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VOLUME 90 NUMBER 36 MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 1-7, 2013 50 cents

Dolphins court Black voters for support

Will promises and team-endorsed
spokespersons be enough to secure a

win at the polls?
By D. Kevin McNeir
With time running out for
the Florida Legislature to
agree on a bill that would put
the decision for a moderniza-
tion of Sun Life Stadium that
would be financed, in part, by
additional tourist room taxes
in the hands of the voters in
a special May 14th election,

the Miami Dol-
phins have se- g
cured "a team
of Black law-
yers, preachers
and businesses
leaders," ac- DIGGS
cording to lo-
cal attorney H.T. Smith, who
are "working every section of
Miami-Dade County with one
purpose: to persuade Blacks


that the Dol-
phins deal will
benefit them
and their com-

S Last Monday,
SMITH the Florida Sen-
ate signed off
on a proposal that allows pro-
fessional sports teams, with
the exception of the NBA, to
apply to the state for up to
$13 million annually to pay
for the construction or reno-
vation of a stadium. It also
requires local referendums
for counties to approve the
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S' -Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins

Liberty City police major

targets gangs and guns

By D. Kevin McNeir .
kmncneir@rmiarnitimesonline.com i
When Dennis Jackson, II was a student at Norland Senior ..
High School and then Bethune-Cookman University. he savs

one of the last things on his mind was becoming a police of-
ficer. But as he watched incidents of crime escalate and more
youngg Blac!k: 1-se their ILes tc sensiLL, violence, hio cul.-,L.
for making his community safer motivated him to get involved
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Major Dennis Jackson II, receives his promotion
certificate from Chief Manuel Orosa.

-Photo courtesy of City of Miami Police Dept.

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NBA player Jason

Collins comes out

By Erik Brady
Jason Collins, a 12-year NBA veteran, is the
first active male athlete in a major American team
sport to come out as gay.
Collins made the announcement in a first-per-
son essay for Sports Illustrated that appeared on-
line Monday.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm Black. And
I'm gay," Collins wrote in the first paragraph of
the story that will run in the May 6 issue. It is co-
written with Franz Lidz.
"I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom rais-
ing his hand and saying, I'm different,' Collins
wrote. "If I had my way, someone else would have
already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm
raising my hand."
Collins is a free agent who finished this past
Please turn to COLLINS 9A

By Franco Ordonez

Charlotte mayor

selected as new

Cabinet member

WASHINGTON President Barack
Obama tapped Charlotte, N.C., mayor
Anthony Foxx as the new secretary of
transportation on Monday.
The choice is seen as part of an ef-
fort to boost the number of minorities
in high-level positions on his Cabinet.
The nomination of Foxx, who led last
year's Democratic National Conven-
tion, would make him the only African
American selected for a Cabinet open-
ing in Obama's second term. Attorney

General Eric H. Holder currently is the
only African American now leading a
Cabinet department.
As mayor of what it called one of
America's most vibrant cities, the
White House said, Foxx has firsthand
knowledge of the type of infrastructure
needed to create jobs and compete in
a globe economy. The White House
touted Foxx's ability to integrate local,
state and federal resources to meet
transportation challenges.
Federal officials cited his work
Please turn to FOXX 6A

Robinson film '42' overlooks Black journalist

Sam Lacy was key in
breaking baseball's
color barrier
By Dewayne Wickham
Ask Jake Oliver about Jackie Rob-
inson and the talk turns quickly to
Sam Lacy. History, prodded most re-
cently by the movie 42, remembers
Robinson as the Black man who
broke Major League Baseball's color

Jason Collins

-Photo by Jonathan Daniel

line in 1947.
Lacy, a sportswriter and
editor at the Black news-
paper chain for six de-
cades, played a big role
in knocking down that
racial barrier. But there's
no mention of this Black WICKHAM
newspaperman in the
movie that's billed as "The True Sto-
ry of An American Legend."
This oversight upsets Oliver, the
Afro publisher and great-grandson of
John H. Murphy Sr., a former slave

who founded the Baltimore-based
newspaper chain in 1892. "I want
history to tell the story of Sam's
battle to get Jackie Robinson into
Major League Baseball. I want his-
tory to tell the story of Sam's close-
ness to Jackie," Oliver told me.
S Oliver wants the movie to get it
right. What the movie doesn't tell
us but should have is that in
1945, Lacy persuaded the baseball
owners to create a committee to con-
sider integrating the sport, which
was then the national pastime. The



white men who controlled Major
League Boa-eball did just that. They
Please turn to LACY 9A


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The poor are the biggest

losers in the closing of the

Bentley Family Health Center
After 40 years, the doors to a local health care institu-
tion, the Helen B. Bentley Family Health Center, has
been forced to close its doors. And its a major blow to
the community.
The West Grove-based center has provided top notch health
care to mostly low-income and uninsured patients that live in
the neighborhood. In its heyday the non-profit clinic sometimes
saw as many as 300 patients in a single day. And because of
its location, a busy intersection off SW 37th Avenue, the Cen-
ter was easily accessible. There are even testimonies from long
time employees, like the Center's longtime CEO, Caleb Davis,
that point to how the Center provided care for several genera-
tions of community residents children who once went there
for their medical needs subsequently brought their own chil-
dren to care.
What makes the closure of the Center particularly tragic is
why it was forced to close. Rather than because of problems
with fraud or inappropriate funding, the Helen B. Bentley Fam-
ily Health Center's demise came because of compliance issues.
When they were unable to comply with rules related to financial
management and control policies, they soon lost one-quarter of
their funding nearly $1.8 million that had been previously
awarded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Adminis-
Two other grants were also discontinued due to compliance
issues and in January of this year, the clinic learned that a fed-
eral grant estimated at $500,000 for HIV/AIDS services would
not be renewed.
Like other non-profits facing tough economic times, the Cen-
ter cut staff and reduced services. But nothing could compete
with a mounting debt, now hovering at $3.8 million. The Cen-
ter was once a thriving health care facility, guaranteeing high
quality healthcare for needy residents, facilitating training for
jobs in healthcare service and serving as a one-stop shop for
those needing primary care, testing and treatment for chronic
diseases and preventative care. Patients paid based on their
income. No one was turned away.
Sure other clinics are around and can probably offer similar
care. But tell that to the residents of West Grove who must now
travel to either Coconut Grove or South Miami.
Wasn't there a way to save this incredibly important facility or
did those who could have intervened even care? Perhaps it had
something to do with the income of the clients being served.

Boy Scouts' ban of gay leaders

shows that bigotry still lives
Organizations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of
America have long been examples of how we teach
our little boys and little girls how to be honest, pro-
ductive citizens. Their mottos and creeds have been memo-
rized my many of us during our youth and the experiences
of sleepovers, working towards service badges and roasting
marshmallows during fun-filled camp outs are memories
worth cherishing.
But the Boy Scouts' recent decision to admit gay scouts
but to ban adult scout leaders because of the organization's
desire to stay more closely aligned to so-called traditional
values is nothing more than a way to camouflage bigotry.
Remember that the Scouts once denied membership to
Blacks based on the same kind of reasoning maintaining
that good old American separate but equal ideology. The sud-
den epiphany that the Scouts' administration received just a
generation ago that moved them to "invite" little Black boys
and girls to join their troops was not due to their change of
heart but the realization that they were wrong racist and
Today, by saying that Scout leaders who are gay need not
apply due to their concern that those who are gay are by
definition also pedophiles, is not only unjustified but it is
A brief look at psychological data and reports including
several from John Hopkins University indicate that pedo-
philia is a distinct sexual orientation. The sex of those chil-
dren matters less than the fact that they are children. The
sex of the victim has more to do with access than sexual
orientation. Perhaps the Scouts can't get over allowing gay
leaders because of one of their major tenants: A Boy Scout
is 'morally straight.' However, what the Scouts still haven't
explained is how a Scout who's gay can be 'morally straight'
while his gay leader cannot. Maybe the lights will come on
one day for the Scouts and they'll end discrimination against
gays that's the only 'morally straight' solution.



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BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugeneroblnson'@WashingtonposL.com

George Bush's legacy keeps getting
In retrospect, George W. we knew about the waterboard- disagrees, citing U.S. laws and
Bush's legacy doesn't look as ing of three "high-value" detain- court rulings, international trea-
bad as it did when he left office. ees involved in planning the ties and common decency.
It looks worse. 9/11 attacks. But the Constitu- Bush's decision to invade and
I join the nation in congratu- tion Project task force which conquer Iraq also looks, in hind-
lating Bush on the opening of included such respected emi- sight, like an even bigger stra-
his presidential library in Dal- nences as Asa Hutchinson, who tegic error. Saddam Hussein's
las. Like many people, I find it served in high-ranking posts in purported weapons of mass de-
much easier to honor, respect the Bush administration, and struction have yet to be found, of
and even like the man now William Sessions, who was FBI course; nearly 5,000 Americans
that he's no longer in the White director under three presidents and untold Iraqis sacrificed

But anyone tempted to get
sentimental should remember
the actual record of the man who
called himself The Decider. Be-
gin with the indelible stain that
one of his worst decisions left on
our country's honor: torture.
Hiding behind the euphemism
"enhanced interrogation tech-
niques," Bush made torture offi-
cial U.S. policy. Just about every
objective observer has agreed
with this stark conclusion. The
most recent assessment came
earlier this month in a 576-page
report from a task force of the
bipartisan Constitution Project,
which states that "it is indisput-
able that the United States en-
gaged in the practice of torture."
We knew about the torture be-
fore Bush left office -at least,

Hiding behind the euphemism "enhanced interrogation
techniques," Bush made torture official U.S. policy. Just
about every objective observer has agreed with this.
stark conclusion.

- concluded that other forms of
torture were used "in many in-
stances" in a manner that was
"directly counter to values of the
Constitution and our nation."
Bush administration apolo-
gists argue that even water-
boarding does not necessarily
constitute torture and that oth-
er coercive and excruciatingly
painful interrogation meth-
ods, such as putting subjects
in "stress positions" or exposing
them to extreme temperatures,
certainly do not. The Constitu-
tion Project tLak force strongly

their lives to eliminate a threat
that did not exist. We knew this,
of course, when Obama took of-
fice. It's one of the main reasons
he was elected.
We knew, too, that Bush's de-
cision to turn to Iraq diverted fo-
cus and resources from Afghan-
istan. But I don't think anyone
fully grasped that giving the
Taliban a long, healing respite
would eventually make Afghani-
stan this country's longest or
second-longest war, depending
on what date you choose as the
i"-.:- !.,ir ..h! hostilities in Viet-


And it's clear that the Bush
administration did not foresee
how the Iraq experience would
constrain future presidents in
their use of military force. Syria
is a good example. Like Saddam,
Bashar al-Assad is a ruthless
dictator who does not hesitate
to massacre his own people.
But unlike Saddam, Assad does
have weapons of mass destruc-
tion. And unlike Saddam, Assad
has alliances with the terrorist
group Hezbollah and the nucle-
ar-mad mullahs in Iran.
Bush didn't pay for his ,'ars.
The bills he racked up for mili-
tary adventures, prescription-
drug benefits, the bank bailout
and other impulse purchases
helped create the fiscal and fi-
nancial crises he bequeathed
to Obama. His profligacy also
robbed the Republican Party
establishment of small-govern-
ment credibility, thus helping
give birth to the tea party move-
ment. Thanks a lot for that.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of T 1i IIaishiiig-
ton Post.


Gun vote reawakens civil rights memories

At first I wondered why I felt so
powerful a sense of d6ja vu last
week when the Senate blocked
gun control legislation drafted by
a bipartisan group of Senators
and supported by the Obama
That sensation even over-
whelmed my fury at the craven
surrender of the "anti" Senators
to the National Rifle Association
[NRA], one of the most power-
ful of the right-wing extremist
groups that wag the Republican
Party. But then, as I watched
President Obama's April 17th
news conference and looked at
the faces of those behind him
- some whose features were
etched with anger, others with
a sense of betrayal I realized
my mind was flashing back to
the early 1960s. I was thinking
of the innumerable news confer-
ences civil rights leaders held in
dozens of Southern cities and
towns after white mobs had at-

tacked peaceful demonstrators
or segregationist officials had
stood in another schoolhouse
or polling-place door. They, too,
most often seemed to have set
their facial features in that same
stressed emotional range.
It was then I grasped the con-
nection between my memories of
those long-ago incidents and the
conservatives' success last week
in the Senate. Both harshly il-
luminated their respective era's
defining characteristic: the bare-
knuckle confrontation between
those Americans who want to
expand democracy and those
who want to limit it in order to
preserve their own power.
Recent polls show that more
than 90 percent of Americans
favor the universal background
checks on gun purchases the
Senate legislation proposed.
That overwhelming majority in-
cluded 80-plus percent of Re-
publicans and of those who live

in homes where one or more peo-
ple own guns. Yet, a minority of
Senators four Democrats and
41 Republicans ignored that
extraordinary breadth of popu-
lar agreement and instead com-
bined to prevent the legislation
from getting the 60 votes that
would enable it to withstand a
certain Republican Party filibus-
ter on the way to passage.
In a scathing op-ed in the April
17 New York Times, Gabrielle
Giffords, the former member of
Congress whose serious wound-
ing in 2011 by a deranged gun-
man helped re-energize the gun-
control campaign, castigated the
"minority of senators [who] . .
looked at the most benign and
practical of solutions, offered
by moderates from each party,
and then they looked over their
shoulder at the powerful, shad-
owy gun lobby and brought
shame on themselves and our
government by choosing to do

nothing." Giffords declared she
would "not rest until we have
righted the wrong these senators
have done."
The right-wing attack on de-
mocracy is also why, for the sec-
ond time in less than five years,
the Voting Rights Act's key pro-
vision is being challenged at the
Supreme Court even as Re-
publican state legislators across
the country are re-doubling their
efforts to restrict the access of
Blacks and other Democratic-
leaning blocs to the ballot box.
Those Americans who favor
more, not less democracy should
follow the model of Gabby Gif-
fords, and of the activists who
decades ago fueled the civil
rights movement's success -
and get back to the barricades.
Lee A. Daniels is a longtime
journalist based in New York
City. His latest book is Last
Chance: The Political Threat to
Black America.


Congress should show

"Sometimes I close my eyes and
all I can remember is that awful
day...But other times, Ifeel Ben's
presence filling me with courage
for what I have to do. .." Fran-
cine Wheeler, mother of 6-year-
old Ben Wheeler, one of the 26
victims of the Sandy Hook trag-
I recently took my children to
see the newly released movie,
"42," the story of Jackie Robin-
son's courageous struggle to be-
come the first Black Major League
Baseball player. The movie also
highlights the courage it took for
Branch Rickey, the owner of the
Brooklyn Dodgers, to sign Robin-
son to a major league contract in
1947, marking the end of more
than 50 years of all-White teams.
In his first year with the Dodg-
ers, Robinson was subjected to
racial taunts and threats from
White fans and opposing teams,

as well as hostility from some of
his own teammates, who object-
ed to sharing the field and locker
room with a Black ballplayer.
But Jackie Robinson exhibited a
rare brand of courage, refusing
to lash out as he piled up hits
and blazed the base paths on his
way to becoming Major League
EBasl:.all's first Rookie of the
Year. Robinson went on to have
a Hall of Fame career, and until
his death in 1972, he was also an
all-star champion of civil rights.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once
described Jackie as, ". .. a pil-
grim that walked in the lonesome
byways toward the high road of
freedom. He was a sit-inner be-
fore sit-ins, a freedom rider be-
fore freedom."
The life of Jackie Robinson is
a profile in courage that has in-
spired generations of Americans,
including millions of young chil-

courage on
dren. I thought about that this
past weekend as I watched the
tearful plea of a mother who lost
her child on Dec. 14 at Sandy
Hook Elementary. Just four
months after the loss of her son,
Ben, Francine Wheeler found
the courage to deliver President
Obama's weekly address to the
nation. Visibly shaken, she used
the opportunity to passionately
implore Congress to "come to-
gether and pass commonsense
gun responsibility reforms that
will make our communities safer
and prevent more tragedies like
the one we thought would never
happen to us."
After the Senate failed last
week to display similar courage
by passing bipartisan measure
to expand background checks
for online gun purchasers and
gun show sales, it is clear that
Congress could use some cour-

guns a 41
As the movie "42" makes clear,
change occurs when people
choose to show courage in the
face of adversity. The film demon-
strates that it takes the courage
of more than one to bring about
change and that courage means
doing what's right, regardless of
the odds. Jackie Robinson broke
the color barrier in baseball years
before Thurgood Marshall argued
Brown v. Board of Education and
Rosa Parks took her seat on the
bus. There was no blueprint for
him to follow. But Congress has
a blueprint to guide them as they
are challenged to enact meaning-
ful legislation to make America
safer. It's time to put the politics
aside, and pick up some courage.
Marc H. Morial, former mayor
of New Orleans, is president
and CEO of the National Urban

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CNN's comments show lack of diversity
When you use a loosely-defined he shared his false description, to the public. I suspect that King What I love th mn,:ost about
term such as "dark-skinned But that's like a surgeon politely hardly understands the kind King's embarrassing gaffe is that
male" to describe the suspect of informing his patient that he is of danger every "dark-skinned it highlights the renewed com-
one of the most notorious crimes about to amputate the wrong leg. male" in the state of Massachu- mitment to whiteness embraced
in American history, you should "I want to be very careful about setts would be dealing with as a by CNN over the last few months.
fully expect that people are go- this, because people get very result of his seemingly innocent The network got rid of several
ing to become angry with you., sensitive when you say these little sentence, prominent black analysts re-
So, when CNN's John King went things," he said. "I was told by As a case-in-point, a lot of bald cently (namely Soledad O'Brien
there, all Hades broke loose in one of these sources who is a law Black men were stopped and ha- and Roland Martin, among oth-
the blink of an eye. A series of ers) and most of their new hires

nations went on full alert, from ack in 1990, a man by the name of Charles Stuart shot as a man who's appeared on CNN
Rev. Al Sharpton to the National and killed his pregnant wife, then falsely claimed that a too many times to count, most of
Association of Black Journal- Black man did it. the producers I've worked with
ists. King was not only called out have also been white.
for using the term, he was also While keeping their own folks
called out for using faulty infor- enforcement official that this is rassed in California when Chris- around them might make the
mation. a dark-skinned male." He said topher Dorner went on the run mostly white male CNN execu-
This kind of irresponsible use that there had been a further from the LAPD a few weeks ago. tives most comfortable, this
of language and imagery is noth- description given, but he was I am bald and Black (and some- lack of diversity creates an en-
ing new in the Boston area. Back refraining from sharing it with times angry), so my life would vironment where there is no
in 1990, a man by the name of viewers, have been in danger had I been one around to say, "maybe we
Charles Stuart shot and killed We can't entirely blame King in the path of the police. An old shouldn't say that on the air."
his pregnant wife, then falsely for using skin color as part of the women had her truck, and her If you refuse to have a manage-
claimed that a Black man did description, since it does reduce body, riddled with bullets be- ment structure that reflects the
it. This led to a massive man- the potential pool of suspects. cause her vehicle was similar diversity of your target demo-
hunt throughout the city, where But what we can blame him for to Dorner's. The point is that, graphic, you are always at risk
Black men were being stopped, is the use of poorly-researched when police are on a wide-eyed of looking stupid.
searched, abused and appre- information and not being more manhunt for a dangerous sus- This embarrassment to CNN
ended for no good reason. This specific. If the suspect had in- pect, they don't always give you could have been easily avoided,
reign of police terror remains as deed been a dark-skinned male, a chance to raise your arms and but of course they aren't listen-
a scar on Boston's ugly racial it might have made more sense identify yourself. In some cases, ing to me.
history, and this situation cer- for King to wait until an image your relatives end up identifying Dr. Boyce Watkins is thefound-
tainly didn't help. was released, instead of seeking your body and receiving a half- er of the Your Black World Co-
King seemed to try to be to be the first man on television hearted apology from the au- alition and author of the book,
thoughtful and careful when to give any kind of information thorities. "Black American Money".

BY ROGER CALDWELL. Miami Times conributor, let38@bellsouth.net

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Should Blacks push for

immigration reform?

Liberty City, retired

"No, that would bring up more
problems than
what we al-
ready have."

Little River, retired

"Yeah, there
are a lot of
Blacks getting
turned away
at sea. Hai-
tians should
have the same
rights as the
Cubans who
make it to this

Allapattah, retired

"If they let
one do it, they
should let all
do it."

Miami Gardens, bus driver

"I think so, we should stick
together on this. [Latinos] do,
why can't we?"

Allapattah, barber

"We should
push for it, '
we need the
same rights. It
should be the I
same for all

Liberty City, housewife

"Yes we
should. It's a
shame that
there are still
racial biases
going on."

Gov. Scott signed 1
I would have to admit that that is a difficult
I did not know that Governor campaign.
Scott signed 19 bills last week. Nevertheless, the
I would like to put the blame on lative session is alr
television, the news, the radio, and I wanted to tal
but the truth is I would have to to review some of t
put the blame on myself. have been signed an
The State of Florida's legisla- are still being nego
tive session begins on the first of these bills, it is ve
Tuesday after the first Monday
in March and continues .for 60 l he State
consecutive days, which may be
extended by a three-fifths vote first Tues
of each house. Special sessions ues for 6(
may be called by the Governor, a three-fifths vote
or may be convened by joint
proclamation of the President of
the Senate and Speaker of the take a position, be(
House of Representatives. know enough about
It is absolutely amazing what there are some tha
Florida legislators get done with good for Floridians.
the limited amount of time they To begin with, I
actually meet. There are many nor Scott is correct
legislators that think the legisla- when he asked the
tive period should be extended for a $2,500 pay raj
and this would help them do a ers and a raise for
better and more efficient job in ers. The governor is
Tallahassee. In order to g&t this the lawmakers to g
done, it would take an amend- educational system
ment to the constitution and al billion dollars to

I Leter to Af Editor

9 bills, some ben(
and arduous children and I think it is an ex-
cellent request.
Florida legis- I am not sure that I support the
most finished governor's second major priority
ke a moment which is elimination of the sales
;he bills that tax that manufactures pay when
.d others that buying equipment. The governor
tiated. Many says this will generate more jobs
:ry difficult to but I question the validity of that

of Florida's legislative session begins on the
day after the first Monday in March and contin-
Sconsecutive days, which may be extended by
of each house.

cause I don't
it them, but
t I think are

think Gover-
this 'session
two houses
ise for teach-
state work-
s also asking
;ive the state
an addition-
educate our

The first bill that the gover-
nor signed this session was the
internet cafe law that outlawed
the operation of internet cafes.
This bill was a response to the
resignation of Lt. Governor Car;
roll, and this was the beginning
of trying to bring ethics back
into Florida's politics and busi-
There was also a Vehicle Reg-
istration Fee bill that was passed

eficial kjV
that eliminates the $220 million
tax break that insurance com-
panies were receiving. Massive
property insurance reforms are
making their way through both
houses, but Citizens Property
Insurance Corp. is asking to in-
crease their fees, and the gover-
nor and lawmakers want to con-
trol their increases.
Finally the governor has made
a complete 180 degree turn
around, and now supports the
expansion of the Medicaid health
insurance program for the poor.
There was a time when the gov-
ernor was not going to accept
billions of dollars with the new
federal health care bill, but he is
changing that tune. The health
exchange is still on the table and
it will be interesting to see what
our governor and the two houses
will do.
To get more information- on
Florida's 2013 legislative ses-
sion go to myfloridahouse.gov or
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Orlando.

Corrections head dismisses Black leadership

The embattled Director Timo-
thy P. Ryan, of the Miami-Dade
Corrections Department was
hired by former Mayor Carlos
Alvarez to improve the perfor-
mance of Corrections. However,
since Ryan came aboard, the
performance has increasingly

gotten worse under his leader-
ship.Ryan has made sure that
he will not have a Black male
in top management positions.
From 1981 to 2006, corrections
directors were all Black. Ryan
has positioned his top manage-
ment to be only white and His-

Don't take Black votes for
eeT t n 1 i a c;- _c- ca --is 1 .i.. i 4-1- u...u..

I Ieel that tne BlacK commu-
nity has been taken for granted
for the last time. If we want
something done we need to go to
people at the grassroots. Politi-

cans should KIIow LIIhatL we iaviv
more voices than those heard
from the pulpit. Blacks are be-
coming more informed and The
Miami Times keeps them aware

I Spread Larmcny

Miami-Dade firefighter Bri-
an Beckmann who went on a
Facebook rant last year about
the Trayvon Martin case has
gotten his captain's bars back
- thanks to Arbitrator Mark
I. Lurie. Lurie issued a bind-
ing ruling last week saying that
the County's action of demoting
Beckmann two ranks consti-
tuted a breach of M-DC's con-
tract with the firefighter's union.
Seems that M-DC Mayor Carlos
Gimenez isn't as "strong" as he
believes and that he overstepped
his authority. Beckmann will
serve a 14-day suspension.
Seems like it's okay for county

employees to publicly insult and
demean citizens. After all... it's
a free country right? Stay tuned.
Once again the Florida Leg-
islature, in its infinite wisdom,
is considering a bill that would
make it harder for non-English
speaking voters to get help at
the polls. HB 7013, sponsored
by Clearwater Republican Sen-
ator Jack Latvala, would re-
quire that anyone seeking to
help a voter must previously be
known to the voter and further
stipulates that no one can help
more than 10 voters in an elec-
tion. Elderly, people with dis-

panic. Corrections staff is 73
percent Black and inmate popu-
lation is 70 percent Black.
In 2013, a special consultant
for African. American Govern-
ment Employees asked for Ry-
an's dismissal. It is the opinion
of this writer, Ryan is a modern-

of important issues in the com-
munity. Why didn't the Dol-
phins ask celebrities for money,
they're the ones in the skybox?
Perhaps they should do a fund-

abilities and those who don't
speak English as their primary
language will bear the brunt of
this bill, should it pass. It's an
established fact that Latinos,
Asians and Haitian-Americans
routinely depend on language
assistance while voting. Latvala
says his objective is to keep peo-
ple who hang out at the polls all
day from intimidating voters but
if you ask us, something smells
rotten. Stay tuned.

The U.S. Department of La-
bor's Civil Rights Center recently
issued an initial determination
finding that Florida's require-

day racist. Mayor Gimenez must
take immediate steps to fix the
corrections department. "So
say, we all."

Walter Clark, Sergeant (retired)
Miami-Dade Corrections

raiser instead of taking much-
needed money from poor people.

Cuthbert Harewood

ment that all unemployment
insurance claimants file their
applications online and take an
online skills test violates federal
civil rights and anti-discrimina-
tion laws. The decision will im-
mediately benefit unemployed
Floridians who have disabilities
or limited English proficiency.
Many of them have found them-
selves all but shut out of the
system due to the onerous on-
line requirements. Whatever
happened to filing out a form
with a pen or pencil? Life can be
very difficult when you're on the
wrong side of the digital divide.
Stay tuned.

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Vice Mayor Kelley assist Clara Way in removing her fish from
the line at his Annual Seniors Fishing trip.

Opa-locka's seniors

enjoy a day of fishing

By Russell Razzaque

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. was only
19 years old when he allegedly
planned and carried out one of
the worst acts of terror on U.S.
soil since 9/11. This, however,
is actually not an uncommon
age for radicalization. In fact, a
number of suicide bombers and
terrorist convicts were radical-
ized about the same age. Hasib
Hussain, for example, one of the
London 7/7 bombers of 2005,
was 18. This is when any exis-
tential wound that has been fes-
tering since childhood is most
vulnerable to external forces.
Radical Islamist ideology is a
poison disguised as a cure. In
the research I conducted across
a range of terror cells, I found
that the seeds of their heinous
crimes were planted all the way
back in their childhoods, and
the work I have done since with
unsuccessful (convicted) terror-
ists has only confirmed this.

The problem starts as a crisis
of identity. We all rely on vari-
ous dimensions of the environ-
ment around us to help develop
a sense of who we are. The first
is our parents, and we depend
on their nurturing and connec-
tion to develop the initial layer in
our sense of self.
Most suicide bombers lacked
a close intimate relationship,
particularly with their same-sex
parent. Mohammed Atta, leader
of the 9/11 bombers, had a fa-

By Mary Beth Markleiri

The brothers suspected of
.setting off deadly bombs near
the finish line of the Boston
Marathon two weeks ago ap-
pear to have been trained for
the attacks, and their mother'
may have information that
could help investigators deter-
mine a motive, a key lawmaker
said Sunday.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-
Texas, chairman of the House
Homeland Security Commit-
tee, told Fox News Sunday that
he thinks Zubeidat Tsarnaeva,
the mother of suspected bomb-
ers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev, played "a very strong
role" in her sons' embrace of re-
ligious extremism. Should she
return to the U.S. from Russia,
she would be held for question-
ing, he said.
Tsarnaeva, who moved from
the Boston area back to Russia
a few years ago, has denied that
she or her sons were involved
and says her sons have been
The Tsarnaev brothers Ta-
merlan, 26, and Dzhokhar, 19,
- are suspects in the April 15
bombings that killed three peo-
ple and injured more than 260
people. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was
killed a few days later during a
shootout with police. Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev, who was hospitalized
after being captured while hid-
ing in a boat, is being housed in
a small cell in a federal medical
detention center in Ayer, Mass.,
about 40 miles outside of Bos-
On Saturday, U.S. officials
told' the Associated Press that
Russian authorities had se-
cretly recorded a telephone

their who was so strict that he
timed his son's journey from
school to home, and if he arrived
a minute late the father would
beat him. There was no time
for play, friendship, leisure or
just being. Everything had to be
about work, study and progress.
Of course, millions ofpeople
have controlling parents. Each
step along the way, however,
narrows the numbers down. The
next step is the attempt to fill
in the identity gap of the infant
years with attachment to wider
society.. For an immigrant, this
can be difficult. Most eventual
terrorists actually start to inte-
grate fairly well, like the rest of
us. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the old-
er marathon bombing suspect,.
had married fellow Boston stu-
dent Katherine Russell.
This initial blossoming of a

conversation in 2011
between Zubeidat
Tsarnaeva and her
oldest son in which
the two vaguely dis-
cussed jihad.
The officials spoke
to the Associated
Press on condition of
anonymity because
they were not autho-
rized to discuss the REP.
investigation publicly.
The FBI, the Russian
internal security service FSB
and the CIA declined comment.
Authorities have said they
have seen no connection be-
tween the brothers and a for-
eign terrorist group. Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev told FBI interrogators
that he and his brother were
angry over wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq and the deaths of Mus-
lim civilians there.
In other developments:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the
surviving bombing suspect, was

sense of self is precarious, and
any real or perceived slight can
knock it off course. Such a de-
railment often happens at the
age when one starts to devel-
op independence, leave home
and enter tentatively into the
realm of adulthood. And this
is precisely when the canny re-
cruiter strikes. It is not a coinci-
dence that university campuses
around Europe are sometimes
seen as hotbeds of extremist re-
cruitment. This is when a radi-
cal preacher knows that his prey
is at its most vulnerable.
Yes, you are different, the re-
jected youth is told. But you are
different for a reason. You are
a chosen one. You will join the
ranks of a hallowed few at the
forefront of a cosmic struggle be-
tween good and evil. This way,
the deflated ego is pumped up.
Shame and humiliation are con-
verted into pride and honor, and
for the first time in his life, the
young man starts to feel good
about who he is. Really good.
This is the poison disguised as
a cure. One so toxic, it will ulti-
mately take his own life as well
as that of yet to be determined
numbers of innocent others.

Like a noose, the community
of "the elite" constrict around
the radicalized youth. A sense of
righteous anger is stoked within
and cherished as if it were the
most precious fuel, for, in a way,
that is what it is. This is the
fuel that will power the weapon


moved to the medi-
cal detention center,
where his cell has a
solid steel door with
an observation win-
dow and a slot for
passing food and
medication, a federal
official told the Asso-
ciated Press.
Ruslan Tsarni,
an uncle of the Tsar-
naev brothers and

Zubeidat's former
brother-in-law, said he believes
the mother had a "big-time in-
fluence" as her older son in-
creasingly embraced his Mus-
lim faith and decided to quit
boxing and college.
Anzor Tsarnaev, the broth-
ers' father, told the Associated
Press Sunday that he is delay-
ing plans to travel from Russia
to the United States because he
is "really sick." He had earlier
said he wants to see his young-
er son and bury his older son.

Monestime amendment requires

more localjobs in stadium project

County Commissioner
Jean Monestime successfully
amended the Dolphins Stadi-
um Modernization Agreement
recently to require that the
Miami Dolphins hire residents
from Miami-Dade County's
[M-DC]'s economically disad-
vantaged communities for the
proposed renovation of Sun
Life Stadium. Monestime's
amendment to the agreement
also requires the Dolphins
to hire more small and local
businesses to carry out the
proposed stadium upgrades.

Specifically, the amendment
increases the threshold of lo-
cally hired workers on the
project from 50 percent to 70
percent. Of that amount, 20
percent of workers must come
from Community Develop-
ment Block Grant [CDBG] ar-
eas throughout M-DC. CDBG
areas are federally recognized
as economically disadvan-
taged communities. Voter
must approve the project in
a special election, if approved
by, the Legislature, on May

of hate that he is becoming. If
appropriately channeled by the
ideology, the weapon he be-
comes will be a precision-guided
one, directed specifically at the
target: the Western world that is
supposedly at war with Islam.
That anger comes from giving
the young man the most dan-
gerous mindset known to man-
kind, that of the victim. It colors
the lens through which he sees
the world relentlessly till he can
see only darkness. If he believes
himself to be enough of a victim,
then he'll feel as if he has noth-
ing to lose.
Victimhood is the opposite en-
ergy to gratitude. And it is this
message that the terrorist un-
consciously wants to pass on to
us. He wants us to see the world
in the same black-and-white
way he does. He wants us to
taste some of his own medicine
by seeing ourselves as victims in
a world that is essentially dan-
gerous, unjust and bad. That
way, we will then join with him
in conflict and convert the fan-
tasy his imagination has fed on
into a reality.

By Christina Gordon

Blue skies, mild tempera-
tures and a perfect site made
for a great day of biting, as
approximately 25 seniors
cast their lines into the wa-
ter and waited for mullets,
bluegills and catfish to nibble
at hooks, baited with earth-
worms. It was all part of Vice
Mayor Kelley's annual fishing
trip for the senior citizens of
Opa-locka, held a few weeks
ago. According to one senior,
"The frequency in which those
fish attached themselves to
the line, you didn't need a lot
of patience, because the fish
wanted a snack, just as much
as they wanted to become a
In Florida, between the
ocean, rivers, lakes and ca-
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past-time for people- of all
ages when seeking quiet mo-
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family or friends. It is an ac-
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ten pas on their secrets for
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new stories along-side their
"best bud." Kelley, who has
been doing this for at least 10
years, stated that he is "al-
ways glad to give back a small
token of appreciation to the
seniors through these fishing
trips, where they look forward
to bonding on the water." Al-
though this event doesn't cost
the seniors anything, they are
required to bring their own
fishing pole and bucket;
Who caught the most fish?
Mrs. Dorothy Bishop caught
four, Mrs. Sadie Jones and
Mrs. Ollie B. Kelley each
reeled in two while others
proudly displayed the "one
that didn't get away." And
while Mrs. Jerri Baker didn't
get a hold of her prize fish
on this trip, she excitedly re-
served her seat on the bus for
a return outing to this covert
fresh-water haven discovered
by the Vice Mayor.
"They love the trips, but
there is a drawback," Kelley
said, "they are never ready to
leave when it's time to pack


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F Laura Bush: New library not

S'a monument to her husband

By Judy Keen Laura Bush spoke in a rep- used now by.President Obama. tims will attend the dedica-
lica of the White House Rose Laura Bush said she thinks tion, she said.
/ -H DALLAS Former first lady Garden this one populated the museum's depiction of the The museum includes glit-
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Statues of former Presidents George W. Bush (left) and his
father, George H.W. Bush, stand at the George W. Bush Presiden-
tial Center on the SMU campus in Dallas.

LauraL LIush saU idlast Wednues-
day that her husband did not
want his presidential library
and museum "to be a monu-
ment to himself."
Instead, she said at a news
conference on the eve of the
dedication of the George W.
Bush Presidential Center, it's
a representation of life in the
White House and the chal-
lenges the country faced dur-
ing his eight years in office.
All five living presidents tat-
tended Thursday's ceremony
on the Southern Methodist
University campus.

WiLti iexas t UeLbUUIL sonnets -
outside a recreated Oval Office
where visitors can have photos
taken while sitting behind the
A replica of the Resolute
desk George W. Bush used
was donated to the museum
by an Ohio man who had it
built for his own use, she said.
The Resolute desk, made
from the timbers of a British
ship, was given to President
Rutherford Hayes by Queen
Victoria in 1880. It was used
by several presidents, includ-
ing John F. Kennedy, and is

,ept. iiJ. UlterrorstL aLLc.lK 1is
the most moving exhibit.
A twisted beam from the
World Trade Center stands in
the middle of the room, and
victims' names are inscribed
on the surrounding walls. Vis-
itors are allowed to touch the
damaged steel.
Her husband, she said, re-
cently gave a family with young
children a tour and was struck
that the youngsters "weren't
even alive then, so they had
no direct memory of it as all of
us do."
Some relatives of 9/11 vic-

Liering gil s given to i i esLIIIC
during their White House ten-
ure, including silver stirrups
from Morocco encrusted with
gold, rubies and emeralds.
Some of Laura Bush's ball
gowns are part of the museum
collection, including a spar-
kling red gown she wore for
the Bushes' first state dinner,
honoring Mexico, on Sept. 6,
She said giving up her dress-
es wasn't difficult. "I'd proba-
bly never wear them anyway,"
she said, "because George isn't
wild about black tie."

Bush legacy examined at ceremony

By Colleen Mccain Nelson

mer President George W. Bush,
dedicating the library and museum
that will house his presidential re-
cords, said Thursday he stayed true
to his core convictions during his
time in the White House by lower-
ing taxes, raising school standards
and leaving foreign countries "lib-
erated" from dictators.
During the dedication of the
George W. Bush Presidential Cen-
ter on the campus of Southern
Methodist University, speakers
highlighted the 43rd president's
"resolve" in the wake of the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist attacks, his
work in Africa and his good hu-
mor, with only passing references
to the controversial decisions that
marked his two terms in office.
Bush said that as president, his
deepest-held conviction was that
America must strive to expand the
reach of freedom.
"One of the benefits of freedom
is that people can disagree," Bush
said, adding that he created plenty
of opportunities for people to exer-

cise.that right.
The library's opening has
prompted an examination of
Bush's administration, with allies
saying that many of the Repu~b-
lican's actions would be viewed
more objectively and positively
over time.
Americans' view of Bush has
been improving. In a Wall Street
Journal/NBC poll this month,
35 percent had a positive view of
him, up from 31 percent in Janu-
ary 2009, the month he left office.
That compares with 47 percent
who view President Barack Obama
positively. The proportion holding
a negative view of Bush declined
sharply, to 44% in this month's
poll from 58 percent in January
Andrew Card, who served as
Bush's chief of staff, said the mu-
seum provides context for chal-
lenges the former president con-
"This is really not a tribute to
George W. Bush," he said in an in-
terview. "It's trying to put people in,
the position of being president and
facing some phenomenally difficult

The 'library invites debate and
discussion, with an interactive ex-
hibit that lets visitors walk through
key decisions Bush faced-includ-
ing on the Iraq war, Hurricane
Katrina and the financial crisis-
and then weigh in with what they
would do.
Thursday's library dedica-
tion was the rare occasion that
brought together all five living
U.S. presidents: Bush; his father,
George H.W. Bush; and Demo-
crats Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter
and Obama. The event also drew
leaders from around the world;
members of Congress, including
House Speaker John Boehner (R.,
Ohio); several governors, including
New Jersey's Chris Christie; and a
who's who of Bush administration
It was an emotional event for fa-
ther and son, the elder Bush rising
from his wheelchair to stand next
to his son for a moment. The mu-
seum's courtyard features statues
of the two standing side by side.
"It is awesome that you are here
today," Bush told his father.


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(L-R) U.S. First lady Michelle Obama, former first lady Barbara Bush, former first lady Laura Bush,
President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clitnon, former Presi-
dent George H.W. Bush, former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Hillary Clinton, and former
first lady Rosalynn Carter arrive at the dedication for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

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Attorneys for the defense withdraw after questions were raised
about his participation in an
motionfor bias hearing investigation of Spence-Jones
in 2007 when the judge was.
By D. Kevin McNeir the election in November] and then working as a Miami-Dade
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com because we think it is impera- prosecutor. Cueto contended
tive that residents know we will that while he agreed to step
Attorneys representing City be on the ballot. We thought it down, he still did not recall the
Commissioner Michelle Spen- was best to take the high road. matter or his involvement. In
ce-Jones and the City of Miami We still feel confident about his ruling, he held that Spen-
both withdrew their motions our class." ce-Jones had qualified to run
requesting a bias hearing last and was elected twice, which
Monday, paving the way for Mi- HOW WE GOT TO THIS POINT according to the city char-
ami-Dade Circuit Court Judge City Commissioner Michelle ter meant she could not run
Marc Schumacher to move the Spence-Jones was upbeat fol- again. He also referenced a
case to the State Appel- lowing her appearance 1999 public referendum where
late Court. in court last week say- 73 percent of voters called for
After the hearing, ing that what trans- a two-term limit on the City of
which took less than pired was a "clear vic- Miami's elected officials.
10 minutes, J.C. Pla- tory." But as litigation Rogow requested a new hear-
nas, the attorney for the continued between her ing, saying that the motion on
Rev. Richard P. Dunn, and the Rev. Richard the disqualification of Cueto
II, said, "on this day we P. Dunn, II, one could had not been ruled on by the
won." SPENCE- say that the burden of court. But Schumacher de-
"I think both attor- JONES proof had been placed nied his request. Rogow em-
neys withdrew their on the shoulders of her phasized to the court, howev-
motions because it was pretty attorney, Bruce er, that a bias hearing
clear that Judge Cueto's rul- Rogow. l could feature a long list
ing showed no evidence of bias Miami-Dade Cir- --of witnesses, includ-
towards Spence-Jones," he cuit Court Judge Marc "- ing himself, Dunn's
said. "We still believe that his Schumacher, who was attorney, J.C. :'Planas
decision that said she could assigned the case af- and Joseph Centorino
not run for another term was ter his colleague, Cueto's boss when
based on its own merit and the Judge Cueto stepped he was working in the
City charter." down, determined last DUNN state attorney's office.
Spence-Jones said she did Wednesday that Cue- Planas said that the
not want to get stuck in the to's ruling that pro- defense was trying to take a
lower level courts and local hibited Spence-Jones from "second bite at the apple," and
politics and wanted to take the running for a third term still told the judge that he believed
case to a higher court. stood. However, he did agree the case should proceed direct-
"We still believe he [Judge to hear testimony that would ly to the appeals court. Both
Jorge E. Cueto] should have have likely included judges attorneys said they believed
disclosed and removed himself and prosecutors to determine the case would ultimately end
from the case but we are ap- if Cueto failed to be impartial up in the appeals court, no
preaching the month of May when he ruled that the city matter how Schumacher ruled
now," Spence-Jones said. "We commissioner could not seek a in the bias hearing.
need to move on to a higher third term. It now appears that they
court because of timing [before Cueto disqualified himself were correct.

Top cop takes over Liberty City station

continued from 1A
and try to make a difference.
Now in an ironic twist of fate,
the 20-year veteran of the City
of Miami Police Department has
been promoted to the rank of
major and has come back home.
Jackson was recently assigned
as the head of the North Dis-
trict Substation which serves
Liberty City, Little Haiti and the
upper east side of-Miami. His
staff of 144 men and women
includes 96 Blacks and no
matter what rank they hold,
most are routinely sent out into
the streets where "their visible
presence and interaction with
the community help to promote
our message of non-violence."
"We are constantly pumping
the message of peace and seek-
ing ways to engage our youth,"
he said. "Summer break will
begin soon and we're already
formulating safe activities so
that kids have something posi-
tive to do with their free time.
When they're idle and bored,
that's when a lot of youth get
into trouble."
Jackson, 43, also believes
that effective policing begins
with partnering and sharing

resources with other local po-
lice departments and elected
officials. To that end he has
teamed up with City Commis-
sioner Michelle Spence-Jones
on the Stop the Violence Al-
liance, participated in school
tours where kids and cops can
interact and has facilitated
youth panel discussions so
that he and his staff get a bet-
ter sense of the concerns and
problems facing today's young

Jackson says that despite the
intermittent problems of shoot-
ings and violence in the Pork
and Beans projects, the North
District can boast a double-
digit drop in crime in all three
documented areas.
"I think a lot of times certain
incidents arise that make for
sensational news stories and
put our station under greater
scrutiny," he said. "But that
takes the focus off of the great
job that our officers are doing
every day. You don't achieve
a drop in crime by 19 percent
without consistent team work."
Jackson adds that because
of gang activities and violence
initiated by gangs, he has had

to put additional resources,
including special nri'estigat.:,rs
and gang units, in hot spots
in Liberty City and Little Haiti.
Their hard work is now begin-
ning to pay off.
"We have a problem with guns
on the streets weapons that
are in the hands of the 'wrong
people." he said. "That's why I
have stepped up regular com-
munication and participated
in initiatives with officers from
Miami-Dade County and oth-
ers. Police departments tend
to be territorial but those that
are willing to share information
and resources often discover
that they can circumvent many
dangerous situations, before
they occur. Every day it's some-
thing different. But the key is
getting up from behind the
'desk, guiding my troops and
providing them with motivation
and direction. That's all pretty
easy because this is my com-
munity. The church that I pas-
tor, New Mount Moriah MBC,
is on 67th and NW 14th Ave-
nue right here in the hood.
Some might see my job as dif-
ficult but I see it as a blessing.
I've been allowed to come back
home where I can serve every
day. That's a real honor."

Black voter turnout rate passes whites

By Hope Yen
\S'is-,lctaiJ Pr eii

ica's Blacks voted at a higher
rate than other minority groups
in 2012 and by most measures
surpadsed the white turnout for
the first time, reflecting a deeply
polarized presidential election in
which Blacks strongly support-
ed Barack Obama w'.hile many
whites stayed home
Had people voted last Novem-
ber at the same rates they did in
2004, when Black turnout was
below its current historic levels,
Republican Mitt Romney would
have won narrowly, according to
an analysis conducted for The
Associated Press.
Census data and exit polling
show that whites and Blacks
will remain the two. largest racial
groups of eligible voters for the
next decade. Last year's heavy
Black turnout came despite con-
cerns about the effect of new
voter-identification laws on mi-
nority voting, outweighed by the

desire to re-elect the first Black
William H Frey. a demogra-
pher at the Brookings institu-
tion, analyzed the 2012 elections
for the AP using census data on
eligible voters and turnout, along
with November's exit polling. He
estimated total votes for Obama
and Romnev under a scenario
where 201 2 turnout rates for all
racial groups matched those in
2004. Overall. 2012 voter turn-
out \was roughly 5," percent.
dow-n from 62 percent in 2008
and 60 percent in 2004
The analysis also used popu-
lation projections to estimate
the shares of eligible voters by
race group through 2030. The
numbers are supplemented with
material from the Pew Research
Center and George Mason Uni-
versity associate professor Mi-
chael McDonald, a leader in the
field of voter turnout who sepa-.
rately reviewed aggregate turn-
out levels across states, as well
as AP interviews with the Cen-
sus Bureau and other experts.

The bureau is scheduled to re-
lease data on voter turnout in

Overall, the findings repre-
sent a tipping point for Blacks,
w.ho for much of America's his-
ton were disenfranchised and
then effectively barred from vot-
ing until passage of the Voting
Rights Act in 1965.
But the numbers also offer a
cautionary note to both Demo-
crats and Republicans after
Obama .on in No-erber with
a historically low percentage of
white supporters. While Lati-
nos are no\. the biggest driver
of U.S. population growth, they
still trail whites and Blacks in
turnout and electoral share, be-
cause many of the Hispanics in
the country are children or non-
In recent weeks, Republican
leaders have urged a "year-
round effort" to engage Black
and other minority voters, de-
scribing a grim future if their
party does not expand its core
support beyond white males.


-Photo courtesy Marta Martinez-Aleman.

Commissioner Edmonson

participates in Library Week

County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson celebrated National Library Week by taking time to
read to the children of the Easter Seals South Florida Caleb Center Head Start on April 23rd at
the Model City Library, 2211 NW 54 St. Edmonson read "Emma in Charge," by David Mc Phail,
"Mouse's First Spring," by Lauren Thompson and "Dog," by Emily Gravett.

Zimmerman waives pre-trial hearing

edly intervened, leading to a
recess. After the recess, Nelson
questioned Zimmerman under
oath. He answered softly that
he was waiving his right to have
a pre-trial "stand your ground"
In other developments, Nel-
son ordered the state to turn
over any cell phone data for
Trayvon or Zimmerman that
they haven't given already; or-
dered the state and defense to
turn over to the other side any
"cleaned up" or enhanced au-
dio of the 911 call which cap-
tured screams leading up to the
shooting; and granted the de-
fense's request to add five more'
witnesses to their list, even
though the deadline she set for
new witnesses had passed.
The defense announced that
it would not hold a "stand your.
ground" hearing before the trial
but has not ruled outt the possi-
bility of holding one at the same
time as the trial or afterward.
Nelson also heard argument

on a defense request to release
details about a $1 million-plus
settlement that Zimmerman's
homeowners association paid
Trayvon's parents to settle
a wrongful death claim. Nel-
son ruled that the settlement,
which had been sealed, will be
provided without redaction to
both sides, meaning the precise
dollar amount won't be made
Zimmerman's defense team
recently filed new paperwork
including another request for
sanctions against the state. His
attorney, Mark O'Mara, wants
the state to pay more than
$4,500 in costs associated with
depositions that were delayed
when prosecutor Bernie de la
Rionda objected to them being
videotaped. De la Rionda has
referred to O'Mara as a "craven
Zimmerman last attended
court Feb. 5. His second-degree
murder trial is scheduled for
June 10th.

Foxx appointed new transportation secretary

continued from 1A

breaking ground on a Char-
lotte streetcar project that
would bring an electric tram
service through the center of
town as well as helping lead
expansion of the Charlotte-
Douglas International Airport
and plans to extend the city's
light rail system north of the
city to the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte.
Foxx, who has called Obama
a friend, was first elected may-
or of the Queen City in 2009.
He was re-elected in November
2011 with nearly 70 percent of
the vote. He also is a lawyer for
Charlotte hybrid bus maker
After a year on the national
stage and calls to run for gov-
ernor, the 41-year-old mayor
stunned Charlotte residents
this month when he an-
nounced that he was leaving
office at the end of the year to
spend more time with his fam-
."I never intended to be mayor
for life," he told the Charlotte
Obama has been under pres-
sure to add more diversity to
his Cabinet. The chairwoman
of -the Congressional Black
Caucus criticized Obama for
the lack of minority candidates
in a terse letter last month.
"The people you have chosen
to appoint in this new term
have hardly been reflective of
this country's diversity," Rep.
Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, wrote
in March.
The lack of diversity served
as one of the most pointed
punch lines at the White House
Correspondents' Dinner on
Saturday. Featured performer
Conan O'Brien poked fun at

-Photo by ShawnThew/EPA
Anthony R. Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, N.C., (center) with
President Obama and transportation chief Ray LaHood.

the president, comparing the
Cabinet's makeup to the presi-
dent's aging appearance.
"Mr. President, your hair is
so white, it could be a member
of your Cabinet," he said.
If confirmed, Foxx would re-
place Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood, who announced
in January that he would leave
the job once a successor is
confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
The transportation secretary
leads a staff of almost 60,000
people across the country and
overseas federal highway, air,

railroad, and maritime and
other transportation areas.
Foxx doesn't have an ex-
tensive transportation back-
ground, though he has some
Washington experience. In
addition to his work on the
national convention and city-
related lobbying visits, the Da-
vidson College graduate served
on the staff of the House Judi-
ciary Committee earlier in, his
career from 1999-2001 and
before that worked two years
in the civil rights division of
the justice department.

Miami native hired as postmaster
Miami Times staff report Antioch Mis-
sionary Bap-
Valerie Stanley Myers became twist Church of
the first Black female postmaster Brownsville is
of Dublin, Georgia. She was ap- the daughter of
pointed to the position on March Benjamin and
9, 2013. Clara Stanley,
Myers, a graduate of Miami the sister of
Springs High School and Fort Val- years Carol Olajide
ley State College, began her her and the mother
career as a letter carrier in the of Kadeijah My-

streets of Miami in 1984. Hard
work, dedication and parental
support were the driving force be-
hind her accomplishments.
Myers a former member of

In her own words: "I feel hon-
ored and privileged to have been
appointed as the first Black wom-
an as postmaster of Dublin, Ga."


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start of the hearing that she
would not tolerate any squab-
Already, Nelson has ad-
dressed a request by the state
that she demand an answer
from Zimmerman on this ques-
tion: Are you giving up your
right to a "stand your ground"
That's a proceeding that could
absolve him of criminal wrong-
doing for killing Trayvon Mar-
tin, an unarmed Black 17-year-
old, in Saiford'last year in what
has become a civil rights cause
Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark
O'Mara argued Zimmerman
shouldn't be asked to waive
any rights. The defense "might,"
he said, argue for immunity at
trial, after all the evidence is
presented. The judge wanted to
question Zimmerman on the is-
sue herself, but O'Mara repeat-



Families in our community will see the benefits without any
of the costs. To pay for the stadium modernization, the Miami
Dolphins will put up nearly $200 million of their own money,
and tourists will pay the county's share. A world class venue
will drive tourism, local jobs and Miami-Dade's economy with
more Super Bowls and top-of-the-line entertainment events.
Local contractors and workers will be hired
> No cost to property taxpayers
- The Dolphins will pay 100% of cost overruns
- The plan will create over 4,000 local jobs

I "Moderning Sun Life Stadium
means jobs for our community.
Since te Dolphins have committed
to using local small businesses and
contractors, thisprojectwillprovide
Sa substantial boost to the local
N.T. Smith, Communi
:' tS- CommunityLeader and Miami
First Co-Chair .- .
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O.ur community needsjobs, which
is why I am supporting the Sun Life
Stadium modernization project. This
project will create over 4,000 jobs
and provide a boost to our local
economy." '.
Marion Hill, Community Leader

As a s ll business owner, I
have seen firsthand the Dolphins

l create.over 4,000wobs in,^
i mm paid for byt ieI.




Edward Bland dies at 86; made 'Cry of Jazz'

By Paul Vitello

Edward Bland made only one film
before deciding to pursue a career as
a musician, composer and arranger.
And that film, "The Cry of Jazz," a
34-minute documentary explaining
jazz in the context of history, was
by his own account amateurish.
But within a year of its release
in 1959, "The Cry of Jazz," which
Bland produced on a shoestring
budget with some friends, became
an improbable film landmark of
sorts not as a work of art but as a
manifesto of militancy.
Using the didactic voice-over style
popular in educational films of the
1950s, Bland, who died on March
14 at 86, interspersed selections
from jazz performances, scenes of
deprivation in the ghettos of Chi-
cago and a stilted portrayal of an
argument over jazz at an interracial
social gathering of college-educated
young people.
During the argument, an un-

"The Cry of Jazz," a 1959 film by Edward Bland, commented -
on racism and created an uproar in intellectual circles.

bridgeable racial divide seems to
open in the floor. At a time when
it was an article of faith in the civil
rights movement that all people, no
matter their color, were essentially
the same, Bland's film depicted a
group of men explaining to their

white peers that the opposite was
true that after centuries of bat-
tling racial oppression, Americans
were actually quite different from
white Americans under the skin,
and in many ways better.

Moreover, whites would never
grasp the dimensions of the divide,
they said, and jazz was the perfect
illustration: whites could play jazz
and appropriate it, their argument
ran, but they would never under-
stand it, or the people who created
The movie
caused an up-
roar. Notable
took sides. The
novelist Ralph
Ellison called
it offensive.
BLAND The poet LeRoi
Jones, later
known as Amiri Baraka, called it
profoundly insightful. An audience
discussion after a screening in 1960
in Greenwich Village became so
heated that the police were called.
The British critic Kenneth Tynan,
in a column for The London Observ-
er, wrote that it "does not really be-
long to the history of cinematic art,

but it assuredly belongs to history"
as "the first film in which the Ameri-
can Negro has issued a direct chal-
lenge to the white."
Bland went on to write arrange-
ments for Lionel Hampton, Dizzy
Gillespie and Sun Ra. He also wrote
orchestrations for television shows
and movies, including the racially
charged 1984 suspense drama "A
Soldier's Story."
He died of cancer at his home in
Smithfield, Va., his wife, Mary Bat-
ten Bland, said.
While "The Cry of Jazz" became a
staple of academic film studies and
history departments, Bland began
working in New York on both com-
mercial and avant-garde musical
ventures. In the 1960s he produced
concerts for the "Jazz in the Garden"
series at the Museum of Modern
Art. His compositions for chamber
orchestra were performed by the
Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis and St.
Louis Symphonies and the Chicago
Civic Orchestra.



Will Blacks benefit from stadium proposal?

continued from 1A

projects. It now heads back to the
House where lawmakers have un-
til Friday's adjournment to pass it.
With the hurdle of the bill ap-
pearing to be on the verge of be-
ing overcome, the Dolphins, ac-
cording to team spokesman Eric
Jotkoff, are pulling out all the
stops to persuade voters to agree
on the increased bed tax referen-
dum that would allow the team
to use funds generated from the
tourism taxes to help pay for the
stadium renovation. The referen-
dum would increase the mainland
hotel tax rate from 6 percent to 7
percent. That would bring in ap-
proximately $289 million for the
team to rebuild its stadium. The
Dolphins have agreed that to re-
pay the County $120 million after
26 years and to pay up to $120
million in penalties if major events
don't come to the stadium, includ-
ing four Super Bowls.
But some critics wonder why
Dolphins team owner Stephen
Ross doesn't pay for the renova-
tions himself or secure a loan like
other businesses do. Local busi-
ness mogul Norman Braman has
said that the loan payback plan
doesn't take interest or inflation
into account, saying, "It's wrong
and it's just sickening."

One of the Dolphins strategies
has been to establish the Miami
First Coalition who Jotkoff says
consists primarily of M-DC busi-
ness and community leaders that
are dedicated to educating the
voting public on the benefits that
they believe will arise from the
partnership between the Miami
Dolphins and Miami-Dade C6un-
ty. Public records indicate that
the majority of the funds used by
Miami First [also referred to as
Committee: (PAC) Friends of Mi-
ami First, Inc., come from South
Florida Stadium LLC. While we
were unable to secure a complete
list of the coalitions members, we
were provided with a list of some
15 ministers, most from the Black
community, that hdve submitted
written endorsairents of the sta-
dium modernization plan. Miami
First is co-chaired by Smith, who
has registered as a lobbyist and
is being financially compensated
by the Dolphins in the amount
of $20,000 and Jorge Arrizurieta.
[We were unable to determine if
Arrizurieta was being paid for his
services but did learn that he is
leading up outreach efforts to the
Hispanic community].
"We are talking to people
throughout the community an-
swering questions because there is
a lot of misinformation out there,"
Smith said. "We have chamber of
commerce people, police officers,
hotel managers, former Dolphins,
ministers and leaders from Miami
Gardens that have joined us. This
is a complicated issue and it's a
short sprint to the finish line. The
voters have a right to say if they
want to support this deal or not,
but based on everything I've seen
and heard, it's a very good invest-

About 50 people filled the of-
fices of the Martin Luther King
Economic Development Corpo-
ration [MLKEDC] in Liberty City
last week in order to discuss the
"lack of community benefits in the
$289 million grant for Dolphin

-Miami limes pnoto u. Kevin McNelr
HEATED DEBATE: Community leaders and activists discuss the Dolphins plan in Liberty City.

Board Chairman Billy Harde-
mon said he opposes the plan -
at least in its current form.
"The county commissioners did
the right think by putting this in
the hands of the voters unlike
when they voted for the Marlins
deal," he said. "But I just don't
believe they really read it because
I don't see anything in the Dol-
phins plan that benefits Blacks.
If they want my support, they're
going to have to show me a com-
munity development agreement
that specifically includes us. I
have problems giving tax dollars
to a billionaire for his own private
"We need to be very clear when
representatives from the Dolphins
come to our community and tell
them it's not about what we want
but rather 'what the Black com-
munity deserves," said local busi-
nessman Cuthbert Harewood.
"I think the failure of the Mar-
lins' deal frightened some of our
county' commissioners that's
why they put this in the hands
of the voters," said attorney Keon
Hardemon. "But they should be
serving as our advocates. They
shunned their responsibility as
our elected officials."
"We all know someone that
paid the price a long time ago,"
said School Board Member Dr.
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.
"We need to be asking serious
questions and making sure that
there's something in this deal
for us. I'm going to vote my con-
science and urge you not to allow
yourselves to be bought for a pit-
The Rev. Dr. Willie E. Sims, Jr.,
said he supports the deal and
spoke during the meeting as a
member of Miami First;
"I know the history we all
do," he said. "The rail that was
promised to us went to Hialeah,
the tunnel that's being built has
very few if any Blacks working on
it especially those who are be-
ing paid the big bucks. The Mar-
lins shafted us big time making
sure that their deal only benefited
those who speak Spanish. This
plan is different. The Dolphins
are the biggest taxpayers in the
County. The renovations would
drive the tourism market and
that's where Miami makes most
of its money. This will bring jobs
that we sorely need. I don't un-
derstand why people want to kill
a project to which we could easily
attach ourselves and from which
Blacks can benefit."

Miami Chamber of Commerce
President/CEO Bill Diggs met
with Dolphins officials last Friday

and says that based on their con-
versation, he believes that a com-
munity agreement will be ready
for public viewing within the next
few days.
"The Dolphins understand the
value of building a diverse work-
force and I believe they realize
that there is great disparity here
in Miami-Dade County in terms of
jobs being given to Black contrac-
tors and other Black employees.
They have promised that as the
community agreement unfolds,
what we will not see is the way
the Marlins discounted Blacks.
It's all in the details. I am not a
,paid advocate for the Dolphins -
I represent an organization whose
mission is to promote economic
development in the Black com-
munity. We're going to track the
jobs that come from this project
and not just for Blacks but how
diverse the workforce is, how gen-
der-inclusive it is. And we want to
see where the workers come from
- that is where do they reside.
Blacks have a right to be gun shy
given the history of Miami. We've
been promised a lot of things and
watched nothing come true."
All four of the Black county
commissioners spoke with The
Miami Times. Each of them said
they were continuing to monitor
the situation. Their concerns were
similar: making sure the public
was correctly informed about the
pros and cons of the plan; plac-
ing the burden of-proof on the
Dolphins in terms of why voters
should support the plan; ensure
that there is an aggressive plan to
hire small Black businesses and
Black workers. In addition, they
urged Blacks to continue to call
their offices with concerns and
said they were committed to fol-
lowing up to make sure the Dol-
phins keep their promises.
Specifically, County Com-
missioner Barbara Jordan, in
response to comments from
MLKEDC's leadership, said she
remains open to working with
them, or other groups, in order
to help them identify specific
benefits for their constituencies
but had not been approached by
MLKECD prior to the day they
voted to put the decision for ap-
proving the Dolphins' plan in the
hands of the voters.
"Clearly my District stands to
gain the most from the Dolphins'
plan that's why I sponsored the
legislation that went to the State
for approval and why I was a pri-
mary sponsor for the County's
plan," she said. "We have to re-
member that one can talk about
diversity but not set asides for
one specific race or group be-
cause that's forbidden by federal
law. I continue to remind people

Lacy: A forgotten key to Robinson's success

continued from 1A

named Brooklyn Dodgers' owner
Branch Rickey, Yankees' execu-
tive Larry MacPhail, Philadel-
phia magistrate Joseph Rainey
and Lacy to the four-member
That achievement alone
should have gotten Lacy at least
a fleeting mention in 42. That
he did much more to help Rob-
inson transform baseball and
the nation should have made
Lacy's role in desegregating
baseball an important part of the
movie's story line.
Lacy reported on every aspect
of Robinson's life as a Big League
player. He covered Robinson
during the summer of 1946,
when he led the Dodgers' top
farm team, the Montreal Roy-
als, to the International League
championship. Robinson led the
league with a .349 batting aver-

age and propelled the Royals to
their first championship.
Oliver told me the story of how
Lacy drove Robinson to a spring
training game that year in San-
ford, Fla. After being blocked
from entering the stadium by
a surly white crowd, he and
Robinson got into the ball park
through a loose plank in the out-
field fence.
When the Dodgers set up their
spring training headquarters in
Cuba in 1947 to lessen news
media coverage of Robinson's
arrival to the Major Leagues,
Lacy was there. And while Rob-
inson faced discrimination on
the baseball playing field during
his breakthrough days, Lacy too
was forced to grapple with Jim
Crow to cover him.
Once, during a game in New
Orleans, Lacy was forced to sit
on the roof of the press box be-
cause no blacks were allowed in-
side. That outrage sparked sev-

eral white sports writers to join
him atop the press box. That act
of protest helped shatter base-
ball's other color barrier the
one that long relegated black
sport writers to only covering
Negro Leagues baseball games.
But Lacy proved to be as re-
silient as Robinson in staring
down the racism they encoun-
tered, and his tenacity paid off.
In 1948, Lacy became the first
black admitted to the Baseball
Writers' Association of America.
He was inducted into the writers'
wing of the baseball Hall of Fame
in 1998. Lacy died five years lat-
er at age 99.
"Lacy is someone whose story
shouldn't be ignored," Oliver
said. And that's especially true
when talks turn to how Robin-
son ended the Jim Crow era of
Major League Baseball. Lacy
is an integral part of that story
that Hollywood should not have

that there is a big difference be-
tween what a commissioner can
do whose job is to represent an
entire district versus what a
grassroots group can do. People
have a lot more power than they
know they just have to utilize
it properly."

Jotkoff emphasized that the
4,000 jobs projected to come as
a result of the renovation project
are for full-time workers and that
the number of positions is a "con-
servative estimate and are mostly
associated with the construction."
"But we're going to need engi-
neers, architects and other re-
lated positions," he said. "There
will be more jobs that will be part-
time when we secure Super Bowls
and international sporting events.
But Sun Life Stadium is also part-
nering with Operation 305, albng
with the South Florida Workforce
to make sure the benefits of this
project stay in Miami-Dade Coun-
"We will be working with Op-
eration 305 and local business
leaders to recruit local small busi-
nesses and local workers for the
construction and ensure that we
are hiring a diverse Miami-Dade
workforce for this project," said
Dolphins CEO Mike Dee.

I Took The

NBA's Collins comes out

continued from 1A

season with the Washington Wiz-
ards. He wants to continue his
"When I was younger I dated
women," Collins wrote. "I even got
engaged. I thought I had to live a
certain way. I thought I needed
to marry a woman and raise kids
with her. I kept telling myself the
sky was red, but I always knew it
was blue."
Jarron Collins, Jason's twin,
also wrote a first-person piece for
SI in which he said his brother
told him last summer: "I won't
lie. I had no idea. We talked, he
answered my questions, I hugged
him and I digested what he had
told me. At the end of the day, this
is what matters: He's my brother,
he's a great guy, and I want him
to be happy. Ill love him and I'1
support him and, if necessary, I'll
protect him."
Former President Bill Clinton,
whose daughter Chelsea was a
classmate of Collins at Stanford,
issued a statement of support
saying: "Jason's announcement
today is an important moment
for professional sports and in the
history of the LGBT community.
... I hope that everyone, particu-
larly Jason's colleagues in the
NBA, the media and his many
fans extend to him their support
and the respect he has earned."
NBA Commissioner David
Stern said in a statement: "Jason
has been a widely respected play-
er and teammate throughout his
career and we are proud he has
assumed the leadership mantle
on this very important issue."
GLAAD, a lesbian, gay, bisexu-
al and transgender (LGBT) media
advocacy organization, issued a
statement of support.
"'Courage' and 'inspiration' are
words that get thrown around a
lot in sports, but Jason Collins
has given both ideas a brand new
context," said Aaron McQuade,
head of GLAAD's sports program.
"We hope that his future team will
welcome him, and that fans of the
NBA and sports in general will
applaud him."
Collins wrote in his SI piece
that he was jealous of Joe Kenne-

dy, Collins' roommate at Stanford
and a Democratic congressman,
marching in a gay pride parade in
Boston when he was running for
"For as long as I've known Ja-
son Collins, he has been defined
by three things: His passion for
the sport he loves, his unwav-
ering integrity, and the biggest
heart you will ever find," Kenne-
dy said in a statement. "Without
question or hesitation, he gives
everything he's got to those of us
lucky enough to be in his life. I'm
proud to stand with him today
and proud to call him a friend."
Collins has started 476 games,
including nine this year, over
12 NBA seasons. He's averaged
3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per
He played 6V2 seasons for the
then-New Jersey Nets, who draft-
ed him 18th overall in 2001. His
best season was 2004-05, when
he posted 6.4 points, 6.1 re-
bounds and 0.9 blocks a game
and led the NBA in personal fouls.
Collins was traded in 2008 to
the Memphis Grizzlies. He fin-
ished that season with them be-
fore a one-season stint with the
Minnesota Timberwolves. He
helped the Atlanta Hawks to play-
off berths from 2010-12, then this
season joined the Boston Celtics.
He was dealt to the Wizards mid-
"If you have learned anything
from Jackie Robinson, it is that
teammates are always the first to
accept," Celtics coach Doc Rivers
said in a statement. "It will be so-
ciety who has to learn tolerance."
Collins received support from
fellow players as well.
Kobe Bryant tweeted: "Proud of
@jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate
who u r because of the ignorance
of others #courage #support
#mambaarmystandup #BYOU"
Bryant's Laker teammate Steve
Nash also offered his support
tweeting: "The time has come.
Maximum respect."
But not everyone has been sup-
portive. Miami Dolphins receiver
Mike Wallace posted and later
removed the following tweet:
"All these beautiful women in
the world and guys wanna mess
with other guys SMH..."


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To Raise My Kids

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* 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
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myself with
moms and dads
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MY community into a
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Opa-locka observes

Nat'l Day of Prayer
Day urges to On Thursday, May 2, Ameri-
cans are urged to pray, once

unite the country
with meditation
By Malika A. Wright
This year, when events took
place beyond our control,
Americans were encouraged to
pray. We were encouraged to
pray for Boston and to pray for
"In His name [the nation]
puts their hope," as written in
Matthew 12: 21.

again, for America.
The first Thursday of May has
been designated by the U.S.
Congress as the National Day
of Prayer, with its inception in
It is a day when Americans
of all backgrounds are asked
"to turn to God in prayer and
Locally, the City of Opa-Loc-
ka will take part in the Day of
Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kel-
ley and Commissioner Luis B.
Please turn to PRAYER 11B



Female Athletes Rock

Campaign uplifts
and celebrates
women in sports
By Malika A. Wright
Jazmine Highsmith, MBA, a
former collegiate athlete, once
attended a celebrity basketball
game to support a couple of
her female friends who were
participants. What stuck with
her the most about that event
was the fact that the female
players were encouraged to
wear "tiny" and revealing
shorts to play the game.

"It came to me that females
aren't taken seriously in
sports," she said. "There is
more to female athletes than
being a sex symbol."
In effort of empowering fe-
male athletes and encouraging
younger females to participate
in athletics, while also doing
away with negative stereotypes
about female athletes, High-
smith created Female Athletes
Rock (F.A.R.) in April of this
Through the non-profit cam-
paign, she plans on positively
showcasing female athletes,
building self-confidence
and unity among them,
Please turn to ATHLETES 11B

Vessels of Praise
The Bethel Church's
Vessels of Praise opened
up for Donald Lawrence
on April 21st at the Arsht
Center Free Gospel Sun-
There were also per-
formances by the Miami
Mass Choir.
-Photo courtesy of The Bethel Church

Pastor holds worship

service outdoors

all throughout May

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mouth that God was raised. Lord I shall be saved. Now, I come
to you as I am. Lord, wash me, purge me, create in me a clean
With their hands raised anid in sincerity,
more than 30 people who lived near It
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Gun violence not just a problem for

predominantly white communities

By Adelle M. Banks

Black clergy have launched a
new coalition to fight gun vio-
lence, saying they are unde-
terred by the recent failure of
legislation on Capitol Hill and all
too aware of the problem of gun
At meetings held Tuesday
(April'; .23)- in Washington and
Los Angeles, supporters of the:
African-Ameiican Church Gun
Control Coalition called gun vio-
lence "both a sin and a public..
health, crisis and committed to':,
a three-year atcion plan of advo-
,cacy, educanon and :eislative
"As people of God and as
faithful members we have the
obligation to stir .the world's
conscience and to call on our

nation's decision makers to do
what is just and right," said the
Rev. Carroll Baltimore, presi-
dent of the Progressive National
Baptist Convention, which con-
vened the coalition.
"African-American clergy lead-
ers hear daily the cries of t[he
parents, family and friends of
those whose precious lives have
been snuffed out by guns and
other types of violence." /V
Denominati,:nal leaders have
joihed,in recent n-utitaith calls
to. address gun violence, espe-
cially afterr December's deadly
school shooting in Newtown,,
'Conn'. But the Rev. Stephen
Thurston, president of the Na-
tional Baptist Convention of
America, said Black pastors
have dealt with such violence
long before attention was drawn

to gun violence in predominant-
ly white communities.
"This is what happens every
day and every week in America
in some urban city," he said
before the coalition meeting.
"Within the Black community, it
has been happening for so long."
Gun violence is the leading cause
of death of Black males ages 15-
19, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
The Children's Defense Fund re-
potted that in 2009 Black male
teens were eight times more like-
ly to die from gun violence than
white teenage males. The clergy
blasted the. Senate for defeat-
ing legislation to expand back-
ground checks and ban assault
weapons, but vowed to continue
to work for stronger legislation
and safer neighborhoods.

"I think we're more empow-
ered, more fired up to make
some changes," said the Rev.
Cynthia Hale, senior pastor of
Ray of Hope Christian Church
in Decatur, Ga.
At the Washington meeting,
dozens of clergy heard from gun
control advocates and political
leaders, including Education
Secretary Arne Duncan and
Rep. Marcia Fudge, (D-Ohio),
chair of the Congressional Black
Other denominations sup-
porting the new coalition in-
clude the Pentecostal Assem-
blies of the World, Church of
God in Christ. African Method-
ist Episcopal Church, Christian
lMethodist Episcopal Church
and National Baptist Conven-
tion, USA.

Documents to respect patients' final wishes

By Diane C. Lade

Part II ofII
"We have so many more
ways to keep people alive
these days. Pauents need to
decide for themselves when
we should use the machines
and when we should not," said
Ken Goodman, director of the
University of Miami s bioethics
program. "POLST will succeed
in letting us have that conver-
Last month, a staff member
at a California independent
living center refused a 911 op-
erator's pleas to perform CPR
on 87-year-old Lorraine Bay-
less, who had collapsed in the
dining room, saying it violated
the facility's policy.
It turned out Bayless knew
about the center's policy that
non-medical .staff could not
perform life-saving measures.
Yet Wnthout seeing specific

documents, the emergency op-
erator and paramedics were
obligated to try to save Bay-
less once the retirement center,
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, medical
director for Broward Sheriffs
Fire Rescue, said the more in-
formation medical providers
have to help them make split-
second decisions, the better.
Once paramedics are called,
they must try to revive the pa-
tient, El Sanadi said unless
they see a properly prepared
Doing CPR on a patient who
did not want life-saving mea-
sures, and had a document
saving so. could legally be con-
sidered battery, El Sanadi said.
But on the other hand, not
performing life-saving mea-
sures when it's unclear what
the patient wanted also puts
.emergency workers in jeopai--
dv. he said.

Dr. Karl Dhana, senior vice
president of medical affairs at
MorseLife, a West Palm Beach
elder care complex, said fam-
ily members often are unaware
that life savings measures typ-
ically don't work on very frail,
elderly people or if they do,
leave them so injured, they
soon die.
Studies show that among
people age 85 and older who
are living at home, fewer
than four out of every 100
who undereo. CPR leave the
hospital, according to the
University of California-Los
Angeles Health System Ethics
Center. The majority survive
vith neurological issues.
Life-saving measures often
involve compressions that can
break an older patient's ribs,
being -shocked with electric
paddles and having tubes
inserted, Dhana said.
"There are no guarantees

when you are in true cardiac
arrest, and it's unlikely you'll
be like you were before,"
Dhana said.
Dhana said MorseLife
developed its own form to use
in its nursing home and rehab
unit several years ago. But he
said it is considering adopting
the POLST.
"There are a lot of gray
areas with a DNRO. It just
says 'Don't restart my heart,'"
Dhana said. "With the POLST,
you don't have to guess about
Meanwhile, Bagatell's JFK-
POLST project now has 35
patients with completed forms,
and another 15 outpatients.
Bagatell, a UM Miller School of
Medicine assistant professor,
will track POLST patients
through hospitalizations, and
nursing home and hospice
admissions, to see if their care
wishes are honored.

Highsmith encourages women to be resilient

continur'd from 10B

celebrating their accomplish-
ments and also inspiring others
to do the same.
As a former female athlete,
Highsmith has had much'suc-
cess. She helped Miami North-
western Senior High's girls
track team win a state cham-
pionship in 2005, as a ham-
mer and weight thrower. She
later attended the University
of South Florida with a track
and field scholarship. She re-
ceived her master's of business
in sports business from the St.
Leo University and is currently

working on her 'doctorate in
sports management.
But Highsmith has had to
overcome-the obstacles that fe-
male athletes face. She remem-
bers hearing "Oh, she doesn't
have to train as hard as a guy,"
which was not true, according
to Highsmith.
Many female athletes train
just as hard as men, and some
also train with men.
SAccording to Highsmith, fe-
male athletes aren't "glorified"
in the media. She said the
media makes it appear as if a
woman has to be a "video chick"
or a "basketball wife" to be suc-
cessful, and oftentimes women

who are successful in other
fields aren't displayed.
"Some female athletes don't
get the recognition they de-
serve," she said. "We don't re-
ally see them until it's time for
the Olympics."
Presently, Highsmith has
been promoting the campaign
and encouraging others to be-
come a part of F.A.R.
She plans on reaching out
to coaches of female sports
teams and professional female
athletes. The organization will
eventually start hosting all-
female sports camps and con-
ducting motivational speeches.
for young girls and women.

The word "R.O.C.K.," which
is a part of the organization's
name, is an acronym for resil-
ient, outstanding, competitive
and keen.
They are all adjectives that
describe a female athlete and
what she represents, according
to Highsmith.
"As a female athlete, you're
born in a society where people
are going to follow stereotypes.
..," Highsmith said, sharing
some encouragement to female
"You just have to be resilient
and really focus, on overcoming
the obstacles to get where you
want to go."

Pastor Rogers feels connected to the homeless

continued from 10B

Avenue and 68th, Strdet in Lib-
erty City, declared that they
were saved at this yeat's Easter
Sunday.'.... ,
Those who were standing at
the altar weren't your normal
churchgoers, but they all will-
ingly surrendered.their lives to
Jesus. It was Pastor Rosemarie
"Rose" Rogers of Charity Res-
toration Outreach Ministries,
Inc., who was shepherding
Just as she has held wor-
ship services outside on 18th
Avenue in the past, Rogers
will conduct all of the church's
Sunday worship services there

during the month of May.
She said the church's mis-
sion is to reach out to the lost,
at any cost, and bring them
from a-plae of defeat to a place
of success. ,
Rogers .said .,she .feels com-
pelled and inspired to help
the homeless because she was
homeless twice.
"Now, when I see somebody
who is homeless, I think, that
was me," she said.
Rogers and her eight chil-
dren, three of whom are ad-
opted, lived in the warehouse
where she once rendered
church services during that
According to Rogers, God re-
vealed to her that he had hard-

ened the hearts and others so
that they didn't help her while
she was going through home-
S"God put me in a predica-
ment where I could say, if it
'had not been for the Lord on
my side, where would I be?"
she said.
But now she is grateful to
have stability in her life. She is
currently renting and is in the
process of buying her home.
Although Rogers admits that
she likes ministering outside
the church more than she likes
ministering inside, she said
one of the church's goals is get-
ting a church building.
Presently, the congregation
meets in a conference room of

an apartment building.
"There are certain things
that need to be done inside of
a building and that's one of our
weaknesses. We don't have a
building to sustain all of the
activities that we have."
She said over those experi-
ences of homelessness God
was teaching her that the
church is not the building,
but rather the people. She also
shared that message with the
people on 18th Avenue on Eas-
ter Sunday.
"I want you to know today,
you are the church and you
represent the body of Christ,"
she said. "In God's body, there
are many different people from
all walks of life."

Greater Harvest Bap-
tist Church will hold their
2nd Annual Pre-Mother's Day
Service on May 4 at 11a.m.
Call 786-360-5092.

M Greater Miami Church
of God will hold a dual album
release concert on May 4. 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-

a 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

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

M Sweet Home Mission-
ary Baptist Church will hold
a Christian entertainment
comedy showcase, featuring
Lina Michelle Davis on May

10. Call 786-663-3997.

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

8 New Life Family Wor-
ship Center will hold it's
Let's Talk Women monthly
meeting on May 18 at 1p.m.
The church holds its weekly
Bible studies at 7:30p.m. on
Wednesday nights. Call 305-

S.'H.E.A.R., Inc. will
host a Saving Our Youth
Gospel Concert on June 15 at
6p.m. at The Miami Rescue
Mission's Community Activity
Center. Call 786-718-0316.

N Second Chance Minis-
tries to host a Bible study
meeting. Call 305-747-8495.

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

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

How a Muslim boy came

to meet our Savior Jesus

By Voice of the Martyrs/Canada

Imagine what it would be like.
if your decision to follow Jesus
made you an outcast from your
family and even a target for
That's what happened to a
man named Abdu. But the pow-
er of love broke down the bar-
riers and brought him and his
family back together.
These days Abdu and his
father, Suleman, spend time
praying and studying the Bible
together. Some might call that
a miracle since the two did not
speak for nearly 20 years.
In fact, Abdu's father once
tried to kill him. Why?
Because at the age of 16 he
decided to leave Islam and fol-
low Jesus.

The young man's journey of

faith began with an unexpected
"I was sleeping and Jesus
woke me up, and it was like a
dream or revelation," Abdu re-
Abdu gave his life to Christ,
after reading from a borrowed
Bible. His decision made his
family angry because in their
Muslim community, leaving Is-
lam brings disgrace.
"We didn't know what kind
of belief he brought," Suleman
said. "We, were fundamentalist
Muslims and were very upset.
That is why we were against
"Our neighbors also told us he
brought a foreign religion here
which is not good, and they
said, 'Attack him and don't ac-
cept him,'" he said.
His mother, Semira, was also
very upset when, she learned
her son became a Christian.

Pre Mother's Day Luncheon
Metropolitan AME Church Pre Mother's Day Luncheon "Spiritual
Headdress" presented by Betty Maria Cook Duncombe will be held
11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4 at Picadilly's Restaurant, 403 West
49th Street, Hialeah, Florida 33012
Donations: $25. Contact Sis. Dukes, at 786-277-4150.

Prayer service
Calling all prayer warriors, intercessors, 12 p.m., Wednesday,
Saturday and Sundays at Ann Abraham Ministries, 3173 Mundy
St., Coconut Grove.

Nat'l Day of Prayer observed

continued from 10B

Santiago invites everyone to
join them as they unite with
millions of Americans connect-
ing in prayer on behalf of the
city, the state, the country and
the world.
The event will emphasize "the
need for persons, corporately
and individually, to place un-
failing character of their cre-
ator, who is sovereign over all
governments, authorities and
Kelley and Santiago will hosts
three ceremonies in the City of
Opa-locka. There will be a unity
prayer breakfast, a prayer ob-

servance and a "Unity in the
Community" workshop. Local
pastors will pray in English,
Spanish and Creole.
"I believe in the power of
prayer," Kelley said. "Prayer is
a connector, regardless of what
language you speak or any bar-
He said he hopes that "in light
of recent occurrences in our
country," people will use social
media and word-of-mouth to in-
form others about the event.
Kelley believes if people will
unite, then God will intercede.
Quoting Matt. 18: 20 he
states: "where two or more
gather together in My name,
there I am in the midst."

Haitian heritage celebrated

continued from 10B

young artist challenge; a Com-
pas festival; and Zakafest,
which will be held at the Little
Haiti Cultural Center.
Copies of the calendar are
available at Monestime's dis-
trict office and can be ob-
tained at www.miamidade.
The Compas fest will in-
clude Haitian food, beverages
and live music.
"We love our music. We love

our Kompa," said Paola Pierre,
a member of the month's or-
ganizing committee.
The month-long celebration
also includes two mother's
day observances, the Ameri-
can Mother's Day and the
Haitian Mother's Day, Haitian
Flag Day and a Gospel con-
"We have a rich culture and
we're proud of [it]," Pierre said.
"We want to invite everyone to
embrace it, and we want our
children to remember where
they come from."


11B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 1-7, 2013



Bloodless: Doctors perform


Hands-free texting by

surgery without transfusions drivers still

By Louise Radnofsky

Bloodless surgery opera-
tions performed without the
use of donated blood has
been done for years on pa-
tients with religious objections
to transfusions. Now, hospi-
tals are embracing the prac-
tice more widely, saying it is
cheaper and better for patients
to avoid transfusions whenever
Surgeons who champion
bloodless surgery say that in
addition to reducing costs relat-
ed to buying, storing, process-
ing, testing and transfusing
blood, the technique reduces
the risk of transfusion-related
infections and complications
that keep patients in the hos-
pital longer.
"I think that everyone now
feels that blood utilization
should be minimized," says
Frank Sellke, a professor of
cardiothoracic surgery at
Brown Medical School. "Blood
transfusion can certainly be
lifesaving, but you'd like to
avoid it if at all possible."

A few hospitals pioneered

bloodless surgery decades ago
in response to requests from
patients who were Jehovah's
Witnesses, as well as fears
about the safety of donated
blood during the early days of
the AIDS epidemic. The prac-
tice became more widespread
in recent years as an increase
in the cost of blood (partly due
to stricter screening proce-
dures) and research suggesting
there are downsides to nones-
sential transfusions prompted
hospitals to try to cut back
on blood use in the operating
The Cleveland Clinic, one of
the biggest blood users in the
U.S., is using new protocols
designed to make doctors think
twice before ordering trans-
fusions. The initiative helped
lower costs for external blood
purchases to $26.4 million
in 2012 from $35.5 million in
2009, and led to savings else-
where in the hospital system as
blood storage and processing
costs and transfusion-related
complications declined.
Robert Lorenz, medical direc-
tor of blood management for
the Cleveland Clinic, says the
new guidelines encourage phy-


Since taking a more
conservative approach
to transfusions, the
Cleveland Clinic has
seen its spending on
blood products drop
S40 million ---------

2009 2010 2011


sicians to give some patients
iron before surgery to boost the
oxygen-carrying capacity of red
blood cells, and to accept some
level of anemia and a higher
heartbeat before resorting to
"You get an immediate feel-

ing that you're helping the pa-
tient if you transfuse them," he
says. But "the long-term data
suggest it's the opposite."

To reduce blood loss in pa-
tients both before and after
surgery, Cleveland Clinic uses
lower-volume test tubes when
samples are collected and uses
computer programs to minimize
the number of blood draws per-
formed on patients. Meanwhile,
physicians have to answer a
series of questions before or-
dering blood, and managers in
the hospital system regularly
review data on blood use.
Still, doctors are quick to
point out that they need to have
the freedom to use their judg-
ment when it comes to avoiding
"I think there's no risk as long
as it's not proscriptive," says
Harvey Klein, chief of the de-
partment of transfusion medi-
cine at the National Institutes
of Health Clinical Center. What
you don't want is to "become
so fixated on the dollar bottom
line that you don't do what's in
the patient's best benefit," he

Medicaid expansion favored

5ruay snows

reaction time is

slower anyway
By Larry Copeland

New research suggests it's
just as unsafe to use a voice-
to-text mobile app while driv-
ing as it is to text manually.
The new study is by the Tex-
as Transportation Institute,
-xhich says this is the first re-
search on whether there are
driving safet-, advantages in
using voice-to-text apps
The study involved 43 li-
censed drivers in a 2009 Ford
Explorer. They each drove four
times for about 10 minutes
at 30 mph while not testing
at all. while testing mariiiall,.
v while testing with the voice-
to-text app on the iPhone, and
while doing so .with the Android
smartphone voice-to-text app
The study found that driver
response times were slower no
matter which method ,of textirng
was used Drivers took about
twice as long to react as when
they weren't texting and spent
less time looking at the road
no matter what texting method
the', used, the study sa\s
Interestingl-, the researchers
found that driver performance
w.as roughly the saxne \with
both methods. although mran-

ual texting actually required
slightly less time than using
Each driver completed five
text messaging tasks: send
one, read and reply to three,
and simple read one. The texts
were from a sort script: "They
were things people would say
in text messages, short phras-
es, like. he-, what are you do-
ing tonight. says Christine
Yager, associate transporta-
tion researcher at the institute.
"They would get a reply, and
follow up, 'yes, where do you
want to meet?' "
Wireless providers and mo-
bile app developers created
\oice-to-texi apps to reduce the
effects of manual testing Dri%-
ers in the stud, reported feel-
inm safer ''.hen using a v.uice-
to-text app than when testing
"That is not surpnsing at all,"
says John Uicz;cki, vice presi-
dent of the National Safety
Council. "We have believed that
for some time, that voice-acti-
vated texting is not any safer.
There are two reasons for that.
First, the technology is not
vet perfected. Messages often
come ciut garbled, vhich can
take even more time And sec-
ond. it s really, the same kind
of mental conc:erntratiorn that's
involved here. They're still tak-
ing their mental concentration
off the road."

Uninsured health

care workers

want coverage

By Maria Mallory White

It's an expensive irony: Health
care workers who can't afford
health insurance, but in Florida
that is the plight of some full-
time employees of local nurs-
ing homes and other smaller
or independent health-industry
As the number of employers in
the state who offer health insur-
ance continues to decline 10
percent fewer today, compared
to about a decade ago and
the cost of coverage employees
must contribute continues to
rise, some health care workers
say they have been forced to
forego health insurance.
/Marie Milicent has worked
nearly two decades at Hillcrest
/Health and Rehabilitation Cen-
/ter in Hollywood. She had cov-
erage for her two children, ages
10 and 12, until recently, when
changes in 'the plan priced it
out of her reach.
"Most of us dropped our
health insurance at Hillcrest,"
Milicent said. "The deductible is
$2,000. It's crazy."
Health insurance is particu-
larly important for industry em-
ployees, according to Milicent, a
certified nursing assistant.
"When you're working with
sick people, anything could
happen to you," she said. "Now
that I don't have health insur-
ance, I don't feel secure."


By Kate Linebaugh

Each day, more than a mil-
lion people in the U.S. with
Type 1 diabetes juggle measur-
ing their blood-sugar levels and
administering insulin doses.
Now a new generation of
medical research and engi-
neering has brought health
care closer to a long-sought
goal: small implantable devic-
es that continuously monitor
blood-sugar levels and admin-
ister insulin when needed. De-
vices that do, in effect, what a
pancreas should.
Current technologies for
Type 1 diabetics in the U.S.
blood-glucose meters, con-
tinuous-glucose monitors, in-
sulin pumps and new insulins
aren't yet at the stage where
they can fully replace a func-
tional pancreas.
But technology in use in Eu-
rope is on its way to automat-
ing insulin delivery. Medtronic
Inc. is seeking approval from
the U.S. Food and Drug Ad-
ministration for an insulin

As the state legislature con-
tinues to debate the future of
Medicaid in the state, local
healthcare workers like Milicent
and the union they belong to
are lobbying hard for Medicaid
"Our members of SEIU Flor-
ida, 55,000 current and retired
members . are very much

and we're paying for it," said
Susan Gershman of West Palm
Beach, who said her son works
two jobs but cannot afford in-
surance coverage. She joined
other healthcare workers in a
protest last week calling on law-
makers to expand Medicaid.
The SEIU said Florida tax-
payers have paid billions to-

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Jerry Depeine with one of his sons, Jamillion Lorissaint,5.
Depeine, a father of two,works as a dietician in a Palm Beach
nursing home, and he can't afford health insurance.

committed to passing and se-
curing the expansion of Medic-
aid in the state of Florida," Mon-
ica Russo, president of the SEIU
Florida State Council. With
more than 1.1 million merhbers
in the field, the national Service
Employees International Union
represents nurses, lab techni-
cians, nursing home workers,
and home care workers.
"The people who are saying
no to [Medicaid expansion] have
very good health care packages,

ward the pool of federal funds
available to expand Medicaid.
The expansion, according to
the union would extenol much-
needed health coverage to Flor-
ida's needy and underinsured,
create 120,000 jobs, strengthen
the state's hospitals and add
tens of billions of dollars to
state coffers over the next sev-
eral years.
"The bottom line is when
a person is making 30,000,
35,000, 40,000 a year, there

is not a lot of discretionary in-
come that is left," said Univer-
sity of Miami Professor Steven
G.. Ullmann, professor and di-
rector, Center for Health Sector
Management and Policy in the
School of Business Administra-
tion at University Miami.
"And with the premiums of
health care going up, and even
if people are buying health care
insurance right now with high-
decutible plans or consumer
plans, they might be able to pay
the premium but not afford the
care because they have a high
Still a divisive issue, the
House and Senate have taken
vastly different approaches to
expanding health care for low-
income Floridians. Wednesday
Senate Appropriations Chair-
man Joe Negron, R-Stuart,
floated a possible compromise
that comes down to letting the
people choose between a Sen-
ate plan that would offer pri-
vate health-insuirance coverage
to adults through the Florida
Healthy Kids Corp. and a plan
spearheaded by Rep. Richard
Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes,
that would offer $2,000 subsi-
dies to people whose incomes
are at or below 100 percent of
the poverty level.
The proposed compromise
may not bridge the differences
between the to approaches,
however. Negron's bill would
seek to tap into the federal
money to offer private health
coverage to low-income people,
but House Republican leaders
have taken a hard line against
relying on funds from Washing-

A longtime goal is within reach

pump that would stop insulin times to monitor and adjust
delivery when glucose level An-as the girl's blood-sugar levels.
fall too low, potent lall If the levels are too high, she
limiting episodes of gives her insulin; if they are
hypoglycemia, which too low, she gives her choco-
can cause seizures ate milk to sip.
and blackouts. "I want my daughter to have
The puinp became the independence and cut the
available in Europe strings to me," says Cooper.
in 2009. "The end e How long am I going to be the
of the rainbow is The Animas pump-monitor one acting as her pancreas?"
some automated devicecombination
that will be able to come close comin
to normalizing glucose," says accordingly.
Francine Kaufman, chief medi- Researchers see all of these
cal officer in the Medtronic dia- steps as helping bring about a
betes division, more normal existence for peo-
Johnson & Johnson's Ani- ple with Type 1 diabetes while
mas division plans to seek FDA limiting the risks of fluctuating
approval of an insulin pump sugar levels in the blood.
that connects with a continu- "We are coming closer and
ous glucose monitor in one closer," says Thomas Danne,
device. The monitor, from Dex- chief physician at the Chil-
com Inc., was approved by the dren's Hospital on the Bult in
FDA last fall. Hannover, Germany, who has
Animas also recently com- conducted trials with Medtron-
pleted a second phase of hu- ic's technology.
man clinical trial of a closed- Most nights, Karen Coo-
loop system that would predict per, a lawyer in Atlanta whose
a rise or fall in blood glucose 10-year-old daughter has Type
and adjust the insulin delivery 1 diabetes, wakes up multiple

Down the road: Safer ways

to keep drivers plugged in

By Jayne O'Donnell

Automakers including Chris-
ler. BMW arid General Motors
are racing to make driving less
distracting for those \who .vanLt to
text, e-mail arid even check so-
cial media behind the heele.
Integrating certain apps into
a vehicle luiits eyes off the road
and wil! rremncve the temptation
to hold. I,:.ok and manip.ilate the
phone, sa,,s Tom BaJoga. the re-
centli retired engrieering VP at
Several Chrsler models, in-
cluding the Dodge Dart, can
turn text to voice or allow drivers
to read messages on dashboard
screens. Drivers can respond
with a few select responses, such
as 'I m on mv way. sa s spokes-
man Enc NlaYne. Some vehicles
with higher end radios. includ-
ing the Jeep Grand Cherokee
and Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up,
can send more free form cloud-
based text messages.' Mla,ne
GM announced last month
that 2013 Chevrolet Sonic and
Spark vehicles \with the Chevro-
let MyLink communications sys-
tem can translate voice to text
and text to voice for divers with
compatible iPhones with iOS 6.
The company also plans to add
4G LTE WiFi in some 2015 mod-
els but hasn't announced what
commands \ill be voice-enabled.
When phones are paired with
BMWs, dnv'ers can get e-mail
messages on dashboard screens
that are limited to three lines.
Text-to-speech will read the
\whole e-mail back. BMW's 7-se-
ries has a dictation function that
turns speech into text that can
be forwarded by e-mail or text.
Audi, which uses voice rec-
ognition for "points of interest"
and full street addresses, is
working on voice-enabled fea-
tures that will allow drivers to
send or receive text messages
or use social networks in the
car "without having to handle a
device," says Anupam Malhotra,
Audi of America's manager of

connected cars
Focus group research by the
Alliance of Automobile Manul-
factuirers late last ear found
that 90 percent of drivers with
smartphones keep them in their
hand, lap. cup holder or on the
passenger seat.
'So. clearly. having access is
really important to them." says
Alliance spokesman .ade New-
Nearly three quarters of re-
spondents also said the gov-

ernment should t ban the use
of hands-free. voice activated
phone systems. If the govern-
ment did b-an these systems, al-
most hall of those with smart-
phones said they'd use their
phone or GPS device instead.
"Voice operation can allow
them to do it in a way that's saf-
er than it would be to have them
behind the wheel fumbling
around with something they
bought at an electronics store;
and was never even designed to
be used in a car," Newton says.
Baloga agrees: "Lack of cup
holders doesn't separate driv-
ers.from their coffee. Expecting
all drivers to endure smart-
phone withdrawal is unrealis-
But some safety advocates
warn that the new technology
may not solve the problem.
The safety benefits or det-
riments of these technologies
are still largely unknown, says
David Strayer, a University of
Utah psychology professor who
has studied in-car technol-
ogy and distraction for about
a decade. AAA and Strayer are
working on new research due
in June that measures how
mentally distracting in-vehicle
communication use is while


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A 'Call' to humanize mental illness

Stars create five

dramas about the

people, not the

signs or treatments
By Carol Memmott

For Academy Award-winning
actress Octavia Spencer and
Golden Globe nominee Bryce
Dallas Howard, who worked to-
gether on the hit 2011 film The
Help, Lifetime's Call Me Crazy:
A Five Film was a chance to
collaborate again.
For Brittany Snow, Call Me
Crazy was an opportunity to
work with Spencer, Howard
and other accomplished wom-
en including Jennifer Aniston
- one of the project's executive
producers and Oscar winner
Jennifer Hudson.
Still, the all-star ensemble
cast isn't the only reason these

actors have come together in
Call Me Crazy (Saturday, 8 ET/
PT), five interwoven stories that
focus on mental illness and the
impact on those it affects, their
friends and families.
Howard says she suffered
"extreme clinical depression"
after the birth of her first child
in 2007. "Being part of some-
thing that will help to shed
light on the nature of depres-
sion, bipolar disorder, schizo-
phrenia or post-traumatic
stress disorder," Howard says,
is "very moving to me."
The film's message, in part,
Spencer says, is that "mental
illness is non-discriminant. It
crosses all racial categories, all
socioeconomic levels, all edu-
cational levels, all genders."
Each of the Call Me Crazy
stories is named for a charac-
ter, with stars in front of and
behind the cameras. Lucy,
directed by Howard, stars
Snow as a law school student

struggling with schizophre-
nia. Spencer is her psycho-
therapist, and Jason Ritter is
a friend she meets after being
Other directors include Lau-
ra Dern, Sharon Maguire (who
directed Bridget Jones's Diary),
Helen Hunt and Ashley Judd;
other performers include Sar-
ah Hyland (Modern Family),
Melissa Leo and Jean Smart.
The film is "not a PSA telling
you about what to do and what
the signs are," Snow says.
"This is a film about people
who are family and friends of
ours, maybe even ourselves. It
sheds some hope on a subject
that isn't talked about much."
The film's primary message,
Spencer says, is enlighten-
ment. "If we get one person to
seek help, if we get one family
to open their doors to a person
who's afflicted and offer them
solace and help; we've done
our job."

Octavia Spencer co-stars with Jason Ritter in Lucy as a therapist treating a young law stu-
dent for schizophrenia. Spencer hopes her film carries the message that mentally ill people
can lead productive lives.

1 in 3 elderly die with dementia

By Janice Lloyd

A new report showing one
in three older adults dies with
Alzheimer's disease and other
forms of dementia is raising
concerns about the disease's
"pervasive" scope and the spi-
raling costs of care, the authors
Deaths from Alzheimer's and
other forms of dementia have
increased 68 percent from 2000
to 2010, according to the report
being released today by the Al-
zheimer's Association, an advo-
cacy group. Meanwhile, deaths
from heart disease, HIV/AIDS
and stroke have declined. The
numbers are taken from Medi-
care and Medicaid reports.
"Urgent, meaningful ac-
tion is needed, particularly as
more and more people age into
greater risk for developing the
disease," says Harry Johns,
president and CEO of the Al-

zheimer's Association.
The report says dementia is
the second-largest contribu-
tor to death, after heart failure.
Other findings:
Payments for health care,
long-term care, and hospice
care are expected to increase
from $203 billion to $1.2 tril-
lion by 2050 for patients ages

65 and older.
Medicare costs for an older
person with Alzheimer's or
other forms of dementia are
nearly three times higher than
for seniors without demen-
tia. Medicaid payments are 19

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times higher.,
The stress on caregivers is
estimated to result in the more
than nine billion dollars in in-
creased health care costs.
The number of people with
Alzheimer's disease is expected
to rise from 5.2 million to 13.8
million by 2050, putting an
increasing burden on medical
costs and caregivers. There is
no way to prevent or slow the
progression of Alzheimer's or
other types of dementia, in-
cluding vascular and demen-
tia caused by degeneration of
brain tissue.
The Alzheimer's numbers
"are simply staggering," says
Francis Collins, director of the
National Institutes of Health,
the federal agency overseeing
research for 233 areas of dis-
ease. Alzheimer's is the sixth-
leading cause of death in the
nation, and the only leading
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A push to simplify diabetes care

By Laura Landro

Alfrieda Goterch, 82, found
it increasingly hard to man-
age four daily injections of in-
sulin to control her diabetes,
along with a cascade of other
age-related problems she was
experiencing. In frail health af-
ter two major surgeries and a
hospitalization following a fall,
Goterch also had a worsen-
ing case of glaucoma, and she
had developed a wound on her
Older diabetics often strug-
gle to manage the disease,
and with their numbers grow-

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ing fast, diabetes experts are
stepping up efforts to improve
care. They are screening older
patients for physical and men-
tal problems, simplifying com-
plex medication schedules,
monitoring them between of-
fice visits and teaching them
how to manage their disease.
The efforts can be more time-
consuming and expensive but
often pay off by preventing
problems that might have gone
untreated and keeping blood-
sugar levels under control.
More than a quarter of Amer-
icans 65 and older have Type
2 diabetes, according to the

Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, and roughly
another 50 percent have a con-
dition known as prediabetes.
By 2050, as many as one in
three adults in the U.S. could
have diabetes if current trends
hold, compared with one in
10 now, the CDC says, citing
the increased odds of develop-
ing Type 2 diabetes with age,
population growth'of minority
groups at higher risk and peo-
ple with diabetes living longer.
Older diabetics have higher
rates of amputation, heart at-
tack, visual impairment and
kidney disease.

A spoonful of cinnamon won't go down safely


online stunt can

damage lungs
By Michelle Healy

A decades-old stunt in which
thrill-seeking teens swallow a
tablespoon of dry cinnamon
with no water, gag and, spew
out a cloud of orange dust went
viral in 2012, resulting in more

than 50,000 YouTube video
clips of young people attempt-
ing the so-called "cinnamon
Although the immediate phys-
ical effects coughing, chok-
ing and burning of the mouth,
nose, and throat are tempo-
rary in most cases, attempts to
swallow a large quantity of the
dry spice may result in "long-
lasting lesions, scarring and
inflammation of the airway" or
even lung damage, says a new

research paper examining the
Nationwide, at least 30 cases
last year stemming-from the
challenge required medical at-
tention, in 2012, including ven-
tilator support for some teens
who suffered collapsed lungs,
says the paper, in the April is-
sue of Pediatrics, published on-
line today.
Consumed in small amounts
or mixed with other foods, cin-
namon does not cause problems

for most people, says Lipshultz.
Although the "cinnamon chal-
lenge" is not the rage it was a
year ago, new videos posted on-
line suggest its allure "hasn't
died off," he says, adding that
the University of Miami re-
search team is aware of other
potentially dangerous online
dares, including the "condom
challenge," in which partici-
pants snort a condom up their
nose and pull it out of their

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Teen-drinking deaths

aren't traffic-related
By Larry Copeland IB LI

When it comes to teens and
alcohol, drunken driving is
far from the 'only thing that
should concern parents.
That's the message from
MADD, whose new analy-
sis of alcohol-related deaths
among people 15-20 esti-
mates that 68 percent of fa-
talities connected to under-
age drinking are not traffic
Mothers Against Drunk
Driving analyzed 2010 data
from the FBI, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Ad-
ministration and the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention on deaths related
to underage alcohol use. It
estimates that 32 percent of
these deaths were traffic fa-
talities; 30 percent were ho-
micides, 14 percent suicides,
nine percent alcohol poison-
ings and 15 percent other
"As parents, we are defi-
nitely aware of the dangers of
drinking and driving," says
MADD national President


Trahic Dearns

Sucides s501
Olher poisonings 318
Alcoiiol porsoningsl 308
Drownngsl 126
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Jan Withers. "I think we're
not as educated about all the
dangers that drinking before
age 21 can be related to. And
they're very, very real."
MADD and Nationwide In-
surance commissioned the
analysis for their third an-
nual PowerTalk2 1 day on
Sunday when parents are
encouraged to start talking
Please turn to TRAFFIC 14B

By Sumathi Reddy

At Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center in Boston,
doctor's orders can include
an unlikely prescription:
"I recommend five min-
utes, twice a day, and then
gradually increase," said
Aditi Nerurkar, a prima-
ry-care doctor and assis-
tant medical director of the
Cheng & Tsui Center for In-
tegrative Care, which offers
alternative medical treat-
ment at the Harvard Medi-
cal School-affiliated hospi-
tal. "It's basically the same
way I prescribe medicine.
I don't start you on a high
dose right away." She recom-
mends that patients even-
tually work up to about 20
minutes of meditating, twice
a day, for conditions includ-
ing insomnia, and irritable

bowel syndrome.
Integrative medicine pro-
grams including meditation
are increasingly showing
up at hospitals and clinics
across the country. Recent
research has found that

One hospital sends
patients to classes to
learn the concentration

meditation can. lower blood
pressure and help patients
with chronic illness cope
with pain and depression. In
a study published last year,
meditation sharply reduced
the risk of heart attack or
stroke among a group of
Blacks with heart disease.
At Beth Israel Deaconess,
meditation and other mind-
Please turn to DOCTOR 14B

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Doctor's orders: 20 minutes

of meditation, twice a day


14B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 1-7, 20135


Alzheimer's disease, a fatal risk for the elderly

continued from 13B

cause without a way to pre-
vent or even slow progression.
Among people 65 and older,
it is the fifth-leading cause of
The report says death cer-
tificates often list acute condi-
tions such as pneumonia as
the cause of death rather than
Alzheimer's, so the number
of deaths primarily due to Al-

zheimer's might be even higher
than reported.
Once Alzheimer's symptoms
appear memory loss that
disrupts life, inability to plan or
solve problems and poor judg-
ment it's too late to reverse
the process, researchers say.
Damage to the brain begins 10
to 20 years before symptoms
Although the government
set a goal to find a way to pre-
vent the disease by 2025, ad-

vocates say funding levels are
too low. Research estimates for
2013 are three billion dollars
for HIV/AIDS, $1.1 billion for
diabetes, $1.66 billion for heart
disease and $5.4 billion for
cancer. Some cancers get ad-
ditional funding (breast cancer
$711 million, for example.) The
money available for Alzheimer's
research is $529 million.
"We have wanted to see a two
billion dollars commitment to
research, because we've seen

what has happened in diseases
like HIV/AIDS when a big fi-
nancial commitment is made,"
says Maria Carrillo, vice presi-
dent of medical and scientific
affairs at the Alzheimer's Asso-
Funding for research "for
Alzheimer's is totally insuffi-
cient," says Luigi Puglielli, an
Alzheimer's researcher at the
University of Wisconsin-Madi-
son. Alzheimer's alone "is pre-
dicted to bankrupt Medicare.

Drunk teens suffer a variety of other fatalities

continued from 13B

with their children about alco-
It's never too late to begin that
conversation, says Rob Turrisi,
professor in behavioral health
and prevention at Pennsylvania
State University. The parents of
even a high school senior who
drinks occasionally or not at
all can prevent that child from
becoming a heavy drinker in
college; parents of a teen who
drinks heavily as a high school
senior can reverse that pattern
when the child gets to college,
he says.
The key: parents having car-
ing, thoughtful, ongoing con-

versations about underage
drinking. "There are two really
important social influences on
a young person's life," says Tur-
risi, who has researched under-
age drinking for more than 20
years and developed MADD's
free handbook, Power of Par-
ents, (www.madd.org/power-
talk21) as a guide for parents.
"The first is their friends, and we
know all about peer influence.
The second most important in-
fluence is their parents'. Parents
can be really impressive. We are
really in charge of helping our
kids grow."
The Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Admin-
istration's 2011 National Survey
on Drug Use and Health found

Doctor's remedy to insomnia

continued from 13B

body therapies are slowly being
worked into the primary-care
setting. The program began of-
fering some services over1 the
past six months and hopes
eventually to have group medi-
tation classes, said Dr. Nerur-
Health experts say meditation
shouldn't be used to replace
traditional medical therapies,
but rather to complement them.
While it is clear that "when you
breathe in a very slow, con-
scious way it temporarily low-
ers your blood pressure," such
techniques shouldn't be used
to substitute for medications
to manage high blood pressure

and other serious conditions,
said Josephine Briggs, director
of the National Center for Com-
plementary and Alternative
Medicine, part of the National
Institutes of Health. In gen-
eral, she said, meditation can
be useful for symptom manage-
ment, not to cure or treat dis-
Dr. Briggs said the agency
is funding a number of stud-
ies looking at meditation and
breathing techniques and their
effect on numerous conditions,
including hot flashes that oc-
cur during menopause. If medi-
tation is found to be beneficial,
it could help women avoid us-
ing hormone treatments, which
can have detrimental side ef-
fects, she said.

one-quarter of people ages 12- legally buy booze themselves,
20 9.7 million reported parents, guardians or other
drinking within the previous adult family members supplied
month. it to 21.4 percent of the under-
Among those who did not il- age drinkers.

Adams celebrates third year

St. John Baptist Church has
reached the home-stretch of its
month-long celebration com-
memorating three years with
Bishop James Adams as senior
St. John will host "Bishop's
BBQ", this Sunday, May 5th
after the 10 a.m. Worship Ser-
St. John is located at 1328
NW 3rd Avenue in Miami.


New ministry: The Lord's

Temple Embassy of Praise, Inc.
Great is the Lord and greatly
to be praised. I, Reverend Torace
Poole, greets you in the name
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
the Christ with great joy in my
heart being spiritually elated to
announce to all members of the
community that on this coming
Sunday, May 5th, I will be
starting my very own ministry
entitled: The Lord's Temple
Embassy of Praise, Inc. .:
The service will be held in the -
chapel at the Hadley Davis Fu- i
neral Home located at 2321 NW
62nd St., Miami, FL 33147 be-
ginning at 10:45 a.m. REV. TORACE POOLE

Death Notice -B-Mr."' '

MITCHELL, 75, singer, died
April 26. Survivors include:
her daughters, Monique "Niki" .
Kirkland and Wanda "Tweet"
Batchelor; granddaughter,
Atiya "T" Gordon; and brother,
Earl "The Pearl" Monroe.
Service 3 p.m., Sunday in
the chapel. Arrangements
entrusted to Range Funeral

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12/24/27 05/04/12

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.
The Family.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to express our
sincere gratitude for your
gifts, support, presence and
We sincerely appreciate all
of our family and friends, who
came from near and far to be
a blessing during our time of
A special thank you is
extended to the Order of the
Daughters of the King, the
Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter
AKA Sorority and the Episcopal
Church Women.
SIf we have been remiss
in thanking anyone, please

attribute it to the head and
not the heart. Again thank
you and your sympathy and
thoughtfulness, will always
be gratefully remembered and
deeply appreciated.
The White Family

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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1263 N.W. 67th Street

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

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Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 1 a.m
Ilam.l pm
Sunday S(hool 9 30 a m
luesday (Bible Study) 6 45p m
Wednesday Bible Study

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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

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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL33023


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Sunday Bible Study 9 aom Morning Wcrhip 10 a m
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Wednesday General Bible Sludy 7 30 p m

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

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Sunday School 10 a m Morning Worship 11 a m
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Noonday Altar Prayer (M.F)
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Hosanna Community 93rd Street Community
Baptist Church Missionary Baptist Church
2171 N.W.56th Street 2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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Gregg L. Mason
84, died April
28. Survivors
include: sisters,
Leomise Nazel
and Cynthia
Meikle; nieces,
Violette Spann,
Fowler, Lavern
Victor, Helen McCray and Anna
Maria Down; nephews, Rodney
Poiter, Donald Thompson and
Harold Thompson. Viewing 6-8
p.m., with Rosary, 7 p.m., Friday at
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at the
church. Interment: Dade Memorial

ascended to
take her place
at the side of
the Almighty .
Creator on
April 27. She
leaves behind
a legacy of
beloved: seven 1
grandchildren; Sharon, Leslie,
Renee, Deirdre, Rashard,
Jasmyne, and James; five blessed
great-grandchildren: Brandon,
Jonathan, Maurice, Gabriel, and
Sanai'. She also touched the lives
of many loved ones and friends.
Jefferine knew love in life and
found peace in eternal rest all is
well. Service 5 p.m., Monday in the
chapel. Please visit our website:

ANDREW BRYANT, 86, laborer,
died April 26.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Second Cannon
B. Church.

JAMES SEYMOUR, 47, laborer,
died April 21.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

27, laborer, died April 21. Service
10:30 a.m., Saturday at Mt. Olivette
MB Church.


clerk for Veter-
ans Administra-
tion died April
28. Survivors
include: his
mother, Betty
Young White;
father, Marvin
White; sisters,
Angela D. Colquitt (James), and
Tracy Lynn Young and a host of
other survivors. Final rites in Valdo-
sta, Georgia.

April 3. Private services were held.

ELL, 75, Singer died April 26. Ar-
rangements incomplete.

62, cafeteria r
helper died
April 21 at
Claridge House
Rehabilitation .- .*
Center. Viewing
4-8 p.m., Friday
in the chapel,
8800 NW 22 Avenue. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Greater Holy
Cross, 1555 NW 93 Terrace.

Carey Royal Ram'n
Died April 27 at home. Service
1 p.m., Saturday at New Corinth
Missionary Baptist Church.

Died April 22. Arrangements are

April 27 at home. Services Saturday
in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Hadley Davis MLK
JAZZMON PARKER, 29, laborer,
died April 18
at Jackson
Health Systems. '
Services were

laborer, died
April 24 at
home. Service
12 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.

converters, died
April 21 at home.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the .

IL '

LINDA MESIDOR, 61, security,
died April 15 -
at Jackson
Health Systems.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

died April 26
at St. John

Hospital n
Yonker, NY
Viewing 1-6
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel
Service 12 p.m.,
Monday in the chapel.

DWIGHT WILLIAMS, 60, laborer,
died April 29
at Norith Shore
Medical Center.
Arrangements .
are incomplete. L

JESSE WRIGHT, 59, baker,
died April 28 ..
at Jackson
Health System.
are incomplete.

cashier, died
April 24 at home.
are incomplete.

April 14. Services were held.

homemaker, died April 27 at
Jackson Health Systems. Service
3 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

Wright and Young
20, died April 25 at Jackson North
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary M.B. Church.



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

Call cla

'e J ,

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
82, plumber,
died April
23 at home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New
Hope Worship .

MARIE MONDESIR, 70 cashier,
died April 24
at Manor Care
Nursing Home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New
Horizons United

died April 2E
at Jacksor
North Hospital
Service 10:31
a.m., Saturda,
at Nev
Baptist Church.

died April 2E
at Jacksor
Service 11 a.m.
Thursday in thE

lead custodian
died April 26 a
home. ServicE
12 p.m., Satur
day in the cha


n. p c. a y -. --
died April 24
at Memorial
Pem broke

Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
New Revelation
Church of CMA.

student, died
April 25.
Viewing 1-6:30 .
p.m., Tuesday in
Miami Gardens
chapel. Service
12 p.m., i
May 8 at the
MLK Hadley Davis chapel.

April 17. Services were held.

JAMES NELSON, 28, died April
15. Services were held.

Bain Range
20, died April
27. Survivors
include: mother,
Bellsennes ,,
James (Karl);
father, John
Edward Gibson
Alexander X. James, Khristopher
M. James, John Gibson, Jr.,
Santana Gibson and Karlos
James; grandmother, Annie Jean
Gibson and a host of other family
members and friends. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Greater St. Paul
A.M.E. Church.

A.J. Manuel
36, customer
service rep.,
died April 29 at
Mercy Hospital.
Survivors: son,
Keori; mother,
Mildred; father,
Willie; sisters,
J amesa ,s
Willette, Tangela, Deanndra,
Deadra, Brittany, Shalonda and
Sheila; brothers, Don, Chad, Sharod
and Quincy. Viewing 6-9 p.m., New
Hope MB Church, 2305 Sheridan
St., Hollywwod, FL. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at the church.

LEVEL, 74,

63, bus aide,
died April 25 at
home. Service
12 p.m., Satur-
day at Mt. Olive
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

KEITH A TOMLIN, 52, died April
20th at South Miami Hospital. Ser-
vices were held.

ETHEL WILSON, 83, died April
24th at home. Service noon, Satur-
day at Church of Ascension.

TIMOTHY DOVE, 61, died April
24th at home. Service 1 p.m., Sat-
urday in the chapel.

April 26th. Arrangements are in-

Van Orsdel

Y .69, retired, died
e April 28 at Berk-
e shire Manor.
Y Daughter of
Mr. Joseph E.
THOMAS, 80, Brown and Mrs.
Estelle Manigo,
8 deceased; sur-
n vived by; sis-
nI ter Nora L. Mackey, of Miami, FL;
.- son, Keith Brown of Canton, GA;
four grandkids, Blace Brown, Brit-
e ^^ tain, Kammann and Chatham;
eI four nephews, Kenneth Mackey,
Tyrone Mackey, and John Denson
of Miami, FL; Walter Mackey, San
)RTORREAL, 65, Bernardino, CA; and host of grand
'1, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
it Service 3 p.m., Saturday at Great-
e er Holy Missionary Baptist Church,
1555 NW 93 Terrace, Miami, Fl


GRACE JACKSON, 74, nurse,
died April 28 at
home. Service 2
83, self p.m., Saturday y- m I
in thet c;iapei.

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H, 20,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


08/20/1942 05/03/2011

We love and miss you.
The family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
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f i M:; - . .,
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In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


07/19/1911 11/10/2000

09/23/1914 09/21/2007

02/06/1964 05/04/2011

It's been two years since
you departed this life and
entered in God's kingdom.
Peaceful journey my son,
brother, father and friend.
From your loving family,
The grand-kids.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


r -

06/27/1938 05/01/2011


05/02/1933 01/19/2013

Wishing you a happy
birthday in heaven.
We love and miss you.
Selma Hamilton and family.

In Memoriam

02/10/1972 05/01/2012

We miss you tremendously
daddy, mommy and Tiffany.
We will always love and
cherish your memory.
Knowing that you are
rejoicing in heaven in the
arms of God brings us comfort
and peace.
Gwen Jennings Kidney,
Ta'tiana Perry, Winifred and
Henry Graham, Brandon and
Meisha Graham and other
family members and friends.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

Gone, but not forgotten.
From your wife, children
and grandchildren.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

03/01/1977 05/01/2011

Jon, another year has come
and gone since you left us.
We will never forget what
a loving son, brother, uncle,
nephew and friend to all that
knew you.
With all our love,
Mom and family.

aka "TONYA"
11/04/1977- 04/29/2012

It's been a year since you've
been gone.
We'll see you again in the
after life and someday we will
reunite in heaven.
Your flesh has disappeared,
but your soul survives.
Until next time, so long,
farewell and good-bye.
Also, we the Robinson
family would like to thank
everyone for your prayers and
acts of love.
We love you,
Your mother, brother and


It is with our sincere
gratitude that we express
special thanks and
appreciation for all acts of
kindness shown in our time
of sorrow.
Special thanks to Gregg
L. Mason and staff, Rev. Dr.
Tracy L. McCloud D. Min.
and Peace M.B. Church
family, Apostle E. Scott, and
The Tree of Life Deliverance
Ministries family, Prophet D.
Johnson, Pastor S. Hester,
Elder L. Pinder, Minister D.
White and First Lady White,
Robert Willis, Mr. Lion.
Our prayers are that God
will forever bless and keep
each and every one of you.
Deacon Samuel L. Grant,
Sr. and the entire Grant


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By Associated Press

Move over, you adorable
scamps in "Annie." Settle
down, weird girls in "Matilda."
Broadway has a new unlikely
heroine, a frail widow who
hums hymns and has a bad
A first-rate revival of Horton
Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful"
opened recently at the Stephen

Sondheim Theatre determined
to demonstrate that insight
isn't the sole domain of the
A sublime Cicely Tyson re-
turns to Broadway for the first
time in 30 years to play Carrie
Watts, the widow who shares
a cramped two-room apart-
ment in Houston in 1953 with
her devoted son and overbear-
ing daughter-in-law. Watts is

always looking back, while her
son and his wife look forward.
Watts' only desire is to revisit
her old home in Bountiful and
recapture the vitality and pur-
pose she seemed to lose when
she left for the big city decades
"I've turned into a hate-
ful, quarrelsome old woman.
And before I leave this earth,
I'd like to recover some of the

dignity," she says. "The peace
I used to know. For I'm going
to die."

The casting here is splendid.
Not only is Tyson feisty and
funny and glowing with inner
light, but her co-stars prove
more than compelling: Van-

essa Williams is politely savage
as her preening daughter-in-
law, icy without becoming a
dragon. Cuba Gooding Jr.,
making his Broadway debut
as her son, nails the kind man
unfortunately caught in the
middle of these two women.
And the rising talent Condola
Rashad, as a soldier's wife,
turns a small.role into a star


Michael Wilson, a noted
director of Foote and Tennes-
see Williams, lets the words
and action flow with a genuine
gentleness and respect that
allows each eye roll, shuffle
and sigh to have its maximum
impact. The care and love all
the creators have for this play
pours out from the stage.
The widow Watts is not
Please turn to TYSON 3C

NEA awards $26.3 million in

arts grants despite sequester

By Maria Recio

The National Endowment for the
Arts announced last Tuesday that
it was awarding $26.3 million in
grants, continuing federal support
for the arts despite the automatic
five percent federal budget cuts
that are in force.
The agency was able to redirect
some unused money from the last
grant cycle so that the decrease
in federal grants given directly to
arts agencies was just 3.2 percent
instead of five.
"The National Endowment for
the Arts is proud to support these
exciting and diverse arts projects
that will take place throughout
the U.S.," acting NEA Chairman
Joan Shigekawa said in a state-
ment. "Whether it is through a

NEA Chairman

focus on education, engagement
or innovation, these projects all
contribute to vibrant communi-
ties and memorable opportunities
for the public to engage with the
Among the awards announced:
The Fort Worth Symphony
Orchestra Association Inc. won
$20,000 for a touring program
in rural towns within a 150-mile
radius of the Texas city, includ-
ing Glen Rose, Graham, Killeen,
Stephenville and Waxahachie.
Sacramento, Calif., received
$20,000 to support Broadway
Augmented, a temporary public
art project that uses smartphones
to create virtual art projects.
Fresno's Alliance for California
Traditional Arts won $60,000 for a
Please turn to NEA 3C

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Nanci Thomas and Dr. Earl Wells

Social media setting the stage

for kids who want to be famous

They believe that it's important to the

success of their futu
By Sharon Jayson

Tweens and young teens who
use social media place a higher
value on fame than kids who
don't use it or use it infrequently,
says a new survey of media use
among those ages 9-15.
"Kids who claim they want
to be famous use more media,"
says lead author Yalda Uhls, a
researcher at UCLA's Children's

Digital Media Center. She will
present findings Friday at a meet-
ing of the Society for Research in
Child Development in Seattle.
Of the 334 young people sur-
veyed online with parents' per-
mission, almost half say they use
social networks. Of those under
13, 23 percent use a social media
site; 26 percent of the younger
group say they have a YouTube

Uhls used a five-point scale
asking kids how important fame
is to their future; she says those
who use social media put a high-
er value on fame than those who
don't. A third of those surveyed
said being famous was very im-
portant, important or somewhat
Findings show 54 percent of
those who believe fame is very
important for their future post
photos often or "almost always";
46 percent update their status
that frequently; and 38 percent
Please turn to SOCIAL 3C

Festival organizers say finances are back

By David Breen

Eatonville's annual Zora! festi-
val is on track toward financial
stability after a few rough years,
organizers told the Orange County
Commission recently.
The festival, which celebrates
the legacy of the historically black
town's most famous resident,
author Zora Neale Hurston, was "a

bona fide success" this
year, founder N.Y. Nathiri
The county required
a report on the finances
of the 24-year-old event
after it almost withheld a
$150,000 grant in 2012
because of poor financial
controls and losses in
previous years.


According to Tad Hara,
a UCF professor and
board member of the
Association to Preserve
the Eatonville Commu-
nity, February's festival
cleared $37,000. Hara
said that last year the
event made $10,000 after
losing money in 2010
Please turn to ZORA 3C

Community leaders

honored in Li' Haiti

Ceremony inspired by the lives of Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr. and Oscar Thomas

Miami Times staff report

Hundreds of supporters attended
the 15th Annual Keepers of the Dream
Awards Ceremony presented by the
Oscar Thomas Foundation on April
3rd at the Little Haiti Cultural Center,
presented by the Oscar Thomas Foun-.
dation. Nanci Thomas, the widow of the
legendary artist keeps the memory of
her husband alive through the founda-
tion, which provides annual scholar-
ships. Additionally, the foundation
has an educational component that
promotes lifelong learning, leadership
and creativity in our youth through the
world of art.
Six inspirational individuals were
recognized and received the Keepers of
the Dream Award. Dr. Earl Wells, Dr.
Rozalyn Paschal, Sharon Sbrissa, Hub-
bard Alexander and the late Maria and
Viter Juste.
Dr. Martin Luther King and famed
artist Oscar Thomas are the inspiration
for this yearly exhibit and celebration

which honors individuals who dare
to be different and unselfishly give of
themselves so that others may develop,
and like Dr. King, are architects of
leadership, peace, and change.
NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin,
accepted the award for the man who
coached him at the University of Miami
and Dallas Cowboys. "Coach Alexander
saved so many of us from tough com-
munities," Irvin said. "He is a father fig-
ure mentor and friend." Award-winning
photojournalist Carl Juste accepted the
posthumous award for his parents, the
late Maria and Viter Juste. "My parents
were dreamers," he said. "They brought
different people together. My parents
could. My parents did."
This award is an honor," said Dr.
Paschal. "Dr. King's sister taught at my
school, my grandfather lived around
the corner from Dr. King and I was on
the honor guard at his funeral." Sharon
Sbrissa, who taught 32 years at Lillie
C. Evans, recited the school's address
Please turn to DREAM 3C

-Photo credit: Nanci Thomas





akfast Push Pops Watermelon Strawberry
iced watermelon chunks Mint Salsa
,gurt of choice 1 cup diced watermelon
ranola (seeds removed)
ush pop molds, sold at most 3/4 cup diced strawberries
staurant supply stores 1/4 cup diced red onion
r watermelon, yogurt and 2 tablespoons chopped
ila into molds and top with fresh mint leaves
rt and watermelon chunks. 2 tablespoons diced seeded
:e push pop molds and enjoy. jalapeno chile
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar (optional,
to taste)
Gently stir together all ingredients
in bowl. Let stand to blend
flavors, about 1 hour. For a
dynamite combination, serve salsa
with Caribbean or jerk seasoned
grilled items, or with pretzels.

Wacky Watermelon Facts
* The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred in Egpt
some 5,000 years ago.
* Watermelon is the most consumed melon in the L.S..
followed b. cantaloupe and honeydew.
" Early explorers used watermelons as canteens to store
" To date. the %\orld's hea liest watermelon was recorded in
2005 and weighed in at 268.8 pounds.
" Watermelon is made up of 92 percent %water.


n the warm summer months, nothing beats spending time together
creating fun snacks that promote healthy eating and a little
creativity. V
The summer boasts a wealth of fresh fruit'to draw inspiration from
- especially everyone's favorite watermelon. Its cool, juicy flavor
speaks to your senses. Plus, it's packed with key vitamins and minerals,
so it's a snack you can feel good about serving to your family.
Fabulously Fresh Ideas
Kick off this fun-in-the-sun season and make memories with fresh
ideas that get the whole family involved. Create a splash at your next
barbeque or summer party with this adorable Mermaid Tail. Fashioned
from watermelon rinds, your family will love to help you create this
masterpiece as well as devour it. Need to perk up lunch? Your family
will love mixing and matching their own flavor combinations with
Watermelon Sandwich Wraps. These healthy, edible creations are sure
to bring about many smiles.
You can find more sweet summertime recipes and ideas at www.

Mermaid Tail
Cutting board
1 large oblong seeded or seedless watermelon
Kitchen knife and paring knife
Large bowl and spoon or scoop
Green dry erase marker
Channel knife
Dowels and toothpicks
Optional decorations (found at any craft store): Edible
turquoise shimmer powder/disco dust, mermaid cookie
cutters, light blue or turquoise fabric or mermaid decorations.
1. Wash watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
2. On cutting board, place watermelon on its side'and cut off 4 inches
from one end of watermelon to provide a sturdy base. Cut remaining
watermelon in half lengthwise.
3. Hollow out both halves of the watermelon with spoon or scoop, "v'
reserving watermelon pieces to dice up for serving or cutting out
mermaid shapes.
4. Use dry erase marker to trace mermaid tail freehand lengthwise
across one entire half. With knife of your choice, carefully trim away
to form the outline of mermaid tail. Use the channel knife to form
scales and details.
5. For added detail, brush on edible turquoise shimmer powder/disco dust
(purchased at cake decorating store or craft store).
6. Use pencil-sized dowels to secure the mermaid tail to top of base.
Decorate with watermelon cubes or mermaid watermelon cutouts and A
If using the mermaid watermelon cutouts as topper for cupcakes, as
shown, add watermelon cutout with toothpick or small dowel first and
then ice around it.







A celebration of legacy
I-,Iinih:. Dr. George Simpson
and Dr. Dazelle Simpson
was sponsored by the Miami
Chapter of the Meharry
National Alumni Association
last Friday at the Hotel
Regency. Over 400 guests
attended; Dr. Nelson Adams
served as the moderator.
In 1958, George Simpson
joined wife, Dazelle, in Miami

and established
his private
practice in general surgery. He
registered as the first board-
certified Black general surgeon
in the State of Florida and was
the first Black to perform major
surgery at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Dr. Dazelle Simpson,
the granddaughter of Miami
pioneer, E.W.F. Stirrup, Sr.,
began practicing in 1953 until

her retirement in 1995. Among
her many accomplishments:
she was the first board-certified
Black pediatrician in Florida
and the first Black woman at
Congratulations to program
participants: Rev. Barbara B.
Williams, Dr. James Bridges,
Pres. Norman Jones, Drs.
Clarence and Camille Smith,
LaFreida Granberry, Dr.
Rozalyn Paschal and Gregory
Other supporters included:
Dr. Xunda A. Gibson, Effie
Adams, Rachel Reeves, Garth
Reeves, Bea Hines, Shirley

Archie, Dr. Dorothy Fields,
Loren Statia, Dr. Reginald
McKinney, Dr. Carlos
Telleches, Dr. Gershwin T.
Blyden, Dr. Thomas L. Garvin,
Jessie Trice Community HC.;
Richard Bermont, Morgan
Stanley and the Miami
Children's Hospital.
A big salute to celebration
committee: Thelma Gibson,
Dr. Bridges, Dr. Adams, Carol
D. Byrd, Dr. Herman Dorsett,
Thelma Ferguson, June
Garvin, Dr. Cheryl Holder,
Sabrina B. Madison, Shama
S. Withers, the Ranges and Al

Chanteuse Richie Havens dead at 72

Singer's fame soared after his fiery

performance at Woodstock t
By Brian Mansfield man, and landed a deal with
Vrve Records l His hig hre'ak

Wearing a dashiki and
strumming earnestly on the
open-tuned strings of his gui-
tar, folk singer Richie Havens
set the tone for Woodstock.
Havens, who opened the water-
shed 1969 music festival and
fashioned a career from cover-
ing pop and folk tunes in his
distinctively rhythmic style,
died last Monday morning in
his home from a heart attack.
He was 72.
Born in 1941, the Brooklyn
native moved to Greenwich
Village in the early '60s and
released his first album, A
Richie Havens Record, in 1965.
In 1967, he signed with Bob
Dylan's manager, Albert Gross-

came when he played a lengthy
opening set at Woodstock, par-
ticularly a memorable extrapo-
lation of the spiritual Mother-
less Child that became known
as Freedom.
In 2004, actor Jack Black
told USA TODAY that Havens'
blistering set was an inspira-
tion to his comedy rock duo
Tenacious D "because we
couldn't believe how hard a
guy could rock with an acous-
tic guitar."
Havens often covered popu-
lar songs, his gritty voice and
singular strumming style
giving them an easily recogniz-
able sound. His big radio hit
came with a 1971 remake of

^ *'' V "

Folk icon Richie Havens went from the streets of Brook-
lyn to the fields of Yasgur's Farm.

The Be'atles' Here Comes the
Sun, which reached No. 16 on
Billboard's Hot 100. He later
lent his voice to commercials,
singing Cotton Incorporated's
The Fabric of Our Lives jingle.
Havens, who earned $6,000
for his Woodstock appearance,

returned to the site in Upstate
New York in 2009 to commem-
orate the 40th anniversary.
He told the crowd at the show:
"My generation was very, very
special, because we had the
.best-looking generation. We
look good . still."

Miami endowed with over 85K in art grants

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statewide traditional arts ap-
prenticeship program and
$45,000 to support the devel-
opment program.
-Alaska's grants are for a
variety of projects, including
$50,000 for production costs
for the Native Artists of Alaska
radio series and $10,000 for
the Pushcart Players of An-
Miami's grants include
$45,000 for Miami-Dade Col-

lege for a performing arts se-
ries; $12,500 for Seraphic
Fire Inc. to support American
Voices, a choral arts recording
project; and $30,000 for the
International Hispanic Theatre
Wichita, Kan., received
$10,000 for the U.S. premiere
of a musical, "Betty Blue Eyes,"
based on a film about a post-
World War II British village as
it prepares for the royal wed-
ding of Princess Elizabeth II;
$22,500 for the Wichita Grand
Opera, for a new production of

Keepers of the Dream

continued from 1C

and phone number. "Some
things are just engraved in
your heart," she said.
To Dr. Earl Wells, retired
school administrator and co-
founder of'Afro-in Books and
Things, the night had spe-
cial meaning. "I wouldn't have
missed this for anything in the
world," he said. "My deceased
wife Eursla was Oscar's mother
and I, his father.
We adopted him. I'm so proud
of what Nanci has done to pre-

serve the memory of her hus-
band, our son, through the Os-
car Thomas Foundation."
After the- award ceremony,
the Oscar Thomas Memo-
rial "Dream Collection" Exhi-
bition, based on the themes
love, justice, democracy, hope
and the dream of all people
to walk together in peace and
harmony was unveiled in the
2,100 square foot gallery. The
multimedia collection, which
runs through April 30, fea-
tures dozens of works, includ-
ing paintings and sculptures
from renowned artists such as:

Rossini's "William Tell"; and
$60,000 for Wichita State Uni-
versity toward the restoration
of a Joan Miro mural at the Ed-
win A. Ulrich Museum of Art.
In North Carolina, Raleigh
won a $40,000 grant for Struc-
tures for Inclusion 14, a na-
tional conference on public
service architecture and com-
munity design, and Charlotte
got $40,000 for the Mint Mu-
seum of Art Inc. for documen-
tation and digitization of the
museum's collection.
The University of South Car-

olina at Columbia won $20,000
for an exhibit of master potters
of the Catawba Nation at the
University of South Carolina
Tacoma, Wash., won a
$40,000 grant to support
Spaceworks Tacoma, which
will place artists and creative
enterprises in vacant retail
spaces rent-free in downtown
and distressed business dis-
NEA.grants require a one-to-
one match from a non-federal
source of funding.

Awards in Little Haiti

George Gadson, Lew Lautin, could feel Oscar, Mama Eursla
Carl Juste, Serge Toussaint, and Dr. King in here and they
Steven Sylvester, Esther Arch- were all pleased.
ange, Christopher Barnhart, Tonight we were all 'Keep-
Kaylin Brady, Generlyn Jean, ers of the Dream' who laughed,
Richard Johnson, Caroline Li- cried and celebrated together
lavois, Emilio Martinez, Robert as a family."
McKnight, Lori Pratico, Reav "After her husband died in
and Troy Simmons. 1997," said Dr. Wells, "Nan-
Dr. Wells couldn't stop smil- ci didn't just sit around and
ing as he walked the gallery, grieve. She founded the Oscar
supported by a cane on one Thomas Foundation.
side and the hand of Nanci This is the official, living me-
Thomas, Oscar's widow, on the morial to my son, Oscar Thom-
other. "The spirit was so high as' legacy and I am so proud, I
and the love was so strong in don't know what to do."
here tonight," Nanci said. "You The exhibit ended April 30th.

Stage play 'Bountiful' gets an all-Black main cast

continued from 1C

someone we must feel pity for -
quite the opposite, we cheer her
on. When her family is out, she
strips off her pajamas to reveal
a dress underneath and makes
a mad escape to the bus sta-
tion, and we're with her, clap-
ping. Ditto when she persuades
the sheriff (a sweet Tom Wopat)
to not only release her from
custody but also drive her to
Yes, spoiler alert, she makes
it to Bountiful. Mainly because
no one can deny her. In Ty-

son's hands, this old woman is
tough, firm and hopeful. She's
Sthe kind of woman who dances
with strangers at bus stations,
remembers details from years
ago and seems to lose decades
from her face when finally in

That's also in large part to
Jeff Cowie, whose sets abso-
lutely sing. His cramped Hous-
ton apartment gets the point
across by having no wall be-
tween the young couple and
the widow, and his cross-sec-

tion of a bus in front of a starry
sky is visually clever.
But his biggest challenge is
the ramshackle home in Boun-
tiful it has to be something
worth the'trip. Cowie does ex-
actly that with a comforting,
if rotting, Victorian complete
with flowers and overgrown
grass. Rui Rita's lighting gives
it a heavenly glow.
Foote's plays are often de-
ceptively simple, cherishing
the common, small-town man,
and "The Trip to Bountiful"
is no exception. It's about the
buried desire to go back home,
about finding grace and about

keeping a connection to your
roots, universal themes proved
by the fact that a predomi-
nantly Black cast has slipped
into a play originally played by
With so many noisy kids on
Broadway these days dream-
ing of running away from their
horrible lives, it's funny to be
talking about a woman near-
ing the end of her life doing
the same. In this case, though,
Watts wants to return to the
past, and your heart may sing
Like she does when she finally
reaches her goal: "I'm home,
I'm home. I'm home."

Early teen years riddled with fame ambitions

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update their profile page that
Carl Pickhardt, an Austin
psychologist and author of
Surviving Your Child's Adoles-
cence, says social media gives
young people an opportunity
to "craft their own public iden-
"Social media has revolu-
tionized early adolescence," he

"They have this online ref-
uge. There you are on the
screen. All these people are
saying nice things about you.
They can control it.
When I'm at school, I can't
control my image, but online, I
can put myself out there in the
way that I want."
Psychologist Laurence Stein-
berg of Temple University in
Philadelphia, likens social net-
working to, the telephone and
YouTube to television.
Steinberg, author of You and

Your Adolescent: The Essential
Guide for Ages 10-25, says they
are just newer ways to com-
municate that shouldn't create
too much alarm. Parents have
always had photo albums of
kids, now they're posting them
online, he says.
"Fame-seeking is not new,"
Pickhardt says. But now "you
can imitate what it's like to be
Kids who want to be famous
need only look to teen phenom
Justin Bieber, a Canadian who

posted videos of his singing on
YouTube, which led to being
"discovered" in 2008 when he
was just 13.
Adults may be encourag-
ing fame-seeking, but even if
parents don't, society will, the
psychologists say.
"We live in a society in which
self-promotion is a constant,
and in which American Idol or
The Voice, and for any of these
reality shows, the main goal
is to be discovered," Steinberg

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) struggles to survive in a post-
apocalyptic world

'Oblivion' satisfies the eye,

leaves the brain unscathed

Futuristic sci-fi thriller can't deliver,

even with Tom Cruise on board

By Claudia Puig

Oblivion is a slick spectacle
- seeing the humorless but
ultra-fit Tom Cruise wrestle
with himself might be worth
the price of admission alone.
But with the film focusing
squarely on style, substance
falls by the post-apocalyptic
wayside. Director Joseph Ko-
sinski binges on cool visuals
but stints on a compelling plot.
It's a dazzler, but the story
lacks the impact of the futur-
istic look.
Cruise's performance as
Jack Harper is the best of the
lot, but that's because he's
given the closest thing to a
fully realized character. The
rest of the talented cast might
as well be cardboard cutouts.
The plot's muddled internal
logic leaves some substantial
holes. But even more dramati-
cally, this story of Earth in
2077 loses its way in the film's
second half. It also is star-
tlingly derivative as Kosinski,
who directed 2010's TRON:
Legacy, draws from a grab bag
of sci-fi predecessors, includ-
ing WALLaCE, Total Recall,
Planet of the Apes and The
Still, neither the sci-fi or
the vague political commen-
tary are involving. And while
Cruise's character is given

two romantic interests (played
by Andrea Riseborough and
Olga Kurylenko), the actor
doesn't connect with either. It's
his star vehicle, and he runs
with it in a way that only the
intense actor can.
When we meet Jack, Earth is
a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
He zips around in an ultra-
mod helicopter. He's a techni-
cian who repairs drones and
lives in a minimalist house
with girlfriend/co-worker
Victoria (Riseborough). She
mans the controls as he flits
about looking for malfunction-
ing drones and lurking "scavs,"
leftover scavengers from the
planet's destruction some 60
years back.
It's Victoria's job to check
in daily with Mission Control,
embodied by the frighteningly
cheerful chief (Melissa Leo).
Every day, after asserting it's
"another wonderful day in
paradise," Victoria is asked
if she and Jack are still "an
effective team." Victoria offers
chipper assurances.
But Jack is not feeling all
that effective. Even though he
and Victoria had their memo-
ries scoured (for security rea-
sons), he's haunted by recur-
ring dreams of a dark-haired
Earth has a powerful pull
on Jack.

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continued from 1C

and 2011.
The association, which pres-
ents the festival, also has re-
duced its debt since last year,
from $495,000 to $435,000,
said Hara, who teaches cours-
es in corporate finance.
Nathiri outlined changes in-
tended to keep the festival vi-
able, including a finance com-
mittee that meets weekly.
To boost revenue, the orga-
nization plans a fundraiser in
Atlanta in August and a new
event "Celebrating Cultures
Through Cuisine" in Ea-
tonville during the summer of
After a scaled-back 2013
festival, Zora! will celebrate
its 25th anniversary in 2014,

and Nathiri has big plans, in-
cluding jazz, comedy and film
She said organizers may rein-
state admission fees for adults.
After a few years of free ad-
mission, the 2012 event asked
adults to make donations.
"This 25th anniversary, this
is a very big deal," she said. "To
make it very special, it really is
going to take more money."
The application deadline for
arts groups to apply for county
grants is the end of July, said
Terry Olson, director of arts
and cultural affairs for Orange
"The arts are always risky,"
Olson said. "The Arts Advisory
Council tries to make sure in-
vestments into these risky arts
things are as secure as they
can be."

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Broward to dramatically change

student discipline tactics

By Karen Yi

Broward school officials are
proposing dramatic changes
in the way they handle stu-
dent suspensions and expul-
sions in an effort to cut the
number of student arrests in
the district.
For example, the district
plans to roll out an interven-
tion program by next school
year as an alternative to out-
of-school suspension or arrest.
It is also working with law
enforcement and the courts to
provide last-chance counsel-
ing in tougher cases.
Other changes include re-
ducing the number of suspen-
sion days for some offenses
and clearing a student's dis-
ciplinary record after elemen-
tary school for other offenses.
"It's a culture shift. This is

all about common sense dis-
cipline," board member Robin
Bartleman said last Tuesday,
during a six-hour workshop
on the topic.
The changes would deal
with incidents on a case-
by-case basis, rather than a
one-size-fits-all approach that
often results in too many ar-
rests, officials said.
Broward County had the
state's highest number of
school-related arrests for
2011-12, according to the De-
partment of Juvenile Justice.
"That's a call to action for
us," said Amalio Nieves, cur-
riculum supervisor for diver-
sity, culture and outreach
He said the intervention pro-
gram would give students ac-
cused of non-violent offenses
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Youth advocates
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centers on


It's a huge gap in our education system

By Doreen Hemlock

ting on the carpet of their
preschool class, the 3- and
4-year-olds happily sing the
charity song, belting out the
final lines: "It doesn't mat-
ter how big or small you are,
it's the size of your heart that
The teacher asks what kind
of gifts the group would like to
collect for others this month:

"Toys," one tot says. "Clothes,"
chimes in another. "Water and
food," suggests a.third.
The children decide to give
toys during April, then pro-
ceed to a table to decorate a
poster announcing the name
they've chosen for their phil-
anthropic group: Preschool
Charity. They draw flowers,
rainbows, fish, bus, people
and even a Popsicle.
Jensyn Clark, in a pink
leopard-spot shirt, explains

MDC students win award

for peace center design

ki 1

-Photo: Mark'Randall
The Learning Experience Academy students Ryleigh
Brown, 4, Jaden East, 4, Elijah Griffin, 3, and Lyla Squire,
3, (1-r) work on a lesson about charity as part of the school's
new philanthropy curriculum.

what charity means to her:
"It's doing good deeds for those
in need. It would make them
feel good, if you give them
,some of your stuff if they don't

have stuff."
Welcome to the philanthropy
curriculum at The Learning
Experience Academy of Early
Please turn to CHARITY 5C

Miami Times staff report

Imagine a center that fos-
tered peace by incorporating
elements of different religions
in one space. That's what
Miami Dade Colleges (MDC)
architecture students did
recently for eight weeks. The
team won a competition spon-
sored by the Key Biscayne
Community Foundation and
Global Education Foundation
in March. The winning design
is also being considered as
a model for an actual peace
The project started as a
class project to study different
religions and develop archi-
tectural spaces to understand
various points of view. "We
see conflict all over the world.
So the question posed to stu-
dents, was how could people
come to this center to com-
municate with one another?"

A group of 30 MDC archi-
tecture students worked on
the project for eight weeks,
visiting churches, temples,
synagogues and mosques to
study architecture concepts.
"This was a multi-disciplin-
ary approach with the social
sciences and architecture,"
added Sawhney. "It was very
exciting. The students had
the spirit of competition for
eight weeks." Another element
of the project was studying
the environment of the center
and incorporating "green"
or environmentally friendly,
sustainable concepts.
The students won an initial
competition at an exhibition
on March 17th at Key Bis-
cayne Community center. The
design was also presented
at a spiritual conference on
March 27th at MDC's Kend-
all campus as part of a show
case, where students partici-

...................................................................................................... said MDC professor ofarchi- pated in a discussion a
texture, Amar Sawhney. peace centers.

Br owar d schools to pay fineS Scott signs bill for high

County district faces $1.3M penalty

for exceeding class size mandate

By Scott Travis

Broward County Public
Schools will likely have to
pay $1.3 million in fines, the
second highest in the state, for
having too many classes that
exceed state-mandated caps.
Broward's loss could be
Palm Beach County's gain
after its district met all state
class size requirements for the
second year in a row. As a re-
sult, it will split $5.7 million in
state fines with other districts
that met the requirements.
Palm Beach County expects
to get about $400,000, Chief
Operating Officer Mike Burke
School districts are penal-
ized if any core classes such
as math, reading and science
exceed state limits of 18 for
early grades, 22 for middle
school, and 25 for high school.

There is no cap on advanced
placement classes, even in
core subjects, or electives.
Duval County will have to
pay the highest fine in the
state, at $1.5 million.
Broward's fine is a lot less
severe than last year, when
half the public schools were
out of compliance, and the dis-
trict was first hit with a whop-
ping $66 million fine. Eventu-
ally, that total was dropped to
about $8.6 million.
"We've obviously made
tremendous progress in this
area," Superintendent Robert
Runcie said. "It's always pos-
sible to get to 100 percent. The
question is at what cost?"
He said the district might
have to spend more than $6
million in extra teachers to
avoid a $1.3 million penalty.
A major reason for last year's
poor showing was the district

By Karen Yi

The Broward school district
is proposing eliminating the
grade of zero and making 50
the lowest score a.student
could earn as a way to moti-
'vate failing students.
But the proposed change
has irked parents who say it's
simply not fair.
"By raising zeroes up to 50 it

.tells the kid who's been trying,
they might as well not do any-
thing, because they're going to
get the same grade," said par-
ent Nick Sakhnovsky. Cynthia
Park, the district's director of
college and career readiness,
said the percentage range for
the F grade would be changed
to 50-59 instead of 0-59. She
said a committee of parents,
teachers, principals and dis-

had laid off about 1,400 teach-
ers, Runcie said. This school
year, about 800 teachers were
hired, which helped reduce
class sizes.
The district also put more
students into advanced place-
ment classes. Now AP govern-
ment classes average about 29
students, and English classes
28 students, one more than
last year.

trict staff have been working
since October on the change.
"It's eliminates situations a
child cannot possibly recover
from, thus allowing them an
opportunity," she said. "Once
they become hopeless, it's like
why should I try?"
The School Board will dis-
cuss the, proposed change dur-
ing a May 14 workshop before
taking a vote.

Another option to comply,
district officials say, would
be to enforce hard caps on
enrollment after the start of
the year.
"Some districts may say if
you're not here by a certain
date, we're going to ship you
somewhere else," said Leslie
Brown, a district administra-
tor who oversees class size
issues. "We don't do that."
Palm Beach County has
stayed within the state lim-
its by carefully re-allocating
teaching positions to schools
after the 1lth day of classes.
It monitors the ratio closely
through mid-October, when
the state count is due.
High school teachers are
also given a $4,230 supple-
ment to forgo their planning
period and teach an extra
class, Burke said.
Broward has a similar prac-
tice, Runcie said.
"It is a tremendous challenge
to ensure 100 percent compli-
ance," Burke said.

"It's about failing less kids. If
you understand the math, then
you understand that we're try-
ing to correct the math."
She said every letter grade
given to students has a
10-point scale except the
F so this just equalizes the
grading scale.
Tamara Wehrell, who teaches
at Western High in Davie,
Please turn to ZERO 5C

school grad requirements

Scott signs high
school grad bill
April 22, 20131By
Leslie Postal, Orlan-
do Sentinel
Some high school
students should have
an easier time earn-
ing diplomas under a
sweeping education
bill Gov. Rick Scott
signed Monday.


The bill (SB 1076) scales
back some of the tougher
requirements the Florida
Legislature put in place in
2010 for students who want
a "standard" high school
diploma. It deletes from those
requirements some must-pass
math and science courses

Scholarships f
The St. John Community
Development Corporation
proudly announces its
two $5000 scholarships,
specifically for seniors at
Booker T. Washington Senior
High School.
The application is available
at the school and the CDC

and some must-pass
state exams. It also
encourages all stu-
dents to learn "high-
tech" job skills while
still in high school.
Local administra-
tors supported the
legislative change,
fearful the current
requirements were

unfair to youngsters
not planning on a four-year
college or university after
high school. Orange County
Superintendent Barbara Jen-
kins stood near Scott during
his Tallahassee press event to
highlight the bill signing and
was one of the invited speak-

or BTW seniors
office. The application is due
on Friday, May 31st.
The mission of the St.
John CDC is to energize the
vitality and positive image of
For further information,
please contact the office at

Number of students
per 1,000 arrested

Is 50 the new zero for Broward schools?

School district may raise the lowest score students Terry Preuss, who teaches at
Olsen Middle in Dania Beach,

could receive for their grade; parents wary pushed for change during a
Snhlibr hearing lastt Wednediav.

Is M-DCPS D.A. Dorsey

SEducational Center

"D. A. Dorsey Educational Center is applying for reaffirmation
of accreditation with the Commission of the Council on Occupa-
tional Education. Persons wishing to make comments should write
to the Executive Director of the Commission, Council on Occupa-
tional Education, 7840 R6swell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta,
GA 30350. Persons making comments must provide their names and
mailing addresses."


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N Heritage Cultural
Month 2013 will encompass
events such as: The Opening
Reception, Taste of Haiti
at MOCA and the Haitian
History Bee & Young Artist
Challenge, for specific
time, dates and other
details .please contact
Commissioner Monestime's
office or go to www.

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-

Boy Scouts of America
Troop 80 will, throw
their Pancake Breakfast
Fundraiser, May 4, at.8 a.m.,
at 6445 NE 7 Ave. Contact
Paul 786-251-5504.

The Booker T.
Washington Alumni
Association invites you to
the 9th Annual 2013 Living
Legends Orange and Black

Gala Ball, May 4th, at 7 p.m.,
at Biscayne Bay Marriot
Hotel, 1633 N. Bayshore
Dr. Contact Kathryn at 786-

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 will meet May
9th, at 7 p.m., at the Betty
T. Ferguson Recreational
Center, at 3000 NW 199th
St. Call 305-891-1181.

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

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

Booker High School in
Sarasota Classes of 1935-
70 are planning a reunion
slated for June 27th 30th.
Contact Sonja at 786-422-

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

0 Miami Northwestern
Class of 1957 will meet
every third Friday, at. 4
p.m., at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center, 6161
NW 22nd Ave. Contact
Wendell at 305-331-0370.

Miami Jackson High
School Class of 1971 will
meet every first Saturday, at
4 p.m., at 1540 NW 111th St.
Contact Gail 305-343-0839.

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-

M The City of Miami
Gardens presents a
Farmer's Market held every

Sunday, from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m., at St. Philip Neri
Church, 15700 NW 20th Ave.
Call 786-529-5323.

FSVU Softball Alumni
The Fort Valley State
alumni and former
residents softball team
are in need of help. Contact
Ashley 786-356-9069.

Miami Jackson High
School Class of 1971
meets the first Saturday of
each month, at 3 p.m., at
4949 NW 7th Ave. Contact
Gail 305-455-1059.

a Miami
Class of

1979 make a
Call 786-399-

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets every
third Saturday of the month,
at 7 p.m.,, at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts
Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave.
Call 305-333-7128.

0 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.

End of free TV? Web start-up vs. networks

Chris Taylor, Mashable: "It
isn't every day that a major
national TV network threat-
ens to become a cable-only
subscription channel but
that's exactly what happened
Monday. News Corp. President
Chase Carey (said) his compa-
ny was considering 'converting
the Fox broadcast network to
a pay channel' that is, go-
ing over to basic cable, and
denying cable-free Americans

(all 50 million of them) their
weekly fixes ofAmerican Idol,
Glee orThe Simpsons. Why on
earth would Fox do that? Be-
cause of the threat posed by
Barry Diller's start-up Aereo,
which won a legal battle last
week allowing it to continue
doing what it does. And what
it does is rebroadcast regular
TV ... to tablets, smartphones
and the Web ... Carey's threat
was clearly aimed at the courts

and Congress."
Ryan W. Neal, Internation-
al Business Times: "The real
problem lies with 'retransmis-
sion fees,' which the networks
charge cable and satellite sys-
tems for the right to broadcast
content to paying subscribers.
These fees add up to an esti-
mated $3 billion across the in-
dustry ... The networks claim
that Aereo is stealing the sig-
nal to rebroadcast it, but the

court ruled that Aereo is sim-
ply enabling consumers to do
what they could already do on
their own with an antenna.
... Networks' fear is that this
court ruling will encourage
other cable and satellite com-
panies to develop similar tech-
nologies that avoid, retrans-
mission fees . Unfortunately
for audiences, these options
may spell the end of free tele-

A jury of six men and six women was accepted by both sides last Monday for the
trial of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of Michael Jackson against AEG
concert promoters.
Tie lawsuit claims AEG, the company that promoted the ill-fated "This is It"
concert, hired Dr. Conrad Murray as Jackson's physician without checking his cre-
dentials. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the su-
perstar from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.Lawyers immediately began
questioning prospects to sit as alternate jurors.
The jury was seated a week after a pool of more than 100 candidates was assem-
bled. Many prospects were eliminated because they said serving on.a three-month
trial would be a hardship.
Coincidentally, his lawyer filed an appeal last Monday of his criminal conviction.
The jury was selected ahead of time estimates. Lawyers were aided by a long
questionnaire filled out by jury prospects that sought their views on Jackson and
his famous family along with his life and death, and their feelings about multimillion
dollar jury verdicts.

Miami-Dade Police said Tuesday night they have arrested a 27-year-old man in
connection with the fatal shooting of the brother of the famous female rapper Trina
in northwest Miami last Tuesday morning.
Ron Dobson faces a second-degree murder charge, police said in an arrest af-
fidavit. It wasn't immediately known whether he has an attorney.
Jail records showed he was being held without bond last Wednesday morning.
Residents said that the rapper's brother Wilbrent Bain, who goes by the nickname
"Gonk," was shot and killed on NW 91st Street. Bain and the man who shot him were
friends and lived around the corner from each other at Northwest 91st Street and
24th Avenue, neighbors.told NBC 6.
The incident happened at about 9:35 a.m., according to police.
The two men had a dispute, and the victim began to get off.his bicycle when Dob-
son took a firearm from his waistband and shot him multiple times, the affidavit said.
After he was read his Miranda rights, Dobson confessed to his involvement in the
victim's death, the affidavit said.

A federal judge postponed Lauryn Hill's tax evasion sentencing last Monday but
not before scolding the eight-time Grammy-wihning singer for reneging on a promise
to make restitution by now.
SHill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from
2005 to 2007. At that time, her attorney said she would pay restitution by the time
of her sentencing. It was revealed last week in court that Hill has paid $50,000 of a
total of $554,000.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized her for relying on the promise
of a recording contract to pay the tax bill.
"This is not someone who stands before the court penniless," Arleo said to Hill's
attorney, Nathan Hochman. "This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than
words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes."
The reclusive singer didn't speak during the proceeding and left the court without
commenting. Arleo rescheduled the sentencing for May 6.

Australia Oz to Ohio

By Kelly Crow

Curious about conternpo-
rary abonginal art but unable
to get to Australia? An exhibit
at Ohio's Toledo Museum of
Art takes a look at several top
indigenous artists and their
themes, from the sometimes
nightmarish legacy of coloni-
zation to the stark beauty of
Australia's deserts.
"Crossing Cultures: The
Owen and Wagner Collection
of Contemporary Aborigi-
nal Australian Art From the
Hood Museum of Art' is the
first major Midwestern show\
of its type in more than 20
years, according to the Toledo

museum The exhibition,
which began at the Hood in
Hanover, N.H., runs through
July 14.
The roughly 115 works wiUl
include art by photographer
and filmmaker Michael Riley.
known for his surrealist im-
ages of boomerangs and bird
wings floating against blue
skies, and Ricky Maynard's
powerful portraits of farmers
in Tasmania. Shorty Jangala
Robertson's dotted abstract
works highlight the role of
dreams in the spirituality of
Australia's indigenous people
and often chronicle his night
visions of water and acacia

THE 2000 PHOTO:'Ar-
thur, Wik Elder' is from the
series 'Returning to Places
That Name Us' by the self
taught photographer Ricky

Preschoolers learn act of philantrophy

continued from 4C

Education, a Boca Raton-based
preschool chain that now has
114 centers in 17 states and
is opening some two a month
across the country. The premi-
um schools charge an average
$800 to $1,000 per month per
The chain launched the phi-
lanthropy curriculum in Janu-
ary to differentiate itself from
rivals and add yet another ele-
ment to its programs that aim
to make tots into well-rounded
people for life on top of man-
ners, nutrition, Spanish, yoga,
theater and other varied class-
work beyond numbers and let-
"I'm not aware of any other
preschool that has a philan-
thropy curriculum," said Rich-

ard Weissman, the company's
chief executive. "I don't even
think that public schools to-
day, or a lot of private schools,
offer it. It's a huge gap in our
education system."
Weissman said he was in-
spired partly by his work on the
board of Make-A-Wish Founda-
tion of Southern Florida, a non-
profit that helps children with
life-threatening medical condi-
He saw generosity from some
people but not others and rec-
ognized the need to teach giv-
ing starting with the very
The Learning Experience de-
veloped its philanthropy cur-
riculum with fun animal mas-
cots, Grace the Greyhound and
Charity the Chihuahua or
"koala" as some three-year-olds
call her, unable to pronounce

It also worked with a song-
writer who developed catchy
tunes and lyrics the children
can sing as a way to learn the
concepts. The charity song
played on a CD, for example,
explains that charity starts
with generosity; it's being help-
ful toward the suffering; it's a
gift I give to others.
Students have philanthro-
py class usually two or three
times a week for 15 to 20 min-
utes each, starting each lesson
with the songs, said Meghan
Kelly, director of curriculum.
For South Florida, lessons in
philanthropy might be a way to
boost charity.
The greater Miami-Fort Lau-
derdale metropolitan area
ranks No. 26 of the country's
50 largest metro areas in char-
itable giving.

Broward makes changes to suspensions

continued from 4C

- such as petty theft, alcohol
use, trespassing and vandal-
ism a chance to remain in a
school setting and receive in-
dividualized counseling, men-
toring or behavioral services.
Nieves said that could boost
graduation rates.
"The only way we're going
to do that is if we keep kids
in schools. If we keep kicking
'kids out, they're not learning."
There are still some things
to work out, including final-
izing which offenses would

be included in the program,
where it will be housed, wheth-
er a student could be referred
more than once and how much
funding is required.
Students whose behavior
does not change or who refuse
to participate will get one more
chance through a district
partnership with the judicial
Made up of therapists,
school-resource officers,
teachers, administrators and
a juvenile justice judge, the
program will work to address
"If that circle of care fails

to have a change in behavior,
you're free to be arrested," said
Judge Elijiah Williams.
Nordia Sappleton, a drop-
out prevention specialist, said
it's balancing proper interven-
tions with consequences to
"appropriate discipline a stu-
Some board members argued
the policies were too lenient.
Donna Korn said a student
who has sold drugs three
times in fifth grade would have
a clean slate in middle school.
"In my mind there's a contin-
uum," she said. "I don't think
we can wipe the slate clean."

Vegas boasts biggest U.S. club

By Kitty Bean Yancey M

Las Vegas nightlife is getting shaken up, and
What's billed as the USA's biggest restaurant/
club was due to debut Thursday night. Hak-
kasan is a five-level, 80,000-square-foot com-
plex in the MGM Grand resort and the latest in
a group ofjet-set-favored eateries and lounges
in New York, London and elsewhere. The night-
club is a partnership between Hakkasan and
Angel Management Group, a big player in Vegas
The main club boasts a "spider web" of lights
overhead and balcony-like mini-stages above
the crowd where dancers perform. Resident star
DJs include Calvin Harris, deadmau5 and Steve

Hakkasan's main club, shown before
completion, has 'spider-web' lighting.
Aoki. Other levels contain more party areas and
VIP sections. The restaurant, opened May 3,
will serve Hakkasan's award-winning Canton-
ese cuisine.

Fantasia returns with 'Side Effects of You'

By Bianca Roach

Fantasia, "Side Effects of You"
(RCA Records)
Fantasia's fourth album,
"Side Effects of You," reminds
us exactly why she captured
our hearts to win 2004's "Amer-
ican Idol."
The Grammy winner; who
mostly collaborates with pro-
ducer Harmony Samuels on the
new album, declares a whole
new lease on life, delivering a
more mature, no-nonsense ver-

sion of her former Elliott, has a captivating
self. chorus, while "Supernat-
The lead single, ural Love," featuring rap-
"Lose to Win," is a per Big K.R.I.T., bumps
heartfelt anthem, with great hip-hop flavor.
and she delivers her Fantasia also shines
vocals with intense on the reggae-influenced
emotion. Having R&B jam "Ain't All Bad"
faced her fair share FANTASIA and the title track, a
of public scrutiny ballad written by break-
over the years, it's evident Fan- through Scottish singer Emeli
tasia is singing from experience Sande.
and the message here is clear. On the latter track, you'll feel
"Without Me," a killer track Fantasia's pain and appreciate
with Kelly Rowland and Missy her realness.

Broward gets rid of zero as a grade

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disagreed, saying changing the
policy would be "encouraging
kids not todo the work."
If a student does not turn
in an assignment, the lowest
grade they would get is a 50.
District officials say the
change would boost gradu-
ation rates, prevent teach-
ers from using zeroes as
punishment and reduce

drop-out rates.
The district's dropout rate
increased from 1.6 percent in
2010-11 to two percent in 2011-
"There has to be a standard
across the board. We need to
have the same grading rules
apply to every student," said
activist Jeanne Jusevic. "It's
going to help a particular sub-
set [of students] that we need
to help."
But Sakhnovsky said even

though more students may
graduate, they may not be fully
"A student who doesn't go
to class, who doesn't turn
his or her work should not be
squeezed through the system
to get a diploma," he said.
Districts such as Palm Beach
County and Miami-Dade still
adhere to the standard grad-
ing scale but in Duval County,
many schools now swap out
the zero.




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H.O.P.E.'s mission: Ending

Housing discrimination in FL

Non-profit organization's 20th anniversary
- targets cases in M-DC and Broward





Miami Times staff report

Marking the 10th Anniversary,
the City of Miami Gardens has an-
nounced a new business relation-
ship with one of Florida's leading
public relations, marketing, and
advertising agencies.
Sonshine Communications has
been retained to assist in provid-
ing marketing, production and
creative support services to the
City of Miami Gardens. The first of
many tasks the agency mastered
included the development of video
promotions in celebration of the
City's anniversary, which featured
the Mayor and Council Members.
The campaign, coined after the
anniversary theme "Cultivating
Possibilities" made its debut dur-
ing the 2013 Jazz in the Gardens
concert and celebration.
"We recognize the need to move
to the next level and looked for an
agency that could help fulfill this
ambitious initiative in a creative
and meaningful way," says Mayor
Oliver Gilbert. "We're pleased with
the collaboration and know great
things will come from it."
With an impressive 20 years in
the business, Sonshine is a full
service public relations, market-
ing and advertising agency. Owned
and operated by Bernadette Mor-
ris, a lifelong resident of Miami,
her company has implemented
campaigns for clients and organi-
zations around the country. They
are the recipient of numerous
ADDY awards and honors from
peers in the field including PRSA
and Chambers throughout the city,
county and beyond.





New applicationsfor
unemployment benefits
drop to 339,000
By Jeffry Bartash

The number of people who applied
last week for new unemployment ben-
efits fell near a five-year low, though
the decline probably reflected tempo-
rary distortions that often occur after
the Easter holiday and not a marked
improved in the U.S. labor market.
Initial jobless claims dropped by
16,000 to a seasonally adjusted
339,000 in the week ended April 20,
the Labor Department said last Thurs-
day. That's the second lowest reading
in 2013 and approached levels last
seen in January 2008.
Economists surveyed by Market-
Watch expected claims, a rough gauge
of layoffs, to fall to 351,000 from a
revised 355,000 in the prior week.
U.S. stocks advanced in Thursday
trades, helped in part by lower claims.
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By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

It's been 45 years since Congress
passed the Federal Fair Housing Act
[FHA], but bigotry still permeates
throughout American society like an
abandoned house that needs to be
renovated. And on the local scene,
Housing Opportunities Project
for Excellence [H.O.P.E.] has been
on the frontline fighting housing


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in small arms

By George Bennett

Jennifer Carroll, who resigned abruptly
as Florida's lieutenant governor in March,
has landed a job as a senior adviser to
Global Digital Solutions, which plans to
merge with a small-arms manufacturing
Global Digital Solutions does engineer-
ing and technical consulting work. The
company says it provides "knowledge-based
and culturally attuned social consulting
and security-related solutions in unsettled
It plans to merge with Airtronic USA, Inc.,
which bills itself as the nation's "largest
woman-owned small arms manufacturer."
Airtronic produces grenade launchers, a
rifle, a machine gun and a 30-round maga-
Szine, according to its website.
Carroll is slated to becomepresident and
chief operating officer when the merger is
complete, according to a press release. "I
look forward to working closely with the
team at GDSI and Airtronic to seize what
I believe are truly enormous growth op-
portunities both in the domestic and global
arenas," she said.

discrimination a mission it first
undertook some 25 years ago for cit-
izens of Miami-Dade and Broward.
"The Federal Fair Housing Act was
a monumental piece of legislation,"
said Keenya J. Robertson, Esq.,
president/CEO of H.O.P.E. dur-
ing their 20th Annual Miami-Dade
County Fair Housing Celebration
at the Hilton in downtown Miami.
"We have made great strides but we
continue to see discrimi-
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continue to see discrimination in many
different forms." K,,na 1, ohrfton .
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President/CEO of H.O.P.E.

nation in many different forms."
She says that the most common
example of discrimination is against
families with children. For example,
Sanctuary Cove Apartments in
North Lauderdale recently settled
a $750,000 occupancy
discrimination lawsuit, ,

because they had placed a cap on
the number of children that could
share a bedroom.

The not-for-profit corporation is
the brainchild of Bill Thompson,
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By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

Earlier this year, the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
asked for public comments on pri-
vate student loan debt affordability.
By the April 8 deadline, more than
4,300 organizations and consumers
answered. The volume of these re-
quests suggests that the more than
$1 trillion of debt already incurred
by student loans is on the minds of

many Americans. Clearly,
consumers want repayments
to be manageable, but there
are also concerns for fairness
and enforcement.
As a nonpartisan organiza-
tion dedicated to protecting
family wealth and working to
eliminate abusive financial
practices, the Center for Re-
sponsible Lending (CRL) had
strong advice to offer CFPB.

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o:.r refinancing program
should take the place
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against predatory private
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Trading on students' hopes
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In its call for strong oversight and

enforcement action against private
student lenders, CRL noted that Sallie
Mae recently issued private student-
loan backed securities. This public-
ly-traded corporation originates ser-
vices and collects on student loans.
Currently, it manages accounts for
more than 10 million borrowers and
$180 billion in related debt. CRL re-
minded CFPB that mortgage-backed
securities, the secondary market's
purchase and bundling of sub-prime
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Muhammad Yunus is a man
who changed the world. By
coming up with a way to lend
poor people as little as $30 to
start businesses, he reduced
poverty so much that he won
the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
Now he is spreading a new
poverty-fighting idea that he
calls "social businesses." There
are already scores of them, in-
cluding in the U.S. He met last
week with USA TODAY's Edito-
rial Board. His comments were
edited for length and clarity.

Q: When you founded the
Grameen Bank in 1976, what
did you hope to accomplish
and what impact has microfi-
nance had?
A: Microcredit was the first
time many poor people had
access to financial services.
Previously, they were left to the
loan sharks. That's what the
world has always known, (and)
nobody tried to change it so
that people could live in a dif-
ferent way. So when we start-
ed, that was the beginning of
bringing financial services to
the poorest people particu-
larly the poorest women.

Q: Why did it work?
A: We helped the women de-
velop their own ability to make
a living by using loans to cre-
ate income-generating activity.
It gives them the opportunity
to explore their own abilities.
And they're surprised they can
do that. In the world that we're
familiar with, the solution for
poverty is the creation of jobs.
This way, people create their

ing poverty with $30 loans

own jobs. They find out their

Q: How many loans have
been issued by your bank?
What's the average size?
A: Each loan cycle is one
year. And today we have 8.5
million borrowers. Cumula-
tively, we have given out over
$11 billion. The starting loan is
$30 to $35. As borrowers pay
one loan back, they can take
another loan that is bigger be-
cause they have more business
experience. People who have
done business with Grameen
Bank for a very long time will
have loan sizes like $10,000.

Q: How do you get the
money you lend?
A: We don't take any donor
money. We don't take any
money from the government.
We take deposits and then lend
the money to the poor. The
bulk of the deposits come from
the poor themselves. Every
borrower is required to save
a small amount of what they
make every week. Today the
balance of these deposits for
all borrowers reaches to about
one billion dollars. So out of
the $1.5 billion that's loaned
out, one billion dollars is their
own money.

Q: Why are your loans fo-
cused so much on women?
A: Why do other banks focus
so much on men? That ques-
tion is never asked, but this
question is always asked. The
banking system in Bangla-
desh at the time refused to

Muhammad Yunus, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in
2006, addresses the Editorial Board.

lend money to poor people, but
it also refused to lend money
even to rich women. When I
decided to start lending money,
I decided that half the borrow-
ers in my program must be

Q: Were the women in-
stantly willing to accept
your offer?
A: The women said, "No,
don't give it to me. Give it to
my husband." So our job was

to peel off the fear of each
individual, so that someday
one of them would say, "Maybe
I should try." And if one or
two or three tried and then
are successful, others would
become curious and it would
have a snowball effect.

Q: How long did it take for
that to happen?
A: It took us six years to
make that happen, to come to
the 50-50 level. Then we saw
that lending to women brought
so much more benefit to their
families than lending to men.
Today, out of 8.5 million bor-
rowers, 97 percent are women.

Q: How did you persuade
the first women to take the
A: (We told them) that you
raise chickens all the time,
but you never thought to take
money and have a few more
chickens. You cook all the
time, but you never thought
you could cook something and
sell. That never crossed their

Q: Are women better credit
risks than men?
A: Initially, we had 50/50
(and) there was no difference
between the male borrower
and the female borrower. Their
performance is the same. The
point I was explaining previ-
ously (is that a woman's) im-
pact in the family is better.

Q: What role is there for
microfinance in a prosperous
country like the U.S.? And

how is that different than in
A: Basically it's the same.
We started in New York City
in 2008. We now have six
branches and over 12,000 bor-
rowers. All women. What we do
in Bangladesh is the same in
New York. We actually brought
individuals from Bangladesh
who had been working with
Grameen Bank to run this
program here because they're
trained. They've never been
to the U.S. before, so they do
exactly what they do in Ban-
gladesh and it works.

Q: What is the average loan
amount in the U.S.?
A: The average loan in New
York City is about $1,500, and
repayment rate has been so far
over 99 percent. It has become
so successful that other cit-
ies were inspired to invite us
there. The first city was two-
and-a-half years back: Omaha,
then Indianapolis, San Fran-
cisco, Los Angeles and now

Q: What are the lessons
you have learned since
launching your bank?
A: Once we started mak-
ing loans among poor women
in Bangladesh, we saw other
problems. Education problems
of the children, housing prob-
lems, toilet problems, cooking
stove problems. And it gave me
an idea: Why don't I try and
solve one of those problems?

Q: Where did you start?
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Airline service improves, but delays still possible
By Associated Press LaHood said no one should be Others in Congress urged the
S. surprised by the problem, not- Obama administration to post-
A day after flight delays a .- ing that he warned about it two pone the furlough for at least 30
plagued much of the nation, air months ago. days.
travel was smoother last Tues- '. His solution: Blame Congress In the past five years, the
day, but the government warned for the larger budget cuts that FAA's operating budget has
passengers that the situation t affected all parts of govern- grown by 10.4 percent while the
could change hb the hour. as. .j ment, including a $600 million number of domestic commercial
thousands of air-traffic control- hit to the Federal Aviation Ad- flights has fallen 13 percent.
lers are forced to take furloughs ministration. "There's no cause for this. It's
because of budget cuts. "This has nothing to do with a cheap political stunt," said
Meanwhile, airlines and politics," LaHood said. "This is Michael Boyd, an aviation con-
members of Congress urged the i very bad policy that Congress sultant who does work for the
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Federal Aviation Administra-
tion to find other ways to reduce
spending. Airlines are worried
about the long-term costs late
flights- will have on their bud-
gets and on passengers.
"Ijust can't imagine this stays
in place for an extended period
of time. It's just such terrible
policy," US Airways CEO Doug
Parker said. "We can handle
it for a .little while, but it can't
The delays are the most vis-
ible effect yet of Congress and
the White House's failure to
agree on a long-term deficit-re-
duction plan.
Transportation Secretary Ray

-AP Photo: Damian Dovarganes
Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International airport in Los Angeles Monday,
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 unpaid day off be-
cause of federal budget cuts.

passed, ana mtey snoula nx it.
Critics of the FAA insist the
agency could reduce its budget
in other spots that would not in-
convenience travelers.
Sens. John D. Rockefeller IV,
a West Virginia Democrat, and
John Thune, a Republican from
South Dakota, sent a letter to
LaHood on Monday accusing
the FAA of being "slow and dis-
turbingly limited" in response to
their questions. They suggested
the FAA could divert money
from other accounts, such as
those devoted to research, com-
mercial space transportation
and modernization of the air-
traffic control computers.

major airlines.
The FAA says the numbers
aren't so clear cut. In that time,
the government has signed a
new, more expensive contract
with air traffic controllers,
added 400 new aviation safety
inspectors and beefed up its
payroll to deploy a new air traf-
fic-control computer system.
So given the budget cuts, FAA
officials say they now have no
choice but to furlough all 47,000
agency employees including
nearly 15,000 controllers -
because salaries make up 70
percent of the agency's budget.
Each employee will lose one day
of work every two weeks.

Richest got richer during recovery High-tech toilet is a WC for a VIP
Richest got richer during New York's Kitano Hotel hopes stalled washlets in suites, then de-

By Pauline Jelinek
By Associated Press

The richest Americans
got richer during the first
two years of the economic
recovery, while average net
worth declined for the other
93 percent of U.S. house-
holds, according to a report
released recently.
The upper seven per-
cent of households owned
63 percent of the nation's
total household wealth in
2011, up from 56 percent in
2009, says the report from
the.Pew Research Center,
which analyzed Census
Bureau data released last
The main reason for the
widening wealth gap is that
affluent households typi-
cally own stocks and other
financial holdings that
increased in value, while
less wealthy people tend to
have more of their assets in
their homes, which haven't
rebounded from the plunge
in home values, the report
Tuesday's report is the
latest to show financial
inequality that has been
growing among Americans
for decades, a development
that helped fuel the Occupy

-AP Photo/Jason DeCrow
Occupy Wall Street protesters join a labor union rally
in Foley Square before marching on Zuccotti Park in
New York's Financial District.

Wall Street protests.
A September Census
Bureau report on income
found that the highest-
earning 20 percent of
households earned more
than half of all income the
previous year, the biggest
share in records kept since
1967. A 2011 Congressional
Budget Office report said
incomes for the richest one
percent soared 275 percent
between 1979 and 2007
while increasing just under
40 percent for the middle
60 percent of Americans.

Other details of last Tues-
day's new report:
The wealth of U.S. house-
holds rose five trillion dol-
lars, or 14 percent, during
the period to $40.2 trillion
in 2011 from $35.2 trillion
in 2009. Household wealth
is the sum of all assets
such as a home, car and
stocks, minus the sum of
all debts.
The average net worth of
households in the upper
seven percent of the wealth
distribution rose an esti-
mated 28 percent, while

that of households in the
lower 93 percent dropped
by four percent. That is, the
mean wealth of the 8 mil-
lion households in the more
affluent group rose to an
estimated $3.2 million from
an estimated $2.5 million,-
while that of the 111 million
households in the less af-
fluent group fell to roughly
$134,000 from $140,000.
The upper seven percent
-were the households with a
net worth above $836,033,
and the 93 percent rep-
resented households with
worth at or less than that.
Not all households among
the 93 percent saw a de-
cline in net worth, but the
average amount declined
for that group.
On an individual house-
hold basis, the average
wealth of households in the
more affluent group was al-
most 24 times that of those
in the less affluent group
in 2011. At the start of the
recovery in 2009, that ratio
was less than 18-to-1.
During the study period,
the Standard & Poor's 500
stock index rose 34 per-
cent, while the Standard &
Poor's/Case-Shiller index
for home prices fell five

to flush away its competition with
fancy toilets.
By month's end, the 149 rooms
at the Japanese-owned lodging will
have a "washlet" from Japanese firm
Toto. It promises "maximum clean-
oliness" with heated seats, warm-wa-
ter rinsing, dryer, cleansing wand,
air purifier and remote control.
The Kitano says it's the first New
York hotel to put the pricey toilets,
which retail for about $1,500, in
all rooms. Kitano general manager
Clement Carey says the hotel in-

cided to add more: "Our Japanese
families expect them . and we
thought it would be a great differen-
tiator for our American guests."
Other U.S. hotels have washlets,
including some rooms at Vegas' Aria
Hotel & Casino, Bellagio, The Vene-
tian and The Mirage.
In L.A, the Peninsula Beverly Hills
and Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons
have them. The Holiday Inn Express
in Ann Arbor, Mich., offers them in
all rooms.
-Nancy Trejos

City of Miami
Notice of Request for Qualifications
RFQ No.: 12-13-041

Title: Construction Engineering & Inspection Services
Mary Brickell Village Drainage and Pump Station

Submittal Due Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

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


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Spiraling prom costs strain family

Families shell

out big bucks for

prom dresses

By Beth Pinsker

NEW YORK Inspired by
celebrities on the red carpet,
influenced by couture photos
circulated on Pinterest and
armed with price information
from online browsing, Ameri-
can girls plan to spend more
when they shop for prom
dresses this year.
"I have a budget of $200
for my dress, because I know
from shopping online that
most prices are $150 and
up," said Anna Brown, 17,
while shopping at Macy's in
Manhattan this week. Brown,
a senior at Newtown High
School in Elmhurst, New
York, will attend her prom on
May 27.
Brown has no idea what
her total prom spend will be
this year, because it all starts
with the dress.
If she is anything close to
average, Brown's wallet will
be much lighter at the end of
next month. Overall spend-
ing on U.S. prom events is
forecast to rise to an average
of $1,139 per family in 2013,
up five percent over last year
- and higher than the 1.5
percent rate of inflation in the
U.S. according to Visa Inc's
third annual survey of prom
Depicted in movies as sweet
as "Pretty in Pink" and as
disturbing as "Carrie," the
prom is an American institu-
tion a lavish dance that

Prom bills

Findings from Visa's prom
Average amount families
plan to spend: $1,139
Average for families with
income under $50,000:
Average for married par-
ents: $770
Average for single parents:
Percentage of expenses
that parents plan to pay:

traditionally celebrates the
culmination of high school.
While Visa's survey does
not break down exactly
where that average spending
of $1,139 comes from, teens
typically focus on attire first.
Adding to the cost are event
tickets, limousines, hotel
rooms or after-party events,
corsages and other accesso-
ries, hair, makeup and other
The prom price tag is up
significantly from a 2008
survey by Hearst's Seventeen
magazine which found fami-
lies were planning to spend
$566 on the prom.
The official tallies are not in
from this year's prom sea-
son yet, which runs through
June. But stores like David's
Bridal are already seeing
higher spends this year, with
dresses going for an average
of $100 to $150.
* Windsor Store chain, anoth-

.....,- -

Analysts are forecasting about a five percent increase inprom spending this year. The
estimated family expense of nearly $1,140 is more than double the 2008 price tag.

er retailer with 62 locations
across the U.S., said this
year's average prom dress
costs $100, and families are
spending about $300 total in
their stores.
There are also online retail-
ers selling both new prom
dresses and reselling used
ones. "The average prom
dress on our site sells for
$150 but retails for average
of $300," said Tracy DiNun-
zio, chief executive officer
of Tradesy.com, which is an
eBay-like site for fashion. "For
a lot of families that $300 is
a big investment for a dress
that a girl's going to wear
once. We've seen parents that

make their daughters prom-
ise to sell the dress after they
wear it."
However, the dresses can
be hard to part with. Em-
ily Casarola, a 16-year-old
from Colts Neck, New Jersey,
intended to hold on to her
$250 dress, at least for a little
while. If anything, she said,
she would eventually donate it
to a site like Operation Prom
or Cinderella's Closet, which
provides dresses to families
that cannot afford them.

Casarola ended up getting
her white, feathered dress
from David's Bridal, where

her mother Amy, 50, works
as a district manager. They
did plenty of shopping online
and at other stores first, and
a lot of checking on a private
Facebook group to make sure
that none of her friends were
buying the same thing. They
also picked up $35 earrings,
$50 shoes and a $149 bridal
headband. The family had a
budget of $500 before Emily
would have to start contribut-
ing her own money.
Natiorially, Visa's survey
found that parents were
planning to pay 59 percent of
prom costs, and teens were
paying the remainder them-
selves. The survey also noted

that families with income less
than $50,000 were planning
to spend $100 more than the
national average on prom,
and that single parents were
planning to spend double the
amount of married parents -
$1,563 versus $770.
Credit card company Visa
conducted a telephone poll of
3,000 families nationally over
February and March, which
was twice the size of its sam-
ple last year. The company
launched a new smartphone
app, Plan'it Prom, to help with
the budgeting process.
"It's become a social arms
race," said Nat Sillin, Visa's
head of financial literacy. "It's
an opportunity for parents to
engage their teens and have
a conversation about budget-
That is exactly what has
been going on in the Astoria,
Queens, household of Amalia
Garced, 17, who has a May 17
prom for her Manhattan high
school, Vanguard. She has
been talking to her mother -
whose budget tapped out at
$500 for her own prom years
ago about what she should
Garced planned to spend
no more than $300 for the
dress, $20 for hair, $40 for
nails and then she also has
to pay for shoes, plus tickets
for herself and her date. Her
mom is helping with half of
the cost of the limo, but she is
paying for everything else on
her own.
, "I never thought I'd have
to spend so much," she said,
while shopping in Macy's
with a friend. "It's like, 'Oh
my goodness, how am I going
to afford all of this?'"

to afford all of this?"'

Lowest dip in unemployment claims in five years

continued from 6D

New claims surged in
late March after Easter
and spring break but have
subsided over the past few
weeks, suggesting the holi-
day briefly distorted the
weekly report, as if often
the case. By and large, the
number of people applying
for new benefits each week

has been little changed in
2013, a sign that layoffs
have bottomed out nearly
four years after the reces-
sion ended.
"Firms cut their workforc-
es to the bone during the
recession and its aftermath
and layoffs are going to re-
main relatively low pretty
much regardless of wheth-
er the economy picks up
or slows down," said chief

economist Stephen Stanley
of Pierpont Securities.
Yet companies have also
been very cautious about
adding new employees, so
employment still remains
well below its pre-recession
peak. Some 135.2 million
Americans were working in
March, down from 138 mil-
lion six years ago, according
to the Labor Department's
business survey.

The U.S. has added about
190,000 jobs a month since
the end of last fall faster
than the growth of the labor
force but too slow to rapidly
reduce the nation's unem-
ployment rate.
Economists will watch
claims closely over the next
few weeks to see if they flat-
ten out or resume a down-
ward trend as the effects of
the Easter holiday fade.

Blacks face multiple housing concerns overall

continued from 6D

president emeritus,
who handed the man-
tle over to Robertson.
She continues to lead
the organization in its
efforts to ensure that
Americans of all races
enjoy equal housing
"I have a great past,
present and future
with this great orga-
nization," Thompson
said. "H.O.P.E. is my
baby. I'm so very proud
of Keenya making my
baby a grownup."
Thompson says that
he started the organi-
zation primarily be-
cause there just wasn't
enough being done to
promote fair housing.
Before the FHA was
signed into law, there
were no laws in place
to protect Blacks from
housing discrimina-
tion. Now 'several de-
cades later, factors
such as race, pov-
erty, education and of
course discrimination
remain impediments
to a large number of
Blacks living in Miami
in their quest for fair
Consider the follow-
ing statistics:
45 percent of Blacks
in Miami have no high
school diploma.
40 percent of Black
people receive public
17 percent of the
total population of
Blacks in Miami live
below the poverty level.
58 percent of people
that live in Overtown
are on public housing.

"Society needs the
Fair Housing Act be-
cause discrimination
is still taking place,"
said Vicki D. Johnson,
chief, Enforcement
Branch U.S. Depart-
ment of Housing and
Urban Development
[HUD]. "Redlining and
predatory lending still
Robertson says that
H.O.P.E. has been in-
strumental in, the re-
covery of nearly $12
million in out-of-court
settlements for victims
of housing discrimina-
Not only do Robert-
son and her crew fight
housing discrimina-
tion, but they are also
talented singers and
musicians as well.
Robertson stepped
up to the microphone
and harmonized with
her band entitled "Let
Freedom Ring, belting
out a soulful rendition
of a Sam Cooke clas-
Calvin Hughes, an-
chor/reporter Local 10
WPLG, was the mas-
ter of ceremonies and
introduced the key-
note speaker James
H. Carr, a housing fi-
nance, banking and
urban policy consul-
Carr says that the
damage created from
the subprime lending
spree which sparked
home foreclosures
throughout the nation
is not over. He says it's
imperative that people
of color participate in
the housing market,
because more children
of color are being born

than any other race.
"55 percent of Blacks
lost their wealth dur-

ing this housing dizing a system that
scam," Carr said. doesn't have legs to
"We are still subsi- stand on."

City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation
ITB No.: 12-13-040
Title: District 3 Roadway, Traffic & Drainage Improvements Part II
B-40300, B-40303, B-40310, B-40311 & B-40317
Bids Due Date: May 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference
City of Miami
444 SW 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor Main Conference Room
Tuesday, May 7, 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.: 009149 Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager


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



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

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification:
Thursday. May 9. 2013 at 5:00 P.M.

NO.12271. ,
Johnny Martinez, P. E.
City Manager
AD NO. 006504




The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority ("MDX" or "Authority"),
requires the services of a pool of qualified investment banking
firms to serve as bond underwriters to MDX in connection with
the advancement of its Five Year Work Program. For a copy of the
RFP with information on the Scope of Services, Pre-qualification
and submittal requirements, please logon to MDX's Website:
www.mdxway.com to download the documents under "Doing
Business with MDX: Vendor Login", or call MDX's Procurement
Department at 305-637-3277 for assistance. Note: In order to
download any MDX solicitation, you must first be registered as a
Vendor with MDX. This can only be facilitated through MDX's
Website: www.mdxway.com under "Doing Business with MDX:
Vendor Registration". A Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference is
scheduled for May 7, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. The deadline for
submitting a Proposal is June 4, 2013, by 2:00 P.M. Eastern



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flori-
da on May 9, 2013, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:


All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning this
item. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

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

Todd B. Hannon
(#19316) City Clerk



Retailers are looking towards 'greener' merchandise

What's in style: Eco-friendly and

green fashion
By Haya El Nasser

America's closets are turning
The same environmental
sensibilities that have swept
the foodie world (farm-to-table,
organic produce) are making
inroads in the fashion uni-
verse as the environmental
movement continues its rise
and new technology produces
refined synthetic and recycled
Red-carpet endorsements
by celebrities don't hurt: Ac-
tress Natalie Portman regu-
larly wears vegan shoes, and
designer Stella McCartney
has become synonymous with
ethical fashion, rejecting fur
and leather in her high-priced
"Initially, when green fash-
ion started to make any kind

of inroads into the apparel
industry, it was headed by
activists," says Sass Brown,
acting assistant dean of the
Fashion Institute of Technol-
ogy's School of Art and Design
and an eco-fashion blogger
and author. "Now it's headed
by designers and all tiers of
distribution and all taste levels
and all price points."
Green apparel and accesso-
ries still make up barely more
than two percent of the $200
billion fashion business in
the U.S., says Marshal Co-
hen, chief analyst at the NPD
Group, a market research firm.
Still, that's about $5 billion.
"Just a decade ago, it was
not even half a billion dollars,"
he says. "That's a huge differ-
Social consciousness ethi-
cal treatment of animals, pro-

.,% -
H&M introduces conscious collection; made of recycled
testing natural resources is look good. Remember leather
a big motivator. But the aver- jackets in the '70s (cringe)?
age consumer would not be High-end department stores
putting these clothes on their and boutiques now carry green
backs and feet if they didn't fashion. Top designers are em-

bracing synthetic and recycled
"When eco-fashion started,
the fabrication wasn't as
great," says Lynette Pone Mc-
Intyre, Lucky magazine's se-
nior market editor. "It felt very
burlappy. The quality wasn't
quite there. Over the past 10
years, technology has changed
so much. You can't tell what's
eco-friendly or not."
Strict labeling laws let the
customers know most of the
time. And if the clothes look
good and are "ethical" in their
manufacturing or construc-
tion, shoppers want them.
'People are really caring
where their clothing is com-
ing from anyone from 10-,
12-year-olds to 90-year-olds,"
McIntyre says. "Just like they
care where their food is coming
from, their carbon footprint."
Jose Medina, 22, a political
science student at the Univer-
sity of Chicago, agrees.
"It's an ideology," he says.

"If you disagree with the belief
system or what a company rep-
resents, it's less likely you're
going to align yourself with
them . Eco-fashion and
sustainability, it's very easy for
people to align with that."
That's where technology,
designers and large retailers
come in. The focus is not just
on the materials used but how
they're manufactured: Tim-
berland, the Stratham, N.H.,
maker of sporty footwear and
apparel, has made its larg-
est investment in ecological
products and manufacturing
processes since the brand was
invented 40 years ago, says
Chris Pawlus, senior global
creative director.
"It's a brand mission," he
says. "We really look at the
idea of sustainable design and
sustainable products. The fact
that our logo is a tree at first
glance is poetic, but it's con-
nected to social justice and
doing the right thing."

Gambling with your retirement

PBS gets in on

the action

By Mark Miller

PBS Frontline is shocked
to find that investors hold
retirement accounts that
cost too much and eat into
long-term returns, even
though financial experts
have been hammering away
on these issues for years
The public affairs show
turned its investigative eye
to the financial services in-
dustry this week with "The
Retirement Gamble."
The program is an expose
on the two biggest flaws in
401(k) accounts and the rest
of the self-directed retire-
ment savings marketplace:
high investment fees that
sap long-term returns, and
conflicts of interest that al-
low financial services com-
panies to stock those plans
with products that earn the
most money for them, rather
than what's in the best
interest of unsuspecting
PBS did a real public
service in highlighting these
problems for a broad televi-
sion audience, even though

there was little news for
those of us who have been *
talking about these issues
for years.
Millions of Americans hold
retirement investments that
cost too much and eat into
their long-term returns. And
they have no understand-
ing that far too many plan
"advisers" have a conflict of
interest between what's best
for the investor and what's
best for the adviser's own
bottom line.
Here's the latest evidence
on conflict of interest and
it's a statistic you didn't
hear on Frontline. A study
released in January of

thousands of 401(k) plans
found that mutual fund
companies administering
401(k) plans are three times
less likely to drop their own
poorly performing funds
from investment menus
than they are when a fund
is run by a competitor.
Most workplace plans
these days are what is
known as "open architec-
ture." That means they offer
not only proprietary funds
from the financial services
company that administers
the plan, but also from com-
peting firms. In this study,
a trio of academic research-
ers explored what they call
a "favoritism hypothesis"
about the companies that
run 401(k) plans for employ-
ers. They analyzed 401(k)
menus of 2,645 plans from
1998 to 2009.
The home-grown funds in
question underperformed
by three percent on a risk-
adjusted, after-fee basis.
That may not sound like a
big gap, but it's huge when
compounded over decades of
retirement investing. "If you
lose three percent per year,
over the lifespan it can add
up to a really huge number,"
says Veronika Pool, co-au-

thor of the report and an as-
sistant professor of finance
at the Indiana University
Kelley School of Business.
Are workers forced to
invest in those funds?
Of course not. But many
plan menus force partici-
pants to navigate dozens of
choices an average of 25,
research firm Brightscope
reports and Pool's analy-
sis turned up no evidence
that investors are able to
weed out losers when they
pick funds.
The favoritism hypothesis
addresses today's hottest
regulatory fights in the
financial services industry:
should all the people offer-
ing investment products
have fiduciary responsibility
- that is, requiring them
to put your best interests
ahead of their own?
The battle is being fought
on two fronts: At the Securi-
ties and Exchange Commis-
sion, which regulates stock-
brokers and broker-dealer
representatives, the U.S. De-
partment of Labor, which is
expected to propose tougher
fiduciary responsibilities
this summer for anyone who
provides advice to workplace

Disney World against paid sick days

By Harry Bradford

Pressure from Disney
World has influenced the
Florida Senate to take a big
step back in guaranteeing
paid sick days for workers.
The Florida Senate voted
last Friday to prevent local
communities their enacting
own wage and benefits laws
until a statewide study can
be conducted, The Orlando
Sentinel reports.
The bill, which would at
least delay efforts to guar-
antee all workers paid sick
days was drafted with the
support of Disney World
and Darden Restaurants,

the company behind Olive
Garden and Red Lobster, as
well as the Florida Chamber
of Commerce.
"Today, Republicans in
the Florida Senate stood up
for corporations like Disney
and Darden and against
the interests of families who
believe their own communi-
ties know what is best for
them," Stephanie Porta, an
advocate for those seeking
paid-sick days. said in a
Family organization Mom-
sRising.org is spearheading
efforts to fight back. The
group claims that this week,
Disney World refused to ac-

cept a petition with 6,000
signatures demanding that
the resort stop pushing
legislation that stands in
the way of earned sick time
Neither Darden nor Disney
World responded to voice-
mails from The Huffington
Post requesting comment.
MomsRising also was not
available for comment.
The move is the latest in
a drawn-out battle. Disney
World and Darden worked
to keep a measure requiring
.paid sick days off the ballot
last November. Workers also
have complained that the
resort does not pay a living

wage, Reuters reported in
2010. That same year, Dis-
ney agreed to pay $433,819
to employees in back wages
after an investigation uncov-
ered the resort had violated
the Fair Labor Standards
Act according to Occupa-
tional Health and Safety..
Battles over wages are
being fought elsewhere. This
week low-wage workers in
Chicago went on strike to
demand fair pay. Mean-
while, New York City work-
ers are hopeful a bill will
soon be passed requiring all
businesses to allow workers
paid sick days, The Huffing-
ton Post reports.

Things should know before leaving home

By Steve Rosen

Years ago, while in high
school, I thought I had a keen
mind for managing money.
After all, I knew how to
write checks, and managed
to stash a little cash in a sav-
ings account on occasion.
Not to brag, but I was also a
pretty shrewd Monopoly real
estate mogul. And to look the
part of a financial whiz kid,
I kept a couple of my father's
striped ties in my closest.
Mind you, my 17-year-old
mind didn't know the differ-
ence between a stock and a
bond, I couldn't even begin
to explain the wonders of
compound interest, and had
no idea what could happen if
you overused a credit card.
But hey, none of my high
school friends knew much
about money, other than
how to spend it.
That won't cut it today

for many teens and young
adults, who generally have
way more disposable income
not to mention more expo-
sure to financial products
and services than previous
In this vein, April has
again been designated Fi-
nancial Literacy Month, and
activities will be held by
the truckload nationwide to
highlight the need for youths
(and adults) to master the fi-
nancial ABCs.
While balancing a check-
book and setting aside
money for a rainy day are
still important skill sets for
any teen to master, I would
broaden that list to include a
few more essentials, includ-
ing some of the soft skills on
how to negotiate and deal
with people.
As I see it, before leaving
home for college or a job,
your son or daughter should

know how to:
Manage cold hard cash
from an allowance or a
part-time job. This includes
writing checks, balancing
a checkbook at least an
electronic checkbook and
using a debit card.
Read the fine print on
a credit card application,
and understand how long it
can take to pay off the debt.
Credit card statements now
do the math for you.
Understand the basic
abbreviations that accom-
pany a stock on the finan-
cial pages or online. It's a far
more valuable skill than be-
ing able to read the abbrevia-
tions on the sports pages.
Compare prices when
shopping for everything
from a cellphone to a fro-
zen pizza. Along those lines,
know all the costs beyond
the sticker price that are
associated with purchasing

a car, including, insurance,
fuel and maintenance.
Gather the pertinent
insurance and driver infor-
mation when involved in a
traffic accident.
Pick out the red flags
that provide clues on wheth-
er an offer is too good to be
true. Likewise, pay heed to
protecting your identity from
online thieves.
Problem-solve sticky
customer service situa-
tions, such as beefs about
the cellphone or cable bill.
For young adults, I would
add getting used to working
through health care billing
issues while remaining calm
and cool.
This is just the right time
- before your kids are out
of the house to check up
on their money and financial
skills. It's an opportunity
that may not come around

Study: One in four

take out costly loans

By The Washington Post

The business of
payday loans, pawn
shops and other
high-cost methods of
financing has expe-
rienced tremendous
growth over the past
two decades, and in
recent years, nearly
one in four Ameri-
cans have used
them, according to a
new paper from the
National Bureau of
Economic Research.
The rise of this
kind of borrowing,
which is often mar-
keted as a means
of filling a shortfall
between paychecks,
reflects the needs
of a population that
appears to be un-
able to make ends
Given the price
of such borrowing,
it may also be a
measure of despera-
tion: The financing
fees on the loans are
often very high, with
annualized percent-
age rates on com-
mon payday loans
reaching more than
300 percent, accord-
ing to the Consumer
Financial Protec-
tion Bureau. In the
agency's research,
the median amount
borrowed was $350.
"This method of
borrowing cannot be
considered a 'fringe'
behavior limited to
a small segment
of the population,"

said Annamaria
Lusardi, director of
the Global Center for
Financial Literacy
at George Washing-
ton University, who
wrote the paper with
colleague Carlo de
Bassa Scheresberg.
"It is firmly rooted in
the American finan-
cial system. The sol-
idly middle class are
using these methods
of borrowing."
The research
paper comes as
U.S. regulators are
preparing to issue
new rules for banks
offering the short-
term, high-interest
loans tied to direct
deposits of salary or
government benefits.
The proposed regu-
lation reportedly
would restrict bor-
rowers froil taking
more than one such
loan a month.
Those rules would
not affect the loans
offered by store-
front vendors, pawn
shops and other
services, however.
The research by
Lusardi and de
Bassa Scheresberg
is based on the
2009 U.S. National
Financial Capabil-
ity Study, a large
survey that asked
whether respon-
dents had used any
of five "alternative
financing" methods
over the past five
Almost 12 percent
had used a pawn-

shop, nine percent
had taken out a
payday loan, six
percent had taken
an auto-title loan,
six percent had
used a rent-to-own
store and nearly six
percent had got-
ten a tax-refund
anticipation loan.
The survey said that
overall, 24 percent
of people had used
one of those meth-
ods of financing.
The researchers
connected the use of
these high-cost bor-
rowing methods to
levels of education
and financial litera-
cy the borrowing
was not only a mat-
ter of the financial
shocks inflicted by
the financial crisis.
Indeed, Lusardi
said, there are signs
that these methods
of borrowing remain
widespread after the
Lusardi suggested
that high schools
could add courses in
financial literacy.
"It might be the
best way for people
to borrow, but do
the people really
know what it means
to borrow at such a
high interest rate?
Are people really
understanding and
fully away of the
terms?" Lusardi
said. "If we want to
prevent big mis-
takes, we have to
invest in financial

Muhammad Yunus on loans

continued from 7D

A: The first one that
I noticed was an ugly
health problem -
night blindness. We
found sad, sweet chil-
dren who could not
see when the sun goes
down. So I talked to
doctors and they told
me there's a very sim-
ple cure: "Give them
vitamin A and they'll
be as good as every-
one else. Let them
eat vegetables." But I
found that the people
couldn't afford the
seeds to grow vegeta-
bles. We started sell-
ing one-penny packets
of seeds to sprinkle
around the house. Our
vegetable business
grew. So we became
the largest seed seller
in the country, and
in the process night
blindness disappeared
from Bangladesh. So I
thought, "My God. This

is so easy. You don't
need a doctor. You only
need a business to cov-
er the cost."

Q: Has the idea
A: Now every time
I want to address a
problem, I create a
business. These busi-
nesses are all focused
on problem solving,
not on money mak-
ing. Conventionally,
businesses is known
for money making.
That is what you see
in textbooks and prac-
tice. But this is a new
class of business. So
I started calling them
"social businesses,"
non-dividend compa-
nies focused on solv-
ing human problems
while the business
tries to just covers its
own costs. After that,
we started creating
one social business af-
ter another. Then other
countries got involved

in' making their own
social businesses.

Q: What happened
A: When multi-
national companies
showed interest, we
started joint ventures
with them. One is with
Dannon, the yogurt
company. They agreed
to do social business
with us, to make an
investment to address
the problem of malnu-
trition. In Bangladesh,
about 46 percent of
children are malnour-
So we created a spe-
cial kind of yogurt
and made it cheap to
cover only the costs of
the business. Dannon
promised they won't
take any dividend.
They can take back
their initial invest-
ment, but nothing else.
We're working with
Intel and Adidas and




S. Florida home values rose 12 percent

By Paul Owers

South Florida home values
rose 12 percent in the first
quarter of 2013, but prices
likely won't keep appreciat-
ing at that pace, Zillow.com
The real estate website's
Home Value Index for Palm
Zillow.com chief econo-
mist Stan Humphries said
recent spikes aren't sus-
Beach, Broward and Miami-
Dade counties was $159,000,
compared with $141,800 in
the first quarter of 2012.
The South Florida index
peaked at $310,500 in April
Zillow's report reflects the
values of all homes in an
area, not just those that sold
in a given month, as local
Realtor boards report on a
monthly basis.
Property values have in-.

IL ..

A ., I,!. .-.

Property values have increased steadily across the re-
gion over the past year following a prolonged housing

creased steadily across the
region over the past year fol-
lowing a prolonged housing
bust. But the Seattle-based
website forecasts price gains
here to slow to five percent
through early 2014.
Zillow chief economist
Stan Humphries said recent
spikes aren't sustainable. He

expects values nationwide to
soften when mortgage rates
increase and more owners
list their properties for sale.
"But pockets of very rapid
appreciation will remain,
a troubling sign of volatil-
ity and a potential future-
headache as affordability
is compromised and homes

begin to look much more
expensive to average buyers,"
Humphries said in a state-
Declining inventory has
been a source of frustra-
tion for many South Florida
buyers. "We'd like to see the
supply increase because
the demand is there," said
Summer Greene, a general
manager for Better Homes &
Gardens in Fort Lauderdale.
Among the 30 largest
metro areas tracked by Zil-
low, Phoenix had the highest
annual gain in first quarter
home values at 24 percent.
On Monday, the Greater
Fort Lauderdale Realtors
said Broward County's me-
dian price for existing homes
sold in March was $242,500,
a 26 percent increase from a
year earlier. In Palm Beach
County, the median was
$249,894, up 28 percent
from a year earlier, accord-
ing to the Realtors Associa-
tion of the Palm Beaches.

Carroll as new senior adviser for Global

continued from 6D

20 minutes later, Scott's chief
of staff was waiting outside
her office. He told her Scott
wanted her to resign. She
said yes there was no dis-
cussion, no hesitation.

"In my military time, when
the commander in chief
makes a demand or a request,
you say 'Aye, aye sir,' and you
march on. And that's what I
did," the retired Navy officer
said in her first comments on
the probe. "I thought it would
be better to remove myself

from being a distraction."
Carroll wanted to make
clear she did nothing wrong.
She said was paid $6,000 a
month to do public relations
work for Allied Veterans and
had nothing to do with the
alleged gambling.
Nearly 60 people have been

charged in the Allied Veter-
ans case, accused of run-
ning a $300 million gambling
ring. Investigators said Allied
Veterans spent just two per-
cent of its profits on veterans
charities while its leaders
spent millions on boats, real
estate and sports cars.

CRL advises the Bureau on student loans

continued from B

loans, was a major con-
tributor to the housing
crisis and the lingering
Great Recession.
"This demand could
drive increased origi-
nations of student
loans and degrade un-
derwriting standards,
similar to mortgages
in the early-and mid-
2000s. The Bureau
should stay vigilant
as the private student
loan market grows,"
added CRL.
In CFPB's own Oc-
tober 2012 report,
the Bureau indepen-
dently found that just
like with problematic
mortgages, private
student loan borrow-
ers were complaining
about services who
placed their loan ac-
counts in default -

even though they were
continuing to pay
what they could.
Further, if services
of student loans are
unable to process the
volume of distressed
borrowers, as in mort-
gage servicing, stu-
dent loan borrowers
will suffer again from
the same lack of re-
sponsiveness by ser-
vicers, lost documents
and other dysfunc-
ti6nal errors.
For communities of
color, the specter of a
second major financial
dilemma does not bode
well. With a trillion-
dollar loss of wealth
stemming from fore-
closures, and unem-
ployment double that
of the rest of the na-
tion, consumers of col-
or in many cases turn
to student loans to fi-
nance much of college

education costs. In
many instances, stu-
dents are encouraged
to take out a higher-
cost private loan even
when they have not
fully utilized their
eligibility for cheaper
federal student loans.
In other instances,
for-profit schools tar-
get low-income and
minority students and
steer them towards
the higher-cost private
If private student
loans follow the same
secondary market
trends as that of mort-
gages, i.e. sold, pack-
aged and serviced
similarly to mortgage
loans, it is conceivable
that two generations
of the same family
will suffer long-term
financial stress, short-
changing the older
generation's prepara-

tion for retirement;
and delaying if not
denying the younger
generation's ability to
buy a first home.

Charlene Crowell
is a communications
manager with the Cen-
ter for Responsible

SpinMedia takes over Vibe,

possibly ending print version

By Ben Sisario

SpinMedia, a group
of music and pop
culture Web sites that
includes Spin maga-
zine, has bought Vibe,
the 21-year-old R&B
and hip-hop maga-
SpinMedia an-
nounced the sale last.
Thursday, saying
that it had bought
the rights to Vibe's
print magazine and
its related sites, Vibe.
com and Vibevixen.
com, from Vibe Media.
The price was not
The sale reunites
the two publications,
which more than a
decade ago were part
of the same company,
Vibe/Spin Ventures,
before each went
through a series of
Calling Vibe "an
industry leader in the
urban and hip-hop
category for decades,"
Steve Hansen, Spin-
Media's chief ex-
ecutive, added in an
interview: "It's really
exciting to add this to
SpinMedia's collection
of music properties
and bring more digital
DNA to the team and

-" W l3 '.- I


Vibe, founded in
1992, is expected to
continue online only.
see what they can do."
SpinMedia, until re-
cently known as Buzz
Media, owns or rep-
resents more than 40
sites, like Celebuzz,
Idolator and JustJar-
ed, that cater to young
pop-culture fans and
compete with a range
of sites like Gawker,
TMZ, Pitchfork and
After it bought Spin
last summer, Buzz
Media promptly shut
down the print maga-
zine and laid off a
third of its staff. It
said it would concen-
trate on the Web site
and consider eventu-
ally reviving the print
version of Spin in
some form.
Since then, Spin's

online traffic has
doubled, but Hansen
said that the com-
pany was no closer to
reviving the magazine
and that it planned to
shut down Vibe's print
magazine later this
"We are still trying
to find a print model
that makes economic
sense in the digital
age," he said.
Vibe was founded
in 1992 by Quincy
Jones and Time
Warner, with a focus
on hip-hop and R&B
music and the culture
surrounding it, and
it became one of the
most influential pub-
lications of its kind.
It was shut down
abruptly in 2009 after
advertising revenue ,
plunged, but within
months it was bought
and revived by private
equity investors.
Vibe had an aver-
age print circulation
of 301,000 for the
first six months of
2012, according to the
Alliance for Audited
Media, and SpinMedia
said that each month
Vibe's sites have 1.4
million visitors and
serve 1.6 million video






Advertisers urged

-,,l m nre Black media

Note to marketers: Televiion advertising is
not postracial.
That's the -,essage that a newly; formed cn-
sortium of the counrtr's largest kfrican-,ner-
ican media outlets wants to send to market-
ers, who have largely shunned black media in
favor of placing ads on general outlets.
On Monda:,-, BET Networks. Black Enter-
prise. Johnson publishing I(the publisher 0
Ebony and Jet ima azinesl. the National As-
sociation of Black Cwned Broadcasters and
others will join with ledia-buying agencies to
introduce a camn-paignl intended to educate ad-
vertisers about the importance of black media
and its increasingly deep-pocketed audience
Called #InTheBlack (using the Twitter hash
tagl, the campaign will begin ith print ad-
vertisements in major ne,.vspapers including
The New York Times) and trade magazines
like Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek It will
expand to- a long-term Joint effort that include
social media and direct outreach to marketers
The initiate co-mes at a time when ad ertis
ers have poured money into Spanish-langT.a
TV -nd radio in an efturt to reach the grow-
ing Hispanic population Black audienlC
meanwhile, have largely been overlooked,
despite projected buying pov. er of $1 2 trllo
bv 2015. a .35 percent increa om 200

according to the Selig. Center for Economic

In part that is bccaLse -arketers rea.-,l
that ads runninlg during sports, prigraIs or a
prin-le-tinle dra.m- ol-t a .-a tlstreaI channel el
will reach sorie black conrsunimers, too, said
will reach s eu at BET Nt-
Debra L. Lee, chief execult'.e at BET Net-
works. "Any well-developed mda pan should
include both." Ms. Lee said. "Black n-edia has
a special connecttoln to black audielCds."
BET. a lit :tfi cVacom, has had a particu-
larly strong ratings run in recent aid3s often
beating cable channels like CNN and Brato.
-The Game." an originals series that started
on the CW network and moved to: BET. broke
cable sitcom records I.thl 7 7 tllion vievers
for the premiere ol its fourth seasol-. in .latu-l
A.t the same tnie, that audience is getting
Aj te e same trmeI Id r -tnspre 3-'
richer. Blackl10 hosel Io!,: erinLtos 're 1t' 63 c-
s percent. to $ 5. from 2.--.
cOrdi ta. Nielset srudt
cording to a NAelsen s idustr3,vide effort
gInTheBlack is th' first ind stl'.id eDort
e of its kind arnd is long o verdueC, said Donald
A. Coleman, chiet execute e Of GlobalH-Iue. a
mnuilticultural advertising agec "Its getting
to the point of rtidic lloSneStS tin teris of the
n budget allocated to the Atrt ari' n erican
dience.' Mr Coleman said

-New York Times June 25, 2012

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(305) 416-1248.

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(#19317) City Clerk


10D THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 1-7. 2013 5



Section 8. One and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
167 NE 59 St-Unit #1
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950. Section 8 welcome.
167 NE 59 St-Unit #3
Three bdrms, one bath,
$1100. Section 8 welcome.
167 NE 59 St-Unit #5
One bedroom, one bath,
$750. Section 8 welcome.
1821 NW 186 Street Rear
One bdrm including all
utilities. 786-298-7376
2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms. Call
Tony 305-213-5013
2945 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800. Call Mr. Perez.
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
44 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach townhomes,
new four bedrooms, two
baths. $1500. No section 8.
595 NE 129 Street
One bedroom, one bath, large
living room. $675 monthly.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
One or two bedrooms,
qualify the same day.. 305-
603-9592 or visit our office
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280

Newly renovated, huge five
bedrooms home, two stories,
1800 sq. ft., custom kitchen,
marble floors, office, laundry,
central air, Sec 8 ready, every
room with balcony, fenced in
area. A MUST SEE!". Call
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice one bedroom, air,
window shades, appliances.
Free gas, free HOT water.
$360 monthly, plus $200
deposit. 305-665-4938,


1920 N.W. 119th Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
first, last and security. $1150
mthly. 305-542-8810
555 NW 210 ST #203
Beautiful lake view. Two
bedrooms, two baths, central
air, washer and dryer. $1200
monthly. 305-610-7504
Three bedrooms, two baths
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
4512 NW 191 Ter


1252 NW 51 Terrace
Two bedrooms, air,
appliances;, first, last and
security. $925 a month. 305-
1373 N.W. 58th Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, central air, new
appliances, indoor laundry
room and tile- Section 8
Call 305-490-7033
1460 NW 52 Terrace
Two bdrm., one bath, $800,
water included, Section 8
welcome, 786-444-6002.
1510 NW 65 St #1
One bedroom, $650 monthly.
air, water, bars, gated.
Security $650, 305-490-
2271 NW 61 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
2288 NW 46 Street
Central air, two bdrms.,
water, $850, 305-213-5013.
2545 B York Street
Opa Locka
One bedroom, refrigerator,
stove, air, 954-736-9005.
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
5093 NW 2nd Avenue
Two bdrms, two baths. A
must see! 305-724-7898

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.
753 NW 114 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 mthly. First, last and
deposit to move in. Own
stove and refrigerator.
775 NW 47 Street
Spacious two bedrooms,
one bath units. Family
neighborhood. Completely
renovated, new appliances.
Section 8 Only. 305-975-
8451 NW 19 Avenue
One bedroom home, central
air, $800 mthly. No Section
Terry Dellerson, Broker
305-891-6776 -
903 NW 53 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $850
mthly. Ac. 305-681-3736
970 N.E. 133 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances, ceiling
fan, new kitchen cabinets.
flood light, vinyl tile. $1000
mthly. $1000 to move in.
Utilities not included. 786-
Brand new, four bedrooms,
two baths, $1450 monthly.
Handicap accessible and
ready to occupy. Section 8
OK. 916-204-8387


5422 NW 7 Court
$600 includes electric and
water. No Section 8. Call
9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
Air, electric and water
included. Furnished, one
person only. 305-693-9486
9290 NW 22 Avenue
Upstairs efficiency, and
room, air and utilities
included. Call Mr. Walter
786-356-3673. Commercial
parking, etc.! I have other
places too.
Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186 305-987-9710
1430 NW 68 Street
Seniors. Handicapped
accessible. Free cable. $400
monthly. 786-366-5930 Dee
or 305-305-0597 Big E.
1500 NW 183 Street
Cable, air, internet, $140
weekly. $285 to move in.
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632
2010 NW 55 Terrace ,
No Deposit Required. $140
moves you in. Air,cable,
utilities included. 786-487-

335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community,
refrigerator, microwave,
stove,TV, free cable, private
entrance and air. Call 954-
4606 NW 8 Avenue
Utility free, air, $500, $500
move in. 786-286-7455.
4744 NW 15 Court
.Clean room, $350 monthly.
305-479-3632 i
567 NW 94 Street
Nice area, cable, air,
renovated, big yard. $450
monthly. For Seniors. 786-
6829 NW 15 Ave
$90 weekly, $200 to move in,
air and utilities included.
Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue'
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 305-494-7348
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $500 monthly.
Furnished room for rent. Call
8013 NW 10 Court
Central air, new bathrooms
and kitchen, security gates
$135 weekly. Call Kevin
Appointment Only!
provides single room
rentals, $90-$125 weekly,

requirements three months
or more clean with high
motivation for recovery. Call
Tony 786-925-6066.


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
18450 NW 37 Avenue
Four bedrooms, three baths,
$1600, A Berger Realty, Inc.,
2030 Rutland Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1200 mthly. No section 8.
2186 NW 47 Street
Five bedrooms, two baths,
big yard, $1400 monthly.
Section 8 only. 786-547-9116
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1. Portrait
The portraits on
counterfeit money can
sometimes look differ-
ent from theportraits
on real bills. On a
real bill, the portrait
tends to stand out
from the background.
However, on a coun-
terfeit bill, the por-
trait's coloring tends
to blend too much
with the rest of the
bill. In addition, the
portrait tends to look
"lifeless and flat" on
counterfeit bills, ac-
cording to the Secret
2. Federal Reserve
and Treasury Seals
A real dollar bill will
have Federal Reserve
and Treasury Seals
that are "clear, dis-
tinct and sharp," ac-
cording to the Secret
Service. The agency
points out that the
seals on a counterfeit
bill "may have un-
even, blunt, or broken
saw-tooth points."
One way to detect
a counterfeit is by
looking at the color-
ing. If the color of the
Treasury Seal does
not match the color
of the serial number,
the bill is fake.
3. The Border
The outside border
on real paper cur-
rency are "clear and
unbroken," according
to the Secret Service.
However, the agency
notes the edges on a
counterfeit bill can be
"blurred and indis-
tinct." Because of the
difference in print-
ing methods between

genuine and counter-
feit bills, the border
ink can sometimes
bleed on a phony.

Seven things teens should

know before leaving home

By Steve Rosen

Years ago, while in
high school, I thought
I had a keen mind for
managing money.
After all, I knew how
to write checks, and
managed to stash a
little cash in a savings
account on occasion.
Not to brag, but I was
also a pretty shrewd
Monopoly real estate
And to look the part
of a financial whiz kid,
I kept a couple of my
father's striped ties in
my closest.
Mind you, my
17-year-old mind
didn't know the dif-
ference between a
stock and a bond, I
couldn't even begin to
explain the wonders
of compound interest,
and had no idea what
could happen if you
overused a credit card.
But hey, none of my
high school friends
knew much about
money, other than how
to spend it.

That won't cut it to-
day for many teens
and young adults, who
generally have way
more disposable in-
come not to mention
more exposure to fi-
nancial products and
services than previous
In this vein, April
has again been desig-
nated Financial Liter-
acy Month, and activi-
ties will be held by the
truckload nationwide
to highlight the need
for youths (and adults)
to master the financial
While. balancing a
checkbook and set-
ting aside money for a
rainy day are still im-
portant skill sets for
any teen to master, I
would broaden that list
to include a few more
essentials, including
some of the soft skills
on how to negotiate
and deal with people.
As I see it, before
leaving home for col-
lege or a job, your son
or daughter should

know how to:
Manage cold hard
cash from an allow-
ance or a part-time
job. This includes
writing checks, bal-
ancing a checkbook -
at least an electronic
checkbook and us-
ing a debit card.
Read the fine print
on a credit card ap-
plication, and un-
derstand how long
it can take to pay off
the debt. Credit card
statements now do the
math for you.
Understand the ba-
sic abbreviations that
accompany a stock on
the financial pages or
online. It's a far more
valuable skill than be-
ing able to read the
abbreviations on the
sports pages.
Compare prices
when shopping for ev-
erything from a cell-
phone to a frozen piz-
za. Along those lines,
know all the costs be-
yond the sticker price
that are associated
with purchasing a car,

including insurance,
fuel and maintenance.
Gather the perti-
nent insurance and
driver information
when involved in a
traffic accident.
Pick out the red
flags that provide
clues on whether an
offer is too good to be
Likewise, pay heed
to protecting your
identity from online
sticky customer ser-
vice situations, such
as beefs about the cell-
phone or cable bill.
For young adults, I
would add getting used
to working through
health care billing is-
sues while remaining
calm and cool.
This is just the right
time before your
kids are out of the
house to check up
on their money and
financial skills. It's
an opportunity that
may not come around

Lesson before paying off debt
By Gerri Detweiler how your debt af- him in on the Kindle D.C., and was pulled
fects your credit. Paperwhite's sun- after bomb threats to
You've made up If you've been mak- friendly screen. Ikea stores.
your mind: It's time ing your monthly He clicks to buy one Today, gay and les-
to tackle your debt. payments on time, himself and suggests bian parents and
You have researched you may assume they celebrate with a their kids are fea-
ways to -get out of your credit is "good." drink. tured along with
debt, perhaps weigh- But, in fact, the bal- "My husband's pitchwoman Ellen
ing the pros and cons ances you are carry- bringing me a drink DeGeneres in J.C.
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Maybe you've thought may be hurting your wave at their male vertised wedding reg-
about calling a credit credit scores. loved ones sitting to- istries at Macy's and
counseling or debt You won't know gether at a tiki bar. elsewhere and Presi-
settlement agency, or that by looking at Welcome to the lat- dent Barack Obama'
even a bankruptcy your credit reports, est in gay imagery in offered his seal of
attorney, to see what though. Your credit mainstream advertis- approval by evolving
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Before you decide information about ple have been waiting gay marriage.
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tack, though, there's ances and payment fairness, or at least men sit together eat-
one crucial step you history. It won't ana- something other than ing at a dining table,
won't want to miss. lyze whether your punchlines and cli- with wine and roman-
It can make or break debt may be too high. ches. tic candlelight, in a
your efforts to get Your credit score, While there are still section of a Crate &
out of debt: Get your on the other hand, plenty of those, some- Barrel catalog marked
credit reports and will show you the thing has happened "Us & Always."
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underestimate how
much they owe. If
that describes you,
don't feel too bad-
ly. You've probably
just been focused on
making sure you can
make the monthly
payments. But in or-
der to create a plan to
get out of debt you'll
need a list of all your
creditors and what
you owe. Your credit
report can help you
identify who you owe,
along with recent
You may also find
debts listed on your
credit reports that
you had forgotten
about, such as collec-
tion accounts. Forget
to include those in
your plan, though,
and your efforts may
be derailed if those
collectors suddenly
decide to pursue you
for payment but you
can't afford to pay
SPlus, no matter
which approach you
choose to get out of
debt, you'll have to
know what you owe.
Your credit report
can help you with
that task.
You'll understand

cards are to your
limits, for example.
As your balances on
your cards approach
the limits, your credit
scores suffer.
You can track your
Paying down debt is
usually a marathon,
not a sprint, and
most of us are going
to need encourage-
ment along the way.
Monitoring your cred-
it score each month
is one way to get that
regular dose of mo-
tivation. Over time,
as your balances de-
crease, your credit
scores will hopefully
get stronger. But even
if your credit scores
suffer because you
choose to settle your
debt or file for bank-
ruptcy, keeping track
of your score can help
you monitor your
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FSUfootballer cries about mother's that Thursday, because there
they were when his name was
cancer triumph -a-. called.
That isn't surprising.
By Frank Schwab Throughout all her battles,
Jackie Manuel kept positive
It's hard to imagine the emo- and wanted E.J. to do the
tions that E.J. Manuel felt same. Manuel had some ups
when he was selected by the and downs at Florida State last
Buffalo Bills in the first round. year, but very few people knew
The Florida State prod- about his mother's breast can-
uct was surprisingly the first cer. That news wasn't made
quarterback taken. He went public until late in the season.
with the 16th pick. That's E.J. Manuel told NFL Net-
great, but that was only part work that his mother implored
of the story. him to concentrate on what he
By the time he reached De- had to do last season, even as
ion Sanders for an interview E.J. MANUEL she was fighting cancer.
after meeting commissioner doing better now you think "She's dealing with breast
Roger Goodell, he was cry- about the journey," Manuel cancer and she's being positive
ing and had to compose him- told Sanders. "From when on the phone and helping me
self. Manuel's mother Jackie I was a kid, the ups and the through the season," Manuel
battled breast cancer during downs, everything. When this said. "It was never about her, it
last season. In February, she moment comes, you get that was always about making sure
found out she was cancer free. call, it's just amazing. I'm just I was OK, and everybody else
And as Manuel took every- so happy." was good."
thing in right after he was Jackie Manuel was in New For Manuel's long journey
drafted, all of the emotions left York with her son for the draft. the past few months to end
him overwhelmed. Even though most mock drafts with a first-round selection, no
"It's been tough because as didn't have Manuel in the wonder the tears were flowing.
a football player you just want first round, Jackie and E.J. "Words can't explain how
to focus on football but when Manuel must have maintained I feel right now," he told NFL
you're mother is sick she's belief that he would be taken Network.

Westbrook seated after injury

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Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) drives against Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova, left,
and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during the first half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basket-
ball playoff series, Sunday, April. 28, in Milwaukee.



The Associated Press

James can cross another item
off his to-do list.
James scored 30 points, Ray
Allen had another big game
against his old team and the
Miami Heat got their first'
playoff sweep in the Big Three
era, advancing to the Eastern
Conference semifinals with an
88-77 victory over the Milwau-
kee Bucks on Sunday.
"It was our next big step
as far as our growth," James
said. "It's so hard to win on
the road in the playoffs, in
someone's building espe-
cially when someone is playing
for their last life. It's a big step
for us."
SAnd now the Heat have some
much-needed time to rest.
Dwyane Wade sat out Sun-
day's game, only the second
postseason game he's missed
in his career, because of his
aching right knee. But with
Miami not playing until next
Saturday, at the earliest, he'll
have plenty of time to treat
the three bone bruises that
caused him to miss six games
near the end of the regular
Miami plays the winner of
the Brooklyn-Chicago series,
The Bulls lead that series 3-1,
with Game 5 on Monday night
in New York.
"It's big," Wade said of the
time off. "Obviously, we're
one of the oldest teams in the
league, maybe the oldest team
in terms of rotation players.

By Dan Devine

Oklahoma City Thunder
point guard Russell West-
brook will miss the remain-
der of the postseason after
undergoing successful sur-
gery to repair a torn lateral
meniscus in his right knee,
the team announced last
Rehab will begin immedi-
ately following,the surgery,
which took place at the Sted-
man Clinic in Vail, Colo.,
according to the Thunder. No
timetable has yet been estab-
lished for his return; a time-
line will be determined during
the offseason, the team said.
The Thunder announced
the tear recently, saying that
Westbrook suffered the injury
during the second quarter
of Oklahoma City's 105-102
winover the Houston Rock-
ets in Game 2 of their first-
round series. The team had
previously held out hope that
Westbrook would be able to
return before the end of the
playoffs, as Westbrook's tear
was reportedly considered to
be minimal. But the choice
to repair the tear rather than

remove the meniscus will re-
quire a longer recovery period
that will prevent Westbrook
from returning, according
to Thunder general manager
Sam Presti.
"Although we are of course
disappointed that Russell will
be unable to return to the
floor with his teammates this
season, the opportunity to re-
pair the meniscus as opposed
to remove it was the best
possible scenario for Russell's
long term health'as a player

and person," Presti said in
a team statement. "Russell's
health and well being are
obviously our number one
priority through this process
and today's procedure helped
solidify our belief that Rus-
sell will have many produc-
tive years of basketball in his
Westbrook was the Thun-
der's second-leading scorer
this season, averaging 23.2
points per game, to go with
7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and
1.8 steals per contest. In his
absence, Thunder coach Scott
Brooks will have to rely more
heavily on backup guards
Reggie Jackson and Derek
Fisher, and will likely hand
more ball-handling and play-
making responsibility to star
Kevin Durant. Westbrook's
loss is a serious blow for the
top-seeded Thunder, consid-
ered the favorite to represent
the Western Conference in
the NBA finals for the second
straight season, and bolsters
the conference title hopes
of fellow high seeds like the
San Antonio Spurs, Denver
Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers
and Memphis Grizzlies.

Jon Jones, UFC Light Heavyweight

-AP Photo/Al Diaz
Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson fouls Miami Heat's Nor-
ris Cole, left, during the second quarter of Game 4 in their
first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 28,
in Milwaukee.

Guys have some bumps andg
bruises coming out of this
series, so it's going to be great
to get some rest. But also we
have to take this time to con-
tinue to stay sharp, to contin-
ue to stay in shape as well."
Judging by the clinical way
in which the Heat dissected
the Bucks in this series, that

LA needs a major upgrade
Mercifully, the season of one was no major surprise when
of the NBA's marquee teams, you look at the snake bitten
the LA Lakers, came to an end roster of injured key players in-
this past weekend after they cluding superstars Kobe Bryant
were swept out of the playoffs and Dwight Howard. Now some
by the San Antonio Spurs. This decisions need to be made. How

isn't likely to be a problem.
The defending NBA champi-
ons won each game by double
digits, getting contributions
from their stars and subs
alike. Allen finished with 16
points, the third time in the
series he scored in double
figures, and was 4 of 7 from'
3-point range.

do you rebuild or reload and
become a top tier team again?
An even bigger question is, do
you place the future of this leg-
endary franchise in the hands
of Dwight Howard? Truthfully
I was struck with a revelation
when Howard was ejected in
game four against the Spurs af-
ter receiving a second technical
foul in what was the Lakers' fi-
nal game of the season.
Howard was fully aware that
he already had one technical
foul when he was hit with his
second which meant an auto-

By Kevin lole

It's difficult to comprehend
just how dominant Jon Jones
has been as a UFC light
There's only been a handful
of fighters in combat sports
history who could match
Jones' record against elite
opponents at such a tender
age. It would take going back
nearly 70 years to World War
II to find a fighter who clearly
exceeded him at a similar age.
His bout at UFC 126 against
Ryan Bader on Feb. 5, 2011,
can be considered the start
of his prime. Bader was 27
at the time of that bout and
entered it with a 12-0 mark.
There was plenty of debate
in the MMA community at
that point whether it was
Bader or the then-23-year-old
Jones who was the sport's

matic disqualification from the
game. A game that he wanted
no part of because his Lak-
ers were being embarrassed by
the obviously superior Spurs.
Instead of showing the leader-
ship qualities of the great Laker
legends before him, Howard be-
came small and wanted out of
the humiliation and abandoned
his teammates. A real leader
does not do that. There is now
talk that Howard will test free
agency and see what is out
there before he totally commits
to the Lakers, meaning his re-

top prospect.
Starting with that
match, Jones in his
next six bouts faced
fighters with a win-
ning percentage of
82.9, who had 78 fin-
ishes and a combined
record at the time he
met them of 118-24-'1.
All but Bader had held


the UFC light heavyweight
title. Rua also won the PRIDE
Grand Prix and Vitor Belfort
won the UFC heavyweight
tournament title (though that
is not recognized as an official
championship by the UFC).
What Jones has done has
been so extraordinary it's
difficult to put into words.
Sonnen, who frequently dips
into the professional wrestling
shtick to mock his opponents
and pump his fights, raved
about Jones' talent.

turn is not certain. Let's be
real, Dwight Howard is no Sha-
quille O Neal, he is no Kareem
Abdul Jabbar and he is certain-
ly no Wilt Chamberlain. He is
mentally weak and has failed to
show any real leadership quali-
ties. I totally question if he has
the goods to lead a team to a
championship. Yes he was the
centerpiece of an Orlando team
that advanced to the NBA fi-
nals before but was that a case
of Dwight putting that team on
his back or the right pieces sim-
ply falling into place? Howard

"I'm the first one to
say: Jones is the best
fighter I've ever seen,"
Sonnen said. "Ever.
I've never seen a guy
with his skill set."
Jones is 17-1 and
his only loss was via
a disqualification
against Matt "The
Hammer" Hamill in

2009 that is widely regarded
as unfair.
He's won his fights with a
mixture of inventiveness, cre-
ativity and skills. He's got the
most dangerous elbows in the
game, and his spinning shots
are difficult to plan for and
tougher to avoid.
There's little he can't do,
and he's only getting better.
"I don't think people give
this guy nearly enough
credit," White said. "People
talk about his size and reach.

deserves credit for playing hurt
and showing up big down the
stretch for the Lakers as they
struggled to make the playoffs.
However he had an embar-
rassing exit out of Orlando, af-
ter he held that city hostage and
now he threatens to perhaps do
the same thing with the Lakers.
Howard is not dominant like
the aforementioned Lakers big
men, he has limited offensive
skills and he's immature and
gets frustrated easily.
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