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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDITION

Volume 122 No. 22

JANUARY 4, 2014 - JANUARY 10, 2014

Gun Owners Offered Gift Cards for Guns By Courtney Jacobs AFRO Staff Writer

Hundreds of people lined up outside First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover recently to exchange guns for money. Held Dec. 21, event was the latest effort by Prince George’s County officials to remove guns from local streets. Anyone bringing a weapon in to the exchange had the opportunity to swap the weapon for an American Express gift card—no questions asked. Shotguns and rifles earned $50 each. Handguns were worth $100 and automatics and semi-automatics netted the people turning them in $150. Maj. Robert Liberati, commander of the Prince George’s County Police Department Forensic Science Division told the AFRO: “The guns that we are receiving are being turned in totally anonymously. We do not take any names, addresses, or anything like that. Our object here is to take the guns off the

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Immigration Reform Logjam May Be Near End

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Missing for 63 Years

Black Korean War POW Buried in L.A.

street.” Once the guns were surrendered, the people who had brought them were escorted to a room by a police officer, where they were issued a issued a colored ticket based on the weapon they had surrendered. The ticket was then traded for a gift card. Within an hour of the start of the event, all of the gifts cards–totaling $10,000— were gone. First Baptist’s pastor, the Rev. John K. Jenkins, then stepped in and added $3,000 to keep the gun buy back going. ed, police officers were on the verge of telling the waiting gun owners to go home. Rev. John K. Jenkins, First Baptist senior pastor, added $3,000 in gift cards to keep the event going. “We are trying to get guns out of homes and off the streets,” Jenkins told the AFRO. “Guns don’t hurt people. People hurt people using guns. Our desire is to get as many guns off the street as possible, in attempt to lower crime and injury to people. Sometimes people use guns in anger, depression, and suicide. Kids use them to threaten people…We’re just trying to decrease the pain inflicted on many families because of guns.” After gun owners received their gift cards, they were encouraged to attend a briefing staged nearby by Prince George’s Hospital Center on gunshot wounds. “We see a lot of victims from gunshot wounds,” said Continued on A3

Remains of Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Gantt taken to burial site By Zachary Lester and Avis Thomas-Lester AFRO Staff Writers For 60 years, Clara Gantt hoped that her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt, might be alive, despite the fact Clara Gantt and family friend that military officials Trena Thompson at funeral. had notified her in 1951 that he was missing and presumed dead. Gantt, who was born and raised in Baltimore, was working as a medic with the U.S. Army’s Battery C, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division when he was taken prisoner on Dec. 1, 1950 during the historic bloody Battle of Kunu-ri, Korea. Clara Gantt, now 94, who was married to her husband for only two years when he became a prisoner of war, was notified in 1953 that he had died of pneumonia in a POW camp on March 27, 1951. But his body was not returned to her. “She was living in military housing in Fort Lewis, Wash., when she got a telegram telling her he was dead,” said Sharon Barnes, the Gantts’ niece. “She was told that she had to move out of base housing. She moved to Los Angeles and she’s been waiting for him ever since.” Clara Gantt’s waiting ended Dec. 21 when her husband’s

Clara Gantt leaves the funeral service. Courtesy photos

remains were returned to the United States. She was reunited with him in an emotional ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport, where she wept over his flag-draped casket. His remains had been found by a Korean citizen earlier this year and after extensive DNA testing in Honolulu, they were identified by authorities. Gantt was buried before hundreds of loved ones and military officials with full honors Dec. 28 in Inglewood, Calif., where Continued on A5

Homelessness Increases in U.S. By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent

The downturn in the economy and a lack of local resources have forced more Americans to live under bridges, in their cars and on the couches of other family members, according to a recent report on hunger and homelessness. The 25-city survey, conducted by the United States Conference of Mayors, found that more than 20

percent of homeless people that needed help over the past year didn’t get it and 71

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a nonpartisan group that represents 1,398 cities

“71 percent of the survey cities reported that their emergency shelters were stretched to capacity.” percent of the survey cities reported that their emergency shelters, stretched to capacity, had to turn homeless families with children away.

with populations of 30,000 or more. According to a 2012 report by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness,

Black families depended on homeless shelters at a rate that was seven times higher than White families. A majority of the cities surveyed reported that unemployment, rising housing costs, and substance abuse contributed to higher homelessness rates. Although Blacks often abuse illegal drugs at similar rates as Whites, Blacks suffer discrimination in housing and hiring that often affects how and where they live. Continued on A3

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Eyeglasses Saved Seattle Teen’s Life in Drive-By Shooting

A 16-year-old Seattle girl escaped serious injury when her eyeglasses deflected a bullet that struck her in the face during a drive-by shooting. Alonza Bryant was asleep on her Alonza Bryant living room sofa on Dec. 21 when several bullets flew through the window and walls of her home at 54th Avenue South and South Roxbury Street in Seattle, where she lives with her mother. “I fell asleep with my glasses on,” Bryant told Seattle NBC affiliate KING-TV. “If I didn’t have my glasses on, I wouldn’t be here.” According to Seattle police, several people were inside the home at around 9:40 p.m. that night when an unknown group of individuals drove by the house in a dark sedan and began shooting. Bryant said she woke up to the sound of a “big bang,” and was struck in the face with one of the bullets. She was wounded and her glasses broke. Officials said the stray bullet hit the bridge of her glasses. Amazingly, Bryant suffered only minor injuries. Bryant’s mother told police that she thinks the shooters were looking for someone who either used to visit or live there. “We have to move. We have to find a place to stay tonight because we’re not staying here,” Lavette Bryant said.

Georgette Phillips to Head Lehigh University College of Business and Economics

Georgette Chapman Phillips, a well-respected name in the business education community and vice dean of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has been chosen to lead Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics. Phillips was selected as Georgette Chapman dean from among a group of top-notch international scholars and educators at a critical time in the college’s history, officials at the Bethlehem, Pa. university said. “She is a renowned scholar and an experienced academic leader who brings significant international and corporate experience,” Lehigh President Alice P. Gast said in a statement. “This is a pivotal time for the college, and I am excited that she will bring her talents to Lehigh.” Phillips assumes her position on July 1 and will lead 1,813 students and 79 full-time faculty members in the college’s undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. Provost Patrick V. Farrell said he was pleased with Phillips’ willingness to work with the college’s faculty to raise the profile of the school in the competitive global business education arena. “What resonates most about Georgette is her interest in working with talented business faculty. She is passionate about business education and research within a global context, and she has a strong interest in working collaboratively with her peers

to build an exemplary business program here at Lehigh,” he said in a statement. Phillips, the daughter of Donald Chapman and Delores Thompson, both Morgan University graduates, will join Lehigh after a 21-year career at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has also served as the vice dean of the Wharton Undergraduate Division, a professor of real estate and legal studies at Wharton, a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a professor of Africana Studies in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, according to her biography. An accomplished administrator, Phillips’ leadership at Wharton was marked by innovation, officials said. Highlights included increasing the number of female and minority students at Wharton to historic levels, expanding international learning programs, creating new summer research programs both domestically and abroad, and creating a academic concentration in social impact and responsibility. Phillips is also an internationally recognized, awardwinning scholar whose instruction and research focused on the intersection of law, economics and public policy as it relates to the man-made environment. The long-time educator said the Lehigh business school is “poised for distinction” and she is “thrilled and honored” to be chosen to lead it in that direction. “There’s a strong business foundation at Lehigh on which to build,” she said. “And the College of Business and Economics is in a great position to be a national leader and advocate of important undergraduate and graduate programs emphasizing such timely areas as globalization, entrepreneurship and technology.” Phillips said she was particularly drawn by Lehigh’s world class faculty, highly-ranked programs and a high level of crossfunctionality that allows faculty and students to break through disciplinary barriers. “Add the dedicated and skillful staff to this mix,” she said, “and it was clear that Lehigh presented an exceptional opportunity that I could not pass up. I look forward to working with the college’s faculty, staff, students and alumni along with my university colleagues in building the next stage of the College of Business and Economics.” In addition to her duties as dean, Phillips will be a professor in the college’s department of finance.

26-Yr.-Old California Woman Makes Craigslist Offer to Rent Foster Family for Holidays

A 26-year-old college student who claims to have been abandoned most of her life turned to Craigslist to “rent a mom and dad” for the holiday season. Jackie Turner, a junior at William Jessup University in Rocklin, Calif., told CBS News that she was neglected, abused and nearly starved throughout her childhood. She never met her mother and has been on her own for years, but decided that it was time to share the holidays with someone other than herself. “I am looking to rent a mom and dad who can give me attention and make me feel like the light of their life just for a couple of days because I really need it,” Turner wrote in her Craigslist ad. The straight-A college student said this time of year is difficult for her, and she was tired of hurting. “This time of year is hard,” she said. “Everyone is talking about their cousins, their families, all the things that make up Christmas.” As an incentive, Turner offered $8 per hour for the potential buyer. A number of people have responded to Turner’s ad and were willing to open their home to her. Turner said she was born to a teen mother who couldn’t raise her, and remembered being beaten and locked in closets as a child while being passed around from home to home growing up. She told CBS News that people with a similar background reached out to her, many of whom empathized with her difficult upbringing. After hearing several stories similar to her own, as well as receiving responses to the ad offering a home for the holidays, Turner hosted an event at her college to match up the two groups. The family of one of Turner’s classmates opened their doors and hearts to her, allowing Turner to spend the holidays surrounded by love.


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Immigration Reform Logjam May Be Near End By Tony Best Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News There may be some light at the end of the long stalled comprehensive immigration reform tunnel in Washington, a development that can bring relief to hundreds of thousands of Caribbean immigrants in the U.S. And the Black Institute, the New York Immigration Coalition, members of the Congressional Black Caucus in New York City — Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke in Brooklyn, Gregory Meeks in Queens and Charlie Rangel in Manhattan – along with millions of foreign-born residents across the U.S. are keeping their proverbial fingers crossed that at last the immigration measure that has been bottled up by Republicans in the House of Representatives may spring to life in 2014. The civil war that has broken out between America’s conservative lawmakers and their financial backers outside of the House of Representatives and the Senate is likely to have the salutary effect of breaking the logjam that has prevented the House leadership from bringing the immigration bill to the floor of the chamber for debate and ultimately a vote, say analysts and lawmakers. There is now talk of a bipartisan deal to legalize the more than 11 million people living in the country as undocumented immigrants, residents who are out of status. Although House Speaker John Boehner (D-Ohio), the person mainly responsible for the immigration bottleneck has not spoken about his intention but has chastised extremist conservative forces in and out of Congress for their opposition

to the recent budget deal agreed to by the Republicans and the Democrats, outside Republican groups have complained that his sharp attacks on the right was simply clearing the way for immigration reform to be placed high on the Congressional agenda in the New Year when Congress reconvenes after the Christmas recess. Indeed, Heritage Action, a fund-raising and lobbying group that has supported many tea party representatives complained openly that Boehner’s verbal assault on certain right-wing backers of his party, accusing them of losing “all credibility”

“There is now talk of a bipartisan deal to legalize the more than 11 million people living in the country as undocumented immigrants…” with the American people said in a statement that the House leader was clearing the political deck to place immigration reform on the docket for consideration. Just as important, Boehner added a prominent immigration expert, Becky Tallent, to his staff, presumably to pave the way for a debate on the reform proposals. She had worked with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on his immigration reform plan that eventually failed to gain traction several years ago.

“It seems very unlikely that Becky would have gone to work for the Speaker on this unless there was a serious plan to move on this in the New Year,” said Ted Alden, a specialist on immigration at the Council on Foreign Relations. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a major Hispanic immigration voice on Capitol Hill, has hinted that that his party would consider a deal in order to get the immigration bill moving. “Some have suggested that the way you thread the needle for Republicans between the immigration reform the majority of the country wants, which include a pathway to citizenship, and the Republican number one priority, which is opposing what President Obama is for, is to offer a compromise that includes something less than citizenship,” he said. “I don’t think this is a good idea because citizenship is important, but I don’t think it is a deal breaker either,” he added. What’s being talked about is a plan for legalization that would stop short of citizenship. That would satisfy several Republican lawmakers who are opposed to anything that appears to be amnesty for the undocumented. “Democrats have to put policy ahead of politics,” insisted Gutierrez. “If we as a party go the route of what’s best for us politically in the short run, there is very little incentive to resolve the immigration issue.” President Obama, too, seems to be in a mood for compromise, saying he could live with a vote in the House that calls for Republicans to vote separately on key elements of the reform measure while avoiding passage of a single bill, the one approved by the Senate.

AFRO Crime Blotter Prince George’s County

Gun Owners Continued from A1

Prince George’s Pink Bandit Strikes Again

The Prince George’s County Police Department are asking the public’s assistance to identify a woman who, for the second time in a month, has held up a bank while dressed all in pink, according to the department’s blog. On Dec. 27, 2013, at about 5:30 pm, the woman entered the Capital One Bank branch in the 5800 block of Eastern Avenue. She passed a teller a note demanding cash. Fearing for her safety, the teller complied. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money. Twenty-five days earlier, on Dec. 2, 2013, a woman police believe to be the same suspect targeted the Capital One Bank branch in the 6200 block of Annapolis Road. The suspect is described as a Black woman in her late 20s, approximately 5’8”-5’11” tall. In both cases, she wore a pink head wrap, a pink coat, and was holding a pink cell phone. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call the CID Robbery Unit at 301772-4905. Callers can remain anonymous by calling CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also text “PGPD plus your tips” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online. Crime Solvers is offering a CASH REWARD up to $1000 for tips that lead to an arrest Pink Robber and indictment in this case.

Jamaicans Among Top 10 Nationals Deported in 2013

CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said Jamaicans were among the top 10 groups of nationals deported in 2013. In announcing the year-end removal numbers on Dec. 26, ICE officials said the top 10 groups deported hailed from Latin American and the Caribbean. ICE reported that 1,119 Jamaicans were deported in the 2013 fiscal year, while 2,462 nationals from the Dominican Republic were also deported. Those numbers are vastly smaller, however than the number of Mexicans deported. ICE officials said Mexico continues to be the leading country of origin for those who are removed from the United States, followed by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The figures for Mexico show 241,493 deportees; Guatemala 47,769; Honduras 37,049; El Salvador 21,602; Ecuador 1,616; Brazil 1,500; Colombia 1,429; and Nicaragua 1,383. ICE said 98 percent of the agency’s total removals were convicted criminals, recent border crossers, illegal re-entrants or those previously removed in line with the agency’s enforcement priorities. Ice officials said the figures highlight the agency’s ongoing commitment to primary immigration enforcement missions: the apprehension of criminal aliens and other immigration violators in the interior of the United States; and the detention and removal of individuals apprehended by ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, ICE said. ICE’s acting director, John Sandweg, said the 2013 numbers make clear that “We are enforcing our nation’s laws in a smart and effective way, meeting our enforcement priorities by focusing on convicted criminals while also continuing to secure our nation’s borders in partnership with CBP.”

Prince George’s Police Arrest Suspect in District Heights Homicide

Omar Anthony Smith, 22, of the 7100 block of Marbury Court in District Heights, has been arrested in the slaying of a District Heights man on Dec. 28. According to police, Lyndell Lorenzo Sowells, 32, of the 7000 block of Marbury Court in District Heights was shot multiple times just before 9:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of District Heights Parkway. Patrol officers who responded to calls reporting shots fired found Sowells gravely injured. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect who shot him and the direction where he had run. The information was broadcast and a short time later, a patrol officer saw a man matching Sowells’ description running along a fence behind some homes in the area. The officer was able to stop and arrest the suspect, later identified as Omar Smith. The officer then retraced Smith’s path and found a black handgun in a fence. Smith allegedly admitted to police that he shot Sowells, according to the police department’s blog. “The preliminary investigation reveals the shooting was drug-related,” the blog said. Smith is charged with first degree murder and is held in the Prince George’s County jail in Upper Marlboro. Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www. pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

Dr. R. Sean Benoit. “We see over 200 gunshot wound patients a year. So, this event represents an opportunity for us to get to the patients before they get to us—to do some injury prevention and to partner with the police department, this church and the county to see if we can decrease the amount of weapons on the streets.” Several people said they turned in guns that have been laying around their homes unused. Jeanette Montgomery had guns that her father left behind after he passed away 12 years ago. Don Bee turned in a shotgun that he said he never used. “Guns have a life,” Liberati said. “Could be a hundred years. These guns get traded over and over again. People didn’t feel comfortable with them in their homes and they are bringing them in here. They get rewarded with a little extra cash…”

Homelessness Continued from A1

The Labor Department reported that the jobless rate for Blacks (12.5 percent) was more than twice as high as the rate for Whites (6.2 percent) in November. Homeless adults often presented with one or more of the following characteristics: 30 percent of homeless adults were severely mentally ill, 19 percent had jobs, 17 percent were physically disabled and 16 percent were victims of domestic violence. Thirteen percent of homeless adults were veterans and three percent were HIV-positive. The survey cities also reported that unemployment was the greatest contributor to the rise in hunger, followed by low wages and poverty. Increased food insecurity has strained local resources beyond capacity. “Across the survey cities, emergency food assistance requests increased by an average of 7 percent,” stated the report. Eighty-three percent of the survey cities said that more families requested emergency food assistance in 2012 than 2011. More than 25 percent of Black households don’t have enough to eat. Ten percent of White families live with food insecurity issues. Even though the survey cities spent $324 million and dispersed more than half a billion pounds of food, two-thirds of the cities reported turning people away, because they couldn’t keep up with the growing demand. More than 70 percent of the survey cities said that they expect the hunger problem to get worse next year because of limited resources. “The problem is more expensive than the solutions,” said Laura Zeilinger, deputy director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. When Washington lawmakers left town for Christmas break, they left more than a million people who depend on unemployment benefits in the lurch. The deal left unemployment benefits on the cutting room floor, which means that a few days after Christmas more than a million people will lose their unemployment benefits, pushing some into poverty. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a public policy group focused on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals, roughly 1.3 million people currently receiving unemployment insurance will be cut off shortly after the

Christmas holiday. In six months, almost 2 million people will lose their unemployment benefits. SNAP cuts proposed in Congress will also have a negative effect on the nation’s poorest families. GOP lawmakers passed legislation in the House of Representatives that will slash the food stamp program by roughly $40 billion over the next 10 years. If passed by both the Senate and signed by the president about three million poor families would lose their benefits every year. For mayors accustomed to doing more with less over recent years, cuts to the food stamp program will deal a heavy blow to families and communities struggling with poverty. “Cuts in SNAP benefits being considered by Congress and the inability of food assistance programs to meet the increased demands that would result was identified by most cities as the biggest challenge they would face in addressing hunger in the coming year,” said Helene Schneider, mayor of Santa Barbara, Calif., and chair of the United States Conference of Mayors Hunger and Homelessness Task Force. The survey cities reported that mainstream assisted housing programs, higher wages and better housing options would help to lessen the burden of homelessness on families and individuals.


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UMD Study Challenges Stereotypes of Minority Students’ Abilities By Zenitha Prince AFRO Senior Correspondent Accepted beliefs about the educational capabilities of minority students were challenged in a new study conducted by the College of Education at the University of Maryland in College Park. The study was led by Natasha Cabrera, an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the university, and looked at the advantages minority children possess rather than areas where they fall short. The plethora of research on the development and well-being of minority children, “while rigorous and insightful, has often been deficit-oriented,

emphasizing the negative effects of inadequate economic and social resources and an elevated rate of behavior problems, decreased social competence, and lower rates of school success among these children,” the study’s authors wrote. The negative focus “has had the unintended consequence of eclipsing the strengths

or assets that minority families possess to raise healthy children.”

According to the study, minority children possess advantages in three areas of development:

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social competence, language, and ethnic identity, which may stem from three aspects of their upbringing—a sense of orientation and obligation, discipline, and cultural socialization. For example, nonWhite, low-income children are more versed than their peers in selfregulation— the ability to manage behavior, emotions, and attention—an ability which greatly impacts social skills and academic success. Demonstrating how stereotypes can paint an incomplete or faulty picture,

the authors said that past research has claimed that lowincome African-American children experience problems in language expression. In fact, they said, those children command oral narrative skills which may help them read, produce narratives of higher quality and possess greater narrative comprehension than their White peers. Cabrera said she hopes the report would inspire research that paints a more complete picture of the educational prospects of minority children and lead to targeted programs and interventions. The study, “Positive Development of Minority Children,” appears in Social Policy Report, a publication of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Study: Black Women Must Work Harder than Whites to Lose Weight By Zenitha Prince AFRO Senior Correspondent African Americans are at a disadvantage in many areas along the socioeconomic spectrum, and according to a new study, weight loss is among them. Black women need to work harder to lose weight compared to their White counterparts, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said in a study published this month in the International Journal of Obesity. To attain a level of weight loss comparable to their Caucasian peers, African-American women need to eat fewer calories and exercise more, the study concluded. The discrepancy in the responses of Caucasian and African-American women to the same behavioral interventions of calorie restriction or increased physical activity has been suggested in several studies over the years, said James P. DeLany, the study’s lead investigator and an associate professor with the School of Medicine’s Division

of Endocrinology and Metabolism. “At first, it was thought that perhaps the AfricanAmerican women didn’t adhere as closely to their calorie prescriptions or that the interventions were not culturally sensitive,” he said in a statement. “But even in research projects that were designed to address those possibilities, the difference in weight loss remained.” DeLany and his team tested the hypothesis that metabolic factors were contributing to the disparity by examining body weight changes, energy expenditure, physical activity and energy intake among 39 severely obese African-American and 66 Caucasian women who were participating in a sixmonth weight loss program of calorie restriction and increased physical activity. Physical activity levels were measured using multisensor activity monitors. Despite starting at comparable body mass index measures and adhering as closely to the calorie restriction and activity prescriptions, Black women

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less energy daily than the other group, the study found. That finding could change the recommendations made during weight loss interventions. “We prescribe how

many calories are allowed and how much activity is needed during weight loss interventions based on the premise that people of the same weight have similar metabolic rates,” DeLany

explained. “But to account for their lower metabolic rate, African-American women must further reduce the number of calories they eat or use up more of them with exercise in order to lose the same number of pounds in the same time span as a Caucasian woman of the same weight.”


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Fear Pulses Through Crowded S. Sudan Refugee Camp By Jason Straziuso Associated Press

JUBA, South Sudan — The women and girls leave the main United Nations refugee camp here during the day. The men do not. To exit is to risk death, they say. Whether true or not, such claims show the level of fear that pulses through the main U.N. camp for internally displaced people here two weeks after violence broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and a spiraling series of ethnicallybased attacks coursed through the nation, killing at least 1,000 people. Some 25,000 people live in two hastily arranged camps in Juba, and nearly 40,000 are in camps elsewhere in the country. The government says those in the camps — who are mostly from the Nuer tribe — can leave and will be perfectly safe. The men here do not believe it. “It is very hard to go outside because there are people watching,” said Wuor Khor, a 29-year-old graduate of Juba University, who was selling bottles of water sitting in a bucket of ice on the camp’s ad hoc main thoroughfare. “They follow you wherever you are going and then they kill you.” They, in this case, are members of the Dinka, the majority tribe from which President Salva Kiir hails. In this camp the Nuer, South Sudan’s second largest tribe, feel part of a targeted minority after former Vice President Riek Machar, a Nuer, was accused of a coup attempt on Dec. 15 and fighting — often ethnically motivated — broke out. “It has happened several times,” Khor continued. “You will not go beyond the gate. If you don’t speak Dinka language you will be killed.” Although the violence here in Juba has largely quieted down, rebels control the oil city of Bentiu, and Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, remains under threat of attack from Nuer youth, though the government on Dec. 29 said most of a column of 25,000 men marching on Bor have disbanded and

returned home. The Juba camp numbers swell at night, the facility’s leaders say. Women and children may go out during the day to buy food. They return when the sun sets. The camp is a U.N. military and logistics hub where many of the Nuer in Juba rushed for safety. As the numbers rapidly swelled to the thousands it became a mess. Trash lay everywhere. Open defecation took place. Things have improved: Trash is now collected. Latrines have been dug, but not quite enough yet, said Liny Suharlim, an official with the French aid group ACTED, which is now running the camp. Makeshift tents are constructed out of towels, sheets and sticks. Wet clothes are draped on barbed wire fence. People sitting in plastic chairs sell pastries, water and a charge for a mobile phone. Dishes are rinsed in tubs of mud-brown sludge. Camouflaged military planes land at the airport runway only a football field distance away. The government has visited here but the minister of information, Michael Makuei Lueth, holds some disdain for at least some inside the U.N. fence. “Those in the camps are actually those who decided to rebel here,” he said. He blamed false rumors for spreading fear here. It is clear that some here are traumatized. A man named John sat and stared into the distance, a blank expression on his face. Stephen Nyak, a fellow Nuer who was seeking help for the man, approached an Associated Press journalist in hopes of getting assistance. Nyak, relaying John’s story, said the man was caught in a group of Nuer early in the morning of Dec. 16, hours after the violence first erupted. Nearly all of the men in the group — said to number close to 300 — were shot and killed, though John survived. John says he survived the fusillade of bullets but was forced to drink the blood from a dead body near him, before the gunmen let him free, Nyak said. Whether the story was true, it was clear John was not well. Suharlim called for assistance from an aid worker from Nonviolent Peaceforce,

a group working in the camp, who took John to somewhere private to talk. Nyak said the men in the camp fear for their lives. “They are still killing people on the street. Even the day before three people were killed,” said Nyak, a former worker with a state government in Unity state. “I will stay here until the U.N. finds a way to get me to my state.” Another man approaches and tells of how he can no longer reach his friend, who left Juba by road but no longer answers his phone. He fears the worst. At the medical aid tent run by Doctors Without Borders, medics treat diarrhea and severe dehydration. It’s a sign people don’t have access to safe water. The camp’s population density is much too high, says a doctor here, Christine Bimansha. The aid group is not providing psychological services but the camp needs them, she said. “I think they all need some mental support. Almost all have lost someone somewhere,” said Bimansha, who said the U.N. death toll estimate of 1,000-plus appears to be on the low side. Alongside the refugees are the U.N. military. White tanks manned by blue-helmeted Japanese drive through the camp’s main thoroughfare. Rwandan, Indian and Bangladeshi troops are also here. Outside the wire, a military term for the fence line, Bith Kondok, a 46-year-old Dinka, was walking the streets of Juba on Friday. He said he had just been drinking tea with Nuer friends. “Nobody can kill them,” he said of those seeking safe haven inside the camp. “This is not a tribal thing. It’s political.” Just down the road from the camp is the office for Dar Petroleum, one of the companies pumping oil out of the ground near the South Sudan-Sudan border. John Jock Dual, 32, said he works for Dar, which has evacuated its Chinese, Indian and Malaysian technical staff from the country. But Dual, an ethnic Nuer, said he dares not walk down to his company’s headquarters. “I can’t go outside,” he said. “I could be killed.”

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Clara Gantt had moved to live with her brother after her husband’s death. Clara Gantt said seeing her husband laid to rest gave her the closure she had longed for for more than six decades. “I was always hoping and praying that he would come home. As long as he was missing, I still held out hope that he might be alive,” she told the AFRO in an interview from her home in Los Angeles. “I had asked God to let me live until they had found him, until he was able to come home. My prayers were answered.” Clara Gantt said she was told some time ago that her husband and members of his unit were threatened by encroaching enemy soldiers in the wee hours of Nov. 29, 1950. According to historical accounts, Chinese military officials pledged to disrupt a plan by Gen. Douglas McArthur, who commanded forces in Korea, to drive the Chinese out of the country by the holidays. Chinese forces responded to the “Home by the Holidays” initiative by attacking American forces near the China/Korea border. Hundreds of American soldiers were killed. Several were taken prisoner. Black U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was awarded for valor for saving several men in his unit during the battle. Clara Gantt never heard from her husband again.

“I knew he was the one I would marry,” she said. He, too, was smitten. He kept in touch and proposed in short order, though she made him wait for two years before she said yes. “I wanted to get to know him and for him to know me,” Clara Gantt said. “And I wanted to make sure he wasn’t somebody else’s husband.” They got married at the chapel at Fort Lewis, Wash., the post where he was stationed, on June 15, 1948. He struck a dashing pose in his crisp uniform. She wore a blue suit. They honeymooned in Alaska, then set up house on the military post. Before he shipped out in 1950, Gantt told his bride that if anything happened to him, he wanted her to remarry. She pledged to stay faithful to him forever, no matter what. “I told him I would always stay his wife,”

An Eager Volunteer Like many other young Black men of his day, Gantt believed—despite the injustices often visited on African Americans—that it was his responsibility to help his country rid The Rev. Lamont Leonard the world of tyranny. He was only 18 when he eulogized Gantt as a hero enlisted. The year was 1942 and the United States was at war in the Pacific and in Europe. In the national media, the NAACP and others were pressuring the United States government to accept Black men into combat. In Alabama, Blacks were being trained as pilots, bombardiers, engineers and support personnel on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute. The pilots and others 30 years later Funeral service was would come to be known as the filled to capacity Tuskegee Airmen. Gantt’s first assignment, after basic training, was in the Phillipines, where he worked as a field medic. Clara Gantt said. He had been excited about the opportunity to earn a good living and see the world outside A Patriot Is Celebrated of the world George Gantt and Louella Parker According to military officials, Gantt was Gantt had set up for him and brothers Philip awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for and Gilbert in Baltimore. his heroism on the day he was captured. “He had a heart for service,” Clara Gantt He has also been awarded the Purple Heart, said. the Prisoner of War Medal, the Army Good Gantt had been 22 when they had met on a Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign train in Texas in 1946. She was 28. The ninth Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, child and one of only four girls in a group of the Korean Service Medal, the Combat 18 siblings, Clara Gantt had been heading to Infantry Badge, the United Nations Service Los Angeles from her home in Jones Creek, Medal, the Republic of Korea War Service Texas, south of Houston. He was heading to Medal and a Republic of Korea Presidential Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Unit Citation, among other honors. He was handsome and gregarious and they “SFC Gant was a true patriot, and talked easily. answered the call of his nation not once,

A hand painted sign celebrated Gantt but twice, and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Bob Kurkjian, executive director of the USO Greater Los Angeles, told the Los Angeles Sentinel. The organization’s Families of the Fallen Committee works with families of killed or missing soldiers. There are still almost 8,000 Americans who fought in Korea whose whereabouts are unknown, officials said. At his funeral, Gantt was eulogized as a hero by the Rev. Lamont Leonard, pastor of The Dwelling Place Foursquare Church in Inglewood in Los Angeles, where Clara Gantt is a longtime member. A U.S. Army honor guard escorted his remains to Inglewood Park Cemetery for burial. There was a 21-gun salute. In attendance was Lt. Col. Solomon Jamerson of Sacramento, Calif., who served with Gantt in Korea, Clara Gantt said. “General Douglas MacArthur said, ‘I’ll have you home by Christmas,’” Jamerson said, quoting the military leader’s words in 1950, according to KTLA TV news in Los Angeles. “And this Christmas, [Gantt] returned home.” A Widow Still Weeps Clara Gantt, who worked for 50 years with

disabled children and adults, told the mourners Dec. 28 that she is still grieving. All these years later, two framed photographs of her husband still smile down from her bedroom wall. “They were still in the honeymoon phase when he went missing,” Sharon Barnes said. “Theirs was still a young, fresh love.” Regrettably, they never had children, Clara Gantt said. An attempt had ended in an ectopic pregnancy and a second chance had never come. Instead, she became a favorite aunt for dozens of nieces and nephews and their children. Fifteen years ago, Clara Gantt joined the community of families of military men and women who are missing in action. She attends meetings regularly in Washington, D.C. and has found a second family among some of the other relatives of MIA/POWs. They urge legislators to fund programs to find the missing and prisoners. They share stories. They grieve for each other’s loss. She was notified in October at one such meeting in the District of Columbia that her husband’s remains had been found. Also in attendance at the was the son of a military pilot who went MIA after his aircraft was shot down in Korea in 1951. “His wife died before she got closure,” Clara Gantt said. “At least, I got closure.” Donations to help with funeral expenses may be sent to Clara Grant at: Mrs. Clara Gantt C/O The USO Greater L.A. 203 World Way, #200 Los Angeles, CA 90045 A scholarship fund had been set up in Gantt’s name. Donations may be made to: The Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Gantt Scholarship Fund C/O The Dwelling Place Church 3130 W. 111th Pl. Inglewood, CA 90303


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COMMUNITY CONNECTION Gospel Artists Raise Voices, Stroke Awareness in National Singing Competition

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition, presented in conjunction with television network UP, returns in search of dynamic gospel performers who will

This is the fifth year of Most Powerful Voices and the fifth year the contest has been presented by UP.

raise stroke awareness — particularly in the African-American community — through the power of music. The online competition is open to independent artists, groups and choirs who sing gospel, praise, worship and holy hip-hop. This is the fifth year of Most Powerful Voices and the fifth year the contest has been presented by UP. Participants can visit mostpowerfulvoices.org and upload a video or MP3 file of their performance between now and March 2. Voting is live and fans have until April 28 to vote. Public votes will determine the top 10 artists. Industry experts such as RCA Inspiration Artist Latice Crawford, A&R executives and a Roland Corporation musicality expert will review the top 10 and select the winner. More than 100,000 African-Americans will suffer a new or reoccurring stroke this year, which is why those who register to compete or vote will receive potentially lifesaving stroke information. “Stroke is a leading cause of severe, long-term disability and death for all Americans, and African-Americans are at increased risk due to higher prevalence of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and previous heart attack and/or

stroke,” said Dr. Rani Whitfield, a family practitioner in Baton Rouge, La., and an American Stroke Association spokesperson. “We need to reach as many people as possible to help them to reduce their risk and to know what to do in a stroke emergency to help improve stroke outcomes.” The winner will be announced May 23 and will receive: • A performance opportunity at a 2015 Stellar Awards Weekend Showcase (travel and hotel provided by RCA Inspiration) • $1,500 cash prize • $3,500 of vocal performance equipment from Roland Corporation • Personal coaching session with renowned RCA Inspiration Artist Deon Kipping • A Digital Download of the Week from UP mostpowerfulvoices.org • National recognition on UPtv.com

Zora Neal Hurston Birthday Celebration

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The Hurston Wright Foundation will celebrate the 122nd birthday of acclaimed novelist Zora Neal Hurston.

On Jan. 7, the Hurston Wright Foundation will celebrate the 122nd birthday of acclaimed novelist Zora Neal Hurston. The event will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the District and will feature readings from Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal, award-winning journalist A’Lelia Bundles and more. For more information: http://www. hurstonwright.org/.

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Alfred Street Baptist Church will host the annual HBCU Festival. Alexandria, Va.

Alfred Street Baptist Church HBCU Festival 2014

Alfred Street Baptist Church will host the annual HBCU Festival on Feb. 22 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. The event will feature on-site admission for prospective students, meet and greets, networking opportunities and more. For more information: alfredstreet.org.

‘D.C. Music Download’ Two Year Anniversary Show In celebration of its twoyear anniversary, D.C. Music Download magazine will host an anniversary show on Jan. 25 at the 9:30 Club in the District. For more information: DCmusicdownload.com.

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OPINION

Sustaining Our Economic Recovery in 2014 Of all the issues confronting President Obama, the Congress and the American People in 2014, rebuilding our economy continues to be our number one priority. Despite recent economic progress, far too many Americans remain out of work. Of all the requests that I receive, foremost among them is this. “Mr. Cummings, I need to feed Elijah Cummings my family. Can you help me find a job?” In the Congress, our top New Year’s Resolution should be to work together more effectively to give my job-hunting constituents - and the American people as a whole - the response that they deserve to this heart-felt plea. Fortunately, the nation’s economy is continuing its steady - if painfully slow - recovery from the Bush-era recession. In our home State of Maryland, U.S. Department of Labor estimates indicate that we gained 8,900 jobs in November; and this expansion in job growth improved our local unemployment rate from 6.7 to 6.4 percent. However, I must acknowledge that the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives did little to encourage more expansive job growth in 2013. In fact, if anything, recent congressional policy has been a drag on our economy. The “sequester’ budget cuts were especially painful for Maryland, where we have a significant number of federal employees and government contractors. Then, this economic injury was further aggravated by the Republicans’ 16-day government shutdown, a self-imposed disaster that cost the national economy $24 billion. Fortunately, the O’Malley-Brown Administration and our General Assembly responded effectively to mitigate the injury to our most vulnerable neighbors. Maryland allocated $100 million to protect essential programs like Head Start, senior citizen services, job training and substance abuse treatment. These Maryland leaders deserve our commendation. Now, the Congress must step up to the plate and do what is required to transform our slow economic growth into a real take-off. In December, the Congress took what I hope will be the first step toward fulfilling that congressional responsibility. We reached a bipartisan compromise on the federal budget

that will prevent another government shutdown for nearly two more years and ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. It is important to consider how this essential compromise was achieved. It involved some significant and, I believe, unnecessary pain for many as well as some relief to the country as a whole. Republicans went into these talks insisting on cuts to initiatives upon which millions of American families and seniors depend. We Democrats prevailed, however, and the bipartisan agreement did not cut Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid benefits by even one cent. Republicans insisted on continuing all of the job-killing sequester budget cuts that have been harming our economic recovery. Once again, however, Democratic persistence resulted in an agreement that replaces almost two-thirds of the sequester’s damaging cuts to critical domestic priorities like education, medical research and law enforcement next year. Republicans, once again, wanted to balance the budget on the backs of civil servants. However, the final compromise scaled back the proposed GOP cuts to federal employees’ compensation and exempted current federal employees from those reductions. That is some of the good news. However, although we Democrats fought to extend federal unemployment insurance (thereby preventing an immediate cutoff of compensation on Dec. 28 for 1.3 million Americans, including more than 20,000 veterans, and the parents of as many as 2 million children), the Republicans would not agree. Although the December, 2013, compromise was essential to continued growth in our economy, addressing the needs of America’s unemployed workers should be our first priority when the Congress returns to Washington in 2014. Unemployment insurance provides a lifeline to Americans who have worked hard, played by the rules and lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It allows these neighbors to feed their families and put a roof over their heads as they try to

Selfishness Over Sacrifice

“I assumed that with knowledge, sacrifice would automatically follow.  In my youth and idealism I did not realize that selfishness is even more natural than sacrifice.”  W.E.B. DuBois spoke those words when he reflected on the failure of his vaunted “Talented Tenth” concept.  He was, as many of us are today, very idealistic about what Black people James Clingman would do collectively and for one another.  He envisioned our talents would be leveraged and shared in such a way that a broader base of our people would be advantaged.  DuBois, as he admitted some 45 years after he introduced it, decried the Talented Tenth, those “exceptional” men to whom he referred that would lift up the other 90 percent of our people. Obviously, that did not happen, and a case could be made today that it’s still not happening.  Was DuBois just an optimistic, naïve, idealistic Black man who had confidence in his people?   Did he live in anger and regret for 45 years before he finally admitted his doctrine was flawed?  It makes me wonder what things would be like today if those exceptional few had followed through with their challenge from DuBois. As he lamented though, those men saw their accomplishments as an end for their own success rather than a means by which others could be successful as well. What is the application of that lesson for us today?

SPEAK OUT!

I think of a statement I made at a speech several years ago: “If each of us does a little, all of us can have a lot.”  I was speaking about an initiative I started after visiting Piney Woods School in Mississippi in 2004, coincidentally, two weeks after Oprah visited the school, which is located near her hometown.  After learning the history of the school, I felt compelled to do a national fundraiser.  I wrote a column about it and asked readers and everyone else I could contact to send a minimum of $5 directly to the school in an effort to raise $1 million.  Confident that at least 200,000 people would read my column and respond, I figured we would raise that $1 million in no time, the same way $750,000 was raised in 1954 for Piney Woods by a White man named Ralph Edwards, host of the TV show, “This is Your Life.”  After interviewing the school’s founder, Lawrence Jones, relative of Radio One’s Cathy Hughes, Edwards asked his viewers to send $1 to the school.  I figured, 50 years later, with all the technology and communications we have at our disposal, we should be just as successful. The goal was never reached, but we did raise a few thousand dollars, far below the million I sought.  Highly disappointed, I continued my attempt to appeal to Black people to take care of our own entities and causes.  The Piney Woods effort morphed into what I called The Blackonomics Million Dollar Club (BMDC).  You can watch a short video about the BMDC on my website, Blackonomics.com.  Through the BMDC we selected a recipient each month and asked members to send $5 or more directly to that school, museum, defense fund, or whatever organization we chose that month.   My goal for membership in the BMDC was 200,000 people; there was no fee for joining and no administrative

get back on their feet with a new job. Here are the key facts the Congress must address as we take action on unemployment insurance in 2014. First, congressional action is a moral imperative. Even with over three years of private-sector job growth, our economy still has 1.3 million fewer jobs now when compared with the beginning of the “great recession.” Unless the Congress takes prompt action, nearly 5 million Americans will lose their unemployment insurance in 2014 as their state benefits run out. Second, and equally important, preserving and extending this essential safety net is critical to growing our economy. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has found that unemployment benefits are one of the most effective fiscal policies to increase economic growth and employment. According to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, every $1 spent on unemployment insurance grows the economy by $1.52. In sharp contrast, however, any continued failure to extend these essential benefits could cost the economy 310,000 jobs. The challenge to the Congress is clear. We must abandon policies that are slowing our economic recovery and put our nation back to work. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

fees were charged.  It was a totally free, minimum-effort way to help ourselves.  It reached a high of 1,000 members, some of whom never kept their commitment to send their $5 each month. Despite the usual questions, “What’s he getting out of it?” and “How will the organization spend the money?” I continued to pursue the ideal of moving a million dollars into a Black organization with the touch of a computer key.  Unlike DuBois, it took me only 10 years to come to some of the same conclusions he drew about us as it pertains to collective responsibility and collective economics. I remember the recent report of the elderly school bus monitor who was mocked and insulted by some of the students riding the bus.  In a matter of days, it hit YouTube, and folks started sending her money—unsolicited!   They sent her more than $600,000. That’s a far-reaching example but there are many other efforts initiated by other groups that result in millions in a matter of days.  Why can’t we do that?  Why don’t we do that?  Gabriella Calhoun, the young sister who was beaten by police officers in Bloomington, Ill., , has been trying to raise $5,000 to pay for her defense against ridiculous charges for several months now; we have only contributed a little more than $1,200. (Read about “Justice for Gabby” on gofundme.com).  This should have been exceeded in a few hours, folks.  C’mon, make a donation. Let’s start to exercise more sacrifice over selfishness, and help one another more.  Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site, blackonomics.com.

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Blacks in Government (BIG) National President Darlene Young was on hand Dec. 7 at Martin’s Crosswinds at BIG Region XI’s annual holiday dinner and awards gala. Shirley Jones, Region XI president, and gala coordinator Michael McCrimmon put together a sparkling evening of food, raffle and dancing, capped with the presentation of service awards Michael McCrimmon with to federal a raffle winner workers.

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Standing: Charles Clark, Rudy Human, James Belton and Thomas Law. Seated: Loretta Clark, Diane Barrett, Judy Belton and Gayle Law

The 2013 Region XI Award Recipients Sandra Wright, Emma Ellis-Stewart, Rochelle Brown and Janie Ealey “Yes, we are on the Soul Train Line.”

Standing: Jerome Butler and Calvin Blair. Seated: Julie Clark, Genera Butler, Pamela Harris and Sherr’e Taylor

Shirley Jones(third from left), President, Region XI, is presented the Visionary Award for exemplary service; shown here with the Executive Committee

Shirley Jones (left) presents Region XI Membership Chapter of the Year to the Tri-City Chapter President Yahari Butler (center) with other chapter members

Calvin and Karen Scott Mims with Edgar Brookins, D.C. Afro American Newspaper Photos by Rob Roberts

Guests moving though the buffet line In formal attire for that New Year’s Celebration.

The Breakfast/Fashion Show planning committee with Venida Hamilton ( fifth from left), chair of the board of directors, and Audrey Doman (sixth from right), chair of the Annual Breakfast Fashion Show and Auction

Debbra Wadley, Chanara Fennell, Danielle Logan and Khadijah Kirby

The Little Black Dress...always fashionable.

Let the fashion show begin… Auction spotters Natasha Osborne, Nicole Robinson, Erin Clark, Meedie Bardonille and Meredith Webb

Louise Murrill-Graves, chair of the grants award committee, Thelma Randall, Foundation treasurer, and Venida Hamilton Foundation chair; Elaine Farley, Foster & Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center, Sylvia Cyrus, ASALH and Nichelle Poe, accepting for the Arts and Letters program of WDCAC and Spelman College’s national alumnae association

Michelle Johnson Everett, Dr. Tyjaun Lee, Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, Amara Dawidson and Sheila Gill-Meban. Standing: Edgar Brookins

Fashions by Lovely Lady Boutique

Master of ceremonies Aaron Gilchrist, NBC 4 Today news anchor, Sylvia Cyrus and Edgar Brookins

Just in time for Christmas shopping, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Washington, D.C. Alumnae Foundation held its 25th annual Breakfast Fashion Show and Live Auction on Dec. 7 at the Washington Hilton in Northwest D.C. In addition to breakfast, a live auction, the awarding of door prizes and the presentation of grants to several community groups, Lovely Lady Boutique staged a high-tempo fashion show. Photos by Rob Roberts

W. Ron Evans (left) auctioning off a lunch with Aaron Gilchrist, NBC 4 Today news anchor

Conchita Jones Yancy and Cherie Brown Jackson accept $3,000 for Project DELTA of the D.C. Alumnae Chapter

Lori Williams and Friends provided music

Standing: Mary Grant, Espanola Hughes, Paula Marshall, Edna Long Green, Pam Ashbly and Reta Lewis. Seated: Edna LL and Glenna Emanuel


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Rapper Doe B. Among 2 Killed in Ala. Shooting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama are investigating the killings of rapper. and another person in a shooting Saturday that also wounded six others inside a bar and grill. Police say the gunfire happened around 1 a.m. about a halfmile north of Alabama State University. Police identified those killed as 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, both of Montgomery. They said Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Thomas — an up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B. — was taken to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead. DJ Frank White of Montgomery, who managed Doe B.’s career, said the shooting took place at Centennial Hill Bar & Grill in Montgomery and that Doe B. wasn’t performing at the

time. White said the rapper had two young children and a third on the way. Police said in a statement that officers found six other victims with gunshot wounds. They said all of them were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Lt. Regina Duckett told The Montgomery Advertiser that those people were listed in stable condition on Saturday morning. According to news accounts, police arrested Jason Quan McWilliams, 25, of Montgomery, after he turned himself in. He faces two counts of capital murder and was held without bond Dec. 30. Local media carried a statement by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who said the city had decided to shut down the club because it poses “an imminent threat to the public’s safety.”

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Rapper Doe B., Glenn Thomas

Former Cosby Kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner Stars in ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ at D.C.’s Arena Stage Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is starring in the family comedrama ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ currently playing at the Arena Stage. The story, made famous in the film starting Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy 50 years ago, centers around a Black man and young White woman who met, fell in love and became engaged while they were out of the country. The setting is the girl’s home and the action involves the betrothed’s parents’ reaction to their love and plans to wed. The show is a delightful blend of comedic moments and thought-provoking insight into the way race plays into crossracial relationships, in this case with a White couple who purport to be liberal and a Black husband and wife team who are loathe to see their child involved with a White girl. The cast is top-shelf. Warner is the best combination of

dashing and dignified in this Arena Stage debut. His love interest, Bethany Anne Lind is radiant. The play runs through Jan. 5 at the Fichandler Stage.

Tickets are still available. Visit Arenastage.org or call 202554-9066 for general information or 202-488-3300 for ticket sales.

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Bethany Anne Lind, Tess Malis Kincaid and Tom Key in ”Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

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Please Have A Seat...‘Beyonce Think Pieces’ This Is Grown Woman Music By A.J. Williams Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Chronicle The world, just like myself was taken into a music and PR frenzy when Beyoncé’ dropped her new album last week without any prior publicly or notification and sold over 800,000 digital only copies worldwide on iTunes. Thereby, breaking the industry mode of normal promotional tours and making PR executives nervous that this is becoming a normal trend. There is much that can be said about the method behind the madness, but the body of work that she produced is what has captured me the most. I’ve been a Beyoncé fan since Destiny’s Child and fell crazy in love, (pun intended) when she began to grace the stage as a solo entertainer. However, through the years, as I grew into being a “grown” woman, I lost my connection with Bey and began to connect back to artists like Jill Scott and Mary J.  Not because I am getting away from the more Pop/R&B, but because I could not connect to Beyoncé; her music did not heal, inspire or relate, and with the release of “I AM… Sasha Fierce” I was officially off the Beyoncé fan wagon. Now enters…”Beyoncé” her self-titled fifth album where Bey finally addresses all the critics and naysayers, including myself and connects to the raw, seductive, personal side of being a woman and a woman in love. With joy I purchased the album and felt that Bey had arrived to where I was currently in my life… being a “Grown Woman.” But, all the hype and praise have not been positive and I know that you can’t please

everyone. However the oversaturated reviews of “Beyoncé Think Pieces” are nauseating to me. First she is not revealing enough… now it’s too much. One particular blog brought me to even write this piece.  A blog on the Huffington Post, where the author states: “My God, it’s as if she turned back the clock 50 years in one moment.” This statement was in reference to the track titled ‘Drunk In Love’ where Beyoncé and Jay-Z say: “I been drinking… I get so filthy…Eat the cake Anna Mae…” Now, I can understand that a typical reference to Ike Turner is not normally viewed in a good light; however, as a friend of mine said, “It’s just music people” and if  you listen to the whole track it’s a moving, Beyonce seductive use of word play. However, to credit Bey with setting the women’s movement back 50 years is a bit much. If anything she waited until the perfect timing of being married, to decide to show how a woman drunk in love should be with her man…open, raw, raunchy and real. I feel this so much that I think I will include a copy of this album in every bridal shower gift I give in the future. The embrace of sexuality and freedom that is expressed on her track “Flawless” shows that not only are women equal and girl power reigns supreme, but we are sexually, loving beings. This album is not just a love letter to Jay-Z, but embodies a love letter that all ‘grown’ women should embrace and implement as actions in their lives. From all the grown women of the world… well done, Beyoncé, well done.

The 10 Best, No, the 100 Best Films of 2013

Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop By Kam Williams

While 2013 may be remembered for blackthemed films like 42, The Butler, Fruitvale Station and early Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave, there were plenty of other excellent offerings released over the course of the year. The summer season alone featured a trio of outstanding horror flicks in The Conjuring, You’re Next and The Purge. And fright fans were even treated to a fascinating documentary deconstructing the making of Night of the Living Dead entitled Birth of the Living Dead. The profusion of cinematic treats once again made it impossible to limit my favorites to just the 10 best. So, as per usual, this critic’s annual list features 100 entries in order to honor as many deserving films as possible. 10 Best Big Budget Films The Butler Prisoners 42 You’re Next Gravity The Purge 12 Years a Slave This Is the End Inside Llewyn Davis American Hustle Big Budgets Honorable Mention The Heat The Best Man Holiday Philomena Gangster Squad Black Nativity Fast & Furious 6 Jack the Giant Slayer August: Osage County Rush The Great Gatsby Olympus Has Fallen Bullet to the Head Saving Mr. Banks Dead Man Down The Conjuring

10 Best Foreign Films The Hunt (Denmark) Hannah Arendt (Germany) Paradise: Love (Kenya) Kon-Tiki (Norway) Aliyah (Israel) 2+2 (Argentina) The Price of Sex (Bulgaria) S#x Acts (Israel) A Hijacking (Denmark) The Broken Circle Breakdown (Germany) Foreign Films Honorable Mention Three Worlds (France) Sweet Dreams (Rwanda) Hava Nagila (Israel) Paradise: Faith (Austria) The Grandmaster (China) The Iran Job (Iran) Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (Nepal) War Witch (Congo) Paradise: Hope (Austria) Rising from Ashes (Rwanda) The Act of Killing (Indonesia) Reality (Italy) The Pirogue (Senegal) Garifuna in Peril (Honduras) Israel: A Home Movie (Israel) 10 Best Independent Films Fruitvale Station The Kings of Summer Nebraska Mud Drinking Buddies Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom The Sapphires I Used to Be Darker The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Enough Said

Independent Films Honorable Mention In a World… Short Term 12 All Is Lost Go for Sisters Touchy Feely Shadow Dancer Lucky Bastard Big Words King’s Faith Four A Teacher The Happy Sad Mother of George I’m in Love with a Church Girl Finding Happiness

10 Best Documentaries 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Stories We Tell Dear Mr. Watterson Best Kept Secret A Place at the Table Muscle Shoals Unmade in China 20 Feet from Stardom Schooled: The Price of College Sports 9. Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie 10.Linsanity

Documentaries Honorable Mention 11.The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia 12.When Comedy Went to School 13.Venus & Serena 14. Liv & Ingmar 15.Call Me Kuchu 16.No Place on Earth 17.Red Obsession 18.Cutie & the Boxer 19.Inequality for All 20.Spark: A Burning Man Story 21.Bidder 70 22.Men at Lunch 23.Aroused 24.When I Walk 25.Herman’s House


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Washington Falls to New York, Worst Season Record Since 1994 By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Kirk Cousins struggled to complete just 19 of his 49 pass attempts for 169 yards and two interceptions as the Washington NFL team ended its season with an eight-game losing streak, capped off by a 20-6 loss to the New York Giants on Dec. 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Many Washington fans were eager to see Cousins play after head coach Mike Shanahan benched Robert Griffin III for the final three games of the season to protect Griffin from injury. Fans were hopeful that Cousins would play well enough to boost his trade value. Instead, Cousins struggled as Washington lost all three games. Washington finished the season with a 3-13 record, their worst showing since the 1994 season. ESPN reported

Dec. 29 that Washington’s owner, Dan Snyder, plans to fire Shanahan soon. Shanahan told reporters after the game that he would meet with Snyder the next day to discuss his future plans, according to ESPN. Rumors of Shanahan’s possible termination had been lingering for the past few weeks after ESPN reported that Shanahan didn’t approve of Snyder’s relationship with Griffin. Some have even suggested that Shanahan only benched Griffin to try to force Snyder to fire him. Sources told The Washington Post that Griffin lost faith in the decisionmaking of Shanahan and his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, during the 2012 season when they called plays designed for him to run the ball despite his having a severe knee sprain at the time. Shanahan called fewer quarterback-run plays for Griffin this season, but called fewer rushing plays for his running backs as well--resulting in Griffin throwing

Howard University Basketball - Women

Lady Bison Fall to College of Charleston By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Sophomore center Victoria Gonzalez scored a career-high 24 points and eight rebounds, but her efforts weren’t enough as the Howard University Lady Bison fell to the College of Charleston Cougars, 79-68, in the second game of the University of Maryland Terrapin Basketball Classic on Dec. 28 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. According to Howard University Sports Information, Charleston went on a 36-19 scoring run in the first half to push the lead out of the Lady Bison reach. Howard tried to make a comeback and matched Charleston’s 40 points scored in the second half, but the Cougars’ lead from the first half was insurmountable. Senior Alyssa Frye scored a team-high 22 points and freshman Jasmine Carter scored 17

points for Charleston. Despite the loss, Lady Bison head coach Tennille Adams told Howard Sports Information that she was proud of how Gonzalez played. “This was the best game Victoria has played in her career,” Adams said. “She stepped up, put the team on her back and nearly willed us all the way to a win. We will be able to do some good things in conference if she continues to play like this.” Howard freshman forward Sydni Johnson also scored a career-high 13 points along with 10 rebounds and graduate student forward Shavonne Duckett scored 10 points with eight rebounds. The Lady Bison fell to 3-8 this season. They will face their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC action of the season on Jan. 2 in a home matchup against Delaware State at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

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the ball more and ultimately taking more hits in the pocket. He struggled in the role of pocket-passer, throwing 12 picks with 11 fumbles.

Season Total Stats Despite his 23 turnovers, Griffin did manage to throw 16 touchdowns with 3,200 passing yards in 13 games. Washington second-year running back Alfred Morris had a solid year with 1,275 rushing yards on 276 carries. But perhaps Morris should have gotten the ball more: last year he ran for a franchise-record 1,613 yards on 335 carries. Veteran receiver Pierre Garcon had a career-best season with 113 catches for 1,346 receiving yards. His 113 catches broke Art Monk’s record for the most receptions by a Washington receiver in a single season. Washington’s offense ranked among the top 10 in yards recorded and 22nd in points scored, but the defense ranked 31st in points allowed. Washington ranked 20th or worse in points allowed in all four seasons under Shanahan.


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TYPESET: Tue Dec 17 LEGAL NOTICES Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM1255 George F. Butler Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Paula B. Fisher, whose address is 2489 Sandy Ridge Run, Rock hill, SC, 29732, was appointed personal representative of the estate George F. Butler, who died on November 21, 2013, without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 20, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: December 20, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Paula B. Fisher Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/20, 12/27 & 01/03/14

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SUPERIOR COURT Superior Court of OF THE DISTRICT the District of OF COLUMBIA District of Columbia Civil Division PROBATE DIVISION 2013 CA 006555 R(RP) Washington, D.C. Judge Michael O´Keefe 20001-2131 TRINITY BAPTIST Administration No. CHURCH, 2013ADM1226 Plaintiff, Terence O’Neil v. DISTRICT OF Billingsley COLUMBIA, Decedent and All unknown owners Larry H. Kirsch, Esq of the property described 402 Long Trail Terrace below, their heirs, deviRockville, MD 20850 sees, personal repreAttorney sentatives, executors, NOTICE OF administrators, grantees, APPOINTMENT, assigns, or successors in NOTICE TO right, title, interest and any CREDITORS and all persons having or AND NOTICE TO claiming to have any UNKNOWN HEIRS leasehold or fee simple inBrenda J. Billingsley, terest in the in the property whose address is 240 and premises situate, lyJ e f f e r s o n S t , N W , ing, and being in the DisWashington, DC 20011, trict of Columbia dewas appointed personal scribed as: Lot 800 in representative of the Square 4044, fronting on estate of Terence O’Neil C e n t r a l P l a c e , N . E . , Billingsley, who died on Washington, DC, September 03, 2013, et al. without a will, and will Defendants. ORDER OF serve without Court suPUBLICATION pervision. All unknown The object of this civil acheirs and heirs whose whereabouts are un- tion is to quiet title to the real property located in known shall enter their the District of Columbia appearance in this described for purposes of proceeding. Objections assessment and taxation to such appointment as Square 4044, Lot 0800 shall be filed with the and currently assessed to Register of Wills, D.C., Trinity Baptist Church, 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd fronting on Central Place, Floor Washington, D.C. N.E., Washington, DC. 20001, on or before June While assessed in the 20, 2014. Claims against name of Helen B. Perry, the decedent shall be the property was sold for presented to the under- delinquent taxes, special signed with a copy to the assessments, penalties Register of Wills or filed and costs on January 13, with the Register of Wills 1961 by the Commiswith a copy to the under- sioners of the District of signed, on or before June C o l u m b i a t o W i l l i a m 20, 2014, or be forever Sturner. Subsequently, barred. Persons believed the said Commissioners to be heirs or legatees of executed a deed conveythe decedent who do not ing the property to William receive a copy of this no- Sturner, dated April 13, tice by mail within 25 1965, which was recorded May 4, 1965, as Instrudays of its first publica- ment No. 14795, in the Oftion shall so inform the fice of the District of Register of Wills, includ- Columbia Recorder of ing name, address and Deeds. William Sturner relationship. and his wife, Esther L. Date of Publication: Sturner, executed a deed December 20, 2013 conveying the property to Name of newspaper: Trinity Baptist Church, Afro-American dated November 3, 1980, Washington Law TRUE TEST COPY which was recorded Reporter REGISTER OF WILLS November 4, 1980 as InBrenda J. Billingsley strument No. 35441 in the TYPESET: Tue Dec 17 12:40:53 EST 2013 Personal Office of the Recorder of 12/20, 12/27 & 01/03/14 Representative Deeds for the District of Columbia. Superior Court of The Complaint to Quiet TiTRUE TEST COPY the District of tle and For Declaratory REGISTER OF WILLS District of Columbia Relief in this TYPESET: Tue Dec 17 12:43:53 ESTcase 2013states PROBATE DIVISION that Plaintiff Trinity Baptist 12/20, 12/27 & 01/03/14 Washington, D.C. Church seeks to quiet title 20001-2131 to the property against all Superior Court of Administration No. claims, legal or equitable, the District of 2013ADM1086 of Helen B. Perry and/or District of Columbia Moses Nelson William Sturner, and their PROBATE DIVISION Decedent respective heirs, Washington, D.C. NOTICE OF legatees, devisees, 20001-2131 executors, administrators, APPOINTMENT, Administration No. successors or assigns. NOTICE TO 2013ADM1224 It is, therefore, this 11th CREDITORS Yvonne Epps day of December, 2013, AND NOTICE TO Decedent ORDERED, by the SuperUNKNOWN HEIRS NOTICE OF ior Court of the District of Annie Louise Bennett, APPOINTMENT, Columbia, that notice be whose address is 1336 NOTICE TO given by the insertion of a Conway Rd, Decatur, CREDITORS copy of this Order in the GA, 30030, was apDaily Washington Law AND NOTICE TO pointed personal repreReporter and the AfroUNKNOWN HEIRS sentativeEST of the 12:34:56 2013estate TYPESET: TueL.Dec 17 15:07:56 ESTNewspaper, 2013 American Christopher Epps, Moses Nelson , who died once per week for three on November 21, 2012, whose address is 3556 s u c c e s s i v e w e e k s , t h S t r e e t , N W, with a will, and will serve 11SUPERIOR COURT DC 20010, commencing on as soon without Court supervi- Washington, OF THE DISTRICT appointed personal as practicable, notifying sion. All unknown heirs wasOF COLUMBIA of the all unknown persons owna n d h e i r s w h o s e representative CivilYvonne Division Epps, ing or claiming an interest estate whereabouts are un- 2013 in the Property described CA 006555 R(RP) who died on May 31, above to appear in this known shall enter their Judge Michael O´Keefe 2013, without a will, and a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s TRINITY BAPTIST Court (510 4th Street, NW, will serve without Court court room B-52 at) at proceeding. Objections CHURCH, supervision. All unknown 9:30 a.m. on January 10, to such appointment Plaintiff, and heirs whose 2014, or answer the Comshall be filed with the v.heirs DISTRICT OF whereabouts are un- plaint by the 6th day of Register of Wills, D.C., COLUMBIA, known shall enter their January 2014, and show 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd and All unknown owners p eproperty a r a n c edescribed in this cause why title should not the Floor Washington, D.C. ofa p proceeding. Objections be quieted, as prayed by their heirs, devi20001, on or before June below, to such appointment Plaintiff, or thereafter, a fi20, 2014. Claims against sees, personal represhall be filed with the nal judgment may be enthe decedent shall be sentatives, executors, Register of Wills, D.C., tered quieting title, as administrators, grantees, presented to the underprayed by Plaintiff. 515 5th or Street, N.W., 3rd successors in signed with a copy to the assigns, Floortitle, Washington, interest and D.C. any Register of Wills or filed right, Judge Michael O´Keefe 20001, on or before June all persons having or with the Register of Wills and Judge of the Superior haveagainst any 20, 2014. to Claims with a copy to the under- claiming or fee simple the decedent shall inbe Courtfor the District of signed, on or before June leasehold in the intothe property presented the under- Columbia 20, 2014, or be forever terest premises signed with a situate, copy to lythe barred. Persons believed and ing, and being in the Register of Wills or Disfiled 12/20, 12/27 & 01/03/14 to be heirs or legatees of trict of Columbia dewith the Register of Wills the decedent who do not scribed as: to Lotthe800 in with a copy underreceive a copy of this no- Square 4044, frontingJune on on or before tice by mail within 25 Csigned, e n t r a l P l a c e , N . E ., 20, 2014, or be forever days of its first publica- Washington, DC, believed barred. Persons tion shall so inform the et al. to be heirs or legatees of Register of Wills, includ- Defendants. who do not ing name, address and the decedent ORDER OF receive a copy of this norelationship. PUBLICATION tice by mail 25 Date of Publication: The object of thiswithin civil acdays of quiet its first December 20, 2013 tion is to titlepublicato the tion property shall so located inform the real in Name of newspaper: Register Wills, includthe Districtof of Columbia Afro-American ing name, address and described for purposes of Washington Law relationship.and taxation assessment Reporter Date of Publication: Square 4044, Lot 0800 Annie Louise Bennett as December 2013 to currently20, assessed Personal and Name of newspaper: Baptist Church, Representative Trinity Afro-American fronting on Central Place, Washington Law N.E., Washington, DC. TRUE TEST COPY While assessed in the Reporter REGISTER OF WILLS name of Helen B.L.Perry, Christpher Epps sold for 12/20, 12/27 & 01/03/14 the property was Personal delinquent Representative taxes, special assessments, penalties and costs on January TRUE TEST COPY 13, 1961 by theOFCommisREGISTER WILLS sioners of the District of C12/20, o l u m b12/27 i a t o& 01/03/14 William Sturner. Subsequently, the said Commissioners executed a deed conveying the property to William Sturner, dated April 13, 1965, which was recorded May 4, 1965, as Instrument No. 14795, in the Office of the District of Columbia Recorder of Deeds. William Sturner and his wife, Esther L. Sturner, executed a deed conveying the property to Trinity Baptist Church, dated November 3, 1980, which was recorded November 4, 1980 as Instrument No. 35441 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia. The Complaint to Quiet Title and For Declaratory Relief in this case states that Plaintiff Trinity Baptist Church seeks to quiet title to the property against all claims, legal or equitable, of Helen B. Perry and/or William Sturner, and their respective heirs, Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM1239 Ida M. Young Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Marilyn R. Young, whose address is 1676 40th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ida M. Young, who died on June 24, 2013, without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 20, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 20, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: December 20, 2013 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Marilyn R. Young Personal Representative

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Foreign $ 60 per insertion $180.00 per 3 representative of the 2120 L Street, NW weeks estate of Nathaniel Oli- Suite 700 Superior Court of ver, who died on April theper District Washington, d. Escheated Estates $ 22, 60 per insertion DC 20037 $360.00 6 of 2008, with a will, and will Attorney District of Columbia weeks serve without Court suNOTICE OF PROBATE DIVISION pervision. All unknown APPOINTMENT, Washington, D.C. e. Standard Probates $125.00 heirs and heirs whose NOTICE TO 20001-2131 whereabouts are unCREDITORS Administration No. known shall enter their AND NOTICE TO 2013ADM1270 CIVIL NOTICES appearance in this UNKNOWN HEIRS James Frederick a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 80.00 proceeding. Objections Arnetta C. Davis whose $ Berdine to such appointment address is 2705 6th $ Decedent b. Real Property 200.00 shall be filed with the Street, NW, Washington, Alan B. Frankle Register of Wills, D.C., DC 20017, was ap751 Rockville Pike 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd pointed personal repre- Suite 7 FAMILY sentative of the estate of Rockville, MD 20852 Floor Washington, D.C. COURT 20001, on or before June Arnor S. Davis, who died Attorney 202-879-1212 27, 2014. Claims against on August 10, 2013, with NOTICE OF DOMESTIC a will, and will serve withthe decedent shall be RELATIONS APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO presented to the under- out Court supervision. All 202-879-0157 CREDITORS signed with a copy to the unknown heirs and heirs AND NOTICE TO Register of Wills or filed whose whereabouts are UNKNOWN HEIRS with the Register of Wills unknown shall enter their a. Absent Defendant 150.00 a t h a n D a n i e l s , J r. with a copy to the under- a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s $ N signed, on or before June proceeding. Objections $ whose b. Absolute Divorce 150.00address is 1520 27, 2014, or be forever to such appointment Commerce Street, Wellshall be filed with the sville, barred. Persons believed c. Custody Divorce $150.00MD 43968, was to be heirs or legatees of Register of Wills, D.C., appointed personal rethe decedent who do not 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd presentative of the estate Floor262, Washington, of James Frederick a copy of this no- ext. To place your ad, receive call 1-800-237-6892, Public D.C. Notices $50.00 & up Bertice by mail within 25 20001, on or before June dine, who died on August 27, Notices 2014. Claims depending on size, Baltimore Legal areagainst $24.84 16, per2013, inch. without a will, days of its first publication shall so inform the the decedent shall be and will serve without 1-800 (AFRO) 892 to the under- Court supervision. All unpresented Register of Wills, includwith a copy to the known heirs and heirs ingPublication, name, addressplease and signed For Proof of call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 Register of Wills or filed whose whereabouts are relationship. with the Register of Wills unknown shall enter their Date of Publication: with a copy to the under- a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s December 27, 2013 signed, on or before June proceeding. Objections TYPESET: Mon Dec 23 Name 11:04:06 EST 2013 of newspaper: LEGAL NOTICES 27, 2014, or be forever to such appointment Afro-American barred. Persons believed shall be filed with the Washington Law to be heirs or legatees of Register of Wills, D.C., Reporter Superior Court of the decedent who do not 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Nathaniel Devon the District of Oliver receive a copy of this no- Floor Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Personal tice by mail within 25 20001, on or before June PROBATE DIVISION Representative days of its first publica- 27, 2014. Claims against Washington, D.C. tion shall so inform the the decedent shall be 20001-2131 Register of Wills, includ- presented to the underTRUE TEST COPY Administration No. ing name, address and signed with a copy to the REGISTER OF WILLS 2013ADM1229 relationship. Register of Wills or filed Nathaniel Oliver TYPESET: Mon Dec 23 10:58:37 EST 2013 Date of Publication: with the Register of Wills 12/27, 01/03 & 01/10/14 Decedent December 27, 2013 with a copy to the underAttorney Name of newspaper: signed, on or before June NOTICE OF Superior Court of Afro-American 27, 2014, or be forever APPOINTMENT, the District of Washington Law barred. Persons believed NOTICE TO District of Columbia Reporter to be heirs or legatees of CREDITORS PROBATE DIVISION Arnetta C. Davis the decedent who do not AND NOTICE TO Washington, D.C. Personal receive a copy of this noUNKNOWN HEIRS 20001-2131 Representative tice by mail within 25 Nathaniel Devon Oliver Administration No. days of its first publicawhose address is 303 2013ADM1276 TRUE TEST COPY tion shall so inform the Hyannis Court, Upper Arnor S. Davis REGISTER OF WILLS Register of Wills, includMarlboro, MD 20774, Decedent ing name,EST address TYPESET: Mon Dec 23 10:53:05 2013 and was appointed personal William R. Voltz 12/27, 01/03 & 01/10/14 relationship. representative of the 2120 L Street, NW Date of Publication: estate of Nathaniel Oli- Suite 700 December 27, 2013 ver, who died on April 22, Washington, DC 20037 Superior Court of Name of newspaper: 2008, with a will, and will Attorney the District of Afro-American serve without Court suDistrict of Columbia NOTICE OF Washington Law pervision. All unknown PROBATE DIVISION APPOINTMENT, Reporter heirs and heirs whose Washington, D.C. NOTICE TO Nathan Daniels, Jr whereabouts are un20001-2131 CREDITORS Personal known shall enter their Administration No. AND NOTICE TO Representative appearance in this 2013ADM1270 UNKNOWN HEIRS proceeding. Objections Arnetta C. Davis whose James Frederick TRUE TEST COPY to such appointment address is 2705 6th Berdine REGISTER OF WILLS shall be filed with the Street, NW, Washington, Decedent Register of Wills, D.C., DC 20017, was apAlan B. Frankle 12/27, 01/03 & 01/10/14 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd pointed personal repre- 751 Rockville Pike Floor Washington, D.C. sentative of the estate of Suite 7 20001, on or before June Arnor S. Davis, who died Rockville, MD 20852 27, 2014. Claims against on August 10, 2013, with Attorney the decedent shall be a will, and will serve withNOTICE OF presented to the under- out Court supervision. All APPOINTMENT, signed with a copy to the unknown heirs and heirs NOTICE TO Register of Wills or filed whose whereabouts are CREDITORS with the Register of Wills unknown shall enter their AND NOTICE TO with a copy to the under- a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s UNKNOWN HEIRS signed, on or before June proceeding. Objections N a t h a n D a n i e l s , J r. 27, 2014, or be forever to such appointment whose address is 1520 barred. Persons believed shall be filed with the Commerce Street, Wellto be heirs or legatees of Register of Wills, D.C., sville, MD 43968, was the decedent who do not 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd appointed personal rereceive a copy of this no- Floor Washington, D.C. presentative of the estate tice by mail within 25 20001, on or before June of James Frederick Berdays of its first publica- 27, 2014. Claims against dine, who died on August tion shall so inform the the decedent shall be 16, 2013, without a will, Register of Wills, includ- presented to the under- and will serve without ing name, address and signed with a copy to the Court supervision. All unrelationship. Register of Wills or filed known heirs and heirs Date of Publication: with the Register of Wills whose whereabouts are December 27, 2013 with a copy to the under- unknown shall enter their Name of newspaper: signed, on or before June a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s Afro-American 27, 2014, or be forever proceeding. Objections Washington Law barred. Persons believed to such appointment Reporter to be heirs or legatees of shall be filed with the Nathaniel Devon the decedent who do not Register of Wills, D.C., Oliver receive a copy of this no- 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Personal tice by mail within 25 Floor Washington, D.C. Representative days of its first publica-

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Rankin, Jr, who died on July 11, 2000, without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections TYPESET: Mon Dec 23 11:09:09 EST 2013 TYPESET: Mon Dec 23 TYPESET: 11:13:31 EST 2013 such EST appointment Mon Dec 30 12:02:14 2013 LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES to LEGAL NOTICES shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., Superior Court of Superior Court of SUPERIOR COURT OF 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd the District of Floor Washington, D.C. the District of THE DISTRICT OF District of Columbia 20001, on or before July District of Columbia COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION 3, 2014. Claims against PROBATE DIVISION PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . the decedent shall be 20001-2131 presented to the under20001-2131 20001-2131 Administration No. signed with a copy to the Administration No. Foreign No. 2013ADM1256 Register of Wills or filed 2013ADM1274 2013FEP141 Wuanita Starks with the Register of Wills Lucille Frances August 19, 2013 Decedent with a copy to the underHoskins Date of Death Elliott Milstein signed, on or before July Decedent Dorothy C. Jones 4801 Massachusetts 3, 2014, or be forever NOTICE OF Decedent Ave, NW barred. Persons believed APPOINTMENT, NOTICE OF Washington, DC 20016 to be heirs or legatees of NOTICE TO APPOINTMENT Attorney the decedent who do not CREDITORS OF FOREIGN NOTICE OF receive a copy of this noAND NOTICE TO PERSONAL APPOINTMENT, UNKNOWN HEIRS R E P R E S E N TAT I V E tice by mail within 25 NOTICE TO days of its first publicaMable E. Friend whose AND CREDITORS tion shall so inform the address is 4447 HarNOTICE TO AND NOTICE TO Register of Wills, includmony Road, Preston, MD CREDITORS UNKNOWN HEIRS 21655, was appointed Edward B. Jones whose ing name, address and Elizabeth Blake whose personal representative address is 4324 Ranger relationship. address is 4018 Grant of the estate of Lucille Avenue, Temple Hills, Date of Publication: Street, NE, Washington, January 3, 2014 Frances Hoskins, who MD 20748 was apDC 20019, was apdied on September 14, pointed personal repre- Name of newspaper: pointed personal repre2013, without a will, and sentative of the estate of Afro-American sentative of the estate of will serve without Court Dorothy C. Jones, de- Washington Law Wuanita Starks, who supervision. All unknown ceased, on October 26, Reporter died on June 7, 1997, York C. Rankin, Jr heirs and heirs whose 2013, by the Orphans without a will, and will Personal whereabouts are un- C o u r t f o r P r i n c e serve with Court superviRepresentative known shall enter their George’s County, State sion. All unknown heirs a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s of Maryland. and heirs whose proceeding. Objections Service of process may TRUE TEST COPY whereabouts are unto such appointment be made upon Monalie REGISTER OF WILLS known shall enter their shall be filed with the E. Bledsoe, 1629 K. TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 appearance in this Register of Wills, D.C., Street, NW, Suite 300, 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 proceeding. Objections 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Washington, DC 20006 to such appointment Floor Washington, D.C. whose designation as SUPERIOR COURT OF shall be filed with the 20001, on or before June District of Columbia THE DISTRICT OF Register of Wills, D.C., 27, 2014. Claims against agent has been filed with COLUMBIA 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd the decedent shall be the Register of Wills, PROBATE DIVISION Floor Washington, D.C. presented to the under- D.C. Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June signed with a copy to the The decedent owned the 20001-2131 27, 2014. Claims against Register of Wills or filed f o l l o w i n g D i s t r i c t o f Foreign No. the decedent shall be with the Register of Wills Colombia real property: 2013FEP142 presented to the underwith a copy to the under- 528 Sheridan Street, August 30, 2011 signed with a copy to the signed, on or before June NW, Washington, DC Date of Death Register of Wills or filed 27, 2014, or be forever 20011. Cynthia Campbell with the Register of Wills barred. Persons believed Claims against the de- Decedent with a copy to the underto be heirs or legatees of cedent may be preNOTICE OF signed, on or before June the decedent who do not sented to the underAPPOINTMENT 27, 2014, or be forever receive a copy of this no- signed and filed with the OF FOREIGN barred. Persons believed tice by mail within 25 Register of Wills for the PERSONAL to be heirs or legatees of days of its first publica- District of Columbia, 500 R E P R E S E N TAT I V E the decedent who do not tion shall so inform the Indiana Avenue, N.W., AND receive a copy of this noRegister of Wills, includ- Washington, D.C. 20001 NOTICE TO tice by mail within 25 ing name, address and within 6 months from the CREDITORS days of its first publicarelationship. date of first publication of James Campbell whose tion shall so inform the Date of Publication: address is 13201 Burthis notice. Register of Wills, includDecember 27, 2013 leigh Street, Upper Marling name, address and Name of newspaper: Edward B. Jones boro, MD 20774 was aprelationship. Afro-American Personal Representa- p o i n t e d p e r s o n a l Date of Publication: Washington Law tive(s) representative of the December 27, 2013 Reporter TRUE TEST COPY estate of Cythia CampName of newspaper: Mable E. Friend REGISTER OF WILLS b e l l , d e c e a s e d , o n Afro-American Personal Date of first publication: September 19, 2011, by Washington Law Representative January 3, 2014 the Register of Wills Reporter Name of newspapers C o u r t f o r P r i n c e Elizabeth Blake TRUE TEST COPY George’s County, State and/or periodical: Personal REGISTER OF WILLS The Daily Washington of Maryland. Representative Service of process may Law Reporter TYPESET: Mon Dec 23 11:26:35 EST 2013 12/27, 01/03 & 01/10/14 be made upon John E. The Afro-American TRUE TEST COPY Scheuerman, TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 10:22:28 EST Scheuer2013 REGISTER OF WILLS man & Menist, PC, 700 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 Superior Court of E. Street, SE, WashingTYPESET: Dec 23 11:19:11 EST 2013 12/27, 01/03 Mon & 01/10/14 the District of ton, DC 20003 whose Superior Court of District of Columbia designation as District of the District of PROBATE DIVISION Columbia agent has District of Columbia Superior Court of Washington, D.C. been filed with the RegisPROBATE DIVISION the District of 20001-2131 ter of Wills, D.C. Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Administration No. The decedent owned the 20001-2131 PROBATE DIVISION following District of 2013ADM1291 Administration No. Washington, D.C. Colombia real property: Willam J. Noel, Jr. 2013ADM1261 20001-2131 619 21st Street, NE, Decedent Tanys L. Carroll Administration No. Washington, DC 20002. Kellee G. Baker Decedent 2013ADM843 6926 Hanover Pkwy, Michelle Lanchester, Claims against the deEmma Montgomery cedent may be preSuite 603 Esq DeVore sented to the underGreenbelt, MD 20770 601 Pennsylvania Ave. Decedent signed and filed with the NW, Suite 900 Attorney NOTICE OF Register of Wills for the Washington, DC 20004 APPOINTMENT, NOTICE OF District of Columbia, 500 NOTICE OF NOTICE TO APPOINTMENT, Indiana Avenue, N.W., APPOINTMENT, CREDITORS NOTICE TO Washington, D.C. 20001 NOTICE TO AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS within 6 months from the CREDITORS UNKNOWN HEIRS AND NOTICE TO date of first publication of AND NOTICE TO Lloyd J. DeVore, Jr., UNKNOWN HEIRS this notice. UNKNOWN HEIRS Dennis D. DeVore., Joyce H. Henderson Tanya M. DeVore, whose whose address is 6120 Clinton T. Carroll, III James Campbell whose address is 3952 addresses are 5411 SecRosedale Dr, Hyattsville, C l a y P l a c e , N E , Personal Representaond Street NW, Washingtive(s) Washington, DC 20019, ton, DC 20011, 5117 MD 20782, was apTRUE TEST COPY Armetus Road; Sims, NC pointed personal repre- was appointed personal REGISTER OF WILLS 27880 were appointed sentative of the estate of representative of the personal representatives William J. Noel, Jr, who estate of Tanys L. Carroll, Date of first publication: January 3, 2014 of the estate of Emma died on March 23, 2010, who died on October 25, Montgomery DeVore, without a will, and will 2013, without a will, and Name of newspapers who died on April 15th, serve with Court supervi- will serve without Court and/or periodical: 1999 without a will, and sion. All unknown heirs supervision. All unknown The Daily Washington will serve with Court su- a n d h e i r s w h o s e heirs and heirs whose Law Reporter Afro-American pervision. All unknown whereabouts are un- whereabouts are un- The TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 heirs and heirs whose known shall enter their known shall enter their 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 appearance in this whereabouts are un- a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s known shall enter their proceeding. Objections proceeding. Objections Superior Court of a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s to such appointment to such appointment the District of proceeding. Objections shall be filed with the shall be filed with the District of Columbia to such appointment Register of Wills, D.C., Register of Wills, D.C., PROBATE DIVISION 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd shall be filed with the Washington, D.C. Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. Floor Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 20001, on or before July 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Administration No. Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before June 3, 2014. Claims against 2013ADM599 20001, on or before June 27, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be 27, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the under- Joseph Brown the decedent shall be presented to the under- signed with a copy to the AKA presented to the under- signed with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed Joseph Sterling signed with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills Brown, Sr. Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the under- Decedent with the Register of Wills with a copy to the under- signed, on or before July NOTICE OF with a copy to the under- signed, on or before June 3, 2014, or be forever APPOINTMENT, signed, on or before June 27, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed NOTICE TO 27, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of CREDITORS barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not AND NOTICE TO to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this noUNKNOWN HEIRS the decedent who do not receive a copy of this no- tice by mail within 25 Sonya N. Armfield whose days of its first publicareceive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 tion shall so inform the a d d r e s s i s 2 tice by mail within 25 Massachussetts Avedays of its first publicaRegister of Wills, includ- nue, NE, #1173 was apdays of its first publication shall so inform the tion shall so inform the ing name, address and pointed personal repreRegister of Wills, includ- Register of Wills, includ- relationship. sentative of the estate of ing name, address and ing name, address and Date of Publication: Joseph Brown AKA Jorelationship. January 3, 2014 relationship. seph Sterling Brown, Sr. Date of Publication: Name of newspaper: Date of Publication: who died on May 6, 2013 December 27, 2013 Afro-American December 27, 2013 with a will, and will serve Washington Law Name of newspaper: Name of newspaper: without Court superviReporter Afro-American Afro-American Clinton T. Carroll sion. All unknown heirs Washington Washington Law Personal a n d h e i r s w h o s e Law Reporter Reporter Representative whereabouts are unLloyd J. DeVore Joycee E. Henderson known shall enter their Dennis D. DeVore Personal appearance in this Tanya M. DeVore Representative TRUE TEST COPY proceeding. Objections REGISTER OF WILLS Personal to such appointment deRepresentatives TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 10:42:43 cedent´s EST shall 2013 be filed 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS with the Register of Wills, REGISTER OF WILLS D.C., 515 5th Street, 12/27, 01/03 & 01/10/14 Superior Court of 12/27, 01/03 & 01/10/14 N.W., 3rd Floor Washingthe District of ton, D.C. 20001, on or District of Columbia before July 3, 2014. PROBATE DIVISION Claims against the deWashington, D.C. cedent shall be pre20001-2131 sented to the underAdministration No. signed with a copy to the 2013ADM1282 Register of Wills or filed York C. Rankin, Sr with the Register of Wills Decedent with a copy to the underJohn Noble 451 Hungerford Drive, signed, on or before July 3, 2014, or be forever Suite 750 barred. Persons believed Rockville, MD 20850 to be heirs or legatees of NOTICE OF the decedent who do not APPOINTMENT, receive a copy of this noNOTICE TO tice by mail within 25 CREDITORS days of its first publicaAND NOTICE TO tion shall so inform the UNKNOWN HEIRS York C. Rankin, Jr whose Register of Wills, includaddress is 6945 Nash- ing name, address and ville Road, Lanham, MD relationship. 20706 was appointed Date of Publication: personal representative January 3, 2014 of the estate of York C. Name of newspaper Rankin, Jr, who died on WDLR: July 11, 2000, without a Afro-American will, and will serve without Court supervision. All Sonya N. Armfield unknown heirs and heirs Personal whose whereabouts are Representative unknown shall enter their appearance in this TRUE TEST COPY proceeding. Objections REGISTER OF WILLS to such appointment shall be filed with the 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14, Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 3, 2014. 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TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 11:38:57 EST 2013 TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 11:51:51 EST 2013 TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 12:29:39 EST 2013 LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM783 Cornelia Kathlyn Marshall aka Cornelia K. Marshall Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington,D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM907 Jessie N. Smith Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane #155 Largo Maryland, 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS Thomas C. Marshall, whose AND NOTICE TO address is 12817 Broadmore UNKNOWN HEIRS Road, Colesville, MD 20904 Anna L. Norman Turner was appointed personal rewhose address is 509 presentative of the estate of R e i d A v e n u e , Cornelia Kathlyn Marshall aka Cornelia K. Marshall, Murfreeboro, Tennessee who died on September 28, 37130 was appointed 2012 with a will and will serve personal representative without court supervision. All of the estate of Jessie N. unknown heirs and heirs Smith, who died on Auwhose whereabouts are ungust 4, 2013 with a will, known shall enter their and will serve without appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such Court supervision. All unappointment shall be filed known heirs and heirs with the Register of Wills, whose whereabouts are D.C., 515 5th 11:08:37 ESTStreet, 2013N.W., unknown shall enter their 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. appearance in this 20001, on or before July 3, proceeding. Objections 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to to such appointment (or the undersigned with a copy to the probate of deto the Register of Wills or filed cedent´s will) shall be with the Register of Wills with filed with the Register of a copy to the undersigned, on Wills, D.C., 515 5th or before July 3, 2014, or be Street, N.W., 3rd Floor forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . of the decedent who do not 20001, on or before July receive a copy of this notice 3, 2014. Claims against by mail within 25 days of its the decedent shall be first publication shall so inpresented to the underform the Register of Wills, signed with a copy to the including name, address and relationship. Register of Wills or filed Date of Publication: with the Register of Wills January 3, 2014 with a copy to the underName of newspaper: signed, on or before July Afro-American 3, 2014 , or be forever Washington barred. Persons believed Law Reporter to be heirs or legatees of Thomas C. Marshall Personal the decedent who do not Representative receive a copy of this noTRUE TEST COPY tice by mail within 25 REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFMon Dec 30 12:01:25 days of itsEST first2013 publica01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 tion shall so inform the Register of Wills, includSuperior Court of ing name, address and the District of relationship. District of Columbia Date of Publication: PROBATE DIVISION January 3, 2014 Washington, D.C. Name of newspaper: 20001-2131 Afro-American Administration No. Newspaper 2013ADM1290 Washington Geneva Tillman Dues Law Reporter Decedent Anna L. Norman Arthur F. Konopka Turner 4530 Wisconsin Ave, Personal NW, Suite 200 Representative Washington, DC 20016 NOTICE OF TRUE TEST COPY APPOINTMENT, REGISTER OF WILLS NOTICE TO CREDITORS 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Marie M. Wallace whose address is 539 42nd Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Geneva Tillman Dues, who died on July 24, 2012, without a will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 3, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the under11:28:29 EST 2013 signed, on or before July 3, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 3, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Marie M. Wallace Personal Representative

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY INVITATION TO BID INVITATION NO.: 120190 Cleaning and Inspection of Upper East Side Interceptor The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) is soliciting bids for Invitation No. 120190:Cleaning and Inspection of Upper East Side Interceptor The following listing enumerates the major items of work included in the contract: Cleaning, post cleaning combined CCTV and sonar inspection, and disposal of sediment/debris from approximately: *31 linear feet of 36-inch diameter sewer *2,495 linear feet of 45-inch diameter sewer *1,572 linear feet of 48-inch diameter sewer *1,280 linear feet of 54-inch diameter sewer *Cleaning and inspection of one (1) structure. Post cleaning combined closed-circuit television and sonar inspection of adjacent downstream sewer pipes to verify cleanliness. The project requires completion within 548 consecutive calendar days. This project is estimated to cost between $1,500,000.00 and $3,000,000.00. DC Water will receive Bids until 2:00 p.m., local standard time on January 29, 2014. Bid for this project will be procured in the open market with preference given for the utilization of local and local small business enterprises. The Davis-Bacon wage determinations shall apply. Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20032. Sets of Bidding Documents can be procured for a non-refundable $50.00 purchase price each, payable to DC Water. Payment must be in the form of a money order, certified check or a company check. Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express account number. The DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a secured facility. Persons intending to pick-up Bidding Documents are to contact the Department of Procurement at 202 787 2020 for access authorization. For procurement information contact Mr. Carlo Enciso; email carlo.enciso@dcwater.com, (voice 202 787 2029). For technical information contact: DETS-Construction.Bid.Inquiry@dcwater.com View DC Water website www.dcwater.com current and up coming solicitations. TYPESET: Mon Decat30 11:47:18 ESTfor 2013 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY INVITATION TO BID INVITATION NO.: 130130 STORAGE FACILITY UPGRADES FOR FORT RENO RESERVOIR NO. 1 The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is soliciting bids for Invitation No. 130130: Storage Facility Upgrades for Fort Reno Reservoir No. 1 The following listing enumerates the major items of work included in the contract: *Ventilation Improvements. *Electrical Upgrades *Security System Improvements. *Site Piping *Cross Connection Elimination *System Control and SCADA Improvements *Water Quality Mixing and Sampling Improvements *Various Site Improvements The project requires completion within 365 consecutive calendar days. This project is estimated to cost between $900,000 and $1.3 million. DC Water will receive Bids until 2:00 p.m., local standard time on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be conducted on January 15, 2014. This project may be funded in part by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Fair Share Objective for Minority and Women´s Business Enterprises participation in this work of 32% and 6%, respectively, has been established. The program requirements are fully defined in USEPA´s Participation by Disadvantaged Enterprises in Procurement under EPA Financial Assistant Agreements - May 27, 2008. The Davis-Bacon wage determinations shall apply. DC Water Owner Controlled Insurance Program will provide insurance. Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20032. Sets of Bidding Documents can be procured for a non-refundable $50.00 purchase price each, payable to DC Water. Payment must be in the form of a money order, certified check or a company check. Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express account number. The DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a secured facility. Persons intending to pick-up Bidding Documents are to contact the Department of Procurement at 202 787 2020 for access authorization. For procurement information contact Mr. Carlo Enciso; email carlo.enciso@dcwater.com, (voice 202 787 2029). For technical information contact: DETS-Construction.Bid.Inquiry@dcwater.com View DC Water website at www.dcwater.com for current and upcoming solicitations.


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Redskins Fire Coach Shanahan After 3-13 Season Joseph White AP Sports Writer ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Mike Shanahan’s plan to restore order, professionalism and consistent success to the Washington Redskins disintegrated quickly in 2013, costing him his job Monday a day after the team finished a 3-13 season. Shanahan was fired after a morning meeting with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen at Redskins Park, a formality expected for several weeks as the losses mounted and tension rose among Shanahan, Snyder and franchise player Robert Griffin III. Shanahan went 24-40 in four seasons in Washington and had one year remaining on his five-year, $35 million contract. Snyder will now be seeking his eighth head coach for his 16th season as an NFL owner — a span that includes just four winning seasons, two playoff victories and seven last-place finishes in the NFC East. “Redskins fans deserve a better result,” Snyder said in a statement. “We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.” Shortly after his meeting with Snyder, Shanahan made a five-minute statement thanking fans, players, reporters and Snyder. Shanahan did not take questions, and he defended his efforts in rebuilding the Redskins while repeating his assertion that an NFL-levied salary cap penalty hindered his ability to improve the roster even more. “We’re better off today than we were four years ago,” Shanahan said. Shanahan’s career regular-season record is 170-138 over 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos and Redskins, but his two worst years have come in Washington — 5-11 in 2011 and this year’s 3-13. He captured Super Bowls titles with quarterback John Elway and the Broncos after the 1997 and 1998 seasons, but he won only one playoff game over his final 10 years in Denver and was fired after the 2008 season. The selection of Heisman Trophy winner Griffin with the No. 2 overall draft pick and a season-ending seven-game winning streak propelled the Redskins to 10-6 record in 2012, their first division title in 13 years. But Griffin was injured in the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks and required major knee surgery days later, setting the stage for a year of conflict as the quarterback vowed to return in record time and felt empowered enough to openly challenge

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some of his Shanahan’s decisions. Griffin returned for Week 1 of the regular season — just as he said he would — but he wasn’t the same dynamic player who won the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012. The Redskins also struggled on defense and special teams, with Shanahan repeatedly citing the handicap of the two-year, $36 million salary cap penalty imposed by the league for the way Washington restructured contracts during the uncapped year of 2010. Shanahan eventually benched Griffin for the final three games of the season. Even though Griffin was medically cleared to play, the coach said the move was best for the organization because it was important for the quarterback’s development that he be healthy for the upcoming offseason. Griffin was clearly unhappy with the decision. Snyder’s search for a new coach presents plenty of intrigue. He’s tried nearly every angle: the hot college coach with no NFL experience (Steve Spurrier), the franchise icon (Joe Gibbs), the promising youngish coordinator (Jim Zorn) and the established demand-control-over-everything big names (Marty Schottenheimer and Shanahan). Snyder’s hands-on reputation and history of developing close relationships with star players have made candidates wary of the job, and his ties with Griffin did nothing to help matters this year. “We are going to take a smart, step-by-step approach to finding the right coach to return the Redskins to where we believe we should be,” Allen said. “We will analyze accurately and honestly all of the decisions that were made over the past year.” Shanahan demanded — and received — contractual control over all football matters when he joined the Redskins, and he repeatedly emphasized the need to run a disciplined organization with a sense of decorum. Snyder met Shanahan’s requests to upgrade the Redskins Park facility, spending millions on a new practice bubble and other amenities. Shanahan weeded out the disgruntled players — most notably Albert Haynesworth — but ultimately was unable to stymie what he called the“circus atmosphere” that has permeated the Redskins under Snyder. Leaks, rumors and power struggles were just as bad as before, as were the losses. The Redskins’ 2013 record was their worst since 1994, and the season-ending eight-game losing streak is their longest in more than 50 years. Shanahan leaves with the same regular-season winning percentage (.375) in Washington as Spurrier and Zorn.


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The Afro-American, January 4, 2014 - January 10, 2014

My Take

By Donald L. Hense  This holiday season immediately follows National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. It is a national disgrace that in the capital of the world’s richest and most powerful nation, one-in-eight households struggle against hunger. One-in-twenty households report not having the resources at some point during the previous twelve months to buy food for themselves or their family.  And more than one-third of District households with children say they have been unable to afford enough food during the same time period, a worse rate than any other state in the nation. Homelessness also

Ending Homelessness and Hunger – One Child at a Time    is a tragic reality for thousands in the nation’s capital. More than 15,000 people are homeless in Washington, D.C. over the course of a typical year. As of January 2013, there were almost 4,000 people-- representing nearly 1,000 homeless families-- in emergency shelters in the District. And there are more than

communities—through the public charter school which I founded and lead—I am all too familiar with the dangers and reality of homelessness and hunger for urban youth.   At Friendship Public Charter School, we aim to provide children from our most disadvantaged neighborhoods with the

“Homelessness also is a tragic reality for thousands in the nation’s capital. More than 15,000 people are homeless in Washington, D.C. over the course of a typical year.” 1,600 homeless children identified in the District each year—far exceeding the 77 shelter beds nominally reserved for homeless youth by D.C.’s government. As a provider of public education in some of the city’s most underserved

high-quality, college preparatory public education they need to enter and graduate college and contribute to their communities.  We work to provide the nearly 4,000 students at our six tuitionfree public charter school campuses the educational

opportunities and emotional and mentoring supports that are regularly available to their peers who attend suburban public, magnet or private schools.  We aim to do this for all of our children, including those facing homelessness and hunger. Our Friendship Collegiate Academy, located in D.C.’s Ward Seven, has a 95-percent on-time high school graduation rate.  The rate for D.C. Public Schools’ high schools run by the city is 56 percent.  The averages for Maryland and Virginia—with all of their advantages compared to Ward Seven—are 83 and 82 percent, respectively.  High-school graduation is essential for college acceptance.  And 100 percent of our graduating class is accepted to college. Our graduates have earned nearly $40 million in college scholarships. Before founding Friendship Public Charter School, I was executive director of Friendship

House, which provided employment training and social services to adults and high school dropouts.  It inspired me to found our school because I could see that their children were destined also to become our clients—unless they

were able to access a high-quality public education.  We can conquer homelessness and hunger one child at a time. Donald Hense is chairman and founder of Friendship Public Charter School.

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