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“I have a 23-year-old daughter…now she has coverage. “I am very happy that Americans without healthcare have coverage.” “I graduated college and now I’m in law school. I’m happy he changed the age limit so I have insurance under my parents.” Rawle King, father Dennis Holmes, law student, George Washington University “Given the economic climate, the level of unemployment and the ability for people my age to find jobs, the healthcare legislation has taken away a major concern.” Sean Mickens, 23, non-profit employee
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By AFRO Staff It’s been one year since President Obama enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), but you could hardly tell—public opinion remains just as divided as it did 12 months ago, and Americans seem just as confused. According to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation this month, 52 percent of Americans say they do not have adequate information about how the health reform law impacts them personally, while 47 percent believe they do (last year 56 percent felt they didn’t have enough information). And the poll also found that currently 42 percent of Americans favor the law, while 46 percent view it unfavorably, which also mirrors opinions last year. Here, area residents sound off on how they believe health reform has impacted or will impact them. Continued on A4
Student Who Shared Cocaine Expert: Higher Ethics Standards Needed in D.C. with Classmates Back Home
By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO Charges of cronyism, nepotism, campaign malfeasance and other scandals involving Washington, D.C. lawmakers and the mayor highlights the need for revised ethical standards and keener supervision, a local political analyst said. “I think the recent scandals in D.C. suggest there might be a need for more oversight,” said G. Derek Musgrove, assistant professor of history and political science at the University of the District of Columbia. “The current group of legislators is not willing to police itself. The best that we could do is set up a quasigovernment group to monitor and take action if needed.” The UDC professor went on to say there should be firmer definitions of what constitute ethical violations. “There is no uniform definition of corruption,” he said. “So what supporters of a politician or project may view as positive, the opposition might believe the behavior is corrupt.” That was the case made recently by the Living Wages, Healthy Communities Coalition, a grassroots alliance of neighborhood organizations, clergy people, workers, environmentalists, parents, students and community members, who worry that Wal-Mart is buying its way into the District. In a letter to the D.C. Council on March 10, the coalition wrote it learned two advisers and a fundraiser for one of the council members was being paid to promote a Wal-Mart store opening in northeast/southeast. And, it urged all council members to disclose any ties they had to Wal-Mart including staffers, fundraisers or campaign advisors. “At best, this creates the appearance of a conflict of interest. At worst, it suggests that the world’s largest retailer believes it can ‘buy off’ the DC Council,” the letter stated. “In the present political environment, where scandals have rocked the confidence D.C. residents have in our top elected leaders – truth, Continued on A4 By Michael Crutchfield Special to the AFRO
Thomson Elementary School in northwest Washington, D.C. is known for being the first school in the District to offer Chinese as a second language, and for being the closest elementary school to the White House. Now the school is making national headlines for a student bringing something other than lunch and books to school – cocaine. Five children were hospitalized after ingesting or sniffing an unclear amount of the drug after the student brought it to school, according to D.C. public schools spokesman, Frederick Lewis. After students complained of pain in their throats, a teacher at the school spoke to the student that brought the substance to school and immediately alerted the main office. The children were taken to Children’s National Medical center as a precautionary measure after an evaluation by a school nurse. The students were determined to Continued on A3 In the wake of news that a Washington, D.C. student had distributed cocaine to some of his classmates, Washington teachers Union President Nathan Saunders said budget cuts may be forcing schools to scrimp on drug prevention programs and other vital services.
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By Eric Tucker Associated Press ROCKVILLE (AP) — An employee at an upscale Maryland yoga clothing shop is accused of killing a coworker who found suspected stolen merchandise in her bag, then trying to conceal the crime by tying herself up and blaming the attack on two masked men. Brittany Norwood was ordered held without bond Monday on a charge of first-degree murder after Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy described the slaying. McCarthy said Norwood, 28, spun an elaborate ruse to convince authorities that she and the dead woman, Jayna Murray, had been attacked inside the Lululemon Athletica shop in Bethesda where they worked. “Her cunning and her ability to lie is almost unparalleled,” McCarthy said of Norwood. When Norwood was found the morning of March 12 AP Photo/Montgomery County, Md. Police Department inside the shop, she told police that she and Murray, 30, had This photo provided by the been sexually assaulted by two masked men who came in Montgomery County, Md. Police the previous night after closing time. Norwood was found Department shows Brittany with minor scratches and other wounds, her hands and feet Norwood. Police in an affluent bound. Washington suburb say on March Police initially treated Norwood as a rape victim, 18, Norwood killed a woman offering rewards for information leading to arrests and even found dead inside a yoga clothing doing surveillance on a person of interest. But detectives store in Bethesda, Md., then concluded that neither woman had been sexually assaulted concocted a story about the two and that Norwood had staged the scene. She was arrested being attacked by masked men. Friday and charged with murder and faces life in prison if
convicted. Norwood’s blood was found inside Murray’s car, McCarthy said. Only two sets of bloody footprints were found inside the shop, and workers at the adjacent Apple store reported hearing two women – but no men – arguing when the attack was believed to have happened. And Norwood’s wounds were self-inflicted, authorities said. “No one could have ever anticipated seven or eight days ago that we would be standing here telling you what we are telling you today,” McCarthy told the judge. Norwood appeared via videoconference from the jail where she is being held. She did not speak during the brief hearing except to answer procedural questions, and her public defender declined to comment as he left court. McCarthy offered new details about what happened before Murray died, saying she had been asked by a store manager to check Norwood’s bag for stolen merchandise. Murray called the manager that night to say she believed Norwood had been stealing. That same night, after the store had closed, Norwood told Murray she needed to get back into the store because she left her wallet. When the two returned, they argued over the suspected theft, McCarthy said. Norwood then picked up some sort of weapon inside the store and used it to beat Murray for as long as 20 minutes throughout the shop, McCarthy said. He said Murray sustained a severed spinal cord and blows “too numerous to count.” “The nature of this crime is shocking in terms of the level Continued on A3
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sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspiconnection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago Jennifer Hudson and other Suburban with Illinois license Tribune, the boy had been shot relatives positively identified By Erica Butler ramifications if his claims are true—was fired from his multiple times in the back seat AFRO Staff Writer $110,000 government job at the D.C. Department ofSUV, regisof the vehicle. The Health tered record surfaced. Now Care Finance after details of a criminalto Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the With allegations of cronyism, nepotism and corruption four agencies are assessing the claims: the FBI, D.C.’s Office boy’s body inside and is and shrouding Mayor Vincent Gray a mere three months into his of Campaign Finance, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of D.C. being processed Reform Committee. term, public sentiment toward the new administration is turning the U.S. House Oversight and Government by evidence technisour. Wesley Williams, spokesman cians and workers. The body for the Office of Campaign was later wrongdoing is under But Gray and his staff may have to face more than Finance (OCF), said the alleged campaign removed and taken to the Cook County Medical voters’ displeasure if former mayoral candidate Sulaimon review. “The Office of the General Counsel and the Audit Examiner’s office. Brown’s pay-to-play allegations are proven true. With several Division are reviewing the allegations against both the Gray Hudson and other family government agencies investigating the matter, the mayor and for Mayor Committee and the Sulaimon Brown for Mayor members arrived at the Medical his cohorts also face potential legal consequences. Committee,” he said. Examiner’s office mid-after“Our position is the truth, which is, Williams said there are six potential violations Gray noon to identify the body. Mayor Gray didn’t know of any and Brown could face including, “filing a false report lookGiven the choice between pay-offs,” said Robert Bennett, of receipts and expenditures with the Office of or ing directly at the body Gray’s newly-hired lawyer, Campaign Finance.” viewing it on a wall-mounted best known for his legal Many of the violations have associated Courtesy Photos representation of charges including: accepting a contribution Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who President Bill Clinton made by one person in the name of another, was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. in the Monica $2,000 per infraction; making a contribution Lewinsky scandal. in the name video screen, the family chose of another person, $2,000 per plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the the body of her 7-year-old “The mayor did infraction and accepting legal tender of Chicago’s West Side after or more, $500 per infraction. “Yes, Tribune, Hudson said, nephew Monday, just hours absolutely nothing $25 police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” after his body was found in a wrong.” Brown told the media Gray’s staff Brown, who gave him thousands of dollars in joined former envelopes and false names were made to Mayor Adrian report expenditures. Fenty (D) and A “purchase, payment, distribution, Gray in the 2010 loan advance, deposit, gift of money” are race, alleges Gray’s all inclusive of an expenditure, according No wonder Obama’s campaign and Dallas Cowboysthe Office of Campaign Finance website. is players By Alan King staff promised him Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, “must be distance him from the AFRO Staff Writer a job in exchange Expenditures trying to disclosed and group, among the names submitted to as well. saying, “Barack Obama for remaining in the identified” Never have been made election officials. Presidential candidate John race and waging brutal Interview requests Organized with ACORN.” Hurd said those on behalf of the But Obama’s ties to and workers, who House Oversight ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – attacks against Fenty. He were doing those things without Reform and deep. He according to long Committee, taught classes Associated Community claims he was also paid, Government ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed Organization for Reform Now – receiving money for his sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the success of the campaign. “The evidence thishas sur- photo, Washington,is in trouble. But now ACORN D.C. Mayor organization, the head of the In that Jan. 4 Brown—who faced so far shows theyGray is seen at a news There are at least Reporter: conference on group says. Vincent faked also faces legal paid for Hill. they 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to getCapitol work Allegations by a former candidate, didn’t do, who says he was promised a city job during last not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN,campaignthehe continued attacks on the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of year’s she said, is if victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. legal consequences ACORN, said in an interview former mayor, could have tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. for the mayor. Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign “When this attack started, we AP Photo/Charles Dharapak bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just announced that we had selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote registered 1.3 million new votefforts. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, who is running for Continued from A1 Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN in the of violence that was directed at the victim,” McCarthy said. The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack He said Norwood tracked Murray’s blood through the store while wearing a size-14way Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the shoe, used by the store in determining the length ofof maybe perpetrat- detectives.operates. Rather than ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge pants, to throw off ACORN McCarthy said detectives confronted Norwood andfrauds in on Friday with whatpays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest her family rely on volunteers, it they believed happened. He said the family history to be left alone with Norwood, of them poorthen be ple, many who could or unem- racist mail. voter asked in this country, heard telling a relative that she was sorry and didn’t want toof ployed, to But she also told The day after the presidential maybe destroying the fabric disappoint him. sign up new voters.him she was wary of talking more because she feared they were being recorded,was to help both those The idea McCarthy said. debate, vandals broke into the democracy.” Norwood was most recently living in Washington, D.C., but grew up registered and those doing Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being in Washington state and organization’s Boston and Seattle the The soccer offices and stole computers. Web Brook University in to was a standout soccer player for Stonysite, found those claims New York.registration. coach there Maud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative did not return phone messages on be “exaggerated,” with “no eviMonday. zero tolerance policy for deliberdence ofMorning America,” Murray’s parents said only that they appeared on TV, an e-mail was any such democracyAppearing Monday on ABC’s “Good sent to the local office saying she destroying case work its course. ate falsification of registration.” believe in the justice system and will let thefraud.” Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” Hurd believes the McCain A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, Continued from A1 A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those be fine after being examined to the attention of authorities. machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote and were released from the The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not neceshospital’s care. isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” Leadership at the school air misleadACORN is no stranger union, points, preferring tohave to take hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) to less.” According to the Okonkwo. “You notified the parents of the ing ads that seek toyoung man’s nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. the proposed budget cuts to into account this link Obama students involved and met Forprograms the the 2012 38 years, in non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are these age and balance that with how with a group of concerned organization has fought for social his politicalbe treated. I’m not fraudulent, and you need to go to fiscal year will have dramatic he should support. parents after school to McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justice for loweffects on the school’s sure if extended time off of address concerns. “This is and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income climate. school would have is Barack Announcer: Who the desired eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memnot a situation that is typical affect and will properly ber According to schools more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” families organized into at Thomson, and we take it spokesman Lewis, the child rehabilitate him.” baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chapvery seriously,” wrote Albert whoin 110 cities nationwide, The boy was in the custody speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters brought the drug to DuPont, the principal of the school was charged with seen of Child Protective Services lege, he moved to Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years school, in a statement. possessioncriticism while advo- Became a community organizer. since the event occurred, but guys just (expletive deleted) its share of of a controlled The principal informed substance. was released met Madeleine There, Obama to his parents come to our country, consume cating for affordable housing, parents that the Metropolitan Talbot, partafter aChicago in every natural resource there is, Daniel Okonkwo, for March 22 of the hearing living wages, healthcareof the Police Department and Child branch of ACORN. He was so and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organD.C. Lawyers for Youth, D.C. Superior Court. Protective Services had impressive that he was asked to all you guys do. And then suck izingthey are concerned that voter registration drives. said According to a school been told of the incident. train the ACORN other children up the welfare and expect everystaff. But punishment takes into none has been as withering the spokesman, the Counselors were available What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. consideration the age of the that ingested the cocaine were one else to pay for your hospital March 21, at the school, engage in?March 21 and the bills for your kids. I jus’ say let With the presidentialhave a election student. “We should in school Bullying banks. to discuss drug prevention Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than[with] a response that two weeks away, system boy was not. and the dangers of using of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the teaches a lesson, but doesn’t This is the third drug Forget about paying for hospital drugs. “As always, we are organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. make it more [likely] that this The same in D.C. loans that incident types of public bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after committed to providing a safe young man discoverythrown schools this year, crisis caused the financialtwo ofwe’re it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the reported with be of bogus environment for your child,” off developmentally,”Mouse which involved marijuana. in today. hope you all die.” names, such as Mickey said wrote Du Pont. Hurd thinks the hate calls will But that becomes difficult cease soon. when budget cuts force “In two weeks, I think these schools to curb vital services attacks will be over. But I think it such as drug prevention will be harder for us to get our measures, said Nathan name back on good graces Identification Statements Saunders, president of because they really trashed us in Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American the Washington Teachers’ the last few weeks.” Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. 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the committee’s spokesman Frederick Hill. Recipients include Howard Brooks, Gray’s campaign consultant; Geri Mason Hall, the mayor’s former chief of staff that resigned last week and Lorraine Green, Gray’s campaign chairman. Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. “The cooperation of key witnesses will expedite the A spokesman for the office committee’s efforts,” Hill said. the murders but is being held in toldThe newspaper that Hudson jail for under “House Rule X,” the committee can investigate Gray parole violation after which states that the group can oversee municipal affairs of the District of Columbia, clashing with D.C.’s fight for autonomy. “Just as many state governments have some jurisdiction over matters involving cities in their respective states, the federal “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted government plays a similar role for the District of Columbia ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijacksince it is not a Hill said. He added that the “She held hands part of any state,”ing. Cook County records show with her famiD.C. Inspector General “It D.C. that he pleaded guilty to both and Attorney General’s refusal ly,” the spokesman said. to investigate a very emotional charges in 1999. concerns was obviously the matter due to conflict of interestHe was also prompted moment.” response from the committee. in 1998 for possesconvicted During – the son of Julia said the stolen motor vehicle. The boy the investigation, Hill sion of a committee will specifically determine if–public funds or the promise ofprison in Hudson, Jennifer’s sister had He was released from public positions were used to reward behavior thatserving seven years been missing since Friday, 2006 after was illegal or unethical. “The committee intends tothe attempted murder and when a relative found Julian’s for publicly present its grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. findings,” he said. Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The said the agency can FBI Special Agent Katherine Schweit boy remained missing Jason Hudson, 29, shot deny the existence oflong weekend in “neither confirm [nor] to death through a an investigation.” in his grandmother’s home in Brown said he has met with However, according to reports, which police and volunteers the 7000 And on March 9, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of D.C. the FBI. block of South Yale Avenue. statement saying, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the issued a An Amber Alert – a desigFBI are aware of allegations, including information appearing nation media, involving the 2010 mayoral race in the District of in the for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday Columbia.” after Julian was discovered Peter Nickles, the former general counsel for Mayor Fenty missing after the murders. and attorney general for D.C., said if Brown’s statements are Police arrested William true, the city will be severely affected. “If the allegations are Balfour, the missing boy’s steptrue, and estranged husband fatherthe mayor would be forced to resign,” he said. “The credibility of girlfriend’s of Julia, at his the city’s leadership is at stake.” Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had nothing to do with the slayings. Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson
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The Afro-American , March 26, 2011 - April 1, 2011
New Early Childhood Education Facility Announced
By Jamaal Abdul-Alim Special to the AFRO In an effort to stave off academic losses by reaching children during their earliest years, D.C. officials and philanthropists have teamed up to construct a $12 million facility in Ward 7 that will provide daylong year-round early childhood education. The facility is expected to serve 171 infants, toddlers and preschoolers. “If I were in a position to have fetuses in the program, I would do that,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said March 15 during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Educare facility that is set to be built just next to the Neval Thomas Elementary School in the 600 block of Anacostia Ave. N.E. The mayor – joined by an array of city and federal government officials and leaders in philanthropy and the sphere of early childhood education – said the achievement gap that besets public education must be dealt with before children even reach school. “If we wait until kindergarten, first, second grade, for many of our children, the battle is already lost,” Mayor Gray said. “We have to win the battle early in order to win the war,” he continued, adding that if investments are not made in early childhood education, society will pay for it later on in the area of special education and juvenile justice for children who didn’t get a good academic start early on in life. Though its construction is being funded separately with private dollars, the building of the Educare facility is expected to play a critical role in the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative, one of 20 such U.S. Department of Education-funded initiatives across the country meant to replicate famed charter school educator Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone, which provides a comprehensive array of services to children and families. Chavez Public Charter Schools recently won a $500,000 federal planning grant to help launch the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative. D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said the
planned Educare facility of D.C. – just one of several Educare facilities expected to open throughout the nation in the next year or so – will be looked at by Congress and others as a model for early childhood education. “Early learning is not a cliché,” Holmes Norton said. “It is the life of these children. It is the life we owe them upon entrance to the world.” Educare is a national network of full-day, year-round schools whose programs are funded mostly with public money. The first Educare appeared roughly a decade ago in Chicago and others have since been constructed in 12 U.S. cities that range from Miami to Seattle. Several foundations – including the Buffett Early Childhood Fund – provide money to local partnerships for their capital campaigns. An ongoing evaluation of Educare being conducted at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has shown that the longer a child spends in Educare, the better the child’s overall readiness for school.
Feds Foil Md. Redistricting Plan to Count Inmates by Former Home
By Steve Kilar Capital News Service WASHINGTON — A federal roadblock has stopped Maryland short of counting all prison inmates at their pre-incarceration addresses in order to draw political boundaries. An appeal for the addresses has been made to the U.S. Department of Justice, said Andrew Ratner, a representative for the Maryland Department of Planning. But because the Baltimore City charter requires approval of a redistricting map by April 1, the department decided to release revised population figures now. “We couldn’t wait any longer,” Ratner said. “We felt we had to move forward.” But the new numbers are not adjusted to reflect residents of Maryland’s federal penitentiary in Cumberland – as required by a 2010 Maryland law – because the Federal Bureau of Prisons denied the state’s request for prior residence information. The federal government will not release address information for prisoners because it violates privacy protections, said Chris Burke, a spokesman for the federal prisons bureau. If Maryland wins the appeal, redistricting numbers will be adjusted again to account for the former Maryland residents among the roughly 1,500 federal inmates at the Cumberland facility. After the tally of each decennial census, states redraw their governmental districts so that each lawmaker represents an approximately equal number of people. Counting inmates at prison locations has buoyed population figures, giving voters who live near prisons more political clout. Over the past few years, in anticipation of states redistricting before the 2012 congressional elections, there has been a national push to modify where prisoners are counted. In Maryland, figuring inmates at their last known addresses significantly reduces the populations of counties that are home to state prisons. The adjustment reduces Somerset County’s population by more than 10 percent and both Allegany and Washington counties lose about 3 percent with the adjusted numbers. The population adjustments are particularly important in Somerset, where the county’s prison has distorted election districts and inhibited the election of racial minorities, said Meredith Curtis, a spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, which supported the legislation’s passage. The inmate adjustment boosts Baltimore City’s population by nearly 6,000 people. In February, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Baltimore lost about 30,000 residents – almost 5 percent of its population – between 2000 and 2010. Relocating inmates for the purposes of redistricting has narrowed that loss to around 4 percent. The “No Representation without Population Act” was sponsored by a baker’s dozen of Maryland senators and more than 80 delegates. When Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the bill last April, Maryland was the first state to enact a redistricting law of this type, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit that tracks inmate redistricting legislation. New York and Delaware are implementing similar laws. The adjusted population figures were certified by the secretaries of the MDP, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the executive director of the Department of Legislative Services.
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Gail Matthews, 52, accountant “The U.S. is finally catching up with many of the other great nations, ensuring health care for all. Is it enough? No, because it doesn’t include a public health plan, but it is a start.”
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Chris Vines, 26, intern “The passage of the Affordable Care Act gives me peace of mind that my younger siblings are now insured through college, and it signals a change in ethics that people with a ‘pre-existing condition’ are no longer cast aside as uncoverable to HMOs.”
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“The health care reform serves as a progression for the medical profession. The millions who go untreated every year will finally have access to not only treatment, but security from insurance. As a student pharmacist, it is a direct influence on my career. The demand for prescriptions and labor will drastically increase, thus resulting in a promising future for the therapeutic field. “
Continued from A1 trust and transparency surely deserve your highest priority.” The Rev. Douglas E. Moore, 87, author of The Buying and Selling of the DC City Council and former at-large member of the DC Council, was reminded of his years as an elected official when the southwest corridor was being transformed from swamp to a vibrant habitable community. “My colleagues fought hard to get me off the council to keep from exposing them publicly one-by-one. What needs to be monitored in the Wal-Mart development is tracking whether funds are coming to any council member through a third party,” said Moore. Councilwoman Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), the councilmember in question, admitted that persons closely associated with her campaign are consultants for a public relations firm in contract with Wal-Mart, but she denied any conflict of interest. “I’m excited when the opportunity presents itself for District residents to obtain employment, and if I personally know qualified candidates, I don’t have a problem giving them a reference,” said Alexander. “As far as Wal-Mart is concerned, I’m proud to have co-sponsored legislation that requires such
“I’m excited when the opportunity presents itself for District residents to obtain employment, and if I personally know qualified candidates, I don’t have a problem giving them a reference...”
retailers to offer fair wage benefits and engage the community with a comprehensive benefits agreement.” Many residents disagreed that community leaders with close ties to public officials should not be able to speak on behalf of the community and believe their involvement will force WalMart to offer District residents more jobs. “We have immigrant-owned food marts, carryouts, liquor stores, dry cleaners and gas stations that only hire their own people. These same groups never said a word. Given the size of Wal-Mart, it will offer far more opportunities to African Americans than these immigrant-owned businesses,” said Debra A. Daniels, 55, longtime Ward 4 homeowner. “We want someone at the table from the onset who can keep the political leaders informed.” Former Ward 7-resident, Monica Y. Fenton, 55, agreed. “Wal-Mart is a wake up call to those businesses that shunned our employment in the past. We have no loyalty to them and if it goes out of business, it should be replaced with another that hires from the community.”
March 26, 2011 - April 1, 2011, The Afro-American
One Week Later crisis A personal perspective on the Japan
Things are still changing by the hour, so I won’t try and give you a detailed report here on the state of efforts to get the reactors under control. What I write now will be old by the time you read it, and I’m assuming you already know a lot of what has happened so far. As I’m writing this, electricians are trying to get electric Dear family and friends, power restored to they can get cooling … I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the and other equipment running once situation over here, and thought this would be the best way to again. Attempts have been made to summarize where things are as of now… get water on the reactor using water First of all, my wife and I would like to thank each and drops by air and by water cannons. I every one of you for your kind words of concern, and for read an article this morning that said keeping us in your thoughts and prayers over the past week. experts from the IAEA (International Last Friday’s earthquake was terrifying for us living here Atomic Energy Agency) say that the in Tokyo, but the fear we experienced that afternoon, and situation has not deteriorated in the past the inconveniences we still experience to this day are trivial 24 hours, but it’s still premature to say compared to what the people of northeastern Honshu have gone we’re seeing “a ray of hope.” though and are still going through. I think this is a fair assessment. We are clearly not out of the I haven’t counted how many people have reached out to woods yet. But I also want to stress that the Fukushima Daiichi Motoko and I inquiring as to our safety and the safety of our power plant is about 150 miles from Tokyo. Radiation levels family. It’s probably been several dozen people around the world at the west gate of the plant have been recorded as high as 400 by now. And yet, as this crisis continues into a new phase and microsieverts per hour (that’s 0.04 rad), but as of this morning events around the nuclear power plant in Fukushima continue it’s been around 270 (27 rad). As early of Tuesday morning to unfold, I understand that many of you, now for very different they were talking about levels of more than 8,000 microsieverts reasons, are still asking the same question: “Are you okay?” per hour near one of the reactors. As I mentioned earlier, we To answer that question, I wish I could simply say that haven’t seen things deteriorate in the past day or so, so I think everything’s fine and that the situation at the power plant is we can take some solace in this. under control, with radioactive contamination confined to The Japanese authorities didn’t do a very good job of the immediate vicinity. But as we also know, events are still communicating all this in the first days of the disaster. This extremely fluid and the reality is that things could still go is beginning to change, but it is part of the reason for the either way. Having said that, I remain cautiously optimistic heightened state of anxiety. In the absence of news, rumors run that the technicians up there will resolve the crisis—although rampant. And while people on TV kept telling us all was safe it will take time. Meanwhile, we continue to gather as much outside of the 30 kilometer zone around the facility, for a while information as we can from a variety of sources to understand it has been difficult to attain information on what radiation the situation there and what it means for us here, re-evaluating levels looked like there or anywhere else. our understanding of the situation as the facts change. Fortunately that has been improving. NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) now will occasionally show maps that look like weather maps, but instead of temperatures they show radiation levels in different parts of the country, and they are now explaining what the numbers mean. So far, while radiation levels have risen in some areas, levels are still quite low and well below what would pose health risks. So what does this mean for us living in Tokyo? Official measurements are released twice a day now, and anyone can download them and see hour by hour what the situation looks like for the past 24 hours. I took a look at the figures this morning, and for Tokyo, we were at about 0.05 microsieverts per hour yesterday on average. Photo courtesy James Howard Under normal conditions Tokyo James Howard and family in Japan. Standing: Dr. Honda, father-in-law; James Howard is anywhere between 0.03 to 0.08. and his wife, Dr. Motoko Howard and mother-in-law, Mrs. Honda along with other A few days ago the same reading family members. was 0.09. Radioactive levels for The writer is the son of AFRO freelance James Howard photographer J.D. Howard. He lives in Tokyo with his family and is an employee of Dell computers. He sent this letter to family and friends via e-mail on March 18, then a week after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.
Tokyo are fluctuating but are still around what one would consider normal for this part of Japan. In my part of town (Tama-shi, Western Tokyo), I’m fortunate enough to have a physicist who lives nearby, and he has a website on which he posts radiation levels at his home every 10 minutes. According to Dr. Ichikawa’s site, this part of town is currently at 0.18, about the same level as typical background radiation around here. To put all these numbers in perspective, exposures of 10 millisieverts or more per hour correspond to a CT scan, so this means things around the plant are still quite bad, but the situation (for now at least) are still quite localized. So for now, we do not appear to be in harm’s way, but embassies of several countries have asked their nationals to consider leaving. I received an e-mail from the US Embassy yesterday offering to take me and my wife to either Seoul or Taipei so I can arrange for passage to the US. I know of people who have taken the offers or have already left. I have to admit, it’s somewhat disconcerting to get a notice like that, and see people around you taking off for the hills. But I intend to ride this out. I love this place, and have spent half of my life – and nearly all of my adult life – living here. It’s hard to think of turning your back on a place and its people when they are facing their darkest hours in memory. Having said that, we will continue to remain vigilant and follow developments. We will keep our heads up and our spirits upbeat. And we will reach out to our friends and neighbors here in Japan, and to our extended family and friends elsewhere to get to the other side of this terrible tragedy. I think Japan has some tough days ahead of it, but I’ve never seen a people face adversity with such civility and concern for one another, and the blackouts, train stoppages and shortages for items like bread and gasoline are nothing compared to what the people up north are facing now. Snow is falling, hundreds of thousands of people are displaced, and people in the vicinity of the power plant are quite literally forced to deal with two crises at once. … For now, please think about what you can do from there to help the people in the north. I am sure aid agencies are starting to organize now so please find out what you can and try and help. Rebuilding that area is going to be a monumental task and I think this nation will rise to the challenge, but it will require a lot of support. As always, thanks to all of you for keeping us in your thoughts, and God Bless! James
Letters to the Editor
Women’s History Month
President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation in 1980, calling on the American people to remember the contributions of women to our great nation. Only 14 governors had declared March as Women’s History Month in 1987, but that same year, Congress and the president declared March as National Women’s History Month to recognize the important contributions women have made throughout history. This year’s theme is “Our History, Our Strength,” and this annual observance allows us to consider the vital role women have played through the course of our history since this nation’s inception. Over the years, caregivers of veterans and women who have worn a military uniform themselves have found inspiration in the achievements of those women who have gone before them. During the Civil War, Clara Barton braved danger repeatedly to aid and comfort the wounded. She gathered her own medical supplies, gained permission to transport those supplies to the battlefield and to ride in Army ambulances. She faced obstacles, had to obtain special approval to travel to the frontlines, but she ushered in a new profession: nursing battle wounded. Undaunted, Barton continued breaking through barriers after the war ended, directing a multi-year search for missing servicemen, promoting women’s suffrage, and founding and leading the American Red Cross. After her death, her final “first” came when her Maryland home became a first-ever national historic site dedicated to the accomplishments of women. Women have been playing an essential role in the United States Army since 1776 and the percentage of women in the military has doubled in the last 30 years. As of 2009 more than 350,000 women were serving in the Armed Forces, assuming leadership roles and responsibilities impossible for them to attain 20 or 30 years ago. In modern wars, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, there no longer is a frontline, and women warriors have risen to the challenge, showing they are equal to the task. As of Feb. 1, 2011, 137 service women have died in defense of our nation since 9/11. National Women’s History Month is an ideal time to renew our historic commitment to the nation’s veterans and particularly to our women warriors who often don’t consider themselves veterans, or who traditionally put the needs of their children and family before their own. An increasing number of women nowadays who return home from military duty as combat veterans return to their roles as wives and mothers. Their needs are complex and sometimes different from those who served and deployed before them; and they challenge us in VA (Veterans Administration) to do things differently to meet those needs. At the VA Maryland Health Care System, we offer our women warriors a full spectrum of services, including breast and cervical cancer screenings, gynecological evaluation and treatment, and in-house mammography and bone density screens. Constantly adding and improving services, we recently began offering the human papilloma virus vaccine to our younger women veterans. We currently have fourteen women’s health care providers and two surgeons who provide gender specific care to our women veterans, with plans to expand this number. Eight of our nine locations, which include our six community based outpatient clinics, offer genderspecific providers and services. Gender specific services such as maternity care and pelvic oncologic surgical care that are not available from VA can be outsourced to local providers. There are approximately 484,013 veterans in Maryland, of which 47,276 are female (less than 10 percent). There are 73,266 women veterans in the VA Capitol Health Care Network, which includes Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., but only 5,000 women in Maryland have enrolled for VA health care. Women veterans, where are you? March is National Women’s History Month, a time to observe that our nation’s women contribute greatly to our strength. Marylanders, do you know a woman who has served in the Armed Forces and who may not consider herself a veteran? She may need that nudge to enroll for the VA health care benefits she has earned and deserves while serving our nation in uniform. Enrolling for her VA health care benefits may be the best gift she gives herself and her family. Dennis H. Smith, director VA Maryland Health Care System
Re: ‘D.C. Unmasked & Undressed, the Memoir of Lillian McEwen’
Zenitha Prince, Washington Bureau Chief: Great interview of an examined life. What a complex, talented person! She overcame obstacles and reinvented a happy self, without regrets, that she could be proud of. Sadly, not everyone is so lucky. I also grew up with an abusive father and a long-suffering mother in survival mode. I lost my childhood, my siblings and a spouse to addiction and mental illness. I survived like the author by hiding in the library and imagining a different life. I got to an Ivy League university, med school and raised four good citizens with less baggage. I pray for President Obama and a society with more compassionate priorities toward children and families, so Judge McEwen’s redemption story and the chilling Faustian story of Justice Thomas become things of the past. Maybe I hope in vain...the human condition is what it is. Thanks for a sensitive and insightful profile.
Dr. N.M. Williams Somerville, Mass.
Largo Road, Largo, Md. 12-2 p.m. Students will share original writings about women’s history. For more information: 301-336-6000.
The Afro-American, March 26, 2011 - April 1, 2011
‘Men Ain’t Boys’ Film Premiere Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave., N.W. D.C. 8 p.m. This film offers a thought-provoking look at issues surrounding Black manhood, the results of effective fatherhood and the requirements for maintaining lasting love. $10-$20. For more information: www. menaintboysdc.eventbrite. com. March 26 ‘The Backpack Monologues’ Covenant Baptist Church, 3845 S. Capitol St., S.W. D.C. 3 p.m. Experience this theatrical performance that will empower young women to promote social change in their communities while addressing sexual and social issues. $10-$20. For more information: 202-562-5576. Show Your Colors Bowling Party Fort Myer Bowling Center, 411 McNair Road, Fort Myer, Virginia. 8 p.m. The Psi Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will host a bowling party at Fort Myer Bowling Center. Ticket includes two games, shoe rental, food and drinks. $25. For more information: 703-606-6434. Get Radical Women’s Conference Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 Ninth St., N.W., D.C., 8:30 a.m- 9 p.m. The third annual Get Radical Women’s Conference hosted by Doreen Rainey will include guest speakers Jillian Michaels (“The Biggest Loser”), Niecy Nash (“Clean House”/ “Entertainment Tonight”), Ali Brown (“Secret Millionaire”) Rhonda Britten (“Celebrity Fit Club”), and also Deborah Owens (PSB/ NPR). For more information: www.getradicalconference. com. Capitol Heights Community Fun Day 2011 8847 Walker Mill Road, Capitol Heights, Md. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Join the Capitol Heights community for the biggest fun day event of the year featuring food, fun and lots of fellowship. For more information: 301-324-3002. March 28 Introduction to Matchmaking Columbia Square, 555 13th St., N.W. D.C. 6-7 p.m. In this matchmaking information session, learn the details of hiring a matchmaker to help you find your Mr. or Ms. Right. $15. For more information: www. keeshastrickland.com. Charles S. Dutton ‘From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage’ The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., N.W. D.C. 7:30 p.m. Charles Dutton, Emmy Award-winning actor, director and Broadway star, will share the dramatic narrative of his life from the streets of Baltimore to Broadway. A second show will be held on March 29. $50-$150. For more information: 202-4674600. March 30 Redemption Wednesdays Patty Boom Boom, 1359 U St., N.W. D.C. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Each Wednesday, unwind at this midweek party featuring the best mix of reggae and soca music. For more information: 571-435-5166. March 31 Creating Multiple Streams of Income Eggspecation Restaurant & Café, 923 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, Md. 7 p.m. During this informative event, you will learn how to think creatively to earn extra sources of income in this tough economy. For more information: 301-218-8200. April 2 Mission Wow: Learn Inexpensive Secrets Top Agencies Use Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro, Md. 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. In this seminar, learn great marketing skills and techniques on a limited budget. For more information: www.mission-wow.com. Cherry Blast: Art & Music Dance Party Zanzibar on the Waterfront, 700 Water St., S.W. D.C. 8 p.m. Celebrate the arrival of spring in this community event featuring DJs, visual and performing artists. $10. For more information: 202-554-9100.
March 24 Prince George’s Community College Poetry Slam Prince George’s Community College, 301
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By Rev. Dorothy S. Boulware Special to the AFRO You may have difficulty distinguishing the 50-something woman from her younger counterparts, these days. She’s in the gym making elliptical moves. She’s on the road tallying jogged miles. She’s putting the pedometer through its paces. She’s shaking her booty to the beat of Zumba. The bulky tell-tale shoes of grandmothers, the darker colors, the loose fitting garments – not so much anymore. She’s in the classroom, the boardroom and the operating room; she’s in the cockpit and the pulpit. She’s running her own business and creating the beat rather than stepping to someone else’s rhythm. Today’s experienced woman wears whatever complements her style and figure without regard for societal dictates concerning age. “It’s really more of an attitude difference than an age difference,” said Kenya Rennie, manager of Lettie Gooch Boutique in Washington, D.C. “If people are socializing and in the party set, they’re usually more open to trendy clothes. If not, they tend to be more conservative.” As the weather teases with fleeting warmer temperatures and spring presents itself by calendar – if not by consistency – thoughts begin to wander toward lighter clothes and open toes. And what’s “hot” for the spring? Bold colors and plenty of jewelry. “Coral and turquoise are really in this spring,” Rennie said. “And your statement pieces – necklaces, bangles and bracelets.” She said funky earrings are always a mainstay, “the big, brightly colored ones.” As for the tone, there’s been a revival of the ‘70s. “Oh yes, bell bottoms and the new bohemian…nice and light and airy,” she said. “And we’ve still got the clogs and espadrilles,” which have been popular for a while now. As for clothing, the pencil skirts of the fall have evolved into fuller, longer skirts for the warmer weather. “And dresses, also in longer lengths,” she said. “Although, you still have the basic ‘mini.’” The dresses are all important in warm weather as they give an easy solution to the “what shall I wear” question.
Beach party or concert, this dress is a great fit.
Dress photos by Dorothy Boulware
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Fifty, Fit, Feisty and Fashionable
And they’re the featured product of Paris Couture Collection, a boutique in Catonsville, Md., that offers any kind of dress you can imagine. “I love dresses because you can do so much with them,” said Paris Couture Collection owner, Deborah Blackwell. “You can dress them up for fancy parties or weddings and dress them down for the beach.” She demonstrated with a long, blue dress, instructing that adding sandals and a short jean jacket would make it appropriate for a walk on the beach, while a little high-end jewelry would take it to a reception or a special celebration. Paris Couture Collection in Catonsville, 707 Frederick Rd., Baltimore, Md., 410-788-1112. Lettie Gooch Boutique, 1517 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C., 202-332-4242.
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Accessories can take your outfit from dull to dynamite.
Dress this beautiful blue piece up with jewelry and heels or down with a nice jean jacket and sandals.
Accessories photos by Danita Delaney
Senior Social Groups Flourish
By Joi-Marie McKenzie Special to the AFRO Nancy Hesham, a middle-aged woman living in Potomac, Md., three years ago joined Meetup.com, an online community that allows people around the world to self-organize, after her divorce. With all of her friends married, and her son on his way to college, she often found herself alone on a Friday night.
Deborah Miller-Tuck (front row, left) smiles along with her S.W.A.P. members after a recent meeting.
“If you want to go to a movie or see a band, there’s no one to go with because your friends are married and there’s no one available,” she explained. “It’s not fun going out alone.” So, instead, the realtor joined an online community allowing her to create her own social gatherings with people her own age. “It’s rewarding for me because it has given me friendships that otherwise I wouldn’t have and a few dates I wouldn’t have,” said Hesham. “It’s a non-threatening way for us to get together in a social arena as a group.” One of the latest trends for people living out their golden years is meeting people online to find companionship and even love. Online members of Meetup.com enjoy going to the movies, game nights at members’ houses, potluck dinners, skating rinks, dancing, and even weekend trips to New York City. Hesham is one of 1,092 members, all ages 40-55+, in the “Annapolis Area Social Meet Up Group.” And there are many more websites helping seniors find friends and love such as LavalifePRIME, Senior Friendfinder and SeniorMatch.com. “When we were in seventh, eighth or ninth grade, we used to go out in bunches in the mall,” said Hesham. “Now, it’s the same sort of comfort zone.” A Meetup.com organizer, Hesham also said that many of her members find love, with nearly 25 percent of the group eventually dating and becoming a couple. Still, not everyone is looking for love. Many simply want friends to explore the city and discover the latest in entertainment. “They’re happier. They have a life now,” Hersham said of her Meetup.com members. Meeting like-minded people online is just one of the many tools that seniors and mature adults are utilizing to find love, fun and friendship during their later years. Seniors and mature adults are also gathering on their own. Deborah Miller-Tuck, 57, a resident of Baltimore, Md., along with 11 other women is a member of S.W.A.P., which stands for Sisters With A Purpose. The group of Christian women hails from a variety of churches in the Baltimore area with a mission to provide outreach to those in need. Not only do the women visit nursing homes and donate care baskets during the holiday seasons, they also make time to fellowship among themselves. Miller-Tuck says that’s the best part of being a member of S.W.A.P. “We are very close friends who support each other as a family member would,” she said.
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The Afro-American, Spring 2011
For Many, Hip, Joint Surgery a Gateway to New Beginnings
“The majority of the population is embracing this technology. African The word “surgery” Americans, however, are generally tends to have a slow to come to the table. negative connotation. Not Caucasian patients have done too many are thrilled with their research on it and are the thought of a loved one, ready to go. Black patients or themselves for that matter, say, ‘I’ll get back to you.’ being given anesthesia and We really want people to then going under the knife. It understand that you don’t is the hope of medical experts, have to live with this pain— however, that the benefit of it’s not a badge of honor. You certain surgeries will one day don’t have to limit yourself outweigh any inherent fears a and not be active because of wary patient may have. bad joints.” Hip and joint replacement A study by the Center for surgery is on that list, Disease Control supports Dr. according to Dr. James Wood, Wood. According to the study, a local orthopedic surgeon. which examined national By shying away from such and state-specific knee surgery, Wood said that the replacement rates for 2000Figures were produced using Servier Medical Art, www.servier.com 2006 Medicare enrollees, elderly are needlessly living Total hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery replaces the joint and socket with artificial material. with pain by choice. Wood Whites were more likely to believes that if people were undergo knee replacement With hip replacement surgery, all Dr. Wood, with some people not even aware of the new beginning surgery than Blacks, with or part of the hip joint is replaced spending a night in the hospital. hip and joint replacement surgery offered the disparity ranging from 11 percent with prosthesis. It can be performed “We used to keep people in the hospital (Washington, D.C.) to 52 percent (Illinois). them, they would be more receptive to it. traditionally or by using what is for a week, or eight to nine days,” Dr. “It just is a matter of getting people For those who cite money as an considered a minimally invasive Wood said. “Now people can go home better educated and helping them to better issue, Dr. Wood said that many times in two to three days. Some get the joints understand what joint replacement surgery technique, with the only difference being the insurance companies would cover the size of the incision. The surgeon and go home that same day. Patients is,” said Wood, chair of the Department the costs of the operation. He was also makes an incision at the side of the hip find themselves up and moving more of Orthopedic Surgery at Harbor Hospital confident that healthcare reform would and moves the muscles connected to efficiently than they ever did before. of Baltimore. “The reality is people who make the surgery more cost effective. the top of the thighbone to expose the Women put their high heel shoes back on. need to have joint replacement surgery Dr. Wood warned that the longer the hip joint. The ball portion of the joint is Men get back out there to golf and bowl.” have pain in a joint that bothers them in surgery is delayed, the harder it will be to removed and an artificial joint is attached In the short term, however, physical their everyday activities. Those are the recover from it. to the thighbone using either cement or a therapy is likely to be needed for weeks people who get a new lease on life.” “What I don’t want to see is African special material that allows the remaining to months following the surgery. The According to the AARP, the most Americans left behind,” Dr. Wood bone to attach to the new joint. The AARP reported that over 90 percent common joints replaced are the hips said. “That’s why there’s a focus on the replacement socket is then attached to of patients receiving hip replacements and knees, with 70 percent of all joint education to let people get the information the hipbone, and the new ball part of the achieve complete relief from pain and replacements attributed to severe arthritis and then get out there. If you don’t get it thighbone is inserted into the socket part improvement in joint function. pain. The AARP also reported that done, then you find yourself further down of the hip. After draining any fluids, the Because of the procedure’s high more than 170,000 hip replacements are the road, not able to function to maximally doctor reattaches the muscles and closes success rate, Dr. Wood advocates joint performed in the United States every benefit your family or anybody else. The the incision. The surgery usually lasts replacement surgery to African Americans, older you get, the weaker you get, and year. Due to the finite lifetime of the and wants them to put aside their fear and artificial joint, the best candidates for joint between two to four hours. illnesses creep in, making it much more Recovery time varies, according to distrust of doctors. replacement are over the age of 60. difficult to recover.” By Kyle Taylor Special to the AFRO
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Spring 2011, The Afro-American
Tips for starting your garden
By Courtney A. Bonaparte Special to the AFRO As seniors bask in the golden rays of their golden years, physical impairments need not hinder them from being one with nature. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 30 minutes of moderately intense activity every day to be healthy. Why not spend it gardening? According to a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research, gardening is an excellent form of exercise because it involves all three types of physical activity - strength, endurance and flexibility. Gardening encourages the use of motor skills, through gardening tasks like digging and planting seeds. And though some seniors may have restrictions on their physical activity, gardening tasks and equipment can be modified to meet their needs. Because gardening is a moderate impact workout, it helps release endorphins that relieve stress—as does the beauty of the “Eden” that you may create in or outside your home. It doesn’t take much money to get your garden going—and it can save you money in the end. With small modifications, objects that are already around the house can be turn in to the perfect gardening tools. Old food tubs can be transformed into planting containers for your seeds. Old coffee grounds, and fruit and vegetable scraps can be used as compost for your garden. It is also more cost efficient to purchase seeds instead of seedlings and plants. Large spaces are not necessary for a garden; they can be grown on rooftops, trellises and even in small spaces in and around your home. Gardens can help spruce up a living space, eliminate for your garden. If you are planting outside, consult an USDA Hardiness Zone map to understand the climate you are living in. This map will help you decide which plants will flourish in your garden. If you are planting inside it would be beneficial to determine how much sun and shade the area gets because this will also help determine what plants will thrive in the garden. Physically measuring the space will also help you decide the type of plants to grow in the garden. • After you have a general design for your garden, you must decide where the water will come from. Will you use a hose or a watering can?
For seniors, gardening can be a hobby that is beneficial to their mental and physical health as well as their wallets. Stock Photo
you seedlings. Check the acidity of the soil as well as the nutrient levels. Most seed packages provide information on the
plant and the conditions necessary for it to grow, including the type of soil, degree of moisture and light and quantity of fertilizer.
Now you are ready to dig in and try your hand at what is considered to be one America’s favorite hobbies.
Black-eyed susans provide bright spots of color.
the need for store-bought vegetables, and be a hobby. So, how do you start? • Before constructing your garden, survey the area you have designated
Experts suggest starting seedlings inside before moving to an outdoor garden.
• If you are planning an outside garden, it is recommended that you start your seedlings inside— especially if temperatures are still cool—and then move outside when the weather warms. Seedlings can be planted in recycled receptacles such as egg cartons and cleaned yogurt containers. Just be sure to put in enough holes for proper drainage. • The next step is cleaning up the designated area, by removing stones, weeds and branches, and preparing the soil for
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Senior Social Groups
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“We support individual members’ church activities and support each other during personal triumphs and also when there is a family crisis.” For recreation, the group also enjoys shopping trips to New York City as well as treks to the Eastern Shore to feast on crabs. Even at a mature age, many adults and seniors are continuing to find their passions—like Iris Steele, 62, who is now pursuing her doctorate degree at Morgan State University. Steele balances going to school and being the principal of a Baltimore County elementary school, which is no easy task. To unwind, she often has what she calls Coffee Klatches. “It’s just having coffee and talking… talking about whatever topic that comes up,” Steele said. “It helps to free your brain.” Along with balancing school and work, Steele has no shortage of social activities. From shopping with friends in Lancaster, Pa., to happy hour at Friday’s, Steele only has one request of her friends: “We don’t talk about work
or school,” she said. She also enjoys going to the gym and going to the early service at her church. “It’s my reflection time with God. ...It helps me see the forest beyond the trees.” Spending time with family, especially her daughter, is also an activity Steele cherishes. “It keeps me young, it really does,” she said. And when her adult daughter, Jade, moved out of the house after she bought her own home, Steele felt the pain. “It was really ‘Empty Nest Syndrome.’ I had to find my own life. The same way she has her life, I had to reconnect.” From planning monthly date nights with her husband of 34 years to spending time with friends, Steele not only reconnected she was reenergized. Like Steele many more seniors are discovering that finding activities that work best for them later in life, whether it’s going back to school, planning group trips or even meeting people online, is ever important. While they may be slowing down physically, they have found it important to
keep companionship and fun at an all-time high by enjoy friends and finding activities that make them feel comfortable. Or going the other route and trying new, sometimes challenging things. After all, who says the sunset years can’t be the best years of life?
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March 26, 2011 - April 1, 2011, The Afro-American
By Edgar Brookins AFRO Staff
The Black Nurses Association (BNA) of the Greater Washington District of Columbia Association (GWDCA) chapter Mr. Skinner, husband of nurse Scipio- Skinner, hosted its “31st Annual Salute to the Black presents her with a state of Maryland citation Nurse of the Year and Scholarship Awards from Gov. Martin O’Malley. Luncheon” at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. Juanita Hall, chairwoman of the Program Committee, presided as a processional kicked off the program, which included the seating of founders, the seating of lifetime members, the invocation by the Rev. Gregory Scurlock and Karen Scipio-Skinner, RN, MSN, the singing of “Lift Every Voice receives the Black Nurse of the and Sing” led by vocalist Robin Year award from Diana Wharton, Strickland. RN, BSN, president, Black Nurses The program proceeded with of America, D.C. chapter. a welcome by chapter President Diana Wharton, RN, BSN, and Karen Scipiogreetings by BNA’s national President Debra Toney, PhD, RN, Skinner, RN, MSN, 2011 Photos by Black Nurse of Rob Roberts the Year and D.C. chapter member Scholarship recipients Rahnesha White, Brittany Margaret Green White, Ayesha Ibrahim, Regina Leonard, Christina Code and Awawu Ojikutu
FAAN. The event’s highlight came when six scholarship recipients were presented followed by a delectable luncheon. After a powerful speech by C. Alicia Georges, Ed.D, RN, FAAN, a professor and chairwoman of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College, Gwendolyn Johnson, BS, MA, RNC, presented the 2011 Black Nurse of the Year plaque and other accolades to Karen Scipio-Skinner. Saxophonist Johnny Johnson, a student at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School, provided musical entertainment. Event speaker C. Alicia Georges, Ed.D, RN, FAAN, professor/chairwoman, Department of Nursing, Lehman College
Volunteers Agnes Ekiti, Rahnesha White, Brittany Harris, Natasha Hamilton and Racheal Bonas
Debra Toney, PHD, RN, FAAN, president of the National Black Nurses Association
Lifetime members Mary E. Jones, Dr. Eva Stephens, Nan Hemphill, Blanche Newton Finch, Cynthia B. Edwards, Doris A. Huges, Elmira Asogwed, Margaret Green, Judith Jourdain-Earl, Addie Carrington, Margaret Pemberton, Martha Herrin, Dr. Veronica Clark-Tasker, Velma Henderson and Barbara J. Patterson
Juanita A. Hall, RN, BSN, chairwoman of the Program Committee, presiding
C. Alicia Georges, Diana Wharton, Karen ScipioSkinner, Juanita Hall and Rev. Gregory Scurlock
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Jacqueline Batcha, Janice Johnson, Concheeta Wright, Crystal Scott, Nyantakyi Andre, Julia Ugorji, Violet Gordan and Deirdre Artist
Dr. Sandra Shannon Dr. Sandra Shannon, Saundra Watkins, Mark Watkins and Rev. Perry Anderson Smith III
The Rev. Keith Byrd, Julia Pitts and Doris Johnson
Jacquie Gales Webb
On Feb. 19, the Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center in North Brentwood, Md., was the scene of a book signing and reception marking the end of a seven-year effort to chronicle the history of First Baptist Church of North Brentwood, Md., which is over 100 years old. A Time To Build: History of the First Baptist Church Inc. of North Brentwood Maryland and the Fifty-Two-Year-Spiritual Journey of Its Pastor, Perry Anderson Smith III, written by Howard University professor Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, excavates, reconstructs and preserves the rich history of one of Prince George’s County’s oldest African-American churches. Also on hand to sign copies and to commemorate the occasion was the church’s former senior pastor, the Rev. Perry A. Smith III, who served in this capacity for 52 years. Joining him to offer remarks were Rushern Baker, Prince George's County executive; the Rev. Duane T. Kay, the church's current senior pastor and Paul Coates, the book's publisher and owner of Black Classic Press of Baltimore, Md. The mistress of ceremony for the afternoon event was Jacquie Gales Webb, host of the WHUR FM Sunday afternoon gospel program. The well-attended event was organized by Kimberli Meadows, a long time member of First Baptist Kitty Butler and Irene Gray Clarke Church of North Brentwood and president of BDG Public Relations Firm.
Paul Coates, Perry Anderson Smith III and Constance Smith
The Rev. Perry Anderson Smith III and the Rev. Duane T. Kay
Kimberli Meadows, Dr. Sandra Shannon, Rev. Perry Anderson Smith III and the Rev. Janet Caldwell
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Dr. Sandra Shannon and Rev. Perry Anderson Smith III
The Afro-American, March 26, 2011 - Apirl 1, 2011
Local Teen Hosts ‘Jamboree of Art’ For Seniors
Omega Psi Phi Members Honor Late Founders
Photo by Milbert O. Brown
Bro. Robert Littlejohn Jr. , the second vice grand basileus in foreground joined other men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to pay a memorial tribute to founder Dr. Ernest E. Just at his grravesite. On March 12, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity paid a memorial tribute to two founders, Dr. Ernest E. Just and professor Frank Coleman, at their gravesites. Over 300 Omega men join together at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery for the memorial and the beginning of their fraternity's 100thyear celebration. The fraternity was founded at Howard University in 1911. After the memorial for brothers Just and Coleman, the men of Omega traveled to the gravesites of Bishop Edgar A. Love in Baltimore, Md., and Oscar J. Cooper in Ambler, Pa. contemporary pieces and the seniors filled in and painted them. The teen’s mother, Janis Nero-Phillips, said her son has always shown a strong interest in art, even at a young age. She explained that his ultimate goal is to become an animator for the Walt Disney Company. “From the age of 5, Wallace was always an artist,” she said. When he was 2, I knew that he had incredible artistic ability because while the other kids were drawing outside the lines, he was drawing inside the lines very meticulously.” And Phillips’ love for art rubbed off on the seniors in the community. Nero-Phillips said the jamboree was a success, as it thrilled the residents to see their own work on display. “This project was really nice because it’s brought a permanent aspect to the residence because they never had any art on the walls or in the hallways,” she said. “When he did his grand opening art event, the residents were so pleased and happy that they get to look at the art that they created forever.”
Lafayette Wallace Phillips III, a member of the Boy Scouts Troop 96, hosts an art project for seniors in Northwest Washington, D.C. By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer Vibrant paintings, created by the residents of Asbury Dwellings senior citizen complex in Northwest D.C., were showcased at the “Jamboree of Contemporary Art,” held at the apartment community on March 18. The event, which brought together many local residents, honored the senior citizens who participated in recreational art sessions at the complex in January. The sessions and the final showcase were created by 15-year-old Silver Spring, Md., resident Lafayette Wallace Phillips III. Phillips, a Boy Scout in Troop 96 at the People’s Community Baptist Church, created the event to fulfill a leadership project that would heighten his rank in the Eagle Scout program. The teen wanted to ensure his project involved his own church, Asbury United Baptist, and met with his pastor last summer to develop a project that infused his personal interest in art. Thus, the program was born, and he raised funds to purchase materials to bring art back into the lives of the senior citizen residents. During the sessions, Phillips sketched
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March 26, 2011 - April 1, 2011, The Afro-American
Jazz Pianist Mark Adams ‘Plays’ It Forward
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer When he’s not performing alongside music greats such as Erykah Badu, Bobbi Humphrey and Roy Ayers, jazz pianist Mark Adams teaches music theory at York College and provides free private music lessons to innercity youth. After receiving his break in the industry, the 40-year-old Baltimore native has imminent goals to help others achieve their dreams. Adams is currently gearing up for the release of his fourth album, Embellishments: The Q&A Project. The AFRO spoke to the jazz sensation about his career in jazz, his latest project and his ultimate plans for the future. AFRO: Explain how you got started playing the piano. Mark Adams: My mom was a music teacher in Baltimore and she showed me how to play. Then, I started taking lessons from this lady that lived up the street. She used to teach the neighborhood kids piano and that’s where I started. That’s where I really learned how to play and read music. AFRO: What do you want audiences to get out of your performances and bodies of work? Adams: Evoked emotion is the main thing. It’s all about how [the audience] feels after listening to you. If you can’t make them feel anything, you’re doing something wrong. So, I try to let myself go and put 100 percent into what I’m playing at that moment. If you play the music very hard and instill in your students who may want to pursue a career in music like yourself? Adams: I try to instill in them that there are no limitations on what they can do, as long as they don’t allow others to set any for them. I also tell them that we are not defined by circumstances. Poverty doesn’t define us, wealth doesn’t define us—it’s ideology that does. Once you have that set, you can make whatever it is that you want to do happen. The only way to assure failure is to quit. So, I tell them to keep going [and] working, and if it gets harder, you have to practice a little harder. I realized that when you’re hard on kids and raise the bar for them, they raise their expectations on themselves. That’s why I love teaching. It’s a balance for me and it keeps me grounded. AFRO: Let’s talk about your ‘Embellishments’ album. What can listeners expect on this piece? Adams: I’m going back to my roots of jazz. I was trying to be too commercial and it doesn’t work. You don’t have to dumb down what you do to try to be commercial because Black people [aren’t] ignorant. They know what they like and they know what they feel. Even though jazz is one of the lowest-selling [genres] in the industry, there’s still a lot of people that buy it and like it. So, I did this record for them. But I didn’t lose my voice in terms of contemporary jazz. AFRO: What would you like to accomplish over the course of your career that you haven’t already?
Adams: I want to create a program in the urban schools and set up an after-school program, because it takes so much time to fit it in the school day. I would like to pick target schools in every city. That’s what I’m working on now. If I can build up
enough name recognition, I could get grants to help these young Black kids. [Additionally], I’ve been to every country with Roy Ayers. My goal is to be able to do the same thing under my name. But at the end of the day, if I could do half of what
I’ve done with Roy, under my name, I’d be fine. “Embellishments: The Q&A Project” will be released on April 5. For more information, visit: www. robertsmusicgroup.com.
Joe Willie ‘Pinetop’ Perkins, Bluesman and Oldest Grammy Winner, Dies at 97
By AFRO Staff Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, famous bluesman and the oldest person in history to win a Grammy award, died at his Austin, Texas home on March 21, according to his website. He was 97. Born in Belzoni, Miss. in 1913, Perkins’ began his career playing the piano and the guitar at house parties and “honyk-tonk” bars. “I didn’t [receive] schooling. I [came] up the hard way in the world,” Perkins told The Associated Press during a 2009 interview. After dropping the guitar due to an arm injury, he continued to work throughout the Mississippi Delta in the 1930s and ‘40s. It was during this time that he picked up the nickname “Pinetop,” a moniker he gave himself after an earlier blues pianist. A landmark moment in Perkins’ career came in 1969 when he became the pianist in blues musician Muddy Waters’ band. Through this position, Perkins helped shaped the band’s sound and became famous for his bright piano solos. Although he acquired notability through his work as a sideman, he struck out on his own in the ‘90s and released a total of 15 solo recordings after this move. Perkins earned a handful of Grammy nominations throughout his solo career, but snagged the coveted award in 2007 for his collaboration on the album, Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesman: Live in Dallas. He was also recognized by the Grammys in 2005, when he received their Lifetime Achievement Award. In February, the musician made musical history when his Joined at the Hip collaborative album with harmonica player Willie “Big Eyes” Smith earned him his third Grammy, making him the oldest person to ever win the award. Prior to Perkins’ death, Smith told the AP that they were in talks about
Mark Adams very strong, that will evoke emotions out of your music. That’s been one of the saving graces for me and it has helped me through so many situations. Roy Ayers would always say to me when I was younger, “Let yourself go… play, and stop thinking so much.” It’s about reaction and interaction. I also try to bring the younger people into this music…so we don’t get fazed out of here. AFRO: Speaking of today’s youth, how do you try to make sure your music reaches multiple generations? Adams: I try to make it danceable and I play the kind of beats that they would hear on a typical R&B song. I [usually] make it instrumental because everybody doesn’t necessarily need to hear words. That allows them to interpret their own feelings and how they take it. I also do cover songs. [Jazz] is a part of [young people] and the music they listen to stems from it. AFRO: What are the biggest lessons you try to
Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins another collaboration project. Perkins received his last living honor on Feb. 24, when Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his legacy in the arts. Saddened by Perkins’ passing, friend and fellow musician B.B. King reflected on the performer’s legacy. “He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesman,” King told the AP. He had such a distinctive voice, and he sure could play the piano. He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world.”
‘D.C. Unmasked & Undressed: A Memoir
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PBS Series Honors Dr. Bernard Harris, First African-American to Walk in Space
Established “Going for the Launch” summer camp at Howard U. to expose kids to rocket science
By Michael Crutchfield Special to the AFRO The look on 9-year-old Carter Blount’s face was pensive and inspired as he prepared to hear Dr. Bernard Harris give an account of being the first African American to walk in space. As a part of the PBS “HistoryMakers” series, which features living legends in the Black community, Harris told an audience March 16 at Howard University a story of triumph and dedication. The airdate for
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Texas to becoming a history maker. “I considered myself one of the earliest space cadets when I was young,” said Harris. “It’s always been a part of my life.” Although it was a goal already set in his mind, his hope wasn’t something he shared with everyone. “At that time in the 1960s, African Americans weren’t going to space so rather than having people tell me I couldn’t do it, I kept it a secret,” said Harris. Throughout his undergraduate experience at the University of Houston, Harris kept his aspirations a secret. He went on to finish his medical degree at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, but it was during his residency at the Mayo Clinic where he realized his lifelong dream. “A rheumatologist at the clinic, Dr. Joseph Combs, told me of his experience with NASA as a doctor for astronauts and I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of,” said Harris. After years of waiting and research, Harris applied to the astronaut corps in 1987, but was not accepted. Harris returned to Texas to work as a clinical researcher for the Johnson Space Center. Over the next three years, he went from heading his own research lab with NASA to working in a special division with the Air Force. In 1990, Harris was selected for a mission to space as part of an astronaut class of 23, selected out of 6,000 applicants. After two years of training he went to space for the first time. Harris then went on to do a second mission where he was a payload commander and walked in space. After two missions, he retired to become a venture capitalist focused on telemedicine and the efforts to make technology more accessible. He currently serves young people around the country, through summer camps put on by the Harris Foundation, his science, technology engineering and math, or STEM, non-profit that serves underrepresented youth. He began 16 years ago with two camps and now has expanded to 25 at universities across the country. The twoweek-long camps focus on middle school students who do not get the opportunity to actively participate in science programs. A camp at Howard University serves students in Washington, D.C. and will expose students to rocket science this summer. “This year’s camp is called “Going for the Launch” and it’s going to be hands-on where the kids can learn to shoot rockets,” said Dr. LaWanda Peace, assistant dean of the College of Engineering at Howard University. Harris plans on introducing a virtual summer science program to his current camps, and also introducing college students to careers in health through summer programs as well. “We have to go into these fields, we have no choice,” said Harris. “To remain competitive and get the country back on the right track, it’s not just disadvantaged youth that need to go into these field, but all kids.”
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Pilgrim Baptist Celebrates Centennial and Pastor’s Anniversary in April
Pilgrim Baptist Church, a historic institution in the District’s faith community, will celebrate its 100th year of existence at the 21st anniversary of the Rev. Louis B. Jones II’s leadership April 3-May 1. George Bray founded Pilgrim Baptist from Rehoboth Baptist Church on March 29, 1911, when he and 75 worshippers met Courtesy Photo in Southwest Washington’s Rev. Louis B. Jones II Faith Chapel and organized their new place of worship. 7:30 a.m. Since that time, five pastors Guest Preacher, the Rev. have led the church, which Phillip L. Pointer Sr., pastor, boasts a “legacy of traditional Providence St. John Baptist Baptist” worship style. Church Pilgrim Baptist is located at 700 I St., N.E., D.C. 11 a.m. Celebratory events take place Guest Preacher, the Rev. at the following times: Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore Sr., president Progressive April 3 National Baptist Convention Centennial Kick-Off 100th Anniversary of the 4 p.m. Pilgrim Baptist Church Guest Preacher, Overseer 21st anniversary of Louis Lanier Tywman, pastor, St. B. Jones II, pastor Stephens Baptist Church April 13 7:30 p.m. Saluting First Lady Michelle Jones Guest Preacher, the Rev. George Gilbert Sr., pastor, Holy Trinity United Baptist Church. April 29 7:00 p.m. Formal Dinner Gala Camelot Ballroom, 13905 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. Master of Ceremony, the Rev. Patrick J. Walker, pastor , New Macedonia Baptist Church Guest artist, Grammy Award-winning Lady Tramaine Hawkins and D.C.’s own Critical Revelation Band Guest Preacher, the Rev. Dr. Leonard N. Smith, pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Arlington, Va. May 1 7:30 a.m. Guest Preacher, the Rev. Guy A. Williams, pastor, Parker Memorial Baptist Church 11 a.m. Guest Preacher, the Rev. A. Michael Black, pastor, Westwood Baptist Church 4 p.m. Guest Preacher, Dr. Haywood A. Robinson III, pastor, Peoples Community Baptist Church
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Reverend Dr. R. Clinton Washington (Pastor Washington) was born in Fauquier County, Virginia on November 2, 1935. He was the eldest of 9 children born to Deacon Robert L. Washington (deceased) and Mrs. Gladys Washington. He was educated in the Fauquier County public school system. At an early age Pastor Washington was baptized by the Late Rev. J.P. Baltimore and became a member of the Mt. Morris Baptist Church in Hume, Virginia. In 1953 his family moved to Washington, D.C., where he united with the Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Augustus Lewis. Pastor Washington was a member of the Fellowship and Dramatic Guild, Gospel Chorus, Senior Usher Board and Male Chorus. He served faithfully in the above capacities until the Church recommended that he serve as a trial Deacon, and was later made a full pledge deacon of Jerusalem Baptist Church. Because of his faithfulness as a Deacon he was promoted to the position of Acting Chairman of the Deacon Board. Pastor Washington married the love of his life, Lois R. Gilbert on September 7, 1958, and from this union, four children was born. In February 1966, Pastor Washington delivered his initial sermon and was ordained as a Minister on February 18, 1967. In just a short period of time, he was elected to serve as Acting Pastor in 1968 and by unanimous decision was selected Pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church on January 31, 1968 where he served as Pastor for 40 years and maintained the title of Pastor Emeritus until his death. During his Pastoral ministry, the church grew spiritually, numerically, and financially. He instituted the Augustus Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund, New Membership Orientation, Men and Woman’s Ministry, Feeding Ministry for the Homeless, Single’s Ministry, Youth and Children Ministry, and he incorporated the Christian Education Ministry. Pastor Washington was a person who identified with persons from all walks of life. Pastor Washington was a graduate of the Washington Baptist Seminary; Urban Institute, School of Religion, Howard University; Inter-Met Theological Seminary, Hampton University Minister’s Conference. In 1988, Pastor Washington received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Richmond Virginia Seminary. During his ministry, Pastor Washington served faithfully in the following organizations: • Former Treasurer, Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC); • Executive Board Member, PNBC; • Trustee, PNBC; • Member, Finance and Property Committee, PNBC; • Former President, Baptist Convention of D.C. & Vicinity; • Executive Board Stoddard Baptist Home • Member Mt. Bethel Baptist Association • Former President, Baptist Educational Congress, Washington, D.C. • Treasurer (23 years) Baptist Ministers Conference of D.C. & Vicinity To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). On God’s perfect timing, R. Clinton Washington transitioned to be with the Lord on Monday, December 6, 2010. We have the blessed assurance of his final resting place because the Word of God promises us to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.
‘The Power of Spirituals’ at Metropolitan Memorial
Organist Eileen Guenther, soprano Millicent Scarlett and tenor Robert Baker will present “The Power of Spirituals,” music interspersed with commentary and slave narratives, at 4 p.m. April 10. An art show opening and reception follow. A free-will offering benefits Little Angels, a home in South Africa for abandoned and abused children. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 3401 Nebraska Ave., N.W. For more information, call 202-363-4900.
Pastor Washington leaves to cherish his memories his devoted and loving wife of 52 years Lois R. Washington, four children Lois (Curtis) Mitchell, Laura (Bryan) Chase, Deborah (Elvin) Jackson, Robert, Jr. (TaMara) Washington; his mother Gladys Washington; eight grandchildren, Keisha (John) Pendleton, Candice Mitchell, Roderick Mitchell, Maurice Jackson, Elvin Jackson, Lauren Chase, Jourdan Douglas and Robert Washington III; two great-children, Camille Pendleton and Liah Mitchell three brothers Reverend Maxwell (Jennifer)Washington, Carroll (Venny) Washington, Dwight Washington; four sisters Geraldine Montgomery, Jacqueline Bailey, Lucy (Bradie) Frink, Karetta Shorter; two godchildren Trey Freeman and Jaday Myers; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and many friends.
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Maryland Eastern Shore junior Paula Vilas earned Outstanding Tournament Performer honors after leading her team with points in The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore most of the games played throughout the entire women’s bowling team returned to champion MEAC Tournament. She even bowled a high status after routing the No. 6 ranked Morgan score of 193 against Norfolk State during State University Lady Bears, 4-0, to claim qualifications. its fifth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference “It feels amazing; I did not expect this (MEAC) award,” said Bowling Vilas, a rightChampionship handed bowler title on March from Santo 20 at the Gate Domingo, City Lanes in Dominican Greensboro, Republic. N.C. “When they UMES has called my name consistently I was in shock, been one but I appreciate of the best the honor.” bowling teams The UMES Women’s Bowling Team Coach to come out of Brummell was Courtesy Photo/MEAC Media Relations also honored its conference throughout the last decade, but has not won with the Outstanding Coach award, the fifth a MEAC title since 2008 when it went on to time she’s earned such honor. also win the NCAA Bowling Championship. “This fifth championship was very special Instead, it was the Delaware State University for me because of our three seniors (Kristina Lady Hornets who stole the MEAC crown Frahm, Martha Perez and Maria Rodriguez). last season. But when the defending champion This was their last MEAC Bowling surprisingly fell to Morgan State in this year’s Championship,” said Brummell, who became MEAC semifinal, it set up a championship the first woman and African-American person dance between the Lady Bears and UMES. to lead a school to the NCAA Bowling Title Unfortunately for Morgan State, there three years ago. “They were a part of the 2008 would be no more surprising victories, as National Championship team and they really UMES dominated nearly every round, winning wanted to go out with a win and they were by an average of 30 points per game. able to achieve that.” “What took us over was the fact that we UMES will now prepare for the NCAA were able to make our spares,” UMES head Championship scheduled to begin April 14 in coach Sharon Brummell said. “I constantly Taylor, Mich. In the meantime, a repeat of the drive into the young ladies that we have to MEAC Bowling Championship finale will air make spares and it proved to be worth it on ESPNU on March 28 at 7 p.m. Ad for Afro v2:Layout 1 3/22/11 4:59 PM Page 1 today.” By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor
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Rookie Revolution Refreshing for Wizards
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The Washington Wizards stink. You know that already, but the rookie revolution strikes a bit of intrigue going forward. John Wall, Trevor Booker and Jordan Crawford would provide a nice mix of skills for any team but they’re foundational building blocks for the Wizards— and that’s not a bad start. Wall’s skills as a lead man are obvious; Crawford can score with ease at times and Booker’s toughness underneath the boards could provide Washington with a new “big three” similar to the Arenas-Butler-Jamison days. With nothing else to play for, Crawford and Booker have been playing for jobs and their workload has been impressive. Both have dropped career-highs in past weeks and both have displayed an attack attitude that’s been lacking for most of the season from the team’s other notable players. Wall brings the fight every night but now he has some partners in crime he can trust. When nothing else is going your way you have to look to the future duo, combined with Wall, puts Washington atop of the league list for talented backcourts and locks down one area on the team. The frontcourt is still a work in progress but one inside scoring piece (maybe Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger) could do wonders for the unit. It’s hard to even stomach watching the team play at times but if you look closely, you can see sprinkles of talent and hope comes back around again. Washington doesn’t have elite players but they do have some very good ones. We’re still not sure if there will even be an NBA season next year but if there is, Washington could be a force to be reckoned with if the offseason plays out correctly.
NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor Pleads Guilty, Get’s No Jail Time
By AFRO Staff NFL legend Lawrence Taylor was sentenced to six years probation in New York on March 22 after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old Pro Football Hall of Famer was first indicted during summer 2010 on felony charges of third-degree statutory rape and third-degree patronization for allegedly paying a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him. He initially pleaded not guilty and faced up to five years in prison if convicted, but eventually took a bargain deal in January, pleading guilty to the misdemeanors charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute. As a part of his deal, Taylor admitted that he paid for sex with the now 17-year-old girl, but maintains that she lied about her age, claiming she was 19. The girl, whose name has not been released to the public, also appeared in court March 22 to give a victim statement, but the judge didn’t allow her because victim statements aren’t permitted during misdemeanor charge hearings. USAToday.com reports that prosecutor Arthur Ferraro said Taylor’s sentence of only probation with no jail time was mainly facilitated because Taylor agreed to aid federal officials with information regarding their investigations into human trafficking. Reports have Taylor appearing in New York court again on April 12 to be officially registered as a sex offender. A hearing will be held to determine what registry level he will be assigned to.
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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0001661-11 IN RE: Gertrude Clark Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Gertrude Clark having filed a complaint for judgment changing Gertrude Clark name to Mary Helen Clark and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 3 day of March 2011 hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 1st day of April 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American newspapers. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM155 Kelvin Jamal Willis Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Tonette Tillery, whose address is 1811 Irving Street Apt 206, Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Kelvin Jamal Willis, who died on November 22, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 11, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 11, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 11, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Tonette Tillery Personal Representative 202-701-0810 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1182 Ernest Pete Ward Decedent James M. Fallon Jr 729 Eighth Street SE Suite 200 Washington DC 20003 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ann H Ressing, whose address is 1521 A Street NE Washington DC 20002, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ernest Pete Ward, who died on October 26, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and h e i r s w h o s e whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before September 11, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 11, 2011 or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 11, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ann H. Ressing Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM149 Hubert P Rivens aka Hubert Pressley Rivens Decedent Theodora H. Brown Esq Law OfficeNOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL of Theodora H Brown PLLC 3127 Cherry Road NE Washington DC 20018 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Shirely Rivens, whose address is 2000 Upshur Street, NE Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hubert Rivens aka Hubert Pressley Rivens, who died on November 22, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before September 11, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 11, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 11, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shirley Rivens Smith Personal Representative 202-635-3138 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 1731-2011 IN RE: Konstantin Steven Baugh-Ruschman Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Konstantin Steven Baugh-Ruschman having filed a complaint for judgment changing Konstantin Steven Baugh-Ruschman name to Constantine Steven Baugh-Ruschman and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 7th day of March 2011, hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 6th day of April 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American newspaper. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM154 ROSA LEE ABNEY Decedent Archie L. Palmore Esq Metro-Plex II, 8201 Corporate Drive Suite 1120 Landover MD 20785 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Denise Brown, whose address is 2300 Good Hope Road SE, Apt. 512 Washington DC 20020 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rosa Lee Abney, who died on September 20, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 11, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 11, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 11, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Denise Brown Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM149 Hubert P Rivens aka Hubert Pressley Rivens Decedent Theodora H. Brown Esq Law Office of Theodora H Brown PLLC 3127 Cherry Road NE Washington DC 20018 Attorney NOTICE OF
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Rooney, whose adwhose address is 4820 Washington DC 20001 dress is 500 Crestwood NOTICE OF Dix Street, NE Washing- Attorney Drive #1304, Charlottesville STANDARD ton DC 20019 was apNOTICE OF VA. 22903 was appointed PROBATE pointed personal repreAPPOINTMENT, personal representative of Notice is hereby given sentative of the estate of NOTICE TO the estate of Donald J. that a petition has been Edythe Ferguson, who CREDITORS Rooney, who died on Febfiled in this Court by ruary 8, 2011 with a will, and AND NOTICE TO died on February 8, will serve without Court suLeonard C. Pederson Jr. UNKNOWN HEIRS 2011 with a will, and will pervision. All unknown heirs for standard probate, serve without Court su- Yv o n n e P D u n c a n , and heirs whose including the appointpervision. All unknown whose address is 1843whereabouts are unknown ment of one or more heirs and heirs whose 24th Street NE, #102 shall enter their appearance personal representative. whereabouts are un- Washington DC 20002 in this proceeding. ObjecUnless a complaint or known shall enter their was appointed personal tions to such appointment an objection in accor(or to the probate of derepresentative of the appearance in this cedent¬s will) shall be filed proceeding. Objections cedent’s will) shall be dance with Superior estate of Lawrence Lee with the Register of Wills, Court Probate Division to such appointment (or Jones, who died on D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Rule 407 is filed in this to the probate of de- December 2, 2010 with 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. Court within 30 days cedent’s will) shall be a will, and will serve cedent¬s will) shall be 20001, on or before from the date of first filed with the Register of without Court superviSeptember 18, 2011. Claims publication of this notice, against the decedent shall Wills, D.C., 515 5th sion. All unknown heirs be presented to the underthe Court may take the Street, N.W., 3rd Floor a n d h e i r s w h o s e signed with a copy to the action hereinafter set whereabouts are unWa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Register of Wills or filed with forth. 20001, on or before known shall enter their the Register of Wills with a 0 Ordered any interested September 18, 2011. appearance in this copy to the undersigned, on person to show cause Claims against the de- proceeding. Objections or before September 18, why the provisions of cedent shall be pre- to such appointment (or 2011, or be forever barred. the lost or destroyed will Persons believed to be heirs sented to the under- to the probate of deor legatees of the decedent dated October 8, 2009 cedent’s will) shall be signed with a copy to the cedent¬s will) shall be who do not receive a copy should not be admitted Register of Wills or filed filed with the Register of of this notice by mail within to probate as expressed with the Register of Wills Wills, D.C., 515 5th 25 days of its first publicain the petition with a copy to the under- Street, N.W., 3rd Floor tion shall so inform the RegRegister of Wills signed, on or before Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . ister of Wills, including Clerk of the name, address and relationSeptember 18, 2011, or 20001, on or before ship. Probate Division be forever barred. Per- September 18, 2011. Date of Publication: Date of First Publication sons believed to be Claims against the deMarch 18, 2011 March 18, 2011 heirs or legatees of the cedent shall be preName of newspaper: Names of Newspapers: decedent who do not re- sented to the underAfro-American Washington ceive a copy of this no- signed with a copy to the Washington Law Law Reporter tice by mail within 25 Register of Wills or filed Reporter Washington Walter F. Rooney days of its first publica- with the Register of Wills Personal AFRO-AMERICAN tion shall so inform the with a copy to the underRepresentative Leonard Pederson Jr. Register of Wills, includ- signed, on or before 434-984-0881 5039 Connecticut Ave ing name, address and September 18, 2011, or TRUE TEST COPY NW Bldg 3 be forever barred. Perrelationship. REGISTER OF WILLS Washington DC 20008 sons believed to be 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 Date of Publication: Signature of heirs or legatees of the March 18, 2011 Petitioners/Attorney decedent who do not reSuperior Court of Name of newspaper: ceive a copy of this no3/18, 3/25, 4/1 the District of Afro-American tice by mail within 25 District of Columbia Washington Superior Court of days of its first publicaPROBATE DIVISION Law Reporter the District of Washington, D.C. Angela Walker Suttles tion shall so inform the District of Columbia 20001-2131 Personal Register of Wills, includPROBATE DIVISION Administration No. Representative ing name, address and Washington, D.C. relationship. 2011ADM189 TRUE TEST COPY 20001-2131 Date of Publication: Edythe Ferguson Edythe Perguson REGISTER OF WILLS Administration No. Decedent 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 March 18, 2011 2011ADM170 Name of newspaper: Thomas L Campbell, Donald J. Rooney Superior Court of Afro-American Esq Decedent the District of Washington Law 3807 Minnesota Ave Anthony P. Interdonato District of Columbia Reporter NE 12604 Glen Road PROBATE DIVISION Yvonne P. Duncan Washington DC 20019 Potomac, MD 20854 Washington, D.C. Personal Attorney Attorney Representative 20001-2131 NOTICE OF NOTICE OF 202-399-7969 Administration No. APPOINTMENT, APPOINTMENT, TRUE TEST COPY 2011ADM168 NOTICE TO NOTICE TO REGISTER OF WILLS Lawrence Lee Jones CREDITORS CREDITORS 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 Decedent AND NOTICE TO AND NOTICE TO Darrel S. Parker UNKNOWN HEIRS UNKNOWN HEIRS Angela Walker Suttles, 1822-11th Street NW Walter F. Rooney, whose adwhose address is 4820 Washington DC 20001 dress is 500 Crestwood Dix Street, NE Washing- Attorney Drive #1304, Charlottesville NOTICE OF VA. 22903 was appointed ton DC 20019 was ap-
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Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0001888-11 IN RE: LaVatte Daisy Johnson Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME LaVatte Daisy Johnson having filed a complaint for judgment changing LaVatte Daisy Johnson name to LaVatte Daisy Turner and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 11th day of March 2011, hereby. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 18th day of April 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American Newspapers. 0 that pursuant to SCR205(b) notice be sent to the applicant's creditors by registered or certified mail and that proof of service of mailing be made in the manner provided in SCR Probate Rule 19(b). JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM211 Homero C. Lurns Decedent David Booth Beers, Esq Goodwin Procter LLP 901 New York Avenue NW Washington DC 20001 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Bernard A. LeBeau, whose address is 3640 Fessenden Street NW Washington DC 20008 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Homero C. Lurns, who died on July 21, 2010 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be cedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before March 18, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before March 18, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 18, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Bernard A. LeBeau Personal Representative 202-686-1433 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM200 Samuel L. Davis Decedent Willie Faye Garrett Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Carol A. Hooks and Sandra D. Dunaway, whose address(es) are 3136 Berry Road, NE Washington DC 20018 and 1271 Goldmine Ct. Landover, MD 20785 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Samuel L. Davis, who died on November 9, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Carol A. Hooks Sandra D. Dunaway Personal Representative 292-403-4606 240-691-1901 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division Case No. 0001872-11 IN RE: EVA IZABELA PEÑA RAU Applicant ORDER OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME Sandra Monique Rau having filed a complaint for judgment changing EVA IZABELA PEÑA RAU name to EVA IZABELA DELA PEÑA and having applied to the court for an Order of Publication of the notice required by law in such cases; it is by the Court this 11th day of March 2011. ORDERED, that all persons concerned show cause, if any there be, on or before the 15th day of April 2011, why the prayers of said complaint should not be granted; provided that a copy of this order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks before said day in the Afro-American Newspaper. JUDGE A TRUE COPY TEST: 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM217 Rosie A. McCray Decedent Joseph J. Gigliotti 5707 East West Highway Riverdale, MD 20737 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Letita McCray, whose address is 5007 Illinois Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rosie A. McCray, who died on December 22, 2007 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Letita McCray Personal Representative 202-882-2392 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
Wanda McCall, whose address is 3104 Needleleaf Lane, Springdale, MD 20774 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Michael McCall, who died on December 24, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Wanda McCall Personal Representative 301-772-8131 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM201 Ophelia Janie Thomas Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Mercelle Davis, whose address is 5203 Kansas Ave., NW Washington DC 20011 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Ophelia Janie Thomas, who died on October 1, 2010 without a will, and will serve with Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Mercelle Davis Personal Representative 202-291-3417 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2010ADM1197 Fannie P. Singletary Decedent Brenda L. Hopkins, Esq 3724 12th Street NE Washington DC 20017 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ryan L. Singletary, whose address is 1391 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Apt No 356 Washington DC 20003, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Fannie P. Singletary, who died on November 1, 2010 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before September 25, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before September 25, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ryan L. Singletary Personal Representative 202-669-4945 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
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Wiper Corporation 17962 Foxborough Lane Boca Raton, FL 334961321 PLAINTIFF v. The ESTATE OF THEODOSIA MURRISH Serve: The Estate of William E. Murrish c/o Gary Murrish Executor 4747 Maytime Lane Culver City, California 90230 GARY MURRISH 4747 Maytime Lane Culver City, California 92584 MELINDA MURRISH KAY 30213 Calle Pompeii Menifee, California 92584 ESTATE OF DAGMAR MARIE MCNELLY Serve: Dagmar Marie McNelly Ross, Personal Rep. 2069 Springbrook Road Medford, Oregon 97504 And David Thomas McNelly, Personal Rep. 2089 Springbrook Road Medford, Oregon 97504 DAGMAR MARIE MCNELLY ROSS 2069 Springbrook Road Medford, Oregon 97504 GREGG CONROY MCNELLY 6976 W. 85th Street Los Angeles, California 90045 DAVID THOMAS MCNELLY 2089 Springbrook Road Medford, Oregon 97504 MICHAEL BEECH MCNELLY 603 Glendon Road Kerby, Oregon 97531 District of Columbia Serve: Mayor of the District of Columbia Adrian M. Fenty Attn: Tabatha Braxton Office of the Secretary 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Ste 419 Washington, DC 20005 Serve: Office of the Attorney General Attn: Peter J. Nickles One Judiciary Square 441 4th Street, NW, Ste 11458 Washington, DC 20001 Any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest or fee simple in the property and premises situate, lying and being in the District of Columbia described as: The property known for assessment and taxation purposes as Square 4140, Lot 0007, in the subdivision known as Brookland and situated on vacant lot at the southwest corner of 17th and Jackson Streets, NE across the street from housing units located at 1700 Jackson Street NW (Square 4128, Lot 0008) and 1701 Jackson Street NE, (Square 4142, Lot 0019), beside property located at 1611 Jackson Street NE (Square 4140, Lot 0011), and directly behind properties located at 1604 Ft. Place NE (Square 4140, Lot 0004) and 3180 17th Street NE., (Concord Baptist Church) (Square 4140, Lot 0001). Defendants. AMENDED ORDER OF PUBLICATION In accordance with d.C. D.C. accordance with Code §47-1375, the objec t Code ß47-1375, the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the following real property, located in the District of Columbia, and sold by the Mayor of the District of Columbia to the Plaintiff(s) in this action, described as lot number 0007 in Square 4140, in the subdivision known as Brookland, situated on a vacant lot at the southwest corner of 17th and Jackson Streets, NE,
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION Civil Action No. 2008CA005223L(RP) Magistrate Judge J.B. Beshouri Next Event: Status Hearing May 4, 2011 at 10:00am
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM210 Michael McCall Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS
Code ß47-1375, the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the following real property, located in the District of The by the Columbia, and soldAfro-American, Mayor of the District of LEGAL NOTICES Columbia to NOTICES LEGAL the Plaintiff(s) in this action, described as lot number 0007 in Square Superior Court of the District of 4140, in the subdivision District of Columbia known as Brookland, PROBATE DIVISION situated on a vacant lot at Washington, D.C. the southwest corner of 17th 20001-2131 and Jackson Streets, NE, Administration No. across the street from hous2011ADM197 ing units located at 1700 Edrie B. Davis aka Jackson Street NE. (Square Edrie Belle Davis 4128, Lot 0008) and 1701 Decedent Jackson Street NE, (Square Thomas L. Campbell, 4142, Lot 0019), beside Esq property located at 1611 3807 Minnesota Ave Jackson Street, NE (Square NE 4140, Lot 0011) and directly Washington DC 20019 properties located at 1604 Attorney NOTICE OF Ft. Place, NE. (Square APPOINTMENT, 4140, Lot 0004) and 3180 NOTICE TO 17th Street, NE (Concord CREDITORS Baptist Church) (Square AND NOTICE TO 4140, Lot 0001). The comUNKNOWN HEIRS Belinda Stroman, whose plaint states, among other address is 591 Bain- things, that the amounts bridge Street, Brooklyn, necessary for redemption NY 11233 was aphave not been paid. pointed personal repre- Pursuant to the Chief sentative(s) of the estate Judge¬s Administration OrJudge’s Administration Orof Edrie B. Davis aka der Number 02-11, it is this Edrie Belle Davis, who died on January 26, 10th day of March, 2011.. 2011 with a will, and will ORDERED by the Superior serve without Court su- Court of the District of pervision. All unknown Columbia, that notice be heirs and heirs whose given by the insertion of a whereabouts are un- copy of this order in The known shall enter their Afro-American Newspaper, appearance in this having a general circulation proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or in the District of Columbia, to the probate of de- once a week for three (3) cedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be successive weeks, notifying filed with the Register of all person(s) interested in Wills, D.C., 515 5th the real property described Street, N.W., 3rd Floor above to appear in this Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Court by the 1st day of June, 20001, on or before 2011, and redeem the real September 25, 2011. Claims against the de- property by payment of cedent shall be pre- $1,073.60 together with real sented to the under- estate taxes assessed and signed with a copy to the interest and penalties Register of Wills or filed thereon from the date the with the Register of Wills real property tax certificate with a copy to the under- was purchased; court costs, signed, on or before September 25, 2011, or and reasonable attorney's be forever barred. Per- fees, expenses incurred in sons believed to be the publication and service heirs or legatees of the of process by publication decedent who do not re- and for reasonable fees for ceive a copy of this no- the title search, all other tice by mail within 25 amounts paid by the petidays of its first publica- tioner in accordance with the tion shall so inform the Register of Wills, includ- provisions of D.C. Code §47-1361 ing name, address and ß47-1361 through 1377 et. seq., (2001 ed.),or answer relationship. the complaint, or thereafter, Date of Publication: March 25, 2011 a final judgment will be enName of newspaper: tered foreclosing the right of Afro-American redemption in the real propWashington Law erty and vesting in the Reporter Belinda Stroman plaintiff title in fee simple. /s/ Joseph I Beshouri Personal Magistrate Judge Representative 3/25/, 4/1, 4/8 202-388-7794
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