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located on the 1800 block of North Charles St. “We actually serve between 75-100 drinks per day so we’re definitely affected.” Brown The beverage tax that everyone thought said they make their own purchases at the was down for the count rebounded at half wholesalers rather than having a regular the assessment, 2 cents instead of 4, but with delivery to his establishment that serves an long reaching effects for average of 130 customers Baltimore City residents per day. Merchants are and businesses. Soda, water, New Haven Lounge wondering beer and other alcoholic owner, Steve Covington, how the drinks are taxable, while sees the new tax as a additional 2 milk, juice and 2-liter “necessary evil” and is cent tax for containers are exempt. happy to help in providing beverages That part is clear, support for schools, jobs will impact but the next step awaits and whatever other services their overall explanation. are preserved through sales and The tax becomes the additional revenue. bottom line. effective with July 24 “Personally, we’ll probably beverage deliveries. absorb the additional cost According to the official and not pass it on to our city Web site, distributors customers,” Covington said. are responsible for seeing But he finds the process that the taxes exacted from somewhat confusing. their retail customers are “I haven’t received paid to the city coffers. The information as to how it site further instructs retailers all works, but how can the to require the appropriate retailers be responsible if Courtesy photo/W@H Creative+ the distributors don’t pay?” certification from their distributors, because Covington said he’s retailers are liable if those taxes aren’t paid. confident, however, it will all be worked Initial contact with a few retailers revealed out and he’s sure it won’t in any way hurt many of them either didn’t know how business at the New Haven in Northwood they would be affected by the tax or were Shopping Center. noncommittal about the whole thing. Although the expected income is only half “I think someone from the city is coming Continued on A4 to talk to us this week,” said Kevin Brown, owner of Station North Arts Café, By Rev. Dorothy Boulware Special to the AFRO

Retailers Have Mixed Feelings on Beverage Tax


Former Secretary of State, Aretha Franklin in Concert


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Northeast Swelters with Record Temperatures

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From Boston to Washington, D.C., the Northeast has experienced scorching temperatures nearing 100 degrees and even topping 103 degrees in certain areas. The Baltimore-Washington metro area saw temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark and BWI Thurgood Marshall broke its previous heat record, 101 degrees, with a boiling 105-degree peak. In this photo, 7-year-old Ashawnti Smith, of Cincinnati, Ohio, plays in a welcome spray of cool water as she tries to beat the heat.

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Steele Talks Himself into Irrelevance
By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief Michael Steele has maintained a Teflon-like resistance to criticism since he became the Republican National Committee chairman in 2008. And it appears he again will brush off calls for his resignation in the wake of his biggest gaffe to date, his criticism of the Afghanistan war, which he called “a war of Obama’s choosing.” But political observers say he just may have talked himself into a political graveyard.

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July 6, the filing deadline for the 2010 elections across the state, came and went with few surprises. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler sparked a firestorm and riled up a lot of Republicans and probably some Democrats back in February (when we were buried in snow!), over his support of gay marriage. But, it seems nobody was offended sufficiently to run against him, because the state’s AG is running unopposed. But, unlike Gansler, four-term U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski attracted a legion of challengers – although none have any real state-wide name recognition – hoping to stop her from being seated for a fifth term. In Baltimore County, current County Executive Jim Smith is unable to run again due to term limits and Baltimore County Council members Kevin Kamenetz and Joe Bartenfelder have emerged to contend for the Democratic nomination for that seat. Also in Baltimore County, Councilman Ken Oliver, D-Dist. 4, is carrying some extra legal baggage because

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of a felony indictment for theft connected to campaign funds. And perhaps sensing vulnerability, Leronia Josey, a lawyer and management consultant, is vying to become Baltimore County’s first Black woman councilperson by replacing Oliver, the county’s first Black councilperson. All 188 House seats and 47 Senate seats are up for grabs in the General Assembly and the vast majority of incumbents are seeking re-election. In Baltimore City, Sens. Lisa Gladden, who represents the 41st district in West Baltimore, and Catherine Pugh, who represents the 40th district also on the west side, are both running unopposed. However, as I drove through Southwest Baltimore on a sweltering day earlier this week, I saw the familiar orange and black—no, not the lame (N)Orioles!—of the Mitchell political dynasty posted on several small, browning lawns in front of row houses. Keiffer Mitchell, who was a member of the Baltimore City Council for 12 years before mounting an unsuccessful run for

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Baltimore mayor in 2007, is making a bid for one of the House of Delegates seats in the 44th district. All three delegates from the 44th – Ruth Kirk, Keith Haynes and Melvin Stukes – are running for re-election. Perhaps, the most volatile Continued on A6

“I think this is downhill all the way,” said political analyst Ron Walters of Steele’s political future. “It’s probably over because this was probably the best he was going to get in terms of a public position and he messed it up.” In his most recent blunder, the former Maryland lieutenant governor criticized and misrepresented the nineyear military incursion in Afghanistan. “This is not something the United States had actively Continued on A3

‘Doc’ Set for Next Level Leadership
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By Rev. Dorothy Boulware Special to the AFRO The man called “Doc” by his friends, who has come to embody the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is ready to begin a new phase in his career. Marvin Cheatham, who Pinder Group CEO Sharon Pinder says has restored the NAACP brand, is stepping down as the 18th president and is pursuing election to the Democratic State Central Committee for the 44th Legislative District. In his real-time work, Cheatham has served for more than 38 years as an election specialist for the National Labor Relations Board and found that the service he’s provided gratis to the NAACP, “that brought with it personal attacks and death threats, paid daily with God giving me the opportunity to help others.” He accounts a significantly improved level of activism as the strength of his leadership. He says service is the true measure of success. “Doc is a servant leader whose best leadership gift is his passion, vision and willingness to make the sacrifice,” Pinder said, adding that his tenure brought revitalization to

Marvin “Doc” Cheatham is founder of Blue Suit Sunday to raise awareness of men’s health.

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to release a new fragrance, My Life, and a line of eyewear, Melodies, according to her Web site. Gulf Spill Impacts Texas Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill in May have now reached Texas, according to The Associated Press. The tar’s unwelcome arrival raises questions about the oil spill’s AP Photo reach and how many states will be affected by the disaster. However, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said he believes the state is prepared to handle the spill’s residual effects. “As a steward of the Texas coast, I am confident that we have the resources and plans in place with our Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program to address any potential impact this oil spill may have on the Texas coast,” Patterson said in a statement. While the tar balls were small in number compared to the oil slicks that have inundated parts of the Gulf in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, Patterson said BP will compensate Texas for the damage. “Any Texas shores impacted by the Deepwater spill will be cleaned up quickly and BP will be picking up the tab,” Patterson added. McDonald’s Threatened with Suit Over ‘Happy Meal’ Toys A consumer watchdog group is threatening to sue McDonald’s fast-food chain, claiming the toys included in Happy Meal deceptively lure children into consuming the food and contribute to childhood obesity. According to CNN, the Center for Science in the Public Interest announced the potential suit in a letter to McDonald’s and said the fast food company’s toy related promotions violate consumer protection laws in four states and the District of Columbia. The Washington-based consumer advocacy group gave McDonald’s 30 days to comply with a series of requests, including removal of the toys from Happy Meals, before they file the suit. “McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” the center’s litigation director, Stephen Gardner, said in a statement. “McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children’s developmental immaturity—all this to induce children to prefer foods that may harm their health. It’s a creepy and predatory practice that warrants an injunction.” But McDonald Vice President of Communications William Whitman said the company has not violated any laws and the restaurant offers more variety than ever in their Happy Meals. “We are proud of our Happy Meal, which gives our customers wholesome food and toys of the highest quality and safety,” Whitman said in a statement, according to CBS News. “Getting a toy is just one part of a fun, family experience at McDonald’s.”

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Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified
By David Rushing Special to the AFRO of Justice. “But,” he continued, “diverting federal resources away from dangerous aliens such as terrorism suspects and aliens with criminal records will impact the entire country’s safety.” The department has also requested a preliminary injunction – which would Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. prevent Arizona from enforcing the law until held A spokesman for the office the murders but is being the in case is heard— to enjoin told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after

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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted

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The Department of Justice this week filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona, claiming that its immigration law, S.B. 1070, unconstitutionally interferes with the federal government’s authority to set and enforce immigration policy. S.B. 1070, which made failure to carry immigration documents a crime and allows Courtesy Photos police the discretionary power Jennifer Hudson and her to detain anyone suspected ofmom, Darnell Donerson who was in the as well as her beingkilled, country illegally,brother, Jason. “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted has been knocked by critics video screen, the family chose ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackas the broadest and strictest plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the the body of her 7-year-old “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show immigration measurehours in Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephew Monday, just ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both generations. was found in a police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” after his body was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also The department’s brief moment.” convicted in 1998 for possessaid that S.B. 1070 will place The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. significant burdens on federal enforcement of the law, Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released fromwill in agencies, diverting their arguing that the law prison been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years resources away from highcause irreparable harm. when a relative found Julian’s AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin for the attempted murder and priority targets, such as aliens “S.B. 1070 does not grandmother, Darnell charges. Juan Pena, of Las Vegas, Nev., holds up a sign in protest of the new Arizona immigration car hijacking to provide implicated in terrorism, drug simply seek No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King The boy remained missing law, at the Arizona Capitol in April. Since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the smuggling, and gang activity, legitimate support to the trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in controversial law, the state has faced a backlash from advocacy groups and from local, and those with criminal federal government’s group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers state and federal governments. records. immigration policy, Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale election officials. Presidential candidate John “For 75 days, we’ve – but instead creates an Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN Avenue. immigration enforcement is a would be less He taught come federal government. been praying for this law unprecedented independent were doing those things without long and deep. likely to classes theAn Amber Alert – a desigAssociated Community “Arizonians are ACORN’s knowledge or permis- forth or be cooperative with for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing to be struck down,” said immigration scheme that Organization for Reform Now – federal matter.” sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the In a brief submitted by the investigations for fear of a understandably frustrated Petra Falcon, executive exceeds constitutional children – was issued Friday “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN organization, the head of the Justice Department, Arizona potential arrest. is in trouble. with illegal immigration, director of the non-profit boundaries,” the department after Julian was discovered faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. The main argument and the after the murders. organization Promise Arizona, law enforcement officials said said in its brief. missing federal government forms to 1070 has work they 11 investigations across the Policeresponsibility to made by the department is has a arrested William in a“This is testimonyadded, work that S.B.get paid forhampered statement. She to the Republican National didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving proceeded we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour, the missing boy’s step- Committee (RNC) Chairman their ability to effectively that Arizona has thousands of comprehensively address “We applaud the Obama boxes.” ACORN, she said, potentially state-specific had,” Maude Hurd, standing father concerns,” said Attorney Michael Steele denounced the police their communities.is the to create afraudulent ACORN those and estranged husband Administration forpresident of victim of fraud, alsothe perpetra- immigration law that not said that forms. ACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at hisHolder in a press move on Tuesday, however, Officials have General Eric girlfriend’s up to this misguided law tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. victims or witnesses to crimes intentionally supplants that of Southside apartment several release from the Department and reestablishing that saying Arizona was just doing Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Balfour’s mother, Michele, has selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had registered 1.3 million new votefforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. nothing to do with the slayings. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” Continued from A1 been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for charged with, of service for the Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican prosecuted or wanted to tick- “[Do] an act casting fraudulent gaffe. votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN engage in,” Steele said in the country you love: Resign as “Republicans have sort The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack during a July 1 speech in chairman of the Republican of put together a mode of marily Kristol wrote in Since McCain’s election Obama, contending the group Connecticut. “It was the “is Party,”because of the way his operation for this comments, SQUARE HIGH ACORN operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices put the on the verge of maybe perpetrat- July 2 column. He added, president who was trying to cycle that does not have been rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds be cute…flipping a script in “…Your comment is more RNC chairman in a central ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in thiswhile country, demonizing Iraq, than an embarrassment. role,” Weber said. “That’s not ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of saying the battle really should It’s an affront, both to the the optimal way of handling The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” be Afghanistan. Well, if he’s honor of the Republican things. But in a very strange organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing such site, found of history, has a student those claims to Party and to the commitment way that gives him some the registration. offices and stole computers. Web he not understood that you of the soldiers fighting have a to protection because there’s no NOT ON THE LIST BREAD Maud explained, “We After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no eviknow that’s the one thing you accomplish the mission urgency on replace him—no to TV, an e-mail was zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared dence of any such democracydon’t do, is engage in a land they’ve been asked to take on sent to the local office saying she matter how grave of a misstep ate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” warHurd believes the McCain in Afghanistan?” by Most news account neglect to “is made.” have her life ended.” our elected leaders.” he going to The were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is a Since Steele issued But when Steele’s R.I., A worker in Providence,term charges comments spawned a clamor of calls for his ouster statement backpedalingall reg- received the next six months, ends in a threatening call sayrequired by law to turn in ed. LEFT RIGHT istration remarks, they also from the usual suspects and from hisforms. And and after fail ing,will find it you get off work he “We know almost She said, “Because it’s lowto note that spent reaching at 9” and uttered racialreand common sources. less moderate-income people, a weekend it was the organizaimpossible to win a epithets. tion, in many instances, that first election toto one officeWalters, A caller his office, left a and people of color, I believe the out to GOP leaders, he’s said Steele’s remarks were brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain inaccurate, and those campaign thinks “wildly little about his plans. the political analyst, said. to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters no excuse for there’sare going to votethem,” The chairman has so far “I doubt his Republican The McCain camp apparently calling to let youwilling Democratic, which is not said Sen. John McCain necessurvived the criticism heaped friends will be know that isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” (R-Ariz.), on ABC’s “This on him throughout a tenure to support him again,” points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s aUniversitydeleted) ACORN is no stranger to Week.” The former GOP fraught with allegations the former (expletive of ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. nominee added, presidential of anemic fundraising, Maryland professor of For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are “I think that Mr. Steele is questionable spending, politics told the AFRO. “He’s fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. going to havejustice for lowto assess as to staff shake-ups Johncringeand McCain proven the niggers on oak the McCain: I’m hell. All he’s a liability in trees. and economic whether he can still lead the inducing comments. And, public gonna and I approve this message. They’rearena.”get all hung honand moderate-income AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster 1 BANANA RepublicanWith 400,000 memParty as chairman politicos say, he’ll likely Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. In this July 15, 2008, file photo Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then a Republican presidential of the Republican National Associated Press writer Obama? A latest lapse. ber families organized into more survive hisman with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” candidate, laughs with Michael Steele, who now heads the Republican National Committee and make an Oustingperformed at first LizAnothercontributed to this Sidoti message said, “You baptism the party’s warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapCommittee. Steele has been chastised by McCain and other GOP leaders for his appropriate decision.” African-American chief col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive story. speed.” Vast ambition. After ters in 110 cities nationwide, comments on the war in Afghanistan. Sen. has over the years lege, he moved an unwanted deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORNLindsey Graham seen would provideto Chicago. Became a heading into guys just (expletive deleted) (R-S.C.)of criticism while advo- spectacle community organizer. its share added his own There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable censure, calling thehousing, this year’s congressional Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare chairman’s remarks anfor the races—something the GOP is every natural resource there is, branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organ- unlikely to chance. Instead, “uninformed, unnecessary, impressiveis taking him out to that he was asked of all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. unwise, untimely comment.” the party train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none hasKristol, withering been as editor of William the equation. What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital andconservative publication baseless as this one. the “Everyone is basically engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let TheWith the presidentialcame Weekly Standard election working around him,” said Before age five, every room is a classroom. Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks away, right out and asked Steele former GOP Rep. Vin Weber of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. 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“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” frustrated “Arizonians are understandably with illegal immigration, and the federal government has a responsibility to comprehensively address those concerns.”

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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace blog, she thanked fans and supporters for their prayers and what was necessary to protect offered a $100,000 reward to its borders. anyone who returned the boy “It alive. is unfortunate that Since the investigation, President Obama and his Hudson – who gained stardom administration would rather after appearing legal battle wage a costly on “American Idol,”Arizona than allow the with and then won an Academy Award concrete in state to take the for her role the movie Dreamgirls – has steps necessary to secure stayed out ofSteele said eye. its border,” the public in a The Chicago Tribune reportstatement. “Arizonans are ed that a parade of cars moved fed up with waiting for the slowly past her family’s home help promised by Washington Monday morning, past the that never seems to come. news vans, reporters and curious onlookers. Neighbors stood quietly and reflected on the violence. In front of the Hudson’s home, men in heavy jackets and hooded sweatshirts came to kiss the twin white crosses baring the names of Donerson and Jason. The state of Arizona has the “Everybody is sick of going right and the responsibility to through stuff like and stability provide security this,” Artisha West, acitizens resident of the for its former when the area toldgovernment fails to federal the Tribune. “We all have to stick together. All these do so.” young children areclaimedand Steele further dying, for what?” that the White House was again avoiding taking on immigration reform. “Not only will a lawsuit not solve the problem,” he said, “it is just another instance of hollow, political gamesmanship from a White House unwilling to take the bold action necessary to solve one of the country’s most pressing issues.”

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City, State Seek End to Infant Mortality
initiative, we will be doing everything we can to educate families and the community about how to prevent these kinds of infant deaths.” The initiative operates on four levels – improving policies and public systems, enhancing services for expecting mothers and families, building community involvement and engaging families and individuals in healthier practices. Although it is citywide, the Patterson Park North and East, Upton/Druid Heights and Greenmount East communities will be primary targets. The U.S. ranks 39th in the world for infant mortality, with Black babies accounting for 13.7 percent of infant deaths – double the rate of infant mortality among White babies according to Hugh Mighty, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Among African Americans in 2008, 14.3 infants in Baltimore City died per every 1,000 Black babies born. CareFirst has already committed $3 million to support B’More for Healthy Babies. “Every infant death in Baltimore City is a harsh reminder that we should be doing more to help mothers receive the care they need to have healthy births and care for the fragile lives they take home,” said Chet Burrell, CareFirst president and CEO. “Our partnership is part of a concerted effort to remove the social and economic barriers now preventing mothers in need from the care and support services that can save their babies’ lives.”

Mixed Feelings on Tax
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B’More for Healthy Babies is working to reduce the infant mortality rate by better educating families and strengthening public policies. By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer The mayor, city organizations and state officials are closing in on a serial killer in Baltimore City responsible for a growing death toll among its youngest residents. Infant mortality is defined as the death of a baby before age 1. In 2008 Baltimore City’s infant mortality rate (IMR) was higher than that of Hong Kong and Malaysia with 12.1 per 1,000 births, up from 11.3 the preceding year. With the launch of B’More for Healthy Babies, a fourlevel public health initiative designed to reduce the city’s IMR and promote healthy families, more mothers should be able to see their children grow. “Immediately reducing the number of infants dying from preventable deaths in Baltimore is a critical goal,” said Rafael Lopez, president and chief executive of the Family League. “But we’re also trying to build community awareness of the issue and, ultimately, strengthen policies and public systems that will help educate families and protect infants for years to come.” B’More for Healthy Babies’ is a three-year initiative with a mission to ensure all babies born in Baltimore have a healthy birth weight, are carried through a full-term pregnancy, and are ready to thrive in families that can make healthy decisions for the child. The city has a high rate of babies born preterm and underweight, key factors in infant mortality. Last year, more than 120 infants in Baltimore under age 1 died, with many of the deaths being preventable. “Losing even one infant to a preventable death is a tragedy,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “Last year, 27 babies in Baltimore died while sleeping. Twenty-six of them were not put to sleep safely. These babies might still be living if they had been put to sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib. With the B’More for Healthy Babies

the originally desired $11 million, there’s no doubt many city employees are grateful for the dollars that promise to save jobs and preserve much needed services. With the June 24 passage of the highly debated beverage tax, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake thanked the Council for “approving almost all of my Comprehensive Plan to fix the worst budget crisis in the City’s modern history with more than $70 million

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Continued from A1 the branch and “reminded us of its continued necessity.” Among the branch’s most recent accomplishments are its challenge to Wells Fargo’s banking practices and obtaining a settlement on questionable police arrests. It also received the NAACP’s 2009 National Thalheimer Programmatic 1st Place 1-A branch award and the publication award of the same name. His supporters agree, however, that the achievements are just too many to mention. Bringing branch meetings back to the original meeting place, Union Baptist Church, tops the list for the Rev. Dr. Al Hathway Sr., Union’s pastor. “He has re-established the branch as a viable and integral part of the community’s fabric,” Rev. Hathaway said. “He’s committed

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in tough spending cuts and $42.9 million in new revenue.” Her statement said the plan would fully fund the city’s “obligation to public schools, maintain every single police officer, reduce firehouse closures, and keep all community libraries open all without raising property taxes.” Consumers will not be taxed on beverage purchases but in most cases will see an increase in the prices.

to addressing the issues that most affect people.” Taking on uncomfortable criminal justice issues is what strikes Alfreda RobinsonDawkins, executive director of the National Women’s Prison Project. “He unabashedly holds onto the mission of the NAACP and holds government officials accountable to people of color and speaks out for folks caught in the system, while also establishing help for their return to the community.” A life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Cheatham’s hope for the future of the branch is a stronger connection with the faith-based community to engender increased membership and involvement. For himself, he hopes that his longstanding record of walking the walk as a “freedom fighter” will speak for itself in his future endeavor.

April 23 to September 26, 2010
Learn the stories of two disenfranchised groups – Jewish professors who fled Nazi Germany and African-American students at historically black colleges where the refugee professors taught.
Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges was created and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

For more information and for programs and events listing, go to

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
(two blocks east of Inner Harbor)

830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 | (443) 263-1800

Professor Ernst Borinski teaching in the social science lab, Tougaloo College, MS, ca. 1960. Courtesy of Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer David B. Wright Memorial Foundation (DBWMF) director and founder Shawnte’ Wright still remembers Feb. 4, 2009 —a date she’ll never forget. That was the day that her husband, David Bryan Wright, a Marine Corps veteran, was fatally shot by three teenage males in a botched robbery attempt. Rather then blame the youth that not only drastically altered her life but the lives of her three children, the longtime Baltimorean established a foundation in her husband’s memory as a means of support for troubled teens. “The foundation was started as a result of my husband’s death and I just wanted to turn a negative into a positive,” Wright said. “I was kind of tired of the community and the students that are struggling out here with survival and stopping the violence. [I wanted] to give them an impact of knowing that education is far more important and we can help them to prolong their life and do better things.” Only two years into its existence, the DBWMF continues to make strides in uplifting members around the Baltimore community through various avenues. The foundation helps relatives of victims of

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Local Woman Turns Misery into Mentoring
negative consequences associated with decisionmaking. According to one student, the visit was a success. “I think it went very well because a lot of people saw how violence can affect a person as well as other people at the same time,” said 17-year-old Patterson High School student and program participant Brittany Palmer. “It just helped me realize that everything you do has a consequence.” Although her foundation is still fairly new, Wright admits that her program has made significant strides so far and the plan is to keep the ball rolling. “So far we’ve been able to partner with other outreach community advocates and we’re involved in trying to help and get referrals to teenagers, students, possible students as well as elementary and middle school students. We’ve been doing peer group support in local libraries and different community events. We’re currently doing fund raisers… [and] we’re in the process of raising the foundation money to actually award scholarships for high school students that want to go to college.” For more information on the David B. Wright Memorial Foundation, please visit: www.davidbwrightmemorial foundation.org

Howard Family Medicine Residency Wins National Award
By AFRO Staff The Howard University Family Medicine Residency Program at Howard University Hospital and the College of Medicine was recently named the 2010 recipient of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAPF) Foundation Pfizer Immunization Award. According to a press release, the storied Washington, D.C. university was one of 10 recipients of the award, which is given to “family medicine residency programs that have achieved excellence in clinical practice by developing creative solutions that result in increased immunization rates in their community” according to AAFP. Dr. Richard G. Roberts, J.D., president of the AAFP Foundation, said he hoped other institutions will follow the efforts of Howard and the other schools recognized for their contributions. “Thanks to immunizations, deadly diseases like small pox and polio no longer kill or disable millions,” Roberts said in a statement. “Getting our children immunized at the right time protects them and improves the health of our community.” Dr. Femi Adenuga, program director for the Family Medicine Residency Program, interim director of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the College of Medicine and the hospital, said members of the program were thankful for the award and see their work as a “community effort.” “We strive to give back to the community,” said Adenuga, also presidentelect of the hospital’s medical and dental staff, in a press release. “This is a way that we can help prevent diseases among children.”

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Shawnte’ Wright has started a foundation since the death of her husband, David B. Wright, a Marine Corps veteran, who was tragically murdered by three youths. crime and bereaved family members while providing resources and educational support services for drug recovery and shelter homes. Additionally, the foundation also engages teens with healthy development of life skills and provides several after-school services that help to educate both children and adults The DBWMF will host its second annual State of Restoration and Family Union Conference later this year in September aboard the Spirit of Baltimore. The conference will address the issues surrounding victims of crime that have impacted the lives of families and students. In May, members of the DBWMF took a tour of the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center to expose teens to the positive and

Morgan Honors Esteemed Professor
Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey, a professor of English and longstanding member of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, was honored recently in a dedication ceremony at the University’s Communications Center. Dr. Sheffey, a Morgan State alumna, has been a professor at the celebrated institution for more than 60 years, and is internationally renowned for scholarship and as an educator. She is also the founding president of the Zora Neale Hurston Society, and editor of the Zora Neale Hurston Review. Her name is now a part of Morgan State University history with the naming of The Ruthe T. Sheffey Lecture Hall in the School of Communications. Dr. Sheffey has inspired such students as Pulitzer Prize winning writer James Alan McPherson, presidential speechwriter Terry Edmonds (Clinton administration) and singer Toni Braxton.

Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey and childhood friend Councilwoman Agnes Welch.

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Chess Trailblazer Teaches Camp for Local Kids

Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey at the dedication of a lecture hall named in her honor.

Baltimore Youths Visit Atlanta with Mentoring Group

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Maurice Ashley works with local youth as they learn more about chess.

Maurice Ashley, the first and only African-American international grandmaster of chess, visited Huber Memorial Church in Baltimore June 21-25, leading a chess camp for local children. The camp, open to 41 children in grades K-eight, taught all levels of chess and

helped the students improve the skills. The Huber Knights of Valor Chess Mentoring Program hosted Ashley’s “Making Chess Champions” class. In addition to working with youth around the country, Ashley has trained celebrities such as Will Smith, Jay-Z and Wynton Marsalis.

Photo by Bill Tabron

July 9 Forever Phyllis Best Western Ballroom, 1800 Belmont Ave., Baltimore. 8 p.m. Experience this birthday tribute to Phyllis Hyman and enjoy a light buffet. For more information: 410-265-1400. Baltimore Caribbean Carnival Festival 2010 Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave., Baltimore. 5 p.m. Come and enjoy this festival in the park featuring authentic Caribbean cuisine, dancing, and steel drum bands. For more information: 410-230-2969. The Ivan Smart Mob An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 8 p.m. Hear the funky sounds of this jazz fusion band. $20. For more information: 410-7527121. July 10 Heaven 600 Gospel Series Cruise The Spirit of Baltimore Ship, Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 12-2 p.m. Enjoy lavish all-you-can-eat buffets and live gospel entertainment. $38.44-$51.74. For more information: 866-312-2469. The Project Mayhem AllStar Comedy Jam The Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore. 8 p.m. In this night of laughs, hear the comedies of Red Grant, DeRay Davis and Lil’ Duval, in support of Project Mayhem, a non-profit organization supporting inner-city youth. $27-$57. For more information: 410837-7400. July 11 Dark to Light: Being Human The Living Well, 2443 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 3-7 p.m. In this photography exhibit, check out the work of Tya Anthony, a local photographer that captures the life, style and love of her subjects. $7. For more information: 410-258-8773.

From June 24-27, Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood Kings traveled to Atlanta for a three-day tour of CNN, The King Center, Coca Cola, Morehouse College and fun. The group, which aims to expose young Baltimore-area men to male role models and new experiences, departed from Coppin State.

July 14 Warm Wednesdays Five Seasons, 830 Guilford Ave., Baltimore. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Experience the ultimate venue in spoken word featuring talented artists across the region. $5. For more information: 410-2079832. Harborplace Family Fun Day Harborplace, Light Street Pavilion, 200 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore. 10-11 a.m. Bring the family out to this event featuring kid-friendly entertainment as Harborplace celebrates 30 years. For more information: 410-243-1333.

July 15 Third Thursdays at the Lewis Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 5-8 p.m. Come out for a night of fun and delicious food. $5. For more information: 443-263-1800. July 16-18 Artscape 2010 140 West Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Various times. View the work of over 150 artists, fashion designers and craftspeople at this visual arts experience. The event also features live performances from Musiq Soulchild and Maysa. For more information: www. artscape.org.

July 18 Women 2 Women 4 Women Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, Md. 7-11 p.m. Meet women from across the region and receive guidance and direction in all areas of life. This event features food, a cash bar, live performances and more. For more information: 443-738-8350. July 19 Get Fit at Your Library! Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St., Baltimore. 12-2 p.m. Get your Monday workout to popular line dances, hip hop, Caribbean and African rhythms. For more information: 410-396-6053.


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‘Average Girl’ Wins Major Educational Award
By Melanie R. Holmes AFRO Staff Writer After completing a 20-page application, writing nine essays and waiting for three weeks, Jerusa Miller was elated when she received notification that she was a finalist for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Juggling the workload of three advanced placement courses, on top of extracurricular activities as a senior at Woodlawn High School, at times discouraged her from finishing the time consuming application. But her hard work paid off. Out of 20,000 applicants nationwide, Miller was one of 1,000 winners to have all expenses paid for their undergraduate and graduate educational pursuits. “I’m just an average girl that worked for it and I got it,” she said. “I feel honored.” Administered by the United Negro College Fund, the scholarship is awarded to minority high school students who have at least a 3.3 grade point average and have demonstrated strong leadership skills through community service or extracurricular activities. Miller graduated with a 3.78, was the vice president of her class, manager of the girl’s varsity basketball team and a mentor in the 100 Strong Female Role Models program. But she benefitted most from the Advancement Via Individual Determination program. “I’ve been in the AVID program for three years,” Miller said. “It’s basically a preparatory program for college-bound students. It’s for students who just need the extra motivation. I filled out a bunch of little scholarship applications here and there but there were two big ones my teacher always talked about.” One of those scholarships was the Gates. Now, with her financial award, Miller will study atmospheric science and meteorology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania in the fall and plans to earn her master’s degree and doctorate in similar areas of study by the time she is 28 years old. “In eighth grade I did a unit in meteorology and I was really intrigued by that,” she said. “I also thought that’s something there will always be a demand for and there’s a high demand for African-American females.” offer.” Miller attended a predominately White middle school in Silver Spring. At the beginning of ninth grade, her family moved to Baltimore when her grandmother became sick, so she completed high school at Woodlawn, which is predominately Black. Although she said the “drastic change” in atmosphere caused her to keep to herself, her peers soon began to notice what type of student she was. “People used to call me ‘straight A girl’ in the ninth grade,” she said. But by the end of her senior year, she became known as the Gates Millennium Scholarship winner and has received the praise of many of her peers. “This is an opportunity that minimal people receive,” Miller said. “It’s truly a blessing for me to have it.”

“I’m just an average girl that worked for it and I got it. I feel honored.”
The youngest of five children, Miller said her family does not have a history of completing college, which is all the more reason they are so proud of her. She preferred to remain in Maryland for her studies, but could not find a school that offered the program she desires. Nonetheless, she is pleased with her decision to attend Millersville. “I went there and fell in love with it,” she said. “They have a lot to

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Jerusa Miller is one of 19 Maryland students to win the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Local Nonprofit Provides Vehicles for Families in Need
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Imagine waking up early and taking three buses just to get to work. For some Baltimore residents, this is a reality. But a local organization aims to change the lives of these individuals by providing them with keys to their own car, thus setting them on the road to financial independence. Vehicles for Change is an organization that is committed to selling refurbished vehicles to low-income families at low costs. Once a vehicle is donated to VFC, they repair it and ensure that it passes through state inspection. Then, by partnering with various shelters, job training and job readiness organizations, the group identifies certain low-income individuals in dire need of reliable transportation to get them to their jobs. The cars are then sold to these people for $700 and they receive a 12-month loan. “Our goal is to get them a car that they’re going to get two years or 24,000 miles out of,” VFC President Martin Schwartz told the AFRO in a recent interview. Since its inception in 1999, VFC has impacted the lives of over 9,000 individuals throughout Virginia and nine counties in Maryland. The organization recently presented vehicles to two Baltimore women whose financial income would have been in limbo had it not had been for the vehicles they received. “We’re thrilled to continue our mission of empowering Maryland families to live more independent lives by providing them with the opportunity to seek and maintain gainful employment,” Schwartz said in a statement. VFC recently teamed with Wal-Mart, as the megacorporation donated $35,000 to further assist in their efforts to provide reliable vehicles to local residents. “The only way we can award cars for $700 to families is if we can get some subsidized foundation money, so Wal-Mart stepping up and providing that [donation] allowed us to award 15 more cars to families in the area that we would have not been able to do,” Schwartz said. “It’s a great partnership and Wal-Mart does a lot more for the community than they really get credit for.” Wal-Mart Regional Supervisor Rhoda Washington believes the corporation’s assistance to the VFC program provides her with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch the lives of people right within her community. “I’m from Maryland and I was raised [here],” Washington said. It is a very humbling and tremendous opportunity to be a part of.” For Schwartz, seeing the families’ reactions after receiving their cars is enough satisfaction for him. “It’s like they’re 16 again, they get so excited,” he said. At Baltimore’s recent VFC event, Schwartz noticed the reaction a son had when his mother received a vehicle. With his mother’s new car, he is now able to play basketball at his local high school. “To see that young fellow being really excited to know that his dream of being able to play basketball was going to come true...there’s no other feeling like it,” Schwartz said. For more information on Vehicles for Change, visit: www.vehiclesforchange.org.

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The Games Begin
race in Baltimore City is the one shaping up between longtime Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy and defense attorney Gregg Bernstein. Bernstein, a former federal prosecutor, made a splashy announcement of his candidacy earlier this week when he was introduced by none other than flamboyant Baltimore defense attorney Warren Brown. Brown, who has flirted with the idea of running for office, including state’s attorney several times over the years, proclaimed many of the criminals he has represented don’t fear being prosecuted in Baltimore City, presumably because of Jessamy’s role as the Baltimore state’s attorney. Bernstein made his announcement with his wife Sheryl Goldstein by his side, which of course is not unusual. However, what is ironic is Goldstein is the director of the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice and often works closely with the state’s attorney’s office. As I said at the beginning of this column the filing deadline for the 2010 Election passed with few surprises, including the much Continued from A1 anticipated rematch between former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich and the man who defeated him current Gov. Martin O’Malley. However, I would argue what is surprising is the results of a recent poll, which has Ehrlich ahead of O’Malley by about three points. Granted the poll was conducted by right-wing mouthpiece, The Washington Times, so some O’Malley supporters are taking the results with a grain of salt. But, in a state with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and O’Malley recently receiving an award from the National Education Association for being, “America’s Greatest Education Governor,” it seems like the Maryland governor should have fared better in just about any poll. The reality could be the same anti-incumbency sentiment, which may have adversely impacted Ehrlich when George Bush was president, may be resonating with many in 2010 with Barack Obama in the White House. Stay tuned… Sean Yoes is a former staff reporter and contributing writer to the AFRO.

No matter what makes you happy you’ll find it in Baltimore. Only Baltimore has this many unexpected things to see and do all in one place. To find your happy place this summer visit BmoreHappy.com
Photo of the RCA Dog and Francis Scott Key, courtesy of The Maryland Historical Society. Bob the Builder image © 2010 HIT Entertainment Limited and Keith Chapman. All rights reserved. Degas sculpture image courtesy of The Baltimore Museum of Art: Alice Morawetz Bequest Fund, BMA 1943.1. M. Pickersgill image courtesy of Pickersgill Retirement Community and The American Flag Foundation.


I was honored when Speaker Nancy Pelosi named me as a House negotiator in our marathon effort to seek the Senate’s agreement on how best to make Wall Street and the big financial institutions more accountable. I also knew that achieving true reform would be a difficult fight. It took us days of negotiation – capped by a 20-hour bargaining session – but, finally, we were able to reconcile the House and Rep. Elijah Senate versions of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Cummings Protection Act [H.R. 4173]. As I write these words, the House has approved our bill [237-192], but Senate approval of our reconciled bill is still in doubt. With all due respect to our Senate colleagues, America can no longer afford to wait. During our conference committee’s long hours of debate, I knew that neither failure nor delay is an option. For eight years, President Bush and congressional Republicans looked the other way as Wall Street and large financial institutions exploited loopholes and gambled our money on complex schemes. Our communities and small businesses have paid the price. We have lost an additional 8 million jobs – and as much as $17 trillion in retirement savings and net worth – while millions of our neighbors are in danger of losing their homes. The time for more oversight and restraint of large financial institutions is at hand. As a nation, we must put behind us the idea of “too big to fail.” We cannot afford any more taxpayer bailouts. After the days that we spent in that very difficult series of negotiations, I knew that we could be proud of what we had accomplished. Consider just some of our more important reforms. Americans deserve an end to the predatory lending practices

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The Time for Financial Reform is Now

of our recent past. We need the protection that our new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would provide. Federal regulators must have the legal tools that would allow the prudent restructuring of “too big to fail” financial organizations before irresponsible behavior could again threaten our entire economy. Those tools should be paid for by the financial industry itself—not by America’s taxpayers. Our economy can move forward again – but only if we limit the types of risky financial practices that caused the current financial crash. Our approval of a strong “Volcker Rule” will limit excessive speculation by large financial firms. Wall Street must learn to operate within strengthened oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission, hedge funds must operate in the light of day, and credit rating agencies must operate under far more penetrating oversight. Shareholders must have a “say on pay” about executive compensation, and small businesses will have expanded protection against unreasonable credit card fees. Equally important, our legislation will help the millions of Americans who now are in danger of losing their homes because their incomes have been slashed in a sluggish economy. During the last 15 months, I’ve sponsored four foreclosure prevention seminars, and thousands of distressed Baltimore homeowners have attended. Black, White, and Hispanic Americans - they all were in tears. As Americans, we must do better than this. I was gratified that the conference committee accepted my proposal for the creation of a $1 billion fund - underwritten with remaining TARP funds - that would provide low-interest “bridge loans” to homeowners facing foreclosure. Our committee also approved my provisions requiring

lenders to notify borrowers of all the consequences of refinancing or accepting a home equity loan, to disclose their policy regarding partial payments, and to inform borrowers how their escrow payments will be applied. We are witnessing the harsh economic consequences of the ideologically-driven regulatory failure of our recent past– millions of jobs lost, millions of homes lost, and a multi-trillion dollar decline in retirement savings. Now, American financial institutions must change. President Obama once reminded us that his election was the opportunity to work for constructive change. The Congress has been doing that work, and, now, the American people deserve the results of our labor. Now is the time to enact Wall Street and consumer protection reform. Our nation has no more time for delay. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Two Lawyers’ Groups Have Reservations about Kagan
Although the NAACP and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network have enthusiastically endorsed Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, two key legal groups have so far refrained from endorsing the former Harvard law dean amid questions about whether she would be a strong civil rights advocate on the court. That split underscores the complexities of a civil rights community eager – some say George E. Curry over eager – to support the nation’s first African-American president, and the legitimate concerns of some highly-respected legal organizations in a much better position to evaluate Kagan’s suitability to fill the seat vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens, a reliable liberal vote on the sharply-divided Supreme Court. Mavis T. Thompson, president of the National Bar Association, the largest organization of Black lawyers and judges, said the group gave Kagan only a lukewarm rating because of concerns about her positions on crack-cocaine sentencing disparities and her record on diversity at Harvard. Although Kagan is clearly qualified to join the court, Thompson said, “We hope Ms. Kagan’s views on civil rights and equal justice will become apparent during the confirmation hearings. To date, the NBA has withheld its endorsement due to insufficient information to ensure that Ms. Kagan’s views are consistent with the core missions of the organization.” Barbara R. Arwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, said her organization voted not to take a position on Kagan. “There isn’t a judicial record to review, indicating her views on critical civil rights matters,” she told the Washington Post. “And otherwise, the civil rights record that exists is thin and mixed.” Despite that mixed record, Sharpton issued a statement saying, “President Obama’s nomination of Ms. Kagan – a New Yorker who was a clerk for the Honorable Thurgood Marshall and who has shown balance and fairness throughout her career – is worthy of the support of the civil rights community.” It took the NAACP just five days to endorse Kagan. “After a careful and thorough review of Elena Kagan’s record, we have unanimously voted to endorse her nomination,” President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said in a statement. By contrast, the NAACP took nine times as long to research Clarence Thomas before opposing his nomination. Jealous, like Sharpton, noted that Kagan once clerked for legendary Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. But make no mistake about it — Kagan is no Thurgood Marshall. Not even close. When Marshall joined the court, no one questioned his commitment to civil rights. As a recent story in the Los Angeles Times observed, “Though Marshall was an unwavering liberal, Kagan already appeared less so. Memos on file in Marshall’s papers at the Library of Congress show Kagan to be cautious, skeptical and, at times, scornful of those who would push the law too far to the left.” Because Kagan has not served as a judge, has written curiously little about major civil rights issues, and has a record of courting conservatives, many are looking at her time at Harvard, her service in the Clinton White House and her short tenure as solicitor general for clues on what kind of judge she might become. Critics note that of the 43 full-time faculty members hired during her tenure at Harvard, only two were Black and one was Asian. After studying her record, scholars found that of the 32 tenured and tenure-track faculty appointments under Kagan, only one was a person of color (Asian) and seven were women. Kagan’s defenders argue that the law school faculty, not the dean, makes the final decision on hiring. But Kagan supporters can’t have it both ways. They can’t argue convincingly that she

represented only one vote, while taking credit for her bringing in more conservative faculty members. For example, President Obama in his nomination speech said, “At a time when many believed that the Harvard faculty had gotten a little one-sided in its viewpoint, she sought to recruit prominent conservative scholars and spur a healthy debate on campus.” She was so successful in attracting conservative faculty members that the right-wing Federalist Society gave her a standing ovation at one Harvard banquet. On its Web site, the group carries this quote from Kagan: “I love the Federalist Society ... They are highly committed, intelligent, hardworking active students who make the Harvard community better.” Many prominent conservatives have endorsed Kagan, including Charles Fried, solicitor general in the Reagan administration; Ken Starr, the person who prosecuted Bill Clinton; and Theodore Olson, who served as solicitor general for George W. Bush. Those endorsements have raised the eyebrows of progressives. With conservatives holding a 5-4 edge on the Supreme Court, Obama can’t afford to be wrong about Kagan. Other presidents have lived to regret their Supreme Court appointments. President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren as chief justice in 1953, feeling certain he would be a reliable conservative vote. However, Warren moderated his views and became one the court’s most consistent and influential liberals. Eisenhower would later say Warren’s appointment was “the biggest damn-fool mistake I ever made.” We can only hope that Obama won’t have to say the same thing about Kagan. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of “Emerge” magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.

July 4 marked 234 years of U.S. independence. And although America’s ongoing “melting pot experiment” is theoretically unbiased to Blacks, Latinos and Muslims, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that hate groups, like the well-armed Hutaree militia, have increased 200 percent since President Obama’s 2008 election. Texas, the former rebel republic and current headquarters of the Guardians of the Free Republic is now waging new ethnic and ideological battlefronts by arming schoolchildren with conservative-bent textbooks that re-sculpt some of America’s most traditional outlooks. In Arizona, new immigration legislation now gives a tacit eyewink for police to round up and shakedown Latinos. And if you didn’t know, the catchy slogan “If you see something, say something” is a discreet way of saying “keep a close eye on all Muslim people.” The resulting rifts over the civil liberties of U.S. citizens and Obama’s recent speech on immigration reform, offer a perfect platform to dissect the definition and discrepancies of “We the People” as spoken of constitutionally and historically. It was German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller who named the Western Hemisphere “America” in tribute to Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci in 1507. As early as 1782 when colonists were still blasting their British kinfolk with musket balls, J. Hector St. John Crevecoeur posed the question “What is an American?” in his famed book Letters from an American Farmer. So who exactly are “We the People” in modern terms and times? Certainly, when these three simple but significant words were first penned in the U.S. Constitution in 1787, the founders didn’t envisage America becoming a vast multi-ethnic society in a world of international laws, where state-sanctioned slavery

The New ‘We the People’
Ezrah Aharone

could have them prosecuted today for the likes of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Certainly, when the ironfisted but seldom-mentioned President James K. Polk swiped an unprecedented 1.2 million square miles of territory from Mexico as spoils of war in 1846, it was never intended for millions of Mexicans to sneak across “America’s” border with impunity today. But as the saying goes, “Mexicans aren’t crossing the border, the border has crossed them.” And certainly for Japanese-American citizens, “We the People” became constitutionally meaningless when Franklin D. Roosevelt decreed Executive Order 9066, which unleashed the U.S. military to mass-incarcerate 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry during World War II. While the malice of the founders and ethnic crackdowns of Polk and Roosevelt do not detract from their “American greatness,” there’s comparative objection from Blacks and liberal Democrats because the new textbooks in Texas place positive spotlights on people like Jefferson Davis and Sam Houston. Based on the outcry, you’d think Davis and Houston were more crippling to the cause of African Americans than, say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. If you’ve noticed, however, there’s an overall process at work to politically repackage the image and ideals of America’s founding history. As such, despite centuries of known ethnic mistreatment and “Whites-Only” privileges, America conversely portrays itself as being uniquely constituted with rights and freedoms that were always meant for “everyone” to partake ... as though “We the People” signified Blacks, Native Americans, Latinos, Asians and even Muslims all along. Sure, this promotes feel-good nationalism, especially during these days of protracted warfare in Muslim countries. But the

unedited political truth as cited in Foreign Affairs magazine is that: “For substantial stretches of U.S. history, it was believed that only the people of English origin, or those who were Protestant, or white, or hailed from northern Europe were real Americans.” Although the founders bequeathed a largely-Anglo nation, what they didn’t politically calculate were a few societal probabilities ... That demographic shifts could eventuate a “New We the People,” causing Anglo people to teeter on the brink of becoming a minority on American soil, where “one man, one vote” would become an establishment threat. Moreover, that the “New We the People” could send a Black man to the White House in the 21st century. On the downside, along with secretive hate groups, the “New We the People” has attracted mainstream opposition from tea partiers who openly aim to “take their country back,” which among other things is a coded expression of “ethnic displeasure.” The fact that a group like the tea party has almost instantly become a fully-financed movement of scale is an omen that the “New We the People” can expect continued ethnic resistance well into the future. Celebratory fireworks and barbeques on the Fourth of July masks the nation’s racial complexities for 24 hours. Yet, the much-hailed ideals that the Declaration of Independence proclaims are still nevertheless “A Dream Deferred,” given that lingering ethnic prejudices and political contradictions remain endemic 234 years later ... and still counting. Ezrah Aharone is the author of two political books. He is a founding member of the Center for Sovereignty Advancement. He can be reached at Ezrah@theCSA.org.


The Afro-American, July 10, 2010 - July 16, 2010

Feel Good Friday
Knee Pain Seminar

Human Skin Now Used for Breast Reconstruction
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Dr. Tom Grace has been performing plastic surgery in Baltimore since 1990, but his voice still becomes animated when discussing recent medical advances. Most recently, the St. Agnes Hospital surgeon’s excitement was ignited by an evolving technique that uses human skin to aid the process of breast reconstruction for breast cancer survivors. Contrary to belief, the road to recovery doesn’t end for breast cancer patients once their treatments are finished. For many convalescents, specifically those that undergo mastectomies, the next phase to full recovery—both mentally and physically— is breast reconstruction. Mastectomy typically destroys everything inside the breast including the nipple and areola and a fair amount of skin in some cases, leaving the breast flat after treatment. Plastic surgeons then try to rebuild the breast to its regular appearance utilizing breast implants and human tissue. Applying human tissue for surgery is a technique that’s been used by surgeons for years via cadaver skin, but recent developments have allowed for the use of donated skin, lending to improved results while minimizing the risk of complications. “It’s a technique we’ve been using a lot since the ‘70s or the ‘80s. About five years ago somebody figured out if we take human beings’ skin or a product of the skin—now it’s been extended that some companies use pig material— we can sew it to the muscle to cover the implant,” Grace said. “There’s less complications, a better looking breast reconstruction and the like. It’s a technique that’s been around for a long time [but] this newer material has really made the technique a lot better.” While most people would chafe at the idea of donating their own skin, cosmetic surgeries such as liposuction, abdominoplasties and others have allowed patients to willfully provide excess and unwanted skin without hesitation. Because the top layers of provided skin aren’t used by surgeons in the breast reconstruction procedure, cross matching different races of skin is acceptable. “The biological material from the skin that we use you can use anybody’s on anybody, it’s not rejected,” Grace said. Perhaps the most challenging part of the reconstructive process for patients is learning their alternatives. A recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveals that seven of every 10 women facing breast cancer do not know their reconstructive options. Although several resources and outlets are readily available, study results suggest women are not informed properly about breast reconstruction options post-mastectomy. Despite the lengthy history of breast reconstruction procedures, awareness of advancement in cancer recovery is something that still eludes most patients. But its knowledge physicians worldwide are trying diligently to promote.


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.


“Look, honey, only 1,567 steps left to go.”

Friday, July 23 9 to 11 a.m. Includes continental breakfast
Harbor Hospital’s Waterfront Baum Auditorium 3001 South Hanover Street Baltimore, MD 21225
Harbor Hospital is part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with nine hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region. More than a half-million patients trust their care to MedStar Health each year. medstarhealth.org

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If you’re HIV+ and think you can’t afford the medication you need, there’s something you should know.

The AlloDerm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix is one of several innovative techniques that surgeons use to reconstruct the busts of breast cancer survivors utilizing human tissue. “What’s exciting about being a physician is that you’re always looking for new and better things,” Grace added. “So when we find things that are newer and better it’s even more exciting to people like me.” For more information on breast reconstruction and other related matters, visit www. breastreconstructionmatters. com.

The Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program (MADAP) helps cover the cost of many medications for low to moderate income people in Maryland who are living with HIV/AIDS. There are exciting, new drugs in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Don’t miss out because you can’t afford them. Call MADAP today. 410-767-6535 Baltimore Area 1-800-205-6308 Toll Free in Maryland 410-333-4800 tdd
MADAP is a program of the AIDS Administration Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Initiative Teaches Maryland Students the Dangers of Alcohol Poisoning

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By AFRO Staff As part of their efforts to warn youth about extreme alcohol consumption, Montgomery County’s Keeping It Safe (KIS) coalition on Under 21 Alcohol Prevention has administered educational posters to every school and liquor store in the county that explain the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently produced the Youth Risk Behavior Survey which found that nearly one in four high school students across the country have had five or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting over a 30-day period. The CDC estimates that extreme drinking contributes to approximately 75,000 deaths a year. “Our youth need to hear a consistent message from all corners of our community,” said KIS Coordinator Meg Baker in a statement. “And, while our focus remains on preventing under-21 consumption of alcohol, we understand that some of our youth will continue to consume alcohol, and we want them to be aware of the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning.” Stephanie Quinn, a student intern in the Montgomery County Police Department and a member of the Keeping It SAFE Coalition, created the poster idea. Four posters were selected from Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Richard Montgomery and Walt Whitman high schools, and were reproduced and delivered to every Montgomery County high school. “Even kids who don’t drink alcohol sometimes come across others who do,” said Quinn in a press statement. “Reacting appropriately to a potential alcohol poisoning victim could be life saving.” For more information, call 240-777-6652 or visit www. montgomerycountymd.gov/kis.

July 10, 2010 - July 16, 2010, The Afro-American


Photos by Bill Tabron

On June 20, former radio host and Baltimore-based media personality Marc Clarke hosted the “Always Daddy’s Girl” father-daughter dance, featuring a JF, hors d’oeuvres and more. The event, held at the Frederick Douglass Maritime Museum, was created to highlight the special bond between girls and their fathers.
Marc Clarke Sydney and Byron Cooper Kierra, Kevin and Keyonne Simpson

Indira, Bryan and Sims Alston line dance

Akilah and Edward Bazemore

Bobby Marvin and Raniya Holmes

Attendees enjoy a father-daughter dances

Marvin Tilghman and Carol Ford

The Rev. Marlon Tilghman, Edwin Avent, co-founder; Marcus Franklin and Rod Carter

Ellwood Lane and Craig Menzel Darryl Stokes, Anita Jackson and Craig Menzel

Kyran Abraham Jr., Kendall Newman, Dion Lawson and James Bennett Vickie Ballou-Watts, Claude and Vincent Watts Kalabe Haile, Isaac Richardson and Girume Achenafe

Black Professional Men, a nonprofit organization created to address the economic, social and political concerns of African Americans, recently held its 17th awards ceremony honoring community leaders. According to the group’s Web site, the “ Rays of Hope

Breakfast is an opportunity for Black Professional Men, Inc. to showcase its mentoring program, and to offer scholarships to deserving Black male students from the Baltimore metropolitan area. In the past fourteen years, Black Professional Men Inc. has awarded scholarships to more than

90 deserving African-American male high school graduates.” The program took place at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel and aimed to raise $13,000 in scholarships for the young men affiliated with the BPM.
Photos by Bill Tabron

Daleiah Brown enjoys a pony ride as Aaron Wheeler of City Ranch guides the horse.

The Rev. Dr. Charles E. Coger, pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, and his granddaughter Oleshia Vines Kalan McGee, Hailey Boutte, Dynasty Covell and Tiffany McGee

Ahesahmahk E. Dahn, CEO of City Ranch

Lachrista Alsina and Jimmy Wilkens

Gloria Williams, Robinette White, Cathy Blackwell, Aubrey Gordon and Bernice McNair

Baltimore’s Mt. Ararat Baptist Church recently hosted a community fair featuring pony rides, giveaways, food, fellowship and fun.

Erica and Wanda Freeland sell fine jewelry and goods.


The Afro-American, July 10, 2010 - July 16, 2010


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Meet Choo Smith: ‘Baltimore’s Best Kept Secret’
By Bilal Salaam and Perry Green AFRO Contributor and AFRO Sports Editor Coppin State University’s new Physical Education Complex has become the hot spot for college athletes looking to stay in shape during the summer. But during the past week, the $136 million center was filled with a great amount of not-quite college-aged kids. They were all participants of the 2010 Charles “Choo” Smith Summer Basketball Camp. One might assume a “bull in a china shop” effect ensuing when more than 100 youths, some as young as 6 years old, are given free rein to such an open environment. Not so. Grouped by age, each kid worked on basic skills such as shooting, defense, free throws, rebounding, posting and pivoting and off-hand layups. Choo, a former Original Harlem Globetrotter and native of Baltimore, sees a lot of himself in the camp participants. That’s why he puts so much energy into molding each of them individually. “Nothing is too simple to me,” says Choo. “I’m never afraid to go over the top and take risks, because that’s what I believe it takes to be on the next level.” That’s how he came up with the ‘Four L’s’ (Love it, Learn It, Live It, Lead It), a motto that he uses to encourage the camp participants, Choo added. He was a pudgy, mild-mannered kid, Lamar Pennick) – are also inspired “It’s so important to love and but he was always excited about the by Choo’s ability to mold youths be passionate about everything you game. This year, he’s dominated his with sound fundamentals. do, and then it becomes natural to age group and now every school in Arthur Lewis met Smith just after learn how to do it better,” he added, the area is after him.” playing junior college basketball, explaining the Four L’s. “Once you The coaches – (including Arthur and instantly learned to exude learn, you have to live what you Lewis, Omar Smith, Kevin positive energy into every endeavor learn, and then finally you have to English and he takes on. lead by example.” “We have fun here,” said Lewis The “Four L’s” are visible in after balancing a ball on the back everybody who works with Choo, of his hand and punch-passing it including youths and adults. to Choo. “Just because you do Jawuan Wilson, a 16-year-old the right thing doesn’t mean even-keeled teenager, has been with you can’t have fun. You just the camp since its inception in 2006, have to love doing the right when the camp was stationed at thing.” New Town High School. Lamar Pennick, also Wilson’s mother, Vicki, a coach and former excited about the change college basketball player, she saw in Jawuan after appreciates how the camp his first year, decided to narrows the gap between volunteer her services. life and basketball. “I’ve enjoyed watching how “We try to keep he’s grown, and not just basketballthe game simple, but wise,” said Vickie Wilson, who we also teach the kids couldn’t hold back a few emotional how to play chess, read tears when overhearing Choo the daily paper and keep up explain the” Four L’s” to the AFRO. on current events,” Pennick “It really touched home because said. “We emphasize the I’ve witnessed how my son has development of communication progressed through each of the four skills.” phases and now he’s at the point In addition to talented ball where he’s evolving into a leader players, Smith also has won the both on and off the court.” support of business/marketing Wilson can’t imagine her son tycoon Mel Butler, who personally working with anyone else but Choo, admired Smith’s commitment to who considers Jawuan as one of AFRO Photo/Anderson R. Ward the youths of Baltimore. his best pupils in the camp’s five- Former Original Harlem Globetrotter Charles “There are few who are year history. genuine about their passion “Choo” Smith has closely mentored 16-year“[Jawuan] was about 10 years old Jawuan Wilson, molding him into a and vision for young people,” old when he first started the camp. leader both on and off the basketball court. said Butler, who now holds the title of chief operations officer for Smith’s camp. “I decided that this was a worthy cause when I found out that he was conducting a camp that he paid for out of his pockets for four years.” While watching Choo and Arthur exchange Globetrotter-style basketball tricks among one another, Butler mentioned a few events scheduled to help support the camp, including the first annual Choo Smith Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament on July 26. Butler—who has 40 years of marketing experience both nationally and internationally, including ties to the founding of Baltimore’s first ethnic festival, “Salute to Soul Festival,” precursor of the African America Heritage Festival—wants to help attract more positive attention to what he considers as “Baltimore’s best kept secret.” “’It’s amazing that we have an Original Harlem Globetrotter running a youth camp right here in the backyard of our own city and almost no one knows about it,” Butler said. Choo said he hasn’t done much to promote the camp in the past because he wanted to keep it on a more personal level, so that original campers could return and continue to grow and mature under his guidance. “But we’re at the point where we’re ready to evolve to the next level,” Choo said, “one step at a time.” For more information, see www. chooyouth.com.

Sports Commentary
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer

Change Has Come to Washington
One of the most memorable catch phrases in the past few years was President Obama’s election victory declaration that “change has come to Washington.” The phrase was pithy, rejuvenating and a source of inspiration for many who were desperately seeking signs of hope at the time. Now that top NBA draft pick John Wall is in town, I can’t help but replay the same axiom in my head. The sports scene around the city of Washington hasn’t exactly been pretty lately, but the drafting of Wall now puts another brush stroke on a developing canvas. Already armed with arguably the best hockey player in the world in Alex Ovechkin, the hottest pitcher in the world in Stephen Strasburg and one of the best quarterbacks in the world in Donovan McNabb, the selection of Wall successfully concludes a new circle of star power around the District. Wall’s addition now gives Washington four of the most recognizable athletes in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, a claim usually reserved for New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. Ovechkin and the newly acquired McNabb are already proven stars in their respected fields. The jury is still out on Strasburg, although he’s been breathtaking in his two-week stint so far in the league. While Wall hasn’t even made a professional jumpshot yet, the developing superstar has taken the basketball world by storm over the past few seasons through elite athleticism and surprising maturity. His ascension to the top of his draft class isn’t a guarantee he’ll be a certified superstar, but it is a hint at his seemingly bright and limitless future. One of the best periods for the classic optimistic sports fan is the offseason—when every team has a chance at believing next year is their year. The Wizards won’t be expected to sport any championship apparel after next season, but plugging in talented youngsters is enough to keep fans tuned in. For years now we’ve been tuning in to watch larger market teams dominate sports headlines. If it’s not a team from New York, then it’s a team from California. If it’s not a team from Chicago, then it’s a team from Boston, hoisting trophies and claiming excellence. For a city that’s home to the president, serves as the nation’s capital and is one of the premier tourist destinations in all of the U.S., the sporting scene is the only thing keeping Washington outside the major spotlight. Now, with four headliners in each of the four major sports, change has finally come to Washington.

Former NFL No. 1 Pick Charged with Possession of Codeine Syrup

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Former top pick Jamarcus Russell was charged with possession of codeine syrup on Monday, July 5. By AFRO Staff NFL quarterback Jamarcus Russell was recently arrested and charged with possession of codeine syrup, according to police reports. The 24-year-old former Oakland Raiders quarterback was arrested from his home in Mobile, Ala., on July 5 during an undercover narcotics investigation, Mobile County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Myles told reporters. Myles did not specify exactly what led to Russell’s arrest, but did mention that while several people were present at the quarterback’s home when police arrived, Russell was the only one detained. “We understand that typically sometimes this codeine syrup is mixed with a beverage, like Sprite, and they call it ‘sip-sip,’” Myles told WALA-TV in Mobile. The former No. 1 overall pick was later released on a $2,500 bond and will appear in court on July 20, according to online police records. “It’s a felony; it’s my understanding it’s his first,” Myles told WALA-TV. “He could be [given] probation, or it could be drug court—whatever the court decides.” Russell’s arrest is the latest tragic hit to his disintegrating NFL career. Considered by football experts as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, Russell was released by the Raiders in May after winning only seven of his 25 starts in the league. Despite signing a massive contract upon his entry into the NFL, Russell has an awful 65.2 career passer rating, completing just 52.1 percent of his passes. He tossed only 18 touchdowns with 23 interceptions, along with 15 lost fumbles. Russell, who earned $36.4 million from Oakland last season, is second behind 1992 top pick Steve Emtman as the quickest No. 1 overall pick to be released from their team. ESPN reported last month that according to sources, the New York Jets were interested in Russell’s services. But the New York Daily recently reported that’s no longer the case. Russell, nor his agent, has yet to speak with the media about the latest events.

Knicks Land First Big Name of NBA Free Agency
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The New York Knicks knocked down the first major domino in the NBA’s free agency period by coming to terms with former Phoenix Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire, inking the fivetime NBA All-Star to a fiveyear, $99.7 million deal July 5. Stoudemire represents the first name of a popular free agent group to sign a deal this offseason, and hopes to pave the way for the Knicks to possibly add another. “I feel great, really, about being a pioneer,” Stoudemire told reporters at his introductory press conference. “It’s a situation where no one wanted to make that first move and I felt confident enough to take that first step, and hopefully now we can bring in a few guys to join us.” Stoudemire admitted he has spoken to LeBron James and is actively recruiting him to join him in New York. “I’m definitely going to reach out to him again and see if we can get him to come. I really have no reading on which way he is leaning at all. But, again, he’s totally open right now; he hasn’t made a decision yet, and hopefully I can get him to choose us.” Courtesy Photo/AmareStoudemire.com The All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire Knicks have agreed to a five-year, $100 million deal spent the last with the New York Knicks. two seasons clearing cap market and millions of room to lure big time free dollars. Several sportsniks agents to the Big Apple have speculated that James with the appeal of a major would head to New York under the enticement of the media spotlight that the city would bring. Although James has been heavily linked to the Knicks, his leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers would depend mightily on a strong supporting cast, which the Knicks have now upgraded with Stoudemire’s signing. Despite a rash of injuries over the past few years, Stoudemire has averaged more than 20 points per game in four straight seasons. He will be rejoining head coach Mike D’Antoni, whom he played for from 2003 to 2008 before D’Antoni left to become the Knicks head coach. D’Antoni made a pitch himself to help land another marquee free agent by telling reporters, “If somebody wants a real good basketball player to play with and win a title ... this could help get the dominoes falling.” Free agent deals cannot be made official until July 8.

July 10, 2010 - July 16, 2010, The Afro-American



‘Kam’s Kapsules’: Weekly Film Previews

By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer

Documentary Reveals Secret Footage from N.J. Prison
way home. An Omar Broadway Film is a real account of Omar Broadway’s life and experiences in prison, captured by a video camera he and his cellmate Buddy smuggled into the facility. From start to finish, the viewer is enthralled by Broadway’s life in Northern State’s Security Threat Management Gang Unit, which is an experimental unit aimed at helping imprisoned gang members renounce their gangs. Broadway, an East Orange, N.J. native, served seven years of his life in the unit after being a product of the East Orange/Newark Blood gang. Taking a documentary-style approach, the film combines Broadway’s clips in prison with heartfelt commentary from his family members and others closely involved with him. His mother Lynne shows the neighborhood in which Broadway was reared and explains how his growing fascination with

“The moment that Omar and Buddy decided to keep that camera, it transformed them from being inmates to being filmmakers.” -“An Omar Broadway Film” Being confined in a cell for 23 hours was the daily life of Omar Broadway. Sentenced to 10 years in maximum security at Newark, N.J.’s Northern State Prison, Broadway witnessed firsthand the severe corruption that was rampant through the facility. Fed up with the tribulations he and his cohorts experienced, he hatched a plan to escape. Equipped with a video camera in his deteriorated dwellings, he captured his daily life to shed light on the system and hopefully earn his

street life ultimately landed him in prison. The film also offers a glimpse of the harsh gang-infested streets of East Orange and Newark and commentary from those who were formerly involved in the culture. But perhaps the most shocking detail of the film is the footage captured in the STMGU unit. While the unit is designed to transform former gang members into straightand-narrow individuals, prisoners often become the victims of senseless attacks. In lieu of the dangers Broadway could have possibly faced had he been discovered, he went out on a limb to tell his story. At the film’s conclusion, it is revealed whether or not his actions were truly in vain and what ultimately became of the prisoner-turned-documentarian. “An Omar Broadway Film” premieres on July 14 on HBO.

New Book Urges Kids to ‘Go Cook Something’
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO “My Mom and Dad separated when I was still in Underoos, so I’ve had to help Mom a lot…Ever since I could pick up a spoon, my Mom has had me in the kitchen… I think every kid needs to learn how to cook to some extent. This cookbook should get you started. The recipes are very simple… I hope pre-teens and teens use this cookbook to better take care of yourselves, and to become more independent of your parents while eating healthy, nutritious meals. I can’t believe I’m saying that—I’m starting to sound just like my Mom already! ” – Excerpt from the Introduction (pages 1-2) There are two reasons why I heartily recommend this very practical cookbook designed with latchkey kids in mind. First of all, Tiana North’s simple recipes sound both yummy and really easy to follow. Secondly, she devotes the first 50 pages to common sense tips about shopping, safety, and planning meals. Only after she’s gone through an exhaustive checklist of dos and don’ts covering everything from how to light a gas stove to keeping a list of emergency phone numbers to using oven mitts to the significance of
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Phyllis Hyman

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Baltimore Honors Legendary Singer Phyllis Hyman
During the week of her birth, Baltimoreans will honor the late R&B/jazz singer Phyllis Hyman in a tribute concert. The concert will highlight vocalist SHANG along with several musicians who performed with Hyman during her career. Among the performers is Vince Evans, Hyman’s musical director for numerous years, and saxophonist Eric Marner. WEAA radio host and Hyman’s former music associate Gene McBride is the event host. According to a press release, “SHANG possess a uniquely similar tonal quality with Phyllis Hyman…. In the Hyman repertoire of Living All Alone, Somewhere in My Lifetime, Meet Me on the Moon and more, SHANG captures not only her sound but the angst of her unrequited loves that fueled the passion in much of Hyman’s music.” The Phyllis Hyman tribute concert takes place Best Western Ballroom, 1800 Belmont Avenue, Friday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. “Forever Phyllis” is a production of Charm City Jazz and Eagle Arts & Entertainment Services. Tickets are $25 and available at 410-265-1400 or online at www.charmcityjazz. com.

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The Afro-American, July 10, 2010 - July 16, 2010

By Rosa Pryor


Hello, everyone! This is my time of the year. This is the time of the year when traveling to the best outdoors festivals is at its peak and crab feasts are jumping. First of all, B.B. King is coming to Baltimore at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion on July 15. Gates open at 6 p.m. The B.B. King reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on Earth. Yet, he continues to wear his crown well. At age 76, this man is still playing the blues with relentless passion. B.B.’s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady performance engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis and later to a 10- minute spot on the Black staffed and managed radio station WDIA. Soon B.B. needed a catch radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King. Incidentally, King’s middle initial “B” is just that, it is not an abbreviation. The rest is history. Grand opening for the McLoone’s Pier House Restaurant at the National Harbor is this week. Just in time to enjoy the summer festivities at National Harbor, a premier waterfront destination. With a breathtaking sunset view, and located right on the Potomac, McLoone’s Pier House plans to celebrate nature’s daily ritual with music, drink and food both inside and outside on their patio. It is located at 141 National Plaza. General Manager, Dana Noto states, “Specialty cocktails and distinctive dishes will be offered and our guests while enjoy watching the spectacular sunsets with synchronized music.” For more information, call Dottie Cooper at 732-212-9910. Thursdays at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum are HOT! July 15, 5-9 p.m. is “Caribbean Night” featuring Image. The Caribbean islands
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meet downtown Baltimore with the popular D.C.-based Caribbean Band “Image.” The menu is Caribbean mango shrimp, curried chicken skewers, fried crispy plantains and much more. It will take place on the museum’s fourth floor with access to the outdoor terrace. There is a small admission. For more information, call Cherrie Woods at 443-263-1812. Coming up is the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund 14th Annual Deluxe Oldies but Goodies crab feast fundraiser on July 17, 1-5 p.m. at Tiffany East Catering, located 4116 E. Lombard St. Your donation of $45 will include all the crabs you can eat, free draft beer, dancing, door prizes, B.Y.O.B and cash bar. The music will be provided by DJ “Sugar Chris.” The menu includes crab soup, corn on the cob, Swedish meatballs, fried chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, salads, turkey breast, macaroni and cheese, beef, barbecue, potato salad, coleslaw, imported ham, salami, assorted cheeses, deserts and sodas. For more information and tickets, call 410-833-9474. The Baltimore Area Alumni of Alpha Phi Omega Annual Crab Feast is July 11, at Martin’s West, 6821 Dogwood Road, 2-6 p.m. The tickets include free beer and setups and a scrumptious buffet. For more information, call Thursday evenings at 410-466-4806. The Caribbean Carnival Festival, with a traditional island costumed parade down Park Heights Avenue and soca, reggae, and steel drum bands; live international entertainment, elaborate costumes, and authentic Caribbean cuisine, will be at Druid Hill Park July 9-11. On Friday the time is 5-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon until 9 p.m. There will be many vendors selling food, jewelry, art, clothes, and much more. For more information, call 410-230-2969.

hiking trails. You can bring your own blankets, tents, folding tables, chairs, coolers, drinks and food. DJ Tony ‘T’ will spin records and there will be space to do the line dancing. Live entertainment featuring the Spindles 11-piece band. For tickets or information, call Faison at 443-801-1100 or get in touch with Jim ‘Magic’ Johnson, Lloyd ‘LB’ Johnson, Millie Battle, Donald Brown or Carlos Hutchins. James “Winky” Camphor is celebrating his 5th Sunday Jazz Series on July 11, 3-7 p.m. at the Forum Caterers featuring international recording artists the Greg Hatza Quartet. For tickets and more information, call “Winky” at 410-521-3439 or 443-850-4587. Artscape will take place July 16 and July 17 from noon until 10 p.m. and July 18 from noon until 8 p.m. on Mt. Royal Ave. and N. Charles St. Well, my dear friends, I am out of space. If you need me, call 410-833-9474 or e-mail me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS. I’LL SEE YOU AT THE NEWSSTAND.

Go Cook Something
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The DipNic 2010 Festival

B.B. King will be performing at Pier Six Concert Pavilion on July 15.

The DipNic 2010 Festival will be held on July 10 at Elks Camp Barrett located 1001 Chesterfield Road in Crownsville, Md. It is an awesome place to go for adults only, no children allowed. It is for grown folks only. The pool is huge and beautiful and flotation devices are permitted. The pool house is close, modern, convenient and there’s excellent parking on the premises, two large pavilions with tables, a hooded barbecue pit with exhaust fans, an open raw bar with farm- raised oysters, manicured lawns and 200 acres with

sanitation, does she even begin to share her collection of mouth watering culinary secrets aimed at the adolescent palate. This make sense, since the opus’ target demographic are ‘tweeners and teens who not only have to cook for themselves, but might need to buy food first, decide what to eat, and clean up afterwards. Thus, there’s a chapter on “Grocery Store Economics” which shows how much you can save by clipping coupons and comparison shopping. Another area addressed is the role following a balanced diet comprised of all the basic food groups plays in maintaining health. And so forth. As for the recipes, among those that caught my eye were ones for drinks like fresh lemonade and for cranberry and carrot juice, each made from scratch. In terms of entrees, I’d like to try Tiana’s corn flake chicken, marinated lamb chops, ceviche and toaster over barbecue ribs. Probably the best selling point for this well-organized survival guide is the fact that the author herself flourished by following the comprehensive regimen printed on these pages. Today, she no longer lives at home but in New York City where she’s studying at Fordham University while already pursuing a career in modeling and acting, oh and writing, too.


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The Right Rev. Stanley M. Butler, presiding prelate, MarketPlace Fellowship & Churches, recently received an honorary doctorate of theology conferred on him by the Fort Wayne Theological Seminary and Bible College, Fort Wayne, Ind. He is also the founder of Temple House Ministries and Sanctuary Church in Baltimore.

Center of Faith Celebrates 172 Years
The Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor at the historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, invites the community to join him and the members of his congregation to worship with them during the 9 a.m. service on July 11 at the church located at 518 M St. N.W. The Rev. Dr. Cain Hope Felder will be the guest speaker. He is a biblical scholar, author and professor of New Testament language and literature in the divinity school at Howard University. During the service, the 172nd anniversary of this historic church will be celebrated. Metropolitan, the National Cathedral of African Methodism, is the oldestAME church in the nation’s capital and U.S. presidents, statesmen and world leaders have worshipped there. It was recently declared one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historical Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Braxton will use this occasion to announce a multi-million-dollar National Capital Campaign to help finance the restoration of its massive edifice. Metropolitan, built by free Blacks and former slaves as a connectional church for the African Methodist Episcopal denomination, is

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JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise will be live in full concert, 6 p.m., at The Emmanuel Church, 8729 Church Lane. Other featured artists include The Aktiv Gospel Chorale, Kris Lightfoot, Ken Alston, Ryan Vincent Ford and Ministry, Jeremy Lloyd and Steven McCoy and Sacrifice. For more information on this Red Carpet event, visit www.acwom. myevent.com , or call 443-798-0885.

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Metropolitan AME, a beacon in the community for 172 years, is undergoing a massive renovation. an important landmark of American history. Frederick Douglass, whose funeral was held at Metropolitan, often worshipped at the church. The memorial service for Booker T. Washington and the Washington funeral services for Rosa Parks were also held there. The church is shrouded in the unique history of the parent AME denomination. The denomination, founded by Richard Allen in 1787, was established in protest against segregated worship in Philadelphia, Pa. Metropolitan was founded in 1838, in the District of Columbia and it represents the 1870s merger of two AME congregations, Israel Bethel (1821) and Union Bethel (1838), and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The name “Metropolitan” was officially designated and recognized by the general AME Church in 1872. The cornerstone for the current Metropolitan edifice was laid in 1881, and the church was completed in 1886. African Methodist Episcopal members throughout the United States contributed funding to build the edifice. These sacrificial gifts were memorialized in Metropolitan’s priceless and majestic stained glass windows, which document the growth of the AME denomination from 18161896. Call the church office at 202-331-1426 or visit metropolitaname.org for additional information.

July 13

Worship with the United Covenant Churches of Christ in their 21st Holy Convocation, July 13-16, at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center. Preachers include the Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Pastor Joyce McCarter and the Right Reverends Sheldon M. McCarter, Walter S. Thomas Sr. and Oscar E. Brown. The Right Rev. Eric D. Garnes is presiding prelate and general overseer. For more information contact convocation@unitedcovenantchurches.com or call 877-978-6489.

July 18

Don’t miss Jesus and Jazz, 2 p.m. at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 101 Avon Beach Rd. in Turners Station. For more information call the church at 410-285-4466. The pastor is the Rev. Dred Scott.

August 7

Christ Alive Music Festival, a multi cultural event featuring more than 20 national and local Christian artists in varied genres, will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Carroll Park. In addition to life music, gifted speakers, games, food and shopping, information on an array of products and services will be provided. For more information and to inquire as to vendor space, visit www. christalivefest.com.

Louis A. Gross, 94
U.S. Navy Longshoreman
Louis Gross slipped with the Lucky Strikes away peacefully the Athletic Club and Bugle morning of June 10, in his Field in East Baltimore. He own home with Lisa, Marvis was also a boxer and used and Randy close by. the name “Jimmy Fox.” Louis was the 16th During this time, he met youngest and last surviving a pretty young girl from child of the Rev. Robert Greenville, Tenn., named Edward Gross and Rosetta Aretta Murdock Hurd. They (Rosie) Sparrow Gross. courted and were married Having outlived all of his Aug. 8, 1936. From this first cousins, he was the union seven children were last surviving member of born. Louis took any job his generation in the Grosshe could to take care of LOUIS A. GROSS Sparrow-Imes family. his growing family – auto He grew up in a closemechanic, Bethlehem Steel, knit African-American community in Merchant Seaman, Edgewoord Arsenal, the Anne Arunder County, comprising of the U.S. Navy and Longshoreman and a street Pumphrey, Linthicum Heights and Brooklyn numbers writer. areas. His father was one of the pastors As the children grew, he vigorously of St. Johns United Methodist Church on followed his sons Ronald and Louis’ sports Belle Grove Road. He often talked about the careers, especially football at Frederick church, its camp meetings on the Magothy Douglass High School and with the Baltimore West River, The Marching Band and living Rams. He was made an honorary Baltimore across the street from the church. Although Ram and an honorary coach. During this he attended the Pumphrey Elementary time the family lived in the Edgar Allen School for “Colored Children,” he received Poe homes where Louis was known as the the majority of his schooling in Baltimore “Banana Man” because he always brought City, where the family moved while he was home hands of bananas for any resident while young. He graduated from Carver Vocational working as a longshoreman for the United Technical School with an auto mechanics Fruit Company. certificate. Louis leaves to cherish his memory his According to the Louis’ family, he always devoted children, Ronald, Louis (Barbara), liked “looking good,” stayed in excellent Carolyn Collins (Gordon), Marvis, Juanita physical condition and didn’t smoke or drink. Walden (Michael) and Lisa (Randell), a host He enjoyed playing football with a semi-pro of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, team, the Harlem Bears and played baseball nephews, other relatives and friends.


Joy N. Tarter-Smith, 74

DHCD Housing Relocation Official
Joy N. Tarter-Smith, a the Baltimore public retired housing relocation school system. She was assistant supervisor and also employed by the a longtime Howard Park Department of Recreation resident, died at age 74. and Parks from 1961-1969, Born in Washington, D.C. where she began work as a and reared in Baltimore, recreation leader and was Tarter-Smith was a graduate soon promoted to center of St. Frances Academy director. In 1969, she was in East Baltimore, class of employed by the Housing 1953. Authority of Baltimore She attended Hampton City, also known as the Institute, now known as Department of Housing Hampton University, directly and Community Development, JOY N. TARTER-SMITH from high school and later in the Relocation Division as transferred to Morgan State a residential relocation specialist. Later, College, now a university. She graduated she was promoted to relocation site office from Morgan in 1958 with a bachelor’s coordinator and later promoted to assistant degree. During the same year, she married supervisor to the chief of relocation until she Donald W. Tarter. Of this union, one son, retired in 2001 after more than 31 years of Donald Jr., was born. This marriage ended in service. 1964. Tarter-Smith married George R. Smith, The rite of committal will take place at the who predeceased her in 1999. Garrison Forest Veterans’ Cemetery, 11501 During her professional career she Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, Md., at was employed as a substitute teacher for 1 p.m. on July 12.

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 10042 PO0 9-1-1 CALL CENTER RELOCATION, BALTIMORE COUNTY COURTS BUILDING 401 BOSLEY AVENUE, TOWSON, MD 21204 TOWSON - DISTRICT 9 c 5 CONTRACT COST GROUP ”F” ($5,000,000 to $10,000,000) WORK CLASSIFICATION: I-2 BID DATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010 AT 2:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME On or after JULY 12, 2010, the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $55.00 (FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS) per contract, and if sent by U.S. mail with an additional $5.00 (FIVE Dollars) postage and handling fee. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book and One (1) Compact Disk (CD) with all of the required drawings. The CD will be in PDF format. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: Furnish all labor, materials, appurtenances to construct a 9-1-1 Call Center on the north ends of the first (1st) and Mezzanine Floors of the Baltimore County Courts Building. 69,350 square feet of renovations. ***A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. local time at the proposed site in the Courts Building, Law Library, 1st Floor - North End, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. A walk through of the site will be conducted following the meeting. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS FOR BIDS IN EXCESS OF $50,000. THESE GOALS REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the ”Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance


BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 09237 SX0 CROYDON COURT SSO #106 ELIMINATION SANITARY SEWER REHABILITATION CONSENT DECREE PROJECT WINDSOR MILL - DISTRICT 2 c 4 CONTRACT COST GROUP ”D” ($1,000,000 to $2,500,000) WORK CLASSIFICATION: F-6 BID DATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2010 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after JULY 12, 2010, the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $50.00 (FIFTY DOLLARS) per contract, and if sent by U.S. mail with an additional $5.00 (FIVE Dollars) postage and handling fee. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book, One set of five (5) paper copies of Construction Drawings and thirteen (13) Compact Disks (CD´s) with all of the required drawings. The CD will be in PDF and/or MPG format. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: 21,621 LF of Pipe Lining 8 Inch Sewer Main 456 Each Air Test and Chemically Seal House Connections 1,112 VF of Lining 48 Inch Manhole, Liner Mix THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS FOR BIDS IN EXCESS OF $50,000. THESE GOALS REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the ”Information for Bidders”. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Animal Control Supervisor Communications Operator Correctional Records Clerk Detention Officer Family Support Center Director Police Officer, Lateral Program Manager, Safety & Security Secretary II Visit our website at www.aacounty.org for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadlines to apply on website. AEO/DF/SFE Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Accountants Work that matters. The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) is a national leader in affordable housing and community development. Our team needs three accountants that will challenge the status quo, effectively communicate ideas and issues, independently implement practical and efficient solutions, believe change is good and want to come to work knowing that what they do makes a difference. Common responsibilities for all three positions include account reconciliations, reporting, forecasting, and making improvements to processes and systems. All will work closely with staff managing DHCD´s innovative programs. Successful candidates will have strong Excel and analytical skills. - One position will account for mortgage insurance; preference will be given to candidates with experience with financial statement preparation and accounting for real estate. - One position will account for federal grants; preference will be given to candidates with grant or governmental accounting experience. - One position will be responsible for preparing budgets and forecasting and accounting for spending against established budgets; preference will be given to candidates with governmental or budget accounting experience. Please view all components of these challenging positions at www.mdhousing.org by pointing to ”About DHCD” then clicking DHCD Careers DHCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer Staff Position Announcements - June 2010 F/T Lead Teacher - Union Baptist Head Start BS in ECE or Elementary Education. Minimum 3 years successful classroom experience required. Send resumes to unionbaptistheadstart@hotmail.com or fax # 410.523.8130, attn: Ms. Chatmon by 7/16. Seeking a food Service Manager - Union Baptist Head Start The ideal candidate will have: food service management experience--experience in training/leading food service staff--experience with proper food service standards-must be serve-safe certified--knowledge of CACFP standards are a plus. This position will be directly responsible for ordering, inventory, storage of supplies and production of meals for students, staff and special events. Send resumes to unionbaptistheadstart@hotmail.com or fax # 410.523.8130, attn: Ms. Thomas by 7/16. F/T Custodian - Union Baptist Head Start Ability to read, write and follow verbal and written directions. Health must allow for bending, lifting, and performing other required physical activities. Send resumes to unionbaptistheadstart@hotmail.com or fax # 410.523.8130, attn: Ms. Thomas by 7/16.

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