rose 1.5
percent, the smallest
increase since July.
Prices had increased
2.0 percent in Febru-
"On balance, this
reflects the soft de-
mand environment
out there. There is not
a lot of price pressure.
That's good for the

Fed to maintain its
accommodative poli-
cy," said Sam Bullard,
a senior economist at
Wells Fargo in Char-
lotte, North Carolina.
Stripping out
volatile energy and
food, consumer prices
rose only 0.1 percent
after advancing 0.2
percent in February.
That took the increase
over the 12 months to
March to 1.9 percent.
The signs of muted
inflation pressures
could bolster the
case for the Fed to
remain on its very
easy monetary policy
path, despite divisions

Search for unclaimed money

By Lindsay Gellman

Your state may have
something that be-
longs to you.
When property-
including bank
accounts, bonds,
dividends, uncashed
paychecks, utility de-
posits and contents of
safe-deposit boxes-
lies unclaimed for a
period of time and the
owner can't be tracked
down, it gets turned
over to the state. The
state then holds the
property until it's
claimed by the owner
or an heir.
But many people
who have unclaimed
property aren't aware
of it.
Virginia distributed
$38.9 million worth of
assets to owners and
heirs in 2012 alone,
says Manju Ganeri-

wala, treasurer of
Virginia and presi-
dent of the National
Association of State
To see if you have
unclaimed property,
you'll need to search
your name in your
state's online data-
base. The website of
the National Asso-
ciation of Unclaimed
Property Administra-
tors, or NAUPA, has
links to each state's
individual database.
Go to unclaimed.
org and click on your
state on the map.
Search all states
where you've ever lived
or worked and any
previous names, such
as a maiden name.
In addition, 37
states have partnered
with MissingMoney.
com, where users can
search the combined

databases of those
While the process
varies by state, if
there's a match you'll
typically need to enter
personal information,
such as your Social
Security number
and current address.
You'll then print a
claim form and mail
it in along with any
required documenta-
And you should
check the databases
at least annually since
states are constantly
acquiring new un-
claimed assets, Ms.
Ganeriwala says.
One caveat: Watch
out for scammers who
offer to find your prop-
erty for a fee. "This is
a free service," says
Beth Pearce, treasurer
of Vermont and presi-
dent of NAUPA.

among policymakers
over continued asset
Data have suggest-
ed economic growth
accelerated in the first
quarter after a near
stall in the final three
months of 2012.
But in a replay of
the prior two years,
the economy appears

to have hit a speed
bump at the end of
January-March quar-
ter, with data rang-
ing from employment
to retail sales and
manufacturing weak-
ening significantly in
Much of the weak-
ness is blamed on
tighter fiscal policy

in the form of smaller
paychecks and deep
government spending
A second report
from the Commerce
Department showed
housing starts rose
7.0 percent last month
to a 1.04 million-unit
annual rate, the high-
est since 2008.

Miami-Dade County is seeking qualified candidates to serve as Hearing Officers for Code
Enforcement Matters. This position, created under Chapter 8CC of the Miami-Dade County Code,
requires that candidates "possess outstanding reputations for civic pride, interest, integrity,
responsibility, and business or professional ability." Qualified candidates will be able to conduct
hearings to find facts and adjudicate contested County Code violations, including unsafe structures,
Minimum Housing, Water & Sewer rates, zoning, and other code related matters. Candidates will
be appointed to renewable two-year terms by the County Mayor at the repL'mmtlrinta:in of the
Hearing Officer Review Board. Compensation will be at $50 per hour served (4 Hour Minimum).
In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria for consideration:
Residency in Miami-Dade County for at least six (6) months and for the duration of the
Certification or licensure in any of the following professions: General Contractor, Architect,
Engineer or Attorney; or a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and two years of community
service or involvement.
Consent to a criminal background check.
Full payment on any outstanding code enforcement fines.
No unpaid citations, unsatisfied liens, judgments, or other funds owed to Miami-Dade
Adherence to the Miami-Dade County Code of Ethics.
Conduct of all hearings with decorum.
Impartiality towards all parties.
Adherence to any other requirements or rules not limited to, but including, those in the
County Code, Ordinance 99-55, and minutes of the Hearing Officer Review Board.
All applicants must be willing to accept assignments in any location within Miami-Dade
All interested candidates may obtain a copy of the application or any additional information about
the nature, responsibilities, and requirements of the position from the Miami-Dade County portal
(www.miamidade.gov) or by mail from 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1750, Miami, Florida 33128.
Inquiries may also be directed to Ghislaine Johnson, phone number (305) 375-2333, e-mail address
AGJ@miamidade.qov. Applications must be received by Friday, May 31st, 2013 and
should be returned to Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Court, Code Enforcement Division,
111 N.W. 1 Street, Room 1750, Miami, Florida 33128.

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Notice is hereby given of the following temporary and
permanent polling place changes for the May 14, 2013
Miami-Dade County Special Election. These changes have
been made by the, Supervisor of Elections pursuant to Section
101.71, Florida Statutes.

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7540 East Treasure Drive
Miami Beach Police Athletic League
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03 Aventura Community Recreation Center
3375 NE 188th Street
109 Aventura Community Recreation Center
3375 NE 188th Street
12 Fulford Elementary School
16140 NE 18th Avenue
78 North Miami Jaycees
12100 West Dixie Highway

153 Miami Union Academy
12600 NW 4th Avenue
Town of Miami Lakes Government Center
6601 Main Street
Coral Park Elementary School
1225 SW 97th Avenue
Miami Jackson Senior High School
2 1751 NW 36th Street

Maya Angelou Elementary School
2 1850 NW 32nd Street

2 Jose Diego Middle School
3100 NW 5th Avenue
60 Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables Congregational Church
1 3010 Desoto Boulevard
Palmetto Middle School
8 7351 SW 128th Street
21 Continental Psr. Dnic House
10001 SW 82nd Avenue
Riverside Baptist Church
10775 SW 104th Street
S West Kendall Fire Station #57
8501 SW 127th Avenue
West Kendall Fire Station #57
8501 SW 127th Avenue
West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Boulevard
Perrine-Peters UTD Methodist Church
18301 South Dixie Highway
Keys Gate Country Club
2300 Palm Drive
923/951 Community Plaza
777 West Palm Drive


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The U.S.'s downtown areas drained by job sprawl

Sprawl steady

despite economy
By Haya El Nasser

The recession put the
brakes on job growth but did
nothing to reverse a decades-
long trend: job sprawl.
Despite the economic slump,
the share of metropolitan ar-
eas' jobs farther from dow n-
towns increased from 2000
to 2010, according to Brook-
ings Institution research out
recently. The share of jobs.
located in or near a downtown
declined in 91 of the nation's

100 largest metropolitan
"Job sprawl continued
steadily," says Elizabeth Knee-
bone, author of the report and
fellow at the Brookings Metro-
politan Policy Program.
The number of jobs more
than 10 miles and up to 35
miles from city centers in-
creased 1.2 percent the last
decade. The number of jobs 10
miles away or less fell.
In 2010. nearly twice the
share of jobs (43 percent)
were at least 10 miles from
downtown as the share within
three miles (23 percent). The
share of jobs 10 to 35 miles

from the city center grew in
85 of the metro areas.
But there are signs of a
counter-current. As young
professionals flock to city cen-
ters, companies that want the
best and bnghtest are starting
to follow, says Joe Cortright.
senior research adviser for
CEOs for Cities, a national
organization of urban leaders.
"Suburban office locations are
not as attractive as they once
were," he says. "A big factor is
gas prices."
He points to Swiss financial
giant UBS, which just moved
its trading floor from sub-
urban Connecticut to Man-

hattan to be closer to where
younger workers live Biotech
company Biogen Idec is mov-
ing from its suburban campus
in Weston, Mass. to Cam-
bridge, just outside Boston. In
metro Atlanta, game developer
CCP Games moved from a
suburban office park in Stone
Mountain, Ga.. to downtown
Decatur, a more urban area
with transit access Pinterest
moved from Palo Alto, Calif.,
to San Francisco.
"I don't expect it to go back
to the way it was," Cortright
The downturn couldn't re-
verse job sprawl, and "With-

out policy action, there is no
reason to believe it would
reverse." Kneebone says.
Highs and lows in job
The industrial Midwest
leads the way. with Detroit
(77 percent of jobs in far-flung
suburbs) and Chicago (67.4
Lowest job sprawl among
large metros: San Jose, where
almost two-thirds of jobs are
within three miles of down-
Among smaller metros,
Memphis, Knoxville, Tenn.,
and Worcester. Mass have
the highest share of jobs far-

their out. Bridgeport. Conn.. is
the most centralized, followed
by Honolulu and Allentown,
The Phoenix metro had the
largest jump (10 S percent) in
the share of jobs on the outer
Suburbanization doesn't
have to equal sprawl, Knee-
bone says Many areas, such
as the Virginia suburbs of
Washington. D.C., are becom-
ing dense urban job centers
near housing and rail lines
More than three-fourths of
jobs in metro Los Angeles are
in high-density areas outside
the city center.

Votes to block local sick-pay
By Aaron Deslatte Gainesville, which majority earned sick-time measure on
Republicans said was neces- the ballot last year, but it was
TALLAHASSEE In a move sary to provide "certainty" to scuttled by the county corn-
inspired by Orange County's businesses, mission.
fight last year over paid House Majority Leader Steve Afterward, a three-judge
sick-time, the Florida House Precourt, an Orlando Repub- panel ordered them to put it
voted mostly along party lines lican carrying the House bill, on the 2014 ballot.
Thursday to block local gov- argued that businesses needed But even if the sick-time or-
ernments from adopting their "certainty" as more local gov- dinance passed, the bill would
own stronger worker wage and ernments considered passing preempt Orange from adopting
cirk-leavp nrntections. their own wage and sick-leave it.

The House bill, HB 655
which passed 75-43, would
render moot a potential 2014
vote in Orange County over
whether to require that many
businesses offer paid sick-
leave to workers.
It would also nullify "liv-
ing wage" laws on the books
for a decade in Broward and
Miami-Dade counties, and
more recently in Orlando and

policies. Florida decided in
2003 to "preempt" local gov-
ernments on minimum-wage
laws, and this is an extension
of that policy.
"We're just saying these
other employment benefits are
just like the wage," Precourt
said. "This isn't about the mer-
its of paid sick-leave."
Some 50,000 Orange Coun-
ty voters tried to place the

The House bill is being
pushed by the Florida Cham-
ber of Commerce and major
Central Florida employers in-
cluding Walt Disney World and
Darden Restaurants.
"Businesses ... need to know
they have consistency and
stability in the environment
in order to drive economic
growth," said Rep. Jason Bro-
deur, R-Sanford.

Things that can thwart retirement

continued from 7D

costs and household
It also can mean day
care costs, college tu-
ition or even grade
school tuition.
"That has a dramat-
ic impact," Knotick
says. "Over an 18-year
period, that could be
$100,000 or $150,000.
We have one client
who has gone back to
work part time. That's
hard to plan for. We

have to be nimble and
Your adult chil-
dren come back
home. Or your sister
and brother-in-law
move in because they
lost their jobs. "Kids
coming home can be
a shock. You could be
pre-retirement, and
they got out of college
and can't get a job,"
says Lynnette Khal-
fani-Cox, founder of
"It's not unheard of

for Baby Boomers and
retirees to have kids of
their own," she says.
"Or second-family is-
sues. All.of that can
leave people retired
and faced with extra
people in their homes.
There is the financial
cost, but there are
emotional entangle-
ments that go along
with it as well."
"First, if you have a
financial plan," says
Scott Dixon, execu-
tive 'vice president for
financial advisers

at SunTrust Invest-
ment Services, "if it
was based on certain
income levels, that
needs to be revisited."
Several of the advis-
ers suggest that with
grown children or oth-
er adults there needs
to be an agreement
on cost-sharing and
length of stay.
"I think that you
have to draw some
lines and limits," says
Khalfani-Cox. "No-
body has an infinite
amount of cash."

Recent leak uncovers offshore wealth

continued from 7D

The leaked records,
mainly from the Brit-
ish Virgin Islands,
the Cook Islands and
Singapore, disclose
proprietary informa-
tion about more than
120,000 offshore
companies and trusts
and nearly 130,000
individuals and
agents, including the
wealthiest people in
more than 170 coun-
Not all of those
named necessarily
have secret bank ac-
counts, and in some
cases only conducted
business through
companies they con-
trol that are regis-
tered offshore.
The embarrassment
caused by Thursday's
revelations has been
particularly acute
in France, where the
Socialist president,
Francois Hollande,
who wants to impose
a 75 percent tax on
millionaires, has been
struggling to contain
a political firestorm
touched off this week
by a former budget
minister's admission
- after months of de-
nials that he had
secret foreign bank
The scandal looked
set to widen on Thurs-
day as senior mem-
bers of the govern-
ment were forced to
confront allegations
that Hollande and
others may have been
aware that the budget

minister, J6r6me Ca-
huzac, who resigned
on March 19, was ly-
ing but failed to act.
Adding to the presi-
dent's trouble, the
name of a close friend
and treasurer of his

2012 election cam-
paign, Jean-Jacques
Augier, appeared in
connection with the
files released Thurs-
day by the Interna-
tional Consortium of
Investigative Journal-

ists. Augier, accord-
ing to the newspaper
Le Monde, was identi-
fied as an investor in
offshore businesses
in the .Cayman Is-
lands, another well-
known tax haven.

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Military devotes more money

to cyber-attack capabilities

By Jim Michaels

military is increasing its
budget for cyber-warfare and
expanding its offensive capa-
bilities, including the ability to
blind an enemy's radar or shut
down its command systems in
the event of war, according to
two defense officials.
In the 2014 defense budget
released last week, the money
allocated for cyber-operations
rose to $4.7 billion, up from
$3.9 billion. Much of that ad-
ditional money is going into
the development of offensive
capabilities, usually referred
to as computer network at-
tacks, according to budget
Officials say these are capa-
bilities including targeting
military computer networks -
that a commander might need
in a conflict and would be
used only in accordance with
the law of armed conflict.
The expansion is a recog-
nition that cyber-war will
probably at least be part of
any future conflict. In recent

years, the Pentagon has spent
hundreds of millions of dollars
on building cyber-capabilities,
an effort that has gained
urgency as China; Russia,
North Korea and other nations
have been using cyberspace
to attack adversaries or steal
"When you look at the

Cyber-war likely

to be part of any

future conflict

strategic landscape from our
perspective, it's getting worse,"
Army Gen. Keith Alexander,
the head of Cyber Command,
testified recently to Congress.
U.S. officials say they have a
range of sophisticated cyber-
attack capabilities should they
be needed by commanders in a
conflict. The skills are perish-
able and require constant hon-
ing, the defense officials said.
"From everything I'm told,
we're as good as anybody and
probably better," said Martin
Libicki, a cyber-warfare ana-

lyst at Rand.
The Air Force, for example,
has been developing systems
designed for the "exfiltration
of information while operating
within adversary information
systems," according to bud-
get documents. The Air Force
declined to release details on
the program, saying it was
Next year, the Air Force
.plans to spend $14 million to
research and develop offensive
cyber-capabilities, budget doc-
uments show, while it plans to
devote about $5,8 million to
research for cyber-defense.
Cyber-attacks are often dif-
ficult to trace. A cyber-attack
on Iranian nuclear facilities
in 2010 damaged centrifuges
at the Natanz uranium en-
richment facility. No one has
claimed responsibility for the
attack, but the United States
and Israel are suspected.
Defense officials are careful
to say they are not "militariz-
ing" cyberspace and are only
developing options available
to commanders in the event of

Hospitals seek increase in safety

continued from 7D

with $7,600 for proce-
dures that went well,
before factoring in fixed
costs. About 5.6 per-
cent of the procedures
studied led to compli-
cations. The most lu-
crative followed spinal,
neurological and heart-
bypass surgeries.
"We've done a vari-

ety of work, including
with the simple check-
list in surgery that
we've shown to reduce
complications by more
than one-third, but
people weren't adopt-
ing it," said Atul Gawa-
nde, a Harvard Medical
School professor and
surgeon at Brigham
and Women's Hospital
in Boston. "We won-
dered whether finances

we're playing a part it
in," said Dr. Gawande,
the study's lead author.
In 2008, the fed-
eral Medicare pro-
gram stopped paying
hospitals for treating
certain preventable
infections acquired
by patients during
their stays and to re-
pair "never-events,"
extreme errors such
as leaving surgical

equipment inside pa-
tients after suturing
operative wounds.
The 2010 federal
health-law provision
could lead to payment
cuts of up to three
percent for hospitals
that often see patients
return soon after
treatment for avoid-
able reasons such as
untreated pneumo-



In compliance with Section 62-27 of the Miami City Code, as amended, the City Commission of the City
of Miami, not earlier than thirty (30) days from this day, will consider the appointment of members to the
City of Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board. Board members must either be permanent
residents of the City of Miami or work or maintain a business in the City of Miami or own real property in the
City of Miami. As of January 14, 2010 board members are required to have completed an ethics course
within ninety (90) days of taking office or within at least one (1) year prior to taking office. Code Section
2-884(e) stipulates that no employee of Miami-Dade.County, Florida, or any municipality therein other than
City employees, shall serve on or be appointed to any board of the City (this restriction may be waived by a
four-fifths affirmative vote of the City Commission, provided the individual is a resident of the City of Miami).
Board members must be appointed according to the following qualifications:
One member shall be an architect registered in the State.
One member shall be a landscape architect registered in the State.
One member shall be a historian or architectural historian qualified by means of edu-
cation or experience and having knowledge and interest in county history or architec-
tural history.
One member shall be an architect or architectural historian having demonstrated
knowledge and experience in architectural restoration and historic preservation.
One member shall be an experienced real estate broker licensed by the State.
One member shall be a person experienced in the field of business and finance or
Three members shall be citizens with demonstrated knowledge and interest in the
historic and architectural heritage of the City and/or conservation of the natural envi-
ronment, and may also qualify under any of the above categories.

Public, professional, or citizen organizations having interest in and knowledge of historic and/or environ-
mental preservation are encouraged and solicited to submit to the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, 33133, a completed nomination form indicating the name, address
and qualifications of persons for consideration as prospective appointees to the Historic and Environmental
Preservation Board. Application forms will be available from the Office of City Clerk and the City Clerk's
website (http://miamigov.com/city_clerk/Pages/Board/Board.asp).

All nominations must be received by Monday, May 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM. The names and qualifications of
persons submitted to the City Clerk, together with any names and qualifications submitted by members
of the City Commission, will be available for public review in the Office of the City Clerk on Tuesday, May
21, 2013. The City Commission will consider making said appointments at the City Commission meeting
presently scheduled for June 13, 2013.

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Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1250, Section 8 okay, drive
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Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three bedrooms, two baths
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
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1411 NW 41 Street
One bdrm, one bath, newly
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included. Section 8 ok. 305-
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Updated, two bdrms., one
bath, tiled, water included,
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1877 NW 94 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $875
mthly. Stanley 305-510-5894
2486 NW 81 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, tile floors, central air,
$900, Section 8 welcome!
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.

351 NW 48 STREET #A
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Owner pays water. $925
mthly. Call M. Coats.
4102 NW 13 Avenue
New two bdrms, two
bathrooms, central air, free
water. $950 mthly.
4320 NW 18 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly. Section 8 welcome.
48 NW 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
older person. $625. Call after
6 p.m. 305-753-7738
5619 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 monthly. Free water,
all appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV, call Joel

6821 NW 4 Court
Two bdrms, two baths. $850
mthly, $850 deposit.
6832 NW 6 Court
Two bedrooms, newly
renovated, $1000 monthly.
Section 8 Only, call Ms.
Madline at 305-606-7284.
745 NW 107 Street
Two bedrooms. Everything
new. $995. 786-306-4839
775 NW 47 Street
Spacious two bedrooms,
one bath units. Family
neighborhood. Completely
renovated, new
appliances. Section 8 Only.
8451 NW 19 Avenue
One bedroom home,
central air, $800 mthly.
No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
911 NW 42 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $950
mthly. utilities free.



Two bdrms., two baths, air
conditioned, washer/dryer,
freshly painted, seniors
welcome. $1175, security
deposit, first and last month,

Furnished. Own entrance.
First and last to move in. Call:
Appliances and utilities
included. 786-426-6263
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
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
211 NW 12 Street
$400 a month, no deposit,
utilities included,

3290 NW 45 Street
Clean, cable and air. $375
monthly. 305-479-3632
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community,
refrigerator, microwave,
stove,TV, free cable,
private entrance and air.
Call 954-678-8996
567 NW 94 Street
Nice area, cable, air,
renovated, big yard. $450
monthly: For Seniors. 786-
Northside Area
Senior female with benefits,
one bdrm, utilities, TV
included, with ramp, on bus
line and metro rail. $700
mthly. 786-326-6983
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $500 monthly.
Outreach Program
Move in Speciall $250. Beds
available, three meals daily.
Share a room. 786-443-7306
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
air. 305-642-7080

1065 NW 48 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, new renovation,
Section 8 Only! 305-975-
15310 NW 31 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, air, tile, $1,300. No
Section 8. Terry Dellerson
Broker 305-891-6776
1621 NW 53 Street
Remodeled three bdrms, one
bath. $1000 mthly, $1000
deposit. 305-454-9801
2186 NW 47 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths,
big yard, $1495 monthly.
Section 8 only. 786-547-9116
2325 N.W. 89 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1200 monthly, $2900 to
move in. 305-685-9402 or
2343 NW 100 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $825.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

2435 NW 64 Street
Two bdrms. $825 mthly. Call
after 6 p.m., 305-753-7738

2730 NW 10 Place
Ft. Lauderdale
Three bdrms, one bath,
$895. Stove, refrigerator,
a/c. 305-642-7080

2732 NW 199 Lane
Section 8 OK! Three bdrms,
one bath, central air, tiled
floors, fresh paint. $1385 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
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, two baths and
two bdrms and one bath.
Only Section 8.
Five bedrooms and half,
three bathrooms, family,
dining, living, and laundry
room. Section 8 okay! $1950
monthly. Call 305-992-6496.
NW 60 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
family room. $900 mthly.
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two baths. $1800 mthly. 305-
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to abandon

Boy Scouts

By Ann Carroll

Controversy has sur-
rounded the Boy Scouts
of America this year, as
same-sex activists have
pressured the organiza-
tion to abandon its long-
held values and allow
homosexual members.
Now, they are trying to
remove the Boy Scouts'
tax-exempt status.
Alliance Defending
Freedom sent a let-
ter to members of the
California Legislature
recently, to explain the
significant legal and
policy problems of a
proposed bill designed
to punish nonprofit
youth organizations
like the Boy Scouts of
America. The bill would
strip organizations like
the Boy Scouts of their
tax-exempt status if
they won't abandon
their long-held values
and allow themselves
to be strong-armed into
admitting people into
membership who don't
hold to those values.
Thirty-nine Califor-
nia attorneys who are
part of the more than
2,200 allied attorneys
with Alliance Defending
Freedom worldwide also
signed the letter.
"Youth organizations
that have benefitted
America for generations
should be free from ha-
rassment by politicians
who don't agree with
the very values that
have made these groups
successful," said Senior
Counsel David Cort-
man. "The Constitution
protects the freedom
of youth organizations
like the Boy Scouts to
promote the values that
have defined them as-
an organization and to
ensure that their lead-
ers and members ad-
here to those values."
Under the bill, SB
323, California would
strip tax-exempt status
from any "organization
organized and operated
exclusively as a public
charity youth organiza-
tion that discriminates
on the basis of gender
identity, race, sexual
orientation, nationality,
religion, or religious af-
filiations." Some of the
public charity youth or-
ganizations at risk in-
clude Little League, Boy
Scouts, Cub Scouts,
Girl Scouts, Special
Olympics, American
Youth Soccer Organiza-
tion, Future Business
Leaders of America,
and many religious or-

ganizations that serve

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Miami Dolphins put youth football in the spotlight

By Emmett Hall

The best of South Florida
youth football was on display
recently as awards and hon-
ors were presented to play-
ers, cheerleaders, coaches and
teams during a ceremony at
the Miramar Cultural Center.
The Miami Dolphins teamed
up with Generation Nexxt co-
founder Jonah Woullard to
host the annual Crowning of
the Champions, an event to
recognize last year's top teams
from six leagues and 32 cit-
ies throughout Broward, Palm
Beach and Miami-Dade coun-
Former Miami Dolphins'
players Troy Drayton and Twan
Russell were accompanied by
Dolphins' cheerleaders to hand
out awards to recipients. The
cultural center was filled to ca-
Most Outstanding Player ac-
colades went to Jordan Merrill
of the Fort Lauderdale Hur-
ricanes' 155-Pound Division
team and Jaylen Barther of the
Pompano Chiefs' 125-Pound
Division squad. Other standout
performers included Ja'Den
McBarrows (Pembroke Pines
Bengals/95-Pound Division),
Willie Davis (Pembroke Pines
Bengals/115-Pound Division)
and Shaddrick Lowery (Pem-
broke Pines Bengals/Unlimited
Other awards were:
Top American Youth Football
League Team: Pembroke Pines
Bengals/95-Pound Division.
Top South Florida Youth
Football League Team: Pompa-

no Chiefs/125-Pound Division.
Top Cheerleading Squads:
Coral Springs Chargers/140-
Pound Division and Lauderhill
Lions 155/Pound Division.
Top Coaching Staff: Pem-
broke Pines Bengals/Unlimited
Division and Lauderdale Lakes
Vikings/155-Pound Division.
For Merrill, 14, winning
the Most Outstanding Player
award was a humbling experi-
ence. "I've never won anything
like this before. This award
means everything to me," Mer-
rill said. "This is very special."

Donald Mann jokes that ev-
ery time he tees it up at the golf
course, his goal is to shoot be-
low his age.
At 91, the Deerfield Beach
resident has accomplished that
feat on more than a few occa-
However, it will be difficult to
top his recent accomplishment
at the Pompano Municipal Golf
Mann, a member of the Pom-
pano Beach Men's Golf As-
sociation, fired a hole-in-one
during his usual Wednesday
morning play on March 20.
Readying for his drive at
the 130-yard third hole at the
newly renovated Greg Norman
Pines course, Mann took out
his Hybrid 6 club and drove
the ball within 20-30 feet of
the cup. He then looked on in
amazement as the ball rolled
into the cup.
"My partners took the ball
out of the hole and told me to

The Pompano Chiefs 125-Pound Division team was named the top squad in the South
Florida Youth Football League. From left, first row: Yanez Rogers, Alton Blakely, Deontae
Blue, Casey Smith and Trayvon Kyles; second row: Diamonte Harrison, Jaylen Barther,
Nick Prophete, Christian Cheatom and Ge'Mon Eaford; and third row: Coaches Demetris
Brown, Derell Stevenson, Raulee Davis, Jaimie Smith, Japhus Jackson and Terrance Blue.

put it in my trophy room, but
I don't have one," Mann said.
"I've never been close to a hole-
in-one. I'm a 24 handicap now,
and I want to get down to a
12 by next year. Hope springs
Mann is originally from New
Jersey and played golf as a
youth but gave it up for tennis.
He took up golf again at age 70
after a 50-year hiatus.
His commitment to the game

has led to bi-weekly golf les-
sons with Pompano golf pro
T.J. Ziol.
"Don is a great guy who just
wants to get better, and for a
91-year-old to hit a hole-in-one
is just awesome," Ziol said. "We
work on his swing, but I keep
telling him to keep it simple. He
is so humble and has a passion
for going out there.
'After he hit that hole-in-one,
I told him he needs to give me

golf lessons."

Little League Baseball in
Broward County is in a state
of transition this season. Af-
ter serving in the Florida Dis-
trict 10 organization for the
past 35 years, Sue Conklin has
stepped aside and relinquished
the administrative reins to Bri-

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Racial bias builds hurdle for Smith

West Virginia QB

is latest target of

unfounded reports
By Jarrett Bell

Not a student of the game. Not
committed or focused. Marginal
work ethic.
When a Pro Football Weekly
scouting report on West Vir-
ginia quarterback Geno Smith
surfaced recently, containing
damning proclamations by an-
alyst Nolan Nawrocki about the
habits of the top-rated passer
in the NFL draft, it made me
shake my head.
Here we go again.
Two years ago, Cam Newton
was slammed by Nawrocki for
having a "fake smile" and set-
ting a bad example while car-
rying a sense of entitlement.
Last year, in a Milwaukee
Journal-Sentinel report, Rob-
ert Griffin III was knocked by
unnamed scouts for how he
"deals with people."
This is the same RGIII who
has been nothing less than a
class act while positioned, like
Newton, as one of the NFL's
marquee attractions for the fu-
Now another African-Amer-
ican quarterback has some
vicious stereotypes circulat-
ing about him that people who
have gotten to know Smith in-
sist couldn't be farther from
the truth.
Never mind the 42 touch-
down passes (against six inter-
ceptions) last season, behind a
shaky offensive line. Forget that
the kid, who completed 71.2
percent of his passes in 2012,

-Photo: Charles LeClaire
West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith
looks to pass against the TCU Horned Frogs during the
fourth quarter at Milan Puskar Field in November.

"It's like people make this stuff up. They are
still perpetuating myths using code words."
NFL analyst Bucky Brooks

is the type to be found study-
ing film hours after throwing
for six TDs, or that his coaches
rave about his drive.
Geno Smith, too, has to pay
a black tax.
Even in 2013, it's apparent
that conditions remain in this
society where analysis and
opinions are seemingly cloud-
ed by racial bias. It's easy to
slap a stereotypical label on a
minority from quarterbacks
to the blue-collar men on the
street without the benefit of
Hopefully, as a group, NFL
decision-makers are beyond
this. Regardless, it's a shame
that such garbage is put out

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Heat: Taking no prisoners
The rampage to another NBA offs despite their best efforts to
championship is already un- go fishing along with the oth-
derway for the Miami Heat as er lovable losers who failed to
they are in the midst of beating make the postseason. Milwau-
down the hapless Milwaukee kee lost 12 of its final 16 games
Bucks, who made it to the play- and that includes a win against

there in the first place.
"It's like people make this
stuff up," says Bucky Brooks,
an analyst for NFL Network
and NFL.com. "They are still
perpetuating myths, using
code words."
Warren Moon can relate. In
2006, Moon was the first Af-
rican-American quarterback
inducted into the Pro Football
Hall of Fame. When he came
out of Washington as the Rose
Bowl MVP in 1978, NFL people
wanted him to switch positions.
Instead, undrafted by the NFL,
he tore up the Canadian Foot-
ball League for six years with
the Edmonton Eskimos before
getting his NFL shot.

the Thunder in which OKC sat
Kevin Durant. There is specu-
lation that the well-rested Heat
may not even lose a game to the
Bucks. Seriously folks, some
wonder if this team will lose at
all in the Eastern Conference
playoffs. Since the acquisition
of Chris "Birdman" Anderson
who has quickly become a fan
favorite, Miami has gone 40-3.
They are on a spectacular run,
totaling dominating the compe-
tition and led by the incredible
walking triple-double LeBron
James. Over a recent stretch of

The knocks on Smith don't
sit well with Moon.
"It sounds the same as two
years ago," Moon told USA TO-
DAY Sports. "It just shows that
there are a lot of people in so-
ciety who have the biases and
stereotypes. And most of it is
.about your integrity or lead-
ership or work ethic all of
these intangible things."
Smith is nobody's Andrew
Luck or RGIII, but he is an un-
doubtedly pivotal piece of the
draft puzzle. There's a wide
range of speculation about
where he will land. Maybe the
Oakland Raiders, despite hav-
ing Matt Flynn, still take Smith
at No. 3 overall?
If not, the Philadelphia Ea-
gles, Cleveland Browns, Buffa-
lo Bills and even the New York
Jets could be in play for Smith
- or Florida State's EJ Manuel
or Syracuse's Ryan Nassib at a
lower cost on the draft board.
As for Smith, let Trent Dil-
fer weigh in. The former Super
Bowl champ runs the Elite 11
passing camp, matching top
college quarterbacks with hot-
shot high school prospects. Of
the six college quarterbacks
who worked the camp last
summer in Redondo Beach,
Calif., Smith was the only one
who arrived with full knowl-
edge of the 89-page playbook
Dilfer put together and sent to
participants three weeks be-
fore camp opened.
"Geno showed up, and on Day
1, he could have taught it," Dil-
fer told USA TODAY Sports. "He
didn't just know it, he owned it.
"The Pro Football Weekly re-
port should be discarded," Dil-
fer added. "It's almost laugh-
able, the stuff he put in there."

10 games, James shot a ridicu-
lous 70 percent from the field.
Last year when LeBron and the
boys finally got the job done
and won a championship, they
had some struggles here and
there. With Chris Bosh injured,
the Heat trailed the Pacers in
the second round and had to
go the distance to finally get
past Boston in the conference
finals. This year's Heat team
is much better than the last
version who won it all how
scary is that? They are better
now with the big three joined

Junior athlete wishes

to wrestle in college

By Sarah Gearhart

All Nyonbou "Boo" Farley
knew about wrestling was
from watching the WWE on
But when he saw a flyer
encouraging students to join
the wrestling team during
his freshman year of high
school, he was immediately
So, too, was Kenwood (Es-
sex, Md.) coach John Cooper.
"He looked as though he'd
lifted weights for 25 years,"
Cooper said of Farley.
Fast-forward three sea-
sons: Farley, who hopes to be
the first in his family to fin-
ish high school, is a regional
champion with aspirations of
wrestling in college. That's
quite a turnaround for a kid
who came to the U.S. from a
Liberian refugee camp eight
years ago and had never par-
ticipated in organized sports.
Farley's path to the U.S.
started on a farm, where he
says he woke early to scare
away animals that would feed
on his family's crops. He spent
all day in the sun, helping to
clear land and plant crops.
"I really hated that lifestyle,
but I had to help my par-
ents," Farley said. "If I didn't, I
wouldn't eat."
Farley moved to the U.S. in
2005, when his grandmother
was brought over for medical
"I truly think Boo looks
upon that as a gift," Cooper
said. "He has a lot of direction
in his life as a result. He nev-
er takes a day or a moment in

by three-point snipers all
over the roster including one-
time rival Ray Allen. There will
be no threats this year. Not the
Bucks, not from the winner of
the Bulls-Nets series, and not
from the Pacers, Celtics, Hawks
or Knicks. You may have to as-
semble an NBA all star to team
to compete with the Miami
Heat. We're not saying the Heat
will go 12-0 through the East,
but can you blame them if they
are thinking about it? They fin-
ished 12 games ahead of No. 2
seed (New York) and the last

his life for granted."
Upon joining the wrestling
team, Farley quickly made
his mark, finishing 12-0. He
also grew in other ways.
"I wasn't really a sociable
person at first," Farley said.
"Once I started wrestling, I

Nyonbou "Boo" Farley says
wrestling gave him confi-
dence on and off the mat.

felt comfortable talking to
people. That's how I gained
On varsity as a sophomore,
he finished 27-10 and quali-
fied for the state tournament.
This past season, as a
160-pound junior, Farley
went 34-4 and became Ken-
wood's first regional wrestling
champion in six years.
As successful as he's been
on the mat, Farley has made
as big an impression off it.
After matches, he thanks
his opponents and praises
their efforts. At workouts,
Farley often joins lagging
teammates during sprints.

time there was so big a gap was
in 2006, when the Pistons won
64 games. Things didn't go so
well in the playoffs for Detroit
that year, though they were
taken to seven games by Cleve-
land in the second round, then
lost to eventual champ Miami
in the conference finals. Don't
expect this Heat team to suffer
a similar fate. It seems LeBron
was right when he said, not 1,
not 2, not .. you get the idea.
The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox
& Ed Freeman, can be heard
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an Johnson.
A former president of the
Coral Springs National Little
League program, Conklin saw
her three sons enjoy the youth
baseball experience, and that
led to decades of service to
children at the north end of the
Conklin was in charge of nine
leagues in Broward and over-
saw one of the most successful
baseball districts in Florida.
Over the years, District 10 has
earned the reputation as being
among the best-run organiza-
tions in the state.
"I have a lot of great memo-
ries, but the highlight has to
be just being around the chil-
dren," Conklin said. "When you
leave something, you want to
able to say that you are leaving
it in good shape and better off
than when you started. I feel
we accomplished that, and we
can hold our heads high."
The torch has been passed
down to Johnson, former presi-
dent of the Deerfield Beach Lit-
tle League.
Conklin's achievements in-
cluded being a part of the dis-
trict board that brought the
Big League World Series to Fort
Lauderdale before its subse-
quent move to Easley, S.C. She
also secured the Little League
Baseball State of Florida Tour-
nament for Coral Springs
(North Springs Little League)
two years ago.
"We made a lot of friends over
the years and made a differ-
ence," Conklin said. "We con-
tributed special little parts to
make it all work."