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Obama Coasts to Second Term By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term by handily beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday. Obama’s win ends a long and nasty race that up until the end was too close to call. Romney
was unable to run the table on the swing states needed to take him above the 270 Electoral College votes needed to claim victory. He had to capture all or most of the 13 battleground states, including Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin but fell short. He managed to grab North Carolina and Indiana. Well past midnight,
one percentage point separated Romney and Obama in Florida and Virginia. Obama campaign honchos were confidence, saying they expected the “ground game” to take care of business. Ultimately, the nation’s 44th president swept 11 of those states as well as the popular vote.
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Women Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence By Tia Carol Jones
law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, Visit our updated Web site old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families and give us your comments of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicfor a chance to win a gift from life, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessThe Washington Informer she knew something had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life ProtecEmail comments to: of the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselrburke@ start the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. Attorney Johnny Barnes and Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, flanked by Ward 6 ANC Keith paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradiwashingtoninformer.com Silver, listen to speakers during a press conference on the newspaper’s settlement agreement with the District. “It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must /Photo by Roy Lewis that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in We represent victims of major sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She Barnesjury received in or operate in the District medical malpractice such as By James Wright Family and Youth Services byRolark a Maryland for hisnotificarole in not feelslive children need to be educatSandra Robinson Jack Olender cerebral palsy. of Columbia – is disappointing.” tion of the decision by email, statWI Staff Writer Center of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. All 5 lawyers were again elected Letters of to support also came that Mildred “The Washington InformHeights and the National Hook- ing 2002. Muhammad is “We have stop being pas“Best Lawyers in America” 2012 Hazel Tricewith Edney, president found of non-responsive based from UpThe of Black largestWomen. 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Pa., of which the Informer Rolark Barnes hired noted Dis- maus, nounced settlement OfShe saida every timewith shethereads Mildred Muhammad said is a“Imember plan to take these policies to and Sylvia Cyrus, extrict attorney Johnny Barnes to fice of the Chief Financial Officer excerpts from her book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them to In Memoriam newspaper his ecutive director of the Association in status withcame the represent Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr. canmaintaining not believeitsthe words domestic the violence victimandmust change our laws,” Marlow said. the Study of African American paid off. Johnny Barnes Wilhelmina J. 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All Lafayette IV,without Assistant PhotopermisEditor No part of this publication may be Barnes, reproduced written violence issues are dealt with by rights tive implications,” Rolark Barnes those in the OCFO’s office who Rolark, father of the publisher and sionreserved. from thePOSTMASTER: publisher. TheSend Informer Newspaper cannot guarantee the return of Khalid Naji-Allah, Staff Photographer change of addresses to Therates Washphotographs. Subscription are $30 per year, two years $45. Papers will be received said before a crowd of supporters understand the law and recognize the late D.C. Council member Wilnot more than a3117 weekMartin after publication. MakeE.checks payable to: ington Informer, Luther John De Freitas, Sports Photo Editor on Monday, Nov. 5 in the plaza of the broad reach and respect for the helmina Rolark. King, Jr. Ave., S.E. Washington, D.C. The Informer has published Dorothy Rowley, Online Editor One Judiciary Square in North- Washington Informer. 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Papers will a Certified Business Enterprise or [D-Ward 6], who sent a Sept. 10 In Sept. 2009, the newspaper PUBLISHER Thompson, Social Sightings columnist be received not more than a week after Mickey Denise Rolark Barnes that serves a target market. That letter of support for the Informer published the unclaimed property publication. Make checks payable to: Stacey Palmer, Social Media Specialist STAFF was the purpose of appealing the to Marc Loud, chief administrative supplement and in June 2011, it REPORTERS THE WASHINGTON Brooke N. Garner INFORMER Managing Editor Tia C. Jones, Ed Laiscell, decision.” judge for the D.C. Contract Ap- published the tax sale listings. REPORTERS Carla Peay Luther King, Assistant Managing Editor Odell B. Ruffin, Larry Saxton, 3117 Martin Jr. Ave., S.E Rolark Barnes said that the setIn June, the OCFO’s, Office of peals Board. 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November 10 1831 - After Nat Turner was captured, he was interviewed in jail by Baltimore lawyer, Thomas R. Gray (The Confession). 1891 - Granville T. Woods patents the electric railway. 1898 - National Benefit Life Insurance Company organized in Washington, D.C., Samuel W. Rutherford. National Benefit was the largest Black insurance company for several years. 1960 - Andrew Hatcher named associate press secretary to President-elect Kennedy. November 11 1925 - Louis Armstrong recorded the first of Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings that influenced the direction of jazz. 1925 - Xavier University established. 1982 - The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, a depository and center for African American women’s history, is established in Washington, DC. November 12 1974 - South Africa was suspended from the U.N. General Assembly over its racial policies. 1978 - Ernest Nathan Morial
was elected the first black mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. 1994 - Wilma Glodean Rudolph died at the age of 54 in her home in Nashville, Tennessee. November 13 1955 - Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Johnson) was born. 1956 - Supreme Court upheld lower court decision which banned segregation on city buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Federal injunctions prohibiting segregation on the buses were served on city, state and bus company officials, December 20. 1985 - New York Mets pitcher, Dwight Gooden won the Cy Young Award making him the youngest pitcher ever to win this prestigious award. November 14 1839 - 1st US anti-slavery party, Liberty Party, convenes in New York. 1915 - Death of Booker T. Washington (59) educator and organizer, in Tuskegee, Alabama. 1960 - U.S. Marshals and parents escorted four Black girls to two New Orleans schools.
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Rena Boone Silver Spring, Md. For me, the most important thing to do is to stay tuned and [remain] aware of the issues. I receive emails from my political party of choice, so I’ll continue to read them and follow my party. If I’m asked to do something helpful like fundraising or place phone calls, I’ll help to fill those needs. I’ll also continue to follow my council member and stay informed of the local issues.
Marcia Norfleet Washington, D.C. I’ve been voting since I was 18 years old. Regardless [of] the election results, I’ll continue to vote and stay up to date on the current issues. I’m a fairly new home owner and different issues surrounding that now matter to me. I’ll continue to support the candidates who have my best interest at heart.
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Joe Brown Washington D.C. I’m going to continue to stay abreast of [issues] in my community and nationally. There is an advisory neighborhood commissioner who lives close to me. I’ll continue to keep him informed of things that need to be done in the neighborhood like fixing the sidewalks and letting him know of things that are going on the in the community.
Angela Nance Washington, D.C. I’m still going to follow and read about national and local politicians because they are our country’s leaders. I’m going to stay on top of local politics in my ward. Even though my local politicians are not as well-known as the national politicians, they can still get the ball rolling on things for my community such as fixing broken street lights or making cosmetic changes in the neighborhood. If there are problems, I’ll seek them out and let them know.
Mike Pitts Hyattsville, Md. I’ll continue to follow my politicians to see if the promises they made while campaigning are being kept. I’ll keep an eye on the president to see if he’s also doing what he needs to be doing for the country and the people. I’m going to follow my community’s politicians to see what they do with funding for our recreation centers, Boys and Girls Clubs and programs for the children. I will also become more involved in local politics myself.
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President Barack Obama beat Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney on Tuesday, Nov. 6. /Courtesy Photo
ELECTION continued from Page 1 were elated. “I’m ecstatic, relieved that President Obama was re-elected, that’s all that I can say” said Carolyn Robertson, a 50-ish Southeast resident. The people knew exactly what they were doing. A lot of women voted for Obama while [Mitt] Romney basically attacked them when he referred to the 47 percent of victims, and that’s what hurt him.” Maxine Charles agreed. “I’m glad he was re-elected. He needs four more years to carry out his plans,” said Charles, 68, also of Southeast. “Things are going to turn around and it will be a slow process, but things will be better.” Romney made a gracious concession speech after it became apparent that his cause was lost. “The nation is at a critical time, we can’t continue to engage in bickering,” he said. “It’s time for both parties to put the people before the politics ... we have to reach across the aisle.” Romney said he did the best he could to present his vision for America but voters made another choice. Shortly after receiving a phone call from Romney two hours after he was declared the winner, Obama addressed an adoring crowd. At Obama’s Chicago headquarters at McCormick Place, more than 10,000 jubilant supporters of all hues, ethnicities and ages swayed, sang and cheered, basking in the glow of a hard-fought victory. The crowd
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was considerably smaller than the massive throng at Grant Park in 2008 but they were in a party mood. Three days before the election, Audrey Anderson spent more than four hours in a long line under a blazing Fort Lauderdale sun waiting for her chance to cast a ballot. The British native said she came prepared with a book, bottled water and large amounts of patience on Saturday, Nov. 3. “Most of my friends and I are for Obama,” said the 44-year-old events director. “He’s not perfect but he stands for something. We understand what he’s saying because he speaks our language.” Anderson, a Fort Lauderdale resident, said she was struck by a barrage of electoral problems affecting South Florida such as Broward election offices running out of ballots, voters having to wait in long lines and Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s refusing to extend early voting hours. “I just think there’s some serious cheating going on, but I’m confident of his victory,” she said. “I’m surprised it was this close. They kept on saying that it would be but I never believed it.” Political pundits characterized Obama’s victory as historic because of the masterful way a black man secured a second presidential term. His campaign team is credited with using advanced market segmentation, metrics, and micro-targeting, an army of campaign workers, a few million phone calls and an energized base along with a coalition of African Americans, Latinos, women and young peo-
ple to win. Obama, his wife Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia strolled out to meet a rapturous crowd at 1:37 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. He smiled broadly as people cheered loudly and waved small American flags. “Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!” they chanted. “Tonight more than 200 years after a former colony earned the right to decide its own destiny, despite the tasks that we’re facing, we are moving forward,” he intoned. Obama spoke of the extreme difficulties the country has faced. “While the journey has been hard [but] we have picked ourselves up, clawed our way out and we know in our hearts that in the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” he said to loud cheers. Obama thanked all who voted, particularly those who worked in far away, isolated places on behalf of the campaign. “You made your voice heard and you made a difference,” he said. “We may have battled fiercely but it’s only because we love this country so deeply.” Obama won’t have much time to savor the victory. Early on Election night, House Speaker John Boehner [R-Ohio], announced that Obama shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking his win means he can raise taxes on the rich and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [R. Ky.] – who made it clear that his
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around the region ELECTION continued from Page 8 primary job was to make Obama a one-term president – also threw down the gauntlet. Political Scientist and Howard University Professor Wilmer Leon said he wishes Obama and his surrogates would do more to highlight the reality of Republican obstructionism. Leon, 53, said Obama needs to be much more assertive and take more time to explain to the public what the opposition is doing and why. “It’s not that the president is a divider. People like McConnell have said from the outset that he planned to make the president a one-termer,” he said. “The president can’t change the landscape. He needs to change the way he traverses the landscape. You can’t negotiate and placate people who are looking to [your] political demise. He has to confront them at every turn, use the bully pulpit to show what he feels and what his position is.” DeWeever, 44, concurred. “With regard to the stonewalling, I’d like to see the president become more aggressive in pushing his issues, using the bully pulpit, and communicating more with the public – the modern day version of fireside chats,” said the mother of two. She said the first issue Obama faces is the ‘fiscal cliff ’ issue. Trying to develop a compromise will be a challenge …they
Obama surpassed the decisive 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College. /Courtesy Photo
may kick it down the road [but] I think they will figure out a way to make it happen.” Although voters have expressed anger about the political stalemate in Washington, D.C., the status quo remains: Republicans still control the House of Representatives and Democrats, the Senate. “It’s well known and reported that they have uniformly rejected everything,” said DeWeever. “It’s interesting to see if they’ll [Republicans] continue to see that s a strategy if they lose.” One Houston housewife expressed frustration with the intractable infighting.
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City Offers Temporary Amnesty to Unlicensed Businesses By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer The District government recently announced a temporary amnesty program that allows Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs [DCRA] customers to secure business licenses – minus $2,000 fines – even if they were operating without permits. This was met with mixed reaction by Ward 7 residents and businesses at the Skyland Shopping Center, along Good Hope and Naylor Roads and Alabama Avenue in Southeast.
“I’m sure people don’t have any money so the amnesty is a good idea,” said a 60something-year-old native Washingtonian who asked for anonymity, adding that DCRA charges “them a bunch of money for licenses.” She stood behind a table vending perfume oils, hats and scarves, and jeans. The table was a stone’s throw from a building flattened by a backhoe, in anticipation of the massive redevelopment of Skyland. In late September, Mayor Vincent Gray, 69, marked the start of Skyland’s phased demolition. The woman overseeing the business for her 42-year-son on a
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Saturday afternoon said he’s been licensed since 2006, so he’s not affected by amnesty. But he’s interested in his vending location once the Skyland overhaul makes way for the soon-to-be-built Walmart. However, Ms. Oh, who runs an unlicensed beauty and barber supply shop, said she’s not renewing her expired license. “Anytime they give me money, I go,” said Oh, 72, a Korean who’s been here since 1989, who lives in Virginia. Hers was a Skyland business to be removed to make space for the upgrade, which includes a mixed-use site. D.C. government now owns the businesses through eminent domain. “Last year, until now, they tell us get ready to leave, and they don’t come. I’m ready to go.” Oh, concerned about her paltry $160,000 buyout, complained it wasn’t comparable to what others received. “They offer me little money, and they got big money,” Oh said, adding they got close to a million. While she spoke, at least five customers came into the rundown store to buy hair bands or stockings. By press time, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, which oversees the city’s development
projects, said it was working on finding out more about Oh’s situation. The amnesty program, which began Nov. 1, will end Dec. 31, 2012. DCRA said enterprises with expired or no licenses qualify, and won’t incur late fees. Also, operators with expired or missing corporation filings or registrations for weights-and-measures devices may benefit from amnesty. “We don’t have stats on the number of unlicensed businesses in D.C.,” said Helder Gil, DCRA legislative and public affairs officer, “but based on the CBCI experience, it appears to be a sizeable number operating either with expired business licenses, incorrect licenses, or no licenses at all.” The amnesty program was the result of DCRA’s Citywide Business Compliance Initiative [CBCI], which launched a trial period in mid-July. DCRA partnered with District agencies that issue licenses such as the Department of Health, and Gil said they agreed this was the “best way to bring businesses into compliance with the law,” rather than exploring if a reduction in licensing fees would make a bigger impact. CBCI visited nearly 300 businesses and found those
with the lowest compliance were general-retail stores, food vendors, beauty salons and barber shops. Businesses with expired licenses or none at all before Aug. 1, 2012, would qualify. Those operating without current registration with DCRA’s Corporations Division, and those without registration of their Universal Product Code scanners, commercial weights or scales, produce scales or gas pumps would also qualify. Besides business licenses, Gil said home-based enterprises also need Home Occupancy Permits, which demonstrated they complied with zoning regulations. Operating without this could result in the fine. This is the first business license amnesty DCRA ever offered. Sandra Forrest, a Ward 7 resident, disagreed about offering amnesty. “That’s not right,” said Forrest, 51, adding that scofflaws are receiving undue advantages without giving back. “When you got homeless people out here trying to get hired, some of these small businesses are only hiring their own kind.” wi For more information about the program, visit DCRA’s website at www. dcra.dc.gov or send an email to email@example.com.
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How Racism Crippled the Electoral Process?
Many Americans admit being unable to see beyond the race of candidates By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Assistant Editor One Sunday morning in 2009, following the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Andrew Manis became incensed enough with the racist attitudes of Macon, Georgia denizens to pen a commentary to whites asking that they ‘get over’ their fear, anger, and white supremacists feelings toward Blacks. The commentary, entitled “When Are We (White People) Going to Get over It?,” was picked up by the Macon Telegraph and in short order Manis, an associate professor of history at Macon State College, had received more than 5 million hits on the piece through Google. Manis’ editorial begged the questions: “How long? How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can – once and for all – get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color?” Far from being some red faced Southerner feeling the pangs of white guilt, Manis cited the manner in which white conservatives consistently blocked any legislation they viewed as beneficial to non-white Americans, even during the Clinton administration, and the largely coded bigotry that appeared in popular culture during Obama’s 2008 bid for the White House. Three years later, Manis, 58, told the Informer that while he cannot clearly gauge whether racist attitudes increased or decreased with Obama’s presidency, the nation is hardly a post-racial society because it elected Obama. “Just because it happened to elect one Black man as president does not make America a post-racial society. To say we are a post-racial society would make as much sense as saying Pakistan is a place where gender equality flourishes because Benazir Bhutto was their head of state. Or that Israel www.washingtoninformer.com
is a paragon of gender equality because they elected Golda Meir. White America continues to pretend that it is just an accident that African Americans remain about twice as vulnerable in statistics related to economic success – about twice as bad as for white people and that it has been that way for more than 50 years,” Manis said. A recent Associated Press poll supports Manis’ position, finding that four years after Obama’s election, the majority of white Americans express prejudice toward Blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not. In all, 51 percent of whites expressed explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of whites with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. Had it not been for Jeremiah Wright, Obama may not have addressed race, “blackness” or any issues that were specifically germane to people of color during the 2008 election in Manis’ estimation. Still, roughly 57 percent of whites over the age of 29, voted for [John] McCain. “There is this idea that a Black president is going to hurt us, and take our money and give it to his people and that he is going to make us hurt the way we made his people hurt. There is some guilt there, some recognition that white people have historically made Black people hurt in this country. You get this language and when [Rush] Limbaugh says that one cannot get a job in the Obama administration unless they hate white people, one has to ask from where this is coming?” said Manis, who is Greek. Similarly, Manis notes that with the exception of the Great Depression, every time concerns have been raised about big government, it has had some indirect connection to Black people in America, the issue of race, or of slavery.
“I would go a step further on big government than Mark Noll did with his book “God and Race in America” and remind conservatives who are anti-big government that the entire decision to write a Constitution was a move in the direction of a bigger government because it was clear that America did not possess a big enough, strong enough, government to sustain the nation. So if you can depict Obama’s lean toward more government involvement with health care as a reason why you oppose a Black president, it is easy to see you simply want to keep the systems currently in power, in power,” Manis said. “When you have been king all of your life, equality feels like a demotion. White evangelical Protestants have been kings throughout most of American history until they were forced to accept other kinds of people at the table of equality. That is why they are talking about taking back their country. They have had to relinquish absolute control in the last 50 years,” Manis said. Political Scientist Wilmer J. Leon, III, posits the white anger as part of a return to white nationalist thought that lends itself to demands like, “We want our country back?” To which Leon asks “Who took it?” Evident in Tea Party rhetoric that cloaked racist language with chants of Americanism and popular culture attempts at pushing the lines of decorum, mass media has documented everything from the first lady represented as a bare-chested emancipated slave, to the president as a “hood boy” in wife-beater T-shirt and sagging pants. “Racism has not gotten worse; however, there are those who are viewing things negatively through a racial prism and their perspectives have come to the surface. I don’t believe the election made someone not racially bias, into someone who is. It
Dislike of political opponents and between parties has long been a part of the American electoral process; however, analysts believe President Obama’s race fostered racial hostility unseen before in election ads, clothing and signage. / Courtesy photos.
did exacerbate what was already there though. In terms of the AfricanAmerican community, the symbolism of an African-American president has been invaluable and incredibly powerful,” Leon said. A teaching associate in the Department of Political Science at Howard University, Leon said that while Obama became a figure of ethnic pride for countless people of color, particularly African Americans, the economic downturn helped create a great deal of racial animus. “When the economic tide starts to contract, it makes sense that white people embrace things that they hold most dear: religion, guns, and their xenophobia. The president caricatured and depicted as a primate, Congressman John Lewis being spat upon and called a ‘nigger’ while walking to the House to vote about a year and half ago, and South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson calling the President a ‘liar’, are very tangible examples of how white folks have clearly demonstrated their bigotry and their reaction to the fact that there is an African American around,” Leon said. The office of commander in chief, said Leon, demanded a certain level of
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respect until a Black man took office. Afterward, white Americans became disrespectful of the office itself because of the individual holding it. Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Ret. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, concluded as much when he told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, “My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people – not all of them, but most of them – who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander in chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.” Still, Manis and Leon, both, remain hopeful with Manis pointing to the popularity of Obama among young white and minority voters. It signals a hope that “the bigotry of one generation can be eliminated among younger whites.” Leon, as well, holds out hope that America can get over its racist attitudes and “become what it is supposed to be,” Leon said. wi
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Mixed Responses to Teacher Incentive Program PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer An initiative introduced earlier this fall by District of Columbia Public Schools [DCPS] Chancellor Kaya Henderson that recognizes the best teachers, has received mixed reviews surrounding its effectiveness. The program, for which more than 300 DCPS teachers participated during its development last year, is known as the Leadership Initiative for Teachers [LIFT], and involves an aggressive career plan that provides high-performing instructors with opportunities for advancement. LIFT’s five-step career plan focuses on progression from beginner to expert teacher and enables them to become eligible to earn more than $100,000 in just five years, and more than $130,000 in just seven years. LIFT also distinguishes DCPS as the first urban public school system to implement the comprehensive teacher career ladder. “Our teachers shape the future for our children,” said Henderson. “At DCPS, we demand excellence from our educators and we work hard to honor and recognize them as the professionals they are.” But the program contradicts actions undertaken four years ago under former Chancellor Michelle Rhee, who fired hundreds of teachers in her hardnosed school reform and budget reduction plan. Among those terminated were veteran educators who’d dedicated their lives to ensuring the academic success of their students. Former Ward 5 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kathy Henderson [no relation to Kaya Henderson] said she applauds incentives directed at keeping exceptional teachers, but that DCPS officials need to “stick with the basics” by focusing their attention on “researchbased efforts” rather than touting acronyms that sound good. “That’s what gives us a foundation for what works and we need to stay away from fads [such as the acronym LIFT], said Henderson, 58. “We don’t need a lot of meaningless acronyms to make the school system work. We need teachers who are committed and who like children.” Responding to reporters’ inquiries, Kaya Henderson, 42, did not address specific questions about LIFT but her spokesper-
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son said the program is the system’s next step in developing struggling teachers and moving out those who are ineffective. “She’s never going to admit that it’s a contradiction,” Ward 8 activist Phil Pannell said of the chancellor’s round-about response. “But it’s a contradiction. I was at a function recently where a former Anacostia Academy principal mentioned how good teachers and administrators have been routinely weeded out of the system. And, now they come up with a program to try to keep good educators. It doesn’t make sense.” Cet Parks, 42, whose child doesn’t attend a District school, however, he supports efforts to improve education. He also said LIFT appears to be redundant. “It’s always a good thing to reward teachers for their hard work and to try to keep them,” Parks said. “However, my thing is that they should recall all the well-qualified teachers who were laid off [under Rhee]. They should be re-hired or still have the opportunity to have their terminations addressed.” Former National Education Association President Reginald Weaver said incentives can come in various forms and some can be questionable. “But people should be asking if it’s a fair program, if it’s a program based on student performance, has it been sanctioned by the teachers’ union – and how will it be perfected,” said Weaver, 73. Washington Teachers’ Union President Nathan Saunders, 47, said Kaya Henderson, is not Michelle Rhee. “The DCPS system is light years ahead of where it used to be, with much more emphasis on staff development,” Saunders said. “I’m not going to be critical of a program like LIFT that offers opportunities for teachers. If you look at the current numbers, we’re getting fewer teachers terminated at the end of the year and more teachers who are achieving the designation of highly-effective.” Saunders added that while the teachers’ union endeavors to “respect, support and commend good teachers” it also offers support to teachers who aren’t performing as well. “You can’t fire your way to success, and it’s not surprising that in order to keep good people, you have to offer new products and programs,” he said. wi www.washingtoninformer.com
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This Week’s Top Story: Election 2012 Takes Center Stage Voters flocked to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to elect the next president of the United States. There was a sense of anticipation in the air and high hopes for President Barack Obama. Health: Adults with Asthma Should Get Flu Vaccination Adults with asthma are at high risk of developing complications after contracting the influenza virus, yet most adults with asthma don’t get a flu vaccination. National Harbor Developer Milt Peterson, left, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Maryland Delegate Jay Walker share their enthusiasm in announcing the overwhelming approval of Question 7 by Maryland voters at a celebratory party held at National Harbor on Tuesday, Nov. 6. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter
Voters Approve Gaming Expansion, Same-sex Marriage By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Maryland voters approved all six questions on the Nov. 6 ballot, resulting in legalizing same-sex marriage and making way for a casino in Prince George’s County and giving undocumented immigrants the opportunity to send their children to college at more favorable in-state tuition rates. Gaming Expansion Draws Winning Hand Voters approved bringing more gaming to the state and Prince George’s County, giving Question 7 overwhelming approval by a vote of 1.1 million votes [51 percent] to 1 million votes [48 percent]. The vote means that Maryland casinos will now be able to offer live table games such as black jack and roulette and the number of video lottery terminals can expand from 15,000 to 16,500. It also means that Prince George’s County is now the site for the state’s sixth casino. Jim Murren, chairman and chief executive officer of MGM Resorts International, said Marylanders sorted through “an onslaught of dishonesty” and chose to support progress. “No one expected such a vicious campaign, but common sense prevailed and Maryland will certainly benefit from our hard work to fight a campaign of unrestrained distortion,” said Murren. “Starting today, MGM’s talented team of designers and resort experts begin work on our proposal for a great destination resort for the people of Prince George’s County and the state.” The Peterson Companies, developer of National Harbor, and
MGM Resorts International have reached an agreement on developing a proposal for a destination resort casino at National Harbor. Same-sex Marriage Vote Makes History After months of contentious debate, Maryland voters have finally settled the same-sex marriage issue, approving the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which upholds legalization gay and lesbian unions by a vote of 51 percent to 48 percent. “Fairness and equality under the law won tonight,” said Josh Levin, campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality. “We’re sure to feel the ripples of this monumental victory across the country for years to come.” In addition to making it legal for gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, the new law, which goes into effect in January, also protects churches and clergy from having to perform any marriage that is against their religious beliefs and businesses from supplying services if the marriage is contrary to their religious beliefs. Maryland made history with the vote. Legislatures and courts have legalized marriage equality in six states and the District, however, Maryland is the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through a vote by the people. Marylanders Approve Dream Act The law making undocumented immigrants who met certain criteria eligible to pay in-state tuition rates has been upheld by voters. The heavily debated and controversial Question 4 was approved by 1.2 million votes [57 percent]. This means the law will go
into effect and that undocumented immigrants and others who have attended and graduated from a Maryland high school, file income taxes and intend to apply for permanent residency are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at four-year public colleges and universities. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the bill, also known as the Dream Act, into law in 2011 after it was approved by both houses of the Maryland General Assembly. However, after enough signatures had been collected and presented to the Maryland Secretary of State, the matter required a statewide vote.
Arts and Entertainment: Bobbi Kristina’s Grandmother Backs Off $20 Million Inheritance Battle Reports state that Cissy and Pat Houston, coexecutors of Whitney Houston’s estate, tried to change how Bobbi Kristina would receive her mother’s fortune, which rings up to the tune of $20 million. But now, Cissy Houston plans to back off of her efforts to withhold Bobbi Kristina’s inheritance.
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passed “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law in 1994, they believed it would strike fear in the heart of violent criminals by mandating harsher penalties including a 25-year-to-life prison sentence for some offenders, but research reveals that the get-tough-on-criminals policy is costly and ineffective. International: New Timeline Offered for Benghazi Attack Although a U.S. intelligence official emphatically denied that the CIA refused repeated requests from its officers on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, to assist the Americans under attack at the U.S. mission there, on Nov. 1, the official offered almost a minute-byminute account of what happened that night.
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Other Ballot Questions Also approved by 87 percent of voters was Question 3, which amends the law so that an elected official is suspended when found guilty of certain crimes and is removed from office when the conviction becomes final or when the official pleads guilty or no contest. This law will prevent situations from occurring such as in 2011 when Prince George’s County Councilmember Leslie Johnson continued to sit on the Prince George’s County Council despite pleading guilty to evidence and witness tampering. New boundaries for the state’s eight congressional districts received a favorable nod as did two questions concerning the qualifications of Prince George’s County and Baltimore County Orphans Court judges.wi
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Democratic Incumbents Hold Seats By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Voters in Maryland overwhelmingly chose experience in selecting leaders for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 6. Three incumbents â€“ Representative Donna F. Edwards, Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer â€“ won landslide victories in their respective races. Edwards scored a decisive victory to retain her congressional seat, beating challengers Faith Loudon and Scott Soffen. Edwards, 54, a Democrat, has represented the 4th congressional district since 2009, received 142,747 votes [75 percent] while Loudon, a retiree who has been a leader in the Maryland Republican Party for several years, garnered 43,186 votes and Libertarian Soffen received 3,818 votes. â€œI am grateful that the residents of Prince Georgeâ€™s and
Anne Arundel counties have trusted me to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives,â€? said Edwards on election night. â€œSince 2008, I have fought every single day to improve the lives of my constituents and will continue that effort in the 113th Congress. I look forward to working on behalf of Marylandâ€™s families to create jobs, defend Social Security and Medicare, prepare students for the 21st century global economy, and protect the Chesapeake Bay and Marylandâ€™s other natural resource.â€? Edwards spent Election Day rallying her volunteers and greeting voters at several precincts throughout Prince Georgeâ€™s and Anne Arundel counties. She watched returns and celebrated her victory at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis and LaFontaine Bleu in Lanham. Cardin also held onto his Senate seat solidly defeating three
challengers. Cardin, a Democrat, received slightly more than 1 million votes [54 percent] while Republican Daniel Bongino, a small business owner and former U.S. Secret Service agent, garnered 529,205 votes. Two others vying for the seat, businessman S. Rob Sobhandi, an independent, and Libertarian Dean Ahmad, a civic activist, received 325,276 votes and 22,910 votes respectively. Cardin, 69, was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and serves on the Environmental and Public Works, Finance, Foreign Relations, Budget and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 19 years. In the 5th congressional district, Hoyer will also be returning to Washington after commandingly defeating Antony Oâ€™Donnell by a vote of 177,766 to 75,745. Hoyer, 73, a Democrat, has served for 16 terms in Congress
Congresswoman Donna Edwards [D-Md.]thanks her constituents, family and friends during her victory celebration at Le Fontaine Bleu in Landover on Nov. 6. Edwards defeated Republican challenger Faith Loudon in Marylandâ€™s 4th congressional district race. /Photo by Mark Mahoney
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By William Reed President Obama spent more on White House events and dinners than any previous chief executive. Domestic affairs, or foreign dignitaries, the First Couple “entertained” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest. Though Kwanzaa never made the grade, an event that’s celebrated annually is the President and First Lady’s Hanukkah Party. The White House celebration of the blues, during which Obama sang and he, his wife and guests boogied in the East Room to some of America’s greatest musical legends, is just one of the command performances and swinging parties they’ve thrown. The Obamas have also enjoyed a rendition by rap artist Common and were treated to an “ole time” review by Motown-era surviving stars. The Obamas have “done it on the good foot” while they have been at the White House and have left American taxpayers with some pretty big tabs. But, among the many who attended events there, “a good time was had by all.” The Obamas hosted congressional leaders, honored Stevie Wonder with a glitzy tribute concert, and invited the a cappella group “Sweet Honey in the Rock” to perform. On Obama’s 50th birthday, Aug. 4, Charles Barkley, Chris Rock, Jay-Z and Tom Hanks honored the POTUS in the Rose Garden. Performances the Obamas have held over the years at the White House include salutes “to Broadway”, “music of the Civil Rights movement”, and a “dance tribute” to dancer and choreographer Judith Jamison. The White House got some mainstream media criticism for their decision to invite the Rev. Al Sharpton to the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, while excluding top leaders of
the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. What the mainstream media misses is that the Rev. Al is on the White House’s “Black A List”, he’s a strong Obama supporter and a “frequent Black visitor.” Others in the league with Sharpton are disc jockeys Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner. Ardent Obama defenders, both Harvey and Joyner are enthralled with the proximity to power the Obamas afforded them and will use all of their clout to keep Barry and Michelle, First Family forever. Giants among Blacks in America, The Tom Joyner Morning Show airs in more than 100 markets and reaches an audience of over eight million, and Steve Harvey has shows on the radio and network TV. With the assistance of the Obama White House, Joyner and Harvey have been transformed from mere entertainers to thoughtful political pundits. Joyner joined the Obamas to greet Tuskegee Airmen at a screening of “Red Tails” in the family theater inside the White House. On the day of their 20th anniversary, Michelle shared the story of her first kiss with Barack on Steve Harvey’s show. As Black audiences celebrate their “Step-N-Fetch-It” syndicated radio shows, consider that Joyner, Harvey and Michael Baisden, epitomize what is wrong with our insight and our information. Their programming has the power to make their Black adult audiences stay in tune with syndicated radio programs’ “group think.” Obama and friends may have “partied with a purpose” while in the White House, but their four years in office must be considered a disappointment for Blacks. All that glittered in the White House between Obama and friends wasn’t exactly gold for all. Fess up, having a Black family in the White House has enhanced racial inequities rather than challenging them. (William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org) www.washingtoninformer.com
Heated Debates Expected over School Closures By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer A maelstrom of controversy is erupting over a list of District of Columbia Public School [DCPS] closings that made its way onto the Internet last week. As a result, pressure has been put on D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to come clean about which schools are marked for closure or consolidation. But a spokesperson for Henderson said she has no explanation regarding how the list that cited 38 schools was published on Nov. 1, except to say it’s inaccurate. “We have no idea where this list came from, but it’s not from DCPS,” said Melissa Salmonowitz in an email to The Washington Informer. “We look forward to announcing our proposed consolidations soon.” The Chicago-based Illinois Facility Fund [IFF] which provided the recommendations earlier this year, deals in real estate acquisitions and providing loans and equipment for nonprofits such as charter schools – already has oversight over several such facilities in the Midwest. In the event IFF recommendations are approved, plans call for lower-performing city schools to be consolidated with high-performing charter schools. The majority of the city’s underperforming and under-enrolled schools are in wards 5, 7 and 8. Listed among them are Anacostia and Ballou high schools in Ward 8, Kelly Miller Middle School in Ward 7 and Charles Young Elementary School in Ward 5. Many of the parents and community leaders who are lashing out are reminded of the iron-clad will of Michelle Rhee who ordered the closings of some two dozen schools shortly after she took over as chancellor in 2008. They are looking forward to speaking during two public hearings slated for Thursday, Nov. 15 and Monday, Nov. 19 at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest, where the testimonies are expected to be heated. Dorothy Douglas who represents Ward 7 on the D.C. School Board, said she wasn’t familiar with the bogus list, but she’s known about talks to shutter schools. www.washingtoninformer.com
“I know that the plans call for some of the schools like those in wards 7 and 8 to be closed due to low- enrollment, but I expressed [early on] to Mayor [Vincent] Gray and [Ward 7 Council member] Yvette Alexander that closing schools is not the solution without getting parents involved,” Douglas said. Annette Douglas, 43, who has a child enrolled at Howard Road Academy in Southeast, opposes combining District public schools with charter schools. “That’s not going to work,” she said, adding that “for one thing, you can’t mix students from Southwest with students from Southeast without expecting issues like violence to occur.” Northeast resident Rita Jackson who has grandchildren enrolled in District public schools, said charter schools aren’t necessarily better than DCPS facilities. “Charter schools are basically run by corporations and they’re doing these mergers, not to educate our children, but for the resources that they can get,” said Jackson. “They’re making sure that we don’t create any more Malcolm Xs or President Obamas.” Ward 8 activist Phil Pannell, 61, said it makes good sense to close schools that are under-enrolled and to merge others. “This is something that’s been decades in the making,” said Pannell. He said that in many instances, under-enrolled buildings negatively impact the ability to ensure key programs and services at other schools. “For example, the new Ballou Senior High School in Ward 8 lacks an ROTC program because the school can’t afford it,” Pannell said. While Alexander, 51, has called for a moratorium on closures in her community, Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie, 37, said in a statement that in anticipation of the two hearings, he’s been in touch with Henderson’s office to schedule a discussion on the matter. “At this juncture, DCPS has not made the closure list available to the [D.C.] Council or to the public,” McDuffie said. “Once DCPS officially releases school closure information, my office will make it available and work with the community to respond accordingly.” wi
Industrial Bank Author & Artist Spotlight Lamont Carey Author, Advocate & Activist by H.E. Palmer, Jr.
Not all art is created equal. A fact that is especially true in our community. For art to have meaning it must first have relevance and to have relevance it must move you emotionally and connect with you in a way that is significant. Such is the nature of the works of Lamont Carey. Mr. Carey is a spoken word artist, motivational speaker, activist, filmmaker, playwright and independent author. He has appeared on Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam,” HBO’s “The Wire”, BET’s “Lyric Café”, “The Michael Baisden Show” and debuted his play ‘Learning to be a Mommy’ performed live at the Kennedy Center. He has just published his new novel, ‘The Wall’ which is a sequel to his popular novel ‘The Hill.’ This series offers a very real portrayal of life behind bars in the DMV. Whereas some authors get their inspiration from some spiritual muse, Carey’s efforts are derived from his real-life experiences. Carey’s style is direct and raw. He does not mince words, nor does he make any apologies for the tone and manor of his work. In writing ‘The Hill’ and ‘The Wall’ Carey skillfully crafts words to paint vivid pictures of the daily struggles of the incarcerated. When asked about his motivation for writing these two novels Carey is very clear about what he is trying to accomplish, “I have an overwhelming need to be successful. Because of my past criminal lifestyle I am driven to; 1.) Prove to myself that I am better than I was; 2.) Attempt to repair some of the damage that I caused the residents of the District of Columbia and; 3.) Live a productive and prosperous life as a law abiding citizen, to serve as a positive role model for my son so that he can beat the statistics that say he is likely to follow in the footsteps of my criminal past.” He means what he says. For the last eleven years Carey has been a tireless advocate for Returning Citizens (a preferable term to refer to individuals who have been released after having paid their debt to society). Carey has an ongoing, collaborative relationship with the Court Services and Offender Services Agency (CSOSA) and in recognition for his support of the Returning Citizens community, he was awarded the U.S. Parole Commission’s first ever Re-Entry Award in June of this year. Carey’s advocacy for Returning Citizens is a direct result of his incarceration and the impact the experience had on him. It was while serving his sentence on a conviction for Attempted Murder and Narcotics Distribution that Carey discovered his passion for writing. “I noticed the young inmates battle rapping. In my opinion what they were putting out was not that good. I thought I could do better even though I was never an artist. So I tried. I failed miserably but I kept trying. One of the guys challenged me. He said I rapped like I was telling stories and he challenged me to write a book. I took the challenge and wrote my first book in thirty days.” The result of that first effort was a novel entitled ‘Capers’ about three friends who rob a drug dealer and are then left to deal with the consequences of their actions. Validation for the quality of his writing came from his fellow inmates. Upon completing his review of the finished product, the inmate who had challenged Carey to write Capers quickly spread the word about the quality of the work and of its high entertainment value. Soon others began flocking to Carey to request an opportunity to read his work and with that, several more novels were completed, each being written within a span of two to four weeks. It is said, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” If that is true then perhaps, ‘The pen is the voice of the spirit.’ Through his novels and spoken word, Carey speaks truth to a critical part of our community’s urban experience. With pieces such as I Can’t Read, The Streets Keep Calling Me, and I Hate This Place, Carey turns up the volume and helps to tell our stories, good and bad, in a voice we understand, recognize and can relate to. Carey wants to be known as a writer. He wants to be remembered as an agent for change breaking through stereotypes that seek to limit advancement or the attainment of one’s full potential. To anyone who has ever been in his company, or read his work he is all that and much more. He is a complete artist whose writing and advocacy enriches and brings hope to our community. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MORE CHOICES FOR SENIORS MEANS BETTER HEALTHCARE OPTIONS - United Healthcare Introduces Dual Complete Plan for District Seniors For most seniors, getting older means having to contend with the health challenges of aging. And with that comes the reality of just how far a fixed income can stretch to meet those needs. As a former registered nurse, I have seen strategies that seniors use to lower medical costs such as asking their doctor for generic drugs, filling prescriptions for 90 days, splitting pills, and delaying medical appointments. Realities like this serve as the catalyst for development of United Healthcare’s Dual Complete Plan. We like to think of our plan as the bridge between living longer and living well. Our Dual Complete Plan is just the latest United Healthcare effort to provide seniors with viable healthcare options that offer them peace of mind without breaking the bank. This is a great product for seniors in the District of Columbia. I’m really excited that we can offer this plan to DC residents. Launched in 2012, this plan offers customers/clients a network of doctors, specialists as well as free transportation to medical appointments and medical supplies shipped directly to their home at no cost. Those who’re eligible and who sign up for the plan receive a range of benefits designed to ease the financial burden of the rising costs of healthcare. What is good news for seniors is that this new program covers both Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D prescription drugs. Those who meet special enrollment criteria can participate in the plan. Seniors who receive assistance from the state and Medicare are also eligible. It should be noted that all cost-sharing is based on a person’s level of Medicaid eligibility. Choosing to become a part of this plan means more choices for seniors. Regardless of who we are, almost all of us want to have real options in our health care and want to be an active participant in determining the parameters of that care. One of the best ways to do that is to be informed and being informed means learning about the choices offered and then making informed decisions about the level and scope of care. A client’s basic benefits as determined by eligibility include: paying nothing for monthly plan premiums, annual physicals, inpatient hospitalization, visits to a primary care physician and emergency care. And there are more safety nets to help senior cope. For example, those who receive full Medicaid coverage and/or get assistance from the state to pay for their Medicare Part B premium automatically qualify for Extra Help which is a low-income subsidy. This help includes help with individual’s Medicare drug plan’s monthly Part D premium, any yearly deductible, coinsurance, and co-pays. The benefits? No coverage gap and no late-enrollment penalties. United Healthcare remains committed to offering District seniors the highest quality healthcare at affordable costs. This is not only good news for seniors but for their families and caregivers who want their loved ones to have access to the best health care options possible. For more information on United Healthcare’s Dual Eligibility program and eligibility requirements visit www. UHCCommunityPlan.com or call 1-866-367-7257. Karen Johnson is Executive Director of United Healthcare Community Plan in the District of Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Karen is an accomplished health executive with a reputation for integrity and the ability to effect change. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the YWCA National Capital where she works closely with vulnerable women and children in the District of Columbia. She serves as a trustee for The Gathering Place board, and is also a University of Michigan Alumni Board member. Karen resides in Washington, DC.
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Minorities, Poor Breathe Worse Air Pollution, Study Finds By Cheryl Katz Special to the Informer from New America Media Tiny particles of air pollution contain more hazardous ingredients in non-white and lowincome communities than in affluent white ones, a new study shows. The greater the concentration of Hispanics, Asians, African Americans or poor residents in an area, the more likely that potentially dangerous compounds such as vanadium, nitrates and zinc are in the mix of fine particles they breathe. Latinos had the highest exposures to the largest number of these ingredients, while whites generally had the lowest. The findings of the Yale University research add to evidence of a widening racial and economic gap when it comes to air pollution. Communities of color and those with low education and high poverty and unemployment face greater health risks even if their air quality meets federal health standards, according to the article published online in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Fresno are among the metropolitan areas with unhealthful levels of fine particles and large concentrations of poor minorities. More than 50 counties could exceed a new tighter health standard for particulates proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Communities of color and
those with low education and high poverty and unemployment may face greater health risks even if their air quality meets federal health standards. A pervasive air pollutant, the fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 is a mixture of emissions from diesel engines, power plants, refineries and other sources of combustion. Often called soot, the microscopic particles penetrate deep into the lungs. The new study is the first to reveal major racial and economic differences in exposures to specific particle ingredients, some of which are linked to asthma, cardiovascular problems and cancer. “Numerous studies indicate that some particles are more harmful than others,” said lead author Michelle Bell, a professor of environmental health at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The particles people breathe include a variety of metals and chemicals, depending on their source. For instance, people living near refineries are exposed to more nickel and vanadium, while those near coal-fired power plants breathe particles with higher sulfate content. Neighborhoods along busy roads have more nitrates from vehicle exhaust. One such community is Boyle Heights, in East Los Angeles. It is more than 90 percent Hispanic and one of the poorest parts of the city. Boyle Heights is “surrounded by freeways,” said Susan Naka-
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BREATHE continued from Page 18 mura, planning manager for the region’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, “and a lot of those freeways are used for shipping commercial goods.” Four major rail yards emit diesel exhaust nearby, and the area is home to “multiple auto body shops and chrome-platers in close proximity to neighborhoods,” she said. She is especially concerned about the particulate sources near schools. A Nationwide Look Bell and colleague Keita Ebisu examined exposures to 14 com-
ponents of particulates in 215 Census tracts from 2000-2006. The components, including sulfate, a powerful respiratory irritant, and nickel, a possible carcinogen, were chosen because they had been associated with health impacts or accounted for a substantial amount of particulates overall. Census tracts with a greater proportion of Hispanics had significantly higher levels of 11 substances. Included is more than 1.5 times the whites’ exposure to nickel, nitrate, silicon, vanadium – all linked in some studies to hospitalizations or deaths from cardiovascular and lung disease
– and aluminum, which is associated with low birth weights. Communities with larger Asian populations had higher levels of seven components. Asians registered far greater exposures than whites to nickel, nitrate and vanadium. And areas where more African Americans lived showed significant elevations in four compounds, including sulfate and zinc. People with less than a highschool education, unemployed or living in poverty had more exposure to several components, including silicon and zinc. Also, children and teenagers were more
likely than adults to breathe most of the substances. The demographic differences raise important policy questions, said Rachel Morello-Frosch, an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies the health risks of air pollution but was not involved in the Yale study. Census tracts with a larger proportion of Hispanics had significantly higher levels of 11 substances, including more than 1.5 times the whites’ exposures to nickel, nitrate, silicon, vanadium and aluminum. She said targeted monitoring may be needed in problem areas. “Then regulatory agencies may want to assess how they can encourage emissions reductions from sources that are
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having localized impacts,” Morello-Frosch said. “Our question was: Are places that are more unequal disproportionately exposing communities of color more than other groups?” Morello-Frosch said. “The answer to that is ‘yes.’ Cities that are more segregated, you see higher pollution burdens for residents of color.” “So if I’m exposed to air pollution but I otherwise live in a pretty nice neighborhood, I don’t have a very stressful life… how does that differ from, I’m exposed to air pollution and I live in a cruddy house in a cruddy neighborhood and I have a very stressful life?” Miranda asked. “How do the social factors in my life affect my resiliency to environmental exposure?” wi
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Free Replacement Supercans for Seniors By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Robert Fuller is a Ward 8 senior who doesn’t own one of city’s large green trash receptacles or supercans. Each week, when it’s time to take out the trash, Fuller has his own routine. “I leave the trash in the bags in front the house,” said Fuller, 71, “but I put some ammonia around it so animals won’t get to it.” Fuller said he couldn’t afford the supercan, which runs about $62.50 each and $45 for the blue recycling cart. Fuller is a senior who Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie [D] had in mind, and who will benefit from his proposed legislation, which will offer free replacement 96-gallon trash cans and 32-gallon recycling carts to seniors over 65 living in the District. The bill will allow seniors who move to, or relocate within, the District to be entitled to a supercan and recycling cart, at no charge. “I need one and I can’t pay for the can,” said Fuller who’s lived in his home near Southern Avenue in Southeast, for 35 years. “We’ve been asking for that; we’ve already paid our dues and taxes and can definitely benefit from it.” In 2011, the D.C. Department of Public Works [DPW] removed the senior subsidy for
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cans and carts due to budget cuts. Now, all residents are on the hook to pay for their carts or cans. However, McDuffie said while this small effort may not be much, every little bit will help economically. “I was led to introduce this legislation because many seniors in Ward 5, and I imagine in other wards as well, have been asking why they are saddled with this additional cost, especially when the supercans [can be] irreparably damaged by DPW during trash collection,” said McDuffie, 37, who introduced the Supercans for Seniors Act of 2012 at the legislative session on Nov. 1. “I feel that nickel-and-dime fees such as a $62 supercan replacement fee can have a material impact on the life of someone on a fixed income, and small benefits such as this can amount to greater prosperity for many of our seniors.” Joyce Smith, a Ward 7 resident agreed, it’s a “great idea.” “When the can gets torn up, we have to pay for it ourselves,” said Smith, 68, who’s lived in the Hillcrest neighborhood for 41 years, and has paid the $62 replacement fee before. “But you can get one from Lowe’s or Home Depot for $29.” She said she was going to buy a new one, but was happy to hear about McDuffie’s legislation, which was placed in the Council’s Committee on En-
vironment, Public Works and Transportation, chaired by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. “There is growing economic disparity in the country and in this city and as civic leaders we have an obligation to protect our most vulnerable residents from displacement amidst this economic reality.” A young D.C. Council staffer added a caveat. “It makes no sense as people will start stealing from the seniors,” said the council insider who asked to stay anonymous. “Then they’ll keep going back and saying they need to get another replacement.” However McDuffie’s communications director, Darrell Jackson, said there are certain requirements to get a replacement can. “They have to follow DPW’s processes in place when the cans are stolen,” Jackson said. The legislation, which is cosponsored by Council members Cheh, Muriel Bowser, Yvette Alexander, Michael Brown and Vincent Orange, clearly stated that upon destruction or disappearance of a government-issued recycling cart or trash can, the senior is entitled only to a “one-time replacement of each container.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com
David Grosso celebrates his victory over incumbent Council member Michael Brown (I-At Large) on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Chez Billy, a French bistro in Northwest.
Orange, Grosso Win At-Large D.C. Council Seats By James Wright WI Staff Writer In the at-large races for D.C. Council on Nov. 6, District voters returned a veteran council member while sending a newcomer to the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest. District voters also re-elected their delegate to the United States House of Representatives. D.C. Council member Vincent Orange [D-At Large] easily won re-election while his colleague, D.C. Council member Michael Brown [I-At Large), lost to political newcomer David Grosso. Orange said that he’s happy to return to work for District residents. “I knew that I had an edge in this election because I am the Democratic nominee in a predominantly Democratic city,” said Orange, 55. “Since I was sent back to the council, I have worked on issues such as early childhood education, the 150th celebration of Emancipation Day and hosting a small business summit. I will continue to fight for education, employment, economic development and access to health care.” Orange received 37 percent of the vote in a city that favors Demwww.washingtoninformer.com
ocrats by a 9 to 1 margin. Grosso, 41, came in second with nearly 20 percent of the vote while Brown only netted 15 percent. Republican Mary Brooks Beatty came in fourth with 7 percent while independents A.J. Cooper and Leon Swain dueled with 6.16 percent and 6.12 percent, respectively. Statehood Green candidate Ann Wilcox had 5.8 percent. The turnout was strong, with nearly 49 percent of registered voters participating in the election. Some polling places had dozens of residents waiting to vote as the 8 p.m. deadline closed in but by law, if a resident is in line at the time, they must be allowed to cast a ballot. The city also had thousands of residents participate in early voting from Oct. 29-Nov. 3. Brown had a real fight on his hands with Grosso, who outraised him in October nearly 2-1. Despite that, Brown got many votes based on name recognition and that’s why Tracey Valentine, a resident of Northeast, voted for him and Orange. “I have worked with Vincent Orange on some programs,” said Valentine, 42. “I must admit that I don’t know much about Michael Brown but I do recognize the name.”
Brown, 46, has been under fire recently for the mismanagement of his personal finances and issues in his personal life. Seeking a second full-term, he sought to assure District voters that he was the best person to bring economic development and affordable housing to residents, especially those east of the Anacostia River. However, Brown, the son of Ronald Brown, the first black to be appointed as the secretary of commerce, received negative media coverage for his personal and financial problems. Brown is a popular figure in many black social circles and is usually seen in the black community at prominent political and social events. He did well in the predominantly black wards of 5, 7 and 8, often coming in second to Orange in votes. But it was residents in western Washington and parts of Capitol Hill in Northeast and Southeast, many of whom were White, who voted for Grosso in huge numbers. Many residents in those areas, as well as some in eastern Washington, wanted ethical leaders on the D.C. Council and they felt that Grosso could be one of those.
“That is why I am for David Grosso,” said Tommia Hayes, a Northeast resident. “We have had a lot of corruption in city government for years and D.C. needs a change. That is why I went out and decided to do something for David because this is my city and I am not leaving and will not let it go down.” Grosso had the strong support of D.C. Council member Tommy Wells [D-Ward 6] and notables such as former D.C. Council member William Lightfoot; John Hill, who served as executive director of the D.C. Control Board and chief executive officer of the Federal City Council and Jacque Patterson, former president of the Ward 8 Democrats. Brown had the endorsement of labor unions such as the Washington Teachers’ Union and the Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO. Grosso’s election means that the D.C. Council will be majority White in January 2013, when the new session of the D.C. Council, known as the period, begins. The mood at Brown’s headquarters in Northwest was somber even though D.C. Council members Kenyan McDuffie [D-Ward 5] and Jim Graham [D-Ward 1] stopped by to show
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their support. About a mile north, Grosso’s headquarters at Chez Billys in Northwest was festive and Grosso thanked Wells for his support. Norton, 75, cruised to an easy victory over her opponents with nearly 90 percent of the vote. Norton has not faced a serious opponent since she was elected in 1990. In the races for the D.C. State Board of Education, incumbent Trayon White easily defeated longtime civic and political activist Philip Pannell, 72-27 percent, in Ward 8 and Mary Lord won the at-large position over Marvin Tucker. D. Kamila Anderson of Ward 4 and Jack Jacobson of Ward 2 won with no opposition. The White-Pannell race had moments of testiness with Pannell, 61, accusing White, 28, of not attending working sessions of the board while White supporters pointed out the times Pannell quit officer positions or organizations when he didn’t get his way. Ward 7 D.C. State Board of Education member Dorothy Douglas lost to Karen Williams, with Williams winning 41 percent of the vote.wi
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Barry Soundly Defeats Abraham By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer In what was a rather predictable election race, incumbent Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry [D] sailed to victory for a third term with 87 percent of the vote over Peaceoholics cofounder Jauhar Abraham’s 13 percent. “Marion Barry is our ‘Mayor for Life,’” said Xavier Cook, 50, at the Barry-Trayon White victory party at Georgena’s Restaurant on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast. Barry threw support behind the young incumbent Ward 8 State Board of Education candidate who was running against activist Philip Pannell. Several people enjoyed the festive atmosphere with big green and white balloons. Many political insiders said that White’s loss would have been a slap in Barry’s face. But he got 72 percent of the vote. However, throughout the ward
on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters gushed about Barry and President Barack Obama’s re-election chances. They were less certain about the other ward races. “I think we got a pretty good chance with Barry and Obama,” said Chuck Graham, 44, at the Anacostia Library on Goodhope Road in Southeast. Ward 8 residents seemed more excited about the presidential election than their local races. “I went with Obama because I can’t trust a lying face,” said Darius Patrick, 28, a Barry supporter as well. “I’m excited and happy with the turnout,” said ANC 8A Barbara Clark who added that a 23-year-old at Anacostia Library was going through labor but wanted to wait until she voted. “She was on the phone with her doctor,” said Clark who added she was placed at the head of the line. Like the rest of the wards, there were record high
Former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen confers with D. C. Council member Marion Barry [D-Ward 8] who soundly defeated Jauhar Abraham on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. The two chatted at Georgena’s Restaurant in Southeast where the former mayor held his victory party. /Photo by Robert Ridley
voter turnouts at all 143 precincts in the District. While the Barry-White party was festive, the Abraham-Pannell party attracted many enthusiastic supporters early in the night at the Big Chair Coffee in Southeast. “I’m extremely excited, I voted early but I worked the
polls in the cold,” said Tameka McEachin, 43, who stumped for both Abraham and Pannell. “Phil Pannell helped my kids get into college with scholarships.” And, Carolyn Robertson added that “Pannell is a better candidate for Ward 8.” But she liked Abraham as well. “He simply cares about Ward
8,” she said about Abraham, “and the youth are our future and he focuses on the youth.” James Bunn, executive director of the Ward 8 Business Council, said Barry will do things differently. “We’re all going to work together to make sure the ward moves forward,” Bunn, 70, said. wi
Alexander Keeps Ward 7 Seat By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer In a race some political observers thought would bury incumbent Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander [D], she emerged victorious over Republican candidate Ron Moten after a bruising last days leading up to the election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. “There was never a doubt,” said Alexander, 51, at her victory party Tuesday night in a suite at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Northwest, the same site the D.C. Democratic State Committee celebrated President Barack Obama’s re-election. “The residents of Ward 7 have spoken and I’m pleased to get to the work that needs to be done now that the campaigning is over.” Alexander’s party attracted a cross section of campaign workers and residents mainly focused on the returns in the Obama, Mitt Romney match up. They whooped in excitement with chants of four more years after final counts. Alexander, serving the east of
the river neighborhoods since 2007, bested Moten with 88 percent or almost 25,000 votes. Moten received a little more than 3,500. “Everyone’s really happy,” said Ward 7 resident Wanda Aikens, 60, at the party. Aikens, heads the Ward 7Arts Collaborative, a nonprofit that fosters support for the arts. “There was always a fear that because Moten is black, he would pull the uneducated voters.” However, the votes Moten expected never materialized. At the Moten post-election party at Langston Grille on Benning Road in Northeast, a subdued Moten sat among a handful of die-hard supporters to watch election returns on large flat screen televisions. It was around 9 p.m. and he didn’t have results from the District’s Board of Elections. “I’m tired,” said Moten, 42, who slouched into his chair. “When you have no money then how can you fight? We need a real change in the ward.” It offered a contrast in his tone from earlier in the day, when he was at St. Francis Xavier Church
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on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast. “I think we have a good chance,” gushed Moten, a cofounder of Peaceoholics, earlier in the day as he gave pizza and water to campaign workers. “The only thing Yvette has is that she’s a Democrat. People are so caught up on parties. If they vote on her record, they won’t stay with her.” In Ward 7, more than 84 percent of registered voters are Democrats. However, Jerome Brocks working the polls at the Washington Senior Wellness Center on Alabama Avenue in Southeast, and a strong Alexander supporter said Moten’s camp “got to be stupid for calling people’s home at 6 o’clock in the morning.” Moten’s robo-calls contacted several homes on Election Day at 6. Other voters also complained about it. Moten seemed surprised. However, supporter, Darrell Morrison, said it was a “computer not candidate error.” The calls should have made at 8 a.m. Throughout the day, Ward 7 The Washington Informer
joined the rest of the city with historically long lines to vote in unusually cold temperatures. Many already made up their mind about their candidate. “He needed to show clearly what he’s done prior to the election and not play on perceived dissatisfaction with the ward,” said Alphonso Coles, 55, a Hillcrest resident. “To run as a Republican when it’s basically them against us, it’s hard to see him as the one to represent us.” Also out early at the Senior Wellness Center was the Ward 7 D.C. Board of Education victor, Karen Williams, who said she “felt very confident about winning the elections.” By night’s end, she snagged nearly 42 percent with more than 10,500 votes besting three other candidates including the incumbent Dorothy Douglas and former ANC 7A chair, Villareal Johnson, who secured third place. “A lot of people in our circle supported her and thought she’ll be able to bring the same kind of results and support we want,” Aiken said about Williams. “She
has a good track record.” Williams, the Hillcrest Community Civic Association president, was the expected winner for Ward 7 residents. Toward days leading to the election, Moten seemed to have gained momentum – first with receiving the endorsement of The Washington Post, which wrote he “offers refreshing energy, community insights and an appealing independence” – and he seemed to be winning the conversations for support on the community listservs. However, Julia Jones, summed up how voters felt about Alexander. “I bonded with her when she worked on helping to prevent school closings,” said Jones, a retired District Public School teacher. “She was so supportive and she rallied the people for the school. She made the difference.” Jones asserted that if Alexander hadn’t stepped in, Smothers Elementary School in Northeast would be closed.wi www.washingtoninformer.com
ELECTION 2012 Maxine Charles, 68, of Southeast, worried at first about the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election. But she was “elated” upon learning later during the night that Barack Obama had been re-elected./ Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman for The Washington Informer
Jenea Howard, left, hugs her friend Egochi Achincnu at the Democratic State Committee celebration at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Northwest on Tuesday, Nov. 6. President Barack Obama got the requisite 270 electoral votes and secured his position for the next four years. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
Voter Concerns Run the Gamut on Election Day By Dorothy Rowley Staff Writer As Election Day in the District progressed, the sentiments of many voters were repeatedly expressed about the outcome of the historic event. In the event President Barack Obama was declared the winner, it would mark the third consecutive time that a president was elected for two terms. If Obama lost, the defeat would mark some time before another black man would ascend to the presidency. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s defeat would signal the end of a political career seven years in the making. At the onset of early voting last week, Obama had gained a slight margin over his Republican opponent. But a different scenario began to emerge on Tuesday among Obama supporters, many of whom appeared leery of the contest among the swing states. Not only did apprehensive local District supporters begin to exercise caution in www.washingtoninformer.com
their comments, some like Wiley and Maxine Charles of Southeast, held out hope that Obama would win a second term. “I don’t know what the outcome will be,” said Maxine Charles, 68. “I’m concerned about Romney winning, although I want it to be Obama who claims victory. I think it will be a close call, but we’ll just have to wait and see.” Wiley Charles, 74, added that even if Obama won, voters shouldn’t expect his policies and accomplishments over the past four years to give him an immediately stronger upper hand. “We will still have to wait things out because he [won’t be able to] do too much at first, unless Congress gives him the Okay,” Wiley Charles said. “For example, there are still millions of people without jobs and they’re talking about cutting Social Security. But they can’t hold that against Obama, even if he wins because he’s not to blame.” Carolyn Robertson agreed. The “50-ish” Southeast resi-
dent also admitted being on edge about the election’s outcome. “At this point, it’s clearly come to be a color thing,” said Robertson, who added that, “Romney’s shown that he’s a racist by the comments he made [about] the 47 percent [of people he said thought of themselves as victims]. But Obama could be pink as far as I’m concerned . . . I’m supporting him based on what he’s done in the last four years.” Still others feared that the outcome of this year’s election could be so close, that it would mirror the 2000 presidential race. At that time, while Democratic contender Al Gore won the popular vote, it was former President George W. Bush who claimed the presidency by winning more electoral votes. To that end, many African-American voters who’d thrown support behind Gore, felt like Bush had stolen the election. “It’s going to be a rough deal,” said James Sanchez, 48, of Northeast. “I believe that in numbers, Obama is going to pre-
vail. But on paper, at the end of the day, it’ll look like it was just too close to call out a winner, and then they’ll get a recount [of votes].” However, as Election Day quickly turned into Election night, it became obvious that the District – which is traditionally Democratic – had Obama’s back. As for swing states likeVirginia, as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, a count had been too close to call –for either candidate – and at that time, reports remained uncertain regarding the state of Ohio where the contest was characterized as critical, although Romney was the clear victor in key battle ground states that included South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas and Tennessee. The Republican strategy was that they couldn’t be beat as heavily as they were in 2008, and no Republican has ever won the presidency without Ohio. Reports later in the evening stated that Obama had been receiving flak for his lack of sup-
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port early on in various Democratic races. The president, at one point, was heavily criticized for having made just one robocall during one party member’s campaign. However, while Obama took a slight lead over Romney in innercities, Romney led in suburban communities. Meanwhile, late Tuesday, hundreds of miles away from the nation’s capital, a group of young whites from the state of Wisconsin which Obama won, gathered in New York at Times Square to offer their support for the president. Kara Reynolds, a first-time voter, joined in the celebration. “I agree with Obama’s issues on health care and women’s issues,” Reynolds said. Asked about her biggest fears if Romney had won, she responded that, “I would not like to see the Tea Party take any more control of American politics . . . But that’s not going to happen because I have confidence in Obama.”wi
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Flossie Young, 87, voted for her 12th U.S. President at the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Public Library in Northwest, Tuesday, Nov. 6. She said she was so excited to vote for Barack Obama that she forgot to put on her socks. / Photo courtesy of Howard University News Service. MacArthur Jones escorts his 89-year-old grandmother, Alice Archer, to the voting poll in Chillum, Md. on Election Day 2012. / Photo by Shevry Lassiter
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You’ve Voted, Now What? We’ve all been hoping for Election 2012 to finally come to an end. No more commercials approved by the candidates, and no more “Questions” to vote for or against. Millions of Americans voted early or savored the excitement by voting on Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Election Day. By this editorial deadline, the winners of Tuesday’s elections were still unknown, but the enthusiasm surrounding the election still lingers. A campaign that started nearly two years ago has taken every bit of energy and attention the electorate has had to offer. It’s been a long run to the finish line but the reality is that Tuesday, Nov. 6 actually marked the beginning. The past four years have not left Americans better off and it’s not just President Obama’s fault. For that matter, while much blame can be placed on the former Republican administration, all of the criticism does not rest there either. Each one of us has played a role in the mess President Obama was left to clean up and each of us must take responsibility for the role we will have to play in order to make America a great place to live, once again. Over the past four years, while many Americans have fought to save their homes, or maintain their jobs or find new ones; or filed for bankruptcy or attempted to stay current on their student loans, in the end, we hope we have learned some valuable lessons. The financial crisis that households face should have taught us that we can no longer afford to throw caution to the wind when it comes to managing our personal finances. We can’t eat everything and not exercise at all and expect to be healthy, nor can we work hard to get a job and not train hard if we want to keep it or remain marketable. Most importantly, we cannot vote collectively and expect politicians to magically make life better for each of us individually. Staying involved means we have got to pay attention to our leaders and we have got to stay involved in the political process. President Obama and other politicians on all levels appealed to American voters to stay involved. We agree and hope that the momentum behind this election will continue to influence voters to keep a watchful eye on their elected leaders every day until Election Day returns and to take that extra step to make life better for us all.
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I am writing this letter to express my full support for H.D. Woodson head football coach Greg Fuller, “Woodson Community Rallies behind Fired Coach,” by Elton Hayes, November 1, 2012. Coach Fuller’s firing is just another example of DCPS and its administrators trying to rid the system of strong black male leadership. For years players at different District public schools have been found to be ineligible for some reason or another, but I can’t remember when a coach has been fired for it. Chancellor Kaya Henderson and her assistants have once again orchestrated the ouster of a strong black male with a history of making a difference in the lives of our young black men. Why is strong black male leadership in our school system discouraged? I think DCPS had to use these trumped-up charges against Coach Fuller because they were unable to explain the
reasons for the dismissal of the principal of Phelps High School, another strong black male. Michael Bryson Washington, D.C.
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I recently moved to the Washington, D.C. area from the great city of Houston, Texas. The thing I find most interesting about D.C. is the wide-ranging coverage of both local and national news. After picking up several issues of your newspaper I would like to say how impressed I am with your coverage of issues that face not only District residents but also those who live throughout the nation. Your reporters should be commended for what I believe to be very fair and unbiased reporting. It is very exciting to see an African-American newspaper cover such a wide range of topics. As a lifelong Republican I just loved reading your November 1, 2012
issue. In that issue you had articles where you interviewed African-American Republicans who were able to express their views on the political situation facing our nation quite eloquently. In addition, you interviewed a white Republican candidate running for the D.C. Council, and that shows me just how balanced your coverage is. Calvin Washington Silver Spring, Md.
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By Charlene Crowell
Student Loans Cause 36 Million to Drop out of College According to a new report, since 2009, 36 million Americans have attended college without earning a degree. Consequently, 850,000 individual private loans valued at more than $8 billion are now in default. With high and variable interest rates, these loans can cost students more in repayment than the actual cost of tuition. From 2005 to 2011 alone, private student loan debt more than doubled from $56 bil-
lion to $140 billion. Among Black students who did not complete college, 69 percent cited high student loan debt as the reason. Soon after dropping out of school, these exstudents began struggling with repayment without the earning power a degree could have provided. The report, The Student Debt Crisis, is authored by the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan institute. The October report analyzes key factors in this looming financial
crisis including changes in debt over time, the role lenders have played in the current crisis, who has incurred debt and factors contributing to the rise of student debt. Most of the $1 trillion in combined federal and private student loan debt can be attributed to the the increasing cost of college, the choice by state legislatures to make higher education a lesser priority in annual budgets, aggressive lending practices, and the recession cutting into the savings and earning power of
families, the report stated. “Students of color, particularly African-Americans are graduating with more student debt: 27 percent of black bachelor’s degree recipients had more than $30,500 in debt, compared to 16 percent for their white counterparts. And with Pell Grants facing cuts, many students of color who rely on these awards to help pay for school will be forced to borrow at even greater rates,” the report observed. Among students of color who graduate, the report found that
81 percent of Black students and 67 percent of Latino students typically have one hand holding a degree and the other clutching multiple student loans that need to be repaid. Among young African-American college graduates under the age of 34, more than half – 56 percent – have delayed purchasing a home. Further, the lengthy time it now takes for most new graduates to find employment brings another dimension to student
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By Julianne Malveaux
Black Unemployment Still Needs to be Addressed The problem with having a deadline at the end of the week is that you miss the opportunity to weigh in on things, such as an election, that happens on a Tuesday. It is almost torture when you consider the possibilities face us on November 7 and beyond. I am hoping that President Obama can pull it off, but I am cognizant of the numbers that suggest that Willard is nipping at his heels. No matter
what happens, there are real issues that must be faced not only in the next few weeks, but also in the next few years. The unemployment rate report that was released last Friday was good news for President Obama. The unemployment rate ticked up just a tiny bit, from 7.8 to 7.9 percent. It stayed below the magic number of 8 percent, which is a boost for the president. Behind the good news, though, there are issues of concern. For example the African
American unemployment rate rose significantly from 13.4 to 14.3 percent. Black women took most of the hit, with unemployment rates rising from 10.9 to 12.4 percent. Meanwhile, Black male unemployment dropped from 14.2 to 14.1 percent. There’s more. More than 5 million people have been officially unemployed for more than half a year. They have been looking for work for an average of 41 weeks. I cannot imagine the pain and misery that
is reflected in such a long job search. One wonders how many of these folks have left the labor market because they have become discouraged. At the same time, the data shows that more than 600,000 people returned to the labor force as a result of recent trends. The most discouraging data comes from hidden unemployment and other measures of unemployment. The 7.8 percent overall rate of unemployment is reported as 14.6 percent. Thus,
the Black unemployment rate of 14.3 percent translates to an overall Black unemployment rate of 26.4 percent. That means more than one in four African Americans is unemployed. In some urban areas, as many as half of the African American male population does not work. When President Obama wins this election, African American activists, especially those who have access, must remind our
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By Raynard Jackson
Winner is …Gov. Chris Christie When the dust settles on this year’s presidential election, the real winner will prove to be Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie is finishing his first term as governor and will be seeking reelection in 2013. He has built a reputation as a rare no-nonsense, straight-talking politician. The public claims they want an honest politician, but when they see one, he gets
roundly criticized for being honest. The governor has been given high marks for his response to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated both New Jersey and New York City. He is a living example of how a politician can set aside partisanship for the betterment of the people. The way he and President Obama joined together to comfort and help those affected by the storm was remarkable in light of the polarization of our body politic.
Christie served as one of Mitt Romney’s most visible and staunchest surrogates. Christie can be very partisan, but seems to have the maturity and wisdom to know when to put partisanship aside. This seems to have led him to be in trouble with many in the Republican Party. Christie has been effusive with his praise of President Obama’s handling of the storm. The president, in turn, has been just as effusive in praise of Christie. As a top surrogate for Romney and with the election less
than a week away, many in the party seemed to be taken aback at this “love-fest” between to politicians from opposite parties. Many Republicans thought Christie was providing a huge “political” boost to Obama at a critical time in the election. Christy made it perfectly clear to media outlets that his focus was totally on getting help for his people without any political considerations. But, Fox News would not accept the governor’s words and proceeded to ask him about whether he would tour
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the state with Romney. In classic Christie style, he smacked the Fox anchors right across the lips with a stinging rebuke, “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics, and I could care less about any of that stuff… If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don’t know me,” he said. The Fox anchors looked
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By Marian Wright Edelman
Paying it Forward after Beating the Odds Maggie Hobbins is just a senior in high school, but she already knows a lot about making it through a bad situation. She has struggled with a learning disability since first grade and spent years in special education classes. Other students bullied her because she couldn’t read well or afford brand name clothes. Challenges in school were hard, but challenges at home were even worse. Her alcoholic mother was emotionally absent for much of
her childhood, and her father, a disabled Vietnam War veteran, had many health problems that often made it difficult for him to work. When her family became homeless after he lost his job, they moved into a camper on a friend’s property. What they hoped would be a temporary solution lasted two years. When Maggie was 9 years old, her parents finally found an affordable house to rent and things seemed as if they might be looking up at last. But just a few months later, her father
collapsed and died of a massive heart attack. For the next two years her mother sank into such a deep depression worsened by the drinking that she rarely got out of bed and Maggie was essentially left to raise herself. She got herself to school on her own, took care of the house, and was the one to make sure her mother ate and bathed. She looks back at that period as the “dark days” of her life. But even then Maggie showed an extraordinary resilience far beyond her years: “You can’t just
sit there and be like, ‘Oh, poor me. My dad’s dead. My mom is depressed and she’s a drunk and she’s not there for me,’ or, ‘I’m dyslexic and I can’t read as well as other people . . .’ So why not push myself further and change myself—because other people can’t change you; you have to change yourself.” Maggie kept pushing herself – and her positive spirit and belief in herself paid off. After an intervention from Child Protective Services, Maggie’s mother finally got some of the help she needed
and was able to keep custody of Maggie. When Maggie was in sixth grade, a caring landlord and mentor offered her $100 if she made the honor roll all four quarters of the school year. Maggie was already a determined and serious student despite her learning disabilities and troubles at home, and this generous promise gave her just the extra incentive she needed. She made the honor roll every quarter that year and every quarter since.
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By George E. Curry
Obama’s Media Coverage Half as Positive as 2008
Barack Obama campaigned for president four years ago on a theme of change. Now, four years later, he has seen change in the way the media has covered him – change for the worse. That’s a major finding of an exhaustive study by the Pew Research Center titled, “Winning the Media Campaign 2012.” The report stated, “…The starkest difference is that cov-
erage of Obama is only half as positive this year (19%) as it was in 2008 (36%). And while his percentage of negative coverage in 2012 (31%) is only modestly larger than four years earlier (29%), neutral coverage has grown markedly, to 50% this year compared with 35% in 2008.” Mitt Romney received more favorable treatment from the media than Arizona Republican Senator John McCain did four years ago, according to the study. “The percentage of positive
coverage about Romney is very similar to McCain’s four years earlier, but there is about onethird less negative coverage of the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign,” the report stated. “Romney has also seen considerably more neutral coverage than McCain received in 2008.” Of the three major networks, only ABC gave Obama more positive coverage than negative (27 percent to 20 percent). CBS and NBC were essentially the same. On CBS, 17 percent of the stories about Obama had a posi-
tive tone and 28 percent were negative. Of NBC’s stories, 16 percent had a positive tone and 29 percent were negative. Romney did not fare any better on the networks. On ABC, Romney’s negative stories outpaced his positive ones (33 percent to 18 percent). On CBS, 15 percent of the stories about Romney had a positive tone and 29 percent were negative. NBC had an identical percentage of negative stories, but a slightly higher percentage of stories with a positive tone (18 percent).
There was a huge imbalance on MSNBC, with 71 percent of the stories about Romney negative and only 3 percent positive. There were three times as many negative stories than positive about Romney on CNN (33 percent to 11 percent). “MSNBC was especially negative in its treatment of Romney’s policy prescriptions,” the Pew study found. “Fully 75% of the stories focused on Romney’s policies were negative compared
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By Askia Muhammad
Who’s Afraid of the Coming White Backlash? All my adult life I have been reminded of impending “White backlash” as something to be feared. I don’t fear White anger at my legitimate demands anymore. A musician-actor named Marvin Lee Aday, whose genius is that he now goes by the moniker “Meat Loaf ” – and others like him – have some quaking in their boots again because Meat
Loaf has warned of a “storm cloud” over America, and we’re not talking about Superstorm Sandy. He is talking about the re-election of President Barack Obama. But after we laugh at all the joke lines about the etch-asketch, gaffe-filled, myth-a-minute campaign of Gov. Mitt Romney – who, with no shame at all, just last week purchased $5,000 worth of canned goods from a local Walmart store to give to his supporters at a rally so they could “donate” the supplies back
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to him at a rally in front of TV cameras to ostensibly help East Coast hurricane victims – when we pick ourselves up off the floor about all the stupid lies and tricks he and his sidekick Rep. Paul Ryan perpetrated in order to steal – not win fair and square – the election, there is this serious concern about the White backlash. A number of “legitimate” White political thinkers are arguing that the Obama re-election will lead to White southern politicians once again advocating seThe Washington Informer
cession. They’re delusional. By the 1980s, the most vicious end game of the race-baiting Romney presidential campaign mindset – the Ku Klux Klan – had dwindled to around 600 chapters. After the election of President Obama in 2008, their numbers surged once again. Now, they are poised for an even greater comeback, this time, right out in the open and with the witting or unwitting blessing [or denial of their threat] from most of the GOP establishment. The only problem is their an-
tebellum vision is doomed for the trash heap of human history. The proverbial genie is out of the bottle. The toothpaste is out of the tube. They cannot be put back inside. Sorry race-hating White folks. The secessionists tried this same, lame strategy in 1861. It didn’t work for them then. It won’t work now. The Confederate States of America [the original backlashers] was composed of millions of White traitors.
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Taking Off Denzel Washington Gives Oscar-worthy Performance in ‘Flight’ “What I was attracted to with Flight was that this was like the morally ambiguous movies that I loved coming up in the 70s.”
By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Assistant Editor The term daemonic genius calculates personal frailty with a peculiar ability to exhibit extraordinary wisdom and acts with unfailing valor in the face of danger. Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington exemplifies daemonic genius as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands a commercial flight after a mid-air catastrophe. Though he saves most passengers aboard the doomed flight, Whip is confronted with a firestorm of both accolades and accusations about his role in the accident after his toxicology report tests positive for alcohol. In this manner, the film Flight is less about a plane crash than it is the nosedive Whip’s life takes when confronted with the ferocious alcoholism that has bankrupted his life. What audiences witness after the first thirty minutes of the film is an emotional, often painful glimpse, of functional alcoholism and how longterm addicts learn to mask their addictions through lies and fabrication. Viewers want Whip to win; he is after all, likeable, charismatic, handsome, and extremely skilled. He has kept an airplane from slamming headfirst into the neighborhoods below it by flipping the craft upside down to regain stabilization. Unfortunately, he is also troubled, arrogant, and unpre-
-- Director Robert Zemeckis dictable. Washington sticks this role masterfully, and gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Whip Whitaker. Director Robert Zemeckis, (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, and Cast Away), said he was attracted to the film because of its abstruse characters and the script’s treatment of human nature. “What I was attracted to with Flight was that this was like the morally ambiguous movies that I loved coming up in the 70s. I thought it was just great — I loved the fact that all of the characters are so complex, especially Denzel’s character. And then everything, and everybody, is this shade of gray, and this ambiguous, “What’s really going on here?” It kind of reminded me of real life,”
Zemeckis said. Indeed, Whip is perhaps the most conflicted and multifarious screen character since Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock (The Graduate, 1967). For Washington, who admits there were some difficult scenes to tackle, the challenge was to approach the film as a quest. “This was an adventure -- first of all, starting with the screenplay in collaboration with the filmmaker, getting the chance to fly around in these MD-80 flight simulators, hanging upside down in a plane, and playing a drunk. I’m not going to say it was easy. Maybe a painful scene – I don’t know if it’s painful – but this scene when I go to my ex-wife’s house and get into this wrestling match with
my son. You know, I’ve gotten into wrestling matches with my son in not quite the same circumstance, but it’s just raw. Your nerves are raw. So that sticks out,” Washington said. Celebrated actor Don Cheadle (A Lesson before Dying, Ocean’s Eleven, and Hotel Rwanda) and Washington pair up for the first time since the 1995 Carl Franklin film, Devil in a Blue Dress. As the staunch-collared attorney Hugh Lang, Cheadle is a far cry from the character “Mouse” in Devil, but similarly plays off of an onscreen balancing act as straight man to Washington’s renegade. Cheadle is clever and believable as the cocky, but equally frustrated Lang and plays well against both Washington and Bruce Greenwood (who portrays Whip’s friend and airline union representative).
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Tamara Tunie, best known for her portrayal of Medical Examiner Melinda Warner on Law and Order, also gives a noteworthy performance as Flight Leader Margaret Thomason, who helps Whip safely crash the plane but is then conflicted over what to tell investigators about his drinking habits. Garcelle Beauvais and John Goodman also make marked appearances in Flight, as Whip’s exwife and his “supplier,” respectfully. The cinematography of Flight is flawless, particularly the actual airplane scenes, which are sure to have anyone who has ever flown before hanging onto the edge of their theater seats. Director of Photography Don Burgess and Special Effects Supervisor Michael Lantieri, along with Visual Effects Supervisor Kevin Baillie, provide one of the most provocative action film sequences in film history. Flight is a film that quickly captures both the imagination and emotions of audiences and then holds on until the very end. In addition to the tearful moments—there are quite a few, the film offers a bit of dry humor and wittiness as well. Easily one of the Informer’s Top Ten Movies of 2012, Flight is memorable from the opening to closing credits. Flight opened Friday, Nov. 2. Check local listings for theaters and screening times. wi
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Legendary Go-Go Percussionist Joins New Band
By Brittney R. Palmer Special to the Informer
I’ve thought about it and this time I just, I was sure.
The Washington Informer recently had the opportunity to speak with Milton “Go-Go Mickey” Freeman former percussionist for Rare Essence, who made the decision last month to leave Rare Essence and join Familiar Faces. The move ended a 28-year run with the band and has left many go-go enthusiasts wondering how the transition will impact both bands. Freeman was born and raised in Washington, D.C. by a musical family; his mother Chicquita, was a pianist and singer and his father Milton, a guitar player and lead singer in Mickey and the Blazers, a rhythm and blues group. The elder Mickey bought his son a drum set when he was two and taught the prodigy how to play. When he was 12, Freeman went to see his first go-go band, the Pump Blenders, and got in trouble when he went home. Good friends with the late Quentin “Footz” Davidson (a legend in his own right), with whom he used to bowl, Freeman would go to the Coliseum and play on Footz’s drums. Freeman taught himself to play congas when he was 14 after watching Rare Essence conga player Tyrone “Jungle Boogie” Williams. “Like father, like son” continued when Freeman’s sons Lil’ Mickey
WI: Are you at all concerned about how your fans/friends feel about your decision? GGM: No, not at all. If you’re a friend of mine you’re going to be there regardless of who I play with, I get just as much love and support playing with the new with the new band, if not more. Legendary Go-Go Percussionist Milton “Go-Go Mickey Freeman” ends 28 year run with Rare Essence and makes a major move to join the band Familar Faces. Pictured above Freeman with his sons from (l-r ) Brion “BJ” Scott and Milton “Lil’ Mickey” Freeman III. / Courtesy photo
and BJ learned to play by watching and listening to their father. BJ currently plays congas with several up and coming bands, and Lil’ Mickey is in college. WI: How did you feel when you first joined Rare Essence? GGM: I started playing with Rare Essence 1984, February to be exact. So yes, it’s been almost thirty years. Rare Essence was the biggest band in the city, outside of Chuck Brown. Chuck Brown was the God Father of Go-Go, but for my age group everybody was going to see Rare Essence, and that was the biggest band to get into so once I was in, that in itself was very ex-
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citing, being a part of the number one band in the city. WI: What was your most memorable show with RE? GGM: Most memorable show? It would have to be GoGo Live at the Capital Center (1987), which was one of our biggest shows; you know playing in front of a crowd that big was huge for me. WI: I am sure you had many great experiences playing with RE, but what experience will you cherish forever? GGM: Playing alongside Footz, Benny, and Funk, those would definitely be my best memories. Footz is the one that got me started in the band, playThe Washington Informer
ing alongside the best drummer and best lead mic men in the business. I’ll always cherish that. WI: After being with the Rare Essence for 28 years, why did you leave? What was the deciding factor? GGM: Uh, there were a lot of business moves that I’ve been through with the band and it was just time for a change for me. It was time to get out of that situation. I just couldn’t deal with certain things anymore and I felt like it was best for me to look out for me and my family. Oh it was kind of hard, to tell you the truth, yeah it was hard, but this was maybe the third time that
WI: So you’ve already had your first show with the new band, Familiar Faces, what do you look forward to with them? GGM: I look forward to the future and what it brings. We are going try to make new music for the city; you know people complain about everybody doing cover tunes so I want to see us make more original hits, which I know we can do because we have top flight musicians in the band. wi Freeman can be seen performing four nights a week with Familiar Faces. For the band’s schedule please visit: http://www. familiarfaces.org. Twitter: @FamiliarfacesDC. Freeman has already performed several shows with Familiar Faces and hasn’t missed a beat. In this exclusive interview with the Informer, Freeman tells why he decided to leave Rare Essence and what fans can expect from him in the future.
LIFESTYLE Mazda 3’s fun to drive nature derives from the new SKYACTIV package and provides advanced transmissions and highly efficient engines. /Photo courtesy of Mazda Motor of America Inc.
Despite Clown Face, Mazda 3 is Efficient and Fun to Drive By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer As the price of gas climbs to $4 per gallon, Americans are increasingly adopting small cars as the primary family vehicle. The new breed of small cars, rather than being just cheap alternatives to larger cars, has emerged as a smart, desirable choice of transportation. This is in contrast to the last decade when Americans seemed to shun small cars, despite that these vehicles as a group were more affordable, easier to maneuver and more economical on gas. For Mazda, building small cars that provide high levels of environmental and driving performance is the key to success. Today’s test vehicle, the Mazda 3 is the Japanese automaker’s most important vehicle. In the U.S., the small sedan/hatch accounts for close to 50 percent of Mazda’s sales. In Canada, it is the best-selling car period; whereas worldwide, one out of every three Mazdas sold is a 3. The Mazda 3 is available in two body styles: a sedan or a four-door hatchback. The sedan is offered in six trim levels – i SV, i Sport, i Touring, s Touring, i Grand Touring and s Grand Touring. The hatchback comes only in the four upper trims. The Mazda3 was the first vehicle to feature the first application of the automaker’s innovative SKYACTIV fuel-saving and www.washingtoninformer.com
Mazda 3’s fun to drive nature derives from the new SKYACTIV package and provides advanced transmissions and highly efficient engines. /Photo courtesy of Mazda Motor of America Inc.
performance-oriented technologies. Together these technologies increase fuel economy to a level similar to a hybrid drivetrain. No matter which Mazda 3 you buy, expect an impressive level of convenience and safety-related equipment for the money. For our test, we drove the Mazda back-to-back for comparison with the Ford Focus. The Mazda and the Ford share much in common; they are both based on the same platform, whereas each automaker has added variations in power plant and transmission. The Focus and Mazda 3 both perform well, providing the driver with a
sportier driving feel than you’ll find in most other compact sedans and hatchbacks in this size and price range. While the Ford has nicer creature comforts – a superb stereo, seating arrangements and interior materials, the Mazda is the champion on the road. If we ignore for a moment the Mazda’s demented-clown face, the rest of the exterior is quite pleasant. In addition, its famous “Zoom-Zoom” advertising slogan counts in the department that many driving enthusiasts will appreciate. Thanks to the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine – along with all-new six-speed manual and
six-speed automatic transmissions – Mazda now has a set of powertrains that simply work more precisely and responsively than what’s offered in the Focus. The Mazda’s accelerator responds more evenly; the brakes feel confident; and the steering feels more confidence-inspiring. The Mazda 3 also excels in the safety department. For 2012, it has been recognized as a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [IIHS]. Both the sedan and hatchback models received the organization’s highest possible crash safety rating of “good” in all four tests conducted. For a consumer looking for
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an escape from the overly techladen cars of today, the Mazda 3 should be a first stop. The cabin, clothed largely in black hard plastic with a smattering of buttons, seems dated and some of the dash materials felt like the car was straight from another era. There’s also nothing to match Ford’s SYNC, or GM’s OnStar systems in the Mazda 3. The 3 i’s midline touring trim with the SkyActiv powertrain starts at $19,495 for the manual sedan, plus another $850 for the auto. You should expect to get 40-mpg-highway and 28 in the city. wi
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Seth Mitchell Revives D.C. Boxing Fighter Prepares for Nov. 17 Bout By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer When Seth Mitchell takes the ring for his highly-anticipated bout against Johnathon Banks, the hard-hitting fighter will have faced the longest layoff of his six-year career. The two were originally slated to meet on July 14, but an injury to Mitchell’s right hand forced both camps to cancel the fight. Both sides then scrapped their Oct. 6 rematch after scheduling issues between the card’s other boxers arose. But after more than 100 days since he last stepped in the ring, Mitchell’s finally set to go.
“I’m ready to fight right now,” said the 30-year-old Brandywine, Md., resident who’s represented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. “I’ve already put in a lot of rounds and trained really hard … and stayed sharp mentally and physically. I think that we’ve done a great job.” Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 knockouts), widely regarded in boxing circles as one of the country’s most talented heavyweights, faces Banks (28-1-1, 18 knockouts) on Nov. 17 in Atlantic City, N.J. in a fight that could possibly position Mitchell for a shot at the world heavyweight title. The fact that the United States has not produced a world heavyweight champion since 2007 only adds
Seth Mitchell (r) lands a jab during his April 2012 victory over Chazz Witherspoon. Mitchell will fight Johnathon Banks on Nov. 17 in Atlantic City, N.J., in a highly-anticipated bout. /Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions/ Team Mitchell
more fuel to the already anticipated fight. In Banks, Mitchell faces arguably his toughest opponent to date. The Detroit, Mich., native has spent the past several years sparring and training with Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko,
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younger brother of World Boxing Council Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. “It will put us in a good position, I think, after maybe two more fights, that we could actually [contend] for the [heavyweight] title,” said Mitchell’s manager, Sharif Salim. “[Which is] something that we would very much like to bring to D.C.,” Salim said of a potential title fight. Mitchell’s reputation has spread from the D.C. region to the rest of the country. On Oct. 27, HBO debuted 2 Days: Seth Mitchell, a TV program that chronicled life inside the Mitchell camp for 48 hours before and after the slugger’s late-April, third-round knockout victory over Chazz Witherspoon. “It was cool for them to follow us around on Friday and Saturday,” Mitchell said. “We didn’t do anything out of the norm. What people saw, is what typically happens two days before a fight. We walk together, we eat together, we do everything as a team.” Despite Mitchell’s fast track to boxing success, the married father of two first laced up boxing gloves a mere six years ago. Football and basketball were his two loves. Mitchell ascended to football fame as a standout linebacker at Brandywine’s Gwynn Park High School, where he earned multiple national and regional awards. He accepted a football scholarship to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., where he met his wife Danielle and earned his degree in criminal justice. Michigan State also set Mitchell’s boxing career in motion. Throughout his career as a Spartan, Mitchell played against former Notre Dame safety Tom
Zbikowski several times. But after Zbikowski graduated, he turned to boxing and climbed the amateur ranks. His success caught Mitchell’s attention. “I had watched boxing before, but it was just the simple fact that we were both collegiate football athletes who played against each other every year,” said Mitchell. “He made it seem real and tangible to me. I saw that it was something that I could really do. I think that was the real reason. If I hadn’t seen him play, I might not have ever considered it.” Mitchell fought his first professional bout in 2008 and won the match by unanimous decision. Salim learned of Mitchell through a mutual friend and took note of a range of qualities the boxer possessed that impressed him. “I’ve been going to [boxing] gyms since 1959. It’s definitely in my DNA … sometimes we even took boxing gloves to the picnics,” said Salim, who lives in Bowie, Md. “The Kennedys had football in Cape Cod; we had had boxing in Southeast. They had Hyannis Point; we had Hains Point.” It didn’t take much to sell Salim on Mitchell. “I was enamored; I was very much in awe with the quality of the young man. Seth is a person of tremendous character. Early on, I noticed that he had a supreme sense of purpose,” Salim said. “He had a tendency to set goals and block out the distractions that would impede them from becoming a reality. I am most impressed with his ability to have that stick-to-it-itiveness, that perseverance.” Mitchell will rely heavily on those traits when he fights
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MITCHELL continued from Page 32 in what is likely the biggest bout of his career. The Mitchell camp flew in Atlanta-based boxer Joe Rabotte to spar and train with Mitchell in preparation for the fight. The two first fought each other in 2009. “He’s more of an athlete than people in boxing want to give
him credit for, since he came from another sport,” said Rabotte, 33, of Mitchell. “He has great boxing abilities and is a student of the game. He has the intelligence to work the ring and do things that you really can’t teach someone to do in boxing.” While the soft-spoken Mitchell won’t allow himself to take too much credit for the success he’s enjoyed the past six years, he doesn’t hesitate to thank his D.C.-area fans, adding that he in-
tends to do his best to revive boxing in the nation’s capital. “I just want to thank everyone from the area for their support. Boxing is definitely a tough sport, a tough way to make a living, and I appreciate all of the positive comments that everyone’s given me. I ask them to keep me in their prayers and we hope, in the near future, to bring big-time boxing back to the area,” Mitchell said. wi The Washington Informer
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TAURUS You don’t have to worry about being alone in the journey that you have undertaken. You are on this path because someone guided you. Take the memory of their guidance as comfort and keep on trucking. Soul Affirmation: Things are as I know them to be. Lucky Numbers: 13, 47, 49
LEO Results that seemed like they would never show up may arrive this week, and it will make you very happy. Keep the feeling this week in mind so that you’ll remember and benefit from it next time you are impatiently waiting for an outcome. Everything is working to your good. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for the chance to give. Lucky Numbers: 17, 29, 33 VIRGO Your exciting and adventurous self will want to come out and play. You’ll be happiest if you are exploring something, and then topping it off with a visit to a restaurant that serves something you’ve never tried before. Live it up at the banquet of life this week! Soul Affirmation: When I am clear about who I am, the world becomes clearer. Lucky Numbers: 18, 29, 41 LIBRA Watch for that item you’ve been wanting to be on sale at a good price this week. While you are feeling pretty confident with money, you don’t want to splurge or overspend just yet. Keep your eye out for bargains for a little while longer! Soul Affirmation: This week I find joy in the gifts that life has already given me. Lucky Numbers: 23, 48, 50 SCORPIO It’s easy to take it easy! Just slow down and let each moment arrive at its own speed. You’ll get a lot done this week if you get in tune with the rhythm of the week. Each moment has its own beat. Stay with it. Soul Affirmation: The wisdom of the ages is revealed as my spirit. Lucky Numbers: 9, 16, 42 SAGITTARIUS Change is near, and it’s going to be good. Clear your desk of pesky tasks this week and get your mind free to receive what life brings. Positive results help you feel even more positive. Soul Affirmation: Someone wonderful is looking to find me. Lucky Numbers: 2, 25, 27 CAPRICORN You are the boss of your week this week, so act like the leader you are and let the week follow you around. Your creativity is soaring; schedule enough time to get some of your brilliant ideas on paper. Soul Affirmation: Trust gives me a deep sense of peace and joy. Lucky Numbers: 1, 30, 41
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CANCER Your word this week is “Persistence.” Keep at the task of persuading others that your idea or vision is as remarkable as you know it is. You just need to get the word out, and you need to be persistent in your efforts. Make a game out of it and have fun! Soul Affirmation: Often it’s not what I say but the way I say it that gets the message across. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 37
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AQUARIUS A steady stream of opportunities is beaming your way, lucky you and they contain endless variations of possibilities. Wear your instincts like a rainbow colored coat this week and gather the good resources that you need. Soul Affirmation: Hope is future’s way of shining on me this week. Lucky Numbers: 16, 23, 35 PISCES Some down time will work wonders for you this week. You’ve been running fast with your projects, and now it’s time to slow it down. Try to spend time outdoors and with nature. Enjoy! Soul Affirmation: Hope is a beautify jewel. I enjoy owning it. Lucky Numbers: 39, 45, 48
“The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” by Tom Reiss c.2012, Crown
$27.00 / $29.95 Canada 414 pages, includes index By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer For a quiet weekend getaway, there’s nothing like a novel. With a novel in your hands,
you can travel the world without going anywhere, seeing things your eyes can’t show you. Reading a novel allows you to be someone – or something – else for a while.
A good novel is just what you need when you need escape. But as you’ll see in “The Black Count” by Tom Reiss, your favorite fiction may not be fiction at all. The knock on the door came just before midnight. Alexandre Dumas, then four years old and the future author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, remembered the sound, even as an adult. It was a knock that brought word of his father’s death. Dumas’ father, Thomas-Alexandre Delisle, was born in 1762 in Saint-Domingue to a fugitive nobleman and a black slave. Known as a fine horseman, Thomas-Alexandre’s life was idyllic until his father brought him to France in 1776. There, the boy was educated and later changed his name to become, as Reiss calls him, the “original Alex Dumas.” Though he was technically
“owned” by his father, Alex Dumas père’s French education and his life as a nobleman’s son was possible, says Reiss, because of several French laws and concepts. Slavery was allowed in France, but the French also embraced the “undeniable right to freedom” once a black slave landed on French soil. Though Dumas was dark-skinned, his appearance was “admired and celebrated,” but not as much as his later accomplishments on the battlefield. Much taller than his contemporaries, Dumas was said to look like a centaur when riding. He was extraordinarily strong, wide-shouldered and well-built, and good with a sword. Though he joined the French Revolution as an enlisted man, he quickly worked his way up to general and eventually fought alongside Napoleon. But in 1799, on his way home from Egypt, the great soldier was captured by Italian forces and became a prisoner of war. Released two years later, betrayed by his country, he never fought again. Part classic literature, part biography, and very steeped
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in French history, “The Black Count” explains the correlation between Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling stories and the man who inspired them. And that’s all good – if you’re into French history, because that makes up a good portion of this book. Author Tom Reiss brings plenty of excitement to Dumas’ story, but it comes between pages and pages of battle descriptions and details that are nice to know but that aren’t necessarily integral to Dumas’ biography. That tended to slow the story down, which often made me lose sight of its importance; specifically, that this inspirational, battle-tested historical and literary figure lived in a surprisingly enlightened time and died in relative obscurity. Reiss tells us why, but it takes awhile to get there. Overall, this isn’t a bad book. It’s a good peek into a slice of history, but it’s slow at times. Beware of that, and “The Black Count” may be just the right escape for you this weekend. wi
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Boston Celtics 89, Wizards 86
Boston’s Paul Pierce drives to the basket in the first quarter of NBA action on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Verizon Center in Northwest in the Wizards’ first home game of the 2012-13 season. A sellout crowd that included numerous Boston fans watched the Celtics defeat the Wizards 89-86. /Photo by John E. De Freitas
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Wizards forward Trevor Booker keeps Boston’s Paul Pierce at bay in the second half of NBA action at the Verizon Center in Northwest on Saturday, Nov. 3. Boston defeated Washington 89-86. /Photo by John E. De Freitas
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Carolina Defeats Washington 21-13
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III hands the football to running back Alfred Morris in the game’s second quarter. Washington honored former Redskin legends who attended the game and celebrated the team’s 80th anniversary. The Redskins sported replica uniforms – those worn in 1937 – the year the team moved from Boston, Mass., to Washington, D.C., and won its first NFL Championship, compliments of Nike. The Panthers defeated the Redskins 21-13 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 4. /Photo by John E. De Freitas
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is tackled by a Carolina Panther defender early in the first quarter of NFL action at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 4. The Panthers defeated the Redskins 21-13. /Photo by John E. De Freitas Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman tries to block a kick from Redskins kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath’s successful attempt gave the Redskins their first points of the first half during NFL action at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 4. The Panthers defeated the Redskins 21-13. /Photo by John E. De Freitas
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The Washington Redskins franchise honored Redskin greats during the team’s annual homecoming game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Nov. 4 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. In this photo, former Redskins enjoy a moment of camaraderie. The homecoming celebrations featured an alumni parade that included the Redskins Marching Band and cheerleaders. The Panthers defeated the Redskins 21-13. /Photo by John E. De Freitas
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Husband and wife Eric and Marsha Mayo accompany four of their children to the voting poll in Southeast on Election Day. Voting for the first time are Sarah 19 (left), Erica 24 (2nd left), Kevin 22 (2nd right), and Robert Mayo 21 (1st right). / Photo by Shevry Lassiter
Vaidia Greenlee waited for three hours to vote on Nov. 6 at Ridgecrest Elementary School in Hyattsville, Md. /Photo by Roy Lewis
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Warren Vinson passes the time while he waits to cast his ballot at Ridgecrest Elementary School in Hyattsville, Md., on Tuesday, Nov. 6 /Photo by Roy Lewis
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Twelve Things That Make Men Rich: (Part 1) On a dark and stormy night back in the year 1908, a young man named Napoleon Hill was invited to the mansion of America’s first billionaire, Andrew Carnegie. Hill was young, ambitious and he had a nose for news. As a reporter, he intended to write his way to fame and fortune. He quizzed Carnegie about his success for a story that he planned to write to make money to pay his way through college. Carnegie was impressed by the young writer and offered him a position the average person would have rejected: He said “Mr. Hill, I would like to commission you to study the lives of 500 of the greatest achievers of our time. These men will include men in the industrial field, business owners, inventors, merchants, farmers, statesmen, artists of all types and many others. Take as much time as you need; interview them; learn from them; and observe them; then validate the belief that success is a matter of an idea; that it is achieved by universal laws which others can achieve if they follow these rules too; and, that if these laws are duplicated and utilized as skills to deliver predictable results, just as you might learn the laws and process of making steel as you’ve interviewed me for your article. You will accomplish this mission by documenting the beliefs and behaviors of all these great men and women and what they have in common with each other. I will not pay you any money; you must support your own self while discovering these new ideas during this project. Your goal will be the publica-
tion of a ‘success type’ of book, similar to an encyclopedia; which shares these laws of how to take an idea and make it into a success. You will include all of the spiritual components of faith that is required, as you will see; each person will have unwavering faith in their idea.” Napoleon Hill only had 60 seconds to accept, and he said yes. More than 100 years later, more than 20 million people have learned the principles of success because of Hill’s decision. Here are the first three of those 12 principles that create wealth: The first rule that makes men rich requires them to have a positive mental attitude. Notice how this principle heads the list. You cannot achieve anything if you don’t have faith, you must believe. When you walk around thinking negative thoughts all of the time, it’s of the devil. Scripture reminds us, “God didn’t give us a spirit of fear.” Therefore, we must be of good courage, and when things are looking bad, repeat scriptures such as “God wouldn’t see his seed begging bread.” The second principle that makes men rich is sound physical health. You must take care of yourself by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, not ingesting meats that are full of antibiotics; exercise and keep your body fit. When you do these things, your energy level will be at its peak, and then you will feel like achieving those goals that have been set before you. If you smoke, quit! If you drink, stop immediately; and if
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with Lyndia Grant you eat too much, stop! The third principle is harmony in human relations: Don’t expect to accomplish your goals in a manner that will please everyone if there are people fighting with one another on your committee. Folks must learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Do you have people in your life who throw temper tantrums like little children when they don’t get their way? Do they tend to stop speaking to you until they can calm down? Not a good thing to do, if you want to continue to travel the road to success. Plus, scripture reminds us, “Love God first, and love your neighbor as yourself.” wi Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on 1340, WYCB AM, Fridays at 6 p.m.; visit her website at www. lyndiagrant.com; call her at 202 518 3192; send emails to lyndiagrant@ lyndiagrant.com.
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Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Rev. James Manion Supply Priest Foggy Bottom • Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW • Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 • Fax : 202-338-4958 Worship Services Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist www.stmarysfoggybottom.org Email: email@example.com All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.
Blessed Word of Life Church Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors 4001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 265-6147 Office 1-800 576-1047 Voicemail/Fax Schedule of Services: Sunday School – 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service – 11:00 AM Communion Service – First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study – Tuesday, 6:30 PM www.blessedwordoflifechurch.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email:Campbell@mycame.org Sunday Worship Service 10: am Sunday Church School 8: 45 am Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon Wednesday 7:00 pm Thursday 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE Washington, DC 20020
Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor 5101 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 202-726-2220/ 202-726-9089 Sunday Worship Service 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday School 9:15am Holy Communion 4th Sunday 10:00am Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 7;00pm TV Ministry –Channel 6 Wednesday 10:00pm email@example.com
Pilgrim Baptist Church
700 I. Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002 Pastor Louis B. Jones, II and Pilgrim invite you to join us during our July and August Summer schedule! Attire is Christian casual. Worship: Sundays@ 7:30 A.M. & 10:00 A.M. 3rd Sunday Holy Communion/Baptism/Consecration Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @12:00 Noon @ 6:30 P.M. – One Hour of Power! (202) 547-8849 www.pilgrimbaptistdc.org
Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 8:00 AM and 10:45 AM Worship Services BIBLE STUDY: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30 PM (dinner @ 5:30 PM) SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:45 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.” www.covenantbaptistdc.org
Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor Gerald L Martin Senior Minister 3204 Brothers Place S.E. Washington, D.C. 20032 202-373-5566 or 202-373-5567
Church of Living Waters
Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor Harold Andrew, Assistant Pastor 4915 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-894-6464 Schedule of Service Sunday Service: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM Communion Service: First Sunday www.livingwatersmd.org
St. Stephen Baptist Church Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. State Overseer 5757 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 Office 301-899-8885 – fax 301-899-2555 Sunday Early Morning Worship - 7:45 a.m. Church School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship – 10:45 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday - Kingdom Building Bible Institute – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Prayer/Praise/Bible Study – 7:30 p.m. Baptism & Communion Service- 4th Sunday – 10:30am Radio Broadcast WYCB -1340 AM-Sunday -6:00pm T.V. Broadcast - Channel 190 – Sunday -4:00pm/Tuesday 7:00am
“We are one in the Spirit” www.ssbc5757.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr., • Pastor 2498 Alabama Ave., SE • Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 • www.acamec.org 2008: The Year of New Beginnings “Expect the Extraordinary”
Crusader Baptist Church
Isle of Patmos Baptist Church Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews • Senior Pastor 1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza, Northeast Washington, DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-6767 Fax: (202) 526-1661
Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan, Pastor 800 I Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-548-0707 Fax No. 202-548-0703
Sunday Worship Services: 8:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. Sunday Church School - 9:15a.m. & Sunday Adult Forum Bible Study - 10:30a.m. 2nd & 4th Monday Women’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday Jr./Sr. Bible Study - 10:00a.m. Tuesday Topical Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday New Beginnings Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Pastoral Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Children’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Thursday Men’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Friday before 1st Sunday Praise & Worship Service - 6:30p.m. Saturday Adult Bible Study - 10:00a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday Sunday School-9:45am Men’s Monday Bible Study – 7:00pm Wednesday Night Bible Study – 7:00pm Women’s Ministry Bible Study 3rd Friday -7:00pm Computer Classes- Announced Family and Marital Counseling by appointment E-mail: Crusadersbaptistchurch@verizon.net www.CrusadersBaptistChurch.org
“The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”
“God is Love”
Third Street Church of God Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D. Senior Pastor 1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202.347.5889 office 202.638.1803 fax Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: Wed. 7:30 p.m. “Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital” www.thirdstreet.org
Sunday Worship Services: 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 2nd Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:20 a.m. Seniors Bible Study: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Tuesdays at Noon Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Motto: “A Ministry of Reconciliation Where Everybody is Somebody!” Website: http://isleofpatmosbc.org Church Email: email@example.com
Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor 610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax Sunday Worship Service: 8 AM and 10:45 AM Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45 AM; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45 AM; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6 AM & 6:30 PM Calvary Bible Institute: Year-Round Contact Church Communion Every 3rd Sunday The Church in The Hood that will do you Good! www.gmchc.org firstname.lastname@example.org
ST Marks Baptist Come Worship with us... St. Mark's Baptist Church 624 Underwood Street, NW Washington, dc 20011 Dr. Raymond T. Matthews, Pastor and First Lady Marcia Matthews Sunday School 9:am Worship Service 10:am Wed. Noon Day prayer service Thur. Prayer service 6:45 pm Thur. Bible Study 7:15 pm
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Service & Time Sunday Worship 7:45A.M & 11A.M Communion Service 2nd Sunday 11A.M Prayer Service Tuesday 7:00 P.M Bible Study Tuesday 8:00 P.M Sunday Church School 10:00 A.M Sunday “A church reaching and winning our community for Christ” email@example.com www.morningstarchurch-dc.org
Mount Carmel Baptist Church
52 Years of Expert Engraving Services
Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor 901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 Sunday Church School : 9: 30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10: 45am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10: 45am themcbc.org
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All Nations Baptist Church
Friendship Baptist Church 900 Delaware Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20020 (202) 488-7417 (202) 484-2242 Rev. Dr. J. Michael Little Pastor Sunrise Prayer: 6:00 AM Sunday School: 9:30 AM Morning Worship 11:00 AM Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday-11:00AM www.friendshipbaptistdc.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor 2001 North Capitol St, N.E. • Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591
Website: www.allnationsbaptistchurch.com All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards
“Where Jesus is the King”
Israel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor
4850 Blagdon Ave, NW • Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 • Fax (202) 291-3773
1251 Saratoga Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 (202) 269-0288 Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
St. Luke Baptist Church
1415 Gallatin Street, NW Washington, DC 20011-3851 P: (202) 726-5940 Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion: 11:00 a.m., 3rd Sun. Bible Study: Monday - 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting: Thursday - 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, Senior Pastor 1636 East Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 Telephone: 202-544-5588 Fax: 202-544-2964 Sunday Worship Services: 7:45 am and 10:45 am Holy Communion: 1st Sundays at 7:45 am and 10:45 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Prayer & Praise Service: Tuesdays at 12 noon and 6:30 pm Bible Study: Tuesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm Youth Bible Study: Fridays at 7 pm Web: www.mountmoriahchurch.org Email: email@example.com
Rehoboth Baptist Church
St. Matthews Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor 1105 New Jersey Ave, S.E • Washington, DC 20003 202 488-7298 Order of Services Sunday Worship Services: 9:05 A.M. Sunday School: 8:00 A.M. Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting: 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday) Bible Study: 7:30 P.M. (Tuesday) Theme: “Striving to be more like Jesus “Stewardship”. Philippians 3:12-14; Malachi 3:8-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:7 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.com
2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730 Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 am Baptismal Service – 1st Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday – 11:00 am Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Wednesday -7:30 pm
Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor
Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor
Sunday Church School – 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 AM Holy Communion – 1st Sunday at 11:00 AM Prayer – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM Bible Study – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Christian Education School of Biblical Knowledge Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Call for Registration
Zion Baptist Church
Sunday Worship Service 10:15AM- Praise and Worship Services Sunday School 9:00am Monday: Noon Bible School Wednesday: Noon & 7PM: Pastor’s Bible Study Ordinance of Baptism 2nd Holy Communion 4th Sunday Mission Zion Baptist Church Shall; Enlist Sinners, Educate Students, Empower the Suffering, Encourage the Saints, and Exalt Our Savior. (Acts 2:41-47) www.zionbaptistchurchdc.org
King Emmanuel Baptist Church
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Emmanuel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin Pastor 2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Come Grow With Us and Establish a Blessed Family” Sunday Worship 7:30am & 10:45am Baptism/Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Family Bible Study Tuesdays – 6:30pm Prayer Service Tuesdays – 8:00pm www.emmanuelbaptistchurchdc.org
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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
New Commandment Baptist Church
Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor
Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer
215 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. • WD.C. 20001 (202) 332-5748
625 Park Rd, NW • WDC 20010 P: 202 291-5711 • F: 202 291-5666
Early Morning Worship: 7:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. C.T.U. Sunday: 2:45 p.m. Bible Study: Wednesday 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service: Wednesday 8:00 p.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Mondays 12 p.m.
Sunday Worship Service - 11 am Sunday School - 9:45 am Bible Study & Prayer Wed. - 7 pm Substance Abuse Counseling 7 pm (Mon & Fri) Jobs Partnership - 7 pm (Mon & Wed) Sat. Enrichment Experience - 9:30 am
Salem Baptist Church
“A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”
Shiloh Baptist Church
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Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor
Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor
621 Alabama Avenue, S.E. • Washington, D.C. 20032 P: (202) 561-1111 F: (202) 561-1112
917 N St. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 232-4294
9th & P Street, N.W. • W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4200
The Church Where GOD Is Working.... And We Are Working With GOD
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Sunday Morning Prayer Service: 8:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 10:40 a.m. Third Sunday Baptismal & Holy Communion:10:30 a.m. Tuesday Church At Study Prayer & Praise: 6:30 p.m.
Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m Church School : 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:55 a.m. Bible Study, Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting,Thursday : 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Service: 10 am Sunday School for all ages: 8:30 am 1st Sunday Baptism: 10: am 2nd Sunday Holy Communion: 10 am Tuesday: Bible Study: 6:30 pm Prayer Meeting: 7:45 pm
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Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor
623 Florida Ave.. NW • WDC. 20001 Church (202) 667-3409 • Study (202) 265-0836 Home Study (301) 464-8211 • Fax (202) 483-4009
4504 Gault Place, N.E. Washington, D.C 20019 202-397-7775 – 7184
Sunday Worship Services: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Holy Communion: Every First Sunday Intercessory Prayer: Monday – 7:00-8:00 p.m. Pastor’s Bible Study: Wednesday –7:45 p.m. Midweek Prayer: Wednesday – 7:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Every Thursday
9:30AM. Sunday Church School 11:00 Am. Sunday Worship Service The Lord’s Supper 1st Sunday Wednesday 7:00pm Prayer & Praise Services 7:30pm. Bible Study Saturday before 4th Sunday Men, Women, Youth Discipleship Ministries 10:30am A Christ Centered Church email@example.com
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Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr. Pastor
Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor
75 Rhode Island Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 667-4448
2616 MLK Ave., SE • Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 • Fax 202-678-3304 Early Worship Service 7:30a.m Worship Service 10:45a.m. New Members Class 9:30a.m. Holy Communion : 1st Sunday -10:45a.m Church School 9:30a.m. Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: Wednesday 7p.m Bible Study : Saturday: 11a.m. Baptism: 4th Sunday – 10:45a.m “Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”
Peace Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836 Sunday Morning Worship Service 7:15 am & 10:50 am Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:50am Wednesday Prayer & Testimonies Service 7:30pm Wednesday School of the Bible 8:00pm Wednesday - Midweek Prayer Service 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm “The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church 602 N Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595 Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday school For All Ages 9:30am Prayer Services Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm “Changing Lives On Purpose “ Email: Froffice@firstrising.org Website: www.firstrising.org
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Mamie R. Hunter Decedent
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James Larry Frazier, whose address is 918 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mamie R. Hunter, who died on October 9, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 8, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 8, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.
Carol S. Bradwell and Willis R. Bradwell, Jr., whose address is 1322 Perry Street, NE Washington, DC 20017, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Sterling H. Safrit, who died on September 20, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 25, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 25, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.
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Administration No. 2012 ADM 1040 Willie E. Stewart, Sr. Decedent Natalie L. Johnson, Esquire The Law Offices of Natalie L. Johnson, Esquire 5228 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Eboni Stewart, whose address is 1233 Savannah Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Willie Stewart, Sr., who died on October 28, 2009 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 8, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 8, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: November 8, 2012 Eboni Stewart Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer
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Crowell continued from Page 27 debt challenges. While nearly 9 percent of recent White graduates are unemployed; nearly 11 percent of Black graduates and 13 percent of Latinos are unemployed. Financial pressures have forced many state and local governments to make painful cuts, including in education. This reduction in funding left many institutions of higher learning with fiscal challenges. Some school endowments also lost funds as a result of the recession. As a re-
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Pick a state! , any state Malveaux continued from Page 27 president of this data. They must suggest that there is a coordinated and comprehensive response to the disproportionate exclusion of African Americans in our economy. In the unlikely scenario that Romney is elected, it will be a signal for African American people to figure out how to develop an economic model that does not depend on government (not a bad idea in any case). Then make the new administration understand that they are not only the leaders of conservatives, but also leaders of our entire nation. When African Americans are marginalized in the labor market, the whole of our nation suffers.
Any unused human capital is a drain on our economy and society. Whether Gov. Romney or President Obama is the victor on November 6, the brain drain that is a result of high unemployment rates will not be staunched until there is focused attention on Romney’s 47 percent. Investments in education are threatened by the Ryan budget, but following the Ryan budget is much like eating our seed corn instead of plating it for the next generation. The focus on education improvements in China and India are really a focus on the failure of our nation to fully invest in higher education, especially for those who are underrepresented. Our nation’s situation is not simply about an election, but about a matter of direction. Too many of us think that vot-
ing is the most we can do, not the least we can do. Too many of us have eschewed the role of community agitator and activist. Way too many of us feel that professional success and community involvement are mutually exclusive. Too many of us fail to understand that our personal success germinates from community activity. The unemployment rate data is a monthly reminder of the State of Black America. If we are unsatisfied with the facts, what will we do to change them? wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.
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a major election. Did Christie want Romney to defeat Obama in the election? Certainly he did. But it was more important that he got his people the help they needed. Without a doubt, Christie was the true winner of this year’s election. And the Republican Party can win, too, if it adopts his road map for balancing partisanship with governorship. This is the only way to get the GOP back to relevancy. wi Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson. com
Jackson continued from Page 27 like a deer in the headlights. In other interviews Christie said, “The federal government response has been great. I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president personally,” he told NBC’s “Today” program. During a press conference Christie said, “The president has been outstanding in this. The folks at FEMA … have been excellent…I don’t give a damn about Election Day. It doesn’t matter a lick to me at the moment…I’ve got bigger fish to www.washingtoninformer.com
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of young people like Maggie still waiting for just one caring adult or mentor to step in to help them beat the odds too. If you have the chance to be that adult for a child in your community—grab it! Learn more about how you can support young people beating the odds across the country through the Beat the Odds scholarship program. wi Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.
with 1% that were positive. For Obama, by comparison, 32% of policy stories were favorable while 18% were negative.” The report stated, “Fox aired more negative stories about Obama than positive on every aspect of campaign coverage. When it came to policy, 6% of the stories on Fox about Obama were positive and 51% were negative. “Fox also focused much more on Obama than on Romney. The Democratic Party nominee was a significant figure in 74% of Fox campaign stories compared with 49% for Romney.” Unlike Fox and MSNBC, CNN devoted a similar amount of time to both candidates (63 percent to Obama and 59 percent for Romney. “The biggest change in CNN coverage from four years ago is
the number of stories with no clear positive or negative tone,” the report said. “In 2008, about a quarter of the stories for Obama (25%) and McCain (26%) were mixed in tone. In this campaign, the count of balanced stories has more than doubled in 2012, fully 61% of Obama’s stories were mixed compared to 53% for Romney.” The report found social media far more critical of the candidates than mainstream media. On Twitter, 48 percent of the discussions about Obama were negative, compared with 58 percent for Romney. On Facebook, 53 percent on Obama were negative versus 62 percent for Romney. Comments about Romney on blogs were slightly more negative than those about Obama (46 percent to 44 percent). “Throughout the eight-week period studied, a good deal of the difference in treatment of the two contenders is related to who was perceived to be ahead
in the race. When horse-race stories—those focused on strategy, tactics and the polls—are taken out of the analysis, and one looks at those framed around the candidates’ policy ideas, biographies and records, the distinctions in the tone of media coverage between the two nominees vanish,” the report stated. “With horserace stories removed, 15% of campaign stories about Obama were positive, 32% were negative and 53% were mixed. For Romney it was 14% positive, 32% negative and 55% mixed.” wi George E. Curry, former editor-inchief of Emerge magazine, is editorin-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge
name by which you identify your racist crusade today. Yours is truly “The Lost Cause” for a reason. Those who would embrace, or revive, those antiquated notions of American hegemony in the 21st century are badly mistaken. They think America – with strong White leadership again in charge – can impose its will on the rest of the non-White world and “win by winning” like they did before. It can’t happen like that again. The path of the backlashers today heads down the road to treason. For his part in the 1861 traitorous adventure, Gen. Lee was punished by the revocation
of his citizenship, which was not restored until 110 years after his death! It took an act of Congress to make that traitor – who already had roads and schools named for him – an “American” citizen again. Did I already say these ideas belong on the trash heap of history? Well they do. On the other hand, the legitimate insistence on the part of Black people for freedom, justice and equality cannot for long still be denied. The delusional American Exceptionalism crowd cannot govern, or dominate in the world without the willing, voluntary, enthusiastic participation of the 47 percent in this
country who they believe don’t take responsibility for their own lives, and the participation of the others they have kicked to the curb this election season – such as Black people and Latinos, whose “dream” path to citizenship they’ve thwarted. So the Romney vision cannot be achieved unless, that is, the folks who have benefited most from the subjugation of the downtrodden are willing to abandon their notion of White privilege, and stand up and fight their own wars, and do their own dirty work. Fat chance of that happening. wi
Maggie’s inspiring story has made her one of this year’s Washington, D.C.-area winners of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds®scholarship awards, given each year to high school seniors in eight cities who have overcome tremendous adversity. For more than 20 years, the Beat the Odds program has supported more than 700 students. This leadership development program provides each recipient a $10,000 scholarship, laptop computer, guidance through the college admission process, and an invitation to join CDF’s servant leadership training programs. It also allows young peo-
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