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Temporua Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis

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Why Obama should not attack

Despite sarin attack, getting U.S. involved in civil war

won't be in our best interest -i- -

By DeWayne Wickham

As horrific as the death
count is from the sarin-filled
bombs that the forces of Syr-
ian President Bashar Assad
allegedly hurled into a rebel
stronghold on the edge of Da-
mascus, it should not trigger a
U.S. military intervention into
Syria's two-and-a-half-year-
old civil war.
Yes, the 426 children killed
by the use of a weapon of mass
destruction -- which most of
the world agrees is an unac-
ceptable means of meting out
death is a chilling reminder
of the indiscriminate brutal-
ity of war. But in a conflict
in which both sides are ac-

caused of committing gruesome
war crimes, President Obama
should not let himself be bam-
boozled into plunging this na-
tion down another Middle East
rabbit hole.
He shouldn't be hoodwinked
into believing that a U.S. mili-
tary action to "punish" Assad's
forces is in this country's na-
tional interest. Some of the
strongest factions aligned
against Assad's regime have
links to al-Qaeda, which is
waging a worldwide terrorist
campaign against us.

If the forces trying to topple
Assad prevail, Syria could be-

come the world's first al-Qae-
da-led nation an outcome
that would almost certainly
draw large numbers of U.S.
ground forces back onto a Mid-
dle East battle zone. Avoiding
that outcome is in this coun-
try's national interest.
. Syria is the fault line of the
long-running conflict between
Israel and Iran. For many
backers of Israel, Assad's gov-
ernment is widely seen as a
pariah because it is an ally
of the mullahs in Iran who
clamor for Israel's destruction.
Israel's supporters inside the
Obama administration and
Congress, I suspect,/ see the
sarin attack as an opportunity
to use the American military

--AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Opponents of U.S. military action in Syria protest Saturday
at New York's Times Square.
to undermine Assad's hold on ian civil war to continue" by
power. weakening Assad's forces, said
"I think Israel wants the Syr- Daniel Levy, a former Israeli

government official who is
now a senior fellow at the New
America Foundation. Israel
wants "a bigger U.S. military
footprint in the Middle East"
because a "muscular, interven-
tionist America is more useful
to Israel than an America that
is focused on state-building at

Israeli leaders believe that
getting the U.S. to attack Syria
will send a message to Iran
that the U.S. is serious when
it says it will not allow Tehran
to develop a nuclear weapon,
Levy told me.
But as commander in chief,
Obama's decision on military
intervention should be guided
by what's in this country's
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3.2M Floridians prepare for

drastic cuts in SNAP benefits

Seniors and children
to be most severely- :,
impacted by food
insecurity' in state
By D. Kevin McNeir : ',

An estimated 3.2 million men, s.
women and children in Florida i
will see a reduction in their SNAP
[Supplemental Nutrition Assistance .
Program], formerly referred to as
Food Stamps, on November 1st,
equating to around $5M by the end
of 2014 to once-eligible households
in the State. SNAP provides over 46 4;
million low-income participants in ,
the U.S. and 3.2 million in Florida, .
with monthly benefits via a grocery
debit card.'?
Even more tragic than the cuts V
which many families and individu-
als can ill afford is the fact that many
people don't even realize that the cuts
are scheduled to take place.

"Many of the people we serve don't
even know this is about to happen
and there's really nothing we can do
about it," said Laverne Elie, executive

director, Curley's House. "We aren't
Assure how this will impact our com-
munity but we know it's not going
to be good. We are currently feeding
400 people a day and we are see-
ing a lot more new clients some-
times as high as 150 on any given
day. As for the cuts, we have some
seniors that we provide food to who
are only getting $17/day in SNAP
benefits. What can you buy for $17
dollars in the grocery store? The el-
derly are going to be the ones who
are hit the hardest any many of
Them live alone and don't have fam-
ily to look after them. We're really
concerned about what the future
holds for them and for children

Lorenzo G. Johnson, Jr., minister
of Evangelism, Outreach and Mis-
sions at New Birth Baptist Church,
agrees that more work will fall on
the shoulders of local non-profit or-
ganizations and churches when the
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Florida second in uninsured

By Kelli Kennedy

Florida had the nation's
second-highest rate of resi-
dents without health insur-
ance with almost 1-out-of-4
Floridians lacking it, ac-
cording to new U.S. Census
figures released last Thurs-
day. Only Texas surpassed
Florida's rate of 24.8 per-
cent of residents under age
65 without health insur-
ance in 2011, the most re-
cent year figures are avail-
able, the Census said.
Although that figure was
down slightly from 2010,
when 25.3 percent of Flo-
ridians were without health
insurance, the rate of unin-
sured residents has inched
up since 2008, when just
over 24 percent of Florid-
ians were without health
The half-decade spike
in uninsured residents
comes as the Republican-
controlled Legislature ruled
earlier this year not to ex-
pand Medicaid coverage to
an estimated 1.1 million
low-income Floridians un-
der the federal health law.
In an unusual alliance,
Gov. Rick Scott, Senate
Republicans, Democrats,
Florida hospitals, health

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23-30% (13 states)
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advocates and a diverse
mix of business and la-
bor groups all supported a
bill that would have drawn
down more than $50 billion
from the federal govern-
ment over the next decade
and allow Floridians to pur-
chase private insurance.
But leaders in the GOP-
led Florida House refused
to consider that proposal,
saying they didn't want to
take funds tied to President
Barack Obama's health
care overhaul.

Democrats and health
advocates have since held
town halls around the state
pushing Scott to call a spe-
cial session to discuss Med-
icaid expansion, but Scott
has said he isn't planning
to call one since House
leaders haven't signaled a
change of heart.

House Democratic Lead-
er Perry Thurston, D-Fort
Lauderdale, warned in a

statement Thursday that
Republicans will play a po-
litical price for failing to ex-
pand Medicaid.
"The Legislature's failure
to expand health coverage
continues to punish work-
ing families and small busi-
nesses throughout Florida.
Governor Scott and other
Republican leaders who
say they want to improve
Florida's business com-
petitiveness and image can
make great headway
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Only grandchild of MLK, Jr.
President Obama with Yolanda Renee King, the only grandchild of the
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after speaking at the Lincoln Memorial
on Wednesday.

Did two Norland teachers

give examination answers?

Miami Times staff report

Hundreds of students at Miami
Norland Senior High School may
have received state industry certifi-
cations because they were allowed
to cheat, says the Miami-Dade Of-
fice of the Inspector General. A re-
port released last week indicates
that the lead teacher of Norland's
Academy of Information Technol-
ogy provided students with the
questions and answers to Adobe
Photoshop and Dreamweaver com-
puter-program exams and let
them use study guides while taking
tests in 2012.
The number of students to pass
a computer certification program in
Norland's jumped from 12 to 452
students last year. One teacher at
Norland allegedly heard rumors
about a teacher who had provided
the answers to the test. The allega-
tions are under investigation by the
Miami-Dade county inspector.

The accused teacher, who serves
as the lead teacher and exam proc-
tor, Emmanuel Fleurantin, says
the allegations are not true.
S"All I did was proctor," he said.
"The kids came in, we prepared
them very hard. They were ready so
when they came, they took the test
and they passed it."
Fleurantin and another teacher,
Brenda Muchnick, have both been
According to the report, the
whistle-blowing teacher who then
worked at Norland, Willie Gant,
discovered the so-called "cheat
sheets" with highlighted answers
in the classroom where the exam
was taken.
Fleurantin doesn't deny the exis-
tence of the cheat sheet, but said he
didn't put them in the classroom.
He added that while he knows he
could lose his job, he wants his
voice to be heard.
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Are we really our

brother's keeper?
W e have recently become a nation of marchers once
again, taking a page out of the 1960s playbook
to advance our individual causes and concerns.
We've marched in the name of justice for Trayvon Martin;
support for equal rights, including marriage, for members of
the LGBT community; reproductive rights for women; greater
parity in pay between men and women; and of course, the
two commemorative marches that took place in Washington,
D.C. on Sept. 24 and Sept. 28 both intended to pay homage
to those who led the way 50 years ago.
However, there was another purpose for our marching on
Washington again to take a frank look at how far this
nation has come in terms of race relations and justice for
all. For while members of both Black and brown communi-
ties can point to significant progress and advancement, there
are far too many who are no better today than their parents
or grandparents were five decades ago. They are part of the
working poor or chronically unemployed who have no visible
means of escape.
In the 60s we fought for desegregated schools today our
mostly-Black schools are the victims of diminished tax bases
and fewer resources resulting in embarrassing test scores
and ill-prepared students. In the 60s we fought for better
housing and government assistance for communities of our
own today those places have become slums with crime
running rampant where drive-by shootings are the norm.
We have successfully eliminated slavery, Jim Crow and seg-
regation, only to see our lawmakers and shrewd businessmen
turn the prison industrial complex into a multi-billion dollar
industry where Black and brown men and women make up
the largest percentage of "workers." They are the indentured
servants and chain gang members of the new millennium
who even when freed from "bondage" remain second-class
citizens stripped of their rights.
America has not been kind to Blacks since 1609 when the
first of our ancestors took a "trip across the ocean." So while
we have Black judges, lawyers, Congressmen and even this
nation's first Black president, things are still far from equal.
A commercial from the late 60s, made famous by Virginia
Slims, touted this message to women [white that is] in the
U.S. "You've come along baby."
But that was a result of the women's movement working
together in the name of their common issues and concerns.
Maybe one day Blacks will do the same. It doesn't matter how
rich you are, how many degrees you have attained or the zip
code in which you live. Black is unremovable.

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world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
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The weight on the President's shoulders
President Obama's words from a Damascus suburb with chemi- ful eloquence. But King was an the number of U: psn
the steps of the Lincoln Memori- cal weapons, killing hundreds, activist, preacher and prophet Afghanistan before eventually
al were bound to be criticized as Obama had spent the past week who appealed to the nation's beginning a withdrawal, and he
underwhelming, no matter what laying the groundwork for a pu- moral conscience. Obama is has expanded the use of drone
he said. The context, though, was nitive military strike. I couldn't something quite different the aircraft to assassinate mem-
nothing short of mind-blowing. It watch Obama's speech without most powerful man in the world, bers of terrorist groups. Syria is
was a classic no-win situation as thinking of the aircraft carriers We have had nearly five years to Obama's decision to make and
he stood where the Rev. Martin that were moving because he or- get used to the. fact that a Black to. execute. Is a president who
Luther King Jr. delivered one of dered them to, the diplomats he man is president of the TUnited won election largely because of
the greatest speeches in the na- had mobilized around the globe States."Some Americans. I sus- his opposition to an elective "ar
tion's history. No one could pos- about to start an elective war of
sibly measure up. Itwaswisenot m he bulk of the speech, though, was vintage Obama, and his own? I don't believe the use
to try. Instead of trying to match of chermical weapons can go un-
King's poetic cadences and im- anyone unfamiliar with his analysis of the social and eco- punished. But I acknowledge
agery, Obama paid homage to T nomic challenges we face has not been paying attention, having no idea what might hap-
the "I Have a Dream" speech by But everyone in the crowd knew that he must have been preoc- pen next. Obama, as he stood in
echoing some ofKing's rhetorical cupied with events halfway around the world. Lincoln's shadow, had no way
devices and using some of the of knowing, either. It is a Black
same biblical references.. man who bears this weight on
The bulk of the speech, though, to line up international support, pect, will never accept this real- his shoulders. That is the amaz-
was vintage Obama, and anyone the intelligence analysts he was ity; most already have, and judge ing context created by the many
unfamiliar with his analysis of grilling and re-grilling in an at- Obama the way King wanted us* unheralded activists and agita-
the social and economic chal- tempt to avoid the kind of mis- all to be.judged by the content ,, tors who have str-uggle.l for 50
lenges we face has not been pay- take his predecessor made in of his character.,-"-" yNears .- and still struggle today
ing attention. But everyone in the Iraq. At issue now is how 'Obama to make King's':glorious'dream
crowd knew that he must have That's why last Wednesday's reconciles his skepticism about come true.
been preoccupied with events event, though designed to be the use of military force with Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
halfway around the world. Faced similar in form, was nothing like his conviction about the use of Prize-winning newspaper col-
with compelling evidence that the march m 1963. The featured chemical weapons. Obama has umnist and the former assistant
the government of Synan dicta- speaker, min both cases, was a never claimed to be a pacifist. To managing editor of T]he Washing-
tor Bashar al-Assad had shelled Black man known for his power- the contrary, he vastly increased' ton Post

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MLK wouldn't have

settled for an incomplete
The only place most Americans see "Whites Only" signs
these days is in movies or old photos, but when the Rev. Mar-
tin Luther King gave his "I have a dream speech" 50 years
ago Wednesday, they were strewn across the South wa-
ter fountains, movie theaters, churches, swimming pools, li-
braries, even ambulances.
Being in the wrong place could land a Black person in jail;
giving someone the wrong look could be punishable by death.
Such casually brutal racism is hard to imagine for anyone
who never lived through it, and hard to forget for those who
grew up burdened by it, officially second class.
For all its power, King's remarkable speech wasn't the be-
;. ginning' of the end of this shameful system. By then, the Su-
;.preme Court had ruled that separate schools for Blacks and
*: whites were unconstitutional, and non-violent protests had
been going on for years across the South, at lunch counters
and in city streets.
The reaction was often violent. Just three months before
the speech, Bull Connor's police in Birmingham, Ala., beat
protesters and turned fire hoses and dogs on them. In June,
civil rights activist Medgar Evers was shot to death in the
driveway of his Mississippi home. A little more than two
weeks after the speech, one of the many bombings that tar-
geted Blacks in Birmingham ripped open a church and killed
four girls, the youngest of whom was 11.
King's speech reflected the violence, the humiliation and
Sthe determination not to endure it anymore. Mixed with the
inspirational poetry that everyone recalls was a warning that
seems prophetic: "There will be neither rest nor tranquility in
America," King said, "until the Negro is granted his citizen-
ship rights."
King said in 1963 that Blacks lived "on a lonely island of
Poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity."
And while that's less true today, economic disparity remains
the defining difference between Black and white Americans.
Blacks are three times as likely to live in poverty, and the
median net worth of white households is 14 times that of
Black ones. Black unemployment is twice that of whites, and
Black family income is only about two-thirds that of white
Those problems are the legacy bequeathed by centuries
of slavery and segregation of families forcibly broken up,
Sof hopes dashed, of education denied that leave families
trapped in a cycle of poverty not easily broken by changing
the law.
The strongest have escaped, creating a thriving Black mid-
dle class, but King would never have settled for so incomplete
a triumph. He aspired to a fuller equality not yet attained.
Were the great orator alive today, he would surely celebrate
the moment. But he would still be looking forward to the day
when the final bonds of racism have been broken and all
Americans are "free at last."

President Barack Obama
purposefully placed a bronze
bust of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. in the Oval Office to re-
mind him of King's non-violent
movement for racial equality
and social justice.
On last Wednesday, 50 years
after King stood on the steps of
the Lincoln Memorial and de-
livered his soul-stirring "I Have
a Dream" speech during the
historic March on Washington,
Obama, the nation's first Black
president, took his place on
those same granite steps and
shared his observations from
long ago autumns and his vi-
sion for tomorrow's leaders.
"Because they kept march-
ing, America changed," said
Obama, who was only two
years old when King addressed
a crowd of 250,000 in 1963.
"Because they marched, the
civil rights law was .passed. Be-
cause they marched, a voting
rights law was signed. Because

they marched, city councils
changed and state legisla-
tures changed and Congress
changed and, yes, eventually,
the White House changed."
"Yes, there have been exam-
ples of success within Black
America that would have been
unimaginable a half-century
ago," the president said at the
Lincoln Memorial. "But as has
already been noted, Black un-
employment has remained al-
most twice as high as white
employment... The gap in
wealth between races has not
lessened, it's grown. And so as
we mark this anniversary, we
must remind ourselves that
the measure of progress for
those who marched 50. years
ago was not merely how many
Blacks had joined the ranks
of millionaires; it was wheth-
er this country would admit
all people who were willing to
work hard, regardless of race,
into the ranks of a middle-

class life." .: '
As'in 1963, a majority Afri-
can Americans now .say they
believe whites have -the ad-
vantage in the job rnrfarlTet, ac-
cording to a new Galip poll ,.
released Wednesday. The re-
sults, released on' ,the. 50th
anniversary of the 'March on
Washington,'." indicatedc .: 60 :.'
percent of Blacks said they
thought whites have better
chances than Blacks to get
jobs while 39 percent said they
thought Blacks and whites,
have equal opportunities. Ear-
lier this week, Obama met with
African American faith lead-
ers at the White House for the
50th Anniversary of the March
on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom and he talked about
how civil rights and equality
are closely tied to voting rights
and closing the gap on educa-
tion, unemployment, poverty,
and access to health care.
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that Sharpton -has been con-
fronting for decades through
grass-roots activism and a
huge following in the Black
community. As I listened to
Obama's speech Wednesday.
I was reminded of how Obama
began his second term in of-
fice: by touting a plan to reno-
vate some of the nation's most
devastated Black neighbor-
hoods part of a broad strat-
egy to help improve the quality
of life for many Black Ameri-
cans and traveling to the
South Side of Chicago to speak
to 16 Black male students who
are growing up poor, troubled,

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After historic March:

The 1963 March on Wash-
ington was a pivotal moment
for African Americans, a day
when people joined to fight for
jobs, peace and justice. More
than 250,000 people traveled to
Washington, coming by busses,
trains, and occasionally planes.
They came despite the scourge
of segregation, which meant that
many who were driving had to
carefully select the places they
could stop and eat (actually most
brought goodies from home) or
relieve themselves. Despite ob-
stacles, a quarter of a million
people showed up in Washing-
ton, gathering peacefully and
with dignity. As a result of the
March, the Civil Rights Act was
passed in 1964, and the Voting
Rights Act in 1965 was passed
with more.than three-quarters of
the House and Senate support-
ing both Acts.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
continued his activity for jobs,
peace and justice helping to or-
ganize the march from Selma to

Montgomery in 1965, which w
interrupted by Bloody Sundi
He began connecting poverl
with war in his 1967 speech "E
yond Vietnam." When he die
he was organizing the Poor Pe
ple's Campaign, envisioned as
way to bring tens of thousand
of people to Washington, D.C.
demand that each departme
of the federal government re
ognize and ameliorate poverl
issues in housing, educatic
health, and other areas. Ev
before the 2013 commemorati
:march was organized, estimate
were that 100,000 would jc
that March. In 1963, about 1
percent of our nation's 18.9 m
liqn African Americans march
Proportionately, the 1963 mar
drew 5 times as many Africa
Americans as the 2013 March.
What does this mean whi
we look at the status of Africa
Americans then and now?
In 1963, the movement ha
clear goals. African America
had been denied employme

Where will we go?
ias rights, civil rights, civil liberties, not been dosed, an rcan
ay. and voting rights. The hundreds American students are differ-
rty of thousands of African Ameri- ently treated than others in the
3e- cans who came to Washington K-12 education system. Where
ed, were protesting, not only the res- is the equality? Paraphrasing Dr.
;o- toration of these rights, but also Kinrg, African Americans have
Sa a stop to the police brutality that twice the negatives and half the
ds had killed or crippled support- positives in terms of equity. Lit-
to ers. People were so focused that tle freedom has been achieved,
nt change was made, and when Dr. especially when trillions are
ec- Martin Luther King, Jr. accepted spent on senseless wars, while
rty -he Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he our national unemployment rate
>n, articulated his vision for our na- exceeds 7 percent and the unof-
en tion. He said: ficial Black unemployment rate
ive "I have the audacity to be- is 25 percent.
tes lieve that peoples everywhere In the five years after the
'in can have three meals a day for 1963 March on Washington,
L.3 their bodies, education and cul- there were setbacks, but also
il- ture for their minds, and dignity, the achievement of far-reaching
-d. equality and freedom for their goals. Will this generation be
ch spirits." He set out an agenda as effective as Dr. King and his
an that was economic, social and generation was? Will we mobi-
political. Fifty years after the ize around Voting Rights after
en March on Washington, we have -he setback of a Supreme Court
an yet to achieve the metrics that decision? Will we push to close
Dr. King offered. Millions expe- the employment gap between Af-
ad rience "food insecurity", or have rican Americans and others?
ns nothing to eat several times a In 1963, African Americans
nt month. The education gap has were desperate to effect change.

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RNC: Reaching out for Black involvement
The Republican Nation- King's approach. Some within 'why King and Malcolm X are no Republican
al Committee (RNC) and its the movement wanted a more equally revered, especially tials whatsoeve
Chairman, Reince Priebus, aggressive, militant approach within the Black community, herself out to be
recently hosted a great 50th to the movement, namely They had vastly different ap- strategist, but
anniversary commemoration Malcolm X. preaches, but both made posi- record. What is
of the March on Washington. It Malcolm X didn't like 'the tive contributions to the move- about this so-c.
was truly wonderful to see the idea of non-violence. His posi- ment. can operative is
best of what America stands tion was, if you strike him, he In a similar vein, you have stantly criticizes
for. In attendance were Blacks, was going to strike you harder, some Black Republicans con- Priebus specific
whites, Hispanics, Asians, Many in the movement didn't stantly criticizing Reince Prie- have learned thi
Democrats, Republicans, Inde- support the Montgomery bus bus and what he is trying to dia sources tha

pendents, males and females.
In other words, it was America.
As I sat there and listened
to the various speakers dur-
ing the program, it dawned on
me just how diverse the crowd
was. I was also reminded how
there were many differences
of opinions represented in the
room, but for that moment in
time, we all rallied around that
which we could all agree on -
that Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. and the March on Washing-
ton, helped move America to-
ward delivering on its promise
of equality for all.
I was also reminded that not
everyone in the Civil Rights
community agreed with Dr.

he biggest critic of Priebus' moves has been someone by the
name of Crystal Simone Wright. Wright has absolutely no Re-
publican Party credentials whatsoever. She holds herself out to
be a Republican strategist, but with no track record.

boycott or many of the sit-ins
at various restaurants. No one
disagreed with the goals of the
movement, but many had oth-
er views on how to best accom-
plish the goal of true equality
in America. Even those who
disagreed with King's' meth-
ods, all made positive con-
tributions to the goal of the
movement, albeit -in their own
way. This is the very reason

do to get more Blacks involved
in our party. First the com-
plaints were that the party
had no Blacks on staff; then
it was that he hired the wrong
Blacks; then that the hires
were just window dressing.
Enough, already!
The biggest critic of Priebus'
moves has been someone by
the name of Crystal Simone
Wright. Wright has absolutely

Party creden-
er. She holds
. a Republican.
with no track
most amazing
ailed Republi-
that she con-
s the party and
ally; but yet I
rough two me-
t she has met

privately with people in the
RNC begging them to give her
a consulting contract to help
the party with the Black com-
So, Ralph Abernathy, er, I
mean Crystal Simone Wright,
how can the party be as bad
as you say; but yet you want to
make a living helping the very
party that you claim doesn't
care about people like you? In
the end, Wright is wrong sim-
ply because she can't handle
the truth.
Raynard Jackson is president
& CEO of Raynawrd Jackson &
Associates, LLC., a Washing-
ton, D.C.-based public rela-
tions/government affairs firm.

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Fifty years after the march, has

King's dream come true?



We now have got our marching orders
Now that we've had two saic picture of what America ganizing a Poor Peoples Cam- the Mall. After six
events at the Lincoln Me- should look like in the fu- paign, a trek to Washington, onstrators were e
morial to commemorate the ture. But a far more important D.C. to, dramatize the urgent Today, the p(
50th anniversary of the 1963 one was his "Mountaintop" need to help the least among suffering. Povert
March on Washington, it is speech, delivered in Memphis us. as a family of foi
important to remember a few the night before he was as- After President Lyndon B. to live off of $2"
things about Dr. Martin Lu- sassinated. In that speech, he Johnson shifted his focus Today, a record
their King, Jr. beyond his "I outlined a plan for economic from the War on Poverty to people 15 pe
Have a Dream" speech, empowerment and told us the war in Vietnam, Dr. King U.S. population
The question is always how to strengthen our institu- and the Southern Christian in poverty. Wors
asked: What happens after tions to accomplish that goal. Leadership Conference (SCLC) on below-poverty

the marches are over? Dem-
onstrators, left Washington,
D.C. in 1963 determined to
change the American land-
scape. Consequently, we had
passage of the 1965 Civil
Rights Act, the 1965 Vot-
ing Rights Act arid the 1968
Fair Housing Act. Those laws
1, were passed not because of a
. speech in the nation's capital,
_ but because of the hard work
and dedication of people at the
local, state and national level
to bring about change. While
the "I Have a Dream" speech
might have been King's most
popular oration, it was not his
I most substantive one.
In 1963, King etched a pro-

I n 1963, King etched a prosaic picture of what America should look
I like in the future. But a far more important one was his "Mountain-
top" speech, delivered in Memphis the night before he was assas-
sinated. In that speech, he outlined a plan for economic empowerment
and told us how to strengthen our institutions to accomplish that goal.

He urged us to "strengthen
our. Black institutions" by
patronizing them. Instead of
placing so much emphasis on
what Dr. King said in 1963, we
should look at what he was do-
ing at the time of his death. He
wasn't trying to create a spe-
cial commission or hold con-
ferences on how to strengthen
the middle class. He was or-

launched an 'effort in 1968 to
seek economic justice for poor
Blacks, Whites, Latinos and
Native Americans. The idea
was to have another March
on Washington that would
force political leaders to ad-
dress the issue of poverty.
The SCLC continued the Poor
People's March after King's
death, erecting a tent city on

oor are still
ty is defined
Iur being able
3,021 a year.
46.2 million
percent of the
- are living
e than living
w. wages is to

have no job at all. And even
when the economy was boom-
ing in 2000, the Black unem-
ployment rate was still higher
than the national unemploy-
ment rate during recessions.
When he was assassinated,
King was helping organize gar-
bage workers in Memphis. He
was not dreaming because he
was not asleep. We honor him
by continuing his work, not by
merely continuing to recite his
"I Have a Dream" speech.
George E. Curry, former ed-
itor-in-chief of Emerge maga-
zine, is editor-in-chief of the
National Newspaper Publish-
ers Association News Service
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Minister, Miami Gardens

"Yes, it came true because he
made it. pos-
sible for us to
live equal."*-

Housewife, Liberty City

"Yes, it has.
We are notw
anymore. We
are together.
We came a,;
long way. We
are shopping
at the same
stores now."

Miami, Unemployed

"Somewhat. There's still prej-
udice and I
think that's
going to be
for the rest of
our life. Also,
[they] still hold
jobs for cer-
tain people."

Unemployed, Liberty City

"No. We still have racism. Mi-
norities are
still, jobless
and home-

Truck Driver, Liberty City

S"No, we are still going through
the struggle
and we still
have a slave

Full Time Minister, Liberty City

"Yes, compared to 50 years
ago there's more opportunity
for us. The opportunities are
out here for us
but it depends
on each indi-
vidual what
they chose to
do with it." i

So America, where do we go from I
As the nation celebrated the he is dead, many Americans went to hell, King said, not be-
50th anniversary of the March remember him warmly but cause he was rich but because
on Washington, many asked have sanitized and trivialized he did not realize his wealth
what would Dr. King say to- his message and life. was his opportunity to bridge
the nation and world today In his last Sunday sermon the. gulf separating him from
and tell us to do. But his mes- at Washington National Ca- his brother and allowed Laza-
sage to us today is as clear as thedral, King retold the para- rus to become invisible. He

it was 50 years ago if only we
could hear, heed, and follow
his warnings about what we
need to do to make America
Just as Biblical Old and
New Testament prophets were
rejected, scorned, and dis-
honored in their own land in
their times, so was' King by
many when he walked and
worked among us. Now that

n his last week of life, King said to a group of close friends: "We
fought hard and long, and I have never doubted that we would pre-
vail in this struggle.

ble of the rich man Dives who
ignored the poor and sick man
Lazarus who came every day
seeking crumbs from Dives'
table. Dives did nothing. Dives

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warned this could happen to
rich America, "if we don't use
her vast resources to end pov-
erty and make it possible for
all of God's children to have
the basic necessities of life."
At King's death in 1968
when he was calling for a
Poor People's Campaign, there
were 25.4 million poor Ameri-
cans, including 11 million
poor children, and our Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) was
$4.13 trillion. Today, there
are 46.2 million poor people,
including 16.1 million poor
children, almost half living
in extreme poverty, and our
GDP is three times larger, and
shamefully the younger chil-
dren are the poorer they are.
One in three Black and Latino
children are poor. National
wealth and income inequal-

ity are at near record levels
while hunger, homelessness,
illiteracy, fear, and hopeless-
ness stalk millions of children
and adults across our land
who have been left behind
in our economy. Isn't it time
to ask ourselves again with
urgency whether America is
missing once again the great
opportunity and mandate God
has given us to be a beacon of
hope and justice for the least
among us, beginning with our
children, who are the poorest
In his last week of life, King
said to a group of close friends:
"We fought hard and long, and
I have never doubted that we
would prevail in this struggle.
Already our rewards have
begun to reveal themselves.
Desegregation .. the Voting
Rights Act... But what deep-
ly troubles me now is that for
all the steps we've taken to-
ward integration, I've come to
believe that we are integrating
into a burning house." "What
would you have us do?" one
shocked friend asked. King
answered: "I guess we're just
going to have to become fire-
Marian Wright Edelman is
president of the Children's De-
fense Fund.





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Tracking down
By Michael Alison Chandler a new kind of day-care center,
which served lunch and took care
Chuck Mills was the youngest of children all day for no charge,
of six children, raised by a single was a huge relief to his work-
mother with no high school di- ing mother and a jump-start on
ploma who cleaned houses and school for him.
clerked at the U.S. Postal Ser- For two years first in St.
vice to support the family. Many Louis, then in Shreveport, La. -
of Mills's neighbors and some of Mills said he gained a solid base
his siblings dropped out of school, in reading and numbers and a
battled drug addiction or spent love of learning. When his family
time in prison, moved to Joliet, Ill., the next year,
Mills went on to become a he was able to skip kindergarten
valedictorian of his junior high and begin his new school in the
school, a graduate of the U.S. first grade.
Naval Academy, a pilot who flew Mills's story is one of many the
Marine One for two presidents, a National Head Start Association,
bond trader in New York City, and an advocacy group. representing
the founder and chief executive of Head Start centers across the
two successful companies based country, is collecting as it begins
in Northern Virginia. a campaign to find and organize
"My life can be summed up in an estimated 27 million alumni
the words 'wasn't supposed to,'" of the program. The central office
Mills said. "I wasn't supposed of Head Start, a federal program
to get out of my neighborhood, approved by Congress in 1964 to
Wasn't supposed to go to Annapo- fight the lasting effects of poverty,
lis. Wasn't supposed to work on is not directly involved in the ef-
Wall Street, and wasn't supposed fort.
to be married for 25 years and Head Start is at a critical junc-
have three great children." ture. Centers across the country
The 50-year-old Sterling resi- are grappling with budget cuts
dent credits a turning poifit that tied to sequestration, and Presi-
put him on the path to success: dent Obama's proposal to dramat-
In 1966, his mother enrolled him ically expand government-funded
in one of the first Head Start preschool programs has reinvigo-
programs after seeing a flier at rated debate about the program's
church. The announcement of quality.

While lawmakers debate the re-
search about the academic and
health outcomes of Head Start,
advocates say the most compel-
ling results, are the life stories of
those who graduated from it.
"They are the proof that Head
Start really does work, that it
does what it sets out to do, which
is to get people to succeed in life

and to improve families and com-
munities," said Yasmina Vinci,
executive director for the National
Head Start Association.
Head Start alumni include poli-
ticians such as U.S. Rep. Loretta
Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Angel Tav-
eras, the mayor of Providence,
R.I., who campaigned on a "From
Head Start to Harvard" message.


Head Start

Lucille O'Neal, basketball leg-
end Shaquille O'Neal's mother,
and Rose Rock, comedian Chris
Rock's mother, have spoken out
as Head Start parents. .
The National Head Start Asso-
ciation maintains a limited list of
alumni, and it has begun collect-
ing video and written testimoni-
als. The group also has hired a
full-time employee to track down
Head Start graduates from all
walks of life.
But they are difficult to find. A
parallel effort by a software devel-
opment company has pulled to-
gether more than 400,000 names
in five years, still a small fraction
of the nationwide total.
There is no national roster, no
collection of yearbooks. The Head
Start Association relies on people
coming forward and identifying
themselves as Head Start gradu-
But for many, preschool memo-
ries are fuzzy.
What Mills recalls most clearly
is the brown bag lunch. It was a
"full, nutritious meal that had all
the food groups. There was a main
course, a dessert, and juice or
milk," he said. "I was very happy
every time I would see that meal."
Eleazar Gutierrez, another
graduate, said he learned his first
English words in Head Start, but

he mostly remembers the anxiety
of leaving his parents every day.
"I cried the whole first month of
Head Start," said Gutierrez, 22, a
graduate of a special Head Start
program for the children of mi-
grant farm workers near Bakers-
field, Calif.
Martina Hone, a former Fairfax
County School Board member,
attended Head Start in Chicago
during the 1960s and recalls get-
ting in trouble for hitting a little
boy in her class after he took her
plastic alligator.
"I also vividly remember walk-
ing to that school with my mom
and being so excited," Hone said.

They have drawn on their Head
Start experience to advocate for
better early-learning opportuni-
ties for poor children. Mills has
written letters to the editor and
testified before a Senate com-
mittee. Gutierrez visited Head
Start programs for farm work-
ers in North Carolina this sum-
mer as part of an internship and
talked to families about the risks
of bringing children to the fields.
And Hone has fought for more
Head Start slots in Fairfax Coun-
ty, where there is a long waiting
Vinci said she hopes more
alumni come forward.

A key purpose of the Voting
Rights Act, which wiped away
some of the most noxious instru-
ments of segregation, was to stop
"Whac-A-Mole" discrimination: A
state or locality would impose a
voting restriction aimed at minori-
ties, and the courts would even-
tually strike it down. But then
lawmakers would pass a virtually
identical law and start the process
all over again.
The result, as President Obama
noted in Wednesday's speech
marking the 50th anniversary of
the March on Washington, was
that too many people "lived in
towns where they couldn't vote
and cities where their votes didn't
The 1965 law short-circuited
that process by requiring jurisdic-
tions with the worst records of vot-
er discrimination to get "preclear-
ance" for voting laws, which meant
asking permission from the Jus-
tice Department or a federal court.
In June, though, the Supreme
Court declared that the preclear-
ance list covering all or parts of
16 states was no longer consti-
tutional. And with that, Whac-A-
Mole was back. Freed from strict
supervision, several states have
begun reimposing voting restric-
tions that their sponsors claim are
all about protecting the integrity of
the ballot.
That sounds innocuous, except
that the legislatures that pass
these measures and the governors
that sign them are almost exclu-
sively Republican, and the voters
who would be most affected are
disproportionately black, Hispan-
ic, elderly and urban groups
that tend to vote Democratic.
If you smell a rat here, you're
right. This is less about vote protec-
tion than vote suppression. Among
the most flagrant examples:
Requiring voter ID. In theory
there's nothing wrong with' requir-
ing voters to show photo ID. We've
long supported the practice, but
. with an important proviso. Be-
cause an estimated 11% of eligible
voters lack photo ID, states that
impose the requirement should
phase it in and ensure IDs are easy
and cheap to get. But that's not
what states typically do. A 2012
report from the Brennan Center for
Justice found that ID offices are of-
ten far from where people live and
open at inconvenient times. With-
in hours of the Supreme Court's
ruling in June, Texas announced
that it would impose a photo ID re-
quirement that had originally been
denied preclearance by a federal
court. The Justice Department
rightly announced last week that
it would take legal action to block
the law.
Purging voter rolls. Florida
humiliated itself last year when
Gov. Rick Scott declared that
there were "an alarming number
of non-citizens on the voter rolls"
and announced an effort to purge
them. The state produced a list of
182,000 potential non-citizen vot-
ers, which eventually dwindled
to 2,600 and then to 198 and fi-
nally to fewer than 40, drawing
widespread criticism that the ef-
fort was intended to intimidate
legal voters, especially Hispanics.
The Supreme Court's June ruling

to suppress votes pop up in some states
freed the state to resume the cam- from 17 days to 10, ostensibly to Securing the gains of the civil Advocates of voter restrictions damental right. There's a reason-
paign. save money. Considering that 70% rights movement, Obama said often justify them by saying it's an able middle ground, but it won't be
Cutting back on early voting. As of blacks in the state voted early Wednesday, "requires vigilance" outrage when even one ineligible found by mimicking tactics of the
part of a package of plainly dis- last year, according to the ACLU, and "challenging those who erect voter casts a vote. But it's even segregated '60s.
criminatory voting restrictions, the real motive isn't hard to de- new barriers to the vote." Yes, it more outrageous when eligible The Editorial Board, USATO
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Chuck Mills plays with his dog, Winston, and daughters
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Colyer hopes third

time will be the charm

Ex-DCF director
says "District 5 needs
a leader people can
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir @ ndamitimesonline .comn

Jacquetta "Jacqui" Colyer,
the former regional
director for the De-
partment of Chil-
dren and Family
[DCF] for Miami-
Dade and Monroe
counties who be-
gan her career in
the area of social
work many years
ago, has joined a
growing list of can- CO
didates seeking to
replace City Com-
missioner Michelle Spence-
Jones for District 5. Colyer
becomes the first female can-
didate in a group of political
hopefuls that include: the
Rev. Marvin Dunn II, Keon
Hardemon and 'Dr. Robert
Malone, Jr. And while she has
run for office twice but come
short of victory, she says that
she believes that this time
she can win.
"It's all about winning and
then having the opportunity
to do the things that I do well
in and for a community that
1 love so well," she said. "Job
development, assisting people
in need, building businesses
that can sustain themselves
and making this a safer and
cleaner community are my
Colyer, who once worked
with --HUD in Miami-Dade
tCounty as well as the non-
.profit Our Kids, Inb; ran'-foIr

office in 2000 for state repre-
sentative, losing to Dr. Doro-
thy Bendross-Mindingall.
She ran again in 2008 for
state representative, District
108 a race in which Yolly
Roberson emerged victorious.
Since then she has turned
her attention in other direc-
tions. So, why now?
"I think this is a
good time for the
district to begin
to build upon a
strong foundation
and it needs some-
one with experi-
ence and who is
1 trustworthy," she
said. "The quote I
[I. ; often use in my life
YER is 'changing a life
is life-changing.'
That's what I hope
to accomplish."
She adds that when she
first entered the field of social
work decades ago, she soon
understood that real power
comes when one is able to
change and improve 'another
person's life by helping them
realize their full potential.
"No matter what color they
may be, people just want to
have a nice place to live, the
ability to walk the streets in
peace and to be in a com-
munity where their children
can play without fear of be-
ing harmed," she said. "It's
important to help small busi-
nesses get on their feet and
there should be accountabil-
ity in any elected office, but
what comes first is the safety
Sand well-being of families."
More intfotmation about
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Killer of tow truck driver

By Tonya Alanez

The man accused of fatally
shooting a tow truck driver in
the head in a dispute over a
towed vehicle was indicted by
a Broward County grand jury
on Thursday, according to a
spokesman from the Broward
State Attorney's Office.
Triston Johnson, 31, of Lau-
derdale Lakes, was indicted on
four counts: first-degree murder
with a firearm; attempted first-
degree murder with a firearm
and two counts of aggravated
assault, with a firearm.
If convicted as charged, John-
son faces the possibility of life in
prison without parole.
Johnson's attorney, Assistant.
Public Defender H. Dohn Wil-
liams, said "the indictment was
not unexpected" and that his
client has a long history of men-

tal illness.
"Something was at play," Wil-
liams said. "It doesn't appear to
be a rational reaction to what
was taking place."
On Aug. 6, Johnson argued
with David Herr, of All County

Towing, as his gold 2001 Jag-
uar was being hoisted onto a
tow truck at the St. Croix apart-
ments off State Road 7 in Lau-
derdale Lakes, according to an
arrest report.
When Herr, 36, turned to walk
away, Johnson allegedly shot
him in the back of the head and
then shot at him several more
times, the report said.
From there, the incident es-
.calated into a late-afternoon
shootout with a Broward sher-
iff's deputy.
When the first deputy arrived
on the scene, he saw Johnson
looking "scared" on the ground
near several parked vehicles.
Johnson pointed a semi-auto-
matic pistol at the deputy and
fired several rounds, the report
After an exchange of gunfire,
Johnson was shot several times

By Brad Knickerbocker

FORT HOOD, Texas Ni-
dal Hasan, the Army psychia-
trist convicted in the November
2009 shooting rampage that left
13 dead and 31 wounded, was
sentenced to death Wednesday
by a military jury.
Prosecutors had sought the
death penalty, saying Hasan's
murderous rampage at the
sprawling military base here left
tragic and devastating, loss for
victims and loved ones.
Hasan, 42, was convicted last
week on 13Gcounts,.of-premedi-
tated murder and 32 charges of
attempted premeditated mur-
der. He appeared expression-
less upon hearing the verdict,
which came less than two hours
of deliberations.
I The death sentence required
a unanimous verdict by the
jury of 13 military officers. At
minimum, Hasan faced life im-
prisonment. Still, while' Hasan
could be the, first serviceman
executed by the military since
1961, the appellate process
could take years.

Before an execution date is
set, there will be automatic ap-
peals at military courts for the
Army and the armed forces,'
said Victor Hansen, a military
law expert at the New England
School of Law. Hasan could also
ask the U.S. Supreme Court to."
review his case and file motions
in. federal court. Moreover, the
president must eventually sign
off on a military death sentence,
which would be carried out by
lethal injection.
Family members of Hasan's
victims supported the sentence.
.."Today a weight hqas been
lifted off of my shoulders," said
Joleen Cahill, whose husband,
Michael Cahill, had retired from
the military and was working
as a civilian employee at Fort
Hood. He was killed when he
tried to subdue Hasan. "The
(jury) gave him justice and I
agree with that justice."
In seeking capital punish-
ment, lead prosecutor Col. Mike
Mulligan earlier recounted each
emotional and powerful story
of victims whose lives were cut

and hospitalized with injuries
that were not life-threatening.
He is now being held at the
North Broward Bureau jail in
Pompano Beach.
The senselessness of the slay-
ing makes it especially hard to
reconcile, said Jennifer Weiler,
whose boyfriend, Eric Herr, is
David Herr's brother.
Weiler's brother, Brian, was
David Herr's best friend.
"We were all a big happy fam-
ily, and we, lost someone we
love so much. We're at a loss
for words. Someone is gone who
was a piece of our hearts," Wei-
ler said. "To shoot him and kill
him in cold blood over absolutely
nothing absolutely amazes me."
Herr's fatal shooting and the
subsequent police shootout were
caught on a video by a camera
mounted on Herr's truck, ac-
cording to court documents.

S .. -Bell County Sheriffs Department/AP/File
This undated file photo shows Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal
Hasan. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the
2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people
and wounded more than 30 others.'

,"There's a price to be paid
for the mass murder he per-
petrated on 5 November for
the lives he horrifically changed
and for the pain and sorrow he
wrought," Mulligan said.
"'These murderous attacks left
enormous carnage: 13 dead,
eight widows. One widower. 12
minor children without a father,
18 parents lost children. 30
soldiers wounded. One civilian
police officer. Their loss, each
family -- tragic, difficult and dif-
ferent. 'For some, death was al-
most instantaneous. So quick,
so lethal they never moved from
their chair," Mulligan said.
Hasan, a Virginia-born Mus-
lim who acted as his own attor-
ney, admitted he was responsi-

ble for the shootings at his trial.
He had previously said he was
a "soldier of Allah," deserved
martyrdom and that his attack
was designed to protect Muslim
insurgents abroad.
But in seeking the death
penalty, Mulligan dismissed
Hasan's intent.
"This is his debt to society. It
is not a charitable act. He is not
now and never will be a martyr.
He is a criminal. He is a cold
blooded murderer. On 5 Novem-
ber, he did not ,leave this earth.
He remained to pay a price. He
remained to. pay a debt. The
debt'he owes is his life," Mul-
ligan said.
Hasan did not address the

Zimmerman's wife pleads guilty to lying

By Shamika Sanders

Shellie Zimmerman, wife of
the neighborhood watchman
George Zimmerman who killed
17-year-old Trayvon Martin,
plead guilty to a felony misde-
meanor perjury charge earlier
today. She was sentenced to
a year of probation and 100
hours of community service.
Shellie, who was beside her

husband for all of
his second degree
murder trial, faced
the judge herself
this time around.
Shellie had lied
about she and her
husband's finan-
cial status during
a bail hearing in
June. She claimed"
they had "limited


funds" for bail.
In the days after
Zimmerman was
released on bail,
Shellie had trans-
ferred more than
$85,500 from her
account in to her
husband's ac-
count, records
By lying un-

Man arrested after being seen

on victim's cellphone video

Police still looking for third suspect

By Wayne K. Roustan

The second of three suspect-
ed home invasion robbers is
behind bars in Broward after
he was seen mugging for the
video camera in the victim's
cellphone, according to the
Broward Sheriff's Office.
Patrick Foy, 20, of Fort Lau-
derdale, was arrested Tuesday
after detectives found his im-
age on the cellphone they had
confiscated from Javon Loud,
22, who was arrested July 10,
sheriff's spokeswoman Dani
Moschella said.
The armed holdup happened
July 4 at the victim's apart-
ment in the 2400 block of
Northwest 1,3th Court, west of
Fort Lauderdale. The masked
suspects tied up 'the victim
and took his cellphone, a flat-
screen TV, a broken laptop
computer, a handgun, cloth-
ing and drugs. The cellphone
video was recorded the day of

the robbery, the arrest report
They taunted the bound vic-
tim by arguing over who
would execute him, then
one of the suspects fired
a shot inside the apart-
ment, the report said.
No one was wounded by
the gunfire.
Ten days after the-
home invasion, Foy re-
turned to the apart- K
ment and tried to tell
the victim that he was not one
of the men who committed the
crime. However, the victim later
told detectives. he recognized
Foy as'the suspect who wore a
black bandana over the lower
half of his face.
He was able to identify Foy
by his eyes, 'hair, facial fea-
tures arid voice. The victim
also picked Foy out of a series
of photographs investigators
showed him and he recognized
Foy in the cellphone video, de-

tectives said.
While in jail, Loud made
several phone calls to some-
one named "Pat" and repeat-
edly sought information about
the case. Investigators
identified "Pat" as Pat-
,rick Foy because Loud
Referred to "Pat" as the
man in the cellphone
video. The jail phone
calls were recorded, of-
Ificials said.
Foy was being held
OY without bond on a
charge of home inva-
sion robbery with a firearm.'
Loud was charged with grand
theft, dealing in stolen proper-
ty, possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon and two viola-
tions of 'probation on previous
charges. He' was being held
without bond as well.
The third robber is still at
large; detectives are asking
anyone who can identify him
or who has information, about
the case to call Broward Crime
Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

der oath, I let my God down,
I let your Honor and the court
down, I let my family and
friends down, and, most of all,
I let myself down," Shellie Zim-
merman wrote in an apology
letter to Judge Kenneth Lester,
who presided over the case.


Neighbors' tips led

cops to suspects.
By Linda Trischitta

Police leaders like to say, 'If you see something, say. something'
- advice that was followed by two Naples residents and ledto the
quick arrests of burglary suspects in Broward County., -
Their observant tips about a suspicious car led to a law enforce"
ment chase of three men across Alligator Alley to Lauderhill on
Tuesday. '.
It all began when a Naples homeowner spotted a black Chrysler
300 speeding and entering other residents' driveway',,while, anoth-
er neighbor out walking his dog noted the Chrysler's License p.late.
Within approximately eight minutes of responding tothe break-
in and getting those tips, Collier County sheriff's deputies spotted
the Chrysler on Interstate 75, an incident report states.
"We're very thankful we had neighbors -that cared enough to
make that call that led to apprehending the suspects," said Jamie
Mosbach, spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriffs Office.
Two Fort Lauderdale police officers crashed patrol cars on their
way to Tuesday's chase, and collided with a car driven by a county
code enforcement officer. The police officers are recuperating from
broken bones, Fort Lauderdale Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said.
The code enforcement officer had aches and pains but will return
to work Thursday, his office said.
After a pursuit along 1-75 and part of Interstate 595 that ended
in Lauderhill near St., George Park, Jeremy Marquis Thomas, 22,
of Pompano Beach; Darius Rashlad Hall, 22, of Lauderhill; and
James Steel, 19, address unknown, were arrested by Fort Lauder-
dale police.
They are being held in a Broward County jail, charged with
burglary and other offenses, "until their paperwork is in order." a
Broward judge said Wednesday. ;' "'.
'Among stolen and recovered items, worth more than $3,300,
were medical and prescription cards, a checkbook, laptop, watch-
es, rings, bracelets, earrings and a bucket of coins. Not recovered:
a gold Gucci watch, a property report says.
Fort Lauderdale police are investigating with Collier County's. '
deputies to determine if the trio is linked to additional incidents in
either jurisdiction, Greenlaw said..

FBI searchingfor Pembroke

Pines bankrobber
Authorities are searching for'a man who robbed a Bank of America
in Pembroke Pines Wednesday morning.
The man walked into the bank located at 11150 Taft Street around
10:05 a.m. and demanded money from an employee, according to
the FBI.
No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery and no
one wasinjured, the FBI said.
The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
The ?BI believes the robber was driving a green Ford Explorer.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 305-944-9101
or call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Death for Fort

Hood shooter

A military court ruled unanimously that
Army Maj. Nidal Hasan should receive
the death penalty for an attack that killed
13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009



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American educator and scholar

Abolitionist, humanitarian, Union spy Civil rights activist Social reformer

By Frazier Moore
Associated Press

After a tragedy like the Trayvon
Martin killing, calls routinely
arise for a conversation about
race.But Henry Louis Gates
thinks the more direct way for
structural change is through
schools and their curriculum.
That's what he's hoping will
happen with "The African Amer-
icans: Many Rivers to Cross,"
a six-hour PBS documentary
series that traces 500 years of
black history. i
"To tell the whole sweep of

African-American history no
one's tried to do that. That was
what we were crazy enough to
do," Gates said in an interview
on Wednesday.
He hopes the series will find
its way into the nation's schools
as well as its living rooms, and
acquaint audiences of all ages
both black and white with
black history, about which he
says both races are equally ig-
norant. "
"How can I help with the con-
versation about race? Schools
are tools for the formation of citi-
zenship. My target is the school
curriculum: getting an integrat-

ed-story told," he said.
An author, Harvard scholar,
social critic and filmmaker,
Gates has produced such past
documentary series as "'Won-
ders of the African World" and
"Finding Your Roots."
In this latest project, he reach-
es back to the beginning which
turns out to be about a century
earlier than many accounts of
black history in the New World.
"The very first African to come
to North America was a free
man accompanying Ponce de
Leon who arrived in. Florida in
1513, more than a century be-
fore the first 20 Africans arrived

in Jamestown in 1620," Gates
said. "Nobody was talking about
those first 107 years of African-
American history."
Gates has also tried to get the
inside story that he says has
commonly eluded historians.
"I've always been struck by
the quality of conversations in
a black beauty parlor or a black
barber shop, as opposed to what
black officials say or what black
teachers write in a textbook,"
Gates said, "because we edit
"I wanted to get the subjects
in the film to speak to me as we
would speak to each other be-

hind closed doors."
Gates said that between 1501
and 1866, 388,000 slaves were
brought from Africa to the Unit-
ed States, with 42 million of their
descendants alive today.
'We want to tell aboit the
world they created, how they
survived, and how they, eventu-
ally thrived," he said. This isn't
the history of George Washing-
ton, it's the history of his slave,
Harry Washington. This isn't the
story of 'American Bandstand,'
it's the story of 'Soul Train.'"
"The African Americans. Many
Rivers to Cross" premieres Octo-
ber 22.

Guion "Guy" Bluford:

First Black in space

Refused to listen to negative advice
Miami Times iiaff report

Guion "Guy" Bluford, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania, on November 22, 1942. His mother, Lolita was a special
education teacher and his father, Guion Sr., was a mechanical
engineer. His parents encouraged all four of their sons to work
hard and set their goals high Guy did just that.
Bluford attended Overbrook Senior High School in Philadelphia
where a counselor encouraged him to learn a trade, since he was
"'not college material.' However, unlike other young Black men
of his time who were told the same thing, Bluford ignored it. He
earned his high school diploma in 1960 and went on to college
where he excelled.
After receiving a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engi-
neering from the Pennrmsylva-
nia State University in 1964,
Bluford enrolled in ROTC
and attended flight school,
earning his wings in 1966.
His next stop would be Cam
Ranh, Vietnam where he was
assigned to the 557th Tacti-
cal Fighter Squadron and flew
144 combat missions 65
over North Vietnam. Bluford
Slater returned to school, earn-
ing a master of science degree
with distinction in aerospace
engineering from the Air Force
Institute of Technology in
1974, followed by a doctor of
.-e philosophy in aerospace engi-
e neering ith a minor in laser
a physics from the Air Force In-
Guion "Guy" Blufard, Jr stitute of Technology in 1978.

That year, he learned he was one of 35 astronaut candidates
selected from a field of over 10,000. Bluford entered the As-
tronaut Training Program and became an astronaut in August
His first mission was aboard the space shuttle Challenger,
which launched from Kennedy Space Center on Aug. 30, 1983.
This was Challenger's third flight but the first mission with a
night launch and night landing. It also marked the occasion of
the first Black astronaut. (The first Black man in outer space
had been Cuban Col. Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez on the Soviet mis-
sion SaJ.yut 6 in 1980.) After 98 orbits of the earth, the Challeng-
er landed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 5, 1983.
Bluford served on three more shuttle mission during his NASA
career, also continuing his education by earning a masters in
business administration from the University of Houston, Clear
Lake, in 1987. He retired from NASA and the Air Force in 1993.
He now serves as vice president and general manager of the Sci-
ence and Engineering Group, Aerospace Sector of Federal Data
Corporation in Maryland. He has received many medals, awards,
and accolades and was inducted into the International Space
Hall of Fame in 1997. He has spoken before many groups, espe-
cially young people, where he serves as a great role model.

Sisters of civil rights get dues

By Elizabeth Dias

Many have never heard the
names of all the Civil Rights
Movement's heroes. History re-
members the "Big Six"'-Martin
Luther King, Jr., John Lewis,
James Farmer, A. Philip Ran-
dolph, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney
Young. But behind the scenes is
an extensive list of names that of-
ten gets overlooked: women.
That's why the Black Women's
Roundtable, an initiative of The
National Coalition on Black Civic
Participation, led a conference on
Thursday to honor the women
of the 1963 March on Washing-
ton. "We know our brothers did
great work 50 years ago," Melanie
Campbell, NCBCP president and
conference convener, told some
three hundred women gathered
at the Capitol Hill Hyatt Regency.
"But we know, in Melanie's opin-
ion, our sisters did even greater
Panelists from a range of wom-
en's organizations shared stories
of the African-American women
behind many of the movement's
most pivotal moments. Martin
Luther King, Jr. and fellow civil
rights leader Andrew Young, for
example, only met because, their
wives, Coretta Scott and Jean
Childs, knew one another, and
that connection eventually in-
spired their Birmingham Cam-
paign. "Women were the back-
bone of the civil rights movement
during a time when that was
more the acceptable role," says
Ingrid Saunders Jones, chair of
the National Council of Negro
Women and former senior vice
president at Coca-Cola Company.
"When women convene powerful
things happen."
The most famous unsung hero-
ine, most panelists agreed, was
Dorothy Irene Height. President
Obama called her "the godmother
of the civil rights movement" and
gave her a place of honor on the
platform at his first inauguration.
Height fought the "slave markets"
of black women in New York City
who worked as day laborers for
15 cents an hour. She was the
president of Delta Sigma Theta,
an international sorority of black
women, and brought hundreds of
Deltas to the March on Washing-
ton. Thelma Daley; a Delta who

-William J. Smith / AP
Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, MS, speaks to Mississippi
Freedom Democratic Party sympathizers outside the Capitol
in Washington, September 17, 1965, after the House of Rep-
resentatives rejected a challenger to the 1964 election of five

Mississippi representatives. -

came to the March and who now
chairs the Women in the NAACP,
told the women at the conference
that she and her fellow Deltas
marched under the 'impression
they would get to hear Height
speak. "We didn't know the dy-
namics then, we didn't know the
inner workings," Daley remem-
bered. "She was too much of a
diplomat to tell the group ahead
of time [that only men would
speak]...but we looked at her
stature on the stage, with great
dignity, with great power."
Other Black women around the
country were similar powerhous-
es in their own communities.
Mamie Till made the decision to
have an open-casket funeral for
her 14-year-old son Emmitt, who
was murdered in 1955 after be-
ing accused of inappropriate in-
teractions with a white woman.
His face and body was brutally
destroyed, but she refused to let
the undertaker do any cosmetic
work on his corpse. "I want the
world to see what they did to my
baby," she said. Pictures of the
funeral, and outrage about Till's
death, spread though news out-
lets across the country and into
One hundred days after Till's
murder, Rosa Parks refused to
give up her bus seat in Alabama,
and her efforts launched the
Montgomery bus boycott. Soon
after that, Daisy Bates, then-
president of the Arkansas NAACP,


accompanied the Little Rock Nine
on their first day of school in 1957
and opened her home to their
families because they had to trav-
el far to attend their new school.
She and her husband published
desegregation violations in their
newspaper, the Arkansas State
Ella Baker organized the Stu-
dent Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee in 1960, the group
that helped birth the Freedom
Rides and Freedom Summer. She
ran numerous voter registration
campaigns with the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference.
Amelia Boynton Robinson was
the first African American woman
to run for Congress from Alabama
in 1964, and the first woman to
run on the Democratic ticket in
the state. She received 10% of
the vote and spread the motto, "A
voteless people is a hopeless peo-
ple." King used her home as his
headquarters and office in Selma,
Ala., to plan civil rights dem-
onstrations in the 1960s and to
craft language for a Voting Rights
Act. Robinson also marched from
Selma to Montgomery on what
became known as 1965's Bloody
Sunday. She-like John Lewis-
was clubbed and tear-gassed,
and a wire photograph of her ly-
ing on the Edmund Pettus Bridge
spread on the evening news. Six
months later, President Lyndon
B. Johnson signed the Voting
Rights Act into law.


, 7 .


PBS series

explores 5

centuries of

Black history


-Photo by Jewel Samad/Getty Images
President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton at the March on Washing-
ton 50th anniversary celebration.

A presidential salute to the 'Dream'

By Susan Page

tory of modern American race
relations was displayed on the
steps of the Lincoln Memorial
At the 50th-year commemo-
ration of the March on Wash-
ington, the featured finale was

delivered by President Obama
- as the nation's first Black
president an embodiment of
the dream Martin Luther King
Jr. had extolled on that same
spot a half-century earlier.
"Because they marched,
city councils changed and
state legislatures changed and
Congress changed and, yes,

eventually the White House
changed," Obama declared
to cheers and applause, one
of the only personal refer-
ences he made in his address.
"America changed for you and
for me."
Also on the scene were two
former presidents, each with
his own ties to King and debts

to the movement he led. The
speeches by Bill Clinton and
Jimmy Carter that preceded
Obama's were testimony to the
impact King had on genera-
tions of white politicians as
well as black ones, and they
underscored the repercussions
of the civil rights movement in
American politics to this day.

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cuts kick in. He currently
oversee a program that pro-
vides over 300 hot meals per
month along with an addi-
tional 150 bags of groceries.
"Most of the families we
serve come from Overtown
but we are seeing people in
need come from Little Haiti,
Opa-locka and North Miami,"
he said. "Sometimes the lines
get so long that we run out of
food it's happened several
times lately. And the fami-
lies from Little Haiti have the
greatest need because you
aren't eligible for any form of
government assistance.. until
you have been in the U.S. for
at least two years."
Daniella Levine, CEO, Cata-
lyst Miami, says food inse-
curity will be just the tip of
the iceberg. She predicts that
many local economies will
"Up to 20 percent of Florid-
ians receive SNAP benefits so
this is huge the cuts," she
said. "SNAP is the one social
service safety net on which
the unemployed or underem-
ployed can depend and it is a
critical part of our local econ-
omy it has a multiplier ef-
fect. People spend the money
from food sales to pay their
own bills. So when you cut
benefits, not only are more
people hungry but they have
to often chose between eating
and paying their bills. Now
you have storekeepers and
landlords losing revenue. It's
a cascading negative effect."

Levine was particularly crit-
ical of Florida after reviewing
data released from the U.S.
Dept. of Agriculture and the
Food Research and Action
Center, citing that Florida is
one of the "stingiest states" in
terms of social service safety
nets and how one can qualify
for aid.
"The data shows that people
of color are disproportionate-

2009 stimulus money run-
ning out in November. As long
as sequestration is in effect,
there.will be additional cuts
to other safety net programs
--S- like Head Start and Meals on
"We've already gone to Tal-
lahassee and told them that
this is serious -but the ma-
jority of them don't seems to
be listening or to care," said
LaVerne Holliday, assistant
executive director, Curley's"
House. "We need everyone to
roots organizations, CBO's

elected officials, churches,
--MiamiTimes photo/O. Kevin McNeir.
everyone -. because it's go-
Laverne Elie and LaVerne Holliday, both of Liberty City's ing to become even more dif-
Curley's House, say many homes will have empty refrigerators ficult to pay for a nutritious
when cuts in SNAP benefits begin, meal. And that's going to ef-.
fect you no matter what color
,.' tm-- a afmim you are."

-Miami Times photo/Kevin Hicks.
Cong. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (left) hosted a Feeding
South Florida Mobile Food Pantry last Monday, with the as-
sistance of the Mayor and Commissioners, feeding over 300
people in Miami Beach.
ly effected by these kinds of Baptist Church in conjunc-
cuts," she said. "Also consider tion with the A. Philip Ran-
that 31 percent of homes re- dolph Institute to prepare cit-
ceiving SNAP benefits have el- izens for what lies ahead.
derly or disabled members; 62 "I knew that sequestra-
percent of those with benefits tion would hurt our people
have children; and 34 per- and that's why when I rein-
cent are working families. It's produced President Obama's
almost as if Congress simply American Jobs Act, I included
doesn't care about the poor." a section that would end se-
Congresswoman Frederica questration and restore fund-
Wilson says she is a Con- ing to essential programs,"
gressperson that does care. she said. "Some of the chang-
She co-hosted an update over es I warned about included
the summer at 93rd Street cuts to food stamps due to the

-Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather on the north side of the White House
to protest any U.S. military action against Syria August 29, in
Washington, DC. Organized by the The Act Now to Stop War
and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition.

We shouldn't attack Syria

continued from 1A

the best interest of Israel.
An American military attack
against Assad will strengthen,
the hand of those who seek to
turn Syria into an Islamic state.
And if that happens, neighbor-
ing Jordan will almost certainly
fall to a jihadist movement. The
tumbling of those dominoes as
a result of an ill-conceived U.S.
intervention in Syria's civil war
would also bring down Iraq's
government. Nearly 4,500
American servicemen and wom-
en died to create a democracy,
in that Middle Eastern coun-
try, which is wedged between
Iran, Syria and Jordan. But that.
fledgling government might not
survive if it is surrounded by
militant Islamic states.

The government officials re-
sponsible for the sarin gas at-
tack like the rebel leaders
behind the reported behead-
ings and summary. executions
of Syrian government soldiers
- should be branded war crimi-
nals, hunted down and hauled
before the International Crimi-
nal Court.
But when our national inter-
ests and the safety of many
Americans would be put at ,
risk, the Obama administration
shouldn't give in to pressures to
take sides in a civil war in which
war crimes are being committed
by both sides.
In Syria's civil war, there is no
moral high ground. There is only
the quicksand of a wider Middle
East conflict that the U.S. must
carefully navigate.
DeWayne Wickham writes on
Tuesday for USA TODAY.

FL number 2 in uninsured

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by reducing this state's abysmally
high number of uninsured," he
Florida's large numbers of small
businesses, which currently
aren't required to provide health
insurance, as well as its tourism-
oriented economy with large num-
bers of workers in service jobs
have contributed to its historic
high rate of the uninsured.
That will change under the Af-
fordable Care Act, which requires
business with 50 or more em-
ployees to offer coverage. But the
Obama administration recently

announced it would delay that
provision for another year. The
law also requires individuals to
carry health coverage starting in
2014 or face a roughly $100 fine.
Counties in south Florida with
large numbers of farmworkers
and immigrants lead the state in
uninsured residents. At the top
of the list are Hendry County (35
percent); Miami-Dade County
(34.4 percent); and Glades County
(32.9 percent).
Three counties in northeast
Florida had the lowest rate of
uninsured residents: St. Johns
County (15.4 percent); Clay Coun-
ty (17 percent); and Baker County
(17.9 percent).

Did teachers give answers?

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Miami-Dade County Public
Schools released the follow-
ing statement: "The adminis-
tration's position has always
been a zero-tolerance policy
for not adhering to a high
standard of integrity and has
recommended termination in
circumstances like this. In-

tegrity has been an important
guiding principle for this ad-
ministration and will guide
the process until its resolu-
SWhile the District investi-
gates the inspector general's
report, neither of the accused
teachers has been terminat-
ed. In the meantime, neither
teacher has not been termi-

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Will the Black community ever

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At six o'clock in the evening last Tuesday, the Fellowship Hall
on the grounds of the Urban League [8400 NW 25th Ave.] in Lib-
erty City was nearly filled to capacity. The noise level was several
decibels high when Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, School
Board Member District 2, went to the podium to introduce the
evening's moderator, T. Willard Fair, Urban League-Miami, direc-
tor. The conversation centered on the dismal academic achieve-
ments of Black students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools
[M-DCPS]. And before the meeting began, parents and teachers
alike told this reporter that one of the greatest challenges facing
Black families today is classroom instruction that fails to pre-
pare them for college or the work force.
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T.Willard Fair chats with Step Up for Students representa-
tive,Troy Bell.

-Photos courtesy Troy Hall
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall reviews the evening's
events with Isha Haley,'Students First Florida.
Panelists included: Bruce Jones, University of South Florida;
Glenton Gilzean, Step Up for Students; Troy Bell, Students First
Florida; and Isha Haley; Black Floridians C.A.R.E. Teachers ap-
peared to outnumber parents by about a 10 percent margin. Few
students were present.
"African-American children rank 49th in academic achieve-
ment and 40th in student funding," Jones said during his power
point presentation. "Prisons and jails are being used as an alter-
native to educating our children."
When asked by one teacher in the Miami-Dade Public Schools
[M-DPS] system whether there was more current data available
than his 2008 statistics, Jones replied, "No, but I can assure you
that there has not been that improvement."
Jones noted that he was encouraged by the large turnout of
parents and teachers. Speaker after speaker representing the
views of parents, approached the podium to share their views.
But after hearing the views of the panelists, several teachers said
they felt they were being "put down," and "disrespected." On
several occasions, Fair was forced to call for order so that the
Please turn to MISSION 11B

Addressing decline in attendance

Study: Majority
of U.S. churches
are not growing
By Thorn S. Rainer
Few people will argue that
church attendance in many
churches in America is declin-
ing. Our own research indicates
that the majority of churches in
our country are not growing.
Most of us have our own ideas
why attendance is declining.
Many have suggested that our
nation is shifting away from its
Christian roots, and thus the
churches are declining as a
smaller proportion of our coun-
try are believers in Christ.
I certainly will not argue with
that premise. Certainly atten-
dance declines are related to
massive cultural shifts in our
nation. But I would also suggest
that one reason for declines has
a greater impact than others.
Stated simply, the num-
ber one reason for the decline
in church attendance is that
members attend with less fre-

200 members attend every week the average attendance is, obviously, 200. But if one-half of
those members miss only one out of four weeks, the attendance drops to 175.

quency than they did just a few
years ago. Allow me to explain.
If the frequency of attendance
changes, then attendance will
respond accordingly. For ex-
ample, if 200 members attend
every week the average atten-
dance is, obviously, 200. But if
one-half of those members miss
only one out of four weeks, the
attendance drops to 175.

Did you catch that? No mem-
bers left the church. Everyone
is still relatively active in the
church. But attendance de-
clined over 12 percent because
half the members changed their
attendance behavior slightly.
This phenomenon can take
place rather quickly in an in-
dividual church. And leaders
in the church are often left

scratching their heads because
the behavioral change is so
slight, almost imperceptible. We
really don't notice when some-
one who attends four times a
month begins to attend only
three times a month. Nor do
we typically catch it when the
twice-a-month attendee be-
comes a once-a-month attend-'

Apostle Benjamin and wife, Pastor Sharon Boykin

True Fellowship: A

ministry began in

home of the Boykins

Church started from grassroots
August 1996 was the beginning of the ministry called True
Fellowship Worship Center (TWFC). After sharing bible study
and prayer meetings in their home from February to July, it
was placed on the heart of Pastor. Emeritus Myrtis Armbrister
to start a full service ministry. The current spiritual leaders
are husband-and-wife team Apostle Benjamin and Prophetess/
Pastor Sharon Boykin.
As the church grew over the years, in addition to the growing
pains, there were numerous trials they had to endure. Those
situations brought about "much faith and persistence," Sharon
Boykin said. "God has used this ministry to help countless
individuals gain their deliverance in many areas that they were
fighting with in their lives." -
According to both Boykins, TFWC is founded on the love of
our Lord. "In the course of teachings, we can become truly free
within ourselves through the power and deliverance of the Holy
Spirit," Apostle Boykins said. "Then and only then can we
effectively help others to reach out and worship the Father in
Spirit and in truth.
Together the Boykins minister from Miami to South Carolina
and currently hold their weekly services in the Cambria Suites
Hotel at 141 SW 19 Ct. in Dania.

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McClurkin's "Call to Worship"

At least 7,000 people attended The

New York celebration Call

By Efrem Graham

6 ospel artist Dotmie McClur-
kin led a massive worship cel-
ebration in New York last week-
end designed to unite people of,.
.all denominations.
SThe tenth annual New York
SCall drew thousands to the city.
.. "Jesus -made the statement,"
.iMcClurkin began. "He said,the
hose that is divided against
its own self won't be able to
"'We have gained the commer-
Sciality of religion, but we have".
lost "the power and the zeal,"'
McClurkin said. "And we don't
fellowship. It is quite often that
you will find that pastors really
* .don't fellowship unless they are
Trying to do something politi-
This year's conference comes
on the heels of some unexpect-
ed political controversy for the
gospel singer.
Just three weeks ago, the
Washington, D.C. mayor's of-
fice withdrew its invitation to'
McClurkin to perform at a con-
cert honoringthe 50th anniver-
sary of Martin Luther King Jr.
"I Have a Dream Speech."

"I was a very good and per-
sonal friend with Corretta Scott
.King for years,"' McClurkin
Still, the mayor's office with-
drew its invitation because of
protests from' members of the
gay community who object to
McClurkin's 'longtime testimo-
ny of deliverance from homo-
The answer to problems-
Lovel .
McClurkin's answer to the
protests: lovely
"I don't speak evil about the
sin at all. I speak the truth -
that sin is not of God and it is
not right. And God didn't' call
us to sin," McClurkin said.'
"But as far as the people, no
matter who you are, no matter
who you love, 1 am not going to
bash you," he said. "I am going
to love, on you and I am going
to continue to .show you the
love, even if you never change
because love is not love if it is
McClurkin even had a chance
to demonstrate that love.
In the middle of all the D.C.
uproar, a gay man named
James approached him for

Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin.
prayer at a New York hotel. it," McClurklin said. "I don't
"I said 'You know what I think, want it to be something that is
James? I think God is in love slick down arid made palatable
with James. God loves James, to the people..'I want it to be in
and I think I love James, too.' its raw essence. It's raw form.
And he just cried in my arms. I want it to reach 'the masses
Prayed again and I let him go with the love of Jesus Christ -
and went upstairs to my room pure, unconditional, raw."
and said 'God, you are so iron- At least 7,000 people attend-
ic.'" ed The New York Call.
And last weekend, the pastor McClurkin has also seen sig-
shared that same message of nificant support on social me-
God's love to thousands, dia following the uproar in D.C.
"The call of ministry is so And some of that support
strong and it is such an honor, came from the gay and lesbian
I don't want to- commercialize community.


0 National Church of
God-Miami are hosting a
Men's Revival, Sept. 4-8 at 7
nightly. Call 786-352-0969.

Greater Bethel A.M.E.
Church is hosting a Hospi-
tality Institute Job Fair on
Sept. 13, 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
Call 305-679-6800.

0 Holy Ghost Faith Min-
istries will have a Testimo-
ny Service Sept. 13 at 7:30
p.m. Call 786-452-0713.

Fuzion A.D. Ministries
will host their third annual
Stand Up Tour Sept. 20-21
at Evangel Church Interna-
tional in North Miami. Call

Lift Jesus Higher Ap-
ostolic Ministries will host
an Apostolic & Prophetic
Symposium "I Hear the
Sound of Abundance of Rain"
on Saturday, Sept. 28 from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 305-

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

Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist Church host be-
reavement sharing group ev-
ery 2nd Sunday from 3-4:30
p.m. Call 305-634-2993.1

-Running for Jesus
Outreach, Ministries will
host a "Youth Summer Semi-
nar." Call 786-508-6167.

Street Evangelist Out-
reach Ministries' will con-
duct free personal courses
on evangelizing without fear.
Call 786-508-6167.

*[ Revival Tabernacle As-
sembly of God hosts excit-
ing Bible Studies every Wed.
, at 7:30 p.m. and Prayer
Meetings on Fridays at 7:30
p.m. Call 305-693-1356.

Conflict: Charter school vs. churches

By Morgan Smith

Three years, 5,000 door hang-
ers and several garage sales af-
ter its opening, Beta Academy
has, a long waiting list but an
empty bank account.
But if the school's founder,
Latisha -Andrews, has her way,
Beta, a-' private elementary
school that operates out of the
Houston Christian Temple As-
sembly of God Church, will
soon transform into a new
operation: a publicly financed
charter school.
If the state approves An-
drevws's application this fall,
Beta Academy will join the
many charter schools that
have partnerships with reli-
gious institutions that have
cropped up in cities since the
charter school system was es-
tablished in 1995.
In the past 'three years, 16
of the 23 charter contracts the
state has awarded have gone
to entities with religious ties.
While charter school advo-.
cates say the practice often
reflects no more than smart
budgeting, some educators
and others question whether
the schools receive the proper
oversight to ensure that re-

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-Photo: Michael Stravato
Latisha Andrews hopes to convert her private elementary
school, which is housed at an Assemnibly of God church in,
Houston, into a charter school., ':
ligious groups are not ben- ment.
efiting from taxpayer dollars While an elementary school
intended for public school principal there, she saw class-
students -- or that faith- es fill up witfi students from
based instruction is not enter- 'the local community, an eco-
ing those classrooms. nomically depressed neigh-
Andrews started Beta Acad- borhood near William P. Hob-'
emy -after her, own church, by Airport. ..
which is across the street Not wanting to abandon par-
from Christian Temple and -ents she said were desperate
where her husband is a pas- for options beyond the local
tor, closed its private school 'public schools, she continued
because of declining enroll- ,the school on her own.

.Although Christian Temple
was a generous landlord, she
said, she struggled to keep the
school open.
Because they are publicly
financed, charter schools are
required to teach secular,
state-approved curriculums.
When founded by a faith-
based organization, they are
, also required to operate under
a separate nonprofit entity.
Because charter schools do
not receive facilities financing
from the state, a leasing agree-
ment with a church, whose
grounds often stand empty
during weekdays, can be a
cost-efficient arrangement ',bor
both parties. .
"It's difficult to turn off the
faucet of religion once it's
there, whether it's in the shape
of the building or the people
who are running it," said Barry
Lynn, the executive director of
Americans United for the Sep-
aration of Church and State, a
nonprofit advocacy group that
has sued schools in Texas over
this issue. "If you are a person
of faith v.u say, 'I am religious
24/7.' It's just really hard to
turn religion offif you are as
dedicated or as evangelical as
many of these groups are.",

ooth birthday celebration for Fannet Lyons

continued from 10B
County and and I know they
will all want to be part of this
amazing day," said her son,
Deacon Franklin Clark.
SLyons believes her faith in
/ God is the reason she has been
blessed with such longevity.
The Florida native can tell hor-
rific, as well as beautiful stories
about her experiences with rac-
ism, segregation, poverty, loss
of loved ones and hundreds of
other barriers through which

God has brought her.
Her love for the Lord and
Christian experiences, she
says, has kept her with a posi-
tive outlook on life. And even at
100 years "young," she is still
an encouraging, outspoken and
knowledgeable woman. She re-
members working all day and
receiving just one dollar. Still,
that. experience' wasn't enough
to sour her disposition.
"Back then, all of us were
so poor that we knew we had
to help each other as much as
we could and we made it

through," she added.
- Lyons was born in 1913 in
Overtown to parents, Burke
and Mary Smith, who traced
their origins to the Bahamas.
Her father died at a very young
age and because she was the
oldest child, Lyons had no
choice but to quit high school,
get a job and help her mother
raise her siblings.
Lyons is the mother of four:
Leonard, Franklin, Marvin
and Rosemary Clark Bethel;
and the matriarch of many
grands," great-grands and

As she began to talk about
her church, Mt. Hermon, a
smile appeared on her face.
"I joined Mt. Hermon in 1959
and I have been here ever
since," she said. "
She spoke with pride about
all the love that the members
shower upon her because of her
position as a church pioneer.
And while her health doesn't al-
low her to do so now, she once
sang with choir #3 and said in
reflecting about those days, "I
loved it."

Working together to set another Black agenda

continued from 10B

They began a special journey
from Miami recently one of
two buses [the other depart-
ing from Boston] sponsored by
the PICO National Network, the
largest grassroots, faith-based
mobilizing organization in the
U.S.. Their mission, as: part of
The Lifelines to Healing Cam-
paign, was to participate in the
50th anniversary of the March
on Washington and address two
issues that continue to plague
and confound the Black com-
munity: mass incarceration
and voting rights. ', -
Watching their elaborately-
painted bus 'as it entered our
nation's Capitol and stopped
at the National Cathedral, they
resembled those brave Freedom
Riders from the 60s who board-

ed Greyhound buses headed
South .despite the inescapable
dangers that awaited: them.
Each woman had her own rea-
son for being on that bus and
a story to tell.

"I've worked the elections for
many years 'and it's both touch-
ing and sad when young Black
Smen dome and want to vote but
,have had their rights stripped
"from them- because of mis-
takes they'made in the past,"
said Bass, a Pembroke Pines
resident. "Fifty years since the'
March and Blacks still aren't
equal. We have so many holes
to fill. Coming here I realized
that all is not well."
"I lost a nephew to gun vio-
lence at the hands of another
Black youth but no one was
ever charged with the crime,"

said Brookshire, a, Miami resi-
dent. "That's my burden as
well as Queen's and Tanaka's.
What amazed me on this ride
was how people you don't even
know have such similar stories
- and similar pain. Youth to-
day tell me that they feel like
the world is against them. They
can't find jobs. They're lost'and
living without hope. We've got to
change that."
"Black-on-Black crime is
something that we seem to have
taken as the norm but that's
not the way it used to be," said
Charles, another Miami resi-
dent. "During the ride I went
through all kinds of emotions.
'My son was murdered along
with his best friend a few years
ago. The officials believe they
have the person that did it. In
the meantime, my family still
seeks closure. Our community

cannot continue to live under
these conditions. So .1 board-
ed the bus to be part of the
"At one point most Blacks
have felt violated and abused
along our journey at other
times a few of us have felt like
we had the power to make a dif-
ference I rode the bus and
came to D.C. because I'm deter-
mined to be part of a new move-
ment," said Brown, ,a longtime
Miami Gardens resident who
like Charles, lost a son at the
hands of an unknown assail-
ant. I've worked as an educator
and a motivator and I wanted
to see how people in other cit-
ies are helping Blacks deal with
the pain that comes from vio-
lence and other related issues.
We have to work together to re-
solve these challenges because
all of our lives are intertwined."

Civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King delivers his famous
speech '1 Have a Dream" in Washington DC in front of crowd
of over 300,000 people

Dr. King's dream yet

to become a reality

Many Blacks say the U.S. has a long

way to go to realize King's goals

By Mark Mardell

In south-east Washington
DC, in a bar on Martin Luther
King Jr. Avenue, two very im-
pressive children are showing
off their knowledge in a daz-
zling performance. :' .
The questions are rapid "and
their answers even snappier.
They rattle off the names of
presidents, the highest moun-
tain and the deepest lake, but
there is a persistent theme
across the questions and an-
The date of Martin Luther
King. Jr's assassination, the
date of Malcolm X's assassina-
tion, the date the first Black
man became the heavyweight
champion of the world, the 'date
of Alabama's violence in Selma
and the bombing in Birming-

Here in Anacostia, like other
predominantly Black areas,
people don't want their kids
to forget history or how hard
the struggle for civil rights has
The children are just the
opening act the main show

Parents want (

continued from 10B
panelists could be heard.

Denise Covington, 48, a grad-
uate of Miami-Dade College and
the mother of a 14-year-old girl
that attends M-DPS says that
while kids can use electronic
,devices, they still cannot write
a simple sentence.
"Our children are not giv-
ing the type of in-class perfor- .
mance that teachers once de-
manded," she said. "It seems

St. Matthews 92nd
St. Matthews Missionary
Baptist Church observes its
92nd church anniversary 11
a.m., Sunday September 8th.
The speaker will be the
Honorable Sandra Carey,
Deputy Consul General of
the Bahamas, The 3:30 p.m.

is a documentary on the civil
rights movement. It's just one
event- among many leading up
to the 50th anniversary of the
March on Washington, where
King made his I Have a Dream
But no one in the bar thinks
the battle has been won. No one
here doubts that racism is still
a reality in the United States.
"Until you have lived the life
that- we lived as Afro Ameri-
cans, it's hard to get over when
it's constantly in your face," Liz
Floyd tells me.
"Even the ones that think
they've arrived you can't ar-
rive when it's constantly in
your face, who you are not.
Athletes make it, they think
they've got it and then they
find out they're just a Black
guy with a lot of money and as
,soon as you get in some prob-
lems and trouble everyone des-
ecrates you."
Davina Calahan has just
come home after taking a mas-
ter's degree in Massachusetts,
where she says she experienced
"Even with our own people
of our own color it exists," she

equal access

that the school system has lost
the sense of pride they once
had and students see too many
poor examples." .1
Edna Smoak, 46, has two
children in M-DPS and said
she had "mixed feelings" about.
Tuesday night's audience.
"I didn't like the disruptions
and I feel that there should
be diversity in the schools, so
that the children can learn to
get along with each other," she
said. "We also need the best
teachers and. fully-equipped
schools like you will find in
other communities."

church anniversary
speaker will be Rev. Gaston
Smith and the congregation
of Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church, Miami,
Rev. Vincent Brown is the
pastor and Sister Clarice
Lawrence is the chairperson.

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Black women get help with weight struggle

Gym access monthly counseling calls
was beneficial says study

By Genevra Pittman

Black women who are over-
weight or slightly obese are
known to have a lower risk of
weight-related health problems
than white women at the same
Research suggests they are
typically also more satisfied
with their bodies and seem to
care less than white women
about shedding extra pounds,
Gary Bennett, head of the Duke
Obesity Prevention Program in
Durham, North Carolina, and
his colleagues said.
But, "If Black women contin-
ue to gain weight year and after
year, and they almost invariably
do . they go from that lower
level of obesity, where health
risks are relatively low, to that
higher level of obesity," Ben-
nett, who led the new study,
told Reuters Health.
He said focusing on weight
maintenance could be a better
strategy for women who are just
a bit heavy and aren't interest-

ed in losing weight or who have
tried without success.
To test that theory, Bennett
and his colleagues recruited
194 overweight and obese Black
women from community health
centers for their study, which
they specifically avoided calling
a weight-loss trial. The women
were between 25 and 44 years
old with an average weight of
178 pounds, and almost three-
quarters of them had an annual
income below $30,000.

Half of the women were ran-
domly assigned to go through
the year-long program, which
included self-monitoring
through an automated calling
system, monthly counseling
calls, feedback on healthy diet
goals and a membership to the
YMCA. The other half received
their usual care.
The idea of the diet goals -.
which included limiting sugary
drinks or avoiding fast food, for
example was to have women

.. through the weight gain preven-
Stion program, however.
In a commentary published
with the study, Dr. Regina
Benjamin until recently the
U.S. Surgeon General and
colleagues called the findings
But, they wrote, "It may be
that greater weight losses than
those reported.. are required
to achieve improvements in car-
diovascular disease risk factors,
and weight maintenance may
. need to be sustained longer to
achieve such health benefits."
Bennett said that because

"If Black women continue to gain weight year and after year, and they almost invariably do ...

consume no more than 200
fewer calories than they burned
each day.
Of the original participants,
177 finished the study. At the
one-year mark, women in the
weight gain prevention pro-
gram had lost an average of
about two pounds; those in the

comparison group had gained
about one pound. Those dif-
ferences held for another six
months after the program end-
Additionally,. 62 percent of
program participants were at
or below their original weight
at one year, compared to 45

Habits linked to obesity risks may

By Andrew Seaman

Some behaviors, such as TV
watching and eating school
lunches, were linked to obe-
sity among sixth grade boys
and girls in a new study, but
other risk factors were gender
Involvement in sports, for ex-
ample, was tied to a lower risk
of obesity min boys but not girls
and drinking milk was linked
to lowered risk among girls
but not boys, according to re-
searchers from the University
of Michigan Health System in

Ann Arbor.
The study's authors, led by
Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, write in
the journal Pediatrics that un-
derstanding obesity risk fac-
tors for specific genders may
help target programs aimed
at weight loss or preventing
weight gain in children.
The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention esti-
mates that about 17 percent of
children and teens are obese.
For the new study, Jackson
and her colleagues used data
collected between 2004 and
2011 from 1,714 sixth-grade

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention est
mates that about 17 percent of children and teens are obesi

percent of those who were as-
signed to receive usual care,
the researchers reported Mon-
day in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Bennett and his colleagues
did not find any differences
in waist circumference, blood
pressure or cholesterol between
women who did and didn't go

be ge de.
g- .. .*'-

Sstudents at 20 midd6 schools
in and around Ann A,-bor.
I Overall, about 18.prcent of
boys and 16 percentrf girls
were'.Obese, whiCh-is defined
Sas children who are in the top-
fifth percentile of body mass in-
dex a measurement of weight
in'ielation to height.
Among boys who were not
obese, about 56 percent par-
ticipated in at least 20 minutes
of vigorous physical activity at
least five times per week, com-
pared to about 43 percent of
Sboys who were obese.
2. But there was no differ-

the study program was coor-
dinated through primary care
offices and largely computer-
ized, it was less expensive than
a weight-loss intervention and
should be feasible in a range of
"This is a very easy, simple in-
tervention for us to disseminate
very widely," he said.
For heavy people who can't
or don't want to lose weight,
"maintaining and not gaining
weight should be the abso-
lute clinical priority," he said.
"There's no reason for a physi-
cian not to do this."

* specific
ence between the percentage
of obese and non-obese girls
who reported regular vigorous
physical activity.
Playing on at least one sports
team was also linked to de-
creased risk of obesity for boys
but not girls.
The lack of an association be-
tween obesity and physical ac-
tivity in girls may be explained
by girls not reporting some
activities like cheerleading or
dance, because children may
not consider those activities
sports, the researchers write.
Please turn to OBESITY 14B

Michelle Obama's childhood obesity initiative has been the subject of conservative criticism
for sometime, and now there's another group joining in on the attack.

Some school districts quit

healthier lunch programs

By Carolyn Thompson

After just one year, some
schools around the country
are dropping out of the health-
ier new federal lunch program,
complaining that so many stu-
dents turned up their noses
at meals packed with whole
grains, fruits and vegetables

that the 'cafeterias were losing

Districts that rejected the

money, program say the reimburse-
Federal officials say they don't meant was not enough to offset
have exact numbers but have losses from students who be-
seen isolated reports of schools gan avoiding the lunch line and
cutting ties with the $11 bil- bringing food from home or, in
lion National School Lunch Pro- some cases, going hungry.
gram, which reimburses schools "Some of the stuff we had to
for meals served and gives them offer, they wouldn't eat," said
access to lower-priced food. Please turn to LUNCH 14B

More doctors accepting

new Medicare patients

By Kelly Kennedy

ber of physicians accepting
new Medicare patients rose
by one-third between 2007
and 2011 and is now higher
than the number of physi-
cians accepting new private
insurance patients, accord-
ing to a Department of Health
and Human Services report
obtained by USA TODAY.
In 2007, about 925,000 doc-
tors billed Medicare for their
services. In 2011, that num-
ber had risen to 1.25 million,
according to the report by the
HHS Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Planning and
"I think the report comes at
a time when people are asking
questions about Medicare,"
said Jonathan Blum, principal
deputy administrator for the
Center for Medicare Services.
"It provides a more complete
picture of how physicians
choose to participate in the
Medicare system."
Physicians have complained
about Medicare payment
caps, the annual debate in
Congress over the way Medi-
care pays doctors and new
paperwork requirements.
"Overall, the clients we deal




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More new physicians have entered the Medicare market.

with have good access to phy-
sicians," said Joe Baker,'pres-
ident of the Medicare Rights
Center, a non-profit advocacy
group for older Americans and
people with disabilities.
"We find the physicians who
don't take Medicare don't
take other insurance, either,
but it's not a problem we see
However, he said doctors
talk to their patients more
about insurance as Congress
continues to delay the "sus-
tained growth rate" pay-
ment system, which could
lower rates by 30 percent.
The system is meant to make

sure expenses per Medicare
beneficiary do not exceed the
growth in GDP, but it can be
suspended or adjusted by
"That's really been a politi-
cal football," he said. "They
tell their patients, 'You should
call your Congress person
because if Congress cuts my
reimbursement 30 percent, I
won't be able to see you.'"
The report was commis-
sioned because of a Wall
Street Journal article that
reported the number of doc-
tors who opt out of Medicare
increased from 3,700 in 2009
Please turn to MEDICARE 14B




North Shore

opens new


Breast Institute h

In an effort to enhance its ser-
vices to the- community, North
Shore Medical Center proudly
announces the opening of the
all new Comprehensive Breast
Institute at North Shore Medi-
cal Center. In a ribbon cutting
ceremony, CEO Manny Lin-
ares along with Breast Institute
Medical Director Dr. Hakan
Charles-Harris, hospital admiii-
istration- and staff unveiled the
new center. A special procla-
mation was also given to North
Shore Medical Center by Miami
Shores Mayor, Herta Holly.
"The opening of the Compre-
hensive Breast Institute is an
example of our hospitals com-
mitment to our community's
needs and our patient's needs,"
said Manny Linares, CEO of
North Shore Medical Center.
The new Comprehensive
Breast, Institute has its own
private entrance, located sepa-
rately from the hospital's main
entrance and includes private
changing areas, 2 ultra sound
rooms, a mammography room,
nuclear camera and a bone
density testing area. The center
also features some of the most

advanced technology includ-
ing a stereotactic biopsy room
equipped with high resolution
machinery that can be used to
perform biopsies with less dis-
comfort and little to no scarring.
The Comprehensive Breast
Institute is designed to offer
women and their families' one
location to meet all medical
needs when it comes to breast
The center also offers a spa-
like atmosphere and features
a complete educational room
where patients and family
members can do research or
consult with our expert medi-
cal staff.
"The Breast Institute offers
patients a comfortable place
that features top-quality sur-
gical and diagnostic services
where patients can come for
their breast care in an all-in-
clusive environment," said Dr.
Hakah Charles-Harris, Medical
Director of the new Compre-
hensive Breast Institute.
'For more information on the
new Comprehensive Breast
Institute, please call 305-835-

-Photo courtesy/North Shore Medical Center
Howard Brown, CFO North Shore Medical Center, Dr. Chester Morris, Herta Holly, Mayor of the Village of Miami Shores,
Manny Linares, CEO, North Shore Medical Center, Dr. Atara Kane, Supervising Radiologist for Mammography,' Dr. Hakan
Charles-Harris, Medical Director and Shana Crittenden, COO, North Shore Medical Center,

Humana, YMCA partner to educate on PPACA options

By USAToday Health

Humana Inc. (HUM) "an-
nounced on Tuesday a partner-
ship with the YMCA of the USA
(Y-USA), one of the nation's
leading nonprofits dedicated to
strengthening community, to
educate individuals and fami-
lies this fall about health in-
surance and public exchange
options that take effect in 2014
under the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act, also
known as the federal health
care reform law.
"The YMCA, known for
strengthening communities
across the country, is a highly
trusted organization," said Roy
A. Beveridge, M.D., Humana's
Chief Medical Officer. "Given
the important need for educa-
tion on health care reform," Hu-
mana's partnership with the Y
helps provide people with infor-
mation they can use to make

na representatives at YMCA
locations throughout the entire
six-month open enrollment pe-
"The Y is a leading voice on
improving the nation's health
and well-being.
Through this partnership
with Humana, we will help in-
dividuals and families make
informed decisions on health

coverage," said Kate Coleman,
Executive Vice President, Chief
Strategy/Advancement Officer,
YMCA of the USA. "Combining
the Y's reach with Humana's
resources will make a positive
impact in communities across
the country."
Earlier this month, Humana
announced its online strategy
to educate individuals about

health care reform. This in-
cludes "Health Care For You,"
which can be accessed at www.
humana. com/ HealthcareFo-
rYou, and is designed to help
educate individuals on their
health care coverage options via
a character-driven experience
focused on baby boomers, fami-
lies with children and young in-
dependents. \

School-aged child care keeps kids safe and having fun at
the Y.

well-informed decisions about
their health coverage choices."
Humana plans to spon-
sor free public events at Ys
in states where Humana has
filed its intent to participate on
health-care exchanges.
During the open enrollment
period, from October 2013

through March 2014, individu-
als will be able to purchase
health coverage on the ex-
changes, with some qualifying
for financial assistance. Hu-
mana will sponsor health and
wellness community events
and health care reform educa-
tional seminars led by Huma-

Enrollment is a dauntless

Health care workers must scramble to
reach millions uninsured in state

By William E. Gibson

five weeks from the start of a
massive health-insurance en-
rollment campaign, Florida fac-
es a daunting task.
A small army of paid "naviga-
tors" and volunteers remains
unorganized, untrained and
unclear about just how to sign
up the one'in five Floridians
who are uninsured.
And a slow start, as well as
lack of cooperation from state

"If this doesn't, I'm
concerned a little bit
about the future of
affordable health care."
-Robert Bertisch
Executive Director of the Legal Aid
Society of Palm Beach County

officials, have only made the
enormous task even more chal-
By all accounts, the 3.5 mil-
lion uninsured Floridians are
mostly unaware of how to en-
roll in plans and even the
requirement that they do so
by Jan. 1, when the Affordable
Care Act takes full effect.-
"We've got a lot of work to do
in five weeks," said Robert Ber-
tisch, executive director of the
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach
County, which was awarded a
federal grant of $446,783 and
will hire five navigators to help
people, sign up.

"I hope it's enough time. If this
doesn't work, I'm concerned a
little bit about the future of af-
fordable health care. We need to
get these people insured."
Republican opposition to
Obamacare prompted state
leaders to refuse to create a
state-run online marketplace
for buying insurance, leaving
the task to Uncle Sam. And
Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney
General Pam Bondi complained
this week .that the program has
insufficient safeguards to pro-
tect consumers' personal infor-
Leaders of the enrollment
campaign say they can over-
come these obstacles, promis-
ing extensive and creative ways
to reach out to Floridians, not
only about the insurance re-
quirement but also about the
federal subsidies that will help
them buy coverage.
But their plans to convey in-

formation at "back to school"
and other communiity events
this summer buttressed
by radio ads and social media
messages in English, Spanish
and Creole remain largely
unformed. Their task could
become even greater if some
employers decide to dr6p their
insurance plans, which would
widen Florida's big gap in cov-
The first deadline is Oct. 1,
when federal officials must go
live with an online. "exchange"
that will offer an array of pre-
approved health insurance
policies as well as calculators
to help individuals and families
determine their eligibility for
tax credits and other subsidies.
As yet, though, the website isn't
up, and rates for the policies
haven't been determined.
Meanwhile, paid "navigators"
and volunteers who are sup-
posed to reach out to uninsured
people and help them' sign up
must be vetted, trained and
The grass-roots campaign is
intended to make people aware
of the need to buy insurance
and explain new benefits, in-
cluding tax credits, leading into
an open enrollment period from
Oct. 1 to March.
"We have to first make sure
our team on the ground reflects
the communities they are work-
ing with," said Nick Duran, who
grew up in Coral Springs and
serves as Florida director of
Enroll America, a Washington-
based group charged with over-
seeing the signup effort. "We do
have a staff that speaks Span-
ish and Creole and already has

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continued from 12B

Catlin, Ill., Superintendent
Gary Lewis, whose district saw
a 10 to 12 percent drop in lunch
sales, translating to $30,000
lost under the program last
"So you sit there and watch
the kids, and you know they're
hungry at the end of the day,
and that led to some behavior
and some lack of attentiveness."
In upstate New York, a few
districts have quit the program,
including the Schenectady-area
Burnt Hills Ballston Lake sys-
tem, whose five lunchrooms
ended the year $100,000 in

the red.
Near Albany, Voorheesville
Superintendent Teresa Thay-
er Snyder said her district
lost $30,000 in the first three
months. The program didn't
even make it through the school
year after students repeatedly
complained about the small
portions and apples and pears
went from the tray to the trash
Districts that leave the pro-
gram are free to develop their
own guidelines. Voorheesville's
chef began serving such dishes
as salad topped with flank steak
and crumbled cheese, pasta
with chicken and mushrooms,
and a panini with chicken, red

peppers and cheese.
In Catlin, soups and fish
sticks will return to the menu
this year, and the hamburger
lunch will come with yogurt
and a banana not one or the
other, like last year.
Nationally, about 31 million
students participated in the
guidelines that took effect last
fall under the 2010 Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Dr. Janey Thornton, depu-
ty undersecretary for USDA's
Food, Nutrition and Consumer
Services, which oversees the
program; said she is aware of
reports of districts quitting but
is still optimistic about the pro-
gram's long-term prospects.

Risk factors differ for boys and girls

continued from 12B

They did find, however, that
drinking two or more servings
of milk per day was tied to
about a 20 percent decreased
risk of obesity among girls but
not boys.
One possible explanation is
that milk is displacing sugary
drinks in the girls' diets, Jack-
son's team writes.
.In addition to those gender-
specific risk factors for obe-
sity, the researchers found
that heavy TV-watching and

regularly eating school lunches
were each tied to an increased
risk of obesity for both boys
and girls.
Watching more than two
hours of TV was linked to a 19
percent increased risk of obe-
sity and almost always eating
school lunches was linked to
a 27-to-29 percent increased
The new study cannot prove
that any of the children's hab-
its caused their obesity.
For example, the authors
point out in their report, a child
regularly eating school lunches

might be eligible for the meals
because of low family income -
itself a risk factor for obesity.
"This isn't really showing that
school lunches caused obesity,
but it's appropriate to point out
that the school lunch program
hasn't had the effect we would
have liked," Daniel Taber, as-
sistant professor at the Univer-
sity of Texas School of Public
Health in Austin, said.
"It's pointing out that the
school lunch program needed
improvement because it wasn't
preventing childhood obesity,"
Taber said.

Medicare rolls continue to rise

conitnued from 12B,

to about 9,500 in 2012. That
won't cause problems, officials
said, because there are more
new primary care physicians
entering the health care sys-
tem than older physicians
dropping out.
"These findings allay con-
cern that the number of physi-
cians 'opting out' of Medicare
has increased in recent years,"
the report states.
Blum said Medicare-mon-
itoring offices, such as the
Medicare Payment Advisory
Commission (Medpac), have
always been interested in ac-

cess to care. But because they
hadn't seen any "alarming
trends," they would not have
issued a formal brief if it had
not been for the newspaper ar-
"It confirms the picture we
had," Blum said. "It just adds
one more data point to a sto-.
ry we've felt quite confident
Ninety percent of office-
based physicians accept new
Medicare patients, a rate simi-
lar to those who take, privately
insured patients,, researchers
The rate of Medicare patients
who say they can find a new
doctor in a timely manner is

similar to those who are pri-
vately insured, the report said.
Medpac found 28 percent
of the seven percent of Medi-
care beneficiaries looking for a
new doctor had a tough time
finding someone who accepted
Medicare last year, but Blum
said that's also similar to pri-
vately insured rates.
Baker said his clients have
had a harder time finding doc-
tors in densely populated cit-
ies, such as New York, Wash-
ington and San Francisco.
"But there are still plenty of
doctors taking Medicare," he
said. "We've never not been
able to find them a doctor who
does take Medicare."

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6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
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g ar,, 12 prn'
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luc Novo f Moi~g 7 !(1 p m
Ft, Bible Siudy i Wl p r ,

St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Mlorning 8 a ia
Sunday Schoolo10oa m
Sunday [er,,ng 6 p ,rn
Slue Bible (.lss 6 30 pm
I 6h1,s fellowiu,1plOam

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

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2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 305-685-0705

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

Order of Services
[oily Suaday Worsihp 7130 a 'ri
Surd',rh100619l Q 30a m
Sunday, Morn,,l Wi, h,p I IaoT,n
Sunady li er, ng Survii 6 p 1M
lWedle~doy Bibl,, Sidy 130 P T.

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

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2330 N.W 93rd Street
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93rd Street Conimunity,
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 NAW 93rd Street

Order of SOerv5e
L 730 a m [oily Morning Waorhip
1 16 mM aMrningWoi..hap
A I ol & 31d ,, i ,ay b p ,in
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services

Sunday Services
Early Worship 7:30 a.m.
Bible Study 9 a m
' Worship 10 a.m.
VEvening Worship 6 p.m.

Wednesday Service
Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 11th Avenue
1 11a,,,I, K I [IE 1, ,1 [l I
SOrder of Services
Surda) 5h~o 9 30 uT
Mrri,'g Pri ,i. ihip 11 a m
i tasi aid Thad Sunday,
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

i Order of Services
SSunda, Schooil 9 45 am
I H Warship II am
lBibleSudy, TIhuisday 130 p m
I^ hi Yuilh HMinory

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


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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Order of Services
Sunday School 9a.m m
Morning Worship 10 o.m
Word of Worship
(uess) 7 p.m

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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s .Order of Services
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Sunday Warship Sernae 10 am
M4,WeekSemi a Wed.nlp /m
HouroflPo"80s0on DaINyeIPc
12 p .111 pmi
6t.naragWorrhAp pm

Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
=11,11PAINK-1 RaIll d&lim,= qI
I Order of Services
Mo', hru h, Oa MacDay Prayer
RatAe Siudy rliurs71p m
Sunday Worh7p & II a m
Sunday Who01 9 30a m
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Range Hadley Davis MLK Richardson
er, JR., 43, lawn veteran died
gust service owner, August 26.
vors died August Service 4 10
her 25 at Jackson a.m., Saturday
)nita Me m o r i a I at St. Agnes
ion, H 0sipita I Episcopal
'3e -Church.

Wt.i itfieId;, Id
grhAt-ep.hew, V IM-r\ I
Charles Kevin
.Ntl'.6 (Carolyn North); great-
ntte'.'Velda Louise North: two
great-grandnieces and a nephew;
cousin, Bettye Goodwine; a host of
other relatives and friends. Service
2:00 p.m., Saturday at Church of
the Open Door.

80, retired
city manager
for the City of
North Miami,
died August
24. Survivors

include: his
wife, Albertha
Patterson; son,
Theodore G. Patterson; daughter,
Louise Williams; stepdaughters,
Thewander Houston (Michael) and
Michelle Dismuke; daughters-in-
law, Glenda Patterson and Corrice
Patterson; ten grandchildren and
several great-grand children; a
host of other relatives and friends.
Viewing 5 6 p.m., and Memorial
Service 6 8 p.m., Friday, both
at New Birth Baptist Church
Cathedral of Faith. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at New Birth Baptist
Church Cathedral of Faith.

homemaker, died August 26.
Service 1:00 p.m., Saturday at Mt.
Zion Temple Apostolic.

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
August 25.
Services were

'"supervisor, died
August 29 at
Palm Gardens
Nursing Home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday in the

worker, died
August 28
at Aventura
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

operator, died
September 1 .
at Memorial ; ,

Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

died August 19. Services were

JOHNSON, 66, died August 21.
Services were held.

August 24. Services were held

August 22. Services were held.

August 24. Services were held.

August 5. Services were held.

72, housewife,
died August
27. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at Koinonia
'Worship Center

Service 2 p m..
Saturday at Mt

August 27.
Services were :
held. "

8 1
specialist, died
August 28.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

MICHAEL COOPER, 50, disable
adult, died
August 21 at
University Of
Miami. Service
12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

laborer, died
August 23
at' Jackson
Hospital North.
Service 2 p.m,
Saturday in the

LEON FORD, 81, entrepreneur,
died August
30 at home.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
New providence

Baptist Church.

LEON BROWN, 52, designer
baker, died
August 29 at
North Shore

- I Service 4 p m.,
Saturday in the
JR., 44, chapel.

W -

truck driver, died August 27.
areincomplete. A,%h

Laborer, died
2 at home.
are incomplete. L .

48, died August 22. Services were

diedAugust 21. Services were held.

August 19. Services were held.

August 23. Services were held.

died August 25. Services were held.

Memorial Service

Whigham, GA. Survived by: his
wife, Dola McCall Parker-Jack-
son; children, Jerrod, Adriane,
Christal and Kizzy. Memorial ser-
vice 7 p.m., Friday, September
6 at Greater Holy Cross Baptist
Church, 1555 NW 93rd Terrace.


died .. Aug
28.,, ,. Survive
nie.ce,. Bo
Nrth;. steps
.''w.'a. n

Kinsey and Walton
retired, died
August 14 at
home in Atlanta.
GA. She was a
former resident
of Miami
for 33 years.
sons, Wilbur "Cowhoon" Harris,
Jr. and Melvin "Plum" Harris.
Services were held. For additional
information contact "Cowhoon" at

Gregg L. Mason
THELMA DAVIS, 89, diedAugust
23. Viewing

entombment to --- t-I
2 -follow at Dade Memorial Park.
in the chapel..

Service 1Marcel's
OLGA.m., SUAREZ, 85, died Au-day
gust 30 at Corical Gables Hospital.
Mt. Zion Baptist

ChuMemoria service with family and
friends.tombment t
follow at Dade Memorial Park.

gust 30 at Coral Gables Hospital.
Memorial service with family and

SAMMIE LATHAN, 79, died Au-
gust 30 at Jackson South Com-
munity Hospital. Arrangements are

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

By Richard Goldstein

George Scott, whose
slugging and sharp
fielding at first base
helped propel the
Boston Red Sox to
their 1967 "Impossi-
ble Dream" American
League pennant, died
on Sunday in Green-
ville, Miss. He was 69.
His death was con- SC
firmed by the Wash-
ington County coroner, Methel
Johnson, The Delta Democrat-
Times of Greenville reported.
The Boston Herald said in No-
vember that Scott had diabetes
and had difficulty walking.
Playing 14 seasons in the ma-
jor leagues, the right-handed-
batting Scott was a three-time
All-Star and hit 271 home runs,
or taters, as he called them. He
was credited with popularizing
the term in the 1970s, though
its precise origin as a baseball
expression is murky.
Scott hit 19 home runs, drove
in 82 runs and batted .303 for
the 1967 Red Sox. His batting
average was fourth best in the
American League.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

August 28,
Service 11 a.m., :
Saturday at
Holy Redeemer

retired school .r1,
bus driver, died .
August 28 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday -
at Mt. Calvary '
Missionary r y
Baptist Church.

LOUIS JOHNSON, 69, disabled,
died August

1701, NW 66 -'l^
Street', Miami, FL 33147.
29 Hall FerguJackson Hewitt

electric Br^~
Service 10:30

a.m.g, Friday
at Mt. Tabor

S au n a s ^^^
fStreei, Mi4mi, "Fl 33147.

HaWilkerson and Diedre Byrd; songuson Hewitt

Andre Payton; grandchildren;
Launa Fuller, Karia Wilkerson,
Tania Byrd, Lavieanna Payton,
August 30

Zachary Paisley, Kyle Wilkersonon

and Andre Payton II; 14 great-
NoSaturday in the chapel.

i n cWright and Young

wife, eivian;k

sevealu g hterad ,n I ra rns
S h a u n a

Wilkerson and Diedre Byrd; son,
Andre Payton; grandchildren;

Maryn 4Kat8rpna Frdya
Launa Fuller, Karla Wilkerson,
Tania Byrd, Lavieanna Payton,
Zachary Paisley, Kyle Wilkerson
and Andre Payton dr; 14 great-

Service 11 children., Saturday at Peacem.,
Missionarday Baptist Church, 11500

NW 17 Avenue. Interment at Daderight and Young

76, homemakerl.
of Opa Locka,

CHERYL C. BLUE, 62, retired
died August

Jakinc North
Hospital. vShe
isn sIurvivedy

Masisters, KatriNevada Blue Washington
and Stephanie;
sons, Ricky,

aka Gail Blue, Janie Blue andy;
Carmeveral grandBlue Scott and great grands;t of

nieces, nephews, cousins, one
a host of relatives and friends. Viewing 10 a.m. -
Viewing 4 8 p.m., Friday in the chapel. Serviceat
Wright and Young Funeral Home.

Service 11 a.m., Saturday at PeHosannace
Communitissionary Baptist Church, 2171500
NW56 Street, Miami, FL. 33142.ent at Dade

HERYL C. BLUE, 62, retired
secretary, died !

diedAugust 28 at
and Sherrie
R ob in s on; R
sisters, Nevada Blue Washington
aka Gail Blue, Janie Blue and
Carmel Blue Scott and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins, one
aunt and friends. Viewing 10 a.m.,-

Community Baptist Church, 2171
NW 56 Street, Miami, FL. 33142.

KENDE. MAJtOiRe I 67,labor

died August26a Jcko

Memorial Hospital. Service 12:30
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

02/19/1934 09/05/2011

I ,, miss Minnie going
shopping with you, Missy
telling you "I love you",
Dot, "You teaching me how
to cook", Emma eating all
your leftovers, Bobby, "you
asking me for money", Arlene
watching Paula Deen with you,
Darlene buying you clothes,
Roenna, "you sneaking me
money", Mojo bringing you
Dunkin Doghnuts, Larry
traveling with you, Herbert
taking you to Ihop and Leroy
cooking for you, but yet most
of all, we truly miss you.
Love your family and Leroy.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

09/0611975 09/29/2003

It's been ten years.
Missed, but not forgotten.
Love, your husband, family
and friends.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


It has been one year, and
our love is everlasting. There
is not a day that we do not
think of you. Our strength
comes from knowing that you
are with God. You will forever
remain deep in our hearts.
Love, mom, Kim, Jimmy
and siblings.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late.

09/07/1965 02/22/2013

To our hero, although you
are not physically here to
celebrate this year we know
that you will always be with
us in our hearts.
We miss you deeply. Love,
your husband, daughter, son,
mother and brothers.





wishes to express our sin-
cere thanks to everyone for
extending their many acts of
kindness during our time of
bereavement.,.,,,, ..
The Gerald family.

PATTERSON, pastor, New
Missionary Baptist Church,
Opa-locka, Flonda went home
to be with his Lord on Monday
night, Aughust" 26, 2013.
Reverend Patterson was born
June 30, 1937, in Greenville
Mississippi. ;He was ordained
on June 22, 1975, and called to
be the Pastor of New Missionary
Baptist Church in 1995, and
soon thereafter he married his
lovely wife Louise Patterson on
October 26, 1997.
Rev. Patterson served the
community of Opa-locka, Florida
for more than 17 years. Although
some family and friends
encouraged Rev. Patterson
to establish his ministry in
another area of the Miami-
Dade Community, he insisted
that Opa-locka was where God
had called him to serve, and he
put all his energy into serving
as God's shepherd for God's
people. Rev. Patterson was a
member of the Baptist Ministers'
Council of Miami and the Dade
United Ministerial Association.
Annually, he attended the L. K.
Williams Institute in Texas to
study the Word "as a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of
truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) ;
Rev. Patterson is survived by
his loving wife Louise Patterson;
six of his seven sisters, Deloris
Pearson, Dorothy Latimore,
Bennie L. Hankerson, Rosetta
Pearson Nelson, Barbara
Bryant, and Patsy Pearson; a
step son, and numerous nieces
and nephews. Rev. Patterson's
mother, Doll H. Pearson; his
sister, Lillie Woodruff, and his
brother, Benny Pearson, Jr.,
predeceased him.
The viewing 6 -8 p.m., Friday,
September 6 at New Missionary
Baptist Church, 1990 Al Baba
Avenue, Opa-locka, Florida. The
Home Going Celebration for Rev.
Patterson; 12 p.m., Saturday,
September 7 at Zion Hill Baptist
Church, 2385 NW 60 Street,
Miami, Florida.

The Sox won the pennant -
their first in 21 years on the
----f. season's final day af-
ter finishing in ninth
place the previous
Year. The team's for-
midable roster also
included Carl Yastr-
zemski, Tony Conigli-
aro and Rico Petrocelli
and the pitching ace
Jim Lonborg. But the
MOTT Red Sox lost the World
Series in seven games
to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Listed at 6 feet 2 inches and
210 pounds, Scott was evidently
well over that, to the consterna-
tion of Dick Williams, the man-
ager of the '67 Sox. But Scott
was agile at first base, winning
eight Gold Glove awards. He
also occasionally played third
Scott became known as the
Boomer a designation later
bestowed on the free-spirited
and outsized pitcher David
Wells for his prodigious home
But a tater was a tater, no
matter the length.
"Anything over 450 feet, I'd
call it a long tater," Scott told
The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson,
Miss., in 2007. "A short tater
was one that barely got over the
George Charles Scott Jr. was
born on March 23, 1944, in
Greenville, the youngest of three
children. His father, a laborer in
cotton fields, died when he was
a baby. His mother, Magnolia,
worked several jobs to support
the family. Scott was a baseball,
basketball and football star in
high school before being signed
by the Red Sox in 1962.

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By D. Kevin McN '
It started out like any New
Year's Day evening in 2006,
when Lilly Ann Pauley, 56 and
her dclaghter, LaToya ]2uley,
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doing things like recuper '
ing from a fun-filled party) at a
relative's home the night before
and throwing away rumpled
paper from Christmas gifts.
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County bl l ichmondc released book entitled, "Kills
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SRace and harmony:

This movement was

propelled by music

SCivil rights era had all-American accompaniment

Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson performs at the March on Washington at the Lincoln
Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. Martin Luther King Jr., at lower right, would soon make his "I
Have A Dream" speech.

FMU puts education first

with annual scholarship gala

By Edna Gundersen
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I
Have a Dream" speech was
the heart and soul of the
Great March on Washington,
the historic gathering that ..
drew 250,000 to the nation's
capital 50 years ago Wednes-
Like most big social and po-
litical events before and after,
it had a soundtrack. Musi-

cians at the rally whipped
up fervor for the cause of
racial equality, perhaps none
more crucially than Mahalia
Jackson. She, along with Bob
Dylan, Joan Baez, Odetta,
,Marian Anderson and Peter,
Paul & Mary, sang tunes
befitting the occasion, but the
gospel singer also played a
pivotal role in King's perfor-
After the charismatic activ-

ist wrapped up his prepared
text, Jackson shouted, "Tell
them about the dream, Mar-
tin!" King set aside his notes
and extemporaneously deliv-
ered the most famous speech
of the 20th century.
A dozen songs with ties to
the 1963 march:
Sister Rosa.The Nev-
ille Brothers tune focuses
on Rosa Parks, the Black
Please turn to MUSIC 3C

Special guests include NBA champ,
philanthropist Dwyane Wade

It's time for Florida Memorial
University's [FMU] 12th Annual
Scholarship Gala and this
year the honorary guest will
be Miami Heat Dwyane Wade.
Wade has shown himself tobe
a true leader, both on and
off the court, with his
Wade's World founda-
tion an organiza-
tion that assists
youth in achieving
their educational
goals. Wade also
with FMU
in providing
for students.
The gala
takes place on
Friday, Sept. 27 at the
Bonaventure Resort &
Spa 1250 Racquet Club
Road,, Weston]. A special
VIP Reception (for spon-
sors and noted guests)
will be held at 6:30
p.m.; dinner and pro-
gram will begin at 7:30
p.m. This year's theme
is Moving Forward...

The Legacy Continues and will
feature performances by FMU's
Student Jazz Ensemble and
Chorale. The Gala's lead spon-
sor is D. Stephenson Construc-
tion, Inc.
"Education is very important
to me and I am happy to lend
my support in raising funds
for scholarships to, allow stu-
dents to pursue their dreams by
focusing on their education and
not their financial concerns,"
Wade said.
"We are absolutely delighted
to have the support and involve-
ment of Dwyane and his Wade's
World Foundation at this year's
Scholarship Gala," said Dr.
Roslyn Artis, interim .president
of FMU. "His presence will un-
doubtedly help to enhance the
level of commitment and dedica-
tion for our students, and high-
light the services we provide in
a broad and very visible way."
"In addition to raising dollars
to support our students, we will
also honor and recognize com-
munity leaders that have helped
to advance the mission of FMU,"
said Dr. Adriene Wright, FMU's
vice president for Institutional
For tickets or more informa-
tion on the Annual Scholarship
Gala, call Ameena Shaheed at
(305) 626-3611 or visit www. RSVP required by
September 15th.

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The Florida A&M marching band performed Sunday at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at the
Florida Citrus Bowl. The famed Marching 100 had been suspended since 2011 following
the hazing death of 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion.

After moment of silence,

FAMU band returns to cheers

By Jeff Kunerth
Some came to see a football
game Sunday, but maybe more
came to witness a resurrec-
tion. '
Nearly two years after their
last performance, the FAMU
Marching 100 band returned
to the Citrus Bowl football field
for a seven-minute halftime
performance at the MEAC/

SWAC Challenge.
Before the band played, there
was a one-minute moment
of silence for FAMU drum
major Robert Champion and
other victims of hazing. It was
Champion's death from haz-
ing in November 2011 at the
Florida Classic in Orland6 that
led to the arrest of 15 band
members, the dismissal of the
band director, the resignation

of the university president and
the suspension of the band for
the 2012 football season.
The 126-member FAMU band
that took the field Sunday in a
game between the FAMU Rat-
tlers and the Mississippi Valley
State Delta Devils was a third
the size of the band at the time
of Champion's death. But in
size, and spirit, it was a return
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Miamians were saddened
to learn of the demise of Ju-
lie Smith Clarke and Henry
"Sanky" Newbold, both well-
known throughout Miami. I
will miss both of them fondly.
They were loved by many and
will be missed by all.
Get well wishes to all of our
sick and shut ins. May all
of you soon return to gpod
Booker T. Washington class

graduating se-
niors from BTW.
By the way do hope you saw
the football game last Satur-
day night, August 24th when
Booker T. made its presence
felt in Norcross, Georgia"
when they took care of bu-
s-in-e-s-s and beat Norcross
High 55-0 on its home field.
Hearty congratulations
to Dr. Rosyln Clark. Artis,
Florida Memorial University

loved Mother Mrs. Fannett
Clark Lyons who thanks
God for 99 years of life. She
hopes to see 100 on Septem-
ber 14th. She believes her
faith in God is the reason she
has lived a long life.
Many members of the Mi-
ami Dolphins 1972 per-
fect season team celebrated
their famous win more than
40 years ago with a belated
perfect season visit to cel-
ebrate with President Barack
Obama. I am sure they en-
joyed their visit to one of our
most famous homes in Amer-

this "world"you are going to
have to speak correctly, dress
properly, "act gently" and "be
kind and mannerly" with
other and know how to treat
others with kindness, fight-
ing, bad language, and not
going to work on time will get
you dismissed from your job
and you being to walk to the
streets and do other "things"
to get money. Please, boys
and girls remain in school
and graduate. Make yourself
proud! Make your mother
and father P-R-O-U-D!
Congrats to soror Dr. Da-
zelle Simpson. First Black

of 1960 invites "all" Tornados interim president. School is now open; do pediatrician who has cared
and Northwestern Bulls too) Hearty congrats goes to hope everyone had a fabu- for the North Miami Commu-
to join them in a fun-filled Burger King Worldwide, Inc. lous summer! Teachers and. nity since the 1950s, includ-
day on October 19th as they who provided $30,000 worth students are well rested and ing countless tiny patients at
journey to "Key West". The of school supplies to local are all ready for doing your North Shore Medical Centers
bus will leave at 5:30 a.m. teachers. This took place best as teachers and students Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
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parking ,lot. The trip is a to school, teacher and learning! Learn- physician to practice medi-
fundraising project to provide A very happy, happy birth- ing! Learning! To do well and cine at North Shore Medical
scholarships to deserving day to Franklin Clark, be- go on to college or work in Center. She retired in 1995.

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Songs tuned into the, civil rights movement

continued from 1C

seamstress who refused to give
up her bus seat to a white pas-
senger in 1955 in Montgomery,
Ala. Her defiant act was one of
the sparks of the civil rights
era and King!s activism, and
it led to a 381-day boycott that
ended bus segregation. Parks
was in the crowd at the 1963
Only a Pawn in Their Game.
Bob Dylan wrote this about the
assassination of activist Med-
gar Evers and sang it at the
march podium months before
it was released on The Times
They are a-Changin'. It stirred
controversy for suggesting that
Evers' killer shared respon-
sibility for the crime with the
wealthy elite who pitted poor
whites against blacks. Evers'
murder was a catalyst for the
1963 march.
Mississippi Goddam. Evers'
slaying also inspired an angry
response from Nina Simone in
her song about naive churches
and a dawdling government.
She wrote it the night Evers
died, hours after hearing Pres-
ident Kennedy address the na-
tion. The bitter song hurt the
jazz singer's career for several
We Shall Overcome. Adapt-
ed from Charles Tingley's
1900 gospel song I'll Over-
come Some Day and popular-
ized by folk icons Pete, Seeger
and Joan Baez, this became

a global civil rights anthem.
Bruce Springsteen's version,
from 2006's Seeger Sessions,
conveys the hope and passion
of King's message.
All My Trials. Part folk song,
part spiritual, All My Trials
expressed both the weariness
and optimism of the struggle
for freedom in the '50s and
'60s. In the adapted Bahamian
lullaby, a dying mother com-
forts her children. Baez sang it
at the march.
Oh Freedom. Odetta sang
this at the march (with its
gutsy line, "Before I'll be a
slave, I'll be buried in my grave,
and go home to my Lord and be
free"), along with Come and Go
' With Me to.That Land and I'm
On My Way. The Alabama-born
Odetta, whom King anointed
"the Queen of American folk
music," died in 2008. She was
Rosa Parks' favorite singer.
Eyes on the Prize. Its origins
unknown, Prize was tooled for
the civil rights movement in
the 1950s by Alice Wine, who

altered verses, and performed
at. the march by Dylan. Ma-
vis Staples submits one of the
era's more potent versions.
I've Been 'Buked, and I've
Been Scorned. Mahalia Jack-
son fired up the D.C. throng
with this stinging spiritual.
Ebony editor Lerone Bennett
later wrote, "There is a nerve
that lies beneath the smoothest
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years old and throbbing with
hurt and indignation. Mahalia
Jackson penetrated the facade
and exposed the nerve to pub-
lic view. ... The button-down
men in front and the old wom-
en in the back came to their
feet screaming and shouting.
They had not known that this
thing was in them and that
they wanted it touched. From
different places, in different
ways, with different dreams,
they had come and now, hear-
ing this sung, they were one."
How I Got Over. Jackson also
sang this hymn, composed in
1951 by Clara Ward after she
and others driving to Atlanta
were stopped and taunted by
white men furious that blacks
were riding in a Cadillac. They
finally fled after Ward's mother
pretended to be possessed by
the devil. The Blind Boys of
Alabama recorded a stunning
version on 2008's Down in New

"Killers in the House"

continued from 1C

T.D. Faison and The Ghost and
available on Kindle].
LaToya had just started dat-
ing a young man, Ray, 28,
whom she had met through a
girlfriend, Ashley Baskerville.
Ray, she says, was a quite man
and had brought his uncle
Ricky, also 28 a more gre-
garious man with cornrows
and a gentlemanly demeanor.
But soon it would be-
come clear that neither A"
man was whom he ap-
peared to be.
"There had been sev-
eral brutal murders
in our community-
entire families and
it was being reported JOH?
on the news every day
as the manhunt continued,"
LaToya said. "I remember jok-
ing to myself and. saying, 'I
hope these guys aren't the ones


Lilly Ann Pauley
that killed those people."

According to LaToya, one
night she and Ray were talking
and he confessed to her that
it was his uncle that was the
mastermind behind the series
of home invasions and murders
- and that he had helped.
"I listened but didn't know
exactly how to respond," she
said. "But I didn't want to die
and so I had to convince Ray
and his uncle that nothing had
changed that, I wasn't afraid.

I was just hoping that they
would leave our place soon so
that I could call the police. I
found out that they had mur-
dered Ashley too and her par-
ents. It all seemed like a ter-
rible dream. But it was real."
Ashley says she prayed a lot
and finally found the courage
to tell her mother the kind of
danger they both were facing.
Six days later, the two murder-
ers headed towards Atlanta.
LaToya called the police and
the men were appre-
hended. They remain
behind bars today.

Lilly Ann says as she
looks back over that
SON week, she finds it hard
to believe she survived.
But the six-day incident has
left her with a lifetime of scars.
"My whole life has changed
I stay in my room most of
the time and I'm terribly para-
noid. Sometimes I wake up and
feel like I'm reliving the entire
thing. When they first showed
up something told .me that
something about them was
all wrong. But I couldn't put
my finger on it. I believe that a
sweet potato pie actually saved
our liess"
Lilly Ann had baked a pie for
Ricky who had, in just a few
short days, grown to love her
cooking. Her asked her for a
knife to cut the pie but her in-
stincts, she says, kicked in.
"I just gave him the entire pie
and said I had made it just for
him," she said. "It was like no
one had ever done anything
nice for him or showed that
they cared about him. I think
it was that act of compassion
and love that saved us."
The book will be available in
hardcover later this fall. Co-
author Faison describes it as
"a journey into evil." Both au-
thors, along with the Pauley
women and a criminologist will
begin a book signing tour on
October 1st.



ACT reports Blacks still falling behind

Data indicates that many are ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Race/Ethnicity

ill-prepared to enter college Pecno AT-T.estdM ih School flrmnae Mestinn Just over 4 in 10 (4qk) Asian graduates met all

By Ashley Montgomery

In the eyes of your child's
teacher, your child may be
ready for college and all that
comes with it, but according
to the ACT yearly report only 5
percent of Black students are.
In fact the report shows that
one-third of this year's high
school graduates who took
the ACT test are not prepared
for college-level writing, biol-
ogy, algebra or social science
But how much weight should
be placed on these and other
standardized exams?
Steve Kappler, assistant vice
president, Career & College
Readiness says, "no doubt that
the teachers are a critical link
to students success, but these
assessments are also impor-

The report is released each
year and Kappler says the re-
sults have been "pretty similar

The data released is a clear
indication that The Common
Core State Standards, which
the ACT helped developed rais-
es the bar and is challenging
our youth. The ACT asserts
that it serves as a gauge for
the curriculum that teachers
teach. Miami-Dade County
Public Schools [M-DCPS] Ad-
ministrative Director of Public
Relations John Schuster says
their role is to provide all races
and ethnicities with legitimate,
college preparation.
"We want parents to know
that the College Board [a non-
profit organization who
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FAMU honors

Martin family

Charter schools

short careers

for teachers

Movement is a push to redefine the

arc of a career in teaching

By Motoko Rich

HOUSTON Tyler Dowdy
just started his third year of
teaching at YES Prep West, a
charter school here. He figures

now is a good time to explore
his next step, including apply-
ing for a supervisory position
at the school.
Dowdy is 24 years old, which
might make his restlessness

-Photo: Michael Stravato
Devon Langrum, a student at YES Prep, with his teacher,
Tyler Dowdy, who is already thinking beyond the classroom.

-Photo:Michael Stravato
Brie Olootu teaches a class at Yes Prep West charter
school in Houston, Aug. 22, 2013. The rapidly growing
charter school movement is pushing to redefine the arc of
a teaching career, where young, dedicated people work be-
tween two and five years before moving on.

seem premature. But then, his
principal is 28. Across YES
Prep's 13 schools, teachers
have an average of two and a
half years of experience.
As tens of millions of pupils
across the country begin their
school year, charter networks
are developing what amounts
to a youth cult in which teach-
ing for two to five years is seen
as acceptable and, at times,
even desirable. Teachers in
the nation's traditional pub-
lic schools have an average of
close to 14 years of experience,
and public school leaders and
policy makers have long made

it a priority to reduce teacher
But with teachers confront-
ing the overhaul of evaluations
and tenure as well as looming
changes in pension benefits,
the small but rapidly growing
.charter school movement -
with schools that are publicly
financed but privately operated
- is pushing to redefine the
arc of a teaching career.
"We have this highly moti-
vated, highly driven work force
who are now wondering, 'O.K.,
I've got this, what's the next
thing?'" said Jennifer Hines,
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Trayvon's father

to be honorary

team captain
By Jessica Chasmar

Trayvon Martin's father
Tracy has been named hon-
orary captain of the Florida
A&M football team after
delivering a speech to the
team Sunday, the Orlando
Sentinel reported,
"[Wei talked and I told him
I'd love him to talk to the
team. He came out and he
was very, very encouraging,"
FAMU Coach Earl Holmes
said of Martin. "... [Hel
got a standing ovation from
our guys. He talked about
just persevering and told
the guys to keep on pushing
through the hard times. The
message he shared with the
kids was very positive and
they were very responsive."
Martin is scheduled to be
on the Rattlers field and do
the pregame coin toss when
FAMU plays it season opener
against Mississippi Valley
State Sept. 1 during the
MEAC-SWAC Challenge at
the Citrus Bowl, the Sentinel

'He had some inspiring
words and the guys played
off of that," Holmes said. "I
think what he's doing with
the foundation is big and it
speaks volumes and I want
the football team and FAMU
Nation to be part of that"
The Trayvon Martin Foun-
dation is aimed to provide
support for families who are
victims of violent crimes, ac-
cording to the website.
"At the end of the day,
whether it's good, bad or
indifferent, a parent lost a
child. He can live through us
and we're going to push on
for him," Holmes added, the
Sentinel said.

Obama: Law school How to turn

should be two years

By Peter Lattman

President Obama urged
law schools on Friday to
S consider cutting a year
of classroom instruction,
* wading into a hotly debated
issue inside the beleaguered
legal academy.
S "This is probably contro-
* versial to say, but what the

heck. I am in my second
term, so I can say' it," Obama
said at a town hall-style
meeting at Binghamton
University in New York. "I
believe that law schools
would probably be wise to
think about being two years
instead of three years."
The president's surprising
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a liberal arts

degree into a


Study: Pick up technical skills

-Ph'oo: Chrlslo0ier Gregory
President Obama held a town hall-style meeting on Fri-
day at Binghamton University in New York.

By Mary Beth Marklein

College students earning a
liberal arts degree can nearly
double their job prospects -,
and boost their starting sala-
ries to boot by picking up a
few techfiical skills before they
graduate, a study suggests.
The analysis, based on a
review of millions of entry-
level job postings, offers hope
for new graduates majoring in
fields such as English, anthro-
pology and philosophy, which
have posted some of the high-
est unemployment rates for
recent grads.

All they have to do is couple
their liberal arts education
with "a relatively small dose" of
field-specific skills, the study-
says. Those skills fall into
eight categories: marketing,
sales, business, social media,
graphic design, data analysis
and management, computer
programming, and information
technology networking and
support. Most can be acquired
through internships, an aca-
demic minor or similar experi-
ences, the study finds.
"With just a little bit greater
awareness of what employers
need, (students can) unlock a

Employers value a liberal arts background, but they also
want new graduates tohave some technical skills that can
make them more versatile in the workplace. *

huge array- of jobs that might
not otherwise have been open
to them," says Matthew Sigel-.
man, CEO of Burning Glass,
a Boston-based labor market
analytics company that works
with colleges, employers and
The study complements other
research showing that em-
ployers first and foremost hire
people who can communicate
clearly, think critically and
solve problems all hall-

marks of a traditional liberal
arts education.
Even so, according to
Georgetown's Center on Educa-
tion and the Workforce, those
majors by themselves were less
likely to pay off in the job mar-
ket. The overall unemployment
rate for recent grads in 2010
and 2011 was 7.9 percent, the
center found. Those fields with
above-average unemployment
rates included anthropology
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Toni's baby sister
shows she's much
more than just a
reality show star
Miami Times staff report
There aren't many R&B
artists that take a 13-year
hiatus between debuting and
releasing a second album, but
then Tamar Braxton, 36, the
baby sister of the phenomenal
Toni Braxton, is used to doing
the unexpected and suc-
ceeding. She is more known
to today's younger generation
due to her presence on the re-
ality television series "Braxton
Family Values"
and the talk
show "The Real,"
in which she co-
hosts with Loni
Love, Jeannie
Mai, Adrienne
Bailon and
Tamera Mowry.
But she's back
with "Love and
War" a CD
that shows the
competition that
they had better
get their "A games" in order.
The dramatic ballad, "Love
and War," released in late
2012, kicked her music career
backed-into gear and put her
in the Top 15 of Billboard's
R&B chart. The second single,
"The One," the umpteenth
track to sample Mtume's
"Juicy Fruit," illustrated just
how serious Braxton is in
terms of taking on cbntempo-

and War" plays out like it's
designed to contend with
the likes of Ciara, Rihanna,
Trey Songz, and maybe even
Keyshia Cole, rather than
those who came up around
the same time as Braxton.
Her ballads like "Stay and
Fight," "All the Way Home,"
and "Sound of Love" suit her
best and display her consid-
erable skill. Yes, this former

knockoff strip-club track "She
Did That."
Two thumbs up for Braxton's
sophomore release. Welcome
back Tamar!

LeBron James developing

a new sitcom with Starz

Survvors Reors" wil nt-beautbio

The Associated Press

ron James won his second
NBA championship this year,
he talked about the improb-
ability of his journey as-
cending to world fame despite
growing up with challenge
after challenge in the inner
Now James plans to explore
that theme as part of Survi-
vor's Remorse, a new show
he's developing with Starz.
While he won't star in the
half-hour sitcom, he'll be one
of the executive producers of
the show, which will explore
the lives of two men from the
streets who attain fame -
one is an NBA star and one is
not and how they deal with
friends and families in the
wake of that success.
"I think the main thing for
me is, first of all, making it
out of a place where you're
not supposed to. You're sup-
posed to be a'statistic and
end up like the rest of the
people in the inner city -
(and) being one of the few
to make it out and everyone
looking at you to be the sav-
ior," the Miami Heat super-
star said in a phone interview
last week.
"When you make it out,
everyone expects for they
automatically think that
they made it out and it's very
tough for a young, African-
American 18-year-old kid to
now hold the responsibility of

a whole city, of a whole com-
munity. I can relate to that
as well," said James, who
was 18 when he came to the
NBA and is now a 28-year-old

Shenita Hunt

sizzles in

holiday concert "

UM-trained vocalist, song writer
i builds on her devoted fan base

By D. Kevin McNeir

S Shenita Hunt is making the rounds in.
SSouth Florida, doing what all entertainers
must do before scoring that "big
I break" taking gigs
at all kinds of more -
intimate venues and
filling the place with '. ,
her powerful, melodious "
voice. And from her most v.. .
recent gig, she's definitely "
making the best of it. The -..
thunderous applause that -
she received following her two -
sets confirm what many critics
have been saying for sometime Hunt .
is one of the area's hidden jewels, waiting for
her time to shine.
Last Sunday, she was "shining," on stage at
the American Legion Hall [59th and Biscayne Blvd. I
performing some of her most-requested songs, along
with several beautifully-written original compositions.
including "Are You Ready for Love," "Soul, Beautiful
Soul," and this writer's favorite, "Brand New Day."
Hunt collaborates with her business partner/man-
ager, Richard Milhomme, who writes the lyrics. Like
Hunt, the band members are all trained musicians -
graduates from S. Florida colleges: Allen Paul, key-
board, UM; Justin McCloud, drums, Florida Memorial
University; and T.J. Osborn, bass guitar, FlU.
According to Hunt, they are back in the studio
working on a CD that will feature more original
songs and "a little something extra too." Perhaps
that extra ingredient will be Hunt and her band's
renditions of songs like "On the Radio" (yes, a
tribute to the great Donna Summer), "Fly Like an
Eagle" that rock and roll classic first per-
formed by the Steve Miller Band, the emotional-
ly-charged "Breathe," made famous by Faith Hill
and Anita Baker's timeless hit "Body and Soul"
all songs that Hunt masterfully sang last
weekend. Look out'for Shenita Hunt she's
clearly a woman on a mission.
For more information about Hunt and the
R&V Band, contact Richard Milhomme (band
manager), 305-305-8886.

"It's definitely not an au-
tobiographical series about
my life or LeBron's life; it's
fictional characters living
in a fictional world," said
Carter, before adding with a
laugh: "LeBron is actually too
famous, he would screw the
show up if I tried to make a
show about him."
The show is based in North
Philadelphia instead of Ak-

-Photo BIIllil MarrQuei, AP
Miami Heat's LeBron James answers a question at a

press conference in Makati,
on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

James is developing the
show with his longtime friend
and business partner, Mav-
erick Carter; Tom Werner,
the producer behind classic
shows like Roseanne and
The Cosby Show: and actor
Mike O'Malley, who will be an
executive producer and is the
show's writer Paul Wachter
will also be an executive

south of Manila, Philippines

ron, Ohio, where the two are
from: "More people can relate
to it," explained Carter of
Still, Werner said the inspi-
ration for the series started
in part with conversations
he had with Carter, and later
James, about their lives.
I'l think the juxtaposition of
great wealth and then you
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Marching 100 back making music

continued from 1C

to early days when it became
known as the Marching 100.
"It's getting back to where
it started," said Carolyn Hill,
a retired teacher and FAMU
alumnus attending the game
with 14 of her relatives.
For many in the stands, the
FAMU band was the reason
to attend the football games.
Without the band for a year,
there was no reason' to go.
With the band back, it was
something to see.
"When they took the band
away, it was devastating,"
said Willie Cunningham, 52,
a FAMU graduate who drove
down from Gainesville Sun-
day. "The return of the band
is why you see so many people
here on a Sunday."
What the fans in the stands
saw was a FAMU band com-
prised of 70 percent new
members and 30 percent who
hadn't marched or played in
22 months, said band director
Sylvester Young.
"Everything you see and
hear was taught to these kids
in less than three weeks,"
Young said. "That includes
music, marching style, dance
routines, everything."
When the 170-member Mis-
sissippi Valley State band
finished its halftime perfor-

-PhotoDon Juan Moore/AP
Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at half-
time of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011

in Tallahassee, Florida.
mance, the FAMU announc-
Ser rallied the faithful with a
drum roll-style introduction of
the reconstituted band: "The
time is now . This is the be-
ginning. . It's a new day...
The return of America's band,
the Incomparable Marching
DeeDee Ellis, who played
clarinet in the band in the
1980s, jumped from her seat,
cheering and swaying and
nodding her head to the mu-

Omega Psi Phi is sponsoring a bus trip to
Fraternity members from Tallahassee Sept. 6-8 for the
Miami Dade College North and TSU/FAMU game. Call 954-
South are making plans for a 435-5391.
reunion. Call 305-623-7991

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-

Miami Alumni Chapter
Tennessee State University

Miami Jackson High
School Class of 1971 will
meet the first Sat. of each
month beginning Sept. 7,
from 4p.m.- 6 p.m., at 1540
NW 111th St. Call 786-285-

S.E.E.K., Inc. will feed
the homeless in the City of

She was wearing her 20th-
anniversary FAMU band T-
shirt, her right wrist thick
with orange bracelets, her left
hand holding an orange-and-
green pompom.
A rivulet of sweat slid down
the side of her face.
"Yeah, nice," she said as the
band performed on the field.
"Here we go. Not bad, not bad."
She declared the distilled,
downsized, shrunken March-
ing 100 a worthy reincarna-
tion of the band that rose to

Overtown every first Saturday,
at 2pm, at 14-15 St. and 1st
Ave. Call 678-462-9794.

The Miami Alumni
Chapter 'Tennessee State
University meets every
third Sat. 9 a.m at Piccadilly
Restaurant in Hialeah.
Call 954-435-5391.

'Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets every
third Sat. of the month, at 7
p.m., at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW
22nd Ave. Call 305-333-7128..

'S The Miami Edison Sr.
High School Class of 1974
reunion planning meeting will

celebrity status and then self-
"The band was really tight.
The sound was clear. It's more
about quality and not so much
quantity," said Ellis, 45, a pro-
fessor from Jacksonville. "I
think in many aspects they
are returning to our history,
our roots."
As she spoke, the stands
around her began to empty,
just minutes behind the exit of
the Marching 100 making its

be held at the Joseph Caleb
Center on Sat., Sept.14 at 11
a.m. Call 305-301-9147.

Charles R. Drew Middle
Community School will have
Open House on Thursday,
Sept. 19 at 5p.m.

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1979 will meet Sept.
21 at 1 p.m. at the Bahamian
Connection Restaurant, 4400
NW 2nd Ave. Call 786-399-

St. Agnes' Summer
Group will' sponsor an
excursion on The Jungle
Queen Sept. 28. Call 305-

Lebron James on new Starz television show

continued from 5C

go back to your home in Akron
and the neighborhood that you
come from-- the chasm is a
fairly big. one, and I think it's
some very interesting story ma-
terial," he said.Werner, James
and Carter have worked togeth-
er since 2011.
They are part of Fenway
Sports Group, and Werner is
the chairman of the organiza-

tion, which combines sports,
media and entertainment. Wer-
ner said they were "delighted"
to bring the show, which is in
development but has no firm
timetable to air; to Starz.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht
said the show would be differ-
ent for the channel, whose orig-
inal programming includes the
recently launched The White
"It's a contemporary piece,
which we've been trying to

find," he said.
"But mostly it's an opportu-
nity to bring us into a world
where guys as producers and
a terrifically talented guy as
a writer who I think are going
to take the audience on an in-
teresting, fun and I would bet
funny ride."
However, there will be serious
subjects tackled in the show.
Werner compared Survivor's
Remorse to shows like Rose-
anne, which dealt with difficult

situations with humor inter-
spersed with serious moments.
"Nobody's getting killed, no-
body's dying from cancer on
this show," Carter said. "It's
light-hearted, but its real-life
stories."James said though it's
been years, survivor's remorse
is still, something he feels.
"I live with that, knowing
that I have to hold a huge bur-
den and responsibility that a
lot of people cannot even think
about," he said.

Charter schools: Opportunities for short careers

-,continue from 4C

-senior vice president of people
.and programs at YES Prep.
"There is a certain comfort level
that we have with people who
N 'are perhaps going to come into
YES Prep and not stay forever."
SThe notion of a foreshortened
'teaching career was largely in-
troduced by Teach for America,
Which places high-achieving
college graduates into low-in-
come schools for two years. To-
day, Teach for America places
about a third of its recruits in
charter schools.
"Strong schools can with-
stand the turnover of their
teachers," said Wendy Kopp, the

founder of Teach for America.
"The strongest schools develop
their teachers tremendously so
they become great in the class-
room even in their first and sec-
ond years."
Studies have shown that
on average, teacher' turnover
diminishes student achieve-
ment. Advocates who argue
that teaching should become
more like medicine or law say
that while programs like Teach
for America fill a need in the
short term; educational lead-
ers should be focused on im-
proving training and working
environments so that teachers
will invest in long careers.
"To become a master plumb-
er you have to work for five

years," said Ronald Thorpe,
president of the National Board
for Professional Teaching Stan-
dards, a nonprofit group that
certifies accomplished teach-
ers. "Shouldn't we have some
kind of analog to that with the
people we are entrusting our
children to?"
-Teachers' unions and others
in the traditional education es-
tablishment argue that char-
ter schools 'are driving teach-
ers away with longer hours
and school years, as well as
higher workplace demands.
(At YES Prep, for example, all
teachers are assigned a cell-
phone to answer any student
call for homework assistance
until 9 p.m.)

These critics also say that
schools and students need sta-
bility and that a system of se-
rial short timers is notreplica-
ble across thousands of school
districts nationwide.
"When you stay in a school
or community, you build re-
lationships," said Andrea Gi-
unta, a senior policy analyst
for teacher recruitment, reten-
tion and diversity at the Na-
tional Education Association,
the country's largest teachers'
Baby boomers who went into
teaching tended to stay in the
profession for decades. But as
they have retired, the teaching
corps has shifted toward the
less experienced.

Study suggests having technical skills is crucial

continued from 4C

(12.6 percent), philosophy (9.5
percent) and English (9.8 per-
cent). (Among noteworthy ex-
ceptions: Drama and theater
arts majors averaged 6.4 per-
cent, while job hunters who
majored in information sys-
tems averaged 14.7 percent.)
Burning Glass' analysis of
about 4 million entry-level job
openings listed from July 2012
through June 2013 finds that
a neW graduate with a liberal

arts degree qualified for about
955,000 jobs, about 25 percent
of those available.
Liberal arts graduates with
complementary technical
skills in one or more of those
eight categories could compete
for an additional 862,000 jobs,
most of them in fast-growing
Average starting salaries
were higher, too: $49,000 for
liberal arts graduates with the
extra training vs. $43,000 for
those without.
The report also identified

metro areas that are most
promising for liberal arts grads
just out of college. For example:
Portland, Ore.,. is a par-
ticularly strong market for job
seekers with sales, marketing
and jobs involving social-me-
dia savvy.
Dallas topped the list for
employers seeking proficiency
in data management.
Boston and New York
boasted the most job openings.
but also the stiffest competi-
Atlanta, more than any oth-

er metro area, offered promis-
ing job prospects across the
widest array of skills.
Colleges, especially liberal
arts colleges, in recent years
have focused on linking those
skills to the workplace. Po-
mona College in 'California
has added .more staff to its
career development office and
"greatly increased" its summer
internship options, President
David Oxtoby noted in a cam-
pus update mailed this month
to parents, alumni and other

I ^b

By Victor Trammell

The producers of
an upcoming movie,
which is based on the
life story of James
Brown have decided
who is will play the
leading role of the
late soul icon.
According to vari- I
'ous sources, Chad- BO
wick Boseman, 31,
has been selected by
the film's director, Tate Taylor.
Taylor is the director behind
the hit film "The Help" and
will also be producing the film
alongside Imagine Entertain-
ment executives Brian Grazer
and Erica Huggins.'



Boseman became
a major Hollywood
star after his stel-
lar performance in
"42," a great 2013
'biopic about Jackie
Robinson. It was
previously reported
that Eddie Murphy
and Wesley Snipes

j were being consid-
ered by the film's
EMAN producers to play
Brown as well.
It was reported that Grazer
has been wanting to make a
film about James Brown since
2001. The new James Brown
movie is scheduled to begin
filming in November of this
year in Mississippi.

Blacks lag in preparation

continued from 4C

promotes excellence and eq-
uity in education through
programs for K-12 and higher
education institutions] rec-
ognized M-DCPS' success in
preparing students to suc-
ceed in Advanced Placement
[AP] courses," Schuster said.
"Miami-Dade was seventh in
the country in Black AP exam
scores of 3 or above."
But Schuster admitted, that
scores may decline even fur-
ther as more students take the
"The District's statisticians
have advised us that as we pro-
vide expanded opportunities
for more students to take the
ACT, it can be expected that
scores may experience a slight
decrease," he said.

Data from the ACT report in-
dicates that this is the most di-
verse group of test takers.

The achievement gap has
been a constant struggle for
minority and low-income stu-
dents. But Kappler believes that
despite poor performance by
minority students over the past
five years, that the achievement
gap is shrinking. The data, he
says, will ensure that the right
courses are being taken.
"Black students are taking
the ACT now more than ever -
that alone is an achievement
in itself," he said. "The perfor-
mance of the District Black
and Hispanic students stand
out when compared to those
in similar districts across the
state and nation."

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remarks, made while discuss-
ing how to make education
more affordable, come at a time
of crisis for law schools. With an
increasing number of graduates
struggling with soaring tuition
costs, heavy student debt and
a difficult job market, a grow-
ing number of professors and
administrators are pushing for
broad reforms in legal educa-
"We academics toil in the wil-
derness," said Samuel Estreich-
er, a professor at the New York
University School of Law lead-
ing a movement to permit stu-
dents to take the bar exam and
practice, after two years. "It is
great to have the president join
the cause."
Obama has plenty of credibil-
ity inside the legal world. After
graduating from Harvard Law
School, where he served as the
president of the Harvard Law
Review, he taught constitution-
al law at the University of Chi-

cago from 1992 until his elec-
tion to the Senate in 2004.
On Friday, he questioned the
utility of a third year of classes
and suggested that students
use their final two semesters to
gain work experience. "In the
first two years, young people
are learning in the classroom,"
Obama said. "The third year,
they'd be better off clerking or
practicing in a firm even if they
weren't getting-paid that much,
but that step alone would re-
duce the costs for the student."
He acknowledged that elimi-
nating a third year could possi-
bly hurt a law school's finances
and ability to maintain a strong
"Now, the question is," Obama
said, "can law schools main-
tain quality and keep good
professors and sustain them-
selves without that third year?
My suspicion is, is that if they
thought creatively about it, they
probably could."
The president was preaching
to a growing choir of law school



Johnny' "nose ring" Gill is suing Trhe Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills after being
racially assaulted in 2011 by a drunken bar patron because no staff from the hotel
intervened or tried to stop the attack. According to RWS, Gill was approached by the
unruly man who hurled racial insults, then pushed him into a nearby lamp causing
burns. Gill cancelled a snow due to his injuries and has filed suit for $1 million on the
basis "for negligence, failure to intervene, failure to exercise reasonable care, pain
and suffering and medical expenses."

Judge Joe Brown, off the popular aridd syndicated) sell-titled court show, was
caught on camera acting like someone's drunk perverted uncle. The live-mminute
video shows Brown taking photos with various fans, who he called "luscious tender
young lUicies." "Pretty women are insecure," he blasted at the "luicies."

Even though Usher has primary custody of his two sons, he's still been dishing out
S8,000 a month to his eix-wife and he says it's got to stop. According to reports, the
pop star filed legal documents earlier this month asking an Atlanta judge to lower his
monthly payments to his children's mother, Tameka Raymond. He claims the child
support amount was determined under an old agreement, before he was rewarded
lull custody of 5-year-old Usher Raymond V and 4-1year-old Naviyd. Usher insists that
he's been overpaying Tameka for the last seven months.

Terrence Howard's been evicted from his New York apartment, and the landlord is
now suing him for rent! The Oscar nominee apparently lived there six months after
his lease expired, but no word yet on how much rent he actually owes.

Soulja Boy was kicked off an American Airlines alter refusing to take his seat
before take ofl. Flight attendants directly warned him that they would eject him from
the plane if he didn't leave the aisle. Well, he didn' they did.

Lawyer Polina Polonsky. passed a lie detector test, backing up her claims of an
affair with Lamar Odom this summer. Polina says she began her affair with the NBA
star, husband ol Khloe Kardashian, the night of Kim's baby shower.

Boseman to play role of James


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Now-a-days, Black women have
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races as being "angry" and "hard-
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A vacant home I
By Steven Yaccino
GARY, Ind. As a tower of black
smoke rose above" this blighted city
last week, a gr6up of neighbors
huddled across the street from a
burning house, trying to guess
which other vacant properties on
their block would be arsonists'
next target.
"There's so many," said Tasha
McMiller, 50, a resident dismayed
by the estimated 10,000 aban-
doned homes here. "They're a
Officials' say that a third of the
houses in Gary are unoccupied,

-Photo: Nathan Weber
burned last week.
hollowed dwellings spread across a
city that, like other former indus-
trial powerhouses, has lost more
than half its population in the last
While some of those homes will
be demolished, Gary is exploring
a more affordable way to lift its
haggard tax base and reduce the
excess of empty structures: sell
them for $1.
The program, announced in
June, will offer Gary residents a
chance to pay less for a house than
for their morning coffee, as long
as they meet a minimum income
threshold (starting at $35,250 for

a home for $i in a

city on the ropes

In Indiana, pinning hope on revitalization
M one person) and demonstrate the
financial ability to bring the ne-
glected property up to code within
"'"i'-' six months. Those selected would
V have to live in the home for five
V years before receiving full owner-
OW ship.
Nearly 400 people picked up
Applications on the first day they
were available. After an extensive
preselectipn process, the city will
choose 12 out of 25 finalists in a
lottery next month.
"My target would be to sell 50
& ~ houses a year," Mayor Karen
f Freeman-Wilson said. "We're get-
ting these people tocontribute as
taxpayers. They can be part of the
h W group that moves out, or they can
-Photo: Nathan Weber be part of the, group that invests."
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson Efforts to revive distressed
spearheaded the Dollar Home postindustrial cities across the
economic development strategy. Please turn to HOME SD

The Christian housing ministry Habitat'
for Humanity builds houses using volun-
teer labor and has helped many low-income
families become homeowners. But the recent
foreclosure crisis and shortage of rental units
have opened my eyes to an even bigger need&
- helping families to stay in their homes.
Instead of swinging a hammer, .:
I'm meeting with devel- .RlQ
opers, bankers C
and pol-

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mortgage i -
servicersp: .
complied with
new standards
for handling
home loans and
must correct the
problems or face housing for
fines, my needy church
members and
neighbors. It's a trend that has caught on
across the country.
The work is critically important given the
failure of big banks to help people who are
struggling to retain their housing. A June 19
report by a court-appointed monitor revealed
Please turn to HOUSING 8D




By Paul Davidson
Low-wage workers across
the country are clocking out
and rising up.
Fast-food employees plan
a day of nationwide strikes
today to demand higher pay in
the largest of a series of indus-
try protests that have rippled
across the USA since last fall.
In the pre-Labor Day walk
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-Photlo: John Mmch.ll, AP
Demonstrators in support of fast-food workers protest
on July 29 outside a McDonald's in New York City's Union
Square as they demand higher wages and the right to form
a union without retaliation.

Low down payments build wealth

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist
In the midst of varying pro-
posals for housing reform, civ-
il rights leaders are publicly
calling for lawmakers to keep
mortgage lending affordable
and accessible. A recent letter
jointly signed by the NAACP,
National Urban League and
others reminded Capitol Hill
lawmakers how low down
payment mortgages enabled
many low-wealth borrowers to
become successful homeqwn-.
down payments of 10 percent

or 5 percent are cur-
rently under con- I 'i
sideration in Wash- '
ington. Research
shows that for the
average family, it
would take 22 years .1
to amass a 10 per-
cent down payment.
But for Black fami-
lies, 34 years of sav-
ing would be needed,
and 21 years for the typical
Latino family. Even if govern-
ment would mandate a 5 per-
cent down payment, the typi-
cal Black family would wait
28 years to become homeown-
ers and 17 years for the aver-

age Latino family.
.Overall, America's
average family would
need to save 14 years
for a home.
i These savings fail
i to take into account
the closing costs,
which typically are
an added 3 percent
Sof the cost of the
mortgage. Further,
there seems to be no wisdom
in requiring these homeown-
ership delays when so many
families have sustained their
low down payment mortgages.
A recent joint study by CRL
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-Churches help people keep a roof

Demonstrators in support of fast food workers march to

demand higher wages and the right to form a union without r

Workers walk for econo

continued from 7D

out, workers in at least 58 cities
will picket restaurants such as
McDonald's, Burger King and
KFC during peak lunch hours,
calling for $15-an hour-pay
'and the right to form a union
without fear af retaliation.
The event is also intended to
roughly coincide with the 50th
Anniversary of the March on
Washington, a protest as much
about economic justice as civil
SAt a ceremony Wednesday
Commemorating the march,
SPresident Obama said that
many of its goals have been
achieved but not economic

opportunity for all Americans.
"For over a decade, working
Americans of all races have
seen their wages and incomes
stagnate, even as corporate
profits soar, even as the pay
of a fortunate few explodes,"
he said. Obama has called for
raising the federal minimum
wage from $7.25 to $9,'but the
measure has stalled in Con-
The wave of fast-food dem-
onstrations comes as low-wage
jobs dominate employment
growth in the 4-year-old recov-
ery, 'and as more adults find
themselves aging inpositions
that used to be career stepping-
stones for teenagers. The trend
has strained the nation's social

One person household p

GROW USA from Latin America and
continued from 7D Asia ...

i to live' alone. The findings, he
says, are a kind of stage-of-
Slife snapshot.
Lang says the rate of one-
person households would be
even higher except for large
Families emigrating to the

Likewise, Daniel Lichter, di-
rector of Cornell University's
Population Center, says non-
traditional family arrange-
ments of all types are crowding
out two-parent households.
He notes that recent figures
from the National Center for

-John Minchillo / AP
wards a McDonald's as they
retaliation in New York City.

mic justice

safety net: More than a quar-
ter of Americans earning less
than $15 an hour receive one
or more social services, such
as food stamps and Medicaid,
says the Center for Budget and
Policy Priorities. Nearly 48 mil-
lion people receive food stamps,
more than in any year of the
2007-09 recession.
Persistently low wages for
millions of Americans also
*dampens consumer spending
and economic growth, econo-
mists say.
"There's absolutely anew wave
of organizing action among
low-wage workers across the
nation," says Paul Sonn, legal
co-director of the National Em-
ployment Law Project (NELP).

;et higher

Health Statistics found that
more than one in five first
children were born to unmar-
ried, cohabiting couples.
Tuesday's figures show that
the share of households con-
sisting of married couples with
children has declined by half
since 1970, from 40 percent to
20 percent.

continued from 7D

that Bank of America,' Citi-
group, JPMorgan Chase and
Wells Fargo have done a poor
job of handling homeowner re-
quests for lower monthly pay-
ments, a violation of the $25
billion national mortgage set-
In addition, rising mortgage
interest rates and escalating
housing prices are making it
impossible for many people to
buy a home. Only 36 percent
of Californians can now' afford
to buy a single-family home at
the median price, according to
an Aug. 12 report from the Cal-
ifornia Association of Realtors.

A few days after my testi-
mony, I was one of 500 Chris-

tian, Jewish and Muslim faith
leaders, part of VOICE (Virgin-
ians Organized for Interfaith
Community Engagement), who
gathered in a middle-school
auditorium in Woodbridge, Va.,
to meet with representatives of
Bank of Ameria, General Elec-
tric and JPMorgan, demanding
that they invest in communi-
ties blighted by foreclosure.
Elsewhere, a group of more
.than 30 congregations called
Austin Interfaith is defending
affordable-housing construc-
tion in Texas.
In Milwaukee, the interfaith
Common Ground, which tar-
geted five major banks, re-
ceived commitments of $33.8
million and is working on re-
habilitating 100 foreclosed
properties. And through a
movement that began in Cali-
fornia, faith communities are

withdrawing church money
from banks implicated in the
foreclosure crisis 25 con-
gregations have withdrawn $16
million from large financial in-
Just as Jesus overturned the
tables of the money-changers
in the temple, interfaith groups
are agitating banks and politi-
cians about affordable hous-
ing. This might seem radical,
but in a non-partisan way,
these efforts are remarkably
successful, and colorful new
Swinging a carpenter's
hammer is not the only way
for houses of worship to help
people with housing. A more
powerful hammer is the strong
interfaith political action that
can preserve, restore and ex-
pand affordable housing across
our country.

'Girlfriends' brand wants to expand

continued from 7D

Girlfriend' established in 2010
has its own line of key chains
and t-shirts to cosmetic bags
and purses that just endorses
positive energy and friendships
among women. Thanks to her
mom, Chandler got the idea
to start this brand. She would
always hear her and her girl-
friends greet each other with
a cheerful "Hey Girlfriend"l So
she got the idea to put it on a
shirt and wear it. "Then other
items came to mind, all still fo-
cused on women, such as the
purse hangers, cosmetic bags,
shot glasses,; compact mirrors
and shirts with different say-
ings on them. Then I thought,-
what a great way to bring wom-
en together, and it just all took
off from there", said Chandler.
Last Saturday, Hey Girl-
friend hosted. a health semi-
nar. The "Look Good, Feel
Good, Be Fabulous":Health,
Wellness and Beauty Seminar
alongside the Beautiful Brown
Girls Brunch Club. This edu-
cational and fun event provid-
ed an enjoyable environment
to network, shop from vendors
and listen to empow-

ering speeches
from local female
. "We had a
range of top-
ics discussed
from beauty and
health care to
nutrition and fit-
ness from local
business women
and' entrepre-
neurs", said Cheif
Girlfriend. ,
Among the ven-
dors that par-

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ticipated in the seminar was
Barbara Jacques of 'Jacq's
Organics. Jacques known
around town for her cool hair-
cut and all natural skincare
line. Jacques has been fea-
tured on the Local 10 news as
well being acknowledged on
South Florida's Top 40 under
40 Black Leaders of Today and
Tomorrow by the Miami Her-

As a growing business, it's
imperative to get your name
out in the market as much as
possible. Chandler recently
submitted her company into
Wal-Mart's campaign, 'Get on

the Shelf' contest.
The worlds leading
retail store sought
out to find indi-
viduals and busi-
nesses that would
like for them to of-
fer their products
to their customers.
The multi-stage
contest included
opportunities for
the public to make

A their voice heard
DLER through online
voting and will
feature finalist in an original
web series. Chandler pushed
for her company to receive
the most votes by using so-
cial media to reach out to her
'girlfriends', across the nation.
Whether Hey Girlfriend wins
or not, all contestants got free
visibility by perhaps millions
and who knows where that
may lead her and the business.
Voting for the Audition
Round ended Monday, Sep-
tember 2nd, at 11:59 pmi EDT
and products selected as final-
ist will participate in the web
series portion of the contest
during the fall. Winners will
go on to sell'their products on

Low downpayments help build Black wealth

continued from 7D

and the Center for Commu-
nity Capital at the Univer-
sity of North Carolina found
'that among borrowers who
took out a mortgage from
2004-2008 and were current
through February of 2011, 60
percent of successful Black
mortgage borrowers would
have been excluded if a 10
percent down payment had-

been required. A five percent
down payment would have
excluded 33 percent of suc-
cessful Black borrowers.
These data points become
even more disturbing when
the nation's growing diver-
sity is considered. By 2060,
according to the Census Bu-
reau, 57 percent of the U.S.
population will be comprised
of minorities. Over that peri-
od, the. Black share will growv
from 41:2 million to 71.8 mil-'

lion (from 13.1 percent to
14.7 percent of the popula-
The irony of these pro-
posals is that government
broadened access to hom-
eownership through its post
-World War II policies. As
homeownership grew, so did
family wealth.
"What began as a mortgage
became the bedrock for fam-
ily wealth," observed CRL ex-
ecutive vice-president Nikrita

Bailey. "That is the A
Dream we must figh
serve in 2013 . .
wage strategic and
efforts to force policy
to enact reforms tha
low wealth families,
the wealthy."
Charlene Crowell i
munications manac
the Center for Res
Lending. She can be
at Charlene.crowell

it to pre-
We must
it benefit
not just

is a corn-
yer with

$ home program comes with possibilities


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Special Board of Commissioners Meet-
ing of the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency
(SEOPW CRA) is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 12, 2013
@ 12:00 PM, at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

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

#19365 Clarence E. Woods III, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency

continued from 7D

country are being
watched closely since
Last month when De-
Stroit became the larg-
Sest American mu-
Snicipality to file for
Bankruptcy. Indiana
is one of 21 states that
i does not allow its cities
to file for bankruptcy
Protection, according
to the National Con-
i ference of State Legis-
While Gary does not
i carry the same debt
Sload that led the Motor.
, City into bankrupt-
cy court officials
say its liabilities are
around $8.4 million
compared with De-
troit's estimated $18
billion the decline
Sof both manufactur-
Sing hubs are strikingly
i similar.
Just 30 minutes
From downtown Chi-
cago, Gary was once
a vibrant steel town
with close to 180,000
residents in the 1960s.
It is now home to less
than 80,000 people
,-,and battered by de-

,-',", -

-Nathan Weber
Felicia Goodman of Gary, Ind., has applied
to the city's Dollar Home program, which in-
cludes the house behind her.

cades of industry lay-
offs and racial friction
that caused waves
of suburban flight,
shrinking city coffers
Gary, which' is 85
percent Black, has
since wrestled with
high rates of unem-
ployment, crime and
fleeing businesses,
as well as fewer re-
sources to invest into
50 square miles of in-
frastructure that con-
tinues to decay. The

city department that
handles road repair,
snow removal and oth-
er public maintenance
has reduced its staff to
17 employees from 100
employees in 2006.'
A graduate of Har-
vard Law School and
former attorney gen-
eral of Indiana, Free-
man-Wilson is seen as
taking a different ap-
proach to saving Gary,
coming on the heels of
her recent predeces-
sors, whose plans for

urban revival hinged
primarily on block-
buster projects like
building an indepen-
dent league baseball
stadium and host-
ing Miss USA beauty
pageants. A proposed
museum dedicated to
Michael Jackson, who
grew up here, has yet
to become more than a
pipe dream. '
. Freeman-Wilson has
some big projects, too.
She has invested heav-
ily in the city's airport
to attract more com-
mercial and freight
traffic. But other ini-
tiatives, like the $1

housing program,
have also put a strong
emphasis on smaller
neighborhood stabi-
lization projects that
she hopes will slowly
increase property val-
ues and local 'owner-
ship in the city's fu-
"It's not flashy," S.
Paul O'Hara, a his-
torian and author of
"Gary: The Most Amer-,
'ican of All American
Cities," said about the
so-called Dollar Home
program. "It doesn't
come with promises,
but it does come with



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Poverty shown to damage decision-making

By Dan Vergano

Just being broke, in
and of itself, damages
people's abilities to
make good decisions in
a way roughly equiva-
lent to losing 13 IQ
points, or constantly
losing a night's sleep,
suggests a report out
Thursday based on de-
cision-making experi-
Performed in a New
Jersey mall and among
sugar cane farmers in
India, the experiments
suggest that the men-
tal bandwidth taken
up with worries about
being strapped explain
the poor decision-mak-
ing widely seen among
low-income families.
That includes taking
costly payday loans to
missing appointments.
Rather than the poor
being poor because
they make bad deci-
sions, they make bad
decisions because they
are poor.
"You and, I would
suffer the same way if
we were broke," says
study senior author
Eldar Shafir of Princ-
eton University. "It's
not just abject poverty.
Once your budget is
constrained, your de-
cision-making suffers."
In the experiments
reported in the journal
Science, Shafir and
his colleagues first
tested 336 shoppers
at a New Jersey mall,
people with an aver-
age household income
of $74,000. They were
presented with finan-
cial problems such as
deciding how to pay
for hypothetical car
repairs. Faced with
easy $150 car repairs,
rich and poor alike
made good decisions
on whether to forgo the
repairs, pay in full or
take loans with varied,
sometimes heavy, in-
terest rates to pay for
the repairs. The rich
also performed well on
weighing how to deal
with $1,500 repairs,
but the poor did signif-
icantly worse, more of-
ten taking out onerous
loans to immediately
pay for repairs instead
of loniger-term ones
with better rates. Vari-.
ations in the experi-
ments ruled out math
anxiety, a lack of time
or the structure of the
test itself as an expla-
nation for the results,
leaving only the condi-
tion of being strapped
as an explanation.

Looking to rule out
cultural or seasonal
explanations for the
effect, the team next
carried out similar ex-
periments on 464 sug-
ar cane farmers from
54 villages in the Tam-
il Nadu region of India.
These small farmers
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vest. The researchers
tested them when they
had 'just been paid,
and were flush, and
when they were two
months from their next
payday, and broke. A
similar pattern played
out, with better finan-
cial decisions made by
the same people when
they were flush, com-
pared to when they
were broke 10 months
later. The research-

ers tested for poor nu-
trition and physical
stress as explanations,
but found "attentional
stress," persistent dis-
tractions from money
worries 'weighing on
decision-making, was
a better explanation.
"Simply put, being
poor taps out one's
mental reserves," says
University of Minneso-
ta psychologist Kath-
leen Vohs, in a com-

mentary on what s,e
calls the "eye-opening"
study. "These findings
suggest that decisiofls
requiring many trade-
offs, which are com-
mon in poverty, render
subsequent decisions
prone to favoring im-
pulsive, intuitive, and
often regrettable op-
Shafir acknowledges
the study results con-
trast with ,"pick your-

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St. Thomas Aquinas defeats Northwestern 38-3

By Akilah Laster

If social media is any indi-
cator of popular opinion, the
demand for a revamp in the
Northwestern coaching staff
will loom overhead for the
Bulls for the remainder of the
season unless head coach
Stephen Fields can find a way
to band-aid his team's embar-
rassing 38-3 televised loss to
nationally ranked St. Thomas
Aquinas on Saturday at Sun
Life Stadium.
We need to get this guy
Stephen Fields the out of
here one irate Northwestern
alumni posted.
Now that NW is losing, you
wanna say NW doesn't have
any talent, WHEN ITS OBVI-
INGHl1 posted another alumni
and former player for the
St. Thomas Aquinas ranked
ninth by USA Today seemed
unfazed by the Bulls' histori-
cal precedence or the fact that
second year head coach Fields
restored some dignity to the

program last season.
And though the Raiders
started the game with a prayer,
they were anything but mer-
ciful when it came to tram-
pling the Bulls. After Aquinas
earned four touchdowns in a
shutout first half it was evident
that Northwestern did not have
a chance.
"They're very well coached
and they never stop playing,"
Fields said. "It's going to be
tough this year but we have to
take it one day, one practice,
and one game at a time."
SOne of the biggest roadblocks
for the Bulls came late in the
second when senior quarter-
back Trevis McKinney was
taken off in a stretcher after
a face-mask injury delivered
by Aquinas defensive end
Anthony Moten. McKinney suf-
fered a sprained neck and his
return is uncertain according
to Fields.
Senior quarterback/receiver
Jabari Dowling stepped in, but
threw a fumbled pass recov-
ered by Aquinas linebacker
Jake Stewart for a 35-yard
touchdown going into halftime

with the Raiders up 28-0.
The Bulls attempted to
restore some confidence and
spirit as J.T. Wilcox, esteemed
local announcer, got on the
speaker, but even his debo-
nair wit could not staunch the
Raiders continued onslaught.

-Photo Credit: Akilah Laster
"The players never laid down though some strong runs late
and quit and the sideline in the fourth led to five consec-
demeanor was positive," Fields utive first-downs they finished
said. "We needed that one with 90-yards for the game.
touchdown that would've gave The Raiders were poised
us momentum." and balanced in their demoli-
The Bulls passing game was tion of the Bulls, earning 223
squelched at 50-yards and rushing yards led by senior

running back Mardre London,
who finished with a game-
high 113 rushing yards and
two touchdowns. Even when
Aquinas' second (and maybe
third) string entered the game
they were still relentless; back-
up junior quarterback Jake
Rizzo got in on the pummeling
with a 55-yard bomb to junior
receiver Devante Peete to push
the game into running clock
"I love my team," Fields said.
"I'm a fighter and I will keep
my head held high."
The Bulls face a very lethal
schedule and district with
non-district opponents like
Booker T. (October 12th at
Traz) and following with their
biggest district hurdle Central
(October 18th at Traz). And
with a seeming lack of support
from the alumni and Bulls
fans the Bulls' season may end
more embarrassingly than it
began. Fields will have to work
a miracle to regain the faith
of his team and supporters;
perhaps he should take a play
from Aquinas and start the
game with a prayer.

South Dade defeats Columbus 12-10

By Akilah Laster

The South Dade Buccaneers
narrowly skirted a loss to
the Columbus Explorers in a
12-10 victory Friday night at
Harris Field in what may have
been a preview of a post-sea-
son regional battle come late
In the competition laden'
with "first game" mistakes,
the two Class 8A teams, who
both had a tough stand in last
seasons playoffs -South Dade
lost in the regional semifinals
and Columbus (0-1) in the
state semifinals- both teams,
despite miscues and hiccups,
look poised to return to the
post season.
Unfortunately, a miscue in
game one cost the Explorers a
win; after a jumbled snap on
what would have been a 22-
yard field goal forced Colum-
bus to run the ball on a, fourth
down ended with a loss of
yards and Buccaneers retak-
ing possession.
Though Columbus con-
trolled the momentum by

Rest, treatment

helped ahead of

second playoff leg

By Steve DiMeglio

No, New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg did not twist the
arm of Tiger Woods to force him
to play all 18 holes Thursday in
the pro-am for the Deutsche
Bank Championship at TPC
Boston in Norton, Mass.
The world No. 1, who planned
on using just his putter and
wedges for the back nine to
limit stress on his ailing back,
felt just fine, swung freely with
driver and played out the 18
with Bloomberg and three oth-

early putting points on the
board first with a 40-yard
field goal by junior Joseph
Tolgyesi, South Dade (1-0)
resiliently responded with a
45-yard touchdown pass from
quarterback Kahlil Render
to receiver C.J. Worton-both
seniors. After a scoreless
second quarter and nearly a
third, the Explorers regained
the lead on a 1-yard push into
the end zone by senior back
Oshton Armstrong with 1:24
left in the third.

er amateurs on a cold,
drizzling day south of
"I felt great this morn-
ing," said Woods, who '
putted and chipped i
the final nine holes in
last week's pro-am at.
The Barclays because W
of stiffness in his back
and neck after a bad night's
sleep on a soft mattress. Woods
was hindered all week by a bad
back and a spasm sent him to
his knees on the, 13th hole in
the final round. Still, Woods
finished in a tie for second to
Adam Scott and still leads in
the standings in the FedExCup
Now he's feeling much better
with the extra day off because

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Serenastill'.'tenn'is qu'eeni

There I was this past week-
end flipping through the chan-
nels looking for some competi-
tive sports to watch on TV and
before I knew it I had hit the
jackpot. Lucky me got to watch
Serena Williams deliver a stern
message on Sunday afternoon

at the U.S. Open in New York
City, after crushing Ameri-
can newbie Sloane Stephens
6-4, 6-1 in their fourth round
match. The message was "
I am still the Queen of this
hill." Stephens, as you may
have heard has been highly

After several second half
fumbles and a pair of sacks,
South Dade seemed to be
unraveling. However, the
Render-Worton formula proved
golden early in the fourth after
Worton came down with a
8-yard reception-and winning
play- in the corner of the end
zone over Columbus' second-
ary with 10:43 remaining.
"It was a lot of drama, but
it ended our way," Worton
said. "I was on my knees and
prayed to him like five times

the Deutsche Bank
S starts Friday for its
traditional Labor
Day finish. Woods,
who didn't pick up a
< club until Thursday
S morning after leaving
~New York on Sunday,
fOODS received treatment
including ice, stimu-

lation, ultrasound and soft
tissue massage every day this
week, sometimes three times a
day. And he got plenty of rest,
which, he joked, isn't easy for
him to 'do, especially toting af-
ter two young kids.
"It was nice to go out and feel
comfortable and be able to hit
shots," said Woods, who has
five top-O10s including a win
in 2006 in this tournament.

touted as the next great hope
for American tennis, which
has been dominated by the
Williams sisters with no oth-
ers stepping up to challenge
them in a good decade or so.
It may have been premature
hype for Stephens, 20, who
thrilled American tennis fans
by defeating an injured Ser-
ena in the quarterfinals of the
Australian Open, like she did
in January. After that win, Ste-
phens popularity went through
the roof, and everybody wanted
a piece of the "next big thing"
as media requests soared. It
was a bit much though ask-

-Photo Credit: Akilah Laster
South Dade moves for-
ward to face non-distric rival
Carol City (2-0), who defeated
Killian (0-1) South Dade's
district and regional rivals 27-
'0. Killian put the Bucs out of
the playoffs last season. A win
against Carol City could por-
tend District 16-8A's most an-
ticipated rematch on October
26th at Tropical Park. Killian
has a lot to overcome with a
hard-loss of premiere player
Jaquan Johnson to injury.

"I was only going to play nine
holes and chip and putt on the
back nine like I did at Barclays,
but it felt good so I continued
playing today.
"It was nice to go out there
and be able to play all 18 holes
and have no issues whatsoever.
... Hopefully my back will stay
where it's at right now and, if
not, improve so I can start do-
ing the other little exercises,
,start strengthening it and get-
ting back to where it needs to
The unknown with his back
leaves uncertainty about his
practice this week. He hoped
to hit balls on the range af-
ter lunch, especially since he
didn't hit a ball from Monday
through Wednesday.

ing her to do it again, to beat
Serena on her turf, at Arthur
Ashe Stadium, where she was
won four U.S. Open titles. A
motivated Serena Williams is a
scary proposition for any oppo-
nent on the tennis court.
Williams and Stephens have
had minor tiffs so far this
year. Stephens did not appre-
ciate Williams' grunting and
fist-bumping during a match
in Brisbane back in January,
which Williams won. At the
press conference after Ste-
phens beat Williams in Aus-
tralia, Williams referred to
Stephens as "my opponent"

-Phowo: Glenn Beil
Quarterback Damien Flemming turns to hand the ball
off as Florida A&M plays its annual spring football
game on Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

'A great feeling' for

Holmes and Rattlers

FAMU beats MVSU, 27-10

By St. Clair Murraine

ORLANDO Dripping wet
from the Gatorade dousing
that he had taken minutes
after he guided FAMU to its
first victory as head coach,
Earl Holmes was speechless.
He took almost a minute
before he answered the first
question from the only report-
er near him inside the Citrus
Bowl on Sunday afternoon.
"Oh, man," he said, "it's a
great feeling."
Then, as he tried to digest
the 60 minutes of football
that he'd witnessed by his
team, he admitted that the
way the Rattlers handed Mis-
sissippi Valley State a 27-10
defeat wasn't perfect.
"The most important thing
is it's always easy to correct
things after a win," he said.
"It's obvious that we have a
lot of work to do. We are just
going to go look at it in the
film room. We've got to make
sure we improve."
A national audience
watched as the Rattlers start-

and called her a "good player"
but did not go out of her way to
praise her. Stephens calls such
tactics mind games and they
very well may be. One thing
is very clear after this latest
meeting, Stephens may be the
future but Serena is very much
the present. Still. In a recent in-
terview Stephens talked about
how the Williams sisters, re-
fused to sign an autograph for
her at a tournament in Florida,
when Stephens was 12. She
also said Serena unfollowed
her on Twitter, and refused to
talk to her after Stephens beat
her in Australia. If you don't

ed Holmes' era with a win
that extended the MEAC's
dominance in the annual
made-for-TV MEAC/SWAC
Challenge. A MEAC team has
now won four of the last five
games in the annual event.
Most of the 24,376 that
watched it were FAMU fans
who packed a section of the
stadium. The attendance is
the second only to the 30,106
that saw FAMU lost 33-27
to Southern University in its
only other appearance in the
Challenge in 2007.
Members of Holmes' fam-
ily sat in the first row from
the sidelines where Holmes
seemed to be doing more
managing than coaching. He
stayed calm, no matter the
He didn't even seem to be
rattled when the Rattlers lost
the ball after they opened
the game with two quick first
downs then lost it in MVSU's
territory. He hadn't counted
any of that out, although he
had an inkling all week about
the outcome, he said

know by now: that's just who
Serena is, she isn't trying to
be pals when she is battling on
the court. She is ultra competi-
tive which is a trait most of the
greats share. After the match
this past weekend, Serena
took the highest road. "How
excited are you for the future
of American tennis?" she'said
during an on-court interview,
giving Stephens her props.
The crowd roared. I think they
were saying in unision, keep
trying Sloane Stephens, right
now this house still belongs to
Serena. No further questions,
your hono.

Tiger Woods upbeat about his ailing back