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Public Says ‘Death Penalty’ for Tulsa Killers By AFRO Staff

three fatally, while walking in the area. “We have to handle this because there are a number of African-American males who are not going to allow this to happen in their neighborhood,” said the Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., president of the Tulsa NAACP. “We’re trying to quell the feeling of ‘Let’s get someone’ and we will make as certain as we can that this isn’t pushed under the rug.” The spasm of shooting, in a neighborhood that struggles Continued on A4

“We’re trying to quell the feeling of ‘Let’s get someone’ and we will make as certain as we can that this isn’t pushed under the rug.”

In light of the reported confessions of the alleged shooters that left three dead and two wounded in Tulsa, Okla.’s Black community last week, public outcry is now for the death penalty. Tulsa civil rights leaders, along with the city’s community and elected officials, spent Easter weekend trying to head off Black vigilantes as local police and FBI searched for a lone gunman, described by witnesses as a White man, wanted for the apparent random shootings April 6 of five Black men,

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Zimmerman Charged And in Custody

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George Zimmerman is in custody and has been charged with second degree murder in the Feb. 26 killing of Trayvon Martin in Sandford, Fla. This much anticipated action was announced and confirmed by Florida special prosecutor, Angela Corey, in an April 11 press conference in Jacksonville, Fla. In response to a battery of questions, many of which she declined to answer because of the rules of criminal procedure, she confirmed that Zimmerman had indeed turned himself in. Zimmerman, 28, said he shot Martin Feb. 26 out of fear for his own life after being attacked by the unarmed 17-year-old. Continued on A4

Maryland Mega Millions’ True Winners

By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer The Maryland General Assembly’s budget impasse could have a devastating impact for the state’s jurisdictions if a special session is not called. “Without delay, the Governor, House Speaker, and Senate President should agree to a Special Session devoted exclusively to completing their work on the budget and revenues so Maryland can maintain crucial investments that create jobs and build a strong economy,” said

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The perplexing Maryland Mega Millions conundrum was solved on Tuesday when the agency announced the true winners of the hefty cash prize. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland sponsored the house version of the bill. “Arsenic is a Lottery, terribly deadly substance which only a few micrograms announced of which can give you cancer, heart disease, or that the diabetes.” ticketholders The use of Roxarsone was suspended last July are three when the FDA conducted a study on 100 broiler employees chickens. The report, released last February, shows in the state’s that when fed products with food grade arsenic, public chickens retain a small portion of the toxin in the liver, education Photo by J.D. Howard producing inorganic arsenic, a carcinogen harmful to system, who Mirlande Wilson was first humans. Much of the substance is expelled in chicken have opted to claim ownership of waste, which in turn creates another problem for the to remain the winning ticket sold in Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and farmlands of anonymous. Baltimore. The Continued on A4 announcement ends a two-week debacle involving a Baltimore McDonald’s employee who claimed to have the winning ticket. Shortly after the winning numbers were

Maryland Leads the Nation in Banning Arsenic Products In Chicken Feed By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer

Maryland is now the first state in the nation to officially ban Roxarsone, a product added to chicken feed to prevent disease and produce fatter chickens. Senate Bill 207/ House Bill 167 was one of many bills passed over the weekend as the Maryland General Assembly rushed to complete work by the end of the 90-day session at midnight on Monday. “We’ve been adding about 30,000 pounds of arsenic to both our environment and our food supply every year since 1946, when the drug was approved,” said Del. Tom Hucker (D-Md.) of District 20, who

AME Church Celebrates 196th Annual Convention By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer

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The Right Rev. Adam J. Richardson Jr., presiding prelate and his wife, Connie Speights Richardson, Episcopal supervisor of the Second Episcopal District.

AME Churches in the Second Episcopal District shared in the hospitality of the Empowerment Temple, where the Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant is pastor, as their 196th Annual Conference was held from April 9-14. This year’s meeting carried the theme “This is Our Story: Faith and Freedom, Generation to Generation.” “This is faith and freedom - not just us talking about faith, but also addressing how faith relates to our freedom in the AfricanAmerican community. Our faith has always been attached to the relevant places where people live and move,” said Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson Jr., presiding prelate of the Second Episcopal District. “All of these things go towards the church having an interest in social justice issues.” Conference time is used to report on the welfare of member churches, engage in fellowship, and ordain ministers and elders. Continued on A3

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Pleasant Zion Fire Stokes Hope in Pastor Gray

“Whatever comes out of this will be better than before.” Those are the words of the Rev. Dr. James Gray, following a devastating fire at Pleasant Zion Baptist Church in Dundalk, the church he pastors. He’s assured the Lord allowed it for a reason, and equally assured that “the Lord has something good in store.” Rev. Gray has been pastor for 41 years at the church that was established in 1899 and is not discouraged by the holes in the ceiling and even that the center is completely demolished. “The frame is still standing,” he said. He’s spending his time making plans for Sunday’s worship and following activities. Anyone who wants to offer assistance can visit the church’s website at pzbc.org.


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AFRO National Briefs Black Renaissance Artist Elizabeth Catlett dies at 96

Power exudes from the raised fists in the sculptures “Homage to My Young Black Sisters.” Endurance and dignity from the stark simplicity of the portrait, “Sharecropper.” In all her work, African-American sculptor and graphic artist Elizabeth Catlett celebrated the heroic strength and endurance of African-American and Mexican working-class women, elevating them in societies that often overlooked or ostracized them. “You can really see life and history unfold in her work,” Isolde Brielmaier, who curated an exhibition of Catlett’s work last year at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, told National Public Radio. Catlett, a Washington, D.C.-born Harlem Renaissance artist whose politically charged expressionist sculptures and prints and her activism put her at odds with the U.S. government, died April 2 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was 96. “I am saddened by news that Elizabeth Catlett has passed away. Ms. Catlett was cultural pillar in America, and her artwork tackled complex issues like family dynamics, racial identity, and social and political struggle,” Washington D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown said in a statement. “Her artwork will continue to inspire Americans for years to come. May we all strive to live up to the standard of fortitude, creativity, and originality Ms. Catlett set with her life.” Born in the District in 1919, Catlett attended Howard University, where she studied design, printmaking and drawing. She later became the first person to obtain a master’s degree in sculpting from the University of Iowa. According to a PBS profile, in 1946 she received a fellowship to travel to Mexico, where she furthered her studies in painting, sculpture and lithography. Catlett’s work gained in popularity during the turbulent times of the 1960s and ‘70s. Her work, which often captured the Black experience or sought to

advance social causes, spoke to a people in search of a racial identity, racial unity, social parity and justice. “The art form makes you feel something,” Catlett’s oldest son, Franciso Mora Catlett, said in the NPR broadcast. “It alerts or awakens something in you, that’s the important thing about it.” The African-American artist also agitated in the streets, picketing, protesting and even being arrested in her quest to advance the causes of her people. Eventually, according to her official website, the U.S. State Department identified her as an “undesirable alien,” barring her from visiting the United States for a decade.

Five New Orleans Officers Sentenced for Killing Unarmed Citizens in Katrina Aftermath

Justice has been served in the case of the former New Orleans cops who killed unarmed citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But, according to the sentencing judge, that “justice” was hardly fair, with uneven prison terms handed out to various officers. “Today’s sentencings send a strong message that no one is above the law and the civil rights of all of our citizens are paramount in a free society,” David Welker, special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans Division, said in a statement. “My hope as we move forward is that the men and women of NOPD and all law enforcement will conduct themselves always in a manner that will withstand the scrutiny of the bright light of justice.”

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The five former officers, Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso, Robert Faulcon and retired Sgt. Arthur “Archie” Kaufman were sentenced April 4 to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for their roles in the fatal shooting and consequent cover-up.  The first four were convicted on federal gun charges, and the latter for his role in arranging the conspiracy. On Sept. 4, 2005, less than a week after Katrina unleashed havoc on the Gulf Coast, police shot at six unarmed residents— killing two—who were trying to cross the Danziger Bridge near the city’s Gentilly neighborhood to find food and supplies. To cover their actions, the officers conspired to plant a firearm, fabricate witnesses and falsify reports. “This has been a long and painful six-and-a-half years,” testified Lance Madison, whose 40-year-old mentally disabled brother, Ronald, was killed at the bridge, according to the Associated Press. “The people of New Orleans and my family are ready for justice.” The case became the centerpiece of a Justice Department probe into corruption in the New Orleans Police Department. Officials say they were pleased with the outcome. “We hope that today’s sentences give a measure of peace and closure to the victims of this terrible shooting, who have

suffered unspeakable pain and who have waited so patiently for justice to be done,” Thomas E. Perez, assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said in a statement. “As a result of today’s sentencing, the city of New Orleans can take another step forward.”

Mary J. Blige’s Chicken Commercials Ruffle a Lot of Feathers

Burger King pulled a commercial starring R&B singer Mary J. Blige following controversy over her appearance and the context of the food advertised. The fast-food chain said it discontinued the commercial April 3 due to music licensing concerns, not because of the widespread criticism it received from AfricanAmericans, according to the Associated Press. The ad was released the week of April 2 and features Blige singing the ingredients of the restaurant’s new chicken wrap sandwich. The video quickly went viral upon its release and raised a few eyebrows in the Black community. Janell Hazelwood, a columnist for business publication Black Enterprise, wrote that the commercial did “damage” to Blige’s brand and “reminded many of us that stereotypes of dancing, singing, and chickenloving Black people still remain

prevalent in the hearts and minds of advertisers.” Renay Alize of Madam Noire, a website focused on Black women, wrote to Blige directly. “You still have so much more to contribute to the arts and entertainment game that there was no reason for you to stoop to stereotypes,” she wrote. “And I know what you’re thinking, everybody across the world loves chicken. It’s true, most people get down with the poultry; but as a Black woman, singing passionately about chicken is not the move!” The commercial was pulled off the air and was removed from Burger King’s YouTube channel. A spokeswoman for the company told the AP that the ad was removed because of a licensing concern and would return to the air soon. The rep would not say whether the commercial would remain in its original form when re-released.

D.C. Councilman Barry Blasted for Remarks on Asian-Owned Businesses

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Marion Barry has come under fire for comments he made about the Asian business community following his victory in a primary election. According to The Washington Post, at an April 3 rally following his victory in the Ward 8 primary elections, TV cameras caught Barry speak out against Asianowned businesses in the District. “We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops,” Barry said, as filmed by NBC Washington affiliate WRCTV. “They ought to go, I’ll just say that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.” Outcry from the business

community and Barry’s colleagues was swift, with Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells calling the remarks deplorable, and five Maryland lawmakers of Asian descent speaking out against Barry. “At best, Mr. Barry’s attack on Asian Americans is deeply troubling, and at worst it is race baiting,” the lawmakers said in a statement. A statement sponsored by more than 30 local and national Asian groups also condemned Barry’s remarks. “Councilmember Barry’s statement is of serious concern because it undermines the notion that developing the District of Columbia’s economy and neighborhoods is in the interest of all communities, regardless of national origin or ethnic background,” the groups said in the statement.

Pioneering Journalist Gil Noble Dies at 80

Gil Noble, host of one of the longest-running public affairs shows in commercial television about African Americans, died April 5 in New York City after a long illness. He was 80. An award-winning journalist and an accomplished musician, Noble was a revered voice among both mainstream and minority broadcasters and broke new ground for Blacks in media. He is best known for hosting “Like It Is,” an hour-long weekly show that featured news stories, public affairs discussions, and performances by giants of Black culture from 1967 through 2011. See more on afro.com


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HBCU News By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified

sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license

April 14, 2012 - April 20, 2012 , The Afro-American

from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supof the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy boy’s body inside and is being alive. also participated in this program two to Kenya, and numerous offers from law Dr. Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, director of processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, years ago. workers. The 2011 schools.  African andHudson African– American cians and Thegraduate body has since who gainedStudies. stardom gone on to win a fellowship for graduate “Leroy will no doubt follow Naeemah “This is another proud moment for was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American study at Boston into a bright and interesting future,” said UMES, andIdol,” for Leroy Myers.” the Cook CountyUniversity, Medical a Fulbright and then won an Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls – has members arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportJulian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved Given the choice between lookslowly past her family’s home A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing directly at the body or told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curious onlookers. Neighbors stood quietly and reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, the family chose violence. ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackthe latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigfor ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing him for President. children – was issued Friday Photo courtesy of Honda ButInnow ACORN is in trouble. showdown, after Julian was discovered a thrilling intellectual Morgan State University emerged victorious among 48 teams and claimed Reporter: There areChampionship at least rd missing the23 murders. its first National titleafter at the Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (www.hcasc.com). 11 The investigations across the Police arrested William annual academic tournament brought 250 top students from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and country involving thousands of Balfour, boy’s stepUniversities (HBCUs) together in thethe Losmissing Angeles area for a two-day competition and the opportunity to win potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband as much as $50,000 in grants for their school. The Morgan State team included Craig Cornish (Captain) junior, forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s History Major; Micheal sophomore, English Major; John-Paul Stephens, freshman, Screen Writing & Announcer: Massive voter Osikomaiya, Southside apartment several Electrical Engineering Major. Dr. OluwaTosin Adegbola, Animation Major; and James Hayes-Barber, freshman, fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. interim chair for thetoDepartment of Communication Studies, served as the Team Coach. paid more than $800,000 an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.

For UMES Student, It’s ‘Summer In The City’ - New York City

Leroy Myers, a University of Maryland Eastern Shore history major from Baltimore, has been named a Fellow at the 2012 Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute in New York City. The junior is the second UMES student to take part in the prestigious program limited to 10 participants each summer. Myers will spend six weeks at The SchomburgMellon Humanities Institute, where he will study in graduatelevel seminars in the humanities as well Courtesy Photos Jennifer Hudson and her mom, as conduct research Darnell Donersonatwho the Schomburg Center for was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. Research in Black Culture housed at The New York plate X584859 was found on the body of her 7-year-old Public Library in Harlem. Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours is one of five rising policeHe received a 7 a.m. call after his body was found in a seniors in the 2012 summer program representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. Five other seminar participants are from the New York area. Myers, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King recognized for his academic AFRO Staff Writer Courtesy photo Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, performance by the among the names submitted to UMES Department of Social Sciences at officials. the 2012 Honors election Presidential candidate John Convocation, has not chosen a research topic. Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – The Schomburg Center for Research in Black and were doing those Culture things without Associated Community the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation created the SchomburgACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – Mellon Summer Institute encourage sion,to were fired. minority confirmsHumanities the success of the students and the others African-American “The evidence that has and surorganization, headwith of thean interest in faced so far shows theyinfaked African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees the group says. “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they humanities. do, not to stuff ballot we’ve success we’ve is todidn’t Thedone aimand of the fellowship assemble bright undergrads boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of in the humanities, and help prepare them for the arduous victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview scholarly atmosphere of graduate school. This is a competitive tor of it. with the AFRO. award -- and an invaluable experience. Myers said he is hoping Hurd said the only things “When athis attack started, to pursue master’s degreewe in English. bogus are the charges themhadAnother UMES just announced that we had student -- Naeemah Kitchens -selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new voters,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way Theverge JointofCenter with selected churches ACORN operates. Rather than on the maybefor perpetrat- work Political and Economic in the bishops’ districts to rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in Studies recently announced assess their useorand to ple, many of energy them poor unemvoter history in this country, amaybe partnership withthe AME implement lowployed, to sign up and newno-cost voters. destroying fabric of Church Bishops Vashti strategies fortoreducing The idea was help bothenergy those democracy.” Murphy McKenzie and Adam use. being registered and those doing Factcheck.org, a non-partisan the The registration. Web site, found those claims to Jefferson Richardson Jr., and results will be Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no eviGREEN DMV to help local shared with other AME zero tolerance policy deliberdence of any such democracycongregations raise their congregations whenfor thousands ate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” environmental awareness, convene in Nashville, June Most 4, news Hurd believes the McCain make their churches more 27-July foraccount the 49thneglect to point out that ACORN is charges were politically motivatenergy efficient and redirect Quadrennial Session of required by law to turn in all reged. cost savings to carry out the the AME Church General istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowchurches’ mission. Conference. to note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, non-profit to Bishops in many instances, that first andGREEN people ofDMV, color, aI believe the tion,According organization that promotes McKenzie and Richardson, brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those the useare of going cleantoenergy this initiative is to thegreen attention of authorities. voters vote and the development jobs built onMcCain the premise The camp that apparently Democratic, whichofis green not necesas a way out of poverty, will environmental isn’t interested inresponsibility those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting organizationfrom has fought Continued A1 for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowDuring the session a report on that the areathis where issues and Iisapprove message. and moderate-income the number of those who have are raised, questions are Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 memjoined the Christian Obama? Aand manaccountability with “a political ber families organizedwalk into more resolved, since the previous conference takes place,” said at Cynthia baptism performed warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapis taken, leaders are Bryant a self-described speed.” Pitts, Vast ambition. After colters in 110and cities nationwide, expected to give AME”tomember. lege, he moved Chicago.Pitts ACORN has over account the years of seen “cradle Became community organizer. its share of criticism advotheir church budgetwhile and use of has beena an active member of There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, resources. the denomination all her life Talbot, part of theas Chicago living wages, healthcare Conference time is for alsothe and now serves co-chair branch of ACORN. was so underserved— and while organused as a space to grow of the conference,He where she impressive that he was asked izing voter registration drives. spiritually, while also shares the responsibility ofto train the ACORN But none has been asin withering becoming engaged the planning events staff. with Delores What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. avid push to increase voter Winston. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election registration, end police “What’s wonderful about Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, brutality, and heighten the processACORN is that although of business. forced ACORN’s detractors allege the awareness for the elimination it is labor intensive and loans. organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home of racial profiling. emotionally intense, think sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loansI that looking forward to we come of it more a caused theout financial crisis of we’re the “I’m reported discovery of bogus the business community. We know each in today. names, such assessions Mickey because Mouse

ACORN Fights Back

Morgan Wins!!!

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

Joint Center Partners with AME Church Bishops and Green DMV to Promote Energy Efficiency Since McCain’s comments, can be a part of a church’s ACORN’s 87 offices have been stewardship, yielding both bombarded with threats and financial racist mail.and communityoriented benefits. The day after the presidential “Wevandals want to helpinto the debate, broke our congregations organization’s Bostonand and Seattle offices and stolesave computers. communities energy After a Cleveland representative and generate dollar savings appeared on TV, an was that can be used toe-mail extend sent to the local office saying their work,” said Bishop she “is going to have her13th life ended.” McKenzie, whose A worker in Providence, R.I., Episcopal District includes received a threatening call sayTennessee and Kentucky. ing, “We know you get off work “Some of our churches are at 9” and uttered racial epithets. very large to and A caller oneconsume office lefta a great deal of energy, so there message on the answering is the potential machine, saying:for “Hi,significant I was just savings,” she said. calling to let you know that “AME churches come Barack Obama needs to get in hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. other ingonna a different They’re get allway hungthan honwe do when we just eys, they’re going to getgreet assassieach other service at nated, they’reingonna getorkilled.” bible study.message The diversity of Another said, “You old and newDumb will be exciting liberal idiots. (expletive to experience.” deleted). Welfare bums. You guysOther just (expletive deleted) session topics come to our country, consume include discussions on the every resource there is, role ofnatural men in the church and make a lot of babies. That’s and the use of social media all you guys do. And then in spreading the gospel suck of up the welfare andby expect Christ. Whether text everyor one else to pay for your hospital tweet, the message of using bills for your kids. I jus’ say let technology to spread faith is your kids die. That’s the best now atJust thelet top of the to-dodie. list move. your children for church leaders nationwide. Forget about paying for hospital a do bills“Sometimes for them. I’mwe notget gonna little about And someI it. Youhard-nosed guys are lowlifes. things, hope youbut all the die.”truth of the matter almost Hurd is thinks the everybody hate calls will cease has asoon. cell phone and people twobecoming weeks, I think these are“In even more and attacks will be over. But I think it more accustomed to using will be harderiPads, for us to get our computers, iPhones name back on good graces and smart phones, ” said because really trashed Bishopthey Richardson. “It isusain the last few weeks.” marvelous tool if we would But ACORN will not be just learn to use it, value it, deterred. and appreciate it.” “We’ve been fighting for a longThe time,convention for over 30 has years, for invited several the rights of low- influential and moderatespeakers and all attendees from income people across the across the nation, as country,” Hurd said. such “We’re Bishop GregorytoIngram going to continue fight for of Texas’justice 10th Episcopal economic in our communities.” District, Dr. Gregory Sutton,

all sizes and states of repair, SQUARE to provide information HIGH unique opportunity to achieve with some dating back more and technical support for far-reaching results in a sector than 100 years, so there is churches that want to go that will determine the kind great potential for savings green, will provide guidance of planet we leave for our from becoming more energy during the launch of the children and grandchildren,” efficient,” said Bishop project. The EPA estimates said Ralph B. Everett, Richardson, whose Second that if the nation’s 370,000 president and CEO of the ON THE LIST BREAD Episcopal District includes congregations reduce energy NOTJoint Center. Maryland, Washington, DC, use by 10 percent, they would “We are excited to be Virginia and North Carolina. save nearly $315 million and part of this groundbreaking “We will explore how to go provide 1.8 billion kilowatt partnership with such about recovering costs. We hours of electricity without visionary leaders, and LEFT additional cost or pollution. RIGHT want to be on the cutting edge look forward to sharing and still contribute savings to “African American environmental best practices the environment.” churches have been integral that will benefit churches The Environmental players in every movement around the nation.” said Protection Agency, which for positive social change Danielle Deane, director of maintains an Energy Star throughout the history of this the Joint Center’s Energy and Congregations Network nation, so the leadership of the Environment Program. AME bishops is part of a long The initiative is supported and honored tradition. We by a grant from the Walmart view this collaboration as a Foundation.

AME Church Celebrates 196th Convention

Identification Statements Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Subscription Rate: Baltimore - 1 Year - $30.00 (Price includes tax.) Checks for subscriptions should be made payable to: The Afro-American Newspaper Company, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Periodicals postage paid at Baltimore, MD. POSTMASTER: Send addresses changes to: The Afro-American Newspaper Company, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. The Washington Afro-American & Washington Tribune — (0276-6523) is published weekly by the Afro-American Newspapers at 1917 Benning Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4723. Subscription Rate: Washington - 1 Year - $30.00. Periodical Postage paid at Washington, D.C. POSTMASTER: Send addresses changes to: The Washington Afro-American & Washington Tribune, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602.

of Atlanta, Georgia’s Jackson 1 BANANA Memorial AME Church, and Bishop Vashti Murphy, who has returned to her home district in Baltimore for the occasion. Nearly 400 congregations are represented in the Second Episcopal District of the AME Church. Conferences will be held for each section of the district, which is comprised of churches from North Carolina, Virginia, Before age five, every room is a classroom. Washington D.C, and Western North Carolina.Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like counting Though the Baltimore sectionand identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC of the Second Episcopal founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca District holds the title con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young of “oldest conference in children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ black Methodism,” Bishop “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled Richardson reports that the with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child Washington D.C. conference, learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire taking place April 24-28, is generation won’t just grow up... but grow up great. now the largest in the district. Conferences will be held To find out more, go to pncgrowupgreat.com in Newport News, VA from or call 1-877-PNC-GROW. May 8-12, and in Fayetteville, N.C. from May 15-19. The last conference of the 2nd Episcopal District will take place in Raleigh, N.C. from May 30- June 2. The General Conference Delegate Caucus will meet in Newport News, Va.TMJune 8-9. /©2008 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. ©2008 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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with crime, started in the early hours of April 6 within a threemile radius and involved five unconnected African American males who were apparently walking. One of the two people who survived the shooting and is being treated in a Tulsa area hospital described the shooter as a White male driving a white pickup truck. According to police, Dannaer Fields, 49, was found suffering from gunshot wounds in a yard about 1 a.m. An hour later Bobby Clark, 54, was found shot in a street. About 8:30 a.m. William Allen, 31, was found shot to death in a funeral home yard. Two additional people were found with gunshot wounds in a yard two blocks from where Fields’ body was found. “Timing and location lead us to believe they may be connected,” Tulsa homicide Det. Sgt. Dave Walker told the Tulsa World. “This is an event that is unprecedented in our recent history, and it is certainly one that ... we want to bring to an end very quickly,” Mayor Dewey Bartlett told CNN. “The only thing in common [in the shootings] is the randomness.” “We feel like he’s targeting African Americans and I think …, some parts of law enforcement feel that same way,” Blakney said noting that there is “avid distrust” between the African American community and Tulsa police. Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson told Tulsa radio station KRMG the shooting victims appeared to be unknown to each other. He said the “word on the street is that this person would drive up to people walking, ask for directions, and when they would turn away, walk away, begin firing.” Henderson urged caution, not vigilante action. “As long as that person is loose then we are in danger, and I don’t want any vigilante stuff to start happening I don’t want a race riot,” Henderson said. “I just want this person caught and I want the people that live in this community to be safe.” Tulsa was the scene in 1921 of one of the nation’s bloodiest race riots, touched off by a Black-vigilante response to rumors, later dispelled, of a Black man from nearby Greenwood charged with raping a White woman.

Zimmerman

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Demonstrators have poured into Sanford from all over the country to protest the fact that Zimmerman has yet to be arrested and charged. Numerous supporters across America have also held marches in honor of the teen. The prosecutor’s ruling comes just a day after Zimmerman’s attorneys announced that they no longer represent him and had no contact with him since April 8. They added that they have no knowledge of their former client’s whereabouts. According to CNN, Zimmerman recently started a website to raise money for his defense and living expenses. Debate has raged over whether the teen attacked the neighborhood watchman after he was approached during the Feb. 26 incident. Funeral director Richard Kurtz, who handled Martin’s body said on Headline News’ “Nancy Grace Show” March 28 that he saw no signs of struggle on the teen’s hands and did not observe any evidence that he had been involved in a fight. Kurt’s claims came shortly after Zimmerman’s father,

a Sanford law enforcement officer, asserted that Martin had severely beaten Zimmerman by punching him in the nose and repeatedly slamming his head on the ground. Initial footage of Zimmerman being taken into custody shortly after he killed the teen showed no evidence to support claims that he had been beaten, but enhanced video footage released by ABC News shows the neighborhood watchman with a gash on his head. The footage does not show Zimmerman with any blood on his shirt or an injured nose, however. Sources told ABC News that the surveillance tape of Zimmerman could ultimately be used as evidence. Shortly before the prosecutor’s ruling, Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said the city has become a “kindling box” due to many residents’ intense feelings of the case. He added that he “plans for the worst and hopes for the best.” Please visit AFRO.com for an update of this story.

Worst Race Riot in History of the Country About Over (By telegraph) Tulsa, Okla., June 1 – Every Negro church, business place and home has been destroyed during the riot. A number of prominent citizens have been killed including Dr. Jackson. The city is under martial law. The deaths will exceed 100. Signed J. O. Midnight. Equal Rights League Protests “Wholesale Colored Arrests” in Tulsa Boston, June 1 – Officers of the National Equal Rights League, a Negro organization, in a telegram sent today to Governor Robertson, Oklahoma, protested against wholesale arrests of “colored and not whites, giving the whites an unfair fighting advantage,” in connection with the race riots at Tulsa. The telegram asked the Governor to direct the Adjutant General “to give the colored a fair chance to protect lives, families and remaining property.” Special to the Afro-American Tulsa, Okla., June 2 – At least [85] persons have been killed, 200 injured and the colored section of this city is in ruins following a two day race riot here. Damage to property is estimated at $5,000,000. Dead lie in streets awaiting burial. Tulsa casualties include 25 whites killed and 100 injured: 60 colored killed, 100 injured. Trouble started when Richard Rawlings was arrested on the charge of “impudence and impertinence” to a white girl in an elevator. Police said he “assaulted” her and there were threats of lynching. A dozen colored men, hearing of the rumor, armed themselves, marched to the courthouse and asked to be sworn in as deputies to protect the prisoner. They were later reinforced by others and a crowd of whites collected on the opposite side of the street. A white man started the riot by trying to take a [gun] away from a Negro. He was instantly killed. The battle began. Colored men were outnumbered three-

to-one and …into the colored section which attacking whites immediately set on fire. The state militia was called out and the city was put under martial law. Police disarmed Negroes by the hundreds leaving whites their arms. Militia also aided the whites. Firemen took a stand on the edge of the black belt in order to keep the flames there and prevent any white homes from catching fire. Flames were not obedient however and hundreds of white people [lost] their homes. Ten thousand colored people it is estimated lost everything they had. They are …on the hills above the …in convention hall and in the ballpark where the high fence [enabled] them to be kept under strict guard. Thousands of colored people have left Tulsa for neighboring cities. To stay here means to be arrested for being colored, put in one of the detention camps on bread and water under guard or the chance of being shot at by …in the public streets. How many colored homes in white sections remain cannot now be counted. Most of those in the ten blocks devastated were frame and burned like tinder.

‘Doomsday’ Budget

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Neil Bergsman, director of the Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute, in a statement. The House and the Senate failed to come to an agreement on how to fund the budget. It’s a failed agreement that would cost the state $512.2 million funding. Much of that funding was slated to be passed down to the state’s local jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions will be forced to make serious decisions about what to do without funding they expected. In Prince George’s, the county may have to make over $65 million in cuts. That includes nearly $13 million in direct aid to schools. Baltimore City would lose close to $60 million in funding; with close to $11.6 million in cuts to its schools. Montgomery County would lose $41.4 million and would have to make an $8.4 million cut in direct funding to schools. What these jurisdictions

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would also see is the elimination of funding due to the Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI). This tool takes into account the increased cost of educating kids in larger jurisdictions. The elimination of this measure would result in $22.4 million in lost funds in Baltimore City, $32.8 million in lost funding in Montgomery County and 38.3 million lost funds in Prince George’s. In total, the state’s counties and Baltimore City would lose over $262 million. Meanwhile, GOP

members of the Maryland General Assembly saw the impasse as something positive. In a statement on its Facebook page, the Maryland Republican Party said the budget would only create more debt for the state. “Marylanders are turning on Governor O’Malley’s liberal, big government agenda!” the statement said. “With super majorities in both chambers, Democrats can’t decide how much of a left turn they want to take on the road to record debt and the highest taxes in America.”

Maryland Republicans are also uninterested in a special session. “Here’s why it’s wrong,” Del. Anthony O’Donnell, R-Dist. 29C, told the Washington Post. “The citizens of Maryland demand that we come here and pass a budget and get our work done in 90 days. It’s been going on for years and years and years and yet we messed around.” The state has until July 1 to come to an agreement on a new budget or the “doomsday” budget becomes law.

Banning Arsenic Products

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore that use chicken manure as fertilizer. “Arsenic laced rain water washes off into the bay. When it’s not raining, arsenic binds to the soil and then builds up in the soil. We’ve found that some of the fields in Maryland are beyond remediation. They can’t be improved in any way,” said Del. Hucker. Though some might conclude that consuming meat from a chicken with a carcinogen in its liver could potentially lead to human deaths, Curtis Allen, a spokesperson for the FDA says that reasoning would be “jumping to conclusions” because that “implies it happens right away.” The final bill recommended by the senate was a watereddown version of what was originally proposed by members of the House, but an agreement was made between the two chambers. Changes made to the bill at the Senate level included the addition of a clause that lifts the ban should the product later be found safe for humans and the environment. The legislation was also amended to allow the use of histostat, another drug containing arsenic and not much different from Roxarsone, used to treat disease in turkeys.

“The agency continues to work with the drug sponsor to fully investigate the issue and, as part of this effort, FDA is conducting some additional confirmatory testing to address some remaining scientific questions.” said Gloria Sánchez-Contreras, a bilingual public affairs specialist for the FDA. “The suspension of sales will remain in effect as this work is completed.” Those in opposition to the ban say the legislation will cost Marylander’s farm industry jobs, as well as discourage investment in the industry. According to reports published by the DelMarva Poultry Industry, which monitors the industry in the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, proceeds made from the broiler chicken in Maryland accounted for nearly 40 percent of all income made from cash farms. In 2009, the farms that raise broiler chickens netted about $640,303,000, making it 9th in the country for the payout connected with the broiler chicken industry within the agricultural sector. The state ranks 10th for the overall production of broiler chickens in the state, processing more than 1.4 billion pounds of broiler chicken every year.


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“Growing Up AFRO: Snapshots of Black Childhood” The AFRO Mounts a Retrospective of 120 Years of Black History in Pictures By Jannette J. Witmyer Special to the AFRO For years, being recognized as an AFRO Clean Block was one of the greatest honors that an African American neighborhood could achieve. Neighbors took the competition seriously. They could be seen, early in the morning, scrubbing steps, sweeping sidewalks and lining their blocks with flower-filled planters, hoping to be the next block chosen to fly the coveted clean block banner. Often, the results they awaited would be delivered by AFRO newsboys and newsgirls. This year, as the Afro American Newspaper marks its 120th anniversary, members of the community will be able to relive those golden

“It’s an opportunity for mothers and grandmothers to say, ‘You know, I was in the AFRO in 19-so-and so’.” memories and more, through an exhibition at the Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, entitled “Growing Up AFRO: Snapshots of Black Childhood.” Curated by AFRO archivist John Gartrell, the exhibition of 120 photographs selected from the AFRO Archives Collection will highlight the historical involvement of young people in the community’s and newspaper’s longevity. It will enjoy a sixmonth run, opening June 23 and closing December 30, 2012. Presented in six sections and themes, A

Child Shall Lead; Children of All Seasons; Games We Play; Growing Up AFRO; Worth A Thousand Words; and Golden School Days, the exhibition pictorially captures images of African American children participating in activities ranging from protests and

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The Three Amigos have chosen to remain anonymous.

Maryland Mega Millions Winners Continued from A1

announced in late March, Mirlande Wilson, a Haitian single mother of seven stepped forward and claimed to have it. The woman made national headlines after she alienated her McDonald’s coworkers by claiming she bought the winning ticket outside of a company pool she had participated in, according to Fox News. Her coworkers responded by filing a suit against her. Meanwhile, she told the New York Post that she had hidden the ticket somewhere in the restaurant and misplaced it. “We believe it to be a legitimate claim,” said Edward Smith, Wilson’s attorney, at a press conference last week. “When it is time to present the ticket or whatever it is that needs to be presented to the lottery commissioner, I am sure that we will be there.” Now, Wilson’s motives remain a mystery. The AFRO reached out to Smith for comment, but hadn’t received a response by press time. What were her motives? What was she thinking? Could wishing make it so? A spokeswoman for the MSLA said the winners who came forward are the sole claimants of the Mega Millions jackpot. She added, “There was no indication that the three knew Ms. Wilson or were connected to her in any

way.” When asked whether there was any speculation to Wilson’s claims after she came forward, the spokeswoman said, “Our position all along has been that, until someone walked through the doors of the Maryland Lottery with the winning ticket in hand, there was no legitimate winner.” The actual winners, who refer to themselves as “The Three Amigos,” arrived at Lottery headquarters on April 9 to claim their portion of the $656 million jackpot. The group chose the cash option of $158 million, which will be reduced to $105 million after taxes. After divvying up the amount, each ticket holder will take home $35 million. “We couldn’t be more delighted with the winners,” a Maryland State Lottery spokeswoman told the AFRO in an emailed statement. “All three winners are hardworking individuals.” The group is comprised of a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s and another woman in her 50s. They said they pooled their money last month and bought 20 tickets each, for a total of 60 tickets. The youngest person in the group decided to hold on to all of the tickets and checked the numbers as soon as they were announced on March 30. “I had all 60 tickets spread

across my floor,” the woman said in a statement. “Once I realized one was a winner, I called my two friends right away.” Shortly thereafter, the trio decided to meet up and devise a plan. They made copies of the ticket, stashed them in a safe and later enlisted the help of a financial advisor. The “Amigos” say they will continue to work for now. One ticketholder plans to buy a new home with his newfound fortune, while another plans to take a backpacking trip to Europe. The third winner wants to tour Italy’s wine country. As the group celebrates its victory, Martino believes all Marylanders have a reason to rejoice. “Although these three have hit the jackpot-of-alifetime, everyone in the state wins,” he said in a statement. “As a result of the big Mega Millions win, Maryland will receive more than $13 million in additional tax revenue to support the good cause of the state.” Winning tickets were also sold in Kansas and Illinois. The Kansas winner, who also chose to remain anonymous, claimed the prize last week. The Illinois winner has not come forward. Meanwhile, two Maryland second-tier $250,000 tickets remain unclaimed.

in organizing the show. She concurs, “Culled from the AFRO Newspapers photo archives, this exhibition is a wonderful visual document of young Marylanders actively and positively engaged in their communities.” She goes on to say, “Particularly in the section on youth activism … I think today’s youth will be informed and inspired by the generations that came before. Often we see images of adults protesting, or marching for civil rights. In this exhibition, with the lens on children, we witness our youngest citizens participating in movements for social change.” One major goal of the exhibition is to rekindle the sense of pride and excitement that people experienced when they saw their faces or those of family members and friends in the newspaper’s pages. “It’s an opportunity for mothers and grandmothers to say, ‘You know, I was in the AFRO in 19-so-and so’,” says Gartrell. “It is also a great way to showcase the AFRO archives, the collection there and the tremendous work that’s been done over the past five or six years to preserve the collection, create an inventory for it and make it more available to researchers.” AFRO File Photo While the exhibition looks back over the past 120 years, the AFRO hopes demonstrations to showing off their Easter that it will enable the newspaper and the finery during a Pennsylvania Avenue Easter community to project forward. There are plans Parade. to create an online presence for this awesome “The exhibition pivots around the AFRO’s story, as well as an online companion coverage of black life through the lens of exhibition, allowing all to introduce or rechildren. And - it is a celebration of the impact introduce themselves, their kids and grandkids that the AFRO has had on the community. to the AFRO and what it means. Nowadays, there’s so much negative news These are ambitious goals and will about the youngest generation. This is an take the physical and financial support of opportunity to revisit and celebrate young the community to accomplish and achieve people and how they’ve been so much of a excellence. As a result, the AFRO is seeking fabric of this institution,” Gartrell explains. donations in the form of tax deductable Michelle J. Wilkinson, Ph.D., the donations to AFRO Charities and sponsorships museum’s Director of Collections & of the exhibition’s six sections. Exhibitions, has worked closely with Gartrell

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In the Baltimore region, and across America, job growth remains the most important issue on people’s minds. We have evidence that our economy is improving, but it also remains painfully clear that we have much more to do — both nationally and right here in our own community. In my neighborhood, we are aware that, despite all the partisan attacks, President Obama is succeeding in turning our Congressman economy around. Elijah Cummings When Barack Obama took office, the Bush recession was costing our economy more than 700,000 jobs each month. In response, President Obama and congressional Democrats acted quickly to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. We avoided another Great Depression by cutting taxes for small businesses and 95 percent of working families — and by providing emergency funding to support about 300,000 educator jobs, more than 4,600 law enforcement positions, and investments in the clean energy sector that supported 224,500 jobs through 2010. As a result, through February 2012, our economy has added more than 3.9 million private sector jobs during more than 24 consecutive months of job growth. Here in Maryland, we are in a better employment environment than many other states. The number of employed Marylanders is now at its highest level since September 2008. Yet for far too many job seekers, especially African Americans, the job picture continues to be daunting. That is why my office will be hosting our 15th Annual Job Fair on April 16 from 9 am until 2 pm at the Fifth Regiment Armory (410-685-9199 for more information).

Informally we are calling the job event “Jobs Plus.” We do so because we have learned that we can be most helpful to job seekers by bringing them together with 56 employers ready to hire, experts in job seeking skills, and the ability to place job applications “on line.” For example, this year’s “Job Plus” Fair includes “Résumé Doctor,” writing assistance and advice, as well as Computer Café and ONE-Stop Mobile Career Centers, provided by the Maryland Workforce Exchange. Job creation continues to be my number one priority in the Congress. However, I also realize that our local initiatives must be both practical and realistic. The truth is that good jobs continue to be scarce. That is why I have asked the employers to participate in the job fair only if they are hiring at this time or in the very near future — and the 56 employers signed up to participate have all promised they have jobs to offer. “Jobs Plus” also will be connecting job seekers with the resources needed while they look for employment: food stamps, job training, consumer credit counseling, and experts who are knowledgeable about unemployment benefits. Attendees will also be able to attend free workshops on how to utilize social media when searching for a job; resources available for Veterans; résumé writing and interview techniques, family budgeting, healthcare resources and medical assistance programs. We also will have a workshop to provide helpful information for ex-offenders who are searching for employment. The participatin employers represent a range of industries including banking, hospitality, healthcare, public safety, colleges and universities, and government agencies. From past experience, I am confident that participants can find the jobs that they are seeking at this expanded “Jobs Plus” event. Even those who do not immediately find a job often gain “leads” that will help them take the next economic step in their lives. I realize, however, that more than our free, once-a-year opportunity will be required to reverse the increasingly

desperate economic tide in our community. That is why, back during the Clinton years, I worked so hard to support the creation of “One-Stop Career Centers,” that President Obama has continued to fund. These gateways to better lives can help job-seekers gain the practical assistance they need — but only if they are first convinced by family or friends to take advantage of this help. If you know someone who is looking for a job — or for a better position — bring them to our Jobs Plus event on April 16. Then, encourage them to utilize our City’s One-Stop Career Centers, conveniently located at 1100 North Eutaw St. (410-767-2148), 3001 E. Madison St. (410-396-9030), and Mondawmin Mall (410-523-1060). Baltimore County and Howard County residents can find the same help at 7930 Eastern Blvd. (410-288-9050 ext. 424), 11101 McCormick Rd. (410- 887-7940), or 7161 Columbia Gateway Dr. (410-290-2600). Americans want to work. Together, we can rebuild our economy and our community. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Does Your Image Say “I’m Ready for the Job on Day 1?” With the economy once again playing such an important role during this election cycle, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March unemployment numbers on April 6 amidst great anticipation and perhaps uneasiness. The final numbers showed an 8.2 percent overall jobless rate, a slight drop from the 8.3 percent rate in February, Shirley A. Jones leaving room for a positive or negative spin from both sides of the aisle. Looking at the positive, the rate reflected seven straight months of the jobless rate going down or at least not going up. It also reflected more than $4 million in private sector jobs being added over the last two years. With the jobless rate at least holding steady, now is a good time for job seekers to consider whether they are doing all they can to differentiate themselves and make a positive impression

on prospective employers. My recent experience as a vendor at the 8th Annual Fairfax Mega Job Fair, representing Blacks In Government, a nonprofit employee support group, tells me there’s definitely room for a little image building. I’m used to interviewing aspiring lawyers from local law schools for the summer law associate program at my agency so I’m used to seeing blue and black suits across the board, regardless of gender. And, even though I recently saw the occasional pink eye shadow on some female interviewees, there still wasn’t much out of the norm. But, the norm was not what I saw at the Fairfax Mega Job Fair, where I saw everything from shorts and flip-flops to jeans and athletic shoes. It was the suit and tie that was rare, even though some employers were accepting resumes on the spot. What I saw at the job fair made me wonder if current job seekers know just how powerful image truly is and if they even know what image they are in fact projecting. These are questions all of us should individually consider as professionals whether currently employed or not. And, this is particularly important in this distressed job market. That’s because research shows that within the first 30-60 seconds of a new encounter, we are evaluated i.e. the prospective employer

will rate your visual and behavioral appearance. The employer will observe your demeanor, mannerisms, and body language. Importantly, you make an impression that sets the stage for future relationships or the lack thereof. Essentially, you either create positive first impressions that open doors or negative first impressions that can close doors. We’ve all heard the saying “image is everything” and while that may not be totally true, we should know just how important image is in accomplishing our goals. This is particularly true with a jobless rate of 8.2 percent overall, which drilled down into its relevant parts show a 14.7 percent jobless rate for African-American men and an 11.1 pecent jobless rate for African-American women. These numbers are in comparison to lower jobless rates of 7.5 percent and 6.5 percent for White men and women, respectively. And, while we know there are other factors at play when considering the difference in the numbers, creating a professional image is at least the one factor that is within the job seekers control. Shirley A. Jones, Esq. is president of the Region XI Council of Blacks In Government.

Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex In an age when freedom is fast becoming the exception rather than the rule, imprisoning Americans in private prisons run by mega-corporations has turned into a cash cow for big business. At one time, the American penal system operated under the idea that dangerous criminals needed to be put under lock and key in order to protect society. Today, as states attempt to John W. Whitehead save money by outsourcing prisons to private corporations, the flawed yet retributive American “system of justice” is being replaced by an even more flawed and insidious form of mass punishment based upon profit and expediency. As author Adam Gopnik reports for the New Yorker: [A] growing number of American prisons are now contracted out as for-profit businesses to for-profit companies. The companies are paid by the state, and their profit depends on spending as little as possible on the prisoners and the prisons. It’s hard to imagine any greater disconnect between public good and private profit: the interest of private prisons lies not in the obvious social good of having the minimum necessary number of inmates but in having as many as possible, housed as cheaply as possible. Consider this: despite the fact that violent crime in America has been on the decline, the nation’s incarceration rate has tripled since 1980. Approximately 13 million people are introduced to American jails in any given year. Incredibly, more than six million people are under “correctional supervision” in America, meaning that one in fifty Americans is working their way through the prison system, either as inmates, or while on parole or probation. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the majority of those being held in federal prisons are convicted of drug offenses—namely, marijuana. Presently, one out of every 100 Americans is

serving time behind bars. Little wonder, then, that public prisons are overcrowded. Yet while providing security, housing, food, medical care, etc., for six million Americans is a hardship for cash-strapped states, to profit-hungry corporations such as Corrections Corp of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the leaders in the partnership corrections industry, it’s a $70 billion gold mine. Thus, with an eye toward increasing its bottom line, CCA has floated a proposal to prison officials in 48 states offering to buy and manage public prisons at a substantial cost savings to the states. In exchange, and here’s the kicker, the prisons would have to contain at least 1,000 beds and states would have agree to maintain a 90 percent occupancy rate in the privately run prisons for at least 20 years. The problem with this scenario, as Roger Werholtz, former Kansas secretary of corrections, recognizes is that while states may be tempted by the quick infusion of cash, they “would be obligated to maintain these (occupancy) rates and subtle pressure would be applied to make sentencing laws more severe with a clear intent to drive up the population.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened. Among the laws aimed at increasing the prison population and growing the profit margins of special interest corporations like CCA are three-strike laws (mandating sentences of 25 years to life for multiple felony convictions) and “truth-in-sentencing” legislation (mandating that those sentenced to prison serve most or all of their time). “And this is where it gets creepy,” observes reporter Joe Weisenthal for Business Insider, “because as an investor you’re pulling for scenarios where more people are put in jail.” In making its pitch to potential investors, CCA points out that private prisons comprise a unique, recession-resistant investment opportunity, with more than 90 percent of the market up for grabs, little competition, high recidivism among prisoners, and the potential for “accelerated growth in inmate populations following the recession.” In other words, caging humans for profit is a sure bet, because the U.S. population is growing dramatically and the prison population will grow proportionally as well, and more prisoners equal more profit. However, while a flourishing privatized prison system is a financial windfall for corporate investors, it bodes ill for any

measures aimed at reforming prisoners and reducing crime. CCA understands this. As it has warned investors, efforts to decriminalize certain activities, such as drug use (principally possession of marijuana), could cut into their profits. So too would measures aimed at reducing the prison system’s disproportionately racist impact on minorities, given that the incarceration rate for Blacks is seven times that of Whites. Immigrants are also heavily impacted, with roughly 2.5 million people having been through the immigration detention system since 2003. As private prisons begin to dominate, the many troubling characteristics of our so-called criminal justice system today—racism, economic inequality, inadequate access to legal representation, lack of due process, etc.—will only become more acute. Doubtless, a system already riddled by corruption will inevitably become more corrupt, as well. For example, consider the “kids for cash” scandal which rocked Luzerne County, Penn., in 2009. For ten years, the Mid Atlantic Youth Service Corporation, which specializes in private prisons for juvenile offenders, paid two judges to jail youths and send them to private prison facilities. The judges, who made over $2.6 million in the scam, had more than 5,000 kids come through their courtrooms and sent many of them to prison for petty crimes such as stealing DVDs from Wal-Mart and trespassing in vacant buildings. When the scheme finally came to light, one judge was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison and the other received 28 years, but not before thousands of young lives had been ruined. No matter what the politicians or corporate heads might say, prison privatization is neither fiscally responsible nor in keeping with principles of justice. It simply encourages incarceration for the sake of profits, while causing millions of Americans, most of them minor, nonviolent criminals, to be handed over to corporations for lengthy prison sentences which do nothing to protect society or prevent recidivism. This perverse notion of how prisons should be run, that they should be full at all times, and full of minor criminals, is evil. Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book The Freedom Wars (TRI Press) is available online at www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford. org.


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By Belinda Merritt Special to the AFRO Over 400 middle and high school students embarked on the campus of the New Psalmist Baptist church in anticipation of discovery and adventure in the world of STEM. The Sankofa Community Development Corporation in partnership with the STEMcx planning committee, area businesses, and New Psalmist Baptist church hosted the 2nd annual STEMcx conference on March 3. Former astronaut Robert Curbeam held the young audience and parents captivated with his unique knowledge and insight in the role of the keynote speaker. He is currently vice president of Mission Assurance for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings Joe Barber, Director of attended the conference and acknowledged Education Programs National the importance of exposing our youth to Aquarium disusses sharks and career opportunities in the fields of science, dolphins with students. technology, engineering and math. Historically, many AfricanAmerican students do not pursue higher

Maurice Sarjeant works with students on robotics

John Murach, Director of Business Planning and Danielle Smith of BGE gave a presentation on alternative enery and cars

education in STEM fields nor find encouragement or motivation from parents who do not necessarily recognize the hidden talent of their children. STEMcx conference is held to expose youth in middle and high school to careers as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, as well as, presenting the careers in creative fun workshops. Rocket Science and Flight, The Science of Super Heroes, and Slam Dunk-The Physics of Basketball were popular middle school workshops. Kinect with Microsoft-Xbox 360 Exposed, The Chemistry of Cover Girl, and Trauma 101 were popular high school workshops. A special seminar gave parents insight on the importance of encouraging and challenging their children to raise their academic standards and to seriously consider careers in STEM fields. TRowe Price, Northrop Grumman, Baltimore Gas and Electric, The Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Anysolv Technologies, Physics Professor, discusses Inc., National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. of Metropolitan the physics of football Baltimore and Vaughn Greene Funeral Services are proud community sponsors. The Right Rev. Walter S. Thomas is pastor of New Psalmist Baptist Church.

Visit www.stemcx.weebly.com and www.americaspace.org for additional information about STEMcx and event highlights.

STEMcx planning committee members,Talib Horne, Patrick Johnson, Sandy Adams (Chair), Jerry  Archer, Jarrod Archer,  Belinda Merritt, Genia Loving-Clash and Kafi Parker

Congressman Elijah Cummings and Robert Curbeam, former astronaut and Vice President, Mission Assurance for Raytheon Companies

Phoebe Tsoi and Carman Williams works with Sean Martin

Pete Ganon search for fossils with Sidney Roseborough and Annesa Rahim

Washington, D.C. The University of the District of Columbia, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) hosted New York Times bestselling author and Princeton University historian, Dr. Martha Sandweiss for its second “Big Read” event, March 2. Dr. Sandweiss was joined by a panel of UDC faculty in a discussion about her awarding winning book, PASSING STRANGE: A Gilded Art Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line. UDC faculty participants were Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, Dr. G. Derek Musgrove (History), Dr. Matthew Petti (English) and Dr. Taqi Tirmazi (Social Work). The audience of students and faculty enjoyed an engaging discussion and question and answer session as they focused on the secret life of Clarence King. King was a late 19th century writer and explorer who lived a double life; the first as the prominent white geologist and writer Clarence King and the second as the Black Pullman Porter and steelworker named James Todd. He passed across the color line, revealing his secret to his black common-law wife, Ada Copeland, only on his deathbed. The “CAS READS BIG” is a newly launched, common read initiative by Dr. April Massey, associate dean which exemplifies efforts to engage students beyond the classroom and show the world as a learning lab. The inaugural “Big Read” event held in October 2011, featured the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. These engaging and informative events are examples of the College of Arts & Sciences evolving scholarly directions and expectations.

Panel participants-left to rightDr. Mohammad Tirmazi, Dr. Matthew Petti, Dr. Margaret Sandweiss, Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber and Dr. G. Derek Musgrove Photos by Bill Tabron

Letitiah Etheridge, CSI Forensic Educator, discusses forensic science Photos by Bill Tabron

Greenbelt, Md. The 36 Annual Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show/ Luncheon sponsored by the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in partnership with the Prince George’s County Delta Alumnae Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of 19 scholars at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. on March 18. All scholars are enrolled in or bound for college or technical schools, received an astounding $55,000 in scholarships, the largest amount awarded in the history of the Chapter and Foundation. Diane Venable, chapter president; Sinthea Kelly, chairperson of the Fashion Show; Carol A. Moses, chairperson of the Scholarship Committee and Eddimae Tisdale, chairperson of the Foundation welcomed more than 1200 guests to this annual benefit. th

Notables included the Honorable Anthony Brown, Maryland lieutenant governor; Carolyn JB Howard, Maryland state delegate; Angela Alsobrooks, state’s attorney for Prince George’s County; Karen Toles, Prince George’s County Council; Ethel Rogers Grundy, PGCAC inaugural president; Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of the Prince George’s Community College; Elizabeth M. Hewlett, chair - Prince George’s County Planning Board – MCNPP Commission; and Jennifer Jones, chair - Prince George’s County Commission for Women. It was an afternoon filled with one-of-a-kind fashions, an endless and scrumptious lunch, a silent auction, vendors, the raffling of a full-length mink coat, $1,000, an Apple iPad and a Nook eReader, door prizes and reflections of previous scholarship recipients and their accomplishments.

Dr. Margaret Sandweiss with panel participants - Dr. Tirmazi, Dr. Jowers-Barber, Dr. Musgrove & Dr. Petti. Inaugural president of the PGCAC, Ethel Rogers Gundy with Angela Ewell-Madison, 2nd vice president, Annapolis Alumnae Chapter. Dr. Margaret Sandweiss with UDC students.

National and Regional Delta officials with Md. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Diane Venable, chapter president, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Eddie Mae Tisdale, Foundation, president.

Chapter member Dayna Fleming walks the runway.

Dr. Sandweiss with CAS Administrators-left to right-Dr. Lena Walton, Dr. Shiela Harmon Martin, Dr. April Massey & Professor Maxine Legal. Scholarship recipients on stage with chapter officers and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Author Sandweiss signs books for UDC students and faculty.

Dr. Benson Cooke, Dr. April Massey, Author Sandweiss, Dr. Kathleen Dockett and student, Steven Jones.

High school friends, Yvette M. LaGonterie and Elizabeth M. Hewlett

Fashion Show Committee, Sinthea Kelly, chair (2nd from the far left, standing)

Cynthia Birks (far right), co-chair, Scholarship Committee with guests.

Frenchettia Payne, chaplain of PGCAC giving the blessing.

2011-2012 Scholarship Committee, Carol A. Moses, chair Photos by Rob Roberts


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Prom Trends and Events Well Worth the Stress for Area Teens

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By Alexis Taylor AFRO Staff Writer

ach year Spring brings flowers, the chirping of birds and the promise of warmer weather; but even more important, for hundreds of thousands of teen girls around the country- Spring means one thing: Prom. Between finding the perfect dress and shoes, accessorizing, securing a swanky restaurant for dinner, and finalizing the all-important after-party plans, prom these days can easily become an affair that requires planning similar to a full-fledged wedding day. “I went to at least 15 stores because all the dresses were cut different,” said Kionna Lawson, a junior at Parkville High School. “Everything was last minute, but I just kept a positive attitude,” said Lawson, who suggests students start planning for occasion at the beginning of the school year.

“Adults sometimes think about teens getting stressed out about proms as trivial. The stress response that young people feel because of the situation is very real and adults might downplay that.” Area high schools have already begun the prom season but the majority of the junior and senior prom dates have yet to be filled, as the typical season takes place from mid-April to late May. Ladies in attendance this year have come a long way from the homemade ankle length dresses of their grand and great-grandmothers who might have attended a prom. According to David’s Bridal, a leading company in bridal wear and accessories, trending this year are sequined or printed gowns and dresses layered with tulle complete with clutch purses. Daring blues, all shades of purple, fuchsia and orange are leading colors for dresses of all lengths. Locally, some high school students even have a tradition where junior girls sport shorter dresses as senior ladies attend in sweeping, floor-length numbers. Though the festivities surrounding prom might be thrilling, they bring with them no shortage of stress. “Adults sometimes think about teens getting stressed out about proms as trivial. The stress response that young people

feel because of the situation is very real and adults might downplay that,” said Beth Marshall, assistant director for the Center for Adolescent Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Marshall says that it is most important for “young people to have the opportunity to talk about what is stressing them out and address it immediately. Adults should listen to them, should be open, and make it clear to the young person that they’re supportive of what they’re going through.” Also key is to remember that “stress is contagious.” Marshall warns that parents who worry about covering the tab for prom or keeping their child safe on that night can easily transfer their fears and become a factor in their child’s tension about prom. The Center for Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM • Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM Disease Control (CDC) recommends planning Montgomery County Fairgrounds ahead and budgeting 16 Chestnut Street • Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877 to control anxiety “An Education on the African American Experience” levels that might be heightened as a result of • Many vendors with Black Memorabilia for sale prom costs and fees. To • Educational Exhibits including Slavery Artifacts, avoid disasters on the Buffalo Soldiers, Black Panther Party, Marcus day of the event, test Garvey, Tuskegee Airmen, Malcolm X, Madame make up, lotions, and C. J. Walker, George Washington Carver, etc. sprays on skin prior to • Meet & obtain autographs from Negro League the big day. Ladies and Baseball Players, Tuskegee Airmen and: gentlemen of this year’s -- Lonette McKee who was “Sister” in the movie prom season are also “Sparkle” reminded that stressing -- Ernest “Raj” Thomas and Haywood “Dwayne” over a personal date is Nelson from the TV series “What’s Happening!” not guaranteed to be • Verbal appraisal of Black Memorabilia for $5 per item. any more exciting than attending with a group Admission: $7 - Children 16 and under free of trusted friends. (301) 649-1915 • www.johnsonshows.com

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Preserving LeDroit Park By Marcus A. Williams Feature and Entertainment Reporter A proud DC native has stepped behind the camera to tell the story of one of DC’s most historic neighborhoods. Sixty year

old Eastern High School and Howard University alumni Ronald “Smokey” Stevens has decided to document the story of LeDroit Park, one of the most culturally rich communities in the city. “I live here in LeDroit Park and after moving around

the neighborhood for years I realize and recognize the history that’s here in this neighborhood” reflected Smokey. “A lot of influential, prominent people have lived here throughout the years that gave [this community] its historic status.”

The neighborhood sits immediately southeast of Howard University. Its borders include W Street to the north, Rhode Island Avenue and Florida Avenue to the south, Second Street NW to the east, and Georgia Avenue to the west. Some of the most notable residents over the last century have been the city’s first Black mayor, Walter E. Washington , jazz pioneer Duke Ellington, the first Black U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke and the prominent advocate of African American and women’s rights, Mary Church Terrell. Smokey says the documentary takes viewers on a journey through the history of the community — highlighting the amazing impact these residents have had on the neighborhood , the city and the country over the years. “I hope viewers will become enlightened and

educated about our history. If we don’t document our history it will be forgotten,” said Smokey. “Sometimes we as a people suffer from a lack of knowledge so I want to educate, enlighten and entertain.” The historian says he believes the documentary is necessary considering the current state of the community. “Today, gentrification is alive and well and in the last six years housing costs have escalated 250 percent” exclaimed Smokey. “Homes that were once sold for 150 thousand dollars ten years ago are now 700 thousand dollars so I speak about gentrification because the neighborhood was once a completely Black residential district but now whites have moved back because of the history of the neighborhood.” Some blame what’s happening in LeDroit Park and in other communities in

DC like Anacostia, Eastern Market and U Street, on gentrification and other’s see it as Black Americans not caring to see the beauty and rich history of the city and instead are running to lower property values but greater bang for their buck in Prince George’s County, MD. “I can appreciate people getting their dollars’ worth but to say that all areas or some areas of DC are ghetto and they should move would be an ignorant choice because we have a rich legacy and history here in DC and to not be aware of that says a lot,” said Smokey. “The housing here is a tremendous benefit, to own property over here is a wise investment. The housing values here are remaining the same and even escalating.” To learn more about the documentary or purchase your piece of DC history, visit www.preservingledroitpark. com.

‘Rising Spivey’ Reflects ‘the Year of the Entrepreneur’ By AFRO Staff Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made news headlines back in February after officially dubbing 2012 “the year of the entrepreneur!” And although she was an entrepreneur years before ’12 arrived, Bowie, Md. native Shanelle Spivey’s life story still reflects the theme behind the governor’s proclamation. At age 28, Spivey is the owner and executive producer of Spirut Andrews Productions LLC, a multi-faceted video production company that specializes in television production, event coverage, and online video marketing. Spirut Andrews, named after immediate family members who’ve inspired her throughout life, produces a TV series titled ‘The Rising Spivey Show,’ a local talk show which airs in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area. The show is both produced and hosted by Spivey herself, and highlights non-profits and entrepreneurs of her local area, while also covering other interesting community events. It can be seen in Washington, D.C. on channel 95 for Comcast cable subscribers and channel 10 for those subscribed to Verizon cable (channel

Fading Franchise Revived for Sophomoric Hijinks at H.S. Reunion By Kam Williams To some, it probably seems like only yesterday that the high school seniors at the center of American Pie were on a mission to lose their virginity before their graduation. But that was actually two sequels (American Pie 2 and American Wedding) and four spinoffs ago, so the testosterone-blinded buddies have long-since graduated and gone their separate ways, each leaving the State of Michigan, ostensibly to make his mark on the world. Thus, at the point of departure of American Reunion, we find terminally-awkward Jim (Jason Biggs) wed to former band geek Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and raising a mischievous toddler (George Christopher Bianchi) who gets into everything. Meanwhile, macho jock Oz (Chris Klein) is now a highprofile TV sportscaster in L.A.; brainy Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is married and working as an architect; and mysterious Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is a bohemian fantasizing about doing something more daring than managing a Staples store in Jersey. Fast approaching middle-age, the buddies decide to put their lives on hold to return to their hometown of East Great Falls to attend their 13th annual high school reunion. There,

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76 for Comcast and channel 10 for Verizon in P.G. County). The show can also be viewed at RisingSpivey.com. According to Spivey, viewers of her production “will receive a new, enlightening and encouraging episode each month from a woman who is passionate about changing the world, one small corner at a time.” But tuning into her show doesn’t come without a level of sacrifice paid. Spivey has risked much of her adulthood investing into her own business; she quit her lucrative job with the U.S government nearly three years ago to pursue her dreams as a TV personality/business owner, and hasn’t looked back since. And although her journey hasn’t come without its hardships, Spivey knows what she does isn’t just for herself; the sacrifices she has made has benefited people that she consider family as well as complete strangers. “One of the reasons I quit my former job was to maintain a close and intimate relationship with my daughter,” Spivey told the AFRO. “With my former job, my daughter and I would have to be out of the house by at least 5:00 a.m. everyday just so I could be at work by 7 a.m., and she would have to go to my parents’ house they encounter iconic classmates Stifler (Seann William Scott) and The Shermanator (Chris Owen); Kevin’s ex-girlfriend, Vicky (Tara Reid), and Oz’s-ex Heather (Mena Suvari); as well as a couple of unforgettable parents in Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge) and Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy). Over the course of the ensuing, eventful weekend, these nostalgic alumni reminisce while again becoming embroiled in sordid affairs and sophomoric hijinks suggestive of immature men desperate to recapture their youth. For instance, Kevin gets so drunk that when he wakes up naked next to Vicky, he can’t remember whether he’s just cheated on his wife (Charlene Amoia). Elsewhere, Jim is tempted by the topless, 18 year-old next-door neighbor (Ali Kobrin) he used to babysit for as a child. And Stifler’s still Stifler. He’s not above infantile pranks like pooping into a beer cooler and totally trashing jet skis. And so forth. You know the drill. As for the elders, Jim’s recently-widowed father shares a joint with Stifler’s mom before succumbing to the well-preserved temptress’ womanly charms. Frankly, this reassembled ensemble looks a little long-in-the-tooth to be partaking in depravity ranging from indiscriminate coupling to over-imbibing in alcohol and ecstasy. A telltale sign that the cast might have run its course is the lack of enthusiasm (other than Eugene Levy and Seann William Scott) with which it delivers its lines. An underwhelming last gasp of an expiring franchise strictly for diehards inclined to laugh a final time at a plethora of recycled slapstick, potty humor and graphic sight gags. Good (HH) Rated R for full frontal nudity, profanity, drug use, teen drinking, pervasive crude humor and graphic sexuality.

because before-school daycare wouldn’t be open yet. Then I wouldn’t be able to get home from work until 6 p.m. maybe 7p.m., and that’s not the way I wanted to raise my child.” Now, Spivey not only has more time to nurture her most favorite person in the world, but also has more time to use her talents to shed light on deeper issues and topics that crave attention, whether locally or nationally related.

“I only wish to leave a lasting impression on everyone I meet, encouraging them to find and nurture their passion, protect the environment, and believe in the future,” Spivey told the AFRO. “Rising Spivey is just the beginning for us. I know the world will eventually hear our message on peace and unity, and we will rise together.”

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“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” —Elisabeth Kübler-Ross I celebrated two special people on the same day. Four generations celebrated the patriarch of our family, my daddy Benjamin Scott Johnson’s birthday at Phillips Flagship on the waterfront in DC, in a way that was befitting a man who has done so much to shape the future of his daughters, their children and their grandchildren. It was difficult to stop “the tears on my pillow” when I realized how blessed I am to celebrate both of my parents birthday this month. “It’s a family affair.” The “pride and joy” on daddy’s face as his grandchildren paid tribute to him, thanking him for his words of wisdom through the years, words they didn’t understand then; but has molded their lives and their children’s lives. Among the guests enjoying the extensive buffet featuring crab legs, mussels, Dungeness crabs, crawfish, and prime rib were: Jean Johnson, General Kip & Joyce Ward, Colonel James & Freddie Peaco, Deacon & Mrs. Fitzgerald, Rev Pauline Wilkins, daughter Cheryl Johnson; grandchildren, Colonel Greg & Lisa Packer, Keith Lee, Michael & Rebecca Lee, Kevin & Angela Johnson; great grandchildren Gregory & Matthew Packer and Jasmine Johnson. “Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.” —Oprah Winfrey After daddy’s party, I left DC and headed to the 80th birthday party of Ora Washington, already in full swing at the Forum. The “belle of the ball” was “the lady in red” dancing in the middle of the magnificently decorated

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“Whether one believes in a religion or not and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” —Dalai Lama

room, dressed in red, wearing a tiara, matching her dazzling smile. Guests partying with the diva were Joyce & Enoch Ragin, Sheila & Bill Conway, Pat & Don Leuroneq, Vashti Davis, Regina Battle, Judy & Phil Tonkins, Debbie Allen, Carlos & Aquanetta Johnson, Victor Green, Betty Green, Phil Strambler, Alma & TJ Jackson, Arvella Oats, Glenwood Oats, Pennington Hebron, Joyce Keys and daughters Verdean Cornish and Beverly Tyler “You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.” — Flip Wilson “You’re a winner” Who was America’s only chief executive never elected as president or vice president? Morgan State University’s team won $50,000 and the national title in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge academic tournament with the correct answer, Gerald Ford. Team members Craig Cornish, Michael Osikomaiya, James Hayes Barber, John-Paul Stephens and Coach Dr. OluwaTosin Adegbola competed with 250 students from HBCU around the country. “Art is only important to the extent that it aids in the liberation of our people.” — Elizabeth Catlett (RIP) “Take me out to the ball game” I wait in anticipation as if a child waiting for the first snowflake for this annual rite of spring. The 20th anniversary of opening day at Camden Yards was a day filled with festivities, music and fun. We started the day at the outdoor

party at Pickles Pub. Big Lew, who says ‘walking ain’t crowded;” should have seen the crowd at Pickles; we literally could not move. “Ain’t the beer cold?” —Chuck Thompson After grabbing beers and Italian sausages, we inched our way to the ballpark for a winning game and hopefully a winning season. “If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook.” —Les Giblin “Money, Money, Money,” Congratulations to certified financial planner Nicolas Abrams, on his membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table. Nicolas, the son of Brenda & Donald Abrams,’ outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism garnered him membership in this premier association of financial professionals.

Thanks Rita Selby for the wonderful letter about our friend Shirley Queen Henson celebrating her 90th birthday April 13, which is also my mom’s birthday. Many of you remember the beautiful Aunt Shirley, the owner of several beauty shops throughout the city back in the day. Sending birthday wishes to Gloria “Tuttie” Bogan,” Danny Henson, Kim Washington, Tony Hawkins, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Shirley Richmond, Louise Wiley, Shirley Belton and Debbie Allen. “The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.” —Jim Rohn Condolences to news anchor Lisa Robinson on the death of her mom Ida Robinson; Carolyn Broidy on the death of her father Alexander Ruffin and Edi Green on the death of her nephew Eric Shadd. “Life isn’t about how you survived the storm ... it’s about how you danced in the rain.” —Regina Brett

“I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.” —Tupac Shakur

Join Larry Washington and members of the Arch Social Club, Sunday April 29 as they honor the stroke survival group. Phil Butts Sunshine Band will be providing the music.

Congratulation to Kenneth Ravenell on being selected “Super Lawyer” a muchdeserved honor. The celebration at the Havana Club was a list of who’s who in the legal field, as judges, attorneys and friends paid tribute to this outstanding man and son of a sharecropper.

Gents on the Move spring fling cabaret is April 21, for tickets to this BYOB cabaret call AJ Miles 410-488-1674 or Larry Winkler 410-746-8961. “I’ll be seeing you” —Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

Eco-Documentary Examines Toll Exacted by Unchecked Consumption of Natural Resources

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“…rather than engaging in silly debates…it might be better to examine exactly how we are affecting the planet and what can be done to avert ecological ruin.” By Kam Williams Whether or not recent atmospheric trends are due to global warming, it’s pretty clear that humanity is playing a large part in climate change. But rather than engaging in silly debates about whether we’re headed for immolation or another Ice Age, it might be better to examine exactly how we are affecting the planet and what can be done to avert ecological ruin. That is the thesis of Surviving Progress, a cautionary documentary co-directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks. With the help of Earth advocates like physicist Stephen Hawking, conservationist Jane Goodall and environmental activist Margaret Atwood, the picture issues an urgent appeal for effective intervention before it’s too late. The filmmakers believe that a good place to start might be with a redefinition of what we mean by progress, since our slavish addiction to technological advances involves unchecked mass

consumption. They refer to the way in which we deceive ourselves into believing that we can rape the rainforests and the other natural resources, ad infinitum, as the “Progress Trap.” Primatologist Goodall observes that, “We are the most intellectual creature that’s ever walked the planet,” before wondering why such an intelligent being would willfully destroy its only home. Ms. Atwood adds that instead of thinking of the Earth as a huge bank we can just keep making endless carbon withdrawals from by credit card, “we have to think of the finite nature of the planet and how to keep it alive so that we too may remain alive.” Some weighing-in fervently believe the answer inexorably rests with individuals. “We have to use less,” says energy expert Vaclav Smil. Similarly, Colin Bevan, director of the No Impact Project, insists that we should each be cognizant of our individual carbon footprints. “Before I

go around trying to change others, maybe I should look at myself and change myself,” he concedes. Still, given how megacorporations have come to rationalize deforestation and the unchecked mining of minerals, it is no surprise that geneticist David Suzuki might describe economics “as a form of brain damage.” Somehow, Mr. Hawking remains optimistic about the prospects for humanity, in spite of the fact that, “We are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history.” In the end, behavioral scientist Daniel Povinelli perhaps sums up the situation best, by suggesting that if humans go extinct, the epitaph on our gravestone should simply read “Why?” A thought-provoking clarion call to stop using our brains in ways which are detrimental to our very survival. Excellent (HHHH) Unrated Running time: 86 minutes Distributor: First Run Features


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Controversial Call Helps Delaware State Sweep Doubleheader over Morgan State By Kevin Paige Special to the AFRO The Delaware State softball team completed its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series sweep over Morgan State, following Saturday’s doubleheader victories over the Lady Bears on April 7 at Lois T. Murray Field in Baltimore, Md. The Hornets defeated Morgan State, 8-1 and 4-1. The Lady Bears (7-16 overall, 1-5 MEAC) seemed as though they would salvage a game in the series during Game 2 of the doubleheader. However a controversial call in the bottom of the sixth inning would take away what would be the go ahead run for the Lady Bears. The visiting Lady Hornets (16-11-1 overall, 6-0 MEAC) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jordan Reid scored on a passed ball. Morgan State evened the score in the bottom half of the inning when Danielle Lugo doubled to right center, scoring Amber Frame. The score would remain tied at 1-1 apiece, until the Lady Bears threatened in the bottom of the MSU Media Relations Photo sixth. Lydia Walther-Rodriguez led off the inning Lydia Walther-Rodriguez with a single to left center and advanced to second on a fielding error. Walther-Rodriguez then reached third on a sac bunt by Boshia Richardson and the Lady Bears appeared to be in business. Tiffany Rubin then flied out to right field, bringing in Walther-Rodriguez for what appeared to be the go-ahead run. However, the home plate umpire said that Walther-Rodriguez had left the base early and was called out, thus ending the inning. Delaware State would take advantage scoring three runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Stephanie Martello and an RBI single by Casey Beighley for the game’s final score. The Lady Hornets finished the game with 10 hits and one error, while Morgan State had six total hits. Morgan State returns to action on Saturday, April 14, when they travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on the Spartans of Norfolk State in a MEAC North Division doubleheader.

AFRO Sports Faceoff: Who Has the Better Big Three in the NBA? Miami or Oklahoma City? By Perry Green and Stephen D Riley AFRO Sports Desk The AFRO sports desk is a little at odds when it comes to comparing the greatness of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Durant has had an MVP-caliber season, but James is no stranger to MVP campaigns, and is having an outstanding season of his own. The argument has gone beyond who’s the better candidate. Instead, the latest debate concerns the surrounding cast of both players. With a heated 98-93 contest won by Miami on April 4 still fresh for both the Thunder and the Heat, Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green sounded off on which squad has the better Big Three.

Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn leads Boxtorow All-American Team By Donal Ware Special to the AFRO Norfolk State senior center Kyle O’Quinn headlines the Boxtorow Division I HBCU All-American team. O’Quinn was voted the Boxtorow Division I National Player of the Year. In addition to being voted the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player and Defensive Player of the Year, he also made the Boxtorow All-American first team for the second-straight year. He averaged 15.9 points per game and led the MEAC in rebounding (10.3) and blocked shots (2.7), while shooting 57 percent from the field. In the biggest game of his career, O’Quinn scored 26 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Norfolk State, who entered the NCAA Division I Tournament as the No. 15 seed, defeated No.2 seed Missouri 86-84. Joining O’Quinn in the frontcourt is Robert Covington of Tennessee State and Paul Crosby of Mississippi Valley State. Covington was a first team All-OVC performer after averaging 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 45 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 1.5 steals and 1.4

blocks per game. He ranked in the top five in the OVC in scoring (3rd), rebounding (2nd), steals (5th), three-point percentage (3rd), and blocked shots (4th). On February 9, Covington led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, including a three-pointer that gave the Tigers the lead for good as Tennessee defeated then undefeated and seventhranked Murray State 72-68. Crosby was named Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Year after finishing sixth in the league in scoring (13.1), third in rebounding (7.4) and fourth in steals (1.6) in helping lead the Delta Devils to the SWAC regular season and tournament championships. The backcourt consists of Tony Gallo of Coppin State, Darrion Pellum of Hampton and Jay Threatt of Delaware State. Gallo tied for 2nd in the MEAC in scoring (17.1) and averaged 3.7 assists per game which was sixth in the league. His 2.7 three-point field goals made per game was 2nd in the MEAC. Pellum led the MEAC in scoring (18.3) and scored 20 or more points in a game 14 times this season, while

scoring 30 or more points three times. Threatt led the MEAC in assists (6.0), steals (3.0), and assist to turnover ratio (3.1). Nationally he led the nation in steals, and was third in assist to turnover ratio. Threat also averaged 8.8 points per game. Norfolk State’s Anthony Evans was tabbed Coach of the Year. He led the Spartans to a 26-10 mark, tops amongst HBCU Division I schools. He also helped the Spartans claim their first-ever MEAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Division I Tournament win. The second team backcourt is made up of Quincy Roberts of Grambling State, who led all Division I HBCU players in scoring (23.9), and Savalace Towsend of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The frontcourt consists of Cor-J Cox of Mississippi Valley State, Quinton Doggett of Southern and Dominique Sutton of North Carolina Central. This is the fourth year of the All-American team. The voters are made up of media members from around the country who cover NCAA Division I basketball.

High School Hoops Stars to Gather for 39th Annual Capital Classic By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The 39th annual Capital Classic is set to invade the Washington, D.C. metro area April 21 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. The event will collect some of the finest high school senior talent from around the area to star in a series of all-star games, which in the past have included players such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. This year’s group will be headlined by several local stars headed to Division I

schools including Montrose Christian’s Justin Anderson (Virginia), DeMatha’s Jerami Grant (Syracuse) and James Robinson (Pittsburgh). The group will also feature Paul VI’s Patrick Holloway (George Mason) and Landon’s Joe McDonald (George Washington). Players will be divided into four teams including the U.S. All-Stars, the District and Suburban All-Stars and the Capital All-Stars. The U.S. team will feature Sam Cassell, Jr., the son of Washington Wizards assistant head coach and former NBA two-time champion Sam Cassell. Cassell, Jr. will star as one of five recruits headed to the University of Maryland next fall.

Green: Oklahoma City reserve guard James Harden can’t be checked one-on-one. He has the handle and moves to get past any defender off the dribble and the range on his jumper extends past the three-point line. Simply put, the former top-five draft pick is one of the best scorers in the league. When you bring a guy like him off the bench to pair with Durant and the explosive Russell Westbrook, you have a triple-headed threat, none of whom can be handled one-on-one by any defender. All three can move with the ball, which makes them the best Big Three in the league. Durant is the MVP in my opinion, and Westbrook is the most explosive player at his position—even including guys like Derrick Rose and Deron Williams. Riley: James and Durant can be considered a trade-off—they’re both great players. However, for Miami both Wade and Bosh are among the best at their positions. Bosh hasn’t played up to his talent level this season and Wade has been injured often, but when stable and steady, there’s not a Big Three better in the league. Miami still struggles trying to incorporate the talents of all three at the same time, but pound-for-pound, this is the best collection of talent out there. Wade has dominated in the past when needed, and is still capable of controlling a game. Compared to Westbrook, there really is no comparison. While talented, the combustible Westbrook still has a ways to go until he can be mentioned in the same category as Wade. And while I admit that Harden has outperformed Bosh this year, Bosh has already shown in the past that he can hit big shots in the clutch. Green: I don’t care about seasons ago, I’m talking right now. The Thunder’s trio has been superb, which is why they hold one of the league’s top records. I feel confident enough to say Westbrook is already in Wade’s category, because he’s simply been excellent this season. He’s too quick off the dribble and can get his shot off against any defender in the NBA. He’s stellar on defense himself and has the athleticism and speed to check any opposing guard in the league. Simply put, Westbrook gives this team the edge in this matchup. Riley: The way Westbrook emotionally broke down in last year’s playoffs, I’m not ready to call him the tipping point between the two trios. Wade has always been a dominant performer in the postseason, he’s just been injured this year. A healthy Wade easily trumps Westbrook, whether we’re talking better scorers or better defenders. The only edge I would grant you would be Harden over Bosh, and even that’s a lukewarm argument because Bosh is one of the most complete scorers at the power forward position in the league. When we’re talking trios, Miami’s collection has all the hardware you need, from MVP trophies (both Finals and regular season MVPs for Wade and James) and All-Star appearances. They’ve been in the league longer, which gives them the edge. Until the Thunder are able to tout the same accomplishments, then the better Big Three will reside in South Beach.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-11-003337/FR PIKESWOOD, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-12-001138/FR SEDONA INVESTMENTS, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

v. THE ESTATE OF CATHERINE V. BATTLE

Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

Defendants AMENDED ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 16, Section 25, Block 2361, Lot 029 Known as 2421 Arunah Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland Lot Size 23-10 X 95 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 15th day of March, 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 14th day of May, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST W. Michel Pierson, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for TYPESET: Wed AprCity 11 Baltimore 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-12-001137/FR SEDONA INVESTMENTS, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

v. SHIRLEY ANN SMITH

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

v. MILDRED GUY

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 26, Section 20, Block 6155, Lot 017 Known as 3135 McElderry Street, Baltimore, Maryland Lot Size 14-6 x 70 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 28th 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 28th day of April, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Lynn K. Stewart, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for TYPESET: Wed AprCity 11 Baltimore 4/6,2012 4/13, 4/20 11:36:24 EDT IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-12-001139/FR SEDONA INVESTMENTS, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

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ORDER The object of this proceeding OF PUBLICATION is to secure the foreclosure of The object of this proceeding all rights of redemption in the is to secure the foreclosure of property in the City of Balall rights of redemption in the timore, sold by the Collector property in the City of Balof Taxes for the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector timore and the State of of Taxes for the City of BalMaryland to the Plaintiff in this timore and the State of proceeding: Maryland to the Plaintiff in this Ward 16, Section 19, Block proceeding: 2424B, Lot 066 Ward 15, Section 03, Block Known as 3017 Grayson 2438, Lot 011 Known as 1720 North Street, Baltimore, Ellamont Street, Baltimore, Maryland Lot Size Maryland Lot Size 14 x 76-6 13-10 x 128-4 The Complaint states, among The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount other things, that the amount necessary for redemption necessary for redemption has not been paid. has not been paid. It is thereupon this 6th day of It is thereupon this 28th day of March, 2012 by the Circuit February, 2012 by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, Court of Baltimore City, ORDERED, that notice be ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a coy given by the insertion of a coy of this order in THE AFRO of this order in THE AFRO AMERICAN, a newspaper of AMERICAN, a newspaper of general circulation in the City general circulation in the City of Baltimore once a week for of Baltimore once a week for three (3) successive weeks, three (3) successive weeks, warning all persons warning all persons interested in the property to interested in the property to appear in this Court by the appear in this Court by the 5th 28th day of April, 2012 and day of May, 2012 and redeem redeem the subject property the subject property and anand answer the Complaint or swer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumfree and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST brances. Lynn K. Stewart, TRUE COPY TEST Judge Lynn K. Stewart, Clerk of the Circuit Court Judge Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Clerk of the Circuit Court Circuit Court for Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Baltimore City11 Circuit Court for TYPESET: Wed Apr 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 Baltimore City TYPESET: Wed Apr 11 11:31:05 EDT 2012 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D12000916 IN THE MATTER OF Libertad Kotlyarov FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO Libertad Lili Kotlyarov Montoya ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION

The object of this suit is to o ff i c i a l l y c h a n g e t h e name of the petitioner from Libertad Kotlyarov to Libertad Lili Kotlyarov Montoya It is this 22nd day of March, 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 23rd day of April, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 8th day of May, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 4/13

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case No.: 24D12000879 IN THE MATTER OF Kyre Téron StevensMays FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO Kyre Téron Stevens ORDER FOR NOTICE BY PUBLICATION

The object of this suit is to o ff i c i a l l y c h a n g e t h e name of the petitioner from Kyre Téron StevensMays to Kyre Téron Stevens It is this 16th day of March, 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 16th day of April, 2012, which shall warn all interested persons to file an affidavit in opposition to the relief requested on or before the 1st day of May, 2012. Frank M. Conaway Clerk 4/13

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v. LIONEL ANDERSON FREEMONT INVESTMENT & LOAN CORPORATION FRIEDMAN & MACFAYDEN, P.A.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-12-001139/FR SEDONA INVESTMENTS, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-12-000917/FR SEDONA INVESTMENTS, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-12-001120/FR SEDONA INVESTMENTS, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

v. LIONEL ANDERSON FREEMONT INVESTMENT & LOAN CORPORATION FRIEDMAN & MACFAYDEN, P.A.

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Bal11:29:08 EDT timore and the 2012 State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 15, Section 03, Block 2438, Lot 011 Known as 1720 North Ellamont Street, Baltimore, Maryland Lot Size 13-10 x 128-4 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 28th 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 28th day of April, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Lynn K. Stewart, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for Baltimore City 4/6, 4/13, 4/20

v. ROBERTA F. BANKS, A/K/A ROBERTA FRANKLIN SUSAN C. KING

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 09, Section 12, Block 1099A, Lot 038 Known as 1211 East North Avenue, Baltimore Maryland Lot Size 15 x 90 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 27th 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 27th day of April, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Gale E. Rasin, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for Baltimore City 4/6, 4/13, 4/20

v. APOSTOLIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 03, Section 02, Block 1367, Lot 016 Known as 1414 East Lombard Street, Baltimore Maryland Lot Size 14-3 x 66-9 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 6th day of March, 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 5th day of May, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Lynn K. Stewart, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for Baltimore City 4/6, 4/13, 4/20

v. SAMUEL HILL PATRICIA ANN HILL MICHAEL SAMUEL HILL PHILIP REGINALD HILL JUAN HILL GLOBE HOME IMPROVEMENT CO. INCORPORATED WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 09, Section 14, Block 4010L, Lot 22 Known as 1000 Bonaparte Ave, Baltimore Maryland Lot Size 14 x 93 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 24th 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 24th day of April, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST


v. Lamont Montague Alisa Moore David Borinsky, Trustee Bridge Private Lending, LLC Ticor Title Insurance Company, Trustee Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Incorporated American Equity Mortgage Incorporated

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 15, Section 07, Block 2319, Lot 056 Known as 2416 Baker Street, Baltimore, Maryland Lot Size 19 x 80 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 15th day of March, 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 14th day of May, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST W. Michel Pierson, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for TYPESET: Baltimore Wed AprCity11 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-12-001119/FR SEDONA INVESTMENTS, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Plaintiff

v. ANGELO L. MIDDLETON IDEAL FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK GERALD A. SMITH, TRUSTEE

Unknown Tenants of the Subject Property The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland And all Persons having or claiming to have An interest in the property listed below; Their respective heirs, devisees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

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The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 16, Section 19, Block 2452, Lot 42 Known as 3033 Brighton Street, Baltimore Maryland Lot Size 14 x 86-9 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 28th 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 28th day of April, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Lynn K. Stewart, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for Baltimore City 4/6, 4/13, 4/20

Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding TYPESET: Wed Apr 11 11:33:52 EDT 2012

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY Case Number 24-C-11-001501/FR PIKESWOOD, LLC c/o Allen C. Tochterman, Esq. 11411 Cedar Lane Kingsville, Maryland 21087 11:29:28 Plaintiff EDT 2012

isLEGAL to secure the foreclosure of NOTICES all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 08, Section 13, Block 1536, Lot 014 Known as 2327 Preston Street, Baltimore, Maryland Lot Size 15 x 70 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for redemption has not been paid. It is thereupon this 5th day of April, 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, warning all persons interested in the property to appear in this Court by the 4th day of June, 2012 and redeem the subject property and answer the Complaint or thereafter a final judgment will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff leasehold title to the property, free and clear of all encumbrances. TRUE COPY TEST Marcella A. Holland, Judge Clerk of the Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway, Clerk Circuit Court for TYPESET: Wed AprCity 11 Baltimore 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

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CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER

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 Sanitary Contract 863-Parking Lots and Other Outdoor Improvements to the Administration Building at the Back River Wastewater Treatment v. Plant will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, ASHISH PANT Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. PosiANJALI TRIPATHI tively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened PANT CITIBANK FEDERAL by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. SAVINGS BANK The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the DepartB. GEORGE BALLMAN ment of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel TRUSTEE Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland THOMAS D. GIBBONS, 21202 as of Monday, April 9, 2012 and copies may be purchased for a TRUSTEE non-refundable cost of $50.00. Tenants of the Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. Subject Property The Mayor and City Council All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore, Maryland of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties And all Persons having or should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, claiming to have Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture An interest in the property listed below; (“JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall Their respective heirs, devibe submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The sees, executors, administraPrequalification Category required for bidding on this project is G90006 tors, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and (Scarifying, Planing, Recycling and Repairing Existing Asphalt Paveinterest ments) Defendants Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $500,000.01 to ORDER $1,000,000.00 OF PUBLICATION A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at the Administration The object of this proceeding Building, Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, 8201 Eastern Blvd., is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the Baltimore, MD 21224 on April 17, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. property in the City of Balo Milling, base repairs, overlay and restriping of existing Parking Lots A and timore, sold by the Collector B, repairs and maintenance of adjacent existing sidewalk and construction of Taxes for the City of Bal11:30:14 EDT 2012 timore and the State of of a new elevated walkway with snow melt system (new boiler and hydronic Maryland to the Plaintiff in this piping) and Mechanical work (associated with snow melt system). proceeding: o Maintenance, repairs and cleaning of existing Storm Water Retention Ward 02, Section 06, Block IN THE CIRCUIT Pond and storm drain piping. 1874A, Lot 247 COURT FOR Known as 1000 Fell Street, BALTIMORE CITY o Removal of abandoned condenser units, and demolition and removal of Unite P74, Baltimore, Case Number concrete pads, piles and surrounding landscaping. Maryland, Lot Size 24-C-12-001743/FR o Addition of ADA-compliant power door operators and required compo153 Square Feet SEDONA INVESTMENTS, nents. The Complaint states, among LLC other things, that the amount c/o Allen C. Tochterman, o Redevelopment of southeast and southwest area, including landscaping necessary for redemption Esq. and ponds with fountains. has not been paid. 11411 Cedar Lane o Site and interior electrical work, including but not limited to ADA-compliant It is thereupon this 13th day of Kingsville, Maryland 21087 accessibility improvements, lighting improvements and panel board reMarch, 2012 by the Circuit Plaintiff Court of Baltimore City, v. placements. ORDERED, that notice be Louise Charlton The MBE goal is 27% given by the insertion of a coy George W. Benning The WBE goal is 5% of this order in THE AFRO Daniel Andrade AMERICAN, a newspaper of SANITARY CONTRACT 863 Carolyn Andrade general circulation in the City APPROVED: Unknown Tenants of the of Baltimore once a week for Bernice H. Taylor TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 09:52:28 EDT 2012 Subject Property three (3) successive weeks, The Mayor and City Council Clerk, Board of Estimates warning all persons TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 09:50:59 EDT 2012 of Baltimore, Maryland interested in the property to APPROVED: appear in this Court Court by Wed Apr 11 11:33:01 EDT 2012 Superior of the And all Persons having or TYPESET: Alfred H. Foxx claiming to have 12th day of May, 2012 and the District of An interest in the property Director of Public Works redeem the subject property

District and answer of theColumbia Complaint or PROBATE DIVISION thereafter a final judgment Washington, D.C. all will be entered foreclosing rights of redemption in the 20001-2131 property, and vesting No. in the Administration Plaintiff2012ADM257 title to the property, free and clear of all encumBarbara Ann Brown brances. Decedent TRUE COPY TEST NOTICE OFPierson, W. Michel Judge APPOINTMENT, Clerk of the Circuit NOTICE TO Court Frank M. Conaway, CREDITORS Clerk Circuit Court for AND NOTICE TO Baltimore TYPESET: Wed AprCity 11 UNKNOWN 4/6,HEIRS 4/13, 4/20 Erick Brown, whose address is 10482 Baltimore Ave #238, IN THE CIRCUIT Beltsville MD 20705, was appointedCOURT personalFOR representaBALTIMORE CITY tive of the estate of Barbara Case Number Ann Brown, who died on June24-C-11-001501/FR 18, 2011 without a Will, PIKESWOOD, and will serve LLC without Court c/o Allen C. All Tochterman, supervision. unknown Esq. heirs and heirs whose 11411 Cedar Lane whereabouts are unknown Kingsville, Maryland 21087 shall enter their appearance Plaintiff in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment v. shall be filed with the RegisASHISH PANT ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th ANJALI TRIPATHI Street, N.W., 3rd Floor PANT Washington, D.C. 2012 20001, on 11:35:05 EDT CITIBANK FEDERAL or before October 6, 2012. SAVINGS BANK Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the B. GEORGE BALLMAN undersigned with a copy to TRUSTEE the RegisterD. ofGIBBONS, Wills or filed THOMAS with the Register of Wills with TRUSTEE a copy toofthe undersigned, on Tenants the or before October 6, 2012, or Subject Property be forever barred. The Mayor and City Persons Council believed toMaryland be heirs or of Baltimore, legatees of the decedent And all Persons havingwho or do not receive claiming to havea copy of this notice by mail 25 days An interest inwithin the property of its first publication shall so listed below; informrespective the Register of Wills, Their heirs, deviincluding name, and sees, executors,address administrarelationship. tors, grantees, assigns, or Date of Publication: successors in right title and April 6, 2012 interest Name of newspaper: Defendants Afro-American ORDER Washington Law OF PUBLICATION Reporter The object of thisErick proceeding Brown is to secure the foreclosure of Personal all rights of redemption in the Representative property in the202-509-7513 City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector TRUE TEST COPY of Taxes for OF the CityApr of BalREGISTER WILLS TYPESET: Tue 10 timore and the State4/20 of 4/6, 4/13, Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Superior Court of Ward 02, Section 06, Block of 1874A,the LotDistrict 248 Known as 1000 Fell Street, District of Columbia Unite P75, Baltimore, PROBATE DIVISION Maryland, Lot Size D.C. Washington, 153 Square Feet 20001-2131 The Complaint states, among Administration No. other things, that the amount 2012ADM241 necessary for redemption has not been paid. Quintin Harold ItHilliard is thereupon this 13th day of March, 2012 Decedent by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, NOTICE ORDERED, that OF notice be givenAPPOINTMENT, by the insertion of a coy TO AFRO of this NOTICE order in THE AMERICAN, a newspaper of CREDITORS general circulation in the AND NOTICE TOCity of Baltimore once a week for UNKNOWN HEIRS three (3) Hilliard, successive weeks, Alfonzo whose adw a r n i is n g12227 a l l pKingswell ersons dress interested in the propertyMD to Street, Mitchellville, appear in thisappointed Court by perthe 20721 was 12th day of May, 2012 and sonal representative of the redeem subject property estate ofthe Quintin Harold Hiland the Complaint or liard,answer who died on February thereafter a final judgment 21, 2012 with a Will, and will will be entered foreclosing all serve without Court supervirights of unknown redemption in and the sion. All heirs property, and vesting in the heirs whose whereabouts Plaintiff title to the property, are unknown shall enter their free and clear allproceedencumappearance in of this brances. ing. Objections to such TRUE appointment (orCOPY to theTEST proW. Michelwill) Pierson, bate of decedent´s shall Judge be filed with the Register of Clerk of the Court Wills, D.C., 515Circuit 5th Street, Frank M. Conaway, Clerk N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, for D.C. 20001,Circuit on orCourt before TYPESET: Wed Apr 11 Baltimore City October 6, 2012. Claims 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned copy to the IN with THE a CIRCUIT RegisterCOURT of WillsFOR or filed with the Register of Wills with a BALTIMORE CITY copy toCase the undersigned, on Number or before October 6, 2012, or 24-C-11-008849/FR be foreverINVESTMENTS, barred. Persons SEDONA believed to be heirs or LLC legatees who c/o Allenof the C. decedent Tochterman, do not receive a copy of this Esq. notice Cedar by mailLane within 25 days 11411 of its first publication so Kingsville, Marylandshall 21087 inform the Register of Wills, Plaintiff including name, address and v. relationship. Antoine Mitter Date of Publication: Bank of America, NA April 6, 2012 PRLAP, Incorporated, Name of newspaper: Trustee Afro-American Unknown Tenants of the Washington Subject Property Law Reporter The Mayor and City Council Alfonzo Hilliard of Baltimore, Maryland Personal And all Persons having or Representative claiming to have 301-390-8475 An interest the property TRUE TESTin COPY listed below; OF WILLS REGISTER Their respective 4/6,heirs, 4/13,devi4/20 sees, executors, administrators, grantees, assigns, or successors in right title and interest Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION

The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the property in the City of Baltimore, sold by the Collector of Taxes for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this proceeding: Ward 08, Section 13, Block

Superior listed below; Court of the District of deviTheir respective heirs, District of Columbia sees, executors, administrators, grantees, DIVISION assigns, or PROBATE successors in right D.C. title and Washington, interest 20001-2131

Defendants Administration No. ORDER 2012ADM244 OF PUBLICATION Charles Junior Lewis The object of this proceeding Decedent is to secure the foreclosure of OF in the all rightsNOTICE of redemption APPOINTMENT, property in the City of Baltimore, NOTICE sold by theTO Collector 11:33:28 EDT 2012 of Taxes for the City of BalCREDITORS timore and the State AND NOTICE TO of Maryland to the Plaintiff in this UNKNOWN HEIRS proceeding:

Nannette C. Lewis, whose Ward 07, Section Block address is 301201, Marshall 1609, LotNewport 037 Avenue, News, VA Known as North Luzerne 23607 was appointed perAvenue, Baltimore, of the sonal representative Maryland Size Junior estate ofLot Charles 13-8 x 70 Lewis, who died on January The Complaint among 27, 2012 with astates, Will, and will other the superviamount servethings, withoutthat Court necessary for redemption sion. All unknown heirs and has notwhose been paid. heirs whereabouts Itare is unknown thereuponshall thisenter 23rd their day of March, 2012 Circuit appearance in by thisthe proceedCourt of Baltimore City, ing. Objections to such ORDERED, be appointment that (or tonotice the progiven bydecedent´s the insertionwill) of ashall coy bate of of this order in THE AFRO be filed with the Register of AMERICAN, a newspaper of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, general circulation in the City N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, of Baltimore for D.C. 20001,once on aorweek before three (3) successive weeks, October 6, 2012. Claims w a r n i n g a l l p e r s o n s against the decedent shall be interested thethe property to presentedin to underappear in this Court by the signed with a copy to the 22nd dayofofWills May,or2012 and Register filed with redeem the subject property the Register of Wills with a and Complaint on or copyanswer to the the undersigned, thereafter a final 6,judgment or before October 2012, or will be entered foreclosing all be forever barred. Persons rights of redemption in the believed to be heirs or property, and in who the legatees of thevesting decedent Plaintiff title to athe property, do not receive copy of this free and of all 25 encumnotice by clear mail within days brances. of its first publication shall so TRUE COPY inform the Register of TEST Wills, Sylvester B. Cox, including name, address and Judge relationship. Clerk of the Circuit Court Date of Publication: Frank M. Conaway, Clerk April 6, 2012 Circuit Court for Name of newspaper: Afro-AmericanBaltimore City Washington 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 Law Reporter Nannette C. Lewis

09:51:54 EDT 2012 Personal

Representative 757-256-9744 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Apr 10 4/6, 4/13, 4/20

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM274 Kumash M. Deonauth Decedent William A. Bland, Esq 1140 Connecticut Ave NW, #1100 Washington DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Diane A. Deonauth, whose address is 6520 Eastern Ave, NE Washington DC 20012 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Kumash M. Deonauth, who died on May 14, 2005 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirsEDT and heirs whose 11:29:50 2012 whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 13, 2012. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 13, 2012, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 13, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Diane A. Deonauth Personal Representative 202-423-3808 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

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NOTICE TO BID The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) will receive sealed bids in the office TYPESET: Tue Madison Apr 10 09:48:57 EDT 2012MD located at 209 Street, Frederick, 21701 until Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of the replacement of Superior Court of sidewalks, porches, the District of hand railings, curbs & gutters, andof related work at the Housing Authority District Columbia of the City of Frederick Office Facility, Carver, PROBATE DIVISION Lincoln, & Sagner Washington, D.C. Apartments. This project consists of the installation of approximately 20001-2131 Administration No. 1,470 cubic yards of concrete and 2012ADM1571,350 linear feet of hand approximately LONNIE JR. Conference will be held on railings.COOK A Pre-Bid Decedent Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at NOTICE OF the HACF Office. Specifications and drawings APPOINTMENT, may be obtained Monday - Friday from 8:00 NOTICE TO a.m.CREDITORS until 4:30 p.m. at the HACF Office for bidding purposes AND NOTICE TOby depositing $100.00 per set. Interested bidders may obtain further inUNKNOWN HEIRS Donna M. Johnson, whose formation by contacting Rick Gladhill at address is 319 Upshur 301-662-8173, ext. 121 at the Housing AuthorStreet, NW Washington DC ity between the hours 20011 was appointed per- of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 TYPESET: Wed Apr 11 11:31:50 EDT 2012 p.m.representative We are E.O.E. sonal of the

estate of Lonnie Cook Jr., who died on December 4, 2011 with a Will, and will serve without superviForest CityCourt - New East Baltimore Partnership sion. All unknown heirs and (FC-NEBP) and EBDI are seeking proposals heirs whose whereabouts from qualified landscape architect firms for the are unknown shall enter their appearance proceeddesign ofinathis 6-acre public park located in Baling. Objections to such timore, Maryland, adjacent to the Johns Hopappointment (or to the prokins Medical will) Campus. The future park will bate of decedent´s shall span 3 linear city blocks and be designed to be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., passive 515 5th Street, support and programmed activities. N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, Proposals will include construction manageD.C. 20001, on or before ment and engineering services. Interested October 13, 2012. Claims parties view the against the can decedent shall be RFP and get additional presented to the information at undersigned with a copy to the www.forestcityscience.net/hopkins/ Register of Wills or filed with business_opportunities.shtml the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on <http://www.forestcityscience.net/hopkins/ TYPESET: Wed13,Apr 11 11:31:32 EDT 2012 orbusiness_opportunities.shtml> before October 2012, . or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of of thisBaltimore City notice by mail within 25 days Department of its first publication shall so of Finance Bureau of Purchases inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Sealed proposals addressed to the Board of Date of Publication: Estimates April 13, 2012 of Baltimore, will be received until, but not later 2012 than 11:00 a.m. local time on the Name of newspaper: 09:47:21 EDT Afro-American following date(s) for the stated requirements: Washington Law Reporter APRIL 25, 2012 Donna M. Johnson Personal B50002385 ALUMINUM SHEETS Representative RECREATIONAL VEHICLE AND MOTOR 202-442-8532 HOME REPAIRS B50002386 202-327-4910 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS THE ENTIRE SOLICITATION DOCUMENT 4/20, 4/27 CAN BE 4/13, VIEWED AND DOWN LOADED BY

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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Chief, Park Operations Child Care Program Specialist Facility Superintendent Management Assistant II Technical Trainer, Program Specialist I Utilities Support Worker I Visit our website at www.aacounty.org for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadlines to apply posted on website. TYPESET: Wed Apr 11 11:32:12 EDT 2012 AEO/DF/SFE Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Customer Agent I and Drivers License Agent I The MVA is seeking candidates with excellent customer service skills. Locations: Statewide Branch Offices. Closing Date: April 19, 2012. Please apply online at www.mva.maryland.gov The MVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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