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Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
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Developer ups ante for $250M Overtown project

All Aboard FL promises express rail and the paperwork signed, VISION FR THE FUTUREN`

system for passengers, much more

By D. Kevin McNeir

All Aboard Florida may not
have been the top choice by
the Southeast Overtown/Park
West Community Redevelop-
ment Agency's [SEOPW/CRA]
three-person selection com-

mittee in the bid

for an


opment project,
but their team
says they believe
that when the
dust has settled


Lley t Uhe Lde VelUope WiLth
the contract. And they've been
talking to as many stakehold-
ers as possible, they add, in-
cluding City Commissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones, in order
to make sure they meet both
the requirements established
by the CRA and the needs of
the community.
"Between March 2012 and
Please turn to PROJECT 6A

CRA to face epic showdown

The third-floor meeting room
of the Camillus House [1607
NW 7th Avenue] was filled to
capacity last Wednesday as
Overtown residents, grass-
roots advocates, business
owners, non-profit organiza-
tion leaders and members of
the clergy showed up in force

to hear from the two top bid-
ders for a $250Ml multi-use
project. Both made their pitch
to the Southeast Overtown/
Park West Community Rede-
velopment Agency [SEOPW/
CRA|, hoping to get the nod
for a highly-prized project that
will bring affordable housing,

retail businesses, office space,
public parking and much-
needed jobs to the Overtown
The Gateway Project and All
Aboard Florida are the devel-
opers that want to build on
Blocks 45 and 56 prime
Please turn to CRA 8A

The view from NW 2nd Av-
enue & 8th Street, engaging
The Lyric Theatre.

-, 14"

V ,1,,, ~

MCI raises $noK

for Liberty City kids

Eighty volunteers go "over the edge"

of the Marriott Marquis Miami

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@mianiiinie.eon/ine corn

As this writer can
personally attest, rap-
pelling 19 stories (200 '
meters) down the JW A
Marriott Marquis Mi-
ami [255 Biscayne
Blvd. Way] is not for
the faint-of-heart. J
But after an 1

essential training course and
with a bit of needed cajoling,
some 80 volunteers dem-
AI onstrated their commit-
Sment to improving the

children and families
last Friday and Sat-
urday during the
second annual
'Over the Edge"
fundraiser, spon-
sored by the Mi-
ami Children's
c Initiative IMCII.
According to
Cecilia Gutier-
rez-Abety, man-
aging director,
MCI, pledges for
the event totaled
$1llOK. with
each participant
raising a mini-
mum of $1,500
in donations.
-It is inspiring to
see so many South
Floridians ready to
literally go 'over the
Please turn to MCIS8A

$12M health clinic breaks ground

Congresswoman Wilson says 22nd eee r

Ave. will see "needed revitalization"

By D. Kevin McNeir

After the outdated Miami-
Dade County Health Depart-
ment's Juanita Mann Clinic
and the Jessie Trice Commu-
nity Health Center were both
closed many years ago, the
residents of Liberty City found
themselves without a health
clinic in their community. What
ensued were funding delays,
broken promises and years of
scandal after scandal but no

health clinic. But finally, last
Thursday, community leaders
and residents, health advo-
cates including those from the
Florida Department of Health
and elected officials celebrated
at the groundbreaking ceremo-
ny for a new $12M Liberty City
Health Clinic [2520 NW 75th
Congresswoman Frederica
S. Wilson [FL-24] and Miami-
Dade County [M-DC] Commis-
sion Jean Monestime led words
Please turn to CLINIC 5A

-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
Roy Hardemon, St. Sen. Dwight Bullard, County Comm.
Jean Monestime and Cong. Frederica Wilson celebrate the
coming health clinic.

NAACP chief Jealous steps down

By DeWayne Wickham

When Ben Jealous announces
Monday that he is cutting short
his leadership of the NAACP, a
big wave of disappointment, no
doubt, will ripple across this
nation's civil rights community.
But the feeling of loss that
many will have over the depar-
ture of the youngest person to
ever lead the NAACP, America's
oldest and largest civil rights
organization, will quickly turn
to celebration if Jealous is as

successful in his new ven-
ture as he has been at the
NAACP's helm.
While Jealous says his deci-
sion to leave the NAACP presi-
dency a position he assumed
five years ago at the age of 35
- is rooted largely in a desire to
spend more time with his wife
and two young children, he also
plans to play an active role in
the politics of his nation. He's
going to create an "EMILY's List
for people of color," Jealous
told me Saturday during a tele-

phone interview.
But unlike EMILY's List, a
28-year-old organization dedi-
cated to electing pro-choice
Democratic women to office, the
political action committee Jeal-
ous envisions will not be so nar-
rowly defined. He says he wants
to change the nation's political
landscape by raising money to
help elect a wider group of pro-
gressive candidates.
"It's not altogether clear to
me that every candidate to be
Please turn to NAACP 6A

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There's nothing better than a birthday that moment once
a year when all eyes are upon you and you're the center of at-
traction. So it is with great pride that we share yet another
milestone with our readers The Miami Times has reached its
91st year of uninterrupted service to the South Florida com-
munity. Despite jammed printing presses, sudden increases
in the cost of paper, hurricanes, riots, depressions and reces-
sions, we have brought you stories by, for and about Blacks
each week since our founding in 1923.
Our sage founder, H.E.S. Reeves, we believe, would be pleased
with the way his son, grandchildren and great-grandson have
continued the legacy of reporting the news enlightening,
educating and even entertaining the Black community week
in and week out.
We have been fortunate to win the support of our readers,
because of the quality of our print edition and more recently
due to our innovative online version. While some newspapers,
Black and white, have had to close their doors and send their
reporters to other fields, we have been blessed and been able
to weather each storm that has come our way.
There's a sense of accomplishment that comes with complet-
ing a job well done and while our employees have obviously
changed over the years one thing that has remained the
same is our dedication to the Black community and our com-
mitment to providing the public with a product that can com-
pete with any other.
We feel a bit like Sylvester Stallone as he ascended the steps
to the Philadelphia Museum in the classic film, Rocky, with
these words echoing in his ears, "Gonna fly now, flying high
now!" We can't wait for another birthday Miami. But in the
meantime, we plan to make the most of this 91st year of ser-
-Vice. It's time to blow out the candles and... get back to work.

We need a hero in the

battle against hunger
After a long exhausting day at work, there's nothing better
than bursting through your front door, kicking off your shoes
and going to the refrigerator for a quick snack. You rummage
through the fridge like a man or woman on a mission until you
find something that suits your fancy. Butfor millions of people
in Florida, and across the U.S., the cupboard is more often
than notbare. And when November 1st rolls around, some 3.2
million men, women and children in our state will immediately
feel the impact of reductions in their SNAP [Supplemental Nu-
trition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps]
Benefits. The effect will be far from pleasant.
Most of us know that these cuts, which will continue gradu-
ally each year through 2016, are the result of the stalemate
in Washington, D.C., where Republican members of Congress
have chosen to ignore the needs of common folk in order to
satisfy the rich. What we cannot fathom is why none of our
Black politicians have stepped up to the plate and made the
elimination of hunger in America their rallying cry. No one
seems to care.
Imagine what it must be like to look into your children's eyes
and know that they're hungry and that you have no way to feed
them. Consider senior citizens who have worked hard their en-
tire lives and are now facing the tough decision of whether they
should pay their rent or buy groceries. The executive director
of a non-profit organization in Overtown told us recently that
she now uses a significant portion of her annual budget for
food. Why? Because the children that show up every day for
tutoring and after-school activities are hungry. Some have not
eaten all day.
Hungry men, women and children may be the nameless, face-
less members of our community but they are still our broth-
ers -and sisters. The Black community once looked out for one
another and shared our blessings with those less fortunate.
When did we become so selfish?

We must never forget

the horror of 9/11
As construction workers complete the finishing touches on
the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on the site
where nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the World Trade
Center attacks in 2001, it may be hard for younger Americans
to actually believe that September 11th ever took place. But it
did. And we must never forget the innocent men, women, chil-
dren and children unborn that died when four coordinated ter-
rorist attacks succeeded in hijacking U.S. planes and crashing
into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field near Shanks-
ville, Pennsylvania.
The U.S. responded by launching the war on terror invad-
ing Afghanistan in order to destroy the Taliban which had giv-
en safe passage to al-Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden.
In addition, the U.S. strengthened its anti-terrorism legislation
and expanded law enforcement powers. Finally, in May 2011,
bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. forces. But his death
did not signal the end of terrorist plots. On the contrary. The
reality we face in the U.S. and around the globe, is that there
are constant efforts to cause mayhem and to murder innocent
people because of strife, bitterness or so-called lofty causes.
We often refer to ourselves as "mankind" but clearly there is
nothing kind about murdering others simply because of differ-
ences in religion, politics, ethics, lifestyles or ethnicity.
The South African author of the noted book "Cry, the Beloved
Country" and anti-apartheid activist once said, "There is only
one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man
and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's human-
ity to man." That is the mission to which we must commit our-
selves each day finding ways to be more humane to other
members of the human race. When we stay on that course, at
least those who died in the 9/11 attacks will not killed in vain.

Regardless of your personal
view of Farrakhan, he has dem-
onstrated that he has a sig-
nificant following in the Black
community and deserves to be
part of any serious attempt to
address the numerous prob-
lems facing Blacks.
Of course, the reason Farra-
khan was excluded is because
he is anathema to Jews, who
view him as a virulent anti-


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Organizers of the two recent
marches on Washington -
one called by Al Sharpton and
Martin Luther King, III and the
other engineered primarily by
King's sister, Bernice almost
stumbled over one another
praising the diversity of their
respective marches.
However, not one addressed
the elephant in the room: Why
was more emphasis placed on
bringing in groups that were
not part of the push for jobs
and freedom in 1963 than as-
sembling a broad coalition of
Black leaders? To be even more
direct: How can you justify ex-
cluding Minister Louis Farra-
After all, he managed to draw
more Black men to the na-
tion's capital on Oct. 16, 1995
than the combined crowds at
the 1963 March on Washing-
ton, the Sharpton-led march
on Aug. 24 and the Aug. 28
commemorative march. In
fact, the Million Man March at
least doubled their combined

H.E. SKIJISMUN REEVES. Founder, 1923-1968 "
GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor, 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher ancl Chairman

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civil war.
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world from racial and national antagonism when it accordsto i p ..
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or-her
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person, : i
the Black Press strives to help every.,person in the firm belief AI
that, all persons are hurt as long as'anyone is held back.! ,

ong questions being asked about Syria
ss is asking the wrong Agency and what he portrayed ters even ,when I disagree with a U.S'. s eike.'o n -a.E
s about Syria. The is- as Kerry's longtime aversion to him. In this case, I think he's ing discussed, involvin'g cruise
't be who wins the using military force. Kerry, you hallucinating. In Iraq, with U.S missiles and perhaps other air-
It has to be whether may recall, is a highly-decorat- forces occupying the country power assets, can make it more
ne of Bashar aJ-Assad ed Vietnam combat veteran, and a compliant government likely that Assad loses. But I
be punished for us- Duncan is an armchair warrior, installed, it took a huge troop also believe that absent a major
lical weapons and, For Sen. John McCain, R- surge and a long counterinsur- commitment of American forces
iswer is yes, whether Ariz., the question is why Presi- agency campaign to beat back which is out of the question
any effective means of dent Obama hasn't been doing the jihadists who threatened we cannot determine who
ent other than a U.S. more to shape the outcome of to take 'over part of the 'coun- wins. "
strike.' Secretary of If Assad ind his governmentt
hn Kerry, Secretary of are ever goirg to be held ac-
Chuck Hagel and Joint n Syria, with no boots on the ground and a hostile regime countable for the use of for-
hairman Gen. Martin I clinging to power, how is Obama supposed to ensure that the bidden weapons to murder
showed the patience "good" rebels triumph over the "bad" ones? ,hundreds of civilians, the only
is week as House and -., realistic way for that to hap-
nembers grilled them -.. penis a.punitive U.S.-led mili-
e impossible, the in- the war. As the price of his vote try. In Syria, with no'; b.,ts "4"9.:taY,,strike. This is the question
ble and the irrelevant, to authorize a strike, McCain the ground and a ht/stile., re-lih bama put on. the'-tablq. -
esday's hearing before insisted that the resolution ap- gime clinging to power, how and that too many members of
e Foreign Affairs Corn- proved by the Senate Foreign is Obama supposed to ensure Congress seem determined to
thought for a moment Relations Committee include that the "good" rebels triumph avoid.
ry was going to blow. language calling on Obama to over the "bad" ones? Why does ,Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
*ff Duncan, R-S.C., "change the military equation McCain think we have it in our, Prize-winning newspaper col-
I into a self-righteous on the battlefield." power to' favorably change the mrjist pnd the former, assistant
about Benghazi, the I respect McCain's knowledge equation now? managing edi;or of The -'ash-
e National Security and experience on military mat- Let me clarify: I do believe ingion Post.'

for a couple of months under
Kweisi Mfume, the Congres-
sional Black Caucus; one of
the strongest pro-Israel -votf-
ing blocs in Congress,, and the
NAACP under Ben Chavis have
consistently distanced them-
selves from Farrakhan.
Although he spoke at Sharp-
ton's rally? Jesse Jackson was
noticeably absent from the ar-
ray of speakers at the Aug..'.28.

any Blacks, who overwhelmingly support the nation's
first Black president, have yet to forgive Jackson for
his comments. Few will admit that in one respect,
Jackson was right...

Semite. Essentially, the choice
for Black leaders is that they
must choose between Jews.
longtime allies of the civil rights
movement, and Farrakhan,
who inspires and motivates
some segments of the Black
community that establishment
leaders r"i't reach.
Over nee years, Black leaders
have sided with Jews. Except

observation that featured Presi-
dent Barack Obama and former
presidents Jimmy Carter and
Bill Clinton. Jackson, who had,
his own share of problems with
Jews after he referred to New
York City as "Hymietown" dur-
ing his 1984 presidential cam-
paign, was probably omitted
from the program because of
his strained relationship with

Obamna. And many' o
overwhelmingly support the
nation's first Black president,
have yet to forgive Jackson for
his comments. Few will admit
that in one respect, Jackson
was right- Obama sometimes
comes across. as lecturing
Black audiences while not do-
ipg1.;'eTlame when speaking to
Siiostly white groups. However,
'that was five years ago and the
civil rights leader has contrib-
uted too much over the past
four decades to be' forever ex-
communicated from the Black
racer.T -,n "'.-.w1,T,-",
The" 'twoO, .recent marches
on Washington are over and
shouldn't be the yardstick by
which we judge the value of
Black leaders. The Black comn-
. muriity is in a crisis and needs
all of the help it can get, re-
gardless of how unpopular that
might be with others.
George E. Curry, former edi-
tor-in-chief of Emerge magazine,
is editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Associa-
tion News Service (NNPA.)

We are cheating our young Black students
There are very few things The busing was pretty much Checks" or 'Stupid Checks." John Boehner(R-O1
that are as vile and predatory one way. Whites weren't going White school officials developed mer Sen. Joseph Li
than cheauting young Black stu- to send their kids on a bus to an idea that would segregate the Conn.) announced 1
dents out of a decent education, sit with Black students. When classrooms at the expense of ucation Department
There are two things that quick- two-way busing was being Black students. Officials would to fully implement t
ly come to my mind when I pon- forced, the white students en- talk to Black parents and show portunity Scholarsh
der this subject. There is also a rolled into private schools even them how they could qualify for for low-income D.C
third event that has developed if they had to quickly build the Social Security disability ben- we all became excite
in the last few years. Let's begin private school. Rapidly, many efits. MIl they had to do was ents pl,'th. sch(
at the beginning. Black students, who enjoyed declare their children very slow be given u $19
When school segregation was matriculating to Black schools learners. For this, they would ally to pla-. their c
ending as the Civil Rights Era that had great legacies, were be assisted in applying to the charter schools. Soc
was beginning to yield results, being forced to get up early in, 'U.S. Department of Health and the DemoctaUc cau
two groups got together and the morning, get on a bus and Human Services for financial gress broughl the
concocted a scheme. In order arrive at a strange school that assistance. Some single moth- program to a halt.
to quickly integrate schools the didn't welcome them. It was ers would make serious money ity of D.C. parents
idea of school busing evolved. It psychologically demeaning and from the monthly checks as the voucher program a
seemed like a good idea to many affected grades and equal op- minds of their children wasted to see President ObE
who thought by having their portunity. Eventually, great away. his funding for the i
children sit next to white peo- legacy schools such as "George Unfortunately for the declared Now President 01
ple, their skills would automati- Washington Carver," "Booker slow learners, they were put ing national with
cally improve. Those who stood T. Washington", "Crispus At- into special education classes on charter schools
to gain from this were bus man- tucks," etc. would close wher- and taught, very little. Many of programs all at th
ufacturers (many more buses ever busing was occurring. It the accelerated classes of the teachers' unions. W
will be needed) and unions that was a major blow to our esteem rural schools would become deny opportunity t
would increase their member- and psyche, almost 100 percent white stu- dren because uni
ship through the numerous I learned of the next evil dents while most of the Black money over good ed'
number of bus drivers. So, event while traveling through students would be wasting Harry C.Alford
groups such as the NAACP and the South visiting local Black away in these special educa- deht/CEO of the No
others were encouraged to lead chambers. At different times I tion classes. When Speaker of Chamber of Comme
the charge for school busing, would hear the term "Dummy the House of Representatives site: www.nat

eberman (1-
that the Ed-
t had agreed
he D.C. Op-
lip Program
C. students,
ed. The par-
olars would
2,000 annu-
hildren into
in, in 2009,
cus of Con-
The major-
favored the
nd was sad
ama reverse
bama is go-
his assault
and voucher
he behest of
We shouldn't
to our chil-
ons choose
is the Presi-
ational Black
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The D.C. marches were 'almost' -inaclusive






The City Miami
leadership must ma
ed stand against v
the community and
ing the residents
they are the problem
cent anti-violence re
Gardens Police Chie
Boyd, called on the
to stand up, say
and fight back.
He went on to sa
people are afraid,
speaking up and are
to the police to solvi
munity's problems
with crime.
Maybe I misunder
I thought it was the
enforcement to so:
The responsibility
apartment is to pr
serve the commun
elderly residents
grandchildren are

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Gardens cops owe us an apology 4
Gardens down inside of their homes, risk. The Chief is right. Resi- department must work to build
.ke a unit- residents naturally become dents are afraid. However, a trust among the residents in
violencee in fearful. Instead of criticizing follow-up question might be Miami Gardens. It is then and
stop treat- the residents, it would be more what is *his department doing only then, that residents will
as though helpful if the Chief's next move' to make a difference? be motivated to share informa-
n. At a re- would be to implement strate- No one in their right mind tion with the police.
tlly, Miami For now, the Department's
f, Matthew he police department must work to build trust among the preferred tactic seems to be
Residents | residents in Miami Gardens. It is then and only then, that pulling over young Black
something ridn Gardens. It i te an ol males in superfluous traf-
s residents will be motivated to share information with the fic stops' or to profile certain
y that the police. kinds of citizens.
are not Such tactics merely exacer-
e leaving it gies that build trust between wants the kind of violence we bate the issue as residents feel
e the com- the police and the residents of have recently witnessed to con- that they are being needlessly
associated Miami Gardens. tinue in Miami Gardens. This harassed while homicides re-
Boyd must understand that holds true for the residents, main unsolved. The City of Mi-
rstood, but the residents in Miami Gar- law enforcement and elected ami Gardens'leadership needs
job of law dens want to live in a city free leaders of our City. to step forward and reclaim
Ive crime, from drive-by shootings. He But in order for us to move the trust residents once.had in
of the de- should be asking himself why forward, we should refrain its law enforcement officials.
otect and residents, the very people he from pointing fingers and cast- Queen Brown is a freelance
lity. When has a duty to serve and pro- ing blame on the victims for not writer, a motivational speaker
and their tect, are so afraid to come for- coming forward and speaking and a trained crime victim's
' sunned ward when their lives are at up or fighting back. The police advocate.


ama selling some Wolf Tickets on Syria |
nt Barack Obama support action against Syria. What will we do if Syria come from the alreay-cU0
on a big limb when Have we learned, from the les- chooses to respond to our "lim- stamps program, from sparsely
atened "limited ac- sons of Iran, Afghanistan, and, ited" military action? Action funded education programs,
ainst Syria because yes, Vietnam? In the last case, and counteraction are the first from already-embattled health
itry's leaders allegedly "simple" military action led us steps to war. We aren't ready for care?
mical weapons against into a war that lasted for nearly that. We've got existing military Former President Bill Clin-
n people. There are a decade, and the loss of tens of commitments, and an already- ton reportedly supports mili-
onal bans against the thousands of lives. The "end" challenged budget, something tary action against Syria, and
iemical weapons, with of that war was hardly decisive, not often mentioned in the face regrets that the United States
e of few countries not with a withdrawal that didn't so of this impending crisis. Mili- did not get involved in the mas-
ig the ban. Chemi- much save the day as salvage' tary experts say Syrian action sacre in Rwanda that claimed
pons allegedly killed nearly 1 million lives. Where
mn 1,400 Syrians, and is the peace movement? Are
ing civil war may have A e've not fixed it we are withdrawing, and billions of dol- they shying away from their
many as 100,000. /\ lars and thousands of lives later, the situation is almost traditional anti-war stance be-
nt Obama announced WVV as murky as it was when we entered that country, cause President Obama, not.
igness to act on Syr- President Bush, is in the White
estic chemical intru- House? Once, you could count
)re Labor Day, but he the our nation's bruised ego. could cost about $100 million, on groups like Code Pink to lift
pedaled and asked for If allegations against Syria are Depending on escalation, we their voices against military ac-
5idnal approval. What true, they have clearly crossed could easily end up in billion- tion. Now their silence speaks
o if Congress says no? a line. Still, it is not clear that dollar territory. volumes.
face the international unilateral action from the Unit- Meanwhile Congress and There are alternatives to "lim-
ity conceding that he ed States is the solution. While, the president are on a budget ited military action" in Syria.
)ower than he thought, .the United Nations is rnot al- brink. Government could actu- Yet, those alternatives have yet
.e go ahead and take ways as effective as it might be, ally shut down at the end of the to be explored. We shouldn't
action without con-' I'd prefer United Nations con- fiscal year unless involve ourselves in what might
al approval? Report- currency to United States go- promises are made. Will Presi- be a multi-billion dollar action
Troops in the Middle it-along position in this matter, dent Obama be forced to offer just so President. Obama can
re ready to follow the General Powell said that if we budget concessions in order to sell wolf tickets (or bragging
f the Commander-in- broke it, we have to fix it. We've get Republican votes to support rights) and count on Congress
fore they got orders to not fixed it we are withdraw- limited action against Syria? to cash them.
n any action. Perhaps ing, and billions of dollars and If he does, what implications Julianne Malveaux is a Wash-
t Obama is finally lis- thousands of lives later, the will that have on the domestic ington, D.C.-based economist
Sthe sentiment of the situation is almost as murky budget, especially in the face and writer. She is President
People, who, ac- as it was when we entered that of budget austerity? Will the Emerita of Bennett College for
o several polls, do not country, money to cover a Syria strike Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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Liberty City, Retired

"A lot of peo-
ple are going [
to go hungry."

Liberty City, material service techni-
'"Lord help

benefits that
most people
actually look
forward to ev-
ery month.
It's not only to'
feed them, but to feed their kids
at least."

Liberty City, Disabled

T h e y
shouldn't be-
cause they
don't give us
enough as is .
just enough
to get by with."

What will happen when

SNAP Benefits are cut?

Liberty City, Retired

"Some use
it for the
wrong rea-
sons anyway.
The govern-
ment ndeds
to screen
better. Most
people who re-
ally need them
can't even get them."

( Liberty City, minister

"They are
cutting basic
SNAP Benefits
are used to
help a lot of

Liberty City, student

shocking! The
economy is
already bad;
cutting that
is only going
to make the
crime rate go

Economic stability tied to the middle class

Since the onset of the fore-
closure crisis, research re-
ports from esteemed universi-
ties and policy institutes have
documented what went wrong.
A new report offers us a differ-
ent perspective, one that views
the creation of a strong middle
class as the solution for strong
economic growth.
Middle-Out Mobility, pub-
lished by the Center for Ameri-
can Progress (CAP), relates
how high inequality harms the
growth of prosperity.
It reaches these conclusions
after analyzing recent re-
search by Alan Krueger, former
chairman of President Barack
Obama's Council of Economic
Advisers; Stanford University,
Harvard University, the Uni-
versity of California-Berkeley,
the Pew Economic Mobility
Project and others.
"Economic growth depends
on ensuring that we can make
full use of a precious national
resource: the American work-
That means we must culti-

vate individuals' talents and
make sure that every person
can realize their full potential.
This is not merely a moral mat-
ter, it is an economic impera-
tive: When ,one person is held
back, all Americans are held
back," the report states.,.
SThe report also reviewed
whether race was a factor in
limiting the relationship be-
tween the middle class and
mobility. Their findings sug-
gest that racial inequities,
both social and economic, still

racial inequity."
The report also states that
while 97 percent of Ameri-
cans believe that every per-
son should have an equal op-
portunity to get ahead in life,
children born to low-income
parents tend to become lower-
income adults.
Metro areas with small or few
middle class communities also
tend to have higher amounts of
poverty. Conversely, children
of affluent parents tend to re-
main affluent.

W while American productivity continued to grow, wages
did not. As a result, nearly all of the income gains from
the last 40 years have benefitted the nation's richest
10 percent.

persist. Regions with large
African-American populations
were found to be linked to
smaller increases in mobility
than in other areas.
"The size of the middle class
is a powerful predictor of mo-
bility, yet its reach is limited by
our nation's troubling legacy of

But in metro areas with a
strong middle class, better ac-
cess to quality schools leads
to improved test scores, more
civic and religious engagement
and the enhanced ability for
greater mobility among low-
income students.
Noting how tremendous eco-
nomic growth was shared by
an expanding middle class
from the late 1940s to the early
1970s, CAP identifies another
important gap: incomes.
While American productivity
continued to grow, wages did
not. As a result, nearly all of
the income gains from the last
40 years have benefitted the

nation's richest 10 percent.
This mismatch of high pro-
ductivity against stagnant
wages is at the center of Amer-
ica's hopes for future prosper-
ity, according to the report.
It is also the basis for the
CAP report to refute "supply-
side" or "trickle-down" eco-
nomic theories that promote
giving tax cuts to the wealthy
as the way to generate eco-
nomic prosperity and opportu-
nity for all.
"If supply-side theory were
right, then we should, expect
regions with higher taxes to
have lower economic mobility.
But there is simply no evidence
of any such relationship; to the
contrary, there is a small posi-
tive correlation.
In regions with higher state
income tax levels, low-income
children were slightly more
mobile than in regions with
lower state tax levels."
The report concluded, "Giv-
ing tax breaks and other ben-
efits to the wealthy will only
perpetuate the current era of
diminished mobility; to reig-,.
nite opportunity, policymakers
must grow and strengthen a
vibrant middle class."
Charlene Crowell is a com-
munications manager with the
Center for Responsible Lend-
ing. She can be reached at
Charlene. crowell@responsi-

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Officials give

their support

to Drew K-8
Miami Tanes staff report
It was open house recently 'at
the Charles R. Drew K-8 Center
[1775 NW 60th Street], hosted by
their new principal, Tracie Lewis,
and The Miami Children's Initia-
tive [MCI]. MCI partnered with the
school and other local organiza-
tions to help Lewis and her faculty
and staff improve the academic
performance of the students.
The open house opened with a
free dinner for parents and stu-
dents and a tour of the facility.
Students were surprised with free
books and other items needed for
their first days of school. In addi-
tion, parents were informed about
employment opportunities by
Drew's PTA and Catalyst.
A number of elected officials also
attended, bearing gifts for the chil-
dren and committing their support
to Drew. Over 200 parents attended
the Liberty City event and met with
their children's teachers to discuss
academic goals for the new school

-Photos courtesy Cedric McMinn
Marcus Dixon (I-r), District Policy Director Marcus Dixon (I-r), Office of U.S. Congress-
woman Frederica Wilson (D-24); Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall (1-2); Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson (D-3); Charles R.
Drew K-8 Center Principal Tracie Lewis; State Representative Cynthia Stafford (D-109);
and State Senator Dwight Bullard (D-39) all spoke at the open house to encourage the
youth of Liberty City.

King siblings fighting again over money

By Your Black World
The recent 50th anniversary
march on Washington was a
day to celebrate the achieve-
ments of the civil rights move-
ment, which transformed the
nation and the world. One
of the greatest leaders of this
movement was Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King.



over money.
A lawsuit was filed this week
between the estate of Dr. King
and the King Center of Atlanta.
According to the Courthouse
News Service, Martin Luther
King III and Dexter King have
filed suit against their sister

Bernice. The brothers are in
charge of the King estate and
Bernice runs the Martin Lu-
,ther King Jr. Center for Non-
violent Social Change.
In the lawsuit, the broth-
ers are claiming that the King
Center has been careless in its

,handling of Dr. King memora-
bilia, where important docu-
ments have been at risk of fire/
water damage, mold, etc.
According to .the suit, there
has been a "total breakdown in
communication and transpar-

Syria accepts Russia's

chemical weapons deal
By Alastair Jamieson deal "could be a real solution
to this crisis," but added: "We
President Barack Obama must be clear-eyed and en-
agreed to discuss Russia's sure it is not a stalling tactic
proposal that Syria hand over by Syria and its Russian pa-'
chemical weapons, the White trons."
House said last Tuesday after Senior senators, including
Damascus confirmed it would John -McCain, R-Ariz., and
accept such a deal. Talks be- Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., an-'
gan at the United Nations late nounced they were working
Tuesday, as Obama prepared on a new plan that would au--
to address Congress and the thorize the president to iise
.American people to make the force only if Syria did not corri-
case for authorization to use ply with a U.N. resolution to
military strikes if diplomatic remove chemical' weapons by'
solutions fail. a pre-determined deadline.
British Prime Minister Da- But even as, they discussed
vid Cameron said the U.S., their move, Senate Republi-,;
France and Britain would can leader Mitch' McConnell
propose a U.N. Security announced his opposition, to
Council resolution. Earlier, military strikes'agalinst Syria..,
Syria Foreign Minister Walid ,Russia's diplomatic solution
al-Moualm' told NBC News appeared to be gathering mo-
in Moscow that he hoped ac" men tumrn internationally -, as
ceptance of the "peaceful, so- an attractive option for many.
lution" would "put- ahnnd to U.S. allies who agree with. the
the war."' 1 K'. .. White House staide against.
The building .*omzentumt chemicalca, weapons but who
behind Russia's 'plan,' which. are reluctant to be drawn into
had already.been,'endorsed by another Middle East military
China and Iran, camine only 24 conflict. Russian Foreign Min-
h6urs after Secretary'of State ister Sergei ,Lavrov explained
John Keiry raised weapons his, proposal during' a pre-,
handover at ',1ne" v *confer- planned 14-minutephone call
ence mJ ondon. 1o ': ,-- to John Kerry as the U.S. sec-';
Obata. ^i i 'L~st.", Monday rotary of state flew tro.,i.oh ;66
that the-R pssia, plan offered don to Washington'Mornday; .:
a potential path that averted U.S. officials said Kery .ex--
U.S. military strikes, but Kerry pressed concern thati-t w.6.ld:,;
cautioned that the only reason be hard to- verify "whether
,the Russia solution: has "po- Syria .-had. complied -t'.i-hany,
tenhtial legs at-all" is because .-such plan, rto-kitjd-.ifthe,
of a credible threat of fo.ce,-. regimehad.gsill k.,t sflme.of
Secretary of Defense Chuck -its- chemnical- weapons: stbck-
.-agel said that the Russia, p p:, ;., .',' :


Dr. King's children continue
to benefit from the value of
his name, which could easily
be valued in the hundreds of
millions, if not billions of dol-
lars. But there is no greater
point of shame than recent
media reports that Dr. King's
children continue to fight

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Opa-locka faced with budget deficit

Miami Times staff report

City officials are struggling to
find a way to bridge an estimat-
ed $2.57M gap in its general
fund. Opa-locka's 2013-14 bud-
get isn't balanced, officials say,
because of a series of events: a
continued reduction in prop-
erty values; non-restoration of
the city's liability and worker's
compensation insurance and
health insurance increases.
In the last five years, property
values in Opa-locka deceased
by 29 percent, or about $272M,

according to the budget. For
the upcoming fiscal year, the
Miami'Dade County property
appraiser has estimated a de-
crease of 5.6 percent in prop-
erty taxable value of Opa-locka,
making it the second-largest
decrease in the county.
Assistant City Manager Da-
vid Chiverton says the City has
been able to reduce the deficit
to about $2M by asking depart-
ment heads to make cuts. Some
of, the options to reduce the gap
include: scraping a proposed 3
percent cost-of-living increase


for employees; and negotiating
an option for health insurance.
Several vacant positions may
also be eliminated but accord-
ing to Faye Douglas, budget
administrator, said that layoffs
and furloughs might be neces-
sary, albeit as a last resort.
Because the budget must be
balanced prior to Oct. 1, the
start of the new fiscal'year, the
City will hold two public budget
hearings: Wed., Sept. 11, and
Wed., Sept. 25. Both meetings
begin at 5:01 p.m. at City Hall
[780 Fisherman Street].

Man :sexually assaulted sleeping teen

By Brittany Shammas

A 35-year-old Wellington
man is facing sexual assault
charges after deputies say he
molested a 15-year-old relative
while she slept.
Christopher Knight told
an unidentified woman who
walked in on the assault that
the devil makes him "do bad
things," according to his ar-
rest report. He apologized and
admitted to sexually batter-
ing and inappropriately touch-
ing the girl; whose relationship
with him is redacted from re-
ports, at least twice per week
from 2010 to last year.
After Friday's crime, the

girl told her stepmother about
the abuse, the report states.

She was taken to, a' ,West Palm
Beach center for victims of
child abuse, where a medical
examination showed potential
signs of sexual abuse.
The teen told police she was
sleeping in her bed when Knight
came into her room, got on top
of her and assaulted her. He
was still on toe of her when the
woman walked into the room
and asked what he was doing.
The teenager had previous-
ly tried to tell someone that
Knight touched her inappro-
priately, the report states. Last
fall, she confided in a woman
whose relationship with the girl
was not disclosed in reports.
The woman confronted Knight

about it, but he denied it.
When Knight, the confidante
and the girl went to their pastor
to talk about it, the girl recant-
ed. After that, the woman she'd
told 'about the abuse thought,
she might have been' lying, ac-
cording to the report.
In addition to the sexual as-
sault charges, Knight is facing
two counts of lewd and las-
civious behavior for touching
the teen and masturbating in
front of her while he watched
pornography. He was released
from the Palm Beach County
Jail Sunday night after posting
$30,000 bail.
Knight could not be reached
for comment Monday.

Person claims beating, wrong arrest

By CBS4 when he was arrested.
According to Goodman, of-
MIAMI BEACH A third ficers in plain-clothes grabbed
person now claims a veteran Moulin's children by their
Miami Beach police detective necks, presumably because
used excessive force during a they believed the children were
recent arrest, breaking the law.
Philippe Archer is the sub- "He went to intervene and
ject, of an internal affairs in- then he got the beating of all
vestigation after another man, beatings," Goodman said of
Andrevr Mossberg, said Archer Moulin.
knocked him unconscious. Last week, Andrew Mossberg
"He's a liability," attorney told a similar story. He said
Michael Goodman said. "They he thought he was stopping a
know he's a big problem. They purse snatching when D'etecz
know hf's.,a, violent police of- tive;,,Archer, whq.,,was under-
ficer.- ,cover at the time, knocked him
Attorney Michlael Goodman out.
represents Guy Moulin, whose "He rushed rrie and he kicks
civil-lawsuit against the city of' me on the side on the head
Miami Beach was settled ear- and kicks me on the ground,"
lier this summer to the tune of" Mossberg told CBS 4 News.
$60,000. The State Attorney's Office
Goodman said Moulin was' has decided not to prosecute
a tourist visiting South Beach -'Moulin, Mossberg, and a thirdI

person, MeganAdamescu.
Miami Beach Fraternal order
of Police president. Alejandro.
Bello said Archer is the victim
of city policy.,'-
"Many officers like Archer in
this case .have a: stellar' record
for over 21' years,' and now
as a result' policy
that the&'Ciy ;" t 6ney's office
,. ., ,.

is obviously employing to try
to settle these cases without
really looking at the merits of
this case, is causing their rep-
utation to be damaged," Bello
Miami Beach Mayor Mattie
Herrera Bower said the recent\
cases hurt the department's
image, but adds there are good
officers on the force.'
"I want my residents to feel
that the police is doing a good
job," Herrera Bower said: "The
police need to understand that
this has to stop." .
She says the FBI's public
corruption task force is inves-
"Hopefully the federal gov-
ernment and the United States
-'Department of Justice will look
'into this matter and do what
they feel is appropriate," Good-
Sman said.

Liberty City to get $12 million health clinic

contiuIea from 1A

of vtictor'"before. they and oth-
er partficipats .-donned their
construction hats and placed
their shovels into the ground
to mark the I-ong-awaited move
forward. -
"Rich, -qoor, Blacks, whites
and Hispanics all need health
care and are entitled to it," Wil-

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State Representative
son said. "It's a moral issue
- even if some of our elected
officials don't see it that way.
This is a win-win for the peo-
ple of Liberty City who need
and deserve access to quality,
comprehensive healthcare and
have waited for it for far too
Once completed, this health
clinic will provide healthcare
services for our underserved
and most vulnerable citizens."
As a state senator, Wilson
helped secure $2.5M to begin
construction on the Liberty
City health clinic and says she
has fought for years, along
with other officials, to protect
the funds and keep them in the

Black community.
"I know that Poinciana Park
does not have the best of rep-
utations, but Commissioner
Monestime pledged his support
upon being elected to the coun-
ty commission," Wilson added.
"This is a partnership that we
have formed and I know from
experience that a federally-
qualified health care center is
the best place anyone can get
,needed medical attention.'
Wilson noted that the clinic
will bring other businesses
to the area as. well including:
restaurants, cleaners, conve-
nience stores, and the like."

"This health clinic will serve
as a point of light for better
'things to come and will bring
m'tbh-needed Jobs to Liberty
City, 'Monestime said. "Our
'citiiehn deserve this."
SState Senator Dwight Bullard
Said; "This is a culmination of
leaders who have been at the
forefront for the Black com-
munity: Gwen Cherry, Carrie
Meek, Frederica Wilson. I'm
pleased to be included with to-
day's team and to watch this
long-delayed dream become a
Elaine -Black, president/
CEO, Liberty City Community
Revitalization Trust said a void
has finally been filled.
"When the County closed
down the health clinic on
62nd, we had nowhere else to
go," she said. "Back in 2008
members of the community be-
came involved with the Liberty
City Advisory Committee and
we made our demands known.
We told the County that we
needed a health clinic in our
own neighborhood. The added
benefit is that this will be an

Bose, chairman, Jessie Trice
Community' Health Center;.
John A 'Rock, founding dean,.
senior vice-president for medi-
cal affairs, FlU Wertheim Col-
lege of Medicine; Sheldon D.
Fields, assistant dean, interim
director of nursing program,
FIU; and State Senator Rene

Liberty City CRA Trust
economic generator for Liberty
City too."
Roy, Hardemon, chairman,
Model City Community Advi-
sory Board, agreed.
"We promised the residents
of Liberty City after the civil
disturbances in 1980 that we
would bring jobs and health
care here, but it wasn't easy,"
he said.
"It's partnerships like that
that make that possible and
signal real growth for Liberty
Annie R. Neasman, presi-
dent/CEO, Jessie Trice Com-
munity Health Center was ex-
"What can I say? the Con-
gresswoman has said it all,".
she said. "We're going to do
Great things for and with this
Other partners and program
participants at the ground-
breaking included: Lillian Ri-
vera, administrator/health
officer, FL Dept. of Health,
M-DC; St. Rep. Cynthia Staf-
ford; Alina T. Hudak, M-DC
deputy mayor; Sherwood Du-

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"Butt" doctor Calvin Butler faces eight years in prison
A man giving his victims an artificial boost in their caboose was recently sen-
tenced to eight years in prison, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
news release.
Calvin Butler, the 'motel surgeon' accused of illegal infections of silicone into
people's butts, was sentenced last month.
Investigators learned of the Krazy Glue-sealed injections in January after
a man and woman came to them telling stories of how Butler, also known as
"Tamieka," 44, of Pahokee, injected their buttocks with silicone from a plastic
cup. One unidentified victim told investigators that his infection became infected,
causing a fever and required surgery.
Deputies found at least four victims as of Butler's last arrest on Feb. 5 for
practicing medicine without a license.

Four arrested in synthetic marijuana bust
Deputies busted four people with almost 300 pounds of synthetic marijuana
with a street value of more than $1.25 million, according to a Palm Beach Sher-
iff's Office press release.
The Sheriff's Office narcotics agents-led investigation, Operation Last Dance,
started in June and led to the arrests of William Sands, 46, of Boca Raton, Ann
Sands, 51, of Boynton Beach, Sudhir Suwal, 42, of Boca Raton and Tihomir Gulan,
46, of Tamarac.

Naked man sneaks into North
Lauderdale home while hiding from deputies
Two women's conversation abruptly ended when a man running around
naked and trying to hide from authorities stormed into the North Lauderdale
house and shushed them, officials say. Patrick James, 21, snuck in through the
front door Tuesday, then hid in the kitchen, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. "It
was very, urn, not comfortable seeing that," said the resident, Anna Desius, who
had company over at the time. "He walked directly in between us [buck] naked,
coming through the front door." The man had "nothing but socks" on, she said.
Still, a deputy found and arrested James, who along with Zane Thompson-Henry,
also 21, had stolen aTV from a nearby home.

Pair caught having sex at abandoned
site charged with trespassing
An abandoned hotel property that is in plain view of passers-by was where
two people were caught having sex, police say.
A Fort Lauderdale police officer responded to a report of a naked man and
woman walking around the abandoned Econo Lodge, 2949 N. Federal Highway,
on last Wednesday, according to a police report. The officer stumbled upon Alan
Harrold, 37, and Crystal Potter, 33, having sex there, the report said. The Econo
Lodge was closed off with a chain-link fence, and there were signs prohibiting
trespassing, the report said. Harold and Potter were charged with trespassing
and exposing sex organs in public, jail records show. Adjudication was withheld
in both cases, meaning no conviction was recorded.

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'It's their fight now':Afghan soldiers take lead

U.S. save years of training

By Victor J. Blue

SABARI, Khost province, Af-
ghanistan -An Afghan soldier
had spotted the tiny wire in
the road, bringing the convoy
of Humvees to a halt.
Soldiers trailed the wire to
a 30-pound explosive device,
where a second bomb had
been rigged to blow up who-
ever came to help the victims
of the first. That's when they
saw the young man running
across the field off the road.
SAfter he was caught and
identified as an insurgent by a
fingerprint check and retinal
scan, the Afghan soldiers beat
him, first with rifles and then
with switches, as the Ameri-
cans looked on disapprov-
"It's their fight now," says Lt.
Alex Graves, leader of the pla-
toon that was patrolling with
the Afghans.

Graves did not witness the
beating of the suspect, but
he sees the differences in the
Afghan way of doing things.
"They're never gonna do it to
the American standard, but to
an Afghan.standard," he says.
The U.S-led coalition of
military forces has spent years
training the Afghan, soldiers
and police in professional con-
duct so they earn the respect
and full support of the Afghan
Some here worry that the
Afghans, who in June took
over security from the coali-
tion, may drop the higher
standards once the coalition
removes most of its combat
troops in 2014.
That could alienate the pub-
lic and give the Taliban the
opening back into the hearts
of the people that they've been
denied for the 11 years that
the Americans have been here

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Afghan soldiers stand guard during a gathering in Gushta district of Jalalabad east- of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct.1,
2012. Afghan Defense and Interior Ministers held a meeting with locals in Gushta district of Nangarhar about recent rocket
attacks from Pakistan.

Sentencing vs.

What people are saying about

Attorney General Eric Holder's

drug sentencing proposals

Peter Weber, The Week: "The
headline change seem pretty
minor Attorney General
Eric Holder is ordering fed-
eral prosecutors to stop writ-
ing down the amount of drugs
in certain types of small-fry
cases but the effect could
be pretty dramatic. Federal
mandatory minimum sentenc-
ing laws enacted in the 1980s
and '90s make it so judges
Sand juries have to hand down
.tough sentences for some rela-
tively minor infractions ... Be-
cause the Obama administra-
tion is, sidestepping Congress,
-&dWieM'i only so much
Holder's Justice Department
,can accomplish."
Jack Dunphy, National Re-
view: "Sounds reasonable
enough, but it raises the ques-
tion of why the Justice Depart-
ment should involve itself in
the prosecution of 'low-level'
crimes in the first place. When
the indictment reads United
States vs. Joe Dokes, shouldn't
we expect Mr. Dokes' con-
duct to have been sufficiently
egregious to warrant federal

prosecution? . And as for
those 'draconian' minimum
sentences, isn't this a matter
for Congress to resolve? Isn't
Holder's plan just the latest of
this administration's many ef-
forts to ignore the laws as they
are written? If the laws need to
be changed then by all means
change them, but do not pre-
tend they don't exist."
Earl,.. Ofari Hutchinson,
OpEdNewis: '.'The obvious (con-
clusion) ia that the war on
drugs has ',been.. a ruthless,
relentles~A.-d. led war on
mino-iti especiallyy fr-
c the cog
we e4 sA ) y'tell exactly
how he Vwirid that war down.
It shouldn't surprise if he
does. President Obama and
Holder have been hinting for a
while that it's time to rethink
how the war is being fought
and who its prime. casual-
ties have been. ... Obama and
-Holder have delicately, but to
their credit, publicly inched
toward a rethink of the drug
war and who it benefits and
who it hurts."

'war on drugs'

SM Holder may be pushing on an
unlocked door. Still, a whole
generation of pols mostly
Republicans, to be sure, but
also many Democrats trying to
~-prove themselves as 'tough on
oremef -.have ,prospered po-
liticall'yfom 'tI 'fhiee strikes'
Christina Coleman, Global
Grind: "Holder is finally taking
a swipe at the war on minority
communities that will prompt
much-needed changes' in the
criminal justice system...We
couldn't agree more. Let's cel-
ebrate this win and continue
ERIC H E the fight against the-.war on
Attorney General dus",
Are erMatt Welch, Reason '"Whe
:- Kilgore, Washington I'm sure there are mitigat-
0foithly: "Conservative reac- ing details yet to come out,
don to Holder's speech will and questions as to the legal-
be extraordinarily interesting. ity and appropriateness of the
Long before Rep. Rand Paul;'*ecutive hraildh talking delib-
drew nations 1ttetsoa ,th ais ,krately evasive action to avoid
6w~ suij~x~t f .serAdrkin ie-" enforcing laws (as opposed to
form, there was a quiet move- engaging. in more simple pros-
ment slowly but surely de- ecutorial disrretion), this has
veloping or. the right .in favor the mia.ings of a key moment
of balling' off the madfiess of in beginning to undo the di-
mandatory minimums. Just as sastrous war on drugs...
important, this trend was be- An important test going for-
ing fed by various tributaries ward will be public opinion in
of the conservative stream, not the next couple of days, par-
just libertarians but conserva- ticularly, from quarters that
tive evangelicals and budget- have historically been 'tough
conscious fiscal hawks. . So on crime.'

Military sex abuse fix takes on flack

Critics say Pentagon must change culture

By Tom Vanden Brook

The Pentagon's plan to erase
sexual assault in the ranks
didn't convince some members
of Congress who say it doesn't
go far enough;
Defense Secretary Chuck Ha-
gel ordered tighter control of re-
cruiters and trainers, shored up
protections for victims and im-
proved tracking of complaints
and cases involving sexual
Rep. Jackie, Speier, D-Calif.,
said Hagel's efforts are wel-
come, but the Pentagon needs
to do more.
"The truth is, in terms of, ad-
dressing the systemic problem,
in terms of addressing the cul-
ture, most of these guidelines
do very little," Speier, a member
of the House Armed Services
Committee, told USA TODAY
She is one of the more active
members of 'Congress pushing
for additional changes in how

the military
deals with the
issue. Among
Hagel's initia-
E n. su.r e
the enforce-
ment of poli- SPEIER
cies prohibit-
ing inappropriate relationships
between recruiters, instructors
and green troops.
USA TODAYhas reported that
the Pentagon has 'dislualifled''
60 troops from roles as recruit-
ers, instructors or counselors
after it screened them for crimi-
nal backgrounds, including sex-
ual assault.
Establish a victim-advocacy
program in each service to pro-
vide legal advice and represen-
tation for those bringing sexual
assault complaints.
Give commanders authority to
transfer those accused of com-
mitting sexual assault to anoth-
er unit. Currently, victims seek

to serve in another unit, but the
accused does not have to leave.
Mandate that a military law-
yer be the investigating officer
for all Article 32 hearings the
civilian equivalent of a prelimi-
nary hearing involving sexual
assault. Currently, that investi-
gating officer does'not have to
be a lawyer.:' :
Seek regular reports from the
inspector general on investiga-
tions of sexual assaults that
have been closed to ensure they

were properly handled.
The rmoyes come as Congress
.contemplates an overhaul of th!,.
system the armed services have
developed to combat sexual, as-
A Pentagon report in May
showed sexual assault cases
rose 35% between 2010 and
Thursday's announcement
was a first step, White House
press secretary Jay Carney said
in a statement. "The initiatives
announced today,' ae substan-
tial, but only a step along a path
toward eliminating this crime
from our military ranks," Car-
ney said.;,
Some members of Congress,
such as Speier and Sen. Kirsten;
Gillibrand, D-N.Y' have found
the military's response to, its
self-described crisis as weak.
They want commanders to be
divested of the authority to de-
cide what sexual assault cases'
are prosecuted and to'throw out
convictions or amend sentences
determined by military courts.

Can All Aboard Florida gain

the trust of the community?

continued from 1A

now, ,We've been listening to
residents, business owners,
the clergy, elected officials -
whoever could help us shape
this project so that it can be a
transformative way to change
the lives of the people of Over-
town," said Jose M. Gonzalez,
vice president, corporate devel-
opment, Florida East Coast In-
dustries. "Our goal has always
been to understand the key is-
sues for the community and the,
CRA and that was even before
the additional parcels were on
the table. For us, this started .
with tle train project. Later
we realized that with the addi-
tional parcels we could develop
the train station in a truly in-_
tegrated manner. For example,
if we are allowed to acquire lots
45 and 56, we'll immediately,
move the All Aboard headquar-
ters and begin to develop all of
the land."
All Aboard, Florida is a whol-
ly-owned subsidiary of Florida
East Coast Industries [FECI],
the legacy company of Miami
entrepreneur Henry Flagler.
FECI has developed many note-
worthy, projects in Miami-Dade
County, including Bacardi USA
Headquarters, Deering Bay,
Downtown Doral, Office Depot
Global Headquarters and the
Palms at Town and Country.

SGonzalez admits that changes,'
have" been made to the origi-
nal plan, but he says'they were
made after hearing stakehold-i.
ers complain that in the past
"while the' CRA has gotten an
influx, of dollars, very little has
trickled down to the commu-
"We are working out the de-
tails for a direct payment to
a neighborhood development
fund in the area of several mil-
lion- 4d4lars," he said. "That
along ith 'an' upfront payment
for the land and indemnAity,.;:i
parking support for the. Lyic
Theater and the ILA'and the
affordable housing support to-
tals $21.5M. There are a lot of
needs in Overtown that still are
not being met. With the neigh-
borhood development fund,
residents would finally have
something that is recurring and
substantial," ,
But ,how will All Aboard fund
the project? Gbnzalez says his

company has met with CRA
Executive, Director Clarence
Woods, III, [as Woods confirms],
along with a financial represen-
tative for the CRA to explain the

"We are a privately-owned
company so we're not required
to show our financial records;
but we did," Gonzalez said.
"Well pay for the project with
a combination of traditional fi-
nancing and have already gone
to our lenders, including the
Bank-df Amnerica. We don't need
any grants nor is our project
dependant-on '4ibsidies like tax
increments tirorn any public en-
tity not for the train project or
the CRA partial develolpments.
When someone takes those tax
dollars, someone else suffers.
Our plan even includes subsi-
dizing the 60-unit affordable
housing component."

Here's what Gonzalez says All
Aboard will bring to Overtown:
350 residential units (includ-
ing 60 affordable housing units)
that are 100 percent subsidized
by his company; 97 square fee
of office space; 55K square feet
ground retail; a 200-car park-
ing garage; a stand-alone hotel.
"As we continue to say, this is
an integrated development proj-
ect and with the train station,
we'd develop three public plazas
including one at the Govem-
ment Center and two in Over-
town. We can do the job and
we're anxious to get started."
,,Gonzalez added that All
Aboard'is ready to'begin as soon
as' the contracts are s.igned.
They' would break ground in
the fourth quarter of 2014 and
complete the one-phase proj-
ect in about 24 months, or late
2016. And to dispel one rumor,
he says the train, which will
run to Orlando with stops in
West Palm Beach and Ft. Lau-
derdale, will not utilize a wall
that will separate the commu-
nity.- ., .! .. -
"We are not"closingk ahy
streets," he said. "The. tiain
viwI 1e elevated so that we can
maintain" cociibtiity for pe-
destrians and traffic."
Florida East Coast Industries
(FECI)' and Flagler, a wholly-
ownedl subsidiary of FECI, have
developed many relevant proj-
ects in Miami-Dade County,
including Bacardi USA Head-
quarters, Deering Bay, Down-
town Doral, Office Depot Global
Headquarters and the Palms,dt
Town and Country. ;

Jealous about NAACP: "Our big victories derive from bold dreams"

continued from IA

supported is a Democrat," said
Jealous, who will leave the
NAACP on Dec. 31, with nearly
two years remaining on his con-
tract. "The fact that civil rights
has become a one-party affair is
very dangerous to the cause of
civil rights."
Jealous believes that South-
ern Black politicians, such as
Jacksonville, Fla.,7 Mayor Alvin
Brown, and Democratic Rep. Sta-

cey Abrams, the House minority
leader in Georgia's legislature;
and Hispanics.such as San Anto-
nio Mayor Julian Castro and his
twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Cas-
tro, D-Texas, are the front ranks
of a new political force.
This new wave of minority
politicians, Jealous said, is a
byproduct of the growth in the
political participation of South-
ern Blacks and an expanding
number of young whites "who
are not hung up on race." To-.
gether, Jealous said, they will'

challenge the strangle- more than a decade,
hold conservatives have' transform Texas -
on the South. where whites are now
Though it might take just 44.5 percent of the
some time for the PAC population from a
he imagines to find Black red to blue state.
and Hispanic Republican t, For Jealous, creating
candidates to embrace, ABRAMS a political PAC is no
its efforts could blur the pipe dream.
dividing line in American P0li- During Barack Obama's first
tics. Already, the changing de- presidential campaign, Jeal-
mographics in Virginia have ous teamed with Steven Phillips
helped turn that state from red and Andrew Wong to create Vote
to purpI'. And-a"PAC for candi- Hope, a PAC that Jealous said
dates '6f color could, in a little raised $10 million to support

the then lng shot, presidential
campaign of the man who be-
came this nation's first Black
president. .. "' *
"Our big victories derive from
bold dreams," Jealous told me.
He was talking about the ad-
vances made by the NAACP un-
der his leadership. He pointed to
"five years of double-digit finan-
cial growth" for an organization
that too often found itself mak-
ing headlines for it shaky financ-
es in the years before Jealous
became president. '

'Jealous also touted the work
the NAACP did on his watch to
abolish thbq death penalty, end
'reicial profiling-and combat ef-
forts to restrict the voting rights
of Blacks and other minorities.'
"He put us on a sound fi-
nancial footing and energized
our membership," said Roslyn
Brock, who chairs the NAACP's
64-member governing board.
But the PAC Jealous talked
about is his boldest dream ,
and could well produce his big-
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Will Overtown residents profit from development?

continued from 1A

property with great potential
both for the company chosen
to develop the property and the
community itself. But after al-
most four hours that included
presentations from the two top
bidders, public comment from
close to 50 people and state-
ments from the CRA's chair-
person, City Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones, it still
was unclear which one of the
two firms had gained the upper

"I support All Aboard Florida
- they've met with individuals
and organizations and they will-
ing to purchase the land they
don't want it for free like Peebles
who already let us down before

with a failed hotel. I
can't support him.
We've been promised
a fund for badly-
needed projects here.
We just want to see
it in writing." -Irby
McKnight, 56, mem-
ber, Greater Bethel k
"Whoever gets the
bid must respect the histori-
cal and cultural legacy of Over-
town. It's crucial that a Black
presence in this community be
maintained." Agnes Rolle,
BTW High alum
"I cannot support any project
unless it specifically includes
the youth of Overtown. We need
a cash equity fund that will pro-
vide us with continual revenue
and a space just for the youth.
They need safe places where
they can learn, be challenged


and grow." -
Saliha Nelson,
executive direc-
tor, URGENT,
"We're tired of
being destroyed
by those who
are supposed
to cover our
backs. Wel-


come to the golden ghetto where
there are more intellectual peo-
ple than you can imagine. I'm
watching what goes on and
believe me, if I'm dissatisfied,
I have a big mouth." Father
Richard L. Marquess-Barry,
former rector, Historic St. Ag-
nes Episcopal Church.
"The land that these devel-
opers want is sacred to me
and anyone who get its, if not
us who have been here, blood
should run down the streets. I

Ssaw what happened
when 1-95 came
through here. I can-
not allow that to hap-
pen again." Jackie
SBell, executive direc-
tor, New Washington
Development Corpo-
RRY "We here the prom-
ises of free parking
for the ILA but will Black and
white blue-collar workers who
dome here really be able to live
together? Will there always be a
place for folks like me who have
been- here for generations? -
Ellis Canty, president, ILA.
"They can promise jobs but
they have to be willing to hire
people with criminal records
that's always been the way
developers have gotten around
their promises. A lot of people
in Overtown may have made

The Miami Times: 91 years of continued service

continued from 1A

York Amsterdam News and The St. Louis
American, The Miami Times has earned its
place as the leading Black voice in its com-
munity through hard work and a vision, as
set forth by its owners.
Garth C. Reeves, publisher emeritus, 93,
took over the paper from his father and
continued to bring a level of excellence that
remains today. He says he was adamant
about making sure the truth was always
"If a commissioner was guilty of wrong-
doings, we were there to tell the story," he
said. "On the other hand, if Blacks were
being treated unfairly or were the victim of
character assassination, it was my goal to
make sure we got to the bottom of the issue
and made our readers aware."
He would turn over the reigns to his son,
the late Garth C. Reeves, Jr. After his death,
the current publisher, Rachel J. Reeves,
would bring her unique style to the paper.
"The story of the Times'is not about me -
it's about my grandfather who had the fore-
sight and courage to start a Black news-
paper in the deepest South, my father who
built on that legacy and my brother who


THE REEVESES: Garth, Sr., Rachel and
Garth Basil enjoy Miami's beautiful sky-
line on their backyard patio.
showed so much potential that he never
had the chance to fulfill," she'said. "Even-
tually my son [Garth B. Reeves] will carry
on the family legacy."

Reeves says that the survival of the Black

press is inextricably bound to how effec-
tively it serves the community, particularly
the faith community. However, with re-
cent changes in the newspaper business
and styles of journalism, The Miami Times
has had to make several decisions some
of which have been both bold and costly.
Perhaps that's where the current publish-
er's son, Garth, a recent Emory University
graduate, enters the picture. [Garth is cur-
rently in charge of business development
for the paper].
"With our decision to solidly enter the
stratosphere of social media, we now have
a new product the online edition of The
Miami Times," he said. "We are using Face-
book, Twitter, Instagram and downloading
breaking stories. That means we can in-
form our readers instantly and they can
share that news with others.
We have recently revised our online for-
mat and I believe it makes ours an even
more credible news source. But unlike
some papers that have gone 'digital first,'
we will remain a weekly publication that
focuses first on our print product. Either
way, it's all about first-rate news dover-
age that provides insight to our readers
about things that -matter to',the Black

mistakes in the past, but that
shouldn't keep them from mov-
ing ahead." -:-James McQueen,
Overtown resident.

Bill Bloom, special counsel to
the CRA, said Thursday, Sept
12th is an important date.
"At the CRA meeting, the
board has to approve a devel-
oper and any variances and
then submit a letter to the
county variances saying the
CRA board has made its deci-
sion, if indeed a decision has
been made," he said. "The

County then has 45 days to
approve or reject that recom-
mendation. We would have one
more chance and could issue a
new RFP that could stay out for
30 days, but we'd have to reject
all of the previous proposals. At
this point all we can do is serve
up the facts.
.The 'CRA will make its recom-
mendation at -the Miami City
Commission meeting on Thurs-
day, Sept. 12 at City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive., The tenta-
tive meeting time is 12 noon.
Ashley Montgomery contributed
to this story. '

Innovative MCI fundraiser

continued from 1A

edge' for Liberty City's children
- it's truly a testament to the
importance of our mission," she
said. , .
"We were the first to bring this
innovative fundraiser to Miami
and we did it to bring national
attention to the work we're do-
ing in Liberty City. What's hap-
pening in this community is
daring and visionary together
we're all going over the edge to
improve the lives of others."
Like the Harlem Children's
Zone project, MCI takes a block-
by-block approach to breaking
the cycle of poverty by investing
in the potential of every child.
They partner with Liberty City
residents, youth, religious cen-.
ters, schools, businesses' and
non-profit organizations. Those
who took the 'plunge' last week-
end included: State Senator
Dwight Bullard; M-DC. School
Board Member Dr. Lawrence
Feldman, City Commissioner
Raquel Regalado; County Com-
missioner Juan Zapata; M-DC
School Board Superinten-
dent Alberto Carvalho; and an
80-year-old grandmother.
There was even a new twist
this year after a' social media
contest identified one couple

who exchanged their wedding
vows at the top of the hotel be-
fore rappelling in- their tuxedo
, and wedding gown.

Alicia Ley, 31; rappelled from
the Marriott right before this
writer summoned the courage
to follow her and yes, we were
both somewhat nervous. But
the Overtown-born, Liberty City
mother of six (ranging in ages
from 15 -to 2) said she said she
was doing it for her children, de-
spite efforts to talk her out of it
by several adult relatives. '
"I live along 60th and 18th
Avenue among the three blocks
that MCI supports," she said.
"After they got my oldest son
Involved and excited, I decided
to volunteer. Now I'm a board
member, I've helped with the
community clean up project
and we have a safe place for
our children to play. What MCI
is doing for us and with us is
awesome. We have had a lot of
People come into our commu-
nity before making all kinds of
promises but MCI has delivered.
When I take my kids, to their
, building, it feels like home."
For more information go to
www.miamichild rensinitiat iye.

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We know the residents, businesses and stakeholders in Historic Overtown don't
want to listen to more promises, which is why we're writing ours down and
publishing them. We want everyone to know what we're saying and what we're
Our proposal for retail, offices and residences, including affordable housing, on
Blocks 45 and 56 was developed with input from the community. We are
committed to continuing to meet and work with Historic Overtown's many

If we are awarded the right to develop Blocks 45 and 56, the team commits to:

Delivering a sustainable, profitable development to Overtown's residents,
businesses and stakeholders

Hiring local workers for construction and permanent jobs

Creating educational and training programs for the youth and local residents

Celebrating and remembering the community's history

Setting an example for future growth and economic development in the area
by moving All Aboard Florida's headquarters to the new offices

l- Investin $2.5 million dollars in a newly created neighborhood development
fund for enhancements within the SEOPW CRA boundaries This will be the
seed money to fund area enhancements, youth and health programs,
business training and more
. -....., ... .

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THE L I Ul llDlllffI

Lives are being changed

and destinies redirected

MAliami Timt'\ .taJf report
Girl Power Inc., an organization dedicated to helping young
girls turn their lives around through day and after-school social
change programs, has been a fixture in the Liberty City commu-
nity for over a decade. And in order to raise funds, the Girl Pow-
er Choir, along with Miami favorites Maryel Epps and Rochelle
Lightfoot, recently put on a concert at the Armory Studios in the
Design District that showcased the girls' incredible talents.
"Many of these young girls are marginalized by our commu-
nity," said Thema Campbell, president/CEO, Girl Power. "It is
our mission to bring the voices of these girls to the public and
we've found that the choir is one of the best ways to broadcast
the best of Girl Power to the world."
According to Board Chairman Andrea M. Thompson, the im-
pact of Girl Power on the young women they serve has been
S;/ "Lives have been changed and destinies diverted onto
A'A positive paths," she said. "For girls who have been sus-
V!, pended from school, are angry and disillusioned or who
have major problems at home, Girl Power has not only
served as a refuge but a guiding force in significantly
boosting their self esteem, dialing back their anger and
Ultimately turning their lives around."
S"I have learned many things while attending Girl
Please turn to GIRL POWER CHOIR 11B


Liberty City: Residents feel ignored,

Funds designated for the district not
being spent to enhance community

By Gigi TOWMwly
Since the beginning of Au-
gust, residents in the Lib-
erty City area have called The
Times voicing their concerns
about shabby appearance of
many of the homes, public and
private buildings, parks and
businesses within their bound-
aries. [The area called Liberty
City territorially begins at ap-

proximately 40th street on the
south side to 79th street on the
north and from 6th avenue on
the east to up to 19th avenue
on the west. Many Miami-
Dade County citizens refer to
any area between 40th street
on the south, 79th street on
the north, 7th avenue on the
east to 27th on the west as Lib-
erty City-but it isn't.]
"I believe that something is
going on that does not have

Liberty City Resident


our [residents of Liberty City)
best interest at heart,." Fred
Philpot said. "When the Public
Works Department is called to
come out to our area to make
.repairs, it takes days and
weeks for them to show up. It's
not that way in Coral Gables,
'Aventura,, Brickell and other
affluent communities in the
County. Are the powers-that-
be trying to let this area to-
tally fall to the gutter so that
they and/or their friends can
purchase the. properties for
pennies on the dollar?"
Please turn to FUNDS 11B

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Retired M-DCPS Region Superintendent Retired Retail Manger and Homeowner

Former Dolphin brings joy

to the lives of local youth

Ja~son Taylor takes
hardworking students
school shopping
By Gigi Tinsley L ..


Pastor of New Born,

president of PULSE

By Gigi Tinsley
In 1988, James Pacley
preached his initial sermon on
his way to becoming the pas-
tor of a congregation. And "in
1996, the second Sunday in Au-
gust more than 125 members
were in attendance to start the

New Born Faith Deliverance Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, Pacley
said. "Since 2003, our services
have been held at 4816 NW 22nd
Ave. We have approximately 100
names on the roll but the atten-
dance fluctuates between 35 and
75 each Sunday," Pacley added.
Pacley is a soft-spoken, easy-
Please turn to PACLEY 15B

During the recent Labor Day week-
end, Jason Taylor, retired Miami Dol-
phins All-Pro, took 20 students from
Brownsville Middle, Carol City Middle
and Senior, Northwestern Senior and
William H. Turner Senior High Schools
on a $300 shopping spree to Old Navy.
And by taking advantage of a 30
Please turn to TAYLOR 11B

Jason Taylor with kids on their recent shopping spree

Poet Terry F. Newton now a church elder

By Gigi Tinsley .
It was in 2001 that Terry
Fernando Newton of Coconut
Grove introduced himself to
The Miami Times. He was a
poet who promoted the unifi-
cation of cultures and wanted

to publish some of his
healing, inspiration-
al poetry. After the
September 11, 2001
attack on the World
Trade Center in New
York, Newton sent a
poem to a reporter in
New York City and to


Mayor Rudolph Giu-
Later that year,
in October, Giuliani
sent a note of thanks
to Newton and ad-
dressed it "Dear
Friend." A copy of
the poem was sent to

President George Bush and in
November, Newtown received
a note from the President
himself. The note read, "In
the aftermath of this unimagi-
nable tragedy, New Yorkers
and Americans have united
as never before. We are now
Please turn to NEWTON 11B

Chicago church seeks justice in land's bounty

By Samuel G.: Freedman

CHICAGO Two generations
and 700 miles away from her
grandparents' farm in Missis-
sippi, Juanita O'Neal sat in a
parking lot beside the four lanes
of West 95th Street here, sell-
ing peas and okra and peaches.
She wore an apron embroidered
with the image of a ripe tomato'
and the words, "Granny and
Kids Garden Patch."
Over those generations, an

Bringing fresh food

to the South Side,

and supporting a


essential.chapter of the African- "
American epic had occurred. .. """
O'Neal's grandparents 'died
without a will, she said, and
so the family land that she had,
helped till as a girl was lost.
She moved to Chicago with her T. C. Barker, 73, w
parents as part. of the Great Mi- Chicago to sell his i
gration and spent 20 years as a
teacher. the soil. On a recent
In retirement, she bought, morning, like all the
some acreage in the flatlands mornings of the sun
60 miles South of Chicago and,; had 'driven with a (
plunged her hands back into' of Black farmers-to

'Good job.'"
The collaboration with O'Neal
and a half-dozen other Black
farmers from an area known as
Pembroke Township fulfills two
missions for Trinity's leaders.
It helps support the precari-
ous livelihood of the farmers,
and it addresses the congrega-
tion's need for fresh produce in
an expanse of the South Side
considered a "food desert" for
its paucity of supermarkets and

"We pray before we start,"
said Rose Scott, the. deacon in
charge of the farmers' market,
said of the Saturday morning
"Everyone who's here, we cir-
cle and we pray and we ask God
to order our steps. Don't let this
work be the 'us' in us. Let it be.
the God in us."
The market' was born in a
conversation about five years
ago between Trinity's pastor,
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-- r, l.,u V,,. r r.i ri,-, ij,.r
ith his grandson, C. J. Dodd, 14, travels from his land 60 miles south of
produce on Saturday mornings at Trinity United Church of Christ.

amer, she
sell their

bounty at a market sponsored said O'Neal, 68. "I can't blame
by one of Chicago's most forrhi- anyone for -the past. I have to
dable Black churches, Trinity take the accountability. But if
United Church of Christ. my grandparents are looking
"I can't correct the past;" down on me, they're' saying,

-Photo: Nathan Weber
Juanita 0'Neal, 68, travels from Pembroke Township, III., 60
miles south of Chicago, to sell her harvest on Saturdays.

Taylor Foundation encourages local youth
*'.'' ___---------- '

co.-...ued from 10B
1 .e t, store-ide sale, each
student was able to make pur-
chases that totaled $420.Tay-
lor, the founder and president
of the Jason Taylor Founda-
tion, says that he, along with
his wife, Katina [vice president
-am :the Foundation's board,
take' :their mission statement
"Our.goal is:to-facilitate the
personal 'growth and empow-
erment of South Florida's chil-
dren in need by focusing on im-
proved healthcare, education
and quality of life," he said. "I
remember -what it was like be-
ing a child. If your clothes were
not as cool as those worn by
your classmates you weren't
treated well. "It's not a good
feeling."Sharron Henley, vice-
president of programs for the
Urban League of Miami, .led the
entourage that accompanied
Taylor and his special guest,
rapper Ricky Rozay, on the
shopping trip.
"The Jason Taylor "Founda-
tion-.has taken students on

Ricky Rozay and Sharron Henley.

shopping sprees like this since
2005 and to see the happiness
on the faces of the children
means a lot to us," Henley said.
"He buys them the latest gear
for the school year. All we can
say to him and his wife is thank
you. ,".
Building character one child

at a time Last August, students
from the Miami area partici-
pated in Camp Katina Cart-
wheels to Character. The camp
was founded August 19, 2011
by. Jason's wife, Katina for girls
,7-12 years of age. They partici-
pate in gymnastics, cheerlead-
ing and life-skills programs.

Nearly 50 girls from the Marti
Huizenga Boys and Girls Club,
Overtown Youth Center and
Urban League of Broward and
Miami-Dade participated in the
three-day camp at the West
Broward Gymnastics Academy
in Davie.
In addition to the sports ac-
tivities, the girls heard from a
Panel of guest speakers made
up of influential South Florida,
women who discussed a vari-
ety of topics including the im-
portance of education and goal
setting, healthy eating hab-
its, physical fitness, etiquette,
respect and appreciation for
others and honoring commit-
ments. The camp culminated
with a visit from Jason and Ka-
tina's brother, Miami Dolphins'
legendary linebacker, Zack
Thomas, who interacted with
the girls and posed for pictures
With each of the campers. Each
camper received a medal and
Since its inception in 2004,
the Foundation has contribut-
ed nearly $3M to programs and
services dedicated to helping
local children.

Residents sick and tired of shabby treatment

continued from lOB

Dr. Mae Christian, a Lib-
erty .City resident who serves
on the Model City Community
Action Board said, "I feel that
the home owners as well as the-
concerned renters are totally
being disrespected, period.
Funds allocated for this com-
'munity has been recaptured
and is being allocated for oth-
er projects in other districts.
That is totally unfair. There's
no political accountability for
the way Liberty City is being
treated. Nationally, this city is
identified as thle most suffering
city in America. Our politicians
need to be held more account-.
able for their actions or lack
of," Christian added. '
Mrs. Curry {she asked that

her first, name not be used]
agreed with what the 'others
said. And added, "People are
losing ithe family homes and
those who purchase those
homes don't live in this area.
They rent the newly purchased
homes out to folks who don't
care about keeping up the
property. So you see we are get-
ting the sharp end of the stick
from both sides. The third neg-
ative we have to deal with is the
Public Works Dept."
Henry Goa, a retired M-
DCPS region III superintendent
,echoed the sentiments of oth-
er homeowners and said, "We
need the Code Enforcement
Departmenrit to do their jobs in
. our community as they do in
others. I don't know how the
police officers never see any
thing wrong inpur area besides

a shooting. We have numerous
abandoned houses that need to
be maintained and their yards
landscaped. Do what they do in
other areas-levy fines against
the homeowners. If they, don't
pay the taxes, 'assume control
of the properties." .
, Marge Baker said, "I moved
into this community in 1964
and the area was a nice place
to live back then.
Now we have drainage prob-
lems, lights constantly out on
I10th and 12th avenues and
some of the worst streets in
the County. I have also noticed
that lately, a lot of Hispan-
ics have moved into the area
and brought with them a lot of
chickens., So now, early in the
morning, we have to listen to
the crowing of roosters."
Moselle H. Rackard, a retired

retail manager and homeowner
since 1959' said, "Hopefully,
we will be-able to get someone
in the political arena to help
us upgrade this area. Thirty
and forty years ago, this was a
beautiful community but now
we look like a third world coun-
The homeowners can only do
so much. It takes the usage of
our tax-dollars to keep an area
looking attractive and in this
area very few dollars are spent
on upkeep.
We have too many empty
houses, unkept yards, and folk
in the Code Enforcement De-
partment, not doing their jobs.;
We are not going to give our
homes away so 'the next best
thing to do is treat us fairly
and do what is right for Liberty

Helping young girls to make positive changes

continued from 10B

Power," said 15-year-old Car-
la. "1 have learned how to let
things go and to believe in and
have confidence in myself. I'm
so thankful that I was sent
I feel everything happens for a
reason and I have to say that
thanks to Girl Power, I'm a bet-
ter young woman."
Marva, 14 shared similar
"This program has taught me
to controlmy anger, made me
more awdre of the consequenc-
es associated with reckless be-
havior and shown me how to

take responsibility for my ac-
tions," she said.
"These, are important priori-
ties I will strive to apply to my
life outside of Girl Power.""
So, does Girl Power really
make a difference? Campbell
-says it definitely does.
"This is an extraordinary or-
ganization that's actually help-
mfg young girls make positive
changes in their lives," she
"They're seeing changes that
are tangible and measurable
but we could always use dol-
lars to keep moving forward -
that way even more young girls
will benefit from our outreach,
education and guidance."

The Girl Power Choir sings with Rochelle Lightfoot, Maryel
Epps, directed Gail Seay.


Evangelistic Pentecos-
tal Church of Our Lord will
be in revival sept. 11-13, 8
p.m. nightly. Call 786-985-

Holy Ghost Faith De-
liverance Ministries invites
the 'public to their Revival
Sept. 11-13 at 7:30 nightly.
Revivalist Apostle Francis
Curry of Hollywood. Call 786-

Greater Bethel 'A.M.E.
Church-is hosting a Hospital-
ity Institute Job Fair on Sept.
13, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Call

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

S],New Covenant Pres-
byterian Church will host a-
Tent Revival Sept. 13-14 at 7
nightly. Call 305-638-0794.

New Way Fellowship
Praise and Worship Center
will host its annual "Health
and Wellness' Expo" for all
ages on Sept. 14th, 9 a.m. -
2 p.m. Free screenings, HIV
testing, physical evaluations,
individual sessions for women
and men. Newguidelines for
benefits, give aways and free
lunch. Call 305-625-7246.

N New Mt. Sinai M.B.
Church will celebrate its 30th
Family and Friend Day, Sun-
day at 3:30 p.m. Call 305-

Sweet Home Mission-
ary Baptist Church will
officially install Rev. Theo
Johnson as its pastor in spe-

cial installation ceremonies
beginning Sept.18-21, 7:30
nightly. On Sun. the 22nd,
the services will be at 10 a.m.
and 4 p.m.

Evangel Church Inter-
national invites you to expe-
rience 36 hrs. of Transforma-
tion Shout, Sept. 20-21. Call

Ebenezer United Meth-
odist Church presents their
annual Men's Retreat, Sept.

A Mission With A New
Beginning Church Wom-
en's Department provides'
community feeding. Call 786-

St. Agnes' Episco-
pal Church- St. "Cecelia's
ECW Chapter will sponsor a
prayer breakfast on Sept. 21.
at 9 a.m. Call 305-573-5330.

Bethany Seventh Day,
Adventist Church host be-
reavement sharing group ev-
ery 2nd Sunday from 3-4:30
p.m. Call 305-634-2993.

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Ministries will host a
"Youth Summer Seminar."
Call 786-508-6167,

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

N Revival Tabernacle
Assembly, of God hosts ex-
citing Bible Studies every
Wed. at 7:30 p.m. and Prayer
Meetings on Fridays at 7:30
p.m. Call 305-693-1356.

Elder: Encourage each other

continued from 10B

more than ever the land of the
free and the home of the brave.
Thank you for your support and
God bless America."
Newton says, "I then began
receiving notes from all over the
nation asking me to allow them
to interview me about my writ-
ings on healing and promoting
tolerance. I turned all of them
down. Then one day I made a
call to The Miami Times."
The December 12-18, 2001
issue of The Miami Times would
feature an article [written by
this writer] about Newton's no-

toriety including a statement
issued by Newton -that read:
"Anything sent to me has to
include the phrase, 'God Bless
What about today? Newton, .
a 33-year veteran with Jack-
son Health System where he is
currently an imaging specialist
with the finance department,
became, an elder at Macedonia
Missionary Baptist Church in
Coconut Grove. He serves un-
der the spiritual leadership of
the Rev. Rudolph Daniels, se-
nior pastor.
Newton adds that he is still
an avid reader of The Miami

The Zionettes 42nd Singining Anniversary

The 42nd anniversary of
the Zionettes of Miami will be
held Sunday, September 15 at
Holy Cross Missionary ,Baptist
Church, 1555 NW 93rd Terrace,
Miami, FL. Rev. W.L. Strange is
the pastor.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Admission: $10 at the door.
Groups to appear include:
Heavenly Angels, C Lord C's,
Spiritualettes, Southern Echos,
Faithful Few, Heavenly Lite,
Wimberly Sister's, Trueway
'Gospel Singers, Gospel Lyrics
and many more.





How new health insurance law affects you?


By Jayne O'Donell

When it comes to the new
health care law, the question
on Drew Calloway's mind is:
What about me?
The Dumfries, Va., resident
thinks the annual premium he
pays for his family to be on his
employer's health insurance is
"abnormally high."
He wonders whether he's
eligible to buy a new plan
through the exchanges set up
under the Affordable Care Act.
There's no easy answer for
Calloway, who works in the
information technology field.
Due to what the Kaiser Fam-
ily Foundation's Karen Pollitz
calls a "drafting error," the law
only addresses people with
self-only plans with annual
premiums that exceed 9.5 per-
cent of their modified adjusted
gross income not those with
family plans. This would rule
out most employees other than
minimum wage workers.
This kind of convolution is
keeping information provid-
ers known as navigators and
call-center employees hopping.
They are rushing to familiarize


themselves with the law's nu-
ances so they can guide con-
sumers through the process.
The hotly contested health
care reform measure may not
help Calloway, but it will make
insurance affordable to mil-
lions of other Americans who
otherwise couldn't pay for it.
The uninsured will have
a choice of plans available
through exchanges run by
their states or the federal gov-
ernment (or both in states
where the exchanges are op-
erated jointly). Here's a look
at who is running each state's
Enrollment begins Oct. 1.
Everyone who isn't currently
enrolled in a private insurance
plan or Medicaid must sign up
or face penalties.
It can be hard to see the sub-
stance through all the ongoing
mudslinging over the law. Here
are some of the key questions
and answers to keep in mind:

A: At That's
the federal government's por-
tal for the health insurance
marketplace, and it will help


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13 Whos en-
3 ""fll^B ',(it* fte : iis r

you find the exchange for your
state. You answer questions,
plug in your state, and your
exchange will tell you whether
you can buy insurance this
way and if subsidies or tax
credits are available. More
complicated scenarios can
be discussed with call-center
employees at the federal ex-


change, 800-318-2596.

A: Exchanges will offer a se-
lection of plans that are classi-
fied as bronze, silver, gold and
platinum, representing the dif-
ferent levels of, cst-sharing be-
tween insurers and consumers.
Bronze plans have the highest
deductibles; cost-sharing and
platinum plans have the low-
est. All insurers participating
in an exchange have to offer
at least the silver and the gold
levels, but most will also offer .
bronze and possibly platinum
plans, Pollitz says.
Midlevel silver plans will tend
to. have deductibles of about
$2,000 a year before coverage
kick s in.

A:, The new state-by-state
health insurance marketplac-
es, or "exchanges," will be-
gin enrolling customers Oct.
1. Coverage begins Jan. 1 for
those who sign up by Dec. 15.
Pollitz, a senior fellow at the
Kaiser Family. Foundation, ad-
vises consumers to begin look-


ing into their options soon after
the Oct. 1 enrollment kickoff,
but notes that with six months
to decide, there's no need to
fret yet. "There's time to go
slow, absorb and really under-
stand it," she says.

A: Beginning in 2015 for
the 2014 tax year, those who
don't have any health insur-
ance (or Medicaid) will be sub-
ject to a $95-a-year penalty on
their taxes, or one percent of
income, whichever is greater.
The amount of the penalty will
gradually increase each year
until you. sign up.

A: It depends,, but most un-
insured Americans will be eli-
gible for. some form of financial
help either through tax credits
or increased access to Medic-
The level and availability of
low-cost or free coverage such.
as Medicaid is based on a state-
by-state calculation of where
your household income is in


relation to the Federal Poverty
Level. The Kaiser Family Foun-
dation has a subsidy calculator
that will tell you the amount
of money available to you or
your family. If your income is
less than 250 percent of pov-
erty, you may also qualify for
cost-sharing subsidies, which
would reduce deductibles and
co-pays. These are only avail-
able with silver plans.

A: The tax credits can be sent
directly to your insurer to off-
set your premiums or you can
claim them in a lump sum
when you file your taxes.

A: Worry not. Those whose
health problems kept them
from getting insurance in the
past may benefit the most.
Studies show one in every two
Americans has what could be
characterized as a "pre-existing
condition." If you have any-
thing from arthritis to cancer
or are simply obese, insurers
can no longer deny you cover-*

Medicaid gap could

shortchange the needy

Nations poorest

may not get help
By. Kelly Kennedy

WASHINGTON Tfie decision of
some states not to expand Medic-
aid means that the nation's poor-
est those the Affordable Care
Act would have helped the most -
may not receive any help at all.
That's because the 2010 law .was
written to provide Medicaid cover-
age for those making less than 100
percent of the federal poverty level,
$23,550 for a family of four, in all
50 states. Because those Ameri-
cans were to get Medicaid cover-
age, they were not made eligible
for the federal tax subsidies that
would help them pay for health
insurance they will be required to
However, when 'the Supreme
Court ruled last year that the re-
quirement for most uninsured
Americans to buy insurance was
constitutional, it also ruled that
the states did not have to expand
Medicaid to continue receiving fed-
eral funds for their existing pro-
That leaves out almost seven
million adults ages 19 to 64 who
would have qualified for Medic-
aid in the 25 states that have not
voted to expand it, according to an
Urban Institute report. Medicaid is
the federal-state health care pro-
gram for low-income Americans. It
covers 60 million children younger
than 18, pregnant women, blind or
disabled people. Other adults don't
typically qualify.
.Those seven million people will
neither get Medicaid nor federal
help to' buy health insurance.
"Because of the Supreme Court
decision, this is a problem that
only the states can fix, so they're
going to have to think about this,"

'CHIGAN .....

--Photo: Dale G. Young, AP
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to the media after the Michigan
House of Representatives passed the Medicaid expansion bill on
Sept. 3,2013.

fo6imer president Bill Clinton said
in a speech Wednesday.
The expansion included in the
law allows states to provide Medic-
aid coverage for adults who make
less than 138 percent of the pov-
erty level for three years with the
federal government paying all of
the extra costs. After three years,
the federal share will remain 90
percent and the states will pay 10
percent of the expansion costs.
The Department of Health and
Human Services issued a final rule
in August exempting people from
penalties for not having insurance
if they would have qualified for
Medicaid coverage had their state
chosen to expand the program.
Many states with Republican
governors and legislatures have
rejected the expansion, calling it
too expensive. Last month, Texas
Gov. Rick Perry said, "In Texas,

we've been fighting Obamacare
from the beginning, refusing to
expand a broken Medicaid sys-
tem Lnd declining to set up a state
health insurance exchange. We
took these steps to minimize the
damage Obamacare will cause to
our economy and state budget, al-
though we're all too aware Obam-
acare will still cause our state im-
mense budgetary challenges in the
years ahead, just like it will to fam-
ilies and small businesses across
our country."
In Texas, 1,326,000 adults ages
19 to 64 make less than 100 per-
cent of the poverty line and would
qualify for Medicaid. "Texas will
not be held hostage by the Obama
administration's attempt to force
us into this fool's errand of adding
more than a million Texans to a
broken system," Perry said.
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A modeliholdstheNexplanon hormonal implant for birth control. Providing free
birth 63oila pir e ets teen births, a study suggests.
__ -"- .'. A';

Teen births dropped

six parent, since 1940

By Nunol Hellntih than half of what it was tion more consistently and
1 L, Tkr t_ 1- A 11- -1__ a un-rl r 1:-

in 1991, Uie recent. peak..
Teen births, have con- of teen births (61.8 births
tinu6'l.dt1dg6p kl S .h`.FI,000 teen girls), he
a hisWritc low in-Oi an4~ fY5
hittigihalf of wa .they 'This is a truly remark-'
were i4 .t991,'..aayt.gev2.,.&e success on a press-
erni.eteport.c llt iday. in social issue that many
Theqbfrthratd:e-o'teens, once considered intrac-
ages- : to 1'r,- lopped table," says Bill Albert,
six percentt '+r '.,31.3 a;'spokesman for the Na-
birthbpi'aer 1.,0t,!c girls tiobnal Campaign to Pre-
in 20. to 2* .i.,012. vent Teen and Unplanned
Teen Bcthrate- Wer down Pregnancy.
for all racial .a;d' ethnic Why have the rates con-
groups. tinued to go down?
This is the lowest teen "It really is this mag-
birthrate since 1940 when ic formula of less sex
data on teen births started and more contraception
being collected, says lead that has driven the rates
author Brady Hamilton, a down," Albert says. "More
statistician with the Na- kids are delaying sex,
tional Center for Health which is a good and re-
Statistics, part of the Cen- sponsible thing to do, and
ters for Disease Control the kids who are having
and Prevention. It's less sex are using cpntracep-

icareuuy, aisGf a. guuu aLU
responsible thing to do.'
Teen birthrates varied
by race and origin with:,-
46.3 births per 1,000 His--
panic teens, 15 to 19; 43.9.
per 1,000 for black teens;;
34.9 for American Indian
or Alaska Native; 20.5 for.
whites; 9.7, for Asian or-
Pacific Islanders.
"I applaud the efforts'
of those working hard to:
educate and support fam-,.
ily planning, delaying sex
and effective contracep-
tion in adolescents," says
pediatrician Cora Collette
Breuner, a spokeswoman
for the American Academy :
of Pediatrics and profbesor
of adolescent medicine .
Seattle Children's Hosap
tal. "But we"are not done.
Please turn to BIRTH 14B

Study: Scientists find a clue to age-related memory loss

New research suggests that cognitive

decline could be easily treatable

By Lauran Neergaard
TheAssociated Press ,

Scientists have found a com-
pelling clue in the quest to learn
what causes age-related memo-
ry problems, and to one day be.
able to tell whether those mis-
placed car keys are an early
warning of Alzheimer's.
The report offers evidence
that age-related memory loss is
a distinct condition from pre-
Alzheimer's and offers a hint
that what we now consider the
normal forgetfulness of old age
might eventually be treatable.
;Researchers at Columbia Uni-
v'esity Medical Center in New

York examined brains, young
and old ones, donated from
.people who died without signs
of neurologic disease. They dis-
covered that a certain gene in
a specific part of the hippocam-
pus,. the brain's memory center,
i quitsworking 'prbporly in older
people. It produces less of akey
That section of the brain,
called the dentate gyrus, has
long been suspected of being
especially vulnerable to aging.
Importantly, it's a different neu-
ral ,neighborhood than where
Alzheimer's begins to form.
But it's circumnstandial evi-
dence that having less of that

That section of the brain, called the dentate gyrus, has long
been suspected of being especially vulnerable to aging,,
protein, named RbAp48, affects the researchers took a closer
memory loss in older adults. So look at mice, which become for-

getful as they age in much the
same way that people do.
Sure enough, cutting levels of
the protein made healthy young
rodents lose their way in maz-
es and perform worse on other
memory tasks just like old mice
naturally do.
More intriguing, the memory
loss was reversible: Boosting
the_.protein made forgetful old
mice as :sharp a's the young-
sters |again, the' researchers
reported in the journal Science
Translational Medicine.
"It's the best evidence so far"
that age-related memory loss
isn't the same as early Alzheim-
er's, said Nobel laureate Dr Eric
Kandel, who led the Columbia
University team.
, And,'since ,some people make
it to 100 without showing much

of a cognitive slowdown, the
work brings another question:
"Is that normal aging, or is it a
deterioration that we're allow-
ing to occur?" Kandel said.
"As we want to live longer
and stay engaged in a cogni-
tively complex world, I think
even mild age-related memory
decline is meaningful," added
Columbia neurologist Dr Scott
Small, a senior author of the
"It opens up a whole avenue
of investigation to now try to
identify interventions."
This is early-stage' research
that will require years of ad-
ditional work to confirm, cau-
tioned Dr Molly Wageter of the
National Institute on Aging,
who wasn't involved with the

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than others

By Nicholas Bakalar
Eating fruits is good for you, but new re-
search suggests that some fruits may be
better than others, and that fruit juice is not
a good substitute.
Recent studies have found that eating a
greater variety, but not a greater quantity, of
fruit significantly reduces the risk for Type
2 diabetes. This made researchers wonder
whether some fruits might have a stronger
effect than others.
Using data from three large
health studies, they tracked
diet and disease prospective-
ly over a 12-year period
in more than 185,000
people, of whom
12,198 developed Type
2 diabetes. The analy-
sis appears online in
After controlling for
many health and be-
havioral factors, re-
searchers*found that
some fruits '- strawber-
ries, oranges, peach-
es, plums and apricots
had no significant ef-
fect, on the risk for Type 2
diabetes. But eating grades,
apples and grapefruit all sig-
nificantly reduced the risk. The
big winner: blueberries. Eating one to three
servings a month decreased the risk by
about 11 percent, and having five servings a
week reduced it by 26 percent. -
Substituting fruit juice for whole fruits
significantly increased the risk for disease.
"Increasing whole fruit consumption, es-
pecially blueberries, apples and grapes, is
important," said Dr.'Qi Sun, an assistant
professor of medicine at Harvard and the
senior author of the study. "But I don't want
to leave the impression that fruit is magic.
An overall healthy lifestyle is essential too."

New M medicaid

system started

By Jim Saunders
Thousands of low-income .seniors in
Southwest Florida and areas of the East
Coast are poised to become part of the
state's lohg-debated shift to a Medicaid
managed-care system.
The change, which will take effect Sun-
day, will in vblve an estimated 13,450 peo-
ple in 12 countiesh- including Palm Beach
County who need,
Slong-term, care, most of
them seniors.
Approved by lawmak-
ers and Gov. Rick Scott
Sin 2011, the changes
have long been con-
troversial, with critics
questioning the care
Medicaid beneficiaries
will receive. But Liz
SCOTI" Dudek, secretary of the
state Agency for Health Care Administra-
tion, said this week that state officials are
trying to address questions and concerns
through "outreach" to service providers and
through other efforts.
"The agency and its partners are commit-
ted to making the transition to statewide
Medicaid managed care as seamless as pos-
sible," Dudek said in a prepared statement.
"However, if there is a hiccup along the
way, we have put a number of tools in place
to fast-track those issues to the individuals
who can make things right."
The state has started the changes by
151ease' turn to MEDICAID 14B

Adult children explore ways to help when aging parents stop acting
in their own best interest, the
meet seniors changing health needs grown children must "reverse
roles" and simply make them do
By Courtland Milloy my surprise, she frowned at the the right thing.
taste and asked for a bowl of ice Good luck with that, fellow

On a recent evening, I fixed
my 87-year-old mom a glass
of freshly blended broccoli,
. spinach and apple juice. Good
for the heart; scrubs the blood
clean. I was sure she'd like it, if
only for the health benefits. To

I've spent the past few days
with my parents at their home
in Shreveport, La., mostly ex-
ploring ways to help meet their
changing health needs.. Some
elder-care experts say that

baby boomers.
"You think I should get this?"
asked Dad, holding up a bro-
chure for the 2014. Chevrolet
Impala. His 89th birthday is
next month. "Do I give myself
Pease turn to PARENTS 14B

Miramar Police Officer Natasha Richardson visits with Marie Lys Collin and her newborn,
Maybelle Colin Sainvilus, at Memorial Regional Hospital.

'Doctor Officer' keeps her cool

Miramar policewoman helps deliver baby at school

By Chris Guanche,.
Delivering a baby isn't a regu-
lar part of a school resource of-
ficer's job, but Miramar Police
Officer Natasha Richardson
was recently called on to do just
It started as a typical Thurs-
day at Fairway Elementary
.School, where Richardson is
assigned. During the after-
noon, parent Marie Lys' Colin

came to the office to pick up her
son. That's when Richardson
got a call from the front office
that a parent might be in la-
, bor. Richardson asked a health
technician to take Colin to the
school's clinic and called for an
At first, it seemed like they'd
be accommodating Colin for a
few minutes, until the, ambu-
lance arrived.
"I just wanted to make sure

that the mom was comfortable,"
Richardson said.
But the situation changed
when Colin began having heavy
contractions. Richardson 'and
the health technician helped
Colin undress from the waist
down, and soon after, her water
broke. That's when Richardson
knew the baby would be born
beforehelp arrived.
"It didn't even dawn on'me
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are using
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Study: About 9.2 percent
are using illicit drugs

By Donna Leinwand Leger
As the nation takes a softer stance on mari-
juana, more Americans are using the drug,
the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
The nationwide survey made public Wednes-
day found that 7.3 percent of Americans 12
or older regularly used marijuana in 20i.2,
up from seven percent in 2011. Marijuana
use has increased steadily over the past five
years. In- 2007, the survey found that 5.8
percent of Americans 12 or older used
The report from the Substance
Abuse and Mental
Health Services
(SAMHSA) sur-
veys 70,000 peo-
ple ages 12 and
older throughout
the country. It is
the nation's
most com- i
look at drug
and alcohol use.
Last week, Attor-
ney General Eric Holder
announced that the
Justice Department
would not challenge states that
have legalized use of small amounts 'of
marijuana or medical marijuana if the
states have strict measures to keep the
drugs away from minors and have taken steps
to regulate the drugs.
Two states, Washington and Colorado, have
legalized marijuana, and 20 states have ap-
proved marijuana for medical use.
Please turn to MARIJUANA 14B

Video games

can boost

seniors' focus

Lasting improvements on
memory, study -shows

By Karen Weintraub
Video games seem like a mindless way to
waste time, but a growing body of evidence
suggests that if they are carefully designed to
meet certain standards, they can dramatically
improve brain power.
Studies have shown that specially made
games can help people with attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), early stages of
dementia, brain injury, stroke, "chemobrain,"
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improve brain power.




Many holes seen in ACA laws

continued from 12B

But not all governors feel the
same. This week, Michigan's
Republican-controlled legisla-
ture passed a law expanding
Medicaid, which Republican
Gov. Rick Snyder said he will
"Hundreds of thousands of
Michiganders will have the op-
portunity for health care cover-
age," Snyder said after the vote.
"It's a situation that will also
save all Michiganders money, in
terms of addressing'an unman-
aged, uncontrolled system."
But that leaves 25 states that
do not plan to expand the pro-
"You get the worst of all
worlds," Clinton said. "I'm sor-
ry, but you're working 40 hours
a week, but you're too poor to
get help. This is a serious prob-
The Medicaid gap could cause
a series of related issues, ex-
perts say. Consumers may be
discouraged from applying for
benefits for which they are eligi-
ble or parents with children eli-

gible for benefits may not learn coverage, said Lisa Shapiro,
their kids can get help even if vice president of health policy
the parents can't, at First Focus, a bipartisan ad-
In some states, there's no vocacy group for families.
mention of the Affordable Care Bruce Lesley, president of
Act on governors' websites, First Focus, said advocates ex-
leading people to assume there pected people to find out they
are no health exchanges. Ex- were eligible for Medicaid when
changes are websites where they tried to enroll in the ex-
the uninsured can buy private changes and they expected
insurance through either state- to enroll about 4 million kids
or federal-run programs. Those who are already eligible for
who make between 100% and Medicaid, but their parents
400% of the federal poverty lev- don't know it.
el may be eligible for subsidies "If you don't have Medicaid ex-
that can be applied immediately pansion, you don't really have a
to their insurance. Those sites welcome mat out," he said. "So
may be found at there's a new opportunity, but
"I would say there's a lot of not if you're really poor."
confusion," said David Sandor, Many of the states not ex-
vice president of public affairs pending, such as Mississippi,
for Health Care Service Corp., Louisiana and Alabama, have
which operates Blue Cross some of the highest chronic
Blue Shield in Texas, Oklaho- disease rates in the country,
ma; Illinois and New Mexico. said Georges Benjamin, execu-
"Medicaid's a fluid situation. It tive director at the American
can vary even within the same Public Health Association, an
household." advocacy group for improving
For example, a woman may public health. Benjamin said
have children eligible for Med- between 18,000 to 44,000 peo-
icaid, but if no one asks her if ple die prematurely every year
she has children, she may not because they don't have insur-
realize they can get Medicaid ance.

More Americans using marijuana

continued from 13B

Until Holder's announcement
Thursday, marijuana users in
those states could have faced
federal prosecution even if they
adhered to state laws and local
Nearly 24 million Americans,
about 9.2 percent of the popu-
lation,'use illicit drugs, the sur-
vey found. Illicit drugs include
marijuana, cocaine, heroin,
hallucinogens, inhalants and
the non-medical use of painkill-
ers, tranquilizers and stimu-
Marijuana is the most com-
monly used illicit drug.
Although the abuse of pre-
scription drugs, particularly
opioids such as oxycodone, is
stable or dropping, heroin use
is on the rise, the survey found.

In 2012, 669,000 people re-
ported using heroin, up from
620,000 people in 2011. The
number of heroin users has
jumped 80 percent since 2007,
when 373,000 people reported
using heroin.
"This finding shows that
while we have 'made progress
in preventing some aspects of
substance-abuse, we must re-
double our efforts to reduce
and eliminate all forms of it
throughout our nation," SAMH-
SA Administrator Pamela Hyde
"These statistics represent
real people, families and com-
munities dealing with the dev-
astating consequences of abuse
and addiction."
Gil Kerlikowske, director of
the Office of National Drug
Control Policy, said the Obama
administration is committed to

treating drug abuse as a pub-
lic health issue, not a criminal
justice problem. But he said
the nation's prevention, treat-
ment and recovery service must
improve and expand to reduce
drug abuse.
"Among the 22 million Ameri-
cans who need treatment for
substance use disorders, only
about two million one in. 10
- receive it at a specialty fa-
cility," Kerlikowske said. "Yet,
we know treatment works, and
that is why we are working so
aggressively to expand access
to treatment."
Kerlikowske called the Af-
fordable Care Act's require-
ment that insurance companies
cover drug treatment "the most
significant piece of drug-policy
reform in generations" that will
open addiction treatment to
millions of Americans.

Managing the Medicaid system

continued from 13B
planning to move roughly
90,000 people who need long-
term care into the new system.
That process started Aug. 1 in
a four-county region of Central
Florida and will continue un-
til March 1, 2014. AHCA then
plans to turn to enrolling the
broader Medicaid population in
managed care.
Lawmakers have divided the
state into 11 regions to carry
out the plan, with the long-
term care changes taking effect.
Sunday in two of the regions.
The counties in those two re-
gions are Charlotte, Collier,
DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee,
Sarasota, Indian River, Martin,
Okeechobee, Palm Beach and
St. Lucie.
Under the system, AHCA
sought-bids from health plans

in each region and awarded
varying numbers of contracts.
In the Southwest Florida coun-
ties, the available plans are
American Eldericare, Sunshine
State Health Plan and United-
Healthcare of Florida. In the
East Coast counties, the avail-
able plans are American El-
dercare, Coventry Health Plan,
Sunshine State Health Plan and
UnitedHealthcare of Florida.
Many of the new managed-
care enrollees already receive
care in nursing homes. But a
broad goal of the program is to
use managed care to provide
services to help other seniors
remain in their residences or
communities, instead of need-
ing to move into nursing facili-
Groups such as AARP Florida,
however, have expressed skep-
ticism about shifting seniors
into managed-care; plans and

have questioned the oversight
of the care they will receive.
AHCA officials said they have
focused heavily on issues such
as trying to prevent disruptions
in where people live and in the
relationships between Medicaid
beneficiaries and service pro-
viders. As an example, in the
Central Florida, region, AHCA
said only one assisted-living fa-
cility declined to participate in
the new system', and 10 Med-
icaid beneficiaries were moved
elsewhere before the managed-
care changes took effect Aug. 1..
AHCA will wait until Nov.
I/to make the long-term care
changes in the next two re-
gions. Broward County makes
up one of those regions, while
the other involves 14 North
Florida counties, stretching
from. Bay County to Madison
County and including Talla-

Video games improves memory

continued from 13B

addiction and other conditions.
Now a new study, in the sci-
Sentific journal Nature, out
Wednesday, confirms that they
can help healthy people, as
After 12 hours of playing a
road game designed to improve
attention and focus, healthy
People ages 60 to 79 performed
as well as people a half-centu-
ry younger. The improvements
were still evident six months
later, and they extended be-
yond the skills learned for the
Similar games might help
older people improve their driv-
ing skills, for instance, or keep
middle-aged people from los-
ing their ability to multitask as
they age.
This is not to justify a young
person's obsession with Grand
Theft Auto, World of Warcraft
or anything on Xbox or Wii,
scientists said.
To be beneficial, a game has
to be designed with- a specific
goal in mind (say, improving

attention), meet certain criteria
and be proven effective through
research, said Adam Gazzaley,
a neuroscientist and director of
the Neuroscience Imaging Cen-
ter at the University of Califor-
nia-San Francisco, who led the
new research.
"I don't want people to con-
clude that video games are
some panacea for all that ails
us," he said in a telephone
news conference.
But brain scans confirmed
that the 16 older people who
played the game for 12 hours
at home on a laptop got better
at multitasking, paying attep-
tion in dull situations and re-
membering things short-term.
At the start of the study, the
older. people's performance
on the driving game fell off by
65 percent when they had to
point out certain street signs
in addition to staying on the
road. After practice, their per-
formance dropped just 16 per-
cent with the extra task less
than the falloff for 20-some-
things. Brain scans and cog-
nitive tests confirmed the im-

Gazzaley said key aspects of
his game, called NeuroRacer,
which took more than a year
to design, included:
Getting harder when peo-
ple succeed and easier when
they're getting frustrated. This
will keep them challenged and
engaged, but not turned off.
Providing an "immersive"
environment, game-speak for a
playing field that draws people
in through 3-D imagery and a
constantly changing scene.
Having fun. Research has
shown that learning improves
when the brain's reward sys-
tem is turned on, such as
when someone is having fun.
Forcing people to keep
driving up winding mountain
roads while they were spotting
the occasional signs so they
had to work continuously at
both skills, and couldn't trade
off one for the other.
Gazzaley is working with a
game-design company, Akili
Interactive Labs of Boston, to
commercialize similar games,
eventually for conditions such
as ADHD and depression, as
well as healthy aging.

Birthrate for teens is dropping

continued from 12B

We still have almost three-
quarters of a million teen preg-
nancies per'year in the Unit-
ed States with over 300,000
Let's keep educating and
supporting our kids."
The new report, based on
preliminary data from 2012,
SOverall, the number of
births in the USA was almost
four million in 2012, essential-

A model holds the Nexpl-
anon hormonal implant for
birth control.

ly the same as 2011.
The general fertility rate
was 63 births per 1,000 wom-
en, ages 15-44, down slightly
from 63.2 in 2011.
The birthrate for women in
their early 20s (20-24) declined
to a record low of 83.1 births
per 1,000 women in 2012,
down three percent from 2011.
Birthrates for women in their
late 30s and early 40s rose
The C-section rate re-
mained unchanged in 2012 at
32.8 percent.

'Doctor Officer' delivers the baby

continued from 13B

that the baby would be born
before rescue .[personnel] got
there," Richardson said. "I
didn't realize she was that far
Richardson gave out in-
structions, which were some-
what complicated due to Colin
speaking only Creole, but a
staff member was able to trans-
late. Colin also wasn't able to
contact her husband, who was

out of town. Within moments,
a baby girl was born before the
ambulance arrived to take her
and Colin to Memorial Regional
"Everything happened so
quickly, but it seemed like it
took a long'time'for the ambu-
lance to get there," Richardson
Although Richardson kept
calm and handled the situa-
tion, it's not anything she was
trained for. Richardson said she
was able to stay calm through

both her natural demeanor
and police training. After it was
over, Richardson' visited Colin
and baby Maybelle Colin Sain-
vilus in the hospital.
With an unexpected new skill
under her belt, Richardson said
that Fairway Elementary staff
has nicknamed her "nurse" and
"Doctor Officer." It's a happy re-
sult for something Richardson
never expected to happen while
on the job. ..
"This was not on my radar at
all," she said.

Children caring for aging parents

continued from 13B

one last spark?" he continued.
"Or do I resign myself to the fact
that I will never have anything
more than what I have now?"
What was I supposed to say?
No, Dad, no more for you?
I feel like a double agent dur-
ing these visits disguised as
a son but operating as an in-
spector on assignment for my
two younger sisters. Make sure
to check the attic for wasps,
they instructed me. And lay
down a few mouse traps. Both
sisters thought, they had heard
tiny rustlings 'in the night dur-
ing their last visits.
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he conceded.
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Market sponsored by church brings bounty

continued from 11B,

the Rev. Otis Moss III, and his
wife, Monica, a mother of two
with a fervent interest in health
and wellness.
She pointed out the difficulty
that Trinity members and oth-
er neighborhood residents had
finding fresh fruits and veg-
etables close by at affordable
The struggles of Black farm-
ers nationally the heirs to
the unredeemed promise of "40
acres and a mule" after being
liberated from slavery was
already well known in Trinity
circles as part of the backdrop
for two lawsuits by Black farm-
ers alleging discrimination by
the federal Agriculture Depart-
ment. (Some of the cases were
settled in 1999, others in 2010
and 2011.) ,
Just an hour's drive from the
brick bungalows and "L" tracks

of the South Side, meanwhile,
Illinois has its own Black farm-
ers, many of them living in
the Pembroke Township area,
which had been settled by
freed slaves. :
Some had already begun
to sell produce on a small
scale through Black churches

in Chicago.
Moss decided to devote a pe-
nod of scriptural study to the
Bible's teachings about the
connection between food and
He found no lack of scriptur-
al support for a church-based
Psalm 24 told him, "The
earth is the Lord's, and every-
thing in it." The prophet Amos
reassured the ancient Jews of
God's promise that "they will
make gardens and eat their
"We'd been emphasizing
healthy eating at church, and
so we asked our kitchen to buy
from the Black farmers," Mr.
Moss, 42, recalled.
"And then we said, Why not
bring the farmers here?'"
Most of them had family sto-
ries similar to O'Neal's, with
this generational trajectory.
Grandparents in the Jim Crow
South sharecropped for white

overseers but also owned small

garden plots.
Parents joined the exodus
toward jobs in the North. Chil-
dren returned to the land.
Ervin Ivy, 80, known as Pop,
had been working as a printer
in Chicago before buying 10
acres to grow collard greens,
butter beans and other crops
he remembered from the South.
T. C. Barker purchased his two
acres in Pembroke Township
after 37 years as a Chicago
bank's maintenance man.
For customers, too, the mar-
ket evokes a sense-memory of
rural childhood.
"I picked many peas in Bea-
trice, Ala.," said Sonya Griffin,
the project manager for several
federal buildings in Chicago, as
she looked over O'Neal's har-
"Everything we ate, we got out
of the land. The nearest gro-
cery store was about two hours

Pastor Pacley: We should treat each other well

continued from lOB

going man with a warm smile
that tends to light up his en-
tire face, particularly when the
conversation leans towards
his ministry and the members
he has ministered to over the
years. He told this writer about
the circumstances surrounding,
the meeting of one of his long-
time rp.mbers Sis. Marie Tate.
,I Wiment to-.the hospital tp.pray
for, and give commundon to
andtler member'the late Sis..;,
Mllble'Hall. Sis. Tate was sha

ing the hospital room with her. I
asked Sis. Tate if she would al-
low me to pray for her, too. She
willingly accepted the offer," Pa-
cley said. "The very next week
ishe was attending service at our
church. She joined and the rest
is as they say, history."
Elder Archie Whitehead said,
"I look up to my pastor and I
like the way he carries himself
in and outside of the church.
I knew him before the Lord
changed his life and have wit-
,nessed th. new 'man oi' a reg-'
'*Iar bass."
Paciley has been a member of

PULSE [People United to Lead
the Struggle for Equality] for
more than 20 years and cur-
rently serves as its president. "If
more people treated each other
as they should, maybe there
would not be a need for PULSE,
but because that isn't the case,
we are still needed to encourage
people and in many instances
force the issue to get people to
do what is right towards those
who are without proper repre-
sentation," Pacley stated.
the Executive Director of
PULSE, Nathaniel Wilcox said,
"Pastor Pacley is a man' who is

concerned about the communi-
ty, the people and the plight of
the Black community. He works
diligently to bring about posi-
tive solutions, to problems and
situations that plague the Black
and other communities."
Pacley has been married to
his "beautiful and lovely" wife,
Gloria, for 32 years and be-
tween the two, they have six
adult children, grands, and
Gloria says, "I am married to
a wonderful, gentle, man of God
and he totally loves and cares
about my well-being as I do him.

St. Mark is having it's Dual
Day on Sunday, September 15.
Please join our celebration.
First Lady Evangelist Julia
Duke of the New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church will
be our 11 a.m. speaker and at


Join us this Sunday, Sep-
tember 15, 10 a.m. at Antioch
Baptist Church of Brownsville,
2799 NW 46 Street, as we pay
tribute to the legacy of the late
Rev. J.W. Stepherson.
Rev. Charles Dinkins, pastor
of Hosanna Community Baptist
Church will deliver the message.
Rev. Larrie. M. Lovett, 11, is
the pastor.

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Now seven years seem like
You are truly missed.
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3:30 p.m., Rev. Vernon Gillum
and his church family of God's
Tabernacle of Deliverance
Ministry will be the speaker.
Chairpersons for this event is
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UKP. 0. Box 472.426
'Miami, FL 33147-2426

Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
740 N W 58th Street

93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

Order of Services
7 30 a ,'n iady Maw, ing Wor~hp
amMorfi Worship
Evenqr Woal-hip
lue daB Bible Siudy l7p m
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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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Order of Services
urdiay rlr1WI 9 30 a I
Morrnrin Pr,'v, lWorship II a m
rFau ord I9-4d Suodoy
evening worhip al t p m
PIoVer I mo ig & Bbloe Srudq
hue;day I p m

Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

i Order of Services
Sundayt S1hol 945am
\ Worhip 11am
Bible Study. Iur'day 730 p rr,
Youih M.nIr-x
M(,n .Wed 6 p m

Rev. ChalesLee inkn

Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

- Order of Services
Lord Day Suday SdOll 945am
SSunday Mornmiag Worhip II am
SSunday [enia, Wor.hip 6 p in
'losday N.ghi B.ble Siudy 7 30pm
Thu.M Marn Bble Cla slOamn

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

Order of Services
S(hur r.Su ida Sho'83l 830am'
Sunday Worsh- pSete 10 a m
Md-weei Serre Wediesdr"'s
H our It PoFrgron Da Proayef
; 12pro Ipm
1 [en-fgWor-p 1pm
Re L rr-M. -e ,1

New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International ,,;
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

Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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Sunday Servies
Early Worship 7:30 a.m.
Bible Study 9 a.m.
, Worship 10 a m
Evening Worship 6 p.m.

UIQB[ of Services
Wednesday Service
Bible Study 7:30 p.m.


St. John Baptist Church Mt. Calvary Missionary
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue i Baptist Church i
1140 Dr. Marlin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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_ Order oft Services
Sunday School 9 a.m.
Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Word of Worship
blues. ) 7 p.m

Order of Services
Man thnJ Fin Noon Day Pieper
Bible Study,. hurs Ip m
Sunday Wor,.}ip1 l11 Iam
Sundy huAooll9 30 a m
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INME ol-\l APY IRI A 47I it crs rri or(F s 0 fu XE C RDO T NK

Gregg L. Mason
83, retired s-"-
telephone B a

tfam I A hongel (wf)Grgy
operator, died -
September 4.
She leaves
to cherish her
memories, son,
Errol DeVeaux
and his family Jacquie (wife),
Kevin (son), Candace (daughter);
stepson Gregory Brown and his
family Angela (wife), Gregory
Junior (son), and Faith (daughter);
four brothers, Leonard, Louis,
Vernon and Michael DeVeaux; two
sisters Eugeneal Cox, and Mose
Eva (Claude) James; nieces and
nephews: Ruben, Philip (Felecia),
Sidney, Adrian (Marvlet), Sharlotte,
Monique (Everette), Danette
(Louis), Lechelle (Tony), Lyonelle,
Lyndel, Tereseta and Kimberly.
Services were held.

65, registered
nurse, Mt. Sinai
Medical Center,
died September
6. Survivors

daturdayhat e ir st eieac
Anna Dorsett
and Lashandria
Edwards; son, Vernard Edwards;
brother, Richard Cross; other
relatives and friends. Viewing 6
- 8 p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at First Deliverance
Church of God in Christ, 6229 NW
11th Avenue. Interment: Dade
Memorial Park.

71, retired
nurse, died

lnSeptemanbdedr etmbr3
3. Survivors
include: mother,

BHIallc FergsnH w
Bowen; sisters,
Joan Bowen
Ottey, Beryl Brown, Eunice Grizzle
(Samuel) and Carmen Christian;
brothers, Samuel Bowen (Elda),
Clyve Bowen and Glenn Bowen,
and a host of other relatives.
Viewing 10 a.m., Saturday at
Church of God of Prophecy with
service to follow 11 a.m., at the
church. Interment: Southern
Memorial Park.

school crossing
guard, died
September 5.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Greater Bethel
AME Church.

case manger,
died August 30.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at The
Calvary Baptist

91, meat cutter,
died September
4. Service 11:30
a.m., Thursday
in the chapel.

died August 31. -
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

longshoreman, died September 3.
Services were held.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt

JR., 20, student,
died September H
5 at Hialeah
Hospital. o
Service 11 a.m., *'
Saturday at
Ebenezer United *.
Church. t.._J

Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
lift operator,
died September
9 at Franco
Nursing Home.4
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

LESTER ROZIER, 77, cafeteria
aide, died
September 5
at Memorial
West Hospital.
Viewing 2 8
p.m., Friday at
Miami Gardens

Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the MLK chapel.

cap, died -
September 4 at
Miami Jewish
Nursing Home.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

retired teacher,
died September
5 at Memorial
West Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Bethel Apostolic

Hadley Davis MLK
died August 27.
Services were
held. W ,,

laborer, died
September 2 at
home. Service 4
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.


aka 'JAY,' died
90, sky September

nnpnTHYdied September W
4DOROTHY i at Jackson
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

died September
DOROTHY 1 at home.
~Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel. 5

JEREMY SAWYER, 24, student,
died September
8 at home.
are incomplete.

TYRONE SMITH, 19, student,
died August 24.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

47, musician,
died September
6 at home.
Service 4 p.m.,
Thursday in the

nurse, died
September a
6 at home.
are incomplete.

teacher, died
September 7 at
Jackson Long
Term Care.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Peaceful Zion
Baptist Church.


JOHNNY PENN, JR., 44, died
August 28. Services were held.

August 29. Services were held.

RUBEN MADDOX, 81, died
September 1. Services were held.

Wright and Young
pastor, died
September 4.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Cooper Temple
Upper Room

homemaker, died September 3.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday New
Hope M.B. Church.

housewife, died
September 6 at
home. Service
12 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.

SR., 85, self!
contractor, died
September 9 at
home. Survivors -

children, Ethel, 4
Willie, Pamela
Hines (Jarrett), # ,
Robert, Martha ,
Wells (Willie), Joseph, Janet,
Barbara, Diane, and Pearly Whisby;
sister, Ruth Bennett (John); brother,
Roosevelt Whisby (Christine):
grands, greatgrands and a host of
other relatives. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at 93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church.

retired Assistant
NORWOOD Principal died ,
S~epte mbe r ,..
6. Survivors
include: her

Martha Welters
and Nina M.
Welters; son,
- 'Warren W. Welters, III; daughter-
in-law, Shelain Welters: and a
host of other relatives and friends;
,81, laborer, Viewing 5:30 -6 p.m., Wednesday
-at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Prayer Services at 6 p.m.; Memorial
Services will follow immediately
after including: Knights of Peter
Claver, ,Links Inc., AKA'S Ivy
Beyond The Wall, and M.R.S. Club.
Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Thursday at
V Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
: Donations may be made to The
Black Archives or Holy Redeemer
M.It... Catholic Church.

81, died August 28. Services were

August 21. Services were held.

died August 23. Services were

LEON BROWN, 52, died August
29. Services were held.

LEON FORD, 81, died August
30. Services were held.

died September
2. ,Service 12
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

NEAL McCLOUD, 84, cab driver,
died September

THEWS, 2, died September 1 at
Joe Dimaggio Hospital. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

painter, died September 4 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

STEVEN W. ABBOTT, 57, died
August 30 at Hialeah Hospital.
Memorial service with family and

died September 3 at Catholic Hos-
pice. Memorial service with family
and friends. -

JANICE CHILLIS, 73, died Sep-
tember 5 at Baptist Hospital. Ser-
vices were held.

died September 7 at home. Service
1 p.m., Saturday at St. Peters Bap-
tist Church.

laborer died August 30. Private
services were held.

QUEENIE BAIN, 67, retired social
worker died September 1. Final rites
and burial in Nassau Bahamas.

Wrenn Clarke Hagan
ANNETTE JACKSON, 96, retired
business owner,
died September
4 at home in
North Carolina.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Roanoke Salem
Rapids Baptist

60, died August
25 in Pensacola,
FL. Survived
by: sisters,
Agnes, Naomi,
Patricia, Rose
and Leona; and
a host relatives
and friends.
Private services
to be held. .
Nakia Ingraham
KAY DAWKINS, 58, underwrit-
ter, died September 3 at Broward
General Medical Center. Service 12
p.m., Saturday at Church of God.
mechanic, died September 5 at
home. Services will take place Sun-
day, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Wright and Young
ALBERTA HOLMES, 75, nursing
assistant, died September 3.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday Peaceful
Zion M.B. Church.

Happy Birthday

09/15/1938- 06/25/2013

To some you are forgotten,
to some you are of the past.
But to us, the ones who loved
and lost you, your memories
will always !ast.
From your children,
grandchildren and great-grands.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

09 17.1932 06'06,1996

We love and miss you.
1 am the husband, Freddie
Jones, Sr.; Mark, Rodney, Jr.,
Shayla and Cheryl L. Jones.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

Card of Thanks


wishes to express our
appreciation to Hosanna
Community Baptist Church,
Re%. Charles L. Dinkins,
Wright and Young Funeral
Home, cards, prayers,
flowers, phone calls, family
and Friends in our time of
Again, we thank you.
The Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

09/15 1989 -03.'28/2012

My son, Rashmi, I miss you
so very much, but I know God
have you in His keeping and I
have you in my heart.
From your mother, Elma,
family and friends.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

10 ,0711944 091 17/2012

Forever in our hearts.
The Rivers Family.

Happy Birthday

En loving memory of,


takes this opportn unity to
express our gratitude to
our many relatives, friends,
neighbors, church members
and other organizations for
the many acts of kindness
extended during the illness of
our loved one and during our
Your prayers, visits, calls,
cards and many other
expressions of sympathy
helped to make out loss easier
to bear.
The Family.

09112t1993.- 07,22/2012

Son, God got you in His
keeping and I forever have
you in my heart. I love you,
From your family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
: ' ], ',

'' , .

In Memoriam

09/22/1953 09/17/2012

To my loving husband; the
love of my life.
Thank you for the journey,
from childhood to adulthood.
I honor you on this first
Rest in Peace.
Your loving wife, Theresa


It's been almost two years
since we found out about
our son, Minister Shahmaal
D'Angelo Allen.
The family's public appeal:
"How could you have a
conscience knowing that you
spilled innocent blood? Even
though you shattered our
lives, we find it in our hearts
to forgive you. We just ask
Parents, Minister Bobby
Alien and Sister Iris Allen.
Anyone with information
about this case, contact
Crime Stoppers, 305-417-
TIPS. Reward offered.

Lifesty e


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By Edwidge Danticat
238 pp, Alfred A. Knopf, $2595.

Island Magic

A Haitian girl vanishes in Edwidge
Danticat's latest novel

By Deborah Sontag
At first, I resisted what
appeared to be the fablelike
delicacy of Edwidge Danticat's
new novel, "Claire of the Sea
Light." Was it going to be too
precious? Would her lyricism
camouflage or ennoble Haiti's
life-or-death struggles? But it
quickly became apparent that
her hypnotic prose was per-
fectly suited to its setting, the
tragic and yet magical seaside
town of Ville Rose.
Danticat, who now lives
in Miami, was born in Port-
au-Prince in 1969 but left
Haiti as a child, following her
parents to New York. Over the
years, she has become the
bard of the Haitian diaspora,
her concerns shuttling be-
tween and straddling two very
different worlds. This book,
though, is firmly planted'in
her homeland, in a fictional
community whose comings
and goings are less closely
connected to any-earthly im-
migrant destination than they
are to the great beyond.
Although billed as a novel,
"Claire of the Sea Light" func-
tions in much the same way
as the stories in Danticat's
powerful 2004 collection "The
Dew Breaker," its chapters"
gradually fitting together into
a jigsaw puzzle of entwined
lives. The title character is a
7-year-old girl whose mother

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died giving birth to her, "so
her birthday was also a day of
death," a day to visit the cemr
etery every year. Claire goes
missing in the first chapter
and stays missing until the
very last pages, as a portrait
of Ville Rose's sometimes
beautiful, sometimes brutal-
reality is painted and a colli-
sion of fates inches closer.
Claire vanishes on the
evening of her birthday, just
when her fisherman father,
Nozias, who is perpetually
contemplating an exodus in
search of a better job, appears
poised to give her away to
one of the town's few well-off
residents. Madame Gaelle, the
proprietor of the local fabric
shop, has been talking to him
about this plan in the after-
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10- American Legacy tour

bus spreads the word

about Black history

Publisher Rodney ReL177olds hopes
to revive Magazffie 1712014
By D. Kevin McNeir

In 2008, Rodney Reynolds, publisher of the award-winning
magazine, American Legacy: The Magazine of African-Amer-
ican History & Culture, began taking a bus filled with memo-
rabilia that highlighted the contributions of Blacks in America
across the U.S. According to Reynolds, a lot of the items on
the bus included information that had once been featured in
his magazine.
He and his impressive "traveling museum" recently made a
stop in Washington, D.C. during the historic 50th anniversary
W of the March on Washington and spoke to this reporter about
his lifelong commitment to sharing the story of Black Ameri-
TPA cans. The bus was sponsored by the Samuel DeWitt Proctor
Conference that met at Howard University.
"We have taken the tour bus all along the east coast, as far
south as Tampa and as far west as the Dallas/Ft. Worth area
and generally we see the same response," he said. "When
young people get on the bus it's like light bulbs go off in their
heads. It just confirms how important our story is in providing
a more inclusive and accurate snapshot of this country's his-
Reynolds and his staff have also developed a Black history
Please tuen to AMERICAN LEGACY 3C

History: Miami final stop
for showcase artifacts,
rare photos and more
MAliati Tunes -iatt report
HistoryMiami [101 West Flagler
StreetI is preparing to open
a new major exhibition, Bob
SMarley Messenger, and will .
serve as the final stop of the
traveling show curated by the
GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE
before it makes its journey to
its permanent home in Jamaica.
The exhibition opens on Oct.
"HistoryMiami is very excited to
celebrate this world famous music
icon and his legacy, which is as
powerful today as it was 30 years ,
ago," said Stuart A. Chase, Histo-
ryMiami Museum Director/COO.
Please turn to MARLEY 6C

The Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat in her Miami
work space, with her daughters, Leila (left) and Mira.




Green beans are no longer a plain
side dish for dinner. Here are
some fimun, kid-friendly recipes
to try at home to help encourage
your kids to eat a healthy serv-
ing of green beans.
"Florida green beans are great with a dip.
Try them with hummus, ranch or any of your
favorite dressings," suggested Justin Timineri,
Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador,
Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services.
You can find more delicious recipes for
Florida green beans at

Chef Justin Timineri

The Power of Green
Green beans are a flavorful way to eat healthy) all
year around.
* They are a good source of dietary' fiber.
u Green beans contain %itamin Cand folic acid.
* They are also an important source of potassium
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* One cup of cooked, fresh green beans has only
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have even color with fresh blossom
ends and snap readily when broken.
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ByD.Rihr Srca

The Historic Hampton
House Community Trust,
Inc. cordially invites 'you
to participate in a concert
luncheon HHHCT, American
Tennis Association Committee
(ATA) Tennis Program. We offer
opportunities for your help
through our Donors Programs.
Proceeds will. benefit the
(HHHCT) a 5013 organization(
Charitable solicitation
registration #CH31591.) We
work to restore the Historic
Hampton House Motel to its
former glory as the "Jewel

During the 51st National
Convention of Delta Sigma
STheta Sorority in our nations
capital, this past summer,
six honorary membes; were
inducted into our sisterhood.
They are: Angela Bassett
Vance (actress). Dr. Suzan
Johnson Cook (U.S. Ambas-
sador at large for Inter-
national Religious Freedom,
Diplomat, Presidential Advisor
-and Pastor), Lisa P. Jackson
(served as the Administra-
tor of the U S. Environmen-
tal Protection Agency), Pau-
la Williams Madison (CEO
Madison Media Management,
LLC); Susan Taylor (Past
Editor/ Essence Magazine);
Dr. Teral Trent (Best known

of the South".
We Have also worked to save
,and give dignity to the Lemon
City Project. Out of tradition
and training members of the
HHHCT sponsor a performance
of Handel's Messiah in the
-Brownsville'Liberty City area
each year. With presentations
by contemporary artists
the program is designed to
attract, develop, widen and
cultivate youth appreciation
of varying genres of music.
Furthermore, the concert
nurtures the appreciation of

from the Oprah i-.B
Winfrey Show. A
special social action luncheon
signifyingg the retiring of the
16 deceased past presidents
stoles) featured special guest
speaker Attorney General Eric
H. Holder along with Rev. Dr.
Bernice King, and special
greetings from past Secretary
of State, Hilary Clinton. It
was the largest convention
ever hosted by Delta Sigma
Theta, with over 10,000 del-
egates from the Southern Re-
Congratulations go out to
the following Delta Sorors who
are doing quite well in the fol-
,lowing areas: Keietta Givens
who was elected as 2nd Vice

the mature audience
that already exists in
the Black community.
A community choir is
organized beginning in
September to rehearse
3-times a week. Call the
office at 305-638-5800
for more specifics.
Charlyne Tompkins, AC
promoter, speculates a
total of over 100 volunteers in
the string orchestra coming
from Florida Memorial U.,
Church of the Open Door,
Bethany SDA, Coral Gables
Congregational Church and
other churches in Miami-Dade.,
This year's concert will feature
"Undivided", "Jus Cynthia,",
and the Hampton House
Band, featuring "Michael,'

President of the Miami-Dade
National Pan-Hellenic Coun-
cil; Kay William- Dawson
who was installed as Senior
Pastor of Cathedral of Praise
International Ministries;
Lakitsia Gaines and Vernita
Nelson who were featured in
The Business Monday section
of the Miami Herald on Aug.
26th. They were selected by
Legacy Magazine as among
South Florida's 25 Most In-
fluential and Prominent Black
Women in Business and Lead-
ership for 2013. '
Tamisha Wood has been
promoted to Associate Man-
ager of Community Rela-
tions and Communications at
Jarden Consumer Solutions.
Please pray for the sick and
shut-ins! Join St. Cecelia's
ECW Chapter on September
21 for their annual prayer
breakfast at 9 a.m. in Blackett

and' Dr. Nelson
Hall, conducting.
Regular customers
visiting Leo Pinder's
barbershop along
with Frank Pinkney
and the "Tree of
Knowledge Men" like
to spend their time
AMS discussing what's
happening in the
world of football and track.
track in Moscow; and the
stadiums in the back yards.
John Williams took over the
conversation and speculated
how the Dolphins will end up
not winning over 9-games,
while the Dallas Cowboys will
be going to the Super Bowl.
Coming closer to home was the
discussion of the first meeting

Hall of St. Agnes' Episcopal
Church. The summer months,
are sponsoring a cruise on
the Jungle Queen on Septem-
ber 28 along Fort Lauderdale
Beach which will include all
you can eat and four hours of
pleasure including a hilarious
variety show. Time and pick
up location: 4:30 pm St. Ag-
nes Episcopal Church. Con-
tact Robin Moncur.
Additionally, on October
19th, join the winter months
as they travel to Key West. A
winter month project of Saint
Agnes' Church. If interested
contact Elizabeth Blue, Flor-
ence Moncur or Carolyn
Spicer Mond. Among those
returning home, for our cous-
in Julie Clark's funeral last
Saturday at Saint Agnes were
Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Sweet-
ing of San Francisco formerly
of West Palm Beach.

American Legacy makes vital contribution

continued from 1C

curriculum for school that in-
cludes a series of questions that
can be used for tests or for fun.
But what about their colorful
and insightful magazine that
was first founded in 1995?
"We had to take a hiatus front
printing the magazine but con-
tinue to reach our readers with
all kinds of information for
teachers, students and others
who may want to know more
about Black history through
our website [www.americanle-]," he said.
"We're raising capital as we
speak and hope to relaunch by
the first of.the year."
Reynolds added that he re-
cently entered into a partner-
ship with Athlon Sports to pub-

lish a co-branded insert that
will appear in the Feb. 2014 is-
sue of Athlon Sports Magazine.
S"It will, celebrate the histori-
cal achievements of Blacks in
sports and we. anticipate a cir-

culation of well over 10 million
readers," he said. "That's truly
Looking at the different cov-
ers from American Legacy Mag-
azine shows the many different
faces and missions of Blacks
who have shared their talents
and given their best for their ..
people from a very young
Muhammad Ali caught right
after a swim, to Jimi Hendrix
decked out in purple with one
of his famous guitars. But there
are other men and women who
have graced the cover of the
magazine that Reynolds says
are just as important even if
they aren't as well known.
"We hear so many times from
Black teachers that our chil-
dren do not know their his-
tory,' he said. "That's why our
magazine and others like ours,

and the related products that
we develop, are so crucial. We
must be the bearers of our own
stories and we need the young-
er generation to be prepared to
carry those .stories as they be-
come adults and take their own
place in history."

of perennial powerhouses St.
Thomas Aquinas and Miami
Northwestern in the Dolphin
Stadium. Unbelievably,
Aquinas won the game in a shoot
out 48-3, while QB McKinney
'was injured and taken to the
hospital just before half-time.
A fine should be placed on the
team for the uncalled injury.
However, another quarterback,
Teddy Bridgewater who made
state with Northwestern and
was' picked up by Louisville,
KY massacred Ohio U. by
throwing 5-T D's in the first
half. He has been tapped to
receive the Heisman Award
for 2014. Other conversations
speculated that the Central
Rockets and B.T.W Tornadoes
would win their first games and

likewise Bethune-Cookman U.
winning over Tennessee State
U this weekend. -
William Val Jenkins, Sr.,
whose father, was Nelson
Jenkins, former club owner
of The Blue Swam, was laid to
rest, last Saturday, at Ebenezer
United :Methodist Church.
Jenkins 'was a former member
of the famed FAMU Marching
100. He is survived by mother
Delores Clarke; children and
grandchildren Fifia Jenkins,
Nichelle Haymore, Houston,
TX; William Jenkins, Jr.,
Tampa; Courtney Jenkins,
Tampa; Jarrett Jarrell, Miami;
Kendall Haymore, Houston;
brothers Steven Clarke and
Larry, Jeffrey, and Nelson
Jenkins and their families.

Danticat's new novel: Magic

continued from 1C

math of her own daughter's
death in a car accident.
The day of Claire's disappear-
ance had begun with "a freak
wave" that killed another of the
town's fishermen. Death nat-
ural, accidental, criminal is
such a constant in Ville Rose
that it makes perfect sense that
the undertaker, resplendent in
his elegant beige suits, with his
"sad but gorgeous" eyes, should
also serve as mayor. There is
humor here alongside grief.
Danticat's work, lightly pep-
pered with Creole, studded with
observations familiar to those
who know Haiti, opens itself to a
broader readership through her
deft intertwining of the specific
and the universal. In "Claire-
of the Sea Light," for example,
there is a flashback to the fab-
ric vendor's pregnancy, a time
when, moody and frightened
and intermittently self-loath-
ing, she forces herself to swal-
low a dead frog. Over time, such
fantastical particulars serve to
enrich her image as a woman
assailed by love, loss and lone-'
liness. Elsewhere, in a heart-
breaking scene, she considers

sleeping with the man who,
years before, killed her daugh-
ter in that traffic accident: "She
wondered whether their coming
together in this way to love
rather than kill might resolve
everything at last. Might her
looking down at his sorrowful
face, and his being in..her sor-
rowful bed, help them both take
back that moment on the road?"
In and out of bedrooms,
graveyards, restaurants and
bars, even the local radio sta-
tion, Danticat creates rich and
varied interior lives for 'her
The one voice that didn't ring
entirely true belonged to the
child, Claire. Yet this proved
only a slight disappointment
because it quickly became clear
that Ville Rose, rather than
Claire, is the novel's true pro-
Since "The Dew Breaker"
appeared, Edwidge Danticat
has written a family memoir
("Brother, I'm Dying") and a
young adult novel, and edited
several anthologies, includ-
ing the wonderful "Haiti Noir."
"Claire of the Sea Light" repre-
sents her return to adult fiction
after a hiatus of far too many

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Little Haiti Optimist Club gets a brand new look

Opening of new community facility

at Soar Park in M-D District 2

By Ashley Montgomery

As the saying goes, "out with
the old and in with the new!"
Miami-Dade County Parks,
Recreation and Open Spaces
Department and Miami-Dade
SCounty District 2 Commis-
sioner Jean Monestime an-
; nounced the opening of the
new and improved Little Haiti
Optimist Club Community
Tech and Youth Center at Soar
S Park.

The Little Haiti Optimist
Club (LHOC) with help from
Home Depot. remodeled the
existing park building so that
they could provide residents
and children of the community
with comprehensive computer
training, educational enrich-
ment classes and recreational
program opportunities. This
non-profit organization estab-
lished by a group of business,
community and civic lead-
ers to provide assistance and
guidance to the youth of Little

Haiti. Its mission .is.---
to make a difference
in the lives of Haiti's '
youth by preparing
them for academic
and life excellence
through education,
mentorship, athlet-
ics, arts and cultural
programming. A rib-
bon-cutting in honor
of the new park was
held on Friday, Sep- MOh
tember 6th, 2013.
Residents of the community
attended this event and were
.able to tour the new center.
With many modern features
added like the reception/in-

.. .: formation desk;
'- work stations with
'. computers, print-
Sers -and, copiers;
S a bulletin board
that will be used
for posting job an-
SWith this new
center, the commu-
nity of Little Haiti
from young to old
ESTIME will have access to
a plethora of use-
ful resources. The facility will
serve as a one-stop technology
center for residents. Classes
and services will be offered to
those seeking new careers and

personal enrichment.
"This. amazing new facility
is a powerful testimony to the
hard work and determination
of our Parks Department and
Miami-Dade County District
2 Commissioner Jean Mones-
time in partnership with Little
Haiti Optimist Club. They have
.created a space for opportuni-
ty and success, providing fam-
ilies with the tools that they
need to improve the quality if
their lives," said Mayor Carlos
A. Gimenez.
Commissioner Mones-
time looks forward to Soar
Park continuing its im-
portance to the Little

Haiti community.
"Soar Park has long been an
important hub for this neigh-
borhood. This new Center will
serve to make this neighbor-
hood even stronger, as it will
biting residents of all ages to-
gether for social, educational,
and recreational enrichment
for years to come," said Com-
missioner Monestime.
The Little Haiti Optimist
Club Community Tech and
Youth Center is in need of pro-
gram partners. To become a
program partner, donate and/
or volunteer call 305-390-
0234 or email info@littlehaiti-

-Photo: Amy Beth Bennett
Jacovica Griffin, left, and Jaylon Tolbert work on writing assignments on their laptops in
Mike Malone's fifth grade class as part of the Digital 5 pilot program at Bennett Elemen-
tary in Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The state wants half of all instruction
to be digital by 2015.

Fifth-graders go digital

Critics push back,

citing costs and

laptop control
By Karen Yi

In these classrooms, the
excuse "my dog ate my home-
work" just won't fly..
That's because for/3,200
Broward fifth-graders, paper
*assignments are the way of
the past students are now
learning on laptops.
It's all part of the district's
Digital 5 initiative that paired
fifth-graders at 27 schools with
a brand new laptop they'll be
able to take home this year.
The laptops will help class-
rooms catch up with the grow-
ing digital demands in college
and the workplace.
"Our world has significantly
changed since we were in
school, but our schools still

Other side of the story:

Florida schools doing well

..^ -, ^ ,- t,.,., ,
By 2015, the state wants 50 percent of instructional
material to be digital and next year's new online tests will
require one computer for every two students,.

operate pretty much the same,"
.said Marie DeSanctis, 42, ex-
ecutive director of curriculum
for Broward schools.
The initiative comes as

school districts across the
state are increasingly going .
high-tech with some class-
rooms phasing out handouts,
Please tunr to DIGITAL 6C

By Ran Matus

Between 2011 and 2012,
the number of Florida high
school graduates passing col-
lege-caliber Advanced Place-
ment exams jumped from
36,707 to 39,306 a robust
7.1 percent. The increase
wasn't an anomaly. Florida
ranks No. 4 in the country in
the rate of grads passing AP
exams: Over the past decade,
it ranks No. 2 in gains.
These AP results are but
one of the encouraging indi-
cators of progress in Florida
schools. But you wouldn't
know it from some of the
media coverage, which often

them or
distorts the
context. S
The same no
goes for .. i
many crit-
ics. Many
ofthem T de
continue to
be quoted BUS
as credible sources despite
assertions that are at odds
with credible evidence.
That's not to say there
aren't things off-kilter with
Florida's education system.
There are. They deserve
scrutiny and, in some cases,
strong criticism. But to write

about those problems with-
out noting Florida's progress
over the past 15 years is,
at best, incomplete. It also
could undermine policies
.that, while imperfect, have.
Made a real difference for
students% particularly the
minority students who are
now a'fast-growing majority
in our schools.
In the wake of Educa-
tion Commissioner Tony
Bennett's departure, some
particularly harsh spotlights
have been put on Florida's
school grading system and
on former Gov. Jeb Bush.
I can't defend some of the
Please turn to SCHOOLS 6C

More schools roll out tough Common Core Standards

By Antoinette Konz

LOUISVILLE Standing in
her classroom surrounded by
place-value boards and color-
ful chips, Kathy Young looks
over the desks of her fifth-
graders and reminds them
how to write multi-digit whole
numbers using the standard
form, word form and expanded
It's only the sixth day of
school at Hite Elementary
School, but Young wastes no
time going over some of the
math problems her students
were expected to master at
the end of fourth grade under
the Common Core Standards,
a set of academic guidelines
designed by states that clearly
describe what students need
to know before they complete
each grade level.
"The first few years of
implementing the Common
Core was hard because the
kids didn't have the founda-
tion," Young said. She and

other 'Kentucky teachers
were the first in the nation to
implement the newer, tougher
standards two years ago. "But
now that the foundation has
been laid, it's getting easier
,to teach, and the kids have
responded well."
Since 2010, 45 states and
the District of Columbia have
agreed to adopt the Common
Core Standards and have
agreed to test students on
them by 2Q14-15, but imple-
mentation has been slow -
until now.
This fall, 21 states will fully
implement the standards in
reading and math across all
grade levels, joining seven
other states and the District of
Columbia already using them
in classrooms. Seventeen other
states will implement the new
standards over the next few
years. Four states Alaska,
Nebraska, Texas and Virginia
have not adopted the stan-
dards and Minnesota has
adopted them for English only.

:: -Photo: Alton Strupp
Hite Elementary fifth graders Aislynn Loving, from left, Denya Harris and Angel Wa-
then work participate in math classwork on Aug. 29.

"This school year marks
the first time there is a large-
scale, widespread implemen-
tation of the Common Core
Standards across the country,"
said Michael Cohen, president
of Achieve, a bipartisan,' non-
profit organization founded
by governors and the nation's
business leaders. "Some states
have taken longer than others,
and that's OK. This is not a
race. This is a way to improve
The large-scale implementa-
tion comes as politicians in
some states have tried to halt
it over cost issues and uncer-
tainty over whether the new
standards are what's best for
their state.
In Indiana this year, kinder-
garten and first-grade teachers
were teaching the standards
when state lawmakers agreed
to pause overall implementa-
tion of the standards pending
a legislative review. Similar
bills aimed at stopping the
Please turn to CORE 6C




MFLC launches L


programming ,,

for residents e.

Overtown and other communities.

kick-off with meet and greet -.&Fl


By Ashley Montgomery

Lights, camera, and lots of ac-
tion took place last Thursday as
members of the Miami Film Life
Center were invited to an official
Members Meet and Greet event
at the Chapman House on the
grounds of Booker T. Washington
Senior High School. This event
Swas one of many month-long com-
munity events offered by the Mi-
ami Film Life Center.
Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life,
Inc. was in attendance in addi-
tion to other industry profession-
The Miami Film Life Center is
a South-Florida based arts insti-
tute with a focus on youth edu-
cation, job training, and profes-
sional redevelopment. The MFLC,
prides themselves on providing

resources, training programs,
and networking opportunities
to the underserved and disad-
vantaged residents.. Upcoming
events include a film screening
of the award winning indepen-
dent film, Better Mus' Come on
this Thursday, September 12 at
5:30 p.m. at the Camillus House.
The film is based on the Green
Bay massacre that happened in
Jamaica in 1978, a Q&A session
will be held with the director,
Storm Saulter immediately pro-
ceeding the showing. Admission
-is free and open to the general
public. The month will end WVith a
Micro Educational Workshop on
Wednesday, September 25. Busi-
ness and entertainment attorney,
Nyanza Shaw, Esq. This event
will .take place at the Chapman
House.- Seats are limited and
members are advised to RSVP.




ns, it was these kids who could have two private schools during
e boldc 80- given up when we were down." district play who combined f
yard intercep- Booker T;, now undisputedly only 17 points against the Ti
-io,,Ciea, tion touch- considered No. 1 in the na- nados last season.
t ;.o.. ni Srudi, down of tion, held opponents under 30 Post-season play is pretty
junior points all last season except much guaranteed for the
By Akilah Laster line- for Central (39-26) and again Tornados as long as they stm

Now that Booker T. Wash-
ington has settled
the score
defeating ..
neighbor- w ing rival
Central 28- 17 Friday
night at Traz Powell Stadium,
the Tornados may have a
clear cut path to anotherstate;
The emotional win will likely
propel Booker T. (2-0) back to
the Citrus Bowl with ease af-
ter defeating the Rockets (1-1),
who served the Tornados their
only loss last season.
While Booker T. was again
led by coveted quarterback
(FSU-Commit Treon Harris)
who earned 247 passing yards

Terry Jef-
ferson that
secured the
victory and sent the
Booker T. .sideline .into an
"I knew it was time to make
'a big play," Jefferson-said.
"There was no other chance."
The Tornados have not beat
the Rockets'since 2008 (44-
39) under then head coach
Earl Tillman; so the'victory
forhead coach Tim," Ice" Har-
ris was' particularly sweet.
"It was about heart and -
determination," Harris said
of the victory and Jefferson's
play, which he says he got a
penaltyfor. "I'm so proud of

seem to be following the same
path only allowing 17 points
in their first two games of the
season, both against nation-
ally ranked teams.
"To be number one you have
Sto win them all," Harris said.
S"Central is an awesome
1^_ ~team [but] this is
J really special."
^PI7 The Rockets
(Class 6A) and the
'Tornados (Class 4A) will
not meet, again until next
season; each are predicted to
win state.
Booker T. will not have
much of a challenge in their
actual district play with a
struggling Edison program,
whom they shutout 53-0 last
season. They also face Gulliv-
er Prep and'Monsignor Pace,




Their first meaningful chal-
lenge may come in regionals
against nationally ranked
University School who moved
up to 4A after winning the
Class 3A state championship
last year.
Central may have lost local
bragging rights for the year,
but as long as the Joseph .
Yearby-Dalvin Cook tandem
(both scored a touchdown a
piece Friday) are on the field,
they are still the most feared
Class 6A team.
, Central will face non-dis-
trict opponent Coral Reef on
Thursday, September 12th
at Traz Powell. Booker T. will
play Carol City on Wednesday,
September 11' (tonight) at
Traz Powell.

Homestead wins over Southridge 45-22

By Akilah Laster

The Homestead Broncos
dismantled any hopes of a
continued rivalry with the
Southridge Spartans, or so it
seemed on Saturday night at
Harris Field, after a sloppy,
but decisive 45-22 victory.
Around 400 fans-gathered
to watch one of the typically
more anticipated games in
the southern Dade area, but
the majority of them packed
Homestead's bleachers. After,
the Broncos (2-1) blazed to a
28-0 lead by the end'of the
first quarter, it was evident as
to why.
Homestead's onslaught
would have been seamless,
but the Broncos struggled
with penalties earning more
than 130 penalty yards which
head coach Larry Coffey
called pathetic.
"We didn't play as disci-
plined [and] we got stagnant,"
said Coffey. "We have some
things to clean up because
that can come back to haunt.
Like Homestead, South-

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-Pnoto Creait: Akilan Laster
Homestead defense lines up.

ridge's program has been
victim to a coaching carousel
the past three seasons; both
teams also were formerly
under the tutelage of patrick
Burrows (Homiestead in 2012
and Southridge in 2011), now
an assistant principal at Rich-
mond Middle School.
Southridge, now led by
alumnus Don McKnight, is
coming off an embarrassing

3-7 season and is 4-2 against
SHomestead since 2008. McK-
night, who is used to rivalry
Games on the big stage, went
into the game hopeful, but
aware of his team's inexperi-
"The kids are working hard
and adapting to the changes,"
said McKnight, who gradu-
ated in '95. "I like how they're
coming together."

SUnfortunately, the Spar-
tans (0-2), weren't prepared
for the Alexander-Johnson
scoring tandem. Maurice
Alexander finished with 313
passing yards and five touch-
down passes, three to senior
receiver Gilbert Johnson-who
transferred from Southridge.
"Gilbert stepped up after
leaving Southridge," Coffey
said. "With him and some
other guys stepping up be-
cause teams heavily cover
Ermon [Lane] it opens things
Southridge who is in the
competitive Class 8A will have
to. find a way to pull it togeth-
er before district play or need
to be prepared for another'
long season. And though they
are still ahead in the yearly
battle, its weight
The Broncos may have some
local bragging rights, but that
won't take them far in district
play. Discipline and consis-
tency will be imperative for
Homestead in the esteemed
District 16-Class 6A if they
hope to be competitive or
even respected by a team like

S. --Stan Honda
Serena Williams holds the winner's trophy after defeating
Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open women's championship
match on Sunday in New York.

This one not easy

at all for Williams

Hard-fought three-set victory over Victoria Aza-
renka earns Serena Williams her fifth U.S. Open
and 17th major title, sixth on all-time list.

By Diane Pucin

NEW YORK It's hard to rate
17 Grand Slam titles.
Is the first one the best, or the
one achieved on a surface most
unfriendly to your game? Is it
Sthe time you came back from
injuries, or the rally from a two-
game deficit in the final set?
Or perhaps it's this one the
U.S. Open championship Ser-
ena Williams won Sunday with
a 7-5, 6-7 (6) 6-1 victory over
Victoria Azarenka in 2 hours
45 minutes on the Arthur Ashe
Stadium court.
Williams, the defending cham-
pion, once led, 7-5, 4-1, and CBS
announcer Mary Carillo left the
television booth during the sec-
ond set to be ready for the tro-
phy presentation.
Carillo had to march back to
the booth after the second-set
tiebreaker, which Williams lost
when she hit a backhand long,
causing her to toss her racket
toward her chair.
And then the top-seeded Wil-
liams, fighting a swirling wind
that ruffled her skirt and her
nerves, had to summon every
bit of energy to finish off the sec-
ond-seeded Azarenka, a young-
er, unafraid opponent.
Williams won her first U.S.
Open in 1999 when she was 17.
Sunday, at age 31, she won her
fifth, and second in a row.
"Being older," she said, "it's
awesome and such a great hon-
or because I don't know if I'll
ever win another Grand Slam.
But I'm really excited about

this one."
SThis 17th major title puts her
one behind Chris Evert and
Martina Navratilova on the all-
time list. And it earned her $3.6
million, including a $1-million.
bonus for winning the summer
series of hard-court events.
Williams had won her second
French Open title earlier this
year, and seemed well on her
way to victory Sunday when she
took that 4-1, two-service-break
lead in the second set. ,
But in an uncharacteristic
display of nerves, Williams was
broken twice when serving the
match at 5-4 and 6-5, and then
the tiebreak to the 24-year-old
"You know, when you're. al-
. ways trying to write history or
join history in my case, maybe
you just get, a little more ner-
vous than you should," Williams
"But I think that's kind of cool
because it means a lot. It means
a lot to me, this trophy. I makes
me feel I'm still fighting to be
part of this fabulous sport."
Williams was so angry af-
ter the tiebreaker that she also
kicked her racket, but then she
played with furious energy and
power in the final set. She broke
Azarenka's serve in the fourth.
game when Azarenka double
faulted on the final point to give
Williams a 3-1 lead.
Williams then held serve at
love, ending that game with
back-to-back aces, one hit, at
126 mph, the other on a second


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Arsenio Hall Show makes its bigger, grand debut

Magic Johnson, Angela Bassett and

Rapper Nas, will hit the couch

By The Hollywood Reporter

The Arsenio Hall Show has
%lined up a guestlist featuring
familiar faces and fellow talk
.show hosts for its first week.
The syndicated late-night
talk show, which debuted on
Monday, Sept.9, will feature
guests Chris Tucker, Mark
Harmon, Lisa Kudrow, Ice
Cube, Earvin "Magic" Johnson,
George Lopez and Angela Bas-
sett during Hall's first week.
Musical guests include Nas,
Mac Miller, Earth, Wind & Fire
and Emblem3; in addition to
surprise guests set to pop in

during premiere week.
The September lineup also
includes Modern Family's Eric
Stonestreet, hip-hop artist
Kendrick Lamar, America's
Got Talent host Nick Can-
non, Dr. Phil, country music
stars The Band Perry, Paula
Patton (Baggage Claim), Me-
lissa Leo (Prisoners), Djimon
Hounsou (Baggage Claim),
Seth Green and Giovanni Ri-
bisi (Fox's controversial Dads),
Allison Janney (CBS' upcom-
ing Mom), Anson Mount (Hell
on Wheels), Russell Simmons,
Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Louie
Anderson, Mayer Hawthorne,

E Omega Psi Phi 6 p.m., at 525 NW 62nd St.
Fraternity members from Contact Clayton at 305-757-
Miami Dade College North and 7961.
South are making plans for a
reunion. Call 305-623-7991 N S.E.E.K., Inc. will feed

Range Park is offering
free self defense karate
classes, Mon. and Wed., at

the homeless in the City of
Overtown every first Saturday,
at 2 p.m., at 14-15 St. and 1st
Ave. Call 678-462-9794.

Gordon Ramsay (MasterChef
\ Junior), Orlando Jones (Fox's
Sleepy Hollow) and the voice of
Siri. "My first week of guests

The Miami Alumni
Chapter Tennessee State
University meets every
third Sat., 9. a.m at Piccadilly
Restaurant in Hlaleah.
SCall 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.

The Miami Edison Sr.

nio Hall
offers a taste of pop culture
and represents the mix of tal-
ent I hope to have on my show
every week," Hall said. "I am

High School Class of 1974
reunion planning meeting will
be held at the Joseph Caleb
Center on Sat., Sept.14 at
lla.m, Call 305-301-9147.

The BTW Alumni
Association will meet Wed.,
Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in the BTW

Miami Northwestern
Class of 65 is sponsoring a bus
trip to the FAMU vs Savannah
State football game and Black

honored to welcome friends
-- both old and new to my
show. My goal is to have fun,
make people laugh and send
viewers to bed with a smile on
their face."
Johnson's appearance comes
more than -two decades after
the NBA Hall of Famer made
his first public appearance to
discuss that he was HIV-posi-
tive. Lopez, for his part, made
his national TV debut on Hall's
original show.
Hall's guest list comes a
week after The Queen Lati-
fah Show set its debut lineup.
Kicking off Sept. 16 on CBS
stations, the Sony Pictures
Television-produced day-
time talker will feature John
Travolta, Sharon Stone, Jake

History Tour in Savannah, Ga.
on October 12. For more info
call before Sept. 2. 305-621-
2751 or 786-223-1663.

N Southern Cross
Astronomical Society and
the Fruit & Spice Park invite
astronomy buffs to the Fall
Star Party (Hunter's Moon)
on Friday, October 11, at
7 p.m. at the Fruit & Spice
Park, 24801 SW 187 Avenue
in Homestead. Admission is
free. For more information,

Gyllenhaal and pal Jamie
Foxx. Will Smith, who is an
executive producer on the
Sony Pictures Television-
produced talker along with his
wife Jada Pinkett Smith, will
also make an appearance.
Hall's full premiere week
lineup follows.
Wednesday, Sept. 11: Magic
Johnson, George Lopez and
rapper Nas.
Thursday, Sept. 12: Mark
Harmon (NCIS) magicians
Penn & Teller and Earth,
Wind, & Fire.
Friday, Sept. 13: Angela,
Bassett (American Horror
Story: Coven) and Emblem3.
Look for our interview with
Queen Latifah next week in
Lifestyles and Entertainment

call 305-247-5727.

Helping Every Living
Person Inc., H.E.L.P a
501 (c) 3 public charity is in
need of volunteers to work at
the Sun Life Stadium for the
2013 Football Events. We will
provide community service
credit hours to any student
(High School or College) that is
at least 16 years of age. Every
volunteer will be provided a
free meal ticket. Call 305-326-

Paperless means no excuse for "missing work"

continued from 4C

worksheets and other paper as-
By 2015, the state wants 50
percent of instructional ma-
terial to be digital and next
year's new online tests will re-
quire one computer for every
two students.
State mandates aside, De-
Sanctis says technology will
not only help the district close
the achievement gap but also
push top students to their po-
Teachers say the students
are already more engaged.
"I feel like my brain is grow-

ingl" said Sydney Chafe, a stu-
-dent at Bennett Elementary in
Fort Lauderdale. "It's like twice
as fast as textbooks."
Students in teacher Paula Fi-
jalkowski's neighboring class-
room sat at their new Lenovo
laptops, some wrote essays,
others read about combat vet-
eran dogs or mummies and an-
other group read downloaded
fiction books.
But each sat quietly in front
of their laptop, their eyes busy
scanning screens and their fin-
gers expertly maneuvering the
touch-pad mouse. There was
no trace of pencils or folders on
their desks.
"I don't have to worry about

breaking my pencil anymore,"
said student Luciano Hant-
man, who admitted school is
more exciting this year. He
used to buy four packs of pen-
cils for the start of school, he
said. This year, he bought four
Teacher Mike Malone said he
slashed his school supply list,
too, asking students to bring
in a USB card (a plug-and-save
memory card) to back up their
"Everything is going to be
on your computer, we're going
paperless," Malone told his stu-
dents. He added going digital
meant there was no excuse for
missing work.

By the end of the year, stu-
dents will take their laptops
home once parents understand
the program and teachers feel
comfortable letting students
use the laptops on their own.
For students who don't have
Internet access at home (Malo-
ne says that's about 20 per-
cent of his class), the district
will use a program that allows
teachers to track how long a
student spends on an assign-
ment and how they interact
with the content, even if the
work is done offline.
However, online programs
where students are able to chat
with each other or their teacher
won't be available.

Standards state what students need to know

continued from 4C

standards in Alabama, Kan-
sas, Missouri and South Caro-
lina failed this past year. More
bills are likely to be introduced
in 2014.
Some conservative groups
and other opponents of the
new academic standards see
the Common Core as an at-
tempt by the federal govern-
ment to co-opt education.
"This comes across as an-
other large-scale centralized
program to try and improve
education, and it comes at the
expense of parents, taxpayers

and educators who are trying
to have a voice as to what is
taught in their schools,"!' said
Lindsey Burke, an education
fellow at the Heritage Founda-
tion, a conservative think tank
in Washington.
"The last thing we need are
standards being set in Wash-
ington at the expense of state
and local control of education."
Over the past few years, fed-
eral lawmakers have given
$4.35 billion in Race to the Top
grant money as an incentive
to states that adopt the stan-
dards, and they have made
Common Core adoption a sig-
nificant factor in obtaining a

waiver from the requirements
of No Child Left Behind.
Other opposition comes from
educators and researchers
-who say the standards are not
"These standards are inferior
to what we need in this coun-
try they are not rigorous,
they are not internationally
comparable and they are not
research-based," said Sandra
Stotsky, a professor at the Uni-
versity of Arkansas who served
on the Common Core Valida-
tion Committee and was one of
four committee members who
did not sign off on the stan-

Another issue at hand is
testing. Supporters hope as-
sessments tied to the new
standards will boost achieve-
ment on standardized tests
and prove American students
can compete with their global
Testing expert Robert Schaf-
fer with the National Center
for Fair and Open Testing said
the initial hype with Common
Core was that it would result
in a new breed of tests that get
beyond "multiple-choice bub-
"The reality is the tests being
developed are the same as they
have been in the past,"- he said.

Signs indicate progress growing in FL schools

continued from 4C

recent problems with grad-
ing (the errors, the padding)
and I do wonder whether there
should be more value put on
progress than proficiency.
But I have no doubt, from
years of reporting on Florida
schools, that school grades and
other Bush-era policies nudged
school districts into putting
more time, energy and creativ-
,ity on the kids who struggle
the most. I also have no doubt

that those efforts, carried out
by hard-working, highly skilled
teachers, moved the needle.
To cite but one example: Be-
tween 2003 and 2011, Florida
comes in at No. 9 among states
in closing the achievement gap
in fourth-grade reading be-
tween low-income students and
their more affluent peers. In
closing the gap in eighth-grade
math, it comes in at No. 6. But
don't believe me. Take it from
Education Week, the highly re-
garded publication where those
rankings come from.

To those who approach edu-
cation improvement with an
open mind: Isn't it troubling
that such stats are rarely re-
And isn't it odd that they're
rarely commended by teach-
ers unions, school boards and
superintendents? Instead, we
routinely get quotes like this
one, from a recent story about
Jeb Bush's presidential ambi-
tions being hampered by ed re-
form fumbles: "The long sleep
is now over," said Kathleen
Oropeza with Fund Education

Now. "People are starting to re-
alize that Jeb and his reforms
are not good for children and
not good for schools. They are
meant to privatize public edu-
I can't help but scratch my
head: Why would people hell
bent on privatizing public edu-
cation constantly point out the
progress and achievement of
public schools?
And why would people who
consider themselves defenders
of public schools constantly
bash them?

Loan debt makes double whammy for parents

continued from 4C

group of Americans parents
struggling to pay off student
loans even as their children
take on new debts to pay for
their own schooling. Student
loans were once thought of as
But for some Americans,
they're becoming a lifetime -
or event a multigenerational
- burden, as parents become
unable to help their children

pay for tuition, forcing the chil-
dren to take on even more debt
The New York Federal Re-
serve, which tracks the data,
reports that student loan debt
is the only form of consumer
debt that has grown since the
peak of consumer debt in 2008.
What's more, the amount owed
in student loans is now greater
than both auto loans and cred-
it cards, making student loan
debt 'the largest form of con-
sumer debt outside of mortgag-

es. It's all driven by relentless
increases in the cost of tuition
at a time when the country is
struggling with sky high un-
As a result, student loan debt
is growing among an age seg-
ment many may not think of
as students: Fifty-somethings.
Americans 50 to 59 years old
owed $112 billion in student
loan debt at the end of 2012,
according to the New York Fed
- up from just $34 billion in
2005. And there are a lot of

them. And the average bal-
ance per person has increased.
Today, they owe an average of
$23,820 up from $14,714 in
early 2005.
Among Americans 60 and
older, student loan debt is
growing, too although some
of that may be debt taken on
to help children or even grand-
Today, Americans 60 and
older owe $43 billion in student
loans which is up from just
$8 billion in 2005.

YMCMB rapper Tyga is known for rocking some extravagant jewelry pieces. The
problem wilh Tyga rocking these expensive pieces is that he hasn't paid for them,
according to a new lawsuit filed by a Beverly Hills jeweler.
Jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills alleges the "Rack City" rapper agreed to buy a
Pantheon watch from him at the price of $28, 275. Tyga, real name Michael Steven-
son, also borrowed a Cuban link chain that was embossed with diamonds and never
returned it. Tyga borrowed the $63,000 watch in December of 2012. Now that Tyga
has been in possession of the watch and chain for more than a year without making
an attempt to make a payment or return, Jason of Beverly Hills is suing for the price
of both pieces plus late fees. With the added charges, Tyga's bill $185,306.50.

For NBA player Royce White, things aren't gong well. aren't going very well. On top
of his well-chronicled mental health problems, he's being minvesutigated for beating up
his now ex-girlfriend. According to reports, While's ex-girliriend Tania Mehra filed a
police report on August 30th detailing an altercation that took place at the Houston
Rocket's Texas mansion back in June. Police reports show there was a call to 911
on June 22nd to report an injury to Tania's face. She suffered a deep cut over her
eye. at the time, she told police that it was due to falling by accident. Police say Tania
Mehra told them what really happened was Royce White attacked her after they got
into an argument because he was making sexual advances toward Mehra's friend.

Ex-NBA player Gilbert Arenas is going from the basketball court to the courthouse.
Arenas has been charged with transporting more than 100 pounds of illegal fire-
works and is facing a year behind bars.
Gilbert Arenas was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol on June 27th for
speeding. During the routine traffic stop, cops say they discovered more than 100
pounds of fireworks. Arenas was subsequently arrested and charged with misde-
meanor possession of dangerous fireworks without a permit. Due to the amount of
fireworks Arenas had in his possession, if convicted, he could spend up to a year in
the county jail and be forced to pay $10,000 in fines.
Gilbert Arenas is scheduled to appear before a California judge next month.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins failed to remember a cardinal rule,
which landed him in jail early Sunday morning on charges of domestic abuse: Go
after the rim, not your woman Andre.
Liggins, who is being held on an $8,000 bond was booked into the Oklahoma Coun-
ty jail Saturday night.
Liggins faces charges of domestic abuse in the presence of a minor child, accord-,
ing to jail records. The act is a felony. Virtually no details are readily available; how-
ever, police told CNN affiliate KOCO, that the victim is believed to be the girlfriend
o)f Liggins. ;

Jamaican icon "returns" to Miami

continued from 1C

"Marley also had important
connections to South Florida
and we will highlight the im-
pact that he had in the area in
a special multi-media section of
the exhibition."
Bob Marley Messenger ex-
plores Marley as a private, spir-
itual man, as a powerful per-
former whose lyrics gave voice
to the disenfranchised and as a
legend who inspired a legion of
fans in the 30 years since his
"My father's message of peace
and unity was always of great
importance to him and to our
family," said Ziggy Marley. "Es-
pecially in the current times,
it seems appropriate to remind

the world of what he stood for
and hopefully, by honoring
him, we can all make efforts
to live our lives with the same
Visitors will be treated a trea-
sure trove of items including
diverse artifacts, rare photo-
graphs and selected items from
the private collection of the
Marley family.
Specifically there will be
items like: Marley's famous Les
Paul guitar; photographs of
Marley both on and off stage;
ticket stubs, concert posters,
tour books and fan memora-
bilia; and interactive such as
a drumming station that allows
visitors to learn how to play a
reggae beat.
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Empowerment groups team up for a good cause-..

BoutiqUe On. The Go partners with opportunity to shop for a ness Administration and says enhance positive behavior,
.Icause while enjoying wine, that she has always wanted to promote social skills, and
Girl Power, Ine. for mentoring, more"%.'deserts and clothing at do something such as this. improve.the academic per-
.' neral nrices on' Th'nrQ- 'Grnwin jTL.Iwas the only formance of at-risk girl ages

Oy Ashley Montgomery
I No woman in South Florida
could possibly turn down the
convenience that Artravia
Johnson offers-to her clients,
The 27 year old-'mogul in the

making is taking her tradi-
tional 'Style Me Thursdays
Happy Hour" to another level
by teaming up with Girl Power
Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit orga-
Fashionistas and influenc-
ers from all over will have the


day, September 19th from
5-9pm. Located at Bou-
tique on the Go's mobile
site (829 NW 119th Street, .
North Miami, Florida).
Johnson graduated from
St. Thomas University with
a master's degree in Busi-

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girl in my family, and I always
wanted a sister. I always was
empowered by girl groups so
they have made me who I am
today," said Johnson.
Girl Power Inc. has given
young girls in the qommu-
nity beneficial programs that

11-17. Fifteen percent of the
sales' during this event will be
donated to Girl Power Inc. -
"Artravia Johnson has such
a passion and entrepreneurial
spirit," said Yvette Harris of
Harris Public Relations. "We
Please trun to POWER 8D




A typical household will
pay an extra $5, or
about five percent more
By Doreen Hemlock

Get ready to pay a bit more for electricity
next year because of rising fuel costs.
Florida Power & Light Co. estimates a typi-
cal household will pay an extra $5, or about
5 percent more, on its monthly electric bill
starting January because
of higher prices for its
The monthly bill for
1,000-kilowatts usage
should rise from $95.20
this year to $100.26 next
year, FPL said.
Still, that's lower than
the bill several years back
before FPL began'switch- SILAPY
ing from oil to lower-cost
natural gas to fuel its power plants. And it
remains lower than typical bills statewide
and nationally that now run about $125 per
month; the company said.
FPL submitted the estimate Friday to
regulators, who allow utilities to pass on fuel :
price increases to their customers.
Regulators will decide on the fuel compo-
nent and other aspects of FPL's 2014 pricing
later this year.
FPL said it's been keeping its fuel costs in
check for years by shifting to cheaper natural
gas. The company figures it's saved about $6
billion" since starting that shift in 2001, trim-
ming customer bills.

The back-to-school section at a target, does a brisk business in August. Such shopping
nuoyed consumer spending.


lThe latest Fed 'Beige Book' survey singles out
auto and housing Industry gains.

By Paul Davidson
The nation's slow but steady
recovery continued over the
summer, with all regions
reporting modest to moderate
growth on persistent strength
in the auto and housing sec-
tors, a Federal Reserve report
said Wednesday.

Consumer spending and the
housing market continued to
pick up, while manufacturing
expanded modestly from early
July to late August, according
to the Fed's "beige book" sur-
vey of economic conditions in
the 12 Fed bank districts.
Growth was moderate in
eight districts, while four -

Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco
and Chicago posted a more
modest expansion. The survey,
named for the color of its cover,
, provides an anecdotal snap-
shot of the economy rather
than the hard data of econom-
ic reports. The report could be
key in determining whether the
Fed reins in its bond-buying
stimulus, as many economists
expect, when Fed policymakers
meet Sept. 18.
Please turn to ECONOMY 8D




After eight years and two
Supreme Court appeals, a
settlement is reached

By Patrick Mcgeehan
Merrill Lynch, one of the biggest brokerage
firms on Wall Street, has agreed to pay $160
million to settle a racial bias lawsuit that
wound through the federal courts for eight
years, including two appeals to the United
States Supreme Court.
The payout in the suit, which was filed on
behalf of 700 Black brokers who worked for
Merrill, would be the largest sum ever distrib-
uted to plaintiffs in a racial discrimination

-, -Lh u Loainitw s Anoh5,oated e-"hs
E. Stanley O'Neal, then
A chief, acknowledged that
Blacks had a harder time
at Merrill Lynch.

suit against an American employer. Merrill,
which was acquired by Bank of America after
the suit was filed, also agreed to take advice
from Black employees on how to improve their
chances of succeeding as brokers.
A spokesman for Merrill. Lynch refused to
confirm the terms of a preliminary settlement,
which were provided by Linda D. Friedman, a
Chicago lawyer who represents the brokers.
The pool of money, available to all Black bro-
kers and trainees at the firm since May 2001,
Please turn to SUIT 8D

Florida Wages flat or down
For 90 percent of us, our livingals, scientists and technicians
For 9opre d livingon average made $45,
standards are declining, study says 2000 but only $42,695 in 2011.
Health-care-and social workers

Hundreds of job seekers lined up around the perimeter of the Metropolitan Baptist
Church in Altadena for a Walmart hiring event.

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will cost on average $8,000
and takes about five weeks .
Realizing this hurdle for small
businesses -and especially
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like you have to work harder
these days for less money, it's
because you live in a state stuck
with a lasting decline in its
standard of living, according to
a Labor Day report on Florida's
job picture.
Job seekers are finally re-
turning to work after a slug-
gish recovery. But the report by
Florida International Univer-
sity's Center for Labor Research

and Studies shows that wages
are stagnant or dropping, ex-
cept for the top 10 percent of
households, while health-care
and other costs are rising.
As a result of low wages and
lost jobs, the median household
income in Florida from 2000
to 2011 plunged by $5,668 a
whopping 11.5 percent to
The average retail clerk who
made an inflation-adjusted
$25, 2000 earned
$23,815 in 2011. Profession-

did a little better, going from an
average of $37,148 in 2000 to
"Most people have not seen
any large changes in their
wages in the past 12 years," the
report concludes, "and amid ris-
ing living costs, many have seen
their standard of living decrease
over this period.
"The middle class is now part
of the new low-wage majority,
and it only appears to be grow-
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Merrill Lynch agrees to pay $16o million in racial bias suit

continued from 7D

is larger than those offered
'by. other corporations sued by
employees for racial bias, in-
cluding Texaco and Coca-Cola,
Friedman said. It also dwarfs
recent payouts by other Wall
Street firms, including $16
million that Morgan Stanley
agreed to pay in 2008 to settle
a suit brought by Black and
Hispanic brokers.-
"This is a somewhat heroic
story because these plaintiffs.
just kept fighting and fighting,"
said John C. 'Coffee Jr., a pro-
fessor at Columbia Law School.
"This is like a triple-overtime
Among the many twists in
the case was the admission in
a deposition by Merrill's first
black chief executive, E. Stan-
ley O'Neal, that Black brokers
might have a harder time be-

cause most of the firm's pro-
spective clients were white and
might not trust their wealth to
brokers who were not.
"We are working toward a
very positive resolution of a law-
suit filed in 2005 and enhanc-
ing opportunities for African-
American 'financial advisers,"
Bill Halldin, a spokesman for
Merrill Lynch, said on Tuesday.
When the suit was first
filed in 2005, only about one
of every 75 brokers at Merrill
was Black and most of them
were considered poor produc-
ers. The lead plaintiff, George
McReynolds, contended that
Black brokers received little
help from their managers .early
on and were often ostracized
by co-workers. The unequal
treatment compounded their
disadvantages year after year,
he contended.
McReynolds, a longtime bro-
ker in Nashville, still works for

.J -

-Photo: Christopher Berk
"I never gave up. As long as it was alive, I thought we ha
The lead plaintiff in a racial bias suit against Merri
Lynch, at his Nashville home.

Merrill eight years after taking ership council that Merrill h
the daunting step of suing his agreed to create to advise t
employer. Now 68, he said he firm on hiring and mentor:
hoped to fill a seat on the lead- of Blacks.

"It's been a long journey,"
McReynolds said in an inter-
view last week. "There were
a number of years where we
didn't know where it was go-
ing." But, he added: "I never
gave up. As long as it was alive,
I thought we had a chance."
S He said some of his co-work-
S ers were wagering on the out-
come of his case. "I found out
They bet against me a couple of
Timess" he said.
For several years, his quest
Appeared quixotic. He hired
J Friedman, whose firm had
ey pressed a class-action lawsuit
d against Merrill on behalf of
brokers who were women who
accused it of sex discrimina-
II tion. Merrill resolved each of
those women's claims individu-
as Friedman said that as many
he as 1,200 current and former
ng Merrill employees could share
in the racial discrimination

payout. (As much as one-fifth
of the money could go .to the
SBut in the beginning, the
only name on the lawsuit was
McReynolds. Persuading col-
leagues to join him was compli-
cated by how scattered Merrill's
Black brokers were: despite a
global network of 14,000 bro-
kers, the firm. did not have a
single Black broker in more
than 25 states.
SHe knew how steep a climb he
faced, but he said his resent-
ment peaked when his three
college-educated children told
him that working at Merrill did
not appeal to them.
'"They. basically said, 'Dad, I
couldn't put up with what you
have to put up with,'" McReyn-
olds said. "I hoped they would
be able to come on with me as
a team and carry, on what I'd
been doing. But they could see

Business owners need to know their worth

continued from 7D

vote so much credit against
it. Many victims of Hurricane
Sandy learned about risk
hard lesson. After the storm
raced through the East Coast,
many business owners found
that they were underin-
sured. Thus, they have three

disasters to deal with --- their
home, car and most of all,
their livelihood. Knowing the
true value of your business
will make sure you are ad-
equately insured. It will also
save you money if your insur-
ance agent tries to over in-
sure your firm. Having docu-
mentation on how much your
business is worth can im-

prove your negotiation when
selling the business. This
insures that you are going to
get the. maximum dollar on
the sale. Being ill prepared
can cost you millions of dol-
lars and hurt you and your
family's future. It will also
help your accountant when
preparing IRS reports and
audits. It is very important if

the owner dies unexpectedly,
the heirs will be able to, un-
derstand and document the
value. We have had too many
members who died and their
heirs were unable to sell the
business for a just price.
Harry C. Alford, Jr. is the
founder, president/CEO of the
National Black Chamber of

Auto and homes sales help bolster economy

continued from 7D

Buoyed partly by
back-to-school sales,
consumer spending
rose in most regions.
Retail sales rose mod-
erately in Boston, Kan-
sas City and Dallas and
more modestly in Phila-
delphia, Atlanta, Chica-
go and St. Louis, among
other areas. Strong de-
mand for home furnish-
ings and home improve-
ment drove demand in

many districts. But in
Several areas, including
Philadelphia, consum-
ers remained cautious
and price-sensitive.
The auto market,
however, keeps surg-
ing on a well of pent-
up demand. In New
York, sales of "high-end
brands were especially
robust," the report said.
And in Richmond, Va.,
one dealership had its
best month ever. In-
Minneapolis, a lack of
inventory crimped sales

Middle class wages shrink

continued from 7D

The, report fleshes
out the impact of the
2007 recession, when
Florida's housing bub-
ble popped and unem-
ployment soared.
It indicates, how-
ever, that the loss of
middle-class -wages
and the prevalence of
Slower-paying service-
industry jobs has per-
sisted since the end of
the recession and may
Florida employers
last week took a bull-
ish view, saying more
good-paying jobs are

coming and that the
growing number of
lower-wage service
jobs at least give many
workers a step up the
But some of those
who were recently laid
off say the new jobs
pay a third less than
what they made when
Florida's economy was
"Everybody says the
jobs are coming, but
there are profession-
als out there saying,
"Where are they?' They
are saying, 'I can't
work a $7-an-hour
job,'" said Howie Appel
of Lake Mary.

Partnership raises funds

continued from 7D

hope to partner up
with them in the fu-
ture for an Entrepre-
neur Workshop to en-
courage young women
who have a passion for
Girl Power Inc whose'
mission is to empower
young girls and their
families, to succeed ii
order to protect, re-
store and preserve the
family unit is delighted
to' team up with John-
son. "I am very hon-
ored to be teaming up
with Girl Power Inc. to
help raise awareness
and funds for the awe-
some work that they
Thema Campbell,
CEO of Girl Power
Inc. is elated about
this first time venture.
Campbell is elated and
has high expectations
for the community.
"We are expecting to
support the education
and the empowerment
of the young girls so

that they can have the
same opportunities
as every other girl in
any community has,"
Campbell said.
Campbell believes
that every every young
girl that she can touch
will receive 'all of the
things that they need
in life to be successful.
She goes on to say, "we
are so grateful to our
partners because it
validates us and it val-
idates our girls. That
is important to us as
The bright pink van
with "Boutique on the
Go" plastered on the
sides has become a
haven on wheels for
South Florida's trend-
setters. Johnson is
no stranger to figur-
ing out ways to give
back to the commu-
nity. "This is the first
time doing it publicly,"
Johnson said. "It won't
be last either. Last
year I donated to ten
families and provided
their kids with' school

at some dealerships.
Travel and tour-
ism also showed solid
gains, with the indus-
try expanding in the

Boston, Philadelphia, to state and national
Richmond,' Atlanta, parks "increased sub-
Minneapolis and San stantially" in the Rich-'
Francisco areas. Camp- mond and Philadelphia
ing permits and visits regions.



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on September 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM in the City Commission Chambers at
City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving
the requirements for obtaining competitive sealed bids approving the purchase
of the Handtevy Pediatric Resuscitation System, from Pediatric Emergency
Standards, Inc., a Non-Local vendor, located at 1440 Lantana Court, Weston,
FL, 33326; for a total contract amount not to exceed $36,850,00. Funds are
allocated from Account #18-104014-03-1766-Equipment-184010, for the De-
partment of Fire-Rescue.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a productwho feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirement for this item may contact Yusbel Gon-
zalez, City of Miami Department of Purchasing, at (305) 416-1958.

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment on
the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk no later than two (2) business days prior to the proceed-
ing at (305) 250-5361 (Voice), or at (305) 250-5472 TTY no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding V0.

Todd, B. Hannon
#19367 City Clerk



The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on September 26, 2013,
to consider the award of an agreement, in the amount of $94,452.00, to the
Foundation of Community Assistance and Leadership, Inc., a Florida, not-for-
profit corporation (FOCAL), for the 2013-2014 contract period, with an option to
renew for a two (2) year period for the same amount and under the same terms
and conditions, for the provision of after school tutoring, counseling, and com-
puter educational services for at risk youth at the City of Miami's Moore Park,
and to consider the City Manager's recommendation and finding that competi-
tive negotiation methods are not practicable or advantageous regarding these
issues. Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed to LaCleveia Morley,
Department of Parks and Recreation at (305) 416-13j32.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-86(a)(3)(c) (services
related to educational services and activities provided by non-profit organiza-
tions within city parks) of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended.
The recommendation and finding to be considered in this matter are set forth
in the proposed resolution and in this Code Section, which are deemed to be
incorporated by reference herein and are available as public records from the
City of Miami. The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly
scheduled City Commission meeting of September 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM at Mi-
ami City Hall,3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment on
the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appealany decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

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

Todd B. Hannon
#19362 City Clerk

NOTICE IS GIVEN that a Public Budget Hearing will be held by the Mlami-Dade County Board
of County Commissioners 'on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 5:01 PM, regarding the
County's Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14. The hearing will take place In the Commission
Chambers, located on the Second Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. First Street,
Miami, Florida 33128. .
All interested parties may appear and be heard at the time and place specified.
A person who decides to appeal any decision made by any board, agency, or commission with
respect to any matter considered at Its meeting or hearing, will need a record of proceedings.
Such persons may need to ensure that a verbatim'record of he proceedings is made, including
the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Miami-Dade Courly provides equal access and equal opportunity and does not discriminate
*on the basis of disability in Its programs or services. For material in alternate format, a sign
language Interpreter or other accommodation, please call 305-375-2035. or send email to

M-IAMIt .. E

Miami-Dade EconomicAdvocacy Trust (MDEAT)
New Board Appointment
Mlami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) is a MiamI-Dade County agency charged with
ensuring economic parity between underserved communities and the community-at-large.; It is
governed by a Board'of Trustees and stimulates economic growth through advocacy and socio-
economic programs.
MDEAT Is seeking new board members to fill vacancies and provide strategic vision and
leadership in fulfilling the agency's mission. Ideal candidates are seasoned, strategic thinkers
with successful track records in economic development, business development, banking, finance,
housing, criminal justice, law, marketing, or corporate fundraising. They are also.committed to
helping stimulate socio-economic growth throughout Miami-Dade County's targeted urban areas
and empowering individuals to contribute to that growth. The board meets monthly and answers
directly to Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
MDEAT Nominating Council, the entity responsible for reviewing applications for Board
appointments, will interview candidates and forward its recommendations to the BCC.
Interested Individuals with the time and commitment to meet the demantis of the board
appointment may download an application at
or pick-up an application Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. 5 p.m. at the following location:
MIami-Dade Economlc Advocacy Trust
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1 ST, Sute 2032(20 Foor)
Miami, FL 33128
Mall or submit completed applications to the aforementioned address.The deadline is Wednesday,
September 25, 2013, by 4 p.m. For, more information, email MDEATinfo amidde.ov or
contact MDEAT Special Projects Administrator, Traci Pollock, at 305.375.5661, extension 93468.



The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on September 26, 2013,
to consider the award of an agreement, in the amount of $86,675.00, to the
Belafonte Tacolcy Center, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation (TACOLCY),
for the 2013-2014 contract period, with an option to renew for a two (2) year
period for the same amount and under the same terms and conditions, for the
provision of a sports development program for at risk youth at the City of Mi-
ami's Belafonte Tacolcy Park, and to consider the City Manager's recommen-
dation and finding that competitive negotiation methods are not practicable or
advantageous regarding these issues. Inquiries regarding this notice may be
addressed to LaCleveia Morley, Department of Parks and Recreation at (305)

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-86(a)(3)(c) (services
related to educational services and activities provided by non-profit organiza-
tions within city parks) of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended.
The recommendation and finding to be considered in this matter are set forth
in the proposed resolution and in this Code Section, which are deemed to be
incorporated by reference herein and are available as public records from the
City of Miami. The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly
scheduled City Commission meeting of September 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM at Mi-
ami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment on
the.proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk no later than two (2) business days prior to the proceed-
ing at (305) 250-5361 (Voice), or at (305) 250-5472 TTY no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding. ',^
Todd B. Hannon
#19361 City Clerk








A,,.pW"-ents, "
1205 N.W. 58th Street
One bedroom. All appliances
included. $575 monthly plus
security. 786-294-7792
1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one
Sbath,$450. Stove and
refrigerator. 305-642-7080

1231 NW 58 Terrace
Pirst month moves you
in One bedroom one
bath. $500 monthly. Two
bedrooms one bath $600'
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV Call Joel.
786-355-7578 ,

First montn moves you in.
One bedroom, one bath.
$550 mthly Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel. 786-355-
7578 ,

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

1311 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $375.

133 NW 18 Street
Move in Special
First month moves you in.
One bdrm, one bath $400
monthly, two bedrooms, one
bath. $475 monthly. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $395.
Two bdrms, one bath $495

1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one
bath, $590 mthly. Includes
refrigerator, stove, central air,
water. $725 move in. 786-
1450 NW 1 Avenue
Efficiency, one bath. $395.

1510 NW 68 Street
One bedroom, 475 monthly.
Call 786-797-6417
156 NE 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800 monthly. No deposit.
SNewly renovated
1612 NW 51 Terrace
$500 moves you in.
1637 NW 40 Street
Beautiful two bdrm apartment.
Completely 'remodeled. 305-
167 NE 59 St-Unit #2
Two bedrooms, one. bath,
$950. Section 8 Welcome.
167 NE 59 St-Unit #5
One bedroom, one bath,
$750. Section 8 Welcome.
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.

1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. Stove, refrigerator.

1801 NW 1st Court
First month moves you in.
Two bdrms one bath. $550
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

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

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

1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450. '.
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
3046 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$700 mthly. 786-325-8000
3090 NW 134 Street #4
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$700 monthly, $1150 to move
in. Section 8 Welcome.
3185 NW 75 Street
One bedroom, close to metro
rail. $650 monthly, first and
last 305-439-2906

341 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, $650 a month.
Call 305-758-6133 or

467 NW 8 Street'
Efficiency, one bath $395.
Free water 305-642-7080

595 NE 129 Street
One bedroom, one bath, large
living room. $675 monthly.
Q091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Three bdrms, two baths.
$750. 305-642-7080

6229 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 55 and older
preferred. 305-310-7463.
6820 NW 17 Avenue
One and two bedrooms. Call
6910 NW 2 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 o.k. 786-295-9961
708 NW 4 Avenue
One barm.. one bath $500.
Stove, refrigerator, air, free
gas. 305-642-7080

731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $495 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
One bdrm, tile, central air,
Water included. Section 8
OKAY! 786-355-5665
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency,
one, two, three bdrms, air,
appliances, laundry, gate.
From $400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown. Liberty City.
Opa-Locka. Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
Free water. 305-642-7080
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW3 Ave. 305-372-1383
One or two bedrooms,
qualify the same. day. Free
22 inch LCD TV. 305-603-
9592 or visit our office at:
1250 NW 62 St Apt #1.
Overtown 305-600-7280 or

St. George Apts
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Quality affordable
apartments. Now renting one,
two and three bdrms, starting
at $600. Move in special.
$1000, gated community
on site manager. Section 8
accepted. Alice 305-636-
or 786-718-6105

6214 NW 18 Avenue
Office space setup as pay
center. Call 786-285-9611.

1274 NW 44 Street
Two bdrms., one bath. $850
mthly. Call 305-758-7022
S1289 NW 55 Street
Two bdrms., one bath. Nicely
renovated, Section 8 Ok.
$1150 mthly. 786-766-0613
1311 NW 102 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air
condition, fenced in area,
1407 NW 51 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air.
$725 monthly. 305-720-7067
156 NE 58 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650. Free Water.

17 And 53 Street
One bdrm, $675 mthly. First,
last and security. Appliances
included. 305-962-2666
1830 NW 74 Street
Two bedrooms, air
conditioned, appliances,
first, last and security. $825
a month.
1867 NW 42 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
central air. Call 786-356-1457
1869 NW 41 Street
One bedroom, one bath. $650
monthly. Section 8 Welcome.
1876 NW 69 Street
Two bedrooms, 'one bath.
$750 monthly. 786-328-5878
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two. bedrooms, one bath,
remodeled. $895. 305-527-
2224 NW 82 Street
Two bdrms., one bath.
Central air. $900 mthly. First
and last. 305-490-4728

2357 N.W. 95th Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, new
tile. 305-205-3652
247 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
appliances, water, parking.
$650 monthly. 786-216-7533
2541 York Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $895.
Appliances, free water.

3030 NW 19 Avenue
One bdrm. Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776
3132 NW 135 Street
Like new, three bdrms., two
baths, tile central air, yard.
$1200. 305 662-5505
36 NW 52 Street
Efficiency, one bath $625..
With all utilities. 305-642-

366 NW 59 Terrace
STwo bdrms., one bath $750
Stove and refrigerator.

38 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$650 monthly. Include water.
No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
4601 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms., den, one bdrm.
$900 mthly. Call 305-759-
2280 or 786-512-7622. *
Abundant Housing, L.L.C.
5509 NW Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. Newly
renovated $650 mthly, first,
last, security. 305-751-6232
5528 N.W. 4 Ave
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air. $750. 305-720-7067
5619 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 monthly. Free water,
all appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV, call Joel

6215 NW 2 Place
Large one bedroom, one
bath, $660. Free water, quiet
building, 786-419-6613.
6800 NW 6 Court
Three bdrms., one bath.
$1150 Appliances, free
water, electric. 305-642-

Three bedrooms, two baths,
appliances. $1,500 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome.
Available September 1.

Two bdrms, starting at $900
Four bdrms, two baths $1600
Design Realty
1136 Sesame Street
Two bdrms., one bath. $900
monthly. 786-325-8000

1756 NW 85 Street
$500 moves you in, $280 bi-
weekly. Call 786-389-1686
2106 NW 70 Street
Furnished, no utilities, first
and last to move in. $650
monthly. 305-836-8262 or
411 NW 37 Street
Studio $395 monthly. One
bdrm, one bath $495 mthly.
Two bdrms, one bath
$595 mthly. Free water. All
appliances included. Call
SJoel 786-355-7578

6741 NW 6 Court
Water and lights included.
9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
Air, electric and water
included. One person only.
Call Sam at 305-710-2366
Furnished Rooms

1264 NW 61 Street
Senior living environment.
Handicapped -accessible.
Free cable, laundry and
utilities. $450 mthly. David:
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent..$125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
1775 NW 151 Street
New management.
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1877 NW 59 Street
Clean room, air, $125 weekly.'
305-720-7067 '
1887 NW 44 Street
$475 monthly. $650 moves
you In. 305-303-0156.
19130 NW 10 Place
No deposit required, $165
moves you in, air, cable.
utilities included. 786-487-

19620 NW 31 Avenue
$120 wkly, $240, to move in,
air, cable. Call 305-993-9470
2373 NW 95 Street
$90 weekly,
call 305-450-4603
2900 NW 54 Street
Upstairs, one room,
refrigerator and air. Call 954-
885-8583 or 305-318-6277
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, TV,
free cable, refrigerator,
microwave, kitchen access
af)d air. Call 954-678-8996
4220 NW 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen and bath one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
7110 NW 15 Court
Share two bdrm house, $125
a week. 305-254-0610
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Rooms for rent, call 9 a.m. to
10 p.m. 305-896-6799

Newly remodeled. Utilities
included. 786-290-1864
Own entrance and drive way.
Clean, nice, and air. $100 a
week. 786-447-6095
Ho', uses -
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10360 SW 173rd Terrace
Four bdrms, one bath.
$1095. Appliances, central
133 St and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
15701 NW 38 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 welcome! $1400,
1719 NW 67 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Ok. 305-754-1100
1775 NW 126 ST
Three bdrms., one bath.
$1200 mthly. 786-285-8232
1850 Service Road
Three bdrms. in Opa-locka.
$1400 mthly, inc. water &
electric. First & Last, $140
non-refundable deposit.
1864 NW 88 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air. No. Section 8. $1300.
Broker Terry Dellerson
2030 Rutland Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1,000 mthly. No section 8.
20520 NW 24 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air. $1300. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
288 NW 51 Street
Small three bdrms., two
baths. $750 mthly. all
appliances included and
free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call 786-355-7578-

2931 NW 49 Street.
Spacious home with private
fence. Three bedrooms, two
baths, family room, carport.
No Section 8. No pets. $1250
monthly, $2500 required.


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PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of The
Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency (OMNI CRA)
is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 12:00 pm, or
thereafter, at Miami City Hall,'3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please contact
the OMNI CRA offices at (305) 679-6868.

#19371 PieterA. Bockweg, Executive Director
Omni and Midtown
Community Redevelopment Agencies

3001 NW 205 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
excellent. condition, $1350
monthly. Section 8 Accepted.
Call Alex 561-373-6780.
3750 NW 169 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, $1500. No section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker
69 St. NW 6 Ave Area
Three bdrms. Section 8,
Welcome! 305-754-7776
712 Burlington Street
Three bdrms., one bath,
totally renovated. $1300
mthly. $3900 moves you in.
Lauderdale Manors
1621 NW 14 Street, Ft.
Lauderdale 33311
Two bedrooms, one bath
with large yard. $875 mthly.
Section 8 ok. 305-829-2818
Three bedrooms, two baths
single family house, central
air, rehovated. Section 8
Welcome. Call Zac 305-984-
Three bedrooms, section 8
unit just finished complete
renovations, new floors,
custom wood kitchen
cabinets, central air, great
location, ready to move. For
info call
Five bdrms., three baths.
Ideal for a large family.
Fenced and central 'air.
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, Section 8 Ok! Call
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
welcome! Others available.

Twdmths free rent in one of
our office building: from $195
and up.
Bank of America building,
18350 NW 2 Avenue, Miami
Gardens 33169.
Miami Gardens office center,
99 NW 183 Street suite 138,
NMB 33169.
786-380-3472 .

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One million, two hundred
dollars. In NW Miami, FL.

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SCarpet cleaning, plumbing,
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$40,611.60 $61,648.20 Yearly

Applications for Certified Police Officer are being
accepted on a continuous basis. Applicants must
be FDLE certified in law enforcement and must ap-
ply in person at 501 Palm Avenue, 3rd Floor, from
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

African-Americans and women, as well as other
minorities are encouraged to apply. For more in-
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We are pleased to announce the re-opening of the waiting lists for the following
facilities. Both facilities are fully occupied with waiting lists for residency.

Allapattah Community Housing
1380 NW 24 Avenue, Miami, FL 33125
Allapattah Community Housing II
1390 NW 24 Avenue, Miami, FL 33125

Eligible applicants must be at least 62 years of age at the time of application
submission and have annual income of no more than $22,900 for a single per-
son or $26,200 for a two person household. Other eligibility requirements apply.
The facilities are federally subsidized by HUD so rent will depend upon each
applicant's income. These facilities are not assisted living or nursing homes.

The first 150 persons who meet these requirements may pick up and return an
applicationss, first come, first serve, in person only, beginning
Thursday November 7. 2013 at 9 AM at:

Allapattah Community Housing
1390 NW 24 Avenue
Miami, FL 33125

We reserve the right to close the waiting lists at any time. In compliance with
ADA, the TDD phone number for persons with hearing disabilities is
305-633-9951. Thank you for your interest.







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