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Brown’s district at center of ‘Fair Districts’ storm Historical group
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Dr. Bryant keeps going Person of the Week
Dr. Regina Bryant By Terrika Mitchell Outlook Staff Writer
It wasn’t long ago when Dr. Regina Bryant retired from the education field as a vocational coordinator for Leon County Schools. After a six month hiatus, she returned to work as an educational consultant with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Even after such a short period, she was well-rested and more rejuvenated than ever. “Regina exudes energy,” friend and former co-worker Georgette Neely said. “I don’t know where she gets all the en-
At the center of the storm is the Third Congressional District, a seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Democrat from Jacksonville. Jacksonville. Brown’s district stretches from her hometown in the north to Orlando in the south, winding through nine counties in the process. “I got to say it is probably the most popular district not just
in Florida, but the entire country,” Brown quipped. Drawn following a legal battle in the 1990s -- and as part of an alliance between AfricanAmerican Democrats and Republicans eager to reap the gains
of concentrating black votes into majority-minority districts -- the 3rd District has become a fixture in the debate over how to redraw the lines. Since it was reconfigured to favor a candidate supported by See BROWN, Page 2
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Gulf Power Seeks Rate Increase
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State regulators on Aug. 23, allowed Gulf Power Co. to at least temporarily raise rates by $38.5 million, as the Panhandle utility gets ready to seek a broader hike that would take effect next year. The so-called “interim” increase will start hitting customer bills in mid-September and will lead to a $4.49 a month jump for residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will re-visit the interim increase as it considers Gulf’s proposal for a permanent base-rate increase of $93.5 million. If regulators decide that any of the interim hike was unjustified, they can order Gulf to refund money to customers. The PSC unanimously approved the increase, pointing to a state law that allows utilities to seek interim hikes if they can show they are not earning as much money as allowed under their current rates. The interim increase will enable Gulf to make a 10.75 percent return on equity, a common measurement of profit. “We have followed the statute to the ‘T,’’’ Gulf attorney Jeff Stone told the PSC. But Jon Moyle, an attorney for the Florida Industrial
Art Graham, chairman of the Florida PSC and the other commissioners will re-visit the interim increase. Power Users Group, a business coalition of large energy users, said the commission should not act until holding hearings and considering the permanent rate increase. He also described the 10.75 percent return on equity as “exceedingly high.’’ “We respectfully would oppose this effort to increase rates by $38 million today and suggest you can consider the issues later when you have evidence before you, when you have witnesses, when you have testimony,’’ Moyle told commissioners before their vote. Gulf, which serves 431,000 customers in eight counties, has
not received a base-rate increase in nearly a decade. Base rates pay for many day-to-day operations of utilities, but customers also face other charges for expenses such as power-plant fuel. The company contends that it needs to increase base rates, at least in part, because of the costs of adding power lines and other types of infrastructure. “We understand there is no good time to increase prices,’’ Gulf spokeswoman Sandy Sims said in a prepared statement af after the PSC vote. “Providing reliable electricity requires a continuous investment in poles, lines and power plants.’’ The PSC is scheduled to start hearing arguments in December on Gulf’s permanent rate request, with any changes expected to take effect in 2012. Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy Florida also likely will file base-rate proposals next year that would take ef effect in 2013. Under the interim increase, Gulf residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours a month will see their bills go from $122.67 to $127.16. Utilities commonly use 1,000 kilowatt hours as a measuring stick, but many homes use more electricity than that each month. If the permanent rate hike is approved, those same residential customers would see their monthly bills increase to $134.82, according to Gulf.
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A historical neighborhood committed to change By Ashley Hogans Outlook Staff Writer
Frenchtown is one of Tallahassee’s oldest African-American neighborhoods that was first a French settlement and then a residential area for free slaves. This historic neighborhood, located in the heart of downtown for more than 125 years, continues to thrive as residents focus on living healthier and improving the community. “Leon County is considered a food desert where there’s a lack of market places selling fresh fruits and vegetables,” said James Bellamy, who was born and raised on Georgia Street. “So we are trying to rectify that and change that particular thing.” The Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association (FNIA) is going to open “The Frenchtown Heritage Market Place” on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Brevard Street. The association partnered with The Frenchtown
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As lawmakers criss-cross the state to gather public input for how to draw Florida’s political lines in the once-a-decade redistricting process, they are encountering a public that wants the legislature to follow the new standards passed by the public in the 2010 elections. But the fault lines that run through some areas of the state are proving that complying with the “Fair Districts” amendments, which are aimed at curbing partisan gerrymandering, might prove to be a difficult balance. Competing interests are at play, from the political goals of elected officials to the racial politics that still divide some communities. At the center of the storm is the 3rd Congressional District, a seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Democrat from
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This Week’s Word Small businesses continue to serve the Frenchtown community along Macomb Street. Community Development Center, Revitalization Council and Florida A&M University’s Small Farms Program. The FNIA received $5,000 from the City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency for the market place. “Fresh fruits and vegetables create healthy eating lifestyles
and it also develops economic development in our area,” said Bellamy, who is also the president of the FNIA. A longtime resident, Darryl Scott, who grew up on N. Macomb Street, is very active in the association and says Frenchtown “is home for me.” “The aroma of the honey-
suckle, the mulberry, pecan and permission trees, the lime and pomegranate bushes, and the grapevine speak to the rich history of the area,” said Scott. “As I think back and look forward I can’t think of any other place in Tallahassee I’d rather have been or be.” The residents have done a See NEIGHBORHOOD, Page 2
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 (KJV)
Brown from, Page 1 black voters -- who make up 48 percent of the district’s voting-age population, according to the 2010 Census -- Brown is the only person who has represented the district. For opponents, the 3rd is the example of everything wrong with the redistricting process, an extreme gerrymander aimed at carving out a special district that favors a single politician. For supporters, it represents a hard-fought victory in the battle over equal rights in Florida. For some of those supporters, it is also a source of concern as lawmakers prepare to craft congressional lines under the Fair Districts constitutional amendments for the first time. While the NAACP and other voting-rights groups have defended the amendments, saying they provide plenty of protection for minority districts, Brown and others have fought the amendments tooth and nail. Brown and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a RePow from, Page 1 ergy from. I just try to keep up.” The two educators met about three years ago while Bryant worked as the employability specialist with White Hat Management, known locally as LifeSkills. Bryant’s vibrant spirit has worked in her favor for the past 37 years as she’s been employed throughout the county as the Diversified Career Technology coordinator at Godby High School, an adjunct education professor with Florida A&M University and continues to serve on various educational boards and orNeighborhood from, Page 1 lot over the years for the community and the appearance of Frenchtown. During the 1970s the neighborhood experienced a time when crime rates were high and businesses started to leave the community resulting in many condemned buildings. However, the FNIA developed in 1990 to better its community. As residents began working closely with the City of Tallahassee and the state of Florida they were able to receive funds to improve Frenchtown. Some of those projects included: Adopt-a-Drain to prevent floods in the area; Neighborhood Action Plan; Black Male College Explorer; Frenchtown After School program to help children with their homework and a PowerUp Computer Lab that provided 16 brand-new computers for children. Despite the amount of homelessness and poverty in the area due to its close proximity to the homeless shelter, residents such as 23-year-old Earlena Boswell, who was born and raised in Frenchtown, says the neighborhood has a unique feeling. “What I love most about my neighborhood is the feeling of family,” said Boswell. “It’s just like in the older days when everyone on the block knew your mama and they watched over you like you were their own (child). It’s as if that has never changed, at least it hasn’t changed for the past 23 years. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I will always come back and give back to my community - Frenchtown.” Ashley can be contacted at email@example.com
publican from a heavily Hispanic district in Miami, spearheaded the campaign against the amendments in last year’s elections. When the amendments comfortably won approval by Florida voters, Brown and Diaz-Balart filed a lawsuit in federal court, saying they violated the Legislature’s right under the U.S. Constitution to draw lines as lawmakers see fit. Oral arguments in that case are set for next month. “You better believe that I’m concerned, because I’ve seen what can happen if this process is used to disenfranchise communities of interests,” said Diaz-Balart. In remarks to a redistricting public hearing in Jacksonville, Brown puzzled at the attention given to her district. “And so, you know, I wonder why?” she said. “I don’t have more counties than anybody else. I have nine; there are several districts that have more than nine.” Instead, Brown sugganizations. Today, Bryant’s energy overpowers her too much to “just stop now.” And with that said, the Marianna native took on her most recent endeavor as the district coordinator of the Tallahassee chapter of Professional Opportunities Program for Students (POPS) full speed ahead. “This program provides me with another opportunity to positively impact the lives of deserving scholars,” Bryant said. “It is just a wonderful opportunity to introduce the professional world of work
Capital Outlook gested something more might be at play, and referred to a period when access to Congress for Florida’s African-American population went “dark” as more than 130 years passed between black representatives elected to Congress. “I am committed that we will never go dark again in the United States Congress. Never,” she said. Brown’s opposition to the amendments on the grounds that they harm minorities is a mystery to Leon Russell, legislative chairman of the Florida NAACP. “I’m really not sure what her concerns are,” Russell said. Like other supporters of the amendments, Russell says the Fair Districts language takes particular care to bind lawmakers to support districts that provide minority voters an opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. “I think that the constitutional amendment provides protection for that district,” Russell said,
to them.” Bryant, a mother of three, has met the challenge of organizing and preparing a group of 40 teenagers from three local high schools completely handson- from serving on the interview board to arranging and facilitating professional
The Frenchtown Heritage Market Place will be located on Brevard Street.
A cornerstone to the neighborhood’s revitalization is the Frenchtown Renaissance Center, a multi-use facility at 435 North Macomb Street.
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adding that he didn’t think a district could be drawn with anything less than its current black voting age population. Others are less certain. Diaz-Balart said the language might not provide enough legal cover for the district under a 2009 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in the Strickland case, when the court held that districts where a minority group holds less than 50 percent of the vote aren’t protected by the Voting Rights Act. “You can quote the Voting Rights Act from here to kingdom come, but the reality is there is no Voting Rights Act protection if it’s a district that’s under 50 percent minority voting population,” DiazBalart said. Latinos hold more than 50 percent of the vote in the districts carved out to send Latinos to Congress, Diaz-Balart said. And he noted why the courts ultimately threw out the district in North Carolina that started the Strickland case
-- because it lacked voting rights protections and ran afoul of state redistricting standards. “What was the state prohibition in North Carolina?” Diaz-Balart asked rhetorically. “Compactness.” Matthew Corrigan, a political science professor at the University of North Florida, agreed that the district could cause lawmakers to have to overhaul the district. “The amendments seem to put a premium on being compact,” Corrigan said, “and that district’s not compact.” Twenty years after it was first crafted, the district draws strong emotions from its voters. After Brown’s remarks at the Jacksonville hearing, Vincent Schuppert of Orange Park got up to offer a pointed rebuttal. “Unfortunately, she never talked about representing me,” said Schuppert, who is white. “And so, therefore, I feel quite frankly unrepresented.”
For Reggie McGill, a veteran of the last two redistricting fights as part of the Orlando-Orange County Complete Count Committee, the district gives him an opportunity to choose who represents him.
workshops. “She takes a very nurturing approach and lets students know she genuinely cares about them and about their education,” said Sean Chinn, one of Bryant’s college assistants with POPS. Chinn said he was initially intimidated by Bryant’s commitment and determination but was driven to rise to the occasion. Chinn said that Bryant is “very in tune” with her work and knows how to utilize connections and resources, such as those with church members. Bryant is a 15-year long member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She serves as chairperson of stewardess board No. 1 and also as a member of usher auxiliary No. 1. Bryant said that her parents were exemplary
Christians “until their deaths.” “I grew up attending Sunday school, participating in Easter and Christmas programs, singing in the choir etc.,” she said. “I consider myself a true modern day example of the Proverbs 31 woman – a Godfearing, intelligent, selfassured, caring, and careeroriented wife and mother.” Bryant has been honored as the State of Florida
DCT District Advisor of the Year, Minority Teacher of the Year and more. Still, she hasn’t let her professional leadership stifle any personal commitments. Outside of loving what she does, she said her faith keeps her grounded and that she prides herself in family. “I am at a very peaceful and tranquil stage of my life,” said Bryant, who enjoys traveling with husband, Aundra Bryant. “I receive unwavering satisfaction and enjoyment in attending church and serving the Lord. Even though I retired once – after my next retirement, I plan to visit a different country each year.”
Dr. Bryant gets acquainted with POPS youth.
“It may not be a black person,” said McGill, who is black. “But I would rather live in a district where I can decide as opposed to live in a district where I can only impact.” McGill brushes off concerns that the district is not as compact as some others. He said he lives a relatively middle-class lifestyle, but geographically between two extremes. “Fifteen minutes to this side is affluence and privilege,” he said. “Fif “Fifteen minutes to this side is working class and poor. “So I’m just saying, if we had a district with both of those entities in it, who do you think is going to get the attention? The people who write the checks.”
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Paul Delva Outlook Staff Writer You have just purchased the home of your dreams and parked in the driveway is your dream car. You don’t let the pressure of running your own business affect your health and you intend to keep it that way. No matter if it’s home, auto, business or health insurance, deciding on an insurance company to help protect you and your assets is an important decision. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as the company’s financial stability, suitable rates, history and customer service. Fortunately for the residents of Tallahassee and the surrounding areas,
DuPont Insurance Agency offers all of that and more. Located at 1229 N. Monroe Street, DuPont Insurance has served this area since 1983. Charles DuPont started the company after working as an Allstate Insurance agent and then working for an independent agency. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, DuPont developed a knack needed to build a company from the ground up. His wife, Sylvia DuPont, owner of Sylvia DuPont, worked DuPont Insurance Agency. part-time at the company until she resigned from the ing Progressive, Travelers, Florida Department of Law Safeco and Citizens. Enforcement to run the This differs from direct company with her husband writers such as State Farm full-time. and Allstate where agents DuPont Insurance is an represent one major comindependent agency which pany. means that they represent With a direct writer, if various companies includ- one has an issue with the
policy, he or she may not have any other option for the client. “You may actually lose your relationship with that agent and business,” Sylvia said. “With us, if you have a problem, we could move you to another company and still keep that working relationship with the client and the agent.” Running an independent agency is not always an easy task. “We have to know the rules and regulations for approximately 60 companies,” Sylvia said. But having many options for a client is very rewarding when seeking solutions to problems. “The advantage is that when we get a client, we generally have a company who will accept them,” Syl-
via said. DuPont passed away in 2007 and since then, Sylvia has managed to keep operations running smoothly. She always remembers her husband aspirations for launching the company. “(He) always had a dream of working for himself,” Sylvia said. After 28 years, it’s a dream that’s been going strong. DuPont Insurance has managed to remain a fixture in the community even retaining clients from its inception. “We’ve got a history and a legacy here,” Sylvia said. It’s a legacy that has inspired former employees on the path to starting their own ventures. Terrence Hinson is the owner and a broker for his
company, Hinson Realty. “(DuPont Insurance) became the model for how I wanted to operate my business,” Hinson said. Lee Harvey, owner of Lee Harvey Insurance, recalls the support he received from DuPont. “He gave me advice as I was starting my agency,” Harvey said.” Sylvia recognizes the hard work that she and her employees put out, but acknowledges the company’s success to the patrons. “Some of the reasons we stand out is that we work hard and we’re honest,” Sylvia said. “Our history of servicing clients is what has us still here today.” Sylvia DuPont can be contacted at (850) 5131600.
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Special to the Outlook Florida State University student tutor Stefan Avey is used to guiding a “spectrum of students” as they work their way to higher GPAs. “There are people who come in regularly to go over chapters and ask me questions. And then there are those who come in the day of a test, wanting everything explained in an hour,” said Avey, a 21-yearold senior from Fort Myers. Avey is definitely the man for the job. He’s an honors student majoring in biomathematics and computational biology who already has done research as an undergraduate. (Along with two other students, he helped an FSU chemistry professor synthesize crystals and analyze their structure.) Avey was an ideal hire for FSU’s Academic Center for Excellence, which is part of the Campus Tutoring Cooperative, composed of five different on-campus tutoring programs. The cooperative earned high marks recently when it was certified through the International Tutor Program of the College Reading and Learning Association. The certification is widely recognized as a benchmark in meeting or exceeding internationally accepted training standards, making Florida State’s tutors among the best in the country. “Tutor training on our campus is essential as more and more students seek high-quality tutoring assistance in difficult courses,” said Peter Hanowell, director of Tutoring Services in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Hanowell attracted his small staff of strong student tutors through a campus wide poster and email campaign. ACE tutors such as Avey are typically paid about $8.50 an hour and must provide excellent instructor recommendations and receive a B+ or higher in their respective area of tutoring. The tutoring program,
which had 2,599 student visits during the spring 2011 semester, now requires a 10-hour training program as a condition of employment. Student tutors who complete the training become CRLA Level 1 Certified Tutors, a distinction they may include on their resumes when applying to graduate schools or jobs. “The tutors that we hire and train learn to interact with students in a way that supports the learning process and upholds the highest level of academic integrity,” Hanowell said. ACE Tutoring will be moving into a new Learning Studio in the newly renovated William Johnston Building near FSU’s Landis Green. The ground floor, dubbed Johnston Ground, will also house academic advising and success coaching offices. With its 13,000 square feet of learning space and state-of-the-art computer technology, the new space will be a step up for Avey, who is used to working with students in a fairly limited area. “It’s going to be all about collaborative, peer-to-peer learning,” said Hanowell, who is increasing his roster of student tutors to at least 30, with academic expertise in a wide variety of disciplines. FSU’s first-year retention rate for full-time students is an impressive 91 percent, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. For students who seek out academic help, Hanowell said, the difference between staying in school and dropping out may have everything to do with tutor training. “It is not just about students finding tutoring,” he said, “but finding tutors who are trained to provide the kind of help students need — tutors who can do the job well.”
A group of 12 historically black colleges and universities has launched a campaign to raise $12 million to help rebuild the Université d’Etat d’Haïti (State University of Haiti), which was severely damaged by an earthquake in January 2010. The money will be used to construct a classroom building where students can participate in distance education programs taught by faculty at the HBCUs. Some of the money will be used to hire faculty to replace professors who were killed in the earthquake and the consortium hopes to provide scholarships to about 1,000 Haitian students. The fundraising effort is being coordinated by Frederick Humphries, former The tutoring program, which had 2,599 students visit president and now regent produring the Spring 2011 semester, requires a 10-hour fessor at Florida A&M Unitraining program as a condition of employment.
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In an often expressed dream for a better America, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called upon Americans to honor “all God’s children” and their rights to equality and justice. His powerful voice and leadership would be welcomed in the turbulent world around us. Forty-three-years after the March on Washington, Dr. King’s dream of equality for all remains unrealized – the impact of racism persists and children of color still live with the consequences of the racial divide embedded in American society. Our leaders face mounting fiscal challenges, yet we urge the nation not to abandon children in need. As the struggling economy brings fear and despair to families and communities, America must marshal its resources to assure that our children have opportunities to thrive. There is an intersection between Dr. King’s dream and efforts by government, non-profit advocates and communities working to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children. Recent census data soundly demonstrates the challenges we face, as a nation, in assuring that future generations can succeed. The poverty rate for children in the U.S. is at 20.7 percent, with 35.7 percent of African-American children living in poverty, 33.1 percent of Hispanic children, 17.7
percent of white children and 14 percent of Asian-American children. Even more disturbing is that those numbers are rapidly increasing. The census also found that 1.4 million children fell into poverty for the first time in 2009. Efforts to revive the economy will grow even more difficult in the future if the nation doesn’t address child poverty. The Center for American Progress says that in 2007, even before the recession, the economy took a $500 billion hit from child poverty because of increased costs for health care and criminal justice, and decreases in productivity. In fact, economists estimate that child poverty resulted in a 4 percent decrease in the U.S. gross domestic product. But the statistics don’t tell the entire story. There is an emotional toll on Americans when we recognize that our nation is failing our children. We cannot relegate millions of children to a future without opportunities, a destiny of poverty and social exclusion. That is not the American Dream, and it is an anathema to Dr. King’s dream for our nation. We must embark on new ways to overcome current child and family poverty statistics and the trajectories they portend. Clearly a shift in federal budget priorities is needed. England has proven that child poverty can be dramatically reduced, if it becomes a national priority. Since 1994, England has cut its child poverty rate by more than 50 percent by establishing public policies such as these: providing tax incentives to single parents
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for finding jobs, improving public benefits for parents, increasing the minimum wage, allowing parents of young children to request flexible work hours and implementing a comprehensive preschool program. The Center for American Progress says that if $90 billion a year for 10 years is used to fund policies addressing child poverty, the United States can reduce child poverty by 41 percent. Furthermore, the nation must also address the legacy of the mythology of racism that fueled the nation’s early economic engines, jumpstarting the United States’ meteoric rise to its position as a world power. Racism played a critical role in the development of this country. Its hallmark was systematic dehumanization codified into law for centuries. Related inhumane, destructive and exclusionary practices left indelible impressions in the minds and hearts of people. These impressions or beliefs became feelings and memories (both conscious and unconscious) that have been passed down through generations. Related behaviors are encoded in the patterns of families, communities, ordinances and organizations. The legacy of our racialized past remains embedded in today’s societal structures, continuing to negatively impact children of color. Persistent residential racial segregation and seemingly intractable disparities in life expectancies, disease burdens, poverty levels, incarceration rates and unemployment levels are symptoms of vestiges of centuries of
structural bias in our society, made possible by the mythology of racism. Dehumanization and denigration or privilege and separation defined the lives of millions of families and their children in America, for most of our existence as a country. Resilience, courage and success against engrained odds are often the untold story for many families of color. It’s time for America to change. A true monument to Dr. King would be the birth of a vigorous movement within communities across this nation to heal the divides that we have all inherited through the absurd belief systems of racial hierarchy and privilege based on physical characteristics. This healing work requires honesty and courageous selfexamination but it builds trust and alliances that yield creative solutions to seemingly insolvable problems. Let us honor Dr. King by realizing his dream for a healed America. Let’s do it for our children. Dr. Christopher is vice president of Program Strategies for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, which has launched a $75 million, five year “America Healing” initiative to address structural racism in America. America’s Wire is an independent, non-profit news service run by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. For more information, visit www. americaswire.org or contact Michael K. Frisby at email@example.com.
Close the tax loopholes By Sen. Bill Nelson A f t e r watching Standard & Poor’s performance in the Enron and housing debacles, it’s hard to stomach their decision to downgrade America’s credit. But even coming from S&P, there is a message we should hear: The finger pointing and hyper-partisanship has to stop. If it doesn’t, we really will be on the road to ruin. Democrats need to see tea partiers as something other than debt-limit hostage-taking Republicans. And Republicans need to see President Barack Obama and Democrats as something other than big-spending socialists.
We’ve got to stop this attack madness. We have to bring civility back to the public square. We have to put the country back on the path to fiscal sanity. To do that, we need to cut some $4 trillion to $5 trillion. We made a down payment on this with the $2 trillion dollars we cut several weeks ago. Now we need to go further. To understand what we have to do, though, we first need to look at how we got here. We went from a $236 billion budget surplus in 2000 to a $1.3 trillion deficit last year — and a record $14 trillion debt. A huge chunk of the debt comes from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’re bringing the troops home. Another significant piece stems from the Bush-era tax cuts.
Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, says the tax cuts for the wealthy should be left to expire. They’re set to do so at the end of next year. We should let that happen. Agree or not, don’t you think most Americans were better off before the tax cuts than they are now? Much of the rest of the debt comes from the economic downturn since 2008. That brings us to today. And there’s no mystery about what we have to do. It’s just common sense. In addition to the spending cuts Congress just made, we need tax reform. And by tax reform, I mean closing loopholes, special interest tax breaks and corporate subsidies. It’s just plain wrong to be
protecting tax breaks for oil companies and to be rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth Subcommittee, I’ve scheduled a hearing for early September to investigate closing many of these loopholes. Doing so will likely generate $2 trillion over the next decade. Add that to the $2 trillion in spending cuts we’ve made — and we’re in the $4 trillion range that we need to hit. It’s time to stop the shouting and bickering and political attacks. It’s time to show the world that America can take care of business. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is a member of the Senate Finance and Budget committees.
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By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Special to the Outlook from the TriceEdneyWire.com
Poverty is spreading in America. One in five children is being raised in poverty. Millions of Americans depend on food stamps. Some 25 million are in need of full-time work. Veterans are coming home from foreign battlegrounds to an economic desert — and many of America’s homeless are veterans. Yet the poor are virtually invisible in our political debate. Democrats talk about saving the middle class, while Republicans fret about protecting the “job creators.” In the Republican presidential debate on Aug. 11, neither reporters nor candidates mentioned the words “poor” or “poverty.” Not only is the very word “poor” despised, but the broader political order ignores the desperate, ominous message these coalmine canaries are sending us. Denial won’t work. This country is like a mighty ship that is taking on water. Some on board are so eager to get rid of the captain that they are prepared to let the whole thing sink. Speaking of his tea party congressional members in the debt ceiling debacle, House Speaker John Boehner said many thought that “a little
chaos” might help them get their way. Well, they got the chaos, and now the ship of state is struggling in far rougher waters. Most, however, seem focused on protecting those in posh cabins, on the upper decks. They are oblivious to water that is flooding in from the bottom. More and more of those in the lower decks are struggling just to keep their head above water. It goes without saying that although the poor might drown first, even those on the upper decks won’t fare well when the whole ship goes down. The wealthiest Americans know this isn’t right. In The New York Times on Aug. 14, multibillionaire Warren Buffett, one of America’s richest men, calls for us to “stop coddling” the superrich. “While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we megarich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks,” Buffett writes. He notes that because he makes most of his money from returns on investing, as opposed to salary or wages on work, he pays a lower effective tax rate than many others in his office. He calls for special tax hikes on millionaires and billionaires — noting that all of them will continue to invest and to make money. On the political trail, we hear a whole lot of rhetoric designed to rationalize the abandonment of the poor. Repeated tax cuts
largely for the rich, two unfunded wars, and the financial wilding on Wall Street blew up our economy and exploded our debt. Yet we’re told we must balance our budget by cutting spending, particularly on the basic programs that poor and working people rely on: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. “Shared sacrifice” is said to be lowering rates even further on the top end and corporations — they’re only people Mitt Romney suggests — while reducing school lunch programs, slashing funding to poor schools, and cutting affordable housing. Most remarkable is that those who are the most callous about the poor make the loudest claims about their religious faith. They ignore the story of Jesus’ life. Born in a manger, he fled to Egypt as an immigrant, then returned to his land as a carpenter. He announced his mission as “Good news for the poor,” vowing service to help heal the brokenhearted and feed the poor. At the same time, Jesus tossed the moneylenders from the temple and suggesting that the callous rich had as much of a chance of getting into heaven as a camel had of passing through the eye of a needle. Today’s politicians are bowing to the rich young rulers who stage fundraisers and use lobbyists to leverage regulation and laws. Sadly, we too often choose the rich young ruler in the mansion over Jesus in the manger.
The poor have no money, so they don’t make campaign contributions. Their struggle to survive consumes their days, so they often don’t vote. It takes leadership and citizen movement to summon Americans to real shared sacrifice. When Dr. King’s life was cut short, he was organizing a Poor People’s Campaign designed to bring the poor to Washington to demand jobs and justice. The civil rights movement helped convince Lyndon Johnson that the time had come to end American segregation and to launch a war on poverty to build his great society. America can’t be saved from the top down. The cabins on the upper decks are already quite lavish; the ship is leaking from the bottom. The debates on the campaign trail and in Washington must not continue to focus on topside staterooms while ignoring the damage below. Remember our nation’s character and our moral imperative are linked to how we treat the least of these. Somewhere I read, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” That invitation is a high moral ground. That invitation is the key to our greatness. It must never be abandoned.
Sept. 1- Sept. 7, 2011
How can a four-day school week benefit schools during a lean economy? Ronald W. Holmes, Ph.D.
Education Editor/Vice President
When we are faced with a crisis such as a job lost, credit downgrade or economic downturn, the old adage reminds us to “make lemonade out of lemons.” In other words, we are to explore creative ways to overcome our dilemma. With state policymakers providing flexibility for school districts to change their instructional calendar, the questions to be asked are: How can a fourday school week benefit schools during a lean economy? What is the driving force for a four-day school week? What are the advantages and disadvantages for schools using this instructional calendar? School districts nationwide are facing unprecedented budgetary constraints and, therefore, exploring innovative ways to meet financial demands during a struggling economy. States such as Wyoming, South Dakota, Georgia, Kentucky and Colorado have garnered support from
their legislatures to change the instructional calendar to a four-day school week. According to the Education Commission of the States (ECS), approximately 120 school districts in 17 states have implemented a four-day school week. The four-day school week allows school districts to operate the same instructional hours in a school week, incorporate four longer school days and eliminate a fifth school day. Typically, the instructional calendar is comprised of four 7.5 hour days compared to five 6.0 hour days. The calendar has been adopted primarily in small and rural school districts where students have long distances to travel between home and school. According to the ECS, the typical district can save about 17.7 percent in utility cost, 17.4 percent in transportation cost and 16.7 percent in custodial cost if schools are closed on the fifth day for activities not related to instruction. In a 2006 study, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) reported that a four-day school week
Ronald W. Holmes, Ph.D. benefits schools during a troubled economy by saving on transportation, utilities and food service costs. CDE observed, interviewed and surveyed stakeholders at most of the 62 school districts in Colorado and 80–90 percent of them were in favor of the continuation of a four-day school week. These school communities were typically small, rural and had a “strong agricultural base with a tradition of family farms.” Irene-Wakonda School District (IWSD) a small K-12 and pre-school program located in the rolling farmland of Southeastern South Dakota, is the latest district to adopt a four-day school week consisting of a 7.0 hour day for the School
Year 2011–2012. When I asked Superintendent Larry Johnke about IWSD’s driving force for a four-day school week, he noted that the decision was due to financial reasons such as “losses in state aid to education, Bank Franchise Tax Revenue and consolidation incentives.” Johnke also noted that the four-day school week benefits IWSD because it allows the district to save $50,000 to maintain a vocational education program or teaching position. These same kinds of savings are reported by Webster County School District in Kentucky and Peach County School System in Georgia. For example, by operating on a four-day week, Peach County saved 39 teacher positions and reduced cafeteria, transportation and operation costs. Webster County saved in substitute teachers expenses, transportation and operation costs as well. Webster County also noted improvements in student and teacher absenteeism, student and teacher morale, disciplinary infractions
Rapper, author and actor Common to Kick Off 2011-2012 Lyceum Series
Known as the King of Conscious Hip Hop, Common will serve as a guest lecturer for the affair. the cultural relevance of hip hop in the children’s books he has written. The first children’s book, titled “The MIRROR and ME,” teaches lessons of life, the human spirit and human nature. His follow-up book, “I Like You but I Love Me,” was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and his third book, “M.E. Mixed Emotions,” was released in 2008. In January 2007, the rapper crossed over into movies and made his acting debut in the movie “Smokin’ Aces.” Subsequently, he starred opposite Queen Latifah in “Just Wright,” and co-starred in movies, “American Gangster,” “Street Kings,”
“Wanted” and others. Whether inspiring audiences through his music, his books, or his foundation, Common continues to break new ground, and remains one of hip-hop’s most innovative and positive voices. Other scheduled performances for the 20112012 Lyceum season include the Moscow Festival Ballet, the Clark Sisters, renowned musicians and more. Last year’s series featured poetess Maya Angelou, dancer Savion Glover, musician Nat Adderly Jr., violinists Black Violin and opera singer Kathleen Battle. “The Lyceum Series is an essential part of Florida
A&M University,” said FAMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Hughes Harris, who chairs the Lyceum Committee. “It is the university’s way to teach the students beyond the classroom and expose them to the arts and culture. The Lyceum committee is looking forward to sharing these experiences with our faculty, staff, students, alumni and the Tallahassee community.” The FAMU Lyceum Series has been a part of the FAMU tradition since the university’s early beginnings. Throughout the history of the series, FAMU has enriched campus life and shared with the community the artists, performers and lecturers of the day. For more information about this year’s Lyceum Series, contact the FAMU Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.
in Prisoners of Time that “learning in America is a prisoner of time. For the past 150 years, American public schools have held time constant and let learning vary” within a six-hour day and 180-day school year. In numerous states, however, policymakers are providing flexibility to school districts to change their instructional calendar in an effort to meet budgetary shortfalls and, at the same time, improve student achievement. Rather than remain complacent, school districts must look for innovative options to handle the budget crisis. The four-day school week is a key best practice for “making lemonade out of lemons” when there are limited options in the school district budget. Dr. Ronald W. Holmes is the National Superintendent of Education for the National Save the Family Now Movement, Inc. He is a former teacher, school administrator, and district superintendent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marshall University School of Medicine seeks minority students Special to the Outlook
Special to the Outlook Florida A&M University alumnus and Grammy Award-winning rapper Common will be making a return to his alma mater Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium to kick off the 2011-2012 Lyceum Series. Known as the King of Conscious Hip Hop, Common will serve as a guest lecturer for the affair, discussing his book titled “One Day It’ll All Make Sense,” which explores his upbringing and family relationships. Tickets are now available through ticketmaster. com for $20, $10 and $5, depending on the location of the seats. Common is considered one of music’s most poetic and respected lyricists. His introspective lyrics have pushed boundaries with their biting social commentary. In 2007, he launched the Common Ground Foundation, which is dedicated to the empowerment and development of urban youth in the United States. Common also offers a younger generation a better understanding of selfrespect and love, utilizing
and some areas of student achievement. The disadvantages of a four-day school week fall into the category of impacts to students and parents. According to the CDE, in a four-day school week scenario, younger students become fatigued and must adjust to a longer school day. Also, when a school day is cancelled due to inclement weather issues, there are more hours being lost than the typical fiveday week. Finally, when the instructional calendar is adopted, there are more hours needed for child care on the fifth day. However, CDE reported that “most people made the adjustment within neighborhoods or in other ways.” Superintendent Johnke acknowledged that parents may encounter some challenges with child care; however, “parents adjust and make it work.” This issue was also noted by Webster County in that child supervision was needed outside of school hours. The National Education Commission on Time and Learning reported
Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, has established a new program aimed at increasing the number of undergraduate students who apply to the university’s medical school. Project PRE MED (Providing Real World Experiences for Future Marshall Educated Doctors) will invite black and other minority college students to campus for a weekend this October. Students accepted in the program will attend
medical school classes, meet with faculty and current medical school students, tour the school’s facility, and attend seminars on preparing for the Medical College Admission Test and on applying to medical school. Students who are interested in the program can apply through September 9. Lodging and meal are provided free of charge and transportation assistance is available. More information visit http://www.marshall.edu/ mcip/ mcip/.
Georgetown University study finds racial disparity in care of stroke victims Special to the Outlook A study by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center finds a racial disparity in care for stroke victims. The research, published in the journal Stroke, found that blacks were less likely than whites to receive tPA, the most effective drug treatment for stroke victims. The reasons for the disparity include the fact that blacks often do not go to the hospital immediately after a stroke and when
they do arrive it is too late for tPA to be effective in breaking up the clot blocking blood flow to the brain. Also, blacks are more likely than whites to have preexisting conditions such as hypertension which precludes the use of tPA. The authors of the study point to the need for educational efforts to inform African Americans of the importance of getting medical treatment as soon as possible after a stroke occurs.
Where Every Child is S-H-I-N-I-N-G: Successful, Helpful, Imaginative, Neighborly, Intelligent, Noble, and Good Natured! A Ministry of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Reverend Dr. R. B. Holmes, Jr., Pastor 406 N. Bronough Street · Tallahassee · (850) 222-6605
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Since God’s love extends equally to all people, Bethel Christian Academy welcomes and encourages all His children, regardless of race, color, or nationality, to apply for admission, scholarship, any programs of the school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or nationality in the administration of any program of the school.
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Sept. 1 - Sept. 7, 2011 Religion Women’s Devotional –– “Abundance from Above”
The Capital Outlook continues its weekly women’s devotionals. This week’s devotion is prayerfully presented by Linda Bond Edwards. John 10:10
“The Power of the Call” Linda Bond Edwards
Bible Text: “Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” Paul understood that he was duty bound to do what the Lord called him to do. He had no choice; he couldn’t take credit for having chosen to be a preacher and most certainly not a preacher of God’s word and a teacher of Jesus. Paul, however, knew the anguish that would
come upon him if he didn’t do what the Lord called him to do. He knew he would not find success in anything else that he did or if he tried to preach how and where he wanted instead of where God wanted. Even when seeking to preach in places he thought he was supposed to be the Holy Spirit led him to another place (See Acts 16:9). His calling was sure in the Lord; come what may. Ignoring the gifts, talents, and calling
that the Lord places on our lives can cause us anguish, frustration, fear, dissatisfaction, discouragement, and disappointment, none of which are consistent with the Spirit of the Lord. As the Lord assures us of the gifts, talents, and calling on our lives, understand that He has chosen us for the task and there is no other choice but to follow and be obedient.
me to know that my calling is not by my choosing and help me to know that there is joy in being obedient to the calling.
PRAYER: Lord, help
Kem ‘shares his life’ and past struggles with addiction By Gregory Dale
Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American Newspapers
With a pair of gold albums and a list of Grammy nominations under his belt, it’s surely safe to say that R&B crooner Kem has found success. Kemistry, his debut album on Motown Records, earned tremendous praise with its single “Love Calls.” His sophomore effort, Album II, sold over 500,000 copies nationwide and hit the top of Billboard’s R&B charts in 2005. In 2010, Kem released Intimacy: Album III. After selling 74,000 copies in its first week in the United States, it debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts. But prior to his ascent, the Detroit native’s life was plagued by hardships. In addition to being homeless, he also faced drug and alcohol addiction. Fortunately, he made an escape. Kem shared his story at the opening ceremony of the 17th Annual National Association of Drug Courts Professionals’ training conference on July 18 at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, located in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Drug courts are alternatives to the traditional court system, wherein eligible persons are sent there and are provided with intensive treatment and other services that help them stay clean and sober. Throughout the country, 75 percent of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free for at least two years after leaving the program, and Drug Courts are six times more likely to keep offenders in treatment long enough for them to recover. The AFRO spoke to Kem following his speech at the opening ceremony and discussed with him his thoughts on Drug Courts, his personal struggles and his career.
AFRO: You shared a lot about your hardships prior to your breakout in the music industry. When did you finally get a breakthrough? Kem: My last drink and drug was July 23, 1990. I was sleeping outside on the streets of Detroit and I was trying to get back into a treatment center that had discharged me for using while I was in their program previously. As we say in recovery circles, I got sick and tired of be-
ing sick and tired. I was in my early ‘20s and I could no longer continue the life I was living. Then, I surrendered. I gave up on my ideas on how to change my life and that made me open to allowing someone else to come in and show me how to live. AFRO: You know about the struggles that people with drug addiction experience. Why do you believe the Drug Court system is vital in this country? Kem: Drug Courts
are important because they give an addict an option. It gives them support—and not just support to stay out of jail, but support to live. It restores them and gives them life. It helps them build lives for themselves and their kids as opposed to going to jail where the chances are greater for them to continue to repeat the same thing that planted them in jail in the first place. I think it’s a good alternative and it costs less money. You’ve got to love
“My faith is my foundation. The principles that I’ve used to maintain my recovery are principles that anybody can use to overcome anything.” - Kem, singer
Reverend Dr. R. B. Holmes , Jr.
“The Christ Centered Church With a Program of Prayer and Progress ”
that! [Laughs]. AFRO: Explain how you try to convey your messages of encouragement to your audiences and fans. Kem: My faith is my foundation. The principles that I’ve used to maintain my recovery are principles that anybody can use to overcome anything that they are dealing with in their lives. So, if you listen to my records you hear that in my music. When I’m on stage I talk about it. Myself and everyone who works on my behalf looks at [our job] as a ministry. We want to uplift people—we don’t just want to entertain you. Now, we want you to be
entertained, but we want to add something of value to your lives. It’s very important that we do that and I try to do that in everything I do. AFRO: Your last album was quite a success. What’s up next for you? Kem: We’re out on the road doing shows. We’re just keeping it pushing and being creative. I’m trying to be a good steward in all that God has given me. Hopefully he’s pleased with what we’re doing—at least some of the things. [Laughs]. For more information on Kem, visit: Musicbykem. com.
Sept. 1 - Sept. 7, 2011
Historical black athletes organization to be recognized in library’s historical section
FAMU Presidential Convocation The State of the University address: President James H. Ammons When: Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Jake Gaither Gymnasium For more information, contact the Office of Communications: 850-599-3413 The Mary Brogan Museum: TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition When: Sept. 2, 2011 – Jan. 2, 2012 Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Closed All Major Holidays The Mary Brogan Museum: TITANIC Gala When: Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Where: 350 S. Duval Street Tallahassee, FL 32301 For additional information call: 850-513-0700 The Tallahassee Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. A Diamond Celebration: 60
Years of Excellence in Leadership & Service When: Sept. 4 @ 6:00 p.m. Where: FSU University Center Club Contact: Tammy Hamlet @ 850-528-8972
Special to the Outlook An Educational Lecture Series “Black Hospitals In America: History, Contribution & Demise” Speaker: Nathaniel Wesley, Jr. When: Sept. 15 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Smith-Williams Service Center Annex 2295 Pasco St. Call: 850-942-7288 Email: Nathaniel Wesley, Jr. @ email@example.com Visit: www.nathanielwesley. info Leon County Schools (LCS) “Back to Sc.hool Supply Drive” When: Aug. 1 – Sept. 16 Drop Off Sites: ALL Leon County Public Schools COSTCO Wholesale Contact: Dana Earnest @ 850-487-7120 or earnest@ leonschools.net
The Historical Black High School Athletes Organization (HBHSAO) began as a group of individuals who had a goal of recognizing outstanding unsung African-American heroes in the community. These heroes included athletes, educators, coaches and community servants who played a major role in molding them and many others. Over a period of eight years the group collected information about these heroes and recognized them in several public programs. All of this information was gathered into a package and formally presented to the Leon County Public Library to be placed in the historical section and
FILE NUMBER: 122
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LEON COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS JOB OPENINGS THE FOLLOWING POSITION HAS A CLOSING DATE OF: September 2, 2011 Network Systems AdminAdmin istrator (Avaya Systems Administrator) Inmate Supervisor (Civilian Inmate Supervisor) THE FOLLOWING POSITION IS “Open Until Filled” Application Development Analyst Public Information Specialist GIS Database Analyst THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS ARE “OPEN CONTINUOUSLY” Paramedic (PRN) EMT (PRN) For additional information on these positions and other job openings: • Go to www.leoncountyfl.gov/HR/jobs/joblist.asp • Call our Job Line at (850) 606-2403 • Watch Comcast W Channel 16 (Tuesdays 9am-12am) • Visit Human ReV sources, 315 South Calhoun Street, 5th Floor, Suite #502 An Equal Opportunity Employer
Legal Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA IN RE: ESTATE OF PROBATE DIVISION
CLYDIA MAE GODWIN,
Juanita Lester 501 Howard Avenue, Tallahassee, Fl. 32310 Tallahassee, Florida 32308
The administration of the Estate of CLYDIA MAE GODWIN, deceased, File Number 2011-CP-122, who died testate, is pending in the Circuit Court for Leon County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 301 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All persons on whom this notice is served who have objections that challenge the qualifications of the personal representative, venue or jurisdiction of this Court are required to file their objections with this Court, WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, AND OBJECTIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is August 18, 2011.
Attorney for Personal Representative: Martin L. Black, Esquire 219 East Virginia Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301 850-222-1343
will be listed in the card catalog of the Leroy Collins Library so that future generations will receive the benefits of the works of HBHSAO. The submission also included awards, recognitions, newspaper articles, photographs and tapes. Cay Hohmeister, library director, and Mercedes Carey, public service coordinator, received the information from Dennis Jefferson, outgoing president, and thanked the group for the work being done in the community. Weser Khufu, incoming president, informed them that information will continue to be added to the submission.
Jennie Fowler, Cay Hohmeister and Weser Khufu.
Historical Black High School Athletes Organization officers presented records for library display.
FAMU: 36th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Special to the Outlook The 36th Annual Florida A&M University (FAMU) Sports Hall of Fame program will induct six members in the Class of 2011 during enshrinement ceremonies Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.
This year’s inductees are as follows: FAMU President James H. Ammons (Supporter); William Campbell (Baseball); Eddie Cooper (Football); Clarence Hawkins (Football); Shaunta’ Pelham (Track & Field); and Felix Williams (Football). Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased from the FAMU
Athletic Ticket Office at the front entrance to the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium or from members of the Sports Hall of Fame Steering Committee. For more information, contact Joseph P. Ramsey, chairperson for the Hall of Fame banquet, at (850) 545-3725.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF LEON COUNTY announces a regular business meeting, to include the Final Public Hearing on the 2011-2012 Budget/ Tax Millage, to which all interested persons are invited to attend. TIME: September 6, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. PLACE: Howell Center, 3955 W. Pensacola Street PURPOSE: Regular Business Meeting to include action to adopt the 2010-2011 Annual Financial Report, approve transmittal of the Program Cost Report, approve the final budget amendments for 2010-2011, and to hold the Final Public Hearing on the 2011-2012 Budget/Tax Millage. An Agenda Review Workshop for School Board Members who wish to attend is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the Portable #2, 2757 W. Pensacola Street. All interested persons are invited to attend. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Superintendent’s office not later than five working days prior to the proceeding. For further information please contact: Superintendent’s Office Leon County Schools 2821 W. Pensacola Street Tallahassee, Florida 32304 (850) 487-7247 Signed: Jackie Pons, Superintendent
This year’s inductees are as follows: FAMU President James H. Ammons (Supporter); William Campbell (Baseball); Eddie Cooper (Football); Clarence Hawkins (Football); Shaunta’ Pelham (Track & Field); and Felix Williams (Football).
Sept. 1 - Sept. 7, 2011
P u b l i x S un day d i n n er Che f. I can’t think about Sunday Dinner without breaking into a big grin. It’s my time to share the flavors of my native island with as many friends as I can fit into my house! That’s why I go to Publix. They always have the fresh, high-quality ingredients I need for my special dishes. Yes, on Sundays my home is filled with the aromas that take me back to my childhood and the food that makes my guests feel right at home.
Island Shrimp over Tostones
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Don’t forget your neighborhood Publix will be open during regular store hours Labor Day, Monday September 5, 2011.