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Tempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis



It may depend on how voters see the puzzle

By D. Kevin McNeir
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It may be hard to believe,
but in six weeks [Tuesday,
Nov. 5] the voters of the City
of Miami will return to the
polls to select a mayor and
to chose commissioners for
Districts 3 and 5 But for
... Blacks, all eyes are par-
;' ticularly fixed on District 5,
".....currently led by City Com-
: missioner Michelle Spence-
Jones. The District, which
' a includes Liberty City, Little
SHaiti/Historic Lemon City,
Overtown and portions of
Buena Vista, is considered
one of the most diverse and
neglected areas in Miami.

Four candidates are hop-
ing to replace Spence-Jones,
implementing their own
programs and sharing their
unique perspectives Jac-
quetta "Jacqui" Colver, the
Rev. Richard Dunn II, Keon
Hardemon and Dr Robert
Malone, Jr. None of the can-
didates are strangers to the
District and each has been
seen around town. talking
to neighborhood associa-
tions. participating in meet-
and-greets and knocking on
doors. Still, we believed that
it was imperative that The
MAliami Trnes asked them
questions that would give
voters a greater insight into
Please turn to DISTRICT 5 8A





looms Oct. Ist

With deadline approaching, both
parties point fingers

By Philip Elliott
With a week left to hammer out a deal to avoid a govern-
ment shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned if not
rushing to that end. Most say they don't want the first
government shutdown since 1996. But if the government
happens to shut down, so be it. Republicans say it is part
of their effort to dismantle Democrats' health care overhaul,
while Democrats defending the law recall that similar stand-
offs gave them political gains. And fingers were already be-
ing pointed just to be on the safe side.
"I believe we should stand our ground," said Sen. Ted
Cruz, a tea party darling from Texas who pushed fellow Re-
publicans to link a temporary budget bill with a provision
to defund the Affordable Care Act. Some Republicans have
vowed to shut down the government unless they can stop
the law from taking hold.
Cruz and fellow tea party conservatives last Sunday said
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...........................**..***Rubio withdraws support for Black gay judge...

Rubieo withdraws support for Black gay judge

Jurist would have been first openly-
gay Black on federal bench

By Lizette Alvarez
The nomination of a gay
Black Miami judge to the feder-
al bench will not move forward
after Senator Marco Rubio an-
nounced he was withdraw-
ing his support over concerns
about.the judge's actions in two
criminal cases. Without Ru-

bio's approval, Judge William
Thomas's nomination to the
Federal District Court for the
Southern District of Florida, in
Miami, is effectively blocked.
Thomas, who serves on the
Miami-Dade Circuit, was nomi-
nated by President Barack
Obama, with Rubio's back-
ing, more than 10 months ago.

Florida Democratic
Senator Bill Nelson
signed off on the nomi-
nation on July 24 after
a background check
raised no red flags. For
a confirmation to pro-
ceed, nominees must
secure the approval of
both U.S. senators in THC
their home state.
Supporters of Thomas, who
grew up on welfare in Pennsyl-
vania in a family of 10 children,

said Rubio's opposition
was rooted in politics,
not court rulings. Ru-
bio, a Republican, has
seen his allure among
conservatives tumble,
a result of his aggres-
sive push for immigra-
tion reform. In recent
)MAS weeks, he has scarcely
mentioned immigration,
keeping his focus mostly on
issues with broad conserva-
tive appeal like abortion and

health care.
Had he been confirmed by
the U.S. Senate, Thomas would
have become the first Black
openly-gay man on the federal
"As much as I would like to
think that politics has nothing
to do with this, it looks as if it
does," said Yolanda Strader,
president of Miami's largest
association for Black lawyers,
who called Thomas one of the
hardest working on the bench.

"It would be unfair to prevent a
well-qualified judicial nominee
from proceeding with the nomi-
nation process because he is
an openly-gay Black male."
Strader said the group has
started an information cam-
paign on social media and is
considering an online petition
to help move the nomination
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Lucie Tondreau

case dismissed

North Miami mayor says she's
ready to move on
Miami Times staff report

North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau
can now breathe a sigh of relief and
place her focus squarely on the issues
facing her City. That's because a Miami-
Dade County judge recently dismissed a
case filed by former North Miami Mayor
Kevin Burns that claimed that Tondreau :'' .
never properly qualified to run for office. "
Burns was one of several candidates
hoping to replace the former mayor, An- Lucie Tondreau
dre Pierre, but lost to Tondreau during a
June runoff election. The lawsuit sought to remove Tondreau
from office.
The crux of Burns's objections was whether Tondreau actu-
ally lived in North Miami for a full year before seeking to run for
office, as is stipulated in the City charter.

Kenya claims victory

,.er mall terrorists
militants dead, 11 remain in custody

By Jason Straziuso

Kenya's president said last Tuesday that
his forces had "defeated" Islamists from
'1 ... : " Somalia's al Shabaab, had shot five of them
... _......,",. t.,,, "" .. -j- dead and detained 11 others suspected of
1,11_55"r Bkilling 67 people after storming a Nairobi
'i shopping mall last Saturday.
It remained unclear after ULrhuru Kenyatta
r.:: addressed the nation on television whether
r the four-day security operation at the up-
market Westgate center was completely over,
or whether any militants were still at large or
hostages unaccounted for.
"We have ashamed and defeated our at-
tackers," Kenyatta said, adding that bodies
were still trapped under -rubble following the
Please turn to KENYA 7A

How Democrats need to counteract Republicans

As House GOP attacks food stamps
and ObamaCare, Blacks need to hit
back at ballot box

By DeWayne Wickham

When President Obama
spoke at the annual Congres-
sional Black Caucus dinner
Saturday night, he didn't say
he had come to that gathering
fresh from this nation's new-
est civil rights battles -- but he
could have.

Two days earlier, Republi-
cans in the U.S. House of Rep-
resentatives won passage of a
bill that seeks to cut $39 billion
from the federal food stamp
program over the next 10 years
- an action the non-partisan
Congressional Budget Office
said would remove 14 million
Americans from the food sub-

sidy program by
2023, if it actu-
ally becomes
law ...
That's not '
likely to hap-
pen. Demo-
crats, who con- t;
trol the U.S. WICKHAM
Senate, won't
go along with that meat-ax
approach to budgeting. And
even if they did, Obama surely
wouldn't sign such a mean-
spirited measure into law. But
as with many wars, incursions

of this type are meant as much
to wear down opponents as to
score a victory.
Another probing action came
the day before Obama's Black
Caucus address, when House
Republicans pushed through
passage of a short-term fund-
ing measure for the federal
government that eliminated all
funding for ObamaCare the
federal law that seeks to sig-
nificantly reduce the number
of Americans who don't have
health care coverage.
As economic justice goes, re-

during the number of people
who lack insurance because
they can't afford to pay the
cost of medical care should to
be at the top of everybody's list.
But since a disproportionately
higher percentageof blacks
and Hispanics lack health in-
surance, the opposition of the
lily-white House Republican
caucus to ObamaCare ought to
be especially alarming to civil
rights activists.
Obama told the Black Cau-
cus audience that for the rest
of his presidency and then "a

whole lot of years after that,"
hell keep marching with them
to champion the kind of eco-
nomic justice that will feed
this nation's hungry and make
health care accessible to all
But that won't be easy not
without putting the civil rights
community on a full war foot-
The battle for economic jus-
tice is the Battle of the Bulge
for today's generation of civil
rights activists. Slashing the
Please turn to FOOD STAMPS 7A

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The homeless are

people too, right?
She homeless of Miami are probably used to being
treated like playing cards shuffled about like
deuces or pushed from one corner of the City to an-
other, as if they were mindless pawns in an endless game of
chess. Decisions about their welfare, their needs and how
to generally take "care" of them are often made by indepen-
dently-wealthy politicians and bureaucrats who know noth-
ing about the daily challenges facing the homeless.
Meanwhile, some homeless service providers are so intent
on maintaining grants that pad their pockets, that they of-
ten force feed the homeless with temporary fixes and short
term programs that eliminate, for a moment or two, these
ungainly, unfortunate eyesores from the purview of tour-
ists and business owners. Who wants to be bothered by an
old woman waving a cardboard sign that reads, "Homeless,
please help?" Even worse, who wants to be frightened by an
unkempt, one-legged man in a wheelchair who bravely rolls
up to your car, stopped at a red light, and begs for change?
Isn't the best strategy to join forces with Miami-Dade
County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and City Commissioner
Marc Sarnoff, who also represents the Downtown Develop-
ment Authority, and advocate for more beds so we can get
the homeless off our streets, get them a place to clean up
and improve the ambiance of our downtown corridor? We
think not!
it could work, if we had enough beds and could convince
all of the homeless to be locked up together every night. But
that would only solve the nightly dilemma. Where do 500
homeless go during the day? How do they occupy their time
and how do they eat? What do they really need to escape
the cycle of homelessness? Let's just ask them and begin
to treat them more like people the way we'd like to be

Let's keep the Overtown

project 'totally transparent'
W within the last month, as the deadline approached
for the Miami county commission to either ap-
prove or reject the CRA-recommended develop-
er for a $250M multi-use project, some citizens wondered
if this would be yet another too-good-to-be-true deal that
went up in flames before the ground was even broken. But
so far, we have seen more lucid minds come to the table
with a rare act of compromise invoked.
We applaud all of the decision-makers for agreeing to a
compromise that will use the best of two developers, Over-
town Gateway Partners and All Aboard Florida the for-
mer known for their success in developing residential prop-
erties --the latter for their expertise in the commercial and
retail side of the business. Both teams will benefit from the
transportation hub that will be built by All Aboard Florida
as will the people of Overtown.
But there are other pieces to this puzzle that could great-
ly benefit the Overtown community, as long as they don't
* turn into back-room, under the table deals. Both developers
have agreed to contribute money into a community fund
that will be aimed at helping youth programs and fledgling
businesses, just to name a few. Our concern is that when
these and other monies are received, that the lion's share
will go to administrative costs instead of the actual develop-
ment or the foundation and its specific goals. We advocate
a totally transparent accounting process that ensures that
every dollar is spent for the good of Overtown not to help
a few of people become quiet millionaires. Overtown has
suffered for far too long. Let's make sure they finally get
their just deserts.

Blacks must confront our

troubles with mental illness

W e often make comical remarks stereotypes if
you will when describing the characteristics
associated with different ethnic groups. For ex-
ample, as the movie title suggests, we might say rather flip-
pantly, 'white men can't jump.' We refer to the mathematical
prowess of Asians, the musical ingenuity of Blacks and the
business acumen of whites. Of course we all know Blacks
that can't dance or keep a tune, whites who couldn't suc-
cessfully manage a corner grocery store if they tried and
Asians who see mathematical equations and shudder with
fear. And yes, there are a few white men that can really
On a more serious note, when we consider those who suf-
fer from mental illness, Blacks are more inclined to act as
if our race has some kind of natural immunity. But that is
just another invalid belief.
The recent shooting spree in Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard
by Aaron Alexis, Rudy Eugene who here in Miami in 2012
ate the face off his victim, or John Allen Muhammad and
his teen cohort, Lee Boyd Malvo, who in 2002 murdered
people on the D.C. Beltway were .all Black. While more na-
tional attention may go to the irrational and destructive ac-
tions of whites, we all know someone in our family or com-
munity that is suffering from mental illness. Our stories
just get less attention. We must end the cultural biases that
dissuade Blacks from getting the help we need. We must
turn to;our faith, our families, and our friends when we feel
like something is amiss. We may need to find a doctor and
may even need to take-medication. But there is hope. The
first step is admitting that we need help.

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world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
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Barack Obama needs to stand his ground

Republicans in the House are
like a bunch of 3-year-olds play-
ing with matches. Their hapless
leaders don't have the sense to
scold them and send them to
their rooms which means
President Obama has to be the
disciplinarian in this dysfunc-
tional family. Mature adults in
the GOP should have explained
reality to these tantrum-throw-
ing tykes long ago: It simply is
not within their constitutional
power to make Obamacare go
away. They can scream at the
top of their lungs, roll around
on the floor, hold their breath
until they turn blue, waste ev-
erybody's time with 41 useless
votes whatever. All they can
really do is hurt themselves or
Yet here we are, with Speaker
John Boehner cowed into let-
ting his members threaten to
shut down the government un-
less they are allowed to stay up
all night watching television
and eating candy. Also, unless

the Senate and Obama agree to
nullify health-care reform be-
fore it fully takes effect.
I happen to believe that
Obamacare is a great accom-
plishment, providing access to
medical insurance to millions
of Americans who lack it and
bringing the nation much clos-
er to universal health care. It's

publicans want to repeal the
reforms, they should win the
Senate and the presidency. If
not, they're welcome to pout
and sulk all they want but
not to use extortion to get their
At issue is not just the threat
of a federal shutdown, which
w-ill happen Oct 1 unless Con-

The debt ceiling has to be raised before the Treasury hits its
borrowing limit, which will happen around Oct. 18. If House
Republicans don't kill or neutralize Obamacare with the funding
bill, they are ready to threaten the nation

an imperfect law, to be sure,
but it could be made much bet-
ter with the kind of construc-
tive tinkering that responsible
leaders performed on Social
Security and Medicare. Even if
Obamacare were tremendously
flawed, however, it would be
wrong to let a bunch of extrem-
ist ideologues hold the country
hostage in this manner. If Re-


Americans recently commem-
orated the 12th anniversary of
the terrorist attacks on the U.S
on 9/11/2001 During this cri-
sis. Americans put aside their
differences for a season As I re-
fected on that occasion. I also
thought about how President
Obama's election in 2008 had
the same type of unifying effect.
The U.S. was in a euphoric, self-
congratulatory stupor. Ameri-
cans had finally elected its first
Black president. As with 9/11,
the country again seemed to be
one. Many thought this would
be the death nail of race and
With Obama's. ascendancy,
America was supposed to be
post-racial, meaning that peo-
ple would be "judged not by the
color of their skin, but rather
by the content of their char-
acter." But, I am not so sure
that this is the case, especially
where liberals are concerned.
Upon continued reflection and
after listening to Obama's na-
tional TV address about his

gress passes a continuing reso-
lution to fund government op-
erations. The debt ceiling has
to be raised before the Treasury
hits its borrowing limit, which
will happen around Oct. 18. If
House Republicans don't kill or
neutralize Obamacare with the
funding bill,; they are ready to
Threaten the nation and the
global economy with a po-

tentially catastrophic Wlt.
The proper response -- re-
ally, the only response is to
say. no. And mean it. Obama
is by nature a reasonable and
flexible man, but this time he
must not yield. The political
implication of compromising
with blackmailers would be an
unthinkable surrender of presi-
dential authority. Obama has
said he will not accept a budget
deal that cripples Obamacare
and will never negotiate on the
debt ceiling. Even if the Repub-
licans carry, through with their
threats and this may happen
- the president has no option
but to stand his ground. You
don't deal with bullies by mak-
ing a deal to keep the peace.
That only rewards and encour-
ages them You have to push
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winnirng newspaper col-
umnist and the Jbrmer assistant
managing editor of The I Washing-
ton Post.

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confronts liberal hypocrisylN
SNTian policy, it dawned on me vor airstrikes against S:ria; and are willing to'-go against
that liberals in the Democrat- 47 percent of whites and 53 their own convictions to sup-
ic Party were muted on their percent of Blacks are opposed, port a warmongering Black
normally philosophical oppo- The poll further showed that president.
sition to war. Their silence on Blacks are more receptive to Can you imagine the Dr. Mar-
Obama being more hawkish on the administration's message- tin Luther King, Jr. doinmg'this?
war than even former president 51 percent of Black voters said As a matter of fact, he took a
George W. Bush was amazing. Obama has clearly explained courageous stand against the
Almost as amazing as their the reasons for the airstrikes, Vietnam War and was severely
criticized by his own people,
h asedny Amrc wa su.pincluding jealous civil rights
Sith Obama's ascendancy, America was supposed to be leaders, for doing so. But he
post-racial, meaning that people would be "judged not by did not waiver in his opposition
W the color of their skin, but rather by the content of their to war. A double-standard is at
character." work. When Republicans criti-
cize Obama, many Blacks are
quick to say that it is because
silence. Even the liberal Con- compared with 30 percent of he is Black. However, when
gressional Black Caucus (CBC) whites, liberals refuse to criticize him,
has come down with laryngitis. Wait! Let's slowly walk people don't have the integrity
Their chair, Congresswoman through that again: 53 percent to say that's also because he
Marcia Fudge (D-Cleveland), of Blacks are opposed to war is Black. It seems like the po-
sent out an email to her 43 against Syria. Yet, by nearly tential war with Syria is being
members urging them to "limit the same margin 51 per- overshadowed by our current
public comment" on the issue, cent Blacks are receptive to war from within.
A poll released two weeks Obama's message on Syria, a Raynard Jackson is president
ago by the Pew Research Cen- rationalization for going war. & CEO of Raynard Jackson &
ter for the People and the Press This is the strongest evidence Associates, LLC., a Washing-
showed 29 percent of whites yet that Blacks have been ton, D.C.-based public rela-
and 22 percent of Blacks fa- drinking the Obama Kool-Aid tions/government affairs firm.

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BY STICY:sWIMP PrPojec't 1 Columnist. - .

Union prosperity hurting Black Ame

Protected by the federal gov-
ernment, the monopolistic
nature of forced unionism is
detrimental to the livelihoods
and interests of Americans of
all races and ethnicities.
But it is Black Americans
who seem to be forced to suf-
fer the most when it comes to
compulsory union member-
ships and sharing in the ben-
efits of the exclusive set-asides
enjoyed by organized labor.
With civil rights lobbyists
abhorring disparate racial im-
pacts, one would think that
union rules would be at the top
of their complaints and calls
for change. To the contrary, it
is not. In fact, the civil rights
establishment seems happy to
be allied with union bosses.
Our nation's labor laws can
empower a single union to act
as the exclusive bargaining
agent for all front-line employ-
ees in a business regardless
of whether they want to belong
to that union or not. That this

would turn out to have a nega-
tive impact on the Black com-
munity shouldn't be a surprise
to a vast majority of the Black
leaders who are intimately
aware of how this system was
Herbert Hill, an industrial-
relations professor and the la-

W.E.B. Du Bois, a cofounder
of the NAACP and editor of the
NAACP's journal The Crisis, as
well as the intellectual godfa-
ther of modern civil rights leg-
islation, forthrightly laid out
the basis of his opposition to
granting special privileges to
union officials (particularly

But it is Black Americans who seem to be forced to suffer the
most when it comes to compulsory union memberships and
sharing in the benefits of the exclusive set-asides enjoyed by
organized labor.

bor director of the NAACP from
1951 top 1977, pointed out in
his history of Black workers
and the American legal system
that the pro-union monopoly
and pro-forced unionism Na-
tional Labor Relations Act of
1935 (NLRA) was adopted de-
spite the ,;"intense opposition
of the NAACP, the National
Urban League and other Negro
interest groups."

those of the American Federal
of Labor) in a late 1933 com-
mentary in The Crisis. Du
Bois was a socialist who har-
bored little sympathy toward
businessmen, especially the
owners and managers of large
businesses. This makes his
views especially noteworthy
since even a socialist with no
love for the free market recog-
nized that employers, regard-


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less of their motvation, typi
call, did far more than union
officials to promote the eco-
nomic advancement of Black
Whether it be set-asides
such as project labor agree-
ments or the Davis-Bacon
Act a law many consider to
be the last Jim Crow law on
the books the protection of
union monopolies creates a
breeding ground for workplace
discrimination. That is bad
for all people, but it is par-
ticularly bad for Black Ameri-
cans. With so many people out
of work these days, we need
to be breaking down barriers
to employment. Instead, the
Obama Administration seems
to be making these walls high-
er and stronger in its apparent
unwavering support of union
SStacy Swimp is a member of
the national advisory council
of the Project 21 Black Leader-
ship Network.







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ToG BE ALL R16HT... 1 1 ,,.
I'T HERE To RESCUE Back in the good old days pro-
YOUR 6rTUNST 5C bation was publicly funded. The
,-s- "-n, ^process was simple and proba-
Z'-7 1f,-. ~tion officers' mission was to as-
S:=711 sist offenders and help them
'4t ..-^2. assimilate into the general pop-
^'. ,'% ulation. Rehabilitation was the
S goal a noble goal indeed. Like
Iour current prison system, pro-
bation is no longer about reha-
[bilitation. It has turned into a
profit game and recidivism (re-
peating crime) makes business
better. Yes, probation is being
privatized and local, state and
*ife federal governments no longer
.t ..^ .have to be responsible for fund-
-ing the program. The programs
are being turned over to private
_.^- __--^. corporations. The funding is
coming from the offenders.
( l fl ~Most offenders have lived in
Ife, Ma r M poverty for the majority of their
f0uil life and are unable to fund
VJ T owInnJ their own probation. This fact
c Ternmei- makes our new system evil and
e Oppressive. It ensures that the
offenders are forever in trouble.
BThe chances of escaping are re-

and corrupt probation system jj
mote. Being that private proba- chance to live a productive life ing through the roof in all of
tion services are motivated by via gainful employment and our communities.
income, the heavier the easel- even a career. The big problem These private probation firms
oad the more the revenue. Pub- is the programs are hardly en- are making serious money
lic probation systems would be forced or even marketed to the from these offenders. Offend-
overwhelmed and challenged employers. Gainful employ- ers are like "cashI cows" and
with limited funds. In fact, pri- ment is the key to helping of- are treated like chattel or in-
vate agencies have less incen- fenders get out of this "catch dentured servants. Corruption
tive to report violations of pro- 22." This opportunity sits on comes into play also. Having
bation as their income would a shelf and that is a tragedy, absolute power over the offend-
shrink as the offender returns Broke, under pressure with ers gives the firms the opportu-
nity to even extort more money
from the offender. In terms of
he U.S. Department of Labor has a few programs to assist ex- corruption, the temptations
offenders. Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) has led the charge are immense. One example is
a member of the Georgia State
in assisting offenders as they return to their communities. Board of Pardons and Paroles
was convicted on public cor-
ruption charges for accepting a
to incarceration, no permanent job and terrible bribe from a private probation
The U.S. Department of La- credit will make most offenders agency. I am certain that this
bor has a few programs to as- long. to go back to prison. Life goes on at a rapidly growing
sist ex-offenders. Congress- is totally miserable unless they rate.
man Danny Davis (D IL) has have friends or relatives that America, we need to clean
led the charge in assisting of- can cover the demands while this mess up. Good people are
fenders as they return to their he serves out his probation. -being hurt.
communities. Employers can Most don't make it and return Harry Alford is the co-found-
be eligible for sizeable tax cred- to crime as a means of income, er, president/CEO of the Nation-
its for giving offenders another Thus, the recidivism rate is go- al Black Chamber of Commerce.



ii -_cI

Where in the 'world' is the Church today?
I have a serious question for "world" through their presence. God has been removed from shame. They lived on y ee
the people who will actually take If calamity occurs in the U.S., America and from its schools? and never once stopped to talk
the time to read this piece, such as a natural disaster or It saddens me when I see the with us about Jesus or invite
Where in the "world" is the mass murder, we are quick to things that are going on in my us to church. Going to church,
Church? The Bible tells us in hear most Christians say that community and realizing that quoting scriptures and praying
Matthew 5:13 that "You are the if we would not have removed Christians have the power to aren't the only things that the
salt of the earth. But if the salt God from this or that, then we make a real difference. I can church must do to make a dif-
loses its saltiness, how can it be wouldn't have these issues. We remember, during my teenage ference. The church has to be
made salty again? It is no longer blame the removal of God for our years, standing on the neigh- active and get involved. Jesus
good for anything" and in Mat- problems, from everything from borhood corner with some of prayed, but in my Bible, I also
thew 5:14 that "You are the light the pledge of allegiance to the my partners, when all of a sud- see He met the needs of people
of the world. A town built on a and interacted with them.
hill cannot be hidden." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
If this is the case, how in the r. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in prayer, but he also be- believed in prayer, but he also
"world" can any Christian state lived in work. We are quick to invoke King, but not his work believed in work. We are quick
that God has been removed from J and his call to action. Come on Christians, it's time to be seen, to invoke King, but not his work
the "world" if He is supposed to not heard. Let's make a difference, and his call to action. Come on
be living in and through them? Christians, it's time to. be seen,
It always baffles me when I hear not heard. Let's make a differ-
Christian people blame the lack "removal" of prayer in schools. den this Black couple passed ence. Don't force me ask yet
of God in the "world" on the is- But my question to all of my Bi- by us on their way to church, again: "Where is the church?"
sues that we face in.the "world" ble-believing folks in the "world" They passed by us and all I Jeffrey L. Boney serves as as-
and in our community, yet the who have this philosophy and can remember them doing was sociate editor and is an award-
Bible declares that Christians belief is if God is in you, how in pointing our way and then the winning journalist for the Hous-
are to make an impact in this the "world" can you profess that woman shaking her head in ton Forward Times newspaper.

Is mental illness in the Black

community ignored?
Non-profit education, Brownsville Self-Employed, Little River

"Yes, some-
one I am close
to suffers from
bi-polar de-..
pression and
their family
writes it off as
her just being d

Construction, Liberty City

"Of course,
there are a lot
of sick people
out there. But
I do believe l
with educa-
tion there
could be a so- .

Liberty City Optimist employee,
Liberty City

"Yes, people
in the commu- t
nity don't treat
those suffer-
ing from men- -
tal illness like
they should."

"I cannot in-
telligently ad-
dress that. I'm
just not sure."

Floral designer/Handy man, Liberty City

"There's a
lot of stress
on different
people in the
Black com-
munity. Some,
can't pay bills,
can't find jobs, t u
so it creates a
lot of stress on them."

Unemployed, Liberty City

"Yes. We need to really ad-
dress the is-
sue. Mental
illness is over-
looked in the
Black commu-
nity and peo-
ple are looked
at like they're
crazy but that
isn't the right word to use."

BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, NNPA Columnist "- ;'' .......=

Children are still our nation's best asset

On September 30, friends and
supporters of the Children's De-
fense Fund (CDF) will gather at
the Kennedy Center in Washing-
ton, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th
anniversary and honor our best
known alum, Hillary Rodham
Clinton. She continued to be a
champion for children, women,
and families as first lady, as a
U.S. Senator and as Secretary
of State. I am very proud of her
and the thousands of young ser-
vant leaders who have enriched
CDF's work over the years and
are serving and enriching the
nation across many sectors at
the highest policy and commu-
nity levels.
We will highlight some of
them including representa-
tives of the 125,000 children
and college mentors from our
Freedom Schools; the over 800
courageous high school youths
who overcame family and com-
munity violence, homelessness,
abandonment, and more and
received "Beat the Odds" college
scholarships; the thousands of

Emerging and Young Advocate
Leadership Training partici-
pants; interns; and former staff
who are serving and making a
huge difference in the lives of
countless children and families
and to our nation. This 40th
CDF anniversary year marks
the historic 50th anniversary of
many benchmarks in America's
struggle to live up to its creed
enunciated in the Declaration

these deep seated cultural, ra-
cial, economic and gender im-
pediments to a just union chal-
lenge us still. We must remain
vigilant in rooting them out and
moving ahead as many attempt
to move us backwards. So much
remains to be done if we are to
keep moving forward and all our
children can begin life on a lev-
el playing field which is the
promise of America.

W e have come a long way but these deep seated cul-
tural, racial, economic and gender impediments to a
just union challenge us still. We must remain vigilant

in rooting them out and moving ahead as many attempt to move
us backwards.

of Independence and overcome
its huge birth defects built-into
the implementation of our po-
litical and economic system: Na-
tive American genocide, slavery,
and exclusion of women and
non-propertied white men from
America's political process.
We have come a long way but

Our children face a budget
guillotine called sequestration
and regressive forces are seeking
to dismantle the still inadequate
safety net that tens of millions of
Americans depend on to survive.
That 16.1 million children are
poor today and the younger chil-
dren are the poorer they are is

a shameful blight on the face oT
America which leads the world
in gross domestic product. -
America has a great opportu-
nity and responsibility to use her
vast wealth and power to show
the world what a truly multira-
cial democracy can be in a 21st
century world desperately hun-
gering for moral example and
leadership. But it will require a
major reordering of our current
values and priorities and closing
the indefensible, unjust racial,
education, income and wealth
gaps which will undermine the
last 50 years of social and racial
Marian Wright Edelman is
president of the Children's De-
fense Fund whose Leave No
Child Behind mission is to en-
sure every child successful pas-
sage to adulthood.
Marian Wright Edelman is
president of the Children's De-
fense Tund whose Leave No
Child Behind mission is to en-
sure every child successful pas-
sage to adulthood.



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The mismeasure of poverty

Why is the number ofpoor people still so high

By Sheldon H. Danziger

The Census Bureau reported
yesterday that the poverty rate in
America held stable between 2011
and 2012, at about 15 percent.
According to the official measure,
poverty today is higher than it was
in 1973, when it reached a histori-
cal low of 11.1 percent.
To many, this dismaying fact
suggests that taxpayers waste
billions of dollars a year fighting
a war on poverty that has been
largely lost. As Representative
Paul D. Ryan, Republican of
Wisconsin, said earlier this year,
"We have spent $15 trillion from
the federal government fighting
poverty, and look at where we
are, the highest poverty rates
in a generation, 15 percent of
Americans in poverty."
But this position is wrong, for
two reasons. The first is that the
official measure is misleading it
measures only cash income, and
it does not count benefits from
many programs that help the
poor. If they were counted, the
rate would be closer to 11 percent.

Consider the. Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program,
commonly known as food
stamps, which was first put into
nationwide use in the 1960s.
The immediate benefits are easy
to calculate: a dollar of SNAP
subsidies spent on food frees up
a dollar for low-income families
to spend on rent, utilities or

Republican, Wisconsin
counted, they reduce the number
of people in poverty by about 5.5
million people.

Social Security benefits are
counted in the official measure,
but their large antipoverty effect
receives little attention. Without
these benefits, the elderly poverty
rate would have been more than
44 percent, instead of the actual
rate of less than 9 percent.
The next time critics of the safety
net claim that we fought a war on
poverty and poverty won, remind
them that without these and other
programs, poverty would be ,much
But, says the critic, if all these
programs have such broad effects,
why has the poverty rate stayed
so' frustratingly stable? That's the
second flaw in the conventional
All things being equal, such

benefit much from that other
great poverty-ameliorating factor,
economic growth.
That's not to say that growth is
no longer necessary for reducing
poverty. But in our gilded age
of inequality, growth alone is
A few changes would make
a difference. First, a poverty
measure that incorporated all
anti-poverty policies would
show that the safety net is more
effective than critics say, and
would show how painful cuts to
those programs could be.
In fact, the Census Bureau has
already developed a supplemental
measure that reveals the
importance of these programs to
low-income families. But when
it is released next month, it will
receive far less attention than the
official rate from policy makers
and the press.

Second, more benefits from
growth must reach the poor, and
the best way to do that is through
matching robust antipoverty
measures with policies that
lower the unemployment rate
and increase wages. During the
full employment years of the
late 1990s, even low wages rose
in step with productivity, and
poverty fell more sharply than it
had in a generation. A minimum-
wage increase helped then, and
an increase now would help again.
Lowering poverty means both
recognizing the successes of
safety net programs we now have
and devising new policies that can
spread the gains generated by
economic growth. If we don't, then
we will continue to face poverty
rates that are unacceptably high,
and wonder why we can't do
anything about them.
Sheldon H. Danziger is the
president of the Russell Sage
Foundation and a co-editor of
"Legacies of the War on Poverty."

Jordan honors Opa-locka AARP members

Group wins Florida Chapter of the Year Award clearly deserve this honor."
The AARP was founded by Dr..
During the recent Miami- underprivileged children. They Ethel Perc Andrus in 1958 to
Dade Board of County Commis- also participate in health fairs, bul ery A odr residents
sion meeting, Commissioner help monitor medications, plan who advocate on behalf of the
Barbara J. Jordan honored the for long-term care and help members of the American As-
Opa-locka Chapter of the AARP prevent identity theft for their sociation of Retired Persons
for winning the 2012 Florida members. sto o tir d er
Chapter of the Year Award. The "This chapter has risen and through local activism and leg-
organization, which is headed surpassed the expectations of isolation at the state and federal
by Connie Dupree, purchases AARP," Jordan said. "They are levels. Dr. Andrus' motto: "We
books and school supplies for an activshould seek to serve, not to be
books and school supplies for an active group of seniors and'~ivu

-Photo courtesy Marta Martinez-Aleman

Edmonson welcomes Cape Town Mayor
Miami-Dade County [M-DC] to the Cooperative Sister City lishment of South Africa trade of-
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmon- Agreement between M-DC and fice and direct air service between
son recently joined Mayor Carlos Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town and M-DC. De Lille
Gimenez and Commissioner Sally agreement provides for establish- and the Cape Town delegation
Heyman to welcome the Execu- ing cultural exchanges between also met with representatives of
tive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia the two entities and affirms the the Miami-Dade Aviation Depart-
de Lille, and to add her signature County's support for the estab- ment and Enterprise Florida.

At Univ. Alabama, a renewed

stand for greek integration

other needs. When SNAP benefits
are counted as income, they lift
almost four million people above
the poverty line.
And SNAP benefits not only
reduce food insecurity and poverty
this year; they also reduce poverty
in the next generation. Recent
research that tracked children
into adulthood found that families'
access to food stamps improved
their infants' health and birth
weight. Children who benefited
from the program later posted
better health, higher educational
attainment, less heart disease
and, for women, greater earnings
and less reliance on welfare as
The earned-income tax credit
is also ignored in calculating the
poverty rate. Yet this program
offers working low-income families
with children about $3,000 a
year. When these tax refunds are

programs, whether we count
them or not, should have reduced
the official poverty rate across
generations. But all things have
not been equal. Although these
programs help the poor, poverty
remains high because inequality of
economic outcomes has increased
sharply since the 1970s.

Before income inequality took
off, the poverty rate fell more
rapidly with G.D.P. growth. But
while the economy grew by 2.8
percent in 2012 and corporate
profits went up as a share of
national income, the earnings
of full-time workers, median
household income and the poverty
rate barely changed.
Antipoverty programs do help,
but their recipients don't move
forward because they no longer

By Alan Blinder

this rendition of Stand in the
Schoolhouse Door, there were
no National Guard troops or
presidential edicts.
But on Wednesday, several
hundred University of Ala-
bama students and faculty
members invoked Gov. George
Wallace's 1963 attempt to
block the enrollment of Black
students here as they demand-
ed an end to segregation in the
university's fraternities and
sororities. Together, the mostly
white group marched within
sight of the President's Man-
sion, one of the only struc-
tures on the campus dating to
before the Civil War.
Tracey' Gholston, a Black
woman who is pursuing a doc-
torate in American literature
at Alabama, said Mr. Wallace's
legacy continued to perme-
ate the university, which has
nearly 35,000 students, about
12 percent of them Black, and
45 percent from out of state.
-It shows a thread It's not
just something that was re-
solved 50 years ago," said Ms.
Gholston, who has a master's
degree from the university.
"You can't say, 'We're integrat-

ed. We're fine.' We're not fine."
" The demonstration came one
week after the campus news-
paper, The Crimson White,
published the account of a
member of the university's
Alpha Gamma Delta chapter.
The student, Melanie Gotz,
said the sorority had bowed to
alumnae influence and con-
sidered race when it evaluated
potential new members earlier
this year. Other sorority mem-
bers shared similar stories.
Racial biases in Alabama's
Greek system, which has a
membership of nearly one-
quarter of the university's
undergraduate enrollment,
have been an open secret for
It is not an issue unique to
Alabama, and it is complicated
by an era in which Blacks and
whites on many campuses
often gravitate to fraternities
and sororities that are seg-
regated in practice, although
many national Greek organi-
zations say they have banned
Still, many feel systemic dis-
crimination has been tolerated
at Alabama, and Ms. Gotz's
public revelations led to wide-
spread demands for reform.
University officials repeat-

-Dave Martin/Associated Press
Students at the University of Alabama marched across cam-
pus to demand racial integration in the university's mostly
white sororities and fraternities.

edly had said the responsibil-
ity for membership standards
rested with the sororities and
fraternities, which are private
groups. But on Sunday night,
the university's president,
Judy L. Bonner, summoned
advisers of traditionally white
sororities and told them she
was ordering an extended ad-
missions process.
And in a videotaped state-
ment released on Tuesday, she
acknowledged that the univer-
sity's "Greek system remains
segregated," which students
and professors described as a

historic admission.
But the demonstration,
which Dr. Bonner greeted
when it arrived at the Rose Ad-
ministration Building, focused
on a sweeping demand for the
president and her lieutenants:
don't stop restructuring the
"We are holding the admin-
istration accountable and hop-
ing that they hold us account-
able, as well, to improve it in
a sustained way and not just
in a Band-Aid approach," said
Khortlan Patterson, a sopho-




Eighth grader Angelina Lock-
ett, 15, breaks down as Trayvon
Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton,
speaks to her, saying "I am here
for you," during the "Together We
Can Make A Difference" town hall
meeting at Whiddon-Rogers Edu-

cation Center in Fort Lauderdale
on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Students
and the school community
participated in a discussion
sparked by the jury's acquittal
of Zimmerman on second-degree
murder charges in the shooting
death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
r-Amy BethtBennett, Sun Sentinel a tragedy

Trayvon Martin 's mom to students: "I -. 4
need to tell you all how special you are

By Karen Yi

Trayvon Martin's mother had
a message for a group of teenag-
ers in Fort Lauderdale Wednes-
day one she wished her slain
17-year-old son could hear one
last time.
"I need to tell you all how spe-
cial you are and how very much
needed you 'are," Sybrina Ful-
ton :told students at Whiddon-
Rogers, an alternative educa-
tion center for struggling middle
and high schoolers. "I want this
to sink in: your system before
anything happens to you.'' "
Fulton was part ofa town hall
meeting joined by police, poli-
ticians, pastors and members
of the criminal justice system.
She urged students to graduate
and achieve, despite negative
perceptions others may have of
Each of the speakers an-
swered students' questions,
about the Trayvon Martin case,
the Stand Your Ground law and
race'relains.-:s-' '
"The playing field ain't equal,
so you have to be prepared,"
Fort Lauderdale Assistant Po-

lice Chief Anthony Williams told
about 30' students who were
dressed up for the event. "They
say perception doesn't matter
but it does, so keep your pants
pulled up, keep your language
square and present yourselves
how you are today."
Senior Davonte Logan agreed.
He said when he wears baggy
clothes, people assume he's up
to no good and don't realize
that's far from the truth. He's
an artist.
"You've got to see how that
person's life is," he said.
The speakers all called for
, the repeal of the Stand Your
SGround law that gives individu-
als the right to use deadly force
to defend themselves. The law
was not used in shooter George
Zimmerman's defense, but was
-debated throughout the case.
"There wasn't much in re-
cent history that really capti-
vated the attention of our kids
Until this happened ... many of
the kids see Trayvon as them-
selves," said principal David
He said the town hall was an
opportunity to inspire students

Obama calls for

'transformation' of

nation's gun laws

David Jackson and Kelly Kennedy

WASHINGTON- President Obama called Sunday for a "transfor-
mation' of the nation's gun laws, saying last week's deadly shoot-
ing at the Washington Navy Yard echoes too many other killings
across the United States.
"Our tears are not enough," Obamna said during a memorial ser-
,ice for the victimss and their families. "Our words and our prayers
are not enough. ... We are going to have to change."
Gun violence in America "ought to obsess us." Obarma said.
Acknowledging that a gun-control package he proposed earlier
this year has stalled in Congress. Obama said the change won't
come from Washington but has to come from the American people
During a 21-minute eulogy delivered at the Marine Barracks
Washington, Obama also warned that Americans must fight "a
creeping resignation" about mass shootings, the notion "that this
is somehow the new normal."
But ."there is nothing normal about innocent men and women
gunned down where they work," Obama said. "There is nothing
normal about our children being gunned down in their classrooms."
In a sometimes emotional address, the president said he has now
spoken at "five American communities ripped apart by mass vio-
lence," and added, "Once more, our hearts are broken; once more,
we. ask why."
Obama, who has proposed changes to the nation's gun and
mental illness laws, noted that shootings in other countries such
as Australia and the United Kingdom led to changes in their gun
laws. "What's different in America," he said, "is it's easy to get your
hands on a gun -- and a lot of us knowv this."
Obama has delivered sadly similar remarks after shootings at
Fort Hood in Texas, an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a
movie theater in Aurora, Colo.; and a supermarket appearance
by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Aknz.. in Tucson -- and, now,
Washington, D.C.
Just before his speech, Obama met privately with relatives of
those who lost their lives during the Navy Yard attack. He told
personal stories about the victims duri-ng his remarks, and again
hugged many of their relative afterward.

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, speaks to students
during the Together "We Can Make A Difference" town hall meet-
ing at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center in Fort Lauderdale on
Wednesday, Sept. 18.

to vote, get a job that can affect
change and most importantly,
finish school.
"These are the kids that have
been on the margins at their
home schools. Now they're front
and center and I think that re-
ally changes their attitudes," he
Discussions of Zimmerman"s
acquittal pervaded the hallways
when school began so Watkins

organized the town hall. He
said he never expected such a
Angelina Lockett, 15, felt re-
assured by the passionate sup-
port from the speakers.
"It made me feel as if I was
something. I always felt like I
meant nothing in this world,"
she said. "You're not alone, peo-
ple really care about you, not
just when you're gone."

--AP Photor. iar 'na l ItV551&
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold hands as they
arrive for a memorial service for the victims of the Washington
Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks Washington.

Harvard's Black studies gets
By Michael J. De La Merced received dozens of honorary de- mat
Agrees. Afri
Just over 10 years ago, the As a scholar of African-Amer- "S
private equity mogul Glenn ican studies, his pre-eminence I'll
Hutchins was on vacation in is rivaled only by two former Afri
Martha's Vineyard. With his colleagues Cornel West, now Hut
25th Harvard College reunion 1 at Union Theological Seminary, peri
near, he was thinking about -W 0 and Kwame Anthony Appiah, san
how to put some of his wealth at Princeton. Now, the Harvard T(
to good use. NNW" program will receive what Pro- the
Onp saftprnnnn r-lai in a T- 1 .C fessor Gates and Hutchins esti- Cen

shirt and board shorts, he
stopped at an old whaling cha-
pel, where Henry Louis Gates
Jr., the prominent professor of
African and African-American
studies at Harvard, was leading
a symposium.
That encounter gave Hutchins
his cause.
Since then, Hutchins has
strengthened his connection
to Gates and the Harvard pro-
gram. Their bond will become
stronger on Wednesday, when
Hutchins is expected, to an-
nounce a gift of more than '$15
million to create the Hutchins
Center for African and African-
American Research, solidifying
Harvard's program as one of
the top in its field.
"It creates an infrastructure
for the department and a solid
foundation on which they can
thrive," Hutchins said in an in-
terview this month.
The gift part of a previous-
ly announced $30 million do-
nation to the university whose
uses had not all been speci-
fied also bespeaks a friend-
ship between two men unlike
each other in many respects.
One is a wealthy white finan-
cier whose firm, Silver Lake,
is on the verge of taking over
the computer maker Dell with
its founder, Michael S. Dell;
the other is a celebrated Black
professor who helped popular-
ize African-American studies
as an academic field and social
Hutchins said he had long
admired the professor's work

te is the biggest donation to,,
can-American studies.
Skip is responsible for what
call the quattrocento of
can-American studies,"
chins said, referring to the
iod that led to the Renais-
ce from the Medieval period.
o Professor Gates, however,
formation of the Hutchins
water ensures that his work

' boost
will carry on. After all, he has
a patient financial backer who
has attracted other donors, and
he will soon have streetfront
"As long as there's a Harvard,
the study of people of African
descent will have a place," he
said. "This is a perpetual part of
Harvard. We have created some-
thing that has permanence."

First lady signals a return

Sto food marketing debate
By Kathleen Hennessey relatively little on the issue,
-Robrt epli fo~he ew ork~mesfocusing on other elements of
-Rbert Caplin forThe New York Times WASHINGTON --First Lady
HenryfLoui's Gates Jr. of Harvard, left, and Glenn Hutchins of her anti-obesity push such as
Henry Louis Gates Jr.of Harvard, left, and Glenn Huthins of Michelle Obama urged food in- exercising, making fruits and
Silver Lake.The two became friends after meeting 10 years ago. dustrT executives to increase vegetables more available in

from a distance, and Gates's
reputation had inspired him to
seek out the symposium. Pro-
fessor Gates said he remem-
bered little about the encoun-
ter until two weeks later, when
Harvard's development office
called asking how he had man-
aged to collect $1 million in do-
nations in one shot. That dona-
tion was the first by Hutchins
to Harvard.
Perhaps most important,
Professor Gates and Hutchins
have consulted closely on the
direction of the Harvard pro-
gram, with the aim of simpli-
fying what they described as a
Russian nesting doll of insti-
tutes within institutes.
Now their work and
. Hutchins's money will create
the Hutchins Center, named
at the insistence of Professor
Gates. It will unite nine entities,
including the W. E. B. Du Bois
Institute for African and Afri-
can-American Research, the
Hiphop Archive and Research
Institute and the Ethelbert

Cooper Gallery of African and
African American Art.
All will be housed in a build-
ing on Harvard Square with a
street front facade designed by
David Adjaye, the prominent
Ghanian-British architect,
chosen at Professor Gates's
The new institute will hold a
ceremony next month honoring
individuals for their contribu-
tions to African and African-
American studies, including
Steven Spielberg, the director;
Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme
Court justice; Representative
John Lewis, the civil rights
veteran; and David Stern, the
departing commissioner of the
National Basketball Associa-
tion. (It helps that Hutchins is
a part owner of the Boston Celt-
Harvard's program is already
among the most prominent in
the country. And since coming
to the university in 1991, Gates
has become one of the most rec-
ognizable academics around,
one who regularly is the host
of series on PBS and who has

their advertising of healthful
products for kids, carefully
returning to the debate over
food marketing and childhood
obesity after facing criticism
for largely avoiding the contro-
versial fight.
"All of you, more than any-
one else, have the power to
shape our kids' tastes and de-
sires," Obama said Wednesday
in remarks directed at food
and media companies that
have resisted attempts to link
advertising to obesity.
"You all know that our kids
are like little sponges. They
absorb whatever is around
them," she said. "But they
don't yet have the ability to
question and analyze what
they're told."
Obama made the remarks
before she convened dozens
of business representatives,
lobbyists, nutrition advocates
and government officials for
a meeting on the issue. The
private session, organized by
both the first lady's office and
the president's policy advisors,
now positions Michelle Obama
as the facilitator of the debate.

First lady
As the most prominent
anti-obesity advocate in the
country, Obama initially indi-
cated she would push for food
companies to change their
advertising, which often uses
popular cartoon characters
to sell sugary products in ads
that blanket children's televi-
sion shows.
But the first lady surprised
many advocates by staying
silent in 2011 while food and
media companies banded to-
gether to kill a federal proposal
aimed at pushing the industry
to limit such practices.
Obama since has said

poor communities and, most
recently, urging kids to drink
more water.
Her return to the topic was
welcomed by some who said
her prominent role would
elevate the issue and put re-
newed pressure on companies
to change their ways.
"I think this is a starting
point," said Margo Wootan,
director of nutrition policy at
the Center for Science in the
Public Interest. "For the first
lady and the White House say-
ing they are going to focus on
food marketing and make it a
priority, that's significant."
Obama, however, made no
promises for action and of-
fered no proposals. Advocates
in the meeting said White
House officials solicited ideas
but gave no clear indication
of what steps they would take
As she has throughout her
anti-obesity campaign, the
first lady, who did not attend
the meeting after her speech,
adopted an encouraging ap-
proach and cheerleading tone
in her remarks.



Brittany Carter, of Bowie, MD., (left) Jibri Johnson, of Landon, MD., (center) and Bryan Beard of Washington D.C. hold
candles in remembrance of the 12 victims killed in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard earlier in the day.

Mother of alleged Navy Yard gunman:

My heart is broken... I am so, very sorry

Cathleen Alexis issues statement,

hasn't left Brooklyn apartment

By Yamiche Alcindor

NEW YORK The mother of
the man who police say fatally
shot 12 people at the Washing-
ton Navy Yard expressed sor-
row Wednesday for what her
son had done, adding that her
"heart is broken."
Cathleen Alexis released a
statement that was read to a
CNN reporter who spoke with
her briefly in her Brooklyn
apartment. A pastor, Bishop
Gerald Seabrooks, later read
the statement to media gath-
ered outside the home.
"Our son Aaron Alexis has
murdered 12 people and
wounded several others," Cath-
leen Alexis says in the state-
ment. "His actions have had a
profound and everlasting effect
on the families of the victims.
I don't know why he did what
what he did, and I'll never be
able to ask him, 'why?'. Aaron
is now in a place where he can
no longer do harm to anyone,
and for that I am glad. To the
families of the victims, I am so,
so very sorry that this has hap-
pened. My heart is broken."

Authorities say Aaron Alexis,
34, walked into work Monday at
the Navy Yard's Building 197,
assembled a shotgun in a men's
room and killed 12 people be-
fore being fatally shot by police.
Cathleen Alexis has been
holed up in
her apart- -
ment with

home since
the tragedy
in Wash-
ington. On ALEXIS
she broke her silence, agreeing
to provide the brief statement. .
Deborah Feyerick, a national
correspondent for CNN, said
Alexis choked up at times as
she read her statement. Alexis
declined to say when she last
spoke to her son, why he may
have unleashed such violence
and whether she had thought
her son was troubled.
Alexis told Feyerick she came
home Monday after hearing
about the shooting and hasn't
been able to leave since. Some

Chaos at the shipyard

co-workers have reached out
to the mother, but on Wednes-
day she remained alone in her
Seabrooks, who came to
Alexis' home as a member of
the Brooklyn Clergy/ NYPD
Task Force, spoke to reporters
outside Alexis' home after the
statement was released. He said
Alexis was deeply pained by her
son's actions and was focusing
on the loss of the victims rather
than her son's death.
SSeabrooks said that in his
NYPD role he often visits fami-
lies affected by violence. He and
several others have been buy-
ing her water and food as well
as comforting her.

"She's very, very sad under
a lot of stress, a lot of duress,"
Seabrooks said pf Cathleen
Alexis. "She's grieving for this
tragedy, for her son as well as
the victims. She's a tremendous
woman who is very concerned
about the other victims. She's
not even mentioning her son.".
Seabrooks added that Alexis
didn't discuss any personal in-
formation about her son and
revealed little about their rela-
He also asked reporters out-
side the home to give Alexis
- and her neighbors some
space. The street has been filled
.with news trucks and journal-
ists since Monday.

Mass murders less frequent than we think

By James Alan Fox

Yet another mass shooting,"
lamented President Obama on
Monday before giving a speech
marking the fifth anniversary of
the financial crisis. Meanwhile,
the cable news channels featured
wall-to-wall coverage of the D.C.
Navy Yard massacre, complete
with eyewitness interviews and
telestrator-aided analysis of how
the events had unfolded.
Commentator after commen-
tator pondered the reasons why
mass shootings were becom-
ing an all-too-frequent horror
of American society and asked
what could have prevented the
senseless loss of 13 lives, includ-
ing the gunman. Angry and frus-
trated citizens are left question-
ing the backbone of lawmakers
at the state and federal levels in
failing to stand up to the NRA's
political muscle.
Whatever the political re-
sponse, it is important to. dis-
pel the widely held notion that
mass shootings are on the rise.
Over the past 30 years, there
has been an average of nearly
20 mass shootings a year in the
U.S., each involving at least four
victims killed, but with no up-
ward or downward trajectory.
Of course, most were not of the
large-scale public slaughter vari-
ety that grabs the attention of the
news media and has millions of
Americans glued to their televi-
sion sets.
There have been other occa-
sions when similar headlines
have noted a repetition of trag-
edy. In the 1980s, a stunning
series of post office shootings
helped to create "going postal" as
a catchphrase for what we now
call "active shooters." The 1990s
witnessed a barrage of school
shootings at the hands of an-
gry and dispirited adolescents,
prompting then CBS anchorman
Dan Rather to declare a new

L'- i f- k f
epidemic. Mass murder be it
at post offices, public schools,
shopping malls or military bases
- are exceptionally rare events,
which occasionally cluster to-
gether within a close time frame
but still do not reflect an epidem-
Every episode of extreme blood-
shed brings searing questions
about who missed the warn-
ing signs and who failed to take
appropriate action that may
have averted the tragedy. As de-
tails surfaced on Monday about

Monday morning quarterbacks,
these questions fail to address
larger issues surrounding mass
murder. After all, most mass
shootings do not take place on
military bases, despite the recent
trial of Nidal Hasan for his at-
tacks at Fort Hood in Texas. In
fact, most places in which mass
murders have occurred would
not and should not require'secu-
rity clearance or maintain access
controls. This is an open society
in which we enjoy the ability to
move freely almost anywhere and
in which misfits and malcontents
are not detained just because
they make us uncomfortable.
But then 'there is the trou-
bling matter of how someone
like Alexis with a documented
troubled past is able to acquire a
concealed carry license and suffi-
cient weapons to wreak havoc on
innocents. The unfortunate and
largely unavoidable fact is that
most would-be mass murderers
are able to acquire a gun legally.
Most mass murderers do not
have criminal records that would
disqualify them from purchasing
a firearm from a licensed dealer.
And most mass murderers, de-

How could someone with disciplinary issues during
military service and arrests for gun-related incidents be
cleared to work as a contractor on a military base?

34-year-old Aaron Alexis, the al-
leged shooter, critics were quick
to point to possible breaches in
How could someone with dis-
ciplinary issues during military
service and arrests for gun-relat-
ed incidents be cleared to work as
a contractor on a military base?
How could someone get a firearm
into a building on a military base
without being searched for con-
Although popular avenues for

spite whatever mental health
issues are driving them, do not
have a history of institutionaliza-
tion that would knock them from
eligibility. In addition, proposals
to restore the assault weapons
ban, although well-intentioned
and potentially helpful in curtail-
ing gun crime generally, will not
appreciably impact violence in its
most extreme form. Most mass
murderers do not use weapons
that would be characterized as
"assault weapons"; unfortunate-

ly, they can do tremendous dam-
age using more conventional fire-
In the coming days, we'll surely
learn more details about Alexis'
troubled past. But while no con-
solation for the victims and their
families, the frequency of mass
shootings should be kept in per-
spective lest we become a nation
that constantly fears for its safety
and over-responds to the risk.


Zimmerman may

be a safety threat

By Rene Stutzman

LAKE MARY Lake Mary police Chief Steve Bracknell hinted
in a recent email exchange that he thinks George Zimmerman
maybe a threat to public safety.
That came in an exchange last week with a West Coast man
who complained about how Bracknell's department had handled
a domestic-violence dispute between Zimmerman and his es-
tranged wife, Shellie, and her father.
Zimmerman was handcuffed Sept. 9 but later unshackled and
never arrested after his father-in-law was punched in the nose
and Shellie complained that her es-
-tranged husband was reaching inside
his shirt for a gun.
Police found no gun, but a female
companion in Zimmerman's truck told
S police there were guns in the vehicle
.. 'w for which they had concealed-weapons
Zimmerman was known to carry a 9
-H mm semi-automatic pistol. That's the
gun he used to kiU Trayvon Martin, an
unarmed black 17-year-old, during a
ZIMMERMAN fight in Sanford last year. A Seminole
County jury acquitted him of second-
degree murder in July.
The day after the confrontation, Bracknell traded email with
a man, an exchange that was noteworthy for the police chief's
remarks about his concerns over Zimmerman.
"REST ASSURED, the last thing on planet earth I want is ANY
relationship with the Zimmermans. PERIOD." Bracknell wrote.
The man had complained that Bracknell's department had
failed to arrest Zimmerman and had engaged in a cover-up.
His email, which had a number of grammatical errors, read in
part: "... You had crimes committed by this man and did nothing
... your job is to protect the communities you serve and you are
failing big time."

Ethics commission clears

Lauderdale Lakes vice mayor

By Larry Barszewski

The Florida Ethics Commis-
sion has found no evidence
Lauderdale Lakes Vice Mayor
Patricia Hawkins-Williams took
a kickback from the sale of foot-
ball and cheerleading T-shirts
purchased with city money.
The commission, in a decision
released Wednesday, found no
probable cause of any wrongdo-
ing by the vice mayor.
Hawkins-Williams had used
$1,660 from her discretionary
city account to purchase shirts
in 2009 for the Lauderdale
Lakes Vikings youth football
and cheerleading programs to
use as a fundraiser.
Community activist Gwen
Denton filed a complaint with
the ethics commission this year
after learning that Hawkins-
Williams had been reimbursed
some of the money from the
sale of the shirts. Denton found
no record of the money being
returned to the city.
Lauderdale Lakes Sports
Club President Lee Austin
told investigators he had giv-
en Hawkins-Williams $500 in
2009 and $250 in 2010 from
the sale of the shirts.
Hawkins-Williams said she
gave the money to then-City
Manager Anita Fain-Taylor to
deposit into her commission
account, which Fain-Taylor cor-
roborated, investigators said.

The returned money did not
show up in records the Sun
Sentinel obtained from the city
in May. But Finance Director
Marie Elianor told Ethics Com-
mission investigators that a
$1,000 cash deposit was placed
into Hawkins-Williams account
on Sept. 8, 2009.
Elianor said Wednesday
"there was additional documen-
tation found that reflected [an]
additional deposit in the com-
missioner's account." A cash
deposit slip for $1,000 was dat-
ed the same day as the deposit
of a $1,000 check from Waste
Management into Hawkins-
Williams' account for "football
City records. show that the
two items may have been con-
fused as the same deposit.

Undocumented immigrants fight deportations

By Alan Gomez

dalupe Crespo recalls the hard-
ship she endured while illegally
crossing into the United States
from Mexico 12 years ago.
Her group of about 20 peo-
ple spent days evading Border
Patrol agents in the southern
Arizona desert. Hungry and
dehydrated, by the time they
reached their safe house the
food that was waiting for them
had spoiled and their one jug of
water was nearly empty.
As Congress prepares to re-
sume debate on a possible
overhaul of immigration laws,
Crespo was among seven un-
documented immigrants who
chained themselves to the gates
outside the White House on
Wednesday to protest deporta-
tions of people here illegally who

-Photo: Alan Gomez
Protesters demonstrate for immigration changes in front of the
White House on Sept. 18.

had hoped to be legalized by
now. One was her son.
"There is so much suffering in
our communities. I don't want
anyone else to experience what
I've been through," said Crespo,
53, who lives in Atlanta.
Crespo and the others chained
themselves to the fence Wednes-
day morning on the north side
of the White House a popu-
lar area where tourists flock to
snap pictures and security is
An organizer working with
the group said all seven were
released by early Wednesday
afternoon. Officials at Immigra-
tion and Customs Enforcement
did not comment on their re-
lease, but the agency has gen-
erally not initiated deportation
proceedings against other un-
documented protesters in Wash-
ington in recent years, saying,

they prefer to focus their depor-
tation efforts on those with ex-
tensive criminal records or pose
a national security threat.
But their decision to focus
their pressure on the Obama
administration .instead of
House Republicans who control
the fate of a proposed overhaul
Sto the nation's immigration
law has stirred a debate over
how Washington should move
Marshall Fitz, director of im-
migration policy for the Center
for American Progress, a liberal
think tank in Washington, said
immigration advocates would
be better served by keeping the
pressure on House Republicans.
The Senate passed a sweep-
ing immigration bill in July that
would spend $46 billion to se-
cure the border, revamp the na-
tion's legal immigration system

- *

,-Photo courtesy Office of Congresswoman Frederica Wison

5000 Role Models visit Capitol Hill

Congresswoman Frederica S. in a roundtable discussion en-
Wilson and 25 members of the titled, "High School Class of
5000 Role Models of Excellence 2014: Saving Our Sons." The
Project, a program she founded, panel was 'held during the
paused on the steps of our na- Congressional Black Caucus
tion's Capitol last week, along Foundation's Annual Legisla-
with several Role Model men- tive Conference 2013. Panel-
tors, fdr&a memorable visit to. ists- included: Tracey Martin,
D.C. They were all participants the father of Trayvon Martin;

Robert Townsend; Malik Yoba;
and several civil rights lawyers
and policy experts. The Rev. Al
Sharpton'moderated the event
whose goal was to develop
strategies for improving out-
comes for Black males in the
areas of health, education and

Rubio blocks Black judge's nomination
JUDGE the administrative appealed and Judge
continued from lA judge for lIth Judi- Thomas was partially
cial Circuit criminal affirmed by the ap-
A spokeswoman for Ru- division. Both of them peUate court. All five
bio said there were concerns wrote letters to Rubio, defendants ultimate-
about Thomas's "fitness" for the who felt the sentence ly were convicted or
federal bench. was too lenient, say- pleaded guilty.
"Those concerns include ques- ing that Thomas acted The Congressio-
tions about his judicial tern- fairly and well within nal Black Caucus
perament and his willingness the law. Rubio also ex- has been critical of
to impose appropriate criminal pressed concern over Republicans in Con-
sentences," the spokeswoman Thomas's decision to RUBI gress who are hold-
said. keep out a confession ing up judicial nomi-

Rubio, who after a long de-
lay approved the nomination
last week of another Black
Florida judge, took issue with
Thomas's actions in two crimi-
nal cases.. But in one of the
cases, involving a sentencing
in a-hit-and-run, Rubio's criti-
cism was blunted by both the
lead'prosecutor in the case and

in a murder case involving five
defendants in which a young
woman was raped and shot to
death and her boyfriend left for
dead. Thomas ruled that two of
the defendants in the case, in-
cluding a 15 year old, either had
not been properly read their Mi-
randa rights or had not inder-
stood them. The rulings were

nations, including for a number
of Black judges. The group said
that out of 787 federal posi-
tions, only 95 are held by Black
j idges.
IThat is a slender reed for
Senator Rubio to hang this on,"
said Representative Alcee Hast-
in.s, Democrat of Florida, refer-
ring to the two court cases.

GOP tactics will hurt Black community

continued from 1A

unacceptably high unemploy-
ment ratesof Blacks and His-
panics and closing the yawning
wealth gapare important long-
term goals. that will reduce their
dependence on food stamps and
the need for long-term federal
government health care under-
writing. -
But before those big battles
can be won, civil rights activists
and their political backers must

mount a huge, multipronged of-
fensive to counter attacks such
as the ones launched by House
Republicans last week. The real
hand-to-hand combat in this
fight must take place in the na-
tion's 435 congressional districts.
Republicans hold 233 of those
seats, Democrats 200 (two are
currently vacant). But in 22 of the
districts held by Republicans, mi-
norities are at least 40 percent of
the voting-age population. In 38
of the GOP-controlled districts,
minorities are 30 percent to 40

percent of the eligible voters.
.While the GOP is on the at-
tack on Capitol Hill, a progres-
sive Democratic coalition should
open another front in the 60
congressional districts where the
outcome of the legislative battles
that now rage and political
control of the House of Repre-
sentatives could ultimately be
Obama didn't say this in his
speech to the Congressional
Black Caucus, but he should

Kenyan army defeats mall terrorists

continued from 1A

collapse of part of the building
late in the operation. A fire be-
gan last Monday which officials
said was started by the gunmen.
Sixty-one civilians and six se-
curity personnel had been con-
firmed killed in the four days of
bloodshed, Kenyatta said. Five
of the attackers were shot dead
and 11 suspects were in cus-
"Kenya has stared down evil
and triumphed," he added.

The president said he could
not confirm intelligence reports
that a British woman and two
or three Americans might be in-
volved. Forensic scientists were
involved in trying to identify the
nationalities of the "terrorists."
"Towards the tail end of the
operation, three floors of the
Westgate mall collapsed and
there are several bodies trapped
in the rubble including the ter-
rorists," he said.
The death toll had previously
been put by officials at 62.
"These cowards will meet jus-
tice as will their accomplices

and patrons, wherever they are,"
said the president, who thanked
other leaders for support and
used his address to both praise
the response of the Kenyan peo-
ple and call for national unity,
six months after his election was
marked by ethnic tensions.
Kenyatta had rejected the mili-
tants' demands that he pull Ke-
nyan troops out of its northern
neighbor. As part of an African
peacekeeping force in Somalia,
Kenyan forces have pushed al
Qaeda-linked al Shabaab on to
the defensive over the past two

ObamaCare starts next week

Most Americans are at least
vaguely aware that ObamaCare
will require almost every citizen
to have health insurance, but
that starts to get real a week
from Tuesday. The mandate itself
doesn't take effect until January,
but anyone who doesn't already
get insurance at work or through
* government programs such as
Medicare and Medicaid will be
able to start signing up for pri-
vate policies under the new law
on Oct. 1.
Expect trouble. The health ex-
changes where people will sign up
are brand new, and like anything
this big, glitches are inevitable.
Exchanges intended to be friend-
ly online stores will be less seam-
less than Expedia or Amazon, at
least at first.
And despite the fact that
ObamaCare has been law for
more than three years, people
still don't know much about the,
exchanges. Some authorities
have withheld public service an-
nouncements until people can
sign up. Shamefully, many Re-
publican governors and state
legislatures have tried to make
the law fail by refusing to run ex-
changes (forcing the feds to step
in) or in some cases purposely
making it hard for people to find
out what their options are.
For all the noise, it's easy to
overestimate the impact of the
exchanges. The vast majority of
Americans won't need them. Of
the 232 million non-elderly peo-

s or

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Demonstrators for the Affordable Care Act in Miami on Friday.

ple projected to have health cov-
erage next year, the Congressio-
nal Budget Office forecasts that
just 7 million 3% will buy
policies on the exchanges. But
it's also easy to underestimate
the importance of the exchanges,
since they'll be the single most
visible, part of the new law and
something anyone could need
at some point in their lives. This
is where people who have been
blocked from getting insurance
because of pre-existing condi-
tions will finally be able to get
ObamaCare critics have criti-
cized the exchanges for being un-
fair and expensive, especially for
young people. A quick look shows
those criticisms are overblown.
Premiums will be higher in some
states for some policies, but it's
crucial to make fair comparisons:

Many pre-ObamaCare insur-
ance policies are cheaper be-
cause only the healthiest peo-
ple can buy them. Fixing that
problem was a major reason for
health reform.
Another reason some policies
are cheap is that they don't cover
much and they cap out at a fixed
amount, so a policyholder in se-
rious medical trouble can run
out of insurance just when it's
most important. ObamaCare sets
standards for "essential health
benefits" and does away with
caps. f
ObamaCare limits premiums for
older people to no more than three
times the charge for the youngest
policyholders, which raises costs
for healthy people in their 20s and
30s. But low-paid, younger people
will be eligible for subsidies that
lower their premiums.


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and allow the nation's 11 mil-
lion undocumented immigrants
to apply for citizenship. Repub-
licans in the House have ad-
vanced smaller bills that tackle
border security and revamp the
legal immigration system, but
have not even filed a bill that
addresses the fate of undocu-
mented immigrants.
Fitz and others pushing for
Congress to pass a bill think
there's still time.
"To think that we've reached
a point that you can declare
the legislative process dead is,
I think, shortsighted," he said.
"Until that time, it makes no
sense to shift the focus to some-
thing that would, at best, be a
temporary form of relief when
we are as close as we are to pro-
viding .the type of lasting solu-
tion that has been the objective
since Day One."

District 5 candidates aggressively court voters

continued from PBA

their plans and platforms.

Miami Times: What are
your views about the process
evolved in the recent CRA
Overtown project? Do you
support the compromise that
gave the bid to two firms and
are you in favor of a trust fund
for the community which
both developers have prom-
ised to establish?
Colyer: The CRA has a pro-
curement process and the pro-
cess should be followed. It is
when we move away from the
agreed upon procurement pro-
cess that things begin to get off
with protests, etc. If a selection
committee makes a decision
about who is chosen then that
choice should be followed. As
for a trust fund, the community
should come together and de-
velop a comprehensive Commu-
nity Benefits Agreement one
that would include a long term
overview of the benefits that will
come to the community and
would apply to all of the devel-
Dunn: The process might
have been a bit rushed. I would
like to have seen the communi-
ty given more time to digest the
proposals. I don't mind com-

promises and collaborations as
long as they provide the most
beneficial deal for the City and
its residents. My number one
concern for any board that is
put into place is transparency
and involvement from the com-
Hardemon: The Selection
Committee found that Overtown
Gateway's proposal offered the
best opportunities for Overtown
residents while the second-
ranked proposal submitted by
All Aboard Florida offered a
better regional impact plan. As
such, splitting blocks 45 and
56 between the two develop-
ment plans was a smart move.
And while I support the propos-
al to fund a community-based
and operated foundation, the
amount of funding as proposed
appears to be insufficient to ad-
dress the needs of the Overtown
community. Stakeholders in the
Overtown community must be
empowered to direct where the
funding goes.
Malone: While I believe the
process could have been bet-
ter, it is the concerns of resi-
dents and stakeholders asking
for better transparency, more
community benefits negotiated
and greater public input that
matter. Trust funds are notori-
ous for having millions of dol-
lars simply disappear. To make

sure money is spent properly,
the only protection is a board
and staff with ethics and mor-
als which are too often absent.
There must be greater public
participation encouraged be-
cause ultimately the public has
to live with the consequences of
the actions of these boards.

Miami Times: Given the size
and various economic and
ethnic divisions within Dis-
trict 5, is there any particu-
lar area in which you feel you
have a solid base of support-
Colyer: I feel strong through-
out the District and am known
for my experience and profes-
sionalism in the private and
public sector. The District is
stronger when all members
contribute and all sectors have
a voice at the table the table
is big enough for all of us.
Dunn: I have a very solid base
of support with seniors, in Mod-'
el City and I will have the lion's
share of the clergy. In terms of
racially- and ethnically-diverse
communities, I am comfortable
"in the streets" as well as "in the
Hardemon: I will continue to
seek support throughout the
entire District. My educational
and professional background
along with my work ethics

should be appealing to Liberty
City, Overtown and Little Haiti
as well as to the residents in the
Upper Eastside.
Malone: The diversity of the
new District 5 is both a chal-
lenge and a chance and the
winner will have to balance the
needs and issues of the entire
district: Black, Hispanic, white,
poor, middle-class and rich.
What I see is an opportunity
to change the way things have
been done in the past by being
inclusive, responsive, acces-
sible and accountable.

Miami Times: Spence-Jones
has endorsed Hardemon for
the race. Will that enhance/
hinder your chances of being
elected and what endorse-
ments have you received?
Colyer: Keon is a nice young
man who has a lot of potential;
I've been serving in this com-
munity for over 25 years. I have
the endorsement from the ev-
ery day people who are tired of
watching their community lose
people to other areas because
there is no sense of hope or of
a future for our children. If the
District wants the status quo
with 'special interests' continu-
ing to run things, then I am not
their candidate.
Dunn: Just based on experi-
ence, community commitment

and track record this is really a
"no-brainer." My endorsements
include: the Laborers Union,
SEIU, School Board Member
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall, County Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson, City Com-
missioners Willy Gort and Marc
Sarnoff and host of ministers.
Hardemon: Spence-Jones's
endorsement in this race will
enhance my chance of being
Malone: People make deci-
sions to endorsement candi-
dates for a myriad of reasons.
I don't feel that Spence-Jones's
endorsement of another candi-
date will hinder my campaign at
all. I have the support of elected
officials such as El Portal Vil-
lage Mayor Daisy M. Black and
Florida State Senator Dwight
Bullard, to name a couple. In
the end, each person has only
one vote.

Miami Times: What is the
major issue facing District 5
and how do you plan to ad-
dress it?
Colyer: There are at least
four major issues, all of which
I would address in my first 100
days in office. We have seen
what happens when we put
folks in office because they are
a good this or that it's time to
chose someone that can man-

age a budget.
Dunn: One of the major is-
sues facing our district is devel-
opment economic, social and
educational. We need sustain-
able jobs which means they will
stay around or increase. Sus-
tainable jobs and economic de-
velopment will help to alleviate
crime and other blight.
Hardemon: Listening to the
concerns and comments from
the residents, clearly their ma-
jor issues are opportunities for
youth and crime. I am in sup-
port of community-based orga-
nizations whose mission is to
provide services to children and
youth and would seek support
from local universities for pro-
fessional and logistic support.
Gun control, while not popular
on the national level, would be
a priority of mine on the local
Malone: There are however,
commonalities such as public
safety and quality of life issues
that touch all corners of the dis-
trict. More uniformed officers
would inevitably reduce crime
and help residents and busi-
nesses better enjoy our City.
Readers may be interested in
attending the Miami-Dade Young
Democrats District 5 Political Fo-
rum, scheduled for Wed., Oct.
16, 6p.m., at Eros Lounge, 8201
Biscayne Blvd.

Will Congress work together to avoid government shutdown?

continued from 1A

President Barack Obama
and his Democratic allies
would be to blame if they
don't accede to demands to
strike the national health
care law.
"If Harry Reid kills that (de-
mand), [hel is responsible for
shutting down the govern-
ment," Cruz said.
The tactic won sharp criti-
cism from Democrats and

even some Republicans, well
aware the shutdo-wn in the-
mid 1990s helped President
Bill Clinton regain his politi-
cal footing and win a second
House Democratic Leader
Nancy Pelosi called support-
ers of the defund-or-else
strategy "legislative arson-
ists." Sen. Tom Coburn, R-
Okla., said the effort would
not accomplish its goal and
was unrealistic.
And the president had a di-

rect message to those back-
ing efforts to roll back his
health law: "Let me say as
clearly as I can: It is not go-
ing to happen."
GOP plan: Wipe out health
care law
The Republican-led House
last Friday approved legis-
lation designed to wipe out
the 3-year-old health care
law. Yet Senate Democratic
Leader Reid vowed to keep
the health law intact despite
Republicans' attempts. And

there's virtually no chance
Obama would sign such a
measure if it were to ever
reach his desk. Still, that
doesn't mean conservatives
- especially the younger law-
makers closely aligned with
the tea party are going to
stop with their demands.
The unyielding political
posturing comes one week
before Congress reaches an
Oct. 1st deadline to dodge
any interruptions in govern-
ment services. While work

continues on a temporary
spending bill, a potentially
more devastating separate
deadline looms a few weeks
later when the government
could run out of money to
pay its bills.
Lawmakers are consider-
ing separate legislation that
would let the U.S. avoid a
first-ever default on its debt
obligations. House Republi-
cans are planning legislation
that would attach a 1-year
delay in the health care law

in exchange for ability to in-
crease the nation's credit
limit of $16.7 trillion.
"I cannot believe that they
are going to throw a tantrum
and throw the American peo-
ple and our economic recov-
ery under the bus," said Sen.
Claire McCaskill, a Missouri
Even within his own party,
Cruz faced skepticism.
"It's not a tactic that we
can actually carry out and be
successful," Coburn said.




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at Second Canaan Missionary Baptist Church [43rd St. and
17th Ave.]," Mack said. .
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By Gigi Tinsley
In too many instances, chil-
dren of color who have mental
challenges are' not granted the
same kinds of opportunities
that whites receive. At least
that's what Courtney Haynes,
the father of a mentally-chal-
lenged, 17-year-old child, says.
"Members' of society often
demonstrate by their actions
that children of color, especially
Blacks with special needs and
limitations, are not worthy," he
said. "Therefore, they are not
informed of programs that are
Designed to help instill pride

and self-esteem like others are."
But then there's always one
youth who somehow manages
to overcome the obstacles, even
with limited access to programs
and special training. Kevin
Roundtree, 21, is a senior at
Southridge High School and a
star Special Olympic who has
gone on and achieved despite
his limitations. His parents died
when he was very young and
so he was raised by his aunt,
Virginia Dassaw. 'He is young-
est of six boys. He was formerly
known as "Little RK" because of
the position he held with his
siblings -the youngest. How-
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special. Though intellectually
disabled reading and writing
at an elementary school level -
Kevin has won the hearts and
respect of everyone with whom
he comes in contact. He is de-
scribed by those who know him
as warm and outgoing, with 'a
tireless work ethic and true
leadership skills.
"Kevin gets up each school

day morning and walks to
school and gets there before
6:30 a.m.," Dassaw said. "He
works in the cafeteria and ev-
eryone loves the way he does
his job."
Calzadilla adds, "He is amaz-
ing. I would hire him if I could
or clone him. He works hard at
everything he does and is hum-
"He's the best," said Marcy
Pena, a teacher at Southridge
and a Special Olympics coach.
"He is reliable. I would trust
him with my life."
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Do Syrian events suggest that

the end of the world is near?

The deadly violence percolat-
ing half a world away in Syria
and the warnings of a possible
U.S. attack have some people
not only looking ahead to what
might happen in the coming
days but also looking back-
ward into ancient, apocalyptic
prophecies in the pages of the
Old Testament.
In recent weeks, some dire
prophecies have turned up on
websites, in book stores, as the
subject of Bible studies and in
sermons by some Christians and
others who see a link between
the old passages and modern-
day events in Egypt, Libya and
"Behold, Damascus is about
to be removed from being a city,

and will become a fallen ruin,"
reads Isaiah 17, a passage some
Christians say they believe de-
tails a horrific event that leaves
the city uninhabitable and leads
to worldwide tribulation and the
second coming of Christ.
Damascus is the Syrian capi-
tal and one of the world's oldest
Another passage in Isaiah 19
deals with civil war in Egypt and
the rise of a "fierce king."
Talk of those prophecies has
intensified as President Barack
Obama considers a U.S. mili-
tary strike on Syria in response
to what Washington says is evi-
dence that the Syrian leadership
used chemical weapons against
its own people. In turn, Syria

vows to retaliate against neigh-
boring Israel if the U.S. strikes.
"The prophecies are not new
to our group because we do
(Bible) studies every Friday
night. We have looked at that
prophecy, but one of the things
I try not to do is make a big as-
sumption. That can be danger-
ous" said Pastor Gary Cristofaro
of the First Assembly of God in
Melbourne. "We try to find bal-
ance by immersing ourselves in
prophecy rather than being af-
fected by it."
"The situation in Syria as it re-
lates to scripture could be some-
thing that we're witnessing, but
we should be cautious. What
prophecy really is about is the
faithfulness of God's word.'"

Senior citizens to face SNAP cuts

continued from 10B

Christian cites current prob-
lems with the SNAP program in-
cluding last Monday, Sept. 16,
when "no one was able to use
their EBT Food Stamp Cards."
She says she was told that
funds were being transferred
from one bank to another, there-
fore causing clients to have to
delay their use of the card.
With some seniors receiving
minimal .amount each money,
often less than $20 dollars, and
with more cuts looming, Chris-
tian says she hopes that Wilson

will make good an earlier prom-
ise and hold a town hall meeting.
and she hopes those that really
need to be there will attend.
There was no word from Wil-
son's office about the date of the
town hall meeting, but repre-
sentatives assured us that one
would be announced soon.
AARP President Emeritus
Nancy Dawkins agrees that the
community needs a town hall
meeting as soon as possible.
"We must have some answers
soon and we need all of our lo-
cally-elected politicians to be
present," she said. "Besides
the people who serve as our

voice in Tallahassee, like State
Representatives Cynthia Staf-
ford, Daphne Campbell, Sharon
Pritchett and Kionne McGee,
we also need State leaders, the
mayors from the City, and Coun-
ty, AARP officers and members,
homeowners' associations and
other groups and elderly indi-
viduals at the meeting. I'm hop-
ing it can be convened before the
AARP national convention kicks
off in Atlanta in mid-October.
"The impact that Food Stamp
cuts will have on our community
will be devastating," Christian
added. "Not only will criminal
activity increase but just think

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Apostle Revival Center
Dr. G.S. Smith
6702 N.W. 15th Ave. 305-836-1224


Revival Tabernacle Assembly of God
Rev. Leonard S. Shaw
2085 N.W. 97th St. 305-693-1356


.Hosanna Community Baptist Church
Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins
2171 N.W. 56th St. 305-637-4404

New Birth Baptist Church
Bishop Dr.Victor T. Curry
2300 N.W. 135th St. 305-685-3700

St. John Baptist Church
Bishop James Dean Adams
1328 N.W. 3rd Ave., 305-372-3877

Greater Harvest Baptist Church
Rev. Kenneth McGee
14135 N.W. 7th Ave. 305-725-6321


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

Liberty City Church of Christ
Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr.
1263 N.W. 67th St. 305-836-4555

Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Ave.
Hollywood, FL 33023 954-962-9327

Antioch M.B. Church
Rev. Larrie M. Lovett, II
2799 N.W. 46th St. 305-634-6721

Friendship M.B. Church
Rev. Dr. Gaston Smith
740 N.W. 58th St. 305-759-8875

Jordan Grove M.B. Church
Rev. Douglas Cook, Sr.
5946 N.W. 12th Ave. 305-751-9323

Mt. Calvary M.B. Church
Rev. Dr. Billy Strange, Jr.
1140 Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd. 305-759-8226

St.Mark M.B. Church
1470 N.W. 87th St. 305-691-8861

New Christ Tabernacle Church
Rev. Harold Marsh
1305 N.W. 54th St. 305-835-2578

Second Canaan M.B. Church
Rev. Jeffrey Mack
4343 N.W. 17th Ave. 305-638-1789


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New Vision For Christ Ministries
Rev. Michael D.Screen
13650 N.E. 10th Ave. 305-899-7224

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Rev. Bruce Payne
7654 N.W.17th Ave. 786-536-9039


Ebenezer United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Joreatha McCall Capers, Sr. Pastor
2001 NW 35th St. 305-635-7413

continued rrom 10B
Amy son. Taking that 'action
stopped anyone from thinking
they could say or do anything to
annoy him."
Norman, who was mentally
.challenged, died in April 2012.
But before his death, Mack and
other church leaders,visited him
at his mother's [Thessalonriia Tin-
sley] home each week. When she
heard that Mack had been chosen
as the 'pastor of the week,' Mrs.
Tinsley said, "He deserves it."
"Norman was sick and bedrid-
den for more than two years and
they never forgot about him," she
said. "I will always love those
members and never forget their

kindness especially Deacons
Arnold Kelly and John Keels. I
never had to worry about Nor-
man when he was around or with

In June 1993, the congregation
under Mack's leadership, pur-'
chased property at 4343 NW 17th
-AVe: He says that the initial-bank'
-,loan was paid4,offin, 1998 and a
second mortgage placed on the
property was paid off in 2011.
"To mark the success of our
second mortgage burning pro-
gram, we had a big celebration
and gave all of the praise to God,"
Mack said.
Others who attend the church

say that Mack is the kind of pas-
tor that any congregation would
love to have.
According to Mrs. Ja'Net and
Pastor Ruben' Carter, "He is a
very humble, loving and com-
passionate shepherd. We love
having him as our pastor."
Mack has "five sons and one
daughter" preaching the gospel
of Jesus Christ to the masses:
:.,Ministers Albertis Hilton, Jim
Johnson, Rodney Burns, Henry
Whitehead, Jr. and Gloria Thom-
as. '
"That is what the Lord in-
structed' pastors to do," Mack
said. "To prepare men and wom-
en to go out and help lead oth-
ers to him. I am not selfish about
that, at all."

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has coached him for five of the
eight years and says he's a very
special young man.
"Kevin is the best player on all
the teams," she .said. "He is our
MVP and gives 150 percent on
the field and in the classroom and
never complains. Soccer is his fa-
vorite sport. He won't come out
of a game no matter what. Our
teams are co-ed and sometimes
we play against all-boy teams.
Sometimes these teams get a little
rough with our girls, but Kevin is
always there to protect them. He
is a peacemaker and a real gentle-
Kevin will be honored by the
Miami-Dade County School Board
later this month.

Annual Fifth
Sunday Program
You are invited to a spe-
cial fifth Sunday program
4:00 p.m., September 29,
2013 sponsored by the Pas-
tor's Care Ministry at Second
Canaan M.B. Church, Rev.
Jeffery L. Mack, Pastor. Our
guest speaker will be Apostle
Leslie Brown of Hollywood,
Fl. You wouldn't. want to miss
this great event.

Men's Conference
at Word of Truth
Word of Truth Deliverance
Ministries presents" "Fixing
Adam" Men's Conference, 7
p.m. nightly, September 26-
28. Thursday's speaker, Pastor
Julien Hutchinson; Friday's
speaker, Pastor Melvin Daw-
son, Sr. and Saturday's Speak-
er, Dr. Terry Thomas.
For more information, please
feel free to contact Prophet
Karl James at 786-203-7706.

Bibleway Missionary
Baptist Church invites you
to their Pastor's 10th Appre-
ciation Celebration, Fri. Sept.
27th at 7:30 p.m. On Sun-
,day, Sept. 29th at 3:30 p.m.
New Mt. Sinai M.B. Church
will be in charge. Call 305-

New Fellowship Chris-
tian Center invites the pub-
lic to their Pastor's Apprecia-
tion Celebration, Thurs.-Fri.
Sept. 26-27,7:30 nightly and
Sun. Sept. 29th at 3:30 p.m.
Call 305-685-3225.

Evangel Church Interna-
tional invites you to experi-
ence 36 hrs. of Transforma-
tion Shout, Sept. 20-21. Call

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

Northside Seventh-Day
Adventist Church is spon-
soring a Book-Signing Extrav-
aganza Oct. 5th at 8 p.m.
Call 305-252-2614.

Northside Church of
God's Event Planning Team
invites you to come and cele-
brate with them their pastor's

six "Man On Fire" Pastoral
Anniversary celebration, Oct.
13th at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

SRevival Tabernacle As-
sembly of God cordially in-
vites you to their forty-first
[41st] 'Thy Word is Truth"
Anniversary Celebration Sun-
day, Oct. 27th at 3:30 p.m.
Harvest Time Assembly of
God is in charge. Call 305-

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

A Mission With A New
Beginning Church Women's
Department provides com-
munity feedings. Call 786-

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

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


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2330 N.W. 93rd St. 305-836-0942

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ance Marketplace," said Health House on Wednesday to deter- $4.2 billion in health care fraud health insurance from their free line has been created to Maryland, the committee's
and Human Services Secretary mine the scope of, the plan. money last year, continuing the employers, Medicare or Medic-* report fraud. Complaints will ranking Democrat, called the
Kathleen Sebelius in a state- They said they would work to- trend of large investigations aid to buy: insurance through be routed to federal, state and report a way to "obstruct im-
ment. "We have strong security gether to prevent fraud and en- that has been breaking records exchanges created for each local law enforcement so they plementation of the Affordable
safeguards in the marketplace sure that patient information since 2010. During the past state. I may analyze trends. And, they Care Act."
to protect people's personal in- remains safe. four years, the government has Exchanges rely on several said the data hub for the state "These officials have openly
formation against fraud and we Holder said in a statement recovered $14.9 billion in Medi- federal agencies. The IRS deter- and federal exchanges will meet pledged to fight implementa-
will work with our partners to that officials planned to use care fraud money. The 2010 mines a person's wages to see if standards set by the Nation- tion, harassed entities attempt-
aggressively prosecute bad ac- "our tried and tested collab- health care law, also called the he or she is eligible for a subsi- al Institute 0of Standards and ing to conduct public education
tors, just as we have been do- orative methods to ensure that Affordable Care Act, allowed dy; the personal information a Technology. and outreach, and adopted leg-
ing in Medicare, Medicaid and we can identify trends and the government to analyze data person gives, such as Social Se- The FTC and Justice will also islative and regulatory maneu-
the Children's Health Insur- take swift action against those to spot indications of fraud and curity number, goes to Health meet this week to. talk about vers to sabotage thd Affordable
ance Program." seeking to take advantage stop paying providers, and Human Services and state how to protect consumers Care Act," he said.


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safety seat check at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles on Sept. 18,2012, in Los Angeles.

Parents often leave kids Antibiotic overuse threat 'urgent'

unbuckled, endangered

Many think it's OK if they're going on
a short trip, survey finds

By Larry Copeland
A new survey finds that as
many as one out of five parents
believe it's OK to drive with
their children unbuckled if it's
a short trip, despite the empha-
sis placed on child passenger
The survey by the child advo-
cacy group Safe Kids Worldwide
and General Motors Founda-
tion finds that more than one-
fifth of parents 21 percent
- think it's acceptable to drive
with their child unrestrained if
they are not driving far.
In reality, more than 60 per-

cent of crashes involving chil-
dren occur within 10 minutes
of home, according to The Chil-
dren's Hospital of Philadelphia's
Center for Injury Research and
"Historically, we've encoun-
tered that attitude before with
adults (and seat belts)," says
Julie Kleinert, a child safety
specialist at General Motors.
"People think that if they're not
going very far, they don't need
to wear their seat belt. I think
we need to get the message out
to people that they're at risk
whether going a short distance
or a long distance."

The June national online sur-
vey of 1,002 parents and care-
givers of children ages 10 and
under has a 3.1 percent margin
of error, Safe Kids say.
It also found some puzzling
trends among those who self-
reported that it's sometimes ac-
ceptable to let a child ride un-
More affluent parents, more
educated parents, fathers and
younger parents were more like-
ly to say it was OK to ride unre-
strained. For example, 34 per-
cent of parents with an annual
household income of $100,000
or more said it was sometimes
acceptable to do that compared
with just 15 percent of parents
making less than $35,000.
Please turn to PARENTS 14B

CDC: 2 million
infections, 23,000
deaths each year
By Kim Painter
The overuse of antibiotics
has caused three kinds of
bacteria one that causes
life-threatening diarrhea, one
that causes bloodstream in-
fections and one that trans-
mits sexually to become ur-
gent threats to human health
in the United States, federal
health officials say in a land-
mark report out Monday.
The report from the federal
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) is the
first to categorize the threats
posed by such germs in or-
der of immediate importance,
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"concerning." It is also the first
to quantify the toll of such so-
called superbugs, saying they
cause at least 2 million infec-
tions and 23,000 deaths each
"It's not too late" for the na-
tion to respond, rein in the
infections and keep antibiot-
ics working by reserving them
for when they are truly need-
ed, but several steps must be
taken right away, CDC Direc-

tor Tom Frieden said Mon-
day. "If we are not careful and
we don't take urgent action,
the medicine cabinet may be
empty for patients with life-
threatening infections in the
coming months and years."
On the urgent list:
Carbapenem-resistant En-
terobacteriaceae (CRE), bacte-
ria that cause 9,000 infections
in hospitals and other health-
care facilities each year. The
CDC says nearly half of hos-
pital patients who get CRE
bloodstream infections die
from them. It's a "nightmare
infection," Frieden says.
Drug-resistant gonorrhea,
a sexually-transmitted infec-
tion that now resists several
antibiotics that used to cure
it. CDC estimates 30 percent
of the 800,000 U.S. cases
each year fit that description.
Please turn to URGENT 14B

Health insurers urge renewals ahead of new law
Alrtn customer about m r -help people weigh the benefits Employers won't necessarily
Alerting cust ers aout Oam e Pont and counterpoint of the new law against the in- know whether their employees
changes on horizon Insurers and consumer advocates disagree about efforts to got cus- creased costs, Repp says. are more or less healthy than
h oby tnrs to renew their Insurance plans before Affordable Care Act Companies with younger, the general population, "so
By Jayne O'Donnell will have on those who buy te tO fw their insurance healthier workers may see (they) could be coerced into re-
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Aetna is urging its custom-
ers to renew their health in-
surance policies early "so you
won't have to worry about how
the 2014 changes affect you."
Florida insurer AvMed says
early renewal will "reduce rate
uncertainty and possible dis-
ruption" that could occur after
the Affordable Care Act takes
The insurers are among
those using what 'critics call
questionable marketing pitch-
es to get people into plans that
are more profitable for them,
but could be less beneficial
to their customers after the
new health law takes effect
Jan. 1. While insurance pre-
miums for some people, par-
ticularly those who are young
and healthy, are expected to
increase once the law takes
effect, there are other protec-
tions in the law that propo-
nents say make it worth it for
people to wait to renew.
Aetna says it is simply
"reaching out to our customers
to make sure they are aware of
the changes that are coming in
2014, understand how those
changes may affect them, and
haVe the information and tools
they need to make the right de-
cision for themselves and their
families," spokesman Matthew
Wiggin says.
The health care law prohibits
insurers from denying cover-
age to those with pre-existing
health conditions and limits
their ability to charge older
customers more than three
times the premium for young,
healthy ones. It also specifies
certain "essential health ben-
efits" that insurance plans
must cover, such as prescrip-
tion drugs, hospitalizations
and maternity, care.
"Health insurers will be re-
quired to cover more of the cost
of care, which is good news for
the uninsured and individuals
with pre-existing conditions,"
AetnaAsays on its website. "Un-
fortunately, richer benefits will
result in:higher premiums."
A recent mailing the compa-
ny sent to potential customers
urged them to "do something
right now that could help you
save" on premiums next year.
"Aetna is using linguistic
tricks to make people worry"
about the Affordable Care Act,
Says Wendell Potter, a former
spokesman for Cigna insur-
ance, who is an industry critic
and author of the book Deadly
Spin. "They are scare tactics"
to keep people inri plans "that,
will be more profitable than
the ones that are mandatory
for people next year.
Potter is not alone in raising
questions about early renew-
als. New York state passed
a law in the spring prohibit-
ing insurers from doing early
renewal of plans "for the sole
purpose of evading the re-
quirements of the Affordable
Care Act." Illinois and Wash-
ington state also prohibit the
practice, while Oregon limits
Insurers pushing early re-
newal are "playing on the un-
certainty associated with ACA
implementation," says Farzan
Bharucha, a health care strat-
egist for consulting firm Kurt
James Repp, AvMed's se-
nior vice president for mar-
keting, says the company of-
fered an early renewal option
in response to customers who
wanted to "push off the re-
qquirements of the Affordable
Care Act for as long as pos-
sible" and to the competition
from other insurers doing ear-
ly renewals in Florida.
The push to get individuals
rather than only employers
signed up for health insur-
ance has heightened competi-
tion among all insurers, says
Ron Wince, president of cus-
tomer experience consulting
company Peppers and Rogers.
"When you're competing
head to head, you want to
try to capture the consumer
quickly and get them signed
up," says Wince, whose com-
pany does health care indus-
try consulting.
There's widespread dis-
agreement what effect the ACA

state marketplaces. Some of
AvMed's customers could see
premiums double, Repp says
- something consumer ad-
vocates who back the law say
will be a rarity. AvMed will

SWe are reaching oult lto our customers to
make sure they are aware of the changes
thai are coming in 2014 (and) understand
now those changes may impact Ihem
Matthew Wiggin, spokesman for Aetna

Pushing early renewal of policies "is an
atlempt (by insurers) to e.lend the status
quo for as long as possible"
Wendell Potter, author of "deadly Spin"
and a former spokesman for Cigna
insurance, spokesman for Aetna

preiumJ-L nll crease J.Ll., ;c, LDL UtJuI-
nesses with less healthy work-
ers could see overall costs
could go down, so they may
benefit by waiting until Janu-
ary to renew policies, Bharu-
cha says.

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"Insurers are pushing this
because it will delay compli-
ance with the reforms," says
Bharucha. "Insurance regula-
tors are pushing back for the
same reason."

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HEALTH line insurance exchange where ibility. with a great array of choices, their health care and to under7 control over selecting cover-
continued from 12B they'll be given a set amount Run by the Lincolnshire ben- both in terms of carriers com- stand and engage in the pro- age that meets their families'
of money and asked to choose efits consultant Aon Hewitt, ing to the table, and with very cess. needs.
a 401(k). their medical coverage and in- the exchange will present up attractive and competitive "The hope is that the market- But unless their employer
On Wednesday, Walgreen Co. surer, to 25 health insurance plans states said Mark Englizian, place will spur price competi- raises annual subsidies in line
plans to announce that start- In the past, employers would offered by five carriers at a Walgreen's vice president of tion among insurers, lowering with insurance cost increases,
ing next year, it will move more decide on a limited number of range of prices and coverage, compensation and benefits, overall health care costs, they will be on the hook for
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Excessive antibiotic use causing greater exposure to health threats

continued from 12B

SClostridium difficile (C. diff),
a serious diarrhea-causing in-
fection that is not highly re-
sistant to antibiotics but does
thrive when antibiotics are over-
The bacteria cause 250,000
infections and 14,000 deaths
each year.
The list of serious infections
includes 11 kinds of drug-re-
sistant bacteria and one fungus
(Candida); the list of infections
that cause concern includes
three additional kinds of bacte-

The bugs were categorized
based on their health impact,
economic impact, how common
they are, how common they
could become, how easily they
spread, how well they still re-
spond to medication and how
difficult they are to prevent.
The gist of the problem is that
the more often these bugs en-
counter antibiotics, the more
likely they are to adapt in ways
that make the drugs less effec-
tive and, eventually, useless.
With the new numbers and
urgent tone, "the CDC is signal-
ing that this is a major, major
public health threat," says Ra-
manan Laxminarayan, director

Danger: Unbuckled kids

continued from 12B

Parents with graduate degrees
were twice as likely as parents with
a high school education 20 per-
cent to 10 percent to do it.
Researchers don't yet have an
explanation for those trends, says
Kate Carr, president and CEO of
Safe Kids Worldwide, a global net-
work of organizations working to
prevent childhood injuries.
"We haven't done a focus group
yet that would ask, Do they think
their car is safer? Do they think
they're a safer driver?"
Her organization (www.safekids.
org) offers parents of young chil-
dren three key pieces of advice:
Buckle up children on every
ride, every time.
Talk to other parents who are
driving your kids about the impor-
tance of buckling up.

Check that the right child safety
seat is being used and that it's in-
stalled properly.
In addition, Carr and Kleinert say
parents should never treat buck-
ling up as a punishment, some-
thing they don't have to do if they
have been well-behaved; rather,
they say, it should be automatic.
With children in booster seats,
the restraint shouldn't be removed
even if the child doesn't like it, they
That's a lesson Ed Beaudette,
49, of Nevada City, Calif., knows all
too well. On July 20, 2003, he was
returning from vacation with his
9-month-old daughter, Nora. She
was irritable, and seemed hot and
uncomfortable. Her mother, Heidi
Obenosky, unbuckled Nora to re-
move some of her clothes.
Before Nora was buckled back in,
Beaudette nodded off and crashed.
Nora was killed.

of the Center for Disease Dy-
namics, Economics & Policy in
It puts the threat in terms the
public and lawmakers can grasp
and "is long overdue," he says.

The CDC says there are sev-
eral ways to get a handle on the
problem, but the most important
is to "change the way antibiotics
are used," by cutting unneeded
use in humans and animals and

using the right antibiotics in the and infection-control plans in
right way when they are needed, hospitals and other health care
Other steps include prevent- settings; better tracking of re-
ing infections in the first place sistant infections and develop-
with tools such as vaccines, safe ing new antibiotics and tests for
food handling, hand-washing drug resistance.

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dies at 78
By Douglas Martin

Paul Scoon, who vaulted from
the mainly ceremonial post of
governor general of Grenada to
the role of power broker when
the United States invaded his
Caribbean nation in 1983, died
on Sept. 2 in St. Paul's, Grena-
da. He was 78.
The government there an-
nounced his death without giv-
ing a cause. He had long been
treated for diabetes.
Scoon had been a top-tier bu-
reaucrat in Grenada in 1978
when Queen Elizabeth II ap-
pointed him to the position of
governor general, the throne's
official representative in a Brit-
ish Commonwealth country.
With little administrative au-
thority, the position typically
promises a placid time in office.
But Scoon's tenure became any-
thing but calm.
He was arrested when left-
ists took over the government
in a coup on March 13, 1979.
But he was returned to his post
when the new prime minister,
Maurice Bishop, decided to re-
tain Grenada's membership in
the Commonwealth. Scoon, he
thought, would be a s'-mbol of
stability and continuity. The two
men became tennis partners. In
Washington. however, there was
uneasiness about Grenada's
leftward turn.
Then. on Oct. 14 1983. with
Ronald Reagan in the White
House. a more radical leftist
faction within the Grenadan
government seized power with
the army's help. Bishop %as ar-
rested and replaced by Bernard
Coard, the deputy pnme minis-
ter. Five days later. alter chant-
ing protesters freed Bishop from
house arrest, he and other min-
isters were killed by troops.
At that point Scoon. using his
acknowledged constitutional
authority, invited the United
States and Caribbean nations to
intervene militarily. He was soon
placed under house arrest.
The coup jolted Washington.
The new. explicitly N-larxist-Le-
ninist government in Grenada
'aised--the prospect of a third
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49, laborer,

Doris Juanita il^ m
Johnson; father, Hayward Hudan
Johnson; four sisters, Cheryl, Twila,
Angie and Anitra; two brothers -in-
2law, Darrell Green, Sr., and Ricky

Miller. Viewing 8 p.m., Friday in the
chapel. Service 11 am., Saturday at
93rd Baptist Church.

include: mothert,
Doris Juanita

Johnson; father, diedHayward Hudan
Johnson; foueptember sisters, Cheryl, Twila,
Angie and Anitra; two brothers -in-

law, Darrell Green, Sr., and Ricky
Miller. Viewing 8 p.m., Friday in the

chapel. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
h93rd Bap.tist Church.

72, property

appraiser, died
19. Service 10
a.m., Saturday

at St. AWright and YoungE.

58 sanitation

worker, died

lot attendant, ^^^^~
September 14.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

waste worker, died September 7.
Arrangements are incomplete.

Wright and Young
LEROY MORRISON, 68, parking
lot attendant,
died September
18. Service 1:00

service, Saturday

at Hosanna

60, laborer, died
September 17
at Veteran's

service 6 p.m.,
October 2
at Ebenezer
United Methodist Church.


csetember 1 n Cvntn
service rep.,
etdied September
21. Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at New 79th
Street Word Intl.

GENNIE GREEN, 76, died
September 17 in Covington,
GA. Service 1 p.m., Friday at New
Harvest MB Church.

meat cutter, died September 21.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Peace
MB Church.

RUTH BANKS, 85, ho
died September 20.
Tuesday, October 1 at I
Primitive Baptist.

September 19 at
Jackson South.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at
Mt. Pleasent
Missionary jg|
Baptist Church.

84, died September 18
Shore Medical Center.
a.m., Saturday at Secor

tember 19 at home. Arra
are incomplete.

ALTON BYRD, 55, die
ber 20 at home. Arrange

Carey Royal Ram'n
died September 19 at home.
Service 1p.m., Thursday in the

September 22 at Jackson North
Medical Center. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the chapel.

MARC PIERRE, infant, died
September 23 at Broward Health
Systems. Arrangements are

Gregg L. Mason
aka "Glenn,"
67, Supervisor,
T a c o
Inc., died

15. Survivors
memaker, include: wife,
Service Frankalene; sons, Granville,
Little Rock Jr. and Christopher Thurston;
daughters, Ayesha Holgate,
Tiffany Gentry, Nicole and
Shantika Gadson; brothers,
Alfred Thurston (Ella) and
Gerald Thurston; sisters, Clara
Smith (Roy), Delores Fincher
and Oretha Thurston; and a
63, died host of other family members
and friends. Visitation from 6 -
9 p.m., Friday at Mt Zion AME
Church, 420 NE 33rd Street,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at the church.
Interment: Sunset Memorial

at North
Service 10 LOLLIS BROWN, 101, died
nd Baptist September 20,
at Miami Jewish
Nursing Home.
died Sep- Service 11
ingements a.m., Friday at
Antioch M.B.
Church of Miami
d Septem- Gardens.
ments are

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Miami Gardens WILLIE JAMES JENKINS, 76, In loving memory of, In loving memory of,
MARY STEPHENS, 79, died died Septem-
September13 at ber 9 at home. '
home. Services Service 12 p.m.,,.,E':,
were held. Saturday in the % -,

laborer, died
September 15
in Opa-locka.
Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at World

Evangelistic H

BRANDON YOUNG, 28, cook,
died September
11 at Jackson


Hrrangements ar
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
Church of God
Triangle of
Hope Ministries.

construction worker, died
September 4. Service Tuesday,
October 1 in the chapel.

translator, died at Homestead
Nursing Home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

WILLIAM TYLER, 20, student,
died September 22 at New
York Presbyterian Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

homemaker, died September 5
at Fort Lauderdale Health and
Rehab. Service 1:30 p.m., Friday
at Church of God Prophecy.

73, cafeteria assistant, died
September 10 at North Broward
Medical Center. Arrangements
are incomplete.

utilities worker, died September
22 at North Broward Medical
Center. Arrangements are

homemaker, died September
21 in Miami. Arrangements are


died September
19 at University .
of Miami. V ";. "
Service 11 a.m., 7
Saturday at
Myrtle Grove ,,
MB Church. "-

EVELYN CLARK, 72, retired
nurses assis-
tant, died Sep-
tember 18 at
home. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day at Ebenezer
MB Church.

35 retired homemaker, died September 14
at North Shore Hospital. Service 2
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

96, retired,
died August 7
at MacGregor
67, died Nursing Home.
Services were

Eric L. Wilson

Methomeakedist Church, Miami Gardens.

died September 7, in Boca Raton,
19 at Palm

G Services ,

10:30 a.m.,
Saturday at
Norland United
Methodist Church, Miami Gardens.

died September 7, in Boca Raton,
FL. Services were held.


1, travel
coordinator for
lacy's Dept I
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September *^1
14. Survivors
include her

Allen, III; son, Chrisi
granddaughter, La
Allen; mother, Ne
sisters, Judy Levarit'
Thomas, .JoAnn S
Stephanie Mitchell,
(Sandrew), and Pa
aunts, Marie Tarver,
Levarity; sisters-in
Allen and Carla A
in-law, Gregory Alle
nieces, nephews ot
and friends. Sei
held Saturday at C

77, domestic,
died September
20 at home.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary M.B.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
83, retired
certified practical: l I
nurse, died

19 at Jackson
in c I u d e:
daughter, Gwendolyn Lewis; sons,
Orlando Milligan and Roy Bellamy
along with a host of relatives from the
James and Bellamy families. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church.

September 21 in --
Miami Gardens.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Tabor Baptist

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Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

10/01/1959 01/14/2013

We miss you and you are
forever in our hearts
Love, Mommy, sisters,
brother and family.



Have you fuiorgotten
so soon about your
departed loved
one? Keep them in
your memory with
an in memorial or
a happy birthday
remembrances in our
obituary section.

Call classified


09/25/1956 07/06/2013

Forever in our hearts.
Happy birthday, from your
daughter Flavia and your

Death Notice


82, of Brandon, FL,
formerly of Miami, died
September 15. A longtime
teacher and retiree of Dade
County School System. She
was preceded in death by her
parents Rev. Edward T. and
Ethel Evans Graham. She
is survived by daughters,
Charmaine Sutton (Lawson),
Karen Steiner, and Felicia
Perkins (Walter); brother,
Alexander Graham; sister
Glenda Graham Hriris,
step sister, Deloris Collier;
eight grandchildren; eight
great grandchildren and a
host of relatives. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Hillsboro
Memorial Funeral Home,
2323 W. Brandon Blvd.,
Brandon, FL 33511

Marcel's Cremations
September 8 at Jackson North.
Private service with family.

REGINA ISTLE, housewife, died
September 22. Memorial service
with family and friends in Las

Women's basketball official Bonita Spence dies

By Doug Feinberg
AP Basketball Writer

tofer A. Allen;
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lie Mitchell;
y, Jacquelyne
tokes (Ron),
Manrva Martin

Bonita Spence, a longtime
women's basketball official
who worked two Finals Fours
and refereed for 10 years in
the WNBA, has died. She was

Imela Taylor; She died Sunday, the NCAA
mrela Taylor,; ai
and Martene said. The governing body on
-law, Libby Tuesday did not immediately
lien; brother- release further details.
n; a host of Spence worked every NCAA
other relatives women's tournament since
vices were 2000, including the Final Four
hurch of God in 2001 and 2005. She offici-
ated for 27 years, handling
games in the Big East, Atlantic
ELLA S. Coast Conference, Big Ten and

disabled, died September
Private Memorial Service

103, disabled veteran,
September 18. Final rites
burial in Amarillo, Texas.

Southeastern Con-
ference. Spence also
refereed in the WNBA
from 1999-2009.
"I had personally
known Bonita since
high school and had
always admired her
integrity and spir- SPI
it," Anucha Browne,
the NCAA's vice president for
women's basketball, said in a
statement. "Her longtime of-
ficiating career, numerous
NCAA championships and her
mentoring of many young offi-
cials will help carry her legacy
forward in the game."
Spence played at Monmouth
and was the point guard on

the school's first Divi-
sion I team in 1982.
She set the school's
assist record that
season, a mark that
was matched a year
later and still stands.
Spence was a gradu-
ICE ate assistant for the
school a year later.
"Lost a good official today,"
Connecticut coach Geno Au-
riemma tweeted Monday
night. "Lost an even better
Spence also worked as a
principal investigator in the
New Jersey office of the public
defender in Newark for more
than 20 years.

Former Bears Pro Bowl CB Allan Ellis dies at 62
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) in 1981. the Pro Bowl in 1977, when he
The Chicago Bears say former Ellis became the first Bears matched his career high with
Pro Bowl cornerback to be selected to six interceptions.
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LEROY PAULK, 73, produce
selector, died

18 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

died September
20 at home
are incomDlete.

died September
19 at home.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church.

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are incomplete.

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Blossom Classic
Blackcollege coaches fought to end

southern racism

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline .comn
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One of the most overlooked
events in history that helped
advance the goals of the
civil rights movement was
the Orange Blossom Classic
football game an annual
championship often referred
to as the "Black Rose Bowl."
Conceived in the 1930s by
J.R.E. Lee, Jr., the son of
Florida A&M University's
[FAMU1 then-president, the
game migrated between
Jacksonville, Orlando and
Tampa until 1947 when it
settled in Miami.
In those days, the South
was still very segregated
and life in Miami was no
exception. When the Orange
Bowl stadium opened in
1937, Blacks were denied
admittance, except for
one roped-off section in
the eastern end zone. No
interracial teams were allowed
on the field, Blacks were
arred. from participating in

bowl-related events and were
also denied access to resort
hotels in Miami Beach. Then
came the Orange Blossom
Classic, when for the first
time, Black fans were allowed
to sit in the main stands of
the stadium's northern side
- whites, ironically, on the
southern side. Meanwhile,
the streets of Overtown and
Liberty City became filled
beyond capacity with Blacks
from all over the country,
enjoying the sights and
sounds of Black culture -
from celebrity entertainers
to high-stepping marching
The acclaimed author
Samuel G. Freedman, who
spoke at FlU last week and
who will return in November
for the Miami Book Fair,
weaves an incredible narrative
of those turbulent, enigmatic
times in his book, '"Breaking
the Line: The Season in
Black College Football That
Transformed the Sport and
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with another tale of

overcoming adversity

Heroine realizes the futility of'trying tofix

By Terri Schlichenmeyer
Miami Times writer

You can't fix everything. That's a
hard lesson to learn, no matter who
you are. You can't swoop in and make
things right when they're not yours
to correct. You can't throw money at
something to make it go away, there
are some issues that can't be mended,
and you surely can't fix stupid. You
can, however, try to lessen the impact
of life gone wrong and in the new
book "Who Asked You?" by Terry
McMillan, you can also remember that
potential fixes might take awhile.
Betty Jean had her hands full. Her
husband, Lee David, had dementia
and spent his days watching TV in the
bedroom and sleeping. It wasn't his
.fault but those days, Betty Jean could
barely remember why she ever loved
him. Their children might as well
have had brain problems, too: Dexter
was in prison; Quentin had distanced
himself from the 'hood as soon as he
was able; and daughter Trinetta was

an addict with two little boys that
seemed to be at Betty Jean's house
more than they were at their own.
To say that Betty Jean was
overwhelmed was an understatement,
although she had some help. Her
next door neighbor and best friend,
Tammy, was always able to pitch in
and Betty Jean had hired Nurse Kim
to help with Lee David. Those two
women were a lot of comfort, which
was good because Betty Jean's
sisters, Venetia and Arlene, were
worthless in that department. Venetia
couldn't leave her church out of any
conversation and Arlene was just a
nasty woman, overall.
Yep, Betty Jean often felt like
she was running in place a
feeling made worse when Trinetta
left her kids with her mother and
disappeared. Raising two young kids
wasn't what Betty Jean wanted, but
Luther and Ricky didn't ask for it,
either. Yet somehow, they'd manage.
They were family, after all, and that's
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unable to make

Emmy history
Miami Times staff report

Olivia Pope always wins big, but Scandal
star Kerry Washington, 36, was unable to do
the same last Sunday at the Emmy Awards.
Had she won, she would have made history
as the first Black actress to receive an Emmy
Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a
Drama Series for her role in the popular ABC
show. She was the first
Black actress since Cicely
Tyson in 1995 to earn a
Many believed, that
Washington was a
frontrunner for the award
along with Homeland star
WASHINGTON Claire Danes, who won
Sthe Emmy. According to
other Emmy experts, votes were split between
Washington and Danes, with the latter
carrying a slight edge due to precedence.
Danes won the category last year and also
received a Golden Globe and SAG Award for
her character Carrie Mathison.
On the other hand, this year marks
Washington's first nomination after a pass in
2012, and before Scandal turned into one of
the highest-rated dramas on television.
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_Iqst week, Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday, the newly-elect-
ed president and former Judge
Shirlyon McWhorter met at
the Omega Activity Center with
Alumni to formulate operation
plans for the Alumni Associa-
tion of B-CU and the tailgate
party. Since it was her initial
meeting, she began by intro-
ducing her officers for 2013:
Jose Perez, vice president;

Last week the U.S. Con-
gress honored the four lit-
tle girls killed 50 years ago
by the Ku Klux Klan in, the
bombing. of a Birmingham,
Alabama church. The girls'
death served as a catalyst for
advances in the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 which prohibits
discrimination on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex or na-
tional origins.
SFlora Brown celebrated
another birthday with a few
friends last Saturday evening.

Sara Alien, re-
cording secretary; Elsie Stew-
art, corresponding secretary;
Annette Williams, treasurer;
Nancy Benyard, financial sec-
retary; Carol Weatherington,
business manager; and Char-
lie Davis, chaplain. She then
gave each officer an amusing
Stolen, such as a fly swatter,
back scratcher, a fountain pen
and writing pads. Davis con-
ducted the swearing-in of each

Happy birthday
Floral Happy
Birthday to each of you born
in the month of September.
Hearty congratulations go out
to Debra Allen and Rosanna
Harris who co-own "Sweet
Delights" in the Goulds area
at 23135 S. Dixie Highway.
Their pies are delicious. Wed-
ding anniversary greetings
go out to Harry and Carmen
Dawkins, 34 years; and Na-
thaniel and Roderiqua S.
Gordon, Sr,, 43 years.

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McWhorter was well
organized as she out-
lined duties for Sat-
urday's tailgate party,
which was to be housed
in five tents. Her skills
as a former judge re-
ally paid off. Her next
report dealt with the MOC
number of buses go-
ing to Tallahassee for the first
game against FSU. Audley
Coakley then led the group in
singing the alma mater. Their
voices filled the room with dig-
nity, pride and fellowship.
Saturday .night was host-
ed by Dr. Larry Handfield at

Keep up your good work
Booker T. We love all of you.
You continue to make all of
us proud. Our team recently
stopped Central, 28-17.
Join the winter months of
Saint Agnes on October 19
as they 'travel to Key West. If
you're interested contact Eliz-
abeth Blue, Florence Mon-
cur or Carolyn-Spicer Mond.
Happy belated birthday goes
out to Peggy Gabriel-Greene
who celebrated her birthday
with her three daughters Mi-
chelle, Errolyn and Jennie
along with one of her grand-
sons, basketball star Vin-
cent. They painted the city
red with their mother band

No Jive Productions receives 2013 Miami Award

No Jive Productions,
founded and directed
by Miami native Nial
Martin, -was recently
presented with, the
2013 Miami Award in
the Theatrical Produc-
ers & Services cat-
egory by 'the Miami
Award Program. Each
year, the Miami Award
Program identifies
companies that have
achieved exceptional
marketing success in
their local community
and business catego-
ry. Winners must be
'local companies that
enhance the positive
image of small business ,
through service to their cus-
tomers and their community
and make the Miami area a
great place to live, work and
Since founding No Jive Pro-
ductions in 1996, Martin has
provided live theatrical per-
form'ances that "educate, .en-
lighten, inform and entertain,"


No Jive Productions

while helping to influence the
culture and shape the views
of South Florida citizens. His
trilogy of plays include the
provocative "His ,Double
Life," which has returned to
the Joseph Caleb Center Au-
ditorium last summer and
;was also filmed for DVD dis-
According to Martin, the

mission of No Jive Produc-
tions is to give minority youth
the opportunity to explore new
avenues of learning and ex-
pression through the'arts, in-
crease academic performance
and to eradicate low self-es-
For more about Martin and
his thespians, go to

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his home where he
served Dr. Edison
Jackson, president of
B-CU, and his lovely
wife and encouraged
them to enjoy the
festivities. A catered
meal included: conch
fritters, fish, shrimp,
"RMAN green beans, candied
yams, lemon, vanilla
and chocolate cakes.
The band provided calypso
music on the outside and DVD
sounds were played inside.
Some of the guests included:
Summer Hutcherson, Maryin
Moss, John and Annette Wil-
liams, Bill Clarke III, Con-

grandmother. Peggy enjoyed
every golden minute with her
children and grandson, who
plays for the Dallas Maver-
icks. Get well wishes to my.
niece who lives and works' in
Atlanta, Shalisha Gee, who
recently broke her leg while
pumping gas. Be careful la-
Make your plans to attend
our Annual Calendar Tea,
Sun., Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in our
Parish Hall. All of you are in-
Lebron James and Savan-
nah Brinson were married
last Saturday in San Diego,,
California. Congratulations
to the newlyweds.

gresswoman Frederica S. Wil-
son, Dr. Cynthia Clarke and
Raymond Carswell.
The fans gave the band a
standing ovation after wit-
nessing moves never seen at
a football game. Some of those
alumni were Fr. Nelson Pin-
der, Oral Allen, Matt J. Wal-
ters, Riley Davis, twins Jaz-
min, Tamra And Malou, Dr.
Curtis L. Proctor, Ms. John-
son, Stefania Willis, Dr. Rob-
ert Williams, Janis H. Powell
and family, and T. Eileen and
Gregory Robinson, and Tia
Major;, the Clarkes and Wil-
liams, Samuel Rodgers and
Brenda Hawkes.

Kanye: No problem with ego
Kanye West is a I dashian considers
lot of things, but in- himself to be some
secure is not one of Kanye West thing
them. Sitting down of a revolutionary.
with BBC Radio 1 Though he conced-
personality Zane ed that "there would
Lowe for an hour- be no Kanyed'West if
long interview that it wasn't for Michael
aired last Monday, Jackson," he also
the rapper, 36, said he'd reached a
called himself "the point that even the
No. 1 rock star on KANYE WEST King of' Pop hadn't
the planet" and said seen inhis'lifetime.
he's here to push the bound- "I've got to point that Mi-
aries of everything we think chael Jackson did not break
we know about art, music, down," he said. "I have
fashion and culture. reached the glass ceiling, as a
In fact, the hip hop star and creative person, as a celebrity
new dad (to daughter North, . and I've been at it for 10
3 months, with Kim Kar- years."

No Emmy for "Scandal" star

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SThe second season of Shonda
I Rhimes' TV series became
ubiquitous on Thursday nights,
with fans not only watching the
Show but also joining its stars
to discuss each episode over
social media.
SNot only have Black female
i leads in drama series previously
i been rare, the strength and
popularity of Washington's

character has become almost a
prototype for new shows within
the genre. After Scandal, there
was Meagan Good in the short-
lived Deception; Gabrielle
Union in Being Mary Jane; and
now Nicole Beharie in Sleepy
Washington told the New
York Times in July she
was "honored" to share the
sentiment of the nomination
with actresses like Tyson, Alfre
Woodard and Regina Taylor.


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Amidst all of the fun, frol-
icking, and feasting with the
alumni, the death of Erik L.
Moorman circled the commu-
nity. His death was keenly felt
by his family: Erik, Sr., father;
Demetria, mother; and broth-
ers Sheldrilk, Aisha, Angel
Rolle and Erin'. Erik began his
education in the Dade County
School System, graduating
from Miami Springs and was a
junior at FIU majoring in Com-
munication and 'Drama. He
was on his way to be a movie
star when his life was cut short
on Thursday, September 5th.
When his friends were asked to
stand, 300-strong stood up.



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Every child is unique in their own
right and Juanita Walker, owner/
CEO'of Sheyes of Miami Learning
Centers, say she is determined
to improve every child's self-
esteem and confidence through
positive feedback and rewards.
Unfortunately, it is becoming more
and more challenging to keep her
doors open because of culprits in
her own community.
For the third time in the last eight
months, Walker's Liberty City center
[she owns four throughout South
Florida] has been burglarized. When
she arrived at work last Monday,'
sh6 was shocked to discover her two
air conditioning units were gone.
"It's hard when we're trying to
stay above water and someone in
the community just keeps setting
us back," she- said. "One day out of
business puts us under really bad."

According to Walker, it took
several days after the recent theft,
before she was able to reopen the
school and "put our babies and
workers back together; but it took
some good Samaritans from the
"Two local companies donated air
conditioning units to so we could
things back up and running," she
said. "There are a lot of good people
still out there in this world and I
want to continue being a part of
giving back to others because when
you do that, blessings come from

A retired police officer from the
City of Miami Police Department,
Walker pinpointed a need for not
only the community but her own
mother that led to her starting
the business 25 years ago. She
purchased it from Alonzo Gilbert
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Owner and
CEO Juanita
Walker pic-
tured with
of Sheyes!

Scholarships drive success,for Florida Memorial

Maya Angelou once ,said
"when, you learn, teach. When
you get, give." It is in the spirit
of these words that Florida Me-
morial University is set to cel-
ebrate its 12th Annual Schol-
arship Gala on Friday, Septem-
ber 27. Florida Memorial Uni-
versity students, trustees, fac-
ulty, staff, alumni and Univer-
sity friends will gather at this
formal occasion. This year's
theme is "Moving Forward...
The Legacy Continues."
Interim University President
,Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis.will host
these festivities. Artis was
named Interim President ear-
lier this summer by the institu-
tion's Board of Trustees. This
appointment fosters the Uni-
versity's tradition of excellence,
laying a pathway to progress
and a brighter future. An ex-

perienced professional, Artis
is a Trustee Scholar graduate
in Higher Education Leader-
ship and Policy from Vander-
bilt University in Nash-
ville, Tennessee, where
she earned her Doctor- ,.
ate in Higher Education j
Leadership and Policy. \'
She received her Juris n
Doctorate degree from
West Virginia University
College of Law in Morgantown,
West Virginia.
Joining the University com-
munity led by Artis, Board
Chairman, Charles George
and members of the Board of
Trustees, will be three-time
champion and Miami Heat all-
star player,. Dwyane Wade Jr.
who will headline as the Gala's
celebrity guest. Wade and his
Wade's World Foundation have

joined forces with FMU to pro-
mote enhanced educational
enrichment and opportunities.
Steeped in rich tradition
-- and history, FMU cel-
Sebrated its 134th an-
- *_. r niversary earlier this
year and graduated
''" approximately 200 stu-
->f; dents in the 2012-13
Academic year. Since
its foundation in 1879,
the University has upheld a
commitment to providing a
solid foundation for thousands
"of young people and opening
Doors to educational opportu-
nities that may have otherwise
been closed to them.
Proceeds from the Gala will
be used to raise scholarship
dollars to further the educa-
tion of future .generations and
show appreciation to support-

ers who have helped to ad-
vance the university's mission
to instill in students the impor-
tance of becoming global citi-
zens through life-long learn-
ing, leadership, character, and
service, al1 qualities which will
enhance' their lives and the
lives of others.
This elegant black tie Gala
will be graced by a stellar
mix of community leadership
and other University friends:
honorary host Senator Oscar
Braynon, II (District 36); co-
chairs Yolanda. Cash Jackson,
Esq.; Ricardo Forbes; and the
Gala's lead sponsors, Stephen-
son Construction, Inc. and Dr.
Gerald and Mrs. Mary Glass.
The Florida Memorial Univer-
sity Annual Scholarship Gala,
already sold out, takes place at
the Bonaventure Resort & Spa.

Electricity isn't the only thing Florida -,.
Power and Light [FPL] Company
provides to Florida residents. The largest rate-regulated
electric utility in Florida recently announced its new
education initiatives for supporting science', technology,
engineering and mathematics [STEM] learning for the
2013-14 academic year.
For the fifth year, The Teacher Grant Program aims to
reduce out-of-pocket expenses for teachers by providing
funding support for energy-related education. Grants
range from $500 to $2,500 last year three teachers were
awarded with grants in Mliami-Dade County.
The Teacher Grant Program invites all public, private
and charter school teachers in FPL's service territory to
apply for grants to create and to cover costs associated
with classroom projects focused on any form of energy
education. In recent years, FPL has provided more
than $170,000 for 160 classroom projects across their
35-county service territory. The application deadline is Nov.
15. Winners will be announced at the end of the year.

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Northwestern alums

to be inducted into

school Hall of Fame
The Miami Northwestern Alumni Association will hold it
annual induction ceremony and banquet for 2013 Alumni
Hall of Fame honorees on Saturday, Sept. 28,'at 7 p.m. at
the school, 1100 NW 71st Street. Honorees are inducted
into one of two categories service and athletics.
This year's service inductees are: Dr. Shelby.Chipman,
1982; William E. Clark, 1966; Raejean Howard-Lee, 1974;
State Representative Cynthia Stafford, 1985; William
Thurston, 1975, Larry Williams, 1974; and Traci Young-
Byron, 1997.
Athletic inductees include: Vernon Carey, 1999; Olrick
Johnson, Jr, 1995; Dewey Knight 11, 1982; and William
Wilcox, 1967. Also being honored are two coaches
who have impacted the lives of generations of Miami
Northwestern alumni: Coach Roger Coffey and Coach
Carmen Jackson.
This will also be a special night of recognition for the two
people who are credited with creating and continuing the
legacy of the Miami Northwestern Alumni Association -
Nathaniel "Spooky" Miller and Sallie Bradshaw-Williams.

DJ Khaled donates

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Juanita Walker with staff and students at Sheyes Miami Learning Center

Charles to be honored on postage stamp Campbell

Joins other musical icons
including Johnny Cash
By David Chiu

Music legend Ray Charles is getting an-
other accolade. The U.S. Postal Service
[USPS] is honoring the late singer with a
commemorative stamp to be released next
Monday, as part of its Music Icons series
that had previously honored Tejano music
singer/guitarist Lydia Mendoza and coun-
try legend Johnny Cash.
On that day which is also Charles'

birthday two
events for the s
stamp will take
place: one at
Morehouse Col-
lege's Ray Charles
Performing Arts
Center in Atlanta,
Georgia, the state
where Charles was
born, and the other at the Grammy Muse-
um in Los Angeles. Ashanti will perform as
part of the Atlanta event and Chaka Khan
will be singing at the Grammy Museum.


By Chris Witherspoon

This weekend, the 44-year-
old Oscar nominee will have
three films in theaters: Lee
Daniels' The Butler, Win-
nie Mandela, and he will
be starring alongside Hugh
Jackman in the crime drama
Pn soners.
During an interview with
theGrio, Howard opened up
about the incredible year he
is having in film.
"You feel fortunate be-
cause a lot of great work that
people are doing out there..
. they won't ever get recogni-
tion for it, for me to have the
work of my hands and the

The artwork for the stamp is based on
a photograph by Yves Carrere. Designer
Neal Ashby, who with art director Ethel
Kessler, was involved in the search for just
the right photo, told the USPS publication
Beyond the Perf that it was hard to find an
iconic image, given Charles' long career.
"I was looking for that smile, that slight
cock of the head that almost rapturous
expression he had when he performed" he
Eventually, a photograph that was used
on the album The Best of Ray Charles was

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sweat of my brow actually
receive accolades and people
appreciate it . I'm thank-
Howard stars as South Af-
rican revolutionary Nelson
Mandela in the biopic Wirtiie
Mandela. The film was ini-
tially slated to hit theaters in
the fall of 2011, but subse-
quently was delayed, which
Howard blames on "the post-
production process."
"It was supposed to come
out two years ago," How-
ard confessed. "The post-
production process . the
management of it . but
everything comes out when
it's supposed to. So we'll see

what happens with it."
Idris Elba also stars as
Mandela in the highly-an-
ticipated film Mandela: Long
Walk to Freedom, which hits
theaters in November.
When asked if there will
be any competition between
him and Elba with their roles
as Mandela, Howard said,
"Well, I would hope so."
"No one actor can tell the
full story of Nelson Mandela
and his sacrifices," he con-
tinued. "So you need Morgan
Freeman, you need Idris,
you need myself to tell differ-
ent perspectives of it. We're
all just paying homage to the
work of a great man."

Beyonce, Jay Z are Forbes' highest-earning couple

Made $95M in year

No wonder their vacations
with Blue Ivy look so luxel Be-
yonce and Jay Z earned more
than any other celebrity couple
this past year; topping Forbes'
annual list of highest-earning
star pairs, the singer, 32, and
the rapper, 43, earned a com-
bined $95 million between
June 2012 and June 2013, the
magazine reports... .,
Calling the spouses of five
years (and parents to daughter
Blue, 20 months) "the savviest
businesspeople in entertain-
ment," Forbes cites both Be-
yonce and Jay Z's still-strong
presence in music and concert
tours: Jay Z commanded $1.4
million per night for his Ameri-
can tour, while Beyonce's Mrs.
Carter Show World tour gar-
ners an average $2 million per
night. The pair also make bank
through other channels: Jay
Z represents major athletes
in his new Roc Nation Sports
agency and he holds a stake
in Brooklyn's Barclays Center
(though, like his ownership of

in third. Brad Pitt and'Angeli-
na Jolie made a combined $50
million. Forbes points out that,
unlike other duos on the list,
Pitt, 49, and fiancee Jolie, 38,
do not have larger businesses
beyond their film work.
Dating for just over a year,
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Ku-
nis landed in fourth place with
$35 million combined -- and
new parents Kim Kardashian
and Kanye West round out the
top 5 with $30 million earned.

the Brooklyn Nets, Jay is ex- take of $80 million, are Tom
pect to dump his shares). Be- Brady and wife Gisele Bund-
yonce, meanwhile, has a suc- chen; the New England Patri-
cessful fragrance collection, ots quarterback and Brazilian'
the House of Dereon clothing supermodel earn staggering
line and lucrative endorse- paychecks for their day jobs,
ments with Pepsi and other with impressive endorsements
brands. as well.
Landing in the second spot This time, Brangelina will
on Forbes list, with a combined have to make do with landing

Walker committed to local youth

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- a retired educator to whom
she refers as her mentor.
"He showed me how to get
started and he gave me op-
portunities that others might
not have offered," she said.
"As a young business woman,
he instilled a lot in me."
She says she also realized
that she would be able to
provide jobs to those in need
from the community. One of
those individuals looking for
employment was her own
mother a woman who had
minimal education. Since
then her mom, Lola Roberts,
had returned to school and
earned certification as a dieti-
Walker wants to continue to
provide the community with
the highest forms of educa-
tion 'possible. She says that
she has been blessed by con-
tinuing grants provided by
Miami-Dade County. All of
her centers are APPLE [ac-
credited professional pre-
school learning environment]
As for the people who have
broken into her centers, and
who still remain at-large,
Walker says she can only
hope that someone will turn
their names into the police.
"Unfortunately, the theft
of AC units from businesses
and churches has become


rampant in our community
and I am distraught to learn
that Sheyes Miami Learning
Center has fallen victim again
to this type of crime," said
Miami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Audrey Edmonson. "I
know that the City of Miami
Police, under Commander

can be fun!

Carr, are working diligently
with the owners of Sheyes to
catch those responsible."
"I don't have time to dwell
too much on the the negative
- I prefer to remain positive
and make sure I am focusing
on the future of my 'babies,"'
Walker said.

to pitch

'The Face'

to global



turned executive
producer plans

to go bigger

By Scott
The Hollywood Reporter

Naomi Campbell will be making the hard sell at global
TV industry event MIPCOM, an international TV program
market in Cannes next month. The supermodel will fly in
to pitch Oxygen Media's modeling competition show The
Face to international broadcasters. Campbell is a coach and
executive producer of the format, which sees three up-and-
coming models team up with mentor coaches to compete to
become the new "face" of a world-renowned brand.
Campbell will host a private screening of The Face at
MIPCOM in Cannes next Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Majestic
Hotel's Diane Theatre. i
"I'm delighted to be coming to Cannes for the first time
as an executive producer," Campbell said in a statement. "I
am incredibly proud of The Face and having been involved
in every stage to date could not be more excited to be part
of the team taking it to an international television market,
seeing our existing partners there and meeting potential
new ones."'
The Face is currently in production on its second season
for Oxygen Media and a U.K. version of the show, which
will also feature Campbell as one of the coaches alongside
models Erin O'Connor and Caroline Winberg, premieres
on pay channel Sky Living Sep. 30. Foxtel in Australia
has licensed the format and plans to air a local version in
Australia on FOX8 next year.
The Face was created by Shine America, the U.S. division
of 21st Century Fox subsidiary-, Shine Group. Shine
America produce the U.S. show for Oxygen. Shine TV and
Princess Productions are co-producing the U.K. version
and Shine Australia the Australian take on the format.
Shine International is handling world sales for the format at

Best year ever in Hollywood

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'Idol' discrimination suit moves forward Black college coaches fought

By Luchina Fisher ment, have switched [
-- -- -r-m- efm, ~nni ant

As "American Idol" begins its
13th season with a new judg-
es' panel, new producers and a
whole new slew of hopefuls, the
show's business practices are
under scrutiny as a discrimina-
tion lawsuit filed by 10 Black
former contestants continues to
wind its way to court.
The plaintiffs, all of whom
were disqualified from the show
over six seasons for reasons
other than singing including
criminal history were .recently
issued notices of "right to' sue"
Jby the Equal Employment Op-
portunity Commission [EEOC],
allowing the 429-page lawsuit
they filed in July to move fpr-
ward. In response, "American
Idol," FOX and the show's pro-
duction company, 19 Entertain-

Omega Psi Phi Frater-
nity members from Miami
Dade College'North and South
are making plans for a re-
union. Call 305-623-7991.

Range Park is offering
free self defense karate class-
es, each Mon. and Wed. at 6
p.m. at 525 NW 62nd St. Con-
tact Clayton at 305-757-7961.

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

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

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets every

attorney Jonathan
Sulds, who represent-
ed them before the
rocelli, the trial attor-
ney who successfully
sued O.J. Simpson on
behalf of Ron Gold-
man's family.
The lawsuit argues that pro-
ducers over the course of 10
years have practiced a pattern of
racial discrimination that stems
from using Black male contes-
tants' arrest history against
them. The suit points out that
31 percent of all "American Idol"
semi-finalists who were Black
males were disqualified for rea-
sons "unrelated to their singing
talent." Moreover, the lawsuit
adds that, over the course of

third Sat. at 7 p.m. at the Af-
.rican Heritage Cultural Arts
Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave.
Call 305-333-7128.

Iota Phi Lambda Soror-
ity, Inc. invites sixth grade
boys or girls to be part of their
annual Gems & Gents pro-
gram. For more information,
call 305-303-9425.

The Dade-Miami Crimi-
nal Justice Council will hold
its 10 Annual Gang Summit on
Wed., Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m.
- 1 p.m. at the Double Tree Hil-
ton: Miami Airport Convention
Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave. For
info call 305-274-8367.

Eta Phi Beta Sorority,
Inc. Alpha Gamma Chap-.
ter will hold its conference on
Sat., Sept. 28 at 11:00 a.m. at
Kazah Temple, 500 Fisherman
Street Opa-locka.

10 years, "there has
never been a single
white (or non-Bladk)
contestant disquali-
fied from 'American
Idol' not ever."

FOX and the show's
producers have denied any dis-
crimination, pointing out that
33 percent of, or four out of the
past 12, winners, including last
year's Candice Glover, have been
SBlack or biracial.
In their May response: to the
EEOC obtained by ABC News,
"Idol" producers say there is no
evidence that "the particular
disqualification of these specific
individuals (the plaintiffs) had
anything to do with their race."
But the plaintiffs have cleared

N Miami Gardens Dem-
ocratic. Club Non-PrQfit
Organization is having a
garage sale at Star Lake Con-
dominium, 19100 NE 3rd Av-
enue on Sat., Sept. 28, from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more in-.
formation contact President
Edith Owens at 305-972-

Miami Northwestern
Class of '65 invites fellow
classmates to worship at
Second Canaan MB Church,
4343 NW 17thAve. on Sun-
day, Sept. 29. For informa-
tion call Marguerite B. Mosley
305-635-8671 or Vandene T.
Samuels 305-202-4760

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

Southern Cross Astro-
nomical Society and the
Fruit .& Spice Park invite
Astronomy buffs to the Fall

.stead. Admission is
information call

free. For

Booker T. Washington
Alumni Association Inc.
will meet Wed., Oct. 16 in the
cafeteria of BTW at 6 p.m.

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 ser-
vice credit hours to any stu-
dent (high school or college).
Volunteers will be provided
a free meal ticket. Call 305-

Miami Gardens ,Com-
mission for Women will be
hosting a free health screen-
ing and seminar on Sat., Oct.
26 at the Betty T. Ferguson
Recreational Complex, 3000
NW 199th Street, 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. For info call Pat Wright

to end southern racism

the first hurdle all employee
discrimination claims must first
go through the EEOC in pur-
suing their case. Because more
than five months had passed
since the plaintiffs first filed
charges of racial discrimination
with the EEOC in January, the
government commission auto-
matically issued the right-to-sue
letters, allowing the plaintiffs to
pursue the lawsuit in court.
In order to prove that the show
discriminated against the young
men after asking about their ar-
rest history, the plaintiffs must
first prove that they were em-.'
ployees of the show, since asking
an employee or employee appli-
cant about previous arrests-
and not convictions is a viola-
tion of California law.
"American Idol" has repeatedly
denied that the plaintiffs were

Star Party (Hunter's Moon)
on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at
the Fruit & Spice Park, 24801
SW 187 Avenue in Home-

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Changed the Course of
Civil Rights."
"I have always been
interested in writing about
Black culture beyond the
extremes, the pathologies
and the negatives aspects
of life," Freedman said.
"The Black colleges were
an integral force in the civil
,rights movement theirs is
a story that must never be
forgotten. My motto comes
from Zora Neale Hurston
who said, the non-morbid
Negro is the best-kept secret
in America whose revelation
to the public is the thing

Freedman played host to a
crowd of students, staff and
professors, as well FAMU

'the non-morbid Negro is
the best-kept secret in America
whose revelation to the public
is the thing needed.'"

alums and locals from the
Black community.
"It was a great mix and
response to the book was
quite positive," he -said.
"There was even one woman
who brought her father a
FAMU football player who
played from 1948 to 1952 -
and said my book brought
back stories that her father
once told her."
"Breaking the Line"
features two of the most
outstanding Black football
coaches in history:

Zora Neale HURSTON

tell the story as accurately
and vividly as possible and
pass that on to the younger
More would happen in
1967 including Stokely
Carmichael first using
the term "Black power" to
affirm pride in his race,
the Supreme Court finding
that the prohibition against
interracial marriage was
unconstitutional and the
fury of racism playing out in
the streets of Newark and
Detroit in two separate riots.

Rihanna poses with protected

primate in Thailand snapshot

By Associated Press

Pop star Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach
in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets
and an incriminating Instagram photograph show-
ing her cuddling an endangered primate. That
didn't sit well with authorities, who arrested two
people for allegedly peddling protected species.
On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Ri-
hanna visited the Thai island of Phuket, where she
befriended the wildlife.
An Instagram photo she also shared on Twitter
showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry
primate called the slow loris and was captioned:
"Look who was talking dirty to me!"
The slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big
eyes, is native to Southeast Asia and is listed as a
protected species.
"Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture
(of Rihanna), and last night police arrested the two
individuals who brought out the loris as a photo
opportunity for tourists," a Phuket district chief,
Weera Kerdsirimongkon,, said by telephone Sun-
Police confiscated two lorises from the pair a
20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy who
could face charges of possession of protected ani-
mals. The charge carries a penalty of up to four

W .
Rihanna posted this photo taken with pri-
mate on her Instagram, Sept. 20, 2013, with
the caption""Look who was talking dirty to me!
#Thailand #nightlife."
years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.
Weera said authorities have tried for years to
crack down on the problem of vendors exploiting
wildlife, particularly in popular tourist areas where
people pay to pose for pictures with elephants,
orangutans and other animals.
"It's like a cat-and-mouse game. But this time
it's bigger because a celebrity like Rihanna posted
the picture, and there were more than 200,000
likes' from around the world," he said.

McMillan returns with great characters

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what family did: they ignored
bad blood and bad advice,
gossiped about one another,
did what needed doing,
circled wagons, and muddled
Fixing life, and everybody's
problems, wouldn't be easy
- but then, what was? Right

away, from page one, you
know that "Who Asked You?"
is going to be a lot of funtm to
read. Betty Jean. is a woman
with keen sarcasm, not quite
beaten down by life but
close yet still managing to
keep a fingernail-hold on a
sense of humor.
She's the best of author Terry
McMillan's signature-cast of
strong women characters,

but Betty Jean's not the only.
Each woman here is a great
surprise, from Nurse Kim to
the social worker who makes
a cameo, but very important,
appearance. Not to be ignored,
the nen in this book round out
the story perfectly. If you're
looking for a little escape this
weekend, or confirmation that
your life isn't so bad after all,
then here's the novel you want.

Timbs': an essential part of hip-hop wardrobe

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"The hip-hop community
liked the authenticity of the
yellow boot, it became a key
part of their wardrobe," Pawlus
explains. "We continue building
gear so people can enjoy outdoor
experiences while still looking
good. They can also move into
a more stylish space; you can

wear the boots any place and
with anything."
As such, the wheat-colored
boot joins the likes of Converse
Chuck Taylor, Nike Dunk and
Clarks desert book:' effortless
classics untainted by time.
Many of London's hottest
menswear designers, including
Martine Rose, Matthew Miller
and Shaun Samson, have
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its case, a tree symbol on the
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and Grambling's Eddie
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led by James Harris who,
became the first Black QB
to regularly start for an NFL
team. But as Freedman
illustrates, the game
represented a whole, lot
"I started out writing
a story about one of the
greatest games in football
because I love the sport
but I soon learned that
something more significant
was happening then in
American history," he
Said. "Sports became the
vehicle through which
advances in civil rights were
made. And that wasn't by
accident. Black colleges
and universities had been
a brilliant part of this
country's history long before
I showed up. My job was to

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By Ashley Montgomery.

Some people may be born
with a silver spoon in their
mouths but that clearly was
not the case for 52-year-old,
Overtown native, Gina Delice.
And while she says she always
had a passion for helping
others, she could not have
imagined the places where
God would take her.
One of her first jobs was as
a bus aide for Miami-Dade

she adds, weren't convinced.
"I told my kids that one day
I would become owner of my
own transportation company
and they laughed," she said.
But she remained, deter-
mined. A few years later she
applied for a position as a
route driver at The Miami
Times staying there for 10
years. But a skirmish with
the law temporarily delayed
her dreams. Two years later;
and following a stint behind
bars, Delice says she felt that

she had learned her lesson
and was ready to reclaim her

"I never gave up;, I kept my
faith and told my kids that
the Lord was showing me

away from the job, she fell
into a state of depression.
"Ms. [Rachel] Reeves always
took time to listen to me and
to encourage me and that
mattered a lot," she said.
Delice says she heard about
a program called "Ticket to
Work" that gave individuals
with a disability and a dream
the tools to become an en-
trepreneur and she took full
advantage of it.
. Today, Delice, the owner of
Mini Rides, Inc., prides herself

and very helpful woman; I
have no complaints about her
services," said Jackie Ramos,
office manager of Bay Imaging
"Gina's super friendly, pro-
fessional and punctual," said
Shanell, office manager.of
Awesome Chiropractic North
Delice, a member of the
Miami-Dade Chamber of Com-
merce, has been recognized by
Miami-Dade County as an out-
standing Black entrepreneur.

Former beauty queen named

NAN's new executive director B.

By Hannington Dia

New Jersey-native Janaye
Ingramn- has been named the
National Action'Network's
[NAN] acting executive direc-
tor, replacing Tamika Mallory.
Rev. Al. Sharpton, founder
and president of NAN says In-
gram is best suited to replace

Mallory. "She has shown the
perfect balance," Sharpton
said. "You need someone that
knows how to organize rallies
and also knows how to talk to
congressmen. We need an ex-
ecutive director that can turn
demonstration into legislation."
Sharpton also cited In-
gram's time leading the NAN's

D.C. bureau. "I've seen her in
demonstrations and the halls
of power," he added. "I think
Janaye is a superb leader."
Ironically, Ingrain, who was
Miss New Jersey in 2004,
says she wasn't always a great
Leader. During her sophomore
year of high school, the
Please turn to NAN 8D

Income slightly increases in South Florida

By Donha Gehrke-White
and Dana Williams

The median household in-
come in South Florida nudged
up 1 percent to $46,648 in
2012, the U.S. Census Bureau
said Wednesday.
. While not statistically dif-
ferent from 2011's $46,110
household income, it's still a
victory of sorts for Broward,
Palm Beach and Miami-Dade
counties: It's not a decline in
household income that the
three counties have endured

since the Great Recession hit.
Household income in South
Florida fell 14 percent from
2007 to 2011, the Census Bu-
reau reported last year, using
data from the American Com-
munity Survey.
"At least we can say we have
hit bottom and rebounded
- although the rebound has
not been a full rebound," said
Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, an
economics professor who di-
rects the Center of Economic
Research at Florida Interna-
tional University.

South Florida's household
income, adjusted for inflation,
lags behind the adjusted U.S.
median household income of
$53,607, an indication of how
hard the Great Recession hit
the three counties, Salazar-
Carrillo noted.
South Florida needs more
jobs to further boost house-
hold income, he added. The
number of'jobs in Broward,
Palm Beach and Miami-Dade
counties still is not at the
same level before the Great
Recession hit, he said.

The area also needs better
jobs, according to Mekael Te-
shome, Florida economist for
PNC Bank.
"In South Florida, we are
creating leisure and retail
jobs. Those are not well-pay-
ing jobs," he said.
Companies have been
hesitant to hire despite South
Florida's economy; growing
3.5 percent last year more
than the rest of the state
and, indeed, the nation, said
Sean Snaith, director of the
Please turn to INCOME 8D

Employment gap between

rich, poor widest on record

Many citizens in U.S. remain "in depres-

sion-like state'

By Hope Yen
Associated Press

The gap in employment
rates between America's
highest and lowest income
families has stretched to its
widest levels since officials
began tracking the data a de-
cade ago, says an analysis of
government data conducted
for The Associated Press.
Rates of unemployment for
the lowest-income families
- those earning less than
$20,000,- have topped 21
percent, nearly matching the
rate for all workers during
the 1930s Great Depression.
U.S. households with in-
come of more than $150,000
a year have an unemploy-
ment rate of 3.2 percent, a
level traditionally defined as
full employment. At the same
time, middle-income work-
ers are increasingly pushed
into lower-wage jobs. Many
of them in turn aie displac-

ing lower-skilled, low-income
workers, who become unem-
ployed or are forced to work
fewer hours, the analysis
"This was no equall op-
portunity' recession or an
'equal opportunity' recovery,"
said Andrew Sum, direc-
tor of the Center for Labor
, Market Studies at Northeast-
ern University. "One part of
America is in depression,
while another part is in full

The findings follow the gov-
ernment's tepid jobs report
this month that showed a
steep decline in the share of
Americans working or look-
ing for work. Last Monday,
President Barack Obama
stressed the need to address
widening inequality after
decades of a "winner-take-
Please turn to GAP 8D

Black consumers support tough regulation of financial industry

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

A recent consumer survey
shows that'support for finan-
cial regulation, including the
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Re-
form Act and the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau
[CFPB], is strong.
Nearly five years after Amer-
ica's financial meltdown, a na-
tionwide survey of likely 2014
voters found that voters trust
the CFPB more than banks
and credit card companies
by a 3-1 margin. And support

for financial regulation spans
across age groups, racial lines
and partisan preferences.
The strongest support for fi-
nancial regulation rests with
consumers of color. Among
Blacks, the CFPB is viewed as
protection from dangerous fi-
nancial products and its cop-
on-the-beat monitoring by 72
percent. Among Latino re-
spondents, this same support
was found with 78 percent of
Considering that communi-
ties of color have lost the most
ground during the greatest

recession since that
of the 1930s, racial
variations in respond-"
ing to the poll are un-
derstandable. Blacks
are also the same con-
sumers who heavily
invested more in their A
homes than in stocks
or bonds to chart a
personal course to "N
build family wealth.
According to research by the
Center for Responsible Lend-
ing, $1 trillion of lost wealth
from the recession was borne
by people of color.

It is equally true
'1 that communities
of color are also the
unfortunate tar-
i gets of predatory
~ I lenders offering a
i range of high-cost
products that often
leave consumers
in worse financial
)WE shape than before.
Perhaps that
truism explains why poll
respondents named pay-
day loans, credit cards
and student loans as the
top three areas in need of

tougher regulations.
Payday lending's small-
dollar loans with high inter-
est rates were viewed as their
best option for a loan by only ,
one percent of 'respondents.
This unfavorable finding was
also evidenced across all de-
As for student loans, near-
ly 90 percent of respondents
felt borrowers should be able
to repay their loans based on
their incomes. Student loan
debt was also cited as a cause
for the nation's lingering eco-
nomic problems. Consumers

viewed this indebtedness as
reasons affecting the growth
of new businesses as well as
a deterrent to first-time home
ownership. ,
SThe survey found that broad
and intense support exists for.'
more and tougher regulation
of the financial industry.
Voters view regulation as
the best protection against
lingering and wide mistrust of
banks and Wall Street.
Charlene Crowell is a com-
munications manager with the
Center for Responsible Lend-


A budge
David Dayen, New Repub-
lic: "If you enjoy silence, a
good place to camp out for the
next couple weeks is the room
in the Capitol designated for
congressional negotiations
on the budget. No talks are
scheduled, as House Repub-
licans attempt a kamikaze
mission designed to 'defund'
ObamaCare as a 'line in the
sand' condition for keeping the
government running. ... You
could describe John Boehner's
set of choices on the budget
as |lose-lose.' You can just as
eaAly describe the inevitable
outcome for the country that
way. Sequestration is sapping
the potential of the economy,
limiting the ways in which all
sorts of worthwhile projects
get executed, and costing the
country massive numbers of
jobs at a time when we can
least afford it."

kt battle

Doyle McManus, Los Anrieles
Times: "Yes, a mtiju'rity doesn't
like ObamaCare. They're un-
sure about what it will do and
worried that it might make their
health care worse, But do they
really want to defund the law,
and risk the chaos of a govern-
ment shutdown to do it? Prob-
ably not, most polls suggest. ...
When Boehner described what
the American people want from
Congress, he left one thing out:
They also want their govern-
ment to solve problems, even if
that sometimes requires an un-
comfortable dose of compromise.
They aren't seeing much of that
from the House of Representa-
tives this year."

Lane Florsheim, Bustle: "Not
only could obstructionism hand
Congress to Democrats next
year, but, in an ironic twist, it
turns out a government shut-

with potential
down might actually be good for
ObamaCare. Not only would a Mark Steyn, National Re
lot of the law's funding be un- "When you're the guys who
affected, but many of the inevi- the global currency, you
table glitches and mistakes that, run up debts undreamt
come with introducing a compli- your average generalissim
cated new law would be blamed President Obama explain
on the GOP's failure to achieve another of his recent spee
a compromise that would pre- 'Raising the debt ceiling, w
vent shutdown. Let's just hope it has been done over a hui
doesn't come to that." times, does not increase

Karl Rove, The Wall Street
Journal: "The desire to strike
at ObamaCare is praiseworthy.
But any strategy to repeal, de-
lay or replace the law must have
a credible chance of succeeding
or affecting broad public opin-
ion positively. The defunding
strategy doesn't. Going down
that road would strengthen the
president while alienating inde-
pendents. It is an ill-conceived
tactic, and Republicans should
reject it."

We need to attract jobs with better pay

continued from 7

all economy, where a fews
do better and better and
better, while everybody
else just treads water or
loses ground."
"We have to make the.
investments necessary
to attract good jobs that
pay good wages and of-
fer high standards of liv-
ing," he said.
While the' link be-
tween income and job-
lessness may seem ap-
parent, the data are/the
first to establish how
this factor has contrib-
uted to the erosion of
the middle class, a tra-
ditional strength of the
U.S. economy.
Based on employment-
to-population ratios,
which are seen as a re-
liable gauge of the labor
market; the employment
disparity between rich
and poor households
remains at the high-
est levels in more than
a decade, the period for
which. comparable data

are available.
Last year, the average
length of unemployment
Sfor U.S. workers reached
39.5 weeks, the highest
level since World War
II. The duration of un-
employment has since
edged lower to 36.5
weeks based on data
from January to July,
still relatively high his-
Economists call this
a "bumping down" or
"crowding out" in the
labor market, a domino

effect that pushes out
lower-income workers,
pushes median income
downward and con-.
tributes to income in-
equality. Because many
mid-skill jobs are be-
ing lost to globalization
and automation, recent
U.S. growth in low-wage
jobs has not come fast
enough to absorb dis-
placed workers at the
SLow-wage workers are
now older and better
educated than ever, with

especially large jumps in
those with at least some
college-level training.
Overall, more than 16
percent of adults ages 16
and older are now "un-
derutilized" in the labor
market that is, they
are unemployed, "under-
employed" in part-time
'jobs when full-time work
is desired or among the
"hidden unemployed"
who are not actively job
hunting but express a
desire ;for immediate

for a lot of losers

of by
o. As
ed in
e our

debt.' I won't even pretend to
know what he and his speech-

writers meant by that one, but
the fact that raising the debt
ceiling 'has been done over a
hundred times' does suggest
that spending more than it takes'
in is now a permanent feature of
American government. And no
one has plans to do anything
about it. Which is. certainly ba-
nana republic-esque."

ANewt Gingrich, CNN: "I am of-
fended and a little frightened by

Obama's deliberate dishonesty
about the debt ceiling. ... Issues
such as ObamaCare don't have
'nothing to do with the budget'
and the idea that it is unusual
for Congress to bring them into
the debt ceiling debate is absurd.
... This is not a dictatorship. The
president cannot dictate. The
structure of our Constitution re-
quires negotiations between the
president and the Congress to
get anything done."

Ingram: We need to not give in to fear

continued from 7D

34-year-old organized a school
walkout to protest the school's
Black History Month snub. But
when the walkout began, Ingram
left alone. She learned that peo-
ple's fears can affect activism.
"So now the thing that I try to
focus on is empowerment and
encouraging people to be active,"
Ingram said. "We need to not
give in to fear."
According to Sharpton, NAN'S
largest focus right now is on
pushing for a new voting rights
bill and laws'to'control stop and

frisk.'As executive director, In-
gram is expected to play a large
role in spearheading the legisla-
tion. She says she is ready for
the task.
"Aside from voting rights, my
other major priority is address-
ing racial profiling. Too many
people of color find themselves
the subject of suspicion just be-
cause of how they look," she said.
"We see it here in New York
with stop and frisk, and we see
it in other instances. There must
be a federal law that protects
people from laws that subject
them to searches or other con-
stitutional infringement based

on the fact that their skin is a
certain color, they practice a cer-
tain religion, or speak a certain
Though she will have to work
in Harlem instead of D.C., In-
gram feels her experience in the
nation's capital will help her.'
"Having strong relationships
and being able to connect with
policymakers and legislators
has allowed me to make some
change," she said.
S"I'm tremendously excited to
be back in Harlem. It's the vil-
lage and the people have always
been welcoming. It's a homecom-

The recession hit us harder than the rest

continued from 7D

University of Central Florida's
Institute for Economic Competi-
Hard economic times even
after the recession officially
ended in 2009 has made
many South Floridians fearful
of hiring. "Clearly the recession
hit us harder than the rest of
the country," Salazar-Carrillo
Ken H. Johnson, a professor
at Florida International Univer-
sity, said he's not 'surprised by
the fiat incomes, given that the

region's two biggest industries,
tourism and real estate, are still
trying to recover from the eco-
nomic downturn. Johnson said
he expects incomes to remain,
flat for the foreseeable future. ,
'"I don't see real estate spin-
ning off the revenues and sala-
ries that it did (during the hous-
ing boom)," Johnson said. "It's
not going back to the halcyon
The 2012 American Commu-
nity Survey found that South
Florida's poverty rate remained
at 15.5 percent while the un-
insured rate declined slightly
from 15 percent to 14.7 percent

since 2011.
Barry Brown, whose firm Ef-
fective Resources tracks.Florida
wages, said his surveys indicate
that employers plan to offer sal-
ary hikes of about 3 percent in
the coming year. But, he said,
overall "we don't believe medi-
an incomes have improved," he
said. "If anything,, they've de-
creased to due increased pres-
sure from rising energy costs,
food costs and Obamacaie."
He said although many provi-
sions of the Affordable Care Act
have yet to kick in, the expecta-
tion already is causing increas-
es in insurance premiums.



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One bedroom, one
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1240 NE 200 Street
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Large three bedrooms, two
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Newly renovated, private
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to move in. Contact Mr.
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New management. Microwave,
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Handicapped accessible.
Free cable, laundry and
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2373 NW 95 Street
$90 weekly,
call 305-450-4603
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Clean, cable and air. $375
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Four bdrms, one bath,
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FPL plan for rate hikes

The News Service of Florida

The state Supreme Court took up
a challenge Thursday to hundreds of
millions' of dollars in rate increases
approved last year for Florida Power
& Light after the utility reached an
agreement with major electricity us-
The state Office'of Public Counsel,
which by law represents consumers
in utility issues, contends that the
Florida Public Service Commission
approved the increases without going
through the proper process. Also, the
Office of Public Counsel takes issue
with a settlement that set the stage
for the hikes a settlement that the
public counsel vehemently opposed.
Justices questioned attorneys on
both' sides about a complicated se-
ries of events that led to the rate in-
creases, with Justice Barbara Pari-
ente asking at one point how a settle-
ment could be reached that did not
include the public counsel.
She likened the public counsel's
role 'to representing the "99 percent"
of FPL customers, while major com-
mercial electricity users that agreed
to the settlement were "1 percent."
"Aren't we talking about the rest
of the residential users who are go-
ing to be affected by this?" Pariente
But attorneys for the Public Ser-
vice Commission and FPL said the
public counsel was able last year to
contest issues before regulators ap-
proved the settlement. Also, the pub-
lic counsel declined to participate
in the settlement while it was being
drawn up.
"This was not sprung on public
counsel at the last minute," FPL at-





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The Public Service Commission,
which regulates utilities and ap-
proves rates, agreed late last year to
allow FPL to raise base electric rates
by $350 million in.January 2013.
Also, it agreed to allow the utility to
raise rates again as three new power
plants started operating over a four-
year period.
Base-rate increases are often a
contentious issue and take months
to play out, as utilities and o*er
parties submit voluminous amoflits
of financial and technical informa-
tion to the Public Service Commis-
sion. FPL filed a base-rate proposal
in March 2012, but the legal dis-
pute stemmed from an August 2012
settlement reached with representa-
tives of some large electricity users.
An announcement of the settle-
ment came just' days before the
Public Service Commission was
scheduled to start a detailed hearing
about FPL's original proposal. That
touched off four months of battling
that ultimately led to the commis-
sion approving rate, increases that
were similar to the terms of the set-
The public counsel contended last
year that FPL's rates should drop by
$253 million in 2013 not increase.
But FPL argues, in part, that the et-
tlemenf will provide stable and :re-
dictable electric rates for four years.
In documents filed with the u-
preme Court, the public cou sel
asked justices to send the rate case
back to the Public Service Com-
mission and require FPL to refund
money that it has collected based on
the increases. Justices typically take
months to rule-in such cases.

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Frederick Douglass Elementary School, 314 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 331 6

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By Tim Dahlberg Norton Rs the only heaBeight fathers death. Norton had been inI
By Tim Dahlberg Norton is the only- heavyN-%eight father's death. Norton had been in

He was the second man to beat
Muhammad Ali. breaking Ali'sja%
and sending him to the hospital in
their 1973 heavyweight fight. Ken
Norton frustrated All three times
in all, including their final bout at
Yankee Stadium where he was sure
he had beaten him once again.
Norton, who died last Wednesday
at the age of 70, lost that fight for the
heavyweight title. But he was forever
linked to Ali for the 39 rounds they
fought over three fights, with very
little separating one man from the
other in the ring.
"Kenny was a.good, good fighter
- he beat a lot of guys," said Ed
Schuyler Jr., who covered many of
Norton's fights for The Associated
Press. "He gave Ali fits because Ali let
him fight coming forward instead of
making him back up."

champion never to win the tiude in the
nng, and boxing fans sull talk about
the bruising battle he waged with
Larrm Holmes for the title in 1978.
But it was his first fight with Ali that
made the former Marine a big name
and the two fights that followed that
were his real legacy. Few gave Norton,
who possessed a muscular, sculpted
body, much of a chance against Ali in
their first meeting, held at the Sports
Arena in San Diego, where Norton
lived. But his awkward style and,
close-in pressing tactics confused
Ali, who fought in pain after his jaw
was broken. The loss was even more
shocking because Ali had only lost to
Joe Frazier in their 1971 showdown
and was campaigning for the, title he
would win again the next year against
George Foreman in Zaire.
Ken Norton, Jr., a coach with the
Seattle Seahawks, confirmed his

poor health lor the last several 'ears
after suffering a series of strokes.
He finished with a record of 42-
7-1 and 33 knockouts and would
later embark on an acting career,
appearing in several movies and was
a commentator at fights.

Born Aug. 9, 1943, in Jacksonville,
Ill., he started boxing when he was in
the Marines and began his pro career
after his release from duty in 1967.
He lost only once in his early fights
but had fought few fighters of any
note when he was selected to meet
Al. At the time, Ali was campaigning
to try to win back the heavyweight
crown he lost to Joe Frazier in 1973.
His fight against Holmes in 1978
at Caesars Palace was his last big

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Killian runs Wing-T as Reef defense ensues.



By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer,

Coral Reef looked playoff ready after an
emotional overtime win against district
rival Killian last Friday afternoon at
Southridge. Coach Chevas Clements
embraced senior receiver Jacob McCrary
in a post-game celebration after beating
last year's district 16-8A runner-up 21-
Undoubtedly seeking redemption from
the previous season's 37-22 loss, Reef (3-
0) willed itself at the poised play of senior
quarterback and Duke commit, Nico
Pierre, who thrust himself on a 1-yard
push into the end zone on the fourth
down of a sudden death overtime. That
led to the clinching extra-point kick by
Christian Jacquemin. Pierre finished
with 188-yards passing and McCrary
earned 143 yards on four completions.

"We grew up this week," said Clements,
whose team came off of a 49-0 loss to
Central. "This put us in the driver's seat."
But it took some true strategy to get
into the driver's seat. Killian was ahead
the entire game after an expressive score
by junior Jaquan Johnson, who was
expected to be out for the season after a
back injury during pre-season.
"To see Jaquan get his moment for
me as a coach was just amazing," said
Killian Head Coach Cory Johnson. "I've
never seen a kid that excited."
Unfortunately, the excitement paled in
comparison to the game's result.
'There's no on answer to why we've
struggled," said Johnson, referring
to Jaquan's return and the lack of
experience on his team. "We're going to
take our lumps to get better."
No doubt the additions of veteran coach
Billy Rolle and veteran player Lamont

Green to the Reef coaching staff help
"It was a no brainer," said Cleme:
about hiring Rolle and Green. "Coa
Rolle is my mentor and having both
their experience is invaluable."
But even with "a championship cali
staff' as Clements referred to the
overcoming Killian's Wing-T offense w
not easy. The Cougars (1-3) undoubte
inspired by Johnson, held Reef score
until the fourth quarter when Reef ca
back to score twice and send the game
overtime tied at 14. Their fatal misti
came on a tipped extra-point attempt
overtime that fell short.
Killian, who only loss two games 1
season, will need to win the remain
of their district games to be play
contenders. They will face Homeste
Friday at Harris Field at 7 p.m. Cc
Reef next faces 8A regional oppon
Coral Gables (2-1) at FIU South.

Teams vying for second place in Dist. 16-61

Chances slim that Central can be dethroned i7

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer,

The majority of district 16-6A teams,
whether they want to admit it or not, are
playing for second place. That's because
Central's dominance pretty much guar-
antees that they'll hold on to the top spot
in the district. Last Friday's 16-6A district
play leveled the playing field among the
next four teams even more when Carol City
defeated Northwestern 28-15 at Traz Pow-
ell and Norland upset Homestead 19-17 at
Harris Field.

A game that was tied at 2-2 and then
again at 15-15 exposed just how evenly
matched the teams were. There was not
a huge difference in passing yards where
Northwestern's Trevis McKinney threw for
58 yards compared to Carol City's 33-yards
passing. Both teams were careless combin-
ing for six fumbles in the game and both
had at least 10 penalties.
What made the difference was the Chiefs
composure after errors they recovered
two of three fumbles, where the Bulls (1-2,
0-1) lost possession on all three mishan-
dles. The Bulls penalties cost them 105
yards compared to Carol City's 65, many
coming on crucial plays. The most signifi-
cant gap came on the Chiefs hard-nosed
rushing that earned them two additional
touchdowns to stretch their lead to 13. Led
by the dichotomous quarterback Trayon
Gray, the Chiefs (2-2, 1-0) finished with
210-yards rushing. Gray tacked on 135 of
those yards and two touchdowns, includ-
ing a 58 yard run-the longest of\the game.

"The difference last night was our de-
fense and resiliency," said Aubrey Hill,
Chiefs head coach. "It gives us a clear vi-
sion of where we are and where we want
to go."
The Carol City defense recorded one in-
terception and held the Bulls to 85-yards

A game that looked like it was going to
the Broncos (2-1, 0-1), changed course in
the last 60 seconds. Vikings Running Back
Khalil Murat's 7-yard touchdown run with
53 seconds remaining put Norland (1-3,
1-0) ahead for the first and most essential
time of the game.
Homestead who went into the game un-
defeated had an early spark by Florida
commit Ermon Lane who scored on a 90-
yard kickoff return to open the game. Re-
ceiver Gilbert Johnson added to the mix
on an 82-yard reception in the third that
almost solidified the game. But Murat had
a different agenda with two touchdowns to
clinch a district win and Norland's first win
of the season.
"The win was big on so many levels,"
Norland Coach Daryle Heidelburg said.
"It stops a losing streak that these players
have never experienced before and keeps
us in the playoff hunt. Hopefully it sparks
the team and we'll have more wins."

Carol City is now tied with Norland at the
top of the district, bumping Central (3-1),
whose first district game is in two weeks, to
third place. Homestead and Northwestern
are now at the bottom of the district and

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-Miami Times photo/Akilah Laster
Carol City offense in action.
do not face each other until November 1st.
Assuming that Central goes undefeated
in district in that time, and if either the
Bulls or Broncos hope to make the play-
offs, Carol City and Norland would have to
lose the remainder of their district games.
The Chiefs have two non-district con-
tests before they face Homestead on Octo-
ber 18th, starting Friday with Southridge
at the Spartans' home at 7:30 p.m. Nor-
land and Columbus square off on Friday
at North Miami at 7:30 p.m. and will re-
sume district play on October 4th against
Northwestern. Central, who has not lost
a district game since 2009, plays all of
its district games four consecutive weeks,
starting with Homestead on October 5th.
They are not scheduled to play this week.

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From left J. Dean, P. Manyou, D. Nottage, D. Betts, M. Mezier; So.
Dade Defense each recorded int. against Palmetto.

South Dade demolishes

rival Palmetto 43-0

By Akilah Laster ____._._.._____ _
Miami nimes writer, '

ess What can Palmetto be proud of af-
mune ter being shutout 43-0 by district ri-
e to val South Dade last Thursday night at
eke Harris Field? Maybe they can be grate-
t in ful the'score wasn't higher.
Fortunately for the Panthers (2-1),
ast the Buccaneers' Achilles' heel was
der their kicking South Dade only con-
roff verted on one of four extra-point at-
cad tempts and flailed on all three two-
iral point conversions. Perhaps the Pan-
ent others should be excited that they
exposed last season's district 16-8A
champ's weakness. Other district op-
.................. ponrtents, Killian, Southridge, and Cor-
* al Reef, will undoubtedly appreciate
the heads-up.
But while the kicking game was
r-w shaky, launching to a 25-pQint lead
in the first quarter against any oppo-
nent will compensate for that. Senior
quarterback Khalil Render connected
on four touchdown passes to receiv-
ers CJ Worton, Mateo Walker, Tyre'
SBrady, and Nathaniel Terry all within
four minutes left in the first quarter.
Render earned 175-yards passing by
the end of the first.
"It's time for those dividends to cash
in," said Head Coach Nathaniel Hud-
son. "This is our first shut-out game
and it was something we were looking
I -, forward to."
Seven different players scored for
the Bucs (4-0) by the end of the game.
The defense inexplicably held the Pan-
thers to an embarrassing three rush-

South Dade Sr. WR Tyre' Brady
catching TD pass
ing yards for the game. Daunted by
four interceptions, including two pick-
six's, Palmetto quarterback Matt Col
finished with only 110 yards.
South Dade 14-0) who is favored to
win the district again, especially with
a struggling Killian, needs to keep
the momentum going. They play non-
district opponent Varela on Thurs-
day at 7 p.m. at Harris Field, which
should be another easy win. Palmetto
has a short-lived celebration, third in
the district and ahead of Killian and
Southridge. They play against Lake
Gibson (1-1) on Friday in Lakeland.

Business targets single moms

continued from 7D

In order to introduce
her non-profit busi-
ness to the commu-
nity, Curry recently
sponsored "Opening
Our Treasure Chest"
- the first initiative to
unveil the programs
and goals of Londyn's
Closet. Curry decided
to hold a communi-
ty-wide baby shower
- something that all
expecting mothers an-

She and her staff
gave two well-deserv-
ing, qualifying expect-
ing teen moms who
were in need of assis-
tance baby food, furni-
ture and clothes. Both
soon-to-be-moms said
Curry's organization
has made a real differ-
ence in'their lives.
"Participating in
Londyn's Closet was a
great experience," said
Cassie Frazier. "I re-
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sphere, the games and
the food. Being a part of

this event meant a lot
to me and my family.
I really appreciate Ms.
Veronica and Londyn's
Closet for all their sup-
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does baby Justice). It
was truly a blessing."
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to participate in Lon-
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forward to their pro-
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said Quanae Busbee.
"This has been a real
blessing to me and to
my family."