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Republicans Strip D.C.’s Voice and Vote in House
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer One of the first orders of business for the Republicancontrolled House was to strip Washington, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of her limited voice on the floor of the House. Political observers said the move was not unforeseen. “It’s not surprising. It was predictable,” said WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin. “When Newt Gingrich took over in 1994 [the Republicans] viewed D.C. as not part of America— even though we bleed and die for our country . . . I think some Republicans don’t even want us to vote for president.” Shortly after the chamber convened Jan. 5, Republican leaders of the 112th Congress withdrew Norton’s right to vote when the House is convened in what is known as the Committee of the Whole, when the chamber assumes the form of a massive committee to consider legislation or other issues. The measure was part of an opening day rules package that stripped Norton, Dels. Donna Christiansen (D-Virgin Islands), Eni Faleomavaega (D–American Samoa), Madeleine Bordallo (D–Guam) and Gregorio C. Sablan (D-Northern Marianas) and Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico) of the partial vote granted them in 1993 when Democrats ruled the chamber. Norton and the other delegates to Congress were allowed to vote in committee but not allowed to take part in legislative floor votes. In 2009, Norton had championed a bill which would have given the District a voting representative in the House. The bill passed the Senate but failed to clear the House that year. Norton countered with a measure that would delay stripping of the delegates’ vote until a House commission could study the issue, but the proposal was defeated in a 225-to-188 vote. The delegates still have the right to vote in committees in which they are members. The most recent action came after D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray at a Jan. 4 rally urged lawmakers “to preserve what little democracy we have.” Norton also attended the rally, which was organized

Returning to the Job?
By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief

Steele Predicts a Win

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Days before the 168-member Republican National Committee voted for its new chairman, Michael Steele seemed confident that he would be re-elected for a second term. “I feel good. What’s not to feel good about?” Steele told the AFRO in an exclusive interview Jan. 10. “We took a moribund, demoralized party that was touted around the country as an endangered species just two years ago and through a AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett lot of effort and by taking a lot Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele of risks we turned it around.” told the AFRO this week he is confident he will be reIn 2009, Steele’s first elected. year, the GOP secured three unexpected victories – the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia and a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. In the 2010 mid-term elections, Capitol Hill Republicans gained 63 new representatives to take control of the House and 13 new senators. And across the nation, the party gained 690 new state legislators and several governors. “It’s a good record to have going into the vote on [Jan. 14],” Steele said. “We put investments in our grassroots, in our state parties, and it benefitted us by reenergizing our base, locking us into our core principles again and ultimately doing what our members asked me to do…win elections.” Despite that record, the censorious chorus of Steele’s detractors has not waned. The 52-year-old said that’s because Hear the AFRO on The Daily he is a party outsider that cannot be controlled by the Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Republican Party machine. But, the former Maryland lieutenant governor owned up to at least one of the sins of which his critics accuse him – his • Home Depot penchant for verbal blunders. “Part of it is the learning curve of coming to the job and realizing the megaphone is a lot bigger than you think it is, and that when you speak a whole lot of people listen,” he said. “I tend to be very direct and open about what I feel and believe…but as national chairman, people don’t necessarily want you to do that. And so you learn to temper that, and I have.” Steele was less willing to accept other accusations against him. He called criticisms of his fundraising and management of the RNC’s war chest “baloney.” While several major donors withheld their donations to the RNC, an unprecedented number of individual donors helped the committee out-raise its Democratic counterpart. “The problem is they don’t control the money I raise,” Steele said of his critics. As in the mid-term elections, the GOP powers that be have their ideas about where, how and with which vendors money should be spent for the 2012 presidential election. But he has different ideas, Steele said. “My view of it is every state should be the beneficiary,” he said. “I learned a very important lesson from Howard Dean; I watched what he did to revive a broken and demoralized Democrat Party. …He said, ‘Look, we need to play everywhere,’ so he didn’t discount states like North Carolina and Virginia. “…We have to be relevant to every voter out there so we have to state the case.” 15 Steele became verbally agitated when asked about contentions that as the RNC’s first African-American chairman, he did not attract enough Black and Hispanic voters or make enough outreach to those communities. “What? Are Continued on A3

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Washington Mayor Vince Gray speaks with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., after a news conference about D.C. voting rights, Jan. 4, on Capitol Hill in Washington. by DC Vote, an advocacy group centered on acquiring a voting representative for the nation’s capital. As a result, there will be a waitand-see period surrounding Congress’s intervention, and how the revocation might affect the District’s medical marijuana, needle exchange, same-sex marriage mandates and other legislation. In comments made shortly after the GOP’s vote, Norton noted that during the rally she said the test would be whether residents would go

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Haiti: A Year after the Quake, Waiting to Rebuild
Jonathan M. Katz Associated Press Writer PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The man’s body was face down, his white dress shirt shining like wax in the sun, as he was unearthed in the ruins of a central Port-auPrince restaurant a year after the earthquake. That bodies are still being found in rubble is a sign of how far Haiti has to go to recover from a disaster that left the capital in ruins and is estimated to have killed more than 230,000 people. As the dust was still settling from the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster, volunteers and hundreds of aid groups flocked in with food, water and first aid that saved countless lives. But the effort to rebuild has been dwarfed by the size of the tragedy, the extent of the need and, perhaps most fatally, the lack of leadership and coordination of more than 10,000 disorganized nongovernmental organizations. The international community “has not done enough to support good governance and effective leadership in Haiti,” the aid group Oxfam said in a recent report. “Aid agencies continue to bypass local and national authorities in the delivery of assistance, while donors are not coordinating their actions or adequately consulting the Haitian people.” Less than 5 percent of debris has been cleared, leaving enough to fill dump trucks parked bumper to bumper halfway around the world. In the broken building where the man was found, workers hired to clear rubble by hand found two other people’s remains. Meanwhile, about a million people remain homeless and neighborhoodsized homeless camps look like permanent shantytowns on the fields and plazas of the capital. A cholera epidemic erupted outside the earthquake zone that has killed more than 3,600 people, and an electoral crisis threatens to break an increasingly fragile political stability. The promise of a better Haiti remains just that. “The problem is that at a certain point the international community gave the impression they could solve the problem quickly. ... I think there was an excess of optimism,” said Ericq Pierre, Haiti’s representative to the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. Progress has been slow across the board, starting with the omnipresent rubble. The U.S.-based RAND organization said donors and the Haitian government

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the two freshmen students – UGA’s first Black enrollees – history makers in the nation’s Civil Rights Movement. Graduate student Mary Frances Early, who registered for classes several months after Hunter-Gault and Holmes, also made her mark as the first African-American graduate student at UGA. In honor of UGA’s desegregation, the school will host a series of celebratory and educational events through Feb. 28 with the theme “Celebrating Courage.” According to school officials, the events honor “not only… the pioneering students who broke the color barrier, but of those who supported them and those who came after.” The opening week of anniversary events brings back to campus some of the key figures from 50 years ago. Hunter-Gault, a journalist and responsible fatherhood and mentoring at an awards dinner on Jan. 14. Joshua DuBois, special assistant to President Barack Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is the event speaker. “Fatherlessness is an epidemic, and we know for many children both young and old that the effect of its pain runs deep. In America today, more than 24 million children are unable to call their father’s name in the next room,” said Kenneth Braswell, executive director of Fathers Incorporated, in a prepared statement. “That is why Fathers Incorporated was formed. We are committed to make a difference and get fathers more involved in their children’s lives daily, no matter what the circumstances.” The dinner will launch the partnership with the White House, a network of private and public grass-roots organizations, corporate partners and a high-profile honorary board. that there’s a storm ahead of us.” It started on New Year’s Eve in Arkansas, when 5,000 birds fell from the sky and hundreds of thousands of fish were found dead along the Arkansas River. More dead birds were found in Louisiana, Canada, Japan, Italy and Sweden, while massive fish die-offs were reported in New Zealand, South Carolina and Maryland, where at least 2 million dead fish were discovered in the Chesapeake Bay. Despite the apocalypse theories, environmental experts have said that the animals are

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Fathers Incorporated, a New York-based agency which seeks to remedy the effects of absentee fathers, will announce a year-long slate of activities to encourage

A rash of dead birds and fish found worldwide has caused some to believe that the apocalypse is upon us, but environmental experts claim it’s a natural phenomenon. “Personally, I definitely do believe we’re in the End of Days, and I believe there is a lot of evidence of that,” Steve Wohlberg, an author and theologian that has written several books about the end of the world, told The New York Daily News. “On the Earth today, there’s a lot of violence, and a lot of corruption,” Wohlberg said. “Indicators are flashing

dying of natural causes. In Maryland, state environmental officials attributed the fish deaths to ongoing frigid temperatures and an overpopulation of the affected species, juvenile spot fish. “Spot may have difficulty surviving in colder temperatures, and the species’ susceptibility to winter kills is well-documented,” the Maryland Department of the Environment said in a statement. “A rapid drop in water temperatures apparently caused cold water stress. Surface water temperatures in the bay have reached about 0.5 degrees Celsius according to Md. Department of Natural Resources Bay Program monitoring data, which is the coldest December recording in 25 years of monitoring.”

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Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer

A3 Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew Child Protection Advocates Seek Open Records, Proceedings
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license from a neighbor about a 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 Tribune, the boy had been shot guardianship over children. fatal, noted Wexler who said that her nephew. hisher MySpace Fraidin and In students have multiple times in the District, Maryland and Virginia are blog, she thanked fans and supAt this time, the back seat been privy to several debacles that have taken place in family of the vehicle. The SUV, of 14 states that allow the media and porters for their prayers and excluded from a lineup regiscourt. “They see what’s going on,” Wexler said, “and while tered to Hudson’s murdered protection proceedings. offered a $100,000 reward general public access to child they want everybody else to know about all of the injustice, to brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy “With closed courts, children’s fates are decided secretly. they can’t tell anyone.” boy’s bodycaseworkersisand judges are unaccountable,” Fraidin inside and being alive. Lawyers, Fraidin added that if the public could see what goes on in processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, told the AFRO. “With open courts, we can learn why CFSA child [welfare] hearings in the District, they would see that ciansits D.C. Family Court missed Renee Bowman’s [the woman and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom and almost every child who is separated from their family is Black was later removed and taken adoptive daughters] financial after appearing would have convicted of murdering her to and poor. In many instances, he said the childrenon “American the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an problems and criminal history [or how the 12-year-old came into been better off left at their own homes. Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in custody of a pimp]. With open courts – such as those in more “The nuclear secret of child welfare is that most children in Hudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls – has than 20 arrived at the Medical membersstates – children have more eyes watching out for them.” foster care do not need to be there,” Fraidin of the“Secrecy laws stayed out said. public eye. Fraidin office mid-after- than 20 years after a court-ordered claims that more mean that reality is hidden from the public – voters, taxpayers, Examiner’s The Chicago Tribune reportreform plan for CFSA, it concerned citizens.” Julian King, attorneys, noon to identify the body. has become clear that Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. ed that a parade of cars moved caseworkers and judges lookAt-large Councilman Phil Mendelson, who is family’s home Given the choice betweenhave proven the city cannot manage slowly past her familiar with A spokesman to the office the murders but is being heldfor open records and court sessions, CFSA on its own. He also said that despite effortsfor rectify Fraidin and Wexler’s thrust in Monday morning, past the ing directly at the body or told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after fornews vans, reporters and curimistakes on a at CFSA, too was not immediately available comment. However, he said viewing it madewall-mounted many children have still been needlessly been removed from their homes by bureaucrats bent in an interview late last year that the court provides onlookers. ous a limited on keeping their jobs. amount of information pertaining to child custody and other Neighbors stood Wexler, who has been an ardent critic of the manner in matters involving them. The information is alsoquietly and specific about reflected on the which former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration handled what can be released and to whom, he said. “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted that while the city does provide video screen, the children under its watch, said he and Fraidin violence. cases involving family chose Mendelson also explained ly” and wasproceedings open clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijack- records,In front of the Hudson’s the latter. According to thehave family court are “strongly pushing” to parents limited access to court that information goes no “She held hands Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, it would “completely with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men Rehabilitative to the public. If successful, open the further, and that once the Department of Youth in heavy jackets ly,” the spokesman that he pleaded guilty to both that’s him.” allow the public to see mistakes beforesaid. “It and hooded on the losing end. system,” and they turn Service, for instance, gains custody, parents are sweatshirts came to was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and quietly into thethe sonnow that professed support of the Constitution. “When in fact, federal courts The boy – night of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. attacks onJennifer’s sister – had have held that the vote is constitutional,” said Zherka. Hudson, residents’ rights had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going Continued from A1 already begun.since Friday, was 2006 after serving that part of the problemstuff like this,” Artisha Plotkin added seven years been missing “Yesterday through is that the District when a showing that Julian’s day one, relative found residents for the attempted murder“too’s” – “too liberal, too urban, of the “suffers” from the four and West, a former resident too grandmother, Darnell car hijackingin terms of party registration and Tribune. “We all have no intention of slipping away without protest,” Norton Democratic charges. area told the too Black.” No wonder Obama’s campaign the House floor 57, and his uncle, The boy remained stands by when adverse actions are taken said. “Today I continued on is Donerson, what our residents, And the city just missing have to stick together. All these trying to distance himVote began.” Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through it,longadded. in our mayor and DC from the against a he weekend young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama which police and and Norton werefor what?” hallway during Ilir Zherka, executive director in his grandmother’s home in of DC Vote, described the “Vince Gray volunteers there in the Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale GOP’s action as a “shameful start to the new year.” the vote,” Plotkin said. “Overall, there were 30 people there But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. “It’s about political power and they are determined to deny when it should have been 30,000 or even 3,000.” long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a political power, iteven endorsed residents,” Zherka told thedesigseems to D.C. Adding that District residents are “a pretty apathetic, for ACORN. They nation for high-risk missing AFRO. President. said he thought the GOP’s action ironic, given “accepting population, Plotkin asked, “When will it stop?” Zherka also him for children – was issued Friday both newly-elected House Speaker John Boehner and his peers’ then answered, “When it rises to the level of personal insult.” But now ACORN is in trouble. after Julian was discovered Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders. 11 investigations across the Police arrested William country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s steppotentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.

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you kidding me? …That is ludicrous,” he said. Saying his first official trip Continued from A1 as chairman was to Harlem and pointing to other efforts to help minority candidates during his term, he added, “Do people not realize we now have two and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Black Republican members of Congress? We have Hispanic among the names submitted governors that we’ve helped elect; we’ve got Hispanic and to election officials. Presidential candidate John African-American members of state legislatures [and] local Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN –been unprecedented attention paid office holders now. There’s Associated Communityrelationship were doing those things without to really building the to the point where we can ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization for Reform Now – actually get people elected …that’s a sight more than they’ve sion, were fired. confirms the success of done up to this point.”the “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the Expectations that he would be a lightning rod to attract faced so far shows they faked group says. Blacks in droves to thethe work forms to andpaid for work they “This is testimony to GOP were “silly” get “unrealistic,” he added. “Again that’s that old silly mindset that some in didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve the party seem to have – if we have a Black man or women, the boxes.” ACORN, she said, is had,” Maude Hurd, president of or Hispanic or Asian candidate orvictim of fraud, not the perpetraleader in the party then ACORN, said in an interview everybody in that community’s suddenly going wake up and be tor of it. with the AFRO. Republican,” he said. “Thewe it is said the only things “When this attack started, reality ofHurd the party has to work bogus are fake it, you can’t [to build those relationships] and you can’tthe charges themhad just announced that we had selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 it, you have to skate around million new vot-actually engage.” ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. may be stymied, Steele’s efforts to engage Black voters It that greatly impact that someone’s running scared however, by his stance on social issuesconcluded, “Neither ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” the African-American community such as his opposition to McCain, who is running care been “It’s guilty of, or even President Obama’s health for reform.found not my stance as an president onit’s the position that our party with, castinghas argued individual, the Republican tick- charged leadership fraudulent votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in he from the very beginning,”the qualified. “We believe individuals The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack [and not the government] should be making choices about Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way where verge of maybe get health care.” on the and how they perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than rely on of how the pays peoingThere was greatest frauds in discussion volunteers, itlegislation one of the no real in-depth would affect in this country, such as small businesses and how discrete groups ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history adding destroying the fabric of insurance system would not maybe millions more to the healthployed, to sign up new voters. lead to higher premiums, the chairmanidea was to help both have The said. “How do you those democracy.” a national discussion on health care and registeredcost of litigation Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being take the and those doing the discussion out of thefound those claimsyou have aregistration. on health care Web site, mix? …How do to Maud explained, “We have be demonize one side and then and“exaggerated,” with “no evi- ignore another? If we’re goinga dence of any such democracyto have the discussion let’s have it zero tolerance policy for deliberhonestly,” he said. destroying GOP leaders are honestate falsification of registration.” And if fraud.” about his accomplishments, Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain he should be elected, Steele added. With 27 public point unofficial supporters charges were politically motivat- more”out that ACORN is endorsements in hand and “way required by law he’s confident ed. among the 168 committee members, Steele said to turn in all registration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowhe can get the 85 votes needed to win. to note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, “I fully expect to win come the vote on Friday, but if I and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first don’t, there’s always something to do,” he said, vowing to brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those remainare going to votealways haveto the attention of authorities. a plan B, C and D… I’m not voters in politics. “I going away.” The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

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Cases of the 12-year-old girl that had been in the custody of a man who turned her into a prostitute and the murder of two girls killed by their adopted mother are prime examples of how the sealing of information from public scrutiny can be detrimental to children placed in foster care, according to two local child protection advocates. Matthew Fraidin, a University of the District of Columbia law professor, said there are many injustices taking place in the District’s family court surrounding children who are routinely abused while residing in foster and adoptive homes in the District. He said hopefully, Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration will be more adept at ensuring the troubled Child and Family Services Agency keeps pace with reforms established nearly two years ago in the wake of heavily publicized child atrocities. Courtesy Photos Overall, said Fraidin, who has teamed with Richard Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who Wexler, executive director of the Alexandria, Va.- based was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, he wants the family services division of D.C. Superior Court to allow the body of access to hearings andplate X584859 was found on the public her 7-year-old records in order to prevent Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday,involving CFSA and other agencies– including other tragedies just hours police Services 7 a.m. call after Department of Youth Rehabilitativereceived a – that has the his body was found in a

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”

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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’

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will hold seemingly equal claims to the same plot of land. Internationally financed inspectors have certified houses where people can return, but indications are that few have — at best many of those leaving the sprawling camps are merely moving their shacks closer to where they used to live. Meanwhile, only 15 percent of needed temporary shelters have been built, with few permanent water and sanitation facilities. The earthquake was an opportunity to completely remake a broken education system where only half of school-age children were enrolled, mostly in bad private schools that often charge predatory fees. Plans from the Inter-American Development Bank for safer buildings and a unified Creole-language curriculum have not yet come to fruition. Instead, schools have opened here and there. About 80 percent of children attending school before the quake are going to class again, said UNICEF Haiti Education Chief NathalieFiona Hamoudi. UNICEF planned to build 200 semi-permanent structures to teach in, but only finished 88 by the end of 2010 because an ongoing cholera outbreak diverted its effort. The reconstruction effort overall is hampered by the failure to deliver or spend billions of expected dollars in aid. Americans donated more than $1.4 billion to help earthquake survivors and rebuild, but just 38 percent of that total has been spent to provide recovery and rebuilding aid, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy survey of 60 major relief organizations. Governments have not done better. More than $5.3 billion was pledged at a March 31 donor conference for a period of 18 months. Only $824 million — about a quarter of the public money not including debt relief — has been delivered, according to former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s U.N. Office of the Special Envoy to Haiti. Some $3.2 billion in public funding is still owed. The United States had originally pledged $1.15 billion for 2010, but moved nearly its entire pledge to 2011 following delays in Congress and the Obama administration. Clinton was supposed to take care of the governments. In July he told AP he would contact donors the following week to remind them of their promises, and again expressed frustration when payment was slow through the summer and fall. But as the year came to an end, even the United States — whose secretary of state is his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton — had paid just a fraction of what it promised, pushing off nearly $1 billion in money pledged for 2010 to 2011. Bill Clinton has had three prominent, simultaneous roles in Haiti’s rebuilding: co-chair of the reconstruction commission with Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive; U.N. special envoy for Haiti; and head of his Clinton Foundation, a major donor. But on his recent trips to Haiti he has been left merely expressing frustration that more is not getting done. Bellerive said he is disappointed by the slow delivery of funds. He said the delays may be caused by uncertainty surrounding the question of who will succeed outgoing President Rene Preval. This photo of postquake conditions in Haiti, taken May 2010, is representative of the current conditions in the Caribbean nation and the status of efforts to rebuild.

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are responsible for more not being cleared. Haitian workers are not given Continued from A1 personal equipment while heavy lifters have been blocked by customs officials at the border, the report said. The government has also not designated sufficient dumping space. “Unless rubble is cleared expeditiously, hundreds of thousands of Haitians will still be in tent camps during the 2011 hurricane season” — which runs from June through November, the report said. It does not help that the fees collected by customs officials — such as those blocking the large rubble-removing equipment — are one of the few bright spots in a Haitian economy that was already the worst in the hemisphere before contracting by 7 percent over 2010, according to the World Bank. With nowhere to build, construction of new housing has barely begun. Even Oxfam said earlier this year it would be too complicated to address the key underlying issue of sorting out Haiti’s broken system of land ownership, where several people

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“Perhaps some donors say, ‘Let’s wait until we know exactly who will be there for the next five years,’” he said. Preval’s government, weak to begin with, was decimated and never really recovered. Ministries were relocated but were not able to replace vast numbers of staff killed in the quake or the material lost in the destruction. Preval has been seen by most Haitians as ineffective at best, and many observers have criticized him for being responsible for a lack of leadership within Haiti. “Everyone is talking about the resilience of the Haitian people, and everyone is taking advantage of that resilience,” Bellerive said. “It’s going to end. Success for me is to do the basic, the minimum, so we can really build a future. And we have to do it right now.” As the anniversary arrives, Haitians will remember that day of sorrow with a Mass in front of the destroyed cathedral, still in ruins. In an op-ed to Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, Pierre asked that on the anniversary itself, foreigners leave Haitians alone. “I ask only one day per year, from 2011 on, to enable us to mourn our dead ... to try to understand how and why we got where we are,” he wrote. “We need to find some peace.” Associated Press writers David McFadden, Ben Fox and AP television journalist Julia Galiano-Rios contributed to this story.

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His imprint on the world is indelible. In life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a poet-warrior-priest who led and inspired a movement. Armed with the cotton-covered mallet of non-violence, he led a multi-ethnic army of soldiers in a battle against the evils of justice and inequality. For that cause he gave up family and personal time, for that he was vilified and pilloried, for that he gave his life. In death, Dr. King’s legacy lives on, prompting generations of activists to seek an end to disproportionate Black unemployment, As I think of Dr. King I can’t help but recognize his legacy and what he meant to my parents’ generation. My parents were both born and raised in North Carolina during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Whenever we’d go back to visit my dad would show me the old movie theater, where they’d have to sneak in the back and sit in the seats in the balcony because they had the worst views. My mother showed me the one-classroom school, with dirt floors, that she attended as a young child because there was no integration of the schools. Both buildings are still standing today, but it’s a testament to Dr. King’s activism that both parents lived long enough to be able to walk through the front door of the theater and see integration of schools in person in Caswell County, N.C. It’s one thing to read about Dr. King’s impact. However, it is an entirely different experience when you can feel and touch it for yourself. Those experiences provided a framework for how my parents raised my two sisters and I and, therefore, I feel someway more connected than many people my age, especially ones whose families have lived in the North for quite some time. My mother is no longer with us so I got very emotional the night President Obama won the election. Not because a Black man was elected president, but because I just imagined the conversation we would’ve had that night about how her experiences growing up would’ve led her to believe a night like that was impossible. I thank Dr. King for giving me that moment. George Barnette, 29, Staff Writer

equal access to health care and a sound education, the just administration of the law and other matters of parity. And he has inspired leaders of all races to pursue a vision of change. In honor of his memory and in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, AFRO staff members share their memories of the civil rights giant: how he inspired and transformed their lives, where and how they learned about his death and what his legacy means to them. I learned of Dr. King’s death when my mother, aunt and I were shopping at the Giant on Baltimore’s Minnesota Avenue (which is no longer there) for groceries, some of which were for my grandparents. My aunt had gone to get her car while my mother finished checking out. Outside waiting, as my aunt was coming to pick us up, we saw her car suddenly hit the curb, then straighten up. My mother and I were wondering what was wrong with her. When she pulled up and we opened the car door, she told us she had just heard on the radio Dr. King had been killed. We rode to my grandparents’ in utter shock. I can’t even remember if they had already heard the news by the time we arrived or if we had to break it to them. As a child it was difficult to understand the full impact of that moment. As an adult, I believe that although there were many who fought the fight and paved the way for equality before, during and after Dr. King’s time, he was to me the greatest catalyst for change in this country. People, especially African Americans, were ready for change. I don’t think he could have achieved what he did if that wasn’t the case, but he was the galvanizing force. A man of vision, wisdom, of course, faith and great courage…I will always admire him. Denise Dorsey, 55+, Production AFRO File photo Manager

I was a high school senior when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. I never really came to terms with the fact that this non-violent leader was violently murdered. Dr. King’s murder invoked rage across the nation and in my own community. I remember seeing National Guardsmen with rifles, stationed every 10 feet, as I traveled down Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue on my way to church. It is ironic that violent protests occurred after Dr. King’s death even though his life focused on non-violent and peaceful demonstrations. For me, the struggle he lead in life seemed distant and far away, but in death the struggle became real and close-up. As I grew older, I was able to fully appreciate the non-violent manner in which he waged the struggle for civil and human rights. Daniel C. Moore Sr., 60, Archive Technician

I was a toddler at the height of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s career and only four at the time of his assassination. I have no memories of King when he was alive or of his assassination. Thankfully he was a prolific writer and speaker and because of it, he lives for me. Rev. Dr. King was a visionary and a strategist. He knew his vision was lofty and, during the time he embarked on it, well out of reach of his contemporaries. But he knew he was responsible for trying to lead people there. He was clear no lasting change or movement towards his vision of a world of equals – with people judged by the content of their character – could come through violent protest. So strategically – with his words, speeches, sermons, writings and public organizing – King shaped public perception and delivered messages of chastisement, guidance, reflection and hope to the entire world. King’s words have shaped the lives of many and through them, his vision lives on. His thoughts on poverty guide my thinking and actions. His passion for non-violence is the foundation for my belief that all conflicts have a non-violent solution if you are willing to look long enough and work hard enough to find it. Talibah Chikwendu, 47, Executive Editor

Dr. King represents to me the justice and equality that we as Black Americans have sought over the many years; for he led this powerful movement that impacted all citizens of the United States. My fondest memories of Dr. King relate to his extraordinary ability to articulate his words during his speeches and made me want to emulate him in some small manner. As I have read his written words, I have been motivated to climb every mountain, challenge every barrier that had been put before me to reach my goals in life. And when we heard about the assassination of Dr. King, a group of us students were in the Jackson State University Student Union and we all begin to cry, trying to figure how this could happen there were no answers. A small demonstration erupted on campus; I was a willing participant. The pain of the loss of Dr. King continues to give us hope for the future. Edgar Brookins, 63, Washington Office Manager See more tributes on Afro.com.

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Jan. 13 Jeffery Osborne Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the soothing sounds of R&B crooner Jeffery Osborne. $65. For more information: 703-549-7500. Jan. 15 Poetry Extravaganza 2011 Martin Luther King Library, 901 G St., N.W. D.C. 1-4 p.m. This 15th annual tribute will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will include poetry, music, food, book signings and more. For more information: www.4caapa. org. Taking Your Dreams From Design to Destiny Northwest Conference Center, 20 F St., N.W. D.C. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn how to attain success and utilize tools and strategies to help you take your dreams from design to destiny. For more information: www. visionquestretreats.com. Dating 101: Where’s My Valentine? Bowie Public Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Md. 1-3 p.m. Learn strategies to help you find your Mr. or Ms. Right through discussions and workshops. $15-$23. For more information: www. keeshastrickland.com. My First Love Annie’s Art Gallery, 5814 Allentown Way, Camp Springs, Md. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Enjoy an evening of romance at Annie’s Art Gallery, complete with amazing artwork, scented candles, open wine bar and live entertainment. For more information: www. lacareyentertainment.com. How to Become a Life Coach Bowie Public Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Md. 3-4:30 p.m. Register for this class and learn how to become a life coach. $35. For more information: www. keeshastrickland.com. NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W. D.C. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. NBC 4 anchors and reporters will kick off this annual event displaying healthy eating and fitness techniques. Event will conclude on Jan. 16. For more information: www. nbcwashington.com. Jan. 16 MLK’s 82nd Birthday LaFontaine Bleu Catering, 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, Md. 3 p.m. The Prince George’s County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will host an awards banquet celebration. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University. For more information: 301-773-1274. Jan. 17 MLK Celebration Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mill Road, Woodbridge, Va. 11 a.m. The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host their 26th annual King Day Celebration featuring the Martin Luther King Community Choir. For more information: www.pwcacdst. org.
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The United Negro College Fund and the Washington Inter-Alumni Council hosts this celebration featuring keynote speaker Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The event will also include live musical performances. For more information: 202-635-1957. Jan. 19 Steve Harvey Book Singing Borders, 1801 K St., N.W. D.C. 6:30 p.m. Comedian and radio host Steve Harvey will join fans to celebrate his New York Times best-selling release, Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep and Understand a Man. For more information: 202-4664999. Jan. 20 Business Golf Luncheon Renditions Golf Course, 1380 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, Md. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Harvin Golf Management Group will be kicking off the year by hosting a business golf luncheon. The guest speaker will be avid golfer Jay Davidson, president and CEO of the Baltimore Grand Prix. $45 in advance, $55 at the door. For more information: 410-300-6511.

Dr. King Town Hall Meeting First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center, 600 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 12-2 p.m. WHUR 98.3 and First Baptist Church will host this town hall meeting entitled: “Generation Y is the King Dream Still Relevant?” This event will feature discussions

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of an American Icon
On Jan. 17, our nation will pause to celebrate and honor the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of our most admired leaders whose vision, strength and courage helped bring about historic change to our country. Born 82 years ago, Dr. King showed a nation that nonviolence can bring about social justice. From the Montgomery bus boycott to the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Sen. Benjamin L. Conference to his arrest Cardin and incarceration in the Birmingham jail, Dr. King never wavered in his determination that all people be treated equally and fairly. As we celebrate his life, we need to remember his call to action in the struggle for civil rights. He once said: “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” We are a diverse nation in which 1 out 3 Americans is a member of a minority group. Today, we celebrate that diversity and recognize it as one of our nation’s greatest strengths. This year, on Aug. 28 – the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s landmark speech at the Lincoln Memorial – we will dedicate a new memorial to him on the National Mall along the Tidal Basin and near the Lincoln Memorial. In dedicating the memorial to Dr. King, we will be helping to ensure that future generations will come to know and appreciate his legacy of justice and equality for all people. Dr. King wrote from the Birmingham Jail that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. King understood that we are all connected as brothers and sisters and that we must find a way to live together, or as he said, “Perish together as fools.” As we celebrate his life and legacy, we join together in giving thanks for the inspiration and guidance he has given our

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The Hate that Hate-filled Dialogue Produces
(TEWire) - While conducting a town hall meeting in Tucson, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in the head Jan. 8. She struggles for her life in an Arizona hospital. Giffords was among 13 people wounded in the melee that killed six, including Arizona’s chief federal judge, a 9-year-old girl and an aide for the Democratic lawmaker. The country prays for the recovery of the individuals who were wounded and mourns the political waters. Let’s be very clear: This is not the first time deranged Americans have lashed out against the social order. Most recently, in 1995 Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier bombed the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 and wounding 450. Anti-abortion violence killed Dr. David Gunn in Florida in 1993 and Dr. Barrett Slepian was murdered in his home in New York in 1998. The difference today is that seemingly responsible politicians and political commentators are contributing to this problem by injecting irresponsible hateful political diatribes into the political discourse. This is not a First Amendment “free speech” issue. This is a matter of responsible Americans demanding a higher standard of dialogue and holding individuals accountable for the inflammatory fear mongering diatribes that have become accepted as legitimate political speech. Former GOP vice presidential nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin posted a map on her Facebook page that used gun sights to indicate congressional seats that her PAC was “targeting” for the mid-term elections. Coincidentally, Palin listed Congresswoman Gifford’s seat as one of the top “targets” because of her support for health care reform. Palin regularly calls for her supporters to “Reload!” during her speeches. There’s no evidence that Loughner ever saw this site or heard a Palin speech but we know that sick individuals like Loughner thrive like bacteria in an environment of political hatred. Palin also tweeted her endorsement of an article by Thomas Sowell that compares President Obama to Hitler. She also argued that President Obama’s establishment of a BP escrow fund could result in his administration embracing Nazi-like dictatorial powers. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has made similar Hitler-Obama comparisons.

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loss of those who have died. It has been reported that the attack was carried out by 22-year-old Jared Loughner. His motivations are unclear at this time. Officials are looking at his MySpace page, YouTube videos, and other Web postings looking for a motive. Some postings indicate Loughner is a very troubled individual. He posted the following on YouTube, “I know who’s listening: Government Officials, and the People…Nearly all the people, who don’t know this accurate information of a new currency, aren’t aware of mind control and brainwash methods ...” There is no nexus or direct connection between Loughner’s attack and the inaccurate, hateful, and inflammatory language that is being accepted as responsible political dialogue. One cannot deny, however, that anti-government and anti-Obama rhetoric contribute to a dangerous undercurrent in treacherous
Shooting Has Direct Ties to Political Rhetoric Connecting the dots between extremist rhetoric and the violence last Saturday is not a difficult job. Though the mainstream media continues to tip-toe around it, the fact is the Arizona Democrat was targeted for political reasons by a troubled and imbalanced young man with illogical anti-government feelings. Back in May 2010 Sarah Palin targeted, using gun sights, 10 Democrats she wanted to see lose re-election, Giffords was one of those Democrats. Now, people are dead, including a judge and a 9-year-old girl, and Giffords is in critical condition. Giffords and the judge who was killed were both vocal opponents of Arizona’s anti-immigration law. Back during the health reform debate hers was one of the offices vandalized. The judge, John Roll, had been receiving police protection due to ongoing death threats due to the fact that he recently presided over a controversial immigration case. Giffords herself had previously expressed concern about swastikas appearing in rallies. The tragic mass shootings was obviously politically motivated, but the folks (and elected officials) fueling this rage with rhetoric are still free, still infecting us with their vitriol, and the mainstream media is not asking any of the anti-immigrant right wing to explain themselves. We can expect nothing but talk (hot air) from Congress and back to normal next week, self-proclaimed Republican experts and anti-Muslim and anti-immigrants crusaders will be back to spreading hate in books, movies, websites, cable TV and speaking engagements. WHY DELETE A SUCCESSFUL PLAY FROM YOUR PLAYBOOK! Sadly, as the Republican Party and its tea party wing continue their antigovernment conspiracy campaigns, the other “Timothy McVeighsin-Waiting” will begin to surface. Walt Hill Petersburg, Va. Roe v. Wade Anniversary Jan. 22 will mark the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the court decision that has resulted in the destruction of over 55 million unborn lives—the largest holocaust in the history of mankind. Let’s take a look at the two “hard questions” the pro-abortion crowd hurls at the pro-life crowd to justify the multimillion-dollar industry of abortion: What about saving the life of the mother? And, what about cases of rape? There are cases where a child has to be delivered early for the

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Mike Huckabee have called President Obama a socialist. To call President Obama a socialist or compare his actions to those of Adolph Hitler is inaccurate, irresponsible and dangerous. At the tea party “code red” rally against health care reform in Washington, protesters carried signs stating “Warning: If Brown can’t stop it, a Browning can,” referring to Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) health care vote and a Browning firearm. On March 20, 2010 as Representatives John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) were leaving the Cannon office building they encountered members of the tea party protesting the health care reform bill. As the protesters exchanged words with the congressmen, some of the protestors called them a “nigger” and spat upon them. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot.” Republican leadership has refused to repudiate and disassociate themselves from the dangerous and incendiary comments of their surrogates. Instead, they seek to improve their political position by riding the wave of anger caused by fear and prejudice. They have been conspicuously silent for too long. Through their silence they are betraying America. By allowing threats of violence to become an accepted form of political persuasion, violence is becoming part of our political reality; the hate that hate-filled dialog produces. As Dr. King once said, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Dr. Wilmer Leon is the producer/ host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program “On With Leon,” and a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Go to www.wilmerleon.com or e-mail: wjl3us@yahoo.com.

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sake of the mother’s health. But in ALL of these cases the effort can be made to save both lives. Medical science has developed far past the days when killing the child for the sake of the mother is necessary. There are some extreme cases such as toxic infections where the child cannot be saved. But, that doesn’t mean that the child must be deliberately killed. Every effort to save the life of the child can be made. Plus the mother will be much safer in the care of a life-saving hospital team than she would be at an abortion clinic. Rape is a horrible crime. The punishment for rapists should be severe. We should give great compassion and support to the victims of rape. But, in the cases where pregnancy occurs, does this include abortion? You cannot answer this question honestly without considering the humanity of the unborn child. Genetic science has shown us the absolute uniqueness of every human embryo at even its earliest stages. Even though this child’s conception came as the result of a crime, the child is not the criminal. Does this child deserve the death penalty because of the crime of its father? The victim of rape has severe emotional pain to deal with. Is adding the guilt of destroying another innocent victim the solution or does it add even more anguish to the situation? Steve Casey Stonewall, La. Reading the Constitution Many years ago a survey of high school students revealed that a majority of students identified the following quote as coming from the Constitution: “From each according to his ability and to each according to his need.” Contrary to popular opinion and legislative practice, the quotation is from the writings of Karl Marx. Ignorance and miseducation concerning the Constitution has had disastrous consequences in American society. Today this misunderstanding is widespread among elected officials and has led to a take-from the rich-and-give-to-the-poor mentality that benefits neither and is contrary to the constitutional guarantee of private property. Another provision of this founding document is equality before the law, irrespective of membership in any “preferred” group.

The Constitution stands as a protection against the tyranny of government by a minority of the self-interested. Those who question the relevancy of this document have every right to agitate for its amendment but only through the proper channels; they should never be allowed to change it by fiat or to ignore it. By reading the Constitution aloud in Congress, the Republicans have focused public attention on the need for a serious course correction, and on the timeless values we are meant to live by. Elizabeth Ward Nottrodt Baltimore, Md. A Rural Perspective on 2010 What an interesting year. The Affordable Care Act passed last March. It remains controversial, with polls showing about half the American people supporting the law and about half are on the other side. Of course, nearly a third of those responding negatively believe that reforms did not go far enough. Increasingly, as provisions such as doing away with preexisting conditions for kids and tax credits for small businesses that provide health care to their employees are implemented, understanding and support rise. We developed a landmark series of reports on the unique health care challenges rural communities face. This ongoing series (http://www.cfra.org//policy/health-care/research) was crucial in ensuring that those unique challenges were part of the health care debate. We released groundbreaking reports on the importance of grocery stores in rural communities and key strategies for retaining them (http://www.cfra.org/node/2757). We kicked off a major initiative to help the next generation of family farmers and ranchers; USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program was launched, providing crucial investment in rural small business development; and we’re in a pitched battle with meatpackers over livestock market reforms that protect family farmers and ranchers. We helped nearly 2,000 family farmers, ranchers and others submit comments to USDA on those reforms. And, while America battled the worst economy since the Great Depression, more people supported the Center for Rural Affairs financially over the last three years than at any time in our history. We have much to be thankful for, and we have great hope for 2011. John Crabtree Center for Rural Affairs Lyons, Neb.

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The price of beauty has always been high for some women. From fancy shopping sprees to high-dollar makeovers, going glamorous has always taken a lot of time, money and hard work. But according to statistics, women are no longer settling for just the occasional makeover anymore; they’re now going full steam ahead with various methods of plastic surgery to better their looks and heighten their sex appeal. The biggest trend, however, circles around African-American women, who have seen a 5 percent increase in the number of plastic surgeries since 2008, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The number of plastic surgeries among African-American women Courtesy Photo/MorgueFile.com rose from 942,571 in 2008 to According to the American Society of Plastic 985,907 in 2009, the last available Surgeons, surgery among Black women is on the update. So what’s caused the rise. increase? Experts vary in their explanations. The ASPS listed the it’s a trend some feel could have damaging most common procedures during the last two effects. years as breast reduction, liposuction and “I think that these young women, these nose-reshaping, not quite along the lines of superstars, are over sexualized and they the skin lighteners and Botox injections that promote the idea that as a woman you have has exploded among celebrities. According to promote your sexuality more than your to the ASPS, the most common minimally character,” said Marita Golden, an educator invasive procedures over the past few years included Botox/Dysport, injectable fillers and and award-winning novelist who has written several pieces on intra-racial racism and chemical peels. cultural identity. Regardless of the surgery type, one “I’m really sick of the oversexualization Chicago-based plastic surgeon said plastic of females in general and I think for young surgery procedures are on the rise. “I African-American women, it’s especially definitely have [seen an increase],” says dangerous because they’re vulnerable in the plastic surgeon Julius Few, director of the first place because of self -concepts.” Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Golden believes those self-esteem “I’ve seen a number of women of color concepts are a contributing factor to the coming in now understanding that there’s more technology available to meet the unique rise in plastic surgery among Black women. “African-American women are still wrestling needs of skins of color. In particular, women with generation-old issues around accepting of color are trying to do everything they can to look marketable and look their best. I think their value and physical beauty in a society that habitually and regularly denigrates our that assuming the economy stays stable, it’s a worth and physical beauty no matter what trend that will continue.” we look like,” said Golden. “Black women Few said he often receives requests from in 2011 are still dealing with the same issues women hoping to emulate the bodies and that we were dealing with 100 years ago.” faces of their A-list celebrity icons. From Gabrielle Union to Janet Jackson, drawing For more on Marita Golden visit www. style and motivation from a superstar has maritagolden.com always been a fashionable trend. But with For more on Julius Few visit www. more celebrities opting for plastic surgery, fewinstitue.com

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Go-go music legend Chuck Brown performs at the gala

R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn performs

After Vincent Gray was sworn-in as the District’s sixth mayor, a city-wide celebration took place at the Washington Convention Center to signal the beginning a new era. Also swornin was City Council chairman Kwame Brown and other members of the City Council. Good food, music and a steady flow of dancing made the evening a memorable affair.

Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Kwame Brown and Councilman Marion Barry

Jamie Foster Brown, Sister2Sister magazine publisher and Big Tigger, WPGC radio personality

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Over 12,000 people gathered at the Verizon Center in Northwest Washington to witness the finale of the “How Sweet the Sound 2010 Search for the Best Church Choir in America.” Presented by Verizon, the showcase culminated a 14city tour that inspired and uplifted those who participated and brought gospel music to a national audience. Some of the biggest names in gospel music were in attendance, including

Donald Lawrence, CeCe Winans, Karen Clark-Sheard, Marvin Sapp and Fred Hammond. Greater Zion Church’s Voice of Destiny from Los Angeles, Calif., was named the national winning church choir and received the $25,000 grand prize. Washington, D.C.’s Greater Mount Calvary Men of Valor received the most popular church award for $5,000.

GFC Chorale from Greater First Church of Chicago

BeBe and CeCe Winans perform National runner-up, GFC Chorale, received $15,000

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Apostolic Community Life Choir of Oakland, Calif., sings “Nobody Like Jesus”

The National People’s Choice award winner, Greater Mount Calvary Men of Valor Choir Voices of Destiny of Los Angeles, Calif., performs

Burning Bush International Mass Choir of Detroit sings “Stir up the Gifts”

Kera Pigue, Karrie Hudson and Brooklyn Hudson of Silver Spring, Md. St. Mark’s Sanctuary Baptist Church of Memphis, Tenn., performs

Gospel celebrity artists Marvin Sapp, CeCe Winans and Donald Lawrence kicked off the show. Winans and Lawrence served as event emcees

Washington, D.C.’s Greater Mount Calvary Men of Valor Choir

Hundreds of residents from the DMV crowded into the Verizon Center for the “How Sweet the Sound” gospel competition

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Red Hot Lady Firebirds Win 9 of Last 10 Games
By AFRO Staff The UDC Lady Firebirds women’s basketball team has won nine of its last 10 games and is currently on its third three-game winning streak of the season after a big win over the Central State University Marauders on Jan. 9. UDC (10-6) used its impressive defense and three-point shooting to take out CSU, 67-54, in the New Years Classic tournament in Washington, D.C. The Lady Firebirds shot 41.2 percent day for the Lady (seven of 17) Firebirds, led by from beyond freshman guard the threeJulissa Anderson point line, who finished surprising with 14 points, considering making four of UDC seven shots from averages beyond the arc. only 27.8 Graduate percent student Niqky shooting Hughes added Courtesy Photo/UDC from long 12 points, UDC’s Lillian McGill and distance this shooting 50 Julissa Anderson season. percent from But it was three-point just that kind of a offensive range. Senior forward Lillian

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Howard’s Alphonso Leary had a decent performance despite the Bison’s loss to Coppin State on Jan. 10. By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The Howard Bison extended their losing funk to five games after their latest trip up i295 to Baltimore. Howard fell to the Morgan State Bears, 75-62, on Jan. 8, and then followed up with an 84-53 loss to fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponent Coppin State on Jan. 10. The Bison made it a fairly tight game against the MEAC defending champion Bears, despite being undermanned. Howard’s Mike Phillips had a career performance of 25 points against Morgan State, while teammate Dadrian Collins added 14 points. But the Bison ran out of gas in the second half, allowing MSU’s deep talented squad to run away with the win. It was a similar outcome on Jan. 10 when Coppin State ran away with a lopsided victory over Howard. The Bison simply didn’t have enough manpower to keep up with the Eagles. Coppin State’s Michael Harper scored a game-high 18 points, while his team outscored Howard, 40-16, inside the paint. The two-loss road trip to Baltimore dropped Howard to 2-13 overall, and a conference-worst 0-3 MEAC record. But the Bison still have plenty of games to try to save their losing season, starting with a Jan. 15 matchup against Norfolk State University (2-12 overall, 1-2 MEAC).

McGill led the team with her usual double-double of 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. She also had a game-high 14 rebounds, and was named the New Years Classic tournament MVP. McGill also recorded a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds in the first game of the tournament as UDC edged King College, 66-62, on Jan. 8. UDC will hit the road this weekend to take on Philadelphia University on Jan. 16.

Cam Newton, Auburn Edges Oregon for BCS Title
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The No. 1 ranked Auburn University Tigers captured the 2011 Bowl Championship Series college football title after edging out the No.2 Oregon University Ducks, 22-19, on Jan. 10 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 64 tough-gained yards, but it was his Auburn teammates who stole the national stage. Auburn freshman tailback Michael Dyer was named the Offensive Player of the Game after rushing for 143 yards. The freshman had two long runs that set up 10 of Auburn’s points. “I was going out there, trying to make a play,” said Dyer, who wears jersey No. 5 because his brother was 5 years old when their dad died in a tragic car accident. “I just kept my feet moving… I prayed before the game and I know my dad was here with me tonight.” Dyer was the most outstanding offensive player in a game that was expected to deliver a lot more points on the scoring board. Yet both teams played stout defense, especially Auburn

who held Oregon’s LaMichael James, the top-ranked running back in the nation, to fewer than 50 yards rushing. Auburn’s defense was led by 298-pound defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who blew up every running play that came his way. Fairley finished with four tackles for a loss and was named the Defensive Player of the Game. Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas finished with 363 passing yards and two touchdowns, despite the loss. His coach, Chip Kelly, said the team is disappointed they didn’t play better, but they’re already thinking about recuperating for next season. “When it comes down to a field goal at the last second, you can always point to a play here, a play there, but it really doesn’t do much for you,” Kelly said. “We’re a forwardthinking operation, and we’ll learn from this thing and move forward.” As for Newton and the Tigers, they plan on continuing their celebration of pulling off what no one would have expected just months ago. “Anything is possible,” Newton said. “I guarantee five or six months ago that no one would bet their last dollar that Auburn would win the national championship. And now we’re standing here.”

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Miss Black USA Contestants Visit Howard U. Hospital to Promote Healthy Hearts
Ten of the nation’s most beautiful women will visit Howard University Hospital on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to charm patients, talk intimately with their female peers, advise young girls on achieving their dreams and to encourage women to take care of their hearts. The women, Miss Black USA and nine contestants, are in town for the annual Red Dress Photo Shoot, when the ladies adorn beautiful red dresses for a special promotional pageant photograph. But Osas Ighodaro, the reigning Miss Black USA, and contestants Miss Black Delaware, Miss Black Illinois, Miss Black Georgia, Miss Black Iowa, Miss Black Indiana, Miss Black Louisiana, Miss Black Massachusetts, Miss Black Minnesota, Miss Black Mississippi and Miss Black Virginia said they want to do more than smile for the camera. “The women who compete as well as the organization strongly believe that service is a part of who we are,” said Lana Thompkins, spokesperson for Miss Black USA, in a prepared statement. “We felt it was fitting to do something in tribute to a man who through his service changed America for the better. We couldn’t think of a better place to do that than at Howard University Hospital.” After visiting with hospital patients Monday morning, the women will gather in the hospital’s Tower Auditorium for an intimate chat with Howard University

Miss Black USA contestants students and women from throughout the Washington community beginning at 10 a.m. Some will perform during their two-hour presentation. One message that they particularly want to drive home is that of the importance of developing healthy habits to protect hearts. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, Thompkins said. One in four women die from heart disease annually. That is particularly true of AfricanAmerican women. “We are on a mission to close that gap, because we know heart disease can be prevented,” Thompkins said. So, for the past three years, the organization has partnered with the Heart Truth Campaign, an initiative of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “We want to encourage young women, particularly Osas Ighodaro, the reigning Miss Black USA young black women to

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American Uprising - The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt Many Americans are familiar with the slave revolts led by John Brown and Nat Turner, but the story of the greatest act of slave resistance in American history has never been told, until now. In his narrative American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt, 23-yearold author Daniel Rasmussen provides a groundbreaking contribution to the historical record. Based on the author’s Harvard thesis, which won three separate awards and caught the attention of scholars across the country, American Uprising employs extensive original research to provide a multi-dimensional portrait of the American South just a few years after the Louisiana Purchase. On Jan. 8, 1811, a group of sugar plantation slaves violently rebelled along the River Road outside of New Orleans. Led by slave driver Charles Deslondes, as well as two other slaves, Kook and Quamana, the slaves marched on the practically defenseless city during the plantation owners’ annual period of revelry and celebration preceding Mardi Gras. Enlisting additional slaves as the march proceeded, Deslondes’ group, armed with guns, cane knives and axes, sought to strike a death blow to the heart of the region’s seat of power and establish a Black republic on the shores of the Mississippi. As the 200th anniversary of the rebellion approaches in January 2011, American Uprising shares the story of this elaborate plot and the slave army’s dramatic march on the city, as well as its shocking conclusion. “This book would be a major accomplishment for any historian; for an historian at such an early stage in his career, it is breathtaking, said noted historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. in a statement. “Rasmussen’s scholarly detective work reveals a fascinating narrative of slavery and resistance, but it also tells us something about history itself – about how fiction can become fact, and how ‘history’ is sometimes nothing more than erasure.” Final word: History is an ongoing story. Don’t miss this new chapter. In stores now. For more information visit danrasmussen. net. How to Change a Neighborhood: Mr. Outlaw’s Story About How He and His Family Change Not One But Two Neighborhoods William Outlaw has become a powerful figure in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. He’s not a pundit or congressman and few outside the city’s corridors recognize his name. His impact, however, is no less important. For years, Outlaw, 83, has turned his living room into a veritable storehouse for his neighbors’ packages and envelopes. After thieves stole several mail deliveries from stoops on his block, Outlaw offered his home for temporary safekeeping. The retired restaurant owner also offers to watch neighbors’ homes and clean sidewalks while they vacation. His story is now etched in a colorful, comic book-style children’s book by Carolyn Koch. The 48-page hardcover book follows Outlaw’s life as he grew from a child to a Navy man, husband, activist and grandfather. Final word: Heart-warming local story ideal for kids (and parents, too). Available now. For more information visit agsmiths.com/ truestoriesforkids.

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live a healthy lifestyle to avoid heart disease in the future,” Thompkins said. This year’s pageant, which will feature 40 contestants, will be held Aug. 8 in the District of Columbia, a repeat location of last year’s contest. In the past, however, the event, which began in 1986, has been held in such disparate locations as Banjul, Gambia in Africa, Las Vegas and Atlanta. Thompkins said the contestants have a lot to share with those with whom they visit.“These women are not only beautiful, they’re highly intelligent,” she said. For example, Miss Black Indiana and Miss Black USA are pursuing their master’s degrees, Miss Black Louisiana has a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and Miss Black District of Columbia is a certified pharmacist with a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Howard University.“They have a lot to say,” Thompkins said. “They are really looking forward to meeting Howard students and other people from the Washington community.” The event is free and open to the public. Seats, however, are limited. To register, call 202-865-1375 or e-mail tdeyo@ huhosp.org.

Artists revisit late soul singer Donny Hathaway decades after death
Whalum said the artists hope to reflect on Hathaway’s enduring legacy Donny Hathaway as the 32nd anniversary of his untimely was the quintessential death approaches. “Donny’s faith, his musician and a lyrical struggles, his convictions were raw and godfather of sorts to evident in every phrase,” said Whalum. legions of R&B artists “He meant it. And we feel it. We still who say his singing – an do.” ear-melting baritone – is Hathaway’s “struggles and everything a voice ought to be. Despite convictions” came to a head Jan. his resounding impact among music 13, 1979, when passersby found his aficionados and a Grammy Award lifeless body sprawled outside the Kirk Whalum; Donny for Best Pop Performance by a Duo luxury Essex House hotel in New Hathaway (inset) or Group with Vocals, Hathaway’s Courtesy Photos York City. According to reports, name fell just below the ranks of Hathaway leaped to his death from superstardom and he never garnered the international acclaim the building’s15th floor. At age 33, he left behind a wife, three of fellow ‘70s contemporaries Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder daughters and a coffer of music, the impact of which remains and Isaac Hayes. pertinent in life and death. But Kirk Whalum, an 11-time Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist and songwriter, invoked the former Howard University student’s essence on his latest release, Everything is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway. “The very first song I learned, besides ‘Amazing Grace,’ was ‘Everything Is Everything,’ said Whalum, whose Everything Is Everything album is nominated for the Grammy Award’s Best Pop Instrumental album, in a statement. “Throughout my career Donny’s voice haunts my every note as some Gospel tutor, some Soul mentor with extremely high expectations repeating: ‘You got to mean it. Every note.’” Highlights on Whalum’s tribute album include “You Had To Know,” featuring a heartfelt ballad from the late singer’s daughter Lalah, and the bittersweet “We’re Still Friends” featuring Musiq Soulchild, who frequently references Hathaway as a powerful influence in media interviews. The CD also includes collaborations from a who’s who of contemporary jazz masters such as Rick Braun, Jeff Golub and Christian McBride.

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Anacostia Community Museum
Juan Williams, FOX news political analyst and “Fox News Sunday” panelist, is the featured speaker for the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. program presented by Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum will present Juan Williams, FOX news political analyst and “Fox News Sunday” panelist, as the featured speaker for the museum’s 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. program on Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. Williams’ remarks addressing the topic “King Alive: His Dream Lives on Today” will be followed by dialogue with Essence magazine’s Washington correspondent Cynthia Gordy at Baird Auditorium in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History at 10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W. The event includes a performance by Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a panAfrican performance group based in Washington. Two Juan of Williams’ books will be Williams
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Howard University
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the nation’s highest ranking health official, will be the keynote speaker for the Howard University School of Divinity Spring Semester Convocation at noon on Jan. 18, in the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. Sebelius, who leads the principal agency charged with keeping Americans healthy, will discuss the implementation of the Obama Administration’s historic legislation, the Affordable Care Act, as a continuation of the nation’s civil rights struggle during the university’s annual weeklong celebration of the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Alton B. Pollard III, dean of the School of Divinity, said having Sebelius as the convocation keynote speaker reflects the school’s mission of Kathleen tending to society’s spiritual Sebelius Courtesy Photo and physical needs.

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“We welcome Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her leadership in ensuring that all our citizenry are franchised in mind and body, as well as spirit for the healing of the nation,” Pollard said. “Only a holistic and progressive understanding of religion that is concerned with the totality of life - body, mind and soul - in the face of continued inequities, can be relied upon to guard the critical interests of our communities.” Since taking office as secretary, Sebelius, governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, has been at the forefront of efforts to build a 21st century health care system, from putting a new focus on prevention and wellness to promoting electronic

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available for sale and signing. “Historically, we have presented speakers whose work or life represents an aspect of Dr. King’s philosophy, and this year we chose Juan Williams who offers a less traditional viewpoint,” said Camille Giraud Akeju, director of the museum, in a statement. “This very difficult economy and fractious political climate have yielded a variety of voices seeking to overcome the vexing problems of today. We are not monolithic and different approaches provide food for thought.” A journalist for more than 25 years and a former Washington Post columnist and White House correspondent, Williams made international headlines recently after being released from his position as an NPR senior news correspondent over remarks he made on FOX’s “O’Reilly Factor.” He has also written six books, including the New York Times best-seller, Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America—and What We Can Do About It, which ignited debate with its analysis of African American leadership, culture and the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement. Gordy writes the popular “Obama Watch” blog for Essence covering the policies and activities of the White House and Congress, quarterly magazine features and the monthly roundup page called “Ten Things We’re Talking About” covering 10 hot news stories. Named the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2009 Emerging Journalist of the Year and one of the NAACP’s 2010 “40 Under 40,” Gordy previously served as the news editor for Essence. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To obtain more information or make reservations, the public may e-mail acmrsvp@si.edu or call 202- 633-4875. senior finance major with a passion for spoken-word poetry and co-founder of the GW Griots; Bianca Neri, a senior international affairs who served more than 400 hours of community service during the 2009-2010 First Lady Service Challenge and received the Gold Level President Volunteer Service Award as well as the Mayor’s Community Service Award; Andre Lamar Smith, a senior pursuing a double major in psychology and music with a concentration in vocal performance; Catherine Zatorski, a sophomore studying international affairs with a minor in emergency health services and Mayra Espinoza , GW’s university coordinator of student involvement. They will be awarded Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Marvin Center Dorothy Betts Theatre, 800 21st St., N.W. Michael Tapscott, director of GW’s Multicultural Student Services Center, lauded the honorees for their various accomplishments. “Dr. King is the epitome of leadership. He lived in a purposeful, principled and values-driven manner that inspired the world,” said Tapscott in a prepared statement. “This is what people should think about during this holiday, and the students and staff that we honor today are living reflections of Dr. King’s dream. We applaud the award winners, the King Commendation winners and each of the nominees for their dedication to others through service, leadership and

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scholarship.” The ceremony includes the awards program and a dessert reception. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact the Multicultural Student Services Center at 202-994-7010 or msscares@gwu.edu. For more information on all MLK celebration activities, please contact the Multicultural Student Services Center.

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An army veteran, community health director, feminist scholar, aspiring opera singer, multicultural mentor, spoken word poet and an education activist who has completed more than 400 hours of community service are the recipients of The George Washington University’s 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Award. The GW MLK Awards and a special event featuring PBS’ Tavis Smiley on Jan.13, will kick off a week-long celebration of Dr. King. Other events include the annual MLK Day of Service on Jan. 17, where nearly 500 GW students will spruce up several Ward 8 schools including Ballou High School; MLK Day of Speeches at Kogan Plaza on Jan. 18 and an MLK oratory contest on Jan. 20. This year marks the 24th year that GW community members will be recognized as stewards of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of equality, compassion and empowerment. The 2011 MLK student awardees are Cameron Bell, a senior women studies major who received the GW Undergraduate Feminist Scholarship Award for her academic paper exploring black women’s sexuality and hip-hop culture; Brian Hawthorne, a graduate student studying within the Graduate School of Political Management; Adam Layne,
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Columbia (∫District∫) after the former property owner, Robert McCamey, failed to pay taxes on the property. The named Defendants may have had an interest in the subject property prior to the District¬s acquisition. Of these Defendants, Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of Robert McCamey, deceased; Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Robert McCamey the Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of Catherine N. McCamey, deceased, and the Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Catherine N. McCamey could not be located despite an extensive search. On motion of the Plaintiff, on this 2nd day of November, 2010, it is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff¬s Motion to Allow Service by Publication on defendants Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of R o b e r t M cNOTICESLEGAL NOTICES LEGAL C a m e y, d e ceased; Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Robert McCamey and all those claiming under them as well as on the Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of Catherine N. McCamey, deceased; Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Catherine N. McCamey, and all those claiming under them, is hereby GRANTED and it is further. ORDERED that Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of Robert McCamey, deceased; Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Robert McCamey, and all those claiming under them; the Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of Catherine N. McCamey, deceased, Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Catherine N. McCamey, and all those claiming under them, cause their appearances to be entered herein on or before the 31st day of January 2011 otherwise the case will proceed as case of default, provided a copy of this order of publication be published at least twice a mouth for three consecutive months prior to said date in the Daily Washington Law Reporter, and Afro-American Newspaper.

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¬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 LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES 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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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
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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 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’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

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington DC 20004 a municipal corporation UNKNOWN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT MCCAMEY, deceased UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF ROBERT MCCAMEY UNKNOWN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CATHERINE N. MCCAMEY, deceased UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF CATHERINE N. MCCAMEY CAROLYN M. MCCAMEY AKA Carolyn M. Taylor 8224 Crest Road Laurel, MD 20723-1032 and RONALD G MCCAMEY 17 42nd Street NE Washington DC 20019-4572

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’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 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. 2010ADM1219 EMMA L. WHITE 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 Annette V. Riley, whose address is 13403 United Lane, Bowie MD 20720 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Emma L. White, who died on November 22, 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 Annette V. Riley Personal Representative 301-809-0121 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/31, 1/7, 1/14

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The object of this action is to remove a cloud on the title of the real property located at 5033 Meade Street, NE known for tax and assessment purposes as Square 5201, Lots 85, situated in the District of Columbia. The property was acquired by the District of Columbia (“District” ) after (∫District∫) the former property owner, Robert McCamey, failed to pay taxes on the property. The named Defendants may have had an interest in the subject property prior to the District¬s D i s t r i c t ’ s acquisition. Of these Defendants, Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of Robert McCamey, deceased; Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Robert McCamey the Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of Catherine N. McCamey, deceased, and the Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Catherine N. McCamey could not be located despite an extensive search. On motion of the Plaintiff, on this 2nd day of November, 2010, it is hereby ORDERED DERED that Plaintiff¬s MoPlaintiff’s Motion to Allow Service by Publication on defendants Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of R o b e r t M c C a m e y, d e ceased; Unknown Heirs and Devisees of Robert McCamey and all those claiming under them as well as on the Unknown Personal Representative of the Estate of Catherine N.

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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 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 Ida Virginia Hart

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2007ADM1165 Jan Wepsiec Decedent Kenneth Rosenau Esq 1304 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Kenneth Rosenau, Esquire whose address is 1304 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington DC 20005 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Jan Wepsiec, who died on July 11, 2007 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¬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 Kenneth Rosenau Esq Personal Representative 202-387-8680 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 12/31, 1/7, 1/14

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PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2007ADM1165 Jan Wepsiec Decedent Kenneth Rosenau Esq 1304 Rhode Island Ave Superior Court of NW Washington DC the District of 20005 District of Columbia Attorney PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE OF Washington, D.C. APPOINTMENT, 20001-2131 NOTICE TO Administration No. CREDITORS 2010ADM1198 AND NOTICE TO Helen R. Powell UNKNOWN HEIRS Decedent Kenneth Rosenau, EsThomas S. Donnelly quire whose address is Esq Superior Court of a. Order Nisi $ 60 per insertion $180.00 the District of per 3 weeks 1304 Rhode Island Ave1990 M Street NW nue, NW Washington Suite 200 b. Small Estates (single publication) $ 50 per insertion District of Columbia DC 20005 was apWashington DC 20036 PROBATE DIVISION c. Notice to Creditors pointed personal repreAttorney Washington, D.C. sentative of the estate of 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per 3 weeks NOTICE OF 1. Domestic 20001-2131 $ Jan Wepsiec, who died APPOINTMENT, Administration No. 2. Foreign $ 60 per insertion $ 180.002010ADM1217 per 3 weeks on July 11, 2007 with a NOTICE TO will, CREDITORS d. Escheated Estates and will serve with- 60 per insertion $ 360.00 per 6 weeks John Robert Crenshaw $ out Court supervision. AND NOTICE TO Decedent e. Standard Probates unknown heirs and All UNKNOWN HEIRS $ 125.00 Samuel C. Hamilton h e i r s w h o s e William H. Jackson, Metro Plaza One, whereabouts are unwhose address is 1726 Suite 620 known shall enter their Montana Avenue, NE 8401 Colesville Road appearance in this Washington DC 20018 Silver Spring MD proceeding. Objections was appointed personal 80.00 20910 $ a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 to such appointment (or representative of the Attorney to the probate of deestate of Helen $ 200.00NOTICE OF R. b. Real Property cedent¬s will) shall be Powell, who died on APPOINTMENT, filed with the Register of October 26, 2010 withNOTICE TO Wills, D.C., 515 5th out a will, and will serve CREDITORS Street, N.W., 3rd Floor without Court superviAND NOTICE TO Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . sion. All unknown heirs UNKNOWN HEIRS 20001, on or 202-879-1212 e i r s w h o s e before and h Alvin Thomas Carter, June 30, 2011. Claims whereabouts are unwhose address is 12714 against the decedent known shall enter their Brandywine Road, shall be presented to the appearance in this Brandywine, Maryland undersigned with a copy proceeding. Objections 202-879-0157 appointment 20613 was appointed to the Register of Wills to such personal representative or filed with the Register shall be filed with the of the estate of John a. Absent Defendant Wills with a copy to Register of Wills, D.C.,150.00 Crenshaw, who $ of Robert the undersigned, on or 515 5th Street, N.W.,150.00 on August 27, 2010 died b. Absolute Divorce $ before June 30, 2011, or 3rd Floor Washington, with a will, and will serve c. Custody Divorce be forever barred. Per- D.C. 20001, on or be-150.00 $ without Court supervisons believed to be fore June 30, 2011. sion. All unknown heirs heirs or legatees of the Claims against the deand heirs whose To decedent whoof thiscall 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262 whereabouts are unplace your do not no- cedent shall be pread, receive a copy sented to the underknown shall enter their Public by mail within 25 & signed with a copy to the up depending on size appearance in this tice Notices $50.00 days of its first publicaRegister of Wills or inch. proceeding. Objections Baltimore Legal Notices are $24.15 per filed tion shall so inform the with the Register of Wills to such appointment (or There of Wills, includ- with a copy to the underRegister is no flat rate — 1-800 (AFRO) 892 to the probate of decedent¬s For Proof ing Publication, please call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 will) shall be of name, address and signed, on or before relationship. June 30, 2011, or be filed with the Register of Date of Publication: LEGAL NOTICES forever barred. Persons Wills, D.C., 3rd Floor LEGAL NOTICES Street, N.W., 515 5th LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES December NOTICES believed to NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL 31, 2010 LEGAL be heirs or LEGAL NOTICES Name of newspaper: legatees of the decedent Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Afro-American who do not receive a 20001, on or before Superior Court of Washington Law copy of this notice by June 30, 2011. Claims the District of Reporter mail within 25 days of its against the decedent District of Columbia Kenneth Rosenau Esq first publication shall so shall be presented to the PROBATE DIVISION Personal inform the Register of undersigned with a copy Washington, D.C. Representative Wills, including name, to the Register of Wills 20001-2131 202-387-8680 address and relationor filed with the Register Administration No. TRUE TEST COPY ship. of Wills with a copy to 2007ADM1165 REGISTER OF WILLS Date of Publication: the undersigned, on or Jan Wepsiec 12/31, 1/7, 1/14 December 31, 2010 before June 30, 2011, or Decedent Name of newspaper: be forever barred. PerKenneth Rosenau Esq Afro-American sons believed to be 1304 Rhode Island Ave Superior Court of Washington Law heirs or legatees of the NW Washington DC the District of Reporter decedent who do not re20005 District of Columbia William H. Jackson ceive a copy of this noAttorney PROBATE DIVISION Personal tice by mail within 25 NOTICE OF Washington, D.C. Representative days of its first publicaAPPOINTMENT, 20001-2131 202-841-1040 tion shall so inform the NOTICE TO Administration No. TRUE TEST COPY Register of Wills, includCREDITORS 2010ADM1198 REGISTER OF WILLS ing name, address and AND NOTICE TO Helen R. Powell 12/31, 1/7, 1/14 relationship. UNKNOWN HEIRS Decedent Date of Publication: Kenneth Rosenau, EsThomas S. Donnelly December 31, 2010 Superior Court of quire whose address is Esq Name of newspaper: the District of 1304 Rhode Island Ave1990 M Street NW Afro-American District of Columbia nue, NW Washington Suite 200 Washington Law PROBATE DIVISION DC 20005 was apWashington DC 20036 Reporter Washington, D.C. pointed personal repreAttorney Alvin Thomas Carter 20001-2131 sentative of the estate of NOTICE OF Personal Administration No. Jan Wepsiec, who died APPOINTMENT, Representative 2010ADM1217 on July 11, 2007 with a NOTICE TO 301-257-6269 John Robert Crenshaw will, and will serve withCREDITORS TRUE TEST COPY Decedent out Court supervision. AND NOTICE TO REGISTER OF WILLS Samuel C. Hamilton All unknown heirs and UNKNOWN HEIRS 12/31, 1/7, 1/14 Metro Plaza One, h e i r s w h o s e William H. Jackson, Suite 620 whereabouts are unwhose address is 1726 8401 Colesville Road known shall enter their Superior Court of Montana Avenue, NE Silver Spring MD appearance in this the District of Washington DC 20018 20910 proceeding. Objections Columbia was appointed personal Attorney to such appointment (or Civil Division representative of the NOTICE OF to the probate of deCase No. 11-0000005 estate of Helen R. APPOINTMENT, cedent¬s will) shall IN RE: cedent’s will) shall be Powell, who died on NOTICE TO filed with the Register of October 26, 2010 withTia Lynnisha Garrett CREDITORS Wills, D.C., 515 5th out a will, and will serve Applicant AND NOTICE TO Street, N.W., 3rd Floor without Court superviORDER OF UNKNOWN HEIRS Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . sion. All unknown heirs PUBLICATION Alvin Thomas Carter, 20001, on or before and heirs whose CHANGE OF NAME whose address is 12714 June 30, 2011. Claims whereabouts are unTia Lynnisha Garrett Brandywine Road, against the decedent known shall enter their having filed a complaint Brandywine, Maryland shall be presented to the appearance in this for judgment changing 20613 was appointed undersigned with a copy proceeding. Objections Tia Lynnisha Garrett personal representative to the Register of Wills to such appointment name to Tia Lynnisha of the estate of John or filed with the Register shall be filed with the Ellis and having applied Robert Crenshaw, who of Wills with a copy to Register of Wills, D.C., to the court for an Order died on August 27, 2010 the undersigned, on or 515 5th Street, N.W., of Publication of the nowith a will, and will serve before June 30, 2011, or 3rd Floor Washington, tice required by law in without Court supervibe forever barred. PerD.C. 20001, on or besuch cases; it is by the sion. All unknown heirs sons believed to be fore June 30, 2011. Court this 3rd day of and heirs whose heirs or legatees of the Claims against the deJanuary 2011 hereby whereabouts are undecedent who do not recedent shall be preORDERED, that all perknown shall enter their ceive a copy of this nosented to the undersons concerned show appearance in this tice by mail within 25 signed with a copy to the cause, if any there be, proceeding. Objections days of its first publicaRegister of Wills or filed on or before the 7th day to such appointment (or tion shall so inform the with the Register of Wills of February 2011, why to the probate of deRegister of Wills, includwith a copy to the underthe prayers of said comcedent’s will) shall be plaint should not be cedent¬s will) shall be ing name, address and signed, on or before filed with the Register of relationship. June 30, 2011, or be granted; provided that a Wills, D.C., 515 5th Date of Publication: forever barred. Persons copy of this order be Street, N.W., 3rd Floor December 31, 2010 believed to be heirs or published once a week Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Name of newspaper: legatees of the decedent for three consecutive 20001, on or before Afro-American who do not receive a weeks before said day June 30, 2011. Claims Washington Law copy of this notice by in the Afro-American against the decedent Reporter mail within 25 days of its Newspapers. shall be presented to the Kenneth Rosenau Esq first publication shall so JUDGE undersigned with a copy Personal inform the Register of A TRUE COPY TEST:

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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 LEGAL NOTICES 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 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. 2010ADM1225 John Shaw Toole LEGAL NOTICES 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 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

to the probate of decedent¬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 underLEGAL NOTICES signed 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 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

UNKNOWN HEIRS Russell J Bacon Jr., whose address is 11714 Brookeville Landing Court, Mitcheiville, Maryland 20721, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Elizabeth D Bacon, who died on LEGAL NOTICES November 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’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 14, 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 14, 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 14, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Russell J. Bacon Jr. Personal Representative 1-301-218-2990 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 1/14, 1/21, 1/28

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MBE/WBE Subcontractors and Suppliers Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC, Miamisburg, OH is interested in receiving quotes from qualified MBE/WBE subcontractors and suppliers for the Filtration and Disinfection Facilities Upgrade Phase 3 - Electrical Improvements at the Blue Plains AWWTP 5000 Overlook Ave. Washing, D.C., bidding on January 19, 2011. Opportunities are available for Specifications Divisions 1 thru 16. Plans available online: http://www.ullimanschutte.com/documents/bids/ Please Fax quotes to 937-910-9910 attention Eric Yerian. Contact telephone 937-910-9900. Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC 9900 Springboro Pike Miamisburg, Ohio 45342 www.ullimanschutte.com Equal Opportunity Employer

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Hamel Builders, Inc. has a bidding opportunity for the new construction of a 3-story, 91-unit wood framed building called Alabama Avenue Senior Housing. The project is located at the intersection of Alabama Ave. & Naylor Rd. SE Washington, DC 20020. An outreach meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 20th 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Hamel Builders DC office. If interested, please contact Matt at mmartin@hamelbuilders.com or 410-379-6700.

This person will also be responsible for maintaining several blogs, producing and anchoring webcasts, features writer for supplemental publications, copyediting and proofreading, newsroom administration, reviewing the public e-mail inbox, helping to coordinate and addressing tour groups on their visits to the company, coordinating internship program, and representing the company at public events. The minimum qualifications for this position include a bachelors degree in journalism and three (3) years practical experience. Annual salary of $52,000. Send all resumes to: John E. Leister The AFRO American Newspapers 2519 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218 e-mail: jleister@afro.com No telephone calls will be accepted.

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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

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

CH2M HILL/Western Summit Constructors DC Joint Venture is soliciting bids from MBE/WBE subcontractors and suppliers certified through Federal, State or local municipalities for the following DESIGN/BUILD project: District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Main Process Train, RFP # 100120 Bids, required EPA forms, and current MBE/WBE certifications are due no later than : January 17, 2011 @ 2:00PM MST Submit Bid to: CH2M HILL/Western Summit Constructors DC Joint Venture c/o Western Summit Constructors, Inc. 5470 Valley Highway Denver, CO 80216 (303) 298-9500 / Fax (303) 298-9501 Contact: Brian Beyer Bonding may be required. Specific Crafts, Trades and Materials include but are not limited to: Sitework, Concrete, Masonry, Metals, Wood & Plastics, Thermal & Moisture Protection, Doors & Windows, Finishes, Specialties, Equipment, Furnishings, Special Construction, Conveying Systems, Mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation. CH2M HILL/Western Summit Constructors DC Joint Venture intends to negotiate with qualified MBE/WBE firms and will, at its sole discretion, assist in obtaining bonds, lines of credit and insurance. MBE/WBE Goals have been established for this project as follows: MBE - 32% WBE - 6% Potential MBE/WBE Subcontractors and Suppliers are to submit copies of their certifications and required EPA forms to Karen Calabro at fax # (303)298-9501 or by email- kcalabro@westernsummit.com no later than 2:00PM MST on January 17, 2011. CH2M HILL/Western Summit Constructors DC Joint Venture is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR BIDS INVITATION NO. 070110 REHABILITATION AND UPGRADE OF THE FORT RENO PUMPING STATION The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is soliciting bids for Invitation No. 070110: Rehabilitation and Upgrade of the Fort Reno Pumping Station. The following listing enumerates the major items of work included in the contract: Replacement of the existing Pump Control Panel. Replacement of the existing surge valves and installation of pressure sustaining valves. 0 Installation of an altitude valve. 0 Replacement of the electrical service, emergency back-up generator, pump controls, three existing variable frequency drives and electrical equipment at the pumping station. 0 Installation of power and communication conduits. 0 Upgrade of two remote pressure sensing sites. 0 Removal of all hazardous materials from the pumping station. All existing paint shall be either removed or encapsulated.
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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

Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0000158-11 IN RE: Terri Thompson Mallett Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Terri Thompson Mallett having filed a complaint for judgment changing Terri Thompson Mallett name to Terri Allyn Thompson 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 7th day of January 2011. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 12th 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 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: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1252 Elizabeth D Bacon Decedent Winfred R Mundle Sr, Esq 901 6th Street SW 314A Washington DC 20024 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Russell J Bacon Jr., whose address is 11714 Brookeville Landing Court, Mitcheiville, Maryland 20721, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Elizabeth D Bacon, who died on November 24, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are un-

The project requires completion within 820 consecutive calendar days. This project is estimated to cost between $5,000,000 and $10,000,000. The date for receipt of bids is February 9, 2011. This project may be funded in part by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Fair Share Objective for Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises Women¬s participation in this work of 32% and 6%, respectively, has been established. The program requirements are fully defined in USEPA¬s Participation by Disadvantaged Enterprises in Procurement under EPA Financial Assistant Agreements - May 27, 2008.∫. ”. The Davis-Bacon wage determinations shall apply. DC Water Owner Controlled Insurance Program will provide insurance. Bid documents are available at the Department of Procurement, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20032. Sets of Bidding Documents can be procured for a non-refundable $100 purchase price each, payable to DC Water. Payment must be in the form of a money order, certified check or a company check. Documents can be shipped to Bidders providing a Federal Express account number. The DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is a secured facility. Persons intending to pick-up Bidding Documents are to contact the Department of Procurement at 202-787-2020 for access authorization. For procurement information contact Mr. Carlo Enciso; email carlo.enciso@ dcwater.com, (voice 202-787-2029). For technical information contact: DETS-Construction.Bid.Inquiry@dcwater.com View DC Water website at www.dcwater.com for current and up coming solicitations.

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