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Proposed Tobacco Settlement Excludes Black Media

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief

The U.S. Justice Department and the TobaccoFree Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies requiring them to spend millions across major media as part of a settlement

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for their misrepresentation of the hazards of smoking—but the companies will not have to make a single purchase from a Black print or broadcast media company. As part of a 24page proposed consent agreement reached Friday, the companies will have to spend more than $30 million

“We are shocked and deeply disappointed that the Justice Department, the Tobacco-Free Action Fund and the tobacco industry would all agree to sign off on an advertising plan that totally disrespects the Black community.” advertising with the three major television networks and run full-page ads in 35 White and Hispanic newspapers as well as purchasing space on their respective websites. Black publications and media companies were not among those included in the agreement. The agreement is scheduled to go before U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday for final approval. “We are shocked and deeply disappointed that the Justice Department, the Tobacco-Free Action Fund and the tobacco industry would all agree to sign off on an advertising plan that totally disrespects the Black community,” said Cloves C. Campbell, chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of nearly 200 Black newspapers. “The industry’s past efforts to target AfricanAmerican consumers have been thoroughly documented,” Campbell added. “It is sad that an industry that sought to exploit our community with a product that is harmful to our health now seeks to further devalue African-Americans by ignoring the Black media when it is being forced to atone what a federal judge determined was a deliberate effort to deceive the American public.” Peter S. Hamm, director of communications for the Tobacco-Free Kids Action, said on Monday that the Continued on A3

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By Henry C. Jackson The Associated Press The Senate confirmed one of President Barack Obama’s key judicial nominees on Jan. 14, completing an overhaul of the country’s second most powerful court into one dominated by Democratic-appointed judges. The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That gives Democratic appointees a 7-4 majority on the politically influential bench. The D.C. Circuit, second in clout only to the Supreme Court, hears appeals of White House actions and federal rules and regulations.

Senate Approves Wilkins for D.C. Circuit Ct. Wilkins’ confirmation is a fresh demonstration of Senate Democrats’ ability to push through most presidential nominations by a simple majority, thanks to a weakening of filibusters that they muscled through the chamber in November. It came on the same day the Supreme Court heard arguments about a constitutional provision relating to temporary presidential appointments. At issue is Obama’s use of the provision to make so-called recess appointments, which presidents can make without Senate approval. Obama applauded the confirmation of Wilkins, who was previously approved unanimously by the Senate for a district judgeship. Obama said Wilkins would bring important Continued on A3

Objections Raised to Disrespectful MLK Day Ads By Zachary Lester AFRO Staff Writer “It should be a great event, And the whole day should be spent, In full remembrance Of those who lived and died For the oneness of all people…” From Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” In honor of the MLK Holiday

Loved ones of martyred civil rights leader Martin Ad using MLK image to advertise twerking party was shown on Fox 5 News in D.C. Luther King Jr. are reacting to an ad that surfaced in recent Teen Parties. The ad features a photo of King in a black sweater days using unauthorized wearing an oversized gold medallion and appearing to throw images of his likeness to advertise a teen dance party in a gang sign. A second picture of King is visible in the top left Michigan over the King holiday weekend. corner. A teenage girl in a letterman’s jacket smiles from the “Freedom 2 Twerk Martin Luther King Day Weekend Party” reads a flyer from an organization called Mid-Michigan Continued on A5

AKAs Celebrate 106 Years of Service By Mia Alexander-Davis Special to the AFRO Nearly 1,000 women, dressed in white and adorned with pearls, gathered at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center to celebrate the 106th Founders Day of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The AKAs spent the day reflecting on their rich history and the brave young women who gathered at Howard University under the guidance of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle on January 15, 1908 to start the sorority whose mission is to be a voice for the voiceless and a beacon of light in their

communities. Linda H. Gilliam, the AKA’s mid-Atlantic regional director, noted that only 50 years had passed between the end of slavery and the time a group of Black collegeeducated women set out to change the world, one service project at a time. During Metropolitan Founders’ Day, many of the women spoke of the urgent need for services in their communities and their commitment to educate, empower and inform a generation of young women blessed with access despite having limited historical grounding. As the Rev. Adriane Lara Blair Wise, the keynote speaker, took the podium, she gently guided her audience into a moment of reflection. She started by questioning the audacity of their founders to think that they could change the world around them, but noted that others often Continued on A5

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NABJ Inducts New Hall of Fame Members By AFRO Staff The National Association of Black Journalists is scheduled to honor a host of preeminent figures in the industry at the organization’s 2014 Hall of Fame Induction and Reception. The annual event, scheduled for Jan. 16 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. spotlights renowned African-American Continued on A5

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NATION & WORLD Detroit Man Charged with Killing drugs such as heroine, inhalants, or alcohol. Wife, Mother Allegedly Assists in Corruption Trial Begins for Cover-Up Trenton, N.J. Black Mayor A Detroit man who gunned down his 23-year-old wife on New Year’s Day, allegedly received help in hiding the murder from an unlikely source—his own mother. According to Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK, Brandon Glenn, 25, and his wife Milena Moore, 23, got into an altercation on Jan. 1 which began inside their apartment and moved outside. Once there, Glenn allegedly shot and killed Moore as his mother, Bettye Adams, watched. According to the television station, Adams, 45, put Moore’s body inside her car and drove off. Adams told police she initially set out to take Moore to the hospital but panicked, believing police would think she had shot her daughter-in-law. Instead, she drove home with Moore’s dead body in her car, according to officials, where it was later found by Detroit police. Glenn has been charged with murder and his mother also faces charges for assisting the crime. Both are set to be arraigned Jan. 11.

How Much Revenue Did Legal Marijuana Sales Generate in Colorado?

The supporters of legal marijuana sales in Colorado wasted no time proving the potential economic gains to the state. Between the first day of legal marijuana sales, Jan. 1, and Jan. 8, Colorado has served thousands of people and accrued more than $5 million in taxed and regulated sales. Despite concerns from some that the legalization of marijuana would bring an increase in crime, only four marijuana citations have been issued in Denver since sales began. “We’ve written four citations for public consumption since January 1st, and that is relatively small considering the number of people consuming right now,” Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson told The Huffington Post. Colorado residents 21 years or older are eligible to legally purchase up to one ounce of marijuana at a time. Out-of-state individuals can buy up to a half an ounce at a time. In addition to the limit imposed by law, businesses have placed their own caps on the amount of weed that an individual can purchase to avoid a pot shortage. According to Business Week, the price of an ounce of commercial-grade marijuana shot up to $400 since sales began, double the price of an ounce of medicinal marijuana at a state dispensary. That price may come down as inventory increases and demand decreases. Critics of the law view marijuana T:11” as a gateway drug, and believe it can lead to the use of S:10.5” more habit-forming and dangerous

The mayor of Trenton, N.J. and his brother face corruption charges in connection with a 2010 parking garage development scheme in which they were allegedly offered an $119,000 bribe by an FBI agent operating undercover. Opening arguments began Jan. 6 for Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, 48, and hisbrother Ralphiel Mack, both accused of bribery and extortion. “This is a case about corruption,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Skahill said. “This is a case Tony Mack about how Tony Mack, the mayor of Trenton, took bribes.” The brothers pleaded not guilty to the federal charges, denying they had any involvement in a plot to persuade contractors to develop a garage on city-owned property, a deal which would have brought financial benefits to both. According to officials, they occasionally held secret meetings and used a secret or coded language. When speaking, Mayor Mack was referred to as “the little guy” or “Napoleon,” while his brother went by the code name “Uncle Remus.” The mayor’s attorney told the Times of Trenton that the government was waiting to catch him with money in his hand, but it never happened. Ralphiel Mack’s attorney, Robert Haney, said the extortion charge against his client was just a fiction and that his client saw the deal as what it appeared to be on the surface—a legitimate development. Charles Hall, a former city official and a close acquaintance of the mayor, and steak house owner Joseph Giorgianni each pleaded guilty last year to two counts of extortion. According to court documents, the two are among 40 potential witnesses to testify against the Mack brothers. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called for Mack to resign. However, Davis said his client has pleaded not guilty and therefore will not step down as mayor. Mack has been in office since 2010 and earns a salary of $126,000. In all, the Mack brothers face one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of attempting the obstruction of justice by extortion, one count of accepting bribes and three counts of fraud. They could face a prison sentence of 110 years if convicted on all charges.

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Gray to Meet With D.C. Residents on CSX Tunnel Expansion Plans By Zenitha Prince Senior AFRO Correspondent Residents of Southwest Washington, D.C. distressed by CSX Transportation’s plan to expand the Virginia Avenue Tunnel will air their concerns during a meeting with Mayor Vincent Gray on Jan. 16. “The residents invited Mayor Gray to discuss the issue and he is happy to come and listen,” said Gray spokeswoman Doxie A. McCoy. The coalition opposing the tunnel is a diverse group comprising residents of various incomes, races and ages hailing from the Capitol Hill/Navy Yard community. The community includes approximately 700 low-income, predominately African-American families; 150 low-income, predominately African-American senior citizens who reside at the Arthur Capper Senior Center; 90 “work force” housing units subsidized by the DC Housing Authority; and 130 market-rate town homes. Over the last two years, CSX has sought approval for the rehabilitation of the more than century-old tunnel, a 3,800-foot throughway containing a single railroad track with west and east portals near 2nd Street SE and 11th Street SE, respectively. CSX has argued that the tunnel’s single track is a chokepoint along its Eastern Seaboard freight rail corridor, and that it must be expanded to accommodate expected increases in freight

transportation demand due in part to the expansion of the Panama Canal scheduled for next year. Plans call for rebuilding the tunnel to fit two tracks and making it at least 21 feet high to accommodate double-stacked intermodal freight trains. During construction, estimated to cost $168 million to $208 million and take at least three years, trains will run on a temporary track in an open trench near the site. Helen Douglas, a resident of the nearby nursing home and a member of the coalition, said the group’s concerns over the project include worries about the transportation of potentially hazardous material through the tunnel, traffic congestion, adverse impact on nearby businesses, potential sinkholes given the proximity to the Anacostia River, sound and air pollution, the impact of vibrations on nearby structures and residents and even the possible presence of asbestos. “Their bottom line is profits for their shareholders. Our bottom line is our safety and security,” said Douglas. “It is an extremely high-risk project.” The 71-year-old was especially concerned about the project’s effect on the neighborhood’s young and elderly populations, whom she called “fragile.” At the very least, CSX should nix the idea of the open runaround trench, said Douglas. “At the minimum, we want them to reroute the trains while they’re doing this,” she said. “We think it’s ridiculous to run a double-stacked train in an open trench while you’re doing construction.”

CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost said safety remains the company’s top concern. “In fact, the rebuilding of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel will employ newer construction technologies and practices that will improve the safety of the tunnel, including updated signaling and security features,” she told the AFRO in an e-mailed statement. According to CSX’S Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which offers three “build alternatives” as well as a “no build” option, the project includes a traffic plan that ensures access to businesses and other facilities and accommodates the special transportation needs of the senior center, such as provisions for emergency response vehicles. CSX said it would also ensure the open trench is fenced, would employ “best practices” to reduce sound and dust pollution and would take steps to properly dispose of contaminated water and to prevent soil erosion, among other mitigation approaches. Those steps have been guided by community input, Cost said, and the company will maintain a community relations office to ensure open communications with area residents. “CSX is experienced with urban construction,” Cost said. “Just last year, CSX successfully double-stack cleared a tunnel in a busy Pittsburgh community. There, we worked with adjacent businesses and residents to address their concerns, minimize disruption and safely complete the tunnel construction.”

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media outlets were selected by Kessler and disclosed in an order issued Aug. 17, 2006. Hamm said he did not know how she determined what media outlets would be used to carry the advertising. A telephone call Monday requesting comment from the Justice Department was not returned. The story of the agreement was first disclosed by Target Market News. The Chicagobased publication said an advertising source placed the value of the total buy at $30 million to $45 million. The advertising campaign, which won’t go into effect until all appeals have been exhausted by the tobacco companies, was agreed to as part of a settlement that found tobacco companies misled the

“The industry’s ‘investment’ in the African-American community has had a destructive impact: African Americans suffer the greatest burden of tobaccorelated mortality of any ethnic or racial group in the United States.” public about the dangers of smoking. The four defendants are Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Philip Morris USA. The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against the cigarette manufacturers on Sept. 22, 1999 charging that they had violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations Act. They were found guilty at the conclusion of a trial that lasted from Dec. 21, 2004 to

June 9, 2005. Though the tobacco industry is bypassing Black media while complying with a federal order to disclose its deception, in the past it used the Black media to target African-American consumers. “The tobacco industry has gone to great lengths to target the African-American community over the past 30 years,” the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids stated.

“Through market research and aggressive advertising, the industry has successfully penetrated this population. The industry’s ‘investment’ in the African-American community has had a destructive impact: African Americans suffer the greatest burden of tobacco-related mortality of any ethnic or

racial group in the United States.” “The health of the African American community has suffered disproportionately from the advertising campaigns of the tobacco companies, and Black owned media has been demonstrated to be the best way to engage the African American community,” Jim Winston, executive director of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, told Target Market News. “Yet, now that the tobacco companies are being required to educate the public about the harm that tobacco products have caused, the

companies and the DOJ have no plan to direct any educational advertising to our communities.” Both Winston and Campbell said they plan to contact the Justice Department and ask it to direct tobacco companies to include Black-owned print and broadcast media in their public education buys. If that fails, Campbell said, his organization will take stronger action. “If our newspapers aren’t good enough to advertise in, their products – including the non-tobacco ones – aren’t good enough for us to consume,” he said.

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perspective to the D.C. Circuit. “He has applied the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity,” Obama said in a statement. “I am confident that he will continue to do so on the D.C. Circuit.” Republicans’ resistance to many Obama nominees, including judges, prompted Democrats to change years of Senate filibuster tradition. Instead of requiring 60 votes to move nominations forward, the Senate can advance almost all presidential nominees on a simple majority vote. The only exceptions are nominees to the Supreme Court. The change virtually assured Wilkins’ confirmation. In a just over a month, the Senate has confirmed two other Obama nominees to the court, Patricia Millett and Cornelia “Nina” Pillard. Republicans again criticized the rules changes on Monday, though they said little about Wilkins’ credentials. “Our politics today desperately need the cooling saucer of the Senate,” said Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The action by the majority leader to make it easier to consider nominations on a purely partisan basis went in the wrong direction.” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Judiciary panel, said Wilkins, who is black, would bring a “diverse personal and professional background help further enrich the judiciary.”

Republicans and Democrats have bitterly fought over appointments to the D.C. Circuit. But none disputes the court’s influence, which stems from its caseload and its reputation as something of a proving ground for the Supreme Court. Four of the high court’s justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, previously served on the D.C. Circuit. In addition to its 11 active judges, the D.C. Circuit also has six senior judges who handle a reduced caseload. Five of the senior judges were appointed by Republicans and one by a Democrat. Until recently, the

court had been a source of frustration for Obama. Republicans repeatedly blocked his first nominee to it, Caitlin Halligan, until she withdrew her nomination. Sri Srinivasan was confirmed to the court in May, but Republican senators promised to stop any further nominees to the court. They said the bench did not have enough work to warrant filling its vacancies. In November, under old procedures, Senate Republicans had blocked Wilkins’ nomination. Furious, Democrats noted that Wilkins had been confirmed for a district judgeship in 2010 by a voice vote.

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CRIME BLOTTER

A summary of crime and punishment in the DMV.

District of Columbia Former MPD Officer Sentenced For Stealing From Woman Who Was Under Arrest

A former Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer, Alexander Rodriguez, was ordered Jan. 10 to perform 40 hours of community service and placed on six months of probation for stealing $962 in money orders from a woman who was under arrest, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced. Rodriguez, 33, pled guilty in November 2013 to a charge of second-degree theft. He was sentenced by Judge John McCabe to 90 days in jail, but the judge suspended the jail time provided that Rodriguez successfully completes a six-month term of probation. As a condition of his plea agreement, Rodriguez, who had worked for more than five years for MPD, resigned his position. He also paid the victim $1,200 in restitution, covering the value of the two money orders and related costs and the dollar equivalent of a day of lost pay for which she was not compensated by her employer. According to evidence, on July 4, 2013, at about 2:30 a.m., Rodriguez responded to the area of Benning Road and Southern Avenue SE to investigate a traffic accident involving the woman. After she was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, Rodriguez took possession of her purse, which contained two money orders. While at the Sixth District police station, he searched the woman’s purse and found a loaded handgun. He listed several items, including credit cards, a phone, $2.01 and a driver’s license. However, he did not list the money orders. After the woman’s release from jail, she

returned to the Sixth District to retrieve her property. She found that the two money orders were missing and traced them through Western Union. The money orders were cashed by Rodriguez in Alexandria, Va..

Two Men Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder for Shooting at Caribbean Festival Set for Sentencing 

Deonte Bryant, 22, and Terrance Bush, 21, of Washington, D.C. are scheduled to be sentenced March 7 in connection with a slaying at the Caribbean Festival in June 2011, according to a statement issued by the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. Bryant and Bush were found guilty by a jury on Dec. 13, 2013 in D.C. Superior Court of first-degree murder while armed and other charges for shooting and killing a man and wounding two other people during a shoot-out at the crowded festival. Both were also found guilty of three counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, one count of aggravated assault while armed, and gun charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced March 7. According to evidence in the case, Bryant and Bush provoked and then participated in a shootout with a member of a rival neighborhood group, striking and injuring the rival, as well as three innocent bystanders who were hit by bullets as they tried to run away. The shooting took place in the 700 block of Gresham Pl. NW. Killed in the incident was Robert Foster, Jr., 43. Another innocent bystander was gravely wounded but survived. The third innocent bystander was shot in the leg and the side but also survived. The rival, Terry Jimenez, 22, pled guilty to charges in the case.

D.C. Pediatrician Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison For Possession of Child Pornography

Robert Paul Dickey, 74, a pediatrician from Washington, D.C., was sentenced recently to 18 months in prison for possession of child pornography, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and others. Dickey pled guilty in September 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Upon completion of his prison term, Dickey will be placed on 10 years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years following his release from prison. Dickey was discovered by agents for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who received a “cyber tip” that on April 10, 2013 he uploaded 14 images of child porn using a Microsoft account. Police executed a search warrant at Dickey’s home office in Southeast Washington and recovered approximately 132 images of child pornography. He was arrested on May 8, 2013. “This case is extremely troubling because a beloved pediatrician was downloading child pornography in the same home where he was providing medical treatment to children,” said Machen. “He provided care to many children during his career, but also obsessively collected images of children of the same ages being sexually exploited.” The case was brought as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www. projectsafechildhood.gov.

Prince George’s County Former Prince George’s Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Disclosing Info in Narcotics Probe

Vanessa Edwards-Hamm, a former officer with the Prince George’s County Police Department, pled guilty recently to unlawfully disclosing information about a wiretap being used on a target of a law enforcement investigation, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and others. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7.She faces a maximum of five years in prison. As a condition of the plea, Edwards-Hamm agreed to resign from the police department. Edwards-Hamm was among 17 people indicted in July 2013 on federal charges in connection with an investigation into a network that allegedly distributed heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills in the Washington, D.C. area. She was indicted on one count each of tampering with documents or proceedings and unlawful notice of electronic surveillance. The other 16 defendants were charged with taking part in a drug conspiracy. According to the government’s evidence, Edwards-Hamm received information on Feb. 22, 2013, that Aaron Vaughn, the brother of one of her close friends, was under investigation for drug trafficking. She also learned that federal agents had a wiretap on his telephone number and that they previously had wiretaps on other numbers associated with him. She also learned that agents felt they had collected enough evidence for an indictment against Vaughn. In her guilty plea, Edwards-Hamm said that on Feb. 22 or 23, 2013, she Aaron Vaughn’s brother in prison and told him that Aaron was under investigation and would be arrested. She said she also informed her own brother,

Mark Edwards, to avoid Vaughn because of the investigation. Aaron Vaughn, 35, and Mark Edwards, 40, were among the 16 defendants indicted on narcotics charges in July 2013. They have pleaded not guilty.

Second Conspirator Pleads Guilty in Bank Fraud Schemes

Paul Essel, 26, of Laurel, pleaded guilty Jan. 14 to conspiring to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with two bank fraud schemes, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and others. According to his plea, from June 14, 2010 to March 11, 2013, Essel and Nelly Dadson opened bank accounts in their own names and in the names of shell corporations that they controlled.  Essel and others used counterfeit checks that resembled convenience checks that had been stolen from mailboxes in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Essel deposited the checks into accounts controlled by the conspirators and then withdrew funds from the accounts. Essel also provided checks to Dadson with instructions to deposit them into accounts that she controlled, withdraw the funds and provide the funds to Essel. In exchange, Essel paid Dadson. In addition, from June 14, 2010 to November 13, 2012, Essel and Dadson conspired to defraud Home Depot.  On multiple occasions, a conspirator placed an order by phone with a Home Depot store for flooring in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $8,000, using a stolen credit card number.  Within a few days, a conspirator called to cancel the order and supplied a debit card number of a conspirator, including Essel and Dadson, requesting that the refund for the order be placed on the card.  At Essel’s request, Dadson received 38 credits to her bank accounts totaling approximately $141,159.07, which she then withdrew and provided to Essel.  Essel paid Dadson $600 to $800 per transaction.  Essel also received at least three credits to his bank accounts totaling about $8,900, which he withdrew.  Essel faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced May 13. Dadson, pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 24.

PCP Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Richard Brown, age 28, of Lanham, Md., was sentenced to 10 years in prison Jan. 13 for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute phencyclidine or PCP, according toa statement from U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and others. According to Brown’s plea agreement, on four occasions between December 5, 2012 and January 16, 2013, he distributed approximately 401 grams—more than 14 ounces—of PCP to a cooperating witness. He met the witness at the Suitland and Capitol Heights Metro stations in Prince George’s County to conduct the transactions.  On January 31, 2013, the cooperating witness arranged to purchase 16 ounces of PCP from Brown.  As Brown arrived at the meeting location, law enforcement agents approached the vehicle to arrest him.  Brown was sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle holding a 32-ounce bottle that was half full of liquid.  The agents saw Brown dump the contents of the bottle onto the passenger floorboard.  Agents seized the bottle, which still contained three ounces of PCP. Brown admits that he distributed between 700 grams and one kilogram of PCP during the conspiracy.

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other side of the ad. It advertises a party scheduled for Jan. 18. In an interview with Fox News in Atlanta, King’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King, a minister who serves as CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, said the family opposes such use of his image. “I’m sad, really, that its come to the point where there is a generation that has no appreciation and no understanding for what my father stood for.” The Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday was signed into law in 1983. It was conceived as a time for the national to slow down for a day to celebrate the work of the slain civil rights leader and the immense contribution he made in the effort to end racial and economic oppression. It was also designed to give Americans a day to pay homage to King and others who took part in the freedom struggle by attending a service or giving back by volunteering. And while the significance of the holiday is demonstrated in the many people who participate in the commemoration, each year the holiday is bastardized by those seeking to make a

‘Ad Week’ magazine called it “The Year’s Most Offensive MLK Day Sale Ad.”

buck off the esteem people hold for King. Just like they do for Presidents Day, the Fourth of July and other days that were set aside to celebrate our nation’s greatness, each year, retailers and owners of other businesses trot out sales for everything from food items to furniture in MLK Day Weekend sales. While all of the ads demonstrate bad taste, some go completely over the top. In 2011, Sears was criticized for taking 50 percent off mattresses during its “MLK Savings Event.” That same year, a surf shop in overwhelmingly-White Laguna Beach, Calif., drew anger not only for holding a sale on King Day Weekend, but for offering 20 percent off black clothing and other items in the store. The sale was advertised on a black and white sign bearing a likeness of King dressed in a black surfer outfit. “RESPECT,” the top line of the ad read. “MLK Sale. 20 Percent Off All Black Products.” Ad Week magazine called it “The Year’s Most Offensive MLK Day Sale Ad.” By way of explanation, the store’s owner told the magazine: “It’s our slow time of the year, so we’re always getting creative.” Kmart, which several years ago ran an ad entitled “Celebrate Black History Month” that featured 3 for $1 Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and 3 for $10 Tone 6-Bar Soap, in 2012 created a coupon code in celebration of the day—MLKDAY—for customers who chose to shop online over the King weekend. Mlive.com reported that the party that was advertised on the King ad in Flint, Mich., has been cancelled. According to the website, the owner of the venue, Vic McEwen, did not approve of the imagery.

“For what Dr. King and some of our fallen giants have done not just for black America but for our country as a whole…it’s very sad,” McEwen said. Frances Gilcreast, president of the Flint NAACP, agreed that some young ones have not been taught King’s significance. “If they can ever tie baggy pants and gold chains to Dr. Martin Luther King, they don’t know the history of this man,” she said. Several young people told the AFRO they King still should be celebrated. “My parents are from the South, so I was taught about the Civil Rights Movement—Selma, Montgomery, Jackson,” said Donald Avery, 17, of Gaithersburg. “Some young people, like everybody else, are just ignorant. Whoever would put a picture of Dr. King on a flyer with a medallion is just ignorant.” D.D. Sanders, 19, of Columbia, said many of her peers and their parents believe in the concept of a post-racial America and that causes them to be less concerned about King and others from the Civil Rights Movement. “My mother and father are not from Mississippi or Tennessee, they are from D.C. and Maryland and they were called ‘n****r’ and it wasn’t that long ago. They are in their 40s,” she said. “We better be paying attention to Dr. King and what he said and being serious, not putting his face on a flyer about a dance. Even at my age I can see that there is less concern now about including Blacks. Look at what’s happening in Washington D.C. You don’t even see that many Black people when you go there now. We better be learning how to march and demand our rights and stop all this dancing.”

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Continued from A1 journalists who have made significant contributions to the field. “The NABJ Hall of Fame is our way to recognize the important and legendary achievements Black journalists have made,” Maurice Foster, the organization’s executive director, told the AFRO. “It’s great when people tell you your work is appreciated, but it is better when they show you. And that’s what we’re doing. This honor will let people know for years and decades to come that the contributions of these distinguished journalists are

“The eight honorees will be inducted into the prestigious NABJ Hall of Fame, which currently includes 55 distinguished journalists.”

highly regarded by all.” This year’s honorees include: Herb Boyd, Ernest Dunbar, Jay Harris, Zelda “Jackie” Ormes, Bernard Shaw, Lee Thornton and

Maureen Bunyan. Also among the honorees is Moses Newson, a legendary AFRO reporter and editor who covered a host of landmark events during the Civil Rights

Movement. Newson risked his life covering some of the most notable events in American history including the Emmett Till murder trial, school desegregation in Little Rock and the 1961 Freedom Rides. The eight honorees will be

inducted into the prestigious NABJ Hall of Fame, which currently includes 55 distinguished journalists. Past inductees include pioneering Black reporter Simeon Booker, D.C. television anchor Jim Vance and Ebony/ Jet magazine founder John H.

Johnson. The inductees are named by the NABJ Board of Directors based on recommendations from the Hall of Fame Committee. “One of the most important responsibilities in the world is keeping people informed of the affairs around them,” Foster said. “Journalists have played this fundamental role for centuries, telling the stories and capturing the facts that impact folks’ lives. But many African-American journalists have been overlooked, even those with ground-breaking achievements.”

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AKA 2014 Founders’ Day Committee consider pioneers a little odd. Wise quoted the late Steve Jobs, saying “You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only

thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things... They push the human race forward.” Wise challenged her audience to examine the rate of illiteracy, children born to single mothers and what she characterized as the moral decay that is eating away at our communities, across all generations. “Never before have we lived in such uncertain times, and never before has your call

been greater,” she said. Leslie Lyles Smith, chairman of the 2014 Metropolitan

Founder’s Day, said sorority members set an example for her. “My neighbors were AKAs. They were classy, smart and always working in the community,” she said.


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The Afro-American, January 18, 2014 - January 24, 2014

Documentary ‘Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story’ Tells Untold Stories of Bi-Racial World War II Era Children By Maria Adebola Special to the AFRO Emmy-winning journalist Regina Griffin was inspired to tell a story and that’s how her film, Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story was born. A family friend, entrepreneur Doris McMillon, had told stories about growing up the half-Black, half-White child of a Black G.I. and White German woman and the story was horrifying. Unwanted by both nations, the children often lived their lives as unwanted, ignored and forgotten people, “I got chills learning about their lives, in orphanages and beyond,” said Griffin. Griffin transformed her research into a documentary about the lives of the babies. The film was screened recently in front of about 50 people at the William McGowan Theater located at the National Archives in Washington D.C. The film scrapes the surface of the difficulties that resulted from the interracial relationships between Black soldier and German women during World War II. Many of the children ended up being adopted or sent to orphanages because their German mothers feared the public scrutiny that came with having a mixed-race child out of wedlock. Some of the Black soldiers who wanted to marry their German girlfriends found it difficult because the relationships were viewed as forbidden. Those who wanted to return home to the African-American girlfriends and sometimes wives didn’t want to bring along children whose presence would indicate they had been unfaithful. The children were caught in the middle. “Sixty years later, some people were still dealing Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cardwell, center, from Washington with their demons,” Griffin D.C. are happy as larks with their fourth adopted German said. “So out of this desire boy, Daniel Paprochi, shown at left making a face at his new to learn about their lives brother Bernard, at right, whom the Cardwells adopted some and their personal struggle time ago from Germany.

it besides her family. But after making the film, she decided to enter it into the American Black Film Festival. The movie went on to win best documentary upon its first screening at the festival. Though many of the children did not live happy lives, some found angels, like Mabel Grammer, a Black socialite and journalist for the AFRO-American newspaper who found homes for about 500 of the babies. She and her husband, Oscar, also adopted 12 of the children. “Once I learned about her, I knew I wanted her to be a big part of it,” Griffin said. Griffin spoke with people who knew Grammer, who died in 2002. Grammer wrote stories about the babies and even a news story entitled “How to Adopt a Brown Baby.” Grammer made it possible for African American families to adopt AFRO File Photos Brown Babies. But working to find homes for Brown Six down – two to go. Six-year-old Wilhelmenia Babies made Grammer a target to those Buckemeir, center of three girls in foreground, who did not understand her mission. She chats in German with five-year-old Hedi Hecht, left, as they land at Idlewild Airport for adoption was accused of not doing background checks on potential adoptive parents and by American parents. At right is Clara Kraft adopted by the Winston J. Lawsons of Baltimore. reaching out to families by methods as impersonal as the mail. Wilhelmenia went to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griffin noted that Grammer’s “heart McGraw of Washington. Hedi was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Williams of Orangeburg, S.C. was in the right place,” though mistakes were made along the way. At rear with back to camera is Helga Hahn, 5, Daniel Cardwell, a Brown Baby who adopted by Mrs. Thomas Baskett of Washington, grew up in the District of Columbia, said D.C. Stewardess is bringing Two-year-old Raymond Hardt down the steps. Little Oliver Uhl his parents were among the first adoptive parents that Grammer matched with tries the steps alone. children. He said after a 25-year search for his German biological mother, at a and preserve their history, cost of $250,000, when he finally learned where she was, she I found my something that was dead. mattered.” In the documentary, he said he was eager to meet his mother Griffin said that although in heaven. He did not mention his father. she had produced news The documentary, Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder stories, she had never Story is available for use to libraries, schools and museums. For produced a documentary. She more information about the film, visit http://brownbabiesfilm. had no idea if she could do it com/. or if anybody would ever see

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January 18, 2014 - January 24, 2014, The Afro-American

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Study: Half of Black Men Arrested by Age 23 By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO Nearly half of all African-American males are arrested by age 23, outpacing their White counterparts, according to a new study published Jan. 6 in the journal Crime & Delinquency. Robert Brame, the study’s lead author and a criminology professor at the University of South Carolina, said the racial differences are the most striking aspect of the study. Compared to the 49 percent of the Black male population arrested at least once for a non-traffic offense by age 23, approximately 40 percent of White males are arrested by that age. The disturbing findings present weighty implications for the Black community as arrests can severely impact an individual’s ability to find employment, pursue education and participate in their communities, researchers said. “Many males—especially Black males—are navigating the transition from youth to adulthood with the baggage and difficulties from contact with the criminal justice system,” Brame said in a statement. “Criminal records that show up in searches can impede employment, reduce access to housing, thwart admission to and financing for higher education and affect civic and volunteer activities such as voting or adoption. They also can damage personal and family relationships.” The study, which researchers said represents the first set of contemporary findings on the risk of arrest across race and gender, analyzed national survey data from 1997 to 2008 of teenagers and young adults ages 18 to 23, and their arrest histories. Excluding arrests for minor traffic violations, the study considered a range of offenses including truancy and underage drinking to more serious and violent offenses. Among the study’s key findings was that, by age 18, almost one-third of Black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of White males have been arrested. Some states consider adolescents as young as age 16 and 17 to be adults in the eyes of the law. As the ages increase, so do the rates of arrest: by age 23, 49 percent of Black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of White males have been detained by law enforcement, the study found. Among females, the prevalence of arrests also increased as they aged, but the variations based on race were slight—arrests of White females actually slightly outpace their minority counterparts. At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for White females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and Black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for White females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and Black females, respectively. The study builds on a previous effort by the team, which includes Ray Paternoster at the University of Maryland, Michael Turner at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

and Shawn Bushway at the University at Alban. The earlier study was released in January 2012 in the journal Pediatrics and was the first that examined arrest

prevalence since the 1960s; researchers found that one in three persons are arrested by age 23. Brame said additional research needs to focus on

developing an understanding of the economic, social and law enforcement factors that can influence arrests and what role gender and race play. “As a society, we often

worry a great deal about the effects of children watching television, eating junk food, playing sports and having access to good schools,” he said. “Experiencing formal

contact with the criminal justice system could also have powerful effects on behavior and impose substantial constraints on opportunities for America’s youth.”

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The Afro-American, January 18, 2014 - January 24, 2014

BUSINESS Get your Financial House in Order By Bryant K. Jenkins Special to the AFRO Welcome to 2014! As you begin the New Year, now is a good time to get your financial house in order. A good place to start is making sure you have adequate life insurance. Sure, everybody would like to live forever. But each of us will someday leave this earth due to old age, sickness or accidental death. Without life insurance, your death could spell financial disaster for your family or damage their financial future. Obtaining life insurance will insure that money is available to pay for final expenses (funeral, medical, estate tax) and provide for your loved ones. For example, if you are a married man or women age 40 with two kids, some of the expenses you should consider covering with life insurance are: the value of your mortgage, consumer debt, college expenses for your kids, replacement of your salary or wages. The coverage you need can quickly add up to over $100,000. Once you establish how much you need, the next step is to determine what type of policy fits your needs and budget. You may tabulate that you need $500,000 of life insurance coverage but will the monthly premium fit

easily into your budget. Your insurance agent can help you calculate the amount you need and select a policy that fits your budget. As a guide, let us help you understand the two basic types of life insurance, term and permanent. Term insurance provides coverage for a certain period of time. For example, 5, 10, 15, 20 years or more. The death benefit will be paid to your loved ones if you die within the time period covered in your life insurance contract. Premiums are typically lower for term insurance in comparison to permanent insurance. The lower premium allows for you to buy higher levels of coverage. Permanent insurance provides coverage for your entire life instead of just a certain period of time. It also provides for the accumulation of cash value that can be used during your lifetime to meet emergency or other financial needs. However, keep in mind that the primary reason for purchasing life insurance should be the death benefit. Depending on the coverage level, both life insurance policies will require a medical exam to evaluate your health. The healthier you are the better the premium. You will also want to make sure your kids have life insurance as well. You can purchase a separate policy or add a child’s rider on to your policy. Please consult your insurance agent to completely understand your options.

U.S. Retirement Crisis has ‘Racial’ Component By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent More than three-fifths of Black working-age households—62 percent—have no assets in a retirement account, according to a new study by the National Institute of Retirement Security. Working-age households contain residents 25 to 64 years old. Even those Black households with assets trail similarly situated Whites. Among the 38.3 percent of Black households age 55 to 64 who do own accounts, the average savings is $34,365. That’s a fraction of the $206,400 saved by their White counterparts. The report, “Race and Retirement Security in the United States,” is a companion to a broader study of the retirement gap using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Federal Reserve. In it, researchers examine workplace retirement coverage, retirement account ownership, and retirement account balances among Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians. “I think what the research shows is that the U.S. retirement crisis has really specific racial dimensions, specifically with access and savings,” said Nari Rhee, manager of research at NIRS and the report’s author. “About 44 percent of Baby Boomers and Generation Xers won’t even have enough saved to meet their basic needs when they retire.” In the report, Rhee describes the savings gap as “stark.”

The typical retirement account-owning household of color has a balance of $23,000, less than half the $50,500 median balance of White households with retirement accounts. In addition to the gap in savings, a gap in access to retirement options persists, particularly for private-sector workers. In its larger retirement study, the NIRS found that private sector retirement access is near its lowest point since 1979. As of 2010, a little more than half of all Black workers have access to employer-sponsored retirement coverage (54.3 percent), and less than half of them actually take advantage of said plans (43 percent). There are several causes for the lack access to retirement plans among Black households. Among them is the fact that employers are not legally required to provide benefits or financial literacy courses to their employees. Rhee points out that in other developed nations, employment-based retiree provisions tend to be effective because of an automatic or mandatory component. Additionally, the types of jobs that offer such benefits are in national decline, while lower-wage jobs with fewer benefits are proliferating. Those that do offer retirement benefits are switching from defined benefit (DB) pensions, which are automatic retirement savings, to 401(k), IRA and other opt-in accounts, which depend on what employees decide to save. “Access to retirement plans is very tied to industry, level of education, income level…people of color are still catching up to these opportunities,” said Lazetta Rainey Braxton, incoming

president of the Association of African American Financial Advisors. The retirement gap is also intrinsically tied to the wealth gap; both Braxton and Rhee point out that there are societal and historical factors at play. Although African Americans are well represented in the public-sector ranks where DB pensions are still the norm, lagging generational wealth curtails this boost. “The recession did a number on family wealth, especially for communities of color who tend to hold wealth in housing as opposed to stocks, bonds, and other investments,” Rhee said. “Plus with the shift in structural changes, loss of manufacturing and other jobs…the past few decades have been challenging for Black families.” Interestingly, workers who deliberately seek or currently have employer-sponsored DB pensions are more likely to also have their own retirement accounts as well. It seems that the more information and opportunity provided, the more workers will contemplate and plan for their financial futures. “A lot of people just don’t have access to this information. They’re not taught in high school…where are the opportunities to get this information in ways that are easy to understand, and affordable?” Braxton said. “[Near-retirees] have to look at their lifestyle. Housing, medical, and debt costs are the biggest expenses,” Rhee said. “You have to be realistic about where you are, and come up with a plan that keeps income for as long as possible, and really hash out expenses that can be draining.”

Black Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.9 Percent By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent The unemployment rate for Blacks dipped to 11.9 percent in December, according to the Labor Department—but that decrease may be because likely workers, discouraged after months of searching for jobs with few prospects, have simply stopped looking. According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate for Black men over 20 dipped from 12.1 percent in November to 11.5 percent in December while the jobless rate for White men fell at half that rate, from 5.9 percent in November to 5.6 percent in December. The unemployment rate for Black women over 20 was 11.1 percent in November and 10.4 percent in December. The unemployment rate for White women over 20 remained flat from November to December at 5.3 percent, the lowest rate for all adult worker groups. “The unemployment rate gave a false impression,” said Valerie Wilson, an economist and vice president of research at the National Urban League Policy Institute. “People have left the labor force.” The labor force participation rate, the measure of workers who are employed and actively looking for work, was 62.8 percent in December, the lowest rate since 1978. Considered a more accurate barometer of the workforce than the unemployment rate, the participation rate for Blacks was 60.5 percent in November and 60.2 percent in December compared to Whites, who also experienced a decline from 63.2 percent in November to 63 percent in December. The economy shed more than 300,000 workers in December and only added 74,000 jobs. December’s jobs report comes on the heels of back-to-back months that added more than 200,000 jobs to the economy. “This report is disappointing,” said Wilson. “There were a lot of expectations that things would continue on this level.” The average unemployment rate for Blacks was 13.8 percent in 2012 and decreased to 13.1

percent in 2013. The average jobless rate for Whites was 7.2 percent in 2012 and 6.5 percent in 2013. The average participation rate for Blacks was 62.6 percent in 2012 declining to 61.2 percent in 2013. The participation rate for Whites fell from 64 percent in 2012 to 63.5 percent in 2013. “In December there were 20.6 million workers who were either unemployed or underemployed (10.4 million officially unemployed, 7.8 million involuntary part-time workers, and 2.5 million marginally attached),” wrote Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute. “Racial and ethnic minorities have been particularly hard-hit by underemployment.” According to EPI, the underemployment rate for Blacks was 21 percent and the underemployment rate for Whites was 11 percent. Blacks suffer disproportionate rates of underemployment and long-term unemployment, due to a number of factors including discrimination in hiring practices. “The biggest challenge besides the labor force participation rate is long-term unemployment that affects African Americans disproportionately,” said Wilson. “It was very short-sighted of Congress to allow unemployment compensation to expire.” Shortly after Christmas, Congress let those benefits expire for 1.3 million Americans. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, if Congress fails to reach a deal to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, almost 5 million jobless workers will lose that economic lifeline by the end of the year. Some critics of the EUC program argue that it encourages dependence on the government and that workers lack the skills required for available jobs, which increases the unemployment rate. Shierholz countered that in today’s economy the “lack of demand for goods and services makes it unnecessary for employers to significantly ramp up hiring.” Wilson agreed. “In order for people to get hired, demand has to increase,” she said. “If people have jobs they will spend more money.”

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January 18, 2014 - January 24, 2014, The Afro-American

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OPINION

The Defining Challenge of Our Time

Congressman Elijah Cummings

As we mark 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson committed our nation to ending poverty, President Obama is once again calling upon us to overcome “the defining challenge of our time.” All of us are being affected, he observed, by “the dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain – that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.”

Accomplishments of America’s “War on Poverty” If we are to meet this challenge, we must first lay to rest the myth that America’s anti-poverty programs have not worked. Even those who are concerned about the role of government in our lives should recognize that programs like Social Security and food stamps (SNAP) have lifted millions of American families out of poverty. According to recent Columbia University research, “because we have strengthened our safety net and expanded pro-work and pro-family tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, the poverty rate has fallen by 40 percent since the 1960s.” Without these anti-poverty programs, researchers have concluded, the poverty rate in our country would be nearly twice what it is now. More than 40 million people – including 9 million children – would have been abandoned to lives of poverty without our collective efforts to help them. This success has been especially evident in the lives of our senior citizens. Without Social Security, nearly half of all seniors would be living in poverty. Instead, fewer than one in seven seniors are counted among the poor. Before Medicare, only half of seniors had some form of health insurance. Today, virtually all do – and, as of Jan. 1, millions of younger Americans who lacked healthcare can finally access quality, affordable health coverage that will keep them out of poverty. These examples are powerful evidence that President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” has been far more successful than critics assert. Now, our generation is being called upon to finish the job in our time. As President Obama reminded us during his Dec. 4 speech on economic inequality, “These endeavors didn’t just make us a

better country; they reaffirmed that we are a great country.” Tragically, too many of my colleagues in the House of Representatives disagree. Instead of seeking to slash these safety-net and prowork programs and sending millions of people back into poverty – as many of my Republican colleagues propose – the Congress should take immediate action to stem the growing inequality that threatens our way of life. We know that properly educating all Americans to succeed in our global economy is the longer-term answer to economic inequality. However, our first order of business must be to raise our nation’s minimum wage to a livable wage and extend unemployment benefits to those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Increasing the Minimum Wage In March of last year, I was proud to become an original cosponsor of California Rep. George Miller’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over three years - and to adjust that basic wage level for future increases in the cost of living [H.R. 1010]. New polling last week from Quinnipiac University shows that 71 percent of American voters support raising the minimum wage, including a clear majority of Republican voters. Yet, although 166 House Members have now joined our effort, the Republican leadership has not yet brought our bill to a full House vote. Most Americans agree that now is the time to do what is fair and good for our economy, delivering a pay increase for 30 million hard working Americans. Extending Emergency Unemployment Benefits Second, due to congressional inaction, millions of Americans are reeling from losing the lifeline of emergency unemployment insurance, including many who live in Republican congressional districts. The House Republican majority continues to demand even

more tax breaks for the most affluent and large corporations before it will agree to help the 1.4 million Americans thrown off emergency unemployment insurance. An additional 72,000 Americans will lose their unemployment insurance each week until the Congress takes action. If the Republicans continue to block emergency unemployment insurance, that obstinacy will cost our economy 240,000 jobs this year. By a margin of 58 to 37 percent, voters in a recent national poll concluded that benefits should be extended for another three months. America’s Choice We have been blessed with a President who is determined to correct the inequities in our economy. In this election year, we have the opportunity to choose a new Congress that will become a true partner in achieving that historic transformation. “We the People” have the power to decide the defining issue of our time. Congressman Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U. S. House of Representatives.

Change Comes when Change is Demanded

The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of war on poverty brought long overdue attention to his commitment. Today, with one in five children in America still raised in poverty, an accounting is vital as part of a renewed commitment. But largely absent from the debate around the war on poverty is any sense of its context. Johnson’s program was bold and courageous. Jesse L. Jackson Medicaid and hikes in the Sr. minimum wage helped lift the NNPA Columnist floor under the working poor. Head start, aid to schools in impoverished neighborhoods, and later Pell grants contributed directly to rising high school and college graduation rates. The Jobs Corps provided training and jobs for the unemployed, with a particular emphasis on Appalachia and rural poverty. The National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities and National Public Radio nourished minds as well. Most creative was the Office of Economic Opportunity,

which focused on engaging “maximum feasible participation” in poor neighborhoods, so that recipients of aid could express their needs and create their own strategies. Johnson’s program was an institutional response, enlisting the resources and the capacities of the federal government to address poverty and racial division. But we should remember, as we head to the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, what Johnson was responding to; he wasn’t simply reacting to entrenched poverty and racial segregation. Johnson’s program was the government’s response to the call issued by Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. At the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, Dr. King issued his dream. From his cell in Birmingham, he issued his moral challenge. In his 1964 State of the Union and his later address at the University of Michigan, President Johnson issued his response. This is important in today’s debate. Many comment on how timid our politics are now, how tied into knots, even as poverty is getting worse and the middle class is struggling. The economy is rigged to benefit only the few, while most Americans struggle to stay afloat. Yet there is little response from Washington. Affordable health care is essential, but reform has been met with unrelenting hostility. The Republican majority in the House has forced cuts in food stamps, dropped children from

Head Start, cut aid to poor schools and even rejected continuing emergency jobless benefits. Rather than a war on poverty, they seem intent on waging war on the poor. But to focus on the inadequacy of the response ignores the other missing factor: the inadequacy of the call. The poor are only beginning to find their voice, as witnessed in the protests of fast food workers. The movement for justice has only begun to stir, with voters forcing increases in the minimum wage in states and localities. Those who benefit from the current arrangements will not lead the change. Political reformers face implacable and wellfunded opposition. What is needed is for citizens of conscience to join with the oppressed to issue a moral call for change. Build that call to a tide that cannot be turned and then, and only then, will there be a response. Dr. King led a movement that issued a stirring call for justice. Lyndon Johnson used his remarkable skills to drive an unprecedented response to that call. The prophet and the president were both remarkable leaders. We may not look on their like again. But even so, one thing is still clear: When we build the demand for change, leaders will arise to offer the response. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. is founder and president of the Chicagobased Rainbow PUSH Coalition, rainbowpush.org.

Funneling Children into the Adult Criminal Justice System

Children are not little adults. Adolescents are not the same as adults. We’ve known this for years. The research showing that NNPA Columnist their brains are still developing is clear. Although young people act on impulse, they have the ability to positively change and have a productive future. That’s why it’s outrageous that in the 21st century we still ignore the consequences of automatically funneling children into the adult criminal justice system against so much research on youth development and juvenile justice best practices. It’s bad for public safety and it’s bad for the youths and their families. One of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)’s earliest research projects was its 1976 report, Children in Adult Jails, which documented the inhumane, ineffective practice of treating children like adult criminals. Nearly 40 years later, the good news is that there are only two states left that automatically treat all 16- and 17-year-olds like adult criminals: New York and North Carolina. Our society takes adolescent brain development into account in

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many ways and takes steps to protect children and youths. Young people can’t see certain movies without an adult. They can’t buy alcohol until their 21st birthdays. In New York, young people under 18 can’t get a tattoo. The New York City Council recently voted to raise the legal age of buying tobacco products and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21. Yet, the day a young person turns 16 in New York, they are automatically treated as an adult when charged with a crime. A 6-year-old can be arrested and spend a night or more in jail with adults without a parent or guardian knowing. A young person can spend five years incarcerated with adults before they are old enough to buy a beer. And even younger children – some as young as 13 years old – can be treated as adults in New York state’s criminal justice system. Charging children and youths as adults and incarcerating them with adults is not an effective intervention. Youths processed in adult criminal justice systems are rearrested and re-incarcerated at higher rates than youths processed in the juvenile justice system. Eighty percent of youths released from adult prison reoffend for more serious crimes. Youths in adult jails suffer increased rates of physical and sexual abuse. Youths

in adult facilities are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than those in juvenile facilities. Like so many policies in our nation’s criminal justice system, youth of color are disproportionately affected and treated as adults. A Black boy born in 2001 has a one-in-three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance. The repercussions of treating youths as adults in the criminal justice system affect communities when young people returning home are denied jobs, educational opportunities, and housing as a result of having a criminal record. The legacy of an adult criminal record on a child, his or her family, and his or her community is long lasting. Advocates for youths in the system have helped reduce the number of children in adult jails and prisons 54 percent since 2000 and 22 percent since 2010. But an estimated 250,000 youths are still tried, sentenced, or incarcerated as adults each year. We must never give up on any child until we have tried every means to put them on the path to successful adulthood. Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund, www.childrensdefense.org.


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Nieces and nephews of Anita Laury

“We Three Kings” perfoemed by men of the praise and worship team Denyse Gordan, Miss Veteran America 2012 and Ricardo Watts

Pam and William Douglas, Ebony Andrews, Miss Black D.C. USA, Dominick Fink, Miss D.C. Teen USA and Edgar Brookins

Andrea Joe, center, with her twin daughters, Victoria and Ashley

Bernetta Townsend with her nieces, nephews and friends

The Bailey family

The Webb family

Floyd and Toni Jenkins

James Winbush, spouse of Col. Fern Sumpter, commander, JBM-HH

Orchestra providing seasonal music

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The McDonald family

Photos by Rob Roberts

The Command Group with military families who were honored with holiday gifts

Several military families were honored with gifts of the holiday season at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) Gospel Service’s dinner and spiritual production at the JBM-HH Officer’s Club, Fort Myer, Va. Chaplain (Lt.) Devon Foster, pastor and Bernetta

Non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel with the Queens

Townsend, music ministry leader, planned and orchestrated the evening’s celebration that included a dinner, gifts and a holiday production. Special guests included Col. Fern Sumpter, commander, JBM-HH; James Winbush; Col. Anthony Barnes, commander,

Headquarters and Service Battalion; Chaplain Gerald Jacobs; Ebony Andrews, Miss Black DC USA and Dominick Fink, Miss DC Teen USA. The joyful event provided another opportunity to express appreciation for our men and women in uniform.

Guests enjoy Xi Omega’s history exhibit at the 90th anniversary gala luncheon AKA North Atlantic Regional Director Constance Pizzarro and International President Carolyn House-Stewart view Xi Omega’s history exhibit

AKA International President Carolyn House-Stewart rings the bell to honor Xi Omega’s 90 years of service Xi Omega member Arlene Leland enjoys the gala luncheon

Guests enjoy Xi Omega’s history exhibit at the 90th anniversary gala luncheon

Xi Omega presents a $10,000 donation to the National Children’s Center

Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, (AKA) celebrated 90 years of service and sisterhood with a gala luncheon held Dec. 8, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The event was attended by 600 AKA members, community partners, friends, and special guests. Mayor Vincent Gray brought greetings, and declared the day to be Xi Omega Day in the District of Columbia. AKA International President Carolyn House-Stewart gave the keynote address, and several international AKA leaders were in attendance. During the luncheon, Xi Omega made a presentation of $10,000 to the National Children’s Center’s School Technology Integration Project. In 2013, Xi Omega devoted more than 5,000 Xi Omega members Alyssa Kinghours to community service and Turner and Deidra Davis donated more than $85,000 to community initiatives, which included $31,500 given to scholarship recipients. Xi Omega President Celia Washington poses with the Living Legends

Gala committee chair addresses the luncheon gathering

Xi Omega Chapter recognizes their Living Legends that have given more than 50 years of service to AKA

Standing, left: LavDena Orr, Dorothy Jackson, Comelia Sanford, and Vivian Smith. Seated, left: Cheryl Hill, Carolyn House-Stewart, Celia Washington and Constance Pizzaro

Mayor Gray declares Dec. 8, 2013 as Xi Omega Day in the District of Columbia AKA International Regional Director Evelyn Sample-Oates is flanked by Xi Omega Chapter past presidents Cheryl Parker, left, and Amy Jones

Xi Omega members Nadine Eads and Sharon Anderson

Former North Atlantic Regional Director Irma Barron, left, Xi Omega Chapter President Celia Washington, current North Atlantic Regional Director Constance Pizzaro, and former North Atlantic Regional Director and Xi Omega past president, C. Edith Booker


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COMMUNITY CONNECTION Wesley Theological Seminary Offers Opportunities for Prospective Students to Visit Campus

Wesley Theological Seminary will invite all prospective students to attend one of several discernment events on campus this winter and spring. Window on Wesley and Welcome Table offer opportunities for students to get to know the Wesley community and to experience a day-in-the-life of a Wesley seminarian. Both Window on Wesley and Welcome Table include a campus tour, networking opportunities and the chance to attend a class. In addition, Window on Wesley, a full-day visit, includes attending a chapel service and an extended opportunity to get to know Wesley faculty and students. Welcome Table is limited to five registrants per session and offers a more intimate experience for visiting students. Each Welcome Table includes dinner with at least one of Wesley’s faculty members. Upcoming Welcome Table events on Feb. 25, March 4 and April 3 will be held on Wesley’s main campus from 4 - 7:30pm.      

Tennis Legend James Blake to be Honored at Annual Tennis Ball

The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation will honor tennis legend and philanthropist James Blake with its 2014 Champion of Tennis Award.  The honor will be presented at the annual WTEF Tennis Ball on May 9, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton in the District.   James Blake inspired the world during a 14-year tennis career that featured 10 singles titles, a Davis Cup Championship and a New York Times best seller for his memoir, Breaking Back.  James turned pro in 1999 while he was the #1 collegiate player at Harvard University.  In 2004, he overcame a potential career ending injury and a case of the shingles that temporarily left his James Blake face paralyzed and vision blurred.  Just one year later, he climbed from outside the top 200 in the ATP rankings to his career highest ranking of #4. In memory of his father who lost a battle to stomach cancer in 2004, James created the Thomas Blake, Sr. Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  He holds an annual celebrity tennis and entertainment event, Serving for a Cure, to raise funds for cancer research and prevention. Event co-Chair Mary Stevens said, “We are so pleased to be honoring James.  He is a shining example to the children we serve of how to persevere in the face of adversity and come out a champion, not only in tennis but in life.” The WTEF Tennis Ball is the major annual fund-raising event for WTEF, with all of the proceeds benefitting WTEF and the children it serves. Event chairs for the 2014 WTEF Tennis Ball are Habib and Hind Debs and Mary and David Stevens.  Past honorees include Andre Agassi, Andrea Jaeger, Pam Shriver, Mary Carillo and Patrick McEnroe. For information on tickets, sponsorships or to donate an auction item, please call Bill Hawthorne at 202.291.9888, Extension 222 or email at bhawthorne@wtef.org.

American Federation for Children to Host ‘Put Kids First Rally’

The American Federation for Children will partner with 16 other organizations to announce the “Put Kids First Rally” celebrating 2014 National School Choice Week. The broad coalition

of organizations will come together to rally in support of school choice on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at Upper Senate Park, located immediately north of the U.S. Capitol. Kevin P. Chavous, former D.C. City Councilman and executive counsel to the American Federation for Children, will be the master of ceremonies for the rally. Other speakers are expected to be announced in the coming days. “National School Choice Week is a chance to celebrate the positive impact of all educational options, whether it be virtual, private, charter, home, or traditional - all choices matter because every child’s education matters,” said Chavous. “School Choice empowers parents and puts kids first. For 10 years, the children of Washington, D.C. have benefited from school choice and we remain committed to ensuring those vital educational choices remain available.” The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program was signed into law in 2004. This landmark bill initiated the federal three-sector education program for D.C. creating the Opportunity Scholarship Program, and providing funds for public charter schools, and for traditional public school improvement. National School Choice Week is runs between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, 2014. The annual celebration promotes and highlights the transformational power of parental choice. More than 5,500 National School Choice Week celebrations are scheduled throughout the country. “We are excited that National School Choice Week 2014 will feature such a prominent event in our nation’s capital,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “The goal of this independently-planned event, along with 5,500 other unique events nationwide, will be to shine a positive spotlight on the simple fact that school choice works.”

Spiritual Advisor to President Obama to Preach at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. Joshua DuBois, former Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will deliver a special sermon at the historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church as it celebrates “Martin Luther King, Jr./Nelson Mandela” on Jan. 19 at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 1518 M Street N.W. D.C., only a few blocks from the White House.   Rev. DuBois, a longtime spiritual adviser to the President during both terms, and extending back to his tenure as Senator, recently released a book entitled, “The President’s Devotional,” a collection of 365 of what he considered the best readings and prayers he provided the President every morning.   Known as the “Pastor-in-Chief,” DuBois speaks regularly about faith, race, culture and reconciliation on MSNBC, CNN, in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and elsewhere.  He will join Metropolitan’s Senior Pastor, the Reverend Dr.  Ronald E. Braxton, in uplifting the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela during the King holiday weekend. The inspiration for the King/Mandela Sunday, according to Rev. Braxton, is “the need for a citywide celebration that recognizes the interlocking legacies of Dr. King and President Mandela in the worldwide struggle for freedom.”  Metropolitan is partnering in this event with the National Action Network, local NAACP chapters, Black Women for Positive Change, and a coalition of individuals and groups that the church convened last year to Stop the Pipeline to Prison.


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ARTS & CULTURE

Black Coffee

Soul Mate Discovered in Faith-Based Romantic Romp

talk while they’re working, and whether he’s a man of God. Of course, the perfect gentleman passes the test with flying colors, but isn’t there a less antagonistic method for a sister to find her soul mate? A pat, if unconvincing, romantic romp determined to march inexorably to an implausible, happily ever after finale, whether you like it or not.

Film Review By Kam Williams Robert’s (Darrin Dewitt Henson) whole world collapses the day he’s fired from the business founded by his late father only to come home to an unsympathetic girlfriend (Erica Hubbard) who has decided to dump him because he can’t afford to take care of her. To add insult to injury, Mita drops the bomb that she’s been cheating on him with Nate (Josh Ventura), the guy who just terminated him. But the jilted housepainter isn’t down in the dumps for long, since he soon crosses paths with Morgan (Gabrielle Dennis), a gorgeous attorney he falls head-over-heels for at first sight. The available divorcee happens to be moving into a drab office that’s crying out for a makeover, a condition which conveniently dovetails with housepainter Robert’s need for a job. He closes the deal by offering the “pretty woman discount,” so it looks like clear sailing at first blush. Not so fast, Kemosabe, since the tired-and-true modus operandi of the stock romantic comedy is to keep the leading man and woman apart until the very end when they disappear into the sunset together. Such is the case with {Black Coffee}, a pleasant, if predictable affair written and directed by Mark Harris (Black Butterfly). For, every time Robert and Morgan appear ready

Good (2 stars) Rated PG for mild epithets, sexual references and mature themes Running time: 85

Darrin Dewitt Henson and Erica Hubbard in “Black Coffee” to take the relationship to a deeper level, a monkey wrench is thrown into the works, like the return of her ex-husband (Lamman Rucker) who wants to reconcile. Too bad much of the dialogue strains credulity here, such as Morgan’s cruel cross-examination of Robert when she asks whether he can read, why black people always have to

minutes Distributor: RLJ Entertainment To see a trailer for Black Coffee, visit: http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=SnnfktqQ-eI

Jamesy Boy

Troubled Teen Transforms in True Tale of Redemption Very Good (3 stars) Unrated Running time: 109 minutes Distributor: Phase 4 Films To see a trailer for Jamesy Boy, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ipQxlolqE0

TheJazz/Blues Project Soulful styling and glorious dance

Film Review By Kam Williams James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) ended up behind bars in spite of his frustrated mother’s (Mary-Louise Parker) best efforts to keep him on the straight and narrow path. When he was 14, she took him down to the police station for a good talking to after she found a pistol in his possession. But that early intervention failed to scare the cocky juvenile straight, and he would join a street gang setting up shop in his suburban Denver neighborhood. Eventually, the law caught up with James and, tried as an adult, he was convicted of vandalism, robbery and assault before being shipped off to a maximum security penitentiary where he immediately found his manhood being challenged at every turn. He soon landed in trouble with a security guard (James Woods) for coming to the assistance of another newcomer (Ben Rosenfield) being picked on by a hardened con (Taboo) looking for trouble. And he was warned that continued fighting was likely to jeopardize his chances of getting off early for good behavior and being reunited with the girl of his dreams (Taissa Farmiga). James finally finds inspiration in an unlikely friendship forged with a fellow inmate (Ving Rhames) doing life for murder. Wise old Conrad takes the kid under his wing, convincing him to find another outlet for the aggressive urge to retaliate. “Keep writing,” he suggests upon learning of James’ love of poetry. “It doesn’t even matter if it’s good or not.” That is the pivotal plot development in Jamesy Boy, a fact-based tale of redemption marking the noteworthy directorial and scriptwriting debut of Trevor White. While the overcoming-theodds biopic might not break any new ground in terms of the genre, it makes up in earnestness what it might lack in originality, thanks to a talented cast which includes veterans Ving Rhames, Mary-Louise Parker and James Woods as well as fresh faces Spencer Lofranco, Taissa Farmiga (Vera’s sister) and hip-hop star Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas. The picture’s postscript informs the audience that the real-life James Burns, now 25, lives in New York City where he studied poetry in college. A modern morality play about a young felon who, after paying his debt to society, left the slammer rehabilitated with more of a fondness for rhyme than robbery.

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AUTOMOTIVE CENTRAL 2014 Buick Regal AWD GS By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist DETROIT – The 2014 Buick Regal AWD GS was a snappy compact sedan with a lot of pep for a car equipped with a fourcylinder engine. Fun started under the hood with the Regal’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that made 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It was mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. In GS trim, a six-speed manual is available. For 2014, the four-cylinder engine generated 18 percent more power than it did for the 2013 model year and the torque was enhanced, delivering 90 percent of its poundfeet between 1,700 and 5,500 RPMs. This translated into oomph from just about any speed. The test car, which weighed in at 3,981 lbs., could get from zero to 60 mph in a fleet 6.8 seconds. Of course, nothing of the sort was tried on city streets. Still, the Regal seemed awfully light on its treads. Normal driving revealed that the 2014 Regal AWD GS was quick, it handled with rifle shot accuracy and it could get off the mark when needed at traffic lights and move forward with authority on the expressway. Its all-wheel-drive system offered a psychological security blanket when a light dusting of snow fell here and in places it created some really slick road surfaces. What’s more, the temperatures plunged to well below freezing and stayed that way for much of the week-long test drive. That meant the heated steering wheel, the heated front seats and the remote start all were used on a daily basis. A new eight-inch configurable navigation screen was standard on the Regal GS. And the car had the latest IntelliLink infotainment system with the capacity to hold 60 favorites, including radio stations, contacts, destinations, music and other

media. The instrument cluster was also new for 2014, with a high-resolution, 4.2-inch color display that delivered vehicle information, navigation, audio system functions, phone features and more. The interior was spacious, the car was quiet and the

materials were excellent. It was what you’d expect of the reinvigorated Buick. The Regal GS’ all-wheel-drive system had a 50-50 torque split and the wheels didn’t slip once under normal driving conditions. The system was capable of sending 90 percent of the car’s torque fore or aft. The GS is the sport package for the Buick Regal and it was more than just an appearance kit. It had three drive modes – Normal, Sport and GS. In the latter, the steering ratio changed, shift mapping quickened and damping was stiffened. The car had a unique front fascia with large vertical air intake slots. In the rear, the fascia had a pair of integrated trapezoidal exhausts. There were also rocker panel extensions

and a rear spoiler. The car was also lower than a normal Regal and it sported 19-inch alloy wheels. Restyled headlamps and a revised grille showed the revamped face of Regal. Wing-shaped LED tail lamps evoked Buick Enclave styling and gave the car a family look in the rear; not just at the waterfall grille. A new chrome accent that bridged the tail lamps enhanced the car’s wider stance. Brembo four piston calipers and larger rotors in the front bolstered braking power. A sophisticated suspension ensured that the Regal GS had a smooth ride, it handled bumps and undulating pavement with ease and the suspension reduced torque steer. The electronic power steering system was responsive, reaction to driver input was smart and it did have a little feedback. The test vehicle featured two option packages. The driver confidence package No. 1 featured a sensor that continuously computed the distance and the speed both of the vehicle in front and calculated whether there was enough stopping buick.com distance. It was coupled with forward collision alert that sounded once when morning rush hour traffic abruptly slowed to a crawl. There was also rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning that could be easily turned off and blind side alert. Adaptive cruise control and automatic collision preparation comprised package No. 2. A sunroof and white diamond coat paint were standalone options costing $1,000 and $995 respectively. The Regal AWD GS had a base price of $39,270. Add on the options and the freight charges and the sticker totaled $44,775. Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com.

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LITERATURE Speed

Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster–and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down I first recognized this phenomenon a few years ago when I was invited to friend’s house for Passover. During the Seder, while his family and friends were taking turns reading from the holy Haggadah, he was secretly texting away under the table. Despite being contrite and embarrassed when I pointed out to everybody that our host was ignoring the sacred ritual, he was right back at it less than five minutes later. Back then, I had no words for such behavior besides rudeness, but thanks to Dr. Stephanie Brown we now have a diagnosis of addiction to speed. In her groundbreaking book, “Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster--and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down,” she bemoans the fact that the culture has morphed into a ramped-up dystopia where machines lead and humans follow. What’s particularly unhealthy about that state of affairs is that we simply can’t keep pace with demanding electronic stimuli that never need to rest. Hence, we’re fated to fail without the resolve to say “Enough is enough!” and then set reasonable limits. How do you know if you’re hooked? The author has 20 questions which will help you discern whether you have a problem, including: Do you want to slow down, but cannot? Do you work longer and longer hours, but don’t ever finish? Do you check your email and reach for your phone first thing and last? Do you feel nervous without your tech gear in hand or pocket? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, there is still hope, provided you are willing to redefine success to include “delay, endurance and enough.” The goal is to cultivate a new way of thinking via willpower and reflection to put you on a healthier, less stressful path. A viable, step-by-step guide to sane cell phone use.

By Stephanie Brown, Ph.D. Berkley Publishing Group Paperback, $16.00 334 pages ISBN: 978-0-425-26473-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “This is a book about a new kind of addiction that I believe has taken hold in our culture… I call it the addiction to speed… I’m talking about a culture-wide phenomenon that is snatching people up and carrying them along, convincing them that doing ‘more, better, and faster’ is the path to happiness. Some people see it as a result of our increasingly wired society… I believe technology is only part of the story, however… what I am seeing in my practice as an addiction specialist is that, especially in urban areas, this speed trap is outstripping people’s ability to manage, to fulfill all their responsibilities, and even to cope… You do not have the ability to be on 24/7 like a computer, but… you push yourself incessantly, creating an addictive spiral. You can’t stop... I do want to ask if we can slow things down… I want to identify how so many of us have become addicted to speed, how this is encouraged and reinforced by our culture, and how seeing speed through the lens of addiction can help people reclaim their lives. ” -- Excerpted from the Prologue (pages 4-16) There’s a lot more to life than accelerating its pace, but you wouldn’t know it judging by the everyday behavior of most folks lately. People have become so hopelessly dependent on smart phones, computer tablets and the like, that they can’t go for more than a few minutes without texting, checking their messages or looking something up online, however trivial.

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SPORTS

AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff

Is Washington’s New Coach Jay Gruden a Good Fit for RGIII, and the Team? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk

staff and what kind of strategy he has in store for this mess of a franchise.

Jay Gruden’s resume is pretty extensive. After achieving perennial success in the Arena Football League, Gruden has kept his last name unblemished as the younger brother of former head coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN Jon Gruden. Despite his experience and accolades, Jay Gruden has entered uncharted territory as a first-time head coach with the Washington NFL team. The former offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals took a middling offense that ranked 20th in his inaugural year in 2011 to a top-10 unit this past season. The turnaround was enough to convince Washington owner Daniel Snyder to offer Gruden a shot at the top job. But is Gruden the guy to get Robert Griffin III and the rest of the Redskins back on track after a disastrous year? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question.

Riley: Yes, Washington was a disaster on several levels but at the forefront of the problems was befuddling quarterback play from Griffin. He’ll be better this year simply from a health standpoint. Washington found themselves in a scenario in which they were forced to play Griffin under the pressure. With fans enduring a full year’s helping of humility, things won’t be so crazy around the District when September rolls around. Washington will have some money to spend to try to mend the edges around the center, but the crucial piece in this all is still Griffin. He’s a key reason why the season went the way it did, and he’s one of the main reasons why Gruden was selected. Gruden knows how tough Washington can be on head coaches, so the pressure won’t be an issue. And yes, results will be expected immediately, but Griffin has already had success in this league and Washington spends heavily on free agents when the money is available. The tools will be in place for resurgence within the next two years.

From left: Washington's new head coach Jay Gruden, quarterback Robert Griffin III, and owner Daniel Snyder.

Riley: Gruden’s walking into a firestorm with the fan base at wits end, controversy over a potential name change and a desire for immediate success among the owner and the players. But Gruden’s hiring will be somewhat simplified, because no matter what the defense does or which players come and go, Gruden’s main focus is going to be establishing RGIII. The sophomore quarterback was downright dreadful this season after becoming the darling of the District in 2012. This team only goes as far as RGIII goes, and Gruden will have to push Griffin, hopefully in turn pushing Washington out from the NFL’s basement. He might be a firsttime head coach in the NFL but Gruden’s resume is littered with success in the Arena Football League as a head coach and a general manager. If Gruden can work his magic with Griffin, then the sky is the limit for this team. Green: If the development of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is a selling point on Gruden’s resume, then I’m not sold. Considering Dalton’s repetitive postseason failures and his reliance on super-talented receiver A.J. Green, how much credit can we give Gruden for the Bengals’ success? Also, considering how much of a wasteland Washington has become for coaches, it’s hard to envision Gruden being given enough leverage and time to right the ship. Griffin was bad this year, but let’s not blame all the struggles in 2013 on him. The defense was horrendous, the offensive line couldn’t sustain blocks in pass protection and the chemistry in the locker room was laughably bad. That’s a ton of work to be done, and I don’t know if Gruden is ready for that kind of workload. I’ll reserve judgment until I see who he hires as a coaching

UDC Falls to Roberts Wesleyan in First Conference Game By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Junior guard Telisha Turner racked up a team-high 21 points, but the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Firebirds suffered their first East Coast Conference (ECC) loss of the season, a 78-74 defeat to the Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks on Jan. 10 at Voller Athletic Center in Rochester, N.Y. UDC had control of the game early on and took a 41-38 lead into halftime. But the Firebirds fell out of their shooting rhythm in the second half, making just 27 percent of their shots after the break. Turner, the ECC’s leading scorer, fought hard to keep her team in the game, nailing six 3-pointers. UDC sparked a 9-2 run in the final minutes of the game to close in on Roberts Wesleyan’s lead, but the Redhawks made a key free throw to push the lead to four points and seal the victory. Senior guard Teara Shaw was the only other UDC player to score double digits, with 11 points, but three different players each scored eight points for the Firebirds. Junior forward Chelsea Sanders scored a game-high 25 points for Roberts Wesleyan; she also made the game-deciding free throw at the end of the game. Sophomore forward Samantha Courtney scored 19 points off the bench, while junior forward Marissa Sell added 10 for Roberts Wesleyan. UDC fell to 8-3 and 4-1 in the ECC. They will host Long Island, N.Y.’s Molloy College on Jan. 15 in Washington D.C.

Green:This franchise is in a precarious position. It’s been the same song and dance for the last few years under Snyder’s ownership and there will not be a quick fix until the team decides to pick a coach and sticks with him. We talk about Gruden but look at Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who stuck with the franchise for years after decades of disaster. The team made an investment to stand by him, and now they’re back-to-back division winners and one of the most talented teams in the league. Will Washington afford its coach that same type of relief? I don’t know. I also don’t know if Gruden will be a good fit for Griffin. Rumor has it that Gruden was the one who chose to draft Dalton in Cincinnati over 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, because he felt Dalton’s pocket style was a better fit for his offense over the more athletic, mobile style of Kaepernick. If that’s true, why would Gruden’s system be a good fit for RGIII, who has a style much more similar to Kaepernick’s than Dalton’s? I guess we’ll get an answer to that question in a few short months. From left: Washington’s new head coach Jay Gruden, quarterback Robert Griffin III, and owner Daniel Snyder.

Farley, Gregory Lift Coolidge to Lopsided Victory over Cardozo By Breana Pitts Special to the AFRO From the moment of Coolidge Colts’ senior forward Jamall Gregory’s first dunk in the opening quarter, it was clear that his team’s matchup against the Cardozo Clerks would be intense. But the defending District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) champs put on a show at their home court and defeated the Clerks, 76-47, in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 10. In the first half, Coolidge struggled to find good shots against a high-energy Cardozo defense. Their usual high-tempo style of play was nowhere to be found, with the exception of a pair of high-flying, crowd-pleasing dunks from Gregory. “I think we started off slow, but that second half we started to pick it up,” said Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones. “I think Doug Farley did a good job getting us started, but we had a real sluggish start.” Farley, who averages 12.6 points per game, came out strong with a very fast-paced, physical game. The senior forward’s energy was apparent on both ends of the court, and by the second half, his teammates were on the same page. Farley finished with a game-high 15 points. Coolidge held a 12-point lead at halftime, but stretched their advantage to 54-35 by the end of the third quarter. The Clerks tried to stay in the game with a host of 3-pointers, but the Colts eventually wore them down with the Farley-Gregory one-two punch. Arkes Gaskins also contributed 14 points. Cardozo’s junior swingman, Thomas Jackson—whose average of 19.7 points leads the DCIAA—was held to only eight points. The backcourt of senior point guard Jameel Waller and sophomore guard Kelvin Koonce scored 14 and 9 points, respectively. “Tonight we just really wanted to attack Cardozo because we knew they were a little small,” said Jones. “We want to play fast, but we need to play under control. We want to have controlled chaos.” The victory over Cardozo marked the Colts’ seventh win in eight games, and they remain undefeated (4-0) in their conference. The loss was the first conference defeat for Cardozo (31). 


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The Global Obama Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century speeches delivered to citizens on his tour of over 40 foreign countries and counting, truth be told, those visits have actually cultivated considerable political capital for the sage leader of the Free World. So, while his second term tanks domestically due to the dubious launch of Obamacare, our peripatetic pres is nevertheless likely to find continued approval abroad. Exploring this surprising development is the raison d’etre of The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century 4. Edited by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen, the enlightening opus is comprised of insightful essays on the subject by a diversity of academics, shrinks, journalists and social scientists, contributors coming from ports-of-

Edited by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen By Kam Williams What a paradox. The first Black president, loved by people around the world, yet struggling for approval for his policies at home—whether it be the healthcare initiative, the stimulus to bail out the economy, or his ‘leading from behind’ on foreign policies. Clearly, part of Obama’s worldwide appeal is due to his international biography… Barack Hussein Obama’s rise from his early life as a multiracial and multicultural outsider in a broken family… to assuming the world’s most powerful executive position is as improbable as it is global in its trajectory and in its implications for the evolving 21st Century. -- Excerpted from the Preface

call as far afield as Kuwait, England, Thailand, Germany, Dubai, France, Kenya, Japan, Korea, India, Canada, Malawi and, of course, the U.S. The book simultaneously serves as a logical follow-up to Obama in Hawai’i and Indonesia, a painstakingly-researched biography of the President’s formative years published in 2011 by Sharma, a Professor of Global Cultural Studies at SUNY-Binghampton. Here, the focus is on the charismatic role model’s image as perceived by folks on five continents. A seminal exploration painting a complex portrait of the President as a compassionate humanitarian, militaristic expansionist and Teflon diplomat with incomparable strategic and oratory skills.

Dinesh Sharma approval ratings at home? The answer ostensibly lies in his being as much President of the Planet as the President of the United States. While he has caught considerable flak from Republicans for the supposedly “apologetic”

Barack Obama was so uniformly admired when he became president, that he won the Nobel Peace Prize during his first year in office, even before he had a chance to prove himself on the world stage. And just last month, he received the warmest reception of any of the heads of state in attendance at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. How has Obama managed to maintain his popularity overseas despite suffering from plunging

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM1328 Estate of Carletha T. Bell AKA Carletha T. Kelly-Bell AKA Carletha K. Bell Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Michael O. Middleton & Lester L. Oates, Sr. for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Admit to probate the will dated March 13, 1996 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses or otherwise Date of First Publication January 10, 2014 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Wa s h i n g t o n A F R O AMERICAN Michael O. Middleton Lester L. Oates, Sr Signature of Petitioners/Attorney

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Foreign No. 2014FEP2 Date of Death September 5, 2006 Jan M. Javins Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Maurice F. Javins whose address is 10410 Triple Crown Court, Hughsville, MD 20637 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Jan M, Javins, deceased by The Register of Wills Court for Prince George’s County, State of Maryland, on January 22, 2009. Service of process may be made upon Barbara G. Whitaker, 635 Dahlia Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012-1841 whose designation as District of Columbia agent has been filed with the Register of Wills, D.C. The decedent owned the following District of Colombia real property: one-sixth interest in real property located at 1326 Corbin Place, NE, Washington, DC 20002XXXX Claims against the decedent may be presented to the undersigned and filed with the Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 within 6 months from the date of first publication of this notice.

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TYPESET: Mon Jan 13 17:49:33 2014Jan 13 TYPESET: Mon LEGAL NOTICES LEGALEST NOTICES Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington,D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013ADM1336 Gregory Hinton Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS DeShanta Nicole Hinton whose address is 157 57th Place, SE, Washington, DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Gregory Hinton, who died on January 1, 2012 with 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 (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 17, 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 July 17, 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 17, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Newspaper Washington Law Reporter DeShanta Nicole Hinton Personal Representative

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington,D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2014ADM4 Thomas Michael Diggs Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Dionna L. Diggs, Thomas M. Diggs & Renard Thomas Diggs, Jr whose addresses are 3625 Broadwater Lane, Chester, VA 23831, 1571 Cedar Mountain Drive, Fort Lee, VA 23801 & 6707 22nd Place, Hyattsville, MD 20782 were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Thomas Michael Diggs, who died on August 22, 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 (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 17, 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 July 17, 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 17, 2014 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Newspaper TRUE TEST COPY Washington REGISTER OF WILLS Law Reporter TYPESET: Mon Jan 13 17:48:41 Dionna EST 2014 L. Diggs 01/17, 01/24 & 01/31/14 Thomas M. Diggs Renard Thomas Diggs Personal Representative SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF TRUE TEST COPY COLUMBIA REGISTER OF WILLS PROBATE DIVISION W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . TYPESET: Mon Jan 13 01/17, 01/24 & 01/31/14 20001-2131 Foreign No. 1998FEP22 Superior Court of Date of Death the District of June 25, 1995 District of Columbia Ellaleen C. Williams Decedent PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE OF Washington,D.C. APPOINTMENT 20001-2131 OF FOREIGN Administration No. PERSONAL 2013ADM898 REPRESENTATIVE Gerald D. Moye, Sr. AND Decedent NOTICE TO APPOINTMENT, CREDITORS NOTICE TO Arthur W. Williams and CREDITORS Rubye Jane Williams AND NOTICE TO whose addresses are 94 UNKNOWN HEIRS Spir Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 & 34 W. 96th Terry L. Moye whose adS t r e e t , N Y , N Y dress is 800 Kenilworth 10025were appointed Avenue, N.E. Washingpersonal representatives ton, DC 20019, was apof the estate of Ellaleen pointed personal repreC. Williams, deceased by sentative of the estate of The Surrogates Court for Gerald D. Moye,Sr., who New York County, State died on September 24, o f N e w Y o r k , o n 2008 without a will and December 4, 1995. will serve without Court Service of process may be made upon David Wil- supervision. All unknown l o u g h b y , 8 0 9 heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unMassachussetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC known shall enter their 20002whose designa- a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s tion as District of Colum- proceeding. Objections bia agent has been filed to such appointment with the Register of Wills, shall be filed with the D.C. Register of Wills, D.C., The decedent owned the 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd f o l l o w i n g D i s t r i c t o f Floor Washington, D.C. Colombia real property: 20001, on or before July 1925 Alabama Ave, SE, 17, 2014. Claims against Washington, DC 20020, the decedent shall be 1917 I Street, NW, presented to the underWashington, DC 20036, signed with a copy to the 2400 Alabama Ave, SE Register of Wills or filed Washington, DC 20020 with the Register of Wills 724 8Th Street, NE with a copy to the underWashington, DC 20002 Claims against the de- signed, on or before July cedent may be pre- 17, 2014, or be forever sented to the under- barred. Persons believed signed and filed with the to be heirs or legatees of Register of Wills for the the decedent who do not District of Columbia, 500 receive a copy of this noIndiana Avenue, N.W., tice by mail within 25 Washington, D.C. 20001 days of its first publicawithin 6 months from the tion shall so inform the date of first publication of Register of Wills, includthis notice. Arthur W. Williams Rubye Jane Williams Personal Representative(s) TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS Date of first publication: January 17, 2014 Name of newspapers and/or periodical: The Daily Washington Law Reporter The Afro-American

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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 such EST appointment 17:48:10 TYPESET: EST Mon 2014 Dec 30 12:02:14 2013 LEGAL NOTICES to LEGAL NOTICES shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., SUPERIOR COURT OF 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. THE DISTRICT OF 20001, on or before July COLUMBIA 3, 2014. Claims against PROBATE DIVISION W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . the decedent shall be presented to the under20001-2131 signed with a copy to the Foreign No. Register of Wills or filed 2013FEP141 with the Register of Wills August 19, 2013 with a copy to the underDate of Death signed, on or before July Dorothy C. Jones 3, 2014, or be forever Decedent barred. Persons believed NOTICE OF to be heirs or legatees of APPOINTMENT the decedent who do not OF FOREIGN receive a copy of this noPERSONAL R E P R E S E N TAT I V E tice by mail within 25 days of its first publicaAND tion shall so inform the NOTICE TO Register of Wills, includCREDITORS Edward B. Jones whose ing name, address and address is 4324 Ranger relationship. Avenue, Temple Hills, Date of Publication: January 3, 2014 MD 20748 was appointed personal repre- Name of newspaper: sentative of the estate of Afro-American Dorothy C. Jones, de- Washington Law ceased, on October 26, Reporter York C. Rankin, Jr 2013, by the Orphans Personal Court for Prince Representative George’s County, State of Maryland. Service of process may TRUE TEST COPY be made upon Monalie REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 E. Bledsoe, 1629 K. Street, NW, Suite 300, 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 Washington, DC 20006 SUPERIOR COURT OF whose designation as THE DISTRICT OF District of Columbia COLUMBIA agent has been filed with PROBATE DIVISION the Register of Wills, Washington, D.C. D.C. 20001-2131 The decedent owned the Foreign No. following District of 2013FEP142 Colombia real property: August 30, 2011 528 Sheridan Street, Date of Death NW, Washington, DC Cynthia Campbell 20011. Claims against the de- Decedent NOTICE OF cedent may be preAPPOINTMENT sented to the underOF FOREIGN signed and filed with the PERSONAL Register of Wills for the District of Columbia, 500 R E P R E S E N TAT I V E AND Indiana Avenue, N.W., NOTICE TO Washington, D.C. 20001 CREDITORS within 6 months from the date of first publication of James Campbell whose address is 13201 Burthis notice. leigh Street, Upper MarlEdward B. Jones boro, MD 20774 was apPersonal Representa- p o i n t e d p e r s o n a l tive(s) representative of the TRUE TEST COPY estate of Cythia CampREGISTER OF WILLS b e l l , d e c e a s e d , o n September 19, 2011, by Date of first publication: the Register of Wills January 3, 2014 Name of newspapers C o u r t f o r P r i n c e George’s County, State and/or periodical: The Daily Washington of Maryland. Service of process may Law Reporter be made upon John E. The Afro-American Scheuerman, TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 10:22:28 EST Scheuer2013 man & Menist, PC, 700 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 E. Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 whose Superior Court of designation as District of the District of Columbia agent has District of Columbia been filed with the RegisPROBATE DIVISION ter of Wills, D.C. Washington, D.C. The decedent owned the 20001-2131 17:50:05 EST 2014 following District of Administration No. Colombia real property: 2013ADM1261 619 21st Street, NE, Tanys L. Carroll Washington, DC 20002. Decedent Michelle Lanchester, Claims against the decedent may be preEsq sented to the under601 Pennsylvania Ave. signed and filed with the NW, Suite 900 Register of Wills for the Washington, DC 20004 District of Columbia, 500 NOTICE OF Indiana Avenue, N.W., APPOINTMENT, Washington, D.C. 20001 NOTICE TO within 6 months from the CREDITORS date of first publication of AND NOTICE TO this notice. UNKNOWN HEIRS Clinton T. Carroll, III James Campbell whose address is 3952 Personal RepresentaClay Place, NE, tive(s) Washington, DC 20019, TRUE TEST COPY was appointed personal REGISTER OF WILLS representative of the estate of Tanys L. Carroll, Date of first publication: January 3, 2014 who died on October 25, 2013, without a will, and Name of newspapers will serve without Court and/or periodical: supervision. All unknown The Daily Washington heirs and heirs whose Law Reporter whereabouts are un- The Afro-American TYPESET: Mon Dec 30 known shall enter their 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 appearance in this proceeding. Objections Superior Court of to such appointment the District of shall be filed with the District of Columbia Register of Wills, D.C., PROBATE DIVISION 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Washington, D.C. Floor Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 20001, on or before July Administration No. 3, 2014. Claims against 2013ADM599 the decedent shall be presented to the under- Joseph Brown signed with a copy to the AKA Register of Wills or filed Joseph Sterling with the Register of Wills Brown, Sr. with a copy to the under- Decedent signed, on or before July NOTICE OF 3, 2014, or be forever APPOINTMENT, barred. Persons believed NOTICE TO to be heirs or legatees of CREDITORS the decedent who do not AND NOTICE TO receive a copy of this noUNKNOWN HEIRS tice by mail within 25 Sonya N. Armfield whose days of its first publica- a d d r e s s i s 2 tion shall so inform the Massachussetts AveRegister of Wills, includ- nue, NE, #1173 was aping name, address and pointed personal reprerelationship. sentative of the estate of Date of Publication: Joseph Brown AKA JoJanuary 3, 2014 seph Sterling Brown, Sr. Name of newspaper: who died on May 6, 2013 Afro-American with a will, and will serve Washington Law without Court superviReporter Clinton T. Carroll sion. All unknown heirs Personal a n d h e i r s w h o s e Representative whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this TRUE TEST COPY proceeding. Objections REGISTER OF WILLS to such appointment deTYPESET: Mon Dec 30 10:42:43 cedent´s EST shall 2013 be filed 01/03, 01/10 & 01/17/14 with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, Superior Court of 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. Claims against

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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

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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