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 Section A: Main: Editorial
 Section A: Main: Church
 Section A: Main: Lifestyle
 Section A: Main: State
 Section A: Main: National
 Section A: Main continued
 Section B: Prep Rap
 Section C: Local
 Section C continued
 Section C: Around the Area
 Section C: Sports
 Section C continued
 Section D: Entertainment

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Florida star
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Florida star (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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Florida star news
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Jacksonville Fla
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December 10, 2005
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"Florida's statewide black weekly."
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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Table of Contents
    Section A: Main
        page A 1
    Section A: Main: Editorial
        page A 2
    Section A: Main: Church
        page A 3
    Section A: Main: Lifestyle
        page A 4
    Section A: Main: State
        page A 5
    Section A: Main: National
        page A 6
    Section A: Main continued
        page A 7
        page A 8
    Section B: Prep Rap
        page B 1
        page B 2
        page B 3
        page B 4
        page B 5
        page B 6
        page B 7
        page B 8
    Section C: Local
        page C 1
    Section C continued
        page C 2
        page C 3
    Section C: Around the Area
        page C 4
    Section C: Sports
        page C 5
    Section C continued
        page C 6
        page C 7
        page C 8
    Section D: Entertainment
        page D 1
        page D 2
        page D 3
        page D 4
        page D 5
        page D 6
        page D 7
        page D 8
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Wanted Couple Of Interest

In Murder of 16-Year-Old

S-. J A C K -
T Anthony V. Webb,
16, and Robert B.
Brown, 21, were
i shot Thursday
while gambling
behind an apart-
ment on Almeda
Thomas Derrick Stephanie L. Street.
Payne Armstrong The two were
among a group of
people who were gambling but sources did not disclose
what type of game was being played. While the two
were gambling, an argument started and several shots
were fired. Anthony was taken to Shands where he later
died. Brown's injuries were not life threatening.
Both Thomas Derrick Payne, 29, who originally gave
his name as Kentarre Brant, and Stephanie Lashae
Armstrong, 33 are persons of interest in the double

shooting and aggravated battery and are being sought by
the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. Payne and Armstrong's
known address is that of the apartment complex where
the shooting occurred.

Congresswoman Brown Provides Help
In Medicare Prescription Plan

Corrine Brown participat-
ed in a
Center Tour
B u s
Corrine throughout
Brown the city
with SHINE and other
counselors to help

Woman Turns Self In

On Disable Abuse Charge

On September 11, 2005, a
report was filed that a dis-
abled adult at a group
home located in the 5500
block of Hickson Road
was chocked and punched.
The victim is a patient at
the home and has Down
syndrome and is schizo-
The victim said that the
suspect, 26-year-old
Tamara Moneick Frasier,.

who was a care giver at the
home told him he had the
volume of his television
set up too high.
When he did not turn it
down immediately,
according to witness, she
chocked him with her
hands and drugged him
down the hall to the com-
mon area where she then
punched him in the right

Abuse continued on A-7

U.S. Senator Barak Obama To Be Speaker

At Florida Democratic Conference Saturday

The 2006 Florida
Democratic Conference
will be held in Orlando,
Florida on Saturday,
December 10 and the fea-
tured speaker will be U. S.
Senator Barak Obama
from Illinois.
Senator Obama is the
second black U. S. Senator
since reconstruction.
Persons who wish to
attend the dinner or be
appointed as a delegate,

Supreme Court Ruled On
Social Security And Student'Loans

The Supreme Court ruled that the U. S. Government
can take a person's social security benefits to pay an
unpaid student loan.
A disabled man from California took his case to the
Supreme Court because he said his small ($874) monthly
check was barely enough to pay his monthly food and
medical expense.
The government is taking 15 percent of the com-
plainant, James Lockhart's benefits to pay towards the
loan he received in 1980.

may do so by 5 pm on
Friday, Dec. 2 via
Internet at
www.fladems.com or by
calling 800-925-3411

Teen Found Stabbed
Kalif Hakim Smith,
16, was found stabbed in
the throat early
Thursday between two
buildings at the Collins
Place Apartment
Complex. Investigators
have not determined
who did the stabbing or
The teen was rushed
to Shands Hospital in
Jacksonville and was
reported in critical con--

Jacksonville's Early
Literacy Program
Gets $997,763
The federal govern-

Student Gains For Iraq

Is Losses For America
are no longer
drafted into the
military, or so
they say, but the
tactics being
used to get
young men and
women to serve
is considered by

Medicare recipients select many as a subtle form of drafting for Iraq," said a
a Medicare Prescription Texas father.
Drug Plan. The tour bus How much do we really know about our school
w a s system and the "No Child Left Behind Act?" The
equipped Act requires high schools to give military recruiters
with lap- the same privileges to students as college recruiters.
tops with Practically all Americans are familiar with the "No
Internet Child Left Behind Act" but only relate it to taking
a c e s s certain test. Most do not know how the program
Tony Hill Also on allows their children to be subtly drafted into the
the tour military because of recruitment tactics and the many
were Social Security programs and, monies offered, according to the
Administrators to help Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools.
explain the importance Marky is an honor student. He really wants to go
of prescription drug cov- to college. He lives with his father .and has regular
erage and help the partici- visitations with his mother but the funds for him to
pants understand the plan. go to the college of his choice are not available. He
The Congresswoman, therefore started seeking scholarships and grants.
along with State Senator Marky is aware of the forms for grants that can be
Tony Hill, hosted a meet- submitted beginning in January and has already
ing to discuss the agree- completed the form, just waiting for January to mail
ment between the state of it or apply over the Internet.
Florida and the federal
Help continued on A-7 Losses continued on A-7

Bush Signs Bill Authorizing Rosa Parks Statue

President Bush signed
a bill Thursday authoriz-
ing a statue of civil rights
leader Rosa Parks in the
Capitol's Statuary Hall.
Parks, who died Oct.
24 at age 92, refused to
give up her seat to a white
man on a Montgomery,
Ala., bus in 1955.The
country was never the
same again.
"What had begun as a

ment awarded the City of
Jacksonville almost one
million dollars to allow
the city the ability to help
train child-care providers
and to teach early learn-
ing techniques and com-
munication skills to par-
The city's goal is to
help the 4-year-olds of
Jacksonville get better
prepared for kindergarten.
The money will pro-
vide scholarships for
child-care providers in
low-income neighbor-
hoods so that they can
acquire the skills they
need to better prepare the

simple act of civil dis-
obedience ended up gal-
vanizing the modern
movement for civil
rights," Bush said at a
signing ceremony where
he was joined by mem-
bers of the Parks family.
"By refusing to give
in, Rosa Parks called
America back its found-
ing. promise of equality
and justice for everyone,"

Source Magazine

It has been reported
that The Source, a Hip-
Hop magazine, was
behind in their rent for
the office space they were
subleasing from Forbes
Textron Financial,
who, according to
reports, provided, a loan
in the amount of $18 mil-
lion to The Source, said
the company has also
defaulted on their loan.
The Source's sched-
uled eviction day was
December 8, 2005.

the president said.
She would be the first
black woman to be repre-
sented in Statuary Hall,
where many states have
statues honoring notable
people in their history.
Parks, a former seam-
stress, became the first
woman to lie in honor in
the Capitol Rotunda,

Statue continued on A-7

Angela Bassett
Expecting Twins

reported that famed
o 1 d
Bassett Bassett
and her husband,
Courtney B. Vance, 45,
star of NBC's "Law &
Order: Criminal Intent,"
are expecting twins via a
surrogate" within the
next couple of months.
Bassett has played
many roles and is mostly
remembered for her role
in "How Stella Got Her

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White House's AIDS Record

Phill Wilson
NNPA Columnist

President Bush marked
World AIDS Day on
December 1 with a moving
and remarkable speech.
"At the start of this cen-
tury," the President
offered, "AIDS causes suf-
fering from remote vil-
lages of Africa to the heart
of America's big cities.
This danger is multiplied
by indifference and com-
placency. This danger will
be overcome by compas-
sion, honesty, and decisive
Unfortunately, those
words articulate a clarity
of vision and purpose that
we are sorely lacking in
Washington, D.C., today.
In the speech, President
Bush ticked off his admin-
istration's domestic
achievements in fighting
AIDS. He described
"funding that brings life-
saving drugs and treatment
to hundreds ,of thousands
of low-income Americans"
and has turned AIDS into
"a long-term illness like
heart disease or diabetes."
Yet, Congress is right
now finalizing a budget -
shoved through by this
White House that will
transfer the costs of our

state-run public health
insurance programs onto
the desperately poor fami-
lies those programs were
intended to help.
The Medicaid budget
recently passed by the
House would cut tens of
millions of dollars out of
the program by removing
federal regulations that
limit how much states may
force beneficiaries to put
up in co-pays and premi-
ums, among other "sav-
ings" taken out of con-
sumers' pockets. Worse,
analysts predict that the
savings will come not
from the actual co- pays
but by discouraging people
in the program from actu-
ally seeking care.
Medicaid isthe nation's
largest payer for AIDS
Meanwhile, the AIDS,
Drug Assistance Program,
which funds anti-HIV
drugs for uninsured people
with HIV/AIDS, continues
to teeter on the brink of
collapse the victim of
malign neglect on behalf
of federal purse-holders.
As of September 2005,
2,187 Americans were on
waiting lists to get medica-

tion.through ADAP. A little
fnore than 1,300 of those
people were getting med-.
ication through an emer-
gency funding program
that will expire in March.
Why? Because year after
year Congress and the
White House have worked
together to drastically
underfund the ADAP pro-
Meanwhile, our com-
munity is being dispropor-
tionately killed by AIDS --
much like we are by the
president's examples of
heart disease and diabetes.
African- Americans who
rely far more heavily on
public insurance programs
for AIDS care -- remain
seven times more likely to
die from an HIV infection
once' they get it than
The president also
rightly reminded us all that
HIV/AIDS is "a special
concern in the. gay com-
munity, which has effec-
tively fought this disease
for decades through educa-
tion and prevention." He
added that AIDS is
"increasingly found
among women and
minorities." That's one
reason why it is unfortu-
nate that, under this
administration, funding for
abstinence-only sex educa-
tion in our schools has
more than doubled.

Abstinence-only education
teaches that the only way
to protect yourself from
HIV and other STDs is to
not have sex outside of
heterosexual marriage.
Such "educational" pro-
grams typically bar
instructors from discussing
how to use condoms at all.
The Black AIDS
Institute applauds
President Bush's moving
words on World AIDS Day
- for an administration in
which the vice president
acknowledged just over a
year ago that he hadn't
realized the intensity of the
epidemic among African-
American women that is
certainly progress.' We
now urge the administra-
tion and Congress to start
putting action behind their
words on. the other 364
days of the year.
Phill Wilson is founder
and Executive Director of
the Black AIDS Institute in
Los Angeles. He has .par-
ticipated in numerous
international conferences
on AIDS and was selected
by the Ford Foundation in
2001 as one of "Twenty
Leaders for a Changing
World."' Wilson has been
living with HIV for more
than 25years and with
AIDS for 15 years. He can
be reached at

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-Schedule of Events and Services-

invited to an evening of music, dance, poetry and drama as
New Bethel A.M.E Church celebrates the birth of Jesus
Christ. The Christmas celebration will be held on Friday,
December 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The youth of the
church will showcase their poetic gifts, followed by a play
entitled "0 Holy Night". The play presents a delightful
pageantry complete with costumes, music and dance. The
play features Jeanette Hall, Tarsha Parker, Josh Felton, Rev.
William H. Lamar, IV (Gabriel), Adrienne Reid and The
New Bethel Dancers, and Michael Mitchner and Abundant
Life. The church is located at 1231 Tyler St. Rev. William
H. Lamar, IV, Pastor.
CONCERT- First Lady Productions presents its Fourth
Annual Toy and Gift Giveaway/Gospel Concert on Saturday,
December 17, 7:00 p.m. at One Accord Ministries
International, Inc. located at 2971 Waller St. "A Christmas
To Remember" is the theme. The founder of this event is
First Lady Dr. Vera Goodman, wife of Bishop, Dr. Jan D.
Goodman, Sr., Pastor of One Accord Ministries
International, Inc. Dr. Vera Goodman is the CEO of. First
Lady Productions and been serving and reaching out to the
community prior to establishing her business in 2002.
Through the Gospel Concert and Toy Giveway, Dr. Good
man has impacted the lives of hundreds of youths. The
evening will include music, singing, dance and drama featur-
ing artists from First Lady Productions and from throughout
the city. Drawings will be held for door prizes and games
will be provided for the kids. .For more information call the
church at 904/389-7373 or 537-2539.
6910 New Kings Rd., invites the public to share in its annu-
al Winter Revival Wenesday, December 14-Friday,
December 16 at 6:45 p.m. nightly. Rev. John Green of
Bethel A.M.E. Church, Tallahassee, Fla., is the guest preach-

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Three campuses to serve you:
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2434 Old Middleburg Rd.
*The Jacob's Campus
86138 Palm Tree Dr. in Yulee
*The Thomas Campus
931 3rd Ave. So., in Jacksonville Beach
Contact: Dr. Harry Johnson, Founder and Chancellor at (904) 695-1745;
Fax (904) 696-1788 or Angela Green, Campus Director, at (904) 225-5388
orFTa 0x 194 225-8208.
*Afternoon classes are available
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Whether donating a body to med-
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reasons, donation of a human body is
not complicated if you know all the
rules and regulations for each medical
program. The two most important
things to remember in all whole body
donation programs are:
No medical schools or state
anatomical boards in the United States
are permitted by law to purchase bod-
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Physical condition of the body,
and not age, is the important factor in
body donation. There is usually no
upper age limit in donation of a human
body to medical science.
Organs and whole body, donation
are two separate programs, with differ-
ent needs. A potential donor must
make a decision to either donate his or
her whole body or individual organ
.parts at death. Withliew exceptions,

organ and 'tissue donations at death
will prevent whole body donation for
medical education. The exception
would be the cornea of the eye, which
can be donated without affecting
whole body donation.
One of the most important things
to be stressed here is that a potential
body donor should not have a false
sense of financial security concerning
whole body donation. Many donated
bodies are rejected at death for various
reasons by the medical schools listed
in the Whole Body Donation Guide,
Be prepared with alternate burial or
cremation plans for final disposition
of the body.

"Our Aim Is Not to Equal, But Excel"
5660 Moncrief Rd.*
Tel: 768-0507

er. A Christmas Community Outreach will be held in the
Proctor Center on Saturday, December 17. The Christmas
Pageant entitled "Every Knee Shall Bow" will be held at
6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. On Sunday, December
25, the Christmas Worship Service entitled "A Birthday
Party Fors Jesus" will be held at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Marvin C.
Zanders Pastor.
CONCERT-The public is invited to attend a concert on
Saturday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hunt's
Auditorium located at 9850 Wagner Rd. (between U.S. 1 and
Trout River Boulevard). The concert features Rev. Alvin
Darling and The Hope Chapel Mass Choir. Rev. darling will
perform his hit song "All Night" from the newly released
"You Deserve My Worship" CD.
Gospel Singers of Jacksonville will celebrate their Third
Anniversary on Sunday, December 18, 6:00 p.m. at Life
Temple of Deliverance Church located at 2725 North Laura
St. Guests will include Dr. B.J. Hamilton and The Voices Of
Hope, Golden Clouds Gospel Singers, Touch Gospel
Singers, New Creation Gospel Singers, and The Spirit
Travelers of Atlantic Beach, Fla. Special guests are The
Uplifters of Passaic, New Jersey and The South Florida
Gospel Singers of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Productions, Carla Paige Mortuary, and Bishop Lorenza
Hall, Sr. present a free Senior Citizen Concert on Sunday
December .11, 5:00 p.m. at 6901 N.'Main'St. The concert
features Bishop, Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr,. the Grammy Award
winning Brooklyn All Stars, the Singing Trumpets of
Jacksonville and others.
Joseph United methodist Women will host a Seasonal tea
and Mini Fashion Show on December 11 at 4:00 p.m. The
church is located at 925 Spearing St..
C.O.G.I.C. will host its first Annual New Year's Musical on
Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 12:30 a.m. The church is locat-
ed at 2179 Emerson St.

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NCC Produced Christmas Eve

Specials To Air At Same

Time On Different Networks

Two Christmas Eve
specials, bosh pro-
duced under the aus-
pices of the National
Council of Churches
USA (NCC), will air i
at the same time, one
on ABC, the other on
Both programs are
scheduled for 11:30
p.m. on December 24.
Outgoing NCC
President Thomas L.
Hoyt Jr. will preempt
David Letterman
when he preaches to Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr.
1,500 worshippers in
Jackson, MS, on CBS.
Meanwhile, "Joy to the World," a mix of music and praise
produced for the NCC by the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America, will replace ABC's Nightline for one night.
On CBS, Hoyt will preach in Black's Chapel Missionary
Baptist Church in Jackson, in a service' on the theme, "No
Room in the Inn." Celebrating with scripture readings, car-
ols, spirituals and a praise dance, the service will honor the
birth of Jesus by awarding gifts to 100 survivors of the 2005
The one-hour "Joy \o the World" special on ABC will
include a mix of music and praise from Evangelical Lutheran
congregations African-American, Asian, American Indian,
Arab/Middle Eastern and Latino, from Oklahoma to Illinois
and Ohio to Puerto Rico. The rich and diverse cultural blend
begins with a Santa Lucia celebration in the Swedish
Lutheran tradition. Local air times may vary. Viewers .are
urged to check listings with local affiliates.


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The Church Directory

"Come and Worship With Us"

New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208

Sunday School 9:30 a,m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Afternoon Bible Study
(Except First Sunday) 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Sunday School Review ,...8:00 p.m.
Pastor: Rev. Joe Calhoun
(904) 764-5727 Church
(904) 768-0272 Home

'1 MIA,

"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Adress: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575; Jacksonville, Fla. 32206.
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.hn.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday Joy Night,7:00 p.m.
"Email: Gospell175@aol.com
Website: Greaterelbethel.org

.1417 North Laura St. Jacksonville, Florida 32206
George Harvey, Jr., M.A., M. Div., Pastor
Telephone: (904) 356-0664 or 768-4453
"Christ died for our sins...was buried and Rose again" (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
Sulzbacher Outreach Service 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Worship 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday Night Services 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Prison Outreach 1:00 p.m.
Saturday Nursing Home Outreach 3rd and 4th Saturdays
International Sunday ,School........... 5:00 p.ms. Saturday on WYMM AM 1530
A Bible Preaching, Bible Believing and Bible Practicing Church
"Without the shedding of Blood, there is no remission of sin" (Hebrews 9:22)

Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Church School 8:45 a.m.
Fulfillment Hour Bible Study .............6:30 p.m.
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Joy Explosion Ministry 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor

Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
2036 Silver Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor
(904) 354-7249 Church
Bible Power Enrichment Hour
j Sunday School 9:15- 10:15 a.m.
Sunday Praise & Worship 8:00 a.m.
Baptism-Praise & Worship
(Sanctuary) 10:30 a.m.
Youth Church-2nd & 3rd Sundays
Fellowship Hall 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Noonday Prayer 12 Noon
Inspiration Wednesday Worship Service..................6:00-8:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study, Youth Bible Study & Activities

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"There's Always Something
Happening On The First Coast"

A Surprise Seventieth Celebration
OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul..
Theodore "Teddy' Jones chose the words from
William Ernest Henley's poem Invictus to close his

'Roasting' of 70th Birthday H6noree Warner
Several weeks in advance Warner Singleton's lovely
wife Mrs. Sylvia Singleton had sent out invitations to
make sure we all put the date on our calendar. To insure
the surprise the RSVPs were mailed to their daughter's
home rather than the Singleton home. When the couple
arrived at the Ballroom of the Embassy Suites Warner
was taken aback by the filled room of well-wishers!
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
'Family Matriarch' Dr. Jeanetta Giles Norman
emceed the party and charmed us with her adlib musi-
cal renditions with the band. And with the musical lega-
cy of the late Charlie 'Hoss' Singleton being contin-
ued by the birthday honoree, I don't need to tell you
that there was music, music, music, and even more
great music. throughout the evening. And of course
where there's good music, there's always wonderful
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
Musician Extraordinaire Ray Love,. Gene
Gonzales, and William Smith all childhood friends of
Warner Singleton joined the list of 'Roasters' at the
party. Gene Gonzales toasted the honoree with: "The
past is history. The future is a mystery. This moment
is a gift. That why this moment is called a present."
The honoree spoke. His rumination of the years was
so touching especially when he spoke of his late father.
He praised his wife, daughters and granddaughters for
the wonderful surprise.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate.:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley

St. Philips' Annual Dinner Dance
The Annual Dinner Dance of St. Philips Dinner
Dance was .held recently at the Airport clarion Hotel
Ballroom. We were the guests of our childhood friends
William and Iva Baker Smith. There was scrumptious
food, endless door prizes and wonderful, wonderful fel-
lowship throughout the evening. We were delighted
that our schedule this'year enabled us to be a part of this
post Thanksgiving tradition. As always it was truly a
delightful evening!

Save the Date!
Leadership Jacksonville is Celebrating 30 Years:
Celebration 2006, April 20, 2006 Radisson Riverwalk
Hotel 16:00 9:00 p.m. Honoring Hugh Greene,
Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele and Bill Scheu.

Don't forget to let us know of your upcoming
events. Contact us at 904 766-8834; E-mail
socially@TheFloridaStar.com or you may reach me
directly at imajol@aol.com, telephone (904) 285-9777

Birthday Honoree Warner Singleton who was filled with gratitude as
he posed for this photo with his family at his 70th Birthday Fest.
(Photo: J. Carl Davis, Sr.)

Childhood friend of Warner Singleton, J. Ralph Green with his wife
Mrs. Patricia Sharp Greene joined other Durkeeville 'brats' in cele-
brating the 70th birthday of their childhood friend. (Photo:J. Carl
Davis, Sr.)

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Retired Duval County Schools Administrator Mrs. Jessie Jenkins
Boddie with her grandchildren, The Royce Badgers. They were at
both the Singleton Birthday Party and the Saint Philips Church
Dinner Dance.(Photo:J. Carl Davis, Sr.)

Childhood friends of the Singletons, the Muller siblings: Mesdames
Altamese Muller Hill and Frances Muller Hunter with brother
Samuel Muller. Mrs. Muller Hunter traveled from Philadelphia ior
the party. (Photo: J Carl Davis, Sr)

Jazzing it up at the Singleton party were the Muller sisters and Cable
TV Host Ms. Lynne Jones. (Photo:. Carl Davis, Sr.)

The William 'Bill' Smiths at the Saint Philips Episcopal Church's
Annual Dinner Dance. (Photo:J. Carl Davis, Sr.)

Father and Son-Clarence Belton and C. Ronald Belton at the Saint Rev. Cannon Nelson D. Pinder and Mrs. Pinder at their church's
Philips Church Dinner Dance. (Photo:J. Carl Davis, Sr.) Dinner Dance. (Photo:J. Carl Davis, Sr.)

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Mses. Denise Miolen, Melanie Wakefield and Michelle Robinson were
having a delightful time at the Saint Philips Dinner Dance. (Photo:J.
Carl Davis, Sr.)

or fax (904) 285-7008.
See you in the paper!

Mses Pamela Jackson and Erica White at the S t Philips Church Mesdames Bess .:in, and Thelma Lewis were unningly dressedAhe
Dinner Dance. (Photo:J. Carl Davis, Sr.) Saint Philips C ihurch Dinner Dance. (Photo:. Carl Davis, S:)

George McIvory and Mrs. Theresa Glass at the Saint Philips Annual
Dinner Dance. (Photo:J. Carl Davis, Sr)

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Attorney Fights Against Police Brutality

On Behalf Of Family Of Slain Miami Teen

Attorney Lorenzo Wiliams (center) stands with Donald
Graham and Sylvia Smith, parents of slain teen, Denzel
Graham, during a press conference announcing a law-
suit filed against the North Miami Beach Police
Department and Daisy Manufacturing Company.

STUART, Fla..--A
wrongful death lawsuit has
been filed in the case of a
16-year-old boy who was
gunned down on
Thanksgiving Day in 2003,
on the steps of his family's
North Miami apartment
The lawsuit was filed by
Attorney Lorenzo Williams,
partner in the Florida-based
law firm of Gary, Williams,
Parenti, Finney, Lewis,
McManus, Watson and
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RE: FY 2006 Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization Grant
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority
(JTA) is providing an opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY
2005/2006 Modernization Project in which federal funds are being re-
quested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is
generally available on an 80/20 matching basis between federal, state,
and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all
projects listed below.
Facility/Guideway Upgrades: $ 125.000'
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing
before 5 p.m. on January 7, 2006. If a request is received by the stated
time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. This
notice will serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5309 Modernization Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improve-
ment Program (TIP) of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business dis-
placements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation.
These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environ-
ment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or dis-
abled. Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby
at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through January 7, 2006 during normal
business hours. This notice will constitute the final notice if no changes
Kenneth R. Holfon
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

"' R.'(t, Tr.,! ,ri,'^' irf .tl Seolutions

100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32203
Telephone: (904) 630-3187 Fax: (904) 630-3166 www.jtafla.com

The lawusit charges that
in the incident, occurring on
November 27, 2003, Denzel
Graham, 16, a high school
sophomore, was talking
with group of children who
also lived in the apartment
Officer Reyneri
Hernandez of the North
Miami Beach Police
Department stepped from
behind a wall and shot
Graham in the back of the
right shoulder while the
front of his body was turned
away from the officer,. with
his hands extended away
from the officer and up in
the surrendering position.
Officer Hernandez is
alleged to have shot Graham
without probable cause,
provocation or justification
after mistaking an unloaded
toy BB pistol for a loaded
An investigation by the
Gary law firm showed that

prior to being shot. Graham
notified Officer Hernandez
that his toy BB pisol was not
The investigation also
shows that the toy gun was
never aimed at Officer
Furthermore, Graham
obeyed all orders given by
Officer Hernadez and did
not attempt to flee or resist
arrest. The lawsuit contends
that Graham posed no phyi-
cal threat to the officer and
even went as far as to raise
his arms to a surrender posi-
Despite the forensic,
physical and medical evi-
dence that Graham was. shot
in the back as described, the
North Miami Beach Police
Department and Officer
Hernandez conducted a re-
enactment video of the
shooting approximately
three months later on
February 13, 2004, which

purports to show Graham
being shot in the chest as he
was pointing the gun direct-
ly at Officer Hernandez.
Eyewitnesses at the
scene testified that Graham
was not pointing the BB pis-
tol at Hernandez and in fact
raised his hands to surrender
prior to being shot.
The North Miami Beach
Police Department took no
disciplinary actions against
Officer Hernandez.
Attorney Williams and
the law firm are taking direct
aim at Daisy Manufacturing
Company, the maker of the
BB pistol.
The company has been
joined as a defenant in
wrongful death lawusit for
negligent design and manu-
facturing of the BB pistol
and for continually market-
ing the BB pistol knowing
that its realistic appearance
places the user in great dan-





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improved quality of life
for the millions of
African Americans who
have cardiovascular dis-
ease or are at high risk.
An inexpensive nutrition-
al supplement may pro-
vide an effective natural
alternative to a controver-
sial prescription medica-
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specifically targeted to
African-Americans either
at risk or suffering from
cardiovascular disorders
(including hypertension,
high cholesterol, arte-
riosclerosis, and
decreased stamina among
other symptoms).
An ad appearing in
Jet Magazine will
announce the commit-
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to bring the benefits of
this new nutritional sup-
plement free of charge to
people with declining
cardiovascular health.
By going on line or
calling an (800) number,
people can receive a free
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African Americans Work To Preserve

Their Culture In The Storm-Damaged Region

Felicia 'Dunn-Burkes, head
of the Gulfport NAACP, is
lobbying for the preserva-
tion of African American
history and culture during.
the rebuilding process on
the Gulf Coast of
Mississippi. (PHOTO BY CAROL

By Koran Addo

ability of African Americans
to sustain a political voice
along the Mississippi Gulf
Coast will be tested between
now and early next year
when reconstruction plans
are expected to be finalized.
While each community'
will make its own decisions
about redeveloping storm-
damaged areas, a statewide
commission has been meet-
ing to come up with recom-
mendations for local gov-
ernments. Five members of
the 40-member Recovery,
Rebuilding and Renewal
Commission, appointed by

Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour,
are African American. One
of those is Felicia Dunn-
Burkes, president of the
Gulfport NAACP.
On' a recent morning, she
talked with a reporter in her
storm-damaged home about
the kinds of decisions facing
her battered community.
One she worries about is the
decision the Gulfport School
Board has already made to
'sell the 28th Street
Elementary School.
.Other than a damaged
roof, the ,historic school is
still structurally sound after
Katrina. That raises ques-
tions as to why the school,
which services the pre.domi-
niantly black Villa Del Rey
and Rolling Meadows
neighborhoods, needs to be
torn down and moved to a
new location.
Since the early 1900s,
28th Street Elementary has
anchored its surrounding
neighborhoods, with church-
es and after-school pro-
grams, like the ones offered
at the Isaiah Fredericks.
Community Center, spring-
ing up around it.
If the school is sold,
Dunn-Burkes worries that
families will go with it, frag-
menting the community and
threatening one of two his-
torically black voting dis-
tricts in town. Commenting
on her concern, Glen East,

superintendent of the
Gulfport school district, said
there is no racial component
in the decision to sell 28th
Rather, the school is the
only one in the district that
borders a semi-industrial
part of town and selling it is
an opportunity to build a
new school for the children
in a more residential setting.
But Dunn-Burkes points out
the symbolic value of keep-
ing' the school where it has
always been. "Just like the
White House has signifi-
cance to a certain parcel of
land," she said. "So do our
schools, why should anyone'
try to take that away?"
The concern for Dunn-
Burkes arid many of the
33,000 other African
Americans living in'
Gulfport and nearby Biloxi
is that racial disparities of
the past might present them-
selves again during- the
rebuilding process post
James Crowell, president
of Biloxi's NAACP chapter,
worries that African
Americans had to "stomp
their feet" to get five African
Americans on the commis-
sion, a number (13 percent),
well below African
Americans' share of
Mississippi's population (34
percent) or even Harrison

Black Newsman's
Movie WinsHonors
At. Christian
Film Festival

San Francisco, CA --
"The Final Call," a Christian
.film that shows people how
to replace terror, trouble and
turmoil with quietness and
confidence, became an offi-
cial selection of the sixth
annual Christian What You:
See. Is What You Get Film
Festival in San Francisco for
The movie won honors
for its healing ideas, which
Festival official Chris
Rossetti described as "real
Last year's winner was
Mel Gibson's "Passion of
the Christ."
Baker E. Morten, a for-
mer television, radio and
newspaper reporter in
Chicago,Baltimore and
Washington, DC, said he
was "delighted" when his
film was honored.
."Because of its extraor-
dinary healing message," a
screening official said, "The
Final Call is a powerful tool
for spiritual growth. It's like
a college-level study course.
It's a great gift for the holi-
Ranked No.1 for screen-
ing at the Festival, the film
is based on the healing
truths of Jesus' best-loved
and most distinctive sermon
the Sermon on the Mount.
Morten studied spirituality
for more than 35 years while
serving as a TV newscaster
and filmmaker for Channel
7-TV in Washington, DC; a
radio newsman for WMAL
Radio in Washington; and a
newspaper reporter for the
Baltimore and Washington
Afro-American newspapers;
the Chicago Daily

Defender; a and the
Associated Negro Press.

County's (21 percent).
He said five members are
not enough to ensure that
cultural issues African
Americans care about are
given their due -- for
instance, repairing historic
monuments like the houso of
former slave Pleasant Reed,
now an African American
history museum. "We have
to be sure that what is being
discussed openly is what's
being spoken about behind
closed doors," he said. "I
don't know if that will be the
case the way the commis-
sion is constituted right
,now." The commission is
made up of several commit-
tees including infrastructure,
of which Crowell is. a mem-
These report directly to
the 40 commissioners. Once
all of the recommendations
are in, Gov. Barbour will
meet early next year with the
board of supervisors in
affected counties to plan the
next step -- rebuilding. Will,
Longwitz, communication
director for the commission,
said the governor. went
through a painstaking
process to include view-
points from every race and
class on the commission.
"We are taking the commu-

nity approach, because that
is the right way to do it," he
said. The .ability of a com-
munity to right itself when
faced with adversity is pred-
icated on a pool of wealth,
something that black com-
munities along the Gulf
Coast have never had.
For Crowell and Dunn-
Burkes, a proactive
approach, lobbying for the
interests of African
Americans, early in the
rebuilding process, has to
compensate for a lack' of
So while most people
along Mississippi's coast
wait for FEMA to map out
the safest places to rebuild,
hope their insurance compa-
nies don't drag their feet and
pray their neighborhoods
still have that distinct flavor
they had before Katrina
upset normalcy, the vigilant
in the African Amerioan
community watch, wait and
pray themselves that
progress made by African
Americans over decades
won't wash away like so
many of the buildings along
the coast.

Koran Addo is a gradu-
ate student studying journal-
ism from Washington, D.C.

Florida State Sales Tax
Deduction Hangs In Balance
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the next two weeks, the United
States House of Representatives will decide the fate of a key tax
deduction for residents of Florida.
Congress is soon expected to vote on tax relief legislation
(also called "Tax Reconciliation") that includes a critical exten-
sion of the deduction for state sales taxes. If Congress does not
pass this legislation, the deduction will expire at the end of 2005,
and the result will be a tax increase for many Florida families.
Before the state sales tax deduction was enacted by Congress
in 2004, states without a state income tax, like Florida, were treat-
ed unfairly by the federal tax code. That's because residents of
states that are funded by a state income tax are permitted to
deduct those taxes from their federal tax, but there was nothing
similar for states with only a sales tax.
Seven states- Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee,
Texas, Washington and Wyoming- collect a state sales tax but
do not collect a state income tax.
November Jobless Rate For African Americans
A Miserable 10.6 Percent
Washington, D.C. U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-
NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), today
released the following statement on behalf of.the CBC on the
November unemployment rate among African Americans:
"Jobless figures for African Americans totaled a staggering
10.6 percent in November, compared to 4.3 percent for white
Americans. This continues the dismal trend in which the African
American unemployment rate has been more than double that of
white Americans, according to an unemployment report released
this morning by the U.S. Labor Department.
"While the disappointing Labor figures for November show
the unemployment rate for Blacks at 10.6 percent,. I am confident
that the actual rate is much higher because many African
Americans have stopped looking for jobs or simply cannot find a
job, like those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
"The possibility of obtaining a job and developing economic
security remains out of reach for too many African Americans
and this negatively impacts every aspect of life. Unemployment
makes it impossible to have access to health care, widens the
opportunity gap in education and makes it impossible for individ-
uals to achieve their full potential.
"We call on the President, once again, to show .his personal
commitment to closing these disparities and call on him to rally
the country behind the persistent and unfinished business of elim-
inating these disparities. Only then can our country realize its full
potential and honor-its commitment toprovide equal opportunity
for all."

Ex-South Africa Official Charged With Rape

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa South Africa's popular
former deputy president, already facing corruption charges, was
charged with rape Tuesday in a case that could destroy his
chances of taking the helm of the continent's economic and diplo-
matic powerhouse. Jacob Zuma, who was dismissed from gov-
ernment but remains No. 2 in the governing African National
Congress, maintained his innocence but said he was voluntarily
withdrawing from his party's leadership structures for the dura-
tion of the trial. Zuma was formally indicted at Johannesburg
Magistrate's Court 4nd was released on $3,075 bail, the Nationals
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eye. The officers on call were able to photograph the bruised eye.
On December 1, 2005, the suspect, voluntarily went to JSO, was read her rights and arrested. She is being held in lieu
of a $25,003 bail.
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He has been approached by many colleges and he does not want to go into the military
because he feels America needs to get its own house in order before risking the lives of
Americans to help another country get its house in order. However, what the recruiters are
offering him, as a back up if he doesn't get the grants and scholarships, is quite tempting, said
his father.
Marky's father is helping him complete the forms and reaching out for assistance. By
doing so, he learned about the No Child Left Behind Act that allows his son to be tempted
to join the military and seriously put his life on the line.
He also realize that the same people that provides all of the benefits for his son to attend
college, are the same people who are offering the wonderful benefits for him to join the mil-
itary the U. S. Government. How can he shield his only son from the. type of military
recruitment that would tempt him to enlist? There is a form, his father learned, that most
Americans are not aware of. It is called an "Opt-out" form, which allows students to with-
hold information from recruiters, despite the No Child Left Behind Act.
Students are offered from $10,000 to $20,000 sign-on bonus, if qualified; up to $70,000
for college; up to $65,000 to pay off college loans; discount on travel, tax-free grocery, recre-
ational privileges, job opportunities in- chosen career fields with training, vacation, medical
and dental care, retirement saving plans and oh yes, the ability to go to war and not return in
the same healthy manner as when he/she joined the military, said Marky's father.. "The
recruiters don't really mention the latter.
Similar benefits are offered the child to spend a minimum of 39 days each year in the
National Guard, and again, the latter benefit is not stressed.
A copy of an "Opt-out" form is included in this article for interested parents and students
in the event a form is not available to you. Marky's parents feel it is imperative that the youth
be allowed to decide rather he or she wish to join the military or attend college. His parents
are not alone. Many families, specifically families of color, have advised The Florida Star
that they do not agree with this war and don't wish their young sons or daughters to be a par-
ticipant in this present war. The Florida Star is not a part of any organization for or against
the war, but is merely sharing the information.


TO: Superintendent and School Board

Superintendent's Name

Address and School District

City, State, Zip Code

Federal public law 107-110, Section.95228 of the ESEA, "No Child Left Behind Act" of
2001, requires schools to release our family's private information to military recruiters unless
we "op-out" in writing. The law also requires the school district to notify you of your right
to Opt-Out from this by requesting that the district not release your information to military
recruiters. The completion and return of this form serves as your request to withhold your
private information.

__ As a parent, I am exercising the right to request that you do not turn over the name,
address, telephone listing and school records to the Armed Services, Military Re-
cruiters, 'or Military Schools of the following student.

As a student the age of majority,* I request my own name, address, telephone
number and school records not be released to the Armed Forces, Military Re-
cruiters, or Military Schools.



Form provided by Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools

*A few school districts, including Ne"\ York City and Chicago, allow students to opt
themselves out. To find out if students can opt himself or herself in your district, contact
your superintendent's office.
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government Medicaid
Reform Pilot Program that is
being proposed for Duval
The bill passed the
House of Representatives,
83-36. Shands has some
reservations about the
reform and so did three sen-

ators from Jacksonville,
Jim King, Stephen Wise
and Tony Hill.
They wanted the plan to
address rural areas and
African-American physi-
cians, whom they felt
would be overlooked by the'
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where the bodies of
Abraham Lincoln, John F
Kennedy and other national
leaders have been paid trib-
ute. Statuary Hall is next to
the Rotunda.
The bill gives the
Capitol Architect's office
two years to obtain a statue.

CBC Opposes
Alito Confirmation
they don't have a vote, the
House's black members --
all Democrats --don't wani
to see. Samuel Alito con-
firmed as retiring Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor's
replacement on the
Supreme Court.
The one black member
of Congress who does have
a vote, Democratic Sen.
Barack -Obama of Illinois,
hasn't made up his mind
about the New Jersey jurist
picked by President Bush
for the job.
The Congressional
Black Caucus, \hichi
includes 42 House members
as well as *Obama,
announced its. opposition to
Alito on Thursday. It also
opposed the nomination ol
now-Chief Justice John
Roberts, but waited until his
confirmation hearings to
announce that position.
Alito's hearing begins
Jan. 9. President Bush nom-
inated the 55-year-old fed-
eral appeals court judge on
Oct. 31.

IRS Announces 2006

, Standard Mileage Rates
WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service today
issued the 2006 optional standard mileage rates used to cal-
culate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for
business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2006, the standard mileage rates for the
use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will
44.5 cents per mile for business miles driven;
18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving pur-
poses; and
SE* 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organ-
izations, other than activities related to Hurricane Katrina
The new rate for business miles compares to a rate of
40.5 cents per mile for the first eight months of 2005. In
September, the IRS made a special one-time adjustment for
the last four months of 2005, raising the rate for business
miles to 48.5 cents per mile in response to a sharp increase
in gas prices, which topped $3 a gallon.
The standard mileage rates for business, medical and
moving purposes are based on an annual study of the fixed
and variable costs of operating an automobile. Runzheimer
International, an independent contractor, conducted the,
study for the IRS.
The mileage rate for charitable miles is set by statute.
For the first eight months of 2005, the standard rate for
miles driven for medical or moving purposes was 15 cents
per mile, and, except for special Hurricane Katrina rates, the
standard rate for miles driven in service of a charitable
organization was 14 cents per mile,
For. the last four months of 2005, the agency raised the
standard rate for miles driven for medical or moving purpos-
es to 22 cents per mile. The standard rate for charitable miles
remained at 14 cents per mile--except for charitable miles
relating to Hurricane Katrina.
Special Rates for Katrina-Related Charitable Miles
Congress this ear also approved special rates in connec-
tion with .miles driven in service of charities providing
Hurricane Katrina relief. For the period Aug. 25 to Aug. 31,
2005, the rate- for miles driven for charities providing
f Hurricane Katrina relief is 29 cents, for deduction purposes,
and 40:5 cents, for reimbursement purposes. For the months
of September through December 2005, the special Katrina-
related rates are 34 cents for deductions and 48.5 cents for
For 2006, these Katrina-related. charitable rates will be
32 cents per mile for deduction purposes and 44.5 cents per
mile for reimbursement purposes. Revenue Procedure 2005-
78 contains additional information and limitations on the
use of the standard mileage rates. ,

Attorney General Launches

Evacuation At Site

Of Civil Rights Murder
MIMS, Fla. -- Attorney General Charlie Crist has launched the final phase of the inves-
tigation into the 1951 murders of civil rights leader Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette,
1B by initiating an excavation of the site where the
Moores house once stood.
Joining Crist in the newest efforts at uncov-
ering the identity of her parents killer or killers
was Juanita Evangeline Moore, daughter of
Harry and Harriette Moore, and those directly
involved with the investigation.
SInvestigators with the Attorney General s
SOffice of Civil Rights believe the excavation.
could uncover important forensic evidence
Harry T. Moore Harriette V. Moore from the explosives used in the Christmas Day
bombing. Some types of explosive evidence can
linger for years, allowing experts to possibly determine the type of explosive that was used
While an earlier excavation was conducted on the Moores property,
this is the first time the precise location of the Moores house will be
examined in minute detail using modem forensics procedures:
"We will literally leave no stone unturned in this investigation,"
said Crist. "This tragedy rocked the lives of many in Florida, and it is
important to take every step necessary in bringing this terrible chapter
in our state s history to an end."
The investigation is looking at several suspects in the case, but to
this point the evidence has not led to a clear identification of the
Moores killer. The Attorney General said the investigation will con-
Juanita E. Moore tinue, and a final report will be issued in the coming months.
The excavation is the latest step in the investigation, which was re-
opened by Attorney General Crist on .December 21, 2004. The investigation, conducted
under the direction of the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights, has received tips and has
been assisted by the cooperation of the U.S. Justice Department and the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement. More than 100 interviews have been conducted in search of the iden-
tity of the bomber or bombers. The Florida Association of Crime Stoppers assisted Crist s
office in gathering information, taking tips through the organization s hotline and offering a
$25,000 reward for information leading to the killer, or killers, of the Moores.
"I appreciate the dedication Attorney General Crist has shown in investigating this
tragedy," said Evangeline Moore. "I look forward to the day when those of us affected by
this heinous crime will finally have some sense of closure." Harry T. Moore was Florida's
first civil rights pioneer.. In 1934, he organized the Brevard chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He fought for equal pay for
black teachers, for voting rights for black citizens and equality in the justice system. Harry
Moore died from the blast while Harriette died nine days later.

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On Monday, December 12, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., there willbe a
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Hamlet In The Hood! Teens

Create Updated Version Of Hamlet

Hamlet's father runs a club -- not a kingdom _--and the
S"sweet prince" drunkenly raps a version of his famous "To
be or not to be" soliloquy in a modern take on one of
Shakespeare's most famous plays by a group of teenagers.
Brainstorming ideas for a project promoting nonvio-
lence, the students chose a work in which almost all the
main characters are dead by the time the curtain falls. But
in their version,.Hamlet openly discusses his troubles with
his mother and friends, and his murderous uncle ends up
in jail instead of dead at Hamlet's hands in a second,
"rewind" ending.
"Hamlet in the Hood" is scheduled to be performed
Thursday night at Alternatives, a nonprofit youth agency
Syndicated Content on Chicago's North Side. Creator and co-writer Alan
Available from Commercial News Providers"McDuffy said the play was not hard to update: Hamlet is
Available from Commercial News Providers" a young man mourning his father's death, suffering girl-
friend troubles and resenting the new man in his mother's
In this version, Hamlet's best friend Horatio becomes
Jorge, his arguments with his girlfriend, Ophelia, take
place over a cell phone and his father is whacked in the
head with a golf club instead of poisoned in the ear. A
competition between break dancers replaces the climac-
Sa on e of 0ame am Hwo ndo. sm se s. B u tic sword duel.
Sa 4 o e aandn aqe o e "Shakespeare is timeless. He set the path for me, I
*VNuEnNO 0 0 -- just made it modem. It was already there, so I didn't
4 a 40M G w a m 0 have to do much," said McDuffy, 18, who drew inspira-
S. a b pans e s e My a tion from the anger he felt toward his mother's new
44 = a aw m g- boyfriend after his parents split up. In his case, though,
the boyfriend became a friend. During rehearsal less
than a week before the show, the teenagers are a whirlwind of activity running their lines, practicing dramatic falls and cries after "fatal" stab-
bings, and dancing andspm g around the gym_
Dozens of students have contribut ed to the play since work began in April, said producer Angelita Moraga, a staff member at Alternatives. Eight
have speak- g roles, portraying such roles as Hamlets mother Gertrude (nicknamed Trudy) anrd her gossipy friend Pola, a take on the pompous
Polonius from Shakespeaes play.
The students who atend several different Chicago high schools were trying to come up with a project to win a $5,000 grant from the Illinois
Violence Prevention Authority when McDuffy suggested his take on "Hamlet."
The idea was an instant hit among the itns, and 16-year-old Bianca-Taylor -- who plays Ophelia --wrote the proposal. After getting the grant,
the group dissected Shakespeares original text and saw a production of"King Lear" before beginning to write. Taylor said she thinks the relation-
ship between Hamlet and Ophelia is especialy realistic. At one point, suspecting that she's cheating on him, Hamlet insults her by saying, "I did-
nt love you. I loved your body, which is not much."
Taylor said the exchange reminds her of guys her age who are afraid to acknowledge their true feelings. "I totally get that. They care much
more about their image than they do their love life," she said.
SSo fu;r, only one perfomance of"Hamlet in the Hood" is scheduled. But Alternatives plans to produce a how-to kit for other groups interested
in producing a version of the play, and many of the teens are hopeful they'll perform it again. "They plan for Broadway pretty muchh" Moraga said.
"They have big plans for this. They have shars in their eyes."


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Raines High Wins I Choose! T E.A.C.H. Program Competition

Raines High School
recently won the first
annual "I Choose!
'T.E.A.C.H.'" Program
Competition, sponsored
by Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE) at the
University of North
Raines was awarded
$2,000 by SIFE to be used
towards a start-up business
or to be applied toward
Jean Ribault High
School won second place
and took home $500,
while third place and $250
was awarded to the
Jacksonville Job Corps.
The "I Choose!
'T.E.A.C.H.'" (Teaching,
Empo wearing,
and Helping) Program was
an eight week project
designed and implemented
Students received indi-
vidualized training about
the free enterprise system
through workshops, inter-
active hands-on activities
and real life situations.
Topics covered marketing,
finance, writing a business
plan and the free enter-
prise system.
The program culminat-
ed with the development
of unique and innovative
entrepreneurial business
plans from each school, as
well as a presentation of
each project proposal to a
panel of judges from the
business community.

Raines High student
Breankia Williams said
learning about entrepre-
neurship first hand was a
major plus. "We now get a
chance to run a business
ourselves and to be a part
of the management. When
we get out in the real
world, we'll already know
how to make it work."

The efforts by the UNF
SIFE in promoting entre-
preneurial education for
and at-risk students is an
ongoing effort and has
been recognized at the
national and regional lev-
The UNF SIFE organi-
zation won a spot in the
Top 20 SIFE teams in the

nation this year.
The UNF organization
has also been regional
SIFE champions for eight
consecutive years and first
runner-up in the National
SIFE Competition for
seven years.
The UNF SIFE student
organization began in
1996 and is an affiliate of
Students In Free

Enterprise, a global, non-
profit organization, which
is present on more than
1,800 university campuses
in more than 40 countries.
SIFE offers students the
tools to develop leader-
ship, teamwork and com-
munication skills by learn-
ing and teaching the free
enterprise system.

Rapper Pimp C To Be Released

Pimp C, half of the acclaimed Texas duo Underground Kingz, or
UGK, will be paroled within 30 days after serving about half of an
eight-year sentence on an aggravated assault charge, the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice announced Monday.
Since he was sent to prison in January 2002, "Free Pimp C" has
been a favorite phrase of rappers in the South and beyond. Scores of
rappers have donned T-shirts and baseball caps with the words in
h music videos and at concerts and awards shows.
Pimp C, whose real name is Chad Butler, was sentenced after
l falling behind on community service required after he pleaded no
contest to aggravated assault. He was charged after brandishing a
Sgun during an argument with a woman at a mall.
The Port Arthur native has sold well over 1 million records since
PmC;- A* 1992 from five major-label releases with UGK.
Pimp C ag
In March, Houston-based Rap- t
A-Lot Records released his first
solo album, "The Sweet James
Jones Stories," created from a
series of freestyle raps he did years
ago. Pimp C called the album sub-
par, but it still debuted at No. 3 on
Billboard magazine's rap charts.
In a recent letter to The
Associated Press, Pimp C said he
looks forward to rejoining UGK
partner Bun B to create more
He is featured on the single
"Get Throwed" from Bun B's
album "Trill," which was No. I on
the rap charts when it debuted in 4 ..
October. Southern gangsta rappers I
Pimp C and Bun B got together as
UGK (aka Underground Kingz) in
the late '80s and signed to Jive
Records for their major label debut
Their first release, 1992's Too
Hard to Swallow got them off to a
good start. After their second album Super Tight..., UGK hit the R&B charts with 1996's Ridin' Dirty, which rose
to the number two spot. Dirty Money followed in late 2001, and Side Hustles in 2002

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Upcoming Hip Hop Producers Compete For Industry Submissions
New York, NY -- Veteran producer Domingo has partnered with Bangin-Beats.com to give upcoming producers an opportunity to produce for
rap legend Kool G. Rap.
In a contest slated to start officially December 8th, producers can submit up to five tracks
for a chance to win one of five open slots. The top producers, as chosen by Bangin-Beats
Imanagemenit. \till have music shopped directly to Kool G Rap through an exclusive
agreement between production guru and producer manager Domingo.
Kool G Rap made recent headlines for a rumored deal on the table with 50 Cent's
G(-Unit records. To many, the likelihood of an agreement putting G Rap on G-Unit has
gone up. after a recent project with DJ Whoo Kid. It Pre-empted a project with Green
Lantern. the former Shady Records DJ who abruptly left the crew earlier this year.
Domingo kept things in perspective on the subject by stating that "Everything is
speculation right now."
Solidifying an already strong relationship with the production community,
Ban gii-Beats stirred recent industry buzz when they accepted beat submissions.
tor underground talent Joell Ortiz, in a deal struck between the leading sound
design firm and veteran Hip Hop industry A & R Mike Heron.
Asked how their new industry opportunity with Domingo came about,
Bangin-Beats president Kirk Rothrum PKA Kirk T said: "Domingo has been
Fame for years, my first experience with him had me in talks with Yosumi
for a Masta Ace project. He's about as thorough as you can get."
"We're now trying to reach beyond the standard business model of a
sound company. We're staffed by grinding producers and when given
the chance, pass on opportunities to grinding producers. This contest
just takes things to what's logically the next level.
Kool G Rap's impact on Hip Hop can't be overstated, widely considered a lyrical
i monster \ ho ate an entire generation of MCs for lunch, and is poised to do it again without miss-
1in a beat.
Winning does not guarantee Kool G Rap will use your track. "An opportunity for upcoming producer's to sub-
mit their music in circles they don't otherwise have access to, is a prize in itself. Their hottest tracks submitted directly to
Kool G Rap, and possibly others, if Domingo is feeling you like that." Five lucky producers will also win a $50 Bangin-Beats soundware credit and
a Battle King trophy. For additional information, visit www.Bangin-Beats.com.

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Clean Kids Jokes

Silly! Silly! Tongue
Q. What did the cherry tree say to the farmer? Twvister
A. Quit picking on me.
Todd told Teri that Tom
Q. What is the difference between a teacher and a taught Tammy that two
train? toes that talked were bet-
A. A train says choo choo. Your teacher says spit ter than two toes that told
out your gum. Todd and Teri.

Q. What do you get when someone magically cre- Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a see-
ates a snow storm?
A. A wizard blizzard. saw. 's saw sawed
Now See's saw sawed
Soar's seesaw
Q. What do you call a seed of corn planted at Before Soar saw See,
night? Which made Soar sore.
A. A nocturnal kernel. Had Soar seen See's saw
Before See sawed Soar's
Q. What do you call an erroneous pig? seesaw, See's saw would
A. Mistaken bacon. not have sawed Soar's see-
saw.So See's saw sawed
Q. What do you call a church credit card? Soar's seesaw
But it was sad to see Soar
A. Ecclesiatic plastic. so sore Just because See's
saw sawed Soar's seesaw.
Q. What do you call a champion's banquet?
A. A winner dinner.

Q. What do you call a fairy that says "thank
A. A polite sprite.

Q. What flower lays down in the flower bed?
A. A lazy daisy.

. Q. What do you call a fat chimpanzee?
A. A chunky monkey.

Q. What do you call shellfish?
A. Otter fodder.

Q. What do you call a fake horse?
A. A phony pony.

Q. What do you call Cinderella's dirty dress?
A. A brown gown.

Q. What do you call a rabbit who tells jokes?
-* A. A funny bunny.

Q. What do you call a cat who tells jokes?
A. A witty kitty. What's M

Q. What do you call a female friend? Inform
A. A gal pal. S1

Q. What do you call a goat dressed like a clown? To
A. A silly billy.
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Joanna who?
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Who's There?
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Francis full of French people!

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Who's There? I
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Disguise the limit

Who's there?
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Cowgo who?
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Chart Busters by Allan Ornstein
1. "Hung Up" Madonna (Maverick) Last Week: No. 1 p
"My Humps" The Black Eyed Peas (A&M) No. 2
3. "Don't Bother" Shakira (Epic) No. 6
4. "Run It!" Chris Brown (Jive) No. 4
5. "Because of You" Kelly Clarkson (RCA) No. 3
6. "Gold Digger" Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx (Roc
A Fella/Def Jam) No. 5
7. "We Be Burnin'" Sean Paul (VP) No. 12 ,
8. "Photograph" Nickelback (Roadrumnner) No. 7
9. "Soul Survivor" Young Jeezey Featuring Akon
(Corporate Thugz/Def Jam) No. 8
-Q. "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" Fall Out Boy (Fueled By
Ramen/Island) No. 11
1. "Who You'd Be Today" Kenny Chesney (BNA) Last
Week: No. 1 op
2. "Come a Little Closer" Dierks Bentley (Capitol) No. 4
3. "Better Life" Keith Urban (Capitol) No. 2
4. "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" Joe Nichols
(Universal South) No. 6
5. "Good Ride Cowboy" Garth Brooks (Pearl/Promo) No.
6. "Skin (Sarabeth)" Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street) No. 3
7. "Best I Ever Had" Gary Allan (MCA Nashville) No. 8
"Probably Wouldn't Be This Way" LeAnn Rimes
hAsylum/Curb) No. 7
9. "You're Like Comin' Home" Lonestar (BNA) No. 10
10. "She Let Herself Go" George Strait (MCA Nashville)
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2. "Ends of the Earth" Sun (BML) No. 6
3. "Night of My Life" Barbra Striesand (Columbia) No. 5
4. "I Don't Care" Ricky Martin Featuring Fat Joe & Amerie
(Columbia) No. 15
5. '"I Got Your Love" Donna Summer (Universal) New
6. "No Strings" Lola (Sobe) No. 2
7.2 "Precious" Depeche Mode (Sire/Mute) No. 4
8. "Cool (Richard X/Photek Mixes)" Gwen Stefani O A A
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9. "Extraordinary Way" Conjure One (Nettwerk/Promo) No. oi % r wo .
10. "The Sound of San Francisco" Global Deejays .
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Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community
events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.

Service Oversight Committee Meeting will be held
at the Ribault Full Service School located at 370.1
Winton Drive on December 13, at 6:00 p.m.
CLUB-All alumin and friends of Andrew Jackson
High School are invited to the next meeting of the
Athletic Booster Club on December 13 at 6:30 p.m.
at 3816 Main St. For more information call Claudia
Campbel, Coordinator, at 708-4776.
out and join in with many community churches,
civic organizations, and city leaders as they share
their talents and warm expressions with the 120 res-
idents of the Summer Brook Health Care Center
during the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting/Gospel
Extravaganza. The event will be held on Sunday,
December 11, 6:00 p.m., at 5377 Moncrief Rd. For
more information contact Mrs. Muzet Ivory, Mrs.
Pat Smith, or Ms. Sandra Johnson at 904/768-1506.
Services Council's (HSC) Brown Bag Workshop
series-brings information about programs and serv-
ices to front line staff of service providers. Sessions
are free and open to all. The December Brown Bag
will be held Thursday, December 15, 12 noon 1:00
p.m. at JCCI, 2434 Atlantic Blvd. The topic is:
"Earned Income Tax Credit". Presenters:Kaye
Schmitz, RealSense Prosperity Campaign. The
RealSense Prosperity Campaign is designed to
assist our community's most vulnerable citizen's lift
themselves out of poverty. The program includes a
targeted outreach effort to do free tax preparation
for our community's workers who qualify for
Earned Income Tax Credit, federal dollars already
set aside for certain taxpayers.. In conjunction with
its free tax preparation locations, the RealSense
Prosperity Campaign also offers free financial liter-
acy training so EITC recipients can learn to leverage
their money and begin to build assets.
Celebrate the Season Tuesday, December 13, 7:00
p.m. with the Ritz Voices as they present "The Ritz
Voices Holiday Songbook", a holiday spectacular
that combines gospel, pop, R&B and your favorite
holiday classics performed by the dynamic all city
youth chorus. Concertgoers will also enjoy a special
presentation of Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite
set to dance by the Hermia Williams dance troupe.
Tickets are available at Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum box office, Times Union Performing Arts
Center, Veterans Memorial Arena and Ticketmaster
outlets. For more information, please call 904-632-
5555. Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum is located at
829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville.




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Southern Area Executive Committee Of The Links

Takes Journey Of Discovery To Gulf Coast

Left-to-Right: Margaret Thompson Johnson, Southern
Area Director of The Links, Incorporated; L. C. Holloway,
Little Rock Baptist Church; Flora Point, St Paul United
Methodist Church; Geraldine Kelly, President of
LeFleurs Bluff Chapter of The Links, Inc; Mavis James,
member of *Jackson (MS) Chapter (from Gulf Port);
David Sanders, Mt. Bethel Baptist Church; Terryce
Walker, President of Jackson (MS) Chapter of The Links,
Inc.; and Gary Holliman, City Councilman.

The devastating effects on
residents of the Mississippi
and Louisiana Gulf Coast
from hurricanes Katrina and
Rita might be slipping from
the headlines and from the
forefront of the minds of
many, but for the Southern
Area of The Links,

Incorporated, this issue
looms larger than ever.
The Southern Area
Executive Committee, led
by Area Director Margaret
Thompson Johnson, recently
embarked on a three-day
"Journey of Discovery" to
learn, to help, and to work
for a better tomorrow for the

Left-to-Right: Beverly McKenna, New Orleans Tribune
Newspaper (member of Crescent City Chapter); Pat
Bevins, Deputy Southern Area Director of The Links,
Inc; Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, PR Chairperson,
Southern Area of The Links, Inc.; Louisiana State
Senator Bobby Jindal; New Orleans City Councilperson
Jacqueline Clarkston; Margaret Thompson Johnson,
Southern Area Director of The Links, Inc; and Lourdes
Moran, New Orleans School Board Representative.

people and communities of
the Gulf Coast.
"This historic and pio-
neering journey provided
the fundamental beginnings
of a documentary summariz-
ing the essence of what we
witnessed, learned and now
believe, said Ms. Johnson.
Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn,
National President of The
Links, Incorporated, issued

a call to action to provide
immediate assistance and to
establish a National Disaster
Plan dealing with the mobi-
lization of membership, pro-
viding immediate relief, sta-
bilization, and bridging to
the future for an ongoing
disaster plan.
Thirty plus women from
the Southern Area of The
Links, Inc., including North
Carolina, South Carolina,
Georgia, Alabama, Florida,
Mississippi and Louisiana,
began their Journey with a
brainstorming session to
share experiences and to
provide insight for the
development of a strategic
plan for assistance.
Area officers, chapter
presidents, and members of
Link Chapters from Jackson
(MS) and New Orleans
boarded a bus in Jackson
(MS) traveling into areas
affected by the storms to
view the damage and meet
with community leaders,
religious leaders and gov-
ernmental officials at the
local, state and federal lev-
Ms. Johnson and her
committee asked one basic
question, "What are your
real needs and what can The
Links, do to assist you?"
The next stop on the
Journey was in Gulf Port
(MS) where the group took a
guided tour of the coast in
Gulf Port and Biloxi (MS).
Meetings were held with
representatives from Little
Rock Baptist Church, St.
Paul United Methodist
Church and Mt. Bethel
Baptist Church.
Terryce Walker,
President of the Jackson
(MS) Chapter and Geraldine
Kelly, President of the
LeFleur's Bluff Chapter
(MS) presented a check of
$1,000 to each church with a
promise to provide a check
for the same amount for the
next six months.
The Southern Area gave
a check for $2,000 to sup-
port this effort. In collabo-
ration with the Jackson
Chapter, a $9,000 contribu-
tion was presented by
Deborah Senter from The
Association of Black
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Jacksonville, Florida
. $14,741,881
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity for
a public hearing to consider its FY 2005/2006 Program of Projects from which federal funds are being
requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20
matching basis between federal and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all
projects listed below.

Vehicles with Associated Equipment
ADA Equipment
Facility Improvements
Shop Equipment
Misc. Support Equipment
Computer Hardware
SComputer Software
Bus Stop Signage & Poles
Enhancement Projects
Security Equipment
Fare Collection Equipment
Communication System
Preventative Maintenance
Paratransit Service
Financial Review Audit
Management Review Audit
Strategic Planning Study
RTS Educational Marketing Campaign
Commuter Rail Study
Reevaluation of Waterbourne Transit Study
Skyway Service Vehicles
Skyway Shop Equipment
Skyway Computer Hardware
Skyway Computer Software
Skyway Security Equipment
Skyway Misc. Support Equipment
Skyway Enhancement Projects
Skyway Fare Collection Equipment
Skyway Rail Program Administration
Skyway Transit Satellite Transfer Amenities
Skyway Facility Improvement/Rail Rehab Stations
Skyway Preventative Maintenance
CTC Communications Equipment
CTC Misc. Support Equipment
CTC Preventative Maintenance

$ 1,625,000

Total Projects: $ 16,720,944
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5 p.m. on January 7, 2006.
If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. Mail
requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5307. Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Unified
Planning Work Program (UPWP) of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the
Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project
implementation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they
adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled. Details of the Program of Projects are posted in
the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through January 7, 2006 during normal business hours. This
notice will constitute the final publication unless the Program of Projects is amended.
Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants

Regional T' isportation Solutions

100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32203
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Fathers Make A Difference Movemer,

Calling All Men To Action In Jax Area

Men in Jacksonville and
in surrounding area are
invited join the
Superintendent of Duval
County Public Schools Dr.
Joseph J. Wise, .and the
Honorable Jimmie Johnson
for the first "Fathers Make a
Difference 'Movement" from
9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. on
Saturday, December 17, at
William M. Raines High
School, located at 3663
Raines Ave.
The, movement is
designed to educate,
empower and energize the
men of the community.
This is a collaborative

effort to restore families and
offer the men of our commu-
nity the opportunity to
explore viable solutions that
will address everyday
issues. "I am glad to be the
Executive Director of the
Project Reach Foundation
and our goal is to mobilize
families in our city," said
Reginald L. Brown.
"With community partic-
ipation, together we will
afford participants the
opportunity to explore dif-
ferent workshops and have
sincere dialogue for exceed-
ing the expectation of man-

Participants will interact
during a day of
"Solutionshops" and devel-
op strategies that will pro-
mote strengthening families.
The Project. Reach:
Foundation will encourage
the fathers and men of the
community to work and
expand the good work of
faith while promoting
Restoration of Families and
Fathers Making a Difference
in Jacksonville.
For more information,
contact Reginald Brown at
(904) 721-0042.

Members of the Southern Area Executive Committee of The Links, Inc.

Cardiologists (ABC) to
Little Rock Baptist Church.
In New Orleans, the
group met at city hall and
participated in a fact-finding
discussion with Dr. Brenda
Hatfield, CAO of the city;
Robyn Merrick, Ann
Macdonald and Clover
Davis also representing
Mayor Ray Nagin and the
City of New Orleans.
Louisiana Senator Bobby
Jindal, City Council
Member Jacqueline
Clarkson, and New Orleans
School Board
Representative Lourdes'
Moran were also on hand to
speak to the group.
Camille Whitworth,
WDUS TV, and Beyerly
McKenna, publisher of the
New Orleans Tribune, both
members of the New
Orleans Crescent City
Chapter of The Links, Inc.,
joined Pat Bivins. (New
Orleans Crescent City
Chapter) and Eneid Francis
(New Orleans Pontchartrain
Chapter) as they put 'a face
on the Katrina disaster by
touring their own neighbor-
hoods. and sharing their sto-
The final stop was in
Baton Rouge at Cox

Communications where
members of the LaCapitale
Chapter of The 'Links,
Incorporated 'hosted the
The group was gracious-
ly welcomed by Dr. Julia
Brogden Purnell, 7th
National President of The
Links, Incorporated, mem-
bers. of the Baton Rouge
Chapter and relocated mem-
bers from New Orleans.
"Many good people are
sending aid to New Orleans
and other cities and towns in
the Gulf Coast; and still
many of us are trying to
determine what .should be.
done and who should do it,"
said Ms. Johnson. "We've
learned so much on our
Journey, and we can now
give a first-hand account of
what Katrina has left
behind," she added.,
The most> viable need
expressed was maintaining
public awareness, sensitivity
and support for survivors of
these hurricanes.
There is a need for
nation-wide community
activism to lobby the Urlited
States Congress to get -the
levees built back to sustain a
level 5 hurricane.
Also high on the list of

concerns was the need to
assist Xavier University,
Dillard University and
Southern University at New
Orleans (three HBCU's
located in New Orleans).
' with their insurmountable
financial needs to rebuild
their campuses.
The organization is
poised to develop .a specific
plan for action to address the
needs- of the people and
communities of the gulf
The Links, Incorporated,
is an organization of more
than 10,Q00 women of
African descent from 274
chapters located in 42 states,
the District of Columbia,
Nassau, Bahamas,
Frankfurt, Germany and
South Africa..
Founded in 1946, this
organization of distin-
guished and dedicAted
women has gathered
momentum, continuously,
redefined its purposes,'
sharpened its focus and
expanded its program
dimensions in order to make
the name of The Links,
Incorporated stand for more
than a chain of friendship,
but a chain of purposeful

Jacksonville Relief Program

Becomes State Model
Women, to the R.escue, a program initiated by
FreshMinistries immediately after Hurricane Katrina hit the
Gulf Coast, has been adopted as a model for nine counties in
South Florida, following Hurricane Wilma.
Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings launched the program, dubbed
'"Neighbors to the Rescue" in Broward County last week and
it will be taken to eight more counties in coming days.
The program in Jacksonville involves more than 200 vol-
unteer people-to-people -advocates who have helped
Hurricane Katrina victims settle in the community of
Some 82 hurricane-displaced families who 'ended up in
Jacksonville .were adopted by teams of volunteers to help
them with everything from housing to food to jobs and trans-
"Families who wei'e struck by Katrina were literally
made homeless and lost nearly all of their important docu-
ments that could help them get restarted. Many of them were
broke by the time they managed to get to Jacksonville," said
Suzanne Yack, co-founder of the. program with
FreshMinistries board member Linda King.
"It's as if an entire city burned down around them. We can
only imagine what it would be like if not only our own home
was lost, but our entire neighborhood or even region just
washed away."
The Women to the Rescue program is largely implement-
ed through internet-based communication between volun-
teers to identify resources and get them to the people in need,
without first stopping at a specific warehouse. By creating a
"virtual warehouse," items were distributed quickly by teams
of volunteers working together on behalf of one family at a
The FreshMinistries program is funded through a grant
by the Florida. Hurricane Relief Fund, which is run by the
Volunteer Florida Foundation.
That.same fund is granting $10,000 in start-up grants to
nine South Florida counties to start their version of the citi-
zen's-driven relief effort.
For more information on the Florida Hurricane Relief
Fund, contact Fonda Anderson at (727) 821-2056.
For more information on Women to the Rescue, con-
tact Suzanne Yack at FreshMinistries, 904-355-0000 or
403-6667. Go to www.freshministries.org for more informa-

2006 Savannah Black Heritage Festival

Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Ailey American Dance
Theater comes to Savannah
January 31, 2006, at 7 p.m.,
at the Savannah Civic
Center's Johnny Mercer
Theater as part of the 2006
Black Heritage Festival.
Admission to -the .perform-
ance is free, but tickets are
'required. Call (912) 691-
6847.to reserve tickets.
Unclaimed seats 10 min-
utes prior to the show will be
distributed to those waiting
at the civic center.
Arguably the best all-
around modem dance com-
pany in America, Alvin
Ailey American Dance
Theater was founded by
Alvin Ailey in 1958, a time
when the path for black male
dancers in America was
extremely difficult.
After the positive recep-
tion given to his 1960's
"Revelations," Ailey became
the leading African-
American male dancer and
choreographer in the United
He helped popularize
modem dance international-
ly because of several tours
sponsored by the U.S. State
For over 45 years, Alvin
Ailey American Dance*
Theater has earned a reputa-
tion as one of the most cele-
brated ambassadors of
American culture, promot-
ing the uniqueness of
African-American cultural
expression and the preserva-
tion and enrichment of the
American modern dance
As artistic director for
more than 15 years, Judith
Jamison has led the compa-
ny with. her far-reaching
vision and incomparable
grace. In all, more than 200
works by over 70 choreogra-
phers have been performed
by Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater with unparal-
leled artistry, athletic
strength and boundless pas-
Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater's perform-
ance in Savannah will fea-
ture four works: Shining
Star, Solo, Reminiscin' and'
A suite of dances per-

formed to the timeless songs'.
of Earth, Wind. & Fire,
Shining Star builds around a
central duet that celebrates a
deep and lasting love. The
two lovers are. supported by
the community of dancers
who surround them, rejoic-
ing in the beauty and light
that radiate from their com-
David Parsons's playful
wit and hopeful spirit, meld,
perfectly with such uplifting
songs as "That's the Way of
the World," "September,"
"Can't Hide Love" and
"Shining Star." Solo, chore-
ographed. by Hans van
Manen, the resident chore-
ographer of the Netherlands
Dans Theater, and set to
Johann Sebastian Bach's
Violin Suite #1 in D Minor,
is a fast-paced work created
for three male dancers. The
piece is a race of intricate
footwork, performed at
breakneck speed, with virtu-
osic moments for each
Jamison takes her inspi-
ration for Reminiscin' from
the great female jazz artists
Sarah Vaughn, Ella
Fitzgerald,, Nina
Simone, Roberta Flack,
'Regina Carter and Diana
Krall and Edward Hopper's
Nighthawks. Set in a diner,
Reminiscin' captures the
essence of loving relation-'
ships. Revelations, consid-
ered Ailey's most significant
masterpiece, was created in
1960 when he was only 29
years old.
Set 'to spirituals,
Revelations came from his
memories as a child attend-
ing Baptist services, his
interest in Brueghal's paint-
ings, Oriental theater and his
acquaintances with African-
American writers James
Baldwin and Langston
Over the last 44 years,
more people around the
world have seen this modern








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The 2006 festival will be
the seventh produced by
Savannah State University
and'the 17th sponsored by
the city of Savannah. All
festival events are free and
open to the public. For addi-
tional information, contact
the Savannah
Black Heritage' Festival
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Who's Next To Fire Rosenhaus?

Could we be seeing a shift in the. way the Sports agents are
viewed? Power agent Drew Rosenhaus could have witnessed just
that when one of his biggest clients, Green Bay Packers WR Jevon
Walker, unceremoniously fired him.
Over the summer, some of the biggest news in the NFL was the
potential hold out of two of Rosenhaus' premier clients, Walker and
Eagles' WR Terrell Owens. We all know how the Owens- saga ended,
but Walker, who hurt himself before the season even began by firing
Rosenhaus, sent shock waves through the entire industry.
There even is a website called www.firedrewrosenhaus.com, Drew
which advises current clients--including Jacksonville Jaguars runng-
back Fred Taylor-- to fire him for the good of the game. Rosenhaus' client list contains
some of the biggest names in the NFL, including Bengals' WR Chad Johnson, .Bills RB
Willis McGahee, Raiders DL Warren Sapp, and Dolphins LB Zack Thomas. No client
is bigger though than Terrell Owens, and if Owens ends up firing Rosenhaus after the
circus show they both created this season, several more clients could follow.
"Drew Rosenhaus basically helped make Philadelphia Eagles' Terrell Owens look
like a bigger fool than he made himself look, which is a hard thing to do, as said
Wagerweb.com CEO Dave Johnson, "It takes agents like Rosenhaus to give athletes a
bad name, making them look like all they care about, is money and self promotion. I think
it might help the NFL if many of Roesnhaus' clients dropped him as their agent and our
customers see that the first to do so is his biggest, Terrell Owens"

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Freddy Adu has made peace
with 'D.C. United, and the
teenager who was disgrun-
tled over lack of playing
time now plans to return
next season.
"I'm excited to remain
with D.C. United," Adu said
in an interview posted on the
team's Web site. "I'm work-
ing hard to improve my
game this offseason in order
to become a bigger part of

the team next season."
Adu, his mother and his
agent met with United offi-
cials recently, and the 16-
year-old forward also held
separate meetings with
coach Peter Nowak in
Florida to clear the air over
Adu's role on the team.
"I feel that I made sub-
stantial improvement from
year one to two," Adu said.
"I hope that I continue to
improve and that I can uti-
lize my ability to better con-
tribute to the success of the
team going forward."
Adu vented his frustra-
tions to reporters in October
while United was preparing
for the opening game of the
He said he should be
playing "a lot more," even
though he had started 16 of
25 regular-season games and
averaged about 60 minutes
per appearance as a second-

year player.
He said lack of playing
time wrecked his chances of
making the U.S. World Cup
team and left open the possi-
bility that he would leave
United at the end of the sea-
Adu has nine goals and
nine assists over two MLS
seasons. He played in every
regular-season game his
rookie year and missed reg-
ular-season games this year
only when he was injured or
in Finland playing for the
U.S. team in the World.
Youth Championship.
Despite his concerns
over getting a shot at making
the World Cup team, Adu
will be invited to the U.S.
national team camp next
month, coach Bruce Arena
said last week.
However, Adu is consid-
ered a long shot to make the
final roster.

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The Jacksonville
Jaguars have a complete
sellout for just the second
time in franchise history as
they prepare to take on the
NFL's top team when the
Indianapolis Colts come to
toen on Sunday, December
Tickets to Sunday's game
at Alltel also have been in
big demand. All 67,164
seats and 90 suites have
been sold, and team officials
said they fielded more than
500 calls from fans hoping
to buy tickets Tuesday. The
Colts also sold their entire
allotment of 500 tickets.
The Jaguars have a five-
game winning streak and
realistic playoff hopes and
have a chance to end Indy's
shot at joining the 1972
Miami Dolphins as the only
NFL teams to post a perfect

ers will not be allowed to
take their drug tests during
games, the league said
Wednesday, after a Seattle
player missed part of the
third quarter Tuesday night
while taking his.
NBA spokesman Tim
Frank would not talk specif-
ically about Seattle's Reggie
Evans, who teammates said
missed the first few minutes
of the second half against
the New York Knicks
while being tested.
But the league is chang-
ing when tests are allowed.,
Frank said.
"Our policy, however,
does not require a player to
take a drug test at any point
during a game, and we will
ensure going forward that no
testing is conducted during
this time," he said.
A phone message left for
the players' association was
not immediately returned.
After Tuesday night's
game, Seattle's Ray Allen
said that Evans was not on
the bench for the opening
moments,of the second half
because he was t1'ing his

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"I think you can't help
but feel some of the excite-
ment," Jaguars coach Jack
Del Rio said. "The commu-
nity is abuzz. It's an exciting
time of the year. We've
earned 9-3, and that's a darn
good record. We're playing a
team that's undefeated. It's
an exciting matchup, a divi-
sion game, playoff implica-
tions, .sold-out house, all
those things. That's all excit-
"To be aware of that and
feel the excitement, that's
great. But we don't want to
win today. We want to win
Sunday. I want our prepara-
tion to remain focused on
the task at hand and, not get
swept up in spending too
long talking with Joe, Bob
and Susie about the game
and how you think you can

league mandated drug test,
required under the new col-
lective bargaining agree-
Evans, who started at
power forward, returned to
the bench with about 10
minutes remaining in the
third quarter, but did not re-
enter the game until there
was 1:48 left in the quarter.
During that stretch, Seattle's
lead shrunk from 13 to six.
Following Wednesday's
practice, Evans said he got
caught up in his normal
pregame routine and did not
take the test before the game
because he forgot. Evans
said -he used the restroom
before the game and then
remembered about the test
"If you do your normal
routine, you tend just to

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do things."
"We're not worried about
their perfect season," line-'
backer Akin Ayodele said.
"We're more concerned
about what's on the line for
Added defensive tackle
Marcus Stroud: "We want to
get to win No. 10. That's it.
It doesn't matter who we
play and what they're play-
ing for."
The Colts are one of only,
five NFL teams to start 12-0.
They can clinch the AFC
South with a victory at
Jacksonville, earn a first-
round bye and possibly even,
home-field advantage
throughout the postseason.
"It's going to be a good
one," Jags defensive end
Reggie Hayward said. "A lot
of people are going to tune
in for this one."

focus on that," Evans said.
"You're not really thinking
about (the test)."
He decided to take the
test at halftime at his own
choice. Evans said he would
have made it back in time,
but "the dude moved too
Allen, one of Seattle's
player representatives, said
Wednesday the new testing
takes about 15 to'20 minutes
to complete, longer than pre-
vious tests. This is the first
year the league is using an
independent organization to
conduct the screenings.
Allen was upset that
Evans' absence interfered
with Seattle's chemistry.
Seattle led 50-41 at halftime,
but ended up losing 104-101
to the Knicks.

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guilty in a court of law. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports are a
matter of public record. The Florida Star seeks to educate the com-
munity in the hopes of keeping our community safe.
December 4, 2005 at 1:15 p.m. a police officer, while working
traffic at the corner of North Pearl Street and West Water
Street, observed a 39- year- old male (suspect), trying to main-
tain his balance while standing and stumbling in the middle
of the street. At that point the officer observed the suspect dis-
appear behind some bushes. A few minutes passed and the
officer saw rocks hitting a nearby column. The suspect was
lying on his back while throwing the rocks. The officer made
contact with the suspect and asked him for identification
which he refused. The suspect was detained and after a brief
struggle was handcuffed, arrested, transported to jail, and
charged with a misdemeanor.
December 4, 2005 at 11:50 p.m. a police officer was dis-
patched to a repeat disturbance in the 3300 block of
Broadway Avenue. Upon arrival, the officer met with a 24-
year- old female (suspect) who was extremely agitated. She
stated that she felt threatened by her 24-year-old boyfriend
(victim). Due to the suspect's excited state, the suspect want-
ed the police officer to throw her boyfriend out of his home.
The officer spoke with the victim; he stated that the police had
recently been to his home due to the dispute. The dispute was'
resolved when the suspect agreed to leave the home. The offi--
cer advised her that she had several options. She could leave
her boyfriend's house and go home, go to a friend's house, go
stay with relatives, or she could be taken to a safe place. She
declined the offer of a safe place, and instead returned to her
boyfriend's house within 30 minutes. The victim called the
police again and told them that the suspect had returned with
a pair of scissors. When the officer arrived the second time,
he peered into a window and saw the suspect trying to stab the
victim with the scissors. The suspect had to be forcefully
placed onto the trunk of her car while the officer attempted to
place her into handcuffs. She lunged at the officer and
attempted to put her arms around the officer, striking the offi-
cer in the chest area. The victim was placed into the patrol car
and she continued to kick and scream. She kicked several
more times and was placed into the hobble restraint. Once in
the hobble restraint, she began to pound her head against a
window. The suspect's children were present At the time of the
physical altercation with their mother and her boyfriend. The
scissors were placed into the property room. The suspect was
read her rights, arrested, transported to jail, and charged with
a felony.
Sunday,.December 4, .2005 at 4:00 p.m. an undercover detec-
tive was posing as a drug buyer in the 7000 Block of N. Main
St. The officer engaged a 36-year-old male (suspect) in a con-
versation in regards to purchasing $50.00 worth of. crack
cocaine. The suspect g6t into the undercover detective's vehi-
cle and directed him to the 2700 block of Main St. The offi-
cer paid the suspect $30.00 of JSO funds. The suspect walked
away and returned a few minutes later and handed the under-
cover officer one piece of crack cocaine. The suspect then
asked for the other $20.00. The undercover officer gave the
suspect the $20.00 and the suspect handed the detective three
pieces of crack cocaine. The suspect then walked away head-
ing west on 17th Street. Another undercover officer made con-
tact with the suspect on-17th Street and took him into custody.
The officer conducted a search of the suspect and recovered a
crack pipe and the marked $20.00 from the suspect's left pock-
et. The suspect was read his rights and admitted to selling the
crack cocaine to the undercover detectives. The crack cocaine
field tested positive and was placed into the property room as
evidence. The suspect was arrested, transported to jail, and
charged with a felony.
4, 2005 at 7:40 p.m. a police officer responded to a possible
warrant call, at 501 East Bay St. Upon arrival, the officer met
With a 33-year-old female (suspect). The suspect stated that
she had a warrant out for her arrest. A NCIC check revealed
that the suspect did indeed have a warrant for her arrest. The
warrant read as follows: On 9/22/05 the suspect came to 213
6th Ave N. to the Sherwin Williams paint store. The suspect
wrote a check for $1284.00 for a Honda Pressure Washer. The
Compass Bank check she wrote was a counterfeit check that
was verified by a Compass Bank Fraud official. The Florida
Driver's license written on the check was fictitious. The offi-
cer presented a photo line-up to the witness at the Sherwin
Williams store and he quickly picked the listed suspect. The
suspect vwas read her rights. The suspect was arrested, trans-
ported to jail, and charged with a felony.
CHILD SUPPORT-On Sunday, December 4, 2005 at 11:00
p.m. a police officer while working an off duty assignment at
Cleveland Arms Apartments, conducted a traffic stop on a 31-
year -old male (suspect). A Check with NCIC revealed that the
suspect had an outstanding writ of attachment warrant for late
child support in the amount $1,500.00. The suspect was read
his rights, arrested transported to jail, and charged with a
civil charge.
December 4, 2005 at 9:20 p.m. while on patrol, a police offi-

cer observed a 19-year-old female (suspect) driving a vehicle
west-bound on San Juan Avenue without her headlights on.
The officer made a traffic stop on the suspect in the 6500
block of San Juan Ave. When the officer asked the suspect for
her driver's license she replied that she did not have one and
said that they were suspended. A check with NCIC revealed
that the suspect was a habitual traffic offender with 11 counts
of traffic violations from 12/9/02 to 12/4/05. Based on this
information, the officer placed the suspect under arrest for
operating a vehicle while her license was suspended. There
was also an outstanding warrant out for her arrest in Clay
County. The suspect was read her rights, arrested, transported
to jail, and charged with a misdemeanor.

Your Weekly Horoscope
(DECEMBER 10, 2005-DECEMBER 16, 2005)

ARIES (March 21 to
April 19)
Cultural activities
open your eyes to
new ways of doing
things. You should make sure
that your personal papers are in
order. Consider applying for a
job in another part of the world.
Opportunities for romance will
flourish through travel. Your
lucky day this week will. be
TAURUS (April 20 to
May 20) Try not to lend or bor-
r row money- this
week. You can form
...I new partnerships,
but don't move too
quickly; things may not be as
they appear. Look into attending
seminars that. can expand your
perception. Your ability to do
detailed work will dazzle those
who are less creative. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June
21) Discuss your objectives
with peers or lovers.
Your positive atti- I
tude and intellectual
outlook-will draw
others to you.
Exaggeration or deception cou-
pled with overindulgence might
be a problem. Difficulties at an
emotional level may be likely.
Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July
22) Lovers may not be truthful.
Your professional attitude will
not go unnoticed.
lNou may feel that
i':ineone at work is
holding you back.
Avoid any gossip
and be careful that you aren't
misinterpreted. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22)
You may need to make a choice.
Take time to relax.
Stress and pressure
at home may have /
worn you ragged.
You should catch up
on correspondence. If you
haven't already, don't be afraid to
start your own small business on
the side. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept.
23) Don't make excuses. You
must not let others talk you into
doing things that will probably,

limit you financially
at a later date.
Organize your day to
avoid any setbacks
that might ignite temper flare-
ups. Be careful not to let friends
or peers make you look bad.
Your lucky day this week will be
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct.
23) Sudden changes regarding
colleagues may sur-
prise you. You will
be able to get along
well with col-
leagues. You can
make the most headway if you
put in some overtime. Enlist the
aid of family members and con-
sider the feelings of your mate.
Your lucky day this week will be
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 -
Nov. 22) You need.a change of
pace. Emotional partnerships
. ... 1 may develop
through projects you
!i initiate. Don't let rel-
atives make
demands of you.
You will be a bit of a spendthrift
this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
23 -Dec. 21) Be cautious not to
get involved in office chatter that
will cause problems
for others. Take time
to find out if anyone
has a better sugges-
tion before you
make arrangements for the
whole family. Lovers will be
demanding. You are best to sign
your partner up for activities that
will be tiring. Things at home
may be somewhat rocky. Your
lucky day this week will be
Jan. 20) You are best to move
quickly and to get in
good with the boss.
Stay away from .
social unpleasant-
ness. Your changing philoso-
phies may lead you into new cir-
cles and open doors that will
,give yo6 a unique outlook on
life. Someone you work with
may be v.iiliholding valuable
information. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan, 21 -
Feb. 19) Romance appears.
Travel will also entice you. Your

CCSO Begins Operations

Christmas Lights

To Prevent Holiday Crime
The Clay County Sheriffs Office Organized Crime
Division kicked off the holiday shopping season with
Operation Christmas Lights this week.
Due to the increased volume of both traffic and pedestri-
ans in the Wells Road shopping area of Orange Park, an
operational plan was established to assist the normal allot-
ment of deputies assigned to the general area of the Orange
Park Mall now through Christmas.
Highly visible uniformed deputies in marked units have
made it their goal to reduce crime and to protect Clay County
shoppers from criminals who would target them in this area.

Woman, 82, Convicted

Of Attempted Assault
WACO, Texas An 82-year-old woman has been found
guilty of attempted. assault on. a peace officer for trying to hit
a Sheriffs deputy on the head with her cane in August.
Ester McCullough was found guilty by a retired judge
during a nonjury trial.
Defense attorney John Hand said McCullough fired a
shot into the air to scare away one of the neighbor's dogs.
Hand said the two neighbors have been involved in a dispute
for about seven years.
The deputies said they were talking to McCullough out-
side the house to try to find out where the guh was when she
tried to go back inside. One deputy grabbed her leg, forcing
McCullough to hop around on one foot.
She complained that the officer was hurting her hips,
which had been surgically replaced, and tried to hit him on
the head with her cane. Another deputy deflected the blow
with his hand. Hand said McCullough had been willing to
plead guilty to misdemeanor charges, but prosecutors sought
the felony charge.
"If there is a gun involved and she is threatening to kill
people, I don't think that is something that should be taken
lightly," Brady said. "I think this woman is cantankerous."


December 3, 2005

stabilir, will aid you
in ciiLing support
from your fellow
Workers. Chances are
you split up the last time
because you didn't really want to

make a commitment. Your lucky
day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar.
29) Travel will be good if you

are seeking knowl-
edge. Opportunities
for love will develop
while traveling or
while attending religious func-
tions. Club memberships or
donations could be expensive
and prove unnecessary. Put your
thoughts into some trendy new
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watching a major net-
work morning show
that announced a list of
the sexiest women
alive that had been
compiled by a name
publication. In theory,
they considered the
entire planet and not
"one" sistah was men-
tioned! Not even Tyra
or Oprah! The pale,
melanin deficient,
scraggly looking
women that they did
mention couldn't carry
out the garbage for
some of the finest soul
sistah's we have inter-
viewed and pho-
tographed this year, so
we made our own list
of The Most Soulfully
Beautiful Women
On Earth!

Blacks are the most
imitated people on
earth! Everybody and
his momma tries to
dance like us, sing and
play instruments like us,
play sports like us, talk
our slang, dress like us
while biting off of all of
our mannerisms. An
example is the so-called
"high five." We were
acknowledging each
other with "slappin the
plank," or "gimme sum
skin," decades before
the White mainstream
picked it up. They only
became hippedd" to it
while observing the pro-
fessional black athletes
"slap the plank" on TV,
during major sporting
events. Eventually, they
caught on, picked it up
and co-opted it with
their own name for it
(like they always do),
and labeled it "High-
Why is it that a white
European is considered
a so-called "great"
singer when he or she
sound a black singer?
Or a white athlete is
considered "super bad"
when he can dunk a bas-

ketball or run a football
with a black style? The
racists hate blacks, but
they imitate everything
we do and you know
what they say about imi-
tation, it is the sincerest
form of flattery. They
even lay in the sun to get
black. Yet when they
make a list of the so-
called most beautiful or
sexiest, they can't men-
tion anyone from the

group they replicate'?
So what kind of insani-
ty is it when- you imi-
tate the very people
that you consider your-
self "supz~ior to," dis-
criminate against, yet
you envy everything
about them? That kind
of question makes you
go hmm as Arsenio
Hall used to say.
Our list of the soul-
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By Rych McCain
UPN's new series
"South Beach," will pre-
miere Wednesday,
January 11, 2006 (8 p. m.
ET/PT) or check your
local listings. Marcus
Columa and Chris
Johnson star. Miami rap-
per Pitbull will guest star.
The People's Choice
Awards will air live from
the famed Shrine
Auditorium in Los

Angeles, Tuesday, Jan 10,
2006 on the CBS-TV
Network 9-11 p.m. ET/PT,
check your local listings.
Houston rapper
Chamillionaire's album
The Sound Of Revenge,
on his
label, debuted on the
albufis chart at number ten
in addition to shipping
gold. The first hit single is
"Turn It Up," featuring Lit

Flip. Patti LaBelle will
receive the Lifetime
Achievement Award at this
year's 10th Annual
Multicultural Prism
Awards, created by
Minorities In Business
Magazine. Singer/actor
Tyrese will co-host with
Ananda Lewis (NBC's
"The Insider") and Hustle
and Flow star Taraji P.
Henson. Look for veteran
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List continued from D-1
fully most beautiful women on
earth, was compiled from the
sistahs we interviewed and
photographed personally this
past year. Out of respect to
these gorgeous queens, we
have listed them in alphabeti-
cal order so. numerical rank
would not place one over the
other as they all are "The
Bomb!" The list includes:
Shondrella Avery, Rochelle
Aytes, Golden Brooks, Sundy
Carter, Angela Maria Dixon,
Meagan Good, Regina Hall,
Regina King, Christina
Milian, Mya, Erica O'Kieth,
Keisha Knight Pulliam, Ms.
Prissy AKA Phoenix, Drew
Sidora, Terri J. Vaughn,
Sharon Warren and Dr.
Rolanda Watts.
Every one of these sistahs is
a dream for any man in his
right mind to be in the presence

of. Physically, they represent
all of the skin tones, shapes
and sizes of our race. They are
talented and professional
about it. They possess grace,
charm and elegance, yet they
are sexy, street-wise and can
get down. Brothas, the single
ones are approachable so long
as you demonstrate respect
and common sense courtesy.
They love to laugh, eat, shop,
date, support worthy causes,
workout, travel and enjoy life.
Andre' and I had some good
laughs and nutty fun with
these soulful queens. If the
new year will bring us the
quality of sistahs that we
worked with this year, 2006 is
going to be dynamite!



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Maya Angelou Poem Publishes A New Poem

"Amazing Peace," a
poemn Maya Angelou
wrote and read for last
week's Christmas tree
lighting at the White
House, was published
Tuesday in a stand-alone
edition by Random
The 32-page book is
selling for $9.95 and has
had a first. printing of
230,000 according to the
publisher. Angelou is the:

author of the classic mem-
oir "I Know Why the
Caged Bird Sings" and a
"Amazing Peace,"
which Angelou will read
'Friday on
Oprah Winfrey's TV
talk show, says in part:
"Angels and Mortals,
Believers and
Nonbelievers, look heav-
enward, and speak the
word aloud. Peace."



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Maya Angelous's new
poem is in a hardcover 32-
page book.


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is your team's chance to
prove how bad you are by
making it to the big silver
screen. If you can hang
with the best steppers on
earth, send a VHS or DVD
tape, 10 minutes maximum
the attention of: Stepping
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CA, 90036 by Friday,
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Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire (Warner
Bros. Pictures) stars
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert
Grint, Emma Watson, Tom

Felton, Stanislav lanevski
ana Katie Leung. The
movie is directed by Mike
Newell, written by Steve
Kloves and produced by
David Heyman.
If you are not a Harry
Potter follower, the first
half hour of this film might
.be a bit confusing.
Everybody is saying that
this is a much darker film
than the previous Potter
offerings and I concur. The
action is appropriate in
most of the right places and
the magic via special effect
are on the mark. This is
what Potter fans come to
see. Potter is forced to
compete in the Triwizard
Tournament, one of the
most exciting and danger-

ous of the wizarding com-
munity's magical competi-
tions, after his name has
been unethically sneaked
into the Goblet of Fire
which selects the competi-
tors from three of the
largest and most presti-
gious wizarding schools.
The goblet's choice is
binding and Potter must
compete even though he is
only 14 and seriously inex-
perienced at magic.
The competition does
get down and dirty. It
includes dragon fights, a
maze with tons of not-so-
good situations in it and
underwater antics to name
a few. The devils and the
evil spirits have their time
in the spotlight as well.

This film will scare the
pants off younger children
under eight. The pace is
boring and slow in some
spots. Of course, there are
no people of color except
an Asian girl and a Black
boy if my memory serves
me correctly. They also
don't mention or give
credit to the fact that the art
and practice of the science
of magic originated in the
Nile Valley. The Africanr
Kemetic Priests were the
originators and masters of
this art form in ancient
Kemet (now known as
Egypt), 4000 years ago.


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