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MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: Victim of PRESORTED STANDARD ignorance killed by gun violence See page 4
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Pioneer paratrooper to be honored
East Central Florida’s Black Voice
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SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 2, 2013
YEAR 38 NO. 39
Mayor ‘shaken up’ over shooting at dad’s home
Daytona police shoot suspect who allegedly tried to stab woman BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com
PHOTOS BY LANCE ROTHWELL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A shooting by police early Wednesday morning at the home of Daytona Beach mayor’s father has led to an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The FDLE is investigating two Daytona Beach police officers involved in the shooting of a suspect accused of committing domestic battery on his girlfriend. She also was shot by the police. The disturbance took place at the home of Clinton Henry, the father of Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and Zone 5 City Commissioner Patrick Henry. According to a police report, Jermaine Green, 32, was allegedly trying to stab Katrina Johnson at the Magnolia Street address in Daytona Beach. Green was taken into custody. He and Johnson were transported to Halifax Medical Center for treatment. Johnson did not sustain any knife wound injuries.
Not Henry’s brother
A police report was filled out by Officer Nathaniel Williams but the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) is not releasing the name of officers involved in the shooting. According to a press release, per departJermaine ment policy the officers Green involved have been placed on administrative duty – non disciplinary. Mayor Henry told the Daytona Times exclusively Wednesday he was “shaken up” by the incident at his dad’s house. Henry said there are rumors in the
Members of Shinefrom Calvary Christian Center paint the faces of many of the more than 300 kids who packed the John H. Dickerson Center gym for the grand opening of the Boys & Girls club now located in the center.
Another place to learn and grow Dickerson Center Boys & Girls Club holds grand opening
Dr. Willie Kimmons encouraged the kids to “Study hard, stay in school, obey your parents and grandparents, say no to drugs, say no to crime, say no to strangers, say no to sex.”
BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
Lime green, black, blue, teal, grey, orange, red and gold. Those were the colors of the T-shirts hundreds of youth from across Volusia and Flagler County wore Monday at the John H. Dickerson Center during the official grand opening of the Daytona Beach Boys & Girls Club. The club relocated to the center this summer. It was a celebration as the kids competed against each other in such games as tug of war. They also received encouraging words from invited guests. Those attending included members from the Rymfire Club, Flagler County; Rossmeyer Family, Holly Hill Club; John H. Dickerson Center Club, Daytona Beach; New Smyrna Beach Club; Edgewater Club; Harris Saxon Club, Deltona; Lake Helen Club; and Bright House/Spring Hill Club. Daytona Beach City Commission-
er Paula Reed led the kids in a cheer, telling them to repeat after her: “I am somebody. I can be what I want to be. I can do what I want to do. Because I am somebody.’’
More motivational words Educator and motivational speaker
Dr. Willie Kimmons followed Reed’s lead and told them to also repeat after him. “Study hard, stay in school, obey your parents and grandparents, say no to drugs, say no to crime, say no to strangers, say no to sex, study hard, stay in school,” Kimmons said. Please see CLUB, Page 2
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New dining experience opens for BCU students, area residents BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com
where Bethune-Cookman University students can eat on the campus and residents can too.
The aroma of collard greens, ham and sweet potatoes permeated the air. Hamburgers were frying on the grill and pizza was being baked in the oven. There is a station for salads. Desserts are plentiful and smorgasbords of other treats are waiting. And the cherry on top is it’s all you can eat at a flat rate. This is not a new restaurant opening in the Greater Daytona Beach area, but the dining room
Updated meal plan The grand opening of B-CU’s dining room took place Tuesday with invited guests, including the contractor, school administrators and representatives from the school’s new food service provider – Sodexo Campus Services. “As part of Sodexo’s contract with Bethune, we invested $2.5 million to redesign and renovate the resident dining operation,” said Michael Scheffres, district
manager of Sodexo. Scheffres said students have the option of buying a meal plan. “When they come to the dining hall, just having their card slid – they can eat all they want or if they do not have a meal plan, they can pay a door rate and eat all they would like at the visit,” he said. “The operation is open to the public as well to pay the door rate and eat all they would like,” he continued. Scheffres said the company understands that students need to Please see DINING, Page 2
From left to right are Audra Cooper, building general contractor; Dr. Makola Abdullah, B-CU provost; B-CU Senior Vice President of Administration and Student Services Dr. Dwaun Warmack; Fred Formichela, Sodexo Regional Vice President; B-CU student; Gerard Short, Sodexo area manager; Tommy Dortch, president and CEO TWD, Inc.; B-CU student; Andre Burgess, Sodexo general manager; Aubry Wooten, Sodexo Regional Vice President; and Terry Mularkey, Sodexo director of business development.
SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 2, 2013
Free baseball clinic with Hall of Famers takes place Saturday at park BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
A free baseball clinic, sponsored by the KinderVision Foundation, will take place Saturday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach from 1-4 p.m. for kids 6-15. Former Major League Baseball players will offer advice during the clinic. The clinic will be followed at the ballpark by the Greatest Save Hall of Fame Legends Game with Roland “Rollie’’ Fingers and Ferguson “Fergie’’ Jenkins Jr. heading up two teams of former MLB players. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the game from 6 to 9 p.m.
Autographs for kids Ferguson Jenkins Jr. and Roland “Rollie’’ Fingers will be the guests at the Greatest Save Hall of Fame Legends Game.
Fingers is a retired relief pitcher. During his 18-year baseball career, he pitched for the Oakland Athletics (1968–76), San Diego Padres (1977–80) and Milwaukee
Brewers (1981–85). He became only the second reliever to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. Jenkins, also a retired pitcher, was a three-time All-Star and the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner. In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Kids participating in the clinic will have an opportunity to get autographs from the players after the clinic. Children under 12 can attend the game free regardless of whether they attended the clinic.
Personal safety program Nancy Sebastian, executive director of KinderVision Foundation, registration is not necessary but parents will be required to sign a waiver at registration. “We can easily handle 300 kids. Kids are divided into groups by age and coached in hitting, field-
ing, base running, catching, and bunting by the former players and they take part in our safety activity at one of the stations,” she said. The Greatest Save is a division of the KinderVision Foundation, a 22-year-old 501©(3) recognized charity of Major League Baseball. Fingers is the national spokesman. “We are a prevention-focused personal safety program whose mission is to shut out predators by teaching kids to recognize instinctively when they are at risk and respond appropriately to avoid harm,” said Sebastian about KinderVision.
‘Stars for Kids’ banquet too The annual fundraising event is the Greatest Save “Stars for Kids” Celebrity Experience and is always the last weekend in September. All funds raised in this area are
used here to protect children and teens from exploitation, abduction, and human trafficking. Because Hall of Famers are playing in this game it will be logged in the archives of The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Daytona Police Chief Mike Chitwood will throw out the first pitch. On Sunday, there is a “Stars for Kids” banquet at Hammock Beach Resort with live and silent auction items, unique baseball memorabilia, a Hall of Fame Q&A, and dinner. In addition to Fingers and Jenkins, 20 former MLB players will be recognized at the banquet. Monday is the “Stars for Kids” Tournament on the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort with a ballplayer in every foursome. For more information, visit www.TheGreatestSave.org or email email@example.com with questions.
cLUB from Page 1 Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry also had motivational words for the youth. “We support you, believe in you. Be all you can be. (We’re) counting on you to be leaders of tomorrow,” Henry said. Boys and Girls Club of Volusia/ Flagler Council CEO Joe Sullivan paid tribute to the Rev. Carl Brinkley, former executive director of the Daytona Beach Housing Authority. “You are one of the reasons we are here today. Brinkley put me on the spot to do the right thing,” noted Sullivan about Brinkley, who for 14 years allowed the Boys & Girls Club to rent one of his units in Palmetto Park to house their organization.
Other guests Georgia Williams, the director of the newly named Dickerson Center club, who was the director at Palmetto, said she was reluctant at first to make the move to the Dickerson Center. “That was home. Old people don’t like to change. Thus far it has been a wonderful experience,” she said. Other invited guests included: Pamela Peer, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Director K-12 Education Outreach; Carl Lenz, city commissioner of Daytona Beach Zone 2; Joie Alexander, retired Volusia County councilmember; Candace Lankford, Volusia County School Board Vice Chair District 1; Josh Wagner, Volusia County Council District 2 representative; Judge Ju-
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Georgia Williams, the director of the newly named Dickerson Center club, is pictured here with some of the kids that participate in her program along with Zone 6 Daytona Beach City Commissioner Paula Reed. dith Davidson, Seventh Judicial Circuit; Edie Little, State Senator Dorothy Hukill’s assistant and Public Defender James Purdy; Molly Justice, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Director of Communications; David Lau, Popeye’s CEO; Ron Nowviskie, retired property manager; Bruce Teeters, retired vice president of Real Estate Consolidated Tomoka; Ed Lacey, retired Ford dealership owner; along with the Rev. Carl Brinkley and his wife, Emma Brinkley.
Popeye’s provided food for the event.
Lease agreement Daytona Beach approved a lease agreement this summer with the Boys & Girls Club for a five-year term at an annual rate of $12,600 at the John H. Dickerson Center. Beginning June 10, the Boys & Girls Club moved its entire operation from the Whitney Street location to the Dickerson Center. The agreement allows the Boys
and Girls Club exclusive use of the south end of the Dickerson Center, which is now currently vacant and unused, according to a memo sent from Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson to City Manager Jim Chisholm. “The Boys & Girls Club agrees to establish, operate, manage and staff a first-rate facility providing youth programs and services to the Daytona Beach community, including after school, summer and evening programs a minimum of five days a week,
four hours per day, 11 months a year,” Williamson wrote. Williamson said the “lease and overall collaborative agreement will not adversely affect the current leisure services programming or rentals being held at the remaining portion of this vast facility. “This partnership allows us to better serve the community by expanding access to programming and pool resources,” Williamson added.
MAYOR from Page 1 community that Green is his half-brother. “He is not my father’s son. He helped raise him. He helped support him. He (Green) was on hard times. He was displaced,” Henry explained.
Dad was there
Sodexo invested $2.5 million to redesign and renovate the dining operation at Bethune-Cookman.
DINING from Page 1 be treated with dignity and respect. “Sodexo is a partner, not a vendor. (We are a) first-class service. This is their facility, their cafeteria,” Scheffres added, referring to the students.
‘Just the beginning’ Dr. Dwaun Warmack, B-CU’s senior vice president of administration and student services, spoke on behalf of President Edison Jackson. “Dr. Jackson said ‘This can’t be what we give our students,’” Warmack recalled Jackson’s comment when he first toured the dining hall upon arriving on campus last year as the interim president. Warmack said renovating the dining hall is part of Jackson’s plan to make B-CU the “best institution in the country that happens to be an HBCU.”
“This is just the beginning,” he quipped. B-CU Provost Dr. Makola Abdullah also was impressed with the new dining area. “This is different than when I was in school. (Our) university is about academic excellence in everything we do,” he commented.
$110,000 donation Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food and facilities management services in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Sodexo, whose corporate headquarters are in Gaitersburg, Md., recently presented the school with a check for $110,000. “The donation is to further enhance the legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune,” said Dr. Hakim Lucas, BCU’s vice president for Institutional Advancement. Lucas said Sodexo’s contribution would satisfy some of the needs in the student development area. “The gift will be used to sup-
port the UNCF Combined Charities Campaign, an annual drive for unrestricted funds, and it will be directed to enhance student support services,” Lucas continued.
A Starbucks too Sodexo prides itself on customer service, says Division Vice President Jim Jenkins. “We listen to our customers’ opinions and then seek creative ways to fulfill those needs. It’s a pretty simple business… tell us what you would like and we’ll provide. We are not here to drive revenue, we drive satisfaction,” Jenkins said. Sodexo also has equipped the campus with several small enterprises – a Starbucks Café and a World of Wings. “We will continue to conduct surveys of the student body and administration in order to provide even more improvements for the future,” said Sodexo’s Senior Vice President Fred Formichella.
Henry said his father was on the scene when the disturbance occurred. “He was there when all this happened. It’s not the kind of thing you want to see happen,” Henry related. “My father mentored him while he was attending Spruce Creek High. He had some issues with substance abuse. My father was trying to help him find his way in life,” Henry continued. Green is 1999 Spruce Creek High graduate who went on to play running back at Washington State University. He made the New York Giants roster in 2004 but did not play that season.
Dispatched at 2:45 a.m. Police initially reported Wednesday that Johnson had been stabbed by Green, which was reported by various media outlets. The first police report said Green “intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement” to Johnson and “during the process of events used a deadly weapon.” At about 2:45 a.m., police were dispatched to the Magnolia Avenue address in reference to a disturbance.
Multiple gunshots The police report stated that “upon arriving at the scene, units were able to hear screams from a female as though she was in distress.” Units then entered the address to find Green holding a knife to the neck of Johnson, according to the report. Officers then issued numerous commands to the Green, to release the victim as well as to drop the knife. “The defendant began to raise the knife in a motion to suggest that he was going to stab the victim, at which time patrol units fired numerous shots to deter Green from causing harm to Johnson,’’ the report noted. Johnson was shot in her right arm and Green sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the right side of his body.
SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 2, 2013
COMMUNITY M ANEWS YOR
DECEMBER 14 - 20, 2006
Pioneer paratrooper to be honored at Onyx Awards Walter Morris was the first chosen for an all-Black 555th Parachute Infantry Company during World War II. The company became a battalion and later merged with the elite 82nd Airborne Division. The division unified the U.S. Army in 1947, a whole year prior to President Truman’s integrating the Armed Forces by Executive Order. Walter The 555th ParaMorris chute Infantry Company is best known as “The Triple Nickle.” The 10th Annual Onyx Awards will celebrate Morris come Oct. 26 in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel. The reception will showcase 6 p.m.; the awards show is at 7 p.m. Morris is a sought-after speaker and the subject for awards, print media, documentaries, and TV broadcasts, particularly by jour-
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nalist/NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw as well as CNN. Onyx’s Florida’s premiere lifestyle magazine, honing in the accomplishments of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. The LBS Foundation is a charitable organization focusing on health and education, particularly the sickle cell disease and college scholarships. Congresswoman Corrine Brown also will be honored.
AACS to honor men at luncheon Lynda Baten, African American Cultural Society treasurer/ program chair, is excited about “A Recognition Luncheon” that
will honor the men of the African American Cultural Society, Inc. (AACS). The luncheon will acknowledge their generous donations, contributions and accomplishments for the organization. Baten desires that no one should miss the applewood lime grilled chicken, together with a complete menu and a glass of Kryptonite refresher. Playwright Skylar Cherry, the pseudonym of Cultural Center Administrator Diana McKie Robinson, will have a few surprises. Box office sales must be purchased prior to the event because no tickets will be sold at the door. The ticket price is $20. The doors open 11:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 30. The program will begin at high noon and the venue is open seating. The attire is casual. To purchase tickets, call the AACS at 386-447-7030, which is located at 4422 U. S. 1, Palm Coast.
Society plans Caribbean trip Soak up sailing in the Southern Caribbean with the African American Cultural Society aboard “The Explorer of the Seas.” Get ready to sail nine nights starting Nov. 15, 2014 with Royal Caribbean and leaving Port Canaveral. The Ports of Call are Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Labadee, Haiti. The ticket price extends from $779 to $1,249. The charge per person is based on double occupancy. Taxes and administrative fees are extra. Treasurer Lynda Baten is leading the way. So, for further details, call Baten at 386-586-7672, or Travel Leaders at 386-445-0007.
Town hall takes place Oct. 8 in Palm Coast Palm Coast City Councilman Jason DeLorenzo, County Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin and County School Board Chair-
man Andy Dance are trailblazers in the sense they’ll have their first town hall meeting together. It takes place Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Palm Coast Community Center. The community is invited and encouraged to attend the open forum. The center is at 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast. For further details, call Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications and Marketing Manager, at 386-986-3708. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved. •••
Happy Birthday! Birthday wishes to: Thomasina Brown, Sept. 27; Rehanna Caldwell, Sept. 29; Horace Eubanks, Madalin Price, Ph.D., Sept. 30; Willie T. Mitchell, Rose Luckett Williams, Oct. 1; Micah Booker, Oct. 2.
Daytona State offers fall open houses, showcases FROM STAFF REPORTS
PHOTO BY JOHN REEVES/B-CU
The parents of Juan Munoz were among the hundreds gathered Sunday for a vigil at Bethune-Cookman.
B-CU students hold vigil for tennis player who died in accident Hundreds of Bethune-Cookman University students gathered Sunday night at the school for a candlelight vigil for fellow student Juan Munoz from Columbia who was killed Sept. 15 in a motorcycle accident. Munoz, a junior business major, also was on B-CU’s tennis team and was called by the university an “outstanding tennis player.’’ He was driving his 2007 Yamaha head-
ing west on International Speedway Boulevard just after 8 p.m. when he collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Family members traveled from Colombia and the service was translated into Spanish for them. Tears streamed down his mother’s face as she lit the first candle. Photos of her son were presented to her.
Fall is traditionally the season for high school seniors and juniors to start making their college selections. Daytona State College invites students, parents and families to choose an open house close to home. The open houses help any future student explore a college education, choose ways to advance their career or re-tool for a new job. A fall open house will be held at each of the college’s five campuses and two instructional sites; each event features a chance to win a $500 scholarship from the Daytona State Foundation. This year Daytona State has added an opportunity to learn about its programs and to watch the dress rehearsal of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare’’ during the Oct. 10 open house at the NewsJournal Center. Showcases on certain programs also are scheduled. Representatives will discuss programs offered at Daytona State, including the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing, new Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, Bachelor of Science in Education (seven degree choices), Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science programs and certificate programs. Financial aid experts and dual enrollment information for high school students will be available at most events.
Schedule of open houses The Daytona State open houses will be held as follows: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5-7 p.m. DeLand campus Showcases: BAS, Dental Hygiene Bert Fish Hall (Bldg. 6C) 1155 County Road 4139, DeLand
Thursday, Oct. 3, 5-7 p.m. Deltona Campus Showcases: BAS, Cosmetology/Barbering Fathi Hall 2351 Providence Blvd., Deltona Thursday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. News-Journal Center Free play: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Grand Lobby221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. Advanced Technology College Showcases: Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Building & Architecture, Public Services, Workforce Careers 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach (1/2-mile north of LPGA Blvd. off Williamson Blvd.) Thursday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m. New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus Showcase: Barbering Academic Hall (Bldg. 2), Room 109 940 10th St., New Smyrna Beach Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m. Flagler/Palm Coast Campus Academic Hall (Bldg. 2), Room 106 3000 Palm Coast Parkway S.E., Palm Coast Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m. Daytona Beach Campus Showcases: BAS, Cosmetology/Barbering, Education, Health Careers, Hospitality/ Culinary, Interactive Media, Photography, TV Production Hosseini Center (Bldg. 1200) 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach For more information, call 386-506-4471 or email Admissions@DaytonaState.edu.
Second annual HIV/AIDS provider forum set for Nov. 21 The Partnership for Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Planning (PCHAP) is hosting its second annual provider forum. This is a forum for professionals in all fields who are working with HIV positive individuals. It gives your organization a platform to talk about what you do and showcase your new programs or successes. You will learn about complementary services and make new connections. This is for providers spanning a wide variety of service categories, to include: • Medical and allied services • Drug information and services
• Advocacy • Prevention activities • Prevention activities • Linkage to care • Counseling and/or addition services • HIV peer and support services or groups • System navigation • Affordable Care Act information • Low income, disability and housing assistance
Free booth space The forum is on Nov. 21 at the Volusia County Health Department, Daytona Beach. Booth space is free on a first reserve basis. Providers also can request time to give a brief
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presentation. In addition, there is an opportunity to sponsor the event and receive greater visibility and an extended provider spotlight time slot. The audience is both your peers and people living with HIV. It is the ideal place to learn, ask questions, network, promote your programs and the services you are offering. If you are a consumer this is a great opportunity to attend and receive a wealth of information about local programs and services. For sponsorship information, to register for a booth and/or presentation, contact Dawn Pietrewicz at dawn_pietrewicz@hpcnef. org.
SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 2, 2013
Selling out Black college football to make a buck I cringed as the scores came in over the weekend. Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0. Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6. Miami 77, Savannah State 7. Our HBCUs have traded their proud, rich football heritage for money. And I don’t think it’s worth it. There’s only one reason our HBCUs schedule games against schools whose head coaches make more than their entire athletic budgets: they earn a big payday, even if that means being publicly humiliated along the way. The irony is that the SEC wouldn’t continue to have a lock on national football championships were it not for their Black players. And it wasn’t all that long ago that Blacks were as unwelcomed in the SEC as they were at KKK rallies. But when Sam Cunningham ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in 1970 when the University of Southern California routed Alabama 42-21 in Birmingham, the conference got the message that they couldn’t win without Black talent.
Plenty of talent Until then, if Black athletes wanted to play in the South, they had to attend HBCUs. It was never a question of talent. More than 1,200 players from Black colleges have played in the
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NFL, including 150 who have made it to the Super Bowl. NFL stars from HBCUs include: Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley), Michael Strayhan (Texas Southern), Walter Payton (Jackson State), Art Snell (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Richard Dent (Tennessee State), Bob Hayes and Willie Galimore (Florida A&M), Donald Driver and Steve McNair (Alcorn State), Deacon Jones and Harry Carson (South Carolina State), John Stallworth (Alabama A&M), Mel Blount (Southern), Larry Little (Bethune-Cookman), Rayfield Wright (Fort Valley State), and L.C. Greenwood (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). Grambling’s Paul “Tank” Younger went to the L.A. Rams and became the first HBCU player to make it in the NFL. Grambling has four players in the NFL Hall of Fame: Willie Davis, Junious “Buck” Buchanan, Willie Brown and Charlie Joiner. Eddie Robinson coached Jim Harris, the first Black quarterback to start in the NFL and be named MVP of the Pro Bowl, and Doug Williams, the
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first Black quarterback to start in, win and become MVP of a Super Bowl.
Wrote about Gaither Football has always been a part of my life. I played quarterback at Druid High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was quarterback and co-captain of my football team at Knoxville College in Tenn., landed my first job in journalism at Sports Illustrated, and wrote my first book about Jake Gaither, the legendary football coach at Florida A&M who won 85 percent of his games over 25 years and never had a losing season. I still love the game and have deep respect for Gaither, Robinson and John Merritt at Tennessee State, the giants of a bygone era.
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Gaither said that because of segregation, the only way he was able to prove the quality of his players was when they turned pro. That was true until Nov. 29, 1969 when Florida A&M played Tampa University in the first game in the Deep South between a Black college and Segregation era a predominantly White university. To fully appreciate the depth of FAMU, the underdog, won 34-28. athletic talent at Black colleges in those days, imagine all of the Black football players at the University of Glory days Unfortunately, most of our Florida, Florida State and the University of Miami on the same team. Black youth don’t know about the That’s exactly what Florida A&M glory days of Black college football. I tried to help fill the gap in had in the segregation era. When Bob Hayes, FAMU’s dou- 1977 when I wrote, “Jake Gaithble-gold medal winner at the 1964 er: America’s Most Famous Black U.S. Olympics and future Dallas Coach.’’ Recently, Vern Smith, a Cowboys wide receiver, joined the screenwriter and former Atlanta team, the only time he got off the bureau chief for Newsweek, wrote bench was when they played the a screenplay based on my book. national anthem. We’re in the process of shop-
ping the script, hoping to present the real story about Black college football. According to the Census Bureau, 53 percent of the Black population is under the age of 35. That means that more than half of African-Americans were born after 1978. They don’t know anything about Jake Gaither, Eddie Robinson or John Merritt. All they see are the lopsided scores on Saturdays. Vern Smith and I hope to get our movie made if for no other reason than to let them know that it wasn’t always this way.
George E. Curry is editor-inchief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.). Click on this story at www.daytonatimes.com to write your own response.
Victim of ignorance killed by gun violence At only 24 years old, Timothy Dawkins was already well respected in his hometown of Washington, D.C. as a young leader and youth organizer wise for his years. His colleague Trayon White, a District of Columbia State Board of Education member, described him to a reporter this way: “Tim was just very different. You’re talking about a young man who went to seminary school when he was 21. Someone who got married when he was 21. . . He was an old soul; a soldier.” Every July, clergy, seminarians, religious educators, young adult leaders, and other faith-based advocates for children gather at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)’s Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn. for the annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.
Spiritual renewal It provides five days of spiritual renewal, networking, organizing and movement building training to address the urgent needs of
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children and examine what faith and community institutions can and must do to meet them. Timothy was there this year as part of CDF’s Young Advocate Leadership Training (YALT) program, which connects young leaders committed to protecting children, and to social justice from across the country. Our 2013 theme was “Beating Swords Into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty,” based on a biblical passage from the Hebrew prophet Micah: “[God] shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.” For Timothy, the training to end the violence of guns and child poverty was deeply relevant: he was an activist in one of the District of Columbia’s poorest and most violence-stricken neighborhoods and he had already dedicated his life to answering the call to people of faith to combat violence; and make a difference.
Peacemaker killed In his spare, time he could be found studying in the neighborhood library emulating role models like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sadly, just a few weeks after Timothy attended our training, he was shot and killed walking in his Southeast D.C. neighborhood at 6:30 on a summer evening. Police quickly suspected the gunfire was meant for someone else and not the unarmed seminary student known in the neighborhood as a peacemaker. But what difference does that make? His friend Trayon White said,
Our rotten probation system Back in the good old days, probation was publicly funded. The process was simple and probation officers’ mission was to assist offenders and help them assimilate into the general population. Rehabilitation was the goal – a noble goal indeed. Like our current prison system, probation is no longer about rehabilitation. It has turned into a profit game and recidivism makes business better. Yes, probation is being privatized and local, state and federal governments no longer have to be responsible for funding the program. The programs are being turned over to private corporations. The funding is coming from the offenders.
Evil, oppressive Most offenders have lived in poverty for the majority of their life. It is hard, if not impossible, for people living below the poverty level to be able to fund their own probation. This fact makes our new system evil and oppressive. It doesn’t improve our society by rehabilitating our offenders but ensures that the offenders are forever in trouble. The chances of escaping are remote. Because private probation services are motivated by income, the heavier the caseload, the more the revenue. Public probation systems would be overwhelmed and challenged with limited funds. In fact, private agencies have less incentive to report violations of probation because their income would shrink as the offender returns to incarceration. When an offender is released from prison in Indiana, he usually gets a period of house arrest. This is when he has a monitor or
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bracelet put on his ankle to track his location. He cannot leave his residence without getting permission and the GPS-enabled monitor will alert authorities if he goes astray. He will be charged $80 per week for the rental of the bracelet. From the very beginning, he has a monthly bill of $320. There is also a start-up fee of $25. He is required to physically report daily to a downtown office for blood testing (drugs and alcohol). He is charged a $5 daily fee for this. So now, he has a monthly bill of $470 (bracelet and daily fee). How does a person is released with no job and is probably indigent with a family that lives in poverty pay that $470 per month?
Gainful employment The U.S. Department of Labor has a few great programs to assist ex-offenders. Congressman Danny Davis (D – Ill.) has led the charge in assisting offenders as they return to their communities. Employers can be eligible for size-
able tax credits for giving offenders another chance to live a productive life via gainful employment and even a career. The big problem is the programs are hardly enforced or even marketed to the employers. Most don’t know about them or do not know how to process the paper work. Gainful employment is the key to helping offenders get out of this “catch 22”. This opportunity sits on a shelf and that is a tragedy. Periodically, a former prisoner may find a short-term work at minimum wage. Housing, food and travel back and forth for daily reporting, plus the $470 per month becomes an impossible task. When they fall behind in their payments, the private probation firm reports it to credit reporting agencies. Broke, under pressure with no permanent job and terrible credit will make most offenders long to go back to prison.
Back to prison Life is totally miserable unless they have friends or relatives who help out. Most don’t make it and return to crime as a means of income. Thus, the recidivism rate is going through the roof in all of our communities. These private probation firms are making serious money from these offenders. The offenders are
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“Unfortunately he was a victim of ignorance. . . He was truly an example for our young people, and we need more examples, especially Black men, standing in the gap, because we’re lost out here.” Timothy left behind a wife and a two-year-old son. He also left a neighborhood and community that are richer because of his dedication and presence but also much poorer because of his senseless death. And he left a city and nation that have yet to stand up to the scourge of gun violence that kills or injures a child or teen every half hour and has killed more people in America in our unremitting civil war fueled by guns than all the declared wars against external enemies in our history.
off shotgun killed 12 people and injured eight before being killed himself in our nation’s capital. And there was the news of a mass shooting attack at a pick-up basketball game at a Chicago park that injured 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy who was left in critical condition. What is it going to take for us to stand up and say enough to this internal gun war of American against American? What is it going to take to create a mental health system that prevents such tragedies from happening over and over? What is it going to take for us to pass and enforce adequate gun safety laws? What is it going to take to love and protect human life, especially children more than guns?
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Just last week — extremely personal to all of us at CDF because a beloved colleague was among those in lockdown in the Navy Yard’s tragedy — a man with mental illness wielding a sawedcash cows and are, in fact, treated like chattel or indentured servants. Corruption comes into play also. Having absolute power over the offenders gives the firms the opportunity to even extort more money from the offender. Thus, they are pushing them to find fast cash via criminal activity. Acting on a class-action suit filed in 2010, a judge recently took control of the municipal court of Harpersville, Ala. after finding the probation company and the court operated “a judicially-sanctioned extortion racket”. In terms of corruption, the temptations are immense. Another example is a member of
the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles was convicted on public corruption charges for accepting a bribe from a private probation agency. I am certain that this goes on at a rapidly growing rate. America, we need to clean this mess up. Good people are being hurt.
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Beware of illegal online payday lenders Consumers being warned about shady, unlicensed lenders BY CLAUDIA BUCK THE SACRAMENTO BEE (MCT)
Payday lenders have been around for years, offering quickbut-pricey loans to distressed borrowers. From hundreds of walk-in storefront offices, they loan out small amounts to be paid back from the borrower’s next paycheck. Today, they’re getting elbowed aside by a growing cadre of online competitors who aren’t licensed and who increasingly are accused of ripping off consumers. Last month, the California Department of Business Oversight warned consumers to beware of rogue online lenders — often located offshore or overseas — who offer enticing come-ons from splashy websites but who may leave borrowers little recourse if something goes wrong. “It’s like Whac-A-Mole,” said Mark Leyes, spokesman for the state Department of Business Oversight, or DBO. “We’re trying to compile a list of unlicensed companies, but they change their company name from one week to the next.”
Shutdown in Tampa Enforcement actions against illegal payday lenders have stepped up recently. Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission announced it shut down a Tampa based payday loan broker accused of pilfering $5 million from U.S. consumers. The company, operating under multiple names such as Loan Tree Advances and Your Loan Funding, said it represented a network of 120 payday lenders and promised to help consumers obtain loans in “as little as one hour.” Instead, according to the FTC’s complaint, it sucked funds from the bank accounts of tens of thousands of customers. The company’s two owners allegedly used the money to support a lavish lifestyle that included a 2012 Maserati, a 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost and a 2006 Ferrari 430.
Average loan: $263 On other fronts, state officials
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Yvonne Sands, shown in 2010 at her Dallas home, had been using payday loans to keep afloat. In one year, she paid more than $4,200 in fees on four loans — far more than the $1,850 she received in principal. in New York have cracked down on payday lenders that elude state scrutiny by affiliating with U.S. Indian tribes, which operate outside the jurisdiction of state and local governments. And the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently warned against illegal payday lenders. Payday lending is no smallchange industry. In 2011, the most recent year for state data, payday lenders in California doled out a total of $3.28 billion in loans to 1.7 million customers. The average amount of those individual loans: $263. And while the number of walkin payday loan locations has dwindled statewide in recent years, the number of online sites has “mushroomed,” along with a “slow but steady” increase in complaints about Web-based lenders, Leyes said.
“It’s a problem. The risks are high,” he said. “If it’s a storefront payday lender, you walk in and look someone in the eye. But when you go online, you don’t know who you’re dealing with, where they’re located or what their intentions are.”
Difficult to enforce Since January, California’s DBO says it has taken action against 11 illegal online lenders operating here and overseas, including in Belize, Costa Rica, Malta and the United Kingdom. The DBO’s website also posts consumer alerts against U.S.-based online payday lenders, with names like EZ Cash, Cash Express Loan and Mobiloans, that are operating without state-required licensing. In dealing with online lenders, “We can issue sanctions, but they’re very difficult to enforce,”
Leyes said. The California Financial Service Providers Association, which represents about 1,470 walk-in payday loan locations statewide, says the unscrupulous online guys are a problem. “We are very concerned about unlicensed, unregulated Internet lending,” said CFSPA spokesperson Greg Larsen. “If you type in ‘payday lending’ (on a search engine), you instantly get hundreds of thousands of hits. But who knows how many of those are offshore … out of the reach of state licensing?”
The risks Taking a loan from an unlicensed payday lender puts consumers at bigger risk of financial trouble, the DBO says. Among them: higher interest rates than allowed under law; a virtual land run, creating frenzied demand that has pushed up prices more than 20 percent in a year.
Drop in ‘absentee’ buyers Now the foreclosed homes in those markets are almost gone — yet investors have kept buying, competing with individual buyers in standard sales. “Everybody and their dog is an investor,” said Dick Caley, a Long Beach, Calif., real estate agent. “It has gotten to the point where I do not even return the call.” The number of “absentee” buyers, usually cash investors, has dropped slightly in Southern California since hitting a record in January. But they still account for more than 1 in 4 home purchases in the region. And just 8 percent of those deals were on foreclosed homes in June, compared with 25 percent a year earlier and a peak of 55 percent in February 2009.
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Home flipper Jonathan Zadok inspects a home in February in Redlands, Calif. “I love it, it’s nonstop,” he said. “Trying to find that next deal, selling that next house.”
With fewer foreclosed homes to buy, investors move to standard sales BY ALEJANDRO LAZO LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT)
Just last year, policymakers turned to real estate investors to rescue the housing market. Fearing the foreclosure crisis could drag on for years, the Federal Reserve advocated renting
out foreclosed homes as a market-based solution. Governmentcontrolled mortgage titan Fannie Mae experimented with selling big pools of them to deep-pocketed buyers. Few realized then that investors would respond with overwhelming force: Big and small
players have injected billions into the market, racing one another to buy up foreclosed homes in post-crash markets. Wall Street launched a sophisticated industry based on buying and renting out homes in bulk. The suburbs of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada saw
As it turned out, housing investors needed neither the prodding of the Federal Reserve nor the bulk foreclosure sales from Fannie Mae, which never materialized beyond the pilot phase. The single-family rental industry now has several major players in multiple markets, with some recently created companies trading publicly. The mix of investors and their strategies are shifting, with large financial firms starting to pull back and smaller players moving in, looking to buy, fix and flip homes for a quick profit. But rapid price increases are making it harder for people to afford a house and qualify for a home loan. And the short-term mentality worries some economists. “Flippers are selling to other flippers, who are selling to other flippers, until there is nobody to flip the home to,” said John Burns, a housing industry consultant in Irvine, Calif. “And that is when you have a big downturn.”
Buy-and-hold investors The investor interest in regular home sales means everyday buy-
funds siphoned from your bank account without permission; personal financial data sold or pirated by the lender, even if a loan hasn’t been formalized; losing the ability to track down, prosecute and recover lost funds. The FTC notes that filling out a payday loan form online — even if you don’t hit “submit” — can put you at risk for bank account fraud. In some cases, consumers who never officially took out a payday loan still had their funds stolen from their accounts. Given the number of cashstressed borrowers, demand for payday loans is not going to go away, said industry spokesman Larsen. A payday loan is “not always the right answer, but at times it may be the least expensive option for people to turn to,” he said. ers are more likely to pay a premium for a house. But shoppers could benefit from a retreat by the institutional, buy-and-hold investors, who tend to compete more directly with regular buyers and pay higher prices than home flippers. Flippers need to buy homes below market value; investors planning to rent and hold the home can bank on long-term price appreciation. “The buy-and-hold investors are the ones who really pose a threat to first-time buyers,” said Sean O’Toole, chief executive of data firm PropertyRadar. “The buy-and-hold investor is leaving, and the flipper is in right now.” Flipper Jonathan Zadok still sees upside in the suburbs despite the lack of foreclosures. Zadok quit his job as an equity trader three years ago and plunged into the business of buying, renovating and reselling foreclosed homes in California’s hard-hit Inland Empire region. With the foreclosed bargains nearly gone, Zadok has started shopping in more established neighborhoods and buying more expensive homes, which carry more risk but add profit potential.
The driving force For now the work is exciting and interesting enough for Zadok to keep at it, he said. “I love it. It’s nonstop,” he said. “Trying to find that next deal, selling that next house.” U.S. corporations, private equity firms and foreign investors remain a driving force in real estate, said Anthony Sanders, a professor of real estate finance at George Mason University. Those investors have been lured to U.S. real estate because financing costs have been so low. But that could quickly change. “This is not your father’s housing recovery. In other words, this is not household-related; this is more of an investor recovery,” Sanders said. “If interest rates keep rising, we will inevitably see the stock market pop, meaning go down, and with it will probably come the housing market.”
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‘We hung in there with them toe to toe for a while’ B-CU Coach Jenkins impressed with fight in his team against FSU Seminoles ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats entered Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium fresh off their first FBS victory. They couldn’t repeat the feat against No. 8 FSU as the Seminoles routed the Wildcats 54-6 on Saturday night and handed them their first loss of the season. Quentin Williams became the first Bethune-Cookman quarterback to start two games in 2013, but he didn’t last long. He completed three of seven passes for 23 yards and an interception. Jackie Wilson replaced him late in the first quarter. Wilson went 5-for-10 with 37 yards passing and 41 yards rushing, including a touchdown. “I thought we hung in there with them toe to toe for a while,” Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins said. “We made some mistakes that they capitalized on and that’s what good teams do.”
Still proud of team Anthony Jordan ran for 81 yards as the Wildcats managed 182 yards on the ground. Eddie Pool caught three passes for 46 yards. Marquis Drayton led the Bethune-Cookman defense with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. An interception thrown by Williams that was returned for a touchdown, and a holding call in the end zone, however, gave Florida State a free nine points. “We caused their quarterback probably to have more incompletions in this game than in the first two games combined, so that’s a plus,” Jenkins said. “I’m looking at the fight in my team that I am impressed with, that I am proud of. “I’m looking at the mistakes we made, against any good ball club, you would struggle to win. We just have to get those things fixed.”
TD in third quarter Florida State’s Jameis Winston completed 10 of 19 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He entered the game with more touchdown passes (6) than incompletions (5). Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman ran for a gamehigh 112 yards and a touchdown — his second consecutive 100-yard game. Karlos Williams finished with 83 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and James Wilder, Jr. added 56 yards and a touchdown. Kenny Shaw tied Rashad Greene with a game-high four receptions. Shaw led all pass-catchers with 89 yards receiving. The Wildcats (3-1) scored their lone touchdown off a seven-yard run from Wilson with 8:21 left in the third quarter. “I feel as good as I can feel about a game like this,” Jenkins said. “We finished the game fighting, we finished the game strong. “For me it’s some good and some bad, too, that we’ve got to get corrected.”
Errors for both teams Florida State ran away in the second quarter and took a 33-0 lead into halftime, but all three starting receivers had dropped passes. The defense also missed several tackles. Both teams committed their share of unforced errors in an odd first half. Bethune-Cookman
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Bethune-Cookman’s tight end Jordan Murphy (83), a senior from Massachusetts, tries to maneuver around some Seminoles during the Sept. 21 game at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. returner Darian Baker muffed two kickoffs that left the offense starting from the 2 and the 6. Tackle Alex Monroe was flagged for holding in the end zone to give the Seminoles a safety. Williams stared down and pointed to Poole just before Telvin Smith picked off the pass and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown. Florida State receivers entered the game without a single drop this season, but that quickly changed. The usually sure-handed Greene dropped a pass in the first quarter. Kelvin Benjamin dropped a ball just outside of the end zone that would have been a score. Shaw also muffed one as he turned the corner toward the end zone just before halftime. Replay ruled it a drop instead of a fumble. “Had three or four dropped balls. Had two dropped touchdowns. We have a lot of room to grow,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We have to clean a lot of things up. “I just think it was a lack of focus. It was lack of concentration. It can happen to anybody, you have to stay focused.”
On to Delaware Wilder, Jr. lost a fumble at the Bethune-Cookman 3. Florida State held its opponent to a single score for the second consecutive game and was responsible for scoring nine points. The unit was down three starters as linebacker Christian Jones and defensive end Eddie Goldman were held out due to a violation of team rules. Defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. sat out with a hand injury. “We have to tackle in space better,” Fisher said. “I wasn’t happy with the way we tackled in space at times. We have to do a better job.” Bethune-Cookman will take on Delaware State on the road on Oct. 5.
Ohio rolls over FAMU 76-0 Ohio State running back Jordan Hall (2) takes down umpire Jim Krogstad alongside Florida A&M defensive back Marshane Godbolt (15) in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 21. Said FAMU Coach Earl Holmes about the 76-0 loss to Ohio: “We have to look at this thing objectively (because) we had a lot of chances to make some plays. For some reason, we didn’t make them. We have to make the plays that we are supposed to make.” BROOKE LAVALLEY/ COLUMBUS DISPATCH/MCT
Above: B-CU quarterback Quentin Williams (14) from Tampa is chased by the competition. Left: B-CU’s marching band entertains the crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Scouts invited to racing event at Speedway SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Daytona International Speedway will continue the tradition of hosting Scout Days, a one-of-a-kind event that blends high-speed sports car action with two nights of camping and scouting activities, during The Roar Before The Rolex 24 Jan. 3-5. The event is prior to the 52nd anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona. Boy and Girl Scouts from throughout the Southeast are invited to watch the stars of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge test the twists and turns of the 3.56-mile road course as
they prepare for their respective season-opening events.
Fishing, scavenger hunts The Scouts also will get to camp in the infield of Daytona and enjoy special activities such as fishing on Lake Lloyd, infield tours and scavenger hunts. They also will receive a special event patch to commemorate the visit. Daytona International Speedway has been hosting Scout Days at the Roar Before The Rolex 24 since 2010. For more information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/scout.
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College students Founder of Frederick Douglass Republicans to speak in Holly Hill to be paid to work at area schools
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KCarl Smith, founder of Frederick Douglass Republicans, will speak at a free forum on Friday, Sept. 27 at Sica Hall Community Center, 1065 Daytona Avenue in Holly Hill. The event starts at 7 p.m. Smith, who is based in Alabama, is described as “an unyielding defender of the Constitution and Liberty.’’ He will address the Volusia 9.12 Patriots’ monthly forum. Volusia 9.12 Patriots is described on its website as “a nonpartisan collection of independent citizens deeply concerned about the future of our Free Republic.’’ In 2009, he launched The Conservative Messenger and spearheaded a movement that has evolved into the Frederick Douglass Republican Movement. According to a press release, the movement’s strategy includes “re-igniting America’s passion for liberty, helping the Republican Party recapture its political distinction, saving the souls of the politically lost, promoting racial unity, creating an atmosphere for political dialogue without the accusation of racism or Uncle Tomism, and trumping the race card.’’
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KCarl Smith is the author of “Frederick Douglass Republicans: The Movement to Reignite America’s Passion for Liberty.”
Served in Army He recently published book is “Frederick Douglass Republicans: The Movement to Reignite America’s Passion for Liberty.’’ Smith, who served in the U.S. Army, is a former Alabama district leader for Americans for Fair Taxation. In 2009, he was appointed to the Amistad Commission by former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley. He was reap-
Free swap meet scheduled Oct. 18 and 19 in Daytona A free community swap meet is scheduled Oct. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pyramid Community Café, 868 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. Donated items can be dropped off Oct. 7 through 10 and Oct. 14 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call 386-322-6102, ext. 7. Items for the swap will include furniture, clothing, toys, books and household items. All families are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Linda Carson at email@example.com or Corey Best at Coreybest@rocketmail.com.
pointed to that commission, where he currently serves. He also was recently appointed to the Affordable Homeowner’s Insurance Commission (AHIC) by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. Smith has appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club’’ and FOX News’ “Huckabee’’ show. In addition, he participated in a documentary produced by the Rev. C.L. Bryant titled “The Runaway Slave.’
Oct. 3 meeting to focus on Daytona Beach Shores waterline flushing project For residents, property managers and maintenance personnel, an informational meeting is scheduled on Oct. 3 to discuss the planned waterline flushing project along the eastern side of South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Daytona Beach Shores City
Council Chambers, 3048 S. Atlantic Ave. Representatives from Port Orange and Daytona Beach Shores will attend. This project will improve the drinking water system and fire protection capability for the area along the eastern side of South Atlantic Avenue, from Van Avenue north to Ridge Road. Properties affected are: Sage and Sand Hotel, Oceans One, Oceans Two, Oceans Three, Oceans Five, Oceans Six, Oceans Seven, Daytona Beach Shores City Hall, and the Bank of America. For more information, call the Port Orange Public Utilities Department at 386-506-5750.
College students are needed to tutor in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program at selected area Volusia County middle and high schools. AVID is an internationally recognized program designed to help students enroll in a four-year college. Tutors earn $9.29 per hour or higher for tutoring college-bound students under the direct supervision of an AVID elective teacher during the school day at times scheduled by each school. Recent college grads and qualified Volusia County substitute teachers also are encouraged to apply. The AVID elective class is offered at the following schools in west and southwest Volusia: DeLand High, DeLand Middle, Deltona High, Deltona Middle, Galaxy Middle, Heritage Middle, Pine Ridge High, River Springs Middle, Southwestern Middle and Taylor Middle-High. AVID is offered in the following schools in east and southeast Volusia: Atlantic High, Holly Hill School, Campbell Middle, Mainland High, New Smyrna High and New Smyrna Beach Middle. Application information can be found at http:// myvolusiaschools.org by clicking on the Departments tab and selecting “AVID” in the Instructional Services column. For further information, contact Lawrence P. Beal Jr. at 386-255-6475, 734-7190 or 427-5223, ext. 20220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historian to discuss early settlements in Florida Historian J. Michael Francis, Ph.D., will present “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Native Americans in La Florida, 1513 to 1607” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave. Learn about the 16th-century colonization of Florida, which began almost a century before Jamestown was founded. This program will offer an understanding of the state’s diverse cultural heritage and history. Francis, who has a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, is a history professor at the University of South Florida. He has taught and written extensively on colonial Florida and Latin America. The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Regional Library and is being offered as part of Viva Florida 500 – a yearlong, statewide celebration of 500 years of Florida history. For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.
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