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MIAMI. FLORIDA. JUNE 12-18. 2013

Tondreau elected N.

City's first Haitian-American female
mayor takes oath of office

By D. Kevin McNeir
The City of North Miami's three
newly-elected officials were in-
ducted last Tuesday evening as
part of the regularly scheduled
council meeting at North Miami
Senior High School, ushering in
a new era for the City and what
some hope will be an end to the
racial tension that has often
dominated City politics, busi-
ness and conversations from

the east side to the west.
General elections were held
on May 14th that resulted in
a run-off for all three council
seats. On Tuesday, June 4th,
a run-off election was held
with the following results: Lu-
cie M. Tondreau defeated Kev-
in A. Burns for mayor, 5b.70
to 44.30 percent, respectively;
Carol Keys stopped Mary C. Ir-
vin, 61.95 to 38.05 percent, re-
spectively, taking the District 2
council seat; and Philippe Bien-

Miami mayor
trict 3 council seat.
Tondreau, 52, who had gar-
nered the endorsement of out-
going Mayor Andre Pierre early
in the elections, made history
as the City's first female Hai-
tian-American mayor. She was
born in Haiti but fled the coun-
try with the rest of her family af-
ter her father was released from
the dreaded Fort-Dimanche's
c-qtb. 1'o!11q eq'! ; i ~',' tooknl<

Mayor-elect of North Miami
Aime emerged victorious over
Jacques Despinosse, 67.26 to
32.74, respectively, for the Dis-

tnem to vi4ontreai she was
only seven-years-old. In 1982,
she began working as a journal-
ist and advocate for the Haitian-
American community
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Wilson gives congressional update

Topics include immigration,
sequestration and jobs

By D. Kevin McNeir
About 200 people showed up
last Monday night at 93rd Street
Community Baptist Church for
a congressional update, spon-
sored by Congresswoman Fred-
erica S. Wilson and the A. Phillip

Randolph Institute, Miami Dade
Chapter. After sharing informa-
tion about bills that she spon-
sored in the previous legislative
session or is currently sponsor-
ing, Wilson turned to the topics
of immigration, sequestration
and jobs.
"I want to ensure that South

Floridians fully under-
stand these issues, their
impact on our commu-
nity and the challeng-
es we face," she said.
"Harmful federal bud-
get cuts known as
sequestration have
resulted in the loss of
jobs and threaten thou-
sands more. Economic


growth has been stymied and vi-
tal services many people depend

on, especially children,
seniors and the poor,
have been drastically
cut. Our economy and
more families will suf-
fer if Congress does not
act not to pass a bal-
anced budget, reform
immigration and create
Wilson's sentiments

were echoed by President Barack
Please turn to UPDATE 10A

Cecily Tyson regal in

Tony Awards win
By Susan King

.. The legendary Cicely Tyson stole the Tony Awards
a tl bn last Sunday evening with her moving acceptance
J .-B _.-.m .Ty l Iispeech after being named best actress in a drama
.Zim m erm an trial begins .. :.- .. for the revival of Horton Foote's "A Trip to Bounti-

Juror selection focuses on news for both sides asked potential It was the 79-year-old actress' first Tony and her
jurors how many times they ..W *- : first time on the Broadway stage since the ill-fated
By Yamiche Alcindor media coverage, had read or watched news 1983 revival of Emlyn Williams' "The Corn is Green,"
Jury selection in the case about the alleged crimune and : which just lasted 32 performances. She got a best
On the first day of George began Monday and lawyers whether they or their family : actress Academy Award nomination for her perfor-
Zimmerman's murder trial, quickly made it clear that they members had formed an opin- mance as the matriarch of a sharecropping family
lawyers for the man accused want to know what every po- ion. : in 1972's "Sounder," won two Emmys for her perfor-
of murdering Trawyvon Martin tential juror has been reading "How many times have you mance as a 110-year-old former slave in the 1974
and state prosecutors repeat- or watching that may impact seen Mark OMara talking on : TV movie "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman"
edly questioned jurors about their role as jurors. Lawyers Please turn to TRIAL 10OA and another Emmy for 1994's "The Oldest Living
Confederate Widow Tells All."
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U.S.-China cyber

Struggle for global hegemony has
been reduced to an economic contest
By DeWayne Wickham to rein in China's unacknowl-
edged misuse of the Internet
Fresh from publicly defend- to steal some of this country's
ing his own administration's most important economic and
cyberspace hanky-panky, military secrets.
President Obama challenged Doing something about cy-
Chinese President Xi Jinping berespionage is "at the center

of the relation
tween the wo
leading sup
National Seci
viser Tom Do:
reporters last
ing a two-day
between the
Chinese leade
California des
of Rancho Mira

spying not
ship" be- The Obama admin-
)rld's two istration has accused
erpowers, China of pilfering bil-
uirity Ad- lions of dollars worth
nilon told of technical and finan-
week dur- cial data and untold
y summit numbers of American
U.S. and 1 l military secrets. It is
:rs in the WICKHAM widely believed that this
sert town sophisticated Internet
age. hacking attack is being run by

a big surprise

the Chinese military.
That knock plays well in
this country. In advance of
the summit, corporate leaders
and politicians of both parties
urged Obama to get tough with
Xi during his face-to-face meet-
ings with the Chinese leader.
Ending China's cyberspying on
the U.S. is a top priority of the
Obama administration, presi-

dential spokesman Jay Carney
But in China, it is this coun-
try that is portrayed as the cy-
ber-attack villain. Last month,
China's state newspaper, the
People's Daily, accused the
U.S. of being the real "hacking
empire" with a 50,000-member
Cyberr army." China claims it
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Did a Black youth's stares

justify a police beat-down?
ell probably have to wait until 14-year-old Tre-
maine McMillian appears in court next month
where hell face felony charges for resisting arrest
with violence and disorderly conduct. But there's something a
bit disconcerting about this case in which Miami-Dade police
officers found themselves "forced" to leap from their ATVs,
slam young Trermaine to the ground and put the youth in a
chokehold because of his "dehumanizing stares."
Inquiring minds want to know just what is meant by "de-
humanizing stares?" Is that when a person rolls their eyes,
rocks their neck, sticks our their tongues or bugs their eyes
at someone? According to an official police report, the youth
balled up his fists, tensed up and refused to take them to his
parents ',lHir they ordered him to do so. Maybe that's why
they felt compelled to subdue him with force like he was a
starting linebacker for the Miami Dolphins.
Were the police :.,il1,. so concerned about their physical
welfare that tl,,\ had to give Tremaine what we call in the
hood an "old-fashioned beat down?" We just don't believe his
body language justified such an extreme response.
It looks like the Miami-Dade Police Department could stand
for some sensitivity training or some instruction on dealing
with people of color. You see, since the days of Rodney King,
if not before, Black people in urban communities have had a
real reluctance to get involved with the police. We certainly
would prefer'that a cop never stopped us. Let the record show
that many Blacks have been beaten, sometimes severely if
not fatally, at the hands of law enforcement officials.
Was Tremaine resisting arrest or was the young boy just

Can rap moguls repair

a culture they created?
T he fu!-p .i ad featuring recording industry giants Dr.
Dre and Jimmy lovine standing tall was meant to be
an attention grabber. It succeeded. There they were
r,:-.,r, i l..i,. in a dignified way, to New York Times readers
beneath a bright red University of Southern California-em-
blazoned banner: We're giving $70 million to set up an acad-
emy at USC for creative talents like ourselves.
The fact that lovine and Dre opted to be so gen .s, o
course, is notable. But, frankly, my first thought was that,
alone, the two are serial contributors to today's coarse cul-
ture. No surprise there, right? After all, here at the Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle the editorial page has led a cam-
paign for several years against purveyors of so-called gangsta
rap. Big shots like Dre, a rap icon who was signed in the
1990s by lovine, a celebrated producer who also inked such
big names as Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg (recently reborn as
Snoop Lion), together were responsible for giving our youth
role models such as 50 Cent and Lil Wayne.
So after raking in untold millions, if not billions, over the
past decade by helping create a culture that degrades women,
and celebrates murder, mayhem and materialism, Dre and
lovine are now giving back. Whoopee!
But can money really repair the broken lives of young peo-
ple who bought into the culture that gives "street cred" for
going to prison or jail, fathering children with no intent of
supporting them and retaliating violently against anyone who
might so much as look at you crossed-eyed?
Anyway, whoever came up with the idea for the USC Jimmy
lovine and Andre Young Academy probably got a raise. Not
only will their gift help inspire the next generation of Steve
Jobs and Mark Zuckerbergs, it will soften their image and
give them a hefty tax write-off.
Don't get me wrong, creating an incubator for innovation
has huge merits. But I wonder just how many bright kids
from urban areas, many of them gifted beyond the talents of
even Dre and other big-name rappers, will actually benefit.
I would have liked to have seen lovine and Dre spread their
cash around to historically Black colleges and universities,
which provide students with solid, affordable post-secondary
education and struggle to keep their doors open.
After all, the $70 million gift is relatively meager for major
universities such as USC, where tuition is nearly $50,000 a
year. And don't forget that though nearly 60 percent of the
USC football team is Black, statistics show Black males make
up just 2.2 percent of the student population.
It may be too late for Dre and lovine to change their plans,
but there's still time for artists like Lil Wayne and a long line
of wealthy Black professional athletes to find ways to give
back, particularly to those on whose backs they climbed to
the top.
James F. Lawrence is editor of the editorial page at the Roch-
ester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. -James F. Lawrence

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-, BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost corn

Have we seen the end of the right of privacy?

Someday, a young girl will
look up into her father's eyes
and ask, "Daddy, what was pri-
The father probably won't re-
call. I fear we've already forgot-
ten that there was a time when
a U.S. citizen's telephone calls
were nobody else's business. A
time when people would have
been shocked and angered to
learn that the government is
compiling a detailed log of osten-
sibly private calls made and re-
ceived by millions of Americans.
The Guardian newspaper of
Britain reported Thursday night
that the U.S. government is col-
lecting such information about
customers of Verizon Business
Network Services, one of the na-
tion's biggest providers of phone
and Internet services to corpora-
tions. The ho-hum reaction from
officials who are in the know
suggests that the government
may be compiling similar infor-
mation about Americans who
use other phone service provid-
ers as well.
The Guardian got its scoop by
obtaining a secret order signed
by U.S. District Judge Roger

Vinson of the Foreign Intelli-
gence Surveillance Court. Since
we know so little about this
shadowy court's proceedings
and rulings, it's hard to put the
Verizon order in context. The in-
structions to Verizon about what
information it must provide take
up just one paragraph, with al-

years" and added that "to my
knowledge there has not been
any citizen who has registered
a complaint." Charnbliss did not
explain how any citizen could
possibly have complained about
a snooping program whose exis-
tence was kept secret.
Authority for the collection

T he Guardian newspaper of Britain reported last Thursday night
that the U.S. government is collecting such information about
customers of Verizon Business Network Services, one of the
nation's biggest providers of phone and Internet services to corporations.

most no detail or elaboration.
The tone suggests a communi-
cation between parties who both
know the drill.
Indeed, Senate intelligence
committee Chairman Dianne
Feinstein, D-Calif., said the or-
der obtained by the Guardian
was nothing more than a "three-
month renewal of what has
been in place for the past seven
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.,
another intelligence commit-
tee member, also said that "this
has been going on for seven

of phone call data comes from
the Patriot Act, the Bush-era
antiterrorism measure that the
Obama administration has come
to love. The Verizon court order
compels the company to provide
"on an ongoing daily basis.., all
call detail records or 'telephony
metadata' created by Verizon
for communications between
the U.S. and abroad, or wholly
within the U.S., including local
telephone calls."
Telephony metadata includes
the phone numbers of both par-
ties, their physical location to

the extent it is !,1- r'rf _'-h- time"
and duration of a call, and any
other identifying information.
An unnamed senior adminis-
tration official noted in a state-
ment to news outlets that "the
information acquired does not
include the content of any com-
munications or the name of any
subscriber." But come on.
If the NSA's computers were
to decide there was something
about calls to and from a certain
number that merited further in-
vestigation, how many nanosec-
onds do you think it would take
the agency to learn whose num-
ber that was? And if the num-
ber were that of a mobile phone,
the "metadata" provided by the
phone company would include
the location of cellphone towers
that relay the customer's calls
- thus providing a record of the
customer's movements.
We have to ask these ques-
tions now, while we still remem-
ber what privacy is. Or was.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Washing-
ton Post.

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Will Father's Dav be different for Blacks?

When I wrote my book, A Call
to Destiny: How to Create Effec-
tive Ways to Assist Black Boys
in America, my co-author and I
were able to analyze what was
happening to young Black boys
in America. We found some
troubling trends. Without any
intervention, young Black boys,
regardless of their social class,
will not survive in the 21 st cen-
With Father's Day approach-
ing the nation, the adequacy of
fathers will eventually be dis-
sected by media pundits and
culture experts. There are 26.4
million fathers in a traditional
family environment. Yet, one of
the biggest tragedies and fail-
ures of our society is the neglect
of millions of Black males in
America that are failing in life.
One of the key problems is the
abandonment of Black fathers
to take care of their parenting
responsibilities. Over 70 percent

of Black children live with a sin-
gle mother.
The storyline for Black boys
is frightening. From the low so-
cial condition of Black boys, it
is easy to understand that ev-
ery major institution has failed
them and allowed to them to
become the prey of urban cul-
ture. Young Black males lead
every negative statistic you can
imagine. They have the worst
test scores, the highest drop-out
rates, and highest unemploy-
ment statistics. While they may
fail in school, they become more
successful in America's prison
Reggie Jenkins, founder/di-
rector of UUNIK Academy of
Tennessee, notes, "We are in a
state of emergency." While in-
dividuals may find Black males
missing in honors classes in
most high schools, you can be
assured that they will make up
most of the special education

students. For most involved
Black parents, the problems
with their sons happen regard-
less of socioeconomic standing.
Parents must deal with the calls
for medication, special educa-
tion placement, or holding their
child back. Many boys lack any
meaningful male involvement.
Therefore, an emergency call
must go out to fathers! Act now
or we will all regret it! Ryan
Bomb was born to a biologi-
cal mother who was the victim
of rape; he was adopted as an
infant into a family of 13 chil-
dren. The adoption was a posi-
tive force. In order to combat the
fatherlessness, he created the
Radiance Foundation. He notes,
"We're calling out men for shirk-
ing their responsibilities. This
is not a blame game on wom-
en. This is all of our responsi-
America is in trouble as it wit-
nesses millions of fathers miss-


Racist marijuana
The war on marijuana is rac- ity has widened even
ist. That's the conclusion of a over the past decade.
major new report released last analysis reveals that wl
Tuesday by the American Civil nual marijuana arres
Liberties Union (ACLU). risen over 10 years, tlT
Among the alarming findings rate for whites remain
in their latest report is that stant, meaning that th
while marijuana use rates be- national increase in a:
tween Blacks and whites are largely attributable to
comparable, Blacks are nearly lot more Black people
four times more likely to be ar- busted.
rested for marijuana posses This clear unfair targ
sion. our nation's failed m
The report the first to eval- laws has prompted a
uate marijuana arrests rates number of leaders froi
by race on a national scope communities to raise
finds that the disparity isn't voices in favor of refo
just limited to inner cities. In there's one Black lead,
over 96 percent of the coun- conspicuously absent
ties the ACLU examined, which serious conversation a
cover 78 percent of the U.S. forming these laws: P
population, Blacks are arrested Barack Obama.
at higher rates than whites for Worse than simply
marijuana possession, silent about the racic
And, while criminal justice proportionate impact
observers have long known that laws, though, the adn
drug arrests are conducted on a tion of the president w
racially disproportionate basis, to smoke a lot of marij
the report finds that the dispar- a young man has active

laws target BL
further in the way of sensible marijua-
ACLU's na reform at nearly every step.
rhile an- Despite campaign pledges to
ts have respect state marijuana laws,
ie arrest Obama's Justice Department
ied con- closed down more state-legal
e overall medical marijuana providers in
arrests is one term than were shuttered
a whole by the feds during two terms of
getting the Bush administration.
The official White House mar-
geting of ijuana webpage says that legal-
arijuana ization "hinders recovery efforts
growing and poses a significant health
mn Black and safety risk to all Ameri-
e their cans, especially our youth."
rm. But Right, because there's noth-
er who's ing like a criminal record to
rom the keep our young people safe and
bout re- healthy.
'resident While he's undoubtedly a
busy guy, President Obama has
y being had ample opportunity to speak
illy dis- up about the need to modern-
of these ize our country's outdated ap-
ninistra- proach to marijuana. In fact,
ho used he has been forced to address
uana as it a number of times. The White
2ly stood House occasionally asks people

ing from today's h,.me .. T
Black community is no excep-
tion. Unfortunately, there are
unintended consequences when
men don't take ownership or per-
sonal responsibility for being a
father. Despite all of the govern-
ment and social support avail-
able, today's children still need
a strong male role model in their
homes. If we allow Black boys to
become an endangered species,
we will be laying the founda-
tion for all American children to
eventually suffer the same fate.
We must hold on to the hope
that things will get better for
them. However, if good people
decide to do nothing in the face
of this impending danger, it will
be a fatal mistake. If so-please
forgive us, young brothers, for
not saving you. Rest in Peace
(RIP) or live.
Dr. Daryl Green provides moti-
vation, guidance, and training for


acks .
to submit and vote o policy
questions via the Internet, and
marijuana legalization usu-
ally ranks as the number one
issue. Sadly, though, rather
than giving the people who take
the time to participate in these
online forums the thought-
ful answers they deserve, the
president routinely ignores or
dismisses them.
But this issue is an impor-
tant matter for the thousands
of young Black men who get
put into handcuffs and jail cells
every year for engaging in the
same activities young mari-
juana enthusiast Barry Obama
used to partake in on Hawaiian
beaches back in the day. It's
probably safe to say that had
he been caught by police back
then, he likely wouldn't have
ended up in a position to an-
swer questions from YouTube
town halls in the White House
East Room.
Tom Angell is chairman of
Marijuana Majority.


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Griner's mission: To help all live in truth

Opa-locka, HIV counselor

"They'll be very angry.... there
could be a riot
and maybe
even some

Miami, retired

"They'll feel _______
like an injus-
tice has been
done if [Zim-
merman] is
acquitted -
that he got 4'
away with ,

Liberty City, unemployed

"I think .
well be an-
gry, because
[Zimm ermane
should have
been arrested
a long time

S It takes a lot of courage to
come out.
I first came out to my mom in
the ninth grade. Even though
the story is kind of boring (com-
paratively), I remember it as if
it were yesterday. I was leaning
against a wall in our house at
the time, not doing anything in
particular. For whatever rea-
son, at that moment I let my
mom know I was gay. It wasn't
planned. It just popped out.
She gave me a hug, smiled and
told me she loved me, and I
went back upstairs to my room.
Simple as that.
I knew then that it didn't
matter what my sexuality was;
my mom and family would al-
ways love me for who I am. For
me, the simplicity behind com-
ing out was both powerful and

We will not soon forget the
tragedy that sent Florida
into a whirlwind of emotion,
protest and activism last
February.Together our na-
tion mourned the loss of a
17-year-old Florida teen in
the case of Trayvon Martin.
We were all shocked that a
young man could be so vio-
lently killed and his attacker
left to walk away because

Miami Times staff report

I believe that marijuana
should be illegal. The gov-
ernment cannot be legalizing
stuff just because it is natural
. . what about all the other
natural stuff that the govern-
ment tested to be bad for you
should we legalize them to?
Rayquan Carty

me if I'm at all bothered that
my "announcement" after the
W.N.B.A. draft last month
didn't receive as much at-
tention as Jason's. Frankly,
it didn't matter at all to me. I
simply answered a question

of the Stand Your Ground
law. Countless cries for jus-
tice rang throughout the
state, and although it led to
the successful arrest and
trial of George Zimmerman;
there's still much work to
be done. This past legisla-
tive session I sponsored bills
to not only repeal the Stand
Your Ground (SB 622) pro-
vision completely, but also

I think that marijuana
shouldn't be legalized .
imagine your doctor [being]
high before he does surgery
on someone you love, even
though they may prohibit it
from some places of work you
really think [you're] going to
get checked?

I am totally against legaliz-

ing who he or she is.
Just as basketball doesn't
define who I am, neither does
being gay.
But that doesn't mean life
was easy growing up. I was bul-
lied in every way imaginable,

I simply answered a question honestly and am just happy to
tell my truth and to be in a position to encourage others to
do the same. It's all about living an honest life and being

comfortable in your own skin.

honestly and am just happy
to tell my truth and to be in a
position to encourage others to
do the same. It's all about liv-
ing an honest life and being
comfortable in your own skin.
It strengthens me to know that
Jason and I (along with so

but the worst was the verbal
abuse. (I was always a strong,
tough and tall girl, so nobody
wanted to mess with me from a
physical standpoint.) It hit rock
bottom when I was in seventh
grade. I was in a new school
with people I didn't know, and

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ceptance and love. allies) are united in a mission appearance and sex'
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Little Haiti, unemployed

"Th ey 'll ....
think it's rac-
ist and pos- :.4i
sibly start a ''*

Miami Gardens, incubator manager

"They'll feel like there is no
justice and
that the [ju-
dicial system]
is just a busi-
ness interest-
ed in making ,

If 10 students registered for
a race but nine of them did not
have access to sufficient train-
ing to run the distance within
qualifying time, we would not be
surprised if only one runner ac-
tually qualified. Those in higher
education circles who report col-
lege completion rates don't seem
to recognize this dynamic.
With 44 percent of commu-
nity college freshmen needing
to complete remedial courses, it
is clear that hundreds of thou-
sands of students are showing
up for races they can not com-
plete in qualifying time, accord-
ing to a study titled "New Evi-
dence on College Remediation."
Because the fastest growing
jobs now require some form of
postsecondary education, there
is a clarion call for those in the
workforce to enhance their skills
and those out of the workforce
to return to school. So, guess
what? More and more runners
will be showing up for races for

which they have not been train-
According to a recent article in
the Journal of Blacks in Higher
Education, the nationwide col-
lege graduation rate for Black
students stands at an "appalling
low" 43 percent. Thus, institu-
tions with even lower gradua-
tion rates are often perceived
as lacking in academic quality.
While conducting research, one
author interviewed a university
president about the issue. He
suggested that his college's re-
ported graduation rate of nine
percent did not imply that there
was a quality problem. He said,
"If I had an academic qual-
ity problem, my graduation rate
would be 90 percent," meaning
he would allow unqualified stu-
dents to receive degrees.
Generally speaking, colleges
communicate a message to ad-
mitted students that says, "You
can be successful here." As the
traditional college student profile

moves further and fu
from the 17-year-old I
graduate and closer
to the profile of a 2
returning to improve
readiness, higher
must also make adju
significant number of
such as remedial
adults, first-generatic
goers, and the under
are all showing up
"races" in droves. Anc
ly recognized that th
tend to take more tir
plete their college deg
If we don't reframe 1
sion soon, there wil
sands of people who
plete the race but fin
outside of their fam
ebrate their accomp
College and universe
istrators must work 1
figure out how to me
cess with respect to t
ing demographics i
going trends, instead

my height,
quality went
a dude and
ray I could

one to implement a
clearly defined se
law (SB 362). This v
power innocent pec
simultaneously d
ing unnecessary vi
our communities.
candidly, Stand You
leaves far too much
personal interpret
demonstrated in the
Martin case. Howe

Boycott Urban Beach Weekend

Why do young Blacks feel
the need to attend the an-
nual Urban Beach Week
held in South Beach is be-
yond comprehension. This
year, like every year since
its inception, over 120 have
been arrested. Every year,
Spring breakers' arrival to
South Florida is anticipated
with great welcome recep-
tion. However, Urban Beach
revelers are anticipated with
dread and anxiety. Yet each
group goals are the same:

to party and enjoy South
Beach. When one thinks
of South Beach, one can
imagine entertainment and
partying, which usually in-
volves liquor. With the use of
alcohol, there's a always the
chance of overindulgence,
which could possibly lead
to a DUI/disorderly conduct
arrest (or maybe even a mur-
der by police). As a result of
an arrest, one's life could
be altered permanently be-
cause on most job applica-

tions there is the
"Have you ever
rested?" Therefore,
young Blacks that
up with this annu
tion only makes the
get for the police? C
the event is very prc
the business owner
the tow truck co
to- the hotels), beca
enue is drawn front
uge of visitors. Of c
police departments
their share of there

ing weed . think about how
people actually go to rehab to
stop smoking because they
realize how much it destroys
them. Once you're in, you're
in it's addictive like that.

Yes legalizing [marijuana]
would cause a lot of problems
. . but at the same time .
. people will do whatever it

be a woman. Some even wanted
me to prove it to them. During
high school and college, when
we traveled for games, people
would shout the same things
while also using racial epithets
and terrible homophobic slurs.
When I was young, I put on
a face as if it didn't hurt, but
it's painful to be called hate-
ful names and made fun of be-
cause people thought my feet
were huge or that I looked like
a guy. It was hard to hear an-
tigay slurs under their breath
whenever I walked by them. It
always confused me; I never
thought that to be beautiful,
you had to look any certain way
at all. In my opinion, you're
beautiful because you are you.
Brittney Griner, a senior at
Baylor University, was the top
selection in the W.N.B.A. draft.
She won the Naismith Trophy
as the outstanding women's
basketball player in 2012 and

but unprepared
rather away. by graduation rates. The major
high school problem with the graduation
and closer rate as a measure of success is
27-year-old that it is usually a misleading
workforce indicator of an institution's ca-
education pacity to retain its students. For
stments. A example, if one college's gradu-
f students, ate rate is 70 percent and an-
students, other's is only 40 percent, that
on college- does not mean that the first col-
-resourced lege is better or more effective
for college at retaining students. In fact, it
Sit is wide- might actually be even less ef-
ese groups fective than the second college
ne to corn- at keeping students in college.
trees. It suggests that the two colleg-
the discus- es must reevaluate the types of
I be thou- students they admit, according
will corn- to Alexander Astin. But if that
id very few is the case, it could spell disas-
ily to cel- ter for the very students who
lishments. have historically depended on
.ty admin- HBCUs to provide their ticket to
together to the middle class.
asure suc- Dr. Eurmon Hervey, Jr. cur-
the chang- rently serves as executive vice
n college- president at Edward Waters Col-'
3d of just lege in Jacksonville, FL.

gun happy
new more like mine cannot pass with-
If-defense out the support of our citi-
Aould em- zens. I'm asking Floridians
)ple while to call our state legislators
liscourag- and the governor's office to
violence in amend or repeal Stand Your
Speaking Ground as we prepare to re-
ir Ground turn to Tallahassee. I need
Room for your continued support.
ation as
e Trayvon Dwight M. Bullard
ever bills Tallahassee

question, from the many arrests they
been ar- make. So once more, I ask
Swhy do the question: Why do young
Keeping Blacks (many of whom are
tial tradi- college students) bother to
em a tar- rise their future when they
)f course, are singled out, and unfairly
ofitable to targeted by overzealous po-
ers (from lice officers, so that the City
companies of Miami Beach could profit,
cause rev- while their future and their
i the del- lives are put at risk?
ourse the
s receive Amoy Skinner
profit too Miami

takes to get what they want,
therefore I remain neutral
about the situation.

Even if they do legalize
marijuana I'm too young too
even be smoking it. . I think
adults face the same problem
so if they think they need to
legalize it . .go ahead.


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If Zimmerman is acquitted,

how Blacks will respond?

Liberty City, childcare

be a riot."

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Two diplomats met uneven

fates in Benghazi scandal

By Mark Landler

WASHINGTON The political
tempest over last September's
deadly attacks on the American
diplomatic compound in Beng-
hazi, Libya, has left a path of
dented careers in its wake. But
as with many storms, the re-
sidual damage is proving to be
distinctly uneven.
Consider the cases of Susan
E. Rice and Victoria Nuland, two
high-ranking diplomats whose
internal roles were put on dis-
play when the White House re-
leased e-mails this month docu-
menting how the administration
drafted its official talking points
about the attacks, which killed
Ambassador J. Christopher Ste-
vens and three other Americans.
Rice, the ambassador to the
United Nations and the favorite
to be President Obama's next
national security adviser, con-
tinues to be criticized by Senate
Republicans for going on Sunday
news programs a few days after
the attacks to deliver the talking
points, which later proved to be
inaccurate. But the e-mails re-
inforced her lack of involvement
in the drafting process.
Nuland, a former State De-
partment spokeswoman nomi-
nated by Obama to be an as-
sistant secretary of state, was
backed by some of the same
Republicans, even though the e-
mails show she pushed to edit
the talking points a process
critics say was calculated to
airbrush the White House's ac-
count of the attacks for political

What accounts for the differ-
ent treatment?
There are several factors, ac-
cording to administration and
Congressional officials, from
personal relationships to the

Both Susan E. Rice, (L) and Ms. Nuland are diplomats whose
responses to the Benghazi attack have been scrutinized.

difference between a behind-
the-scenes bureaucrat and a
political ally who becomes the
public face of the White House.
But politics looms above all.

"Susan Rice was exposed be-
cause at a critical moment, she
was out there with a narrative
about President Obama's for-
eign policy that the Republicans
couldn't abide," said Aaron Da-
vid Miller, a public policy schol-
ar at the Woodrow Wilson Inter-
national Center for Schoars.
"Toria was buried in the in-
ternal bureaucratic ticktock,"
Miller said, using Ms. Nuland's
nickname. "She is also some-
one who has very good contacts
across the aisle, and around
Washington. Susan fits the Re-
publican anti-Obama narrative;
Toria does not."
Nuland, a well regarded 29-
year veteran of the Foreign Ser-
vice, once served as deputy na-
tional security adviser to Vice
President Dick Cheney and as
ambassador to NATO under
President George W. Bush. She
is married to Robert Kagan, a

neoconservative historian and
commentator who advised Mitt
Romney during the-2012 cam-
Rice, by contrast, was a for-
mer Clinton administration offi-
cial and a foreign policy adviser
to Obama in his 2008 campaign,
during which she tangled with
the Republican nominee, Sena-
tor John McCain. When Ms.
Rice emerged as a leading can-
didate for secretary of state after
Obama's re-election, McCain,
an Arizona Republican, became
one of her most formidable op-
ponents on Capitol Hill. Under
pressure, she eventually pulled
her name from consideration.

Last week, McCain rejected a
senior White House official's ar-
gument that Republicans owed
Ms. Rice an apology. Sena-
tor Lindsey Graham of South
Carolina said that rather than
an apology, Ms. Rice deserved
a subpoena to explain why she
misled the public by delivering
talking points that were later re-
tracted as erroneous.

A day later, when Obama
nominated Ms. Nuland as assis-
tant secretary for European and
Eurasian affairs, Graham and
McCain issued a joint statement
declaring, "Ambassador .Victoria
Nuland has a long and distin-
guished record of service to our
nation in both Republican and
Democrat administrations."
In some ways, Ms. Rice and
Nuland, who both declined to
comment for this article, had
parallel experiences with Beng-
hazi. Neither was involved in
security decisions surrounding
the American mission or an ad-
jacent Central Intelligence Agen-
cy annex.
Both became involved lat-
er: Ms. Nuland when she was
brought into a Friday night de-
liberation involving the State
Department, the C.I.A., the
White House and other agencies
about talking points prepared
by the C.I.A.; and Ms. Rice when
she was handed the finished
talking points the night before
she went on television.

Defenders of Ms. Nuland said
she had pushed back on the
C.I.A.'s initial account because
it went beyond what she had
told reporters and because it
protected the agency at the ex-
pense of the State Department
- noting, for example, that the
C.I.A. had issued multiple warn-
ings about terrorist threats in
Defenders of Ms. Rice said the
talking points she delivered rep-
resented the best assessment of
the intelligence community on
the Sunday after the attack. She
emphasized that this assess-
ment could change with new in-
formation, and expressed regret
later for saying Al Qaeda, rather
than just the "core of Al Qaeda,"
had been decimated.

Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark with Gov. Chris Christie.

Death of senator

places Christie in

difficult position

By David M. Halbfinger, Jeremy
W. Peters & Kate Zernike

The death of Frank R. Laut-
enberg on Monday has left Gov.
Chris Christie of New Jersey
with the kind of opportunity that
politicians usually covet: the
chance to give away a seat in the
U.S. Senate. But the decision is
fraught with pitfalls, none bigger
than having to choose between
improving his party's fortunes in
Washington and furthering his
own political ambitions at home.
Christie, a Republican, is up
for re-election in November and
hoping to secure a huge victory
margin, which he could then use
to accelerate his drive to present
himself as a presidential candi-
date with broad appeal'even in a
blue state.
But adding a special elec-
tion for the Senate seat to the
ballot could put Mayor Cory A.
Booker of Newark _-t the top ,of
the Democratic ticket. po,.teri.ay
energizing more De m:c rats. i ho
already outnumber Republcans.
in New Jersey by 70J,ti00 regips-
tered voters, to come to the polls.
The implicatior.s extend beO
yond New Jersey ,to \Vj3hingtln.
where both parties qre rnmareu-
vering for str:-ieg'c ddv.tntage in
a Senate where '.en a single vote
can derail IeLleSi.lauon lThe ap-
pointment of a Republican as the
interim replacement for Lauten-
ber. a Democrat, would create

immediate complications for the
White House and Democrats on
Capitol Hill as they try to push
l.l rr., .i.-h ,residenrial ri omina-
tions and a-n iv.erhaul of imni-
gration laws under the constant
threat of Republic i fihibuster
Lautenberg, a steadfast liberal
who was New Jersey's longest
serving senator and the nation's
oldest senator, died of com-
plications from pneumonia in
Manhattan. He was 89 and had
already announced he would not
run for re-election next year.
Christie, whose popularity
soared after Hurricane Sandy,
is so eager to avoid appearing
on the same ballot as Booker,
according to Republican insid-
ers, that he is consid,_rinw ta.,o al-
ternatives to a Novemnber elecuIon
for LaotenberR's successor. Each
carries .;i potential political cost,
and the dispute could easily be
challenged in-court.
The option that is being
pushed by many in Christie's
own party would be to name
a Republican to hold the seat
and then delay an election on
a replacement until 2014. This
v..juld zive his national party an
unc expected gift: a reliable vote
in the Srenate for year and a
haf atI least from a state that
has nt-a elected a Republican to
the upper house in 41 years. But
it. t ould also open Christie up to
allegatcons of sidestepping the
electordJ process.

President appoints Rice as

national security adviser

Pick renews talk

of a cover up in

Benghazi attack
By David Jackson

Congressional Republicans
may have cost Susan Rice a job
as secretary of state, but Presi-
dent Obama has now given her a
post that could be more powerful.
In moving Rice from United Na-
tions ambassador to national se-
curity adviser, Obama said last
Wednesday that she "exemplifies
the finest tradition of American
diplomacy and leadership."
She also assumes a job de-
signed to coordinate national
security policies along with the
State Department, Pentagon and
intelligence agencies a very in-
fluential position within what one
analyst called a "White House-
centric" administration.
"It's driven by the very small
group of people close to the presi-
dent," said David Rothkopf, CEO -
and editor-at-large of Foreign Pol-
icy magazine.
Rice a long-time adviser to
Obama "is already a member
of that group," Rothkopf said.
The Rice appointment renewed
Republican accusations that
Obama administration officials
sought to cover up details of the
Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. facility
in Benghazi, Libya. The protests
have little effect, however the
national security adviser's job
does not require Senate confir-
Obama also announced
Wednesday that he is nominating
former National Security Council
aide Samantha Power to replace
Rice at the U.N., describing the
human rights scholar as "one of
our foremost thinkers on foreign
Unlike national security ad-
viser job, the U.N. position does
require Senate approval.
Rice, 48, will replace Tom Do-
nilon, whose work as national
security adviser since 2010 won
praise from a president who
spoke of strengthening our al-



-Alex Wong
President Barack Obama announces a staff shakeup Wednes-
day, naming U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice (right) to replace the
retiring Tom Donilon. He also nominated former White House
aide Samantha Power (left) to succeed Rice at the U.N.

liances" and "enhancing our rela-
tionship with key powers."
The switch comes as Obama
prepares for a summit with Chi-
nese President Xi Jinping; Do-
nilon was in Beijing recently pre-
paring for the meeting.
Donilon, 58, will stay on the
job until early July, working with
Obama on planned trips to Eu-
rope and Africa.
His retirement has been ex-
pected sometime this year, and
Rice has long been considered
the top candidate for his replace-
Obama had considered Rice
for secretary of State late last
year, but appointed John Kerry
instead, in part because of the
controversy that surrounding the
Benghazi attack that killed four
Americans, including U.S. am-
bassador Christopher Stevens.
Republicans investigating
Benghazi have criticized Rice over
television interviews she gave five
days after the attack, attributing
it to protests over an anti-Islam
film. After the administration
later called it a pre-planned ter-
rorist assault, GOP members ac-
cused Rice and others of an at-
tempted cover-up.
Rice said she discussed the
attack based on the evidence
known at the time, while Obama

and aides accused the Republi-
cans of politicizing the tragedy.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a poten-
tial 2016 presidential candidate,
tweeted after Rice's appointment:
"I really question the President's
judgment in promoting someone
who was complicit in misleading
the American public on the Beng-
hazi attacks."
The Rice appointment may also
be a sign that Obama and aides
believe the Benghazi investiga-
tion is behind them.
"It is certainly a very confident
move on the part of the presi-
dent," Rothkopf said.
During a Rose Garden ceremo-
ny unveiling his revamped team,
Obama noted that Rice put to-
gether his foreign policy advisory
team ahead of the 2008 presiden-
tial campaign.
Describing Rice as "passionate
and pragmatic," Obama said that
"everybody understands Susan is
a fierce champion for justice and
human dignity. But she's also
mindful that we have to exercise
our power wisely and deliberate-
In brief remarks, Rice said she
was "deeply honored" by the ap-
pointment, and added that "we
have vital opportunities to seize
and ongoing challenges to con-


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Broward prosecutor Chuck ..

Morton to retire from post

By Rafael Olmeda

Broward Chief Assistant
State Attorney Chuck Mor-
ton, who took on some of the
county's highest-profile murder
cases over nearly four decades
as a prosecutor, is retiring at
the end of this month, officials
announced last Tuesday.
Morton, 62, has been sec-
ond-in-command to Broward
State Attorney Mike Satz since
2005. Before that, he was
head of the office's homicide
division, responsible for the
prosecutions of William Coday,
Seth Penalver, Pablo Ibar, Mi-
chael Keen, William Hicks and
Lionel Tate, among dozens of
"He is as much a gentleman
as anyone youll ever meet,"
said defense lawyer Hilliard
Moldof, a frequent courtroom
adversary who squared off
against Morton three times in
the Casey's Nickelodeon mur-
der case. Moldof defended Seth

Broward prosecutor
Penalver, one of two men ac-
cused in a 1994 triple murder.
The first trial lasted seven
months and ended in a draw
- jurors could not reach a

unanimous verdict.
The second trial lasted six
months. Morton won that
round, and Penalver was sen-
tenced to death.
But Penalver was granted
a new trial on appeal, and in
2012, 18 years after the mur-
ders, Penalver was acquitted
after five months of testimony
and arguments.
"In the midst of a trial,
there's no love lost," Moldof
said. "But Chuck Morton has
all the tools you want ,in a
prosecutor. He's personable,
calm, methodical. He can be
very passionate, but he can be
very calculating."
Ibar, Penalver's co-defen-
dant, remains on death row.
Morton, a graduate of the
University of Florida Law
School who joined the Bar
in 1975, was the first lawyer
hired by Satz following the lat-
ter's election as state attorney
the next year. Morton was the
first Black prosecutor in Bro-

ward County when he started,
and he retires asthe highest-
ranking black prosecutor in
county history.
"Chuck Morton has been a
pillar of this office for decades,"
Satz said. "He will really be
missed by me and by so many
in this office and throughout
the legal community."
Morton will continue teach-
ing law part-time at Nova
Southeastern University.
"I love this office and the
professional, support and in-
vestigative staff that work with
us," he said in his resignation
letter. "Together we share our
highs and lows as we tdil in
the difficult challenges that our
work presents to seek truth
and justice, and compassion
when it is deserved."
Morton declined interview
Jeff Marcus, assistant state
attorney in charge of the felony
trial unit, was named to re-
place Morton starting in July.

Judge accepts soldier's guilty plea

By Elizabeth Weise
& Gary Strauss

CHORD, Wash. Army Staff
Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty
Wednesday to the slaying of 16
Afghan civilians in 2012, telling a
military judge, "Sir, as far as why:
I've asked that question a million
times since then. There's not a
good reason in this world for why
I did the horrible things I did."
The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance,
accepted the plea, ensuring that
Bales will avoid the death pen-
A jury will decide in August
whether he will be sentenced to
life in prison with or without the
possibility of parole.
Bales, 39, entered the plea to
premeditated murder and other
charges. Nance explained Bales'
rights and asked if he understood
them. Bales stood and answered,
"Yes, sir, I do."
Bales, dressed in full uniform,
was alert and spoke in a confi-
dent voice as he answered the
judge's questions, surrounded by
six friends and family.
Defense attorneys John Henry
_r'E.e-,. and Emma Scanlan said
after the hearing that Bales is
seeking a sentence of life in pris-
on with the possibility of parole
after 10 years.
"There is no death penalty on

the table, and there is the op-
portunity for life with parole,"
Browne said. "We never thought
we'd get there."
Bales told the judge he had
been drinking contraband alco-
hol, snorting Valium and taking
steroids before the attack. He was
serving his fourth tour in a com-
bat zone. The allegations against
him raised questions about the
toll multiple deployments take on
U.S. servicemembers.
Bales told the court that he
had been taking the steroids to
improve his fitness and that they
"definitely increased my irritabil-
ity and anger."
The steroid, stanozolol, is a
class three controlled substance.
Bales was taking it without a pre-
scription or authorization.
The Ohio native and father of
two from Lake Tapps, Wash., was
charged with 16 counts of pre-
meditated murder in the shoot-
ings or stabbings of mostly wom-
en and children. He was accused
of slipping away from his remote
southern Afghanistan outpost at
Camp Belambay early March 11,
2012, and attacking mud-walled
compounds in two nearby vil-
Bales described one of the kill-
ings, saying he "went to the near-
by village of Alkozai. While inside
a compound in Alkozai, I ob-
served a female I now know to be

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In this Aug. 23, 2011 Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Sys-
tem photo, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, right, participates in an
exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.

Na'ikmarga. I formed the intent
to kill Na'ikmarga, and I did kill
Na'ikmarga by shooting her with
a firearm. This act was without
legal justification, sir."
Nine of the victims, five women
and four men, were shot first,
and their bodies were burned.
"I remember there being a lan-
tern in the room," Bales told the
judge. "I remember there being a
fire after that situation, and I re-
member coming back . with
matches in my pocket." He said
he did not remember throwing
the lantern on the bodies, but "I
have seen the pictures, and it's
the only thing that makes sense.
"After killing four people in the

first village, he returned to his
base, then went out again, he
said. When the judge asked him
what he expected to do, he said
he expected to find people and,
"Sir, I expected to kill them. "
Bales is with the Army's 2nd
Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment,
3rd Stryker Brigade Combat
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is
an amalgamation of the Army's
Fort Lewis and the Air Force's
McChord Air Force Base. It sup-
ports more than 40,000 active-
duty Guard and Reserve service-
members. Bales worked on the
base and lived about 30 miles
west of it.

"Mr. Marcus" sentenced for exposing co-stars to syphilis

By M. Alex Johnson

An adult video star known
as "Mr. Marcus" was sentenced
last Tuesday to 30 days in jail
for knowingly having exposed
at least two female co-stars to
syphilis last year.
Mr. Marcus, 42 whose real
name is Jesse Spencer and who
was inducted into the Adult
Video News Hall of Fame four
years ago was the main fig-
ure in a scandal over the spread
of the communicable disease
that temporarily halted video
productions last year.
Spencer, who admitted hav-
ing altered documents record-
ing the results of mandatory
medical tests all porn actors
must take, pleaded no contest
in Los Angeles Superior Court
to knowingly exposing another
to a communicable disease. He
was also sentenced 36 months'
probation and 15 days of com-
munity labor.
The Los Angeles City Attor-
ney's Office said Spencer got a

penicillin shot on July 13 af-
ter having tested positive for
syphilis. After he tested positive
again eight days later, he al-
tered a photocopy of the origi-
nal test form, it said.
Spencer worked on two videos
later in July. Two women who
appeared in the videos noticed
that the form had been altered
and turned him into police.
They tested negative for the dis-
ease, the city attorney's office

Heather DeAngelo, who acted
in porn videos under the name
Lylith LaVey, has sued Spen-
cer for intentional infliction of
emotional distress. That case
is in the discovery phase in Van
Nuys Superior Court.
Most porn producers sus-
pended production for about a
month so their actors could get
tested beginning in August af-
ter Spencer's case and the case
of a second infected man who
appeared in gay-themed adult
films became public.
The positive tests were re-
corded before Los Angeles vot-
ers approved a referendum
measure in November requiring
male actors to wear condoms in
adult films.
In an interview with a trade
publication in August, Spencer
apologized for having altered
the test and said he went ahead
with the two videos because his
doctor had told him he wasn't
"I have to live with this. No

Man in electric wheelchair struck and killed by SUV

By Erika Pesantes

riding a motorized wheelchair
was killed early last Tuesday
after being struck by an SUV,
officials said.
The incident happened about
6:30 a.m. near 1700 E. Sunrise
According to Matt Little, a
spokesman for the city of Fort
Lauderdale, the victim was a

man about 70 years old. He was
unresponsive when emergency
crews from Fort Lauderdale Fire
Rescue arrived to take him to
Broward Health Medical Center,
Little said.
The driver of the green 2000
Ford Expedition that struck the
man remained at the scene and
was not cited, Fort Lauderdale
Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said.
He was identified as John Furka,
71, of Fort Lauderdale.

The SUV had damage on the
right side bumper and a dent on
the hood. Police took a statement
from a man who stood near the
vehicle. He declined to comment.
"According to witnesses, the
pedestrian was crossing traffic
not at a crosswalk against on-
coming traffic," Greenlaw said.
The man was riding his wheel-
chair northbound across Sunrise
Boulevard at Northeast 17th

one else does," the publication
quoted Spencer as saying. "I'm
I'm very sorry."

Hotel Guest, sues hotel over alleged prostitute assault
New Jersey couple Joseph and Anna Burgese are suing the W South
Beach after Anna was assaulted in the hotel's lobby. The Burgeses
say at least one alleged prostitute working the bar apparently mis-
took Anna for competition -and attacked her in a drunken turf war.
The lawsuit claims that not only does the W foster "a prostitute-
friendly environment," but that hotel employees actually helped the
assailants flee the scene by placing them in cabs.
After Joseph fended off the attacker with crutches, Anna was
transported by ambulance to Mt. Sinai, where she was treated for
trauma to her face and to her knee.
Meanwhile, according to the lawsuit, Joseph had asked a hotel
staff member to detain the brawling hookers. He also claims W em-
ployees told him they knew the identity of the women but soon
found out the assailants were not only gone, but that hotel staff had
helped them into cabs.
The Burgeses have been unable to obtain surveillance video of the
incident and accuse the hotel of being "evasive and completely un-
Court records show the lawsuit has been referred to arbitration.

South Beach drag queen Wanda
shot to death In Tampa
A legendary South Beach drag queen was gunned down at a friend's
front door last Tuesday night in Tampa.
According to police, Wanda, whose real name was Anthony Jerome
Lee, was cooking dinner at the home on East Genesee Street when
someone knocked at the front door. When she answered the knock,
Wanda was shot five times.
No suspects have been named, and they believe the gunman was
likely targeting someone else.
Those who knew her well admitted Wanda could be prickly, but de-
scribed her. as a good friend, too.
Hamburger Mary's, an Ybor City bar where Wanda had been per-
forming weekly, will be hosting a fundraiser to help pay for funeral

Oakland Park man arrested
for deadly weekend shooting
Broward Sheriff's investigators say they have the man responsible
for a deadly weekend shooting in custody.
Victor Ramos, 57, was arrested by deputies after they spotted him
walking in an Oakland Park parking lot on the 4900 block of W. Atlan-
tic Blvd. Deputies took Ramos to the hospital after he complained of
dizziness. When discharged, he will be released into BSO custody:
Ramos is suspected of opening fire on his neighbor, killing him and
injuring the man's girlfriend.
The shooting happened just after 7 p.m. last Sunday outside a du-
plex at NW 40th Courtand 5th Avenue. When deputies arrived they
found 25-year-old Kenneth Sewell's body behind the building and
April Maria Muniz Moscareillo, 22, with a gunshot wound on her arm.
Moscareillo was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where
she was treated and released.
SWAT teams searched the area for hours looking for Ramos but
came up empty.

Broward Massage Therapist Accused Of Sexual Battery
A 32-year-old licensed massage therapist from Oakland Park has
been arrested for sexually battering on a client.
Coral Springs police took Michael Ster into custody last Tuesday
and charged him with two counts of sexual battery.
According to police, the victim told them she went to the Massage
Envy at 2878 University Drive in Coral Springs last Monday.
In their arrest report, Coral Springs Police say the victim claimed
at the end of the massage Ster began touching her breasts. Ster then
mounted the massage table and began to perform oral sex on the
victim, according to the report. The victim stated she was in shock
and tried to push Ster away. She said he paused for a moment and
continued to assault her.
After the alleged incident, the victim then reported what happened
to the police. Detectives say they found corroborative evidence and
placed Ster into custody. '
No one answered the dodryt Ster's Oakland Park apartment.
Employees at the Massage Envy front desk said they couldn't dis-
cuss Ster.


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7A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 12-18, 2013

Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr.

honored with street dedication
Miami Times staff report

family~~~~~L..-:- -n fredadeete -,,-,.
Congresswoman Frederica
S. Wilson commemorated the
75th birthday of the late Fed-
eral Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson,
Jr., during an official street
dedication ceremony recently,
at the Betty T. Ferguson Recre-
ation Complex. The ceremony
was followed by the unveiling. |-B .
of the Judge Wilkie D. Fergu-s- "
son, Jr. Boulevard street sign + "..
at N.W. 321ld Avenue.
Congresswoman Wilson was l{"
joined by Judge Ferguson's
family and friends, and elected ..............
officials, who were all led by th"
Carol City High School March- .
ing Band to the unveiling. The i
portion of N.W. 199th Street
from 27th Avenue to 47th Av- if
enue was named in honor of
Judge Ferguson by the Florida
Judge Ferguson was the first
Black judge to serve on the
1lth Judicial Circuit Court of
Florida (Dade County Circuit
Court) and the Florida Third
District Court of Appeals. He
was nominated to the U.S. Dis-
trict Court fon the South Dis-
trict of Florida, in 1993.
"Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson,
Jr., was a man of honesty, in-
tegrity, wisdom and compas-
sion," said Congresswoman
"He believed that the law
should work for everyone, re-
gardless of background, and I
am honored to pay tribute to
Judge Ferguson for his com-
mitment and contributions to
our country."
-Photos courtesy of Richard Johnson

Obama challenges GOP

on court appointees

By David G. Savage and
Kathleen Hennessey
S WASHINGTON -/President
Obama set the stage recently
for a showdown with Senate
Republicans over whether
they would try to block three
of his judicial nominees from .
S joining the closely balanced
U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit.
Speaking before friends,
aides and some Democratic
senators in the Rose Garden,
Obama voiced his growing
anger with Republicans over
the slow pace of approving his
nominees to executive agen-
cies and the courts.
"Time and again, congres-
sional Republicans cynically
.used Senate rules and pro-
cedures to delay and even
block qualified nominees from
coming to a full vote," Obama
said. "So this is not about
principled opposition; this is
about political obstruction."
The White House staged
the formal announcement
in the Rose Garden, a venue
typically reserved for Supreme
Court or Cabinet nominations,
to underscore the president's
commitment to his nominees.
Liberal interest groups
have urged the White House
to press ahead with nomina-
tions, particularly to fill court
seats, even if Republicans
object. That could increase the
pressure on Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to
force a change in Senate rules
to restore the expectation of
majority rule on nominations.
"Come July there will be a

perfect storm in the Senate,"
said Nan Aron, president of
the liberal Alliance for Justice.
This summer, the president
wants the Senate to confirm
his embattled nominees to
head the Labor Department
and the Environmental Pro-
tection Agency, in addition to
the judicial nominees. Re-
publicans are threatening to
Judges and other nominees
need only a 51-vote majority
in the Senate for confirma-
tion, but under Senate rules
a single senator may object to
calling a vote. If so, it takes 60
votes to end debate.
With the recent death of
New Jersey Democrat Frank
R. Lautenberg, the Senate has
52 Democrats and two inde-
pendents who usually vote
with them, and 45 Republi-
In Obama's first term, Re-
publicans blocked a vote on
New York attorney Caitlin Hal-
ligan, his first nominee to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit.
She withdrew.
Obama's second nominee,
Deputy Solicitor'Gen. Sri
Srinivasan, won a relatively
quick and easy confirmation
last month by unanimous
vote. He joins a court that
has eight full-time judges,
four of whom were named by
a Republican president and
four by Democrats. The court
also has six senior judges
who have a reduced caseload;
five of them are Republican
appointees. Three court seats

Local dad to bring fathers together at conference

By D. Kevin McNeir

Nathaniel Jones, 47, the presi-
dent and CEO of Fatherz in the
Hood, Inc. a for-profit organiza-
tion that he founded and current-
ly leads,' is preparing for a father-
hood conference that Jones says
he hopes will "celebrate father-
hood in a huge way."

"We will have nationally-recog-
nized speakers and service pro-
viders who will share information
about the tools they use, inform
the community about best prac-
tices and lead discussion on what
is and is not working on behalf of
all fathers."
Jones, the husband of City
Commissioner Michelle Spence-
Jones, says that his organization,

is manned by a team of volunteers,
but that the conference is being
paid for by "a group of sponsors
that believe in what we're doing."
There is no board of advisors as-
sisting him at this time, according
to Jones.
"I know I am not an expert on
fatherhood, but I am a father,"
he said. "Last January we began
to hold monthly meetings with

fathers at my church
[Friendship Mission-
ary Baptist Church].
Our pastor [Rev. Gas-
ton Smith] allowed us
to meet for free and
speakers donated their
time. I think we all be-
lieve that fathers can
make -an amazing dif-
ference in the social


and emotional growth
of their children if they
really get involved in
their kids' lives."
Ellis Adger, presi-
dent of 100 Black Men
of, South Florida, Inc.,
agrees with Jones.
His organization also
serves as the fiscal
agent for Fatherz in the

Hood, Inc.
"We can agree that the role of
the father or a male role model is
important to the family and the
positive development of children,"
Adger said. "That's why we sup-
port the initiatives of Fatherz in
the Hood and are one of the plan-
ner for the weekend's events.
For more info visit www.

Cory A. Booker

declares Senate

candidacy in N.JV
By Kate Zernike

NEWARK Cory A. Booker, a
who has bdilt national celebrity
from his perch as mayor of this WE
beleaguered city, brought an-
other of the state's most famous
political figures here on Saturday
as he officially declared his cam-
paign for U.S. rc1
At the announcement, former A0w1
Senator Bill Bradley, who like AmCele UUSU UdUFW f
Booker is a Democrat who en-C l ra a
tered politics as an Ivy League- cultural and m usical
educated former Rhodes scholar,
introduced the mayor-turned-
candidate as "the right person for
the right office at the right time,"
one who sees politics as "a noble JN
enterprise, not a dirty business." h4;
Booker said Bradley, who rep-
resented New Jersey in the Sen- In the
ate for 18 years, was his model, meantime...
for his "common and humble
Booker announced his candi-
dacy at the headquarters of Au-, a company that moved Fo "
to Newark because its founder
was impressed by Booker's prom- ,
ise to turn around the city. and
"We have changed a city, de-
spite the cynicism of so many m N 3rd AvenUe beWtOen9t handIIh Str Ot /
who believed that real change NW Miamis Historc O vWtcwl .
here in Newark was impossible," m iam"L
Booker said. "This is the truth I1Lam- 5P t
of Newark, and I tell you right FREE ADMISSION" j
now that there is another city in ... ... .
America that needs some change. -,.
Too many have come to believe -._ mi-ODad E Unnn"nu
that Washington, D.C., is a place ,,c dv K-yTrut (MDEAT)
where nothing' can get done, ( Kd ti. .
where people don't work together, IKnil Foundation
don't compromise, don't make ,PULL I-,
progress. People don't believe
that Washington is a place that is
sticking up for American families.



;iPresident Barack Obama embraces Myrlin Eve
, President met with the Evers family to commeml i
death. ,



Schoolhouse built by freed slaves being restored

By Jesse Bass
Hattiesburg American

- Dennis Dahmer hopes ren-
ovating an old schoolhouse
will help residents regain
their sense of community and
understand how much the
historical structure meant.
. He said the restoration of
the sole remaining building
of the Bay Springs School in
the Kelly Settlement on Mon-
roe Road in Forrest County is
nearly complete.
Alumni include Jesse L.
Brown, the first Black Naval
aviator in U.S. history; Clyde
Kennard, who attempted to
become the first Black stu-
dent at the University of
Southern Mississippi; and
slain local civil rights leader
Vernon Dahmer Dennis'
"This was really more than
a school education went
on down here, but it's really
a focal point of this commu-
nity called Kelly Settlement,"
Dahmer said.
Following damage from
Hurricane Katrina. in 2005,
the building nearly fell into ir-
reparable decay. Built by the
hands of freed slaves, the Bay
Springs School also served as
a meeting place and commu-
nity center.

-Jesse Bass/Hattiesburg American
Dennis Dahmer discusses the restoration.of the Rosenwald School in Kelly Settlement in Forrest

"The land on which the
building sits was originally
donated by my great-grand-
father, Warren Kelly," Dah-
mer said. "It's always been
in our family, and it's always
had a lot of historical signifi-
cance not only to our fam-
ily, but to the community."
The building is the only
Rosenwald School with floor

plan No. 19 still standing in
the state, Dahmer said.
"It's an incredible story of
commitment by a group of in-
dividuals working together,"
he said.
Julius Rosenwald was a
philanthropist and part own-
er of Sears, Roebuck and Co.
who paid matching grant
funds to help build more

than 5,000 schools and other
school-related buildings for
Black communities during
the early 20th century.
Rosenwald required mem-
bers of the community who
wanted a school to gather
enough citizens to raise part
of the money on their own,
along with garnering some
white support, among other

"I saw one of these build-
ings that was put up where
the community only raised
$50," Dahmer said, explain-
ing the Kelly Settlement com-
munity's fundraising efforts
were much more successful.
"If I'm not mistaken, it was
around $1,000, which was a
lot of money."
Dahmer's older brothers,
Harold and Vernon Jr., both
graduated from the school.
"It didn't just happen that
this building came here,"
said Vernon Dahmer Jr. "'All
of this grew out of Black folks
coming out of slavery and
having the aggression and
the initiative and the experi-
ence ... to make their own."
Kelly Settlement resident
Anita Williams attended the
school through the fifth grade
and remembers the site being
a center for community activ-
ity, with a stage for produc-
tions and space for meetings.
"It was just so much a part
of the community," she said.
Dennis Dahmer said grants
from the Mississippi Depart-
ment of Archives and Histo-
ry have paid for most of the
project, which he estimated
to be in the $600,000 range.
He hopes the project will
be finished by the end of the



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8A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 12-18, 2013







This community program
Activity took place on Satur-
day, May 1lth at the Arthur
McDuffie Center, on the cam-
pus of The Urban. League of
Greater Miami [8400 NW 25th
Ave.]. Sharron Henley, vice
president of programs with
the Urban League, attendees,
guests and served as the fa-

cilitator and mistress of cere-
mony. T. Willard Fair, the CEO
and president of the Urban
League of Greater Miami pro-
vided background information
on the Summit, commented
on the importance of the Par-
ent Initiative and requested
that special guest, John Da-
vis, DCF's. external affairs

director, share two specific
messages of importance with
the secretary of DCF on his
return to Tallahassee: First,
"that because of his trust, the
Parent Initiative Program had
the opportunity to deliver and
did" and; second, it is impor-
tant for him to know "that the
movement of the "coordina-

tion from Tallahassee to the
Miami-Dade DCF Office (for
the Parent Initiative Program)
e- u ,:,jd In Davis's brief
remarks he s.terd that the
Pare init[njtt.e hInd and *."as
rn-ikirin- a >dli'erctn-C- i- "break-
ing the c,,ck:_." He pro:,m-
iwed ro c' tinu e to '..,Ork '.v h
parents and Lhe Parent ini-

tiative. Of most importance,
he stated that his desire
was to see the Parent Initia-
tie eCxpand and c,,ntrinu- in
Libertry Cit and the SLItt ,- 01
Florida Pa-rent and othersrs
%who \ere in atrtend-trice .'.ere
,.enr, appreciaoti.e And lharik-
I'Li for's rerrarks andI
for his presence He ended

his remarks with a request
for "continued input, help and
assistance from community
partners to- help identify -_ilu-
tu'ns' to "breakna the :',: e "
Fro,.2iiTi conipletion certih-
:ates, '.'.ere presented to tw''.
p3Ariipal-nts Iof the Parenit [nLi-
tlatir.e Proeirm \V \Wlso:,n and
Pasitor Alnzo D_',,n.


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Presence of fathers still critical

continued from 1A

supports the notion that while a I
growing number of Black men are J
capable baby makers many do not
participate in the caregiving duties.
For example, in 1960, 11 percent of
children in the U.S. lived in father-
absent homes. By 2011, that number
had risen to 33 percent for Black
children the number was 64 percent
as compared to 25 percent for whites.
With such alarming data and given
the images of single-mothers raising
children that now dominate the me-
dia, one has to wonder if Black fa-
thers are indeed an endangered spe-
cies if Black dads that are active in
their children's lives are the exception
rather than the rule.
To address this issue and as we
approach yet another Father's Day,
we spoke with some of the nation's
leading Black educators and activists
and asked them to assess the state of
Black fathers in the U.S.

Kenneth Braswell, 51, is the execu-
tive director of Fathers, Inc.,. a not-
for-profit organization that promotes
responsible fatherhood and mentor-
ing. Since 2004, the agency's main
focus has been on the development
of support and services for
fathers. In12010, Fathers,
Inc. launched its "Ties Nev-
er Broken" campaign after
being inspired by President
Barack Obama's efforts
to connect fathers to lo-
cal resources that will help
build strong families and
communities through their
most trusted advisors: their
"Our-- organization has
done its own surveys and Kenneth Br
i- i ,1 r~r, ,Executive Director,
we found that 97 percent Executive Director,
of fathers want to be good
dads," Braswell said. "It all depends on
whose barometer you're using. Fathers
may not be contributing at the level
needed but they're around. The question
is: What are they doing? Society tends
to judge a man based on how much he
financially contributes to his children.
Black men have bought into that no-
tion and so when they can't provide for
their children they feel like they are of no
value to them. Black
::-'_-"male unemployment
in urban cities is
sometimes double
that of whites. For:
young Black men,
Hthe rate can easily
.be upwards of 50 to
60 percent. Unem
=, M f played or not, these
Dr. Waldo E. Johnson, Jr. men are still needed
Associate professor, in their communities
University of Chicago

Father's, Inc.

FACTS ON "Undoubtedly, there are some fa-
FC ON others who are missing in action
FATHER ABSENCE [MIA]: young males who become
.":_. _.__'..;;''_- L" ;.. parents but are unprepared to as-
In. 1960 t1 fi'.-:'. sume the expectations of fatherhood
^lldre iJ eCjn..t. ; and fail to assume/uphold their pa-
..... .',,.-, ;.- '" ...! ternal responsibilities; fathers who
.-'---. :-";; ;'.. ": --- :'.-'"~ subsequent to divorce or separation
In 2011, 33 percent of from their wives/partners, start new
children lived in father- families and shirk their paternal re-
absent homes sponsibilities to children from the
t~'._--.-,. ,-'--.prior relationship; and finally, fathers
11P d .7Iii 19- :. who reside with their children and
'4. mi va ev"en provide financial support but
'l'"-''6 ..1. . "-" are emotionally detached from their
l'..f^,"^^-" children. However, the challenge fac-
For Hispanic children, 34
For Hispaenc children, 34 ing many fathers and their families
Percent lived in father- alike lie in successfully enacting the
absent homes
asn h m multiple and sometimes contrasting
p- .' .' eternal and parenting roles which
..i e^ ^" constitute contemporary fatherhood."
Dr. Henrie M. Treadwell, author of
"Beyond Stereotypes in Black and
Fatherless cnildre-n are White," and professor of Community
Twice as likely to drop out of Health and Preventative Medicine,
school Morehouse School of Medicine, says
Almost 75 percent of the idea of missing Black fathers is
children living in single- "both myth and media hype."
parent homes face poverty "My search for Black men began
Three-out-of-four teenage awhile ago and I learned that more
suicides occur in households Black men would like to spend time
where a parent has been with their children but the criminal
absent justice system gets in the way of the
bonding process," she said. "Current
Data mcpaIdy n NatorIFat.neme',5 drug law sentencing puts men away
Inai3v rd rn U S Cen:',u.J'4.,u for a very long time but has no ap-
and in their children's lives." propriate visiting centers where chil-
Braswell says he has already dren can spend time with their fathers.
taken the Fatherhood Buzz When fathers are released from prison,
movement into 150 barber- for certain convictions, they can't return
shops nationwide, to public housing. That means kids are
"Black men see the barber- intentionally and deliberately separated
shops as a safe place where from their fathers fathers who want
they can freely share their feel- to be with them. Is it fair to imprison a
ings," he added. "As for the data man who cannot pay child support be-
that's out here about Black fa- cause he is unemployed and cannot find
others, conspiracy or not, it is work? We have some policies that tend
a fact that public schools are to hurt more Black families and need to
not a conducive learning envi- be changed. Why do our kids have less
ronment for young, of a chance growing up with
Black boys. It is a A both parents now than during

fact that our young
men are over-incarcerated,
that we face institutionalized
racism and that our families
are broken. We have some se-
rious issues to address."

Dr. Waldo E. Johnson, Jr.
associate professor, School
of Social Service Administra-

Dr. Henrie M.
Author, professor
School ofA

tion, University of Chicago and
the author of "Social Work with African
American Males," asks, "Is it fair to chas-
tise or accurate to depict those fathers
struggling to construct paternal identi-
ties or enact evolving paternal roles . .
as missing in action and implicitly ignore
the historical role that race and ethnici-
ty, nativity and citizenship status and in-
stitutional and structural barriers have
played on their success as fathers?"

slavery? Each of us needs to
S stand up and be a leader. We
need better diversion programs,
we need churches to get more
involved, we need health clin-
ics that are accessible to Black
Smen. We know what we need to
fix and we can the question
S --' is do we have to the public will
Treadwell to do so."
otMorehouse Editor's note: Readers may
also wish to consult the follow-
ing books for additional infor-
mation about the challenges facing Black
fathers and Black youth: "The Myth of the
Missing Black Father," edited by Roberta
L. Coles and Charles Green; and "The
New Jim Crow," by Michelle Alexander.
Braswell and Johnson will be keynote
speakers at this weekend's Do Right
Dads Fighting for Fatherhood Confer-
ence, Friday through Sunday at Florida
Memorial University.

Obama and Xi meet for union on cyber spying

continued from 1A

is a victim of cyber theft and
accuses the U.S. of being the
biggest culprit in such attacks.
The truth, I'm sure both
Obama and Xi know, is that
China and the U.S. both have
massive intelligence operations
trained on each other. It would
be a gross act of nonfeasance
for Obama not to direct a sig-
nificant portion of his adminis-
tration's Internet sleuthing ca-
pabilities on China, which is a
growing threat to this nation's
world dominance.
Already one of America's big-
gest trading partners, China
is the largest foreign holder of
U.S. debt. China is also Afri-

ca's biggest trading partner -
an economic position the U.S.
once enjoyed. And it is the
top trading partner of Brazil,
South America's largest coun-
It wasn't long ago that the
U.S. was the world's undis-
puted economic powerhouse.
But over the past decade, Chi-
na has grown from the world's
sixth to second largest econ-
omy. Back in 2004, the U.S.
had a gross domestic product
of$11.9 trillion to China's $1.9
trillion. This year, the U.S. GDP
is $16.2 trillion, an increase of
36 percent from 2004. Over
the same period, China's GDP
increased by nearly 374 per-
cent to $9 trillion.
With a shooting war largely

out of the question for two nu-
clear powers with sane leader-
ship, the struggle for global he-
gemony between the U.S. and
China has been reduced to an
economic struggle. While the
two countries have engaged in
some military muscle flexing,
most of it has happened along
the Pacific Rim and the South
China Sea. That chest-beating
by the U.S. and China is aimed
largely at building strategic al-
liances and securing economic
advantage among countries in
those regions.
In this competition, the mili-
tary and economic interests of
China and the U.S. are con-
joined which makes the
use of cyberattacks as much
a strategy for victory as a well-

executed flanking movement
was for Gen. George Patton's
tank corps during the Battle of
the Bulge.
In explaining his administra-
tion's decision to engage in a
limited surveillance of the tele-
phone and Internet activities
of Americans, Obama said do-
mestic cybersnooping is nec-
essary to keep Americans safe
from attack. While the presi-
dent's defense of this program
of "modest encroachments" of
personal privacy has surprised
many Americans, the global
cyberspace war being waged
between the U.S. and China
should not.
The winner could well domi-
nate this planet for decades.
DeWayne Wickham writes on

New attitude comes to

North Miami City Hall

conunued from 1A

min New York City. Tondreau
relocated to Miami two years
later, continuing to work as
an activist for the City's fast-
growing, Haitian community.
She first ran for political
office in 2002 but lost in,
a close run for the Miami-
Dade county commission.
She has owned and operated
Tondreau & Associates, Inc.
since 1999, a consulting firm
for immigration and pub-
lic relation issues, located
in North Miami. She is also
a widow and the mother of
three daughters. Nancy. Elo-
die and Luddv.

Tondreau acknowledges
that during the elections
emotions were at their peak.
But she believes that now
that they're over, that the
citizens of North Miami will
we willing to work together.
"People slammed doors in
my face, saying they didn't
want a nigger to be the next
mayor." she said. -Yes. ten-
sions were high. But I'm a
positive person and I want to
reflect that attitude at City
Hall and throughout North
Miami. People will make neg-

active comments from time to
time. But that doesn't mean
you have to respond in the
same way. It's time for us to
move forward."
Tondreau says her first
order of business is to meet
with all of the presidents of
the City's various homeown-
ers associations in order to
"identify the different issues
and sources of dissension
that exist in our communi-
"Our community relations
board has been inactive for
several years and I believe
now is a perfect time to re-
activate it." she said. "But
it will need to reflect the di-
versity that one sees in our
When asked about an al-
leged inflammatory state-
ment, "Whites people won't
help you," made by State
Representative Daphne
Campbell, a Tondreau sup-
porter, during Election Day
on a Haitian radio station,
Tondreau said, "You are only
the second person that has
told me about that but I did
not hear it myself."
Tondreau suggested that
we speak with Campbell and
ask her about the comment.
However, as this story went
to press, Campbell had not
responded to our telephone
calls or e-mails.

Congresswoman Wilson

updates the Black community

continued from 1A

Obama, who last Tuesday
morning, held a press confer-
ence that focused on immigra-
tion reform just as the Senate
prepared to cast its first floor
vote on 'a landmark bill that,
among other measures, could
open a door to citizenship for
millions of undocumented im-
"Congress needs to act and
that moment is now," Obama
said in the East Room of the
White House. "There's no rea-
son Congress can't get this
done by the end of the summer.
There's no good reason to play
procedural games or engage in
obstruction just to block the
best chance that we've had in
years to address this problem
in a way that's fair to middle
class families, business owners
and legal immigrants."
As last Tuesday ended, a
procedural vote to begin for-
mal debate on the bill was ap-
proved by the Senate, 82-15 on
a bipartisan vote. It marked the
first time that attempts to pass
an overhaul of immigration
laws have gotten this far. The
last successful major bill was in
1986, when President Reagan
signed an immigration law that
legalized 3 million people but
did not halt illegal crossings as

Wilson will sponsor a citizen-
ship mega-workshop in con-
junction with the New Ameri-
cans Campaign, on Saturday,
June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Miami Dade College, Wolfson
Campus. She says the goal will
be to provide assistance to com-
plete the citizenship application
to anyone who believes they are

"The Republican Party is
comprised of white men who
are afraid of the browning of
America," she said. "They don't
want the immigration reform
bill to pass because it would
give the President another mark
of victory. I can't concern my-
self with the wild notions of the
Tea Party that says we need
electrified fences along our bor-
ders. They're talking about Tex-
as, California and Arizona. My
district is in Miami, Florida and
we have scores of Haitians and
Cubans who come to my office
every day, many of whom are
separated from their families,
some who are here on tempo-
rary status. They want to better
their lives in America and be re-
united with their families."
Other speakers who partici-
pated during the update in-
cluded: Joy-Ann Reid, manag-
ing editor,; Andy
Madtes, president, South Flor-
ida AFL-CIO; Fred Frost, direc-
tor of governmental affairs, S.
FL Jobs with Justice; and Jose
Gabilondo, associate professor,
College of Law, Florida Interna-
tional University.
Two intern apprentices with
the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers [IBEW],
Lorvinsky Deriva, 23, and Mel-
vin Trinidad, 28, both of Miami,
were introduced by Madtes who
said, "It is important to make
sure we have opportunities for
training and development in
this and other communities be-
cause not everyone wants to go
to college."
The two interns have just
completed their first year in a
five-year program. Deriva was
born in Haiti and Trinidad
moved here from the Dominican
Republic. Both said they were
in the apprenticeship program
in order to improve the qual-
ity of their lives and to have a
chance for better wages.

Selection of jury members process initiates Zimmerman trial

continued from 1A

the news?" assistant state at-
torney Bernie de la Rionda
asked a potential juor referred
to as B76.
She responded that she had
seen Zimmerman's lawyer on
the news three to four times.
De la Rionda went on: "Will
you hold it against us that we
didn't talk to the media on a
daily basis?" The woman, B76,
replied that she would not.
Circuit Judge Debra Nel-
son has ruled that a defense
motion to prohibit prosecu-

tors from using inflammatory
words such as "profiled," "vigi-
lante," "wannabe cop," and
"self-appointed neighborhood
watch captain" would be par-
tially granted in reference to
potential jurors. Lawyers are
not allowed to use those words
when questioning potential ju-
Supporters of Zimmerman
and Martin have waged emo-
tionally charged arguments
about the deadly encounter
here Feb. 26, 2012. The Inter-
net has buzzed with debates
about whether Zimmerman
was defending himself against

an aggressive teen who had
begun pummeling him or
whether he had profiled and
murdered a black, unarmed
Shawn Vincent, a spokes-
man for Zimmerman's attor-
neys, said selection of the six-
person jury could last one to
three weeks and the trial three
to four weeks.
On Monday, Zimmerman
and the lawyers in the case
were introduced to potential
Defense attorney Don West
asked two jurors whether they
had heard or participated in

demonstrations and rallies
surrounding the case. Both ju-
rors said they had not gone to
demonstrations and would not
take them into consideration
of deciding the case.
"Do you recognized anyone
you may have seen on televi-
sion?," West asked a woman
referred to as B76.
B76 then looked around and
said, "Isn't that his mom?" as
several people turned to Syb-
rina Fulton, Martin's mother.
Lawyers so far have asked
potential jurors how much
they have read or seen about
the case. Both lawyers have

asked jurors to explain how
much they have talked about
the case, how much they have
watched about the case and
how much they have seen on
the Internet. Questions in-
cluded whether jurors had
seen lawyers for the case in-
terviewed on television and
whether they had done any
research on the case online or
seen any legal websites about
the case.
"So you don't read newspa-
pers?" Don West asked one
woman referred to as "B29."
"You don't watch any TV

"You're like a blank state?"
de la Rionda asked another ju-
ror referred to as "B12."
Zimmerman's brother, Rob-
ert, said he was pleased that
the people who will decide his
brother's fate had a face-to-
face meeting with no media
"I think it's important that
they meet George and not just
the images on the screen," he
said, adding that his brother
had become a "mythological
Robert Zimmerman said his
family is confident that George
Zimmerman would he acquit-


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County Transportation Summit 2013 draws a full house

Will proposed improvements result in

reduced service in Black communities?

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.

The Citizen's Independent
Transportation Trust [CITT]
says Miami-Dade County resi-
dents can rest assure that
their half-penny transporta-
tion surtax is being properly
spent on a variety of projects
such as the completion of the
Orange Line the Metrorail
extension to the airport. But
the viewpoint of whether or
not there's improved transit
service is questionable, be-
cause some bus services in the
Black community are going to
be cut.

Every year Miami-Dade
County goes through a realign-
ment period to analyze transit
routes. If residents are not uti-
lizing these services then the
County considers them not ec-
onomically feasible to continue
and route services in that area
are often scaled back.
"When the cuts come we
must make decisions on what
to do," said County Commis-
sioner Dennis Moss during the
2013 Transportation Summit
held at Miami-Dade College,
Wolfson Campus. "Do I like the
cuts no?"
Moss moderated the forum
and as the chairman of the

County's Transportation and
Aviation Committee, he has
first-hand knowledge of trans-
portation issues, challenges
and potential changes. It was
clear that public transporta-
tion matters to the citizens of
the County as they showed up
in full force for the all-day sum-
mit. Moss says that the bottom
line is that if people want reli-
able public transportation then
"they must be willing to pay for
the services."

One of the reasons the sum-
mit was held was to come up
with innovative ways to fi-
nance future improvements in
Miami-Dade's transportation

"I can fight for some
of these routes to stay," -
Moss said. "Some I can
justify but others I
In 2002 Miami-Dade
voters approved a half- A
percent surtax to fund
the People's Transpor- MC
station Plan [PTP] the com-
prehensive program of both
roadway and public transit
improvements. The CITT regu-
lates all expenditures.
Here's a brief list of their
County-wide accomplishments:
$135 million dollars has been
invested in new buses; $400
million dollars approved to
purchase new Metrorail cars;
solar-powered flashing lights
are operating and increasing
safety in school zones through-


out the county; the
Golden Passport and
Patriot Passport pro-
grams now provide free
fare on transit for se-
niors and eligible veter-
ans: currently there are
200,000 Golden Pass-
port and 7,500 Veteran

"We finished the Orange Line,
the Metrorail extension to the
airport on time, and within
budget," said Charles Scurr,
executive director of CITT. "We
have some exciting stuff going
along the corridors."
Brownsville has new devel-
opments and 7th Avenue has
been approved for a new transit
"You have our commitment
to coming to the inner-city

and sharing information about
projects in your area," Scurr
said. "We are the only city
in the world to have a trans-
portation system like Miami-
"We have enhanced the bus
services since July 2012 and
believe citizens will be pleased
with the big park and ride that
is coming to 215th Street and
27th Ave," added Kelly Cooper,
strategic planner for CITT.
Cooper says the premise of
the summit was to think out-
side of the box in terms of get-
ting projects financed and to
look at more public-private
"We welcome individuals
coming to us and recommend-
ing how they believe we should
move forward," he said.

A rare glimpse into secret surveillance powers

By Brad Heath

The disclosure of a classified
court order requiring a Verizon
subsidiary to disclose its cus-
tomers' calling records to the
NSA offered a rare glimpse into
the breadth of the federal gov-
ernment's secret authority to
mine Americans' secrets in its
hunt for terrorists.
The order, published last
Wednesday by The Guardian,
was issued by a federal judge
under a section of the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA) that allows the govern-
ment to seek a judge's approval
to force businesses to turn over
records if officials can show
that they are "relevant" to intel-
ligence or terrorism investiga-
Although the surveillance law
itself is not secret, the Justice
Department's interpretation of
just how broadly that authority

applies remains classified, as
do decisions from the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court
responsible for approving the
government's surveillance re-
quests. Recipients of FISA or-
ders are prohibited from reveal-
ing their existence.
last Wednesday's leak is the
first time in recent memory
that a FISA surveillance order
had been revealed to the public,
said Carrie Cordero, a George-
town Law professor and former
Justice Department national
security official. "Regardless of
the origin of the leak, this is an
unprecedented breach of the
trust maintained for over 30
years," Cordero said.
The order was approved
under a provision of the sur-
veillance law that allows the
government to seek business
records if it can convince the
court they are relevant "to pro-
tect against international ter-
rorism or clandestine intelli-

gence activities." That standard
is far lower than in traditional
search warrant applications,
which require the government
to show probable cause to be-
lieve that the records agents
are seeking will reveal informa-
tion about a crime.
The Justice Department told
lawmakers in a 2011 letter that
it has used that provision "to
support important and highly
sensitive intelligence collection
operations." But it said its in-

terpretation of the law must re-
main secret.
Experts said the FISA order
offers new insight into how
broadly the intelligence court
and the Justice Department
appear to have defined the
types of records they are per-
mitted to seek and how thin
their connection has to be to a
particular suspect.
"Congress didn't authorize
dragnet surveillance. The gov-
ernment has to have reason-
able grounds to believe the
records are relevant to an au-
thorized investigation," said
Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of
the Liberty and National Secu-
rity Program at New York Uni-
versity's Brennan Center for
Justice. "If they're saying that
an entire telecom company's
records for all of its subscrib-
ers can be considered relevant
to an intelligence investigation,
then that standard has become

American University law pro-
fessor Steven Vladeck said it
also had not been clear previ-
ously that the Justice Depart-
ment thought it could collect
telephone calling records under
the provision that allows it to
collect business records. "The
real story is not what the gov-
ernment has in its possession,
but how they're getting there,"
he said. "That's the reason this
is a gold mine" for people who
want to know more about how
the government is using its
surveillance powers.
Congress passed FISA in
1978 as a way to make sure
that lawmakers and judges
would have some oversight of
the government's domestic in-
telligence collection. The law
generally requires that federal
agents obtain orders from the
intelligence court to force busi-
nesses and others to turn over
records for intelligence inves-
tigations. Congress broadened

those intelligence-gathering
powers under Section 215 of
the Patriot Act, a measure civil
liberties groups had criticized
for permitting federal agents
to trawl through Americans' li-
brary records.
The government's requests
for records are supposed to
include "minimization" proce-
dures spelling out how officials
would segment off information
that turns out not to be rele-
vant to their investigation. The
order leaked last Wednesday
did not identify those steps,
and did not reveal how the gov-
ernment planned to use the re-
cords it obtained.
The intelligence court is made
up of 11 federal district court
judges who serve staggered
seven-year terms. The judge
who approved the Verizon or-
der, Roger Vinson, a judge in
the northern district of Florida,
left the FISA court after his
term expired in May.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA, JUNE 12-18, 2013


Christian rapper

spreads the word

to the inner city

Thi'sl performs after Marlins
game on June 15
By Malika A. Wright
Am I going to live through this summer? Will I see my
.hild grow up? Will my mother bury me?
"That's a horrible way to live," Thi'sl, a nationally-
aclaimed Christian rapper, said.
But he remembers asking himself these very same
Before becoming a Christian, he spent "all of his life
in the street." He lived a life consumed by gangs, guns
and drugs.
In his song called "Motivation," he raps about how
changing his life has impacted his community, saying "I
used to tear down my block/ Now I'm focused and my
plan is to rebuild my block."
Through his music, the rapper strives to connect with
and be a voice for those who live in the inner-city. And
to tell them that there is hope in Jesus, regardless of
what has occurred in their lives.
In another song called "We Blind," he speaks from the
perspective of a young man who feels he has no other
choice but to rob someone or sell drugs to help
Please turn to RAPPER 6B

,s,, ome of his songs aren't as
upfront or heavily theological as
some Christian music, It is his goal to
address real-life situations through a
'biblical lens and provides practical/
biblical solution ,--,to- .-i.y situations,

Pastors speak about

praise and worship

Congregation show
spiritual growth
By Malika A. Wright
iLttt rlk iti/ 'nllh llllllI'SoiiItiex.Lc'ln
-Praise the Lord. Praise
God in his sanctuary; praise
Him in His mighty heavens."
Psalms 150: 1, says.
And if one were to visit
New Generation Missionary
Baptist Church. something
that would stand out to that
visitor is the church's praise

and worship.
"WVhen we say praise and
worship, it's not just singing
and music." Rhonda Thom-
as, assistant pastor of the
church, said. "Dance is a part
of praise and worship, giving
is a part of worship as well."
As a team. married couple
of 23 years. Rev. Ranzer and
Rhonda Thomas have led the
church for several years.
The church was named
"South Florida's best" earlier
this year in a local liturgical
Please turn to THOMAS 6B

--New beneraion MiV.
New Generation MBC's Dance Mime ministry.'

Churches in Black Harlem

-Mviami i mes pnoo / aiald ..vvriyiit

lose tenth of
By Kia Gregory
The tourists started lining
up two hours before morning
worship service on West 116th
Street in Harlem. Most were
dressed in everyday clothes,
contrasting with the dark suits
and prim dresses of the largely
Black congregation in the
historic sanctuary of Canaan
Baptist Church of Christ.
The Rev. Roger Harris, an
associate pastor, made his way
from the back of the line in his
pinstripe suit. "Good to see
you, glad you came," he said,
offering grins and handshakes
on a recent Sunday. The tour-
ists were herded to the balcony
until, as in several churches in
Harlem, they packed the seats
there. Down below, where the

congregation has dwindled
over the years, there were
plenty of empty seats.
The tourists often put offer-
ings in the collection basket.
But then they are gone. And so
despite the draw, churches like
Canaan are struggling. And at
the heart of the struggle is a
contradiction: As Harlem's for-
tunes rise, tithing the tradi-
tional source of the churches'
money is fading away.
Harlem's historical base of
Blacks has been dwindling.
Those who remain have regu-
larly tithed, setting apart 10
percent of their incomes for
their church, in times good
and bad. But now that has
changed, too.
"Your tithers are your people
Please turn to HARLEM 6B


Seniors, common prey

to lottery scam artists

And iffooled once,

they get marked

with a 'big X'

By William E. Gibson

Senior citizens, many of them
eager for companionship as well
as riches, are giving up as much
as $1 billion a year to scam art-
ists who promise to deliver big
lottery winnings if the victims
send money to cover taxes and
fees, according to a Senate pan-
Many of those calls come
from Jamaica, and the largest
concentration of victims live
in Florida, witnesses told the
Senate Aging Committee on
Wednesday. The callers can be
persuasive, professional, relent-
less -and sometimes threaten-
"The schmoozing turns into
aggression," said Sen. Bill Nel-
son, D-Fla., the committee
chairman, who listened in on
one such call before the hear-
He cited the case of Stuart
Childers of Orange County,
whose mother ended up on an
FBI watch list for money laun-
dering because she wired near-
ly $300,000 vdyer 18 months to
claim a "prize" that never came.
And in Miami, Nelson said,
financial planner David Treece
had to sue his own client to
impose a guardianship after
she sent nearly $400,000 in
"fees" to Jamaica because she
thought she would get $7 mil-
lion from a lottery.
. Lottery scams have been bilk-
ing Americans since at least
2008 and remain widespread
despite some attempts to curb
them, witnesses told the com-
mittee. Nelson and fellow sena-
tors plan to use these findings
to pressure the Jamaican gov-
ernment as well as U.S. agen-
cies to toughen enforcement.


Powerball winner Gloria MacKenzie, 84, is escorted by son
Scott after claiming a lump-sum payment of about $370.9
million before taxes.

"We want to see somebody
indicted [in Jamaica] and then
extradited to the United States,"
Nelson said. "That will have a
chilling effect on a number of
these people who think they are
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine,
said that more than $300 mil-
lion has been sent to Jamaica
as a result of lottery scams, yet
a U.S.-Jamaica enforcement
task force has been able to seize
and return only $1.2 million.
Some 29,000 complaints were
filed last year, she said, but the
vast majority of scams are never
The Jamaican government
submitted a statement to the
committee pledging its determi-
nation "to counter these illegal
activities and to bring those re-
sponsible to justice." Jamaica
has passed "tough new legis-
lation that increases penalties
and prison time for criminals,"
the government asserted.
Collins acknowledged those
laws but said Jamaican author-
ities turned a blind eye to fraud
for years and still take too long

to prosecute cases.
She cited lyrics from two of
Jamaica's leading rap artists
that called scammers "stars"
and the money they stole "repa-
rations." The government, she
said, has banned the song.
"My concern is that we are
just scratching the surface in
our enforcement efforts," Col-
lins said. "We've just got to be
more forceful and effective in
this area."
But enforcement agencies say
arrests alone will not stop this
form of fraud. Many victims,
lonely and easily duped, are all
too willing to send money even
when warned that they are be-
ing bilked, some of their rela-
tives testified.
Sonia Ellis, the daughter of
a victim in Siesta Key, said her
mother had been told that she
won $4.5 million in a lottery.
Over 13 days, she sent $25,500
to four people in Jamaica, Indi-
ana and Florida and $19,500 to
Colorado Springs. And she kept
sending money, despite warn-
ings, prompting Ellis to set up a
guardianship to stop her.

-Susan Walsh/AP
President Barack Obama said it is time to bring mental health "out of the shadows".
Obama is hosting a mental health conference as part of his response to the Sandy Hook
school shootings.

Mental illness summit an

overlooked opportunity?

President failed

to focus on issue

of violence
By Pete Earley

President Obama deserves
credit for hosting a White
House summit on mental
health on Monday, but the
White House forgot to invite
the people who arguably deal
daily with more mentally ill
persons than anyone else.
No police officers, sheriffs
deputies, correctional officers,
probation officers or judges
spoke at the summit. No high
ranking Justice Department
official attended. Nor was
there any detailed mention by
the president or his hand-
picked speakers about the
recent mass murders in New-
town, Conn., Aurora, Colo.,
and Tucson or on the Virginia
Tech campus committed by
young men with diagnosed

mental disorders.
Given that the summit was
prompted by last December's
Sandy Hook Elementary
School mass shooting, the
aversion by the White House
to actually discuss that shoot-
ing is disheartening.
By the federal government's
own admission, more than
360,000 individuals with
severe mental illnesses, such
as schizophrenia and bipolar
disorder, are currently incar-
cerated in American jails and
prisons. More than a half mil-
lion are on probation. More
than a million go through
our criminal justice system
each year. The largest public
mental facility in our nation is
-not a treatment center it
is reputably the Los Angeles
County jail.
How could the White House
ignore these troubling sta-
tistics at a mental health
summit or the frightening
reality that our jails and
prisons are today's de facto

mental asylums? How could
law enforcement and criminal
justice officials be excluded
from conversations about how
to reform our mental health
care system? How could a
presidential summit be held
without anyone talking in
detail about the mass killings
that made it necessary?
Instead of addressing these
unpleasant issues, President
Obama spoke about the need
to stop stigmatizing persons
with mental illnesses, noting
that 60 percent of Americans
with mental illnesses do not
receive treatment, often be-
cause they are embarrassed
or afraid of being ostracized.
As the father of an adult
son with a severe mental ill-
ness, I have witnessed first-
hand how painful stigma has
made his life. I'm also aware
that it wasn't embarrassment
or stigma that kept him from
getting help. '
When my son became
Please turn to MENTAL 8B

Johnny Rogers: Living with HIVI

AIDS is "not my death sentence"



By D. Kevin McNeir

Johnny Rogers, 47, found out he was
HIV-positive in 1990 and believes he was
infected by his first lover who later died
from an AIDS-related illness. If you do the
math, that means that Rogers has been
living with HIV for 23 years.
Since hi? diagnosis, he's
been on a regiment of
.rne;l.:,:]t..-,n B and says he's
ne, er been sick, beyond
the .::rir,.ry cold or flu.
Still he :ri admits that for
,,v. hikje he lived like a
m. .. : p,:.,sessed, believ-
ming th-:lt his time was
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.... .. hat s m: then (in the
e,'rl ,. 91Us) people were
,rig regularly and
",. qu,:.H., because of
HIv'/.-.I.S," he said. "I
cliJrn t= expect to live
too long and remember
that at some point I stopped
caring not about living or
d'ing but the way I lived my
life. I got wild and careless.
M, partner had died, many of
rrv', friends had died and so I
^ ^ v rnarigured, 'what the heck,' I was
agoirng to die soon too."

l l HoA'ever, Rogers didn't die.
i n fact, he responded well to
' P his reds which he says he took
f ithfully everyday. What's more,
W n'e P.e.nt back to his hometown
of Fa.-erte, Alabama and told his, that ,,:- .vas HIV-positive. His disclo-

sure to them and their response, he says,
is what helped him to see life in a totally
different light.
"I was very close to my mother and I told
her first," he said. "Then I told my younger
sister and brother. They were all very sup-
portive and no one ever treated me dif-
ferently. I wasn't allowed to hold my own
personal pity party. At some point I came
to the realization that I wanted to live -
and I wanted to live a quality life."
Rogers, who was once a varsity cheer-
leader at his alma mater, The University of
Alabama, moved to Atlanta after gradu-
ating and then in 2007, he moved to Mi-
ami. Ironically, he now works as the lead
case manager and assistant supervisor at
the health agency where he first sought
medical care.
"In my job at Empower "U," Inc., I help
clients that are HIV-positive so they can
better navigate through the system," he
said. "That covers a lot of territory but
certainly includes helping clients locate
doctors, teaching them the importance
of adhering to their meds and providing
them with other supportive services that
they may need, like mental health, vision,
housing or alcohol or substance abuse
treatment. It's a great job for me because
I've been where many of our clients are
now. While I am a gay, Black man and
some of them are other races or even
identify themselves by a different sexual
orientation, we all have one thing in com-
mon: we are HIV-positive."

Rogers says that at this point in his life,
he can adequately take care of his own
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0Breast cancer survivor honored
Breast cancer survivor honored

Pamela Burnett
parlayed tragedy
into triumph for

Miami Times staff report
Breast cancer survivor and
Miami resident Pamela Bur-
nett was recently honored by
Molina Healthcare of Florida
for her volunteerism and com-
munity service at the fourth
annual Community Champi-
ons Awards.
The ceremony was held at
The Signature Grand and in-
cluded entertainment by the'
South Florida Boys and Girls
Burnett has been an advo-
cate for breast cancer support
for more than 10 years. In
2002, when she was diagnosed
with breast cancer and sought
help within her community,
she realized there was none.
Once Burnett became stron-
ger she began hosting support

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Glen Bogner (left)from Molina Healthcare,Inc., Pamela Burnett, David Pollack, president
of Molina Healthcare of Florida.

groups in her home. By word
of mouth, news spread of her
meetings, and in 2006 she of-
ficially opened The Beautiful
"Pamela is an extraordinary

example of someone who tru-
ly cares about the health and
well-being of others," said Da-
vid Pollack, president of Mo-
lina Healthcare of Florida.
"The work she has done to

help provide resources to those
in need has positively impact-
ed the entire community.
We are proud to recognize
her as Community Champions

Gene flaws common in Black women

that are diagnosed with breast cancer

A study found that one-fifth of these
women -have BRCA mutations

By Marilynn Marchione
Associated Press

CHICAGO Gene flaws
that raise the risk of breast
cancer are surprisingly com-
mon in Black women with the
disease, according to the first
comprehensive testing in this
racial group. The study found
that one-fifth of these women
have BRCA mutations, a prob-
lem usually associated with
women of Eastern European
Jewish descent but recently

highlighted by the plight of An-
gelina Jolie.
The study may help explain
why Black women have higher
rates of breast cancer at young
ages and a worse chance of
Doctors say these patients
should be offered genetic coun-
seling and may want to consid-
er more frequent screening and
prevention options, which can
range from hormone-blocking
pills to breast removal, as Jolie
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Breast cancer survivor Alicia Cook holds photos of fam-
ily members who have also been afflicted by breast cancer,
outside her home in Chicago.

Reagan's generous

Medicaid expansion

How to provide better
service at lower cost
By John Kasich

"What would Ronald Rea-
gan do?" That's the litmus test
many Americans rightly apply
to political decisions nearly a
quarter-century after he left
office. Given the high regard I
have for the former president,
it should be no surprise that
I've asked myself that question

It's a question we are ask-
ing today in Ohio in response
to federal health care reform as
we consider a plan to reform
and expand Medicaid,
the health insurance pro- -
gram for the poor. The is-
sue is a complex one and -
generates strong opin-
ions on both sides. So
far, states have divided
about evenly on whether
or not to opt in to the ex-
pansion, with a handful, RE
like Ohio, still debating
which way to go.
Leaders in the states that
have decided against expand-
ing have often invoked Reagan
conservatism as the reason
to oppose extending Medicaid
health care coverage to more
people. After all, doesn't Rea-
gan embody modem conserva-
tism? He cut taxes, cut govern-
ment red tape and fought the
growth of entitlements.
Yes, he did all those things.
However, he also expanded
Medicaid, not just once but
several times.
For example, in 1986, Presi-
dent Reagan let states add poor
children and pregnant women
to Medicaid. And a after learning
that disabled children could re-
ceive Medicaid care only in hos-
pitals and nursing homes, he
let states provide them care at
home also. Ohio resisted both

expansions for a decade but
saw powerful results for some
of our most vulnerable citizens
once we made them.
Improving the quality of the
care Medicaid provides, and
giving taxpayers better value
for the money they spend on
it, have been priorities for me
as governor. We've improved
health outcomes through bet-
ter care coordination and also
reduced taxpayer spending by
$2 billion.
We followed Ronald Reagan's
lead and found ways to pro-
vide a better service at a lower
cost. First, Reagan was fiscally
responsible, but he was also
pragmatic and compassionate.
That's why I have
pushed to move for-
Sward with a plan
Sto expand Medic-
aid while protect-
ing Ohio's economic
recovery. Extending
health care cover-
AGAN age to 275,000 low-
income Ohioans
including 26,000 veterans -
builds on what we have done.
It spares our hospitals the ef-
fects of looming cuts in federal
funding for uninsured care,
prevents additional projected
increases in health insurance
costs, and gives low-income
workers a hand as they move
up and into the workforce.

There are serious, ongoing
concerns with federal health
care reform, and Ohio has al-
ready said no to a state-run
health care exchange, federal
takeovers of our insurance reg-
ulations and the Medicaid eligi-
bility process. Medicaid expan-
sion is consistent with these
efforts to preserve state flex-
ibility and limit the economic
impact of federal health care

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Death offour-year-old prompted
change in child welfare

By Linda Trischitta
HOLLYWOOD Last year's
death of 4-year-old Jordan
Coleman in Tamarac, when in-
vestigators said day care work-
ers left him in a hot SUV last
summer, has haunted Broward
County child advocates.
"That was the catalyst for
[former County Commissioner]
Ilene [Lieberman] and I," Bro-
ward County Commissioner
Lois Wexler said Friday during

the start of an awareness cam-
paign aimed at parents and a
new ordinance for the child care
industry. "[It was] the careless-
Florida ranks second in the
U.S. for kids dying in hot cars,
with at least 66 fatalities state-
wide from 1992 to present, ac-
cording to,
a national group that seeks
to prevent harm to children
around automobiles.
From 1998 to 2012, six chil-

92% of doctors
in study say it
has affected care
By Liz Szabo
Shortages of critical can-
cer drugs are threatening the
care of patients wvho are al-
ready fighting for their lives,
a new study shows.
About 83 percent of can-
cer specialists reported a
drug shortage in the past
six months, and 92 percent
said patients' care has been
affected, according to a sur-
vey of 245 doctors to be pre-
sented Monday in Chicago
at the annual meeting of the
American Society of Clinical
According to the new' sur-
vey, 38 percent of doctors
switched from a generic to a
more expensive, name-brand
drug, a practice that can
vastly increase the cost of

By Kelly Kennedy
WASHINGTON The govern-
ment has revoked the ability of
14,663 providers and suppliers
to bill Medicare over the past
two years almost two and a
half times the number that had
been revoked in the previous
two years, new Department of
Health and Human Services sta-
tistics to be released Thursday
In some states, the number of
revocations has quadrupled.
"We have always been doing
some of this," said Peter Budet-
ti, Center for Medicare Services
deputy administrator for pro-
gram integrity. "But there has

Difficult choices
for physicians
Cancer specialists who
couldn't provide the most
appropriate drug at any
price said they were forced
to make painful choices-
790/ switched chemo-
79 therapy regimens.
which may be less effective
37%/ chose among
patients, leaving
some patients to go without a
critical medication.
29%/ omitted doses,
which can reduce
ine chance of controlling
treatment, according to the
study, co-authored by Keerthi
Gogineni at the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medi-
The oral drug capecitabine,
for example, costs 140 times
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been a special focus under the
Affordable Care Act."
Administration officials plan to
announce the new fraud num-
bers Thursday as they push for
more help from seniors in fight-
ing fraud. One proposed rule
would allow people who report
fraud to earn up to $9.9 million
in reward money in a new fraud-
prevention program. Before to-
day, beneficiaries could receive
up to $10,000 for tips leading to
recovery of fraud money.
A key part of the anti-fraud
effort, Budetti said, includes a
new, easier-to-read summary
statement that allows recipients
to see exactly who has billed
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dren in Broward County died in
hot cars and eight died in Palm
Beach County, the group says.
Last year, Palm Beach Coun-
ty required child care facilities
that transport six or more kids
to install vehicle alarms; Bro-
ward's ordinance goes into ef-
fect July 1.
The purpose of an alarm is to
bring a driver to the back of a
van to turn off the loud warning
and to find any kids left behind.
Broward County has 852
child care facilities and about
half of those businesses drive
kids, said Regenia Walkey'
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diet decreases
heart disease
By Elizabeth O'Brien
A blockbuster study pub-
lished in the New England
Journal of Medicine last month
yielded rigorous evidence that
a so-called Mediterranean diet
slashes the risk of heart prob-
lems in people at high risk for
these conditions including
the many boomers who find
themselves confronting cardiac
issues in their 50s. Even for
those not in a high-risk catego-
ry, experts say there are plenty
of benefits to eating a diet rich
in olive oil, nuts, beans, fruits
and vegetables. A shift away
from meat can save money at
the grocery store, to say noth-
ing of the savings in medical
bills if health problems, are
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Three golden places (unknown) to retire

path cities are
great for retirees
By Rodney Brooks
Picking a place to retire is
a pretty big deal. Any good fi-
nancial planner will advise you
to start thinking about where
you want to live %ell before you
enter those retirement years.
If you don't plan to retire in
the home you've lived in for
years, you may go to one of
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many of you may not have
thought about, all great com-
munities, but not on the radar
of the masses.
What made us choose these
places? They have all the
things retirees want when they
start looking for a place to
spend their golden years.
"Retirees want relatively low
cost of living and housing, a
favorable tax situation, a low
crime rate, an active down-
town, good medical facilities
and, more than ever, a range
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Southern Baptists push for more Black missionaries

By Adelle M. Banks

Fred Luter had a lot of firsts
in the last year: first Black
president of the Southern
Baptist Convention; first time
chairing the denomination's
annual meeting, this week, in
Houston; and recently, first-
time missionary.
"It was inspirational, but also
very humbling in a lot of in-
stances, just to see how some
.people are living," Luter said,
days after returning from Ethi-
opia and Uganda.
Struck by the poor living
without running water and by
missionaries willing to "leave
the comforts that we have here
in America," Luter wants more
members of his New Orleans
congregation as well as

more of the nation's 16 million
Southern Baptists to take
overseas missions seriously.
In particular, he wants more
of his denomination's relatively
small Black population to serve
as missionaries.
As the denomination meets
in Houston this week, Luter's
trip is bringing home a stark
and persistent reality: Few
missionaries are Black.
"We do have some [Black]
missionaries," Luter said, "but
just not enough."
Although an unspecified
number of Black churches
send members on short-term
missions trips, just 26 of the
4,900 Southern Baptist mis-
sionaries or one half of 1
percent who have served
more than two years in over-

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seas missions are Black.
Across a range of denomina-
tions, one percent of domes-
tic or foreign missionaries are

Black, and just six percent of
them are in leadership posi-
tions, said Leroy Barber, au-
thor of the forthcoming book,
"Red, Yellow, Black, and White:
Who's More Precious in his
There are several reasons for
the scarcity of Black mission-
aries, but observers cite three:
Culture. Money.
And priorities.
"One is a philosophical bar-
rier, that we've got a lot of
people right across the street .
S. on their way to hell so why
are we trying to go to another
country?" said Keith Jeffer-
son, Black missional church
strategist with the Southern
Baptists' International Mission
Jefferson and other Black

missions experts say the con-
ventional assumption is that
white missionaries are sent to
evangelize people of color. At
the same time, Black Christian
leaders often feel their hands
are full addressing problems at
home without considering in-
ternational work.
Jefferson, who first met a
Black missionary when he was
41, said his goal is to have 100
Blacks committed to long-term
missions by 2015.
Through a "Black Missions
Link" initiative, the 1MB has
distributed cards with photos
of Black missionaries to South-
ern Baptist churches encour-
aging them to "pray for Eric
and Ramona" in South Amer-
ica, for example, or "Courtney
and Arleen" in the Caribbean.

A new 1MB mentoring pro-
gram has connected Black col-
lege students with Black mis-
sionary couples who serve as
mentors on a short-term over-
seas trip.
"It was especially important
that I was a young Black wom-
an and in that particular town
they don't see a lot of that,"
said Victoria Obamehinti, 25,
a student at the University of
North Texas at Dallas who just
returned from Senegal. "They
see missionaries, but they're
usually Anglo."
She's hoping to describe her
experiences from Senegal to
younger people who might one
day become missionaries. And
she's open to future mission
work herself: "If God tells me to
go then Il go."

Pastors play peacekeeping role during Zimmerman trial

By Martin E. Comas

As the trial of George Zim-
merman played out in a San-
ford courtroom Monday, Pastor
Sharon Patterson, who founded
a small Black church in the
city, played an important, and
uncommon, role.
She sat a few rows from the
jury, watching and listening as
attorneys present evidence in
Zimmerman's second-degree-
murder trial.
Patterson is among more

than a dozen clergy from a va-
riety of Sanford-area churches
who were invited to take turns
occupying four reserved court-
room seats to observe the .ra-
cially charged trial and then
meet with their congregations
to quell rumors, urge calm and
keep peace.
They are part of a larger
group of pastors who have been
working with the U.S. Depart-
ment of Justice, the city of San-
ford and the Seminole County
Sheriffs Office since the death

of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin
in February 2012 to keep mem-
bers of Black and white conm-
munities informed without the


said. "The main concern is that
this is such a high-profile case,
that there are a lot of feelings,
and there will be a lot of mis-

"Pastors have a spiritual presence ... so we can
help alleviate any problems that could arise."

rancor and rhetoric.
"We, as religious leaders, can
have a calming presence. We
can soothe tensions," Patterson

information about what is tak-
ing place. So it's important that
people listen to the facts from
someone who is there and tell

them that the wheels of justice
are turning and to stay calm."
Outside the courthouse, the
pastors mingled with the crowd
to alleviate any possible heated
"Pastors have a spiritual
presence . so we can help
alleviate any problems that
could arise," said the Rev. Va-
larie Houston, pastor of the
600-member Allen Chapel
African Methodist Episcopal
Church in Sanford.
The Sheriffs Office has of-

ten worked with local clergy,
said Heather Smith, a sheriffs
. "Certainly these individuals,
the pastors, have strong ties
with their community. They
are well-regarded. They are in
touch with their congregations.
They are in touch with their
neighborhoods," Smith said.
"So as we move forward with
the trial, they [are] there as a
message of calm. We see them
as really having their fingers on
the pulse of-the community."

Supreme Court weighing public school graduation in a church en.eiin orwes hthrt
tae p Wscnsn as. i wic ascoo.dstic

By David G. Savage

Can a public high school
hold its graduauon ceremony
in a local church?
The Supreme Court has been
pondering that question in its
private conference for over six
weeks, discussing whether to
take up a Wisconsin case that
could reset the line separating
church and state
Last year, the U.S. 7th Cir-
cuit Court of Appeals in Chi-
cago ruled that the Elmbrook
School District, near Milwau-

kee, violated the 1st Amend-
ment and its ban on "an estab-
lishment of religion" by holding
a high school graduation cer-
emony in the sanctuary of an
evangelical Christian church.
The choice had been popular
with students and school offi-
cials for a decade. The old high
school -,ni -%as how. cramped
and uncoimifortable, they said.
The Elmbrook Church was
modern, spacious and air-
conditioned. But as the court
noted, "towering over the grad-
uation proceedings . was a

15- to 20-foot-tall Latin cross,
the preeminent symbol of
Chrinstian ity."
The appeals court said that
goes too far, turning a public
school ceremony into an "en-
dorsement" of a particular re-
Nine students and parents,
all unnamed, sued the school
district, saying they felt un-
comfortable and offended by
having graduation in an evan-
gelical church. Christians
shl1-juld "stop arid think .- b'.ut
how it would feel itl their high
school graduation ceremonies
were held in a .Jewish temple
or Muslim mosque, where di-
plomas were handed out be-
neath a looming Star of Da-

vid or Islamic crescent,' said
Ayesha Khan. legal director
for Americans United for Sepa-
ration of Church and State,
which represented the winning
Since March 29, the JULstices
have considered the Elmbrook
case at their weekly conferenc-
es but taken no action, raising
the chances the appeal will be
turned dow'i.
If so. the 7th Circuit's deci-
sirn will stand as a 'earning to
s,:hool disLnt._ts that the,, could
be forced to pay damages and
heavy% court costs if they hold
events in church buildings.
You will see a wave of threat
letters going out to school dis-
tricts" if the appeal is turned

down, predicted Luke Go-
odrich, a lawyer for the Beck-
et Fund for Religious Lib-
erty. Becket, national school
groups, and lawyers for 15
states backed the school dis-
trict's appeal to the Supreme
Court. They said holding
school events in church build-
ings is common around the
country, and they argue that
the mere presence of religious
symbols does not "establish'
an official religion.
"The Constitution does not
require the government to
treat churches as contarirdnat-
ed buildings that are uniquely
unfit for public events,' Go-
odrich said.
For more than two decades,

Supreme Court justices have
struggled to set rules for cases
in which the government is
sued for displaying religious
symbols. Examples include
a cross in a public square, a
public Nativity scene at Christ-
mastime or the Ten Command -
ments at county courthouses.
No clear rules have emerged,
however. In 2005, the court
was split over two cases chal-
lenging displays of the Ten
Commandments. One was in-
side a Kentuck, courthouse.
the other a granite monu-
ment outside the Texas state
Capitol. In a pair of 5-4 votes,
the court approved the Texas
monument, but not the Ken-
tucky courthouse exhibit.

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Over a third of new marriages get

their start on online dating sites

But the findings is

not without

By Sharon Jayson

More than a third of recent
marriages in the U.S. started
online, according to a study out
Monday that presents more evi-
dence of just how much tech-
nology has taken hold of our
"Societally, we are going to
increasingly meet more of our
romantic partners online as
we establish more of an online
presence in terms of social me-
dia," says Caitlin Moldvay, a
dating industry senior analyst
for market research firm IBIS-
World in Santa Monica, Calif.
"I do think mobile dating is go-
ing to be the main driver of this
The research, based on a sur-
vey of more than 19,000 indi-
viduals who married between
2005 and 2012, also found re-
lationships that began online
are slightly happier and less
likely to split than those that
started offline.
Findings, published in the
journal Proceedings of the Na-
tional Academy of Sciences, put
the percentage of married cou-
ples that now neet online at al-
most 35 percent which gives
what may be the first broad
look at the overall percentage of
new marriages that result from
meeting online.
About 45 percent of couples
met on dating sites; the rest
met on online social networks,
chat rooms, instant messaging
or other online forums.
Lead author John Cacioppo,
a psychologist and director of
the Center for Cognitive and
Social Neuroscience'at the Uni-
versity of Chicago, says dating
sites may "attract people who
are serious about getting mar-
While Cacioppo is a noted re-
searcher and the study is in a
prestigious scientific journal,
it is not without controversy.

Relationships that began online are slightly happier and less likely to split than those that

started offline.
It was commissioned by the
dating website eHarmony, ac-
cording to the study's conflict
of interest statement. Company
officials say eHarmony paid
Harris Interactive $130,000 to
field the research. Cacioppo
has been a member of eHarmo-
ny's Scientific Advisory Board
since it was created in 2007.
In addition, former eHarmo-
ny researcher Gian Gonzaga is
one of the five co-authors.
"It's a very impressive study,"
says social psychologist Eli Fin-
kel of Northwestern University
in Evanston, Ill.
"But it was. paid for by some-
body with a horse in the race
and conducted by an organiza-
tion that might have an incen-
tive to tell this story.
"Does this study suggest that
meeting online is a compelling
way to meet a partner who is
a good marriage prospect for
The answer is 'absolutely,"'
he says.
But it's "premature to con-
clude that online dating is bet-
ter than offline dating."
The findings about great-

er happiness in online cou-
ples "are tiny effects," says
Finkel,whose research pub-
lished last year found "no com-
pelling evidence" to support
dating website claims that their
algorithms work better than
other ways of pairing romantic
Finkel says the overall per-
centage of marriages in the sur-
vey is "on the high end of what'I
would have anticipated."
Sociologist Michael Rosenfeld
of Stanford University in Stan-
ford, Calif., says the numbers
seem "reasonable."
He says his own research,
published last year in the Amer-
ican Sociological Review, found
22 percent of newly formed
couples had met online, "but
couples who meet online are
more likely to progress to mar-
riage than couples who meet in
other ways."
He says his new analysis of
nationally representative data
found that of 926 unmarried
couples followed from 2009 to
2011, those who met online
were twice as likely to marry as
those who met offline.

Although Rosenfeld says the
paper is a "serious and inter-
esting paper" and "Cacioppo
is a serious scholar with a big
reputation," he is concerned
that "the use of an Internet sur-
vey which leaves non-Ingernet
households out might bias the
Harris Interactive says the
results have been weighted to
correct for potential bias in its
online surveys.
Other new data released last
month from a Pew Research
Center survey found that just
15 percent of Americans report
not using the Internet.
Cacioppo defends the re-
sults, and says that before he
agreed to analyze the data, "I
set stipulations that it would
be about science and not about
eHarmony." He adds that two
independent statisticians from
Harvard University were among
"I had an agreement with
eHarmony that I had complete
control and we would publish
no matter what we found and
the data would be available to
everyone," he says.

Duo highlights God through praise and worship

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dance and singing competition.
Ranzer said praise and wor-
ship is important at the church
because it not only sets the
atmosphere, but it is also bib-
lical. He referenced the story
of the lame beggar, who was
healed by Peter, when Ranzer
discussed the topic.
"The same man who was out-
side and lame, he is now in-

side the temple praising God
and giving worship unto God
for what He has done for him,"
Ranzer said.
Along with praise and wor-
ship, the church is known for
their social justice ministry.
New Generation has hosted
rallies and marches to speak
against violence and other in-
justices that have impacted the
Rhonda said it is important
for the church to be a ministry

that steps down from the pulpit
and goes into the community to
help make a difference.
The church's mission of min-
istry is to win over the lost for
Christ and then to help en-
hance members lives spiritu-
ally, socially and economically.
New Generation has many
events approaching, such as
their women's conference [lat-
er this month] and the annual
dance showcase, June 14th.
The pastors have noticed

spiritual growth, which is the
church's top priority, in their
The dance mime ministry
have fasted both Facebook and
computer usage, as their dance
showcase approaches.
Ranzer explained that the
dancers aren't merely perform-
ing, but they are ministering.
It's an anointing which deep-
ly impacts the. lives of others
when they minister, according
to Ranzer.

Artist worships the Lord through his rap music

continued from 1B

' his struggling mother, who
can't afford to pay the family's
light and gas bills.
"You hurt because you too
young to get a job/But your
home got a gun and he down
to rob," Thi'sl raps. "But that's
gonna open up the door to big-
ger. probs/ You see, we walking'
out our fathers' sin/Cause
they ran and didn't stand to be

In another song, he informs
his listeners who are going
through hardships that through
a relationship with Jesus, joy
will come in the morning..
The rapper discusses over-
coming a home without a fa-
ther, economic issues, and the
lives of single mothers.
Thi'sl explained that some
of his songs aren't as upfront
or heavily theological as some
Christian' music. It is his goal
to address real-life situations
through a biblical lens and

provide practical/biblical solu-
tions to everyday situations.
"I always give Jesus as the
answer," the rapper said.
Thi'sl will be performing on
June 15 at West Plaza of Mar-
lins Park at "Beastmode for
Christ Fellowship," an exclu-
sive event that will feature live
performances by the rapper
and other Christian music art-
The event will be hosted by
Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre
and the Team Chaplain Chris

Lane. Pierre and other players
will give their testimonials and
discuss their devotion to their
faith and community.
Pierre, who has a Thi'sl song
played when he is introduced
before every game, personally
invited the rapper to perform
at the pre-game event. The
Marlins will be playing Thi'sl's
hometown team, The Cardinals.
"As much of a die-hard Cardi-
nal fan I am, I am way more of
a fan of fellowship and express-
ing my joy in Jesus Christ."

Starks says fathers must earn "role model" title

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important job that of single
father to seven-year-old Ran-
dolph Starks, III, affectionately
known as Trey.
"Sometimes I worry whether
I'm being too strict but because
a child needs mother and fa-
ther love 24-7, I try to give my
son tough love while also be-
ing sensitive to his needs," he
said. "The key for any parent
is to be actively involved and
to have a positive impact on
their life. And then I want him
to understand that good things
come when you work towards

Starks serves as the primary
caregiver for his son a role
that society tends to attribute
solely to women. But accord-
ing to the 2000 U.S. Census,
the number of single-father
households rose 62 percent
in 10 years. In 2.2 million
households, fathers raise their
children without a mother -
equivalent to about one-in-45

Starks has been raising his
son on his own since Trey was
two but he was assisted by
his mother who served as her
grandson's nanny during the

football season. But that all
changed following his mother's
death last December.
"It's a big responsibility
and I'm doing the best I can,"
Starks said. "Luckily, I have
a few women in my life that
help they think of things
and ask questions that I prob-
ably wouldn't ask. I don't think
what I'm doing is so unique.
It's just that dads, especially
Black fathers, don't get a fair
read. But then, I don't re-
ally care about that. I'm more
concerned about helping my
son learn how to take care of
himself so that he won't have
to rely on anyone but himself.
He already gets up every morn-

ing at 6 a.m., dresses himself,
is ready for the school bus and
always does his homework.
Watching him grow and seeing
his personality develop is one
of my greatest joys. I want to
make sure he doesn't become
another statistic my job is
keep him away from things
that would have him end up
hurt or in jail."
Does Starks wish he didn't
have to raise his son alone?
"I don't have time to think
much about that," he said. "I
just love spending time with
him and I realize that time is
one thing that you can't get
back. It's too bad more parents
don't understand that."


New Mt. Sinai M.B.C.
will host a revival June 12-14
at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-978-

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

The C Lord C's singing
anniversary will be held at
Holy Cross Missionary Bap-
tist Church June 15 at 7:30
p.m. Call 954-303-3054.

Mt. Pleasant Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
host a Father's Day Gospel
Concert on June 16 at 6p.m.
Call 305-258-8207.

Tag Team 4 Jesus Min-
istries will host their 2nd
Annual Men's Conference on
June 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. and
on June 23 at 3p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
celebrate their 99th anniver-
sary on Sunday, June 23 at 4
p.m. Call 305-253-2905.

Christian Fellowship
Worship Center will cel-
ebrate its choir anniversary
June 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. A
music worship will be held
June 29 at 9a.m.

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

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

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

0 Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministry will
host a "Youth Summer Semi-
nar." Call 954-213-4332.

0 The C Lord C's will
celebrate 64 years of gos-
pel singing at St. John AME
Church on June 23 at 3:30

Wasting food is like stealing

from the poor, says the Pope
By Reuters -p.-. Around 1.3 billion
metric tonnes (1.43 bil-
Pope Francis de- lion tons) of food, or one
nounced on last week F third of what is produced
what he called a "cul- for human consump-
ture of waste" in an tion, gets lost or wasted
increasingly consum- every year, according to
erist world and said the United Nations' food
throwing away good FRANCIS agency.
food was like stealing In the industrialized

from poor people.
"Our grandparents used to
make a point of not throwing
away leftover food. Consumer-
ism has made us accustomed
to wasting food daily and we
are unable to see its real value,"
Francis said at his weekly audi-
ence in St. Peter's Square.
"Throwing away food is like
stealing from the table of those
who are poor and hungry," he
said. .
Since taking office in March,
Pope Francis has said he wants
the 1.2-billion-strong Roman
Catholic Church to defend the
poor and to practice greater
austerity itself. He has also
made several calls for global fi-
nancial reform.

world the majority of waste is
by consumers, often because
they buy too much and have to
throw away what they do not
manage to eat.
A U.N.-backed study released
on Wednesday said simple mea-
sures such as better storage
and reducing over-sized por-
tions would sharply reduce the
vast amount of food going to
In U.S. restaurants, din-
ers wasted nine percent of the
meals they bought, partly be-
cause of a trend to increase the
size of everything from cheese-
burgers to soft drinks, said the
report by the World Resources
Institute and the U.N. Environ-
ment Program.

Harlem churches are at a loss

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who really keep your church go-
ing as a whole," said the Rev.
Dr. Charles A. Curtis, the se-
nior pastor at Mount Olivet
Baptist Church and the chair-
man of Harlem Congregations
for Community Improvement.
"With the drop in popula-
tion," he said, "you have less
people to tithe."
The Rev. Jesse T. Williams
Jr., senior pastor at Convent
Avenue Baptist Church, said,
"Giving is a form of worship,
and an expression of thanking
God for what God has given
us." At his church, he said,
tithes in recent years were
down about 12 percent.
Canaan, now with 1,000
members, has lost 500 since
2000, which increased' the
amount of room available for
Without the tourists, Harris

said, the senior pastor would
be "preaching to an empty bal-
And tithes are down 20 per-
cent, though other offerings at
Canaan have been stable. It
is not clear how much of that
money comes from tourists.
Some churches have expe-
rienced drops in tithing of as
much as 50 percent, said Deb-
orah C. Wright, the chief exec-
utive of Carver Federal Savings
Bank, leading them to seek
loans from her bank.
"Clearly this is a transitional
period," said Canaan's senior
pastor, the Rev. Thomas D.
Johnson Sr., who celebrated
his seventh year at the church
last month. "I believe that
Canaan and all of our strong
churches in Harlem are deter-
mined not to become extinct.
This institution must survive,
not only for the congregation,
but because of who we repre-

Father's Day Gospel Concert

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 11591 SW 220
Street, Goulds, Fl., Dr. James
C. Wise, Pastor, presents a Fa-
ther's Day Gospel Concert.
The Gospel Concert will fea-
ture The Jackson Souther-
naires, Jackson Mississippi; St.
Mary's Male Chorus, Coconut
Grove; The Smiling Jubilaires,
Ft. Lauderdale; The Heavenly

Lites, Miami and Mt. Pleasant
MBC Male Chorus.
The service will start at 6
p.m., Sunday, June 16.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
All tickets will be sold at the
Adults, $25; students 13-17,
$10; and children 5-12, $5.
For ticket information, call

Musical Program at Valley Grove
Dade County Outreach As- Wimberly sisters, Dynamic
sociation Inc., is sponsoring a Stars Love singers, Zion Gospel
musical program 3 p.m., Sun- singers, Gospel Lydrics, Young
day, June 16 at Valley Grove Believers, Ministers singers,
Missionary Baptist Church, Freeman singers, Redeem sing-
1485 NW 69 Street. ers UBH chorus, Golden Bells
On the program will be the and many many more.

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States unload insurance burden on ACA exchanges

Huge bailout hides in Obamacare

for U.S. retirees
By David M. Walker

Oct. 1, is a focus of increasing
anxiety in this country. That's
the date when enrollments be-
gin for the federally run health
insurance exchanges, created
under the Affordable Care Act
(ACA). No one really knows
what to expect, but it could be
far worse than advertised -and
for a reason that has more to
do with the federal deficit than
health care.
What's anticipated is unset-
tling enough. President Obama
speaks of inevitable "glitches
and bumps" in the implemen-
tation. Senate Finance Com-
mittee Chairman Max Baucus
(D-Mont.) sees the possibility
of "a huge train wreck" if the
public isn't adequately educat-
ed and prepared. Supporters of
the ACA, especially Democrats
in the Congress, are nervous

about taking the blame if the
exchanges don't unfold as in-
All these worries are legiti-
mate. The American people, al-
ready burdened by a numbingly
complex, inefficient and inequi-
table tax system, now wonder
if an increasingly government-
run health care system will fol-
low suit. Many are concerned
that some employers will dump
their current health care plans
and pay the relatively mod-
est fine. There's also worry
that young people will opt out
of the exchanges (preferring to
pay the small penalty), leaving
the exchanges with a dispro-
portionately older and sicker
pool. Then there's the very real
uncertainty surrounding the
ACA's ultimate cost illustrat-
ed by the impact of Medicare
alone, which the Office of the
Chief Actuary of Medicare esti-

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State and local governments would likely continue to con-
tribute by paying some premium support to individual retir-
ees for healthcare.

mates could cost cost $10 tril-
lion more than claimed.
Amid all these concerns and
speculations, almost no atten-
tion is being paid to the oppor-
tunity that the ACA's insurance
exchanges could represent for
state and local governments' re-

tiree health care programs. It's
time to think about it because
the consequences could be far-

We already know that many
state and local governments are

in a financial hole that keeps
getting deeper. A newly released
report by the U.S. Government
Accountability Office (GAO)
makes clear that, absent signif-
icant reforms, the fiscal picture
for most state and local gov-
ernments will steadily worsen
through 2060. A main cause, in
addition to Medicaid, is the cost
of health care for state and lo-
cal government retirees. These
largely unfunded obligations
are similar to the pressures on
the federal government to fulfill
its unrealistic Medicare prom-
But there is a critical dif-
ference when it comes to how
state and local governments
can approach these obligations
compared to the federal govern-
ment. State and local govern-
ments can't print money and
typically have "balanced bud-
get" requirements. More often
than not, retiree health benefits
are not guaranteed under state
constitutions, are not insured,
and are not protected by federal

law, which means the systems
in place can be changed.
States that offer extremely
generous health benefits for
government retirees, and which
have little to no pre-funding for
those benefits, could choose
to move their retirees into the
Affordable Care Act's new ex-
State and local governments
would likely continue to con-
tribute by paying some pre-
mium support to individual
retirees for healthcare, but the
federal government and/or
participants in the exchanges
would pick up much of the tab.
For these states, the exchanges
offer a chance to shore up their
finances and relieve state tax-
payers of some of the looming
burden of financing all those
It could be a huge opportu-
nity for states and localities in
desperate need of fixing their
long-term finances, and one
that they should seriously con-
sider in the coming months.

Most parents not worried about children's screen time

Mom and dad also preoccupied by

electronic devices
By Kim Painter

Most parents of young chil-
dren are not very concerned
about their "use of TV, com-
puters, tablets and other me-
dia maybe because kids who
spend the most time looking at
screens have parents who are
heavy users, too, a new survey
Contrary to popular belief,
"we generally found that media
use is not a source of conflict in
the home" at least for parents
and kids up to age 8, says El-
len Wartella, a researcher from
Northwestern University whose
report will be presented today
at a conference in Washington.
Instead, the nationwide sur-
vey of 2,326 parents shows they
set the pace for media use and
young kids follow often with
screen habits frowned upon by
child development experts. The
survey did not include parents
of older children or teens.
Nearly eight in 10 parents
said their children's media use
was not a source of family con-
flict; 55 percent said they were
"not too" or "not at all" con-
cerned about it, while 30, per-
cent said they were concerned.
Parents also had more positive
than negative views on how TV,
computers and mobile devices
affect children's learning and
There were some qualms:
Most saw those technologies
as bad for physical activity and
most agreed that video games
are bad for learning, creativity
and physical activity.
One surprise to the research-
ers: Parents said books, toys,
activities and the old media
warhorse, TV, remain popular
tools for rewarding or diverting
children much more so than
new smart phones and tablets.
Just 37 percent who have mo-
bile devices say they use them
to keep kids busy vs. 78 per-
cent for TV.
But families are not alike and
the survey found three distinct
Media-centric families (39
percentof the sample), in which
parents used electronic me-
dia for an average of 11 hours
a day and children averaged
4.5 hours. These families were
most likely to leave TVs on most
of the time (48 percent) and put
TVs in children's rooms (44
Media-moderate families
(45 percent), in which parents
used media nearly five hours a
day and children were plugged
in for nearly three hours.
Media-light families (16
percent), in which parents av-
eraged less than two hours and
children averaged about 1.5
hours of screen time each day.
"Parents set the family style,"
Wartell says. "Children are not
the driving force here."
The survey did not look at
how media use affected chil-
dren. The American Academy
of Pediatrics frowns upon put-
ting TVs in children's' rooms.
Excessive media use is linked
to obesity and problems with

attention, sleep and school, the
group says.
Previous surveys have found
many families don't followcthat
advice, so the new findings are
not surprising, says Ari Brown,
an Austin, Texas, pediatri-

cian and spokeswoman for the
"People look at the recom-
mendations and ask 'Are you
out of touch with reality?' The
answer is no, but somebody
has to say something," she
says. "We are trying to provide
evidence-based recommenda-
tions to help parents make


It is true, she says, that
there's no research on how the
latest forms of interactive me-
dia affect young children.
The new findings suggest
many of today's parents have
chosen a media-heavy family
life and feel fine about it, War-
tell says.
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generational shift."


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President misses mark at summit

continued from 2B

psychotic, I rushed him to a hos-
pital emergency room in Fairfax
County, Va., but was turned
away because my son was not
considered sick enough. Even
though he had been diagnosed
with a serious mental illness a
year earlier, wasn't taking his
medication, and was talking
about suicide, I was told there
was nothing I could do until he
actually hurt himself, someone
else or me. Forty-eight hours
later, he broke into an unoc-
cupied house to take a bubble
bath, was arrested and charged
with two felonies.
Those felonies increased the

stigma against him a hundred-
The legal obstacles that I
faced are not unique. There
were abundant warning signs
before the mass killings on the
Virginia Tech campus and in
Tucson, but parents and college
officials felt their hands were
tied by current laws.
A House investigative sub-
committee, chaired by Rep.
Tim Murphy, R-Pa., has held
three recent hearings to exam-
ine mental illness and violence
post-Newtown. As President
Obama did in his summit re-
marks, subcommittee members
have emphasized that a major-
ity of persons with mental ill-
nesses are not violent and that

persons with mental disorders
are more likely to be victims of
violence rather than perpetra-
tors. Rep. Murphy's subcom-
mittee, however, has not ig-
nored the elephant in the room.
I testified at the subcommit-
tee's first hearing, which exam-
ined reasons families can't get
decent mental health care. An-
other witness described how his
son slashed his own throat, dug
a grave in the backyard and
showed friends nooses that he'd
made to hang himself, yet his
parents' pleas went unheeded
as soon as the family's insur-
ance company refused to pay
for additional days in a hospi-
tal. Discharged, their son killed

Heart health amped by fatty diet

continued from 4B

Yet how we eat can be just as
important as what we eat, ex-
perts say. Call it the Mediterra-
nean lifestyle. It's important to
take our time and avoid skip-
ping meals. Too often, "we're
so hungry we attack food," said
Kathleen Zelman, a nutrition
expert with insurer United-
Healthcare, at a recent webinar.
We don't wait the 20 minutes
that it takes to feel full before
we go for a second helping, so
we overeat. And we neglect ex-
These kinds of lifestyle choic-
es have taken their toll. Heart
disease is the 'leading killer in
the U.S. More than one-third
of U.S. adults Are obese, a con-
dition that can contribute to
heart disease. The New Eng-
land Journal of Medicine study

showed that changes to the
diet can reduce cardiac risks
for people with risk factors in-
cluding smoking, obesity and
high blood pressure. What's
more, "at the end of the day, the
Mediterranean diet is not such
a difficult thing to do," said Dr.
John G. Harold, an attending
cardiologist at the Cedars-Sinai
Heart Institute in Los Angeles
and president of the American
College of Cardiology. "And it's
palatable." The study, led by
researchers at the University
of Barcelona, examined the ef-
fects of a Mediterranean diet
in men and women ages 55 to
80. Participants received ei-
ther a liter of extra-virgin olive
oil weekly or 30 grams of a nut
mixture (walnuts, hazelnuts
and almonds) daily. In addition
to these supplements, they also
received dietary training in how
to eat meals with large amounts

of olive oil, fruits, nuts, veg-
etables and cereals, a moder-
ate amount of fish and poultry,
and a low amount of dairy, red
meats, processed meats and
The Mediterranean diet itself
isn't low fat. In fact, it's a mod-
erate to high-fat diet, but it's
rich in healthy fats and low in
the unhealthy, saturated fats
found in animal products like
butter and red meat, Zelman
said. Products full of healthy
fats make people feel fuller
longer than the "light" prod-
ucts that people eat-and often
overeat-in an attempt to lose
weight, separate research sug-
gests. Notably, the new study
didn't restrict participants' cal-
ories or promote exercise. The
Mediterranean diet group didn't
lose weight even as participants
reaped the diet's medical ben-

Campaign to stop child negligence

continued from 4B

county manager for child care
licensing and enforcement.
The county, the Children's
Services Council and the
Early Learning Coalition will
help with installation costs,
up to $400 per alarm, from a
$165,000 budget, Walker said.
If an inspector finds a busi-
ness hasn't complied, there
is a civil fine of up to $250,
Walker said. When children
are harmed, adults can be
prosecuted under state crimi-
nal law. .
"It's incumbent that we act
and impose guidelines," Walk-

er said. "These are precious
babies, our most vulnerable
Last Friday, a CBS billboard
unveiled on Griffin Road in
Hollywood reminds drivers to
"look before you lock." One
of four billboards going up
around Broward County, the
messages will be viewed an es-
timated four million times over
June and July, officials said.
"I'm very, very proud that we
were able to bring this to frui-
tion, and now let's see if we can
save some lives," said Wexler, a
grandmother. "I hope there are
no more dead children."
On May 16, an 11-month-old
boy died, reportedly after being

left by his mother in a car in
west Miami-Dade County. In
Aug. 2010, Haile Brockington,
2, was found dead in a Delray
Beach day care center's van.
Adults were charged with
aggravated manslaughter in
these cases as well as the Cole-
man incident.
One preventative measure:
put a handbag or cellphone on
the back seat as a reminder to
fetch a drowsy child.
"Any time a child dies in a
hot car or in van is an excru-
ciating tragedy to the family
and to all of us who care about
children," said Cindy Arenberg
Seltzer, president of the Chil-
dren's Services Council.

U.S. towns that are great for retirees

continued from 4B

of activities that can keep them
fit and healthy," says Annette
Fuller, managing editor of
Where to Retire magazine. "Big
cities still attract, such as Aus-
tin and Santa Fe, but the little
guys such as Mountain Home,
Ark.; Natchez, Miss.; and Port
Townsend, Wash. have many
relocated retirees who proudly
boast of their new home and
delight in finding an off-the-
beaten-path location."
Here are five cities and towns
for consideration.
1. Hendersonville, N.C. Most
people know Asheville, N.C., in
the western mountains of the
state. But, according to Terri
King, CEO of Coldwell Banker
King in Asheville, people are
discovering the outlying ar-
eas. Twenty-five minutes south
of Asheville is Hendersonville
(pop. 13,000) which has many
of the qualities sought by Baby
Boomers, King says.
She calls the city a "remark-
ably friendly yet sophisticated
social experience." Among the
attributes, a 72-piece orchestra
(the smallest town in the U.S.
that has one, she says). It is also
home to the official state the-
ater, the Flat Rock Playhouse.
And it's 25 miles from Mission
Hospital, which was ranked in
the top 15 health care systems
in 2013 by Thomson Reuters.
"It has easy walking, water-
falls and a national forest,"
King says. "And you are two to
three hours from cities like At-
lanta and Greensboro.
"It's very conducive to a re-
tired individual," she says. "For

-Photo: Dennis Macdonald
Tourist hotpot Branson, Mo., is home to 10,000 residents.

Baby Boomers, it has a mild,
four-season climate. People re-
tirement age are done with the
extremes in life."
2. St. Augustine, Fla. (pop.
13,500) Beautiful weather, one
of the top outdoor concert ven-
ues in the USA-the 3,400-seat
St. Augustine Amphitheater -
are all among the attractions,"
says Rob West, CEO of Cold-
well Banker Premier Properties.
There's no state income tax and
low sales tax. And it's 45 min-
utes from Jacksonville, he says
"We were just named by a
magazine as one of the top 10
places to retire," West says. "It's
the oldest city in the U.S., so we
are rich in history and cultural
arts. And we have world-class
3. King of Prussia, Pa. (pop.
20,000). "
"King of Prussia is one of the
most centralized places to live,"

says Ron Clarke, CEO of Cen-
tury 21 Alliance, which has 14
offices in Philadelphia and its
suburbs. "You can get to the
shore or the mountains in two
hours. It has easy access to
shopping, with two of largest
malls in the state. In the Dela-
ware Valley there is a tremen-
dous amount of 55-and-older
age-restricted housing. That's
attracted people from outside
the area."
The proximity to Philadelphia
has made much of the Dela-
ware Valley a retirement mag-
net, Clarke says. The No. 1 rea-
son is the availability of health
care. There are five teaching
hospitals in Philadelphia -
Jefferson University Hospital,
Hahnemann University Hospi-
tal, Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania, Temple Universi-
ty Hospital and Einstein Health
Care Network.

AIDS survivor manages his disease

continued from 2B

needs and many of his desires.
That said, he isn't worried about
what people think about his
sexuality or his medical condi-
tion. But as he stresses, he is
probably in a distinct minority.
"Look, if you had asked me
about being Black, gay and
living with HIV 10 years ago,
I doubt I would have even an-
swered you," he said. "Unlike
in the white community, in
our [Black] community, people
judge you and even talk about
- sometimes to your face -
when they find out that you're
HIV-positive. I've been on a few

dates where once I disclosed my
status, the guys ran the other
way and they ran fast. The
thing is, you know it's best
to tell the truth, but just be-
cause you go out with someone
doesn't mean you're going to
become intimate. So, you have
to make a decision as to when
you want to reveal your HIV
status. And you have to be very
discerning about that because
some folks try to use the knowl-
edge of your status as a weapon
against you."

Rogers works with hundreds
of clients and says that one of

the hardest lessons to teach is
to young adults who have a very
different understanding of the
disease and its impact on their
"Back in the day, we knew
that HIV/AIDS was a killer it
was pretty much a death sen-
tence," he said. "That's no lon-
ger the case, which is a good
thing. Unfortunately, younger
folks see living with HIV/AIDS
as nothing more than taking a
pill each day. They've never had
to witness the struggle, hard-
ship and painful death associ-
ated with HIV/AIDS that we
did. They just don't live with
the same fear that we did. Some
just take unnecessary risks."

Cancer patients losing vital days

continued from 4B

as much as a generic intrave-
nous drug, 5-FU, which is the
backbone of chemotherapy
regimens for many gastroin-
testinal tumors.
There were 251 drug short-
ages of all kinds in 2011 and
121 in 2012, according to the

Food and Drug Administra-
In February, the Univer-
sity of Utah Drug Information
Service, which closely tracks
shortages, reported national
and regional shortages of 320
drugs, the highest since 2010.
Some hospitals hold the
equivalent of lotteries to de-
cide which patients get a drug,

says cancer researcher William
Li, executive director of the An-
giogenesis Foundation, which
sponsors research of blood
vessel growth.
Chemotherapy regimens
have been carefully studied in
clinical trials to give patients
the highest chance of survival
and lowest risk of serious side
effects, Gogineni says.

Medicare rewards fraud reporting

continued from 4B

Medicare with their identifica-
tion numbers. That's a "land-
mark change," he said.
"Our best weapon in fighting
fraud is our 50 million Medi-
care beneficiaries," he said. Up-
ping the incentive amount from
a possible $10,000 per case to
a possible $9.9 million would
"attract the kind of attention"
the government needs to spot-
light the program, Budetti said.
During the past four years,
the government has recov-
ered $14.9 billion in Medicare
fraud money, due in large part
to the 2010 health care law,

also known as the Affordable
Care Act. The law allowed the
government to analyze data to
spot indications of fraud and
stop paying providers. Budetti
explained that all providers had
to go through a reapplication
process to participate in Medi-
Those who didn't meet a re-
quirement, had felony convic-
tions, had incorrect addresses
or who weren't properly li-
censed are no longer allowed to
bill Medicare. Officials focused
on providers in areas that have
historically high levels of fraud,
such as durable medical equip-
ment, home health care and
ambulance services. In the two

years before the system was in
place, just 6,307 providers and
suppliers had their Medicare
billing privileges revoked, ac-
cording to CMS.
However, the program faced
pressure from Congress in Oc-
tober when members learned
the system had not yet inte-
grated Medicare's payment pro-
"The key question is, when
will Medicare officials finally
have a fully operational and ef-
fective anti-fraud system so we
can turn off the spigot of fraud-
ulent Medicare payments?"
said then-senator Scott Brown,
R-Mass. He added that the sys-
tem was "months late."

We've Got

Your Back.




9B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 12-18, 2013



End HIV epidemic among Blacks

By Black Christian News

On the eve of the NAACP's
103rd Annual Convention in
Orlando, Fl., clergy throughout
Baltimore participated in the
annual Day of Unity, an event
designed to inspire pastors to
talk about HIV/AIDS as a social
justice issue with their parish-
ioners. Using the NAACP's new
manual, The Black Church and
HIV: The Social Justice Impera-
tive, clergy throughout the city
are talking to their communi-
ties about HIV as an issue of
health equity. The release of
this manual marks the inaugu-
ral moment when the NAACP is
sharing its perspective on the
disproportionate impact of HIV/
AIDS in the Black community
and the integral role the Black
Church can play in combating
this disease.
With more than 21,000
churches in the U.S., the Black
church has the potential to
make a significant impact in the
battle against HIV/AIDS in the
Black community. In Baltimore,
where HIV rates for Black wom-
en are five times the national

Chairman of the NAACP Empowerment Temple AME

average, this is particularly
true. The NAACP is calling on
faith leaders across the city to
recommit to social justice and
fight for health equity for their
congregants. The effort under-
scores the NAACP's commit-
ment to mobilize its members to
turn the tide against the impact
of HIV/AIDS in the Black com-
"There is an immediate need

for faith leaders to take action
to address what is happening
in our community," said Roslyn
Brock, Chairman of the NAACP.
"Throughout our history, the
NAACP and the Black Church
have worked together to combat
policies and practices that un-
dermine human rights and so-
cial justice. Health equity is the
fight for our generation. We en-
courage all pastors in the Bal-

Genetic mutations found in women with breast cancer

continued from 3B

chose to do.
"We were surprised at our re-
sults," said the study leader, Dr.
Jane Churpek, a cancer special-
ist at the University of Chicago.
Too few Black women have been
included in genetic studies in the
past and most have not looked
for mutations to the degree this
one did, "so we just don't have
a good sense" of how much risk
there is, she said.
Churpek gave results of the
study last Monday at an Ameri-
can Society of Clinical Oncology
conference in Chicago. The re-
searchers include Mary-Claire
King, the University of Washing-
ton scientist who discovered the
first breast cancer predisposition
gene, BRCA1.
Children of someone with a
BRCA mutation have a 50 per-

cent chance of inheriting it.
In the U.S., about five percent
to. 10 percent of breast cancers
are thought to be due to bad
BRCA genes. Among breast can-
cer patients, BRCA mutations
are carried by five percent of
whites and 12 percent of Eastern
European (Ashkenazi) Jews. The
rates in other groups are not as
well known.
The study involved 249 Black
breast cancer patients from Chi-
cago area hospitals. Many had
breast cancer at a young age,
and half had a family history of
the disease.
They were given complete gene
sequencing for all 18 known
breast cancer risk genes rather
than the usual tests that just
look for a few specific mutations
in BRCA genes.
Gene flaws were found in 56, or
22 percent, of study participants;
46 of them involved BRCA1 or

BRCA2 and the rest were less
commonly mutated genes.
Harmful mutations were found
in 30 percent of Black -women
with "triple-negative breast can-
cer" tumors whose growth is

Special Father's
St. Mark Missionary Baptist
Church is having a special Fa-
ther's Day service 11 a.m., Sun-
day, June 16.
Lifting men up in Christ,
honoring our very own Deacon
Samuel Mustipher. So bring all
the special men in your life and
honor them by wearing black
and white.
Special guest speaker,
Reverend Leroy Washington of
Ft. Lauderdale, FL


not fueled by estrogen, proges-
terone or the gene that the drug
Herceptin targets. Doctors have
long known that these harder-
to-treat cases are more common
in Black women.

Day at St. Mark



Is Nigeria a death trap

for Christian people?

timore area to dispel the myths
about HIV and talk about it as a
social justice issue."
More than 30 years into the
epidemic, HIV still has a dispro-
portionate impact on the Black
community. In Baltimore, one
in 41 citizens over the age of
13 is living with HIV. In 2009,
85.5 percent of all HIV diagno-
ses reported were for Blacks,
while just 10.3 percent were for
whites. Many attribute these
differences to disparities in
health access, quality and care.
"The complexities and condi-
tions of the HIV crisis, contin-
ue to confront, challenge, and
cripple the Black community
at unprecedented measure,"
said Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant
of Empowerment Temple AME
and a Day of Unity participant.
"We can't afford to look away
or ignore the parishioners in
our pews. It's the responsibil-
ity of the church to rise up, take
charge, raise awareness, and
commit to making the wounded
whole. If Jesus cared for the
sick, so should the church care
for its affected and infected with
respect and dignity."

In a 2007 interview, the pastor
said he would not leave Borno
state even though the state was
a safe haven for extremists who
posed a danger to both his life
and his ministry.
Hours before Musa was mur-
dered, President Jonathan de-
clared a state of emergency
in three of Nigeria's northern
states, including the state where
the pastor was killed. This dec-
laration followed a gun battle
between the military and Boko
Haram in Borno state last month
that some claim killed more than
100 civilians. Borno state Gov.
Kassim Shettima reportedly told
senators and military officials
that Boko Haram was on the
verge of seizing control in his
The state of emergency will
allow the federal government
to send more troops into the
states where the emergency has
been declared and use special
measures to try to curb the vio-
lence being perpetrated by Boko
Haram. Similar tactics have
failed to establish peace and se-
curity in the past and in some
cases have actually had a nega-
tive effect. Widespread reports of
abuses by the Nigerian military
and other security forces have
helped increase Boko Haram's
recruiting pool and have often
turned local populations against
government forces. Whether this
most recent state of emergency
will yield a different result re-
mains to be seen.
Murder and insecurity contin-
ues to define the lives of many
Christians living in northern Ni-

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By William Stark

Nigeria continues to own the
shameful title of being the dead-
liest place to be a Christian. In
2012, 70 percent of Christians
murdered due to persecution
were killed in Nigeria. This deadly
fact is characterized by the bru-
tal murder of the Rev. Faye Pama
Musa, who was followed home
by suspected Boko Haram mili-
tants and shot. News of the mur-
der spread hours after Nigeria's
President Goodluck Jonathan
declared a state of emergency in
three of Nigeria's northern states
most affected by the Boko Haram
After finishing his evening Bi-
ble study at his church on May
15 in Borno state's capital, Mai-
duguri, Musa, the secretary of
the Borno state chapter of the
Christian Association of Nigeria
(CAN), began traveling home for
the night. According to the Rev.
Titus Dama Pona, the chairman
of CAN's Borno chapter, gunmen
suspected to be Boko Haram mnil-
itants followed the pastor home.
After the pastor entered his
house, the gunmen climbed over
his fence and broke in. The gun-
men then dragged the pastor out
of his home and shot him out-
side. Musa was executed in front
of his daughter, who followed the
assailants outside, begging for
her father's life.
Musa was likely targeted by
the militants attached to the Is-
lamic extremist group because of
his outspoken criticism of Boko
Haram's targeting of Christians
and the discrimination against
Christians in northern Nigeria.

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I N S. S. ID Y .5

Hadley Davis MLK

SR., 78, aircraft
died June
10 at home.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

- - -

died June 6
at Memorial
Hospital. I
Service 11 i
a.m., Saturday
at New Birth
Baptist Church.

IDAMISE LOUIS, 87, died June
10 at Aventura
Service 10 a.m.,
Friday at House
of the Living

79, died May 31. Services were

May 30. Services were held.

June 2. Services were held.

Wright and Young
manager, died Da
June 6 at home.
include: wife,
Carrie; two
sons, Philip
two daughters, Carol Diane
Scott Parker, Deborah Ann; ten
grandchildren, twenty five great
grandchildren and seven great-
great grandchildren. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at Mount Hermon
A.M.E. Church, 17800 NW 25
Avenue, Miami Gardens.

months old, died June 3 at Joe
DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
Services were held.

died June 4 at '

Service 11 a.m., .,.>
Saturday at'
Martin Memorial |
AME Church.

KANCEY, 68, died June 5 at
Perdue Nursing Faculty. Service 11
a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

74, retired
clerk, died
June 5 at North .
Shore Hospital.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Antioch
Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.

AJ Manuel
June 5. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at First Bethel Baptist Church,
Dania Beach.

18, died June 9. Service 1 p.m.,
at Ward Chapel A.M.E.Church,
Hallandale Beach.

Nakia Ingraham
tech supervisor, died May 30 at
Aventura Hospital. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at New Macendonia Bap-
tist Church.

ALICIA JONES, 47, custodian,
died June 5. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
died May 30
at Memorial
South Hospital.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Grace
Coimnmu nity

APRIL ASBURY, 54, flight

died June 7 at
Kindred Hospital
of Hollywood.
Service 12
p.m., Thursday
at Greater New
Bethel MBC.

foster parent,
died June 8
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at St. Mary's
Wesleyan ,

JOE BETSY, 58, laborer, died
June 9 at Citrus Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

May 25. Services were held.

May 28. Services were held.

Gregg L. Mason
ALBERT KING, SR., 74, self
employed, Gar-
den Supplies
died June 5.
Survivors in-
clude: wife, An-
nie; sons, Albert
King, Jr. and
Christopher G.
King: daugh-. '
ters, Laura Renee King and Angela
(Neff) King: five grandchildren and
one great grandchild. Private ser-
vices were held.

carrier, US Postal Service died
June 7. Family hour 4 p.m. 6 p.m.,
viewing 2 p.m. 9 p.m., Friday. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday in the cha-

88, teacher, ,
died June 8 at
Jackson North
Medical Center.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at First . ',
Baptist Church
of Opa-Locka.

5 at North Shore Medic,
Services were held.


died June
al Center.

W E B B j^ fl
73, retired
nurse, died June
2 at Kindred
Hospital in
Broward County.
Survived by: her
children, Kathy
Gail, Densey Corlis and Paris
Christian Webb; grandson, Paris
Webb II; brother, Phillip; sisters,
Cora and Phyllis and a host of
other relatives and friends. Service
10 a.m., today at Mount Hermon
AME Church.

Southern Memorial
BYRON L. BRIGGS, 64, baker,
graduate of
Booker T.
Class of 1968,
died June
5 at home.
Viewing 6 p.m.
- 8 p.m., Friday
at Southern
Memorial Funeral Home. Service
11 a.m., Saturday in the chapel,
15011 West Dixie Hwy., North

S Obituaries are due by
4:30 p.m., Tuesday i

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
cafeteria man-- -
ager, died June
8 at home. Sur-
vivors: Terrance
(Tynesha) Mur-
ray and Latoya
Taylor. Service
12 p.m., Satur- ..f
day at Greater!
Bethel AME Church, 245 NW 8
Street, Miami.

cafeteria wo
died June
at Jacli
H o s p i t
Service 12 p
Jordan G
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Jazz musician killed in crash

The bassist Ben Tucker had played with major stars including

Quincy Jones and Peggy Lee

By Associated Press

sician Ben Tucker performed
with stars from Quincy Jones
to Peggy Lee before he settled in
the 1970s in Savannah, where e

the jazz bassist became one of
Trinity the city's best-known working
DARDEN, 54, musicians.
)rker, / He was killed in a car crash
8er last Tuesday at age 82.
kson Tucker was driving a golf cart
i a I across a road on Hutchinson
I ^' Island when a car slammed

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of Miami, died
June 8, 2013 -
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Survived by:
her children, '
Barbara Merrell, "*,
Naomi Estes
(Donald), Willie "l
C. Merrell
(Teresa), Jolie Cunningham and
Ulysses Bain (Judy) and her
sisters, Dorothy Daniel and Annie L.
McNealy; seventeen grandchildren,
sixteen great-grandchildren
and one great-great grandchild.
Viewing 4 p.m. 7 p.m., Thursday
at Hall Ferguson Hewitt,1900 NW
54th Street, Miami and 3 p.m. 8
p.m., Friday at Bradwell Mortuary
in Quincy, FL, 18300 Blue Star
Highway. Services 1 p.m., Saturday
at Little Zion MB Church in Sneads,
Florida with burial at the Little Zion
Cemetery. Bradwell Mortuary of
Quincy, Florida is in charge of the

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to extend a heartfelt
thanks to everyone for their
expression of sympathy and
all acts of kindness during our
period of bereavement. Your
prayers, visits, cards, covered
dishes and monetary gifts were
greatly appreciated.
A very special thanks to Rev.
Dr. George McRae and the
.Mt. Tabor MB Church for ev-
erything, he loved you all so
much. Also, to Rev. Henry Peo-
ples and Bible MB Church for
their kindness and support.
Thanks to the families,
neighbors, friends, all program
participants, mission and the
We are forever grateful to
Northwestern class of 1971
and all "Bulls for life", which
was Michael's "TEXT" sign off.
Let us rejoice and give thanks
for Michael, a life so dear to us.
May God bless and keep you
is our prayers and may Heaven
smile upon you.
Mother Effie Fortson and

Death Notice

JOE M. LYNN, SR., 64, re-
tired, died June 1 at home.
Survived by: wife of 43 years,
Gilda, children, Daphne (Larry
Wilson), Catina (Kevin), Davis
of Miami Fl., Dr. Joe Jr., (Ta-
batha) of Tampa, Fl., Keith
of North Carolina, Janelle
(proceeded him in death);
10 grandkids and one great
grand. Service 1 p.m., Satur-
day at Greater Sardis Baptist
Church in Ozark, Alabama.
Arrangements entrusted to
Trawich Funeral Home, 1048
Martin Luther King Blvd.,
Ozark, Alabama 36360.

into him at high speed, said
Savannah-Chatham County
police spokesman Julian Miller.
Tucker was pronounced dead
at a local hospital. The driver
of the car that struck him was
charged with vehicular homi-
cide and other criminal counts.
The news stunned musicians
and jazz enthusiasts in Savan-
nah, where Tucker had been a
musical fixture for roughly four
decades. Tucker made his liv-
ing playing upright bass an
instrument he'd named Bertha
and claimed was 240 years old
- in all sorts of settings from
jazz festivals to wedding recep-
tions, from nightclub gigs to bar
mitzvahs. Tucker played so of-
ten, it seemed that everybody in
Savannah knew him.
"One of the most interest-
ing things about playing with
Ben was he was so beloved

In Memoriam

-In loving memory,


04/16/1925 06/1/12006

12/04/1946 03/10/2011

We love and miss you both.
The family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

08/24/1959 06/16/2012

It's been almost a year
since you went home to be
with the Lord.
Family and friends miss
you and your smile.
Son's love to his mother,
Bruvan J.


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by so many people in Savan-
nah who had met him at his
club or whose weddings he had
played," said Howard Paul, a
jazz guitarist who played and
recorded with Tucker for more
than 20 years. "You could count
on being interrupted at least
three times in a song because
Savannahians would walk up
and shake his hand while we
were playing."
Before he moved to the Geor-
gia coast, Tucker had some
success as a songwriter per-
haps most notably with Comin
Home Baby, a song co-written
with Robert Dorough, which

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

11/28/1957 06/13/2004

We will always cherish fond
memories of you.
Love forever.
Mother, Mable Mulkey and



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was recorded by Mel Torme and
Herbie Mann. By the end of the
1960s, he had performed and
recorded with jazz greats such
as .Dexter Gordon and Buddy
Police said the crash that
killed Tucker, who was also an
avid golfer, remained under in-
vestigation. The driver of the car
that hit Tucker's golf cart, iden-
tified as 52-year-old Robert Wil-
liam Martin of Spicewood, Tex-
as, was charged with vehicular
homicide, racing and reckless
driving. It was not immediately
known Tuesday if Martin had
an attorney.




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and and continued .:, both record and
produce with se'.'eral chart-reac h-ine
hits to his credit thri)Lieh 199'4.
"What I said in 1972 i couldn't
have said anything more dramatic:
"n.:. matter '.'.hat color., you'ree still mi,
brother . no more v.drs. v.e v.ant
peace." Thomas said. "The song has
been redone in the 80s. 90s and
2000s so i guess that w-as my ul-
timate. it was how I felt about the

Thomas retired from the touring
scene in the early 1990s but con-
tinued to write music and to teach
including serving as the choir direc-
tor at Norland Senior High School. In
the last few- years, he has worked as
an airline ambassador representing
American Airlines. It allows him to
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New single, "Sweet,

Sweet Heaven" goes
#1 on Traxsource
By D. Kevin McNeir
kih.: iic'ii "'.iniaTH ihtini'aoiiliii .,. ,.nit

Many'lovers of R&B rrmusic remem-
ber Timmy Thomas. 68. for his hit
message song. "Wh, Can't We Live
Together." which reached t1 and #3 on
the U.S. R&.B and pop charts, respec-
tively, in 1972. But that's jList the tip
of th'e ifeberg for Thomas. \\ho started
out as-a session musician in Memphis
and working with musical legends
that include Betty Wright, Otis Red-
ding, Bqtoker T-and the MGs, Hank
Ballard, Donald Byrd and Cannonball
Adderey-''After moving to Miami in
197 .l he signed with Glade Records

Qodfawek of hp-kop

Iconwill celebrate 20th anniversary
of UZN Miami chapter

one of the three originators of
break-beat deejaying in the
early 80s and the founder of
the culture-oriented Univer-
sal Zulu Nation [founded in
NYC on Nov. 12, 1973], Bam
is acknowledged as being one
of the artists responsible for
spreading hip-hop through-
out the world.
Who can forget the song
"Planet Rock" that he and
Soul Sonic Force recorded

By D. Kevin McNeir

The early soldiers in hip-
hop master-mixing are names
that have risen to iconic stat-
ure Kool Herc, Grandmas-
ter Flash and DJ Hollywood
are just a few. But those in
the know will tell you that it
was Afrika Bambaataa, often
referred to as Bamrn, who is the
true godfather of hip-hop. As

Ceremony was a
major night for
Black actors
By Jocelyn Noveck

On a feel-good night for
Broadway, it was only natu-
ral that the Tony
award go to its most "'
feel-good musical, -:
the joyous "Kinky .-.
It was an espe- : "
cially happy night ':: .
for female theater ,-, -
artists: In a rare -_,
feat, women took
home both directing
prizes, for a musi-
cal (Diane Paulus
for the high-energy
"Pippin" revival) and for a play
(Pam MacKinnon for the sear-
ing revival of "Who's Afraid of
Virginia Woolf?").
And Cyndi Lauper won
best original score for "Kinky
Boots," a result that had many
in the audience whooping with
delight. "Girl, you're gonna
have fun tonight!" shouted
presenter Jesse Tyler Fer-
guson, the "Modern Family"

actor a reference, of course,
to Lauper's iconic "Girls Just
Want to Have Fun."
In winning best musical,
"Kinky" scored something of
an upset over the terrific but
decidedly darker "Matilda the
Musical." And underscoring
the sunny nature of this year's
ceremony, a comedy Chris-
topher Durang's
_1 dysfunctional-fam-
ily satire "Vanya
and Sonia and
Masha and Spike"
won for best
i / play over the more
typical dramatic
As it was for
women, it was a
big night for Black
ZE ~actors, with wins
TER for best actor and
actress in a musical, best
actress in a play and featured
actor in a play.
The ebullient Billy Porter
won best actor in a musical
for playing a drag queen with
a heart of gold and a taste for,
well, kinky boots, in "Kinky
Boots." He graciously saluted
his co-star and co-nominee,
Stark Sands. ""You are my
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Sounds of Africa

accentuate the jazz

vocals of Loide
By D. Kevin McNeir
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If you're looking for a special gift for
dad this Father's DaN.. you won't go wrong
with checking out Loide [pronounced
"loy-deh"]. a French soul sister '.\ ith roots
in Mozarnmbique and Guina-Bissau. Loide
has been perfecting her musical craft at
some of the biggest jazz clubs and speak-
easies in the U.S. for the past 10 years.
Citing Sarah \ aughn. Cesaria Evora and
1.1 ir I,, im Makeba as her musical influ-
ences, her unique sound is a melodious
mixture of her native language and her
African heritage. Loide will salute all
fathers during three sets at the Van Dyke
Cafe on the Beach. Her self-titled album
"Loide" is a real masterpiece. But seeing
her in person is a rare opportunity that
you don't want to miss. Go to wv. %w loide-
musica conrl.Bore about her

some 30 years ago? It be-
came a theme song of sorts
for the emerging hip-hop
movement which Bam said
included four elements: the
music of DJS, the lyricism
and poetry of emcees, the
dancing of b-boys and b-girls
and graffiti art. The song is
one of the most sampled in
history and is credited with
developing the electro style
and helping to pave the way
for other genres including:
house, bass, trance, techno
and EDM.
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Black dance music from the 70's is currently now in vogue

By N.. Ella Vincent

Break out the mirror ball,
disco is back.
The dance music of the 70's
is back in vogue thanks to the
success of electronic duo Daft
Punk's latest number one al-
bum, Random Access Mem-
ories. The album features
music from Nile Rodgers, the
genius behind classic disco
songs on the single, "Get
Lucky" featuring Pharrell.

The white French artists
have embraced disco and
have openly declared that
artists like Rodgers are big
influences on their brand of
electronic dance music.
Just as white rock stars are
often the most visible cham-
pions of older Black blues art-
ists, white electronic artists
are seen as paying homage to
disco more than Black musi-
However, with so many R&B

songs being infused with
dance melodies, why aren't
more Black artists embrac-
ing disco, a genre created by
Black artists?
Disco gained popularity in
the 1970's with Black DJs like
Larry Levan combining soul,
funk, and pop into a dance-
able beat. The music was al-
ways a favorite with Black au-
diences and was dominated
by many Black artists, like
Rodgers, Gloria Gaynor, and

Donna Summer.
Though disco was declared
dead in 1980, it still lives on
and influenced many Euro-
pean artists in their dance
Disco's influence can be
heard in house, techno, and
other types of dance music
made popular in songs by
Rihanna and Ne-Yo. .How-
ever, these artists often work
with Norwegian producers
like Stargate and overlook

the Black artists who created
the music that inspired these
Disco may seem dated to
these pop artists, but many
disco songs have a sound that
makes the music timeless be-
cause of its infectious hooks.
Songs like "Love to Love You
Baby" are often sampled or
covered because of the lush
production values of the
songs. Unlike a lot of current
dance music, disco utilized

live instruments.
Daft Punk member Thomas
Bangalter told
in a recent interview, "Some-
thing we love about disco is
the idea of playing the same
groove over and over again -
your brain can tell it's not a
sample that's being replayed."
Disco is a genre of mu-
sic that has a human touch
that some may consider to be
missing from today's genera-





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The second ground breaking
for the Historical Hampton
House was held and President,
Enid C.Pinkney was inspired
and thankful as she shared the
wisdom passed to her by her
late grandmother and parents
of teaching and showing her
the power of prayer and that
God can do what no one
else can. Board chairperson
Dorothy"Dottie"Johnson was
moved to tears by her words.
Additionally the program
included the Rev. Errol
Harvey, Episcopal Church of
the Incarnation, Commissioner
Audrey Edmondson, Russell
Benford, Miami-Dade County
deputy mayor, William D.
Talbert from the greater Miami
convention bureau, Dr. Larry
Capp and The Arcola Lakes Park
Singing Angels with Dr.Richard
Strachan. The project will be

The Minority Chamber
of Commerce invites you to
The Multilingual Career Expo
2013, June 13th, at 2 p.m., at
the Hotel Comfort Suite, 3901
SW 117th Ave. Contact Doug
at 786-260-1965.

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1979 will meet
June 15th, at 1 p.m., at Gwen
Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22nd
Ave. Call 786-399-4726.

a The Pleasant City
Heritage Gallery will present
its Ninth Annual Salute to
Fathers Banquet June 16th,
at 5 p.m., at the Marriott
Hotel 1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
Contact Everree 561-396-

MOCA will facilitate their
Summer Journalism Institute
June 17th-July 5th, from 1-5
p.m., at 770 N.E. 125th St.
Call 305-893-6211.

Urgent, Inc. will put
on their Yes! Camp for girls
ages 6-12, June 17th-July
26th, from 8:30-6 p.m., at
the University of Miami Coral
Gables. Contact Emily at 305-

Dorsey High School
Class of 1953 will be
celebrating their 60th Class
Reunion, June 23rd, at 11
a.m., at Metropolitan AME
Church, 1778 NW 69th St.


undertaken by
Link Construction Builders.
The celebration of the
20th annual Scholarship
Awards ceremony ended on
Friday, May 24 at New Hope
Missionary Baptist Church
where 164 Role Models of
Excellence received $2000
scholarships and medallions.
Congresswoman Frederica S.
Wilson along with her staff were
planned a program that was
encouraging and motivating.
Executive Director Tammy
Reed escorted Wilson to, the
dais where she was welcomed
with rousing enthusiasm.
Platform guests included:
Robert Parker, Lt. Joseph
Schillaci, Dr. Jeffrey Swain,
State Representative Cynthia
Stafford, Deputy Miami-Dade
County Mayor Russell Benford,
MDCPS Board Member Wilbert

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1973 will be
celebrating their 40th Class
Reunion, June 27 30, 2013.
Contact Louise at 305-215-
3911, .

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

s Pillars of Strength
Masonic Lodge #2 will have
its 3rd Annual Charity Deep
Sea Fishing Event June 28th,
at 7:30 p.m., at the Miami
Beach Marina. Contact Glen.
at 786-326-8568.

Miami Jackson and
Miami Edison Classes of
1971 will have their 60th
Birthday Celebration Banquet
June 29th, at the Progressive
Officer's Club. Contact Gail at

Diaspora Arts Coalition
presents The Sounds of
Blackness June 30th, at 4
p.m., at the Joseph Caleb
Center, 5400 NW 22nd Ave.
Call 786-237-5079.

MOCA will facilitate their
Summer Photojournalism
Institute July 8th-26th, from
1-5 p.m., at 770 N.E. 125th St.
Call 305-893-6211.

By 1Dr Rihad .ah

TheGrio lists the top rappers of present day

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The Maybach
Music superstar
would have been
JI higher up on our
list if a damaging
controversy over
A a lyric alluding to
date rape didn't se-
riously diminish his reputation
and his brand. Still his signa-
ture sound and ability to churn
out solid hit records still garner
him plenty of admirers in the
hip-hop game.

Arguably the most contro-
versial rapper on our list, this
22-year-old Odd Future front-
man lives to provoke his audi-
ences. His Mountain Dew ad
inspired a lot of anger, as have
his occasionally politically in-
correct lyrics. Still, he is one of
the most talented and creative
artists in the industry right

6) JAY-Z
Hov is on this
list more because
of his ubiquitous
presence in pop
culture, politics,
business, sports
- you name it -

than his musical
output. Although his 'Watch the
Throne' contributions proved
he's still no slouch behind the
mic, Jay-Z is "our Frank Sina-
tra," the hip-hop icon who has

best crossed over into the na-
tional spotlight and shown that
longevity in the rap game can
be a reality. I

5) J. COLE
k i dTo say J.Cole
is determined in
S2013 would be an
i', 4 understatement.
". .' After his first com-
' mercial album,
a J 'Cole World: The
Sideline Story'
dropped in 2011, garnering
positive reviews, J. Cole is aim-
ing to make his sophomore ef-
fort a classic. "Power Trip," fea-
turing R&B crooner Miguel, is
a monster of a lead single, that
will serve a dual purpose. 'Born
Sinner' drops on June 18th and
it can't come soon enough.

One of the hippest rappers
around and leader of the New
New York school of hip-hop,
A$AP Rocky is Harlem's new
rap ambassador. Fashionably,
some would consider his style
to be trendsetting. Musical-
ly, he spits like he's from the
south. Culturally, Rocky is a
throwback to when New York
rap actually had a voice.

'Drizzy' is the
gold standard
right now in terms
of mainstream pop
rap. Guys want
to be him, ladies
want to be with

him and at only 26 years
old he still has plenty of time

to top the charts. He also gets
bonus points for navigating to-
day's challenging music busi-
ness. Leaking hot singles like
"Started From the Bottom"
have only helped his sales.

Perhaps the ..
most polarizing
figure in hip-hop
right now, Kanye
West is in a much
different place
than he was last year musi-
cally. September 2012 had
Kanye releasing GOOD mu-
sic's first music compilation,
coming clean about his rela-
tionship with Kim Kardashian
at the time, and yet fans are
still waiting for his next solo
'Yeezus' will be one of the
genre's most anticipated al-
bums this year.

XSince this West
Coast rapper's
'Good Kid Maad
City' dropped in
October 2012, the
hip-hop world's
been painted in
his image.
Kendrick Lamar is a rapper's
rapper, who can spit about the
often cliched stereotypes that
plague the genre, but he's also
not afraid to use his voice as
a platform for cultural change.
While hip-hop culture is cur-
rently enamored with molly and
other hard drugs, the most rel-
evant rapper right now happens
to be the most honest.

Godfather of hip-hop to perform in Miami

AFRIKA means 'affectionate leader," hip-hop culture." The ever
continued from 1C was one of several steps that which kicks off at 9 p.m.
he took in turning his turf the PAX [Performing Arts E
MORE ABOUT THE MAN building skills to peace-build- change, 337 SW 8th Street]
CALLED BAM ing. also a fundraiser for the UZI

"Tee" Holloway. The dynamic
speaker was Paul V. Wilson,
Jr. (Congresswoman Wilson's
son) who was introduced by his
children Triston and Trent,
along with Dr. George Koonce,
Jr. Included in his speech were
tribute to his mother who
inspired him to be his best and
became his role model after the
death of his father. He is now
an administrator in the Office
of Labor Relations, MDCPS.
Action Hair Care Salon gave
the community an invitation to
their first picnic which was held
on May 25 at MLK Park. Special
salutes to Lawton Williams, III
Miami Norland Sr. High coach
of the year, Joseph Yearby and
Dalvin Cook, Miami Central
defensive players, Treon "Ice
Tea" BTW coach, Matthew
Thomas BTW defensive player,
Telly Lockett former Miami
Central coach. Congratulations
to Mildred Stringer who
retired from Jackson Memorial
Hospital after 30 years and
celebrated with a party at her
89th street home.

Miami Children
Initiative's Christmas in
July event will take place
July 18th, at 11 a.m., at
the Joseph Caleb Center, in
the Community Room. For
sponsoring contact Katt at

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

MOCA will facilitate their
Summer Studio July 29th-
August 16th, from 1-5 p.m., at
770 N.E. 125th St. Call 305-

The L.E.M. Program
is open for summer camp
registration for kids ages 6
and up, at M.B. Church, at
2125 NW 155th St. Contact
Latoya at 305-454-0265.

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 678-462-9794.

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

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets every
third Saturday of the month,
at 7 p.m., at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
6161 'NW 22nd Ave. Call 305-

Bambaataa will be in Miami
on Saturday, June 14 to help
celebrate the 20th anniver-
sary of the first United Zulu
Nation [UZN] Chapter founded
in Florida which was based in
Miami and established in 1993
by Omar Iz. Since its founding,
Iz and others have worked to-
wards spreading UZN's "posi-
tive mission of uplifting its
members and their surround-
ing communities with the pow-
erful and positive aspects of


Miami Chapter and will fea-
ture some of the greatest DJs
and MC performers in hip-hop
history, live painting and an
art exhibition.
Barn was unable to talk
with The Miami Times as he
was touring in London, but
he promises to sit down with
us during his stay in Miami.
Don't miss it. For more info
about the show, visit Afrika
Bambaataa and UZN's Face-
book page.

R&B crooner, Thomas, is still making hits

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use his music and share his
message of universal brother-
"The first country I traveled
to as an ambassador was Hai-
ti and I did a concert for the
children who. had lost their
parents and families in the big
earthquake," he said.
"Many of the kids are be-
ing exploited by pimps and
are then killed. Anything that
keeps children safe is some-
thing that I'm interested in."
Even before moving to Mi-
ami, Thomas was in and out
of the city, playing at places

like The Hampton House, The
Mary Elizabeth and through-
out the South on the Chittlin'
"We were playing for peanuts
- like $20 a gig," he said. "We
struggled and sacrificed but
we loved the music and were
determined to work as hard as
we could so that others com-
ing after us would have it a bit
easier. It just hurts sometimes
to see that today's younger
artists know almost noth-
ing about the history of Black
entertainers and what we en-
dured just to perform."
But Thomas has recently
gotten a real boost in his ca-
reer a proverbial new lease

on life. He has just written the
lyrics for Glade Records enti-
tled, "Sweet Heaven."
The music, written by Tom
Glide, has soared to the top of
the tracks.
"It's such a honor and a
surprise to be back on the
charts and sharing what's in
my heart," Thomas said. "This
world continues to change and
I'm just glad to be able to do
my part to make it a better
place for all people. Music is in
my soul."
Thomas adds that his wife
has him on a strict diet and
that he is working on music for
a major tour that he hopes to
kickoff soon.

Cicely Tyson nabs Tony for "Bountiful" role

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rock, my sword, my shield,"
he said, adding: "I share this
award with you. I'm gonna keep
it at my house but I share it
with you."
And the effervescent Patina
Miller won best actress in a
musical for "Pippin," in a role
- the Leading Player that
also won Ben Vereen a Tony in
1973. Like Vereen, Miller sings
and dances expertly in the role,

but unlike Vereen, she also
soars on a trapeze and sings
while hula-hooping.
Cicely Tyson, 79, had per-
haps the evening's most emo-
tional win and not one but
two standing ovations for
best actress in a play, in "The
Trip to Bountiful." She told the
audience that at her age, she
had "this burning desire to do
just one more one more great
role. I didn't want to be greedy.
I just wanted one more."
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"It's a richer experience now,"
he said at the Tony after-party.
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wind. Now I know how to pace
myself." He was snapping pho-
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3C THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 12-18, 2013

Barn, who grew up in The
Bronx River Projects, became
a warlord in a gang called the
Black Spades. But the mission
of Barn and the Black Spades
was not to incite violence but
rather to protect their turf and
their community, riding the
projects of drug dealers, as-
sisting with community-based
health programs and when
necessary, fighting to keep
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as six and as old as 18 -
public school students in
kindergarten. seniors in
high school and all grades in
between. Each of the students
was sharply dressed, well
poised and had a message
to share memorized of
course. And so it was that the

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finalists took to the stage last
week at Miami Dade College,
North Campus, for the 37th
Annual Theodore Gibson
Oratorical Contest. This writer
served as one of the judges
and can attest to the fact that
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools [M-DCPS] has some
extremely talented public
The beginnings of the contest
can be traced back to 1976

when Qr. trothyJ N^$^
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Miami Times staff report
Twin brothers Courtney
and Cameron Kerr graduated
from Archbishop Curly High
School, class of 2013. Hav-
ing been together all their
lives, time has come for them
to separate as they pursue
their dreams. Cameron will
be attending FAMU to study

Cameron Kerr
physical education. Mean-
while Courtney will stay in,
Miami where he will attend
Johnson and Wales University
to study culinary arts. They
are both members of New Way
Fellowship church. They are
the children of Michael and
Natalie Kerr and the grand-
children of Eddie Covington
and the late Agnes Boone.

Monestime gives hope to parents and potential undergrads.

Comm. Jean Monestime hosts

college prep workshop at UM

Miami Times staff report
More than
200 college-
bound stu-
dents were
to work hard
and accom-
plish their i.
dreams at MINDINGALL
Jean Monestime's final "You
Can Go to Coll6ge" workshop
and awards ceremony held
at the University of Miami on
May 16.
This was the capstone event
to Monestime's college work-
shop series which began in
2012 with the goal of edu-
cating students and parents
about the process of getting
into college and succeeding in
higher education.
The workshops, which were
held in District 2, covered

Attendees listen in on advice for future in education.

such topics as "Getting to Col-
lege" and "Paying for College."
The final workshop was
titled "Transitioning to Col-
Workshop participants met
with college admissions advi-
sors, financial aid officers,

student mentors and inspira-
tional college graduates.
After the final workshop,
College Summit held the
Darden and Deloitte Awards
Ceremony and luncheon
which celebrated outstanding
student leaders.

sioner Mones-
I time delivered
the keynote
S address. Digni-
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as: State Rep.
,i,_ Kionne Mc-
HOLLOWAY Ghee; Miami-
Dade County
School Board members Dr.
Dorothy Bendross Mindingall,
Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway and
Dr. Larry Feldman were also
in attendance.
"This series of workshops
was a tremendous success
and it's only fitting that the
final event highlights the
achievement of outstanding
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series was to give students
and parents the tools they
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The origins of this month's
By D. Kevin McNeir today's global phenomenon, hip-hop, very few people actu-
ally give this month and its
Since 1979 and Jimmy contributors their just due.
Carter, U.S. presidents have Consider the prophetic state-
decreed June as Black Music ments made by Billie Holi-
Month, or as President Barack day's "Strange Fruit," Sam
Obama recently called it, Cooke's "A Change is Gonna
African-American Music Ap- Come," and Gil Scott-Heron's
preciation Month. But despite "The Revolution Will Be
our significant contributions Televised." True music lovers
that began with slave spiritu- would jump at the chance to
als and evolved into the blues, celebrate such a legacy. Yet,
ragtime, jazz, R&B, rock, they remain silent. So, while
soul, disco and funk and most of mainstream media

Reasons Prince was the

greatest artisL[f his era

By Stereo Williams

The legendary funk-rock-p,.p-soulI mu-
sician turns 55 last week i.JuLne 7thI Iand
there isn't a better time t1:, ,:krc,.'.'ledge
the greatness and remark.ibl- leaat:', ol'
one of the greatest artists ,f his era.[
No, actually-the greatest artLst of his era
No disrespect to the Kin ofi Pop or the
Boss or the Material Girl, hbut Lfro.m a strictly '
musical standpoint, no ,:thcr artist inRflu-
enced the sounds and sr, les of re.-ording 0rt-
ists in the Decade of Ex:ess quite like Prince
Maybe he didn't have the most n icoin, videi-,s of
his era and maybe he wasn't a irconstant -x
ture in the media, but v.hen it com- to the-
actual music, there's really, no dtebare as to
who cast the biggest artistic shac,-,o
Don't agree? Well, here are 10 reasons ,.hv
Prince was the greatest artist of the 1':SCI-.
1. Re-igniting Black rock music for the
MTV generation
Prince embraced hard r4.,:: ,...l
New Wave just as the video ag,
dawned; and by the end of
the decade, acts like Lerrin
Kravitz and Living Colou r
were charting hits. Even r
Michael Jackson's more ro'k- '
oriented songs came after *l
Prince's 1980 breakthr.,Liugh
album, Dirty Mind. '
2. Constant musical
reinvention 4 \.j
At the start of the 80s.
funk music and was ,
beginning to embrace ...
New Wave. By 1984, ,. ,
his "Minneapolis 1 *"'
Sound" was in iv.-
full swing. He
never stayed ZVL 7 '',
in one place '
moving on to ; .
Beatle-esque ..
psychedelia .
in 1985 and -. .. 1 ". II
1986 before .. M ,-
everything from
hip-hop to Velvet
ish minimalism
in 1987 and '88.
3. Providing a template for funk-rock bands
By the end of the 1980s, funk rock bands like
Jane's Addiction, Faith No More and the Red
Hot Chili Peppers were gaining momentum with
a brash mix of funky grooves and guitar-driven
rock riffs-a sound that was largely popularized
by The Purple One.
4. Insanely prolific
He released virtually an album-and-a-half
every year from 1980 to 1989, and that's not
counting bootlegs, B-sides and the numer-
ous side projects that served as outlets for his
creativity. To put that in perspective: in the time
between Michael Jackson releasing Thriller
(1982) and Bad (1987), Prince released five al-
bums-including a double set.
5. The "Minneapolis Sound" came to domi-
nate popular music
After Prince's crossover stardom with 1999,
his "Minneapolis Sound" (a continuation of
Stax-ish soul that essentially replaced horns
with synths and featured hard funk and dance
grooves) became the defining sound of 80s
pop. From Ready For the World's "Oh Sheila" to
Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back," to Full Force's work
with Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.
6. Also brought to you by Prince...
The Time, Vanity, Sheila E., The Family, Jesse
Johnson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Alex-
ander O'Neal. They were all at one point or an-
other shepherded by His Royal Badness during
his creative and commercial peak.
7. "Written, produced, arranged and per-
formed by Prince"
No artist of the MTV era epitomized the idea

of a self-contained creative force better than
Prince. Even though he would often work with
bands like The Revolution or New Power Genera-
tion and others, his ability to put together entire
albums on the strength of his own ability made
him one of pop's most respected hitmakers.
8. He wrote how many hits for other art-
"Sugarwalls" by Sheena Easton. "Manic Mon-
day" by the Bangles. "I Feel For You" by Chaka
Khan. "Nasty Girl" by Vanity 6. "Get It Up" by
the Time. "Glamorous Life" by Sheila E. "Noth-
ing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor. Those
are just some of the hit songs he tossed out to
other artists.
9. Prince, Controversy, Around the World
In A Day, Parade and Lovesexy
There's something to be said for watching an
artist at their creative pinnacle. And Prince in
the 80s was at his pinnacle. Even the albums
that weren't quite universally-acclaimed still
sound fresh and spawned hit singles and classic
album tracks.
10. Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain and
Sign o' the Times
But if you don't quite grasp why people make
such a big fuss over some little guy from Min-
neapolis that dresses funny-these are the
albums that cement his greatness. Like all great
art, Prince's best work both defines its era and
transcends it; on these albums (and virtually
everything he did over that period) you hear the
Prince that influenced everyone from D'angelo
to Pharrell Williams, and you see the vision and
undeniable talent of a man who shaped his era
as much as any artist ever could.


6C THE MIAMI TIMES. JUNE 12-18. 2013

12/23/1964 08/06/2012

Dad, you gave us
unconditional love, support
and a lifetime of memories,
We miss you dearly and
you are forever in our
Love, your children,
Sherrell and William, Ill.

05/06/1927 05/11/2005

We love you.
Son and daughters.


08/29/1964 08/21/1987

Missing you. Carolyn,
Shoney and Duane.

We love and miss you.
Rikki Hamilton and family.

09/03/1951 06/08/2008

Sadly missed. Love, Carolyn,
Duane and Shoney.


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08/23/1955 07/21/2006

We miss and love you.
Debra, Darrell and Marquis

09/27/1937- 10/31/2008

We love you always. From
Diana and Paul.

To the world's greatest
dad. We love you.
From your wife, Tasha
and kids,

Top of the Pops: Bill Clinton named father of the year
By Francesca Trianni Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, broke of Bill Clinton's The National Father's was elected his honorific title Reagan, C
. -- I -1-------A 1 coutc-lA ne Tirst-La4-ie.

He's been commander in
chief, Time magazine's 1993
man of the year, had hopes of
becoming "First Laddie" of the
U.S. and now former U.S. Presi-
dent Bill Clinton is in line for a
new title Father of the Year.
The non-profit National Fa-
ther's Day Council plans to
award him that honor at a New
York fundraiser for Save the
Children on Tuesday.

was just 12 years old when the
family moved into the White
House and Bill Clinton and wife
former Secretary of State Hill-
ary Rodham Clinton worked to
keep her out of the limelight.
One of the most iconic imag-
es of the family to come out of
that period was when the three
were photographed, walking
hand in hand across the White
House lawn to a waiting heli-
copter shortly after the news

affair with White
House intern Monica
Lewinsky. That scan-
dal lead to Clinton's
impeachment for per-
Chelsea Clinton,
now 33 and a special
correspondent for NBC
News, said on Twitter "I
pletely agree!!!" when the
was first made public in

Day Council cited Clin-
ton's philanthropy work
,. through the William J.
i Clinton Foundation and
the Clinton Global Initia-
tive, both started after he
.. left the White House in
In addition to his char-
I com- ity work, Bill Clinton appeared
award on the campaign trail in 2008
Janu- when Hillary Clinton ran for
president, joking that if she

could be "First Laddie."
Clinton, 66, as well as Ma-
cy's Inc. Chief Executive Terry
Lundgren, will be honored for
"their success in balancing ac-
complished careers and the
demands of fatherhood," the
council said in a statement.
Since the Father of the Year
award was first bestowed in
1941, the citation has gone to
Presidents Dwight Eisenhow-
er, John Kennedy and Ronald

Generals Douglas Ma-
(,r-I; *I PI -1 1u -13 na -

c~rmhur, C(ollin rowcli aniu No-
man Schwarzkopf, and sports
notables Shaquille O'Neal and
George Foreman.
Years after leaving the White
House, as he prepared for his
daughter's 2010 wedding to in-
vestment banker Marc Mezvin-
sky, Bill Clinton said he was
preparing for what he called the
most important job he would
ever do: "walking Chelsea down
the aisle."

03/31/1941 07/24/2011
Greatly missed by your wife,
Pat, children and grandkids.

.08/13/1946 -03/21/2012

Missing someone is not
about how long it has been
since you have seen them
or the amount of time since
you have talked...
It is about that very
moment when you are
doing something and
wishing they were there
with you.
We miss you, Daddy,
Brittney and Christopher.

06/24/1978 10/18/1998

Gone, but not forgotten.
Love always, your family.

.^ *''

10/08/1926 02/07/2008

We will always love you,
RIP from the Joseph family.


It's been five years and we
still miss and love Pookie.
Always and forever, your
kids and family.

Fl .m
05/02/1933 01/19/2013


Happy Father's Day.
Love from Tiffany


Happy Father's Day.
Love from your son, Andre

Dad, you've touched so
many lives. We miss you.
Your children.

_____ -_. ,. :. _"___ ... af--

09/14/1937 -11/23/2001

Your friend, Carol.

711/28/1921 03/05/2008

We miss you and love you.
The family

11/22/1934 06/05/2012

Daddy, it's been one
year since you went home
to glory.
Love you, miss you, but
always in our heart.
Your loving daughter,
wife and family.

07/18/1927 06/06/2013
Devoted husband, loving
dad, we love you. Your
wife and children.


A wonderful man we
admire and love. Shelley,
Earnest, Keneisha
and Tatiana.

08/03/1948 11/25/2011

We miss and love you.
The family.

01/20/1983 70/10/2011

To the man who stole our hearts, it's Father's Day and
a great one you were to yours biologically and the ones
you stepped in for.
We love you and miss you every single day.
Your smile, laughter, your sweetheart and tender care.
To the world you were nothing, but to me you were
and still are everything.
Happy Father's Day.
Love, Fatty, Glennique, Nuun and Messy Jesse.


World's greatest dad. Love
you always, from Marrie
and kids.

L 'M





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S_. businesses in new effort

Initative started with efforts by

Black Business Investment Fund
By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Olga Lucia Garzon wanted
to start a business offering
handcrafted goods from her
home country of Colombia,
but she needed a website. A
Group that supports Hispanic
businesses gave her a grant,
and now she operates her on-
line business,,
From Fort Lauderdale.
The grant "made a big differ-
ence," said Garzon, who hopes
to open a store as well.
Garzon received a helping
hand from the Hispanic Busi-
ness Iiitiative Fund (HBIF),
Sone of several minority busi-
ness organizations statewide
That recently formed a new

President of the Southern Florida
Minority Supplier
Development Council

partnership with Enterprise
Florida, the state's public-
private entity charged with
bringing business and jobs to
the state.
The new Minority & Small
Business, Entrepreneurship
and Capital division was un-
veiled last week to better sup-
port and grow Black, Hispanic
and women-owned businesses
in the state.
Lending its support to
grassroots organizations serv-
ing minority entrepreneurs,
Enterprise Florida's ultimate
goal for the effort is to gener-
ate jobs in Florida by helping
minority firms be successful.
Six minority groups recently
signed a "memorandum of un-
derstanding" stating a "will-
ingness to work together and
partner in activities that
Please turn to FIRMS 8D

Emergency techs

among hot growth

jobs in Florida

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

A ride-along with fire-rescue
as a student convinced Al
Ugalde he was on the right
career path.
"A little girl was not breath-
ing. We transported her to the
hospital. I was using a mask
with a bag, and each squeeze
of the bag was a breath for
her. That little girl changed my
life, to have such an impact on

someone's life," said Ugalde,
who later'became a paramedic-.
Ugalde went to Palm Beach
State College to take paramed-
ic training, and then firefighter
school. Those are decisions he
does not regret.
"I fell in love with it," said
Ugalde, 42.
With many paramedic-fire-
fighters in their 50s and near-
ing retirement, there are likely
to be more job opportunities
for both emergency medical
technicians and paramedics in
the near future, local schools
and fire-rescue services say.
"The current job outlook is
very positive, and the reason

for that is, back in the 1980s
there was a big influx of fed-
eral grant money provided to
the state to hire additional fire-
rescue personnel. Those people
are aging out of the system,"
said Philip Bachers, associate
dean of the emergency medical
services program at Broward
College in Fort Lauderdale.
Jobs for EMTs and paramed-
ics are among the "hot jobs" in
Florida, growing at a three per-
cent rate, or 272 annual open-
ings, according to Florida labor
statistics. Average wages are
$15 to $17 an hour in Broward
and Palm Beach counties, with
experienced workers earning
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Scott signs bill to reform

Citizens Property Insurance

State hopes to shrink size of insurer

by moving policies to private firms
By Kathleen Haughney --T. "

Gov. Rick Scott Wednes-
day signed into law sweeping
changes to the state's larg-
est property insurer that will
try to shrink the company by
moving more homeowners into
the private market.
"It's a hell of a victory. It's a
step in the right direction, and
it's a significant step," said
state Sen. David Simmons, R-
Altamonte Springs, the spon-
sor of SB 1770.
The new law, which takes
effect July 1, creates a clear-
inghouse for Citizens' Property
Insurance, so homeowners
can compare Citizens' rates to

coverage available through the
private market. A homeowner
who receives a comparable

rate from a private company
will be forced to take it.
The law also bans Citizens
from insuring newly built
coastal homes the most
high-risk dwellings in hur-
ricane-prone Florida and
reduces the maximum home
value for a policy to $700,000.
Finally, the measure re-
quires Citizens to have an
inspector general, who they
cannot fire, to keep an eye on
spending by company execu-
tives, and to comply with state
purchasing rules. A report last
year by Scott's Chief Inspector
General Melinda Miguel found
that travel expenses by Citi-
zens' executives were excessive
by state standards.

Scott has also taken issue
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Commissioners give approval

of water and sewer rate hike

Job fair draws 1,oo000 hopeful residents

The Homestead campus of Miami Dade College was the site where over 1,000 job seekers met
last week for the First Annual South Dade Community Job Fair, hosted by County Commissioner
Vice Chair Lynda Bell in partnership with Miami Dade College. Some 90 prospective employers were
on-hand looking for the right fit for their respective public and private sector businesses. Participating
businesses included: JP Morgan Chase, Macy's, Disney, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service. Work-
shops were also offered to enhance the marketability of jobseekers and included topics like dressing
for success, resume writing and interviewing tips.

Don't let payday 1 loans exploit

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

The term "payday loans"
often evokes images of stores
with garish neon signs; but
these products have moved
into the banking sector that
is supposed to be more re-
spectable. About half a dozen
banks now push payday
loans, though they give them
more enticing names such
as "Ready Advance" or "Easy
Advance." Yet there is noth-
ing easy about a loan with a
triple-digit interest rate and
terms designed to entrap.
Responding to public

concerns and new
research, federal
banking regula-
tors recently issued
proposed rules and
called for public
comment on rein-
ing in bank payday
Thus far, con-
sumer advocates
and lawmakers at

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both the state and federal
levels have spoken up. The
issue is generating even more
notice because bank payday
loans hurt senior citizens
disproportionately. According
to research by the Center for


Responsible Lend-
ing (CRL), more than
one in four bank
-. payday borrowers
are Social Security
: Florida's U.S.
SSenator Bill Nelson
Sand Sen. Elizabeth
Warren of Massa-
WELL chusetts together
called for regulation
that would specifically protect
America's older consumers.
In a joint letter to the Office of
the Comptroller of the Cur-
rency (OCC), the Senators
cited their committee work
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$1 billion worth

of upgrades

needed for pipes


By Patricia Mazzei

Miami-Dade commissioners
gave the go-ahead last Tuesday
for the County to raise its wa
ter and sewer fees to help pay
for a multi-billion dollar plan
to repair an antiquated water
and sewer system.
Fees will go up by eight
percent in the 2014 budget
year beginning Oct. 1. That
money is projected to raise $30

million a year to back $4.25
billion in bonds also autho-
rized last Tuesday to fix the
County's crumbling pipes and
pump stations.
The initial fee hike will
amount to an additional $3.36
per month for the average
residential user, according to
county administrators, in-

creasing the monthly bill to
$45.39 from $42.03. Water and
sewer bills are issued every
three months.
Over the next five years,
county residents could see the
typical quarterly bill rise to
$180 from $135, or an increase
of 33 percent. More fee hikes
are expected after the 2014
"We want to keep our rates
as low as possible," said Mayor
Carlos Gimenez, who charac-
terized the increase as nec-
essary. Last year, Gimenez's
budget projected a nine per-
cent hike for the 2014 budget.
Commissioners last month
approved a major agreement
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Cuba to open public Internet salons

By Andrea Rodriguez
Associated Press

HAVANA Cuban author-
ities said last Tuesday that
they are expanding public
Internet access with more
than 100 new cyber-salons
across the island, though
home Web service remains
greatly restricted.
Starting June 4. people
can sign up with state tele-
corn Etecsa for temporary
or permanent accounts to
use one of the 118 centers,
according to a measure en-
acted with its publication
in the government's Official
"New areas for Ilnternetl
navigation will .grad-
ually be incorporated.' of-
ficial newspaper Juventud
Rebelde reported.
Until now, the Internet has
been limited to places such
as tourist hotels that charge
$8 an hour for creaky, Wi-Fi,
foreign-run companies and
some sectors of Cuban busi-
ness and government. Resi-
dential dial-up accounts are
rare and restricted.
According to government
statistics, only 2.9 percent
of Cubans said they had ac-
cess to the Worldwide Web
- though outside observers
put the likely figure at five
to 10 percent, taking under-

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People reflected in the window line up at a post of-
fice as they wait to use the Internet service in Havana,
Cuba, Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

reporting into account.
About 16 percent were
able to go partway online
via a domestic Intranet and
email, often through work-
place or school hookups or
places such as computer
clubs and post offices
Great! I knew% this was
coming," said Camila Del-
gado. a 44-, ,ear-old shop
worker in Havana, though
she added that "there's still
a wa\ s to go to be like every-
where else on the planet We
don't have access at home
and the prices are prohibi-

Indeed, some scoffed at
the new cyber-centers' price
tag of $4.50 an hour. a stiff
fee for islanders whose state
salaries average about $20
per month plus an array of
subsidized goods and ser-
'it's a real bargain,'
snarked a user on state
nev-s website Cuba Si who
gae the name Osvaldo
Ulloa. 'I mean. I work for a
week and then I can get on-
line for hour fabulous.'
Even for those who are al-
ready able to access the w id-
er Internet, some sites are

censored for things inrclud-
ing pornography or politi-
call% objectionable content
It not clear whether the
new service \ ill block such
pages, and neither the Ga-
zette nor Juventud Rebelde
mentioned the issue.
The Internet is a highly
politicized IssLe on the is-
land. \vith critics pointing to
restrictions as an example
of infringement upon free-
Authorities say that the
limitations are due more to
technical reasons and that
Cuba has the obligation to
prioritize its limited capa:-
ity for things that benefit
the public good. such as re-
search and work centers or
Earlier this year, Cuba be-
gan sending and receiving
data traffic through a fiber-
optic cable strung from Ven-
ezuela in 2011 that provided
the island's first hard-wired
Internet connection to the
outside 'aorld.
Expanding connectivity
options for Cubans "is con-
sistent \%ith Cuba's stated
strategy of continuing to
facilitate more and more ac-
cess to new technologies.
depending on the availabil-
ity of resources and with .
focus that favors social use.
Jutentud Rebelde soid

Elderly citizens exploited by payday loans

continued from 7D

as well as recent research by
"As Chairman and member
of the Senate Special Com-
mittee on Aging, we take
very seriously our responsi-
bilities to seniors arid elderly
consumers who expect and
deserve fair and transparent
financial services," said the
They added, "Social Secu-
rity was created to provide
seniors with financial sup-
port to help them cover ba-
sic living expenses not for
banks seeking new sources
of revenue by exploiting re-
tirees with limited means.
Therefore it is critical that
banks be discouraged from

using government benefits
as proof of income, and we
would hope such a provi-
sions would be included in
the final guidance."
Earlier this year, CRL re-
leased new research that re-
futed the claim by participat-
ing banks that their payday
loan products are only for
short-term emergencies and
carry marginal risks. Ac-
tual borrower experiences
revealed a far different expe-
rience. Instead, the typical
bank payday borrower:
Is charged an annual
percentage rate (APR) that
averages 225-300 percent;
Took out 19 loans in 2011,
spending at least part of six
months a year in bank pay-
day debt; and
Is twice more likely to in-

cur overdraft fees than bank
customers as a whole.
At that time, CRL advised,
"More than 13 million older
adults are considered eco-
nomically insecure, living
on $21,800 a year or less.
Senior women in particular
face diminished incomes be-
cause of lower lifetime earn-
ings and therefore lower So-
cial Security and pension
Although Florida is often
characterized by its large
senior population, the most
recently available U.S. Cen-
sus data reveals that elderly
poor live in many locales.
More than one in five elderly
residents in Boston, Chicago,
Houston, Los Angeles and
three of New York City's bor-
oughs are also poor. Nation-

wide, the worst concentra-
tions of elderly poverty were
found in the Bronx at 38 per-
cent and Manhattan with 30
In its comments to OCC,
CRL advised, "Though the
number of banks making
payday loans remains small,
there are clear signals that
bank payday lending will
grow rapidly without strong
action by all the banking
regulators. . At a time
when older Americans have
already experienced severe
declines in wealth resulting
from the Great Recession,
banks take these borrowers'
benefits for repayment before
they can use those funds
for health care, prescription
medicines or other critical

Paramedic field sees a surge in job demand

continued from 7D

$19 to $20 an hour, the fig-
ures show. The jobs usually
come with good benefits,
including pensions, though
budget cuts in recent years
have trimmed some of those
To become an EMT and
paramedic, students must
take a credentialed train-
ing program and pass cer-
tification tests. Nationally
accredited programs allow
someone to get educated in
Florida and take the para-
medic license test, then es-

tablish credentials in anoth-
er state.
EMTs and paramedics also
have to stay fit and be able
to carry about 70 pounds of
fire equipment, Ugalde said.
No smokers are allowed at a
fire station, and many hos-
pitals have similar require-
Both Broward College and
Palm Beach State College in
Lake Worth have classroom,
lab and ride-along experi-
ences with fire-rescue or
work in ERs.
"You have to be able to
make quick, accurate deci-
sions to stabilize an indi-

vidual who is facing serious
health issues due to illness
and injury," Bachers said.
Training requires several
semesters of course work
and hands-on preparation.
The paramedic programs at
Broward College and Palm
Beach State College cost
about $6,000 for tuition,
uniforms, lab fees, textbooks
and software. EMT programs
require fewer course hours,
and cost $2,000 to $2,600
for tuition, and other fees.
Bachers said that while
fire-rescue is the largest em-
ployer of EMTs and para-
medics in South Florida,

jobs also are found at hos-
pital emergency rooms, phy-
sicians' offices, urgent care
centers and ambulance ser-
vices, and at medical care
units at major construction
C. Everett Vaughan, who
leads Palm Beach State's
EMS program, said about
75 percent of that school's
graduates get jobs in fire-
rescue. But "a lot will go into
nursing or become a nurse
practitioner. Some will go to
physician's assistant school,
and some will go to work for
private medics, ambulance
services or hospitals."

S. FL entrepreneurs aided by minority firms

continued from 7D

support minority busi-
ness," said Louis Laub-
scher, senior vice pres-
ident of administration
at Enterprise Florida,
who is overseeing the
new division.
In addition to the
HBIF, the Florida Advi-
sory Council on Small
and Minority Busi-
ness Development, the
Florida Association of
Minority Business En-
-terprise Officials, the
Florida Consortium of
Black Business, The
Raise Florida Network
and the Southern Flor-
-ida Minority Supplier
Development Council
have joined the part-
Augusto Sabaria,
HBIF president of the
Hispanic Business Ini-
tiative Fund of Florida,
said his group has
been working with

Enterprise Florida all
along, but the part-
nership formalizes the
"It's a greater effort
by the state to bring
everyone together and
make sure we're all
working together," he
said. "When you sign
an agreement, it sends'
a clear message."
The partnership
will give the minority
groups greater access
to Enterprise Florida's
resources, data analy-
sis, and client base,
Sabaria said.
The minority busi-
ness initiative is an
outgrowth of Enter-
prise Florida's merger
with the Black Busi-
ness Investment Fund,
part of the state legis-
lature's effort in 2011
to put all economic de-
velopment efforts un-
der one umbrella.
Beatrice Louissant,
president of the South-

ern Florida Minority
Supplier Development
Council, said Enter-
prise Florida is spon-
soring six minority-led
firms' enrollment in
the GrowFL Economic
Gardening Program,
which works with com-
panies that have grown
beyond the start-up
stage and need help to
get to the next level.
Two are in Bro-
ward and Palm Beach
counties, respectively:
GDKN Staffing, a soft-
ware consulting and
staffing firm in Pem-
broke Pines, and Ad-
vocates in Manpower
Management, a multi-
media production and
distribution company
in Boca Raton.
Laubscher said that
statewide Enterprise
Florida is provid-
ing scholarships for
12 companies to go
through the GrowFL
program, a total in-

vestment of $42,000.
Enterprise Florida
also is working with
the Department of
Economic Opportu-
nity to deploy $15 mil-
lion to $20 million
in federal funds al-
located to jumpstart

lending to small busi-
nesses. Loans are
made through banks
or companies such as
BAC Funding Corp. in
South Florida, which
provides financing to
established, Black-
owned businesses.

Bill to change insurance

continued from 7D

with big salary hikes,
large severance pack-
ages and the com-
pany's firing of in-
vestigators who had
uncovered miscon-
duct. In a sharply
worded letter, he said
a national search for
an inspector general
would begin immedi-
"This new Inspector
General will be ac-
countable to the Cabi-
net and will not be an
entity Citizens can
fire, as they did with
their old compliance
officers," Scott said. "A
strong Inspector Gen-
eral is needed to pro-
vide independent over-
sight at Citizens and to
end the fraud, waste,
and abuse which has
plagued Citizens for
too long."
But the major thrust
of the new law is to

start shrinking Citi-
zens, a company once
billed as the "insurer
of last resort" which is
now the state's largest
property insurer with
1.3 million policies.
Of those, more than
300,000 are in Bro-
ward and Palm Beach

Insurance execu-
tives and state of-
ficials led by Scott
have argued that the
company is simply too
large and taking on
too much risk, though
it has total capital of
$6 billion. They ar-
gue that a major hur-
ricane, or a series of
storms, would bank-
rupt the company.
Should that happen,
the state could then
pass on the costs to
all homeowners with
extra fees on their in-
"At the end of the

day, Citizens' respon-
sibility is to be the in-
surer of last resort,"
said Chief Executive
Officer Barry Gilway.
"By definition, we
should be the com-
pany that is retaining
[only] the business
that other companies
are unwilling to [car-
However, the new
law passed only after
legislators tripped
out provisions that
would have allowed
for hefty increases to
make Citizens' rates
"actuarially sound."
Lawmakers, especial-
ly from South Florida
and Tampa Bay, wor-
ried aloud that their
constituents would be
unable to afford cover-
Still, Gilway and
other Citizens' officials
are hoping the new law
will aid their efforts to
shrink or "depopulate"
the company.

Water bills to see increase

continued from 7D

with the federal and
state governments to
settle the coun-
ty's violations of envi-
ronmental laws. The
settlement, called a
consent decree, re-
quires Miami-Dade
to commit $1.6 billion
over the' next 15 years
to upgrade its sewer
Had the County not
signed the agreement
with the U.S. Depart-
ment of Justice, U.S.
Environmental Protec-
tion Agency and the
Florida Department of
Environmental Protec-
tion, those agencies
could have imposed
steeper penalties on
Commissioners were
less than happy about
having to impose the
fee hike. They blamed
past commissions for
not investing in the ag-
ing system and said the
improvements could be
put off no longer.
"There's a trend
here: Don't do any-
thing," Commissioner
Esteban "Steve" Bovo

said of his predeces-
sors. "Sooner or later
somebody will sue you
and force you to do it."
"It's distasteful," he
said of the hike. "I get
it. But let's move for-
ward already."
Emilio Azoy, who
represents unionized
workers at the water
and sewer department,
praised commissioners
for swallowing the bit-
ter fee-hike pill.
"For years, we have
not had the resources
we need" to maintain
the pipes, he said be-
fore his statement
was cut short due to
board-imposed speak-
ing time limits. "Rates
have been held low for
political reasons."
The board voted 12-1
for the increase, with
Chairwoman Rebeca
Sosa, Vice Chairwom-
an Lynda Bell, Bovo
and Commissioners
Bruno Barreiro, Jose
"Pepe" Diaz, Audrey
Edmonson, Sally Hey-
man, Barbara Jordan,
Jean Monestime, Den-
nis Moss, Xavier Su-
arez and Juan C. Za-
pata voting in favor.
Commissioner Javier

Souto voted against.
"It concerns me be-
cause in my communi-
ty there's a lot of poor
people, too," he said.
Water and sewer 'de-
partment administra-
tors said fees for low-
volume users who use
less than 3,740 gallons
of water a month would
remain unchanged.
Souto and Suarez
voted against the mea-
sure authorizing the
issuance of the $4.25
billion worth of bonds,
with Suarez question-
ing whether the board
should OK the full
amount all at once and
whether the fee hikes
would be able to back
the bond sale. Gimenez
and his deputies said
their estimates were
"conservative" to en-
sure the additional fee
money would suffice.
Not all the bonds will
be issued at the same
time. Each portion sold
by the administration
will require prior com-
mission approval. Last
Tuesday, the board
also approved the first
$350 million sale, with
Souto casting the lone
dissenting vote.

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More dissent is expected over Wal-Mart scandal

Mexican bribery

scandal concerns

By Stephanie Clifford

ROGERS, Ark. A year af-
ter a shareholder meeting with
strong opposition to Wal-Mart
board members after a brib-
ery scandal in Mexico, many
investors are asking why more
change has not occurred.
And those investors view re-
cent's annual shareholders'
meeting as another chance
to overhaul the giant retailer.
Several groups and investors
oppose certain directors, or
are asking for disclosure of
any disciplinary action or for
cuts in compensation for those
who may have been involved in
the Mexico situation, among
other matters.
The moves are largely sym-
bolic ousting directors or
approving shareholder propos-
als is pretty much impossible,
given that the founding Wal-
ton family controls more than
half of all shares. But the ef-
forts by outside shareholders
signal widespread dissatisfac-

tion with how the company has
handled the fallout from the
Mexico bribery scandal.
"The board should take
note of this significant level
of shareholder disapproval,"
Glass, Lewis & Company, a
proxy advisory firm, wrote in a
report, referring to last year's
historically high votes against
board members linked to the
Mexico issue.
The New York City pension
funds will vote against nine di-
rectors over potential involve-
ment in the bribery issues,
concerns over independence
and what they describe as lax
oversight of compliance.
A group of investors, includ-
ing pension plans from Con-
necticut and Sweden and the
United Automobile Workers
medical benefits trust, is spon-
soring a shareholder proposal
related to an inquiry over Wal-
Mart Stores' potential viola-
tions of the Foreign Corrupt
Practices Act. The proposal
asks that Wal-Mart disclose
whether the company is hold-
ing current and former execu-
tives financially responsible for
breaching company policies.
Calpers, the nation's larg-
est public pension fund, which

-Rick Wilking/Reuters
Company employees waited on Wednesday to tour Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville,

owns about $400 million in
Wal-Mart shares, says it con-
tinues to be concerned about
the Mexico inquiry, and it is

troubled by recent Wal-Mart
supply-chain issues. It says it
will vote against several board
members and support several

shareholder proposals.
"We're extremely concerned
about Wal-Mart's monitoring
on its supply chain the fires

and deaths in Bangladesh, and
other concerns about supply-
chain issues in the U.S.," said
Anne Simpson, senior portfo-
lio manager for investments at
The California State Teach-
ers' Retirement System, a large
pension plan, is supporting
the autoworkers' proposal and
will also vote against all board
members over concerns of in-
And Institutional Sharehold-
er Services and Glass, Lewis,
the influential proxy advisory
firms, are advising clients to
vote against certain board
members based on the active
bribery inquiry and other is-
sues and advocating support
of the United Automobile Work-
ers' proposal.
The board's failure to reas-
sure shareholders that the al-
leged violations of the foreign
bribery law "will have a limited
impact on shareholder value,
and that any responsible ex-
ecutives will be appropriately
held accountable, calls into
question the ability of the com-
pany's leaders to protect share-
holders' investments," I.S.S.
wrote in its report on the com-

Getting your head in the game

Xbox One, PS4 to star at video

game industry's I

By Brett Molina
and Mike Snider

This year, the video game
industry completes its leap
to the next generation.
Starting this week, the
Electronic Entertainment
Expo, or E3, the video game
industry's signature event,
will play host in Los Angeles
to two fresh pieces of hard-
ware for players to covet:
Microsoft's Xbox One and
Sony's PlayStation 4. Also
on display: hundreds of
games with improved graph-
ics and new social-network-
ing features to play on the
new systems.
The Xbox One and PS4
join Nintendo's Wii U, avail-
able since last November,
in the constantly evolving
video game landscape. A lull
in hardware releases has
allowed games on smart-
phones and tablets with

lower prices to flourish, and
upstarts such as Ouya, the
crowd-funded $99 Android-
based console set to launch
later this month, to stake a
claim in the market.
Consumer spending on
mobile games has grownr
to three timesL that of
dedicated haind-helds.
according to a pointt
study from market re-
search firirs IDC arid
App Annie. That s
led to concerns that
lower-pr':e rinlri-u ,
mobile nd,1 p:'rriat'l-
devices '.% ill s.:,.r-
supplant ,:,ris:..:,le-s
"Call of Duty: Ghosts"
will have improved graphic
fidelity on Xbox One_
and Playstation 4, t

as the go-to hub for video
Not just yet. A dedicated
and growing core of video
game players and the
developers who make the
games for them are
yearning for new hardware
to end this longer-than-
usual console cycle. A report

NPD Group says that on
average, the core console
player segment spends the
most for games.
"There will always be
a profitable and thriv-
ing market for publishers
and developers who create
quality content for home
gaming consoles," says
Jesse Divnich, analyst with
Electronic Entertainment
Design and Research (EE-
New consoles will spur
spending, but perhaps not
a s much as the last cycle of
game machines did. Then-
new consoles the PS3, Wii
and Xbox 360 hit a spend-
ing peak in 2009 of $14.1
billion, according to DFC
Intelligence. This lineup
of game systems will likely
top out at about $12 billion
ir 2015 and 2006, says DFC
analyst David Cole, with
consumers spending about
$3.2 billion this year on
new consoles. "The last
generation set the bar
very high," he says.

30-year mortgage rate reaches marker

By Julie Schmit

Mortgage interest rates
have broken the four percent
mark for the first time in a
year and may eventually cool
home price gains.
Rates jumped to 4.07 per-
cent last week for a 30-year-
fixed rate loan, the Mortgage
Bankers Association said last
week. That's up from 3.59
percent from early May.
Economist Christopher
Thornberg of Beacon Eco-
nomics expects interest rates
to settle between four percent
and five percent next year.
Higher rates have pum-
meled refinancing, but they
probably won't derail the
national housing recovery,
economists say.

For home buyers, rates'
move will be little more than
a "blip," says Jed Kolko, chief
economist for real estate web-
site Trulia. That's because
rates are still low and home
prices, while higher, are still
far from prior peaks.
Some buyers may even try
to speed up their purchases
so they get in before rates go
higher, Kolko says.
"When interest rates go up,
it scares people and they get
off the fence because they
don't want to miss the great
interest rates," says John
Burns, CEO of John Burns
Real Estate Consulting.
Other rates also have risen
as financial markets have
reacted to recent Federal Re-
serve officials' comments on

when the Fed might begin to
taper its purchases of mort-
gage-backed securities and
Treasury bonds. Those pur-
chases have helped keep in-
terest rates low.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury bond fell slightly to
2.09 percent Wednesday, but
it's still up from 1.67 percent
at the end of April.
While not enough to derail
the housing market rebound,
with prices up 12.1 percent
year-over-year in April, Core-
Logic says, the sharp in-
crease in rates could begin to
"weigh on home price appre-
ciation," says Michelle Meyer,
Bank of America senior econ-
That's because higher in-
terest rates make homes less

affordable. That could be es-
pecially an issue in markets
where home prices are high,
such as in parts of Califor-
nia, Zillow economist Stan
Humphries says.
Interest rates tailored for
bigger loans, those with bal-
ances of more than $417,500,
also moved up last week, hit-
ting 4.2 percent, the MBA
Even with higher rates,
owning a home is still far
cheaper than renting, given
home prices and rental costs,
Kolko says.
As of March, the cost of
owning would have been 39
percent cheaper than renting
with rates at 4.5 percent and
33 percent cheaper with rates
at 5.5 percent, Trulia says.

Young orators compete at annual oratorial contest

continued from 4C

rubrics of public speaking
and memorization," Nancy
Dawkins said. "In the Black
community, our children
traditionally give recitations
during Easter and Christ-
mas programs but rarely
anywhere else. We wanted to
change that."
The first contest was held
Dec. 14, 1977 at Booker T.
Washington High School
with the support of faculty
serving as mentors: Marian
H. Shannon, Thomas Wright,
Evelyn S. Wynn and Clarence
Brown. It's been an annual
event ever since. After the
first students participated
in the first awards ceremony
in February 1977, the Rev.
Canon Theodore Gibson, city

commissioner, recommended
that all elementary partici-
pants be given an award for
their participation. And with
his assistance, a more fi-
nancially-secure project was
outlined for the future. His
statement became the motto
of the project: "Help the Chil-
dren Learn to Communicate
S. That is the Key."

Dr. Sherrilyn Scott, su-
pervisor for the Department
of Social Sciences, M-DCPS,
now follows in the foot-
steps of her mentor, Nancy
Dawkins. She says that the
competition continues to im-
prove and grow. In fact, with
the financial support of the
College and its president, Dr.

Jose Vicente, all of the ex-
penses for the program are
now completed covered.
"The finals showed the
community the cream of
the crop,but this is a year-
long program and we have
teacher/mentors and par-
ents to thank for that," Scott
said. "We began with almost
400 students and they prac-
tice all year. The high school
participants must write their
own piece, tying nicely into
our common core standards
and the development of criti-
cal thinking skills.
It's like Fr. Gibson is still
alive we see his vision re-
"Many of our children go
on from this contest to be-
come actors, lawyers, college
professors, teachers, you
name it," Dawkins said. "And

it's all because someone told
them that there was valuein
learning the skills of public
speaking. Someone took time
and developed young minds.
This is what this contest has
always been about."
Winners this year, first,
second and third place, re-
spectively, included: Dantor-
ria Wilson, Jamir Morris and
Brandon Martinez [K-2]; Kira
King, Briell Robinson and
Michael Clark [3-5]; Sylvie
Francois, Humberto Mendez
and Gerbin Seraphin [6-8]
and Andis Uptgrow, Tiandre
Bellinger and Steffon Dixon
It should be noted that the
first place winner for the se-
nior high school division, An-
dis, is just a freshman. The
name of her piece was "Bro-
ken Hearts."

Competing plans on student

loan rates fall flat in Senate

Deorai an R epublian lan anstuentloa

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By Michael A. Memoli

WASHINGTON With student
loan rates set to double in about
four weeks, competing propos-
als to prevent the increase were
defeated in back-to-back Senate
votes last Thursday. lea ing the
issue LUnresolved
The failed measures leave
lawmakers snarled in a famil-
iar debate that has divided the
pArut-,s l)tbut ha-, Ot ait racred the
attention it did a ,,ear ago, when
it became part of the presiden-
tial campaign
The House voted last rrionth
on a proposal that would tie
interest rates for Stafford loans
to the Treasuryv's 10-year bor-
rowing rates, which Republi-
can sponsors said was in line
with principles outlined by the
Obama administration. Based
on current forecasts, the interest
rate for subsidized and unsub-
sidized Stafford loans would
be five percent next year. The
proposal would cap such loans
at S.5 percent.
The White House. however, of-
fered a plan that differs slightly
by locking in that variable rate
for the duration of the loan rath-
er than allowing it to reset each
year. The plan would not place a
ceiling on rates but would con-
tinue to allow college graduates
to repa% loans as a percentage of
their overall incomes For a sub-
sidized Stafford loan. the rate in
2014 would be 3 4 percent
President Obama in a Rose
Garden event last '.eek. said the
plan passed by House Repub-
licans would also eliminate safe-
guards for lowv.-income families
The two Senate proposals
took different approaches The
Democratic version would have,
extended the current rates for
two years.
The Republican one would
have tied the interest rates of
all newly issued federal student
loans, not simply Stafford loans,
to Treasury rates. It would also,
like the president's plan, lock in

that interest rate Ibr the life of
the loan. Under that plan, inter-
est rates for all loans would be
5.5 percent next year.
The Democratic plan received
51 votes, nine short of the
threshold needed: the Republi-
can plan received 40 votes.
In 2012, as student borrow-
ers faced the same increase. in
rates, Obama campaigned on
the issue. urging Congress to
extend lower rates as he ap-
peared in college towns in ke\
states. Congress ultimately
voted to pass the one-year
extension Now, without new
action by July 1. interest rates
on subsidized Stafford loans will
double from 3.4 percent to 6.8
Last Thursdav's votes were
seen as political moves, with
neither expected to pass
This is like the opening act
at the circus,' said Sen. Lamar
Alexander (R-Tenn.), a co-spon-
sor of the GOP bill. "Hopefully,
the main event will attract some
senators who are willing to con-
duct this in a grown-up way."
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
called the result "another ex-
ample of how out of step Repub-
licans in Congress are with the
struggles of all of our American
families today."

Disney World raise prices to $90/day

By Jayne Clark

Two weeks after Universal
Orlando Resort became the first
Orlando theme park to break the
$90 threshold for a single-day,
single-park ticket, Walt Disney
World Resort has announced
adult admission to the Magic
Kingdom will increase $6, to $95
($89 ages 3-9), effective Sunday.
Single-day admission to its
other Florida parks, Epcot, Holly-
wood Studios and Animal King-
dom, is slightly lower at $90, adult
and $84, ages 3-9.
This marks the first year in

what has become an annual rite,
that Disney has introduced two
different rates for single-day ad-
missions to its Orlando parks.
At Disneyland, cost of a one-day
one-park adult ticket will increase
from from $87 to $92 and a one-
day park hopper ticket goes from
$125 to $137. Disney has also sus-
pended discounts formerly given
to Southern California residents.
Multi-day admission tickets,
which are more popular and
more economical have also
increased. Overall, price hikes
range from one percent to 15

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1140 NW 79 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $750.
Stove and refrigerator.

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One bedroom, one
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1648 NW 35 Street
two and one bedrooms, tile
floors, central air.
786 355-5665
167 NE 59 St-Unit #2
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950. Section 8 welcome.
167 NE 59 St-Unit #5
One bedroom, one bath,
$750. Section 8 welcome.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.

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

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Stove, refrigerator.

1920 NW 31 Street
One bedroom unit.
Appliances, water included.
1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

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

2565 NW 92 Street
Large one bedroom, one
bath, stove, refrigerator,
water and lights included.
Nice neighborhood. $875
monthly, $2425 move in or
$438 bi-weekly, $1213 move
in. 305-624-8820.
2945 NW 46 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $600.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
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One bedroom, 305-754-7776
320 NW 2 Avenue
Hallandale. Move in for only
$1500, $925 mthly, two
bdrms, one bath, includes
water. 305-926-2839
500 W 22 Street
Three bdrms one bath.
$1200. 786-412-5481
6091 NW15 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080

6900 NW 2 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 o.k. 786-295-9961
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free

water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878

8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
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Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 NW 11 St.
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Apartments, Duplexes,
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Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
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laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
One or two bedrooms,
qualify the same day. 305-
603-9592 or visit our office
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1455 NW 59 ST #B
One bdrm, one bath, tile, bars
and air. $750 mthly. Section 8
only. 305-490-9284
1880 NW 73rd Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled, central air, $750.
Section 8 Accepted,
1890 NW 74 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one
bath, bars, fenced, stove,
refrigerator, air. $750
monthly. $2250 to move in.
1942 NW 93 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath. $950
mthly. Section 8 welcome.
2185 NW 57 Street
Large one bedroom, stove,
refrigerator, air conditioning,
$650 a month, $1,950 to
move in, Mike 305-232-3700
2486 NW 81 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, tile floors, central air,
$850, Section 8 only.
2587 NW 165 STREET
Near N. Dade Health Clinic.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air and heat. $.1200
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, appliances, free water
and electricity, 305-642-

36 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath $695,
two bdrms, one bath $975.
Appliances, free water

3631 N.W 194 Terr.
Two bdrms, appliances.
$1100 754-423-2748
364 NW 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750. Stove and refrigerator.

598 NW 96 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
new appliances, new kitchen
and bathroom cabinets. Call
6621-23 NW 26 Avenue
Extra large three bedrooms,
two baths. Washroom. $1400
monthly. Section 8 Welcome.
94 Street and 19 Avenue
One bedroom. Section 8
94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath, central
air, +bars, tile, $900 mthly.
Section 8 only. 305-490-9284
Two bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. 305-343-9215
North Miami Area
Two bdrms and one bdrm,
one bath. Large fenced yard.
Centrally located, shopping,
Section 8 Welcome

5422 NW 7 Court
$600 includes electric and
water. No Section 8. Call
5903 NW 30 Ave
Move in special, water '
included. 786-356-1457
77 Street and 15 Avenue
Utilities, private bath, air,
cable. $595. 305-432-1651
Furnished or Unfurnished
$150 weekly, cable, air.

19561 NW 30 Court
With air, $110 weekly, $220
to move in. 305-993-9470.
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
2905 NW 57 Street
Small furnished room, $285
monthly plus $100 security
deposit, first and last. $670 to
move in,
contact 786-597-8857
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean, cable and air. $375
monthly. 305-479-3632
3633 NW 194 Terrace
$135-$145 wkly. One person
only. 754-423-2748
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Nicely furnished room with
private entrance.
Clean Rooms, air included.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $440 and $500
monthly. 786-277-3434


10360 SW 173 Terrace
Four bedrooms, one bath
$1495. Appliances, central
air. 305-642-7080

1121 NW 142 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1,300. No
Section 8. Broker Terry
1344 NW 68 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
305-298-0388, 305-693-1017
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
Remodeled bathroom and
kitchen. $1,295 mthly. $500
security. Call 786-218-4646.
15410 NW 32 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths
air, No Section 8. $1,250
Broker Terry Dellerson
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$775 monthly. No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
1800 Rutland Street
Move in Special, three
bedrooms, one bath with
central air. 786-356-1457
2030 Rutland Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1,200 mthly. No section 8.
2267B NW 102 STREET
Remodeled three bdrms., one
bath, $950. 954-625-5901
2343 NW 100 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $825.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

2561 NW 14 Court
Ft. Lauderdale
Four bedrooms, two baths,
fenced yard, central air and
garage. $1,900 moves you
in. $1,400 monthly, Section 8
Ok. 305-926-2839.
2960 NW 211 Street
Beautiful house, nice
landscaping. Four bedrms,
two baths. Huge family room
and inside parking. $1500
mthly. Section 8 welcome.
3919 NW 207 St Rd
Four bdrms, two baths, totally
remodeled after hurricane. A
beauty. $1595 mthly. Section
8 ok. Call Joe 954-849-6793
S 7604 NW 17 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome. $1400
monthly. 305-926-0205
8130 NE 8 Court
One bedroom, one bath
Liberty City-Area
Two bdrms. $825 mthly. Call
after 6 p.m., 305-753-7738
Spacious three bdrms, two
baths,' plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
welcome! Others available.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
large family room. $1150.
Call 954-450-6200 after 5
for rent, newly renovated and
ready to go. Custom wood
kitchen, new bathrooms,
wood and tile floors. Move-
in special. For details and
information call: 786-565-
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 305-731-3591


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We are seeking drivers to
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You must be available
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Dresser mirror and a twin
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Chrysler defies feds on recall

Says 'no' to pulling back 2.7

million Jeeps branded as

fire risk

By James R. Healey

Chrysler Group is
taking the very rare
step of defying the
government by refus-
ing to recall 2.7 mil-
lion Jeeps that federal
safety officials say are
dangerous and should
be recalled.
The National High-
way Traffic Safety Ad-
ministration sent the
automaker a letter late
Monday asking it to
recall the 1993-2004
Jeep Grand Cherokee
and the 2002-2007
Jeep Liberty. NHTSA
says the rear-mounted
gas tanks in those
vehicles are too vul-
nerable to leaking and
catching fire in a rear-
end crash.
Chrysler said
Tuesday it "disagrees
with NHTSA's recall
request," and won't
honor it.
Government data
show 44 deaths in
32 rear-end crashes
and fires involving the
Grand Cherokees that
it wants recalled, and
seven deaths in five
Liberty rear-impact/
fire crashes.
The infamous Ford
Pinto and Mercury
Bobcat gas tank fires
in the 1970s involved
27 deaths in 38 rear-
end impacts. Ford
Motor recalled those
in 1978.
Adjusted for the
number of Jeeps on
the road, the Grand
Cherokees had a rear-
crash fire death rate of
just 1 per million reg-
istered vehicle years;
the Liberty, 0.9
NHTSA says similar
SUVs sold by other
companies -had rates
of around 0.5, so
the Jeeps "are poor
performers." Chrysler
says the numbers, and



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the differences among
them, are so tiny that
they are statistically
The unusual public
argument is the latest
step in a Jeep probe
that NHTSA began in
August 2010, after a
2009 request by the
Center for Auto Safety,
an advocacy group.
"NHTSA hopes that
Chrysler will recon-
sider its position and
take action to protect
its customers and
the driving public,"
NHTSA administrator
David Stickland said
in a statement late
Chtysler said
NHTSA's analysis is
faulty. It didn't use all
the available data, and
it made some incor-
rect comparisons, the
automaker said.
The government and
the automaker now
will exchange more

information. NHTSA
eventually could take
Chrysler to court in
an attempt to force a
"Chrysler must feel
like it has a compel-
ling reason to take
such a bold stand.
Since Toyota was
publicly humiliated for
dragging its feet on re-
calls just a few years
ago, automakers have
been quick to recall
vehicles at NHTSA's
request," says Mi-
chelle Krebs, an auto
industry analyst at
researcher Edmunds.
"It's extraordinary
for a manufacturer to
refuse a recall request

from NHTSA," says
Allan Kam, a former
NHTSA senior enforce-
ment attorney. He
foresees the automak-
er having to endure "a
crescendo of adverse
publicity" in "what will
probably be a losing
In what Chrysler
called a "white paper"
criticizing key points
of the NHTSA investi-
gation, the car com-
pany said: "After an
exhaustive engineer-
ing analysis, Chrysler
Group has found no
evidence that the fuel
systems in the subject
vehicles are defective
in either their design
or manufacture.

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The 38th Annual Northwest
Express Track and Field Classic
was hosted last weekend at Traz
Powell Stadium, where more than
2000 participants competed in the
meet that garnered international
support and participation, but also
honored and reunited esteemed
local coaches and former competi-
The three-day meet, presented
by the Miami Northwest Express
Track Club [MNETC] that was es-
tablished in 1976, brought together
track clubs from more than 10
states and more than six Caribbe-
an islands with runners from ages
five to 80 years old.

Jesse Hope,.hed..; .h.'aA ;. .
-founder of MNETCand coordinator
of the meet, said that the difficul-
ties of keeping the classic run-
ning, despite financial woes. is well
worth it when he sees the opportu-
nity for the kids and is able to give
recognition to local track and field
"I wanted] to quit," said Hope, a
Booker T. Washington alum. "But
the people motivate me to stay."
Among several of the people be-
ing honored was Miami Northwest-
ern alumnus and former athlete,
Carol Hardemon, who coached the
Community Youth Club and has
been participating in the classic
since its onset.
"It's a surprise that someone no-
tices what you do in the communi-

-'k'. '- ' ,

_ty when you're j.uta stnall .Ifigurel Booker T. y^.track team .'Coach
in the community" Hardemon, who Hope really opened up my eyes to
coached the current coach of the track and field and made me want
Northwestern girls' track team. "It's to compete."
an honor. But it really helps out The meet also provides an op-
all of these kids and gives them an porturnitv for retired runners to
avenue to keep them sate." compete in the Men and Women
A former MNETC runner, who Legends Race.
was under the tutelage of Hope, "You feel that you have one more
was able to establish his legacy race in you and some people are
during the 1980s, still holding the stupid enough to try it," Hope said
classic record for the 100-yard dash jokingly. "It'll always be in your
set in 1983 as a high school senior, blood and they end up proving
now participates in the meet as a that."
coach. "We have a lot of parents and
Greg Barnes, the 1988 Olympian coaches talk about how good they
lauded Hope in continuing the clas- used to be," Doreen Small-Mercer,
sic for more than three decades. 53, said. "Actions speak more vol-
"A lot of great Dade athletes par- ume."
ticipated in this meet," said Barnes, Mercer, who won her heat, rep-
current assistant coach for the resented the Jamaica team in the

1d Classic

*. Lee~6S~y~dRcnd has1'^ '
ticipated in the classic for -20 years"
She echoes the same sentiments as
many' other coaches and supporters
that the classic is a great opportu-
nity for growing athletes.
Athletes like Symone Mason,
13, who runs for the South Dade
Express Track Club in the Youth
"It's been a part of my life," said
Mason, who placed first in the
100-yard dash. "We started out as
a family and we came through as a
Disregarding the economical
challenge, Hope keeps the gate
open for all age groups and teams.
"Anyone can participate in this
as long as they don't have a bad at-
titude," Hope said laughingly.

Serena Williams wins

at French Open again

By Vanessa K. Bush

Serena Williams'
victory last weekend at
the French Open was
not only a professional
triumph, but it also
shines a light on the
incredible transforma-
tion Serena has been
undergoing for the
last two years. With a
6-4, 6-4 victory, the
31-year-old now holds
the record for the old-
est woman's champion
since tennis turned
professional in 1968.
Not long ago, she
was battling health
issues and finding it
hard to breathe. Now,
as she revealed in an
exclusive interview
with ESSENCE in
its July issue, "I feel
lighter, I feel healthier,
and even though I'm
31-which really isn't
old, but for an athlete,
particularly a ten-
nis player, it's old I
promise you, my body
has never felt bet-
ter. Considering how
much I've played and
how much I've done, I
feel fine. I'm strong."
That strength radi-

-Photo: David Silpa
American Serena Williams holds the cham-
pionship trophy after winning her French

Open women's final
Maria Sharapova at
on June 8, 2013.
ates from the inside
out. Serena, who has
admitted that she can
psyche herself out in
competition, now feels
she has a much better
handle on that men-
tal game. The woman
she is today is not the
same person she was
in 2002, when she last
won the French Open.
"It's so important to
be comfortable with
you," she said. "You

match against Russian
Roland Garros in Paris

have to be able to look
in the mirror and say I
love myself."
Not only is Serena
saying it, but she's
owning it. When she
raised the trophy
high, grinning from
ear to ear, after her
exciting win, it was ev-
ident that a part of her
was also smiling on
the inside with words
of self-affirmation and

Brown excited for return to Cleveland

Hall of Famer makes a comeback

with unspecified role

By Tom Withers 2,. :,,

Jim Brown has come back
to the team he helped lead to
its last NFL championship.
Brown will return in an
unspecified role with the
Cleveland Browns, who
will formally reunite with
the Hall of Fame stand-
out at a news conference
recently. Browns owner
Jimmy Haslam is expected
to announce Brown's new
position with the team he
starred with from 1957-65
before retiring to pursue an
acting career.
"We're excited to have him
back a part of us," Browns
CEO Joe Banner said. "It's
important to me because
She's clearly in the top cou-
ple, if not the single most
Important part of the histo-
ry of the franchise, and it's
the right thing to do."
Brown previously worked

Justin Gatlin e(
Sprinter Justin Gatlin
handed world recordholder
Usain Bolt a defeat in the
100-meter dash in the
Golden Gals recently in
Rome. Gatlin finished in
9.94 seconds and Bolt was


as a senior advisor with the
Browns. However, his role
was eliminated by former
team president Mike Hol-
mgren and Brown had been
estranged from the team for
a few years. He returned to
play in an alumni golf out-
Sing and was introduced on
the field at halftime at a
game in September, when he

met with Haslam, who had
just bought the team from
Randy Lerner.
At the time, the outspoken
Brown talked about his de-
sire to work again with the
"I would love to have a role
with the Browns," he said. "I
think that's what every ex-
player would like to do most
of all, to be a contributor to
the success of an organi-
zation. I'm stuck with be-
ing No. 32 of the Cleveland
Browns and I can't do any-
thing about it. I don't want to
do anything about it. If you
didn't like the ball, that's
one thing. You're not going
to always like my politics,
but we are married because
of that history. If I can be a
part of the development of a
new winning attitude and
help get some victories, man
that would be fantastic."
Brown is the team's c rz-, r
rushing leader with 12 1 2
yards and 106 touchdco, irs
Haslam's arrival serm.-d
to help the Browns patr.-Ii

ilges Usain Bolt in 100 meters
second in 9.95. It marked champion, struggled
Bolt's first significant loss in his other 100 me-
since he was disqualified ters this year, when
for a false start in the 2011 he narrowly won
world championships in last month in 10.09
Daegu, South Korea. Bolt, seconds in the
six-time Olympic sprint Cayman Islands.

up any differences with ar-
guably the greatest player
in their franchise's history.
Haslam said at the NFL
owner's meetings in March
that he anticipated Brown
coming back to work for the
Browns linebacker
D'Qwell Jackson is thrilled
to learn Brown will be back
with the team.
Brown was at the Browns'
stadium last Tuesday to film
a scene from the upcom-
ing movie "Draft Day" star-
ring Kevin Costner. Brown
acted in a scene with former
Browns quarterback Bernie
Kosar, who said the return
of the famed No. 32 was
"It's exciting," Kosar said.
"It's great. I think the influ-
ence he can have on some of
the younger kids
and some of the
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Whe USA Justin s
won all five of his 100-me-
ter races this year.

Step into the bad side Lebron
Now that the Miami Heat Spo,' 'trade Bosh,' 'go back
are battling the San Antonio to Cleveland' etc. When they
Spurs in this year's 2013 NBA are good of course we hear
Finals, the second guess- all about the parade route
ers and Heat doubters have down Biscayne Boulevard
been on the rampage. When and how great 'the King,'LeB-
the Heat are bad we hear 'fire ron James, truly is. This se-

ries will be a long hard fought
one and in order for Miami
to win it all again LBJ needs
to adjust some things. Not a
whole lot, just a little tweak-
ing. What LeBron must do is
quite simple and one that he
can easily rectify and win
himself another ring. The 18
points, 18 rebounds and 10
assists he put up in game one
looked really good on paper
and one might question any-
body's sanity who dares ques-
tion Lebron's game one effort.
He is the consummate team
first guy and James really

trusts his teammates. The
truth is James needs to de-
cide especially in crunch time
to simply take over the game.
Attack. Not by settling for long
jump shots, not by passing to
wide open teammates, Lebron
must attack the basket with
the ferocity that only he can
muster. He cannot be stopped
by anyone on the Spurs ros-
ter, all they can do is foul him.
He is Magic Johnson in Karl
Malone's body. Sometimes
James must decide to not do
the right basketball play, but
rather do it himself, do not put

your legacy in anyone else's
hands. When it's all said and
done, history will look at Leb-
ron and decide on his great-
ness based on rings. He is al-
ready 1-2, lose this series and
he falls to 1-3 in finals. Not
impressive. While it is perfect-
ly fine to fill up the stat sheet
like no one else today can, we
are asking James to be se-
lectively selfish especially in
the fourth quarter of a close
game. The great ones, Jordan,
Bird, Magic, Kobe finish the
job themselves. There is no
time for 'what if's,' the time is

now. If a game is there for the
taking then Lebron must seize
the moment. There will be
moments as we have seen al-
ready when he decides to facil-
itate and other times when he
must decide to attack. If need
be Lebron James must know
when to go into beast mode,
he is too good to be outdone
in clutch moments by nice
guys like Tony Parker and Tim
Duncan. It's up to you Lebron,
be the difference maker down
the stretch. No more deferring,
make these folks say hello. To
the 'Bad Guy.'


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