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RIES ~ Take charge of a project at work and get it finished up. It’s been languishing on someone else’s shoulders and desk for way too long. A sensible outlook will get you far this week. AURUS ~ You may find yourself faced with many distractions this week but you'll sail through and accomplish much if you stay focused on each task and take them one at a time. You know you can do it this evening. EMINI ~ Creativity is favored and yours is especially favored with some project that you've been working especially hard on. For the next few days watch for a romance that will bring special gifts. ANCER ~ Your new ideas combine well with your will and skill. You get a lot done at work this week. Be soft and forceful. Make time for family life tonight. Your rewards come from those who are related to you by blood. EO ~ Before you spend your money check the quality of the goods. This rule applies to intangible goods as well. Make the first move with your honey this week. Be sweetly aggressive. IRGO ~ Let your creative juices flow. Advice from a child has a reward in it. On the job, coworkers will help you expand your sense of accomplishment. Only you can stand in your way.

IBRA ~ Opportunity knocks this week, be ready and waiting. An old love resurfaces. This week is good for you financially. Look for a special opportunity at work. Families matters, spend time with yours. CORPIO ~ Creativity comes from a deep source. Take the chance to pursue creative goals. Others will understand later. You and a child can come to an unmatched understanding. AGITTARIUS ~ This week is a week to let your diplomatic side work for you. Forcing will get you nowhere. No man or woman is an island, focus on togetherness even if you are annoyed with people. APRICORN ~ Take advantage of a burst of energy. Body and mind are in sync. Don’t take things too personally this week, you might get your feelings hurt. If you do, tonight is a great time to make-up. Make the call. QUARIUS ~ You have wonderful ideas about interior decorating. Be ready to accept a great opportunity at work. Money doesn’t matter tonight, don’t make finances more important than they need to be. ISCES ~ The influence of someone close can make all the difference in the world. Don’t go alone. Your achievements are closely tied to someone who might not have agreed with you in the past.

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Social Security cuts are part of deficit plan BY ANDREW TAYLOR ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The members of President Barack Obama’s deficit commission began to go on the record Wednesday as they debate politically explosive budget cuts, including proposals to lower Social Security benefits, in a revised plan to wrestle the national debt under control. The new plan by panel cochairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, unveiled Wednesday, faces an uphill slog because of proposals to raise the Social Security retirement age and lower cost-ofliving increases, cut Medicare costs, curtail a huge assortment of tax breaks, like the deduction for mortgage interest, and almost double the federal tax on a gallon of gasoline. Though the plan appears unlikely to win enough bipartisan support from the panel to be approved for a vote in Congress this year or next, Bowles has already declared victory, saying he and Simpson have at least succeeded in initiating an “adult conversation” in the country about the pain it will take to cut the deficit. The plan faces resistance from many commission members. House Republicans appear uniformly against tax increases, while liberal Democrats like Jan Schakowsky of Illinois appear unlikely to be able to accept big cuts in federal programs for seniors. Obama named the commission in hopes of bringing a deficit-fighting plan up for a vote in Congress this year, but it appears to be falling well short of the 14-vote bipartisan supermajority needed. A new version of the plan, obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, makes mostly minor changes to a draft that whipped up enormous controversy when unveiled earlier this month. Some

domestic spending cuts are modestly higher than previously proposed, and health care savings from overhauling the medical malpractice system would reap less than proposed earlier this month. Unlike their original proposal, Bowles and Simpson stop short of calling for caps on medical malpractice awards. Instead they recommend changes in how awards are made. But other proposals remain the same. Among them are a gradual increase in the Social Security retirement age to 68 by 2050 and 69 by 2075, using a less generous costof-living adjustment for the programs and increasing the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes. The plan also retains a 15-centa-gallon increase on gasoline, a three-year freeze on federal worker pay and the elimination of 200,000 workers from the federal payroll through attrition. The proposal obtained by The AP was a draft that was still undergoing changes Tuesday evening. Other recommendations: • Eliminate congressional pet spending projects known as “earmarks.” • Reduce the corporate income tax rate to 28 percent from 35 percent and stop taxing the overseas profits of U.S.-based multinational corporations. • Overhaul individual income taxes and corporate taxes, giving Congress the choice of reducing the top rate to as low as 23 percent and no higher than 29 percent. The lower the rate, the fewer the tax credits and deductions that would be available to taxpayers. Under one scenario proposed by Bowles and Simpson, taxpayers would face three tax brackets of 12 percent, 21 percent and 28 percent. Taxpayers would still be able to claim an earned income tax credit

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and child tax credit as well as all standard deductions and exemptions. Capital gains and dividends would be taxed at ordinary income tax rates. Taxpayers could claim a mortgage interest deduction up to $500,000, but only on their primary residence. If Congress does not undertake a comprehensive overhaul of the tax system by 2013, the plan calls for a “fail-safe” provision that would trigger across-the-board reductions in tax breaks, designed to raise revenue by $80 billion in 2015 and $180 billion in 2020. Bowles was White House chief of staff when former President Bill Clinton negotiated a balanced budget plan in 1997; Simpson is a former GOP senator from Wyoming. Only Bowles and Simpson are guaranteed to support the plan when the panel votes. None of the 12 House members and senators named by Obama have committed to the proposals, though Bowles and Simpson could pick up support from nonelected deficit hawks like Dem-

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Erskine Bowles, left, accompanied by former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission, take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. ocrat Alice Rivlin and Honeywell International’s chief executive, David Cote, a Republican, who won’t have to defend themselves to voters. Republican senators seem more likely to vote for the plan than their rigidly anti-tax increase House counterparts. “I don’t know if we’re going to get two votes or five votes or 10 votes or 14 votes,” Bowles told reporters. “There are enough reasons to vote ‘no’ in this plan for anybody to vote ‘no.’ ” A supermajority of 14 of the 18 panel members would have to

approve recommendations for a possible vote in the lame-duck session of Congress. That seems out of reach, but Bowles says it’s just as important to have jump-started a national debate on what it’ll really take to bring the deficit under control. “Our goal in this whole process has been really simple,” Bowles said. “It’s basically been to start an adult conversation here in Washington about the dangers of this debt and the deficits we are running.” He added, “The era of deficit denial in Washington is over.”


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Lawmakers stand firm on taxes as talks start BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans are working to reach a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts that expire at the end of the year, but neither side is budging as negotiations begin in earnest. Even as they talk, House leaders are planning to hold a politically charged vote Thursday to extend middle-class tax cuts while letting taxes for the wealthy expire. The bill, even if it passes the House, stands no chance in the Senate. Nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he is considering holding a similar vote. “House Democrats have long supported extending the tax cuts for America’s middle class,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “Democrats continue to have concerns about the impact on the deficit of giving a tax cut to the nation’s wealthiest 2 percent.” President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders from both parties Tuesday at the White

House to discuss taxes and other issues. Republicans and Democrats said it was a cordial, productive meeting. But both sides emerged with the same stances on tax cuts, a pending nuclear treaty with Russia and other pressing matters. They agreed to appoint a bipartisan working group to discuss the tax cuts. The four lawmakers and two administration members won't have much time to come up with a deal to prevent sweeping tax increases that would hit taxpayers at every income level. The first meeting was planned for Wednesday. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Budget Director Jack Lew was going to Capitol Hill Dec. 1, saying that Obama “believes we can find common ground.” Gibbs said both sides on this dispute have a responsibility “to figure this out by the end of the year.” Appearing on morning network news shows, the spokesman also said he’s confident that Obama can win Senate ratification of the New START nuclear pact before Christmas, saying Republicans increasingly are moving in the direction of

supporting the treaty. Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress want to extend tax cuts for individuals making less than $200,000 and married couples making less than $250,000. Republicans and some rank-and-file Democrats want to extend the tax cuts for everyone. Obama signaled he was ready to compromise after elections in which Republicans won control of the House and gained seats in the Senate. But the president has yet to make a detailed proposal. Republicans, meanwhile, have little incentive to make major concessions in December, considering their power on Capitol Hill will greatly increase in January. Democrats still control both chambers until the end of the year, but they need Republican votes in the Senate to pass a tax bill. “If President Obama and Democratic leaders come up with a plan in the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop all the tax hikes, they can expect a positive response from Republicans,” said House See LAWMAKERS, page 5

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In this May 4, 2009, file photo President Barack Obama makes a statement on tax reform with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, left, in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. Whether Congress extends former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts into 2011 in the weeks after Tuesday’s mid-term election or lets the automatic increase start cutting into most people’s paychecks early next year is pretty much up to Obama.


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Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza, as he arrives to attend the second Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Civil Liberties Face Threat in Burundi SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK A newly-released report by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) is expressing concerns that President Pierre Nkurunziza of the East African nation of Burundi is moving to impose a dictatorship. Opposition parties are partly banned, journalists imprisoned, and there are reports of torture, according to the report “Closing Doors? The Narrowing of Democratic Space in Burundi.” More than 100 members of opposition parties, activists, journalists, government officials, diplomats, and election monitors were consulted for the report. According to HRW, the situation took a turn for the worse before

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Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio, who is in line to become the new speaker in January. “If the lame-duck Congress is unable or unwilling to act, the new House majority will in January.” The president appointed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Budget Director Jacob Lew to the tax negotiating group. Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, will represent House Republicans and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland will represent House Democrats. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, will represent Senate Democrats; Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second ranking GOP leader in the Senate, will represent Senate Republicans. Gibbs appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” and NBC’s “Today” program.

Mandela’s Wife Grieves for Zimbabwe Children Lost to AIDS SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK During a weeklong tour of Zimbabwe, Graca Machel, wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, decried the loss of 100 children who die each day in that southern African country, many of them as a consequence of HIV/AIDS. Machel, a UNICEF Children’s Advocate, noted there is knowledge, medication and capacity to reduce the number of children infected with

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this year’s controversial election, and has not improved since that. Nkurunziza was returned to office last June 28 after five opposition parties boycotted a presidential election that month and a parliamentary vote in July. They accused the ruling party of winning municipal elections through rigging, Human Rights Watch said. The July election was the first since a U.N.-backed peace process that helped Burundi, a coffee-producing nation with a population of about 8 million, end a decade-long civil war that killed 300,000 people. Fighting broke out in 1993 when the country’s first democratically elected president, an ethnic Hutu, was assassinated by members of the Tutsi-dominated army. Nkurunziza is a former rebel leader and a born-again Christian. The son of a Tutsi mother and a Hutu father, he lost his father in 1972 during a wave of ethnic violence that resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 Hutus and more than 10,000 Tutsis.


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Cut-off of jobless aid would lower economic growth BY PAUL WISEMAN AP ECONOMICS WRITER WASHINGTON — If Congress lets unemployment benefits expire this week for the long-term unemployed, they won’t be the only ones to feel the pain. The overall economy would suffer, too. Unemployment benefits help drive the economy because the jobless tend to spend every dollar they get, pumping cash into businesses. A cutoff of aid for millions of people unemployed for more than six months could squeeze a fragile economy, analysts say. Among the consequences they envision over the next year: • Annual economic growth could fall by one half to nearly 1 percentage point. • Up to 1 million more people could lose their jobs. • Hundreds of thousands would fall into poverty. “Look for homelessness to rise

and food lines to get longer as we approach Christmas if the situation can’t be resolved,” says Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. The issue is expected to be taken up in the lame-duck session of Congress that resumed Monday. Among other unfinished business, lawmakers are likely to vote on whether to extend 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that are set to expire at year’s end. The average weekly payment for the roughly 8.5 million people receiving unemployment benefits is $302.90. But it ranges widely: from an average of $118.82 in Puerto Rico to an average of $419.53 in Hawaii. Each state sets the amount through a formula meant to replace a portion of an unemployed person’s old income. That money ripples through the economy, into supermarkets, gasoline stations, utilities, convenience stores. That allows those businesses to hire more people, who, in turn, spend more money.

The Congressional Budget Office says every $1 spent on unemployment benefits generates up to $1.90 in economic growth. The program is the most effective government policy for generating growth among 11 options the CBO has analyzed. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, puts the bang-for-abuck figure at $1.61, and a recent Labor Department study estimates it at $2. Analyst Mark Miller of William Blair & Co. figures

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In this Nov. 22, 2010, photo, Yvette Ward who has been unemployed for two years displays a sign during a ‘Vigil for the Unemployed’ at the Arch Street Methodist Church in Philadelphia. Unemployed persons, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and other organizations gathered to draw attention to federal unemployment benefits that are scheduled to expire.

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that, in particular, discount retailers like Dollar General and Family Dollar will see their revenue pinched by a couple of percentage points next year if extended unemployment benefits expire. “If you’ve been unemployed for six months, you’ve gone through your savings,” says Heidi Shierholz, economist at the Economic Policy Institute. “You have no choice but to spend (benefits) immediately.” By contrast, money given to higher-income families — say, through tax cuts — tends to deliver less economic benefit because those taxpayers typically save a big chunk of their windfall. In July 2008, Congress began extending unemployment benefits, which can now last for up to a record 99 weeks: 26 weeks of regular benefits from the states, plus up to 73 weeks in federal aid in states with high unemployment rates. As of last week, about half the states offered the maximum 99 weeks of benefits. The extended federal benefits will start phasing out on Wednesday if Congress doesn’t act. When lawmakers extended the benefits, they were responding to a jobs crisis: Unemployment was on its way to double digits for the first time since the 1981-82 recession. The longterm unemployed — those out of work for more than six months — hit a record-high 6.8 million in May this year. Those people represented 46 percent of all unemployed Americans. That’s the highest such proportion on record dating to 1948. Unemployment peaked at 10.1 percent in October 2009. It’s been stuck at 9.6 percent the past three months. At its peak in the first week of this year, just over 12 million people were receiving unemployment benefits — the most on records dating to 1986. The Labor Department estimates that if Congress lets the aid run out, nearly 2 million people will lose their benefits by Christmas. Without an extension of aid, the number of impoverished Americans would rise, economists say. The income from unemployment checks

kept 3.3 million people from falling into poverty in 2009, according to government estimates. The Census Bureau defines poverty as annual income of less than about $22,000 for a family of four. Some economists worry that renewing jobless aid would discourage some unemployed people from seeking work. But a study this year by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco downplayed the impact as “quite small.” For most recipients, the average $300 weekly unemployment check doesn’t go very far: It covers just half of basic household expenses, according to the National Employment Law Project. In Glenview, Ill., Robert Horvath is barely hanging on. He says his jobless aid — $385 a week — doesn’t amount to even 15 percent of his former income as a commercial loan officer. Out of work nearly six months, he’s paying $1,300 a month to keep his health insurance. He’s burning through his savings and is trying to hold onto his home of 25 years. Thirty-three economists have signed a statement circulated by the liberal Economic Policy Institute calling for benefits to be extended for 12 more months. Signatories included Alan Blinder, a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, and five winners of the Nobel Prize in economics, including Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow. Republican lawmakers oppose an extension of the unemployment aid if it would enlarge the government’s $1.3 trillion budget deficit. They insist that the cost — around $5 billion a month — be offset with budget cuts elsewhere. Those cuts would reduce the economic impact of extending the benefits. Some in Congress want to pair an extension of unemployment aid with a deal to also extend the Bush-era tax cuts. Just outside Chicago, Horvath wonders why the lawmakers can't reach a deal: “What’s going to happen Dec. 1 when I have no benefits at all?” AP Business Writer Christopher S. Rugaber contributed to this report.


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Before Payout, Republicans to Investigate Farmers’ Claims BY DOROTHY ROWLEY SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER The victory scored by Black farmers with the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval of funds due to them in the 1980’s Pigford discrimination lawsuit has been mired by allegations of fraud. The U.S. Senate approved the dispersal of as much as $50,000 to each farmer involved. But while John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, stated to the House Judiciary Committee that, according to his assessments, there were 18,000 Black farmers due compensation with more than 90,000 claims that have been filed for a share of

the $1.25 billion payout. As a result, a group of Republicans led by Steve King, of Iowa, and Michele Bachmann, of Minnesota, claim that the settlement, which has the support of the Obama administration, is rife with fraud. Republicans, who will soon take charge in the House in light of last month’s midterm elections, are now promising to do a thorough investigation on disparities surrounding who applied for the money and who is actually eligible to receive it. According to estimates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FBI, 50 percent to 95 percent of the claims submitted may be fraudulent.

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John W. Boyd Jr., from Baskerville, Va., founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, speaks during a rally in front of the United States Department of Agriculture with his mule in the foreground in Washington Tuesday, April 28, 2009. The group rallied in support of a bill for government funding of compensation for black farmers, who were discriminated against.

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Post-election violence reported in Haitian town BY JONATHAN M. KATZ ASSOCIATED PRESS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Protesters demanding cancellation of Haiti’s weekend presidential election clashed with U.N. peacekeepers Tuesday, the United Nations mission and Haitian radio reported. Radio Kisekya said at least 15 people had been injured in two days of demonstrations north of the capital. U.N. police sent reinforcements Tuesday but had no reports of injuries, police spokesman JeanFrancois Vezina said. Rampant disorganization and allegations of fraud hang over Sunday’s critical vote for president, a third of the Senate and all of the lower house. The winner of the presidential race will have to deal with Haiti’s crushing poverty, a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 1,700 people, and post-earthquake reconstruction — including overseeing billions

of promised aid dollars from the United States and other nations. Violent protests that caused several deaths occurred across northern Haiti before the election, fed by suspicions shared by public health experts that the cholera epidemic was caused by a contingent of U.N. peacekeepers. While votes were still being cast Sunday, nearly all the major presidential candidates alleged government-backed hopeful Jude Celestin was benefiting from fraud and called for the election to be canceled. On Monday, however, leading contenders Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly backtracked and said the vote should stand. Radio Kiskeya said that most of the people protesting Tuesday in St. Marc were supporters of Manigat. A powerful senator also led proManigat protests farther north in Gonaives. Martelly told supporters in a Tuesday address: “We will win this battle. Stay mobilized.”

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Electoral workers counts votes after the closing of polling stations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Haitians wrapped up their election in discord, with nearly all the major presidential candidates calling for the vote to be voided over fraud and reports that large numbers of voters were turned away across the quake-stricken country. Haiti’s provisional electoral council said problems were limited and called the election a success. Organization of American States observers acknowledged many voters had been disenfranchised by disorganization, intimidation and vio-

lence but called the vote valid. But a delegation of U.S. Congress members led by Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina voiced “serious concerns” about the election. “We urge the U.S. government,

the OAS and the UN to give full consideration to the charges of fraud and abuse and to await the result of any investigation before passing judgment on the conduct of Haiti’s elections,” the legislators said in a statement Tuesday.

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Since becoming the chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Danny J. Bakewell Sr. has been working aggressively to make sure that the members of the nation’s largest Black newspaper organization have a voice at all levels of society and government – especially in areas of policymaking. Recently Bakewell met with senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett to make sure that NNPA can be in a position to readily articulate the President’s agenda effectively to the community and by becoming more actively involved in that agenda as a national organization. The meeting covered a wide range of topics that included ways in which the NNPA and the administration could jointly affect the quality of life for African Americans throughout the country. According to Bakewell, “I would not divulge the specifics of the meeting at this time, but Ms. Jarrett was extremely committed to ensuring that the Black Press had full access to the President’s agenda.” He also added that the meeting was very fruitful and that he would put off discussing the full details until a later date. “I will be releasing a list of activities which will be undertaken by NNPA and the President, as a result of the meeting and that story would depict future plans and involvement between NNPA and the President.” Some of the actions that Bakewell has taken on behalf of the African-American community and

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Kamala Harris declares victory shares plans

BY SAM RICHARD Contributing Editor San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris declared victory Nov. 30 in the state’s tight race for attorney general and called attention to issues she plans to address as California’s top law officer. Speaking before dozens at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A., Harris thanked supporters and talked about several topics, including reforming California’s criminal justice system, as well as dealing with mortgage fraud and environmental issues. Her speech came nearly a week after L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley conceded in the race, in which votes were counted for more than three weeks before Harris emerged as the winner; (the candidates had been trading off leads in vote counts by only thousands of votes.) Harris — who will make history when she becomes California’s first African-American, Indian-American and female attorney general in January — defeated her opponent by ultimately getting 46.1 percent of votes compared to Cooley’s 45.3 percent, according to the Secretary of State’s figures as of Nov. 30. Besides making a mark in history because of her race and gender, Harris also participated in what was reportedly one of the closest elections in California history. Cooley conceded Nov. 24. “While the margin is extremely narrow and ballots are still being counted, my campaign believes that we cannot make up the current gap in the vote count for Attorney General,” Cooley said in a statement last week. “Therefore, I am formally conceding the

race and congratulate Ms. Harris on becoming California’s next Attorney General.” Harris also prevailed over Cooley in L.A. County, which has been viewed by some as Cooley’s stronghold. “I stand before you today humbled to be chosen to be the next attorney general,” she said, drawing cheers and applause from supporters in the hotel’s Emerald Room. Harris pledged “to work hard every day to make sure that the law of this state is on the side of the people” of California. In an interview with the Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times later that day, Harris said the first issue to address is her transition into office. At the press conference, she announced that she has been having many conversations with Governor-elect Jerry Brown, the current attorney general, and has put together “a very stellar” bipartisan group of leaders. That group includes former LAPD Police Chief Bill Bratton, former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and others. And the members will be working, as they have been, to lead a transition into the attorney general’s office, she said. Later that day, Harris told the Sentinel and Watts Times her team will help look at issues her office needs to address. She called some of those issues statewide “problems.” One of those problems is mortgage fraud, which Harris said has been committed against many Californians. “There are predators that have been coming in, in the form of … financial institutions,” she told the crowd. “There must be (consequences) and it can and should be the next attorney general of this great state that takes that on.” She also said the attorney general’s office can and should have a role in reforming the criminal justice system in California, which Harris said has the highest recidivism rate in the nation. What must also be taken seriously, she said, are issues that

impact the state’s environment because they impact all Californians, who she said need to be able to drink clean water and breathe clean air. Harris, 46, started her career as a prosecutor in Alameda County. The Berkeley native eventually became San Francisco’s district attorney, a post she’ll leave to become attorney general. Several politicians, community figures and others attended the press conference, including L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, California Assemblymember Mike Davis and community activist Willis Edwards. John Van de Kamp, a former attorney general of California, told the L.A. Watts Times he supports Harris because he felt she was the best choice of all the attorney general candidates he interviewed. “My conclusion was, at the end of the day, that she had a broader gauge that was a better fit for the office,” he said. Some issues he said she will have to confront include mortgage fraud, issues that have come up due to the scandals in the City of Bell, and water problems in the City of Barstow. After the press conference, Black community figures characterized Harris as “enlightened” and a “visionary.” “I think she’s an enlightened prosecutor; I think she (distinguishes) herself as such,” said L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, later citing that “the emphasis of her work is on prevention rather than focusing on what happens on the back end of the problem.” He said he hopes to see her address what he calls scam artists in the foreclosure industry and said he thinks she’ll make sure that ballot titles are “solid and fair.” Edwards, who is on the board for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said, “I think she’s a visionary. She thinks outside the box about solving a problem. And, in this day and time, we need someone who’s a real visionary who thinks outside of the box and thinks that we can do better.” Between Harris and Cooley, California State Assemblymem-

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ber Steven Bradford said he thinks Harris was the best choice. One thing he hopes to see Harris do as attorney general is give a more comprehensive look at some of the environmental justice issues that he says primarily fall on poor and minority communities. “A lot of times people have turned their back on that … thinking that’s not (an) issue of great concern but it really is,” Bradford said. “It impacts kids, be it childhood asthma, increased cancer rates, things of that nature. “And the attorney general will have to be the hammer to work with some of these corporations to make sure that they’re not polluting, and if they have polluted, that they clean up the mess they’ve made.” Later that day, she told the Sentinel and Watts Times: “There’s a lot of work that I plan to do and to begin what will hopefully be work that will impact people … over a period of time.”

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Miami Heat forwards LeBron James (6), and Chris Bosh (1) along with guard Dwyane Wade (3) stand on the court in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Miami, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 95-87.

Haters, rejoice! Heat struggles delighting many BY TIM REYNOLDS AP SPORTS WRITER MIAMI – When it comes to the Miami Heat, it almost seems like there’s no choice between loving ‘em or hating ‘em. Most hate ‘em. Booing, sure, that’s a given. Happens in every arena in the league, even sometimes their own. Hawkers of “Beat The Heat� Tshirts in Orlando were busy when Miami visited there last week. In Philadelphia, Dwyane Wade got jeered more loudly than ever, getting no love in the city where it’s allegedly brotherly. And the only time LeBron James draws applause on the road is when something goes wrong. Which, to the delight of many in the NBA, is happening far more often than anyone expected. “I want them to lose all their games,� Dallas owner Mark Cuban said. Hey, they’re coming closer to that than many ever imagined. A team that expected magnificence is getting mediocrity instead — a 9-8 record entering Monday’s game against Washington. The Heat began the day in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the New York Knicks. If the Heat had that record in the West, they’d be barely hanging on to the final playoff spot. And this week, James goes back to Cleveland for the first time as a visiting player. For as harshly as the Heat have been received until now, Thursday’s trip to a city scorned by its longtime hero might prove downright venomous. “If you lose, no one’s going to be happy, nor should they be,� Heat

coach Erik Spoelstra said. Well, actually, plenty of people are happy about it — the rest of the NBA, for starters. From the moment that James made his decision on July 8 to play for Miami, the Heat knew this was coming. They knew they would carry the biggest bulls-eye in the NBA, even though the Los Angeles Lakers are the defending champions and the Boston Celtics are the reigning kings of the Eastern Conference. “As an opposing player, you’re going to have those boos, no matter what,� James said. “I had those boos when I was a Cleveland Cavalier and I’m having them again as a Heat.� Taking hits from across the league, that’s one thing. Taking hits from one another, that’s the latest issue. James bumped Spoelstra during a time-out in Dallas on Saturday night, a shoulder-to-shoulder bump that may have been unintentional, may have been out of frustration, may have been intended to send a message. James reached back instantly, almost as if making an apology, but no matter — by the time that quarter was over, the play was already on YouTube and the Twitterverse was buzzing that the two-time NBA MVP just hit his coach. “A perfect case of overspeculation on this team,� Spoelstra said. Yes, but to that fire, the Heat added plenty of fuel. Spoelstra said he will not change his coaching style — “I’m going to demand, push, prod. A lot of times players don't know what is needed for a team to break through,� he said — and, at least See HEAT HATERS, page 18

Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-tocoast and all the stops in between and beyond. Serena Williams will not seek her sixth Australian Open title in January, nor will she play in the Hopman international mixed teams competition. Reason: Cutting her foot on broken glass has led to a second operation. And the beat continues‌ This is UCLA-USC week. It’s the traditional smack-talking time when one will have bragging rights for another year — depending on whichever team beats the other on Dec. 4. UCLA (4-7) hasn’t had much smack to talk about against USC (75) in recent years or in 2010. The Trojans suffered a 20-16 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday at the Coliseum, so Rick Neuheisel’s good-for-nothin’ UCLA Bruins may have a prayer against the Trojans at the Rose Bowl this weekend. Notre Dame (7-5) made its season by upsetting the Trojans. Its team had lost to USC eight times in a row before winning last Saturday. The Bruins were drubbed by Arizona State, 55-34, on Nov. 26, nearly a week before its scheduled game against USC. See SPORTS BEAT, page 19

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49ers must prepare to move forward without RB Gore BY JANIE MCCAULEY AP SPORTS WRITER SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Frank Gore’s season is over — and what a hit for the San Francisco offense. The 49ers placed their star running back on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. Gore fractured his right hip during the Niners’ 27-6 win at Arizona on Monday night and was scheduled to undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury. The team made the announcement less than two hours after Mike

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San Francisco 49ers’ Brian Westbrook (20) celebrates his touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals with teammate Frank Gore (21) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz.

Singletary’s weekly news conference, then released a statement from the coach. “It is unfortunate that we had to place Frank on IR,� Singletary said. “He is not only a great football player, but a tremendous leader. He plays with such passion and desire, two traits that will serve him well as he recovers from the injury.� Singletary said he wasn’t sure when Gore got hurt. The two-time Pro Bowler, in his sixth NFL season, ran for 853 yards and three touchdowns this season and also caught a teamleading 46 passes for 452 yards and two TDs. Gore’s 24 100-yard rushing games are the most in 49ers franchise history. Losing him is a big blow for San Francisco, which at 4-7 is only a game out in the NFC West despite an 0-5 start. The 49ers actually hid Gore’s helmet from him on the sideline because he wanted to stay in the game. San Francisco also placed wide receiver Dominique Zeigler on IR with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. For now, Brian Westbrook and rookie Anthony Dixon will be called See 49ERS, page 19

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Michael Jackson Continues to Inspire Fans with ‘Vision’

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Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje arrives at the Four Seasons Hotel for the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007.

Adewale AkinnuoyeAgbaje: Acting as a Search for Truth BY LISA LOVING SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE SKANNER GROUP Born in England to a family of Nigerian immigrants, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has built his acting career in television and blockbuster films that span action, drama and comedy. His face is familiar to millions of TV viewers for his roles as Mr. Eko in “Lost,” and Simon Adebisi in the cult HBO prison drama, “Oz.” Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s work stands out because of his ability to bring multi-dimensional characters across cultural and national borders. He co-stars with Dwayne Johnson in “Faster,” opening this week — in which AkinnuoyeAgbaje plays a Southern evangelist preacher. His next project is even more of a challenge. The Skanner News’ Lisa Loving spoke with him about his art, his motivations, and the secret of his wide-ranging career. The Skanner News: Where are you right now? Adewale: Right now I’m in Nottingham, it’s a town about three hours north of London. I’m on the set of my latest film, “Best Laid Plans,” which is a modern adaptation of the book “Of Mice and Men,” in which I’m playing the Lenny character. TSN: Wow. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje: A 37-year-old man with a sevenyear-old mentality. Very, very challenging. TSN: That’s quite a literary role. AAA: That’s right. It’s quite a

leap from our friend the Evangelist, let’s put it that way, in “Faster.” Both of these roles are very different in nature, and challenge me to extend my range. That’s why I really loved being the Evangelist, because he’s embedded in part of the Black American history that I relish, you know, Martin Luther Kingesque kind of feel. But, there’s a great arc in the character, you see who he was before. Obviously being British, it’s an opportunity for me to get into another culture, another accent, another language. And, then with the full regalia — the choir — it’s just one of those roles, as an actor, you relish. Certainly I was, being part of that African-American snippet of history. TSN: You know what’s really interesting, looking at your history of films, you have a foot in so many different cultures, and it’s really fascinating to hear you talk about your relationship with African-American culture. I mean as a Brit, and as a child of Nigerian immigrants — I would have to describe you as a really truly international person. So, what is your relationship with African-American culture? AAA: Well, I mean really, it’s a source of inspiration and the foundation of my career, to be honest. I mean obviously being an immigrant, or the son of immigrants that migrated to England, I was placed in England at a time when there was a lot of racial tension and just an unwillingness to accept the immigrant population. In fact we were the See ADEWALE AKINNUOYEAGBAJE, page 16

BY KIMBERLY C. ROBERTS SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE As the legend and the legacy of Michael Jackson continues to grow, fans and curiosity seekers worldwide still have a voracious appetite for his music, his magic, and his mystique. With that in mind, Epic/ Legacy Recordings has released “Michael Jackson’s Vision,” marking the first time that the entire library of short films produced by Jackson during his career has ever been made available. Packaged as a deluxe boxed set, “Michael Jackson’s Vision,” now available is stores, contains more than 4 1/2 hours of content in three DVDs, capturing the “entire spectrum” of Jackson’s pioneering short films that “transformed the entertainment industry with timeless, pop culture classics that today’s youth embrace with as much passion as their parents did a gener-

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ation earlier.” The compilation consists of more than 40 videos, 10 of them previously unavailable on DVD, and each presented in newly restored color and remastered audio. And, this release marks the debut of the short film for the R. Kelly composition “One More Chance.” The label states that the simultaneous emergence of MTV as a television force and Jackson’s breakout as a global superstar provided the most epochal musical/cultural shift since the Beatles. Seizing the potential of MTV’s 24-hour reach, Jackson produced and starred in a series of what would become iconic short musical films that redefined and established the perimeters, and parameters, of an entire new medium. “Thriller,” Jackson’s wildly popular short-form masterpiece directed by John Landis (“American Werewolf in London”), recently became the first and only music

video to be inducted by the Library of Congress into the National Film Registry, an elite collection of only a few hundred films. “Michael Jackson’s Vision” includes the full-length versions of “Thriller” and “Black or White” as well as the classic “Bad,” directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Also included in the boxed set are Jackson’s collaborations with such noted film directors as John Singleton (“Remember the Time”), Spike Lee (“They Don’t Care About Us”) and David Fincher (“Who Is It?”) as well as “Ghosts,” his rarelyseen collaboration with special effects legend Stan Winston. The limited edition boxed-set includes a third disc with bonus features, as well as a 60-page glossy hard-bound book that includes behind-the-scenes photos from Jackson’s personal archives. And to think that there was a time when MTV wouldn’t show his videos.

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EVENT 12-04-10 TOWN HALL (OFFICE OF MIKE DAVIS) — Assemblyman Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles) will hold a utilities town hall Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, to discuss energy conservation, the cost of energy, special programs and new legislation Mike Davis regarding utilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. The event will take place at the FAME Renaissance Center, 1968 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. Its purpose is to inform consumers of legislation concerning utilities and how it will have an impact on their household expenses. More information: (213) 744-2111. LUNCHEON — The 31st Annual KickOff Luncheon will take place Dec. 4 at the LAX Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles. The aim of the event is to raise funds for Ruth Moore’s 45th Annual Christmas Party, which will be put on by F. Ruth Moore V.S.O. Inc. The party will be for at-risk youth. Tickets for the luncheon cost $60 per person and $600 per table. Checks can be made out to F. Ruth Moore V.S.O. Inc., P.O. Box 1380, Los Angeles, CA 90001. More information: www.frmvso.org. HELP & HOPE FAIR (LA NHS) — The Help & Hope Fair will take place Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Tabernacle, 321 N. Eucalyptus Ave., Inglewood. Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services (LA NHS) is sponsoring the event in partnership with several entities. At the event, there will be HUD-certified housing agencies, lenders/servicers, and attorneys with information on foreclosure prevention and the home-buying process, including down payment assistance programs. Bank of America, Carrington, CitiMortgage and several others will be onsite working to help families. Information: http://www.lanhs.org. Information to sign up: (888) 895-2647, RSVP@lanhs.org.

12-05-10 LUNCHEON (SPEAKLA.COM) — A luncheon honoring grandparents and caregivers will take place Dec. 5, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at LAX, 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles. The event will be presented by the Wiley Center for Speech and Language

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Development. Tickets, more information: www.speakLA.com, (310) 649-6199. FILM ON MUMIA — A film screening titled “Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal” will take place Dec. 5, 7 p.m., at Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which cost $12 at the door, can also be purchased at http://downtownindependent.com. More information: (213) 321-0575. TENNIS TOURNAMENT (LAGARDÈRE UNLIMITED) — Several talents in U.S. tennis are teaming up to bring a charity tennis event to the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach on Dec. 5: the Inaugural Charity Challenge. The format will consist of a Pro Am, three exhibition matches and an evening party that includes surprise musical guests and an auction — all held at the Club. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will benefit from the event. The Pro Am event will see amateur participants test their skills against some of the greatest names in past, present and future tennis. Other players already confirmed include former world No. 1 and three-time grand slam winner Lindsay Davenport and former world No. 1 and two-time U.S. Open champion Tracy Austin, as well as African-American tennis player Sloane Stephens and Denis Kudla. There will also be exhibition matches taking place at the country club. The matches will be a fan-friendly, close up showcase of American tennis, spanning three generations. The event will also feature celebrity umpires and live giveaways. Pro Am spots cost $3,500 and include a VIP box for the exhibition matches plus a table at the evening dinner/auction/party for participants and their five guests. Grand Slam tables are available at $2,000 and include six box seats to the exhibition and a table for six at the evening party. Exhibition matches will begin at 3 p.m., but ticket holders are also invited to come early and see the Pro Am action, which begins at 10 a.m. Courtside tickets are available now and are priced at $100. For ticket sales, go to www.ticketalternative.com, and to secure a Pro Am spot contact Stuart Duguid at sduguid@lagardereunlimited.com or (202) 721-9571.

12-06-10 COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS (YOUNG COMMUNICATIONS) — Best Start, a program from First 5 LA that is designed to help infants and toddlers get off to a good start in life, is holding community discussions in December. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn what Best Start can mean for their families and communities. One Best Start discussion will take place Dec. 6, 1 to 4

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p.m., at the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center in the Mobley Multipurpose Room. The center is at 10925 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles. Refreshments will be served. A second discussion will take place Dec. 14, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Rita D. Walters Learning Complex in the gymnasium, 915 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles. Dinner will be served. Transportation and childcare are available upon request. For reservations, contact Tina Chinakarn, program officer, at (213) 482-7521 or tchinakarn@first5la.org.

12-11-10 COLORS OF CHRISTMAS (CITY OF CERRITOS) — For 17 seasons, the Colors of Christmas extravaganza has taken place at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

12-07-10 OPEN HOUSE (YOUNG COMMUNICATIONS) — Hollywood’s Blessed Sacrament School invites neighbors and parents to visit its historic campus Dec. 7, from 10 am to noon. The pre-K to 8thgrade school recently added a separate preschool for 3- to 5-year-olds. The school is at 6641 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, adjacent to the Blessed Sacrament Church. Enter the school grounds from Cassil Place, east of the school building. You may park there for free. More information: (323) 467-4177, www.schoolblessedsacrament.org.

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12-08-10 WORKSHOP — “Feeling Good About Doing Good: What You Need to Know About Representing Non-Profits or Sitting on the Board of a Non-Profit” is a workshop that will take place Dec. 8, noon, and is also scheduled for next year on Jan. 12. Some topics for the Dec. 8 workshop include government regulation, legal checkups and more. The workshop will take place at 300 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Cost, more information: http://www.bhba.org/intus/event3/signup. asp?event_id=2759.

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12-09-10 COMEDY (PLANETPIX MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP) — A comedy tour, titled “FUNATICAL: Taking Comedy to the Extreme,” will come to Los Angeles Dec. 9 at The Comedy Store, at 8433 W. Sunset Blvd. The aim of the tour is to unify all Americans. “FUNATICAL” features an Indian Jewish comedian, a black Muslim convert, an Arab Jewish performer, a half Iranian/half black performer, Hindu comedians and more. “FUNATICAL” will also take place at Beyond the Stars Palace theater in Glendale (at 417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.) on Dec. 10, and the Los Angeles Theatre Center (at 514 S. Spring St.) on Dec. 11. The tour’s motto is “We Come in Peace.” More information: www.funaticalcomedy.com, www.planetpixproductions.com/blog/?p=57.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010 (CCPA) with holiday melodies and pop music. This yearly celebration returns with two-time Grammy winner Peabo Bryson again headlining an array of entertainers that include James Ingram, gospel great Oleta Adams, and Grammy winner Stephanie Mills. Backed by a full orchestra and a gospel choir, Bryson, Ingram, Adams and Mills individually and collectively deliver greatest hits and yuletide favorites in the Colors of Christmas. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 12. Tickets, priced from $50 to $95, can be purchased at the CCPA Ticket Office, at www.cerritoscenter.com, or by calling (562) 467-8818. The center is at 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. More ticket or event information: (562) 467-8818, to www.cerritoscenter.com.

ONGOING ART SHOWCASE (JEFF CLEMENTS) — Dr. Jeffery A. Clements’ artwork is being displayed as part of his latest “Nostalgic Pastimes” showcase through Dec. 11. His work is being showcased at the FrameStore gallery, 8692 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Clements was on the scene four years ago with fine arts drawings of dilapidated houses. His artwork will be on display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend. Information: (310) 837-4531. HOW WE ROLL (CAAM) — The California African American Museum (CAAM) is presenting “How We Roll,” an exhibition featuring African Americans in skateboarding and surfing. “How We Roll” takes the viewer through an historical step-by-step voyage of how surfing evolved into skateboarding, the kinship with roller-skating, and how “The Roll” created a cultural revolution that has influenced many parts of popular culture over the past four decades. This exhibition is free to the public, and began its six-month run on July 28 at CAAM, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. The exhibit will conclude Jan. 2, 2011. When entering the museum, viewers can see artwork in an 11,000-square-foot enclosed modern courtyard. The 5,100 cubic feet of wall space allows the skateboarders (who are also the artists, photographers, musicians and much more) to create large-scale installations. Central to the exhibition is a Skater’s Gallery featuring action pictures, personal stories, skater bios, magazine covers, decks/boards and artwork from many legendary skateboarders. Other sections of the exhibition expound upon the influence of musical genres such as punk rock, hip-hop, jazz and reggae on the industry and culture, and the importance of the skate shop as the core or hub of the culture. More information: www.caamuseum.org. PLAY (DC PUBLICITY) — “Much Ado About Nothing” will continue its run until Dec. 19 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. This production of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will be the first full-

shows the history of segregation in California through the personal story of the Mendez family and their struggle to end school segregation. Their sacrifices resulted in the closing of not only Mexican-American schools but also abolishing segregated schools for AsianAmerican and Native-American children as well. The museum is at 9786 W. Pico Blvd. (at the southeast corner of Pico Boulevard and Roxbury Drive), Los Angeles. More information: (310) 5538403.

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scale, indoor production presented by the Shakespeare Center. The performing company of 17 actors and musicians will include Chris Butler, Helen Hunt, Anthony Manough, Sara Watkins and others. The choreographer is Julie Arenal. Director Ben Donenberg has set this production on a California vineyard. In a press release, he is quoted as saying, “We are thrilled about Helen Hunt and Tom Irwin playing Beatrice and Benedick – they are both picture perfect to play these parts because they can so beautifully explore how two people with a rocky unresolved past can drop their defenses and pretenses, rediscover each other, and find a new way to love.” Ticket cost $35 to $70, and premium tickets are also available. Ticket information: (213) 628-2772, centertheatregroup.org/muchado. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.?More information: www.shakespearecenter.org, www.facebook.com/shakescenter. CIVIL RIGHTS EXHIBITIONS (MOT) — “The Courage” and “Para Todos Los Ninos” exhibits at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) will run through Dec. 13. These exhibits highlight in separate but related installations the contributions of both Latinos and African-Americans to the Civil Rights Movement. “Courage” is the story of the Rev. Joseph Delaine and some citizens of Clarendon County, S.C., who, in 1950, brought a lawsuit to challenge racial segregation in schools that led to the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. This interactive, multimedia presentation depicts what life was like for African Americans living in the South during this time and features a diorama of a fire-bombed church, and recreations of the separate and unequal classrooms that existed at the time. Also, while most people know about desegregation in the South, a separate exhibit at the museum, “Para Todos Los Ninos: Fighting Segregation in California,” focuses on a lesser-known case: the story of the landmark case in Southern California that took place almost 10 years before Brown v. Board of Education. This new bilingual exhibition

“GREAT EXPECTATIONS” (ANW) — A Noise Within (ANW), the classical repertory theater company, offers a choice for family holiday entertainment with Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” The production, which is the West Coast premiere of a stage adaptation by Neil Bartlett, plays through Dec. 19. Special rates for groups (10 or more) and school groups are available. “Great Expectations” is the story of Pip, orphaned as an infant and thrust into a childhood of cruel poverty, who clings to the hope of a brighter life. On a rainswept winter’s eve, great tidings arrive: An anonymous benefactor has anointed Pip heir to a tremendous fortune, setting into motion a life’s journey ripe with wonder, heartbreak and finally triumph. A Noise Within is at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. To purchase tickets or for a full season brochure, call (818) 240-0910, ext.1, visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.

include Clair Huxtable in “The Cosby Show.” “A Raisin in the Sun” will play from March 23 to April 17, 2011. Ticket, showtime and more information: www.ebonyrep.org. EXHIBITION (CSU DOMINGUEZ HILLS) — “Winston Hewitt: A Retrospective Exhibition of his Paintings and Prints,” will continue through Dec. 8. Hewitt (1922 to 2006) had a long career, including a profession as an artist and professor of French literature at California State University, Dominguez Hills. His art is the summary expression of his “authentic interests.” Colored landscapes and prints by Hewitt will be on display in this visual celebration of his life. The opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10. Admission is free. The gallery, in La Corte Hall A-107, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. It will be closed for Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. CSU Dominguez Hills is at 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson. Visitor parking permits may be purchased for $4 at dispensing machines in each campus lot. More information about Hewitt: www.winstonhewitt.org. Event information: (310) 243-3334.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN (ERT) — Phylicia Rashad is set to make her Los Angeles directorial debut with a production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play “A Raisin “Skulls II” by Winston Hewitt. in the Sun.” Ebony Repertory Theatre is returning this play to Los The deadline for receipt of calendar Angeles. Preview performances begin on listings is Friday, noon, at least March 23, 2011, at the Nate Holden two weeks prior to activity. Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Fax to: (323) 299-3896, Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. Single e-mail us at lawattsnus@aol.com or tickets are on sale. Rashad has starred in mail to: L.A. Watts Times, many films including: “For Colored 3800 Crenshaw Blvd. Girls Who Have Considered Suicide Los Angeles, CA 90008. When the Rainbow is Enuf,” “Just All calendar items are received from Wright,” “Free of Eden,” and several various senders other movies. Her television credits and are subject to being edited.


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Word of the Week

Person of the Week

The Wonderful Name of Jesus BY ELDER JASON MALVEAUX BETHESDA TEMPLE CHURCH, LOS ANGELES Scripture: St Mark 16:17-18 This season of Advent brings to the foreground of our thoughts the entrance of Jesus, the Christ, onto the world stage. We consider the meaning, impact and message of the baby born in a manger under a celestial miracle. We also take time to contemplate what His life and ministry means on a personal level. Inarguable is the impact of Jesus Christ on the history of the human race. The name of Jesus has outstripped the heroic stature of any that came before Him or after. More than a world leader, peace advocate, or spiritual teacher, Jesus’ name has won the hearts of billions the world over. Jesus is revered not only for the virtuous nature of His character, but also for the mystical affect of His Name. H.G. Wells solidifies my claim by saying, “I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.” No other figure is so loved like Jesus. However, this fact would bear little consequence had it not been for the mystical, spiritual power of His name. No other name under heaven has been responsible for physical healings, whole life sustainable transformation, and driving out the power of demons except the name of Jesus. Some people utilize the name of Jesus as a defensive weapon

Elder Jason Malveaux against perceived spiritual attack while others gain personal strength and power from the use of His name. Apparently, the authority in His name can not be faked. One must be connected, leagued, and locked in with Jesus in order to utilize the influence of His name. Such an ability to influence physical outcomes by spiritual means is the right of all who carry the name of Jesus Christ in them. This gifting, this impartation to you from the Holy Spirit is made evident to serve others. 1 Corinthians 12:7 & 11 states, “The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others… But it is the Spirit who does all this and decides which gifts to

give to each of us.” Therefore, in the worship service, we are charged to be mindful the presence of those who may not understand and are therefore closed to the possibility of supernatural impartation. The agent that keeps the visitor from thinking we are “crazy,” opening his heart to Jesus Christ is our orderly conduct and the love with which we express the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The fact is the lame walk on a fairly regular basis in the church. The deaf ear is opened. Moreover, the demonic forces are commanded and expected to leave individuals quite regularly. However, such activity is not regular in the world. The world seeks the guidance of professional counselors, doctors, and the like because they are completely unfamiliar with and therefore have no faith in the influence of the name of Jesus. As we hasten toward to history’s closing hours we should also return to a resolute sense of the awesome power of the name of Jesus. Not only should we press in to the character of Jesus as an influencer of our daily decisions, but also of our health and spiritual well-being. While we recognize with great clarity the effects of Jesus personality on the human historical front evident in the dedication that men have exhibited toward him, we are also aware that He is much more. He promised to be with us to the end of the age. He is indeed with us because the power of His name is still as effective as He promised it would be to those who believe. May we ever love, honor, revere, and glory in the wonderful name of Jesus.

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first Black British generation that was born there, so we got the brunt of that. Any time there’s any kind of something new there’s always teething problems, and it took the form of a skinhead subculture, so I was subjected to a lot of racism and brutality growing up. And, what always gave me hope and inspiration was actually watching images on the TV from things like “The Cosby Show,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” because it really signified to me that there was another reality for me as a Black man. And, the moment I got the opportunity I just leapt at it. I didn’t know at that point what I wanted to do, I just knew what I didn’t want to

do and what I didn’t want to be at that time. So it provided a gateway for my dreams. And again just watching the struggle of the African Americans, coming through slavery, civil rights, to the African Americans as we know them today, it was inspiring to me. I remember reading Malcolm X, as a teenager, his book, and that was very influential for me as a teenager growing up, you know as a source of identity. And, just how to basically approach life and feel proud of yourself as a Black man. So, the African American culture has for me been very significant in my development as a Black man and also as an artist. Many of the artists inspired me, and

not just African American artists — Hollywood’s great movies. TSN: One of the things I’m always curious about artists such as yourself is who are the other artists or people who inspired you to do what you do. AAA: There’s a whole range. I like the classic era of Hollywood — Peter Lorre, Kirk Douglas, you know, some of those greats, right up through Daniel Day Lewis, Jeffrey Wright, Sean Penn, because for me they signify the artistry in our craft, and they always seek the truth in their characters and in their performance. So I always aim to emulate that See ADEWALE AKINNUOYEAGBAJE, page 17

NAACP Board Member Willis Edwards honored at World AIDS Day ceremony California representative celebrated for contributions to fight against HIV/AIDS

Willis F.E. Edwards Willis F.E. Edwards, who is California’s representative to the National Board of the NAACP and First Vice President of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch, was honored at the 10th Annual “Heroes in the Struggle” awards ceremony. The ceremony was held annually on World AIDS Day, in order to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS in black communities. Edwards has a long and distinguished history in progressive politics and activism, and has been a longtime member of the NAACP. In 1967 he founded the NAACP Image Awards show, which is still the premiere awards show honoring people of color in film, television, music and literature. In 1986 Edwards helmed production of the first ceremony to be televised nationally on NBC. Edwards was diagnosed with AIDS in the 1990s. Undeterred, he continued his involvement in civil rights activism, helping Rosa Parks earn a seat next to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton at the 1999 State of the Union address. He is still the Vice President of Development and Planning for the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute in Detroit. Edwards also began working with the Minority AIDS Project to prevent and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among people of color. An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States today live with AIDS, 51 percent of whom are African American. “Willis Edwards is an inspiration to a new generation of activists,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock. “Through his continued commitment to civil rights, as well as his outspoken crusade against AIDS, Willis has always stood up for what he believes in and has done so with conviction and humility. We should all remember his mantra, ‘Do what you can from where you are.’ ” “Willis Edwards personifies the dedication to civil rights that has defined the NAACP over our one-hundred year history,” said NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Even after being diagnosed with a life-altering illness, Willis continued his life work with the same passion and imagination that he always brought to it. We are proud that he is being given this prestigious honor.” Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


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Be Equal Hunger in a season of plenty ToNew African-American BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX NNPA COLUMNIST

Thanksgiving. I don’t know how many times I moved away from a table, full as I could be with food and fellowship, friendship and renewal. Goodwill abounds with a special sweetness as I offer and accept hugs from friends I’ve not seen in a year. And the food — always food because it is one of the ways that we express love and connection — is bountiful; turkey, greens, mac and cheese, gumbo, chicken, ribs, and yams. Not all at one time, to be sure, but there were a lot of folk that put their foot in some pots this thanksgiving weekend. If I had not already felt fortunate, a report from the Food Research and Action Center puts my bountiful weekend into perspective. While my friends and I ate well, almost 18 percent of Americans said they struggled to afford enough food to feed themselves during the last year. The number who are hungry dropped from 18.6 percent a year ago to 17.7 percent, still one in five Americans cannot afford enough food. Poor people are the most likely to experience food insecurity, and we know who the poor are. They are African American and Latino. They are very young or very old. They are likely to live in Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri, Georgia or Texas. They depend on federal aid for food stamps and other assistance, and yet this aid is now being considered for cuts by the lame duck Congress. There are signs that our recession is abating, signs that more money is being spent, that more jobs are being generated. But the unemployment rate is still well over 9 percent, and in the African American community the real unemployment rate may be as high as 28 per-

Julianne Malveaux cent. If the recession is abating, it has not trickled down to the people who are hungry. With projections that unemployment rates may stay high through 2011, the possibility that some people will have enough to eat is bleak. Our lives are rife with contradictions. Childhood obesity coexists with extreme hunger, and yet childhood obesity is a result of the way that food is priced, the unavailability of healthy food in some neighborhoods, and our failure to provide nutritional education to so many. First Lady Michelle Obama is to be commended for tackling childhood obesity issues. Still, our lives are rife with contradictions and even as there are obesity issues, our youngsters are barraged with advertisement touting fatty, fried, unhealthy food. The contradictions persist when we see food being discarded in one home while people are hungry in another. It shouldn’t take rocket science to connect these homes, and yet connections are so

weak that people are managing hunger just steps from places of plenty. What might we do to ensure that the bounty of the season is shared, that we celebrate a holiday season when not a single person goes hungry? I know dozens of folk who turned out on Thanksgiving Day to share the bounty of the season, serving meals and putting together baskets for the hungry. In Greensboro, our own Bennett Professor Rev. Eric Cole’s Shalom Community Christian Church fed hundreds; efforts like his happened all over the country. There is a symbolic richness to feeding people on Thanksgiving Day, but who will feed them in February, in April, in June. This end of the year richness and generosity is wonderful and important, yet it is not enough. There are structural reasons that so many are poor, that so many are hungry, that so many are out of work. Even as we manage this recession, there are some who are becoming enriched by the challenges that others face. The Washington, D.C.-based Food Research and Action Center deserves kudos for the work they do to keep the issue of hunger out front. This is a season when, for so many of us, our cup runneth over with food, with friendship, with energy. Is it possible that we can share the overflow with those who are hungry and needy, by donating to important causes, by rolling our sleeves up and serving food, and most importantly, by working to change public policy around poverty to ensure that there is more work and that all who work can earn a living wage? If we can’t tackle these issues, how can we push back from a full table in good conscience? Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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and be around those kinds of actors, because I feel I’ll stretch out my reach and that’s what you want to do as an artist. TSN: The obvious follow up is – when you look at the work you’ve done I can’t think of very many actors who move so seamlessly between drama and action — “The Bourne Identity” action films, “Lost,” and “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.” And I just remember you so well in that episode of “Monk.” That was one of those episodes that make you cry! So how do you do that? Do feel like that’s remarkable? Or do you have to put on a different hat? Because you just have an ability to dig right into the emotional reality whether it’s silly or whether people are being shot at or whether it’s making this heartfelt

relationship within the script. What’s your secret? AAA: I think my secret is the quest for truth in the character. And, I don’t want to cheat the audience of an ounce of that truth. So, to me I just want to give them every last drop of myself in portraying a character because if they’re not passed through the performance being inspired then I haven’t really done my job. And, also I think this is a personal quest — I enjoy the journey of discovering the characters, particularly with a character like Monk and even the Evangelist — every time you close yourself in with these characters, with the spirits of these characters, it’s a journey, and one that’s really meaningful and enjoyable. It’s something that I think I was born to do. I wouldn’t put it on somebody

because it’s not easy, migrating and going between these different realms. Certainly with Monk I was up against an extremely good actor, Tony Shalhoub, who just makes that process easy. And, even with Dwayne in his movie — I think the audience will be blown away by the level of the drama and the performance, because I was. There were scenes where we really went for it, because it’s rare that you see two big men onscreen being that emotional, but, at the same time, still having the dignity and the masculinity of a man. There are a couple of lovely scenes that we relished, but Dwayne was just on point, and he cried in the scenes several times; we only did two or three takes and nailed it. It’s always a pleasure when somebody comes to work. And, he came.

Congress members elected in midterms BY MARC H. MORIAL NNPA COLUMNIST As recently reported in The Wall Street Journal, While centrist Democrats bore the brunt of the midterm election losses, members of the Black and Hispanic caucuses won 56 of 60 re-election bids. The more than 40 returning AfricanAmerican members of Congress and at least five new ones are coming to Washington fired up and determined to beat back the coming attacks on the progressive agenda the country voted for in 2008. As a result of the elections, seven new African Americans will be sworn-in as new House members on Jan. 5. These include two Tea Party endorsed Black Republicans — Tim Scott, of South Carolina, and Allen West, of Florida, — and the first Black woman ever to represent the state of Alabama, Terri Sewell. A native of Selma, Sewell (DAL) comes from a politically active family that placed a strong emphasis on education. Her mother was the first African American woman elected to the Selma City Council. Sewell is a graduate of both Princeton and Harvard Law School and currently works as a public interest lawyer in Birmingham. High on her legislative priorities list is job creation, health care, and help for Black farmers. Karen Bass (D-CA) of Los Angeles is the nation’s first Black woman State Assembly Speaker. She will represent California ’s 33rd Congressional District in the U.S. Congress. Congresswoman-elect Bass is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills and the University of California School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. She credits having led the California state assembly during the state’s historic fiscal crisis for giving her a grassroots understanding of what it will take to cure the nation’s economic woes. Hansen Clarke (D-MI) of Detroit, assumes the House seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick for the past 14 years. A graduate of Cornell University , Clarke formerly served as a member of the Michigan House and

Marc Morial State Senate. He brings years of legislative experience and a track record of bi-partisan accomplishment to his new role. He says that helping the people of Detroit navigate the often confusing labyrinth of federal benefits and services available to them will be a major focus in Congress. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) won a landslide victory over one-term Louisiana Congressman Anh Joseph Cao. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Richmond is a graduate of Morehouse College, Tulane Law School, and the Harvard University executive program. He has served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives since 2000 and created a new markets tax credit, which has steered more than $250 million in investment to the state’s hurricane-ravaged areas. With a personality as bold as her big, stylish Stetsons, Frederica Wilson (D-FL) will be occupying the House seat previously held by Florida’s Kendrick Meeks. Congresswoman-elect Wilson is a former teacher, principal, and school board member who vows to carry her fight for resource equity to halls of Congress. All of these new AfricanAmerican members bring fresh ideas and energy to the U.S. Congress. For the sake of our nation and our communities, here’s hoping they make the right kind of difference. Marc H. Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League.


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Trustee Sale No. CA09001261-10-1 . Loan No. 0020724746 Title Order No. 100463502-CA-GTI APN 6050-019-025 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED May 17, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On December 13, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc., dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on May 24, 2007, as Instrument No. 20071261480 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: ADOLFINA DE JESUS UITZ, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN , as Trustor, in favor of BEAR STEARNS RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 817 AND 819 EAST 97TH STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90002 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $429,243.05 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: November 18, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09001261-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #6707 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0946745-2 Loan# 1915315977 Order # 4168107 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 01/06/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 01/13/2006 as Document No. 06 0089920 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, TELMA M. MARROQUIN, A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGEIT, INC., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 2747-020-011 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 21726 MERRIDY STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 91311 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $471,026.39 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to

Thursday, December 2, 2010 section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/18/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7175 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0947980-3 Loan# 3002777732 Order # 090439055 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02/20/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/28/2007 as Document No. 20070428726 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, JORGE HERNANDEZ AND LISBETH HERNANDEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, MORTGAGENT, INC, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5019-013-013 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 633-635 WEST 43RD ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90037 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $617,199.50 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/18/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7186 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0932393-3 Loan# 1009806546 Order # 090070180 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 03/12/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 03/16/2007 as Document No. 20070590882 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, SANTOS PORTILLO. A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, JUST MORTGAGE, INC., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5402-021-036 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2419 2421 AND 2421 ½ KENT STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90026 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $719,219.00 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made

a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/18/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7189 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0939348-1 Loan# 1915357296 Order # 4073237 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04/19/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/26/2006 as Document No. 06 0912076 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, ALEJANDRO L. OLIVARES, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, MORTGAGEIT, INC., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 2507-006-073 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 12459 RALSTON AVENUE #B, LOS ANGELES (SYLMAR AREA), CA 91342 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $342,296.07 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 __ Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/18/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7192 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0940891-2 Loan# 1008814582 Order # 090258980 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11/03/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/28/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 11/15/2006 as Document No. 20062523411 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, AMELIA TRIGUEROS, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, as Trustor, LOANEX FUNDING, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6088-019-009 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 833 WEST 118TH, LOS ANGELES, CA 90044 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $402,983.74 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore

executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 12/02/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7555 2010-12-02 2010-12-09 2010-12-16 Trustee Sale # CA0949538-1 Loan# 1009024173 Order # 090476437 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/21/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/27/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 12/28/2006 as Document No. 06 2881056 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, JOSE REYES, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., A FEDERALLY CHARTERED SAVINGS BANK, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5484-001-026 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 5740 MERIDIAN STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90042 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $401,379.19 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 12/02/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7623 2010-12-02 2010-12-09 2010-12-16

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publicly, none of the Heat players have demanded change. But tensions are unquestionably high. After that game, the Heat held a players-only meeting for 40 minutes. And on Monday, Spoelstra was hardly getting votes of confidence from players like Wade, who said no one — not coaches, not players — should feel good about the state of things in the Heat world. Bosh said in an on-court interview with ESPN after a recent game that players want to “chill” more than they want to practice. Then came James giving Spoelstra the shoulder, cold or otherwise. And on Monday, Wade — who has had a close relationship with

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Giants star Michael Strahan as Sportsman of the Year. Local player Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is on Mater Dei High’s basketball team, and USA Today recently ranked the team No. 1 out of its Super 25 ranking. And the beat continues… The back-to-back, worldchampion Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant lost again Sunday night as they were defeated by the Indiana Pacers, 95-92, at the Staples Center. Bryant hit for 41 points in a losing cause. In other news, Andrew Bynum could return to the Lakers line up before Christmas. But there’s a possibility that he might not. And the beat ends. Brad Pye Jr. can be reached at switchreel@aol.com.

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Continued from page 12 announcement of his decision in Cleveland and explained his reasons for leaving, fans still wouldn’t have liked it, but they would have accepted it better,” said Dr. Jack Ramsay, the former Heat broadcaster who will call Thursday’s game in Cleveland for ESPN Radio. “As it stands, emotions at this game will run high.” Hating the Heat could take on a whole new meaning. “We’ll deal with that when we get there,” Spoelstra said. “Right now, we have enough to think about.”

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HEAT HATERS Dealing with it when visiting 28 different clubs will likely be much easier than dealing with what awaits in Cleveland on Thursday. The Cavaliers and the NBA are taking extra security measures, the Heat are involved in some of those decisions, and James — who said he was leaving in a critically acclaimed hourlong special on television from Greenwich, Ct. — acknowledged last week that it might not be the best idea for his family and friends to attend the game. “If James had made the

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upon to carry a bigger load as the 49ers make a quick turnaround to play at Green Bay on Sunday. Westbrook had all of 10 touches this season before carrying 23 times for 136 yards Monday, though Singletary wants to be cautious not to overwork Westbrook and risk injury. “Frank is a big part of what we do — heart, soul, everything he brings is what you want,” Singletary said. “But thankfully, Brian Westbrook is a mature, experienced leader and we just have to be careful about how we use him and how much exposure we allow him to see. I think there

LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (Metro) REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) Metro will receive proposals for PS-100800-2641, Metro Rail Capital Projects – Construction Management Consultant (CMC) per Request For Proposal at the LACMTA Office of Procurement & Material Mgmt, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (12th Floor). All proposals must be received on or before 2:30 p. m. Pacific Time, January 11, 2011 at the address listed above, sent to the attention of Brian P. Mahaffey, Sr. CA. Proposals received later than the above date and time will be rejected and returned to the proposer unopened. Metro shall require payment of prevailing wages and strongly encourage all proposers to attend the December 21, 2010 Pre-Proposal Conference. The Pre-Proposal conference will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Overflow Conference Room on the 3rd Floor located at the address above. Metro shall select a firm on the basis of demonstrated competence and on professional qualifications necessary for the satisfactory performance of the services required. Price shall not be an evaluation factor. Metro may require additional manpower to help it perform Construction Management on its future Bus Facilities Projects. Metro wants a consultant to provide qualified personnel as needed. The provided staff will be part of a fully integrated construction management team working for Metro in the project and field offices. You may obtain a copy of the RFP, or further information, by faxing Brian P. Mahaffey at (213) 922-3883.

will be a good mixture between Brian Westbrook and Dixon. We’ll just have to see how we do that.” Westbrook, who sustained two concussions last season, had the most yards and carries — in fact the fourthmost rushes of his career — against the Cardinals since Dec. 7, 2008, when he had 33 carries for 131 yards against the Giants. “I saw him a couple of times on the sideline, and he gave me a couple of ideas of different things to do,” Westbrook said of Gore's influence. “Frank is a competitor. He wants to be out there. ”So does Westbrook, who came to San Francisco for a fresh start. The 31-year-old Westbrook was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in February after an injury-filled 2009 season. He wound up with the 49ers after talking to several coaches from various franchises. Westbrook led the NFL with 2,104 yards from scrimmage in 2007, but missed eight games last season with a pair of concussions and an ankle injury while scoring only two

touchdowns. Singletary said 23 carries could be too much of a load for Westbrook at this stage of the season even considering he hasn’t had much time on the field so far. Westbrook began this season having rushed for 5,995 yards and 37 touchdowns on 1,308 carries in eight NFL seasons, all with the Eagles, and also caught 426 passes for 3,790 yards and 29 TDs. “I used to choose the Eagles whenever I played Madden Football, just so I could be Brian Westbrook,” rookie offensive lineman Anthony Davis said after Monday’s game. Also Tuesday, Singletary declared kicker Joe Nedney healthy and ready to return from a right knee strain and bone bruise. San Francisco waived his two-week fill-in, Shane Andrus. The 49ers promoted safety Chris Maragos and running back DeShawn Wynn from the practice squad and released tackle Xavier Fulton from the practice squad.


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