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HBCU ‘Equality’ Lawsuit
The State’s Astounding Expert “Even with College Park included, historically Black institutions are about equal to the non-historically Black institutions.” By Todd Beamon Special to the AFRO
By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer
Jasmine Wicks, freshman class treasurer; Comptroller of SGA Hakeem Hooker, Junior Class Senator and Financial Chair Person, Alvin Hill and Brian Stewart Sophomore Class President all show support for their HBCU, Morgan State University. Photo by Alexis Taylor
In an unusual and confounding move, attorneys for Maryland relied on an expert witness who acknowledged that he never visited the four Black institutions before concluding that they had received sufficient state funding over the past years to remedy past racial discrimination. Instead he relied upon his own computation of state funding based upon proportional student enrollment at each of the States public colleges and universities, a methodology that has been discredited in similar lawsuits in other states. The expert, Allan J. Lichtman, a history professor at American University in Washington, D.C., testified: “The bottom line is the state has been investing substantial amounts of capital [and operational] allocations over a 27-year period in the historically Black institutions relative to the six non-historically Black • Character Education Continued on A4
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Harry Black’s appointment as the new director of finance for Baltimore City brings to a close the nationwide search launched to fill the position vacated by Director Edward Gallagher, who retired last year after taking the position in 2005. “We are excited to welcome Mr. Harry Black to City Hall as we work on the budget for the next fiscal year,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “He has big shoes to fill, but I am confident that he can provide the fiscal guidance and support city government needs as we develop strategies to grow Baltimore in the next decade. He is an experienced and capable leader.” A Baltimore City native, Black grew up in the Park Heights neighborhood and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Virginia, with his Bachelor’s degree in the same field at Virginia State University. In his most recent position, Black served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Global Commerce Solutions, a company based in Washington D.C. that offers government services.
Maryland’s four historical black institutions continued to forge ahead Monday with their $2.1 billion case against the state, claiming injustice in the way of funding and segregated practices. Among the scheduled witnesses for the day was Dr. Sue Blanshan, who currently serves as Director of Planning and Academic Affairs for the Maryland
Higher Education Committee (MHEC). Dr. Blanshan spoke about the program approval guidelines and the occurrence of program duplication specifically within the state of Maryland. Though Dr. Blanshan gave extensive testimony on the topic of program duplication, her testimony on the steps taken to minimize the occurrences of program duplication related to instances well after those raised in the lawsuit. Continued on A4
Miss. Hate Crime Case Postponed
By Shernay Williams Special to the AFRO
A White teenager charged with intentionally running over a Black man with his pickup truck in Jackson, Miss. last summer, is fighting to have his trial moved to a predominately non-Black county. A hearing to determine where Deryl Dedmond, 19, will be tried has been pushed back at least once; it’s now set for Feb. 16. Meanwhile the gruesome murder of 49-year-old James Craig Anderson, an automobile plant worker, is stamped in the minds of the entire nation. The case received extensive media coverage after a surveillance video capturing the murder was unearthed. The grainy video shows two cars carrying about seven White teenagers drive into a motel parking lot where Anderson was standing. Several jump out and beat up Anderson. As he stumbles around, the driver of a green pickup truck backs up and then accelerates forward, driving over Anderson, who later dies at a hospital. Police believe Deryl Dedmond was driving
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Black has also served as chief financial officer for the City of Richmond from 2005 to 2008, where he oversaw municipal bond issuance and transactions. While serving in Richmond, Black also improved public accountability through programming he put in place himself, which led to greater transparency within the agency. Black has also served as Director of Budget and Finance for the Council of the Continued on A5
that truck. Witnesses say the teens yelled racial epithets, like “White power” as they beat Dedmond, and laughed and bragged after running him over. Prosecutors have labeled the case a hate crime. “These teenagers have a history of harassing White teens, who had Black friends or gay teens,” Robert Shuler Smith, the Hinds County James Craig district attorney, told reporters. Courtesy photo Anderson The teens live in a mostlywhite suburban county. They allegedly left an all-night party and drove 16 miles to Jackson looking for a Black person to “mess with.” “This [where Anderson was killed] is the first business that you get to coming off the highway, Smith told CNN, “and so Continued on A4
Maryland to Possibly Get $959 Million in Foreclosure Suit By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said victims of the foreclosure crisis in Maryland will be getting some relief as the state has recovered up to $959 million in funds as a result of an investigation into fraudulent practices by national banks. According to Gansler, roughly $62.5 million will be used for housing-related projects through the attorney general’s office, about $64 million will go to people whose current home values are significantly
less than the amount they owe on their loans, close to $24.1 million will be broken up into sums of $1,800-2,000 to go to people no longer in their homes, and most of the remaining $808 million will go to principle reduction on homes. “It’s a very important step in trying to bring needed relief to homeowners who are struggling, especially homeowners whose mortgages are worth more than their homes,” said Matt Fader, assistant attorney general. “This is an attempt to enable them to reach sustainable payments and help them Continued on A5
All I Want for Valentine’s Day Is… The girls say the guys break up with them right after Christmas so they won’t have to do the “Valentine” thing. As the number of relationships goes down, the cost of roses goes up and the scenario of the commercial love fest of the year is on. We know the ladies like flowers and candy and lingerie for their gifts, not to forget those who are expecting “the ring.” Some prefer a night out at a fancy restaurant with an exquisite menu.
But what would the guys like to receive as Valentine’s Day gifts? Most of them were startled at the question and had to take a moment. AFRO advertising manager Robert Blount and circulation assistant Clarence Massey agreed on a good dinner. AFRO Staff Writer Gregory Dale asked a few others to answer the question, some in person, some by social media.
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Chris Brown Named ‘Worst Dressed Man on the Planet’ By UK ‘GQ’ The British edition of GQ magazine has named Chris Brown the “worst dressed man of the year.” The magazine, which releases its best and worse lists annually, labeled Brown in their March issue. “For someone who seems to have so much disposable income-he boasts on one track about spending ‘15 grand on a phone’ and charged over $500 for meet-and-greets on his last tour-Brown seems utterly adverse to investing in tailoring, combining the worst excess of XXL sizing with a penchant for deeply
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CNN Suspends Roland Martin What CNN Commentator Roland Martin considered innocent tweets during the Super Bowl have not only drawn the consternation of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), they’ve garnered for him an indefinite suspension from the network. It is reported that CNN issued this statement: “Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being." According to a story posted on Richard Prince’s “Journal-isms” blog, Martin had been tweeting throughout the game, but caught heat when he bashed an H&M underwear commercial that featured soccer star David Beckham. “Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!” He wrote. “And if a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!” Angry fans lashed out against Martin for the tweets, but the host insisted that he was merely mocking soccer, something he does frequently. Shortly thereafter, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) group stepped in and called for Martin to be ousted from CNN. “Advocates of gay bashing have no place @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT,” the group tweeted. Martin then replied, “Well you’re clearly out of touch and clueless with what I tweeted. Way to assume, but you’re way off base.” The group also criticized Martin for his Facebook post the next day, which read, “Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass.” GLAAD says Martin has offended the gay community in the past. The group pointed to an incident last year when Martin stood by comedian Tracy Morgan after he said he would stab his son if he were gay. Though Morgan later apologized for the comments, Martin said he should not have done so.
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“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional momen “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, the family chose ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackthe latter. According to the February 11, 2012 - held February 17,her2012, The “She hands with famiing. Afro-American Cook County records show Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both that’s him.” was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesThe boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder good choice for your health, but your significant other will likely thank you for it too. For and grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. patients diagnosed COPD, important to build and maintain muscle strength in the No wonder Obama’s with campaign is it’s Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing arms and legs. Pursuing regular exercise such as walking or biking with your companion can trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in help stay “Barack active and carry outineveryday tasks. group,you saying, Obama his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers In addition lifestyle changes, you and your Never Organizedtowith ACORN.” the 7000 block ofdoctor Southshould Yale sit down to discuss which therapies may controlrun your COPD symptoms. Prescription medicines can help treat But Obama’s tiesbest to ACORN Avenue. complications of taught the disease your Alert overall long and deep. He classesand improve An Amber – ahealth. desig- Fortunately, a survey released this month by theeven Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers for ACORN. They endorsed nation for high-risk missing of America (PhRMA) reveals him for President. that there are 54 medicines in development America’s biopharmaceutical children – for wasCOPD issued by Friday But now ACORN is in trouble. companies. research and manufacturing after Julian was discovered Reporter: There at least is for Of course, this are innovation naughtafter if patients can’t access the medicines they need. missing the murders. 11 investigations across thefor Prescription Police arrested William Luckily, the Partnership Assistance (1-888-4PPA-NOW; www.pparx.org) helps country involving the programs missing boy’s connect patients thousands in need toofpatientBalfour, assistance that stepoffer more than 2,500 medicines potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband for free or nearly free and provides information on more than 10,000 free health care clinics in forms. of Julia, at hisout girlfriend’s America. It takes less than 15 minutes to find if you may qualify. Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several This February, take care that you’re not left breathless. Unless, that is, it’s because of a fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. Valentine. paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had Larry Lucas is a retired vice president for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. America Pressuring(PhRMA). banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer In February, our thoughts often turn to among Valentine’s Day,submitted an occasion the names to to celebratePresidential and nurturecandidate relationships with loved ones. When you’re election officials. John with thatMcCain’s special someone, even the–simplest Hurd romantic gesture – a box said those workers, who attack on ACORN were doing those things without of chocolates or a heartfelt card – may take your breath away. Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization Now – sickness, But when it’s not for theReform result of love shortness of breath is sion, were fired. confirms theitsuccess the no holiday. In fact, can beofdevastating. evidence has surorganization, head of thepulmonary “The COPD, or chronicthe obstructive disease, is anthat obstruction facedand so according far shows they faked group says. of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe, to the forms to get paid for work they “This is testimony to the work National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), it’s the third leading didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve cause of death in the United States. COPD – also known by names such boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of as chronic bronchitis or emphysema – develops slowly and worsens victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview In severe cases, COPD can eventually tor of it. limit patients from By Larry Lucas over time.with the AFRO. doing even the most basic activities that most of ussaid take granted, Hurd thefor only things “When this attack started, we such as walking, cooking or taking care of themselves. bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had Currently there are more thanregistered 12 million diagnosed COPD, the NHLBI selves. Andand factcheck. org 1.3 people million new vot- with estimates that another 12 millioners,” are she living with the disease but unaware. While COPD doesn’t said. “That’s just to say agrees. disproportionately affect the African Americanrunning community Lung“Neither Association It concluded, that someone’s scared – the American reported that 1 million African Americans were diagnosed with the diseasenor inits 2008 – studies ACORN employees have because of ACORN’s success.” foundthan guilty of, white or even have shown that African AmericansMcCain, with COPD fewerforhealthbeen services their who isuse running charged castingtofraudulent on the Republican counterparts, which may lead topresident racial disparities in healthtickoutcomes. It’swith, important see your votes.” et, lashed outofatCOPD, ACORNsuch in the doctor if you exhibit any of the symptoms as chronic coughing or shortness of final debate Barack breath, and to follow their prescribed healthagainst regimen for controlling The the problem disease. came about primarily because of thethe way Obama, contending the group “is There is no cure for COPD, but there are changes you can make to help prevent disease, ACORN operates. Rather than on the verge of maybe perpetratmanage its effects or slow its progression. If you’re a smoker, it’s no surprise that the most rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in important thing to do is quit smoking immediately. Not only is kicking the cigarette habit a ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reged. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first Columbia, MD – This (CPR) know the signs and someone know is having brought theyou phony registrations McCainand campaign thinks those February, firefighters and symptoms of a heart attack, a heart attack, call 9-1-1 to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote paramedics are joining the which are: which is not necesimmediately. The McCain camp apparently Democratic, Howard County Health • Unusually heavy want in tothose empower isn’t“We interested fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadDepartment and others pressure on is thenochest, liketo citizens to be equipped with ACORN stranger ing skills ads thattoseek link Obama controversy. around the nation to fight there's a ton of weight on you the helptoprevent to ACORN, thereby 38 years, non-partisan back against heart disease •For Sharp upperthebody pain in heart attacks, strokeundercutting and his politicalsaid support. organization has and fought and stroke. As part of the neck, back, jawfor social disease,” Fire Chief McCain: I’m John McCain and• economic justice foroflowAmerican Heart Month, we Severe shortness William Goddard. “That’s and Iwe approve this message. and moderate-income are championing the Centers breath why continually offer Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 for Disease Control and • Cold sweats (not hotmemdemonstrations and trainings ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political Prevention’s (CDC) Million flashes from menopause) so that everyone in the baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapHearts™ campaign to prevent • Unusual or unexplained community learn After CPR.” speed.” Vast can ambition. colters in 110 cities nationwide, one million heart attacks and fatigue (tiredness) To schedule a CPR ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. strokes by the end of 2016. • Unfamiliar dizziness or demonstration or training, Became a community organizer. its share of criticism while advoCardiovascular disease is the light-headedness contact Community Outreach There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, leading cause of death in the • Unexplained nausea Specialist Kelly Derthick Talbot, part of the Chicago at living wages, healthcare for the United States, with women (feeling sick to the stomach) 410-313-6037 or kderthick@ branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organsuffering a heart attack every or vomiting howardcountymd.gov. impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering 90 seconds. What did ACORN in Chicago andThe baseless this one. that "In Howard County CDCasestimates For more ideas on engage in? Bullying about banks. the presidential election raising we each know someone oneWith in three people in the awareness Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than weeks away, who has been impacted by U.S. havetwo some form of heart heart disease, taking steps of improve business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the heart disease,” said County disease, which can include to health and banks to issue risky homeheart loans. organization engaged Executive Ken Ulman. “Let’s severe chest has pain, heart in mas- preventing one million The same types of loans that sive voter registration fraud after join others across the nation attacks, heart failure, and attacks and strokes, please caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in becoming one in a million stroke. If you think you or visit www.cdc.gov. in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse and protecting those we love by making heart-healthy choices.” According to the CDC more than two million heart attacks and strokes happen Identification Statements each year, with 800,000 Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Subscription Rate: resulting in death. 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Since McCain’s comments, ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and racist mail. The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle offices and stole computers. After a Cleveland representative appeared on TV, an e-mail was sent to the local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call saying, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. A caller to one office left a message on the answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just calling to let you know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung honeys, they’re going to get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let your kids die. That’s the best move. Just let your children die. Forget about paying for hospital bills for them. I’m not gonna do it. You guys are lowlifes. And I hope you all die.” Hurd thinks the hate calls will cease soon. “In two weeks, I think these attacks will be over. But I think it will be harder for us to get our name back on good graces because they really trashed us in the last few weeks.” But ACORN will not be deterred. “We’ve been fighting for a long time, for over 30 years, for the rights of low- and moderateincome people all across the country,” Hurd said. “We’re going to continue to fight for economic justice in our communities.”
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institutions, not counting the University of Maryland-College Park.” Lichtman chose to exclude University of Maryland-College Park in his analysis apparently due to his concern that its inclusion would create a skewed statistical picture. Lichtman’s testimony last week was part of a larger effort to prove that the state of Maryland has done more than enough to remedy past racial discrimination. The testimony was given as part of $2.1 billion suited filed in 2006 to compel the state to make its four HBCUs –Morgan State University, Bowie State University, Coppin State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore – “comparable and competitive.” While neglecting to adequately fund the four Black universities, the suit contends, White state institutions of higher education the University of Maryland- College Park, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Towson University and Salisbury University (TWIs)– were provided resources that gave them significant advantages over HBCUs. The suit was filed against the Maryland Higher Education
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In 2005, Morgan State University (MSU) and Towson University were negotiating a special 3+2 Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program. With Towson unwilling to allow MSU to be the sole grantor of the degree, a deal was inked with the University of Baltimore (UB) and approved by the MHEC. Towson’s agreement with UB consequently decimated the number of White students in MSU’s MBA program, even though the MSU MBA was the more mature program. “Program duplication is very detrimental. It provides an opportunity for a student to make a choice based on race as opposed to what program is being offered at one institution or another,” said former president of
Morgan State University, Dr. Earl S. Richardson. Aside from program duplications, enrollment trends at Black and White institutions were also discussed. Dr. Donald Hossler, professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, gave extensive information on how and when students make their decision to attend an institution of higher learning. Author of 24 publications, Dr. Hossler has studied everything from improved admission and marketing tactics to financial aid, retention and much more. Dr. Hossler now serves as executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Dr. Hossler testified to
Commission (MHEC) by the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, Inc., a consortium of students and alumna of the various Maryland HBCUs who share a frustration with the state’s continuous neglect of HBCUs and the education of African American students. The selection of a historian to serve as an expert on statistics was a curious one, according to many court observers. Typically, mathematicians or statisticians are used to analyze and comment on numbers. Moreover, Lichtman admitted that he reached his conclusions without ever visiting any campuses or interviewing the head of any of the universities in question. Lichtman’s narrow testimony did go to the heart of the suit that includes allegations that the state weakened HBCUs by limiting their missions, permitting unnecessary duplication of HBCU academic programs by White universities and allowing buildings on Black campuses to fall into disrepair. After breaking down state funding on a per pupil basis (FTE), Lichtman asserted, “Even with College Park included, historically Black institutions are about equal to the nonhistorically Black institutions.” But Lichtman seemed ambivalent when Jon Greenbaum of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the attorneys for the Coalition, commented on cross-examination a trend seen in other states where non-Black students seem to attend more at night, on weekends, and at off-site locations rather than during the day in regularly scheduled classes with Black students. Though his words seemed to help the plaintiff’s case in many regards, more than a few eyebrows were raised when Dr. Hossler said funding into the billions for Black schools would mean that institutions “would be forced to choose between being a traditionally Black institution and a historically Black institution.” Meaning that adequate funding would bring an influx of non-black students, making its HBI status a reference more to its past roots, not necessarily the actual student body. “Dr.Hossler was intimating that for us to be successful at one level we would have to accept the possibility of HBIs becoming historical only in name and
that per pupil spending on Black universities also exceeded that of their White counterparts during de jure segregation. In response, Lichtman simply stated “I did not review the de jure era”. “How could anyone possibly say either Coppin or Morgan has fared as well as College Park or any other White campus?” asked Claude Parker, an alumnus of Morgan. “College Park is like a city within a city, with massive buildings.” Lichtman’s decision to use FTEs – full-time equivalent students –as a yardstick is a questionable methodology. Judges handling higher education desegregation cases have refused to rely on such measurements. In Knight & Sims v. Alabama, for example, the judge ruled that proportional FTE funding, even if it favors HBCUs, does not demonstrate adequate funding necessary to remedy past racial discrimination. The impact of the picture painted by Lichtman of Maryland’s four HBCUs being institutions whose edifices, facilities and resources far out-gleam the TWIs, awaits the outcome of the trial. The current phase of the trial is expected to come to an end this week. Experts have indicated that a decision should not be anticipated until some time this summer.
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Sen. Cardin, from left, speaks briefly with David Burton, president of the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, former Morgan State University president, Earl S. Richardson, and John Brittain, counsel for the plaintiffs. he is entirely off base there,” said David Burton, president of the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education. “To think that way you lose sight of what we’re trying to do hereand that is to make HBCUs competitive with TWIs. Let’s achieve that first and worry later,” said Burton, who also disagreed with Dr. Hossler’s view that program duplication is inevitable in metropolitan areas. “With the dual mission that HBIs have, we will always have the mission of outreach to Black persons who need assistance, and that’s not something that TWIs are going to do,” said Burton. “There’s a reason we have historically black colleges and universities and we have to make sure they are adequately funded,” said Sen. Ben Cardin outside of Courtroom 7D, where the heated battle for Maryland’s
four historical black institutions continued. Senatorial ethics strongly discourage members of Congress from actually stepping inside ongoing proceedings, under the premise that it could be “intimidating for a federal judge” and unduly influence the trial’s outcome. Nevertheless, the Senator joined a couple of his staff members, which included an alumnus of North Carolina’s Bennett College and a current senior at Morgan State University in the Garmatz Federal Courthouse to add his support. “I want to see education put first,” he said. “It’s clear to me that we have to guarantee that every child has access to quality education.” Alumni from all four institutions continue to encourage more students to come together at the courthouse. “We must get
more attendance from each college,” said Marvin “Doc” Cheatham in a release calling for students from Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore to converge on the courthouse Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “For so long we allowed inequality to persist in the name of progress at the various institutions,” said Luther Perry, an alumnus and former instructor at Morgan State University. We allowed ourselves to be unequal while we were building. We were deluded, and it is kind of like carbon monoxide: you can’t see it, you can’t smell it- but you can die from it,” said Perry, who also served as a counselor at Coppin State University. “Hopefully this case will be like tear gas that causes us to scream when we become aware of these things.”
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that was the first person that was out here and vulnerable.” The murder spiked racial tensions in a state with a history already laced with racial violence and discrimination. There were marches denouncing the crime and memorializing Anderson, a man known for his cooking, gardening and “grand-piano” smile. Meanwhile, Dedmond’s friends and family argued his innocence on a Facebook page set up by his supporters. The teen’s aunt wrote on that page: “He is not a racist or
a murderer…If anything, he is being tried by the media, suffering from reverse racism and placed in jail without bond. I am sick of the race card.” “This does not happen very often, and I am not saying it reflects the overall feelings in the different communities here,” Smith
didn’t stop them. Dedmond has pleaded not guilty to capital murder. He has called Anderson’s death an accident. If convicted and prosecutors can prove the murder was a hate crime, his sentence could be doubled. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.
“This is almost like a culture with these teens…” told the New York Times. Still, parts of the area “are very polarized, he said. “It’s still highly segregated in most ways.” In September, Anderson’s family filed a wrongful death suit against all the teens allegedly in the car that night. It charges that while a few were directly responsible for killing Anderson, the others were negligent because they
One other teen, John Rice, 18, has been charged with simple assault. None of the others, including two teenage girls, have been charged. “This is almost like a culture with these teens,” the Anderson family’s lawyer, Winston Thompson III, told the New York Times. “It’s evidently a little network. To see it manifest in the way it did was shocking.”
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Four Men Charged in Towson Town Center Murder with using a handgun in the process of a felony crime. Piecing together all the footage, detectives were able to construct a sequence of events from the last hours of Pridget’s life, beginning around 5:11 p.m. when he entered the establishment’s Downtown locker Room (DTLR) with his girlfriend. Charging documents show that after spotting Pridget in the DTLR, Brandon places a call to Williams, who soon after arrives at the mall with Brown and Ward. Ward and Williams then enter the mall, leaving Brown in the burgundy-colored vehicle parked near Macy’s. “A phone call from Williams prompts the alleged shooter, Tyrone Brown, to exit the car and walk into Macy’s,” according to charging documents. The men follow Pridget through the mall, reenter through Nordstrom after the killing and quickly exit on the opposite end of the shopping center. “Our homicide detectives have been working tirelessly on this case since the night it happened,” said Chief of Police, Jim Johnson in a release to press. “The footage from the video cameras in and around the mall was critical in helping them solve the case. These arrests demonstrate the value of the legislation passed by the county several years ago requiring these cameras in shopping
By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Officials are still baffled as to why four men would want 19-year-old Rodney Pridget Jr. dead just days before Christmas 2011. The crime sent shockwaves through Baltimore at the most festive time of year. Last week, Frank Theodore Williams, 31; Jermell Monte Brandon, 35; Tyrone Chester Brown Jr., 19 and William Ward III, 44, were all formally charged with first degree murder. The fatal shooting took place Dec. 19, mere feet from the posh Nordstrom of Towson Town Center, and still has residents a bit on edge. The incident occurred at 6:22 p.m., while the mall was filled with families enjoying the pre-Christmas rush and last minute shopping. “It’s like I’m walking around with a hole in me,” said the elder Rodney Pridget, still grieving the loss of his son. “I love that boy. Plus, he was my only son. I love him and I miss him. I see his face every night,” said Pridget’s father to Baltimore CBS affiliate, WJZ. Surveillance video shows the four men stalking through the mall before he was shot down at a service entrance, with police placing the gun in Brown’s hands. All the men are currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center and are also charged
centers.” Though relatively free of violent crime, this has not been the first murder to take place at Towson Town Center. In 2005, William Basset lost his life inside the same mall’s parking
garage. As a direct result of that botched robbery attempt, County Council members saw fit to pass legislation that same year that now mandates malls to cover at least 75 percent of all outdoor property with cameras.
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Rev. Beryl Whipple, 29, Baltimore, Md. A gift card for Joseph A. Bank or a tie from Thomas Pink.
Jeremy Swinson, 24, Washington D.C. “I’m not expecting anything this year because I’m not seeing anyone.”
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origination and servicing of loans. However, claims can still be filed against the securitization of loans, where the subprime loans were packaged together and sold to investors. Fair lending laws and criminal liability are still in play as well. Gansler also said this doesn’t waive homeowner’s individual rights and they can still bring claims if they can show that the fraud of the banks
Fletcher Eckard, 35, Washington D.C. “I want intimacy and dinner.”
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Arlen Watson, 23, Baltimore, Md. “A day off from work.”
Ira Daniel, 26, Baltimore, Md. “Tickets! Either for a movie, a weekend getaway, or something cultivating like the Beautiful Hats Luncheon in Baltimore.”
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District of Columbia. “It is a great honor to be selected for the position of Finance Director for Baltimore city,” Mr. Black said in a release for press. “The City of Baltimore has a strong fiscal track record that I will do everything to uphold and build upon. I am especially excited to come back to Baltimore to serve in Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s administration and look forward to advancing her goal of growing the city.” As director of finance, Black will be in control of maintaining the financial health of the city by way of creating strong policies and fiscal practices. Black will be head of all five bureaus of the finance department, which include Revenue Collection, Budget and Management Research, Accounting and payroll Services, Purchases, and Treasury Management. Black is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, a professional organization that focuses on better management of governments in the interest of the general public. He also currently serves on the Board of Visitors for Virginia State University, and is active in the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. A 1981 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, Black is now married with two children. Formal approval of his position still awaits confirmation by the Baltimore City Council.
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stay in their homes.” The suit was brought as a result of national banks using robo-signing procedures on affidavits to illegally foreclose on homeowners across the country. As a result of that, attorney generals of all 50 states opened an investigation into the banks and found that the practice was widespread. The attorney generals and banks negotiated, as part of the deal, what states would get as part of the settlement and what the states wouldn’t pursue. In exchange for the $959 million, Maryland and the federal government had to waive claims about the
D.C., 34, Cecil County, Md. “I just expect to get a card.”
“I’m not expecting anything material because we [men] know that that’s not going to happen. But I would appreciate physical love.”
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Maryland HBCU Desegregation Trial Nearing an End After six weeks of testimony, a major trial to determine whether Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been routinely denied funding and other needed resources that would have made them “comparable and competitive” with White universities in the state is expected to end this week, with a ruling expected by this summer. The overwhelming George E. Curry majority of HBCUs, originally established shortly after the Civil War to prevent African Americans from attending all-White state universities, are located in the South. The Maryland case (Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, Inc., v. Maryland Higher Education Commission, et al.) has attracted national attention, in part, because it involves a border state that, like the South, operated a rigidly segregated school system, but unlike the South, has largely escaped intense public scrutiny. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake presided over the non-jury trial in Baltimore. The lead attorney for the plaintiffs was Jon Greenbaum of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Pro bono work was provided by lawyers from Kirkland and Ellis law firm and the Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic. The suit was originally filed in 2006 by the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, a community-based group comprised of alumni of public HBCUs in Maryland and other interested parties. It is seeking approximately $2.1 billion to upgrade the four state HBCUs: Morgan State University, Bowie State University, Coppin State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Named as major defendants are officials of the University of Maryland Higher Education Commission, Gov. Martin O’Malley and Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons Sr. The state of Maryland’s higher education system has a long history of racial segregation, according to witnesses and court documents.
“Throughout its history, Maryland has systematically engaged in policies and practices that established and perpetuated a racially segregated system of higher education,” the suit asserts. “Maryland first instituted its system of public higher education in 1807 by establishing the University of Maryland at Baltimore. This was a White-only institution. “Maryland subsequently established four other Whiteonly, public institutions of higher education: the University of Maryland, established in 1865; Towson University, established in 1866, Frostburg State University, established in 1898; and Salisbury State University, established in 1922,” the suit continued. “The state began its dual-system by assuming control of The Baltimore Normal School, an all Black teacher’s school now known as Bowie State University. This was the beginning of Maryland’s segregated system of higher education.” Maryland was forced to expand educational opportunities for Blacks in order to qualify for federal land-grant funds. That led to the state also acquiring what is now the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State University and adding Coppin State University in 1950. In 1954, the United States Supreme Court issued its Brown v. Board of Education ruling, holding that segregated school systems violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. “Following Brown, Maryland did nothing more than lift the rule excluding Black students from White schools,” the lawsuit recounts. After passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the state ended de jure segregation, opening the doors for African Americans to attend all-White public universities. “In 1965, however, rather than encourage integration at Morgan State, Maryland established University of Maryland Baltimore County (“UMBC”). UMBC was a complete duplication of Morgan State’s entire institution, not just its programs,” the lawsuit stated. In 1969, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights notified the state of Maryland that it was one of 10 states operating a racially segregated system of higher education in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Two decades later, the only two states in the group still in noncompliance were Maryland and Mississippi. Facing the possibility of losing all federal education funds, Maryland reached agreements with the U.S. Department of Education in 1982 and again in 1985. The later called for “the enhancement of HBCUs to ensure that they are comparable and competitive with TWIs [traditionally White institutions]
“Grant Marriage Rights, Not Rites” When Governor O’Malley introduced the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012, faith leaders from many denominations enthusiastically stood by him in support. As ordained ministers, we do as well. Under the Governor’s proposal, no church or religious institution would have to marry a gay couple. In other words, nothing changes from the way things are now. We have refused to marry straight couples in the past, and will continue to do so in the future even if same-sex marriage becomes law. So, we say to our concerned congregants: Your church isn’t going to be forced to perform gay nuptials. Our gay and lesbian people are not asking to marry in a church that does not embrace their belief or culture. They’re
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asking for the right to go down to the courthouse and obtain a marriage license. This right is the only thing the Governor’s proposed legislation creates, nothing more and nothing less. But what happens in church is not really what this debate is all about. Gays and lesbians are asking to be able to go down to the courthouse for a marriage license, which is the only thing the Governor’s legislation calls for. Committed and loving gay and lesbian couples want to give their kids the legal protections that marriage offers. Currently, children in straight households live under one set of laws while the children of gay families live under another set of laws. That’s wrong. We are all children of God, and every child deserves to be protected equally in the eyes of the law. People understand that marriage builds a family, but they
with respect to capital facilities, operating budgets and new academic programs.” A major component of the plan to strengthen HBCUs and encourage more Whites to attend them called for avoiding program duplication at nearby White universities. However, Maryland allowed the creation of an engineering program at UMBC that duplicated an offering by Morgan State. Salisbury University was permitted to offer a computer science degree that was already being offered by University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Especially controversial was the decision made by the state in 2005 to allow Towson University and the University of Baltimore to operate a joint Masters in Business Administration program, which had been offered by Morgan State since 1964. Overall, more than a half dozen programs at TWIs duplicated programs already in existence at Maryland’s HBCUs. Testifying as an expert witness, University of Wisconsin Education Professor Clifton F. Conrad said that the state of Maryland still operates a segregated higher education system. “The dual education systems remain,” he testified. “There continues to be substantial differences – severe differences – in terms of the number of programs and the quality of programs. Those students who enter Maryland’s historically Black institutions – whether Black, White, or other races – do not have an equal educational opportunity as those students who attend the state’s traditionally White institutions.” George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com You can also follow him at www.twitter. com/currygeorge.
also comprehend that couples don’t decide to get married for the rights and benefits. Straight, gay and lesbian couples choose to marry because they value commitment, love and companionship. Marriage is about two loving individuals standing up and making a public promise of lifelong commitment and responsibility. This is why the government should make way for stronger families through marriage. Our understanding of Scripture is that God loves and embraces us all. We are called by this compassionate God to ensure the promise of love and equality under the law for all families. Let’s do right by our gay and lesbian neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers - and their kids. It’s time for all families to be treated equally under the law. It’s time for marriage equality.
Saving for College Can Have Great Impact Despite the growing number of African Americans who enroll in college, there are still marked racial differences in college attendance and graduation (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). For example in 2009, among people 25 years old and over, about 87 percent of non-Hispanic whites had graduated from high school, and 30 percent had a Bachelor’s degree or above. In comparison, 84 percent of blacks were high school graduates, and 19 percent had a Bachelor’s degree or above. By gender, 18 percent of black males had a bachelor’s degree compared to 31 percent of nonHispanic white males. This disparity in college completion among those from different racial/ethnic backgrounds can have important individual consequences such as economic success and available skills to offer the workforce. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 62 percent of all U.S. jobs now require a minimum of two-year or four-year degrees or special post-secondary training. That number is expected to increase to 75 percent by 2020. Unfortunately, at the same time that some form of higher education is becoming more important, it is also becoming more expensive. The College Board calculates that college costs have risen faster than the rates of inflation over this previous academic year. Data shows, the average cost for tuition and fees at four-year public institutions has increased nearly 51 percent over the last 10 years after adjusting for inflation. With the soaring cost of college education, it has become daunting for families with limited financial assets to pay for their children’s education. According to a study on Assets and
Liabilities, Race/Ethnicity and Children’s College Education researchers at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis found racial/ethnic gaps in “asset holdings” such as savings accounts, home ownership, etc. are associated with delayed college attendance and graduation. Research results also indicate that unsecured debt such as credit card and student loans decreases the likelihood of students attending or graduating from college, particularly for black and Hispanic children. The sooner a family starts to save for higher education, the more affordable it will be. However, many families think they don’t need to prepare for higher education expenses when their child is an infant or toddler, often putting off the task until their child is in high school. State sponsored and tax advantaged college savings plans, called 529 plans after section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, allow families to start saving from the time their child is born. In fact, saving for higher education can start in a 529 savings plan as soon as a couple begins to think about starting a family if the parent enrolls as the account holder and names him/herself as beneficiary. Prospective grandparents can even open accounts the same way, as can any relative or family friend. The more time an investment for higher education has to grow, the more valuable it can be. And those investments do not need to be designated for four-year degrees only. 529 savings plans can be used for tuition at a four-year university, a two-year degree, eligible technical or trade training, room and board, books or other qualified expenses. The reality is that 529 plans help families finance all forms of higher education and training throughout the country. People often fear making decisions and investments they can’t reverse down the road, but 529 plans offer more flexibility
than many realize. For example, if a family starts a plan for a child who decides not to pursue higher education, the money can easily be transferred to a different beneficiary – another child or even the parents – for qualified advanced education and training, or the family can simply take the money out of the plan, subject to certain fees, taxes, and a 10 percent federal penalty on the earnings portion of the withdrawal. 529 plans are also geographically mobile, so if a family relocates they can continue in the plan they chose originally or roll over once a year into another state’s plan if they prefer, subject to specific plan provisions. The College Savings Plans Network’s website www.collegesavings.org offers noncommercial information that allows families to research each state’s plans to select the best one for their needs. Despite the rising costs, a college degree can make a significant difference in your child’s future. While the current national unemployment rate for high school graduates is 9.7 percent, the rate for college graduates is 4.2 percent. Also, college graduates can expect to earn on average 66 percent more over 40 years than those with only a high school degree. Whatever the individual situation, families should never delay savings because they’re worried about something occurring in the future or can only make a small contribution. Start now. Save what you can afford. Adjust as you go along. The costs and importance of higher education will only continue to rise but with smart planning and early savings, higher education and the benefits it brings can be a reality for all families, not just some. Joan Marshall is the executive director of the College Savings Plan of Maryland and the chair of the College Savings Plans Network for 2010-2011.
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Brig Gen Nadja West(left) and Brig Gen Williams(right) congratulate the Austins.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh presents official flag to Gen Austin.
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The swearing in...
Lt Col Lynnette Parker(left) and Valerie Randall offer congratulations to Gen and Mrs. Austin. Brig Gen (Ret.) Julia J. Checkley, Col (Ret.) and Mrs. Porcher L.Taylor, Jr., Ph.D and Lt Col (Ret.) Joyce Henderson
the Ida B. Wells Award during the ceremony. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux hosted the event at the Newseum in Northwest, Washington, DC. Among the special guests were CNN’s Roland Martin, ABC7 News Anchors Leon Harris, Maureen Bunyan and Kendis Gibson, publicist Lon Walls, Dr. Elsie Scott, president/ CEO, CBCF and DC Mayor, Vincent Gray.
By Faye Hyslop, Special to the AFRO The AFRO would like to congratulate the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2012 Hall of Fame Honorees. The NABJ inducted five legendary journalists into its Hall of Fame, Jan. 26. This year’s honorees include Gwen Ifill, Ruth Allen Ollison, Johnathan Rodgers, Pat Harvey, and the late Wallace Terry. Also, Michael Fields received
Mrs. Dennis and Lt Gen Via who was recently nominated for 4th star and to be the Commanding General of the Army Material Command.
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The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army hosted a swearing-in ceremony in honor of Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army at Conmy Hall, Fort Myer, Va. He becomes the highest ranking African American Army officer to attain this position. Hundreds of fellow officers, retirees, former West Point Academy classmates, senior level DOD and DA civilians crowded into Conmy Hall to witness this historic occasion. The ceremony lasted less than 45 minutes and concluded with the traditional singing of the Army Song. After the ceremony, there was a receiving line in the Officer’s Club to allow guests to congratulate the General and Mrs. Austin on this well deserved and earned promotion. Gen. Austin has served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout his 36-year career. His last assignment was as the Commander of United States Forces – Iraq from September 2010 through the completion of Operation New Dawn in December.
Col(Ret) Craig Hansford, was classmate with Gen Austin at West Point Academy. 2nd row - Faye Hyslop, BET International; Edgar Brookins, Afro American Newspaper; Joe Howze, Sr.; 1st row- Rose Rainey and Duke King Photos by Rob Roberts
Gwen Ifill D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was in attendance. Photos by Rob Roberts
The 13th floor of the World Trade Center was lively with excitement as the Kappa brothers of the Baltimore Chapter along with their ladies gathered to share in the Drs. Nathan Fletcher, Alison 25th anniversary celebration hosted by the Riddle-Fletcher, Sen. Nathaniel Magnificent 7 line of the Baltimore Alumni McFadden Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The members of the Magnificent 7 are Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Charles M. Thomas Jr., Shepherd L. McDuffie, Jerry Cole III, Horace H. Ashby, Kenneth M. Wilson, and J. Laws George David and Nickens Jr. The deceased DeVera Redmond Debbie and members are McDuffie, Ashby, Errol Taylor and Wilson. A live band played music for the reception as guests greeted each other and shared stories and photo albums of the line brothers before the formal dinner was served. J. Laws Nickens After dinner some guests Jr., Valerie Fraling, danced to the music, while Diane Hardison others continued reminiscing about the events of the Magnificent 7 which occurred 25 years ago. Each guest was given a gift before leaving the magnificent celebration.
Rho Xi Omega Chapter members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Deborah Clay, Edith Aydlett-Whitmore, Nichole Boswell, Dr. Avis Jones Deweever, Martina Washington, Sheryl Nelson, Nicole Cameron-Becketts, Anita Turkes-Hunter. Back row, Donna Price, Keisha Thomas, Deleanor Harris Boone, Mary Langston, Joanna Langston, Sharronda Jackson, Tina Dixon International Students Club members are William Hug, advisor; Allen Nembhard, Delano Woode, Corey Millington. Front row, Munu Chhetri Shahi, Nicole Cameron Becketts, Student Success Center director; Teka Farquharson, Ashley-Kaye Allen, Chrisan Codling, Miesha Johnson The International Students Club of the Baltimore City Community College hosted a Human Rights: Human Trafficking Symposium with the Rho Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in observance of Human Rights Week. The Gaare Auditorium on the Liberty Campus was packed to capacity with chapter members, students and members of the community who heard the keynote speaker, Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women and other panelists on the symposium who alerted the audience of the pervasive and serious nature of
human trafficking. The panelists revealed the unbelievable and shocking high percentage of young girls, boys and women who are victims of the commercial sex industry and labor force and the imperative for citizens to be cognizant, diligent, and work to eliminate this inhumane activity and blight on our society. One highlight was the presentation by Monique Smith, author and victim of human trafficking who related how this negatively impacted her life and her determination to discover and stress her identity and legacy to her children for family cohesiveness and the motivation to succeed. Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D.
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Nominations for 43rd NAACP Image Awards By Ben Wrobel
Artists and entertainers will gather on the red carpet for the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, a two-hour star-studded event that will air live, 8 p.m., Feb. 17 (7:00 p.m. central) on NBC. The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premiere multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The winners in 53 categories are decided by votes from members of the NAACP. This year’s nominees were announced at a January press conference led by Vanessa Williams, Tracee Ellis Ross, Corey Reynolds and Craig Robinson. “This year’s list of nominees reminds us how many talented artists of color are working today,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Many of these nominees use the creative process to advance the cause of social justice. The NAACP Image Awards is the ideal platform to highlight their often-overlooked perspectives.”
By Rosa Pryor “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL THE SWEETHEARTS FROM ME AND MINE TO YOU AND YOURS” (I extend a long-stemmed red rose to you) Hello my dear friends. Happy Valentine’s Day to all the sweethearts and the lovely couples in the sound of my words! Feb. 14th is a special day for lovers and to that special person in your life. It will be my pleasure to give you a few hints on how you can make that loved one feel very special. Here’s what I want you to do. On Valentine’s Day, or the weekend, I want you to find time to sit down with your love one and tell them how much you really love them. Now check this out! Now I will give you instructions on how to woo your sweethearts on this special day. To all the fellows especially, I want to remind you what you should do for that special sweetheart or person in your life. Be creative, be loving and kind; just try to do something special like a dinner theater; take her to a show, a concert; send a special bouquet of
Baltimore’s own, The Spindells, will perform at the Valentine Day Celebration 4-9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Pikesville Community Hall. flowers…. Whatever her favorite may be; pick out a card that the words will say exactly what’s in your heart and give her a big hug. Fellows, this could be your mother, grand-mother, sister, aunt, god-mother or just a friend. Now this is for the guys only whose special person in their life is your wife, lady or lover, you will do all of the above plus find a cozy and romantic spot; even if you have to rent a villa, or a hotel suite, prepare it with love and a lot of affection, (without her knowing of cause). Surround the rooms with lit scented candles that have a soft smelling fragrance, cut off the lights, (Marvin Gaye had the right idea), sprinkle rose pebbles, (I prefer long-stemmed roses without the thrones) all over the bed, then go to the bathroom and fill the tub with a warm bubble bath, the kind where bubbles fly all over. Escort her to the tub and help her in. Reach over and turn on the CD player, playing her favorite song. Take that special soft sponge you brought with you and sponge her back for her while whispering to her how much you love her and why. Make sure you have two long-stemmed crystal glasses for the both of you and pour a nice wine, champagne, or her favorite cocktail. Believe me my friends this is only the beginning. I don’t think you need any more instructions for the rest of the evening, do you? And ladies, I know you don’t need any advice from me! You do what you do best! Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Speakin’ of cocktails, let’s have one! Honey child, there are Valentine’s events everywhere. I will name a few places and I hope to see you at one of them with your sweetheart. There will be a unique concert called, “Valentines, Love & Jazz Concert” to benefit Family Law by Dean Kurt L. Schmoke and Professor Cynthia R. Mabry of the Howard University School of Law. The event will take place on Saturday, February 11, 7:30 until 9:30 p.m., which will be held at the University of the District of Columbia Auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Building 46. The entertainment will be Dick Morgan Trio plus one and Antonio Parker, renowned
The biggest story in the nomination process was the success of The Help which earned eight nods including Outstanding Motion Picture. The film, which examines the relationship between a white woman and two black maids during the Civil
Rights era, grossed over $150,000 at the box office. Rounding out the Outstanding Motion Picture category were Jumping the Broom, Pariah, The First Grader and Tower Heist. In the television category, “The Game” and “Grey’s Anatomy” both garnered six nominations, including Outstanding Drama and Comedy, respectively. “The Game,” which follows the lives of professional football players and
their significant others, also earned nods for the performances of its stars Pooch Hall (Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series), Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Wendy Raquel Robinson (Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series). Leading the pack in music nominations were Beyoncé and Jill Scott, who are both competing in the categories of Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Album, Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Song. Mary J. Blige snagged three nominations, and Adele had two. The Outstanding New Artist category included fresh faces like Diggy Simmons and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Notable nominations in literature included Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by the late Manning Marable; My Song by Harry Belafonte, and Touré’s Who’s Afraid of PostBlackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now. “The NAACP Image Awards is an important American award show,” said NAACP Hollywood Bureau Executive Director Vicangelo Bulluck, who serves as executive producer of the awards telecast. “It is important to recognize positive images and accurate portrayals of our diverse culture, and to acknowledge the artistic achievements of those telling stories that resonate with our community.”
Oscar-Nominated Director Weighs-In On His Heartwarming Documentary By Kam Williams
that lay before it.
Born on Sept. 7, 1979, Thomas McKay Martin Jr. was raised in Seattle and graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in American Cultural Studies. In 2002, T.J. made an auspicious directorial debut with A Day in the Hype of America, which won the Best Documentary award at the Rhode
KW: How did you come to hear about Coach Bill Courtney? TJM: Our producer, Rich Middlemas, graduated from the University of Tennessee. He follows their recruiting every year. In 2009, he came upon a recruit named O.C. Brown. He had never heard of him and decided to do a little research. He Googled his name and the first thing that appeared was an article from the Commercial Appeal, a local Memphis paper, about his living part-time with his grandmother in North Memphis and part-time with his offensive line coach in East Memphis. He had never worked in the documentary world, so he sent the article to Dan and me. We thought that it was an interesting
T.J. Martin: The “Undefeated” Interview Island International Film Festival. He next shot a short entitled Loves Martha before making On the Rocks, a docudrama about drug and alcohol addiction. T.J. collaborated with Dan Lindsay on his latest movie, Undefeated, an inspirational documentary chronicling the selfless efforts made by Memphis’ Manassas High School football coach Bill Courtney on behalf of underprivileged members of his team. The film has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary category. And here, T.J. talks about the possibility of becoming the first African-American director to win an Oscar. KW: What interested you in making “Undefeated?” TJM: I was really drawn to two things. First, my directing partner, Dan Lindsay and I are interested in making documentaries where the action unfolds in front of the camera versus a talking head piece. We saw this as an opportunity to make a coming-of-age film that was much more experiential and less anecdotal. Second, I feel that often times the stories that come out of neighborhoods like North Memphis are sensationalized pieces exploiting the pitfalls of the community. I saw this film as an opportunity to show both the good and the bad, and to really celebrate the community and all of the possibilities
foundation for building and grooming young men. As he states in the film, “Football doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” Secondly, he stayed committed to his student/athletes. One of the biggest issues we found in that community was a lack of consistency in the kids’ lives. Bill not only said that he would turn the program around but he also showed up every day and proved to them and the community that he was committed to the cause. Lastly, I was always impressed at how Bill treated the students with respect and spoke to them like young adults and not like they were little kids. He didn’t assume they would respect him simply because he’s an adult. He put in the time and effort and earned trust and respect from the students as well as the community. KW: Do you think he’s had an effect on his players as a role model that will last long past their playing days? TJM: Absolutely! Good coaches often become surrogate parental figures and can be very influential, especially during the adolescent years. One thing that stood out to us and that is not seen in the film much is how often Bill would hug his players and tell them that he loved them. This would happen every day to just about every single player on the team. There’s no doubt that when Bill takes the time to share that level of intimacy and respect with his players, it has a positive, long-lasting effect.
enough story to see if there was potential for a feature-length documentary. While trying to track down O.C. Brown we met Coach Bill, and from there everything changed! KW: Why do you think he was so successful in turning Manassas High School’s football program around? TJM: I think he was successful for a few reasons. First of all, he understands that the sport of football cannot be the
saxophonist and a graduate of class of 1992. For more information and tickets, call Professor Mabry at 202-806-8067. This is nice! Pre-Valentine’s Day Celebration” featuring “The Spindells”, hosted by the radio Divas, Doresa & Tarsha on Sunday, Feb. 12, 4-9 p.m. at Pikesville Community Hall, 40 Sudbrook Lane in Pikesville, Md. For ticket information, call Carl Beasley of the Poets Athletic Club, 410-916-2605. Or, you can come to show your love as Motown & R&B recording artists with Winfield Parker and WLF Productions honor Baltimore’s own Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor for celebrating 53 years in the music & entertainment industry on Sunday, Feb. 12, 5-9 p.m. at the Forum Caterers, 4510 Primrose Avenue. The live entertainment includes: all national recording artists such as; Little Royal, The Dynamic Superiors, Winfield Parker, Martha High (from the James’ Brown Revue), and
KW: What message do you hope people will take away from the movie? TJM: We set out to make an intimate, coming-of-age film that is, more than anything, a human interest piece. With that said, we never shy away from the race and class dynamics that are very prevalent in the film. I would hope that after being emotionally drawn into the human aspect of the story, the film can inspire a greater dialogue about the serious divide between the haves and have-nots in this country, as well as looking at the ties between race and class and how they affect each other.
many other guests. The master of ceremonies is “Big Jim” from WEAA 88.9 and Ms. Maybelle, the comedian. Open buffet and cash bar. For ticket information, call Shorty Trusty at 410-3700403. Before I leave you, I am proud to say, I am celebrating 15 years with the Afro-American Newspaper on Feb. 14. Thanks to my readers and fans who continue to read and support me. I am so grateful to Jake Oliver, the CEO and publisher, who knew 15 years ago, when he hired me, that I would fit right in with the Afro family to bring you entertainment news from our community. I am looking forward to 15 more years. I am having a BALL! I am out of time and out of space, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.
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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff: Mayweather/Pacquiao: Which Side Deserves the Money Split? By Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green AFRO Sports Desk (February 5, 2012) The fight of the century. Well, maybe not the century but easily of the decade. Floyd Mayweather in one corner; Manny Pacquiao in the other. After a few years of dancing around each other, it finally seems as if fight fans are only a punch or two away from getting what they’ve sorely been missing. The only thing missing from pushing a potential fight into the ring is a few million. Well, maybe not a few million dollars. Try $20 to $30 million. Pacquiao’s demanding an even 50-50 percentage split but Mayweather’s balking at such a price tag with a 70-30 asking price. Is Mayweather a maniac? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debates. Green: Mayweather owns his promotion company so he’s used to getting $30 million a fight. We’re talking about a fight that’s going to collect at least $100 million in revenue. For Pacquiao to request $50 million, a purse he’s never even come close to in his career, is a little bit insane. He’s letting Bob Arum control his fights and by doing that, he’s going to let Arum ruin what could be the biggest payday of his career, regardless of who makes the most. Riley: Asking for 50-50 is absolutely fair. We’re talking about two fighters at the top of their game. Both are household names and both are attention grabbers. Pacquiao might even be the more popular of the two considering his status overseas in the Philippines. So what if he’s never netted a huge purse, he’s never been in a fight of this magnitude either. If you think Manny’s crazy for asking for 50-50 then I have to call you insane for believing that 70-30 is fair because we both know that figure is ludicrous.
Green: How so? I don’t understand how a boxer who lets his promotional manager take the bulk of most of his earnings is even worried about a split. Most of his money is going to go to Arum anyway so why even try to force an even break? What Pacquiao needs to do is dump Arum, find a promoter who won’t stiff him and broker his own deals. He didn’t ask for a 50/50 split with a washed up De La Hoya so why worry about it now? Riley: This fight, if it happens, has the potential to be each fighter’s swan song. We’re talking on the same level as Ali-Frazier, Ali-Foreman or Tyson-Holyfield. Pacquiao would be a fool to let Mayweather run off with some 70-30 advantage. Regardless of what Manny’s collected over his career, he’s definitely worth a 50-50 split. Again, his popularity overseas alone is greater than Mayweather so to be honest, it wouldn’t be out of the realm if he asked for a greater share. Green: He’ll probably need to ask for a bigger share since Arum is going to get most of the money anyway. Does Pacquaio deserve an even split? Perhaps. But the fact that he’s let Arum consistently gobble up his money doesn’t make me feel sorry for him. He needs to talk to his promoter, not Mayweather. Mayweather is, without a doubt, the biggest fighter in the U.S. The fight is not taking place overseas and if it was then Pacquaio would/could have a right to ask for a bigger share. If the fight does happen, it’ll be right here in America where Mayweather reigns supreme. You can compare the number of viewers between Mayweather’s fights and Pacquiao’s and you’ll see which one is the true prize fighter. A 70-30 share is right in line for the type of money that Mayweather rakes in. He’s already made more money than Pacquiao ever will. Manny can reject the proposal if he wants to but he’s only hurting his payday. And Arum’s, too.
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Howard Men Use Defense to Grind Out Win over Morgan State be a deciding factor. "It was truly a team effort in every sense of the word," noted a visibly pleased Nickelberry. "It was not pretty. But this is the way that
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we have to be successful. We have to scrap and dig and grind to give ourselves a chance for success." Morgan State (5-16 overall, 3-7 in the MEAC) was led by DeWayne Jackson, who
tallied all 10 of his points in the first half. The Bison host the Rattlers of Florida A&M, 4 p.m., Feb. 11 while the Bears host the Hawks of Maryland Eastern Shore at 4 p.m. in the Hill Field House.
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Howard converted on eight of nine free throws down the stretch and held Morgan State to one field goal over a 13-minute span to tough out a 54-46 win in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's game on Feb. 6 at the Hill Field House in Baltimore, Md. The young Bison, who started five freshmen for the third straight game, took control early and led through most of the game by combining hustle, aggressive play on defense and some deft free throw shooting to snap their eight-game losing streak to the Bears. "I am very happy for this team that they were able to get this victory for all of their hard work," said Howard second year coach Kevin Nickelberry. "But I also understand that with so many young players and getting new players (transfers Glenn Andrews and Tre Lee) more comfortable, there are going to be some ups and downs. What we are looking for at this point in the season is more consistency. I thought that we gave that kind of consistent effort tonight and it finally paid off." Howard (6-18 overall, 3-8 in the MEAC) did not shoot the ball well (35 percent), but it made up for it with a strong rebounding effort, outdueling the taller Morgan State team, 42-27 with 13 coming off the offensive boards. The Bison also had one of their better defensive efforts of the season, holding the Bears to 30 percent from the field, including 3 of 20 In honor of Black History Month, Macy’s and The Romare Bearden Foundation (15 percent) from the floor celebrate the 100th birthday of the African-American artist, innovator, scholar in the second stanza. Howard has had and visionary Romare Bearden. Join us at Macy’s Metro Center and Macy’s problems at the free throw line of late, but they Bowie Town Center for an exciting and inspiring event as we showcase Romare’s put together their best performance of the season artwork, on loan from The Romare Bearden Foundation, and celebrate his by sinking 14 of 16 in the legacy with children’s arts activities, storybook readings, live music and cooking second half. Freshman Prince demonstrations featuring Romare’s favorite recipes. Plus, with any purchase Okoroh led all scorers with 14 points while Simuel of $50 or more, you will receive a complimentary scarf printed with Romare Frazier, another freshman, contributed nine. Glenn Bearden’s most revered work, The Lamp. Andrews and Alphonso Leary chipped in with eight each off the bench. Visit macys.com/celebrate for details. But there were others who contributed that may not show up in the statistics. Brandon Ford, of the five freshman starters who has come on strong of late, scored seven points. Sophomore Tre Lee came off the bench to grab seven rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Calvin Thompson, who is battling an assortment of injuries, missed his three shots from the field but he came up big by going 4 for 4 from the free throw line in the last minute. Perhaps one of the biggest contributions All events and information subject to change or cancellation without notice of the night came from freshman starting center Oliver Ellison. The 6-8, Enter* for your chance to win a trip for two to Paris, Romare Bearden’s beloved city and inspiration for his work on the project Paris Blues high energy freshman had Revisited. Prize includes Coach Class Air Transportation for two (2) to Paris, France only one field goal but his and hotel accomodations provided by American Airlines, plus a $500 Shopping Spree. two blocked shots in the American Airlines is a proud partner of Macy’s Black History Month Celebration. closing minutes with the *No purchase necessary. For official rules and details visit macys.com/events. game still in tow proved to
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The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) is requesting proposals from interested and qualified individuals, companies or firms to provide professional engineering and utility services to HABC to effectively manage its utility operations and advise HABC during its Energy Management, Procurement, Auditing and Energy Performance Contracting initiatives. The utilities consist of, but are not limited to, electricity, natural gas, district steam, water, sewer and oil. Therefore, HABC is seeking to engage the services of individuals, or firms who are qualTYPESET: Wed Feb 08 11:39:53 EST companies 2012 LEGAL NOTICES ified to assist HABC to cost effectively maintain, operate, develop, and procure all utilities for its residents within federal, state, and local IN THE CIRCUIT laws. COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than Case No.: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, 24D11001361 March 7, 2012. IN THE MATTER OF TYSHERA M’LYA A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will GREEN be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at a minor 11:00 a.m. in the Charles L. Benton Building, FOR CHANGE OF 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, NAME TO Maryland, 21202. TYSHERA M’LYA HOUSE HABC has established a minimum goal of ORDER FOR twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount NOTICE BY of the proposed contract for Minority Business PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all officially change the name of minority and non-minority businesses proposthe petitioner from ing to provide the requested services as the Tyshera M’Lya Green to prime contractor. No goal has been estabTyshera M’Lya House lished for participation of Women-owned It is this 1st day of February, businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC 2012 by the Circuit Court for strongly encourages and affirmatively proBaltimore City, ORDERED, that publication motes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. be given one time in a newspaper of general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 2nd day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 12 day of March, 2012. Frank M. Conaway TYPESET: Wed Feb 08 Clerk 2/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D12000213 IN THE MATTER OF RAQUEL TRADONNA MONYETTA MONTGOMERY FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO RAQUEL KAIRI ROBBINS ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION
The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Raquel Tradonna Monyetta Montgomery to Raquel Kairi Robbins It is this 1st day of February, 2012 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, ORDERED, that publication be given one time in a newspaper of general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 2nd day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 12 day of March, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk TYPESET: Wed Feb 08 2/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D12000132 IN THE MATTER OF DONNA THERESA DYSON FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO LA’DONNA THERESA DYSON ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION
The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Donna Theresa Dyson to La’Donna Theresa Dyson It is this 1st day of February, 2012 by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, ORDERED, that publication be given one time in a newspaper of general circulation in Baltimore City on or before the 2nd day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 12th day of March, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 2/10
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS INSTALLATION OF VINYL REPLACEMENT WINDOWS AT VARIOUS DWELLING UNITS OWNED BY HABC IFB NUMBER: B-1686-12
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for interested vendors to furnish and install vinyl replacement windows at various dwelling units owned by HABC. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 16, 2012. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 16, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at the Charles 11:38:57 EST 2012L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts.
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Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of Estimates of Baltimore, will be received until, but not later than 11:00 a.m. local time on the following date(s) for the stated requirements:
A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.
A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 11:00 am at 200 East North Avenue, Room 301. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, Shabray Stanfield at sstanfield@bcps. k12.md.us
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The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide hauling services and fill material at various sites within Baltimore City.
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HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The IFB may be obtained on or after Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC IFB Number B-1685-12.
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Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12052 Provide Modular Classroom Buildings Installation Services at Various Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-12052. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://ebidmarketplace.com Solicitation BCS-12052 will be available for review commencing Friday, February 10, 2012. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be acceptedafter that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer.
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Sealed bids for the Upgrades at the Broadford Lake and Bradley Run Water Treatment Plants Project will be received by the Town of Oakland at their office located at 15 South Third Street, Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland, until 2:00 P.M., L.P.T., on March 1, 2012, for furnishing labor and materials and performing all Work set forth in the Contract Documents prepared by Thrasher Engineering, Inc. Immediately following the scheduled closing time for the reception of Bids, all proposals which have been submitted in accordance with the conditions of the Contract Documents will be publicly opened and read aloud. The main components of the project consists of the following: 1. Broadford Lake Water Treatment Plant: A. Addition of Baffles to the existing clearwell. B. Proposed Precast concrete baffled clearwell. C. Relocation of backwash outfall pipe. D. Pole Building over clarifiers. E. PH monitoring and chemical feed system. F. Backwash Retention Tanks and Building A. Addition of Baffles to the existing clearwell. B. pH monitoring and chemical feed upgrades. The Work will be substantially completed within 180 calendar days after the date when the Contract Time commences to run, and completed and ready for final payment within 60 days after the date when the Contract Time commences to run. Liquidated damages shall be $1,500.00 per day. Contract Documents may be examined at the following places: Contractor´s Association of WV 2114 Kanawha Blvd E Charleston, WV 25311
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A two envelope system will be used. Envelope No. 1 must have the following information presented on the front: Name and address of Bidder Bid on Upgrades at the Broadford Lake and Bradley Run Water Treatment Plants Received by the Town Oakland. Envelope No. 2 labeled “Bid Proposal” shall also be placed inside of Envelope #1. Envelope No. 1 will be opened first and the Bid Opening Requirement items checked for compliance as outlined on the Bid Opening Checklist on page BOR - 1 of these contract documents. If such documents are found to be in order, Envelope No. 2 “Bid Proposal”, will then be opened and will be publicly read aloud. If the documents required to be contained in Envelope No. 1 are not in order, Envelope No. 2 “Bid Proposal” will not be opened and the Bid will be considered non-responsive and will be returned to the Bidder. A Bidder may not withdraw his bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for the opening of bids. Bids shall be accompanied by a certified check or Bid Bond payable to Town of Oakland, in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the base Bid. Nondiscrimination in Employment - Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President´s Executive Order Number 11246 and the provisions of Executive Order No. 10925 as included therein. The requirements for bidders and contractors under this order are explained in the specifications.
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THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read.
The Bid Due Date is Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, Shabray Stanfield at sstanfield@bcps. TYPESET: k12.md.usWed Feb 08 11:42:30 EST 2012 REQUEST FOR SERVICES PQS-2012-3 Extended Learning Services City Schools invites interested organizations to submit applications to provide summer and after school extended learning programs for Baltimore City Schools. In order to participate, interested parties need to download and complete the PQS documents at http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/ Procurement/PQS.asp A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10:00 am in room 301 at 200 East North Avenue. All applications are due Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am. Any questions should be addressed to the buyer, Shabray Stanfield at email@example.com.
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Under the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), notice is hereby given that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan for 2012 to update of the State´s Consolidated Plan, and is also amending its 2011 Action Plan as a result of increased funding under the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD that sets out overall Statewide goals and priorities for housing, community development, and economic development activities. Special emphasis is given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low-, low, and moderate-income persons. In addition to being a planning document, the Consolidated Plan also serves as the State´s application to HUD for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunity With AIDS (HOPWA) funding. These funds are used primarily in the State´s rural areas, as many communities, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George´s Counties, as well as the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Salisbury receive their own funding directly from HUD. DHCD expects to receive about $4,093,567 in HOME funding, $6,751,086 in CDBG funding, $1,089,570 in ESG funding, and $1,116,445 in HOPWA funding under the 2012 update.
In addition to the above, the Consolidated Plan also makes it possible for DHCD, public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, community action agencies and others to apply for funding under HUD´s competitive grant programs. Local public housing authority Plans must be consistent with the State´s Consolidated Plan, and USDA Farmer´s Home housing programs and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits are also coordinated with the Plan. Lastly, while not directly covered by the Consolidated Plan, HUD funding allocations for the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs may be made in a way that enables jurisdictions to carry out their Consolidated Plan. In developing its five-year Plan, the State determined it would focus its resources on three main priorities: Revitalizing Communities, Expanding the Supply of Decent Affordable Housing, and Providing Homeownership Opportunities. The Annual Plan update (which will be for the second year of the current Five Year Plan) will establish one-year goals for these priorities. It is to this purpose that we are holding public hearings - to gain input regarding how to carry out these goals in the coming year.
All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County.
The first set of hearings on the development of the Annual Plan and the Substantial Amendment to the 2011 Plan for the ESG program will be held at the following dates, times, and places:
ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS.
Keith Dorsey, Director TYPESET: Wed Feb 08 11:41:13 EST 2012 Office of Budget & Finance Baltimore City Public Schools INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-12059 Occupational Therapy Services The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit bids to: Provide Occupational Therapy Services to designated City School students.
A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 11:00 am at 200 East North Avenue, Room 301.
Notice of Annual Plan Update to State 2012 Consolidated Plan and Notice of Substantial Amendment to 2011 Plan for the ESG Program
At this point, nothing has been written for the draft Annual Plan update or the ESG amendment. These hearings are to gather initial input about what should be in the draft Annual Plan and the Amendment. DHCD will then write these documents, which will be released for 30 days of public comment (including written comment) at the beginning of April, 2012. After the public has had several weeks to review them, a second set of hearings will be held beginning around the third week in April. Additional comments, recommendations, and suggestions will be taken during these hearings (and during the full public comment period), with the final version of the Annual Plan submitted to HUD on or around May 15th, 2012, as will the ESG substantial amendment.
In order to participate, interested bidders need to register with eMaryland Marktplace by visitBidders must comply with the requirements for Affirmative Action and ing their website at https://ebidmarketplace. Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) participation as described in the FedFebthe 08Registration 11:38:01 EST 2012 com and Wed clicking button. eral Specifications insert to the Contract Documents. Special provisions TYPESET: must be made by the Bidder to show what portions of the Bid within each Solicitation BCS-12059 will be available for Division are supported by MBE work. In addition, the Project Administrator, Noticecommencing of Annual Plan Update February to State 2012 review Thursday, 2, Consolidated Plan will supply each Bidder, upon request, with information concerning local and 2012. MBE firms. MBE participation is encouraged. Notice of Substantial Amendment to 2011 Plan for the ESG Program A pre-bid conference will be held on The selected low bidder will be required to submit complete DBE informa- Under the guidelines established the U.S. of Housing and Thursday, February 9, 2012 atby11:00 am Department at tion as required in section MDE (1-32), to the Engineer within five (5) Urban Development (HUD), notice 200 East North Avenue, Room 301.is hereby given that the Maryland calendar days after Bid opening. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series hearings to develop its new draft The of Bidpublic Due Date is Thursday, February 16, Annual Plan for 2012 to Bids received after the scheduled closing time for the reception of bids will update State´s Consolidated andbeis also amending its 2011 2012,ofatthe 11:00 a.m. local time. NoPlan, bids will be returned unopened to the bidders. Action Plan as a result of increased funding under the Emergency Solutions accepted after that time. Any questions related Grant Program. to this solicitation should be directed to the The Town of Oakland reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Buyer, Shabray Stanfield at sstanfield@bcps. The Consolidated Plan08 is a11:38:28 five-yearEST planning TYPESET: Wed Feb 2012 document required by HUD k12.md.us A pre-bid conference will be held at the Town of Oakland located at 15 South that sets out overall Statewide goals and priorities for housing, community Third Street, Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland, on Wednesday, February development, and economic development activities. Special emphasis is 8, 2012 at 10:00 A.M., L. P. T. given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low-, low, and TAXPAYERS moderate-income persons. InNIGHT addition to being a planning document, the PEGGY JAMISON, MAYOR Consolidated Plan also serves as the State´s application to HUD for A HEARING ON THE Block FISCAL 2013 PRO- HOME Investment PartTOWN OF OAKLAND Community Development Grant (CDBG), POSED BALTIMORE CITY OPERATING Thrasher Engineering, Inc. nerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing OpAND CAPITAL BEThese HELDfunds are used primarily in 3000 Thayer Center portunity With AIDSBUDGETS (HOPWA) WILL funding. TYPESET:MD Wed Feb 08 11:41:39 EST 2012 APRIL as 11,many 2012 AT 6:00PM in including Anne Arundel, Oakland, 21550 theWEDNESDAY, State´s rural areas, communities, the War Harford, Memorial Building located at Gay 2/3, 2/10 Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and&Prince George´s Counties, Streets. 5:30pm, citizens may asFayette well as the Cities At of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Fredbegin signing the registration to ad- receive their own funding erick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown andlist Salisbury Baltimore City Public Schools dressfrom theirHUD. viewsDHCD on theexpects budgetto toreceive the Memdirectly about $4,093,567 in HOME INVITATION FOR BIDS: bers of the Board of Estimates. City funding, $6,751,086 in CDBG funding, $1,089,570 in ESG funding, and BCS-12060 employees will be available from 5:30pm $1,116,445 in HOPWA funding under the 2012toupdate. Physical Therapy Services assist any citizen into the building. For the ESG substantial amendment, DHCD will receive an additional The Baltimore City Board of School Commis$342,288. These funds may only be used for homeless prevention, rapid sioners invites interested companies to submit rehousing, or Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) combids to: Provide Physical Therapy Services puter system efforts. to designated City School students.
For the ESG substantial amendment, DHCD will receive an additional $342,288. These funds may only be used for homeless prevention, rapid rehousing, or Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) computer system efforts.
A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. local time in Room 215 of the County Office Building. Located at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204.
Complete sets of Drawings and Specifications may be obtained from the office of Thrasher Engineering, Inc., 3000 Thayer Center, Oakland, Maryland 21550 for the following cost of $150.00 per set. Amounts paid are not subject to refund.
Solicitation BCS-12060 will be available for review commencing Thursday, February 2, 2012.
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Division are supported by MBE work. In addition, the Project Administrator, will supply each Bidder, upon request, with information concerning local BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND MBE firms. MBE participation is encouraged. INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11010 RX1, WX2 The selected lowFORGE bidder will be required submit complete NEW ROAD, SEWERtoEXTENSION ANDDBE 8” information as required in section to the Engineer within five (5) WATERMDE MAIN(1-32), REPLACEMENT calendar days after Bid opening. LIPSCOMB WAY TO ALLENDAR ROAD PERRY HALL - DISTRICT 11 c 5 Bids received after the scheduled time for thetoreception of bids will CONTRACT COST GROUPclosing “D ($1,000,000 $2,500,000)” be returned unopened to the bidders. WORK CLASSIFICATION: A-2, B and E with Pre-Qualified F-1, F-2 and F-3 Sub-Contractors The Town of Oakland reserves the right to reject any and all bids. BID DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME A pre-bid conference will be held at the Town of Oakland located at 15 South ThirdorStreet, Garrett County, Maryland, on Wednesday, On after Oakland, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 the above February contract 8, 2012 at 10:00 L. P. T. documents mayA.M., be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, PEGGY MAYOR Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W.JAMISON, Chesapeake AveOF OAKLAND nue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of paymentTOWN of $25.00 (TWENTYThrasher Engineering, FIVE DOLLARS) per Inc. contract. All checks should be made payable to 3000 Thayer Center BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct Oakland, MD 21550 any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from an2/10 other source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed 2/3, to submit proposals to Baltimore County. The proposed work consists of:
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In addition to the above, the Consolidated Plan also makes it possible for 2x4.5 DHCD, public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organiza-
tions, community action agencies and others to apply for funding under HUD´s competitive grant programs. Local public housing authority Plans must be consistent with the State´s Consolidated Plan, and USDA Farmer´s Home housing programs and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits are also coordinated with the Plan. Lastly, while not directly covered by the Consolidated Plan, HUD funding allocations for the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs may be made in a way that enables jurisdictions to carry out their Consolidated Plan. In developing its five-year Plan, the State determined it would focus its Administrative Officer II (Part Time Customer Care Agent) resources on three main priorities: Revitalizing Communities, Expanding the Supply of DecentCareer Affordable Housing,(Class and Providing Service-TE 3235) Homeownership Opportunities. The Annual Plan update (which will be for the second year of recruitment is Plan) open will to all qualifiedone-year candidates theThis current Five Year establish goals for these priorities. It is to this purpose that we are holding public hearings - to gain input regarding how to carry out these goals in the coming year.
Date Issued: February 8, 2012 Closing Open At this point,Date: nothing hasuntil beenfilled written for the draft Annual Plan update or the ESG amendment. Salary: $17.35 - These $19.32 hearings (SG-14) are to gather initial input about what should be in the draft Annual Plan and the Amendment. DHCD will then Position Location: Baltimore, write these documents, which will Maryland be released for 30 days of public comment (includingPosition written comment) at the beginning of April, 2012. After the Part-Time (20 hours per week, no benefits) public has had several weeks to review them, a second set of hearings will be held beginning around the third week in April. Additional comments, Customer Care Agents will receive to customer recommendations, and suggestions willand berespond taken during theseservice hearings (and duringfor theinvestigations full public comment with service the final version of the requests of routineperiod), to complex issues. FuncAnnual Plan submitted to HUD on or around May 15th, 2012, as will the tions will include providing information, researching issues, working ESG substantial amendment.
with appropriate internal departments, site visits, and the ability to man-
The first set feeds of hearings the development the Annual Plan and the age social such ason twitter and live chat of requests. Substantial Amendment to the 2011 Plan for the ESG program will be held at the following dates, times, and places:
Minimum Qualifications: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Two (2) years experience in administraTuesday, September 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. tive or County professional Allegany Officework. Complex 701 Kelly Road Meeting Room 100 License: Applicants Cumberland, Maryland will be required to possess a valid/current Driver’s
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Maryland Department of Housing Apply: GoDevelopment to https://jobs.mdot.state.md.us to read the job announceandToCommunity First Floor Conference Room ment in its entirety. The MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Fairview Branch Library Small Meeting Room Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road Owings, Maryland 20736
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Allegany County Office Complex 701 Kelly Road Meeting Room 100 Cumberland, Maryland Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development First Floor Conference Room 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Fairview Branch Library Small Meeting Room Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road Owings, Maryland 20736 Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Caroline County Central Library Small Meeting Room 100 Market Street Denton, Maryland All of the hearing rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the hearing they plan to attend. Mr. John M. Greiner Housing Policy Officer Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2023 (410)514-7191 or Maryland Relay for the Deaf at 1-(800)-735-2258. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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