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Above: Florida Memorial University President Henry Lewis III, above left, congratulates Gabrielle Bishop, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology during commencement Saturday at the Miami Gardens-based historically black university. At right, graduates in ceremonial garb celebrate their accomplishments during the ceremony. PLEASE SEE STORY ON 7A
Hazing death, arrests cloud future of ‘100’
Residents fed up with violence, stage march
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Now responsible for her son's death. that 13 people have been “If you don't clean the filth out charged in the hazing death of a it just stays there,” she said. Florida A&M University drum “You can't move forward as busimajor, the future is murky for a ness as usual.” famed marching band that has Eleven people — all band performed at the members — have Grammys, presidential been charged with inaugurations and Sufelony hazing resulting per Bowls. in death, said Gretl The band was susPlessinger, a Florida pended immediately Department of Law after Robert ChamEnforcement spokespion's death in Novemwoman. Two others ber and even the face misdemeanor governor says it's far charges. too soon for the March- CHAMPION Much like its ing 100 to take the field renowned band, quesagain. Champion's mother, Pam, tions remain about the future of took that even a step further. She the school in the state’s capital said the band should be dis- city. There is still an ongoing banded so the university can criminal investigation into the fi“clean house.” She and the fam- nances of the band, as well as a ily's attorney contend there is a probe by the state university vast effort among students and others to cover up who is PLEASE TURN TO HAZING/2A
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end. The community really came together,” Whitely said. “We want to increase communication BOYNTON BEACH — The re- with one another and increase the cent murder of two sisters in their oneness. If the members of the home sent hundreds of residents community start talking to each other, I believe you’ll into the streets and to a see a drop in the viorally calling for an end to lence.” violence. The march was igThe “Boynton United nited by the March 17 2 Bury The Violence” murder of Daphne march and rally on April Clemons, 41, and Jan28 started at the Boynton ice Rahming, 54, who Beach City Hall and were shot and killed at moved down Seacrest their home on NorthBoulevard, ending at the east Second Court. Ezell Hester Community IMMLER Reportedly, the Center, 1901 N. Seacrest shootings may have been in retalBlvd. Event organizer Rae Whitely iation for a previous killing not disaid by 7:30 a.m. some 800 sup- rectly connected to the sisters but porters had already showed up that has not been confirmed. Boynton Beach Police Chief and he estimated up to 3,000 resMatthew Immler said the sisters’ idents joined the march. “There has just been such a PLEASE TURN TO MARCH/7A spirit of fear. We wanted that to
FORT LAUDERDALE — A witness who was first on the scene of an accident where a motorist died after being beaten and hog-tied by sheriff’s deputies and county paramedics was never called to testify before the grand jury that investigated the case. The incident took place on Oct. 15, 2001, but a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family members remains in civil court. The witness, James Normile, is an ophthalmologist whose practice is located at the Swap Shop flea market on West Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Normile arrived on the scene after Oral Brown, a 37year-old naturalized citizen from Jamaica, suffered a seizure and lost control of his SUV. The vehicle crashed through a fence at the Swap Shop, hit a tree and landed upside down, leaving him suspended by his seatbelt. Normile, who witnessed the accident, said he broke out a window and crawled inside the SUV and began assisting Brown. During an interview this week, he said he was unaware Brown had been hog-tied and his death was the subject of a criminal investigation and grand jury hearing. “I just wanted to make sure the guy was okay. He was not aggressive toward me but he was gurgling and foaming at the mouth,” Normile said. “His head was trembling and he appeared to be having a seizure or some kind of fit.” Normile said he made sure Brown’s airway was clear and after paramedics arrived, he told them what he saw and showed them how to get inside the vehicle. He then left so they could “perform their jobs.” Paramedics, who cut Brown out of the wreckage, said he was disoriented and became combative and had to be forcibly subdued. He was hogtied and strapped face down on a stretcher. While being transported to the hospital, his condition was not monitored and he received no medical attention. He arrived at the emergency room still hog-tied, bloodied and covered in his own fluids. Attempts by hospital staff to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. Seeing his condition, emergency room personnel called police, who opened a homicide investigation. PLEASE TURN TO WITNESS/7A
‘Stand your ground’ pushback 10 white supremacists jailed By BRANDYSS HOWARD Special to South Florida Times
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed the unarmed Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, has MIAMI — The Task Force on been charged with second-deCitizen Safety and Protection cregree murder and is claiming the ated by Gov. Rick Scott to review law justified the killing. the state’s “stand your ground” law Zimmerman’s next court hearin the wake of the killing of Miami ing will be on Aug.8. His attorney Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin has waived his right to a speedy has had its inaugural meeting. trial. But legislators and other lead- BULLARD The legislation says that a perers in Miami-Dade are questioning the panel’s composition, even as they are son using force in self-defense “… is demanding the law be abolished or at least PLEASE TURN TO STAND/2A substantially modified.
By KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press ORLANDO — Three more people with ties to what authorities described as a white supremacist group were in jail Tuesday on felony hate crime and conspiracy charges, bringing to 10 the number of arrests from a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force operation. Authorities said they arrested 27-yearold Christopher Brooks, 21-year-old Dustin Perry and 23-year-old Richard Stockdale late Monday. Like seven others arrested last week in a multi-agency investigation, all three were charged with paramilitary
training, attempting to shoot into an occupied dwelling and evidence of prejudices while committing offense, a first-degree felony. It is a felony in Florida to participate in paramilitary training for use “in furtherance of, a civil disorder within the United States.” The “prejudices” charge falls under Florida's hate crimes law. Brooks and Stockdale were also charged with possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon. All three have bonds of more than $500,000. PLEASE TURN TO FORCE/6A
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Gov. Scott: â€˜I donâ€™t SCLC to hold convention in Sanford think itâ€™s ready yetâ€™ HAZING, FROM 1A
system into whether top officials at the university ignored past warnings about hazing. The Champion family has already told FAMU it plans to sue the university. FAMU itself set up a task force to look at hazing, although the panel has not met since a flare-up over whether it should follow the state's open meetings laws. Several members have since resigned. Whatever happens, it's too soon for the band to start playing again, said Gov. Rick Scott. He said he doesn't believe the school is yet in a position to make sure the same thing doesn't happen again. â€œThe band's got a great history but we can't afford to lose another individual like Robert Champion,â€? Scott said. â€œSo I think they ought to continue the process they've been going through with their task force, but I donâ€™t think itâ€™s ready yet." FAMU President James Ammons â€” who did not respond to multiple SCOTT phone calls over two days requesting comment â€” has not said publicly what he plans to do about the band. Several members of the board that oversees FAMU also declined comment, deferring questions to the chairman of the board, Solomon Badger. Citing the other investigations, he said he was hesitant to discuss the future while they remained pending. AMMONS Marjorie Turnbull, who is also on the board of trustees, said FAMU should not even consider reinstating the band until university officials are certain hazing has been stamped out. â€œWe've got to know this isn't going to happen again,â€? Turnbull said. Hundreds of pages of records reviewed earlier this year by The Associated Press showed years of repeated warnings about brutal hazWHITE ing passed without any serious response from the school's leadership until Champion's death. Police files show that, since 2007, nearly two dozen incidents involving the band, fraternities and other student groups had been investigated. In the wake of Champion's death, band director Julian White was fired. But his dismissal was put on hold at TURNBULL the urging of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Ammons claimed White had not done enough to prevent hazing but White's attorneys produced thick stacks of letters that showed he routinely suspended band members and he forwarded the letters to top officials. Christopher Chestnut, attorney for the Champion family, said they feared hazing would continue unless the marching stopped. When asked what needed to happen for them to feel comfortable about the band proceeding again, Chestnut said, â€œYou're asking us for a prescription to a flu and we don't know the virus. We're still piecing this together.â€?
ATLANTA (AP) â€” The Southern Christian Leadership Conference will host its annual convention in Sanford as the civil rights group aims to keep attention focused on the Trayvon Martin shooting. SCLC Interim President C.T. Vivian said the group wants to speak to the overall issue of African Americans â€œbeing seen as something they are notâ€? and â€œbeing killed for something they shouldn't be killed for.â€?
Vivian said the Martin shooting was an opportunity to engage young people and teach them about non-violent direct action, a cornerstone
of the civil rights movement. Trayvon was fatally shot in a gated apartment complex Feb. 26 by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman as the 17-yearold unarmed teen was walking back from a nearby convenience store. The case gained national attention as race was questioned as a possible factor. Zimmerman has since been charged with seconddegree murder.
Legislators push for task force changes STAND, FROM 1A
justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term â€˜criminal prosecutionâ€™ includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.â€? State Rep. Dwight Bullard is among those calling on Scott to amend the law and also reconsider his selection of members on the task force. Bullard, a Democrat, sent a letter to Scott, a Republican, expressing dissatisfaction that the panel consists of an overwhelming number of the lawâ€™s initial supporters, including Dennis Baxley, of Ocala, and David Simmons of Maitland, both Republicans, who co-sponsored the â€œstand your groundâ€? law. In his letter, Bullard said the governor â€œsent a very inconsistent message to Floridiansâ€? with the membership of the review panel. â€œThough on face you have selected a mixed group, in reality, the
lawmakers chosen Bullard renewed for this task force his call at a recent all represent a sinpress conference gular viewpoint held at the Church of having all voted the Open Door in and/or co-sponMiamiâ€™s Liberty City sored the bill,â€? he neighborhood, where said. he was joined by WatBullard noted son and state Rep. that Scott did not Cynthia Stafford. name â€œa single STAFFORD Bullard anSouth Florida lawnounced he will send maker or mayor of a public records rea large city on the quest to Scott under task force, in the stateâ€™s Sunshine essence, giving Law to find out who no voice to the rewas accepted and gions of the who was rejected for state most often membership on the plagued by gun task force. violence.â€? Watson said she Bullard called WATSON filed a request to be for Baxley and named to the panel Simmons to be taken off the and had not been fully intask force and that state Rep. formed of the selection proBarbara Watson and state cedure. â€œI was not aware of Sen. Oscar Braynon of any application process, Trayvonâ€™s hometown Miami however, I want it to be Gardens should be ap- known and it is public pointed to the panel. record. I have asked the
lieutenant governor and the governor to be a part of this task force,â€? Watson said. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll chairs the task force. Press reports said she has denied the panel is not competent to review the controversial legislation. Stafford said she heard state Sen. Gary Siplin of Orlando was appointed to the panel without going through the â€œnecessaryâ€? process or submitting an application. â€œWe all have a role to play. We are asking the governor to remove or replace his appointees and secondly we are going back to Tallahassee to make some changes to this law,â€? she said. Both Stafford and Watson called on Floridians to take an active interest in the controversy surrounding the law and borrow from the lessons of the civil rights movement.
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Nation Man convicted in Maryland beating that echoed Trayvon Martin case By SARAH BRUMFIELD Associated Press BALTIMORE — One brother was convicted and the other was exonerated in the 2010 beating of a black teenager they encountered while patrolling as watch volunteers in their Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. Judge Pamela White ruled from the bench May 3 in the case of Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim, 24 and 22. They opted for a bench trial after withdrawing a motion to move their trial because of publicity comparing their case to the fatal shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin. Both were charged with false imprisonment, seconddegree assault and carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure. The judge found Eliyahu not guilty of the weapon charge and cleared Avi on all three. They had no visible reaction when the verdict was read, though Eliyahu's wife ran from the courtroom in tears. They could have faced up to 13 years if convicted on all three charges. Prosecutors said the brothers attacked the teen, hitting him with a radio and holding him on the ground. Eliyahu testified that he acted in self-defense when the teen attacked him with a nail-studded plank and said his brother wasn't involved in the fight. The judge rejected Eliyahu's claim of self-defense. Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Wiggins told the judge the then-15-year-old boy lived in the neighborhood with his grandmother. He was walking to the bus
into windows of homes and trying the door of an SUV, he said. Once the teen saw him, Eliyahu said he got out to explain that he was with the neighborhood watch and was keeping an eye on him
because he had seen the teen walking in people's yards. Avi, who was not a Shomrim member, told the teen he belonged in school but the teen replied that he didn't have school and seemed upset, he said. The
teen turned away and pulled a plank from a nearby wooden pallet, carrying it with him. Eliyahu testified that he worried that the situation could get bad and he decided to draw on de-escala-
teen sprinted at him, raising the nail-studded board. He said he couldn't run or get back in his car, so he deflected the board with his left arm and hit the teen in the head with his right hand, which still held his radio.
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tion skills he learned in the Israeli military, hoping to reassure the agitated teen that he was just a neighborhood watch member. But when he got out of the car and began to speak, Werdesheim testified the
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Black people must never forget what Malcolm X means to us
WHAT WE THINK
Hazing tragedy long in the making he arrests announced last week in the investigation of the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion marked another sad chapter in a tragedy that was long in the making. Mr. Champion died from trauma he suffered in a hazing beating in November on a bus following a football game. It is significant that 13 people have been charged in his death, 11 of them on felony hazing counts, because it implies that at least that many were involved in some way in the incident. But what about others? The Associated Press has reported that its review of university records revealed that repeated warnings were made about brutal hazing at FAMU but no serious actions were taken. AP said also that police have investigated nearly two dozen incidents involving the marching band, fraternities and other student groups since 2007. So while it is entirely appropriate and expected that those who beat Mr. Champion are held accountable in a court of law, what about those who are culpable by not paying enough attention to the violence which evidently had been a hallmark of some aspects of student life at FAMU? It is not known at this time whether the police inquiry into the hazing death is broad enough to cover university officials. Nor is it known whether FAMU is conducting an internal probe into whether any staffers should be held accountable and appropriate action taken. What is known is that not much movement has been made in FAMU’s efforts to have a thorough investigation of hazing on campus with a goal of developing a blueprint for the future. The university announced months ago that it appointed a blue ribbon panel for that purpose. However, that group has been paralyzed by a dispute among members as to whether they should meet in private or within the ambit of Florida’s Sunshine Law. So six months after a marching band member was killed during a hazing ritual, it does not appear that FAMU is any nearer to responding institutionally to this ugly chapter in its existence. The apparent paralysis seems a reflection of the evident failure to deal promptly and effectively with the numerous reports that hazing had become a serious problem. Leaving this issue solely to law enforcement seems suspiciously like passing the buck. There should be two tracks to this investigation. One track is clearly ongoing: the police investigation. The other track should be a much more substantial institutional response from FAMU. There is no reason to believe it is happening to a degree that matches the seriousness of this challenge to the university’s future.
AL CALLOWAY SAYS AL CALLOWAY Editor’s Note: This is the first of two parts. May 19 will mark the 87th anniversary of Malcolm Little’s birth. He came to us in the flesh on that date and through an Earth–life of 39 years, extinguished by his murder, had shed personas perhaps more than any other living thing, ever. While it is somewhat known that during his physical sojourn with us Malcolm Little transitioned to Malcolm X and finally as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, little known are the real life changes he went through to be the wondrous short-lived butterfly he became. Malcolm X was one of eight children of homemaker Louise Norton Little and Earl Little, a Baptist preacher, civil rights activist and follower of black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey in the white nationalist bastion of Omaha, Neb. Before Malcolm was 4, the family had to move twice due to death threats from white supremacists. The “Christian” white people who craved democracy and law and order gave Malcolm’s father a final warning by burning down the family’s Lansing, Mich., home in 1929. Two years later, the Rev. Earl Little’s body was found on Lansing’s trolley tracks. Police officials said that both the house burning and killing were accidents. Malcolm’s mother, Louise, who was the
progeny of a white man who raped her mother in the West Indies, tried to keep the large family together after her husband’s apparent assassination. But, after a few very hard years, she broke down mentally and spent the rest of her life institutionalized.
class. He dropped out of school at 15 when a teacher he respected most told him that trying to become a lawyer was “no realistic goal for a nigger.” Malcolm got to his elder sister’s place in Boston, Mass., and found work at menial jobs reserved for blacks.
Malcolm X White nationalists conducted no investigation to find family members who would take the eight children of the Little family and they were split up and sent to various state orphanages and boarding homes for blacks. When Malcolm finally got a chance to go to school, he was older than other youngsters but proved to be very bright and got good grades. Malcolm harbored a dream of becoming a lawyer and finished junior high school at the top of his
Being resourceful, Malcolm became a dining car crew member on trains to New York and soon became a night club waiter in Harlem, where he observed the hustling game and transitioned to the underworld of gambling, drugs, prostitution, pimping and burglary. In 1946, not yet quite 21, Malcolm was arrested for burglary in Boston and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He served seven years before being paroled. Being bright, he used the time in
prison to read incessantly. Reginald, one of Malcolm’s brothers, regularly visited him in prison and turned him on to the Nation of Islam (NOI). Malcolm became a devoted follower of NOI leader Elijah Muhammad and subsequently the leading minister of the movement and official spokesman for “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.” However, Malcolm X continued to grow spiritually and intellectually (which I think are two aspects of the same quality) and, as a result, engendered resentment from others within the NOI hierarchy who looked for an opportunity to bring him down. They succeeded in doing more. On Feb. 21, 1965, a week before the end of Black History Month, Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, New York City, in front of hundreds as he began to speak. The three black assassins convicted of pumping 15 bullets into him were Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson, all members of the NOI. They were convicted of murder in March 1966. Not only should we never forget Malcolm X; we should never forget things he said, such as the following: “Human rights are something you were born with. Human rights are your God-given rights. . . .” Al Calloway is a longtime journalist who began his career with the Atlanta Inquirer during the early 1960s civil rights struggle. He may be reached at Al_Calloway@ verizon.net
Hazing death warranted nothing less than murder charge THE GANTT REPORT LUCIUS GANTT When I was in college, I was a founding member of the Zeta Theta chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. I love my line brothers to this very day and I’m eternally thankful for them. I thanked them for stopping me from killing my “big brothers” from Morehouse College’s Psi chapter who hit and paddled me whenever they wanted to. I also thank God that my children never joined a fraternity, sorority or marching band that would inflict bodily harm on fellow students and friends whom they pretended to like as brothers and sisters. I can imagine how the
parents of Robert Champion felt when they heard that the students who killed their son would only be charged with a hazing crime. I would be furious. I would want justice and I probably would seek to get justice for my child by any means necessary. I don’t care what the law enforcers and state attorneys call it but “haze-icide” is still murder. You can be hazed to death, shot, stabbed, hanged, electrocuted, impaled, poisoned, decapitated, water boarded, drowned or stressed to death. Whichever way, you are still dead and the people who caused your death are murderers. Some of my friends and neighbors in Tallahassee try to rationalize and say Robert Champion volunteered to be hazed by “crossing bus C.” I don’t think that anyone
seeking to join a student group volunteers to give up his or her life. It’s not too far a stretch to suggest that the people who beat Robert Champion to death volunteered to murder the young man if you think the volun-
“stay out of jail” because the Florida judicial system was internationally known as being unfair and somewhat backwards. You can tell something was wrong with the charges being brought against the
You can be hazed to death, shot, stabbed, hanged, electrocuted, impaled, poisoned, decapitated, water boarded, drowned or stressed to death. Whichever way, you are still dead and the people who caused your death are murderers. teer argument is logical. No disrespect to the residents of the Sunshine State but when I decided to work here and to attend graduate school here, the first thing my mother told me was to
people who killed Mr. Champion because Florida state attorneys always overcharge black defendants in criminal cases. Afterwards, baby mamas beg prosecutors to release their children
on probation and, subsequently, probation is violated and the young people spend more time on paper or in jail than they ever would have. When law enforcers take five months to figure out how to under-charge black defendants in any case, just like in the O.J. Simpson case, something “is wong (sic).” One thing “wong” or wrong, it seems, with this case is that charges are being considered in a political sense. If you throw the book at Florida A&M University and FAMU students, it would be wrong to some people. And if you let them get away with murder, you’ll anger other people. Could it be politically expedient for law enforcers who made the decision to charge participants in the Champion murder with felony hazing merely be-
cause they didn’t want to upset black voters? I hope not. I hope the family of Robert Champion can get some peace one day because today is not that day. Reports say the family thinks the Marching 100 should be disbanded until all forms of hazing is “discredited and abandoned” at Florida A&M University. I think the Rattler band should hit the field at halftime of the first FAMU football game. However, it should be the Baby Rattlers band from the FAMU Developmental Research School. Lucius Gantt is a consultant based in Tallahassee and author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing. He may be reached at allworldconsultants.net, where you can also like The Gantt Report Facebook page.
To really live, our high school grads must grow and give KEVIN MCDONALD Pretty soon, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors statewide will shake the hands of school administrators and other stage dignitaries as they participate in the pomp and circumstance of completing 13 years of school. For some, graduation was never in doubt. For others, walking across the stage in full regalia in front of family and friends would be nothing short of a miracle.
Regardless of the stories — and each student has one — the graduating class of 2012 has every reason to enjoy this watershed moment. I would be remiss if I did not congratulate them. But the celebration should not last too long. The real world awaits, whether it’s college, the military or the workforce, and the best piece of advice I can give to any graduate in this everchanging society is simply this: Really live, continue to grow and give. Growing in this sense refers to learning, so one should never stop learning. Giving is about serving others. And one should never cease from that as well
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because it is always more blessed to give than to receive. As a former journalist who has been teaching English in the Palm Beach County School District since 2001, I am forever reading, researching, writing and engaging in other intellectual endeavors in order to do my job well. Even though I attend workshops during the school year and summer break and collaborate with my colleagues when time permits, there’s so much more to learn. There’s always room for improvement. The more I grow, the better I am able to not only serve my students but also to aid parents, my
fellow colleagues and administrators. The mindset of wanting to go to the next level, regardless of past accomplishments and even failures, is what really separates the all-stars in life from the also-rans. An all-star is a winner and an also-ran is a whiner. The former finds a way to get the job done while the latter makes excuses. An all-star consistently gives maximum effort in all tasks; the also-ran does just enough to get by. Although an all-star possesses tremendous talent, he or she knows that talent is never enough to be successful; it also takes a healthy dose of diligence,
discipline and aplomb. It has never been easy but anything worthwhile seldom is. Just ask the players who were selected for the NBA All-Star game or the NFL’s Pro Bowl. The same type of focus and determination it took for them to become paragons in their sport is what each member of the class of 2012 will need to become the positive pillars our nation so desperately needs. The federal government is in gridlock. Our food is adulterated. The economy is still sputtering and too many people are overly medicated. When you also factor in the breakdown of the family and a public
education system in need of an overhaul, there is much work to do. The mission is possible for the class of 2012. We need smart and ethical people to put this nation back on the path of prosperity. So, as the class celebrates commencement with friends and family, I hope that each one accepts the personal challenge of becoming an all-star, a person intent on growing and giving. Team America is waiting. Kevin McDonald is a Tampa native who has been teaching English in the Palm Beach County School District since 2001.
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Caribbean NEWS ROUNDUP The following news briefs were compiled from reports by The Associated Press BAHAMAS
Opposition PLP back in power NASSAU — Former Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie led the main opposition party to victory on Monday, ousting the ruling party in elections dominated by unhappiness over rising crime and joblessness. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who was seeking a second consecutive term, conceded defeat Monday night after exit polls projected a win for the opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). The Miami Herald reported Christie was sworn into office Tuesday and local media were saying exit polls gave the PLP at least 29 of the 38 seats in Parliament.
Gov’t: No offshore oil permit NASSAU — The government denied a petroleum company's claims that it issued permits for oil exploration in its territorial waters. The Ministry of the Environment said in a statement that the government had not moved on a request by the Bahamas Petroleum Company to explore an area near where Spain's Repsol SA is searching for oil in Cuban waters. BPC said it had the licenses and would begin oil exploration within the year. Bahamas does not currently produce oil.
Cops sieze cocaine, Dominicans SAN JUAN — Police Chief Hector Pesquera announced authorities seized 331 pounds (150 kilograms) of cocaine off a boat near the island's north coast. He said police and federal authorities arrested two men from the Dominican Republic early May 3 and the drugs were worth an estimated $3.7 million. In April, officials in the same area seized 322 pounds (146 kilograms) of cocaine and 19 pounds (89 kilograms) of heroin also believed to have come from the Dominican Republic.
Cabinet minister resigns in dispute ST. GEORGE'S — Peter David, minister of tourism, civil aviation and culture, resigned in a move that is expected to raise tensions within the prime minister's discordant government. David said he decided to step down after Information Minister Glen Noel refused to retract public comments made a week earlier accusing David and other party colleagues of plotting to remove Prime Minister Tillman Thomas as leader. Opposition leader Keith Mitchell planned to seek a parliamentary vote of no confidence at the next sitting of the lower House.
Deadly cholera strain has evolved PORT-AU-PRINCE — The cholera strain here is evolving, researchers reported, a sign that it might be taking deeper root less than two years after it appeared and killed thousands of people. The study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated the bacterium was changing as survivors acquired at least some immunity to the original bug, which apparently was imported from Nepal. Cholera experts also said such a development was expected and had happened in cholera epidemics around the world. The Pan American Health Organization has warned that between 200,000 and 250,000 people could contract the disease this year, many of them during the rainy and the hurricane season that peaks in late summer and early autumn. Haiti currently has the highest number of cholera cases in the world. Health officials said the disease has sickened more than 534,000 people, or 5 percent of the population, and killed 7,000 others.
Court rejects cops’ challenge to panel KINGSTON — The Supreme Court unanimously rejected a motion by police officers challenging the powers of an independent commission that investigates abuse allegations against the security forces. Eight policemen challenged charges brought against them by the Independent Commission of Investigations for failing to cooperate with the government-formed panel as it investigated the fatal shooting of two men in August 2010. Commissioner Terrence Williams described the judgment as a welcome development since his investigators had “great difficulty in getting statements promptly or at all” from officers involved in suspected abuse. “The taking of life by members of the security forces or other agents of the state cannot be taken lightly,” Williams said. The previous government, which was led by the Jamaica Labor Party, created the independent commission.
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Ex-cop sentenced for kidnapping CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A federal judge sentenced former U.S. Virgin Islands police officer Bill John Baptiste to five years in prison in a kidnapping for extortion case. Baptiste was convicted last year of illegally taking custody of a female taxi driver in April 2008 after arresting her at a St. Thomas ferry terminal. The woman accused him of molesting her and asking for a sexual favor. At the time, Baptiste was an officer for the Virgin Islands Port Authority Police. Defense attorney Robert King said he was appealing the conviction.
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Lottery scams hitting U.S. elderly By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press KINGSTON — Jamaica announced the creation of a government task force to fight proliferating lottery scams that have made the country a center for international telemarketing fraud. The Jamaican and U.S. governments already have a three-year-old joint task force that has been dealing with the schemes, which mainly target elderly Americans, but the problem has gotten worse. Julian Robinson, a senior official in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, told reporters the scams will seriously damage the country's reputation as a tourist destination and business center if they continue. “The implications of the lotto scam touches and encompasses so many critical areas of our national life,” Robinson said. Other government officials in tourism, investment and foreign affairs, as well as police commanders were present at a news conference when the announcement was made. Robinson said at least 30,000 calls are made into the U.S. from Jamaica attempting to defraud Americans every day. The United
States is Jamaica's biggest trade partner and source of tourists. Robinson cited recent media coverage as a reason why the inter-ministerial task force has been set up. His announcement came two days after The Associated Press published a report on the Jamaican scams.
the violent fraud rings are recruiting students out of high schools, some as young as 14. One 15-year-old scammer was able to buy his mother a house and he drove around his community in a luxury car, Hinds said. The rising economic power of the swindlers is also having a corrupting in-
MAIN TARGETS: Ruth Wilson of Seattle, left, sits with her father as she displays some of the scam mail he has received in an attempt to further defraud him. Police on the island say there are very visible signs of the fraud-spawned riches in the hot spot for the gangs, St. James parish, where a growing number of teenagers and twenty-somethings from modest backgrounds are living very well without any obvious source of income. Deputy Police Commissioner Glenmore Hinds said
fluence on police, he said. “Gangs are now contracted to seek out revenge on competitors and in some cases corrupt policemen are also employed to work for and on behalf of the scammers,” Hinds said. The young Jamaican con artists have become so brazen that they throw lavish street parties, he added. “There are parishes where
scammers use champagne to wash their cars and light money as part of their celebrations,” Hinds said. The Jamaican and U.S. governments set up their joint task force three years ago to combat the scams. But complaints in the U.S. have increased dramatically every year and even the most conservative estimates put the yearly take from Jamaican scams at $300 million, up from about $30 million in 2009. Hinds said several swindle suspects are expected to be extradited to the U.S. soon but he declined to specify how many. So far, there has not been a single extradition. The scams started taking off in Jamaica roughly five years ago, at about the same time the island became a regional leader in call centers dedicated to customer service. Since 2006, many of the legitimate call centers have been based in Montego Bay and that is where many of the fraud rings have popped up. The schemes are so entrenched in Jamaica that some American police departments have started warning vulnerable elderly residents to be wary of calls from Jamaica's 876 telephone code.
Laurent Lamothe approved as new PM By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE — Lawmakers have approved President Michel Martelly's choice for a new prime minister, ending a two-month impasse that hampered the country's efforts to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The Chamber of Deputies voted 62-3 with two abstentions shortly before midnight May 3 to confirm Laurent Lamothe, who will serve as the head of government and lead the earthquake reconstruction efforts. Lamothe was a special adviser to Martelly before being named foreign affairs minister and has been cochairman of an economic advisory panel along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Lamothe's approval ended a stalemate created by the sudden resignation of Garry Conille. His departure impeded Martelly's ability to govern and caused unease among donor governments and organizations that have pledged billions of dollars to the impoverished nation. In a brief interview with The Associated Press minutes after the vote, Lamothe, 39, said he would tackle the country’s extreme poverty, rebuild public buildings that collapsed from the earthquake, restore the population's confidence in the government and relocate the more than 400,000 people displaced by the quake who remain in makeshift settlements. “We have a lot of work to do now,” Lamothe said by telephone. “I feel that the country finally has the opportunity to work on the people’s problems. We have a lot of different issues to deal with and finally we have the team in place to start solving the people's problems.” Before the legislative debate began on Lamothe, the country’s leaders came under pressure from Clinton, who is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, who urged them to confirm Lamothe and establish a fully functioning government within the week. Martelly, a first-time politician, has spent a year in office but he's had a prime minister for only four months, hobbling his ability to govern. Infighting between Martelly and his critics in the opposition-controlled Parliament, and even in his administration, has become routine. Conille resigned in February because he clashed with the president.
“I believe that the Haitian people deserve better from their leaders,” Clinton said before the vote on Lamothe. He said officials must set aside their differences and self-interests to “restore confidence in the Haitian institutions so that donor funds can flow again and attract new investment.” Countries around the world and multilateral
organizations pledged about $4.5 billion after the earthquake but only a little more than half of that money has been released, according to the U.N. Office of the Special Envoy to Haiti. The hold-up has been largely attributed to a wait-and-see approach by donors. Even with the confirmation, it could be weeks before Parliament approves
Lamothe's government plan and Cabinet. It was expected that he would keep many of the same ministers. Lamothe is a relative newcomer to Haiti's roughand-tumble politics. He received college and graduate degrees in south Florida and ran a telecommunications company before he entered public office.
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First Source Hiring Referral Program to assist residents in job search Staff Report MIAMI — On Tuesday, May 1, Miami-Dade commissioners passed an ordinance creating the First Source Hiring Referral Program, designed to give qualified Miami-Dade residents a first crack at available county contract jobs. The ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, establishes a databank of job seekers and their skill sets that businesses awarded county
contracts can tap into in order to fill positions necessary to fulfill that contract. The First Source Hiring Referral Program will be facilitated by the South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) through any one of their career centers, refugee centers and community and faith based partners. The contractor, prior to hiring for vacancies arising under a county contract, must first notify the SFWIB of the vacancy and list the job
opening with the agency. All job postings must contain a detailed description of the job responsibilities and qualifications, and be posted during the referral period. The SFWIB would then provide a list of qualified candidates, if such candidates are available, to the contractor within 24 hours of receiving the vacancy notice. Once the SFWIB sends the contractor the resumes of qualified applicants, the contractor would review
each candidate and make a good faith effort as determined by the county to fill a minimum of 50 percent of its employment needs under the county contract from the First Source Register. However, if a suitable employee is not found during a referral period of three to five days, the contractor is free to fill its vacancies from other sources. “This was a collaborative effort between People Acting for Community Together and my office,”
said Commissioner Jordan, who has made unemployment a priority. “We must exhaust all efforts to get this community back to work. Now that the commission has green-lighted this legislation, we can move forward on identifying other initiatives that will increase employment.” The county contracts “are paid for with taxpayer dollars and should be used to promote job growth in Miami-Dade County, where many residents are
struggling to find employment,” Jordan aded. “This referral program will not only assist residents in finding jobs, but will also address other issues caused by high unemployment rates, such as foreclosure, dependence on costly social services, and crime.” For the nearest employment center, call the South Florida Workforce Investment Board at 305-594-7615. Visit the website at southfloridaworkforce.com
Health care, taxes top issues for small business Free workshops mark NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Danner never expected to end up in the middle of the health care debate. Or, for that matter, in politics. As president of the National Federation of Independent Business, the biggest advocacy group representing small business owners in the U.S., Danner helped oversee the organization's attempt to overturn the health care overhaul. Last month, the NFIB's lawyers were among those arguing against the law before the Supreme Court. The NFIB, which has lobbied for small businesses since its founding in 1943, contends that the law will harm small businesses by driving up their health insurance costs. It argued that a provision that requires individuals to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. Both sides in the debate are waiting to see if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate or the entire law — or allows the law as a whole to stand. Danner is on the forefront of other issues that affect the NFIB's 350,000 members, many of whom have companies with just a handful of employees. He leads the NFIB's lobbying on concerns such as taxes and
regulation. The group is among many business advocates calling for lower tax rates for small business owners whose companies are sole proprietorships, partnerships and what are called S corporations. The profits from these companies aren't taxed — they're “passed through” to their owners, who are then taxed as individuals. Often, their tax rates are higher than those for companies like General Motors Corp. and Apple Inc. Many tax rates, including individual rates, are scheduled to go up at the end of the year, unless Congress acts before then. Individuals could pay as much as 39.5 percent. Danner joined the NFIB in 1993 after lobbying for steel maker Armco Inc. and holding positions in the Department of Commerce and the Reagan White House. Politics wasn't his first choice. Danner spoke with The Associated Press about the NFIB's agenda. Here are excerpts from the interview, edited for clarity and brevity: Q. What do you expect to happen after the Supreme Court rules on health care? A. It's easier if the whole
law falls, because then, essentially, you have a clean slate and we're back in overall healthcare reform, ground zero, to start over. We intend to be very involved in this debate as we have been for a couple of decades. If just the individual mandate falls, I think it's a little more up in the air. Q. Let's say the entire law is struck down. One idea that the NFIB has supported to help lower health care costs would allow small businesses to band together to form groups to buy insurance more cheaply. Do you still support that? A. (Yes), across state lines or on a national basis. Right now, large companies have the ability to offer one insurance product in multiple states. They have protection under ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act) and the Labor Department, and they're not subject to the individual laws in each state. If you're GM and you have plants in 25 states, you can offer one set of products in all 25 that meets the best needs of your employees. In our similar approach that we've tried to get for several decades, bunches of small businesses would be able to purchase health care like
Joint Terrorism Task Force nabs 10 on hate crimes conspiracy FORCE, FROM 1A
It was not immediately known if they had attorneys. Florida Ninth Circuit State attorney Lawson Lamar's office released a statement Tuesday that said it won't comment further on the case until a final charging decision is made. Listed residences for the 10 people in custody are scattered around Osceola and Brevard counties, though most of the alleged activity is believed to center on a compound maintained in St. Cloud, where Marcus Faella and his wife Patricia live. In filings posted on the website for Florida's Division of Corporations the Faellas, along with Marcus McGowan — all among those arrested last week — are listed on articles of incorporation filings for American Front. American Front lists a
St. Cloud address as its place of business and a Lynn Haven post office box as its mailing address. It says the purpose for which the corporation is organized is “Religious and cultural preservation of the European peoples.” It goes on to say the group is “organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes.” American Front has been identified by both the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League as a hate group. The ADL lists American Front under its “extremism in America” category and identifies its former leader, David Lynch, as “an active skinhead since the mid1980s.” It says he became involved with the group while living in Florida in the early 1990s. Lynch was killed in California last year and Marcus Faella is said to have assumed his
leadership role. Messages left at the listed number for American Front were not immediately returned. The ADL has tracked American Front in Florida for a number of years, as well as many of its members. It also has assisted police in investigations, including a 2010 incident in which Florida American Front members were involved with a synagogue vandalism spree in Virginia. “These arrests are an excellent example of how law enforcement agencies, working together, can help protect our communities from hate-motivated violence and terrorism,” ADL Florida Regional Director Andrew Rosenkranz said in a statement. “Their proactive work stopped potential violent activity before it could happen.”
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General Electric or GM and offer one set of products in multiple states and have the same purchasing power and clout when they negotiate with insurance companies. Q. What's on the agenda after health care? A. The next big one is clearly the enormous tax bomb that's set to go off at the end of the year if nothing happens. This is a big one, not just expiring provisions, but the overall impact of tax uncertainty. As a business owner, I don't know what my tax is going to be. Q. What are the provisions that affect business owners? A. The top tax rate would go from 35 percent to 39.5 percent. The estate tax would go from 35 percent and a $5 million exemption to 55 percent and a $1 million exemption. Both the capital gains and dividends taxes would go up from the current 15 percent on both _ capital gains goes up to 20 percent and dividends go to your individual tax rate. If you're at 39.5 percent, the dividend tax goes to 39.5 percent. ... There seems to be lots of support for lowering the corporate tax rate in some places, not much about lowering the rate on smaller pass-through companies.
Small Business Month Staff Report WEST PALM BEACH — The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared May 21-25 as National Small Business Week. The Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College has declared May to be National Small Business Month, as has the Palm Beach County Commission. In that connection the SBDC is offering a month of special free workshops, seminars, expos and events to provide the tools to start, grow and succeed in business. Workshops during May include: • Subcontracting Success for Small Business • The International Trade Symposium • Social Media Surprises — Fact, Fiction or Urban Legend • Five Steps for Growing Your Business/Funding Strategies • Restaurant Business Basics Other special events are in conjunction with the Lake Worth CRA and the Boynton Beach branch of Iberia Bank. Participants are encouraged to register early. To watch for new seminars and workshops throughout the month, visit palmbeachstate.edu/x16992.xml, or for more information call 561-862-4726.
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Paramedics refused to Florida Memorial confers new degrees relieve deadly restraint By AIMEE C. JUAREZ Special to South Florida Times
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Records from the Broward Sheriffâ€™s Office (BSO) homicide case file show Normile gave a sworn, taped statement to detectives the day after the incident. â€œHe was breathing, he had a pulse, he didnâ€™t have any apparent life threatening injuries that were visible,â€? Normile told Broward Sheriffâ€™s Office investigators, according to a six-page transcript of his statement. According to an autopsy report, Brown had cuts and multiple bruises. Normileâ€™s account of his condition could call into question the statements given by deputies and fire rescue personnel about his injuries. Some witnesses at the scene alleged Brown was severely beaten while being subdued. However, emergency personnel said all they did was â€œtake him to the groundâ€? and restrain him. â€œI had no idea about any of this,â€? Normile told the South Florida Times this week. â€œThey (Broward Sheriffâ€™s Office detectives) came here and told me he died at the hospital and I assumed it was due to the accident.â€? Asked why he wasnâ€™t called before the grand jury, he replied, â€œMaybe they didnâ€™t think I had any pertinent information.â€? Citing the confidential nature of grand jury proceedings, the Broward State Attorneyâ€™s Office declined comment. Brownâ€™s official cause of death was listed as positional asphyxia. His hands were cuffed behind his back, with his ankles strapped together and his legs bent behind him and tied to his wrists, as he laid face down. The practice is called â€œhog-tyingâ€? and it has since been banned by most law enforcement agencies and fire departments.
The South Florida Times has also learned that at least four Broward Sheriffâ€™s deputies who had certified training on positional asphyxia, said in sworn statements that paramedics at the scene refused to roll Brown over onto his side when asked to do so. â€œI personally asked them, â€˜Do you want us to flip him over,â€™ and, uh, they advised, â€˜No, need to get him loaded and get him down and figure out whatâ€™s wrong,â€™ â€? Deputy Kenneth Autenrieb said during his statement to homicide investigators. Deputies Willie Dowe, Todd Chase and Leonard Smith heard Autenrieb ask paramedics the question after they helped subdue and hog-tie Brown. The fire rescue division also had protocols in place about restraining patients but they were not followed. The medical examiner ruled Brownâ€™s death an accident. The grand jury called it â€œextremely unfortunateâ€? but declined to bring criminal charges. The new details about Brownâ€™s death are contained in documents obtained by the South Florida Times. Among other things, it was discovered that the Broward Sheriffâ€™s Office Internal Affairs division conducted a separate investigation into Brownâ€™s death. BSO director of media relations Jim Leljedal said the investigation found no wrongdoing by deputies. He said the case files were destroyed due to the passage of time. Michael Winer, the attorney representing Brownâ€™s family in their lawsuit, said he was unaware of the Internal Affairs investigation until being contacted by a South Florida Times reporter. â€œI never heard of any Internal Affairs investigation and I certainly donâ€™t have the files,â€? Winer said.
MIAMI GARDENS â€” When Duane Thomas moved to the Miami area from Trinidad and Tobago to attend Florida Memorial University, he found that adjusting to college life in the U.S. was tough his first semester of the four-yearprogram. It was different Saturday when Thomas, 21, and fellow students from FMUâ€™s aviation program walked across the stage to receive their degrees during the universityâ€™s Spring Commencement. â€œIt was euphoric,â€? Thomas said.
Gabrielle Bishop, 28, in their professional lives. who spent two years at â€œI charge you to commit FMU to complete her uni- to excellence in everything versity studies, graduated you do,â€? Lewis told the with a bachelorâ€™s in biol- graduates during the cereogy. mony. They â€œI feel wondershould, he said, ful,â€? said Bishop, aim for â€œexcepdaughter of South tional excellence Florida Times columat all times.â€? nist the Rev. R. Lewis told the Joaquin Willis. â€œIt is a South Florida milestone in my life Times that the that I am glad I accommencement complished.â€? was a â€œtremenFMU President THOMAS dous successâ€? Henry Lewis III chaland that the lenged Bishop and school was proud Thomas and the rest of the to award Miami-Dade class of 2012 to make good County Commissioner Baruse of their educational in- bara Jordan an honorary vestment by becoming doctorate in humane letagents of positive change ters.
â€œShe is a fighter for this community and a supporter of Florida Memorial University,â€? Lewis said. â€œShe is more than deserving of the honorary doctorate.â€? Jordan, who gave the commencement address, told the students they were standing â€œat the threshold of your lives armed with what this university has given you.â€? â€œAs you leave this experience behind, you have been given most of the tools you need to leave your mark on this planet. Take note of the fact that I said â€˜mostâ€™ of the tools you will need for the rest is up to you,â€? she said.
Chief Immler: March showed people care MARCH, FROM 1A
killing was most likely a retaliation crime but the Palm Beach County Sheriffâ€™s Office is still investigating and no new details about the case were released. Immler said the march was an important step in curbing violence, in general. â€œThe purpose of the march was to make people aware that we each have a part in stopping the violence,â€? Immler said. â€œStamping out violent acts (takes a community). The march is indicative that there are a lot of people who care.â€? Boynton United 2 Bury The Violence was formed in response to a wave of violence that has affected the city in recent years. The purpose of the group is to unify diverse communities, provide sustainability to neighborhoods and increase security and law enforcement presence at parks, according to the Boynton United website. Whitely said violence has plagued Boynton Beach for years and residents were fed up. â€œWe werenâ€™t just
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MARCHING AGAINST VIOLENCE: Residents staged a â€œBoynton United 2 Bury The Violenceâ€? march and rally on April 28 against violence. marching against gun violence but (also) domestic violenceâ€Śviolence that happened 30 years ago,â€? he said. â€œThe murders (of Dahpne Clemons and Janice Rahming) were just the â€˜straw that broke the camelâ€™s back.â€™â€? Whitely said Boynton United will host a summit titled, Does It Take a Village to Raise a Child?, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church, 900 N. Seacrest
Blvd., Boynton Beach. The Boynton United Choir, which includes members from 11 churches throughout the city, will perform at a St. Johns revival service at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11. Residents and community leaders are working with Boynton Beach police in an effort to reduce crime, Whitely said. Immler welcomed the community involvement, saying it was imperative in
stemming the violence. â€œThe community has to work with the police department to make sure their neighborhood is a safer place,â€? Immler said. â€œWe operate as an extension, an arm of the community to make it safer. People can give information that may be helpful to the police for any crime. If you have information to something that might be detrimental to the community, let the police know.â€?
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Norland rallies to celebrate success
SPORTS BRIEFS The following briefs were compiled from Associated Press reports.
Anthony, Knicks shoot back NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony made the big shots at the end. Amare Stoudemire provided a spark right from the start. The two guys who came to New York to chase championships finally got their first playoff victory together, setting off a celebration 11 years in the making. Anthony scored 41 points, ANTHONY Stoudemire had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a cut hand, and the Knicks snapped an NBArecord, 13-game postseason losing streak by beating the Miami Heat 8987 Sunday at Madison Square Garden in Game 4 of their first-round series. No NBA team has come back from a 3-0 deficit. LeBron James scored 27 for the LEBRON Heat. Dwyane Wade, who had 22, missed a 3-pointer on the last possession that would have eliminated the Knicks. Game 5 was scheduled to be played in Miami this Wednesday.
‘Dr. Shaq’ earns his PhD MIAMI — Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is a doctor now. O'Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1,100 other students during commencement ceremonies Saturday. The Miami Herald reported that O'Neal got on one knee so the chairman of Barry's Organizational LearnO’NEAL ing and Leadership program could drape a light blue hood around O'Neal's more than 7foot frame.
Seau’s family donates brain
SAN DIEGO — The family of former NFL star Junior Seau will donate his brain for research into repetitive head injuries, according to San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell. Seau, a standout college and Chargers player, was found dead May 2 at his Oceanside home. An autopsy concluded he shot himself in the chest.
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Miami Norland High School, 1050 N.W. 195th St., Miami Gardens, recently celebrated its successes in athletics with a pep rally that included a march around the Miami Gardens school, games and music. Pictured is the Vikings football team during the rally.
Lester back from NFL in mentoring mode By TERRELL CLAYTON Special to South Florida Times MIAMI — Former National Football League player Tim Lester has adopted the goal of ensuring that some of life's lessons, learned through adverse situations as well as triumphal moments through sports, are imparted to the minds of youths who have made life-altering mistakes. He and the Miami Job Corps have partnered to form a mentoring program through usage of flag football. On April 30 the Miami native spoke to an auditorium full of at-risk students at the Miami Job Corp Center, 3050 N.W. 183rd St., Miami Gardens, sharing his rocky road to stardom as a running back for eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, and dissecting the mistakes that could have derailed his professional football career. Lester explained that his hope is to provide a steady hand of guidance to the young men within the program by incorporating such skills as team building, leadership and effective decision making. In a humble tone he explained to the students that
beyond the glitz and glamour of a NFL player’s life was a man who knew he could have been in the same position the students find themselves in today as his life was full of bad decisions. Instead of letting those experiences make him fall by the wayside, he said, he decided to make a difference. STORIED MENTORS “It is very hard to relate to someone if you have never been through the same experiences,” Lester said. “Too many times words will fall on deaf ears when it comes to the youth because they feel that they are in that situation all by themselves. But if you come to them as a person that has been through the same things that they are going through at the moment, they will be more inclined to listen.” Lester took the students through a slideshow that provided a photographic timeline of his life — including pictures of deceased family members, old girlfriends, heralded newspaper clippings, music videos and motivational slogans. He focused most of his attention on the words, “Life is all about the decisions we
make.” Lester took a long pause after restating his mantra, then pointed to a picture of his deceased uncle. “You see this man right here? He made the wrong choices with alcohol that cost him his life. Two of my uncles died at a young age because of the choices they made. Instead of me learning from what others did
Tim Lester and take a smoother path, I made mistakes that consistently altered my path. By drinking and driving, I found myself in a coma. That one decision could have ended my career and my life. But fortunately, I had people in my corner that gave me the courage to keep going. That is what we want to bring to you.” In an initiative set to start in August, Lester and the Job Corps have developed a team of established but
storied men who will serve as mentors. He also has partnered with Women of Strength for a June 9 Yacht Cruise, and on June 10 will speak at Faith Community Baptist Church in Miami. For more information contact Marcia Grant at 305-4675044. MUSIC’S MASTERY He said he believes that life's influences can easily alter the decision-making process. He cited hip-hop legends Tupac Shakur and Eazy-E, who died of gun violence and AIDS, respectively, to illustrate his point that the music the youth listen to can have a negative effect on impressionable persons. Sanjaye Wesley, who at 21 years old is getting certified in accounting, said many of the bad decisions made in his past were due to the influence of his peers and music. “Now that I look back, the crowd that I was hanging around brought me down more than they lifted me up,” Wesley said. “Following the wrong crowd kept me from doing the right thing.” Now Wesley has the opportunity to learn from a different crowd.
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Dillard High wins Ellington again Staff Report FORT LAUDERDALE -- For the second year, the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble took first place at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, May 4-6. The band also took first place in last year’s competition and finished second the prior year. Supporters and fans of the music are celebrating the latest accomplishment with a concert on Wednesday, May 30, 7 p.m. at Dillard High School, 2501 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale. The cost is $10 per person; for information contact 954-214-0320 or email@example.com Fifteen high school bands made the cut to compete among the best of the best from more than 100 nationally that qualified to apply. Dillard was one of the three top bands chosen by a panel of judges composed of distinguished jazz musicians and historians, including Jazz at Lincoln Center's Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. This year’s 17th Annual Essentially Ellington culmiMARSALIS nated with Sunday night's concert at New York City's famed Avery Fisher Hall, featuring the three top-placing bands performing with a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a soloist, followed by a performance of the 15piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Following the performances Marsalis presented awards to each of the 15 finalist bands. Christopher Dorsey, director of the Dillard Center for the Arts accepted the first place trophy and an award of $5,000. The New World School of the Arts (Miami) won second place and $2,500; Roosevelt High DORSEY School (Seattle, Wash.) third and $1,000. All monetary awards go to improve the schools' jazz programs. Recognized with Outstanding ratings for their solo performances were Dillard’s Jonathan Hainsworth, tenor saxophone; Max Boiko and Anthony Hervey, trumpet; Christian Dorsey, lead trumpet; and Sydney Henry, drums. Both the reed and trombone sections of Dillard’s ensemble also were recognized with an Outstanding rating.
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LEADERSHIP: Members of the Youth Advisory Council from TACOLCY look on as spoken word artist Calvin Early performs a piece during their mural unveiling.
TACOLCY youth speak their views in new mural
Staff Report MIAMI — More than 50 parents, residents and community leaders proudly observed on April 25 at 6 p.m. as the newest mural in Liberty City was officially unveiled by the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a leadership group comprised of youth ages 13-19, and the Moving Lives of Kids (MLK) Mural Project at The Advisory Committee of Liberty City Youth (TACOLCY) Center. After months of brainstorming and painting, youths were finally able to explain to the community what each of their images meant. Spanning the entire front wall, the overall theme of the mural is What Community Means to Me. “My piece is an eye with different phrases inside of it, which symbolized the different things I see in my community that make me want to cry,”
explained Stephanie Collie, a 15-yearold freshman at Miami Jackson and a YAC member. Javaris Benson, an 18-year-old senior from Miami Northwestern who is also a member of the council, drew hearts with ropes, pathways and different messages in them. “My piece means to believe in yourself when nobody else does and to be self-motivated,” Benson explained. The youth were guided through the mural process by Kyle Holbrook, executive director of the MLK Mural Project, which does murals throughout the country. Holbrook said he was extremely proud of the group. “This is a great group. They did really well and I enjoyed working with them. They are so talented,” Holbrook said. The mural also included images such as a rose growing from concrete; a half-and-half man; portraits of youth
and families; mother earth; wisdom pathways; TACOLCY’s history; and a memorial portrait of Miquelle Whisby, an 18-year-old classmate who was shot and killed last year. Whisby’s mother, Loretta Crews, was present at the unveiling along with other family members. “I am so thankful to TACOLCY for doing this for my son. It looks just like him. He is gone, but he is with us forever,” Crews said. This unveiling marked the end of the Youth Café Week, during which the YAC was re-introduced to the community. It was the second in a series of events that will be hosted by the council at TACOLCY. Upcoming projects include a monthly Let ’em Know Café Evening, a College Readiness Fair and a Students’ Rights Workshop. For information on the YAC contact Isheka Harrison at 305-751-1295, ext. 139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMU rocket flies to first place Ebony Chorale celebrating 20th Staff Report TALLAHASSEE — The Altitude Award, one of nine prizes offered at the NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) competition, is given to the team that launches a rocket closest to one mile without going over. The Florida A&M University Rocket, affectionately known as Blue Diamond, won first place as it reached 5,270 feet, a mere 10 feet from one mile. The competition, held at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., brought 53 teams from all over the U.S. “I am very proud of the work the students did for this competition,” said Clement Allen, associate professor for the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and advisor for the team. “Each member of the team played a vital role.” NASA’s USLI is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable PHOTO COURTESY OF FAMU
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ENERGY AND PRECISION: The Ebony Chorale is celebrating 20 years of keeping alive an awareness of the African-American heritage with several gala events beginning May 17.
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Teamwork tidies up Norland BCPS five are Merit Scholars By MARISSA CLARKE Special to South Florida Times MIAMI — Clouds were in the sky but inside Miami Norland Senior High School was all sunshine, chatter and coffee, lots and lots of coffee courtesy of Starbucks Coffee Company. More than 150 volunteers, comprised of Starbucks’ employees and their families and friends from stores Naples to Homestead gathered at the school to paint murals, create landscaping and build benches Saturday, April 28. “I think it’s good, finally something’s happening at Norland,” said 11th grader Ashley Osbourne. “I can’t wait to see how it comes out.” Opened in 1958, Norland Senior High
School is often cited by community leaders as one of the most dilapidated schools in the county, with rallies held in the past to draw attention to the need for a new building. “What we are doing here today is all about the morale of the students,” said Artie Dohler, Broward County district manager and community relations leader for Florida at Starbucks. “If it helps the students feel better about coming to school because they have a solid place to come during lunch and it helps them want to come to school and stay here and do more in the community.” The effort was a joint venture with City Year Miami and coordinated as part of PLEASE TURN TO NORLAND/5B
Joshua M. Feinzig, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Government Service; Elizabeth A. Myers, Marjory Stoneman FORT LAUDERDALE — Five Broward Douglas High School, Medicine; County Public Schools (BCPS) students Edward Yin, Marjory Stoneman Douglas have been named as National Merit $2,500 High School, Actuarial Science. Scholarship winners by the National Merit The students were selected Scholarship Corporation. by a committee of college adThe students were chosen ON THE NET mission officers and high from a talent pool of more than browardschools.com school counselors and may use 15,000 outstanding finalists in their awards at any regionally the 2012 National Merit Scholfacebook.com/ accredited U.S. college or uniarship Program. browardschools versity. The five students, their They were determined to home schools and their probahave the strongest combination of accomble career fields of futurer study are: plishments, skills and potential for success Bryan Blette, J. P. Taravella High School, in rigorous college studies. Economics; Sonali Argade, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Entrepreneurship/Music; Staff Report
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U.S. firms aim to teach old drugs new tricks CDC: More teen girls use best birth control
By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer
WASHINGTON — Three pharmaceutical giants are unlocking their freezers to see if government-funded scientists can reinvent some of their old drugs. Pfizer, British-based AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly & Co. entered a unique program with the U.S. National Institutes of Health on Thursday that both sides hope will speed the development of new treatments — by dusting off two dozen old drugs that failed to treat one disease but might treat another. “The goal is simple, to see whether we can teach old drugs new tricks,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Lots of experimental drugs prove safe in early human testing but fail to help the disease their manufacturer had hoped to treat. Despite the years of work and tens of millions of dollars invested in them,
Kathleen Sebelius “too many times these compounds, they end up sitting on shelves or they end up in somebody's freezer,” said Pfizer senior vice president Rod MacKenzie. Some of those drugs might be able to fight other diseases, said NIH Director Francis Collins. Consider: A failed cancer drug turned into the first effective AIDS treatment, AZT. The notorious thalidomide caused birth defects in the 1960s when some countries used it for
morning sickness, but today it treats multiple myeloma. The bone drug raloxifene was found to also help prevent breast cancer. Those discoveries “all have been sort of serendipitous. The idea here is, let's not depend on serendipity,” Collins said. In recent years, researchers have identified at the genetic level the causes of more than 4,500 diseases, many of them rare diseases, he said. But only 250 of those conditions have effective treatments. Likewise, manufacturers have a lot of information about the specific molecules their failed drugs target. Collins' plan: Try to match those old drugs to these newly discovered disease pathways. Under the new program, the drug companies will make at least two dozen of their shelved drugs, and the data about them, available for NIH-funded
research. The NIH will award grants to scientists around the country who apply to study specific drugs, with the goal of rapidly beginning human trials of promising candidates since the required safety testing already has been done. And rather than those scientists undergoing what Lilly executive vice president Jan Lundberg called “endless discussions about legal agreements” before getting to work, the program provides a streamlined approach: The companies retain ownership of their drugs, but the researchers can patent and publish their own discoveries. The NIH plans to spend about $20 million in the program's first year, and hopes other drug companies will join. AstraZeneca said it began partnering with British researchers last December in a similar program.
Report: Health care law rebates to top $1B By RICARDO ALONSOZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance companies will have to return more than $1 billion this year to consumers and businesses, thanks to a new requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a new report concludes. That's real money, says Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which analyzed industry filings with state insurance commissioners. The law requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect on medical care and quality improvements — or issue rebates to policyholders. “This is one of the most tangible benefits of the health reform law that consumers will have seen to date,” said Levitt, an expert on private health insurance. The nonpartisan foundation is an information clearinghouse on the nation's health care system, and its research is widely cited. The report comes with a caveat. It lacks data on the nation's most populous state, California, because complete filings there were not available. Nonetheless, the analysis estimates that consumers and businesses in other states will receive rebates of $1.3 billion, in some cases in the form of a discount on next year's premiums. PADDING PROFITS? The insurance industry says consumers should take little comfort from the rebates, because the companies expect premiums to go up overall as a result of new benefits and other requirements of the new law. “The net of all the
requirements will be an increase in costs for consumers,” said Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the main industry trade group. “Given that health care costs are inherently unpredictable, it's not surprising that some plans will be paying rebates to policyholders in certain markets,” Zirkelbach added. But backers of the rebate requirement say it will keep the industry from padding its profits at the expense of unwitting consumers. They say SCOTT an efficiently run insurer should not have any problem earning a healthy return after devoting 80 percent of premiums to medical care. Indeed, the law sets an 85 percent requirement for plans that serve large employers. “Millions are benefiting because health insurance companies are spending less money on executive salaries and administrative costs, and more on patient care,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., a leading advocate of the rebate provision. SCOTT OPPOSITION The study found the largest rebates will go to consumers and employers in Texas ($186 million) and Florida ($149 million), where Govs. Rick Perry and Rick Scott, respectively, have been among the staunchest opponents of the federal law. Both states applied for waivers from the 80-percent requirement and were turned down. Hawaii is the only state in which insurers are not expected to issue a rebate. Here's how the rebates
break down nationally: More than 3 million individual policyholders will reap rebates of $426 million, averaging $127 apiece. Consumers in Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Arizona are most likely to be eligible for the payments, due starting in August, from 215 insurance plans that did not meet the standards in the law. In the smallemployer market, plans covering nearly 5 million people will receive rebates totaling $377 million. The study found that plans in the large employer market were more likely to be in compliance with the law's requirement. Nonetheless, 125 plans covering 7.5 million people reported to state regulators that they will give back a total of $541 million. The report says the rebates are only one of the ways in which consumers may benefit from tighter scrutiny of the health insurance industry under the federal law, which provides funding for state regulators to monitor the companies more closely. Self-conscious insurers may be hesitating to push state regulators for premium increases as large as they were able to win in the past. COURT PENDING “This ‘sentinel’ effect on premiums has likely produced more savings for consumers and employers than the rebates themselves,” the report said. Fly-speck scrutiny of the insurance industry won't solve the problem of rising health care costs, the report acknowledged, but it “can help to ensure that
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rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level, or AGL. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. In addition to designing, building and testing the rocket, the students also developed an Android App to communicate with the rocket while it is in flight. The App could query the in-flight rocket from the ground for information such as velocity, temperature, pressure and humidity. The rocket's onboard computer was
programmed to send the information back to the App. The DiamondBacks Rocket Team members were Ronald Benson, Jazzmine Bess, Marlena Ivory, Rodney Wilson, Anderson Louis and Dion Paul. Stacy Tinner also was a faculty advisor, and Terry Zimmerman served as the rocket mentor. “I believe the team and I learned that hard work, commitment and perseverance can produce results that are beyond not only what others expect of you, but even what you expect of yourself,” said Benson. For more information contact Clement Allen at 850-412-7359.
consumers and businesses get greater value for their premium dollar.” The numbers in the report are estimates. Final totals won't be issued by the federal government until early summer. Seventeen states applied for waivers from the 80-percent standard, producing evidence that it would destabilize their private health insurance markets. Federal regulators granted adjustments to seven states, usually meeting each state's request part way. The future of the rebate requirement is uncertain, pending a decision by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the law.
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the Depo-Provera contraceptive shot. Using only condoms was deemed just ATLANTA — More moderately effective. teen girls now use the best Why are more teen kinds of birth control, a girls now using hormonal new government study birth control like the pill? says. Doctors seem to be inAbout 60 percent of creasingly comfortable teen girls who have sex prescribing them to teens, use the most effective said Crystal Tyler, a CDC kinds of contraception, inepidemiologist who cocluding the pill and patch. authored the new report. That's up from Also, some the mid-90s, when of them — like ON THE NET less than half were the vaginal cdc.gov/mmwr using the best ring — bekinds, the Centers came available for Disease Conmore recently, trol and Prevention study she said. found. The teen birth rate fell The trend in better 44 percent between 1990 contraception is helping and 2010. Another factor to drive down the teen besides better birth conbirth rate, health officials trol is increasing said. abstinence. About 43 perThe CDC released the cent of the girls in the report Thursday. It's survey said they'd had based on a national survey sex, the new study found. of 2,300 girls ages 15 to 19, That's down from a similar conducted in the years survey in 1995, when 51 2006 through 2010. percent of teen girls said The most effective they'd had sex. forms of birth control in“We hear a lot of times clude the pill, patch, from teens that ‘Everyvaginal ring, IUD, the Imone's having sex.’ But a lot planon arm implant and are not,” Tyler said.
Two fall ill in Ohio after dog food recall COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Health Department says two people have fallen ill from salmonella linked to dry dog food that was subject to a nationwide recall. The two Ohioans, a 74year-old woman in Franklin County and a 4month-old baby girl in Morrow County, are among 14 people in nine states who the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say are infected
with salmonella. The CDC says the outbreak is linked to multiple brands of dry dog food produced by Missouribased Diamond Pet Foods at a Gaston, S.C., plant. The Health Department on Friday reminded Ohioans to always wash their hands with hot water and soap before and after handling pet food or touching pets and before preparing food.
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MR. REPUBLICAN For years Rev. O’Neal Dozier, senior pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center church in Pompano Beach, could have been called Mr. Republican. Dozier is a friend and close advisor of former DOZIER President G.W. Bush. He is also a go-to person for state, local and national Republicans seeking office. But now those days may be coming to an end. Dozier is contemplating leaving the party over its coming nomination of hapless Mitt Romney for SANTORUM president. He is also concerned the party has abandoned its core principles. The final blow may have been the endorsement of Romney by Rick Santorum — the candidate Dozier supported. AT STAKE A proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution would end most restrictions on using public funding to support religious organizations. Amendment 8 would scrap the current “religious freedom” section of the Constitution and allow taxpayer dollars to be given to organizations even if their practices and beliefs would disqualify them from receiving such funds. They would not be financially penalized for practicing, preaching or advocating against abortion or gay rights, for example. The opposing sides are gearing up for what is sure to be a hard-fought battle.
Palm Beach County STRUCK DOWN A federal judge granted an injunction against the city of Delray Beach’s move to regulate drug and alcohol abuse recovery homes. The Caron Foundation, a Pennsylvania-based substance MCDUFFIE abuse rehabilitation organization, owns two mansions on an affluent barrier island in the city. When city officials learned of Caron’s plans to turn the properties into rehabilitation homes for the
wealthy, the city enacted an ordinance placing restrictions on them. For years, Delray Beach has fought having any rehabilitation operations within its city limits. Expect Mayor Woodie McDuffie and other city leaders to press on with their stance.
ABUSE CHARGES Police are releasing details of sexual abuse allegations that have led to the arrest of Jefferey London, a pastor, youth counselor, mentor and foster home operator. According to documents, LONDON London routinely and regularly molested under-aged boys who were left in his care or who lived at his unlicensed facility, called London’s Hotel, in Lauderdale Lakes. His operation received funding from various charities and governmental entities. Several people began to come forward with molestation allegations last year. London is currently being held without bond. His accusers now number more than 40. The evidence against him includes explicit text message exchanges with some of the boys.
investigations and more arrests are coming, according to my sources.
HOME INVASION Wendell Rozier, 23, of Opa-locka, was shot when he and another alleged intruder broke into the Pembroke Pines apartment of 22-year-old Clifford Atis. Atis called 911 and reported he was ROZIER awakened by the sound of two men burglarizing his apartment. Atis fired several shots and the suspects fled. Police said they found Rozier in a parked car with a gunshot wound to the leg. The other suspect remained at large.
COP SENTENCED Former Fort Lauderdale Police Officer David Michael McElligott, 47, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for defrauding the city. McElligott worked as a Fort Lauderdale police ofMCELLIGOTT ficer from 1991 until his arrest late last year. Since 2001, he had been on extended military leave to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Beginning in September 2003, McElligott presented to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department falsified military leave orders and earnings statements to get increased supplemental pay, preserve his job and other benefits. As a result he received a total of $312,270.65 in improper shift differential, longevity bonuses and other benefits over the eightyear period. McElligott must also pay full restitution to the city and serve two years probation. A South Florida Times investigative report broke the story last year. Book ‘em, Danno!
IN TROUBLE Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Woodell was arrested last year in a reverse sting in which he was accused of stealing what he believed was drug money. BSO staged a drug bust and Woodell WOODELL was assigned to confiscate and turn in the proceeds. Instead, he allegedly made a detour and pocketed some of the money and was arrested. Now Woodell is under investigation for allegedly sending nasty text messages to his supervisor who assisted in the sting that led to his arrest. Prosecutors have filed motions seeking to revoke his bond. Woodell, who was assigned to the Deerfield Beach district, was a member of BSO’s notorious Selective Enforcement Teams (SET) that targets high crime areas and street-level drug activities. They have been the subject of theft, brutality and planting evidence allegations for years. Several SET team members are currently under criminal
BANK FAILURE North Lauderdale-based Security Bank, founded in 1980, has been shut down and seized by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. awarded the bank’s SALDAÑA assets and branches to Coral Gables-based Banesco USA. Security Bank was designated “critically undercapitalized” on March 31 and warned it needed to raise capital. When it did not, or could not, federal regulators moved in. Banesco USA has acquired Security Bank branches in North Lauderdale, Doral and Miami. Under CEO Rafael F. Saldaña, Banesco has become one of the fastest-growing banks in South Florida. Its owners also hold banking interests in Venezuela, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
A WORTHWHILE GIFT The Rev. Griffin Davis Sr., senior pastor of Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church in Riviera Beach, gave a longtime member of his church a home. Davis, who founded the congregation in 1964, purchased the fourbedroom, two-bathroom property in Riviera Beach last year and renovated it. Rosa Wright, 53, director of the church’s choir and a congregation member since she was 7, was given the home. It is fully paid for. What a gift! BLACK CEMETERIES The Sara Sims Memorial Gardens cemetery in Boynton Beach is an old “blacks-only” site and there are few records to show exactly how many people are buried there. There is also a site known as the “wooded area,” which was used by blacks in the city to bury their dead. Like black communities, the construction of the Interstate 95 highway in the 1970s cut through the “wooded area” cemetery. Now city officials and researchers from Florida Atlantic University are working together to find out how many bodies remain buried in those cemeteries. This is good.
Miami-Dade County BANK PROTESTS The Miami Worker’s Center organized a cleanup of foreclosed homes in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood and deposited the trash at a Bank of America branch, where they MOYNIHAN staged a protest. Bank of America is the target of protests by groups around the nation over its foreclosure, lending and banking practices. Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan has not commented on the protests. Some groups say they are now organizing a national boycott.
Ebony Chorale’s aim: Preserve, perform the Negro Spiritual Staff Report WEST PALM BEACH — The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches, Inc. is celebrating 20 years of choral excellence this month with a gala banquet and concerts starting May 17. The chorale represents singers, most of whom are not professional musicians by vocation, who dedicate their time to striving for excellence in the performance of choral music. As part of its goal of keeping alive an awareness of the African-American heritage, the chorale is dedicated to the preservation and performance of the Negro Spiritual, a song that grew out of the African-American slavery experience. Through its performances of the spirituals the chorale seeks to raise, as well as reaffirm, the great tradition and contribution made to American music by African Americans, for the lyrics of the spirituals not only represent religious ideals, but also carry several layers of social, political and theological meanings. Each week the members give of themselves to be the best vocal musicians possible. Singing for the joy and the love of music, vacations and schedules are arranged to meet the demands of rehearsals and performances. Members, fans and supporters
will recognize the chorale’s 20 years of dedication with several events: The Visiting Choirs Concert, Thursday May 17, 7 p.m., Palm Beach Lakes High School, 3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach, tickets $20; The Anniversary Gala Banquet, Saturday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., Airport Hilton, 150 Australian Ave., $60; The 20th Anniversary Gala Concert, Sunday May 20, Palm Beach Lakes High, $20. A package deal of the banquet and two concerts, $90, is being offered. Contact Barbara McCray, 561-683-7929, 561-329-7468 or email@example.com, or any member of the Chorale. BEETHOVEN CHORUS Founded and directed by Orville T. Lawton, Ebony Chorale made its debut in 1992 with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, in a performance of the choral movement to Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, for the dedication of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. The chorale has since given more than 300 performances throughout Florida, as well as in Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan and abroad, while
distinguishing itself as one of the finest choral ensembles. The chorale performed with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd, conductor, and the
Kettering Cancer Research Foundation and numerous performances and concerts at area churches. In November 2006 the Chorale
IF YOU GO WHAT: The Ebony Chorale’s 20th Anniversary Celebration EVENTS: Visiting Choirs Concert, Thursday May 17, 7 p.m., Palm Beach Lakes High School, 3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach, tickets $20. Anniversary Gala Banquet, Saturday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., Airport Hilton, 150 Australian
Boston Esplanade Orchestra, Harry Rabinowitz, conductor. In addition the chorale has served as the backup choir for the Colors of Christmas concerts, a Stig Edgren production, featuring such outstanding artists as Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Aaron Neville, Melissa Manchester, Sheena Easton and Patti Austin. The chorale was featured in Klezmer Does The Blues, Alan Kula, producer, a celebration of the connectedness between Jewish folk music and the Negro Spiritual. Additional performances have been for the Norton Art Gallery’s Muse Series, Florida Atlantic University’s African American Heritage Celebrations, the University of South Florida’s Conference on The Negro Spiritual, Sloan
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performed in the West Africa Choral and Performing Arts Festival, in Ghana, West Africa, and in March 2008 in the International Festival of Choral Music in Verona, Italy, participating in the Folk Song Competition. Choirs from 25 countries were represented at the festival. The Ebony Chorale received a second place Silver Award in its first international competition. TRAVELED SUCCESS In July 2010, the chorale traveled to Salzburg, Austria and performed in the Cantus Salisburgensis Summer Festival. The chorale performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the historic Salzburg Cathedral directed by Maestro János Czifra, with an additional per-
formance of selections from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on the opening night of the festival. FOUNDING DIRECTOR Lawton, founder/director of The Ebony Chorale, is retired dean of Music and director of Keyboard Studies at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music History and Literature from the University of Florida. Currently Lawton is director of Church Music at Trinity United Methodist Church and organist at St. Ann Catholic Church, both in West Palm Beach. Lawton is a former tenor soloist with the Clarion Singers, a professional chorus based in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to his vocal performances, he is frequently called upon to accompany vocalists and instrumentalists in both solo performances and recitals. The chorale’s CD Cassette recording entitled A Spiritual Journey has enjoyed success and is in its third release. The group is available for full concerts and guest appearances. Contact The Ebony Chorale, Box 15141, West Palm Beach, FL 33416, or contact the director at 561-6016925 or email@example.com
City Year, Starbucks spruce Norland outlook NORLAND, FROM 1B
Starbucks’ Global Month of Service. “Today we hope to bring some positive energy and atmosphere to the school,” said Christina Pesavento, City Year staff member. City Year is a national nonprofit organization, with branches in 22 major cities across the country, whose mission is to lower the high school dropout rate. This is the organization’s first year at Norland High School, though they are involved with 12 other schools throughout Miami-Dade County. “What we do is take young adults 18-24 years old and put them in teams at schools,” says Pesavento. “They are there before the students arrive so they can greet students, and get them
They are there before the students arrive so they can greet students, and get them having a positive attitude for when they go in the classroom. — Christina Pesavento, City Year staff member having a positive attitude for when they go in the classroom. Their efforts appear to be working, as 82 percent of the senior class is expected to graduate this year. “It’s really a program that promotes students staying in school, coming to school and graduating and feeling good about the school,” said Olivia Bernal, assistant principal at Norland. “They are a great
group of young adults, the kids really like being with and working with them.” At Saturday’s event, outside in the courtyard, workers clad in green Starbuck’s Community Service tees planted flowers and built and painted picnic benches in maroon and gray, the school colors. Inside the cafeteria, two other groups were hard at work painting murals of the
Viking mascot on the walls and inspirational messages on large boards to be hung around the cafeteria. “I think it’s a great motivating tool and nice for the community to get involved with our school,” said Bernal. “It just brings another level to our student culture, we are in a very old building and anything that we do to beautify the school brings that sense of pride to the students” City Year staff members and students worked for three weeks before the event to prep the walls for the murals by drawing outlines on the walls. “I feel like this project is going to change the overall mood” said Robert P., City Year staff member. “The kids are going to see that City Year really cares about the school.”
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MORALE BUILDING: Volunteers landscaped the perimeter, painted murals on the walls of the cafeteria and assembled benches for the courtyard at Miami Norland Senior High School in a joint venture with City Year Miami and Starbucks’ Global Month of Service.
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granddaughter, Rangelique MoultrieMcCray, said earlier this year. “So no, I RIVIERA BEACH — Friends did not see her being and family celebrated a monuhere this long. But we mental birthday this year when are certainly grateful Riviera Beach resident and super to God that He has centenarian Charlotte Hawkins kept us together.” Flowers became one of the oldest A centenarian is a living human beings — at 112 FLOWERS person who is 100 years — on Monday, Feb. 20. On years old or older; a Friday morning, May 4, Flowers super centenarian 110 or older. died of kidney failure. “Every year since I can remem- Flowers, who outlived her six siblings ber she would tell us, ‘This may be and nine children, was recognized by my last year. I’m going home to local and state dignitaries, including be with the Lord,’ ” Flowers’ Gov. Rick Scott, as well as President
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Skatalites’ bassist Brevett, in Kingston KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Relatives say Lloyd Brevett, a founding member of the influential band The Skatalites has died in Jamaica at age 80 at a Kingston hospital. He had suffered a stroke in March, two weeks after his son was murdered by gunmen outside the family's
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SISTER LEARNTE FERGUSON, affectionately known as “Grandma” to the entire Larkdale community, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 7 at Florida Medical Center (North Shore Campus). Learnte is survived by: two sons, Henry Ferguson Jr. and Benjamin Ferguson; six daughters, Jacqueline “Jackie” Gibson, Eunice “Pam” Dinkins, Vendria “Penny” Jones, Beverly “Pinkey” Ferguson, Louise “Peaches” Tart, and Learnte “Precious” Brown; and a quiver full of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, relatives and friends. The Wake/Visitation will be held on Friday, May 11 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home located at 1305 N.W. 6th Street in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Homegoing Services will be held 1 pm Saturday at Mount Bethel Baptist Church located at 901 N.W. 11th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
WINSTON REAVES, 54, Laborer, died May 1. Funeral service will be held 12:30 pm Saturday at Liberty City Church of God. LEONARD SULLIVAN, 91, Airplane Mechanic, died May 5 at home. Funeral will be held 11 am Thursday at Hadley Davis Funeral Home Chapel.
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KENNETH HOLDER, 56, Laborer, died May 5. Services will be held at Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt Mortuary Chapel on 1 pm Saturday. CHRISTINE SANDERS, 33, died May 3 at Vista Health Care. Services will be held 11 am Saturday at 93rd Street MBC. PATRICIA GAITER WILLIAMS, 51, Homemaker, died May 5 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are Incomplete.
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JOSEPH MILTON GARNERSHANKS, 43, died May 6. Funeral will be held 1 pm Saturday at A Place Called Hope Church, 3761 NW 94 Avenue, Cooper City, Florida.
ANDREW WRIGHT, 70, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away May 6. Funeral will be held 10 am Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church, Dania Beach, Florida.
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GEORGIA JACKSON, 84, Environmental Service, died May 4 at North Shore Hospital. Funeral will be held 12 pm Saturday at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church. DARREN LEWIS Jr., one month, died April 30 at Jackson North Hospital. Funeral will be held 10 am Saturday at Hadley Davis Funeral Home Chapel.
OSWALD 'TOMMY' THOMPSON, 90, Bridge Operator, died May 6. Arrangements are incomplete.
THERESA ANN POTTER, 46, died May 2. Funeral will be held 11 am Saturday at Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 NW 68 Street.
DONALD GARDENER, 55, Warehouse Clerk, died May 7 at North Shore Hospice. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
KATIE TILLMAN, 89, died May 6. Funeral will be held 11 am Saturday at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 5212 Pembroke Road, Hollywood, Florida. Interment at Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Gardens, Hollywood, Florida.
SHONTRICE A. GRAY, 30, died April 30 at Coral Springs Medical Center. Funeral service was held.
TIFFANY JENNINGS-PERRY, 40, Tax Examiner, died May 1. Survivors include: mother, Gwendolyn Jennings of Ft. Pierce, FL; daughter, Ta’tiana Nicole Rae Perry of Snellville, GA.; former husband T. Ray Perry of Newnan, Georgia; uncle, Jerry Jennings; aunts, Winifred Graham (Henry), Betty Jennings; Ida Lou Jennings, Alice Moore (Gary), Yvonne Milton (David), Marie Brinson (Simon), Jessie Lee Marshall, Peggy Jenningss and Annie Rose Jennings; mother and father-inlaw, Ernestine and Thurna Perry of Albany, Georgia; a host of cousins and several godchildren. Viewing Friday 4 pm to 8 pm at Range Funeral Home. Service 1 pm Saturday at Fulford United Methodist Church.
DOROTHY GAITOR, 77, died May 2. Funeral will be held 11 am Saturday at Love Tabernacle of God, 1750 NW 1 Court, Miami, Florida.
SHIRLEY ANN VAIL-RALPH, 67, died May 3 at Florida Medical Center. Funeral will be held 10 am Saturday at Bethel Apostolic Temple.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Alligator Records says U.S. bluesman Michael “Iron Man” Burks has died after collapsing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on his return from a European tour. He was 54. The record label says Burks collapsed Sunday. He was pronounced dead at an Atlanta hospital. A
PHILLISHER D. MAY, 54, Homemaker, died April 30 in Tampa, FL. Survivors include: daughter, Yasmine Couch; sons: Terrance and Xavier; sisters: Veronica Swindell Wesley, Lawanda Williams, Shelia Graham, Lillian Ambrister, Tasha Graham and Michelle Graham; brothers, Theodore and Timothy Graham; 10 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren, other relative and friends. Services will be held 11 am Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Services entrusted to Bain Range Coconut Grove.
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STEVE R. JEAN, died May 2 in Miramar, Florida. Funeral will be held 10 am Saturday in Orlando, Florida.
TERRISHA S. GUYTON, 19, Hostess, died April 27. Services will be held 1 pm Saturday at Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
GLORIA JOHNSON, 62, Bus Driver, died May 3 at Homestead Hospital. Funeral will be held 11 am Saturday at Morningstar MBC.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A trial was set to begin in the case of a Jewish woman in Connecticut who is suing her own congregation over the burial of a black woman in the interfaith section of their cemetery. Maria Balaban's lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in New London Superior Court. She wants the remains of Jamaica-born Juliet Steer exhumed and relocated from the Congregation Ahavath Achim's cemetery in
EUNICE FREEMAN, 92, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away May 2. Funeral will be held 11 am Saturday at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church - Oakland Park, Florida. HUBERT MITCHELL, 78, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away May 6. Funeral will be held 9 am Saturday at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Worship Center.
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Most times it is wise to listen to Mother not have expected a miracle but, rather, since Jesus’ father, Joseph, was deceased, perhaps He could offer an apology or make a statement that would save the bridegroom’s reputation and the family from embarrassment.
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s children, we run to our mothers with our problems and our hurts and for help in understanding life’s denials and demands. Mothers give us advice and, too often, we don’t listen. But as a rule, good mothers tend to watch us even when we don’t know they are watching. This starts during babyhood. They watch to see if we’re hungry, wet or sleepy. Once they make the observation, they immediately take corrective measures. Sometimes mothers demand maturity of us before we think we are ready. This might have been the case at Jesus’ cousin’s wedding at Cana in John 2:3: “When they ran out of wine, (Mary) the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’” As an observant mother, Mary makes Christ aware of a potentially embarrassing problem for the family and the difficulty they face. Often we find ourselves in the midst of problems, thinking we’ve planned well and have all contingencies covered, but instead fall short of resources. Mary, in her request, might
“Woman, behold your son,” meaning behold the disciple John his friend, whom He charged with caring for her after His death. In Christ’s response to His mother, she is reminded, as we are, that men and women are
that a relationship with God demands our objectivity above and beyond family matters. Christ was, and we are to be, dedicated servants of God, without preferential treatment toward earthly ties. This passage is confusing,
Jesus’ response seemed curt and disrespectful: “Woman, what does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” But, according to Matthew Henry’s commentary, Christ’s reply to his mother had no disrespect in it, for Christ addressed her using the same words from the cross, with affection. He said, in John 19:26,
frail and foolish and corrupt. His response was a check-yourself moment reminding her, and us, that we are not to interfere in matters which require acts of God. As a human, Christ was the earthly son of Mary but as the Son of God on earth He was also her Lord. This incident was instructive to Mary, and should be to us,
complex and conflicting. What do we do then when faced with conflicting demands from mother and God? How do we reconcile the two? Mary’s role in the story is difficult to understand and although she didn’t know or understand what Jesus would do, she trusted Him to do what was right. Herein lies Christ’s struggle: “Do I listen to
my Mother or do I wait to see what God (My Father) is going to do?” In everything, Christ knew there were eternal moments which held eternal impacts and yielded a fixed and fittest time to do something and He strictly observed this principle. Initially, it appeared the hour for His first miracle had not yet arrived. Apparently the thought occured to Him, “God may be using Mother to tell me what time it is. Maybe I should listen to her.” What I love about this story is that Mary takes the reproof very submissively and made no response to Christ. She quit exerting any influence upon Him and made no further intercession in the matter. She simply told the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” When we bring problems to our mothers, or they point out problems to us, we need to stop, think and pray on what to do. When we bring problems to Christ, we should submit and remember He may have a completely different plan for us than that of our mother’s. And, like Mary, we too should submit and allow Christ to deal with the problem and, then like Christ, we too may find that, through prayer, it is wise to listen to Mother. The Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis is pastor of the Church of the Open Door at in Miami’s Liberty City community. He may be reached at 305-759-0373 or pastor@churchoftheopen doormiami.org
Miami Gardens couple publishes book to inspire youth Staff Report A Miami Gardens couple married for 43 years has published a book that is intended to provide inspiration for youth. The 84-page book, bearing a long title, Blessed and Too Smart to Fail Too: In-
Harriet Blackshear-Cowins. Released on April 19, the book, which goes by the shorter name, Blessed and Too Smart to Fail Too, is described as “an uplifting religious publication written by recipients of God’s blessings who are consciously aware that
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AUTHORS: Benjamin Cowins and Harriet Blackshear-Cowins spirational Affirmations with Biblical Scripture References for Youths and the Young at Heart, was written by Benjamin B. Cowins Sr. and
believers must not fail to do what blessed persons are expected to do.” Major emphases highlight biblical clarity,
self-confidence, faith in God and the belief that everyone can succeed with God’s help. The writers offer more than 100 “Inspirational Affirmations” that are designed to encourage the use of scriptures for personal use and guidance in making daily choices and decisions, excelling educationally, accomplishing career goals, avoiding negatives, always doing the right thing, obeying parents, studying the Bible and respecting others. The authors also identify life experiences that inspired them to write the book. Benjamin Cowins has a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree from Barry University and a bachelor’s from Florida A&M University. He most recently held a TRUST Specialist position with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, with major responsibilities to implement the TRUST (To Reach Ultimate Success Together) program that offers students assistance, addresses concerns related to the use of harmful substances, alcohol and tobacco by high school students. Cowins is a Senior Fellow consultant with Nova Southeastern University’s Institute for Public Policy and Executive Leadership
in Higher Education. He has served on several community organizations. Blackshear-Cowins, a Miami Northwestern High School graduate, has earned course credits at Florida International University, St. Thomas
University, Miami Dade College and Michigan State University. She is program coordinator with Christian Community Service Agency Inc. and has wide experience in business.
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No flowers on this 'Mother's Day' By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic Mother's Day, inspired by the 1980 Troma slasher flick of the same name, is notable for a chilling lead performance from Rebecca De Mornay and not much else. The home-invasion thriller from director Darren Lynn Bousman (who made the second, third and fourth Saw movies as well as one of the worst films I've ever seen in my life, Repo! The Genetic Opera) takes us through all the obligatory steps of the genre: Bad guys enter, assert their dominance and pick people off one by one. The hostages make futile attempts to attack or escape but their actions aren't as important as the structure itself, which is meant to serve as a crucible of human nature. CREEPY CHARACTERS That would be all well and good if the characters here were vaguely intriguing, but they're not even cliched types — they're just sort of bland, and eventually they're bloody. That makes De Mornay's quietly
commanding, creepy turn stand out even more. She stars as Mother, who steps in to clean things up when her idiot bank-robber sons (Patrick Flueger, Warren Kole and Matt O'Leary) botch a job and then try to hide in what they believe is their childhood home. Turns out Mother got foreclosed on, and the place now belongs to Beth (Jaime King) and Daniel (Frank Grillo), who were in the middle of a housewarming party. Gnarly, sadistic torture ensues. And that's the point of these kinds of movies, right? To see how far they can push it and see how much we as an audience can stand to watch. Efforts to justify the characters' motivations in Mother's Day feel like clutter; the killers can just be depraved and the victims can just be clueless and that's fine. Here, they all have back stories and secrets that prolong the running time and function as filler between the moments in which Mother sweetly, calmly calls the shots. She can serve up a chocolate cake with as much grace and ease as when she orders one of her kids to shoot someone.
Sure, it's a parody of the classically charming sociopath but it's riveting to watch. Still, at some point, the action has to move outside the house. There's only so much that can occur in this confined space. Eldest son Ike (Flueger) drives Beth to an ATM to drain all the cash from the hostages' bank accounts, and here's where Mother's Day takes a turn tonally. There also happens to be a tornado coming, which seems unnecessary. Things are tumultuous enough indoors as it is. FORECLOSE THIS Still, perhaps it's best to view the film as a snapshot of our troubled economic times: If Mother hadn't lost her home, everyone would still be alive. It's a lesson for us all. Mother's Day, an Anchor Bay Films release, is rated R for strong brutal bloody violence and torture, pervasive language and some sexual content. Running time: 112 minutes. RATING:
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SEE IT OUR WAY: Combating teen dating violence is a youth photovoice exhibit and the youth-led production She Kept Her Bra On, Too: Girls Giving Voice to their Power and Taking Action.
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Teens fight teen dating violence Staff Report MIAMI — URGENT, Inc. invites the community to the youth-led and acted play, She Kept Her Bra On Too! Girls Giving Voice to Their Power and Taking Action, on Saturday, May 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Playground Theatre, 9806 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami Shores. The play brings to the forefront issues that threaten girls’ overall health and wellbeing, while demonstrating the power of individual and collective action that can strengthen girls’ resolve to make positive life choices. The production includes special performances by Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns, Via Renay and Alexis Caputo presenting excerpts from Afro Diaries, a project of Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator and Project Witness. Organizers say the unique contribution of the youth production is that it helps girls find their voice to speak out against the threats to their well-being; promotes
solutions that support their ability to make positive life choices, and engages and educates their peers, families and the community at large. EXHIBITION The youth photo voice project See It Our Way: Community Impacts of Teen Dating Violence is an exhibit aimed to promote critical dialogue using photographs, group discussion and reflection to explore and act collectively on issues around community health and wellbeing. This exhibit officially launched Urgent Inc's youthdriven teen advocacy campaign, She Kept the Bra On! The Campaign for Girls Well Being. The first strategic initiative of this campaign is to build awareness, educate their peers and advocate for policy changes that will help prevent teen dating violence. The photo voice exhibition and youth art curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art: Women on the Rise
program will be on display, Saturday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in the Sandbox (located next door to the Playground Theatre). Modline Philistin, a member of the Rites of Passage Program, wrote in a recent photovoice analysis: “This photo project is important because girls need to be educated. They need to know what the signs of domestic violence mean and what to do with them. Girls have all these signs but they continue to let it (domestic violence) happen.” PASSAGE Rites of Passage teen researcher, Naomie Delva said in an afterschool meeting that, “Teen dating violence is a problem that officials can no longer ignore because it is really getting out of hand and becoming costly." Above all, said Vice President Saliha Nelson, “This is a health, safety and security issue not only for girls, but the
MIAMI — A Mother’s Day Super Classic Extravaganza concert will feature Russell Thompkins and the New Stylistics, Blue Magic and Will Hart of the Original Delfonics on Sunday, May 13 at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Cables. The concert will be hosted by Hot 105 Radio Personality Chico the Virgo and Comedian George. The concert will feature classic hits live, including Blue Magic’s Just Don't Want to be Lonely and Slideshow, The Stylistics’s You Are Everything and You Make Me Feel Brand New and Will Hart of the Delfonic’s Didn't I Blow Your
and communities,” said Andrew Minott, CEO of AnchorMinott Foundation. “We are also excited to partner with the Bring It Home Single Moms Foundation, because they are committed to helping out single mothers who work tirelessly to make a better life for their children.”
New Stylistics Mind and La La Means I Love You. Tickets start at $34 and include parking. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, the BankUnited Center box office, or charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For
additional information and sponsorship call Andrew Minott, 954-791-4175. The organizers have partnered with Florida native and NFL star Asante Samuel’s nonprofit Bring it Home Single Moms foundation to help raise money
community as a whole.” The program meets regularly at Booker T. Washington Senior High School and Miami Edison Edu-plex Senior High School. The program is supported by the Women's Fund of Miami-Dade County and by The Children's Trust, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami.
IF YOU GO WHAT: Mother’s Day Super Classic Extravaganza WHEN: Sunday, May 13 WHERE: BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Cables COST: Tickets $34-$74 including parking CONTACT: 1-800-7453000 or 954-791-4175
‘Freeman,’ new novel from Leonard Pitts Jr. Staff Report
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IF YOU GO WHAT: She Kept Her Bra On Too! youth play and youth photovoice exhibit WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. WHERE: Playground Theatre, 9806 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami Shores. COST: Free and open to the public CONTACT: shedia@ urgentinc.org
for their empowerment workshop for single mothers in South Florida. “We are bringing some of South Florida’s favorite groups to help celebrate our mother’s, aunts, sisters and women who are the backbone of our families
“We celebrate the single mothers who deserve a day out and an opportunity to listen to some of R&B’s most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups,” said Samuel, of Bring it Home Single Moms. Bring it Home Single Moms was inspired by CEO and Florida native Samuel’s own experiences
growing up the son of a single mom and seeing the sacrifices single mothers make to provide their children with better opportunities.
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Set in the tumultuous weeks following the Civil War, Freeman is the story of three unforgettable characters faced with the volatile landscape of a radically redefined South. It is an epic love story, a quest tale, and a deeply nuanced portrait of the hope and turmoil experienced by the newly freed former slaves as they faced a world full of possibility — and disappointment. After Lee's surrender and Lincoln's assassination, Sam Freeman embarks on a hazardous journey from Philadelphia through the heart of the Deep South in search of his wife Tilda. At the same time, Tilda is forced to march west at gunpoint by her embittered former master
in search of lands outside of Union control. Also making the dangerous trek south is Boston native Prudence Kent, a young white widow who travels to Mississippi to set up a school for the former slaves, facing the mistrust and hostility of the local white population. Pitts is a longtime Miami Herald columnist and 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary. His previous books have been highly praised by Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness and The Root, among many others. Freeman was recently selected to be a June 2012 IndieNext List pick by IndieBound. Pitts’ love for history and storytelling “shine in this story of love and redemption,” said PBS's Gwen Ifill.
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tv & technology By KIMBERLY GRANT Special to South Florida Times Can Shonda Rhimes do no wrong? It seems that Rhimes creates a new television show for ABC every few years. And every few years Rhimes hands ABC a stellar drama — although many people complained about Private Practice. Not so with Rhimes’ and Betsy Beers’ latest drama foray, Scandal, which premiered on April 5 as a midseason series of seven episodes. Loosely based on former President George H.W. Bush’s administration press aide, Judy Smith, the ABC Studios Production stars an emotional Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. Pope is the leader of Pope & Associates, a crisis management firm of lawyers who “solve” cases in very quick, very methodical ways. The similarities between Pope and Smith, who is a co-executive producer on the show, lie in the fact that they are both former press aides for the White House who now own their own crisis management firms. In Scandal, viewers are treated to a more salacious version of Smith. As Washington put it during an interview on E! News Now, Smith never had an affair with the president of the United States (POTUS). THE CHARACTERS Pope’s team consists of Huck (Guillermo Diaz), a former black-ops
were really good. “They all start with ‘S’,” said Joshua Malina, who plays assistant district attorney David Rosen. “It’s sexy. It’s sassy. It’s suspenseful. It’s Shonda-rific.” MOVING TELEVISION
Got a ‘Scandal’? Get a fixer Latest Shonda Rhimes ensemble cast is fine viewing specialist; Stephen (Henry Ian Cusick), a former shark lawyer who is also a former lady’s man; Harrison (Columbus Short); a former insider trader who has magnificent hearing and refers to himself and his team as “gladiators in suits”; Abby (Darby Stanchfield), the angry, distrusting member of the group; and Quinn (Katie Lowes), the new girl on the scene with a hidden past. Rhimes has always been one to put a lot of effort into character development. So the current roster of Olivia’s team can be quite
entertaining in their own right. Olivia Pope herself is still a bit of a mystery. From the first two episodes we find out, from the team, the things that Olivia doesn’t do and doesn’t like. She doesn’t cry. She doesn’t like to hear “I don’t know.” And, she doesn’t like the word “lose.” Yet Washington’s Pope, who is supposed to be a robot, always manages to show a full range of emotion, often communicated solely with her eyes and her lips. Pope also has such a soft spot for the POTUS (Tony Goldwyn) that she’s cried for him. From the beginning the
precedent is set that Olivia is not only good at what she does, she’s also feared by those who dare cross her — except for POTUS, President Fitzgerald Grant, and his chief of staff, Cyrus (Jeff Perry). While President Grant is Olivia’s kryptonite, Cyrus is the thorn in her side. The plot thickens. THE ‘S’ FACTOR But why should viewers watch? In a marketing effort ABC put a camera into Lowes’ hands to ask that question of her co-stars. Two answers
Rhimes didn’t need to slip Malina a $20 for that last comment because he was telling the truth. Rhimes is great at producing dramas that showcase a wide range of stories, starring a wide range of ethnic representation via an ensemble cast — a welcome sight in television. It’s also a welcome sight to see a woman of color at the helm of a popular new drama with early, impressive ratings of 7.5 million viewers and climbing. Stanchfield added about Scandal: “You will probably cry, at least, once. You will definitely laugh and you will be on the edge of your seat.” Stanchfield was not exaggerating. From the first scene of each episode, the storylines and characters keep Scandal’s plot moving at all times. You can’t have a show created by Shonda Rhimes that’s not fast-paced. The rapid-fire speech and dramatic twists are a Rhimes staple. And that’s just fine for viewers. Who wouldn’t like a television series called Scandal, about scandal, that solves scandals, and is an ode to the phenomenon that, no matter what the time period, scandal is scandal? KAliciaG@aol.com facebook.com/fashgirl83
Facebook looking at all-time top Internet IPO
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook, the company that turned the social Web into a cultural and business phenomenon, is worth as much as $95 billion, according to the price range for its upcoming initial public offering of stock. The IPO, expected in a couple of weeks, would be the biggest ever for an Internet company. In a regulatory filing Facebook set a price range of $28-$35 per share for its initial public offering. At the high end, Facebook and its current shareholders could raise as much as $13.58 billion — far more than the $1.9 billion raised in the
2004 offering for current Internet IPO record-holder Google Inc. The IPO valued the company at $23 billion. Google is now worth about ZUCKERBERG $200 billion. Facebook Inc.'s IPO has been highly anticipated, not just because of how much money it will raise but because Facebook itself is so popular. The world's largest online social network has 900 million users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg,
who turns 28 this month, has emerged as a wunderkind leader who’s guided Facebook through unprecedented growth from its scrappy start as an online hangout for Harvard students. Facebook's offering values the company at $76 billion to $95 billion, based on the expected number of Facebook shares following the IPO. That's about 2.74 billion, according to Renaissance Capital, an IPO investment adviser. The value is set by multiplying the number of shares by the expected stock price.
Facebook's next step is an “IPO road show,” where executives talk to potential investors about why they should invest in the stock. Despite the frenzy surrounding Facebooks offering, not all IPO watchers are impressed. Francis Gaskins president of IPOdesktop.com, said Facebook's growth is “obviously slowing down. “The company is entering a maturation process,” Gaskins said. “I think their core business slowed more than they thought for the past four months.” Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in his dorm room in
2004, will keep tight control over the company even after the IPO. He will control 57.3 percent of the company's voting power. Zuckerberg will likely own about 31.5 percent of Facebook's outstanding stock after the IPO. At the high end of the expected IPO price range, his holdings will be worth $17.6 billion. The top 10 Internet IPOs, according to Renaissance: Google Inc., IPO on Aug. 18, 2004, $1.67 billion raised. Yandex N.V., IPO on May 23, 2011, $1.3 billion raised. Infonet Services Corp. (now part of BT Group PLC), IPO on Dec. 15, 1999, $1.08
billion raised. Shanda Games Ltd., IPO on Sept. 24, 2009, $1.04 billion raised. Zynga Inc., IPO on Dec. 15, 2011, $1 billion raised. Giant Interactive Group Inc., IPO on Oct. 31, 2007, $887 million raised. Renren Inc., IPO on May 3, 2011, $743 million raised. Groupon Inc., IPO on Nov. 3, 2011, $700 million raised. Orbitz Worldwide Inc., IPO on July 19, 2007, $510 million raised. barnesandnoble.com (now part of Barnes & Noble Inc.), IPO on May 24, 1999, $450 million raised.
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Thursday, May 10 Broward County Heritage Celebration: The Broward County Historical Commission will host this cultural event, 5:30 p.m. at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (Southwest 13th Avenue), Fort Lauderdale.
Friday, May 11 Flower Photo Competition: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden invites you to its The Art of the Flower photography competition in honor of National Public Gardens Day. This first-time effort will seek the best natural photographs of any and all flowers in the wild, at home or anywhere they exist. Visit fairchildgarden.org
Tuesday, May 15 MCCOY Center in downtown Miami for a night of healing and forgiveness displayed through song and dance. Tickets $35$55. Call 954-945-3949 or visit mcintyreinstitute.com Mother and Daughter Brunch: New Vision for Christ Ministries’ annual brunch, 9 a.m. at the Don Shula Hotel in Miami Lakes. Award-winning gospel artist Martha Munizzi will be the guest speaker. Call 305-899-7224.
Straight No Chaser: The 10-member acappella group that has become a YouTube sensation will showcase their uniquely sophisticated vocals, 8 p.m. in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $25. Call 561-832-7469.
Saturday, May 12
Free Movie Nights at the Park: Commissioner Jean Monestime, in association with WEDR 99 Jamz, is inviting residents to bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the next family friendly movie under the stars at Oak Grove Park, 690 N.E. 159 St., 7 p.m. Free popcorn, hotdogs and drinks while supplies last. Call 305-694-2779.
Sunday, May 13 LEVAR Called 2 Dance Forgive & Live Today Campaign: Join gospel singers Kevin Levar, Darlene McCoy and The McIntyre Institute Dancers, 7 p.m. on May 12 at the Gusman
Mother’s Day Classic Extravaganza: Special show featuring Russell Tompkins and the New Stylistics, Blue Magic and Will Hart of the original Delfonics, 7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center,
How to Get Loans and Grants: The City of Hollywood will host a free workshop, 6 p.m. at the Hollywood Branch Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., facilitated by Eric Yankwitt from My Tax Guru. Call 954-921-3388.
Wednesday, May 16 Voter Information Town Hall: The City of Miami Gardens Commission For Women will host this informative event on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held at Miami Gardens City Hall, 1515 N.W. 167th Street, Bldg. 5 Suite 200 in Miami.
Thursday, May 17 Ebony Chorale Gala and Concert: 20th anniversary concert, 7 p.m at Palm Beach Lakes High School, 505 Shiloh Dr., West Palm Beach. Tickets $20. Also on May 19 the Gala Banquet, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $60. Contact Barbara McCray, 561-683-7929 or email bijouxchad@bell south.net
Monday, May 28 Ninth Annual Palm Beach Jerk & Caribbean Culture Festival: A day for the entire family, 2-10 p.m. at the Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach. Tickets $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Visit pbjerkfesti val.com or facebook.com/ pbjerkfestival, call 561-856 -8478 or 1-866-232-0001.
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