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within because you always have that cloud hanging over you,” Coleman told the audience during a question-and-answer session after the screening at Set the Captives Free Church in Baltimore. “How are you always sad when you’re with the person you’re supposed to love?” Counselors and ministers were on hand to help the dozens of teens who realized they needed to get out of their own physically or verbally abusive relationships.
By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer
By Kam Williams The Artist, a black and white silent film evocative of a bygone era, won the hearts of Academy Award voters, netting Oscars in the Best Picture, Director, Actor, Costume Design and Score categories. Hugo won five times, too, but only for technical achievements. After The Artist’s Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney for Best Actor, the foul-mouthed Frenchman not only broke his silence, but tricked the censors by saying the F-word in his Courtesy Photo native language during Octavia Spencer won an Academy his exuberant acceptance Award for Best Supporting Actress speech. Maybe there’s a for her role as Minnie in The Help. reason why silent film is his medium. presenter Jennifer Lopez, whose Dujardin wasn’t the only daring dress failed to cover all winner to resort to expletives, so of one of her areolas. Could this did T.J. Wilson (Undefeated), the have been a deliberate wardrobe first African-American director Continued on A3 to earn an Oscar for a fulllength documentary. It’s difficult to discern exactly what T.J. said, since he was bleeped a couple times for his indiscretion. Also crossing a line was By Alexis Taylor
Payin’ the Price, a new film on teen domestic violence, was directed by 16-year-old New Jersey native Jordan Coleman, and has already gained widespread recognition and awards. The Martha’s Vineyard AfricanAmerican Film Festival presented Coleman with the HBO Best Feature Film award last year, and MTV gave the teenager $10,000 towards the completion of the project. “As I did more and more research I found out this was a serious topic,” said Coleman, who at times met resistance from those around him while working on the film. “Some of my own family and friends were against me making the movie, but that gave me the push to continue.” Payin’ the Price is set around Jazz Johnson IV, a popular all-star athlete from a wealthy family, and Sabrina DeGraffe, a girl from a single-parent home looking to escape her house of sisters and ordinary lifestyle. The film takes an in-depth look at the effects of teen domestic violence, how it starts, and how hard it can be for teens to walk away from someone they love even while being physically tormented. “Relationships like that are unsafe and unhealthy. They ruin your character from
“How are you always sad when you’re with the person you’re supposed to love?”
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“Parents you need to mind their business. Your kids are your business,” youth leader Marlon Cooper told audience members. “When they start drawing away from you, you have to read those signs because they are making decisions off emotion. If they can’t confide in you that removes their protection.” With February designated as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, organizations took advantage of the opportunity to bring their youth to a fun and informative event. Continued on A3
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AFRO Staff Writer “Before the recession, hit the pantry was, for the most part, elderly with fixed income or families that needed a little extra to make it to the end of the month,” said an organizer of the Ark Church food pantry, Kellie James. “After the recession we’ve had just about everyone represented. It can be a household with two people who work every day and turn out to be ineligible for food stamps,” said James, who has worked with the North Avenue pantry for seven years. Ark Church is just one of many food shelters and pantries across the city intent on keeping Baltimore fed at
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focused on compiling data, 19.4 percent of Americans in the last quarter of 2011 reported suffering through a food hardship within the past year. Meaning, they found Continued on A3
Muse Campaign Disappointed by IMA Endorsement of Cardin By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer State Sen. C. Anthony Muse’s bid to unseat Ben Cardin for his U.S. Senate seat has been eventful so far and continues to be so after the Baltimorebased Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance’s (IMA) endorsed Cardin. In Facebook posts and tweets that have since been taken down, Muse’s team linked to a blog post – also sent to the AFRO by
Muse supporters without solicitation – criticizing Black faith-based leaders for backing Cardin. The post was written by Jamye Wooten who runs the Kinetics Faith & Justice Network. Wooten called this an “historic” opportunity in January, but his words in his post were much sharper. “Now I am not suggesting that you should endorse a candidate simply because they are African-American,” Wooten said. “Baltimore is filled with black politicians
that I would never support. But when someone emerges as capable and competent and most of all an advocate for the people it is shameful to have a few black clergy to allow themselves to be divided and conquered.” Wooten said this practice doesn’t happen often within other faiths or cultural groups. “Let’s be clear. You will not see any group of Jewish Rabbis holding a press conference or inviting Continued on A3
I was struck this week by a very brief but, very telling moment during President Obama’s press briefing after a meeting with the nation’s governors on Monday. It was a moment – with a local angle – that may have served as foreshadowing for the presidential campaign of 2016. The president was shouting out Governor Martin O’Malley for the innovations in education he has championed in Maryland when he barked, “Where’s Jack O’Malley…Jack O’Malley where is he?” The governor, who was sitting nearby, paused for a second and then offered a semi-audible quip that had to do with his 9-year old son, who is named Jack. That’s when the president corrected his gaffe, “I mean Martin…,” the president said. Earlier that day I heard a couple of national political commentators toss around names of politicians – they believed – likely to toss their hats in the ring for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. They somewhat sardonically mentioned O’Malley as someone who didn’t shy away from the national spotlight and who was most assuredly a contender for 2016. They say, “All press is good press,” right…especially in politics. Awkward moments aside, the truth is Governor O’Malley’s national profile has been rising slowly and steadily for years. O’Malley, still basking in the glow of his high-profile victory to make Maryland the eighth state to legalize same sex marriage, is very much a player on the national political scene. I had lunch a few months ago with a close friend at a swanky Washington, D.C. restaurant who happens to work for a progressive Democratic think tank and she spoke glowingly about O’Malley as a national figure in the Democratic Party. She talked about the innovations in science here in Maryland among other things and argued he was highly regarded in the country’s highest progressive political circles. But, to those who have covered Maryland politics – and specifically Baltimore City politics for any length of time – O’Malley’s burgeoning national profile should be no surprise.
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The President and First Lady announced that this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on April 9. The event will feature live Courtesy Photo/commons.wikimedia.org music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and of course, Easter egg rolling. Tied in to the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity, all of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives. The White House will open its South Lawn to children aged 13 years and younger and their families. White House Easter Egg Roll tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1878. The lottery will open for entries on March 1st at 10 a.m. and close on March 5 at 10 a.m. Full ticketing details will be available on March 1st at www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll
Aretha Franklin Apologizes for Missing Whitney Houston’s Funeral Following Aretha Franklin’s highly publicized absence from Whitney Houston’s star-studded funeral, the “Queen of Soul” sent flowers of apology to Houston’s mother for missing the event. According to The New York Daily News, the flowers were delivered to Cissy Houston three days after the Feb. 18 ceremony in Newark, N.J. The large floral arrangement included tulips, white roses and other flowers, and was sent with a card that read, “Love, Aretha.” Franklin, a longtime friend of the Houston family, was slated to sing at the service, but canceled at the last minute, citing leg spasms as the reason for her absence. A source close to the Houston family told the Daily News that Franklin was “devastated” that she missed the event. “She’s just stunned and heartbroken,” the source said, also noting that the singer watched the funeral live and texted about it the whole time. “She sent Cissy flowers to her house, telling her how terrible she felt, how she really wanted to be there.” Franklin confused the masses after missing the funeral and then giving a show at Radio City Music Hall the same night. She also held a post-concert reception at the Ritz Carlton. But the source explained that it was apparent that the singer was not well. “Her leg was visibly giving her problems,” the source told the Daily News. Many reports speculated that Houston’s family disinvited Franklin from the funeral for her comments during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, according to the Associated Press. During the sit-down, Al Roker asked Franklin about Houston’s rise to fame.
Franklin responded, “I think parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home...[that they] leave home prepared, really. She left home with all the right things.” The singer later released a statement saying her comments were taken out of context and a portion of her response was not aired. “Knowing Cissy as well as I do, I know Whitney left home right and properly,” the statement read, according to the AP. “I was generalizing and it was a well-intended statement for any young adult coming into the music industry. I was not speaking of anyone specifically.” She also denied claims that she was disinvited from the funeral. “Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years. I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me,” Franklin said in the statement. “Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I—particularly at this time.”
Former Indiana Congresswoman Katie Hall Dies at 73 – Key MLK Day Creator
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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license
from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Jennifer Hudson and other Tribune, the boy had been shot relatives positively Continued from A1identified multiple times in the back seat malfunction by J. Lo to have the fashion talk of Tinseltown revolveofaround her revealing the vehicle. The SUV,evening regisgown? tered to Hudson’s murdered But I digress. As this critic correctly predicted, Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) upsetwith favorite brother, was towed the boy’s body inside Viola and isseemed being Viola Davis (The Help) for Best Actress. Anybody else notice that naturally-coiffed by evidence to stand up as if to accept when Streep’s name was announced, as ifprocessed she’d assumed she’dtechniwin? cians and workers. The body Why did I forecast a Streep victory? My thinking was that the 94 percent White Academy was later removed and taken to would cast sentimental votes for her over a relative newcomer, especially since the perennialthe Cook nominee hadn’t won in 29 years. Plus, the members could easily avoid beingCounty labeledMedical racist Examiner’s office. by simultaneously supporting Davis’ African-American cast mate Octavia Spencer for Best Hudson and other family Supporting Actress. members the Medical Replacement master of ceremonies Billy Crystal (for Eddie Murphy) did arrived anotheratexcellent Examiner’s office mid-afterjob, easily making everyone forget last year’s awkward attempts at comedy on the part of conoon to identify the body. hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. This go-round, the nine-time emcee revived such Given the choice between looktrademarks of his tenure as an opening song-and-dance as well as an the or Best inginspired directlyspoof at the of body Picture nominees via a movie montage. viewing it on a wall-mounted Courtesy Photos
Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. the body of her 7-year-old nephew Monday, just hours after his body was found in a
plate X584859 was found on Chicago’s West Side after police received a 7 a.m. call
video screen, the family chose the latter. According to the Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, that’s him.”
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’ No wonder Obama’s campaign is and Dallas Cowboys players trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to Never Organized with ACORN.” election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed Organization for Reform Now – sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. Courtesy Photo organization, the head of the faced and so farDaniel shows they faked won for Reporter: There are at least group says. directed by T.J. Martin Undefeated, Lindsay, best documentary forms to get paid for work theyreceived 11 investigations across the the “This during is testimony the work feature theto 84th Academy Awards. Sean Combs an Oscar for being didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve film’s executive producer. boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote Continued from A1 new votregistered 1.3 million efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. when O’Malley was mayor the only bane of Angelos’ It concluded, “Neither Pressuringexistence. banks to issue risky thatI remember someone’s running scared ofbecause Baltimore, the ongoing joke among some For me and my colleagues whovoter havefraud. ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide of ACORN’s success.” politicians and political reporters was he was followed Governor O’Malley since the days been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for simply biding time before his with, casting he represented old ambition. Third District of for charged fraudulent the Blind Too risky president on thehis Republican tick-he took votes.” in et, lashedplace out atinACORN in the mansion rightful the governor’s Baltimore City itAmerica. seems like there was always The problem came pri- about O’Malley’s national final debate against Barack Annapolis. talk about swirling the way aspirations,Since comments, Obama, thepeople group “is But, Icontending think those were marily because of political evenMcCain’s way back then. ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather shortsighted. Now,than O’Malley who is chairman of the rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ingI one of the greatest frauds in remember hearing a veteran politico Democratic Governor’s Association, has ple, was many of thembecome poor or unemmail. voter history in this country, trotting out the theory that O’Malley a fixture racist on the national political talk ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of determined to become the next Irish Catholic show circuit as we move through the volatile The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” president of the United States, after John GOP primary process and President Obama organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing Kennedy of course. It seemed likethe a lofty and make his registration. muscles up to defend officesthe andtitle stole computers. Web site, found those claims to proposition for a man mired in Baltimore’s bid for four more years. Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no evigrimy wars at the time. All Youdeliberbetter “believe” zerothese tolerance policy for appearedMartin on TV, O’Malley an e-mail was dence political of any such democracyyears later it doesn’t seem like such a reach is determined to say all the rightoffice things and she ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local saying destroying fraud.” anymore. But, hindsight is always 20-20. make all the right moves to be in position to Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain I remember Oriolesmotivatowner andpoint O’Malley take is the president’s spot inin2016. out that ACORN A worker Providence, R.I., charges were politically required in all call saynemesis Peter Angelos – no stranger to by law to turn But, ofregcoursereceived there’s aa threatening woman who ed. istration forms. And they also “We know youStates get off work She said, “Because it’s low- Governor Maryland politics – claiming happens to fail be theing, current United to but, note athat it was Secretary the organiza9” and initials uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, O’Malley would never be anything of Stateatwhose are, Hillary in many instances, thatwho firstmight have A caller to one office and people of color,Well, I believe the iftion, small time mayor. it seems Governor Clinton some input in left the a the phonyDemocratic registrations nominating messageprocess on the answering McCain campaign those havebrought O’Malley and his thinks supporters their way, four years the attention of from authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote the ongoing misery of the Oriolestowon’t be now. The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are Continued A1 for social his political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to organizationfrom has fought McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for lowAfrican-American candidates economic empowerment. candidacy that, at times, and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income to the synagogue for their “Senator Ben Cardin has has contrary to get theassassiAnnouncer: Who is Barack eys, run they’re going to Americans. With 400,000 memendorsement when a Jewish proven himself to be a leader Democratic establishment in ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” candidate is their opponent,” who is capable of making the state. baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chaphe black the rightVast decisions hatAfter willcol- liberal Muse accused entire speed.” ambition. idiots. Dumbthe (expletive terscontinued. in 110 cities“Only nationwide, preachers allow themselves to positively impact the future Maryland Democratic Party deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. be divided and conquered.” of our nation,” the Rev. Alvin of endorsing Cardin after Became a community organizer. guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advoThere, Obama met Madeleine come Steny to our country, consume Cardin has shown a Gwynn Sr., president of the Rep. Hoyer, D.-Dist. cating for affordable housing, Talbot, partgroup of theand Chicago every resourceO’Malley there is, living wages,throughout healthcare for willingness histhe ministers pastor 5, andnatural Gov. Martin branch of ACORN. He was so and makesupported a lot of babies. That’s underserved— andreach whileout organ- of Baltimore’s Friendship time in office to publicly Cardin at impressive that hesaid was in asked to all you do. And then suck izing registration drives. to thevoter Black clergy locally. Baptist Church, the 14thguys Annual Democratic the ACORN staff. by up the welfareLuncheon and expectlast everyBut none beenwith as withering Last year,has along the atrain statement reported Legislative did ACORN in Chicago month. one else to pay for your hospital and baseless this one. White Houseasoffice of Faiththe What Baltimore Sun. “He engage in? Bullyingand banks. bills“We for your I jus’ sayvoter let With theNeighborhood presidential election fully based and understands he is havekids. gone from Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks away, Partnerships, held a forum at compassionate towards the suppression to endorsement of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the the First Baptist Church of needs of the people whom he intimidation,” Muse Forget about paying forsaid. hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. Glenarden to discuss ways has been called to serve.” “Those in control assume bills for them. 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posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace Continued from A1 blog, she thanked fans and supthemselves at some point porters for their prayers and without enough money to buy offered a $100,000 reward to food for themselves and or a anyone who returned the boy alive. family at least once. Since the investigation, “I didn’t have a job. 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Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Appoints Interim CEO Alumnus of WEB program steps into leadership position while national search begins The Board of Directors of Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB) is proud to announce the appointment of Y. Maria Welch Martinez as the interim CEO of the organization. Martinez is the founder and CEO of Respira Medical, one of the region’s preeminent respiratory, sleep and home healthcare companies and is an alumnus of the WEB program. She has served as a member of the WEB board of directors since 2002. “Maria brings the depth of professional expertise and the added value of her personal experience with WEB to this position at a critical moment of transition, said Mary Wamsley, president of the WEB board. “Maria’s passion and energy for WEB is well known throughout the community and is the steady hand we need to continue helping women, and men, achieve their dreams of business ownership,” she added. “Ten years ago I graduated from the WEB program and launched my company. WEB gave me the invaluable tools and built the confidence I needed to start my business through its exceptional program,” said Martinez. “Entrepreneurship is in the spirit of women and men, who want to create self sustainability, build wealth, determine their own destiny and have the ability to create a positive impact on their community. That is why I am honored and excited to take on this opportunity.” Martinez also serves as the chair of the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, chair of the board for Centro de la Comunidad, is the immediate past president of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves on numerous boards including the Baltimore Community Foundation, the SEED School and The Living Classrooms Foundation.
Early Voting in Baltimore County Register by March 13 to Vote in the April 3 Primary The Baltimore County Board of Elections announced that voters once again have the option to cast a vote at the polls before Election Day. While the Primary Election will be held on April 3rd, Early Voting will run from March 24 through March 29. Hours are 10 a.m. -8 p.m. except Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. A Baltimore County resident may vote at any of the following five locations: • Towson University, Administrative Building, 7720 York Road, Towson, Md. 21252; *Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville, Md. 21228; • Honeygo Run Community Center, 9033 Honeygo Run Blvd, Perry Hall, Md. 21128; • North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd. Baltimore, Md. 21222; or, the • Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Md. 21133.
All locations have adequate, free and convenient parking and are handicapped accessible. The Towson location is in the new Administrative Building on the corner of York and Cross Country Boulevard. The Bloomsbury Center in Catonsville has moved the Early Voting room to the gym. Parking and a ramp leading directly into the gym is located on the north side of the building improving access for the elderly and handicapped. For more information visit: www.baltimorecountymd. gov/agencies/elections. Or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410 887-5700. Courtesy Photo
Maryland Submits Application for No Child Left Behind Waiver By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer Maryland joined the second round of applicants for a No Child Left Behind Act waiver, Feb. 28, adding to the list of states seeking to opt out of strictly following the law. The decision to apply for a waiver comes after state officials held over 40 meetings to discuss every detail of what Maryland children need to succeed in the classroom. Prior to drafting a final application for the waiver, the Maryland State Board of Education sought feedback from superintendents, principles, teachers, parents, students, special education advocates, and colleges and universities. “We want to make sure the state has the flexibility they need,” said Sen. Ben Cardin. “We don’t want to have teaching to the test; we want to have children really learning and accountability in the classroom.”
No Child Left Behind Act waivers give states an opportunity to modify or create guidelines that more accurately judge performance and progress in American schools. States who decide to use a waiver are free from the stricter demands of the law, but in its place agree to improve teacher quality and productiveness, strengthen accountability and set higher, yet attainable, goals for students. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), or the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) as it later became known, was signed into law in 2002 by President Bush. Eleven states have already been granted approved waivers, which were first announced as an option by President Obama last September. Under the standing NCLB law, all American students are expected to be reading and computing math on a grade efficient level by 2014.
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The law also rates schools on all-inclusive test scores and performance reports that don’t differentiate between race, ability, or any other factors that might distinguish certain children. Schools that fail to meet standards for two years in a row risk a “needs improvement,” label which in turn puts funds to actually make improvements in jeopardy. Schools across the nation allegedly became entangled in cheating scandals to prevent being declared unsatisfactory, and even more teachers resorted to “teaching the test,” or placing the main focus in the classroom on training students to learn standardized test materials, which leaves out important aspects of a well rounded education. “The concept itself was good but in reality it couldn’t work. We need to start focusing on individual schools and individual students,” said President of the Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association, Jimmy Gittings. With more flexibility, each state now has the opportunity to tailor a plan specific to their schools. In Maryland, schools will no longer have to gauge their success from one type of standardized test that all students must take. With a waiver, Maryland schools can include reports on
subgroups within their student population, such as minorities and students with special needs. Maryland’s waiver will
also give teachers until 2017 to decrease the number of non-proficient students, as opposed to putting funds at risk by failing to meet the
Ninety Years Young! When Helen E. Weddington turned 90 years old, it was a grand celebration hosted by her daughter, Barbara Cooper, her son, Elwood Weddington and her granddaughter, Sheranda. Family members and friends from church came with their best wishes to the Feb. 18 luncheon at The Greens at Liberty Road. A citation from Rep. Elijah Cummings’ office acknowledged Weddington’s faithful service to her church, Calvary Baptist, and her activism in the community and with longstanding membership in the NAACP. Great granddaughters Shebria and Brianna Dildy and Dasia Toliver Kabla offered poetry and roses. The birthday message was offered by Min. Lorraine Heigh. Courtesy photos
2014 deadline. Maryland has now set a goal of cutting in half the number of students not meeting standards over the next six years.
March 3, 2012 - March 9, 2012, The Afro-American the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that deaths from colon cancer have decreased by almost 50 percent from 1960 to 2008, from 30.3 percent to 16.4 percent. But many people choose to skip the test because of the fear attached to getting a colonoscopy. During the examination, a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera is guided through the large intestine. Precancerous growths, known as polyps, can be cut off and checked for cancer. Sanderson said the test is very short and can be done in 20 to 30 minutes. The patient then has a recovery period of about half an hour. “The biggest thing that keeps them from getting the exam done is that people are afraid of the exam itself,” Sanderson said. “They’re afraid they will have pain, but that isn’t the case for most people. Most patients are put to sleep.” A second study done in Europe and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that colonoscopies do a better job finding polyps than the stool test, another common screening exam that looks for blood in the stool. Sanderson says that although colonoscopies cost more than getting a stool test, they have more benefits. “The stool test helps find cancer that’s already there,” Sanderson said. “We want to promote tests that prevent the cancer. So the colonoscopy can catch
Study Shows Colonoscopies Can Cut Colon Cancer Deaths By Cheylin Parker Howard University College of Medicine Washington — For the first time, a new study shows that getting a colonoscopy cuts the risk of dying from colon cancer in half. Removing polyps found during the test can drastically decrease the risk of death, according to a study by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. “The study basically shows that if you get a colonoscopy, your risk of dying from colon cancer is cut by 53 percent,” said Dr. Andrew Sanderson, an assistant professor of medicine and attending physician in the Division of Gastroenterology at Howard University’s College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital. Doctors have always assumed that getting a colonoscopy had major benefits, but before this study, no research proving the removal of polyps would improve survival existed. Statistics from
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the cancer before it’s there.” Almost all insurance payers will cover colon cancer screenings, including Medicaid and Medicare, Sanderson said. The D.C. Cancer Consortium spent more than a $1 million providing colon cancer screening for District of Columbia residents who are uninsured through a program called D.C. Screen for Life. The screenings of more than 500 patients found that nearly one in three patients had polyps that could have developed into cancer. The screenings saved the hundreds of lives and hundreds of thousands of dollars for local hospitals and the city, said YaVonne Vaughan, executive director of the D.C. Cancer Consortium. “The study shows the investment we are making with D.C. Screen for Life is saving lives in the District and that it should be an ongoing investment to close the critical gaps in access to care in our community,” Vaughan said. Doctors recommend that everybody should have a colonoscopy every five to 10 years after the age of 50. And nowhere is that more true than D.C., Sanderson said. According to CDC data, Washington has the highest death rate of colon cancer in the country. “It’s very important that patients in this area have screenings,” he said. Howard University will hold a free colon cancer seminar, 6 to 8 p.m., March 7, in Freedmen’s Hall at the hospital. Physicians will answer questions about colonoscopies and other colon cancer screening. Some Washington residents may be eligible for free colon cancer screening. To register or for more information, call 202.865.7741.
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Book on Black Memorabilia Documents Movement By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO Among the estimated 50,000 collectors of Black memorabilia, the phenomena of gathering and sharing these items has been described as a “movement” by such historians as Malinda F. Saunders and Jeannette Carson. The duo wrote a book about the depictions of Black people in America and how those images became collectors’ items. Unlike other immigrants who fled to America willingly, the images of generations of enslaved Blacks brought here from the African continent were always depicted by our captors and viewed as negative by those in captivity. The book describes how organizers of the movement are aware that Black memorabilia provides a chronological documentation of our saga and represents a significant part of American history. Among the oldest collectibles of Black memorabilia are slave documents and items related to the slave trade dating back to the 18th century. “No other ethnic group has been or can be depicted in
imagery which encompass such a broad range, thus, making Black Memorabilia one of the most diverse types of collecting in existence,” wrote Carson, in The History of the Black Memorabilia Movement. After centuries of enslavement, the first Black Memorabilia Collectible Show and Sale ever held in this country was in 1984 at the Armory Place in Silver Spring, Md. Molefi Kete Asante, president of Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies, has written 70 books and over 400 articles on AfricanAmerican history. He said artifacts from our history are of two types: those we have created and those that have been created about us. “Those we have created tend to be positive, but some of those created by whites in the United States, in fact, most of the memorabilia created about our people might be called negative, anti-black, and racist,” said Asante. For Carson, the book offers the novice, curious and the collector a better view of who, what, when, where, why and how behind the Black Collectible Movement.
Collector A. Peter Bailey said he had no idea he was a collector of Black Memorabilia. “The book captures all of the excitement and energy felt For Carson, the book offers the novice, curious and the collector a better view of who, what, when, where, why and how behind the Black Collectible Movement. Collector A. Peter Bailey said he had no idea he was a collector of Black Memorabilia. “The book captures all of the excitement and energy felt by
Revived Voter ID Laws Prompt NAN to Re-enact Voting Rights March of 1965 The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network (NAN), has announced that from March 4-9, NAN and partnering national organizations, congressional leaders and activists will lead a march from Selma to Montgomery to lead the fight to protect civil and voter rights. The 5-day march will commemorate the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march and will begin, March 4, at the Edmund Pettus Bridge and end, March 9, with a rally at the Alabama State Capitol.
The march is in support of voting rights and to highlight the continuing efforts against voter suppression. This includes the efforts to defeat voter identification laws and reverse anti-immigration laws in the state of Alabama. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who helped lead the march in 1965 with Dr. Martin Luther King, will help NAN lead the march in 2012, and over a dozen Black and Hispanic members of Congress have announced their support of the march. Highlights of the march will include daily rallies and teach-ins in cities along Route 80 in Alabama including Selma, Hayneville, Lowndesboro and Montgomery, and on the last day of the march on March 9th there will be a rally on the Capitol steps in Montgomery. Partnering with the National Action Network are AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) the National Organization for Women (NOW), National Urban League (NUL), The
Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), NAACP, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and Communications Workers of America (CWA). NAN is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation, with chapters around the country. NAN works extensively to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes a standard of decency for all people regardless of race or sex, social justice for all communities, and improvement of race relations. Through the years NAN has served as a megaphone for the voiceless and an advocate for those in need. This past year we have focused heavily on the issues of education and nonviolence, particularly in the youth community. For more detailed information please visit www.nationalactionnetwork.
those of us committed to that movement. All I knew about was my inability to discard Black magazines. I have become aware of the importance of Carson’s helping to bring some structure to people such as myself,” said Bailey. The book celebrates the individuals who initiated the movement and the events that catapulted it into the mainstream. Another collector, Carolyn Bartlett of Fort Washington, Md., said as a child she often wondered why Hollywood only wanted to show Blacks in a negative light. “After reading this book I grasped a whole new point of view on Black history,” said Bartlett. “The best collection one could have now is the one on our President Barack Obama.” Who would ever think that some of the most degrading images of Black people would be considered collectibles as well as learning tools for future generations? The book gives the reader insights on what hidden treasures to look for in Black memorabilia. Artifacts such as coon, jezebel, sapphire and picaninny caricatures can yield a
pretty hefty bounty and serve as a reminder of where Black people will never be taken again. “Collecting Black memorabilia is a way of learning about AfricanAmerican history and serves as a constant reminder to the collectors of our experiences in this country,” said Lindsey Johnson of Gaithersburg, Md. The chronicles outlined in the book tell about the acceptance and rejection of Black memorabilia by those who have suffered the most from slavery. It encourages others to continue the collection adding items today that will have significant importance in the future as we evolve into a people who have survived a multitude of obstacles. “The History of the Black Memorabilia Movement provided facts about people, places, events, and gave historical accounts of the experience Jeanette Carson and her colleagues had in producing the shows and other Black Memorabilia organizations,” said Velma Banks of New York. “Many people can be remembered for their collections and their desire to preserve the legacy of the AfricanAmerican community.”
Voice Matters: Public Relations With a Conscience By AFRO Staff Armed with little more than a strong work ethic and a clunky Kaypro computer, Gwen McKinney seemed an unlikely candidate in 1990 to mix it up with the powerful lobbying and public relations firms on Washington’s legendary K Street – the nexus of money and influence. McKinney & Associates’ 20-year journey from a church basement to the first African American and woman-owned in the nation’s power corridor, which expressly promotes social advocacy, is chronicled in Voice Matters: An Anthology of Public Relations with a Conscience, a collection of essays that kicks off a sustained multimedia campaign celebrating social justice communications. “We needed more than a party,” founder Gwen McKinney said of plans two years ago to celebrate the firm’s 20th anniversary. “It seemed important to create a permanent record of our projects and partnerships. It’s literally writing the book on what we do. Part essay. Part memoir. Part how to. Part why do. But the story needed to be told in the myriad voices that give us our reason for being by people who are crusaders for social justice.” The Voice Matters collection, which
recounts social justice campaigns conceived and supported by McKinney, includes a foreword by former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert whose reporting and McKinney’s advocacy often found synergy. Contributors include a formerly incarcerated woman who created a Los Angeles safe house for hundreds of other women like her to the head of Washington’s transit union who recalls a harrowing crisis communications campaign in the wake of a deadly train wreck. The book also highlights so-called “cause public relations” on topics including health equity, the death penalty, criminal justice reform and advocacy for a child with autism by the firm’s co-founder Leila McDowell. Reflections range from an argument on why diversity matters from the head of the nation’s leading Pan-Asian civil rights organization to the secret of how success begins – with the menu – from a popular DC restaurateur and bibliophile. The release party and signing for Voice Matters will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8 – International Women’s Day – at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Street, NW, and will be followed by a release of ebooks, video commentaries, tips and reflections on campaigns and public advocacy supported by the firm.
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Protecting Our Progress As Americans consider our choices in this presidential election year, President Obama and his progressive vision have been under constant attack by those who want (as they are quick to proclaim) to “take America back.” However, when the anti-Obama factions are asked, “Back to when?” their answers are less than clear. Recently, an analyst Congressman whom I respect, Ezra Klein, Elijah Cummings published an essay in the Washington Post entitled, “With a second term go Obama’s accomplishments.” I found Mr. Klein’s essay valuable for many reasons – including his summary of all that our nation’s first African-American president has accomplished during his first three years in office. Do the president’s enemies really want to “take America back” before this nation’s first foray into almost-universal health care – legislation that will save thousands upon thousands of American lives? Most of the President’s opponents say that they do – just as they would like to repeal the Dodd-Frank legislation that begins to demand truth of Wall Street and provide greater financial protection to the American people. Do President Obama’s opponents want to take us back before the stimulus bill that (most economists agree) saved or created millions of jobs – or before the 2010 tax compromise that preserved the full faith and credit of the United States and is reducing the taxes taken out of our payroll checks today? Should we go back in time before we had a president who speaks softly in international affairs but is willing, when our security is at stake, to wield that big stick that eliminated Osama bin-Laden from the rogue’s gallery of America’s enemies?
Would America be better off without the wisdom of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan? Do we truly want a rerun of the Iraq War? We have heard the Republicans’ answers to all of these questions – although far less about what they would do to make this nation a better place in the years ahead. For me, and for millions of other Americans who are deeply involved in these fundamental debates, President Obama has the better answers and the more optimistic and practical vision for our future. Consider the federal budget – and its impact on African-American families. In his budget message to the Congress earlier this month, President Obama reaffirmed a theme that he has been highlighting throughout his presidency. “We are at a critical moment for America’s middle class and all those families fighting to get there,” the president quite correctly observed. “Developing an economy that’s built to last means securing our industries that have traditionally provided pathways to upward mobility, and in doing so, providing security for AfricanAmerican families.” “By focusing on American innovation and manufacturing, skills and education for American workers, and clean energy,” he continued, “the 2013 budget is a blueprint for how we can rebuild an economy tattered by poor economic practices and restore the ideal of rewarding responsibility and hard work.” Now, as one might expect, the president and I, along with other members of the Congress, may well have some differences to resolve about the details of how best to support America’s Black communities. However, there is no doubt in my mind, that Barack Obama understands the economic challenges that we face. He is determined to help us in our struggles to survive and grow. Among other important initiatives, the president’s proposed 2013 budget would strengthen this nation’s anti-discrimination enforcement, expand access to higher education for minority students, and provide greater support for minority businesses. It also would spur job creation in our communities through federal investment in our basic infrastructure and improvements
What if you left the United States for a short trip abroad, but when you tried to come home to your job, family and life in America, your government would not let you on the plane? What if, when you asked when you could fly home, you were told “never”? For some American Muslims, this is not a hypothetical scenario but a brutal reality that destroys families, finances and careers. A growing number of American Muslims have been placed on the no-fly list while they were traveling overseas, effectively barring their return to the U.S. Others are placed on the list while at home, and suddenly find themselves unable to travel by plane. The list’s latest targets were two Portland, Oregon-area Muslims of Libyan origin who flew to that nation after the fall of Qaddafi, one to visit family and the other to perform humanitarian work on behalf of an Oregon relief agency. One of these men, Jamal Tarhuni, attempted to fly home in January by way of Tunisia, but was stopped at the airport in Tunis and told U.S. officials were barring him from returning home. FBI agents from the Portland field office flew in to question him. They demanded that Jamal take a lie detector test as a precondition for permission to return to the U.S. He was willing to take the test, but when he refused to sign a waiver of his Miranda rights, the FBI agents told him that the test was irrelevant because they were already convinced of his guilt. His crime? Discussing Sharia, the body of Islam’s religious precepts and customs, with other Muslims. These FBI agents seemed to believe that a Muslim discussing Islam was an indicator of criminal wrongdoing.
Mustafa Elogbi, also from the Portland area, was similarly stopped halfway through his return journey at the behest of U.S. officials. Mustafa was detained in London and jailed for two days. Upon his release, he returned to Libya to try to arrange to go home. Mustafa and Jamal retained a Portland attorney and asked the Council on American-Islamic Relations for help. Both were finally cleared to fly to the U.S., but were told that neither could fly within 24 hours of the other. After a long ordeal and many setbacks, Mustafa and Jamal are now home. Earlier this month the Associated Press reported that the number on the no-fly list has jumped from 10,000 to more than 21,000 people who now cannot fly over United States airspace. Mustafa and Jamal’s cases demonstrate just how the no-fly list ballooned: by eliminating a rational basis in the criteria for placement on the list. The new standards for inclusion on the no-fly list are not even about aviation security anymore. Instead, anyone who is a “broader threat” to national security will be placed on the no-fly list. The government’s interpretation of this “broader threat” standard has not been publicly articulated. But because CAIR regularly gets calls from American Muslims who find themselves on the no-fly list, we’ve gleaned a few indicators that provide some insight into how the standard is being applied: • Doing humanitarian work for Muslims: A traveler working to aid in humanitarian missions serving Muslim populations may be placed on the no-fly list. • Muslim cultural items: A traveler carrying a typically Muslim food or personal item may be pulled aside for additional screening, questioned about the item, and
to our schools. In our neighborhoods that have been hit hardest by the economic fluctuations of recent years, the president is committed to preserving affordable rental opportunities, extending and expanding tax cuts for lower-income families, continuing hunger and nutrition programs and supporting our national effort to assist ex-offenders in their re-entry into mainstream society. It is heart-warming that the president of the United States looks like us. What is more important, however, is that he cares about us and has some very good ideas that he wants to pursue for our country. In contrast, the president’s Republican opponents don’t want simply to defeat Barack Obama in his bid for re-election. They want to blackout his name and erase his accomplishments from American history. We cannot allow that to happen. We have an important stake in President Obama’s fate on Election Day 2012. Today, and in the months to come, we must act to protect the progress that we have made. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
No-Fly List Used as Extrajudicial Punishment for Muslims Munia Jabbar and Gadeir Abbas
subsequently placed on the no-fly list. • Personal and professional travel to Muslim countries: Travelers are frequently placed on the no-fly list shortly after going abroad to study Islam, see family members, or at the direction of a legitimate employer. • Social and professional relationships with other Muslims: Simply associating with other Muslims on the no-fly list, whether socially or professionally, can get a traveler placed on the no-fly list. The placement may occur mere days or minutes after association with other Muslims becomes known to the government. In these instances, the timing of one’s placement on the list makes it clear that it is their association with other Muslims that led to their placement. A unifying principle of the above criteria is that they punish travelers simply for associating with other Muslims. Another common theme is that they punish Muslims for being Muslim — having Muslim family or talking about or studying Islam. Unfair targeting of Muslims for placement on the no-fly list is nothing new, but the expansion of the list using the above “criteria” suggests growing government brazenness in its compilation. What happened to Jamal Tarhuni and Mustafa Elogbi are but the latest indicators. The no-fly list has become a means through which the FBI doles out extrajudicial punishment to Muslims for no legitimate security reason. It is well past time for this approach to be revisited and revised. Munia Jabbar (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gadeir Abbas (email@example.com) are staff attorneys with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization.
Maryland Black Businesses Would Gain Under O’Malley Wind Energy Bill
Just look at the numbers. The U.S. economy was shedding millions of jobs at the peak of the recession in late 2008 and early 2009. Then Congress passed an economic stimulus package – heavy on green energy investments – in February 2009. Within months, the number of lost jobs began to decline and by 2010, we had achieved monthly net job growth again in the U.S. The trend has continued nearly unabated to the present, with a quarter-million jobs created just last month alone. How can anyone, with a straight face, argue the stimulus didn’t work? The question now is how to sustain the progress. Unemployment in Maryland, while falling, is still 6.7 percent, and is over 10 percent for African Americans. Most troubling, an astonishing 25 percent of Baltimore’s residents live in poverty. Meanwhile, new roadblocks in Congress mean there’s little chance of significant new federal investments in jobs soon. As African American leaders in Maryland’s environmental and business communities, we believe the best way for our state to move forward – and to benefit all citizens – is to invest in Maryland’s greatest single source of new jobs and green energy: offshore wind power. The General Assembly should quickly pass Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind bill (SB 237, HB 441) while supporting provisions that ensure maximum participation by minority businesses and workers in this promising new industry. Why offshore wind? Because energy experts agree that America’s coastline, from Cape Cod, Mass. to Cape Hatteras, N.C., is one of the best places in the world for wind turbines. It’s a region of shallow water, very windy conditions, and best of all: it is right next to 64 million electricity users from Boston to Charlotte. Bottom line: a multi-billion dollar wind industry is coming soon – guaranteed – to this region as a solution to our
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twin challenges of energy independence and intensifying global warming. Europe has been in the water for decades now, with 49 offshore wind farms. Several states are starting to move forward in developing offshore wind off their coasts. The states that develop this resource first, will be the states that get the lion’s share of the regional turbine manufacturing and supply-chain jobs. This is why Gov. O’Malley’s bill is so important. It would incentivize the construction of about 80 modern turbines 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City, and thus stimulate the creation of nearly 1,500 jobs and about $1.2 billion in total economic benefit for the state. With our excellent port in Baltimore and steelmaking capacity at Sparrow’s Point, with this bill, Maryland would rapidly move ahead of neighboring Delaware and Virginia as the future supplier of key ingredients for the east-coast build-out of wind power. That, in turn, will mean tens of thousands of jobs for our state, only a modest initial price impact on ratepayers, followed by inevitably lower power costs in the future. But all too often in America’s history, new economic development has not fully benefited qualified minority businesses and workers. On this front, we again applaud Gov. O’Malley’s bill. As introduced, it gives core weight to a wind-energy company’s explicit commitment to minority hiring before any wind farm proposal can be approved by the state’s Public Service Commission. This is particularly important because right now, there is a wide range of minority-owned Maryland businesses ready to help launch this industry, ranging from Dajani, LLC engineering company in Prince George’s County to D&T Welding Company in Baltimore. Business incubator programs can help prepare even more minority companies to build and/or install some of the thousands of parts that go into offshore wind turbines. A wind energy incubation program could include services such as
minority business development, workforce training, and factory retooling information sharing. This will further level the playing field to ensure that all Marylanders – not just some – benefit from an industry that in 10-20 years will be to Maryland what the space industry has been to Florida and Texas. To truly make the vision of green jobs a reality, we also need to consider broader concepts, such as equity and ownership, in order to ensure that minority individuals and businesses have maximum opportunity to become equity owners in this multi-billion dollar industry. Finally, we support offshore wind power development as a matter of basic “environmental justice.” It is a fact that African Americans are nearly 40 percent more likely than others to have a coal-fired power plant located near their homes, with all the attendant dirty air and water impacts. And global warming, driven significantly by our over-reliance on dirty coal for our electricity, will disproportionately affect African Americans, through intensifying urban heat waves and other heat-related pollution impacts, according to a Congressional Black Caucus study. Simply put, wind farms mean fewer coal plants will be built in anybody’s neighborhood while slowing the impacts of climate change on everybody, including vulnerable populations at home and abroad. Now that’s a stimulus that makes economic and ethical sense across the board. The General Assembly should pass the Maryland offshore wind bill without delay. Christine Hill is the policy director for Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club. Joe Gaskins is the executive director of the Economic Development and Training Institute based in Prince George’s County.
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Community Calendar March 2 Family History Fridays Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 12-4 p.m. Stop by the Resource Center for genealogy starter sessions and consultations on the first
Friday of the month. For more information: 443-263-1800. March 3 The Pink Event 2012 Holiday Inn Hotel, Laurel West, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Md. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This expo will showcase female-owned businesses and organizations that serve the needs of women. $15. For more information: www. thepinkevent.net. Poetry Out Loud Finals
2012 Baltimore Museum of Art, North Charles & 31st Streets, Baltimore. 1 p.m. Nine regional winners compete for the Maryland State Poetry Out Loud champion title at this event hosted by WYPR’S
Aaron Henkin. For more information: artbma.org. Jazz for Motown: The Second Edition Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings
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International Women’s History Month Literary Festival 2012 Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 1-4 p.m. A panel of four women writers from across the globe will discuss the intersection of place, time and culture in literature and in the lives of women. For more information: 410-396-5430. March 12 Art Workshop: Pebble People Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring the kids out to this creative art workshop. $8. For more information: 443-2631800.
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ach year, the Afro American Newspaper, along with our sponsor, Miller Lite, makes a determined effort to acknowledge the contributions of local citizens who make Baltimore a better place to live. Our Feb. 23 event at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, proved to be a great time of celebration and education for the entire gathering. Honorees for 2012 are Eddie C. Brown, investment manager and philanthropist; Kweisi Mfume, former congressman, civil rights warrior and corporate consultant; Moses Newson, a journalism icon and former editor of the AFRO and the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, community investors and mentors. Posthumous honors also went to Victorine Q. Adams, first African-American woman to serve in the Baltimore City Council and founder of the Baltimore Fuel Fund.
Eddie Brown and AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver
Kweisi Mfume and Jake Oliver
Zane Cypress, accepting for the Omegas and Ben Phillips, AFRO director of Global Markets Eric Brown, Zane Cypress and Dwayne White Brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Pi Omega Chapter
Dr. Skip Saunders, director of the Reginald Lewis Museum
April Pritchet, Freddie and Cynthia Corbin, Amber Williams and Jason Bass, all representing the sponsor, The Bond Distributing Co.
Mfume chats with Tavon Terry, Desmond Hawkins and Barry Young
Valerie Fraling, AFRO columnist; Kweisi Mfume and Sheilah Davenport
Barry Young, Desmond Hawkins, Tavon Terry with Jake Oliver
Ruth Jean Davis accepted the award on behalf of the late Victorine Q. Adams.
Robert Blount,AFRO Advertising Manager; Larry Noto, director of marketing for Harbor Magic Hotels and Kweisi Mfume
Family members Cathy Newson, Kira Newson Shieles, Patricia Newson Benns, Moses Newson, Lucia Newson and Taylor Newson Benns
Diane Hocker, AFRO director of Public and Community Relations
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Woodard Holds Annual Black Actress Dinner
Year after year, Alfre Woodard brings together top Hollywood African-American actresses for an evening of French cuisine, cocktails and intimate conversation. On Thursday night, this exclusive dinner, held at a private home in Los Angeles, brought out the likes of Gabourey Sidibe, Aisha Tyler, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Nia Long, Regina King, Chandra Wilson
“I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes, but I laugh, and eat well, and grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table when company comes. Nobody’ll dare say to me, eat in the kitchen, then. Besides, they’ll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed. I, too, am America.” —Langston Hughes “It’s in the arch of my back, the sun of my smile, the ride of my breasts, the grace of my style. I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” —Dr. Maya Angelou An A-List of phenomenal women gathered at my home on a gorgeous Saturday for a day of pampering hosted by Brenda Sykes and me. The ladies sipped sparkling champagne, drank martinis and dined on egg salad with caviar, oriental chicken salad, salmon mousse, assorted dips, chocolate strawberries and other delicacies while enjoying spa services provided by Robert Morris of Washington DC and Damien Cameron of the Red Door Salon and Spa. It’s in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride of my steps, the curl of my lips. I’m a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman that’s me. The phenomenal women enjoying the spa services were Lydia McCargo-Redd, Blanche Templeton, Brenda Baker, Myra Queen, Deborah Peterson, Debbie Allen, Anita Hunter, Jackie Robinson, Susan Ellison, Dee Tarter, Pat Roselle, Dr. Charlene Cooper- Boston, Deleanor Boone, Sheilah Davenport and Betty Hines. The laughter and tinkling of crystal glasses drifted throughout the house as we enjoyed body massages, body wraps, foot reflexology, foot sloughing and wax paraffin. “Now you understand why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about or have to talk real loud. Cause I’m a
and Loretta Devine to toast 2012 Academy Award nominees Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer and honor Nicole Beharie, Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans. Octavia Spencer was the first to arrive at the party, waiting outside for friend and The Help co-star Viola Davis to arrive moments later. The two ladies walked in together and were greeted by hostess, Alfre Woodard. Not
woman Phenomenally.” Kudos to my niece, juris doctorate candidate at ChicagoKent College of Law, Brittany Pritchett on being elected president of the Black Law Students Association and being on the Dean’s Honor List. “Infatuation can only hold the mind for a maximum of four months. If it exceeds that point then you are already in love.” —unknown Congratulations to faithful readers Bill and Gloria Brown on Gloria’s 82nd birthday and their 62 years of marriage. The Browns were recognized for the longevity of their “love and marriage” at the Fairfax County, Virginia, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi’s annual Sweetheart Affair. Thanks Gloria and Bill for being great supporters of Living for the Weekend; “keep on keeping on.” “We want to reach a time when there won’t be Black History Month, when black history will be so integrated into American history that we study it along with every other history” — Maya Angelou I joined my dear friends Dr. Samuel & Lydia McCargoRedd at the Constance Moore Memorial Scholarship Committee’s musical at Sharon Baptist Church. “Lift every voice and sing” as 100 vocalists under the directorship of Dr. Marco Merrick made “a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Marco’s musical talents were evident as the choir performed Negro spirituals, anthems and hymns. I refrained from shouting “bravo” as we jumped to our feet with resounding applause as tenor Murvyn Cannady’s voice lifted the rafters while singing “Ho, Everyone That Thirsteth.” What a voice, what a tenor, for “one moment in time,” I thought I was at the opera house. “There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten
thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.” —Washington Irving Our prayers to Delaphine Watts on the death of her son Kevin Butler; Brenda Waters on the death of her brother Robert Darby; Milton “Knees” & Irma Smith on the death of his sister Catherine Smothers and her mother Dorothy Smith; Minister Sabrina Penn and Elder Keith Penn–Jones on the death of their mother Caldonia Jones and to Shirley Belton on the death of her brother Stephen Glasco. “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca The AFRO’s Diane Hocker got the inside scoop from her celebrity friend, Samuel Manigault, one of the invited mourners paying their last “RESPECT” at Whitney Houston’s home-going service. He said one of the chilling moments was the playing of her signature song “I’ll always love you” as her body was carried out of the church. “May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.” —Frank Sinatra It’s your birthday Lydia McCargo Redd, Sam Redd, Winfield Kelley, Mildred Winder, Dr. Heyward Burrell, my son Michael Lee and Happy 50th birthday Sophie Turner. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson The weeklong celebration in honor of Pennsylvania Avenue’s Arch Social Club’s 100th Anniversary starts March 4. I promised Brothers Ronald Bailey, Judson Hughes and Tshamba that I would be there March 11 for the jazz show. Call 410-669-9856 for a schedule of events. If you want to party like KMMT Party Group call Teddy & Mattie Holman at 410-6559830 for tickets to KMMT’s Bull & Oyster Roast, March 18. “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well
long after, all of the guests had arrived and the women were treated to a lovely cocktail hour with specialty Grey Goose cocktails. Following cocktail hour, guests sat down to an intimate dinner prepared by Chef Jeanette Holley, each course paired with Grey Goose cocktails selected and created by Grey Goose attaché and Sommelier Christophe Namer. The complete guest list includes: Viola and let them lead the way.” Sigma Gamma Rho Inc. is hosting a Youth Symposium March 10; contact Patricia Fortson at Pforston@bcps.org or call 410-299-1447 to register.
Davis, Octavia Spencer, Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aisha Tyler, Alfre Woodard, Anika Noni Rose, Beverly Todd, CCH Pounder, Chandra Wilson, Gabourey Sidibe, Jurnee Smollett, Kerry Washington, LaTanya Richardson, Loretta Devine, Lorraine Toussaint, Lynn Whitfield, Margaret Avery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Nia Long, Regina King, and Regina Taylor.
“If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses for a lifetime.” —Swedish Proverb We’re sending get-well wishes and roses to Larry
Young, Pearlie Freeman, John Cunningham, Bernice Lewis and Mildred Taylor as they recuperate. Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch
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Lady Bears Blow 11-Point Lead; Fall to Delaware State, 67-60 in OT HBCU Women’s Basketball – Morgan State University
to go. Keyanna Tate brought the hosts within 56-55 with Delaware State’s Tasia a jumper and Morgan went Bristow hit a desperation back up by three points (58three-pointer from the left 55) after DeKeisha Mathis elbow with two seconds knocked down two free remaining on the shot clock throws with 33 seconds left. to tie the game at 58 all with That’s when Bristow hit her 4.6 remaining in the game and game-tying three-pointer to force overtime. send the game to an extra Bristow’s basket helped period. the host Lady Hornets Bristow would score six of overcome an 11-point second Delaware State’s nine points half deficit and Delaware in overtime including four State never looked back. MSU Media Relations Photo straight free throws to seal the The Hornets would outscore deal. DeKeisha Mathis (23) scored a team-high 16 points, while Morgan State 9-2 in overtime Amarah Williams added a double-double with 15 points The Lady Bears, who and defeat the Lady Bears 65- and 11 rebounds. dropped their seventh straight 60 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic contest, were led by Mathis, Conference (MEAC) game on who finished with 16 points Feb. 27 at Memorial Hall in Dover, Delaware. and Amarah Williams recorded her third double-double of the Morgan State (6-22 overall, 3-12 MEAC) held an 11-point season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Parker added 12 points lead (51-40) with 11:28 to play after Tracey Carrington and nine rebounds. converted a free throw to complete a three-point play. The Delaware State (6-22 overall, 3-12 MEAC) was led by Lady Bears would then be held scoreless for over seven Tierra Hawkins who had a game-high 18 points and a gameminutes. During that time the host Lady Hornets would go on a high 14 rebounds. Bristow finished with 12 points and a game9-0 run to pull within a point at 51-50. high five steals, while Thornton came off the bench to add 12 Omara Parker ended the Lady Hornets’ run with a jumper at points. the 4:05 mark, giving Morgan State a 53-50 lead. Parker then Morgan State closed out the regular season on March 1 at responded to a three-pointer by Alexis Thornton with one of Florida A&M. The MEAC tournament is scheduled for second her own, as the Lady Bears held a 56-53 advantage with 1:21 week of March. By Kevin Paige Special to the AFRO
Morgan State Eliminates Del. State from MEAC Season Title Race
HBCU Men’s Basketball – Morgan State vs. Delaware State
By Dennis Jones Special to the AFRO
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MSU guard Aric Brooks made two clutch free-throws to ruin Delaware State’s chance at winning the MEAC season title.
Morgan State’s Aric Brooks sank two technical free throws with 1.1 seconds left to give the Bears a 73-72 win over Delaware State in a bizarre finish on Feb. 27 in Memorial Hall in Dover, Del. Delaware State appeared to win the game, 72-71, on a follow-up slam by Tahj Tate with 0.4 seconds showing on the clock, prompting Hornet fans to storm the court. After a conference, the officials assessed a technical foul on Delaware State for delay of game and reset the
game clock to 1.1 seconds. Morgan State was awarded two free throws and possession of the ball for the technical. Brooks hit the two free throws and the Bears ran out the remaining time to give Delaware State its first MEAC loss since Feb. 4, snapping the Hornets’ school record 10-game win streak in league play. The loss, coupled with Savannah State’s win over North Carolina A&T this evening, eliminated the Hornets (11-4) from the MEAC regular season championship race. Delaware State trailed 41-
Dunbar Takes Out Aquille Carr, Patterson to Take City Crown
Baltimore City High School Boys’ Basketball Championship By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School has long been the kings of high school football in Baltimore City. Now, they’ve claimed the title on the basketball court as well, knocking off Patterson High School, 65, 61, in the Baltimore City Division I championship on Feb. 21 at the Hill Field House on Morgan State University campus. Once known for its great basketball legacy, Dunbar has been itching to return to greatness on the court. They won the Class1A state title in 2010 and 2011, but gave up the Baltimore City title to Patterson last season. This time, the Poets reclaimed its city crown and held off the biggest star in the city, Patterson guard Aquille Carr, to do so. Carr scored a game-high 24 points for Patterson, but that wasn’t enough to offset the balanced offensive attack from Dunbar. Dunbar senior guard Rodrick Harrison led the way for the Poets with 18 points all scored on three-pointers. Fellow Dunbar senior guard Evan Singletary followed with 16 points, while senior forward Aaron Parham added 13 points; senior guard Donte Pretflow added another 10 points to Dunbar’s total. “It feels good because a lot of people didn’t think we could do it — they thought the first time [against Patterson] was a fluke,” Parham told reporters after the game. “But we proved them wrong. We just came out and played hard and played together and played great defense.” Dunbar advanced to a 17-3 overall record on the season; they’re now off to win their third straight state title starting with the regional playoffs next week. Patterson fell to 15-7 overall and will also compete in the regional playoffs next week. 24 at the half, but battled back to pull ahead for the first time in the game 68-67 on a threepoint play by Jay Threatt with 1:05 left to play. Morgan State regained the 69-68 on a follow-up basket by Brooks with 41 seconds remaining. After a Delaware State miss on its next possession, Morgan State’s DeWayne Jackson hit one of two free throws with 28 seconds left to give the Bears a 70-68 lead. The Hornets tied the game again at 70-70 on a driving lay up by Threatt with 23
seconds to play. Morgan State’s Ian Chiles hit the second of two foul shots with 7.9 seconds remaining to put the Bears ahead 71-70, setting up the final sequence of events. Threatt led all players with 19 points (8-12 FGs), while Tate added 18 points, all in the second half, for the Hornets. Blake Bozeman led four Morgan State players in double figures with 14 points. Both Del. State and Morgan will now prep for the MEAC Tournament scheduled for second week of March.
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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff: Should the Knicks Pursue Top Point Guard Deron Williams? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk Before there was Jeremy Lin, there was Deron Williams. The New York Knicks sported a gaping hole at the point guard position, making Williams the next big target on the Knicks’ radar— until emerging star Lin fell from the heavens. But with some of Lin’s magic tapering off over the past few weeks, and Williams’ potential exit from New Jersey becoming more likely with each Nets loss, the AFRO asks the question: should the Knicks pursue Williams this offseason? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk search for the truth.
is that although the team probably could afford to bring Williams on the payroll, it would sacrifice much of its depth to do so. As we saw last season, teams
they’re happy with Lin and he’s the toast of the town for now. Yes, I admit, he’s still virtually unproven on the bigger stage of the postseason but New York will get their
answers at the end of the year. If Lin performs well, or at least adequately, in the playoffs then we should kill the Williams rumors. New York was in the market for
a point guard before Lin emerged as the real deal. They already have their floor general of the future. Anything else would just be a waste of money.
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Riley: Lin’s story has been remarkable and his presence has breathed life back into the Knicks franchise. But with Williams, we’re talking about arguably the game’s best floor general. If Williams makes it known this summer that he wants to be a Knick, I don’t see how New York’s management can ignore his request and continue to engulf themselves in Linsanity. Williams just dropped 38 points against New York in a 100-92 victory Feb. 20, restoring himself after an earlier lackluster showing against the Knicks set the Lin bandwagon in motion. Williams’ contract will be up once the summer hits, and New York should pull out all the stops to get him and save Super Lintendo for a reserve role.
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Green: Williams will undoubtedly command a high-salaried contract and I don’t know if the Knicks can even afford him. Besides, Lin has been just fine as New York’s point guard and he offers them a potent player at a beer budget price. Williams is clearly the better player at this point, but Lin’s potential is through the roof considering what he’s done in such a short span. Acquiring Williams would probably cost the Knicks some of its new found depth in J.R. Smith, a healthy Baron Davis and a number of role players, so why not just keep the team intact and go with what you have?
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Riley: You don’t roll with what you have in New York because at this point you still don’t know what you have. Despite a hot February, Lin is still a virtual unknown at this point. We haven’t seen him in a playoff game, we haven’t seen him adjust to teams keying on him and we haven’t seen how he bounces back from an off night or bad stretch. Money doesn’t matter in New York. The Knicks have the biggest market in the league and the fact that they doled out the dollars to land Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire means that they’re all in for a championship. Now’s not the time to act cheap. If the opportunity to acquire a proven all-star lead man presents itself, then the Knicks could go into next fall with one of the best teams— if not the best team—in the East. Green: But what you keep failing to mention
win championships, not Big Threes. As the weeks have gone on, no team has acquired more depth of quality players than the Knickerbockers. Again,
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-12-0004
Michael Hill, Pro Se 730 Bartlett Ave. Baltimore MD 21218
v. Royster L. Leach 2438 Callow Ave Baltimore MD 21217 and Kathy Wells 2438 Callow Ave Baltimore MD 21217 George Nilson, City Solicitor BALTIMORE CITY 100 North Holiday Street Room 101, Baltimore, MD 21202 All unknown Heirs, devisees, personal representatives and executors, administrators, grantees, assignees or successors in right, title, interest and any and all persons having or claiming to have interest in the property and premises sitates in the city of Baltimore, known as 2438 Callow Avenue and described as Lot Size 317X125-2 being known as Ward 13 Section 100 Block 3457 Lot 0291 on the Tax Roll of the Director of Finance.
Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION
The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for the redemption for the subject property has not been paid, although more than sixty (60) days from the date of the sale have expired. It is thereupon this 13th day of February, 2012 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 14th day of March 2012, warning all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property described above to appear in this Court by the 13th day of April, 2012, warning all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property described above to appear in this Court by the 13th day of April 2012, and redeem their respective property or answer the Complaint, or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title in fee simple or leasehold, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed or the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complaint described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the property being rendered by this Court against them. TRUE COPY TEST EDWARD R. K. HARGADON JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT FOR TYPESET: Wed Feb 29 BALTIMORE CITY 2/24, 3/2, 3/9
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D12000520 IN THE MATTER OF PINCHAS SHIMON ENGLANDER FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO SIMON ENGLANDER ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION
The object of this suit is to officially change the name of the petitioner from Pinchas Shimon Englander to Simon Englander It is this 21st 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 21st day of March, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 2nd day of April, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 3/2
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Your History Your The object of this proceeding Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION
is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City TYPESET: Wed Feb 29 09:46:07 EST 2012 to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, LEGAL NOTICES among other things, that the amount necessary for the reIN THE CIRCUIT demption for the subject COURT property has not been paid, FOR BALTIMORE CITY although more than sixty (60) days from the date of the sale Case Number have expired. 24-C-12-0003 It is thereupon this 13th day of Michael Hill, Pro Se February, 2012 by the Circuit 730 Bartlett Ave. Court of Baltimore City, Baltimore MD 21218 ORDERED, that notice be Plaintiff given by the insertion of a coy v. of this order in THE AFRO Kamila Jagdeo AMERICAN, a newspaper of 608 Allison Street NE general circulation in the City Washington DC of Baltimore once a week for and three (3) successive weeks, George Nilson, on or before the 14th day of City Solicitor March 2012, warning all perBALTIMORE CITY sons having or claiming to 100 North Holiday Street have any interest in the propRoom 101, erty described above to apBaltimore, MD 21202 All unknown Heirs, devisees, pear in this Court by the 13th personal representatives and day of April, 2012, warning all executors, administrators, persons having or claiming to g r a n t e e s , a s s i g n e e s o r have any interest in the propsuccessors in right, title, in- erty described above to apterest and any and all per- pear in this Court by the 13th sons having or claiming to day of April 2012, have interest in the property and redeem their respective and premises sitates in the property or answer the Comcity of Baltimore, known as plaint, or thereafter a Final 2805 W. Cold Spring Lane Decree will be entered foreand described as Lot Size closing all rights of redemp22x106-4 known as Ward 15 tion in and as to the property, Section 350 Block 3185 Lot and vesting in the Plaintiff a 13 on the Tax Roll of the t i t l e i n f e e s i m p l e o r leasehold, free and clear of Director of Finance. all encumbrances. Defendants The Defendants are hereby ORDER OF informed or the latest date to PUBLICATION file a written Answer or PetiThe object of this proceeding tion to Redeem the property is to secure the foreclosure of mentioned in the Complaint all rights of redemption in the described above, and that herein above described prop- failure to file a response on or erty sold, either directly or via before the date specified may assignment, by the Collector result in a Default Judgment of Taxes for the State of foreclosing all rights of reMaryland and Baltimore City demption in and as to the to the Plaintiff in the proceed- property being rendered by ing. The Complaint states, this Court against them. among other things, that the TRUE COPY TEST amount necessary for the reEDWARD R. K. demption for the subject HARGADON property has not been paid, JUDGE, CIRCUIT TYPESET: Feb(60) 29 09:45:14 ESTCOURT 2012 FOR although more Wed than sixty days from the date of the sale BALTIMORE CITY have expired. 2/24, 3/2, 3/9 It is thereupon this 13th day of February, 2012 by the Circuit HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, thatINVITATION notice be FOR BIDS CLEANING SERVICES AT given byGROUNDS the insertion of a coy of this order in THEHABC AFRO DEVELOPMENTS VARIOUS AMERICAN, a IFB newspaper of NUMBER: B-1690-12 general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for The(3)Housing of Baltimore City three successive Authority weeks, on or before the 14thissue day of an Invitation for Bids (“HABC”) will March 2012, all per(“IFB”) forwarning qualified and interested vendors to sons having or claiming to submit sealed have any interest in the bids prop- to provide grounds cleaning services erty described above to at ap- various HABC housing pear in this Court by the 13th developments. day of April, 2012, warning all persons having or claiming to BIDS DUE have any WILL interestBE in the prop-no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time ontoFriday, March 23, 2012. erty described above appear in this Court by the 13th day of April 2012, A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held and redeem their respective on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at property or answer the Complaint, or thereafter a Final Building, 417 E. Fayette the Charles L. Benton Decree will be entered416, fore- Baltimore, Maryland, Street, Room closing all rights of redemp21202. tion in and as to the property, and vestingEST in the Plaintiff a 09:37:38 2012 t i HABC t l e i n fhas e e established simple or a minimum threshold of leasehold, free and (20%) clear ofof the total dollar amount twenty percent all encumbrances. of the proposed for Minority Business The Defendants are contract hereby Enterprise applicable to all informed or the(“MBE”) latest dateutilization, to file a writtenand Answer or Petiminority non-minority businesses propostion Redeem the the property ingtoto provide requested services as the mentioned in the Complaint prime contractor. No threshold has been described above, and that failure to file a response on or established for participation of Women-owned before the date specified may businesses (“WBEs”), however, HABC result in a Default Judgment strongly allencourages foreclosing rights of re- and affirmatively promotes the useas of WBEs demption in and to the in all HABC contracts. property being rendered by this Court against Bidders shallthem. also comply with all applicable TRUE COPY TEST requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and EDWARD R. K. Urban Development HARGADONAct of 1968, 12 U.S.C. SectionJUDGE, 1701u.CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY The IFB and2/24, all supporting documents may be 3/2, 3/9
obtained on or after Monday, March 5, 2012 from the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Office of the Comptroller, Procurement Section 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, and29must include referTYPESET: Wed Feb 12:59:26 ESTthe2012 ence: HABC Bid No. B-1690-12. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PEOPLE´S COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS For SEVERN COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER REECE ROAD FACILITY
The People´s Community Health Center announces the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP is to solicit proposals for a Construction Manager working in the preconstruction capacity of the project. . Letters of Intent are required from potential vendors no later than 5:00 pm on March 8, 2012 for technical questions or a copy of the RFP, contact Howard Cohen 410-467-6040 X 2049, email@example.com
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TYPESET: Wed Feb 29NOTICES 09:45:38 EST 2012 LEGAL HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS JANITORIAL SERVICES AT VARIOUS HABC PROPERTIES IFB NUMBER: B-1691-12
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 janitorial services at various HABC properties. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 23, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum threshold 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 threshold 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. Bidders 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 and all supporting documents may be obtained on or after Monday, March 5, 2012 from the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Office of the Comptroller, Procurement Section 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 Bid No. B-1691-12.
TYPESET: Wed Feb 29NOTICES 09:38:32 EST 2012 LEGAL City of Baltimore Department of Finance Bureau of Purchases
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: MARCH 14, 2012 STREET TREE - SUPPLY, DELIVERY, PLANTING & MAINTENANCE SPRING 2012 B50002289 MARCH 21, 2012 JANITORIAL SUPPLIES, PAPER PRODUCTS AND SOAP B50002250 SIGN FABRICATION, DELIVERY & INSTALLATION B50002255 MOWING, MAINTENANCE & LANDSCAPING B50002273 MARCH 28, 2012 SEWER TV UNIT CAMERAS & EQUIPMENT B50002303 PUMPS REPAIR SERVICES B50002316 PERSONAL BALLISTIC SOFT BODY ARMOR B50002320 THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT CAN BE VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY VISITING THE CITYS WEB SITE: TYPESET: Wed Feb 29 09:39:21 EST 2012 www.baltimorecitibuy.org State of Maryland Request for Proposals R.F.P. JGM 2-13 The Department of General Services, Office of Real Estate, invites Offerors interested in providing real estate title, settlement and related services on land acquisitions and disposals for various departments and agencies for our Northern and Western Regions. Completed copies of the request for proposals package, including forms and instructions for submission, may be found on the DGS web page at www.dgs.maryland.gov, under Procurements Real Estate then click Information & Proposals or obtained from the Office of Real Estate, 300 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, or by contacting Jocelyn Mance at 410 767-4302; email: jocelyn.mance@dgs. state.md.us. Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to respond to this solicitation notice.
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TYPESET: Wed Feb 29 09:38:55 2012 LEGALEST NOTICES CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for FTA NO. MD-95-X013; BALTIMORE CITY NO. TR12312; PRATT STREET FRINGE PARKING FACILITY: 1100 JAMES STREET will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. March 14, 2012. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of February 24, 2012 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $100.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact the Committee at Room 634, Charles L. Benton Bldg. , 417 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202 . If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is A02602 Bituminous Concrete Paving). Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $500,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on March 6, 2012 at 417 E. Fayette Street, Richard L. Baker Conference Room, 7th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Principal Items of work for this project are: Site Water Line Distribution - LS.; Site Sanitary Line Distribution - LS. The DBE goal is 14% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates TYPESET: Wed Feb 29 09:40:13 EST 2012
Research Support Specialist Applications are requested for a two year position with The Research Foundation of SUNY, an EEO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer, as a Research Support Specialist for a study of Gulf War Illness in Baltimore, MD. The Research Support Specialist will be at least at a Master of Science in a nursing or biomedical field, with direct experience with medical research, patient interaction and recruitment and will have lead responsibility for subject recruitment, obtaining informed consent, administration of all screening questionnaires, quality of life and neurocognitive questionnaires, scheduling of physician appointments including blood draws and entry into the detoxification program. Salary $45,000/yr. Applicants must address their ability to work with culturally diverse populations in their application. Persons interested should submit a resume, three work-related references, and a letter of application to: David Carpenter, MD University at Albany 5 University Place, Rm. A217 Rensselaer, NY 12144
Notice Holders of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses in Baltimore City and Community Residents All holders of alcoholic beverage licenses in Baltimore City must file a renewal application between March 1 and March 31, 2012 at the Board´s office at 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor. A $50 processing fee must be paid at the time the renewal application is filed, and applications filed after March 31st will be subject to a $50 per day penalty. Even if a licensee has been notified of a hold on his or her renewal license, the renewal application must still be filed by March 31, 2012. By law, a protest against the renewal of a license must be filed at least 30 days before the license expires on April 30th. All protests must, therefore, be received at the Board´s office by 4 p.m. on March 30, 2012, and must be signed by not less than ten residents, commercial tenants (who are not holders or applicants for any liquor license), or real estate owners in the immediate vicinity where the licensed place of business is located. Protests must be based on specific complaints as to the operation of the establishment. Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City 231 E. Baltimore Street 6th floor Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Stephan W. Fogleman, Chairman Elizabeth C. Smith and Harvey E. Jones, Commissioners Daniels, EST Jr., Executive Secretary TYPESET: WedSamuel Feb 29T.09:41:40 2012
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