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By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer
Mo’Nique Wins Oscar Vick Protested at Ed Block BCPS Settles Courage Awards Lawsuit
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Some of the more high-profile players of the National Football League visited Baltimore March 9 to be honored in the 32nd annual Ed Block Courage Awards Banquet at Martin’s West. Among those being honored and in attendance this year was Michael Vick, whose presence in Baltimore sparked some controversy. For more than three decades, NFL icons have gathered in Maryland to honor the most courageous of their own, while also raising funds for abused/disadvantaged youths in
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Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) reached a settlement agreement with the Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) on Monday after 26 years of litigation. Filed in 1984, the suit claimed city schools were failing to meet the needs of and provide adequate services to special education students, who comprise 15 percent of the system’s population. The agreement absolves the lawsuit as of July 1, 2010, but mandates that certain stipulations be met over the next two years. “There is a lot of work to be done,” said BCPS CEO Andrés Alonso at a press conference held March 8, “but we believe that we have made tremendous progress in terms of compliance elements that were a part of the objectives that the court set for us years ago. The special education kids have been progressing at a faster rate than general
the area. The Courage Award is named after Ed Block, the legendary head athletic trainer for the former Baltimore Colts, who was considered by many a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. Since 1984, the award has expanded to honoring one player from each NFL team who, in the eyes of his teammates, best exemplifies courage. This season, five-year veteran safety Dawan Landry was selected as Baltimore’s most courageous player. In his short career, Landry has developed into one of the Ravens’ most valuable starters on defense, but was limited to two games in 2008 before a neck Continued on A6
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Baltimore native comedian/actress Mo’Nique poses backstage with the Oscar for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, at the 82nd Academy Awards March 7 in Hollywood. See Oscar coverage on B3.
education kids.” Leslie Margolis, MDLC’s senior attorney, felt that continuing with the lawsuit would be a detriment to all parties involved, especially the students. However, she feels confident that BCPS is making key academic gains for special education students. “We know it is difficult to bring systemic reform down to the individual student Continued on A5
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HIV/AIDS Rises Among Girls and Women
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“You know she got AIDS.” Vernetta Gibson hadn’t even been tested before her peers diagnosed her. They assumed she was infected because her husband died of autoimmune deficiency syndrome. But their judgment was eventually proven correct. At 27 years old, Gibson tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. It wasn’t until her husband lay dying in a coma that she learned
every year, organizations across the country support, discuss and educate women and girls about prevention, the importance of getting tested, and how to lead a normal, healthy life despite being infected in recognition of NWGHAAD. “In the beginning, when I was first diagnosed, because of the lack of knowledge, I took it as a death sentence,” Gibson said. “I was a time bomb. I was angry at [my husband] for not giving me the opportunity to let me make the decision about whether I was going to stay with him. I had that ‘why me’ attitude.
Carl Stokes Returns to City Council
By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer After reviewing the qualifications of the seven candidates who interviewed for the 12th District City Council seat, Council members voted in Carl Stokes on Monday. With a $121 million budget deficit, the Council felt Stokes’ experience as a former councilman was best for the city at this time. He represented the 2nd District from 1987-1995. “I had the opportunity to work with Carl Stokes when he was in the Council back in the ‘90s,” said City Council Vice President Ed Reisinger. “I remember what kind of public servant he was. The other candidates were strong advocates for the community, but in my opinion, we needed someone with Stokes’ caliber.” Reisinger of District 1 said that Stokes did “a great job” working in his former district and anticipates the same display of hard work and dedication in his new office. He described the returning councilman as “very independent.” “My decision with Carl
“I had that ‘why me’ attitude. I attempted suicide three times.”
of his positive status. Now living with fullblown AIDS, she encourages women to get tested regularly —every six months — and participate in National Women and Girls HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). NWGHAAD is celebrated to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/ AIDS on women and girls. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a woman in the United States tests positive for HIV every 35 minutes and one in four Americans living with HIV are women. Less than 15 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S. were among females 13 and older in the mid 1980s, which increased to about 27 percent by 2006. Coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), on March 10 of I attempted suicide three times.” She was also on drugs until a few years ago when she was introduced to Women Accepting Responsibility (WAR), a nonprofit organization for minority women at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS. Healthy and optimistic about her life, Gibson, 43, shares her testimony with clients at WAR as a nonmedical case manager. “I encourage them to get tested and stay tested,” she said. “It can lay dormant in your blood stream from five to 10 years.” Women and teenage girls accounted for over a quarter of HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 2007 and more than 93,900 cumulative deaths from AIDS according to a statement by Anthony Continued on A4
Carl Stokes was sworn in on this week as the new District 12 councilman. was basically pragmatic,” said Reisinger. “We’re going through some difficult times and we need someone that’s prudent and has some experience.” Councilman Jim Kraft of District 1 has also known Stokes for many years and appreciates the fact that Stokes already understands how to maneuver through city government. Kraft wanted to find a councilman who can balance challenges posed by the budget with providing services to the Continued on A6
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Comedian Steve Harvey Launches Mentoring Campaign
After the success of his first Father’s Day Mentoring Program Weekend last year, entertainer and author Steve Harvey is launching New Legislation to Cancel mentoring camps in 10 cities Haiti’s Debt Advances across the nation this year, California Rep. Maxine according to a press release Waters’ legislation, which sent to the AFRO. would cancel all debt Haiti The Steve Harvey owes to the World Bank, the Mentoring Weekend for International Monetary Fund Young Men was created to (IMF), the Inter-American guide young men whose Development Bank (IDB) and fathers are not active in their other institutions, was passed lives. “When you teach the by the House Financial principles of manhood, you Services Subcommittee will produce a better man, on International Monetary because a boy without a male Policy and Trade during a role model is like an explorer subcommittee hearing last without a map,” said Harvey week. in a statement. According to a press Harvey hopes to raise release, the House of U.S. Troops Withdraw from $1 million for the program, Representatives may vote Haiti in Large Numbers which will host 1,000 boys on the legislation in the near Education Secretary to American troops are and their caregivers for 10 Enforce Civil Rights Laws leaving Haiti while the mentoring weekends this Education Secretary capital city, and much of year. Interested students can Arne Duncan announced this the surrounding areas, still register for the program until week that his agency will remains in ruins, according March 31 at SteveHarvey. increase enforcement of civil to The Associated Press. The com and 100 participants will rights laws in colleges and United States’ withdrawal be selected. Fifty of those schools, according to a press marks the end of Haiti’s most spots will be open only to release. By doing so, Duncan public international aid, even 8281-13_MEA_MDEE-Print_4C_9.14x10_Rev1:8281-13_MEA_MDEE-Print_4C_9.14x10_Rev1 2/24/10 3:14 PMremains 1 Dallas-area boys, while the allegedly hopes to show the while the city Page in Maxine Waters
remaining slots are open to young men throughout the United States between the ages of 13-18 from a single female-led household. Eligible participants must also be enrolled as students in grades 8-11. “That weekend in 2009 was a life-changer, and I am going to keep pedaling to make the Mentoring Weekend bigger and better this year to set up camps in 10 cities,” Harvey said. “How long can I keep going on this bike? Join me to find out. With your help, I will keep going as long as it takes to bring mentoring nationwide.” For information visit SteveHarveyFoundation.com.
future. The Black Democrat has long championed social and economic improvement in Haiti, and introduced the Debt Relief for Earthquake Recovery in Haiti Act (H.R. 4573) not long after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the country in January. “Haiti faces enormous challenges now, and the burden of paying off foreign debt would prevent the nation from taking necessary steps to help its people at this perilous time,” said Waters in a statement. “I introduced H.R. 4573 so that Haiti can use its limited resources to make both immediate and long-term investments in essential humanitarian relief, reconstruction and development efforts.” The legislation would require the U.S. executive directors at the World Bank, IMF, IDB and other institutions to do the following: • Immediately cancel all debt owed by Haiti to these institutions. • Suspend the Caribbean nation’s debt service payments until the debt is canceled completely. • Provide grants to Haiti so the country does not accumulate additional debt.
marked differences between his policies and those of his Republican predecessors. In a speech written for his appearance at a civil rights landmark in Selma, Ala., Duncan said the department’s Office for Civil Rights plans to release guidance letters to educators that will address fairness and equity. According to Duncan’s speech, the department will also announce additional enforcement procedures to ensure that students of all backgrounds have equal opportunities to take college prep courses, advanced curriculum and mathematics and science classes. “The truth is that, in the last decade, the Office for Civil Rights has not been as vigilant as it should have been in combating gender and racial discrimination and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities,” Duncan said in the draft speech. “But that is about to change.” Duncan is expected to deliver the speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a site where civil rights marchers were brutally beaten by police in March 1965.
Several billboards in Georgia equate abortion to genocide in the African-American community. economic and social peril. According to the report, more than a half-million people are still living in outdoor encampments, which have been made more deplorable with the advent of the rainy season. “I would like for them to stay in Haiti until they rebuild the country and everybody can go back to their house,” Marjorie Louis, a 27-year-old mother of two, told the AP. U.S. officials said the troops’ withdrawal does not indicate lessened commitment to Haiti, but instead marks a change nature of their operation. According to the report, security will be the responsibility of the 10,000-member U.N. peacekeeping brigade and the Haitian police. Some U.S. forces will remain in Haiti, although the exact number has not been released, according to Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of the U.S. Southern Command, which spearheads the relief efforts in Haiti. “Our mission is largely accomplished,” Fraser said. Anti-Abortion Billboard Draws Fire in Black Community According to a BlackAmericaWeb.com report, a recent billboard campaign promoted by antiabortion groups in Georgia has raised the eyebrows of many in the AfricanAmerican community. The advertisement, which likens abortion to “genocide” for Black people, shows the partial face of a crying African-American child. “It’s just another way to limit women’s right to choose,” the Rev. Carlton Veazey, president and chief executive officer of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, told BlackAmericaWeb.com. “Black religious people are very sensitive to the issue of abortion. I’m not proabortion, I’m pro-choice and there’s a big difference between the two.” In several towns throughout Georgia, and mostly in Atlanta, the ads have cropped up with the same face of a Black child and the phrase, “Black children are an endangered species.” Black anti-abortion activists claim pro-abortion groups are targeting Black women to keep the numbers of African Americans down, according to the report. The campaign also quotes Alveda King, a niece of slain civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who once said, “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sell the future of his children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety. Those words are still true today. After all, how can the dream survive if we let them take our children?”
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sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photoconnection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Jennifer Hudson and other Suburban with Illinois license to fall in the the boy had been shot Tribune, her nephew. a her MySpace relatives positively identified By AFRO Staff bills online, forcing it demand and costs. While it appears as if these drastic contributions withIn 7 percent multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supred. Yvette Singh, media spokesperson changes could automatically save the annual rate of inflation for healthcare of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and While Americans may be “If current trends continue, we for the USPS, also added that falling service, the New York Times expenses, while Medicare uses a 5 tered to Hudson’s murdered offered a $100,000 reward to accustomed to Saturday mail could experience a net lossbrother, was towed with the to be made for the of $6 changes needed reported that some of the proposed percent to 6 percent rate tothe boy anyone who returned predict delivery and being able to frequent billion or more this fiscal year,” body inside and is being company. betterment of the changes still remain flawed. futurealive. benefits. boy’s post offices close to their homes, Potter told the AP. “We techniIn efforts to save $50 billion over While Americans currently processed by evidence need to save and be more Since the investigation, massive deficits could strip away Total mail volume decreased and workers. The as a company,” Signh efficient body the next decade, Potter is stopping rely heavily on e-mail, the Postal cians Hudson – who gained stardom these conveniences, The Associated by $9 billion in 2009, the biggest removed the AFRO. “In order for us to told and taken to contributions to a fund to pay for Service is not totally on “American was later after appearing obsolete. Legal Press reported. volume decrease in the Postal Cook County Medical future retiree health benefits, documents, and then won an the Idol,” packages and letters still Postmaster General John E. Potter Service’s history. covering them instead on a pay-as- have to be mailed. Also, citizens in Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in requested that lawmakers abolish Potter estimated that ending you-go basis. But as many workers some the movie Dreamgirls – has areas of the country have to Hudson and other family members stayed out of the public eye. the agency’s mandatory Saturday six-day mail delivery would save arrived at the Medical across the country have discovered, rely solely on the Postal Service for Examiner’s office mid-afterThe resources. delivery. $40 billion over the next decade. maintain viability, we have to make unfinanced promises of future lack of other Chicago Tribune reportJulian King, nephew. noon to identify the body. adjustments. [Also], Jennnifer Hudson’s are prone to become ed that the flexibility tomoved According to The New York He also wants to close various some major benefits usually “If given a parade of cars respond Given the choice between look- funded. We pay slowly past her family’s home Times, the Postal Service has been post offices and remove them with we’re not federally worthless during economic slumps. to an evolving marketplace, the the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing directly at our body or from the A spokesman for the office the expenses required to pay its own costs since cheaper kiosks and postal windows sale newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after Postal Service will continue to be However, the service may be told the of our viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and 1970. It was able to make a profit at supermarkets. Potter is also products and services, so we’re not allowed to decrease its annual an integral part of the fabric ofcurious onlookers. until 2006, but more Americans requesting to increase the rates of receiving any federal money to assist contribution. Currently, the Postal American life,” Potter said in a USPS Courtesy Photos Neighbors stood Jennifer Hudson and her mom, started using e-mail and paying their Darnell Donerson who changes in some services to meet us.” Service is required by law to make press release. quietly and was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted video screen, the family chose violence. ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackplate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s the body of her 7-year-old “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to after his body was found in a was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” you may have done convicted inHe added,possesolder and see many of our idea that possible.” 1998 for “It feels ing the names of Donerson and tonight really has made a The boy that son of Julia sion ofto stolen that the years new leaders like President something – thecontributed good a know motor vehicle. difference in America.” Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in Obama emerge, you begin to the environment in this of sacrifice and service by Also honored was Dr. “Everybody is sick of going been missing made Friday, to feel comfortable with the country that since his election 2006 afterpeople in this room so many serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha Continued on A5 when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King The boy remained missing By A. W. McCarthy winning talk show host on have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff AFRO Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in Special to the Writer WOLB 1010 AM, these young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” individuals “epitomize the Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale election officials. Presidential candidate John More than 200 people renewed spirit of community Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. walked the Community on Jan. service and dedicationwithout were doing those things to long and deep. He taught classes Associated red carpet An Amber Alert – a desig20 at Mo’s Seafood in Little – uplifting humanity thatpermis- for ACORN. They even endorsed ACORN’s knowledge or the Organization for Reform Now nation for high-risk missing Italy to celebrate the one year entire country celebrated sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the children – was issued Friday anniversary of the historic with theevidence thatBarack “The election of has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, the head of the after Julian was discovered swearing in of President Obama.” shows they faked faced so far Reporter: There are at least group says. missing after the murders. Barack Obama. The get paid for work they 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms tolavish event gave Police arrested William didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of The event, success one old friends the opportunity we’ve done andthe only we’ve Balfour, the missing boy’s stepboxes.” ACORN, introduced had,” Maude Maryland, was of its kind in Hurd, president of to reconnect andshe said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband victim of fraud, not up-andACORN, by in Arts Culture organizedsaid thean interview many of the city’s the perpetra- forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. & Entertainment Group coming political, business and Southside apartment several Hurd said the only fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “When this attack started, to honor 20 outstanding we community leaders. things bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just with “Yes We Can” Balfour’s mother, Michele, has citizens announced that we had Among the evening’s selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had registered 1.3to benefit the million new votAwards and honorees was legendary efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. nothing to do with the slayings. young adult advocacy group civil rights pioneer and It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson SWAGGNATION. ground breaking cardiac have ACORN nor its employees loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” According tois running for been found guilty Watkins Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who Larry Young, surgeon Dr. Leviof, or even ACE president and award-tick- who said, “As you grow charged with, casting fraudulent Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way SQUARE HIGH ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in this country, Your Opportunity of ployed, in an Important The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric to Participateto sign up new voters. The idea was Future! debate, vandals broke into the Meeting for Shaping Maryland'sto help both those democracy.” organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims Publicthe registration. PlanMaryland to Forum Scheduled NOT ON THE LIST BREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no eviCoppin State University zero dence of any such democracy- Avenue ·tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was 2500 West North Baltimore, MD ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying fraud.” Inbelieves the McCain Dining &news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” the Talon Center, Most Meeting Hall Hurd A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is Thursday, March 18, by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayrequired 2010 ed. LEFT RIGHT istration She said, “Because it’s low- – 9:00 p.m. forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work 6:00 to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, A caller to one office left a and people of color, I a new planning process designed that first believe the tion, in many instances, to PlanMaryland is brought the phony message on the answering McCain campaign thinks thoseand more sustainableregistrations create a smarter, greener future for to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote Maryland. The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” The Marylandstranger to Planning (MDP) is hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no Department of points, preferring to air misleadcoordinating this process and invitesthat seek participate in nigger, and he’s a piece of ing ads you to to link Obama controversy. a For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, community. PlanMaryland public forum near your thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for low- to this process. I’m John McCain Your input is invaluable and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income 1 BANANA Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memDirections, additional more Obama? Aotherwith “a and information and man dates political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” ber families organized into locations are available at: baptism performed Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chap- Plan.Maryland.govat warp speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, For special needs, contact lege, he moved advance deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seenJohn Coleman into Chicago.at guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. 410-767-4500 or 877-767-6272. There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare calendars Talbot, part of the Chicago for the Please mark your and plan to attend! branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organEasily manage your cash ﬂow with a full suite of online business banking services. impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering Martin O’Malley SunTrust can help you spend less time managing money while giving you more control over it. With a What did and baseless as this one. Governor ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital few clicks, you can engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let track cash ﬂow in real time, transfer funds between business and personal accounts With the presidential election Before your ﬁnances will free a classroom. Richard E. Hall, AICP Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks away, and even manage payroll online. The streamlined handling of age ﬁve, every room isyou up to focus on of business. ACORN forced move. 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By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief COLUMBIA, S.C. — The African Methodist Episcopal, AME Zion and Christian Methodist Episcopal churches presented their plan to address the plight of AfricanAmerican males on March
Methodists Present Black Male Investment Plan
3, the last day of their Great Gathering conference. Called the Male Investment Plan (MIP), the initiative’s goal is “to dramatically change the lives of participants by exposing them to the awesome gifts given them by God.” Church leaders say while the concept may not be unique, the combined effort and dedication of the three churches are what will make it successful. “I don’t know that you’re going to see anything different under the sun,” said the Rev. Staccato Powell, chairman of the event. “But
Bank of America to Help Customers Avoid Overdraft
By AFRO Staff Bank of America announced this week its intentions to help customers avoid overdraft fees on debit card purchases. Starting this summer, the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank will only authorize single debit card transactions at the point of sale if a customer has enough money in their account at the time. The announcement arrives on the heels of the Federal Reserve’s recent decision to enforce guidelines that will prevent banks from automatically enrolling customers in overdraft protection programs, a guideline effective this July. And while the decision could potentially collapse revenue by the millions, it’s clear that customer service is the focal point for one of the world’s largest financial institutions. “Our customers have been clear that they want to know if a purchase is going to overdraw their account,” Deposits and Card Product Executive Susan Faulkner said in a press release. “Our solution is simple, clear and helps customers control their finances by reducing the possibility of over-extending themselves at the point of sale with a debit card.” The change will be a welcomed one for frequent Bank of America debit card holders. Because the bank was unable to alert customers of when their account balance was running low or if it was overdrawn, incurring multiple overdraft fees was a common
problem for most offenders. “We understand that the environment has changed, and we are changing with it,” said Faulkner. “We will continue to make changes to our products, services and solutions that deliver more value to our customers by providing the clarity, control and choice they need to better manage their everyday finances.” When the change is implemented, customers with insufficient funds who attempt to withdraw from a Bank of America ATM will be prompted that a $35 overdraft fee will be charged if they choose to continue their transaction and they will be asked to confirm or decline the decision. Until then Bank of America customers will still be charged overdraft fees for bounced checks and payments that are automatically withdrawn from their accounts without sufficient funds. But with the cancellation of multiple overdraft fees, customers are just thankful that the bank is attempting to help them out. “I think it’s an excellent move,” Bank of America customer Lillian Prince said. “They should’ve had this when I was in college buying $42 Happy Meals.” In 2009, banks generated close to $20 billion from overdraft fees on debit purchases and ATM transactions and another $12 billion by covering checks and recurring bills, according to Moebs Services, an economic research firm.
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The Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell, Great Gathering chairman, left; Bishop George Walker Sr., AME Zion Church; Bishop John Bryant Sr., AME Church and Bishop Thomas Hoyt, Great Gathering host bishop. what you’re going to see is an intentionality, [which] will cause it to have the kind of traction necessary to propel us forward.” “Before, the churches collectively have never said we’re going to take this issue on and I’m confident that the impact will be synonymous to what we saw with the civil rights movement when the churches got behind that,” he added. Powell and other leaders said the churches decided to work together in light of the barrage of social ills— violence, imprisonment, drug addiction and trade, poor education, joblessness and more—that have befallen Black males, problems they said have persisted for too long. They hope the MIP’s central tool—a Saturday academy—will address those ills. The academies rather than fix problems such as incarceration. “We’ve been doing prison ministry too long…. We’ve got to rewrite our role in this matter so we’re not just going to visit you in prison, we’re going to try to keep you out of prison,” he said to the assembly. “We’ve got to push [an approach] that says [to Black males] we’re not going to lose you rather than we’re going to try and find you.” Joshua Dubois, executive director of White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, praised the Black Methodists for their effort. He attended the event and said while the federal office could not contribute much funding to the effort, it would help in other ways. “One of the things we’re looking at is how outside of financial resources can we help local churches and other nonprofits—how can we share information, how can we use our convening power to bring them together, how can we Hearts & Homes For Youth attract private resources— is looking for caring adults to that’s some of the things we will be working on with provide foster homes to youth these groups,” he told the in need, and teen moms and AFRO. their babies. Training and Bishop Warren said the churches would not go to any stipend provided. organization or government BGE_2009_gasleak_Afro_11_7.qxp:Layout 1 10/29/09 4:48 PM Page 1 entity with empty hands. Instead, they were hoping to raise $10 million in seed money by asking 1 million members in the three churches to donate $10 each. “We’re not asking you to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves…we’re through with that,” he said. In one sign of that independence and also the bond between the churches the AME Zion Church donated $100,000 each to its sister denominations to aid in the recovery of their Your nose knows when gas is leaking. If you smell ministries in Haiti. The CME gas—anytime, anywhere—either inside or outside does not have congregations of your home, leave the house immediately and call in the Caribbean nation. “They were excited, some BGE from the nearest telephone. were surprised because this was not a common thing Your call for emergency gas service will be answered to do,” said AMEZ Bishop George Walker of the reaction 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A service person to the monetary gifts. “But, it will come to your home free of charge. Remember, was the right thing to do…. if you smell gas, leave your home first, THEN call. This is one gesture that helps to strengthen the ties between us.” That strengthening tie is what will help the MIP yield or Advertiser: BGE the desired results, Bishop Brown said. Baltimore Afro American Publication: “We are going to leave this (outside the Baltimore area) Insertion: 11/7/09 place united and committed, and I know it’s going to be Ad Size: 3.55” 7”, 1/C TTY/TDD users 1-800-735-2258 a success becauseXall of you (Maryland Relay Service) here are going toLeak? Title: Gas do your part to make it work,” he said. If you have received this publication material “The world is going to feel it please in error, or have any questions about contact the traffic dept. happens the impact of what at Weber Shandwick at (410) 558 2100. when Black Methodists get together.” will be located in the three partner churches on a rotating basis. The workshops will teach life skills, career options, self-esteem, anger management and spiritual enhancement, study habits and financial literacy among other lessons. The plan also calls for mentors, the possible involvement of celebrities and other professionals and for relationships with organizations such as the Children’s Defense Fund and the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities. The Right Rev. Warren Brown, senior bishop of the AME Zion church, said the plan—which calls for 16 regional centers—will be launched in May and will begin in Washington, D.C., where there are congregations from each church and several HBCUs. The central idea, Bishop Brown said, is to prevent
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‘Yes We Can’ Awards Ceremony Held
Continued from A3 Phil Leaf, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. “I am humbled by this award. I accept it in the spirit of encouragement to keep trying to make a difference in the lives of young people and the entire community,” he said. “There still remains a lot of work to do to create a society where all people have the resources and opportunities to live up to their full potential.” Famed attorney and Oriole’s owner Peter Angelos accepted his award and will make a financial contribution to support the work of SWAGGNATION. “I am so grateful to everyone who came out tonight to honor these champions in our community and to help raise funds for SWAGGNATION,” said Ian Yearwood, president, CEO founder of SWAGGNATION. The organization is still working to reconcile expenses incurred during last year’s Young Adult Expo held at the downtown Hilton. In addition to the presentation of the awards, the evening featured upbeat jazz, comedians Ms. Mabelle and Tree, and a mini fashion show. Although this is the first “Yes We Can” Awards, Larry Young said there is a focus on the future. “As we gather each year to recognize individuals in the community, the hope is that it will continue to grow and after four years, who knows, we may even welcome President Obama to the awards ceremony within the next three years,” he said. Jacquelyn Cornish, labor leader Sen. John Jeffries, 92 Q personality Konan, cardiologist and internist Dr. Larry Perry, Dr. Phil Leaf, Radio One General Manager Howard Mazer, Martin Resnick, Peter Angelos, Judge Lewyn Garret, chair of Black Men Matters George Arnold and educator Dr. Barney Wilson. Konan asked those in attendance to make donations to SWAGGNATION to erase their deficit. SWAGGNATION is a young adult advocacy movement that encourages full participation in the nation’s call for government of the people, by the people and for the people. For more information about SWAGGNATION, call 443-417-8498.
City Council President Jack Young and Larry Young, talk show host on WOLB’s “The Larry Young Morning Show.” Seventeen of the 20 honorees were present for the event: Dr. Levi Watkins, Dr. Harold A. Carter Sr., Ms. Helen Dale, Dr. Anne Emery, State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy, businessman Mo Manochah, State Sen. Joan Carter Conway, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Chief Judge Robert Bell, Deputy Housing Commissioner
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HIV/AIDS Rises Among Girls
Black Educational AIDS Project (BEAP) Project Manager Sally Cherry points out that some women contract the virus by having sex with men who are secretly having sex with other men, and also through drug abuse. “AIDS is 100 percent preventable,” Cherry said. “If you have not been exposed we want to give you information to keep you from being at risk. If you have it, we want to help you stop the spread. If you test positive, you can get treated. It’s just a constant education because some people, no matter how many times you say it, can’t hear it enough.” In addition to women being up-to-date with HIV tests, it is also important that their partners get tested before engaging in unprotected sex. Unfortunately, Gibson learned this lesson the hard way.
Community members gathered at Mo’ s Seafood in Little Italy to show their support for President Barack Obama’s first year in office and to award outstanding citizens with “Yes We Can” awards.
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BCPS Settles Lawsuit
to the individual student level,” Margolis said. “It is MDLC’s phone that rings with families seeking assistance when there is a problem with an individual child’s school program. However, we know that Dr. Alonso and his staff are working hard to make systemic reform result and changes with every student in BCPS.” The court ruled that Baltimore City schools failed to evaluate and meet special education students’ needs, such as adequate educational opportunities and sufficient transportation. Alonso said these issues will be addressed over the next two years. Other concerns include discipline and provisions for supplementary aids and services. After the verdict, the U.S. District Court monitored the city schools, which will also be disbanded in July. Instead of reporting to Special Master Amy Totenberg, Baltimore City will join all other school districts in the state by reporting directly to the Maryland State Department of Education. “This is an enormous accomplishment for Baltimore City Public Schools and a testament to Baltimore City’s commitment to providing a quality education to all of its students,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at the conference. Restructuring within the Office of Special Education has already taken place, but more will be done over the course of the next two years, said BCPS Executive Director of Special Education Kim Lewis said. She noted that all principals are trained to work with special education students, more professional development opportunities are available for teachers, more co-teaching is seen throughout schools and behavior programs are being enhanced. “All those things tend to come together to make a difference,” Lewis said. “There will be some changes but we’re just starting to hash that out now. We’ll continue to progress in every aspect. It’s all about providing students with disabilities with the support they need to achieve.”
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Black women in the U.S. contract HIV/AIDS at nearly 15 times the rate of White women, half of the estimated 33.4 million people living with HIV in 2008 were female worldwide, and HIV was the leading cause of disease and death for women of childbearing age, the statement said. “Women and teenage girls most often acquire HIV through sex with an infected male partner,” Fauci said. “The early diagnosis and prompt treatment of HIV infection helps prevent the destructive impact of the virus on the immune system and contribute to the prolongation of life. In addition, a woman’s chance of transmitting HIV to others is lessened by treatment of her infection.”
BCPS CEO Andrés Alonso introduces Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a press conference announcing the end to a 26-year lawsuit against city schools.
Photo by Mark Dennis, Office of the Mayor
The Baltimore Afro-American, March 13, 2010 - March 19, 2010
Vick Protested at Awards
Continued from A1 injury sidelined him for the season. But the Georgia Tech alum displayed great courage by bounding back from injury in 2009. He led the secondary with 89 tackles, four interceptions, and helped Baltimore advance to the divisional round of the 2010 AFC playoffs. “I first found out I was selected back in either October or November, so I’ve had a while to soak it all in,” Landry told the AFRO. “I was excited more so because it’s an award that every player would want to be known for. Some of the greats on our team like Ed Reed have won this award, so it’s an honor to be mentioned among such names.” Fourteen-year veteran Phillip Daniels represented Washington as the most courageous player, while University of Maryland alums E. J. Henderson and Shawne Merriman were selected as the Minnesota Vikings’ and San Diego Chargers’ most courageous players. But perhaps the most interesting moment of the event surrounded the Philadelphia Eagles’ selectee Michael Vick, who successfully returned to the league after serving an 18-month federal prison sentence for his involvement in dog fighting. His teammates consider him courageous for overcoming the consequences of his mistakes, but from where some animal lovers sit, Vick needs to do more to prove his courageousness. “Mr. Vick has served his time for his crime, and we acknowledge that. But now we want him to serve his community,” said Maryland Votes for Animals Chair Carolyn Kilborn, who joined about a hundred animal rights protesters outside of Martin’s West during the banquet. “We want Mr. Vick to prove he deserves this courage award. If he’s going to come to Baltimore to receive it, then he needs to prove it to the Baltimore community with his mouth and money.” Kilborn requested that Vick set up events to speak to at-risk youths in Maryland about the irresponsibility of animal cruelty, and also suggested that he donate funds to open more agility training centers in the area, which balances exercise and training for dogs. Vick didn’t speak in response to the protesters at the banquet, but it has been reported that he has teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States on a long-term commitment with their communitybased outreach programs to help steer innercity youths away from dog fighting. For more information on the Ed Block Courage Awards visit www.edblock.org. You can learn more about Maryland Votes for Animals at www.voteanimals.org.
Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. Honored
Dr. Benjamin Carson’s childhood dream was to become a physician. Despite his setbacks, which included being raised in a single-parent home, dire poverty, and poor grades, Dr. Carson ultimately fulfilled his dream. After being inspired by his mother to strive for excellence, Carson persevered and is now a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children Center for over a quarter of a century. In 1987 Carson made medical history after operating on and detaching a pair of Siamese twins. Dr. Carson worked for 22 hours, successfully separating the twins who now survive independently. Additional highlights in Carson’s career include the first intra-uterine procedure to relieve pressure on the brain of a hydrocephalic fetal twin, and a hemispherectomy, in which an infant suffering uncontrollable seizures has half of its brain removed. This procedure stopped the seizures and the other half of the brain compensates for the missing half. In addition to holding over 50 honorary doctoral degrees, Dr. Carson is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and many other prestigious organizations. Dr. Carson was recognized by CNN and TIME magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. He has received a host of awards throughout his career, including the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal by President Bush at the White House in 2008. Dr. Carson’s memoir, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story was turned into a film with the same name, and premiered on TNT in 2009. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Carson is in high demand as a public speaker, Courtesy Photo and spends much of his time meeting with groups and youth. Dr. Carson also serves as the president and cofounder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The fund operates in 34 states and the District of Columbia, having awarded over $3.9 million to more than 3,900 scholars.
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Carl Stokes Returns
city and believes Stokes is able to do that based on his prior experience. “The other applicants would have spent a lot of time learning that,” Kraft said. “All of them had unique things that qualified them for the Council, but given the present situation, there just was not enough time to fully educate them and bring them up to speed. Given the fact that we are in all likelihood going to have to reduce our level of services, you’re going to have to know who to send the email to and who to call,” Kraft said. That’s going to truly help the 12th District because Carl knows those people.”
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March 13, 2010 - March 19, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American
Counselor’s Coping Method Helps Detoxify Stress
From work to family to relationships and environments, the causes of stress can be plentiful and often, unavoidable. For many African Americans, one of the leading causes of stress stems from money, or a lack thereof. With the cost of living on the upswing, an unstable economy has led to trying times for many Americans. A recent survey completed by Mental Health America (MHA) revealed that nearly half of Americans, 48 percent, are financially stressed. That number jumps to 56 percent for African Americans and carries with it a host of other stress-related implications. Statistics from The American Institute of Stress show that nearly 75 percent of all illnesses affecting Americans are stress induced. High blood pressure, heart disease and cancer can all be linked to stress and without proper knowledge or assistance, the results can be fatal. Suzanne Jessee, a professional counselor who promotes spiritually based stress coping mechanisms, was once plagued by anxiety disorders and agoraphobia (fear of being in public). However, she developed an emotional detoxification program that aims to lessen mental distress through lifestyle changes and exercise. “It’s just the process of going through and cleaning emotional house,” Jessee said of the program. “I use a combination of therapeutic techniques to take you through the detoxification process. It goes along the lines of the seven R’s: relaxation, realization, re-education, rehabilitation, reinforcement, responsibility and reassurance.” Because stress is inevitable, improving coping mechanisms can better African Americans’ quality of life. While many turn to alcohol or increased food consumption to escape unpleasant realities, the ramifications of these methods can often cause more harm than good. Avoiding or limiting the intake of white flour, sugar and caffeine are some of Jessee’s most important tips along with the healthy consumption of lean proteins such as turkey, fish and almonds. “So many times we eat for pleasure, enjoyment and emotional satisfaction,”
Hometown Celeb Advocates for a ‘Healthy Start’
By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer Infant mortality is a silent killer among African-American babies in Baltimore City; it is a widespread problem that took the lives of 14.3 of every 1,000 Black babies born in 2008. To get the word out, Baltimore City Healthy Start hosted its third annual Cradle of Hope luncheon to underscore the importance of comprehensive health services for pregnant, postpartum and interconceptional women. Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe were keynote speakers at the event held Feb. 26, and shared why Healthy Start’s mission is personal to them. “My husband and I had our first child and when she was born the doctor and the nurses took her away from me very quickly and they found a dimple on her back, low on her spine,” said the Baltimore native, who plays a litigator in the ABC drama “The Deep End.” “They told me it was spina bifida and of course I didn’t even know how to spell spina bifida.” Five-year-old Sophie was born with the neurological birth defect of the spine that occurs within the first three weeks of conception. Its effects vary but have left some children with brain damage or confined to wheelchairs. However, Sophie functions just like other children her age—for the most part. “We have to catheterize her every three hours,” Parker said. Even with good healthcare, Parker was unaware that her body required 3 milligrams of folic acid to produce a health baby as opposed to the 1 milligram that most women need. Had she known, her child might not have been born with the 75 percent preventable condition. “It’s never too late to start eating right and doing right and passing that information
Nicole Ari Parker on to the young women in your life, because they deserve it,” she said. “I’m standing here as living proof that prevention is the most important thing we can think about. You have to listen to your doctors and take responsibility for yourself.” Parker and Kodjoe started Sophie’s Voice Foundation a year and a half ago to support family outreach programs, prenatal education and surgical studies for children and adults with spina bifida. The couple is also opening a clinic in Africa to help children who don’t have the same support as Sophie, who takes medication, receives acupuncture massages and maintains a healthy diet. But Kodjoe echoed his wife’s sentiments by saying the immediate effects of spina bifida are not as important as its preventive methods. “Before a child is born, the mother has to be made aware of the things that are important in order to birth a healthy child, and that’s where we come in,” said Kodjoe, who recently landed lead role in NBC’s “Undercovers.” “Each one of us has to make a commitment to a healthy life, and that starts with what we eat. Now is the time to really make a difference, and not wait until we have a [premature baby] who is 3 pounds and we look at each other and go, ‘What happened?’”
Financial worries are one of the numerous factors that can lead to debilitating stress. Jessee said. “The best fuel for our [bodies] is food from the earth that hasn’t been altered chemically.” Jessee’s therapy method differs from other stress alleviation models because it teaches lifelong skills to manage future anxietyinducing situation. Participating in group and community activities can also be vital to the psyche, but for others, time alone is essential. Different races may also have different formulas for combating stress. MHA revealed that 82 percent of African Americans resort to prayer and medication to help them alleviate stress. But according to Jessee, the effects of prayer, medication and other coping methods will vary based on a person’s personality type and other inherent inclination. “You don’t have to be a certain personality but you do have to learn the tools and practice the tools to manage stress,” Jessee said. “Some people combat it naturally just like some people are natural athletes [and] singers. Other people have to work at. I was definitely a Type A, chronic worrier. [I] ended up in the hospital 18 years ago with panic disorder, anxiety and severe depression. I’m well today because I practiced the techniques that they showed me. Even the most acute Type A personality can learn to better manage their stress.” There’s no such thing as a perfect existence, but with healthy coping methods, life doesn’t have to be unbearably stressful. For more information on Suzanne Jessee’s emotional detoxification model: visit www. suzannejessee.com
Local Orthopedic Surgeon Forms Nonprofit
Dr. Horton said in a press release. “We have seen first-hand the power of joint replacement surgery to transform the lives of those who suffer from arthritis, the most disabling chronic disease in the world.” WOGO’s inaugural mission is slated to begin in September 2010 in Kathmandu, Nepal, where there is a vast need for support. “In this country, we take so many things for granted,” Dr. Horton said in a press release. “Despite any challenges I face as an African-American female orthopedic surgeon, I still have so many options in a world where many women around the world do not. With WOGO, I have the opportunity to perform lifechanging joint replacement surgery on women, restoring their ability to take care of themselves, their families and their communities, and share my knowledge with the Nepalese medical community.” The surgeons will to travel to Nepal in April for a pre-mission trip to evaluate their patients. Drawing from their personal experiences in the U.S., they are committed to serving the women of Nepal. “A larger segment of my patients are women who have more severe hip and knee arthritis, experience greater pain and more disability,” Dr. Horton explained in a press release. “There have been various studies by the National Institutes of Health and the CDC about the disproportionate impact of arthritis on women. While our mission is to provide care for anyone in need, we have a special connection to the plight of women in underserved communities due to the physicality of their lives and the lack of access to orthopedic care.” Nepalese women endure severe poverty in addition to cultural, social and political biases. Serving as the head of their households, they carry out traditional roles in addition to being primarily burdened with economic responsibility – which in many instances require them to work a minimum of 11 hours each day. During the mission in September, WOGO surgeons and over 50 volunteers will perform free joint replacement surgeries, train and mentor in-country surgeons and healthcare workers and spend time in the communities they serve. Zimmer, a global leader in orthopedic solutions has agreed to support WOGO during its formative period.
Feel Good Friday
Knee Pain Seminar
Dr. Rinelda Horton By AFRO Staff Through a partnership with five of her peers, local orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rinelda Horton has created Women Orthopedist Global Outreach, a not-for-profit volunteer medical service organization. WOGO is the newest team of Operation Walk, a 16-year non-profit medical service organization. The WOGO team is comprised of six fellowshiptrained female orthopedic surgeons located in Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Phoenix, Texas and Tennessee. “WOGO has joined Op Walk’s global campaign because, although thousands of joint replacement surgeries have been performed, millions more are needed,”
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re you skipping out on activities because your knees ache? If so, it might be time to get help. Join James E. Wood Jr., M.D., Harbor Hospital chief of orthopaedics, for a free seminar on the common causes of knee pain and treatments that are available. Registration is required; a light breakfast will be served. To register, visit harborhospital.org/classes or call 410-350-2563. James E. Wood Jr., M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. He is one of the leading knee replacement surgeons in the region, and was a fellow in sports medicine, working with the team physicians for the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Rams and Kings.
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I Am Empowered – Are You?
(NNPA) - “I pledge to responsibly commit my time and talent to ensure that the nation is empowered to eliminate racial gaps and disparities in housing, education, employment and healthcare by 2025…” Last week, the National Urban League officially kicked off its centennial celebration and takes its century-long fight for equal opportunity and empowerment to the next level. The centerpiece of our celebration is a bold, new social mobilization campaign which we are calling I AM EMPOWERED. We have also launched a new, interactive Web site, www.iamempowered.com, which asks citizens across the country to join us in a pledge of time and talent to achieve four empowerment goals by 2025: Education: Every child is ready for college, work and life. Jobs: Every American has access to jobs with a living wage and
good benefits. Housing: Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable, energy-efficient housing on fair terms. Health care: Every American has access to quality and affordable health care solutions. Individuals can also text EMPOWER to 69866 or download the IAE mobile application, available at the Apple App Store, Android Market and coming soon, the Blackberry App World to take the pledge. This important campaign reminds us of the power of the individual to become a force for change by galvanizing collective action to uplift entire cities and communities.
“The National Urban League has come a long way since it was founded in 1910 to assist African Americans moving North to flee economic, social and political oppression in the South.”
But that’s not all. The new Web site will be a social mobilization platform that connects, engages and serves the National Urban League’s growing community of constituents and partners like never before. The I AM EMPOWERED Social Mobilization Platform uses 21st century technology to unite people from all walks of life with the Urban League, its affiliates, coalition of supporters and one another in one location. Members can access information, services and share ideas to advance the cause of equality 24-hours a day, seven days a week in real time, on line. The I AM EMPOWERED cyber community harnesses all social media vehicles, including Facebook and Twitter, to let members customize their experience, create profiles and subgroups, advocate on issues and upload and share videos, content and information with others. Members can also obtain assistance in the areas of homeownership and entrepreneurship through an ever-expanding set of tool boxes and other guided experiences. The online and
mobile platforms also connect the Urban League and its family of nearly 100 affiliates in one continuous community for the first time. I AM EMPOWERED has the support of an honorary centennial committee whose members include former President Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Condoleezza Rice, Quincy Jones, Dorothy Height, Magic Johnson, Iman, Muhammad Ali, Colin Powell, Linda Johnson Rice and Spike Lee. The National Urban League has come a long way since it was founded in 1910 to assist African Americans moving North to flee economic, social and political oppression in the South. We have been at the forefront of every major achievement of the freedom movement – from the abolishment of Jim Crow to the election of the nation’s first Black president. And, with the persistence of inequality in health care, jobs, education and housing, it is clear, our work is not yet done. I urge you to become a part of our 21st century movement for change by taking the I AM EMPOWERED pledge and joining our new online community. I am empowered —are you? Marc Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Letters to the Editor
General Assembly Changes have Strange Results I’ve been incarcerated for 37 years, during which I’ve graduated from eight different college curriculums, and devoted over a quarter of a century to various tutoring, teacher’s aide and clerical positions in correctional education in prisons throughout Maryland. Never have I seen more bizarre education policies than these that resulted from good intentions gone awry. Gov. Martin O’Malley proposed, during the 2009 General Assembly, that all correctional education programs be moved from the Department of Education (DOE) to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). The stated purpose was to change the focus of prisoner education from academic learning to vocational training; the goal was to generate better coordination between prisoner education programs and prisoner employability upon release. The General Assembly agreed to make the statutory change. However, neither the DOE nor the DLLR believed the bill would pass, and the change has been nothing but a disaster for prisoner education programs, as DLLR has neither funding nor budget appropriations for maintenance of even the minimal programs previously offered by DOE. Adding insult to injury, DLLR just announced that all prisoner graduates of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Program (the equivalent of the old Eighth Grade Certificate) will not receive certificates for their accomplishment. The reason cited was the (pennies of) “expense” necessary to put a seal on these certificates. Instead, DLLR will notify prisoners they graduated to high school level, but prisoners will not be given proof they passed the eighthgrade level. And how is this supposed to help prisoners obtain jobs, the very purpose for which the correctional education programs were transferred to DLLR? Recently released felons can’t go to an employer and expect employers to accept their word they earned an Adult Literacy and Life Skills (eighth grade) certificate they can’t produce. And what kind of support, for correctional education that allegedly focuses on job skills training, does this message send to prisoners? Next we’ll hear the piece of paper that certifies a high school diploma is too expensive to award graduates. As for employers, they’ll quickly perceive the mockery that DLLR policies are making of prisoner education. Douglas Scott Arey Jessup, Md. Helping Hands I want to bring to the attention of the public the contributions the following groups and organizations have made in recent months to the advancement and empowerment of local and national communities. They have quietly joined forces without seeking recognition: • The East Indian Community of Central Maryland • The Asian Community of Central Maryland • Morgan State University Alumni Association of Maryland and Washington, D.C. • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (an international African-American sorority of college-educated women, whose ideals are embodied in my role model at Morgan State, Laura Phillips Byrd, scion of John H. Murphy Sr., founder of the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Afro-American newspapers. Without the involvement of this united front, the obstructionist policies of certain national leaders would have impeded the progress of the agenda put forth by representatives of the federal government. Caroline Ava Harcum Columbia, Md. More Timothy McVeighs in The Making As a former [member of the] military, I sadly watched the Bush administration slowly destroy the active military force (mainly the Army) and the reserve components. I supported Secretary [Robert] Gates to retain his job under the Obama administration because during his short tenure under Bush, he demonstrated that he was going to “clean up” the mess and cronyism created by Rumsfeld and return creditability to the Defense Department (Pentagon). Currently, his major problem is not “don’t ask don’t tell,” but the right-wing extremists that were allowed to enter the military when standards were lowered by the Bush administration. While we see the “patriot” groups and “militias” being fueled by FOX News, tea parties, talk radio hosts Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rep. [Michele] Bachmann and others with their antigovernment conspiracies outside the military, the Oath Keepers group is recruiting men and women in the military to resist the Obama administration. Have Republican elected members and military personnel been exempted from treason? Will Congress, the Justice Department, the FBI, the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and the Southern Poverty Law Center monitor and investigate these groups and their activities? The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held last month clearly reflects that the GOP has a very small tent. Walt Hill Petersburg, Va.
Under Attack or Just Plain Wrong It’s been so long ago, I hope I remember the right story. Legend has it when Adam Clayton Powell was charged with wrongdoing in Congress, he leaned back, lit one of his famous long cigars and, basically, said to his accusers that they were guilty of what they said he had done, implying racism was the root of what occurred. William Jefferson Clay, he of the cold cash in his freezer, basically hid behind the veil of racism until the truth, not only hurt, but didn’t set him free. Now, Charles Rangel, with the help of the House speaker and the Congressional Black Caucus, held on until it was evident that he needed to face the charges against him. Look to Washington, D.C., where Marion Barry and Baltimore, where Sheila Dixon, fell from grace, and wonder what’s going on. Unless there is a hidden conspiracy from the Klan or the White Citizens Council, then, the transparency promised by the Obama administration is alive and well. Consider that others, not of color, have been exposed and ousted, then, be glad the system works. It is necessary to revive the Jackie Robinson Syndrome to remind those in positions of power, especially those elected, that, although it may not be right that we have to be better than the rest to be effective, but, also, good that we are. It shows the critics, some (many?) who still dislike us because of ancestry that we have the integrity to succeed, regardless. It also, reminds those that election is not an anointing and, just because you look like us gives you no license to do as you please. McNair Taylor Baltimore, Md.
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Census 2010: All Americans Need To Be Counted
receive for a multitude of critical services, including money for schools, roads and hospitals. The 2010 census will have a profound impact on Maryland. The federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state governments every year, and an accurate count of all Marylanders could result in more than $57 billion for our state over the next decade – money that we depend on to ensure our citizens have the health care, education and other services they need. April 1 is Census Day 2010 and it’s critical that all Marylanders participate. Maryland has approximately 5.7 million residents, according to the Census Bureau’s 2009 population estimate. If all Marylanders are counted, that translates into more than $5.7 billon a year for our state’s treasury. That money will help us balance budgets and provide essential services that are needed. There is no excuse for anyone not to participate. Your answers will be kept million American households will receive a census form. You will be asked to mail it back on April 1. If you fail to do so, Census workers will be visiting households to contact residents to ensure the most accurate count possible. In addition to being used to calculate funding for
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impact our democracy, but it will also create jobs for Americans. The Census Bureau is expected to hire approximately 1.4 million temporary workers to reach people who have failed to mail back their census form. If you are interested in getting a job with the U.S. Census
Sen. Benjamin Cardin
Census Day comes only once every 10 years and it’s one of the most important days of the decade. That’s because it’s when everyone in our nation is counted. In addition to telling us about ourselves, the results ensure fair representation in Congress and the amount of funding that states will
“The form has been reduced to just 10 questions that should take no more than 10 minutes.”
strictly confidential and this year the process is easier than ever. The form has been reduced to just 10 questions that should take no more than 10 minutes. In fact, The U.S. Census Bureau is using the slogan “10 questions –10 minutes” to get the point across. Around March 15, 130 states, the census is used to apportion representation in Congress. The U.S. Constitution states that there are to be 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and that census data is to be used every 10 years to reapportion representation based on population. Not only will the census Bureau, please visit their Web site at www.2010censusjobs. gov or you can call 1-866861-2010, FedRelay: 1-800877-8339 TTY. It is hard to imagine that our founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison – two of the biggest supporters of a census – could have envisioned the
importance it would have more than 200 years later. Their idea of a census has made our democracy stronger and more representative, but it also has provided us with important information that will help us plan for the future needs of our citizens. This year, April 1 is Census Day 2010, and I urge every Marylander to participate. Remember, democracy works best when everyone is counted. Sen. Benjamin Cardin is a member of five Senate committees: Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Environment and Public Works, Budget, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. His Web site is: cardin.senate.gov. He also can be found at YouTube.com/ SenatorCardin.
Weighing the Promise of Healthcare and Finding It Wanting
term that is unassociated with actual costs, only addresses price and means, “You pay according to the amount of political capital you have.” For instance, if you belong to the SEIU you pay less than if you didn’t. But I digress. I dare say that the only reason it takes courage to pass “Obamacare” is because a majority of Americans oppose it. According to a recent CNN poll, only 25 percent of Americans want Congress to pass this healthcare bill. It is particularly telling that the New Left continues to depict the 75 percent of Americans that oppose their efforts to nationalize healthcare (which is the end game) as ignoble, uncompassionate, ignorant racists. More annoying is that they portray themselves as visionary, compassionate champions of good. I suspect that the truth is that Americans do not like the substance of the healthcare bills – all 4,000 pages. Nor are they enamored of the backroom deals this administration cut in order to secure the votes of their own party. Frankly, the stench of bribes like the latest appellatejudgeship-for-yes vote is more reminiscent of B.S. than it is of hope and change. It is also likely true that Americans have weighed the fiscal promises of huge government programs like Social Security against their reality and decided they would like to find other avenues towards reforming healthcare—other than putting it in charge of Washington increasing to 3 percent over the next 12 years. In 1966 the Medicare tax rate was split from the Old Age, Survivor, and Disability (OASDI) rate. Since the inception of OASDI there have been 20 increases in the tax rate, which now stands at 6.2 percent for both employer and employee on earnings up to $109,000; the Medicare rate is 1.45 percent with no cap on Office (CBO) those deficits will continue into 2011. The system rebounds slightly until 2016 when the deficits begin to accelerate at a steady and rapid pace. This in direct contradiction of the rosy picture painted by Budget Director Peter Orzag and Congressional Democrats, who assured us that Social Secure was secure for at least 50 years.
Joseph C. Phillips
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented, “I think everybody wants affordable health care for all Americans. They know that this will take courage. It took courage to pass Social Security. It took courage to pass Medicare. And many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill.” There is that word again. What exactly does affordable mean? The Left tosses the word about but never bothers to define exactly what they mean by affordable. It could mean anything and everything and no doubt it will. Affordable is a political
“Frankly, the stench of bribes like the latest appellate-judgeshipfor-yes vote is more reminiscent of B.S. than it is of hope and change.”
bureaucrats. Social Security was passed in 1935 as an insurance program to protect a small segment of workers in their retirements. In 1940 just over 222,000 citizens received monthly social security benefits. The program has since grown to become the single largest item in the federal budget, consuming over 22 percent of total expenditures. The program was originally funded by a 1 percent tax on the first $3,000 of income, with the tax earnings. Nearly 80 percent of Americans pay more in Social Security taxes than they do in federal income tax. And still Social Security faces a fiscal crisis. What’s more, what began as an insurance program is now simply a welfare program. The Supreme Court has ruled that citizens do not have a right to social security benefits. This year social security will run a cash deficit for the first time in more than 25 years. According to the Congressional Budget And what of Medicare? Medicare trustee Tom Saving and his colleague Andrew Rettenmaier estimate that Medicare will consume 25 percent of federal income tax revenue by 2020, and 50 percent by 2040. Both programs are in need of a fiscal “fix.” What are the Democrats recommendations? President Obama, after acknowledging that the system is running out of money, suggests taxing a larger share of income. True to progressive form Obama
suggests what would be the largest tax increase in U.S. history, at least $1.3 trillion over the first 10 years. Yet according to the Cato Institute, such an increase would increase Social Security’s cash-flow solvency by just seven years. Former Enron advisor Paul Krugman is on record as recommending a combination of tax increases and benefit cuts. In some languages denying benefits in order to save money is called rationing. And it is into these steady and trustworthy hands that we are being asked to entrust another one-sixth of our economy. Americans have listened ad nauseam to the promises of this administration and found them to be fantastic. The mantra that a national healthcare plan will cost less money, will not raise taxes and will not result in a rationing of care is not only unsupported by history, but is patronizing as well. Joseph C. Phillips is the author of “He Talk Like a White Boy” available where ever books are sold.
Consider What The Haitian People Want
a new society. Haiti’s full recovery must be based upon their priorities and their needs. But even while Haitians are beginning to imagine their future, I also know that the reality of day-to-day life in Haiti is overwhelming. If you have read my earlier columns, then you already know the facts. Haiti suffered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12. To date, an estimated 222,000 were killed; officials estimate that once the rubble is removed that the numbers will increase to over 300,000. Over 300,000 were injured, resulting in thousands of newly disabled. Additionally, 1.2 million are living in spontaneous camps, and over 3 million people are affected. Millions of ordinary U.S. citizens responded to the quake with their hearts and their pocketbooks. Over $600 million dollars was raised in the U.S. alone and the Obama administration committed $100 million to the relief effort. Today, almost two months after the quake, millions of meals have been served and about 50,000 emergency shelters distributed – tarpaulins or tents. These efforts are noteworthy; however, the stored; a neighborhood of approximately 300 people had received no access to food and other supplies. So, they have self-organized. Relying on community resources, including food and financial savings, they have been able to provide for their own basic needs. As a result of the quake programs. The rains have already begun and there is significant concern given the crowded and unsanitary conditions in which most are forced to live; new medical emergencies, such as diarrhea and respiratory infections are feared. I’ll be visiting a few evidence that our government is supporting the distribution of agricultural inputs and seeds, so that peasants and farmers can grow their own food and Haiti can become self-sufficient. Agriculture provides 60 percent of the national food production and seeds need to be made available immediately; planting season began on Feb. 19. Lastly, I will be looking to see if Haitian government and civil society are being included in the discussions around reconstruction and to determine ways in which African Americans, Haitian Americans and Haitians can join together to ensure that goals of a sovereign nation are addressed. Nicole C. Lee is the president of TransAfrica Forum.
(NNPA) — In the midst of the rubble that still contains the bodies of loved ones, the real people of Haitian civil society and NGO leaders met last month to begin to think about how they would build a new Haiti. I am on my way to Haiti now to consult with many of those leaders in order to ensure that I and TransAfrica Forum fully understand their reality, their needs and their vision for
“...I hope to better understand...the way in which we can support increasing distribution at the local level, outside the capital city.”
devastation caused by the earthquake exceeds the levels of support provided by the international community. While many in Port-au-Prince have yet to receive any help at all, humanitarian flights have decreased by 50 percent. I spoke with a colleague who recently returned from Haiti and she shared that a community located just 10 to 15 minutes away from the airport, which is where humanitarian supplies are community members are unemployed, their schools are destroyed and savings are now exhausted. This community and hundreds of communities throughout the country do not have access to food or other relief distributions. I know before boarding my flight that the situation remains dire. Around the country people in camps require food, shelter, health care, sanitation and access to cash for work of the secondary cities as well as rural areas to better understand the conditions facing the more than 600,000 displaced peoples who have left Port-au-Prince area for the rural countryside and smaller towns. Part of what I hope to better understand is the way in which we can support increasing distribution at the local level, outside the capital city. I’ll be looking for
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Hundreds flocked to Washington, D.C.’s Zanzibar on the Waterfront nightclub for DMV Rocks 4 Haiti, a red carpet benefit fundraiser featuring performances from R&B greats, local entertainers and up-and-coming celebrities. The event was a call to action for the area’s entertainment industry after Haiti’s devastating earthquake left millions without food and shelter. Among the attendees were event hosts Howard Hewett and Alena 7, singers Kyonté, V. Rich, Tony Terry and Damerien McCants, comedian Chico and poet Messiah. Many of the night’s entertainers expressed their support for the people of Haiti and vowed to promote unity among people of the Diaspora. “The message I want to send out is that I’m from the Caribbean myself, Trinidad, West Indies, and maybe a month after [the earthquake] I realized that there’s been some media diversion from the topic,” said rapper/poet Messiah, a Howard University graduate and three-time Apollo winner. “The people of Haiti need to know that you have a lot people on this side that are very adamant about what’s going on — the struggling, the suffering— and that we know that until its fully resolved, the struggle continues and we all have a part to play in bringing a resolution to the table. I’m honored to be one of those people in the continuous effort to help Haiti.” Washington, D.C.-based singer Kyonté, whose album 831 was recently released, echoed Messiah’s sentiments and said he hopes America will remember Haiti’s plight. “The message is we haven’t forgotten about you and everybody’s gonna do their part no matter how small it may seem to us,” said Kyonté. “I’m just here to do my part and raise funds and show that this issue isn’t going anywhere for a long time.” Arthur Stokes, a member of social empowerment organization Positive Controversy, had encouraging words for the Haitian community. “For the people of Haiti, I want to tell them that through every dark night it’s a bright day after that. When you go through situations you can either let them destroy you or implore you,” said Stokes. “When stuff like that happens, it’s for the people to reach out and make a difference.” Net door proceeds from the event were donated to musician Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yéle Haiti.
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Poet/rapper Messiah Former NFL star and R&B singer Damerien McCants
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Attendees began dancing while the night was still young.
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Arthur Stokes of “neo hip-hop soul movement” Positive Controversy
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Friends and family of Lois V. RosedomBoyd gathered recently to celebrate her 80th birthday at the Forum Caterers in Baltimore. The room was decorated in colors of ivory and hot pink, and each birthday program was decorated with a silhouette representative of a fashionable lady. Mrs. Rosedom-Boyd’s husband, Jesse,
escorted her into the room as Stevie Wonder’s rendition of “Happy Birthday.” The celebrant received written greetings and citations from President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Congressman Elijah Cummings, State Sen. Delores Kelley, Baltimore County Executive James Smith and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
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“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”- Pope Paul VI Everyone knows I love watching movies on Saturdays, especially black and whites. During the recent snow, I got an opportunity to watch movies over and over and over, like the classics, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Godfather and anything Bond...James Bond. I also watched The Family that Preys. In the movie Gladys Knight sang “I Hope You Dance,” a song of hope. “This is dedicated to the one I love,” the legends and pioneers, the young and the seasoned. “I hope you dance.” “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder; you get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted; God forbid love ever leaves you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance; and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.” The Sykes household has been “bustin loose” now that Napoleon Sykes Jr., is returning home to be the football coach for safeties at the Annapolis Naval Academy. Napoleon was a distinguished football player at Gilman and Wake Forest University. His parents, Napoleon and Brenda, sisters Kendra and Tanika, are ecstatic. Go Navy, go Napoleon. Live your dream. “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt Why is Betty Bates smiling? Her nephew, Timothy D. Rollins, a senior attending Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Va., placed fifth in the 2010 Virginia High School Wrestling League. During the regulation tournament competitions, he won five gold medals. Tim is the only student at Monticello to have 100 wins in the heavyweight class. Way to go, Tim. “Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” - Mary McLeod Bethune “I’m so proud” of Ralph and Brenda Wright’s daughter Tonya, a featured columnist for the Baltimore Examiner. She writes about early childhood education. “You got the right one baby.” Tonya has over 20 years of experience in early childhood education as a teacher and administrator. I know grandma Edna Wright is smiling. “Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.” - Marcus Garvey Kudos to SSA’s Roslyn Hawthorne on receiving a master’s in accounting from Strayer University.
“I hope you dance, I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance; never settle for the path of least resistance. Living might mean taking chances; but they’re worth taking. Lovin’ might be a mistake; but it’s worth making. Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter. When you come close to selling out, reconsider. Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance. Time is a real and constant motion always rolling us along. Tell me who wants to look back on their youth and wonder where those years have gone. I hope you dance.” “The great city is that which has the greatest men or women: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.” - Walt Whitman The fourth annual Legends and Pioneers Awards at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum was a premiere event honoring outstanding legends and pioneers representing a cross section of careers and vocations in our community. Honored were Dr. Benjamin Carson, the Rev. Harold Carter, Luke Durant Sr., Lucille Gorham, Judge Marcella Holland, Lenny Moore, Nicole Ari Parker, George Russell Jr. and Travis Winkey. The emotions as each honoree shared their early life and the struggle and hardships they encountered and endured to achieve their dreams left us in awe. The commonality they shared was the love and support given by their families. When Jake Oliver read Lenny Moore’s statistics the crowd applauded. Each milestone in his career was highlighted as we went “back down memory lane.” The Mayflower van moved a team but they can never “come and get these memories” that we have of the Baltimore Colts. Guests enjoying the event were my son Keith Anthony Lee, Howard and Pat Jessamy, Roosevelt Nelson, Beverly and John Carter, Jean Hitchcock, Kweisi Mfume, Frank Coakley, Louis Hudnell, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Louise Johnson, the Rev. Precious Davis, Gaines Lansey, Cherryale Burgess, Denise Deleaver, Frank and Diane Hocker, Chief Judge Robert Bell, the Rev. A.C. Vaughn, Veris Lee, Takiea Hinton, Marilyn Benaderet, Hope Williams and John Wesley. The food catered by Jimmy Britton was exceptional. “Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson “Celebration time come on.” Happy birthday Kim Mason, Rosemary Duchess Atkinson, Kathy Alexander, Claude Watts, Corrigan Vaughn, Rita Horsley Johnson, DPW Director David Scott and a special 90th birthday wish to Charlotte Holsey Harper. “Peace be still.” Happy anniversary to Jean and Elaine Bonneau as they recover from the devastating loss of Jean’s family in Haiti and the death of Jean’s father the day before the earthquake. “Somebody prayed for me.” Condolences to our friends Lyberian Massey on the death of her mother, Helen Carter-Jackson, and to Dr. J. Laws Nickens on the death of his father Dr. Nickens. Whatever you do, “I hope you dance.” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch A luta continua...
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Winans Family Member Involved in Ponzi Scheme Michael Winans Jr., a member of the famed Winans gospel family, is being named a ringleader in a Detroit-area Ponzi scheme, according to blackvoices.com. Winans Jr.’s dealings in the scheme may have made him as much as $11 million. The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation recently announced that officials had launched a 14-month investigation into Winans Jr.’s dealings, which allegedly involved a “Saudi Arabian crude oil bond scam.” According to blackvoices.com, Michigan state regulators announced Winans Jr. was the mastermind of the scam during a conference call. The regulators also said Winans Jr., who is a member of gospel quartet Winans Phase 2, earned the trust of his victims by using his popular family name. According to the report, the Ponzi scheme targeted
Beyoncé Cosmetology Center Opens in New York Singer Beyoncé and her mother Tina Knowles traveled to New York recently for the opening of The Beyoncé Cosmetology Center, a seven-month cosmetology training program for adults at substance abuse treatment program Phoenix House. The singer was joined by New York City Mayor Beyoncé Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. According to blackvoices.com, Beyoncé visited Phoenix House while preparing for her role as a drug-addicted Etta James in the film Cadillac Records. The Grammy Awardwinning actress said she dedicated her paycheck from the film to the charitable effort. R&B Singer Arrested for Soliciting Prostitute Once an R&B heartthrob, singer D’Angelo has had little problem attracting members of the fairer sex throughout his career. But the mellow-voiced singer was arrested last week in New York after attempting to solicit sex from an undercover female police officer for $40, according to The Associated Press. D’Angelo, born Michael Archer, is contesting the arrest, according to the report. His management said he has pleaded not guilty. “We know there is a lot of speculation in regard to the arrest of D’Angelo in New York City this past weekend. We would like his fans D’Angelo and the public at large to know that D’Angelo has pled not guilty and is contesting the allegations made against him,” a statement from Lindsay Guion of Guion Partners read. “Also know that he is in good health and is extremely excited about his forthcoming new album.” D’Angelo is best known for his hits “Untitled” (How Does it Feel?) and “Brown Sugar.” He has a child with R&B singer Angie Stone.
members of Detroit’s New Beginning Church in Detroit.
March 13, 2010 - March 19, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American
2010 Oscar Recap
Bigelow Stashes Six Oscars in ‘The Hurt Locker’
Makes history as first female director winner
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker emerged victorious in what had been touted as a David vs. Goliath showdown with her ex-husband James Cameron and Avatar, the biggest moneymaker in boxoffice history. Each entered the competition with nine nominations, with Bigelow’s Iraq war saga netting six Academy Awards, including best picture, director and original screenplay, as well as a trio in technical categories. Meanwhile, Avatar had to settle for just three Oscars in cinematography, visual effects and art direction. Bigelow made history as the first female ever to be named best director. An obvious hint that she was about to triumph, the supposedly sacrosanct secret ballots notwithstanding, was the fact that the presenter in the category was Barbara Streisand, who had herself won a Golden Globe but not an Oscar for directing Yentl way back in 1984. There were no surprises in the lead acting categories with veteran thespians, Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Sandra Bullock (The of her fellow nominees by name. Sandra was most effusive about Gabby Sidibe (Precious), about whom she gushed, “I love you so much. You are exquisite. You are beyond words to me.” As for supporting roles, prohibitive favorites Mo’Nique (Precious) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious but a former co-producer of Music by Prudence, who had abandoned the movie over a year ago but now wanted back in to bask in the glory when the project turned out to be a tremendous success. Among other Oscar lowlights were Sean Penn’s mumbling presentation of the best actress award, a sleepinducing, interpretative dance number choreographed to musical selections from the best score nominees, and Tom Hanks’ failure to introduce the 10 nominees before opening the envelope to announce the best picture. So much for dramatic effect. Overall, the 82nd Academy Awards Show was rather entertaining and engaging, especially how it devoted time to intimate introductions of the acting nominees, and to detailing the contributions made by a variety of craftsmen to the magic that is moviemaking. The festivities were capably co-hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, whose hilarious, offhand introduction of Sandra Bullock with, “Please welcome my longtime dear friend, and by that, I mean I’ve never met her,” was nothing short of brilliant.
“I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance, and not the politics.” –Mo’Nique
Blind Side) both winning more for their body of work than for this particular role. Bridges, in his heartfelt acceptance speech, thanked his late parents “for turning me on to such a groovy profession.” And the selfeffacing Bullock was equally gracious, thanking her mom and acknowledging each Basterds) prevailed as expected. Mo’Nique got the last laugh after having been subjected to considerable criticism during awards season for not campaigning or kissing the ring of the Hollywood establishment. This explains why she began her acceptance remarks with, “First, I would like
Former Day26 Member Debuts Solo Act
By Andrea Young Special to the AFRO Qwanell Mosley, known to R&B fans as “Que,” was the youngest male vocalist in Sean “Diddy” Comb’s hand-picked quintet Day26. Now a solo artist, the New York native released his latest single “Shake Dat” on Feb. 23, premiering with radio host Angie Ange on 93.9 WKYS. On March 23, the crooner will release his solo debut mixtape Q Files exclusively hosted by the District’s own DJ Quicksilver. Despite the excitement surround his solo endeavors, several life-changing events led to Que’s latest venture, particularly his split with “Making the Band 4” singers Robert, Brian, Willie and Michael. According to the 21-year-old singer, questionable management Courtesy photo led to the career shift, but Qwanell “Que” Mosley recently released his single he’s ready to bring “Shake “Shake Dat.” Dat” to the masses and woo legions of female fans. “It’s a salute to all the ladies,” Que said of the up-tempo single. “My music will be remixed with house, reggae and techno (beats).” As a member of Day26, Que was partially responsible for the success of singles “I’mma Put it On Her” and “Got Me Going”, which peaked at No. 79 on the Billboard 100. However, Que, the solo artist, plans to inundate music charts with his soon-to-be-released ballads “Cupid” and “Positive Energy.” The singer said working as a solo artist feels “like a burden has been lifted.” He added, “I want to show my fans that I am working hard to make it happen just like everyone else out there.” Que’s fans seem to be pleased with his career direction, which includes a new manager, Cliff Jones of Soul World Entertainment. While visiting WKYS 93.9 for the release of “Shake Dat,” Que’s appearance caused the radio station’s Web site to be flooded with over 30,000 hits in one hour, causing the site and eventually the phone lines to be shut down. But the singer said he’d prepared for the day when superstardom would catapult his life into a new direction. Que has studied award-winning R&B artists like Michael Jackson, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and even gospel artist Kim Burrell, thanks to his mother, Nicole. He is also a fan of pop princess Beyoncé and has gained the respect of R&B artist Brandy. Que’s other influences come from alternative music, and the young vocalist said he enjoys listening to Björk and groups like Green Day and Cold Play. While Que is most comfortable making music, the singer said he has new business and civic prospects on the horizon, including plans for an MTV reality show. In addition, Que is working to establish a positive relationship with teens by sharing his inspirational message at high schools in Washington, D.C., and possibly his hometown, Rochester, N.Y. “I want to tell teenagers they can be whatever they want to be if they stay positive,” Que said. “Find that faith from within, speak it into existence and activate it.”
to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance, and not the politics.” In terms of upsets, the biggest surprise arrived when Geoffrey Fletcher and Precious won for best adapted screenplay over Up in the Air. However, the evening’s most shocking incident was undoubtedly the reverse Kanye West moment when Roger Ross Williams, who is Black, was rudely interrupted during
his acceptance speech as the director/producer of best documentary short filmwinner Music by Prudence. Midway in, this ostensibly inebriated White woman appeared out nowhere to give him the bum’s rush, just like Kanye did to Taylor Swift. Then she started rambling into the microphone like a mental patient until her voice was drowned out by the orchestra. As it turns out, Elinor Burkett apparently wasn’t a complete lunatic,
By AFRO Staff
Mo’Nique Goes for Gold at Oscars
Dressed in a ruched royal blue gown with a delicate white gardenia adorning her upswept tresses, actress/comedienne Mo’Nique embodied old-school glamour at the 2010 Oscars. As she accepted her award for best supporting actress in Precious, the Baltimore County, Md., native thanked her husband and co-workers for their support and later revealed that her decision to wear a striking blue dress was no fluke. “The reason why I have on this royal blue dress is because it’s the color that Hattie McDaniel wore in 1940 when she accepted her Oscar,” the entertainer said in a post-Oscar press interview. “The reason why I have this gardenia in my hair, it is the flower that Hattie McDaniel wore when she accepted her Oscar. So [this is] for you, Miss Hattie McDaniel; I feel you all over me.” Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, was often criticized for her role as the servile, passive “Mammy” in Gone With the Wind. In an interview with fellow comedian and radio host Steve Harvey, Mo’Nique said she’d purchased the rights to McDaniel’s life story, but did not discuss any future projects related to the actress. Unlike McDaniel’s difficult road to success, Mo’Nique gained instant popularity with audiences in the now-defunct hit UPN series “The Parkers.” In addition, she was the first female to host the infamous “Showtime at the Apollo,” authored a New York Time’s best seller, Skinny Women Are Evil, and garnered producer credits for America’s first full-figured beauty pageant and VH1’s reality show “Charm School.” For the sassy, voluptuous entertainer dubbed the “Queen of Comedy,” success is a state of mind, and her road to stardom began during her days as a student at Milford Mill High School in Baltimore and with the opening of her self-named club in the ‘90s. “I was successful when I had Mo’Nique’s. I was successful before Mo’Nique’s. Baby, I was successful in the 12th grade walking down the hall in my pumps with my briefcase,” she told the AFRO in a previous interview. The actress, who also hosts a late night talk show on BET, said next to family her hometown is partly responsible for where she is today. “Baltimore was good to me,” said Mo’Nique, who briefly attended Morgan State University. “It’s like ya’ll let me know…When ya’ll would come out to that club and pack it out, ya’ll would say, ‘Girl, we know you’re going to go far.’” And while winning an Oscar marks a pinnacle in Mo’Nique’s career, she refuses to be bogged down by fears about the future. “I’m just really working on tomorrow,” she said. “If I can just get to it, because my days are so full of excitement, I don’t Courtesy photo want to worry about next Award-winning comedienne, actress and Baltimore native year. If God just gives me Mo’Nique won a coveted Oscar award for her portrayal of tomorrow, I’m happy.” an abusive mother in Precious.
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Faith In Action
March 12 Experience a historymaking Youth Explosion sponsored by the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland, 8 to 9:30 p.m., at Western High School, 4600 Falls Road. Young people from around the state will express their praise through song, dance and an original play, Unshackled! March 13 The Divine Trinity Praise Team will be featured at “It’s A Man Thing!”, a tailor-made men’s health event, 12-3 p.m., at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4502 Park Heights Ave. Health screenings of all kinds, including prostate and colorectal cancer, will be offered by various health agencies. The Family Health Centers of Baltimore in Cherry Hill will provide a heart-healthy lunch. Watson Fitness will show some moves to shed the extra pounds. For more information, call the
Baltimore City Cancer Plan at Johns Hopkins at 410-9550147. March 24 Elder Shawn Pendergrass will be preaching for Lenten services, 7:30 p.m., at Wilson Park Christian Community Church, 4629 York Road. March 27 The third annual “Civil Rights Movement: The Church, The Community, The Song” will be held at 1 p.m., at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. The symposium, “Beneficiary to Benefactor,” will feature Esther McCready, the first AfricanAmerican student to attend the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Other panelists are Dr. Phoebe Haddon, the first AfricanAmerican dean of the University of Maryland Law School; Stan Stovall, television anchor, and Lt. Jr. Grade DeCarol Davis, valedictorian (2008) U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The “Song Concert,” featuring April Haines, soprano, New York Metropolitan Opera and introducing Kyra Hairston of the Metropolitan Children’s Choir, will be held 1 p.m., March 28. For more information, please call 410-523-6880. The Rev. Dr. Alvin Hathaway is senior pastor of the church. April 9 The women of The Divine Cathedral are hosting their annual retreat, April 9-11, at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott in Arundel Mills. There will be worship and word, a pool party with spa, pajama party with movies, aerobics and games night. There will be a discussion panel on Saturday evening featuring some of Baltimore’s finest pastors and first ladies. For more information, please call 443224-7757. The Rev. Antoine O. McClurkin is pastor of the church.
Robsol G. Pinkett, 57
The life of Robsol Grant known builder/contractor Pinkett Jr. was celebrated whose skill was widely March 6 at the Most applauded and sought by Worshipful Prince Hall the larger construction firms Grand Lodge in Baltimore of the city. In addition to and officiated by William his work as a contractor, F. Taylor Lodge No. 57. Robsol wrote short stories, Pinkett died of a heart poems and songs. Prior to attack on Feb. 20 in Moreno his death, Rob was refining Valley, Calif. and preparing to produce and Pinkett was the son of publish many of his works. the late Robsol G. Pinkett Among friends joining Esq. and Shirley H. Pinkett in the celebration of his of Baltimore. He was the life were longtime friends father of Jada Pinket-Smith, and classmates Joan Pratt, ROBSOL G. PINKETT Caleeb Jacheem Pinkett of Baltimore City comptroller; California, and Terab Marissa Pinkett of retired Lt. Col. Quintin Faison of Texas, Baltimore. Robsol was the brother of Stephen Ronald Robinson of Washington, D.C., M. Pinkett Sr., uncle of Stephen M. Pinkett Jr. Joseph Bright, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Jackson and Jessica A. Pinkett of Baltimore. and Mr. and Ahmad Burundi of Baltimore. Robsol was a highly respected and well
Antonio R. Smith, 52
Baltimore City Public School System. He was a construction worker and
Antonio “Reco” Smith, the youngest of two children born to Elaine and Charles Smith, was born Nov. 20, 1957, in Baltimore. His battle was over on Feb. 15 when he went home to be with the Lord after a short illness. Antonio, who loved to be called “Reco” or “Smitty,” received his education in the
ANTONIO R. SMITH
manager until his health failed. In 1973, Reco started his family with his first born, Catina (Missy), followed by Tanida (Nida) and in 1985 he met and married Delores (Dee.) Out of this union two children were born, Natika and Shandon. He also opened his heart to a stepson, Larry, whom he raised as his own. Reco was known and loved for being an outgoing person. He devoted himself to family and friends. His most passionate love was percussion, which e played with several different bands, but his talent didn’t stop there. He later expanded and started playing for different churches. He always kept God first in whatever he did. After no longer being able to work, he took pleasure in having jam sessions at home. He also took time on Thursdays to teach young boys to play the drums. He leaves to cherish his love forever in their hearts, his mother, Elaine Smith; three daughters; four granddaughters, Christina, Da’Ja, Kayla and Sanya; four grandsons, Darrell Jr., Christopher, Larry Jr. and Shandon Jr.; one special aunt, Juliette Corbin and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephew, devoted friends and the congregation of the Garden of Prayer Baptist Church.
Annie B. Harvin, 93
Day Care Provider
Annie Belle Harvin, Stanley preceded Ann in daughter of Marian and death. She later moved to Alamander Sumter, lovingly Baltimore where she met known as “Aunt Peach,” and married her second was born June 9, 1916, husband, Thomas Eugene in Sumpter, S.C., as one Harvin, who preceded of 12 children. She died her in death. Out of that peacefully on Feb. 20. union came one daughter, As a young girl, Annie Charlene Harvin. That union attended public schools also blessed her with five in Sumpter. She accepted loving children, Shirley Jesus Christ as her personal McNeil, Loretta Harvin savior at an early age and (deceased), Betty Allen, attended St. Paul Methodist Phyllis Askew (deceased) Church while living in and Thomas Eugene Harvin ANNIE B. HARVIN South Carolina. Ann later Jr. (deceased), whom she moved to New York City where she lived cherished and raised as her own. for many years and worked in the garment When Ann moved to Baltimore, she industry. As a tall, gracious young woman became an active member of Mt. Ararat with a striking figure, Ann enjoyed modeling Baptist Church, where she was involved with bathing suits on a part-time basis. the Pastor’s Aid Society. At the time of her While in New York, she met and married death, she was a member of Colonial Baptist her first husband, Ishmael Robert, and out Church of Randallstown, where she enjoyed of that union Stanley Robert was born. the Sunday School class taught by Melody Knox until her health prevented her attendance. Ann loved children, and for most of her life she was a day care provider. She was well known for her generosity and counseling youn people to reach their full potential. She was blessed with a special gift for nurturing. Annie leaves to mourn her daughters, Charlene, Shriley and Betty; 11 grandchildren, DeWayne, Rhonda and Rodney McNeil, Chris Brown, Michael Davis, Lynn McEachin, Tammy Hudson, Sheronda and Charles Johnson, Donte Askew and Malcolm Smith; 40 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Helen Johnson, Catherine Croxton and Barbara Harvin; a niece, Willie Mae Coplin; cousin and goddaughter Essie Mae Harvin; godson Bishop Carrington Edward Morgan Jr.; family friend Gwendolyn Branch and a host of loving neighbors, friends and relatives.
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March 13, 2010 - March 19, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American
‘Skins Can Learn From Ravens’ Oz
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Just what in the heck is going on around here? A Maryland-based NFL team breaks out the dollars at the start of free agency and it’s not the Washington Redskins? Nope, guess again. The Redskins’ Interstate 95 north neighbor, the Baltimore Ravens, pulled off the headline move of the weekend when they snagged disgruntled Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin for a couple of mid-round draft picks and a handshake. The Ravens, never too shy to make a move, don’t usually play the monopoly game of the NFL offseason. But when they do take a gamble, it’s usually a big one. From Shannon Sharpe to Willis McGahee and even the late Steve McNair, Baltimore has shown it will spend wisely on high-profile free agents. It’s that same method that has allowed the Ravens to stay ultra-competitive among the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers-type contenders of the AFC. Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome (the NFL’s first Black general manager) has made some brilliant moves during his tenure with Baltimore, and whenever he senses his team is a piece or two from seriously
"If they were to ever make a music video of NFL owners 'making it rain' at a club, the guy in the tank top, khakis and cash falling out his pocket would be none other then Redskins owner Daniel Snyder."
competing, he adds more ice to his veins, twists his cap back and rolls the dice with no hesitation. The Ravens have been ousted from the playoffs the last two years by the eventual AFC Super Bowl representative. With a blossoming offense and still stingy defense, Newsome patched up the one sore spot he felt was holding his club back: the receiver position. That’s Newsome for you. He builds his team from the draft up then patches his weak positions with proven veterans who can still bring it on gameday. The only thing that’s stood between Newsome and a few more Super Bowl titles was a problematic quarterback position the city of Baltimore believes he’s since rectified. The likes of Boldin and the newly acquired Donte Stallworth may not be enough to get Baltimore back to the promise land, but it’s enough to put Joe Flacco and company back in the position of Super Bowl favorites again. Baltimore’s teambuilding formula may not be
ideal but it’s certainly one that Washington should scrutinize. If they were to ever make a music video of NFL owners “making it rain” at a club, the guy in the tank top, khakis and cash falling out his pocket would be none other then Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Snyder’s “spend-or-die” approach in recent seasons has netted him no trophies or titles just losing seasons, ridicule and mockery from critics and fans. His $100 million pickup of Albert Haynesworth at the start of free agency last year was lauded more for the acquisition’s price tag than its judiciousness. Instead of bolstering an aging and depleted offensive line, Snyder added $100 million to a defense that finished fourth in the league the previous season. But that’s Snyder for you. It doesn’t matter what the team’s needs are, just reel in the best free agent on the market, make a PR splash and sell some tickets. Operating at times with no blueprint or direction, Snyder’s hiring of head coach Mike Shanahan and General
Manager Bruce Allen may be arguably the best set of moves he’s ever made in his career as an owner. The team is now run by Allen and Shanahan, and it’s showing already. Washington didn’t ring the dinner bell when free agency started this year, they simply signed versatile offensive lineman Artis Hicks
to a quiet three-year deal to man the right side of the line. Washington’s interest in linemen Tony Pashos and Chad Clifton didn’t end in lucrative big dollar deals – both men signed with other teams – but it showed the Redskins are recommitted to building a winner with solid acquisitions at troubled positions, instead of free
wheel spending on flashy players. It may be a different approach from what Redskin fans are used to, but if Snyder and Washingtonians are looking for the formula of how to get back to being competitive, they don’t need to look far. A trip up Interstate 95 is all that’s needed to show them how it’s done.
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Bowie State Basketball
By AFRO Staff The NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee recently announced its 2010 Championship Tournament field of 64. Unfortunately for Bowie State, the field did not include the Lady Bulldogs. Bowie State was ranked eighth in the final regular season Atlantic Region poll, and was hoping to make
Lady Bulldogs Miss Out on ‘Big Dance’
Fairmont State upset West Liberty, 85-78, in overtime during the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament finals. The win gave Fairmont State an automatic appearance in the Division II tournament because West Liberty was ranked fourth in the Atlantic Region Poll. “It was disappointing not to get the bid for the tournament, but overall we had a successful season,” said head coach Donna Polk. “I was pleased with our Atlantic Region ranking all season and to end the season ranked eighth was a good thing for the program. I wish our fellow CIAA schools success as they represent our conference in the tournament.” Men’s team upset in CIAAs As for the men’s squad, No. 2 conference ranked Bowie State suffered their own upset loss in CIAA Championship tournament, falling to Elizabeth City State, 68-56, in the quarterfinals. ECSU stole the win by containing the teammates of BSU’s Duke Crews, who was named CIAA Player of the Year, heading into the tournament. Crews performed well, scoring 19 points, along with 13 rebounds, but the rest of the team was limited in production. “If I was the opposing team, I think I’d do kind of the same thing,” said Crews, on how his teammates were contained. “We’ve kind of faced it the whole year. You have to give them all the credit. They executed their game plan and they came out with the win.”
Elizabeth City State went on to lose to St. Augustine, 63-59, in the CIAA men’s tournament final. More on the ‘10 CIAAs Popular brewing company Miller Lite sponsored a couple of events during the 2010 CIAA tournament in Charlotte, N.C. The Miller Lite Time Gallery and the Miller Lite Main Stage offered participants a funfilled experience that included performances by Black musicians and comedians from around the country. Miller Lite also donated $10,000 in scholarship funds to promote education at HBCUs.
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A NEW DIRECTION IN EDUCATION.
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Bianca Lee and the Lady Bulldogs just missed out on a chance to compete in the NCAA Division II basketball championship tournament. the cut after falling to the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos, 66-50, in the 65th annual Central Interscholastic Athletic Association Championship tournament finals. While FSU (20-9 overall record) will receive an automatic bid into the D-II tournament after claiming their first CIAA title since 2001 (third in school history), Bowie State (18-8 overall) needed help from another team. But the Lady Bulldogs didn’t get that help as the
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Terrorists, murderers, and burglars alike have all appeared on this famous list, which celebrates its 60th anniversary on March 14. The FBI’s “Top Ten Most Wanted List” was incepted after a1949 article deemed “The FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives” appeared in the Washington Daily News. The article received so much positive publicity that former Director J. Edgar Hoover implemented the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” program on March 14, 1950. Throughout its 60 years, the program experienced tremendous growth. In its beginning, the list was mainly comprised of bank robbers, burglars and car thieves. Thereafter, just as the priorities of the FBI had changed, the list also underwent transformation to later include revolutionaries, organized criminals and those linked to terrorist groups. The advent of modern
The Baltimore Afro-American, March 13, 2010 - March 19, 2010
FBI’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ Celebrates at 60
technology has also assisted in the growth of the program. “With the Internet coming along, we put up the list on the Web, as well as partnering with ‘America’s Most Wanted,’” said Phillip Edney, FBI spokesman. Edney added that the partnership with “America’s Most Wanted” the program’s Internet posting has led to many positive results. “Thirty-three percent of the top 10 fugitives printed have made results, with people calling in and going to the police and going to ‘America’s Most Wanted,’” Edney said. In discussing the fugitives that have been apprehended from the list, Edney also discussed one particular fugitive and his connection with the AFRO. According to Edney, Apee Hamp Chapman was being sought by the FBI for a double murder in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 8, 1953. Chapman first fled to Pennsylvania, and later settled in Maryland. When his picture was featured in the AFRO on Feb. 9, 1954, a D.C. resident quickly recognized Chapman, leading to his arrest in Silver Spring, Md., the very next day. The cooperation of citizens has led to the detainment of 152 fugitives of the 494 featured. Edney cites citizen cooperation as a help to the FBI, and assistance in keeping citizens safe. “We do a lot of things but we can’t be everywhere all the time,” he said. “The FBI has 56 field offices throughout the United States, and that’s a whole lot of area to try to cover. [Cooperation] helps us, but it helps keep the community safe also.”
March 12 The Color Purple Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Baltimore. Lively musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and film by Steven Spielberg. $42-$62. For more information: 410-547-SEAT. March 13 CCBC Women’s Expo 2010 Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus, 800 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, Md. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Expo featuring over 200 vendors with a range of products available including skin care products, handcrafted jewelry, realtors and more. $5. For more information: www. womensexpomd.com. March 14 Salaam Sunday: Evening of Expression Terra Café, 101 East 25th St. Baltimore. 5 p.m. An evening of artistic expression featuring artists from the Baltimore area. $10. For more information: salaamsunday.eventbrite.com. March 16 Carson Scholars Fund Milan, 1000 Eastern Ave. Baltimore. 6-9 p.m. Join Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. For more information: 410-903-8845. Dr. John A. Rich Book Lecture Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St. Baltimore.6:30 p.m. Dr. John A. Rich, chair of and professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, will be discussing his book, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men. For more information: 410-396-5430. March 17 Lindsay Maccuaig Art Exhibit Herbert Bearman Community Art Gallery, 1417 Thames St. Baltimore. 6 p.m. Art exhibit featuring the work of local artist Lindsay Maccuaig. For more information: 410-685-0295
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Teams from Westowne Elementary School and Cockeysville Middle School were named elementary and middle school champions at the 2010 Baltimore County Public Schools Black Saga Competition held recently at New Town High School. The annual competition challenges students to answer over 800 questions about African-American history and Black Photo by Bill Tabron lifestyle. The competition Deer Park Middle Magnet Team B prepares an answer begins during the fall to a Black history question during the competition. when students compete against teams within their respective schools and The winning team from Westowne counties before advancing to state finals. Elementary included fifth-grade students Eli Teams from each of the 38 BCPS Morton, Marcus Greene, and Luke Pound, elementary and 13 BCPS middle schools coached by team advisor Liz Getsinger. participated at this year’s half-day event. Cockeysville’s first place team, which also More than 1,000 attendees packed New won last year, was comprised of eighthTown High School for the event, which grade students Tionne Barmer, Regina drew BCPS Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Ledesma, and Shirley Shen, coached by bge_clipboard_family_Afro_3_13.qxp:Layout 1 3/4/10 3:32 PM Page 1 team advisor Carolyn Dickerson. Hairston.
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Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-10057 Provide Science Lab Renovation Services New Era Academy High School #422 Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-10057. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://ebidmarketplace.com Solicitation BCS-10057 will be available for review commencing Wednesday, March 10, 2010. The Pre-Bid meeting for this project will be held at the Baltimore City Public Schools Headquarters Building, 200 E. North Avenue, Room #301, on Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Pre-Bid meeting will be followed by a walk-thru of the school. The Response Due Date is Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for F.A.P. NO. CMG-000a (454) E, S.H. A. No. BC 319-007-815, CONTRACT No. TR09301R, INSTALLATION OF VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGNS AND SUPPORTS CITYWIDE will be received at the office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. APRIL 7, 2010. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. Baltimore City hereby notifies all Bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in Any Contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color or national origin in consideration for an award. Also, the Bidder´s attention is called to the Standard Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246) which is a part of the Contract proposal. All of these activities shall be done in accordance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended. It is the goal of the Department of Transportation that Disadvantaged Business Enterprises participate in all Federal-Aid Contracts. The total Disadvantaged Business (DBE) goal for this project is 20%. In accordance will Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987, Women are included in the definition of DBE and will be counted toward meeting this goal. THE CONTRACTOR SUBMITTING A BID ON THIS CONTRACT WILL SUBMIT A DBE PARTICIPATION PROGRAM IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE CONTRACT SPECIFICATIONS. Plans, specifications and other contract Documents may be examined without charge at the Baltimore City Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202 on or after MARCH 12, 2010 and copies thereof may be obtained on payment of FIFTY DOLLARS AND NO CENTS. ($50.00). Payment will not be refunded. All Contractors Bidding on this Contract must first be Prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractor´s Qualification Committee, Room 633, Charles L. Benton Jr. Building, 417 East Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $2,000,000.00 to $2,5,000,000.00. A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. on MARCH 26, 2010 at 414 Calvert Street, Transportation Management Center, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Bidders shall be restricted to those Prequalified in the following category: G90126 (Intelligent Transportation System - ITS) NOTE: ALL BIDDERS MUST CONTACT THE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS (410-396-6883) FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ADD THIS NEW CATEGORY. NOTE: THIS CONTRACT IS SUBJECT TO A PERFORMANCE EVALUATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates APROVED: Alfred H. Foxx, Director Department of Transportation Baltimore City Public Schools REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: RFP-10048 Provide Banking Services for Baltimore City Public Schools The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested banking institutions to submit proposals in response to the following RFP: Banking Services. In order to participate, interested prospective offerors need to register with eMaryland M
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CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for TR10020 FALLS ROAD TO ROL A N D AV E N U E S L A B R E PA I R S (NORTHERN PARKWAY) will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. APRIL 7, 2010. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of MARCH 12, 2010 and copies may be purchased for a nonrefundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact the Committee at Room 634, Charles L. Benton Bldg. , 417 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202 . If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is A02601 (Portland Cement Concrete Pavement) and D02620 (Curbs, Gutters & Sidewalks). Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $500,000.00 to $1,000,000.00. A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:30 A.M. on MARCH 26, 2010 at 417 E. Fayette Street, Charles L. Benton Building, Room 722. Principal Items of work for this project are: 9” Concrete Pavement, Modified Mix No. 6 5,000 S.Y. The MBE goal is 15% The WBE goal is 2% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates
CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for TR10021 CITYWIDE SLAB REPAIR will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. APRIL 7, 2010. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of MARCH 12, 2010 and copies may be purchased for a nonrefundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact the Committee at Room 634, Charles L. Benton Bldg. , 417 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202 . If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the
CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for TR10022 CITYWIDE CURB REPAIR will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. APRIL 7, 2010. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of MARCH 12, 2010 and copies may be purchased for a nonrefundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact the Committee at Room 634, Charles L. Benton Bldg. , 417 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202 . If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is A02601 (Portland Cement Concrete Pavement) and D02620 (Curbs, Gutters & Sidewalks). Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $200,000.00 to $500,000.00. A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:30 A.M. on MARCH 26, 2010 at 417 E. Fayette Street, Charles L. Benton Building, Room 722. Principal Items of work for this project are: Cement Concrete Curb Repair (Variable Width) 6,000 L.F. The MBE goal is 15% The WBE goal is 2% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates State of Maryland Request for Proposals R.F.P. JGM 2-11 The Department of General Services, Office of Real Estate, invites Offerors interested in providing real estate title, settlement and related services on land acquisitions and dispositions for various departments and agencies for our Lower Eastern Shore Region. Completed copies of the request for proposals package, including forms and instructions for submission, may be found on the DGS web page at www.dgs.maryland. gov, then click on Office of Real Estate or obtained from the Office of Real Estate, 300 W. Preston Street, RM: 601, Baltimore, MD 21201, or by contacting Jocelyn Mance at 410 767-4302; email: jocelyn.mance@dgs. state.md.us. Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to respond to this solicitation notice.
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Copies of this RFP are available on Baltimore H o u s i n g ´ s w e b s i t e a t h t t p : / / w w w. baltimorehousing.org/ps_procurement.asp or may be picked up,at no cost, at: Baltimore Housing-Department of Planning andDevelopment, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 301, Baltimore, MD 21202,weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Issuance Date: Monday, March 1, 2010 Pre-proposal Conference: Friday, March 5, 2010, 10 a.m. ALL RESPONSES ARE DUE TO THE BALTIMORE CITY BOARD OF ESTIMATES, ROOM 204, BALTIMORE CITY HALL, 100 N. HOLLIDAY ST., BALTIMORE, MD, 21202, NOT LATER THAN 11 AM, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2010 NO LATE RESPONSES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Paul T. Graziano, Commissioner The Department of Housing and Community Development 417 East Fayette Street, Suite 301 Baltimore, MD 21202 Questions Concerning This Request For Proposals Should Be Directed To: Nicole Earle, Project Manager Phone: 410-396-4455 Fax: 410-545-6737 nicole.earle@HABC.org CORRECTION MADE ON THIS AD THAT WAS PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 27, 2010.
CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT 1138 ON-CALL ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water & Wastewater to certify the qualifications of Environmental Engineering firms to provide On-Call Environmental Engineering Service for the Bureau. Two (2) firms will be selected to perform design related services for the repair, maintenance and new construction of facilities managed by Water and Wastewater Engineering Division. The Firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and document: 1. Extensive knowledge of Water and Wastewater Treatment processes and experience in the design of such processes. 2. Experience in preparing Standard Operating Procedures for Water and Wastewater Treatment facilities. 3. Familiarity with Federal and Maryland regulatory requirements regarding effluent water and air quality including the NPDES Program. 4. Experience with Water and Wastewater Pumping Systems 5. Rapid deployment of personnel in the appropriate discipline required for specific tasks and timely completion of the assignment. 6. Overall team approach with Minority/Women Business Enterprises. The services will include review for available information, investigation, feasibility, cost estimates, design, construction document preparation, shop drawings review and consultation during construction. The services would be for a two-year period with an option to extend for an additional year. The estimate cost of these services is $750,000. If you have any questions regarding the scope of this project, please contact Mrs. Larisa Feldsher at 410-396-7300 or e-mail at larisa. firstname.lastname@example.org. Project must comply with the 2006 edition of ”The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines For The Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, Room 601, 417 East Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project´s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a ”Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 4-12-2010. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline.
Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, general liability and workers´ compensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. Qualification Requirements All architectural, engineering and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the project must be pre-qualified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at the time of submittal for the Project. It is policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City´s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, subtitle 28 of the Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women´s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 17% The WBE goal is 10% Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/ associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittal that does not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instance DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBE and WBE is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at 410-396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE/WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1.The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2.The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3.The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; recision of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A ”principal” is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a sub-chapter ´S´ Corporation, or an individual owner. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a sub-consultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organization chart, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause disqualification of the submittal. Robert B. MacLeod Executive Secretary CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT NO. 1140 - CONSULTANT SERVICES FOR CITY OF BALTIMORE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by the Office of Sustainability, Department of Planning to advertise to procure research and planning services for the development of a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the City of Baltimore. Firms interested in providing these services must document their recent experience to demonstrate the following qualification requirements: 0 Experience in climate and energy planning. 0 Experience in community engagement with community planning processes. 0 Ability to complete task assignments efficiently and effectively. 0 Innovative approach to assignment. The scope of services shall include, but is not limited to: 1. Extend Baltimore City´s completed 2007 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory (available at www.baltimoresustainability.com), to create emissions forecast scenarios through (at least) the next 20 years; 2. Identify and articulate climate change impacts for Baltimore City; 3. Formulate sector (transportation, commercial, industrial, residential, etc.) strategies to meet City´s near term goal of 15% reduction in GHG by 2015 (addressing cost, timeframe, estimated financial and GHG savings, co-benefits, and funding sources); 4. Formulate sector strategies that would enable achievement of longer term, aggressive emissions reduction goals; 5. Complete a city-wide energy supply plan for both stationary and mobile uses incorporating renewable energy to the maximum extent feasible; 6. Recommend strategies for adaptation to identified climate change impacts; 7. Develop procedures for tracking implementation and effectiveness of recommendations; 8
The estimated fee for the entirety of this project is $150,000. The timeline for project completion is approximately six months from the contract award. The contact person is Sarah Zaleski, Office of Sustainability (410-396-4556). Firms intending to submit a proposal are encouraged to attend a non-mandatory pre-proposal meeting on Monday, March 22 at 2pm in the Planning Department Boardroom (417 E Fayette St. 8th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202). Questions about the proposal and evaluation criteria will be entertained at this meeting. To ensure fairness, additional questions beyond what is asked at this public meeting will not be entertained. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original proposal, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The proposal and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 4-9-10. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. The proposals for this Project should be limited to 30 pages and should address: Description of your expertise and ability to complete the proposed scope of work. Please include three examples of similar projects your firm has recently completed with references. 0 Description of expertise of all proposal team members including specific roles executed in related projects. 0 Detailed work plan outlining each required task necessary to complete scope of work. 0 Description of all physical deliverables expected to produce along with timeline. 0 Expectations of City staff time and input. 0 Analysis methods and software platforms anticipated to be used for emissions, cost, savings, and ghg reduction forecasting. 0 Public engagement process planned. 0 Additional and/or innovative services or products your firm may feel would enhance this scope of work.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS PORT OF BALTIMORE: CERTIFIED CLEAN DIESEL PROGRAM PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF REPLACEMENT ENGINES FOR DRAY TRUCKS AND CARGO HANDLING EQUIPMENT PROJECT ID No. ARRA-10-07-77 BID DUE DATE: BID DUE TIME: April 21, 2010 2:00 PM
Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, general liability and workers´ compensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. Qualification Requirements All architectural, engineering and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the project must be pre-qualified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at the time of submittal for the Project. It is policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City´s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, subtitle 28 of the Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women´s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 5% The WBE goal is 5% Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/ associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittal that does not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instance DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBE and WBE is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at 410-396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE/WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1.The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2.The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3.The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; recision of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A ”principal” is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a sub-chapter ´S´ Corporation, or an individual owner. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a sub-consultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organization chart, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause disqualification of the submittal. Robert B. MacLeod Executive Secretary
TO ALL PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS: PURPOSE: The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) is soliciting competitive sealed bids from qualified contractors to furnish and install replacement, EPA certified, diesel engines in various types of on-road trucks and off-road cargo handling equipment. MBE SUBCONTRACT PARTICIPATION: This project is being funded by American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Bidders responding to this solicitation are required to follow the Federal Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) six good faith efforts (as described in MBE Attachment A) for Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise/ (MBE/WBE) Participation. The Bidder shall include a detailed discussion of the work to be completed by any contractor/subcontractors hired to meet the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goal established for this project. The minimum MBE goal established for this project is twenty-two percent (22%). The minimum subgoals are eleven percent (11%) MBE goal, and eleven percent (11%) WBE Goal. MBE/WBE goals will also apply to contract change orders and amendments. State certified MBE firms can be found in the MDOT´s online MBE directory by accessing the website: http:// mbe.mdot.state.md.us/directory/. All bidders must return completed and signed MBE Attachment A (Certified MBE Utilization and Fair Solicitation Affidavit) and MBE Attachment B (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, DBE Subcontractor Utilization Form - US EPA Form 6100-4) with their bid responses. Bids submitted without the MBE Utilization and Fair Solicitation Affidavit (MBE Attachment A) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, DBE Subcontractor Utilization Form, EPA Form 6100-4 (MBE Attachment B) will be deemed non-responsive and will be rejected. Both the minority and non-minority prime submitting a bid shall attempt to achieve the MBE subcontract participation goal established in the Invitation for Bids. An MBE prime contractor may not use its workforce to achieve the established MBE subcontract goal. The following forms will be required of successful bidder as a condition of award: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program DBE Subcontractor Performance Form (EPA FORM 6100-3) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, DBE Subcontractor Participation Form (EPA FORM 6100-2) Whether or not the MBE/WBE goals are met, the successful bidder shall provide documentation of good faith efforts undertaken prior to bid submittal toward achieving the established MBE subcontracting goal. This documentation WILL be required as a condition of award. DELIVERY REQUIREMENTS: All equipment shall be delivered F.O.B. destination to the Port of Baltimore, Sparrows Point, Maryland 21219, not later than 120 days after Notice to Proceed is issued by MES. All applicable delivery costs shall be included in bidder´s price for Bid Item A.1. PRE-BID CONFERENCE: A pre-bid conference has been scheduled for Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM, at MES Headquarters, located at 259 Najoles Road, Millersville, Maryland 21108. DEADLINE FOR BID SUBMISSION: The Maryland Environmental Service will receive sealed bids at its Headquarters in Millersville, MD. Bids will be received until 2:00 PM on April 21, 2010, at which time all bids shall be opened and read aloud. Instructions for delivering bids to the MES Headquarters are included in the solicitation. Bidders are solely responsible for the timely receipt of their bids. Late bids will not be accepted. Electronically transmitted bids will not be accepted. All bids (one original and four copies) shall be placed in a sealed envelope, marked and addressed as follows: Maryland Environmental Service 259 Najoles Road Millersville, Maryland 21108 Attn: Kelly J. Ryan, Assistant Chief, Procurement & Contracts PORT OF BALTIMORE: CERTIFIED CLEAN DIESEL PROGRAM PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF REPLACEMENT ENGINES FOR DRAY TRUCKS AND CARGO HANDLING EQUIPMENT PROJECT ID No. ARRA-10-07-74 Do Not Open Until: April 21, 2010 at 2:00 P.M.. NOTE: To ensure timely delivery to the Procurement Division prior to the established bid due date and time, both the exterior and interior envelopes - particularly those delivered via courier (i.e. UPS, Fed Ex, USPS, etc.) - MUST BE marked as specified. The right is reserved, as the interest of the Maryland Environmental Service may appear, to reject any items of any bid. BONDING REQUIREMENTS: There are no bonding requirements for this procurement. OBTAINING BID DOCUMENTS: **THE SOLICITATION PACKAGE IS SENT ELECTRONICALLY. Bid documents may be obtained by contacting the Procurement Office Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please provide the contact name, company name, shipping address, phone and fax number, when requesting solicitation packages. Fax: 410-729-8280 E-mail: email@example.com QUESTIONS/REQUESTS FOR CLARIFICATION: Bidders having questions and inquiries regarding either the technical or the procurement sections of the bid documents shall contact the Maryland Environmental Service Procurement Office (Attn: Kelly J. Ryan) at procurement@menv. com or via fax at 410-729-8280. Failure to follow these instructions may result in a delayed response to bidder inquiries. The deadline for questions to be received by the Procurement Office is April 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM. Irene K. Hoffman, CPPO Chief, Procurement & Contracts
NOTICE TAXPAYERS NIGHT A HEARING ON THE FISCAL 2011 PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010 AT 6:00PM in the War Memorial Building located at Gay & Fayette Streets. At 5:30pm, citizens may begin signing the registration list to address their views on the budget to the Members of the Board of Estimates. City employees will be available from 5:30pm to assist any citizen into the building.
BOARD OF LIQUOR LICENSE COMMISSIONERS FOR BALTIMORE CITY NOTICE Petitions have been filed by the following applicants for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages at the premises set opposite their respective names. The real property for these applications will be posted on Monday, March 8, 2010. Written protests concerning any application will be accepted until and including the time of the conference or hearing. Conferences and public hearings will be held after March 25, 2010. Interested parties may contact the office of the Board, 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or by calling (410) 396-4385 to determine the exact time and date that a particular application will be considered by the Board. Written protests will be acknowledged by the Board and such protestants will be notified as to the date, time and place of the hearing and/or conference. 1. CLASS “B” BEER & WINE LICENSE 1001 Fleet Street, Suite C-140 New license Madcow, LLC Smith, Alexander F. & request to add outdoor table service and off premises catering 2. CLASS “B” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE Noodle Shop Co. – New License Harborplace - 301 Light Street Baltimore County, LLC & request for outdoor table service Wait, Robyn Bartlett, Lauri H. Howze, III, Samuel A. Sticky Rice MD, LLC Pasztor, Ronnie S. Ross, Thomas J. Transfer of Ownership 1634 Aliceanna Street
3. CLASS “BD7” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE Espinet, Yolanda Transfer of Ownership, 2312-16 Boston Street request to add live entertainment and outdoor table service & request permission to remove restrictions on license Two Two Liquors, Inc. Transfer of Ownership Lee, Ki J. 1301-03 W. Pratt Street
The Edmondson Group, LLC Transfer of Ownership 1901 Edmondson Avenue Sim, Un T. from secured creditor Barry J.A. Hond Han, Do J. Transfer of ownership Monarchs, Inc. Murray, Janice Curry, Dimple L. Whitlock, Russhon D. 6826-32 Harford Road
4. CLASS “D” BEER & WINE LICENSE The Bullpen Sports Bar & Grill, LLC Transfer of Ownership 508 Washington Blvd. Abdul-Ghani, Christina & request for outdoor table service Bagby’s Bistro, LLC Smith, Blake, E. Smith, David D. Schmidt, Douglas E. Transfer of Ownership 1006 Fleet Street & location from 811 S. Broadway
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS INSURANCE COVERAGE IFB NUMBER: B-1612-10
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The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (”HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (”IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide Electronic Data and Media, Crime, Boiler and Machinery, and Workers Compensation insurance coverage. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 16, 2010. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (”MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (”WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The IFB may be obtained on or after Monday, March 22, 2010, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC IFB Number B-1612-10.
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