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Tmpora Mutantur Et Nos Mutur In Illis
Tempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis

MIAMI, SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2013

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Majority approve use of reserves in [
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By D. Kevin McNeir -

of concerned citizens add resn esed is-tS C i T '
sues including libra-, fire department.
and waste management services allIN
iewee b the public as essential to the
well-being of Count-y residents And$ 0 m Y
when the commissioners called for a GIMENEZ
vote just before 2 a.m. last Wednesday, IS RATIONALE TO HELP THE UNFO T N T
they agreed [by a 9-4 vote] to use $7.8M in County reserves
in order to avoid laying off an estimated 169 workers and
drastically reducing library hours. As for the fire-rescue OR ELIMINATE AN EYESORE?-
department, the future of three fire trucks and an associ-
ated 59 firefighters may well rest on whether the County is .nd
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Health care for less than $100T a month? Yes, really

Millions will be eligible to pay that or even
less, government report says
By Kelly Kennedy and Human Services report to be re-
leased Tuesday and obtained by USA
WASHINGTON About 6.4 million TODAY
Americans eligible to buy insurance The report by the HHS office for
through the new health exchanges planning and evaluation said the
will pay $100 or less a month in pre- lower premiums v ou1d primarily ap-
miums because of tax subsidies, ac- ply to insurance customers who buy
cording to a Department of Health what are called "silver" plans on the

open Oct. 1.


"The health
care law is mak-
ing health in-
surance more
affordable," said
HHS Secretary
Kathleen Se-
belius. "With
more than half
of all uninsured


Americans able to get coverage at
$100 or less, the health care law is
delivering the quality, affordable cov-
erage people are looking for."
The 2010 health care law, also called
the Affordable Care Act, requires
Americans without health insurance
from their employers, Medicare or
Medicaid to buy insurance through
websites called exchanges that were
created for each state. The law also
allowed states to expand coverage

under Medicaid, the federal-state pro-
gram for low-income Americans.
Subsidies are available to Ameri-
cans who make less than 400% of the
poverty level, or $94,200 for a fam-
ily of four. The rates were based on
people buying silver plans through
the exchanges, or the second-lowest-
cost plan through the exchanges. Re-
searchers looked at Census data to
estimate costs.
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Overtown project

goes ahead with
.rare compromise

'Developers says the real

winners will be the residents

.By D. Kevin McNeir
It was standing room only
at last week's City of Miami
commission meeting, with
Overtown residents and sup-
porters arriving by the bus-

load to weigh-in on two multi-
million dollar proposals. The
one approved would clear the
way for a $250M multi-use
development project. As for
the top two developers, Over-
town Gateway Partners and
Please turn to PROJECT 8A

LeBron gets his 'queen'
Last Saturday, Miami Heat all-star LeBron James
married his longtime partner and mother of his two
sons, Savanna Brinson, in a private ceremony at a posh
resort in San Diego. Many of James's longtime friends
and members of the Heat organization attended. The
couple became engaged just after midnight last New
Year's Day. While attendees did post images of the
wedding on various social media outlets, James and his
bride have yet to make any public statements. James
will be back in Miami later this month to resume
preparing for training camp and says he will address
reporters when the Heat hold their annual media day.

D.C. shooter had

history of severe

mental illnesses
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON The deadly attack -.
at the Washington Navy Yard was car- ---
ried out by one of the military's own: a _
defense contract employee and former "
Navy reservist who used a valid pass to .
get onto the installation and started fir- -,:_
ing inside a building, killing 12 people "
before he was slain in a gun battle with ,-
police. ALEXIS
Sources also told the Associated
Press that Alexis had received treatment for serious mental
illness, including "hearing voices."
The motive for the mass shooting- the deadliest on a mili-
tary installation in the U.S. since the tragedy at Fort Hood,
Texas, in 2009 was a mystery, investigators said.
But a profile of the lone gunman, a 34-year-old Aaron
Alexis, was coming into focus. He was described as a Bud-
dhist who had also had flares of rage, complained about the
Navy and being a victim of discrimination and had several
run-ins with law enforcement, including two shootings and
Please turn to ALEZIS 5A

U.S. exceptional in good ways

Putin was wrong to doubt us. But
America, in some instances, is not

above reproach
By DeWayne Wickham
Vladimir Putin is wrong to
doubt America's -exceptional-
ism. But those who bash the
Russian president for inferring
that the United States is not
above reproach when it comes
to its behavior on the world

stage have a myopic view of
the past.
Sure, the Russian president
must be reminded that for
much of the past century, the
U.S. has had no equal. He
ought to be told that it was
the U.S. that led the world
through the tumultuous 20th

century. And
after all, it was
the U.S. mili-
tary that turned
the tide of the
battles in World
War I and World
War II and
the American economic engine
that fueled Europe's recovery
from the devastation wrought
by Nazi Germany.
In fact, as exceptional na-
tions go, the U.S. ranks right
up there with the Roman Em-

pire and England during its
period of colonial dominance
as the world's most exception-
al nation. That Putin seems
unmindful of this record has
produced one of those rare
things on which congressional
Republicans and Democrats
agree: slamming the Russian
"I almost wanted to vomit,"
Senate Foreign Relations
Chairman Robert Menendez,
D-N.J., said after reading The
New York Times op-ed article

- and bad

by Putin that criticized Presi-
dent Obama's threat to attack
Syria if it doesn't give up its
chemical weapons. Sen. John
McCain, R-Ariz. the old
war horse who seems to think
peace is a conspiracy to keep
this nation out of war said
what the Russian president
wrote "is an insult to the intel-
ligence of every American."
Like Putin, they protest too
much. American exceptional-
ism, when put to good use,
has made this world a better

place. That's the point Obama
was making recently when he
went on national television to
explain to a doubting public
why he might have to order an
attack on Syria.
"Terrible things happen
across the globe, and it is
beyond our means to right
every wrong," Obama said.
"But when, with modest effort
and risk, we can stop children
from being gassed to death,
and thereby maybe
Please turn to GOOD WAYS 8A

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Fragmented community

must find ways to

work together
It should not come as a shock that the Black communi-
ty in Miami is, in many ways, still a fragmented group.
If you had any doubts, the level of animosity that often
arose during several meetings regarding which developer
Swas best for a potential multi-million dollar development
project in Overtown only confirmed our suspicions.
Several of these meetings were held in relative secret while
others were publicized and open to the public at-large. Some
of these "conversations" were for a selected group of "VIP
citizens" others were open to whoever took the time to
show up.
Lines were often drawn that pitted the interests of "Town-
ers" against those from Liberty City. Some citizens were
even heard to say that they were tired of Overtown (or Lib-
erty City) getting all of the attention and presumably, the
approval and money for big-scale development projects.
Such notions do nothing but continue to divide the Black
community. In this regard, we would do well to take a les-
son from Miami's Cuban community. While they certainly
have their own issues, one thing they tend to do is show up
when it really matters with one concerted voice. In order to
Make sure that their businesses succeed, they spend their
dollars within their own community before shopping with
others. Perhaps it is their language that binds them togeth-
er. Maybe it's their ability to remember the struggles they or
their parents before them experienced in order to gain safe
passage to this country.
But we have a history as well one replete with discrimi-
r nation, disenfranchisement and even death. That is why we
cannot understand why we are more willing to fight among
: ourselves for a few crumbs, instead of uniting and then de-
manding a more significant portion of the pie.
The Black community must do more than join hands once
a year in a ceremonial songfest where "We Shall Overcome"
Sis the top tune. The time is now for us to put aside petty
differences so that we can make more laudable strides for
Sthe greater good. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "a house
divided upon itself cannot stand."

Are Black power and green

power mutually exclusive?
R recent announcements about a $250M multi-use
project in Overtown and a $12M health clinic in
Liberty City are both reasons for the Black com-
munity to celebrate. Congresswoman Wilson refers to the
collateral impact of the health clinic as providing "needed
Revitalization" to a community that has long faced funding
delays, broken promises and years of scandal. Those re-
sponsible for the building of both projects forecast a major
influx of job opportunities from the more obvious con-
struction work to complimentary businesses including con-
venience stores, restaurants and cleaners.
But before we get too excited, it may be wise to ask our-
selves why we have had to wait so long in the first place. The
Black community has significant needs but we also have
Sthe brainpower to develop our own neighborhoods. Educa-
Stional opportunities over the last half century have resulted
in a significant increase in Black professionals and skilled
<^ laborers. What continues to hold us back is that we tend to
be either overlooked or outright denied equal opportunities.
However, there are times when we have been our own
worst enemy. How? Because we chose to raise the banner
for "Black power" instead of paying attention to the impor-
tance of "green power." Don't get it wrong we are the first
to admit that ours is a philosophy that supports Black, en-
trepreneurial efforts. We tend to root for the Black guy to get
the big payday assuming he or she is qualified. We even
have a sense of pride when Blacks are pitted against other
ethnic groups and come out on top.
Still, the unfortunate truth is that these accomplishments
still tend to be the exception rather than the rule. Why does
Black power continue to be perceived as anathema to eco-
nomic power? Before desegregation in the U.S., while the
wages were far less for Blacks doing the same jobs as whites,
that didn't stop us from opening up our own businesses.
Economic power and Black power should not be seen as
: mutually exclusive. They have co-existed for well over 100
years, albeit on a relatively small scale. But the time has
*c: come to think outside of the box, stop hoping for Power ball
* miracles and imagine a world where 'Black' and 'green' exist
-, in harmony.


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The Black Press believes [hat America can best lead .the
world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless ol race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights. Hating no person, tearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

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Is America
As I read Vladimir Putin's sanc-
timonious op-ed article about U.S.
policy in Syria, I imagined the
Russian president sitting at the
keyboard in a lovely pink negligee.
You will recall that when a satirical
painting of Putin in lingerie went
on display last month in St. Pe-
tersburg, police seized the offend-
ing artwork and shut down the
exhibit. The artist, Konstantin Al-
tunin, fled the country and is seek-
ing asylum in France. No doubt
he wanted to avoid the fate of the
punk rock group Pussy Riot, three
of whose members were arrested
and sentenced to years in prison
for an anti-Putin performance in a
Moscow cathedral. So when Pu-
tin tries to lecture "the American
people and their political leaders"
from a position of moral superior-
ity, no one on earth can take him

"exceptional?" You bet we are
seriously. As for Syria, the sinister is supposed to be the smoking- To me, the conc
and barbarous government of dic- gun quote came in 2009, when alism underpins
tator Bashar al-Assad would not Obama, responding to a question gest argument fo
last one week without the military during an overseas trip, said the action in Syria. W
hardware that Russia generously following: "I believe in American than 1,400 men,
provides. Putin thus has the blood exceptionalism, just as I suspect dren killed with
of tens of thousands of innocent that the Brits believe in British ex- not our nature t,
civilians on his hands, ceptionalism and the Greeks be- ask ourselves w
Putin's piece in the New York lieve in Greek exceptionalism" But anything we sho.
Times does raise an interesting if you read the rest of the quote, the costs and be
question, however: Has President the president was clearly .saying- and rewards and
Obama, the patient seeker of mul- that most people around the world can. The oral c
tilateral solutions, now embraced have national pride. -- but the against the Assad
the idea of American exceptional- U.S., in his view, is indeed unique, cated on the fact
ism? It is an article of faith among He spoke of unmatched U:S. doesn't do sometl-
Obama's critics that he believes economic and military power. And Yes. Mr. Putn. .
the U.S. is just a regular country, he added that "we have a core set American except
no better or worse than others, of values that are enshrined in our a lot better than t
and that, accordingly, he seeks to Constitution, in our body of law, Eugene Robins
abdicate any leadership role in the in our democratic practices, in our Prize-wuinning ne
world. Where do these critics get belief in free speech and equality, nist and theforrnmi
such an idea? From their own fe- that, though imperfect, are excep- aging editor of
vered imaginations, mostly. What tional." Post.


*ept oT exceff6n'-
Obama's stron-
r taking military
'hen we see more
women and chil-
poison gas, it is
o look away. We
whether there is
ild do. We weigh
benefits, the risks
Swe do what we
case for a strike
I regime is predi-
t that if the U.S.
dng. nobody will.
ou can call that
onalism. I like it
hed Ruissian kind.
on is a Pulitzer
'Wspaper colum-
er assistant man-
The 'Washington

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It's time for a woman to lead the NAACP

It's time for a radical change at
the top: The next president of the
NAACP should be a woman.
After 104 years, the nation's
largest and oldest civil rights
organization should evolve and
move into the future for the first
time with a woman at the helm.
From Benjamin Hooks, to Ben-
jamin Chavis, to Kweisi Mfume,
to Benjamin Jealous, it's not
only time for the NAACP to elect
a woman president, but there
shouldn't be another NAACP
president named Benjamin ei-
The top job is open because
Benjamin Todd Jealous, the
youngest president ever elected
to lead the NAACP, will resign on
Dec. 31 saying he wants to spend
more time with his wife and chil-
"Leadership knows when to
step up and when to step down,"
Jealous said. "This day I can say
with pride that I'm prepared to
step down and make room for the
next person who will lead this or-
ganization to its next chapter."
So now, as NAACP senior ex-
ecutives begin a national search
for a new president, perhaps they
only need to look down the hall
where Roslyn Brock, the NAACP's

national chairman, works in her
Baltimore office.
"The NAACP is alive, and it's
well," said Brock, who joined the
NAACP in 1984. "We have a stra-
tegic plan in place that will help
guide our work for the next 50
Brock, a loyal NAACP foot sol-
ider for 29 years, is the youngest
person to serve as national chair-
man, having succeeded Julian
Bond in 2010.
Since 2005, Brock has been
the NAACP's point person for
the organization's Leadership
500 Summit. The summit, which
was founded by Brock, welcomes
hundreds of executives, educa-
tors, managers, thought leaders,
community organizers and aspir-
ing leaders for a chance to net-
work and engage with civil rights
"Leadership 500 has estab-
lished itself as the leading forum
for business, non-profit and com-
munity leaders to tap into the
world of advocacy and social jus-
tice," said Brock, a smart, can-do
leader who works tirelessly.
"We encourage conversation
that challenges our current as-
sumptions and makes us rethink
the landscape of the modern-day


civil rights movement," she, add-
ed. ."Year after ,ear, attendees
:eave'.th a sens 'of purpose and
a plan,'Tb ,$on,;t t tNi
muruties in-aImeanngf.'w. AV"
:'\e attended Brdck's 'Leadership.
500'summits and it's an impres-
sive event because Brock helps
groom tomorrow's leaders as she
continues to bring young Black
professionals with fresh ideas to.
the NAACP.
So today, it's time for the
NAACP's 64-person board to hire
its first woman president since
the NAACP was founded in 1909.
"There are several stellar Black
women leaders who could lead
the NAACP in a new direction,"
according to Ebony.
The magazine listed Stefanie
Brown James, a former national
field director and youth and col-
lege director of the NAACP and
the director of African-Ameri-
can voting for the Obama 2012
campaign; Aisha Moodie-Mills,
a senior fellow at the Center for
American Progress, Maya Wiley,
President of the Center for Social
Inclusion; Sherrilyn Ifill, presi-
dent and counsel-director of the
NAACP Legal Defense and Edu-
cation Fund; and former Ben-
nett College president Julianne

"The NAACP can send a great
signal that a' change .jias come
bh: iog7'u ag rn.Amencan ihead..the rgization,
Ebony said.
"That no woman in more than a
century. has had the opportunity
is shameful. Moreover, it reflects
a continued distrust of, female
race leaders," the magazine add-
ed. "Despite the fact ithfat Black
women are one of the most politi-
cally engaged demographics, par-
ticularly regarding racial issues,
having disproportionately out-
voted all other demographics in
the 2008 presidential campaign,
there is still a strident distrust
of Black women running move-
Meanwhile, Jealous said he has
no choice but to resign: He made
a promise to his seven-year-old
daughter that he would leave the
NAACP after five years and he
plans to keep his word.
Michael Cottman is senior cor-
respondent at Reach Media Inc.'s
BlackAmerica Web corn with re-
sponsibility as the chief political
reporter. Cottman also lectures
in the department of journalism,
Howard University, Washington,

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Black conservatives unimpressed, unchanged
With President Barack Obama fying forces whom may follow than making the case for military nation of his self-appointed sta-
trying to make the case for ful- the same radical terrorists who action against the Syrian govern- tus as an anti-war president in-
filling his red-line demands on raided our consulate and killed meant to asking Congress to hold stead of taking the necessary ac-
the Syrian regime of Bashir al- Americans in Libya a year ago." off on a resolution he once de- tions of punishing those guilty of
Assad, members of the Project As Obama prepared to make manded to justify such action. the most terrible of war crimes,"
21 Black leadership network re- this address to the nation, ma-. For the short-term, he is holding said Project 21's Coby Dillard,
main unconvinced that the Nobel jor polls showed overwhelming out hope for Russian President a Navy veteran. "Americans are
Peace Prize-winner possesses the opposition among the American Vladimir Putin's proposal that not against U.S. involvement be-
authority and the justification to people to military action against Syria surrender all of its chemi- cause they are minimizing the
properly handle this foreign poli- Syria, with even larger numbers cal weapons to international au- atrocities in Syria, but because
cy nightmare of his own making, of people unsure of what Obama thorities (a suggestion American they aren't convinced of the no-
"President Obama's speech hoped to achieve through such Secretary of State John Kerry ability of the rebels or the virtue
this evening lacked a logical rea- action. And with the possibility previously mentioned and then of their intentions," said Proj-
soning for what to do about Syria of the deal brokered by Russia, immediately dismissed as un- ec't 21's Derryck Green. "Many
even though he has declared it a similar numbers of Americans workable). Syrian officials are Americans lack faith and trust
national priority," said Project polled by CNN say they don't also now suggesting they will in the moral decision-making of
21's Kevin Martin, a Navy veter- know if they can trust the Rus- sign the United Nations Chemi- President Obama. They still have
an. "Obama sold himself in 2008 sians. cal. Weapons Convention. Putin questions regarding the Libyan
as the candidate of peace. As` "While President Obama laid has also said that the deal would debacle ofjust a year ago. Trying
president -- due to an obviously out a coherent argument for require Obama to swear off any to be on both sides, this speech
total lack of understanding, ab-. military action for the very first military action something that will do very little to change Amer-
sence of leadership and confu- ':,.time since othe Sarin attacks oc- Obama refused to do during his ican hearts and minds, the poli-
sion about the Syrian civil war curred, one very obvious point address, tics of acting or not acting or the
and world politics he justified was never made: That an oppor- In Syria, we have a clear, un- perception of Obama as a cred-
launching a military strike that, tunity for a peaceful solution ne- questionable attack by a dying ible leader on the world stage.
will only likely strengthen the gates the need for America to get administration desperate to hold And it will not deter Bashar
hand of our enemies and paint involved at all," said Project 21's to a power no longer holding con- al-Assad from continuing his
us into a corner. Simultaneously, Stacy Washington, a veteran of sent of its governed. It is unfortu- slaughter."
he is clutching a half-baked plan the U.S. Air Force. "A true lead- nate that President Obama, after Project 21, a leading voice of
proffered by people we shouldn't er would do everything within repeatedly-and correctly-stat- Black conservatives for nearly
trust. Polls show Americans are his power to broker that peace- ing his authority to employ the two decades, is sponsored by the
overwhelmingly weary of war and ful agreement. Obama abruptly American military against a clear National Center for Public Policy
see nn nnrl o lco inrn frrn fnrti- changed his speech from more threat, now seems to remind the Research

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An inside look at rotten prison system
In the interest of full disclo- and-the girls quickly started nities. The epitome was the HBO's The Wir
sure, I have a bachelor's de- changing from bad girls to crack invasion. Drugs cause fect this was a
gree in correctional adminis- nice girls with ambition. My addiction and addiction leads that evolved i
tration from the University of lament was that they would to criminal behavior along both Blacks a
Wisconsin. During the sum- eventually go back to those, with the trafficking of the This brought c
mer of 1969, I did my required environments. I would visit drugs themselves. Prisons of slavery.
internship at the Wisconsin their households but it was so started to fill and recidivism The indust
School for Girls in Oregon, depressing, their progress so was rising at a hopeless rate. to grow at a
Wis, working with underage short-lived, that my ambition Rehabilitation had become a has much pow
offenders who were found started to move towards a ca- thing of the past. Things like
guilty of petty crimes or "bad reer in business." It appears that the whole and out," moi

behavior." My ambition was
to change bad human behav-
ior into honorable behavior.
The curriculum I was reading
promoted the best models of
rehabilitation. I was pumped
but the internship showed me
the reality of our system of
None of the girls in the re-
form school were evil or bad.
They all had a messed up
family life. The overwhelm-
ing majority had no fathers in
the home and their mothers
lacked a work ethic and were
welfare dependent. Role mod-
els were nowhere to be found.
For those three months, I ba-
sically became their father

he industry continues to grow at a rapid rate and has
much power in lobbying. Things like "three strikes and
out," more funding for new prisons and the courting of
judges who seem to be issuing longer sentences.

Another reality was that
the correctional industry,
in comparison with my text
books, had no ambition to re-
habilitate anyone. Incarcera-
tion was a business and mass
imprisonment meant busi-
ness was good: What I didn't
know was that "business"
was about to take off north-
ward at an exponential rate.
Various drugs were imported
into poverty stricken commu-

thing was a conspiracy. Pris-
on guards unionized and
the unions started lobby-
ing for more prisons, stiffer
sentencing and anything to
grow the prison population.
Some entrepreneurs saw a
great opportunity and lob-
bied elected officials. Then
President Ronald Reagan did
a very awful thing. He an-
nounced the "War on Drugs."
As David Simon, the writer of

e stated, "In ef-
war on Blacks
nto a war on
nd Hispanics."
on a new form

ry continues
rapid rate and
ver in lobbying.
"three strikes
re funding for

new prisons and the courting
of judges who seem to be is-
suing longer sentences. The
longer the sentence, the more
the money for private prison
companies. Obviously the
crack invasion was a finan-
cial boon for all of these pri-
vate prisons. We have a rotten
prison system. If we would
legalize drugs, perhaps the
prison population (predomi-
nantly Black and Hispanic)
would start to fade away and
private prisons will be a thing
of a horrible and ugly past.
Harry C. Alford is the co-
founder, President/CEO of the
National Black Chamber of

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Economical crimes against Black humanity

Will Overtown residents benefit from
the pending $25oM multi-use project?

Student, Overtown

"Yes, if it's
going "to cre-
ate jobs then
of course."

Student, Overtown

"Most defi-
nitely. I am
looking for-
ward to it."

Radio personality, Overtown

"As long as
they do what
they promise."

H. PAYNE, 74
Caring Touch Unisex
Barber Shop owner, Overtown

"If it's ca-
tered to the
and men with-

out college
degrees then
yes.- I think it
will be ben-
eficial. It will
help the Black people and local

Unemployed, Overtown

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jobs for young
adults in the
They need
something to
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We talk a lot about criminal
justice and crime in the streets,
especially among Black people.
Mass incarceration of Black
men, disparate sentencing, pri-
vate prisons, legal slavery in-
side prisons based on the 13th
Amendment and all the other
plagues that beset us vis-a-
vis our criminal justice system
and prison industrial complex,
dominate our conversations.
But, there is another take on
crime that we often overlook or
simply ignore; it's the economic
crimes we commit against our-
Amos Wilson posed two ques-
tions in his book, Black on
Black Violence: "Does the Black
community, by continuing to
permit itself to be legitimately'
economically exploited by non-
Black communities thereby
de-legitimize itself and permit
itself to be criminalized while
de-criminalizing its exploiters?
Has the Black community -
addicted to wasteful and non-

sensical consumerism, with
its unwillingness to invest its
wealth and human resources in
itself, in America, and uncom-
mitted to controlling its own in-
ternal markets -- contributed
in no small way to the crimi-
nalization of its sons, to the in-
creasing impoverishment of its
children, to the violence which
prevails within its households

We commit the crimes of waste
and conspicuous consumption,
and then we are punished be-
cause of it. -We refuse to devel-
op, grow, and support our own
businesses, and then we are
punished by having to depend
on someone else to fill our basic
needs. We fail to help provide
jobs for our youth, and-.they end
up committing crimes against

hese are trying times. We are in serious trouble, andfar
be from me to downplay that reality. And it's not about
whether the glass is half full or half empty; this is about

and neighborhoods?"
Wilson paints a dismal pic-
ture of who we are and what
we are about when it comes to
crime and punishment. Are we
able to break this vicious cycle
of self-annihilation? Our being
both the perpetrator and the
victim of the same economic
crimes is just downright stupid.

us and one another, while their
unemployment rate nears 50
percent. Economically, our own
actions accuse us, indict us,
convict us, and punish us.
How can we demand respect
when we are begging others to
fill needs that we can fill for our-
selves? What must our children
think of us, as we show them we

can't take care of ttMe"Tr'm0e
of us don't even know how to
grow a tomato for our families,
yet we want "respect."
These are trying times. We are
in serious trouble, and far be
from me to downplay that real-
ity. And it's not about wheth-
er the glass is half full or half
empty; this is about survival.
The situation we are facing is
an ever widening gap between
those who have a lot and are
self-reliant, and those of us who
are dependent upon and be-
holding to them. My suggestion
is that, first, we drop down and
send up some serious "knee
mail" and then get up and get
to work to stop our own crimes
and punishment, children of
other gets the
crime it deserves."
Jim Clingman, founder of the
Greater Cincinnati African Amer-
ican Chamber of Commerce, is
the nation's most prolific writer
on economic empowerment for
Black people.

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1963: The p
.In the modern civil rights
era, no year stands out in my
memory more than 1963. I was
a sophomore at Druid High
School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and
living in McKenzie Court, the
all-Black housing project on
the west side of town. After a
life of second-class citizenship,
I finally saw the walls of segre-
gation crumbling. Tuscaloosa
provided me with a front-row
seat. My stepfather, William H.
Polk, drove a dump truck at
the University of Alabama. Al-
though our taxes went to sup-
port what was even then a foot-
ball factory, Blacks were barred
from attending the state-sup-
ported school.
On Feb. 3, 1956, Autherine
Lucy gained admission to the

pivotall year for the civil

University of Alabama under
a U.S. Supreme Court order.
But in the end her efforts were
thwarted. Things would be dif-
ferent on June 11, 1963, which
isn't to 'say there wouldn't be

to register for classes. They
were accompanied by Deputy
U.S. Attorney General Nicholas
Instead of complying with the
federal order, Gov. Wallace, who

The euphoria of a victory in my hometown was short lived.
Within hours of Kennedy decision and inspiring, televised
speech, Medgar Evers, who headed NAACP field opera-
tions in Mississippi, was shot to death in Jackson, Miss. after
parking his car in his driveway and exiting to enter his home.

resistance. Vivian Malone and
James Hood, armed with a fed-
eral court order,that the univer-
sity admit them and segrega-
tionist Gov. George C. Wallace
not interfere, sought to enter
Foster Auditorium on campus

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had pledged "segregation now,
segregation tomorrow, segre-
gation forever" in his inaugural
address, staged his "Stand in
the Schoolhouse Door" to block
the two students from entering.
Katzenbach left with the stu-
dents and placed a call to Pres-
ident John F. Kennedy. It was
exciting to see the drama being
played out on our black and
white TV. At last, I thought, the
walls of segregation would be
forever shattered.
The euphoria of a victory in
my hometown was short lived.
Within hours of Kennedy deci-
sion and inspiring, televised
speech, Medgar Evers, who
headed NAACP field operations
in Mississippi, was shot to
death in Jackson, Miss. after
parking his car in his driveway
and exiting to enter his home.
When 250,000 gathered on
Aug. 28, 1963 for the March

on Washington, white racists
were eager to "send a mes-
sage" that it would not change
-their world. In the wee hours of
Sunday, Sept. 15, four Klans-
men planted a box of dynamite
with a time delay under the
steps of the Sixteenth Street
Baptist Church in Birming-
ham a rallying point in the
city for civil rights activities. At
10:22 a.m., the bomb went off,
killing four young girls Ad-
die Mae Collins, Cynthia Wes-
ley, Carole Robertson and De-
nise McNair and injuring 22
Although the violent mes-
sage was supposed to remind
Blacks that there were no
safe places for them, not even
church, Blacks sent a more
lasting message by continuing
to desegregate public facilities
in Birmingham and across the
The enormous sacrifices of
1963 were not in vain. They
provided the groundwork
for passage of the 1964 Civil
Rights Act, the 1965 Voting
Rights Act and the Fair Hous-
ing Act of 1968. It was a year
worth remembering.
George E. Curry, former edi-
tor-in-chiefofEmerge magazine,
is editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Associa-
tion News Service (NNPA.) He is
a keynote speaker, moderator,
and media coach.


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Boynton woman hopes to raise the 'leaders of tomorrow'

By Attiyya Anthony

The last thing Patsy Neal
wants is for South Florida's
young people to turn to crime
- so, she's working on chang-
ing attitudes, right from her liv-
ing room.
Neal is the founder of Boyn-
ton's Leaders of Tomorrow, a
non-profit, faith-based group,
designed to bring out the best
in South Florida's kids through
free classes in art, sign lan-
guage, dance and song, all

ter she does her homework.
"Sign language is my favorite
part," she said. "We do sign lan-
guage in front of everyone, it's a
lot of fun."
Last month Fils-Aime and
the other students performed at
The Atrium, a Boca Raton as-
sisted living facility, for a group
of about 75 seniors.
Amelia Verlin, the activities
director at The Atrium, said the
senior residents were inspired
by the children's combination
of song, dance and sign lan-

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Boynton's Leaders of Tomorrow

conducted from her downtown
Boynton Beach home.
"It's pathetic to watch the way
the youth walk around with
their' pants down and commit-
ting so much crime," she said.
"A lot of times the kids are left
with nothing to do but get in
trouble, this gives them some-
thing else to focus on."
On Sunday, students be-
tween 6 and 24 come from
Palm Beach, Broward and Mi-
Sami-Dade counties to prepare
for monthly performances for
senior citizens.
Eulogia Fils-Aime,6, said she
loves practicing her routines af-

A day of

remembrance for

murder victims

Miami honors its
loved ones on Wed.,
Sept. 25th

Miami Times staff report

September 25th was es-
tablished as a National Day
of Remembrance for Murder
Victims as a result of unani-
mously passed resolutions by
the U.S. Senate on Oct. 16,
2007 and the U.S. House of
Representatives on May 14,
2007. By honoring these per-
sons and memory of victims
who have been killed by vio-
lence and acknowledging the
resulting long-term trauma for
families, communities, and the
nation is an important way of
promoting public awareness of
the impact of violent crime and
remembering our loved ones.
Organizations throughout
South Florida will hold a candle
light vigil to honor murdered
victims at Belafonte Tacolcy
'Center [6161 NW 9th Ave.] at
6 p.m. Over the past several
weeks,- a group of concerned
Miami-Dade County residents
and survivors of murdered
loved ones have convened at
the Tacolcy Center in order to
plan the event and to develop
strategies to reduce violent
crime in the Black communi-
ty. The facilitators have been
Talcocy's Youth Outreach Co-
ordinator, Lionel Lightbourne,
and City of Miami NET Admin-
istrator, Von Carol Kinchens.
Planning committee members
include: Deirdre Anderson,
-Renita Holmes, Jacqueline
bddin, Caron Dixon, Tangela
Gloster, Clayton Hunt, Ste-
phen Gilmore, Ashley Mont-
gomery, Henry Agnew, Black
Divas on Wheels and Vivilora
D. Perkins Smith (Gang Alter-
native, Inc./Urban Partner-
ship Drug Free Community
City of Miami Police and
Miami-Dade County Police,
Miami-Dade County School
Police and local clergy have
been extended invitations and
Black Divas on Wheels will be
at the vigil, "glaring and blar-
ing" on their motorcycles.
For more information call Li-
onel Lightbourne at 305-751-

"You see how many things
can go wrong in the street, it's
nice to see these kids doing nice
things," she said. "The elderly
get very happy when they're
around young kids, because it
shows the youth of today where
they're going and it shows the
elderly where they've been."
Neal said aside from teach-
ing students art and life skills,

she wants to "level the playing
"A lot of kids, especially kids
in the economy today, find
there's only one parent work-
ing, which really limits how
much the parents can afford to
do," she said.
That's why the whole opera-

Stephen Kersey, Every Joe:
"While a lot of people are giving
Matthew Cordle credit for mak-
ing a YouTube video to admit
he killed a man while driving
drunk back in June, I'm not one
of those people. In fact, I think
he's even more of a loser now.
Not only did the 22-year-old kill
Vincent Canzani, now he's us-
ing the death to get his 15 min-
utes of fame. ... If he was 'sin-
cerely a person trying to right a
wrong, he should have just gone
to. the police department and
quietly turned himself in rather
than create this hoopla."
Jack Marshall, Ethics
Alarms: "Some will say that it
is self-serving, that he made
the video to try to minimize his
punishment. This could be, and
so what? The YouTube confes-
sion is still the best, most hon-
est, most ethical, most coura-
geous option that he had, once
he had made the tragic and
irresponsible decision to drive
while intoxicated. Many, indeed
most, and arguably all ethical
acts have an element of self-

tion is funded by the Neal fami-
ly Neal pays for the students'
uniforms, feeds the children
every Sunday and sometimes
picks the students up to make
sure they come to class. She
hopes that by focusing on the
program, students will resist
worldly temptations.,

Brenda Myton said her
daughters were suffering from
low self-esteem and bad atti-
tudes, but Boynton 'Leaders of
Tomorrow changed that. That's
why she drives from North Mi-
ami every week to drop off her
two children, Shantravia My-
ton, 17 and Stephanie Myton,

serving in them .Lance Rinker,
Cordle, ironically, is The Huffington Post:
not merely an eth- "What's so unique
ics hero, ,but a role about this video is
model." that Cordle's mes-
Jenny Holland- sage, and confes-
er, Bustle: "At the sion, comes off as
heart of the Cordle sincere and genu-
situation is not his ine. Although he
'confession,' but is 'confessing to a
the fact that he'd crime, he is also de-
spent nearly three MATTHEW CORDIE livering an intensely
months evading the powerful message
due penalty for his crime. ... based on his recent experience
the implication that Cordle de- drinking and driving ... Isn't
serves praise for not evading Cordle still the bad gqy in all of
the system is ... crazy. ... Noth- this? Isn't he the villain here?
ing that Cordle has done so Someone that shouldn't be re-
far ... implies that he has any ceiving praise because of the
intention to make amends to fact he killed someone by driv-
Canzani's family. He's claimed ing drunk? ... In this story Cor-
that the point of his fame is the dle is the hero and the villain,
'message,' i.e. 'don't drink and which isn't all that uncommon
drive.' But more important than in the grand scheme of things.
grandstanding on the subject of People are inherently good, but
DUIs is the crime that Cordle we are only human and we
is solely responsible for. Which make mistakes."
is, in plain language: ending a Brook Ellingwood, Flip the
man's life by being dangerously, Media: "Cordle is part of a gen-
selfishly, irresponsible." eration that values fame like no
previous generation has, and

"I've just watched these chil-
dren grow. One of my children
used to be a follower, now she's
getting this leadership attitude
and taking initiative," she said.
"I've never seen kids get so ex-
cited about something that's

has at its disposal enormous
and easily accessible mediaadis-
tribution that can make that
fame happen. Today, the only
thing standing between any
one of us and instant celebrity
is our ability to create a mes-
sage with resonance. Cordle
may view the death he caused
as a personal opportunity, the
mother of all Facebook timeline
life events."
Keith Grubb, PolicyMic: "This
video also raises important con-
cerns regarding how we, as a
culture, treat white and Black
men differently in the United
States. is constructed
such that Cordle a young,
white man feels relatable to
what is presumably a white,
middle-class audience. ... We,
the viewers, are made to feel
like we are personally listening
to his testimony, which allows
us to feel personally invested
in him. ... When black men are
convicted of crimes, they are
not afforded the same opportu-
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"Be happy for as long as you can" death of ex-FAMU

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

The willingness to be happy
in spite of, and not because of
our circumstances is not as
widely put into practice as al-
lowing happiness in the face of
adversity to become just an ab-
stract notion, a mere concept
that we would rather scoff at,
and thus, never experience in
our personal lives.
In disregarding the human
spirit as a source for emotional
support, many of us tend to
associate happiness with ex-
ternal objects and favorable
events. When those foreign
objects and desired happen-
ings fail to materialize, the ex-
ploration for good cheer seems

to come to an end, and
no time is ever spent
scouring within our-
selves for a reason to
celebrate life. What we
never discover is that
happiness is always
within close reach, with 1..
or without great riches


and abundance and re-
gardless of our life-experiences.
We never come to realize that
in spite of outer influences and
occurrences that are far beyond
our control, it is still possible to
grant ourselves the power and
authority to feel jubilant within
our internal existence.
For me, the radiance of the
sun, the brightness of its rays
will never truly shine down on

me while I continue to
languish in prison, and
certainly not until I am
able to physically in the
presence of my dear
mother, standing freely
on the other side of the
fence. Everyday this is
a reality for me: being

somewhere I don't want to
be, constantly being told what
to do, not being able to reach
out and touch my loved ones.
If I want to I could easily use
that short list of adversity as
an excuse to deprive myself of
joy. I could choose to die today
as a man whose heart has been
torn apart by the lack of free-
dom. I could leave this world
feeling downtrodden and op-

pressed, moping my way to the
hereafter. Or, I could make a
conscious decision to feast con-
tinually at the table of gaiety,
accepting my current position
in life for exactly what it is at
least until I am blessed to see
better days.
There's no guarantee that
those days will ever come. If
they don't, then as the late No-
torious B.I.G once rapped in his
hit song Juicy, "its all good." At
least unlike those who went
to their graves feeling unhap-
py although they had all the
best things money could buy,
I would have afforded myself
the luxury of defying sadness,
smiling through my infirmity
untouched gloom.

Man charged with recruiting prostitutes

By Rafael Olmeda

A Miramar man is facing fed-
eral charges accusing him of
recruiting a Coral Springs teen-
ager and other women to work
as prostitutes out of his home,
sending more than a dozen men
to the underage girl's bed in her
first day on the job.
According to a criminal com-
plaint, Kareem Jamaal Mavour,
28, found the 17-year-old run-
away with the help of Tagged.
com, a social media website.
The girl received a message in
June from a woman with the
profile name of "Kim Lee," invit-
ing her to make easy money by
working as an escort, according
to the complaint.
Investigators interviewed the

the complaint, she told them
that Mavour later contacted her
and brought her tq his house,
promising her that she would
keep all the money she earned.
She also said she told Mavour
she was 17 and wouldn't turn
18 until September.
Mavour allegedly took racy
photos of the girl with his cell-
phone, then posted those pic-
tures on another website, Back-, calling the girl "Sky."
She said Mavour sent her 15 cli-
ents on her first day working for
him, charging specific rates for
different sexual favors. She also
said Mavour raped her twice
and that she was not allowed to
leave his residence on the 2000
block of Acapulco Drive.
A second woman made simi-
lar a1loarntinn.a including the


use of a "Kim Lee" profile on The second wom-
an was over 18 and had another

job as a stripper.
Unlike the underage girl, the
second woman said was able
to leave Mavour's home at will.
She did not accuse Mavour of
raping her.
Investigators got a warrant
and searched Mavour's home
on Aug. 27.
They also interviewed Mavour,
who told them his involvement
in the prostitution business at
his home was limited to talking
to the recruits about the "busi-
ness opportunity," according to
the complaint. He denied raping
or even knowing "Sky."
Mavour was ordered held
without, bail at -the Broward
Main Jail by U.S. Magistrate
Judge Barry Seltzer on Wednes-
day. His next court date is
scheduled for Sent. 12.

football player

By Dean Schabner

A Charlotte, N.C.. police officer
is facing a voluntary manslaugh-
ter charge in the fatal shooting
of an unarmed man who was
looking for help after crashing
his car. Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a
former Florida A&M University
[FAMU| football player, sought
help at a woman's home after
the crash early last Saturday
morning, but the woman called
911 reporting a strange man
outside her door.
"She immediately closed the
door, hit her panic alarm, called
911," Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Police Chief Rodney Moore said.
She reportedly told police that
she thought the man was trying
to break into her house.
"As the officers ap-
proached him just to de-
termine it is the individ-
ual, what's going on, he
just immediately takes
off and runs toward a
particular officer, and
that officer attempted to
retreat but at the same KER
time fired his weapon,"
Moore said.
Police had first tried to stop
Ferrell by firing a Taser at him,
but he kept corning, which was
when Officer Randall Kerrick
shot him several times. Moore
Ferrell, who played safety at
FAMU, was pronounced dead at
the scene.
Police determined the shooting
was 'excessive" and that Kerrick

"did not have a lawful right to
discharge hius weapon."
Kerrick, 27, of Midland,
turned himself in for booking -
last Saturday evening..
and was released on
$50,000 bond, accord-
ing to the Mecklenburg
County Sheriffs Office
Kerrick, who joined
the police force in April
2011, was scheduled
!RICK to make his first ap-
pearance court hearing
Ferrell's former teammate at
FAMU, Greg Boler, told said he
couldn't understand how such
a thing could have happened to
his friend.
"He was never the ty-pe of in-
dividual that was in to anything
bad in any ty-pe of way," he
said. "Just a good person, very
humble. Just a great contribu-
tor, defirdnitely highly recruited."

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Man targeted Haitians in $3oM scheme stabbing death of FIU athlete

By Brett Clarkson

To thousands of his fellow Hai-
tians in South Florida and across
the U.S., George Louis Theodule
portrayed himself as a savvy fi-
nancier who could double their
In reality, federal prosecutors
say, he was a scam artist who
enriched himself and his inner
circle from a Ponzi scheme that
took in $30 million.
Now, almost five years after the
U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission filed a civil law-
suit to stop Theodule's "ongoing
fraud," he faces federal criminal
The counts include 36 charges
of wire fraud, one count of se-

curities fraud and three counts
of money laundering, according
to a grand jury indictment un-
sealed in the West Palm Beach
federal courthouse on Friday.
If convicted of all the charges,
Theodule faces a maximum of
760,years behind.baS,.th court
documents say.
The July 2 indictminent tells of
a man who concocted corporate
entities and so-called invest-
ment clubs as a foundation for
the lies he peddled to thousands
of victims between July 2007
and December 2008, prosecu-
tors allege.
According to the indictment,'
Theodule formed and "caused
others to form" the investment
clubs in South Florida and in

other parts of the country to col-
lect money from investors in the
Haitian community. He would
claim to be able to double their
money every 30 to 90 days.
"In reality, the defendant was
conducting a Ponzi scheme," the
indictment. alleges,
A Ponzi scheme refers to. the
fraudulent practice of soliciting
investors' money, then paying
returns to them with newer in-
vestors' money instead of actual
earnings, as seen in the Bernie
Madoff and Scott Rothstein cas-
Among other falsehoods, pros-
ecutors said, Theodule claimed
to have 17 years of successful
stock trading experience. The
truth was he made little money

from investing and didn't report
any income between 2000 and
2007, the indictment said.
He also never disclosed that
millions of dollars put up by the
investors ended up lining the
pockets of him and those close
to him, prosecutors allege.
Jonathan E. Perlman, the,
Miami-based court-appointed
receiver from the federal civil
suit, said the money taken in by
Theodule is about $60 million.
He said efforts to win compensa-
tion for investors are ongoing.
"Virtually 100 percent of the
Money, he spent," Perlman said.
"He blew it out in every single
way possible: lavish car collec-
tions, motorcycles, rings, Vegas every way imaginable."

Charges dropped in 1999 murder case
Informant JeralFluellen recants his testimony case came in 2011 when Daw- An attorneyforDawson, Terry
informant Jervalmuellen recants his testimony. I ^ J-^
son, serving a 35-year federal Lenamon, says his client was
.Miamt Times aiff report phen Hart and Shannon Daw- prison term for cocaine traffick- able to garner information about
son. ing, claimed he was one of men the Stanisky shooting from
Miami-'Dade prosecutors have On Oct. 8, 1999,.Stani- involved in the attempted someone in the Federal Deten-
dropped the case against two of sky, a retired Miami-Dade robbery. Inmates in fed- tion Center but could not an-
three men involved in a credit police officer, was work- f ,. |eral custody often get swer who told Dawson or why he
union robbed attempt in Home- ing security at a branch of reductions in their sen- had named Hart as the shooter.
stead that occurred in 1999, re- the Dade County School tences if they agree to co- ----------
suiting in the death of security Employees Federal Credit operate with law enforce-
guard Raymond Stanisky, after Union [16460 SW 304th ., ment. Dawson, hoping
the key informant, Jerval Fluel- St.] when around 10 to cut time from his sen-
len, admitted that lied. Fluel- a.m., three men in black tence, named Akins and
, ........ ^ ..... -r ..- .......-a.. v..... w .. .,. t. STANISKY Hart. the alleged trigger-

"were fed" to him. :He has been-
charged by the Miami-Dade state
attorney's office with two counts
of perjury and is already serving
15 years in federal prison for a a
weapons charge. '
The Homestead case remained
open until last year when an in-
terview with Fluellen helped in-
vestigators .indict the suspected
gunmen: Desmar Akins, Ste-

ana wearmg W masJ& ^^40X, en-L
I,.tered the premises. Stanisky
Succeeded in scaring them away
but after pursuing them on foot,
was shot once in the head and
killed just outside the front door
Sof the credit union.
The car that was used was
stolen and later recovered but
investigators were unable to de-
termine who was responsible.
for the crime. A break in the

man. He also said he had
told a fellow inmate, Fluellen,
about the heist.
Later, Dawson decided not
to. cooperate against Hart and
Akins all three men were fac-
ing the death penalty. Hart is
already doing a life sentence for
a home-invasion robbery and
Akins is doing 10 years in state
prison for an unrelated crime.

Guimanakills- 12 in D.C. Navy Yard

continued from 1A

a disorderly conduct citation in
The officials also said there
has been no .connection to in-
ternational or domestic ter-
rorism and investigators have
found no manifesto or other
writings suggesting a political
or religious motivation for the
Alexis' also had a string of
misconduct problems during
his nearly three years in the
military, but he received an
honorable discharge.

Monday's onslaught at a sin-
gle building at the highly secure

Navy Yard unfolded about 8:20
a.m. in the heart of the nation's
capital, less than four miles
from the White House and two
miles from the Capitol. It put all
of Washington on edge. Mayor
Vincent Gray said there was no
indication it was a terrorist at-
tack, but he added that the pos-
sibility had not been ruled out.
"This is a horrific tragedy,"
Gray said.
The 'military reports Alexis
enlisted on May 5, 2007 and
received the National Defense
Service Medal and the Global
War on Terrorism Service Med-
al one for servicing during a
time of national emergency, and
another for serving post-9/11.
His father said his son suffered
from anger management prob-

lems because he suffered from
post-traumatic stress disorder
possibly linked to his recovery
efforts at Ground Zero on Sept.
11, 2001 in New York City.
But according to one friend,
the news is a shock.
"It would never have ever
crossed my mind that he would
be capable of something like
that he seemed like the kind
of guy that would just, you
know, he liked to have weap-
ons but he never acted like he
would hurt anyone," said friend
Michael Ritrovato.
Defense officials say Alexis
was currently working as a de-
fense- department contractor,
but it's not clear if he was as-
signed at the military base in
southeast D.C.

One hour of deliberation ended
last week with a guilty verdict
against a former FlU student,
Quentin Wyche, who fatally
stabbed an unarmed school foot-
ball player during a confronta-
tion on campus in March 2010.
But the question, for jurors, was
whether he was justified in using
deadly force. Three years later, a
jury has said no.
Wyche, 25, was convicted of
second-degree murder with a
deadly weapon and was hand-
cuffed and jailed He faces up to
life in prison. He will learn his
fate when Miami-Dade Circuit
Judge Miguel de la 0 sentences
him in the coming months for
killing Kendall Barry, a popular
football player at FlU, outside
the campus recreation center.
The trial concluded after only
two days of testimony and Wyche
chose not to testify in his own
For Miami-Dade prosecutors,
the case was a difficult one due
to the State's controversial Stand
Your Ground law, which elimi-
nated a citizen's duty to retreat
in using deadly force to counter

a threat of "great bodily harm" or
death. In Wyche's case, prosecu-
tors addressed the law directly
during closing arguments.
Berry's slaying shocked the
FIU campus and prompted a
scathing internal report blasting
the school's own delay in notify-
ing students about the killing.
The popular tailback had led the
team in touchdowns the season
before his death. Wyche had
been a walk-on football player on
the team.
Tension between Bern'ry and the
defendant began when Wyche
threw a cookie in the face of the
football player's girlfriend, Regi-
na Johnson. She told Berry, who
went to the recreation center,
along with several teammates,
to confront Wyche as he left an
intramural basketball game.
Trouble broke out and Wyche
ran away, only to return with a
pair of scissors, according to one
witness, and thrusting them into
Berry's chest. Wyche ran away
from the scene, but later surren-
dered to police. He had been free
on bond before last Wednesday's

a 11



UM food service workers demand

Chartwells employees making just

below $10,000ooo per year

By Ashley Montgomery

Last spring, Chartwells em-
ployees fought to have a union
and ultimately were granted
that request. Now months
later, cafeteria workers at the
Hecht Dining Hall are facing a
new battle. For the last several
months, University of Miami
[UM] food service employees
under the company 'Chartwells
Dining Services "have been in
negotiation surrounding two
issues: money and affordable
health insurance.
Last week, 15 cafeteria work-
ers stated a ceremonial boy-
cott, walking off for the job from
noon until 2 p.m. Eric Brakken,
Florida director for 32BJ of the
Service Employees Internation-
al Union which represents the

workers, says that the Chart-
wells company isn't negotiating
in good faith.
"They continue to say that
they don't have the money to
pay their workers because their
contract with UM won't allow
them to," he said. "Workers are
making just below $10,000 a
year and that is not enough to
live. That's an issue when this is
a billion dollar company."
About 350 cafeteria workers
at UM are part of the union.
Chartwells Dining Services
disagrees and replied to the al-
legations via an official media,
"Chartwells replied to the al-
legations with an official media
"In recent negotiations with
the Union, Chartwells made a
comprehensive economic pro-

DISSATISFIED: Workers at UM are still battling for better wages

higher wages
posal that offers wage increas-
es throughout the terms of the
collective bargaining agreement
and significant improvement
on health benefits at no cost to
those eligible associates."
As of Monday, Sept. 16, Chart-
wells says that they have al-
ready made agreements to other
Improvements including honor-
., | ing and improving the hours of
the more senior associates and
3 ./ i additional resources for all as-
sociates to grieve, and arbitrate
their concerns. They respect all
of its associates and is commit-
ted to continue to negotiate in
good faith in accordance with
the law.
Many of the employees that
were a part of the walk-out are
residents of Liberty City, Opa-
locka and Coconut Grove.
"This is really historic for not
only Chartwells' employees but
'.."-'"-:,"..- food service workers all over
-Photo courtesy Erik Brakken. Miami," Brakken said. "We are
Sand benefits, worth more. We can stand up."

Sorority expose

By Campbell Robertson
and Alan Blinder .

On the campus of the Univer-
sity of Alabama, accusations
that traditionally white soror-
ity chapters had turned down
an apparently impeccable can-
didate simply because she was
black hardly came as a surprise.
The surprise was that it was
sorority members and not the
candidate herself who made
the allegations, saying' that in
some cases they were pressured
by alumnae to turn her down.
The allegations, reported on
Wednesday in the student news-
paper The Crimson' White, were
based on the account of Mela-
nie Gotz, a member of Alpha
Gamma Delta, and members
of several other sororities who
remained anonymous. In the
report, parts of which were cor-
roborated by sorority members,

many students said they were
open to recruiting the young
woman, whose family has asked
that she not be named; she is
the stepdaughter of a state leg-
islator and stepgranddaughter
of a former State Supreme Court
justice and current trustee of
the university.
The members said they were
pressured by outsiders, includ-
ing a case in which, The Crim-
son White reported, the recruit
was dropped from consideration
at the insistence of a volunteer
sorority adviser who also works
for the university.
Stephannie Bailey, the execu-
tive director of Alpha Gamma
Delta, said in an e-mail that the
organization was "actively inves-
tigating" the situation for viola-
tions of its antidiscrimination
Deborah M. Lane, a spokes-
woman for the university ad-

s its rejection
ministration, which has been attitude," the govern
criticized in the past for not do- Gotz did not return
ing enough about segregation seeking comment.
within the Greek system, said The news about
that the university has been woman, who was a
working with the organizations eral black women to
"to remove any barriers that this year's recruitme
prevent young women" from unsuccessfully, had
"making the choices they want pered around the
to make." She also said that campus in recent w
these groups "determine their dents said they w(
own membership selection pro- prised, even 50 years
cesses and expect their mem- George Wallace's sta
bers to follow their procedures regation in the school
during recruitment." and the university's
Gov. Robert Bentley, who forts to improve its re
earned his undergraduate de- Black students havy
gree at Alabama, referred to the ally tried to join the
controversy on Thursday, saying ally white sororities,
to a television news reporter that attempts have mostly
universities could put pressure where. No Black w
on the Greek system to inte- made it.through the r
grate. He said that his wife, also process'since 2003.
an 'Alabama graduate, blamed One biracial studei
the alumnae. "Personally, I pus, who asked not
think they need to change their tified, described her

of Black candidate

or said.
. a message

the young
among sev-
go through
;nt process
been whis-
'eeks. Stu-
ere unsur-
s after Gov.
nd for seg-
house door
careful ef-
putation. ,
e occasion-
e tradition-
but these
y gone no-
oman has

at on cam-
to be iden-

At the University of Alabama's traditionally white sororities,
including Pi Beta Phi, no Black woman has made it through
recruitment since 2003.

ment when she was turned
down during a previous year. "I
was surprised when it happened
because I really thought I was

going to be the exception," she
said, adding that members later
told her in private, "It wasn't our
decision to cut you."





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M-DC's first Black fire chief talks -

about his rise and fall from grace "

Pens his autobiography to "set the

record straight"
By D. Kevin McNeir

In July 2003, Charles U. Phil-
lps, now-60, resigned his post
as Miami-Dade County's first
Black fire chief two months
after County officials began
investigating allegations that
he had sexually harassed an
employee. The employee, who
worked as Phillips' executive
assistant, also alleged that he
had forced her to complete his
coursework for a doctoral pro-
gram in which he was enrolled.
In the end, the, Miami-Dade
State Attorney's Office found no
criminal wrongdoing from their
The Miami Times filed a report
on Phillips in January 2002,
shortly after he took the helm
as the chief of the largest fire
department in the southeast
U.S. Now, he returns to talk
with us about his recently-pub-
lished memoirs, "Fighting More
Than Fires," which he describes
as a story of "betrayal, decep-
tion and perseverance."
"I started with the fire depart-
ment in 1974 in a class where
only '12 survived training and
achieved permanent status," he
said. "Unlike the police depart-
ment, the fire service was more
like an exclusive country club.
Most of the men were Irish or

Italian immigrants and because
you lived with those guys one-
third of your time, they wanted
to know if we [Blacks] could get
along with whites. My mother
had always taught me that I
should never forget where I
came from so it was important
for me to prove myself."

In early 1970, a federal court
in Miami ordered and man-
dated that Metro-Dade County

allow Blacks, and other minori-
ties, access to the Metro-Dade
Fire Department. When Phillips
joined the Department, he was
one of 10 Black firefighters from
among close to 400 uniformed

Former Miami-Dade County fire chief
personnel. He says it wassome-
thing that he had dreamed
about since first seeing scenes
of firemen attack civil rights
marchers with hoses on tele-
vised programs.
"I wanted to do something
to positively contribute to his-
tory but at the same time it was
important for me to never for-
get what had happened in the
past," he said.

Phillips moved up the ranks,
being promoted in 1997 as the
Department's first Black depu-
ty fire chief. He says he could
not have anticipated that after
achieving the highest honor of
becoming chief that the un-
thinkable would happen.

Phillips says that when he
chose to resign, despite being
cleared of all charges, he did so
after being told by his superiors
that "morale was low and that
the fire union didn't want me
"I wasn't offered a compen-
sation package and after step-
ping down it took me about two
years to regain my old self," he
said. "My reputation had been
severely damaged and I was in
a real state of depression. Be-
ing a fire fighter was, to me, the
greatest career anyone could
ever have. It was my job for
29 years. But I had refused to
follow the party line and had
been threatened in a number of
Why did it take him so long to
write the book?
My wife died last August af-
ter a lengthy illness we had
been together for 35 years and
she was my biggest cheerleader
and my strength," he said. "I
had been writing for 10 years
but had to devote the majority
of my time to her. I just figured
it was finally time to both set
the record straight and to em-
power those who may one day
find themselves walking in my
footsteps. It's been alO-year,
gut-wrenching experience but I
feel redeemed. Most of all, I per-
Phillips will kick off a national
and local book signing tour next
week. For more information go to
www. charlesuphillips. corn.

Boston politicians settle feud on event

By Katharine Q. Seelye

BOSTON Few tradi-
tions epitomize South Bos-
ton as, much as its annual
St. Patrick's Day breakfast,
a sprawling, brawling ver-
bal slugfest where everyone
is Irish for a day and glad-
handing politicians roast
each other as they celebrate
the old sod.
By tradition, the event is
hosted by the state senator
from the First Suffolk Dis-
trict, who in the breakfast's
half-century of history has
always been an Irish-Ameri-
can man from South Boston.
But thle district's new sena-
tor is a Haitian-American
woman. She is not from
Southie, as the historical-
ly Irish-American area is
known, but from Dorchester,
which is more ethnically di-
verse. And she has declared
her intentions to take over
the coveted role of M.C. next
This last fact stirred indig-
nation in at least two Southie
politicians, prompting a brief
but heated controversy that
threw into stark relief the di-
vide between the old Boston
of racially tinged turf battles
and the new Boston, a minor-

Bowing to political reality, Linehan met with Dorcena
Forry later Friday, and the two issued a joint statement ac-
knowledgingthat she would host the breakfast, with an as-

sist from him.
ity-majority metropolis.
At this March's breakfast,
the State Senate seat was va-
cant because the incumbent
had resigned. Stepping in as
host was a city councilman,
Bill Linehan, widely praised
for being able to carry a tune.
Linehan enjoyed the event
so much that he wanted to
stay on as host, arguing that
the job rightfully belongs to

someone from South .Boston.
"It's a cultural thing," Line-
han told The Boston Globe in
an article published, Friday
that exposed a controversy
that had been quietly brew-
ing. "There has never been
anyone who hosted it who
does not live in South Boston,
but there have been people
who have hosted it who were
not the state senator."

But the new state senator,
Linda Dorcena Forry, who
was elected in May, stood her
"The sitting senator has al-
ways hosted, and you don't
have to be Irish to do it," she
told The Globe.
As it happens, she does
have Irish ties. Her hus-
' band, Bill Forry, the editor of
The Dorchester Reporter, is
Irish-American. "I have four
biracial children Irish-
American and Black," she
said, noting that her family
celebrates Irish culture.
Once the article appeared,
political Boston came down
on Linehan like a ton of
bricks. Gov. Deval Patrick,
Mayor Thomas M. Menino,
several candidates running
to succeed Menino and past
senators who had hosted the
breakfast all sided with Dor-
cena Forry.
While many who weighed
in condemned the dispute
as a relic of Boston's racially
divided past, Dorcena Forry
quickly emerged as a sym-
bol of what they hope is its
more inclusive future. They
also said they expected the
breakfast to be entertaining,
because Dorcena Forry has a
wicked sense of humor.

New county budget delays catastrophic cuts

continued from 1A

awarded a federal grant for
which they have applied.
But while M-DC Mayor Car-
los Gimenez warned against
tapping into the reserves,
several Black county com-
missioners say that they're
relieved that jobs have been
"Let's worry about next,
next year and deal with this
year, this year," said Com-
missioner Barbara Jordan.
"I'm happy that we've been
able to reach a compro-
mise. I told the mayor that I
couldn't blame him for want-
ing to keep the millage rate
flat, given the history of re-
calls but you have to keep
the needs of the people first
- cutting library services to
16 hours a week would have
been ridiculous. And we be-
lieve well have a temporary
remedy for fire services. Still,
we've faced four years of bud-
get reductions $2B dollars
to be exact and approximate-

ly 2,800 jobs lost. We have to
find more revenue to sustain
services. That's why I will
support a slight increase in
the millage rate next year.
It's either that or cut more
jobs and services."

Commissioner Dennis
Moss said he voted to approve
the use of reserve funds but
says county employees have
also compromised in order to
save their jobs.
"You have reserve funds in
place in the event that you
are facing difficult times -
these are difficult times," he
said. "I was against hold-
ing the millage rate fiat and
it was using reserves that
closed the budget gap. This
was a real crisis we were fac-
ing and the community re-
sponded by showing up in
force to vent their opinions
and to suggest solutions. As
for next year, I agree with
Commissioner Jordan we
have a year to figure things

out and come up with a
workable solution. It would
be better to bring the library
district back to the general
funds so we can utilize other
funding sources to maintain
essential services."
Commissioner Audrey Ed-
monson says the budget
cuts that have occurred in
the past four years have hit
Blacks hard.
"When I first came on the
commission in 2005, the
budget was $7. now it's
at $4.6B," she said. "We can
all do the math but what
many don't realize is how
these cuts have impacted
the Black community es-
pecially the elderly. At one
point the County was sup-
porting more social services
and CBOs and Blacks ben-
efited greatly. But as money
from the federal government
was depleted or ceased, the
County subsequently cut
services. We are balancing
the budget on the heads of
our employees and I'm not
going to support that. Right

now it's the libraries and sol-
id waste that face potential
layoffs. The goal is to save
those j6bs but that won't
be possible if we aren't 'will-
ing to raise the millage rate
next year. I'll support that
increase to save jobs."

Jordan says she won't give
in to the mayor's "doomsday'
"I think he does an excel-
lent job of scaring the com,
munity so he can do what he
wants to do," she said. "It's
too soon to panic. We had an
increase in ad valorem rev-
enue of about 3.4 percent
and that helped. But when
he constantly says he wants
to cut taxes because we have
the revenue and then wants
to keep the tax rate flat while
also maintaining services,
he's setting up things for
The commission will ap-
prove the final 2013-14 bud-
get on Thursday, Sept. 19th.

-Marvin Gernry, Reuier,
Terri Sewell, Jesse Jackson and Bernice King exit the church to go
to the bell ringing and laying of the wreath at 10:22 at 16th Street
Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Events mark 50 years

since Birmingham

church was bombed
By Verna Gates

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) Fifty years after a bomb
ripped through a church basement, killing four girls and shock-
ing a racially divided nation, the city of Birmingham, Alabama,
on Sunday commemorated the tragedy that marked a shift in the
country's battle over civil rights.
"It is a sad story', but there is a joy that came out of it," said
Sarah Collins Rudolph, who survived the blast at the 16th Street
Baptist Church. Her 14-year-old sister, Addle Mae Collins, was
among the victims of the bomb planted by a member of the Ku
Klux Klan.
The young girls' deaths mustered support for passage of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of
race, ethnicity, religion or gender. The act also ended the Jim Crow
laws that had enforced rigid segregation practices across much of
the southeastern United States.
Rudolph lost an eye and was partially blinded in her remaining
eye when the bomb went off, while she and four other girls were in
a church restroom.
"I will never forget walking over their dead bodies," she told Re-
At 10:22 a.m. Central Time (11:22 a.m. EDT). the time of the
blast, the church's bell tolled in remembrance of Collins, I11-year-
old Denise McNair, and Carole Robertson and Cynt-hia Wesley, both
The bell-ringing was part of a day of activities throughout the
city remembering the tragedy and celebrating the Civil Rights Act.
An afternoon service at the church ended with people holding
hands and singing "We Shall Overcome," a civil rights anthem.
Speaking at the service, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said:
"Millions called for and helped to secure the landmark Voting
Rights Act of 1965, which empowered the Justice Department to
fight unjust attempts to abridge voting rights and restrict access to
the franchise. This is a fight we will continue."
President Barack Obama's administration has vowed to chal-
lenge existing voting laws it says discriminate by race, an effort .
to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that freed states
from the strictest federal oversight under the Voting Rights Act.
Shelby County, part of the Birmingham metropolitan area, filed
the lawsuit that challenged the Voting Rights Act. As a result of the
Supreme Court decision, Alabama will institute a voter identifica-
tion law in 2014 that critics say will suppress the minority' vote.
Holder has said the Justice Department will ask a federal court
for renewed power to block new election laws it says illegally dis-
criminate against blacks and other minorities.

Among those attending events in Birmingham were former U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was a childhood playmate
of one of the victims, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, film-
maker Spike Lee and Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther
Rice, who was a playmate of McNair's, recalled the fear that fol-
lowed the blasts, which she said influenced her work.
"I would often encounter people dealing with long, long grievanc-
es," Rice said on Sunday. "I would tell them my parents couldn't
even take me to a movie theater. But even though I couldn't eat at
the lunch counter at Walgreens, they convinced me I really could
be the president."
The last surviving bomber, Thomas Blanton, 83, sits alone in a
prison cell not far from Birmingham. Since his 2001 conviction, his
list of visitors has dwindled to his daughter and a few others, said
Brian Corbett, spokesman for the Alabama Department of Correc-
Blanton shows no remorse, said Doug Jones, the U.S. attorney
who prosecuted Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry years after the
Celebrated as martyrs in the history of civil rights, the four
bombing victims were honored last week with a Congressional Gold
Medal, the highest honor bestowed on civilians.
On Thursday, the families were given replicas of the medal,
which pictures the four girls, the church and their names. In the
center the medal reads: "Pivotal in the struggle for equality," said
U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios.
Back in Birmingham on Sunday, Pastor Arthur Price asked a
Sunday school class, "What would you do if you could get your
hands on that Blanton dude who bombed the church?"
The Christian answer, he said, is to practice "the love that for-
gives." The same Bible lesson was being taught 50 years ago, when
the bomb exploded.



City threatens rights, lives of homeless

By D. Kevin McNeir

In August 2012, The Miami
Times published a front page sto-
ry that tackled the issue of hun-
ger, poverty and homelessness in
Miami. At that time, according to
the U.S. Census Bureau, about
46.2M U.S. citizens had slipped
into poverty the largest num-
ber in the Bureau's 52 years of
publishing statistics. Then, as
now, Blacks, senior citizens and
children were disproportionately
represented and were the most in
need. Blacks ,seeking food from
Feeding South Florida [FSF] ac-
counted for 61.2 percent of FSF's
clients twice as much as His-
panics (30.4 percent) with whites
only making up .6.6 percent:
The situation grew more grave,
with SFS seeing a 30, percent
jump in the number of clients it
served in the four-county South
Florida region, totaling over one
million, according to agency's
director of advancement, Lisa
But these troubling statistics,
where hunger is often directly
related to homelessness, have
not stopped the recent move by
the City of Miami to remove 500
chronically-homeless people who
"live" in the City's downtown

In an act that was first initi-
ated last April, City leaders and
members of Miami's Downtown
Development Authority [DDA]
are asking a federal court to
modify a long-standing ruling
that gives the homeless the right
to conduct "life-sustaining" acts
- including lighting cooking
fires in public parks, sleeping on
sidewalks and urinating in pub-
lic without getting arrested.
Now, Miami-Dade County May-
or Carlos Gimenez has thrown
his weight behind the efforts of
the City and the DDA. Together,
they are asking the Miami-Dade
Homeless Trust to spend up to
$13M on hundreds of new beds.
But what is the real motivation?

Gimenez says 'the effort is
about more than just sprucing
up a now-revitalized Biscayne
Boulevard and Flagler Street
area, thus making it more ap-
pealing for the increased number
of tourists that are coming to Mi-
"It's actually a moral issue -
nobody should be sleeping in the
streets of Miami," he said.
But Ron Book, Homeless Trust
chairman, says otherwise, and

remains unwilling to try to force
the chronically homeless to use
overnight shelter beds. He op-
poses the proposal to add more
"Shelter beds are warehous-
ing," he said. "It just allows peo-
ple tor come in at-night and show-
er and sleep then they leave."
Much of today's discussion
can be traced back to the 1988
Pottinger v. Miami case in which
5,000 homeless people and the
American Civil Liberties Union
[ACLU] sued the .City, posit-
ing that the practice of clearing
the streets of the homeless and
throwing away their belongings
because of loitering, sleeping on
sidewalks, etc., was. unconstitu-
tional. The case was settled with
a consent decree, stating that
the police could no longer arrest
the homeless for "involuntary,
harmless acts" without first of-
fering them a bed in a shelter.
That led to the County forming
the Homeless Trust. In the last
10 years, the Trust has lowered
M-DC's, homeless population
from a record-high 8,000 to 800,
spending an estimated $55M an-
nually in housing and services.

DDA Chairman and chair of

the city commission, Marc Sar-
noff, says the estimate of 800
chronically homeless in down-
town Miami is twice as much as
it was four years ago. He adds
that they are sleeping in door-
ways and sidewalks, frighten-
ing tourists and area workers,
harassing locals and aggres-
sively panhandling.
The case, filed in federal court
last week, notes that times have
significantly changed in Mi-
ami. Unlike in 1988, today the
number of people living in the
downtown corridor has doubled
to 65,000 and about 200 new
restaurants and stores have
opened in,the area in the past
five years.
Book says the City wants to
"sweep people off the street"
but they can't unless the law
is changed. And because the
beds aren't available, he says
the DDA is hoping to force his
agency into purchasing 350
new ones. The Trust added 85
more beds last July after the
being awarded $260K from the
A legal representative from
the ACLU said their position
has not changed and that they
intend to counter, the argu-
ments of the DDA, the City and
their supporters.

Overtown $250 million project moves forward

continued from 1A

All Aboard Florida, each was
prepared to give its final pitch
to the commission, hoping that
their bid would be selected with
that decision passed on to the
Miami-Dade County commis-
sion for final approval. Mean-
while, citizens were poised to
step up to the mic in order to
make public comment about
which of the two bidders they
supported and to share their
general concerns about the
challenges facing "Towners."
Then, in a rare move, City
Commissioner Michelle Spen-
Sce-Jones, after giving a history
of the events from the issu-
ance of the CRA's RFP to the
vote at hand, asked the lead
partners from the two compa-
Snies if they would be willing to
"work out a compromise." And
while a requested 45-minute
recess turned into several anx-
ious hours of closed-door ne-
gotiations, in the end the Over-
town Gateway Partners and All
Aboard Florida agreed to inde-
pendently handle parts of the
,The CRA board felt that it
was in the best interest of Over-
town that the two properties
be split between the top two
reputable proposals," Spence-
Jones said, also addressing the
tension that had brewed over
the past few weeks which she
feared could cause irrefutable
harm to the community.
."In the past so many promis-
es have been broken to the resi-
dents of Overtown," she said. "I
think these developers will be-
gin to fulfill some of the prom-
ises by bringing quality housing
and commercial revitalization
to Overtown."
Donald E. Peebles, one of the
* financial partners for Overtown
Gateway Partners, says his
company will develop the resi-
dential part of the project and
the construction of a "four-star

A rendering of the Overtown Project

hotel" while All Aboard Florida
will handle the commercial and
retail side of the project, as well
as parking.
"I was surprised when we
were asked to work together but
I understood the rationale we
each have our own specialty in
the industry and to delay much
more would cause severe eco-
nomic setbacks for Overtown
and the CRA," Peebles said. "For
me and for my partner, Barron
Charmnner, while we wanted to
emphasize that we were chosen
as the top bidder, in the end we
wanted to see the project devel-
oped and we wanted to be part
of that development. This is a
win-win for both developers but
more than that, it's a real win
for the City of Miami and the
people of Overtown."
Charmnner says the commis-



sion's decision 'speaks to the
ability of Black-owned busi-
nesses to compete.
"We respect All Aboard Flori-
da and they respect us there
was no need to tear the com-
munity apart," he said. "This is
an example of a Black business
success story. This is the larg-
est single project in Miami to be
led by Blacks."
Jose Gonzalez, VP, Florida
East Industries, agreed that the
real winners are the commu-
"You have two firms with very
strong backgrounds each doing
what we do best," he said. "We
are known as a world-class of-
fice and commercial developer
and that's a win for the com-
munity. I'd also say this is a
success story in terms of trans-
portation. Both companies will

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SVISION FOR THE FUTURE: The view from NW 2nd Avenue & 8th
Street, engaging The Lyric Theatre.

U.S. must admit its character flaws

continued from 1A

make our own children safer
over the long run, I believe we
should act. That's what makes
America 'different. That's what
makes us exceptional."
In truth, there have been
times when things that make
us exceptional have also made
us bad.
It took a lot of exception-
al Americans to develop the
atomic bomb. But when just
two of those weapons of mass
destruction were dropped on
Japan, it's estimated that
220,000 men, women and chil-
dren were killed by those blasts.
That's a heavy cross-to bear by
the only nation to use such a
weapon -- a country that rou-
tinely questions whether other
nations can be trusted with its
destructive power. -
In a news release issued
shortly after the first atom

Vladimir Putin and,"
President Barack Obama
bomb was dropped on Aug.
6, 1945, President Harry Tru-
man explained that he ordered
the use of this awful weapon
to beat Japan into submis-
sion and end World War II. "We
are now prepared to obliterate
more rapidly and completely
every productive enterprise the
Japanese have above ground
in any city," the president said.
Napalm, another deadly bit of
American exceptionalism, was

invented by a Harvard Univer-
sity professor. When a napalm
bomb explodes, a flaming gel
spatters indiscriminately in ev-.
ery direction. It clings to any-
thing it touches with flames
that reach up to 5,000 degrees.
As a weapon of mass destruc-
tion, napalm is some pretty
nasty stuff.
No other country used na-
palm more than the U.S. before
Obama signed on his first day
in office a longstanding inter-
national agreement that par-
tially restricts its use.
I don't know whether Putin
had any of this in mind when
he questioned Obama's talk of
American exceptionalism. But
instead of a shrill counterat-
tack on the Russian president,
its defenders should acknowl-
edge both this nation's great
successes and costly fail-
DeWayne Wickham writes on
Tuesday for USA TODAY.

benefit from the transportation
hub that we're building and
residents will see how it will
create a real synergy."
Gonzalez added that it will be
important to continue to listen
to what Overtown's citizens say
they need and hope to see.
"We've established a lot of
relationships and as we move
forward, especially with the re-
quested community fund, we'll
need to keep getting input from
residents," he said.
Both develops added that
they will not be working as ven-
ture partners. Rather, they will
remain independent, working
on block 56 (All Aboard Flori-
da) and block 45 (The Gateway
Project), exclusively.

Report says many eligible

for health care discounts

continued from 1A

Although not all of the states nor the federal exchange
have announced their rates yet, researchers determined
they could estimate payments without that information.
As an example, the Affordable Care Act states that some-
one making 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or
$17,235 a year, would pay 4 percent of their income or
$57 for the second-lowest-cost plan. So, that person's
subsidy would be the difference between the $57 and the
cost of the silver plan in that state.
"Consequently, it is not necessary. to know the actual
second-lowest-cost silver premium to determine how
many people will pay $100 or less per person per month
for a silver plan," the report states.
In addition to the subsidized insurance, a total of half of
all uninsured Americans could pay less than $100 for in-
surance beginning in January because of other expanded
programs. About 41.3 million people don't have insurance
now, according to HHS.
In the 25 states that have decided to expand Medicaid,
12.4 million uninsured Americans will be eligible to pay
less than $100 "a month, the report found. People in this
group will pay either nothing or a small premium to par-
ticipate in Medicaid.
If the rest of the states expanded Medicaid to coverage to
those who earned below 138 percent of the poverty level,
about one in four of the 41.3 million people without in-
surance would qualify for Medicaid, tax subsidies to help
pay for insurance or the Children's Health Insurance Pro-
gram, researchers found.
On Monday, Pennsylvania, announced it would expand

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Pastor Avery Jones: "I want to do
what is pleasing in Jesus's sight"

Jovial Vera Freley

celebrates her

108th birthday
Vera Freley wasr .
born 108 years ago
in Wild Oaks, FL on
Sept. 19, 1905. She
is one of 10 siblings.
Her husband died
several years ago
and while the two
never had children,
there were plenty of
nieces and neph-
ews to enjoy. She
had been living in her own home until July when
it became necessary for her to move to.the Franco
Nursing Home. On Thurs., Sept. 19, Freley's care-
taker, Celistine Hunter, and her nephew, Ernest
Brookins, invited relatives and friends to celebrate
Freley's 108th birthday at the nursing home. She
was delighted.

Annual Dual Day

theme is paradigm

for devoted pastor

"We've come this far by faith together"
By Gigi Tinsley :
Faith and Family Editor .
Seventeen years and three days ago, [Sept. 15, 1996],
Rev. Harold Marsh was installed pastor of Fellowship
Missionary Baptist Church at 2601 N.W. 65th St. In
2001 he left Fellowship Baptist and founded the New
Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church [NCTMBC].
Initially, the services were held on 54th St. between 15th
and 16th avenues. The next eight years, the church held
their services in the Urban League Fellowship complex at
8400 N.W. 25th Ave. On August 4th the building at 1305
NW 54th St. became the new church home 'Ior NCTMBC.
Please turn to HARSH liB

NEWCHURCH Students boycott gospel artist concert
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Attention to all pastors, church leaders and auxiliaries.
We have a wonderful opportunity for you to now make
sure the community knows about your place of worship
and how to reach you. In our new church listings directory,
which will be listed according to your denomination, you
will be able to include the following: your church's name,
pastor's name, church address, church telephone number
and/or email address.
The cost is only $1.00 per week [$52 per year paid in
advance]. Isn't your church worth that? Send all requested
information to: The Miami Times, Gigi Tinsley, Faith and
Family Editor, 900 NW 54th St., Miami, FL 33127, 305-
694-6216 or fax: 305-694-6211; email: gtinsley@miami-

Does Tonex display
"confusing" gay behavior?
Miami Times staff report
The spiritual community battle is still
battling with a variety of ways to deal with
same-sex relationships. While we know
that there are a great number of gay men
and women in the church, do you walk
away from the biblical view in exchange for
the view of the world and the. U.S.? That
question is still being debated and its'
leading to a swell up of controversy among
students at Howard University, the histor-
ically-Black college located in Washington,
D.C. The gospel artist Tonex is being boy-
cotted by a group of students who feel that
he is sending the wrong messages to the
Tonex, according to the students, has

in the past stated that *,g
he is gay, but then later
stated that he is not gay. ,^,.
The artist has a concert *t-l^.
coming up on campus,-
with students fighting to i--
keep him away. An entire ",';,.
Facebook page called,
"Don't support Tonex
concert" and a Twitter
handle, @BoycottTonex
were created to stop his
concert from being a suc-
Angela Powell told,
"He's confused. One sec-
ond he says he's not gay
then does a tour and Gospel art
says he is. He said he
quit gospel but then comes out and says
he's not finished with Christian music yet.

ij.iLX.S_1 He needs to sit down some-

Curtis Montgomery, a
Howard University stu-
dent, said, "As a Christian,
homosexuality is wrong.
I don't support it and I'm
glad so many students are
standing up and rejecting
this concert also."
Students plan to go out-
side the artist's venue to
protest his appearance.
This is not the first time
that a gospel artist has
been roadblocked in the
politically-charged city of
D.C. Just a few weeks ago,
st Tonex Donnie McClurkin was
sent packing by D.C. May-
or Vincent Gray, who was responding to
pressure presented by gay rights groups.

Thurs., with gospel recording artist Ronald Julian leading wor-
ship on Friday. All three services begin at 7:30 p.m. On Sat.,
Sept. 21, from noon until 4 p.m., a family and friends com-
munity picnic will be held on the church grounds. Finally, on
Sun., Sept. 22, installation ceremonies will be held during two
services, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Johnson will be installed by Rev.
Billie Mathews, senior pastor of West Mt. Horeb Missionary
Baptist Church in Dallas.
Johnson grew up in Dallas, attended Prairie View A & M
University in ,Houston and received a Bachelor of Arts in radio
and television communications. He later earned his Master of
Theology degree in pastoral leadership from Dallas Theological
Seminary. In 2010, Johnson moved to Miami to become as-
sociate pastor of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. After
serving in that role for two years, he was asked to assume the
position as interim pastor. In May 2013, he was asked to serve
as pastor. He says his mission is to "preach and teach the
uncompromised word of God, in a relevant and practical way."
He strives daily to develop and train disciples, while engaging
and evangelizing the un-churched and unsaved community for


S, -Photo courtesy Ebenezer UMC
Leaders of Ebenezer United Methodist Church men's ministry. Assistant pastor in charge of outreach, Rev. Purnell Moody,
is seated second from left.

Men's retreat targets breaking the

yoke of Black male incarceration

Ebenezer "weekend for justice" seeks

to change the lives of troubled youth

By Gigi Tinsley
Faith and Family editor

The Ebenezer United Meth-
odist Men's [UMM] organiza-
tion is determined to change .
the negative roads on which so
many young men travel of-
ten resulting in them becoming
"tenants" in local prisons and
jails. Recent statistics indicate;
-that the highest percentage of
incarcerated mnen are between
the ages of 20 and 39 and most
of them are Blacks, Hispanics
and poor whites. "
"This has to end," said Rv. ,
%4141;e lA-Moody, asaisu tpavs
tor in-charge of Qutreach and
Community Development at
Ebenezer United Methodist
Church MC. "We cannot con-
tinue to let the system remove
`our- young mei from our com-
miunitiies. Most 'important, we
have'to change the mindset of
.Ouriyoung men who feel there is

no hope and that no one cares
about them."
The O.S. is only five percent
of the world's population, but
comprises 25 percent of the
world's incarcerated popula-
tion. As a result, the U.S. has
approximately 7.4 million peo-
ple on parole, probation, in
jails, prisons' or under some
other form of correctional su-
pervision. There are currently
over 2.2 million U.S. citizens in
jails and prisons.
"This is the primary reason
our men have united and se-
lected this topic as our main
focus for this retreat." Moody
saidc2"We are dltetrmined and
will not stop until a positive dif-
ference has been' made."
The retreat's sessions, ac-
cording to the planning com-
mittee, are designed "to see
how we as men can be involved
in the lives of our young men
in a supportive way through
mentoring or providing scholar-

Pastor, Ebenezer UMC
ships and finances, so they can
participate in programs that
will assist in edifying them.
We know that the problems
are multifaceted and so we are
starting with some tangible,
preventive, means and meth-
Presenters at the retreat
include: Judge Orlando A.
Prescott, administrative judge,
Circuit Court, Juvenile Divi-
sion; and representatives from
the Teen Court, the 5000 Role
Models of Excellence and Men

of Tomorrow.
- Dr. Joreatha Capers, pas-
tor, Ebenezer UMC, says she is
proud of the men of her church.
"This is a concerted effort to
point our young men in more
positive directions," she said.
"And we are committed to
young men from the commu-
nity with other organizations
that can guide them. t miss
this event," Joreatha M.Capers,
senior pastor of Ebenezer and
Gregory Robinson, president of
United Methodist Men said.
Ebenezer's [2100 NW 36th
Street] "Men's Weekend for
Justice" will take place on Sat-
urday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.-1
p.m. [lunch at noon] beginning
with breakfast at 8 a.m. and
morning worship on Sunday,
Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. The scrip-
ture selected by the committee
is Amos 5:24: "Let justice roll
down like waters, and righ-
teousness like an ever flow-
ing stream." Minister Gregory
Robinson is the president of
the United Methodist Men. Call
786-370-4405 for more infor-

Gia Wyre leaves for CA to pursue her career

By GigiTinsley
Faith and Family editor

Gia Wyre, affectionately and
professionally known as the
"songbird," has made the pain- '
ful decision to leave Miami and !,.
seek her due fame in San Di- ,*
ego, CA on Sept. 25.
Born in Miami, Nov. 7th
1972, Gia was singing at the .
age of five. She was a member
of the Miami Girl's Choir of the
University of Miami from age 9
-15. Then she was privileged'to ;
sing throughout the nation. '
At the age of ten, Gia sang at
Carnegie Hall and in 1995 at


continued from 10B

On Sept. 8th, the church cel-
ebrated their Annual Dual Day
[the women are in charge of the
morning service and the men
the afternoon service]. At this
event, as is the norm, most
group and individual duties
are assumed by invited guests
from other churches through-
out the county.
The 'Call to Worship' was
done by Sis. Angela Hill from
New 79th Street Word Church;
song service was by the melo-
dious, spirit-lifting, Southern
Echoes; welcome by Miss Key-
anna Middleton and the ushers
were from Antioch of Browns-
ville. The Altar Call was done
by this writer and the scripture


a Summit in Miami she sang
for former President Bill Clin-
ton. She has shared the stage
with Billie D. Williams and Ti-
,china Arnold in the stage play
"If These Hips Could Talk"
[2000-2003]; with Kim Fields
and Aaron Hall in the annual
stage play "'11 Always Love
My Momma.; and co-starred
with Clifton Powell, Demetria
McKinney,Robin Givens and
Angela Winbush in Church Girl
She has shared the stage
with gospel music greats, such
as Karen Burrell, Dorothy Nor-
wood and many others.
"Gia has a voice that is a gift

from heaven,' Marshall Davis,
director of the Culture Arts
Center [6161 NW22nd Ave.]
said. Her voice is not only
pleasing to the ears but also
empowering to the soul. God
bless her ip her new ministry."
Her stage performances
are known to be captivat-
ing and soul reaching. She
has been featured in the Sis-
ter Sister Magazine and de-
scribed as "uplifting,funny,soul
stirring,and anointed. Her sul-
try style of singing has touched
hearts around the country.
Gia was the music director
for Mt. Moriah Missionary Bap-
tist Church in Perrine.

pastor has faith in God's word

was read by First lady Arpie Al-
exander from Soul Saving M.B.
The well-prepared and dy-
namic speaker, Evangelist Al-
berta Cummings from Chris-
tian Fellowship M.B. Church
delivered the informative, di-
vinely-inspired, sermon that
"encouraged" and led an entire
family to join the membership
at NCTMBC. Rev. Joan Sanon,
the assistant pastor, served
as mistress of ceremony, Bro
Henry Greene and Sis. Belvine
Robinson were the hospitable
host and hostess. The offer-
ing was collected by Minister
Loriann Lewis from Raina L.
Kemp Ministries and Sis Car-
olyn Fulger from Little Rock
Primitive Baptist Church. Day
Spring Missionary Baptist

Church under the leadership
of Rev. Michael Roan was in-
charge of the afternoon service.
The Minister of Music and
recording artist Virginia Bos-
tic, coordinator; Sisters Betty
Hall, co-coordinator, Shewan-
na Hall 'and Brenda Williams,
secretaries were the committee
members responsible for the
SAs Marsh sat back and en-
joyed the beautiful service, his
wife, Sis. Marsh was busy en-
suring that everyone was com-
fortable and everything was in
its proper place as any great
and concerned usher, as she is
According to Trustee and
Usher Shirley White, "Pastor
Marsh is a very humble, and
people-loving man of God. He

regularly visits the hospitals
and nursing homes praying
and consoling our members as
well as those who don't belong
to our church. I have been un-
der his ministry for more,than
16 years and he shows his love
for the Lord, by caring about
and for people." ,
Minister Bostic, who has
been with Marsh since his ordi-
nation, echoed the sentiments
of Trustee White and added,
"Our theme is 'Men and Wom-
en together have come this far
by faith.'
It is a paradigm for Marsh.
He has total faith and belief in
the word of God. I am proud
to be under the leadership of
such a great man of God. He
shows his love for God by the
way he treats people."


Dr. G.S. Smith
6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

Rev.Leonard S. Shaw
2085 N.W. 97th St.

Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins
2171 N.W. 56th St:

Bishop Dr.Victor T. Curry
2300 N.W. 135th St.

Bishop James Dean Adams
1328 N.W. 3rd Ave.

Min. Harrell L. Henton
4561 N.W. 33rd Ct. .
305-634-4850 .

Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr.
1263 N.W. 67th St.

3707 S.W. 56th Ave.
Hollywood, FL 33023

m New Corinth M.B.
Church continues in revival
tonight through Frr. the 20th
at 7:30 nightly. Sun., Sept.
22nd Apostleship Installa-
tion Service3. pr. -

Sweet Home Mission-
ary Baptist' Church will
officially install Rev. Theo
Johnson pastor in spe-
cial installation ceremonies
Sept.18-21, 7:30- nightly.
Sun. services will be at 10
a.m. and 4 p.m.

Evangel Church Inter-
national invites you to ex-
perience 36 hrs. of Transfor-
mation Shout, Sept. 20-21.
Call 786-248-1297.

Ebenezer United Meth-
odist Church presents their
annual Men's Retreat, Sept.
27-29. Call 305-635-7413.

New Day N Christ in-
vite the public to a free Mind,
Body and Soul Enhance-
ments; self-improvement
class and Zumba Fitness.
Call 305-691-0018.

N Northside Seventh-

Rev.Carl Johnson
2330 N.W. 93rd St.

Rev. Larrie M. Lovett, II
2799 N.W. 46th St.

Rev. Dr. Gaston Smith
740 N.W. 58th St.

Rev. Douglas Cook, Sr.
5946 N:W. 12th Ave.

Rev. Dr. Billy Strange, Jr.
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Blvd.

1470 N.W. 87th St,

P.O. Box 472-426, 33147-2426

Rev. Michael D.Screen
13650 N.E. 10th Ave.

Day Adventist Church is
sponsoring a Book-Signing
Extravaganza Oct. 5th at 8
p.m. Call 305-252-2614.

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

Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist Church host be-
reavement sharing group ew
ery 2nd Sunday from 3-4:36 d-
p.m. Call 305-634-2993. ,|
Running for Jesus
Outreach Ministries will
host a "Youth Summer Sem-
inar." Call 786-508-6167.

M 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
exciting Bible Studies ev-
ery Wed. at .7:30 p.m. and
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Jones committed to music

continued from lOB

In 1992, Jones founded the
Holy Spirit Ministries which he
describes as "a church where
the Holy Spirit reigns and the
word of God is our reference."
"We boldly proclaim the gos-
pel on many street corners in
the area," he added.
Recently, the Choir and
Jones, recorded a CD entitled,
"Tis So Sweet.
"I am humbled that God has
chosen me as a vessel to pro-
claim the gospel through the
expression of music and his
word," he said. "There are a
multitude of people who might
never have gotten to know our

God if it were not for hymns and
gospel music. It takes a sincere
desire to passionately usher in
the presence of God in a way
that truly impacts lives. God
has blessed me and the Spirit
of Life Choir with that ability."
Jones and Spirit of Life have
shared the stage with some of
best in gospel: John P. Kee, Mil-
ton Brunson and Shirley Cae-
sar. Jones was a lead vocalist on"
the Stellar Award-winning song
"Lift Him Up," recorded, by Pas-
tor Marc Cooper and The Miami
Mass Choir. Jones is married
and father of two daughters,
Ashley and Adonnas, who are
also active in his music minis-
try and his greatest cheerlead-


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says. "Those are the immedi-
help them? It's not easy AlHIA says ate consequences, but we also
* ~know that severe obesity in
By Nanci Hellmich extreme or morbid obesity, childhood is a strong predic-
The percentage of severely tor of morbid obesity in adult-
Four percent to six percent obese kids is increasing at a hood."
of children and teens in the time when the percentage of About a third of the nation's
U.S. are severely obese, and overweight and obese kids young people are overweight
yet there are very few effective seems to be leveling off, says or obese, says the Centers for
options for helping them reach lead author Aaron Kelly, an Disease Control and Preven-
a healthy weight, says a scien- associate professor in the de- tion. Children are classified as
tific statement released Mon- apartment of pediatrics at the overweight or obese based on
day by the American Heart As- University of Minnesota. where they fall on body mass
sociation. The heaviest children in the index (BMI) growth charts:
The heart group is promot- U.S. have higher rates of type Those at the 85th to 95th per-
ing a definition for severely 2, diabetes, high blood pres- centile are considered over-
obese children as those who sure, high cholesterol, liver weight. Those at or above the
fall at the very high end of disease, sleep apnea, muscu- 95th percentile are considered
weight charts. It's also called loskeletal problems and early obese.

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Obesity in kids and teens raises risks of diabetes and cardiovascular problems, so people
.1ust "wrap their heads around how is/'says-Aaron Kellyauthor-of theAmerican-:
,eart Association report. There are very few options for effective treatments for severely
iese kids and teens, says a report by the American Heart Association.

jPopularity of e-cigarettes

Use more than doubled in one year, B.. ,
Sand is deeply troubling, CDC reports ba~c m
: By Brady Dennis tion, the percentage of middle -
2b and high school students in the "

... The use of electronic ciga-
6K rettes among middle and high
School students has been ris- rapidly, a trend that pub-
, lie health officials worry could
undermine decades of efforts to
reduce youth smoking and put
Sa growing number of teenagers
Son a path toward conventional
4 According to data released
SThursday by the Centers for
', Disease Control and Preven-

1By Diane C. Lade
As South Florida enters the
heart of storm season, a new
statewide report has found
idzheimner's caregivers are ill-
,,prepared in the event of a nat-
tural disaster.
The main concern: Alzheim-
iir's patients are among the
6ost vulnerable if a storm hits.
,,,hey can become extremely
agitated if their routines are
Visrupte d.(if they, need to evac-.
rate, f6r example) and are also
t risk for wandering.
("The Purple Ribbon Task
6orce, created by state law
last year to make recommen-
lations on, how to best deal
Ti:th the disease's enormous

Those parenting actions increase the risk that the adolescent will misbehave and suffer
symptoms of depression.

Now hear this: Screaming at

teens probably will backfire

Study: Harsh words don't work and
could cause harm, fuel rebellion

By Nanci Hellmich
What can parents do to rear
a teen who is well-behaved,
happy and respectful?
A tactic that doesn't work
is broadly called harsh ver-
bal discipline, whether that's
shouting, yelling, screaming,
swearing, insulting or name-
calling, a study reports today.
In fact, those parenting actions
increase the risk that the ado-
lescent will misbehave and suf-
fer symptoms of depression.
Shouting and yelling are in-
effective and can be harmful,
says the srudy's author, Ming-
Te Wang, assistant professor in
the department of psychology

and the school of education at
the University of Pittsburgh.
Wang and colleagues stud-

mental health.
Thirteen-year-olds who were
repeatedly subjected to harsh
verbal discipline were more
likely to have symptoms of
depression at age 14, accord-
ing to the findings, which are

I Washington, D.C.g

ied 967 two-parent families
and their teens in Pennsylva-
nia. Most of the families were
middle-class, generally white
or Black.
The parents and their chil-
dren completed surveys over
twxo years on subjects such as
parent-child relationships and

published in the journal Child
Development. They also were
more likely to exhibit problem
behaviors' such as aiger, ag-
gression, vandalism and mis-
conduct, Wang says.
Psychologists say- parents
should consider the implica-
tions of the findings.


growing fast amolig teens

United States who have Used
e-cigarettes more than doubled
from 2011 to 2012.
"The increased use of e-ciga-
rettes by teens is deeply trou-
bling," CDC Director Tom Frie-
den said in announcing findings
from the National Youth Tobac-
co Survey. "Nicotine is a highly
addictive drug. Many teens who
start with e-cigarettes may be
condemned to struggling with
a lifelong addiction to nicotine

learn how to ,,cope, during storms
impact on Florida,. said in neighbors because of the -de- Emergency management was
its final report released this bilitating neurological disor- one of four key areas explored
month that disaster prepara- der.. So they'd have no safety by the task force, which also
tion is "critical" for Alzheimer's net if they or their caregivers looked at research, caregiver
patients and coordinators and haven't made advance evacu- and support resources, and-
called fornew emergency poli-, ation plans, or at least reg- lawenforcementtraining.
cies targeting their needs., istered with social service or Families dealing with the dis-
"When disaster hits those public safety" agencies .that ease agreed it was an important
communities, it's going to be. can check in with them after a topic, with 47 percent of those
a disaster," said Mary Barnes, storm passes. polled for the report saying it-
president and CEO of Alzheim- Almost. half of 840 Alzheim- was a "critical" issue- ranking
er's Community Care, aWest er's family caregivers surveyed it ahead of transportation.
Palm Beach-based social ser- statewide by Florida Depart- Yet that perception hasn't
vice agency. Barnes is one of, ment of Elder Affairs for- the equaled action.
18 members on the task force. report said they had no emer- In Palm Beach County,
The majority of the 84,000 agency plan and only seven where there are almost 46,000
Broward and Palm Beach:,'percent had registered with residents with Alzheimer's,
county Alzheimer's patients "special needs" shelters, de- between 600 and 700 people
are being cared for at home, signed to house evacuees with have registered for the coun-
many .living in retirement complicated medical condi- ty's two special needs shelters,
complexes but isolated from tions. county officials.


"and conventional cigarettes.'
E-cigarettes are battery-pow-
ered devices that look like ciga-
rettes but do not burn tobacco.
Rather, they deliver nicotine,
flavor and other chemicals in
the form of a vapor. A starter
kit, which typically includes
two e-cigarettes, extra batter-
ies and various nicotine car-
tridges, can cost $20 to $200.
Because of the limited research
into e-cigarette use, their risks
and benefits remain uncertain
and subject to widespread de-
What's more certain is their
steady growth in popularity
among adults and, according

to'the CDC survey, young peo-"
The survey fund that the
percentage of high school stu-
dents who said they had used
an e-cigarette jumped from 4.7
percent in 2011 to 10 percent
in 2012. Nearly three percent
of those students said they
had used an e-cigarette in the
past 30 days, up from 1.5 per-
cent a year earlier. Use also
doubled among middle school
students, the CDC reported..;
All told, more than 1.78 mir-
lion middle and high school
students nationwide had tried
e-cigarettes in 2012, the agen-
cy said.

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Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that
deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals, in vapor.

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M Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers in Broward and Palin Beach Counties can go
to special needs shelters, designed for people with severe or disabling medical conditions.
While applications shOUld be made in advance of storm season, you still can register now. For
information and applications: go to and click on your County in the box
in the lower right-hand corner. You also can call 954-357-6385 in Broward or 561-712-6400
in Palm Beach COUnty.
M Transportation to special needs shelters is available if arranged in advance, Contact
the special needs programs listed above,
Red Cross community shelters can be appropriate for patients in the disease's early stages
and with no additional medical needs like IV therapy or oxygen. No advance registration is
required. To get updates once a hurricane warning is declared: call 800-342-3557
0 If you live in Broward and plan to stay at home. call 311 to be put on a vulnerable popula-
tion registry. Police or other emergency personnel will check on you after the storm,
0 Caregivers should accompany Alzheimer's patients to shelters. If staying at home, c@re-
givers should have a friend or relative come stay with them so they will have respite or as-
sistance will) the patient if needecl
0 Caregivers in a mandatory evacuation zone whose loved ones have rnore advanced
Alzheimer's should find an assisted living center, nursing home. or othei facility in advance that
will take the patient. And a hotel or relative's home might be better for anyone with Alzheimer's
if you must evacuate, as new or loud environments can be frightening for patients.
M All Alzheimer's patients should wear an ID bracelet identifying their condition and family
contacts. To sign up for the MedicAlert+,41zheinier's Association Safe Return Program, call
1 88-572-8566 or go to and put "MedicAlert" in the search field. Diane C. Lade

Blacks are more likely to neglect their sleep

Shortfall is biggest for professionals

managers and service workers

By Kim Painter

Black adults are more likely
than whites to skimp on sleep,
and the sleep gap is especially
wide for Black professionals, a
new study shows.
The study from Harvard
School of Public Health fo-
cused on so-called "short sleep-
ers" adults who routinely get
less than seven hours of sleep
each night. The study found
they make up 29 percent of
the population. But they were
more common among Blacks
(37 percent) than whites (28
percent) in the nationally rep-
resentative survey of 136,815
men and women. The 'results
were published online Monday
in the American Journal of Epi-
Researchers aren't sure why
the gap exists but they are con-
cerned because sleeping less

than seven hours a night is
linked with a heightened risk
of early death and with chronic
health problems, including obe-
sity, high blood pressure and
"It's also associated with re-
duced work productivity and
increased on-the-job injury,"
says lead researcher Chandra
Jackson, an epidemiologist. So
the researchers looked at the
sleep gap by occupation,
Even after accounting for age,
socioeconomic status and hab-
its such as drinking and smok-
ing, they found differences be-
tween Blacks and whites who
had similar jobs. The short
sleepers included:
42 percent of Black and 26
percent of white professionals
and managers.
37 percent of Black and 26
percent of white support service

The study found they make up 29 percent of the population.
But they were more common among Blacks (37 percent) than
whites (28 percent) in the nationally representative survey of
136,815 men and women. .

35 percent of Black and 32
percent of white laborers.
The gap was not found among
food and retail workers. The
overall racial gap was similar in
men and women.
In general, the study suggests
that moving up the professional
ladder in any occupation re-
sults in sleep losses for Blacks
but gains for whites, Jackson
One possible explanation:
Some Black professionals adopt
an "extraordinarily strong work
ethic as a way to cope with neg-
ative stereotypes" and discrimi-
nation at work, she says. That
could lead to getting up early or
staying up late to work. Stress
and low levels of social and pro-
fessional support also could
contribute. Blacks also are
more likely to hold jobs requir-
ing shift changes, Which play
havoc with sleep schedules, she
Racial "sleep disparities" have,
been found before, but the'new

research is important because

it adds details from a nation-
ally representative sample, says
Michael Grandner, a sleep re-
searcher at the University of
Pennsylvania. He was not in-
volved in the new study but
says he and his colleagues have
been looking at sleep data from
another large nationally rep-
resentative survey and finding
gaps not only among racial and
ethnic groups, but between im-
migrants and non-immigrants.
"Minorities tend to report
worse quality sleep 'and less
sleep," he says. Lower socio-
economic status is generally
associated with worse and less
sleep, too, and that contributes
to the racial gap, he says. But,
as the latest research shows;
it's not the whole story. "
"There's something about
the real-world experiences, 9of
(minorities) that is playing out
in their sleep,' he says. Those
factors could include anything
from longer commute times to
less concern about -the conse-
quences of lost sleep, he says.

". r l :e - /

Many deaths from heart disease are avoidable

By Nanci Hellmich in this country. able deaths from cardiovascular Compared with whites, 2 diabetes, obesity; physical.m-
'These findings are really By th us disease (112,000 deaths) in 2010 Blacks have a higher prevalence activity, low consumption of.fcxmt.
About 800,000 people die each striking because we are talking occurred in people under 65 of cardiovascular risk factors in- and vegetables and poor. utr
year from cardiovascular disease, about hundreds of thousands of years old. That number remained eluding high blood pressure; type of bad (LDL) cholesterol.' -;'.'"
F,,t n as.,, 0-o 0onnnnn Aflf r tant h o thatren'f hne tn hnn5nen about the same between 2001- -'--'

tJuL a~sman asCU_ ;zu &,uuw 01
the deaths from heart disease
and stroke could be prevented
if people made healthy changes
including topping smoking,
maintaining a healthy weight,
doing, more physical activity,
eating less salt and managing
their- high blood: pressure, high
cholesterol and diabetes, says a
government report out today.
S Although the rate of death
(deaths per'100,000 people) from
cardiovascular disease declined
by 29 percent between 2001 and
' 2010, it's still the leading cause
of death in the USA, says the re-
port from the Centers for Disease
-Control and Prevention (CDC). It
accounts for one in three deaths

when they happen," says Thom-
as Frieden, director of the CDC.
For the latest analysis, CDC
researchers looked at 'National
Vital Statistics System mortality
data from the period 2001-2010.
Preventable/avoidable deaths
were defined as all deaths from
heart disease and stroke in
people under age 75 because if
their risk factors (smoking, blood
Pressure, high cholesterol, obeai-
ty, physical, inactivity) had been,
under control they should have
lived longer, says the lead author
Linda Schieb, a CDC epidemiolo-
The current life expectancy in
the USA is' age 78 so 'if people

SAbout 56i percent of prevent-
112,000oonerathsan 210that i o-


About 56 percent of prevent,

and 2010.
SThe number of preventable
Deaths from heart disease'and
stroke decreased by 25 percent
Between 2001 and 2010 for peo-
ple ages 65 to 74.
Still, the highest overall death
rate from cardiovascular disease
was in the 65-74 age group with
401,5 deaths from cardiovascu-
lar disease per 100,000 people.
Men have the highest risk
of death from heart 'disease and
stroke-Lacross all races, and eth-
nic groups. Black men are most
at risk; "
Blacks. are nearly twice as
likely a s-whites to die early from
heart disease and stroke.

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Youth pastor, Rev. James F. Hines, Jr., dies

Pastor James Fredrick Hines,
Jr., who served as the Youth
Pastor at Koinonia Worship
Center for the past decade,
died early Saturday morning.
He was 55.
He was born March 7, 1958,
at the old Mount Sinai Hospital
and grew up in Liberty City and
Carol City (now Miami Gar-
dens). Hines attended Miami-
Dade County Public schools,
and graduated in 1976 from
Carol City High.
His mother, Bea L. Hines, was
the first Black female reporter
for the Miami Herald. She used
to say she "raised" her sons at
the paper. When she became a
columnist, she shared stories
about them with her readers -
often embarrassing them.
After graduating from high
school, Hines entered Miami-

Dade Community College,
where he studied fashion mer-
chandising. He left college af-
ter two years to enter the U.S.
While at Miami-Dade, he met
his life partner, Debra J. Mc-
Girt. They married in 1982.
Hines was brought up in the
church by his mother and late
grandmother, Missionary Ida
Belle Johnson. And although
he strayed from the teachings
of the church for a while, as
a young husband and father,
he turned his life over to the
Lord. He later felt the call to
the ministry and preached his
trial sermon on Easter Sunday
in 2005.
It would have been his
grandmother's 86th birthday.
Hines received a ministerial
certificate 'from New Genera-

Community mourns death

of Gwendolyn H. Welters

Gwendolyn Heastie
Welters died peace-
fully at her Browns-
ville home on Friday,
September 6, 2013.
A living testament to
her involvement in the
, Greater Miami com-
munity for almost 90
years were the stand-

ing room

only crowds
both her
service on

.September 11 and her
funeral service on September
12 at Holy Redeemer Catholic
Church in Liberty City.
Joining her children, Martha
Ann of Miami,Warren of Las
Angeles and daughter-in-law
Shelain of Miami in mourning
were generations of the Hanna-
Heastie-Tynes family.
The memorial service, jointly
officiated over by the Rev. Al-
exander Ekechukwo of Holy
Redeemer and Lady Berna-
dette Poitier of the Knights of
Peter Claver. Ladies Auxiliar.y,
Blessed Catherine Drexel Court
288, with Donna Blyden at the
organ, produced a litany of
community service and resolu-
Memorial rituals were un-

der the direction of
the organizations'
Leadership: Sandra
Jackson, Basileus,
Alpha Kappa Alpha
S v Sorority, Gamma
iB Zeta Omega Chap-
ter; Rene Beal, Pres-
ident, The Links,
Inc., Greater Mi-
ami Chapter; Mary
SSalary, President,
ELTERS the MRS Club; and
Poitier. Timothy
Barber, executive director,
The Black Archives History
and Research Foundation and
Vennda Rei Gibson, goddaugh-
ter shared their reminiscences
of Mrs. Welters. The Booker
T. Washington Junior-Senior
High School Alumni Associa-
tion led by Agnes Morton sang
the Alma Mater.
The Honorable Frederica S.
Wilson Representative, Flori-
da's 24th Congressional Dis-
trict, provided a resolution read
into the Congressional Record.
Florida State distract 109 Rep-
resentative Cynthia Stafford
and Miami-Dade County Dis-
trict 3 Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson also provided reso-

tion Ministries in 2004, and in
May of this year, he graduated
from the Interdenominational
Theological Center, an affiliate
of Morehouse College in At-

In addition to his wife Debra,
and mother Beatrice L. Hines,
he is survived by daughters
Nykeva J. Hines, La Quonia
J. Hines and Jamie Fredricka
Hines Williams; brother Shawn
Hines; sisters, Julie Finch and
Rhoda Lumpkin; grandsons
Jaylen Hines and Tavaris Wil-
liams; and godfather Bishop
Walter H. Richardson.
Viewing will be from 3 to 6
p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 at Range
Funeral Home, followed by a
memorial service from 7:30 to
9:30 p.m. at Koinonia, [4900
W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. in
West Park.]
The funeral will be at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21 at Koino-
nia. He will be buried on Mon-
day, Sept. 23 at the South Flor-
ida National Cemetery in Lake

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

09/18/1952 08/09/2012

Forever in our hearts. We
love and miss you so much.
The family.

Hall Ferguson
69, retired
teacher, died Rw



September 14
[n North Miami
Beach. Viewing
September 24
at Hall Ferguson
Hewitt. Service Wednesday,
September 25 atAntioch Missionary
Baptist Church, Miami Gardens.

Obituaries are due by
4:30 p.m., Tuesday
Call 305-694-6210

September r
11. Survivors
include: ^ M
children, Clifford
Carolyn, ^ ^^ i
Patrice and
Brett Steward.
Viewing 4 p.m. 8:30 p.m., Friday
at Mitchell Funeral Home. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at First Baptist of
Brownsville 4600 NW 23rd Avenue.
Wake will follow at 1785 NW 55th

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

08/18/49 09/19/12

We miss you, Momma.
Chris, Tamiika and family.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

01/31/31 08/26/13

special thanks goes out to
Richardson Mortuary, Father
Rolle and the St. Agnes family,
BTW' Class of the 49ers,
The Tree of Knowledge Link
Friends and family during our
time of bereavement.
The Newbold Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

11/30/1931 09/18/2012

It's been a year and'we are
missing you.
There is not a day, a minute
or an hour that we are not
thinking of you.
Knowing you are with the
ILord gives us strength.
Love you always,
The Family.

Wright and Young
64, carpenter, died September 7.
Service 11a.m., Saturday in the

paralegal specialist, died Septem-
ber 10 at home. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at St. Mark M.B. Church.

landscaping engineer, died Sep-
tember 14 at home. Service 11
a m, Saturday at New Covenant
Primitive B. Church. Burial Monday
at Florida National Cemetery.

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
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9 ain 12 9 a
Morn;hii Service I I a n,
Sun, EVt Wurh,hp 7I10gP -T
Tues Proera Meeiing ] 30 p rr,
f r- O-bh S dy 7.30 P ,al

St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87thStreet

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

Order of Services
[aily Worship ia m
Sunday SihotA q a m
NB[ 1005am
oi,hip 11 am Worihp 4 p n
Musin odiJ Bible


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
1i0:45 n m

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

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

-i. Order of Services
oinly Sufddy Wov.hip 30a r

.S-pildea Skhul 9130 a m

See the Grand Master of Celestial Lodge,
"' A Suniday [emg o Seia 6 t Pr ,
Iue,iloy Prdvu, Meorgn7 30 p iT,
h Wedesd,,o, Bible Study 7 I10 ,p in

See the Grand Master of Cehestial Lodge,
Architect of the Universe

Come and I will give
you rest. Yahweh
Mathew 11:28
P.0 Box 472-426
Miami, FL 33147-2426'iobs

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

Order of Services
Early Morr,, Wr,trhp I 0 a m
Su ,r,,ay S11,061l 1 amrr
WmoI.., Wui.h,p 11
'Youih Mint,;Iry Siudy Wed 7 p mn
Pr~aym. ib ~le. Study W&I I P .l
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93rd Stre
2330 N.

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y Baptist Church
W. 93rd Street
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Order of Services
130 a ,nm Early Mhiinn Worhip
I I uI ,io rn ring Wo rvup
ib [.gningfW,..i
i iti &IdSunday 6p17
IuesdayBible Siudy /Ip ,n
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services

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

Wednesday Service
Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Order of Services
SSunday School 9 45 a m
Worship I1 a m
IBible Siudy. hursday /30 p m
I B YOuth Milnsirl
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

Order of Services
'Lord DJay Sundoy Srhoel 9 45am
: Sunday gMomrO Worship I11 o 17
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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12pm Ipm
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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Order of Servicesl i .
Me,o IhrnrbFri Noor Day Pyer ..
Bible Study Thur Ipm m
Sunday Worshyp I &. II am
Sunday SWtool 91300,i,
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Gregg L. Mason
WHITE, 87,
died September
15. Survivors

T h a d d e u s
L. Harrison,
Harrison; great grandson,
Thaddeus L. Harrison, Jr.; and a
host of other family members and

85, custodial
supervisor, City
of Miami Beach,
died September
9. Survivors

wife, Alma
Eberhart; son,
Wallace Louis
Eberhart(Minam); daughter,
Cassandra Eberhart; brothers,
Jesse Eberhart(Varnell) and
Johnny Eberhart(Rose);
sisters, Mattie Clark, Lula Mae
Taylor(Willie), Missouri Houston,
and Eliza Eberhart; other relatives
and friends. Family hour 5 7 p.m.,
Friday. Service 12 p.m., Saturday
at New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist
Church. Entombment: Southern
Memorial Park.

died September
10. Survivors


include: sons,
Alvin J and
Andrew T
Homes and

P Sanchez;
mother, Lodine P Jenkins; brothers,
James E Jenkins Jr. (Marjorie
R.), N. Ray Jenkins and Calvin E
Jenkins (Leefei C.); other relatives
and friends. Viewing 6 8 p.m.,
Friday. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church. Interment: Dade Memorial
Park. ..

73, registered
nurse, died

S e.,pFrday inbte r hpl evc
10. Survivors

husband, Carl
E. Ferguson;
sons, Keith and
Brian (Kanitra);
six grandchildren; brother, Donald
Ware; many extended family
members and friends. Viewing 2 9
p.m., Friday in the chapel. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at Bible Baptist,
Church. Interment: Dade Memorial

Carey Royal Ram'n
dietary aide,
died September 1
10 at Jackson
Health System
Service 11 a.m., o na
Saturday at
Bethel Baptist

teacher, died September 11 at
Jackson Health Systems. Services
will be held at Commonwealth
Funeral Home in Nassau Bahamas.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
CARRIE BETTS, 70, retired
worker, died
September 11
at North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 2 30
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church

died September
10 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service' 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the


Hadley Davis
Miami Gardens
nurse, died '
September 6 at
home. Service
2 p.m., Sunday
at First Ephesus .
SDA Fellowship


DOLLY HENRY, 54, insurance

agent, died
11 at home.
Service 11:30
a.m., Saturday
at Rehoboth
Faith Center.

8 at home.
Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at Holy Temple
Baptist Church.

JR., 76, died
9 at home.
are incomplete.

S e p te m b e r b e
15 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,

Saturday in

the I

September 13 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Friday
at Seventh Day
Church of God.

104, died

worker, died
13 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

NAOMI COLLIE, 86, homemaker,
died September
10 at home.

a.m., Saturday
at Mt Ollivette
Baptist Church.

September 9. Services were held.

September 5. Services were held.

September 4. Services were held.

STREETER, 74, died September
5. Services were held.

TYRONE SMITH, 19, died
August 24. Services were held.

47, died September 6. Services
were held.

September 7. Services were held.

Wright and Young
LOUISE ALLEN, 70, retired,
died September
15 at Memorial
West Hospital.
Viewing 5 9
p.m., Friday
in the chapel.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Fountain of New
Life Church, 4601 NW 167 Street,
Miami Gardens, FL.

Hadley Davis MLK
OPPIE BURLEY, JR., 65, truck
driver, died

15 at Jackson
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

WOODROW LEVY JR., 52, chef
died September
12 in Ohio.
Service 2 p.m.,
Thursday in the

87, homemaker
died September
10. Services
were held.

A 4"

SULLIVAN IVY, 74, warehouse
attendant,. died
13 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Pilgrim Rest

YVONNE BLAKE, 77, sales
person, died
17 at North
Shore Hospital.
are incomplete.

September 2. Services were held.

died September 4. Services were

September 1. Services were held.

IRA LEE BROWN, 92, .died
September 6. Services were held.

61, travel .
coordinator for
Macy's Dept.
Store, died
14. Survivors
include her
Allen, III; son, Christofer
daughter, Lauren J. Allei
Nellie Mitchell; sister
Levarity, Jacquelyne
JoAnn Stokes, Stephanii
Marva Martin, and Pame
aunts, Marie Tarver, and
Levarity; a host of nieces
other relatives and friend
10:00a.m. Saturday at
God Tabernacle.

retired nursing"
assistant, died
13. Survivors
include: son.
James Eddie

CarolynWilliams :;
and Sherrell Lumpkin
Maggie Ingram, 12 gran
33 great-grandchildren, r
great-grandchildren; and
other relatives and friends
4p.m., Friday in the chapel
10 a.m. Saturday at Jorc
M.B. Church.

PAX Villa

retired, ,died


12 at North
Shore Hospital.
Viewing 6 p.m.
- 8 p.m., Friday
at New Hope
Missionary HB
Baptist Church
1887 NW 103rd Street,
33147. Service 11 a.m., S
28 in Quincy, FL.

SAM JACKSON, 71, died Sep-
tember 11 at
North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
vice 10 alm.,
Saturday at
Friendship Mis-
sionary Baptist

tired Dade
County School
Teacher died
September,15 at
home. Service 2
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Olive Mis-
sionary Baptist

died September
2. Arrangements

September 12.

selector, died
3 at Jackson
North. Survived
by: his wife,
Christine; sons,
Derrick, Jr.,
Robbie, Justin,
.lerell: dauahtpr
Danielle; mother, Robbie Wallace-
Player (Herman); mother-in-law,
Myrtle Upshaw; brothers, Mark and
Thomas; sister, Talicia; brother-in-
laws, Rodney and Rhenis; sister-in-
laws, Navie and Sherrell and a host
of relatives and friends. Services
were held.

J..- retired chef,
died September
ALLEN, 12 at Mt. Sinai
^ ~Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the
Chapel. .

r A. Allen;
n; mother,
rs, Judy
e Mitchell,
ela Taylor;
d Martene
s. Service
Church of

JAMS, 87,

Nakia Ingraham
MARIE LOMINY, 83, hotel atten-
dant, died September 11. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Our Lady Queen
of Heaven.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

i!-". -':

09/24/1927- 09/04/2007

It has been six years since
you were taken from us by God.
You are gone, but not
Your memories will forever
be etched in our hearts.
Happy birthday, Mom.
Your son, Charlie, Jr. and
the entire family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/24/1928 09/16/2012

We love and miss you
Your children, brother and

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,
F- i3,4,-IN

"Will The Real One"
09/119/1964 05/29/2011

From the family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

09/24/1948 06/30/2012

We think of you always,
but especially today. We miss
your loving smile and gentle
No one can ever take your
place in our hearts and you
will never be forgotten.
Loving you forever, Your
Family. ,

Death Notice
building supervisor for New
York City Housing Authority,
died September 9. Survivors
include: his wife, Rebecca
Stanley; daughter, Rhonda
Garrett of Philadelphia; three
grandchildren; goddaughter,
Jessie Pierre-Charles: seven
sisters; and three brothers.
Services were held.
Arrangements entrusted to
Range Funeral Home.

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Death Notice

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s; sister, THEODORE R. GARNER,
idchildren, 70, retired educator, died
iine great- September 14. Survivors
a host of include: wife, Sylvia; children,
s. Viewing Windi and Theodore,. Jr.;
el. Service grandchildren, Jeri-nae, Nina
dan Grove and Egypt Donald; sister,
Macbether Hill; brothers,
_Eddie (Gwen), Ernest (Rose)
and Bobby "Greek"; step-
SON, 79 children, Jimmie, Jr., Mitzi
and Jamal; step-grandson,
Rodney; aunts, Katie
Birmingham of Denver,
CO and Palmeta Hall of
Chattanooga, TN; and a
host of other relatives and
S friends. Service Saturday, 1
p.m. at Mt. Tabor Missionary
Baptist Church. Remains
will be shipped to Pensacola,
Miami, FL FL for final rites and burial.
September Arrangements entrusted to
Trinity Funeral Chapel.



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with viewers
By D. Kevin McNeir
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It's not easy being a talk show
host. Just ask Anderson Cooper,
Katie Couric, Tavis Smiley or Ricki
Lake each of them has tried
and failed. Of course, the
indomitable Oprah Winfrey
was able to establish herself
as the undisputed "queen
of the talk show." But since
'her departure from daytime
television, we have not only
seen more choices, including
cable, but there has been a
decline in daytime viewing.
Meanwhile, long-running
shows like "The Ellen DeGe-

share inspiring stories

neres Show" and "Dr. Phil," occupy
the most desired stations and time
slots -. making it tough to newcom-
,ers to break through.
Now along comes Queen Latifah,
who has had amazing success in
Hollywood in recent years and has,
by all accounts, evolved into a one-

woman entertainment conglomer- ,
ate. In her early days, the "Queen".
showed her acting brilliance in the
highly-successful TV series, "Liv-
ing Single" and made her film debut
in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever." Now,
after one successful venture after
another, garnering six Grammy
nominations, owning and operat- '
ing her own production company,
Flavor Unit Entertainment, which
is now based in Miami, and being
hailed as one of music's most well-
respected rappers, Latifah wants to
be a talk show diva.
"The Queen Latifah Show," which
debuted last Monday, will have its
share of big time celebrities, includ-
ing John Travolta, Jamie Foxx and
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wedding (think of "The Godfather"),
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By Bee Shapiro
It was hard to miss Russell West-
brook during New York Fashion Week,
and not just because the Oklahoma
City Thunder point guard stands
6-foot-3 and weighs around 185
There he was last Friday, in the front
row at the Rag & Bone show in
a blue-print, long-sleeve shirt, olive
trousers cuffed into capris and a felt
bowler hat as paparazzi swarmed
around him and his seatmate, Anna
There he was again Saturday night,
among the early arrivals at Altuzarra,
dressed in a print T-shirt and overalls,
and chatting with Vogue editors (he
was once again a guest of Wintour)
and other members of the press while
waiting for the scheduled 8 p.m. show

-Photo: Danny Ghitis
Russell Westbrook, a point guard
for the Oklahoma City Thunder, at
the Trump SoHo hotel during New
York Fashion Week.
to finally begin.
On Sunday, he showed up at Open-
ing Ceremony (in Black shorts and a
Black T-shirt) and, perhaps having
learned by now that no fashion show
starts anywhere near its announced
time, waited in his parked S.U.V. until
seconds before the first model came
out and then dashed to his seat across
the room from Rihanna, Justin Bieber
and Rashida Jones. Later that night
he was at a dinner party at Haven's
Kitchen for Thakoon along with the
actress Christina Ricci, and the next
day he was againin the front row, this
time at the show by the up-and-com-
ing men's wear designer, Tim Coppens.
Please turn to WESTBROOK 2C


*featte Tha, MA^ I
I yDr icad taca

Ms. Dorothy "Dot- -,
tie" Johnson, chair- .
man, and Dr. Enid C. "
Pinckney, president, -
invited Cumnmings-
Grayson & Co. P.A. to
the end-of-year audit
report of the Historic
Hampton 'House Com-
munity Trust, Inc. be- DEM
fore board members,
trustees, and volunteers. Ad-
ditionally, Dennis Fruitt, di-
rector for advancement, Viz-
caya Museum and Gardens

% .. did a
presentation entitled
"Tighten Up Your
S Board for Success"in
S order to help the
board identity, culti-
vate and recruit a di-
verse group of current
and emerging leaders.
RITTE His presentation in-
cluded: goal, account-
ing and marketing strategies,
social media and public rela-
tions expertise, development
of resources and funding

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Ry Anna Sweeting^^^^^^^^^

"Old Timers" of Miami were
saddened by news of the death
of Gwendolyn Heastie Wel-
ters who was funeralized
at Holy Redeemer Catholic
Church last Thursday. Her fa-
ther, Raymond Heastie car-
ried many in the Overtown
community to Fort Lauiderdale
before we had a "beach" and
her mother along with Veroni-
ca Bynoe- O'Berry were hair-
dressers at the Heastie home
on N.W. 5th court across the
street from the Cohen Fam-
ily. They lived next to one of
her dear friends Ruby But-
terfield. Another dear friend
was Fran Reeves Jollivette
Chambers. I used to call them

the three muske-
teers. All three are
now deceased. Rest in peace.
A very happy wedding an-
niversary to the following cou-
Edward J. and Elizabeth
Blue, Jr., 64 years
Kenneth and Agnes Nairn,
20 years
Oscar and Patricia
Braynon, I, 38 years
Get well wishes and prayers
go out to the following sick
and shut-ins: Barbara Pat-
terson, Reverend Shedrick
Gilbert, Lenora B. Smith,
Freddie "Jabbo" Johnson,
Barbara Kee, Gladys Moss,
Cecil Newbold, Wilhelmina

sources. Following the
presentation, mem-
bers took a break and
then returned for a
discussion on the cur-
rent financial status
Hampton House. At-
tending the meeting
were Isabelie Rosete,
Juanita Johnson, Dr. DEA
Larry Capp, Dr. Edwin
T. Demeritte, Asael Marrero,
Marcia Party.
The King of Clubs of Great-
er Miami began its seventy-
fifth year, last week, meeting
at the home of Marge and
James Fayson. Minister Har-
vey Lockhart blessed their
home and memorialized for-
mer members Clinton Brown,

SS. Welch, Frances Brown, S.
SBernadette Ingraham, Terry
| Lynn Kelly, Pauline McK-
Sinney, Winston Scavella,
Louise H. Cleare, Veronica
Congratulations to the BTW
Tornadoes football team and
coaches who defeated the Mi-
ami Central Rockets on Sept.
6th at Traz Powell Stadium.
By the way, the stadium where
the game was played is named
for Nathaniel "Traz" Powell
who was a football legend at
Congratulations to the win-
ners of the St. Agnes' Episco-
pal Church Women ( Rector's
chapter) annual raffle.They
are: Diane Johnson who won
1st prize (Google Android 4.0
Tablet). Roland Carey ($100
Shell gas card) and Carolyn
Mond ($50 Target card),


Hosea Butler, Wal-
ter Oden, Fletcher
Paschal, Jr., James
Randolph, Sr. Ben-
nie Reaves, Dr. Jack
STuckfield, and Dr.
Carl Yeager.
The agenda includ-
ed introduction of
ERITTE prospective members
Franklin Clark, Wil-
liam Clarke, III, Anthony Si-
mons, Dr. Walter T. Richard-
son, Dr. Willie J. Wright, andi
John Williams. They were in-
troduced by Dr. Astrid Mack,I
president emeritus, Dr. Edwin
T. Demeritte, Nelson Jen-
kins, Patrick Range, James'
Maull, Rod Butler and Rich-
ard J. Strachan.

Agnator Gordon Nottage
was honored by St. Matthews
Missionary Baptist Church
where she has been a member
since childhood. -The church
family held a dinner in her
honor, presented her with a
plaque and she was especially
surprised to have her daugh-
ter Tangela N. Floyd and
granddaughter Tamera Lay-
ton present and join family
and friends for the affair. It
was also church's 92nd anni-
Sandra arind Calvin Harris,
were in town visiting with her
parents Edward and Eliza-:
beth Blue. The couple reside
in Kennesville N.C. Also, son]
Frank Blue of Boston visited,
They enjoyed a trip on the
Bimini Superfast along with
granddaughters Makeda Har-
ris and Vernatta Lee.

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continued from 1C

It is possible, maybe even
likely, that other artists who
also wrote or recorded songs in
1978 have, after invoking their
termination rights, quietly
signed new deals with record
labels and song publishing
companies. But Willis appears

to be the first artist associated
with a hit song from that era to
announce publicly that he has
used his termination rights to
regain control of his work.
"YMCA" is one of 33 songs
whose copyright Willis was
seeking to recover when he
first went to court.
Hits like "In the Navy" and
"Go West" are part of that

group, but another well-known
sbng whose lyrics Willis wrote,
"Macho Man," was excluded
because it was written just be-
fore the 1978 law went into ef-
Song publishing and record
companies have consistently
opposed artists' efforts to in-
voke termination rights, which
have the potential to affect a

company's bottom line severe-
They argue that, in many
cases, songs and recordings
belong to them !in perpetuity,
rather than to the artists, be-
cause they are "works for hire,"
created not by independent
contractors but by artists who
are, in essence, their employ-

From uniform to fashion

continued from 1C

"The shows, as an experi-
ence, have been amazing,"
Westbrook, 24, said of his Fash-
ion Week whirlwind. He added
that he found that stepping out
of the usual basketball scene
and meeting designers "was re-
"It was a learning process for
me, to be able to see the shows
from a different point of view,"
he added.
Westbrook's presence as a
front-row regular may, have
caught some of the other Fash-
ion -Week attendees by sur-
prise, but the player believes
he belongs among their ranks.
When he arrived in the N.B.A.,
in 2008, Westbrook said that,
clothing-wise, "nobody was
doing anything that would at-
tract the fashion crowd." (Well-
dressed league veterans like
Dwyane Wade, Tyson Chandler
and Amar'e Stoudemire might
"People got on the podium
in whatever they were wear-'
ing that day," he said. If some
players were more presentable
in tailored separates "it was
cliche," he added, noting that
though many other players em-
ploy stylists, he chooses pieces
on his own because, akin to
being a point guard, he likes
control. "They were wearing the
same suits," he said..Looking"
'business casual,' is what the
N.B.A. calls it."
But it wasn't until the 2012
playoffs, when Westbrook chose
a dizzying succession of uncon-
ventional prints, that he ap-
peared on the fashion radar. To
wit: a Lacoste polo printed with
fishing lures; a Joyrich paint-
splattered short-sleeve shirt; a
Corn me des Garcons shirt, leop-
ard-and-dotted button-down;
and a Shirts For All My Friends
red geometric print top. Often
the looks were punctuated by a
pair of red "nerd" frames la nod
to Clark Kent, Westbrook said),
which he wears lensless. (The

glasses later became a plotline
in an ESPN commercial star-
ring Westbrook and Jeff Van
Gundy, one of the network's
basketball announcers.)
The new look paid off: in Jan-
uary, GQ showcased Westbrook
in a multipage spread wearing
printed shirts, while Flaunt,
a Los Angeles-based fashion
magazine, put him on the'cover,
the first athlete to appear there.
The next month, Levi's featured
him in an ad campaign. And in
March, L'Uomo Vogue'ran an
interview on Westbrook.
"Russell is part of a newer
generation, players that take
fashion as a real badge of cool,"
said Jim Moore, creative di-
rector for GQ. "For years and
years, you had that Pat Riley
and Michael Jordan idea of off-
court style; they were all going
to the same tailors and they
were almost getting too fancy
with it."
Westbrook stands out for
his daring color and original
print selections, said Matthew
Bedard, editorial director for
SFlaunt. "He's not taking direc-
tion from someone else," he
said. Yet, to the editors' de-
light, Westbrook was fluent in
fashionspeak. "He can really
run circles around you as far
as knowing the latest Givenchy
show," Moore said.
Westbrook is also, apparent-
ly, a quick study.
It was just last September
that he attended his first-ever
fashion show at Lincoln Center
for the designer Richard Chad.
Wearing a Black button-down
with a funky print on the front,
Black trousers, wire-rimmed
frames and red. sneakers, he
slipped into his seat largely un-
noticed until his seatmate Nick'
Cannon arrived, trailing cam-
era flashes in his wake. Before
the lights dimmed, Westbrook
told this reporter, somewhat
shyly, that -sometimes, the
N.B.A. feels like fashion week,"
but that this being his first run-
way experience, "I'm not sure
what to expect."

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Friday, September 27, 2013 at
Silent Auction opens at 6 p.m.


30 p.m.

at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa
250 Racquet Club-Road, Weston, FL

Honorary Guest:
Miami HEAT Champion

Dwyane Wade, Jr.

Join us in recognition of
the 2013 Honorees

Community Leadership Award
...Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
Dade Count) COmmissioner., District 1.
CarrieP. Meek PhiIanthropist Award
Emil Bue'hler Perpetual Trust
%".. M. GcoXrg Tieavr, T'ustce

Volunteer Award
Dade County (FL), 'The Link's Inc.
Dr. Cynthia Clarke, President
Alumni of the Year Award
." MS. Evelyn Davenport-Berdune, '70
Tampa Ahimni Chapter President

, Corporate Partner Award
Thompson Hospitality, Inc.
Mr.r X Warrc nTh1ompson, President & CEO

Trustee ofthe Year Award
R&v. 'aN'nc B. Lomax
Pastor,,Ihe Fountain of Life Church
Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees

*The FMU 12th Annual Scholarship Gala
is sponsored in part by:
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Dr. Gerald & Mrs. Mary Glass

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Is educational app a musical version of Rosetta Stone?

Creator Quincy
Jones says it is
By Jonathan Landrum Jr.
Quincy Jones says he has
co-created the music version
of Rosetta Stone.
The 79-year-old composer-
producer launched a new
music education application
Tuesday called Playground
Sessions, which teaches us-
ers how to play the piano. He
said the app will help children

and adults learn how to read
music and understand the
mechanics of piano playing.
There's "such a need for
this," Jones said in an inter-
view last week. "The concept
is brand-new. I have been
praying for this for a long
time. It has a learning con-
cept similar to-Rosetta Stone.
I'm blown away by this."
Playground Sessions is a .
musical app with real-time
feedback and video tutori-
als from pianist David Sides.
It features about 70 popular


songs by Beyonce and Justin
Bieber, and well-known tunes
like Katy Perry's "Firework"
and Frank Sinatra's "New
York, New York."
Jones, who produced Mi-
chael Jackson's "Thriller"
and other successful albums,
hopes Playground Sessions
will have an impact on mu-
sic education programs in
schools around the world.
One of first schools that will
use the app is Jones' alma
mater, Garfield High School in

"Our kids in this country
know less than any other
country," Jones said of mu-
sic education in the United
States. "We need something
like Playground Sessions to
push us forward."
Chris Vance, who co-created
the app and founded Play-
ground Sessions, got together
with Jones more than a year
ago after working alone on the
application for three years.
He said Jones immediately
saw a vision for the product
and wanted to make learning

music a fun experience.
Vance also said Sides was
an easy pick when he was se-
lecting a pianist for the proj-
ect. Jones calls Sides a very
talented piano player who has
an engaging personality.
"I wish I had someone like
him teaching me how to play
the piano," Jones said of
Sides, known for his popu-
lar piano covers on YouTube,
including his rendition of On-
eRepublic's "Apologize," which
has garnered more than 10
million views.

Attorney Nyanza Shaw leads

micro educational workshop

-Photo courtesy Laura Phillips
Soar Park gets family

center makeover
The Little Haiti Optimist Club recently spearheaded a remodel-
ing project'at Soar Park that will brighten the lives of families
with computer training, enrichment classes, recreational pro-
gram opportunities and more. Pictured at the ribbon cutting are:
Tommy Valentine, senior superintendent, Odebrecht (l-r); M-DC
District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime; David Cuellar, man-
ager, Home Depot Store #251, North Miami Beach; Craig Wall,
project manager, Lotspeich; Little Haiti Optimist Club President
Marie Louissaint; M-DC Park Director Jack Kardys; and Stepha-
nie Arufe, project manager, Creative Terrazo.

Miami Film Life Center
invites community to
be 'in the know'
By Ashley Montgomery
All good things come to an
end. Miami Film Life Center
[MFLC] will be concluding their
month-long community events
with an informative workshop
on Wednesday, September 25,
Successful entertainment
and business attorney, Nyanza
Shaw, Esq. will be featured at
the Micro Educational Work-
shop. She is the principal and
founder of Shaw Esquire and
Associates. Shaw will give in-
formative insights and exper-
tise on film industry contracts,
copyright, and legal issues.
With over 16 years of experi-
ence, Shaw and her team pro-
vides legal services for small
business and corporate clients
in relation to transactional

The event will be held at the
Chapman House on the grounds
of Booker T. Washington High
School [1200 NW 6th Ave]. The
event begins at 5:30 p.m. and
seats are limited. MFLC is of-
fering free membership for a
limited time; the workshop is
free for all members.

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Virtual education in

schools on the rise

New requirement expected to spark

enrollment boom in online classes

By Karen Yi

Virtual education for school-
aged children seems to be go-
ing viral at least in Florida.
Online schools and programs
are bracing for a major enroll-
ment boom now that the state
wants every high schooler to
take an online class to gradu-
And some workforce experts
say the growth in virtual
learning is a good thing.

"It doesn't really matter what
the industry is, the demand for
tech-savvy employees contin-
ues to grow," said Gail Bulfin,
of the Greater Fort Lauderdale
Alliance, an economic devel-
opment group. "More than 50
percent of today's jobs require
some degree of technology."
Student in grades K-12 can
take online classes either
part-time or full-time through
district-run virtual schools,
the state's virtual public school

(Florida Virtual School), or a
small group of state-approved.
private providers.
Virtual options are also
growing. Florida Virtual Acad-
emies opened South Florida's
first two virtual charter
schools in Broward and Palm
Beach counties this year,
with more than 350 full-time
students combined. The K-8
schools only accept full-time
Students spend the year
learning on computers, con-
necting with peers via email
and listening to lectures
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Recent changes to state law that make school districts and online providers share state
funds has everyone vying for the same pot of public money as private groups create more

Affirmative action needs to stay

continued from IC

_Dje.pite___wide.-:anging at-..
tacks against affirmative ac-
tion," says Kennedy, "it has,
remarkably, continued to sur-
vive." That may be, arguably,
because it's sometimes "justi-
fied as a means" of reparation,
diversity, and integration, and
"countering ongoing racial prej-
There are, of course, pros and
cons to those arguments -, the
"single most powerful" one of
the former being that racial af-
firmative action "seeks to rec-
tify, at least partially, injuries
that continue to put certain
racial minorities at a competi-
tive disadvantage with white
peers." Still, some who've ben-
efited also complain that rec-

tification leads to a "stigma" of
having been hired or admitted,
not based on qualifications, but
because of affirmative action it-
And what about "reverse dis-
crimination," a scenario that
affirmative action opponents
purport? Kennedy says that
they and the "disappointed
white candidate" who feels he's
a "victim" should understand
that affirmative action address-
es "a major social problem: the
continuing trauma of racial di-
vision in America."
"Racial affirmative action
needs to be better targeted,"
"says Kennedy. But not having it
would be "a calamity."
Filled with law terms, legal.
precedents, and words that
made my head swim, "For Dis-
crimination" is very, yery aca-

Movie depicts for "bettc

continued from 1C

dignified, a little bit anxious -
for what is to follow.
The bride and groom are Ni-
gerians living in Brooklyn, and
under generic banquet hall
chandeliers they enact a ritual
full of the warmth and gravity
of one in their homeland. El-
ders in brightly patterned robes
bless the couple, not just wish-
ing or predicting happiness but
guaranteeing it with serene au-
And at least at first, Ike (Dan-
ai Gurira, known to "The Walk-
ing Dead" fans as a fearless
zombie killer) and Ayo (Isaach
De Bankol6, known to Jim Jar-
musch fans as the coolest man
alive) seem very happy togeth-
er. There is kindness as well,
as ardor in the household they
establish,; and pleasure in their
daily routines.
Ayo works alongside his
younger brother, Biyi (Tony
Okungbowa), at a restaurant
overseen by their mother (Buk-
ky Ajayi). Ike sews and cooks
at home, or goes shopping with
her friend Sade (Yaya Alafia),
whose Americanized manners,
clothes and accent contrast
with Ike's Old World ways.
To some extent, the cultural
clash between old and new -

demic. Author Randall Kennedy
is a Professor of Law at Har-
vard, a graduate of Princeton
and a Rhodes Scholar. It shows
and that makes this book hard
to read not because of what
he says, but for how he says it.
Yet, this is an important book.
Kennedy, who admits to hav-
ing benefitted from affirmative
action, will force a lot of long-
needed conversations with his
opinions, conversations for
which he includes abundant,
solid fodder.
This book is about as far as
you can get from a casual read,
and should be approached with
an open mind, general legal
knowledge, and a good diction-
If you can handle that, then
go ahead and make "For Dis-
crimination" yours.

,r or worse"

ANATOMY OF A SCENE: 'Mother of George': The director
Andrew Dosunmu narrates a sequence from his film.

between the demands of Afri-
can tradition and the pull of
American individualism is
the theme of "Mother of George."
But Dosunmu, working from a
sensitive script by Darci Picoult
and immeasurably aided, by
Bradford Young's vibrant and
sensual cinematography, de-
parts from the conventions of
the immigrant's tale in ways
both subtle and emphatic. This
is not a fable of assimilation or
alienation, but rather the keen-
ly observed story of two people
seeking guidance in painful
And complicated circumstanc-

"Mother of George" reminded
me a little of "Fill the Void,"
Rama Burshtein's wonderful
recent, film about a young Or-
thodox Jewish woman facing
a difficult, life-changing deci-
sion. What these movies share
is a refusal to treat their char-
acters as in any way exotic, to
view them from the inevitably
condescending perspective of
Western secular modernity. In
both cases, the heroines are
challenged and constrained by
the requirements of tradition,
but they are also self-aware
and free to choose, however
painful the choices.

., .

-Photo: Robert Cohen
2012 graduation ceremony at Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis, Mo.

Obama metrics would hurt

historically Black colleges

Plan fails to account for differences

in populations
Bu Julianne Malveaux

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How do you define a satis-
factory undergraduate college
experience? Does it mean that
you graduate in four or six
years? Does it mean that you
carry a lower student loan debt
than others do? Does it mean
that you earn lots of money?
Well, it depends on the per-
spective that you choose to em-
brace. Last month, President
Obama proposed plans to rate
colleges based on metrics such
as tuition, graduation rates,
student loan debt and subse-
quent earnings. The ratings
would then be tied to financial
aid. The president's goal is to
make college education more
affordable and accountable.

Who would be against that?
In fact, historically Black col-
leges and universities (HBCUs)
would suffer from each metric
proposed by Obama, mostly
because using general mea-
surements for these institu-
tions compared with other
universities is like comparing
apples with broccoli. There is
little recognition for the very
different populations that HB-
CUs and PWIs (predominately
white institutions) serve, and
that demographic differences
often influence college out-

The annual median income
for Black households is about
$33,000 compared with about

$52,000 for white families.
As a result, more HBCU
students rely on student loans.
But the Education Depart-
ment raised the credit rating
standards for Parent Plus
loans, which led to a drop in
the approval rates of HBCU
applicants from 45 percent
in 2011-12 to 24 percent in
2012-13. Education Secretary
Arne Duncan has said that the
tougher standards would be
reconsidered next spring.
A very high percentage of
HBCU students rely on Pell
Grants, which are based on
income, to get a college edu-
cation. But while Congress
increased the amount of funds
available for Pell Grants, it also
changed some requirements
that make more students ineli-
On average, HBCU six-year
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Andre' Leon Talley sounds off

on racism in fashion industry

It's still tough for

Blacks to advance

By Chris Witherspoon

Last week thousands of design-
ers and spectators from around the
world gathered in New York City to
celebrate the honored tradition of
fashion week. However this season,
several fashion industry heavy-
weights caused a stir after team-
ing up to address the industry's
blatant race problem.
Model turned activist Bethann
Hardison, along with supermodels
Naomi Campbell and Iman, ap-
peared together in an interview last
week as part of an advocacy group
called the "diversity coalition."
The group has taken the unprec-
edented step of calling out high
profile designers Calvin Klein,
Donna Karan, Armani and oth-
ers for neglecting to use models of
color in their fall fashion shows.
In the September issue of Van-
ity Fair, Vogue contributing editor,
and former long-time editor-at-
large, Andre Leon Talley opened up

about his experiences with rac-
ism while working in the fashion
"People stereotype you," Talley
said. "What person of color do you
know who's in a position like that
[Editor-in-chief], be it a man or a
woman, unless it's Essence maga-
During an interview with theGrio
Talley opened up about his illus-
tious career in fashion, and said
that silent racism does exist in the
"In the fashion world it doesn't
rear its ugly head, it's not right in
your face, but it's a silent racism,
because everyone is sort of walk-
ing around in this bubble on front
rows and people don't talk about
substance of things most of the
Talley applauds the effort of
Hardison, Campbell, Iman and
the diversity coalition, but says he
is dear friends with many of the
designers accused of perpetuating
racism on their runways, and his
friends are not racists.
"The designers are not racist." ,
Talley explains. "The designers are

world class sophisticated people
It's not the designer that's racist.
it's the system that's racist. It's the
system of intolerance. It's silent,
it's asleep, it's dormant, and it's
a nightmare. It's not a dream
SEarlier this year, Talley
stepped away from Vogue to fo-
cus on his new job as editor-in-
chief of Russian style magazine
Numero Russia.
Although Talley spent three
decades in a senior editori-
ally role at Vogue, he says he
reached a glass ceiling, that
he was unable to crack as
Black man working in high
"Vogue's been good to
me, but .how many people
of color have walked
through the hallways of
Vogue in a position of lead-
ership or responsibility as
I did? I can count them
on my hand. How many
people of color have had
positions at the most
important fashion
magazine in the world?"

Zoe Saldana marries

Marco Perego
ihamn, Tines stift report

Zoe Saldana is no longer I
a single woman, after se- E
cretly ty' ing the
London earlier this SALDANA
summer with Mar-
co Perego
"It was super small but very
romantic and beautiful," said
Saldana of the ceremony,
which was attended by just
a few close friends and rela-
The New Jersey-born,
New York-raised star and
the Italian artist, both 34,
were first linked in mid-May
when they were seen kiss-
ing after Saldana's Star Trek
Into Darkness premiere in
L.A. Saldana was previously
involved with Bradley Coo-
per from 2011 to 2013 and
before that, was previously
engaged to Keith Britton,
CEO of My Fashion Data-
base. They ended their rela-
tionship in November 2011
after 11 years together. Sal-
dana has often commented
on her desire to settle down
and start a family.

Omega Psi Phi Piccadilly Restaurant in
Fraternity members from Hialeah. Call 954-435-
Miami Dade College North 5391.
and South are making

plans for a reunion. Call

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

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

The Miami Alumni
Chapter Tennessee
State University meets
every third Sat. 9 a.m at

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

The Miami Edison
Sr. High School Class
of 1974 reunion planning
meeting will be held at the
Joseph Caleb Center on
Sat., Sept.14 at 11 a.m.
Call 305-301-9147.

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

Class of 1979 will meet
Sept. 21 at the Bahamian
Connection Restaurant,
4400 NW 2nd Ave. Call 786-

Consulting Group and
Wells Fargo Bank will
host a free financial literacy
workshop on Saturday,
Sept. 21 from 2:30 4 p.m.
at 12550 Biscayne Blvd, N.
Miami. Topics will include:
budgeting, saving and
various account options.
For more information call

Miami Northwestern
Class of 65 will sponsor a
sponsoring a bus trip to the
FAMU vs. Savannah State
football game and Black
History Tour in Savannah,
Ga. on October 12. For
more info call 305-621-
2751 or 786-223-1663.

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1965 will worship

on Sept. 29 at Second
Canaan Missionary' Baptist
Church,4343 NW 17th
Avenue. Call 305-635-8671
or 305-202-4760.

Southern Cross
Astronomical Society
and the Fruit & Spice
Park invite astronomy
buffs to the Fall Star
Party (Hunter's Moon) on
Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
at the Fruit & Spice Park,
24801 SW 187 Avenue in
Homestead. Admission is
free. For more information,
call 305-247-5727.

Helping Every Living
Person Inc., H.E.L.P is in
need of volunteers to work
at the Sun Life Stadium for
the 2013 Football Events
and will provide community
service credit hours to any
student (high school or
college) that is at least 16
years of age. Volunteers
will be provided a free meal
ticket. Call 305-326-3907.

President Obama metrics not good for HBCUs

continued from 5C
graduation rates were 33.7 per-
cent in 2011 compared with a
national average of 58 percent,
according to an analysis by the
Associated Press.

HBCU students graduate
with more student loan debt
than.white students.
:Last month,, the Black unem-
ployment rate was 13 percent
compared with 7.3 percent for
the overall population.

High Black unemployment of-
ten means lower pay levels, an
Obama metric, and is associat-
ed more with market conditions
than student ability.
Though every institution of
higher education must be held
to a standard of accountability,
HBCUs do more with less.
HBCUs represent three per-
cent of our nation's four-year
universities, yet produce about
20 percent of Black college
The Obama guidelines are
a slap in the face to HBCUs,
which have attempted .to close

racial economic gaps. The
Obama administration can do

They can adjust metrics to
deal with those colleges that
have high Pell participant.'
They can fix the Parent Plus fi-
asco that left more than 28,000
HBCU students stranded last
fall. They can lift up those col-
leges, and embrace those stu-
dents who step out, first gen-
eration, financially challenged
against all odds.
Our president says he wants,
again, to lead the world in high
education attainment. Kick-
ing our nation's HBCUs to the
curb is hardly a way to attain
his goal.

More public schools offering virtual education

'continued from 5C

through web conferencing.
There's no physical building,
no playground and no class-
room full of desks indicative
of traditional brick and mortar,
The school offers online after-
school clubs such as photogra-
phy and music and organizes
monthly get-togethers for the
students to socialize.
Teachers use tools like live
chatting, interactive lessons or
web cams. "If you close your
eyes, you would think that it's.
a classroom," said Patty Beto-
ni, head of schools for Florida
Virtual Academies. '
Kelly Smallridge, president
and CEO of the Business De-
velopment Board of Palm
Beach County, said students
who complete their schooling
strictly online can be at a dis-
advantage when applying for
"The ability to work with a
team, deal with customers,
pull off new social interactions,
deal with competition, those

Recent changes to state law that make school districts
and online providers share state funds has everyone vying
for the same pot of public money as private groups create

more competition.
are all skill sets you learn in a
classroom ... and skills that we
as employers look for," Small-
ridge said.
Parent Andrew Ladanowski,
of Coral Springs, said he had
mixed feelings. His 14-year-old
daughter took a year of vir-
tual school in seventh grade
and while he found "you had
more one-on-one time with
individual teachers through

phone meetings and scheduled
updates . I was concerned
about my daughter being iso-
Gail Choate, of Plantation,
said she liked the added guid-
ance and rigor online classes
provided. Her son, a junior at
Plantation High, took biology
online last year.
"It was challenging, in the
online class, you can't sneak

by, you can't move ahead until
you finish what you started,"
she said. "It's more geared to-
ward the kids actually learn-
Recent changes to state law
that make. school districts
and online providers share
state funds has everyone vy-
ing for the same pot of public
money as private groups create
more competition.
Rita Solnet, an education ac-
tivist in Palm Beach County,
said she was concerned about
the virtual charter schools' for-
profit management company,
K12 Inc. A state investigation in
April found the company used
improperly certified teachers
in another school district.
Michael Simornson, a pro-
fessor who researches virtual
learning at Nova Southeastern
University, said the expansion
of virtual education was "in-
evitable" so it was important to
ensure quality.
"We have to maintain our
vigilance, it's not your grand-
mother's school anymore . a
lot of people are getting involved
in education," said Simonson.

KanyeWest just pocketed Ff _rapivate

gig for the Kazakhstan president.

Kanyets reputation

takes another hit
By Christie D'Zurilla

Kanye West headlined a very intimate gig Saturday night:
playing the wedding singer at a reception for the grandson of
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Dude reportedly picked up $3 million or so for the night,
TMZ said, and according to the New York Times, young guests
snapped photos with the rapper in the background and uploaded
video of the performance. All that after a red-carpet arrival.
Business as usual, right? Not so fast.
Kazakhstan has a bad reputation when it comes to human
rights, including freedom of speech, one of West's favorite things.
And Nazarbayev has been in charge for 23 years now, since be-
fore the fall of the Soviet Union, which counted.the country as a
"Kazakhstan is a human rights wasteland," Thor Halvorssen,
"president of the Human Rights Foundation, said Tuesday in a'
statement. "The regime crushes freedom of speech and associa-
tion; someone like Kanye, who makes a living expressing his
views, would find himself in a prison under Nazarbayev's rule.
This particular dictator's ruthless behavior includes kidnapping
the families of dissidents to his rule and abusing judicial sys-
tems across the world in persecuting his opponents."
Garry Kasparov, chairman of the Human Rights Foundation,
said in the statement that the money West was paid "came from
'the loot stolen from the Kazakhstan treasury."
In 2011, Sting backed out of a concert in the Kazakh capital,
Astana, after being advised by Amnesty International of condi-
tions in the country, particularly those surrounding an oil work-
ers strike, which according to HRF left 15 dead and more than
100 injured by national security forces.
"Hunger strikes, imprisoned workers and tens of thousands on
strike represents a virtual picket line which I have no intention
of crossing," Sting said at the time, according to BBC News. "The
Kazakh gas and oil workers and their families need our support
and the spotlight of the international media on their situation in
the hope of bringing about positive change."
More recently, Jennifer Lopez was thrust into the playing-for-
dictators spotlight when she crooned "Happy Birthday' to the
president of Turkmenistan during a concert put on by China
National Petroleum Corp. for the entertainment of its executives
i there. She later apologized, saying she was unaware of human-
rights issues in the country.

Latifah launches talk show

continued from 1C

Will Smith who also serves
as one of the show's producers.
But favorites of the. paparazzi
won't be the only ones you'll see
on her couch.
"My show is going to be an
entertaining and eclectic mix of
interviews with real people as
well as celebrities people who
are fun and fascinating," she
said. "It will be a program you
can tune into to feel good every
day. I also think it will inspire
people who watch it. I know I've
certainly been inspired by a lot
of the stories we plan to share."
Always the innovator, Lati-
fah's set has been designed by

Lenny Kravitz and his team of
designers and will sport "un-
usual textures, classic compo-
sitions and bold architectural
And for advice on how to suc-
ceed, she says, "I've turned to
a few friends who have done
it, including Ellen, Oprah and
Jimmy Fallon and they've all
been terrifically helpful and en-
When asked to describe the
show, she refers to it as "fun,
inspirational and authentic."
"I am nervous because it is
always overwhelming to start
something new," she said. "But
I am excited to hear people's
stories and to share in their

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Summit discusses economic growth in


County's action committee continues focus
on challenges of small businesses

By Ashley Montgomery

Last Friday, the Miami-Dade Eco-
nomic Advocacy Trust's [MDEAT]
Economic Development Action Com-
mittee hosted their 2013 MDEAT

Economic Development Summit.
More than 100 people attended
the event that addressed economic
growth and development in Targeted
Urban Areas (TUAs).
The summit began with MDEAT's
Executive Director John Dixon giv-

ing opening remarks. Chairperson
Ron Butler and Miami-Dade County
Deputy Mayor Ron Butler then
greeted the attendees. Several com-
munity presentations highlighted
the interests and challenges of local
businesses. Then MDEAT Economic
Development Action Committee
member, H. Leigh Toney, provided an
update of the attainable goals that
were first identified at last year's

summit including: The MLK Busi-
ness Expo; E-Gardening; Black Girls
Code; Young Professionals Network
[YPN]; and the Overtown Merchants
Fabiola Fleuranvil, a member of
YPN, mentioned the importance of
technology education for up-and-
coming entrepreneurs in the TUAs.
"The people over these programs
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Black banker

elected to

the board of


Miami native Sheldon
T Anderson brings
impressive credentials
By Ashley Montgomery
............ ..................................... .............. ............. ..... ..... ... ........
Banker Sheldon T. Anderson has
been elected to the board of direc- .
tors of Bioheart, Inc. a company
committed to leading the country
within the cardiovascular sector of
the cell technolo-
S gy industry. Mike
SbTomas, CEO of
Bioheart, Inc.,
Says he is proud
to have Anderson
aboard and be-
lieves he will be
a valuable asset
to the company's
board because of
ANDERSON his significant
financial and
capital raising expertise.
A native of Miami, Anderson is
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Chef Larkin: Custodian

by day chef for life

--rtlloULU LUurtisy aronlI LalIll
Chef Aaron Larkin prepares a healthy meal.

Miamian recaptures
his life's dream of

By Ashley Montgomery

Chef Aaron Larkin is no stranger
to the kitchen. It all began when he
was 12 years young, shadowing his

grandmother in her kitchen. Once
he turned 14 his uncle opened up a
business called "Slicks BBQ" which
is where he helped out and did "a lot
of prep work" that led him to venture
out and begin looking for jobs in dif-
ferent restaurants around Miami.
Eden Roc was the first to give Lar-
kin an opportunity to expand on his
culinary skills. Larkin worked there
as a line cook from 1981 until 1984.
Shortly after he took his talents to
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Agency raising profile and a slight tax increase

Children's Services
Council hopes to
clarify its goals
By Brittany Wallman

If the Children's Services Council of
Broward is successful this year, you'll
know who you paid more taxes to.
The 13-year-old agency is a line
item on property tax bills in Broward

County, but a recent survey found
that most people aren't sure what
they do, or who they are.

toward marketing.
"People want to know where their
money is going," said Council CEO

ge no ru l." Cnd.rebrgSlte
-.- I Counc *i l E

That's why part of the tax increase
expected to be tentatively approved
at a budget hearing Monday will go

Cindy Arenberg Seltzer.
The efforts are in advance of a bal-
lot question that will determine the

council's very fate.
* Voters established the Broward
Children's Services Council in a 2000
referendum. But in 2011 a state law
passed requiring independent coun-
cils to be reaffirmed by voters by
2016, and every 12 years thereafter.
When the agency conducted its
opinion survey, it found that 30 per-
cent recognized the council's name,
and half recognized its logo. That's
not good, enough.
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Give relief to those who earn less

By Lauren Asher
As part of his college afford-
ability plan, the president has
wisely proposed both improv-
ing and raising awareness of
income-based repayment op-
tions for federal student loans.
While colleges and states
must do their part to help stu-
dents graduate with quality
credentials and without bur-
densome debt, students who
have to borrow need to know
their student loan payments
can be manageable even in
tough times.
More students have needed
loans over the past generation,

as college costs outpaced fanm-
ily incomes and grant aid. De-
clining state investment has
led to rising tuition, shifting
more costs to students. Three-
quarters of undergraduates
are at public colleges, where
per-student state funding is
the lowest in over 25 years.
Meanwhile, the federal Pell
Grant covers a lower share of
college costs than ever before.
To ensure affordable loan
payments, our Project on
Student Debt developed the
framework for Income-Based
Repayment, which became
available in 2009. If you have
high debt compared with your

income, IBR caps monthly
payments on a sliding scale
based on income and family
' After 25 years of payments,
it forgives any remaining debt.
Pay As You Earn started last
year and is a lot like IBR, but
with lower monthly payments
and a 20-year repayment peri-
od. Only more recent borrow-
ers are eligible. For students
who start borrowing next year,
IBR will offer similar benefits.
Confused? That's why we've
called for streamlining vari-
ous income-based options into
one improved plan that caps
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Pay stagnation births new labor movement
Minimum wage who once saw blue-collar work it would be $7.76. President
ERR as their ticket to the American Obama is asking for $9. Some
isn't the best tool dream members of Congress want
O n -,V. Sinrc 1QQ9 inflatinn-and;$l0 10 Without a market set-

In recent weeks, fast-food
and retail workers around
the country have taken to the
streets to demand $15 per
hour and new laws for creating
unions. In the process, they've
created a movement less sug-
gestive of recent labor disputes
than of strikes a century or
more ago, when workers first
found their voice.
It is easy to have sympathy
for them, toiling away at places
like McDonald's, Burger King
and Wal-Mart for the federal
minimum wage of $7.25 per
hour or slightly more.
They embody one of the most
intractable problems of our
day: income stagnation in the
middle class, particularly for
people with little education

N fBL ^J --HH I T7 i

-PtIrn 0 Jim VVeber
Fast-food workers and their supporters demonstrate for higher wages last week outside
of a McDonald's restaurant in Memphis. Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

justed income of the top one
percent of earners has grown
by 58 percent, while it has
grown' 6.4 percent for
the other 99 percent.
In this context, $15 an hour
doesn't seem like such a bad
idea. It comes to $600 a week,
or about $30,000 per year.
But the workers are asking for
more than a raise from their
employers. They want hikes in
the national and state mini-
mum wages. And they want
new laws to make it easier to.
create labor unions.
Any number set by gov-
ernment is going to have an
element of arbitrariness to it.
If the federal minimum were
indexed for inflation and back-
dated to the last hike in 2009,

ting the rate, it's hard to say
what the appropriate level
would be.
Regional variations in the
cost of living add further
inequity. Currently, 19 states
and Washington, D.C., require
more than the federal mini-
mum wage, with Washington
state having the highest at
$9.19 an hour. .
The workers' call for new
laws making it easier to
unionize is harder to assess
because, not surprisingly, the
fledgling movement hasn't de-
fined exactly what it wants.
Organizing a union is, to
be sure, an increasingly hard
slog in an age when compa-
nies with worldwide scale can'
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Help raise the minimum wage

Workers lack

power during

periods of high

By David Cooper

The fast-food and retail
worker strikes taking place
across the U.'S. illustrate the
-very reason we need to raise
the minimum wage.
The minimum wage was
first enacted in the 1930s,
after the country's experi-
ence in the Great Depres-
sion taught us that putting
a floor under wages is a vital
protection for workers, par-
ticularly those in the least
desirable jobs.

During periods of high un-
employment,.many workers
are forced to take lower-pay-
ing jobs, such as those in
fast food and retail, because
there are no other options
available to them. Under
these conditions, employers
hold all the cards they
can keep wages abysmally
low because they know their
employees don't have other
job options.
A growing number of
workers face this situation.
They're stuck in jobs that
pay so little, they struggle
to afford basic necessities.
The federal minimum wage
of $7.25 per hour equates to
about $15,000 per year for a
full-time worker less than
the federal poverty line for a
parent with one child.

When workers are paid
poverty-level wages, the
entire country suffers. More
low-wage workers are being
forced to rely on public as-
sistance such as the earned
income tax credit and food
These programs should
not act as a subsidy to
profitable corporations that
could afford to pay their
workers decent wages.
At times of depressed
consumer demand like we
face today, helping low-wage
workers helps everyone.
Consumer spending drives
our economy, accounting
for about 70 percent of U.S.
gross domestic product.
When wages are so low
that full-time workers can't
make ends meet, consumer

spending weakens. Raising
wages for low-wage workers
can put more money in the
pockets of consumers, who
will spend it right away.
With unemployment fore-
cast to remain high for sev-
eral years, workers do not
have the bargaining power
to push for higher wages,
and the reality is they are
unlikely to see any pay
increases without legislative
SWe need to raise the mini-
mum wage so workers in the
lowest-paid jobs can afford
what they need, and busi-
nesses have the customers
that they need.
Cooper is an economic
analyst at the Economic
Policy Institute, a progres-
sive think tank.

FHA eases rules for some borrowers

after bankruptcy and foreclosure

To qualify fo r*t he b rek FH borroesmust

By E. Scott Reckard

The Federal Housing Ad-
ministration wants to make
it easier for people who have
defaulted on their mortgag-
es -to get a new home loan
with FHA backing.
But there's a catch. To
qualify for the break, bor-
rowers must show that their
foreclosure or bankruptcy
was caused by external

economic factors, reducing
their income by 20 percent
or more for six months. And
no, you can't have quit your
job or have been fired for
Those who can demon-
strate such a pay cut, job
loss or decline in business
income now must spend
only one year making timely
rent and credit-card pay-
ments before they can apply

to buy a home with an.
FHA-insured loan, a recent
FHA bulletin explained. In
addition, they must obtain
housing counseling from
an agency approved by the
Department of Housing and
Urban Development.
Borrowers generally are
not eligible for a new FHA
loan until three years after
a foreclosure or two years
after a bankruptcy. Previ-
ously, the death of a spouse
or a medical emergency had
been exceptions that could
cut the wait to a year; now
loss of income is listed as

an extenuating circum-
stance as well. '
"As the economy started
getting better we were hear-
ing about more and more
people whose access to
credit moving forward was
being stifled by the situa-
tion the country has been
through," FHA Commis-
sioner Carol Galante said in
an interview.
"What we've done here
is to say, 'Let's look at this
recession and financial cri-
sis with that lens,'" Galante
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Children's Services Council seeks tax hike
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TAX will be held Monday night at to $104,000. ing behavior troubles, world
continued from 7D 5 p.m., to give tentative ap- Because of that, the effect ing with the entire family.

"One of our goals is to make
sure people understand the
issues facing children and
what we're doing to help,"
Seltzer said.
Funded almost entirely
with property taxes, the
agency divvies funds out to
social service providers, con-
necting families with taxpay-
er-funded help.
For those familiar, and
those not, a public hearing

proval to the council's pro-
posed 2013-14 budget.
The final vote is Sept. 19.
The agency expects to bring
in $61.5 million in property
taxes, compared with last
year's $59.4 million.
The property tax rate will
drop slightly, from $49.02
on every $100,000 of taxable
value, to $48.82.
But a house. worth
$100,000 in Broward rose in
value four percent this year,

of the new tax rate is still a
tax increase. '
The bill would rise from
$49.02 to $50.77.
Seltzer said the agency's
administration is growing
slightly, from 63 employees
to 66, but most of the bud-
get's growth is in providing
programs for children.
Programs for family
strengthening will expand.
The agency focuses on fami-
lies with teens who are hav-

"This is one. of those pop-
ulations that are ripe for
winding up'being the lockout
kids," Seltzer said.
"The parents don't know
where to turn anymore, so
frequently they'll throw the
kid out and they'll get into
Another area of expansion
>is in the area of "kinship,"
the grandmothers, grandfa-
thers or others who are rais-
ing their relatives' children.

Larry Mitts says photography is his passion

continued from 7D

- enabling him to secure a
scholarship at the Univer-
sity of West Virginia [UWV].
There, he majored in crimi-
nal justice but found himself
falling short in his academic
"When I was in college,
SI found myself falling be-
hind and one of my coaches
advised me to take easier
courses to boost my GPA -
that's how I began to explore
my passion for photography,"
Mitts said.
Growing up in Florida,
Mitts never got- to witness
the changing of the seasons
so he began taking photos
around campus.

"I first started to take pic-
tures of the landscape and
the scenery around campus.
I never experienced the fall-
ing of leaves or snow on the

Mitts was able to improve
his grades and graduated
from UWV in 2000 with a
bachelor's degree in crimi-
nal justice. With a degree in
hand, he landed a job with
Transportation Security Ad-
ministrations, Inc. as a lead
officer. But after nine years
of relative security, he says
he hit a road block.
"I turned my head to a lot of
wrong things that were hap-
pening," he noted. "People
were stealing things under

my watch and it all came to a
head either I had to resign
or face being terminated."
Mitts chose to'resign. Luck-
ily, he had continued to de-
velop his love for photography
and was surprised with an
offer that he couldn't refuse.
A friendly neighbor that
lived next door to his mother,
Columbus Lee, had often in-
vited children on the block to
come over and feed his hors-
es. But Lee shared a passion
with Mitts photography.
"I was taking photos at a
little league football game
one day and Lee noticed me,"
Mitts recalled. "He asked if I
was serious about what I was
doing and handed me his
card. He told me to come see
him over on his shop on 79th

street. I started tagging along
with him to different events
for the next few years. One
day he asked me if I would
like to take over Lee's Pho-
Since 2011, wheh Mitts be-
came the sole proprietor, he
has photographed over 100
clients throughout Miami-
Dade County.
And like his mentor, Mitts
is a one-man show. He has no
employees working with him.
"Lee taught me far more
than I ever learned in a class-
room," Mitts said. "It was all
hands-on experience. He was
stern but it helped because
he made sure you would nev-
er forget."
Lee died December 30th,
2011. He was 76.

Encryption goes mainstream

Consumer-centric sensitive projects.
"Various groups are spying,
service lock d n stealing information and organiz-
services lc dw
d ing fraud against individuals and
texts, phone Calls organizations around the world,"
Ssays Jon Callas, co-founder and
7and e-mail chief technology officer of Silent
UCircle. "People see the need for
By Byron Acohido defense against these threats."
These new personalized encryp-
SEATTLE- Encryption is on tion services enable individuals
the verge of going mainstream, to wrest back ownership of their
In this age of corporate cyber- online behaviors. That's a poten-
spies and government snoops, the tial challenge to tech giants and
ancient art of encoding messages media companies whose business
is something ordinary citizens models revolve around tracking
will soon come to view as an es- what you say, where you navigate
sential service, and,with GPS, where you are
At least that's what several tech physically located. This is driven
start-ups are anticipating. On primarily to better sell advertis-
Monday, Wickr, a free app that ing.
encrypts text, voice and video Wider use of locked down phone
messages, became available on calls, e-mails and messaging
the Android platform, could slow the current iterations

"Someone, somewhere could potentially be
listening or reading your conversations."
-Gregg Smith, chief executive of Koolspan '

Wickr leaves no trace of your
cybermusings on servers or on
the device. It was introduced in
June 2012 for Apple iOS. Compa-
ny co-founder Nico Sell champi-
ons a return to traditional notions
of privacy, and she advocates
Boycotting Facebook. ,
Sell wants her daughters, ages
4 and 12, to be able to freely ex-
press themselves online without
fear of being exploited or put in
harms way. "Private correspon-
dence is a fundamental human
right that's extremely important
to a free society," says Sell. Face-
book and other big Internet com-
panies are ostensibly advertising
platforms designed to monetize
personal information, she says.
In a similar vein, start-ups
Silent Circle,Koolspan and
Seecrypt 9ffer new systems that
use encryption to lock down
your cellphone calls and e-mails.
These services are aimed at
corporate executives and em-
ployees who routinely work on

of Internet commerce. But by
the same token, individualized
encryption would hinder govern-
ment snooping.
And data thieves and hacktiv-
ists would have a harder time
disrupting Western financial
and media interests, as hacking
groups from Iran and Syria have
been doing with impunity.
"It is not just the NSA with their
hand in the cookie jar; the Brit-
ish, French, Germans are all do-
ing the same thing," says Harvey
Boulter, chairman of Seecrypt,'
a South African company. "Then
you have rogue states that are
hugely active."
Corporations bear a big burden
to protect proprietary assets in an
environment where privacy often
is up for grabs.
And individual consumers
should start to think more deeply
about all the information they
divulge simply by surfing the
Internet or clicking a Facebook
'Like' button.

Black banker joins Biohart board

continued from 7D

an active community
leader among his peers
and has an impres-
sive professional back-
ground. He retired last
year as chairman and
CEO of the Southeast
Region of Northern
Trust, where he was
responsible for man-
aging the company's
investment manage-

ment, trust and es-
tate planning, private
and business banking
and financial consult-
ing business in Florida
and Georgia.
In addition, Ander-
son is currently the
chair-elect of the Bea-
con Council- Miami-
Dade County's eco-
nomic development
A board member of
the Miami-Dade Col-

lege Foundation, Inc.,
Anderson also serves
as president of the
board of Cleveland
Orchestra Miami/Mi-
ami Music Association
and is on the advisory
board for the Univer-
sity of Miami School
of Law for Ethics and
Public Service.
He holds a degree in
International Studies
from the Ohio State

Program needed to tackle debt

continued from 7D

payments at 10 per-
cent of income, pro-
vides forgiveness after
20 years, and targets
relief to those who
need help the most.
The president's pro-
posal to expand Pay As
You Earn would be a
big step in those direc-
While income-
based plans can lower

monthly payments and
help people stay out of
default, they can also
cost borrowers more
than a standard repay-
ment plan. Stretching
payments over a lon-
ger time period means
more interest accrues.
Improved federal loan
counseling should
help students borrow
Wisely and choose the
best repayment plan
for them.
. With federal student

loan delinquency and
default rates rising,
it's clear that many
borrowers don't know
about these income-
driven plans. The pres-
ident's announcement
that the Department
of Education will start
reaching out to bor-
rowers could not have
come too soon.
Lauren Asher is pres-
ident of The Institute
for College Access &





Best way for small biz to grow? Tech, tech, tech

From mobile payments to build-it-

yourself sites, digital tools deliver

By Jayne O'Donnell

Digital technology, websites
and social media now are key
tools for growing small busi-
nesses and'comlipeting with
larger ones.
"Even if you're making cof-
fee or ice pops or lobster rolls,
you can also expand your
business using technology,"
says Small Business Admin-
istration chief Karen Mills. "It
levels the playing field."
e Swing's Coffees, near the
White House, has customers
tweeting about its lattes and
employees tweeting at strate-
gic times of the day about spe-
cials. Meanwhile, its baristas
at one location place orders on
iPads that let customers pay
by swiping their credit cards.
And those with the Square
Wallet app can pay with their

After doing brisk business
at seven farmers markets and
with a food truck using mo-
bile devices, the owner of the
Washington, D.C., frozen fruit
pops company Pleasant Pops
turned to a
site that lets people post proj-

Google data show
small businesses
wih websites grow
40% faster than
those without.

ects and solicit investment -
to raise money to open a store.
Brian Sykora raised $13,000
in his first day and has at-
tracted 400 supporters.
Marilyn Caskey, owner
of the San Antonio designer
consignment store The Gar-
ment Exchange, used to spend
much of her day answering
the phone just to tell people

--Photo: H. DarrBeiser
K n -Photo H. Darreiser Jack Dorsey, co-founder of
Karen Mills, administra- social-media giant Twitter
tor of the Small Business social-medpa giant Twitter
Administration, at an SBA and digital payments system
conference in Washingtont Square, at a Small Business
conference in Washington, Administration conference
D.C. in Washington, D.C.
her hours and location. After up.

she spent an afternoon set-
ting up a website with that
information, her phone largely
stopped ringing and rev-
enue increased 250 percent
in the week after the site went

Despite such examples,
however, nearly 60 percent
of small businesses still
are what Google calls invis-
ible operating without a
website. Many of the rest are

what Scott Levitan, Google's
director of small business
engagement, calls "completely
invisible," meaning there's no
original information from the
company anywhere online.
That makes no sense, says
Levitan, when Google data
show small businesses with
websites grow 40 percent
faster than those without and
when almost anyone espe-
cially with free help offered by
Google and others can set
up a site in hours.
"There's a perception out
there that getting online is
hard, that it's expensive and
time consuming," says Levi-
tan. "With modern Web tools
that are relatively easy to use,
it can take about an hour to
set up if you're prepared."
So, is -the phone book dead?
"I'm not saying they
shouldn't be somewhere else,"
Levitan says of small busi-
nesses. "But they should defi-
nitely be on the Web."
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder
of social-media giant Twitter

and founder of payment sys'-.
tern Square, says his mantra,
in business is to make and
keep things simple. That led
him to create Square, a sys-
tem that lets even the smallest
of businesses accept credit
or debit cards with a reader
that can be used with smart-''
phones or tablets. '
"Somewhere along the line
commerce became more
abstract," Dorsey says. "We '
asked a very simple question:
Why cah',t commerce be as
free and easy as communica-
By answering that, Dorsey :
gave Sykora a way to handle
transactions for his frozen
pops at farmers markets us-
ing mobile devices. "Where '
are you going to plug in at a "
farmers market?" asks Syko-"
ra. "I've seen everyone adoptf'-
Square at farmers markets."
Food trucks are an example
Mills cites of how "small busi-'
nesses are able to use technol-
ogy in ways that couldn't be
imagined before. "

Teens, parents differ on graduated driver's licenses

Perceptions clash on how

well rules obeyed

By Larry Copeland

Graduated Driver
Licensing ,programs,
in which young driv-
ers. earn privileges as
they gain experience
under the watchful
eye of their parents,
have become a crucial
part of the nation's ef-
fort to ease teenagers
through those danger-
ous first years of driv-
Every state has a
GDL law, and experts
agree that the best
ones require buy-in
from teen and parent
to ensure that critical
.restrictions on such
things as nighttime
driving, teen passen-
gers and texting are
For example, 87 per-
cent of parents believe
teens will obey GDL
restrictions because of
parental monitoring,
but just 56 percent of
teens say they're likely
to'dq 0so.
When it comes to
nighttime restrictions,
which are designed
to keep teens off the

roads during riskier
periods, 66 percent of
parents say they al-
most always monitor
whether their teens are
obeying the rules; only
32 percent of teens say
that's the case.
The findings are
from an online survey
in June of 500 parents
of 14- to 17-year-old
teen drivers, and 500
teen drivers age 14 to
The parent-teen dis-
connect is even more
jarring on passenger
restrictions. The crash
risk doubles for a teen
driver with two young
passengers and qua-
druples with three or
more young, passen-
gers if no older passen-
gers are in the vehicle,
according to 2012 re-
search by the AAA
Foundation for Traffic
Safety. Yet in the new
survey, just. 27 per-
cent of teens said their
parents usually keep
track of whether they
are following the rule
on passengers, com-
pared with 65 percent
of parents who said

Gas prices record: 1,oo000

days above $3 a gallon
By Chris Woodyard and Gary Strauss

By now every driver knows the drill: The
price of gasoline ratchets up, there's an
outcry among motorists who feel gouged at
the pump and then things settle down as the
higher price becomes the new normal.
Well, AAA has come up with a sober-
ing statistic: the average price of gasoline
will surpass $3 per gallon Tuesday for the
1,000th consecutive day. That's never hap-
pened before, the motoring organization
In case you're wondering, the current
streak began on Dec. 23, 2010. Today, the
national average for a gallon of regular is
$3.52, according to AAA's daily price track-
ing service. That's a nickel a gallon less than
the average so far this year. And unless
there's another recession, AAA forecasts that
a price floor of $3 a gallon is basically here
to stay.
"Paving less than $3.00 per gallon for
gasoline may be automotive history for most
Americans, like using 8-track tapes or going
to a drive-in movie," said Bob Darbelnet,
CEO of AAA. "The reality is that expensive
gas is here to stay."
If there's any good news here at all, it's
that with the prospect of U.S. attack on
Syria diminished, gas prices could moderate,
but they won't fall below $3 a gallon, says
Patrick DeHaan of the group-sourced gas
price reporting site
"The market took a chill pill and is react-
ing as I would expect to the prospect of a
peaceful resolution," he says. "I could see the
national average in the very low $3 (a gallon
range) by the time we're talking about last
minute Christmas shopping."
Also, while prices haven't dropped below
$3 a gallon for 1,000 days, they also haven't
averaged above $4 a gallon. But they were
above $3.75 a gallon for 189 days.

the GDL rules and to
establish clear conse-
quences for violations,
says Raygan Sylvester,
17, a senior at North
Little Rock, Ark., High
School. She's a cop's
daughter and says: "If
I get caught with more
than one person in
the car, my car will be
taken away for a cer-
tain amount of time. If
I got caught texting, I
would definitely get my
keys taken away and
probably my phone
taken away."
Parents and teens
have different opinions
on why some young

Student driver Kaitlin Kearns backs out of a parking spot in Oak-
wook, Ohio, during a driving lesson in January 2012 with D&D Driv-
ing School instructor Bob White.

they monitor.
Some experts say the
survey might highlight
an element of willful
denial among some ,
parents. In. most GDL
programs, teens are
required to get at least
30 hours of parent-su-
pervised practice; then
they move into the in-
termediate, provisional
licensing stage, when
they can drive alone
but the nighttime and'

passenger restric-
tions apply. That is the
riskiest time for novice
drivers, but weary par-
ents often pull back.
"Parents have been
taxicab drivers for over
16 years," says Capt.
.Tom Didone ,of the
Montgomery County,
Md', Police Depart-
ment. "They look at
(provisional licensing)
as an opportunity to
allow their kids in-

dependence, to make
their life easy. Par-
ents don't understand
that this can happen
to them." His 15-year-
old son, Ryan Thomas
Didone, was killed in
2008 after getting into
a car with several oth-
er teens and an inex-
perienced teen driver.
It's important for
parents to actually
monitor teen drivers,
to regularly discuss


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Midtown Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency (MID-
TOWN 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 MIDTOWN CRA office at (305) 679-6868.

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drivers don't follow
GDL rules. Parents
think peer pressure is
the biggest 'motivator
for those who ignore
the restrictions; teens
say the most likely
reason is their belief
that they won't get a
Chief'Chris Wagner
of the Denville, N.J.,
Police Department
says the teens' view re-
flects their sense of in-
vulnerability but also
shows the need for
police to enforce GDL
laws. "If a police officer
pulls over a teen driv-
er at night with four

teenagers in the car
and then lets them go
with a warning, that's
akin to letting a drunk
driver drive down the
road with a warning,"
he says. "
There was one en-
couraging finding in
the State Farm survey.
The national focus
on distracted driving
is paying off: 82 per-
cent of parents believe
their teens are obeying
bans on testing while
driving; 72 percent of
teens say that they are
- a higher compliance
rate than for any other
GDL provision .



The City bf Miami Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment
Agency (SEOPW CRA) 2012 Annual Report is available.

In accordance with section 163.356(3)(c), Florida Statutes, the City of Miami
Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency has de-
veloped the annual report of their activities including a complete financial state-
ment setting forth assets, liabilities, income, and operating expenses as of the
end of Fiscal Year 2012. This report has been filed with the City of Miami's
Office of the City Clerk and is available for inspection during business hours in
the Office of the City Clerk, located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive. In
addition, the report is available in the office of the CRA, located at 1490 N.W.'
3rd Avenue, Suite 105 and also on the CRA's website,

For further information, contact the SEOPW CRA office at (305) 679-6800.

#19373 Clarence E. Woods III, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency



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da on September 26, 2013, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan Ameri-
can Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:

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

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
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Local chef has a passion to serve the world's cuisine

LARKIN of his day job, Larkin that work as cashiers too. "Cooking is some- his menu reflects dif- better pasta here. I bread puddinIg.
continued from 7D deemed that he had to in the restaurant. Al- thing that I like to do ferent cultures. Fresh- want to cater to every- "Here at Old School

Doral where he was the
"supervisor of cooks".
Although cooking was
his first passion and
something he always
held near and dear to
his heart, he had to
pick up more work.
So, in 1989 Larkin be-
came a custodian for
Miami-Dade County
Public Schools.
This additional oc-
cupation didn't steer
him from his first love
entirely. In 2002, he
was hired as chef de
parties and supervisor
;.at the Westin Diplomat
Resort and Spa in Fort

TO 2003
Now the head cus-
todian at North Beach
Elementary while
maintaining a new po-
sition as sauce chef at
the famous Fontaine-
bleau Miami Beach
Hotel, Larkin set out
.to open his own busi-
things did not go as
planned. After a year
'of service an unwill-
ing to completely let go

;continued from 7D

don't reflect the di-
versity of the commu-
nity sometimes it's
because of outreach
- other times it's be-
"cause they don't know
.about it or have a lack
'Of education," she
said. "Technology can
be a bit intimidating,
not just with the use
of technology today
like smartphones, but
understanding coding,
understanding web-
sites, understanding
how technology can be
used t6 build and grow
a business."
She added that
YPN is planning a cod-
ing event for adults
sometime in October.
Toney gave a brief
update about E-Gar-
dening a competi-
tive cohort-based en-
trepreneurial and
'small business initia-
tive to identify and
.support new and as-
piring entrepreneurs
:with management,
-growth and service

continued from 8D

ignore a local strike
'without significant
cost to the bottom line.
But labor law at least
ensures a fair oppor-
tunity to organize.
If 30 percent of
workers sign petitions
*seeking to certify a
'union, an election is
held under federal
supervision. Man-
agement and labor
leach get time to make
their case. If a major-
ity votes to certify a
union, it is empow-
ered to negotiate with

continued from 8D

"We want to recog-
nize and distinguish
'between people hurt
,by that. very serious
circumstance beyond
their control versus
what you might call
more normal circum-
itances people who
got into trouble be-
cause they used their

much on his plate and
couldn't continue with
the restaurant. "I de-
cided to postpone that
dream. I was doing to
many things at once. I
was working two other
jobs at the time," Lar-
kin said. The first at-
tempt was a "learning
experience" that he
was grateful to have
been able to stay open
for a year. "I love what
I do so much that I de-
cided to go at it again,"
he said.
After taking the time
to rethink his plan he
decided to take the
leave of absence from
North Beach Elemen-
tary, with the sup-
port of his principal,
Dr. Alice F. Quarles..
. Old School Interna-
tional Food & Seafood
Cuisine [817 NW 54th
Street] was born.

On Saturday, Sep-
tember 7, Larkin and
business partner
Sonny Rolle had the
grand opening of their
restaurant. More than
200 people showed up
from an array of back-
grounds and nation-

delivery strategies.'
"The economic gar-
den has a different ap-
proach to economic de-
velopment," she said.
"Instead of scouring
the county, we want to
birth companies expo-

Some members of
the community had
other questions and
concerns that did not
appear to be part of
the planners' agenda.
One Overtown resi-.
dent, N.J. Gilbert,
stood with a copy of
The Miami Times in
hand and asked the
panelists what was be-
ing done about future
developments in Over-
"Issues like these are
not being resolved," he
. He went on to say he
wanted some answers
"Those are the kind
of issues that we can
discuss in smaller
groups later but we

the employer.
The main option
pushed by labor
groups involves se-
cret certification by
petition, which hardly
seems fair.
Other aspects of la-
bor law could be im-
proved, to protect or-
ganizers, for instance.
But the best bet for
the workers is contin-
ued public pressure.
Protests, combined
with boycotts, could
put retail and restau-
rant companies on the
defensive, as they sell
directly to the public
and are image-sensi-

credit cards too much
and fell behind, that
sort of thing."
It's one of the few
signs .that the FHA's
mortgages, tradition-
ally an option for first-
time and lower-income
borrowers, might be
getting easier to ob-
Otherwise, the agen-
cy, its reserves deplet-

Hence the name of
his restaurant, Larkin
and his team is set
out to bring forth re-
freshing dishes to the
Miami scene. Being
that this city is con-
sidered to be a 'melt-
ing pot,' he wants to
offer the community
more than just Soul
Food. He says that he
uses fresh vegetables,
herbs and ingredients
for all of his dishes.
"Im trying to bring
something different to
the table."
Notonly does Larkin
serve as the execu-
tive chef of Old School
International Food &
Seafood Cuisine, he is
also known as a men-
tor to two young ladies

want to know how you
feel in your communi-
ties," Dixon replied. '
Dr. Robert Cruz,
chief economist, Office
of Economic Develop-
ment and Internation-
al Trade M-DC, gave
an extensive presenta-
tion abqut the current
state of all the TUAs
from Florida City to
Miami Gardens. He
provided those in at-
tendance with charts
and data to back up
his years of research
- from comparison of
per capital income to
sources of household
income in TUAs bro-
ken down by commu-
He concluded his
presentation with this:
"How do you engage
those who are more
fortunate economical-
ly to invest and take
a risk on those who
aren't? I wish I. had a
more cheerful note to
leave you with."
Cruz's comment
sparked another pe-
riod of heightened dis-

tive. The rise of social
media adds new power
to those old tactics.
Workers could win
if they'are savvy and
persistent. The weak
job market won't last
forever. And public
attitudes could be
changing as the result
of persistent gaps be-
tween soaring corpo-
rate 'profits and stag-
nant worker pay.
But workers should
resist the temptation
to make government
solve their problems.
That's 'a recipe for
turning the public
against them.

ed by mass defaults,
has been tightening
its credit standards
and raising the pre-
miums it charges to
insure mortgages. It
also recently changed
its rules so borrowers
must pay annual pre-
miums on FHA mort-
gage insurance for at
least 11 years if they
want its backing for a
home loan.

lanna Gayle, 18 year
old student said, "Its
'a fresh start and you
have to start somne-
where. One day I do
hope to become a chef
and for him to give
us the opportunity
to start working here
without much expe-
rience is a blessing."
Tatyana Wimberly, 18
says' she likes to cook

and its just tun to be
around. Sonny and
Chef Larkin are very
nice men," said Wim-
berly. Gayle and Wim-
berly is excited and
thankful to be apart of
this team and is very
thankful for Larkin.
Larkin welcomes ev-
eryone to come in and
enjoy his food. Just
like the city of Miami,

ly prepared homemade
Alfredo sauce for his
signature chicken Al-
fredo pasta, Bahami-
an-style conch salad,
slow-cooked ox-tails,
and deep-fried pork
chops are just some
of the things on the
menu. "People don't
have to go spend top
dollar on Red Lobster
anymore when I offer

one," LarKin said.
Larkin is especial-
ly proud of his des-
sert chef, Curtis-May
"Peanut" Tillman, 71
year old baker who
has been serving the
Miami-Dade area for
more than 25 years.
Her specialties are
peach cobbler, sweet
potato pies, an assort-
ment of cakes, and

international Food
& Seafood Cuisine,
we provide the best
home-cooked meals
and I am thank-
ful that I am able to
live out my dream. I
promised myself that
I would physically be
hereeveryday. We look
forward to meeting ev-
eryone in the commu-
nity," said Larkin.


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Alvarado, Christopher D 19903 NW 67Th Ct Martinez, Osleyda 7101 SW 14Th St

Ancrum, Denzel L 4601NW183RdSt Martlnez, Pedro J 1252W78ThST
Baker, Jerry 10821 W Old Cutler Rd McLeod, Lloyd S 12140 SW 200Th St
Baldwin, Earl G6 1787 NW 59Th ST Melendez, Enrique R i 14244 SW 148Th PI
Benton, Lemon C 17322 SW 99Th Ct Mendez, Magda G ,, 110 SW,27Th Ave
Bisono, Femrnando 13450 SW 182Nd St Miranda, Michael A ,,17150 NW 42Nd PI1
Blackmon, Laketha M 2942 NW 60Th St Mitchell, Reniyah T 1889 NW 65Th St
Blackwell, Victor E 5715 NW 2Nd Ave Apt 702 Moore, Jack 9440 Caribbean Blvd
Brookins, La'Britlnisha D 241 NW 2Nd St Norris, Mycheaux T 2713 NW 200Th Ter .
Bumey JR. Alfonso A 1146 NW 38Th St" Ordonez, Jessica 204 NW 2Nd ST #4, .
Burroughs, Tarls T 294 NE 57Th St Pelaez, Maria C 300 NW 42Nd AvMi*-O'5 :
Carrerou, Nilda M 9021 SW 95Th Ave Pena, Hanoy 4870 NW 4Th Ter
Carvajal, Jesus R 5840 SW 16Th St Perkins, William C 20201 NE 29th Ct #D-101
Castlilo, Rodolfo 746 NW 27Th Ct Pierre, Muller 20685 NE 1OTh Path
Cayemite, James A 383 NE 191St StApt 203 Plerrelouls, James S 18111 NW 9Th Ct

Colvin, Lorenzo 1060 NW 15Th St Quiroga, Alexander 13977 SW 280Th Ter
Cooley, Eddie L ....222,NW,22Nd St'Apt 104 Rambo, Marcus .... 1231 NW61St St
Cruz, Luis 2343 NW 22Nd Ave Redford, Ariel D 2985 NW 54Th St
De La Vega, Modesto L 10852 SW 88Th St Apt 407 .. Reynolds, Jasin L 2911 NW 165Th St
Decade, Fred 1081 NW 195Th St Ridgeway JR, Jerry J 1100 CollinsAve Apt 203
Dunwoody, Deoniza 1211 NE 12Th Ave Apt 102C Rivera, Ivette 36.37 SW 5th St
Dupont, Omega D 17101 SWIO 100Th Ave Rodriguez, Ericelda 568 SW 112Th Ave Apt A:
Eaton, Errol G .18721 NW 24Th Ave Rosa, Juan R 17625 NW 87Th Ct
Edmond, Randolph. 2149 NW 68Th St Rosado Aviles, Victor D- 14725 SW 86Th Ln
Everett, Demiterus 20129 SW 123Rd Dr Rubi, Michel 11220 NW 87Th St
Ferrera, Elvis G 4632 NW 15Th Ave Ruiz, Nancy M 12451 SW 26Th St
Flowers-Anderson, Lavise 500 NE 21StTer Santana, LuisA 30345 SW 154Th Ct
Foster, Erika D 21025 NW 22Nd Ave Apt126 Santiesteban, Yadira 15356 SW 178Th Ter
Frierson, Sithenus W 13850 NW 41St St Sanz, Elizabeth A 12710 SW 27Th Ter'
Gamez Mendez, Magda 110 SW 27th Ave Sardina, Armando J .. 2475 NW 16Th Street Rd Apt 404
Gibbs, Patricia A 4815 NW 17ThAve Scott, Priscilla A 22305 SW114ThCt,
Gonzalez, Dana 14266 SW 154Th St Sherman, Carol L 1561 NE 118Th St Apt 2
Gonzalez, Marta 317 NW.109Th.Ave Apt 7 Silvestro, German A _10505 SW 139th Ct
Groff, Karin M 13905 SW 80Th St Smith, Antwan T 6410 NW 6Th Ave
Gutierrez, Raymundo A 9452 SW 184Th Ter Smith, Ely .4805 SW 112Th Ave
Head, Jonathan A 702 13Th St APT 308 Smith, Zachary R 8180 NW 23Rd Ave Apt A
Hlllman,AuxtavlusT 250 SW 14ThAveApt 65 Steward, Marckell A 1231 NW 175th Ter
Hodge JR, Anthony A 20811 NW Miami, PI Stewart, Wilson T 18960 SW 113Th PI.
Iparraguirre, Mayra 3187 SW 27Th St Stice, Howard C 1920 Biarritz Dr Apt 3
Irving JR, Gerald F 11375 NW 10Th Ave Suarez Basanta, Rene 11250 SW 197Th StApt 303
Jimenez, Jovani M 2225 SW 129Th Ct TeJedo, Carlos A 11925 SW 88Th Ct
Johnson, Brandon J 3322 NW 182nd St Thomas, Kevin K 1114 NW 12Th Ave Apt1114
Johnson, Mar'KelleJ 12700 NW 18Th CT Urblnelll, Michael J 4378 WRaglerStAptl1
Jones, Willie P 150 Alton Rd APT 1115 Veber, Dusty L 25500 SW 194Th Ave
Josue, Vanessa 11351 NW 11Th Ave Apt A Wallace, Akins J 18130 NW 9th Ave
Kato, Desmond M 5410 NW 13Th Ave Washington, Vencent L 1395 NW 51St St
Keelan, Thomas P ,,1805 Sans Soucl Blvd Apt424 Way, Anthony D 560 NW 7Th StApt 314
Koehn, Travis J 101 NW 47Th Ter Weary, Levonnq. 14620 SW 104Th PI
Kyler, Byron J 17245 NW 18Th Ave Williams JRWillie J 18421 NW24ThAve
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Lam, Hung 5720 SW 128th St Williams, Michael A 1536 NE 8Th StApt 205
Lamothe, Jessica 1030 NW 15Th St Wilson, Derrick 515 NW 1St St
Lancaster, Robert S 8505 SW 108Th St Yarbough, Teshon R 6108 NW 23Rd Ct
Leggette,PanitraR'" 1840 NW62NdTer Young, Douglas M 2155 NW 130Th St
Leslie, Mikkyle B 17890 W Dixie Hwy Apt 614 Young, Jeffery A 2140 NW 53Rd StAptC
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1212 NW1 Avenue
One bedroom, one
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First month moves you in.
SOne bedroom, one bath.
$550 mthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call Joel 786-355-

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

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

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

1450 NW 1 Avenue
Efficiency. one bath. $395.

156 NE 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800 monthly. No deposit.
Newly renovated
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.

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

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.
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One bedroom, one bath,
$590 monthly. Call Mr. Perez,
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One bedroom, 305-754-7776
3090 NW 134 Street #4
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$700 monthly, $1150 to move
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Efficiency, one bath $395.
Free water 305-642-7080

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One bdrm, one bath. $450.
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Stove, refrigerator, air. free
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One and two bdrms. Section
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2357 N.W. 95th Terrace
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One bedroom, one bath,
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2541 York Street
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Two bedroorhs, one bath,
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3030 NW 19 Avenue
One bdrm. Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776
3132 NW 135 Street
Like new, three bdrms., two
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$1200. 305 662-5505
36 NW 52 Street
Efficiency, one bath $625.
With all utilities. 305-642-

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

4601 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms., den, one bdrm.
$900 mthly. Call 305-759-
2280 or 786-512-7622.
Abundant Housing, L.L.C.
521 NW 67 Street
Two, bedrooms, one bath,
appliances. Section 8
welcomed. 305-751-7151
6800 NW 6 Court
Three bdrms., one bath.
$1150. Appliances, free
water, electric. 305-642-

750 NW 55 Street
Updated three bdrms., one
and half bath, central air, tile,
includes water. $1200 mthly.
7633 NW 2 Court
Large three bedrooms, two
baths, appliances, $975.
Two bdrms, starting at $900

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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.
1358 NW 71 Street
Air, cable, $300 to move in,
$600 mthly. 786-286-7455
1775 NW 151 Street
New management.
Microwave, refrigerator, color
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$400 monthly. Free wi-fi.
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19620 NW 31 Avenue
$120 wkly, $240 to move in,
air, cable. Call 305-993-9470
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
2365 NW 97 Street
$600 to move in, $400 mthly.
Call 786-515-3020
or 305-691-2703
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
3320 NW 51 Terrace
$440 monthly. In a six bdrm
house. 561-254-2637
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, TV,
free cable, refrigerator,
microwave, kitchen access
and air. Call 954-678-8996
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$600 to move in, $400 mthly.
Call 786-515-3020 or
Newly remodeled. Utilities
included. 786-290-1864
Own entrance and drive way.
305-300-7783. Rooms.
Large bedroom, $440 mthly.
Nice quiet room, near bus
terminal. Call 305-766-2055
Clean, nice, and air. $100 a
week. 786-447-6095
Houses ,

10360 SW 173rd Terrace
Four bdrms, one bath,
$1095. Appliances, central
air. 305-642-7080

10740 SW 149 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1000 monthly, No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449
1110 BurlIngton Street
TWo bdrms; two' baths.
$1200; iOne bdrm, one bath.
$800. Lights, water, and air
included. 305-490-9284
: 1121 NW 142 Street
Three bdrms, two bths,, air,
$1,300. No Section 8. Broker
Terry Dellerson. 305-891-
133 St and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
15755 NW 158 Street RD
Updated three bdrms., one
bath, tile, central air. $1200
mthly. 305-662-5505
15941 NW 18 Court
Newly remodeled; four
bedrooms, two baths, central
air, washer/dryer connection.
$1600 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 954-818-9112
20520 NW 24 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, $1300. No Section 8.
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1800 NW 73 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, big
yard, $1000 mthly.
No section 8. 786-546-0079
1850 Service Road
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electric. First & Last, $140
non-refundable deposit.
2030 Rutland Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1,000 mthly. No section 8.

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Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, $1300. No Section 8.
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Four bdrms, two bath, central
air, appli., fenced, $1300
monthly, $2000 move-in, NO
Section 8. 786-315-0650
3010 NW 162 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $1,400 monthly,
Section 8 Welcome. Call
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3879 NW 207 Street Rd.
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central air and heat. Section
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833 NW 77 Street
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water, air incl. 305-490-9284.
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$1600, large yard. Call Sandy
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bath. Deposit required. $1600
mthly. Section 8 only.
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1621 NW 14 Street, Ft.
Lauderdale 33311
Two bedrooms, one bath
-with large yard. $875 mthly.
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Study warns


debt problems

ByAndrew Ta.1ylor.

government could run out
of cash to pay its bills in
full and on time sometime
between the end of October
and the middle of Novem-
ber if lawmakers fail to
increase its $16.7 trillion
borrowing 'cap, Congres-
sional Budget Office Direc-
tor Doug Elmendorf said
on Tuesday.
Elmendorf told reporters
that the Treasury Depart-
ment's assessment that it'll
run out of borrowing au-
thority and have just $50
billion cash on hand in
mid-October "sounds plau-
The government has
never defaulted on its obli-
gations and Treasury Sec-
retary Jacob Lew warned
Tuesday that Congress
needs to act to increase the
debt limit by mid-October
but he warned Republi-
cans that President Barack
Obama will never go along
with their demand to derail
implementation of the new
health care law as part of
a measure to fund the gov-
ernment or increase the
debt limit.
"Efforts to either defund
or delay the Affordable
Care Act are unaccept-
able," Lew told the Eco-
nomic Club of Washington.
"That is not a path towards
something that can ulti-
mately be signed into law."
Elmendorf also said that
CBO's estimate in May
that the government will
run a $642 billion defi-
cit this year is proving a
little too optimistic. CBO
Director Doug Elmendorf
said that slightly weaker
revenues than expected
will likely push that figure
higher but that the final
deficit tally for the 2013
budget year ending Sept.
30 will still register below
$700 billion.
Elmendorf made his re-
marks as the agency re-
leased an updated study
of the government's long-
term budget ills. It says
that federal health care
and retirement programs
threaten to overwhelm the

federal budget and harm
the economy in coming de-
cades unless Washington
finds the political will to
restrain their inexorable

By Michael D. Shear
and Peter Baker

President Obama tried to
move past months of debate
over guns, surveillance
and scandal on Wednesday
and reorient his adminis-
tration behind a program
to lift a middling economy
and help middle-class
Americans who are stuck
with stagnant incomes and
shrinking horizons.
"Our focus has to be on
the basic economic issues
that matter most to you,"
President Obama said
Wednesday in Galesburg,
In speeches in two small
college towns in the Mid-
west, Mr. Obama lamented
that typical Americans
had been left behind by
globalization, Wall Street
irresponsibility and Wash-
ington policies, while the
richest Americans had ac-
cumulated more wealth.
He declared it "my highest
priority" to reverse those
trends,' while accusing
other politicians of not only
ignoring the problem but
also making it worse.
"With this endless pa-
rade of distractions and
political posturing and
phony scandals, Washing-
ton's taken its eye off the
ball," Mr. Obama told an
audience at Knox College,
in Galesburg, Ill., the site
of his first major economic
speech as a young sena-
tor eight years ago. "And I
am here to say this needs
to stop. This needs to stop.
This moment does not re-
quire short-term thinking.
It does not require having
the same old stale debates.
Our focus has to be on the
basic economic issues that
matter most to you the
people we represent."
The hourlong speech in
Galesburg, his first speech
of the day and one of the
longest of his presidency,
at times resembled a State
of the Union address. The
president mainly offered
revived elements of his
largely stalled economic
program, like developing
new energy, rebuilding
manufacturing, spending
more on roads, bridges and
ports, expanding preschool
to every 4-year-old in the
country and raising, the
minimum wage.
But he and his aides
hoped to use the speech
both to claim credit for the
progress made since the
recession of 2008-9 and
to position himself as the
champion of a disaffected
middle class that has yet to
recover fully.
SHe chastised Republi-
cans in Congress for not
focusing on economic pri-
orities and obstructing his
initiatives. "Over the last
six months, this gridlock
has gotten worse," he said.
And he challenged them
to come up with their own
plans. "I'm laying out my
ideas to give the middle
class a better shot," 'he
said, addressing himself
to Republican leaders. "So
now it's time for you to lay
out your ideas."
In Warrensburg, Mr.
Obama repeated his eco-
nomic themes in a packed
gymnasium at the.Univer-
sity of Central Missouri.
To bursts of applause, he
called Americans "gritty

and resilient" and added
that in the last five years
"we've been able to clear
away the rubble of the fi-
nancial crisis."
He focused on the need
for investments in educa-
tion to help generate more
growth in jobs in the fu-
ture. "If we don't invest in
American education, we
are going to put our kids,
our companies, our work-
ers at a competitive disad-
vantage," Mr. Obama said,
standing in front of a sea of
young children in match-
ing red or white T-shirts.
The president also said
the government must do
more to make college af-
fordable and pledged that
his administration would
work toward connect-
ing 99 percent of Ameri-
can schools to high-speed
Internet in the next five
Republican leaders
were not impressed by Mr.
Obama's renewed push on
the economy. Speaker John
A. Boehner said before-
hand that a speech would
not make a difference.
"What's it going to ac-
complish?" Mr. Boehner
asked on the House floor.
"You've probably got the
answer: nothing. It's a hol-
low shell. It's an Easter egg
with no candy in it."
Republicans said they
had in, fact advanced ideas
for improving the economy,
particularly in education,
energy, tax changes and
regulation. They noted that
a House panel was tak-
irng up bills intended to

i economy
relieve businesses, of what
Republicans consider bur-
densome regulation by the
Environmental Protection
."Mr. President, just get
the federal government
out of the way," said Rep-
resentative Kevin Brady,
Republican of Texas, the
chairman of the Joint Eco-
nomic Committee. "Instead
of putting handcuffs on job
creators, try shaking their
hand for a change."
Senior advisers to the
president said he fre-
quently referred to his first
speech at Knox College in
2005, long before the eco-
nomic crisis that seized the
country three years later.
They said Mr. Obama was
eager to discuss how, much
had changed in -the na-
tion's economy since that
"Now, today, five years
after the start of that Great
Recession, America has
fought its way back," Mr.
Obama said, citing the re-
covery of the auto indus-
try, growth in energy sec-
tors, higher taxes on the
wealthy, new regulation on
banks and 7.2 million more
private sector jobs."
But he said too many
Americans had been left
behind. He said nearly all
of the income gains of the
past 10 years had gone to
the richest '1 percent of
Americans, and said the
average chief executive had
seen raises totaling 40 per-
cent since 2009, while the
average American earned
less than in 1999.

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loses third straight, 26-7

With the worst start in
Norland's last four years, the
question is what will the Vi-
kings do?
The Vikings "program" has
struggled to keep its state
championship momentum
consistent over the last sea-
son. Yes, a season ago they
made the playoffs after placing
first in their 16-5A district,
only to be defeated by their
district rival Jackson in the
second round.
But last Wednesday's 26-7
loss at Curtis Park again to
the Generals indicated this
may be a more difficult run
than anyone anticipated for
the Vikings.

With Norland (0-3j moving
up to district 16-6A with the
likes of Homestead (2-1)- who
they play Friday, Carol City
(1-21, Northwestern (1-1) and of
course the behemoth Central
(2-1, the non-district games
that the Vikings needed to
gain some momentum and
confidence before district play
did just the opposite
"We need a win," said
Norland head coach, Daryle
Heidelburg. "We got some guys
pressing, trying to make a
spectacular play instead of do-
ing the simple things."
' Heidelburg has not lost the
first three games of a season
since 2009 his last season
at Edison when his team went
Norland was plagued by
early penalties-earning 50 be-

fore the half and a
dramatic moment
on the last play
going into halftime ,,
when senior quarterback
Taron James was carried
out o a stretcher with a
stinger-like injury.
James was the only
beacon of hope the Vi-
kings had all night with
his 84-yard touchdown
pass to senior Zaquan
Tyson within the first
two minutes of the
But that was the
only glint they'd have
for the remainder of
the game
Jackson's defense
held their own, sty-
mying the running .,
game of the Vikings Norlond
and holding them Daryle
to negative yardage.

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Jackson receivers set to face Norland secondary.

They sparked the offensive
onslaught that took place at
the hands of heralded se-
nior quarterback Quinton
"Winkie" Flowers, who fin-
ished with four touchdowns,
three of which he ran in, in-
cluding a 55-yard run late in
the second quarter. Flowers
looked more like a running
back, finishing with 134
rushing yards and only 72
While Jackson may have
sealed the nail in their

rivalry with Norland, their
undefeated start will probably
end, when they face Booker T.
Washington (3-0) But fortu-
nately for the Generals that
expected demolition will not
hinder their hopes for post
season play, as a loss to Cen-
tral would mean for Norland.
"It was a v'ery emotional
win," said Jackson head
coach, Antonio "DeLa" Brown.
"It's always special to play
a team like Norland where
there's a rivalry."

Miami Springs wins a thriller over Edison 25-24

Clash of the Titans: Edison vs Springs.

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

The matchup between two
teams whose names have
fallen into the abyss as far as
respected football programs
go, was surprisingly a nail-
biter. Miami Springs' marginal
25-24 overtime win against
Edison on Thursday at Curtis
Park may have been one of
the most exciting games each
team will face this season.
The clincher was an extra-
point kick by Spring's David
Torres in overtime in what
became a redeemiing moment
for Torres after he'd missed an
extra point in the fourth that
would've sealed the game for
the Golden Hawks.
"The victory over Edison was
a real confidence builder for
our team," said Darryel Bet-
hune!, first year head coach at
Springs. "It showed the consis-

tency we are giving this year is
paying off."
Both football programs are
in rebuilding phases, particu-
larly Springs (2-1) who have
only won three games since
2010 and are still recovering
from a 0-10 season in 2011.
Bethune will be an integral
part of revitalizing the pro-
gram, where he was the former
offensive coordinator years
Edison (1-1), who has been
under Trevor Harris's tute-
lage since 2010 has won a
few more, but cannot remain
consistent and has yet to see
the post season. His teams
have flirted with a winning
record over the last two sea-
sons finishing just above or
below .500. But those are vast
improvements compared to his
1-9 rookie season.
"It's been a challenge," said
Harris, who came to Edison
after a 0-10 season at Hallan-

dale High School in Broward.
S"We don't despise taking small
The Golden Hawks. and
Raiders, however, measured
up across the board Thursday
Both plagued by youthful
errors, they combined for 240
penalty yards by the end of the
game. And though Edison out-
passed Springs by 127 yards
it was offset by the additional
four penalties the Raiders ac-
Edison will face Mourning
on Saturday, Sept. 21st at 7
p.m. at North Miami Field. Mi-
ami Springs needs to use the
momentum from their last two
wins as they head into district
play (16-7A) facing Westland-
Hialeah (1-1) at Hendricks
Stadium Thursday at 7:30
p.m. Springs is 2-1 against the
Wildcats since 2010, includ-
ing a close 21-19 victory last

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B- CU wall1ops. FIU, '34-13

ByAssociated Press

Anthony Jordan ran for 150
yards/and a touchdown to lead
Bethune-Cookman University
[B-CU] to its first victory ever
over an FBS opponent, defeating
Florida International 34-13.
SB-CU improved to 3-0 all-time
against Florida International
(0-3) and the win extends the
Wildcats' regular season win
streak to 10 games over the past
two seasons.
Florida International had no
answer for B-CU's rushing at-

tack. The Wildcats rolled up 311
yards on the ground while domi-
nating the time of possession.
Three different backs each
ran for at least 65 yards and: a
touchdown, including quarter-
back Quentin Williams.
Adding insult to injury, B-
CU's Tim Burke intercepted a
Jake Medlock pass in the fourth
quarter and returned it from on
his own 8-yard line for a touch-
FlU's T.J. Lowder caught six
passes for 125 yards and a
touchdown in the loss.


wins holiday

The Miami SELECT 5th Grade Travel
Basketball Team recently concluded
its 2012-13 travel basketball season as
champions of the Labor Day HoopFest-36
basketball tournament. This season
the team participated in several major
AAU events: Orlando (twice); New Or-
leans; Pembroke Pines (twice); two Youth
Basketball of America events (Coral
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Mayweather- a lot better
Okay Floyd Mayweather, sidered Mayweather among
I am finally convinced. For the best fighters of this era
a long time 1 looked at the but was hesitant to even men-
flamboyant fighter as a loud tion him among the all time
mouth boxer who is pretty greats. This past weekend.
good in his own right. Even my opinion was changed, by
better than pretty good, I con- none other than Floyd May-

weather. Canelo Alvarez, his
latest opponent in this sup-
posed mega fight, turned out
to be just another tomato can
in a long list of them that
Floyd has fought The differ-
ence is this guy was unde-
feated, this guy was 13 years
younger, this guy had punch-
ing power and 30 knockouts
on his resume. Against Floyd
Mayweather it did not matter.
Mayweather turned one of the
richest fights ever into just
another $41.5 million pay-
day Saturday night, dominat-
ing Alvarez from the opening

bell and winning a majority
decision in a masterful per-
formance that left no doubt
who the best fighter of his
era is. No doubt whatsoever.
Floyd, fighting off his short-
est layoff in years,' was still
sharp, dominant and some-
times brutal in embarrassing
an unbeaten fighter who was
bigger and was supposed to
punch harder. He set the tone
early and it became pain-
fully evident for Alvarez that
Floyd was not your average
36-year-old fighter. It was as
impressive a performance as

we have ever witnessed from
Mayweather, he was superb,
masterful. Many prognosti-
cators including myself gave
Floyd grief for not fighting
Manny Pacquiao. My humble
apologies to Floyd who may
well be the greatest defensive
fighter this sport has ever
seen. He is clearly so much
better than the 45 men he
has faced in his career that he
simply makes them look that
bad. To his credit it is all he
has been trying to tell us his
entire career. He deserves to
be mentioned among the best

ever; he has proven himself.
Floyd Mayweather even at
this advanced age is still fast-
er, more efficient and head,
shoulders and feet above ev-
ery other fighter in the game
right now. So move over Sug-
ar Rays Leonard and Robin-
son, Hagler, Hearns, Duran,
Graziano and all of those
great names in that exclusive
club. Add one more name, his
name is Floyd Mayweather.
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