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Volume 120 No. 38

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Zimmerman Released From Jail By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., left for an undisclosed destination after being released from jail on bond shortly after midnight Monday morning. Zimmerman, who wore a brown jacket and blue jeans, was fitted with an electronic monitoring device before being released. He was carrying a bag as he left the facility with an unidentified man in a white BMW, according to news reports. During a court hearing Friday, Zimmerman’s bond was set at $150,000. Because he had to put up 10 percent of that amount, only $15,000 was required to secure his release. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder and had been held in custody at Seminole County Jail in Sanford, Fla. after being arrested 45 days after the Feb. 26 incident. Police questioned Zimmerman after the shooting of the unarmed Black teenager, but released him after Zimmerman claimed to be acting in self-defense. Florida is one of more than 20 states that have enacted Stand Your Ground laws that give broad protection to citizens who feel their life is being threatened. It was only after widespread protests, many led by students, Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders, that a special prosecutor was appointed by the governor. The prosecutor skipped impaneling a grand jury and filed the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman. Attorneys for Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, have argued that Zimmerman was the aggressor, following the youth on a rainy Sunday night after being instructed by a police dispatcher not to trail the teenager. On one tape of a call Zimmerman made to police the night of Feb. 26, the dispatcher specially told Zimmerman not to follow the teen. He

Savoy Elementary Chosen for White House Initiative

Actress Kerry Washington to be a Mentor By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO A Washington, D.C. elementary school beat out a crowded field nationwide to become one of eight schools that will participate in a new White House initiative created with an eye toward improving low-performing schools via the arts. Today the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announced that Savoy Elementary School in Southeast D.C. will be among the first beneficiaries of Turnaround Arts (TAI), an intensive two-year program and a public-private partnership developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council. “The President’s Committee is delighted to have the students of Savoy Elementary, and their inspirational principal, Patrick Pope, participating in Turnaround Arts,” said George Stevens Jr., co-chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the

Humanities. “We observed the outstanding work Mr. Pope and his team are doing at Savoy, and we look forward to helping them harness the power of the arts as they continue to transform Savoy into a creative, engaging and high-performing learning environment.” Savoy and the other participants will receive training and resources, in-school professional development, partnerships with community arts education and cultural organizations, art supplies and musical instruments and community engagement events. They will also be mentored by artists such as Chuck Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington— who is working with Savoy— Forest Whitaker, Yo-Yo Ma, Damian Woetzel and Alfre Woodard. “I am thrilled to be working with Savoy Elementary School over the next two years and excited to roll up my sleeves and get into those classrooms,” said Kerry Washington, actress and PCAH member. “I know Continued on A4

replied, “Okay,” but pursued him anyway. After a physical confrontation, Zimmerman pulled his 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol and fatally shot Martin once in the chest. While being questioned by his attorney Friday, Zimmerman apologized to Martin’s parents, who were in attendance at the bond hearing. “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than

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The Release Reactions By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer After walking free for two months before he was charged, George Zimmerman was released on bond for murder charges. That release has many people questioning the judicial system. Zimmerman was released on $150,000 on April 23. He is required to wear a GPS monitoring device and to check in with courts if he goes to another state. That result is insufficient to many who think the process has been a joke.

“This whole Trayvon case has been so confusing from the start. I don’t understand how someone who admittedly killed someone gets to stay out of jail for weeks before he’s even charged and then, knowing how emotional and violatile the case is, for a judge to grant him bail and set it at such a low rate for second degree murder just doesn’t seem appropriate to me,” said Jackie Jones, a journalism instructor at Howard University. “I tell my students to not just report what happened

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Jericho Saga Continues: Joel Peebles Fired By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

A once proud church was rocked by another controversy as the board of Jericho City of Praise fired Pastor Joel Peebles last week. The two sides had been in a lengthy and nasty battle over the Landover church’s finances

before a judge gave the board ultimate control over that. That apparently put a strain on the relationship that was never mended. According to the board, the final straw was what they say Peebles did to put the church’s tax-exempt status at risk. “Elder Peebles attempted to operate a for-profit company

2013 Black Engineer of the Year Conference Returning to D.C.

Baltimore Loses Again in the Competition for Event Site By AFRO Staff The 27th Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference will convene in Washington, D.C. Feb. 7, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The gathering will be returning to D.C., where they met in 2011. The coming conference is expected to host an estimated 10,000 persons, said Tyrone D. Taborn, editor in chief of USBE&IT magazine and chairman and CEO of the magazine’s publisher, Career Communications Group, Inc.

from the Church,” the board said in a statement. “This action is a clear violation of IRS 501(c)(3) regulations and threatened the very existence of Jericho, and the Board was forced to act.” Peebles responded to those charges on his own by releasing a video explaining his point of view about what

happened over the past several years. One thing Peebles refutes is the fact that Apostle Betty Peebles, his mother, signed a will that left the board in control of the church’s finances after she’d fallen ill. Joel Peebles believe members of the board took advantage

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“Our message of expanding the STEM pipeline in our country has never been more relevant than it is today. I could not think of a more appropriate place for this conference to take place than the great city of Washington,” he said. “Unfortunately, a legal issue eliminated Baltimore,” Taborn said, “but Tom Noonan [president of Visit Baltimore] had a very strong proposal.” The BEYA STEM Conference is the largest gathering of STEM professionals and leaders who are committed to increasing the percentage of people from historically underrepresented communities in the technology workforce. Among the highlights of the conference; where the nation’s top Black engineer will be honored, is the annual Stars and Stripes Military Dinner, scheduled for Feb. 8, 2013. In 2011, the highest-ranking military leaders attended, including all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The dinner honors top African American men and women in the United States armed forces. For more information about the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference, please visit www.beya.org.

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results.” The Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) was formed to make safer Prince George’s officials have streets, better schools and healthcare, and announced an initiative to alleviate thriving businesses. problems in some key inner beltway “On paper the TNI comprises all —Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker the major components of a strategic communities. “I am a citizen and resident just plan. However, our purpose can only like you which means that I have the same concerns and compassion for my be fulfilled with the help and hard work of the most key elements…our community,” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker stated. “When neighborhood partners,” said Baker. “The Administration’s team will do the faced with any challenge, my first inclination is to evaluate the situation, review heavy lifting in the target areas by deploying necessary resources to deter crime my options and formulate an action plan that will yield improvements and Continued on A5 By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer

“I am a citizen and resident just like you which means that I have the same concerns and compassion for my community.”

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AFRO National Briefs BeBe Winans Writing Memoir of Whitney Houston

Gospel singer BeBe Winans is writing a memoir about his friendship with Whitney Houston. Worthy Publishing of Nashville said in a news release Monday that the memoir The Whitney I Knew is to be published in July. Winans knew BeBe Winans Houston for 26 years and delivered a Wikimedia Commons eulogy at her funeral. The news release said the book will capture Houston’s “warmth, generosity and humor.” Houston drowned Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Wisconsin Repeals 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act—Action Labeled Anti-Women Wisconsin has repealed a three-year-old law that allowed pay discrimination complaints to be pursued in state courts. Gov. Scott Walker (R), who faces a recall election June 5, quietly signed the bill on Good Friday, along with scores of other laws that Walker critics claim reflect an anti-woman, anti-middle class tone for the state. Under the Equal Pay Enforcement Act of 2009, employers found to engage in pay discrimination could be forced to pay anywhere from $50,000 to $300,000 in damages. The bill he signed on Good Friday limits pay discrimination suits to federal courts, after complaints are heard by the state’s Department of Workforce Development. Less than six weeks away from the recall vote, Walker, defended to Fox News affiliate WLUK-TV April 17 his enactment of that and scores of other laws on the eve of a holiday weekend. He said he repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act because it could be used by lawyers “to clog up the legal system.” “Instead, the state Department of Workforce Development gets to be the one that ultimately can put people back and give them up to two years back pay if there is reason to believe there was pay discrimination in the workforce,” said Walker. Critics said the new law will sustain the state’s low ranking nationally for womens’ pay. The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH), noting that Wisconsin women, averaging 75-cents for every full dollar a man makes, lose $4,000 a year because of lower pay. And even though women outnumber men among college undergraduates, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), one year after graduation there is a 5 percent pay gap between men and women, which expands to 12 percent over a decade. “You could argue that money is more important for men,” state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) told the Daily Beast. “I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious.” Grothman

led the movement against the Equal Pay Enforcement Act by introducing the legislation to repeal the law.

Morgan Freeman Slams Step-Granddaughter Relationship Rumors

For years, actor Morgan Freeman has remained tightlipped about a rumored relationship with his step-granddaughter, but now the Invictus star is finally speaking out. In a statement on April 12 to TMZ, Freeman, 74, denied that he and his 27-year-old step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines, who is not a blood relative, are romantically involved. He also squelched the marriage rumors that surfaced earlier this month. “The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers,” Freeman told the site. “What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.” Hines also released a statement on the situation. “These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my Morgan family,” she said. Freeman’s publicist Freeman explained to TMZ that the actor has been silent about the rumors because he didn’t want to dignify them by commenting. He added that his client decided to speak up after the allegations had reached mainstream media outlets. The rumors first surfaced in 2009, when the National Enquirer reported that the actor had been involved in a relationship with Hines for 10 years. A family insider allegedly told the newspaper that pair’s relationship blossomed shortly after they almost had a sexual encounter. Then, earlier this month, unnamed sources told the Contra Costa Times newspaper that Freeman and Hines were planning to wed. “Morgan has led [E’Dena] to believe that he wants to marry her,” the insider told the newspaper. Another anonymous source added, “Becoming Mrs. Moran Freeman has been E’Dena’s goal.” Hines is the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. After the couple divorced in 1979, the actor married Myrna Colley-Lee and agreed to raise Hines. According to E! News, Freeman and Colley-Lee split up in 2007 and officially divorced in 2010.

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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

Over 200 Annapolis Area Christian School Children Volunteer for Bello Machre

Over 200 Annapolis Area Christian School children, parents and teachers volunteered their time, April 5, as part of their annual Spring Yard Clean-up for Bello Machre. Eighteen groups of middle school children spent the day raking leaves and mulching flowerbeds at 18 different Bello Machre homes Courtesy Photos located throughout Arundel County. TheDonerson Annapoliswho Areas Jennifer Hudson Anne and her mom, Darnell Christian School continues be the largest volunteer group in was killed, as well as hertobrother, Jason. the history of Bello Machre. “We are excited each year when the Spring Yard Clean-up comes around,” says Evette Watson, plate X584859 was found on the body ofcoordinator her 7-year-old volunteer for Bello Machre. “The students do Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours amazing work, and it’s great to see their smiles when they see a police received a 7 a.m. call after his body was found in a job well-done.” Paul Brophy, the teacher who organizes this annual project, commenting on the impact this day has on the students said, “The kids really enjoy helping others and making a visible difference at the homes. They like serving, knowing that they are helping people and feeling appreciated.” Annapolis Area Christian School (AACS), founded in 1971, and Dallas Cowboys players King Christian day school isBy anAlan independent that concentrates on Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer preparing students for college and for life; that has grown into among the names submitted to a robust community of learning that is setting the standard for election officials. Presidential candidate John Christian education in the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My without Heart were doing those things Associated Community inOrganization Gaelic. It isfora Reform nonprofit organization in Anne Arundel County ACORN’s knowledge or permisNow – that provides homesofand children, teens, adults, and were fired. confirms the success thesupport tosion, seniors with developmental importantly, “The More evidence that has surorganization, the head of the disabilities. Bello thosesoserved through loving far shows they faked groupMachre says. enriches the lives offaced to getcan paidlive for life worktothey is testimony to the work soforms care,“This guidance, and opportunity that they its didn’t do, notBello to stuffMachre ballot we’ve done and success fullest.  Employing 300we’ve skilled professionals, boxes.” ACORN, shethroughout said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, in president of serves 175 people its 54 community based homes victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview Central Maryland.   tor of it. with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had 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 The Fairfax County (Virginia) Alumnae Chapter of ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” Delta Sigma Sorority a “Book Talk been found guilty of, and or even McCain, whoTheta is running for presents Signing” with renowned author Victoria Christopher president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent (Delta Sigma in Theta votes.”on her newly et,Murray lashed out at ACORN the Sorority) released novel Sinners and Saints,1 p.m., May came 5 at Sully The problem about prifinal debate against Barack Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, way Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the at artsandletters@fcacdst.org. onVa. theRespond verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than relyRegina on volunteers, it pays peoFor more information, Milteer-Rock, ing one of the greatest frauds incontact ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, president, Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter ployed, to sign upornew maybe destroying fabricSorority, of Delta Sigmathe Theta 703-244-4508 dst.voters. The idea was to help both those democracy.” fcacpresident@gmail.com. Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reged. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in 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 organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

ACORN Fights Back

from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted

Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. A spokesman for the office told the newspaper that Hudson

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” “remained strong for her family” and was clearly its leader. “She held hands with her family,” the spokesman said. “It was obviously a very emotional moment.” Students from the Annapolis Area Christian School The boy – the son of Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had been missing since Friday, when a relative found Julian’s grandmother, Darnell No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in 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 But now ACORN is in trouble. after Julian was discovered Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders. 11 investigations across the Police arrested William country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s steppotentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America. video screen, the family chose the latter. According to the Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, that’s him.”

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

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the murders but is being held in jail for parole violation after

posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace blog, she thanked fans and supporters for their prayers and offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who returned the boy alive. Since the investigation, Hudson – who gained stardom after appearing on “American Idol,” and then won an Academy Award for her role in the movie Dreamgirls – has stayed out of the public eye. The Chicago Tribune reported that a parade of cars moved slowly past her family’s home Monday morning, past the news vans, reporters and curious onlookers. Neighbors stood quietly and reflected on the violence. In front of the Hudson’s home, men in heavy jackets and hooded sweatshirts came to kiss the twin white Courtesy crosses photo baring the names of Donerson and Jason. “Everybody is sick of going through stuff like this,” Artisha West, a former resident of the area told the Tribune. “We all have to stick together. All these young children are dying, and for what?”

being convicted of attempted murder and vehicular hijacking. Cook County records show that he pleaded guilty to both charges in 1999. He was also convicted in 1998 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was released from prison in 2006 after serving seven years for the attempted murder and car hijacking charges. The boy remained missing through a long weekend in which police and volunteers

Jason Hudson

Since McCain’s comments, SQUARE HIGH ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and racist mail. The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle offices and stole computers. NOT ON THE LIST BREAD After a Cleveland representative appeared on TV, an e-mail was sent to the local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call sayLEFT RIGHT ing, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. A caller to one office left a message on the answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just calling to let you know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung hon1 BANANA eys, they’re going to get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let Before age five, every room is a classroom. your kids die. That’s the best move. Just let your children die. Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like Forget about paying for hospital counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, bills for them. I’m not gonna do and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC it. You guys are lowlifes. And I founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca hope you all die.” con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young Hurd thinks the hate calls will children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ If you’re juggling today’s expenses while trying to save for tomorrow, cease soon. “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled “Inyou’re two weeks, think these notIalone. At SunTrust, our specialists helpofyou findeveryday new ways with can all kinds simple, things you can do to help a child attacks will be over. But I think it learn. Together, we can work with toharder savefor while will be us to staying get our on track for a rewarding retirement. Whatever yourour communities so an entire generation won’t just grow up... but grow up great. name back good graces goalsonare for today or tomorrow, SunTrust is here to help you make smarter because they really trashed us in financial us or visit livesolid.com the last few weeks.” decisions every day. Come talk toTo find out more, go to pncgrowupgreat.com But ACORN will not be or call 1-877-PNC-GROW. deterred. “We’ve been fighting for a long time, for over 30 years, for the rights of low- and moderateincome people all across the country,” Hurd said. “We’re SunTrust Bank, Member going to continue to fight for FDIC. © 2012 SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust and Live Solid. Bank Solid. are federally registered service marks of SunTrust Banks, Inc. economic justice in our communities.” TM /©2008 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. ©2008 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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firsthand the power of the arts to transform the lives of individual students, and create an engaging place to learn for everyone, and I feel privileged to be part of that process at Savoy.” The eight elementary and middle schools, chosen in a highly competitive process, are all institutions in the lowest-achieving 5 percent of their state that are receiving School Improvement Grants through the U.S. Department of Education. To qualify, however, Savoy and the other schools also had to demonstrate strong school leadership with district support and a commitment to arts education. “We are so honored to be one of eight schools in the nation selected for this prestigious program,” said Pope,

I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not,” Zimmerman said. However, that directly contradicts what Zimmerman, 28, said on police tapes. There was this

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Dispatcher: How old would you say he looks? Zimmerman: … late teens. Dispatcher: Late teens, OK. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said Monday on “CBS This Morning” that Zimmerman would not have apologized to the Martin family Friday if O’Mara had known the family felt it was the wrong time. Friday’s nationally-televised bond hearing raised as many questions as it answered. Supporters of Trayvon were disappointed that Dale Gilbreath, one of state’s lead investigators, performed so poorly on the witness stand. An affidavit of probable cause, signed by Gilbreath and another investigator, T.C. O’Steen, stated: “Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.” Under questioning by defense attorney Mark O’Mara, the investigator acknowledged that he did not know who initiated the fight. Gilbreath was also unable to defend his assertion that Zimmerman had profiled Trayvon. For tactical reasons, prosecutors typically try to disclose as

“I know firsthand the power of the arts to transform the lives of individual students…” —Kerry Washington Savoy’s principal. “We will use our selection to increase arts opportunities beyond the normal school day, provide our teachers with rich and functional professional development and further implement an arts education program considered parallel with the standard core content studies of reading/ language arts and mathematics.” According to three studies released this month by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts, arts education can lead to better grades, increased creativity, higher rates of college enrollment and graduation, improved discipline and social skills as well as higher aspirations and civic engagement. And these benefits are particularly pronounced in low-poverty, lowperforming schools. “We know that when arts are integrated into school curriculum, our students reap the benefits,” said Kaya Henderson, chancellor of DC Public Schools. “I plan to pay close attention to all the success happening at Savoy and I look forward to the great achievements that will come as part of this prestigious initiative.”

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but why it happened so people aren’t confused about what’s going on and aren’t making snap judgements. This is such an emotional case you can’t help but have a point of view. You should just give people facts, but a lot are missing in this case.” She was not alone in her thinking. “This is an absolute mockery of the judicial system,” said 30-year-old Largo, Md. resident Dalmus Robinson. Robinson then cited a recent episode of the A&E reality crime show, “First 48” and the Stand Your Ground law was used in the episode he watched. “I just watched ‘First 48’ and a Black dude shot a man

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he claimed was in front of his house – saying dude verbally threatened that he was going to kill him. He tried that Stand Your Ground Rule, but was immediately held and questioned, and then locked up within 48 hours.” Upper Marlboro resident Weldon Brown, 36, implied that Zimmerman’s race played a definite part in him being released on bond and asks that the same treatment be given to African Americans awaiting trial for murder. “This is only fair if they start letting us out on bond while facing a murder charge,” Brown said before admitting that no one should be allowed to go free when charged with something so serious. Meanwhile, 29-year-old Herndon, Va. native Danilo

little information as possible during pre-trial proceedings, such as a bond hearing. However, because the state requested that Zimmerman’s bond be set at $1 million, they were expected to make a stronger showing in court. The defense requested a bond of $15,000, which is the amount he ultimately paid to secure his release early Monday morning. The decision to put Zimmerman on the stand at his bond hearing could later be problematic for the defense. If a decision is made to not let Zimmerman take the stand at his murder trial, some jurors may hold that against him, though the judge will certainly instruct them not to infer anything from that decision. Until his trial, Zimmerman will be out on bond but will have his whereabouts monitored via satellite by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. imposed a 7 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew on Zimmerman, lifted his passport, and said he cannot have access to guns or alcohol, and must not have any contact with Trayvon’s family. A GPS tracking device will be used to monitor his movements. The teen’s parents placed a ‘‘Card of Thanks” advertisement in the Miami Herald’s obituary page on Sunday. In the ad is a photograph of Trayvon wearing a hoodie, a garment he was wearing when he was killed. The parents said they “wish to express their heartfelt appreciation for all your words of encouragement, your peaceful rally support, the millions who signed petitions, poems, painting, music, video tributes, monetary gifts to our defense fund (Wepay.com) and all other acts of kindness shown to them during this difficult time.” Ulloa questions whether the criminal justice system in Florida is slow in prosecuting cases in which African Americans are victims as he compared Martin’s murder with the murder of former Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. Taylor was murdered in his home on Nov. 27, 2007 and there still has been no justice for his family. “All this reminds me of is that four guys went and killed Sean Taylor, one snitched and those dudes are still not on trial or anything,” Ulloa said. “What especially makes this case more relevant is race.” Ulloa continued saying that he believes this case will fade to the background over time saying that it would be “another one of the cases where as time goes it will be forgotten.”

The racial aspect has not been something that everyone has agreed on though, including some Black people. Christopher Cheatham, a 31-year-old Lanham, Md.resident, says Zimmerman profiled Martin, but doesn’t believe he is racist. “He didn’t wake up and say ‘I’m a kill me a Black person today,’” Cheatham said. “What he did was disobey an order from law enforcement, got into an altercation, got scared and now someone is dead. Everyone’s beef should not be with him, it should be with the police’s handling of this situation. He was a guy with a gun that called himself making a difference but did nothing but cause a larger problem.

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Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Named Chair of Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare WASHINGTON - Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, has been elected to chair the board of directors of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare for a three-year term beginning June 2012. As the first AfricanAmerican woman elected to chair the National Committee’s board of directors, Dr. Rockeymoore will work with the organization’s leadership to expand outreach and education initiatives to women and to communities of color, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population and among the most economically vulnerable. “The National Committee

has accomplished so much in its 30year history and I look forward to helping build upon the legacy of U.S. Representative James Roosevelt to ensure that these programs are available for our children and grandchildren,” said Dr. Rockeymoore. “People of color rely heavily on Social Security and Medicare. Together, we will help our Dr. Maya Rockeymoore communities become forceful advocates, ensuring that our diverse society.” leaders understand how Dr. Rockeymoore has been communities of color use a member of the National these programs and how they Committee’s board since can be modernized to meet 2005 and brings valued the needs of our increasingly leadership as an income

Jericho Saga Continued from A1 of his mother in her weakened to bring police action before state and convinced her to he was notified where his sign documents handing over mother was. He said when control to them. he was finally allowed to see The will his mother he required found out that that Peebles she’d been in fulfill certain intensive care spiritual at Levindale obligations Hospital in to receive his Baltimore for portion of his five weeks. mother’s trust. “My mom “Joel had suffered must place greatly,” himself under Peebles said. the spiritual “My mom tutelage of had cancers the Pastor of removed the Spirit of from her Faith Christian uterus and her Courtesy Photo/Jericho City of Praise Center, colon. Over Pastor Joel Peebles currently Dr. 70 percent of Michael A. her colon was Freeman, at the sanctuary dissected. location determined by the “When I found my mother Pastor, for not less than one in January of 2010; I walked in year or more than two years the room and to my shock my as determined by the Pastor mother had a tracheostomy, (which may be extended if a bed sore the size you could additional time is required put your fist in, she had a peg to pursue a doctoral divinity tube because she could not eat degree),” the will says. or swallow, she had catheters Peebles also spoke of all over her body and she was people blocking him and his struggling with tremendous family from seeing his mother and painful spasms,” he for months after she’d fallen continued. extremely ill in in late 2009. Those accounts, however, He said he had to threaten were refuted by the board.

County Officials Continued from A1 and improve economic development, education, healthcare and human services.” The program is an extension of last year’s Summer Crime Initiative that yielded remarkable results after the county’s deadly start to 2011. From May 22 through Sept. 1, 2011, that initiative yielded violent crime reductions of 22.2 percent in Langley Park, 22.5 percent in Riverdale, 9.7 percent in Suitland, 23.2 percent in Hillcrest Heights, and 12 percent in Glassmanor. “This initiative brings these priorities and principles to life by employing the best practices of other initiatives such as our Police Department’s Summer Crime Initiative and bringing together on a frequent, regular and consistent basis more than 17 departments and agencies both inside and outside the Executive Branch of Government,” said Chief Administrative Officer Bradford L. Seamon in a statement. For the TNI, the targeted areas are East Riverdale/ Bladensburg, Glassmanor, Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights, Kentland/Palmer Park, Langley Park and Suitland/Coral Hills. These neighborhoods, most bordering Washington, D.C., have seen their fair share of crime and lackluster schools. These areas are high drug markets and traditionally represent 8- to 90 percent of the county’s murders yearly. Also, students from these neighborhoods attend some of the poorest performing schools in the county. Suitland, Central, Bladensburg and Fairmount Heights, schools students from these neighborhoods would attend; have four of the six lowest test scores out of all of the county’s high schools. That’s why officials are taking a more holistic approach with this initiative rather than just focusing on crime. They hope that this initiative will help improve delivery of services by the communication of several different government agencies. Results will be reviewed every six months to see which services have improved and every year to determine how it will continue.

They say that any statement that Betty Peebles was manipulated, mistreated or held from her family is “preposterous and outlandish” and that his legal challenge to the will was defeated in court. Peebles is holding service in the ball-room of the Metro Points Hotel in New Carrollton on Sundays. He has appealed the decision to turn over control of the church to the board. The board maintains that it has reached out to Peebles on several occasions. It says it’s now “working swiftly to ensure an orderly transition.”

security expert working with African American, Latino and Asian American communities. She was vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, senior resident scholar for health and income security at the National Urban League, and served as chief of staff to U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY). Dr. Rockeymoore is co-editor of

Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America. “Our nation’s most successful poverty prevention programs continue to be in the cross-hairs of too many in Washington who believe we should cut middle-class benefits to pay for flawed fiscal policies which protect the wealthiest among us,” said Max Richtman, president

and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. “Dr. Rockeymoore has a long and successful career advocating for social change that strengthens rather than divides our nation. We are fortunate to have her leadership as board chair at this critical juncture in the history of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”


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Community Calendar April 26-28 64th Second District Conference of Omega Psi Phi Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md. Bring your family and enjoy the fun events scheduled for Omega

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Motown Show Presented by Smokey Robinson Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. D.C. 8 p.m. Talented artists will perform your favorite Motown hits. $37-$62. For more information: livenation. com. April 28 2012 Time to Move

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Opinion A Fight for Our Lives It is no secret to those of us who are Americans of Color that we are in a fight for our lives. Less clear to some, however, is the reality that major elements of this continuing struggle will be advanced or deferred this year. The Supreme Court now has heard oral arguments, and a majority of the Justices will soon decide whether the health of the American people, as advanced and Congressman better protected in the Elijah Cummings Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, will be struck down. Even assuming that the Supreme Court will follow established legal precedent and uphold the constitutionality of the reforms to a healthcare financing system that now consumes more than one-sixth of our national economy, the presidential election later this year is shaping up as an “up or down vote” on “ObamaCare.” President Obama’s likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, has made it clear that (were he to be elected) he would attempt to eviscerate the Patient Protection Act through Executive Order as one of his first presidential acts. I should note that I have been a strong supporter of the Patient Protect Act, although I continue to believe that the best way to assure universal health care is through a national “single-payer” health financing system. However, neither that longer-term solution to our health financing crisis nor the Supreme Court’s deliberations are in the forefront of my thinking about preserving our health. What does demand my immediate concern is the everyday struggle of my neighbors as they continue to struggle with a broken health care delivery system that, all too often, seems to deny our fundamental value as human beings.

I share this preoccupation of mine because far too many working families here in Baltimore are failing to take full advantage of the life-preserving programs that President Obama and Democrats in Congress have already put into place. Consider the example of a 40-something Baltimore woman who I will call “Ms. Angelina Evans” in order to protect her privacy. Angelina Evans had worked hard for more than 20 years before the economic downturn claimed her job. She knew that she needed medical expertise focused on the health challenges that are unique to women - but her health insurance and “COBRA” coverage had run out. Fortunately for her, Ms. Hope Williams, a healthcare specialist in my office, was able to refer Ms. Evans to HealthCare Access Maryland (“Dial 211 for help”), where she qualified for affordable coverage under the Maryland Health Plan. That health coverage, in turn, allowed Ms. Evans to receive help from a primary care physician of her own choosing. Her success story under “ObamaCare” is not unique. It brings to mind another constituent of mine, Mr. “Frank Johnson,” who was fighting to address his diabetes, despite an excluding “preexisting condition” under traditional health insurance rules. My office was able to refer Mr. Johnson to Total Health Care, one of Baltimore’s Federally Qualified Health Centers, where experts promptly helped him bring his diabetes under control. I share these real life success stories because my neighbors need to know that help with their health care is now available, whatever an individual’s economic and medical condition may be. The Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act substantially increases funding for our Federally Qualified Health Centers, where one out of every four patients served nationally is an African American. In the Baltimore Region, in addition to Total Health Care (410-383-8300), we are fortunate to have six other federally qualified health centers: Baltimore Medical Health Systems (410-732-8800) and People’s Community Health Center (410-

When Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” Romney behaved as if she had just hit the lottery. She smugly made the media rounds talking about how hard it was for her to raise her five sons. And she’s right. Stay-at-home moms work extremely hard to cook, clean, run a shuttle for their children and their various activities, participate in school Julianne Malveaux activities like “Room Mom” and “Cookie Mom.” How do I know, having never had chick or child? A very dear friend, a Harvard-educated lawyer, has been mostly home with her children, one of whom is my godson, for the past decade or so, and it shows. I digress. Hilary Rosen misspoke when she said Ann Romney had never worked. What she could have said is that Ann Romney never needed to work in the paid labor market. Even when Mitt Romney was in graduate school, they survived by living on the returns from their investments, according to them. So it isn’t that Ann Romney never worked, it is simply that she was never forced to. This entire conversation is a blast from the past, reminiscent of articles that I wrote in the 1980s. Even then this was a mostly White women’s’ conversation since few Black women

have or are married to the kind of wealth that would allow them to stay home. Conservative stay-at-home moms often say that people have to make sacrifices to stay at home, perhaps cutting out luxuries such as restaurant meals and extra clothing. But unless food is a luxury, there are Black women who are in the labor market simply because they have no choice. The official unemployment rate among African Americans is 14 percent. The actual rate is more like 26 percent, and in many inner cities the Black male unemployment rate is nearly 50 percent. This is a burden to African-American women who often don’t have the economic assistance they need to raise a family. As a result of this burden, nearly 40 percent of African-American children live in poverty, too often supported by a single mom (more than 40 percent of African-American households are headed by women). While there is a group of African-American stay-athome moms called Mocha Moms, and there is little data to suggest the size of the African-American stay-at-home mom population, it is clear that historically, African-American women had no choice but work. I am not invoking ancient history when I reference the women who, as maids, were paid to take better care of their employer’s children than they could possibly take of their own. And then they often were paid, in part, with used clothes and leftover food substituting for cash. Patriarchal tradition kept White women home, while White men were paid a “family wage” that was, by definition, enough to support a whole family. Such patriarchal tradition was not economically present in the African-American community. Few African-American men were paid a family wage, but instead something like a subsistence wage. Women needed to

467-6040) on the East Side, Chase Brexton Health Services (410-837-2050) and Health Care for the Homeless (410-8375533) in Mid-Town, Park West Medical Center (410-542-7800) in Northwest Baltimore, and Family Health Centers (410-3542000) in South Baltimore. For Baltimore’s families to prevail in the continuing struggle to preserve our health, we must become knowledgeable about the help that is available. “Dial 211” for help (Healthcare Access - Maryland’s direct telephone connection) is a lifesaving telephone number that should have a prominent place in every kitchen in our community. We also should remain acutely aware that the Patient Protection Act that the President and I fought so hard to enact is our nation’s most ambitious initiative to date in the continuing struggle to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate minority health disparities. Today, and on Election Day 2012, we cannot afford to ignore this reality of our survival - or fall prey to misleading attacks. Along with other American families, our health and our lives are at stake. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

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Why Hasn’t Wal-Mart Dropped ALEC, Too? Time for nation’s largest retailer to end ties to group behind “Stand your ground” law. Until a few weeks ago, many of us didn’t know the name ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. But the Trayvon Martin tragedy and debate around Florida’s “Stand your ground” law has uncovered the nationwide, systematic work by ALEC to advance cookie-cutter legislation that disproportionately hurts communities of color. ALEC, with the support of corporations like Wal-Mart, has promoted and advanced this agenda. Hearing the outrage from consumers, many corporate giants like Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Kraft Foods have withdrawn their support from ALEC. This week ALEC responded to the public pressure by disbanding its Public Safety and Elections Task Force, which had been the target of much of the criticism. This isn’t enough. Both ALEC and members like Wal-Mart need to do much more to distance themselves from these attacks on our communities. Right now the country’s largest retailer and employer, Wal-Mart, and the Walton family, which largely controls the company, remain supporters of ALEC. Looking a little closer, we can see why. Encouraging gun possession and sales is good business for Wal-Mart and for the six Walton family members who inherited the company. Wal-Mart is the nation’s largest

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seller of guns and ammunition, and we know that gun violence has disproportionately affected communities of color. Not only are Wal-Mart and the Walton Family Foundation members of ALEC, but the company also played an active role in helping advance the “Stand your ground” law. In 2005 Wal-Mart executive Janet Scott co-chaired ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force (it later became the Public Safety and Elections Task Force in 2009) when the National Rifle Association successfully lobbied the task force to support the “Stand your ground” legislation. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, “justifiable homicides” have tripled since the passage of the law. FBI data shows similar increases in other states that have adopted the law. And this is not the only way that Wal-Mart and the Walton clan are using their wealth to encourage a culture of divisiveness and hate in our country. In other efforts through ALEC, Wal-Mart has supported the so-called voter-ID laws, which disproportionately keep communities of color from being able to vote. As identified by the NAACP and countless of other organizations, voter-ID laws are clearly intended to keep voters of color from the polls. And despite the fact that there is no real evidence of voter fraud, ALEC – with the contributions and help of companies like Wal-Mart – has been able to pass these laws in seven states and have them introduced in 27 others just this year.

work to help keep the family together. Until the late 1980s, the labor force participation of AfricanAmerican women exceeded that of White women, which means that proportionately more of us were working. AfricanAmerican women’s earnings often make the difference between poverty and comfort for their families. Mommy wars? Give me a break. Let’s talk about survival wars. Even those African-American families who have been blessed with higher education and “good jobs” are well aware that African Americans are “last hired, first fired.” Too many so-called middle class families are a paycheck or two away from poverty. Last time I checked, African-American households had only 2 percent of our nation’s wealth, hardly a cushion to fall back on, with few investment returns to live on when no one is working. Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which counts the extra days women have to work to earn as much as a man did last year. This hits women of all races, but it may hit African-American women harder. We can only laugh and shake our heads at Hilary Rosen’s faux pas and Ann Romney’s smugness. We working AfricanAmerican women, stay-at-home or in the paid labor force understand that “life for us ain’t been no crystal stair.” Educated or uneducated, middle class or working class, the labor market has never been a level playing field for us, and our salaries show it. Mommy wars? We fight survival wars in the workplace and in this economy. Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

The six Waltons are worth more than $100 billion – a wealth greater than the bottom 30 percent of Americans combined – and with that wealth comes power and influence. Since 1990 Wal-Mart’s political action committee and the Walton family have given a total of more than $1 million to politicians with close ties to ALEC in state and federal races. Between 2006 and 2010, they gave more than $500,000 to the campaigns of ALEC alums currently serving in Congress. For many years Wal-Mart has courted African-American and Latino shoppers in its stores, and the company has often spoken proudly of the diversity of its workforce. But when both WalMart and the Waltons ally themselves with an organization such as ALEC that pushes laws that hurt our communities, we have to the judge the company based on its actions, not on its words. It’s time for Wal-Mart to stand up for the well-being of all Americans and withdraw support from ALEC today. But, that isn’t enough. It’s also time for Wal-Mart and the Waltons to go on the record saying they do not support laws like voter ID, which may lead to the death of democracy, and “Stand your ground,” which led to the death of Trayvon Martin and countless others. Bill Fletcher Jr. is a longtime labor, racial justice and international activist. He has also authored several books and is a senior scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Bowie State University to Attend Science and Engineering Festival at Convention Center Robotic programming, virtual reality theme-based gaming, and chemistry in crime scene detective work are just a few of the activities students will participate in at Bowie

State University’s exhibition booths at the 2nd Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival. Set for April 28-29, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in

Washington, D.C., the festival is the largest celebration of science in the country with over 3,000 fun, interactive exhibits, exhibits Students and faculty from the Departments

of Natural Sciences and Computer Science at Bowie State University (BSU) will be showcasing these hands-on demonstrations as a part of their “STEMing the Tide” presentations to promote education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). “These kinds of activities are geared towards promoting science among the youth,” said Dr. George Acquaah, Dean of the College of Arts and Science. The BSU booths will present fun and engaging activities students can participate in to learn more about the Bowie State STEM programs and how STEM affects our daily lives. Students will learn how computers play an important role in fashion and art and how robotic machines help solve problems that are inhospitable for humans. BSU’s participation in the festival will highlight Bowie as a provider of high quality STEM education.

HBCU News “Many people don’t know Bowie as a research institution; they know Bowie as a teaching institution,” said Acquaah. “This gives us the opportunity to showcase something of what we are doing in the area of research and particularly how we use research to teach students.” BSU will have information on hand about the 2012 BSU STEM Summer Camps where students will work with LEGO robots, android application development, scratch and 3D-modeling. Faculty members spearheading the efforts with Acquaah are Claude Turner, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Dr. Pat Ramsey of the Department of Natural Science. For more information on USA Science and Engineering Festival, visit their website at http://www. usasciencefestival.org.


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Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the Army G-1 addresses Manpower Issues at the conference.

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THE ROCKS hosted their 2012 National Leadership and Training Conference at the Fort Belvoir, Va. Officer’s Club under the theme, “Mentoring Military Professionals for Global Leadership.” Members of the Army’s senior leadership including the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA), GEN Ray Odierno came out and briefed the conferees on issues facing the Army in the 21st Century and its operational tempo going Maj. Kimberlee Short, Col. (Ret.) Terri Coles forward…Transformation was the key word and Col. Seena Tucker heard throughout all of the presentations. In conjunction with the conference, the 38th Annual Spring Gala and Awards Ceremony was held. THE ROCKS has over 1,000 members from the Armed Forces consisting of active duty, reserve, retired and former commissioned officers. Their primary mission is to strengthen the United Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Arthur Gregg and States Army Officer Corps. Brig Gen (Ret) Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Hawthorne Proctor Clara Adams-Ender is the outgoing chair and Brig Gen (Ret) Earl Simms is the incoming chair; Col (Ret) Ray Bingham chaired the conference planning committee.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Julius Becton, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Nabors, Col. (Ret.) Alfred Elliott and Col. Conrado Morgan

Brig. Gen. Barrye Price and Brig. Gen. Phillip Churn made presentations to the ROCKS attendees.

The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Washington, DC hosted an elegant Jazz Brunch and Fashion Show featuring couture designs from African and American designers at the Howard University Blackburn Center in Northwest, Washington, DC. Guests were asked to wear African-themed attire or the Pan-African colors of Red, Green, or Black. This jazz luncheon is the signature fundraising event and provides funding for scholarships to deserving underprivileged students. The alumni honored the Founders Library and C. Brian Williams, founder of Step Africa! for their support and achievements in the community. Thanks to Natalie Rance, chapter president and Jean Humphrey for guiding the team in presenting an afternoon of fellowship, networking and fun.

Dr. Valerie Maholmes presents the Support to the University Award to Dr. Howard Dodson; Jean Humphrey looks on.

Seated: Henrietta Duncan, Paula Singleton and Patricia Plummer; standing: Shirley Rhones, Avis Watts, Shirley Evbuoma and Audrey Thurman

Natalie Rance presents the Global Community Award to C. Brian Williams, founder/CEO, Step Africa!; Felicia Davis looks on.

Carolyn Rand, Keil Sobers and Denise Hinton

Active and retired generals who attended the ROCKS Conference. Colorful Afro-centric fashion

Col. (Ret.) Brenda Crutchfield and Col (Ret.) Dorene Hunt

Stepping out for a casual evening at the Bohemian Cavan. Edgar Brookins, Dr. Valerie Maholmes, Natalie Rance, president, Howard University Alumni Chapter and Audrey Thurman

Photos by Rob Roberts

Fashionable hats, Women of Achievement and Public Service CCCLinks vice president presented scholarships from the were themes of the 2nd Annual Capital City Links (CCCLinks) chapter to Emmi Reeves, graduating senior, Dunbar High School Women’s Recognition High Tea, held April 7, at the Willard and William Colella, graduate, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Intercontinental Hotel. Outstanding women leaders were Also attending were Dunbar High School students enrolled in honored including Dr. Julianne Malveaux, immediate past ‘Evolutionary Women,’ the Capital City Links mentoring program president, Bennett College, North Carolina; philanthropist and student artists from ArtReach, sponsored by the Corcoran Marcella Jones, CEO/founder, Jones Foundation; CNN Gallery and supported by CCCLinks. Anchor/Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux and Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., associate director for Research on Women’s Health, NIH (retired). J.C. Hayward, WUSA9 Television Anchor served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Claudia McKoin, president, CCCLinks said, “We are delighted to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of our distinguished honorees. Their work on behalf of the greater DC community is worthy of our acknowledgement and appreciation.” Seated: High Tea Honorees: Julianne Malveaux, PhD; Organizers of the event were High Tea Marcella Jones; Suzanne Malveaux and Vivian Pinn, MD. co-chairs Madeline Y. Lawson, Edna L. Standing - Edna L. Moffitt, High Tea Co-Chair; Emcee JC Moffitt and Camelia Mazard. Annie Whatley, Hayward; Claudia McKoin, President. Capital City Links; Madeline Lawson, Co-Chair and Camilia Mazard

Capital City Links members: Judith N. Batty; Janet B. Walker; Edna L. Moffitt; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, High Tea Honoree; Links Michelle V. Hagans and Annie Whatley, Chapter VP

The Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter (NoVAC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Northern Virginia Delta Education and Community Service (NVDECS) Foundation hosted their Second Annual “Sisters Called to Service” Prayer Breakfast at the Waterford at Springfield. Christian comedienne and chapter member, Keitha V. served as the emcee and led the morning’s program that consisted of scripture readings, powerful musical presentations, a dance ministry and prayers by local pastors for the healing and grieving, for those in public service and for the nation. A highlight of the morning came with the presentation of scholarship recipients and parents. After an uplifting selection

Photos by Rob Roberts

Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff, United States Army speaks at the ROCKS conference.

Brig. Gen. Leslie Smith receives token of appreciation from Brig Gen (Ret.) Clara AdamsEnder.

Joycelyn James and Angelique Brown, cochair, Scholarship Committee with scholarship recipient (red dress) along emcee, Molette Green.

Seated: Rhonda Long, chapter second vice president; Antoinette Mann, chapter president; Cheron Burns, chapter first vice president and Fawn F. Coleman, NVDECS Foundation president; Standing: the Rev. Joseph A.C. Smith, the Rev. Dr. Leonard Hamlin Sr., Keitha V. Johnson, program emcee; the Rev. Gwendolyn Boyd, keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Harry James Pilson and the Rev. Asa Lee by saxophonist Brian Lenair, the Rev. Gwendolyn Boyd brought a message of hope and thanksgiving that had the guests

Claudia McKoin, President, Capital City Links, scholarship recipient Emmi Reeves and Link Yvonne Williams

clapping their hands, stomping their feet and echoing “Amens” to her every word…church service environment was in the room!

Recognition of Rodney Louis, State Farm Agent by Gladys Fitzhugh-Pemberton and Carole Stephens, members of the fundraising committee. Brenda McRavin, Barbara Daniel, Gwendolyn and Joe Howze Sr.

Madeline Lawson, High Tea Co-Chair, Emcee JC Hayward and High Tea Co-Chair Camilia Mazard

Capital City Links Vice President Annie Whatley presents scholarship to William Colella, graduate, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The Greater Little Zion Baptist Church Praise Dancers perform to the gospel song, Changed.

Seated - Olivia S. Pilson, Merry Brinkley and Clara Gipson; standing - Al Brinkley and Francis Gipson Jr.

Capital City Links members: Jane M. Brown; Inga BumbaryLangston and Janet Randolph

Capital City Links Members: Kim Keenan; Altomease Kennedy; Grace Speights; Charise Y. Council; Trinita Brown and guest Link, Teresa Brown

“Evolutionary Women” Mentorship Program: Emmi Reeves; Constance Walker; Karen Guzman; Boanna Dyson; Nina Banks; Sara James; Ms. Rene’ Burroughs and Damika M. Reeves Photos by Rob Roberts

Fawn Coleman and Antoinette Mann present a scholarship to Olivia Green; her mother accepts on her behalf.

Fundraising committee members; Karen Jordan, Melodi Pemberton, Lynadria Ware, Dr. Deborah Freeman and Gladys Fitzhugh-Pemberton

Rev. Gwendolyn Boyd, 22nd National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, brings a powerful, inspirational message.

Fawn Coleman, Foundation president and Antoinette Mann, chapter president present a scholarship to Eugene Coleman lll, his mother accepting for him.


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More than 1,000 recently attended the premiere the nation’s most ardent advocates for marriage in the African-American community, maintains of Still Standing, a documentary that challenges that problems do not destroy marriages; it’s the the mindset that divorce is the answer and way people deal with the issues that serve as the proves that there are ordinary couples who have stimulus for those divorces. Muhammad, founder faced and defeated the evils of hell that attacked of Black Marriage Day adds, that infidelity can their marriage. The March event at the Publick destroy one marriage while strengthening another. 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90 Days and Countin’

Should Women Adopt the 90-Day Plan From Steve Harvey’s ‘Think Like a Man’? Meanwhile, Jatona Davis, a 24-year-old from Passaic, N.J. believes she should have In the blockbuster adopted a regimen similar to relationship comedy Think Harvey’s advice in the past. Like a Man, the women in “Personally, I never used the film turn to the 90-day plan radio personalitybut if I knew turned what I know relationship guru now, I would Steve Harvey’s have used a 30 or book to “flip the 60 day rule,” she script” on their said. “I believe mates to improve it takes about 3 their tanking months for a guy relationships. to understand While most you, relate to can identify you, miss you with many of and care for you the characters unconditionally. in the film, Mya Those 90 days Meagan Good as Mya in the film Think Like a Man. [Meagan Good] should be spent is challenged learning about with an age-old a person-dating dilemma — Should she technology major at Delaware spiritually and intellectually put sex on hold to find Mr. State University says setting rather than [finding out] their Right? a specific time limit for sex favorite position.” Fed up with the “hit it could be a detriment to the Brad Berkowitz, the author and quit it” mentality of potential relationship. of the book 21st Century her previous suitors, Mya “Sex is the most intimate Guide to Bachelorhood: takes Harvey’s advice and connection that people can Lessons Learned Over 20 adopts the “90-day plan” for make with one another,” he Years concurs with most of her next mate. The strategy said. “You can’t aside rules Harvey’s advice. tells women to hold off on for it, aside from protection. Following the 2009 release sexual activity for 90 days Once you set aside from what of Harvey’s book Act Like a to determine whether or not you want to do because of a Woman, Think Like a Man, her suitor is looking for a perceived notion, then you’re Berkowitz told the Huffington “keeper” or a “sport fish.” not being true to yourself or Post that while it’s important According to Harvey, the other person.” to not jump the gun, males if the guy is looking for a He added, “It’s not about and females should work out keeper, he’ll gladly wait out time, it’s about the people. a practical time take their the 90 days to get to know You have to judge each relationships to the next level. the female. On the flip side, if situation by itself and do what “It’s good for both the guy the man is looking for a sport you think is best. Sometimes and girl not to jump in too fish, he’ll do whatever it takes that means waiting, other quickly sexually,” he said. “If to have sex with the female times, not so much.” they sleep together too soon, By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer

and ultimately throw her back in the wild. But how effective is the 90-day rule? Le’Aire Butcher, a 24-year-old information

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Monica R. Williams and Loleeta “Tiny” Rogers of From Momma’s Kitchen the girl will think the guy is a player and the guy will think the girl is sleazy. But 90 days does seem a bit long.” “It’s best for the couple to speak openly, and find

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a time period which feels comfortable for each other. And the girl should know, if the guy pushes too hard for sex, it means the guy doesn’t really care about the woman.” The AFRO wants to know what you think! Do you believe in the 90-day rule? Sound off!


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UDC’s Hollis, Jones Ranked Nationally and Regionally By AFRO Staff Several members of the University of the District of Columbia women’s outdoor track and field team remains ranked either nationally or regionally, according to the USTFCCCA poll released April 24. UDC senior Kaneesha

Hollis is currently ranked No. 1 in the East Region and No. 20 in the nation in the 400 meter race after finishing with a personal best time of 55.74 in the Johnson C, Smith Invitational on April 13. The Centreville, Md. native is also a member of UDC’s 4x400 meter team—along with

sophomore Kaydian Jones, freshman Kimoy Mais and junior Callister Jones, which ranks No. 6 regionally. Junior Calister Jones, a Fort Washington, Md. native, also ranked nationally at 29th in the 400 meter race, No. 2 regionally after placing a time of 56.14 in the JCSU

event. Other UDC track and field members ranked regionally include freshman Tatyana Commock (Washington, D.C. native), sophomore Areial Clark and sophomore Shauna-Kay Creary. Commock ranks No. 8 in the 100 meter; Clark ranks No. 4 in the shot put, and Creary ranks No. 7 in the long-jump. According to UDC Sports Information Office, a select group of UDC track and field athletes will compete at the famous annual Penn Relays at Franklin UDC Photo: UDC junior Calister Jones, a Fort Washington, Md. native, Field in Philadelphia, Pa. also ranked nationally at 29th in the 400 meter race, No. 2 scheduled to start on April regionally after placing a time of 56.14 in the JCSU event. 26.

UDC Track and Field Opens Spring Season with Strong Performances at Tribe Invitational By Eric Zedalis Special to the AFRO The University of the District of Columbia women’s outdoor track and field squad braved the elements and opened its 2012 outdoor track campaign with strong performances during a rain-filled afternoon at the Tribe Invitational hosted by Williams & Mary University on March 24. Due to the inclement weather, the 200 meter and

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Callister Jones shaved nearly two seconds off her personal best in the 400M. She is very close to the NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark. 4x400 meter relay events were cancelled, but the Firebirds made the most of the events they did compete in. Junior Callister Jones, a Fort Washington, Md. native out of Oxon Hill High School, was particularly impressive in her 400 meter race, besting her previous personal record by nearly two seconds to finish in 56.33. She is just outside of the NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 56.30, and her time is currently the 10th fastest mark in Division II this spring. “To run a personal best by close to two seconds in our first outdoor meet of the season - and in driving rain, no less, says she’s not only in great shape, but proves she’s ready to make a mark individually on a national level,” head coach Alton McKenzie said. Sophomore Areial Clark was also very impressive in the field events of javelin and shot put. Her personal best javelin throw of 32.82M was good for second-place overall in a field of eight. Also, her shot put toss of 11.51M placed her 4th in a field of eight. Continued on B5


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Delaware Women, Morgan State Men Capture 9th Annual MSU Legacy Meet Titles

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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff: Is the Miami Heat Still Dwyane Wade’s Team? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk

By Kevin Paige Special to the AFRO The cold and rainy weather which has plagued past Morgan State Legacy Meets and was again predicted to take place all day on April 21 was nonexistent until the event was over. Instead, the 9th Annual MSU Legacy Meet held at Hughes Stadium in Baltimore, Md. was blessed with plenty of sunshine and was a complete success. In the end it was the University of Delaware Blue Hens capturing the women’s title with a total of 153 points, while host Morgan State’s men’s team won the title with 118.50 points. The victory by Delaware ended a dominant run of four consecutive Legacy Meet title by the University of Pittsburgh’s women’s program. “If we have good team energy, you can go out and do anything,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane, whose Blue Hens captured six individual first-place finishes, while setting three school records and four qualified for the ECAC championship held in May at Princeton, N.J. “The girls definitely have stepped it up a notch. Just getting the group together and everybody positively energized to (have) a good meet. That’s what we did. We just came out with a lot of positive vibes.” Added McFarlane, “we have good team energy and so far this season we’ve had some really good performances. All we can hope for is health and the girls are really stepping up this year. We’re a pretty young team, but we have a lot of positive energy and team chemistry. We just hope to get into more championship meets like this one and do well.” Morgan State’s Lady Bears placed second with 96 points, while fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foe Hampton was third with 95.50 points. Defending champion Pittsburgh (92 points) was fourth, while fellow MEAC member the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) finished with 71 points to round out the top five. “We took a different approach at the meet this year,” said Pittsburgh head coach Alonzo Webb whose Panthers had won the previous four Legacy Meets. “In the past we travelled with a full team. This season, however, we are more cautious about how much our athletes have been running the past few weekends and wanted to give them a break. Every meet from here on out will be important.” On the men’s side Morgan State captured the title with 118.50 points, fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foe Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) finished second with 109 points, while the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) claimed third place with 81 points. Pittsburgh took fourth with 69 points and MEAC rival Delaware State (61 points) came in fifth.

With another MVP-caliber season likely under his belt, LeBron James hasn’t just taken over the National Basketball Association (NBA) but apparently the Miami Heat as well. James’ herculean campaign has manifested itself into a redemption season after a flat-faced NBA Finals performance last June. But as James has rebirthed himself, has he officially taken the lead as the Heat’s leader over longtime star guard Dwyane Wade? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate. Riley: The Heat is 12-1 without Wade this season and without the burden of the obvious aging superstar on his side, James has been fully able to flash the same form that made him a living legend in Cleveland. Last season was a feeler for all those involved with the Miami project. James and fellow co-star forward Chris Bosh were new to the team so Wade had to remain the focal point. But this season, with Wade often hobbled, James has emerged as the go-to guy on the team. Green: Don’t let the regular season heroics fool you. This team will go only as far as Wade can guide them. Yes, he’s been hurt but the 30 year-old shooting guard normally saves his best for the post-season. And after last summer’s disappearing act, those horrifying late-game moments against Dallas will forever haunt James. Wade has never been the picture of health but I’m willing to bet the chips on him come playoff time. With James, well, not so much. Riley: LeBron’s disappearance was inexplicable and I won’t even try to make amends for that. But this season, he’s been the man. Period. Will it launch him into a post-season tear? Who knows? But let’s not act like James didn’t annihilate Boston and Chicago in the prior rounds before the Finals last season. Things always come full circle and I’m sure James will correct the picture in a few weeks. You can’t possibly expect Wade to shoulder the load this summer when he hasn’t been able to shoulder the load all season. Wade’s a Hall of Famer but James is the key to success for the Miami Heat. Green: James is an important piece, but in the Continued from B4 end, Wade will be the one Also of note, sophomore Shauna-Kay Creary made it out that will ultimately decide to 5.18M in her first-ever outdoor long jump event to place whether or not the Heat 6th in a field of 10 competitors. hoist this season’s trophy. After the meet, Coach McKenzie had this to say about his James’ 2010 proclamation team’s performance: that the Heat is scheduled to “As is the case with running outdoors, sometimes win several championships conditions are not ideal, but we braved the elements will never reign true simply and opened up our outdoor season with competitive because I can’t see Wade performances,” McKenzie said. “We’ve been training recapturing his former self hard the past few weeks, so despite the conditions, our beyond this season. This expectations were to start the outdoor season on a positive isn’t to say Wade doesn’t note rain or shine. I believe that mindset will carry over need James or vice versa but into the rest of the season. I look forward to progressing if you’re asking who needs throughout the outdoor season and using this meet as a to be at their best come stepping stone for better things to come.” playoff times, it’s Wade.

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Adrieene McKoy, whose address is 3408 Curtis Drive, Apt 202 Suitland MD 20743 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lula Mae Frierson-Jackson, who died on January 1, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 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 Lula Mae FriersonJackson Personal Representative 202-439-5635 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Apr 24 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

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Ezana Negussu Wakjira, whose address is 1112 Devere Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland 20903 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mesfin Techane Mebratu, who died on October 13, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before 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 Ezana Negussu Wakjira Personal Representative 804-426-3876 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Apr 24 REGISTER WILLS 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

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Donna M. Johnson, whose address is 319 Upshur Street, NW Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lonnie Cook Jr., who died on December 4, 2011 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor 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 Donna M. Johnson Personal Representative 202-442-8532 202-327-4910 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Apr 24 REGISTER WILLS 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

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Dwight Cave, whose address is 3905 20th Street NE Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Denise G. Cave, who died on February 17, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 20, 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 20, 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 20, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Dwight Cave Personal Representative 240-353-3042 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Apr 24 REGISTER WILLS 4/20, 4/27, 5/4

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM318 Helen Ann McGuire Decedent Phillip N. Margolius 4201 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 600 Washington DC 20008 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Kathryn A. McGuire, whose address is 5452 Nebraska Avenue, NW. Washington DC 20015 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Helen Ann McGuire, who died on February 18, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 27, 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 27, 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 27, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Kathryn A. McGuire Personal Representative 202-363-9282 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/27, 5/4, 5/11

Srean Yim Lor, whose address is 1307 Elsinore Avenue, McLean, VA 22102-2702 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Bernard S. Hall, who died on March 14, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 27, 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 27, 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 27, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Srean Yim Lor 10:38:26 EDT 2012 Personal Representative 301-431-2919 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Apr 24 4/27, 5/4, 5/11

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM333 Sara Jones Decedent Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Jennifer L. Jones and Johnnie I. Jones, whose address(es) are 108 58th Street SE, #302, Washington DC 20019 and 5817 Dix Street NE, DC 20019 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Sara Jones, who died on December 19, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 27, 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 27, 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 27, 2012 10:35:05 EDT 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jennifer L. Jones Johnnie I. Jones Personal Representative 202-396-5519 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Apr 24 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 4/27, 5/4, 5/11

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM116 Estate of Ray Blackburn Deceased NOTICE OF STANDARD PROBATE

In the following construction disciplines: earthwork, site utilities, site concrete, asphalt paving, landscaping, concrete, masonry, structural steel, misc. metals, waterproofing, roofing, metal panels, doors & hardware, windows & glazing, drywall & acoustical, ceramic tile, terrazzo, resinous floor, carpet & resilient, painting, Division 10-12 accessories, lab casework/equipment, elevator & MEP for the following project: Bioscience Education Center, Montgomery College Germantown, MD Bid Date: April 30, 2012 by 5:00 pm To view Bid documents for this project please visit: https://balfourbeattyus.box.com/s/60aaaa6280ca2c905c21 or for further information, please contact Mike Tully with Balfour Beatty at (703) 218-1368. TYPESET: Tue Apr 24 10:35:51 EDT 2012 Balfour Beatty is an Equal Opportunity Employer DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) FORCONTRACT NO. 120070 DESIGN-BUILD SERVICES FOR THE TUNNEL DEWATERING PUMP STATION (TDPS) ANDENHANCED CLARIFICATION FACILITY (ECF) The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) requests that interested firms submit their Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for design-build services in connection with a project comprising a Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station (TDPS) and an Enhanced Clarification Facility (ECF), including related installations, structures and systems. This Project is part of DC Water´s Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for control of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO). Detailed information on the summary scope of work, procurement process, required content and submittal requirements of the SOQ, and the evaluation process are contained in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document. Firms interested in submitting SOQ´s should contact Ms. Senail Manley at (202) 787-2363, or by e-mail at senail.manley@ dcwater.com to obtain the RFQ document. Requests must refer to Contract No. 120070, Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station and Enhanced Clarification Facility. The design and construction includes, but is not limited to, build-out of the TDPS and Screen/Surge shafts. The TDPS work includes construction of a multi-story building housing the main tunnel dewatering pumps and other supporting mechanical and electrical equipment, and instrumentation and control systems. The ECF includes a process treatment system, together with mechanical, electrical and instrumentation control equipment. New electrical service and piping connections to the existing Blue Plains Plant treatment systems, chlorination and dechlorination system, and rehabilitation of outfall piping to the Potomac River may also be included. The TDPS will pump captured storm water from the Blue Plains Tunnel, currently under construction, to the new ECF that will treat storm water and discharge through an outfall structure to the Potomac River. Based on evaluation of SOQ´s received, DC Water will shortlist the best-qualified respondents (Shortlisted Proposers) in accordance with criteria in the RFQ. DC Water will then issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) package to only the Shortlisted Proposers, inviting them to submit technical and price proposals. Selection of the Design-Builder will be based upon both technical and price criteria that will be specified EDT in the future 10:34:46 2012 RFP. The Design-Build Contract resulting from this procurement process will be subject to Fair Share Objectives for Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MBE and WBE) in the amounts of 28 percent and 4 percent for professional services, and 32 percent and 6 percent for the construction, respectively. The program requirements are fully defined in the U.S. EPA´s Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Procurement under EPA Financial Assistance Agreements - May 27, 2008. SOQs will be received from firms until 2:00 PM local time on Friday, June 29, 2012 at DC Water. SOQ and all required copies must be labeled and delivered in accordance with the RFQ document. A pre-SOQ submittal meeting will be held at DC Water´s COF building, 5000 Overlook Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20032 on Monday May 7, 2012, starting at 1:30 PM. Persons attending will need to notify Ms. Senail Manley by 2:00 PM on Thursday May 3, 2012 at 202-787-2363 or by email to senail.manley@dcwater.com to obtain a visitor´s pass at the Visitors Building. Attendance is limited to two (2) vehicles per firm due to limited parking at the COF Building. Further details and restrictions are in the TYPESET: Tue Apr 24 10:35:24 EDT 2012 RFQ document. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR BIDS INVITATION NO. 110100 BRYANT STREET PUMP STATION PUMP ROOM PAINTING AND MISCELLANEOUS WORK The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is soliciting bids for Invitation No. 110100: Bryant Street Pump Station - Pump Room Painting and Miscellaneous Work. The following listing enumerates the major items of work included in this contract but not limited thereto: Surface Preparation and Painting including lead paint encapsulation on surfaces (approximately 75,000 SF), which include ferrous metal water piping, fittings, supports, valves and pumps; 0 walkway support structures and railings; and 0 columns and ceiling within the discharge piping area. 0

Cleaning of masonry and floor surfaces (estimated to be approximately 50,000 SF), which include Glazed brick surfaces (walls, columns, etc.); 0 Terra cotta, tile floors; and 0 Granite keystone caps 0

Miscellaneous Work including masonry repairs; constructing new metal gates, installation of new concrete steps, and replacement of small diameter piping. The project requires completion within 200 consecutive calendar days. This project is estimated to cost less than $1,000,000. The date for receipt of bids is May 23, 2012. Bid for this project will be procured in the open market with preference given for the utilization of certified local and local small business enterprises. The Davis-Bacon wage determinations shall apply. DC Water Owner Controlled Insurance Program will provide insurance. Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20032. Sets of Bidding Documents can be procured

10:33:25 EDT 2012 $50 purchase price each, payable to DC Water. Payment must for a non-refundable be in the form of a money order, certified check or a company check. Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express account number.

The DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a secured facility. Persons intending to pick-up Bidding Documents are to contact the Department of Procurement at 202-787-2020 for access authorization. For procurement information contact Mr. Carlo Enciso; email carlo.enciso@dcwater. com (voice 202-787-2029). For technical information contact: DETS-Construction.Bid.Inquiry@dcwater.com View DC Water website at www.dcwater.com for current and up coming solicitations.

Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Court by Tanya LaNice for standard probate, including the appointment of one or more personal representative. Unless a complaint or an objection in accordance with Superior Court Probate Division Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Admit to probate the will dated February 15, 2011 exhibited with the petition upon proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution by affidavit of witnesses or otherwise 0 in the absence of a will or proof satisfactory to the Court of due execution, enter an order determining that the decedent died intestate. 0 appoint an unsupervised personal representative Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication April 27, 2012 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Tanya LaNice 2706 Lorring Drive #304 Forestville, MD 20747 301-793-6393 Signature of Petitioners/Attorney 4/27, 5/4

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Justin L. Kittrell, whose address is 1255 Faraday Place, NE Washington DC 20017 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joyce 12, 2012, who died on February 12, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 20, 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 20, 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 20, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Justin L Kittrell Personal Representative 202-391-2642 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Apr 24 4/20, 4/27, 5/4

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STATEWIDE PROGRAM DIRECTOR FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA The University of Virginia is seeking a full-time Statewide Program Director in its School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. The successful candidate must be a visionary capable of developing and delivering new business and professional studies programs based on market needs while simultaneously ensuring existing programs reflect the latest research and best practices. Responsibilities will include working closely with marketing, student services, administration, and outreach units within SCPS, as well as working with other Schools within the University to meet the demands of a diverse population of adult learners who have a broad range of educational goals and academic preparation. The Statewide Program Director must be able to manage multiple on-going programs at undergraduate, graduate and noncredit levels; have experience in developing online courses, as well as programs in the traditional classroom format; and should be entrepreneurial with outstanding communication skills. Business teaching experience, particularly to an adult audience, is desired. Candidates should provide evidence of success in creating and maintaining viable business programs. The successful candidate will be an effective academic champion of his/her programs and possess the ability to establish personal networks, with senior executives in client organizations. Experience working in a government environment is a plus. This is a non-tenure track faculty position. Master’s degree in Business Administration or closely related business field (e.g., management, accounting, finance and/or marketing) is required; Ed.D. or Ph.D. strongly preferred. Subject matter expertise in business obtained as both a practitioner and an academic is ideal. Some travel required, primarily day trips within the Commonwealth, but occasional overnight travel is required. Strong computer skills necessary. To Apply: Please complete a Candidate Profile and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references through Jobs@UVA at https://jobs.virginia.edu/ under posting number 0609777. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For priority consideration, all materials should be received by May 4, 2012. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

ADVERTISING DIRECTOR The AFRO-American Newspaper is a prestigious and well established minority owned media publisher with office located in Maryland and Washington, DC. We are nationally recognized for our superior coverage and timely communication of newsworthy events, particularly those in urban and ethnic communities nationally. We are seeking an Advertising Director to manage the Baltimore and Washington DC, location and oversee and manage sales staff and advertising professionals. The primary tasks will be to manage the day-to-day activities and supervise the overall selling efforts for both display and classified advertisements; prospect new clients and obtain pertinent information related to advertising; sell classified and display advertising space for publication and website; motivate and monitor the progress of sales and advertising team toward meeting established sales goals; provide regular updates and reports to the Director of Finance; assist with payment collections for past due invoices; and participate in developing strategies to increase business. Your valuable expertise should include an Associate or Bachelor degree in Marketing, Sales, Communications, or relation discipline; 4+ years advertising and/or sales experience on the website, media publication or similar environment is essential; a minimum of two years experience in a supervisory or management role; outstanding interpersonal skills including presentations both verbal and written; be customer service oriented; a self starter who is outgoing, confident, leads by example, results oriented, computer savvy, persuasive, and use good/creative judgment. The AFRO-American Newspapers offers a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with your experience. Please email your resume to: dhocker@afro.com or mail to AFRO-American Newspapers Diane W. Hocker, Director of Human Resources 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

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