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January 8, 2011 January 8, 2011, The Afro-American A1 PRINCE GEORGE’S -COUNTY EDITION
JANUARY 8, 2011 - JANUARY 14, 2011
B3 Scott Sisters’ Sentence Adventure Theater’s A2 ‘Mirandy and Brother Wind’ Suspended
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Baker Makes History-Making Alsobrooks More Changes Ready for Challenge
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer New Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker continued his overhaul of the Prince George’s County government as he announced new changes at the top of several county departments. Baker named Douglas A. Brown to the deputy chief administrative officer position, Glenda R. Wilson as senior advisor to the county executive, Lisa Jackson as director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Brian R. Moe was appointed acting director of Homeland Security. Brown has over 15 years of experience working with the Prince George’s County government as a former budget director, deputy budget director, and Management Analysis Division chief. This will be his second stint as deputy chief administrative officer. Jackson has vast experience working in different government capacities throughout the state. For the past four years, she’d been working as the Deputy Legislative Officer for Gov. Martin O’Malley. The previous five years were spent as associate general counsel for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Moe, a former state delegate, has served in several capacities. He’s a life member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and has served as chief and chairman of the board during his tenure. For the past four years, he’s been the deputy secretary of state. Moe is the only appointee who needs Prince George’s County Council approval. Wilson, like Brown, also has extensive experience working in the county’s government. She’s been senior advisor and chief of staff for former County Executive Wayne Curry; community affairs liaison for the Prince George’s County Police Department and legislative liaison for former Prince George’s County Councilman Floyd E. Wilson Jr. For the past eight years, Wilson has held private sector jobs. The four new appointees bring a credibility factor that Baker says will go a long way. Continued on A4 By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer Angela Alsobrooks is taking on one of the most colossal challenges of her life as she begins her tenure as Prince George’s County state’s attorney. The history-making election has Alsobrooks chomping at the bit to begin her work. In September, Alsobrooks became the first African-American woman elected to the state’s attorney position in Prince George’s County. For many, the distinction would bring additional pressure, but Alsobrooks is buoyed by the achievement. “I’ve worked pretty hard to get here actually so no additional pressure,” she said. “I’ll do what I’ve always done. There’s no substitute for work ethic. As hard as I’ve worked to get here I’ll work at least that hard now that I’m here.” The state’s attorney position also requires Alsobrooks to show residents she’s serious about prosecuting criminals. Newly minted County Executive Rushern Baker has already made changes within the police department in attempts to show residents there will be more accountability and improved police performance. Alsobrooks hopes to win over skeptical residents in a similar way. “We will be firm, we will be fair and we will be Courtesy Photo/Prince George’s State’s Attorney’s Office consistent in the way that we prosecute these cases,” she Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said. “I speak not only from the standpoint of a prosecutor, but I am a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County. I believe that people’s quality of life really hinges on what happens with public safety. I appreciate that and take it very seriously.” That being said, Alsobrooks plans to implement additional changes and cited her predecessor, Glenn Ivey, for laying a solid foundation. One of those areas will be with mortgage fraud, where the county state’s attorney’s office has been a model for other Maryland jurisdictions. Alsobrooks said her biggest undertaking may be creating an atmosphere where residents respect and understand what she’s trying to do. “There’s a program already in place called Community in the Courthouse once a month and we have discussions with large segments of the community,” she said. “We interact with Continued on A4
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Prince George’s Business and National Science Foundation Form Alliance
By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer With a paucity of minority women in science, technology and math (STEM) careers, a Prince George’s-based business has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and HBCUs to retain minority women in those careers. GPRA Strategic Management and the NSF held a conclave in June to build community awareness about the issue and are committed to broadening minority representation STEM careers. The movement was a long time coming,
Economic Times Demand Giving Beyond the Holidays
By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief For many people, it’s a way of giving thanks, of acknowledging a sacred season by means of giving back to the community. But philanthropy should not be confined to just the end of the year, advocates say. “It’s a day to day for us, not just Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it’s a lifestyle,” said Gwen Pope, manager of the SHABACH! Emergency Resources and Empowerment Center at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Md. And it’s needed more than ever before, Pope and others say. The tentacles of the two-year recession— high unemployment and underemployment, leading foreclosure rates and depleting wealth— continue to have a stranglehold on many Black communities in the area, creating a new class of indigent people. “We and our partner agencies have definitely seen an increase in the
according to Kelly Mack, Ph.D., program officer with the NSF’s ADVANCE program. She said the NSF wants to create more diversity in science-related fields. “We had the goal of bringing together women of color to look at the issues that were germane to them,” Mack said. “We also wanted to expand the professional network of women of color, particularly those from historically Black institutions.” The program has a number of unique features and like other initiatives focusing on minority women in STEM careers, has Continued on A4
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demand for our services (25 percent) and not only have we seen an increase but a change in who is coming to us for food assistance,” said Shamia Holloway, communications manager, Capital Area Food Bank. The Food Bank serves as a hub, from which food is distributed to hungerfighting organizations in the Maryland-Washington, D.C.-Virginia area. According to Holloway, the Food Bank serves more than 478,000 persons a year in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Traditionally, the vast majority of those clients had been “working poor”— people who may have been working multiple jobs or been underemployed but struggling to meet the monthly financial demands of transportation, housing, medical expenses, etc. “But like our partner agencies we’re seeing first-time visitors, people who have never been to
Dr. Kelly Mack, center, poses with Roland S. Martin at June’s conclave.
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netted just $11—but the release of one heat and hot water in hopes of forcing sister will require her to donate a kidney prisoners back to work. However, to the other. inmates’ advocates say they’ve “To date, the sisters have served 16 remained peaceful while petitioning years of their sentences and are eligible for better educational opportunities, for parole in 2014. Jamie Scott requires improved health care, nutritional meals regular dialysis, and her sister has and fair parole standards. offered to donate one of her kidneys Benjamin Todd Jealous, president to her,” Barbour said in a prepared and CEO of the NAACP, said statement posted on his website. “The the prisoners’ demands should be Mississippi Department of Corrections considered. “The requests being made believes the sisters no longer pose a by the inmates – better access to their threat to society. Their incarceration is families, pay for their work, access no longer necessary for public safety to education opportunities – are not or rehabilitation, and Jamie Scott’s unreasonable, and could in fact lead medical condition creates a substantial to helping them successfully reenter cost to the State of Mississippi.” society and become responsible citizens In 1993, the sisters lured two men once they have served their time.” down a road where they were robbed Meanwhile, the national NAACP by three teens, according to reports. has called upon the United States The Scott sisters were convicted of Department of Justice, through its robbery with a deadly weapon in the civil rights division, to urge federal incident and each received reportedly intervention under the authority granted Courtesy Photo unusual double life prison sentences. the department by the Civil Rights of Frances Smith Foster The teenagers, who allegedly carried out Institutionalized Persons Act to ensure the robbery, only served two years in that the civil rights of Georgia State prison. inmates are protected. Barbour’s statement said that he asked the Mississippi Parole Board to New Charles R. Drew Nursing review the Scott’s case, and that they School Utilizes State-of-the-Art supported his decision to suspend their Technology sentences. The sisters have received Charles R. Drew University of support from national groups including Medicine and Science’s new Life the NAACP. A march for them last Sciences Research Nursing Education year drew hundreds of people. building, a $43 million addition to the A release date for the sisters has not school, is garnering nationwide attention Courtesy Photos been decided, and will be set by the for its state-of-the-art facility. According Mississippi Department of Corrections, Jamie (left) and Gladys Scott were to school officials, the Mervyn M. convicted of robbery in 1993 and given according to Jackson, Miss. NBC Dymally School of Nursing in South double life sentences. affiliate WLBT. Los Angeles, Calif., has one of the
Emory Professor Honored with Literary Medal
Frances Smith Foster, a professor at Emory University, has earned a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to American literature. She is the first Black woman to receive the Jay B. Hubbell Medal from the Modern Language Association. Foster is an English and women’s studies professor at the private Atlanta school. She has written and edited more than 12 books specializing in Black literature and family traditions.
Miss. Gov. Suspends Life Sentences of Sisters Jailed for $11 Robbery
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Dec. 29 suspended the life sentences of two sisters jailed for an armed robbery that
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NAACP Fact-Finding Delegation Investigates Abuse Claims at Georgia Prisons
The Georgia State Conference of the NAACP is spearheading an investigation into abuse allegations at two Georgia prisons. Last month, a fact-finding committee visited the Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, Ga., where inmates complained of poor conditions during a statewide prisoner strike. The Georgia State Department of Corrections (DOC) agreed to allow the visit after meeting with the NAACP Georgia State Conference, an NAACP national delegation and a number of other organizations to discuss allegations of guard violence and the poor conditions that led to the peaceful strike. According to reports, prison guards allegedly turned off
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from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Jennifer Hudson and other Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace relatives positively identified multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supBy Dorothy Rowley to ponder necessities–suchof the vehicle.tie—further said how both Clinton as the The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and AFRO Staff Writer creation of more jobs—against wants and murdered tered to Hudson’s Obama encouraged citizens to offered a $100,000 reward to that include additional bike trails. was towed with the responsibility. “Now assume more brother, anyone who returned the boy In an applause-laden message In mentioning the “painful body inside and is being is the time for each and every one boy’s alive. of hope, unity and even courage, choices” now faced by his processed by evidence renew our commitment to of us to techniSince the investigation, Vincent Gray took the oath of administration, Gray, who was and workers. The that we live in the worldensuring body cians Hudson – who gained stardom office this week to become the sixth sworn into office by Chief was later removed and taken to Judge class city—and state—we know this after appearing on “American the Idol,” and then won an mayor—since Home Rule—of the Eric Washington of the D.C. Cook County Medical said. can be,” Gray Examiner’s office. crowd, which included Academy Award for her role in District of Columbia. Court of Appeals, referenced the The Hudson former mayors the movie Dreamgirls – has But during the 10-minute speech words of President Barack Obama, and other family Adrian Fenty, members arrived at the Medical and Marion stayed out of the public eye. before a beaming crowd of 3,500 John Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Anthony Williams Examiner’s Barry; U.S. Attorney General Eric The Chicago Tribune reportwell-wishers, who gathered for a imploring residents to become more office mid-afterJulian noon to identify the body. newly-installed King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. ed that a parade of cars moved slate of inaugural festivities Jan. 2 at responsible helping to bring the Holder and Prince Given slowly past her family’s home the Washington Convention Center, city’s spending into perspective. the choice between look- Executive Rushernfor the office George’s County the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the ing directly at Baker, responded with A spokesman the body or Gray also warned of tough times “Just as President Kennedy urged numerous told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curithat lay ahead for residents of the all Americans to ask not what our rounds of applause to Gray’s ous onlookers. Courtesy us, but nation’s capital—particularly as they country can do forPhotos what we message. Neighbors stood Jennifer Hudson and her mom, relate to diminishing a $440 million Darnelldo for our country . . . now is can Donerson who Fenty, 40, lost a second bid at the quietly and was killed, as well has been left to the time deficit with which he as her brother, Jason. for all District residents helm after Gray won the September reflected on the being convicted of attempted grapple. to make the sacrifices needed to screen, the family chose late entering primary. Gray was “remained strong for her famivideo violence. ly” and was murder and vehicular hijackweather the found on the race but plate X584859 was storm we face,” Gray According to thewas quick to work, clearly its leader. the latter. In front of the Hudson’s the The 68-year-old widower, who body of her 7-year-old “She held hands lives in Ward 7 and has served the said. “And to afternot what Tribune, Hudson said,his benefit, the widespread with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets ask your city toward “Yes, Chicago’s West Side nephew Monday, just hours ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both past two body wasCity Council police received a 7 a.m. call can do for you but what you can him.” discontentment expressed among that’s do and hooded sweatshirts came to after his years as found in a was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also chairman, said while a major tax for your city.” Black Washingtonians who kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and increase is imminent because of the Adhering to the united city overwhelmingly voted Fenty as The boy – the sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. state of the city’s finances coupled theme which prevailed during his mayor in 2006 – and who had since son of Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going with its changing demographics, campaign, Gray—garbed in a black come to believe he had turned his been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha the Council has consistently had suit with crisp white shirt and red back on them. As a result, Gray Mayor for the attempted murder and when a relative found Julian’s Vincent Gray, right, West, a former resident of the takes the oath of office grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, January 2, during the missing and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King The boy remained on have to stick together. All these trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to swearing in ceremony then in death through a long weekend young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police the city. officially takes overand volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale election officials. Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – Avenue. Photo by Rob Roberts were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community An Amber Alert – a desigACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing Organization for Reform Now – sion, were fired. him for President. car, bus, train , foot or bikes this is confirms the success of the children – was issuedwas able to trounce his predecessor Friday “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, the head of the in a campaign largely based on one city—our city.” after Julian was discovered faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. making Also, prior to Gray’s swearing-in, missing after the murders. the city one that belonged 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Police arrested William all people, every neighborhood to several re-elected Council members didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour, the missing boy’s step- quadrant. He fittingly and every took the oath of office. Among them boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband those same sentiments reiterated was Kwame Brown, former at-large victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview of Julia, at his girlfriend’s being administered the oath. after councilman, who now serves as tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Southside apartment several while there are some “And Council chairman. Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “When this attack started, we who chose to focus on the racial or Brown – who had to be reminded bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Balfour’s mother, Michele, has differences in the city, economic to cut his message short –said that selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had registered 1.3 million new votmake no mistake, there is far more he had hoped to avoid a tax hike but efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. nothing to do with the slayings. that is bringing us together than there that the city’s budget shortfall, which It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson is that’s driving us apart,” Gray said could stretch over the next two ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” to resounding applause. “Whether years, dictated otherwise. been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for we live in Northeast, Northwest, However, “our best intentions Blind ambition. Too risky for president newlyRepublican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent seal on the sworn in mayor, Vincent Gray, receives the D.C.’s votes.” America. Southeast or Southwest; whether must be tempered with the reality of et, of theout atfrom former District Mayor Adrian Fenty. lashed city ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack we are Black, White, red, brown or our municipal checkbook,” Brown Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way yellow; orSQUARE we get around by HIGH told reporters. whether later ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to NOT ON THE LIST BREAD Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyBy Dorothy Rowley news Web site that focuses on murders that focuses on local ate falsification of registration.” sent toStafflocal office saying she destroying fraud.” AFRO the Writer murders, 143 people were killed in 2009 – which until last year, Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain had accounted for the fewest homicides in the District since A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is D. C. police have recorded their first homicides of the new 1966. Overall, MPD recorded 131 deaths from homicide for required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. LEFT 2010. RIGHT year. know you get off work istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We She said, “Because it’s lowAs ofuttered this week, the homicide division of the early racial epithets. Anyone with information about either of the two to note that it was the organizaat 9” and and moderate-income people, Metropolitanone office left a aforementioned cases is asked to call the police at 202-727A caller to Police Department (MPD) was still investigating and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first the fatalon the answering shooting 16-year-old Bryant Morillo, which occurred 9099 or 888-919-CRIME (888-919-2746). brought the phony registrations message McCain campaign thinks those Jan. 2 in saying: “Hi, I wasof New Hampshire, N.W. Morillo lived the 4500 block just In addition, anonymous information can be submitted to DC to the attention of authorities. machine, voters are going to vote in Hyattsville, know CRIME SOLVLERS at 866-411-TIPS and to MPD’s TEXT The McCain camp apparently calling to let youMd. that Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get press statement, officers arriving at According to an MPD TIP line by text messaging 50411. If the information provided sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s around 1:30 p.m. found two victims suffering from ACORN is no stranger to the scene a (expletive deleted) by a caller to the CRIME SOLVERS unit leads to an arrest ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece ofwere transported to a local hospital controversy. gunshot wounds. Both and indictment, that person will be eligible for a reward up to For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys arehis injuries and was pronounced where Morillo succumbed to $1,000. fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has fought for social his political support. dead. McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. the same day, Brian Curtis, 21, and economic justice for lowIn another earlier shooting ! and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung hon- pronounced dead. That homicide and moderate-income of Upper Marlboro, Md., was 1 BANANA Announcer: Who is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memtook place in Southeast Washington at 13th Place and Congress ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” Street. baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapPolice were summoned speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletiveto the area at approximately 7 ters in 110 cities nationwide, a.m. after neighbors reported hearing gun shots. When police deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. arrived, (expletive deleted) guys just they found three victims suffering from gunshot its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. wounds. All three consume There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country,were transported to local hospitals where cating for affordable housing, Curtis was resource there is, Talbot, part of the Chicago every naturalpronounced dead. living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so and Accordingof babies. That’sWatch DC,” a community-oriented make a lot to “Homicide underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been as withering What did ACORN in Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential election Before age ﬁve, every room is a classroom. Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. 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District’s Era Under Gray Begins
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“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
Prince George’s Residents are First Two Homicide Victims in DC for 2011
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U.S. Discrimination Case Still Sizzling after Conviction
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former V.P. Dan Quayle among those under fire
DynCorp - the same billion dollar company that teamed with WWNS seven years ago, resulting in the major contract. Conversely, DynCorp, which was acquired by Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., a multibillion dollar corporation that merged with DynCorp in June this year, continues to grow from lucrative federal government contracts. It also thrives from investments from public pension funds, which include billions in contribution dollars from at least 30 percent African Americans. Now emerging into the court of public opinion, the WWNS v. DynCorp-Cerberus case is viewed by some as a quintessential David and Goliath fight that has civil rights leaders seething. The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. describes the case as “egregious” and “the most significant conviction of racial discrimination by a government contractor to an African-American business in U.S. history.” Among the leading activists seeking justice for WWNS, Jackson wrote his descriptions in an Oct. 26, 2010 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The letter continued, “DynCorp has been the benefactor of multiple State Department awards, which comprise of a significant portion of their business and Cerberus’ current strategy to increase the depth and value of DynCorp through acquisitions of companies that also maintain a significant amount of State Department contracts.” Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, has also long advocated for justice in the case. “It’s a case of unfair treatment. It’s also a case of the government standing on the side at the time and not doing anything while one of its contractors treated an African-American business patently unfairly,” said Morial in a recent interview. “Light needs to be shed on it to show some of the trials and tribulations that African-American business owners face when doing business sometimes in the government.” The National Urban League was among organizations which filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief to side with WWNS in the case. be made financially whole as DynCorp-Cerberus continues to prosper. In May 2008, the jury found DynCorp guilty of race discrimination and awarded WWNS $10 million in punitive damages. On DynCorp’s appeal, a threejudge panel in the U. S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals - widely considered the most conservative in the nation - upheld the race discrimination finding on Feb. 12, 2010. But, it set aside the $10 million in punitive damages due to a technicality involving clarity of jury instructions. The U. S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4, 2010, denied the petition to hear the case. Despite the loss of the $10 million in punitive damages, the findings upheld by both lower courts are irrefutable. According to court documents, while WWNS employees worked the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, DynCorp, now Cerberus: * Regularly referred to Black WWNS employees and management as “kaffirs,” a racially offensive word used as a disparaging term for South African Blacks and equivalent to the N-Word in some definitions. * Stopped making payments to WWNS, causing the company to suffer financially and rendering it unable to pay its 147 employees. * Stopped providing the badges and security that WWNS employees needed to go out into the field and war zones to do the work they needed to do. * While deliberately withholding payments to WWNS invoices; DynCorp even began recruiting WWNS’ employees to work for DynCorp while denigrating WWNS management. One manager was forced at gun point to his room by a DynCorp employee. * Ultimately DynCorp breached the contract, according to court documents. Bailey recalls how Gray and their employees endured the same risks as DynCorp employees in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We risked our lives for our company,” he said, “and now we’ve lost a $50 million a year business.”
By Hazel Trice Edney Special to the AFRO PART I of a periodic series: The Terrorism of Racism WASHINGTON (TEWire) - Reginald Bailey seemed to have done everything right. The 1995 business administration graduate of North Carolina A&T, an HBCU, has never been in trouble with the law; he is a member of the prestigious Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; he is a married father of two children and a business owner. In fact, just five years ago, the now 40-year-old Bailey and his business partner, Walter Gray, were awarded multiple contracts that totaled more than $140 million over a course of four years. The contracts were for management of telecommunications in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bailey’s firm, Worldwide Network Services, LLC (WWNS) served as a subcontractor and teaming partner under DynCorp International, LLC, a nearly $3 billion-worth U.S. defense contractor. Fast forward five years later, Bailey, of Southeastern Maryland, has nowhere near his former livelihood. Like many other Americans, he has even been through periods of concern about his mortgage, his credit rating, and the education of his children, a boy and girl, ages 8 and 4. How did Reginald Bailey lose so much in so little time? It was not the economy; it was not corruption on his part; it was not due to bad business decisions; nor was it due to excessive spending and greed, all reasons for which people typically lose thriving businesses. So, how did Worldwide Network Services, LLC go down so quickly? According to a May 14, 2008 ruling from an all-White jury of eight people in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Reginald Bailey lost his multi-million dollar company simply because he is Black. In the 4-year-old court case that appears to be once again coming to a head even after the verdict, Bailey and his partners stood helpless as WWNS went belly up because of pure racism from an unlikely source. That source, according to court documents, was
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WWNS team leader Derrick Culbreath, shown here after a car bomb exploded in Iraq, was one of WWNS prized telecommunications employees who lost his job due to racism when the business went under, says Reginald Bailey. Morial said he had never met Bailey when he heard about the case and decided to support him. He says the injustice has grown steadily worse, even after the jury’s verdict, largely because it appears that DynCorpCerberus is not clearly and openly disclosing the race discrimination findings while continuing to reap public funds. “If this is not a violation of the civil rights laws, I don’t know what is,” Morial said. According to federal acquisition regulations an “agency debarring official may debar a contractor on the basis of a conviction of or a civil judgment for an offense indicating a lack of business integrity or for any other ‘serious or compelling’ cause.” DynCorp, through a spokeswoman, Ashley Burke, sent an e-mailed statement to Trice Edney Wire denying any further responsibility in the case. “DynCorp International takes allegations of racial discrimination very seriously,” she wrote. “And our strict code of ethics and business conduct specifically addresses our zero tolerance for any kind of discrimination. Although we strongly disagreed with the verdict in this case, the judgment was paid in full.” Bailey is determined that his company, in ruins - partially because of the millions of dollars it took to fight DynCorp in court - must
Continued from A1 “Each of these talented individuals brings a wealth of expertise and leadership in their respected fields, and I am confident that they will help us build a more effective, efficient and responsive county government to our residents,” Baker said in a statement. On Baker’s first day of office, he announced changes to 10 positions at the head of the county’s government. He has maintained that his government would be transparent in all its actions and created the Prince George’s County Government Accountability, Compliance, and Integrity (ACI) Task Force to prove that point on Dec. 13.
community leaders. We hear their concerns and provide them with information regarding crime trends. We find it to be a very mutually beneficial relationship.” Now that she’s officially been sworn in, Alsobrooks will roll into her new position with an unmatched fervor. She says she’s ecstatic to finally begin her work as state’s attorney. “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity that’s in front of me,” Alsobrooks said. “I am anxious to get going. We have lots of great ideas that I’ve had a chance to discuss over the last couple of years and now its time to implement those ideas.” Continued from A1
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than that of Whites, but that number isn’t reflected in graduation rates or workforce statistics. “Something happens between the freshman year and graduating with a baccalaureate degree,” said Mack. “We know that something happens again in the transition from the baccalaureate degree to graduate school and other transition points that the NSF is interested in.” The discrepancy develops because too few mentors are available for women of color, according to Claudia Rankins, Ph.D., program officer of NSF’s HBCU UP Program. She hopes female faculty members at HBCUs will help address the issue. “The few women faculty members we have now will of course serve as role models for students,” Rankins said. “In that way, we are hoping that they have an influence on undergraduate and graduate students.” The program, in its initial stages, is focused on retention and not attraction, although its leaders acknowledge that’s a step they’re interested in taking very soon. “We do recognize that we will, at some point, want to expand our scope to include strategies that would attract undergraduate women and graduate women into the academy,” Mack said. For GPRA, however, the program is not just going to stop here. Carmen Rivera, president of GPRA, said that the organization’s large minority population allows them a unique opportunity to engage public school children. “My personal passion in this is the fact that I have three daughters that are pursuing STEM disciplines or are in the STEM academy in college,” Rivera said. “The youngest one actually gave us some ideas on reaching backgoing back to the primary levels and secondary levels.”
little to no federal funding. ADVANCE implements feedback from the community it serves and the women directing the program have lived the HBCU experience, making them more attuned to the societal pressures minority women face, Mack said. Those pressures underscore the program’s importance. The percentage of African Americans and Latinos wanting to major in STEM careers at the onset of their college careers is greater
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Obama Returns to Washington to Face Emboldened GOP
By Julie Pace Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama got what he wanted from his Hawaiian vacation: nearly two weeks away from the spotlight before returning to Washington to face an emboldened Republican party and a major shakeup of his staff. The first weeks of the new year will be an early test of whether the president can manage a divided Congress, and build on the victories he secured during the final days of the lame-duck legislative session. And with a host of Republicans readying to run for his job, the administration will simultaneously be laying the groundwork for Obama’s re-election bid. After making only a few brief public appearances during his family vacation in Hawaii, the president planned to arrive back in Washington Tuesday afternoon, a day before lawmakers on Capitol Hill reconvene. Republicans, having taken control of the House and boosted their seats in the Senate, are promising to take aim at the president’s agenda, from his spending plans to his health care overhaul. And they’re not wasting any time. Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan said Sunday that lawmakers want to vote on a full repeal of Obama’s health care law before the president’s State of the Union address later this month. If that vote fails, Upton said lawmakers will go after the overhaul piece by piece. Obama will also face opposition on spending and the debt. Though the president has said the nation’s longterm fiscal health must be addressed, he’s warned that cutting spending now could be disastrous for the fragile economic recovery. But conservative Republicans, including many newly elected members of Congress, want to cut spending immediately. The first test of how much Obama is willing to compromise with this wing of the GOP comes in February, when lawmakers have to pass a massive spending bill to keep the government running. Another critical juncture could come as early as March, when lawmakers vote on whether to raise the debt ceiling. Some GOP lawmakers, including South Despite Republican gains, Obama still holds some leverage – namely a Democratic majority in the Senate that could counter Republican action in the House, and the veto power of the executive branch. He’s also coming off a successful run in the final weeks of 2010, having secured wins on a tax compromise with Republicans, a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia and the repeal of the military’s ban on gay service members. White House officials say they see some opportunities to capitalize on that momentum and work with Republicans, including on looming trade deals with Colombia and Panama, and
“The first test of how much Obama is willing to compromise with this wing of the GOP comes in February, when lawmakers have to pass a massive spending bill to keep the government running.”
Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have said they won’t vote to raise the debt limit unless there is a plan in place for dealing with long-term obligations, including Social Security, and for returning to 2008 spending levels. With the debt ceiling at $14.3 trillion, and the debt at nearly $13.9 trillion and growing daily, White House economist Austan Goolsbee said that refusing to raise the limit would have a “catastrophic’’ impact on the economy. “That would be a worse financial economic crisis than anything we saw in 2008,’’ Goolsbee said Sunday. the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind education act. In an editorial in the Washington Post Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said lawmakers from both parties are already working together to draft a reauthorization, and said, “Few areas are more suited for bipartisan action than education reform.’’ At the same time Obama contends with a new crop of lawmakers at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, change will be coming to the White House. Obama spent some of his Hawaiian holiday reviewing a
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President Barack Obama holds his shave ice at Island Snow at Kailua Beach Center while on vacation with the first family in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 27. staff restructuring review led by interim chief of staff Pete Rouse. While officials have cautioned that there won’t be sweeping changes throughout the West Wing, some shifts will be made quickly after the president’s return to Washington. Obama is likely to name a new director of the National Economic Council later this week or early next week. Top contenders to replace the departed Lawrence Summers are Treasury Department official Gene Sperling, investment banker Roger Altman and Yale University president Richard Levin. The new NEC director will have broad oversight of the administration’s economic decisions and could signal a shift in policy as the White House grapples with 9.8 percent unemployment. Other changes will come as advisers sign on to join Obama’s re-election campaign, which will be run out of Chicago. Senior adviser David Axelrod plans to head there this month, with Obama’s 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe taking his place at the White House. More staff will follow Axelrod to Chicago, though aides have not yet been asked to commit to making the move.
Economic Times Demand Giving
Continued from A1 the food bank coming now,” Holloway said. “We’ve actually seen former donors who are now coming to us for food assistance. So the face of hunger has changed and the recession has played a big role.” SHABACH!, which acts as a liaison to social services and donates food, clothing and household items to persons in the Washington, D.C. metro area—though it has seen clients from as far away as West Virginia—is also getting an influx of (the clients) drive up in a big car, everyone is reminded that they may be sleeping in that same car.” Alleviating—and ultimately changing—the dire situation begins at a personal level, said A. Adar Ayira, project manager, More in the Middle Initiative, an Associated Black Charities (ABC) program designed to strengthen and expand the Black middle class. “For themselves, what people can do is to really become more educated on work, Holloway added. Last year, 14,000 volunteers saved the organization $1.7 million in administrative costs. “Without community support, without donations and volunteers we would not be able to feed the thousands who are suffering from hunger,” she said. “The need is there, the problem is real and it’s up to the community to take action and make a difference.” Diane Bell McKoy, president/CEO of ABC, which is based in Baltimore, said too many people are dissuaded from giving back because they think they must do something “big.” “I want to change people’s definition of help… everything makes a difference,” she said. For example, in churches with social services ministries, simply supporting the church financially may be an indirect way of giving back to the community. And there are other ways parishioners can give. “There are churches that are beginning to recognize that within their congregations there are people of expertise… So when people think of volunteering… lots of people can do soup kitchens and shelters and that’s critical. But, because often our community is also disconnected from knowing what they don’t know, in order to change up economic outcomes volunteering knowledge and resources and relationships and access is critical. You don’t have to go far to make a difference.”
“I want to change people’s definition of help… everything makes a difference.”
“professionals,” Pope chimed in. These are educators, government workers and corporate types who were laid off from their jobs, or saw their businesses closed; have exhausted their savings and retirement accounts and are now depending on the community and the government for help. “These are very conscientious people that want to work but there are no jobs out there for them…, who are not looking for a handout—and really don’t want it—but this is what they have to do in order to maintain,” Pope said. “And they are new to the system, meaning social services, and they’re trying to find out how it works, what they can get, or what is available to them and a lot of them have become very frustrated. “… [So] even though they financial management,” Ayira told the AFRO. “This economic climate is giving all of us an opportunity to clean up our financial houses, to figure out what we can tighten and to make us more conscious about working ourselves out of whatever holes we’re in.” For others, the traditional ways of “giving back” continue to be important, Holloway said. “It’s very easy. You can donate—with $1 we can provide three meals; you can host a food drive at your school or church—they are a critical way by which we get food.” Also, with individual and corporate donors giving less to nonprofits such as theirs, volunteers who offer their time and energy to sort food and pack boxes are just as important to the Food Bank’s
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No Props, No Gratitude
In recent days some have heaped accolades on Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour for indefinitely suspending the double life sentences unjustly leveled against Gladys and Jamie Scott for their alleged role in a 1993 robbery. What seems to have been lost in the celebration is that Barbour’s action does not grant a full pardon, a clemency or a commutation of their sentences that sets them free forever. Barbour’s action also does not guarantee their suspended sentences will never be reversed resulting in their return to prison. To add insult to injury, as a condition of Barbour’s release, Gladys Scott must give up a kidney to her older sister Jamie, not to save her life, but to save the state money in dialysis treatments. The women have already served 16 years of two consecutive life sentences each after being convicted of luring two men to a deserted spot in Scott County where three teens ambushed them, hit them with the butt of a shotgun and robbed them of wallets containing anywhere from $11 to $200, depending on the source. The sisters, now 38 and 36, have always maintained their innocence. They, however, were not eligible for parole until 2014. Willie Simmons, a Mississippi state senator, reportedly characterized Barbour’s actions as a “bold step” and “a courageous move.” Really? These “props” are woefully premature. Barbour does not deserve our gratitude for being courageous. His actions bespeak not of honor or humanity but instead reek of self-serving political cover with respect to his aspirations for a higher office. Don’t forget: Barbour has been governor since 2004 and has not deemed it necessary to do anything about the wellpublicized Scott sister case until now. Also be aware that Gladys’ request to willingly participate in the transplant was previously denied apparently by a parole board several years ago. Some assume Barbour may be able to save face with Black voters with this long overdue gesture while at the same time appease Whites by maintaining a law and order image along with an economically conservative stance. It is Barbour
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We Owe Mississippi Gov. Barbour NOTHING!
who makes the point that the Scott Sisters were not released because it was the humanitarian thing to do, but instead because they “no longer pose a threat” and one of them, Jamie, is costing the state too much money for her dialysis treatments. In the course of completing this absurd picture of Southern justice, Mississippi now has established a precedent that one may achieve freedom in return for giving up a body part. Barbour shouldn’t be praised for his two-faced attempt which does nothing but adds insult to the injury the Scott sisters have already suffered from the application of so called Mississippi justice. Their mother, Evelyn Rasco of Florida, where the sisters may end up, contends their case was in retaliation for family members testifying against a corrupt local sheriff. Even if the Scott Sisters were guilty, their life sentences were inconsistent with the crime and unduly harsh. They were sentenced by a judge the NAACP claimed had a history of racially biased rulings and who gave a surprisingly lenient sentence to the convicted killer of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman, the CORE civil rights workers murdered in Philadelphia, Miss., in 1964. The Scott sisters were represented by an attorney who was later disbarred in another case for providing lack of diligence and failure to communicate with his client. In the Scotts case, he called no witnesses at the trial, not even the sisters in their own defense. The actual teen perpetrators said their damning statements were coerced for plea deals. We are not condoning criminal behavior here. Robbery (no matter how big or small the sum illegally gained) with its potentially fatal outcome deserves harsh punishment. However, the convicted teen perpetrators of this robbery received eightyear sentences of which they served only two. Given this background of the Scott case, we find it surprising the prosecutor, Ken Turner, now tells The ClarionLedger, “it was not a particularly egregious case.” So why has Barbour kept the Scott Sisters incarcerated during his six-year tenure as governor? Why has he continued their incarceration while reportedly pardoning no less than four undisputed murderers and suspending the life sentence of another? Would Barbour, a son of the Mississippi South, have
grabbed on to the Scott Sisters’ kidneys after all these years and countless protests and pleas for their release, had he not committed political suicide himself only days earlier? We think not. Barbour’s’ action is a paper-thin disguise for his retreat from the insensitive and historically revisionist statements he made in a recent interview with the conservative Weekly Standard. In the article, laying the groundwork for his presidential bid, Barbour marginalized the turmoil of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in his hometown of Yazoo City, Miss., and complimented the role of the conservative White Citizens Councils in maintaining order although they were instrumental in upholding segregation. Days later, after round criticism, he issued a retraction saying Blacks did indeed suffer during “the difficult and painful era for Mississippi,” and the councils were “totally indefensible, as is segregation.” Which is it? This is the same man who earlier this year defended Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s decision to reinstate Confederate History Month, saying critics were “trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn’t matter for diddly.” Some will argue that it matters not the insincere motivation of Barbour’s action, but rather that the Scott Sisters will be released, albeit with strings attached, within 45 days. However, until Barbour really does “the right thing” by granting full clemency or pardon for the Scott sisters, without conditions, he gets no accolades or “props” here.
Once More, into the Breach....
January is a month when Maryland families pause to reflect on the year just past – and make our plans for the months ahead. 2010 was a year that evoked in me gratitude, a sense of accomplishment, and a renewed determination to carry on. I am both grateful and humbled by the faith that my neighbors once again invested in me on Election Day. Despite our opponents’ attacks and their dirty tricks, Elijah Cummings our community once again rose to the challenge. As a result, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Gov. Martin O’Malley, our other Democratic colleagues in Annapolis and all but one of our Democratic congressional delegation received a renewed mandate to fight for the more prosperous and equitable America symbolized by the pledge, “liberty and justice for all.” It is in this spirit that we must regroup and move forward, notwithstanding the electoral gains that the forces of wealth, reaction and power achieved in 2010. With Republican control of the House of Representatives and a weakened Democratic majority in the Senate, President Obama’s already daunting task of rebuilding America has become far more difficult. To acknowledge this reality, however, is not to accept defeat. One victory does not a mandate make – nor one defeat a movement break. It is critical that we hold on to this shared vision of a better country because we are in for a series of tough battles during the next two years. The Republican leadership in Washington has made it clear that their top objective is to deny President Obama a second term in 2012. They have pledged to cut $100 billion each year from the social programs that are keeping millions of American above water during this long economic storm – and they are determined to harass the administration through unending subpoenas and political spin. These assertions amount to a battle cry against all that is progressive, not a pledge of bipartisan debate and action for the benefit of our country. We are in a fight. Yet, we stand on firm ground. The Democratically-led 110th Congress just concluded has been called the “most productive Congress in 50 years.” We provided a path to more affordable health insurance for more than 30 million Americans and invested in a stronger national system of community health care. We strengthened federal regulation of Wall Street and the credit card industry for the first time in decades. We took actions – including the Recovery Act – that protected our nation from a second Great Depression. We helped to ensure that women will be paid as much as their male counterparts. We helped to protect state governments from bankruptcy – and teachers from unemployment. We stood against the tobacco lobby, fought for child nutrition and demanded greater food safety. We reduced the threat of life-ending nuclear attack, made a down payment on our debt to our veterans and ended the discrimination inherent in “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” All of these advances (and more) are what our opponents hope to destroy when they scream that they are going to “take their country back” and deny a second term to the most successful president of our time. Well, this is our country as well – and I, for one, will fight to make it better for everyone. I do not minimize the power that we face. Billionaires like the Koch brothers are dumping millions into a concerted effort to defeat our president and the progressive movement he leads. A slim majority of the Supreme Court has decreed that corporations can use their profits to buy elections and protect their privileges. Against these forces, we have only our vision, determination and organization. Still, history informs us that, sometimes, this can be enough. We know that ours is the same dream that uplifted the working women of New England cotton mills, the coal miners and factory workers in their struggles against the company store, and the civil rights workers of the 1960s. Ours is the same challenge as those heroes and heroines of our past who risked everything for “liberty and justice for all.” We are a movement, and not just another political campaign. We fight not just for ourselves, but for our children and for the generations yet to be born. Once more, into the breach . . . . Congressman Elijah E. Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
she would not go back to prison. In a radio interview Barbour described the suspension of sentences as the equivalent of parole. Any violation of the law could therefore land them back in prison. So, in my view the act of compassion turns out to be a cost efficient way of ridding Mississippi of an astronomical medical bill. Barbour’s twisted view of compassion and moral sleight of hand should not come as a surprise. Recently Barbour found himself in hot water after his attempt to revise the shameful legacy of the segregationist, Council of Conservative Citizens, originally called, White Citizen’s Councils. Gov. Barbour, who by the way aspires to run for president of the United States confirmed my thoughts by saying, “The Mississippi Department of Corrections believes the sisters no longer pose a threat to society, their incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation, and Jamie Scott’s medical condition creates a substantial cost to the State of Mississippi.” Bob Herbert of the New York Times recently wrote about the case of the Scott Sisters in a piece titled “’So Utterly Inhumane.” He said, “This is Mississippi we’re talking about, a place that in many ways has not advanced much beyond the Middle Ages.” I agree 100 percent. Instead of giving the Scott Sisters their freedom through a true compassionate act of clemency, Barbour instead used the barbaric stipulation that freedom in this case is the cost of a kidney. I wish the Scott Sisters the best in regaining their freedom and hope they lead fruitful and productive lives. And I pray that Gov. Barbour does not use the freedom for organs tradeoff anymore in the future to save the state of Mississippi tax dollars. Anthony Papa, media relations manager Drug Policy Alliance New York, N.Y.
Finally, Some Sense in the Mississippi ‘White House’ I was glad to hear during the holidays that Gov. Haley Barbour has finally come to his senses about letting the Scott Sisters go free. A national travesty of miscarriage of justice in the case of the Scott Sisters should be heartfelt from coast to coast and from sea to shining sea. I am appalled at the “underreporting” of major newspapers of the plight of these women, one of which is suffering from kidney failure due to the poor medical conditions in the prison. Gladys and Jamie Scott had no business being sent to prison on a double-life sentence for an $11 robbery they claimed they didn’t commit, in the first place. Where is the good sense of fairness, justice and mercy in 2011? Sickened by the repeat of seeing more African Americans incarcerated for lengthier sentences than any other ethnic group, I plan to write as many newspapers as possible to dispel the belief in America that “we are giving justice for all.” Now Barbour, who I do not praise but commend for acting [somewhat] with mercy toward these women to allow for Jamie’s surgery, may move toward a complete pardon of these women. His conditional release that includes that Jamie’s sister, Gladys— also serving a double-life—must donate a kidney and the “indefinite release” terms that also include Mississippi not paying for the kidney transplant (ridiculous), may provide a platform for his reelection. However, I pray that Mississippians do not allow this man another term in office as the head executive over the state if he persists on covering up and hiding behind the shameful past and present of racist disenfranchisement I have seen in a long time. This letter is not to be interpreted as a “kudos, job well done” for Gov. Barbour. This is his re-election year and like all politicians, what may have not been palatable for consideration may be so when voters have to go to the booths in a few months.
However, this is a clarion call for common sense, justice and mercy that is needed all over our country in how we interpret and apply our laws. Individuals, groups and persons in this country are responsible when we hear about such things occurring in America, to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” - Proverbs 31:8 Verinda M. Birdsong Baltimore, Md. Scott Sisters Freed! Gov. Barbour Demands a Kidney for their Freedom At long last the Scott sisters will be free! Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in a totally bizarre act of compassion, based on public pressure, used his commutation powers to grant the sisters their freedom. Barbour suspended the life sentences of Gladys and Jamie Scott, two African-American sisters who had served 16 years in prison for taking part in an $11 armed robbery. The women have always maintained their innocence. For many years civil rights advocates have called for the release of the sisters. The case was brought to my attention a few years ago by Nancy Lockart, who spearheaded the campaign to free the Scott sisters. Although I give thanks to the governor for this act, I have to question the stipulation that in order for Jamie Scott to be free she must donate a kidney to her ailing sister. An estimation was made that determined that dialysis treatments would cost the state of Mississippi $200,000 a year which did not include other treatments. If the operation could not be performed because of medical reasons they would revisit Jamie’s stipulation but
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By Caryn Rousseau Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The bar is buzzing on a busy night at Chicago Cut steakhouse as regulars Keith and Peg Bragg sit at a high table scanning the wine list. Within seconds, they have all bottles under $40 at their fingertips using an iPad supplied by their server. “You can very quickly look through to see the price per bottle,” said Keith, a finance executive, as he scrolled through rows of selections. “You can read the wine tasting note, how long it has been aged.” The upscale eatery on the northern bank of the Chicago River has invested in 40 iPads at about $700 each for wine selection. Since April, when Apple debuted the tablet, the device is now in use as a full menu at upscale restaurants, hamburger eateries and quickservice chains like Au Bon Pain. Restaurateurs said that’s just the beginning. Chicago Cut partnered with a technology firm to create a custom app that looks like a virtual wine cellar. It lists the restaurant’s more than 750 wines, includes photos of bottles on wooden shelves and allows for searches based on variety, price or region of origin. Diners can also access information about a wine’s taste, composition and a Google map of the vineyard. “Eventually the bottle is going to spin around and you can read the back label,” said Chicago Cut managing partner Matt Moore. In the future, programmers could add video or let customers e-mail themselves the name of a new favorite wine.
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In this photo taken Dec. 1, 2010, Keith Bragg of Chicago navigates the wine list on an iPad at Chicago Cut steakhouse in Chicago. The restaurant is just one eatery of several across the U.S. that have started uploading menus and wine lists to the digital devices. Moore’s partner, David Flom, said the iPads were a large investment, but they’re already showing returns. “I’ve already seen an increase of wine per customer of 20 percent,” Flom said. “I can’t say that the iPad commanded 100 percent, but I can say it commanded a significant portion of that.” Technology is becoming increasingly important to restaurants and tabletop ordering devices only stand to multiply, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president at the Chicago-based restaurant consulting firm Technomic. “It’s cool and trendy and kids love it,” he said. “It paves the way for other opportunities with applications.” Au Bon Pain uses iPads at six of its 220 locations, with plans to expand. Ed Frechette, the company’s vice president of marketing in Boston, said diners usually fill out pieces of paper with their orders at the cafes, but iPads have simplified the process. “One of our employees has an iPad with a menu loaded in it and they’ll take your order,” Frechette said. “You still see a menu board with all the information on it. We have handheld laminated menus for a reference, but all the paper pads are gone.” At 4Food in New York, where diners can build and name their own burgers, iPads are at eight kiosks with plans for as many as 30 devices, including Android and Blackberry platforms. Customers order and enter credit card information into the iPad to pay. Managing partner Adam Kidron said ordering food electronically will eventually be the norm. “You’ve just got to imagine that this is something that won’t just be considered to be a discretionary behavior,” Kidron said. “It will be a necessary behavior.” Chief executive Patrick Eldon, whose orderTALK Inc. helps set up online ordering for restaurants, said the real value of using iPads is to develop customer relationships. Digital surveys, collecting customer e-mails and offering frequent diner programs are all possible with the tablets, he said. “It’s about getting to know your customer in a way that you can’t get to know them from the waiter or waitress,” Eldon said. “You now have incredibly valuable data about customers, how often they eat, what a particular customer likes to order.” The tablets are arriving on the travel circuit, too. OTG Management has installed more than 200 iPads loaded with menus at gates in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, allowing travelers to order salads and sandwiches while they wait for flights. A waiter brings the food and diners can pay via the iPad or in cash to the server. “I think eventually a significant number of restaurants will just use iPads for their menus,” said OTG chief executive officer Rick Blatstein. “We’re starting out using hundreds of them and I expect it to be thousands in the future.” Celebrity Cruises has 75 iPads loaded with restaurant menus aboard one of its ships. Restaurants do face a few challenges. Tristano points out that restaurant owners must consider how to keep the tablets juiced up. At Chicago Cut, Flom said the iPads are loaded with tracking software to prevent theft. And there are customers who won’t want to use iPads. Jay Clark, who headed the team at Shared Marketing Services Inc. that created Chicago Cut’s iPad program, said while he sees unlimited uses for the digital devices in restaurants, paper menus need to be available, too. “If people are very tactile and they’re comfortable with a paper menu, they should be able to have it,” he said. “People have to be comfortable with technology.”
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A newly formed dance team makes their formal debut
Janice, Mike, Jesse, Amari and Armand Navarro Renee "Starlynn" Allen sings original song “Lord Help Me”
Katrina, Tony, David and baby Gabriella McDonald
The Spiritual Harmonizers sing a handclapping, foot-stomping selection Ciera, Yolanda and Larry Bailey Lesa Smith and Luisa Herrera
Army Chaplain (Maj.) James Key, banquet speaker
bevy of guests joined members of the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) Gospel Service Congregation as they journeyed to the Fort Belvoir, Va., Officers Club for a holiday celebration that included a reception, Christmas caroling, karaoke, a sumptuous meal, dance presentation, music from Renee “Starlynn” Allen, a holiday message from Chaplain (Capt.) James Key and foot-stomping gospel music from the Spiritual Harmonizers of Northern, Va.
Under the planning leadership of Jerome Lindsay, Edgar Brookins, William Douglas and Anita Laury, attendees enjoyed an evening of fun, gaiety and holiday cheer. Chaplain (Maj.) David Santiago Cruz is pastor of JBM-HH Gospel Service, a major financial supporter of the AFRO’s military program which provides weekly newspaper deliveries to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Donald and Annette Wright with Mr. and Mrs. Odums
Freda Womack (right) and her daughter Cassie introduce the guest speaker Joyce Laury, Anita Laury, president, Parish Council; Kernovia Roberts, CaLix Daniel, Sidra Daniel and Tyler Roberts
Ethel Edmond, Herman Williams, Nia Webb, Donna Garland, Laverne Lashley, Renee Anderson and Patricia Powell
Chaplain David Santiago Cruz, pastor, Gospel Service and his wife, Loida
Tony and Floyd Jenkins
Renee Anderson leads a round of Christmas carols Washington AFRO General Manager Edgar Brookins and his daughter, Ciera
Brigitte Lowe belts out a powerful holiday tune Evangelist Beverly Threat (center, standing) and members of her family Paola Mazo, Nariman Zahedi, Renee "Starlynn" Allen, her son Chase Allen, Sonya Bradford, Emma Scott, Kevin Bradford and Barbara Ogle
Schuyler, Andriane, Nia and Naja Webb
Ashley and Victoria Omekam
Andrea Joe, Donna Garland, Pamela and William Douglas and their son, William Jr.
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Priscilla Clark, Maudine R. Cooper and celebrity chef Huda
The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) board members hosted a surprise reception at the GWUL headquarters in Northwest Washington, D.C., for Maudine R. Cooper, recognizing her 20 years of service as president and CEO of the storied organization. Entrepreneurs, politicians and members of the community gathered to honor and celebrate Cooper, who took the helm of the GWUL in December 1990. Some of her accomplishments include changing the Urban League’s name to the Greater Washington Urban League in 1993, which reflected its expansion to Prince George’s and Montgomery counties;
instituting “Thursday Network,” GWUL’s young professionals auxiliary; leading the purchase of GWUL’s new headquarters at 2901 14th St., N.W. and helping increase donations and contributions from $1 million to approximately $25 million. In videotaped remarks, District Mayor Vincent Gray also honored Cooper for her work, calling her “the absolute quintessential public servant in the District of Columbia.” Now in its 72nd year, the GWUL continues to provide a wide range of services including education, employment and training; health promotion; food and utility assistance, housing and community development to more than 65,000 persons annually.
Former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Jerry Moore and Maudine R. Cooper
The reception committee: Michael P. Akin (left), director of community relations, George Washington University; Annie P. Whatley, acting associate director, Office of Minority Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy; Willa Hall Smith, associate vice president, Tuskegee University, Office of Federal Relations; Loretta S. Caldwell, president, LS Caldwell and Associates and Jerry A. Moore III, chair, board of directors, GWUL
Maudine R. Cooper and Lavern Chatman, president, Northern Virginia Urban League chapter
Steven Knapp, president of The George Washington University and Maudine R. Cooper
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Local Pastor Shows Age is No Obstacle
In a day and time when the country is in educational crisis, William E. Peterson decided to reverse this trend, returning to school after 40 years and earning his associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees within a sixyear period. “I never thought I was smart enough to earn a degree,” Peterson said in a prepared statement. “My sister, who returned to school at 56, inspired me, and I wanted to challenge myself.” Although he did graduate from high school in 1958 and attended other training institutions in his earlier years, he had serious doubts about having what it took to succeed in the world of academia, especially at the seasoned age of 63. After retiring from a successful William E. Peterson 32-year career in the insurance industry and becoming the founder and pastor of Deliverance Free Will Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Md., over the past 22 years, Peterson had some fear about entering an environment where he’d likely be the oldest education in Alexandria. In addition, Sandra Dawkins Harvey, co-chair of HIV/AIDS Program for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, NOVA chapter, presented information on HIV/AIDS and the impact on African-American women and adolescent females. The Rev. Todd Brown, pastor of First Chesterbrook Baptist Church in McLean, Va., who represented the Virginia Clergy Council and the Northern Virginia Aids Ministry (NOVAM), informed the congregation about the council’s efforts to involve other faith-based groups in their plight. Brown also presented a layout of NOVAM’s initiatives and the recent program “Partnerships for Hope,” which partners with 34 churches in Northern Virginia. The Rev. Roslyn M. Brock, a minster at Alfred Street, and the youngest
Elder William E. Peterson, 69, earns four degrees in six years
class member. “Initially, I felt a little nervous, but then my fellow students — and the professors — started to look to me for guidance and wisdom. I was really surprised, but honored at the same time.” Peterson’s educational odyssey began in 2004 at Maple Springs Baptist Church’s Bible College and Seminary in Capitol Heights, Md. He then matriculated to the United American Free Will Baptist Bible College, Kinston, N.C., where he earned his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in biblical studies. But he didn’t stop there. A master’s in theology soon followed and he graduated summa cum laude. Peterson culminated his academic aspirations by completing a two-year doctoral program in Courtesy Photo eight months and writing his thesis, “Where Faith Begins: Autobiography of a Sharecropper’s Son.” He received his doctorate, graduating summa cum laude, on Dec. 11 at Deliverance Free Will Baptist Church in Temple Hills. African-American woman to serve as the 14th chairman of the NAACP, delivered a powerful message from the book of Mark that made reference to the “woman with the issue of blood.” She explained that people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS are often referred to as “those people.” She encouraged Christians and those of power to acknowledge and embrace the simple “touch of the hem of one’s garment” as a cry for help from the HIV/AIDS community. In his remarks, the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, senior pastor at Alfred Street, announced his full support and encouragement of the organizations participating, especially ASBC HIV/AIDS Ministry. He challenged all attendees to get involved. Call the church office at 703-683-2222 for more information the church’s AIDS Ministry.
NCBW Partners with Local Church to Fight HIV/AIDS
By Herb Quarles Special to the AFRO The Northern Virginia chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women recently formed a partnership with the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church and its HIV/ AIDS Ministry in honor of “World AIDS Day 2010.” A worship service was held at the church, located at 301 South Alfred St., in Alexandria, Va., in honor of those who have died from, are infected with or affected by the disease. The World AIDS theme for 2010 is “Reducing the Stigma, Breaking the Silence” and the service theme was “Moving Forward Together in Faith, Hope and Courage.” Highlights of the service included a proclamation prepared by the city of Alexandria’s Commission on HIV/AIDS, which Mayor William Euille read to the audience. The proclamation demonstrated the city’s commitment to combating HIV/AIDS and affirmed the Commission on HIV/AIDS’ efforts to provide health
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D.C. Stars Among 2011 Grammy Nominees
Chuck Brown welcomes first nod at 74
The Recording Academy recently named Washington, D.C. native Carolyn Malachi, R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn and go-go music founder Chuck Brown as 2011 Grammy nominees for their hit 2010 singles. Malachi has been nominated for Best Urban/ Alternative Performance for her single “Orion” from the Lions, Tigers & Squares EP. Similarly, DeVaughn’s 2010 smash “Customer” garnered him a Grammy nod for Best R&B song. The Recording Academy also recognized the godfather of go-go, Chuck Brown, for his single “Love,” which features singers Jill Scott, Ledisi and jazz musician Marcus Miller, for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. This is the first Grammy nod for the District’s 74-year-old musical ambassador. All three stars enjoyed stellar success in 2010 – particularly Brown – who made a nationwide appearance with the Roots on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” released a three-disc album We Got This and had his breakout hit “Bustin Loose” featured in a TV commercial. Meanwhile, this is DeVaughn’s second Grammy stint. In 2008, the Recording Academy recognized the Newark, N.J.-born, Prince George’s County, Md.-raised singer for his popular hit “Woman.” Also sending a powerful message through music is Malachi, whose genreblending songs frequently serve as a rally call for women in the arts. She is founder of
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Children’s Musical Teaches Important Life Lessons
By Bobby Marvin Special to the AFRO From the pages of Patricia J. McKissack’s brilliantly animated children’s book Mirandy and Brother Wind to Glen Echo, Md.’s storied Adventure Theatre, Mirandy – the brighteyed, cocoa-hued protagonist – has found a place in young school children’s heart nationwide. McKissack’s 1997 work imbues fantasy and rich AfricanAmerican cultural references amid the backdrop of a small southern town’s cakewalk jubilee, a celebratory dance competition. Mirandy needs a dance partner, but her fellow townspeople encourage her to “capture the wind,” a concept that puzzles the spry girl. But Grandmother Beasley’s sage words help Mirandy understand Brother Wind’s power. “Can’t nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free.” It was the rich Black vernacular and other cultural elements that first attracted Michael J. Bobbitt, artistic director of Adventure Theatre and the production’s playwright, to the book and encouraged him to craft a musical based on Mirandy’s plight. Together with music and lyrical director John L. Cornelius and director Jennifer Nelson, Bobbitt has developed an engaging stage production he hopes will encourage more African-Americans to become theatergoers.
‘Mirandy and Brother Wind’ comes to Adventure Theatre
AFRO: What was it about this story that caught your attention? Michael J. Bobbitt: I actually was just sort of roaming around the Barnes & Noble in Bethesda with my son, and I just sort of walked over to the children’s book section …started thumbing through it. Then I saw the title Mirandy and Brother Wind and I thought, well it must be an African-American book and I pulled the book off the shelf and saw a beautiful picture of this young, sassy looking girl and up in the sky behind her was a picture of the wind, who was dressed in a top hat. And I thought, ‘Wow, this must have some good fantasy or fiction about it.’ I looked on the back and it’s about the story of a little girl who wants to win the annual cakewalk, so it immediately had culture, music, dance and a fantasy element. And I think all of those things make for great musicals.
What started out as a hobby to entertain friends and family with self-made short movies has turned into a fulltime business for sisters Saba, 13; Keita, 17 and Tajiya, 21. The Charlotte, N.C. natives have crafted everything on their animation projects from character drawings, scriptwriting, music scoring, designing the DVD menus, cover artwork, as well as producing and directing each project as a team. The sisters recently formed EYI Publications Co., which stands for Entrepreneurs of Youth and Integrity. The animation company intends to provide quality entertainment for an audience that is ready for innovative books, feature films and TV programs. The sisters have just released the Filmmakers Keita, 17; Saba, 13 and feature-length Tajiya, 21 animated film Kwanzaa at My House, which tells the story of two kids celebrating and understanding Kwanzaa. They also have two other animated series completed called “Mission Possible” about a teen who overcomes life’s obstacles and “The Organic Four” which tells the story of children who find their purpose by learning responsibility and respect for themselves and the planet. Indie filmmaker Tim Greene of Tim Greene Films lauded the young sisters’ accomplishments. “I have never seen anyone their age with so much talent in animation; these very talented young ladies will go a long way in the business,” said Greene in a statement. The filmmakers plan to go on a promotional tour in 2011 and have their film projects screened at film festivals worldwide. For more information on the sisters and their work, visit WWW.EYIPUBLICATIONS.COM. like characters. There’s dancing and music in the story. It wasn’t hard to find where the songs and such were. AFRO: What resonated with you the most about this story? MJB: I think it’s more that these experiences they (characters in the book) had were stooped in the culture and they weren’t about race. They weren’t about Black versus White or the White man keeping us down. It was just part of their everyday [lives]. AFRO: This production appeals to an African-American audience, but what do you think can be done to engage more African Americans to become theatergoers? MJB: Well I think there needs to be more African-American work produced and I think there’s lots of different kinds of African-American plays. And one of my goals with “Mirandy” is to do something that is more traditional musical theatre that stretches the audience’s ear. But I think what we have to do is encourage each other to go to the theater.
“Mirandy and Brother Wind” runs Jan. 21-Feb. 13 at Adventure Theater and Feb. 25-March 13 at The Atlas Performing Arts Center. For tickets and more information, log onto http://adventuretheatre.tix. com and call (301) 634-2270 for Glen Echo, Md. showing; and www. atlasarts.org/tickets, (202) 399-7993 for Washington, D.C. showing. Kristin Gray contributed to this article.
‘Psych-ing’ Out Dulé
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Dulé Hill stars as Burton ‘Gus’ Guster on the USA Network series “Psych,” which airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST. Best known for his work as Charlie Young on “The West Wing,” Hill first came to prominence as The Kid opposite Savion Glover and Jeffrey Wright in the Broadway production of Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. Born to Jennifer Garner and Bertholomu Hillshire in Orange, N.J., on May 3, 1975, and raised with his elder brother, Bert, in nearby Sayreville, Dulé began attending dance school when he was 3 and received his first break in 1983 as the understudy to Savion Glover in The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway. He went on to perform the lead role in the musical’s national tour alongside Harold Nicholas. In 1999, he joined the cast of the acclaimed NBC series “The West Wing,” playing the personal aide to the president (Martin Sheen) and, subsequently, deputy special assistant to the chief of staff (Allison Janney). During his seven seasons
children’s book? MJB: My [fellow] writer and I worked for about two years on the script and actually a lot in the last year. [We were] just looking at the story, thinking how can we make this come to life on stage. I mean luckily, most of the characters are human
AFRO: What is the process of creating a stage play out of a
on the series, Hill garnered an Emmy Award nomination and four NAACP Image Award nominations for his work. On the big screen, Hill appeared opposite William H. Macy in an adaptation of David Mamet’s Edmond, and Andrew Davis’ The Courtesy Photo Guardian. Dulé Hill Here, he talks about “Psych,” a lighthearted, crime-solving series where he plays a private eye whose partner (James Roday) pretends to be clairvoyant. KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: Do you believe people have psychic powers? Have you ever experienced anything psychic in real life? DH: I do believe that there are a few of those rare folks out there with a sixth sense who really do have psychic powers. But I think the majority of people who claim to be psychics are frauds.
As for myself, I’ve never experienced anything personally, except on one occasion when I was a kid with a friend of mine who has passed away since. He was spending the night over at my house and I tried to wake him up because he was mumbling to himself in his sleep. I asked him what he was talking about and he said, “Oh, man, I had this dream that your little cousin was here and bothering me by climbing on my back.” It turned out that later that day one of my cousins did come over and start messing with him. That was definitely strange. But besides that, I haven’t had any psychic experiences. KW: I guess Miss Cleo of Psychic Friends Network infomercial fame ruined it for real psychics once she was exposed as a fraud. DH: Yeah, any Jamaican could’ve told you from the first time they saw the commercial that she was a fake, because her accent was terrible. [Laughs] Visit afro.com for more on Dulé Hill.
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton announced recently that she would like Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson’s presence at a meeting that will consider the results of a new study surrounding the District’s drinking water. The study, which was commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, revealed that the chemical, chromium-6, found in the drinking water of 31 cities including the District and which is also known as hexavalent chromium or the “Erin Brockovich” chemical is known to cause cancer when inhaled, according to a statement from Norton’s office. The study further revealed that chromium-6 has caused cancer in laboratory animals when ingested, and according to the EPA, is likely to be carcinogenic to humans
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Meyer Elementary Opens as Relocation Site for Takoma Education Campus
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer About 300 Takoma Education Campus students resumed their studies Jan. 3 at Meyer Elementary School after a fire gutted the Northwest building in late December According to interim District of Columbia Public Schools System chancellor Kaya Henderson, Takoma’s principal and key staff members toured Meyer last week. Officials chose the Northwest building Courtesy Photo/dc.gov because of its capacity to house Meyer Elementary School in Northwest is the temporary about 430 students. In addition, facility for Takoma Education Campus students displaced Meyer features classrooms as opposed to the open-space by a fire late last year. design at Takoma. DCPS officials met with parents to discuss the move, which also focused on preparing the building for occupancy and transporting students back and forth to classes. “While the devastating fire that destroyed Takoma Education Campus has posed some logistical challenges, we are committed to making the transition to Meyer Elementary School as seamless as possible so that teachers can teach and students can learn,” said Henderson. Meyer was among 23 school buildings that were closed in 2008 as part of former chancellor Michelle Rhee’s attempts to reform the troubled system.
when consumed in drinking in-water crisis from 2001 to water. 2004, children in the city had While the EPA is elevated blood lead levels currently considering in 2002 and 2003 that were whether to set a limit for more than three times higher chromium-6 in tap water, than the Centers for Disease Norton said she was very Control and Prevention had grateful for the study. reported. However, “It was truly Norton also divulged discomforting to learn of yet plans to reintroduce her another issue with the safety “Lead-Free Drinking Water of the District’s drinking Act,” which she initially water so soon after the leadpresented six years ago in the in-the water crises resurfaced wake of D.C.’s water crisis. in the city this past spring,” The Act also addresses lead she added. standards for the nation’s No word has been drinking water. released on whether Jackson will attend the meeting. However, this past fall, Norton questioned witnesses at two hearings after a House Committee on Science and Technology subcommittee investigation Morguefile found that, A new study shows the quality of during the Washington, D.C.'s drinking water may District’s lead- be at risk.
Giant Food’s Ninth Annual Stuff-A-Truck a Hit in 2010
Actors Malik Yoba, Ruby Dee Headline Black Academy of Arts & Letters Benefit
The Black Academy of Arts & Letters (TBAAL) kicked off the holiday season in grand style with a special benefit hosted by jazz artist Art Sherrod Jr. and his wife Georgia Noone-Sherrod at Gallery Serengeti in Capitol Heights, Md. Curtis King, founder and president of TBAAL, welcomed the stylish gathering of influential business leaders, community activists and philanthropists including Kevin E. Hooks, Courtesy Photo executive vice president of Malik Yoba, Georgia Noone-Sherrod, Ruby Dee, Kevin E. Weber Shandwick; Angie Hooks and Curtis King Gates, general manager of The Warner Theatre and Mike and Cheryl Miller. The benefit’s special guests were celebrated actress Ruby Dee and actor Malik Yoba, who encouraged the audience to support TBAAL in its upcoming national fundraising campaign. “The Academy is preparing to celebrate its 35th Anniversary next year,” said Dee in a prepared statement. “Because Curtis King and TBAAL are committed to educate and support the arts, our culture won’t be buried alive. For that, I am grateful.” Yoba echoed the legendary actress’ sentiments. “My efforts to support the TBAAL builds on the works of many minority celebrities over the years,” said Yoba. “TBAAL has a state of the art facility in Dallas that hosts plays, concerts and workshops in the effort to preserve our culture. It will take all of our help for it to remain a place where our community can continue to live and inspire. I, Malik Yoba remain committed to TBAAL.” Gallery Serengeti served as the perfect venue as attendees enjoyed an impressive collection of African-inspired art from around the world. Guests also enjoyed sumptuous food and cocktails. The event also featured an inspirational live performance by Sherrod. The TBAAL benefit was sponsored in part by W Hotel Washington, D.C. and Kwedz Research.
Giant Food of Landover, Md., with WTTG Fox 5 and CBS Radio Stations WPGC 95.5, 106.7 The Fan, 94.7 Fresh and 99.1 El Zol, hosted the ninth annual Stuff-A-Truck food drive at four Giant Food locations in December. More than 54,360 pounds of food and $126,890 in monetary donations were collected. This year marked the second highest year in food donations and the top earning year in monetary donations, all benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank. “We are very appreciative that the community came out to support this year’s Stuff-A-Truck to help the Capital Area Food Bank,” said Jamie Miller, public and community relations manager for Giant Food of Landover, Md., in a prepared statement. “The generous donations are especially important this year, because so many in our region are struggling to put food on their own tables. It’s wonderful to see the community work together to make a positive difference by supporting the Capital Area Food Bank and our neighbors in need.” In Rockville, Md., the Montrose Crossing location welcomed 25,354 pounds of food and $924 in donations while the Greenbriar Shopping Center in Fairfax, Va., saw 9,054 pounds of food and Courtesy Photo $979.11 in donations. In Washington, D.C., the community donated 13,114 pounds of food and $1,811.67 at the Brentwood Shopping Giant Food locations in Center Giant and in Hyattsville, Md., 6,847 pounds of food and the District, Northern $710.32 were donated at the Mall at Prince Georges. Virginia, Prince George’s In addition to donations made at the four Giant Food locations, and Montgomery counties monetary contributions to 2010 Stuff-A-Truck were also made by corporations and through the Capital Area Food Bank’s website, received large numbers WTTG Fox 5’s phone bank and Text 2 Give.
Sorority Donates Books to Local School
By Herb Quarles Special to the AFRO Paula Young Shelton, the youngest daughter of the Honorable Andrew Young, an educator and author of Child of the Civil Rights Movement, was the guest speaker during a recent meeting of the Delta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Key Women Educators. The book, written for children, recounts the time in her early years when she recalled the involvement of her parents in the Civil Rights Movement. Her message, “Tell the Story,” was powerful as she inspired and encouraged her audience to “tell their own stories.” A review of her book in the December 2009 issue of Library School Journal noted that, “Mrs. Shelton helps modern children understand the hurtful effects of segregation…and how the movement united its leaders” the Youngs, the Kings, and other activists to become like family because they were brought together by a common goal.” The Delta chapter and friends purchased 25 copies of the book as a part of its yearly educational project. In keeping with its focus on providing literary assistance to one of the identified elementary public schools in the District
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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer
For Redskins, Future Begins Now
And now it begins. For the Washington Redskins, there will be no postseason play this year—something that became palpably evident around late October. Instead, the team will return to where it does most of its usual winning: the offseason. Summer success is quite common in the District and after another distasteful campaign, fans will be looking for something on which to pin their hopes. But with two high-priced professionals seemingly on their way out the door in Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth, it’ll be interesting to see if the club sticks with its money mantra and goes free spending again. Or, they could do it the “right way” and focus their rebuilding effort towards the NFL Draft. Without their third- and fourth-round draft picks (courtesy of last year’s McNabb trade), Washington doesn’t have the favorable ammunition to restock their team with talented youngsters. But the club does possess a pick in each of the first two rounds, something Washington hasn’t enjoyed since the 2002 draft. This year’s draft class is loaded full of promising quarterbacks. With Washington scheduled to pick 10th overall, the club should be in line to nab a signal caller of the future to start their rebuilding process. The free agent market hasn’t been kind to the Redskins over the years and the 2009 hiring of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen should hopefully push along a speedy recovery if the front office decides to go with a youth movement. Allen came from a similar situation with Tampa, where the team was flooding out its old veterans and instilling youthful building blocks. The Buccaneers severed ties with likely Hall of Famers in Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and Simeon Rice and even parted ways with coveted coach Jon Gruden. Yet, a few years later, Tampa is again back atop the NFC despite missing the playoffs with a 10-6 record and the league’s youngest team. The casual NFL fan probably couldn’t identify one single name associated with the Buccaneers but that didn’t stop them from making a seven-game improvement from their 3-13 season in 2009. Maybe Allen can transfer some of his magic to an ailing Washington organization in dire need of a makeover. Several players could be on the chopping block this summer including popular veteran tailback Clinton Portis for starters. Fans will know soon enough about Washington’s revitalization plans over the next few months. When the Washington Redskins start releasing big time names, it’s clear a change in philosophy has arisen. The payplug-and-play approach hasn’t gotten the team anywhere and it’s past due time to give the draft a try. Ironically, Washington’s 6-10 mark this year was an improvement over the previous season’s misery but if the team elects to go with a youth movement like most expect, things will probably get worse before they get better. But at least the team will be walking in a different direction for a change.
Lady Firebirds Snap 3-Game Losing Streak, Advance to 8-6
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The University of the District of Columbia Lady Firebirds snapped a three-game losing skid and advanced to an impressive 8-6 overall record on the season after a blowout victory over the Fayetteville State University Lady Broncos. UDC cruised by Fayetteville State, 77-54, in a home game at the UDC Sports Complex on Jan. 3. Junior guard Jamilia Courtesy Photo/UDC Bonner scored a game-high UDC team captain Lilian McGill helped the Lady Firebirds 20 points for UDC, who blast Fayetteville State, 77-54, on Jan. 3. held the lead the entire game. The Lady Firebirds started hot with a 17-9 run and never looked back, converting 29 Bronco turnovers into 33 points. They also outscored the Lady Broncos’ bench, 34-27, finished with a 12-4 advantage in fast break points. UDC shot 38 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point land and 69 percent from the free-throw line. The Lady Broncos shot 34 percent from the field, only 9 percent from beyond the three-point line and 77 percent from the charity stripe. Junior guard Kendra Johnson also scored double-figures for UDC with 15 points along with two rebounds, two assists and 3 steals. Lady Firebirds junior guard Jasmine Rich added eight points, five rebounds and a game-high 11 assists. Tiffany Haywood led the Bronco in scoring with 18 points, followed by JeLena Robertson with nine points despite the loss. UDC will see its next action when they host their New Year’s Classic Jan. 8 and 9 at the Sports Complex. They will face King College on Jan. 8 and Central State University on Jan. 9.
Bowie State’s Donna Polk Named CIAA Coach of the Week
By AFRO Staff Bowie State University’s Donna Polk was named Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) Coach of the Week on Jan. 3 for her outstanding coaching throughout two games last week. The third-year coach led the BSU Lady Bulldogs basketball team to two impressive wins, defeating nationally ranked Gannon, 70-52, on day one of the BSU Lady Bulldogs Classic before edging Ferris State, 63-60, on the final day of the holiday classic tournament. Bowie State senior Teaunsha Robinson led the Lady Bulldogs with a team-high 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Ferris State; the Baltimore, Md., native Courtesy Photo/Bowie State was named to the All Classic Team along with Tiara Bowie State women’s basketball Adams (Ferris State), Julie Kleber (Gannon) and Alaura coach Donna Polk was honored Jones (Virginia Union). as CIAA Coach of the Week after “Ferris State was a tough team and I’m proud of two impressive wins at the end the ladies for sticking it out and having heart,” Polk of 2010. said. “Having T.T. (Teaunsha Robinson) back with us helps add energy, does a lot of things for us being tough inside”. Bowie State will open conference (CIAA) play at Fayetteville State University on January 6. Following that road trip, Bowie State will host three straight conference games, welcoming Winston-Salem State University on Jan. 10, Shaw University on Jan. 13 and St. Augustine’s College on Jan. 15.
Hampton, Winston-Salem State Tops in HBCU Basketball Power Rankings
By Donal Ware Special to the AFRO Fuquay-Varina, N.C. – Hampton University and Winston-Salem State University top the Boxtorow.com HBCU Division I basketball top-five and Division II/ NAIA top-10 power ranking polls released on Jan. 3. Hampton has gotten off to a hot 11-3 start to the season, including at one point reeling off seven straight wins. They are also 1-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Morgan State, Tennessee State, Jackson State and North Carolina A&T round out the rest of the top five. In the Division II/NAIA top-10 poll, Winston-Salem State Rams is the only undefeated team and is off to a fast 6-0 start, returning to the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) this year after five years as an independent Division I program. Xavier (La.) lost its last game to Dakota Wesleyan, 61-58, in the Miami Gardens Classic, but currently ranks No. 2 with 13-1 on the season. Shaw (7-2) has won five of its last six and sits at No. 3 followed by Bowie State at No. 4 and Tougaloo at No. 5. Teams ranked 6-10 are Kentucky State, Texas College, Elizabeth City State, West Virginia State and Claflin, respectively. See the full top-10 power ranking lists below: Boxtorow.com Top 5 HBCU Division I Basketball Poll School/ Wins-Losses 1. Hampton/ 11-3 2. Morgan State/ 4-6 3. Tennessee State/ 6-8 4. Jackson State/ 4-8 5. North Carolina A&T/ 5-8 Others: Bethune-Cookman (5-8), Delaware State (4-7), North Carolina Central (4-6). Boxtorow.com Top 10 HBCU Division II/ NAIA Basketball Poll School/ Wins-Losses 1. Winston-Salem State/ 6-0 2. Xavier (La.)/ 13-1 3. Shaw/ 7-2 4. Bowie State/ 5-2 5. Tougaloo/10-3 6. Kentucky State/ 4-1 7. Texas College/ 6-4 8. Elizabeth City State/ 6-2 9. West Virginia State/ 6-4 10. Claflin/ 6-4 Others: Central State (8-5), Livingstone (4-2). The Boxtorow.com basketball poll is presented by DWCommunications, LLC parent company of FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and boxtorow.com. FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW is the nationally syndicated radio sports talk show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports.
Orioles’ Dominican Pitcher Surrenders as Murder Suspect
By AFRO Staff Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Alfredo Simón surrendered to Dominican National Police on Jan. 3 as the primary murder suspect in a fatal shooting on Jan. 1 in the Dominican Republic, The Associated Press reports. According to the AP, police suspect the 29-year-old Dominican pitcher of shooting Michel Castillo Almonte, 25, to death and also wounding his 17-year-old brother during a New Year’s Eve celebration in the northeast coastal town of Luperon. No reason for the shooting was disclosed but police told the AP that Simon turned his gun in as part of the investigation. Felipe Alou Jr., a Dominican representative for the Orioles, told the AP that he spoke with Simón on Jan. 1 and the pitcher had confirmed he was in the area when the shooting occurred but insisted he was not involved. “He says to us that the wounded man can confirm that he was not the one who fired,” Alou told the AP. If found guilty Simón could face up to 30 years in prison. Courtesy Photo Simón signed with the Baltimore Orioles in Alfedo Simón faces up to 30 years in 2008 but suffered an injury not long after his prison if convicted of a New Year’s Day signing. He went 4-2 with a 4.93 earned run slaying in the Dominican Republic. average (ERA) in 2010 and recorded 17 saves before being replaced by Koji Uehara as the closer.
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Case No. 0006655-10 In re: Susan Carr Freeling aka Susan Marie Freeling Carr Susan Marie Freeling Susan M. Freeling Carr ORDER OF PUBLICATION Petitioner, Susan Carr Freeling, aka Susan Marie Freeling Carr, Susan Marie Freeling, and Susan M. Freeling Carr, having filed a complaint for judgment changing her name to Susan Freeling Carr and having applied to the Court whereupon it is the 10 day of December 2010. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any they have, on or before the 18 day of January 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted. PROVIDED that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in Afro American Newspapers. Judge TRUE TEST COPY 12/24, 12/31, 1/7
ORDER OF PUBLICATION In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß47-1375, the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the following real property located in the District of Columbia, and sold by the Mayor of the District of Columbia to the Plaintiff in this action, described as SQUARE 4065, LOT 0801 and assessed to the Estate of Esther May Wire and the Estate of Charles Edwin Wire and/or their known and unknown heirs, located with cross streets at Neal Street to the north, West Virginia Avenue to the west, Montello Avenue to the east and LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES Morse Street to the south and adjacent to and abutting the east side of 1167 Neal Street in NE, Washington DC. The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. Pursuant to the Chief Judge¬s Administration Judge’s Administration Order Number 02-11, it is this 18th day of October, 2010. ORDERED by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in The AfroAmerican Newspaper, having a general circulation in the District of Columbia, once a week for three (3) successive weeks, notifying all persons interested in the real property described described above to appear in this Court by the 22nd day of December 2010, and redeem the Real Property by payment of $49,618.00, together with interest from the date the Real Property tax certificate was purchased; court costs, reasonable attorney's fees, expenses incurred in the publication and service of process by publication reasonable fees for the title search; all other amounts paid by the petitioner in accordance with the provisions of D.C. Code ßß47-1361 and 47-1377 §47-1361 and 47-1377 and all outstanding municipal lien amounts due and owing on the aforementioned Real Property, or answer the complaint or, thereafter, a final judgment will be entered foreclosing the right of redemption in the Real Property and vesting in the plaintiff a title in fee simple. Magistrate Judge (Signed in chambers) A TRUE TEST COPY: 12/24, 12/31, 1/7
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1206 Aaron Kimche Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES UNKNOWN HEIRS Robert J. Tyrrell, whose address is 6010 Executive Boulevard, Suite 900, Rockville MD 20852 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Aaron Kimche, who died on October 15, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬swill) shall be be cedent’s will) shall filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before June 30, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 30, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: December 31, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Robert J. Tyrrell Personal Representative 301-984-4790 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/31, 1/7, 1/14
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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION Civil Action No. 2005CA002912L RP Calendar #18 VICKIE JEFFRIES PLAINTIFF vs. The Estate of Esther LEGAL NOTICES May Wire and The Estate of Charles SUPERIOR COURT OF Edwin Wire, and Jean Wire Murphy, heir THE DISTRICT OF and Joan Myrl Wire COLUMBIA Wood, Heir, and CIVIL DIVISION Preston W. Wire Jr., Civil Action No. heir, and Estha Wire 0008282-10 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Walper, heir, and Marvin 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, M. Wire, heir, and NW C. Raymond Wire, Washington DC 20004 Heir, and District of a municipal corporation Columbia Plaintiff And v. UNKNOWN PERSONAL All Unknown owners of REPRESENTATIVE OF the property described THE ESTATE OF ROBERT below, their heirs, deviMCCAMEY, sees, personal repredeceased sentatives, and execuUNKNOWN HEIRS AND tors, administrators DEVISEES OF grantees, assigns or ROBERT MCCAMEY successors in right, title, UNKNOWN PERSONAL interest, and any interest REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF in the leasehold or fee CATHERINE N. MCCAMEY, simple in the property deceased and premises situate, lyUNKNOWN HEIRS AND ing and being in the DisDEVISEES OF trict of Columbia deCATHERINE N. MCCAMEY scribed as: CAROLYN M. MCCAMEY AKA Square 4065 LOT 0801 Carolyn M. Taylor located with cross 8224 Crest Road streets at Neal Street to Laurel, MD 20723-1032 the north, West Virginia and Avenue to the east and RONALD G MCCAMEY Morse Street to the 17 42nd Street NE south and adjacent to Washington DC 20019-4572 and abutting the east Defendants side of 1167 Neal Street Order for service in NE, Washington, DC. by Publication Defendants. The object of this action is ORDER OF to remove a cloud on the PUBLICATION title of the real property located at 5033 Meade Street, In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß47-1375, NE known for tax and Official Code §47-1375, assessment purposes as t h e o b j e c t o f t h i s Square 5201, Lots 85, proceeding is to secure situated in the District of the foreclosure of the Columbia. The property was right of redemption in acquired by the District of the following real propColumbia (“District”) after (∫District∫) the former property owner, erty located in the DisRobert McCamey, failed to trict of Columbia, and sold by the Mayor of the pay taxes on the property. The named Defendants may District of Columbia to have had an interest in the the Plaintiff in this acsubject property prior to the t i o n , d e s c r i b e d a s District’s District¬s acquisition. Of these Defendants, Unknown SQUARE 4065, LOT Personal Representative of 0801 and assessed to the Estate of Esther May the Estate of Robert McCamey, deceased; Un- Wire and the Estate of known Heirs and Devisees Charles Edwin Wire of Robert McCamey the Un- and/or their known and known Personal Repre- unknown heirs, located sentative of the Estate of Catherine N. McCamey, de- with cross streets at ceased, and the Unknown Neal Street to the north, Heirs and Devisees of Cath- West Virginia Avenue to erine N. McCamey could not the west, Montello Avebe located despite an exten- nue to the east and sive search. Morse Street to the On motion of the Plaintiff, on this 2nd day of November, south and adjacent to 2010, it is hereby OR- and abutting the east DERED that Plaintiff¬s Mo- side of 1167 Neal Street tion to Allow Service by Pub- in NE, Washington DC. lication on defendants The complaint states, Unknown Personal Repre- among other things, that
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0009548-10 IN RE: RICHARD KEITH BARKSDALE Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Richard Keith Barksdale having filed a complaint for judgment changing Richard Keith Barksdale name to Richard K.B. Turner and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 8th day of December 2010. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 16 day of January 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 12/31, 1/7, 1/14
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0009951-10 IN RE: Dinalu Ulysses Auger Economides Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Dinalyu Ulysses Auger Economides having filed a complaint for judgment changing Dinalu Ulysses Auger Economides name to Constandina Ulysses Auger Economides and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 22nd day of December 2010. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 26th day of January 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American. 0 that pursuant to SCR 205(b) notice be sent to the applicant's creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 12/31, 1/7, 1/14
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1228 Jessie Bell Green Decedent Thomas H Queen Esq 530 Eighth Street, SE Washington DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Willie C. Green, whose address is 855 21st Street, NE, Washington DC 20002 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Jessie Bell Green, who died on May 24, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬swill) shall be be cedent’s will) shall filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before June 30, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 30, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: December 31, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Willie C. Green Personal Representative 202-397-1188 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/31, 1/7, 1/14
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1206 Aaron Kimche Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Robert J. Tyrrell, whose address is 6010 Executive Boulevard, Suite 900, Rockville MD 20852 was appointed
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1191 Annie C. Ferguson Decedent Nakia V. Gray Esq. 6404 Ivy Lane Suite 400 Greenbelt MD 20770 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ida Virginia Hart, whose address is 5219 11th Street, NE Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Annie C. Ferguson, who died on April 7, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. $ 80.00 a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 20001-2131 $ 200.00 b. Real Property Administration No. 2010ADM1191 Annie C. Ferguson Decedent Nakia V. Gray Esq. Superior Court of 6404 Ivy Lane 202-879-1212 the District of Suite 400 District of Columbia Greenbelt MD 20770 PROBATE DIVISION Attorney Washington, D.C. NOTICE OF 20001-2131 202-879-0157 APPOINTMENT, Administration No. NOTICE TO 2010ADM1219 CREDITORS a. Absent Defendant $ 150.00 EMMA L. WHITE AND NOTICE TO b. Absolute Divorce Decedent $ 150.00 UNKNOWN HEIRS Idac. Custody Divorce W. Alton Lewis Esq Virginia Hart, whose $ 150.00 1450 Mercantile Lane address is 5219 11th Superior Court of Street, NE Washington Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 DC 20011 was apthe District of pointed personal repre-ToAttorney place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262 District of Columbia NOTICE sentative of the estate ofPublic Notices OF PROBATE DIVISION $50.00 & up depending on size APPOINTMENT, Annie C. Ferguson, who Washington, D.C. Baltimore Legal Notices are 20001-2131 inch. $24.15 per NOTICE TO died on April 7, 2009 with a will, and will serve CREDITORS rate — 1-800 (AFRO) No. Administration 892 There is no flat without Court superviAND NOTICE TO For Proof of Publication, pleaseJan 2007ADM1165 call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 sion. All unknown heirs UNKNOWN HEIRS Wepsiec a n d h e i r s w h o s e Annette V. Riley, whose Decedent whereabouts are un- address is 13403 United Kenneth Rosenau Esq LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES known shall enter their Lane, Bowie MD 20720 1304 Rhode Island Ave LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES appearance in this was appointed personal NW Washington DC proceeding. Objections representative of the 20005 Superior Court of to such appointment (or estate of Emma L. Attorney the District of to the probate of de- White, who died on NOTICE OF District of Columbia cedent¬swill) shall be be November 22, 2010 with cedent’s will) shall APPOINTMENT, PROBATE DIVISION filed with the Register of a will, and will serve NOTICE TO Washington, D.C. Wills, D.C., 515 5th without Court superviCREDITORS 20001-2131 Street, N.W., 3rd Floor sion. All unknown heirs AND NOTICE TO Administration No. Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . and heirs whose UNKNOWN HEIRS 2010ADM1198 20001, on or before whereabouts are unJune 30, 2011. Claims known shall enter their Kenneth Rosenau, Es- Helen R. Powell quire whose address is Decedent against the decedent appearance in this shall be presented to the proceeding. Objections 1304 Rhode Island Ave- Thomas S. Donnelly nue, NW Washington Esq undersigned with a copy to such appointment (or 1990 M Street NW to the Register of Wills to the probate of de- DC 20005 was appointed personal repre- Suite 200 or filed with the Register cedent’s will) shall cedent¬swill) shall be be sentative of the estate of Washington DC 20036 of Wills with a copy to filed with the Register of Jan Wepsiec, who died Attorney the undersigned, on or NOTICE OF before June 30, 2011, or Wills, D.C., 515 5th on July 11, 2007 with a APPOINTMENT, be forever barred. Per- Street, N.W., 3rd Floor will, and will serve withNOTICE TO sons believed to be Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . out Court supervision. CREDITORS heirs or legatees of the 20001, on or before All unknown heirs and AND NOTICE TO decedent who do not re- June 30, 2011. Claims h e i r s w h o s e UNKNOWN HEIRS ceive a copy of this no- against the decedent whereabouts are unshall be presented to the known shall enter their William H. Jackson, tice by mail within 25 whose address is 1726 days of its first publica- undersigned with a copy appearance in this tion shall so inform the to the Register of Wills proceeding. Objections Montana Avenue, NE Register of Wills, includ- or filed with the Register to such appointment (or Washington DC 20018 ing name, address and of Wills with a copy to to the probate of de- was appointed personal representative of the the undersigned, on or relationship. cedent’s will) shall be before June 30, 2011, or cedent¬s will) shall be estate of Helen R. Date of Publication: filed with the Register of Powell, who died on be forever barred. PerDecember 31, 2010 sons believed to be Wills, D.C., 515 5th October 26, 2010 withName of newspaper: heirs or legatees of the Street, N.W., 3rd Floor out a will, and will serve Afro-American without Court supervidecedent who do not re- Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Washington Law ceive a copy of this no- 20001, on or before sion. All unknown heirs Reporter Ida Virginia Hart tice by mail within 25 June 30, 2011. Claims a n d h e i r s w h o s e Personal days of its first publica- against the decedent whereabouts are unRepresentative tion shall so inform the shall be presented to the known shall enter their 202-526-3549 Register of Wills, includ- undersigned with a copy appearance in this TRUE TEST COPY ing name, address and to the Register of Wills proceeding. Objections or filed with the Register to such appointment REGISTER OF WILLS relationship. of Wills with a copy to shall be filed with the 12/31, 1/7, 1/14 Date of Publication: the undersigned, on or Register of Wills, D.C., December 31, 2010 before June 30, 2011, or 515 5th Street, N.W., Superior Court of Name of newspaper: be forever barred. Per- 3rd Floor Washington, the District of Afro-American sons believed to be D.C. 20001, on or beDistrict of Columbia Washington Law heirs or legatees of the fore June 30, 2011. PROBATE DIVISION Reporter Claims against the deWashington, D.C. Annette V. Riley decedent who do not re- cedent shall be pre20001-2131 Personal ceive a copy of this no- sented to the underAdministration No. Representative tice by mail within 25 signed with a copy to the 2010ADM1219 301-809-0121 days of its first publica- Register of Wills or filed tion shall so inform the EMMA L. WHITE TRUE TEST COPY Register of Wills, includ- with the Register of Wills Decedent REGISTER OF WILLS with a copy to the underW. Alton Lewis Esq 12/31, 1/7, 1/14 ing name, address and signed, on or before relationship. 1450 Mercantile Lane June 30, 2011, or be Date of Publication: Suite 155 Superior Court of forever barred. Persons December 31, 2010 Largo, Maryland 20774 the District of believed to be heirs or Name of newspaper: Attorney District of Columbia legatees of the decedent Afro-American NOTICE OF PROBATE DIVISION who do not receive a Washington Law APPOINTMENT, Washington, D.C. copy of this notice by Reporter NOTICE TO 20001-2131 mail within 25 days of its Kenneth Rosenau Esq first publication shall so CREDITORS Administration No. AND NOTICE TO Personal inform the Register of 2007ADM1165 UNKNOWN HEIRS Representative Wills, including name, Jan Wepsiec Annette V. Riley, whose Decedent 202-387-8680 address and relationaddress is 13403 United Kenneth Rosenau Esq TRUE TEST COPY ship. Lane, Bowie MD 20720 1304 Rhode Island Ave REGISTER OF WILLS Date of Publication: was appointed personal NW Washington DC 12/31, 1/7, 1/14 December 31, 2010 representative of the 20005 Name of newspaper: estate of Emma L. Attorney Afro-American NOTICE OF White, who died on Washington Law APPOINTMENT, November 22, 2010 with Reporter NOTICE TO a will, and will serve William H. Jackson
believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. LEGAL NOTICES Date of Publication: December 31, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter William H. Jackson Personal Representative 202-841-1040 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/31, 1/7, 1/14
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1217 John Robert Crenshaw Decedent Samuel C. Hamilton Metro Plaza One, Suite 620 8401 Colesville Road Silver Spring MD 20910 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, N O T I C E T O CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Alvin Thomas Carter, whose address is 12714 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613 was appointed personal representative of the estate of John Robert Crenshaw, who died on August 27, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be cedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before June 30, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before June 30, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: December 31, 2010 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Alvin Thomas Carter Personal Representative 301-257-6269 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/31, 1/7, 1/14
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 9944-2010 IN RE: Ronald Nathaniel Little Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Ronald Nathaniel Little having filed a complaint for judgment changing Ronald Nathaniel Little name to Ayyub Shuaib Sulaiman and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 28th day of December 2010. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 1st day of February 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American Newspapers. 0 that pursuant to SCR 205(b) notice be sent to the DC Chief of Police and to the DC Department of Corrections by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 14(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1224 Joyce Biggs Washington Decedent Wesley L. Clarke 1629 K Street NW Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Joyce Moreland, whose address is 2901 32nd Street, SE Washington DC 20020 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Joyce Biggs Washington, who died on November 15, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 7, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 7, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 7, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Joyce Moreland Personal Representative 202-257-9730 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
William Eric Johnson, Jr. whose address is 805 Parrot Court, Hyattsville, Maryland 20785 was appointed personal representative of the estate of William Eric Johnson, Sr. who died on November 16, 2010 without a will, and will serve withLEGAL supervision. out Court NOTICES All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 7, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 7, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 7, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter William Eric Johnson Jr Personal Representative 240-441-6094 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 11-0000005 IN RE: Tia Lynnisha Garrett Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Tia Lynnisha Garrett having filed a complaint for judgment changing Tia Lynnisha Garrett name to Tia Lynnisha Ellis and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 3rd day of January 2011 hereby ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 7th day of February 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American Newspapers. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 10-9630 IN RE: Shawnique Pitt in case of Sean Mervyn Pitt Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Shawnique Pitt having filed a complaint for judgment changing Sean Mervyn Pitt name to Sean Mervyn Garcia Jr. and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 30 day of December 2010. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 2 day of February 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American. 0 that pursuant to SCR 205(b) notice be sent to applicants creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1218 Theodore E. Powell Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Barbara P. Hale, whose address is 712 Quade Street, Forest Heights, MD 20745 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Theodore E. Powell, who died on August 22, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before July 7, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 7, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 7, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Barbara P. Hale Personal Representative 301-749-8046 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1225 John Shaw Toole Decedent Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Barbara V. Hubbard, whose address is 3609 Hamilton Street, Hyattsville, MD 20782 was appointed personal representative of the estate of John Shaw Toole, who died on May 20, 2008 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall cedent’s will) shall be be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 7, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 7, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 7, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Barbara V. Hubbard Personal Representative 301-779-0560 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
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The St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission is currently soliciting Bids for the purchase of a programmable block digestion system, cooling stand and glassware. Delivery, training and manufacturer's warranties must be included in the unit Bid price. One (1) original and one (1) copy of the sealed Bid should be addressed to Joy “SEALED BID FOR ∫WASTEWATER Hamlet Purchasing Agent, and marked ∫SEALED BID FOR “WASTEWATER LAB DIGESTION SYSTEM, CONTRACT #1108-F.” The Bids will be received #1108-F∫. at tie office of the Commission, at 43990 commerce Avenue, Hollywood, Maryland 20636, until 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 25, 2011 and then and there the Bids will be publicly opened and read. Bid packages are available for review at the main office of the Commission between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and on the Commission website at www.metcom.org. Inquiries concerning proposal documents should be directed to Joy Hamlet, Purchasing Agent at 301-373-4733, Extension 222 or at jhamlet@ metcom.org. The St. Mary's Metropolitan Commission reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any informality in the proposals submitted when such waiver is in the best interest of the Commission.
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1248 Edyth V. Anderson Decedent Alan Scott Gregory 7600 Georgia Ave NW Washington DC 20012 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lyn Dyson, whose address is 5327 East Capitol Street, SE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Edyth V. Anderson, who died on December 10, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before July 7, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before July 7, 2011 or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: January 7, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Lyn Dyson Personal Representative 202-270-2850 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/7, 1/14, 1/21 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1251 William Eric Johnson, Sr Decedent W. Alton Lewis, Esq 1450 Mercantile Lane, Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS William Eric Johnson, Jr. whose address is 805 Parrot Court, Hyattsville, Maryland 20785 was appointed personal representative of the estate of William Eric Johnson, Sr. who died on November 16, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections
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