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75 CENTS www.afro.comJanuary 22, 2011 - January 22, 2011, The Afro-American A1

By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer

State and Local Officials Explain Health Care Reform
illnesses that contribute to spiraling health care costs.” Seniors will benefit the most, said Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md., another fair attendee. They will be entitled to free “wellness” visits and discounts on prescription drugs as the government closes the “donut hole” or coverage gap for seniors. Further, health care reform promises an overhaul of Medicare

The Mysterious Return A2 of ‘Baby Doc’

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While Republicans strove to repeal federal health care reform this week, Baltimore City’s health groups and politicos promoted awareness of the bill at a Jan. 15 community health fair. About 30 city vendors provided on-site health coverage enrollment, free flu-shots and health screenings including diabetes, blood pressure and depression Courtesy Photo/Mark Dennis, City of Baltimore tests, while health City residents turned out to hear details about health care reform and to take experts in consumer part in a variety of health-related activities. forums appraised federal by Kaiser Permanente and most 2014, the Affordable Care Act health reform’s impact on parents took advantage of health will give 90 percent of the 96,000 the city. screenings or spoke with health uninsured Baltimore City residents “It’s important to make sure we providers. Vendors included Black access to affordable coverage, are getting the facts to Baltimore Mental Health Alliance, a health officials said. residents about healthcare referral group; Baltimore Healthy Forum presenters also noted reform because there is so much Homes and Communities and that a federal health exchange will misinformation out there,” said Baltimore City Department of provide an inexpensive alternative Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Social Services. to other insurance options, one of many public officials at the Yet, overall attendance was while allowing currently insured event. low, possibly because the event residents to keep their doctors. A few hundred residents was convened during the Ravens Under the measure, federal trickled in and out of the five-hour game, said a Baltimore HealthCare government will invest $15 billion fair held at the Harry and Jeanette Access official. over 10 years on preventive Weinberg YMCA on East 33rd Only a handful of residents services and community health Street. Baltimore HealthCare participated in the health reform programs to address health Access organized the event, the discussions, which detailed the disparities and reduce chronic first in a quarterly series this year, disease rates. City Health to educate the public on health care federal measure’s benefits for seniors, small businesses owners Commissioner Oxiris Barbot opportunities. and the uninsured. praised this aspect of the bill, Children watched educational When fully implemented in saying it will help thwart “chronic health theatre shows sponsored

Advantage, the privatized medical plan many consider poorly managed. And small businesses will receive tax credits, officials added. The presenters also handed out information about some of the more controversial aspects of the bill, including the requirement that all persons obtain health coverage by 2016 or pay $695 fines or 2.5 percent Continued on A3

Baltimore NAACP Chapter Swears In New President
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Tessa Hill-Aston, the fifth female president of the Baltimore City branch of the NAACP, was sworn in Jan. 13 at the New Fellowship Christian Community Church in Park Heights, Baltimore. Hill-Aston, 60, also serves as the city housing administrator and is the chapter’s first female leader since the legendary Enolia P. McMillian reigned more than 20 years ago. Hill-Aston took the oath of office surrounded by family, close friends, supporters and dignitaries. Well-wishers crowded the medium-sized church, forcing ushers to set out folding chairs behind pews to accommodate the large crowd. The spiritual event included prayers and musical selections from the church choir.

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Tessa Hill-Aston was swornin as the Baltimore City NAACP’s new president Jan. 13 at New Fellowship Christian Community Church in Park Heights.

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Baltimore Finance Officials Project Shortfall
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Baltimore finance officials say they project an $80 million city budget shortfall in 2012 and “virtually flat” revenues for the next three years. When Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took the helm as Baltimore’s top official last February, one of her most daunting tasks was closing the $121 million budget gap. She and the City Council enforced contentious tax hikes and pension overhauls, but according to the Finance Department, they may not have done enough. In a recent public hearing about the city’s economic outlook, two finance and budget officials contended that the city must enact “structural changes in pension, medical coverage and other areas to ensure long-term sustainability.” They also cited unemployment, the housing market and deflation as causes for the spiraling deficit. Roughly 26,000 fewer city residents have jobs than in 2007, but employment growth is not expected to return to pre-recession levels until 2014, budget analyst William Voorhess reported at the hearing. The high unemployment precludes income tax levels, which are based on residential income assessments, the real estate market and stocks. Unstable housing prices won’t return to pre-recession levels for another four years, he said, adding that the federal housing stimulus “did little” to stabilize Baltimore’s housing market and the city saw low housing sales all last year. He says if the city sees “strong and steady growth,” this year, property tax revenues might level off in eight years. “We are experiencing the tail end of the benefit of the housing bubble boom,” noted Andrew Kleine, chief of Budget and Management Research. According to his three-year budget projections, city revenue streams will remain flat and wages will be stagnant. By far, Kleine said, pension costs are overwhelming the city budget most, having tripled since 2003. Fixed costs – including retirees’ healthcare and workers compensation – drive 70 percent of the city’s increased costs. The spike may be credited to aging baby boomers. The city lost an historic $100 million in highway user revenue due to cutbacks to the state gas tax and fewer car purchases. What’s more, city officials raided the fund to balance the general budget and Kleine said they might have to again for fiscal year 2011. On the upside, the Continued on A3

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AFRO’s Leading into the Digital Age ‘AFRO’ Launches AFRO Premieres Online iPhone Application Employment Center
New Rollout Provides Easy News Access
By Dorothy Rowley AFRO Staff Writer For many businesses, the ever increasing pressures of keeping pace with the latest advances in technology often makes them feel like they’re falling behind. But officials at the AFRO American Newspapers, which has bureaus in Washington and Baltimore, are keenly aware they must keep up in order to remain competitive in a rapidly changing newspaper environment. With that in mind, publisher Jake Oliver recently announced the paper’s launch of a new application now available for free downloading at the online Apple App Store that gives readers access to breaking news from their iPhone. Also known as a smartphone, the sleek rectangular device works more like a palmtop computer than a cell phone, and as with many smartphones, it provides owners the choice of watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web Continued on A3 By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer The AFRO American Newspapers has recently launched a job search engine on its website. As a supplement to the newspaper’s weekly print “Career Corner” employment section, the online employment center will connect readers with national and local jobs. The venue also allows job seekers to post resumes and search extensive jobs listings. During a time when African-American unemployment looms at 16 percent nationwide, the AFRO hopes to promote business and career opportunities for its readers. As the newspaper builds its jobs database, employers – searching for new hires within the minority community – are offered competitive introductory pricing. The quick, efficient self-posting process allows businesses to add their listing to the AFRO’s virtual job catalog and conveniently pay online. Companies will have the option of having their posted jobs appear exclusively on the AFRO site or have extended exposure on a nationwide network of affiliate Continued on A3

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The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011
was escorted to court Jan. 18, two days after his shocking return to the beleaguered country. Hours later, Haitian prosecutors charged the ousted leader with corruption, AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery theft and Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude misappropriation "Baby Doc" Duvalier, center, waves to of funds during his supporters from a hotel balcony after 15-year regime. his arrival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on According Jan. 16. Duvalier returned Sunday to to a statement Haiti after nearly 25 years in exile, a from his defense surprising and perplexing move that attorney Gervais comes as his country struggles with a political crisis and the stalled effort to Charles reported by The Associated recover from last year's devastating Press, a judge has earthquake. three months to determine whether a criminal case should take place. Internet tweets from Mac McClelland, a reporter stationed in Haiti by the investigative magazine Mother Jones, indicated that while Duvalier was at the courthouse his supporters were on the street calling for his release, saying, “Time is up!” After what was described by Associated Press reporter Jonathan M. Katz as an “hours long closed-court meeting,” Duvalier left the courthouse around 6 p.m. EST, McClelland tweeted. There is much speculation regarding why Duvalier has returned to Haiti now. Many outside the country are wondering if the absence of power left by the devastating earthquake a year ago and the contentious, unresolved presidential election is the reason. Still others postulate, at least according to tweets from McClelland, that he has returned to the country to die. Duvalier mysteriously arrived in Haiti Jan. 16, accompanied by his companion Veronica Roy, after 25 years of exile in France. He ruled over the island nation beginning in 1971, following the death of his father Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier and maintained power until his ouster during an uprising in 1986. Human Rights Watch and other international groups have called for the controversial leader’s arrest, saying he and his father created a vicious dynasty that ordered the death and torture of 20,000 to 30,000 Haitians. “Duvalier’s return to Haiti should be for one purpose only: to face justice,” José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director of Human Rights Watch said in a statement. “His time to be held accountable is long overdue.” He has never been prosecuted for any crimes. According to Human Rights Watch, four Haitians recently filed torture complaints against the former leader in France but charges were overturned because the country’s statue on crimes against humanity was not retroactive. Some civil leaders are urging media to focus on the devastation in Haiti – caused by a cholera outbreak, extreme poverty and slow earthquake recovery – not on Duvalier’s return. “To the extent that Baby Doc is a citizen of Haiti, many say he has the right to visit the county,” said Eric Walcott, executive director of the D.C.-based National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians. “I know there are outstanding warrants for his arrest because of crimes against humanity and it is their obligation to take a stance on that.” But the country is in dire straits, he said. “That should be the focus, not the diversion created by Baby Doc.” AFRO Executive Editor Talibah Chikwendu contributed to this article. Astronomer Unveils Revised Astrology Chart After all those years of checking your daily horoscope, you may have been following the wrong astrological sign, according to an astronomer at the Minnesota Planetarium Society. Parke Kunkle, a board member with the organization, claimed that, in the thousands of years since zodiac signs were first configured, a “wobble” in the Earth’s rotation shifted our view of the stars, making the dates of the current astrological signs inaccurate. Depending on an individual’s birthday, his or her, their true zodiac sign may in fact be the preceding one. For example, a person born on Sept. 12, who astrologists call a Virgo, may really be a Leo. Kunkle says the star’s realignment also created a 13th sign called Ophiuchus, representing those whose birthday falls between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17. “Historically, people looked at the sky to understand the world around us,” he told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “But today I don’t think people who are into astrology look at the sky very much.” Kunkle’s theory has prompted a flurry of attention and confusion, and fueled the centuries-old “beef” between astronomers and astrologers. East Coast astrologer Adam Gainsburg told the AFRO, “Western Civilization has known about this [the Earth’s wobble] since 200 A.D. He said while the Earth does “wobble,” it does not change the current zodiac calendar. And the Ophiuchus, Gainsburg said, is not a zodiac sign, just a collection of stars. He said most astronomers have “no concept of astrology.” “Astronomers have no interest in informing themselves in astrology but we always take interest in learning about astronomy.” Devine said the new astrological calendar would not even give an accurate reflection of personalities. “If you have been studying the signs like I have for 40 years, you will see the character traits (associated with the signs) won’t line-up.” Visit www.afro.com for a full list of the new astrological calendar.
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Mystery Surrounds Re-emergence of “Baby Doc” in Haiti
World awaits judge’s ruling on alleged past crimes

By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, former Haitian dictator,

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By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

A3 Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 22, 2011
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license

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Wisconsin’s Priebus Is New Chairman
By AFRO Staff Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele gave up his re-election bid on Jan. 14 after it became apparent he did not have enough votes to win another stint at the forefront of the GOP. Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus won with 97 votes over second-place finisher Saul Anuzis. After a fourth round of Courtesy Photos voting, Steele watched his Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who numbers declinewellaas her brother, Jason. was killed, as for third consecutive time and decided the AFRO earlier last week, as to throw his support behind Steele touted the progress the plate X584859 was found on the body of Steele gave Maria Cino.her 7-year-olda Republican Party made under nephew Monday, just stepped Chicago’s West Side after short speech when hehours his leadership. after his body was found in the policefeel good.aWhat’s call aside, saying that now was a “I received 7 a.m. not time for a new direction. to feel good about?” Steele “Two years, we’ve had a good time. We’ve done a lot of good things,” Steele told RNC members according to ABC News. “The party wants to do something a little bit different and hopefully a little bit better.” His comments come in stark contrast to what he told

Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified

from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered “We took a moribund, said. to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed that was demoralized party with the boy’s body inside and is being touted around the country as processed by evidence technian endangered species just two cians and workers. The a lot of years ago and through body was later removed andlot of to effort and by taking a taken the Cook turned itMedical risks we County around.” Examiner’s office. Steele found himself in Hudson and other family plenty of hot water during members arrived at the Medical his tenure, office mid-afterExaminer’s however, for noon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted

“The party wants a technocrat - somebody who won’t be in the media.” “She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
blunders in the media such video screen, the familylines as going against party chose the latter. According to the and maligning Arizona Tribune, Hudson said,that Gov. Jan Brewer for “Yes, that’s him.” state’s Immigration law. Alongside his perceived lack

ACORN Fights Back
By Alan King Continued from A1 AFRO Staff Writer

Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
No wonder Obama’s campaign is and Dallas Cowboys players trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to of their income. Also, mid-sized companies Never not afford that as a election officials. in 10 years. We could Organized with ACORN.” Presidential candidate John will be chargedon ACORN –worker if theysaid thosecountry.”who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Hurd workers, McCain’s attack $2,000 per don’t provide federal health care were doingfor things without subsidies those Ruppersberger told health fairtaught classes long and deep. He attendees Associated Community ACORN’s knowledge or permis- about a possible repeal of Organization for all employees. Reform Now – “not to worry” for ACORN. They even endorsed sion, were him for President. confirms thefederal measure’s benefits far fired. health care reform in the House because But the success of the “The evidence that has sur- survivenow ACORN is in trouble. But a Senate vote or organization, the head of the outweigh any negatives, said Ruppersberger. it would not faced so far showspresidential veto. Reporter: There are at least they faked group says. “The average family pays over $13,000 11 that this health care bill for “This is testimony to the work “If we to get paid for work they annual premiums,” he said. forms did “I feel stronglyinvestigations across the country said. we’ve done and success we’ve be didn’t do, not to stuff ballot forward,” he involving thousands of nothing, the premiums would $25,000 will move boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had Continued from A1 new votselves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. It concluded, “Neither and sending e-mails and text much,” said Robinson. “They Pressuring bankswhere they buy the AFRO to issue risky that someone’s running scared ACORN nor its systems loans. Nationwide up.” Oliver because of messages. ACORN’s success.” have operating employees have normally pick it voter fraud. been found guilty of, or to be Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who running for “[The iPhoneisapplication] that are usually going even said. “But additionally, this charged with, casting fraudulent BlindiPhone applicationfor president on the first step for is an important Republican tick- Android, Windows or Safari new ambition. Too risky votes.” means that they run America. et, in our quest ACORN in the lashed out at to make the us - which will facilitate greater access final debate against Barack AFRO far more available on The problem came aboutgive to the growing volume of their own networks to primarily because of the to Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the have to people who need togroup “is owners better accesswaymany current late breaking news ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than quick access to their news,” of the latest applications.” we continue to post on our rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in Oliver said. While of them poor or unem- racist mail. readers’ access to website. ple, many voter history in this country, AFRO Web manager of the newto sign up new voters. application would “Among the many ployed, The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric William Parschalk added not necessarilyhelp the AFRO put both those programs we currently have The idea was to debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” thatFactcheck.org, a non-partisan aheadregistered and those doing the new application will on the drawing board is the being of the times, being organization’s Boston and Seattle enable readers full access to the registration. newspaper to first Black ultimate expansion of this the offices and stole computers. Web site, found those claims to news from District “no evishowcase this technological a new a Cleveland representative Maud explained, “We have After iPhone application to be “exaggerated,” with of Columbia, Princedemocracyinnovation nevertheless other smartphone platforms zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such George’s ate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” County and Baltimore, as makes this a significant event. sent to the local office saying and and eventually to the iPad she Most not too manyneglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain well as sports and national “It’s news account other tablet formats as well. point out that we’re aware of A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were is a great way issues. “Thispolitically motivat- weekliesthat ACORN is Our objective continues to required by law to applications ed. for us to connect with readers that have iPhone turn in all reg- received a threatening call saybe to expansively deliver the istration forms. And I can She said, “Because said. on the go,” Parschalkit’s lowat all, and as far as they also fail ing, “We know you getthe our information news to off work to note that the first Africanit was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people,as “We’d like readers to have tell, we’re community “ tion, in many instances, that first A caller to one office left a and people of as possible to many optionscolor, I believe the American newspaper to have brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those access their AFRO news...as such,” Oliver said. “But to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote new technology and mediums we’ve always recognized The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not necesof communication continue to new interested in those fine an isn’t technology as being Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” open up.” is no stranger to important tool to better serve points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN Oscar Robinson, a Radio the ads that seek to link Obama ing ever changing needs of nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. Shack manager theNortheast to ACORN, thereby For 38 years, in non-partisan our readership.” undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are Washington,has fought for social his Oliver assured that political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to organization said smartphones McCain: I’m of the hell. All the niggers on oak trees. are becoming justice for lowimplementationJohn McCain and economic the latest trend and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income among cellular customers. application will have no Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With essentially “All phones are 400,000 membearing on readers who prefer eys, they’re going to get assassiObama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” ber families organized into becoming smartphones more hard copies of the AFRO. baptism will still at able Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood because they can do so chap“Peopleperformed be warp to speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. guys just (expletive deleted) its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare Continued from A1 for the branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organnews voter registration drives. “We believe this was asked to impressive that he is a great all you guys do. And then suck izing sites. opportunity for making these train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut“[Thishas been as withering none is] just another way baseless asthe digital interactionsACORN in almost What did easy and Chicago one else to pay for your hospital and of using this one. environment to focus election instantaneous.” banks. engage in? Bullying bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidential Intimidation tactics.about the your kids die. That’s the best less than of weeks away, on some twothe pressing To learn more Disruption of business. employment center, move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege needs of the businesses the new online ACORN forced banks go to risky home call Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- pleaseto issueafro.com orloans. and the unemployed in our The same types Department sive voter registration fraud community,” said AFRO after the Advertisingof loans that at bills for them. 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posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace blog, she thanked fans and supporters for their prayers and offered a $100,000 reward to of fundraising success for anyone who returned the boy the party, many Republican alive. insiders saw the need for Since the investigation, change. Hudson – who gained stardom “Everyone is basically after appearing on “American working around him,” former Idol,” and then won an GOP Rep. Vin Weber of Academy Award for her role in Minnesota told The Associated the movie Dreamgirls – has Press six months before stayed out of the public eye. Steele bowed out of the race. The Chicago Tribune report“Republicans Jennnifer put Julian King, have sort of Hudson’s nephew. ed that a parade of cars moved together a mode of operation slowly past her family’s home forA spokesman cycle that does the murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the this election for the office told put the RNC chairman not the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after news vans, reporters and curiin a central role. That’s not ous onlookers. Wisconsin’s Reince Priebus the optimal way of handling Neighbors stood quietly and will replace Michael Steele things. But in a very strange reflected AP Photo on the (pictured) as GOP chairman. way that gives him some “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted violence. protection because there’s no ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackIn front of “You will the media. Jackson said.the Hudson’s urgency to replace him—no “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets [Priebus] not hear people talk about matter how grave of a misstep that“Furthermore, he to both ly,” the spokesman said. “It he pleaded guilty and hooded sweatshirts came to will be in 1999. He was also the won he made.” was obviously a very emotional charges horrible in the media,” kiss races wewhite under barthe twin Jackson continued. “He’s not his chairmanship. crosses All the Republican strategist moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of coverage will a great public motor vehicle. negative media Donerson and Raynard Jacksonson ofPriebus’ sion of a stolenspeaker.” said Julia The boy – the Jason. Jackson agreed that Steele victory Jennifer’s that – had Hudson,is evidencesister the He was released from prison in overshadow what he was able “Everybody is sick of going made great contributions, to accomplish.” party is looking to re-evaluate 2006 after serving seven years been missing since Friday, through stuff like this,” Artisha but in attempted murder and Steele said he had of the the duties of the chairman. when a relative found Julian’s for the the end, wasn’t able to West, a former residentother overcome his mistakes. things up his sleeve in case he “His election tells grandmother, Darnell me that car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boybe remembered “He’ll remained missing didn’t stick together. All these no one will know what he’s have towin. He said “there’s Jason Hudson, 29, shot “The for all a controversy in always something to do. doing,” Jackson said. to death throughthelong weekendfrom young children are dying, and in his grandmother’s home- in which police and volunteers the verbal gaffes to the “I always party wants a technocrat for what?” have a plan B, C the 7000 block of South Yale money mismanagement,” and D ... I’m not going away.” somebody who won’t be in Avenue. An Amber Alert – a designation for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday after Julian was discovered Continued from A1 missing after the murders. Police arrested William city avoided a double-dip Kleine said the looming effort last year; I don’t know Balfour, the missing boy’s steprecession and the Gross $80 million deficit equates what is left to do…We need father and estranged husband Domestic Product, or the to 1,066 police officer to look at projections again to of Julia, at his girlfriend’s market value of goods and positions, 1,200 firefighters make sure we aren’t being too Southside apartment several services within the city, and 30 percent of the current pessimistic.” hours after the murders. is gaining mother, Michele, has workforce, excluding fire Calls to the Mayor’s Balfour’smomentum. “There is going to be growth, but and police, comparisons that Office for comment were told reporters that her son had it’s going do with the Kleine not immediately returned by nothing to to be slow,”slayings. incensed Councilman James said, but even its slow growth JasonD-1. AFRO deadline. Balfour remains a suspect in Kraft, Hudson will create jobs. “This creates an Gov. Martin O’Malley Still, the city has $786.7 atmosphere of fear,” he said, reveals the state budget this million set aside for service glaring at Kleine. “Everyone week, which has a gloomy operations this year and an knows we aren’t going to cut $1.6 billion projected expected gap of $154 million 1,000 police officers.” deficit. Kleine said although SQUARE HIGH O’Malley promised not by 2014. Councilwoman Mary Pat “This gives you a sense Clarke, D-14, concurred, to shift teacher pension of the challenge that lies “This is the year when we costs to localities, the state ahead, but of course that can’t have to tighten our belts… Legislature is sure to cut other happen,” Kleine said. We don’t want residents municipality aid. By law, city officials to think we balance these “It’s just a matter of the must have a balanced budget shortcomings on the backs magnitude,” he said, adding ON THE LIST by June 30, the endBREAD of the of public safety and we don’t NOThe expects a $22 million fiscal year. Kleine said he want our financial process reduction in state aid over the must present a balanced equated to fire and police.” next three years. That would city account to the Board of She said she was not aware push Baltimore’s shortfall Estimates by March. the city would face another well over $100 million. LEFT RIGHT impact of this “I think we have a tougher year of a “sizable” deficit. “The budget than last year,” he “There is nothing more to recession is going to live said. raise [in taxes] that I foresee,” with us for a very long time,” In a slide presentation, she said. “We gave our best Kleine said.

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The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011

Chicago Architect Opening Doors for Minority Women
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer She wasn’t designed with a burning passion for it or mesmerized by fancy symbols and perpendicular designs on her way through adolescence. She didn’t boldly choose calibrators over corsages or tape measures over tennis shoes, but after Dina Griffin was formally introduced to architecture, she knew it was her career path. Griffin found architecture shortly before she found a high school diploma as a teenager growing up in Chicago, Ill. The school curriculum offered an industrial education or home economics course and Griffin skipped the latter to avoid her disdain for baking and cooking. At most, she hoped to learn more about welding. That semester, however, her industrial education class happened to be teaching architectural drafting—and an architect was born. Now, Griffin, 47, is at the head at one of Chicago’s leading architectural firms, Interactive Design (IDEA), a small, 10-person organization in which half of the staff are women. Licensed in architecture since 1994, Griffin was recruited by the firm’s former president to come over in 1998 where she later became president only a year later. Under her direction, IDEA has gravitated to new heights as the company has worked on a series of designs, including commercial projections, museums, fire stations, zoos, institutional projects, schools and libraries. The only thing the firm doesn’t blueprint is singlefamily residential homes, an aspect that’s currently not in development due to the size of the staff. “We’re 10 people and we don’t want to grow that much

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Bowie State ROTC Program Mentors Baltimore City Elementary Students
The ROTC Bulldog Battalion at Bowie State University recently hosted a group of more than 50 students from The Young 500 program at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, located in Baltimore City, to introduce them to military careers including a campus tour and group sessions of push-ups and flutter-kick exercises. The elementary school students learned about Bowie State University’s campus during a tour. Following the tour, the group gathered in the Theodore McKeldin Gymnasium where they competed in a push-up contest where students were given one minute to do as many correct push-ups as possible. The top three students, including one who completed 60 push-ups, were awarded T-shirts while the entire group was given additional Bowie State memorabilia. The students were provided lunch while professor of military science for the University, Maj. Timothy Blackwell addressed the group. “The day served as an excellent mentoring opportunity for students at the elementary level,” said Maj. Blackwell in a prepared statement. “The ROTC students at the University are setting an example for these children to follow and we hope they will remember this experience when they graduate from high school and begin to make important decisions about continuing their education.” The Young 500 program promotes academic enhancement and interest in higher education. Bowie State University’s Army ROTC program plans to continue the partnership with this group as a way to provide direction and motivation to America’s youth.



Baltimore County Teacher Named State’s Only Milken Award Winner
A fourth-grade teacher from Woodholme Elementary School in Owings Mills was recently named Maryland’s only recipient of this year’s prestigious $25,000 Milken Educator Award. McKinley Broome, a teacher for six years in Baltimore County, learned of the award during a school-wide assembly and academic pep rally hosted by Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston and State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. The 28-year-old Owings Mills resident seemed stunned when Grasmick announced his name to a raucous gymnasium full of Woodholme staff, dignitaries from across Baltimore County, past Milken winners, and the school’s 820 cheering students. The national award comes with a $25,000 prize and participation in a national education conference in Los Angeles in the spring. “It is wonderful that this exemplary educator is one of 55 new teachers across the country to receive a Milken Educator Award,” said Grasmick in a press statement. “I am extremely impressed by McKinley Broome’s long range instructional leadership and efforts. His visible dedication and enthusiasm for teaching Maryland’s young – from providing professional development to his fellow colleagues to playing an intricate role in the elevation of MSA scores – are paramount to the undeniable success of Woodholme Elementary School’s students.” Broome’s honor makes him the only educator in Maryland to receive a Milken this year. Hailed as the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken Educator Awards recognize the importance of outstanding educators and encourages young people to enter teaching. “McKinley Broome demonstrates the high level of talent and dedication we expect from all our teachers,” said Dr. Hairston in a press release. “His well-deserved honor reflects on all of our teachers and on the importance of having creative, dynamic educators in every classroom.” A fourth-grade teacher and sixth-year educator, Broome has already captured Rookie Teacher of the Year honors from the Teachers Association of Baltimore County and been a finalist

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Students surround Woodholme Elementary teacher McKinley Broome after news of his $25,000 teachers award. for the countywide teacher of the year. He has been nominated for four straight years for the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce’s Award for Excellence, Broome has been a curriculum presenter for new teachers, a pilot teacher for the school system, and a teacher mentor. A graduate of Towson and Salisbury universities, he decided to teach fourth-graders in college because he believes it’s at that age that children begin to become more independent and receptive to the impressions they receive from the world around them. Broome is the first Milken Award winner from Baltimore County since 2005 and 2004, when Kelly Smith of Dulaney High School and Deirdre Austen of Lutherville Laboratory were honored with back-to-back recognitions. The largest teacher recognition program in the nation, the Milken Awards provide public recognition and an unrestricted financial award of $25,000. He will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles in the spring to participate in the Milken Educator Forum.

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Students from Baltimore City’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary School participate in a push-up contest during a recent visit to Bowie State University’s campus.

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The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011

Community Calendar
Jan. 21-22 Towson University Jazz Festival Towson University, Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 8000 York Road, Towson, Md. 7 p.m. This two-day jazz event will feature Towson University’s Jazz Faculty Quintet, renowned saxophonist Jeff Coffin and more. For more information: www.towson. edu/music/jazzfestival/. Jan. 22 Volunteer Tax Preparation Enoch Pratt Free Library, Brooklyn Branch, 300 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers from AARP will help prepare your tax return on Saturdays in January and February. For more information: 410-396-1120. Jan. 23 Comedy Show Si Salsa Bar & Grille Café, 1700 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, Md. 6 p.m. A host of well-known comedians are set to perform at this laugh-out-loud event. $20-$25. For more information: 410-808-5808. Jan. 24 Get Fit at Your Library Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St., Baltimore. 12-2 p.m. Get your Monday workout to popular hip-hop, African and Caribbean rhythms. For more information: 410-396-6053. Jan. 25 The Life of Rev. James W.C. Pennington Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 7 p.m. Join Dean Herrin of the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies, for a lecture about the Rev. James W.C. Pennington, a fugitive slave and Marylander who became one of the most distinguished Black leaders of his generation. $5. Free for members and volunteers. For more information: 443263-1816. Jan. 26 Dr. Lawrence P. Jackson Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 7 p.m. Dr. Lawrence P. Jackson will discuss his new book, The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of AfricanAmerican Writers and Critics, 1934-1960. For more information: 410-396-5430. Cardio Bellydance Laurel Community Center, 7901 Cypress St., Laurel, Md. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Spice up your workout and learn the basics of belly dancing. $10-$15. For more information: 240-462-1152. Jan. 28 Brencore Entertainment/ Double Tree Hotel Live Jazz & R&B Double Tree Columbia Hotel, Morgan’s Lounge, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, Md. 8-11 p.m. Witness the top jazz bands from the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas and enjoy great food, great drinks and more. $10. For more information: www.brencore. com. Jan. 29 Jumpstart Your Dream Workshop Spiritual Empowerment Center, 2129 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 11 a.m.1 p.m. Dreams Work Consulting Concept will host a workshop aiming to help participants ignite their dreams. $25. For more information: 443-509-6897 Booklovers’ Breakfast 2011 Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Victoria Rowell, star of the popular TV show “The Young and the Restless,” will speak about her book, The Woman Who Raised Me, at this literary event. $40. For more information: 410-396-5494. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Druid Hill Family Center YMCA, 1609 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore. 9-10:30 a.m. In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, the Y of Central Maryland will host a breakfast to kick off a series of community events that benefit the revitalization of the Druid Hill Family Center Y and youth programming in Baltimore City. Dr. Carnell Cooper, associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and founder of the Baltimore City Violence Protection Program, will speak at the event. $20. For more information: www. ymaryland.org.


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It’s About What Kind of Country We Want to Be
Last week, Americans watched as the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives began a concerted effort to destroy one of President Obama’s signature initiatives – The Affordable Care Act. We need to be clear about all that is at stake. Every senator and representative has been educated about the mortal consequences of our flawed health care system, so none of us can plead ignorance as an excuse. When we look deeply into our hearts, we know that even one death that could have been prevented would be unacceptable. Yet, the harsh reality that we are struggling to overcome is far worse. The National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine has been informing us for some time that at least 18,000 Americans die every year because they lack the affordable health insurance that could have allowed them to survive. Elijah Cummings When I speak to opponents of The Affordable Care Act, I tell them of the neighbors I see every day who are walking around with cancer – and must choose between feeding their families and the treatment they need. In response to my testimony, all too often, the health care opponents’ eyes glass over. As scripture tells us, their “hearts have become hardened.” Nowhere in America is the “butcher’s bill” from our flawed health care system worse than in minority communities. That is why we must not allow the suffering in our midst to become lost in a blizzard of statistics and competing claims. As Dr. Lesley Russell observed in a recent monograph for the Center for American Progress, “The Affordable Care Act will improve health coverage and access to health services for all Americans, [and] especially for people of color.” Her article summarizes what so many African Americans already know from our own lives. Currently, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than one-half of America’s uninsured. Without The Affordable Care Act, we will continue to be more likely to be denied adequate health insurance coverage and continue to have higher rates of infant mortality, disease and disability. Without substantial reform, we will continue to be less likely to receive the life-prolonging benefits of preventive health screenings, regular health care and necessary medications that can prolong our lives. To be certain, arguments about the impact of The Affordable Care Act upon jobs and our national budget are relevant. Personally, I am convinced that supporters make the better case. For me, however, there is a larger, more compelling question – and a far more clear-cut answer. Our ongoing debate about universal access to high-quality, affordable health care comes down to a straightforward moral determination. What value will we, as a society, decide to place on saving a human life? In the resolution of this fundamental, moral debate, America’s minority citizens must remain unafraid to lift our own voices about the critical importance of reform in our own lives. As most Americans realize, the objective of our legislation is to expand health coverage to at least 32 million people who currently have no insurance, providing financial assistance to help those with lower incomes purchase their coverage. Although our strategy is being implemented over several years, I am deeply gratified that our progress toward this goal is already being felt in our community. More children are being insured; our seniors are receiving free preventive care and facing a smaller “donut hole” in their prescription coverage; insurance plans for the uninsured with pre-existing conditions are being provided; young people are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. Fewer people with insurance are seeing their insurance canceled when they get sick – and the annual and lifetime limits on coverage are being eliminated. We also are determined to expand access to the primary care and medical homes (including federally qualified health centers) that can better ensure a regular source of care. In the ongoing national effort to eliminate racially based health disparities, I was proud to have contributed personally to placing the Office of Minority Health within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Affordable Care Act includes many more examples of constructive change, but the moral boundaries of this health care debate should now be clear for all to see. As President Obama once observed, “It’s about what kind of country [we] want to be.” Congressman Elijah E. Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.


January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011, The Afro-American


Scott Sisters, Free at Last

This month, Jaime and Gladys Scott walked out of prison 16 years after they first entered. Their double-life sentences Ben Wrobel were criticized as indicative of the egregious sentencing in our criminal justice system, and their release by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was hailed as a long-overdue victory for justice, as well as an example of a governor using his commutation powers to right a wrong. “I have no doubt that the reason the governor let them out is that this is a grave injustice,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, who advocated strongly on the sisters’ behalf. “We need more days like this in Mississippi. We need more days like this in this country.” The sisters’ release marks the end of a grassroots campaign led by a coalition of concerned individuals and groups, including the sisters’ family Evelyn Rasco and Nancy Lockhart, their attorney Chokwe Lumumba, the national NAACP, the Mississippi NAACP State Conference and other organizations. Supporters from around the country brought attention to the sisters’ imprisonment and petitioned Gov. Barbour for their freedom. “This is a result of all of the individuals across this state and across the country who saw injustice in what was taking place and gave voice to it,” said Mississippi NAACP State Conference President Derrick Johnson. “This is a great day to let us know that if we stick together, work together, we can make mighty things happen.” Jamie and Gladys were each arrested as teenagers for a first-time offense in which no one was hurt and court records maintain that little more than $10 was stolen. The sisters were convicted of luring two men to be robbed by three teenage boys. The boys each received eight years and served fewer than three. The sisters’ case has become increasingly tragic and urgent over the years. While in prison, Jamie lost the use of both her kidneys. “They have served more time than they should have served,” Lumumba said. After leaving prison, the sisters returned to Pensacola, Fla., where their mother and children live. Jamie has three children, ages 23, 20 and 17, and two grandchildren, ages 5 and 3. Gladys has two children, ages 22 and 15 and two grandchildren, ages 7 and 4.

Jealous said that the NAACP will continue to ensure that the sisters receive the best medical care available, and Lumumba said he would help the sisters seek a full pardon. “Our next step is to ensure that the sisters get the health Courtesy Photo care that they need, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, left, Jaime and ultimately, the Scott, NAACP’s Kim Keenan, Gladys Scott and NAACP’s Derrick full pardon they Johnson deserve,” Jealous said. According to Jealous, the sisters’ release speaks to the urgent need for the work the NAACP and its allies have been doing for more than a century to encourage governors and presidents to use their clemency powers to advance justice. “The case of the Scott sisters gives hope to others who are unjustly imprisoned,” Jealous said. “During the past few weeks, two governors released Black Americans who had been railroaded by our nation’s criminal justice system. One week before the Scott sisters were released, New York Gov. David Paterson commuted the sentence of John White, a man who was defending his family. We hope that this trend continues in other cases, such as the case of John McNeil, a Georgia man who was given a life sentence for defending his home.” Ben Wrobel is a press assistant with the NAACP.

Equality Works… African-American Male Students are Proving it in Baltimore County
I have good news to report that contradicts the notion that our public schools are failing and young Black men cannot achieve academically. According to, “The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males 2010,” Baltimore County Public Schools has the highest graduation rate of African-American males among large school districts in the country, a rate that continues to increase. Despite the headlines to the contrary, young Black males are achieving academically in Baltimore County. They are taking and passing advanced placement courses and going on to higher education in greater numbers than a decade ago. What is most important about this good news is how it informs the current debate about the core purpose and direction of public education. Let me explain. As a lifelong educator, I have always approached public schooling with a simple philosophy: to educate all students who walks through our doors to the best of their abilities. Here in Baltimore County we sum it up with a How we do this will determine if the next generation of American youth will have the skills to reason, compete, and thrive in a world where tens of millions of students in countries like China and India are performing better than Americans in almost every measurable academic category. It may well decide if our American middle class will recover from the great recession or if the growing ranks of the working poor will increase. It will more than likely determine if we are a country that builds more prisons to house the unemployable or high-tech factories to create the green energy products of the future. That’s why when I recently spoke to a group of young African-American students in Annapolis, I told them to ignore the labels and the public discourse that characterizes them as unable to achieve. I made it abundantly clear that in Baltimore County we have the same expectations for them as we have for everyone, and those expectations are accompanied with equal and commensurate access to resources to achieve. Public education can and should be the one place where the common good and equal effort prevails. If we are going to win the hearts and minds of today’s students, they have to understand this very basic concept that is at the root of democracy, a concept that has served students well in Baltimore County. We not only have the highest graduation rate of African-American males among the country’s largest school districts, we have, for all students, a high graduation rate that continues to rise and out-pace national averages. Students of every race, creed and color take and pass advanced placement courses at rates higher than the national average. Roughly 85 percent of our students enroll in higher education programs after graduation. Seventy percent are still enrolled two years later. The point is that public education can work if we don’t pick and choose whom we wish to teach. We can’t privatize one school and leave another to fail, as Howe and Strauss rightly point out in their book, Millennials Rising. Just as our country thrives on inclusivity, our efforts as public educators are more effective if everyone is held to the same standards and has access to the same opportunities. That’s why we have to define our purpose on why we educate at all. For public education to succeed, it must be rooted in the mission of our country in general, to provide opportunity for all. Joe A. Hairston, Ed.D., is the superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools.

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motto: “All means all.” As simple as it sounds, it represents an increasingly complex task when measured against the growing diversity of our country, the increase in childhood poverty, and the globally competitive marketplace for which they must prepare. In the Baltimore County Public School System, for example, a greater percentage of our students require subsidized school lunches each year. In other words, students are coming into the system, poorer. We also are educating a more diverse student body, with ethnic minorities soon to become the majority in a school system that includes more than 120 nationalities. Meanwhile, the same students who 30 years ago could walk into a relatively high-paid manufacturing job at the former GM plant in our county or the soon-to-be-defunct Bethlehem Steel plant now have to compete with workers around the world for far more complex jobs that require a greater variety of skills. Truth be told, the purpose of public education is nothing short of taking on all these unwieldy trends and creating a generation that can and must succeed.


The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 22, 2011

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January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011, The Afro-American


The Edmonson High School Marching Band

Photos by Webster Phillips III

Catherine Curran O’Malley, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

A member of the Zydeco Cowboys

Young NAACP members participate in the parade festivities

Members of the Dream Nation Advanced Performing Unit from Baltimore

Members of the Northeast Chargers football league Members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Deitra Norton and her family

The MATHS Marching Panthers

A high school band from Mason City, Iowa, performs

Baltimoreans from diverse backgrounds gathered at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street on Jan. 16 to honor one of America’s most recognized icons. The 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade celebrated the life, legacy and memory of the slain civil rights leaders and brought out Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and a cross-section of the city’s population. Organizations like the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and local high school bands added fanfare to the event, while large, colorful floats entertained adults and children alike.

Relatives huddle in the cold while enjoying the sights and sounds of the MLK parade.

The parade kickoff

Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D.

Music was provided by the Unified Voices and directed by Dr. Gregory W. Branch.

Anthony McCarty and Bernard C. “Jack” Young, president, Baltimore City Council, joined with the audience in the singing of “Life Every Voice and Sing.”

Sen. Barbara Mikulski was recognized for her service to the Johns Hopkins Administration

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin was a keynote speaker. Swanzeta Nciweni, transplant information systems specialist, Johns Hopkins Health System received Community Service Award

Fanon Hill, materials handler, University Administration, recipient of Community Service Award

Dorothy Johnson, Phyllis Anderson and Dr. Homer E. Favor Shirley Sherrod, former U.S. Department of Agriculture official, was one of the keynote speakers

Ronald J. Daniels, president, Johns Hopkins University

The Martin Luther King Jr. 29th Commemoration, organized by Dr. Levi Watkins, featured two significant keynote speakers, Dr. Regina Benjamin, surgeon general of the United States, and Shirley Sherrod, former official, Department of Agriculture, who was forced to resign from her position as Georgia state director of rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The theme: “Strength to Love…A Legacy for the Kings: a Future for America,” was addressed eloquently by the speakers in the Turner Auditorium at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. The Unified Voices, led by Dr. Gregory W. Branch, M.B.A, C.P.E., gave a rousing performance, which was enthusiastically received by the audience. Six community service awards were presented to Johns Hopkins University and Medical Centers employees.

Dr. Levi Watkins

Ann Marie LeeWilkins, patient care manager, received the community Service Award from Dr. Ed Miller, CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine


The Afro-American, January 22, 2011 - January 28, 2011


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Hue Jackson Named 15th Black Head Coach in NFL History
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Former Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Hue Jackson became the 15th African-American head coach in NFL history after his latest promotion from Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Jackson, 45, served as the Raiders offensive coordinator in 2010 under former head coach Tom Cable. He ran Courtesy Photo the play calling duties for the Raiders last Hue Jackson is the third Black NFL head coach season, leading them to more than twice named this year. as many points in 2010 as they scored in ‘09. Jackson’s rejuvenated offensive unit helped Oakland win eight games last year, avoiding an eighth straight losing season. Before he joined the Raiders, he served as the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach from 2008-‘09, helping develop third-year quarterback Joe Flacco into one of the top productive passers in the league. “I’m excited about Hue getting the head coaching job,” Raiders tight end Zach Miller told ESPN in a phone interview. “I really like the direction our offense is going and how much we improved. This was the best offensive year we’ve had since I’ve been a Raider. I’m excited to have the continuity.” Jackson is now the third Black NFL head coach named this year, following the Minnesota Vikings’ Leslie Frazier and the Denver Broncos’ Eric Studesville, both named interim head coach for their teams during the ’10 season. Frazier was named the Vikings’ permanent head coach on Jan. 3, while Studesville went back to his former position as the Broncos’ running backs coach after John Fox was named the new head coach last week. There are now seven African-American head coaches currently in the league, including Jackson, Frazier, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, the Indianapolis Colts’ Jim Caldwell, the Chicago Bears’

Forest Park to Represent as Team USA in Can-Am Youth Jamboree
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The Forest Park Black Hawks Little League Football club participated in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade held in downtown Baltimore on Jan. 17. MLK’s birthday is one of many reasons the Black Hawks have to celebrate at the start of this year. Forest Park’s 10-andunder football team earned a perfect 18-0 record last season and won the Under Armour American Youth Football National Championship held in Orlando, Fla. in December 2010. When Black Hawks vice president and 10- and- under

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coach Curtis Covington traveled back to Florida to attend the AYF awards ceremony on Jan.7, he expected his team would get awarded for winning the championship. But he never thought they would name him and his coaching staff the AYF Coach of the Year. “I was surprised, man. But it feels great,” Covington said. “It’s a humbling experience because there were over 140 other coaches in the tournament. I’m just proud of my guys and our kids for the great job they do.” But the honors didn’t stop there for Forest Park. The Black Hawks have been selected to represent TeamUSA in the 2011 Can-Am Youth Football Jamboree held in Montreal, Canada. “We can’t wait to make this event happen, and we’re still doing the Hall of Fame Youth Football Jamboree in Canton, Ohio, again,” Covington said. “This is going to be a fun year.”

“I really like the direction our offense is going and how much we improved. This was the best offensive year we’ve had since I’ve been a Raider.”

Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raheem Morris. David Shaw, another former Ravens assistant coach, was also recently hired as head coach of Stanford University’s football team. Shaw, a 38-year-old African American, served as offensive coordinator under former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was just named the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Shaw not only served the last four years on Stanford’s football coaching staff, but is also a former player and graduate of the university. He served from 2002-’04 as the Ravens receivers/quarterbacks coach. “David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizational abilities to be a tremendous head coach,” said Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby via Stanford University’s athletic website. “He understands the combination of world class academics and world class athletics that is required at Stanford.”

Hampton and Morgan State Top HBCU Basketball Power Rankings
By Donal Ware Special to the AFRO Fuquay-Varina, N.C. - Hampton and Morgan State are atop the Boxtorow.com HBCU Division I national basketball power ranking poll, while Xavier (La.) remains on top in the Division II/NAIA poll. Hampton and Morgan State received an equal amount of first and second place votes to tie for the No. 1 spot. Bethune-Cookman (8-8) moves up one spot from last week to No. 3 and remains undefeated in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. BCC is also one of the hottest teams having reeled off five-straight victories. Jackson State went 1-1 last week and dropped to No. 4, while Tennessee State remained No. 5. In the Division II/NAIA top 10 poll, Xavier (La.) received all but one first place vote to keep the top spot. WinstonSalem State has won five of its last six and moved up one spot from last week to No. 2. Bowie State received the other first place vote and is No. 3. Tougaloo moved up two spots to No. 4, while Shaw dropped three spots to No. 5. Of the five remaining teams, West Virginia State and Cheyney State made the most significant jumps, the Yellow Jackets moving up two spots to No. 6, while the Wolves moved up three spots to No. 7. Kentucky State is tied with Cheyney at No. 7 followed by Elizabeth City State at No.9 and Texas College at No. 10.

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School/ Wins-Losses/ Points 1. Hampton/ 14-4/ 76 1. (tie) Morgan State/ 8-7/ 76 3. Bethune-Cookman/ 10-8/ 62 4. Jackson State/ 9-9/ 51 5. Tennessee State/ 8-9/ 38 Others receiving votes: North Carolina Central (7-8) 12, Coppin State (7-9) 6.

1. Xavier (La.)/ 17-2/ 59 2. Winston-Salem State/ 11-2/ 49 3. Bowie State/ 9-2/ 45 4. Tougaloo/ 12-3 / 8 5. Shaw/ 10-5/ 31 6. West Virginia State/ 10-4/ 27 7. Kentucky State/ 7-3 / 21 7. (tie) Cheyney State/ 10-3/ 21 9. Elizabeth City State/ 9-4/18 10. Texas College/ 9-6/ 13 Others receiving votes: Johnson C. Smith (7-4) 7, Virginia Union 1. The Boxtorow.com basketball poll is presented by DWCommunications, LLC parent company of FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and boxtorow.com. FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW is the nationally syndicated radio sports talk show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The voters are made up of media members from around the country who cover Division I, Division II and NAIA basketball.

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Morgan State Extends Three-Game Winning Streak
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The Morgan State University (MSU) Bears men’s basketball team extended their winning streak to three games after cruising to a 71-55 victory over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponent South Carolina State University (SCSU) on Jan. 15 at Hill Field House in Baltimore. Junior guard Aric Brooks showed off for the ESPN2 cameras that broadcast the contest nationwide, scoring a gamehigh 16 points to lead Morgan State. His teammates, junior forward Kevin Thompson and sophomore forward DeWayne Jackson, also played well, as Thompson scored 13 points and Jackson added nine points along with a career-high 10 rebounds. MSU freshman Justin Black also shot well, finishing with 11 points, while Brooks added a game-high seven assists and six points to the Bears’ total. “I felt we shared the ball more this game than we have this entire season,” said Brooks, who also recorded four assists. “I feel we have more chemistry now than we have had all season and this is good for us. We just need to continue to practice hard.” Jackson, the MEAC Freshman of the Year last season, says he is now focused on rebounding. “My teammates and coaches said that I’m not a rebounder,” the Bowie, Md. native said. “I just needed to prove them wrong, and show them I have what it takes to get on the boards.” Junior forward Omar Sanders and senior center Presano Bell led South Carolina State (5-11 overall, 1-2 MEAC) with 11 points each despite the loss. Morgan State’s win over SCSU improved their home record to 40-7 under head coach Todd Bozeman. The win also improved the Bears to 8-7 overall this season with a 4-0 MEAC record. MSU will see more conference action on Jan. 22 when they travel to Dover, Del. to face Delaware State University.

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Walk-On Before Bo Jackson and Cam Newton, Thom Gossom made history in 1970 by walking onto the Auburn football team as a wide receiver—and ended up being one of the first African Americans to integrate the team and the first African-American athlete to graduate from the nearly all-White university. Even the flap copy to his book, Walk-On, a memoir that outlines his “reluctant journey into integration,” sets the tone of his missive by stating that Gossom did not set out to be a groundbreaker or trailblazer. He didn’t apply to Auburn with the goal of integrating the team or being the first Black anything from the almost all-White college. He was talented and smart—and he just had a love of football and really wanted to play at Auburn. Earning a scholarship after one season, he became the teams’ best receiver and a three-year starter. “I always knew I would write this book,” said Gossom in a prepared statement. “It was evident by what we were going through that history was being made, and it needed to be chronicled. Sometimes I’m not sure that within the sports industry today, athletes have a good sense of what barriers were being broken and what myths debunked that paved the way for their success and place on the team. I wanted my book to tell a story that respected the times, and chronicled one of the biggest cultural changes since the Civil Rights Movement.” Walk-On is also a testament to Auburn’s courage as sports pioneers. “Auburn signed the first black basketball and football players in the deep south, knowing it would not be a smooth journey to today,” said Gossom Final word: Heart-warming underdog story particularly touching for sports enthusiasts Available now at Borders Books and online at Amazon and bestgurl.com. Nigger for Life Born and raised in Warren, Ohio, Nigger for Life author Neal Hall is the textbook definition of an American success. Hall attended Cornell University where he excelled at school and garnered much in the nature of sports accolades. He went on to receive a medical degree from Michigan State and his ophthalmology surgery subspecialty training from Harvard University. Despite his track record of accomplishments, Hall believes some Americans will still see him as a “nigger for life.” The poetry book explores Hall’s painful realization of an “unspoken America” where he is judged primarily by his skin color and not his Ivy League education and intelligence. Noted scholar Cornel West praised the book, saying Hall’s “poetry has the capacity to change ordinary people’s philosophy on social and racial issues.”

Janet Jackson Set to Rock DMV
From the sultry “Anytime, Anyplace” to the upbeat “Escapade,” Janet Jackson’s fans in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area will enjoy an intense lineup of the multitalented star’s biggest hits when she heads to DAR Constitution Hall March 22. The legendary icon took the suggestions of her fans to heart and after her start in Asia, she will be bringing the tour to the United States and Canada. Jackson will perform songs from her 35 No.1 hits in 35 global cities. This tour will differ from her previous concert schedules in that she will perform music exclusively from her charttopping CD Number Ones. There will also be a focus on venues that will allow Janet to be up close and personal in an intimate setting. In each selected city, Jackson will offer something new, ensuring no two shows are alike. According to event organizers, “This tour is Janet more revealed, more intimate, and more personal than ever before. Don’t look for special effects. Just listen to and look at Janet, as you have never seen her before.” Janet Jackson The Gary, Ind., native expressed

her gratitude and excitement for the upcoming show with the following statement: “I thank my fans who have voted and helped me choose the cities we are announcing today. Each of you are so important to me,” said Jackson. “These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done. I will be as up close and personal as possible. These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years. I’ll be singing and dancing from my heart. The music will all be songs that you’ve made number ones for me.” Janet will also select the first fan winner from each of the selected cities. The winner will be announced on www.JanetJackson.com and will receive an autographed copy of Number Ones and an autographed copy of her upcoming book, True You,which hits stands Feb. 8. Published by Karen Hunter Publishing – an imprint of Gallery Books at Simon & Schuster – True You reveals Jackson’s unique, insider’s perspective on dieting and exercise with help from her personal nutritionist, David Allen. True You also chronicles the famed singer’s lifelong struggles with weight and self-esteem. The book is a self-help/esteem book where Janet will use anecdotes from her real life to illustrate the power of self-esteem and how she struggles and her continued growth as an artist and a woman. For more information about Jackson’s visit to D.C, see janetjackson.com.

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Final word: Striking, rare look at America through the viewpoint of a Black surgeon/poet/activist For more information visit surgeon-poet.com. WAKE UP! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now! Who would have thought that a trash-filled lot, a lot that was reserved by the city for newlyconstructed homes for lowincome families, across the street from Gary McAbee’s Jersey City, N.J., home would be the inspiration for a book? “I was tired of seeing my people – my high school students, my African American brothers and sisters, my family members, even casual acquaintances – resigning themselves to living a life of mediocrity,” said Gary McAbee, author of WAKE UP! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now! “My

motivation for writing this book was to give people something to push them, to encourage them to do better and be better. They owe it to themselves, to their children, and to their community.” WAKE UP! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now! is a call-to-action book for all people, with an emphasis on African Americans, who want to improve their lives. In the book, McAbee stresses the importance of taking personal responsibility for one’s own life. “We can’t change our lives if we keep blaming others for our state of affairs,” McAbee said in a statement. “If we don’t own our circumstances, we don’t own the power to change.” McAbee is an author and motivational speaker who spent three years researching and writing because of his desire to help others. He has taught on both high school and college levels and earned his master’s degree in education from Duquesne University while holding numerous certifications and awards. Final word: An inspiring self-help tome from a selfpublished author For more information, go to Gary McAbee’s website www. motivationfortheworld.com.

THE COMEDY SHOW on drums, Allyn Johnson By Rosa WILL TICKLE YOUR on piano and a surprise on Pryor TICKLE BONE bass. On Jan. 29; 6-10 p.m., Hello, everyone! Shorty performing will be the Warren and I had a wonderful time Wolf Quartet. Caton Castle is on our vacation, but because located on Hilton and Caton “Martin,” where he created of space, I am unable to show avenues. the character “Bruh Man.” pictures and tell you in detail about He’s also had guest roles on our trip to Las Vegas. I will say it was Lord, have mercy! Already, I am running out of “True Colors,” “Sister-Sister,” out-of-sight! Except for the weather, space and I have so much more to tell you. There is “Big Not Bad” and “As Thick which was just as cold as it was here so much going on in the community and so many as Thieves,” just to name a in Baltimore, we had a ball. I will events I think you should support and be a part few. The comedy show and save the pictures and show them to of. I know if you know about it, you will do just talent showcase will take you another time. that. I want to let you know I have joined Lauren place on Jan. 22 (two shows) This week on the Rambling Rose Thompson’s weekly community talk show called and Jan. 23 (one show). calendar, I have a few events for you “Baltimore Community Rickey Show time is 8 and 10 p.m. to check out. I suggest go and support Connection” every on Saturday and Sunday at 6 Shackleford, our local entertainers. Some of them Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. For ticket information, producer, have gone national and two of these p.m. on WFBR 1590 call 410-808-5805 or e-mail comedian featured AM for “What’s Going entertainers are comedians I met back comedianhowardg@hotmail. on “HBO Def in the early ‘80s. I am talking about on Musically Yours with Comedy Jam” and Rambling Rose”! I have com. comedian Howard G and Rickey BET’s “Comic View,” been doing this for a few Shackleford. Yours truly was the first will also perform months now and it is a How about an “Old journalist to put them in print and on Jan. 22 at Si Fashion Cabaret?” Well, introduce them as local comedians lot of fun. Check it out! Salsa Bar & Grill Craftsmen Unlimited is doing their thing in the Baltimore sponsoring one on Jan. 29, 9 Café in Pikesville, community. I want to give a Reginald Ballard, stage p.m. until 1 a.m. There will Md. Howard G started out video taping shout out and congrats name “Bruh-Man” from be door prizes, a dee jay, comedy and talent shows for Rickey to Donte’ and his the “Fifth Floor” of the cash bar, buffet, free set-ups and of Shackleford in the late ‘80s. He stated, partner on their fourth anniversary hit show “Martin,” and course, you can bring your own bottle “It wasn’t until the early ‘90s I decided as the owners of Maceo’s Lounge. featured actor in Mario Howard G, renowned playwright, star of the and food. The event is being held at the What a fantastic four years it has Van Peebles’ movie to stop being behind the camera, but “Kiss My Bumper” commercials, popular Normandy Room, 3913 E. Lombard St. been. to get in front of it.” The first time Panthers, is the headliner “HBO Def Comedy Jam” stand –up comedian, For tickets and information, call James Howard was on a stage professionally I also want to say happy for the Howard G comedy “Comic View” celebrity, a mimic of comedy Pope at 443-691-0538. was at one of my favorite night spots birthday to Freddie Howard, who show this weekend at Si greats and producer will present his “Comedy at the time, the Gatsby’s Night Club is celebrating his 90th birthday Salsa Bar & Grille Café. Show & Talent Showcase” on Jan. 22 and 23 at Vital Entertainment presents the on Charles Street; the year was 1990. this week. Freddie is a friend to Si Salsa Bar & Grille Café, 1700 Reisterstown hit stage play by Cornelius Adams, In three years, Howard developed and two highly recognized newspapers Road in Pikesville, Md., in the back of Pomona “My First Love,” with two shows, Jan. mastered celebrity voice impressions. in the business, the AfroSquare. 28 and 29, 7:30 p.m. at the historic The rest is history. Now, they are American Newspapers for over 70-plus years and the Baltimore Friendship Academy Auditorium, 2500 Times, where he is still employed. accomplished stand-up comedians E. Northern Parkway. For ticket information call 410-970-1654. and producers known nationally. You must catch the show this weekend. The headliner is comedian and actor “Bruh-Man.” I am sorry folks, I have to go. If you need me, call The Caton Castle is geared up to present the line-up for their me at 410-833-9474 or 410-802-8632 or just e-mail me Since college, Reginald Ballard (his real name) has performed musical treat. On Jan. 22, 6-10 p.m., is SAX-SENSATION in numerous stage plays and had starring roles in film and at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M featuring, Antonio Hart on sax, Tim Green on sax, Lee Pearson television. His most recent appearance was in the hit TV sitcom MUSICALLY YOURS.

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The Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland on behalf of the City of Hagerstown, Maryland, is requesting Qualifications & Experience/Technical Proposals and Price Proposals from qualified engineering firms to evaluate the most beneficial method(s) to achieve compliance with the Stage 2 Disinfectant By-Product Rule to include: disinfection alternatives, treatment alternatives, water age management, storage needs, flushing requirements, etc. For further information, please refer to the Washington County website: www.washco-md. net and click on “Purchasing & & Engineering Listing” ∫Purchasing Engineering Bid Bid Listing∫ or you may contact the Purchasing Department, 100 West Washington Street, Third Floor, Room 320, Hagerstown, MD 21740-4748, telephone 240-313-2330. By Authority of: Karen R. Luther, CPPO Purchasing Agent BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, MARYLAND
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 10152 WX0 MARLYN AVENUE 16” DUCTILE IRON PIPELINE WATER 16∫ MAIN REPLACEMENT ESSEX - DISTRICT 15 c 7 CONTRACT COST GROUP “D” ($1,000,000 TO $2,500,000) ∫D∫ WORK CLASSIFICATION: F-2 BID DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 AT 10:45 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after JANUARY 24, 2011, the above contract documents may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $30.00 (THIRTY DOLLARS) per contract, and if sent by U.S. mail with an additional $10.00 (TEN Dollars) postage and handling fee. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. The proposed work consists of: 6,044 (LF) 16 Inch DIP and Fittings 84 (EA) 3/4 Inch Water Service Tap and Corporation 1,500 (LF) 3/4 Inch Copper Water Service and Fittings THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County

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CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT # 1157 - SOLID WASTE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SERVICES The Baltimore City Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste, to certify the qualifications of engineering firms to provide planning, engineering design, permitting, and construction support, as well as general operational, technical, and administrative assistance to the Bureau. The contract will be for a period of four years with an extension of up to one additional year at the City’s option. City¬s option. Engineering firms interested in solid waste management services must demonstrate experience in the following areas:
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CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICEPROCUREMENT OF CONSULTANT SERVICES Project # 1154: On-Call Stormwater Study and Engineering Design Services The City of Baltimore, Office of Boards and Commissions, has been requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater to advertise for Engineering Firms to perform On-Call Stormwater Study and Engineering Services for the Bureau of Water and Wastewater. Two (2) firms will be selected to perform design, hydrology studies, hydraulic analysis, inspections and investigations related to repairs, maintenance and new construction of storm drain facilities managed by the Storm Drain Engineering Section of the Surface Water Management Division. Firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and document:

Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. ∫Information for Bidders∫. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance


TO ALL PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS: PURPOSE: The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) is soliciting competitive sealed bids from qualified contractors to furnish all labor, supplies, services, heavy equipment, materials, tools, and machinery necessary for removing, transporting and disposing waste tires from Ravine 4, Ravine 3/3A, Ravine 2 and Ravine 1/1A. The tire quantity estimate is 1,224,000+/- passenger tire equivalents (PTE) (12,240+/tons). The Tires shall be disposed at a State of Maryland licensed tire acceptance facility or other Service approved recycling/end-user facility. The work also includes tree protection; installation of erosion and sediment control measures; haul road and loading area construction; drainage swale and rock outlet protection installation; non-tire waste removal, hauling and disposal; slope grading and benching; vegetative stabilization; tree planting and tree maintenance. M/WBE PARTICIPATION: This project is subject to Maryland Department of Environment¬sMaryland Water Quality & Drinking Water Revolving Environment’s Maryland Loan Fund requirements. Bidders responding to this solicitation are required to follow the Federal Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) six Women’s affirmative steps for Minority and Women¬s Business Enterprise/ (MBE/ WBE) Participation. The Bidder shall include a detailed discussion of the work to be completed by any contractor/subcontractors hired to meet the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goal established for this project. The minimum MBE goal established for this project is twenty percent (22%). The minimum subgoals are eleven percent (11%) MBE goal, and eleven percent (11%) WBE Goal. MBE goals will also apply to contract change orders and amendments. State certified MBE firms can be found in the MDOT’s online MBE directory by accessing the website: http:// MDOT¬s mbe.mdot.state.md.us/cgi-bin/mbedir/mbedirectory. Affirmative steps shall include the following:

Specialized knowledge in landfill design and associated environmental 0 Experience in hydrology and hydraulic analysis of storm drain systems. regulations, construction and inspection management. 0 Experience in the design of stormwater drainage systems and stormGeneral knowledge of codes, regulations and standards applicable to water management facilities. processes of obtaining all landfill permit requirements. 0 Experience in civil, environmental and geotechnical engineering, sub0 Availability of manpower for timely response to the City’s emergency City¬s surface exploration and surveying services for utility investigations and on-call requirements. design. 0 Overall team approach to MBE/WBE coordination of assigned tasks. 0 Experience in responding to stormwater system emergencies by rapidly assessing situation and corrective measures. Solid waste facilities management services will include but are not limited 0 Experience in structural recommending evaluate and design of concrete, engineering to to: stone/brick arch structures and steel structures in addition to mechanical and electrical elements of stormwater quantity management facilities 0 Designing landfill cells, leachate collection system and remediation, (pump stations). sediment and erosion control, stormwater management, landfill gas 0 Experience in the preparation of design reports and contract documents collection system and landfill fencing. including plans and specifications, all permit applications, easements, 0 Providing environmental monitoring services for Title V landfill and and related items necessary for procurement of construction. preparing reports to MDE. 0 Experience and qualification in performing inspection, evaluation and 0 Providing study of WTE ash impacts on the leachate collection/transport assessment of structural conditions of stormwater infrastructure under system and resolution. Provide study of airborne ash particle impacts to confined space conditions. 0 environment. Experience in construction management services which include: 0 Providing operation and maintenance services to landfill gas collection, construction inspection, review and response to RFIs, review and leachate pumps/transport and storage systems. tracking of shop drawings, submittals and change orders, review of 0 Provide engineering, consulting and construction management services substitutions and technical consultations. 0 to new projects that may arise during the time frame of this contract. Experience in developing and managing an overall team with Minority/ Women Business Enterprises. Project fees have been estimated at $3,000,000.00 for four years. If further information is required regarding this request, please contact Mr. The services provided will include gathering and review of information, Vivaldi Nguyen at 443-984-3974. Projects must comply with the 2006 investigation, project management, GIS, geotechnical engineering, edition of “The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities surveying, feasibility study, modeling of the system, design for rehabilita∫The Specifications and Incidental Structures”. City personnel will utilize the ∫City of Baltimore tion and replacement of storm drain, cost estimating, construction Structures∫. “City Guidelines For The Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and document preparation, shop drawing review and approval and consultaConstruction Contractors∫ for this contract/project. tion service during construction. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a ∫Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and “Letter of Interest∫ Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 attention Mari B. Ross. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project’s project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person Failure to submit a “Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting ∫Letter of Interest∫ a proposal for the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 2-11-2011. Submittals will not be accepted after this deadline.
The service would be for a period of three years, at a fee not to exceed $1,500,000.00 per firm. Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the Project, please contact Mr. Azzam Ahmad at 410-396-4700 or by e-mail at Azzam.ahmad@baltimorecity.gov.

“The Specification for Project must comply with the 2006 edition of ¬The Specification for Material, Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures.” City Structures.∫ City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of the Design Consultant and Construction Contractors for this contract/project.

Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a Letter of Interest to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, Insurance Requirements a. Include qualified small and minority businesses on solicitation lists. the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the b. Assure that small and minority businesses are solicited whenever they project’s The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person are potential sources. ∫Letter of Interest∫ workers¬ c. When economically feasible, divide total requirements into small tasks professional liability, auto liability, general liability and worker’s com- Failure to submit a “Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. or quantities so as to permit maximum small and minority business pensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to participation. complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) d. Where the requirement permits, establish delivery schedules, which Prequalification Certification Requirement All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions at 751 Eastern Avenue, will encourage participation by small and minority businesses. Federal Form 255 and the five copies e. Use the services and assistance of the Small Business Administration proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The12:00 P.M. (Noon) on Friday, February must be submitted on or before and the Office of Minority Business Enterprise of the Department of and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for 18, 2011. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. this Project. Information regarding prequalification certification can be Commerce. obtained by contacting the Office at 410-396-6883. Prequalification Requirement If any subcontracts are to be let, require the prime contractor to take affirmative steps in the above paragraphs a through e of this section. MBE/WBE Requirements All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific The prime contractor shall take similar appropriate affirmative action in It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards City¬s women’s support of women¬s¬ businesses. The prime contractor is encouraged to opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5 and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for Women¬s procure goods and services from labor surplus areas. The prime Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women’s this Project. the prequalification process can be Women¬s obtained by Information regarding of Boards and Commissions on contractor shall submit a written statement or other evidence to Maryland Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s calling the Office Environmental Service of the steps taken to comply with the above Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. 410.396.6883. paragraphs of this section. The MBE goal is 26% Insurance Requirements PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENTS: This project is subject to Davis The WBE goal is 7% The consultants selected for the award of this project shall provide Bacon Prevailing Wage rates. Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must professional liability, auto liability, general liability and workers¬ comWomen¬s TIME FOR PERFORMANCE: The term of the contract shall be for nine be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard pensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. hundred ninety (990) calendar days, beginning from issuance of a written Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. MBE/WBE Requirements notice-to-proceed from the MES Project Manager (or his/her designee) for completion of removal and disposal of all scrap tires and associated Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some non-tire materials and stabilization of all disturbed areas in the Limit of instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5 City¬s Work including initial tree planting. The successful contractor will be for this project. Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women¬s Women’s expected to begin within ten (10) calendar days of the date established Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women¬s Women’s in the Notice to Proceed. Liquidated damages of $1,000 (one thousand Verifying Certification dollars) will be assessed against the Contractor for each day the project Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. remains incomplete beyond the specified completion date. Bidders are responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the to refer to the technical specifications for additional time for performance project are certified by the Minority and Women¬s Business Opportunity The MBE goal is 27% Women’s The WBE goal is 9% information. Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must Women¬s BONDING REQUIREMENTS: When the base bid is in excess of one directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) each bidder shall furnish bid (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key security in an amount not less than 5% of the base bid. For all contracts the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) the successful bidder shall also furnish a performance bond and a payment bond for Non-Affiliation Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some the full value of the contract. A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration contract goal if: for this project. MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCES/SITE VISITS: Mandatory 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE Pre-Bid Conferences / Site Visits will be held at the Brandywine/ 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE Verifying Certification Garner Site located off of 15110 Nelson Perrie Road in Brandywine, MD 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is on February 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM and on February 10, 2011 at 1:00 (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the PM. Bidders are solely responsible for becoming acquainted with the project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Women¬s documents and job site prior to submitting a bid. Bids will not be A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified accepted from Firms who did not attend one of the two Mandatory requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the Pre-Bid Conferences / Site Visits. executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that DEADLINE FOR BID SUBMISSION: The Maryland Environmental breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Service will receive sealed Bids at its Headquarters in Millersville, to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages Non-Affiliation MD. Bids will be received until 2:00 PM on March 3, 2011, at which incurred by the City. A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a time all bids shall be opened and read aloud. Instructions for delivering contract goal if: bids to the Headquarters are included in the solicitation. Bidders are Additional Requirements solely responsible for the timely receipt of their bids. Late Bids will not A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE. be accepted. Electronically transmitted bids will not be accepted. 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or within the application. WBE. All bids (one original and three copies) shall be placed in a sealed Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE envelope, marked and addressed as follows: (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: Attention: Kelly J. Ryan, CPPO, A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the Assistant Chief, Procurement & Contracts Division of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when Maryland Environmental Service executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of sub-chapter “S” Corporation, or an individual owner. ∫S∫ 259 Najoles Road a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material Millersville, Maryland 21108 Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages within the application. Bid for: GARNER SCRAP TIRE STOCKPILE CLEANUP: incurred by the City. RAVINE 4, RAVINE 3/3A, RAVINE 2 AND RAVINE 1/1A Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both Additional Requirements a sub-consultant and prime consultant. Project ID No. 11-08-18 A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented within the application. Do Not Open Until: March 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organshould be incorporated into the NOTE: To ensure timely delivery to the Procurement Division prior to ization chart, etc. All such informationnot be bound. Applications should Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and appropriate pages. Applications should the established bid due date and time, both the exterior and interior simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: envelopes - particularly those delivered via courier (i.e. UPS, Fed Ex, be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock USPS, etc.) - MUST BE marked as specified. in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a ∫S∫ The right is reserved, as the interest of the Maryland Environmental Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may sub-chapter “S” Corporation, or an individual owner. Service may appear, to reject any items of any Bid. cause disqualification of the submittal. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. OBTAINING BID DOCUMENTS: **THE SOLICITATION PACKAGE IS Mari B. Ross SENT ELECTRONICALLY. Bid documents may be obtained by contactExecutive Secretary Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both ing the Procurement Office Monday through Friday during the hours of a sub-consultant and prime consultant. 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please provide the contact name, company name, shipping address, phone and fax number, and email address The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented when requesting solicitation packages either via fax or via email. with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organFax: 410-729-8280 E-mail: procurement@menv.com ization chart, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should QUESTIONS/REQUESTS FOR CLARIFICATION: Contractors having simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not questions and inquiries regarding either the technical or the procurement be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result sections of the bid documents shall contact the Service’s Procurement Service¬s in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Office (Attention: Kelly J. Ryan, CPPO) at procurement@menv.com or via fax at 410-729-8280. Failure to follow these instructions may result Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may in a delayed response to bidder inquiries. The deadline for requests for cause disqualification of the submittal. clarification and questions is February 17, 2011 by 2:00 PM. Mari B. Ross Irene Hoffman, CPPO Executive Secretary Chief, Procurement & Contracts

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Darrell Brooks Named CIAA Coach of Week for Third Time This Season
By AFRO Staff Bowie State University’s Darrell Brooks was named the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) men’s basketball Coach of the Week on Jan. 17 after leading the Bulldogs to conference wins over WinstonSalem State University, Shaw University and St. Augustine’s College last week. This marked the third time this season Brooks has been named CIAA Coach of the Week. The second-year head coach led BSU to an 86-76 win against WSSU on Jan. 10; an 85-74 victory over Shaw on Jan. 13 and a 67-54 win over St. Augustine’s on Jan. 15. Bulldogs senior Eric Vann led the team in scoring in two of the three wins, including a career-high 26 points against Winston-Salem State. Junior Darren Clark also played well, scoring 51 total points during the three game-winning streak last week, while Byron Westmorland added his own impressive performance of a career-high 27 points scored against Shaw. Bowie State is now No. 1 in the CIAA Northern Division with a 9-2 overall record, 4-0 in the CIAA. The Bulldogs will see more conference action over the weekend with a home matchup with Chowan University on Jan. 22


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Darrell Brooks was named CIAA Coach of the Week after leading Bulldogs to three wins last week.

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This person will be responsible for reporting on local, national and international newsworthy events, serving as the departmental personnel manager and monitoring the progress of articles in process and upcoming editions of the newspaper. 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.
CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITY The University of Maryland Medical Center is seeking qualified general contractors (GC’s) to undertake the conversion of approximately 2,250 GSF of space in the hospital complex at 22 S Greene Street, Baltimore into a new in-patient pharmacy for the R Adams Shock Trauma Center. The project includes constructing a clean room conforming to US Pharmacopeia’s (USP) standards described in the USP Guidebook to Pharmaceutical Compounding— Sterile Preparations, 797 clean room, biosafety and laminar flow hoods, laboratory work space, and office space. The Work will be undertaken on a Firm Fixed Price basis. The award will be on a best value basis. The best value proposal will be the one providing University of Maryland Medical Center the best combination of management talent and expertise, cost, schedule and project execution plan. This is a two step award process. Prospective bidders who demonstrate they meet the minimum qualifications set forth below (Step One) will be provided copies of the construction documents and invited to attend a pre-bid meeting and site visit and invited to submit a full proposal for the Work (Step Two). Minimum qualifications 1. Project manager, project superintendent, and the project quality control/ safety specialist must have worked together on not less than three (3) projects in the past five (5) years. 2. At least one (1) of the projects listed above must have included a clean room in either an academic, research, clinical, or commercial laboratory or pharmacy. 3. At least one (1) of the projects listed above must have been in a active hospital. 4. The company must have successfully completed not less than three (3) projects within an active hospital within the past five (5) years. 5. The company must have a total bonding capacity equal to or greater than $3 million dollars. If interested in being considered for this work, please submit a letter of interest that clearly documents how they meet the qualification listed above by email at construction@umm.edu by no later than 5:00 PM on January 27th, 2010. Please include the following information in the response: 1. Name of company and point of contact 2. Names and resumes of proposed project manager, field superintendent and quality control/safety specialist 3. List of key projects that demonstrate required experience in the tabular form set forth below. Name Description Date completed Size Value 4. Notarized statement from an officer of the corporation attesting that their total bonding capacity is equal to or greater than $3 million dollars. The UMMC will review qualifications and send out an RFP (Request for Proposal) to all contractors that meet the minimum qualifications in the middle of January. The intent is to receive those proposals by February 14 and award the contract thereafter. Among the terms of the final contract is the requirement that a minimum of 25% of the contract value be awarded to qualified MBE/WBE at the prime, sub and/or sub-sub tier. All firms that submit qualifications are encouraged to consider how they will meet this requirement which will be evaluated during Step Two.

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Senior white male searching for a lady to be able to help arrange furniture. Please call William 410-458-2480. --Truthful man seeking spiritual pen pals. Womb my emanation. Law is unification. Breath, knowledge and consciousness! William Piggie, P.O. Box 565, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312 --To have a notice published in the Strictly Personal Section, write the message you want printed in the space below. Enclose ten dollars ($10.00), check or money order for 25 words. NO CASH PLEASE. Additional words will cost 50 cents each.

Lonesome Hearts - Pen Pals

To answer a Lonesome Heart notice, enclose a check or money order for $2.00 for each letter you wish to have forwarded. NO CASH PLEASE. Be sure to include the fox number of the person you wish to contact.

All letters, queries and notices should be sent to: STRICTLY PERSONAL 2519 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21218

To Advertise call 410-5548200


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