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Congressional Lawmakers Battle Voter Suppression By Michelle B. PhippsEvans Special to the AFRO While advocates of voter identification laws say the goal is to prevent fraud at the polls, Rep. Elijah Cummings insists that what is really at work is voter suppression during a campaign that promises to be a tighter than ever race for the presidency. “As many as one in four AfricanAmerican voters, more than one in six Hispanic voters, and about one in ten eligible voters overall do not possess a current and valid governmentissued photo ID,” wrote Cummings in a press release Sept. 18, citing John a NYU School Lewis of Law Brennan Center for Justice

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Rep. Donna Edwards analysis of a voter rights bill he co-introduced with 13 House of Representatives members. Sheila The bill, Jackson Lee introduced as the America Votes Act of 2012 by Cummings and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), targets the drive spearheaded by Republican opponents of President Obama to require voters to produce government issued identification at the time votes are cast. “The America Votes Act of 2012 is a commonsense bill that protects the ability of American citizens to exercise their democratic right to vote,” said Larsen. “Efforts to deny any voter the right to cast a ballot are offensive to us all,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings. “I am proud to join Rep. Larsen in supporting the America Votes Act of 2012 to help ensure that the Rep. Elijah E. restrictive voter ID Cummings (D-Md.) laws on the books Courtesy Photos Continued on A5

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Risk of Disenfranchisement High for Ex-Felons By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO

Walter Lomax can still remember the day he cast his first vote in an election. The emotion in his voice changes as he takes a pause, attempting to put into words how it felt to exercise the right after serving 40 years, wrongly convicted, in a Maryland prison. “I felt empowered,” said Lomax, sitting inside the Park Avenue Baltimore office where he now operates the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MJRI). “Being someone who spent two-thirds of my life in prison, being free and able to

participate was refreshing. I played a part in the process.” Not a hint of bitterness can be detected as the slender, tall, man, now in his early sixties, reflects on the day he entered a Baltimore booth in 2007, just one year after his release, to vote for a slew of offices from mayor to city council members. Continued on A4

Michelle Obama: An Ace in the Presidential Race

Continued on A4 Michelle Obama

By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO She’s a fitness enthusiast who has shined the light on the need to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity. She has single-handedly made it trendy to grow veggies and to eat green. She’s a fashion icon who had made it popular to mix a designer dress with an offthe-rack cardigan. And, supporters said, she may be the best thing her husband, President Obama, has going

for him on the campaign trail as he attempts to win a second term in the White House. Six weeks before the election, First Lady Michelle Obama made two high-profile appearances in the Baltimore-Washington region, both of them generating the kind of electric moments campaign managers dream of. She delivered the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Continued on A5

Rev. Marcus Garvey Wood Celebrates 60 Years at Providence Baptist By Maria Morales Special to the AFRO BALTIMORE, Md. – “It’s five minutes to three,” Rev. Marcus Garvey Wood announced to the crowd of family and staff gathered in his office, in a nod to punctuality that has been among the hallmarks of six decades in the pulpit. “The concert’s about to start.” With that, the 92-year-old spiritual leader eased from behind the desk that used to belong to Dr. Martin D. Jenkins, AFRO file photo late Morgan State In a 1984 photo, the Rev. Marcus University president, Garvey Wood, pastor of Providence and walked with a Baptist Church, one of 20 Black slow but deliberate gait into the packed clergy, was on his way to worship in Russia. sanctuary at Providence Baptist Church. He was followed by his handpicked successor and co-pastor, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Summers, not wanting to miss a note of the jubilee that was being held in his honor.

The concert marked the finale of a weeklong celebration of Rev. Wood’s 60 years of service as pastor of Providence Baptist Church. Themed “The Man, The Mission and The Message,” events included a traditional prayer service on Sept. 21 and a celebration service, as well as the concert, on Sept. 23.

The week began on Sept. 16 with a Sunday afternoon tea honoring the first lady of the church, Mrs. Bessie Wood. The couple, who met at a church Rev. Wood pastored in West Virginia early in his ministry, has been married for 65 years. They have two children, four Continued on A6

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Students, faculty, and staff young and old came out to participate in “Coppin’s Rocking the Vote,” a registration campaign aimed at informing and engaging the campus community. See Story on A6

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tered 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. andand other family Romney’s comments,Hudson “arrogant stupid.” members arrived at the Medical The ongoing Republican Examiner’shand-wringing office mid-afterand gnashing of teeth result the of the noonistothe identify body. Given the between looksheer political ineptitude of choice the Romney directly at the body or campaign and the ing electoral map math which viewing it on a wall-mounted

The Afro-American, September 29, 2012 - September October 5, 2012 29, 2012 Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Obama has either widened his lead or actually overtaken Romney. In the latest RealClearPolitics averages Obama leads Romney in Ohio 48.8 percent to 44.7 percent. In Virginia it’s Obama 49.6 percent and Romney 45.1 percent. And in Florida where Romney has held a tenuous lead over the president for several weeks, Obama now leads 48.5 percent to Romney’s 46.3 percent. In North Carolina, where Obama won by a little more than 12,000 votes in 2008 and has trailed Romney for months, its Obama 47.8 percent and Romney 46.8 percent. Romney’s home state of Michigan shows a nearly nine-point lead for the president, 49.8 percent to 41.2 percent. And in Wisconsin, the home state of Romney’s running mate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan Obama leads Romney 51.5 percent to 43.7 percent. The fact is in most of the recent individual polls in the battleground states President Obama is at 50 percent or above with about six weeks before the general election in November; ominous news for Romney and his supporters.

Odds Are Romney Will Lose Special to the AFRO With the first presidential debate between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney less than two weeks away, it seems clear after several weeks of bungling, rambling and news cycle-chasing on the national stage that Romney and his campaign are in over their heads. A phalanx of the most recent polls in the battleground states and elsewhere bolster this argument. According to the most recent Gallup Organization daily tracking poll President Obama’s approval rating is at 51 percent. When Obama’s Gallup number went over 50 percent during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte it was the first time his approval rating was north of 50 since the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. In the all important battleground states of

Risk of Disenfranchisement High Continued from A1

“Now if we need a speed bump in our neighborhood, a stoplight, or a playground I can have a say because if you look in the records you’ll see that I am a voting constituent.” According to the Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy organization, one in 40 Americans stand to become disenfranchised even after they have served their time. That statistic is significantly higher when it comes to the African

American population, where 1 in every 13 over the age of 18 has lost the right to vote. Across the nation many states have changed laws regarding voter rights for those who have been behind bars. An estimated 5.3 million ex-felons were left out of the 2008 election. That number was comprised of 1.4 AfricanAmerican men. “There are well over 5 to 5.2 million people with past felony convictions who are currently not able to participate in the democratic

process of voting which is a fundamental tenant as to who we are as a country,” said Benétta Standly, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the nation’s capitol. “This is particular pervasive in the Deep South, where there is a history of disenfranchising African-Americans.” Only Maine and Vermont have no restrictions when it comes to felons and voting, as both states allow prisoners to vote through absentee ballot while still serving their time

Further, the New York Times’ intrepid political predictor Nate Silver puts President Julian Obama’s current odds of re-election at 77.7 percent. As President Obama’s improving numbers told th come in the wake of perhaps the most continues to strongly favor President Obama. Courtesy Photos definitive vignette of the Romney campaign– In 2008, I remember reassuring a veteran Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who “SheI worked held hands described recently by influential conservative television news anchor with whowith her fa was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. commentator Peggy Noonan as a “rolling was fretting mightily about the odds of then“rema video screen, the family chose calamity” – the now infamous 47 plate percent Sen. Obama prevailing in his bid for the ly” an X584859 was found on the latter. According to the the body of her 7-year-old “She h fiasco. White House. Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours ly,” th If his you’ve spelunking ice cave really Sean,” she said police received a 7 “I a.m. call don’t know that’s him.” after bodybeen was found in a in an was o in Antarctica for the last 10 days, here’s part shaking her head as I told her Obama was a mome of what Romney said before a roomful of lock to win. I pulled out a piece of paper and Th his big money campaign donors during a quickly scribbled a crude map of Virginia, Hudso been m $50,000 a plate dinner fundraiser in Boca Pennsylvania and Ohio and guaranteed my when Raton, Florida. colleague Obama would win those three grandm are 47 percent of the people who Cowboys states and capture No thewonder presidency. Obama’s campaign is Doner and Dallas players By“There Alan King Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff will vote for Writer the president no matter what. I was right. trying to distance him from the Jason “Barack the names submitted to how group, in his All right, there are 47 percent whoamong are with It’s funny historysaying, repeats itself; Obama but Never Organized with ACORN.” election officials. Presidential candidate John the 70 him, who are dependent upon government, in 2012 it’swho just Ohio Virginia don’t run But and Obama’s ties to(IACORN Hurd said those workers, McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenu who believeCommunity that they are victims,were whodoing thosethink is really in play) that classes long and deep. He taught thingsPennsylvania without Associated An They even endorsed ACORN’s knowledge believe the government has a– responsibility are ator thepermisepicenterforofACORN. the Electoral College. Organization for Reform Now nation him states. for President. confirms success of the childr to care forthethem, who believe thatsion, theywere are fired. Obama will win both But now ACORN is in trouble. “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the after J entitled to health care, to food, to housing, But, the Obama base – Blacks (!), Reporter: There are at least faced so far shows they faked group says. missin to you name it – that’s an entitlement…these gays, women and young people 11 investigations across the for work they “This is testimony to the work forms to get paidHispanics, Police country involving didn’t do, not to – stuff ballot are people pay nowe’ve income tax…My job have to do the work, they have tothousands show of we’ve donewho and success Balfou potentially ACORN ACORN,up she said, is the Hurd, president father ishad,” not Maude to worry about those of people.boxes.” I’ll never and vote. And the Obamafraudulent ground game, forms. victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview of Juli convince them they should take personal perhaps the most prodigious in the history of Announcer: Massive voter tor of it. with the AFRO. South responsibility and care for their to be campaign at the fraud. will Hurd said thepresidential only things campaigns And have the Obama “When this attack started, we lives.” hours important conservative top ofthemits game to paid counter nefarious bogus are the charges morethe than $800,000voter to an hadAnother just announced that we had Balfou selves. And factcheck. org front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new vot- called commentator William Kristol suppression effortsACORN of the GOP. told re

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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

ers,” she said. “That’s just to say that someone’s running scared because of ACORN’s success.” in prison. McCain, who is running for president on the Republican tickThe constitutional et, lashed out at ACORN in the disenfranchisement in this final debate against Barack state hadcontending been in place since“is Obama, the group the Maryland on the verge ofConstitution maybe perpetrating one of the was signed ongreatest Jun. 4,frauds voter history in this country, According to the National maybe destroying the fabric of Conference democracy.” on State Legislatures between 1996, a non-partisan Web2008 site, found claims to and soughtthose to revamp be “exaggerated,” their voting laws.with “no evidence of any such democracyMaryland restored voting destroying fraud.” rights to believes felons inthe 2007 for Hurd McCain charges politically motivatmen andwere women who have ed. served their time paid all She said, “Because it’s lowfines, and satisfied allpeople, parole and moderate-income and requirements, and probation people of color, I believe the McCain the laws campaign vary fromthinks statethose to voters are going to vote state. Democratic, which is not necesIn Washington D.C., sarily true.” people who is have been to ACORN no stranger controversy. released on parole or For 38 years, the non-partisan probation can vote. organization has fought for social Americans, and“As economic justicewe for all lowbelieve in second chances,” and moderate-income Americans. With 400,000 memsaid Sarah Massey, ber families organized more spokeswoman for theinto Project than 1,200 neighborhood chapVote, national voting rights ters ina110 cities nationwide, organization headquartered ACORN has over the years seen itsdowntown share of criticism while do advoin D.C. “You catingtime for affordable housing, your and you come out living wages, healthcare for the and as Americans, you should underserved— and while organparticipate in our democracy. izing voter registration drives. none has been as withering ItBut is your right.” andFelons baseless this one. inasFlorida saw With the presidential election their automatic right to vote less than two weeks away, restored in detractors 2007, only to have ACORN’s allege the organization has engaged Gov. Rick Scott reverse in themassive voterinregistration after decision March offraud last year. the reported discovery of bogus Floridians now have a five names, such as Mickey Mouse

agrees. It concluded, “Neither ACORN nor its employees have been found guilty of, or even charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” The problem came about primarily because of the way ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays people, many of them poor or unemployed, to sign up new voters. The idea was to help both those being registered and those doing the registration. Maud explained, “We have a zero tolerance policy for deliberate falsification of registration.” Most news account neglect to point out that ACORN is Benétta Standly required by law to turn in all registration forms. And they also fail year wait their to note thatperiod it was before the organizaright to many vote is restored. The tion, in instances, that first brought the phony registrations same five-year period is in to the attention of authorities. effect in Delaware. The McCain camp apparently Those whoinhave served isn’t interested those fine prison in Kentucky fill points, time preferring to air misleading an adsapplication that seek to link Obama out to have to ACORN, thereby undercutting their rights restored. Only his political support. a governor can give an McCain: I’m John McCain executive pardon and give and I approve this message. thatAnnouncer: right back. Who is Barack Obama? A man political Standly sayswith that“a education baptism performed at warp alone could a longAfter way colin speed.” Vast go ambition. making sure that ex-felons are lege, he moved to Chicago. Became community aware ofatheir rights organizer. when it There, Obama met Madeleine comes to the ballot box. Talbot, part of the Chicago “I think a lot of it has to branch of ACORN. He was so do with thethat lack education impressive heof was asked to train the ACORN when people are staff. exiting the What did ACORN penile system. They in areChicago not engage in? Bullying banks. informed that this right is Intimidation tactics. Disruption automatically restored after of business. ACORN forced they theirhome sentence bankscomplete to issue risky loans. The get same typessaid of loans that and out,” Standly. caused the financial crisis we’re “We really do need them in today.

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efforts. Pressuring banks to issue risky loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. engaged in the democratic Blind ambition. Too risky for a process. “We truly are not America.

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democracy if we exclude this segment of our population.” Since McCain’s comments, Public libraries, ACORN’s 87 offices fire have been bombarded with threats stations, schools, post and offices racist mail. and a wealth of other public The day after the presidential offices all places where debate, are vandals broke into the any one, including organization’s Bostonex-felons and Seattle offices and stole computers. can register to vote. After a Cleveland Lomax admitsrepresentative that while appeared on TV, an e-mail was in prison, he didn’t sent to the local officethink saying she about thetoloss ofher hislife vote “is going have ended.” A worker R.I., much, butinheProvidence, now ties the received a threatening callto sayimportance of this right ing, “We know you get off work feeling a productive at 9” andlike uttered racial epithets. member oftosociety. A caller one office left a message on the answering Without partaking in the machine, saying: “Hi, was just social, political, and Ieconomic calling to let you know that aspects of one’s community, Barack Obama needs to get Lomax saida it is easy to lose hung. He’s (expletive deleted) nigger,with and he’s a piece of touch the outside world. (expletive You guys “Whendeleted). you’re fully ableare fraudulent, and you need to go to to participate in those three hell. All the niggers on oak trees. areas of gonna society, tend honto They’re getyou all hung eys, much they’remore goingcomplete to get assassifeel nated, they’re getthose killed.” and when anygonna one of Another message said, “You elements are Dumb missingit is liberal idiots. (expletive immediately noticed.” deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) Nearly 5.85 million come to our country, consume ex-felons run the risk of every natural resource there is, becoming disenfranchised and make a lot of babies. That’s in election allthe you2012 guys general do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everytaking place Nov. 6. oneRegistration else to pay forfor your hospital Baltimore bills for your kids. I jus’ say let residents looking tothe take your kids die. That’s best part in Just the let upcoming general move. your children die. Forget about forat hospital election endspaying Oct. 16 9 p.m. billsEarly for them. I’mwill not begin gonna in do voting it. You guys are lowlifes. And I Oct. last until through hope27 youand all die.” Nov. 1. Early Hurd thinksvoting the hatelocations calls will ceasebesoon. will open from 10 a.m. to 8 two weeks, I think these p.m.“Ineveryday except Sunday attacks will be over. But I think it where operations will begin at will be harder for us to get our noon at 6 p.m. name and backend on good graces because they really trashed us in St. Brigid’s Parish Center, the last fewIndustries weeks.” Academy Maritime But ACORN will not be School, the Public Safety deterred. Training and The “We’veFacility, been fighting for a long time, over 30 years, for League forfor People with the rights of lowmoderateDisabilities, and and Edmonson income people all across the West Side High School will country,” Hurd said. “We’re all be locations earlyfor going to continuefor to fight voting in the Baltimore area. economic justice in our communities.”

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Myrtle Leary Thompson Koger, 86 Educator, Lover of Tennis Myrtle Leary Thompson Koger, the daughter of the late Annie Mitchell Leary was born May 12, 1926 in Somerset, Pa. She departed this life Sept. 21, 2012 after a lengthy illness. At an early age, Myrtle and her younger sister Ramona became a part of Frannie and George William Thompson’s family. Among the youngest of the seven Thompson children, Myrtle loved the great outdoors, and spent hours exploring her beloved Pennsylvania countryside. She received her formal education in the schools of Somerset County, and at the age of 14 years came to Baltimore, where she graduated from Douglass High School (1943) and the Coppin State Teachers’ College (1947). Myrtle met and married John Franklin Koger Jr. in 1948; to this union were born three lovely daughters: Ann, Virlyn Patricia, and Carol. Throughout her life Myrtle Koger was known as a gentle, compassionate, person of conviction; one who often put the needs of others ahead of her own. It is no wonder then that she chose teaching as both her vocation and avocation. Myrtle served as an educator for more than 40 years, in which time she sought to guide her students through an educational process that included both the theoretical and the practical realities of life. Looking at current trends in education, it is evident that Myrtle was ahead of her time, a real renaissance woman. Her creative use of cutting edge instructional strategies set her classroom apart from many of her peers. However, Myrtle Koger’s ability to inspire and motivate young people was not limited to the classroom. Her

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love for racquet sports provided her with the opportunity to introduce countless numbers of youth to the world of recreational and competitive tennis. The tennis courts at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore provided the backdrop for Myrtle’s formal training under the tutelage of tennis legend, William “Babe” Jones. As a founding member of the Netmen Coed Tennis Club and the Baltimore Tennis Club, Myrtle graced the courts with her athletic ability winning myriad trophies while competing on the historical American Tennis Association circuit. She became an integral part of the proliferation of tennis activities and events that followed Baltimore’s civil rights protest and subsequent integration of the tennis courts and other facets of the game. Myrtle was not only a tennis player; she was a dedicated youth instructor, a tournament administrator, chaperone for youth, and an overall supporter of tennis programming and fundraising efforts. Among the regular

guests at her home and/or her dinner table were the talented juniors who traveled with the legendary Dr. R. Walter “Doc” Johnson including Arthur Ashe (the first African-American male to win the Wimbledon Championship),Leslie Allen (sports entrepreneur), and John Lucas (who later became a star player for the Houston Rockets basketball team). Myrtle did not selfishly hold on to this love of the sport, but she passed it on to her three daughters and hundreds of others. Upon moving to Baltimore, Myrtle attended Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church before being baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness. She remained faithful to this calling until her passing. Myrtle loved the fellowship of the brethren; and she regularly attended meetings until her health prevented her from doing so. An avid student of the word, Myrtle often opened her home for both adult and youth Bible study. As much as Myrtle Koger loved tennis, it was not her true love. Her real passion could be found in the encouraging words of her favorite songbook. It was through the experiences of life that Myrtle had become a woman of faith, and developed a deep relationship with her creator. Myrtle Koger loved Johnny Cash and all things Country, a good game of Scrabble, Pinochle, Gin Rummy, reading, and a challenging crossword puzzle. She enjoyed cooking one dish meals (you name it) goulash, spaghetti, cabbage and potatoes. When Myrtle started rattling the pots you knew that you were in for a treat, especially if she was baking her homemade apple pie. To say that Myrtle Koger loved her family would be a gross understatement. She had a way of making each one of them feel special. Many discussions have ensued on the topic of who did Grandma Myrtle love more. If she could respond today,

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Dinner on Sept. 22. That appearance followed by a day her stop at Morgan State University for a fundraiser that raised $500,000, organizers said. As polls show President Obama inching up in battleground states over Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, Obama campaign managers are pulling out all the stops. The president and first lady appeared on the nationally televised program “The View” recently. And while the president is striking at Romney at appearances around the country, the first lady is making her own mark. She’s scheduled to make several other appearances in the coming weeks in locations as far away from the Capital Beltway as Seattle, Wash. The Seattle Times reported that the first lady will travel there on Oct. 2 for a fundraiser where ticket prices range from $500 to $10,000. It will cost $5,000 to take a picture with her. If the CBC dinner is any indication, Seattle residents will be standing in long lines to take a photo with the first lady. At the dinner, guests were giddy with anticipation as they waited for her to arrive at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District. “I have never seen her before and I had to see her,” said Carmela Watkins, 47, of Arlington. “I spent three days’ pay for this ticket just to see her, and two more for the dress, shoes and hair. It was worth every penny. She’s a superstar and I had to be here.” As Michelle Obama walked in, an awed cheer went up. Dressed in an offthe-shoulder long black gown with a crystal-studded belt, she delighted the audience. As she started to speak, a hush settled throughout the ballroom. We fought hard for the progress we’ve made, she told the CBC dinner audience. We have to make sure to

vote on Nov. 6 to continue to advance. Contrasting significantly with the speech she gave at the Democratic National Convention, when she highlighted her husband’s character, this time Michelle Obama talked about the threat to voting rights and the danger that poses to democracy. “As the great Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm once said, ‘You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines.’ Active and passionate citizen engagement is at the core of our democracy -- that’s the whole point,” she told the audience. “It is the first three words of the Preamble to our Constitution—‘“We the people.’ And over the past two centuries, so many righteous men and women toiled and bled and sacrificed so that every last one of us could be included in that ‘we.’ And today, we owe it not just to ourselves, but to them, to exercise the rights they fought and died for.” The applause was thunderous. “So when it comes to casting our ballots, it cannot just be ‘We the people’ who had time to spare on Election Day,” she continued. “Can’t just be We the people’ who really care about politics, or ‘We the people’ who happened to drive by a polling place on the way home from work. It must be all of us. That is our birthright, as citizens of this great nation. That fundamental promise that we all get a say in our democracy, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like -- yeah, or who we love.” She was similarly enchanting when she appeared at Morgan on Sept. 21. In a historic visit, Michelle Obama called for a repeat of the massive voter turnout in 2008 that helped make her husband the nation’s first Black president, warning a thrilled crowd that the 2012 race is still very close. In her speech—the first

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Michelle Obama shortly before her speech at the CBC dinner. by a sitting first lady at Morgan—she addressed the Obama administration’s accomplishments in health care, job creation and education. She stressed that her husband took over the Oval Office at a time when the U.S. economy was in dire straits. “Mortgages were underwater, banks weren’t lending, companies weren’t hiring and the auto industry was in crisis,” Michelle Obama said. “This economy was losing 800,000 jobs every single month and a lot of people wondering if we were headed into a great depression.” The nation’s “Mom-inChief” told the audience that because of the Affordable Care Act, senior pay less for prescriptions and those with pre-existing medical conditions are guaranteed the right to medical care. To ensure that the initiatives her husband has fought for continue, vote, she urged the audience. “We won Virginia by about 235,000 votes [in 2008],” said. “That might sound like a lot, but when you break that number down- that’s just 100 votes per precinct,” she said. In North Carolina, the margin was also narrow. “We won that by just 14,000. That’s just five votes per precinct,” she said. “That

could mean just one vote in a neighborhood or one vote in a dorm room.” “If there is anyone that thinks for one second their vote doesn’t matter, think about this, you can swing one precinct for Barack Obama all by yourself.” At the CBC and at Morgan, her message hit the mark. “I wanted to support the campaign and I’m a fan of Mrs. Obama,” said Isahq Rana, 18, a freshman physical therapy major at Morgan. Morgan alumnae Barbara A. Sawyer, a retired administrator for Baltimore City Public Schools, received her tickets as a surprise from her daughter. The 61-year-old said she also thought it was important to help the re-election effort and support the woman she called an “articulate and elegant” speaker. “It’s up to us, the voters, to make change in Washington and get those people out of office [who] are stifling change,” said Sawyer, who wore her Sigma Gamma Rho pin and an outfit in the sorority’s royal blue and gold. “I have every faith that President Obama is going to make it four more years.”

she would probably say: “don’t worry my heart is big enough to hold each of you.” Mother, Grandmother, Greatgrandmother, Aunt, Family Member and Friend, Myrtle Koger will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known her. She leaves to cherish her memory: three daughters; Ann Koger,Virlyn Patricia Koger, and Carol House; five grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; nephews;

John J. Oliver Jr., Lemie Pickett, William Prestwidge, John Pickett; nieces; Barbara Prestwidge Bellinger, Beverly Carter (John), Jacqueline Fields, Delores Thompson Chapman, Lucille Barrett (George), and a host of other relatives and friends. The family hour begins at noon, Sept. 29, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 3404 Bateman Ave., with the memorial service following at 1 p.m.

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in 33 states will not succeed in suppressing the votes of people of color and young students.” The bill will allow voters to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity if they do not have the identification documents required at their polling place. The bill’s intention is to make sure that voters will not be turned away from the polls. So far, new voters laws have been introduced in more than 30 states, including new voter ID proposals in 14 states, proposals to strengthen existing voter ID laws in 10 states, and bills in nine states to amend the new voter ID laws passed in 2011, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization serving the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. The result is legislation

that could affect ballot outcomes in 17 states that could account for 218 electoral college votes. A total of 270 electoral college votes is needed to win the presidency. The Cummings- Larsen bill is also sponsored by members from California, Missouri, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Georgia and Virginia. To the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a coalition of civil rights, ethnic, faith organizations that includes the Asian American Justice Center, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Council of La Raza, the issue was labeled a “state of emergency” in a statement issued Sept. 25.

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Coppin State Shows Up to ‘Rock the Vote’ By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Student and community organizations alike came together on the campus of Coppin State University Sept. 25 to prepare for the 2012 general election Nov. 6. The “Coppin’s Rocking the Vote” pep rally took place in front of the Parlett L. Moore Library Quad and featured Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) as keynote speaker and co-host. “This election, I think, will affect the future of college students more than any that I’ve known of,” said Cummings. “This is crucial.” Blue and yellow balloons blew in the wind and members of the campus’ Greek life strolled and party hopped to music as others gathered pamphlets, registration forms and t-shirts related to the election. Students were given information on when to vote, where to vote, and how to register before the deadline arrives on Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. Cummings stressed to the entire campus community the importance of voting and knowing what laws are being changed in what states.

“I think that these I.D. laws are nothing but a blatant attempt to suppress the AfricanAmerican vote,” said Cummings, surrounded by supporters on the historically black university’s West Baltimore campus. “It also has the effect of suppressing the Latino and senior vote.” Aside from college tuition rates, loans, and federal grants, issues such as health care and the future of the social security system are all topics that will directly affect young people in the upcoming election. “There are many reasons that young people need to get out and be a part of this- it’s not just about them it’s about future generations yet unborn.” Cummings also highlighted the fact that this year’s election will have a significant impact on the Supreme Court and future cases that go before the justices. “The greatest thing is that the next president will appoint at least two or three members of the Supreme Court, which has already signaled that they are ready to overturn affirmative action.” Also in attendance was Councilman Nick Mosby, of Baltimore’s 7th District.

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grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. At age 89, Mrs. Wood is still actively involved in the life of the church. “It’s been wonderful,” Mrs. Wood said. “I’ve had a good time in Baltimore, enjoyed the members and friends. I’ve been good to them and they’ve been good to me.” The highlight of the week’s festivities was a luncheon on Sept. 22 at the Pikesville Hilton, where Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was one of the speakers. Tributes poured in from the highest levels in government, including a letter from President Barack Obama, who said, “At moments like this, we are reminded of the abiding truth that each of us has the power to create a better world for ourselves and our children when we do God’s work here on earth.” Other commendations came from city and state

officials. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) recognized Rev. Wood’s work in the civil rights movement. Rev. Wood made his mark in civil rights history when he became one of 11 young ministers in the first class to integrate Crozer Theological Seminary, then located near Chester, Pa. Among his classmates was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They graduated from the seminary in 1951. Rev. Wood, in his autobiography, “And Grace Will Lead Me Home,” credits his years at Crozer, where peace and nonviolent protest in a liberal theological environment was taught, for spurring both him and Dr. King into the paths both took in their ministries. The term “visionary leader” is often overused in the modern church world but for Rev. Wood, it’s an understatement. From missions work at home and abroad, to reaching out to the Baltimore

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community with homeless, food and HIV/AIDS ministries, Rev. Wood says he believes in involving the congregation in the community. “I was excited coming to Providence,” he recalled. “A larger church in a lager city means more talents available in a congregation, more people who could do more things.” “I see members as possibilities,” Rev. Wood said. Among his accomplishments at Providence was the building of a solar-heated, handicapped-accessible church. The facility, which opened at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. in 1981, was way ahead of its time, when alternative forms of energy were just being discussed and the American Disabilities Act requiring buildings to accessible didn’t exist. It was the first solar-heated church in the state of Maryland, according to the church’s history. At the time, says his granddaughter, Monica Wood, “Grandpa was looking at the fact that the time was coming where he would need such facilities,” she said, “and he was considering the future of the church and cost savings solar heating would provide.” After reading in a local newspaper about the lack of services for seniors in West Baltimore, Rev. Wood opened the Providence Adult Day Center in 1993. The center, which operates next door to the church, provides a safe environment for seniors to come for hot meals, have their medications monitored, get some exercise and engage in companionship under the watchful eye of trained staff. Nearly a decade later, Rev.

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Student and community organizations register the Coppin State community to vote on Sept.25 in preparation for the Nov. 6 general election. “This election is critical- specifically for our young folks,” said Mosby. “They need to know not only what is going on in Baltimore, but around the country.” “As it relates to voter suppression issues, a lot of these students are from Virginia and Pennsylvania so their families are directly impacted,” said Mosby, noting the makeup of the student body allows Coppin to have a say in matters that reach beyond Maryland. “The rally was so exciting,” said LaTasha Woods, a senior urban arts major. “Seeing the outpouring of students, community members and staff creatively emphasizing the importance of taking the first step in the voting process was inspiring.”

“Although I am already registered it was informative and good to see others signing up.” Those leery of using a voting machine for the 2012 election need to look no further than the Voting Machine Warehouse at 301 N. Franklintown Road. On Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. election officials are asking that citizens come out to The Public Demonstration of the Voting Machines for the Presidential General Election. Early registration in Baltimore will take place from Oct. 27 to Nov. 1. Voters who have had a change of address or name need to submit a new voter registration application as soon as possible.

Alums Dedicate New Field for City College During the past 10 years, the Baltimore City College Alumni Association has led an effort to renovate the Alumni Field at Baltimore City College. Under the leadership of Jacob Howard ’74, with the help of alumni donors and the Maryland 43rd District legislators, a new playing surface and new track have been installed. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held, Sept. 21 to mark the renovation and to retire the football jersey of Jedan Phillips ’12. Phillips was a member of the football team who lost his battle witih cancer earlier this year.

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Cutting the ribbon of the new athletic field at Baltimore City College are, from left, Del. Mary Washington, Principal Cindy Harcum, David Owens, Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Del. Curt Anderson and Jacob D. Howard III. Wood would make what most observers felt was his most audacious step by creating a succession plan in 2000 and bringing in his successor, Rev. Summers, then a young pastor from Winston-Salem, N.C. Bill Davis, a 46-year member of the church, who serves as a deacon, remembers the day when Rev. Wood brought his succession plan first to the deacon board. “He said he had spent considerable time in prayer,

and that he had someone who he thought would be a good co-pastor to work with,” Davis said. “We knew Rev. Wood was getting up in age and couldn’t carry the load of a pastorship. But we didn’t think about the route of a copastor. That’s when we knew the Lord was in agreement with his plan.” But Rev. Summers did not replace the elder pastor; he works alongside him as co-pastor, handling the

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Community Calendar Flu Shots The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging eligible military veterans throughout the state to get a free influenza vaccination at the nearest VA

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A President who has earned our support In the blur of competing presidential campaigns and debates, some citizens could become confused by the Republicans’ claim that President Obama has not accomplished much during his first term. I chaired Barack Obama’s Maryland campaign 4 years ago – and again this year. I know President Obama to be a brilliant and decent man, a President we are fortunate to Rep. Elijah have at our nation’s helm. Cummings I also know that our opponents have been fighting us on almost every initiative he has advanced to help our country. They have said “No” to almost every proposal for 4 years, and now they are arguing that the President does not have the capability – or the courage – to lead our country. The Republicans are wrong about these claims. Allow me to briefly refresh their recollection about some of the critical issues that Americans face – beginning with our economy and the cost of health care. The Republicans want us to forget that, in the days before Barack Obama was sworn in as President, America was losing more than 700,000 American jobs every month. President Obama squarely faced that economic hemorrhaging – investing billions of dollars into America’s (and Maryland’s) economy during our darkest hours. As a result, we were able to keep hundreds of thousands of teachers, police officers and fire fighters on the job. We began to make our bridges safer – including those on the Beltway and on the Harbor Tunnel Throughway – and we saved the American auto industry from collapse, preventing the loss of another 1.4 million American jobs. We are not yet where we want to be. Yet, with this “federal stimulus” as a foundation, America’s private sector is

rebounding, creating or saving 4.6 million jobs during more than 30 consecutive months of private sector job growth. We can be proud of these accomplishments. Yet, the President and I both know that we must continue the work of building a stronger, more sustainable 21st century economy. Every American who is willing to work hard should be able to earn enough to raise a family. We should be able to send our kids to college, own a home, and still be able to put some money away for our retirement days. President Obama and I believe that these simple goals should not be beyond our reach in the most powerful and affluent country in the world. The Republicans are fighting us, but the path to achieving these everyday goals is not rocket science. We need only follow the “politics that are at the center of people’s daily lives,” as former Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) once advised. This, precisely, is what President Obama has been doing. With his leadership, we made college more accessible to hundreds of thousands of additional students by ending billions of dollars of federal subsidies to the banks – and using those savings to pay for double funding of the federal Pell Grant Program. We have begun making substantial investments in clean energy manufacturing to jump-start good American jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The last Democrat-controlled Congress passed - and the President signed into law - Wall Street Reform to better protect Americans from unfair lending practices and rein in the excesses that drove our economy into the ditch. We are fighting to close tax loopholes to ensure that millionaires and billionaires don’t pay less in taxes than those of us in the middle class. This is President Obama’s straightforward and effective strategy to build a stronger economy and restore the American “social contract” of shared opportunity and shared sacrifice. We also have witnessed our President and congressional Democrats fighting to improve our health care system so that no American dies prematurely – or goes broke paying medical bills. When we hear the Republicans’ complaints about

American Christians, Please Help Me Understand It has come to a place where I need to understand if God has a scale for which sin is more grievous than the other? For those who believe that Jesus suffered and shed innocent blood for the redemption of mankind, have we considered what that death really meant? Being a Christian who believes one hundred percent in the word of God and the completed work of Christ I have an understanding about what God expects from those who claim to follow him, regardless of gender, color, ethnic background, denomination affiliation or societal status. The Bible’s message can be summarized to be of compassion, reconciliation-(forgiveness) and justice. We are called to be God’s ambassadors in changing our world which means taking action. At the same time, God does not like the superficiality. He told Isaiah, if His people remain corrupt in their hearts or in their intentions, they should not expect their prayers to be answered. For a while I have been bewildered by the time and energy we spend identifying individual sins which are only symptoms of the underlying problem within the Body of Christ. What is taking place in this election is a measuring rod of the Christian faith. How much do we really know what breaks God’s heart? During Jesus’ time. His strongest denunciations were never directed to unbelievers but to faith leaders. Can we assume it could be the same today?

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In a Sept. 16 Associated Press article titled “AfricanAmerican Christians Waver Over Vote” AP religion writer Rachel Zoll refers to the debate that is going on across the nation over President Obama’s May 10 statement affirming same sex-marriage. Indeed, many people were upset and I was very upset, too. I took action and wrote the President to express my disappointment. (Also, I wrote to the church to take action for God’s glory.) However, when I read that some clergy are telling their congregations to stay home on Election Day because they do not understand how a true Christian could back same sex marriage I was perplexed! It is clear the enemy found what can divide the church by defeating and not achieving God’s intention for this great nation. The issue at hand is only the tip of the iceberg. If God could diagnose the conditions of our hearts as individuals or as Christians in the American community, what will be visible? If we are honest within ourselves, we must admit that we simply talk, condemn what is right or wrong according to our own denomination or religious perception and not according to God’s view. In fact I could add we judge according to our associations, status quo, even according to the color of our skin and not according to the blood that has redeemed us. As Christians who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, we have access to the power of God and the ability to forgive as we are being forgiven daily. Can we really afford to stand before God and say, “Yes, I did not vote because President Osama affirmed same-sex marriage?” Some

“Obamacare,” we should remember these two fundamental facts: At least 25,000 Americans die each year because they could not afford health insurance. At the same time, the staggering increases in health insurance premiums are threatening to break the bank. If we want to continue to have a world-class health care system, we must keep insurance premiums affordable. That is why the Affordable Care Act now requires insurance companies to justify rate hikes – and pay us back if they don’t spend at least 80% of premiums on our care, not profits, marketing or overhead. We must expand the insurance pool so that everyone is covered and prevent insurance companies from “cherry picking” only the healthiest among us - casting others aside to government programs or no care at all. This is what the Affordable Care Act does for 32 million Americans - assuring coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and shrinking the Medicare prescription drug “doughnut hole.” We are making progress building a better America – but our job is not yet done. In Barack Obama we are blessed with a brilliant, decent and determined president – a man who has earned our support. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s seventh congressional district in the United States House f Representatives.

go as far as saying, a cult is better than a Black President. America, help me understand what kind of Christianity are we advocating? What kind of God are we following who says one sin is more severe than the other and one color is superior to the other? I know it cannot be the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the Christianity that I follow based in the Bible deeply woven in love, reconciliation, compassion, justice and forgiveness. I have been a Christian all my life and this is what I see in the body of Christ! The problem is not with President Obama but the problem is with the church – for too long we are busy fulfilling our agendas instead of God’s mandate. Without unity we miss what God speaks in order to prepare Christians to handle whatever comes their way. To the Christians who are confused about what to do on Election Day; do not look at one issue but the whole package. If God revealed to many that an African American man will hold the highest office in the land – who am I to “unvote” him or deny him the second term! Let God be the judge and not your religious biases. The unjust steward was commended by Jesus who said, “the children of the world are wiser than the children of light.” I hope you will be wise. Nicku Kyungu Mordi is president and founder of Africa Transformation Embassy, Inc., a Silver Spring, Md. - based, non-profit organization that encourages investment in Africa.

Don’t Overlook Less Publicized Political Races During this election, most of the focus is on the top of the ticket. Can President Obama maintain, or increase his narrow lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney? Will the deep pockets of Romney and his allies be enough to turn the tide? Recent news suggests fundraising for Mr. Romney has recently faltered.  That, too, is the fodder for national news as the super-PACS decide how to spend their money.  How will the debates go?  Julianne What about those battleground Malveaux states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, among others? Further down the ticket are some interesting races that will, perhaps, both determine the direction of the United States Senate and allow those with progressive views a platform for their work.  In Massachusetts, for example, Harvard University Professor Elizabeth Warren is challenging incumbent Republican Scott Brown for his Senate seat. Brown was elected to serve the unfilled term of Edward Kennedy after his tragic death more than two years ago years ago.   Brown’s win was something of a surprise in a state that is mostly Democratic, but he faced a tepid challenger and was able to


pull out a victory. Even in Democratic Massachusetts, it is difficult to unseat an incumbent. Still, Elizabeth Warren is doing her best. Regardless of whether you live in Massachusetts, this is a key race to watch.  First of all, those who support President Obama’s agenda understand that a Democratic majority in the Senate will assist in the realization of that agenda. Brown pledged, when he was elected in 2010, to block that agenda. More importantly, is the work that Elizabeth Warren has done on consumer protection.  I’d love to see her serve on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs so that she can continue the work she started when she designed director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In the wake of the home mortgage debacle that left more than a third of all Americans with underwater mortgages, consumers can certainly use some protection.  In too many cases, borrowers have not fully read the fine print in their mortgage forms or contracts. Bust why is the fine print so fine?  In other words, can’t consumers get documents that spell out, in plain English, what the terms and conditions of loans are?  Have you ever read the three-page attachment to your credit card bill?  When you do you may find a change in interest rates buried in the disclosure form. President Obama wanted Elizabeth Warren to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but she was not nominated when it became clear that should could win Senate confirmation over strong Republican opposition.  Warren’s advocacy for consumers is often portrayed as hostility toward

banks, which isn’t necessarily the case unless banks are ripping their customers off. Given the number off people who have been hurt by banking chicanery, the Senate should have embraced, not eschewed Warren.  It will be ironic if the Senate, now, will have to work with her as a colleague.  And it will be amazing and uplifting to see Professor Warren continue her passionate advocacy for consumers. Of course, Warren can’t afford to be a one-issue candidate, which is why she is correct in point out that Senator Scott Brown opposed pay equity legislation.  Brown has responded to this allegation by talking about his wife and daughters. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan also have wives and children. Obviously, being married with children does not make you an automatic advocate of pay equity.  After watching both the Democratic and the Republican conventions, I got a bit tired of people trying to use biography as a substitute for public policy.  The fact that someone is a “good man” does not make him a good candidate unless character is connected to a political agenda.  The fact that Brown has a wife and two daughters is neither commendable nor despicable.  It’s a fact, just as his vote against pay equity is a fact. This is a race to watch as closely as the presidential election because it has far-reaching implications.  Elizabeth Warren, an advocate for consumers, deserves to be the United States Senator from Massachusetts. Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer.  She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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Health Life and Breath Foundation Highlights Sarcoidosis with Fourth Flip Flop Festivus By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO For Steven Hull the passion behind the annual Flip Flop Festivus is more than just an opportunity to give back. It’s personal. For the last 13 years of his mother’s life, Hull watched as doctors were unable to figure out what was wreaking havoc on her body. In 1996, at age 59, Ida E. Hull, his mother, succumbed to a mysterious disease that seemed to devour her. It wasn’t until an autopsy was performed that Hull learned the matriarch of his family had sarcoidosis, a debilitating disease that can fatally damage the lungs and other body tissues. Feeling a need to create more awareness about the condition, Hull began The Life and Breath Foundation in 1998 with the sole purpose of finding a cure. “My thoughts were about other patients or families that are struggling with this disease right now,” said Hull. “I put together the foundation to not only raise funds for clinic research for a cure, but to also use some of that money for an awareness and support campaign for those who are in the closet or in the dark about where to go and where to seek treatment.” According to research compiled by the Life and Breath Foundation, sarcoidosis affects nearly one in 2,000 American men and women.

According to researchers at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center the condition is more prevalent in the African American community than in White enclaves but women are more affected in both Black and White communities. The disease can negatively affect the female reproductive system and can also easily mimic or be mistaken for other illnesses such as rheumatic and autoimmune diseases, lung cancer, and lymphoma. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), symptoms of the disease found in most sarcoidosis patients include chest pains and dry coughing. These signs can be accompanied by fatigue, fever, discharge from the eye, nosebleeds, or swelling of the abdomen. “There is no way for an individual to reduce their risk of developing the disease,” said Dr. David Muller, director of the Sarcoidosis Clinic and Research Program at Johns Hopkins University. “It does affect all populations and it’s a very significant health issue.” “The Life and Breath Foundation has supported our research for over ten years,” he said. “They have provided very valuable support in helping to bridge the gap between the need for resources with the reduced funding from government agencies.” For the past four years the organization has been the mastermind behind what has been

New Technology Approved for Breast Cancer Screening A new screening process for breast cancer approved by the FDA on Sept. 18 will afford greater protection to women who have dense breast tissue. The new system is called the somo-v Automated Breast Ultrasound System, or ABUS, and will allow doctors to differentiate between dense breast tissue and the smaller tumors that can be missed in regular mammograms. “A physician may recommend additional screening using ultrasound, for women with dense breast tissue and a negative mammogram,” Dr. Alberto Gutierrez, director for the Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Device Evaluation and Safety, said in a statement. The department is part of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Gutierrez said the somo-v ABUS is “a safe and effective breast ultrasound tool when such screening is recommended.” According to the FDA, somo-v ABUS sends high-frequency sound waves through the

selected part of the body. The entire process takes one minute and when completed, doctors can analyze images of the entire breast that are created by the sound waves bouncing off of the tissue. The visuals given to the physician allows them to see any abnormalities in the tissue that might normally be missed because dense, fatty fibroglandular breast tissue and tumors both look like opaque white areas under current screening methods. This causes women with dense breast tissues to often be diagnosed only in the later stages of the disease. According to the National Cancer Institute 40 percent of the mammograms performed are done on women with dense breasts. Somo-v ABUS is only approved for women who have not had surgery, a biopsy, or any other type of “clinical breast intervention,” as this could possibly distort the results of the ultrasound According to the Centers for Disease Control, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer among women after non-melanoma skin cancer. African Americans have the second highest rate of developing the disease, but rank first for the number of women dying from the condition each year.

called “Baltimore’s Best Football Party.” All proceeds from the event went directly to the Sarcoidosis Clinic and Research Program, where Moller is on the brink of developing a blood test that would detect sarcoidosis. Currently, doctors rely on biopsies to diagnose the disease. The Flip Flop Festivus brings together

the best of the Baltimore Ravens both past and present, invested leaders of the regional community, and members of the professional realm for food, music, raffle drawings, and wine. This year’s event took place Sept. 22 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, and attendees included current player linebacker Brad Jackson and retired wide receiver Qadry Ismail.

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CBC Spouses (standing) with Celebration of leadership in the Fine Arts Honorees.

Dr. Bobby Jones with Dr. Johnnetta Coles.

The CBC Spouses 16th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts honored three African Americans for their accomplishments in the arts: Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones; Tony Award Winning Producer, Director and Actor, Kenny Leon and Award Winning Author, Tayari Jones. Numerous performing and visual arts students were awarded scholarships. Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings was the event chair and Mereda Davis Johnson, Esq. is Chair of the CBC Spouses. The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Northwest, DC was the site for the program. Sponsors included Flo Wine, Heineken, The Walt Disney Company, Verizon, Duke Energy Corporation and Kraft.

Susan Taylor with honoree Kenny Leon.

Md Rep. Elijah and Mrs. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

The CBCF hosted a National Town Hall Meeting that focused on Voting Rights and New Age Discrimination and addressed issues on why African Americans and other people of color, the disabled and low-income communities are in danger of being disproportionately marginalized in the upcoming 2012 elections. A CBCF Voter Guide Toolkit was given to all attendees.

U.S. Rep. Donna Christensen (D-VI)

Photos by Rob Roberts

One of the highlights of the CBC ALC 2012 was the Annual Prayer Breakfast, the culminating day of the convention. The event featured a rousing sermon from Bishop Noel Jones, pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif., and Stellar Award Gospel singer Kim Burrell.


Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-MO), Chair, CBC welcomes all to the Town Hall Meeting.

Congressman John Lewis

Co-Chairs of the 2012 CBCF ALC, Reps. Gwen Moore (left) and Andre’ Carson (right) with Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) (center) founding member of the CBC.

Photos by Rob Roberts

Special guest at the Town Hall Meeting, Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks to the attendees.

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dr. Elsie Scott and Rev. Dr. Barbara Skinner

Attendees lined up to pose questions to the panelists.

The exhibit hall provided an opportunity for CBCF registrants and visitors to connect with corporate and federal exhibitors and vendors along with a Author’s Pavilion with presenters such as Colin Powell, NBA Basketball star Dewayne Wade and actor Lammam Rucker.

Panelists: Crystal Wright, Conservative Columnist and Political Commentator and Rev. Al Sharton, National Action Network

Panelists: Donna Brazile, DNC Vice-chair of Voter Registration and Participation; Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC); Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). Photos by Rob Roberts

CBCF President and CEO, Dr. Elsie Scott (left) cuts the ribbon opening the Exhibit Hall.

A. Shuanise Washington, Chair, CBCF Board of Directors

The Afro team with a CBCF Exhibit Hall planner(2nd from the left) standing near the Afro booth. Photos by Rob Roberts

The Phoenix Awards Dinner paid tribute to the legacy and Rep. Corrine Brown, achievement of extraordinary individuals that have positively Harvey Gantt, the first impacted the African American experience. Honorees were: African American mayor of Charlotte, N.C., George Lucas, acclaimed film producer/director and Eric H. Holder, attorney general of the United States. First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker. The emcees: Actors Sharon Leal and Robert Townsend, Jr.

Photos by Rob Roberts

First Lady Michele Obama enters the stage; she was the keynote speaker.

Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett

Co-Chairs Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Andre’ Carson (D-IN)

CNN and BlackAmericaWeb Political Commentator, Roland Martin and Mrs. Michael Eric Dyson

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

CBCF Communications team: Priscilla Clark and Traci Hughes, director of communications

Brother Jahvaris and mother, Sybrina Fulton of Trayvon Martin with their attorney Benjamin Crump.

Honoree Harvey Gantt (far right) and wife receives the Harold Washington Phoenix Award from Reps. Melvin Watt and Andre’ Carson (far left).

Honoree Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States and his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone(seated) with some dinner guests.

Reps. Emmanuel Cleaver (Left) presents the CBC Chair’s Award to George Lucas, acclaimed film producer/director.


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Rev. Kathryn Brown, Christian education dept. secretary, AME Zion

Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper

Freedom Temple AME Zion Church recently celebrated 10 years of ministry under the leadership of their pastor, the Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper. One of the highlights of the two-week celebration was the preaching of new bishop, the Right Rev. Richard K. Thompson.

Dr. Garnett Wood (brother of Rev. Wood) and Rev. Richard T. Adams

Dr. Walter L. Parrish II

Crisandra King and Troy King Michael Smith giving reflections and tributes

D’Anita Parker, Youth of Providence, giving reflections and tributes

Dr. Barbara Shaw, W.H.O.M.S. (Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society) immediate past international president; Ms. Emily Simmons, W.H.O.M.S. Baltimore district president and Ms. Lowell A. Williams

Ryan Evans, on drums, Collin McLain, Tyrell Crockett, Antoine White and Jeremiah White

Rev. Lowell A. Williams, presiding Elder, Baltimore District AME Zion

Theresa Hawkins, Rev. Dr. Frances M. Draper, Andre R. Draper, Rev. Moses Stevens, Kara Stevens and Rev. Diada McCray

Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University and Mr. Jake Oliver, CEO of the Afro-American Newspapers

Rev. Nicole Batey, Min. Vanessa Graham, Andrea Evans, Robert Jones and Vincent McCall

The Hospitality Committee - seated: E. Eley; R. McCullough, chair; E. McElveen; C. Parker; B. Brown; A. Jordan; I. Harris; J. James; S. Parker; El Cunningham; S. Rodgers Eley; G. Caldwell; P. Conway, co-chair; D. Coleman; S. Bolden and C. Cameron

The church’s theme pretty much encompassed the weeklong celebration of the Rev. Dr. Marcus Garvey Wood’s ministry of 60 years as pastor of Providence Baptist Church, alongside his beautiful wife, Mrs. Bessie Wood, in West Baltimore. (See story on A1)

Dr. Audrey C. McCallum, pianist performed musical interludes

Bishop Richard K. Thompson, residing prelate, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal Area, AME Zion

Carolyn Savage presenting for her mother Alice Clash

Howard Henderson, presenting Urban League award to Rev. Wood.

Family members of Rev. Wood – Seated: John Booth, Alta W. Booth, Marion Jenkins, Margaret Shipley – Standing: Edward Bartholomew, Melissa Wood Bartholomew, Ella Bartholomew, Monica Wood, Dr. Maxine J. Wood and Dennis Shipley

School Police Chief Marshall T. Goodwin and Cecelia Goodwin

Photos by J.D. Howard

Mr. & Mrs Vernon Dorkins

Rev. Dr. Douglas E. and Paula Summers Photos by J.D. Howard

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Sommore Proves “Sistahs” Can Shine as Comediennes By D. Kevin McNeir Special to the NNPA from The Miami Times “Monday to Thursday, I’m dead on my feet most of the time, too tired to eat. When I try to read the paper, I fall fast asleep. But as soon as Friday rolls around I lay all my weekly burdens down, I put on my glad rags and paint the town. I am ‘living for the weekend.’”— the O’ Jays The O’ Jays’ classic “living for the weekend” started Thursday at Professor Larry Gibson’s spacious home, where we prepared thousands of lawn signs and bumper stickers for distribution before the election, with Ralph Wright, Anderson Ward, Vivian “Dip” Armstrong, Charlene Cooper-Boston, Myra Queen, Lonnie Spruill and members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. Friday morning I joined attorney Norman Ramsey, Salima Siler-Marriott, Victor Green, Libby Massey and attorney Paul Gardner downtown at the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement’s annual breakfast at the Hilton. Radio personality Joe Madison was the dynamic speaker at the well-attended event. Guests seen were Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Kim Washington, Great Blacks in Wax CEO Dr. Joanne Martin and Michele Brown from Sen.Mikulski’s office. Friday Night I’m in D.C. for Congressman Elijah Cummings’ Congressional Black Caucus reception at the Carnegie Library. Guests enjoying the scrumptious food catered by Jimmy Britton and the music by Panama were Lt. Gov. and Mrs. Anthony Brown, California Congresswoman Diane Watson (D), Nykidra Robinson, Pat Burns, Sean Burns, Zach McDaniels, Rose Hamm and Rhonda Warner. “Rise & shine” Saturday morning, I joined National Coalition of 100 Black Women Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter President Laura Knight, Michele Emery, Dr. Anne Emery, Dr. Thelma Daley, Diane Hocker, Sarah Smalley, Dr. Marian DavisFoster, Karaleigh Henson and the rest of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore chapter, at their 23rd Torchbearer Awards Breakfast honoring Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery, Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Danette G. Howard and Assistant Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Tonja Ringgold as coalition members Rosemary Atkinson and Bernice Beard received the organization’s Jewel Award and the President’s Award respectively. “Come Sunday” I’m “starting all over again” at the 25th Winter in the Park Picnic, hosted by 5 Women & 2 Guys, Blandette Lynch, Lyberian “Libby” Massey, Everlon Moulton, Maxine Turnipseed, Yvonne West, Willard Wright and Victor Green. The winter picnic started in December 1987. For years, partygoers endured frigid temperatures, ice storms, blowing rain and partied as if it was a “bright sunshiny day.” Guests wore fur coats and sunglasses and stood around the fireplace enjoying the warmth of friendship! The name changed to PICNIC IN THE

PARK since the park closes in October but the fun and friendships keeps growing. “You don’t need to be on the same wavelength to succeed in marriage. You just need to be able to ride each other’s waves.” —Toni Sciarra Poynter “You’re all I need to get by” I left the picnic to attend the garden party celebrating Debbie and Errol Taylor’s 10th anniversary at the beautiful Ashburton home of Earl’s mom, Mildred Taylor. Guests enjoying the gorgeous afternoon were Audrey Freeman, Liston George, Ann Parker, Reggie and Sharon Pinder, Dr. J. Laws Nickens Jr., Dr. Anne Emery, Aldonna Wylie and Chandra and Ellsworth Jackson. “Are we there yet?” Go Ravens! After Debbie and Errol’s reception I headed downtown to the M&T Stadium to tailgate with Ravens Roost #35 before the Patriot’s game. What a great way to end the day with Roost members, Tyrone Seymore, Vince, Thelma and the rest of the gang. “Daylight come and me wanna go home” Inside the stadium I lost track of the time, it was 11:45 p.m., fifteen minutes before the weekend would be over. I told Marie (Dr. Washington) I think my “ebb-tide” has come and gone. We left the game during the fourth quarter, I was on Interstate 95 south blowing my horn when the Ravens won. I’m grateful for a fun weekend and my fantastic friends who make “living for the weekend”. “There’s reasons to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance; we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence, intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!” —Jonathan Livingston Seagull I’m “fired up and ready to go!” We have a purpose; we have a destiny to move forward like Jonathan Livingston Seagull. “Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” —William

She’s appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav, Showtime at the Apollo and Comic View. Along with fellow Black comediennes Mo’Nique, Laura Hayes and Adele Givens, she proved her mettle as one of the Queens of Comedy – which was filmed and later aired on Showtime. Now the always hilarious Sommore is returning to her adopted home of South Florida as she prepares for a live taping of her one-woman stand-up comedy act. And if “adult comedy” is your thing, you don’t want to miss her. “I’m working on getting my routine down pat and tightening up my chops,” she said. “I have about three years of material that I have to condense into one hour. And I’m working very hard because this is a business that I take quite seriously and I’m very hands on with my career.” How she got started Sommore says her stage persona is sexy, classy and the kind of woman that any sister would love to have as a friend. Off stage, Simon Remember the people who, like the seagull, believed they could fly so we could have the right to vote. Show what 47% can do “we’ve come too far to turn around.” The last day to register to vote is Oct. 16. “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” — Aldous Huxley Cheers to1989 Morgan State University graduate and 2012 Grand Marshal for Morgan’s homecoming parade April Ryan, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks on launching her website www. Check out “what’s happening.” Baltimore City College Class of June 1962 is hosting their 50th STAG ONLY Class reunion Oct. 13 at the Pikesville Hilton call 410340-6471 or email mrems@ Happy birthday to Vashtie

she’s not much different. “If people gave you something good what would you want?” she asked. “Some more. That’s how I chose my name. I went to college and then was a business owner – I wanted to be rich. But then I got stuck and found that I wasn’t happy with what I was doing. Life wasn’t challenging enough. In my wildest dreams, if I could do whatever I wanted it would be to do stand-up comedy. So I went to an open mic. The rush felt so good that I figured if I put my all into it I had to get better.” That was 20 years ago. Today, the New Jersey-born actress and comedienne, who incidentally is the half-sister of actress Nia Long, is enjoying a bi-coastal life – splitting her time between Florida and L.A. But her real home is on stage making people laugh. The challenge of being a woman in comedy Sommore says as in most professions, women in comedy aren’t looked at as equal to men. But that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her goals – or making her audiences beg for more. “Even with our success on the Queens of Comedy tour, when we women are introduced to an audience, it’s almost as if men are surprised that we can make people laugh. There are some men who don’t think women are funny at all. I’m an adult comedienne and I deal with adult topics. I picked the lane that I am and wanted it to be about grown folks’ conversation. Basically, I deal with topics that most adults think about but are afraid to say. I do have a few segments of in my shows that are PG but not many.” Sommore says she’s excited about her show, which will be her second solo project. After being taped and televised it will go on DVD. And she’ll be negotiating the purchasing price. “I am producing this myself so I make all of the decisions,” she said. “I guess you can’t get the businesswoman out of me huh?”

Most Powerful Voices

Choirs and Individuals are invited to lend their voices, in gospel, praise and worship and holy hip hop, to the Most Powerful Voices Gospel Competition. Those who are interested should send audio or video performances to www.facebook. com/BaltimoreAHA to be entered for a chance to win up to $500 in musical equipment, vocal coaching from celebrity judges and an opportunity to perform at American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association events. More than just a competition or an outstanding worship opportunity, the event raises awareness of the prevalence of heart disease, and hopefully, inspires people to have themselves checked and to check their family histories. Contest finalists will be determined based on the number of votes an audio or video file receives. The top three contestants in each of the categories will receive an automatic invitation to the live performance, Oct. 13, at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia, Md. Judges include World Music artist, Brandon Camphor, winner of the 2011 Most Powerful Voices contest and Rashida Jolley, America’s Got Talent contestant and opening act for Lady Gaga and John Legend. For more information or to download a contest application, visit BaltimoreAHA or contact Jessica Moise at or call 703-248-1707.

Battle-Brown, O’Donel (Butch) Levy, Karen Chase, Damien Lee, Dr. Charles Griffin, Starlight Bar owner Miss Shirley Ball’s 80th birthday, music promoter Eleanor Janey and Happy 60th Sheila Generette. Happy threescore and ten years to Frank “The Executive” Coakley.

Carolyn Allen said her aunt Rose Thompson an 81year member of Morning Star Baptist Church celebrated her 100th birthday. This active centenarian enjoys wearing big hats, going to church and playing the slots. Our prayers to Napoleon Sykes, back from Littleton,

North Carolina after funeralizing his uncle Hozie Faulcon and to Torrey Smith’s family . Happy 49th anniversary to the founders and brothers of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. —Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch


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Who’s the Better Quarterback – RGIII or Flacco? It’s just three weeks into the 2012 NFL season, but the buzz about the two starting quarterbacks of the Washington, D.C.-Maryland metropolitan area has been humming since the preseason. Through three weeks, Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has been the talk of the town. His name is on nearly every jersey, his face on nearly every commercial and his highlights on every ESPN broadcast. Griffin has seemingly vaulted to the top of the food chain overnight. His Baltimore rival, Joe Flacco, was lights out in the Baltimore Ravens’ opening night demolition of the Cincinnati Bengals, but took a step back in their follow-up game against the Philadelphia Eagles. After a sizzling 70-plus completion percentage against the Bengals, Flacco completed barely half his passes against Philadelphia, finishing at 52.4 percent. Nonetheless, both the Ravens and Redskins stand at 1-1 as they enter Week Three. But before the scores are tallied, the AFRO Sports Desk asks: Who’s the better quarterback of the two? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley debate. Green: Are we really asking this question? It’s not even fair to compare a seasoned veteran to a fresh-faced rookie. The sad thing is a lot of Redskin fans are ready to induct Griffin into the Hall of Fame. Yes, he’s looked very impressive against some mediocre defenses, I’ll admit, but until he faces a legit defense, and produces on a year-after-year basis, let’s hold off on the “he’s better than Flacco” talk. Riley: It’s not just talk, there’s some legitimate trust among some highly respected media personnel and football

executives, who claim Griffin is the real deal. Flacco’s record for the most wins of any quarterback during their first four years in the NFL speaks for itself. But from a fan’s eye, I just see Griffin doing more things to help his team win. Flacco still only appears to be the classic “game manager” as he has been tagged since the start of his NFL career—not an explosive play maker like RGIII. Green: If you’re going to compare RGIII to anyone, compare him to the other first and second-year guys across the league such as Cam Newton or Andrew Luck. Through the first two games of the season Flacco has made some amazing throws against some of last season’s most impressive defenses. Until RGIII faces anything remotely close to an NFL defense (New Orleans and St. Louis not withstanding) I’ll reserve judgment. I want to see him take on his own division, the NFC East—that division is loaded with the most premiere passrushers in the league. The Eagles, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys all have an excellent pass rush, so let’s wait until then before we hand him his Hall of Fame jacket. Riley: Regardless of the caliber of defenses Griffin has faced, it’s still professional football. So you’re telling me you’re going to slight a rookie’s stats based upon the level of professional competition he’s faced? Please. Griffin has been accurate and athletic in his NFL debut, posting totals of 526 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 70-plus completion percentage to go along with 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Compare that to Flacco’s 531 yards, three scores and his 60-percent completion rating, and the passing numbers are close to even but Griffin’s rushing totals have him on pace for MVP. Don’t forget about his passer rating of 111.6 compared to Flacco’s 91.9. Green: Slow down, Riley. It’s only been three weeks!

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By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Writers

Photo by John Moore

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Let the man make it at least through half of his rookie season before you start talking about MVP trophies. And again, it isn’t fair to the young kid to be comparing him to a fiveyear veteran quarterback like Joe Flacco who has reached the playoffs each of his first four years, and compiled a 5-4 playoffs record and two trips to the AFC Conference Championship game. Flacco has not only proved that he has the arm to make literally every throw there is to make in the NFL, but he also has proven that he has the toughness and durability to withstand the beatings that quarterbacks take in this pro league. In five years, Flacco hasn’t missed one game or one practice. That’s nearly 100 games played without missing any action due to injury. That’s a rarity in this league, something Griffin has yet to prove he can do. Give RGIII time to show what he can do, but in the meantime, let’s hit the breaks on comparing him to proven veterans.

Saint Augustine’s Cruises to Impressive Victory over Bowie State Bowie State University Football By Greg Goings Special to the AFRO The contest was expected to be close between the two top Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) teams, but Saint Augustine’s University jumped out to a 29-0 lead at halftime and cruised to an impressive 38-22 victory over Bowie State University on Sept. 22, 2012, at Durham County Stadium in Durham, N.C. Junior quarterback Teddy Bacote found Junior receiver Jermaine Jones on the first play of the game for a long pass to move into Bowie State territory. Jones finished the drive with a 30-yard catch from Bacote to give the Falcons the early lead. Sophomore kicker Michael Lima converted the extra point for a 7-0 Falcons lead. The Falcons struck again on their next possession, as freshman running back Roderick Davenport capped a 12-play, 62-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Bowie State started to gain some momentum in the second quarter, but missed an opportunity to score early on a failed 36-yard field goal attempt. On the following possession, the Bulldogs were in Falcons territory, but turned the ball over on downs. The Falcons attacked immediately, as junior receiver Brian Richards broke out of the arms of two tacklers for a 22-yard reception in Bowie territory. A couple of plays later, Richards caught a 20-yard pass from Bacote at the Bulldogs’ 5. Senior receiver Tyron Laughinghouse finished off the drive with a leaping five-yard grab over a defender for the Falcons’ third touchdown of the half. Richards scored on a fake field goal attempt for the two-point conversion to give the Falcons a 22-0 lead. Bowie state didn’t give up, however. Senior quarterback Tyrae Reid threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Khari Lee on the first play of the fourth quarter. Sophomore kicker Mario Diaz-Aviles made the extra point to slice the Falcons lead to 29-14. But in the blink of an eye, Laughinghouse returned the kickoff 93 yards for a score to break the Bulldogs’ backs. Lima connected on the extra point for a 36-14 lead. The Falcons padded their lead to 38-14 with a safety at the end of the Bulldogs’ next possession when the ball sailed over the punter’s head and out of the end zone. The Bulldogs recorded a safety of their own in the fourth quarter when the ball sailed over the head of junior punter Alexander Tucker on fourth down. Tucker kicked the ball out of the end zone, which gave the Bulldogs two points and cut the Falcons lead to 38-16. The Bulldogs finished the scoring on Reid’s six-yard pass to senior receiver Douglas McNeil III

late in the game. Bacote led the Falcons, completing 21 of 36 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Jones caught four passes for 120 yards and one score, while Laughinghouse had six receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown. Laughinghouse also made a kick return for a touchdown. Richards grabbed six passes for 87 yards, and Davenport scored two rushing touchdowns. Defensively, the Falcons were led by the duo of junior linebackers Dante Devouse and Chaz Robinson, who each collected five tackles. Junior defensive end Javarous Faulk finished with 2.5 sacks, while junior Bryan Jones and senior Derrick Manning each picked off a pass. For Bowie State, Reid completed 11 of 26 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Lee caught five passes for 110 yards and a score and McNeil III had three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Senior linebacker Bekwele Amadi of the Bulldogs led both teams with 11 tackles. (Courtesy Photo/BSU Sports Information) The Saint Augustine’s Falcons Bowie State senior quarterback Tyrae Reid improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in completed 11 of 26 passes in a 38-22 loss to Saint the CIAA. The Bowie State Bulldogs Augustine’s University on Sept. 22. dropped to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Bowie State’s schedule will get no easier as the defending CIAA and NCAA Region champions, Winston-Salem State, come to town for Sept. 29 contest at 1 p.m. in Bulldogs Stadium in Bowie, Md.

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By Stephen D. Riley Special to the AFRO Taiwan Deal ran left, right and mostly north, but never south, and by the end of the first half, the sophomore running back had dealt three rushing touchdowns to a Dunbar Crimson Tide defense that arrived allowing less than two points per game. In a game of the week between a pair of inter-conference powerhouse schools, the DeMatha Stags of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC), led by the 6-foot-2-

inch, 226-pound Deal, ran through Dunbar of the DCIAA in a 34-0 shutout on Sept. 21 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md. With the help of Deal and junior quarterback John Lovett, DeMatha of Hyattsville, Md. cruised 80 yards on their opening drive for a score, capped off by five-yard touchdown plunge from Deal. Both schools traded turnovers in the first half, but even when Dunbar of Washington, D.C. closed in on a possible score, the DeMatha defense was there to turn them back each and every time. DeMatha Continued on B5

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held Dunbar to just 59 total yards in the first half, highlighted by a pair of consecutive drives that started deep in DeMatha territory after Dunbar recovered back-to-back DeMatha fumbles. But the Stags never flinched as their defensive line pressured the Tide all night into committing fumbles and executing plays for negative yards. Late in the second quarter Dunbar lost 19 yards on three consecutive negative plays before senior quarterback Lamel Matthews’ desperation pass sailed high and out of bounds on fourth-and-29 on a drive that began on the Stags’ 10-yard line. “We understood that Dunbar was a very good team and we just wanted to prepare and play at a high level,” DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said after the game. “Our guys came out, they fought, they executed and we came away with the win against a good team.” With the Stags leading 21-0 deep into the third quarter, Deal ripped off another scoring run and bulldozed his way into the endzone, carrying multiple Dunbar defenders with him. “I kept my shoulders down low and when I saw contact coming I dipped my shoulder and kept pushing forward,” Deal said of his effort. When all was said and done, DeMatha (5-0) did more than enough to keep its unbeaten streak alive. The team enters conference play Sept. 29 against O’Connell, while Dunbar (4-1) will look to rebound against DCIAA rival Coolidge.

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11185 WX0 PHASE 4 - YORK ROAD 24 WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT WEST ROAD TO BOSLEY AVENUE AND WASHINGTON AVENUE TOWSON - DISTRICT 9 c 5 CONTRACT COST GROUP D ($1,000,000 to $2,500,000) WORK CLASSIFICATION: F-2 with Pre-Qualified A-2 Sub-Contractors BID DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012, the above contract documents may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $40.00 (FORTY DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. The proposed work consists of: 2,775 (LF) 24” Ductile Iron Pipe and Fittings 1,830 (TON) HMA SHA Road Repair 19 mm PG 64-22, Base Course 720 (TON) 2” HMA Superpave 12.5 mm PG 64-22, Surface Course 1,200 (TON) Contingent - Stage 1 Temporary HMA in SHA Road 7,000 (TON) Contingent - (GAB) Graded Aggregate Base A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. local time in Room 215 of the County Office Building. Located at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance

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CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for TR12015 RECONSTRUCTION OF DETERIORATED MANHOLES AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. OCTOBER 31, 2012. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $75.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact the Committee at the Eastern Avenue Pumping Station, 751 Eastern Avenue and President St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is B02553 (Duct Line Construction. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $1,000,000.00 to $1,500,000.00 A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on OCTOBER 5, 2012 at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, 7th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201. Principal Items of work for this project are: Replace Manhole with C.I.P. Manhole - 7 Each; Replace Manhole Roof Slab & Repair Manhole - 12 Each; Replace Chimney & Repair Existing Manhole - 1 Each. The MBE goal is 10% The WBE goal is 0% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates • Your History • Your Community • Your News

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Baltimore City Charter Article III – City Council


FOR the purpose of establishing a financially self-sustaining stormwater utility; authorizing supplemental legislation to implement the provisions governing water, sanitary wastewater, and stormwater utilities; correcting, clarifying, and conforming related language; providing for a special effective date; and submitting this amendment to the qualified voters of the City for adoption or rejection. BY proposing to amend: Article VI - Board of Estimates Section(s) 9(c) and (d) and 18 Baltimore City Charter (1996 Edition) SECTION 1. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE, That the City Charter is proposed to be amended to read as follows: Baltimore City Charter Article VI. Board of Estimates § 9. Uses of appropriations. (c) Carry-overs; lapses. (1) Appropriations contained in the Ordinance of Estimates for a particular program, purpose, activity, or project may, upon the recommendation of the head of the municipal agency concerned and the Director of Finance, and with the approval of the Board of Estimates, be carried over to fiscal years subsequent to the one for which the appropriation is initially made if necessary to accomplish that program, purpose, activity, or project. (2) Funds encumbered for contracts, projects, or other actual commitments and funds dedicated by any act of Congress or by State law or by the terms of any private grant to some specific purpose shall be carried over to the next fiscal year. (3) All appropriations not so carried over shall lapse at the end of the fiscal year from which made, except [that] AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (4) OF THE SUBSECTION. (4) [any] ANY balance remaining in the fund of the water, [or] sanitary wastewater, OR STORMWATER utility (under Section 18 of this article) at the end of the fiscal year shall remain to the credit of that utility and an estimate of [such a] THAT balance shall be included in that utility’s budget for the next year as an estimated receipt. (d) Surpluses. (1) In case of any surplus arising in any fiscal year by reason of an excess of revenue over the expenditures (including any appropriation carried over) for that year, the surplus shall become a part of the general revenue of the City and shall be available for the general expenditures of the City for the next fiscal year, in accordance with the Ordinance of Estimates for that year. An estimate of the surplus shall be made by the Board of Estimates and included in expected revenues for the next year. (2) However, any surplus or retained earnings of the water, [or] sanitary wastewater, OR STORMWATER utility fund (under § 18 of this article) at the end of the fiscal year shall remain to the credit of that utility and the estimate of that balance shall be included in that utility’s budget for the next year as an estimated receipt. § 18. Water, [and] sanitary wastewater, AND STORMWATER utilities. (a) To be separate enterprises. (1) Water, [and] sanitary wastewater, AND STORMWATER utilities each shall be conducted as a separate enterprise[, provided, that nothing herein shall prevent the transfer or assignment of employees from either utility to the other or to any department, board, commission and agency of the City, or the division of the time between either utility or between either utility and any department, board, commission and agency of the City]. (2) Each of the utilities shall be financially self-sustaining and shall be operated without profit or loss to the other funds or programs of the City. (b) Utility budgets; agency budget estimates. (1) Separate budgets, which shall include estimates of revenue and expense for the ensuing fiscal year, shall be prepared ANNUALLY for the water, [and] sanitary wastewater, AND STORMWATER utilities. [annually subject, however, to this section which shall also control the action] THE ACTIONS of the Board of Estimates and the City Council [thereon] ON THE UTILITIES’ BUDGETS ARE SUBJECT TO THIS SECTION. (2) The budget estimates of each agency of the City shall include items for THE USE OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE water, [and] sanitary wastewater, AND STORMWATER UTILITIES, [to be used by them] AS APPLICABLE. (c) Interfund and other borrowing. [Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent] NOTHING IN THIS SECTION PREVENTS THE FOLLOWING, IF OTHERWISE IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW: (1) interfund cash borrowings between the water, [and] sanitary wastewater, AND STORMWATER utilities to meet temporary cash requirements; or (2) [to prevent] borrowings by [such] THESE utilities from the General Fund or any other fund of the City[, if otherwise in accordance with law]. (D) TRANSFER OF EMPLOYEES. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION PREVENTS: (1) THE TRANSFER OR ASSIGNMENT OF EMPLOYEES FROM ONE UTILITY TO ANOTHER UTILITY OR TO ANY DEPARTMENT, BOARD, COMMISSION, OR AGENCY OF THE CITY; OR (2) THE DIVISION OF EMPLOYEES’ TIME AMONG THE UTILITIES OR BETWEEN A UTILITY AND ANY DEPARTMENT, BOARD, COMMISSION, OR AGENCY OF THE CITY. (E) SUPPLEMENTAL LEGISLATION. THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MAY ENACT, FROM TIME TO TIME, ORDINANCES NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THIS CHARTER, AS NECESSARY OR DESIRABLE TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That, if adopted, this amendment takes effect on July 1, 2013.


FOR the purpose of confirming State Legislation, by providing for the election of the Mayor, the Comptroller, and the President and Members of the City Council in 2016 and in every succeeding fourth year; adjusting the terms of office for those elected in 2011; and submitting this amendment to the qualified voters of the City for adoption or rejection. BY proposing an amendment to Article III - City Council Section(s) 2(a)(1) Baltimore City Charter (1996 Edition) Article IV - Mayor Section(s) 1(a)(1) Baltimore City Charter (1996 Edition) Article V - Comptroller Section(s) 1(a)(1) Baltimore City Charter (1996 Edition) SECTION 1. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE, That the City Charter is proposed to be amended to read as follows:

§ 2. Members. (a) Election and term. (1) The voters shall elect the members of the City Council on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November [2007] 2016, and on the same day and month in every succeeding fourth year. Article IV – Mayor § 1. Election, term, etc. (a) Election and qualifications. (1) The voters of Baltimore City shall elect a Mayor on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November [2007] 2016, and on the same day and month in every succeeding fourth year. Article V – Comptroller § 1. Election, term, etc.; Deputy Comptroller, staff. (a) Election and qualifications; term; salary. (1) The voters of Baltimore City shall elect a Comptroller of the City on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November [2007] 2016, and on the same day and month in every succeeding fourth year. SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Mayor, the Comptroller, and the President and Members of the City Council who are holding office when this amendment is ratified will each hold office for an additional year and until their respective successors have been elected and qualified. FOR AGAINST CHARTER AMENDMENT CHARTER AMENDMENT QUESTION L Charter Amendment – Minority Party Representation on Boards and Commissions FOR the purpose of allowing voters registered as unaffiliated or as third party members to sit on City boards and commissions as minority party representatives; defining a certain term; generally relating to minority party representation on City boards and commissions; and submitting this amendment to the qualified voters of the City for adoption or rejection. BY proposing to amend Article IV - Mayor Section(s) 8 Baltimore City Charter (1996 Edition) SECTION 1. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE, That the City Charter is proposed to be amended to read as follows: Baltimore City Charter Article IV. Mayor § 8. Minority party representation. Except as otherwise provided in the Charter or by other law, at least one member, in the case of commissions or boards composed of not more than five members, and at least two members, in the case of commissions or boards composed of more than five members, shall be registered voters [of the minority party] in Baltimore City WHO ARE NOT REGISTERED AS MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY PARTY. The [“minority party”] “MAJORITY PARTY” shall be that political party which had the [second] largest number of registered voters at the time of the municipal election next preceding the date of the appointment. FOR AGAINST CHARTER AMENDMENT CHARTER AMENDMENT QUESTION M Charter Amendment - Biennial Quadrennial Agency Audits For the purpose of requiring all certain City agencies to have their operations audited at least once during every second fiscal year 4-year term of the Mayor and City Council; defining certain terms; specifying who may conduct the audits; requiring certain reports; providing for a stagger in order going the audits, and generally relating to the biennial audit of City agencies and submitting this amendment to the qualified voters of the City for adoption or rejection. BY adding Article 1 - Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies Section(s) 9-1 through 9-5, to be under the new subtitle, "Subtitle 9. Agency Audits" Baltimore City Code (Edition 2000) By proposing to add Article VII - Executive Departments Section(s) 4.5 Baltimore City Charter (1996 Edition) SECTION 1. BE IT ORDAINED RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE, That the Laws of Baltimore City City Charter is proposed to be amended to read as follows: Baltimore City Code Article 1. Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies SUBTITLE 9. AGENCY AUDITS Baltimore City Charter Article VII. Executive Departments General Provisions § 9 1. DEFINITIONS. (A) IN GENERAL. IN THIS SUBTITLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS HAVE THE MEANINGS INDICATED. (B) AGENCY "AGENCY" MEANS: (1) ANY DEPARTMENT, BOARD, COMMISSION, COUNCIL, AUTHORITY, COMMITTEE, OFFICE, OR OTHER UNIT OF CITY GOVERNMENT; AND (2) ANY INDIVIDUAL NOT EMBRACED IN A UNIT OF CITY GOVERNMENT WHO EXERCISES AUTHORITY COMPARABLE TO THAT OF THE HEAD OF A UNIT OF CITY GOVERMENT (C) AUDIT: § 4.5. AGENCY AUDITS. (A) DEFINITIONS. (l) GENERAL. IN THTS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS HAVE THE MEANINGS INDICATED. (2) AUDIT. (I) "AUDIT" MEANS AN AUDIT UNDERTAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH GENERALLY ACCEPTED GOVERNMENT AUDITING STANDARDS AND FEDERAL AND STATE LAW. (II) "AUDIT" INCLUDES BOTH: (A) A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF AN AGENCY'S FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS, INCLUDING ALL ACCOUNTS, REVENUES, AND RECEIPTS; AND (B) A PERFORMANCE AUDIT THAT ASSESSES AN AGENCY'S PRACTICES TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE AGENCY IS OPERATING ECONOMICALL Y AND EFFICIENTLY AND WHETHER CORRECTIVE ACTIONS FOR IMPROVING ITS PERFORMANCE ARE APPROPRIATE. (3) PRINCIPAL AGENCY. "PRINCIPAL AGENCY" MEANS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS: (I) DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE. (II) DEPARTMENT OF LAW. (III) DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS. (IV) FIRE DEPARTMENT. (V) POLICE DEPARTMENT. Continued on B9


The following resolutions of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore proposing an amendment to the Charter of Baltimore City (1996 Edition, as amended) will be submitted to the voters of Baltimore City for their approval or disapproval at the General Election to be held in the City of Baltimore on Tuesday the 6th of November, 2012 (Underlining indicates matter added by amendment. Strikeout indicates matter stricken by amendment). ___________________________________________________________________________


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TYPESET: Wed Sep 26 12:03:26 EDT 2012 Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Division of Finance and Administration Accountant Advanced (C12014-C12019) Loan and Insurance Accountants Hiring Range: $41,074 - $53,189 Fiscal Accounts Technician II (C12020) Hiring Range: $30,200 - $38,763 Work that matters. The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) is a national leader in affordable housing and community development. The Division of Finance & Administration seeks enthusiastic individuals for two loan and insurance accountant positions and a fiscal accounts technician position. The accountants will coordinate with collection of loans in default, reconcile general ledger accounts and assist with preparation of GAAP statements. Successful candidates will take initiative and be able to create formula driven Excel spreadsheets to analyze and present financial information. The fiscal accounts technician needs to accurately process payments, code cash receipts, and reconcile accounts. Please view all components of these challenging positions at<> by pointing to “About DHCD” then clicking “DHCD Careers” TYPESET: Wed Sep 26 12:00:58 EDT 2012 DHCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Facilities Maintenance Mechanic II Facilities Mechanic Supervisor Paralegal Planning Technician II Program Specialist I Senior Equipment Operator Systems Analyst Systems Programmer I Visit our website at for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadlines to apply posted on website. TYPESET: Wed Sep 26 12:02:46 EDT 2012 AEO/DF/SFE Business Lending Programs Coordinator (C10001) (Administrative Officer III) Hiring Range: $38,594-$49,859

Consultants providing services has must demonstrate The Baltimoreinterested City Officein of Boards andthese Commissions been requested byand the document theoffollowing: Department Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to certify the qualifications of engineering firms to provide professional engineering services for 1. Experience in investigating, renovations and new construction elecplanning, engineering design,repairs, permitting, and construction support forof power trical system. distribution system reliability improvements; power distribution system physical 2. Manpower availability to complete the project on time and within budget for security upgrades, and on-site standby power generating facilities; at the Back prime-consultant andWastewater sub-consultants, including performing quality control/quality River and Patapsco Treatment Plants. The selected Consultant will assurance at critical stages. design the tasks Improvements in accordance with the recommendations made in the 3. ExperienceAssessment and knowledge in the design on-site standby power generating Vulnerability Report for the two of plants. facilities for wastewater treatment plants with a permitted average daily flow capacity over 70 MGD. Consultants interested in providing these services must demonstrate and 4. Experience in design of medium voltage secondary selective sectionalized document the following: power distribution centers. 5. Experience in in investigating, design of underground redundantand power to maintain 1. Experience repairs, renovations newsystems construction of elecpower in the event of a single feeder fault. trical system. 6. in design oftospecial systems for security system, including CCTV 2. Experience Manpower availability complete the project on time and within budget for systems, access control systems, and perimeter systems. prime-consultant and sub-consultants, including fencing performing quality control/quality 7. Experience in geotechnical, civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, architectural, assurance tasks at critical stages. sound attenuation, landscape designs for of power generation 3. Experience and and knowledge in the design on-site standbysystem power buildings. generating 8. Experience in designingtreatment wastewater facilities with NEC, NFPA, facilities for wastewater plants with in a compliance permitted average daily flow NFPA 70E Arc70 Flash, OSHA standards. capacity over MGD. 9. approachvoltage with MBE/WBE consultants 4. Experience Experienceininoverall designteam of medium secondary selective participation. sectionalized 10. Experience in BG&E system coordination and evaluation of incoming power power distribution centers. service feedersinand switchgear. 5. Experience design of underground redundant power systems to maintain power in the event of a single feeder fault. The City intends selectof the services of two (2) Subsequent to the Consul6. Experience into design special systems for firms. security system, including CCTV tant interviews thecontrol number one ranking will design improvements systems, access systems, and firm perimeter fencing systems. for the Back River WWTP and the second ranking firm for the Patapsco WWTP. The contracts 7. Experience in geotechnical, civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, architectural, will each be for a period of two years and estimated project costbuildings. for each sound attenuation, and landscape designs forthe power generation system wastewater treatment plant is $50 million.facilities Should in you have any questions 8. Experience in designing wastewater compliance with NEC,regardNFPA, ing the70E scope ofFlash, the Project, please contact Mr. Gurminder Singh at (410) 396-5385 NFPA Arc OSHA standards. or by e-mail at in 9. Experience overall team approach with MBE/WBE consultants participation. 10. Experience in BG&E system coordination and evaluation of incoming power Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of “The Specifications for Materials, service feeders and switchgear. Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures”, and NASSCO´s current PACP and MACPto condition inspection City personnel will utilize City The City intends select the servicesprograms. of two (2) firms. Subsequent to thethe Consulof Baltimore Guidelines for the Design Consultants and tant interviews the number onePerformance ranking firm Evaluation will design of improvements for the Back Construction for this contract/project. River WWTP Contractors and the second ranking firm for the Patapsco WWTP. The contracts will each be for a period of two years and the estimated project cost for each Firms interested in submitting proposal this Project, shall address a “Letter of wastewater treatment plant is a$50 million.for Should you have any questions regardInterest” to the Office of Boards Commissions, 751Singh Eastern Avenue, Baling the scope of the Project, pleaseand contact Mr. Gurminder at (410) 396-5385 timore, Maryland 21202 (FAX (410) 625-4667). Since these letters are utilized to or by e-mail at assist small minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming the letter be edition submitted withinSpecifications five (5) days of date of Projects partners, must comply with should the 2006 of “The forthe Materials, the project´sBridges, advertisement. shouldStructures”, contain a contact person. Failure to Highways, Utilities The andletter Incidental and NASSCO´s current submit a ”letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the PACP and MACP condition inspection programs. City personnel will utilize the City project. of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Form 255, along withProject, five (5)shall copies, to thea Office Firms interested in Federal submitting a proposal for this address “Letterofof Boards Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and theEastern five copies must Balbe Interest”and to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Avenue, submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 10-29-12. Submittals may not beto timore, Maryland 21202 (FAX (410) 625-4667). Since these letters are utilized accepted afterminority this deadline. assist small and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letter should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of Prequalification Requirement the project´s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal submit a ”letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for for the the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each project. applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. Information regarding the prequalification processapplying can be for obtained by calling Office to of complete Boards and Each prime consultant this Project will bethe required and Commissions on 410.396.6883. submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be Insurance Requirements submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 10-29-12. Submittals may not be The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional accepted after this deadline. liability, auto liability, and general liability and workers ´ compensation insurances as required by theRequirement City of Baltimore. Prequalification All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for MBE/WBE Requirements the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. Information regarding the City´s contracting process.can Pursuant to Articleby5, calling Subtitlethe 28 of Baltimore City Code prequalification process be obtained Office of Boards and (2000 Edition)on - Minority and Women´s Business Program, Minority Business Commissions 410.396.6883. Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to thisRequirements contract. Insurance The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional The MBE goal is 27%and general liability and workers ´ compensation insurances liability, auto liability, The WBE goal is 10% as required by the City of Baltimore. MBE/WBE Requirements It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City´s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women´s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 10% Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410) 396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services

that MBE or WBE is not certified to provide. Anythe submittals that do include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Non-Affiliation AVerifying firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: Certification 1.Each The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for 2.verifying The firmthat hasall anMBEs interest in WBEs the ownership or control of the MBE or certified WBE by the and to be utilized on the project are 3.Minority The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE orprior WBEto submitting and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) (Article 5, Subtitle 28-41). of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. the proposal. A directory Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call Additional firm submitting as a prime consultant failsand to comply MWBOO InformationA at (410) 396-4355 to verify certification, expirationthat dates services with requirements Article to 5, provide. Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when that the the MBE or WBE isofcertified executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material breach; Non-Affiliation disqualification asaaproposal consultant from to provide tocontract the Citygoal for aif: A firm submitting may noteligibility use an MBE or WBEservices to meet a period tohas exceed 2 years; and payment for damages 1. Thenot firm a financial interest in the MBE or WBE incurred by the City. 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE A3.resume foris each person listed as key and/or specialist, The firm significantly involved in personnel the operation of the MBE orincluding WBE those from MBE and WBE firms, must be shown on the page provided within the (Article 5, Subtitle 28-41). application. Additional InformationA firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply Please be requirements advised that forofthe purpose of reviewing price proposals andCode invoices, with the Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City when the City of Baltimore a principal of a firmpenalties: as follows: executing a contractdefines is subject to the following suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material breach; Adisqualification principal is any as individual owning 5% or more oftothe outstanding stock of anCity entity, a consultant from eligibility provide services to the for a aperiod partnernot of to a partnership, a 5%and or more shareholder of a sub-chapter Corporaexceed 2 years; payment for damages incurred by‘S’ the City. tion, or an individual owner. A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those Out-of-State Corporations mustmust identify corporate agent within from MBE and WBE firms, be their shown on the resident page provided withinthe the application. application. Firms will be considered a specific project ifprice they proposals apply as both a subPlease benot advised that for thefor purpose of reviewing and invoices, consultant prime consultant. the City ofand Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: The applications this Project (Form cannot be supplemented with any A principal is any for individual owning 5% or255) more of the outstanding stock of an entity, additional information suchaas organization chart, etc. All a partner of a partnership, 5%graphs, or morephotographs, shareholder of a sub-chapter ‘S’ Corporasuch should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications tion, information or an individual owner. should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover Corporations sheets shouldmust not be included. submittal of addiOut-of-State identify theirInclusion corporateand/or resident agent within the tional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for application. this project. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a subFailure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause consultant and prime consultant. disqualification of the submittal. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any Kumasi Vines, additional information such as graphs, photographs, organization chart, Chief etc. All of Boards pages. and Commissions such information should be incorporated intoOffice the appropriate Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause disqualification of the submittal. Kumasi Vines, Chief Office of Boards and Commissions


distribution system reliability improvements; power distribution system physical PROJECT - ELECTRICAL SYSTEM security upgrades,NO. and1177 on-site standby power DISTRIBUTION generating facilities; at the Back RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENTS, PHYSICAL SECURITY UPGRADES River and Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plants. The selected Consultant will AND STANDBY POWER, BACK RIVER AND design the ON-SITE Improvements in accordance with AT theTHE recommendations made in the VulnerabilityPATAPSCO Assessment WASTEWATER Report for the two TREATMENT plants. PLANTS

Work that matters. The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) is a national leader in affordable housing and community development. The DHCD, Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, is seeking a Business Lending Programs Coordinator. The Business Lending Programs Coordinator works in the area of community SECTION 3. AND BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That this Ordinance effect onMinority the and Bothtakes the proposed Women´s Business Enterprise firms mustdevelopment be development and commercial real estate to assist with CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION named and identified as an MBE or WBE and within Item 6 of thesmall Standard Formloan (SF)requests in the Division of analyzing underwriting business OF BALTIMORE 30th day after the date itCITY is enacted. 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates Neighborhood Revitalization. This is a contractual position, with no fringe OFFICE OF BOARDS Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor AND COMMISSIONS anticipated for utilization for this project. benefits. PUBLIC NOTICE Stephen M. Kraus, Chief Please view all components of these challenging positions at www. Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE)<> by pointing to About DHCD PROJECT NO. Management 1177 - ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM Bureau of Treasury participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. then clicking DHCD CareersDHCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENTS, PHYSICAL TYPESET: Wed Sep 26Seal 12:02:25 EDT 2012 SECURITY UPGRADES Custodian of the City AND ON-SITE STANDBY POWER, AT THE BACK RIVER AND Verifying Certification PATAPSCO WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying all MBEsMinority and WBEs be utilizedBusiness on the project are certified by thebe Both thethat proposed andtoWomen´s Enterprise firms must CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION The Baltimore City Office of Boards andBALTIMORE Commissions has been requested by the Minority Business Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting named and Women´s identified as an MBEOpportunity or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) CITY OF Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to certify the the A directory of certified MBEs andoutside WBEs iskey available from MWBOO. 255proposal. in the spaces provided for identifying consultants/associates OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS qualifications of engineering firms to provide professional engineering services for Since changes the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call anticipated for to utilization for this project. NOTICE planning, engineering design, PUBLIC permitting, and construction support for power MWBOO at (410) 396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services

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