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VOLUME 90 NUMBER 43 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JUNE 19-25, 2013 50 cents

Critics say "old
white men"just
want to win
By Anthony Man

Still reeling from losses they
didn't expect, Republicans
strategists are hoping Black
voters, who are the Democrats'
most stalwart supporters, will
help bring them future victo-
"[We] must in some way,
some form, recruit blacks and
other minorities," said the Rev.
O'Neal Dozier, the Black pas-
tor of Worldwide Christian
Center in Pompano Beach and
a Republican Party activist.
"We cannot win with the white
people alone. We have to reach
out and we have to pull in the
A Census Bureau analysis of
voter participation released last
month found that in 2012, for
Please turn to VOTERS 8A

S :- THE GOP SAYS TO BLACKS "WE WANTYOU:" Voters in Miami-Dade County stood in line for up to four
Hours at some polling locations because of changes in the law that were supported by the GOR Now the
i Republicans want to persuade more Blacks and Hispanics to join their side. But do they want to help us or
HASTINGS WEST are they just hoping to take our votes?


Errold Peart's killer

arrested last week

Family says community tips, good
policing made the difference
By D. Kevin McNeir
kin ctir@'m
Investigators with the Miami Gardens
Police Department [MGPDJ arrested
Jamere Hanna, 19, last Wednesday,
charging him with first-degree mur-
der and two counts of armed robbery.
Hanna allegedly shot and killed Errold PEART
Peart, 59, the long-time owner of a popu-
lar car wash business in the parking lot of the U-Gas station
[19101 NW 2nd Ave.] on Dec. 2nd of last year. Peart died at
the hands of Hanna after intervening in the attempted rob-
bery of a customer.
According to the State Attorney's Office, Hanna has an ex-
tensive criminal record, including auto theft, possession of
marijuana, burglary and more. Police records indicate that
he was one of two armed suspects involved in the at-
Ktempted robbery and shooting.
S "We are still actively seeking information from
Sthe public because there is another suspect
l that is still at large," said MGPD Detective
l- - -Mike Wright. "We don't have a concrete ID
g on him so we need the public to continue to
Share any information they may have with our
SDepartment or with Miami-Dade Crime Stop-
^ pers. Tips from the community gave us
HANNA Please turn to PEART 8A

Scott signs 'Timely Justice Act' to

speed up death row executions

Florida #2 in nation for inmates scheduled to die have exhausted their judicial
appeals have been a-waiting

BV' .A_ iiot ied Pr s

Gov. Rick Scott last Friday
signed into law a measure
designed to overhaul the
state's capital punishment
process. That process has
been criticized for allowing
some condemned inmates to
remain for decades on death

The -Timely .Justic e. appellate-level legal
Act of 2013" creates ,-f representation to in-
tighter tin-ieframnes -^ mates sentenced to
for appeals and post- -' death, and requires
conviction motions '--, them to "pursue all
anid imposes report- -t'. '.- i possible remedies in
ing requirements on :. state court."
case progress. Scott said in his
It also re-establish- SCOTT signing statement
es a separate agency that the state's cur-
for north Florida to provide rent death row inmates who

execution for an average of
22 years
"An inmate who has been
on death row for 22 years
has had a fair opportunity to
discover all of the evidence
needed to challenge his
conviction, especially when
the inmate has received the
multiple levels of review and
Please turn to ACT 9A

Lawyer for Trayvon's parents plays key role

By DeWayne Wickham

Benjamin Crump is legal
adviser to Trayvon Martin's
parents. But as aggressive
as Crump has been in seek-
ing monetary compensation
for Martin's family, he is even
more tireless in his efforts to
make this case less about race

than the quest for jus- could play the biggest
tice. Crump, the high- role in shaping the out-
est profile lawyer in the come of this racially
Trayvon Martin murder /, Z tinged affair.
case, is just a spectator Until the night young
in the courtroom where Martin and Zimmer-
the man who killed the man had their deadly
unarmed 17-year-old WICKHAM encounter, Sanford was
boy is about to be tried, best known as the end
But the soft-spoken attorney of the line for Amtrak's Auto

Train, which brings vacation-
ers and their vehicles to cen-
tral Florida. Now it is ground
zero for a murder trial steeped
in questions about vigilantism
and racial profiling. Crump
has had a lot to do with putting
this murder case on the me-
dia's radar. He held news con-
ferences to demand Zimmer-

man's arrest, led marches that
attracted the support of na-
tional activists such as Jesse
Jackson and Al Sharpton, and
echoed his clients' demand for
justice on national television.
With the disarming demean-
or of a country lawyer, Crump
first gained national attention
in 2006 when he represented

the family of Martin Lee An-
derson, a 14-year-old boy who
died after being roughed up
by guards at a Florida boot
camp for troubled youngsters.
Crump's handling of that case
caused the state to close the
boot camps and give the An-
derson family a $5 million
Please turn to LAWYER 7A

Sanford's new police chief tries to ease old tensions

Chicago's Cecil Smith reaches out in
city ofZimmerman trial
By Cara Buckley Out on the streets, some Black
residents voiced misgivings of
Within days of becoming the a different sort. Smith may be
police chief in this small city Black, but he is a Northerner.
outside Orlando, Cecil E. Smith How could he ever understand
began to see clearly the scope of them?
the challenges he faced. There "This has been a slave town
were grumblings within the Po- forever," one resident said to
lice Department's ranks: at least Smith in a low voice. "There are
one supervisor said he did not people who still feel white people
want to work for a Black man. are the devil. You're not from

here. You don't understand."
The department Smith now
leads and the city it serves are
in the arduous stages of trying
to integrate lessons
drawn from the epr-
sode that brougl-ii _
infamy to Sanford
16 months ag.-. .
The fatal shootir-,L
of Trayvon Mar-
tin, an unarmed
Black teenager,
by George Zim-
merman, a r--._

volunteer neighborhood watch-
man, compelled many to assert
that racial profiling and citizen
vigilantism had taken place.
Since the shooting, city offi-
,:i.-. .-id religious leaders have
l-,.-.r'-d to soothe tensions. The
p.,i,: chief who oversaw the
Zi'mrrir,:-rman case, Bill Lee, was
fir-d .An interfaith coalition of
riirii-,ters was formed. The
:ity asked the Justice De-
partment to review the
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Parents need to join the

PTA, instead of listening to

the grapevine
t was Gladys Knight and the Pips, along with the in-
comparable Marvin Gaye, who shared with the rest of
the world what Blacks have long known that there
is power in the community grapevine. You remember their
song, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," right? However,
one has to be careful when getting the news solely from the
grapevine, which tends to be based on rumors and innu-
endoes, rather than going directly to the source. Why? Be-
cause often what we hear from conversations in the hood
is a distortion of facts a hodgepodge of truth and fiction.
What's more, rumors tend to act like snowballs at the top of
a hill gaining more and more momentum as they descend
from the peak towards the valley.
Recently, there have been several unconfirmed rumors
about the closing of two public schools in Miami-Dade
County, Drew Elementary and Holmes Elementary both
District 2 schools that are located in Liberty City. Our re-
search and subsequent front page news article showed that
neither school is scheduled to close. Not this year and not
the next, according to Miami-Dade County Public Schools
But given the number of calls we received and the conver-
sation that swirled in the Black community, one could have
assumed that the closing of both schools was a done deal. In
such cases, parents, guardians and other interested mem-
bers of the community might want to follow the example
that our parents and their parents set for us. It's called 'get-
ting involved.'
Our schools have parent teacher associations [PTAs] as
well as a plethora of opportunities for volunteers. When was
the last time you attended a school board meeting or an eve-
ning meeting at your child's school? When was the last time
you made an unscheduled lunch time visit to your child's
school and asked to see what's happening in their class-
room? Our children are our most precious asset. Rather
than getting the news via a tete-a-tete on one of our neigh-
bor's porch, we need to get more involved.

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On DNA samples, Judge Scalia was right

The Supreme Court's rul-
ing last week allowing police to
compel DNA samples from per-
sons arrested for serious offens-
es will solve cold cases around
the country, putting dangerous
criminals behind bars. But de-
spite this clearly beneficial im-
pact, the court's 5-4 ruling was
wrong and may be more far-
reaching than we can now imag-
The words "Antonin Scalia was
right" do not flow easily for me.
But the court's most uncompro-
mising conservative, who wrote
a withering dissent, was correct
when he issued a dire-sounding
warning from the bench: "Make
no mistake about it: Because of
today's decision, your DNA can
be taken and entered into a na-
tional database if you are ever
arrested, rightly or wrongly, and
for whatever reason."
The case, involving a Mary-
land law that mandates DNA
collection, scrambled the court's
ideological seating chart. Sca-
lia, of all people, sided with the

liberals; while Justice Stephen
Breyer, a liberal, joined the con-
servative majority.
Maryland v. King was an ap-
propriate test case. A man
named Alonzo King was arrest-
ed in 2009 on an assault charge.
Police in Wicomico County took
a DNA sample by swabbing the

was obtained, Scalia argued, ig-
nores the Constitution.,
The Fourth Amendment pro-
hibits most warrantless search-
es without reasonable suspi-
cion, and police had no reason
to suspect that King had com-
mitted the rape or that he had
committed any crime except the

he case, involving a Maryland law that mandates DNA collec-
tion, scrambled the court's ideological seating chart. Scalia, of
all people, sided with the liberals; while Justice Stephen Brey-
er, a liberal, joined the conservative majority.

inside of his cheek without
obtaining a search warrant -
as permitted under Maryland
law. Months later, King's DNA
profile was matched with evi-
dence from a 2003 rape case.
King was subsequently tried
and convicted of the rape.
It's impossible not to applaud
the result: A rapist who other-
wise would have escaped justice
was made to pay for his heinous
crime. But the way this result

assault for which he had been
Writing for the majority, Jus-
tice Anthony Kennedy accepted
the state's argument that the
DNA sample was actually a
method of identification like a
mug shot or a set of fingerprints
- and not an unreasonable
search. With all due respect,
this is a bunch of hooev. As
Scalia put it, Kennedy's .argu-
ment "taxes the credulity of the

Before the DNA test was even
performed, police knew per-
fectly well who King was. They
had his name, address, date of
birth, height, weight, eye color,
you name it. No question had
been raised about his identity.
Months elapsed before King's
DNA was entered into a na-
tional database. If identity were
the purpose for collecting the
sample, you'd think it would be
compared with the DNA of peo-
ple who looked like King or had
a similar name. Instead, it was
compared with DNA samples
collected at the scenes of un-
solved crimes.
In other words, the obvious
purpose of collecting the DNA
sample was to solve cold cas-
es. This is an admirable- goal.
But there's that pesky Fourth
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Wash-
ington Post.

If everyone shieldedPeP R'.. n' rrIn I

Champion, then who landed Hoo Tra
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As much as we may want Florida A&M University's
[FAMU] famous Marching 100 to be resurrected
from the dead and allowed to participate next fall
during halftime of regional area football games, there is still
one cloud that continues to hover over the once-celebrated
program: hazing. FAMU has cleaned house replacing both
the former band director and the University president two
men who, given their positions should have known what
was going on. After all, as hundreds of Marching 100 alums
will admit, hazing has been going on for a very long time at
Could Drum Major Robert Champion's death have been
avoided? Most certainly, had the right people come forward
and demanded an immediate change in the status quo.
However, it seems that the administration, alumni and stu-
dents either looked the other way, or put their heads in the
sand like the seemingly-ignorant ostrich.
Last October, Brian Jones became the first of 14 charged
with Champion's death. Many, like Jones, withdrew their
original "not guilty" plea, instead opting for "no contest."
Jones was eventually cleared of any felony charges, but ad-
mitted to holding Champion in a bear hug as he endured
an onslaught of physical abuse from his bandmates. Circuit
Court Judge Marc Lubet accepted Jones's plea, saying that
there was no testimony showing that Jones ever beat or hit
Champion, even though he was present at the time of the
Since then, one defendant after another has stepped for-
ward agreeing to a plea the most recent being Shawn
Turner and Rikki Wills. Wills, Champion's roommate, was
sentenced last week to one year of house arrest and five
years probation. The waters appear muddy but from our
vantage point it appears that not one student has actually
admitted to delivering the punches, kicks and drumstick
strikes that led to Champion's collapse and subsequent
death. At this rate, maybe the last student standing will
serve as the scapegoat.
Champion is dead which means that someone is respon-
sible, right?

Like so many high-profile
court cases, the tragedy of
Trayvon Martin is now a whirl-
wind of legal arguments and
cable news punditry
Similarly, the heartbreaking
case of Martin Lee Anderson -
the young man beaten to death
by guards at a Panama City,
Florida boot camp in 2006 (the
guards were acquitted of any
criminal conduct) turned
into a difficult national debate
over the impartiality of medi-
cal examiners and conditions
in correctional facilities.
But both of these complex
cases symbolize a simple fact:
young Black men in America
rarely enjoy the benefit of the
Regardless of your views on
what exactly transpired on
that suburban street in San-
ford, Florida last spring or at
that camp in Panama City sev-
en years ago, it's impossible to
deny that racial profiling and
legal discrimination-particu-
larly against Black men and

For the most part, corporate
America employees are satisfied
with their careers. There is usu-
ally a chart to review in terms
of responsibility. Is the employ-
ee moving up the "ladder" and
heading towards more execu-
tive responsibility? That is cor-
related with salary. The greater
the responsibility, the greater
the pay and the less tolerance
for any era or bad judgment. If
one reaches as far up the lad-
der as he or she can, then they
will ultimately seek new employ-
ment that offers more opportu-
nity or capitulate to the end of
their improvement and sit there
until retirement.
There are many divisions
within a major corporation.
Somewhere in this maze of divi-
sions is a particular occupation
sometimes known as manager
of minority procurement or di-
versity procurement or some
other form that reflects on a

on, close opportunity gap
-remain rampant in 21st These startling statistics that the real sr.tsr.c isi oinlv I 3
y America. only begin to describe the dev- percent.
a mother and an educa- stating effects of the discrimi- There's no easy solution to
an attest to this fact. My nation Black men in America this national shame.
children, and nearly all of face. An initial conviction can In Congress, I am proposing
)ung men I know, have lead to a lifetime of unemploy- the establishment of a-Feder-
stopped by the police at ment or underemployment al Commission on the Social
once, for no apparent due to the stigma of being re- Status of Black Men arid Boys
i. quired to "check the box" de- to examine the interdisciplin-
nt statistics also attest clearing a criminal history. In ary causes and consequences
se realities. According to some states, it can also lead of our opportunity gap. This
y by the American Acad- to long periods of voter dis- Commission would collaborate
Arts and Sciences, more enfranchisement. Barriers to with school districts, agen-
wo-thirds of Black male employment and voting rights cies and businesses to foster
its are expected to serve worsen the already severe con- economic growth in communi-
n state or federal prison, sequences of the educational ties of color and identify and
ling to the Center for "opportunity gap." implement intervention pro-
id Justice, 75 percent of These combined challeng- grams to increase graduation
in state prison for drug es have bred another crisis: rates, improve student perfor-
tions are people of color Negative self-perception. The mance, and ultimately break
e recent studies showing syndicated columnist Leonard the school-to-prison pipeline.
evels of drug-use in the Pitts frequently asks groups Until we eliminate the oppor-
population than in the of Black students how often tunity gap, people will still be
1 population. Beyond the individual who murders a profiled and harassed for just
equal arrests rates, a white person is Black. Many of plain being Black.
U.S. Sentencing Corn- these students-informed pri- Frederica Wilson is an Ameri-
n found that Blacks re- marily by the nightly news- can politician who has been a
0 percent longer federal assumed the figure is around member of the United States
ces than whites convict- 75 percent. Pitts writes that House of Representatives since
he same crimes, they are often shocked to learn 2011.

minority procurement program
that the company alleges it has.
The person they pick will gener-
ally have less than a success-
ful tenure under his/her belt.
Their past with the corporation
is usually lackluster and their
future is considered to be vague

This individual has little
power and no respect among
members of the corporation. If
a crisis arises that involves the
corporation's record on minority
business, the company will refer
the matter to someone high up
in the procurement division. We

A lot of these corporations will demand that you, a Black person,
should go through that colored door and never approach the
main door.

or doomed to failure. This is the
prototype of who they want to
represent them as Black-owned
businesses and other minori-
ties seeking to do business are
directed to his or her office.
It's the colored entrance while
white-owned firms head to the
procurement division where the
real deals are done. The Black
rep reminds one of that great
novel, "The Spook Who Sat By
the Door" by Sam Greenlee.

had an issue with the Chrysler
Corporation. They were build-
ing a new plant in Kokomo, Ind.
The state legislature gave them
$8 million in cash to acquire the
needed land. They had the nerve
to refuse any appointments by
Black construction managers.
He complained to us and we
went to war. After a scathing op-
ed in many NNPA newspapers
and the threat of defaulting on
the $8 million given to the com-

pany by the State, they began to
panic. Chrysler sent four vice
presidents to my office. The mi-
nority business guy wasn't even
in the loop. They made peace by
awarding the plant to one of our
members. One of the vice presi-
dents ran their foundation. As
an apologetic gesture, they sent
a handsome grant to us. I felt
like Rev. Jesse Jackson.
A lot of these corporations will
demand that you, a Black per-
son, should go through that col-
ored door and never approach
the main door. There are a few
corporations that are exceptions
but they tend to move by a com-
mittee of some of their best "up
and coming" executives. By the
way, having a Black CEO has so
far made no difference in the at-
titude of minority procurement.
Harry C. Alford is the co-
founder, President/CEO of the
National Black Chamber of Com-


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3A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2015

- BY ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor,

Scott will not be an easy defeat in

One out of three Floridians
in the state think Governor
K Scott is doing a good job. That
means over 60 percent of Flo-
J ridians are upset with the gov-
ernor or they don't trust his
leadership skills. Without a
doubt in the last election our
s governor made bad decisions,
and he embarrassed the State
when it took him three days to
>',\ count the ballots.
'C ~But the Democrats should
\ not underestimate the Florida
v Republican machine. Scott
this time around will have a
'A. track record and unemploy-
ment is at a four-year low. "If
somebody thinks that Rick
Scott won't have time, energy,
and resources to be re-elect-
ed, they're making an error in
judgment," says Susie Wiles,
who managed Scott's 2010
j , campaign.
Four years ago Scott was a
controversial stranger to Flor-
a 7 (ida politics; now the GOP es-
S tablishment is willing to unify
Sand get behind the incum-
bent. Scott is still controver-

sial, and he has learned that
education and jobs should be
his primary focus in his 2014
campaign. In 2013, he has
given the teachers a $2,500
raise, and more folks will
support him because of this

the grassroots folks with a
powerful message.
"Whoever the Democrat-
ic nominee is will beat Rick
Scott. We will win the gover-
nor's mansion next Novem-
ber. There's not any question,"
says U.S. Rep Debbie Wasser-

democrats cannot underestimate our governor because
he is raising millions of dollars right now and also can
invest millions of his own money if GOP money gets
slow. Scott is not an easy target to beat and the Democratic can-
didate will be in the fight of his life, which he will probably lose.

At this point, the Democrats
do not have a unanimous
statewide choice and the par-
ty appears disorganized and
divided. In order for the party
to win in 2014, the candidate
must be able to mobilize and
address the critical problems
that impact the Black and His-
panic communities. There are
more Democrats registered in
the state than Republicans,
but the Democratic candidate
must be able to connect with

man. But the Republicans
have won the governorship
the last 16 years so I wonder
what evidence Wasserman is
using to prove her case. Flor-
ida is a red state and the Re-
publicans have the majority
of large corporations in their
corner that are predicted to
generate $100 million to-
wards Scotts' campaign.
There are. 76 weeks left un-
til the election and the Demo-
crats will be forced to build



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Are Black men still important

to the Black family?

Miami, driver

"The real question is: 'do
they want to
be' . men
choose not to
be important
to their kids'

Liberty City, assistant manager

"Yes, that's mnaefr
where kids
get their mor-
als. The fa-
thers set the
foundation for
their kids."

Liberty City, unemployed

"Yes. Black men are forced
from being
a part of the
Black family
by Section 8
and welfare .
- ruining the
marital dy-

downtown Miami, teachers aide

"Yes, raising kids toda:
need a Black
male figure to
instill more
values and set
an example.'

Liberty City, retired

"Yes they are. In my days a
male figure
was important ?.;
to raising a :.';"'..

Miami, chef

"Yeah. You need a father for
balance in the

Father's Day can be tough
for some guys. Those guys
wonder if the mother of their
child will make sure you get
the card, the time, maybe just
the phone-call you've got com-
ing. Being one of those guys
often makes it difficult to be
fully engaged as a father.
Some of those guys don't al-
ways get any recognition on
Father's Day, and that is as
it should be. They, in fact, are
not good fathers they are
professional inseminators, im-
pregnating unwitting (or are
they?) women for the hell of it.
I'm not talking about those
dudes. I'm talking about men
with good intentions who get
demoted by the implosion of
a failed or dysfunctional rela-
tionship, whose presence is
mostly undesirable, but wholly
Every child may not have a
father they may have a baby
daddy. Some fathers are baby
daddies and don't even know
it they don't know the dif-
ference between a baby daddy

from a "baby daddy"to a I
and a father, not even called by his name.
We think of men as being the He has to get his own plate at
central character in these kinds family functions, if he is ever
of relationships traditionally, invited, which he pointedly is
so perhaps this requires some most often not.
suspension of belief. But if Also, "this guy" hasn't taken
you listen closely to the lyr- responsibility for his lot by

very child may not have a father they may have a
baby daddy. Some fathers are baby daddies and don't
even know it

ics of the song that brought
the term "baby daddy"into the
lexicon, it's clear: the woman
has the most power in the dis-
course. The "baby daddy's"
role is whatever she says it
is. Are you regulated to be-
ing "this guy"? "This guy" has
done nothing good, something
wrong, or something not quite
right enough and is not wor-
thy of an honorable form of
address. His station is not be-
fitting any honorific whereby
he could be confused for any-
one respectable. Often, he is

meeting the mother of his child
in court, where his rights, role
and responsibilities can be
outlined in writing, and se-
cured and overseen. I know
you think you got something,
but a signature on the birth
certificate only designates you
as the obligor, my dude. It im-
parts no legal right to see the
child, or to be included in de-
cision-making and its upbring-
The mother can take your
money and ignore your pa-
rental input. The child can't

take your-phone call withoutt
the mother's say-so. Upgrade
yourself from baby daddy to
real dad. Fathers have the
same rights as the mothers of
their children. If you need per-
mission to see your kid, you
are a baby daddy, living in a
world of hurt. Baby daddies
half-a**, beg, plead, struggle or
give up on trying. Fathers don't
have to ask. They whole-ass it
and lawyer-up, for the good of
the child. Then, they co-parent
and establish partnerships
with the mothers that matter,
that function, that are crucial
and necessary.
Know the difference. Don't
be a baby-daddy. Be a father
to your child.
Jimi Izrael is a writer and
journalist from East Cleve-
land Ohio. His opinion has
appeared in the Los Angeles
Times, Salon.corn,
Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago
Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Con-
stitution, American Spectator,
Jezebel.corn, The Plain Dealer,
and elsewhere.


Conning Americans to give up their privcr
S. It will not be with guns. aled, etc.) of millions of Verizon mostly metaphorical, meaning lice free rein to stop wh
, .. If ever tyranny overtakes customers.. that we can anticipate no for- whenever without nee
This land of the sometimes But what is most troubling mal surrender point at which warrant or a reason.
free and home of the intermit- is that Americans are not par- our rights will be restored. It makes you want to h
tently brave, it probably won't, ticularly troubled by any of it. For what it's worth, we've seen frustration. Yes, the sta
contrary to the fever dreams of According to a new poll by the similar ambivalence toward the interdict a given terror
-gun rights extremists, involve Pew Research Center and the excess of another open ended but even if it took eve

jack-booted government thugs
rappelling down from black he-
licopters. Rather, it will involve
changes to words on paper
many have forgotten or never
knew, changes that chip away
until they strip away, precious
American freedoms.
It will involve a trade of sorts,
an inducement to give up the
reality of freedom for the illu-
sion of security. Indeed, the
bargain has already been
That is the take-away from
the latest controversy to em-
broil the Obama administra-
tion. Yes, it is troubling to learn
the National Security Agency
has been running a secret pro-
gram that reputedly gives it ac-
cess to Americans' web activity
- emails, chats, pictures, vid-
eo uploads on such Internet
behemoths as Google, Face-
book and Apple. Yes, it is trou-
bling to hear that "George W."
Obama has routinely renewed
a Bush-era program allowing
the feds to more easily graze
the "metadata" of phone activ-
ity (time and date, numbers di-

We are at war against terror, the thinking goes, so cer-
tain liberties must be sacrificed. It's the same thing
people said when similar issues arose under the
Bush regime.

Washington Post, most of us
- 56 percent are OK with
the monitoring of metadata, a
process then-Sen. Joe Biden
called "very, very intrusive"
back in 2006.
According to the same poll,
nearly half 45 percent -
also approve allowing the gov-
ernment to track email content
and other online activity. And
62 percent feel it is more im-
portant to investigate terrorist
threats than to safeguard the
right to privacy. That approval
is consistent across party lines.
We are at war against terror,
the thinking goes, so certain
liberties must be sacrificed.
It's the same thing people said
when similar issues arose un-
der the Bush regime. It doesn't
seem to matter to them that
the "war" is open-ended and

metaphorical conflict, the War
on Drugs. It has also played
havoc with basic civil rights,
the courts essentially giving po-

ding a

ioller in
ate can
st plot,
ery last

freedom we have, it could not
guarantee complete security.
That is a plain truth with which
we must make peace.
We will never be "safe." But
we just might, if we have the
courage, be free.
Leonard Pitts Jr. won the Pu-
litzer Prize for commentary in
2004. He is the author of Be-
coming Dad: Black Men and the
Journey to Fatherhood.

2014 ..
a strong innovative technical
ground team that can gen-
erate dollar-for-dollar with
Scott's campaign and is ex-
tremely excited about beating
the incumbent. The Demo-
cratic candidate must have
charisma and be an articu-
late speaker who Floridians
trust. Scott has made many
mistakes and he has left $51
billion on the federal table -
something that angers many
Floridians. Recently he vetoed
a bill that would have helped
immigrants secure a driver's
license, further upsetting
many Hispanics.
Democrats cannot underes-
timate our governor because
he is raising millions of dollars
right now and also can invest
millions of his own money if
GOP money gets slow. Scott
is not an easy target to beat
and the Democratic candidate
will be in the fight of his life,
which he will probably lose.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO
of On Point Media Group in Or-

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Hampton House

honors homegrown

notable achievers



By D. Kevin McNeir

Three Miami natives that have
gone on to make their mark in
South Florida and the nation
were recently honored at the
Tenth Annual Awards Fundraiser
Luncheon sponsored by the His-
toric Hampton House Community
Trust, Inc. [HHHFCT]. The hon-
orees included: Roniece Williams-
Weaver, nutrition advocate, dieti-
cian and founding partner and
executive director of Hebni Nutri-
tion Consultants, Inc.; Clifford
Thomas, owner of C.T. Consulting
and former vice president of man-
aged care operations for Physician
Access Urgent Care Group, LLC;
and Dr. Harold "Skip" Williams,
a family physician in private prac-
tice with offices in North Miami
Beach and Pembroke Pines.
Special guests, all from Miami,
providing entertainment included:
singer, songwriter and author,
Cynthia Strachan; musical child
prodigy and rising senior at the
School for Advanced Studies,
Troy Adam Duffle; saxophon-
ist Michael Emanuel; and the
Historic Hampton House Band
under the direction of Dr. Richard

Strachan. For the second year in
a row, the senior editor for The
Miami Times, D. Kevin McNeir,
served as the master of ceremo-
"We thank you for taking the
time to share in this historic -
moment of honoring Miami's own
success stories," said Dorothy
"Dottle" Johnson, HHHCT, board
chair. "The Hampton House was
our [Blacks] only place where we
could eat, listen to good music
and network. That's why we con-
tinue to work towards its renova-
tion and to keep the legacy alive."
"We have broken ground but we
must still continue to be advo-
cates," said Dr. Enid Pinkney,
founding president and CEO. "It's
taken us 12 years to get to this
point and as the project progress-
es, we anticipate the Hampton
House being an important eco-
nomic engine and a source of jobs
for our community. As for the
honorees, each of them has made
significant contributions to our
community and we are proud to
honor the three men and women
that were born and raised right
here and have never forgotten
their roots or the importance of
giving back."

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Obama's ATF nominee stares down GOP fire

Republicans hope to block or delay appointment of acting Di-
rector B. Todd Jones until completion of an investigation into
his leadership of the U.S. attorney's office in Minnesota.

By Richard A. Serrano

WASHINGTON -The acting di-
rector of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explo-
sives, who took over the agency
in its meltdown with the Fast and
Furious gun-tracking scandal, ran
into.oppositionI Thesday when he
* appeared before the Senate Judi-
ciary Committee for consideration
as permanent director.
Disturbed by allegations that B.
Todd Jones had mismanaged his
other current role as the U.S. at-
torney in Minnesota, Republicans
said they hoped to block or delay
his appointment until an internal
investigation into his leadership of
that office could be completed.
President Obama nominated
Jones as permanent ATF director
last year after the school shooting
in Newtown, Conn. But his chance
of success has been difficult to
gauge. No one has made it to the
post since 2006, when the job be-
gan requiring Senate confirmation
and the National Rifle Assn. start-
ed vigorously opposing nominees.
"I think that's wrong," said Sen.
Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from
Minnesota, suggesting that crit-
ics have hijacked the confirma-
tion process. "Something is wrong


when we have ATF agents on the
front lines of a major investigation
like the Boston Marathon bombing
figuring out who did it and what
happened, and yet the Senate still
won't confirm a permanent mem-
ber of this agency."
But Sen. Charles E. Grassley of
Iowa, the panel's ranking Repub-
lican, said Jones had been ac-
cused of gross mismanagement
and retaliation against his staff
in the federal prosecutor's office
in Minnesota, allegations that the

Department of Justice's Office of
Special Counsel is investigating.
"These are serious charges,"
Grassley said. "The public inter-
est demands resolution of these
He urged the committee to post-
pone a confirmation vote until
the investigation was done. Oth-
erwise, he said, "we're left today
to take Mr. 'Jones' word and have
no way of independently verifying
what he says."
When he took over in September
2011 as acting ATF director, Jones
said, he "found an organization in
distress." He said he appointed
22 new special agents to run ATF
field offices, assigned 23 new ex-
ecutives to ATF headquarters and
ordered a "top-to-bottom" review
of the bureau.
Jones said none of the manag-
ers in Arizona and Washington
connected to Fast and Furious
kept their supervisory jobs. The
failed operation on the U.S.-Mex-
ico border was designed to track
weapons smuggled to Mexican
drug cartels, but thousands of
weapons were lost.
"We knew there was a failure in
leadership," he said. "They either
retired, resigned or left. They are
no longer in positions of responsi-

Detroit defaults on $2B of unsecured debt

By Brian Chappatta, Chris
Christoff & Mark Niquette

Detroit is suspending pay-
ments on $2 billion of unse-
cured debt, marketing park-
ing garages and telling retirees
to rely on President Barack
Obama's health-care law to
avoid a record municipal bank-
Those are among proposed
changes in.a 128-page restruc-
turing plan Emergency Manager
Kevyn Orr offered yesterday at a
meeting of creditors in Detroit.
The moves, including spend-
ing $1.25 billion over 10 years
to bolster safety and remove
blight, will give an insolvent city
a viable future, Orr said.
"We have to strike a balance
between the legacy obligations
to our creditors and our employ-
ees and retirees and the duty
as a city to 700,000 residents
for lights, police, fire, emergen-
cy management, cleaning the
streets," Orr told reporters after
the meeting.
With a $39.7 million missed
payment yesterday on debt is-
sued to fund pensions, Detroit
becomes the most populous U.S.
city to default since Cleveland in
1978. Unsecured creditors may
receive less than 10 cents on the
dollar under a deal Orr offered
to more than 100 creditors and
union officials who met at a De-
troit Metropolitan Airport hotel.

Protesters yell after being shut out of a public informational meeting
at Wayne State University's Law School in Detroit, on June 10. State-ap-
pointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr told people attending the meeting
that the chances Detroit can avoid bankruptcy are about 50-50.

The city would create a re-
gional water agency to replace
its municipally run department
and evaluate options with other
assets including its parking op-
erations, according to Orr's 128-
page report.
Detroit intends to market its
parking operations through a
sale, long-term lease or conces-
sion arrangement while closing
departments that manage or op-
erate nine garages, two lots and
3,404 parking-meter spaces, the
report said. The city also wants
to lease the 982-acre Belle Isle
Municipal Park to the state to

save $6 million a year, Orr said.
Active and retired workers
would see their pensions re-
duced under the plan, and the
city wants to replace its retiree
health-care plan with one relying
on federal insurance exchanges
under Obama's patient Protec-
tion and Affordable Care Act or
Medicare with city supplements,
according to the report.
After the meeting, Standard &
Poor's lowered the rating on the
city's general-obligation debt
to CC from CCC- minus with
a negative outlook. That's 10
steps below investment grade.

ability and leadership at ATF."
Jones noted, for instance, that
William McMahon, head of ATF
field operations, was terminat-
ed and that a decision on Wil-
liam Newell, the special agent in
charge of the Phoenix field office,
was "forthcoming."
"We did not stand idly by and
not take corrective action, includ-
ing disciplinary action," he said.
But the disciplinary process is of-
ten complex and, he said, "some-
times painfully slow."
As t1 c,i mplai t- abo-uit hIis

management of the U.S. attor-
ney's office in Minnesota, Jones
said he had not been interviewed
by the Office of Special C.-ounsel.
"I have always taken very seri-
ously the duty my office has to
follow all the laws and regula-
tions," he said, denying he ever
took "adverse actions against
anyone" he worked with. i
"I was quite surprised by' the
nature of the allegations," he
said. ,.
Other complaints have ac-
cused. Jones ofl hang a rigid

management style in Minneapo-
lis, and of making a stern video
that advised ATF agents against
going public with internal prob-
lems, as was done in Fast and
But Jones told the committee
that when he became U.S. attor-
ney in 2009, he made many staff
adjustments. "Quite frankly, I've
been an agent of change, and
change at times is hard to deal
with. Sometimes folks are not
happy with the direction overall,"
he said.

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Former FAMU drum majors get

probation in hazing related death

By Stephen Hudak

Former FAMU drum majors
Rikki Wills and Shawn Turner
received probation Friday for
their self-described roles as
"protectors" of Robert Cham-
pion as he suffered through a
fatal hazing in November 2011.
After the proceedings in Or-
ange County Circuit Court,
Champion's mother expressed
frustration over the series of
probationary sentences handed
down so far in her son's death,
saying they do not "send a
strong enough message" to de-
ter hazing.
"We need to end the mad-
ness," Pamela Champion said.
Wills, 25, and Turner, 27, ad-
mitted they were on the charter
bus parked at the Rosen Plaza
hotel in Orlando when the haz-
ing of Champion began, but
both insist they tried to help
him through a gantlet of band
members who punched, kicked
and swung drumsticks at him
during the ritual known as
"crossing bus c."
Wills, who was Champion's
college roommate at FAMU, and
Turner, who knew the drum
major in high school in Georgia,
listened quietly while Champi-
on's mother called upon them
to be influential voices against
hazing. She said they would


have to face each day "knowing
what you have been a part of."
Both offered apologies.
Turner pledged to partici-
pate someday in the Robert
D. Champion Drum Major for
Change Foundation, an anti-
hazing organization his par-
ents created. "No parent should
have to answer a phone call
that their son or daughter got
seriously injured or their life got
taken because of a stupid ritu-
al," he said.
Champion, 26, died Nov. 19,
2011, from extensive soft-tissue
bleeding that a medical exam-
iner attributed to the beating he
endured during the hazing after
the Florida Classic, the annual
football game at the Citrus Bowl
between FAMU and its Florida


rival, Bethune-Cookman Uni-
Assistant state attorney Ni-
cole Pegues, in documents filed
last week, discounted the drum
majors' arguments that they
served as a "helper" or "protec-
tor" for Champion. She pointed
out they could have prevented
the hazing by speaking up, no-
tifying hotel security or alerting
Florida A&M University staff
who supervised the band.
Champion's death shed new
light on hazing traditions with-
in the celebrated Marching 100
and the university's failure to
stop it. The tragedy led to the
indefinite suspension of the
iconic band and abrupt retire-
ments of longtime band direc-
tor Dr. Julian White and FAMU

Dead child and mother have a

The mother of a four-year
old boy found dead in a Coral
Springs apartment recently
has been arrested on unrelated
Four-year-old Antwan Hope
was discovered after police re-
ceived several 911 calls from
inside the apartment.
"I was working and I can say
on some of the calls she did not
speak and hung up. We were
able to track the calls and that's
when we found the four year old
deceased," said Lt. Joe McHugh
of the Coral Springs Police De-
Destene Simmons, 23, was ar-
rested last Monday and charged
with driving with a suspended
license. She appeared in bond
court last Tuesday morning and
was given a $500 bond on the
suspended license charge.
Simmons's family is not com-
menting on the incident. Sever-
al of her family members waited
anxiously outside the Broward
Detention Center and were dis-
appointed when she was not re-
leased until that evening.
Investigators are waiting on
autopsy report which will deter-
mine if there was foul play in-
volved in Antwan Hope's death.
If the medical examiner's re-
port indicates obvious signs of



Last year Simmons, as reported by CBS4
news partner The Miami Herald, put a pillow
over the boy's face and tried to suffocate him.

trauma, the police would imme-
diately launch a homicide in-
vestigation and obtain a search
warrant for Simmons' apart-
Last Tuesday morning, police
tape sealed off the door to Sim-
mons' apartment which was be-
ing guarded by an officer.
Police are calling Hope's death
Barbara Brunson, four-year-
old Hope's great aunt from his
father's side, said, "When they

think about it, everyone is just
According to Brunson, family
members on the father's side of
the boy have been concerned
about Simmons's mental state
ever since an incident that oc-
curred a year, ago when they
said Simmons tried to harm the
four year old.
"As far as her mental state,
people don't pay attention to
that until it's too late," said

President James Ammons.
Fourteen ex-band members
have been charged in Cham-
pion's death, including five who
pleaded guilty or no contest to
hazing charges.
The others have pleaded not
guilty and are awaiting trial on
charges of manslaughter and
felony hazing. If convicted of
manslaughter in Champion's
death, they could be sentenced
to as many as 15 years in pris-
Wills' four-year probation fol-
lows a year of community con-
trol, a sanction similar to house
arrest. Turner must serve an
18-month term of community
control and three years proba-
tion. Both also must partici-
pate in an online, anti-hazing
course. Each gave prosecutors
a "proffer," a statement which
can be used as proof in the tri-
als of the other band members.
Pamela Champion also criti-
cized ex-band members for
their silence and lack of coop-
eration with investigators.
"Robert loved that band," she
said in court last Friday. "He
put out a lot of love for that
band [and] for the band mem-
bers. It's just unfortunate that
the band members that were
involved [in the hazing] didn't
do the same even his fellow
drum majors."

sorid past
Last year Simmons, as re-
ported by CBS4 news partner
The Miami Herald, put a pillow
over the boy's face and tried to
suffocate him.
Simmons was committed un-
der Florida's involuntary com-
mitment law, the Baker Act, to
a local psychiatric hospital, and
Hope was placed in foster care,
and then in the home of a ma-
ternal aunt.
The Department of Children
& Families was eager to return
the boy to his mother's custody.
Hope's guardian-ad-litem ob-
jected to returning him to his
mother's care. Broward Circuit
Judge Elizabeth Scherer agreed
with DCF and allowed Simmons
to have unsupervised visits with
her son in preparation for full-
time custody.
Hope was returned to her last
weekend for an unsupervised
visit. He left the visit in a mor-
tuary van.
Neighbor Jennifer Hill, whose
son played with Simmon's son
Antwon Hope, wants answers.
"He's crying, and it impacts
him, like it does a lot of little kids
in the neighborhood though. A
lot of these kids are very hurt.
Their friend is gone and nobody
knows why. Nobody is giving us
answers," said Hill.


Condo president gambles away community's money
laricy Marquez 53, was arrested orn charges she stole $148,012 from the
French Villa.; condominium association, Pembroke Pines police said. Taken
into custody, she admitted she commingled association funds with her own
and used the cash to gamble at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hol-
lywood, investigators said.
Condo board member Paul Coffman said he arid fellow board members
found financial discrepancies in January 2011, when he replaced Marquez
as association president for the 66-unit building in the 600 block of French
The association rerceied notices from the city of Pembroke Pines that the
water would be shut off unless utility bills were paid. Florida Power & Light
Co. sent notices threatening to switch off electricity that powered hallway
and lighting in the community.
Amid the debt, the association also had unanticipated expenses pop uLip:
The community ,.a'.. ordered to replace all fire sprinkler heads in the ga-
rage, remodel the elevator, and inspect the sewer lines, Coffman said.
Marquez was arrested on charges of grand theft and perpetrating a
scheme to defraud. She was freed from jail last Tuesday on S7,500 bond,
records show.

Man arrested picking mushrooms
with an alligator in his backpack
Wildlife officials arrested five men in the Little Econ State Forest in Semi-
nole County Sunday after anr, rihicer found them with magic mushrooms,
marijuana and an alligator in a backpack, according tori Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission spol.eswomarn Joy Hill.
Hill said the gioup was stopped for picking hallucinogenic psilocybin
mushrooms, which grow naturally in the forest. But during a search, an of-
ficer discovered a 2-foot alligator wrapped in a bandana and stuffed into the
backpack of 3n-year-old Titusville resident Rick Myers.
Myers was charged with felony drug possession, misdemeanor removal
of plant life, possession of an alligator, and an unrelated probation violation.
Also arrested on drug charges were Tyler Salzman, 20, Gregory Sansota,
22, Jacob Russell, '20, and ran unnamed juvenile, according to the Orlando

Woman died after receiving butt-enhancement injections
Miami-Dade Police are trying to determine the identity of a man who
passed himself off as a doctor from Venezuela who is accused of admin-
istering butt-enhancement injections to a Miami woman who died shortly
after the procedure in April. Twenty-eight year old Suyima Torres, according
to her family, had just started her own business. Police questioned Ruth
Plans, the owner of Cuerpos Health and Aesthetics LLC which is located
in a strip mall on S410 West Flagler Street. According to court documents
obtained by CBS4 News, Planas refused to provide any information on the
Venezuelan Doctor, who is believed to have left the country. The court docu-
ments note that police are treating the death of Suyima Torres as a case of
manslaughter connected to the unlicensed practice of medicine. In April,
Police seized records, medications, and computers from Cuerpos Health
and Aesthetics. To date, no charges have been filed in the case. Cuerpos
Health and Aesthetics' owner Puth Planas is not accused of any wrong doing
by authorities.

Man charged in Lauderdale murder
A little more thar, seven months after a Ft. Lauderdale man was found
dead in the backyard of a home, police have made an arrest.
Last Wednesday, police announced that 22-year old Herican Barmngton
Austin had been charged in the death of 22-year old Carlton Spear.
Spear's body was found in the yard of an abandoned residence at 512 NW
19th Avenue in the morning hours of October 9th. The Medical Examiner's
Office ruled that Spear had died from asphyxia and his death was ruled a
investigators interviewed Spear's neighbors and friends about who he
might have been with the night before.
Police said DNA evidence collected from a condom Spear was wearing
came back as a match for Austin who was in Broward's jail on unrelated
During questioning, Austin reportedly admitted to killing Spear. Austin ad-
mitted to detectives that he strangled Spear as they argued over money for
sex. According Austin's arrest report, he reenactedd altercation with Spear
and demonstrated to Detective daggers how he strangled Spear until he
'went to sleep'."
Austin has been charged with murder

Police link man to 14 armed robberies

By Tonya Alanez

Now that a brazen and pro-
lific suspected armed robber
linked to 14 crimes spanning
from Margate to Daytona Beach
is off the streets, investigators
are hoping a one-man, retail-
crime wave has been ebbed.
Rainier Cox, a 30-year-old
convicted felon, hit T.J. Maxx,
Foot Locker, Advanced Auto
Parts and other retail estab-
lishments during business
hours, regardless of whether
one or 10 customers were in
stores, police said. He made
off with $25,000 swiped from
registers and sometimes safes,
police said.
Cox, of Boynton Beach, is
being held without bond in
four robberies in Margate, Fort
Lauderdale and North Lauder-
But authorities in Boca Ra-
ton, Coral Springs, Davie and
Daytona Beach are also inves-
tigating cases.
"He's a serial robber who was
not going to stop, and the fact
that we stopped him makes
the community safer," Mar-
gate Detective Julio Fernan-
dez said. "It was just a matter
of time before something went
wrong in one of these stores."
Cox's defense attorney, As-
sistant Public Defender Gary

Sheres, said he's "reviewing
evidence as it comes in." He
declined to comment further.
From November to early
April, Cox averaged one or two
robberies a week, was always
armed with a gun and occa-
sionally worked with an ac-
complice, Fernandez said.
His method was always the
same, Fernan-
dez said. Wearing
sunglasses, a hat
and long sleeves,
Cox would make
a small purchase
and once the cash 4
register was opened ''
he would either go
around or jump the
counter, brandish
his weapon, order
the clerk to sit and ..
help himself to the
cash in the drawer, RAINII
Fernandez said.
That's exactly the way two
Margate robberies played out
within about five hours of each
other on Jan. 2, police reports
About 12:30 p.m., Cox hit
an Advance Auto Parts store,
281 N. State Road 7, where he
made off with $1,000 cash.
By 4:50 p.m., Cox was at Citi
Trends clothing store, 2470 N.
State Road 7, where his take
was $1,500.


"He's not the type of criminal
who waits until closing time,"
Fernandez said. "He would al-
ways go in the middle of the
day, walk up and just do his
thing. He didn't care if there
was one person or 10 people in
the store."
Cox also has been charged
with robberies on Jan. 17 at
a Foot Locker on
State Road 7 in
f North Lauderdale
and on Jan. 29 at a
S i T.J. MaxxonFeder-
B al Highway in Fort
SLauderdale, police
reports show.
Cox's involve-
ment in the fol-
lowing robberies is
also under inves-
tigation: Jan. 29
at Outback Steak-
R COX house in Fort Lau-
derdale, Feb. 20 at
Dick's Sporting Goods in Day-
tona Beach, March 29 at Re-
gions Bank in Coral Springs,
as well as cases in Davie and
Boca Raton.
Cox has served two stints
totaling nearly nine years in
Florida state prisons for bur-
glary, armed robbery and
grand theft auto charges out of
Duval County. His most recent
prison release was in October

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7A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013

Pope warns of Vatican 'gay lobby'

Francis quoted acknowledging

covert group seeking power
By Rachel Donadio American group, known by its
Spanish acronym CLAR, con-
ROME For years, perhaps firmed the remarks and issued
even centuries, it has been an an apology, saying it was dis-
open secret in Rome: That some tressed that its summary had
prelates in the Vatican hierar- been published.
chy are gay. But the whispers Long the subject of specula-
were amplified this week when tion in Vatican circles, the term
Pope Francis himself, in a pri- "gay lobby" had emerged most
vate audience, appears to have recently in juicy, unsourced re-
acknowledged what he called a ports in the Italian daily news-
"gay lobby" operating inside the paper La Repubblica and a news
Vatican, vying for power and in- weekly, Panorama, before the
fluence. March conclave in which Fran-
"The 'gay lobby' is mentioned, cis, the former Cardinal Jorge
and it is true, it is there . We Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires,
need to see what we can do," was elected.
Francis continued, in the docu- Before his retirement on Feb.
ment, produced here verbatim. 28, the reports said, Benedict
Last Tuesday, the Vatican had been worn down by corrup-
spokesman, the Rev. Federico tion scandals including what
Lombardi, did not deny the re- they said was a network of gay
ports of Francis's remarks, say- priests inside the Vatican who
ing only that he had no corn- used blackmail to gain influence
ment on a private meeting a and trade in state secrets.
marked shift from past months, A secret dossier compiled by
in which the Vatican vehemently three cardinals Benedict had
called such reports "unverified, asked to investigate a leaks
unverifiable or completely false." scandal at the Vatican last year
Also last Tuesday, the Latin had revealed the network, which

Russian lawmaker

Pope Francis presides over a meeting at the Vatican on May 23.

Francis had spoken of a gay lob-
by, but noted that the summary
lacked "context and tone."
"If you have an institution as
big as the Vatican, there are
some who will be homosexual,
some maybe actively so," the of-
ficial said. "But whether there's

official, speaking on the tradi- collusion or internal coopera- r A. .. .
tional condition of anonymity, tion, I've certainly not been -. ,

said he was not surprised that aware of itv."

rs pass anti-gay bill Monsanto gives

By Associated Press

A bill that stigmatizes gay
people and bans giving chil-
dren any information about ho-
mosexuality won overwhelming
approval last Tuesday in Rus-
sia's lower house of parliament.
Hours before the State Duma
passed the Kremlin-backed law
in a 436-0 vote with one ab-
stention, more than two dozen
protesters, were attacked by
hundreds of anti-gay activists
and then detained by police.
The bill banning the "propa-
ganda of nontraditional sex-
ual relations" still needs to be
passed by the appointed upper
house and signed into law by
President Vladimir Putin, but
neither step is in doubt.
The measure is part of an ef-
fort to promote traditional Rus-
sian values instead of Western
liberalism, which the Krem-
lin and the Russian Orthodox
Church see as corrupting Rus-
sian youth and contributing

-Getty Images
Russian gay rights activists kiss each other outside the lower
house of Russias parliament, the State Duma, in Moscow, on June

to the protests against Putin's
The only parliament mem-

ber to abstain last Tuesday
was Ilya Ponomaryov, who has
supported anti-Putin protest-

ers despite belonging to a pro-
Kremlin party.
A widespread hostility to ho-
mosexuality is shared by much
of Russia's political and reli-
gious elite. Lawmakers have
accused gays of decreasing
Russia's already low birth rates
and said they should be barred
from government jobs, undergo
forced medical treatment or be
The State Duma passed an-
other bill on Tuesday that
makes offending religious feel-
ings a crime punishable by up
to three years in prison. The
legislation, which passed 308-
2, was introduced last year af-
ter three members of the Pussy
Riot punk group were convict-
ed of "hooliganism motivated
by religious hatred" for an im-
promptu anti-Putin protest in-
side Moscow's main cathedral
and given two-year sentences.
Both bills drew condemna-
tion from Amnesty Internation-

Six-year-old saves family from fire

By Desiree Stennett

If 6-year-old Tyler Taylor's
dream to be a professional
football player doesn't pan
out, he can always fall back on
his second choice: firefighter.
When the acrid smell of
smoke hit him while he was
sleeping at about 2 a.m. Tues-
day, the young "Superman"
jumped into action and woke
up his entire family.
"I was sleeping, and I smelled
the smoke, and it woke me up,
and I went into the room with
my grandma and said there
was smoke inside the house,"
Tyler, who will be a second-
grader in the fall, said Tues-
day afternoon.
Thanks to Tyler, his relatives
are alive although the home
that the family has owned for
more than 25 years was rav-
aged by fire.
While the family was sleep-
ing, a truck parked outside
the home on the 1300 block of
Highland Avenue near Apopka
went up in flames, and the fire
spread quickly.
It caused serious structural
damage to the home and in-
cinerated furniture, a televi-
sion and other belongings.

Orange County Fire Rescue
and fire marshals are working
through the mystery of what
caused the fire that spread
through the den and how the
truck which was usually
parked in the driveway, sev-
eral feet away got so close
to the home.
Though there are many un-
answered questions,- Jose-
phine Bridges said she is just
glad that her great-grandson
knew to get help.
"Tyler is very, very smart
and intelligent. Stuff that
you think he wouldn't do, he
would do," said Bridges, who
was in the home when the fire
By Tuesday afternoon, the
family who dubbed the
child "Superman" after his
heroic act still hadn't been
able to re-enter the house to
survey the full extent of the
So Bridges and other mem-
bers of her longtime Apopka
family five generations were
represented sat in plastic
lawn chairs and surveyed the
shattered glass, charred door
frame and the burned-out
blue pickup.
"I'm shocked," Bridges said.

-George Skene
Tyler Taylor, 6, saved his great grandmother Josephine Bridg-
es and other family members when he raised the alarm at their
south Apopka home at 2 a.m. Tuesday when a truck fire outside
the house started the house on fire.

"It's like a movie. I can't be-
lieve it."
Tyler, too young to really
understand the seriousness
of what he and his family
survived, sat with his great-
grandmother, dressed only
in a pair of denim shorts still
covered in soot and ashes
from the blaze.

The adults in his family
talked Tuesday about prepar-
ing to start over and rebuild
their lives.
But Tyler had only one thing
on his mind: eating all the
cake and ice cream his tiny
three-foot frame could hold at
a celebratory dinner at Golden

Martin family's attorney hopes for justice

continued from 1A

settlement. The family also
got $2.4 million from the
county sheriffs department
that ran the camp where An-
derson died.
This year, Crump's push
for justice in the Martin case
resulted in the neighborhood
association of the community
where the teenager was killed
to reach an out-of-court set-

tiement with his family.
"We don't care what the ra-
cial makeup of the jury is,"
Crump said. "We just want a
jury that can put aside its
biases, consider the evidence
and deliver a fair verdict."
Crump said if the trial is
"fair and transparent," Mar-
tin's parents will accept the
jury's decision even if it finds
Zimmerman not guilty.
"They will accept the rule
of law," Crump said of his

clients, who are not giving
interviews during the trial.
"But who knows what is in (a
juror's) heart? So that is why
they are praying for a fair
and impartial jury."
Crump says Martin's
mother prays that God will
help her forgive Zimmer-
man for pumping a 9 mm
bullet into her son's chest.
Zimmerman says he fired in
self-defense. Prosecutors ar-
gue that he precipitated the

deadly shooting by pursuing
the teenager simply because
he was walking through the
neighborhood during a light
rain with the hood of his
sweatshirt pulled over his
What's certain, Crump
said, is that he and Martin's
family will do everything they
can to urge their support-
ers to accept the verdict with
dignity even if it frees Zim-

up on Europe

after protests

By Aviva She

After a l:onrE, concerted attempt
to persuade the European Union
to accept genetically% modified
IGMI crops, Monsanto: is finally
giving up the fight. The biotech
giant will not apply for the ap-
proval of new GM seeds in Europe
in the face of widespread protests
and suspicion among farmers
Monsanto has not applied for CGM
plant approval irn Europe for the
past couple of years, but officiall,
told the German newspaper Taz
they v,,uld halt applihca.ti.rns :n
Europe. The-, are also ihuLtt-ig.
down all European lobbying el
"As long as there's. not enough
demand from farmers for these
products and the public at large
doesn't accept the technology it
makes no sense to fight against
irndmdIls," explained Ursula
Luetmrrer-Ouazane. Mc'nsanto's
German spokeswoman
Still, she left the door open
for future action, saving ELuro)pe
simply "needs more time" to get
used to the idea of GMOs.
Though GMOs are increasingly
unavoidable in the LIUS Mon-
santo owns roughly 90 p-rcenr .,.f
the staple crops in the country -
Europe has remained war% Mon-
santo, wvith the help of the Li S.
government, has obbied hard
to weaken European regulat,:rN
safeguards arid force the EU to
accept GM imports, with little
Europe has stood firm against
the biotech onslaught not merely
because Europeans are opposed
to GMOs. but because their pohlt-
ical leaders are listening to their
constituents. Amenricans are just
as skeptical of Monsanto and
GMOs in general as Europeans

are, but the company continues
to flourish arid even skart envi-
ronmental law thinks to its en-
tren'hed ties to the LU.S. govern-
ment, regulators, and politicians.
In contrast, several ELI member
nations have outright banned
GM crops, citing concerns that
Monsanto's products tould con-
taminate native crops and could
be unsaJfe for the environment
Their suspicions are warrant-
ed. In the U S Monsantos GM
seeds have driven con'.entional
and organic seeds to near ex-
tin,:'iicr. pItttUrrI ,tod d r ersir,
ir, p rnl ,lic:- >cic ".l-,u t p,., Alitic l
leaders haie iarrried t,o Mon-
sarito despite farmers'protests
stands to lose generations of
cultiated maize diversity to GM
The U.S is also starting to see
an epidemic of "supenreeds" and
"supennsects" that have evolved
to overcome Monsanto's pat-
ented gene, forcing farmers to
use even heavier doses of pesti-
cides on their crops American
farmers. left with few non-GM
alternatives, have suffl'ered from
Monsanto s dominance, as w-ell:
though the,' haie hisioncallv
saked seeds and bred their ov,.n
non-GMO strains, farmers must
pay Monsanto each year for new
seeds or face the %er, real threat
of legal action. Meanwhile, the
consolidation of the global seed
market among a handful of pow-
erful companies has driven up
seed prices ard stifled innovation
by smaller firms
Europe is currently screening
Amencan wheat imports after il-
legal GM heatt contamination
%as detected in Oregon recently.
Japan and South Korea have
both banned some v. heat imports
from the LU S altogether

Mandela's two daughters

visit him in the hospital
Bi Associai i Prcs'.

Doctors are doing all they car, to im- ,
prove Nelson Mandela's health as the
94-year-old icon spent a fourth day mn
the hospital for a recurring lung infec-
tion, South Africa's president said last ,
Tuesday, as two of Mandela's daugh- ,
ters visited their father. .
In a possible sign of the serious- '..,.: "-
ness of Mandela's condition, daugh- --
ter Zenani Mandela South Africa's :
ambassador to Argentina arrived at Zenani Mandela
the hospital to see her father. Former
w-ife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela also
Mandela's doctors briefed President Jacob Zuma on the
former president's health late Monday, the president said in a
In an interview, Zuma called Mandela's situation "very seri-
ous" but said he has stabilized.
"We need him to be with us and I'm sure that all the messag-
es that have been pouring in to wish him (a) quick and speedy
recovery, they're highly welcome," Zuma told broadcaster
SABC, adding later: "And we certainly join everyone to say he
should recover quickly, and I'm sure, knowing him as I do, he's
a good fighter, he will be with us very soon."
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that President
Barack Obama, the first lady and everyone at the White House
wished Mandela a "speedy recovery."

also included lay people who
were aware of gay clerics inside
the Vatican and who were in a
position to blackmail them, the
reports said.
Veteran watchers of the Ro-
man Curia were unfazed by
Francis' remarks. One Vatican

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Florida Republicans hope to win over Black voters

continued from 1A

the first time in U.S. history, a
higher percentage of Blacks vot-
ed than whites.
At recent gatherings in Boca
Raton and Deerfield Beach, Re-
publicans from South Florida
and around the country com-
miserated and strategized as
they tried to figure out whether
they need cosmetic changes -
or a fundamental overhaul.
Republicans must decide if
they need to emphasize eco-
nomics or social issues, decide
if existing policy priorities are
the right approach or if new
ideas are needed, and come up
with a way to attract new voters
to the party without alienating
their current supporters.
"It won't be easy," said Dozier,
who brought two busloads of
people from his congregation to
the Boca Raton event, and Mi-
chael Steele, who was one of the

dinner speakers.
"The party needs
to really spend time
in very uncomfort-
able positions, in
uncomfortable spac-
es," said Steele, for-
mer chairman of the
Republican National
Committee and for-
mer Maryland lieu-


tenant governor, the
first Black in either of those

"They're going to have to do a
lot more than fly the flag 'in the
community," said St. Rep. Perry
Thurston of Fort Lauderdale,
the Democratic Party leader in
the Florida House. "It's diffi-
cult for you to be impressive to
a community when you're not
embracing their needs. There's
got to be a reason why people
want to associate with you."

"I don't really think
that it will work,"
said Palm Beach
County Commis-
sioner Priscilla Tay-
lor, a former member
of the Florida House
of Representatives.
"People of color have
enough sense to
know why they're do-

ing this. It's so they
can win elections."
In South Florida, 83 percent
of Black registered voters are
Democrats. In Broward and
Palm Beach counties, just 3
percent of Black voters are reg-
istered Republicans and 17 per-
cent are independent/no party
affiliation voters. Among all vot-
ers, South Florida is 50 percent
Democratic, 26 percent Repub-
lican and 24 percent indepen-
dent/no party affiliation.
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, a
Miramar Democrat whose dis-
trict includes parts of Broward

and Palm Beach f
counties and spent -
decades as a civil
rights leader before v
his 1992 election to .
Congress, said the
Republican talk isn't -'
likely to bear fruit.
"The needle is not [.. _
going to move in any CAR
substantial way any-
where in America for
Republicans," he said. "They
have to change their ways."

Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jen-
nifer Carroll, who was one of
the nation's few Black Repub-
lican statewide elected officials
until she resigned in March,
said Hastings is right. Waiting
until election season to show
up simply doesn't work.
"Republicans have to com-
mit to spending years talking
to Black voters about the econ-


omy, education and
crime even though,"
she said. "The efforts
won't produce re-
sults in time for the
2014 Florida gover-
nor's race or 2016
presidential contest.
U.S. Rep. Allen
West, who repre-
sented Broward and
Palm Beach coun-

ties in 2011 and 2012 and was
Florida's first Black Republican
in Congress since Reconstruc-
tion, says economic policy is
Hastings scoffed at a Repub-
lican idea that people can pull
themselves up by their boot-
straps. It doesn't work, he said,
"when you don't have a boot or
when your boot is leaking."
Charles Zelden, a professor of
history and legal studies who
specializes in politics and vot-
ing at Nova Southeastern Uni-
versity, said Republicans need

to avoid political blunders,
like the efforts by Republican-
controlled state governments,
including Florida to tighten vot-
ing rules before the 2012 elec-
tion. Those moves were widely
seen by Blacks as an effort to
disenfranchise voters.
The result, Wright said, was
a backlash from Black vot-
ers who turned out en masse,
and voted Democratic, largely
to support President Barack
Obama's re-election, but also to
show they couldn't be stopped
from voting.
Steele says Republicans are
doomed if they don't find new
supporters from a range of de-
mographic groups.
"Not just Blacks, all voters,"
he said. "How many demo-
graphics did we win in 2012?
One. Republicans lost the vote
of every class of citizen except
old white men. Nothing against
old white men, but America's
more than that."

Jamere Hanna arrested for the murder of Miami Gardens' Errold Peart

continued from 1A

crucial leads in apprehending
Hanna and while the family
can rest easier we will find the
second suspect and bring them
to justice."
Peart's surviving family, in-
cluding his wife, Dawn Barrett,
53, and two adult children,

say it's been a difficult seven
months for them since he was
senselessly murdered. Upon
hearing the news that Peart's
shooter had been arrested,
Barrett said, "I felt relieved but
that feeling was bitter sweet."
"It was like reliving the en-
tire horror all over again," she
said; "I have cried a lot of tears
and haven't been able to eat
much. But I am happy that my
husband's murderer has been
caught and I thank the police,

my pastor [Rev. Eric Readon,
New Beginning MBC] and es-
pecially the community. Errold
was a problem solver and had
a great sense of humor. It's like
our life has been taken from us
and we miss him every day."
Barrett says the family busi-
ness has remained closed since
her husband's death and that
she has no plans to ever re-
open it.
Peart's son, Dameion, 33,
celebrated his birthday last

Sunday, Father's Day. It was
his first without his dad.
"The arrest brought the
whole thing back and the day
was pretty emotional for me
and my sister [Mishka]," Da-
meion said. "She's doing rota-
tions now at Jackson Hospital
North and wanted him there
for her graduation from medi-
cal school. I just wish I had
had more time with my father.
Still, we are grateful because
the media and the police asked

for the community to call with
any information and they did.
One voice and one just one call
can make a difference."
The family's pastor, Readon,
says he commends the Miami
Gardens police for "aggressive-
ly pursuing the case and do-
ing all they could to make our
community safer."
"We are seeing an increase in
serious crimes being commit-
ted by young men that are in
their late teens and early 20s,"

he said. "Some of them are
savable others have decid-
ed that they're going to travel
down the wrong road. Prayer
still works but we also need to
get more involved as a com-
munity and confront some
serious issues that continue
to plague the Black commu-
Anyone with information
should contact Miami-Dade
Crime Stoppers at 305-471-

Former MSU cabinet member announced as FMU's interim president

continued from 1A

Chairman Charles George about
administrative changes at South
Florida's only Historically Black
College and University, he said
that Artis "will take the leader-
ship helm on July 15th." He de-
clined an interview but added
that both he and Artis would
be available to the media in the
coming weeks.

Artis most recently served as a
member of the President's Cabi-
net at Mountain State Univer-
sity [MSU] as the executive vice
president and chief academic of-
ficer a position she held for
just over one year. Throughout
her career, she has also served
as a partner Assessment by De-
sign, LLC, a consulting firm
specializing in the development
and implementation of compre-

hensive assessment strategies
for academic and co-curricular
programs in higher education;
an attorney at The Wooten Law
Firm; an associate attorney at
Brown & Levicoff PLLC; and an
adjunct professor at The College
of West Virginia. Her educational
accomplishments include: B.A.
in political science, West Virgin-
ia State College Institute; J.D.,
West Virginia University Col-
lege of Law; and Trustee Scholar
graduate in Higher Education

Leadership and Policy, Vander-
bilt University.
MSU, Artis's most recent em-
ployer, ceased to operate effective
Jan. 1, 2013 after its regional ac-
creditation was terminated by
the Higher Learning Commis-
sion. Ironically, just as MSU's
former president, Dr. Charles H.
Polk, had been widely credited
for much of the school's previous
success, many later blamed him
along with his senior administra-
tion and the Board of Trustees

when the University began facing
issues related to its continued
accreditation. The Board had
hoped to win its appeal but was
Artis is not the only individual
tagged by FMU in their efforts
to revise their top-level admin-
istrative staff. Cynthia Curry, a
longtime Miami resident with a
professional record that includes
executive-level appointments
with the City of Miramar, Miami-
Dade County, CWC & Associates,

Inc. and Florida International
University, recently joined FMU
as the interim vice president of
business and fiscal affairs.
Editor's note: In November
2010, after extending its search
for president for several months,
FMU's Board of Trustees an-
nounced three new 'finalists
for the job: Henry Lewis, I11,
Pharm.D.; Curtis B. Charles,
Ph.D.; and Roslyn Curtis Artis,
J.D., Ed.D. Lewis would go on to
be chosen by the Board.

Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith eases racial tensions

continued from 1A
police department's practic-
es the request was turned
down, at least for now and
a panel of community leaders
was assembled to assess rela-
tions between the public and
the police.
But the biggest hurdle re-
mains: decades of animus be-
tween Black residents and the
police department.
"The Black community, they
don't trust the Sanford po-
lice," said Turner Clayton Jr.,
the president of the Seminole
County N.A.A.C.P. "They trust
the Sheriffs Office and any
other agency more."
Responsibility for mending
relations has largely fallen on
the shoulders of Smith, 52, a
soft-spoken man from Chica-
go's West Side.
Before besting 75 other can-
didates for the job, which he
began on April 1, Smith spent
his previous 26 years in law
enforcement in Elgin, Ill.,
where he investigated drugs
and gangs, worked in commu-
nity relations and rose to dep-
uty chief. His own family is a
picture of diversity. He and his
wife of 15 years, who is white,
have parented five children be-
tween them.
After arriving in Sanford,
Smith deployed strategies he
honed in Elgin. At communi-
ty events, he doles out hugs.
Every Thursday afternoon,
he and a dozen or so officers
go door to door in a different
neighborhood introducing
themselves with smiles, pump-
ing hands, scribbling down
names and numbers, and ask-
ing if there are problems that
the police can address.
This outreach has left resi-
dents both astounded and
delighted. "I've been here 30

years, and I didn't know you
did this," one woman said dur-
ing an outing last week.
But local Black leaders say
it is too early to deem Smith's

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in the

leadership a success, especial-
ly because the department re-
mains more or less unchanged.
"Two months won't take
away six decades it just

can't," said Kenneth Bentley, a
community activist and educa-
tor. "At the end of the day, he's
still chief over those officers
that have the same mentality."


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9A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2015

Monestime, Heat team up for

Learn and Play Center

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, recently joined Miami Heat
players and NBA Commissioner David Stern to open the nation's newest NBA Learn and Play
Center at the Joe Celestin Center, 1525 NW 135th St., in the City of North Miami. The new Center
features a library, computer lab and recreation room for children. The NBA also remodeled the
Center with Miami Heat-themed murals and signage and donated the Center as part of the NBA
Finals. Monestime joined Miami Heat players at the Center's dedication ceremony.

Miami to Orlando commuter

train on track: All aboard Fl

By Dan Tracy

The aspiring builders of a
passenger train linking South
Florida with Orlando Interna-
tional Airport have a tentative
agreement to lay tracks near the
BeachLine Expressway, the only
part of the proposed route not
owned by the company.
All Aboard Florida has been
stymied in efforts to build its pri-
vately financed $1.5-billion sys-
tem because it needs permission
from the state and the Orlando
Orange County Expressway
Authority to lease right-of-way
alongside the toll road that con-
nects Interstate 4 with Cocoa.
Weeks of intense negotiations
have yielded a 60-page docu-
ment that likely will be approved
later this month by the express-
way authority board.
The pending deal also' means

that opposition to the train by
Deseret Ranch, the 300,000-
acre tract on the south edge of
the BeachLine, could well be
Deseret managers have been
pushing to involve All Aboard
Florida in a series of time-con-
suming planning exercises, in
part because of fears that the
train could hamper their future
plans to turn sections of the
sprawling ranch into housing
and commercial development
near Orlando International.
All Aboard Florida officials
have been resisting that plan-
ning effort because they want
to be up and running by 2015.
Catering to business people and
tourists, the high-speed train
could go from Orlando to Miami
in three hours.
A top All Aboard Florida exec-
utive, Husein Cumber, declined

comment on the pact and De-
Erik Jacobsen, who runs De-
seret, said in an email that "dis-
cussions are happening and
progressing in a timely manner."
He would not comment further.
All Aboard Florida, owned by
Florida East Coast Industries
of Coral Gables, already has
freight tracks that run from
Miami to Jacksonville. It is se-
lecting engines and cars, plus
planning depots in West Palm
Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Mi-
ami for what promises to be a
230-mile route.
Deseret grows citrus and oth-
er crops and serves as grazing
land for 43,000 head of cattle.
Managers also have talked of
opening up the property to oth-
ers uses, including houses and
commercial buildings, especial-
ly near Orlando International.

Oprah donates $oo100,000 to

By Karen Yi

After losing both his hands
and feet to a bacterial infection,
13-year-old Michael Stolzenberg
knows there's a reason why he
And this week that reason was
made clear by Oprah Winfrey.
The talk show host and media
mogul called Michael on Monday,
pledging $100,000 to the website
he started with his brother, Har-
ris, to raise money for the ampu-
tees injured in the Boston mara-
thon bombings.
"Michael was beyond sur-
prised," said his mom, Laura.
"If the reason he's still here is
to help others, hell take it. And
that's what you truly want for
ybur kids, for them to inspire
,Last. month. Winfrey told Mi-
chael's story during her com-
mencement speech at Harvard

fund raising effort
University in Boston. | And through "a friend of
"In losing who he once a friend of a friend" they
was, Michael discovered learned Winfrey would
who he wanted to be," call them soon.
Winfrey told the class of "We were expecting
2013. "More than 1,000 a regular conversa-
miles away from here, tion with her but after
these two young broth- -. she finished explaining
ers are bringing people WINFREY why she was inspired
together to support this by what we were doing,
Boston community." she said she wanted to
She went on to cite an inter- make a donation," said Harris,
view Michael gave the Sun Sen- 18, of Weston. "[Michael's] face
tinel shortly after the bombings, lit up and he looked at me smil-
"When this 13-year-old man ing. He tried to say something
was asked about his fellow but I guess all he could come up
amputees, he said this: 'First, with was 'thank you' a bunch of
they will be sad. They are los- times."
ing something they will never Michael was out of town and
get back, and it's scary. I was not available for an interview.
scared. But they'll be OK.. They The brothers' website, Mikey-
just don't know that yet.", has already raised
After Winfrey's speech, the $100,000. Oprah's donation will
brothers were encouraged by not only double their funds but
their school Pine Crest in Fort put them closer to their $1 mil-
Lauderdale to reach out to her. lion goal.

Did potential Zimmermanjuror lie to court?

A potential juror at the George
Zimmerman trial who told the
court he had little
knowledge of the case appar-
ently indicated otherwise on
"I CAN tel you THIS. 'Justice'
. . IS Coming," the juror ap-
peared to write of the .Zimmer-.
man case on the Facebook,.page
for the "Coffee Party. Progres-
sives," a page with which he was
confronted in Judge Debra Nel-
son's courtroom
The potential juror, assigned
the number E7, who described
himself as an "underemployed"'
musician and painter, told the
court that he did not have a lot of
knowledge about the case when
it first happened.
Susan Constantine, a jury
consultant, told ABC News, "This
is a very high-profile trial, so
who wouldn't warit to sit on it?
It's one reason we get people who

would love to be in the position of
being that one juror in the mid-
dle of all the limelight they never
had before."
When the assistant state attor-
ney, Bernie De La Rionda, first
questioned potential juror E7
this morning, he asked whether
the prospective juror was ex-

posed to the case in February
2012 or whether he kept up with
it. E7 answered, "No."
The potential juror was then
asked what else he knew about
the Zimmerman case beyond
what was listed on his question-
"Hmm. To be strictly honest,
it's hard to remember," the po-
tential juror said.
He was asked whether he used
Facebook or posted anything
about the Trayvon Martin shoot-
"No. Best to avoid, at times," E7
said, adding he had not formed
an opinion on the case.
Moments later, both counsels
approached the bench and had a
discussion over a piece of paper.
Potential juror E7 came back into
the courtroom and was handed a
piece of paper by Judge Nelson.
"There was a posting on Face-
book from March 21 under Cof-
fee Party Progressives," Nelson
said. "Is that your writing?"

Scott signs act speeding up executions

continued from 1A

the extraordinary due process af-
forded death-sentenced offend-
ers," Scott wrote. He said such
lengthy delays are "a crushing
burden of uncertainty to the vic-
tims' families."
But even before the new law
Scott has picked up the pace of
executions. Two men Elmer
Leon. Carroll and William Van
Poyck have been executed by
lethal injection in the last month.
A third man Marshall Lee Gore
- is scheduled to be executed on

June 24. Scott, a Republican, has
signed 11 death warrants since
taking office in 2011 and seven
executions have been carried out.
Florida has 405 inmates on its
death row, more than any other
state except California.
Two former death rpw inmates
who were exonerated say they
fear the changes could lead to the
execution of people who are inno-
Seth Penalver was exonerated
after 18 years in prison, while
Herman Lindsey was freed after
three years in prison.
Twenty-four men have been

exonerated from Florida's death
row since 1973, according to the
Death Penalty Information Cen-
Scott in his signing message
disputed the idea that the new
law would increase the risk of
the execution of those who were
innocent. He also contended the
changes called for in the measure
would increase some of the legal
protections for inmates.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of
Fort Walton Beach was the bill's
lead sponsor. Republican Sen.
Joe Negron shepherded the bill
through the Senate.

Commissioner Edmonson

distributes hurricane kits
Max Toussaint and 20 other District 3 residents recently received hurricane kits from County
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson. Now in its 8th year, the annual Seniors First Hurricane Kit
Giveaway is also sponsored by Communities United, Inc. and its founding president, Hattie Willis.
The kits contain some of the supplies needed to survive the first 72 hours after a hurricane and are
distributed to elderly residents and families who may not otherwise be able to purchase them.

By Elicia Dover


Congress pays homage to "four little girls"

Medal honors 16th

Church victims
By NDG Staff Writer

On a Friday, May 24, Presi-
dent Barack Obama signed
into law legislation to posthu-
mously award the Congres-
sional Gold Medal to Addie
Mae Collins (age 14), Denise
McNair (age 11), Carole Rob-
ertson (age 14), and Cynthia
Wesley (age 14) who were
killed as they dressed for
Sunday school in the base-
ment of the Sixteenth Street
Baptist Church in Birming-
ham, Alabama by members of
the Ku Klux Klan.
These four innocent girls
lost their lives, and 22 other
people were seriously in-
jured,- on September 15,
1963, when a bomb planted
in the church exploded; their
senseless deaths, along with
the assassination of Medgar
Evers earlier that year shook
the general conscience of our
nation and the world, and to-
gether these tragic acts were
major contributing factors to
the enactment of the 1964
Civil Right Act, and the Vot-
ing Rights Act of 1965.
Perhaps even more .tragi-

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cally, justice was delayed for
these four little girls and their
families until 2002, 39 years
after the bombing, when the
last of the four white suprem-
acists responsible for the
bombing was charged and
convicted of the crime.
The NAACP strongly sup-
ported this legislation, which
was originally introduced by
Congresswoman Terri Sewell
(AL), who represents Bir-
mingham and Congressrman
Spencer Bacchus (AL); origi-
nal bi partisan co-sponsors
included the entire Alabama
Congressional delegation to
the U.S. House of Represen-
tatives and Congressmen

The Congressional Gold Medal has been posthumously awarded to four girls killed in the 1963
bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church. President Obama signed the legislation Fri-
day, as (from left) Birmingham Mayor Williami Bell, Dr. Sharon Malone Holder, Attorney General
Eric Holder, Rep.Terri Sewell, and relatives of Denise McNair and Carole Robertson look on.

John Lewis (GA). and San-
ford Bishop (GA), who were
both born in Alabama. The
bill passed the U.S. House
by a unanimous vote of 420
yeas to zero nays on April 24,
2013; it passed the Senate
unanimously, with the strong

support of Senator Richard
Shelb', iAL) anid Jeff Sessions
AL| on Ma ', 201.3.
Present at the Presidentiald
signliig ceremony\ v,.ere mem-
bers of the cabinet. including
Attorney General Eric Holder.
the current mayor of Bir-

mingham, the current pastor
of the SLxteenth Street Bap-
tist Church. anid members of
the four girls' families
A ceremony v.-ill be held lat-
er this fall to officially award
the medals posthumously to
the four little girls.





Remembering 'Freedom Summer'

and the murders of Chaney,

Goodman and Schwerner

By Borgna Brunner

On June 21, 1964, three young
civil rights workers -a 21-year-
old Black Mississippian, James
Chaney, and two white New
Yorkers, Andrew Goodman, 20,
and Michael Schwerner, 24 -
were murdered near Philadel-
phia, in Neshoba County, Mis-
sissippi. They had been working
to register Black voters in Mis-
sissippi during Freedom Sum-
mer and had gone to investigate
the burning of a Black church.
They were arrested by the po-
lice on trumped-up charges, im-
prisoned for several hours, and
then released after dark into the
hands of the Ku Klux Klan, who
beat and murdered them. It was
later proven in court that a con-
spiracy existed between mem-
bers of Neshoba County's law
enforcement and the Ku Klux
Klan to kill them.
The FBI arrested 18 men in
October 1964, but state pros-
ecutors refused to try the case,
claiming lack of evidence. The
federal government then stepped
in, and the FBI arrested 18 in
connection with the killings. In
1967, seven men were convicted

on federal conspiracy charges
and given sentences of three to
ten years, but none served more
than six. No one was tried on
the charge or murder. The con-
temptible words of the presiding
federal judge, William Cox, give
an indication of Mississippi's
version of justice at the time:
"They killed one ni---r, one Jew,
and a white man. I gave them all
what I thought they deserved."
Another eight defendants were
acquitted by their all-white ju-
ries, and another three ended in
mistrials. One of those mistrials
freed Edgar Ray "Preacher"Klllen
-believed to be the ringleader-
after the jury in his case was
deadlocked by one member who
said she couldn't bear to convict
a preacher.
On Jan. 7, 2005, four decades
after the crime, Edgar Ray Kil-
len, then 80, was charged with
three counts of murder. He
was accused of orchestrating
the killings and assembling the
mob that killed the three men.
On June 21-the 41st anniver-
sary of the murders-Killen was
convicted on three counts of
manslaughter, a lesser charge.
He received the maximum sen-

tence, 60 years in prison. The
grand jury declined to call for
the arrest of the seven other
living members of the original
group of 18 suspects arrested in
A major reason the case was
reopened was a 1999 interview
with Sam Bowers, a former Ku
Klux Klan grand wizard con-
victed in 1967 of giving the or-
der to have Michael Schwerner
killed. Bowers remarked in the
interview that took place more
than 30 years after the crime,
"I was quite delighted to be con-
victed and have the main insti-
gator of the entire affair walk
out of the courtroom a free man.
Everybody, including the trial
judge and the prosecutors and
everybody else, knows that that
happened." Bowers claims that
Killen was a central figure in
the murders and organized the
KKK mob that carried them out.
(Bowers is currently serving a
life sentence for ordering a 1966
firebombing in Hattiesburg,
Miss., that killed Vernon Dah-
mer, a Mississippi civil rights
leader-another crime that took
decades to successfully- pros-

Winfrey to give

$12M to new Black

museum of history
By Jessica Gresko Lornnie Bunch, the muse-
.i...'. -/( P,, UnM s director, said that Win-
.... fre, has been very involved in
\: ...HiIIGTOCN |(API the museum's creation and
Oprah Wmfre' is .is-n '% 12 that he would t be surprised
million t'_ a museum beine if she was one day ,on the
built on Wdshingtfon s Na- stage of the theater that will
tiona1 M1all that V.-il! document bear her name
African-American histor-. The museum is also in
officials said Tuesday talks with Winmtrey to acquire
The media mogul and for- memorabilia from her career.
mer talk-show host previously Bunch said. He said he'd love
gave $1 million to, the Nation- to have a microphone used
al Museum of Aincan Amer,- on her television show to add
can Historv and Culture, and to the museum's collection of
the museum says her $13'22.000 objects
million total contribution is Those objects help tell the
its largest to date As a result, story of Af'rican -American
the museurn's .350-seat the- history, from slavery to the
water will be namn-ed after Win- post-Civil War period, the
frey, who is also a member of civil rights era, the Harlem
its ad\isory council. Renaissance and the 21st
Construction on the $500 century .
million museum began in Some of the highlights of
earl,. 2012. When it s finished the collection include a lace
in 2015. the museum 1%ill be shawl owned by abolition-
the 19th Smithsonian muse- ist Harriet Tubman. a Juim
um The U S. government is Crow-era segregated railroad
providing half of the funding. car; slave rebellion leader Nat
To date. about $140 million Turner s Bible: and the glass-
h-,as been raised in private topped casket that held the
funds body of 14-year-old Emmett
-"I ani deeply, appreciative of Till, whose 1955 murder min
those v.-ho pa'e, d the path for Mississippi for whistling at a
me and all who follow %in their white woman helped spark
footsteps. Bv in-esting in the civil nghts movement
this museum, I want to help The museum s most recent
ensure that we honor big acquisition was a South
amid prese -re our culture and Carolina slave cabin that
hist:.,r,, so that the stories dates from the 19th century.
of v. ho we are will liv ,:on for The cabin from Edisto Island
generations to corner Winfrey was disassembled in May in in a statement released preparation for its move to
bN the museum the museum

-AP Photo/Alex Brandon
This photo taken June 2 shows the under-construction Smith-
sonian National Museum of African American History and Cul-
ture in Washington.


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teenage parents, young people "aging out" of the foster
care system, whether or not they have children, and
.at-risk families with no prior documented incidences of
abuse. The program provided awareness, prevention,
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Edmonson and Gimenez re-open Olinda Park

Miami Times staff report

Commissioner Audrey M.
Edmonson and Mayor Carlos
Gimenez cut the ribbon on the
newly refurbished Olinda Park
earlier this month. Joined by
staff from the Miami-Dade
County Parks, residents and
local children, Commissioner
Edmonson hailed the re-open-
ing as "eagerly awaited and
much welcomed."
"This project began as a re-
sponse to a health issue by our
Parks Dept.," Commissioner
Edmonson said. "But we took
the opportunity to make some
changes so that the residents
of this area, particularly the
children, could benefit from a

"new" park where they could
play and exercise. This has
been a collaborative project
and I thank all the County
personnel who contributed to
making Olinda Park a recre-
ational gem."
The park was closed for two
years so that contaminated
soil could removed and re-
placed with a geo-synthetic
liner filled with two plus feet
of clean fill. The park was also
refurbished with a canopied
playground, a fitness court,
high-efficiency lighting, picnic
tables and grills, new bleach-
ers and play areas, among
others, as well as making up-
grades to the existing recre-
ation center.

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The power of music and food
are universal concepts, and
there will be no shortage of ei-
ther at this month's Folk Life
Friday on the 9th Street Pedes-
trian Mall. Festival organizer,
Jackie Bell of New Washington
Heights Community Develop-
ment Corporation, is once again
partnering with the Southeast
Overtown/ Park West Com-
munity Redevelopment Agency
(SEOPW CRA) and Miami City
Commissioner Michelle Spen-
ce-Jones to bring back the fes-
tival on Friday, June 21 in cel-
ebration of Black Music Month.
Acclaimed jazz singer Maryel
Epps, Miami-based rapper Pic-

calo and other local
acts will kick of the cel-
ebratory events provid-
ing live entertainment
throughout the festival
which %ill run from 4
p.m. t:, 9 p.m.
"Folk Life is a tourist
destination," Bell said.
"Our vision is to be the
cultural gateway to the EF
Overtown community."
Folk Life Fridays, a cultural
tourist attraction, is an open-
air marketplace showcasing
the music, arts and crafts and
cuisine stemming from the his-
toric Overtown community. The
event introduces guests to an

Authentic community
"People can look for-
ward to a great time
sampling native foods
such as conch fritters,
peas and rice, pies
Freshly baked from
Moore's Bakery and
much more," Bell add-
PS ed. "They can also pur-
chase clothes, flowers,
pocket books and peruse our
history at the Black Archives."
Starting in July, Folk Life Fri-
day's will be held on the first
Friday of each month from 11
a.m. to 9 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call 305-576-5101.

R. Malcolm Jones to debut first film

Miami Times staff report

Paving the way for a new generation of filmmak-
ers, local Miami filmmaker, R. Malcolm Jones,
best known for his music video directing, prom-
ises to be one of the breakout filmmakers at this
year's 17th annual American Black Film Festival
[ABFF] taking place June 19-23 here in Miami.

Jones's film, The Magic City, will premier at the
ABFF. The film is the brainchild of the University
of Miami alumni known to have an innate story-
telling gift. It is a coming-of-age story based on
the hope and resilience of three young individuals
struck with overwhelming tragedies and exhila-
rating adventures. The characters forge a lifelong
friendship through adversity in one of Miami's
most unforgiving neighborhoods, Liberty City. The
Magic City will screen on Friday, June 21 at 6:10
p.m. at the Colony Theatre [1040 Lincoln Road];
a private VIP reception will follow the screening.
A second screening of the film will take place
on Sunday, June 23rd at the Films Over Miami
Showcase at 12 noon at the Colony Theatre. Ac-
tors in the film include: Jenifer Lewis, Keith David
and Jamie Hector. The film is executive produced
by Udonis Haslem; Vincent Herbert is the co-
executive producer.


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wood and Leroy Jones helped
children in Liberty City enjoy
Father's Day by making and
flying kites. Harewood donated
the kites and said he hopes oth-
ers will join him in continued
efforts to reach out to youth
whose fathers are not an active
part of their lives.

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The trial of George Zimmerman
continues as attorneys get closer
to a milestone in their effort to
find a jury panel to try him in the
shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon
Lawyers in the case have been
questioning potential jurors in-
dividually since June 10 on the
topic of pretrial publicity what
jurors know, and what their opin-
ions are, on the high-profile case.
By the start of court last Mon-
day, 32 prospective panel mem-
bers had gotten through the pre-
trial publicity round and been
asked to return for further ques-
tioning. The attorneys and Circuit
Judge Debra Nelson want to get to
40 before moving on. One potential
juror, a middle-aged Black man,
said he was familiar with the case,
but doesn't have a firm opinion.
He said he was aware of protests
after Zimmerman wasn't arrested,
but felt they weren't needed: "You
have to let the law work," he said,
adding they may have "done more
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Pastor speaks about

the spirit of God
Meeting the needs of the people
By Malika A. Wright

pOiOS courtesy S.H.E.A.R., Inc.



Christian rappers speak on the

need for quality influences

By Malika A. Wright

Beach balls and balloons
were passed around a dark
room, illuminated by a large
cross, as everyone danced and
enjoyed the music of a local
The Gospel song, "Party"
by Christian rapper, King Ace
blared from the speakers last
Saturday night at "Holy Ghost
In The Hood: Saving Our Youth
Gospel Concert" at the Miami
Rescue Mission Community
According to King Ace, who
wrote and performed the song,
the concert is "about Chris-
tians having fun."

"It's telling the world that
Christians can have fun
without drinking, drugs and
all that other stuff that goes
against the word of God," the
rapper said.
Although the event was a
fun, family-friendly event, it
was held to radically change
the lives of youth and young
adults, according to Anthony
Durden, the president of
S.H.E.A.R. [Sharing Hope, Em-
powerment and Reaction] Inc.
Durden's mother, Brilla
Smith, started the community
service organization 12 years
ago to give hope to others
through empowerment, educa-
tion and mentoring.
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Young girls are honored with

MEYGA graduation ceremony

Program creates
uplifting environment X '
for young women
By Malika A. Wright

Happy Juneteenth:

Commemorating the

ending of slavery
Miami Times staff report

The City of Miami Model City N.E.T. Office will have
their 12th Annual Juneteenth Commemoration at the Lit-
tle Haiti Cultural Arts Center on June 19 at 6 p.m. This
year's theme is "A Shift in the Atmosphere."
The event will celebrate the emancipation of slaves' that
occurred more than a century ago, and it will recognize
people who are presently making a difference community,
such as Commander Dana Carr, Officer Michaelle Bell,
Vivalora Perkins Smith and the women of the RJT Foun-
SThere will be performances by Angee Griffin, a local
music artist; Big Brooklyn, a jazz singer; and Jon Saxx, a
Many people don't know the significance of Juneteenth,
according to Voncarol Kinchens, administrator for the
Model City Neighborhood Advancement Team.
She said the holiday needs to be celebrated just like
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"Now you understand / Just
why my head's not bowed /
When you see me walking by /
it ought to make you proud /
'Cause I'm a woman / Phenom-
enally / Phenomenal woman
/ That's me," a girl recited the
famous Maya Angelou poem
at the MEYGA [Multi-Ethnic
Youth Group Association] girls
graduation, which took place
earlier this month.
Many of the girls weren't
graduating, but they were
being recognized for going
to the next grade and pulling
up their GPAs to a 3.5 or
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-Photo courtesy of MEYGA
MEYGA girls pose with the Wells Fargo stuffed horse, their director, Samantha Quarter-
man, and a Wells Fargo representative who spoke at the graduation.

Supreme Court ruling changed mixed marriage views

By Keli Goff
Forty-six years ago, on June
12, 1967, the Supreme Court
ruled that a Virginia law pro-
hibiting Mildred Jeter Loving,
who was Black, and Richard
Loving, who was white, from
marrying because of their race
was unconstitutional. Their
family name, "Loving," was so
perfect for a case about love
that it probably would have
been dubbed unbelievable if
the story were being pitched as
The case transformed the
landscape of America. In a
statement to The Root, Kim

Keenan, general counsel for
the NAACP, said of Loving v.
Virginia's impact, "Along with
other key cases, it brought an
end to a separate-and-unequal
legally sanctioned way of life in
Below is a list of the top ways
that Loving v. Virginia has
directly and indirectly changed
It gave the United States its
first Black president. Barack
Obama was born in 1961, and
the Loving case was decided
in 1967, but the Lovings were
married in 1958 in Washing-
ton, D.C. Their sentence of one
year in prison or the option of

leaving their home state set the
groundwork for their landmark
Supreme Court case. In doing
so they made it possible for
families like that of President
Obama, which consisted of his
Black African father and white
American mother, to legally
exist in the state nearest to the
city that the president and his
family now call home.
It drives the gay-marriage
debate. The Loving case has
been repeatedly cited by sup-
porters of gay marriage as one
of the most substantive legal
arguments for legalizing same-
sex marriage in America. The
timing of the Loving anniver-

Mildred Jeter Loving and Richard Loving

sary strikes some as kismet,
with the Supreme Court's
ruling on same-sex marriage
expected any moment now. It
fueled the rise of multiracial
families. Multiracial Americans
like President Obama and Ben
Jealous now constitute the
fastest-growing population in
the country, thanks to the ex-
plosive increase in interracial
marriages in recent years. The
number of marriages made up
of people of more than one race
has climbed from 3.2 percent
of U.S. marriages in 1980 to
8.4 percent today, or 1 out of
12 marriages.
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2B THE MIAMI TIMES. JUNE 19-25. 2013

In gospel songs of yore, clues in speeches of MLK

By Samuel G. Freedman

When Jonathan Rieder was
growing up in Philadelphia dur-
ing the 1950s, infatuated with
rockabilly and rhythm and
blues, he sometimes rose early
enough to inadvertently tune in
to the Sunday-morning gospel
show on WHAT. Those worship
songs sounded different from
his favorites, which aimed more
at the hips than the spirit. For
the Rieder family, fervently un-
observant even in its own Jew-
ish faith, Christianity stood at
an alien distance.
Yet Dr. Rieder, now 65, heard
something in those long-ago
gospel songs, something that
introduced him to the culture
of the Black church and con-
nected lyrics about divine de-
liverance to the civil rights is-
sues that compelled him as a
teenager to join the N.A.A.C.P.
He heard, as it turned out, the
future direction of his academic
As America nears the 50th
anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A
Dream" speech in August, Dr.

Rieder has become one of the
most astute scholars of Dr. King
as a preacher. In two consecu-
tive books developed over nearly
20 years of research, Professor
Rieder has immersed himself
in the subject of Dr. King as a
pulpit minister who shaped his
theology in sermons delivered.
to Black congregations.
The public Dr. King, Dr. Rie-
der argues, cannot be under-
stood without understanding
the preacher's talking Black
talk to Black folk. Dr. Rieder's
new book, "Gospel of Freedom,"
traces the evolution of both the
"I Have A Dream" speech and
the "Letter From Birmingham
Jail," Dr. King's most renowned
written work, through years of
his obscure sermons.
"In truth, the 'Letter' was less
formal rhetoric or a philosophi-
cal treatise than a transcribed
form of oral, culture," Dr. Rieder
writes. "King's brilliance was al-
ways as a master of the spoken
word; that is why listening to
him is so important. Moreover,
the 'Letter' was a melange of
riffs, samples, stories, gambits,
and allusions, many of which

Jonathan Rieder has made KING, JR. Forbes pointed out in his com-
a careful study of the Rev. Dr. an audience at Canaan Bap- ments, Dr. Rieder is restoring
Martin Luther King Jr. tist Church of Christ in Har- the overtly religious element tc

came from his addresses to
Black people."
Perhaps the ultimate con-
firmation that Dr. Rieder, the
white Jew, got Black Christian-
ity right came last month from
the Rev. James A. Forbes Jr.,
one of the leading Black min-
isters of Dr. King's generation.
"This man knows the story of
King intimately," Forbes told

lem. "In this book, unlike many
that speak primarily of a King
that was a civil-rights leader, he
plumbs the depth of the spiri-
tuality out of which that leader-
ship came."
Dr. Rieder's book stakes very
specific turf in the corpus of
King scholarship with its re-
lentless focus on Dr. King the
preacher. By doing so, as Mr.

Dr. King and the freedom move-
ment. While African-Americans
readily grasp the link, many
white liberals diminish or ig-
nore it out of discomfort with
religion being granted a role -
even a positive one in politi-
cal discourse.
"The image of liberal secular
King misses the essential role
of prophetic Christianity," Dr.

"Holy Ghost in the Hood" still glorifying God

continued from 1B

According to Durden, who is
aware of the many issues that
the youth face says, "My goal is
that a radical transformation
takes place with our youth,
and that they come over to
Christ and receive Christ in
their lives."
Durden, a minister at Koino-
nia Worship Center and Village,
said he believes his calling is to
help youth who struggle with
drug addiction and related is-
sues. He struggled with drug
addiction in his early teenage

years and it impacted him later
on in life and led to homeless-
He had overcome being
homeless through his faith in
God and also by the help he
received at the Miami Recuse
He has been clean for 10
years, and visits the Center
regularly to encourage resi-
dents that they can also gradu-
ate from the program as he
has. He also holds Bible study
for the residents.
But last Saturday night, the
S.H.E.A.R., Inc. president, tar-
geted the youth. He has a lot of

experience with youth because
he is married with five children
and is very involved with the
youth ministry at his church.
Towards the end of the event,
Pastor Charles Turner III of
New Hope International Min-
istries, gave a message that
posed the question
"What does it profit a man to
gain the whole world, and lose
his soul?"
Malcolm Hawkins, 16, a lo-
cal inspirational R&B artist
and student at Miramar High
School, said the event gave
them an opportunity to show
that some young people want

to make a positive impact in
their community. About 10 or
more local artists performed
at the event, including: I am
MVP, Nothing Over God, Mark
Samuel, Harvest Fire Worship
Center Praise Team, Butterfly
and Paul Morris.
"We need more events like
this because there are not
[enough] events of good qual-
ity that come into the hoods,"
Anointed, another local Chris-
tian rapper said. "We need
more quality events because
we need to raise the standard
when it comes to Christian

The emancipation of slaves is never forgotten

continued from 1B

other important parts of history.
Juneteenth in not recognized
as a state holiday in Florida al-
though it is in 42 other states.
"Hopefully, the powers that be
would catch on and make this
a holiday in Florida as it is in
other states," Kinchens said.

Juneteenth, also known as
Freedom Day or Emancipation
Day, is a holiday in the United
States that commemorates the
announcement of the abolition

of slavery in Texas in 1865. Cel-
ebrated on June 19, Juneteenth
is one of the oldest celebrations
commemorating the ending of
slavery in the United States and
has been an African-American
tradition since the late 19th
century. Though Abraham Lin-
coln issued the Emancipation
Proclamation on September 22,
1862, with an effective date of
January 1, 1863, it had mini-
mal immediate effect on most
slaves' day-to-day lives, par-
ticularly in the Confederate
States of America.Texas, as a
part of the Confederacy, was
resistant to the Emancipation

Proclamation. Juneteenth com-
memorates June 18 and 19,
1865. June 18 is the day Union
General Gordon Granger and
2,000 federal troops arrived in
Galveston, Texas, to take pos-
session of the state and enforce
the emancipation of its slaves.
On June 19, 1865, while stand-
ing on the balcony of Galves-
ton's Ashton Villa, Granger
read the contents of "General
Order No. 3". The events are
celebratory and festive. Many
African-American families use
this opportunity to retrace their
ancestry to the ancestors who
were held in bondage for cen-

tries, exchange artifacts, de-
bunk family myths, and stress
responsibility and striving to be
the best you can be.

Although most African Ameri-
cans recognize Juneteenth
as Emancipation Day, some
Floridans, celebrate Maysome,
which recognizes Florida's
Emancipation Day on May 20,
The Old Dillard Museum in
Fort Lauderdale and many oth-
er Black Museums have a cel-
ebration every year.

Program uplifts and motivates young ladies

continued from 1B

higher, according to Samantha
Quarterman, the director of
She said they came up with
the idea because the girls
grades were very below average
before joining the program.
MEYGA is a community-
based organization with the
primary focus of addressing is-
sues of economic and social de-
velopment and self-sufficiency.
The organization has a sum-
mer and after-school program
for youth between the ages of

5-14, which focuses on self-
management activities and
workshops, homework assis-
tance, literacy, social skills,
and arts.
At the graduation, girls in the
first grade through the ninth
grade, were celebrated.
Some of the guest speakers
at the event included: Michelle
Spence-Jones, Nancy Dawkins,
Cynthia Stafford.
Quarterman said it was, im-
portant for women who are
successful and give back to the
community to come and speak
with the girls.
One of her wishes is to see

kids in the program go to col-
lege and then come back to
make a difference in the com-
"They always say nothing
good comes out of Liberty City,
but we have good girls who are
doing what they have to do to
Shakeria Carter,. 12, who has
been in the program a year,
said she learns something new
every day, which includes be-
ing respectful, using proper
grammar and presenting her-
self as a well-mannered young
"They tell us that young la-

dies are not loud, and they are
supposed to be seen and not
heard," she said.
Both Carter and Kenyunna
Crawford, 11, have brought
their GPAs up to 3.5 or higher.
Former MEYGA girl, Sylvia
Spikes, 23, completed the pro-
gram in 2006.
But she comes and helps out
from time to time.
She said the program had a
positive impact on her life be-
cause it prepared her for the
real world.
"I feel that if I wasn't in this
program," she said. "I would
have gone the wrong route."

Helping his flock grow in spirit, truth, devotion

continued from 1B

has led Greater Ebenezer, many
things have changed, but the
pastor's goals to assist the peo-
ple have not.
"You don't do church to have
a good time, you do church to
try to meet the needs of the peo-
ple," he said.
According to Johnson, church
members and visitors should
not leave the church burden-
some and the only way to help
the people is by allowing the
spirit of God to take control.
"A lot of times we are so pro-
gram-focused and we have a set
agenda that we don't give God
the time to operate so we can
meet the needs of the people,"
Johnson said. "Worship ought
to not be a predictable pattern.

The spirit ought to come in and
change some things."
He and the church's ushers,
which he calls the spiritual at-
tendants, makes sure everyone
is involved, engaged and giving
God their best.
"It should be a life-enriching
experience," Johnson said.
His mission is to help people
realize the blessings of God and
to help them grow holistically.

One of the church's top pri-
orities is reaching young men
between 18-30. He plans on
starting programs for young
men soon.
"They have a special need,"
Johnson said. "We just have
to make sure that we do much
more and get them out of the

Johnson is not only a caring
pastor, but he may also be de-
scribed as fun-loving and ap-
proachable. He said he likes to
meet people and connect with
"I want to [continue to] pres-
ent myself in such a way that
they know that they could talk
to me," Johnson said.
"If people can't approach you,
then you can't really minister
to them."
Over the summer, Johnson
encourages church members to
take vacations and travel with
their families.
Johnson has been married to
Emma Inez for 47 years.
He has three children and
four grandsons. He plans on
spending time with his grand-
sons during his summer vaca-

Johnson encourages family
time because the church is no
stronger than their families.
"If you have weak families,
then you're going to have a
weak church," he said.
Although he enjoys connect-
ing with his members and hav-
ing a good time, he can also be
described as a no-nonsense
kind of pastor.
Johnson said he does not su-
garcoat the word of God.
"My intent is not to give them
a false sense of hope, but to
help people," he said.
He understands that the past
few years have been very hard
for his members because of the
economic downturn. Therefore,
he assures them that "this too
shall pass."
"God will always meet your
needs," Johnson said.


N New Resurrection
Community Church cel-
ebrates dedication services
June 19-21 at 7 p.m.and
June 23 at 4 p.m. Call 786-

NTag 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.

0 Mount Pleasant Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
celebrate their 99th anniver-
sary on Sunday, June 23 at 4
p.m. Call 305-253-2905.

S Jordan Grove MBC will
hold "Youth and Young Adult
Day" on June 23 at 7 and 11

0 Mount Carmel Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
will hold a "survival revival"
for young adults on June
28-30, ages 18-40. Friday is
military night

0 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.

0 Mt. Carmel MBC will
host Survival Revival" for
young adults June 28-30.
Call 786-3121450.

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

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

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

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

SThe C Lord C's will cele-
brate 64 years of gospel sing-
ing at St. John AME Church
on June 23 at 3:30 p.m. with
a free concert.


Kanye West's new album "Ye-
ezus" may be revealing the rap-
per nearing a serious breaking
point as he debuted the con-
troversial lyrics at his listen-
ing party shortly after going on
another rant at the Governors
Ball and before snapping on
the paparazzi yet again.
Kanye West should be on
cloud 9 considering he is about
to become a father in less than
a month, but it seems like late-
ly the paparazzi hating rapper
is angrier now more than ever.
When West was spotted out
and about in New York on
Monday his facial expression
said it all when the cameras
approached him.
Yeezy had his head low and
his gray hood up over his head
but that wasn't enough to make
the camera man shy away.
When they reporter asked a
simple question, "What's good,
Kanye," the rapper snapped
and immediately told him to
shut up.
"Don't ask me questions,
man!" he snapped back.
The paparazzi then tried to
wish him a belated birthday
but got a response that was
just as rude as the first.
"Shut up! Don't ever talk!"
Kanye yelled.
It's no secret that West hates
the paparazzi and he's made
that known by constantly
smashing their cameras and
trying to hide his face from
their view.

Despite making his distaste
for them known, there is no
way he can escape the media
attention after he started dat-
ing reality star Kim Kardashi-
Being fed up with the media
is probably a great explana-
tion as to why the "New Slaves"
rapper hasn't been spending
much time in L.A with his baby
He celebrated his birthday
out in New York with best pals
Beyonce, Jay-Z, Nas and other
famous friends and then had
his listening party out in the
Big Apple as well.
The music revealed at the
listening party was just even
more proof that West may be
nearing a breaking point as far
as his sanity and patience is
The new album takes on a
very dark element and definite-
ly has some rock and techno

Kanye West attacks


Baptists, Catholics


Rieder, a professor of sociology
at Barnard College in New York,
said in a recent interview. "Je-
sus wasn't just an interesting
historical figure to King. He saw
Jesus as a continuation of the
prophets. He has a powerful as-
sociation with Jesus."
Dr. Rieder's appreciation of
Dr. King as a religious figure
came by an indirect route. He
made his name as a scholar and
a public intellectual with the
1985 book "Canarsie," which
explored the backlash against
civil rights liberalism among
Jewish and Italian residents
of the Brooklyn neighborhood.
Writing for The New Republic
in the early 1990s, he covered
several of New York's most bit-
ter and violent racial clashes,
including the Crown Heights
riot in which a Black assailant
killed a Hasidic man. In inter-
viewing aggrieved white people,
Dr. Rieder said, he came to real-
ize that writing about race first
required listening about race.
In particular, it meant listening
to what people said about racial
issues among themselves, un-
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3B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013

Southern Baptists: We won't the leave Boy Scouts

Resolution does call for ouster of

Scout leaders who supported gays

By Bob Smietana

Southern Baptists will not
ask their churches to boycott
the Boy Scouts over a change
in policy that allows openly gay
The nation's largest Protes-
tant denomination is having
its annual meeting this week in
Some prominent Baptist lead-
ers, including the chairman
of the Nashville-based Execu-
tive Committee, had called for
churches to cut ties with the
Boy Scouts of America because
of the policy. Others had pre-
dicted that Southern Baptist
churches, which sponsor 3,981
units, would exit the scouts en
But a resolution approved
Wednesday falls short of calling
for an exodus.
About 70 percent of all Scout
troops are run by faith-based

organizations, according to the
Boy Scouts of America. About
37 percent are Mormon, 10 per-
cent Methodist and eight per-
cent Catholic.
Instead, the Baptists' resolu-
tion criticizes the organization
over the policy and calls for
ouster of Boy Scout board mem-
bers and staff who supported
gays becoming more involved in
Boy Scouts.
The resolution also recom-
mends the Royal Ambassa-
dors, a Southern Baptist youth
program, as an alternative for
churches that drop Scouts.
Attempts to amend the resolu-
tion Wednesday so that it would
call for churches to cut ties with
Boy Scouts were defeated.
Boy Scout programs bring
many newcomers to churches
and allow those churches a
chance to share their faith with
those outside the church, said
the Rev. David Uth of First Bap-


About 37 percent are Mormon, 10 percent Methodist and eight percent Catholic.

tist Church in Orlando.
That's one reason to remain
in Boy Scouts, said Uth, whose
Florida church with about
14,000 members announced
recently that it will continue to
sponsor a Boy Scout troop.
"We should seek all partner-
ships to share the gospel of Je-
sus Christ," he said.
Baptists who stay in scouts
should try to reverse the new
policy, the resolution states.
"We encourage churches and
families that choose to remain
in relationship with the Boy
Scouts . to advocate against
any future change in leadership
and membership policy that
normalizes sexual conduct op-
posed to the biblical standard,"
the resolution also says.
Baptists have no hostility to-
ward gay scouts, according to
the resolution: "We declare our
love in Christ for all young peo-
ple regardless of their perceived
sexual orientation, praying that
God will bring all youth into a
saving knowledge of our Lord
Jesus Christ."

Group to fight sex slavery, child prostitution

By Lois K. Solomon

An interfaith coalition out-
raged by child sex trafficking
is getting ready to make sex
abuse and child prostitution
prominent issues in South
Florida's houses of worship.
A team of advocates will be
trained in Delray Beach on
June 22 by Shared Hope Inter-
national, a group of "Christian
abolitionists" working to elimi-
nate sex trafficking, or the sale
of women and children for sex.
Shared Hope calls Florida "a
top destination for the corn-'
mercial sexual exploitation
of children." The group said
the number of victims is hard
to quantify, but cited several
cases, including a child pros-
titution network discovered in
2005 in Miami-Dade County.
A 2009 report showed the

Broward State At-
torney's Office re-
ceived 10 cases of
child prostitution
for prosecution in
a year, while Mi-
ami-Dade received
Some South
Florida groups are
already working
to combat human
trafficking, also
called modern-


day slavery. The
Broward Human Trafficking
Coalition raises awareness not
only of child prostitution but
the international trafficking of
adults, who can be recruited
into forced sex work or forced
to work on farms for no pay.
Shared Hope trained intake
workers at the Broward Juve-
nile Detention Center recently

so the interviewers
can learn wheth-
er the detained
youths have been
prostituted, said
Elizabeth Scaife,
Shared Hope di-
rector of training.
Scaife said the
Delray Beach
seminar, which
she will lead, will
teach participants
how to identify

pimps and traf-
ficked children and how to re-
"This is not a stranger in the
car who offers candy," Scaife
said. "It can happen in the mall
or online. Many adults are not
up to speed on what kids are
exposed to these days."
The Rev. Clelia Garrity of St.
Paul's Episcopal Church in

Delray Beach said her inter-
faith team will focus on creat-
ing awareness in Palm Beach
County. She said she became
familiar with the problem as ex-
ecutive director of No To Abuse,
a Nevada women's shelter.
She said she interviewed do-
mestic violence victims and
their children, who were often
sexually abused and would
become prostitutes at a young
age. "These girls are ruined for
life," Garrity said.
Joan Weidenfeld, a member
of Temple Beth El in Boca Ra-
ton, said she encounters skep-
ticism when she tells people
about the problem, which she
believes may be widespread
among local agricultural and
hotel workers.
"It is in Boca and we have
to know about it," Weidenfeld

Inspired by gospel music

continued from 2B

afraid of appearing impolitic.
He put some of those in-
stincts to use while editing a
short-lived magazine about
Black-Jewish relations, Com-
monQuest. (Full disclosure: I
wrote a few articles for the pub-
lication.) While in that role, he
began to listen to the taped ser-
mons of some New York minis-
ters. Visits to Black churches
ensued. So did enough fascina-
tion with the subject of Black
preaching for him to com-
mence the formal research for
his 2008 book, "The Word of
the Lord is Upon Me," his first
consideration of Dr. King the
While "Gospel of Freedom"
ostensibly discusses the pub-
lic letter that Dr. King wrote in

response to criticism of him by
moderate white clergymen in
Alabama, the book relies great-
ly on the recordings of about
50 sermons that Dr. King deliv-
ered during worship services or
mass meetings both before and
after being jailed in Birming-
Addressing fellow Blacks in
suffering rather than white
people needing to be convinced
of his reasonable nature, Dr.
King spoke with both righteous
anger and pastoral tenderness.
His sermons to Black congre-
gations included some of the
later catchphrases of the "I
Have A Dream" speech "Free
at last," "Let freedom ring."
"We forget this aspect of
King," Dr. Rieder said. "In the
workaday sermons, you hear
King answering the existential

Founded by slaves, Pilgrim Baptist

Church celebrates 150oth anniversary

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The faces in stained glass
that inspire worshippers at
the Pilgrim Baptist Church
aren't those of a white Jesus
and the saints.
Instead, they re the faces
of the Black ministers who
led the church, and the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. The
window closest to the altar
carries a portrait of Robert
Hickman, an escaped slave
from Missouri who 150 years
ago led slaves traveling north
on the Underground Railroad,
a physical and spiritual mi-
gration that Pilgrim Baptist
celebrates this month
According to church history.
the group of about 50, who
called themselves "Pilgrinms,"
journeyed by a self-made nver
boat to St Paul in 1863. seek-
ing freedom and a place to
"I think he was a Nlinne-
sota pioneer.' said Hickman's
great-great granddaughter.
Sharon Harper "J do think
the fact that he was educated
made the critical difference "
Hickman s owner was a
rtminister wh. taught huit to
Although Hickman saw op-
portunity in Minnesota, the
arrival of the former slaves
during the Civil War wasn't

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well received by local officials,
who quickly moved to sepa-
rate them
"They were approached by
the local authorities and told
that their group was just too
large for this area arid if they
were planning on settling,
a third would have to go to
north, maybe to Duluth, a
third would go south to Hast-
ings and a third could stay
here to settle." church mem-
ber Nate Galloway said.
Hickman remained with the
group in St Paul, and studied
for three years to become an
ordained minister The con-
gregation first worshiped in
rented space Then, in 1866,
Pilgrim Baptist Church moved
to a permanent home in
do'v-ntown St Paul. making it

the first predominantly Black
church in Minnesota. Church
members celebrated with a
baptism on the shore of the
Their descendants say that
legacy motivates them to con-
tinue to follow the Gospel and
help others in a time of differ-
ent challenges: foreclosures.
unemployment and a persis-
tent achievement gap between
Black and whiter students.
A thriving community
In 1928. the Rev. Lee Ward
Hams. Nate Galloway's
grandfather, moved the con-
gregation up the hill to Cen-
tral Avenue in the Rondo
neighborhood, the heart of St.
Paul's Black community
Galloway said that in the
1930s. his grandfather, who is
pictured on one of the church
windows, continued the Pil-
grim tradition of ministers
whoi deplored the discrimina-
tr.,rv treatment of Black Ameri-
Pilgrim Baptist Church
members founded local chap-
ters of the Urban League arid
the NAACP, and also founded
the Hallie Q. Brown Commu-
imty Center
For generations, the church
drew Black professionals ar.d
the working class said Ora
Lee Pattersorn. another lifelong

The new A-list: Book on abstinence

By EEWMinistries

There is a culture war going
on: Kingdom versus contempo-
rary. Who's winning?
In our anything-goes society,
where mainstream ideals have
pushed forward a "do whatever
you feel" ideology
that is eroding away the mor-
al fiber of our nation, a new
generation is rising up.
The who's who of the Holly-
wood elite, for decades, has ar-
rested the attention of millions,
while driving trends and influ-
encing the hearts and minds of
the masses, whether deliberate-

ly or inadvertently.
Many of those considered A-
listers by the world's standards
- wealth, fame, and notoriety
- often live in direct contradic-
tion to the biblical prescription
for sex while the eyes of the
world are watching. Does this
make them horrible people? Not
in the least. But should we al-
low their life choices to set the
standard for us? Not in the
The powerful images of cou-
ples that cohabitate and start
families outside the context of
marriage, make a strong impact
on the impressionable. Accord-

ing to a 2013 report released by
the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention's National
Center for Health Statistics, be-
tween 2006 and 2010, 48 per-
cent of women between the ages
of 15 and 44 moved in, for the
first time, with a man to whom
they were not married.
Statistics like this can easily
give off the impression that vir-
ginity, abstinence, and adher-
ence to Godly principles is out-
dated in contemporary society.
But this is not true.
In this day and age, many
people continue to say no to
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President Barack Obama says it is important to treat mental illnesses
and end the prejudice surrounding it. He led the daylong summit on mental
health issues at the White House.

President Obama puts

mental health out front

* White House calls for
discussion on illness

As part of a National Conference
on Mental Health, President Barack
Obama has called for an increased
national discussion on mental illness,
saying the time had come to bring the
issue' "out of the shadows."
"Struggling with a mental illness or
caring for someone who does can be
isolating," Obama said. "It begins to
feel as if, not only are you alone, but
that you shouldn't burden others with
the challenge."
The conference is part of Obama's
response to last year's shooting mas-
sacre at a Connecticut elementary
school. While the president empha-
sized that most people with mental
health problems are not violent, he
said untreated mental illness can lead
to larger tragedies.
The agenda included discussion of
insurance coverage for mental health
care and substance abuse, recognizing

the signs of mental illness in young
people and improved access to services
for veterans. The overall goal is reduc-
ing the stigma of mental health prob-
lems and encouraging those who are
struggling to get help.
Among 23 executive orders Obama
signed in response to the shooting at
Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary
School that killed 26 was a directive
that Health and Human Services Sec-
retary Kathleen Sebelius and Educa-
tion Secretary Arne Duncan launch
a national dialogue on mental health.
The conference is part of that, with Se-
belius hosting the panel on addressing
negative attitudes and Duncan moder-
ating a session on successful mental
health outreach efforts.
Obama announced that the Depart-
ment of Veterans Affairs will conduct
mental health summits nationwide to
increase awareness of VA programs
and link veterans and their families
with community resources to support
their needs. The conference also plans
to tout improvements in mental health
coverage under Obama's health care
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By Larry Copeland

The increasingly popu-
lar voice-activated, in-car
technologies that allow
drivers to text, talk on the
phone or even use Face-
book while driving still al-
low for dangerous mental
distraction, according to a
In the most compre-
hensive study of its kind
to look at drivers' mental
distraction, the AAA Foun-
dation for Traffic Safety
found that as mental
workload and distractions
increase, reaction time
slows, brain function is

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compromised, and driv-
ers scan the road less
and miss visual clues,
researchers say. This
could potentially result
in drivers being unable to
see items right in front of
them, such as stop signs
or pedestrians.
The study sought to
measure the impact of
cognitive or mental dis-
traction on driving. The
other two types of driver
distraction, visual and
manual, which involve the
eyes and the hands doing
something like looking at
a cellphone while sending
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Can coffee help you live longer?

Drinking that
cup of Joe could
be healthy
By Kristen Salaky
For many a daily cof-
fee is their boost to get
through the day. but that
medium drip just might
save your life
People may preach
about the dangers of caf-
feine, but a ne% study, by
the New England Journal

of Medicine found that
drinking coffee could have
health benefits.
The study, which began
in 1995. took a sampling
of 400.000 volunteers
ages 50-71 that had no
major diseases at the start
of the stud\. By 2008.
50.000 of the participants
had passed away How-
ever. research found that
those men who reported
dnnking two or three cups
of coffee per day were 10
percent less likely to have
died than those who

didn't drink coffee and
women drinking the same
amount were 13 percent
less likely to have passed
away. according to The
New York T,mes.
Besides possibly living
longer, caffeine may be
able to help prevent
Alzheimers A 2012
study by the Univer-
sitv of South Florida
tested the caffeine
levels of people who
had begun to show
the beginning signs
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5B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013

On the Job: Pace yourself, rest to handle stress

Professional athletes have on average a seven-year

career, but executives can spend 40 years on the job.

By Anita Bruzzese

If you saw an elite athlete like
Tiger Woods play golf for 12
hours a day for years without a
break, you would think he was
nuts, right?
After all, how can an ath-
lete's body be expected to take
that kind of punishment? Not
to mention the emotional and
mental toll such a high level of
performance demands.
Eventually, you might sur-
mise Woods' body will give out
and he won't be able to perform
at a professional level. He might
even do permanent damage to
himself, you would think.
And you would be right. Top
athletes know they must pace
themselves. So to maintain
their skills and competitive lev-
el, they factor in regular down
times between performances.
Executives should' take this
lesson to heart, says Jim Loehr,
vice president of applied science
and performance psychology at
Wellness & Prevention Inc.

Known for his work with
Olympians and other top-tier
athletes, Loehr says executives
need to view their work and
their bodies in the same light as
a top athlete.
Specifically, that means they
must be able to find ways to
regularly replenish their physi-
cal, mental and spiritual well-
being if they want to go the dis-
tance, he says.
If you consider that a profes-
sional athlete's career may last
around seven years and an ex-
ecutive's career may last 40
years, it's clear that executives
face burnout if they don't take
better care of themselves, he
Still Loehr, whose company is
a Johnson & Johnson subsid-
iary, wants to make clear that
the stress of a job isn't what
breaks down an executive or
anyone else.
"People think stress is the en-
emy, and that's myth," he says.
"Stress helps you grow. It's
what mobilizes us. It is what

pushes us."
The problem really is with
chronic stress that comes from
never taking a break, Loehr
says. Without those breaks, we
can't recover our balance and
grow stronger to perform at a
high level the next time we need
to do so.
The problem with leaders not
taking better care of themselves
is that the results are seen in
the bottom line. A recent De-
velopment Dimensions Inter-
national, and the In-
stitute for Human Resources
survey finds that nearly three
in five respondents report that
poor top leadership has led
to increased leader and team
member turnover almost two-
thirds report it has led to lower
Companies won't get better
performances from their top
corporate "athletes" unless they
start giving them a break on
their work demands and sched-
ules, Loehr says. This lesson is
important not only for the chief


Tiger Woods waits to putt June 1, during the third round of
the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. To continue to
perform at top levels, professional athletes know they have to
pace themselves.

executive, but for all workers.
"The job is killing you because
you haven't found a way for in-
termittent rest," he says. "You
have to have sufficient recovery
to balance the stress."
Loehr recommends the best
ways to condition yourself just
like a top professional athlete
so you can be at the top of your
Build in physical capacity.
Exercising and eating right are
critical because they help you
develop greater endurance and
enable you to recover emotion-
ally and mentally.
Being strong physically will
help you be more productive
and efficient because you're re-
lying on your health and not
candy bars and coffee to re-
main energetic and focused.
Loehr suggests eating five to
six small meals a day and work-
ing out three to four times a
week for 20 to 30 minutes. You
also need to plan on seeking re-
covery every 90 to 120 minutes,
which means eating something,
drinking water, getting up from
your chair and moving around
or finding a way to engage in
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Ethicists weigh in on pediatric lung transplant case

Deciding who gets transplants is a complex
medical issue that should be decided by
transplant experts, not the courts or mem-
bers of Congress, experts say.

By Nanci Hellmich

There are almost 1,700 peo-
ple in this country on the wait-
ing list for a lung transplant, in-
cluding 31 children under age
11, according to the Organ Pro-
curement and Transplantation
Network. But none captured
the public's attention like the
case of Sarah Murnaghan, age
10, who suffers from end-stage
cystic fibrosis.
Her prospects looked poor
because organ transplant rules
don't allow adult lungs to go
to children under 12. But on
Wednesday night a judge or-
dered the Organ Procurement
and Transplantation Network
to add her to the list for adult
lungs. So she's now on that
list as well as a priority list for
organs from a pediatric donor.
The ruling only applies to Sarah
who is at Children's Hospital of
Many more adult lungs than
children's lungs are donated.
Matches are based on blood
type, the risk of dying, the
chance of surviving a trans-
plant and other medical factors.
The donor lungs would also
have to be an appropriate size
for her chest.
USA TODAY talked about
the medical and ethical issues

involved in this case with Art
Caplan, head of the division of
medical ethics at New York Uni-
versity Langone Medical Cen-
ter, and Jonathan Moreno, a
bioethicist at the University of
Pennsylvania. .
Q: Do you think judges
should be involved in this
kind of case?
Caplan: "The best place to
make medical decisions is not
in a courtroom, it's not in Con-
gress, it's not on television. It's
with doctors and people with
expertise in transplants mak-
ing the decision based on how
well the transplant will work
and who is likely to live. Those
aren't facts that judges, sena-
tors or bureaucrats have. ,
"The ruling is in one way un-
derstandable. People want to
help this little girl, and judges
have compassion. But when a
court steps in and says, 'We are
going to add this person to the
list,' you now open the door to
anybody saying, 'I'm not at the
top of the list. I don't think I'm
being treated fairly. Put me at
the top of the list.' There is a
risk when courts and legisla-
tors get involved that you can
undermine the whole system.
"We need to recognize that
whenever we add people to the
top list someone else goes off

well in children's bodies and
that makes it hard to trans-
plant them. You are looking at
using a piece of lung instead of
a whole lung, and that makes it
makes it a more difficult proce-
dure and less likely to work.
"Lung transplants are a' dif-
ficult operation, and they do
fail. At three years after a lung

-Photo: Murnaghan family via AP
Sarah Murnaghan, left, lies
in her hospital bed next to ad-
opted sister Ella on May 30,
the 100th day of her stay in
Children's Hospital of Phila-

the top of the list."
Moreno: "You don't want
judges or members of Congress
deciding how to allocate or-
gans. Lung transplants are still
the hardest to do especially in
children, especially if they have
complications from other dis-
eases which they normally do.
"As a parent, I would do what
these parents have done.
I would advocate for my kid.
But there are lots of other par-
ents who have not managed
to get through the courthouse
doors. Do we really want these
decisions to be made based on
who manages to get access to
d judge or a member of Con-
Q: Why don't they allow
children under 12 to get adult
Caplan: "Adult lungs don't fit

Polls: Eight out of 1o men

desire to be a real father

By Jennifer Agiesta
Associated Press

A recent Associated Press-WE
tv poll found more than eight in
10 men said they have always
wanted to be fathers or think
they'd like to be someday.
Debates about the different
ways women approach mother-
hood dominate news coverage
about parenthood these days,
with fathers' experiences often
left unexamined.
A look at what the poll found
on how men view fatherhood,
and the changes it has brought
for those who have become

About eight in 10 fathers sur-
veyed said they always knew
they wanted to have children,
compared with about seven in
10 mothers, and 69 percent of
dads called that long-standing
desire to have children an im-
portant factor in their decision
to have kids.
Dads were more likely than
moms in the poll to say they
saw positive effects from father-
hood on their love life and ca-
reer, and they are just as likely

Dads were more likely than moms in the poll to say they
saw positive effects from fatherhood on their love life and

as moms to say it improved
their overall happiness, sense
of accomplishment and sense
of purpose.
When weighing whether to
become a parent, mothers and
fathers placed similar levels of
importance on where they stood
in their career and the impact
having kids might have on
their social life, and like moth-
ers, saw having found the right

person to have a child with and
the joy of having children as the
most important considerations.

Men who do not have children
were just as likely as women
without kids to say they want
them someday. Among men
under age 35, 91 percent are
dads already or say they think
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transplant, about a third of
the people who got them are
dead. It doesn't work all that
well compared to other kinds
of transplants. That's partly
because when you transplant
lungs you have to give immuno-
suppressive medication so that
they don't reject the lung. That
opens up the lungs to infec-
tion. The lungs are constantly
exposed to viruses and bacteria
so infection is a huge problem
with lung transplants."
Moreno: "Children tend to be
too small to get adults lungs.
Every time you give one person
a lung or part of a lung, you
aren't giving it somebody else."
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Heat-related illnesses:
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Sometimes too much of a
good thing can be a bad thing,
such as too much sun. Expo-
sure to the sun helps plants.
grow, supplies energy, and
helps the body produce vita-
min D for strong bones. But
too much sun can lead to a
number of heat-related ill-
nesses, some of which can be
potentially life-threatening.
Normally the body can cool
itself by sweating. But in sev-
eral situations, and for certain
people, this just isn't enough.
High humidity, staying out in
the heat too long and exercis-
ing too much for your age or
physical condition can make
the body temperature rise to
dangerous levels. Other risk
factors for heat-related illness
include being under the age of
four or over age 65, and being
obese, ill or on certain medica-
There are several types of
heat-related illnesses.
Sunburn occurs when the
skin becomes red and unusu-
ally warm after sun exposure.
The skin also may later blister
and peel.
Heat rash may appear as a
red cluster of pimples or small
blisters, usually on the neck
and upper chest, in the groin
area, under the breasts and in
elbow creases.
Heat cramps can cause
heavy sweating as well as
painful spasms in the abdo-
men, legs and arms.
Heat exhaustion results
in heavy sweating, pale skin,
muscle cramps, fatigue, weak-
ness, dizziness, headache,
nausea or vomiting, and faint-



Florida is
a winner
By Jim Saunders
The federal government gave
final approval last Friday to
Florida's long-debated proposal
to overhaul the Medicaid sys-
tem by requiring beneficiaries
statewide to enroll in HMOs
and other types of managed-
care plans.
The decision was' not a sur-
prise: Federal officials sig-
naled earlier this year that they
would grant approval. Also, the
Obama administration had al-
ready signed off on requiring
managed care for tens of thou-
sands of Florida seniors who
need Medicaid-funded long-

term care.
The announcement was a
victory for Gov. Rick Scott and
Republican lawmakers who ap-
proved the proposal to move to
statewide Medicaid managed
care in 2011, amid controver-
sy about whether the changes
would best serve the needs of
low-income Floridians.
Scott this year lobbied U.S.
Department of Health and Hu-
man Services Secretary Kath-
leen Sebelius for approval and
said the managed-care changes
will lead to improved coordina-
tion of care for beneficiaries.
Republicans also have argued
that the changes will help con-
trol rising Medicaid costs.
The approval of what is
known as a Medicaid "waiver"
came in a letter from the federal
Centers for Medicare and Med-
icaid Services, which is part of
Sebelius' department. Florida is
leading the nation in improving
cost, quality and access in the
Medicaid program," Scott said
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Heat stroke, which can '"
cause death or permanent
disability if not treated i m-
mediately, has warning signs,-
of a very high body tempera-
ture (above 103F), a strong
and rapid pulse, throbbing
headache, dizziness, nausea.
confusion, not sweating and '-
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deaths can be prevented. To

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beverages to replace salt and
minerals that are removed
from the body when working or
exercising in the heat.
Wear clothing that is light
weight, light colored and loose
Apply sunscreen that has a
sun protection factor of 15 or
higher approximately half an
hour before going outside.
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You know what you're

Labels sought for
food genetically

By Dan D'Ambrosio

From Maine to Washington,
a growing number of states are
taking on the issue of genetical-
ly engineered foods, fanning the
flames of a decades-old debate
about whether the products are
dangerous to human health.
This month, Connecticut be-
came the first state to pass a law
requiring the labeling of food
made from genetically modified
organisms (GMOs). In May, the

-Photo: Dan D'Ambrosio
Andrea Stander of Rural Vermont helped organize a protest
Sept.20 in Burlington, prompted by the appearance of a Mon-
santo vice president at a feed dealers meeting.

Vermont House passed a simi-
lar bill, which will now be taken
up by the Senate. Right to Know
GMO a self-described grass-
roots coalition with members in
37 states, counts 26 states that
have introduced labeling bills.
In Washington state, a ref-
erendum on GMO labeling is
scheduled for November. Last
November, a referendum in
California failed 53-47 after the
biotech industry spent nearly
$45 million on opposition ads.
At the federal level, Sen.
Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., intro-
duced a bill in April separate
from the farm bill that would
direct the U.S. Food and Drug
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Being bullied by a sibling is not benign. It can significant-
ly worsen a child's mental health.

Bullying by siblings

just as damaging

"Whatever" gets patients treated sooner

Patients would rather see a nurse or assistant than

wait for the doctor in an extra day's wait
By Fatimah Waseem The study contradicts a 2012 survey
by the American Medical Association that
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without physician involvement in 18
states and the District of Columbia, a
number that could grow as states consider
proposals for expansion, according to
Health Affairs.


its been seen as

'benign normal'
By Michelle Healy

Bullying and aggressive
behavior by a sibling can
be as damaging as bullying
by a classmate, neighbor or
other peer. finds a new study
that links it to increased de-
pression, anxiety and anger
among victimized kids and
And that association holds
true for the various types of
aggressive behavior studied,
both mild and severe, from
physical and psychological
aggression to property- \ vic-
timization, researchers say.
Although peer bullying has
increasingly become a recog-
nized problem and the focus
of preventive efforts, sibling
bullying has historically been
viewed as 'benign and nor-
mal and even beneficial' for
a child's social development
and ability "to learn to han-
dle aggression in other rela-
tionships," according to the
study, in the July issue of the
journal Pediatrics, published
online today.
The study 'shows that sib-

ling aggression is linked to
worse mental health (for the
victim), and in some cases
it's similar to what you find
for peer aggression," says
lead author Corinna Jenkins
Tucker. an associate profes-
sor of family studies at the
University of New Hampshire
in Durham.
Tucker and colleagues ana-
lyzed data from The National
Survey of Children's Expo-
sure to Violence, focusing on
nearly 3,600 kids 17 and un-
der with at least one sibling
living in the household. Kids
were interviewed by phone
about victimization in the
past year. A parent or other
adult caregiver answered on
behalf of children under age
Measures of mental health
and four different types of
\ictimization were assessed:
Mild physical assault (hit,
beaten or kicked without an
object/weapon or resulting
Severe physical assault
Ihit, beaten or kicked with an
object/weapon or causing in-
Property aggression (forc-
ible theft, taking and not re-
turning property: breaking or
ruining property on purpose);
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Sleep: Positions and their effects on your health

By Flora Stevens
Getting enough sleep is the
most important thing but did
you know that how you sleep
can also impact your health?
Let's take a look at eight com-
mon sleeping positions and
what they do to your body.
1. On your back, arms at
Sleeping on your back with
your arms at your side is gen-
erally considered to be the
best sleeping position for spine

health and it's good for your
neck, too, as long as you don't
use too many pillows. That
said, back sleepers tend to
snore 'more than those in any
other position and sleep ap-
nea is strongly associated with
sleeping on the back.
2. On your back, arms up
This so-called "starfish" posi-
tion is also good for the back.
Whether you have your arms
up around your pillow or not.
sleeping on your back may also
help to prevent facial wrinkles

and skin breakouts However,
like the arms-down back sleep-
ing position, this one can also
result in snoring and problems
with acid reflux. Plus. having
your arms up can put pressure
on nerves in your shoulders.
leading to pain
3. Face down
Sleeping on your stomach
can improve digestion but un-
less you've developed a way to
breathe through your pillow,
it most likely leads to you tilt-
ing your face in one direction

or the other. This can put a lot
of strain on the neck Sleeping
face down can also cause back
pain, as the curve of the spine
is not supported
4. Fetal position
Sleeping all curled up into
a ball with your knees drawn
up and your chin tilted down
might be comfortable but it can
do a number on your back and
The extreme curl of the fetal
positions can also restrict deep
Please turn to SLEEP 10B

Statewide medical coverage approved for FL

continued from 6B

in a prepared statement. "CMS's
final approval of our Medicaid
managed care waiver is a huge
win for Florida families because
it will improve the coordination
of care throughout the Medic-
aid system. Health-care provid-
ers can now more effectively
manage chronic conditions and
work with families to provide
preventative treatments."
Florida CHAIN, a patient-
advocacy group that has been
among the most-vocal critics
of the managed-care require-
ment, issued a news release
that said the federal govern-
ment had included safeguards
that will help protect beneficia-
ries. Among those safeguards:
HMOs will have to spend at
least 85 percent of the money
they receive on patient care, a

concept known in the insur-
ance industry as a "medical
loss ratio."
But Florida CHAIN also said
patients and advocates will
have to remain "vigilant" and
pointed, in part, to controver-
sies about a Medicaid man-
aged-care pilot program that
began in 2006 and 2007 in
Broward, Duval, Clay, Baker
and Nassau counties.
Despite these federal safe-
guards, the focus now shifts
to the state and its efforts to
implement this program that
will affect access to care for
millions of patients in all 67
counties," Florida CHAIN's
statement said. "The countless
reports of disrupted, delayed
and denied care streaming in
from the original five counties
are still very fresh in the minds
of all stakeholders."
The state Agency for Health

Care Administration said the
plan approved Friday ulti-
mately could affect 2.9 mil-
lion people, with enrollment
in managed-care plans ten-
tatively scheduled to start in
April 201-4. The related move to
enroll seniors in managed-care
plans is slated to start this Au-
gust in central Florida.
In the approval letter, federal
officials also signed off on the
continuation of a $1-billion-a-
year program that helps hos-
pitals and other providers care
for uninsured and low-income
people. That program, known
as the Low Income Pool, is
closely watched by the state's
hospital industry.
Scott and Republican law-
makers in 2011 i approved
making managed-care enroll-
ment mandatory for almost
all beneficiaries statewide and
set up a process that involves

HMOs and other types of plans,
known as provider-service net-
works, competing for contracts
in 11 different regions. The
state needed federal approval
before it could move forward
with the changes, and the pro-
cess crept slowly as AHCA and
Obama administration officials
negotiated details.
Even though final approv-
al did not come until Friday,
AHCA has already started the
process of selecting managed-
care plans to serve the 2.9 mil-
lion people. It is expected to
award contracts in September
and has received proposals
from about 20 managed-care
plans, 'including major indus-
try players such as Coventry
Health Care of Florida, Huma-
na Medical Plan, WellCare of
Florida, Sunshine State Health
Plan and UnitedHealthcare of

Label food items that are genetically modified

continued from 7B

Administration (FDA) to "clearly
label" genetically engineered
foods. Boxer notes she has 11
co-sponsors of the bill, which
she first introduced in 2000.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in-
troduced the House version.
Boxer also attached two
amendments to the farm bill,
one saying that the United
States should join the 64 oth-
er nations, including those in
the European Union, that have
labeling requirements for ge-
netically engineered foods. The
other amendment requires a re-
port in six months from several
federal agency heads reviewing
the labeling methods used in-
ternationally, and the "probable
impacts" of having differing 'la-
beling requirements passed
by states rather than a federal

"As more and more states
take action, I believe lawmakers
in Washington will realize that
Congress and the FDA must
ensure that all Americans know
what's in the food they're eat-
ing," Boxer said in an e-mail.
"The companies have such
complete control over who can
do independent research into
the nature of these things and
their impact that we really don't
know very much," said Andrea
Stander, executive director of
Rural Vermont, a non-profit
farm advocacy group. "We don't
know nearly as much as we
The FDA ruled in 1992 that
genetically engineered foods are
not "materially different" from
their traditional counterparts
and therefore do not have to be
labeled, a ruling opponents of
GMOs won't accept.
Monsanto, based in St. Lou-
is, Mo., is a leading supplier of

seeds for genetically engineered
crops to farmers in the United
States and around the world,
and a frequent target of protests
against GMOs. The company
has clearly stated why it is op-
posed to labeling, saying man-
datory labeling "could imply
that food products containing
these ingredients are somehow
inferior to their conventional or
organic counterparts."
About 90 percent of the corn,
cotton, soybeans and sug-
ar beets grown in the United
States are genetically engi-
neered, according to BIO, the
trade group representing Mon-
santo, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and
other giant firms that dominate
the industry.
The modifications to the DNA
of seeds, which started in the
'mid-1990s, fall into two catego-
ries: seeds that have built-in ge-
netic resistance to insects, for-
going the need for insecticides,

and seeds that tolerate her-
bicides, making it possible to
spray crops, such as soy beans,
that are prone to weeds.
Genetic engineering is the
fastest growing technology in
the history of agriculture, with
upward of 17 million farmers
around the world using geneti-
cally altered seeds, BIO spokes-
woman Karen Batra said.
The problem with requiring
labels on genetically engineered
foods, Batra said, is that they
would imply those foods are
"In the United States, food
packaging labels are reserved
to convey food safety informa-
tion about allergens that might
be in a food or to convey nutri-
tional composition," she said.
"If the federal government were
to mandate by law that a par-
ticular food product needed to
be labeled that would infer it
would be for a safety reason."

Voice-activated phones not exactly risk-free

continued from 4B

a text have been studied much
more extensively.
"There's a sort of arms race
(among auto manufacturers)
over what's going into the car
these days," said David Stray-
er, a University of Utah cogni-
tive distraction expert who co-
authored the new report. "Any
function that can be put in the
car is being put in the car with-
out a full examination of wheth-
er it should go in the car."
The foundation's research,
which involved 150 drivers,
follows a smaller study by the
Texas Transportation Institute
released in April, which found
that texting while driving using
a voice-to-text application was
just as dangerous as texting

Drivers in the AAA Founda-
tion study were analyzed while
engaging in eight different
distracting activities as they
"drove" on a sophisticated driv-
ing simulator and in an instru-
mented vehicle on residential
streets in Salt Lake City.
Researchers measured brain
waves, eye movement and other
metrics to assess what happens
as drivers listened to an au-
dio book, talked on the phone
or responded to voice-activat-
ed emails while driving. They
found that, as drivers' mental
workload increased, their re-
action time slowed, their field
of vision narrowed and they
missed visual cues.
"This is a reminder to the gen-
eral public that distracted driv-
ing is real," said Peter Kissing-
er, president and CEO of AAA
Foundation for Traffic Safety.

"Three out of four drivers be-
lieve that hands-free is better
than handheld. But hands-free
is not risk-free, and we now
have new evidence that clearly
demonstrates that."
Kissinger said the foundation
"is calling upon auto manufac-
turers and the electronics in-
dustry to work with us so we
can learn as much as possible.
Before any more wholesale in-
stallation of new technology,
let's step ,back and measure
how the technology affects
mental distraction."
The group is also urging the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration to broaden its
driver distraction guidelines to
include the kind of mental dis-
traction associated with voice-
activated calling.
Gary Shapiro, president and
CEO of the Consumer Elec-

tronics Association, today chal-
lenged the validity of the AAA
Foundation study. "We believe
this AAA-sponsored study suf-
fers from a number of method-
ology flaws, and, as a result,
its broad conclusions about
voice-to-text technology should
be questioned," he said. "This
study could hardly be consid-
ered naturalistic as it relied
on young drivers in unfamiliar
cars, wearing a type of helmet
and driving on a defined course
when compared to studies
which track real drivers in real
In March, ABI Research, a
market intelligence company
specializing in global technol-
ogy markets, projected that
infotainment systems in new
vehicles would jump from nine
million in 2013 to 62 million in

Americans drinking less of super sugary drinks

continued from 4B

time, the study also found.
The results are consistefint
with previous studies showing a
decline in consumption of sug-
ar generally, and soda specifi-
cally, between 1999 and 2008,
said lead author Dr. Brian Kit
of the CDC's National Center for
Health Statistics in Rockville,
There has been no corre-
sponding dip in obesity rates
over the decade, though, Kit
"During our 12-year study

duration, obesity prevalence,
although high, has largely re-
mained stable," he told Reuters
Whether Americans are com-
pensating for consuming less
sugar by taking in more calo-
ries in other .forms, or perhaps
are exercising less, was not in-
vestigated in the current study
but other research suggests it's
probably the latter Kit and his
colleagues analyzed respons-
es to the National Health and
Nutrition Examination Sur-
veys, which include a home
interview, a physical examina-
tion and an a series of ques-

tions about diet, from the years
2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
and 2010.
Participants, roughly 8,500
people each year, were asked
what they had eaten in the past
24 hours.
The researchers categorized
regular soda, fruit drinks, en-
ergy drinks, sports drinks and
sugar-sweetened coffees or teas
as "sugary drinks." Drinks con-
taining only no-calorie artificial
sweeteners were not included.
In 2010, kids ages 2 to 19 got
about 155 calories per day from
sugary drinks, down 68 calories
from the year 2000. Adults took

in an average of 151 sugary-
drink calories per day, down 45
calories compared to the begin-
ning of the decade.
Soda consumption declined
the most, by 67 calories per
day for kids. Sports and energy
drinks actually went up over
the same time period, but in
2010 they still contributed an
average of only 10 calories daily
for kids.
Among teenagers, sugary
beverage intake went down by
84 calories per day, the larg-
est drop for any age group and
a significant change, according
to Kit.

Too much sun can be risky

continued from 6B

Try to limit outdoor ac-
tivities to morning or evening
hours when temperatures are
If not used to exercising or
working in a hot environment,
begin slowly and gradually in-
crease activity level.
Stay indoors in an air-con-
ditioned place, Fans can help,
but they cannot prevent heat-
related illnesses once tempera-
tures reach the high 90s.
Never leave a child or pet in

a parked car.
Avoid hot foods and heavy
meals that can add heat to the
Most heat-related illness-
es are not medical emergen-
cies. However, in cases of heat
stroke, call 9-1-1 or emergency
medical services immediate-
ly and move the person to a
cooler environment. For more
information about treating
heat-related illnesses, talk with
your doctor or call North Shore
Medical Center at 1-8000-984-
.3434 or a free referral to a phy-
sician near you.

Damages of sibling bullying

continued from 7B

Psychological aggression
(feeling bad or scared because a
sibling said mean things, called,
them names or excluded them).
"For all types of sibling ag-
gression, we found that being
the victim was linked to lower
well-being for both children
and adolescents," Tucker says.
Mental health distress scores
were greater for children than
for adolescents who experi-
enced mild physical assault,
but kids and teens were simi-
larly affected by the other forms
of sibling aggression, she says.
And even kids who reported
just one type of sibling aggres-
sion in the past year had higher

distress scores than kids who
reported none.
Just as parental violence and
marital violence occurs in fami-
lies, "sibling violence happens,
as well," says Nicole Campione-
Barr, director of the Family Re-
lationships and Adolescent De-
velopment Lab at the University
of Missouri. "This is something
we really need to be aware of."
She was not involved in the new
One sign that a sibling re-
lationship is troubled: When
aggressive interactions are
"repeatedly being done in one
direction," where one sibling "is
consistently the victim and the
other is constantly the perpe-
trator," she says. "That is akin
to what we see in bullying."

Side effects of margaritas

continued from 4B

chemically transform, which
can result in a very uncomfort-
able rash.
What it looks like...
Phytophotodermatitis gener-
ally looks red, blistery, itchy
and is as uncomfortable as poi-
son ivy. Doctors say that the
rash resembles paint dribbling
down the arm.
How to treat it...
Cold compresses and over-
the-counter hydrocortisone
cream should relieve the itching
and inflammation. As with any
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you scratch and break the blis-
ters, it can potentially cause in-
fections and scarring.
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A phytophotodermatitis rash

can remain for months, even
years. However, if it lasts longer
than a couple of months, talk to
your doctor.
Are limes the only foods that
can cause this?
Unfortunately, phytopho-
todermatitis can result from
skin's contact to many different
substances, including some fra-
grances, fruits, vegetables and
grasses exposed to sunlight.
How to prevent it...
People in the service industry,
such as bartenders, waiters and
cooks, tend to be the most sus-
ceptible. Doctors advise wear-
ing gloves whenever possible,
wearing mineral sunscreen with
an SPF of at least 30, and wash-
ing suspected areas of exposure
with soap and water, followed
by a generous application of

Obama talks mental health

continued from 4B

law, including a ban beginning
next year against denying cov-
erage to those who are men-
tally ill.
The White House also plans
to focus on commitments be-
ing made in the private sector
to increase understanding and

Several organizations that
work with young people also
are planning to make new
commitments, including high
school principals holding
mental health assemblies, to
YMCA instructing staff and
camp counselors to recognize
the signs of mental health is-
sues in kids, to religious lead-
ers launching conversations on
the issue.

Benefits of drinking coffee

continued from 4B

of Alzheimer's. The researchers
then re-tested the same people
two tofour years later. Partici-
pants with little or no caffeine
in their bloodstreams were far
more likely to have progressed
to have developed Alzheimer's
than those whose blood work
had shown that they'd con-
sumed about three cups' worth
of caffeine.
These hew results are no
surprise, as other recent stud-
ies have also shown that caf-

feine can reduce the effects or
prevent Type 2 diabetes, basal
cell carcinoma, prostate cancer,
oral cancer and breast cancer.
But Dr. Gregory G. Freund, a
professor of pathology at the
University of Illinois, told The
New York Times it is too early
to tell the true effect of coffee on
"We don't know whether [cof-
fee] is sufficient to prevent or
lessen the effects of dementia,"
he said. "But, [coffee] has been
popular for a long, long time,
and there's probably good rea-
sons for that."


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Deacon Jones made quarterback sack brutal, enthralling

By Richard Goldstein

Deacon Jones, a prototype of
the pass-rushing defensive end
who became a master of the
sack and one of the National
Football League's greatest de-
fensive players with the Los
Angeles Rams' line known as
the Fearsome Foursome, died
on Monday in Anaheim Hills,
Calif. He was 74.
His death was announced
by the Washington Redskins
through their general manag-
er, Bruce Allen, whose father,
George Allen, coached Jones
with the Rams and the Red-
Jones had been treated for
lung cancer and heart prob-
lems, The St. Louis Post-Dis-
patch reported in September
2009. Jones told the newspa-
per then that he had under-
gone lung surgery and had a
pacemaker installed the previ-
ous May.
Jones was a 14th-round draft
pick from a historically black

college, and he arrived in the
N.F.L. when offensive players
garnered most of the headlines.
But in his 14 seasons, he par-
layed his strength, his agility
and his size 6 feet 5 inches
and 270 pounds or so to
glamorize defensive play.
He pounded opposing quar-
terbacks, rolling up dozens of
sacks, and he popularized the
head slap to dominate offensive
linemen. He was selected six
times to the All-Pro team and
played in eight Pro Bowls. He
was named to the Pro Football
Hall of Fame in 1980 and was
one of three defensive ends on
the all-N.F.L. 75th anniversary
team selected in 1994 by a vote
by members of the news media
and league personnel.
The Rams had only one win-
ning season from 1963 to
1966, the span in which all
the members of the Fearsome
Foursome were teammates,
But Jones became a marquee
figure sometimes c.illhd the
Secretary of Defense playing

left end alongside tackle Merlin
Olsen, who was also chosen for
the 75th anniversary team, in
a line that also included right
tackle Roosevelt Grier, who
was known as Rosey, and right
end Lamar Lundy. Lundy died
in 2007 and Olsen in 2010.
Jones's death leaves Grier,
80, as the last survivor of the
"He had that head slap move,
the constant energy, the in-
credible speed and the non-
stop will," Sonny Jurgensen, a
Hall of Fame quarterback, told
The Post-Dispatch in Septem-
ber 2009 when the St. Louis
Rams, the successor franchise
to Jones's team, retired Jones's
No. 75.
Jurgensen remembered an
encounter with Jones late in
a game when the Rams were
leading his Redskins by 11
points. "He comes in on a pass
rush and fell down. He starts
crawling on all fours trying to
get to me. He's crawling in the
dirt like it was the most im-

portant play in the world, and
I look at him and said, 'Jeez-
us, Deacon, it ain't the Super
Bowl.' But that's how much he
David Jones was born on
Dec. 9, 1938, in Eatonville,
IFlia., where an incident he
witnessed as a youngster re-
mained seared in his psyche
and fueled his determination to
escape from a dead-end life in

the segregationist South.
After Sunday church ser-
vices, members of an all-black
congregation were mingling on
a lawn when white teenagers
in a passing car heaved a wa-
termelon at the group. It hit an
elderly woman in the head.
"I was maybe 14 years old,
but I chased that car until my
breath ran out," Jones told
The San Diego Union-Tribune
in 1999. "I could hear them
The woman died of her inju-
ries a few days later, but there
was no police investigation, as
Jones remembered it.
"Unlike many Black people
then, I was determined not to
be what society said I was,"
he said. "Thank God I had the
ability to play a violent game
like football.
It gave me an outlet for the
anger in my heart."
Jones played football at South
Carolina State and Mississippi
Vocational now known as
Mississippi Valley State, the

alma mater of the Hall of Fame
receiver Jerry Rice before
joining the Rams.
He was known as D.J. in col-
lege, but when he arrived in the
N.F.L., he sought something
more distinctive and called
himself Deacon, having met
Deacon Dan Towler, an out-
standing Rams fullback of the
1950s and one of professional
football's early black stars, who
became a minister.
Jones said he believed he
would have been -the career
sacks leader in the N.F.L. -
surpassing Bruce Smith's 200
- if individual sack totals were
tallied in his era. They did not
become an official statistic un-
til 1982.
John Turney, a member of
the Pro Football Researchers
Association who pored over
play-by-play accounts of games
played long ago and studied
game tape at NFL Films, con-
clude'd that Jones had 173 1/2
sacks. But Jones said that his
total was well above that.

Loving v. Virginia's effect on U.S. race relations

continued from 1B

It changed the face of Utah.
Yes, you read that right. One of
the whitest states in the union
is experiencing the largest
growth of mixed -race people.
It changed the U.S. census.
As a testament to the growth
of multiracial families in Amer-
ica, in 2000 the census be-
gan allowing respondents to
select more than one box for

racial identification.
It's changing the electoral
map. According to the New
York Times, mixed-race fami-
lies are changing the racial as
well as community makeup of
states in the Deep South, with
states like Georgia, Kentucky
and Tennessee experiencing a
nearly 80 percent increase in
mixed-race families, and North
Carolina experiencing a 50 per-
cent increase..
These changing demograph-

Poll: More men are welcoming of fatherhood

continued from 5B

they would like to have children
Men were more likely than
women to say the main reason
they'd like to become fathers
someday is to carry on tradi-
tions or family history. Accord-
ing to the poll, 14 percent of
men called that a top reason
compared with four percent of
women. Women place greater
emphasis on wanting to be a
parent, to care for and raise

a child 22 percent among
women who want children com-
pared withtwo percent among

Three-quarters of dads said
they were married when their
first child was born. Among
those men who aren't married
and who would like to have
children, about one-quarter say
they would consider having or
adopting a child without a part-
ner, though 88 percent within
this group say they do want to

get married someday. ,
Men are a bit more skeptical
than women that a single moth-
er can do as good a job raising
a child as two parents can, and
men are more likely to say an
increase in the number of single
mothers is bad for society. Still,
about half of men in the sur-
vey said the growing variety in
family arrangements these days
ultimately doesn't make much
The AP-WE tv poll was con-
ducted May 15-23, 2013, us-
ing KnowledgePanel, GfKs

probability-based online panel.
It involved online interviews
with 1,277 people age 18-49,
including interviews with 637
men. The survey has a margin
of sampling error of plus or mi-
nus 3.8 percentage points for
all respondents; it is larger for
KnowledgePanel is construct-
ed using traditional telephone
and mail sampling methods to
randomly recruit respondents.
People selected who had no In-
ternet access were given it for

How your sleeping position affects your health

continued from SB

br-ir.g That considered,
sleeping like a fetus can have
you sleeping like a baby if you
typically have problems with
snoring or if you're pregnant.
5. On side, arms at sides
When you're sleeping on your
side with both arms down, the
spine is best supported in its
natural curve. This can defi-
nitely help reduce back and
neck pain while also reducing

sleep apnea. The downside?
Sleeping on the side can con-
tribute to skin aging due to
gravity, meaning facial wrinkles
and sagging breasts.
6. On side, arms out
This position has many of
the same benefits of sleeping
on your side with your arms
straight down. However, any
side sleeping can cause shoul-
der and arm pain due to re-
stricted blood flow and pres-
sure on the nerves, which may
be exacerbated by having your

arms out in front of you.
7. On the right side
If you're a side-sleeper, which
side you sleep on also makes
a difference. Sleeping on the
right side can worsen heart-
burn while sleeping on the left
side can put strain on internal
organs like the liver, lungs, and
stomach (while minimizing acid
reflux). For pregnant sleepers,
doctors typically advise sleep-
ing on the left side, since this
can improve circulation to the

8. Pillow-supplemented
Regardless of which sleeping
position you prefer, it's highly
likely that you can get a bet-
ter night's rest with less pain in
the morning by supplementing
your body with a pillow.
Back sleepers can put a small
pillow under the arch of their
spine, side sleepers can place a
pillow between their knees, and
stomach sleepers can place a
pillow under their hips to sup-
port the joints and allow for full,
pain-free relaxation.

Experts comment on pediatric lung transplants

continued from 5B

Q: What are the criteria de-
ciding who gets organs?
Caplan: "The way they look at
it is who is the most in need,
and within that group who
is likely to do the best. Lungs
are very fragile and don't trav-
el very well so the transplant
teams look to see who is clos-
est to where the donor is. It's
the odds of success that they're
looking at."
Moreno: "The system is de-

signed to give maximum bene-
fit to whoever does get this truly
scarce resource. It's not like you
can put a lung in one person
and if it doesn't work, take it out
and put it in someone else."
Q: What can we learn from
this case?
Caplan: "What you can do
to help is make your organs
available. There aren't enough.
We need to be thinking about
whether we have signed our or-
gan donor cards, have we talk-
ed about being an organ donor
with our loved ones.

Pacing yourself at workplace

continued from 5B

something else mentally.
Become emotionally stron-
ger. Athletes often use different
rituals to offset their stress and
restore their positive outlook.
Many top athletes wear head-
phones to listen to music,
which has been shown to pro-
vide relief from chronic worry-
ing or obsessive thinking.
Focus mentally. Using
meditation techniques such
as sitting quietly and focusing

on your breathing can be very
helpful in letting yourself re-
cover from stress. Doing mind-
less activities such as garden-
ing or taking a shower can help
clear your mind and even help
you think of creative ideas or
solutions to difficult problems.
Think of spirituality. Some
executives are leery of talking
about spirituality in connection
with their jobs, but Loehr says
they should look at it as a way
to connect themselves to the
deeper meaning of why they do
what they do.

"When we face these hard
choices, we want to pay atten-
tion to what transplant experts
say about who this is most like-
ly to work for and not get into
arguments about who is the
most deserving person."
Moreno: "One good thing that
might come out of this would

be a review of the rules of lung
transplants in kids. That will
not satisfy these parents, and it
will probably not come in time
for these parents. The review
needs to be done by people who
understand medical and surgi-
cal and related technical prob-
lems for these patients."

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C Lord C's celebrate 64 years
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singing on Sunday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m. at St. John AME
Church, 6461 Southwest 59th Place, South Miami, FL.
Groups include: Smiling Jubliars, Galiees Gospel Sing-
ers, Southern Air's, all of Broward County and many more.
Reverend M. Campbell is the pastor.
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First Black Mayor of Mississippi

continued from 3B
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Apostolic Revival

Temple celebrates
Apostolic Revival Temple
presents its seventeenth annu-
al pastoral and church anniver-
sary, 5 p.m., Sunday, June 23
at 185 NW 14th Street, Miami.
Guest speaker, Pastor
Sanders of Kingdom Faith
Global Ministries.



2013 Women's Conference at

New Life Christian Center
Co Pastor Jandra Payne is
excited to host our 2013 Wom-
en's Conference June 26-30 at
New Life Christian Center, Inc.,
7654 NW 17 Place.
Wednesday; Rev. Yvonne
Strachan, Thursday; Prophet-
ess Beverly Moore; Friday night
and Saturday morning, Dr.
Elizabeth Castle of Yissaka In-
ternational Learning Centers of
Atlanta, GA; Saturday evening,
Minister Stephanie Payne and
4 p.m., Sunday Pastor Chikelia
Smith will give the closing mes-
For additional information
call; Minister Donna Jackson,
women's ministry coordinator
786-237-9510 or Pastor Jan
305-332-3954. JANDRA PAYNE

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Congratulations to sister and

brother on your graduation

The proud parents are Mr.
Timothy and Mrs. Patrice Dan-
Ms. Milan Daniels is a graduate
of the University of Central
Florida. Milan graduated with her
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Degree. Milan is presently a
registered nurse in I.C.U. at a
Miami, hospital. Milan's goal is
to become a Nurse Anesthetist.
Jamal R. Daniels is a gradaute
of Florida A & M University.
Jamal graduated Magna Cum
Laude, with his Bachelor of

Science Degree in Health Science
concentration in Pre-Physical
Therapy. Jamal is presently
enrolled at the University of
Central Florida in graduate
school, studying for his Doctorate
in Physical Therapy.
Congratulations from the Dan-
iels' and Williams', families.
Congratulations from your ex-
tremely proud and happy grand-
parents, Mr. Homer and Mrs. Au-
drey Williams.
May God keep blessing you al-

Congratulations! Much suc-
cess. Love, your family.

Philippians 4:13; "I can do
all things through Christ that
strengthens me".
The power to succeed and be
victorious is the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
From your proud parents, on
behalf of the rest of the family
in the U.S.A and Nigeria.


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11B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013


died on June
11 at home in
New Orleans,

Lofu seric and adntrlehr
Carolynn was
born in Miami,
graduated from
Sr. High School,
and received a college degree
in biology and pre-veterinary
medicine from Tuskegee University
in Alabama. After college, a love
of service and adventure led her
to join the Peace Corps where she
worked in several countries in west
and central Africa. While still in the
Peace Corps she met and married
Eric Tucker and with love of travel
as a common connection between
them, they set out on trips that took
them to many countries around the
world. In 2005, Carolynn received
a doctorate degree in Missions and
began spreading the love of Christ.
She was instrumental in building
schools and orphanages, starting
agricultural projects, and teaching
students in Mongolia, China, Haiti,
Ghana, India and many other
countries. Carolynn is survived by:
her loving husband, Eric Tucker;
sister, Ellery Ross Brown(Johnny);
brothers, Harold Ross (Shirley)
and Calvin Ross(Carmela); nieces,
Ketanji Brown Jackson(Patrick),
Regina Simpson(Antonio), Raquel
Ross, Crystal Ross, Cassandra
Gordon, and Zandra Scott;
nephews, Ketajh Brown, Daniel,
Gabriel and Calvin Michael Ross;
adopted sister, Frances Tailey
and other relatives. Services were
held in New Orleans. Graveside
Services 11 a.m., Saturday at Dade
Memorial Park.


Cleveland, OH; Charlotte Onyundo
of Pittsburgh, PA; Iva Coleman
(John) of Binghamton, NY,
Anthomeny Tumaker(Leola) of Miami
dFl.; Eleanor Kirkland ofyMiramar Fl
Juand Charles Turner of Lake Mary15.

Fl. and a host of grandchildren
include: her

sixand great-grandchildren, nieces,

nephews, cousins, and loving
(Bfrienda)s. Viewing and Litany services
Cleveland, .OH; Charlotte Onyundo

6:30of Pittsburgh.m., Friday at Colemhurchan
(Jof the Incarnation. Service 10,' NY,

a.m., Saturday at the church.
Intermehony Turner(Leola) Dade Memoriami,

Park following the service.
F.; Eleanor Kirkland ofE, MATHISramar, F84,.
and Charles Turner of Lake Mary,

.Evand agelis host of grandchildren
and great-grandchildren, nieces,
nephews, cousins, and loving
friends. Viewing and Litany service
6:30 p.m., Friday at Church

Celof the Incarnation. Service 10
Praise at the church.

Elivira Mentathis, Dade Memorial
Carries following the service.
Mary Mathis, Victoria Mathis, 8and4,
EvangeIris Hudson; son, Oscar Mathisat

Jr.; brother, James Hoskins and a
Joy Temple -

Celebrahost of other relatives and friends.

Service 2 p.m., Saturday at Liberty
PraFellowship Church of God.

Clerk, died June e i^Bt.-
15S survivors :
include: her

daughters,, .,,
McElivira Mathis
Carrie Grubbsht:
Mary Mathis, Victoria Mathis, and
Iris Hudson; son, Oscar Mathis,
Jr.; brother, James Hoskins and a

andhost of other relatives and friends.
Service 2:30 p.m., Saturday at Liberty
FellJohn Institutional Baptist Church.


and Katherine Bain James; Son,
Clerk, dottie Miller JuViewing 4-8 p.m.,
15Wednesday in the chapel. Servicevors

2 p.m., Thursday at Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of Miami
incGarlude: hns. er
Nikkeria S.

JohnsJohn Hanksnd

THOMAS FORD JR., 52, died
June 3 at home.

Service 4 p.m.,
Saturday at
St. Mathews
Baptist Church, -.'
Coconut Grove.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
JOE BETSY, 58, laborer, died
June 9 at
Citrus Memorial

Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
House of God
Miracle Revival

SARAH ROSS, 64, dispatcher,
died June 11
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at
Antioch MBC of
Miami Gardens.

housekeeper, ...
died June 11 at
Select Specialty

are incomplete.

JOHN BROWN, 77, died June
12 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

home maker, .
died June 16.
are incomplete.

May 30. Services were held.

APRIL ASBURY, 54, died June
7. Services were held.

June 8. Services were held.

died June 18
in Tuskegee,
Alabama. She
leaves her -
surviving son
Dr. Nelson
L. Adams,
III (Effie) of
Miami, FL and
daughter Sceiva Holland (Major) of
Tuskegee, AL, five grandchildren,
three great grands, and one
niece. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Greenwood Missionary Baptist
Church, Tuskegee, Alabama.

SARAH ADAMS, 73, retired
teacher, died
June 15 at
University of
Miami Hospital.

Avenue, Miami, FL 33147. Please

oe f eGrace uh
98, housewife,
died June 13.
Survivors: four

Mae Dawn
Harper, Velva
Cosetta Ran-
som, Kathleen
Woods- Rich-
ardson and Katherine Bain James;
Son, Scottie Miller Pace. Viewing
4-8 p.m., Wednesday in the cha-
pel. Service 2 p.m., Thurs~day at
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
of Miami Gardens.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
SARAH R. BRUTON, 74, school
crossing guard,-.-
died June 16 at %
home. Service
11 a~m., Satur-

day at True Holi-
ness Evangelis-
tic Faith Center.

licensed child
care worker,
died June 11
at Jackson
Memorial I
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt. _
Olive Primitive : -
Baptist Church.

transportation worker, died June
8 at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Service 11 a.m. in the chapel.

Eric L. Wilson
died June 14 at ,-.:.
Jackson North
Medical Center.
Viewing 6 p.m.iN
- 9 p.m. at Eric
L. Wilson Mor-
tuary. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at House
of God Miracle Revival Fellowship,
4511 Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hol-
lywood, FL.

MICHAEL YANT, laborer, died
June 9 in New
York. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Carey Royal Ram'n
died June 12 at
Jackson Health
Service 1

p.m., Saturday ,,
at Faith

Baptist Church,
10401 NW 8 Avenue, Miami.

JANET WILLIAMS, 56, outreach
manager, died May 31 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

collections manager, died June 16
at home. Service 10 a.m., Thursday
in the chapel.

Hadley Davis MLK
82, retired City --
of Miami Police ...-
Officer, died
June 15 at VA
Medical Center .,-.
in Miami. F7^..'
Mr. Calhoun _
called "Mr.
King" by many of his clients was
owner, of King The Tailor, located
on 62nd Street and 7th Avenue in
Miami. He is survived by: his loving
wife of 56 years, Myrtle Calhoun;
children Valerie Yvette Calhoun
Stevens, Angelia Calhoun Cross
and Willie James Calhoun, Jr.;
brothers: Harold (Cal), Wayne and
Paul Calhoun; sisters: Peggy Jean
Rogers, Franscena Hardwick,
Shirley Ann Lloyd, Brenda Gail
McDowell, Beverly Ann Agbeh;
13 grandchildren and 17 great-
grandchildren. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at New Way Fellowship
Praise and Worship Center,
16800 Northwest 22nd Avenue,,
Miami Gardens, Florida. Please
contact funeral home for additional

67 retired baker,
died June 17
at Jackson
Hospital. He
leaves to mourn;
his loving wife,
Sherry Williams;
his four children,
John Jr, Pamela Key (Eulyn),
Jacqueline Gaines and Cheryl
Coleman; nine grandchildren
and one great grand. Viewing
6-8 p.m., Friday at Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at the church.

died June 12
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove

died June 12
at Jackson
Hospital. I
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the .

worker, died
Royal June 7 at
50, homemaker, ] Service 10a.m.,
died June 14 at Saturday in the
Memorial South. chapel.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the

Wright and Young
WILLIE J. PAISLEY, 75, plaster/
plumber, died
June 14 at
Villa Maria
Nursing Home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Grace Church
of the Nazrene.

born on November 19, 1916 in
Pittsboro, North Carolina. She
moved to Miami, Florida into the
growing area called Overtown in
1947. She became part of its his-
tory. She knew and was known
by almost everyone who resided
there. When called by her maker
to his sheltering arms on March
21, 2013 she was approaching her
97th birthday. Lavina is survived
by her loving children, Denise and
Susan; grandchildren, Craig and
Nisey; nephews and nieces, Phyl-
iss, Martha, Richard, Sunny and
Suzanne; many great-nieces and
great-nephews; godchildren, Lu-
cetia, Gregory, C.J. and Sherryl.
Lavina was very smart, feisty and
very much her own person until the
end of her life. She will be sorely
missed. (R.I.P.)

P, 56,


73, maintenance

June 15 at

Service 11 am.,
Saturday at St.
James A.M.E.


June 6. Services were he

10. Services were held.

JOHNSON, SR., 78, diec
Services were held.


died June

d June 10.

died June 15
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Peaceful Zion
M.B. Church.

LESTER, 101, died June 15 at Vi-
tas Health Center. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.





KELLEY, died June 02 at Memorial
Regional. Private service with

KELLEY, died June 02 at Memorial
Regional. Private service with

handyman, died
Private service

June 13 at home.
with family and

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


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09/0611926 06/23/2010

In Memoriam


would like to thank each
and everyone for your kind
expressions of sympathy dur-
ing our hours or bereave-
ment. Your cards, prayers,
flowers, food, donations, and
acts of kindness are appreci-
ated with our sincerest and
heartfelt appreciation.
Special thanks to Rev. Jim-
mie Williams, III, Rev. Viola
Holmes, Kevin Desire, Pa-
tricia Garrett, Alta Graves,
Dr. Pauline Young, Audra
L. Coleman, St. James AME
Church, Mt. Hermon AME
Church, South Conference
1 lth Episcopal District AME
Church, Dr. Judy Johnson,
SCWMS President, Presiding
Elder John L. Bodison, Mrs.
Joretta Bodison, Sweet Home
Missionary Baptist Church,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Continental Societies, and
Caballero, Riyero, Woodlawn
Funeral Home for their pro-
fessional service.
May God eternally keep
you and shower his blessing
upon you. Shepherd, Michael
& Michele Paramore, Peggie
DeShields, Shirley W. Para-

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

' l e .. '. *'

10/02/1932 03/08/2007

Dad, No more Father's Day
I can never again say Happy
Fathers Day.
Words cannot explain how
much I miss you.
It doesn't get easy as time
passes and My heart contin-
ues to ache.
You're my dad, my one and
My rock, my strength, my
The day God called you
home left an empty space and
my world came crashing down.
I miss and Love you deeply.
Your Daughter, Pamela

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,
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would like to thank our
tended family, friends, ne
bors, Allaphatta Mi
School's principal, Bri
Mckinney, staff, sev
graders for their video co
bution, Miami Herald re]
er, Janey Tate for the ai
she wrote, Range Fur
Home and staff.
Thanks for your ca
kindness and Support,
God bless and keep you a
The Roberson and E



Have you forgotten
so soon about your
departed loved one?
Keep them in your
memory with an in
memorial or a happy
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is eternally grateful for the
S multitude of support during
our hour of bereavement.
Special thanks to Minis-
ters, families, neighbors, and
;ON friends.
Your prayers, visits, calls,
flowers and gifts was a true re-
Sex- flection of our beloved mother,
eigh- sister and friend.
middle Thanks again from the bot-
idget tom of our hearts,
enth Lutricia, Lavances, Angela
ntri- and Katoya.
rticle Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

06/22/1925 08/23/2012

We miss you.
From the family.



12B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013

The Miami Times



e S

Bandleader's Deep Fried Funk

to take center stage at annual

Overtown festival

By D. Kevin McNeir
kin cneir@'iniamitimieonline.comn

David ".Jlocd" Hill has been playing the drums since he
can remember probably about the same time that he
first learned to w.alk. In fact, this Miami native consid-
ered a child prodigy and bears the distinction of being o'ne
of the youngest drummers in the music industry to play for
Please turn to HILL 3C

"Nine Years Under"

A mixes dark humor

and the deceased

Sheri Booker's memoir on her
years in a funeral home

The charismatic Isaiah Owens owns Harlem's largest funeral '-.,., Christine Turner
home. Idenpendent Filmmaker

"Homegoings" documentary

traces Black funeral traditions

Story of Harlem mortician Isaiah
Owens to debut atABFF

By D. Kevin McNeir
"When it'comes to death and
funerals, Black people, we have
our own way," states Isaiah
Owens in a new documentary
'Homegoings," that airs for the
first time on PBS next week
and will also be featured at
Miami's American Black Film

Festival [ABFF] which kicks off
on Wednesday, June 19th. Ow-
ens, a South Carolina native,
is featured in the documentary
that chronicles his obsession
with funerals that began dur-
ing his childhood eventu-
ally taking him to Harlem, New
York where he became one of
the city's best-known and most
successful funeral directors.

"It [death and funerals] has
worked for us throughout the
ages, it has kept us balanced,
sane," he further says. "And ev-
erybody knows that it's going
to be a sad, good time."
As the movie shows, Owens
combination of intuitive sym-
pathy along with his knowledge
of Black funeral customs, have
enabled him to turn sorrow
into an affirmation of faith that
loved ones are "going home."
Ironically, Owens's success
reveals that this precious and

unique tradition within, the
Black community, first formed
in a time of rigid segregation, is
slowly disappearing.
The documentary is the de-
but feature of Christine Turn-
er, an independent filmmaker
based in New York City vTIrner.
30, as, both the dir'-ctor
and pr."dri.ueLrSin-. the de-,th
Please iurn r,. HOMEGOINGS 3C

Sharpton, Joyner team honor 50th

anniversary of March on Washington

.,..-i--'t "
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Miami Times writer

Sitting around all summer
would've been so wrong.
And that's why you found
a job that year between
classes. No more parental
hand-outs, no more wearing
clothes your mom bought
you, no more borrowing the
car. With your own job, you
had your own money to buy
your own things, maybe help
out at home, or sock some
away. Finding work, yep, was
the right thing to do.
For then-15-year-old Sheri
Booker, the savings from
her very unique job went
towards college. In her new
memoir, "Nine Years Under,"
she explains why it was a job
she'd been dying to get.
Sheri felt "ignored by God."
She didn't realize that
"hospice care was the begin-
ning of the end," so when her
great-great-aunt Mary died
of cancer, Booker was sur-
prised and lost. Growing
up in Northeast Baltimore,
she had few heroes. Aunt
Mary was one of them, but
Booker didn't feel like she
had "permission to mourn."
She didn't feel like going to
church, either, but her
parents in- ,. listed.
it .%as there I that
Bo,'ke-r ran .

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into one of the church's dea-
cons, Albert Wylie, who also
owned one of Baltimore's
many Black funeral homes.
He didn't ask her how she
was handling her loss. In-
stead, he offered her a job.
For four hours a night, a
few nights a week, Booker
answered the phones and
the door at Albert P. Wylie
Funeral Home. She thought
it might be weird, but it
wasn't it was interesting,
and she did her work well.
Soon, she was assisting with
viewings and -she learned her
first lesson: never let clients
see you cry.
But that was difficult. Wit-
nessing the grief of families
who lost someone elderly was
hard enough. Wylie Funeral
Home also did a brisk busi-
ness with the city's poor,
the gang-bangers and drug
Still, it was a job Booker
enloyed and soon. she
started doing errands for
Please turn to BOOK 3C

By Bla, komic riia,,

Reverend Al Sharpton joined
the Tom Joyner Morning Show
last Wednesday morning to an-
nounce the collaboration of two
significant leaders in the Black
community to commemorate
the 50th Anniversary of the
March on Washington, saying,
"Martin Luther King III and the
National Action Network, and
Tom Joyner, all of us will be in
Washington on Saturday, Au-
gust 24th."

Sharpton, the voice of justice
is teaming up with the legend-
ary man behind the mic, Tom

Joyner to remind people the
fight for justice and equality is
still occurring and it is impor-
tant to not forget Martin Luther
King's dream.
Sharpton, exclaimed this
morning on the TJMS:
" That is why this August
we're going back to Washing-
ton, not to commemorate the
march, to continue the march.
It's not a commemoration, it's
a continuation. And we're
glad to announce that you're
Please turn to MARCH 3C

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2C THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013

Fundido Fiesta Flats

Mexican Lasagna Preheat ow
Sri"8skillet over
Serving: 4 minutes"
for 4 minut
1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1/4 cup
I1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced thickens.
2 garlic cloves, minced Heat refi
1.1/2 pounds lean ground beef and stir in
1 1.25-ounce package Ortega Taco Cut one
Seasoning Mix of a 9-inch
1/2 cup water, divided tortillas, sli
1 16-ounce can Ortega Refried Beans Layer 1/3 r
9 Ortega Flour Soft Tortillas enchilada s
2 10-ounce cans Ortega Mild Red Repeat to
Enchilada Sauce
16-ounce jar Ortega Thick and Chunky of enchilada

8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack or
cheddar cheese

/-It llllllULat
melted. Lel
If desired
green oniol

en to 350F. Heat vegetable oil in large
r medium heat and cook onion and garlic for
or until softened. Add ground beef and cook
tes or until browned. Stir in taco 'seasoning
p water. Cook for 2 minutes or until sauce

fied beans in microwave or small saucepan
-emaining 1/4 cup water to thin slightly.
tortilla in half and fit cut ends at either end
by 13-inch baking,dish. Arrange two
ghtly overlapping, to cover the bottom.
efried beans, 1/3 meat mixture arid 1 can
auce. Repeat to make a second layer.
o make a third layer using salsa instead
a sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for
or until lasagna is bubbling and cheese is
t stand 5 minutes before cutting.
d, top servings with sour cream and diced


Flavors from south of the
border are always a crowd
favorite. They're also a quick,
easy way to get dinner on the
table in a hurry. Celebrity
chef Aar6n Sanchez shares his favorite
weeknight recipes, which use easy,
flavorful ingredients to get families out
of the kitchen and at the table in record
time. "As a chef with a young family,
I love creating delicious dishes that are
quick and easy to prepare," Sanchez
said. "My new Ortega recipes bring that
flavor and simplicity together. Enjoy."
To find more great recipes, visit

Fundido Fiesta Flats Chi
Servings: 4 Cas
Prep time: 10 minutes Servi
Cook time: 5 minutes Prep
1 pound ground beef Cool
1 1.25-ounce package 12 0
Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix whit
or 40% Less 3 cup
Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix chick
1/2 cup water 8 oui
6 ounces American cheese, Mon
cubed 2 cup
1 16-ounce jar Ortega 1 1.2
Salsa, any variety 40%
12 Ortega Fiesta Flats Seas
Taco Shells Chopped fresh 1 16
cilantro creal
1 16
Brown beef in large skillet over any
medium-high heat; drain. Stir Juice
in taco seasoning and water. Pe
Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until sl
taco c
Meanwhile, combine cheese t
and t
and one cup salsa in a micro- a
wave-safe bowl. Cook on high ingh
for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every -
20 seconds, until smooth. 1-
1 1/2(
'Evenly spoon meat mixture 1e/
:over s
into Fiesta Flats and top with
cheese mixture. Top with addi- ue
tional salsa and sprinkle with
cilantro. If desired, also top with rema
Ortega Taco Sauce and Diced casse
Green Chiles. ea

Chicken Taco Casserole



Chef Aar6n Sanchez

cken Taco
wings: 6
time: 10 minutes
k time: 25 minutes
3rtega yellow corn or
e corn taco shells
ps shredded cooked
nces shredded
terey Jack cheese
ps chicken stock
25-ounce package Ortega
Less Sodium Taco
oning Mix
ounce container sour
ounce jar Ortega Salsa,
e of 1 lime
eat oven to 350F. Break taco
s into large chips. Combine
chips, chicken, cheese, stock
aco seasoning in large mix-
read mixture in 9-inch by
ch baking dish. Top with
cups sour cream; pour salsa
sour cream. Bake for 25 min-
or until hot and bubbling.
meanwhile, stir lime juice into
ining sour cream. Remove
*role from oven, drizzle sour
a and lime mixture over top
serve at once.

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The wedding of Carshena
Thompkins and Daulton
Allison was held on Satur-
day, May 26, at the Newport
Beachside Hotel and Spa.
She was escorted by
her father Ronald
Rashad Thompkins
to the dressing room
to await the entrance
of the wedding par-
ty. Prenuptial music
was provided by Felix
Spengler, violin solo-
ist accompanied by Dr.
Nelson Hall. Follow- PINI

ing the entrance
and seating of the groom's
parents Daulton and Deb-
bie Allison, and mother o:
the bride Charlayne Thomp-
kins, the wedding
processional began
" which included
] Lthamara "Asha'
;. Allison, maid ol
honor, James Sala-
thiel Thompkins,
Sr., best man; Miss
Ashantee Allison,
Jr. bridesmaid; and
IKNEY Nyela Thompkins;


E 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.

M 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.

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.

I 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-

N Centurion Community
Development Center will
have their Divine Poetry in
Motion Summer Dance Camp
June 19th-Aug. 9th, MWF
from 10-2 p.m., at 4015 NW
17th Ave. Call 305-638-9700.

0 Seven50 is hosting their
Third Seven50 Summit:
"The Future in Focus",
June 19-21st, at the Palm
Beach Convention Center, 650
Okeechobee Blvd. Call 561-

0 BTW Alumni
Association, Inc. will meet
June 20th, at 6 p.m., at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center (in the theater).

E Comm. Edmonson is'
sponsoring a Summer Kick-
Off event, June 22, at 10 a.m.,
at Curtis Park, 1901 NW 24

M A. Phillip Randolph
Institute is asking you to
attend their Norman Hill
Scholarship Dinner Dance,
June 22nd, at the Biscayne
Bay Marriott, 1633 N.
Bayshore Dr. Contact Lovette
at 305-588-7542.

The Black Archives will
have their Expressions: An
evening of Spoken Word and
Live Jazz June 22nd, at 7 p.m.,
at the Ward Gallery, 249 NW
9th St. Call 305-636-2390.

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.

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

I Jessie Trice Community
Health Center invites you
their Health Fair June 27th,
at 9 a.m., at the Belafonte
Tacolcy Center, 6161 NW 9th
Ave. Contact Roselaine at

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

I 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.

Master James Sala-
thiel Thompkins,
Jr., ring bearer; Ron-
ald R.Thompkins,
runner; Miss Nia
Thompkins, junior /
As the music
changed to "At Last"
by Etta James, the W
bride entered with her
father as Gil Scott"He Loves
Me" filled the room. Rev Har-
vey Lockhart officiated and
the ceremony included the tra-
ditional lighting of unity can-
dles and a popular tradition
of jumping the broom." After
the ceremony the newlyweds
danced down the aisle to the
tune of Signed, sealed, de-
livered I'm yours. The recep-

0 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

N Miami Northwestern
Class of 1970 will have their
Annual Seafood Picnic June
29th, at C.B. Smith Park, near
Pavilion 15. Call 305-653-

The RJT Foundation,
Inc. will celebrate their
1st anniversary in semi-
formal black and white affair
June 29th, at 7 p.m., at the
Courtyard Marriot, 400 Gulf
Stream Way. Contact Hope at

E 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.

0 Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. will meet
July 20th, at 4:30 p.m., at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. Contact Lebbie at

SThe 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.

M S.E.E.K., Inc. will feed
the homeless in the City of
Overtown every first Saturday,
at 2 p.m., at 14-15 St. and 1st
Ave. Call 678-462-9794.

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

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

tion followed
and the guests
took advantage
of the scenery
and camarade-

C Dr.
M and
ILLIS toric

The His-


House Committee
presented the Annual Awards
Fundraiser Luncheon, last
Saturday, at the Church of
the Open Door, where they
honored Miami's Home Grown
Achievers: Clifford Thomas,
Roniece Williams Weaver,
and Dr. Harold "Skip" Wil-
liams. Entertainment was
provided by The HHH Band
featuring Lemar Johnson,

Deep Fried

continued from 1C

such gospel legends like Dr.
Mattie Moss Clark, The Clark
Sisters, Ron and BeBe Winans
and James Cleveland.
But these days, the three-
time Grammy nominee and
former drummer with Miami's
own Betty Wright and the R&B
multi-hit group KC and the
Sunshine Band has been work-
ing on making music with his
own ensemble of super-talent-
ed musicians a band called
Deep Fried Funk. Formed in
2005, the band has gained a
huge following in South Flori-
da, becoming one of the most
requested groups on the cir-
Hill says his goal was to as-
semble a group of top-notch
musicians that could play any
kind of music but add a "fresh,
extraordinary, funkier style."
"I founded the group with
our guitarist, Dave "Talkbox"
Karmiol, but we were still look-
ing for a name," Hill said. "We
were performing at a poetry
event and someone from the
audience made the suggestion
of Deep Fried Funk. We loved it
and it stuck. It's hard to put us


B ~Jimmy ,Harrell,
Michael Em-
manuel, Troy A.
SDuffie, Jus' Cyn-
thia S. Saunders,
and Kevin McNeir,
.. Editor, The Miami
The program in-
INSON cluded Rev. Dr.
R. Joaquin Willis,
Bishop Noward E. C. Dean,
Vice Mayor Dorothy "Dot-
tie" Johnson, and Frank
Pinkney from the "Tree Of
Knowledge." Clifford Thomas
was introduced by Orlander
Thomas; Rojean Williams
introduced her twin sister;
and Michael Williams in-
troduced his brother. Arnold
Davis, a graduate of Dorsey

3C THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013
High School (The Pheidip-
pides) class of '53, is heading
a dinner sale, June 23 at Met-
ropolitan AME Church 1778
NW 69th Street and Conch
Heaven. Please call him at
Thirty-two years ago
(P.U.L.S.E.) was organized in
order to address the injustice
and inequalities experienced
by Blacks as a result of the
1980 McDuffie riots. Damaged
were at least 238 established
businesses, an equivalent of
3,000 jobs and $10 million in
community wealth. President
Rev. James L. Pacely contin-
ues to reach out for new mem-
bers and the Arcola Lakes
Park Singing Angels recently
joined the organization.

Funk resurrects roots

in one specific genre because
we are so versatile we do
hip-hop, gospel, reggae, jazz,
latin. That's why I wanted the
best musicians possible so we
could meet the requirements
of anyone and play all kinds of

Hill attended Miami Central
High School and then went on
to Bethune-Cookman Universi-
ty on a full music scholarship.
But the desire to pursue his ca-
reer was too overwhelming and
he left school after two years to
go on the road and turn profes-
sional. Now married and the fa-
ther of three, he remains active
in his church and in the Home-
stead Perrine communities.
The band continues to receive
accolades and is currently in
the studio working on their
first CD.
"I've been in the industry
for close to 40 years now and
have had some amazing op-
portunities," he said. "Because
I'm from Miami I'm well known
and feels good when people say
good things about the band.
That tells me that our work
and our commitment to excel-

lence have not been in vain. I
guess that's why I'm so strict
with the band members in
terms of rehearsing and ar-
riving to gigs on time. We are
professionals and we have to
be top quality pros. We recently
played for First lady Michelle
Obama when she was at the
Knight Center. That was one of
the crowing experiences for me.
Now I'm working on a market-
ing campaign so that Jody Hill
and the Deep Fried Funk Band
become a household name. One
day I'd like to start a school
that will prepare youth for the
industry. I mentor a lot of kids
and many have great talent but
need proper guidance. The key
is you have to love what you're
doing and be willing to sac-
rifice. I couldn't do anything
Jody Hill and the Deep Fried
Funk Band will be the house
band for the Third Annual
Overtown Rhythm & Arts Fes-
tival on June 22nd from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. [NE 3rd Ave. be-
tween 9th and llth Streets].
The band's other members in-
clude: Todrick "Groove Playa"
Hunter, bass; Jai Rose, vocals;
Corey Irvin, keyboards and the
co-founders, Hill and Karmiol.

Poetry is alive and w ell in O vertow n Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., Leaders marching from the Washington Monu-
Miami Times staff report Overtown's rebirth .j H .. the historic Ward Gal- ment to the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963. In the front row, from left are: Whitney
to be delayed as l- Blery [249 NW 9th Street] M. Young, Jr., Executive Director of the National Urban League; Roy Wilkins, Executive
On Saturday, June 22nd, well. I decided to . and will feature poets Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; A. Philip
with the American Black Film launch the event Bertrand Boyd II, Cam-
Festival in full swing, Overtown anyway after col- elia 'Red Writing Hood' Randolph, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, American Federation of Labor (AFL), and
will come alive with the third laboratin& with Brown and Bird Sand- a former vice president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial
installment of "Expressions" the SEOPW CRA. !: ers with music by Jody Organizations (AFL-CIO); Walter P. Reuther, President, United Auto Workers Union; and
- a lyrical event featuring the Just as the Lyric Hill and the Deep Fried Arnold Aronson, Secretary of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

country's best poets, musi-
cians, chefs and artists. The
event is sponsored by The Black
Archives History and Research
Foundation of South Florida,
Inc. Since its inception in April
of this year, the event has seen
amazing growth in attendance.
"We conceptualized 'Expres-
sions' a few years ago, expecting
it to be a featured event at the
new Lyric Theater Complex,"
said Archives Director Timo-
thy A. Barber. "Although the
Lyric completion was delayed, I
did not want the community of

will, this event is
about spreading
hope, introducing
art, and creating

jobs for residents in the com-
"This is the time and Over-
town is an area of rich history
in the arts and entertainment,"
said event host and renowned
poet 'Rebecta "Butterfly"
Vaughns. "This event creates a
vibe where art, music, and per-
formance bring people together
regardless of race or status."
The event starts at 7 p.m. at

Funk Band. Admission
includes a taste of Over-
town's famous Jackson's
Soul Food Restaurant

but additional vendors includ-
ing Heavenly Hands Catering
and libations by Upscale Elite
Marketing Group will also be
on hand. "Expressions" will
find its permanent home inside
the historic Lyric Theater, cur-
rently in its final stages of con-
struction and set to open later
this year. For information go to or
call 305-636-2390.

Anniversary marks a call to act now

continued from 1C

coming."Adding, "we are call-
ing on people all over the coun-
try that are concerned and
upset about the voting rights,
that are concerned and upset
about black unemployment is
still twice as high than anyone
in the country. They are con-
cerned about education. Meet
us in Washington. The dream

is not fulfilled. "
Ending with a final call to ac-
tion, Sharpton says it is time
to stop the "comniplaining"and
move to action like other groups
have done in order to get their
voices heard, he stated:
"It's time to quit grumbling
and complaining. We must
show a large presence.
Everybody who has gone to
Washington stood up for their
gender. We have not done it

since the President has been
August 24th is the date to
continue the fight to make the
dream come true."
To register for the event visit
here or call 1-877-626-4651 for
more information.
50th Anniversary of the
March on Washington, Satur-
day. August 24th, 2013, 8 a.m.
at Lincoln Memorial, Washing-
ton D.C.

Turning sorrow into "going home" Author shares funeral home stories

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of both of her grandmothers,
who died within two weeks of
one another when she was just
13, she says she has been cu-
rious about the different ways
that cultures mourn death.
Turner's experiences might be
considered unique as she is the
child of a Black father and a
Chinese-American mother.
"This was a one-woman proj-
ect that was made possible

through grants from private
foundations and PBS," she
said. "After seeing an article
about Isaiah Owens and be-
cause I have only attended one
open-casket funeral in my life, I
was drawn to his story and the
care he takes to beautify the
dead. I met him, we talked and
I was drawn to him he's very
charismatic. The documentary
is told through his lens and as
he often says, funerals are a
'sad good time.' That's because
in the Black tradition, you have

singing, moving testimonials
and services that are tailored to
the needs of the family. The film
is uplifting and a true celebra-
tion of life.
I think there are several
universal messages in it with
which all people will be able to
Homegoings will be screened
on Thursday, June 20 at 11
a.m. and Friday, June 21 at
3:15 p.m. during the ABFF. It is
part of an ongoing PBS docu-
mentary series entitled, POV.

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Wylie. Then she did paperwork,
filing and bookwork. Eventu-
ally, she dressed bodies and
assisted as much as she legally
could. She became an honor-
ary member of the Wylie fam-
ily for nine happy years, but
in work as in life all good
things must come to an end ...
Looking for something with
a great plot? Something differ-

ent, delightful but a little dark?
Then you need "Nine Years Un-
With knowledge, a willing-
ness to disclose, and a good
amount of humor, author Sheri
Booker not only shares the
story of her tenure as a funeral
home assistant and the duties
she assumed, she also gives
readers a sense of what goes
on behind closed doors there.
She weaves this information -
some of which is graphic in

with observations on mourn-
ers, neighbors and the indus-
try as a whole. I loved that
Booker finds a certain amount
of comedy in death and pre-
paring for its rituals, and her
musings on funerals are price-
This is a wonderful, wonder-
ful book that sounds squirmy,
yet is anything but. So grab
"Nine Years Under" because
if you think you'll like it, you're
dead right.



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Former Role Model student and current
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sentation to 5000 Role Models of Excellence
Project Founder Congresswoman Frederica
S. Wilson.

On Friday, June 14th, hundreds of Role
Model Mentors and Alumni, including early
pioneers, of the 5000 Role Models of Excel-
lence Project joined program founder Con-
gresswoman Frederica S. Wilson at the Hilton
Miami Downtown for the kick-off of the
program's 20th Anniversary Celebration and
Reunion. "Celebrating 20 Years of Mentoring,
Guidance and Educational Assistance," is
the banner theme of the yearlong celebration
which will include activities throughout the
year to commemorate the program's milestone
and successes.


now offered

in-state fees

FIUfirst public college to

offer lowered tuition
By Scott Trauis

Florida International University IFIU( has
become the states first public college to of-
fer in-state tuition to some immigrants who
have yet to achieve full legal status.
Under a new policy, Florida students
granted temporary federal protection from
deportation are charged in-state tuition,
which is one third the cost of non-resident
"The university has taken
a courageous step, and I
think we're going to see
more and more schools are
going to start examining
this more closely," said Edi- -
berto Roman, an FlU law '-_
professor who advocated for L '. S.-
the change. VAUGHN
But FlU's decision con-
cerns some who advocate for tougher im-
migration reforms. It could prove expensive,
and is unfair to legal U.S. citizens from
other states who have to pay more than
those without legal status, said J
.-based Center for Immigration Studies..
"It rubs a lot of people the wrong way," she
said. "These policies can serve to attract il-
legal immigrants and serves as a magnet for
them. That has implications for the rest of
the state residents."
The Obama administration created the
"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals"
program last year for young adults brought
to the U.S. as children. The deferred status,
good for two years, provides no pathway
to citizenship, nor does it address whether
these immigrants should be entitled to in-
state tuition or other resident benefits.
At least 12 states, including California
and Texas, allow students who grew up in
the state but don't have federal legal status
to receive in-state tuition. After meeting
with legal and immigration experts, FlU
determined the action was allowed under
state law.
Each state university has discretionary
money that it can be used to waive all or
part of a student's tuition. These waivers
are often used to cover tuition for university
employees, athletes and senior citizens.

Hylton inducted

into same club as

Rice and Clinton

By Danielle Young

How does one rise to the top
at Harvard ? This is a university
where the best and the brightest
from around the world gather to
be even more excellent than the
next. Graduating senior, Ethel
"Ellie" Hylton has certainly fig-
ured out a way to stand out from
the impressive crowd at Harvard.
This stunning Black woman has
managed to graduate from the Ivy
League as Summa Cum Laude
with a degree in Sociology and
was given the Sophia Freund
prize-something that is given
to the student with the highest
overall GPA in her graduating

By Liz Goodwin

As the Supreme Court prepares to
release its decision on the University
of Texas' affirmative-action policy
this month, two recent polls show a
majority of Americans are against
colleges and universities using race
as a factor in admissions.
A recent ABC News poll finds 76
percent of Americans think colleges
should not consider the race of ap-
plicants. The poll did not find major
differences in race: 79 percent of

class. (Reports have not show the
numeric value of Hylton's GPA.)
Hylton was also inducted into the
uber-exclusive Phi Beta Kappa
Society last fall.
Phi Beta Kappa doesn't just
induct anyone. Hylton is among
great company, like Bill Clinton,
Condoleeza Rice and Tom Brokaw
to name drop a few. The level of
excellence is this society boasts
intellectual integrity, tolerance
for other views and a broad range
of academic interests. Hylton
was chosen as the one graduat-
ing senior out of one hundred to

white people oppose the use of race
in admissions, while 71 percent of
nonwhites oppose it (including 78
percent of Blacks and 68 percent of
Meanwhile, an NBC/Wall Street
Journal poll from this month finds
support for affirmative action at a
historic low, with just 45 percent of
Americans saying such programs are
still needed to counter discrimination
against minorities, compared with 61
percent who favored it in 1991.
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Florida A&M
University [FAMLU] doc-
toral student

Student of FAMU wins

health science awards

Miami Times staff report

Florida A&M University [FAMU] doc-
toral student Terrick Andey recently won
first place in the Health Sciences category
during the inaugural Statewide Gradu-
ate Research Symposium. Hosted by the
University of South Florida, the symposium
brought together 75 graduate students from
various disciplines across eight universi-
ties. Andey's poster was titled, "Liposomal
Annexin A2 Small Hairpin RNA-mediated

Inhibition of Angiogenesis in Lung Cancer
Stem Cells."
"I was definitely thrilled to have had those
long and lonely hours of research work rec-
ognized on such a platform," said Andey, a
Ghana native. "I perceive the award to be
a validation of the progressive research en-
vironment that FAMU has has been foster-
Andey's research discusses that one of
the major challenges with cancer chemo
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Graduating senior

be inducted.
and she had this to say about
success inside and outside the
"It sounds cliche, but I tried to
follow the things that I was pas-
sionate about. When I started as
a freshman in college, I thought
that I would be pre-med. After
taking a science course, I realized
that I didn't really love spending
hours in the lab. When I took a
course on social inequality, I was
immediately hooked; I found that
sociologists asked all the ques-
tions about the world that I was
interested in. So, I decided to
study sociology-a decision which
opened up some great research
opportunities for me. I think it's
important to follow the issues
that excite you. Pursue the ques-
tions that keep you up at night
(for a good reason), rather than
the ones that feel like a burden to

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FCAT math

scores shrink

County made slight gains in

algebra exams

By Karen Yi and Scott Travis

State test scores proved to be a mixed bag for
Broward schools, with big gains on algebra ex-
ams, but disappointing middle school FCAT math
The state released a giant wave of scores last
Friday, including FCAT scores for fourth through
10th grade, as well as End-of-Course exam
Results for high school students. Third grade
Reading as well as math and writing scores for
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two weeks ago.
Broward scores remained largely fiat. The high-
est gains were on end-of-course algebra exams,
with a six point gain, and reading FCATs, though
scores only rose by a couple percentage points.
Grade-level math FCAT scores, however, mostly
dropped across the district.
About half a dozen schools showed improve-
ments in the math eighth-grade FCAT, with every
other school's score declining.
The dramatic dip is most likely because Bro-
Sward decided not to double-test students taking
advanced courses. That took a lot of high-per-
forming students out of the FCAT pool, officials
The end-of-course exams help determine
whether high-schoolers can earn their diplomas,
as students are required to pass Algebra I and
FCAT reading in 10th grade.
The test stakes are huge: they are used for
school grades and teacher evaluations. In 2014,
they will be a factor in teacher merit pay. School
grades can affect the value of a home and can
also influence whether industries decide to locate
Sin the area.
"We don't want to send the wrong message to
parents, families and taxpayers that schools are
somehow doing worse than they may be. Schools
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The origins of this month's

By D. Kevin McNeir

Since 1979 and Jimmy
Carter, U.S. presidents have
decreed June as Black Music.
Month, or as President Barack
Obama recently called it,
African-American Music Ap-
preciation Month. But despite
our significant contributions
that began with slave spiritu-
als and evolved into the blues,
ragtime, jazz, R&B, rock,
soul, disco and funk and

today's global phenomenon,
hip-hop, very few people actu-
ally give this month and its
contributors their just due.
Consider the prophetic state-
ments made by Billie Holi-
day's "Strange Fruit," Sam
Cooke's "A Change is Gonna
Come," and Gil Scott-Heron's
"The Revolution Will Be
Televised." True music lovers
would jump at the chance to
celebrate such a legacy. Yet,
they remain silent. So, while
most of mainstream media

has chosen to ignore this
month and our people once
again, you can bet that The
Miami Times will once again
raise the banner, educating
and enlightening our readers
- even if no one else will. Look
here in our Entertainment
and Lifestyle section each
week during June for a story
about local musicians, both
young and old, who proclaim
without any reluctance, "Say
It Loud, I'm Black and I'm

Film Festival showcases the

latest Black American cinema

CEO Jeff Friday

spotlights art of


By Courtney Garcia

The CEO of OWN who
stars in the film based on the
life of a man who served as
butler to eight U.S. presidents
added a special note to au-
diences on the Instagram im-
age accompanying the tweet:
"Can't wait for you all the see
it. #theBUTLER."
While she may be biased
towards her own star vehicle,
Winfrey is hardly the only
person excited for Precious di-
rector Lee Daniel's latest opus.
The Butler, which features For-
est Whitaker in the title role, is
part of a coming crop of Black
films that movie critics are
hailing as a stellar season for
Black filmmakers.

With nearly a dozen Black-
related pictures slated for
release in the coming months,
the diverse offerings look
refreshing compared to previ-
ous years filled with family-
oriented romantic comedies,
Tyler Perry-produced features,
or worse few Black films at all.
Not that there's anything
wrong with Tyler Perry. What
is being celebrated by industry
watchers is the scope, breadth,
and variety of films in the
Black genre on tap, and the
number that will likely be seri-
ous Oscar contenders.
The large number of Black
films being released this year
comes, as The New York Times
points out in a recent feature,
after "years of complaint about
the lack of prominent movies
by and about Black Ameri-
"Black filmmakers say the

wave of 2013 releases was built
in large part on the creativ-
ity that has flourished on the
independent-film circuit,"
the Times continues.
Events such as the American
Black Film Festival [ABFF]
have long been part of this
network that nourishes Black
filmmakers. Many of the com-
ing films will be first viewed by
the public at ABFF.
In addition to the Sundance
Film Festival favorite Fruitvale
Station, the lineup of films
screening at ABFF starting on
June 19 in Miami sheds light
on the wide scope of issues
being tackled by modern Black
Beyond the festival, upcom-
ing historical dramas The
Butler and Mandela, and the
holiday film Black Nativity also

highlight the range of Black
films in the works.
Those behind the scenes
attest to the renewed opportu-
nities that have fueled these
projects, and the hope that
this trend will continue.

"The only way we can break
down these barriers is to
continue making movies, to
keep pushing, to keep trying,"
George Tillman, Jr., director of
ABFF's opening night movie,
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister
and Pete, told theGrio.
Tillman's film portrays the
challenges of youths surviving
in an area of Brooklyn un-
touched by gentrification. By
contrast, the ABFF will close
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Gospel artists share thoughts

on Black Music Month 2013

By Oretha Winston

Thanks to former President
Jimmy Carter, Black Music
Month has been celebrated
every June since its inception
in 1979. In honor of the legacy
and future of African Ameri-
can Music, gospel artists Percy
Bady, Jonathan Butler, David
M. Edwards, Tamela Mann,
Dottie Peoples, and Bryan Po-
pin share how African Ameri-
can Music has impacted their
lives. Check out their thoughts
on this historical month!

"How wonderful to celebrate
Black Music Month! So many
artists and songwriters come
to mind when I think of the
powerful influence Black mu-
sic has had on my life as both
an artist and a fan. The reach
of these dynamic individuals

cut across just about every
musical genre imaginable. The
soul, the passion, the rhythms,
I love it.

"To me, more than any other
style of music, it is
birthed from life's
hurt, life's pain and
everything in be- -3
tween. It is felt, not
just played, and not't
just listened to. It
is what first inspired me to do
music and what always drives
me to make sure my heart is
behind every note I play or

"Over the past 30 years
in gospel music I have been
influenced by many great
African American singers and
musicians. Their groundbreak-

ing artistry has
inspired me
throughout my
career to create
S ing, life-affirming
music that reso-
nates deeply with audiences
throughout the world."

"I want to salute all the
pioneers from gospel to R&B to
jazz for leaving a
legacy to live up pS
to and setting the .
stage for the next -" '
generation." "-'"

"As I reflect on
this month I can truly say that
the music I'm blessed to write
is birthed out of experience
and steeped in the traditional
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Union Square exhibit sparks

about intrusion

By Julee Wilson

For most women of color, being
asked "Can I touch your hair?"
(or the sensation of an uninvited
hand already in her tresses) is
irritating and uncomfortable, to
say the least.
However, on a recent after-
noon in New York City's Union
Square, Antonia Opiah, founder
of Un'ruly, extended an open
invitation to all curious passers-


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by for an exhibition called "You
Can Touch My Hair." Opiah was
exploring the "tactile fascina-
tion" with black women's hair
by gathering a trio of women
with different hair textures and
styles (locks, straight/weave and
loose, natural hair) and allow-
ing strangers the opportunity
to fondle their follicles without
the fear of being cussed out or
slapped. Bedecked with signs
reading "You can touch my hair,"

the ladies made their hair avail-
able for two hours to anyone
with the courage to take them
up on the offer.
"I applied to be apart of this
event because I wanted my kind
of black hair to be shown," Jade
Garner told The Huffington
Post. "I'm not offended when
people ask to touch it. I think
it's interesting." The 26-year-old
Philadelphia native, who wears
her hair in a long straight style
with added pieces of weave, was
excited about allowing perfect
strangers pet her sleek 'do.
Jennifer Chiao, 15, said that

the opportunity was one she'd
been longing for. "The weave
felt different," said Chiao,
who stumbled on the event by
chance. "I thought it would be
greasy and oily, but it felt a little
more natural than I thought."
Out of fear of giving offense, the
high school student said she has
never approached the black girls
at her school for a feel.
Joliana Hunter-Ellin, who
has strawberry blond, shoulder-
length locks, had a different
reason for volunteering her
mane to the masses. "I thought
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Background singers come forward

in film "Twenty Feet From Stardom"

By Tonya Pendleton

In the new documentary
"Twenty Feet From Stardom,"
we hear the stories of singers
that everyone's heard whether
they know their names or not.
The doc showcases back-
ground singers, those vocal-
ists, most often women, who
support the star in front. From
the Ikettes to the Raelettes to
countless women whose names
are not household ones, "Twen-
ty Feet From Stardom" details
their often challenging lives
close to but not completely in
the spotlight.
One of the most compelling
stories in the doc is that of
Brooklyn-born background
singer. Lisa Fischer, who sang
for Luther Vandross and still
works with the Rolling Stones.
At 54, She is one of music's
best-known background sing-
ers and what makes her story
unique is that she's quite
happy in that place. Despite
winning a Grammy for her
solo hit "How Can I Ease The
Pain" in 1992, unlike Merry

The doc showcases background singers, those vocalists,
most often women, who support the star in front.

Clayton, Darlene Love and Ju-
dith Hill, also profiled, Fischer
is content in the background.
"It's an individual walk. A
lot of background singers just
really enjoy the blend and
enjoy being in the room with
other singers. I love it. Even as
a child before I started singing
for money, I just loved listen-
ing to my parent's records and
loved the background," she
told the Tom Joyner Morn-
ing Show. "I'd listen to it and

figure out the harmonies and
I just loved how they would
sing together. I don't know
what that was about for me,
but it was perfection for me .
. I don't like being by myself."
Clayton, who was a Raelette
and Darlene Love, a part of
Phil Spector's famed Wall
of Sound are both shown in
their decades-long struggles
to achieve solo stardom. Love
has the most success, re-boot-
ing her solo career in her 40's

after a break with Spector and
starring as Danny Glover's
wife in the popular "Lethal
Weapon" movies. Judith
Hill, who sang with Michael
Jackson, among others, was
further frustrated in her solo
aspirations when she was dis-
missed from "The Voice." Hill's
early departure from the show
led to judge Adam Levine
famously saying "I hate this
country." It is Fischer, though,
whose stunning talent if
largely unheralded outside of
music industry inner circles,
is at the center of "Twenty Feet
From Stardom." There is a
breathtaking sequence where
she's just scatting and while it
underscores how truly gifted
a vocalist she is, Fischer has
no ambition beyond support-
ing other singers. She likes
her privacy and anonymity
although the festival success
and release of "Twenty Feet
From Stardom" is likely to
threaten that.
"Twenty Feet From Stardom"
opened in theaters on Friday,
June 14th.

Smithsonian: Health, Hair and Heritage

By Lonnae O'Neal Parker

Historically, popular cul-
ture's relationship with Black
women's hair ranges from indif-
ferent to insulting to fetishized.
But Black women's relationship
to what's growing out of their
own heads has always proved
especially tangled.
A frequent, clarifying short-
hand contends hair is to Black
women what weight is to white
women. But it's heavier than
that. For white women, size
rarely becomes a proxy for per-
sonhood, while Black hair rais-
es questions of beauty, authen-
ticity and the politics of racial

"Health, Hair and Heritage,"
sponsored by the National Mu-
seum of African Art last Friday,
intends to sort some of that out.
"I think there are few discus-
sions that are of greater inter-
est to a large number of African
American women," says muse-
um director Johnnetta Betsch

Cole. "It is no secret that we say
among ourselves the struggle
with the hair continues."
The discussion comes at a
time when natural hairstyles -
those that don't rely on chemi-
cal or heat-straightening tech-
niques are ascendant. The
natural hair-care handbook
"Better Than Good Hair," which
came out in January, made the
Publishers Weekly bestseller
list and inspired meet-ups for
women to bond and share tips
and hair product information.
But it also comes at a time, say
experts, when damage to Black
women's hair, and by extension
their well-being, is widespread.
"The relationship Black wom-
en have or do not have with
their hair largely determines
their sense of wholeness," says
panelist Monte Harris, a Chevy
Chase plastic and hair resto-
ration surgeon and a member
of the Sanaa Circle, a friends
group of the museum present-
ing the discussion. A museum
is a natural place to entertain
questions of beauty and identi-

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ty, he says, "but health is rarely
woven in. For the museum, it's
a step into a 21st-century role."
In his practice, Harris says
he sees almost epidemic rates
of hair loss in Black women.
Tightly coiled hair has more
break points, making it more
susceptible to damage related
to daily stressors: chemical
straighteners, braiding and
heat. He says he tries to repair
the damage and connect pa-
tients to a sense of themselves

that goes deeper than hairstyle.
"Having a relationship with the
natural texture of your hair is
really a doorway to having a
deep relationship to your self.
Your holistic self. I don't think
there's a better doorway for the
contemporary woman of Afri-
can descent."
There's also a centrality to
hair throughout African arts,
says panelist Karen Milbourne,
a curator at the Museum of Af-
rican Art. "Hair is a place to
show cultivation, sophistica-
tion and beauty." She recalls an
artist from Congo photograph-
ing a hairstyle that took 50
hours to accomplish. "It shows
significance on multiple levels,"
Milbourne. says. A woman has
to have the wealth and means
to devote 50 hours to her hair,
and be nice enough that some-
one would want to spend that
kind of time with her. Hair is a
sign of prestige and creativity,
says Milbourne, and for both
men and women, "it is part of
identity and racial politics in
the U.S. and around the world."

Broward's FCAT math scores makes slight decline

Student honored with award

continued from 4C

therapy is the growing inci-
dence of relapse. His study
targeted a protein An-
nexinA2 by inhibiting
its expressing at the A
molecular level in lung
cancer cells. His work 4
supports the growing '*
evidence that targets SP
cells in tumors, which
represents one of the
new frontiers in target- THC
ed therapy of chemother-
apy-resistant cancer.
"There is growing evidence
to support the hypothesis that
a subset of a tumor popula-
tion (side population) is re-
sponsible for promoting the
resistance observed with
many conventional antican-
cer drugs," the pharmacy stu-
dent said. "Hence, strategies


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t. .:

to specifically target these are
expected to stem the rising in-
cidence relapse.
By silencing AnnexinA2 us-
ing short-hairpin RNA spe-
cific to AnnexinA2, we
were able to inhibit the
growth and induce the
death of these SPs."
S Andey attributes his
success to the consis-
S tent research environ-
ment he has been im-
mersed in under FAMU
4AS Pharmacy Professor
Mandip S. Sachdeva.
"I appreciate the support
of the faculty and staff of
the College of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences, as
well as Dr. Verian Thomas,
for putting their bet on me,"
a humbled Andey said. "I am
more than what I could have
hoped to be because of their
investments in me."

Take race out of admissions

continued from 4C

An equal number of those
surveyed said affirmative ac-
tion has gone too far and dis-
criminates against white peo-
ple. (The NBC poll differs from
the ABC one in that it asked
about "affirmative action" gen-
erally, instead of the specific
instance of colleges considering
race in admissions.)
The Supreme Court heard
arguments in October that the
University of Texas violates the

Constitution by using race as
one factor in admitting a small
percentage of its freshman
(The majority of students
are admitted automatically by
graduating in the top 10 per-
cent of their high school class.)
It's expected to release its deci-
sion this month.
The margin of error in the
ABC poll is plus or minus 3.5
percentage points.
The NBC/WSJ poll had a
margin of error of plus or mi-
nus 3.1 percentage points.

Black Film Festival in South FL

continued from 5C

with Kevin Hart's new com-
edy documentary, Let Me Ex-
plain, shot during his tour stop
at New York City's Madison
Square Garden.
Fruitvale Station address in-
stitutional racism and police vi-
olence. Playin' for Love, Robert
Townsend's basketball-themed
romantic comedy; Full Circle,
about a drug deal gone bad;
and Home, focusing on mental
illness, all demonstrate how
distinct this boon of films is.

ABFF Founder and CEO Jeff
Friday told theGrio that the em-
phasis this year is less on mar-
keting and selling movies for
the festival, and more on spot-

lighting the ingenuity of these
"We really are now doing
things that we can control, and
focusing more on developing
individuals, and finding oppor-
tunities for those individuals'
talent to be showcased," he ex-
Given the breadth of films at
ABFF, as well as those in the-
atrical release, Friday says it's
definitely a comeback year for
Black cinema, and a throwback
to the "glory days" of the '90s.
"I know how we got away from
it, I'm not sure why we came
back," Friday said.
Friday's office recently did a
study of Black movies over the
years, discovering that Black
films and artists thrived in the
mid-90s when directors like
Townsend, Spike Lee, and John
Singleton were in their heyday.

continued from 4C

may be doing well and some
grade doesn't reflect that," Su-
perintendent Robert Runcie
said. "There's' been so many
changes and so many new piec-
es, it's hard to get a very clear
picture of what these numbers
actually mean."
Here is how Broward County
fared in the various tests.

Students dipped in reading,
with only 59 percent showing
proficiency compared to 62 last
year. Math scores stayed flat at
63 percent.

Scores dipped in both math
and reading. This year 60 per-

cent scored well in reading,
down one point, while only 57
percent were proficient in math,
down from 61 percent.

Reading scores rose to 60
percent proficient, compared
with 58 percent. Results dipped
Slightly in math, from 56 per-
cent to 55 percent.

Reading proficiency was 58
percent, down two percentage
points. Math was particularly
troublesome, with the profi-
ciency rate falling from 60 per-
cent to 53 percent.

There was a slight rise in
reading FCAT scores from 57
percent to 59 percent. Math

scores, however, tumbled from
63 percent to 48 percent.

Students in ninth and 10th
grade take FCAT reading. Math
and science are measured
through End-of-Course exams.
Ninth-graders had a 53 percent
proficiency rating in reading,
up from 51 percent. Reading
scores for 10th-graders rose to
52 percent from 49 percent.

Overall, 66 percent of stu-
dents passed the course, com-
pared with 60 percent last year.

School in Oakland Park saw
gains: it had a 6 percent boost
for ninth-grade Algebra I and
an eight percent boost in

"I'm happy that we did better,
but that doesn't change the fact
that we have work to do," said
principal Jonathan Williams.

The state changed the geome-
try and biology exams this year
and did not provide comparable
data to last year. The results
showed 65 percent passed the
geometry exam, one point
above the state. The passage
rate for biology was 66 percent,
one point below the state.
A U.S. history exam was giv-
en for the first time. It's graded
on a scale of 20 to 80. Broward
County and the state scored a
49. The state hasn't established
a proficiency level for this test

Gospel singers on Music Month

continued from 5C

of those who have blazed the
trail before me. Styles all
change and fads fade, but a -
great song lasts forever."

"There are so many artists 41/
over the years who have influ-
enced and inspired me. Their
work excites and motivates me
to take my music to another
level. I look at all of these musi-
cians and think how God has
blessed them, and blessed me
through them, with the gift of
music that brings hope and en- TAMELA MANN
couragement to everyone."



6C THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013

BusIi ness.

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Black filmmakers to carve niche

in South Florida's film industry

FEC to meet minds

on fostering Black
movie presence
Miami Times staff n pkiz

Black filmmakers and T\ produc-
ers will meet during a poA er packed
session to discuss making their
mark in the boomine television and
film industry in South Florida
On the heels of one f:'I the larg-
est Black film festivals, members of
the Florida Entertainment Connec-
tion [FEC] will take a unified stance
in regards to their future in South
Florida so they can witness creative
growth in the Black community.
"Miami, Fort Lauderdale and
Palm Beach are attractive locales for

considered healthy

By Associated Press

More Americans are quitting
their jobs, suggesting many are
growing more confident in the job
The Labor Department said
recently that the number of people
who quit their jobs in April jumped
7.2 percent to 2.25 million. That's
just below February's level, which
was the highest in four and a half
Overall hiring also picked up in
April, though not as dramatically.
Employers filled 4.4 million jobs in
April, a five percent increase from
March. Hiring fell in March and
April's level was below February's.


The report offered a reminder
that the job market is far from
healthy. The number of available
jobs slipped fell three percent to a
seasonally adjusted 3.75 million.
Openings had reached a five-year
high in February and remain
nearly seven percent higher than a
year ago.
Still, the growth in hiring and
quits provides more evidence of a
dynamic job market that is making
slow but steady strides. It follows
last Friday's May employment
report, which showed the economy
added a net 175,000 net jobs last
month. That's roughly in line with
the average monthly gain over the
past two years.


filmmakers because of the weatherr
and afford.,ble real estate. .said I .t-
torr -ey Ayodele \'assall- ,:i're. ,v.ner
of We Kan Tou Entertainment LLC.
and founder and co'rdiriati.r of the.
FEC %Ho%.eer, %e -.ant filmmaker--
to migrate to So.uth Florida because
of their excitement about access to
the talent and sa\\y business pro-
fessionals in the region wh, are ea-
ger to hone their craft and expand
this segment of the entertainment
According to Vassall-Gore, FEC
is about building awareness of the
value that the South Florida enter-
tainment community possess. FEC
provides writers, producers, direc-
tors, editors and musicians a seat
at the table to proactively create
their own destiny and help navigate
Please turn to FILMMAKERS 8D

-Assocfated Press
Job seekers inquire for positions at the 12th annual Mission ca-
reer fair in the skid row area of Los Angeles last week.

Most workers quit their jobs
when they have a new position or
feel confident they can find one
quickly. And when they do, it opens
up more opportunities for other
Americans, including the unem-
Janet Yellen, vice chairwoman of
the Federal Reserve, has said the
Fed is monitoring data on quits
and overall hiring for signs that
the job market is improving in a

sustainable way.
The Fed says it will continue its
ambitious program of bond pur-
chases until employment improves
The report, known as the Job
Openings and Labor Turnover
survey, provides the total number
of people hired and laid off each
month. It's different from the de-
partment's monthly jobs report,
Please turn to JOBS 8D

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C. .,. .


named head of

Public Health Trust

Miami Times staff report

Darryl K. Sharpton, CPA/ABV was se-
lected to serve as chairman of The Public
Health Trust Board of Trustees [(PHT]
at its organizational meeting last week.
This follows a two-year commitment as
vice chairman of the Financial Recovery
Board [FRB]. The Jackson Board has
returned to its traditional name, PHT,
following a two-year assignment, which
helped lead Miami-Dade's public health
system out of a crisis. Sharpton was
unanimously elected as the new chair-
man during the organizational meeting.
"I am proud to be chosen as chairman,"
he said. "The Jackson board is commit-
ted to promoting a future of successful
growth, while holding fast to our proud
legacy of delivering a single, high stan-
dard of care to everyone in Miami-Dade
A native of Louisiana, Sharpton has
been a resident of Miami-Dade County
since 1979. He is a graduate of Florida
State University where he earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Sharpton brings substantial experience
in accounting and business consulting
to the helm of the board. He is president/
CEO and managing partner of Sharpton,
Brunson & Company, P. A., a premier
South Florida accounting and consulting
firm. He heads the company's consulting
and litigation support practices. Before
starting his firm in 1984, he worked as a
consultant at Price Waterhouse.

Walgreens in record $8oM Lack of Summer jobs for teenagers

over painkiller settlement
Penalty settles DEA
probe of controlled / ,.
substance violations
By Jonathan Stempel ''
and Jessica Wohl ,,
........................................... .......... ...... ....... : ,
(Reuters) Walgreens Co, the -.e
largest U.S. drugstore chain, has .
agreed to pay $80 million in civil
penalties to resolve allegations .
that it violated federal rules .
governing the distribution of pre- -, :
scription painkillers.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement .I .^
Administration last Tuesday said KERMIT CRAWFORD
the settlement is the largest in Walgreens president of
Please turn to WALGREENS 8D pharmacy, health and wellness

Teen unemployment rate virtually >. -.

unchanged since 2011

By Brittany Hargrave

While the overall job mar-
ket is showing improvement,
the employment prospects
for teens looking for Sum-
mer work remain unusually
bleak, with one in four job-
hunting teens idle.
Teen unemployment was
24.5 percent last month,
more than triple the national
jobless rate of 7.6 percent,
the Bureau of Labor Statis-
tics reports.
Those unemployment rates
reflect only those people who

are actively looking for work,
not those who have given up
or never looked in the first
Joblessness among teens
16-19 traditionally is far
greater than the national
average, but their current
unemployment rate is "really
high," said Diana Carew, an
economist for the Progressive
Policy Institute, a Washing-
ton, D.C.-based think tank.
Employment rates for teens
"started to drop precipi-
tously" in 2000, Carew said.
Please turn to SUMMER 8D

4, V '

Amber Barner, a teller at Wells Fargo, benefits from
Baltimore's summer jobs for youth program in 2012.

Our business programs aren't working

By Harry C. Alford
NNPA Columnist

Last week, I explained why
we have Black business pro-
grams. The evolution of them
from the Civil Rights Move-
ment'and the Civil Rights Act
of 1964 is the cause for their
existence. Title VI of the Act
and along with U.S. Supreme
Court decisions justifies their
existence. The most frustrat-
ing thing about it is the fact
that most of them don't work
too well. Our collective gains
in the public and corporate
marketplace have been little
and slow in coming. If we

had genuine efforts
and very positive re-
sults after 49 years
of law there would
be no need for af- .
firmative action and N
minority participa-
tion programs. In
other words, there
would be no more
discrimination in
the business mar-
ketplace. But unfortunately,
racism still raises its ugly
Let's look at some exam-
The most important part
of making someone eligible

S for participating in
S these programs is
i certification. For
S2 Some reason, in
2008, the Small
S Business Admin-
Sistration ceased
certifying Small
Disadvantaged Busi-
nesses (SDB). This
WEL will open the door
ELL for false claims and
fraud. The federal programs
will become littered with
"front" businesses participat-
ing as if they are small and
disadvantaged. A million dol-
lar White-owned business
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quit jobs, a sign

of confidence

Report: U.S.job market far from being A ?,



To get the IRS out of politics, get rid of secret donors

Require groups

to disclose hefty

Mixing politics and the IRS
is bound to lead to trouble, so
the bipartisan uproar over the
agency's targeting of Tea Party
groups is entirely appropri-
ate. But so far, the underlying
cause of the problem is largely
getting overlooked.
The driver of the scandal is
that political organizations
of all kinds want to keep the
sources of their money secret.
By operating in the dark, do-
nors can avoid accountabil-
ity when they funnel money

to candidates in exchange for
In 2010, political strategists
came up with a new device for
doing this. They formed "social
welfare" organizations to qual-
ify for tax-exempt status. That
status came with a bonus. Un-
like political action committees
and other structures of the
time, these so-called 501(c)(4)
organizations could hide do-
nors' names.
This put the IRS in an awk-
ward spot. How could it dif-
ferentiate social welfare from
political activity? Its rules
required that a majority of a
-group's work had to be social
welfare, which tax lawyers took
to mean 51 percent.

So as groups rushed to claim
the new status more than
3,000 in 2012 alone IRS bu-
reaucrats were overwhelmed,
left to judge which organiza-
tions qualified and to parse the
details of how they would spend

The real problem is
more fundamental,
and disclosure
appears to be
the only cure.

their money. The Wetumpka
Tea Party of Alabama, for ex-
ample, waited two years, then
got a questionnaire seeking
the names of all its volunteers,
the names of any legislators its

members had contacted, and
the contents of all speeches its
members had made.
There is, at least theoreti-
cally, an easy solution to the
All you have to do is remove
the incentive that created it in
the first place: Require that all
such organizations publicly
report donations of $5,000 or
more, the amount the IRS al-
ready requires them to report
But to avoid new hijinks, the
same rule would need to be ap-
plied equally to all other kinds
of non-profits engaged in politi-
cal activity. And there lies the
Big, influential non-profits

that spend freely on political
activity are opposed. Many of
them are recognizable names,
among them the NAACP,
Planned Parenthood, AARP
and the NRA. They wield heavy
political bats. They lobby. They
testify before Congress and leg-
islatures. Some register voters
and organize get-out-the-vote
And they fear that if donors'
names are disclosed, they will
close their wallets. But as far
as the public is concerned,
what's fair for one group should
be fair for another.
If that's the price of getting
disclosure from big political
groups such as the conserva-
tive Crossroads GPS, which

spent more than $70 million
in the 2012 election to defeat
Democrats, and the liberal Pa-
triot Majority USA, which spent
$7 million in last year's elec-
tion, mostly to defeat Republi-
cans, so be it.
In the wake of the Supreme
Court's famous Citizens Unit-
ed decision in 2010, which re-
moved caps on spending by
business and unions, there is
little other choice.
Monday on Capitol Hill, the
new head of the IRS acknowl-
edged that the scandal -
along with other IRS embar-
rassments has undermined
public trust in the agency. No
kidding. It needs to be exhaus-
tively scrutinized.

Black marketplace gains are coming in slow

continued from 7D

could now claim to be a SDB.
Thus, there will be participa-
tion reports that are terri-
bly inflated and misleading.
Maybe that is what the SBA's
intent is since their current
level for Black participation
is 1.5 percent (in 2012).
State departments of
transportation are required
under Title VI to have di-
versity programs. The Los
Angeles International Air-
port (LAX) chooses to have
a strange version of a pro-
gram. It's the race neutral
program. Programs that
address racial discrimina-
tion by having a race neutral
program are shams. In es-
sence, race neutral means
"White men companies only."

It doesn't work and their
numbers show it. In fact,
the whole state of California
is 54 percent ethnic minor-
ity but their procurement
programs are virtually void
of any acceptable measure-
ment of Blacks, Hispanics,
Asians and Native Ameri-
cans. On the corporate side,
Silicon Valley is a wasteland
in terms of procurement di-
versity. It doesn't do much
better in its hiring practices
either. Old Mississippi still
lives it's in California.
Every five years, states
and cities are supposed to
perform a disparity study to
determine if discrimination
among businesses exist. The
state of Illinois has recent-
ly done a study. The study
shows that Blacks are the
most discriminated group

among all contractors (duhl).
It calls for strict improvement
in the goals. Funny, the gov-
ernor's office is trying to sup-
press the study because of
pressure from White women
groups who are over-utilized
according to the -study. The
truth sometimes hurts and
this state needs to come to
terms with its ongoing dis-
crimination against Black
businesses. The Illinois Black
Legislative Caucus should
block all legislation until this
study is implemented.
There is a similar situation
in Milwaukee. The city's re-
cent disparity study shows
Black businesses being heav-
ily under-utilized while His-
panics and White women
seem to have no discrimina-
tion against them. Guess
who is suing the city to stop

the implementation of this
program? The Wisconsin
Hispanic Chamber of Com-
merce. They want a race neu-
tral program. I don't know
what kind of kool-aid they
are drinking. Their law firm
has ties to anti-affirmative
efforts. Go figure.
There is also Jacksonville,
Fla. Their recent dispar-
ity study is being held up by
the city council. Black and
Hispanic groups have come
together to demand the im-
plementation of the study
which clearly shows Blacks
and Hispanics terribly under
- utilized. I think the city's
Black mayor ought to step up
- sooner rather than later.
Let's stand up and make
these programs work. It is on
our shoulders and it is time
to march.

Americans confident in recent job growth

continued from 7D

which provides each month's
net job gain or loss and the
unemployment rate. By
quantifying total hiring and
layoffs, the JOLTS report
paints a fuller picture of
what employers are doing.
For example, for the past
two years net job gains have
averaged about 180,000 per
month. But much that gain
reflects a decline in layoffs,
rather than more overall hir-
Layoffs fell to the lowest
level on records dating back

to 2001 in January. They
have since increased slightly-
but are still below pre-reces-
sion levels.
Fed officials and econo-
mists want to see overall hir-
ing pick up because it would
indicate businesses are con--
fident enough to add more
Despite April's increases,
overall hiring and quits are
still below pre-recession fig-
ures. Total hiring topped 5
million in most months be-
fore the recession began in
December 2007. That's 14
percent higher than April's

Monthly quits were typi-
cally around 2.8 million be-
fore the recession. That's 24
percent higher than April.
The job market remains
very competitive for those
looking for work. There were
3.1 unemployed workers, on
average, for each open job in
April. In a healthy economy,
the ratio is 2 to 1.
The drop in openings sug-
gests that job gains may not
pick up from their current
modest pace in the coming
Openings have risen much
faster than total hiring since
June 2009, when the reces-

sion ended. The number of
available jobs has increased
58 percent since then, but
total hiring has increased
only 22 percent.
That's a sign companies
are slow to fill the jobs they
have posted. Many employ-
ers have become more se-
lective and cautious about
hiring since the recession.
Some may not be offering
enough pay to attract the
candidates they need. Other
companies, particularly in
information technology and
manufacturing, say they
can't find enough qualified

Walgreens pays massive fee to resolve case

continued from 7D

its history.
The DEA accused Wal-
greens of committing an
"unprecedented" number of
record-keeping and dispens-
ing violations of the Con-
trolled Substances Act.
As a result, the DEA said,
Walgreens negligently al-
lowed controlled substances
such as the narcotic oxyco-
done and other prescription
painkillers to be distributed
to abusers and sold illegally
on the black market.
"National pharmaceutical
chains are not exempt from
following the law," Mark
Trouville, special agent in
charge in the DEA's Miami
field division, said in a state-

ment. "All DEA registrants
will be held accountable
when they violate the law
and threaten public health
and safety."
Kermit Crawford, Wal-
greens president of phar-
macy, health and wellness,
in a statement said the
company has taken and will
take further steps to im-
prove oversight and train-
ing "to ensure the appropri-
ate dispensing of controlled
substances and to improve
collaboration across the in-
The settlement with the
Deer-field, Illinois-based
company also resolves a
probe by U.S. Attorney Wi-
fredo Ferrer in Miami.
Walgreens operates more
than 8,000 drug stores in

all 50 U.S. states, the Dis-
trict of Columbia, and Puer-
to Rico.
As part of the settlement,
Walgreens admitted that it
failed to uphold its obliga-
tions as a DEA registrant.
Six Walgreens pharmacies
in Florida and a distribution
center in Jupiter, Florida
were given a two-year ban
from dispensing various
controlled substances, the
DEA said.
Walgreens also agreed to
enhance training and com-
pliance programs, and set
up a Department of Phar-,
maceutical Integrity to help
prevent similar violations.
Florida has long been con-
sidered a center of prescrip-
tion drug abuse, and the
DEA has dismantled doz-

ens of sham clinics known
as "pill mills" where doctors
have written prescriptions
for drug dealers and addicts.
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention said
the U.S. death rate from
drug overdoses has more
than tripled since 1990.
It said prescription pain-
killers, also known as opioid
or narcotic pain relievers,
were involved in more than |
15,500 overdose deaths in
the United States in 2009.
Walgreens said it previ-
ously set aside $80 million
for a settlement, includ-
ing $25 million in its fiscal
third quarter, which ended
May 31. It said it expects the
accord to reduce that quar-
ter's earnings by four to six
cents per share.

More U.S. teens unemployed for the Summer

continued from 7D

"Then the recession exac-
erbated the trend," she said.
Though the economy is
rebounding, the teen unem-
ployment rate has remained
virtually unchanged over the
past two years.
Economists say the trend is
driven by a still slow econo-
my in which older adults and
people in their early- to mid-
20s compete with teens for
low-level jobs.
"It's a long-standing trend
that employers prefer older,
better established employ-
ees," said Sophia Koropeck-

yj, managing director for
Moody's Analytics.
Sarah Ravitz, an, 18-year-
old from Tampa, has felt
the pressure. She has been
searching for a job since
February, applying to retail
stores and restaurants, with
no luck.
"I applied at numerous jobs
and quickly learned that hir-
ing and accepting applica-
tions were two completely
different things," she said. "I
wouldn't hear back from any-
one, and I know that it was
partly because of my age,
which was extremely frus-
The difficulty in getting a

decent paying job is causing
many teens to opt out of paid
work altogether and instead
pursue unpaid internships,
Summer school and volun-
teer opportunities, Koropeck-
yj said.
"With many teenagers
choosing to go to college and
more competition to get into a
good college . they want to
distinguish themselves from
other kids," she said.
A cultural shift in work
ethic also could be partially
to blame, said Clark Hodges,
a financial strategist for the
Dallas-based investment ad-
visory firm Hodges Capital

"The way (teens) have
grown up, they've always
been handed things," he
said. "They don't have the in-
centive or drive to work. That
may be a generalization, but I
think it's a big factor."
Only a third of teenagers
between the ages of 16 and
19 look for paid work today,
according,to BLS data. Half
of working-age teens partici-
pated in the labor force dur-
ing the late 1990s.
Although Summer school
enrollment may contribute
to the decrease, the number
of teens who are neither in
school nor working is also on
the rise, Carew said.

Vehicles such as electric Fiat 500.

Savings from plug-in

can evaporate fast

Other electric-car

costs can offset

cheap fuel

By James R. Healey

The government created a stir
this week when it said that the
-povr t':-. run -in electric vehicle
costs onrLy about one-third as
much as the cost of gasoline to
power a similar vehicle for the
same distance
While that was celebrated
by backers of electric cars and
plug-in gas-electric hybrids, the
Energ- Department formula deals
only with fuel cost. It leaves out
some key financial and environ-
mental factors that should be
considered in owning an electric
The government's formula.
which adjusts as fuel prices do,
said Wednesday that owners of
electrified vehicles would spend
an average $1.14 to go as far as
owners of gasoline cars do on
one gallon of gas. which averages
about $3.63 nationwide, accord-
ing to travel consultant AAA.
Electric cars' low equivalent
fuel cost is because of cheap
electricity to recharge batteries
It's cheap because about two-
thirds of it in the U.S. is gener-
ated by burning low-cost coal and
natural gas. But coal isn't always
clean-burning, and natural gas.
while cleaner, still has carbon
emissions blamed for climate
Thus. the DOE calculation

shines a very bright light on the
cheap fuel vs. clean fuel dilem-
ma that has some saying there
should be greater environmen-
tal concern about power plants
before rushing headlong into elec-
tric cars.
"Gasoline vehicle efficiency is
already improving by nearly four
percent per %ear. ahile emissions
from LI S electric power genera-
tion are not even declining by
one percent per year." says John
DeCicco. a research professor at
the University of Michigan Energy
Institute and professor at the
School of Natural Resources. "If
you think that electric cars will
be needed someday, you first have
to greatly cur carbon emissions
from power generation "
The DOE also does not address
plug-in car financial issues that
offset fuel costs. Electric cars:
Remain expensive. The
Chevy Volt. a plug-in hybrid,
starts at $39,995. Chevy current-
ly offers a $4.000 rebate and -
for those who qualify -- the fed-
eral government kicks mi a $7,500
income tax credit subsidy. Even
so, that leaves the cheapest Volt
at $28,495, or $8.605 more than
the lowest-price Chevy Cruze, on
which Volt is based, and which
has more room for passengers.
Ford's electric Focus starts at
$39.995, or $30,495 after the
$7,500 tlax credit and a Ford
rebate of $2.000. The gasoline
Focus with automatic. starts at
$18,090 arid has more trunk
room because there's no big bat-
tery back there.
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Black directors comes to S. FL

continued from 7D

the uncharted waters
of the film and TV in-
"Every time we as
filmmakers shoot in
a new region, it's like
the first day of school.
You don't know any-
one, you have no idea
where to go, it's ter-
rible," said Danielle
Ross, who runs Inde-
pendent Hollywood
out of Los Angeles,
California. "This event
is the perfect way to
bridge the gap be-
tween LA and Miami."
FEC also wants to
give exposure to the
underutilized gems
in South Florida such
as G-Star Studios in
Palm Beach County
and the incentives
in Broward County.

FEC initiatives in-
clude seminars, IMDB
qualifying training,
and strengthening the
bridge between musi-
cians and filmmakers.
"We look for opportu-
nities to develop visual
content for brands in
our hometown," said
Kevin Kedroe and No-
elle Barnes of Knead
Creative. Kedroe and
Barnes reside in New
York, are products- of
The New World School
of the Arts in Miami,
and are winners of
the 2009 HBO/ABFF
Short Film Award.
"This event brings to-
gether a network of re-
sources that will help
our most treasured
productions come to
The Florida Enter-
tainment Connection
is confident that its

members will soon get
the same respect from
the media as directors:
Michael Bay, Oliver
Stone, James Camer-
on, Brett Ratner, Mara
& Salim Akil, Chris-
topher Nolan and Ava
Duvernay. They are
hoping that their col-
lective advocacy for
the industry will open
doors and wallets
so they can produce
blockbuster movies
and television hits.
"This- effort is long
overdue," said Darren
Saunders, a filmmak-
er who, last year, won
ABFF's Community
others in the industry
will only strengthen
my business because
I'll have a larger pool
of professionals who
can help shape and
mold my films."


8D THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013 1


Three tech giants want to reveal

By Claire Cain Miller

Facebook and Microsoft on
Tuesday asked the government
for permission to reveal details
about the classified requests
they receive for the personal
information of foreign users.
They made the request after
revelations about the National
Security Agency's secret In-
ternet surveillance program,
known as Prism, for collecting
data from technology com-
panies like e-mail messages,
photos, stored documents,
videos and online chats. The
collection is legally authorized
by the Foreign Intelligence

Surveillance Act, which forbids
companies from acknowledg-
ing the existence of requests
or revealing any details about
Google for the first time pub-
licly acknowledged it had re-
ceived FISA requests and said
it had complied with far fewer
of the requests than it re-
ceived. Facebook and Microsoft
did not go as far as discussing
requests they had received but,
like Google, said they wanted
to be able to publish informa-
tion on the volume and scope
of the government requests.
Christopher Soghoian, a
senior policy analyst study-
ing privacy, technology and

-Phnoo: uaniei KosenDaum
David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, wants to
publish the number of national security requests it gets and
their scope.

to sa
of N
how t
the g

data requests
7eillance at the American system for electronically ex-
SLiberties Union, said changing information regard-
while he appreciated the ing FISA requests, according to
ements from the compa- people briefed on how it works.
, they were largely meant On Tuesday, David Drum-
ave face with users and mond, Google's chief legal
loyees. officer, said in an interview on
F nothing else happens, British television that Google
is a way of putting the hands over the information to
-rnment on the defensive the government in person or by
shifting the blame from using a file-transferring tech-
companies to the govern- nology called secure FTP.
t," he said. But the companies say they
any questions remain are frustrated that they are
answered after the leak unable, because of a govern-
.S.A. documents about ment gag order, to give more
m, including precisely details of sharing user data
the tech companies and with the government.
government cooperate. That gap in information has
ni refers to an automated Please turn to TECH 10D

Haitian business leaders meet with County

-Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency
The Southern Africa Development Fund, long led by the civil
rights leader Andrew Young, above, was founded to aid businesses
in several sectors.

Promising development

fund collapses in Africa

By Barry Meier
and Ron Nixon

The initiative began two decades
ago, with the best of intentions,
after apartheid fell and southern
Africa's future brightened.
The group is selling its assets,
including the Mount Meru Hotel
in Tanzania, evidently deeply in
Today that program, the South-
ern Africa Enterprise Develop-
ment Fund, is in its death throes,
apparently victimized by mis-
management, insider dealings
and a lack of oversight by federal
officials. Current and former fund
officials are fighting over money,
and the eventual cost to American
taxpayers of the fund's missteps
could run into the tens of millions

of dollars, public filings indicate.
On one level, the plight of this
obscure fund is a common tale
involving the hazards of foreign
aid. But on another level, experts
say, it points to wider problems
bedeviling the federal agency that
financed the fund, the United
States Agency for International
Development, or U.S.A.I.D. In fis-
cal 2013, the agency had a budget
of $1.6 billion and helped admin-
ister more than $40 billion in
foreign assistance.
"There is a primacy on getting
money out of door and there is
less urgency on how it is spent
or how well it is spent," said Jake
Johnston, a research associate
at the Center for Economic and
Policy Research, a policy institute
Please turn to FUND 10D



PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the
Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW
CRA) is scheduled to take place on Monday June 24, 2013 @ 5:00 pm, at Ca-
millus House located at 1603 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please con-
tact the SEOPW CRA office at (305) 679-6800.

(#19332) Clarence E. Woods III, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT a meeting of the City of Miami Commission
has been scheduled for Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the City of Miami City Hall,
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133. A private attorney-client ses-
sion will be conducted under the parameters of 286.011(8), F.S. The person
chairing the City of Miami Commission meeting will announce the commence-
ment of an. attorney-client session, closed to the public, for purposes of dis-
cussing the pending litigation case of: Florida Power and Light Company Tur-
key Point Units 6 and 7, Power Plant Siting Application PA03-45A3, Case No.
09-003575EPP, pending in the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH),
to which the City is presently a party. This private meeting will begin at ap-
proximately 2:00 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the Commissioners' schedules
permit) and will conclude approximately one (1) hour later. The session will be
attended by the members of the City Commission: Chairman Marc Sarnoff,
Frank Carollo, Wifredo Gort, Francis Suarez, and Michelle Spence-Jones; the
City Manager, Johnny Martinez; the City Attorney, Julie 0. Bru; Deputy City
Attorney, Victoria Mendez; and Assistant City Attorney, John A. Greco. A certi-
fied court reporter will be present to ensure that the session is fully transcribed
and the transcript will be made public upon the conclusion of the ongoing litiga-
tion. At the conclusion of the attorney-client session, the regular Commission
meeting will be reopened and the person chairing the Commission meeting will
announce the termination of the attorney-client session.

Todd B. Hannon '
(#19333) City Clerk

On Thursday, June 13, the Haitian-American Chamber
of Commerce met with representatives from the Miami-
Dade County Public Schools [M-DCPS]. District 2 school
board member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall facili-
tated the meeting with Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean
Monestime at the MOCA Cafe and Lounge in North Mi-
ami. The focus was to educate and inform business lead-
ers about the M-DCPS bond implementation and busi-

-Photo courtesy M-DCLPS
ness opportunities. Pictured are: Jude Edouard Pierre,
mayor of Carrefour, Haiti (l-r); Carl Nicoleau, assistant
superintendent of maintenance operations, M-DCPS;
Monestime; Bendross-Mindingall; Brian Williams, Esq.,
director, Office of Economic Opportunity, M-DCPS; Paola
Pierre, executive director, Haitian-American Chamber of
Commerce; Barry Meltz, district director procurement
management services, M-DCPS.


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9D THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013



Fuel-efficient cars not as cheap as you think

continued from 8D

Some automakers are of-
fering tempting lease deals
on plug-ins, down to $199
a month.' But as with any
lease, once it ends, you're
left with nothing. You have
to hope new low-price lease
deals are available, or be
willing to make a higher
monthly payment to get a

replacement car.
Need expensive acces-
sories.Installing a 240-volt
home charger for a plug-in
hybrid or electric car pret-
ty much a practical necessity
- runs $1,500 to $3,000.
Or zero if you use a normal
120-volt outlet, but you must
be willing to wait a third of
a day to half a day for a full
Run on expensive bat-

teries. To replace a battery
pack outside of warranty
could cost from $4,000 up.
Battery warranties are long
but not infinite 100,000
miles, plus or minus and
will be a lot less reassuring
to a potential second owner.
To replace a fuel system
on a gasoline car would cost
much less. To rebuild a gas-
oline four-cylinder engine,
if that seems a fairer com-

prison, would cost roughly
$2,000, though it could range
much higher.
Might require supple-
mental transportation. If a
car's purely electric and has
to be plugged in when the
batteries are low, the real-
world driving range is about
100 miles. That makes it a
car for those who mainly
drive short distances. Longer
trips require a second car.

"Touch my hair" exhibit sparks big debate

continued from 6C

it would help me with my
own problems with people
touching my hair," Hunter-
Ellin told The HuffPost. The
23-year-old, who works as a
finance officer, says her big-
gest issue is being asked ig-
norant questions about her
locks. Thankfully, her inter-
actions during the exhibit
have been positive. "Every-.
one has been really nice,"
Hunter-Ellin explained. "I
know it's all just curiosity."
It was curiosity that drew
Brooklynite Marilyn Geary,
who read about the Un-Ruly.
corn event in the newspaper.
The 60-year-old white wom-

an, who writes a beauty edu-
cation blog for Pivot Point
International, figured the
event would inspire a story
or two. "Everyone has their
own kind of perception of it.
Is it really stiff? Is it going
to be rough? It is going to be
oily? It's great to be able to
actually touch somebody's
real hair and see what it ac-
tually feels like," Geary said.
Having few black friends
in her youth and being the
.curly-haired girl who grew
up in the era of super-
straight hair," Geary said
she could relate to the cur-
rent natural hair movement
happening within the Black
Sporting a huge halo of

voluminous natural curls,
Malliha, a black Pakistani
woman, completed the trio
of "You Can Touch My Hair"
volunteers. However, she said
she's uncomfortable with the
whole issue and finds other
people's curiosity to be high-
ly intrusive. So what would
make the 27-year-old model
and writer who said she
owns a T-shirt that reads
"I don't like when strang-
ers touch my hair" let in-
quisitive fingers dive into her
Malliha said the exhibition
gives her an opportunity to
learn what motivates cer-
tain individuals to attempt
such an intimate act, and
in return, she can provide

a public etiquette lesson by
explaining why it should
never be done. "What is the
underlying thing behind it?
Is it because it's different?
Is it because of the cultural
aspect of it? What is it that
compels people to do it, or to
ask?" she said.
While she admits there
may be no conclusive answer
to her questions, Malliha
said, "At the end of the day,
it's just hair. We all have hair,
and it's beautiful that we all
have different textures and
we're blessed with so many
different styles of hair. For
me, I could shave my hair off
tomorrow and donate it, and
I'd be fine with that because
my hair doesn't define me.

African fund folds from mismanagement

continued from 9D

in Washington.
The Southern Africa fund
was long led by the Ameri-
can civil rights leader An-
drew Young. Its mission was
to help start or expand busi-
nesses in Southern Africa in
sectors including finance,
manufacturing, commu-
nications and drilling by
providing loans or other
types of financing. Many of
its current problems began
in 2009 when agency offi-
cials approved a plan under
which the organization was
to transition into a private
equity fund.
Since then, millions of dol-
lars in management fees, le-
gal expenses and other costs
have been spent pursuing
the failed plan. The fund's

value has plummeted by
more than 60 percent since
2009, to $18 million from
$48 million, the group's tax
filings show.
A spokesman for the aid
agency, Raphael Cook, de-
clined to make officials of
the agency available for an
interview about the South-
ern Africa fund. "We re-
quire all our grantees to use
sound business judgment
and uphold their fiduciary
responsibilities," Cook said
in a statement.
The current chairman of
the fund, Carlton A. Mas-
ters, and a director of the
group, Peter V. Emerson, did
not respond to interview re-
quests. However, in a state-
ment issued through a law-
yer, John Q. Kelly, the fund
said that the organization
had succeeded in its mis-

sion. Agency officials called
its track record "mixed."
Three former top fund ex-
ecutives are claiming in an
arbitration proceeding that
the fund owes $1.4 million in
fees to a management firm
they had founded to pursue
the privatization effort. The
firm, Inflection Capital Part-
ners, received some $4 mil-
lion from the fund under a
deal that a former fund di-
rector described as too lu-
crative. The fund is claiming
in the arbitration proceed-
ing that the former insiders
violated the fund's agree-
ment with the aid agency by
overpaying themselves more
than $840,000.
Lars Liebeler, a lawyer in
Washington who represents
the former fund executives,
described the fund's claim
as groundless. He declined

to make them available
for interviews.
The current fight is far
from the first time that the
fund has been involved in
controversy or internal dis-
Over the years, govern-
ment auditors have criti-
cized its operations, and the
group has chosen to deal
with management problems
in unusual ways.
Around 2008, for exam-
ple, fund directors learned
that an official of the group
had solicited $100,000 in
personal loans from the de-
veloper of the Mount Meru
Hotel, a resort in Tanzania
underwritten by the fund.
The official then allowed the
developer, a local business-
man, to withdraw unauthor-
ized funds from the hotel's

Tech giants desire reveal of foreign users

continued from 9D

fed speculation that is un-
true, Drummond wrote in a
letter on Tuesday to Eric H.
Holder Jr., the attorney gen-
eral, and Robert S. Mueller,
the director of the F.B.I. In
the letter, Drummond asked
for permission to publish
both the number of national
security requests, includ-
ing FISA disclosures, that
Google receives and their
"Google's numbers would
clearly show that our com-
pliance with these requests
falls far short of the claims

being made," Drummond
wrote. "Google has nothing
to hide." Drummond was un-
available for an interview.
In a statement, Leslie Mill-
er, a Google spokeswoman,
said "only a tiny fraction" of
Google's hundreds of mil-
lions of users worldwide
were subject to government
data requests each year.
Google has said it scruti-
nizes each government re-
quest and narrows the scope
if it is overly broad. In 2010,
it became the first major tech
company to publish a trans-
parency report detailing cer-
tain government requests for
user information.

In March, after long ne-
gotiations with law enforce-
ment, it added national secu-
rity letters, which the F.B.I.
uses to ask for information
and which companies are
generally not permitted to
disclose. Still, Google was
allowed to report only that
it received zero to 999 such
Microsoft released its
first transparency report in
March. The company said
on Thursday that the report
went as far as it legally could
and urged the government to
allow it to publish more in-
Facebook has never pub-

lished a transparency re-
port, despite pressure to do
On Thursday, it said it
would start publishing one if
the government gave it per-
mission to release informa-
tion on the size and scope of
national security requests.
"We have questioned the
value of releasing a trans-
parency report that, be-
cause of exactly these types
of government restrictions
on disclosure, is necessar-
ily incomplete and therefore
potentially misleading to us-
ers," Ted Ullyot, Facebook's
general counsel, said in a

NCAA may feel heat at Miami's hearing

By George Schroeder misconduct by NCAA inves- come down on Miami after
tigators, to the school's sub-0. all this."
Like with so much the sequent tone of defiance. ,. Ridpath referred to the re-
NCAA does, the guidelines All of it will play out be- cent departures of at least
for a hearing of the Commit- hind closed doors as seven enforcement staff as
tee on Infractions are laid opaque as always but thedepartment continues to
out in precise detail, right against the very public back- unravel. At least two might
down to the arrangement of drop of NCAA enforcement's have been directly related
the hotel conference room tattered reputation. And al- to fallout from the Miami
(tables are arranged in a though Miami is charged case, when the enforcement
large square, with commit- with, among other things, staff paid the attorney for
tee members flanked on the lack of institutional control, \ booster Nevin Shapiro to de-
left by investigators, on the there's a very real question pose witnesses through the
right by the school's official as to who's actually going to -Photo Robert Mayer bankruptcy process. Former
party, and so on). For an be on trial. University of Miami investigator Ameen Najjar,
organization that obsesses The Committee on Infrac- who made the arrangement
about blue curtains and pa- tions is under pressure not president Donna Shalala. with Shapiro's attorney, was
per cups at its champion- to let Miami off the hook. But But David Ridpath, an as- fired before the misconduct
ships, there's obviously corn- the school appears ready for sistant professor of sports was made public. Julie Roe
fort in familiarity, a fight and has plenty of am- administration at Ohio Uni- Lach, the vice president for
So when Miami gets its day munition, versity and a frequent critic enforcement, lost her job af-
in court beginning Thursday "The committee is going to of the NCAA's enforcement ter an external review of the
in Indianapolis, the process be fully equipped to handle arm, said, "No matter how misconduct.
will be numbingly routine this," said Jo Potuto, a for- the NCAA spins this, they Four others have left for po-
- and since the hearing is mer member of the Commit- are on trial as their tactics sitions in college compliance
closed, we'll have to take tee on Infractions. "It won't and methods are finally departments, but they're all
their word for it. But nothing be the first time that there coming to light. They are los- jumping ship, and perhaps
about this case is routine, will be somebody in the room ing investigators and their the only place we shouldn't
from the magnitude of the who's very upset, either from credibility is shattered. I am expect a former investigator
rq11+rrr4c,. +t,,o th -mittoi a coach or a university" not sre how hard thev can to land is at Miami.

City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation

ITB No.: 12-13-049

Title: NW 11th Street from 27th to 37th Avenue Area
Roadway Improvements


Bids Due Date: JULY 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Non-Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference
City of Miami Miami Riverside Center
444 SW 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor Main Conference Room
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.

For detailed information, please visit our Capital Improvements Program
webpage at:


DP No.: 13602 Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager

1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE, ROOM 351
Solicitations are subject to School Board Policy 6325, Cone of Silence.
For more details please visit:



060-NN10 RFP: Speech and Language Pathology Services/
7/912013 Speech Language Evaluations

Armored Car Services
A pre-bid conference will be held Wednesday, June 12,
2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the M-DCPS Department of Food and
Nutrition, 7042 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33144 (en-
074-NN03 trance on SW 4th Street). Pre-Bid Conference attendance
6127/2013 by the bidder or its qualified representative is HIGHLY EN-
COURAGED to ensure bid compliance. At this meeting,
any questions regarding the bid and scope of work shall
be discussed.

Disparity Study
Miami-Dade County Public School District (District) is conducting a Dispar-
ity Study that will review the utilization of Minority- and Women-owned Busi-
ness Enterprises (M/WBE) for the District. Construction and construction &
design-related professional services firms are invited to find out more infor-
mation about the study at the Public Forum, or provide testimony on their
experiences doing business, or attempting to do business, with the District
or its prime contractors/lead professional consultants at the Public Hearing.

Public Forum

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
10:00 am 12:00 pm

South Dade Senior High School
2841 S.W. 167th Avenue
Miami; FL 33030

Public Hearing

Thursday, June 27, 2013
6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Miami Carol City Senior High School
3301 Miami Gardens Drive
Miami Gardens, FL 33056

For more information visit:



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City of Miami
Notice of Bid Solicitation
ITB No.: 12-13-053

Title: Garden Storm Sewers Phase I
Bid Due Date: Tuesday; July 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

For detailed information, please visit our Capital Improvements Program
webpage at:


DP No.: 19236 Johnny Martinez, P.E., City Manager

tj1tAP4~0A0 EXPireswAY WKW*?$~


MDX WORK PROGRAM NO(S).: 11209.060,

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority ("MDX" or "Authority"), requires the
services of a qualified Contractor to provide SR 112 Open Road Tolling (ORT)
Off-System Signing. For a copy of the ITB with information on the Scope
of Services, Pre-qualification and submittal requirements, please logon to
MDX's Website: to download the documents under "Do-
ing Business with MDX: Vendor Login", or call MDX's Procurement Depart-
ment at 305-637-3277 for assistance. Note: In order to download any MDX
solicitation, you must first be registered as a Vendor with MDX. This can
only be facilitated through MDX's Website: under "Doing
Business with MDX: Vendor Registration". A Non-Mandatory Pre-Proposal
Conference is scheduled for June 20, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. The deadline for
submitting a Proposal is July 10, 2013 by 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time.


10D THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013 1

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Section 8. One and two
bedrooms. $199 security.
101 A CIvic Center Area
Free Direct TV, free water,
free parking, appliances,
ceramic tile, laundry
room, central air. One
bdrm, $800, two bdrms,
$900. Very quiet building.
Verifiable income required.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8th Avenue

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

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one
bath, $450. Stove and
refrigerator. 305-642-7080

1231 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you in.
One bedroom one bath.
$500 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD T.V. Call Joel

1240 NE 200 Street
One bedroom rear apt., one-
person, first, last month and
$400 deposit. $800 a month.
All utilities and cable included.
Sylvia, 786-447-6673.
First month moves you in.
One bedroom, one bath.
$550 mthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel-786-355-

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free water.

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $395

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

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$425, two bedrooms, one
bath. $550. 305-642-7080

1540 NW 1 Court
Two bdrms, $675, three
bdrms, $800, free water,
quiet gated building.
Call 786-506-3067

1612 NW 51 Terrace
$500 moves you in.
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.

1720 NW 1 Place
One bdrm., $525;
quiet gated building. '
Call 786-506-3067

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.

190 NW 16 Street
Studios $450 and one bdrm
$500. Call 786-506-3067.
1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.
2945 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$770 monthly. Call Mr. Perez,
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
352 NW 11 Street
One bdrm, $500, two bdrms,
$650. Quiet gated building.

6091 NW 15 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080

6901 NW 8 Avenue
Remolded one bedroom, one
bath, air, $550 monthly, first,
last and security. Section 8
Welcome. Call Floyd at
746 NW 61 Street
One bdrm, $650, two bdrms,
$850. Free water, quiet
building., Call 786-506-3067.

8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; twobaths. Central air,
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
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.'
Overtown 305-600-7280 or


Three bedrooms, two baths
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
4127 NW 181 Terrace.

1455 NW 59 ST #B
One bdrm, one bath, tile, bars
and air. $750 mthly. Section 8
only. 305-490-9284
14872 NE 16 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, washer and dryer.
$1,400 a month with a $1,000
security, Section 8 Ok.
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.
2106 NW 82 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
appliances included, $650
monthly. Section 8 Only. MNI
Corp. 786-326-3045
2185 NW 57 Street
Large one bedroom, stove,
refrigerator, air conditioning,
$650 a month, $1,950 to
move in, Mike 305-232-3700
2652 E Superior Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1250 monthly. Section 8
only, $1000 deposit.
754-204-6788, 561-299-

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.

414 NW 53 Street
Nice four-plex, renovated two
bedrooms, one bath, new
appliances, 786-554-0397.
594 NW 67 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 only $1000 deposit.
$1500 monthly. 754-204-
6788, 561-299-8710.
94 Street and 19 Avenue
One bedroom.
Section 8 welcome.
Two bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. 305-343-9215
1136 Sesame Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $900

mthly. 786-325-8000
Furnished, private entrance.

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5422 NW 7 Court
$600 monthly, includes
electric and water. No Section
8. Call 305-267-9449.
Furnished or Unfurnished
$150 weekly, cable, air.
NE Blscayne Gardens
Efficiency like a room back
home, air, clean, convenient,
private parking, major roads,
fenced backyard. $650 mthly
and security deposit.
Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
1600 NW 56 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
19130 NW 10 Place
No deposit required, $165
moves you in, air, cable,
utilities included, 786-487-

211 NW 12 Street
$400 a month, no deposit,
utilities included,

2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 wkly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
3633 NW 194 Terrace
$135-$145 wkly. One person
only. 754-423-2748
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Close to 163 St. Mall
Clean furnished room. Own
entrance. 305-749-6418
Clean, nice, and air. $100 a
week. 786-426-6263.
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
1283 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,100 mthly. 786-328-5878.
133 St and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
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. $1,250 mthly. $500
security. Call 786-218-4646.
1835 NW 111 Street
Three bdrms., two baths.
Near excellent elementary
school. $1250 mthly. Section
8 Considered. 305-299-5780
1920 NW 4 Avenue
Two story home, four
bedrooms, three baths,
$1450 monthly, No Section 8.
20513 NW 39 Court
Lakefront, three bedrooms,
one bath, appliances, $1300
a month, Section 8 okay,
drive by, then call:
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

2525 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1,000 monthly, No Section
8. 786-393-8052.
3919 NW 207St Rd
Four bdrms, two baths, totally
remodeled after hurricane. A
beauty. $1595 mthly. Section
8 ok. Call Joe 954-849-6793
5511 NW 12 Avenue
Renovated three bedrooms,
one bath, can be used as a
four bedrooms. Section 8 Ok.
7501 NW 4 Court
Big one bdrm., one bath.
$750 mthly. 786-523-8140 .
96 St. N.W. 15 Ave
Small, one bedroom, one
bath, back house, $625.
Liberty City Area
Two bdrms. $825 mthly. Call

after 6 p.m., 786-263-2820

Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three bedrooms, two
baths, garage, laundry and
dining room, Near Calder
Casino, Turnpike, Sunlight
Stadium. First and security.
$1400 mthly. Section 8 Only
305-623-0493. Appointment
only. References.
Three bdrms., two baths.
$1200 monthly. First and last
to move in. 954-319-3757
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 305-731-3591

1861 NW 166 Street
For sale three bdrms, one
bath, new kitchen granite
counters, new paint, new
floors. Try only $2900 down
and $455 mthly. P&l-new
mtg. NDI Realtors
225 NW 103 Street
For sale four bedrooms, two
baths, remodeled. Try $3900
down and $899 ",tn,I P&l
with good credit. NDI Realtors
3421 NW 213 Street
For sale two bedrooms, one
bath, remodeled. $1900 down
and $455 monthly P&l with
good credit. NDI Realtors

Don't Lose Your Home
We Stop Foreclosures Fast!
Call now, 786-486-7217

32 years of experience, all
types of roofs. Call Thomas:
786-499-8708 or 786-347-
3225. Lic#CCC056999
45 Years Experience!
Shingles, roofing, and leak
repairs. Call 305-491-4515

$5000-$10,000 a month.
Work from home.
Call Andre at 813-501-2943
(24 hr recording message)

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

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

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Experienced Church
Musician that plays
piano keyboards for all
denominations seeks
employment with a local
church 786-999-3486 or

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Train to become a
Microsoft Office
No Experience Needed!
Local career training
Gets you job ready!
Train on campus or online

Training Program!
Learn to become a
Medical Office Assistant!
No Experience Needed!
Local Job Training and
Placement available!

Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565
Handyman Special
Carpet cleaning, plumbing,
lawn service. 305-801-5690
P&T Driveway Pressure
'Serving the Miami Area.
Call for a free estimate,

The Georgia

Witch Doctor

& Root Doctor

"Powerful Magic"
I Remove evil spells, court and jail cases re I urn mate
Sex spirit & love spirit. Are you lonely? Order potion now.

Call or write 229-888-7144 Rev. Doc Brown
P.O. Box 50964 Albany GA, 31705

Advanced Gyn Clinic
P ,1` l icnal. Sale & C htri hnll Servici e

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Renovated & Affordable Apartments
on Miami Beach For Formerly
Homeless Persons

Meridian Place Apartments
530 Meridian Avenue

Verified referrals invited from Agencies within the
Miami-Dade Homeless Continuum

U.S. HUD Homeless, Eligibility and Income Re-
strictions Apply

For information, contact: Miami Beach Community
Development Corporation 305-535-8002

MBCDC does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its
programs and activities.

Selenium Company
For outdoor pressure
cleaning, janitorial services
available also home health
care, home office etc. and
free estimate reasonable
prices. Call Israel 786-274-
2016. For care call 786-274-
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Spiritual. 1-305-879-3234

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1283 NW 31 Ave., Ft. Laud.


If you're heading into
summer with a fat balance
on your credit card, you're
not alone. Millions of Amer-
icans have incurred exces-
sive debt over the past few
years, and this trend spikes
just in time for summer hol-
idays and vacations.
And, when it comes to
credit card debt, there is
some good news and some
bad news.
First, the bad news.
Starting in Feb of 2011, new
rules and regulations went
into effect that more tightly
regulate what credit card
companies can do. They're
not able to retroactively in-
crease rates, must have 45
days advance notice of rate
hikes, and are limited in
what they charge for over-
draft fees.
How can this be bad news
for consumers?
The bad news is that in
order to compensate for
lost revenue from these
new rules, credit card com-
panies have been jacking
up interest rates for every-
one. You may already have
received notice that your
borrowing costs have gone
So, what's the good
news? People can immedi-
ately cut the interest rate
on the amount they owe on
their credit card to zero. It's
called a zero interest bal-

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ance transfer.
By transferring the bal-
ance of your debt from your
current credit card to a
new interest-free card, you
can give yourself time (of-
ten up to 18 months) dur-
ing which no interest is
charged against your start-
ing balance. This allows
all the money you make
in payments each month
to be applied directly into
paying down your balance,
shrinking the amount you
owe much faster. This can
greatly benefit your credit
score and credit-to-debt ra-
tio, both of which can make
you much more attractive to
There are some things to
consider before transferring
your balance to a new card:
1. Always take into ac-
count the length of the zero
percent APR period.
2. Be sure you are able to
pay off your balance within
this introductory period.
Otherwise, high interest
rates often kick in when the
period ends.
3. Make a payment sched-
ule and set aside money
each month to pay towards
your balance.
4. Ask up front about
transfer fees. These can
come as unexpected sur-
prises and throw off the
payment plan you have cre-

Public Notice
Housing For The Elderly And Handicapped
Lakeshore Apartments

The waiting list for Lakeshore Apartments, a HUD Section 202 Supportive
Housing for the Elderly and Handicapped project has closed, due to high vol-
ume of applicants on the waiting list. The average wait is over two years.
Therefore, lease applications will not be given or received, until further notice,
for this particular project located at 21269 SW 85th Avenue, Miami, Florida

CNC Management Inc. 305-642-3634/TDD 305-643-2079 _

Public Notice
Housing For The Elderly
Princeton Manor Apartment

The waiting list for Princeton Manor Apartments, a HUD Section 202 Sup-
portive Housing for the Elderly project has closed, due to high volume of appli-
cants on the waiting list. The average wait is over two years. Therefore, lease
applications will not be given or received, until further notice, for this particular
project located at 33690 SW 187th, Florida City, Florida 33034.

CNC Management Inc. 305-642-3634/TDD 305-643-2079 .

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152 NW 8th Street and
160 NW 7th Street
RFP # 13-002

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency
("CRA") is seeking proposals for Blocks 45 and 56, Plat Book "B" page 41,
152 NW 8th Street, Miami, Florida 33136 and 160 NW 7th St, Miami, Florida
33136. The CRA is declaring its intent to dispose of its interest in the referenced
property and is seeking proposals from private developers or any persons inter-
ested in undertaking to develop the property.

Complete Proposals must be delivered to the City of Miami City Clerk's Of-
fice, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 no later than 3:00 pm,
on July 22, 2013 (Closing Date). Any Responses received after the closing
date and time or delivered to a different address or location will not be consid-

RFP documents may be obtained on or after June 17, 2013 from the CRA of-
fices, 1490 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Suite 105, Miami, Florida 33136 or from the CRA

1490 Northwest 3rd Avenue, Suite 100 i Miami, FL 33128-1811
Tel (305) 679-6800 | Fax (305) 679-6835 |


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don't want you to know


12D THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 19-25, 2013 1

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Carol City wins Dolphins .. ...

7-onl-7 tournament in FL Ic '
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Team also gets a chance to win

national title in Cleveland

By Akilah Laster,

More than 60 South Florida
high schools congregated over
.the weekend to compete in the
6th Annual Miami Dolphins
7-on-7 Tournament for a
chance to nationally represent
the team in Cleveland, Ohio.
While the last three winners
of the tournament includ-
ing Booker T. Washington,
Miami Central and University
School (Broward), were all
state-champions, this year's


phins and South Florida na-
tionally and compete against
31 other NFL 7-on-7 teams.
Twan Russell, Dolphins
Academy High School com-
munity director, whose father
was coached by the locally
acclaimed Coach Frazier, said
that the legacy of Carol City
speaks volumes and is excited
for them to compete nation-
"The demeanor and player
connection [the coaches] have
with the players were why
they were successful today,"

the most important part of
this weekend," Russell said.
"[Players] want to do [things]
the right way, they sometimes
just don't know how to."
Other area coaches com-
mended the Dolphins for host-
ing the free tournament for
the organization and opening
opportunities to compete.
"It gets kids out and builds
team camaraderie, chemistry
and team morale," said An-
thony White, Norland's offen-
sive coordinator and associate
head coach. "It's a great thing
the Dolphins are doing."
"It's just another day of
practice," Trevor Harris, head
coach of Miami Edison said.


-Photo courtesy of Victoria Mallette
The Miami Heat's Tim Hardaway encourages young runners.

The Morning Mile comes to

County's Summer camps

Fitness program promotes children

to run miles over the summer

-Photo Credit: Akilah Laster

Carol City poses for group shot with their championship trophy.

winner came from a histori-
cally coveted and re-emerging
Carol City took on and de-
feated Miramar High School
in the semi-finals 35-21, and
then defeated Miami Jackson
in the finals 28-21, which was
a battle of the quarterbacks.
Esteemed Jackson quar-
terback, Quinton "Winkie"
Flowers went head-to-head
with Carol City's budding
quarterback Treon Gray; but
in the end, the Chief's unprec-
edented effort and somewhat
revenge-seeking [they'd lost to
Jacksoi in the Santana Moss
versus Brian McFadden 7-on-
7 a week earlier] momentum
pushed them ahead.
"It's hard to beat a team
twice," Carol City's first year
Head Coach Aubrey Hill, said.
"We had motivation going into
it and [Treon] is a leader."
"It feels good to win and put
our school on the map," Gray
said, after commending Flow-
ers for his competitive play.
"We always seem to lose in big
games so it's nice to win."
12 players from Carol City
will now represent the Dol-

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-Photo Credit: Akilah Laster
Twan Russell Awards Carol City player after winning

Russell said. "[Former head
coach] Harold Barnwell did
a great job of building and
Coach Hill is a great leader for
these guys." I
The three-day experience
began with a mandatory sym-
posium held at NOVA South-
eastern's campus last Friday
to discuss issues that athletes
face, where coaches and play-
ers dialogue about some of
the negative influences that
have hindered the success of
"The life skills seminar is

"It gets everybody on the team
gelled up."
No matter what the ap-
proach or purpose was for
each team, the Chiefs, who
are in a transition of coaches
period, undoubtedly came to
win according to Carol City
Defensive Coordinator Andre
"The team is playing with
chemistry and clicking in all
positions," Stafford said.
Hopefully they will continue
to click and win the Dolphins
Academy's fifth national title.

Miami Times staff report

S University of Miami's track
and field and cross coun-
try director, Amy Deem and
Olympic hurdler Bershawn
Jackson, lead hundreds of
children from Miami-Dade
Parks' Fit2Play Summer
Camps at the 2013 Morning
Mile at Goulds Park.
S The Morning Mile, developed
by Fitzness International and
sponsored by AvMed Health
Plans, is being expanded to
Small of Miami-Dade Parks' 42
Fit2Play Summer Camps.
Children begin their day
with a morning run, jog or
walk. For every five miles, they
receive collectible necklace
Charms. Last year, campers
logged over 26,000 miles.
To further incentivize

healthy and active living
among children, the Parks
Foundation of Miami-Dade,
with the help of the Miami
Heat's Tim Hardaway, will
launch the "100 for 100
Challenge." For every child
who runs 100 miles over the
course of the summer as part
of the Morning Mile program,
$100 will be donated by lo-
cal corporations to the Parks
Foundation's Fit2Play Schol-
arship Fund, and matched
The Fit2Play Scholarship
Fund provides disadvantaged
children scholarships to at-
tend Miami-Dade Parks' after-
school and summer camp
programs at no cost.
"It's my hope that busi-
nesses in Miami-Dade will
follow in the footsteps of

AvMed Health Plans and sup-
port our community's kids,"
said Dick Anderson, president
of the Parks Foundation of
Miami-Dade. "The '100 for 100
Challenge' is a great motivator
for children and corporations
"We are extremely proud
to partner with Miami-Dade
County and Fitzness Inter-
national to sponsor a third
year of the Morning Mile,"
said James M. Repp, AvMed
senior vice president. "With
the addition of the University
of Miami's Olympians it's sure
to inspire each of us to stay
active and engaged in healthy
"We are excited to par-
ticipate in such a worthwhile
event,", said Deem. "Health and
fitness is so important for our
young people and this event
will give them an opportunity
to interact with athletes who
excel in a healthy lifestyle."


Dodgers still crash as Puig soars

By David Leon Moore

Puig-mania arrived at the
beginning of last week, and it
was electrifying. But by the
end of the weekend, Dodger
depression was back.
Rookie sensation Yasiel
Puig, since his arrival, has
done enough throwing
out runners with his cannon
arm, belting homers with his
sweet swing to make Los
Angeles Dodgers fans believe
they have the Cuban ver-
sion of Mike Trout, the young
superstar down the freeway in

But after an ugly ',-
8-1 loss to the Atlanta
Braves last Sunday,
the underachieving
Dodgers are still in -
last place, eight games .i
under .500, with an
ever-expanding dis-
abled list and an ever-
growing list of problems. F
Start with a punchless
offense aside from Puig, 22,
who went 3-for-5 on Sunday
to finish his first week in the
big leagues at .464 with four
homers and 10 RBIs.
This is how unimpres-
sive the Dodgers lineup was

The decline of Tiger Woods?

Many fans of Tiger Woods
are waiting and hoping that at
some point, the world's num-
ber one golf player will get his
mojoo' back. While Tiger has
exhibited flashes of his once
dominant self-winning tour-
naments here and there, his
drought in majors continues.
In the just concluded U.S.

Open, Tiger once again crum-
bled when it mattered most'
and it now has been five long
years since Woods last won a
major. We remember his dom-
inant past and yearn for those
days again.
Tiger Woods dressed in red,
on a Sunday afternoon at the
U.S. Open, cameras flashing,

.. Sunday: In the first
-^ : inning, the Dodgers
Sgot a lead-off single
._ y from Puig and load-
.;+.. ed the bases with no
outs, then came at
Braves starter Mike
Minor (8-2) with a
Mediocrity Row of
PUIG Scott Van Slyke (.234
at the time), Luis Cruz
(.136) and Skip Schumaker
(.280), who came into the
game with 28 RBI combined.
The rally produced one run -
on a two-out swinging bunt
by Schumaker. A few innings
later, it was 8-1 Braves.

network executives drooling
because Tiger is "lurking" and
of course excited fans hold-
ing their breath as a ball rolls
toward the cup, Swoosh! An-
other epic performance from
Tiger, oh we remember but
it seems like a long time ago
There was actually talk Ti-
ger was the world's most dom-
inant athlete in fact, if you
were born in 90's or after, it
might be the only iconic image
you are familiar with when
watching the game of golf.
Yet there we were this past
Sunday at the U.S. Open, all
the drama belonged a thou-
sand yards away from Woods'

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-Photo courtesy Jason Jenkins
Miami Dolphins rookie (center) Will Davis with students at football clinic.

Dolphins' take part in football clinic

Miami Times staff report

Members of the 2013 Miami
Dolphins rookie class took
part in the Camp No Excuses
football clinic at Palmer Park
in South Miami.
Approximately 200 kids from
the elementary, middle school
and high school levels attend-
ed the recent free clinic.

thousand-yard stare. His par
putt on 17 veered right and
left him at 13-over par for the
tournament. He would finish
there and card the worst score
to par in a major in his profes-
sional career. He failed again.
Frustration surely has settled
in, Tiger at times appears so
close yet he remains so far.
Early in his career Woods was
racking up majors like I once
collected comic books and he
seemed a sure thing to sur-
pass the great Jack Nicklaus
for most majors in a career.
Now there are many obstacles
as Woods majors drought has
hit a five year high. He is bat-
tling nagging injuries and his

"I definitely enjoy giving
back, trying to feed kids the
knowledge that we learned in
college and growing up," said
Jamar Taylor.
"You can feed that back
to them at a young age, so
they'll already be one step
The team attended the event
with Outside the Huddle, an

once intimidating presence
scares no one not anymore.
Woods' overall play since
the fire hydrant dust up in
2009 has been getting better,
but he tends to slip away on
the weekends, especially in
majors. He was three-over go-
ing into this past Saturday's
third round, and he ended up
10 shots worse than that. It
has become somewhat pre-
dictable. Woods is a great ath-
lete but he puts a lot of strain
on that left knee every time
he swings the club. That can
take its toll on any man who's
been playing a game as ag-
gressively as Tiger has for his
entire life.

organization whose mission
is to enhance the quality of
life for the youth and fami-
lies through the promotion
of academics, athletics and
mentoring. Dolphins alumnus
Mercury Morris also took part
in the event and Head Coach
Joe Philbin welcomed the op- .
portunity for the rookies to
work in the community.

Woods sure didn't seem
vexed after his round. Asked
what he did well and what he
did poorly this week, he an-
swered, "I did a lot of things
right. Unfortunately I did a
few things wrong, as well."
Yes Tiger put a positive spin
on things, but he was flat out
awful at Merion he scored
bogey or worse 21 times com-
pared to 10 birdies.
Those dramatic Sundays
with Tiger Woods mowing
down the competition with the
networks celebrating a rat-
ings bonanza now seem like a
long, long time ago. Time will
tell but we may have already
seen the best of Tiger Woods.