PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDITION
Volume 121 No. 6
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 - SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
The Rev. Al Green Still Spreads Love and Happiness
First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak A3 at Morgan State University
DeMatha Drops Calvert Hall in Spite of Prostitute Scandal
A Nation Remembers, Looks Forward Marckel Ross
For the Second Time This School Year
High School Student Fatally Shot By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer As Prince George’s County mourned its 9/11 dead on the morning of Sept. 11, an 18 year-old youth lost his life while walking to school, police said. It was the second time since school started Aug. 23 that a student had been slain. Marckel Ross, of the 400 block of Abel Avenue, in Capital Heights was headed to classes at Central High School in Capital Heights just before 7 a.m. when at least one gunman opened fire. Officers who responded to calls for
“Ross is the second Prince George’s County high school student to be a victim of a fatal shooting less than a month into the Hear theyear.” AFRO on The Daily school Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m. shots fired in the 6100 block of Old Central Avenue found Ross suffering from a gunshot wound. According to police, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting shocked local residents because of the brazenness of the attack and left Ross’s schoolmates and loved ones devastated. “He had a bright spirit,” Central High Principal Charoscar Coleman told reporters. “He not only was a strong student, but he also participated in our modeling team, so he was very popular amongst staff and students.” Ross is the second Prince George’s County high school student to be a victim of a fatal shooting less than a month into the school year. On Aug. 22, Charles Flowers High School senior Amber Continued on A4
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By Michelle Phipps-Evans Special to the AFRO
For El Brown and Karen Francis, Sept. 11, The World Trade Center, burning. 2001, was not just a terrible moment in time 11 years ago. Wikimedia Commons multiple deployments.” For the women, both military spouses, Sept. Both women became active in efforts to 11 was only the beginning. encourage volunteerism and service. For Francis it was the start of “a 22-month “Every person has a God-given talent you can New One Trade Center deployment, with care packages,” she said. Her use to give back,” said Patricia Evans, executive currently under husband experienced four active duty deployments construction. and her son, one, as members of the National Guard. director of Serve DC., part of the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, which managed the 9/11 day of “9/11 for us is not just 9/11, it is every single Wikimedia Commons service at Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. day,” said Francis who volunteers for the nonprofit crashed into the north and south towers of the World Mayor Vincent C. Gray, in remarks at a D.C. Blue Star Families, which supports military families Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a field observance of the attacks, said 9/11 was “a wakeleft behind when soldiers, sailors and airmen are in Shanksville, Pa., in what many said was a flight dispatched to active duty assignments. Brown added up call for all of us” that resulted in “increased targeting the U.S. Capitol. that 9/11 changed the face of the military today. Her technology in the District…and increased President Obama said the country is “safer” now surveillance” improving the ability to deal with husband was a student at West Point at the time. that Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda founder and 9/11 terrorism. “He knew, as they all did, that upon graduation, attack architect, has been tracked down and killed. The remarks echoed sentiment voiced throughout they will be deployed,” said Brown also a volunteer “Al-Qaeda’s leadership has been devastated, the nation 11 years after a coordinated terrorist for Blue Stars. “It has had broad reaching effects in attack in which jetliners commandeered by terrorists Continued on A5 our families, and especially the children who face
Black General–Did He Go Too Far?
organization defines it more than any other,” Gates said. “In under three years, Gen. Ward has forged a command that ably protects vital U.S. interests, promotes stability and builds key capabilities among our allies.” Marine Corps. Gen. James E. Cartwright, then vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, added an unusually kind cross-service plaudit. He said Ward “has been a soldier for over 40 years, a statesman, a commander — battle-hardened.” Cartwright continued: He and his wife have done “a fantastic job” at Africom. “It has been, and will be, their legacy.”
By Michael A. Fletcher Special to the AFRO
Gen. William “Kip” Ward’s legacy seemed secure in March 2011, when he stepped down from his history making post as the inaugural commander of the U.S. Africa Command. Now, he’s not so sure. During a pomp-filled change-of-command ceremony at Sindelfingen city hall near Africom’s Stuttgart, Germany headquarters, thenDefense Secretary Robert Gates presented Ward with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, one of many honors the Morgan State University graduate has earned during more than four decades of military service. “The first leader of any
Army Lt. Gen. William E. Kip Ward.
Voters May Face ‘Ballot Bullies’ By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO A swarm of right-wing loyalists with intimidation on their minds can be expected to descend on polling places in minority neighborhoods this November, two public interest groups warned government officials Monday. In a new report titled, “Bullies at the Ballot Box,” Demos and Common Cause describe campaigns by conservative groups— particularly the tea party-affiliated True the Vote—to train and deploy as many as 1 million persons to police the polls. Demos, based in New York City, and Common Cause, based in Washington, D.C., are public interest groups that have targeted right-wing voter law revision and monitoring efforts. “As we approach the 2012 elections, every indication is that we will see an unprecedented
use of voter challenges,” the report stated, adding concern of “a real danger that voters will face overzealous volunteers who take the law into their own hands to target voters they deem suspect. But there is no place for bullies at the ballot box.” Singling out True the Vote, the report quoted Bill Ouren, the group’s national elections coordinator, as telling volunteers during a training seminar that they should make certain voters feel “like driving and seeing the police following you.” The group has been a chief advocate of restrictive voter ID laws, and its volunteers have become known for harassing voters, as in the case of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election. The organization explained that its aim was to protect against election fraud. “Unfortunately, Americans have lost faith in the integrity of our nation’s election results and fraud and law-breaking has become all Continued on A5
Troubling questions arise Now, however, Ward’s stellar record of military service—which allowed him to become the Army’s fifth African-American four-
star general and hold 13 commands—has been marred by troubling allegations. He stands accused of doing what top military leaders, who travel in their own planes and command huge staffs routinely do: Stay in luxurious digs, running up a lot of expenses. The allegation, questioned by some observers, is that he went too far. A report by Department of Defense Inspector General accuses Ward of excessive spending during his nearly three years at the helm of Africom, the Defense Department’s newest combatant command. The 99-page report says Ward used military vehicles to ferry his wife, Joyce, to stores and to spas. It also accuses the former commander of using Army staff to run personal Continued on A7
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Marquea Ambrose, a 32-year-old Chicago resident, told Fox News Chicago Sept. 3 that the 54-year-old Duncan was her father, and that they hadn’t spoken to each other in 11 years. But according to RadarOnline.com, sources close to the late actor said the woman was a stranger to the family, who questioned the timing of her claim. “Michael did date Marqay’s mother, but Wikimedia Commons he believed he was not Michael Clarke Duncan her father,” the unnamed source said. “He was in the hospital for 53 days, and she never once reached out or tried to talk to him then. It was the DAY he died that she started calling his [Duncan’s] mother saying ‘I want what’s mine’ and trying to get money from her.” The source also condemned Ambrose for allegedly preying on the grieving family for financial gain. Duncan, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a gentle giant in The Green Mile, died less than two months after suffering a heart attack. A public viewing of his casket was held at the Hall of Liberty, located at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries in Hollywood Hills on Sept. 9. A private, invitation-only service held the following day and will be led by Bishop Charles Blake, and the eulogy delivered by Dr. H. Beecher Hicks.
Actor Clifton Powell Denies Rape Allegations
Actor Clifton Powell, best known for his role as “Pinky” in two of the “Friday” movies, has denied charges that he raped a woman in Louisiana last year. According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, a woman using the pseudonym Kiyante Myers claimed the actor assaulted her in a hotel room in August 2011. Though the sex was initially consensual, Myers claimed she asked Powell to stop when things turned rough, and he didn’t comply. Instead, she said, he put his hands on her face and raped her. According to media reports, Myers made a report to police last year, Clifton Powell but the case was closed for lack of evidence. The Louisiana resident filed the suit in federal court, and seeks $75,000 in damages. The actor, a recurrent face in film who appeared in movies such as Ray, Rush Hour and Menace II Society, has denied the charges and plans to fight them. A representative for Powell told TMZ, “Mr. Powell absolutely denies these false accusations and plans on pursuing all legal remedies available to him against his accuser.”
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Arrested in Corruption Probe TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal agents arrested the mayor of New Jersey’s capital city early Monday as part of an ongoing corruption investigation into
bribery allegations related to a parking garage project that was concocted as part of an FBI sting operation. Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, his brother, Ralphiel, and convicted sex offender Joseph Giorgianni, a Mack supporter who owns a Trenton sandwich shop, were accused of conspiring to obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion under color of official right Federal prosecutors alleged Mack agreed to use his influence in connection with a proposed parking garage project in the city. The garage was
Tony Mack made up — just a devise created by investigators to try to capture Mack, who has financial problems and attracted legal scrutiny since he took office. Federal agents began investigating Mack and the others in September 2010. Mack had become mayor in July. The defendants received $54,000 and anticipated accepting another $65,000 from a cooperating witness who purported to be a developer, according to court documents that laid out the sting and the alleged wrongdoing. The criminal complaint portrays Giorgianni as a boastful man who did most of the talking with two FBI informants — one who was cooperating to get a better deal in his own criminal case, another who was paid. Giorgianni complains at one point that Mack cannot take bribes because he’s being watched so closely. “It’s sickening,” he told one of the informants, according to the court papers. “I like to make money for my friends,” he said at another point, according to the papers. “I like to do it like the Boss Tweed way. You know Boss Tweed ran Tammany Hall? When Mack was recorded, it was Wikimedia Commons mostly just to say he’d meet someone or exchanging pleasantries. But in April, he was recorded at a meeting with Giorgianni and one of the informants saying, “I really appreciate what you guys have done for us. I appreciate your support and, like before, I support you and I’ll keep on supporting you.” Authorities say, though, that Mack, whom Giorgianni referred to as “Napoleon” was involved in the scheme. One piece of evidence they offer is that Giorgianni referred to money by code — calling it “Uncle Remus” — when he spoke with Mack, and that Mack seemed to know what he was saying. Mack was taken to an FBI office in Hamilton for processing. Mack’s administration has been in turmoil from Day 1, staggering from one crisis to another. A housecleaning of staff at City Hall opened the door for Mack’s own appointees, who quickly turned it into a revolving door. Under an agreement reached last year, the Democrat can hire department heads only from a pool of applicants the state offers or he risks losing $6 million in state aid. One of his early backers was Giorgianni. The businessman went to prison in the 1980s on charges of carnally abusing and debauching the morals of a 14-year-old girl in the back of his sandwich shop. The case gained notoriety because of weightrelated health problems that got Giorgianni, a steakhouse owner who once claimed to tip the scale at over 500 pounds, released and led a prosecutor to charge he “ate his way out of jail.”
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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain N First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at Morgan State University By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer
Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license
another one of those fine speeches like the one she delivered at the Democratic First Lady Michelle National Convention.” Obama will be adding one of Planning for the event Baltimore’s leading historical began in March under the Black colleges to the list of direction of Calvin H. Baker stops on the campaign trail and Michael Cryor, chair and co-chair of the organizing committee, respectively. “We thought it was important that the Baltimore community, in particular the African- American community, have ownership Courtesy Photos and participation in helping Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who to raise funds to enable our was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. president, Barack Obama, to campaign effectively,” said plate X584859 was found on the body of her 7-year-old Baker, adding that he believed Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours Obama needed aanother police received 7 a.m. term call after his body was found in a in order to “finish what he started four years ago.” “This will probably be the second most important election in our lifetime, the first being the election of and Dallas 2008,” saidCowboys Baker. players By Alan King Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer The organization’s target: among the names to $500,000 for the submitted re-election election officials. Presidential candidate John campaign’s final push. Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – “The president is without were doing those things Associated Community engineering a major or permisACORN’s knowledge Organization for Reform Now – recovery the American sion, wereoffired. confirms the success of the “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the economy and making sure faced so far shows they faked group says. that more Americans are the White “This House photo/Joyce Boghosian forms to get paid for resources work they is testimonyN.to the work beneficiaries of the didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve this country has to offer,” said boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of First Lady Michelle Obama Cryor. victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview takes more than four tor “It of it. with the AFRO. this month. Although for the to implement full Hurd said the onlythat things “When thisplanning attack started, we years bogus are the charges themhad just thatworks we had Morgan State University event hasannounced been in the plan.” selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new votwill host the first lady as for five months, murmurs of agrees. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say part of a fundraiser for the the event began to surface Tickets are still available It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared president’s re-election on last month when Coleman for the event and start at $25 ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” Sept. 21 at 3pm. saysMcCain, he first who got word that for for students. Admission for been found guilty of, or even is running The event will take place “Mrs. Obama likelytick- attendees 40 and younger is charged with, casting fraudulent president on thewould Republican inside the Murphy Fine Arts be Baltimore and $100, votes.”and general admission et, visiting lashed out at ACORN in that the Thefor problem about prifinal debate against Barack Center located on the southern Morgan would be one of the tickets otherscame range marily because of the way Obama, contending the group “is portion of the university’s sites.” from $250 to $1,000. For ACORN operates. Rather than on Coleman the verge of maybe campus. said he isperpetrathoping more information visit www. rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in “We are delighted, not the First Lady will “deliver obamavictoryfundraiser.com. ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those democracy.” being registered and those doing Factcheck.org, a non-partisan the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” By Brittany Buchanan in the reinvention ofMcCain its schools,” saidaccount Wickham. Most news neglect to Hurd believes the Special to the AFRO student andmotivatin “I out want toACORN give theis point that charges experience were politically required by law to turn in all reged. making that experience one students exposure to the craft istration And they fail Shebest said,in“Because it’s lowMaryland’s historically of the the region. I’m in havingforms. something thatalso will to note that on it was the organizaand moderate-income people, black college and university excited to have someone who send them graduation day tion, in many instances, that first and people ofthe color, I believe campuses will see some major understands meaning ofthe heavily armed with skills brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those changes—and new faces at the student experience and intellect do to the attentiontoofprobably authorities. voters are going to vote here at the top-- this fall. Morgan.” the most important job in the The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesKevin Banks, who helped With over 25 years of nation [that is]inbecause of isn’t interested those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN Banks is no stranger to transform the University experience, was the our power to persuade and ing ads thatI seek Obama controversy. of South Florida from a former assistant vice president influence. wanttotolink make this to ACORN, therebyfor undercutting 38of years, the non-partisan commuter school to a major andFor dean students of an exciting place students organization has fought for social his political support. residential school, will begin University of South Florida. to learn. I want students to McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowtake on a new role at Morgan Veteran journalist, rush schoolthis every day and and Itoapprove message. and moderate-income State University as vice author and Baltimore native dare not miss a class Announcer: Who isbecause Barack Americans. With 400,000 mempresident of student affairs. DeWayne fearAthat miss Obama? manthey withmay “a political ber familiesWickham organizedhas into more they baptism performed at warp than 1,200 Veteran journalist and worked forneighborhood U.S. News &chapsomething exciting,.” he said. speed.” ambition. After colters in Report, 110 citiesthe nationwide, media scholar DeWayne World Baltimore Bell Vast is one of the first lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen Wickham is establishing Sun, WBAL-TV, CBS News, scientists to discover ways to Became a community organizer. its share of criticism while advoa new department of BET and USA Today, where use enzymes to measure its There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, communications at Morgan. he has written a syndicated ability make correctly Talbot, to part of theDNA Chicago living wages, healthcare for the Juliette Bell left Central column since 1985 He has under a variety of natural branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organState University to become written fourregistration books. drives. and experimental conditions impressive that he was asked to izing voter train the ACORN staff.of But“It none been as withering president of the University of hashas always been my at National Institute What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this Maryland Eastern Shore. dream to bring to aone. HBCU Environmental Health engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Weldon Jackson, who the kind of education and Sciences. Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, helped design the student experience in journalism Jackson ACORN held chief of business. forced ACORN’s detractors allege the success center at Morehouse and mass communication academic officer homeatloans. organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue riskyposts College and expanded that kids get when College andthat The same types of loans sive white voter registration fraud after Morehouse caused the financial technology use at Manhattan they go to the big journalism Manhattan College.crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse College, is bringing nearly three decades of experience in higher education administration to Bowie State University where he will be provost and vice president of Identification Statements academic affairs. 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from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted
video screen, the family chose the latter. According to the Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, that’s him.”
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
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ACORN Fights Back
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No wonder Obama’s campaign is trying to distance him from the group, saying, “Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN.” But Obama’s ties to ACORN run long and deep. He taught classes for ACORN. They even endorsed him for President. But now ACORN is in trouble. Reporter: There are at least 11 investigations across the country involving thousands of potentially fraudulent ACORN forms. Announcer: Massive voter fraud. And the Obama campaign paid more than $800,000 to an ACORN front for get out the vote efforts. Pressuring banks to issue risky loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America. Since McCain’s comments, ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and racist mail. The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle offices and stole computers. After a Cleveland representative appeared on TV, an e-mail was sent to the local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call saying, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. A caller to one office left a message on the answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just calling to let you know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung honeys, they’re going to get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let your kids die. That’s the best move. Just let your children die. Forget about paying for hospital bills for them. I’m not gonna do it. You guys are lowlifes. And I hope you all die.” Hurd thinks the hate calls will cease soon. “In two weeks, I think these attacks will be over. But I think it will be harder for us to get our name back on good graces because they really trashed us in the last few weeks.” But ACORN will not be deterred. “We’ve been fighting for a long time, for over 30 years, for the rights of low- and moderateincome people all across the country,” Hurd said. “We’re going to continue to fight for economic justice in our communities.”
“remained strong for her family” and was clearly its leader. “She held hands with her family,” the spokesman said. “It was obviously a very emotional moment.” The boy – the son of Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had been missing since Friday, when a relative found Julian’s grandmother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and his uncle, Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death in his grandmother’s home in the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue. An Amber Alert – a designation for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday after Julian was discovered missing after the murders. Police arrested William Balfour, the missing boy’s stepfather and estranged husband of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had nothing to do with the slayings. Balfour remains a suspect in
being convicted of attempted murder and vehicular hijacking. Cook County records show that he pleaded guilty to both charges in 1999. He was also convicted in 1998 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was released from prison in 2006 after serving seven years for the attempted murder and car hijacking charges. The boy remained missing through a long weekend in which police and volunteers
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Eleven Years Later
Prince George’s Never Forgets
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer
Never forget. Those words carry a special meaning in Prince George’s County where, on Sept. 11, 2001, 24 county residents were among the dead from a coordinated terrorist attack on key federal symbols here and the World Trade Center in New York City. So the “never forget” chorus rang loudly from Upper Marlboro through the county’s Capitol Hill delegation Sept. 11. The county lost more people than any other jurisdiction when planes commandeered by terrorists were crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and, on a flight that appeared headed for the U.S. Capitol, into a field in Shanksville, Pa. “Eleven years have passed since the terrible, tragic events of September 11, 2001,” Prince George’s County Council Chair Andrea Harrison said in a statement. “And while the passage of time causes some memories to fade, we will never forget the day nearly 3,000 of our fellow Americans, including twentyfour Prince Georgians were killed during horrific terrorist attacks on our nation.” Two of those 24, Angeline C. Carter of Forestville and Samantha Lightbourn-Allen of Hillside, were Prince George’s Community College students and the college was sure to honor their memory on this day. “They took credit classes, continuing education classes and they were stellar examples of the men and women who were serious about their commitment to academic excellence,” said PGCC President Dr. Charlene Dukes. That wasn’t all, though, as the school complied with President Obama’s 9/11 observance proclamation and held a National Day of Service and Remembrance at the school. Among the activities the college held were a Veterans Fun Run, with all proceeds going to benefit homeless veterans; a PGCC Cares forum where officials from the college explained how they respond to students’ immediate needs; Learning Our Viewpoints, where students discussed small acts of kindness; and Exploring Opportunities to Serve, where participants learned about
where they could get involved in community service on and off campus. However, the main focus of the day was the Never Forget: 9/11 Remembrance Tribute. The solemn tribute’s focus was not only to remember those who died and saved lives on that day, but to celebrate differences of people. At that ecumenical event Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist representatives rose to address the campus audience. The PGCC Voices of Triumph Gospel Choir also sang two selections and a video entitled “What Will You Do to Remember 9/11,” featuring actor, Samuel L. Jackson, NBA player Baron Davis and other people from every walk of life was played. Perhaps the most poignant moment of the service, however, was a poem presented by college alumni representing two oftenconflicting religions: Kadeem Palmer, a Christian, and Noor Tagouri, a Muslim. Their poem spoken about how the events of 9/11 changed the way America viewed each other in terms of religion. “I am Black. I am White. I am a Christian. I am a Muslim. And we are not enemies,” the two said repeating after one another. “The real differences around the world today are not between blacks and whites, Jews and Arabs, Protestants and Catholics, Muslims, Serbs, and Croats. “The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who will destroy it,” they continued. During the program, Dukes also thought back to the day of the attacks and how the school responded to the crisis. She said one of the main goals of the administration of the school was to make sure students understood how serious the situation was. “Administrators, faculty and staff immediately put the welfare and safety of students and others first,” she said. “We organized information chains; went from buildingto-building, office-to-office, and classroom-to-classroom to make sure that employees and students understood the gravity of the situation and responded accordingly. “We called family members. We contacted public transportation systems. We carpooled,” she continued.
Georgia Case Turns Stand Your Ground on Its Head, Say Civil Rights Leaders continued his approach toward McNeil, the homeowner fired a fatal gunshot to Epp’s head. Initially, investigating officers did not charge McNeil, The NAACP is demanding an overturned guilty verdict and concluding that Epp was the aggressor and that he was armed. the release from prison of John McNeil, an African-American An unopened knife was found in the dead man’s pocket. But man from Georgia whose life sentence for murder, advocates 274 days later, a Cobb County district attorney—in the midst say, is an example of the unequal application of “Stand Your of a re-election campaign, according to the NAACP—charged Ground” laws. McNeil with murder, and a jury found him guilty. Some of the organization’s leaders visited the NAACP leaders say the verdict belied Georgia’s convicted man and met with prison officials stance as a gun rights state, where the “Castle Sept. 10 before holding a press conference Doctrine,” allows residents to protect their to discuss his case. home and family, without a duty to retreat, “In visiting with John McNeil if they feel threatened on their property. today, I am convinced even more The decision, they say, echoes a now, than ever before that John pattern in which “stand your ground” McNeil should be free,” said laws are disproportionately applied to Edward DuBose, Georgia Blacks on both sides of the gun. NAACP State Conference “Throughout his (John McNeil’s) president. “If the ‘Stand Your life, he did what is right for his Ground’ law does not protect family and community but a district John McNeil, then ‘Stand Your attorney did him wrong,” said North Ground’ laws everywhere should Carolina NAACP State Conference be abolished.” President Rev. William J. Barber McNeil, a successful African II. “For most, it is impossible to American businessman in suburban believe that a man defending himself, Atlanta, Ga., was found guilty his teenage son, his property from an of aggravated assault and felony armed aggressor, could be convicted of murder in 2006 in connection with a crime. Unfortunately a man’s home the shooting death of Brian Epp, is not his castle if that man is black in who McNeil says threatened him Georgia.” during a belligerent encounter on An analysis conducted by the McNeil’s property. Tampa Bay Times earlier this year Epp, a White contractor, had showed that defendants in Florida who been commissioned to build a employ the stand your ground defense $450,000 custom home for the are more successful when the victim McNeils on the 500 block of is Black. In its examination of 200 Earlvine Way in Kennesaw, Ga. applicable cases, the Times found that But, according to court testimony, – Edward DuBose, Georgia NAACP State Conference 73 percent of those who killed a Black the family had so many problems president person got of scotch free, compared to with Epp that they decided to end 59 percent of those who killed a White. his role in building the house “to Last month, McNeil filed a motion have him out of [their] lives.” with the Georgia Supreme Court asking for his conviction to be At the closing on Nov. 8, 2005, they agreed that if Epp overturned, arguing that the case against him lacked sufficient did not complete certain work within 10 days he would lose a evidence, among other things. particular sum of money, and he could not come on the property The NAACP is circulating a petition urging Georgia after the 10-day period expired. Epp did not complete the work. Attorney General Sam Olens not to pursue an appeal should However, about a month later, McNeil received a call from the judge overturn McNeil’s verdict and sentence. The petition his son, who said that not only was Epp trespassing on the already has over 12,000 signatures. property, but had also threatened him with a knife. Rushing Their efforts, said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin home to protect his son, McNeil reported the threat to 911 and Todd Jealous, is being fuelled by an increased urgency because reportedly told the operator that he was getting ready to “whip McNeil’s wife has cancer, which has prohibited her from his (Epp’s) ass…so get the cops here now.” visiting her husband for at least two years. On arriving home, McNeil took a semi-automatic handgun “With the return of his wife’s cancer and the discovery from his car’s glove compartment, loaded it and confronted that it has spread, we are redoubling our efforts and exploring Epp. The pair argued loudly, and while retreating from Epp’s every possible avenue for hastening the correction of this grave advance, McNeil fired a shot into the ground and warned mistake by the justice system and the freeing of John so that he the intruder, “Back up, I am not playing with you.” As Epp can reunite with his family,” Jealous said. By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO
“If the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law does not protect John McNeil, then ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws everywhere should be abolished.”
“We did not leave the college until every student was gone.” Meanwhile, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) also honored those from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties who were slain in the 9/11 attack. “We remember the individuals from our communities in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties who lost their lives 11 years ago,” Edwards said in a statement. “I join families, friends, and communities in recognizing and honoring each of them. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their loved ones.”
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Stanley was shot and killed by an intruder at her home as she lay in her bed. Police held a community meeting Sept. 10 seeking information about possible suspects. Prince George’s police officers were present at the school throughout the afternoon. Grief counselors were brought in to speak with Marckel’s grieving classmates. Prince George’s County Councilwoman Karen Toles (D-Dist. 7), whose district includes Central, and Councilman Derrick L.
Davis (D-Dist. 6), who is a Central graduate, visited the school. Davis tweeted: “We pray for him.” The school system released a statement about the shooting. “The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) community is saddened beyond measure by the shooting death that claimed the life of Central High School 11th-grader Marckel Ross as he walked to school this morning,” the statement read. “We extend our deepest sympathies to
this young man’s family and friends, along with our fervent hope that those responsible for his death will soon be brought to justice.” Police still have no suspect or motive in either of the shootings. They said the investigation is ongoing. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the Ross shooting. A candlelight vigil will be held for Ross at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Lyndon Hill Elementary School in the 6100 block of Central Avenue.
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A Nation Remembers
and Osama bin Laden will never threaten Continued from A1 us again,” Obama said at the Pentagon Memorial where he and First Lady Michelle Obama joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others Sept. 11 to mark the 184 lives lost at the Pentagon. “Our country is safer and our people are resilient.” The Obamas observed a moment of silence on the south lawn of the White House before going to the Pentagon. They also visited service members’ graves at Arlington National Cemetery, according to The Associated Press. They moved quietly between rows of graves at Section 60, which contains the remains of the most recent war dead. Elsewhere in the District, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. took part in a ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to honor the 72 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty that day. “These heroic men and women answered the highest calling of their profession, placing the safety of others above their own,” said Holder who led a reading of the names of the 72 officers. “Put simply, their selfless actions saved countless lives.” Nationally, the names of the 2,793 persons who perished in the World Trade Center attack were read at a ceremony at what is now known as Ground Zero in Manhattan. Vice President Joe Biden spoke after the observance of six moments of silence—one each for the times when the planes struck the towers, one each for when each tower collapsed, one for when the Pentagon was struck and one for when Flight 93, the last of the planes in the coordinated attack, slammed into a field in
too common in our electoral system,” according to the organization’s mission statement. “We are helping stop corruption where it can start – at the polls.” But critics say the initiative does nothing but bar eligible voters from the ballot box. “We’re concerned about this wellorganized, well-funded effort to suppress the vote by challenging voters in the run-up to the elections and on Elections Day, and fostering a climate of intimidation,” Stephen Spaulding, a co-author of the study, told the AFRO. Spaulding, Common Cause’s staff counsel, said volunteers in these campaigns are being taught to use questionable techniques as the basis for their challenges, such as comparing voter data to information found on Facebook. “We’re concerned that these [questionable] techniques are being targeted at voters of color, students and the poor specifically, for partisan reasons,” he said. The expected rise in overly aggressive voter challenge tactics on Election Day is the last step in a protracted campaign by rightwing parties to limit the voting strength of traditionally Democratic voting blocs. More than 30 states have passed new voter ID laws. Early and weekend voting—which traditionally have been utilized by minority voters—have been abbreviated. Questionable redistricting plans that limit the voting power of minorities have been proffered. Voting rolls have been purged. “This is definitely continuing the narrative of suppressing the vote,” said Tanya Clay House, public policy director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. House also dismissed Republican claims that these vote-stifling policies are meant to protect the integrity of elections. Continued from A1
Shanksville, Pa. In Chicago, Ill, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney shook hands with firefighters at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport while he was on his way to Nevada to address the National Guard, whose members deployed after the attacks. Both Obama and Romney briefly paused their campaigns that day. In the Baltimore area, 9/11 observances were subdued, according to the Baltimore Sun. Volunteer firefighters and community groups held a tribute on the Route 152 overpass at Interstate 95 in Harford County, while in Baltimore County, small American flags were planted for each victim. At the Inner Harbor where a 22-foot-long piece of mangled steel— part of the columns salvaged from the North Tower— sits atop the white marble base, visitors left flowers and miniature American flags. Meanwhile, families and loved ones of the 9/11 victims continue to wrestle with their loss. Columbia, Md., resident John Milton Wesley, a 63-year-old former journalist and author, for example, lost his fiancé, Sarah Miller Clarke in the flight that hit the Pentagon. She was a teacher at the now-closed Bertie Backus Middle School. The school was a victim of budget cuts. “Sarah and I were very close,” said Wesley who was at the District’s Freedom Plaza memorial. “After she died, I asked her rhetorically, ‘What can I complete for you?’” He turned to service—helping her church and working with Backus families who tried to avert closing the school while mentoring students there. “She was just at her peak, and she was taken away from me,” said Wesley, adding he did not know what he could have done with all that love brimming from within him. “The claim that they’re trying to protect against voter fraud has been proven false,” she said. “These efforts are not going to protect the ballot….They’re going to protect a particular candidate’s ability to stay [or be placed] in office.” And those candidates are furthering their interests by targeting legitimate voters. “No one wants voter fraud,” Common Cause’s Spaulding said. “The issue is their techniques are just throwing up barriers to eligible Americans, who just want to cast their ballot.” Officials at Election Protection, a coalition of civil rights groups—including the Lawyers’ Committee—that works to protect voting rights—say they’ve already received hundreds of calls on their hotline from voters whose right to vote has been “thwarted by the new restrictive laws” or who are confused by the changes in election procedures. And, House said, they expect to receive many more calls on their hotline come Election Day. “We know there are going to be many more challenges so we’re training our lawyers to not only be there (on the ground) to assist voters but to let them know they can call for help,” House said. In the report, Spaulding said they assessed the laws that dictate poll watching, including those that protect against voter intimidation in 10 states to determine their efficacy. “The intimidation laws are strong, they just need to be enforced,” he said. And there are additional steps government officials should be taking to protect voters against this looming menace, he added. “They should be aware of this threat, be prepared to train poll workers in the laws and proper procedures, and take a hard look at whether these rules are still working today or whether they can be exploited to turn a free and fair elections on its head.”
Md. Del. Burns Tackles Ravens’ Ayanbadejo on Gay Marriage Vikings’ Kluwe, Ellen DeGeneres Hit Back said he had changed his mind. He was born in Jackson, Miss., one of the areas where the fight for integration was toughest. He said that in light of that, friends and family urged him to change his mind. “I am supporting him, but I don’t like his decision on same-sex marriage,” he said of Obama. “My own brother and my uncle said, ‘We died
By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) has once again caused a nationwide stir on the subject of samesex marriage, this time after criticizing a National Football League (NFL) player for publicly advocating for gay marriage. The dustup was touched off when Burns, 72, sent a letter to Ravens’ owner Steve
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Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D) Bisciotti Aug. 29 urging him to muzzle linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a supporter of same-sex marriage who late last year made a video for Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Burns, who is the pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Baltimore, said that “many” of his constituents and football fans “are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens…would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.” In response, some of Ayanbadejo’s teammates and other NFL players have backed him, including Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who, in an editorial littered with profanity published on Deadspin.com, soundly castigated Burns. “I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government,” Kluwe wrote. “Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level.” During her show Sept. 11, television talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who told the audience that she recently celebrated her fourth wedding anniversary with actress Portia de Rossi, jumped into the fray. She told her viewers that while “the [Green Bay] Packers and the [New Orleans] Saints are my
“Ellen DeGeneres told her viewers that while ‘the [Green Bay] Packers and the [New Orleans] Saints are my teams… now I’m a huge fan of the Ravens and Vikings.’ She said Ayanbadejo ‘was attacked and condemned by a Baltimore politician.’” teams…now I’m a huge fan of the Ravens and Vikings.” She said Ayanbadejo “was attacked and condemned by a Baltimore politician” for making the video, but that Kluwe had defended him. “This guy from the Minnesota Vikings,” she told her audience, as pictures of both players were displayed behind her, “wrote the most articulate and eloquent letter defending Brendon and equal rights.” She urged her audience to read the letter despite its off-color language and extraordinary length, calling it “beautiful, amazing, brilliant.” Burns told the AFRO Sept. 5 that he sent the letter, which was written on his official Maryland House of Delegates letterhead, because he felt it inappropriate for an NFL player to use his celebrity to campaign for a controversial cause. “I asked the player to cease and desist,” Burns said. The recent controversy is the second in only a few months for Burns, who four months ago announced that he would not vote for President Obama—and encouraged others to stay home on Nov. 6—because of the chief executive’s support of samesex marriage. But in the interview with the AFRO, he
Brendon Ayanbadejo to get the right to vote.’ I think everyone should vote. I will support the president. I am supporting him.” Burns, who said he succeeded the late civil rights legend Medgar Evers as NAACP director in Mississippi in the mid 1960s, said he is concerned about the level of influence “the gay and lesbian lobby” has had in the dialogue about the proposed gay marriage law in Maryland. He said that he believes that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) had “pushed through the samesex marriage law” despite significant opposition among many of the state’s voters. In the video, Ayanbadejo said he believes that the legalization of same-sex marriage is “the right thing to do.” “I believe we should be doing everything we can to make Maryland families stronger, which is why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other,” he said. In a statement, Ravens’ President Dick Cass said, “We support Brendon’s right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment.” Voters will decide on Nov. 6 if Maryland, which recognizes same-sex marriages from other states, will legalize the unions. Six states and the District of Columbia have gay marriage laws.
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Health Doctors Advice: Pay More Attention to Personal Health By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Khaula Holness came to Howard University College of Medicine on Sept. 5 to figure out what was wrong with her. It had been a while since she’d seen a doctor and a free health screening hosted by television talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz provided the perfect opportunity for her. “I have a lot of pain and swelling in my joints as well as these constant headaches,” Holness said. “I’m 46 but I feel like I’m 146 and I just had to figure out why.” Holness’ admission highlighted a major issue in the Black community in having undiagnosed illnesses. Oz said that half the people at the screening had diabetes or prediabetes, but only a tenth of those people knew. That not only highlights how seriously African Americans need to take their health, but how diabetes is such a problem in the Black community. “Today, we had one 42-year-old woman with no health insurance and never had a check-up,” he said. “A healthy triglyceride level is below 150; she had a triglyceride level of 602. She basically had an oil slick inside of her body.” According to a 2011 Centers of Disease Control (CDC) report, 18.7 percent of all Blacks over the age of 20 have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. That’s nearly double the rate of Whites at 10.2 percent. In fact, the only
ethnic group that has a higher rate of diabetes is the native American. Possibly leading to the higher diabetes rates is the obesity problem among African Americans. According to a 2010 report by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, 70 percent of Black men over the age of 20 and 80 percent of Black women over the age of 20 were either overweight or obese. Overall Blacks are 1.4 times more likely to be obese than Whites. Dr. L. Ebony Boulware, associate director John Hopkins Medical Institute’s Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, said that there are several social issues that contribute to Blacks leading the nation in obesity. “I think the environment and ability to exercise and eat healthy really influence behavior,” Boulware said. “A lot of times African Americans live in neighborhoods that are less walkable because they’re more affected by crime. You’re going to be less likely to be outside running in that environment.” Boulware also mentioned access to health foods. She says fresh foods tend to be more expensive and not readily available as high quality fresh food markets tend not to be in low-income neighborhoods. What’s scary is those aren’t the only major medical issues facing African Americans. HIV/AIDS continues to be a scourge to the community, according to the CDC. Blacks,
only 14 percent of the American population, represented 44 percent of new HIV infections nationally in 2009. In that year, the CDC claims the rate of new infections among Black men was six and a half times higher than among White men and two and half times higher than that of Latino men. It’s a problem that Boulware says needs to be addressed more. “We need a lot more education and awareness,” she said. “We gave it a lot of attention in the early 90’s when AIDS became an epidemic. Now the urgency has kind of fallen off and we need more targeted efforts.”
what we’re doing in 15 minutes is giving people clear ideas about their health and giving them suggestions on what to do about it.” Overall, Oz said that there was clearly an issue with obesity and related illnesses. He said he would share the data he received and make suggestions on how to encourage residents to eat healthier and become more active.
“We want you to realize that the temple of the soul is your body and it’s the most precious thing you’ve inherited.” Oz is touring the country hoping to get a good read on what’s ailing people. His screenings, which last 15 minutes, gave people a real update on the state of their health. “We want you to realize that the temple of the soul is your body and it’s the most precious thing you’ve inherited,” he said. “So
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Continued from A1 errands. And, it says, he had his wife accompany him on trips even when she was performing no official duties. Some claims disputed During one of his many official trips across the Atlantic, he billed the government for an overnight refueling stop in Bermuda, where Ward and his wife stayed in a $747-a-night suite. Defenders of Ward say such accommodations are routine for top generals. Where should they stay, they ask, in an Econolodge? The report also said that Ward’s advance staff—people who pre-plan his movements on the ground to ensure tight security and good coordination, just as staff do for other top generals and government officials—spent a week and thousands of dollars on the sunny island preparing for the general’s brief stopover. The report also says Ward routinely used motorcades and stayed at the plush RitzCarlton when he traveled to Washington. It also said that Ward and his wife Joyce, accepted dinner and Broadway play tickets from a government contractor during a trip on which he went backstage to meet actor Denzel Washington. It added that they and a group of staff members spent two nights at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, at a cost of thousands of dollars. It is hardly a Watergatelevel bombshell, but the report comes amid a rancorous national debate about public debt, government spending and impending cuts to the nation’s defense budget. Ward speaks in own defense Ward has defended himself in interviews with investigators and in a letter, parts of which are quoted in the report. He said that his travel was always for official business and that he did not realize that a military contractor had provided the theater tickets. He said the Bermuda stay resulted from a crew stop planned by staff members, who handle travel arrangements for the extensive travel his job required. Moreover, Ward suggested, his level of spending and use of staff were in line with the practices of other top military commanders, who have wide discretion over their staffs and budgets. And going back to the days of George Patton and Douglas MacArthur, top commanders never have been known to be penny-pinchers. Similar inquiries launched It is not certain that Ward will face harsh discipline, for similar allegations have been raised against other high officers with mixed results. Claims of travel improprieties arose when Adm. James Stavridis, once in line to be Chief of Naval Operations, also fell under Defense Department scrutiny. That investigation, by the Defense Department inspector general, was never concluded, and there is no indication when it might reach a conclusion. Other well known commanders also fell under intense scrutiny. More than three decades ago, Gen. Bernard W. Rogers, a former Army chief of staff, was embarrassed by news reports that his staffers had sent some of his golf gear from Georgia to Kansas on an otherwise empty military
plane. Rogers ended up paying the cost of the flight, which he said he did not know about at the time. In 2003, a Pentagon investigation found that Gen. Tommy Franks, who had headed the U.S. Central Command, had allowed his wife to attend classified briefings. The inquiry could not prove allegations that Franks failed to properly compensate the government for his wife’s travel, and he retired later that year. And while officials such as Marine Gen. Cartwright have acknowledged Mrs. Ward’s contributions to the successful buildup of the Africa Command, no claim of security breaches or great personal impropriety has arisen from her participation. Entourage not seen as unusual For his part, Ward seems puzzled. “I would hear things about folks coming in with these entourages and anecdotally, some would comment, ‘Yours is a lot smaller than others that we see,’” Ward is quoted saying in the report. “So I didn’t consider mine to be—it just didn’t—did not raise a flag.” Ward has filed his retirement request, but his departure from the Army is on hold pending a decision on his case by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Ward could face a demotion, which could cost him a big chunk of his pension, and he could be forced to reimburse the government. As he awaits a decision, Ward is working in the Washington area in an administrative position, a role for a two-star general. Army rules require a general not working in a designated Clip and bring to Rosecroft for a chance to win $ 50 in betting money. Drawing on live race nights. Code F2012A
four-star post to be reduced temporarily in rank, but that automatic action does not necessarily determine the rank at which he or she eventually will retire. A 40-year career, well regarded until now The report now hangs like a cloud over the Ward’s otherwise stellar military career, and is deeply troubling
to law school. “But as the years went on, it became clearer that serving my country and taking care of my teammates was a pretty fulfilling undertaking … in a way I saw my dad do it,” Ward said at his review ceremony in April, according to the American Forces Press Service. While serving in the Army, he went on to earn a
“Going back to the days of George Patton and Douglas MacArthur, top commanders never have been known to be pennypinchers.” to his many supporters. Ward, 63, is a Baltimore native. His father was a combat engineer during World War II, a sergeant who served in an Army where segregated assignments and segregationist attitudes sharply restricted the career mobility of blacks in uniform. But rather than be turned off by that disturbing past history, Ward decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. At Morgan State, Ward not only completed two years of Reserve Officer Training Corps instruction, then mandatory for men at land grant institutions, but also found he could excel. Ward took to the discipline and challenge of the military, and decided to continue his ROTC participation throughout his undergraduate years. He was commissioned into the Army as an infantry officer in 1971, but even then Ward thought he would just serve his four years and go on
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master’s degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University. Ward also took courses at the U.S. Army War College, among other institutions. Postings spanning the globe Ward also has traveled the globe. He has served tours in multiple hotspots: Korea, Egypt, Somalia, Bosnia, Israel and Germany at the fall of the Soviet empire. He also has served in a wide range of posts across the United States. He was also deputy commander of the U. S. European command and deputy commanding general and has served as chief of staff of the U.S. Army Europe, and before that, as
chief of staff of the U.S. Seventh Army. Along the way, he earned a fistful of awards and badges, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); and the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters). All of that was capped by his command of Africom, where he helped stand up the military’s first command focused on the African continent, beginning in 2007. Establishment of the command, one of the Defense Department’s six unified geographic commands, faced some opposition from African leaders with memories of the excesses of European colonial domination. Thus, Ward’s first crucial task was winning hearts and minds on the continent, working to convince Africans of the need for cooperation in the war against terrorism. The establishment of the command also was a way to protecting American interests in a part of the world where global competition for its vast natural resources is intensifying. More than a military mission As Pentagon officials describe it, the Africa Command’s mission is more than a military one: the command also works closely with the State Department and its foreign-aid arm to provide
humanitarian support. Ward’s role at the top of the command put him in the military elite, as one of a small band of commanders who control huge budgets, are accompanied by large entourages on travel and wield broad autonomy to shape the U.S. military presence in the areas they oversee. “I’ve worked with many generals, and they all have cooks,” said Michael Lee Lanning, a former Army colonel, now a prolific military writer based in Texas. “They have drivers. They live in beautiful homes. They all have staff running personal stuff for the family,” said Lanning. It remains to be seen how the investigation will proceed against the backdrop of Ward’s long record of achievement and what its affect on his legacy will be. But many say it hard to see how the report will outweigh Ward’s decades of contributions to both the Army and his country. “You don’t become a fourstar general unless you’re damn good,” Lanning said. “It is a very competitive, very tough field. Some might say that a thousand attaboys are nullified by one ‘oh sh--’. But the bottom line is that he still has a thousand ‘attaboys’.” Reprinted with the permission of ‘Black Engineer’ magazine and Career Communications Group.
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Community Day and Health Fair Empowered Ministries, 8900 Central Ave., Landover, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy
food, a health fair, children’s games and more. For more information: 202-497-9252. Health Fair New Hope Free Will Baptist Church, 754 11th St.,
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Black Public Relations Society DC Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St., N.W. D.C. 6:30-8 p.m. Join the Black Public Relations Society and meet a bevy of Black media outlets. $15. For more information: Bprsdc_ meetourpress.eventbrite.com.
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September 15, 2012 - September 21, 2012, The Afro-American
An America That Works for Working Families Over the years, I often have reminded my children that, for our family, Labor Day can never be just another holiday. I tell them about A. Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car porters and their role in bringing about the integration of the U.S. military and the movement for civil rights – and I explain how union membership, living wages and benefits are still lifting Americans up in life. In more personal terms, I remind my children that, Rep. Elijah before their grandparents had Cummings a union to stand by them, they were forced to work from sun-up to sundown as sharecroppers for what amounted to 15 cents an hour. After Mother and Dad moved to Baltimore to make a better life for their family, my father worked as a laborer at Davison Chemical Company in South Baltimore. Life still was not easy, but my father’s union membership helped us to change our lives for the better. The union provided our family with overtime pay, vacations, and the insurance plan that kept us healthy and strong. Dad’s union card helped my parents buy our home (the same home in which my mother lives to this very day). Because of that home, we children were able to study at better schools, the foundation for all that we have become in our lives. This year, I celebrated Labor Day in Charlotte, N.C., with thousands of other Americans who understand that our labor movement, business and government must work together to build a more prosperous and secure country. Speaker after speaker at our Democratic Convention testified how their lives are better today because our nation’s unions--and because of President Obama’s tough, but
farsighted, decisions after inheriting the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Former President Bill Clinton reminded us that President Barack Obama had the wisdom and courage to move forward with an auto industry restructuring that worked, saving more than a million jobs at GM, Chrysler, their dealerships and auto parts manufacturing all over the country. United Auto Workers President Bob King offered us a compelling insight into why that restructuring worked, applauding the union’s members who were willing to compromise and sacrifice for the greater good. Our government, business and organized labor came together in support of a reasonable plan. As a result, 250,000 more Americans are working in the auto industry today than on the day the companies were restructured. And our nation’s taxpayers did not lose a dime. We also recalled Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s judgment at the time. A decision had to be made about whether American auto manufacturing would survive and his response to that crisis was “Let Detroit go bankrupt.” I, for one, am grateful that President Obama - not Governor Romney - was the man whom Americans had elected to make that call. What kind of America would it have been that no longer manufactured automobiles? What would have been the consequences of that loss for our economy and our national security? Fortunately, at that moment of crisis for our nation, we were led by a president wise enough to do what was right, despite the intense, short-term opposition that his decision evoked, and fortunately, President Obama then had the support of a Democratic congressional majority. Today, we all can feel a sense of national pride and security that General Motors is once again the number one automaker in the world - as should the auto workers who achieved that goal. In that hopeful spirit, we almost could forgive Mitt Romney and his Tea Party Republican allies for their social amorality and economic ineptitude in the past. We could forgive, but we should not forget.
Death of an Ideal: A Moral Crisis
Rev. William Lamar
My vocation denies me the privilege of participating wholesale in death-denying American culture. Only those in the medical professions, law enforcement, and the funeral industry are as intimately acquainted with death as the clergy. I cannot pretend that people don’t die; nor can I pretend that people aren’t supposed to die. Our culture idolizes the beautiful, strong, sexy body that never grows frail and knows no limits. The siren song of eternal youth and vitality is both alluring and completely
mendacious. I hear a similar song being sung in the body politic. Many of our political leaders and some in the punditocracy are heralding that great days of strength and power lie ahead for America. They tell us that we will create more jobs, we will improve education, and we will bring back the economic prosperity that we once thought to be the default setting of this nation. This language is appealing and it may be necessary for the psychological health of voters and the election prospects of those seeking office. But all of the photo-ops, focus groups, staged grins, and well- placed women and minorities for the wide angle television shot belie something deeper, dare I say even sinister. We don’t want to see the hard truth, we don’t want to hear the hard truth, and we don’t want to speak the hard truth. We want staged pep rallies. The theme song for the national conventions of both the Republicans and the Democrats might as well be Evilene’s “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News” from the Wiz. Our leaders are serving up the slop that we demand that they feed us. We want them to tell us that we can have
something for nothing. We want them to tell us that we can improve our infrastructure, have excellent schools, excellent health care, and security in our old age without paying significantly more in taxes. We want them to tell us that we can have the strongest military in the world and vanquish any enemy, foreign or domestic, without our sons or daughters having to enlist. We want nuclear power plants, heavy industry, and oil drilling – there’s only one caveat – nimby (not in my backyard)! Our leaders are spinning a yarn that America will remain strong, safe, and prosperous forever at minimal cost to us. It is the siren song that we will stay as we are forever without having to change or to sacrifice; it is both alluring and mendacious. I detect that something may be dying. Sometimes death comes suddenly. Those instances are especially tragic and acutely painful. There are times, however, when death comes slowly and its cold, cruel advance happens right before our eyes. In our nation, in our time, we may be witnessing the gradual death of the language and ideal of community. Indeed, any “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” notion of American community is ahistorical. The European settlers who largely conquered this continent through violence weren’t keen on building community with the natives that they encountered upon their arrival. Africans who came to this continent by force and their descendants have struggled to be a part of the American community since the early 1600s. Italians, Irish, Poles, and Jews only recently joined the ranks of the American community when the gift of whiteness was reluctantly conferred upon them as a demographic and political necessity to consolidate the power of the majority. Most Asians and Latinos are viewed as outsiders on sight because they don’t look American, which can only mean that they don’t look white enough. The current occupant of the White House isn’t even American enough. Birth certificate, please, Mr. President? By and large, America has only acted like a community when forced to by freedom-fighting, justice-seeking women and men willing to die to make America live up to the ideals
Having left our economy in shambles four years ago - and having done nothing since to create or save American jobs Mitt Romney’s Republicans are now demanding that we give them the power to fail all over again. Neither should we forget that our labor unions were essential in expanding our nation’s middle class - and remain central today as we rebuild our economy. That is why, back in 1980, Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party reaffirmed the GOP’s traditional “...commitment to the fundamental principle of fairness in labor relations, including the legal right of unions to organize workers and to represent them through collective bargaining.” Alarmingly, today’s reactionary Republicans - and their presidential candidate - have reneged even on that basic commitment. Their 2012 Republican Platform, if enacted, would virtually destroy the right and power of America’s working families to organize and work together for better lives. We are forging an economy that will work for working families - but we need to reelect the President who has shown that he will fight for us all. We neither need, nor can we afford, another hostile takeover at this critical time. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
she sells in her founding documents and foreign policy. I don’t know whether or not a true notion of American community has ever taken root. I would like to hope that it is possible. It is definitely necessary if this nation is to have any hope of surviving the 21st century in a recognizable form. The only way this troubled land will survive is if we learn to take responsibility for one another. Our faith communities, our political leaders, and our thought leaders must emphasize that Sikhs are as American as Southern Baptists. Mormons are as American as Methodists. African and Asian immigrants are as American as Andy Griffith and apple pie. Generation after generation we have allowed the powerful and the politically expedient to divide us on superficial grounds and walk away with all of the spoils. I am hopeful that today’s young people will be smarter than my generation and those that came before us. Any mention of community is derided as socialism or communism. How ignorant. How costly. As long as my kid goes to a good school, all is well. As long as my family has health care, all is well. As long as my neighborhood is safe, all is well. All is not well. In “The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity,” Jeffrey D. Sachs writes, “At the root of America’s economic crisis lies a moral crisis: the decline of civic virtue among America’s political and economic elite. A society of markets, laws, and elections is not enough if the rich and powerful fail to behave with respect, honesty, and compassion toward the rest of society and toward the world. America has developed the world’s most competitive market society but has squandered its civic virtue along the way. Without restoring an ethos of social responsibility, there can be no meaningful and sustained economic recovery.” Is this sickness unto death? I do not know. But the clock is ticking ……….. Rev. Lamar is pastor of Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church in Hyattsville.
Frank Discussion of Black Sex and Sexuality Needed in Africa As I read Rev. Lamar’s opinion piece “Sex, Not Same-Sex Marriage, Should Be Topic of Debate”, my heart sank. For, while reading about the hypocrisy of the Black church in America from the distance of my office in South Africa, I was reminded painfully of just how tragic are the ties that seem to bind us as Black people around the world – particularly those of us who seek solace within the church. Blacks number among the most enthusiastic Christians on the planet, with Africa fast becoming the seat of global evangelism. Yet, sadly, Black churches and communities on the continent have grappled with sex and sexuality as poorly as their U.S. counterparts, with devastating consequences. The parallels are as strong as they are disheartening. Homosexuality remains the focus of ire within the bulk of African churches and communities while frank, faith-based discussions on heterosexual conduct are largely ignored. Yet, on the continent as in the U.S., it is sex between men and women that yields a far greater impact on Black life. In Africa, heterosexual couplings are the main drivers of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. And the sole factor behind stubbornly and persistently high rates of unplanned pregnancy among young women. In these countries, the majority of which are wracked by widespread poverty, the burdens of sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies place additional strain on communities that can ill afford them. South Africa, the continent’s “Rainbow Nation,” brings into sharp and embarrassing focus not only the contrast in sexual trends between the races, but how such trends impact the different ethnic groups and the nation as a whole. A mirror
image of the U.S. in many ways, South Africa is a country of great ethnic and racial diversity, yet one in which Blacks are generally clustered at the bottom of society, economically as well by other criteria of life quality. Global recession notwithstanding, Whites here continue to enjoy one of the highest standards of living on the planet, with Asians and mixed-race people tending to occupy various strands along the economic spectrum. And, in spite of pockets of religious diversity, a majority of South Africans refer to themselves as “Christians.” Just like the ‘good ole’ U.S. of A. Not for nothing is South Africa often referred to as ‘the U.S. of Africa.’ But, sadly, the parallels don’t end there. Just as in the U.S., sexual mores and sexually-induced trauma within Black communities cannot be excluded from the factors helping to keep them in economic, financial and even spiritual bondage. Black children in South Africa are far more likely than their White or Indian counterparts to grow up in homes with absent fathers, to be raised by single moms or grandparents. Rape looms as one of the nation’s most intractable problems, saddling the country with one of the highest rates in the world. And the same harmful stereotypes that dog Black men in the U.S. dominate the national consciousness over here: sexually ill-disciplined cretins who wreak social havoc by their promiscuity and lack of self-control. One need look no further than the nation’s polygamous head of state, President Jacob Zuma; with four wives and a number of highly-publicized sex scandals over the years, Zuma’s sexual antics have helped fuel skepticism of Black rule among racial minorities in South Africa, which remains racially polarized. Many critics, particularly among Whites, have openly questioned how a mainly-Black voting
populace could put such a man in office, especially in a nation struggling to curb the tide of HIV/AIDS. After all, Zuma’s voracious sexual appetite and philandering didn’t exactly take the nation by surprise; these were well-known long before he ascended to office. And so, with a largely apathetic community in tow, Black churches have been mainly--and deafeningly--silent. This is disturbing for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that Zuma enjoys the status of “honorary pastor” among a number of congregations in this country. His ties to the church then--whether or not sincere--are very public. One would think that Black Christian leadership would have something to say about Zuma’s sexual conduct--as well as his continuing bid to add even more wives and concubines to his already considerable harem. Presidents help set the tone for a nation, and leave an indelible mark on young minds still forming opinions of what is morally and socially acceptable within society. You would think that leaders within the Black church, with one eye on the shaky moral foundations of today’s youth, and the other on the crumbling edifice of healthy Black relationships, would grab the bull by the proverbial horns. While feeding the faithful a regular diet of “prosperity gospel,” they ignore how woefully malnourished we are in the deeper recesses of our being, where we express our deepest intimacy in, as Rev. Lamar put it, “God’s good gift of sex.” … we are abusing that gift. It is destroying us, denigrating and devaluing both body and soul. And, as a result, Black life is being cheapened. The Black church needs to step up to the plate. Brokenness is rife among us, and the abuse of our sexuality is both a cause and a reflection of our fracture. Can we talk?
The Afro-American, September 15, 2012 - September 15, 2012
September 15, 2012 - September 21, 2012, The Afro-American
Kappas Greg Taylor, John Calhoun and Vernon Rico Kidd
Kappas Ted Fells, Richard Oliver, Ira Bowden, Tracy Richardson, Matt Brown, Kevin Wilson, Richard Mattox, Polemarch Tony Harrison, Troy Strother, Warren Green, John Austin and, Charles Parker, Jr.
A Scholarship Endowment Fund was the topic and the Melody Tavern in Crystal City, Va. Was in place as the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s AlexandriaFairfax, Va. conducted a fund raising day party Aug. 11 to raise money for chapter programs and projects.
Event Co-chair Dale Warfield, Past Polemarch Richard Mattox, and First Vice-Polemarch Warren Green
AKAs Allison Beckley and Zita Hawkins
Photos by Bill Durham
Kappas Carlton Kennedy, Chris Branch and Troy Strother
Carlton Kennedy, Brianna Harris, Chris Branch, Troy Strother, Quincy Payne and Ted Fells
Kappas Vernon Lunceford and Richard Mattox
John Austin, Second Vice-Polemarch Matt Brown, First Vice-Polemarch Warren Green, Past Polemarch Richard Mattox, and Member of the Board of Directors Charles Parker, Jr.
Kappas Brad Johnson and Marcel Anderson
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Gloria Lawlah, and state Del. Carolyn J.B. Howard (D) were on hand as the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. sorority’s Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County celebrated 40 years of service Aug. 18 in an elegant “Caribbean Affair in White” party at Vernon and Tanya Penny-Woods’ home in Mitchellville, Md. Cheryl Owens and Rosalind It was a fundraising event for the opening of the Ivy Youth and Family Daniel-Walker, event Co-Chair Center that will be the umbrella group for community outreach projects. The party was attended by representatives from the offices of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Council Members Derrick Davis (District 6), Ingrid Turner (District 4), and Obie Patterson (District 8); Erma Barron and Dr. C. Edith Booker, both past North Atlantic Regional directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; members of Charities and IGO, and their community supporters. In keeping with the Caribbean theme, guests were welcomed Elaine Twreaud, Program Director, with Caribbean steel pan music provided by Mr. Lennard Jack, Washington Senior Wellness Center, Jr., danced to the music supplied by DJ Brotha J, and dined on Rosalind Danil Walker and S. Kathryn Caribbean culinary specialties provided by Chef Moses Jackson Allen of the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club and donations from The Caribbean Market of Langley Park, and the Jerk and Fish Caterers.
Seated - Erma Barron and Edith Booker; Standing Tanya PennyWood, the Hostess, Rep. Donna Edwards and Velma Bowser
The Gordon family: Jwynal, John, Zelmar, Jason and Jeff
Kappas Ira Bowden, Dale Warfield, Chris Branch, John Austin, David Williams, Matt Brown, Herb Tillery, Warren Green, Richard Mattox, Charles Parker, Jr.
Ladies in white...enjoying the Caribbean Affair.
LaVonn Reedy Thomas and Carolyn J.B. Howard, Deputy Speaker Pro Team, Maryland House of Delegates
Shawnita Pair, Yonne Owens, Ingrid Harrison, Cheryl Owens, chef Moses Jaskson, Deidne Jaskson, Zelmar Gordan, Velma Benson and Ann Wheeler
The host and hostess: Tanya Penny and Vernon Woods
Michael Rious, Jean Humphrey, Debi Rious, Esther Thomas, Odaris Jordan and Anita Clarke
Jean Humphrey, Marian Rucker-Shamu, Yolanda Appiah-Kabi, Valerie Maholmes, Betty Randel, Thee Hickman and Mary McNeely
Ingrid Harrison, President, Ivy Community Charities, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Cheryl Petty Garnette, Executive Director
Shawnita Pair and DJ Brotha J. Photos by Rob Roberts
The Afro-American, September 15, 2012 - September 21, 2012
The Righteous Rev. Al Green Still Spreads Love and Happiness Special to the NNPA from the Tennessee Tribune Over four decades of as a performer; multi-millions in record sales; 11 Grammy Awards; and he’s 66 years old. Added all together those numbers, and then some, equal the sum total of R &B/ Soul singing legend Al Green. The number 36 is another number that can be added to this music icon’s equation. For over three decades, now Bishop Al Green has been the pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Memphis, Tenn. Being a pastor has only enhanced his popularity more than ever. Just two weeks ago he performed before a sold-out crowd in the Washington, D.C. area. Whenever he performs in Las Vegas tickets are priced at the triple-digit level and usually sell out in a matter of minutes. Al Green will be coming to Music City Sept. 17, as he performs with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at the Schermerhorn Center. Get those tickets while there’s still time left. Green will of course be delighting the crowd with some of his classic favorite hits: Love and Happiness, Tired of Being Alone, For the Good Times and so many more. But he will also introduce fans to music from his current CD, Lay It Down. The music is a collaboration between the soul legend and several of today’s top young
TRIBUNE: That’s a valid point. Earlier this year President Obama sang a few lines of your classic hit song Let’s Stay Together. On a scale of 1 – 5, how would you rate the president’s singing? A. GREEN: “Well hell, he sounded a whole lot better than me! (He laughs) My voice is a little raspy today. When it first happened with President Obama singing a piece of my song, I said, ‘Wow, I didn’t even know he knew our little song was in the world, and the next thing is I didn’t know the President could even sing!” TRIBUNE: The YouTube video of President Obama singing a portion of your song has now received over 1.2 million views and digital sales for your version of the song jumped 490%. A. GREEN: “Yes, that’s what some of my staff members told me. I don’t know too much about all of that internet stuff but they know how to count it. When it first happened back in January, they just told me the president sung one line of your song and it got all of these thousands of downloads. So I told somebody that was great news and I wished next time he would sing the whole song!
moving forward. So I don’t know how I can fit into the equation of having that kind of charisma. I guess it does take some type of special charisma to do what we do cause I see a lot of people who go out there and try to do it but they couldn’t handle the high notes and they just gave up and tried something else.” TRIBUNE: There seems to be a lot of ministers who are becoming film makers. Do you have any plans on going into the film business? A. GREEN: “ No, no— not me. I’m a minister and because I’m a minister I don’t want to be trying to direct films or make them. That’s not my expertise. I wished I could make the money off of some of these blockbuster films but no, I don’t have any interest in making movies.” TRIBUNE: If a movie is made about your life story, which actor would you like to see star as Al Green? A. GREEN: “Anybody that would be playing the role of me would definitely be doing just that—playing a role! (He laughs) I’m an eccentric guy. You never know what I might say or do in the next five seconds. So the actor would definitely have to be ‘playing.’ Any actor who tries to play as Al Green would be a fool and a fake.” TRIBUNE: Denzel Washington would probably be a good candidate for the role. A. GREEN: “ Yeah, he would be good in the role after the year 1971…I think Jamie Foxx did a great job in the Ray Charles role. He played Ray better than the real Ray Charles! But Jamie doesn’t have the facial structure and facial feel to play me.”
performers from the worlds of contemporary R&B and hip music. Performers such as John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae and others are featured. Here, Al Green chats about charisma, music, movies, Presidents and the church. TRIBUNE: You’ve been a pastor for over three decades. How do you balance Rev. Al Green the pastor with Al Green the stage performer? A. GREEN: “I’m just one person. I can’t be no two or three different people. That’s why I had so many people trying to divide me up, so I had to go talk to the Master about it. He said, ‘Al I gave you the songs cause their beautiful songs.’ I said, ‘Well yeah, that’s true.’ So He then said, ‘If people got a problem with what you sing, such as songs like Love and Happiness and For the Good Times, then how did they get here?’
TRIBUNE: It’s election season. Maybe he should consider doing an entire album of yours if it means getting re-elected. A. GREEN: “That’s right. If that’s what it takes to get the votes. He would for sure have all of the women voters (he laughs) Yeah, he’s a handsome devil.” TRIBUNE: To further speak of presidents, I read a recent article that stated you have the same kind of charisma that President Clinton has. What do you think of that comparison? A. GREEN: “I don’t know about that. Mr. Clinton has the kind of charisma that had the stock market go up; he had imports and exports increasing; people were making more in their incomes; more people had jobs. He was an excellent president. He had this charisma that got the country
TRIBUNE: You’ve been the pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church (Memphis) for 36 years. I must come visit sometime. A. GREEN: “Yes, please come visit us and bring some friends. We always have a great time. In addition to the local people, we’ve had visitors stop by from Australia, Ireland, Philippines, France, just everywhere. People from around the world have visited the church while they’re visiting Memphis.” TRIBUNE: It’s been such a delight chatting with you. I haven’t talked with you in several years. A. GREEN: “Thank you for taking the time to talk with me. Tell everyone in Nashville that Al Green said, Hey! I didn’t say Hi. I didn’t say Low. I said, Hey, and I look forward to seeing them when I get to town.”
September 15, 2012 - September 21, 2012, The Afro-American
Baltimore’s Shining Star, Crystal Harvey, Explains it All By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO With more than two decades of solid experience in the entertainment industry under her belt, Crystal Harvey is no stranger to the stage or the hard work it takes to make repeated visits to the spotlight. Traveling from continent to continent sharing the gifts she honed at the Baltimore School of the Arts (BSA), Charm Crystal Harvey City’s own international star took a break to sit down with the AFRO and discuss her passions, her struggles, and hopes for the future. “I’ve been fortunate and I have to thank God,” said Harvey, sitting in an all white number before heading out to the first of several Labor Day cookout appearances around the city. “It’s a treacherous business but it’s the life of an entertainer- going to sleep one night and waking up in another country,” said Harvey. “You have to work and you have to work hard.” “Some days you may leave the audition thinking your audition was terrible, but you have to get back up and try it again.” The singer has made a living performing on state-of-the-art cruise ships and in Disney World stage shows, such as The Lion King, as a production vocalist. Harvey says even as a young girl she knew she wanted to be a performer, save for a brief time she considered becoming a lawyer. That career ended before it could start when Harvey learned that majority of the action takes place in an office behind stacks of files. “I think it was the acting part behind it that I liked- not the
paperwork,” said Harvey, flashing the smile that has captured audiences from Florida, USA to Holland. Lucky for her many fans, Harvey decided to follow her true dreams after graduating from BSA, where she says the instructors were tough in preparing her for the brutal but glamorous profession of show business. After graduating from high school, Harvey decided to take her studies down South to North Carolina, where some of her family is originally from, to attend Greensboro College. It was there that she further refined the skills that have afforded her the longevity she has enjoyed with the stage. Over the years, Harvey says the battles she has faced have only served to make her stronger, as she is just now learning how to deal with the roadblocks that form when an artist gives in to the “negative chatter,” that can shake self-confidence. Harvey says some of the biggest fights have been to overcome typecasting and realizing that it’s okay to stick out or be rejected for a part when her look doesn’t fit what is required for the role. “When you’re in school, you know you have a gift. You know you’re going to go out there, you think you’re talent is going to push you most of the way,” Harvey told the AFRO. “What you find is that sometimes it’s not about talent. Sometimes it’s about size. Sometimes it’s about height. Sometimes it’s about color.” “For years I tried to blend but I’m finally coming into my own and learning that maybe I’m not meant to blend. That’s not about being a minority- that’s about life.” Aside from stealing the show in front of the curtain, Harvey has also picked up a love for behind-the scenes work, where she enjoys directing and teaching. She plans to continue her growth with each audition, whether by tape or in person, as she adds to the resume which already includes work with Holland America, Princess Cruiselines and Carnival.
New Exhibit Highlights Untold Roots of Rock n’ Roll The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ latest exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, has over 250 pieces of memorabilia on display until Jan. 6, 2013. By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Flashy sequined dresses, scribbled personal notes, records, custom-made guitars and countless other effects of the women who have rocked and rolled through the decades line the walls. Effects from the wedding ceremony of Sister Rosetta Tharpe sit inside one glass case, dresses of Tina Turner in another. Guitar riffs and drum patterns sound off in the background as a wall screen shows live recordings of hits from every stage of history since the 1920s. These are the intricate parts of “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” the latest exhibit on the second floor of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in honor of the organization’s 25th year in business. The exhibit will be up until Jan. 6, 2013 and has already attracted a steady stream of visitors since opening on Sept. 7. Shining light on some of the women who have been intricate threads of a business often dominated by men, the exhibit weaves an impressive tale of how the ladies in music have affected everything from suffrage rights to the civil rights movement. “It’s fantastic to see the respect they’re being treated with,” said Georgine Muc, who traveled from Richmond, Va. to see experience the exhibit. “It’s about the music and their accomplishments, not their backgrounds or their stations in life and I love that. I’ve seen a lot of men enjoying it, too. so it’s not just for the ladies.” Muc was more excited than most to see the show, as she had personally met several of the artists, including Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar. Etheridge will be receiving the NMWA Award for Excellence at this year’s benefit on Nov.4. “There are a lot of artists here that were on my Ipod like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith- but there are a few songs from the Gordy Factory that I didn’t realize were written by women,” said Muc, who also had the opportunity to see
Mavis Staples perform live last month at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Staple has been a force in gospel music for more than 60 years. Her voice, along with those of her sisters Cleotha and Yvonne, brother Pervis, and father Roebuck Staple created a wave of positivity and hope during the 70s. Hits like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself” were among 12 Billboard chart-topping hits released while the group was signed to the Stax record label. The exhibit focuses just as much attention on wellknown groups, such as the Supremes, as it does on some of the more unsung voices in the music. Darlene Love’s attire can be seen on display from a 1981 performance when she was singing back-up for the group, Solid Gold, and The Cash Box Award and sheet music for “Tweedlee Dee” can be viewed from LaVern Baker’s career which led her to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. News of the event has spread all over Baltimore, according to attendees Dom Sanchez and Megan Yonych, who decided to see the show after reading information in a bus advertisement. “You don’t see too many exhibits focused on women music artists so it’s cool to see the different spans of time,” said Sanchez. “I didn’t know too much about the key background people in the big bands, especially that they were women.” Visitors are able to look at the personal notes inside a day planner of Aretha Franklin from a June 9, 1981 meeting with Arista Records executive Clive Davis, as they move through four rooms of mementos, posters, and record covers. Stage costumes of Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre, better known as Cher, are also on view along with those of the late Donna Summers. “It’s exciting because it covers a lot of genres in music,” said Yonych, who said she would definitely recommend the exhibit to others. “It’s nice to see all the different stories.” The exhibit brings viewers right into the present with the infamous “meat dress” worn by Lady Gaga in 2010 at the MTV Video Music Awards and a guitar from Taylor Swift. Drums played by Meg White are also on display along with highlights from the careers of Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, and Janelle Monae.
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Obituaries Mattie I.J. Darden, 83
Aubrey W. Carter, 87
Mattie Irene Jewels Mattie leaves to Darden “Rene” was cherish her memories, born June 4, 1929 in her husband, Wiley Oglethorpe, G.A. to Darden Sr., seven the late Barry Jewel children, Georgia and Georgia Callahan. Middleton, Florine Rene met the love Pringle, Wiley Darden of her lie, Wiley Jr., Jerry Darden, Darden Sr., and they Mary Darden, Lorenzo were united in holy Darden (LaTaunya), matrimony. To this and Yvette Darden; union nine children one sister Nellie were born. Rene and Haynes, and motherWiley moved from in-law Florine Darden. Oglethorpe, Ga. to Eighteen grandchildren, Washington, D.C. Mark Middleton, Rene briefly worked Monica Middleton, Roy at the U.S. Department Perkins Jr., (Laure), of Agriculture however, Alfred Pringle, Natasha she chose to stay home Eubanks, Daniel and rear her children Pringle, Wiley Darden who were most important to III, Eric Middleton, Demetrius MATTIE I.J. DARDEN her. Rene was a nurturing, Pringle, Darness Darden, caring, and loving person who cherished her Clarrissa Darden, Alfreda Swinson, Mia Waff, family. She welcomed and showed love to Terrell Darden, Kendra Hardy, Otha Darden, all she came in contact with. She had a heart Taria Darden, and Dominique Darden, twenty full of compassion, generosity, and embraced six great-grandchildren, one great-great those she met and willingly gave her time and grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews and energy. great nieces and nephews, cousins and many Rene loved spending her time cooking, friends. She was predecease by her parents cleaning, talking on the phone, reading her Barry Jewel Sr., and Georgia Callahan; two bible, being around kids, and fussing at her daughters, Minnie Ann Perkins and Theresa husband. Rene had no problem speaking Darden; three sisters, Jane Lee Jewel, her mind and giving guidance to all of her Elizabeth Jewel, and Gussie Mae Jackson; children, natural and surrogate children. She two brothers, Jim Jewel and Barry Jewel; always had open arms to any and everybody one son-in-law, Alfred Pringle Sr.; and one in need. Mattie will truly be missed but never brother-in-law, Leo Jackson. forgotten.
Aubrey Winston Sr. He remained an Carter was born Nov. active member until his 19, 1924 in Hanover health began to decline. County Virginia to Aubrey was an avid Nellie and Edward Earl gardener and a collector Carter Sr. He was one of Fine Arts and of fourteen children. Antiques. Aubrey was Aubrey was educated in the preceded in death by his Hanover County parents, his loving wife, Virginia Public Grace and son, Darnell School System. He W. Carter. joined Rock Hill He leaves to embrace Baptist Church in his memory, sons, Mechanicsville, at an Tony, Terry, Michael early age. On Aug. and Steven (Denise); 12, 1952, he met and two daughters, Barbara married Grace Lee and Gloria; nine Burch and to this grandchildren: LaPreea union seven beautiful Turner, Stephanie Long, and devoted children Stacey, Steven and were born. In 1953, Aubrey and Stephaun ones, Christopher, AUBREY W. CARTER Grace moved to Washington, Michael and Donnell (Tina) D.C. where he nurtured and loved his family. Carter, and Adrian Alphonse; six greatAubrey loved his children and maintained a grandchildren, Tiarra and Terri Turner, Justin bond that’s embedded in all of them. Hart, Mia Long, Layla Carter and Shayla Aubrey started his employment with The Jones; one brother, Edward Earl Carter Jr.,; Stewart Property Construction Company. He three sisters-in-law, Nannie and Gwendolyn subsequently became an elevator operator at Carter and Delores Burch; and a host of the Hilton Hotel and a painter with Bo Bud nieces, nephews, family members and Construction Company until his illness in friends. Among his many lived ones are two 1983. devoted family friends, Cleophus Rice and In 1963, he joined Canaan Baptist Church Janine Gilbert-Carter. under the leadership of Rev. M. Cecil Mills
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Pageantry or Fantasy: Debating the NCAA versus the NFL By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley College football has it perks. Whether it’s the 100,000-plus seat stadiums filled to the brim or the marching bands starting parades from 20 miles outside the arena, the aura of college football has been a Saturday tradition for decades. But the NFL has become the new Sunday religion for most. From buckets of beers and wings to jersey sales and Super Bowls, football has replaced baseball as America’s pastime. But which one has the edge? Is it the NCAA or the NFL? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley discuss. Riley: Polls and rankings give the NCAA the slight edge to me. Every week is an absolute must-win and it’s hard to find that type of pressure in the NFL. There’s nothing like a Saturday night home game for some unranked school against one of the nation’s top dogs. You can feel the excitement from the bands, the crowd and the commentators as you watch. Just an audience’s energy can turn a game between two nobody schools into the best thing on television. Don’t get me wrong, the NFL has plenty of excitement in its own right, but college football definitely has the edge. Green: Name recognition in professional sports always gives the paid players the edge. Sure, everyone knows about USC, UCLA, Michigan and Notre Dame but do we really know any of the star players on those teams? Being able to identify and recognize players gives fans a better feel for the game. The NCAA is full of action-packed games, and
the crowd really gets into it, but there’s no comparison between USC versus UCLA and the Baltimore Ravens versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Period. Riley: Rivalries like Baltimore and Pittsburgh are rare in the pro league. But there are rivalries aplenty with campus football, basically giving you a classic clash every single weekend. With the playoff system in the NFL, it’s too easy for teams to slack off during the regular season. Last year’s Super Bowl champs sleep-walked through the season before catching fire in the postseason. In college football, you’re guaranteed to get a team’s best every Saturday, so you never have to worry about a talented team like the New York Giants taking a weekend off against the Washington Redskins. If USC is the number one ranked team for that week, I can guarantee that you’ll see their best when they come out and trounce some team that they should clearly beat. Green: You make it sound like superior teams don’t lose to lower-ranked schools. It happens all the time in both college and the NFL. And the fact that a team like the Giants basically caught fire and stormed through the playoffs tells me how wide open the pro league is. In college, a
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Green: OK, fine. You can have your everyweek effort, and I’ll take my fantasy football, which has basically elevated professional
football into a tier of its own. Face it Riley, it’s the NFL here, and everything else is a notch below it. Name recognition, a functional playoff system and fantasy football, three things that college football can’t possibly match. And then there’s the TV schedule of the NFL, which now shows football games not only all day on Sunday, but on Thursday nights. And we still have Monday Night Football, the ultimate medium for entertainment on a dull Monday night. All that considered, there’s simply no better version of football than the NFL.
DeMatha Drops Calvert Hall in Spite of Prostitute Scandal
Maryland Catholic High School Football By AFRO Staff DeMatha High School of Hyattsville, Md., one of the top-ranked football schools in the nation, remains embroiled in scandal after five of its players were dismissed from the team for allegedly soliciting prostitutes during a game trip in North Carolina a week ago. But DeMatha didn’t let the scandal be a distraction, as they handled Baltimore’s Calvert Hall, 23-14, during a home game Sept. 7. DeMatha was led by junior quarterback
John Lovett, who completed 9-of-14 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Mark Allen also had an outstanding performance for DeMatha, rushing for 123 yards on 21 carries. Allen also caught a touchdown pass from Lovett, the second score of the game. DeMatha got on the scoreboard with a short touchdown pass from Lovett to junior receiver Spencer Kleinrichert Calvert Hall scored 14 points later in the second half, but by then DeMatha had already made its way to a comfortable lead to secure the win.
In 16th Year, Mishael Miller Still Singing National Anthem for Ravens
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team basically has to be ranked in the top two or three all season to even have a chance at winning it all. If a sixth seed can win the Super Bowl, that gives you a true idea of how much parity there is in the NFL. Riley: I like to see teams play hard every week, not take games off because they think they can just flip a switch in the playoffs. Parity is great, but effort is what I want to see.
Spangled Banner” more than 230 times over the last 16 years, mostly live at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. “It’s an honor and a blessing to have been able to have such an opportunity to sing in front of hundreds of thousands of people for all these years,” Miller told the AFRO. “I am truly blessed and humbled just to think about it.” A music graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., Miller said he was first called upon to sing the national anthem for the Ravens right before their very first home game, played at the old Memorial Stadium. He said Morgan State’s marching band was performing at the game, and Morgan’s band director, Melvin Miles, had recommended him to the Ravens’ event staff as a potential singer for the national anthem. “So I met [late former Ravens owner] Art Modell and his staff and he told me that they had more than 200 audition tapes from singers who wanted to sing the national anthem and they honestly just didn’t have the time to listen to them so I had the job for the day,” Miller said. After the game, Modell and his staff told Miller he had done such a great job that they wanted him to have the job permanently. “They told me they had a permanent singer when the franchise was still the Browns back in Cleveland and that worked out best for them, so they wanted to keep a permanent singer in Baltimore too and I was the right man for the job,” Miller said.
Mishael Miller Since then, Miller has missed only a handful of appearances as the official National Anthem singer for the Ravens. His classical singing style has become a signature at all home contests, and fans expect to hear his voice just as much as they expect to see Ray Lewis dance during the intros of each game. “I guess you can say I’ve become a bit of a local celebrity,” a humble Miller told the AFRO, while laughing. “It’s really fun because many of the diehard Ravens fans that show up to all the home games will speak to me at the Wal-Mart or grocery store. I say, ‘wow, they really recognize me!’” Miller is also very popular with the audience at his church, A.M.E. Zion Church on Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, where he serves as the assistant pastor. Miller has
been closely connected with the gospel since his childhood and said his destiny is to serve as a member of the ministry. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Miller told the AFRO he probably would have never moved to Baltimore if it wasn’t for Dr. Nathan Carter, the late, great former choir director of Morgan State University. MSU has long been known for its outstanding choir, which has sung for several presidents of the United States over the past few decades. After graduating from high school in Philly, Miller said he registered to attend Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. But he had a chance to hear Morgan State’s band and had a change of heart. “I said, ‘forget Clark Atlanta, I want to sing for that band’ because they were so good,” Miller said. “So a buddy of mine set up an audition for me to sing for Dr. Carter at Temple University; he liked me and pulled some strings and got me into Morgan. The rest was history.” Miller graduated from Morgan State in 1995, and has called Baltimore his home since. Now, his second home is M&T Bank Stadium, where he plans on singing the national anthem for the Ravens for many more seasons to come. “I’d love to take on more singing opportunities,” said Miller who has traveled the world, singing in South America, Italy, Poland, Moscow, Germany and the Caribbean Islands. “But I love singing here in Baltimore for the Ravens and will remain here as long as they’ll have me.”
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Superior Court of Superior Court of the District of the District of District of Columbia Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Civil Division Washington, D.C. Case No. 0007153-12 20001-2131 IN RE: Administration No. Sherry M. Adamson 2012ADM812 Applicant Takako Suzuki ORDER OF Decedent PUBLICATION Thomas S. Donnelly CHANGE OF NAME Sherry M. Adamson having Esq Sullivan & Barros, LLP filed a complaint for judgment changing Sherry Masume 1990 M Street NW Adamson name to Sherry Suite 200 Adamson and having applied Washington DC 20036 to the court for an Order of Attorney Publication of the notice reNOTICE OF quired by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 31st day APPOINTMENT, of August, 2012 hereby. NOTICE TO ORDERED, that a copy of CREDITORS this order be published once AND NOTICE TO a week for three (3) consecuUNKNOWN HEIRS tive weeks, in Afro American Ikuko S. Turner, whose Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the Disaddress is 2410 Rockwood Road, Acco- trict of Columbia; and it is furkeek, MD 20607 was ap- ther ORDERED, that publication pointed personal repre- must begin no later than 12 sentative of the estate of days after the filling of the apTakako Suzuki, who died plication; and it is further on March 10, 2012 with- ORDERED, that the FINAL out a will, and will serve HEARING on this application without Court supervi- to change name will be held n Judge-in-Chambers, sion. All unknown heirs iRoom 4220 In the District of a n d h e i r s w h o s e Columbia at 500 Indiana whereabouts are un- Avenue NW Washington DC known shall enter their 20001, on the 19th day of a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s October, 2012 at 3:30 pm. If proceeding. Objections any person desires to opthis application, that to such appointment pose person or his or her attorney shall be filed with the must be present at the hearRegister of Wills, D.C., ing or file written detailed 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd objections five (5) days in adFloor Washington, D.C. vance of the hearing with 20001, on or before Judge-in-Chambers and mail copy to the applicant or apMarch 07, 2013. Claims a plicant’s counsel; and it is furagainst the decedent ther shall be presented to the ORDERED, that: (Check all undersigned with a copy that apply) to the Register of Wills or o the applicant must send the filed with the Register of application for change of Wills with a copy to the name and notice of final hearing to the Bankruptcy undersigned, on or be- Court personally or by regisfore March 07, 2013, or tered or certified mail and be forever barred. Per- show proof or service be sons believed to be heirs made by filing the affidavit/ or legatees of the de- declaration of service. cedent who do not re- o the applicant must send the for change of ceive a copy of this notice application name and notice of final by mail within 25 days of hearing to the Immigration its first publication shall and Customs Enforcement so inform the Register of Agency, Washington Field Wills, including name, Office, 2675 Prosperity Aveaddress and relation- nue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031 personally or by registered or ship. certified mail and show proof Date of Publication: or service be made by filing September 07, 2012 the affidavit/declaration of Name of newspaper: service. SO ORDERED Afro-American JUDGE Washington Law A TRUE COPY TEST: Reporter CLERK, Ikuko Turner SUPERIOR COURT THE Personal DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Tue Sep 11 Representative TYPESET: 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21 301-283-6821 TRUE TEST COPY Superior Court of REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue &Sep 11 12:41:35 EDT 2012 09/07, 09/14 09/21 the District of
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM861 Louisa DeLeonibus Jones Decedent Barbara Betsock 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Rosemary J. Crump and Robert Gerard Jones, whose addresses are 14306 Great Oak Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20905; 6813 Patterson Street, Riverdale, MD 20737 were appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Louisa Deleonibus Jones, who died on July 28, 2012 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedents’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 14, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 14, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rosemary J. Crump 301.236.9386 Personal Representative Robert Gerard Jones 301.731.4419 Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/14, 09/21 & 09/28
IN RE: Mareg Kedane Mariam Neges AKA Mareg K. Neges Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME
Mareg Kadane Mariam Neges AKA Mareg K. Neges having filed a complaint for judgment changing Mareg Kadane Mariam Neges AKA Mareg K. Neges name to Amen Neges and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 4th day of September, 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that a copy of this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in Afro American Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that publication must begin no later than 12 days after the filling of the application; and it is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 In the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 24th day of October, 2012 at 3:00 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy to the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further ORDERED, that: (Check all that apply) o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the applicant’s creditors personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service. o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, Washington Field Office, 2675 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031 personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 09/14, 09/21 & 09/28
District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM837 Helen M. Harris Decedent David W. Kestner 5849 Allentown Road Camp Springs, MD 20746 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lauren Prince, whose address is 6160 Ivy Hill Court, Hughesville, MD 20637 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Helen M. Harris, who died on June 26, 2012, with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 14, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 14, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Lauren Prince 301.274.1977 Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/14, 09/21 & 09/28
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM116 Ray Blackburn Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Tanya LaNice, whose address is 2706 Lorring Drive, #304, Forestville, MD 20747 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ray Blackburn, who died on April 22, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Tanya LaNice Personal Representative 301-793-6393 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM811 Willet Rose Moore Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Rosita Cary, whose address is 3926 Ames Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Willet Rose Moore, who died on June 01, 2012 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Rosita Cary Personal Representative 202.397.7694 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM782 Margo Cecelia Robinson Decedent Darlene C. Jackson 1220 L Street NW Suite 100 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM794 Earl Donald Ware, Sr. Decedent Carl V. Angelis 1217 S. Street, NW Washington, DC 20009-4327 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Linda Ware, whose address is 2412 Ainger Place, SE, Apt 121 B, Washington, DC 20020-3452 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Earl Donald Ware, who died on March 28, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 28, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: August 31, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Linda Ware Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 08/31, 09/07, 09/14
Jenell D. Joyner, whose address is 5932 9th Street NW Apt 34, Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Margo Cecelia Robinson. who died on November 1, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 28, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: August 31, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Jenell D. Joyner Personal Representative 202-905-3978 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 8/31, 9/7, 9/14
copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so in12:40:50 EDT 2012 LEGAL NOTICES form the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: August 31, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Cecilia Vinson-Payne Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OFTue WILLS TYPESET: Sep 11 08/31, 09/07, 09/14
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TYPESET: Tue Sep 11 12:31:43 EDT 2012 TYPESET: Tue Sep 11 12:33:51 2012 TYPESET: Tue Sep 11 12:36:13 EDT 2012 TYPESET: Tue Sep 11 LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGALEDT NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM775 Joseph L. Thomas Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
James E. Tillery whose address is 608 Roxboro Place, NW Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joseph L. Thomas, who died on April 2, 2011 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 28, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: August 31, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter James E. Tillery, Sr. Personal Representatives 202-710-8597 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OFTue Sep 11 REGISTER WILLS 8/31, 9/7, 9/14
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM423 Grimm Eley Stephenson Decedent Sabina M. Lofty, Esq 1629 K Street, Suite 300 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Mamie D. Stephenson, whose address is 2407 21st Place NE, Apt 2 Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Grimm Eley Stephenson, who died on September 18, 2002 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 28, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: August 31, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Mamie D. Stephenson Personal Representative 202-529-7570 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: 8/31, Tue 9/7, Sep9/14 11
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM781 Eleanor C. Cobbs Decedent Bradley A. Thomas Esq 4201 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 400 Washington DC 20008 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Cassandra Hardison aka Cassandra E. Garnes Hardison, whose address is 2751 31st Place NE, Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Eleanor C. Cobbs. who died on July 10, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs a n d h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 28, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: August 31, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Cassandra Hardison Personal Representative 202-832-5307 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 8/31, 9/7, 9/14
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM800 Jesse Earl Green Decedent Hughie D. Hunt, II 4920 Niagara Road, Ste 206 College Park, MD 20740 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Lorna Hunt, whose address is 1304 Farragut St, NW, Washington, DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Jesse E. Green AKA Jesse Earl Green, who died on June 22, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 28, 2013. Claims against the decedent (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: 12:33:27 August 31,EDT 2012 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Hughie D. Hunt, II, Esq. Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Sep 11 08/31, 09/07, 09/14
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM41 Harmon Bethea Decedent Anita Isicson 4616 Fessenden Street, NW Washington DC 20016 Attorney NOTICE OF AFTER DISCOVERED WILL AND NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT,
Anita Isicson, whose address is 4616 Fessenden Street, NW, Washington,D.C. 20016 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Harmon Bethea, who died on December 18, 2009 with a Will. Objections to such appointment or to the probate of decedent’s Will shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 7, 2012. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Anita Isicson Personal Representative 202.237.7400 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER WILLS TYPESET:OFTue Sep 11 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0006965-12 IN RE: Eddie Scott Polonio Applicant 12:33:05ORDER EDT 2012 OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME
Eddie Scott Polonio having filed a complaint for judgment changing Eddie Scott Polonio name to Eddie Don’e Polonio and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 23rd day of August, 2012 hereby. ORDERED, that a copy of this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, in Afro American Newspapers, a newspaper of general circulation of the District of Columbia; and it is further ORDERED, that publication must begin no later than 12 days after the filling of the application; and it is further ORDERED, that the FINAL HEARING on this application to change name will be held in Judge-in-Chambers, Room 4220 In the District of Columbia at 500 Indiana Avenue NW Washington DC 20001, on the 12th day of October, 2012 at 3:30 pm. If any person desires to oppose this application, that person or his or her attorney must be present at the hearing or file written detailed objections five (5) days in advance of the hearing with Judge-in-Chambers and mail a copy to the applicant or applicant’s counsel; and it is further ORDERED, that: (Check all that apply) o the applicant must send the application for change of name and notice of final hearing to the applicant’s creditors personally or by registered or certified mail and show proof or service be made by filing the affidavit/ declaration of service. SO ORDERED JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM815 Irene Purchas Decedent Wesley L. Clarke 1629 K Street Suite 300 Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Wesley L. Clarke, whose address is 1629 K Street, NW, # 3 0 0 , Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20006 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Irene Purchas, who died on August 23rd, 2010 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07,2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Wesley L. Clarke Personal Representative 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Sep 11 REGISTER OFTue WILLS 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM822 Lawrence James, JR Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Natasha James-Waldon, whose address is 621 Lee Street, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 08861 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lawrence James, JR, who died on July 26th, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs a n d h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07,2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and 12:38:19 EDT 2012 relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Natasha James-Waldon Personal Representative 732-826-8186 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Tue Sep 11 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM825 Linda Diane Daye Decedent Bradley A. Thomas, Esq. 4201 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 400 Washington DC 20008 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Alexis J. Daye, whose address is 163 Uhland Terrace, NE, Washington,D.C. 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Linda Diane Daye, who died on June 8, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before March 07, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 07,2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: September 07, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Alexis J. Daye Personal Representative 202.465.2018 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM833 Robert Earl Jordan AKA Robert E. Jordan Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ta n a J o r d a n S m i t h , whose address is 17713 Smokewood Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Robert Earl Jones AKA Robert E. Jones, who died on July 23, 2012 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 14, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address EDT and 2012 relation12:35:49 ship.
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia th PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012ADM355 Marvell B. Salley AKA Marvell Beatrice Salley Decedent TYPESET: Tue Sep 11 12:50:28 EDT 2012 Ara D. Parker 616 H Street, NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20001 CBE, Women and Minority Owned Business NOTICE OF Subcontractor Bids or Material Quotes Requested APPOINTMENT, for the following trades: NOTICE TO Stone Flooring and Paneling, Stone Countertops, CREDITORS Miscellaneous Metals, Ornamental Metals and Stairs, Glass Railings, Rough Carpentry, MonumenAND NOTICE TO tal Millwork (Pre-Qualified), Back of House Millwork, UNKNOWN HEIRS Joint Sealers, Interior Glazing, Drywall, ACT, Tile, Muriel Howell Jackson, Acoustical Paneling, Carpet & Resilient Flooring, whose address is 5912 Painting and Wallcoverings, Building Specialties Oxen Run Parkway, (Division 10-12), and FF&E Install Forestville, MD 20747 Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. was appointed Personal Tuesday, DECEMBER 13, 2011 Representative of the 3:00 pm estate of Marvell B. SalHensel Phelps Construction Co. ley AKA Marvell Beatrice 4437 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Suite 207 Salley, who died on FebChantilly, VA. 20151-1691 ruary 1, 2010, with a will, Phone: 703.828.3200 Fax: 703.802.1580 and will serve without Our Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Court supervision. All unWe encourage and actively solicit bids from known heirs and heirs qualified Minority and Women subcontractors and whose suppliers on all our projects. whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections Concrete General, Inc. is seeking MBE to such appointment (or subcontractors & suppliers who perform to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be various types of work relating to highfiled with the Register of way, bridge, & utility construction in the Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Maryland area. Call Mark Miller 301-948Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 4450. EEO 20001, on or before March 14, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy TYPESET: Tue Sep 11 12:43:12 EDT 2012 to the Register of Wills or Date of Publication: filed with the Register of September 14, 2012 Wills with a copy to the Name of newspaper: NOTICE TO undersigned, on or beAfro-American BIDDERS fore March 14, 2013, or Washington Law be forever barred. PerReporter The Pocomoke City Housing Authority will receive sons believed to be heirs Tana Jordan Smith separate sealed bids for rehabilitation for three (3) or legatees of the de301.353.8289 houses until 4:30 pm on September 18, 2012 at cedent who do not rePersonal which time they will be opened and read aloud. ceive a copy of this notice Representative Bids are to be delivered or mailed to the Housing by mail within 25 days of TRUE TEST COPY Authority, City Hall, P.O. Box 29, Pocomoke City, its first publication shall REGISTER Maryland 21851, Attention: Mr. Harvey Lee Davis, TYPESET: OF TueWILLS Sep 11 12:37:51 2012 of so informEDT the Register 09/14, 09/21 & 09/28 Sr. Location and specifications for the houses to be Wills, including name, rehabilitated may be picked up at the Housing Office address and relationat City Hall, Clarke Avenue. Pocomoke City, Superior Court of ship. Maryland. the District of The Housing Authority reserves the right to reject Columbia Date of Publication: any or all bids and waive formalities therein, as may Civil Division September 14, 2012 be in the best interests of the City. Case No. 0006958-12 Name of newspaper: IN RE: Afro-American Harvey Lee Davis, Sr. Donna Maria Harris Washington Law Housing Coordinator TYPESET: Tue Sep 04 15:24:08 EDT 2012 Applicant Reporter TYPESET: Tue Sep 04 15:24:08 EDT 2012 ORDER OF Muriel Howell Jackson Serve: Office of Attorney PUBLICATION 240.601.6905 Serve: of District Attorney GeneralOffice for the of IN THE SUPERIOR CHANGE OF NAME Personal General Columbiafor the District of IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE Donna Maria Harris having Representative Columbia Attn: Darlene Fields COURT OF THE filed a complaint for judgment DISTRICT OF TRUE TEST COPY Attn: Fields 441 Darlene 4th Street NW, Suite DISTRICT OF changing Donna Maria HarCOLUMBIA 441 4th Street NW, Suite 1060N REGISTER OF WILLS ris name to Doña Maria HarTYPESET: Tue &Sep 11 12:42:16 EDT 2012 COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION 1060N Washington, DC 20001 09/14, 09/21 09/28 ris and having applied to the CIVIL DIVISION Washington, DC 20001 and Civil Action No. court for an Order of Publicaand Civil Action All Unknown owners of the 2005 CA 2912 No. L (RP) tion of the notice required by All Unknown owners of the property described below, 2005 CA 2912 L (RP) Action Involving Property Superior Court of law in such cases; it is by the property described below, their heirs, devisees, perAction Property VICKI Involving JEFFRIES the District of Court this 24th day of August, their devisees, personalheirs, representatives, and VICKI JEFFRIES 11805 Brookeville Landing 2012 hereby. District of Columbia sonal representatives, and executors, administrators, 11805 Court Brookeville Landing ORDERED, that a copy of PROBATE DIVISION executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or succesCourt Mitchellville, MD 20721 this order be published once grantees, assigns or succesWashington, D.C. sors in right, title, interest, Mitchellville, PLAINTIFF MD 20721 a week for three (3) consecusors title,having interest, and in all right, persons or 20001-2131 PLAINTIFF vs. tive weeks, in Afro American and all persons having or claiming to have any interest vs. THE ESTATE OF ESTHER Administration No. Newspapers, a newspaper of claiming to have any interest in the leasehold or fee THE OF ESTHER MAY ESTATE WIRE 2012ADM838 general circulation of the Disin the leasehold or fee simplein the property and MAY WIRE Serve: ESTHA WIRE WALtrict of Columbia; and it is furJames Michael simplein property premisis the in the Districtand of Serve: ESTHA WIRE WALPER, Execturix ther Spencer premisis in the District of Columbia described as folPER, Execturix P.O. Box 1086 ORDERED, that publication Decedent Columbia described as follows: P.O. Box 1086 Pinehurst, NC 28370 must begin no later than 12 lows: Square 4065, LOT 0801: Bonita Jones-Moon, Pinehurst, NC 28370 and days after the filling of the apSquare 4065, LOT at0801: With cross streets Neal and Esquire, Guardian for THE ESTATE OF CHARLES plication; and it is further With at Neal Streetcross to thestreets north, West VirTHE ESTATE OF CHARLES E. WIRE Ellen Spencer ORDERED, that the FINAL Street the north, Westwest, Virginia to Avenue to the E. WIRE Serve: MARVIN M. WIRE, HEARING on this application 730 24th Street, NW, ginia Avenue to to the Montello Avenue thewest, east, Serve: MARVIN M. WIRE, Executor to change name will be held Suite 15 Montello Avenue to thetoeast, and Morse Avenue the Executor P.O. Box 1086 in Judge-in-Chambers, NOTICE OF and Avenue to and the southMorse and adjacent P.O. Box 1086 Pinehurst, NC 28370 Room 4220 In the District of south and adjacent to and abutting the east of 1167 APPOINTMENT, Pinehurst, NC 28370 and Columbia at 500 Indiana abutting theineast of 1167 Neal Street NE, Washingand NOTICE TO THE ESTATE OF ESTHER Avenue NW Washington DC Neal Street in NE, Washington, D.C. THE OF ESTHER MAY ESTATE WIRE CREDITORS 20001, on the 12th day of ton, D.C. Defendants. MAY WIRE Serve: MARVIN M. WIRE, AND NOTICE TO October, 2012 at 3:30 pm. If Defendants. ORDER OF Serve: MARVIN M. WIRE, Executor any person desires to opUNKNOWN HEIRS ORDER OF PUBLICATION Executor 105 North Forth Street pose this application, that Bonita Jones-Moon, PUBLICATION In accordance with D.C. Of105 North Forth Street Lakeside, Oregon 97449 person or his or her attorney In accordance with D.C. OfGuardian for Ellen ficial Code §47-1375, the Lakeside, Oregon 97449 and must be present at the hearficial the objectCode of this §47-1375, proceeding is to Spencer, whose address and THE ESTATE OF CHARLES ing or file written detailed object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the ESTATE WIRE, JR. OF CHARLES is 730 24th Street, NW, THE objections five (5) days in adsecure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the folWIRE, JR. Serve: C. RAYMOND WIRE, vance of EDT the hearing 12:37:08 2012 with Suite 15, Washington, Serve: right of redemption in the following real property located C. RAYMOND WIRE, Executor Judge-in-Chambers and mail DC 20037 lowing property located in the real District of Columbia, Executor 3911 Bradley Lane a copy to the applicant or apwas appointed Personal 3911 in thesold District Columbia, and by theofMayor of the Bradley Lane Chevy Chase, MD 20815 plicant’s counsel; and it is furand sold of by Columbia the Mayor to of the Representative of the Chevy District the and Chase, MD 20815 ther District Columbia to the Plaintiff of in this action and asestate of James Michael and THE ESTATE OF ESTHA ORDERED, that: (Check all Plaintiff in this action and assessed to THE ESTATE OF WIREESTATE WALPEROF ESTHA Spencer, who died on THE that apply) sessed to THE ESTATE OF ESTHER MAY WIRE, THE WIRE WALPER April 3, 2012, without a Serve: PRESTON E. WIRE, ESTHER MAY WIRE, THE o the applicant must send the ESTATE OF CHARLES EDPRESTON E. WIRE, SR, Executor application for change of will, and will serve with- Serve: ESTATE OF CHARLES EDWIN WITH and/or their SR, P.O.Executor Box 1086 name and notice of final out Court supervision. All P.O. WIN and/or their knownWITH and unknown heirs, Box 1086 Pinehurst, NC 28370 hearing to the applicant’s unknown heirs and heirs Pinehurst, known and unknown heirs, which property is described NC 28370 and creditors personally or by which property is described as Square 4065, Lot 0801, whose and THE ESTATE OF PRESTON registered or certified mail as Squarebetween 4065, Lot Morse 0801, located ESTATE whereabouts are un- THE E. WIRE, SR OF PRESTON and show proof or service be located between Morse Street to the south, West VirE. WIRE, SR known shall enter their PRESTON W. WIRE, SR, made by filing the affidavit/ Street the south, Westwest, Virginia to Avenue to the Executor W. WIRE, SR, a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s PRESTON declaration of service. ginia Avenue to the west, Montello Avenue to the east, 4925 Loughboro Road, NW SO ORDERED proceeding. Objections Executor Montello and NealAvenue Street to the east, north 4925 Loughboro Washington, DCRoad, 20016NW JUDGE to such appointment Washington, and Neal adjacent Street to the in NE to north and DC 20016 and A TRUE COPY TEST: in NE adjacent and shall be filed with the abutting the east sidetoof 1167 and THE ESTATE OF PRESTON CLERK, abutting the east side of 1167 Neal Street. ESTATE OF PRESTON Register of Wills, D.C., THE W. WIRE SUPERIOR COURT THE Neal Street. states, among The complaint WIRE 4925 Loughboro Road, NW 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd W. DISTRICT OF Tue COLUMBIA TYPESET: Sep 11 12:31:07 EDT 2012 The o t hcomplaint e r t h i n gstates, s , t h aamong t the Loughboro 20016 Road, NW Washington,DC Floor Washington, D.C. 4925 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21 o t h e r t h inecessary n g s , t h a for t t hree amounts 20016 and 20001, on or before Washington,DC amounts redemptionnecessary have notforbeen and THE ESTATE OF JEAN March 14, 2013. Claims THE demption have not been paid. WIREESTATE MURPHY OF JEAN Superior Court of paid. against the decedent WIRE Pursuant to the Chief JEAN MURPHY WIRE MURPHY the District of PJudge´s u r s u a nAdministration t t o t h e C h iOref shall be presented to the JEAN WIRE MURPHY 3069 University Terrace, NW District of Columbia Judge´s Administration der Number 02-11, it is Orthis 3069 University Terrace, NW undersigned with a copy Washington, DC 20016 PROBATE DIVISION der 02-11, 2012. it is this 27thNumber day of August DC 20016 and to the Register of Wills or Washington, 27th day of August Washington, D.C. ORDERED by the2012. Superior THE ESTATE OF JOAN filed with the Register of and ORDERED by the of Superior Court of the District ColumTHE OF JOAN 20001-2131 MYRLESTATE WIRE WOOD Wills with a copy to the MYRL Court of the District of Columbia, that notice be given by JOAN WIRE MYRLWOOD WIRE WOOD Administration No. undersigned, on or be- JOAN bia, that notice becopy given by the insertion of a of this MYRL WIRE WOOD 5500 Stewart Street 2012ADM577 the insertion a copy of this order in TheofAfro-American fore March 14, 2013, or 5500 Stewart Street Milton, Florida 32570 Inetta B. James order in Thehaving Afro-American Newspaper, a general be forever barred. Per- Milton, and Florida 32570 Decedent Newspaper, having a general circulation in the District of THE ESTATE OF MARVIN sons believed to be heirs and circulation in the District of NOTICE OF Columbia, once a week for ESTATE OF MARVIN M. WIRE or legatees of the de- THE Columbia, once a week for three (3) successive weeks, APPOINTMENT, M. WIREMARVIN WIRE, JR., Serve: cedent who do not re- Serve: three n o t i f(3) y i nsuccessive g a l l p eweeks, rsons MARVIN WIRE, JR., Executor NOTICE TO ceive a copy of this notice Executor ninterested o t i f y i n gin the a l l real p eproperty rsons 105 North Forth Street CREDITORS interested the real property describedin above to appear in by mail within 25 days of 105 North Forth Street Lakeside, Oregon 97449 AND NOTICE TO described appear this Courtabove by theto12th day in of Oregon 97449 its first publication shall Lakeside, and UNKNOWN HEIRS this Court by 2012, the 12thand day reof December and MARVIN WIRE, JR., so inform the Register of Cecilia Vinson-Payne, December 2012, and redeem the real property by ARVIN WIRE, JR., EXECUTOR Wills, including name, M whose address is 903 South deem the ofreal property by payment $65,530.95, to105 North Forth Street address and relation- EXECUTOR Orme Street, Arlington, VA payment of $65,530.95, together with interest from the 105 North Forth Street Lakeside, Oregon 97449 22204 was appointed pership. gether the date ofwith realinterest propertyfrom tax cerLakeside, Oregon 97449 and sonal representative of the estate of Inetta B. James, who died on March 31, 1999 without a Will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before February 28, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 28, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: August 31, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter
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Date of Publication: September 14, 2012 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Bonita Jones-Moon 202.797.8852 Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 09/14, 09/21 & 09/28
and THE ESTATE OF RAYTHE OF RAYMONDESTATE WIRE MOND WIRE Lane 3911 Bradley 3911 Bradley Chevy Chase,Lane MD 20815 Chevy and Chase, MD 20815 and THE ESTATE OF MINNIE THE ESTATE OF MINNIE LEE WIRE LEE WIRE Serve: MARVIN WIRE, JR., Serve: MARVIN WIRE, JR., Executor Executor 105 North Forth Street 105 North Forth Street Lakeside, Oregon 97449 Lakeside, Oregon 97449 and and THE ESTATE OF MARTHE ESTATE GARET WIRE OF MARGARET WIRE Serve: MARVIN WIRE, JR., Serve: MARVIN WIRE, JR., Executor Executor THE DISTRICT OF COLUMTHE BIA DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Serve: Vincent Gray, Mayor Serve: Vincent Gray, Avenue, Mayor 1350 Pennsylvania 1350 NW Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 Washington, DC 20004 and and THE DISTRICT OF COLUMTHE BIA DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
date of real tax court certificate was property purchased; tificate wasattorney’s purchased; court costs and fees, excosts andincurred attorney’s expenses in fees, the pubpenses in the publication incurred and service of proclication service of process by and publication and for ess by publication for reasonable fees for and the title reasonable for amounts the title search, all fees other search, other amounts paid byallthe petitioner in paid by the with petitioner in accordance the proviaccordance provisions of D.C.with Codethe §47-1361 sions of D.C. Code §47-1361 through 1377 (2001 ed), et through 1377 (2001 ed), et seq., or answer the complaint seq., or answer the complaint or, thereafter, a final judgor, thereafter, a final judgment will be entered foreclosment willright be entered foreclosing the of redemption in ing of redemption in thethe realright property and vesting the real property and vesting in the plaintiff a title in fee simin the plaintiff a title in fee simple. ple. Magistate Judge Magistate JudgeJ.E. Beshouri Beshouri A TRUEJ.E. TEST COPY: A 09/07, TRUE 09/14 TEST & COPY: 09/21 09/07, 09/14 & 09/21
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