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Council Moves Closer to Overhauling Liquor Laws By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer The D.C. Council unanimously passed the first reading of a set of amendment proposals that would overhaul the District’s liquor laws at the council’s last legislative session for 2012. Toward the end of

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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, old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a viclife, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessshe 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 Protecof the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselstart the Savingof Promise “get it.”talks Sheto said she and “puts the at one ing offor batterers. A representative Frostburg camState University students parents Way2GoMaryland college prep paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradievents. /Photo courtesy of Way2GoMaryland “It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, we must 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 sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatCenter of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. has been around since also asked about baseball scholBy Galeand Horton Gay Hook- gram Heights the National 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We have to stop being pas2008 and two public sessions are for his nephew whochilwas WI Staff Writer Up of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, arships sive-aggressive with poor held each year in various parts by his side. Marlow has written a book, an organization that helps the dren about domestic violence,” the state. This year violence for the Marlow Glory said. Ekhacor, 15, a Gwynn College on the which minds isofa of “Color Mewas Butterfly,” survivors of domestic time children. a separate session on Park story aboutoffour generations of first hundreds middle and high High has School 10thtograder, and their Marlow worked break forincollege held Six by said domestic violence. book isa paying “I lived fear for was six years. school students whoThe attended the cycle of abuse family, she wants to beina her radiologist inspired by her ownevent experiences, facilitators years in fear is a long time. Itfor is and and islearned confident the majoring policies she Way2GoMaryland Dec. 1 Spanish-speaking about in and those of her grandmother, Spanish-speaking parents. not an easy thing to comeSome out different is pushing for will start that at the University of Maryland subjects. her motherCollege and her daughter. 40 of,”parents she said. process. attended. University (UMUC). “I really want to…need to She every was timeintended she reads Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies to While parents learned about Thesaid session to know more about college,” excerpts from her book, she still people whoforwant to through help a Congress and implore themsaid to to pay college give young people and their par- ways Glory. can not believe the words came college domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. saving plans and other ents information about preparState student from her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I Bowie will not stopUniversity until these polifinancial aid vehicles, their chiling for college academically and won the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and understand Miguel Asua shared with the cies are passed.” dren were in a different room financially. Books” Award. that she may be in “survival students Tia Carol Jones can his be reached and parents experiin a question-andThe four event, held at participating “I was justhour 16-years-old when mode”. at ences getting into and attending type about the UMUC’s Inn and and Confermy eye first blackened my answer “Before yougame get to 'I'm placegoing college. He also answered an aroccupations, and ence CenterMarlow in Adelphi, lips bled,” said. included ment to kill exams, you,' it started as a verbal WI ray of questions, mainly from majors. theElaine testimony of a current colDavis-Nickens, presiErica Weaver of Upper Marl- the young people. dent of the National Hook-Up lege student, separate break“Having good grades definiteof Black Women, there isand no boro brought her teenage daughout sessions for said students consistency way domestic parents andina the college fair with ter to make sure she understands ly helps a lot,” he told one stuviolence issues are dealtMaryland with by how to prepare herself for col- dent about receiving grants and representatives from scholarships. colleges and universities. It also lege. The mother said information He told the audience that he covered paying for college and high school course requirements about how to choose a major applied to several colleges but was particularly helpful. for college. chose Bowie State University beCarolyn Weaver, 15, an eighth cause he wanted to remain close The program was directed at Prince George’s County 6th grader at Isaac J. Gourdine to home so he could also work through 10th grade students and Middle School in Fort Washing- and help his mother. about 275 students and parents ton said she wants to become a When asked what his first year veterinarian and learned about a was like, Asua, who’s majoring attended. Anne Moultrie, vice chancel- course dealing with science and in broadcast journalism, laughed lor for communications for the animals. and admitted he wasn’t very foErnesto Quintanilla, 15, who University System of Maryland, cused and partied heavily. He said the goal of the sessions is to attends Albert Einstein High help young people and their par- School in Silver Spring, spoke said mentors helped him become ents see that “college is possible, to a representative of the Uni- more focused and balanced. Among the schools participatversity of Maryland University college is affordable.” ing in the college fair: Salisbury Mike Lurie, a Way2GoMary- College seeking information University, Bowie L.Y. StateMarlow Univerland spokesman, said middle for himself and his 12-year-old sity, University of Baltimore, school is a critical time to guide nephew. “I wanted to find out more Frostburg State University and young people on the path to colabout marine biology, what col- University of Maryland Baltilege. The Way2GoMaryland pro- leges offer it,” said Ernesto. He more County. wi WI Staff Writer

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We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic violence. I plan to take these policies to Congress and implore them to change our laws. I will not stop until these policies are passed.

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ery County, Maryland decision is rendered. It was the first of a series of court rulings which eliminated the practice of paying white teachers more than black teachers. 1987 – Kurt Schmoke becomes the first black mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. December 9 1925 – Comedian Redd Foxx is born in St Louis, Missouri. He was raised on the Southside of Chicago. He gained black fame as a standup comic on the so-called “chitlin circuit” – shows that only played to African American audiences. He became a national celebrity in the 1970’s with the popular television series “Sanford and Son.” Foxx died in Los Angeles in 1991 shortly after the IRS seized most of his property to collect back taxes. He died of a heart attack. December 10 1846 – Norbert Rillieux invents the “multiple effect pan evaporator” which revolutionizes the sugar industry and makes the

December 11 1917 – Thirteen black soldiers were hanged for their participation in the so-called Houston Riot. The “riot” had occurred in August of 1917 when whites objected to the presence of Black soldiers in the city. Roughly 100 Black soldiers grabbed rifles and marched on downtown Houston. Within two hours they had killed 15 whites including 4 police officers. 1926 – Blues legend Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton is born in Montgomery, Alabama. She became the “big mama” of the Blues. A powerful voice, a fiery stage presence and her 6-foot, 350-pound frame enabled her to become famous. She recorded “Hound Dog” in 1956 with the Johnny Otis band and the soonto-be Rock and Roll king Elvis Presley copied it making himself famous. December 12 1941 – Three-time Grammy winning singer Dionne Warwick is born on this day. She is a woman of many accomplishments including leading Hollywood’s antiAIDS campaign and having her own skin care line. 1963 – The east African nation of Kenya is proclaimed independent from colonial rule. The first president is the charismatic Jomo Kenyatta.


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It really depends. You have to look at the proposed list of schools to be closed, as well as the students who attend those schools. Other factors [such as] where students will be [transferred], what will become of the schools that will be closed and the way they’ll utilize the buildings, need to also be considered. It will be good if they plan to use the closed school buildings for adult education and training programs.

I think that it’s a bad idea. It’s going to adversely affect the [number] of children in classrooms, which is already a major problem in the school system. The children won’t be able to receive enough attention from their teachers and it could be very detrimental to students. The teachers from the potentially closed schools will also have to find new employment in a bad job market. I don’t see much upside to the proposal.


Aaron Williams Washington D.C.

It’s a bad idea mainly because of the chance that overcrowding in the classrooms will become even worse. It’s going to take away from the one-on-one attention the students receive from the teachers and have a negative impact on the student-teacher ratio. Children are going to be distracted. It’s just a bad idea. To me, it’s a no-brainer; they should keep the schools open.

Melanie McCrory Temple Hills, Md.

It’s a bad idea. It’s not fair to the children either. They’re essentially going to have to start over again at a new school with new classmates. Some of the children already don’t get along with those from other schools, so it could create new conflicts between students. They should keep the schools open, but focus on making the curriculum better.

Ron Douglas Washington, D.C.

Our children’s education is imperative, so this is a bad idea. Growing up and going to school in the particular community that you live in gives you a certain sense of pride. If a child lives on Good Hope Road [in Southeast], but [attends] school in Suitland, Md., he or she will not feel that same sense of pride that the students who [attend] school in that particular community will. I think that it’s a bad idea because it gives the [impression] that the city is turning its back on the children.

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ALCOHOL continued from Page 1 bar closing time.” In a last minute twist on the dais, however, Graham introduced additional proposals that turned around his own amendments. One such amendment required a group of five or more residents or property owners to be within a 400-foot radius to qualify for standing to oppose liquor licenses. He pulled this during the first reading. Prior to this reading, several community groups had already contacted council members to protest the bill, something that Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Sara Green said was an early Christmas present for the alcohol industry – one they didn’t need. “And what does the community get – a lump of coal,” said Green, 62, who’s lived in the District for 37 years. “This is a really bad bill and the industry got what it wanted.” At issue, said Green, is that the task force that worked on the recommendations for sev-

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eral years boasted it comprised half the community and half the alcohol industry. Yet, she said, no residents from Wards 3, 4 and 5 were represented in the conversations. Even worse, notices of public meetings were given in short time frames; and she heard from participants that there were no real discussions in the meetings. Due to the skewed representation, “the recommendations were done in a way that is not in the spirit of open public meetings with a process that was suspect,” Green said. She added, however, she was taken aback by Graham’s turnaround on Dec. 4. “I was surprised he didn’t make an attempt to weed it down any more than he did,” said Green who added that on Nov. 26, her ANC issued a resolution affirming its opposition to the amendments and noted that the Federation of Citizens Associations and the League of Women Voters also opposed them. “Overall, we got some very good support from several council members, including (Mary) Cheh, (Muriel) Bowser,

(David) Catania and (Kenyan) McDuffie. They spent a lot of time with us, listening to our concerns.” Cheh introduced many amendments of her own, which addressed some of the issues Green mentioned. During the legislative meeting, the D.C. Council delayed a vote to ban alcohol sales at low-volume food stores such as CVS and Walgreens pharmacies. Council member Graham felt there needed to be hearings to better define the term fullservice grocery stores, and he would work with Cheh by the second reading in 2013. Burnie Williams III owns Chat’s Liquors on Barrack’s Row on Capitol Hill. Although protestors believe that retailers who sell alcohol like Williams will benefit from the law if it’s passed, he’s not so sure. “I think the timing is curious,” said Williams, 34. “With the Costco now opening up, not having Sunday sales is something that doesn’t fit into its business model.” On Nov.

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ALCOHOL continued from Page 8 29, the District opened its first Costco Wholesale warehouse at the Shops at Dakota Crossing in Northeast. The location not only sells wine as does the Costco in Alexandria, Va., but also other alcoholic beverages – some in bulk – such as whisky and tequila. “Just with bringing in the largest wine retailer in the country, Costco is now in our neighborhood,” Williams said. “When it comes to the smaller and independent retailer, we’re going to have to compete.” He said the pending legislation would probably benefit Costco more than his business. Williams, who has been operating Chat’s for 12 years as a second-generation operator, said he has had some issues with the ANC in Ward 6, which insisted he sign a Voluntary Agreement (VA) with the community to not sell two or three-packs of beer. “We just had a protest lifted from my license,” Williams said.

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Williams explained he didn’t sign the VA as most of his products are high end – mainly wines – but he may have occasion to sell a gift pack of three different types of high-end foreign beers but these would be on the list of banned items on the VA. He said that the ANCs were not giving consideration to each individual store and kept all liquor stores to the same blanket rule. There are instances where a bottle of imported beer can cost more than a local bottle of wine. That affects his bottom line. “I can understand where a problem can come when you’re next to a place where people

are panhandling and if it’s not addressed, it can cause issues,” he added. “But if you’re doing everything to run a good business but the ANCs still continue to cause issues, then I can see how this can help.” However, Green said she has no sympathy for any of the alcohol retailers as the omnibus bill restricts some of what the VA’s would allow, which Green said would hamper neighborhoods and businesses from shaping genuinely useful agreements responding to different community needs. “This is the basic problem with how the city does things,” Green said. “When you’re given a license you get it forever and you can sell it to whomever, and residents get stuck.” Although she is pleased Graham made an about turn in some amendments, she’s still not happy with the process. “When you do a bill like this, it’s a bad bill and it sets a bad precedent,” Green said. “Without the genuine input from the community, this is just bad governance.” wi The Washington Informer

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The Growing Contingent Workforce: Contract Work Can Present New Opportunities WI Staff Report With 35 percent of U.S. companies relying on smaller staffs since the recession, the landscape of the labor market is changing substantially and more employers are beginning to emphasize the contingent, flexible workforce. A recent survey from CareerBuilder finds that this trend is fully expected to continue through 2012, as 36 percent of responding companies said they planned to hire temporary or contract workers this year. This number is up from 34 percent last year, 30 percent for 2010 and 28 percent for 2009. In addition to demonstrating the idea that the flexible workforce is beginning to take hold, the results of the survey are also positive for the individual workers themselves as 35 percent of these employers said they ultimately planned to hire their temporary employees on a permanent basis. Why has there been such expanded use of contingent workers by U.S. business? It is largely due to pressure on corporate CEOs to slash costs and increase corporate earnings in a recession. The New Workforce The traditional and primary target for cost cutting has always been administration costs. In the 1980s, 1990s and early part of this century, the mechanism for cutting those costs was layoffs. Although businesses still rely on layoffs to reduce costs, the use of contingent (temporary) workers is a popular alternative. To cut costs, management changes the status of select full-time employees to temporary, part-time or independent contractor. This change in status is often times done without the consent of the affected employee. Unless one desires this change in status and can afford to forego reduced income and in many cases benefits, employees consider this change in status undesirable. However, there are men and women who choose this lifestyle. We often refer to them as consultants, freelancers, temps, temporary workers, independent workers and seasonal workers. In some cases, workers are forced to become a part of the contingent workforce or face having no income. Before you decide to add “consultant” to your résumé, here are a few items to consider. If you have significant experience in a particular area, consider leveraging your employment experience as a consultant, but keep in mind the following industry standards and likely client expectations for consultants:

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You have at least 10 years of progressive experience in your specialty area; You have credibility and your advice is sound; Your work or research has been documented; You are considered an expert in your field of knowledge; and Others can vouch for you as references (this will come as you build your consulting practice). In addition, consider obtaining a phone number where prospects can reach you, a business card, mailing address and a website to promote yourself. As a consultant, your clients look to you for detailed guidance on a particular area of expertise. For example, you may be hired as an organization development consultant or a merger strategy consultant providing advice to the client. In many cases, the scope of the project is broad, and could include several smaller projects within the overall agreement. For that reason, the work may occur as part of an ongoing commitment, as opposed to having a short-term assignment. Finding the Work Just as volunteering often leads to employment, so does being a contingent worker. If you find yourself displaced or without a job, a contingent role could bridge the income gap until you find permanent employment. Many people find that they enjoy the flexiblity and freedom of working contingently and they start their own businesses. Check sites such as Guru, Craigslist and SoloGig for projectbased work. Becoming part of a network affiliated with your services can be very useful for finding work independently. You should also post a profile on social networks, such as LinkedIn ( Maintaining your membership with professional organizations and attending network meetups are advantageous ways to spread the word to possible clients. Be sure to sign up with temporary agencies such as Kelly Services, Agile 1 and Manpower. A significant number of temporary workers have landed full-time employment within organizations that use these temp agencies. Some agencies, such as Lab Support and Lab Staffing, are specialized for life science-related fields, so be sure to approach agencies that have high odds of placing you in your area of skill. wi Tammy McIntyre is owner of McIntyre Employment Service, an agency providing individuals and small businesses with career development services. She welcomes reader responses to

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District Playgrounds Get Face Lift DPR Encourages More Residents’ Input By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Monkey bars, swing sets, reading or picnic spaces – these are some of the decisions that District residents need to make at upcoming community meetings designed to improve the city’s playgrounds. The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is leading Play DC, a multi-year, citywide renovation project, expected to improve 32 of the city’s 78 playground spaces by October 2013. “Play is a fundamental aspect of growth and development for children and youth,” said DPR

Director Jesus Aguirre about the ambitious project, “and a positive exercise experience leads to avoidance of weight gain, higher self-esteem and reduction of risk factors for disease.” Play DC will set in motion the largest set of playground designs and improvements in the city’s history. At the center of it is the community feedback, which is unfolding in two phases. The first phase offered residents an overview of the project and an opportunity to give perspective on what they want done to their play space. At the Hillcrest Community Recreation Center in Ward 7, a

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Dakota Evans were among the residents weighing in. The girls each had stickers to place on their specific play choices. They chose images of the monkey bars, swings and other playground equipment. “I would really like to have a swimming pool,” said Taleyah, as she placed a sticker on the words, “swimming pool,” written in by one of the residents. It wasn’t part of the play space project, said DPR spokesperson John Stokes. “Nothing is too bold or out of range,” Stokes added. “This is a project we want to give residents a chance to say what they want for their play space. It’s also for adults. We’re seeking input for multi-generational play spaces.” Stokes also corrected an earlier assertion that the project would be completed by the summer of 2013. Other adults at Hillcrest chose picnic spaces, reading areas and outdoor fitness equipment. The Hillcrest meeting was one of the last of the first phase of meetings, which focused on planning and design. The second phase of Play DC began Dec. 5 with architect renderings of the community’s ideas. It would allow for fine tuning from further community feedback. The last meetings are Dec. 20. The project, which is expected to cost $30 million, did not enter into partnership with KaBOOM, the District-based nonprofit dedicated to creating play spaces through community participation. “This is the mayor’s initiative,

he’s doing some fantastic things in this city,” Stokes said. “This is historical. He has a right to be excited about this – it’s a good thing.” Mayor Vincent Gray said the Play DC initiative is part of the One City Action Plan, an ambitious strategy for improving the city across multiple areas affecting the quality of life for all District residents. “That’s why getting a broad sampling of public feedback is necessary, and I urge residents to attend the feedback sessions on the project at their local playgrounds,” said Gray, 70.

The criteria DPR used to identify playgrounds included the condition of existing equipment, especially if there was a potential to cause injury and children living within proximity to the playground. DPR will partner with the District’s Department of General Services to design and construct the play spaces.

“We need our residents to let us know how we can improve the play-space experience in their neighborhood,” Aguirre added. “We want these renovations to reflect a broad spectrum of community input.” Residents unable to make the meetings are encouraged to fill out the online survey at https://www.sur veymonkey. com/s/PlayDC or email wi

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY Prince George’s County and state officials joined business and community leaders in breaking ground for the Tanger Outlets, which is scheduled to be open and operating in time for the 2013 Christmas shopping season. /Photo courtesy of Michael Yourishin

Hundreds Attend New Tanger Outlets National Harbor Groundbreaking 80 Outlet Stores Coming to Prince George’s County By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer When is a groundbreaking more like New York Fashion Week? When, Tanger Outlets teams up with The Peterson Companies to bring shopping to Prince George’s County. The highly anticipated groundbreaking of the first Tanger Outlet center to come to Prince George’s County took place on Nov. 29 at an event hailed as a celebration and which included a marching band, live blue crabs and 10 models strutting down a makeshift runway. “At last, at last, at last,” said Maryland delegate Jay Walker of the 26th District. He praised Milt Peterson, chairman of The Peterson Companies, co-developer of the Tanger Outlets National Harbor project, as “putting southern Prince George’s County on the map.” The 340,000-square-foot outlet center, located off Oxon Hill Road, is expected to open in time for the 2013 Christmas shopping season and is expected to feature 80 “leading brand name and designer outlet stores” such as Calvin Klein, H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic Factory Store, White House Black Market Outlet, Chico’s Outlet and Le Creuset Outlet. Walker presented Steven B. Tanger, president and chief executive officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., with a welcome-toMaryland gift – a silver bucket of live Maryland blue crabs. Tanger playfully narrated a minifashion show with models wearing outfits from J. Crew, Aeropostale, H&M, Columbia Sportswear, Brooks Brothers and others with

comments such as “Yeah, I like that” and “We’ll be taking orders as you leave.” He also made a commitment to the nearly 300-member audience. “I promise you, you won’t be disappointed, and I promise you, you are going to spend a lot of money,” said Tanger. The outlet is described as having “a modern design with a pedestrian friendly layout that will function as an open-air mall with both covered and uncovered landscaped courtyards and park-like settings throughout the complex.” This project represents a private investment of almost $100 million. It’s one of the largest economic development projects in the county and is expected to create an estimated 600 construction jobs and approximately 1,000 full- and part-time retail jobs upon completion. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, which is headquartered in North Carolina, operates, owns or has an ownership interest in 43 outlet shopping centers in 26 states and in Canada. The outlet at National Harbor will be co-owned by Tanger’s and Peterson’s companies. Peterson spoke about earning the community’s trust, the difficult economic times for his industry since 2008 and the support his company has received from local officials and the community. “I see this as a celebration,” said Peterson. Rushern Baker III, Prince George’s county executive, emphasized that the outlet is expected to generate $6.5 million dollars in annual sales tax revenue for the county and the state. “For the last two years I have gone

around the county and the state telling anybody who will listen to me that Prince George’s County is the economic engine of this state,” said Baker. “This is another spoke in that wheel. This right here is what’s going to grow Prince George’s County and what’s going to grow the state. We are finally beginning to see our future.” He added jokingly that it would be “nice if we had a nice casino right over there,” which drew enthusiastic applause. District 8 Prince George’s County Councilman Obie Patterson said the development is “long overdue.” Following formal remarks, county and state officials joined the executives and donned red hard hats and used gold-tone shovels to ceremonially break ground. Angela Wright, vice president of marketing and communications for the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp., said the development is likely to be a “magnet,” attracting other businesses. “It is clearly needed,” said Wright. “Everybody talks about the need for more upscale retail.” At a post-groundbreaking luncheon at The Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck at National Harbor, Fort Washington resident Marilyn Chatham said she was pleased with the development and the wealth of shopping opportunities it will bring as well as the possibility of property value increases. “I am excited about it,” said Chatham. “I was very disappointed when I moved here. I always had to go to Virginia to go shopping.” wi The Washington Informer

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With an already anemic representation of women and people of color in media ownership, civil rights organizations are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to delay its decision to lift media ownership limits. In a Nov. 28 teleconference involving a mix of affected groups, Free Press president Craig Aaron said his organization would pursue legal action against the FCC if its commissioners approve the draft order that would repeal the ban on media consolidation without first examining how it would impact diversity. The non-white stake in TV sta-

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tion ownership is 3.6 percent while women owners account for 7 percent, representation Aaron called a “travesty.” He urged, “The study must come first – not after the rules have already been changed.” Free Press and others have sued the FCC in the past for trying to enact similar changes. The draft order presented by the FCC and its chairman Julius Genachowski would do away with the newspaper-radio cross-ownership ban altogether and allow television-newspaper cross-ownership in the top 20 markets. Free Press and civil rights activists fear that consolidating markets will shrink even further the representation of Latinos, blacks and other people of color, arguing the change will raise the barriers to entry and makes it difficult for new owners to get in the market. “When too few people own too much media, it is unhealthy,” Rev. Jesse Jackson said on the teleconference call. Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy at Newspaper Association of America, said his organization is in favor of repealing the ban that has been in place since 1975 because it would “track investments from a plethora of potential investors that can provide the resources to sustain local journalism.” “It was put into place when there were only three networks and when newspapers were a major voice in their community. Now you have a variety of outlets, all competing voices and fighting for advertising. The FCC has not recalibrated this rule to reflect the changes in the media market place.” Boyle took issue with the premise held by some civil rights orga-

nizations, saying their fears and the reality of the changing media landscape are two separate matters. “During the ban, there was nothing stopping a minorityowned business or investor from buying a newspaper. I take issue with the premise that somehow lifting the ban will keep minorities from buying a local newspaper. Civic-minded leaders can invest if they want their voices heard,” Boyle said. Mandated by Congress, the FCC is expected to review the ban as part of its quadrennial review, which is two years behind schedule. An FCC official told Hispanic Link that the commission’s draft media ownership order includes “a comprehensive analysis of viewpoint diversity based on an extensive record developed over the last three years, including six public hearings held across the country; two rounds of public comment, and 11 economic studies that were competitively bid, subject to peer review, and publicly released.” Even still, Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, countered that the FCC hasn’t conducted the proper studies showing how Hispanics and people of color would be affected. “We are asking the FCC to hold off on making the decision on going forward and consolidating newspapers and other media,” he said. “You haven’t explored the ramifications of what is going to be if people of color don’t have a voice.” wi Luis Carlos López is a contributing columnist with Hispanic Link News Service. Reach him at, lclopez4@


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By William Reed a dizzying seven-day trip as the princess of pop played seven concerts in seven cities in seven different countries in seven days to promote her seventh album, “Unapologetic.” “Unapologetic” is Rihanna’s seventh studio album, the November 2012 777 Tour introduced the new single, “Diamonds”  at venues in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York City. The tour gained renown for its promotion objectives.  The 777 Tour’s passengers were deprived of sleep, food and sunlight.  After flying 15,000 miles in a week, “Did you sleep?” became the standing joke among journalists.  Many members of the press were upset that Rihanna had been unavailable for much of anything offstage. One particularly despondent Australian shock-jock streaked naked through the plane in protest. The new pop diva racked up heavy fines for late departures at airports along the trek. Her dedication to after-parties resulted in flights often being delayed. P DIDDY turned up at the tour’s Paris after-party. Since arriving on the international scene in 2005, the young Barbadian pop star has made a big impact on the music industry.  If you don’t know her, Rihanna has an estimated net worth of $72 million. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began when in 2003 a friend introduced her to Evan Rodgers, a producer from New York, who was in Barbados on vacation with his wife, an island native.  Rodgers arranged for her to go to New York to meet CEO of Def Jam Records, Jay-Z. JayZ heard her sing and signed her when she was 16.  Her first album, “Music of the Sun” in 2005, mixed reggae-tinged pop

with slick R&B grooves and sold over a million copies. Her second album, “A Girl Like Me,” included the upbeat single “S.O.S.” and was released in 2006. Forbes calls Rihanna their “fourth most powerful celebrity.”  She’s made her millions in various ways. She’s sold more than 25 million albums and earned the title of Digital Song Artist of the decade from Billboard. She’s also nabbed endorsement deals with Reebok, Vita Coco, Nivea, Clinique and Secret deodorant. Her fragrance, Reb’l Fleur, adds millions more to her coffers, as does her heavy touring schedule that included more than 85 shows in 2011-2012.  She has more than 53 million Facebook followers. She dated R&B singer Chris Brown until February of 2009, when she called police and accused him of beating her in their car after a pre-Grammy Awards party. Brown later pleaded guilty to a charge of felony assault in exchange for a sentence of five years of probation. Some claim Rihanna and Brown are dating again.  “Diamonds” is a Def Jam Recordings/Universal single.  It’s a classic-sounding tune, that features a catchy hook, uplifting lyrics, and “wow” vocals.  “Diamonds” is part of the “Unapologetic” album offering, which the New York Times calls “Icy Hot and Steely-Strong.”  The music incorporates pop, electronic dance music, and dubstep styles.  Upon its release, “Unapologetic” received generally positive reviews. The album was described as contemporary, with many songs’ productions praised, though there was criticism for Rihanna’s vocals and the album’s rushed nature. “Diamonds” reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The 777 Tour successfully focused attention and anticipation on Rihanna’s sixth official concert tour, the Diamonds Tour starts in the U.S. in March 2013. wi (William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

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Is It All In Our Minds? Memory and Aging By Rita Watson Special to the Informer from New America Media There has been talk these days in San Diego about the relationship between the recent solar eclipse, the earth’s magnetic field flip-flop, and forgetfulness. While many of us would like to point to atmospheric conditions as a reason that we have misplaced keys, lost that all-important paper, or forgotten a birthday, we are perhaps experiencing information overload. But for many others, memory decline is a frightening reality. At the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) here last week -- attended by approximately 4,000 -- top-

ics on aging, issues of memory loss, optimal cognitive functioning, and dignity in aging and care facilities are among the broad range of topics. One expert, physician Toni P. Miles, pointed out: “Our brains are composed of muscle fiber. And we all know that muscles improve with use. It is vital to your brain’s health that it engage in strength and conditioning that come through cognitive stimulation.” The words of Miles, director of the Institute on Gerontology at the University of Georgia and author of the new book Health Care Reform and Disparities: History, Hype, and Hope, are particularly poignant given a British Medical Journal report last January that memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s may be detect-

able as early as age 45. Many presenters and members attending the GSA were concerned about cognitive enrichment. Although music and exercise are among the most important activities, too few facilities have a handle on how these can enrich residents. There is little evaluation of programs in terms of: Providing culturally appropriate songs whether at a sing-along or from invited musicians; Understanding the vital importance of music as participatory with lyric sheets for residents and a repetoire of songs tailored to the community; Finding ways to include exercise into daily programs, even for the wheelchair bound as exercise is considered vital for memory; Acknowledging different traditions of each culture in reminiscence group discussions; Recognizing men might enjoy checkers or chess rather than attending beading sessions; and Determining a set of recommended books – primarily with photographs that can help stimulate imagination rather than story hours. James M. Ellison, is associate pro-

fessor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Director or the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. Prior to the conference, he noted: “Families need to know that their loved ones are being cared for by a kind staff in an atmosphere that stimulates them emotionally, socially, and cognitively. It’s important to remember that even with a diagnosis of dementia people can find joy in the appropriate surroundings.” Matt Perry, a reporter for the California Health Report who also teaches film studies and screen writing, is an advocate for individual expression through creativity. Very concerned about the use of restraints in nursing homes, he introduced me to the concept of multisensory rooms [MSEs] as a future model, perhaps, for nursing care environments. Such rooms are “an artificially created venue that brings together multisensory equipment in one place to stimulate the senses…. It changes arousal levels and relieves stress, anxiety and pain. MSEs have been

shown to help with autism, brain injury, challenging behaviors, dementia, developmental disabilities, mental illness, palliative care, pre and postsurgery, PTSD, special education and of course wellness.” [For more on this see the American Association of Multi-Sensory Environments.] As for the future, Holly-Brown Borg is a member of the biological sciences section of the GSA, a group devoted to understanding the processes of aging, “the causes and effects from the molecular to the whole organism level.” She said, “This enhanced understanding will provide avenues to target age-related disease including Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, and diabetes.” Brown-Borg is the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, University of North Dakota. The fountain of youth has eluded us. As such, we must depend upon translational research and advocates today to encourage programs and policies that will promote healthy aging in our future. wi

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Study: Education Extends Longevity—Except for Black Males


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By Barbara Peters-Smith Special to the Informer from New America Media The human longevity bonanza that gives newborns today three decades more of life expectancy than they would have had a century ago appears to have no real stopping point. Now researchers are trying to determine how U.S. society should change to accommodate so many longer, healthier lifespans, and why one group of white Americans does not seem to be benefiting from the trend. Published in the August issue of Health Affairs and reported widely in the media, the researchers’ study found that while everybody else is living longer, non-Hispanic white women without high school diplomas have actually lost five years of life expectancy and their male counterparts lost three years. The More Educated Doing Better, Less Educated Doing Worse The MacArthur Foundation Network on Aging in Society, which produced the report, is now pursuing questions arising from this finding — including the stunning impact education has on longevity, for everybody except African American males. “The idea that subgroups of the population don’t all experience the same longevity has been known for a long time,” said the study’s lead author, S. Jay Olshansky, at the Gerontological Society of America’s recent annual meeting in San Diego. But until the 15 members of the network attempted to map the U.S. society of the future, no one had looked beyond the three basic divisions of education levels: 12 years of school or less, bachelor’s degree or less, and post-graduate study. “One of the things we did was break down this 12-and-under subgroup into those that had a high school education and those that didn’t make it that far,” Olshansky said, “and that’s when we saw something we didn’t expect to see.” Overall, life expectancy has increased from about 47 years at birth in 1900 to more than 78, according to federal health statistics. Aside from the bad news for the least educated whites and African American males, the study identified a remarkable 10-year gap in life expectancy between the least-educated and most-educated Americans, said Olshansky, a public health professor at the University of Illinois at

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cago. In 1990, he added, that gap was two years wide. “The more educated are doing better and the least educated are doing worse,” he said. This disparity comes just when biologists are on the verge of learning how to slow the human aging process, he added. “The argument we are making is that somebody is going to be left behind — and I think we’ve identified who they are,” he said. Black Men Die by 65 at Quadruple U.S Rate Research team member James S. Jackson, a University of Michigan psychologist, called the education effect on longevity “startling.” “These are not small differences. These are not accidental differences,” he said. “Is there something about education that you can bottle, turn into a drug, and inject everybody with? And why isn’t it as protective for African Americans as it is for non-Hispanic whites?” The benefit of education for African American males stops at 12 years, he said, and one theory is that young black men in school are safer than they are on the streets. But these men are clearly not beneficiaries of the new longevity: About 40 percent of the least-educated African American males who make it to age 25 will die before they are 65, the study found, as will 22 percent of the most-educated. For all other groups, the chances of dying by age 65 are only 10 percent. “It was a little bit shocking,” Olshansky said. “It will be very interesting as we move forward to disentangle why this is happening.” African American women also

present a puzzle when it comes to the link between obesity and education. For all other groups, higher education means lower chances of becoming obese, but “that is absolutely not true for black women,” Olshansky said. University of Texas biologist Steven N. Austad, commenting on the network’s study, said any inquiry into longevity has to include work on Alzheimer’s disease. “The good news is that in the last 170 years, life expectancy among the healthiest people in the world has been increasing by six hours a day,” he said. {That’s about three months of added longevity per year.] “It’s easy to think that’s got to slow down,” Austad continued, “but all the major diseases have dropped substantially in the last 10 years. Only one of the major causes of death has not dropped: Alzheimer’s disease. This is one of the prices we’re paying for extended longevity, and this is emerging as a huge human problem.” The terminal brain disorder, which robs sufferers of their memories and their very personalities, affects some 5.4 million people in the United States, including more than 450,000 in Florida. With the aging of the baby boomer generation, the national number is projected to climb to 16 million by 2050 — unless progress is made in the search for preventions and cures. Barbara Peters-Smith wrote this article for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune as a John A. Hartford Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellow, a collaboration of the MetLife Foundation, New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America. wi The Washington Informer


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Concerns Fester over Proposed School Closings Hundreds Attend Forum at Sousa Middle School By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Despite District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor (DCPS) Kaya Henderson’s intent to move forward on a proposal to shutter and consolidate some 20 schools, residents with a vested interest in both their communities and neighborhood schools are determined to keep buildings open. Some have also expressed belief that rather than Henderson, it’s the former chancellor who continues to lead the embattled school system. To that end, a cadre of parents whose children attended neighborhood elementary schools turned out in droves to protest the impending closures. “It’s very important that schools like Adelaide Davis Elementary remain open, otherwise our children would have too far to go to another school,”said Constance Woody, 77, a member of the Benning Road Civic Association. “It seems we have been targeted for too many school closings in Southeast. It’s not fair,” added Woody, who has lived in the Kenilworth neighborhood much of her life. She made her opinion known during a Ward 7 community meeting on

Wednesday, Nov. 28 at John M. Sousa Middle School on Ely Place, where a large contingent of parents, teachers and others perplexed over the path of the school system, gathered to voice their concerns. Benjamin Thomas, 89, agreed with Woody, saying it’s imperative that none of the schools be closed – in his neighborhood or in other parts of the city. “… All we’ve gotten is a bunch of lies,” he said. “When I first moved to this neighborhood [in Ward 7] over 50 years ago, Davis was so crowded they held classes in the parking lot. If they close Davis, the kids will have to cross Benning Road – which is one of the most dangerous [thoroughfares] in the city. Besides, Davis is located next to a public housing project, where the need for an elementary school is greater than any other location in D.C.” The standing-room only forum counted among the last of several convened over the past few days in wards across the city to address the proposed closings. Many of the schools were added to the list due to issues surrounding low-student achievement and under-enrollment. Henderson’s staff will use the remainder of December to consider the pub-

lic’s feedback. Afterward, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, 70, and Henderson are expected to make their decision. Most of the schools targeted for either closing or consolidation are in wards 5, 7 and 8. Currently, about 41 percent of District students attend charter schools – and, half of the students who live in Ward 7 are enrolled in a charter facility. There’s been a recommendation by the Chicago-based firm, Illinois Facilities Fund, that invests in charter schools, and which was commissioned last year to study the DCPS system, to merge the District’s lower-performing schools with highperforming charters. But another resident, Mary Jackson, 72, a Ward 7 advisory neighborhood commissioner, had biting words about Henderson’s leadership. “With these school closings, she’s got too many white folks telling her what to do,” Jackson said. “[Former Chancellor] Michelle Rhee is still here, you might as well say that Rhee is running the schools, and that all of these white people who showed up [at the meeting], are here to make sure Rhee’s

will is carried out.” Meanwhile, Henderson, 42, said she knew assuming the chancellor’s post meant she would have to “make some tough decisions,” and that she signed on, unafraid to withstand the heat of her mandates. Henderson said however, that the purpose of the public meetings were to determine whether changes were needed in order to strengthen the proposal; how to make the closings and consolidations go as smoothly as possible; and how to best utilize schools targeted for shuttering. Henderson also admitted that money spent four years ago to close schools wasn’t that effective. During that process, she said DCPS lost 3,000 students, but went on to stabilize enrollment the following year. “We spent $40 million dollars the last time we closed schools and we didn’t save any money . . . that really didn’t go anywhere,” Henderson said. “[According to] the auditor’ report, half of that money [was] attributed to the reduction of the value of the schools [that were closed]. But “these are aggregate estimates, not real dol-


lars that actually went out the door.” Eboni-Rose Thompson spoke on behalf of residents from wards 5, 7 and 8, who attended the meetings. Although she noted that the chancellor’s plan would create conflict among neighborhood schools, Thompson said that the real issue boils down to ensuring quality schools in all quadrants of the city. She said communities like Ward 7 want to fully utilize their school buildings – including making Ron Brown Middle School a more competitive facility by turning it into a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics facility – in order to attract more inbound families. “Henderson’s proposal doesn’t speak on what will make the schools slated for closing, better,” Thompson said. “We want a moratorium on the closings,” she said to a resounding round of applause. “Just because DCPS closes schools doesn’t mean more schools will open and that problems with under-enrollment won’t continue.”wi

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Jobs, Not Politics, for Ex-Offenders

Since the election of Anthony Williams as mayor of the District of Columbia 14 years ago, poor people have been as deemed persona non grata when it comes to issues impacting the city’s growth and prosperity. Attracting more middle-income residents to the District weighed more heavily on the minds of local political leaders than the massive and forced exodus of the District’s poor. This middle-up focus is evident in neighborhoods throughout the city, and it appears that only a few city leaders are willing to take a stand for the have-nots. So the D.C. Council, under the leadership of Chairman Phil Mendelson, is moving forward with a bill aimed at removing the barriers that promote crime, poverty, homelessness, drug-addiction and, you name it, for one group whose members call themselves “Returning Citizens.” These are the men and women who have committed crimes, served their time and are returning to their communities with the hope of finding a decent paying job and a decent place to live in order to become contributing members of society. While Chairman Mendelson’s “Re-Entry Facilitation Amendment Act of 2012” seeks to address many of the “overwhelming barriers” to employment and housing returning citizens face, critics of the bill don’t believe it will improve their opportunities to acquire gainful employment or a home. The bill focuses primarily on protecting employers by limiting their liability so long as they have made a good faith determination that hiring a returning citizen is favorable. It also reduces the time that a returning citizen may seek to seal their records and to keep cases private that may not be sealed. Most controversial is the bill’s provision for a certificate of good standing to be issued by the Department of Corrections qualifying a returning citizen for employment or housing. It’s been nearly six years since legislation has languished in the D.C. Council to help the thousands of formerly incarcerated men and women who make up the District’s highest number of unemployed. Kudos to those who have organized, and worked for the appointment of a representative in the Mayor’s cabinet. They are persistent in pushing for legislation to address their issues and to positively impact their families and their neighborhoods. They remain steadfast in breaking the barriers they face from the District’s growing workforce opportunities. They have demanded jobs at demonstrations held at construction sites, organized marches against violence in crime-ridden communities and created non-profit organizations to prevent crime, violence and incarceration. And, they vote. But in this current climate of the District’s fast moving growth and development, returning citizens are hard-pressed to find allies to support their cause. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), also a returning citizen, introduced a bill, as well, that would have eliminated the need for a good standing certificate and sought to protect ex-offenders from being discriminated against for jobs or housing simply because they have a criminal background. His “Returning Citizens Anti-Discrimination Act” however, was rejected at Tuesday’s council session after a vote of 7 to 5 against the bill. Mendelson’s bill is still on the table and the returning citizens will be hard-pressed to fight against it although they believe it lacks the teeth needed to prevent what is outright discrimination against them. We would encourage the D.C Council to take another look at Chairman Mendelson’s bill and seek, at the very least, as Council member Barry requested, to gather expert advice, including returning citizens, to seek ways to strengthen it, not just for the sake of the business community, but for the human rights and dignity of those who seek to improve themselves and their community.

U.S. Promotes Business in Africa

The White House launched the “Doing Business in Africa” campaign at an event held this week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank reportedly reiterated President Obama’s commitment to broaden trade, investment and economic ties with the African nations. Several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have demonstrated the fastest growing GNP in the world, and their young leaders are patiently waiting for a new day of doing business on the continent absent of corruption and personal consumption. It will take some time before the images of the continent change and perceptions, as well, that depict the nation as one of scarcity rather than one with an abundance of valuable natural and human resources poised to move ahead. The mantra has become “trade, not aid” because the benefits of doing business in Africa will result in Africans becoming better positioned to take care of themselves. We commend President Obama for following through on his campaign promise to engage a larger U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa that will increase opportunities for more Sub-Saharan Africa and U.S.-based countries to do business together and increase each other’s prosperity.

Farewell to an Activist

I just read Barrington Salmon’s story about the passing of Civil Rights legend Lawrence Guyot online. Mr. Salmon is to be commended for the great job he did in capturing the essence of this man for those of us who didn’t know him. I read the story several times and shared it with friends. Mr. Guyot’s death is a reminder that the young lions of the Civil Rights era are passing into history. We would do well to keep their memories alive and not make the dedication and sacrifices they exhibited be in vain. We owe Lawrence Guyot a debt of gratitude. Kudos to Mr. Salmon and to the Washington Informer for their fine work.   Catherine Ames, Washington, D.C.

Guyot Remembered

Barrington Salmon’s stories on the death of Lawrence Guyot remind me of the importance of the Washington Informer to our community. I appreciated both stories because they gave readers two distinct sides of a man who appeared to be so many different things to different people. Lawrence Guyot had the heart of a warrior and an acute sense of fair play that often put him in very dangerous positions as a young man. He is a disappearing breed in a world where people are more concerned with what’s on their IPODs and on TIVO than with fighting against the many problems and issues that we in the black community face every day. I hope the city sees fit to honor Mr. Guyot with a park, a building, or a scholarship in his honor. Better still, Mr. Guyot’s life and work should be required reading for every D.C. student. We cannot afford to forget this great man or his significant contributions. If we do, we do so at our own peril. Brian Brown Hyattsville, Md.

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The Washington Informer retracts a statement made in the Nov. 22 edition that Spingarn High School in Northeast could be turned into a garage for the street car trolley that will run along Benning Road in Northeast. A D.C. Streetcar program media relations official told the Informer that the “Spingarn closing has no bearing on the placement of the Car Barn Training Center, which will be located at the corner of 26th Street and Benning Road in the area currently occupied by an old library kiosk. This has always been and remains the plan.”

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By Julianne Malveaux

Not all Public Policy is Created Equal Discussions of the fiscal cliff also include discussions about ways to change Social Security and Medicare benefits in order to save money. One of the proposals is to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70. After all, some argue, there is nothing magic about 65 or 67, so why not push the rate up to 70? The difference is the kind of work we do. I can’t imagine that I will ever stop talking and writ-

ing, advanced age notwithstanding. However, someone who is waiting tables, working in a nursing home, or doing private household work might not want, but need, to slow it down after 65, or maybe even earlier. Some people take their Social Security earlier, although they are lower, at age 62. Tired, and with sometimes broken bodies, they’d rather take less money than keep working. Consider the construction worker who has not moved up into management. Will he (or in 10 percent of cases, she) still

want to wield a hammer, climb onto roofs, or do other heavy work? Raising the Social Security retirement age hurts these people. These folk are also hurt because their life expectancy is also lower. People with less education have shorter life expectancies than those who are more highly educated. African Americans have lower life expectancy rates than Whites, (although this gap is closing. Thus, people who have paid into the system, but they will get less out of when

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they live shorter lives. Again, those at the bottom are disadvantaged by public policy that seems race and class neutral. Why the gap in life expectancy? Part has to do with higher rates of smoking among less educated (which propels obesity), and the lack of health insurance, especially among those with lower incomes and less education. Obamacare partly solves the insurance problems, but those living in an unreal time warp seem to think Mitt Romney won the election and they are acting ac-

cordingly by attempting to repeal health care reform. Most of us got the memo about the dangers of smoking, but women who lack a high school diploma are more likely than others to smoke. Indeed, among women the levels of smoking have risen, while smoking rates had declined among men. Researchers who study these issues suggest that women are smoking more because of the many pressures women

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By James Clingman

Racing to Win Your Holiday Dollars “Gotta have that Big Screen TV” is out of the gate first, with “I wanna X-Box” on the rail and closing fast. But “I like the Wii” is having none of it as he moves up in position to strike. Running in fourth place is “I need a BluRay” with “My New Nikes” in a close fifth. In a surprising move, here comes “Designer Shoes and Clothing” on the outside, moving into striking distance of the lead pack. And bringing up

the rear is “I still need that iPad Mini” and “Must have the Windows 8 PC.” As they head down the back stretch, it’s “Designer Shoes and Clothing” leading “Gotta have that Big Screen TV” by a length. As they near the far turn, it’s a horse race now, as they jostle for position, ignoring the others around them, bumping and even using their whips against the others. Oh my God! “Designer Shoes and Clothing” has fallen and is being trampled by

the pack as they race for the finish line. And here they come down the home stretch, folks! The ground shakes as the thundering herd passes, and their eyes are fixed on the prize, the grand bargains they are seeking. Here they come to the line. It’s “My New Nikes” in the middle of the track, followed by “I wanna X-Box” with “I like the Wii” in third. It’s going to be photo finish, folks. Fifty yards to go and, what’s this? “Designer Shoes

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and Clothing” is back in the race. I have never seen anything like this before; she is moving up beside the leaders. What a race! It’s a four horse race now, but here comes “Gotta have that Big Screen TV” on the rail, struggling to carry the extra weight. “Big Screen TV” is passing “My New Nikes” and it’s a photo finish, as “Big Screen TV” wins by a nose over the tencious “Designer Shoes and Clothing.” What a race, folks, what a race! And the loser is, You!

From November 22 through December 31t, and a little beyond that date, we will make our way to the stores in search of the bargains we treasure. Billions will be spent during that period, most of which will be charged. The analogy of a horse race is quite apropos as we will watch the eager hordes of shoppers “jockey” for the best position to win their race for all the “bargains” offered by the myriad of

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By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

Obama Stands by Susan Rice All U.S. United Nations ambassadors sit in a perpetual hot seat. That comes with the assignment and to be periodically involved in public controversies is not out of the ordinary. Yet with the growing unprincipled and ultra-partisan attacks on the integrity, intelligence and competence of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, those who believe in freedom, justice, and equality cannot sit back and be silent in

the face of these putrid political and undeserved personal attacks on the good character and reputation of Ambassador Rice. Even though Rice has been one of the most effective and articulate U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations in recent memory, Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are leading the misguided campaign against Ambassador Rice in the wake of the controversies surrounding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi,

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Libya on September 11, 2012. We all mourn the loss of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and the other three Americans killed in Benghazi. Those responsible for the killings should be brought to justice. But instead of demanding that an emphasis be put on finding and apprehending those responsible for the violence, Republicans have a contrived fixation on besmirching the leadership and character of Ambassador Rice. The question is why? What are the Republicans really trying to The Washington Informer

achieve by continuing their political campaign to tarnish the good name of Ambassador Rice? Both McCain and Graham have announced their opposition to the possibility of President Barack Obama nominating Rice to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of State. Graham stated, “I don’t trust her. I think she was a political choice, telling a political narrative, and either she didn’t know the truth about Benghazi—so she shouldn’t have been on T.V. – or she was spinning it…… I don’t think that’s a good resume

to be Secretary of State.” McCain claimed, “My judgment at this time is that four Americans were killed, and the information that our U.N. ambassador conveyed was clearly false…. There was overwhelming evidence that it was completely false. And she should have known what the situation and circumstances were and not tell the world on all Sunday morning talk shows.” The fact is, however, on those

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

Demanding Full-day Kindergarten About 4 million American children celebrated a very big milestone this fall—their first day of kindergarten. Far too many were already a step or more behind their peers. If we want all of our children to be school-ready so that they can become college-, career-, and workforce-ready, it’s long past time to offer universal quality prekindergarten followed by universal full-day kindergarten in the United States. A while back the bestsell-

ing book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten touched a chord with its simple messages: Share everything. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. But those kinds of lessons sound very quaint today as 45 states and the District of Columbia move towards implementing Common Core Standards that shift the focus for kindergarteners to mastering a new list of skills such as solving addition

and subtraction word problems, describing measurable attributes of objects ( such as length or weight), analyzing and comparing two- and three-dimensional shapes, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts, and other attributes, spelling simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships and participating in shared research and writing projects. For too many kindergarteners, though, one thing is still a throwback to the old days: going

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to school for only half a day. In order to master the skills covered in the Common Core Standards, the amount of time a kindergartener gets to go to school each day can vary from as little as 2 ½ hours to a full day of six hours. As even a 5-year-old can see, that’s not fair. It’s time to stop demanding performance from children we do not give the supports they need to succeed. Public education in America is built on the foundation of equal opportunity for all children. But while most Americans think of

all children as having access to a robust K-12 education system, in many places full-day kindergarten is a huge missing half step in the early learning continuum. Research comparing full-day kindergarten (“Full-Day K”) and half-day kindergarten suggests that children benefit more from developmentally appropriate Full-Day K. Full-Day K plays a vital role in children’s educational development, boosting cognitive learning, creative

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By George E. Curry

A ‘Perverse’ Move by the National Black Chamber of Commerce

I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the National Black Chamber of Commerce over the years. I have conducted media training sessions at national conventions, spoken at functions sponsored by state and local affiliates, and enjoyed a friendship with many of its top officers, including president and co-founder Harry C. Alford. That’s why I was stunned and

mystified when, in the course of researching a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to learn that the group had filed a friend-of-the-court petition with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting an objection filed by Shelby County, Ala. In short, Shelby County – after losing at the federal district and appeals court level – appealed to the Supreme Court, hoping to overturn the provision of the Voting Rights Act that requires jurisdictions with a proven history of discrimination

in elections to get pre-clearance from the Justice Department before implementing changes in voting laws that might adversely impact Black voters. The court is expected to issue a ruling next summer. In its petition, the National Black Chamber of Commerce said, “Section 5 is no longer necessary to combat widespread and persistent discrimination in voting and now, perversely [my emphasis], serves as an impediment to racial neutrality in voting and to the empowerment of state


and local officials who represent minority constituencies.” Perverse? Nothing is more perverse than a Black business group, with no direct interest in a case, favoring the elimination of a major tool that helps remove the last vestiges of discrimination against African-American voters and officeholders. I placed a call to Alford to ask why the National Black Chamber of Commerce decided to align itself with right-wing groups that routinely oppose affirmative action, the Voting

Rights Act, and any other legislation that seeks to level the playing field for African-Americans and other people of color. Alford said he filed the brief out of concern for Black lawmakers, many elected after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He asserted that the cumbersome pre-clearance process is a burden on Black elected officials. But there is only one problem with Alford’s position – no repu-

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By Askia Muhammad

Dr. Susan Rice: Don’t Hate the Playa, Hate the Game

I am not the only person who is scratching his head, wondering what earthly reason President Barack Obama could have for squandering his hard-won political capital in order to get current U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to be Secretary of State. Ambassador Rice has been in for some real bad press since the 9/11 attack this year on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

But whatever she is being criticized for, it’s not her fault. And, as the saying goes in the street: “Don’t hate the Playa,’ Hate the Game.” She said, and it’s true, she told the Sunday talk shows what the CIA told her to say after the attack, which left the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Countless U.N. ambassadors have fallen prey to the dictates of the nameless, faceless drones who really fabricate U.S. policy in the shadows of the CIA, the

U.S. defense intelligence agency, and countless other clandestine agency headquarters. Why, even after falsely testifying before the United Nations in 2003 that this country had irrefutable evidence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein possessed the precursors (if not the real deal) to nuclear “weapons of mass destruction,” requiring U.N. authorization of an immediate invasion, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell is rumored to have said following his speech: “You won’t believe what I took

out” of those blatantly false remarks which had been prepared for him by the CIA. Well, I know for a fact, because I used to frequently attend the daily press briefings at the State Department that the people standing up in front of the cameras – spokespersons, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries – aren’t the ones who draft and decide on what those policies actually are. The person conducting the briefing comes out with a binder. If asked a question that was

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not rehearsed before hand, they look in the binder to find the country involved, and then they read the U.S. position on it for that day. If a question is asked about a subject not on one of the many pages in the binder, the briefer tells the reporters “I’ll take that question,” meaning that person will get a considered answer from the real policy makers who are behind closed doors in secret, then give the answer the next day.

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LIFESTYLE The Supremes and Darlene Love. Punk and Post Punk Artists. Madonna, Bustier worn as part of the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, Design by Jean Paul Gaultier, Private Collection. /Photos courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Museum of Women in the Arts

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illie Holiday’s fox fur stole hangs here. But that is only the beginning of the high fashion pieces mounted in cases around the meandering, red-walled gallery. Madonna’s conical-breasted corset by Jean Paul Gaultier, Loretta Lynn’s high-necked frilly dress, Joan Jett’s red leather jacket and Cass Elliot – better known as Mama Cass from the Mamas and the Papas – is represented by her iconic mu-mu. Band mate Michelle Phillips brown suede boots, Siouxsie’s (of Siouxsie and the Banshees) audacious black-and-white faux fur head-to-toe outfit and Rihanna’s black leather studded bustier round out the myriad clothing items, which are joined with sheet music, session sheets, appointment books, many guitars and even hand-written scores that cover every inch of the walls inside the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ groundbreaking exhibition, “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” on view through January 6, 2013. The exhibit takes on the monumental task of telling the story of rock-and-roll through the feminine lens, looking at the careers of the women who have rocked us through the ages from

“Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts views Rock-and-Roll through the Feminine Lens By Eve M. Ferguson WI Staff Writer the 1930s through the present in a display that is so detailed and dense that one visit is just not enough to take it all in. Divided into eight eras, this exhibition, organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, attempts to cover the history of this classic American music form from its very inception. Born from the Blues, as so many rock stars have attested to, “Women Who Rock starts at the beginning, looking at musical pioneers like Holiday, blues women Bessie Smith and her mentor, Ma Rainey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the section “Suffragettes to Juke Joint Mamas: The Foremothers/Roots of Rock.”

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It pays homage to women like Mother Maybelle Carter, whose personalized guitar stands in testament to her early country music recordings dating back to 1927. “Get Outta the Kitchen, Rattle Those Pots and Pans: Rock and Roll Emerges,” tells the story of women whose names may not be as familiar – LaVern Baker and Wanda Jackson, the latter who is credited as the first female rockabilly star. Brenda Lee, known as “Little Miss Dynamite” was known to belt out a tune, handling rockabilly, country and pop standards equally convincingly from a very young age. Baker, the niece of blues The Washington Informer

singer Memphis Minnie, garnered her accolades with a huge hit single, “Tweedle Dee” in 1964 and also sang the popular “Jim Dandy.” Little Richard credits singer Ruth Brown with the vocal style he adopted, catapulting him to fame and fortune. Moving on in time, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow: The Early 1960s/Girl Groups” not only looks at the groups like The Shirelles, The Supremes and The Ronettes, but also those who penned those hits that memories were made of. Names like Carole King, who had a career as the writer of well known songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “The Loco-motion,” “One Fine Day,” and “Up on the Roof,” which made her a central figure to the girl groups along with her co-writer, husband Gerry Goffin, long before she launched her own solo career in the 1970s. Ellie Greenwich is a lesser-known name, but her songs, “Leader of the Pack,” “River Deep-Mountain High,” and “Be My Baby,” co-written with Jeff Barry, made her a key creator of hits songs for girl groups of the 1960s. The other sections are equally packed, showing biographical videos and wall text in the artists’ voice. A theater in the center

showing a constant loop of performance videos from Holiday to LaBelle, rounds out an exhibit where everything must be taken into account. Each gallery sports record albums emblazoned with pivotal historical happenings that coincided with that era, to put things into a global and political context. Many of the advances made, historically and particularly relevant to women, crept into their music. How many people knew that Loretta Lynn made a song called “The Pill” on her 1975 album, “Back to the Country?” After the ’70s, women took over rock-and-roll. Grace Slick became lead singer of Jefferson Airplane making anthemic songs “Somebody to Love,” and “White Rabbit,” laying the foundation for singers like Madonna and Lady Gaga to stand firmly on. “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” is an all-inclusive exhibition. Icons of R&B like Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner stand side-by-side with rockers Melissa Etheridge and Tina Weymouth. Through their stories, certain commonalities emerge. Most of the women featured started their ascent to music as children, often coming out of the church and were undeterred by a male-dominated field. And all of them laid one stepping stone for the next woman to stand on. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and visitors over 65. The museum admission is free to members and youth 18 and under.wi

LIFESTYLE Far Left – Sanya K. Newsome, the daughter of the late Steven Cameron Newsome, talks about her father, who is depicted on the screen, during a tribute to the former director of the Anacostia Museum at “A Celebration of Life” program at Arena Stage in Southwest on Sunday, Dec. 2. Bottom Left – Tap dancer Leo Manzari, who performed in Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, wows the crowd during the tribute on Sunday, Dec. 2. Top Right – Nolan Williams, Jr. & the Voices of Inspiration perform during the tribute on Sunday, Dec. 2. Bottom Right – Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers brought the crowd to its feet during the tribute on Sunday, Dec. 2. /Photos by Roy Lewis


cores of people recently gathered in a noted theater in the District to honor a man who, by way of artistic expression, supported AfricanAmerican museums, cultural organizations and stressed their intrinsic value to both the community and the country. Steven Cameron Newsome, the former director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum in Southeast, died on Sept. 27. To honor his many accomplishments over the years, a fitting tribute, “A Celebration of Life” program was held at the Arena Stage’s The Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest on Sunday, Dec. 2 and his friends and family feted him with a display of dancing, singing and acting as well as personal reflections. “Steven always engaged his staff in a personal way,” said Louis Hicks, who worked with Newsome at the Anacostia Museum. “We were like a family to him. He challenged us to do the best that we could and be the best that we could be.” Newsome, 60, was the second director of the Anacostia Museum, starting in 1991. He had worked as the director of the Maryland Commission on Afro-American History and

Steven Newsome is Celebrated for His Life’s Work By James Wright WI Staff Writer ture and the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, Md., and at libraries at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., the University of Illinois at Chicago and was the curator of the Vivian G. Harsh Collection of African American Literature and History at the Chicago Public Library. In later years, he served as executive director of the Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council in Hyattsville, Md., and was the founding director of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center in North Brentwood, Md. However, it was at the Anacostia Museum where he made a name for himself. “He was the museum’s second full-time director,” Gail Sylvia

Lowe, senior historian at the museum, said. “He solidified the museum’s role as a cutting edge leader in museology. Through his 13-plus years of leadership at the museum, he enlarged our mission. He sponsored 72 exhibitions and he was a leader in the American museum movement.” Well-known exhibitions included, “To Achieve These Rights: The Struggle for Equality and Self-Determination in the District of Columbia, 1791-1978” from January 1992-July 1992; “Body and Soul: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” from March 1993-June 1993; “From Soweto to Anacostia: Art Prints from Fonda Arts Centre” from November 1995-March 1996; and Crowns: Portrait of Black

Women in Hats” from December 2003-February 2004. Lowe, 62, said that Newsome always strived for excellence and encouraged his staff to do so, too. “He wanted the Anacostia Museum to be the guiding light and if that meant that we should seek further professional training, then we should do that,” she said. In a series of stories, she said that Newsome pushed his staff to aim high, tell the story of African Americans through art, music, dance and in-depth historical detective work, and have fun, be creative and be a part of the family.” Molly Smith, the artistic director of Arena Stage, worked with Newsome over the years on various projects, and called him “a student of the world and he was a gentleman.” Rachelle Brown, an attorney who works with the Smithsonian, talked about the time Newsome used his value system to keep the museum out of legal trouble. “There was a copyright infringement issue,” said Brown, 60. “We used an artist’s work without their approval. We hoped that the matter would be ignored and that the artist would never find out.” Brown said that Newsome took

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a direct approach. He contacted the artist and paid for him to come to the museum, Brown said. “The artist decided to give the museum the art work,” she said. Newsome’s lifetime embrace of the arts was reflected in parts of the program. Psalmayene 24, an actor, performed Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “We Wear the Mask.” Tenor Duawne Starling sang “The Man Behind the Mask.” Singer Nolan Williams Jr. and the Voices of Inspiration performed musical tributes “Done Made My Vow” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” with soprano Francese Brooks. The crowd was delighted by tap dancer Leo Manzari, a 17-year-old student who attends The Field School in Northwest, and his rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies.” Former D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz and Ralph Everett, the president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Northwest, counted among the many friends of Newsome who attended the event. Newsome’s daughter, Sanya Newsome, 39, was touched by the tribute. “For me, he was just pop,” she said. “He was super supportive, never judgmental and always just a phone call away. He always encouraged me to be my best self and never be afraid to show that.” Hicks said that Newsome often talked about building an arts retirement community with him and members of the Anacostia Museum. “Unfortunately, we could not share his dream of that in this life but we will in the next life,” he said.wi

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Battle of the Bands! Lincoln University Marching Band from Lincoln University, Pa., performed during the Drumline Live 2012: Battle of the Bands on Sunday, Dec. 2 on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Largo Senior High School Marching Band from Prince George’s County showed off their skills during the Drumline Live 2012: Battle of the Bands on Sunday, Dec. 2 on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

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This Christmas Cantata concert, presented by FAME & Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department, provides an opportunity for families and the entire community to share in the joy of music during the holiday season. The performance includes some of the area’s finest professional vocalists and musicians along with outstanding youth singers and dancers from area schools.

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Springbrook Marching Band from Montgomery County, Md., counted among several high schools that participated in the Drumline Live 2012: Battle of the Bands on Sunday, Dec. 2 on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

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FAME – The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education was founded in 2004 on the principle that all children, teens, and young adults, regardless of social and economic need, should have access to quality music and education as part of their lifelong journey to adulthood.

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“Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey”

by Gary Golio, paintings by Rudy Gutierrez c.2012, Clarion Books $17.99 / $18.99 Canada 48 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer Mom says you ask too many questions. But seriously, how else will you ever learn anything?  You have to ask to know, right? And most of the time, one question leads to another and pretty soon, you’ve spent the afternoon asking why and how and what. You’re a curious kid, just like a lot of other kids in the world, now and past. And in the new book “Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey” by Gary Golio, paintings by Rudy Gutierrez, you’ll read about one boy’s questioning and the answers he found. It was Sunday morning, and twelve-year-old John Coltrane sat in church, listening to music and his grandfather’s sermon. The Reverend Blair had a fiery voice and John paid attention to

everything he said. When the Reverend spoke about the power of the Spirit, John heard and never forgot. Overall, John had a pretty sweet life. He lived with his parents, grandparents, Aunt Bettie and cousin Mary on a long, paved street that was perfect for roller skating and games. John’s father was a tailor and a musician, and John learned to love music. But when tragedy came to his house and John’s grandfather and father both died within weeks of one another, John became scared. His mother reminded him to read his Bible and have faith, but things got really tough, really fast. John turned to music for comfort, first on the radio and then with an alto saxophone. In high school, he practiced every chance he got. He wanted to be as good as the best musicians of the day: Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young. Even after he got a job to make ends meet, John practiced until he was good enough to play with local Philadelphia bands. Still, he was lonely. He wondered if God was out there. He wanted answers. He started drinking and doing drugs. But then, many of the men John admired pulled him back

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to reality. They lent him books that gave him a new outlook on things. They gave him support and they helped him find answers and bring a “heavenly mix of sound” to his fans from his saxophone … and from his soul. If you go to your local bookstore or library, you’ll probably find “Spirit Seeker” on the shelf with other picture books for 3-to-6-year-olds. It surely looks like it might be a book for younger children – but it’s not. No, author Gary Golio’s biography of John Coltrane is very definitely meant for older kids; its words are deeper and its sentiments will make littler ones squirm with impatience. Golio digs pretty far into Coltrane’s rise, fall, and rise again, which is inspirational … just not for the under-five set. That doesn’t mean that this book is bad; quite to the contrary, this is a great biography and the artwork by Rudy Gutierrez is absolutely fantastic. Just be aware of your audience when you reach for this book: musicminded kids ages 9-and-up and adult fans of Coltrane will love “Spirit Seeker,” no question. wi

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Checkmate! Chess Challenge in D.C. hosted an evening devoted to Kings, Queens and Knights at Hart Middle School in Southeast on Nov. 27. The organization brought in a special guest – 15-year-old chess champion Phiona Mutesi who hails from Uganda. Phiona talked to students about her life and the game of chess before playing several students who attended the event. Phiona, left, plays nine-year-old Leckie Elementary School student Jayla Townsend, as other students observe their moves. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Hart Middle School student Timothy Joyner, 11, far left, reacts after 15-year-old chess champion Phiona Mutesi from Uganda wins the game. Phiona teamed up with Chess Challenge in D.C. to talk to students about her life and the game of chess at Hart Middle School in Southeast on Nov. 27. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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Agile Roadster Adds to Mini Family By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer The arrival of this week’s test car – the Mini Cooper Roadster – reminded me of an incident back in my teens that taught me, for the first time in my life, that different individuals need not have the same tastes in automobiles. On an especially festive New Year’s Day back in the 1970s, my father’s younger brother, a hotshot banker who’d sworn to be single forever had stopped by my parents’ house to not just merry make with a bunch of visiting relatives but also show off his brand new car. The car was the iconic VW Karmann Ghia which Volkswagen produced between 1955 and 1974 and was widely celebrated as one of the world’s most beautifully designed automobiles. “Did you see my new car?” my uncle asked motioning daddy to walk outside to take a look. After a few minutes outside, daddy walked back into the house and declared, “I did not see a car.” As the adults rolled in laughter, it dawned on me that my father’s auto preferences were really too old school. While I was itching for a ride in the new VW beauty, my father had teamed up with my even older grandfather to

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heap scorn on the most beautiful sporty two-seater I had ever seen. “Do you know how much car you can buy with what you wasted on that thing?” said daddy who had a soft spot for what he called work cars – large sedans, station wagons and jeeps. Daddy is now well in his 80s and has even less use for the tiny Mini Cooper Roadster. If he’d seen the Mini in my driveway he’d have dismissed it as one of those nothing cars as he did my uncle’s sporty VW many years

ago. And he would have been correct and wrong, all in the same breath. The Cooper Roadster, just like the Karmann Ghia, is admired by enthusiasts, but has little practical everyday utility for most – and that’s okay as far as automobiles are concerned. One car need not fit every taste. Based on the original British made Mini first introduced in 1959, the car returned to the U.S. market in 2002 under BMW’s direction. It is tiny, cute and stylish without seeming overbearing. Its high style is embraced by pop

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Washington Defeats Portland 84-82 Portland guard Damian Lillard is double teamed by Washington’s Emeka Okafor and Chris Singleton as he goes up for a basket in the first half of NBA action on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The Wizards defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 84-82 to grab their first win this season. “We are the first team they beat. We had a chance to win the game,” said Lillard. “I think we jumped out on them, but we let up and coasted, and we let them [gain] confidence on their own floor.” /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Wizards forward Trevor Ariza shoots over two Portland players in the third quarter of NBA action on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Verizon Center in Northwest.“It was a great feeling. Everybody was happy. We finally got a win and got that monkey off our back, but we’re not satisfied,” said Ariza. “We want to continue to win so we’re going to do what we need to do to try to win.” /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Friendship Defeats Dunbar 48-12

Friendship Collegiate Academy wide receiver Darez Diggs breaks the tackle of Dunbar defensive back Carlos Atkinson during the inaugural District of Columbia State Athletic Association Football Championship at Greene Stadium in Northwest on Saturday, Dec. 1. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Friendship Collegiate Academy running back Jonathan Haden breaks away from Dunbar linebacker Terry Talford during the inaugural District of Columbia State Athletic Association Football Championship at Greene Stadium in Northwest on Saturday, Dec. 1. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Dunbar linebacker Jamaal Montgomery, and Friendship Collegiate Academy running back Jonathan Haden, struggle for possession of a loose ball during the inaugural District of Columbia State Athletic Association Football Championship at Greene Stadium in Northwest on Saturday, Dec. 1. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Friendship Collegiate Academy head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, and Friendship Collegiate Academy Chairman Donald L. Hense, listen as District of Columbia State Athletic Association Director Clark Ray presents the trophy during the inaugural District of Columbia State Athletic Association Football Championship at Greene Stadium in Northwest on Saturday, Dec. 1. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

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Redskins Defeat Giants 17-16

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III slides to the ground after running for a first down during Monday Night Football action on Monday, Dec. 3. The Redskins defeated the Giants 17-16 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Antoine Perot, Jr. a civil rights activist and humanitarian, was instrumental in shaping events in Cleveland, OH, Baltimore, MD, and the nation at the height of Civil Rights Movement. In 1963, Perot became a leader in the Cleveland Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) that organization’s largest and most active northern affiliate at a time when Cleveland’s African American community was facing school segregation, police brutality, employment discrimination, and the lack of affordable decent housing. As chairman of Cleveland CORE’s Action Committee, Perot developed strategies for protests, civil disobedience, and other demonstrations of community solidarity. He also planned voter registration drives that contributed ultimately to the election of Carl Stokes, the first African American mayor of a major American city. As a co-leader of CORE Target City in Baltimore, MD, Perot focused on overt discrimination in public accommodations. Drawing upon his military training as Korean War veteran, he deployed a disciplined team of CORE community organizers from across the nation to mobilize Baltimore residents. They succeeded in organizing a union of employees of neighborhood retail establishments, creating job training opportunities, and sensitizing elected and appointed officials to the needs of African American residents. As CORE’s National Program Director and advisor to its National Director, Floyd McKissick, Perot secured resources and provided leadership for neighborhood economic development ventures. He was in close communication with James Farmer, CORE’s founder and elder statesman; met with Martin Luther King, Jr., and his SCLC colleagues; and helped bring Malcolm X to Cleveland. He also brought issues that concerned the African American community to attention of then Senator Robert Kennedy, presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and the head of the Ford Foundation.

Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon outruns Giants defensive back Steve Brown in the third quarter of Monday Night Football action on Monday, Dec. 3. The Redskins defeated the Giants 17-16 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

After leaving CORE, Perot expanded his involvement in economic development through international marketing and trading activities throughout Africa, India, and the Caribbean. He pursued ventures to transfer appropriate technology in such areas as biomass, low-cost housing, and natural indigenous healing agents. Antoine Perot, Jr. was born June 18, 1931 in Lafayette, LA and he made his transition in Riverdale, MD, on November 9, 2012, after suffering a massive stroke. He is survived by his loving wife and fellow civil rights activist, Ruth Turner Perot. He was the youngest son of Antoine Perot, Sr. and Rose Narcisse Perot; his oldest sister, Dorothy Cahee of Lafayette, LA, is his sole remaining sibling. As family patriarch for many years, he enjoyed the love and respect of a large extended family, including several generations of nieces and nephews in California, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas and Virginia, as well as a host of in-laws, friends and colleagues. His memorial service will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, 7474 Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the NAACP and Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc. in the name of Antoine Perot, Jr. are gratefully accepted.

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New York Giants players Victor Cruz and Martellus Bennett celebrate after Bennett’s first-quarter touchdown catch during Monday Night Football action on Monday, Dec. 3. The Redskins defeated the Giants 17-16 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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My Body Belongs to You, Lord, Use Me! In a sermon by Jonathan McLeod, I was reminded of a message God gave me this week, and it’s worthy of sharing with you. During this entire week, I felt compelled to say these words: “Lord, this is your body; you made me so that I could come to this earth for your good pleasure. Today, Lord, use my eyes Lord, so that I might see. Use me Lord for all those who are seeking after Thee; use my ears Lord, so that I may hear those who are crying for help because they live in constant fear. Use my tongue Lord, so I may confess my sins Lord, and then I can give testimony to the world of your goodness. Use my arms Lord, so I may reach out; and gather up those who are lost, and they doubt your goodness and mercy.” Those who doubt you, Lord you say in the scriptures in Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” “Use my legs Lord; let them run free to bring your sheep back unto Thee. Use me Lord, use all of me. Help me to find those who can’t see.” If you ever doubt God can use you, read Ephesians 2:10 which says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Don’t you know you’re God’s

masterpiece; you were created to do His Will. We are all created to do those good things He planned for us to do long ago. Scripture tells us, He knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. We are His masterpiece; defined as a product with a designated purpose. We are His workmanship, and you can search the scriptures to prove it. Like many, you probably wonder who does God most often use; God uses the insecure. Look at what Moses said: He said, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:10-12) “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Take time to pray without ceasing; quote scriptures throughout the day; and sing songs of praise! When you see someone in need, the way the New York police officer did when he paid out of pocket to buy a man some shoes, He was allowing God to use Him. And each week, when I work with children in schools where they’d rather play than learn, I know God is using me when I


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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 Email: 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 e-mail:

Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 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

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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

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.”

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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

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

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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 • 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:

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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”

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: Church Email:

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!

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”

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

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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 Email:

Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor 2001 North Capitol St, N.E. • Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591

Website: 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: Email:

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: Website:

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)

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

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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

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

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

Sunrise Prayer Services - Sunday 7:00 a.m.

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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Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

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

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: Website:

Sunrise Prayer Service 6:00 A.M. Sunday Church School 8:30 A.M. Pre-Worship Devotionals 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship Services 10:00 A.M. Holy Communion 1st Sunday Worship Services Bible Study Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. Prayer Meetings Tuesdays, 7:00 P.M. Thursdays, 12:00 P.M.

Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 Sunday Church School: 9:30 A.M. Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday Adult Bible Study: 7:00 P.M. Wednesday Youth & Adult Activities: 6:30 P.M. Prayer Service Bible Study

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor 2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 Fax: (202) 529-7738 Order of Services Worship Service: 7:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 10:30a.m. Prayer Services: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 Noon For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

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Administration No. 2012 ADM 1102

Administration No. 2012 ADM 616

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1101

Algernon E. Christian, Sr. Decedent

Mary Neda Hawkins Decedent

Dorothy Stephens aka Dorothy Wallace Stephens Decedent

Johnny M. Howard, HOUSTON& HOWARD 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney

Robert E. Cappell 3405 Epic Gate Bowie, MD 20716 Attorney

George Gilbert Kinard, Sr. Decedent

Constance G. Starks 7053 Western Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015 Attorney




Algernon E. Christian, Jr., whose address is 75 Adams Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Algernon E. Christian, Sr., who died on October 8, 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 29, 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 29, 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.

Patricia Booth, whose address is 723 Girard Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary Neda Hawkins, who died on March 30, 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 29, 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 29, 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.

Joan Morsell, whose address is 3843 St. Barnabas Rd., Suitland, MD 20746, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Dorothy Stephens aka Dorothy Wallace Stephens, who died on October 5, 2012 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 2012

Date of first publication: November 29, 2012

Date of first publication: November 29, 2012

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Patricia Booth Personal Representative

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Administration No. 2012 ADM 1121

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1108

Laforeste Murchison Decedent

Sam Clyburn, Jr.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Bonnie Murchison, Latoshia Murchison, Jousha Murchison, whose addresses are 1149 4th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Laforeste Murchison, who died on February 21, 2012 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 2012 Bonnie Murchison Latoshia Murchison Jousha Murchison Personal Representative

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Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ava B. Morgan, whose address is 6130 13th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Sam Clyburn, Jr., who died on September 2, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 2012 Ava B. Morgan Personal Representative



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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 1135

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1136

Karetta W. Shorter Decedent

Carla Kinard Lindsay, whose address is 1710 40th Street, SE Washington, DC 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of George Gilbert Kinard, Sr., who died on August 18, 2012 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 June 13, 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 June 6, 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: December 6, 2012 Carla Kinard Lindsay Personal Representative

Jacqueline H. Bailey Personal Representative



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Administration No. 2012 ADM 1124

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1139

C. Kenneth Johnson aka Clarence Kenneth Johnson Decedent

Annette C. Jones aka Annette Pauline Caldwell Jones Decedent

Dalton Howard, Esq. Brooks and Howard 6701 16th St., NW Washington, DC 20012 Attorney

Matthew F. Shannon, Esquire 1420 N Street, NW Suite 102 Washington, DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Mary Hopkins Navies, whose address is 1201 Firth of Lorne Circle, Ft. Washington, MD 20744, was appointed personal representative of the estate of C. Kenneth Johnson aka Clarence Kenneth Johnson, who died on February 13, 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 29, 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 29, 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.

Matthew F. Shannon, whose address is 1420 N Street, NW #102, Washington, DC 20005, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Annette C. Jones aka Annette Pauline Caldwell Jones, who died on November 5, 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 June 6, 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 June 6, 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 29, 2012

Date of first publication: December 6, 2012

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Matthew F. Shannon Personal Representative



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Jacqueline H. Bailey, whose address is 830 Maury Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Karetta W. Shorter, who died on September 4, 2012 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 June 6, 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 June 6, 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:

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other hand, only 10 percent of those with a college education lacked health insurance. While Americans do not like to talk about class, poor and working class people do less well in our society than others. For example, attempting to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood has a greater impact on poor women without health insurance than others whose contraceptive needs are covered by their insurance. Yet the right wing attempts to characterize Planned Parenthood as an abortion center, not a place that offers education on contraception, breast cancer, and other health issues. Extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealth certainly has a disproportionate impact on the poor and working class, but

MALVEAUX continued from Page 22 face, including being part of the “sandwich generation” juggling both elder care and child care. I was talking to an elder whose smoking habit spans more than 50 years, and when we talked about the issue, she responded that she was over 70, still living, and wasn’t about to change. We talked a bit about stress and ways that smoking is a tensiontamer for her. I suggested she try yoga, and she just about laughed me out of the room. The health insurance gap between those who are highly educated and less well educated is growing. Among working age adults without a high school diploma, 43 percent have no health insurance, up from 35 percent a decade ago. On the

Clingman continued from Page 22 stores in their locales. While I am not trying to tell anyone how or when to spend their money, I am suggesting that we take a look at the current fiscal situation in this country and understand how it relates and how it affects us personally. Yeah, Obama won, but he is not going to pay our bills. And this “fiscal cliff ” issue still looms on the horizon; if they do not fix the problem, our take home pay will decrease as of January 1. So be careful and be safe if you are planning to go to the race track and get in the horse race this holiday season. Understand that there

is another race going as well. It’s the race by the stores to get your money, either now or later, as quickly and as easily as possible. What’s a couple of casualties? A stampede at the door? Or, even an assault or two? It’s all worth it to some, because after everything is said and done, it’s all about the money – your money. As for me, I’m gonna have me a Mint Julep and watch the race. wi Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site,

there are hidden attacks on the poorest in our nation. Raising the Social Security retirement age, eliminating Planned Parenthood, and attacking Obamacare are all implicit attacks on the poor. The class status of our federal elected officials (with median wealth of more than $750,000 excluding the value of their home, compared to just $20,000 for the average person) suggests that Congress just doesn’t get it. But we elect these people. What does that say about us?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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Chavis continued from Page 22 Sunday morning talk shows after the tragedy in Benghazi, Ambassador Rice reported exactly and accurately the information that she had been given by U.S. intelligence officials at the early stages of the investigative analysis. This information was well known by McCain and Graham, yet they have persisted in attempting to undermine both President Obama and Ambassador Rice. It is as if that McCain, Graham, Romney and many other Republicans are still sore losers because of the outcome of the 2012 national elections. President Obama stated, “But when they go after the U.N. ambassador, apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me…. If Senator McCain

and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me – and I’m happy to have that discussion with them.” Ambassador Rice also made it clear, “When discussing the attack against our facilities in Benghazi, I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community …. I made clear that the information was preliminary, and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers.” President Obama should continue to stand up for Ambassador Rice with strong fervor and renewed determination not to be sidetracked from pushing his national and international agenda forward. As the president contemplates his new cabinet, certainly Ambassador Rice should be considered for further duty. In

fact, the recent controversies have only resulted in making Ambassador Rice as stronger diplomat and public servant loyal and committed to the president’s leadership and direction. During the next four years, it is obvious that the forces of backwardness and regression will have to be challenged vigorously. We support President Barack Obama and we stand with Ambassador Rice today and into the future. Now is the time for strong leadership domestically and internationally. American politics needs more balance from the opposition party, but it clear that the Republicans have yet to repent. wi Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is president of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Education Online Services Corporation and can be reached at The Washington Informer


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losers. Unequal access to publicly-funded full-day and full-week high quality kindergarten programs means too many young children lose a critical opportunity to develop and strengthen foundational skills necessary for success in school and lifelong learning. Many children who attend full day pre-K programs find themselves cut back to half days in kindergarten, which becomes a huge setback for them and hardship for their working families. And although a year of instructional time for kindergartners varies from 540 to 1,080 hours, the expectation of mastery of the Common Core Standards is the same from state to state and district to district no matter how much class time the children receive. If implementation of the rigorous Common Core standards is to succeed, Full-Day K can no longer be viewed as an optional add-on, enrichment, or intervention program. It must become a stable

part of the pre-K- 3rd grade early learning continuum inevery state and school district. What are children in your state— or your neighborhood—getting? Policymakers at all levels of government can help make Full-Day K a reality for all children in urban, suburban, and rural districts. Join CDF in our campaign to make this happen. Kindergarteners like to try to do lots of things all by themselves but they need adults to help speak up for Full-Day K. 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

table national organization representing Black elected officials have called for an end to Section 5 or any other provision of the Voting Rights Act. Not the Congressional Black Caucus. Not the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. Not the National Conference of Black Mayors. Not the National Organization of Black County Officials. The National Black Chamber of Commerce (not to be confused with its rival U.S. Black Chamber) asserted in its petition: “The Chamber rejects the assumption underlying Congress’s reauthorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act that the exceptional circumstances which justified close federal oversight of the electoral practices in many states and localities in

1965 and 1975 persist today.” Evidently, that was another perverse instance of Alford not reading far enough into the public record. Congress renewed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in 1970, 1975, 1982 and for another 25 years in 2006. In its petition, the Justice Department noted, “based on its exhaustive review of the record, the [lower] court confirmed that Congress had found ample evidence of a history and ongoing pattern of purposeful, state-sponsored voting discrimination in covered jurisdictions.” The petition explained, “Congress concluded that ‘without the continuation of the [VRA’s] protections, racial and language minority citizens will be deprived of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, or will have their votes diluted, undermining the significant gains made by mi-

norities in the last 40 years.’” With bipartisan support, the Voting Rights Act was extended in 2006 on a 390-33 vote in the House and a 98-0 vote in the Senate. George W. Bush signed the bill into law. With that kind of broad support in Congress and from a Republican president, it is indeed perverse that the National Black Chamber of Commerce would have the gall to support eliminating a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. wi George E. Curry, former editor-inchief of Emerge magazine, is editorin-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at

deplored the militarization of the conflict. And every statement he made was false. And every statement he made was originated in the sub-committee of the NSC (National Security Council) that I sat on as we managed this thing,” Stockwell said in a lecture in June 1986. “We would write papers for him. Four paragraphs. We would call him on the phone and say, ‘call us 10 minutes before you go on, the situation could change overnight, we’ll tell you which paragraph to read.’ And all four paragraphs would be false. Nothing to do with

the truth. Designed to play on events, to create this impression of Soviet and Cuban aggression in Angola. When they were in fact responding to our initiatives,” Stockwell said. So, if anyone thinks that process is any different now that Rice is U.N. Ambassador than it was when former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the ambassador, then I’ve got some beautiful beachfront property in Arizona for you to buy. So, I’ll sum this all up by paraphrasing a statement by the late comedian Groucho Marx: “Who are you going to believe,

the CIA or your lying eyes?” But even aside from the CIA engineered missteps by Ambassador Rice, she and the U.S. foreign policy she willingly advocates are both wrong. The U.S. was wrong on Southern Africa (that’s her area of expertise for which she earned a Ph.D.). It was wrong on Somalia; wrong on Libya. It is wrong on Palestine. So don’t hate her. Rice is just an unwitting pawn, a minor player, with a whopping net worth of more than $23 million for her role in a crooked, crooked game. wi

problem-solving, social competence, promoting positive school outcomes including faster gains on literacy and language measures, better attendance through the primary grades, and higher academic achievement in later grades. As the expectations for kindergarten in the Common Core Standards show, kindergartners across the country also are being expected to meet more rigorous academic benchmarks than ever before just like students in every other grade. The case for making kindergarten equal to every other school day seems obvious. Yet too many children aren’t given an opportunity to attend kindergarten for a full school day. Instead, access to Full-Day K is more like playing a game of chance in which the lottery of geography and income determine who wins. Millions of children are the

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he resigned. He penned a book, “In Search of Enemies.” “Our ambassador to the United Nations, Patrick Moynihan, read continuous statements of our position to the Security Council, the general assembly, and the press conferences, saying the Russians and Cubans were responsible for the conflict (in Angola), and that we were staying out, and that we

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