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VOLUME 90 NUMBER 44 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JUNE 26-JULY 2, 2013 50 cents


By D. Kevin McNeir
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The prosecution ,and the defense paint-
ed two ver- different pictures of what
happened during that rra.iv eeninri on
Febrnuarv 2u. 2012 ,vhen a self--pp,.,inted
neighborhood watchman-. George Zim-
rrmermari,. then 28 and in possession of
a concealed 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
confronted unarmed 1 7-, ear -old T ra,-' on

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run.i to a, nearb,, ,:,:,riventenrre .stre Assis-
ta-,t Starite Artcrnt,- ..Jlohn Gu-, de-crib'd
Ziln-iLrne--i-r.: as a igilanrte determiried to
rid his coninrunir, of "i--hol- like Trav-
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the att,:rnevs for th-- deiefe--, laiined
that Zimmerma-.n a'5s for:r,-d irint- a situ-
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Supreme court voids key

part of Voting Rights Act

Black activists say ruling is a "blow

to democracy"

By Mark Sherman

The Supreme Court ruled
last Tuesday that a key pro-
vision of the landmark Voting
Rights Act cannot be enforced
unless Congress comes up
with an up-to-date formula for
deciding which states and lo-
calities still need federal moni-
toring. The justices said in 5-4
vote that the law Congress
most recently renewed in 2006
relies on 40-year-old data that
does not reflect racial progress
and changes in U.S. society.
The court did not strike
down the ad- vance ap-

proval requirement of the law
that has been used, mainly in
the South, to open up polling

Supreme Court Justice
places to minority voters in
the nearly half century since it
was first enacted in 1965. But
the justices did say lawmakers
must update the formula for
Please turn to RIGHTS 10A

Florida Bar gets its

first Black leader

Eugene Pettis to assume the hein at group's

annual convention
By D. Kevin McNeir
tin',lctirt n'ihnuDiiii i Onthinih' .crin

The Florida Bar will make his-
tory on Friday, June 28th when
Eugene K Pettis, Esq.. be-
| comes the first Black to
head the 63-year-old
Organization He will
bi become the Bar's 65th

president during a swearing-mn
ceremony at its annual conven-
tion at the Boca Raton Resort &
Club. Pettis, a founding partner
of Haliczer Pettis &. Schwamm
and native of Fort Lauderdale,
was sworn in as president-elect
at the Bar's annual convention
last June
Please turn to PETTIS IOA

The Miami Times goes for

gold at NNPA convention


Miami Times staff report

The publisher of The Mi-
ami Times, Rachel J. Reeves,
boarded a plane this week en
route to Nashville, Tennes-
see and the National News-
paper Publishers Association
[NNPA] 2013 annual conven-
tion. Founded in 1940, the
NNPA is composed of more
than 200 Black newspapers
in the U.S. and the Virgin Is-
lands with Cloves Campbell
currently serving as its chair-

man. This year's convention
runs from June 26-29. Be-
sides informative workshops
focusing on issues related to
the Black press, one of the
highlights of the convention
is the NNPA Legacy/Merit
Awards Dinner during which
time NNPA members receive
awards in various categories
for newspaper excellence. In
2011, The Miami Times won
five national awards from the
NNPA: The Russwurm Award,
presented to the nation's

best Black newspaper; the
John H. Sengstacke Award
for General Excellence, first
place; the Ida B. Wells Award
for Best News Story, first
Please turn to NNPA 10A

Forgive Paula Deen for epithet, but not butter

Why fire her for telling truth under oath?
Pushingfattyfoods was the real crime

By DeWayne Wickham

Paula Deen's foul mouth
should have gotten her sacked
long before now. If bad talk
really matters to the folks
who run the Food Network, it
shouldn't have taken the leak-

ing of a deposition, in which
Deen admits having uttered
the n-word in private conver-
sations, to kick the celebrity
cook off of TV.
Her repeated use of the word
"butter" should have gotten
her fired long ago. But her de-

parture is being pinned
instead to the revela-
tion that she once used
a racial pejorative that
many Blacks find offen-
sive. For this, the Food
Network announced
it is dropping Deen's
show when its contract
runs out on June 30.
"During a deposition


where she swore to tell the

S truth, Deen recounted
having used a racial
epithet in the past,"
a statement released
by her company said
of Deen's use of the
n-word. That was in a
time "when America's
South had schools that
HAM were segregated, dif-
ferent bathrooms, dif-
ferent restaurants and Ameri-

cans rode in different parts of
the bus. This is not today."
Deen, in essence, is being
punished for telling the truth
under oath about the rac-
ist word she spoke in private
years ago and which she
now disavows. There ought to
be a statute of limitation on the
privately spoken, bigoted ban-
ter of someone who was born
in the Jim Crow South era and

has come to regret it.
The 66-year-old Deen grew
up in rural Georgia at a time
when the n-word was com-
monly and widely used
by whites to demean Blacks.
That's no longer acceptable,
at least in most public set-
tings. And just as times have
changed, Deen says she has
changed, too.
Please turn to DEEN 10A







Positive results come from

community support
hen longtime businessman, husband, father and all-
around-good-guy, Errold Peart, was shot and killed
outside of his Miami Gardens car wash after inter-
vening in an attempted robbery, the cry went out for anyone
with information to come forward. However, more often than
not, such requests for citizens to share tips about suspected
criminals or illegal activities with the police tend to go ignored.
That's because there seems to be an unwritten law in the Black
community that frowns on "snitching," no matter how heinous
the crime may be.
But in this case, after six months of an ongoing investigation,
Miami Gardens investigators were able to apprehend the al-
leged murderer of Peart, Jamere Hanna, without incident. Their
spokesperson, Miami Gardens Detective Mike Wright attributes
their success to the cooperation of members of the commu-
nity who knew the identity of the alleged shooter and shared
that information with law enforcement. He adds that Hanna,
though only 19-years-old, had already racked up quite a crimi-
nal record and was clearly a dangerous young man with sev-
eral outstanding arrest warrants to his name. Peart's family,
including both his wife, Dawn Barrett and her son, Dameion,
say they can now rest easier because someone did the right
thing and contacted the police. Their pastor, the Rev. Eric Re-
adon of New Beginning MBC, is a second-generation minister
with long-established ties to the community. He commends the
police for aggressively pursuing the case and even offered a re-
ward for information leading to the arrest of Peart's assailant.
We don't need superheroes to make our community safer. All
we need are more people committed to doing the right thing,
speaking up when they see crimes occurring and working with
the police. We have lost far too many innocent men, women and
children to drive-by shooters, armed robbers and thugs. This is
our community let's take it back.

A Second Chance

for Ex-Offenders
aoe federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
took on an important issue last year when it reaffirmed
.1and updated a ruling that barred employers from au-
tomatically denying people jobs based on arrest or conviction
records. The guidance made clear that an arrest alone was not
proof of illegal conduct or grounds for exclusion. It also explained
that, when considering an applicant with a criminal conviction,
the employer must take into account the seriousness of the of-
fense, the time lapsed since the offense and the relevance of the
crime to the specific job being sought.
The point is to eliminate unfair obstacles to employment for
the 65 million Americans who have criminal records, including
those based on minor convictions that might have occurred in
the distant past.
Last week, the E.E.O.C. stepped up enforcement in this area
by filing discrimination lawsuits against two companies the
retail chain Dollar General, which operates more than 10,000
stores in 40 states, and the automaker BMW.
The suits charge the companies with violating Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act by using discriminatory background-check poli-
cies that had disparate impacts on minority employees and ap-
plicants. The E.E.O.C. alleges that Dollar General disqualifies
job applicants for a variety of crimes, including reckless driv-
ing or possessing drug paraphernalia, without considering the
relevance of the offense to the job, as the commissions's guide-
lines require. According to the complaint, about 10 percent of
conditionally hired Black employees were discharged for failing
background checks between 2004 and 2007 versus about seven
percent of others.
A contractor for BMW dismissed 88 employees for having
criminal records. The two companies said they would fight the
lawsuits. The wiser approach would be to bring the screening
policies in line with federal civil rights law. -The New York Times

Racially biased arrests

for pot possession
Researchers have long known that Blacks are more like-
ly to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites,
even though studies have repeatedly shown that the two
groups use the drug at similar rates.
New federal data, included in a study by the American Civil Lib-
erties Union, now shows that the problem of racially biased ar-
rests is far more extensive that was previously known and is
getting worse. The costly, ill-advised "war on marijuana" might
fairly be described as a tool of racial oppression.
The study, based on law enforcement data from 50 states and
the District of Columbia, is the most detailed of its kind so far.
Marijuana arrests have risen sharply over the last two decades
and now make up about half of all drug arrests in the U.S. Of the
more than eight million marijuana arrests made between 2001
and 2010, nearly 90 percent were for possession. There were near-
ly 900,000 marijuana arrests in 2010 300,000 more than for all
violent crimes combined.
As the report notes, police officers who are targeting Black citi-
zens and Black neighborhoods are turning "a comparatively blind
eye to the same conduct occurring at the same rates in many
white communities."
Paradoxically, this is happening at a time when polls show grow-
ing public support for full legalization. The mindless push to make
low-level possession arrests distracts the police from serious
crime, wastes billions of dollars and alienates minority citizens
from the law. It also brings disastrous consequences for young
people, as convictions can lead to fines, jail time and temporary
loss of federal student financial aid not to mention criminal re-
cords that make it difficult for them to find housing or work.
Beyond that, law enforcement agencies need to put an end
to what is obviously a widespread practice of racial profiling.

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Hang up on citizen phone-tracking: NSA

From the evidence so far,
there's no good reason to let the
National Security Agency contin-
ue its massively intrusive prac-
tice of logging our private phone
calls. Congress should pull the
I'm not ignoring all the officials,
including President Obama, who
swear that the NSA's electronic
snooping has foiled dozens of
terrorist plots and saved untold
lives. I'm just listening carefully,
and what we're getting is a lot of
doublespeak and precious little
It's important to keep in mind
that Edward Snowden, the for-
mer NSA contractor who ab-
sconded to Hong Kong and start-
ed blabbing the spy agency's
secrets, has thus far disclosed
the existence of two separate
clandestine programs. One,
known internally as PRISM, in-
volves the international harvest-

ing of emails and other electronic
communications. The other in-
volves the domestic collection of
phone call "metadata" a vast,
pointillist record of our contacts
and movements.
The NSA's defenders have con-
sistently and, I believe, delib-
erately blurred the distinction
between the two. When they talk
about the would-be terrorists
who have been nabbed and the
potential devastation that has
been prevented, they lump the
programs together.
Obama did so in his interview
with Charlie Rose. "We are in-
creasing our chances of prevent-
ing a catastrophe . through
these programs," he said.
But it is becoming clear that
we should consider "these pro-
grams" separately. Privacy con-
cerns aside, PRISM at least
seems to produce results. Unless
we're fiat-out being lied to, PRISM

- which does not target Ameri-
cans has produced substantial
quantities of useful information
about bad people overseas who
seek to do us harm.
The phone-call tracking, on
the other hand, is a huge in-
fringement on Americans' privacy
that has not been shown to have
much investigative value, if any.
At a hearing Wednesday, Senate
Judiciary Committee Chairman
Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., pressed FBI
Director Robert Mueller to give
an example of a terrorist plot that
was discovered solely because of
the stockpiled phone data.
Mueller offered just one: The
NSA knew of a phone number in
East Africa that was associated
with terrorists, so analysts ran
the number against the phone log
database and saw calls to or from
a number in California. This con-
nection led authorities to several
men in San Diego who allegedly

had sent about $-.,500 r:, ,J-.Sha-
bab, a terrorist group in Somalia.
Mueller said that, overall, thefe
had been "10 to 12" cases in
which the phone data was "im-
portant," but he could name no
others in which it was "instru-
As Obama has said, we need
to find the right balance between
privacy and security; more of
one implies less of the other. Is
keeping petty cash from reach-
ing al-Shabab important enough
to justify letting the government
snatch and hoard so much of our
private information? .
I would say no. And I would
also question whether, in this
case, the NSA database was even
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper col-
umnist and the former assistant
managing editor of The Washing-
ton Post.


Douglass: No progress without struggle
The recent unveiling of the his talent overcame the ob- condemn Lincoln who did not that outlawe
Frederick Douglass statue in stacles. He was the epitome of endorse the issue... .ments in Ar
Emancipation Hall illustrated the American spirit and is one Like Douglass, we have to, ent with the
how far we have come as a na- of my greatest inspirations, realize a perpetual battle for gay marriage
tion. As a civil rights pioneer, Douglass worked closely with equality is ahead of us. Lin- continues an
Douglass dedicated his life for President Abraham Lincoln to coin may have called for the gether.
equality in the U.S. and the help organize the emancipa- end of slavery, but slavery I admire
abolition of slavery. This stat- tion of slaves throughout the continued. The Civil Rights has the abil
ue will remain a testament to South. He knew that the strug- Movement may have. ended in faults and v
his heroic efforts from a for- gle for equality was far from the 1960s, but we. 'continue ress.
mer slave to a great American Frederick
writer and orator. We must izes how a c
remember the struggles that e was persistent in his efforts to fight for equality before and ual can scu
shaped our country inta o what after the end of slavery. He tried to escape from slavery two of our cou:
it is today. We must also recog- Hslvr ment may i
nize that there is still work to ,times before finally succeeding, but it is the
be done and continue to stand it. It is the p,
for liberty as those like Dou- it. It is the p<
glass, being over. He believed that to strive for civil rights and our liberties
He was persistent in his ef- since Black men were fighting equality. Unfortunately dis- education,
forts to fight for equality be- in the American Civil War, they crimination in many forms individual i
fore and after the end of slav- deserved the right to vote. still exists in our country, proactive ro
ery. He tried to escape from Douglass once stated, "If Though the battle for equality country.
slavery two times before finally there is no struggle, there is is continuous, we do have the Rep. Char
succeeding. As a former slave no progress," worked for the power to make a more perfect resenting Up
he was not taken seriously suffrage of Black freemen and union. This is evident with the part of the B
as an orator or a writer, but had the courage to publicly recent Supreme Court ruling Congress sir

.d -oter r6 require-
izona.,. It-is appar-
e ongoing 'fight for
e. The struggle still
ad we must act to-

that our country
ity to recognize its
work towards prog-

Douglass symbol-
ourageous individ-
.lpt the conscience
ntry. The govern-
mplement change,
e people who ignite
people who embrace
people who reinforce
s. The power is in
voting, expressing
ideas and taking
'le in shaping the

les B. Rangel, rep-
per Manhattan and
ronrx, has served in
ice 1971.


We don't understand female politicians
In 2012, the number of wom- 90 percent of respondents de- would be a defining character- centage of
en serving in the U.S. Senate scribed women as feminine, istic for any politician, but only female, the:
reached a historic high: 20 out emotional, motherly and beau- 39 percent of participants de- enough wor
of 100. And so we continue to tiful, they were far less likely scribed female politicians with ers to form
debate about the low represen- to associate female politicians that term; 93 percent of them reotypical q
station of women in political of- with those traits. Eighty-four described male politicians that We don't
fice, and the debate continues percent of participants de- way. Women in politics were, politicians
to hinge on the differences be- scribed women as "gorgeous." however, more likely to be de- able to gen

tween men and women: Some
argue that women are unsuit-
ed for political office because
they're naturally less assertive
and dominant than men; oth-
ers claim that women are bet-
ter suited for modern leader-
ship roles because they're more
compassionate than their male
But a new study suggests
that the public doesn't associ-
ate female politicians with ste-
reotypically feminine qualities
at all. When women enter politi-
cal office, we stop seeing them
like women everywhere else.
In "Measuring Stereotypes of
Female Politicians," published
in Political Psychology this
month, political scientists Mon-
ica Schneider and Angela Bos
surveyed a group of students
about the traits they associate
with women in general, and the
characteristics they ascribe to
female politicians specifically.
They found that while over

We might be OK with letting 20 women serve in the
U.S. Senate, as long as their political representation
doesn't threaten our conception of most women,
who are still expected to fulfill their feminine duties of raising chil-
dren and looking pretty.

None of them said the same of
female politicians.
Female politicians didn't even
benefit from those stereotypes
- like compassion and sensi-
tivity that are often cited as
potential advantages for women
in office. Ninety-one percent of
people described women in gen-
eral as "compassionate," but
only 21 percent described fe-
male politicians that way.
And female politicians weren't
associated with stereotypically
masculine traits like leader-
ship, competence, confidence,
assertiveness and charisma -
either. You'd think that "leader"

scribed as "uptight" and "dicta-
Meanwhile, stereotypes of
male politicians generally fall
in line with stereotypes about
men in general. The students
saw men as competitive, driven
leaders, and they said the same
of male pols. Only when it came
to stereotypically masculine
physical traits like "muscu-
lar" and "athletic" did the
perception of male politicians
fail to conform to the wider
male type.
What is going on here?
Schneider and Bos suggest
that "despite gains in the per-

lF,:,hlti.:jn'; v'ho. a-re
re may still not be
nen in office for vot-
a consensus of ste-
know what female
ire like we aren't
eralize them be-

cause we don't know enough of
them. But the utter mismatch
between stereotypes of women
in general and stereotypes of
women in office also speaks to
Americans' begrudging accep-
tance of this very low level of
women in power.
We might be OK with letting
20 women serve in the U.S.
Senate, as long as their political
representation doesn't threaten
our conception of most women,
who are still expected to fulfill
their feminine duties of rais-
ing children and looking pretty.
At some point, you'd hope that
the growing representation of
women in political office would
start to influence the stereotyp-
ical traits we associate with all
women. But that would require
us to actually see female lead-
ers as . leaders.
Amanda Hess is a writer and
editor in Los Angeles. She blogs
for DoubleX on sex, science, and



3A THE ,!MS I i lriS,% JUNE 26-JULY 2, 2013


E | B' ROGER CALDWELL, Miami Times contributor, |et3B@bellsouth net

Scott sides with big business again
Eighty percent of Floridians are eliminating workers and would hurt their profits, drive bor and activist groups uqr
support paid sick leave, but making their employees work off new businesses, and de- ing him to veto the bill. Their
our governor finds himself on harder. Many of these large stroy job creation, were also 1,000 phone calls de
the wrong side of the major- corporate giants are sitting on In 2012 more than 50,000 manding that Scott reject th
ity and refuses to listen. It is the largest profits in their his- Orange County voters tried to bill, but he left a small windo
a fact that our governor lost tory, but they refuse to share place the sick time measure open by putting together a tas
the lawsuit for the Affordable their profits with their employ- on the November ballot, but force to investigate the benefit
Care Art and now he is refus- ees. it was blocked by the County and problems with the new bil

ing $51 billion from the federal
government to expand Medic-
aid and set up the healthcare
exchange. When Governor Rick
Scott was asked to approve the
construction of the speed rail,
he refused, and now there are
four lawsuits in the court that
he is fighting.
With the U.S. being the most
overworked industrialized
country -in the world, it would
seem that corporate leader-
ship would work to improve
the working conditions in the
workplace. But instead of mak-
ing it easier for workers, they

In Florida last week, Scott

Commission. After the sick

In 2012 more than 50,000 Orange County voters tried to
place the sick time measure on the November ballot, but it
was blocked by the County Commission.

signed a bill that would block
local governments from enact-
ing paid sick leave laws. He
sided with Walt Disney World,
Darden Restaurants, the Flori-
da Chamber of Commerce and
a broad array of other power-
ful corporations. These cor-
porations argued that the law

time was blocked by the com-
mission, a three-judge panel
ordered the board to put it on
the 2014 ballot. Even if the sick
time measure is passed in Or-
ange County, Scott's bill would
make the County's bill invalid.
Before he signed the bill there
were protests from several la-


The bill, HR 655, will go into ef-
fect on July 1, 2013, but the
fight is not over.
Many progressive. organiza-
tions that oppose the bill will
inevitably file lawsuits in the
courts and in Orange County
there are allegations that deals
were made between corrupt
commissioners and lobbyists.
These allegations have led to
a criminal investigation and a
civil lawsuit that is still pend-
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Orlan-


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Rep. Mike Rogers: NSA keeps America safe
The gross distortion of two It doesn't include any names or proval. an inspector general and gen-
vital National Security Agency the content of calls. It doesn't create a "back door" eral counsels who ensure that
[NSA] programs is dangerous These records can only be ac- to any company's server, and these authorities are exercised
and unfortunate, cessed when NSA is investigat- doesn't authorize monitoring of in accordance with the law. The
Neither program authorizes ing a foreign terrorist. If a for- U.S. citizens. No U.S. person House and Senate each have In-
NSA to read e-mails or listen eign terrorist is found linked to anywhere in the world can be telligence Committees charged
to phone calls of American citi- an American, the tip is passed intentionally monitored without with overseeing these authori-

zens. Both are constitutional
with numerous checks and bal-
ances by all three branches of
They have been authorized
and overseen by Congress and
presidents of both parties. And
they have produced vital intelli-
gence, preventing dozens of ter-
rorist attacks around the world,
including plots against New
York City subways and the New
York Stock Exchange.
The first program allows NSA
to preserve a limited category of
business records. It preserves
only phone numbers and the
date, time and duration of calls.

Additionally, electronic surveillance for foreign intelli-
gence purposes occurs with approval of the Foreign In-
Stelligence Surveillance Court. None of these structures
and protections was in place in the 1950s, '60s or '70s.

to the FBI and requires a court
order before additional action
can be taken. This is a critical
tool for connecting the dots be-
tween foreign terrorists plotting
attacks in the U.S.
The second program allows
the NSA to target foreigners
overseas to collect certain for-
eign intelligence with court ap-

a specific order.
Any comparison to govern-
ment abuses in decades past is
highly misleading. Today's pro-
grams are authorized in law,
with a thorough system of over-
sight and checks and balances
in place, and a court review not
present in the past.
Now each of the agencies has

Additionally, electronic sur-
veillance for foreign intelligence
purposes occurs with approval
of the Foreign Intelligence Sur-
veillance Court. None of these
structures and protections was
in place in the 1950s, '60s or
These narrowly targeted pro-
grams are legal, do not invade
Americans' privacy, and are es-
sential to detecting and disrupt-
ing future terrorist attacks.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is
chairman of the House Perma-
nent Select Committee on Intel-

L6 D i T 1 -


Does Zimmerman's lawyer's joke The humanities and social sciences are critical

in his opening statement indicate Once again, in our conten- know the expectations for suc- second-language study in the that virtually every other na-
disrespect for the trial? tious Congress, the sideshow cess and have the resources earliest years, encourage inter- tion is seeking to emulate,
is unstaaing the circus. While necessary to meet them? With- national experiences for under- stabilize the funding for such

Liberty City, home health aide

"Yes. He T^
doesn't even
think Zim-
merman is i
going to get
charged ei-

Jacksonville, attorney

"It did. -It -r
wasn't the -'.
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that; maybe
during jury
selection as JE
some sort of
but not in a
opening statement."

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Liberty City, cosmetologist

"I think it was [disrespectful].
Why would
you joke when
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child is dead?"

Allapattah, social worker

"It was absurd, trifling and
low-down. He
showed disre-
spect for the
law and [Tray-
von's] par-

Miami. chef

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our representatives are busy
defining what kind of political
science research the National
Science Foundation is allowed
to fund, they are overlooking
the big picture that the hu-
manities and social sciences,
not just the physical and life
sciences, are also vital to the
future of this country.
Can there really be any seri-
ous disagreement that strong
skills in English language arts
and mathematics, as outlined
in the "Common Core" stan-
dards that have been adopted
by 45 states for their K-12 pro-
grams, are a'powerful starting
point for preparing students
for college, careers and effec-
tive citizenship?,Or that teach-
ers, like their students, need to

out literacy and numeracy, our
young people aren't going to
make it in school, in 21st cen-'
tury life or in the working world.

graduates, and continue the
federal programs that further
language study and cultural
immersion. Such investments

We need to protect America's peer-reviewed, idea-
driven research that virtually every other nation is
seeking to emulate, stabilize the funding for such
work, and prepare a new generation of graduate students who can
take this knowledge into careers within and beyond academia.

Let's not shortchange them in
the name of overstated local
autonomy or states' rights. The
Common Core standards were
developed with the leadership
of governors, not Washington.
While we're at it, let's make
it a nationwide goal to begin

Black politicians must

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"Yes, it was "That lawyer owes [Trayvon's] communicate better
disrespectful an i saw in The Miami Times that district, she sent me
Thouiscase a he needs to be Congressman Frederica Wilson the time telling me
young man disbarred." had a meeting for her district happening in Tallaha
young his li. at the 93rd Street Community bills passed, what bill
lost his life." Baptist Church. About 200 peo- feated, what was com:
1pie turned out which is very low. how she voted. Black
-- A lot more would have attended only contact me whe
U had we known. How was this up for re-election. Do

meeting advertised? By the time
I found out the meeting was al-
ready over. I would have told
Ms. Wilson that I am against il-
legals being given green cards,
thus taking more jobs away
from Blacks. I am Black and
when I lived in Gwen Margolis'

e- n' -- Is all
what was
ssee, what
Ils were de-
ing up and
n they are
they really

want to hear from Black voters.
What are they doing for the dis-
trict, does anybody know? Black
politicians simply aren't doing a
good job of communicating.

Linda Simmons
North Miami

enhance our competitiveness
and security.
Let's continue to enlarge our
knowledge of ethics, civics, ge-
ography, history and society
through research. We need
to protect America's peer-re-
viewed, idea-driven research

work, and prepare a new gen-
eration of graduate students
who can take this knowledge
into careers within and beyond
academia. Colleges need to
make a more compelling case
for liberal arts education and
then make sure they are deliv-
ering what they promise.
To realize their potential, ex-
panded public-private collabo-
ration is the critical element
for success. We need to make
this model a reality. Science is
essential but science alone
cannot make the tough deci-
sions that impact us as hu-
Norman Augustine is former
CEO of Lockheed Martin. Da-
vid Skorton is president of Cor-
nell University.

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Turkey's deputy PM gives 'standing

man' protest his nod of approval

By Associated Press

Turkey's deputy prime min-
ister gave a nod of approval
last Wednesday to a new form
of peaceful resistance that is
spreading through Turkey.
Although police dispersed
pockets of protesters who set up
barricades in two Turkish cities
overnight, the sometimes violent
anti-government demonstrations
have largely given way to a pas-
sive form of resistance, with peo-
ple standing motionless.
Hundreds of demonstrators
stood still for hours in squares
on main streets in several cities,
mimicking a lone protester who
started the trend last Monday on
Istanbul's Taksim Square and
has been dubbed the "standing
In the first direct government
comment on the new style of pro-
test, Deputy Prime Minister Bu-
lent Arinc told reporters that such
standing protests are peaceful
and "pleasing to the eye." How-
ever, he also urged demonstrators
to avoid obstructing traffic and
endangering their own health.
"This is not an act of violence,"
Arinc said. "We cannot condemn
However, Hasan Kilic of the
Istanbul Bar Association said
as many as 68 people who have
taken part in the widespread pro-
tests were in custody for alleged
links to "terror" groups, while 33
people were being questioned by
authorities and faced possible or-
ganized crime charges.
More than 3,000 people have
been detained then released since
the anti-government demonstra-

-REUTERS/Marko Djurica
People stand during a silent protest atTaksim Square in Istanbul June 17.Turkey's Deputy Prime
Minister Bulent Arinc said on Monday the armed forces could be called up if needed to help quell
popular protests that have swept Turkish cities in the last two weeks, the first time the possibility of
a military role has been raised.

tions began late last month, said
the Human Rights Association.
Last Monday night, police dis-
persed hundreds of standing pro-
testers at Taksim Square, but are
now allowing such demonstra-
tions to continue unhindered.
But not everyone is in favor of
Last Wednesday, eight people,
wearing T-shirts that read: "man
standing against the standing
man" stood in front of "standing

man" protesters in an apparent
pro-government demonstration.
They stayed for half an hour be-
fore departing Taksim in taxis.
Turkey's widespread anti-gov-
ernment protests erupted across
Turkey on May 31, when riot
police brutally cracked down on
peaceful environmental activists
who opposed plans to remove
trees and develop 'Gezi Park,
which lies next to Istanbul's
famed Taksim Square.

The protesters also have ex-
pressed discontent with what
they say is the gradual erosion of
freedoms and secular values dur-
ing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan's 10 years in office.
Last Tuesday night, police
used water cannons to scatter
hundreds of protesters who had
set up barricades in Ankara, the
capital, and in Eskisehir, 140
miles west, the state-run Anadolu
Agency reported.

South Africans:

Leave Nelson

Mandela alone

By Zaheer Cassim and Catherine Featherston

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Will native son and
national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with ill-
That is the single question dominating headlines, speeches.
Twkitter and conversation throughout South Afnca.
It's an unusual situation in a country where death is an
off-limits topic due to local culture. But as locals brace them-
selves, anxious and hopeful, they remain stoic and protecute,
insisting on Mandela's privacy as he battles a lung infection.
And they say he has a right to be left alone.
"This is a man who gave so much of himself to this coun-
try," said Roseline Wilson, 30, an. insurance company repre-
sentative in Johannesburg. "He must rest. He has suffered
too much in his old age."
Mandela last Thursday spent a slxth day in the hospi-
tal where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.
President Jacob Zuma said last Thursday he is improving but
remains in serious condition.
Mandela, 94. is revered in this country and throughout
Africa for his dedication to the freedom of South Africans. He
spent 27 years in prison for leading civil disobedience cam-
paigns and for his role in acts of sabotage to violently oter-
throw the government.
But when he emerged from prison in 1990, he led a cam-
paign of reconciliation with the repressive white regime that
had institutionalized racism in a system known as apartheid.
He and the white president at the time. Fredenrik Willem de
Klerk, received the Nobel Peace Prize for shepherding demo-
cratic reforms and the peaceful abolishing of apartheid.
The reforms led to free and fair elections in which Mandela
became the country's first Black president in 1994.
"He saved a bloodbath in the making." said Sam rOmar. 72,
a doctor in the small town of' Vereneeging. "Most importantly.
he forgave. This is a message for the country."
Over the past few months. Mandela has been repeatedly
hospitalized for respiratory problems originating from tuber-
culosis he contracted during his captiuvity. Last week. Mandela
was readmitted to the hospital for fluid in his lungs.
Locals are skeptical about reports that Mandela's health is
improving. Mandela's family has been a constant presence at
the hospital, and wife Graca Machel and his grandson Man-
dela arrived at the Pretoria facility Wednesday afternoon.
Omar said that many of his patients don't talk about Man-
dela being sick but focus on the man himself and the future.
Talk on the street is not about his illness but about "letting
him go."
According to lsintu a Zulu word for traditional South
African culture the ver sick can't let go from life unless the
family "releases" them, or gives them permission. If they do,
the famthily is essentially telling their loved one that they will be
able to survive their passing. Then the dying can find peace
and surrender to death.
African culture also holds that people do not talk about
a person's death until they die. This is called "ubuntu" or

Tunisia rapper sentenced for police song

By Associated Press

A Tunisian court convicted
last Thursday a rap artist for in-
sulting police with a song calling
them dogs and sentenced him to
two years in prison, his lawyer
The verdict comes as Tunisia's
justice system is under increas-
ing scrutiny after a series of con-
troversial decisions, including
sentencing women's rights ac-
tivists to four months in prison

for demonstrating topless while
releasing suspects in last year's
attack on the U.S. Embassy.
Lawyer Ghazi Mrabet de-
scribed the sentence as overly
severe and said he would ap-
peal the verdict against his cli-
ent Alaa Yacoub, 24, known by
his rapper name Weld El 15, or
"Son of 15."
Yacoub's song "Boulicia Kleb,"
or "the police are dogs," was re-
leased on YouTube.
He was originally tried and

convicted in absentia for incit-
ing violence against officials and
insulting police back in March.
He turned himself in and was
retried, but given the same two-
year sentence.
His supporters were outraged
by the verdict and struggled
with police outside the court-
room. Four people, including a
journalist, another rapper and
two friends of the artist were ar-
rested, according to Mrabet.
Yacoub's case is remarkably

similar to that of Moroccan rap-
per Mouad Belghouat, who last
year served a year in prison for
insulting police with his song
"Dogs of the State."
Tunisia under former Presi-
dent Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was
a police state in which security
forces were widely reviled.
Tunisians overthrew the gov-
ernment in January 2011 in an
uprising that sparked off pro-
democracy movements around
the region.

Hussein Gallo, 7, stands by a mural of Nelson Mandela in the
Soweto township in Johannesburg. The former South African

Marines, Army form quick-strike forces for Africa
tao ffcasknwo heatc

By Tom Vanden Brook

Corps and Army have developed
quick-reaction forces to respond
to attacks such as the one in
Benghazi, Libya, that killed four
Americans, including the U.S.
The Marines will base 500
troops at Moron Air Force Base in
Spain, about 35 miles southeast
of Seville, said Capt. Eric Flana-
gan, a Marine Corps spokesman.
They can be flown on short no-
tice to African crises aboard six
Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
Those aircraft can take off and
land like a helicopter and cruise
at more than 300 mph. Two KC-

130 tanker aircraft have been
dedicated to refuel them in flight,
which will expand their reach.
The unit is known as the Spe-
cial Purpose Marine Air-Ground'
Task Force for Crisis Response.
It will act as a first responder to
U.S. embassies in the region on
behalf of U.S. Africa Command,
Flanagan said. It will be on
standby to help evacuate Ameri-
cans from hot spots and to pro-
vide disaster relief and humani-
tarian missions.
The Army has developed the
East Africa Response Force,
which operates under the Com-
bined Joint Task Force Horn
of Africa. Its headquarters are at
Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. The


The U.S. Marines' Osprey tilt-rotor vertical aircraft will be used
to fly the rapid reaction force from Spain to trouble spots in Africa.

company-size unit is equipped
with aircraft to conduct evacua-
tions and rescue missions in the
"Soldiers have been on the
ground in Djibouti to support
this mission since April and
have the capabilities they need
to conduct it," said. Brig. Gen.
Kimberly Field, deputy director
of strategy, plans and policy for
the Army.
The soldiers for the force come
from the 2nd Brigade Combat
Team of the 1st Infantry Divisiofn
based at Fort Riley, Kan.
The Benghazi attack on Sept.
11, 2012, exposed the vulner-
ability of U.S. outposts in dan-
gerous countries. Although Pen-

tagon officials knew of the attack
as it was happening, they lacked
forces in the region capable of
responding fast enough to help.
The consulate was overrun by Is-
lamist militants, killing Ambas-
sador Christopher Stephens. A
nearby U.S. facility was also at-
The light, quick forces de-
ployed by the Marines and Army
are designed to fill that gap in
north and east Africa.
"Benghazi really throttled
things up," Flanagan said. "Ev-
erybody has looked at the threat
and decided this is the new nor-
mal. We need something more
responsive in the North Africa



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-Miami Times photos/D. Kevin McNeir.
Members of the South Florida drug and alcohol free coalitions express their the media.

The Miami Times honored by

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid greets Nettie Wash-
ington Douglass, a descendant of Frederick Douglass, after a
statue was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol of the former slave who
hpbecamp a nrominent voice of abolitionism.

anti-drug groups at luncheon Statue unveiled,
Miami Ti -d .r u.. ..

The South Florida Coalition
Alliance was the lead sponsor
for a recent event that recog-
nized the impact and power of
media partnerships to prevent
substance abuse in our com-
munity. Speakers at the Fifth
Annual Media Leaders Lun-
cheon included: Kathleen Can-
non, CEO/president, United
Way of Broward; Major Gen-
eral Arthur Dean, CEO/chair-
man, Community Anti-Drug
Coalitions of America [CADCA];
Bobby Henry, publisher, The
Westside Gazette; Dr. Peter
DeBenedittis, media literacy
and prevention specialist; Pat
Castillo, vice-president, United
Way of Broward County Com-
mission on Substance Abuse;
and Dr. Doug Hughes, The
Miami Coalition for a Safe,
Healthy arid Drug-Free Com-

Abdias Armenteros, 14,
blows a mellow tune on his sax.

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The senior editor of The Miami Times, D. Kevin McNeir, ac-
cepts the award for outstanding media leadership on behalf of the
90-year-old newspaper.

Other sponsors included:
The Miami Heat Charitable
Fund, Palm Beach County
Substance Awareness Com-
mission, Florida Department
of Children and Families and
The Miami Coalition. Awards
were presented to local media,
print, radio and television, for
their active participation and

leadership in promoting drug-
free living among the youth in
their respective communities.
Award were presented to: The
Miami Times; The Westside Ga-
zette; WFOR CBS4; Univision
23; Clear Channel Radio (Total
Traffic Network); WSRF Radio
1580; Island Television and
Haitian Digital Television.

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Major General Arthur Dean
addresses the audience.

-Miami Times photos/Tony Brooks
Marie Woodson, along with her son and daughter, Kelly, who sang at the program and Advisory
Board Executive Director Retha Boone-Fye.

2013 Pillars Awards Ceremony

honors local leaders and youth

Miami Times staff report

The Miami-Dade County Of-
fice of Community Advocacy rec-
ognized community leaders and
young pillars at the 2013 Pillars
Awards Ceremony hosted by the
Black Affairs Advisory Board's
Heritage Planning Committee.
The honorees were selected for
their support of programs or
businesses which positively im-
pact the community and com-
mitment to public service. The
2013 Community Pillars were:
Penelope Townsley (Public Ser-
vice); Jacques Laroche (Busi-
ness); Melton Shakir Mustafa
(The Arts); Rodney Baltimore

The community leaders chosen as this year's community pillars
with members of the Advisory Board.

(Media), Rev. Darryl K. Baxter
(Religion); Minister Willie Harris
(Humanitarian); and Dr. Vincent
Omachonu (Education). Schol-
arships were also awarded to
"Young Pillars" students who
are enrolled in a post-secondary
institution and involved in vari-
ous civic-oriented activities. The

recipients were: Jahnisha Wil-
liams (Bethune-Cookman Uni-
versity); Jamesha Hail (Florida
A&M University); Chevon Wil-
liams (University of Florida);
Amani Jackson (FAMU); Kiara
Moyer (FAMU); and Ashley Bud-
hu (Florida Memorial Univer-

Douglass hailed

for equality fight

By Ashley Southall

Frederick Douglass, the slave turned abolitionist, believed in
freedom and equality for "all of us, regardless of our race, gen-
der, religion or sexual orientation," his great-great-granddaugh-
ter said last Wednesday at the unveiling of a statue of Douglass
in the Capitol.
The descendant, Nettie Washington Douglass, spoke beneath
the bronze statue of Douglass in Emancipation Hall on the day
known as Jurneteenth, or Emancipation Day, before a crowd of
600 visitors that included Congressional leaders, relatives, cur-
rent and former city officials, rights activists and historians.
Douglass's nod to her ancestor's support of equality came as
the Supreme Court, in chambers just across the street, was pre-
paring to decide cases involving same-sex marriage, affirmative
action and voting rights.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. joined Douglass and other
leaders in hailing Douglass's rise from slavery to prominence as
a writer and orator who helped pioneer the abolitionist move-
ment. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican
leader, said Douglass was the "consummate self-made man,"
while Biden said he was "one of my favorite Republicans."
Douglass is one of four Blacks who have been honored with a
statue or a bust in the Capitol. The others are the Rev. Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth.
Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot, Md., sometime
around FebruarN 1818. After teaching himself to read, he
escaped at age 20 and fled to New York, where he founded the
abolitionist ne\ spaper The North Star and advocated women's
suffrage. He spent the last 23 years of his life in Washington,
where he died at age 77 He w as buried in Rochester, where he
lived for 25 years. Douglass also pushed for self-governance and
Voting rights for the residents of Washington.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who is Washington's non-
voting delegate to Congress, has taken up that mantle, repeated-
ly introducing legislation in Congress that would grant statehood
to Washington.
The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada,
has thrown his weight behind the latest effort. He announced
that last Tuesday he had signed on as a sponsor of legislation
that would grant statehood to Washington.

Afghan president angered

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the government would stop
participating in the security
talks because of a "contradic-
tion" between U.S. words and
deeds on the peace process.
In a second statement a few
hours later, it said Afghan
officials wouldn't attend the
separate negotiations with
the Taliban planned in the
Persian Gulf nation of Qatar
until they were "fully Afgha-
nized" and that the opening
of a Taliban political office
Monday in Doha, the Qatari
capital, undermined earlier
assurances from the U.S.
The statement didn't say
what those assurances were
or how long the suspension
would last. The security talks
are aimed at defining the
U.S.-Afghan relationship af-
ter American-led foreign forc-
es' departure from Afghani-
stan, scheduled for the end of
next year.
Obama said misunder-
standings aren't surprising

given the enormous mistrust
between the Afghan govern-
ment and the Taliban, but it
was still important to explore
opportunities for a political
"Not only have the Taliban
and the Afghan government
been fighting for a long time,
they're fighting as we speak,"
he said at a news conference
in Berlin with German Chan-
cellor Angela Merkel. "We're
in the middle of a war. And
Afghans are still being killed
and, by the way, members
of the international forces
there are still being killed.
And that's not abating as we
Underscoring his point, four
Americans were killed in a
Taliban rocket attack on Ba-
gram air base in eastern Af-
ghanistan late Tuesday just
as Obarna was announcing
negotiations with the insur-
gent group in an "important
first step" toward reconcili-
ation. The Taliban said in a
statement that its fighters
fired two missiles.

Honoree the Rev. Darryl K. Baxter with Apostle Gail Harris,
wife of honoree Willie Harris.




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Over-incarceration is not justice being served

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

If you commit a crime and
wind up slumped in the back-
seat of a squad car, its a pret-
ty good chance that even if a
judge does not ultimately issue
an order for the department of
corrections to lock you up and
throw away the key, you could
still end up missing in action
for so long that everyone in the
free world will begin to won-
der if you will ever return back
home again.
By now, its no ancient Chi-
nese secret that because of
harsh sentencing practices on
behalf of the justice system,
Florida prisoners particu-
larly those of African descent
- are being held in prison for
a lengthy period of time, many
of them much longer than nec-
Rehabilitation has taken a
backseat to warehousing, and
prisoners have become akin to

stacks of dirty dishes
that have been left sit-
ting in the kitchen sink
for years without ever
being washed 'clean.
No one seems to care
about why they have '
been dragged from
camp to camp, unchal- Hi
lenged mentally and spiritu-
ally year in and year out. The
justice system would explain
its position as simply carrying
out the intent of the Florida
legislature in imposing stiff
punishment to convicted fel-
ons, and the Florida Depart-
ment of Corrections is truly
grateful for the opportunity to
be able to provide people with
jobs, mostly to folks living in
predominantly white rural ar-
eas across the state, locations
where prisons are the lifeblood
of their economy.
For those of you in the free
world who are determined to
engage in criminal activity, the

message being deliv-
ered here is that you're
putting yourself in a
;position to risk facing
a two-headed jugger-
naut. The justice sys-
tem and penal system
are working in cahoots
ALL to not only ensure that
non-violent offenders vanish
from society for an allotted
period of no less than 85 per-
cent of their time, but also to
cause offenders who have been
convicted of crimes that are
deemed violent by definition of
the law to remain in prison for
the same amount of time given
to a cold-blooded murderer in
spite of the fact that no actual
violence had occurred during
their crimes, crimes involving
relatively no victim injury or
bodily harm. For these prison-
ers in particular, even if their
sentences are statutorily le-
gal, at what point does it be-
come morally appropriate to

conclude that a man has been
well-punished for crime? And
if his error was made at a ten-
der age out of his crime prone
years? After 15 ... 20 ... or 25
years have gone by? Perhaps
the goal, systematically, is to
keep him incarcerated for as
long as possible the longer
he is kept, the better it is for
Since nothing is being done
about the widespread impo-
sition of heavy-handed sen-
tences sentences that don't
fit the crimes that were com-
mitted you can't help but
wonder if the powers that be
are getting away with murder
themselves, overkilling a large
number of Florida prisoners
with over-incarceration.
For now, no amount of won-
dering is going to stop the
bleeding what will, though,
is a conscious decision to
avoid doing the crime in order
to avoid doing the time.

Case dropped against teen who fatally shot burglar

By David Ovalle

In what was another test of
the state's controversial Stand
Your Ground self-defense law,
Miami-Dade authorities an-
nounced last Wednesday they
won't charge a teen who waited
outside an apartment building
and fatally shot an unarmed
burglar as he tried to escape.
Jordan Beswick, 19, had
faced second-degree murder
charges for the death of Bryan
Antonio DeJesus, 22, in Janu-
ary. But prosecutors concluded
they could not prove his guilt
under Florida's self-defense law.
The development came one
day after prosecutors, in an
unrelated case, announced
they would not charge a Miami
Shores teen who shot an un-

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armed thief who stole a Wave-
Runner from his family's back-
In deciding against criminal
charges in each of the high-pro-
file cases, Miami-Dade prosecu-
tors cited Florida's self-defense
law, which critics say encour-
ages an atmosphere of shoot-
first vigilante justice.

Before 2005, a Florida citizen
had a "duty to retreat" before
using lethal force to counter a
The law is under national
scrutiny in Sanford, where
neighborhood watchman
George Zimmerman is on trial,
accused of murdering 17-year-
old Trayvon Martin, of Miami
Gardens. Zimmerman, 29, is
claiming self-defense in fatal-
ly shooting the unarmed teen
during a scuffle inside a gated
Sanford community just north
of Orlando.
Lawmakers in 2005 also
beefed up the law's existing
"Castle Doctrine" to give a resi-
dent a "presumption" that any
intruder, armed or not, poses a
threat of "death or great bodily

Trial opens in Boynton Beach gas st

By Marc Freeman "

Because there's a gas sta-
tion surveillance video, Palm
Beach County jurors this week,
watched Naomie Breton become
engulfed in flames and try to
fend off a machete-wielding at-
Prosecutors say the horrify-
ing footage from the early hours
of June 11, 2012, proves Roos-
evelt Mondesir, 53, of Lantana,
tried to murder his former girl-
friend and mother of their then-
4-year-old son.
"He came in there with gas
in that gas can, he came there
with that machete," Chief As-
sistant State Attorney Adrienne
Ellis said during opening argu-
ments Monday. "He came there
fully prepared to kill her."
The 3 a.m. confrontation
outside the 7-Eleven at 7044
Lawrence Road in Boynton
Beach left Breton, 35, with sec-
ond- and third-degree burns on
portions of her upper body. It
followed a series of disputes be-
tween the couple over infidelity


"If I can't have her, nobody
else can that's what this case
is about," Ellis said of the com-
bustible end of their eight-year
Mondesir is charged with at-
tempted first-degree murder
with a deadly weapon and do-
mestic aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon. He faces a
maximum sentence of life in


prison if convicted of the first
count, and up to five years
if found guilty of the assault
Defense attorney Ade Griffin
told the jury her client is guilty
of aggravated assault but not
attempted murder because he
"never had the conscious at-
tempt" to kill Breton.
"This case is about a battered
man and a tortured father,"

Archdiocese faces sexual abuse suit

By David Noriega

A new lawsuit against the
Archdiocese of Miami claims
that the head pastor at Coral
Springs St. Andrew Catho-
lic School covered up sexual
abuse by a music teacher over
several years.
The alleged abuser, Miguel
Cala, currently is serving a
23-year-term for several cases
in which he molested children
during music lessons at their
The new suit alleges that
Cala repeatedly raped a boy
at school between 2006 and
2010, starting when the boy
was six.
According to the lawsuit, Fa-
ther George Puthusseril saw
Cala abusing the boy but did
not report the misconduct. In-
stead, he urged the boy not to
tell his parents, allowing Cala
to continue the abuse.
Puthusseril was promoted to
the rank of monsignor at the
Archdiocese of Miami in Janu-


"There were opportunities for
the archdiocese and St. An-
drew School to protect children
from Cala, but they chose not
to make the safer choice," said
Jeff Herman, the lawyer rep-
resenting the boy and his par-
The victim and his family are
not identified in the lawsuit.
Mary Ross Agosta, an archdi-

ocese spokesperson, issued a
response last Tuesday stating
that, "As in any lawsuit, the
Archdiocese of Miami and its
church personnel have fully
cooperated with the Broward
Sheriffs Office in its investiga-
tion of allegations against Mr.
Moreover, Father Puthus-
seril "has testified under oath
that he had no knowledge of
any sexual abuse by Cala dur-
ing the teacher's tenure at St.

In Beswick's case, pros-
ecutors concluded that even
though the teen left the apart-
ment, it could'not be disproved
that he feared for his life when
he opened fire.
"Florida's 'Stand Your Ground'
Law made it impossible for us
to prosecute Jordan Beswick,"
said Ed Griffith, a State Attor-
ney's Office spokesman. "The
very nature of the break-in gave
his deadly actions legal justifi-
cation. Like it or not, that's the
'Stand Your Ground' law."
Beswick's attorney hailed the
decision, saying the teen and
his family "are eager to move
forward with their lives."
"There is 'no win' in this mat-
ter. A life was lost; this is not
something we celebrate," said
lawyer Sasha Berdeguer.

ition attack

Griffin said of Mondesir, while
the attorney accused the victim
of being promiscuous and ruin-
ing their relationship.
The single mother of three lat-
er testified Monday she wasn't
In his motion, Mondesir
wrote, "there was no intent to
commit such crime, and, exist-
ing evidence proves that, even
had defendant initially sought
to murder the victim, he had
the means to do so but, in fact,
discontinued that effort."
After the jurors were excused
for the night, the attorneys re-
viewed the surveillance video.
Mondesir held his hands tight
to his ears and looked down
as Breton's screams played
through speakers.

Man sentenced to 11 years in prison for investment fraud
A Fort Lauderdale mutual fund executive, accused of blowing investors' money
on lu.ur. iter-ri. iih'e expensive cars iand ie,.eh, hi;:. been sentenced in New York to
ll >-,ejr; in Ori ,'ori.
..hihn iMaterr.. q; ,-,i senienied by Judge Richard Sullivan last Friday in a federal court
,,, r,.ia,-,iatt 3n.
Mttera i, i.u3c u ed cl pri,'iing ,i n e;,i r-. e.arlr,' i.lrir ,1 Fa,:eb_',:b ,3iiid Groir'udn
I't:: claiming he ,.'.'.ned more t an rrillion .ri h re: :,i'l ti-th. i[,-I 3,ad re -j:enri tthe
iTiOney l,j ,.,rih luup r'. itirr,. for io iri ell 3 lrid hi lamhis hil, e item, i ,i ,l e.. ,er,_ie
l'eelrv. ri..ate iels. a oat and lu-ury car....
Tle Feirl 1 3uderdale maria, 'as 3rresterd in rf oemrner ?0l 1 Hi ',3": a':,:u;Cd01 dlucinQ
pieopi. r.e.ted millions ,if doIll3r_ o.%ith I hi Eriti:,h ",'iri 13,ind. ib. 'e, Praetorianr
Gi. m.i6aI Fund Limited

Man uses Bible to light SUV on fire
urveilir,,i':e c.e- r3as ,,utSide 3 We.t 'Kn.-ridall himlE ,:apturEd .-i bljrglir uSinog 3 Bil.k.
to ;.et 3 :port utility, .'ehii,:e- ion fire
it. happered in trhie Encore neigritb'irroo, nejr S.;itrjr.,eei.t !-Il a.en-,je aM ` Qi th
irn th ieio ,,J, Ire t'urglajr got inside 0 nrel P',irigue. i mjnhi b .:i ,1j 4,:ijr,
FIte *it; i. i rvn, ie uuse 3 Ightter t,: ,t I-riu .i3 ri, ,me hllh i -i nere ,jiJ % dri.
lue: 'He 'lidln't ,irir I:, ,Iu I i,., burr rih id, entriti j y luring ,rn the li.lit
The .,dell,' how td thit t ur.lar i.lnhinuCiutily' SI:3rl njg [hri Igrter .i.' h,- eari:hed the
1c ,:.r 31u3blei .
i thinl' he g l .t d up i r u 'p ;, [hh t he ,-i::iul rJn'[ hrin d ,i th i. '.' .,,i rth 13 -ri S o', i h e
d eP , .0 to li.irs, ignite the :ar 0on tire,' : 3ld P dri'gue 'I I i c[ii %i ',' had i:,rrie o.-,,'qen
,lelini elI; ni w ulijl 've tilelel lth re ir nd [h-rj .hi .g ,i:.ulhl'e gi:,' .en u ig '.'
Trie lire burrid] hi Lijcsengrer'S ide troit 'i l -e ,nd iriij Ilji h OIl the r,::i
','.u :ari tell he'- being i;neal'' He Closer the iJ,:,r rc l quiea l, He ',.'3H rn't mriak'. g a
Irl I rinoie, aided PRodrigue.. "We a,:tuai.i lo:k. tile di r, 311 all the tinie We luSI a r13a-
ocnue d I: d:' gr,.'c re th i gh. v there h L i hr gi'm tO t LIu'.. the dcur.;,. ji I ni .j, nirid it
IiOb riei, '
The the ric lole 3 rnegitiiibr's BlaOO 2'Iil Hciid3 PilOt With- 3 Fl,,rlda 130 tq

Woman caught driving drunk without pants
u l. t ?le lielga3 o rt.j3 i:c ught driving drurni .ilth ,3 irS,, pi "l.i.i',
A '?O-'earold drui7 en drivin i uspeiS EC 'lot c ught iq ljith her ronot; dO,,,n liter 3ll,
aitalie Delrgadi-, ..'a;in't '.earirig rv ijnioat hen i '..he oI [ pulled .' er ,:,ri Su 'pi or, in:t
DLll orI in e iri tri e 5 jlas.t W'edilnecdda, "n 3rr .il refurl ij :
Itr a:, the P,,l-anori 6e..a:h ."::irn,,n' s.i.,roi O I iii:e F-ebrjarv.
Atlhed 31 there inidei age drinl-er.'; driving re .l.'rd ar i 3ied ei rei-n ie t beha,ior, iri.-
i. 'rd lijini', Judge John ",la, Huirle, 3. l,',e.trdi-i .J-; ;.,e ltelgado' butnd al I.'],LIIJ, .
I;lgado' ; ".' tra veil'ling in the *;.'riyo,. direi:t.ii:n ji-d jn [he .'.r' -ii *idr oi [he i 03d-
3,'.." rhen t-ie *..,3; pulled ,o',.er btiouI 2 4i5 ni ori ba;tboljd [15 near 'lrI te Poad -
in [3ia ie, the report s,3.,'
Wh'ei 3, l. Florrrda Hlhri.'a'.' Par troltr.per apprr a,;ihed lhe dr,,er'c Jidl- oif [Celado'z
en i lle, s got oui .. nt;i. e the, report
The report proide.s ri e.- l3n3ti',ri about Delgado': 13,l: o -ittire
OLel' Jo toldd the trooper ;.he .-i hedidiri hiTie itroim '."oit'. :here sls e 'aj3 emn-
pi0ied 3 3 bartiendier nd iri lialli denied 9 ing 3rt[hlriig ':, drink: Sh ? later 3dniitted
drinl nog orin shot of tequila.
EelgAdo sTmellEd of 031)rol, the report s3', ;. ind filee uderiigoirig 3 sobrietv test.
she tl.ailed t:. tou:h heel t: toe and repeptedl, raied her 3rmn; t,:' gain' her,)nre.

Miami cop sentenced to 14

months for taking bribes
By Glenn Garvin ting rifig that operated out of the
Player's Choice Barber Shop at
Noting that one of the toughest 6301 NW Sixth Avenue
parts of her job is deciding what Dauphin's sentence also in-
to do "when otherwise good peo- cludes three years of probation
pie do bad and stupid things," as well as forfeiture of $5,000 he
U.S. District Court Judge Mar- was paid for protecting the gam-
cia Cooke last Wednesday sen- bling parlor.
tenced a Miami police officer to Dauphin is one of 11 Miami
14 months in prison 'for taking police officers facing criminal
bribes to protect an illegal Liberty charges or internal disciplinary
City gambling parlor, measures related to the gambling
But Nathaniel Dauphin, who ring. Another cop, 29-year-old
has been cooperating with an FBI Harold James, got a 15-month
investigation of police corruption prison sentence in April after his
surrounding the gambling opera- conviction in federal court.
tion for more than a year, could Dauphin's sentence was lower
have his sentence reduced fur- than the 18-to-24 months called
their before he reports to prison for in federal guidelines. Assis-
on Sept. 3. The judge called his tant U.S. Attorney Robin Waugh
help in the FBI probe "admira- had argued though not very
ble." strenuously for a sentence at
The 42-year-old Dauphin pled "the low end" of the guidelines,
guilty in February to a single -while Dauphin's lawyer David
charge of extortion conspiracy for Howard asked the judge to let his
his role in guarding a sports bet- client off without jail time.


Dads and their kids host Father's

Day picnic at Arcola Lakes Park


Miami Times staff report

Over 100 attended the
annual Father's Day Family
Picnic last Sunday at Arcola
Lakes Park sponsored by
Casting Couch Productions,
LLC and the Miami Kappa

Foundation. Keith Harrell,
a founding member of BTB
and the event's organizer
said, "This picnic is just one
small effort that groups like
BTB should be organizing to
make certain that fathers get
closer to their children each
day." The picnic was fun-

filled with games, bounce
houses and great food; two
talented high school gradu-
ates, Don Domeus of Hia-
leah High School and Alain
Jesulus of Turner Technical
High School, were presented
with brand new Dell laptops.
Domeus graduated with a

GPA of 3.6 and will be at-
tending Miami Dade College.
Jesulus graduated with a
GPA score of 5.4 and will be
attending Morehouse College
in Atlanta. For more infor-
mation about BTB and other
events, go to www.thecast-

-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir

Raising the banner for Black fathers

National and local leaders
and activists participated in
panel discussions during Fa-
ther's Day weekend on topics
that included teen fatherhood,
building stronger communi-
ties, ways to live healthier, do-
ing right by our children and
silencing the violence. The
two-day event was sponsored
by Fatherz in the Hood, Inc.
Pictured are: Ac Atlanta, fit-
ness/motivational coach; a
representative from lead spon-
sor 100 Black Men of South

Florida; Christopher Ben-
jamin, Esq., attorney; Nate
Jones, president/founder,
Fatherz in the Hood, Inc.; Cal-
vin Hughes, anchor, WPLG,
Channel 10; Dr. Wilbert "Tee"
Holloway, Miami-Dade County
Public Schools, board mem-
ber; T. Willard Fair, president/
CEO, Urban League of Greater
Miami; Dr. Waldo E. Johnson,
Jr., associate professor, The
University of Chicago; and
Etan Thomas, NBA veteran
and author.

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-MiamiTimes photo/D. Kevin McNeir

Miamri's motorcycle clubs ride out in support of dads
About 60 members of various motorcycles clubs from Miami-Dade County hopped on their bikes on the Saturday before Father's
Day, riding from Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens to Liberty City, Overtown and other locations to salute the fathers
of South Florida. Riders represented the following clubs: Buffalo Soldiers, The Green Knights, Level Up, Onyx Riders, Freelance,
Glamourous Girls, Born Free, Miami Cruisers, Down 'N' Dirty MC and A Ride to God's House.

League honors women in the judiciary at annual meeting

By Melissa R. Hunsberger

The League of Women Voters of
Miami-Dade County celebrated
93 years at its annual meeting at
the Coral Gables Country Club.
Nearly 70 members, friends and
supporters of the League gath-
ered on June 12th, to honor
those women who were recently
elected as judges. The League
fully appreciates the rigors of
running for elected office and

the exceptional challenges of be-
ing elected to a judicial position.
Keynote speaker, chief judge
of the 11th Judicial Circuit,
Bertila Soto expressed how
valuable the League's work has
been over its nearly 100 year
history. Over the past year alone
the League engaged the commu-
nity and was more visible than
ever before. Some of the high-
lights include a forum on ex-
treme weather with the Greater

Miami Chamber of Commerce,
an expert panel on the horrors
of human trafficking, conversa-
tions around climate change,
absentee ballots and equal pay.
The League also registered new
voters throughout Miami-Dade
County and answered residents
questions related to voting and
the amendments. The organiza-
tion's membership grew by 10
percent and it received the Best
Website Award at the state con-

As one of the most respected
and recognized organizations in
the country the League's non-
partisan participation in the
democratic process will con-
tinue to focus on encouraging
reasoned debate and fairness
in voting. If you'd like to learn
more about becoming a member
of the League, please visit www. or call 305-

All-female George

Zimmerman jury

chosen for trial

By Yamiche Alcindor

After nine days of question-
ing, a jury has been chosen for
the trial of George Zimmerman
in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The jury of six women will de-
cide whether Zimmerman, 29,
is guilty of murdering Trayvon,
17, in a case that captured the
nation's attention last year.
"This is probably as critical if
not more critical than the evi-
dence," Zimmerman's attorney,
Mark O'Mara, said Thursday
about settling on the jurors.
has pleaded not
guilty to second-
degree murder.
The neighborhood
watch volunteer
says he killed
the teen in self-
defense after "
being attacked.
Prosecutors say
he profiled and <,
murdered Martin. ;..
After jury selec-
tion, Circuit Judge ZIMM
Debra Nelson re-
convened a hearing on whether
voice experts will be allowed to
testify about who was heard
during a neighbor's 911 call
screaming that night.
O'Mara said Zimmerman was
pleased that a jury had been
selected. "He's been waiting
to clear his name for 15 to 16
months," he said. "It's been a
long time coming."
An attorney for Trayvon's
parents said the family also
was pleased with the jury being
"This case is about equal
justice and equal justice is not
a Black value, it's not a white
value, it's an American value,"
said Natalie Jackson. "As long
as the jury does their duty,
which is basing their verdict on
the evidence presented in trial,
then we feel good about this
case. We believe the evidence is
overwhelming that George Zim-
merman should be convicted."
O'Mara and Assistant State
Attorney Bernie de la Rionda


both said they wanted to make
sure someone who had already
reached a conclusion about
Zimmerman's guilt or inno-
cence would not make the cut.
Such a "stealth juror," they
said, would hurt both sides.
"It's devastating to the case
to have a juror who has an
agenda," O'Mara said. Such
a rogue juror, he said, would
cause people to lose faith in the
O'Mara told the prospective
jurors that they could niot make
a decision out of sympathy and
would have to be
comfortable find-
ing Zimmerman
not guilty despite
the loss to Tray-
von's family.
Legal experts
> have said that the
i racial makeup of
44 the jury would be
a key factor for
both sides. Five
of the six women
are white. They
RMAN also said people's
views on law
enforcement, -self-defense and
the use of firearms would be
"With the jury being all
women, the defense may have a
difficult time having the jurors
truly understand their defense,
that George Zimmerman was
truly in fear for his life," said
Florida criminal defense attor-
ney Elizabeth Parker, a former
prosecutor. "Women are gentler
than men by nature and don't
have the instinct to confront
trouble head-on."
She added that women are
more emotional than men and
that could benefit the prosecu-
The alternates are two men
and two women.
She said, "Trayvon Martin's
mother and father will be sit-
ting in the courtroom, and
these jurors will see them every
day, knowing that their son
was shot and killed, knowing
that the decision rests in their

u -m .

Obama to call for carbon

cuts at power plants

Climate change
likely to take along,
global view

By David Jackson

President Obama announced
new rules Tuesday to restrict
carbon pollution at new and
existing power plants, part of a
comprehensive plan to combat
climate change that he can put
in place through executive ac-
In a speech at Georgetown
University, Obama also directed
the Interior Department to per-
mit new wind, solar, and other
renewable energy projects on
public lands, enough to power
more than six million homes by
New energy-efficiency proj-
ects are also part of the climate
change plan, according to a
blueprint provided by the White
Although "no single step" can
reverse the existing effects of cli-
mate change, Obama said that
"when it comes to the world we
leave our children, we owe it to
them to do what we can."
In addition to carbon pollution
cuts, Obama will use his speech
to outline plans to prepare the

nation for the impact of global
warming and seek new interna-
tional agreements to address cli-
mate change on a global scale,
the blueprint says.
Most of the climate change
plan involves executive actions
that Obama can do without con-
gressional approval.
The president could have a
difficult time getting other parts
of his environmental agenda
through Congress, given a U.S.
House run by Republicans and
a Senate in which the GOP has
enough members to mount effec-
tive filibusters.
Republicans and members of
the energy industry criticized
Obama's climate change plan,
saying it will lead to higher util-
ity bills and less development of
reliable energy.
Brendan Buck, a spokesman
for House Speaker John Boehner,
R-Ohio, said the president's plan
would "limit low-cost energy op-
tions, hike costs for consumers,
and destroy good-paying jobs."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell, R-Ky., said Obama's
plan amounts to a "war on coal"
that translates to a "war on jobs."
Said McConnell: "It's tanta-
mount to kicking the ladder out
from beneath the feet of many
Americans struggling in today's








Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wipes perpiration from his neck at a news

conference in which he announced future plans for the integration

move in St. Augustine, Fla., June 17, 1964. King remarked, "It's hotter

in more ways than one in St. Augustine."

Miami Times staff report

Despite the 1954 Supreme
Court decision in Brown v.
Board of Education, which
ruled that the "separate but
equal" legal status of U.S. pub-
lic schools made those schools
inherently unequal, the City
of St. Augustine, Florida re-
mained thoroughly segregat-
ed. By the early 60s, only six
Black children had been ad-
mitted into white schools. The
homes of two of the families
of these children were burned
down while other families were
forced to move out of the coun-
ty because the parents had
been fired from their jobs.
In 1963 a sit-in protest at the
local Woolworth's lunch coun-
ter ended in the arrest and im-
prisonment of 16 young Black
protesters and seven juveniles.
Four of the children, two of
whom were 16-year-old girls,
were sent to "reform" school
and retained for six months.
The St. Augustine Four, as they
came to be known, JoeAnn An-
derson, Audrey Nell Edwards,
Willie Carl Singleton and Sam-
uel White, had their case pub-
licized as an egregious injus-
tice by Jackie Robinson, the
national NAACP, the Pittsburgh
Courier, The Miami Times and
others. Finally, a special action
of the governor and cabinet of
Florida freed them in January

In September 1963, the Ku
Klux Klan staged a rally of sev-
eral hundred Klansmen on the
outskirts of town. They seized
NAACP leader and a local den-
tist, Dr. Robert Hayling, and
three other NAACP activists
(Clyde Jenkins, James Jack-
son and James Hauser) whom
they beat with fists, chains and

-Associated Press
Civil Rights demonstrations around the "slave market," St. Augustine, Florida, 1964.

clubs. The four men were res-
cued by Florida Highway Pa-
trol officers. St. John's County
Sheriff arrested four white men
for the beating and also arrest-
ed the four unarmed Blacks
for "assaulting" the large crowd
of armed Klansmen. Charges
against the Klansmen were
dismissed, but Hayling was
convicted of "criminal assault"
against the KKK mob.

In the spring of 1964, Hay-
ling put out a call to northern
college students to come to St.
Augustine for spring break -
not to go to the beach but
to take part in civil rights ac-
tivities. Accompanying them
were four prominent Boston
women: three wives of Epis-

copal bishops and the fourth,
the wife of the vice-president of
the John Hancock Insurance
Company. The arrest' on April
1, 1964 of Mary Parkman Pea-
body, the 72-year-old mother
of the governor of Massachu-
setts in an integrated group at
the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge
made the front page news. That
event brought the movement
in St. Augustine to interna-
tional attention. Over the next
few months, the city got more
publicity than it ever had in its
many centuries of existence.
A massive non-violent direct
action campaign was led by
Hayling and Southern Chris-
tian Leadership Conference
[SCLC] staff including: Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev.
C.T. Vivian, Rev. Ralph Aber-
nathy, Rev. Hosea Williams,

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, An-
drew Young, Dorothy Cotton
and others. From May until
July 1964, protesters endured
abuse, beatings and verbal as-
saults without any retaliation.
By absorbing the violence and

-AP Photo
hate instead of striking back
the protesters gained national
sympathy and were a factor in
passing the Civil Rights Act of
The movement engaged in
nightly marches down King
Street. The protesters were
met by white segregationists
who violently assaulted them.
Hundreds of the marchers
were arrested and incarcerat-
ed. The jail was filled, so sub-
sequent detainees were kept
in an uncovered stockade in
the hot sun. When attempts
were made to integrate the
beaches of Anastasia Island,
demonstrators were beaten
and driven into the water by
segregationists. Some of the
protesters could not swim and
had to be saved from possible
drowning by other demon-
strators. The demonstrations
came to a climax when a group
of Black and white protesters
jumped into the swimming
pool at the Monson Motor
Lodge. In response to the pro-
test the manager of the motel,
James Brock, who was the
president of the Florida Hotel
& Motel Association, was pho-
tographed pouring what he
claimed to be acid into the pool
to get the protesters out. Pho-
tos of this and of a policeman
jumping into the pool to arrest
them, were broadcast around
the world and became some
of the most famous images of
the entire civil rights move-
ment. The motel and pool were
demolished in March 2003,
despite five years of protests,
thus eliminating one of the na-
tion's important landmarks of
the Civil Rights Movement.
The St. Augustine Riots re-
main one of the darkest mo-
ments in our country's history
and also one of the most sig-
nificant in the quest for equal
rights for Blacks.

Early Black church

in Maine makes it

on endangered list

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -
The Abyssinian Meeting House
is the nation's third-oldest
-standing Black meeting house,
used for religious, social, edu-
cational and cultural events
until its closing in 1917.
Last Wednesday, the National
Trust for Historic Preservation
named the wood-frame building
to its 2013 list of American's
most-endangered places.
The church was built in
1828 on a hill a few blocks
from Portland Harbor, and its
members and preachers were
leaders of the Underground
Railroad movement who ac-
tively concealed, supplied and
transported runaway slaves.
Portland was a northern hub
of the Underground Railroad,
where Black and white activists
provided refuge for slaves and
helped organize escape routes
to England and Canada.

After closing, the church was
converted to tenement apart-
ments in 1924 and eventually
abandoned and taken over by
the city of Portland for back tax-
es in 1991. The Committee to
Restore the Abyssinian, a non-
profit that was formed to pur-
chase and preserve the struc-
ture, bought the building from
the city in 1998. The property
has since undergone extensive
work to preserve the original
character, but an estimated $1
million or more is needed to fin-
ish the job.
In naming it to its list of most-
endangered places, the Nation-
al Trust for Historic Preserva-
tion said the building is at risk
because of the high restoration
costs. It says increased aware-
ness will facilitate fundraising
needed to complete the resto-
ration and ultimately provide
public access to the building.



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-Photo: The National Trust For Historic Preservation, Katie Uffelman
This image shows the Abysinian Meeting House in Portland,
Maine. The trust put the house on its 2013 list of 11 Most En-
dangered Historic Places. For generations of Blacks, the Abyssin-
ian Meeting House was a spiritual center in Portland, but now it
needs funding to be preserved for the future.

Poet Dunbar


Paul Laurence Dunbar
[1872-1906] was the first
Black man to gain national
eminence as a poet. Born in
Dayton,, Ohio, he was the son
of ex-slaves and classmate
to Orville Wnght of aviation
fame. Although he lived to be
only 33 years old, Dunbar was
prolific, writing short stories,
novels, librettos, plays, songs
and essays as well as the po-
etry for which he became well
known. He was popular with
Black and white readers of his
day, and his works are cel-
ebrated today by scholars and
school children alike.







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struck last Thursday on border
security may overcome the final
hurdle to passage of a sweeping
overhaul of immigration laws in
the Senate.
A pair of Senate Republi-
cans rolled out a "border surge"
amendment that would provide
more manpower, fencing and
technology on the border with
Mexico. Worries that the bill will
not lock down illegal immigra-
tion fueled opposition to the bill,
which would allow the 11 mil-
lion people living in the country
illegally to apply for U.S. citizen-
Senate Majority Leader Har-
ry Reid, D-Nev., described the
amendment last Thursday as a
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-
N.Y., part of the group of sena-
tors who wrote the immigration
measure, agreed: "If you don't
think this solves border secu-
rity, I don't know what will."
The amendment by Sens. Bob
Corker, R-Tenn., and John Ho-
even, R-N.D., would devote $30

billion to nearly double the size
of the Border Patrol to more
than 40,000 agents; add $3.2
billion in drones, radars, sen-
sors and planes to help detect
people trying to cross the bor-
der; and complete 700 miles of
The border surge requires new
border agents to be on patrol,
and surveillance technology op-
erational before unauthorized
immigrants can apply for per-
manent legal status or citizen-
Opponents said the amend-
ment ignores what they consider

In this June 13, picture, U.S.
looks to the north near where
rates Tijuana, Mexico, left, and
the bill's main problem: It offers
citizenship to millions of people
before it is proven, or certified by
Congress, that the porous bor-
der is truly secure so that mil-
lions more will not follow them.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.,
said more Border Patrol agents
won't deal with people who ar-
rive in the country legally but

-AP Photo/Gregory Bull
Border Patrol agent Jerry Conlin
the border wall ends as is sepa-
San Diego, right.
overstay their visas, a segment
that makes up close to half of
unauthorized immigrants.
"We believe in immigration. We
want to be compassionate and
helpful to people who have been
here a long time," Sessions said.
"But we have got to have a sys-
tem we can count on in the fu-

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa,
called the bill more "empty prom-
ises" from a government that
vowed to beef up security the last
time an immigration overhaul
was passed in 1986, and yet mil-
lions more people crossed the
border illegally.
The current bill sets goals for
the Department of Homeland
Security to monitor 100 percent
of the border and apprehend or
turn back 90 percent of those
trying to cross it illegally. Unau-
thorized immigrants would be
able to apply for temporary legal
status within six months of the

Grassley and others want the
goals to be made requirements.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas,
proposed that the goals too must
be met before unauthorized im-
migrants could qualify for U.S.
"I don't think it's too much to
ask," he said on the Senate floor
Thursday. The amendment was
voted down.
The amendment was also criti-
cized by some who say it is too
heavy on law enforcement.
"We should not waste public
dollars on an extreme and un-
accountable border enforcement
regime, especially at a time when
the government is cutting its
budget elsewhere," said Chris-
tian Ramirez of the Southern
Border Communities Coalition, a
group that supports legalization
of unauthorized immigrants.
Corker said the surge of Bor-
der Patrol agents should elimi-
nate the lingering border se-
curity complaint his fellow
Republicans have expressed.
Because, as he said on the Sen-
ate floor, "We've addressed it in

Eyewitness rules ignored, wrongful convictions result
By Kevin Johnson tion DNA testing. unreliable, according to Police agencies reported the tent in small agencies. But even would be," Scheck said, adding
The report, which was the NIJ report. Some of lack of standardization despite in large agencies with 500 or that at a minimum, law enforce-
WASHINGTON More than produced for the Justice the problems have been 1999 National Institute of Jus- more officers 25 percent re- ment agencies should ensure
four out of five police agencies in Department's research associated with faulty tice guidelines that urged law ported no policies for conduct- that lineups are being admin-
the U.S. have no written policies arm by the Police Exec- memories of specific in- enforcement to improve policies ing photo lineup presentations, istered by officers who do not
for handling eyewitness identi- utive Research Forum, cidents and unwitting for how witnesses are used to and fully half of the responding know the identity of the suspect
fications despite long-standing is the first national as- or undue influence ex- identify suspects, agencies had no policies for live to guard against intentional or
federal guidelines, according to a sessment of eyewitness erted by authorities in- The guidelines emphasized lineups, unintentional influence.
report obtained by USA TODAY. identification standards. SCHECK vestigating the crimes, the benefit of "blind" testing in "It is important for police and "When you don't know who
The findings in the National In it, 84 percent of po- "When the credibility lineups- that is, lineups con- other justice system officials the suspect is, you are going to
Institute of Justice report, come lice agencies reported of the criminal justice ducted by administrators who to exercise caution when us- get a better answer," he said.
as flaws in eyewitness identifica- that they had no written policy system is being subject to legiti- do not know the identities of the ing eyewitness identification "All of the major police organi-
tion represent the single great- for conducting live suspect line- mate questions, this is one is- suspects, avoiding improper in- evidence, particularly in cases zations have agreed that these
est cause of wrongful conviction, ups, and slightly more than 64 sue we really need to get right," fluence. But the report found were an eyewitness identifi- best practices not only protect
contributing to 75 percent of percent said they had no formal said Chuck Wexler, executive that nearly 70 percent of police cation is the sole evidence of the wrongfully convicted, but
convictions overturned through standard for administering pho- director of the research forum agencies still use officers with guilt," the report concluded, they also protect the police."
DNA testing, according to the to displays of potential suspects, whose group compiled data knowledge of the suspects in Barry Scheck, co-director of For lineup standards advo-
Innocence Project, which uses Though witnesses always have from 619 police agencies over photo lineups, and 90 percent the Innocence Project, char- cates, David Wiggins' wrongful
DNA testing to challenge crimi- been an integral part of criminal 15 months. "The procedure (for of agencies use "non-blind" ad- acterized the findings as "ex- conviction in 1989 in the sexual
nal convictions. More than 300 investigations, there has been eyewitness identification) clear- ministrators in live lineups, tremely disturbing." assault of a 14-year-old child
people have been exonerated "growing recognition" that eye- ly hasn't received the rigorous The problems, according to "These findings are actually represents a real-life casualty
since 1989 through post-convic- witness identifications are often study that it needs." the report, are especially persis- worse than we thought they of a flawed system.

Obama is not

guilty of 'court

packing' charge
Anyone familiar with the his-
tory of Depression-era America
knows what "court packing"
means. Frustrated that the Su-
preme Court was striking down
some of his New Deal programs,
President Frankin Roosevelt pro-
posed adding six seats to the
nine-member court, which he
would fill with his own justices.
Even Roosevelt's fellow Dem-
ocrats in the Senate couldn't
stomach such obvious abuse,
and in 1937 they overwhelmingly
killed the plan.
Seventy-six years later, in an
outbreak of Orwellian word-
twisting, at least three leading
Senate Republicans are accus-
ing President Obama of trying
to "pack" the nation's second
most important court, the federal
Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit.
Obama's supposed offense?
This month, he nominated three
people to fill open seats on the
D.C. Circuit. Which is what pres-
idents are supposed to do.
The ludicrous "court packing"
charge made by Sen. Chuck
Grassley of Iowa, the top Republi-
can on the Judiciary Committee,
and others who ought to know
better has provoked mostly
bemused mockery. But Grass-
ley and his fellow Republicans
are deadly serious about us-
ing filibusters to block Obama's
nominees. Not because they're
unqualified in any way, but be-
cause the stakes at the D.C.
Circuit are so high, and Repub-
licans are determined to hang on
to the advantage they have there.
The D.C. Circuit is important
not just because it's a spring-
board to the Supreme Court
(Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John
Roberts, Antonin Scalia and
Clarence Thomas all served
there), but also because the
court makes crucial decisions on
federal regulations and a presi-
dent's powers.
With their court-packing argu-
ment drawing derision, Repub-
licans now say they won't ap-
prove Obama's three nominees
because the court's workload -
measured by the number of cas-
es is too light to justify them.
-USA Today

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Court sends UT-Austin

policy back for review

By Ryan Rellly

By a 7-1 vote, the Su-
preme Court told an appeals
court that it misinterpreted
the justices' precedent when
reviewing the University of
Texas at Austin's affirmative
action policy. The decision is a
provisional victory for Abigail
Fisher, a white woman who
claimed that UT-Austin un-
constitutionally discriminated
against her after the state's
flagship university rejected
her application in 2008 under
its race-conscious admissions
UT-Austin will now have
a much more difficult job of
proving its program constitu-
tional under the standard the
Supreme Court clarified last
Justice Anthony Kennedy,
writing for the majority, en-
dorsed the Supreme Court's
prior decisions establishing
affirmative action as constitu-
tional to further states' com-
pelling interest in fostering a
diverse student body. But the
majority maintained that the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the
5th Circuit did not give a hard
enough look at UT-Austin's
race-conscious admissions
"The University must prove
that the means chosen by the
University to attain diversity
are narrowly tailored to that
goal. On this point, the Uni-
versity receives no deference,"
Kennedy wrote. "Strict scruti-
ny must not be strict in theory
but feeble in fact."
Kennedy's opinion is largely

a reiteration of his dissent in
the landmark 2003 Supreme
Court case. Grutter v. Bol-
linger. In that decision, Jus-
tice Sandra Day O'Connor
sided with the court's four lib-
erals to uphold the University
of Michigan Law School's af-
firmative action policy and, in
so doing, reaffirm the consti-
tutionality of race-conscious
university admissions.
Justice Ruth Bader Gins-
burg, the lone justice dissent-
ing from Monday's decision,
maintained that the appeals
court faithfully applied Grut-
Justice Elena Kagan, the
former dean of Harvard Law
School, recused herself, pre-
sumably due to her involve-
ment with the case while she
served as President Barack
Obama's first solicitor general.
By joining Kennedy's opin-
ion in full, Roberts and Alito
laid to rest any speculation
that they would subscribe to
the more hard-line antago-
nism to affirmative action that
Justices Antonin Scalia and
Clarence Thomas have long
held and voiced again on Mon-
day in separate opinions.
"[A] State's use of race in
higher education admissions
decisions is categorically pro-
hibited by the Equal Protec-
tion Clause," Thomas wrote.
"The University's professed
good intentions cannot ex-
cuse its outright racial dis-
crimination any more than
such intentions justified the
now-denounced arguments of
slaveholders and segregation-


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Allen West mulls 2016 primary

By Anthony Man

Former U.S. Rep. Al-
len West mused Wednes-
day about the possibility of
challenging U.S. Sen. Marco
,Rubio, R-Fla., in the 2016
primary. That assumes, of
:course, that Rubio is a candi-
date for a second term in the
U.S. Senate instead of run-
ning for president, something
the senator is contemplating.
West, who was elected in the
same 2010 tea party wave
that sent Rubio to Washing-
ton, represented Broward
and Palm Beach counties for

two years. He lost his bid for
a second term last year, and
now hosts an Internet talk
show and is a Fox News com-
In a new Quinnipiac Uni-
versity Poll released last
Wednesday, 51 percent of
Florida voters approved of
Rubio's performance in office
and 35 percent disapproved.
Among Republicans, his rat-
ing is 81 percent favorable
and only five percent unfa-
In an interview with radio
station WMAL in Washing-
ton, D.C., West acknowl-

Former U.S. Rep.

edged it wouldn't be easy.
"That's a pretty heavy lift,
because you're talking about
running against a sitting
senator, and then, of course,
that creates that schism that
the other side would love to
see happen," he said.
But West added that he
might run, "If I see people that
are not taking our country
down the right path, if I see
people that are not standing
up for the right type of prin-
ciples and putting their own
party politics before what is
best for the United States of

Is Voting Rights Act now in jeopardy?

continued from 1A

determining which parts of the
country must seek Washington's
approval, in advance, for election
The decision means that a host
of state and local laws that have
not received Justice Department
approval or have not yet been
submitted will be able to take ef-
fect. Prominent among those are
voter identification laws in Ala-
bama and Mississippi. Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, joined by
her three liberal colleagues, dis-
sented from Tuesday's ruling.
She said no one doubts that vot-
ing discrimination still exists.
"But the court today terminates
the remedy that proved to be best
suited to block that discrimina-
tion," she said in her dissent.
Ginsburg said the law contin-
ues to be necessary to protect
against what she called subtler,
"second-generation" barriers to
voting. She identified one such

effort as the switch to at-large
voting from a district-by-district
approach in a city with a sizable
Black minority.
The at-large system allows the
majority to "control the election
of each city council member, ef-
fectively eliminating the potency
of the minority's votes," she said.
Justice Clarence Thomas was
part of the majority, but wrote
separately to say again that he
would have struck down the ad-
vance approval requirement it-

"The Supreme Court has effec-
tively gutted one of the nation's
most important and effective civil
rights laws," said Jon Green-
baum, chief counsel for the Law-
yers' Committee for Civil Rights
Under Law. The group repre-
sented a Black resident of the
Alabama County that challenged
the law. "Minority voters in plac-
es with a record of discrimination


are now at greater risk of being
disenfranchised than they have
been in decades. Today's deci-
sion is a blow to democracy. Ju-
risdictions will be able to enact
policies which prevent minorities
from voting and the only recourse
these citizens will have will be ex-
pensive and time-consuming liti-

Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the
NAACP Legal Defense and Edu-
cational Fund, said, "This is like
letting you keep your car, but
taking away the keys."
The Rev. Al Sharpton, President
of National Action Network [NAN]
and an ardent civil rights activ-
ist, said, "This is a devastating
blow to Americans, particularly
Blacks, who are now at the mer-
cy of state governments. Given
last year's attempts by states to
change voting rules, it is absurd
to say that we do not need these
protections. NAN and I will mo-
bilize nationwide to put the pres-
sure on Congress to come with
stricter voter protection laws."
He added that the recently an-
nounced National Action to Real-
ize the Dream march scheduled
to take place in Washington, D.C.
for the 50th anniversary of the
March on Washington, will now
be centered around the protec-
tion and restoring of voter pro-

Update from South Africa: Mandela condition critical

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crews and broadcast vans. Man-
dela's daughter, Makaziwe Man-
dela, left the hospital last Mon-
day night; other family members,
including ex-wife Winnie Ma-
dikizela-Mandela and daughters
Zindzi Mandela-Motlhajwa and
Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, left
earlier in the day. Government
officials paid visits as well.
Mandela's wife, Graca Machel,
spends every night at the hospi-
tal, where the former president
has been since June 8th for a re-
curring lung infection. Previous-
ly, authorities had described his
condition as serious but stable.
But over the weekend, his health

took a turn for the worse, with
reports indicating that he was in
critical condition.
However, according to White
House officials, Mandela's health
will not affect U.S. President
Barack Obama's planned visit to
South Africa later this week.
Mandela, 94, has become in-
creasingly frail over the years
and has not appeared in public
since South Africa hosted the
World Cup in 2010.
For Mandela's family, these
are very personal times times
to be cherished as the end nears.
"I believe he is at peace," said
Makaziwe Mandela, who was
born in 1953 to Mandela's first
wife, Evelyn.
"All we do every day is take

one day at a time and pray to
the good Lord," she said. "All I
pray for as a daughter is that the
transition is smooth. . He is at
peace with himself. He has given
so much to the world."
Mandela's lung problems date
to when he was a political pris-
oner on Robben Island during
the apartheid era, and he has
battled respiratory infections
since. Considered the founding
father of South Africa's democ-
racy, Mandela became an inter-
national figure while enduring
27 years in prison for fighting
against apartheid, the country's
system of racial segregation.
South Africa's governing Af-
rican National Congress noted
"with concern" last Sunday the

change in Mandela's health.
"The African National Con-
gress joins the presidency in
calling upon all of us to keep
President Mandela, his fam-
ily and his medical team in our
thoughts and prayers during
this trying time," it said.
Word of his worsening health
drew global expressions of con-
"We have seen the latest re-
ports from the South African
government that former Presi-
dent Mandela is in critical con-
dition," said Caitlin Hayden, a
U.S. National Security Council
spokeswoman. "Our thoughts
and prayers are with him, his
family and the people of South

Broward homeless center adds 30 beds

By Larry Barszewski

Broward County's central
homeless assistance center
will soon add 30 beds to ac-
commodate more women and
children, the center's first in-
crease since opening in 1999.
The center won't have to
build an addition to make
room for the extra beds, but
will remodel underutilized
space at the shelter.
"We have had 100 percent
occupancy since the day we
opened," said Frances Esposi-
to, chief executive officer for
the Broward Partnership for
the Homeless. "Women and
children are recognized as be-
ing the fastest growing home-
less population at the local,
state and federal levels."
The 200-bed center current-
ly has 120 beds for men, 40
beds for women, and 40 beds
for families ten units with
four beds each. The new 30-
bed space will have modular
dividers that can be shifted
depending on the size of each
family staying there, Esposito
Officials expect to put the
construction work out to bid
in July, but have no firm date
for when the work will be
Broward County already
has committed the estimated
$260,000 cost for the remod-
el. TD Bank is contributing
$100,000 toward the first-
year operating cost to handle

the additional clients, Esposi-
to said.
The center last year had a
$5.6 million budget, with $3
million covered by govern-
ment grants and contracts.
The rest comes through fund-
raising, grants and special
The City Commission re-
cently approved the change
needed to allow the extra
beds at the assistance center
at Northwest Seventh Avenue
and Sunrise Boulevard.
"We're trying to direct the
homeless to the resources
and facilities where they can
turn their lives around," May-
or Jack Seiler said. "People
that go there end up getting
the health care they need,
the resources they need, the
training they need. They're
actually getting jobs."
The center does not take
walk-in clients. Homeless
families are referred through
the 2-1-1 county help line and
individuals through the Task
Force to End Homelessness.
It is a short-term facility,
where individuals spend an
average of 60 days and fami-
lies average 90 days. The cen-
ter provides a range of ser-
vices, including vocational
education and job training,
and dental, medical and men-
tal-health services.
It has proven to be a good
neighbor to nearby communi-
ties that were apprehensive
when it was first proposed.
"It's run so professionally

inside that we don't have any
negative things to say about
it," said Sal Gatanio, presi-

dent of the nearby South Mid-
dle River Civic Association.
"It's pretty impressive."

Deen's recipes a bigger crime

continued from 1A

I'm willing to give Deen a pass
on something she confessed to
saying years ago. What I have
a problem with is not the rac-
ist talk for which she has apolo-
gized. It's her years of hawking of
unhealthy eating such as her
recipe for two glazed doughnuts
wrapped around a cheeseburg-
er patty. That should ,
have pushed Food Net-
work executives to give
her the boot before her
n-word scandal broke." -
The time Deen spent
on television publicly
urging people to eat -
gooey butter cakes, 4
fried butter balls and -
skillet fried apple pie
was an attack on the DE
health of millions of
Americans that the Food Net-
work condoned.
Even after discovering she has
Type 2 diabetes a disease fu-
eled by the obesity that springs
from the high-fat, high-calorie
recipes she extoled on her TV
show Deen waited three years
before telling her audience. Dur-
ing that time, she cut back on
her meal portions and lost 30
pounds, but she gave her view-
ers little warning that the food

she pushed on TV could shorten
their lives.
"I wanted to bring something
to the table when I came for-
ward, and I've always been one
to think that I bring hope, be-
cause I've had lots of obstacles
in my life," Deen said during a
January 2012 appearance on
NBC's Today show.
What she brought to the table
was a paid gig to be the com-
mercial face of a phar-
maceutical company
that sells a treatment
for Type 2 diabetes.
i-S Of course, Deen could
,- have pushed the pre-
- vention of diabetes
through a healthier
S diet, but instead she
.. took the money to shill
-- .. a drug to treat the vic
EEN tims of the kind of bad
eating she promotes.
This month, the
American Medical Association
declared obesity a disease that
threatens both the physical and
financial health of the nation.
Deen's longtime advocacy of
gluttonous consumption of fat-
ty foods has helped spawn this
growing national disaster.
And it is for this reason that
she should be run off of TV.
DeWayne Wickham writes on
Tuesday for USA TODAY.

Eugene Pettis first Black

president of the Florida Bar

continued from 1A

In an earlier interview
with The Miami Times, Pettis
shared his views about being
elected to the highest office of
the Florida Bar the coun-
try's second-largest bar with
a membership of just over
95,000 lawyers.
"It is an honor and privilege
to lead this organization and
to be recognized by my col-
leagues the 95,000 lawyers
in the state that are members
of the Florida Bar," he said. "I
am proud that we have finally
broken the race barrier as it is
clear that we have waited way
too long and ignored quality
people of color who were able
and worthy to serve but were
not allowed. I am glad we are
on the brink of removing one
of the barriers but there are
many others that must follow
like gender."

Pettis earned his bach-
elor's degree in political sci-
ence from the University of
Florida [UF] in 1982 and then
received his Juris Doctorate
from UF's Levin College of Law
in 1985. But his future could
have gone in more negative di-
rection. When he was a sixth
grader, he was beaten by two
white male teachers who hit
him 67 times with a leather
strap. The incident, he says,
was psychologically damag-
ing and extremely difficult to
"It put me on an incline of
racial discrimination and ha-

tred," he said.
As he entered high school,
he faced possible suspen-
sion after getting into several
fisticuffs just two weeks into
his freshman year. According
to Pettis, it was his mother's
prayers that were instrumental
in getting him back on the right
track. He began doing better in
his classes, became captain of
the basketball team and even-
tually made his way to college.
"Education is the great equal-
izer," he said. "What you gain
with it, no one can take from
But Pettis has done more
than just talk about the im-
portance of education. He has
become a respected leader in
Broward County, serving on
a host of boards and working
with several non-profit orga-
nizations. Along with his wife,
Sheila, he has donated more
than $1 million to his alma
mater. Their most recent gift
was an endowment for the
Black Law Student Associa-
tion. He says that as president
of the Bar, he plans to address
several tasks that are riot spe-
cifically part of his job de-
scription including mentoring
young attorneys and advocat-
ing for a better public educa-
tion system.
"I grew up in Fort Lauder-
dale and when I visit the jails,
I often run into old friends or
classmates," he said. "When
we allow young boys to fail
and not complete school, we
are providing the perfect pipe-
line to the prison system. It's
time that Black professionals
commit themselves to ending
this cycle."

NNPA annual convention

continued from 1A

place, D. Kevin McNeir; Best
Church Page, first place, Kaila
Heard and Stangetz Caine; and
Best Entertainment Page, sec-
ond place, D. Kevin McNeir and
Mitzi Williams.
In 2012, The Miami Times
won in the following catego-

ries: The Leon H. Washington
Best Special Edition Award,
second place; Best Church
Page Award, first place; and
Best Youth Section Award, first
Look for pictures from the
convention and a summary of
how The Miami Times stacked
up this year against the com-
petition in next week's edition.

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Trend blamed on rise in South

Florida identity thieves

By Paula McMahon

It's not only the glaring sun
and the threat of dog bites that
South Florida's mall carriers
must contend with as they go
door to door delivering the mail
- sometimes they come under
physical attack from the people
who live along their delivery
From criminals intent on
committing identity.fraud to
customers with poor anger
management skills, letter car-
riers say they have noticed an
increase in such attacks in
recent years.
"We have more brazen offend-
ers approaching letter carriers
and even threatening them or

assaulting them," said Ivan
Ramirez, a U.S. Postal Inspec-
tor in Miramar. "A lot of people
don't realize that if you mess
with a federal employee, then
it's a federal crime and you
could do some serious prison
Among the cases prosecuted
in federal court in recent years
were a father and son from
Oakland Park, Donald and
Kevin Lincks, now 64 and 31,
who were sentenced to a year
in prison for beating a postal
worker in June 2009 after he
refused to give them their mail
on the street because he didn't
know them.
A Palm Beach County man,
David Jason Agosto, 36, is

serving 8 1/2 years in federal
prison for assaulting a postal
worker who he believed was
flirting with his girlfriend while
delivering mail at her work-
place, the state Department of
Children & Families in Lake
Worth in 2008.
And three men are serving
lengthy federal prison terms
for their roles in the December
2010 murder of postal worker
Bruce Parton, 60, of Pembroke
Pines, who was shot while be-
ing robbed of a master key in
north Miami-Dade.
The U.S. Postal Service said
it does not keep statistics on
such crimes, but trains work-
ers on how to stay safe and
pursues criminal charges
against offenders.
Assaulting postal employees
can have serious consequences
it is a federal crime that is
prosecuted under the same law

-Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

as assaulting an FBI agent.
Attacking a federal employee
while they're carrying out their
duties carries punishments
that range from one to 20 years
in prison.
Ramirez said the downturn
in the economy and the preva-
lence of identity thieves, who
sometimes target letter carriers
because they want to rob mas-
ter keys that open community
mailboxes, have coincided with
more attacks on carriers.
Court records show that at
least seven people have faced
federal prosecution for assault-
ing and injuring letter carriers
in Broward, Palm Beach and
Miami-Dade counties since
2008. Those numbers don't tell
the whole story, officials said,
because assailants are also
3 prosecuted for related crimes,
like fraud or robbery, and can
also face state charges.

Will justice be served in case

against George Zimmerman?

continued from 1A AN
Given th
the while attempting to protect six-membe
his quiet, gated community. and one n
With Zimmerman's second- as a Hispa
degree murder trial beginning we asked
last Monday with
opening statements i-
given by attorneys
from both sides
and presented to
the jury, one can

ma ginue-b-mnthe naio' aten JBak
fully expect to hear -
minute-by minute o
descriptions of how
things played out
the night of Tray-
von's murder that FRANKS
could aptly be seen
as a tale of two cit-
ies. Since the shooting, the case fact that T
has gained the nation's atten- Black while,
ton unlike any trial since the cial Zimme
days of O.J. Simpson. It has titles as Hi
also put the spotlight on this Attorney
country's centuries-old problem Director,T
with race relations. cacy Prog.
By the end of the day, last "The cri
Monday, four witnesses had tes- against 2
tified, including the 911 opera- is laced
tor who took the initial phone overtones.
call from Zimmerman. Both portable wo
sides are expected to tackle par- if you wer
ticular moments from the night a case [lik
that Trayvon was killed includ- tried in a
ing the screams that were heard with a sha
on the 911 recordings and the injustice ar
extent of Zimmerman's fight son was on
with the teen. to have an
As the trial continued last jury in F
Tuesday, the jury was sched- However, d
uled to hear from a teenaged girl is not very
known first as Witness # 8, then which side
later as Rachel Trayvon's is more in
friend from Miami. It
is believed that she
is the young woman fo ,,
with whom Trayvon n '
was speaking when h- -I
he first noticed Zim-
merman watching -
and then following .-
him in the Retreat I. '
at Twin Lakes com- -- -
munity that Trayvon A _--,- .. .. -
was visiting with his SMITH
father. In a previous-

ly written testimony,
Rachel described Trayvon as
scared and trying to get away
from the man. She urged him
to run. She last heard Trayvon
say, "why are you following me,'
after which she said she heard
what sounded like him falling.
After that, the phone went dead.

person gets
I am absol
the reaction
man is aci
in mind t
cases had
ries either

e racial makeup of the
.r jury five white
minority, later clarified
anic and all fernmale,
several local legal ex-
perts what we can ex-
pect as the trial contin-
ues. Our most pressing
question was whether
they believe the fam-
ily of Trayvon Martin
could be assured that
justice will be served,
given the venue of the
trial [Seminole County
where Zimmerman re-
sides], the jury's racial
and the
rayvon was A
e the bi-ra-
rman iden-
ispanic. .
H.T. Smith,
Trial Advo-
yam, FlU:
ninal case
with racial CURRY
How com-
uld you be
e Black and you had
e this] that was being
southern community
meful history of racial
nd not one Black per-
Sthe jury? It's unusual
all-female or all-male
lorida's jury system.
he gender of the jurors
Instructive regarding
they might favor. What
instructive is how they
feel about critical is-
sues like race, guns,
self-defense, profiling,
vigilantes, hoodies,
crime watch, etc. The
Stand Your Ground
law is a 'get out of jail
free card' for crimi-
nals. Moreover, it in-
sulates the killer from
civil liability and mon-
ey damages. The stan-
dard of proof is not
high enough before a
s the benefit of the law.
utely concerned about
n of Blacks if Zimmer-
quitted. It's still fresh
hat both the Arthur
mand the Rodney King
no Blacks on those ju-
and . ."


Attorney Larry Handfield, own-
er, Law Offices of Larry Handfield:
"The jury is more reflective of the
kind that the defense would prefer
and it's unfortunate that it's not
more diverse. But people tend to
confuse the requirements of the
U.S. Constitution. A jury of your
peers does not mean a sitting jury
of your peers. It means the pool of
jurors must come from a diverse
group. Zimmerman's attorney
did everything he could to keep a
Black [person] from being chosen
for the jury and because Seminole
County has a small Black popula-
tion, that wasn't too difficult. We
have to deal with that. Without
a living witness to counter Zim-
merman's story, the
prosecution has the
burden of showing
that no reasonable
person would have
acted in the manner
That Zimmerman did.
We'll have to see if
-^ the jurors allow their
emotions to come into
Play or not. I don't be-
SMITH lieve Zimmerman will
be found guilty nor do
I believe that Blacks
will respond in a negative manner.
I give our community more credit
than that."
Attorney Kymber-
lee Curry Smith, past -
president, Gwen S.
Cherry Black Women .
Lawyers' Association:
"I think the lack of
the male and minority S
perspective harms the 41S
prosecution because
of the lack of compas- a
sion that may be felt
by a man or a minor- HANI
ity for Trayvon. You
might think having all
women would mean they would
see Trayvon as their own son. But
you can't tell what a juror may
think or feel. Stereotyping a juror
is just as dangerous as stereotyp-
ing anyone else. I think the facts
of this case should reflect that
Zimmerman is guilty. I think the
community at-large is watching,
especially in light of the gun laws
being at center court, to see the
outcome. So many ideals Ameri-
cans hold dear are hinging on it:
gun rights, self-defense, freedom
to not be considered suspicious
because of your color or gender,
etc. If Zimmerman is acquit-

ted I worry about my own reac-
tion. I have children two Black
boys. No one wants to be taught
or teach someone else to believe
in justice and the fairness of the
criminal justice system and watch
all of it contorted when it comes
to protecting the lives of innocent
people, especially children."
Attorney Mary Anne Franks, As-
sociate Professor of Law, Univer-
sity of Miami Law School: "For
better or worse, the right to a jury
of one's peers belongs to the de-
fendant, not the victim. No state
allowed women to serve on a jury
until 1919 and Florida did not
allow female jurors until 1967.
Far more relevant are the jurors'
beliefs about self-defense, crime,
racism and whether they are able
to identify more with Zimmerman
or Trayvon. Without knowing
what other evidence the parties
will present at trial, demonstrat-
ing beyond a reasonable doubt
that Zimmerman acted 'with a de-
praved mind' in shooting Trayvon,
as opposed to recklessly or negli-
gently, will be difficult. Of course,
the jury could always find Zim-
merman guilty of a lesser offense.
There is likely going to be public
unrest following either acquittal
or conviction. If Zimmerman is
acquitted, the gender of the jurors
or the fact that there
7 were no Black jurors
Smay be blamed. Steps
will certainly need to
be taken to assure the
safety and security of
the jurors."
Jasmine Rand, an
attorney that is part
of the team headed
by Ben Crump that is
FIELD representing the fam-
ily of Trayvon Martin
said she believes "the
reaction to the jury's decision will
be peaceful just as it has been
over the past 18 months. Tracy
[Martin] and Sybrina [Fulton]'s
call' for justice has always been
to ensure that Zimmerman is
held accountable in a court of
law. People often forget that citi-
zens have the right to lawful dis-
sent and conscientious objection.
If one asks this question about
the Black community, one needs
to ask how other communities
will react if George Zimmerman
is convicted. Everyone needs to
respect the rule of law when the
verdict comes down."

-Joe Burbank/Getty Images
George Zimmerman waits for court to start on the eighth
day of his trial in Seminole circuit court, June 19 in Sanford.

Judge bars audio

experts from George

Zimmerman trial

By Rene Stutzman
and Jeff Weiner

In a major victory for murder
suspect George Zimmerman,
a judge Saturday ruled that
prosecutors may not put on the
witness stand two state audio
experts who say the voice heard
screaming for help on a 911 call
was someone other than Zim-
Those screams, recorded
while Zimmerman was fighting
with 17-year-old Trayvon Mar-
tin, are the most dramatic piece
of evidence in the high-profile
murder case.
Zimmerman, a former Neigh-
borhood Watch volunteer,
says they came from him, that
he was calling for help after
Trayvon attacked him. Tray-
von's parents say they are from
their son and are his last words
before Zimmerman shot him in
the chest.
Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson
had heard three days of testi-
mony about the science used by
the state's experts. Last Satur-
day she ruled that it failed to
meet Florida's legal standard.
Jurors can expect prosecutors
to still play the audio. They'll
also likely hear testimony from
Trayvon's mother and perhaps
father that the screams came
from their son. Zimmerman's
father, Robert Zimmerman Sr.,
has testified that the voice is
his son's.
Trial testimony is to begin
One of the state's experts,
Alan R. Reich, had concluded
the voice he identified as Tray-
von is heard yelling, "I'm beg-
ging you," and "stop." The other,
Tom Owen, ruled Zimmerman
out as the screamer, in part,
after using voice-recognition
Both witnesses are now
banned from Zimmerman's trial,
which began two weeks ago with
jury selection.
The judge barred both
experts, she wrote, because
prosecutors failed to present
competent evidence that the
techniques used by Reich and
Owen were generally accepted
in the scientific field.
The state presented no evi-
dence except Reich and Owen
themselves, who defended their
findings, she wrote.
She gave special attention to
Reich. None of the five other
experts who testified heard the
words and phrases that he did,
she wrote.
His testimony, she wrote,
"would confuse issues, mislead

the jury and, therefore, should
be excluded from trial."
The recording is that of a
neighbor who had called 911 to
report the fight. The screams
and gunshot can be heard in
the background.
Four defense experts had
challenged Reich's,and Owen's
findings, testifying that using
screams to identify someone's
voice is impossible. Valid voice
comparisons can only be made
if someone is speaking in a nor-
mal voice, they said.
The judge noted that three of
the defense experts, including
FBI analyst Hirotaka Nakasone,
said they were "disturbed" by
the state experts' conclusions.
Assistant State Attorney
Richard Mantei urged the judge
Thursday to admit the testimo-
ny anyway.
"The evidence should be
heard by the jury, and let them
decide," he said.
Defense attorney Don West


had lambasted the state ex-
perts: Owen is using the case to
promote new voice-identification
software in which he has a
financial stake, West said.
As for Reich's report, West
mocked it, saying it "should
begin, It was a dark and stormy
West had characterized the
experts' testimony Thursday as
the most important of the trial.
Defense attorney Mark
O'Mara earlier said that if it
were admitted, it would add
a week to the trial, which is
projected to continue an ad-
ditional two to four weeks.
Zimmerman says he shot
Trayvon, a black high-school
junior from Miami Gardens, in
self-defense Feb. 26, 2012, in
Sanford after the teenager at-
tacked him.
Prosecutors allege that Zim-
merman had spotted Trayvon,
called police and described him
as suspicious, then followed,
confronted and murdered him.



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Pastor Joretha Capers of Ebenezer UMC is photographed
with Dr. James H. Salley, the associate vice-chancellor for
institutional advancement for Africa University.

UMC celebrates

Africa University

Ebenezer to endow $10,000ooo,
scholarship to University

By Malika A. Wright

Recently, Dr. James H. Salley,
the associate vice-chancellor for
institutional advancement for
Africa University, visited Ebene-
zer United Methodist Church
(UMC) to discuss the success
of Africa University an Unit-
ed Methodist-related university
which educates about 2,000
students from 22 countries.

The university was founded
and is funded partly by the Unit-
ed Methodist churches and also
by the money the University re-
ceives from tuition.
The United Methodist Church
has established more than 600
churches around the world and
124 in the U.S.
The development of Africa Uni-
versity is a consequence of the
growth of United Methodism in
Please turn to AFRICA 14B

Pastor brings hope

to homeless group

By Malika A. Wright -, B -- --.
When Rev. George McKain, 63,
first visited the Miami Rescue Mis-
sion in 1992, he heard the spirit of
God say to him, "you're going to do
some work here."
On that same day, he started working at the rescue mission's'
center for men -which offers a spiritually-challenging residential
program for men who suffered from various life-controlling prob-
lems such as homelessness, chemical abuse or addiction, medical
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Photo courtesy Rev. George McKain

Pictured are some of Tacolcy's staff: Lionel Lightbourne (1-r), Assistant Care Coordinator specialist; Eddie Jones, As-
sistant Care Coordinator Specialist; Ben Smith,Assistant Care Coordinator Specialist; Sharline Turner, P/T Assistant Care
Coordinator; Marsha Banks, Site Coordinator-Freedom School; and Quinetta Naylor, Freedom School volunteer.


By Malika A. Wright and strength- r -P W '. .

It's a new day at the Be-
lafonte Tacolcy Center. For
the past three months, Taj
Brown, who currently serves
as the interim CEO of the pro-
gram, and staff have focused
on expanding and strengthen-
ing it. -
"Tacolcy has been a strong
program and under Alison
Austin- the former CEO's
leadership, it remained
strong," Brown said. "I think
my top priorities were so-
lidifying our strong areas

ening some
areas that were
not quite as .
to Brown, the
center is striv-
ing to increase T B ROWN O
their assis-
tance of the most \-ulnerable
youth, especially those who
are dealing with violence. The
staff are also being trained
in running behavioral health
In addition, he has been
discussing new programming

options with city and county
Last month, Tacolcy intro-
duced a free soccer program.

in which the Center had part-
nered with the U.S. Soccer
Foundation. Tacolcy will also
Please turn to TACOLCY 14B

Liberty City artist balances

family, passion and work

Maha: "This unexplainable joy takes over me"

By Malika A. Wright

Maha Adachi Earth, a professional
spoken word and music artist from
Liberty City, wakes up at 5 a.m. after
going to sleep three hours before. [She
spent the night writing.]
She then makes breakfast for her
family her husband, Christopher
and two children, Khari, 13, and
Brooklyn, 2. After dropping her chil-
dren off to school, Maha gets to work
at 7 a.m. and strives to leave at 4 p.m.
After work, she picks up her chil-
dren and makes a quick stop at the
mall to grab her "show clothes." At
a Spoken Word or open mic event,
Maha may perform anything from her
Spoken Word pieces, to her Hip-Hop
or Soul songs. After the event and

networking. Maha would more than
likely return home at 2 or 3 a.m.
This is a day where Maha has had
Please turn to MAHA 14B

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City of Miami Police Department Officer Michaell Bell was honored
for her contributions to the Black community. She is pictured here Talented vocalist Angee Griffin (1-r) and the sizzling
(center) with some of the youth who are learning about the law en- sax man Jon Saxx were part of the entertainment line
forcement field as members of the City's Police Explorers program, up at Miami's recent Juneteenth celebration.

Youth are pictured while reading with their instructor at

Embrace Girls have tea with UTD president

Lenora B. Smith Elementary.
Ingram, who grew up in pov-
erty in Miami's inner city, point-
ed out the importance of having


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Fedrick Ingram, UTD President, a big hit with Embrace Girls.

recently met up with the Em-
brace Girls Foundation, Inc., at
one of their tea parties held at

values and being obedient, es-
pecially at home. He also en-
couraged the girls to overcome

Photos courtesy of Embrace Girls Foun

Embrace Girls are poised for tea.

Miami Times Staff Report.

Fredrick Ingram, president of
the United Teachers of Dade,

Karen Clark Sheard helps a

hardworking single mother

-Photo by Denise Adams

Pastor's 5th Anniversary

Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church recently celebrated Elder Johnnie L. Robinson's
5th Pastoral Anniversary. Pictured are Elder Robinson (1-r), First Lady Patricia Robinson,
and guest speaker, Elder Michael Roan of Day Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Gospel songstress

does good deed
By EEI. IIf ,i

()n a recent episode of BET's
"The Sheard's," First Lady.
Karen Clark Sheard showed off
what it really means to do the
work of the Lord. She stripped
off the makeup, glamorous at-
tire and went undercover to do
a good deed.
Posing as someone working
on a documentaryr on hard-
working mothers, just seeing
what it feels like." the award-
winning singer arnd member of
the Legendary Clark Sisters,
concealed her plan to be a
blessing to a community vol-
unteer worker, Erica, who was
going through her own fair
share or personal struggles.
During the interview portion
of the mock interview, an in-
cognito Sheard listened to the
young lady as she described
her duties and roles as a min-
istry volunteerr

"1 help people
in our c nmmnu-
nity [getl employ-
ment, educa-
uion. affordable
housing, mental
health services
and transpor-
tation," slit ex-
Remarkably,. all


this volunteer work was done,
while she, herself, was str-ug-
ghing to get her life together.
The mother of tw.o daughters.
who beean crying while reveal-
ing her deep desire to plant
seeds in others arid be of help
to them. also revealed that, her
oldest, had been exposed to a
great deal- of h-irdship
"My oldest daughter has seen
so much. 'he-ltrs, slepmng in
my car. |nel being pregnant
and homeless ,ith my second
daughter, i mean. I wv.ant her to
see that I d:,n't give up "
After hearing her story,
Sheard told the emotional do-
gooder, "I admire ",ou for your
strong faJith. inspiration, de-

termination, and let me
tell you a little bit about
who I am,'" finally re-
vealing her true identity.
"I am Karen Clark
Sheard. and God has
opened up a way for
me to bless y'ou," she
said, as Erica covered
her mouth, muffling
shocked screams.

She gave Erica a check to
cover three months-worth of
payments for her rent and car,
and also blessed the single
mom's daughters, Imani and
Alise. with new clothes.
"Amongst All of the things
that 1 have done in my life, this
has been one of the ones that
really have really made me go
to that next phase in minis-
try. and inspired mne said a
be-am'ing Shea-rd.
This is the kind of ministry
work that pleases God. As Je-
sus said in Matthew 25-40.
"Whatever you did for one of
the least of these brothers and
sisters of mine, you did for

Bishop T.D. Jakes and family overcame extreme poverty

Bishop shares his

testimony in

recent sermon
By EEW News

Recently, while encouraging
dads to stand in the gap for
their families and don't give up,
Bishop T.D. Jakes, shared the
hardships that he faced.
Thirty-two years ago, back in
1981, at the age of 24, Jakes
married the love of his life, Ser-
ita Ann.
"I made a conscious decision. I
said, 'I want to marry this wom-
an I can do this. I got a brand
new car. I got a good job I been
on for 5 years. I can take care of
her. I can take care of our kids.
I'm good. I work for Union Car-
bide. I got a dental plan, health
plan, retirement, life insurance.
I can handle this."
Initially, everything went
great. "We got married. I han-
dled it. Whatever came up, I
handled it. Insurance, I han-

died it. Bills, I handled it the
first year."' ,...
But then, .an unexpected lay-
off changed everything. "I didn't
know, when I signed up for the
job of being a husband and a fa-
ther, that I would end up being
laid off from myjob, lose my car,
her ankle would be crushed.
She wouldn't walk for 2 years.
Our lights would be cut off. We
would go down to nothing. And
I had to stand there with no job.
I had to stand with no lights. I
had to stand with no water."
It was tremendously difficult
time for the Jakes family.
"When they cut the lights off,
and we got down to where we
were gathering apples to feed
the kids and we got paper tow-
els and duct tape to cover for
no diapers, I jumped on a lawn
mower and started cutting the
grass to get money so we could
go to the grocery store."
Trying to discover any and ev-
ery way possible to ensure that
his family had enough income
for survival, Jakes began work-
ing with his brother to make

some extra change.
"My brother worked for the
gas company and he used to
install gas lines on the side, so
I dug ditches," said Jakes. "We
would lay PVC pipe through gas
lines, and I'd take that hundred
dollars I got and buy groceries."
The road was a lot rockier
than he had bargained for then.
"When I said 'I do,' I didn't
know I was gone have to do
that. But I kept on going. Cora
[his daughter] came. We didn't
own a house. Sarah [another
daughter] came. We was on WIC
[Women Infants and Children
Food and Nutrition service for
low-income families]," and yet,
he said, "We didn't quit. I didn't
know what WIC was. I went
down to apply for it. I didn't
know how people talked to poor
people. They might provide ser-
vices for you, but they talk to
you like you a dog. 'Get over
there. We'll get to you when we
get to you!" he reenacted.
"Our credit was wack," Jakes
continued. "My life was crazy. I
was pastoring a church had


about 30 people in it.
They gave us $10 a Sunday to
feed the kids and $300 a month
was what we had to live on. But
I came home every night."
He couldn't afford to pur-
chase his own home, so "Wher-
ever my brother moved out of,
I moved into," he explained
with a chuckle. "[The] house
was in his name. I was making

the payments. I didn't have no
credit. But I was still Daddy."
But one day, while driving
down the road on the West
Side of Charleston, he said, he
told his sister, "I'm not gone be
broke no more. I told Jackie I
wasn't go be broke. Jackie was
bringing me groceries every
second Friday. She would get
off work, get her paycheck and
go to the grocery store and split
her groceries with us so we'd
have something to eat."
But after barely making it for
so long, the husband and father
had all he could take of being
"I don't like the vulnerability
of being at the mercy of people.
I don't-- I don't like it," he add-
ed. "And I made a conscious de-
cision to get up."
According to Jakes, he asked
the Lord to help him "get up"
out of poverty before his sons
became men, so they wouldn't
"think that this is all there is to
Jakes told the congregation,
"God answered. Little, by little,

by little, God answered. And
through my willingness to obey
Him and do crazy stuff-one
day He said something so crazy
to me. I'd worked like a dog to
save up a little bit of money and
He said, Take all that money
you got saved and put it in this
Though he had been saving
for a house, he obeyed God's
voice and published a book no
publisher would publish with-
out a significant monetary con-
tribution from Jakes' own cof-
"I emptied out our savings ac-
count and published the book
that no publisher would pub-
lish without my money. I got
5,000 copies. I got out in the
street. I was selling copies like
popcorn at a movie," he said.
"I had to get that money back.
I didn't want to go home and
tell Serita that I had blew that
money. I sold 5,000 books and
got 5,000 more. I sold 10,000
- got a 10,000 order next time
- sold 10,000 more. That book
sold five million copies."

Michelle Williams gets soulful

with new inspirational single

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After dealing with lots of criti-
cism from both sides of the mu-
sical aisle secular and gospel
- Destiny Child's Michelle Wil-
liams has just released the first
urban inspirational track from
her forthcoming album, "If We
Had Your Eyes."
The soulful melody with a
throwback sound muses about
how we would be different were
we all viewing the world through

area us.
For Williams; the message
rings true as one performing and
building a career under the un-
forgiving microscope of society
that picks apart every move -
good or bad.
While the laid-back sound may
take some getting used to from
listeners who know and love Wil-
liams for her more dance-friend-
ly tunes, fans of that old school
flavor and reflective sound, may

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love better and have more com-
passion," says Williams over the
top of the beat near the end of
the track. "I would understand
what I'm going through while I'm
going through it. I'd be more pa-
Finally, summing it all up in
a prayer, Williams simply says,
"God help me see things the way
you the way you see things .
. Give us your eyes God."

their obstacles by sharing his
Ingram said it was difficult for
him growing up, he was once
a shy kid, largely because he
stuttered throughout his el-
ementary school years.
"It was hard, but I overcame.
I had parents who gave me one
of their greatest gifts, their love
and their belief in me and that
whis what I see here in this room,
with this organization," Ingram
Ingram is the first member
of his family to graduate with
S, a post-secondary degree. He
"<" shared that he also attended
Lenora B. Smith, the school
where the tea party was held.
"This is one of the greatest
J highlights of my job, to wit-
Sness, personally, the results
.," of positive parenting, school
:' 4. -engagement and community
-'-. -- organizations coming together
nation, Inc. to empower and uplift our kids
especially our girls," Ingram

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Get moving: Christian guru mixes faith and fitness

By Jeanine Hamilton

I used to be a lazy couch po-
tato. I didn't like to exercise,
which meant sweating out my
hair. And I didn't even think
of giving up my favorite greasy
favorites. My casual approach
to fitness, in some ways, was
inherited from my mother. No
matter what her doctor told her
she needed to do, she would
listen for about five minutes
before reverting back to her old
ways. Whenever I'd say, "Mom,
you know you're not supposed
to be eating that!" she would
reply in between chews. "Child,
I'm grown and we all gone die of
something' or other." Her "some-
thin' or other" was complica-
tions from diabetes. She was 63
and I miss her like crazy. After
my initial mourning period fol-
lowing her death, I noticed that

I was on the same path that
ended her life too soon. Some-
how, some way, I would find an
excuse to keep up my pattern of
inactivity and over-indulgence
in everything bad for me. But I
would be the first one running
to the altar for prayer whenever
health issues surfaced result-
ing from my personal abuse of
my body.
One day, when my very blunt
physician told me, "God helps
those who help themselves," it
wasn't that his statement was
profound or new (I'd heard it
before.), it just struck me differ-
ently. I knew the excuses had to
go if I didn't want to go to an
early grave. As a busy woman,
working out and taking care of
your body may seem next to im-
possible some days. Constant
demands: work, business, min-
istry, family, errands and ap-

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pointments, make it hard to
find down time, let alone free
space for cardio and strength
training. When you're already

doing so much, cooking often
feels like just another chore.
So, millions of wives, moms and
working women grab takeout

and satisfy their hunger with
foods high in sugar, fat, and
cholesterol. The constant cycle
of busyness, makes regular
exercise feel like just another
impossible-to-do chore. In our
churches, prayer requests pour
in from those needing healing
for their bodies.
While God is a prayer-an-
swering, miracle-working and
yolk-destroying God, breaking
cycles of bad habits, irrespon-
sible choices, and self-destruc-
tive behaviors is something
we are responsible for doing.
Thus, God helps those who help
themselves. Christian fitness
guru and author of Witness
to Fitness, Donna Richardson
Joyner, tells EEW Magazine,
when it comes to praying sick-
ness and extra pounds away,
"The Bible says faith without
works is dead. Yes, I'm gonna

pray with you," she says, but
no one can do the work for
you. Richardson-Joyner, who
is a member of the President's
Council on Fitness, Sports
& Nutrition (PCFSN), shares
a time when a woman said to
her, "Donna can we pray for
these cottage cheese thighs to
go away? The 55-year-old tells
EEW, "I said, look y'all, we gone
pray. But y'all gotta get rid of
that fried fish and fried chicken,
and gotta put on your sneakers,
and y'all gotta do [more than]
praise and worship a little lon-
ger than 4 minutes or 5 min-
utes. And, yeah, we gone pray,
but you all got to take action."
Richardson-Joyner's message
is simple. I always say, 'You
have to treasure your temple,
not trash it." Put down the
junk food so you can drop down
a few dress sizes.

Religious group apologizes to gays for 'undue suffering'

Exodus Int'l, once boasted services to 'The church has waged the
culture war, and it's time to
repress homosexualityput the weapons down," Alan
repress homosexuality
Chambers told The Associated
By David Crary gized to the gay community for Press on Thursday, hours af-
inflicting "years of undue suf- ter announcing his decision at
The leader of Exodus Interna- fering." He plans to close the Exodus' annual conference and
tional, a Christian ministry that organization while launching a posting his apology online.
worked to help people repress new effort to promote reconcili- "While there has been so
same-sex attraction, has apolo- ation. much good at Exodus, there

has also been bad," Chambers
said at the conference. "We've
hurt people."
Based in Orlando, Fla., Exo-
dus was founded 37 years ago
and claimed 260 member min-
istries around the U.S. and
abroad. It offered to help con-
flicted Christians rid them-
selves of unwanted homosexual

Spoken word artist balances home and music

continued from 12B

to balance it all: her family life,
her art and her job. And al-
though managing everything is
difficult, she believes that it is
all worth it.
Not only has the artist's spo-
ken word and music allowed
her to cope and overcome hard-
ships since she was a child,
but her poetry has also been
nationally recognized. The art-
ist who returned last year to
the performing arts scene af-
ter a hiatus, she was selected
to perform on her poem called
"Liberty City" on BET's 106 &
Park in 2003.
Maha has also graced stages
across the U.S. performing at
universities and other venues
spreading her inspirational
words in a sultry crooner man-
ner. The artist continues to
be invited to events outside of
Miami, but now as a wife and
mother she only commits to
one out of town performance
per month. She tries to per-

form locally whenever she is
available. The artist describes
herself as a blend of sweet and
According to her biography,
Maha, who sometimes rap has
received comparisons to rap-
pers such as: Tupac, Andre
3000 and even Trick Daddy.
While her music has been com-
pared to Lauryn Hill, Erykah
Badu and jazz legends like Ella
Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
"My Hip Hop alter-ego is
more of the aggressive side and
my singing is more of a sweet
side," she said.
One of Maha's main messag-
es is that "love is free, so give
it out and receive it," she said.
She added that she did not
only mean eros love, but "love
of all kinds."
"I have to be about that as
an artist because that's what
I'm about as a woman," Maha
said. "Love for God, self, fam-
ily, mankind and eros.
Indulging in muddy puddles
of love."
Maha, who released an al-

bum entitled Mahagani in
March, is in the recording
phase of her second album
called Blossom.
Some of her goals are to be-
come a songwriter, to collabo-
rate more with local artists,
become a part of a cultural
community in South Florida
and help upcoming music and
spoken word artists under-
stand the business.
Although Maha admits that
balancing it all can be very dif-
"There is this unexplainable
joy and rush that takes over
me," Maha explained about
She said she feels connected
to her ancestors, who always
encouraged her to use her gifts
like her grandmother and her
father, who died of HIV when
she was 15 years old.
She compared her love for
performing and writing as an
addiction, saying it is more
powerful than money. She also
enjoys connecting with oth-
er souls when she performs,

she said.
She sometimes receive calls
or e-mails from people who say
they were touched by her mu-
sic or poetry.
"Being able to leave a drop of
hope everywhere I go is amaz-
ing," she said.
Maha expressed gratitude to
her family and friends for as-
sisting her in balancing every-
"My husband's cooperation
is impeccable," she said.
"If it were not for him being
understanding and binding
his schedule every which way,
I don't know how it would be
She explained that both her
husband and her son's father
are there for their children.
"Sometimes I cannot imagine
how I'm going to get from Sun-
day to Saturday, but it always
seems to happen.
We come together, and we
work it out," she said. "I kind
of lean on the beautiful, won-
derful people around me to
help keep this machine going."

Ebenezer UMC allocates University with $1oK

continued from 12B

Africa. The growth in member-
ship and the emerging socio-
economic and political needs in
their countries led the African
bishops of the UMC to call on
their church to invest in higher
education provision in Africa.
The University's goal has
been to educate African peo-
ple from an African perspec-
tive. Africa University, which
started off with 40 students,
recently held a graduation for
400 students, according to
Salley who travels to Af-
rica University's campus in
Mutare, Zimbabwe, once every
two months and sometimes

more said the school offers
the same courses and pro-
grams that you would receive
at universities anywhere in
the world. He said some of the
popular courses are: adminis-
tration, business and informa-
tional technology.
According to Salley, when he
speaks to churches about Af-
rica University, they respond
enthusiastically, because some
are unaware of the university
and they know that education
is needed in Africa.
Africa University celebrated
it's 20th anniversary in March.
"In 20 years, we have signifi-
cant, phenomenal growth from
the United Methodist Church
and beyond," Salley said. "We
look for the same kind of growth

within the next 20 years."
While visiting Ebenezer, Pas-
tor Joretha Capers surprised
Salley by donating $1,000 of
the $10,000 scholarship that
the church endowed in memory
of the church's former pastor
and his wife.
"It was quite a surprise and
a much welcomed surprise,"
Salley said. "I didn't go to
raise money, but to thank the
church for their support."
Capers, who was a colleague
of Salley's when she worked
with the UMC Black College
Fund, said that the University
has broken many trends that
occur on the continent.
For example, in most African
universities women attendance
is only about 25 percent while

women make up 52 percent of
the student body at Africa Uni-
versity. In addition, Capers
said the university brings dif-
ferent tribes, who normally
don't speak with each other,
together for "a common good"
and they "build a brighter and
better Africa."
Capers said the University
has developed leaders for all
aspects, such as: preserva-
tion of the Earth, environmen-
tal protection and government
and health services, "which
are desperately needed [on the
"I think Africa University is
one of God's greatest gifts to
the UMC, to the world [and] es-
pecially to persons on the Afri-
can continent."

Rev. McKain counsels victims ofhomelessness

continued from 12B

and mental issues and other is-
Since then McKain, who
presently serves as the faith
manager at the center, has dis-
cipled hundreds of men in the
At the center, he ministers,
counsels and teaches.
McKain is proud to acknowl-
edge that many great men have
come out of the program.
In fact,' the head deacon of
his church, a couple of pas-
tors, other Christian leaders
and even the current president
of the rescue mission are grad-
uates of the program.
He believes the rescue mis-
sion opened the door to the

fulfillment of his calling to be a
full-time minister.
"I got that calling when I was
17 years old," McKain said.
In 1979, McKain, a Jamai-
can-native, moved to New
York with his wife, Doreen. As
an evangelist, he preached the
Gospel in both Jamaica and
New York.
After obtaining a scholarship
to Miami Christian University,
which is now Trinity Evangeli-
cal University, he moved to Mi-
ami and eventually graduated.
Through counseling at the
rescue mission and pastoring
at Hallelujah Worship Center of
the Christian and Missionary
Alliance, which he founded in
1995, he has been able to fulfill
his calling of being a full-time

When he first started the
church, 14 of the founding
members were homeless.
"We went to the streets, we
picked up the people and we
started a church with 17 mem-
bers at that time," he said,
while mentioning Luke 14: 23.
Since then, the church's
membership has grown both
spiritually. Their top priorities
are teaching the Gospel and
discipline men for the kingdom
of God.
The church has an active
youth group that meets every
Friday. In addition, the church
evangelizes on both Sundays
and Mondays and has "deep-
er Pife" Bible studies every
Wednesday. In other efforts,
they hold an annual baby dedi-

cation ceremony for the babies
of residents at Miami Rescue
Mission's Center for women
and children. The church con-
ducts a ministry at the rescue
mission every first Sunday.
Anthony Boykins, who is be-
ing trained to be a deacon at
the church and is also a gradu-
ate of the rescue mission, en-
joys going back to the rescue
mission center to minister to
the residents with his church
He describes McKain as "a
strong man of God."
Boykins said McKain trained
him and others to be leaders
and men of God.
"He gave me an opportunity
to come and join his church
about three years ago, and I've
been here ever since," he said.

inclinations through counseling
and prayer, a stance that infuri-
ated gay rights activists.
Exodus had seen its influ-
ence wane in recent years as
mainstream associations rep-
resenting psychiatrists and
psychologists rejected its ap-
proach. However, the idea that
gays could be converted to het-
erosexuality through prayer
persists among some evangeli-
cals and fundamentalists. The
announcement that Exodus
would close was not a total
surprise. Last year, Chambers
- who is married to a woman
but has spoken openly about
his own sexual attraction to

men said he was trying to dis-
tance his ministry from the idea
that gays' sexual orientation
can be permanently changed or
In his statement Thursday,
Chambers said the board had
decided to close Exodus and
form a new ministry, which he
referred to as
He told the AP that the new
initiative would seek to promote
dialogue among those who've
been on opposite sides in the
debate over gay rights.
"We want to see bridges built,
we want peace to be at the fore-
front of anything we do in the
future," he said.

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Pentecostal Church of
Jesus Christ will hold an ap-
preciation program. Call 786-

Pentecostal Church of
God will host its annual news
conference on June 26-28
at 7:30p.m. Call 786-234-

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

S New Beginnings
Church of Deliverance
of All Nations will host a
Matters of the Heart Tea
Party on June 29 at 12 noon.
Call 786-312-5205.

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

June 29 at 9 a.m.

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

I Second Chance
Ministries to host a Bible
study meeting. Call 305-747-

i A Mission With A
New Beginning Church
Women's Department
provides community feeding.
Call 786-371-3779.

Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist Church will host
a bereavement sharing group
at 3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. every
2nd Sunday. Call 305-634-

0 Running for Jesus
Outreach Youth Ministry
will host a "Youth Summer
Seminar." Call 954-213-

Center enhances with CEO

continued from 12B

offer girls indoor volleyball in
the fall, and are considering
starting a tennis team in addi-
tion to the other sports that the
Center offers such as: football,
basketball, baseball and track
and field.
Brown also explained that the
Center is doing a great job with
artistic development, by having
events such as poetry slams,
but he also wants to create ad-
vocacy and service groups so
that the youth can become in-
volved in that, also.
Brown has implemented a
management infrastructure
for staff that empowers them
and gives them the opportuni-
ty to grow. Over the past three
months, the program has hired
three new employees and pro-
moted another. It is also work-
ing with the city's park and
recreation department to make
sure that the Center is secure
and does not have any breach-
es. Brown explained that in
the past, the Center has been
They are proactively working
to prevent break-ins in the fu-
ture but they will be prepared if
it happens again, according to
Also, Tacolcy has built new
partnerships and revisited old
partnerships, which spoke to

their priority areas.
The Center has recently had
new security doors installed
and they will soon have an
alarm system installed.
Brown said he has gotten
positive responses while serv-
ing as CEO.
"I try to lead in a way that
suggest that the most impor-
tant thing is about helping
families and helping children,"
Brown said.
"The staff is overwhelmingly
committed, focused and are
working very, very hard."
Brown said that they not only
want to expand the program,
but they also want to serve
the community in new ways,
through new programming.
The community can continue
to expect to see engaging events
from Tacolcy, such as it's up-
coming HIV testing event.
"Tacolcy will continue to be
an open door where members
of the Liberty City community,
even greater Miami-Dade can
come to find help and get assis-
Three years from now, the
Center will celebrate its 50th
anniversary, and Brown ex-
plained that he is working with
that anniversary in mind.
Brown and the staffs goal is
for Tacolcy to be strong and vi-
able, and here for the families
of Liberty City for another 50





Too much unnecessary surgery




'By Peter Eisler and
Barbara Hansen

Tens of thousands of
times each year, patients are
wheeled into the nation's op-
erating rooms for surgery that
isn't necessary, a USA TODAY
review of government records
and medical databases finds.
Some fall victim to preda-
tors who enrich themselves
by bilking insurers for opera-
tions that are not medically
justified. Even more turn to
doctors who simply lack the
competence or training to rec-
ognize when a surgical proce-
dure can be avoided, either be-
cause the medical facts don't
warrant it or because there are
non-surgical treatments that
would better serve the patient.
In fact, 'unnecessary sur-
geries might account for 10
percent to 20 percent of all
operations in some special-
ties, including a wide range of
cardiac procedures stents,
angioplasty and pacemaker
implants as well as many
spinal surgeries. Knee replace-
ments, hysterectomies and
cesarean sections are among
the other surgical procedures
performed more often than
needed, according to a review
of in-depth studies and data-
generated by both government
and academic sources.
The costs of unnecessary
surgeries touch consumers
and taxpayers in ways most
never imagine.
Medicare, Medicaid and their
private insurance counter-
parts spend billions of dollars
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ter use.

There are three broad cate-
gories of unnecessary surgery:
the immoral, the incompetent
and the indifferent.
Doctors who perform need-
less operations to enrich
themselves are the public face
of the problem. Lured by the
millions of dollars that can
be made by billing Medicare,
Medicaid and private insur-
ers for expensive procedures
that aren't necessary, they've
become a top target of inves-
tigators who consider this type
of health care fraud to be par-
ticularly insidious.
In most cases of unneces-
sary surgery, there is no sin-
ister character or criminal
intent. The driving factors are

more complex and more sub-
"I think there are a very
small percent of doctors who
are crooked, maybe one or two
percent," says John Santa, a
physician and director of the
Consumer Reports Health Rat-
ings Center.
"I think there's a higher
percentage who are not well
trained or not competent" to
determine when surgery is
necessary, Santa says. "Then
you have a big group who are
more businessmen than medi-
cal professionals doctors
who look at those gray cases
and say, 'Well, I have enough
here to justify surgery, so I'm
going to do it."
The pressures are real. Doc-
tors' income can hinge largely
on the number of surgeries
they do and the revenue
those procedures generate.

The fee-for-service nature
of U.S. health care, where the
hospitals and doctors get more
money for every operation they
perform, essentially rewards
those that put more patients
under the knife.
The 2010 health care law,
still being implemented, prom-
ises changes in the payment
system that may pressure
health care providers to, cut
unnecessary surgeries, says
Lucian Leape, a former sur-
geon and professor at the Har-
vard School of Public Health.
But the key, he says, is to re-
define the doctor-patient rela-
Informed or shared decision-
making, in which doctors help
patients play active roles in
choosing their treatment, is
the mantra of many patient
advocates and a number of
surgeons themselves..

33% women suffer partner abuse

WHO: Add-

screening to all

levels of health

care for women
By Maria Cheng
AP Medical Writer

In the first major global re-
view of violence against wom-
en, a series of reports released
Thursday found that about
a third of women have been
physically or sexually assault-
ed by a former or current part-
The head of the World Health
Organization [WHO], Dr. Mar-
garet Chan, called it "a global
health problem of epidemic
proportions," and other ex-
perts said screening for domes-
tic violence should be added to
all levels of health care.
Among the findings: 40 per-
cent of women killed worldwide
were slain by an intimate part-
ner, and being assaulted by a
partner was the most common
kind of violence experienced by
Researchers used a broad
definition of domestic violence,
and in cases where country
data was incomplete, estimates
were used to fill in the gaps.

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Candles for the victims of domestic violence burn during a protest in Bucharest, Romania.
About a third of women worldwide have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or
current partner, according to the first major review of violence against women. In a series
of papers released June 20, by the World Health Organization and others, experts estimated
nearly 40 percent of women killed worldwide were slain by an intimate partner and that be-
ing assaulted by a partner was the most common kind of violence experienced by women.

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mark International Women's Day in Colombo. Protesters de-
manded government action for domestic violence and rape
issues in the country.

WHO defined physical violence
as being slapped, pushed,
punched, choked or attacked
with a weapon. Sexual violence
was defined as being physi-
cally forced to have sex, having
sex for fear of what the partner
, i..1,1 do and being compelled
to do something sexual that
was humiliating or degrading.

The report also examined
rates of sexual violence against
women by someone other than
a partner and found about sev-
en percent of women worldwide
had previously been a victim.
In conjunction with the re-
port, WHO issued guidelines
for authorities to spot prob-
lems earlier and said all health
workers should be trained to

recognize when women may be
at risk and how to respond ap-
Globally, the WHO review
found 30 percent of women are
affected by domestic or sexual
violence by a partner. The re-
port was based largely on stud-
ies from 1983 to 2010. Accord-
ing to the United Nations, more
than 600 million women live in
countries where domestic vio-
lence is not considered a crime.
The rate of domestic vio-
lence against women was high-
est in Africa, the Middle East
and Southeast Asia, where 37
percent of women experienced
physical or sexual violence
from a partner at some point in
their lifetimes. The rate was 30
percent in Latin America and
23 percent in North America.
In Europe and Asia, it was 25
Some experts said screening
for domestic violence should
be added to all levels of health
care, such as obstetric clinics.
"It's unlikely that someone
would walk into an ER and dis-
close they've been assaulted,"
said Sheila Sprague of McMas-
ter University in Canada, who
has researched domestic vio-

lence in women at orthopedic
clinics. She was not connected
to the WHO report.
However, "over time, if wom-
en are coming into a fracture
clinic or a pre-natal clinic, they
may tell you they are suffering
abuse if you ask," she said.
For domestic violence figures,
scientists analyzed information
from 86 countries focusing
on women and teens over the
age of 15. They also assessed
studies from 56 countries on
sexual violence by someone
other than a partner, though
they had no data from the
Middle East. WHO experts then
used modeling techniques to
come up with global estimates
for the percentage of women
who are victims of violence.
Accurate numbers on women
and violence are notoriously
hard to pin down. A US
government survey reported
almost two years ago that one
in four American women said
they were violently attacked by
their husbands or boyfriends,
and one in five said they were
victims of rape or attempted
rape, with about half those
cases involving intimate

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June is Child Vision

Awareness Month

By Oretha Winston

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hi.. publli': on children n s .isin
problerns .ri-nd detection ':of e' e
disetse- in children and in-
fants. to rincre.l,,se the num-
ber f .r o chol:.d-a-d children
who ho\i -rLe ,.-- y^ri bl, 3n
eve doctor, and to incie,'ise-
the nunibe-r ,f .:hildreri 'Ath
leadrnrig dissbihues who have
, developmental \qs iri exarn
to rule o'ut sicrion problems '
Children's-, v-e health be-
gin t- e the rin'\born rnurser,
aind should continLiue thr':ugh-
,:.ut childh,:.,:,d. says5 Michael
Repkli. MD, professor :.f oph-
thalmolog, and pediatnc-:. at
Johns H.:.pkjns Uni'.':.rsit,-
School ofl Medicine. "F':,r mar,..
children an evduati':'n by o
pediatricia-in ma', be ei'.:ugh
But if a. child has a family. his-
ior'. of vision or ey.' problems
or has s'n-j:'tomris hc .or hhe
mari, n'ed tLo hay.e .ar, official
eve exam." he says
If v'..ur child ht-i s:n' r- p-
L'jrri-I 01 I ,i' pTiI)h ]eITj5. .-,I-
has l ,-mil- mernrber. i ho iear.
glasses, she'he ma' need to
visit an eye caie professir-nad
fr.r e x_.nriin:A r.'.,n.
Thei e tire three v rype of e.':
specialist'V \Vho can pro'.ide
children's c',e and k vision care
Ophlth~l-iologist An oph-
thahnologisisis a nicdical do,.:-
tor '.vwIo Ipr-,iidu's e coIre.
such as complete eve c-iexjrrms
presci-ibing coneui'e .lenses,
diagno.irig and treating eye,
disi-see and perfnlrmin- eye
',Jptietns t .An uptuom-
etrist is a health -',Irc T .'.ro:fes-
sional \vho can pru\ide. coum-
plete eye exam.ns. prescribe
,otTective lenses, drIr,,nIse
corinioIn eye disri'ders, .n.l
treat selectri evC diseCs\es.
Opt.imetrlsts d. e not tre.o-b t
more complex eye problems

or perlorni sLireer',.
,- ,ti.a An ',pticix- as-
sernbles.~t fit.. .ell. anjd fills
prescrinptions f.r e lasses
I h- s; he.i:dih care providers
.:'ari b fou-ind in nic.t cnom-
n-er'ciaJ and residential .i-reas
orme- mav be I,:,cated in shop-
ping malls diid elen larger
comrnercl'-d cha-ins Eve-n if
there de no- risk factors or
fa-rriily, hi t':n'o,- .f eve problems.
children need their isic2n
'ehe':k--d ,- t sLX months, three
-:ars.r and riL'',-,re first grade.
Children's, e,. exams should
include the corrmpo-
Inspection of the eye:
The health car'- pr':'ider in-
spects the eves and eelids.
-:an-TS the Van'rious cl,\ muscle
mr:,cr-r nts, .ind e.a-rriinez the
pupils .n.: I.the reflection of
hgl-t from th- back: of the reye
Ophthalmoscope: In older
childreI, th,. e'- are prL es-
sjonaJ exarin'-s the ba,:k of
the eyVe
Corneal light reflex test-
ing: LUsing. r-ll iai-hlieht
I he "t alth *a: r,: pr_-'. ,, Ier I,'okal
at spot wh'.re- the hliht i re-
flected Iron) ithe front surface
of the eve. called the cornea
Thi-. lihr rneiit,_d should be
in sharp oI. u5 and cenc-tered
on -boti.h pupils The test result
is abnorn.-d if ithe cornema l light
rcfl-e:: is nri crisp -aird .I':,r, or
if it is off-'enter.
Cover testing: This teist
detects n-isalignmrri ent :f Lihe
eyes While the child focuses
on ci targetr, the ex.-miner ,:o%-
ers each eve 'r- ..It a timc- to,
lI,ok for a "shift' in the e'.es
Age appropriate visual
acuity testing: LUsig ain ece
chart, the examninei atsks the
ihild to, re,id niunimeious lirnrs
.f characters It s ripO'rt.MnT
tL' test c.':ch ee sepa-utely
arid to be r-ire rrh, childd
is not "peckirig" ,.th the other

Health issues faced by Blacks

Blacks are affected by and
die of many diseases, often-
times more than other Ameri-
can groups. It is empowering to
know that it does not have to
be your destiny. It is possible to
take your health into your own
hanrlds. Following are some of
the issues that top the list.
Diabetes is a metabolic disor-
der and affects the way our bod-
ies digest food for energy. Basi-
cally, it is a disease that allows
blood sugar levels to get too high
and cause problems in many ar-
eas of the body, including skin,
mouth, kidneys, -heart, nerves,
eyes and feet. It can even cause
death. An estimated one in four
Black women over the age of 55
has diabetes. It is easily con-
trolled by maintaining a healthy
weight and proper diet, regular
physical activity, and limiting al-
cohol intake.
This is a chronic disease of the
lung and airways that makes
breathing difficult. Severe cas-
es can be fatal. It also gives its
victims a higher risk for osteo-
porosis. More than 2.3 million
African Americans are reported
to have asthma and are three
times more likely to die from it
than other Americans. Control-
ling it can be as simple as lim-

iting exposure to second-hand
smoke, dust mites, mold and
Also known as hypertension,
high blood pressure increases
the risk for heart disease and
stroke. Smoking, too much al-
cohol, salt, diabetes and obesity
can aggravate this condition.
The best way to prevent it is to
avoid or quit smoking, limit salt
and alcohol intake, and main-
tain a healthy weight.
HIV is the leading cause of
death for Black women in sever-
al age groups. They are 15 times
more likely to become infected
than white women. Still, one in
four new cases in the U.S. are
women. Poverty, promiscuity
and sexually transmitted dis-
eases are all risk factors. Latex
condoms are one way to prevent
this disease.
The obesity rate is high in the
Black community. Black wom-
en have the highest rate com-
pared to other groups in the
U.S. Although they cherish their
uniquely curvy shapes, trying to
find a balance between "thick"
and fat is not that difficult. Los-
ing weight lowers the risks of
sleep apnca, arthritis and gall-
bladder disease, among others.



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Obamacare unlikely to start on time

Health law hits a

major snag due

to many delays
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

no guarantee that President
Barack Obama's health care
law will launch smoothly and
on time, congressional investi-
gators say in the first in-depth
independent look at its prog-
But in a report to be released
this week, the congressional
Government Accountability Of-
fice also sees positive signs as
the Oct. 1 deadline approaches
for new health insurance mar-
kets called exchanges to open
in each state in many cases
over the objections of Republi-
can governors.
Additionally, the report dis-
closes that the administration
had spent nearly $400 million
as of March to set up the infra-
structure of a sprawling system
involving major federal agen-
cies, every state, hundreds of
insurance companies, and mil-
lions of citizens, among them
many individuals seeking cov-
erage for the first time.
"Whether (the administra-
tion's) contingency planning
will assure the timely and
smooth implementation of the
exchanges by Oct. 2013 cannot

yet be determined," the report
concluded. A copy was provided
to The Associated Press.
The administration is taking
the lead in setting up the mar-
kets in 34 states, the report said
- a heavy lift unforeseen when
the law was passed. The com-
puterized clearinghouse for the
entire system a federal "data
hub" designed to deliver real-
time eligibility rulings has
only undergone initial testing.
And states have yet to complete
many of their assignments.
"Much progress has been
made in establishing the regu-
latory framework and guidance
required for this undertak-
ing, and (the administration)
is currently taking steps to
implement key activities of the
(exchanges)," the report said.
"Nevertheless, much remains to
be accomplished within a rela-
tively short period of time."
Translation: most of the specs
have been written, but all wir-
ing hasn't been laid, and what
will happen when they flip the
switch nobody really knows.
And remember, Oct. 1 is less
than four months away.
GAO also issued a similar as-
sessment for small-business
health insurance markets
scheduled to open concurrent-
The study shows "this law
isn't ready for prime time, and
come October millions of Ameri-
cans and small businesses are


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The study shows "this law isn't ready for prime time, and
come October millions of Americans and small businesses are
going to be the ones suffering the consequences," Sen. Orrin

Hatch, R-Utah.
going to be the ones suffering
the consequences," Sen. Orrin
Hatch, R-Utah, said in a state-
ment. Hatch is the ranking Re-
publican on the Senate com-
mittee that oversees health care
Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has
steadfastly maintained the new
insurance markets will open on
schedule in all 50 states and
Washington, DC.
Middle-class people with no
access to job-based coverage
will be able to buy private in-
surance, in most cases with
new tax credits to help pay pre-
miums. Low-income people will

be steered to public programs
like Medicaid in states that opt
to accept an expansion offered
under the law. Coverage starts
Jan. 1.
An estimated seven million
individuals are expected to
sign up through the exchang-
es next year, while Medicaid
rolls will grow by nine million.
Those numbers are projected
to steadily increase as Ameri-
cans get more familiar with the
law and its benefits. Exchang-
es are supposed to deliver the
same basic service, connecting
consumers with new coverage,
whether they're run by states or
by the federal government.

Most people currently covered
by employers are not expected
to see major changes, although
some companies with many
low-wage workers may decide
it's better for their bottom lines
to drop their plans.
The GAO report did not ad-
dress one of the major obstacles
to the rollout of the health care
law entrenched opposition
from Republicans in Congress
and from many GOP state lead-
Having failed to get the Su-
preme Court to strike down
"Obamacare" last year, Repub-
licans in Congress have kept
trying to repeal it, managing to
block administration requests
for additional implementation
funds. In the states with
some notable exceptions Re-
publican governors and legisla-
tures have generally refused to
set up state-run exchanges or
expand Medicaid.
However, the report found
that some states where the law
has run into resistance also
seem to be simultaneously try-
ing to accommodate it. GAO
said that of the 34 states in
which the federal government is
taking the lead in setting up the
new markets, 15 are expected
to carry out at least some func-
tions of the exchanges. That
could be a stepping stone to full
state control later.
The report also included a
breakdown of spending on the

Michelle Obama 'wraps' healthy recipe contest
By Jennifer SteinhauerThe three were among the ''* in preparing healthy meals,"
Judges on a panel evaluating t said Kass, who runsObama's
e .. A I.t's Move program and is also

WASHINGTON The tables,
which stretched the length of
a full city block, were covered
with pork lettuce wraps, cat-
fish, spring rolls, all manner
of vegetable soup and some-
thing called lunchtime waffles.
Sam Kass, Michelle Obama's
senior policy adviser on nutri-
tion, leaned over a pork dish,
stabbed it with a fork, then
delivered his approbation.
Robert C. Post, an associate
executive director at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture,
seemed less moved by flavors.
He carved into a small chicken
potpie like an entomologist
vivisecting an arthropod and
studied the recipe for its nutri-
tional content. "Yes, creative,
O.K.," he said.
Sabrina Burton bypassed it
all. "I'm going for the pizza,"
she announced, perhaps be-
cause she is 10.

the 108 recipe tinalists among
scores entered in a recent East
Wing healthy recipe contest.
Their task was to whittle the
entries from every state and
four U.S. territories to 54 win-
ners, whose authors will join
Michelle Obama at the White
House for a "state dinner" next
The two-year-old contest,
the brainchild of Tanya Steel,
editor of the food Web site
Epicurious, is part of Obama's
continuing agenda to improve
the eating habits of America's
While much of her focus has
been on exercise and improv-
ing school lunches, the cam-
paign this year is trying to get
people to cook better and more
"This is an incredible oppor-
tunity to utilize the platform
-we have in the White House to
incentivize kids to get engaged

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Q& ri Ho V 7 .-U- .U 1

-Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse
Michelle Obama was joined by students last month as they picked vegetables from the kitch-
en garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

an assistant White House chef.
(Perhaps you heard he was
furloughed. It was one day.
"We see these young kids
who have worked with their
families to come up with these
recipes be treated as heroes as
they go back to their cities and
towns," Kass said. "We are try-
ing to give families recipes and
tools to help make it easier for
people to eat well."
More than 1,300 families
with children ages eight reci-
pes that adhered to the latest
U.S.D.A. nutritional guidelines
and contained each of the food
groups with fruits and vegeta-
bles making up half the plate.
Recipes, which were required
to be original, were judged 50
percent on their nutritional
value, 25 percent on taste and
25 percent on creativity.
Please turn to HEALTHY 18B

Red-meat intake linked to increased risk of diabetes

Experts still looking at what other

factors contribute to disease

By Nancy Hellmich

The latest nutritiron news
may put a damper on "our
desire to. grill hot does. pork
chops and T-bonie steaks this
Increasing your intake of red
meat over time is associated
with a higher risk of developing
type 2 diabetes, savs a large.
long-term studv,' out last Mon-
,Other research has linked
consumption of both utnpro-
cessed and processed r,-d meat

to diabetes, but this study
tracked the risk of developing
the disease over a long time
because people s eating behav-
iors olten change through the
"This is stronger evidence
that red meat consumption
contributes to an increased
risk of diabetes." says the
study's senior author Frank
Hu, a professor of nutrition
and epidemiology at the Har-
vard School of Public Health.
For the latest study, re-
searchers analyzed data from

three Harvard studies that
tracked 149.,000 health-care
professionals who completed
questionnaires about their di-
ets even,- four years The men
and women were followed for
12 to 16 y-ears Red meat con-
sumption varied widely, but on
average people ate 1 '., servings
a day
The findings. published un-
line in JAMA JI-ournal of the
American Medic al Associationl
Internal Mledicine, show.
People who increased their
intake of red meat by as little
as a half a serving a day (about
1 5 ounces) had a 4S percent
increased nsk of developing
type 2 diabetes o-. er a four-year

period, compared with people
who did not change their red-
meat intake
Eating more red meat was
associated with weight gain.
and that weight gain account-
ed for some but not all of the
increased risk of developing
the disease.
People who decreased their
red-meat intake by half a serv-
ing a day over four years did
not have a short-term reduced
risk of developing the disease
in the next four years. but they
had a reduced risk of de\elop-
ing the disease by 14 percent
over the next 10 years or so,
suggesting a long-term effect
The findings apply to both

processed red meat. such as
lunch meat and hot dogs. and
unprocessed red meat, such
as hamburger, steak and pork.
but the association '.as stron-
ger for processed meat. says
lead author An Pan of the Na-
tional University of Singapore
who worked on the study v.'while
he was at Harvard
Diabetes afflicts almost 26
million adults and children in
the U.S. Most have type 2 dia-
betes. About 79 million Ameri-
cans have prediabetes The
long-term complications ol the
disease include heart attacks.
stroke, blindness, kidney fail-
uire, nerve damage and ampu-

Hu says the high amount
of sodium and nitrites in pro-
cessed meats are possible fac-
tors contributing to diabetes
The heme iron in red meat also
may be one of the contributing
factors he says. Although iron
helps present anemia, man-
people in this country have
iron overload, v.hich is a nrisk
factor for diabetes, he say's He
advises reducing the crnsump-
tion of these types of meats
and incorporating more nuts,
low-fat dairy and whole grains
into meals.
Saturated fat causes the in-
flamrimation in the body which
increases the risk uf bad things
like heart disease and diabetes.

Antibacterial soap bad?

By Nick Tate

Early exposure to a comminon
antibacterial chemical found
in many soaps and consumer
products has been found to
shorten lifespan, according to
new research involving rats.
The study, presented at the
Endocrine Society's 95th annu-
al meeting in San Francisco this
week, determined a mother's
exposure to triclocarban while
nursing her babies shortens the
life of her female offspring.
"Our study provides support-
ing evidence for the potential
adverse effects of triclocarban
exposure during early life, spe-
cifically during the lactation
period," said lead researcher
Rebekah Kennedy, a graduate
student in the Department of

Public Health at the University
of Tennessee, Knoxville.
"The results indicate that a
mother's long-term use of this
compound might affect the ear-
ly development of her offspring,
at least according to our animal
Past studies have shown tric-
locarban can affect the growth
of sex organs in adult male
rats. For the new study, the re-
searchers sought to learn if ex-
posure to the compound, either
in the womb or during lacta-
tion,, would affect rat pups.
SDuring pregnancy and con-
tinuing until 21 days after giv-
ing birth, female rats were di-
vided into two groups one fed
regular rat chow and the other
food supplemented with triclo-

federal exchanges and the data
hub, which the administration
had not previously provided,
despite ongoing requests by
media organizations.
As of March, the administra-
tion had spent almost $394 mil-
lion, mostly through payments
to 55 different contractors. That
figure does not include the sala-
ries of hundreds of government
officials dedicated to the mas-
sive project. That project is for-
ever linked to Obama's legacy.
The largest single ledger item:
$84 million for the federal ex-
change computer infrastruc-
ture, being designed and built
by CGI Federal, Inc., a Virginia-
based government contractor.
The contractor building the
data hub, Maryland-based
Quality Software Services, Inc.,
received $55 million.
Third on the contracting to-
tem pole was Booz Allen Ham-
ilton, which received nearly $38
million to provide technical as-
sistance for enrollment and eli-
The report said the adminis-
tration will need another $2 bil-
lion in the next fiscal year to es-
tablish and operate the federal
exchanges. Of that, Congress
would have to provide $1.5 bil-
lion, while user fees paid by in-
surers account for the remain-
It's unclear if congressional
Republicans will sign off on the

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urges 13-64 to get tested

Ensure people get tested support,
effective care for those infected

By Ryan Jaslow
Tomorrow is National HIV
Testing Day, a day to raise
awareness to let Americans
know how and how often to
get an HIV Test. In the U.S.
about 1.2 million people are
living with HIV but only
about one in five of them
don't know they're infected.
That's why the Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
tion [CDC] encourages every-
one ages 13-64 to get tested
for HIV at least once. The
agency also urges high-risk
individuals including gay
and bisexual men, injection
drug users or people with
multiple sex partners to
get tested once a year.
Sexually active gay and bi-
sexual men may benefit from

more frequent testing every
three to six months, the CDC
said. Pregnant women should
get tested early in their preg-
nancy so doctors can take
steps to prevent HIV from
transmitting to the baby.
National HIV Testing Day
was first founded in 1995 by
the National Association of
People with AIDS [NAPWA],
which continues to lead the
charge with support from the
CDC and
"To achieve the goals of the
National HIV/AIDS Strat-
egy, we must ensure that
people get tested and that
those who are HIV-positive
are linked to timely and ef-
fective care," CDC Director
Dr. Thomas Frieden, said in
a blog on AIDS. gov "To do
Please turn to HIV 12B


-By Samantha Radecki /The State News
Kathy Nigro, left, a registered
nurse at the Ingham County
Health Department talks with
Vennishia Smith, right, HIV/
STD prevention coordinator for
Ingham County Health Depart-
ment, while volunteering at the
health department, 5303 S. Ce-
dar St. in Lansing, on National
HIV Testing Day. On Wednesday
morning, the health department
offered free and confidential
STD and HTV testing.

Pill prevents

HIV among

risk groups

By Donald G.Mcneil, Jr.
Drug-injecting addicts who took a
daily antiretroviral pill were half as
likely to become infected with HIV. as
those who did not, a major new study
has found, providing the final piece
of evidence that such treatments can
prevent AIDS in every group at risk.
The accumulating evidence from clini-
cal trials means antiretroviral drugs
are increasingly seen as another in the
arsenal- of weapons to prevent AIDS,
along with condoms, abstinence and
fidelity; early antiretroviral treatment;
male circumcision in Africa; microbi-
cide gels; and other options.
The formal results of the study,
which involved 2,400 drug users in
Please turn to PILL 12B

Vaccine cuts HPV in girls by 56%

CDC: More teens
need to be inoculated
By Mike Stobbe
ATLANTA (AP) A vaccine against
a cervical cancer virus cut infections
in teen girls by half in the first study
to measure the shot's impact since
it came on the market. The results
impressed health experts and a top
government top health official called
them striking.
The research released Wednesday
echoes studies done before the HPV
vaccine became available in 2006.
But the new study is the first evidence
of just how well it works now that it is
in general use.
Only about half of teen girls in the
U.S. have gotten at least one dose
of the expensive vaccine, and just a
third of teen girls have had all three
shots, according to the latest govern-
ment figures.
"These are striking results and I
think they should be a wake-up call

The groundbreaking vaccine that prevents cervical cancer in girls is
gaining a reputation as the most painful of childhood shots.

that we need to increase vaccination
rates," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, di-
rector of the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention.
Cervical cancer is caused by certain
types of the common sexually trans-
mitted virus called HPV, for human
papillomavirus. The vaccine, which
costs about $130 per dose, protects

against a few of those strains, includ-
ing two blamed for 70 percent of cer-
vical cancers. The shots work best if
given before someone is sexually ac-
tive so the emphasis has been on giv-
ing the shots to 11- and 12-year olds.
The CDC study compared infection
rates in girls ages 14 to 19 before and
after the vaccine became available.

The proportion infected with the tar-
geted HPV strains dropped 56 per-
cent, from about 12 percent before
the vaccine was sold to five percent.
That result was for all teens after it
was on the market, whether or not
they were vaccinated.
Among girls who had gotten the
vaccine, the drop in HPV infections
was higher 88 percent.
There are two vaccines against HPV,
but the study mainly reflects the im-
pact of Gardasil, the Merck & Co. vac-
cine that came on the market in 2006.
A second vaccine approved in 2009 -
GlaxoSmithKline's Cervarix prob-
ably had relatively little bearing on
the results, said the CDC's Dr. Lauri
Markowitz, the study's lead author.
Both vaccines are approved for use
in males and females in ages nine
to 26 for females, and nine to 21 in
males. The vaccine was only recom-
mended for boys in late 2011, and the
CDC has not yet reported data on how
many boys have gotten the shot since
then. HPV vaccination requires three
shots over six months.

A.M.A. now recognizes obesity as a disease

May push physicians to pay more attention and spur
insurers to pay for and cover treatments JA V *

By Andrew Pollack
The American Medical Asso-
ciation has officially recognized
obesity as a disease, a move
that could induce physicians
to pay more attention to the
condition and spur more in-
surers to pay for treatments.
In making the decision, dele-
gates at the association's annu-
al meeting in Chicago overrode
a recommendation against do-
ing so by a committee that had
studied the matter
"Recognizing obesity as a dis-
ease will help change the way
the medical community tackles
this complex issue that affects
*approximately one in three
Americans," Dr. Patrice Harris,

a member of the association's
board, said in a statement'. She
suggested the new definition
would help in the fight against
Type 2 diabetes and heart dis-
ease, which are linked to obe-
To some extent, the question
of whether obesity is a disease
or not is a semantic one, since
there is not even a universally
agreed upon definition of what
constitutes a disease. And the
A.M.A.'s decision has no legal
Still, some doctors and obe-
sity advocates said that having
the nation's largest physician
group make the declaration
would focus more attention on
obesity. And it could help im-

prove reimbursement for obe-
sity drugs, surgery and coun-
"I think you will probably see
from this physicians taking
obesity more seriously, coun-
seling their patients about it,"
said Morgan Downey, an ad-
vocate for obese people and
publisher of the online Downey
Obesity Report. "Companies
marketing the products will be
able to take this to physicians
and point to it and say, 'Look,
the mother ship has now rec-
ognized obesity as a disease.'"
Two new obesity drugs -
Qsymia from Vivus, and Belviq
from Arena Pharmaceuticals
and Eisai have entered the
Please tur to OBESITY 12B

-Ted Grudzinski/A.M.A.
Dr. Patrice Harris said the
obesity definition would help
in the fight against heart dis-

Sugary diets and weight

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AMA calls attention to the obese

continued from 17B
market in the last year.
Qsymia has not sold well for
a variety of reasons, including
poor reimbursement and dis-
tribution restrictions imposed
because of concerns that the
drug can cause birth defects.
Those restrictions are now be-
ing relaxed. Belviq went on sale
only about a week ago, so it is
too early to tell how it is doing.
Whether obesity should be
called a disease has long been
The Obesity Society official-
ly issued its support for clas-
sifying obesity as a disease in
2008, with Downey as one of
the authors of the paper.

The Internal Revenue Service
has said that obesity treat-
ments can qualify for tax de-
In 2004, Medicare removed
language from its coverage
manual saying obesity was not
a disease.
Still, Medicare Part D, the
prescription drug benefit, in-
cludes weight loss drugs among
those it will not pay for, along
with drugs for hair growth and
erectile dysfunction.
The vote of the A.M.A. House
of Delegates went against the
conclusions of the associa-
tion's Council on Science and
Public Health, which had stud-
ied the issue over the last year.
The council said that obe-
sity should not be considered

a disease mainly because the
measure usually used to define
obesity, the body mass index,
is simplistic and flawed.
Some people, with a B.M.I.
above the level that usually
defines obesity are perfectly
healthy while others below it
can have dangerous levels of
body fat and metabolic prob-
lems associated with obesity.
"Given the existing limita-
tions of B.M.I. to diagnose obe-
sity in clinical practice, it is
unclear that recognizing obe-
sity as a disease, as opposed to
a 'condition' or 'disorder,' will
result in improved health out-
comes," the council wrote.
The council summarized the
arguments for and against call-
ing obesity a disease.

Pill joins arsenal of HIV weapons

continued from 17B
Thailand, showed that tak-
ing tenofovir pills a therapy
known as pre-exposure prophy-
laxis, or PrEP reduced infec-
tions by 49 percent. Addicts
who took the pills regularly,
based on measures of tenofovir
in their blood, did much better:
They were 74 percent less likely
to become infected.
"This is an exciting day," said
Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director
of HIV prevention for the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and

Prevention in Atlanta. "This cul-
minates a decade of PrEP
Prophylaxis usually involves
taking a daily pill of tenofovir
or tenofovir plus another drug,
but can also include antiretro-
viral-laced vaginal gels used be-
fore sex and the use of various
antiretroviral drugs by infected
mothers just before they give
The potential impact of the
treatment for drug addicts is
greatest in Eastern Europe and
Central Asia, where they ac-
count for up to 80 percent of

infections. Many countries in
those regions, for religious and
political reasons, outlaw proven
tactics like handing out clean
needles or offering methadone
or other needle-free opioid sub-
About 10 percent of the new
infections in the world and
about eight percent of those in
the United States are thought
to result from needle sharing.
The new five-year study
was run by Thai researchers
with CDC. support through 17
Bangkok drug-treatment clin-

Winners will dine at White House

continued from 16B
Some hit the mark on calo-
ries, but were sadly uninspir-
ing on the plate fish with no
verve, chili devoid of any sea-
"You don't need salt!" insisted
Kass. Well, yes you do.
"Last year it was all about
quinoa and strawberries," said
Steel. "This year, lots of salmon
and Greek yogurt. It seems like
every plate has a message."
Last Thursday Obama will
announce the winners, who
will attend a lunch at the White

House on July 9, during which
they will chow down on healthy
food including a selection of
the winning recipes and visit
the White House kitchen gar-
"Our Kids' State Dinner is
one of my favorite events of the
year," Obama said in a state-
ment. "And the kid chefs who
come from around the country
never cease to impress and in-
spire me with their creativity
and ingenuity."
The simple act of creating the
meals for the judges was some-
thing to behold. Each recipe,
scaled to a serving, was pre-

pared in the Washington Con-
vention Center by cooks from
D.C. Central Kitchen, a com-
munity kitchen that trains un-
employed adults to cook. "It's
a herculean task," Steel said,
noting the sprawl of tables cov-
ered with "bodacious banana
muffins," "nummy no-noodle
lasagna" and the like. Judges
moved along the tables like so
many guests on a cruise ship,
tasting and then discarding
their forks into a basket for
It was a feel-good situation,
but since it was also Washing-
ton, some controversy arose.

CDC to make tests more accessible

continued from 17B

this, it is imperative that we in-
crease the number of people
who are routinely tested for
HIV in health care settings,
and also make it easier for
people to get tested in com-
munity settings." The national
strategy, released in July 2010,
serves as an "ambitious" road-

map for the federal government
and other groups to fight HIV/
An example of an approach
the CDC is trying to get more
people tested is a $1.2 million
initiative to train pharmacists
and other staff at 12 rural and
12 urban pharmacies to pro-
vide free rapid HIV testing.
"We know that getting people
tested, diagnosed and linked

to care are critical steps in re-
ducing new HIV infections," Dr.
Kevin Fenton, director of CDC's
National Center for HIV/AIDS,
Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB
Prevention, said in a news re-
lease. "By bringing HIV testing
into pharmacies, we believe we
can reach more people by mak-
ing testing more accessible and
also reduce the stigma associ-
ated with HIV."

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retired construction worker, died In loving memory of, |
June 19 at home. Service 10 BENTJAMIN LEWIS '- l"
a.m., Friday at Greater Mt. Everett aka "UNCLE BIUSTER"
Missionary Baptist Church. 01/28/1932 06/28/2012

To my beloved husband, con- -.
HONOR YOUR LOVED gratulation on your first 365
days of singing in God's choir.
ONE WITH AN Just sing baby, nothing to
stop you now.
IN MEMORIAJ I Make sure you visit pet heav-
en and see our beloved son
IN THE MIAMI TIMES Goldie. Mamie, sons, grandchildren,
I love you both always, great grands and a special
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1263 N.W. 67th Street

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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue12 .3Ae

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Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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2171 N.W. 56th Street
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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Sunday S(hool 9 30 a m
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3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
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Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
died June 11 at
Select Specialty
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Grace United
Community V

died June 16
Service 11 a.m., |-r-' ,^
Saturday at '
Love Fellowship
Ministries. .

s upecasor, r sor,
died June 21
at Memorial
West Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Shekinah Glory

37, cashier, hl
died June 20 Jn
at Jackson w .
North Hospital. .
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at

JOHN BROWN, 77, died June
12. Services were held.

JOE BETSY, 58, died June 9.
Services were held.

SARAH ROSS, 64, died June
11. Services were held.

DORIS L. COLE, 59, registered
nurse, died June ..
18, Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at New Shiloh
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

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. Services were

retired passport ?- -
inspector, died

Junep.m., Saturday
home. Daughter
of Deacon
Johnson and the
late Alma Viola
Pringle. Service
2 p.m., Saturday
at Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Miami Gardens.

retired business
owner, died June
2 at Memorial

Raven; special devoted friend
S uPeggy Finley. Services were held in

EugeJacksonville, JrFL.
Gena, Eric, Todd and Erron Evans;
grandkids, Christopher, Ian, and
Raven; special devoted friend
Peggy Finley. Services were held in
Jacksonville, FL.

72, retired
certified nursing
died June 17
at Leesburg
R e g i o n a l
Medical Center.
Service 11 a.m.,



Saturday at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.

Wright and Young
BERNARD TURNER, 67, retired,
died June
21 at Ryder -
Trauma Center.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Antioch of

aka "GUMMY",
43, clerk, died
June 24 in
Burtner, NC.

include: mother,
Barbara Cooper
g rand mother,
Mother Geneva Nance; son, Vardon
Alonso Hadley, JR., and a host of
family and friends. Arrangements
are incomplete.

81, retired truck j
driver, died June
20 at North-
Shore Medical
Center. Viewing--
5-8 p.m., Friday
at Holy Ghost
Church of God,
8157 NW 22
Avenue. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Pentecostal Church of God,
2295 NW 59 Street.

retired laborer,
died June 22.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at.
First Baptist of
4300 NW 23
Avenue, Miami, .
FL 33142.,'.

74, nursing

died June 24.
Viewing 10a.m.-
8 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Drake Memorial
Baptist Church.

79, retired
worker. Viewing
10 a.m. 8
p.m., Friday
in the chapel
Service 10 a.m
Saturday at
Gospel Arena


International Miami Church.

security guard, died June 23 at
Aventura Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday In the chapel.

housewife, died June 24 at Mt. Sinai

Hospital. Service 11a.m.,
at Peaceful Zion MB Chui


SMITH, 83, operator, died June 18
at home. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Metropolitan Baptist Church in

died June 23 at -
Jackson North :;
Medical Center. *.
Service 11 a.m., i-i'- S
Saturday at Mt i .
Tabor Baptist "Crh
Church in

Fred Hunter
died May 31 .
at North Shore
Nursing Home.
Services were .-"

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
retired nurs- -
ing assistant, ..s
died June 19 at I
Jackson North. -.
Service 11:30 l .
a.m., Thursday :. -
at Soul Saving p -.-. .:-"
Church of Opa-
locka. I

Hadley Davis MLK
ELAINE SMITH, 53, died June
19 at Kindred

Service 11 am.
Saturday in the

died June 22 ---
at Berkshire
Manor Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturady in the

DAOUD TAFARI, 54, died June
21 at home.
Services were hel

MARQUIS O'HAIR, 21, student,
died June 23. -J
Arrangements h
are incomplete.

ELOISE STORR, 74, retired
CNA, died June
25 at Memorial

Arrangements ... .
ai-; incomplete. i

ZANDREW KEMP, 56, died
June 12. Services were held.

JAMES HALL, 69, died June 12.
Services were held.

JOHN GUY, 73, died June 7.
Services were held.

SR., 82, died June 15. Services
were held.

June 15. Services were held.

Roy Mizell & Kurtz
MARIA H. ARENAS, a native
Miamian, was
born March 10,
1947 (Christian
Hospital) and

Maria left us
on June 21,
2013 at 4:13
p.m., at Memorial West Hospital,
in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She
is a retired teacher and school
administrator with Miami Dade
County Public Schools. She is a
graduate of Miami Northwestern
Senior High School, Class of 1965.
She earned a Bachelors of Science
in Speech and Drama from
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical
University, Masters of Science in
Secondary Education Curriculum
and Instruction from Nova
University. Maria was a candidate
for an EDd. from Nova University
in Educational /Organizational
Leadership. Rosary 6 p.m. today,
at St. Philip Neri, 15700 NW 20
Avenue Road, Opa-locka, FL
33316. Service 11 a.m., Thursday
at St. Maxmilian Kolbe, 701 North
Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines, FL

June 24 at North "
Shore Hospital.

are incomplete. Hl _MB|

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JEFFREY L. POPE, 48, died
June 15 at Kendall Regional
Medical Center. Service 12
p.m., Saturday at Mt. Pleasant
Missionary Baptist Church.

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Gregg L. Mason
secretary, Mi-
ami-Dade Clerk
of Courts, died
June 23. Sur-
vivors include:
son, Damon 'A .
Cliett (Trenea);
daughter, Samia
Paramore (James); three grand-
children; brothers, Hayward Reyn-
olds, Bobby Reynolds (Sara Ann)
and McArthur Reynolds; sisters,
Clara Allen and Edith McGhee;
and a host of relatives and friends.
Viewing 5 7 p.m., Friday at Pen-
tecostal Tabernacle, 18415 NW 7th
Avenue. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at the church. Interment: Southern
Memorial Park.

Death Notice

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BENNETT, 67, homemaker,
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died June 24. Viewing 2-8
p.m., Friday in the chapel.
Service 11 a'' m., Saturday in
-the chapel. Service entrusted -

to Range Funeral Home.
Happy Birthday-
BENNETT, 57, homemaker,
died June 24. Viewing 2-8
p.m., Friday in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday in
the chapel. Service entrusted
to Range Funeral Home.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


06/24/1928 06/28/2012

Happy 85th Birthday Mud-
da, we miss you.
Sometimes when we first
awake, we think that you're
still here,
And for a fleeting moment,
the clouds all disappear.
For you brought endless
sunshine until you went
And now we miss you des-
perately each minute of the
You would not like to see
us sad, so what we try to do,
Is live a bright and happy
life in memory of you.
For though well always
miss you and it's dreadful
being apart,
We haven't really lost you,
you're still here in our heart.
Your loving children,
Denise and Darrell Allen.

Death Notice

June 23 at Jackson North
Hospital. Viewing 6 p.m. 9
p.m., Friday at Eric L. Wilson
Mortuary. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Bethel Apostolic
Temple, 1855 NW 119 Street,
Miami, FL 33167.

In Memoriam Card of Thanks

In loving memory of,

05/24/1966 07/01/2012

God has you in His keeping
and you will never be forgot-
Love always,
The Flowers family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

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The family of the late,


please accept this open let-
ter as our sincere thanks and
appreciation for your many
prayers, gifts, cards, flowers,
words of comfort and other
deeds of kindness during our
time of bereavement.
Special thanks to Richard-
son Funeral Home for their
outstanding service.
Mere words cannot express
how much your expressions
of sympathy provided comfort
and serenity during our diffi-
cult time of loss.
May God Bless and keep
you always.
The Lewis family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

08/14/1936 06/28/2012

It has been one year since
God called you home, al-
though it seems like yester-
I sit alone in the darkness of
despair and cry silent tears.
My heart is broken into a
million tiny pieces. The si-
lence is deafening.
The loneliness surrounds
me and takes my breath
This is the pattern of my life
since that dreadful day.
Without a clue, without a
hint of what was to come, God
took you away from me and
calledyou home. .. .
When the sun rises each
day, I walk, I talk and I car-
ry on trying to be strong..,
but when darkness falls and
evening comes, I cannot fall
asleep, for this is when I miss
you most all. Then I curl up
and cry those silent tears,
only to remember that you
are no longer of this world.
You now inhabit a place of
no return, no matter the tears
or how much I yearn. All I
have left are memories. Cher-
ish them I will, but would give
everything I have for just one
more day with you.
So I will continue living,
crying those silent tears,
watching the shadows, miss-
ing you and trying to be
strong without you.
Your loving wife, Rubye

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

12/25/1918 06/26/2008

Your loving wife, Alean; five
children, three grandchildren,
four great-grandchildren, ex-
tended family and friends. We
all miss you!
The Blakely family.


Mommy and daddy, we re-
alize that earth lost is heav-
en's gain.
We send our love all the way
from earth to glory; we will
forever cherish you and your
Happy birthday mommy,
happy one year homegoing.
Mommy and daddy.
Love always,
Latravia, Tra'von and family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

06/27/1979 01/01/2004

We love you always,
The Gosha and Bentley

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praises God from

Paris to Perrine
By D. Kevin McNeir
Miami native Johnny Sanders, 40,
remembers doing his own rendition
of "The Star Spangled Banner" when
he was just a second grade student
at Carol City Elementary when his
teacher told him that he had "a
voice." And it was that positive influ-
ence. he says. that showed him that
he indeed had a gift that needed to
be cultivated.
Today he's a highly-respected gos-
pel artist that writes his own lyrics,
travels the world performing and
has even garnered both a Grammy
and Stellar Gospel Music Awards
nomination for his debut CD "Life-



But Sanders is more than just
a singer -he's also a 20-year
veteran in the field of entertain-
ment programming, marketing and
advertising, planning tours for such
industry greats like Marvin Sapp
and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. He
recently returned to the States from
Europe after a four-month stint as a
featured lead vocalist for the Gos-
pel 100 Voice Choir's 2013 Gospel
World Tour.
"We were in Rome for Easter and

while it was cold and snowy, the
choir was on fire for the Lord," he
said. "The message in my music is
always about love, hope, restoration
and salvation. I think people come
to gospel concerts because they
realize that they can draw strength
and inspiration from the music. It's
still the kind of music that touches
the heart and soul."
Sanders has shared his talent
inseveral locally- and nationally-
staged productions including Berna-
dine Bush's "You Haven't Heard Me
Till Now," Malik 'oba's "What's On
the Hearts of Men" and several hit
plays by Michael Matthews includ-
ing "Money Can't Buy You Love" and
"Secret Lover." And with two CDs
under his belt, Sanders says he's
back in the studio now working on
his next project. But on Sundays,
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Miami youth among finalists on "So You
Think You Can Dance"

SBy D, Kqvin McNeir
k ni nir @,inianitime>onlini, corn

0 If you've been watching the
popular television show, "So You,
Think You Can Dance," you may
have noticed a tap dancing wiz
who has made it to the top 20 and
who's also "hauntingly familiar."
Actually, your intuition would be
correct because one the entertain-

ers that has made their way to tthe
round of 20 includes Miami's own
Curtis Holland, 19
The show airs on Tuesdays 8
p.m., when viewers can chose
their favorite singer or dancer. Of
course Curtis is hoping that fans
will give him their vote so that he
can stay alive in the competition.
He is one of three tap dancers that
Please turn to HOLLAND 3C

Kids' book tells the tale of Billie Holiday and her dogs

But did you know
that her beloved pals
were canines?
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Miami Times writer
Nobody listens to a thing you say.
Grown-ups are always telling you to
hush, be quiet, don't yell, and always
use your inside voice (even outside).
You know you're never supposed to
keep secrets, but don't be a tattle-
tale. Talk louder but stop shouting.
Don't make so much noise. Speak

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up, the grown-ups say, but the only
people who listen really listen to
a kid like you are your pets. And
in the new book "Mister and Lady
Day" by Amy Novesky, illustrated by
Vanessa Brantley Newton, you'll see
that even famous people know who'll
lend an ear.
When Billie Holiday was a little girl,
she dreamed of becoming a star.

And that's just what happened: she
grew up to be a famous jazz singer.
People called her Lady Day and they
loved to hear her voice. But even big-
time stars get lonely sometimes, and
they need someone to listen to their
dreams and fears. Lady Day had her
There were, in fact, lots of dogs
in Lady Day's life. There was a tiny
poodle she carried in her pocket.
She had a little spotted beagle, and
two Chihuahuas that she fed with a
baby bottle, a giant Great Dane, and
a medium-sized terrier named Bessie
Mae Moocho. There was a wandering
mutt with a sad face who ran away

but always found his way back home.
But the dog that Lady Day loved the
most was a boxer named Mister.
SWherever Lady Day was, Mister was
there, too. She knitted sweaters for
him and bought him a mink coat. She
cooked for him and even sang to him.
When Lady Day performed at fancy
clubs in Harlem, Mister was there -
and sometimes, he even had a steak!
When the show was over, he guarded
Lady Day in her dressing room.
Then, one day when her career
seemed to be at its best, Lady Day got
into trouble. She had to leave home,
and Mister couldn't come. She cried
Please turn to HOLIDAY 3C

-Miami Times photo/Tony Brooks

Stars come out at annual Black film festival

Director and actor, Robert Townsend and friends.






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Congresswoman Fredericka
S. Wilson, founder of the 5000
Role Models of Excellence,
planned and celebrated with
her staff and the community a
20th anniversary event
at the Hilton Hotel.
With more than 500
people in attendance it
was a very grand affair Lj
with Bishop Victor T.
Curry addressing and
thanking everyone for
their attendance and
support. Additionally,
Dr. Ricky Holton made WIl
inspiring remarks. But
it was Wilson who sincerely
shared the beginnings of the

role models pro-
gram and how her compulsion
to create something concrete
inspired her to reach out to
others to mentor and assist
her in making a dif-
ference in the lives
H of our Black boys.
The initial group of
mentors included:
SDonnie Carter, Mi-
Schael Johnson,
l Fred Wallace, Dr.
STee S. Greer. Jr., Dr.
Richard Strachan,
LSON Dr. John Johnson,
II, Vince Dawkins,
and Dr. George Koonce, Jr.
Some of these dedicated men

are no longer with us.
Today the mentors in-
clude Mark Beckford,
James Brown, Rob-
ert Parker, Paul Wil-
son, Jr., Wilbert T.
Holloway, Lt. Joseph P
Schilolaci, Deputy :."
Mayor Russell Ben- f -
ford, and Judge Daryl HOLL
Trawick. The dedicat-
ed staff members working with
this program include: Tammy
Reed, Pamela Davis, Melodie
Delancey, and Katrina W. Da-
vis. A salute to this program
which has provided millions of
dollars in scholarship.
Stella Johnson and the
North Dade Sr. High School
class of 1963 enjoyed a won-
derful 50th year reunion re-
cently with many activities
that recalled their high school
days and gave them the oppor-


A,- tunity to cama-
raderie and en-
joy each other.
Among those "
[. participating
S were: Betty
-H T. Ferguson,
Frances M.
Kearse, Leon
WAY Phillips, Ben- C
nie M. Grant,
Althea M. King and William
Lee. Former faculty members
in attendance were: Octeon
Cumabatch, Mildred A. Fer-
guson, Dr. Harold Guinyard,
Althea Samson, Portia Oli-
ver, Percy Oliver, Dr. Richard
J. Strachan and Raymond
Thornton. Also, the Old Skool
Gang was on hand to that en-
tertain royally with songs from
the era.
P.A.C. T. ( People Acting For
Community Together) had its

Quarterly meeting
S at St. Thomas Uni-
versity where differ-
-'-'" '1 ent denominations
met to discuss seri-
1 ous community is-
sues. They are ac-
complishing some
of their goals and
CURRY Rev. Dr. Joeretha
Capers, pastor, Eb-
enezer UMC, received a banner
for services rendered for their
efforts in working on issues of
crime, our community.
Representing Ebenezer were
Francena H. Scott, Corine
IBradley, Samuel "Chase"
Williams, Veronica Rahming,
Mary Martin, Rene Greene,
Betty Bullard, Celese and Cal-
vin McRea, Rose Moorman
and Marva Hill. Katrenia
Colebrook, Beverly Hudnell,
along with 'ministers and oth-

ers representing Holy Redeem-
er Catholic Church, St. Mary's
Cathedral, New Birth Cathe-
dral, The Church by the Sea,
Opa Locka United Methodist
Church, Notre Dame Cathe-
dral, and Kelly's Chapel AME.
The retired brothers of Sigma
Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, met for the last
meeting before closing down for
the summer. Baljean Smith,
president opened the meeting
and Ernest Davis updated the
minutes. Dr. Astrid Mack ap-
prised the brothers of plans for
having a recognition of 29th
Grand Basilus, Dr. Edward
Braynon with Smith and
Johnny Stepherson spear-
heading the activity scheduled
for Saturday, August 10, 11:30
a.m. at the 94th Air Squad-
ron. For more info., please call

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

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 305-637-

Booker High School in
Sarasota Classes of 1935-70
are planning a reunion slated
for June 27th 30th. Contact
Sonja at 786-422-3456.

K Miami Jackson High's
Class of 1968 will be
celebrating its 45th reunion,
June 28-30th in Ft. Myers. And
also meets the second Tuesday
of each month. Contact Jackie
at 305- 733-3174

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-

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

a St. Agnes Episcopal
Church will host their Family
and Friends Day June 29th, at
11 a.m., at 1750 NW 3rd Ave.
Call 305-573-5330.

Legend Billie

Holiday and

her dog pals

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and cried, and promised him
that she'd come home as soon
as possible. She wasn't sure if
she'd ever see him again. If she
did, would he remember her?
Would Mister be happy to see
her when she returned?
By giving young readers a
sense of Billie Holiday's deep
love of dogs, Novesky makes
this true story into one that
kids especially kids with
cherished pets can com-
pletely understand. Novesky
lightly glosses over the kind of
trouble that Lady Day found,
but curious kids will find more
of an explanation on the last
page. On the flipside, littler
children will love looking at the
colorful collage-watercolors by
Vanessa Brantley Newton.
Overall, if you've got a young
animal lover in your life, put
this tale on the shelf and stick
around. "Mister and Lady Day"
is a book that 3-to-8-year-olds
will want to listen to again and


Cal Cayona


Miami Northwestern
Class of 1970 will have their
Annual Seafood Picnic June
29th, at C.B. Smith Park, near
Pavilion 15. Call 305-653-5326.

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 786-859-5897.

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-

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

i Island Faith invites you
to their Free Poetry Workshop
July 13th, at 10 a.m., at Eclectic
Miami, 13227 NW 7th Ave. Call

Miami Children
Initiative's Christmas in
July event will take place July
18th, at 11 a.m., at the Joseph
Caleb Center, in the Community
Room. For sponsoring contact
Katt at 305-636-2227.

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 305-

The Norwood-Cromartie
Family is notifying all family

members for their reunion, July
26-28, in Valdosta, Georgia.
Contact S. Browning 678-896-

0 MOCA will facilitate their
Summer Studio July 29th-Aug.
16th, from 1-5 p.m., at 770
N.E. 125th St. Call 305-893-

6 Liberty Square residents
will delighted to hear that
there will be a Liberty Square
"Project" Reunion Aug. 31st, at
6:30 p.m., at 1165 NW 109th
St. Contact Diana at 786-953-

Range Park is offering free
self defense karate classes,
Mon. and Wed., at 6 p.m.,
at 525 NW 62nd St. Contact
Clayton at 305-757-7961.

0 The Miami Alumni
Chapter Tennessee State
University meets every
second Saturday, 9 a.m, at
Picadilly Restaurant in Hialeah.
Call 954-435-5391.

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

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

N, Miami
Class of

1979 make a
Call 786-399-

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


Gospel music: Love, hope, salvation

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when he's not on the road, he's
part of the praise team and a
choir member at Bethel Apos-
tolic Temple in Miami.
"I've been in gospel music for
Most of my life and have to ad-
mit, unfortunately, that gospel
Artists still don't get the kind
Sof respect that singers in oth-

er genres do," he said. "Unless
you have a mainstream sound
like Kirk Franklin or Yolanda
Adams, you sometimes have to
go out on the chitlin circuit and
really hustle in order to achieve
financial success. But I'm used
to jumping on buses and doing
As long as I can sing and
praise God, I don't care where
the stage is or the size of the

audience. Miami may be a con-
temporary city but gospel mu-
sic tends to remain very tradi-
tional because so many of us
trace our roots to places like
Georgia, Mississippi and the
Carolinas where old school gos-
pel was the norm.
It's all about making a joyful
You can reach Sanders at

Holland shines on the small screen

continued from 1C

walked "the Green Mile," that
is being chosen for the Top 20
in season 10 of the show, after
an impressive audition in Mem-
phis. Wayne Grady, afterwards,
immediately adopted Curtis as
his "little brother."'
After impressing the judges
With a contemporary routine,
Curtis found himself over-
whelmed, shedding tears of joy
S- and relief. While he is cur-
rently not allowed to speak to
the press due to the rules of
Sthe competition, after that tele-
vised performance he said, "I'm
impressed with myself- I have
never danced like this before."

Curtis started his training
when he was just three under
the tutelage of his parents, Ed-
win and Gaile Holland the
owners and instructors at the
Edwin Holland School of Dance
[now the Next Generation
Dance Academy].
Since then, he has had exten-
sive training in ballet, tap and
jazz later adding hip-hop and
contemporary lyrical dance to
his repertoire. Now a student at
Middle Tennessee State Univer-
sity, Curtis won the gold medal
in the Miami-Dade ACT-SO
dance competition in 2011 and
2012 at the local level and took
the gold in the national compe-
tition in 2012. He has choreo-

graphed, taught classes and
served as a youth leader at St.
Agnes' Episcopal Church. His
mother says that he when he
got a chance to audition for "So
You Think You Can Dance," she
and the rest of the family were
all behind him.
"He's having the time of his
life," she said. "He says it's like
nothing he could have ever
He hopes to one day make it
to Broadway and has his sight
on The Newsies and The Lion
* But for now he's rehearsing,
learning new routines and hop-
ing to take the title on the show.
Ever since he nailed his audi-
tion, it's been fast forward."



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Miami-Dade students to go digital

35oK devices to be given in new $65 ". .

million plan
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DBy David Smiley

Each of MiamiPDade's
350,000 public school stu-
dents will have access to a
digital device by 2015, ac-
cording to a plan approved
last Wednesday by the Miami-
Dade School Board.
Board members unani-
mously endorsed the proposal
by Superintendent Alberto
Carvalho to lease more than
100.000 devices, which will
be paid off over a period of up
to six years. The $63 million
initiative, among the largest
in the country. aims to pro-
vide devices such as laptops
or tablets for students from
kindergarten through 12th
grade who wouldn't otherwise
be able to afford them
"It's unprecedented in the

U.S., tnis type of purchase.
said Justin Bathon, a direc-
tor of the
"University oLf
ter on school
vote comes
as federal and CARVALHO
state goern-
ments are pushing schools
to'kard online testing and
digital curricula, and during
the early stages of a broad
effort to move Miami-Dade s
classrooms into the digital
learning era. In Floridda, all
state assessments will be
taken online by the 2014,' 15
school year. By the follow -


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The $63 million initiative aims to provide devices for students from kindergar
through 12th grade who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford them.

by 2015
ing year, state law requires
that all schools have digital
Meanwhile, teachers are
increasingly finding ways to
incorporate computers and
applications into lesson plans
and homework, and School
Board members are talking
about revolutionizing educa-
tion through technology.
Students whose families
can afford laptops and tab-
lets like iPads might be well
prepared. But Miami-Dade
is among the poorer metro-
politan areas in a country
where 15 million children are
estimated to be offline. Nearly
a quarter-million students in
the county qualify for free or
reduced lunch.
Carvalho said that would
I put scores of students at a
disadvantage without help
from the district.
ten "We will make digital access
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Senate group

seeks deal on

student loans

Bipartisan proposal aims to

stop doubling loan rates

By Susan Davis
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WASHINGTON A bipartisan coalition of
senators is working on a compromise to avert an .
impending July 1 doubling of subsidized Stafford
loan interest rates that \would affect as many as 7
million' college students. ,' .
The draft proposal gained momentum last 'etuI'.
Thursday following a private meeting between
Senate Democrats and White House chief of staff
Denis McDonough, according
i," "to senators who attended the
"There's some meaning-
ful bipartisan conversation :
going on and I think we're
starting to narrow down the
Actual areas of agreement,
and difference," said Senate
Majority Whip Dick Durbin;
B AM A D-Ill., who added that it
OBAMA remained possible to approve
legislation ahead of the July
deadlineine, when interest rates are set to .jump
from 3.4 'percent to 6.8 percent. If the deadline
passed, Congress could still address the loan rate
The compromise under negotiation would, cre-
ate a three-tier loan-rate system for undergradu-
ate, graduate, and PLUS loans which would be
tied to the interest rate on a 10-year Treasury
note and would be locked at the initial rate for
the life of the loan.
For example, under the draft proposal, inter-
est rates today would be 3.81 percent for under-
graduate loans, 5.31 percent for graduate loans,
and 6.31 percent for PLUS loans. Each of the
loan rates is lower than the 6.8 percent rate that
would affect all borrowers if no action is taken.
Senators working on the compromise include
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FAU looks to boost low graduation rate

School to add more tutoring, student-

monitoring software and advisers

By Scott Trauis

Florida Atlantic University
[FAU]expects just 40 percent of
students who started as freshmen
in 2007 to have earned a degree
by spring 2013.
The national average is 58
"We have all these students who
are either flunking out or who

knows what happens to them,
and it's not right," said Jeffrey
FemLngold, a member of the FAU
Board of Trustees.
In response, FAU is hiring more
faculty and academic ad\ isers,
using new software to monitor
how students are doing and of-
fering more tutoring programs for
difficult courses, including math.
The university is also review-

ing its course schedules to offer
more high-demand courses while
expanding its online offerings so
students don't get delayed be-
cause required classes were full
FAU is also adding amenities to
its Boca Raton campus in hopes
of keeping students until gradua-
tion In recent years. the univer-
sity has added a stadium. Fitness
center, modern residence halls
and new restaurants
"This has always been a serious
issue for us an institution, and
we are aware the rates are low,

and we kn.:'w i s an uphill battle."
said Gitaniali Kaul. FAU's \ ice
president for strategic planning.
"We don't want to make excuses.
We want to turn this around
That s a Liern.
The po:.,r graduation rate could
hurt FAU Financiall,, as the state
moves tro a systemrn that uses per-
formance measures to determine
how much funding each school
The University of Florida ex-
pects to post the state's best
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529 plan makes college more obtainable

But do homework,

pick the right plan
By Jeff Reeves

There's little that you can be
sure of in this crazy economic
environment, but one thing that
seems certain is that most kids
need a college degree to get ahead
- and that their college degree is
going to cost a pretty penny to
According to. the Natonal Cen-
ter for Education Statistics;,.the
average cost of tuition, room and
board for the 2010-11 academic
year hit about $13,600 at the
average public, college and over
$32,000 at the average private
institution. Even adjusted for in-
flation, that's roughly double the
cost of public college in 1980 and
triple the cost of a private school.
Seeing all those dollar signs can
be intimidating even for
that is reasonably secure in its
finances. But don't fret: There are
tools you can use to plan for your
child's education and make sure

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the
average cost of tuition, room and board for the 2010-11 academ-
ic year hit about $13,600 at the average public college and over
$32,000 at the average private institution.

college is within reach.
And one of the best tools out
there is a 529 plan.
Here are the basic advantages:
Tax-free profits. A 529 plan is
an investment account. Gains on
your 529 investments are tax-free

and qualified withdrawals are
taken tax free. Depending on cir-
cumstances, some contributions
to the account can be tax deduct-
ible, too.
Anyone can help anyone.
You can contribute on behalf of

any beneficiary, so 529s are a
great way for extended family or
friends to pitch in. You can save
for yourself, a relative or neighbor.
Transferrable to family.
What if your son Jimmy doesn't
go to college and use his 529 sav-
ings? Well, you can transfer that
cash to his sister Suzy's account
instead with no penalty or even
to Jimmy's spouse later in life or
back to you as if you decide to go
back to school.
Use when you're ready. There
is no time limit on when the funds
in 529s need to be used.
Clearly, having a dedicated
savings account that grow your
money tax-free is a great thing.
Even so, 529 plans are not one-
For starters, there are dozens of
plans available to you to pick from
and they all have very different
rules from fees they charge, to
the minimum contribution and
to the cap on how much you can
save in the plan. As with any fi-
nancial product, you need to read
the fine print and compare plans
to get the best option for you.

Educate to Innovate: STEM

programs for Black men

By Janelle Rucker

When it comes to exposing
youth to science, technology,
engineering and mathematics
(STEM), the earlier the better.
' Acknowledging the importance
of STEM education, the Obama'
administration embarked on,
Educate to Innovate in 2009
in an effort to encourage and
prepare more children to work
in these fields. Minorities spe-
cifically need a boost, being the
most underrepresented in STEM
careers because of the lack of
access to related programs and
Below are a few resources to
jump start your education and
career in STEM:

Each summer, 300 students in
grades three through eight par-
ticipate in the National Society
of Black Engineers'SEEK camp
H Held in different cities around
the country, this free camp
exposes participants to
hands on projects and Black
college students working on
degrees, in STEM subjects..
The mentors guide students ,
through exercises and a
design competition using
math, science and prob-
lemrsolving skills. Website:
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Fear of school-grade plunge

prompts call for state study

By Leslie Postal

Florida's superintendents fear
their schools' A-to-F grades will
drop this year, thanks to a new,
tougher grading formula that could
overshadow better student
test scores.
In response, the chair-
man of the State Board .
of Education last Tuesday
called for a task force to
study 2013 results from Oe
Florida's battery of stanf-
dardized tests and the
grading rules in effect
this year. BENN
Florida grades its
public schools based on student
success and improvement on
those tests. The grades often
are viewed by the public as a key
barometer of a school's quality.
"We want to make sure that the

system that is governing account-
ability is the right system," said
Chairman Gary Chartrand, at the
board's meeting in Tampa.
Chartrand asked Education Com-
missioner Tony Bennett to quickly
pull together a small group
O. of superintendents, state
educators, and maybe
outside data experts. The
flm group should meet as soon
J as next week.
'4,/. "If there needs to be a
change," Chartrand added,
Bennett would have time to
recommend one before the
ETT first batch of school grades
are released. Those grades
for elementary and middle schools
are expected in July.
The superintendents first shared
their worries in a June 6 letter to
Chartrand. They said they feared
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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

-Brad Barket
Musician Bruno Mars performs at the Verizon Center on June 22 in Washington.

Bruno Mars launches tour

with Moonshine and magic

Flashy retro looks and dance moves

have all the ladies swooning

By Carly Mallenbaum

The event: Pop juggernaut
Bruno Mars kicks off his
Moonshine Jungle summer
arena tour last Saturday night
with a sold-out D.C. show in
support of his second album,
Unorthodox Jukebox.
Location: Verizon Center,
Opening act: Soul sextet
Fitz & the Tantrums starts
things off. (The group is tag-
teaming the opening slot with
London's "folktronica" star El-
lie Goulding.)
The merchandise: Many
fans turn out wearing Bruno-
inspired fedoras, but broth-
ers John Montgomery, 45, of
Covington, Va., and Monty
Montgomery, 49, of Roanoke,
are eyeing camo Moonshine
Jungle caps to replace their
John Deere ones. (Their as-
sessment of Mars: "In between
Michael Jackson and Prince.")
Also on sale: plush gorillas, T-
shirts with Mars' Afroed head
and dark blue running shorts
emblazoned BRUNO MARS in
bright yellow caps across the
I heart Bruno: Sophia
Nadder of Richmond, Va., 11,
wears her heart on her black
walking cast. The superfan,
herself a singer, neon-painted
the star's name on the Vel-
croed boot she's sporting.
Confident fan: Prettany
Overman of Abington, Md.,
here in a "Doo-Wops" tee to
celebrate her upcoming 20th
birthday, credits Mars hit Just
the Way You Are with boosting
her low self-esteem.
Lots of heart: Fitz frontman
Michael Fitzpatrick and his
band assemble in front a red
LED heart that turns psyche-
delic as the band breaks into
Breakin' the Chains of Love.
Audience participation:

The crowd claps, stands, waves
its arms and does call-and-
response to a cover of Sweet
Dreams as vocalist Noelle
Scaggs and Fitz rock Mon-
eyGrabber and show off fancy
footwork in The Walker.
Busted: Scaggs is on the
ground taking pictures with
fans before security swoops in
to take her away.
Golden: Loud screams erupt
at the sight of a giant curtain
with sparkly golden palm
trees. Lights dim, the crowd
stands and monkey sounds are
heard over an African drum
beat. An eight-piece band, plus
Mars, all clad in red suits and
cheetah-print shirts, dive into
Moonshine. Some parrots join
the fun on the video screen.
She got me for everything:
Closeups of fire, panthers and
a tattooed woman? Must be
'Treasure' time: The per-
formance looks just like the
song's new throwback music
video, complete with Jackson
5 moves and a disco ball. Mars
slings on a guitar, sweating,
which he emphasizes with a
big brow wipe.
Money mashup: Billionaire
(which Mars wrote), then Aloe
Blacc's I Need a Dollar, to deaf-
ening screams.
It's getting freaky in this
room: For Show Me, the band
shows off Caribbean sounds
and synchronized moves, then
segues into Our First Time
with gyrating and purple mood
Heating up: Marry You gets
a new bass line. Jumping
and spinning is in order, as
the guys sweat through their
jackets and peer-pressure the
crowd to wave. "I'm hot as
hell," Mars says. "I should have
thought about this suit."
Last song from 'Jukebox'
is up: If I Knew goes out to

Bruno's special someone.
Stage patter: Mars teaches
the crowd how to say "damn"
with feeling, before finding "a
lucky lady to serenade to-
night." He fakes one out by
nearly picking her, moving on,
then returning. "Allow me to
introduce myself, I'm the dude
on the ticket."
Light 'em up: Things heat
back up with fire and
Runaway Baby. The stage
lights up with moving squares
of LEDs. Mars breaks out a
megaphone and sings into it.
The disco ball is back for
'Young Girls': He sings of
"young wild girls, making a
mess" of him, and intercuts a
line of Girls Just Want to Have
Sing-along: "The next song
is the hardest for me to write
and the hardest for me to sing."
Of course, it's When I Was Your
Man, with just Bruno, a piano
and emotional notes.
I'd do anything for you:
After teasing us earlier, Mars
goes into a drum- and trum-
pet-heavy Grenade. Red mood
lighting illuminates the stage
as he sings "if my body was on
fire." He's all about the electric
guitar solos and sings the cho-
rus in pieces before dozens of
lights strobe. Big finish. Boom!
Time for 'Just the Way You
Are': Girls sing, no, shriek,
the words. "I've been suffer-
ing," he tells the audience.
"Thank you guys for giving me
the strength to come out here
and sing" a reference to his
mom, Bernadette Hernandez,
who died unexpectedly earlier
this month.
The chants of "Bru-no"
have begun: We still haven't
heard Locked Out of Heaven.
Mars rises from the stage on
drums, wearing a Hawaiian
shirt. He holds up his sticks
and runs to center stage. The
bandmates have their casual
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Kanye West's Parkinson's disease lyric deemed offensive

By Carrie Healey

On the album's first track,
"On Sight," the Grammy Award
winner raps: "A monster about
to come alive again / Soon as
pull up and park the Benz / We
get this b*tch shaking like Par-
Parkinson's disease is a neu-
rodegenerative brain disorder
that progresses slowly in most
people, as defined by the Na-
tional Parkinson Foundation.
Individuals with Parkinson's
can live with the disease for 20
or more years from the time of
diagnosis, and there is current-
ly no cure.
Following the album's release,
"On Sight" and its lyrical con-
tent have come under fire by

several Parkinson's disease or-
The American Parkinson Dis-
ease Association's vice presi-
dent, Kathryn Whitford, com-
mented to TMZ, saying, "we find
these lyrics distasteful and the
product of obvious ignorance."
Parkinson's UK con-
demned the artist and his new
track. "Life with Parkinson's is
difficult enough without becom-
ing fodder for insensitive celeb-
rities, who should know better,"
said the association's CEO,
Steve Ford, to The Guardian.
"Kanye West has shown an in-
excusable level of stupidity and
cruelty towards people living
with an incurable condition .
. People with Parkinson's have
to cope with intolerable social

Kayne West performs during the Samsung Galaxy Notes
II launch at Skylight at Moynihan Station.

discrimination on a daily basis
- often to the point where they
are afraid to go out in public
- and this sort of thoughtless,

callous comment can only serve
to make things even worse for
The controversial lyrics have

also come under harsh scrutiny
from Tom Palizzi, Chair for Peo-
ple With Parkinson's Advisory
Council. Palizzi said on Cincin-
nati's Q102:
Kanye West is without ques-
tion a richly talented and mul-
tifaceted artist. With utmost re-
spect for freedom of expression
and the inherent controversial
nature of art in general, there
is, however, a fine line between
expression and insensitivity,"
he said. "Many of us appreci-
ate the lighter side of having a
chronic and degenerative move-
ment disorder, though as many
interpret such statements as
harsh and insensitive. As Chair
and on behalf of PPAC, I would
be delighted to help West bet-
ter understand the truths and

myths of Parkinson's. Notable
people such as Michael J. Fox,
Muhammad Ali and Ben Pet-
rick, my peers and millions
of others are testament to the
enduring spirit of people with
Yeezus has also been widely
condemned for West's misogy-
nistic lyrics, such as: "Black
girl sippin' white wine/put my
fist in her like a civil rights
Academic and media person-
ality Marc Lamont Hill tweeted
that Kanye seems to have a
"visceral hate for women oth-
er than Donda West," his late
West, who recently became a
father to a baby girl, has yet to
respond to any comments.

Senate to seek solution

continued from 4C

thorizes the Higher Education
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa,

to loan deal

save $8.6 billion over the next
10 years if enacted. Cost sav-
ings are critical for GOP sup-

Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Tom Co- has been a staunch advocate port.
burn, R-Okla.; Joe Manchin, of extending the current rates, The Republican-led House
D-W.Va.; and Angus King, I- but he acknowledged Thursday has already approved a com-
Maine. that consensus may be build- peting student loan plan, but
The student loan debate is a ing around this deal. Harkin, it faces a veto threat from the
rare circumstance in which the who chairs the Senate Health, White House. House Speaker
White House policy position Education, Labor and Pensions John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent
more closely tracks with Re- Committee, added, "Next year Obama a terse letter Thursday,
publicans than congressional we will have the, Higher Edu- calling on him to put pressure
Democrats. cation Act on the floor so the on Senate Democrats to pass a
Both President Obama and things that are done now can bill. "With Republicans and you
leading Republicans have of- be revisited." in general agreement on the
fered proposals to tie loan rates But Harkin insisted that any policy, it is difficult to identify
to the interest rates on a 10- final compromise would need any motivation other than poli-
year Treasury note instead of to include caps on interest tics to explain why a solution
current law which allows Con- rates. "A cap is not negotiable, has not already been signed
gress to set the rate. We have to have a cap," Harkin into law," Boehner wrote.
Democrats prefer a two-year said. Congress lowered interest
extension of the current rate in Republicans were buoyed by rates on subsidized student
order to allow more time to re- a report from the non-partisan loans in 2007 from 6.8 percent
vamp the student loan program Congressional Budget Office to 3.4 percent but that legisla-
next year when Congress reau- that said the proposal would tion expires July 1.

Dade students enter the digital age

continued from 4C

a universal right for kids," he
So the School Board autho-
rized Carvalho to accept leas-
ing rates from Bank of America
Public Capital Corp. that would
cost about $12 million a year
from the district's general fund
beginning in 2014. Through the
agreement, the district would
procure as many as 150,000
devices and distribute the first

of three batches before Christ-
mas. All devices it isn't clear
what kind yet are expected to
be delivered by August of 2015.
The initiative would combine
district-provided hardware with
its "bring-your-own-device"
policy that allows students to
tote their own computers and
tablets to class. The district
sent secondary students home
with surveys at the end of this
school year, and preliminary
results suggest 25 percent of
kids have their own device.

In July, companies will be
asked to provide information
about their devices, which offi-
cials expect to distribute across
subjects, courses or grade lev-
els. The district is searching for
affordable insurance options
for families.
"These efforts are going to
position us to use technology
to change what goes on in the
classroom," said Sylvia Diaz,
the district's administrative di-
rector of instructional technol-

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County investigates grade decline

continued from 4C

that although students had
done better this year on some
state tests, the grades would fall
because of the new grading for-
mula. They asked the board to
"mitigate" some of that predicted
The board adopted the new,
stricter grading formula last
year but it was not to be fully

implemented until this year.
Chartrand said he remains
supportive of increasing stan-
dards and holding schools ac-
countable for student perfor-
But he also said he under-
stood the superintendents' fear
that the formula had "so many
moving parts" that it was hard
to fully understand its impact.
The state, he added, needs
to "make sure that we're care-

ful and considerate, and we're
Several superintendents spoke
at the board's Tuesday meeting,
urging board members to con-
sider some changes.
"The greatest threat is the dis-
connect" between better student
performance and what schools
predict will be worse school
grades, said Miami-Dade Su-
perintendent Alberto Carvalho.
"The public will not understand."

FAU to boost its graduation rate

continued from 4C

graduation rate, at 85 per-
cent, followed by Florida State
University at 76 percent. On
the other end are Florida Gulf
Coast University, 44 percent,
Florida A&M University, 40.5
percent, and FAU with 40 per-
But most while most univer-
sities have been showing prog-
ress, FAU's rates have been flat
for the past six years.
One factor is FAU's relatively

older 'students, said student
government President Peter
The average age of under-
graduate students is 24.
"We have a lot of students
who are married, have kids,
have full-time jobs and it sim-
ply takes them longer to gradu-
ate," Amirato said. "On paper,
that brings the numbers down."
Another issue may be the
caliber of student. The average
SAT score for entering fresh-
men is 1600 out of a possible
2400, That's more than 100

points below FIU and more
than 300 points below UF. The
average high school grade point
average is 3.5, compared to 3.7
at FlU and 4.2 at UF.
Kaul said the university may
need to start looking at wheth-
er too many students entering
FAU would be better served at
community colleges.
"Access and success are two
things important to our mis-
sion," she said. "We've made
progress in one area, and we
need to make progress in the

STEM program garners Black men

continued from 4C
Since 1970, MESA has pro-
vided classes, competitions and
counseling in schools around
the country to help "education-
ally disadvantaged" students
excel in STEM subjects. From
elementary school through col-
lege, MESA partners with edu-
cators and students to offer
services including MESA Day
Academies, SAT/PSAT prepara-
tion and professional develop-
ment workshops. Website: ME-

To encourage underrepre-
sented minorities to take more

advanced STEM classes, The
College Board, DonorsChoose.
org and Google teamed up to
start the STEM Access pro-
gram. Thanks to a $5 million
grant, the program aims to
start new AP science and math
classes in more than 800 pub-
lic schools across the country.
The new classes are expected
to start this fall arid last for at
least three years.Website: Col-

Part of Project Lead The Way,
the Gateway Academy is of-
fered to middle school students
across the country to introduce
them to STEM subjects. Hosted
by local middle schools or high
schools, the one- or two-week
summer camp gives students
hands-on experience, working
on projects related to STEM

subjects. Website:

A project of the Level Play-
ing Field Institute, the Summer
Math and Science Honors Acad-
emy (SMASH) gives minorities
long-term guidance and ex-
posure to STEM subjects that
they might not have in their
home schools. Students partici-
pate in the program each sum-
mer for three years, engaging
in classes that sharpen STEM
skills and prepare them for col-
lege. During the school year,
SMASH participants receive
support, including SAT prepa-
ration and college counseling.
Currently offered at California
colleges, there are plans to ex-
pand to other college campuses
in the future. Website: LPFI.

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to train people

for technology

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By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Startup Quest a new tech-
nology-focused entrepreneurial
program for the unemployed
and under-employed who have
college degrees or are veterans
- is being launched this fall in
South Florida.
The new program is of-
fered under a statewide grant
through WorkForce One,
Broward County's employment
"At the end of day, we hope
to start some businesses or
at least get (people) employed
with technology companies,"
said Mason Jackson, president
of WorkForce One, recently.
In the 10-week program,
Startup Quest plans to train a
total of 300 people over three
years to either start a business
or become more marketable for
a technology job. About 100 to
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Startup Quest plans to train a total of 300 people over three years to either start a busi-
ness or become more marketable for a technology job.

ed for each class, which kicks
off Sept. 12.
Startup Quest will provide
those selected with "intense
training and pairs them with
a mentor who has been there

and done it," Jackson said.
Seattle entrepreneur Mi-
chael O'Donnell is leading the
program and will recruit local
entrepreneurs to be mentors
to selected class members.

O'Donnell has 25 years of ex-
perience in starting technology
businesses, including Ask-Me
Multimedia and StartupBiz.
Please turn to TECH 8D

Want to work from home?

First go get a college degree

Or here's another

idea: Start your

own business
By Greg Toppo

If higher wages and better
benefits don't persuade you to
get that college degree, here's
another reason: It might free
you from the shackles of a
daily commute.
Data out recently from the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
show that college-educated
workers are more likely to work
from home than nearly any
other group. Only the self-
employed enjoy a higher rate of
working at least part of their
day at home.

It's a "quiet revolution" that's
growing steadily as the U.S.
builds a high-tech knowledge
economy, says Alan Pisarski,
author of the Commuting in
America book series. The kind
of work such an economy
demands often can be done by
people who'd rather work at
home and who are well-suit-
ed to it, he says.
In fact, Pisarski notes, in all
but the nation's biggest metro
areas, the percentage of people
who work at home exceeds that
of those who use public trans-
Simply having a bachelor's
degree may be the fastest route
to a workday spent on the
couch with a laptop: Among
workers age 25 or older, more
Than one in three college-

Percentage of workers 25 or
older who worked at home on
an average day, 2012.


educated employees did some
or all of their work from home
last year. For those with just a
high school diploma, it was one
in eight.
If you never finished high
school, don't even dream of
working from home only one
in 20 employees with less than
a high school diploma worked
from home on an average day,
according to the findings, part
of BLS' periodic American
Time Use Survey.
Self-employed workers were
nearly three times more likely
to work from home than those
who are on salary, and the
highest-wage workers were
about five times as likely as the
lowest to work at home.
Recent U.S. Census Bureau
Please turn to DEGREE 8D


Promise of mobile

payments slow to

come into fruition
By Tyler Wells Lynch

Imagine: You've just finished
pumping a tank of gas and
it's time to pay up. Instead
of having to swipe your card,

enter your PIN, and wait for the
system to approve the trans-
action, you simply wave your
smartphone across a terminal
and leave.
The technology to make
these mobile payments has
been available for years- so
why isn't everyone using it?
In short, it's because the
market is young, highly com-
petitive and not yet standard-

ized. Fledgling start-ups and
corporate behemoths alike are
all vying for a piece of the pie.
The biggest issue is a lack of
consensus over which specific
technology should spearhead
the market, sort of like the old
format war between VHS and
Betamax. However, mobile pay-
ment may involve even more
service sectors from banks
and payment processors, to

network operators and third-
party software developers -
making for a complex, highly
competitive field.
Large companies are pushing
for a set of mobile standards
called near-field communica-
tions (NFC). This hardware-
based technology can transmit
small amounts of data over a
short distance between a
Please turn to MOBILE 10D

The survey of more than 1,000-people ages 18 to 34 by
alternative financial products company Think Finance
found that while 92 percent currently use a bank, nearly
half, or 45 percent, say they have also used outside
Please turn to PREPAID 8D

Local insurer attends

MDRT Annual Meeting

Miami Times staff report

Edwin Demeritte of Mi-
ami, was among the leading
financial representatives who
further improved their pro-
fessional qualifications and
knowledge by attending the
2013 Million Dollar Round
Tabel [MDRT] Annual Meet-
ing. A 30-year MDRT mem-
ber, Demeritte was joined by
nearly 8,000 MDRT members,
guests and speakers who at-
tended the four-day meeting
in Philadelphia.
"Each year, MDRT does
everything it can to create
a beneficial annual meeting
by providing quality speak-
ers and content," said MDRT
President D. Scott Brennan.
"Members like Edwin leave
the meeting with ideas they

CFPB: Overdraft fees, still a problem

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

A new report by the Con-
sumer Financial Protection
Bureau (CFPB) finds that
overdraft fees continue to
pose high risks to consum-
ers, despite recent regulatory
changes. The report focuses
on the dreaded overdraft
charge, the fees banks and
credit unions collect for cov-
ering customer transactions
that exceed checking account
Sounds simple; but many
times the terms that accom-
pany these fees are complex,

and too often the
costs are out of A
proportion to the
overdrawn amount.
Variations in how
transactions are
posted to checking
accounts and limits ,
or the lack thereof
on the number of
fees allowed in a C'R
single day can be
confusing and harmful to
consumers. Even though
practices vary among institu-
tions, one thing is consistent:
consumers lose tens of billion
to overdraft fees every year.
For customers with only


marginal bank bal-
ances, the costs in-
c u r red by overdraft
fees can remove
available funds for
other household
"What is mar-
keted as overdraft
protection can, in
some instances put
consumers at great-

er risk of harm," said CFPB's
Richard Cordray. "Consum-
ers need to be able to control
their costs and expenses, and
they deserve clarity on those
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with Millennial fans

Quick access to cash and credit is

the priority, survey finds
By Ha dIey MaIoIm

shell out for con-
That's what a
new survey to be
released Friday and
given exclusively to
USA TODAY suggests
when it comes to the
generation's use of
alternative financial
products that often
come with high fees.

can immediately use to im-
prove their businesses, serve
their communities and main-
tain strong personal values."


Four major banks not following mortgage standards

By Julie Schmit

Four of the na-
tion's leading mort-
gage services have
not complied fully
with new standards
for handling home
loans and must cor-
rect the problems or
potentially face fines,
the government said
The threat followed

has improved,
a review of the com-
panies' dealings with
homeowners in recent
months by a moni-
tor supervising the
services' compliance
with a $25 billion
settlement with federal
and state regulators
last year.
That monitor, Jo-
seph Smith, issued
his first major report
Wednesday on how

well the companies
- Bank of America,
Chase, Citi, Wells Far-
go and ResCap Part-
ners (formerly Ally/
GMAC) are comply-
ing with 304 servicing
standards meant to
protect consumers.
The monitor tested
the banks on more
than a dozen stan-
dards. Only ResCap
Partners passed all of

them, the report says.
Bank of America
failed in two areas,
including loan-mod-
ification document
collection, which Wells
Fargo also failed.
Chase struggled with
"This report pro-
vides the public with a
new and transparent
look into how banks
are treating hom-
eowners," said Shaun

Donovan, secretary
of the Department of
Housing and Urban
Donovan said the
services have im-
proved their perfor-
mance since the new
standards took hold.
They no longer sign
off on foreclosure
paperwork with little
or no review or charge
distressed borrowers a
fee to process a loan-
modification request.

Workforce to train potential entrepreneurs

continued from 7D

O'Donnell said Startup
Quest is different from most
business-startup programs
that provide assistance to
start a "lifestyle" business,
such as landscaper, shop or
restaurant operator.
"This program is designed
for people with advanced de-
grees who are thinking about
starting or going to work for
a technology company whose
work will be global," he said.
But participants don't have
to have a degree in technol-
ogy, O'Donnell said. Individ-
uals with education and ex-
perience in business, human

resources and other fields
also are welcome.
Students will work in
groups with a mentor, devel-
oping a business model for
an emerging technology cho-
sen for them from a univer-
sity or federal laboratories.
Startup Quest also is looking
for about a dozen mentors
with,.technology startup ex-
At the conclusion of the 10
weeks, each group will give a
"Shark Tank" TV show-style
presentation to venture capi-
tal and business experts.
O'Donnell said there were
at least 300 patents coming
out of the University of Flor-
ida alone that are waiting to

be developed into businesses.
All state universities will be
invited to participate in the
"There are not enough en-
trepreneurs," he said.
Startup Quest is mod-
eled on a program started
in Gainesville last August.
Of the 95 students in the
program, 68 found jobs and
19 became self-employed,
O'Donnell said.
The program is funded
through a $12 million state-
wide grant from the U.S.
Department of Labor. Bro-
ward County is one of seven
regions and the only one in
South Florida participating
in the program.

Applicants don't have to be
Broward County residents.
Any state resident can apply
if they are 18 or older, autho-
rized to work in the U.S., is
unemployed or under-em-
ployed, and registered with
Employ Florida, the state job
Participants chosen by
Startup Quest will be asked
to commit to a Thursday
afternoon program for 10
weeks at a location in Bro-
ward County still being de-
Apply on WorkForce One's
website at
by clicking on the "Startup
Quest" button on the right
side of the page.

Millennials: Frequent users of prepaid cards

continued from 7D

services including
prepaid cards, check
cashing, pawn shops
and payday loans.
For a generation in
which many are find-
ing themselves cash-
strapped, in debt from
student loans and
underemployed, con-
venience appears to
trump getting stuck
with extra charges
when it comes to quick
access to cash and
"It's flexibility and
controllability that's
really important for
Millennials," says
Ken Rees, president

and CEO of Think Fi-
nance. "Banks don't
have great products for
people who need short-
term credit. They're
not really set up for
And he points out
that more than 80 per-
cent of survey respon-
dents said emergency
credit options are at
least somewhat impor-
tant to them.
These are options
that have been his-
torically known for
charging fees check
cashing can cost up
to three percent of the
amount of the check,
and more depend-
ing on the company
and how much you're

S. FL makes top five

continue from 7D

Arora attributes much
of the area's ranking
to the large Hispanic
population in the two
counties. In 2011, ac-
cording to the U.S.
Census Bureau, 22.9
percent of the popula-
tion in Broward Coun-
ty was Hispanic. In
Miami-Dade County,
the Hispanic popula-
tion was 64.5 percent.
"Hispanics are the
fastest-growing small-
business community
in the country," he
Sharon' Geltner, a
counselor at the Small
Business Development
Center at Palm Beach
State College, agreed.
"People who have the
gumption to leave their
homes and learn a new
language usually have
the gumption to start
up a business," she
Miramar resident
Maria Catale is one of
these business own-
ers. Catale emigrated
from Venezuela to the
United States almost
two decades ago, and is
one of the co-founders
of Only About Innova-
tion LLC. The company
was launched in 2009
to sell a pool cleaning
device that one of the
founders invented.
The device became
available for sale in
October, but sales
remained sluggish
until spring, when,
Catale said, warmer
weather led to more

pool purchases.
"It was all little by
little," she said.
The company is still
not profitable, but
Catale is confident that
sales will continue to
grow in the future.
Still, George Gremse,
an adviser with Bro-
ward SCORE, thinks
growth is dependent
on the type of busi-
ness, and that some
businesses can fail
even if the overall en-
vironment is conducive
to growth. SCORE is
a nonprofit organiza-
tion that assists small-
business owners or
those looking to create
small businesses.
"If,you are going into
VCR rental, of course
it's going to be hard to
grow," he said.
For others, such as
small-business owner
Joseph D'Silva, growth
can be elusive but
profits consistent.
D'Silva owns Wel-
lington-based Power
Blasters Pressure
Washing Inc., which
he founded two years
ago after being laid off
from the financial in-
dustry. D'Silva and his
two employees" power-
wash between 100 and
150 high-end homes
every year.
The company has
been consistently prof-
itable despite shifts
in marketing strate-
gies, said D'Silva, who
wants to continue
"building the foun-
dations" of his busi-
ness before expanding


Most pre-

paid debit cards come
with at least a monthly
fee, and more fees for
checking the account
balance, ATM with-
drawal or activation
among others, found
a survey of prepaid
cards by Bankrate.
corn in April.
The Think Finance
survey revealed that
Millennials don't
seem to mind. Nearly
a quarter cited fewer
fees and 13% cited
more predictable fees
as reasons for using

alternative products,
though convenience
and better hours than
banks won out over
both of those as the
top reasons.
"With non-bank
products . the fees
are very, very easy
to understand," Rees
says. "The reputations
that banks have is
that it's a gotcha."
These products may
be winning because
of marketing tactics,
says Mitch Weiss, a
professor in personal
finance at the Uni-

versity of Hartford in
Hartford, Conn., and
a contributor to con-
sumer site
"The way they ap-
proach the business
is, we're not charging
you interest we just
charge you a fee," he
says. "When you think
fee, your reaction is
it's a one-time thing."
Many companies
that offer alternative
products have devel-
oped an online savvy
and cool factor Millen-
nials appreciate, Weiss

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However, the compa-
nies "consistently fail"
to send notices and
communicate deci-
sions to stakeholders
in a timely manner,
Donovan says.
Earlier this year,
the New York attorney
general threatened to
sue BofA and Wells
Fargo for similar defi-
"There is still work
to be done," Smith
Between October of
last year and March
31, his office had re-
ceived almost 60,000
complaints regarding
the services.
Of those, the big-
gest number, almost
19,000, had to do with
the single point of

contact that banks are
supposed to provide to
distressed borrowers.
They're often unre-
sponsive or difficult to
reach, the complaints
Chase and Wells
Fargo say they've cor-
rected issues. BofA
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area and is working to
correct the other.
Smith's oversight
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say it is encourag-
ing that the review
documented non-com-
pliance but that more
was probably missed.
"It's hard to square
a relatively small
number of fails with
S. the feeling on the
ground of widespread
non-compliance," says
Kevin Stein, associate
director of the non-
profit California Rein-
vestment Coalition.
Part of the discon-
nect may be in how
the services' perfor-
mance is checked,
Smith says. For
instance, so far he's
only checked to see if
they've established a
single point of con-
tact not how well
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figures show that the
number of at-home
workers rose sharply
from 1997 to 2010,
from 9.2 million to
13.4 million.
For those working in
computer, engineer-
ing and science jobs,
home-based work grew
69 percent from 2000
to 2010.
Boulder, Colo.,
topped a list of cit-
ies with high rates of
at-home workers, at

about one in nine.
Pisarski says work-
ing from home is
"booming" in fact,
it's the only transpor-
tation trend that has
been growing rapidly
over the past 30 years.
"One of the reasons
for it is that the world
is moving towards
the kinds of skills,
demands and capa-
bilities that are fre-
quently represented by
people who can work
at home," he says.
Pisarski himself has
worked at home for 25

years and says one of
its obvious advantages
is for older workers.
They can not only keep
working past age 65
but can do it with less
stress and more flex-
He recalled that this
week, he rose at 5:30
a.m. and was at his
computer by 6 a.m. "I
can get a lot of my in-
tense work done very
early in the morning,"
he says.
And on most Fri-
days, he can take the
afternoon off.

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LEBRON JAMES, small for- DWYANE WADE, shooting CHRIS BOSH, center: The RAY ALLEN, guard: The all-time
ward: The four-time MVP joined guard: The 2006 NBA Finals eight-time All-Star, like LeBron three-point leader signed as a
the Heat from the Cavaliers in MVP was the No. 5 pick of the James, came to the Heat in a free agent with the Heat after
his infamous 2010 televised free 2003 draft out of Marquette by sign-and-trade in 2010, costing years with the rival Celtics.
agency pick, but it actually was the Heat. them two first-round picks.
through a sign-and-trade that
cost the Heat four draft picks.

The "Birdman" joined the Heat
on a 10-day contract in Janu-
ary, signed another, then was
extended for the full season.

guard: The NBA and NCAA
champion was brought in via a
2008 draft-day trade after he
was picked 34th overall by the
Timberwolves out of Kansas.


Big three have

another year, but

then what?
By Jeff Zillgitt

MIAMI Dwyane Wade
slipped in the comment in his
friendly, easy-going style.
But his words carried a fore-
boding message, even after the
Miami Heat's rollicking champi-
onship celebration last Thurs-
day night.
"I think people need to enjoy
it a little bit, too," Wade said
before Game 7 about his union
with LeBron James and Chris
Bosh, '"because one day it won't
be here, and people are going to
miss it. Let's stop getting rid of
it while it's still here."
He's right. One day, James,

Wade and Bosh won't be on
the Heat roster together, and
because all three will be able
to terminate their contracts
with Miami after the 2013-14
season, the question becomes,
when is that day?
Heat owner Micky Arison re-
cently told the Fort Lauderdale
Sun Sentinel that his concern
next season is winning another
championship, suggesting the
Big 3 will play together again
in 2013-14. But if the ownei-
considers changing up things,
he might entertain offers from
other teams for Bosh. Trading
James or Wade seems highly
James and Bosh will earn
$19 million next season, and
Wade is set to make $18.6 mil-
lion. All three will make at least
$20 million in 2014-15, and
that puts some restrictions on

what the Heat can do with the
roster under the salary cap.
Next season, the league's new
luxury tax which was agreed
upon by players and owners in
the 2011 collective bargaining
agreement kicks in, and it is
a more punitive tax. Miami is
looking at a nearly $37 million
tax bill next season whereas
in past seasons, it would have
$18 million. Arison and Heat
President Pat Riley undoubt-
edly will be concerned about
that number.
While the Heat will look to
improve the roster they have
to based on how the postsea-
son played out, being taken to
two Game 7's they do have
players locked in contractually
for next season.
Swingman Mike Miller is
scheduled to make $6.2 mil-
lion next season but could be

cut with the amnesty clause,
which allows teams to pay out
a player's salary but avoid it
counting against the cap.
"One thing I've learned
through 13 years of basketball
is the business side of it, and
I completely understand it,"
Miller said during the Finals.
"But I've got a lot of basketball
Big men Udonis Haslem and
Joel Anthony are under con-
tract through 2014-15, and
guard Norris Cole's affordable
rookie contract runs through
at 2015-16. The Heat have a
team option on the final year of
guard Mario Chalmers' $4 mil-
lion contract for next season,
another reasonable contract for
Miami. Chalmers played well
in three of the four Finals wins
and helps add an extra dimen-
sion to the team.

Forward Shane Battier is
signed through 2013-14, and
guard Ray Allen and forwards
James Jones and Rashard
Lewis all have player options
for next season. Allen told USA
TODAY Sports he will make a
decision on his future after the
season, and Jones and Lewis
indicated they will return.
The Heat also need to decide
wlat they will do with Ander-
sen: sign him in free agency
in the offseason or look for
an alternative. Right now, the
Heat do not have a pick in June
draft so any additions will be
made through free agency or
The turnaround in the NBA
season is fast. The draft comes
a week after the Finals, and
free agency opens four days af-
ter that. When a news reporter
asked James on Thursday

about the future, he shot back,
"Please don't ask me about my
offseason training right now."
With James, Wade and Bosh,
the Heat will be the favorites
for a third consecutive title.
But they won't stand pat. Re-
member, after winning the title
in 2012, they added Allen and
then signed Andersen almost
midway through this season.
"I mean, I have a few goals,"
James said. "My goal, one of
my first goals is to continue to
inspire the youth to want to
play this game of basketball or
to be better at whatever they
do. Second thing for me is to
continue to lead my team-
mates. Every single day in
practice, every single day in
film sessions; I know the grass
isn't always green and there's
going to be trials and tribula-

UDONIS HASLEM, power for- MIKE MILLER, guard: The
ward: The two-time NBA cham- 2000-01 rookie of the year
pion signed with the Heat as an signed with the Heat in 2010 as
undrafted free agent in 2003 out a free agent.
of Florida and hasn't left.

-W AAl

NORRIS COLE, guard: The flat-
topped point guard joined the
Heat in a 2011 draft-day deal
after being selected 28th overall
by the Bulls out of Cleveland
State using a pick the Heat previ-
ously had traded for Chris Bosh.

/ -

1 ] --._. -- "^

SHANE BATTER, forward: The JAMES JONES, forward: JOEL ANTHONY, center: The
former all-defensive team player The University of Miami (Fla.) Canadian big man signed with
signed with the Heat in the 2011 product joined the Heat as a free the Heat as an undrafted free
offseason. agent in 2008 but was waived agent in 2007 out of UNLV.
in 2010 before being brought
back on a smaller contract.


Federer, Williams reign, but whose

career is better

By Douglas Robson

Born seven weeks apart and
the active leaders in Grand
Slam hardware, Roger Feder-
er and Serena Williams have
staked viable claims as the
greatest players of their genera-
But a late-career surge has
thrust Williams into another
debate: Is she the best player
of her generation, regardless of
"I don't know if it's fair," ES-
PN's Patrick McEnroe says of
the comparison, "but it's real-
This much is for sure: Wim-
bledon, which begins Monday,
is their next chance to burnish
Both 31-year-olds are de-
fending champions. Both excel
on grass. Both recognize they
are playing for history and bat-
tling father time.
"They know exactly what
they need to do now more than
ever," John McEnroe said in a
conference call with reporters
this week.
With her 16th Grand Slam
victory earlier this month at
the French Open, Williams
moved two behind Martina
Navratilova and Chris Evert
for a share of fourth all-time
among women.
She is eight behind women's

recordholder Margaret Court,
but trails Federer, the all-time
men's leader with 17 majors,
by one.
Some say comparing the two
stars is like apples and orang-
Federer has been a widely
beloved champ throughout his
career, rarely raising ripples
off the court. Williams often
has been a polarizing figure,
beloved and derided, and a
magnet for controversy in-
cluding explosive comments
that appeared this week in
Rolling Stone.
Plus they play in different
depth pools, against different
opponents under different cir-
"That's like saying, who is
better, Steffi or Andre?" John
McEnroe said of Andre Agassi
and Steffi Graf. "You get into all
different types of things. And I
don't think there's an answer."
But three-time Wimbledon
champ McEnroe, who is com-
menting for ESPN in 'London,
agreed that Wimbledon is the
venue where their games shine
brightest a reason they have
won 12 of 22 singles titles
since 2002 (seven for Federer,
five for Williams).
"I do think for Roger that his
best chance remains Wimble-
don," John said. "And Serena
has proved she can win and is

a big favorite anywhere."

Federer's obituary has been
written before, but few would
make a case that his best years
are yet to come. He won an ab-
surd 16 of 27 majors between

a set down to beat 29th-ranked
Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5-7),
6-3, 6-4 to win the grass court
tuneup at Halle, Germany.
It ended a 10-month title
drought that dated to the Cin-
cinnati Masters in August -
the longest since his first two
titles in 2001-02.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams with their Wimbledon
prizes in 2012. Each of these stars can stake a claim as
this generation's best player.

his initial 2003 Wimbledon vic-
tory and the 2010 Australian
Open, but just one of his last
After a sluggish start to the
season, a return to turf has
again boosted his prospects for
Last week, Federer came from

"Winning sort of solves ev-
erything, really," Federer said
after his victory. "So for me it's
great, in terms of confidence."
But there are still troubling
signs. Federer hasn't beaten
a top-10 player in 2013, and
his serving statistics have

Federer wasn't totally satis-
fied with his form but felt bet-
ter after finally earning a title.
"There's still things I believe
I can improve on, but I think
that will then happen when
the moment is there, when
Wimbledon starts," he said.
"But over all I'm very pleased
with the way I played, and I'm
happy with the week."
Despite a gradual decline (by
Federer standards) and an oc-
casionally uncooperative back,
the Swiss, who turns 32 in Au-
gust, remains formidable, es-
pecially on grass.
The slicker surface suits his
balletic footwork, his pinpoint
serve, and his ability to punch
balls back with his slice one-
handed backhand, which stays
low in the court.
"Federer's combination of of-
fense and defense is the best
in history on grass," Patrick
McEnroe says. "There still
aren't that many guys that can
beat him:"
Few have.
Federer leads all Open era
players with 13 titles and a 121-
17 career record on grass. His
.876 winning percentage is bet-
ter than John McEnroe (.873)
and Rod Laver (.840), who rank
second and third.

Williams? Her best days
might be ahead.
Last year, she rebounded
from a first-round exit at the
French Open by firing a re-

cord 102 aces (and just 10
double faults) on her way to a
fifth Wimbledon title, tying her
among active players with older
sister Venus Williams.
She hasn't slowed down, with
wins at the Olympics and three
of the last four majors, includ-
ing the U.S. Open and Roland
The American brings her
take-no-prisoners attitude
and a career-best 31-match
winning streak (the longest in
a single season since Venus
ran off 35 in 2000) to London,
where her biggest weapons -
her raw power and potent serve
- pay huge dividends.
She is the overwhelming fa-
"I think she's playing the best
tennis of her career," said John
McEnroe of Williams, who is
74-3 in the last 12 months.
"She's not only in the best place
I've ever seen, I think she's the
best player that's ever lived.
I said that a while ago. But
she's cementing it in everyone's
mind. She's just a level above
anyone. There's no doubt about
Williams still has off days -
and can fire off-color remarks.
She scrambled back from a 0-2
third-set deficit to beat Svet-.
lana Kuznetosva in the French
Open quarterfinals. This week
she apologized for insensitive
comments in a recent Rolling
Stone about the 16-year-old
victim in the Steubenville rape


Weather disasters cost nation $110o billion in 2012

K ti n a I

By Doyle Rice

With $110 billion
in damage, 2012 was
the second-costliest
year for weather and
climate disasters
since record-keeping
began in 1980, fed-
eral climate scien-
tists announced last

Thursday. Only 2005
was costlier, record-
ing $160 billion in
damage, when Hurri-
cane Katrina blasted
the Gulf Coast.
According to the
National Climatic
Data Center, the U.S.
in 2012 had 11 sepa-
rate weather and cli-

Antitrust law

can be used in


By Richard Wolf

sharing deals between brand-
name and generic drug com-
panies that preserve patents
and prevent competition can
be challenged as anti-com-
petitive, the Supreme Court
ruled Monday.
The verdict was a victory
for the federal government,
which had contended that ar-
rangements keeping generic
drugs off the market benefit-
ed companies at the expense
of consumers.
But the court, in a 5-3 de-
cision written by Justice Ste-
phen Breyer, did not automat-
ically strike down such deals
between drug companies. It
ruled that the government
must apply a "rule of reason"
and challenge each deal in-
dividually. That could lead to
more lawsuits in the future.
Breyer was joined by Jus-
tice Anthony Kennedy and
the court's liberal members.
Chief Justice John Roberts
wrote the dissent. Justice
Samuel Alito took no part in
the case.
The so-called "pay-for-de-
lay" settlement, Breyer said,
"simply keeps prices at pat-
entee-set levels, potentially
producing the full patent-re-
lated $500 million monopoly
return while dividing that re-

mate events that each
had losses exceeding
$1 billion in damage.
This follows another
catastrophic year,
2011, when a record
14 separate billion-
dollar disasters were
So is the weather
really getting worse?
"2011 and 2012 were
truly extreme years
climatologically, as
we saw several types
of all-time records

shattered," reports
climate scientist
Adam Smith of the
climate center. "We
experienced historic
tornado outbreaks
and large-scale flood-
ing in 2011, crip-
pling drought and
heat waves in both
2011 and 2012, and
of course, tropical
cyclones Irene and
Sandy damaging the
"This is all com-

pounded by the
growing amount of
property that exists
in harm's way," Smith
The 2012 events
included seven severe
events, two tropical
and the year-long
drought and associ-
ated wildfires.
The two major
drivers of damage
costs in 2012 were

Hurricane Sandy
(at approximately
$65 billion) and the
year-long drought (at
approximately $30
Sandy was also the
nation's deadliest di-
saster, causing more
than 130 fatalities,
the climate center
The year 2012 also
brought the U.S.'s
most widespread
drought since the
Dust Bowl days of the
1930s, as drought
disaster declarations
reached more than
2,600 of the nation's
3,143 counties.
One expert isn't
convinced the billion-
dollar disaster list is
all that relevant: "The
billion-dollar disaster

list is an interest-
ing curiosity," says
professor of environ-
mental studies Roger
Pielke of the Univer-
sity of Colorado. "It
has very little if any
scientific or economic
"They find more
disasters at the
billion-dollar thresh-
old, but the simple
explanation for that
is that we have more
(and more valuable)
property and belong-
ings in harm's way,"
Pielke says."Further,
a billion dollars is not
what it used to be."
However, Smith
says that even with
that caveat, the past
couple of years have
been unusual: "In
2011 and'2012, we

have seen a sharp in-
crease in the number
of disasters that cre-
ate damage in excess
of $10 billion each."
And as for the
impacts of climate
change, Smith reports
that "there have been
observed trends in
some types of ex-
treme events that are
consistent with rising
temperatures. These
include heavy pre-
cipitation events, more
intense droughts and
heat waves."
"Drought and wild-
fire risk are increasing
as temperatures and
evaporation rates rise.
Research on climate
changes' effects on
other types of extreme
events continues,"
Smith concludes.

Mobile payments to be a reality

Media wait for rulings in front of the Supreme

turn between the challenged
patenteee and the patent chal-
"The patentee and the chal-
lenger gain," he said. "The
consumer loses."
In his dissent, Roberts said
the high court never has held
that a competitor's decision
not to challenge a patent vio-
lates antitrust law. A settle-
ment between the two drug
makers in which money is ex-
changed for dropping a legal
claim is routine, he said.
"In doing so, they put an
end to litigation that had
been dragging on for three
years," Roberts said. "Ordi-
narily, we would think this is
a good thing."
The deals are the product of
a nearly 30-year-old federal

law that aims to get generic
drugs on the market as soon
as possible. Without the oc-
casional settlements, generic
drug makers must win pat-
ent lawsuits and if they
lose, the patent runs its full
The ruling leaves billions of
dollars at stake. While con-
sumers benefit most from ear-
ly entry of generics which
can slash drug prices by 85
percent or more settle-
ments can reduce the dura-
tion of brand-name patents,
producing some savings.
When generics are blocked
for the duration of the patent
- usually 20 years con-
sumers lose the most.
The case, Federal Trade
Commission v. Actavis, in-

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Court last Monday.
volves the topical drug An-
droGel that raises testoster-
one levels in men. To ward off
three generic companies that
were challenging its patent,
the FTC says, Solvay Phar-
maceutical agreed to pay
them $31 million to $42 mil-
lion annually through 2015,t
at which point they could en-
ter the market with generic
versions of the gel.
The government charged
that such deals give generic
drug makers an incentive
to sue and then settle for
a quick profit, rather than
challenge the patent in court
and win. The generic drug
makers argued that they win
only about half the time, and
when they don't, consumers
lose, too.

FED lays out plan to trim stimulus

Bernanke ties easing $85B in

bond buys to lower jobless rate

By Paul Davidson

eral Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke for the first time
laid out a likely road map
last Wednesday for wind-
ing down the central bank's
unprecedented stimulus poli-
cies starting later this year,
sending the stock and bond
markets reeling.
At a news conference
after a two-day Fed meet-
ing, Bernanke said that if
the economy and job market
continue to improve, the Fed
could begin "later this year"
to scale back its $85 billion
a month in government bond
purchases that have juiced

the economy and stock mar-
ket. The Fed could continue
to trim them until they're
halted by mid-2014.
Bernanke suggested that
a key guidepost for the Fed
is whether the current 7.6
percent jobless rate falls to
seven percent by this time
next year.
Financial markets that
were rattled on May 22 after
Bernanke said tapering
could begin "in a few meet-
ings" were shaken further by
his more detailed blueprint,
which raised fears about
whether economic growth
might slow with less Fed
support. The Dow Jones
industrial average fell 206

points to 15,112. Ten-year
Treasury yields rose to 2.31
percent from 2.18 percent.
The Fed said it's keeping
its stimulus at full throttle
for now. It will continue to
buy $85 billion a month in
Treasuries and mortgage-
backed securities until
the labor market improves
substantially. The purchases
hold down long-term inter-
est rates and have fueled the
housing rebound and a blaz-
ing stock rally.
Bernanke emphasized that
if the economy and job mar-
ket falter, Fed policymakers
could stop dialing back the
bond-buying and even in-
crease it again. He said that
by tapering the purchases,
the Fed is still adding stimu-
lus to the economy just
at a reduced level. He com-

pared the action to "letting
up a bit on the gas pedal as
the car picks up speed, not
to beginning to apply the
The good news for bond in-
vestors may be that markets
have largely built in a rise
in interest rates into prices.
If the Fed begins to rein in
the purchases as early as its
September meeting, as many
economists now expect, 10-
year Treasury yields could
rise initially toward 2.75
percent but then decline as
investors shift money from
stocks to bonds, says LPL
Financial market strategist
Anthony Valeri.
Rates on many consumer
and business loans, which
are tied to the 10-year Trea-
sury yield, could follow the
same path.

Bureau: Overdraft fees are harmful to consumers

continued from 7D

The CFPB found that over-
draft fees on debit card and
ATM transactions in par-
ticular are associated with
higher rates of involuntary
account closure. As a re-
sult, the affected consumers
become less able to open a
checking account at another
The new CFPB report fol-
lows a 2010 rule by the Fed-
eral Reserve that required
financial institutions for the
first time to secure customer
approval before enrollment in
overdraft coverage for debit
and ATM transactions. Wide
variations in the number of

"opt-ins" by institutions in-
dicate that some are more
aggressive than others in ob-
taining consent forms from
their customers.
Following the announce-
ment of the 2010 rule, the
Center for Responsible Lend-
ing [CRL] noted that the rule
did not address clear abuses
that customers experience
once they are enrolled, in-
cluding the exorbitant cost of
debit card overdraft coverage
or re-ordering transactions
to maximize fees. And be-
cause the size or frequency of
the fees was not addressed,
financial institutions have
the incentive to secure as
many opt-in forms as pos-

Previous research by CRL
has found that:
Most debit card transac-
tions that trigger overdrafts
are far smaller than the size
of the overdraft itself;
Most consumers surveyed
would rather have their debit
card transaction declined
than have it covered in ex-
change for an overdraft fee;
In 2008, Americans aged
55 and over paid $6.2 billion
in overdraft fees; Americans
aged 18-24 paid nearly $1.3
billion in overdraft fees.
CRL along with others
including Pew Charitable
Trusts, have also called for
banning institutions from
processing transactions
from the largest to smallest.

This change would diminish
the number of overdraft fees
charged and thereby free-up
consumer monies for other
In reaction to the CFPB re-
port, CRL said, "We remain
concerned about financial
institutions that deliberately
trigger overdraft fees by re-
ordering daily transactions
from the highest to lowest,
often resulting in more fees
from customers. This de-
ceptive practice remains far
too common despite fueling
widespread litigation . We
look forward to future stud-
ies by the CFPB that will
shed even more light on an
issue that affects millions of
Americans each year."

continued from 7D

smartphone and a
payment terminal, for
instance making it
perfect for what the in-
dustry calls "contact-
less" transactions.
Plenty of current
smartphones come
with built-in NFC
chips, including the
Samsung Galaxy Nex-
us and the HTC One.
Apps such as Google
Wallet allow users to
make contactless pay-
ments at NFC-enabled

terminals like any
of the 300,000 Mas-
terCard PayPass loca-
tions, including Mc-
Donald's, Rite Aid and
If that sounds like
a hassle buying an
NFC-capable phone,
to use with a specific
app, which only works
with specific payment
terminals it's be-
cause it is. There are
simply too many vari-
This high barrier to
entry has convinced
some major players,

including Apple, to
forgo NFC altogether.
And when the maker of
the world's best-selling
smartphone isn't on
board with something,
consumers just aren't
going to adopt in huge
Smaller start-up-
level companies are
working to create
more flexible payment
services. Square,
launched in 2009 by
Twitter co-founder
Jack Dorsey, is one of
the best-known in the

Public Notice
Housing For The Elderly
Buenavista Apartments

The waiting list for Buenavista Apartments, a HUD 202 Housing for the El-
derly and Handicapped project has closed, due to high volume of applicants
on the waiting list. The average wait is over two years. Therefore, lease ap-
plications will not be given or received until further notice, for this particular
project located at 3500 NW 18th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33142.

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


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



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

Deadline for Receipt of Requests for Additional Information/Clarification:
Monday. July 8. 2013 at 5:00 P.M.


Johnny Martinez, P.E. ',
City Manager
AD NO. 22189 .....



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flori-
da on July 11, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall,
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the re-
quirements of obtaining sealed bids for the sole source purchase of six hundred
(600) electronic control devices (aka) Tasers, Style No. X2/X26P and related
equipment, at an amount not to exceed $831,613.80, from Taser International,
Inc., located at 17800 N. 85th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, for the Department
of Police.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a package who feel that they
might be able to satisfy the City's requirements for this item may contact Yadis-
sa Calderon, Sr. Procurement Specialist, at the City of Miami Purchasing De-
partment at (305) 416-1909.

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

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

Todd Hannon -.'-
(#19337) City Clerk

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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-
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

1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $750 mthly.
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

1520 NW 61 Street
One bedroom, $595 includes
stove, fridge, water, air. Bob,
1540 NW1 Court
Two bdrms, $675, three
bdrms, $800, free water,
quiet gated building.
Call 786-506-3067

1648 NW 35 Street
Three 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 NW1 Place
One bdrm., $525; quiet
gated building, call 786-506-

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
One bedroom, one bath,
$600 monthly. Call Mr. Perez,

30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776

3185 NW 75 Street
One bedroom, close to metro
rail. $650 monthly, first and
last 305-439-2906
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

731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $500 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878

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; two baths. 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

One bedroom, appliances,
water included.
Business Rentals

9150 NW 17 Avenue
Funeral Home.

555 NW 210 ST #203
Beautiful lake view. Two
bedrooms, two baths, central
air, washer and dryer. $1200
monthly. 305-610-7504
Two story three bedrooms,
new appliances, first, last and
security. $1200 monthly,
Three bedrooms, two baths
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
4127 NW 181 Terrace.

135 NE 80 Terrace
Newly remodeled, huge one
bedroom, one bath, central
air, $750 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 954-818-9112.
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 89 Terrace
One bedroom,
Call 786-587-3731
1942 NW 93 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath. $950
mthly. Section 8 Welcome.
2320 NW 102 Street
Two bdrms, one bath,
$850 mthly. Free water, all
appliances included, central
air, free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

2355 NW 95 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath, tiled.
Section 8 Ok. 305-205-3652
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, appliances, free water
and electricity, 305-642-

349 NW 53 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $725
mthly. 305-632-8750 Mr. B
36 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath $695,
two bdrms, one bath $975.
Appliances, free water

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.
5420 NW 5 Court
Large three bedrooms, two
baths, Section 8 Welcome.
$1300 monthly, $1000
security. Call 786-488-2264
6747 NW 5 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
$850. 305-681-3736
6998 N.W. 5 Place
One bdrm, one bath. $550
mthly. 786-312-6641
755 NW 114 Street
Two bedrooms, one -bath.
$900 mthly. First, last and
deposit to move in. Own
stove and refrigerator. No
Section 8 or other programs.
9302 NW 30 Ct
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
$900, 305-681-3736.
Remodeled, two bdrms., one
bath, Section 8 Ok, $1,000
mthly, Call 305-216-2724
1136 Sesame Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $900
mthly. 786-325-8000

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security cameras, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
8291 C NW14 Avenue
Large studio, with kitchen
and bathroom area. Located
across Arcola Park. Great for
one or two person max. Rent
$550 per month includes
water. Security deposit $550
Call Sylvester 954-275-0436
9535-A NW 26 Avenue
Large efficiency, tiled, air,
yard, security bars and
appliances. $600 monthly,
includes water. 305-255-
NE Biscayne Gardens
Efficiency like a room back
home, air, clean, convenient,
private parking, major roads,
fenced backyard. $650 mthly
and security deposit. 305-
SFurnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1600 NW 56 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728

2010 NW 55 Terrace
No Deposit Required. $140
moves you in. Aircable,
utilities included. 786-554-

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

3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 wkly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
4744 NW 15 Court
Clean room, air, $390 mthly.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Furnished or unfurnished
rooms with living room.
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

1283 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,100 mthly. 786-328-5878.
12950 W. Golf Drive
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Central heat and air and
fenced in yard. $1300 mthly,
$900 Security. 305-301-1993
13 AVenue NW 111 Street
Waterfront! Totally remodeled
three bedrooms, two baths,
on Silver Blue Lake. Huge
property, totally fenced,
room for boat, close to Barry
University and Miami-Dade
College. Available July 1,
$2250 monthly, call
1312 NW 68 Street
Three bdrms, one bath.
$1200 mthly. 954-914-9166
133 St and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
1476 NE 154 Terrace,
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air. $1300 mthly. Section 8
OK. 786-586-2894
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.
17531 NW 32 Avenue
Three bdrms., one and half
bath, 'family room. $1300
monthly. Call 954-445-0539

1865 NW 45 Street Front
Three bdrms, one bath.
$1025 mthly. 305-525-0619
20513 NW 39 Court
Lakefront, three bedrooms,
one bath, appliances, $1300
a month, Section 8 okay,
drive by, then call:
2343 NW 100 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $825.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

345 NW 187 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1250, A Berger Realty, Inc.,
3919 NW 207 St Rd
Four bdrms, two baths, totally
remodeled after hurricane. A
beauty. $1595 mthly. Section
8 ok. Call Joe 954-849-6793
5511 NW 12 Avenue
Renovated three bedrooms,
one bath, -can be used as a
four bedrooms. Section 8 Ok.
863 NW 139 Street
Four bdrms., two and
half baths. $1650 mthly.
$3500 move in. Complete
renovation. Call Michael
94 Street NW 23 Avenue
Three bedrooms, includes
stove, refrigerator, air,
washer and dryer. No Section
8, $950, 305-790-8094.
Liberty City Area
Four bdrms, two baths.
Section 8 welcome.
Three bdrms, two baths and
two bdrms and one bath.
ready in July and August.
Only Section 8.
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.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Near NW 14 Avenue and
134 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, den, everything
new. Try only $4900 down
and $781 monthly with good
credit. NDI Realtors,

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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Florida
on July 11, 2013, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering a resolution to designate 850 SW
2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33130 as a Brownfield Area. 850 SW 2nd Avenue will
be developed into a multi-level apartment building titled "Vista Grande Apart-
ments" and will consist of 89 one and two bedroom affordable housing units.

The City Manager will present written findings to the City Commission which
shall contain a complete analysis of whether or not 850 SW 2nd Avenue is an
actual Brownfield Site, and whether or not the status of a property qualifying as
a Brownfield Site is relevant for an individual property request for Brownfield
Area Designation per Florida Statute 376.80 Section 2(b) (1-5).

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

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

Todd Hannon ';
(#19340) City Clerk ,'

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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on July 11, 2013, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering a resolution to designate
144 and 152 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130 as a Brownfield Area. 144 and
152 SW 8th Street will be developed into a multi-level apartment building titled
"West Brickell View" and will consist of 64 one and two bedroom affordable
housing units.
The City Manager will present written findings to the City Commission which
shall contain a complete analysis of whether or not 144 and 152 SW 8th Street
is an actual Brownfield Site, and whether or not the status of a property qualify-
ing as a Brownfield Site is relevant for an individual property request for Brown-
field Area Designation per Florida Statute 376.80 Section 2(b) (1-5).

All interested parties are invited to appear and may be heard concerning this
item. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate- in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding. ,. --.

Todd Hannon -- '
(#19338) City Clerk '' -



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Florida
on July 11, 2013, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering a resolution to designate 1026
SW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33130 as a Brownfield Area. 1026 SW 2nd Av-
enue will be developed into a multi-level apartment building titled "West Brickell
Tower" and will consist of 32 one and two bedroom affordable housing units.

The City Manager will present written findings to the City Commission which
shall contain a complete analysis of whether or not 1026 SW 2nd Avenue is an
actual Brownfield Site, and whether or not the status of a property qualifying as
a Brownfield Site is relevant for an individual property request for Brownfield
Area Designation per Florida Statute 376.80 Section 2(b) (1-5).

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

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

Todd Hannon Ce
(#19339) City Clerk

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By Akilah Laster

The Norland football program hosted
a premiere fundraiser at the Hyatt Re-
gency in downtown Miami earlier this
month in an attempt to draw alumni and
community support for necessary team
While several Norland faculty and all
coaching staff members attended the Las
Vegas Casino Night themed fundraiser,
the turnout was low with less than 30 in
The fundraiser included an all you can
eat buffet and open bar, several raffle
prizes and a silent auction where attend-
ees were able to win signed jerseys and
helmets, designer purses and even a trip
to the Playboy Mansion, all while play-
ing popular casino games like: blackjack,
poker and roulette.
Norland Principal Reginald Lee, though
disappointed in the attendance result,
strongly urged the alumni to step up in
the matter.
"Just imagine if our former athletes
gave back to what we do," Lee said. "Just

Creator Harris says participation

just as crucial for optimist

By Akilah Laster

Throughout the month of
June more than 15 teams
from the Overtown Optimist
Club gathered to compete in
the Brandon Harris No Fly
Zone Youth League 7-on-7
Football Camp at three dif-
ferent parks in Overtown
and Liberty City. The free
camp, presented by the
Houston Texans cornerback,
was. geared toward giving
younger football players an
opportunity to compete dur-
ing the summer and keep the

kids involved.
"It gives the kids some-
thing positive to do, as well
as be around some of the
coaches they will see at the
next level," Harris said. "The
more you stay in sports, the
less time you have to get into
negative things that go on in
the community."
More than 300 athletes
from ages nine to 15 partici-
pated in three weekends of
7-on-7 play and were able to
take part in a Nike SPARQ
Combine Training, while
coaches were able to attend a
Youth League Coaching Clin-

ic one weekend at no cost.
"I'm honored and thank-
ful that Brandon Harris did
this and gave back to the
community," said Harold Ja-
cob, head coach of the fresh-
man group (ages nine to 10)
champions, the Gwen Cher-
ry Bulls. "I think this was a
really good stepping stone."
Harris, a native of the
Overtown community, who
has personal ties because
his father, Tim "Ice" Har-
ris, and older brother, Tim
Harris Jr., coach football at
Booker T. Washington, said
that providing an opportuni-
ty for optimist programs was
"The whole idea of it is
great," said Tim Jr. "An

event like this for the youth
leagues in South Florida
is just another way to help
prepare young student ath-
letes for the next level. We're
already looking forward to
next year."
Brandon Harris felt that
the significance of youth
sports are often mitigated
compared to programs for
high school aged athletes,
but said they were just as
"Youth programs are im-
portant in Miami [because]
there are a lot of negative in-
fluences and football is a way
to get away from [them] for a
bit," Harris said. "It's about
becoming a better person."
The tournament even

brought optimist teams from
the Homestead area out to
"It was a really good tour-
nament and we can take it
into the season with us," said
Ray Morrison, head coach
of the winning sophomore
group (age 11 to 12) Florida
City Razorbacks.
With the support of several
esteemed local coaches and
NFL players, Harris plans
to continue and expand the
camp next year, despite the
amount of work that is re-
"I could not have done it
alone, I've had a lot of sup-
port," Harris said. "But we
just wanted to make it a full
experience for the teams."

Heat, James hailed after second straight title

By Simon Evans

Lebron James and the Mi-
ami Heat were hailed on Fri-
day after clinching a second
straight NBA championship
at the end of an enthralling
seven game NBA Finals.
James, who scored- a
game-high 37 points with
12 rebounds, was named
the Finals MVP for the sec-
ond straight year after hurt-
ing the San Antonio Spurs
with his mid-range jump
shots and delivering a per-
formance that earned him
widespread praise.
"This was one of the best
NBA Finals ever, and one
of the great Game Sevens

LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their second
straight NBA championship.

LeBron meets expectations

Ever since we first got
wind of a kid from Ohio
named LeBron James he
was labeled the chosen
one. Chosen to be the next
big thing in his sport since
he was in high school.
The enormity of that pres-
sure could be mind blow-
ing. LeBron has dominated
winning MVP's enduring
the outrage that followed

"the decision" and pair-
ing up with his pal Dwy-
ane Wade to finally win his
first ring a year ago. Still
the critics kept hammering
away. After last Thursday's
95-88 hard fought win over
the San Antonio Spurs in
an epic game seven of the
NBA Finals, LeBron James
posed with his second
consecutive NBA Chain-

pionship and Finals MVP
in each hand and stared
down his haters and doubt-
ers saying along the way "I
ain't got no worries." This
may have been the finest
48 minutes in the illustri-
ous career of King James.
We all look at James physi-
cal stature and feel com-
pelled that we should tell
him what to do and how he
should play this game. The
great Spurs Head Coach
Greg Popovich dared LeB-
ron to shoot the basketball
throughout the series and it
seemed to be working for a
while as King James num-
bers were down from a bril-
liant regular season. How-
ever on this night, when the

ever," wrote Michael Rosen-
berg for Sports Illustrated,
who described James as
"the best basketball player
in the worl."
Such superlatives littered
media reports of the Heat's
95-88 victory last Thursday
which sparked loud celebra-
tions on the streets of down-
town Miami.
"Lebron James at last
seized control of his own
narrative, leaving nothing
to chance and no more room
for debate," wrote Howard
Beck in the New York Times.
The Spurs, who had been
half a minute away from
clinching the title in Game
Six, fought Miami all the

lights were at their bright-
est, on the biggest stage
LeBron James delivered.
He made big shot after big
shot last Thursday night
and looked totally comfort-
able doing it, there was no
indecisiveness or hesita-
tion as James scored five
3-pointers. He displayed a
variety of midrange shots,
and in the frantic final sec-
onds he delivered the dag-
ger a 20-footer with 27 sec-
onds left that gave Miami a
seemingly safe four-point
lead. It was the kind of per-
formance that' legends are
made of. It was not what
he did, but when and how
he did it. Just like Magic
Johnson in 1980 with his

way last Thursday and Heat
players went out of their way
to praise their opponents,
with James embracing Tim
Duncan in the post-game
"They pushed the Heat to
the limit and elevated the
elegance of the sport, the
grace, the competitive fe-
rocity and sportsmanship,"
wrote Yahoo Sports' Adrian
"As epic as these seven
games had been a Game
Six that'll be remembered as
maybe the greatest Finals
game this series was a
referendum on everything
basketball ought to be at the
highest level," he added.

masterful 42 point 15 re-
bound and 7 assists per-
formance that still reso-
nates to this day. This was
an all time legacy sealing
performance from LeBron
James. He finished with 37
points in the decisive Game
7 on the heels of pouring in
32 in a memorable Game
6. The questions and the
doubts will persist but LeB-
ron James has delivered on
all that promise that we
saw in the Akron kid in a
man's body all those years
ago. He is the best in the
world and he is hungry for
more. It appears as if he is
on his way to getting just
that. More. Not one, not two
.. well you get the idea.

Photo Credit: Akilah Laster
Norland Principal Reginald Lee with
Raffle Winner.

say 'here you go Norland, I know you guys
need it [and] I'm a former student [and]
you guys saved my life.'"
When compared to programs like Cen-
tral and Booker T. Washington, whose
football teams have travelled out-of-state
for nationally recognized games, Norland
has not done so recently; however, this
year the Vikings plan to travel to Atlanta,
Georgia to play Stevenson High School
and a large portion of the funds will be
allocated toward that trip.
Head Coach Daryle Heidelberg said it
was this trip that engendered the need for
a more large scale fundraiser in order to
cover the transportation expenses.
"I just know personally there are only
so many donuts and candy bars that we
can sell and it's getting kind of redun-
dant," Heidelberg said. "I'm always trying
to think outside the box and be a trend-
The Vikings' athletic department has
been very successful over the last few
years with the football team making it to
the playoffs for the last three seasons, in-
cluding winning the 2011 Class 5A state
championship. The boys' basketball team
have won back-to-back state champion-
ships in 2011-12 and 2012-13, while the
girls' basketball earned two state champi-
onships in the last five seasons. Academi-
cally Norland is an "A" school, and will be
again this upcoming school year accord-
ing to Lee.
"What more could you ask for, except
it's time for the alumni to come back and
be a part of what we do," Lee said.
With the full support of Lee, Heidelberg
said he plans to continue to try different
and "more creative" ways to raise funds,
but still recognizes that the support of
the alumni will make all of the difference.
Lee who said that the school has ful-
filled its end of the bargain hopes that
alumni will begin to take pride in the
school's success.
"There are a lot of great things happen-
ing at Norland," Lee said. "It's about us
reaching out to them and them wanting
to give back."